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APRIL 2010

| Oakland, Macomb, Livingston & St. Clair, MI Edition April 2010


Thursday, April 22, 2010 from 1:00—7:00 P.M. King’s Court Castle Canterbury Village 2325 Joslyn Rd. • Lake Orion INFORMATION & RESOURCES • Join the Green Community Challenge • Exhibits of Green Products & Vendors • Green Career Opportunities • Growing Green Programs and Services • Energy, Ecology Issues & Information • Greening Your Home, Pantry & Closets • Organic Gardens & Lawn Services

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5 newsbriefs 13 globalbriefs 16 healthbriefs 20 inspiration 22 fitbody


24 healthykids 26 wisewords 34 healingways 36 naturalpet


37 consciouseating 39 calendarofevents 46 ongoingevents 48 classifiedads 51 naturaldirectory

advertising & submissions HOW TO ADVERTISE To advertise with Natural Awakenings or request a media kit, please contact us at 248-628-0125 or email: Deadline for ads: the 12th of the month. EDITORIAL SUBMISSIONS Email articles, news items and ideas to: Deadline for editorial: the 5th of the month. CALENDAR SUBMISSIONS Email Calendar Events to: Please see guidelines on our website prior to submitting. Deadline for calendar: the 15th of the month. REGIONAL MARKETS Advertise your products or services in multiple markets! Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp. is a growing franchised family of locally owned magazines serving communities since 1994. To place your ad in other markets call 239-449-8309. For franchising opportunities call 239-530-1377 or visit Natural Awakenings is uses recycled newsprint and soy-based ink.

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


19 CAVEMAN DIET The Secret to Health? by Sheryl Blystone

20 THE ART OF READING by David Ulin

22 FEED A WALKING HABIT The Health Benefits by Maggie Spilner

24 OUTDOOR PLAY Every Walk An Adventure by Debra Bokur


26 SOCIAL INVESTING AND PHILANTHROPY With Author Woody Tasch by Linda Sechrist


28 GREEN REHAB Green-Light Your Home by Crissy Trask

34 TREE POWER Connecting with Nature by S Alison Chabonais


Natural Antidotes by Dr. Shawn Messonnier

37 HOME COOKING The Sustainable Way by Rich Sanders

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Earth Day 2010! CONTACT US

Natural Awakenings of East Michigan Greater Oakland, Macomb, Livingston & St. Clair Edition Michigan Healthy Living Enterprises, Inc. P.O. Box 283 • Oxford, MI • 48371

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Tracy & Jerry Neale

r, should we say Earth Month? This year is the 40th anniversary of the first global Earth Day, and this year April is jammed with local events to celebrate this special day. Nearly every community has something going on to help bring awareness to healthier, more earth-friendly and sustainable living. You can find events near you by checking out the Calendar of Events in this issue. We're going to be present at as many of these as possible. Over this 40 year span, the focus of Earth Day has matured, especially as more people become aware and involved. Scientists and businesses around the world are joining in, bringing new information, products, services and solutions our way. And it's encouraging to see the emphasis gradually evolve around sustainability, rather than just global warming or climate change. The issues are more far reaching.

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For example, check out the Global Brief on page 14. In it, 10 biophysical systems are identified as being crucial to humanity, and the piece explains how each system has been affected by human activities. Unfortunately, as it points out, we have passed the boundaries in 3 of the 10, and we're not far away from the tipping point in a couple of others. We're not alarmists, but we believe this concept and approach is more effective and inclusive in identifying and solving the environmental and health issues facing future generations–rather than having what they call, "carbon blindness." Read it, and the references provided, and you'll see what we mean. To help you celebrate Earth Day, this month we bring you a good variety of content to help find new ways to live more sustainably (in addition to living healthy). We hope you find at least one good tip in this issue to help you, your family and the planet. Enjoy! Finally, with the publication of this issue, we mark the 6th Anniversary of our launch in April 2004. It's hard to believe, because the time has passed so quickly. Since that time, Natural Awakenings has grown from one magazine here in Michigan, reaching just 30,000 readers per month, to 5 separate Michigan Natural Awakenings, reaching a whopping 215,000 readers–each and every month–from over 3,000 local distribution locations. In 2009, our Oakland/Macomb circulation alone has grown by 25%, and it's continuing at that pace in 2010. Add that to the other 60 or so (and growing) other Natural Awakenings magazines around the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, and you'll understand why you hear "Natural Awakenings is everywhere!" We want to offer a heartfelt thank you! to each and every one of our readers and advertisers here in East Michigan. We realize our ongoing success would not be possible without your continued support. So, until next month, stay happy, healthy AND sustainable...naturally!

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newsbriefs 90th Birthday Celebration Scheduled for Renowned Therapist, Teacher

Becky Stevens utilizes medical intuition to assess the root cause of disease or dysfunction in the body.


rene Gauthier turns 90 this year. A celebration in honor of the founder of Irene’s Myomassology Institute in Southfield is scheduled for Friday, June 18. The event is open to the public and will host live entertainment, animal rescue adoptions, chair massage, vegetarian foods and more. Organizers hope to break the Guinness Book of World Records for the Longest Massage Chain. The current record is 630 people, but organizers are hoping for a whopping 2,000. Gauthier began formally studying massage in the 1950s and teaching in the 1970s. The Institute is a nationally accredited institution “committed to providing the best program in therapeutic massage available.” Myomassology is the term used to describe massage which includes therapeutic modalities beyond Swedish massage. Myomassology is a holistic approach to health which is a balance of the body, mind and spirit. An education from Irene’s Michigan massage school includes a multitude of techniques and information relating to the human body and how it functions. More information on the birthday celebration, contact Derek at 248-350-1400. Learn about the Institute at

Her services include: • Medical Intuition • Hands-on Healing • Herbal, Homeopathic, and Vibropathic Remedies • JMT "I referred several patients to Becky and found that they were getting dramatic results. One patient with MS has had dramatic improvements since her treatments. I went myself for a difficult problem that nothing else worked from my medical expertise. I found definite improvements and have felt much better with her Energy Healing." —Diane Culik, MD

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Babysitting Services Now Available for Yoga

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ewels Yoga and Fitness in Clarkston is now offering babysitting during select classes. The studio hopes to serve the needs of area moms who either don’t want to leave their kids or do not have viable childcare options. “Yoga is so important for mothers, to get a single hour in their day that is focused solely on their needs,” says Jules Keilitz, founder/owner of Jewels Yoga and Fitness. “The relaxing benefits of breathing and leaving the outside world for that hour do wonders for your patience and mothering.” The new Wednesday morning Strengthen & Lengthen class is one that will provide babysitting. The class, designed to improve cardiovascular health and tone the body without the bulk, begins April 14 at 9:15 am. Babysitting is available for $5. Jewels Yoga is located at 4612 Mountain View Trail, in Clarkston. For more information visit or call 248-390-9270. See ad page 54.

Local Distributor Introduces Health Drink


l Swoish, Independent XymetriTM Disributor, is introducing the ZRadical health drink to the community. Al recently joined the organization. "ZRadical is a great tasting liquid the whole family can enjoy," he says. "It provides immune support, healthy cardiovascular function, brain clairty and joint maintenance." ZRadical contains Fucoidan, which is contained in over 8,000 species of sea plants, where it acts as the immune system for the plants. Xymetri harvests the plants from the extreme southern and northern hemispheres, where the ocean is the coldest and purest. "The Fucoidan in ZRacdical is over 90% pure and certified organic," says Al, "It's the purest source anywhere. We get the same nutritional benefits as eating sea plants, but are able to enjoy it in a refreshing drink." For more information on the product or business opportunities, contact Al Swoish at 810-614-7978. See ad page 40.

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verywhere we travel, we find that people are in pain: back, knee, head, joint, muscle, and nerve pain~ the list goes on and on. Then there are the descriptions of the pain: shooting, tingling, burning, stabbing, aching and throbbing pain. WHY do we have so much pain? Is there a common denominator with all the pain we have? Is there anything we can do to help our bodies relieve our pain? You do not need to suffer in pain forever. Our bodies are made to repair themselves. No matter what you’ve been told in the past, there is an answer. At A New Hope Educational Services we help you find the missing link in your personal health & nutrition. Knowledge is power! Call for a FREE phone or in-home consultation. 888-482-1765 or visit Advertisement

April 2010


newsbriefs Natural Help for Struggling Students Green Your Beauty Routine


s parents, watching our children struggle in school is one of the most difficult aspects of having a student. Many parents are looking for an alternative way to help their child succeed at school and with peers, but don't want to use chemicals or drugs. Susan Miller of the Holistic WellBeing Center in Royal Oak now offers a “boost” to children who are struggling in school. “We have new, all-natural treatments that have helped children with many issues including attention, concentration, memory, and emotions,” says Miller. She uses auricular therapy, which is based on more than 1,000 points on the ear that correlate to specific body points that balance symptoms of concentration, attention, emotion and memory. “When auricular therapy and homeopathic remedies are combined, the results have been quite remarkable,” she says. Miller is certified in Biofeedback, Auricular Therapy, and as a Natural Health practitioner. Call 248-953-9402. See ad, page 52.


eidi Peters of Yoga for Life in Lake Orion will present an Earth Day workshop April 23 from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. Earth Day is April 22. “Green Your Beauty Routine” will look at healthy and natural beauty products. “There are plenty of green beauty products that are effective alternatives to traditional products,” says Peters, adding that most of the products on the market are laden with synthetic, often toxic, chemicals. A number of these chemicals are included as preservatives to make products last longer on store shelves. Other chemicals are used to produce a particular look and feel, such as a highly sudsy shampoo or a silky-looking moisturizer. “The problem with artificial chemicals is that they absorb through the skin and end up in your body, often stored in fatty tissue,” she adds. “Green beauty products will reduce your “toxic load,” the amount of synthetic chemicals in the body, which may lead to many diseases including cancer. Greening your beauty routine is easier than you think and it will save you money, too. Cost is $15. Yoga for Life is located at 1194 S Lapeer Road, in Lake Orion. 248-693-9932. See ad page 54.

Local Organic Lawn Care Specialist Completes Weed Control Training


ich Russell, owner of Bio-Turf, LLC, has just completed training in natural weed control for lawns and ornamentals. "This will provide an alternative to conventional weed control," says Russell, who has been offering organic fertilizing programs in Oakland, Genesee and Livingston counties since 2004. "It will provide a way to control weeds using products that work with nature and the cost is comparable, based on a 5 step versus a 7 step program." For more information, contact Rich Russell at 810348-7547 or visit Bio-Turf, LLC is located at 12745 S. Saginaw, Grand Blanc. See ad page 53.


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Salon at Cutting Edge of Health


utting Edge Salon in Goodrich is now open. The organic and ammonia-free salon is owned by Lisa Dwyer, who says she could not handle the fumes, burning scalp, watery eyes, breathing problems or the migraine of her regular beauty routine. “It simply makes sense to give the best possible service to the clients while eliminating corrosive and potentially harmful substances,� says Dwyer. The full service salon uses only the healthiest products available with organic and ammonia free ingredients without all the “nasty chemical side effects� patrons find at traditional salons. She says there is a misconception that organic and all-natural ingredients equal a more expensive service or product. “I want to give the clients in Oakland and Genesee County

the same healthy experience they can get in Birmingham for almost half the cost,� says Dwyer. “Just because it’s healthy doesn't mean I should price myself out of the market.� She says people of all incomes should be able to receive the same quality healthy hair products and services. In addition to hair cutting services, the salon offers foot detox, microdermabrasion facials and more. Facials are available using with Arbonne products, also available to purchase. The salon also uses Bellissima Nail Gel, which promotes nail health which does not interfere with nail bed metabolism and does not damage the natural nail. Cutting Edge Salon is located at 8331 South State Street, Goodrich , 4 miles North of Ortonville. For more information call 810-636-5100 or email GoodrichSalon@ See ad, page 54.

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newsbriefs Be Well & Radiant With Anniversary Specials

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adiant Beings joyfully celebrates its first anniversary. Throughout the month of April customers can reap healthy benefits during the B.O.G.O 1/2 price sale. The Buy One, Get One at 1/2 price is applicable toward select services including: one FIR sauna session, one ionic foot bath, one Reiki session and/or one half-hour consultation. Purchase two services for yourself or treat a friend. "It is the perfect time and opportunity to try something new and save on a favorite service," says Rennae Hardy, owner of Radiant Beings. "And we will continue the savings with specials on merchandise. Each week during the sale a surprise selection will be available. Join in the celebration." Radiant Beings is located at 25962 Knollwood S., in Chesterfield. 586-949-0112 or visit See ad, page 11.

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ark Rogers of Advanced Bodywork now specializes in Bowenwork. The Rolf Structural Integration practitioner and massage therapist invites new clients in and around Birmingham to try this new modality. Developed in Australia, Bowenwork has only 12 accredited practitioners in Michigan. "It is a gentle, holistic approach to health and wellness and is very effective at relieving all sorts of musculoskeletal complaints," Says Mark, "including fibromyalgia, migraines, back and neck pain, scoliosis, sports injuries, TMJ, frozen shoulder and more. It is also been shown to be effective in assisting with infertility issues. Bowenwork is different than massage, in that clients can remain clothed if they wish. "The technique is deeply relaxing," says Rogers, "and stimulates the body to begin repairing itself. Results are usually noticed within 3-5 sessions for most conditions. It is the most incredible bodywork Mark Rogers technique that I have ever studied. From the first time I received a session, I knew I had to learn and specialize in this technique. I am continuously amazed at how the body can respond so powerfully to a technique so deceptively simple as Bowenwork. It is truly an elegant art that I am very excited to bring to this area." Rogers has 15 years of bodywork experience and spent 13 years on the physical therapy staff at William Beaumont Hospital. For more information, call Mark Rogers at 248-761-4135 or visit his website: Advanced Bodywork, LLC is located at 1915 Southfield Road in Birmingham. See ad, page 40.

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he 2010 "Hand in Hand" Auction, in support of Oxford's Upland Hills School, will be held Saturday, April 17 at 5 p.m. at the MSU Management Education Center, 811 W. Square Lake Road, in Troy. The big prize this year is a personally-guided tour of Ed Begley Jr.’s home in Los Angeles. Begley, who is donating the tour to support Upland Hills School, has been an environmental leader in the Hollywood community for years. He serves on a number of environmental boards and has been the recipient of numerous awards from some of the most prestigious environmental groups in the nation. Upland Hills School was founded in 1971 as an independent community teaching children through grade 8. Located on 12 acres of woods and rolling meadows in Oxford, classes often take place in the woods or on trails. The school’s mission takes an environmental bent, with an aim to discover and respect the uniqueness of every child. Upland Hills School is located at 2575 Indian Lake Rd, Oxford. For more information, call Staci Brodeur, Auction Coordinator, at 248-563-6088, email or visit their website:

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newsbriefs Rochester Hills Yoga Lifestyle and Teacher Training Courses

tice. Points of study include Short Form Ashtanga, Meditation, Journaling, Yoga Sutra, food choices abd how to create lasting change in ones life at home and at work. The next, seven session, Teacher Training course, taken after completing the first seven session Yoga Lifestyle series, will take participants deeper into the mechanics of teaching, adjustments, posture and alignment, anatomy, creating a theme and connecting to students. Once the course work is completed and participants have attended all 14 sessions they will receive their RYT 200 Certification. The Red Lotus School of Yoga is licensed with the State of Michigan.


ould you like to deepen your yoga practice or consider a career as a yoga instructor? Brian Granader, owner and founder of Red Lotus Yoga in Rochester Hills is announcing his upcoming Yoga Lifestyle and Teacher Training programs. Classes begin April 9th, run 14 weeks, and will be held Thursdays from 7:00-8:30 pm & Sundays 1:45 - 5:15 pm. Those who take the Yoga Lifestyle course will join Brian Granader and other like minded yoga practitioners in an exploration of how yoga works and why it can bring about great life changes, on and off the mat. This is a seven session course designed to help deepen prac-

For more information, call Brian Granader at 248844-9642, or visit to view a short video on the program. Red Lotus Yoga is located at 3320 S. Rochester Rd, Rochester. See ads page 50.

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arcene Vencke, of the Thomas D. and Co. Salon in Birmingham, will be offering gentle, new Beachwave formula hairstyles for spring beginning April 13. "Most perms use thio," says Marcene, "a strong chemical that permanently changes the structure of the hair." "This gentle new formula is safe for color-treated hair," she says, "and incorporates human hair amino acids (Keratin Fusion Restructuring Serum), which strengthens, protects and adds shine. Marcene Vencke The product creates soft waves while maintaining the integrity of the hair using cysteamine, a natural amino acid to realign the hair’s internal bonds for a soft sensous wave." For more information, call Marcene Vencke at 248-258-6029 or visit her website: Thomas D. & Co. Salon is located at 344 Hamilton Row, in Birmingham. See ad, page 15.

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rion Township’s Growing Green Earth Day Expo will be held Thursday, April 22 at Kings Court Castle in Olde World Canterbury Village, in Lake Orion from 1-7 pm. Admission and parking is free.

The speakers for the event have now been scheduled: • 1pm: Native Planting, with Ruth Vrbensky. • 2pm: Clinton River Watershed Council, with Michele Arquette Palermo • 3pm: Energy Consumption, with Clifford Sholts (UHEAC) • 4pm: Solar in Michigan, with Michigan Solar Solutions • 5pm: How to Save and Reduce Energy, with Larry Kaufman (DTE) • 6pm: Diet and the Environment, with Troy Farwell (UHEAC) Vendors are encouraged to join others showcasing an array of green products and services, reliable education resources, green organizations, energy efficiency and conservation incentives, green career opportunities, green growing resources, green parks and trails leisure, green pantry and healthy living, organic closets and homes, recycling incentives and much more.


Alicia in Auburn Hills, is announcing the beginning of her Spring Special Pricing. For the next 90 days, she will be offering a full 20% off her regular session rates. "I'm inviting everyone to try Pilates," says Alicia, a Certified Pilates Instructor who specializes in classical and contemporary approaches. "It is a safe, challeng-

ing and revitalizing workout, regardless of age, gender or physical condition." With an emphasis on movement, posture and breathing, Pilates helps work on core stability and body balance, flexibility and agility. It can also help with relief of pain and tension, increase circulation, develop a better posture and flatter abs. For more information, or to make an appointment, call Alicia Heimann, Pilates By Alicia, at 248-210-0272. See ad page 9.

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Olde World Canterbury Village is located at 2369 Joslyn Court, in Lake Orion. Interested vendors should contact Lisa Sokol, Director of Community Programs, at the Parks and Recreation Office of Orion Township by emailing her at or by calling 248-391-0304, ext. 134. See ad inside front cover.

April 2010


The Best Kept Secret In Michigan!



pland Hills Ecological Awareness Center (UHEAC) is a Michgan 501(c)(3) organization located in a beautiful rural setting in northern Oakland County. They are rooted in the desire to inform and nurture awareness, accompanied by actions that promote the well-being of all life on Earth.

There’s lots going on at the UHEAC! • Wed’s: After School Yoga • Fri’s: Introductory Yoga • 4/3: Munay-Ki • 4/3 & 4/10: Free Energy Tour • 4/10: One Child, One Planet Book discussion • 4/11: Fire Ceremony • 4/17: Bio-Diesel Workshop • 4/18: Stone People’s Lodge • 4/25: Growing Cut Flowers in your backyard • 4/28: Numen film screening & discussion. For details and contact information, see the Calendar in this magazine (on day/date noted). OM Wellness services NOW available at UHEAC! Visit for more information.

2010 VegFest in Ferndale


ew York Times best-selling author Rory Freedman and NBA star John Salley will headline the speaker lineup at this year’s VegFest. The event takes place April 18 from 11a.m. to 5p.m. at Ferndale High School. Designed to promote the health, environmental and ethical benefits of a plant-based diet, VegFest also serves as the kick-off event for Ferndale Green Week activities. Major sponsors include Whole Foods Market, 93.9 FM the River, Natural Awakenings magazine, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Meijer and the Medicine Cabinet Pharmacy, with free biofuel shuttle service provided by The Night Move. Speaker Rory Freedman says she was always obsessed with food, but she wasn’t always a healthy eater. When she did eventually change her ways, she experienced firsthand the difference a healthy, plant-based diet could make. With two million copies in print and translations in 27 languages, her first book, “Skinny Bitch,” sparked a worldwide movement. It’s a no-nonsense wake-up call that exposes the problems with the food industry while inspiring people to eat well and enjoy food. John Salley is back this year by popular demand. The NBA champion and host of the Emmy-nominated “Best Damn Sports Show Period” on Fox Sports Net is a passionate speaker about how this diet choice improved his game and his life. VegFest attendees can enjoy tasty vegan cuisine from two dozen local restaurants, national brand samples, cooking and raw-food demonstrations, literature and door prizes, children’s activities and several lectures and presentations. In addition to Freedman and Salley, speakers include Dr. Joel Kahn, medical director of cardiac rehabilitation at Beaumont Hospital; diabetes specialist Caroline Trapp; environmentalist Troy Farwell; raw foods educator Andrea McNinch; VegMichigan president Harry Pianko; and a panel of vegan and vegetarian adults and children who will discuss “going veg for dummies.” VegFest is presented by VegMichigan, a 10-year-old, membership-based nonprofit organization that also offers classes, lectures, dinner club outings and an e-newsletter with more than 5000 subscribers. This event is part of the worldwide Great American Meatout, now in its 26th year. Festivities take place each spring in all 50 states and two dozen countries, encouraging people to “go meatless” for a day and explore a healthier, environmentally friendly, plant-based diet. Listings of all Meatout events, along with statistics, trends, vegan starter kits, recipes, endorsements and more can be found at Ferndale High School is located at 881 Pinecrest in Ferndale, south of 9 Mile and west of Woodward. Admission at the door is $10, $5 students, free to children under 6 and VegMichigan members. Free round-trip shuttle service via The Night Move biofuel bus runs from 10a.m. to 6 p.m. on the east side of Woodward Ave. Discounted advance tickets available at and 877-778-3464. See ad page 35.

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Small Changes Add Up to Large Cut in Carbon Emissions A new study from Michigan State University demonstrates how altering everyday decisions can collectively reduce direct U.S. household carbon dioxide emissions by 20 percent annually in 10 years, “with little or no reduction in household well-being.” That’s equal to 7.4 percent of U.S. household emissions, and more than the total national emissions of France. Researchers note that most policy attention has been placed on longterm options such as clean energy technologies and cap-and-trade programs, but changing individual habits is reasonably achievable in the near-term. Adopting fuel-efficient vehicles and smart home weatherizing top the list of doable changes, followed by use of energy-efficient appliances and heating/cooling equipment, as well as fuel-smart driving behavior, low-rolling resistance tires and carpooling ( Entrepreneur Robin Chase, who founded Zipcar (, the biggest urban car-sharing program in the world, is now also catalyzing a broader communications network for carpooling, called ride sharing, via local social networks of friends, coworkers, fellow church-goers and school chums. She notes that car sharing, in which users reserve and pay for the time they use a common-access vehicle, has been proven to reduce road time, as well as personal gas, insurance and maintenance costs. Create or join a ride-sharing group at

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Small Wildlife Victories Yield Hope Attorney Andrew Wetzler, director of the Chicago-based Endangered Species Project, watches and reports on the status of threatened species around the planet. This past year saw the brown pelican fly off the endangered species list. Saiga antelope are making a comeback in Eurasia and wolf sightings are up in Oregon’s Cascade Mountains. Prospects for captive breeding programs are on the upswing for both the Siamese crocodile in Cambodia and endangered freshwater mussels in Kentucky. Expanded preserves will provide more habitat for Humboldt penguins, Peruvian diving petrels and East African elephants. New legislation now protects Alaskan habitat for polar bears and beluga whales. Recent Mexican and U.S. fishing limits will support survival of vaquita marina porpoises and loggerhead sea turtles, and largescale industrial fisheries have been pre-empted from expanding into U.S. waters north of the Bering Strait to preserve this strategic Arctic ecosystem. More species winners included Chesapeake Bay oysters, England’s rare lapwing (a crested plover) and its Duke of Burgundy butterfly, New Zealand’s parea pigeon, Southeast Atlantic coral reefs and wild-spawning Atlantic salmon, spotted in New York’s Salmon River for the first time in a century. Sources: National Resources Defense Council, Oceana, Environmental Defense Fund

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Study Shows Earth Already Past Three Tipping Points A team of 28 scientists responsible for the groundbreaking paper, “Planetary Boundaries: A Safe Operating Space for Humanity,” published in Nature, have identified 10 biophysical systems that are crucial to humanity’s flourishing. They caution against “carbon blindness,” or focusing on atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations above all else; rather, they point to 10 safe operating boundaries within which we must remain to maintain the basic environmental conditions in which we have evolved. “Human activities,” the scientists warn, “have now reached a magnitude that may trigger irreversible and, in some cases, abrupt environmental change, by damaging the regulatory capacity of the systems on Earth that keep the planet in the desired Holocene state” (that of the past 10,000 years). As of 2009, biodiversity loss was already at more than four times the identified tipping point, closely followed by a damaged nitrogen cycle; climate change had just passed the crucial tipping point. Ocean acidification and stratospheric ozone depletion are currently at the tipping point. Land system change, the phosphorus cycle and global freshwater use are closing in on the critical point, with chemical pollution and atmospheric aerosol loading the other two categorical dangers.

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he world, now in greater peril than ever, also has unprecedented opportunity to build a new future. In 2010, April 22nd, the 40th anniversary of the first global Earth Day, we have the collective power to bring about historic advances in individual, civic, corporate, national and international commitments to sustainability. Earth Day Network, a nonprofit organization that spearheads care for the Earth among 17,000 partners and collaborating organizations, sees this year as pivotal. “Earth Day is a catalyst for environmental change—40 years and 190 countries strong,” says Denis Hayes, the original Earth Day organizer and an Earth Day Network board member. Together, he says, “We will ignite this generation, the Green Generation, with the vigor and passion of the first Earth Day.” More than a billion people annually participate in Earth Day activities. This month, volunteers around the world are engaged in large and small steps to green up their communities as part of the networks’ A Billion Acts of Green movement. Some are widening their reach through a green social network. Others are participating in 500 town hall-style meetings with local leaders on Earth Day to discuss response to climate change. Students are rallying in campus events. Communities of artists and athletes for the Earth are also on board. “The first Earth Day motivated U.S. citizens to charge government leaders with responsibility for the health of the environment,” says Carl Pope, executive director of the Sierra Club. “Forty years later, environmental legislation for climate action is more important than ever; passing a climate bill in the United States by April 22, 2010 is imperative.” Supported priorities include renewable energy, green jobs and a new green economy. April 24 is also designated as a global day of celebration, marking all contributing achievements, in 40 events in major cities, including Washington, D.C. Find one of the many scheduled Earth Day activities in our Calendar of Events this month (beginning on page 39). Then register a personal or corporate green action at

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Digital Downloads Ease Emissions The environment is reaping the reward of today’s trend toward accessing music via the Internet, pre-empting a trip to the store to purchase a CD in a plastic case. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory show relative savings in production and transportation energy costs and related carbon dioxide emissions of 40 to 80 percent for the digital download; the higher savings is achieved when users choose not to burn the music onto a CD. Film fans viewing movies on their computer screen similarly render a benefit to Mother Earth. Source:

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ew research from Tufts University School of Medicine shows that patients with knee osteoarthritis who engage in regular Tai Chi exercise both improve their physical function and experience less pain. Tai Chi benefits arthritis sufferers, report researchers, because its range of slow rhythmic movements enhances balance, strength and flexibility and induces mental relaxation, all of which contribute to a more positive perception of health and well being. Source: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009

ho would have thought that a clean-smelling room, infused with a barely noticeable scent of citrus, could turn us into better people? A new study at Brigham Young University shows that people who enter a clean-smelling environment do just that; they become fairer, more generous and more charitable. In one experiment, participants received $12, allegedly sent by an anonymous partner in another room. They then had to decide how much to keep and how much to return to their partner, who trusted them to divide it fairly. People in the clean-scented room returned an average of $5.33 to their partner, versus only $2.81 by those in a normal room. In another experiment, those in the citrus-scented clean room showed a higher interest (4.21 on a 7-point scale) in volunteering for a Habitat for Humanity service project than those in the other room (3.29). Also, 22 percent in the clean room pledged to donate money, compared to only 6 percent in the control group. Cleanliness can help shape our actions, the researchers concluded, as well as our judgments about others and ourselves. “This is a very simple, unobtrusive way to promote ethical behavior,” observes Katie Liljenquist, the lead author on the report in Psychological Science, noting its potential usefulness in workplaces, stores and other organizations that typically rely on traditional surveillance and security measures. Perhaps the findings could be applied at home, too, Liljenquist conjectures: “It could be that getting our kids to clean up their rooms might help them clean up their acts, too.”

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ew, long-term research by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center shows that middle-aged people who practice yoga gained less weight over a 10-year period than those who did not, independent of other physical activity and changes in dietary habits. The difference is that yoga teaches mindful eating. The researchers found that people who were aware of why they ate and stopped eating when satisfied weighed less than those who ate without that awareness. Yoga cultivates mindfulness in a number of ways, starting with being able to hold a challenging pose. A practitioner’s ability to be calm and observant during physical discomfort teaches how to maintain calm in other challenging situations as well, such as declining to eat when we’re not hungry or not eating extra food when it tastes especially good. Satisfaction also comes from awareness of how food looks, tastes and smells. The researchers concluded that mindfulness appears to be a state that can augment the usual approaches to weight loss, such as counting calories, limiting portion size and not eating when emotionally upset or depressed. Adding yoga practice to a standard weight-loss program may both make it more effective and promote eating behavior that is healthy and empowering.

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or starters, antidepressants don’t work for more than half the people who take them. New findings from an investigation at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine suggest that antidepressants fall short because they’re aimed at the wrong biochemical targets in the brain. Research led by Northwestern psychiatry professor Eva Redei, Ph.D., using rats (their brains are remarkably similar to ours in areas related to depression), suggests that antidepressants are more suited to treating stress than depression and undermines the belief that stress itself can be a major cause of depression. Redei’s research further suggests why antidepressants that aim to boost levels of the neurotransmitters serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine are also often ineffective. Her team did not find the dramatic differences in the levels of genes controlling the function of these neurotransmitters that would be expected if depression were related to their activity. In a Neuroscience 2009 conference presentation, Redei concluded that today’s antidepressants have been focusing primarily on the effects of depression, not its cause. Renowned integrative physician Andrew Weil comments that in his view, meditation and regular aerobic exercise are more effective depression busters.

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he prevalence of obesity and its related diseases are increasing by alarming rates. Metabolic disorders are causing our children to be the first generation to not outlive their parents. And, while this is frightening, it is preventable through proper nutrition. Traditional diets consist of counting calories and eating tasteless low fat/ high carbohydrate foods. To eat less and exercise more has become the American way. But, is it working? Let’s step back and imagine a time when man was robust and strong, naturally disease free and obesity was not an issue. That was the Paleolithic Age, about 2.5 million years in duration and ending around 10,000 years ago with the development of agriculture and food processing. This life as “huntergatherer” provided only nutrient dense, highly nutritious foods. The premise is that modern humans are genetically adapted to the diet of their Paleolithic ancestors and human genetics have scarcely changed since the dawn of agriculture. According to S. Boyd Eaton, M.D., co-author of The Paleolithic Prescription: A Program of Diet and Exercise and a Design for Living, "we are the heirs of inherited characteristics accrued over millions of

Along with a healthy dose of exercise, Paleo nutrition will replenish lost vitamins and minerals, shed unwanted body fat, and improve your blood lipid profile. years; the vast majority of our biochemistry and physiology are tuned to life conditions that existed prior to the advent of agriculture some 10,000 years ago. Genetically our bodies are virtually the same as they were at the end of the Paleolithic era some 20,000 years ago." First popularized in the 70’s, the Paleolithic concept is still going strong today. Gaining international attention is 72 year old retired economics professor, Art De Vany whose Evolutionary Fitness blog has paying subscribers in 115 countries. Mr. De Vany is so fit and energetic that his disciples have described him as “you feel like he could, at a moment’s notice, charge at you and trample you.”

Modern diets are typically high in breads, grains, cereals, rice and other carbohydrates that “rob” our bodies of the essential nutrients C, D, B, magnesium, and calcium; thus leading to overeating, malnutrition, and obesity. Likewise, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, asthma, COPD, reproductive impairments, osteoporosis, and hormone abnormalities are also consequences of modern civilization. Therefore, an ideal diet for human health and well-being is one that resembles our ancestor’s diet. “Even short-term consumption of a Paleolithic type diet improves BP and glucose tolerance, decreases insulin secretion, increases insulin sensitivity and improves lipid profiles…in healthy sedentary humans.” – (European Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2009) 63, 947–955) A Paleo diet (adoringly known as the caveman diet) is not an elimination diet. Rather, the focus is on adding whole foods, meat, fish, poultry, vegetables, root vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and berries and leave the sugary snacks behind. Learn to love fat, for it will train your body to burn body fat for fuel rather than carbohydrates. Of particular importance are omega 3 fatty acids. These fats increase cognitive abilities, fight dementia; ward off Alzheimer’s and improve your hair, skin, and nails. Along with a healthy dose of exercise, Paleo nutrition will replenish lost vitamins and minerals, shed unwanted body fat, and improve your blood lipid profile. So go ahead, give the waiter special instructions, take your own food to work, and get it right, naturally. Sheryl Blystone has over 14 years in the fitness field. She currently works as an at-home personal trainer, emergency medical technician and motivational speaker. Through her research and training, athletic and nutrition certifications and experience as a natural bodybuilding champion she challenges conventional diet and medicine through natural movement and holistic nutrition. For more information, visit her website at or see her ad on page 9.

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The Art of Reading by David L. Ulin

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n his 1967 memoir, Stop-Time, Frank Conroy describes his initiation into literature as an adolescent on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. “I’d lie in bed…,” he writes, “and read one paperback after another until two or three in the morning. The real world dissolved and I was free to drift in fantasy, living a thousand lives, each one more powerful, more accessible and more real than my own.” I know that boy: Growing up in the same neighborhood, I was that boy. And I have always read like that, although these days, I find myself driven by the idea that in their intimacy, the one-to-one attention they require, books are not tools to retreat from the world, but, rather, ways to better understand and interact with it. As an act of contemplation, reading relies on our ability to still our mind long enough to inhabit someone else’s world, and to let that someone else inhabit ours. We possess the books we read, but they possess us also, filling us with thoughts and observations, asking us to make them part of ourselves. This is what Conroy was hinting at in his account of adolescence. In order for this to work, however, we need a certain type of silence, an ability to filter out the world’s incessant noise. Such a state is increasingly elusive in our hyper-networked culture, in which every rumor and banality is blogged and tweeted. Today, it seems it is not contemplation we seek, but an odd sort of distraction, busily masquerading as being in the know. How do we pause when we must know everything instantly? How do we ruminate when we are constantly expected to respond? How do we become immersed in something (an idea, emotion or deci-

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sion) when we are no longer willing to give ourselves the space to reflect? This is where real reading comes in, because it demands that space and restores time to us in a fundamental way. Books insist that we slow down and immerse ourselves in them. We can rely on books to pull us back from the world, to reconnect us with a more elemental sense of who we are. Text has a permanence that eclipses boundaries of time and space, whether written yesterday or 1,000 years ago. After spending hours each day reading emails and fielding phone calls in the office, tracking informa-

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ecently, the American Podiatric Medical Association published a list of alternative activities for people who felt their walks were just too boring. While I agree that some variation in exercise is a plus for both mind and body, walking never needs to be boring or static. A walk can be like an oasis in a hectic day or a mini-vacation when the world seems overwhelming. It can provide an exhilarating workout or a simple release of tension and a break from too much sitting. With such ongoing easy access to it and so little cost or hassle, a walk is too good of an exercise option to walk away from. Here are 10 ways to make sure your walks keep you coming back for more.


Keep a pair of walking shoes and socks in your car. If you pass a tempting park or an alluring pathway during the day, stop, slip on your shoes and take a short stroll.


Find a buddy and join in at least two walks a week. Regularly meeting with an activity-oriented friend is a good way to cement a relationship, both with the person and with walking.



Boost fitness and fat burning with interval training. This simply means warming up, walking steadily and adding in increasingly long bursts of fast walking. This type of training increases endurance and cardiovascular fitness and burns more fat than steady walking alone can.


Access hills at least one day a week. If you’re a flatlander, find some stadium stairs or another architectural feature to include in a walk.


Find a waterway. A walk around a lake or along a river or canal is a pleasure. Taking in the greenery and watery reflections works to soothe the soul and reduce the effects of stress.


Practice a meditative technique while walking. The natural, stressreducing effect of a rhythmic walk, combined with meditation, can be especially soothing. It may be as simple as breathing in for four steps, then breathing out for four steps, keeping your mind focused on the steps or the breath and allowing other thoughts to pass. Or just count triplets; one, two, three; one, two, three—and you’re waltz walking.

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■Keep a pair of walking shoes at work and take 10- to 20-minute brisk walking breaks. ■Map out a variety of walking routes to and around your place of employment. ■Remember to count various inside routes via hallways and staircases. ■Send documents to a printer that's not near your desk. Walk to a colleague’s office for a discussion, rather than sending email. Get off the bus or train one stop early and walk the rest of the way, or park in a distant lot. ■Hold walking meetings with a coworker, so you can walk and talk. ■Exercise first, then eat lunch, which encourages sensible eating. ■Find out what works for you, understanding that your preferences may regularly change. Bonus tip: Stand while you’re on the phone, talking with a co-worker or even eating lunch; it burns more calories. A study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine reported that mildly obese people sit, on average, two hours longer than those who are lean.


Try a pair of walking poles. You’ll burn extra calories and get a synergistic workout without the muscle strain that can occur from walking with weights.


Head for town or for the mall. Sometimes, nature just isn’t calling and you may decide you’ll be more entertained window shopping. Walking the errands that you normally do by car can give a different perspective on your neighborhood; having a specific destination makes the walk seem more purposeful.


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A walk can be like an oasis in a hectic day or a mini-vacation when the world seems overwhelming. or a podcast or pick up a book on tape or a CD from the local library and listen while you walk. Just make sure you are in a place that’s safe from hazards and where you’re not alone; stay aware of your surroundings.


Take your dog along. Few dogs say no to exercise. If your pet is a lousy walker, consider obedience training classes. There’s nothing quite like walking with a happily grinning, well-heeled dog.

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elping our children form successful relationships with other people as a basis for getting along in the world is important, but building other connections is also vital—including a respectful relationship with nature, animals and the world we inhabit. Embarking on an outdoor walking adventure is an easy and enjoyable way of introducing children to nature’s wonders. Sandra Friend, author of numerous books, including The Florida Trail: The Official Hiking Guide and Hiking Trails of Florida’s National Forests, Parks and Preserves, says that many parents don’t realize the wealth of options that likely exist a short distance from where they live. “County park and recreation offices can provide information on a wide variety of parks, urban walks and other resources that you may not even be aware are close by,” says Friend. “Check your county’s website, where you can almost always find excellent information on these and other resources.” When she was young, Friend kept a terrarium on her bedroom windowsill, filled with the things she discovered while outdoors. She understands the benefits of giving children the license and space to explore nature in ways that stimulate their own imagination. Friend offers the following suggestions for engaging children while you’re out walking, and turning these experiences into memorable adventures that can help cultivate their inherent curiosity.


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Botanical gardens, parks, butterfly gardens and zoos are perfect settings for walking adventures, even on a rainy day. Should a child show interest in particular animals, make repeat visits at various times when the animals are being bathed, fed or cared for in different ways. Between visits, watch a nature video together or explore a picture book about the animal. Do your research so that you can share facts about the animal’s behavior, colors, diet and habitat. If individual animals aren’t already named, let your child choose his or her own name. Then, as opportunities arise at home, you can bring up the topic of George the Giraffe or Lucy the Lioness, and encourage kids to use their imagination to create stories starring their animal friends.

Keep a Record

Whether it’s on your street, in a nearby city park or in the yard, a single tree can become an adventure all its own, especially for a small child who may not be able to manage long excursions. Make an outline of the tree on a piece of paper using a thick crayon or marker, and then run off multiple copies. Have the little one chronicle the tree’s seasonal

changes by coloring them in and by adding the flowers that grow at its base or the birds and squirrels that live among its branches. Older kids can add more information, such as where the tree originated, its general lifespan and what it’s used for. “You can also carry along a camera to record things you encounter on your walks,” advises Friend. “Then, help your children assemble a scrapbook of their walking adventures.”

Into the Wild

Vacations are another opportunity for family walking adventures. Have kids research the area you’ll be visiting before leaving home, and plan walking routes ahead of time to make the most of your vacation. Remember, though, that huge expanses of wilderness can be intimidating, especially if you’re not even two feet tall. “Short trails are good for small kids,” counsels Friend. “Make it an adventure by picking a topic before you head out. If it’s butterflies, for example, have your child point out what they notice when they encounter one.”

Make it a Quest

Don’t discount the mysteries and magic of your own backyard. Especially when children are very small, walking around the seemingly vast universe right outside their back door can be the source of some pretty great adventures. Hang a birdfeeder and learn the names of the birds that come to visit. Chart the seasons with their comings and goings, as well as the changes in the nearby plants and various trees. Older children can be in charge of their own garden plots; strolls to and from watering and caring for them can be a slow excursion to examine the rocks and insects along the way. Just be sure you’re ready to answer questions about everything you see. Poet, screenwriter and author Debra Bokur looks forward to her daily meditation walks in the Colorado Rockies. She is a contributor to Mindful-Mama. com, a healthy parenting community. Her latest Web-based project is

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pril is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. Screening for the early warning signs of oral cancer is one of the most important reasons why you should visit the dentist on a regular basis. More than 34,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year. It will cause over 8,000 deaths, killing roughly 1 person per hour, 24 hours per day. This is a number which has not significantly improved in decades. In fact, recent statistics published by the American Cancer Society indicate that while the incidence and death rates for cancers overall have decreased, both the incidence and the death rate for oral cancer have increased. Early detection and diagnosis are essential in successful treatment of the disease. Oral cancer is 90% curable when found in its early stages. “As your dental team, we are the front line of defense in early detection of this disease,” says Dr. Heather Pranzarone Stratton of HPS Advanced Dental Care in Shelby Township. “It is estimated that only about 50% of the US population visits the dentist every year. Unfortunately, only about 15% of those who visit a dentist regularly, report having had an oral cancer screening.” “This is unfortunate and unacceptable in my opinion, when you consider that historically, the greatest strides in combating most cancers have come from increased awareness and aggressive campaigns directed at early detection.” Dr. Heather notes, “For cervical, prostate and breast cancer, we’ve gotten used to annual screening exams -- Pap smears, PSA tests and mammograms -- each of which has greatly reduced death rates and increased early detection of the disease. In a similar fashion, utilizing new technologies available through our dental office, like computerized oral cancer risk assessment soft-

ware and an FDA-approved early detection test could help reduce the deaths and disfigurement that can result from oral cancer. Dentists today are concerned with much more than cavities; we’re focused on total wellness, as indicated by conditions in the mouth.” Actually, it is easier to follow through with oral cancer screenings, since unlike many other cancer screening procedures, there is no invasive technique necessary to look for it, no discomfort or pain involved, and it is very inexpensive to have your mouth examined for the early signs of disease. While most cases of oral cancer are associated with smoking and alcohol, one-quarter of all cases affect people with no risk behaviors. “There is growing evidence that HPV (human papillomavirus), a sexually transmitted virus that has long been associated with cervical cancer, is associated in nearly 10% of oral cancer cases in both men and women,” said Dr. Heather. “Public health experts think this may account for the growing number of oral cancers in younger people. The bottom line for everyone: See your dentist; it may save your life.” “It is our goal to have 100% of our practice family screened for oral cancer on a yearly basis. It is important to realize that a visit to our office is no longer about a filling, a crown, or “just a cleaning,” but can actually be a matter of life and death. Dental examinations, when properly done and which include a screening for oral cancer will save lives.” For more information about HPS Advanced Dental Care and Dr. Heather Pranzarone Stratton or to reserve your time with her practice, call 248652-0024 or visit: They are located at 4741 24 Mile Road, Ste. C Shelby Township.


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wisewords Merging Social Investing and Philanthropy A Conversation with Author Woody Tasch

by Linda Sechrist


n Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money, author Woody Tasch points the way to strategies for fixing the economy, from the ground up. His principles of responsible investing connect investors to the places where they live and to the land, offering life-affirming, culturally rich alternatives to global markets run amok. What do you mean by the term "slow money"? There are two aspects to slow money. The first is intertwined with the slow food movement, initially begun as a response to the opening of a McDonald’s restaurant in Rome, Italy. Now, this grassroots social movement, with some 85,000 members, promotes a way of living and eating that strengthens the connections between the food we eat and the health of our communities, our bioregion and our planet. The second aspect is about creating a grassroots financial movement. The initial goal is to attract the attention of one million or more Americans who are willing to invest a small fraction of their investment dollars in small-scale agriculture. This supports the health of the individual and ultimately, leads to a


more robust community. Slow Money is a new nonprofit that organizes local and national networks and develops new financial products and services to bring money back down to earth. We are currently steering significant new sources of capital to small food enterprises, appropriate-scale organic farming and local food systems. In addition, we seek to catalyze the emergence of the new nurture capital industry—entrepreneurial financing aimed to support soil fertility, carrying capacity, sense of place, cultural and ecological diversity and nonviolence— all of which connects investors to their local economies. Present examples include credit unions, co-ops, community supported agriculture and community development venture capital funds like Community Development Financial, which is already in place. At the heart of our organization are two questions. What if we put soil fertility into return-on-investment calculations that serve people and place as much as they serve industry sectors and markets? What if we could design capital markets built around preservation and restoration, rather than extraction and consumption?

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So, by contrast, how would you define fast money? Fast money refers to investment dollars that have become so detached from the people, places and activities being financed that it is impossible to say whether the world economy is going through a correction in the markets triggered by the sub-prime mortgage crisis, or whether we are teetering on the edge of something much deeper and more challenging. Fast money creates a baffling environment that cannot be understood or managed, even by financial experts. This kind of befuddlement arises when the relationships among capital, community and bioregion are broken. If we continue to invest in ways that uproot companies, putting them in the hands of a broad, shallow pool of absentee shareholders whose primary goal is the endless growth of their financial capital, the depletion of our social and natural capital will continue. Why do you believe today’s industrial finance strategies are not working? Organized from “markets down,” rather than from “the ground up,” in-

dustrial finance is inherently limited in its ability to nurture the long-term health of a community and bioregion. These limits are nowhere more apparent than in the food sector, where financial strategies bent on optimizing the efficient use of capital have resulted in cheap, chemical-laden food; millions of acres of genetically modified corn; trillions of food transport miles; widespread degradation of soil fertility; depleted and eutrophied aquifers [where nutrient and algae overload snuff out oxygen and helpful organisms]; a dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico; and an obesity epidemic that exists side-by-side with persistent hunger in this country.

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S pring G reen R ehab Give Your Home the Green Light Today by Crissy Trask


ith Mother Nature beautifully transforming our outdoor environment this time of year, it’s only natural to feel inspired to rejuvenate our indoor environment, too. Given this natural source of inspiration, it makes sense to do it using green products that are better both for us and for the Earth. Kelly Lerner, a principal of One World Design Architecture, in Spokane, Washington, and co-author of Natural Remodeling for the NotSo-Green House, sees a willingness among home-owners to sort through all the green options. “Yes, green materials have become stylish and chic. But homeowners are genuinely concerned about their own health and they also see the connection between their own well-being and the health of their homes and the ecosystem. We all depend on clean water and air, indoors and out, for example, and consumers


are beginning to see how their everyday actions impact the whole system.” It helps to know that making over our home doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing proposition, says Lerner. “Taking even small steps to renew a space will give us a sense of ownership, pride and comfort every time we enter it.”

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Foot (and perhaps paw) traffic, spills and abuse take a toll on floors. We could just cover them up with new carpet, but carpet harbors dirt and bacteria. A hard floor is easier to keep clean and will provide more flexibility, should we decide to redecorate down the road. Among the dizzying array of flooring options, a growing number of choices are better for the environment, so doing the right thing doesn’t mean compromising on style and quality. Certified sustainable wood Forest certification began as a way to urge logging companies to adopt environmentally sound practices. Today, several certification programs exist within the industry, but according to the Natural Resources Defense Council, independent Forest Stewardship Coun-

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cil certification remains the only credible seal of approval for wood products. Look for the FSC mark on packaging and accept no substitutes. Reputable sources include EcoTimber. com and Bamboo Bamboo, a rapidly renewable resource that grows faster than almost any other plant, has found its way into many products, most notably, flooring. Dan Smith, president and founder of Smith & Fong Co., makers of Plyboo, remarks that “Bamboo easily passes the environmental test, but it’s also aesthetically and tactilely pleasing as a finish product.” To ensure quality and sustainability, select bamboo flooring that carries reputable third-party certifications of compliance with high environmental and indoor air quality standards. Some reputable sources include and Cork Cork flooring is made from either the bark of a cork oak tree or recycled natural cork wine stoppers. The former renews every 10 years; the latter, each time we uncork a bottle of wine. As long as cork is harvested correctly, the cork tree is unharmed and regenerates bark 20 or more times during its

lifespan. Cork is strong, resilient and reduces noise, making it an ideal choice for many home applications. Look for formaldehyde- and PVC-free products.

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Natural linoleum Natural linoleum flooring is made from renewable raw materials such as linseed oil, pine rosin, wood flour and jute. Marmoleum, produced by Forbo, comes in so many different colors that the design possibilities are limitless. But its color palette is just the beginning of the allure: “Marmoleum actually becomes stronger with age, as the linseed oil oxidizes,” explains Melanie Valerian, the company’s product line manager, “and its natural anti-static properties repel dust and dirt, making it easy to clean and maintain.”

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Low-impact concrete This versatile and beautifully distinctive material can be poured in place, molded into any shape and complemented with decorative accents to create custom looks. Mining aggregate is disruptive to the landscape and producing cement for conventional concrete is energy intensive. It’s better to choose a local fabricator that uses recycled, locally sourced aggregate and industrial waste byproducts to replace some of the cement. More information at ConcreteNetwork. com/Sustainable-Countertops.

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Natural clay plaster Plaster is a natural, environmentally friendly material, used in homes for thousands of years because of its strength and longevity. Its unrivaled beauty is now drawing the interest of modern home owners, notes Armin Croft Elsaesser, president of American Clay Enterprises, LLC. Plaster’s beauty is more than skin deep, however. “Plaster controls moisture, absorbs odors and doesn’t attract dirt,” he says, “which makes it the workhorse of wall coverings.”

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Plant-based wall coverings Who knew that covering our walls with grass or coconut shells could produce such exquisite results? Papers, tiles and panels crafted from sustainable plants and reclaimed agricultural waste will beautifully cover sections or entire walls, imbuing them with pattern, texture and color. Design-worthy sources include and

Add Architectural Detail

Architectural detail can be that special touch that really makes a room pop. Crown molding, baseboards, door and window trim, mantels, beams and wainscoting are affordable details that add interest and value to a home. Planet-friendly products of recycled and reclaimed origin ensure that we get the look we want and keep a clear conscience. Reclaimed wood Reclaimed wood comes from a variety of sources and species. Whether

it’s heart pine from a 1890 Virginia warehouse or burgundy-stained oak from old California wine barrels, all reclaimed wood has a story—and the kind of character and richness not available with new wood. Choosing reclaimed goodies also keeps more trees firmly planted in the ground.

silk or organically grown cotton, hemp or linen. These fabrications are much more than renewable, however. Hemp, for example, is naturally insulating and can improve a window’s energy performance. Loose linen weaves will allow natural light to filter through while protecting furnishings from harsh sunlight.

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Wood alternatives Wood-like composites made from recycled plastics are as much or more effective as solid wood for interior decoration. Timbron International makes decorative moldings that are 90 percent recycled. “Our moldings can be cut, nailed, glued, sanded, caulked and painted, just like wood,” says Steve Lacy, the company’s president and CEO, “but, unlike wood, our product is more durable and impervious to water.” Innovative sources include Timbron. com and

Dress Up Windows

Window treatments should complement décor, rather than dominate or dictate it. Earth-kind window fashions that come in soft, natural colors allow furnishings and decorative touches to be the star. Select natural window treatments that are easy on the planet and anything but drab. Natural shades Natural shades enhance any design aesthetic, from traditional to modern. Earthshade, a leader in natural window fashions made from rapidly renewable plants such as grass, reed and bamboo, produces shades in an array of styles and flexible options. Principal Craig Swanson promotes the rigorous quality standards his shades must meet, as well as the fact that they are sustainably procured and fair trade crafted, all without chemicals.

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NATURE THE POWER OF TREES by S. Alison Chabonais


ecause trees are larger and older than we can ever necting to the Power of Nature, offers a step-by-step guide to hope to be; because they provide shade, food, median enriching walk in the woods as a gateway to self-empowcines, furniture, wood for musical instruments, fuel, erment. “It facilitates a positive interaction with nature that paper, shelter, recreation and space to commune with builds feelings of worth and self-assurance, while balancing nature; and because they stretch from Earth to heaven, and bringing into harmony the mind, body and spirit,” says trees have been revered since before record- ed Slate. He has field-tested the program for years, as time. Even with today’s technology, we still a psychology professor, now emeritus, of rely daily upon all of their products Athens State University, in Alabama. and we need trees to help counterHe advises that walkers act global warming and protect the follow marked trails during planet. daylight hours and allow plenty In her new book, Lives of time to soak in the experiof the Trees, Diana Wells ence. Joining hands before explores the history of 100 and after the walk also reinforces distinctive tree species, the expressed sense of purpose. from the versatile acacia to the long-lived yew, known Step 1 – in Japan as ichii, or tree of Formulate Goals God. Prior to the walk, affirm a Wells notes that the Tree of commitment to no more than Life appears in cultures worldthree defined goals. Think of wide, while individual trees have the forest as an enormous been considered sacred. She repository of energy that is remarks that, “The words ‘tree’ and receptive to goals that may ‘truth’ share the original Old English be as simple as experiencword root, treow.” ing the serenity and beauty “Nothing contributes more to men’s of the forest to foster better health, self-insight and long lives than the planting of many trees,” obcareer success. served English writer and gardener John Evelyn as early as 1664. Scientists are even using Step 2 – Select a Forest cores from a 1,000-year-old Southeast We enter the woods to Select a safe forest setting with a trail for Asian evergreen, the Fokienia hodginsii drink in the calming, quiet the walk, preferably in the company of a tree, to decode the climate history that partner or group that can add both protecaffects us all. Every year, people around strength of the trees. tion and interactive enrichment. the world celebrate anew the complex living communities we call trees on World Forestry Day at the spring equinox (autumnal equinox in the Step 3 – The Walk southern hemisphere). Upon entering the forest area, pause to experience its splen-

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dor by sensing its sights, sounds and smells. Take time to calm your mind as you breathe in the fresh forest air. Sense the forest’s energies merging with your own to permeate your

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ger as you reflect upon them, becoming sources of power that are available at will. “The therapeutic effects of this program can be worth hours of psychotherapy,” advises Slate. “For couples, it’s an excellent way to open new communication channels and find solutions to relational problems. Overcoming depression, reducing stress, building self-esteem and staying in shape are all within the scope of this program. The forest is a natural therapist.” S. Alison Chabonais is the national editor of Natural Awakenings. Connect at 239-434-9392.

total being. As you walk deeper into the forest, soak in its peace and tranquility. Notice the richness of the environment and let yourself feel the renewal and inspiration that typically accompany the walk. Periodically pause at highly energized points to reflect upon your goals. Take time to form goal-related images and let them go forth, perhaps navigating among the trees to gather the energies required for your complete success.

Step 4 – Listen to the Forest Throughout your walk, listen to the sounds and unspoken messages emerging from deep within the forest. Think of them as embracing your presence and confirming your future success and fulfillment.

Step 5 – Conclusion Upon completing the walk, turn your hands toward the forest in recognition of its empowering relevance as you affirm in your own words your complete success in achieving your goals. Once you’ve completed this healing program, you can reactivate its benefits at will by simply taking time to visualize the forest and reflecting on your interactions with it. Rather than fading with time, the rewards will become stron-

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Natural Antidotes to SPRING ALLERGIES by Dr. Shawn Messonnier


s the weather warms, so does the chance of a family dog, cat or other pet suffering from springtime allergies. While we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always prevent them, we can use several natural therapies to lessen a petâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s allergy discomfort and help them heal. Simply stated, an allergy is an overreaction of the immune system to a foreign protein (allergen). More pets suffer more from environmental allergies from sources as various as molds, house dust mites and pollen than from food aller-

gies. Certain breeds of dogs tend to more susceptible to the problem, including retrievers, spaniels and terriers; West Highland white terriers are the number one breed for susceptibility to allergic skin disease. While some animals sneeze and have runny eyes and noses, the classic symptom seen in an allergic pet is itching. Excessive grooming, licking, rubbing and scratching are all signs that an animal is probably suffering from environmental allergies. Because other diseases can have similar symptoms, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always best if a trusted holistic veterinarian is called on to properly diagnose a condition before beginning a treatment plan.

Conventional Therapies Conventional doctors have traditionally used several medications to help allergic pets. The most common medication by far is some type of corticosteroid, usually prednisone, a powerful drug that can quickly relieve itching. While it can be used safely as part of a natural therapy program, too often pets are treated with steroids for many months or even years, without benefit; possible side effects of any use of steroids include diabetes, osteoporosis, obesity and adrenal and liver disease. Antihistamines are another conventional medication to treat allergies. Unlike corticosteroids, long-term use is usually safe. The two big drawbacks to antihistamines are that they are not very effective in most pets and, when they are effective, they must be administered several times a day in order to reduce itching.

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A better approach to helping pets heal from allergies involves the use of natural therapies, including nutritional supplements, herbs and homeopathic remedies. Each veterinarian has his or her favorite natural therapies and application of brand-name supplements. There are a few supplements that generally can be useful in countering pet allergies. Fatty acids (specifically the omega-3s found in fish oil)

actually change the biological nature of the body’s cells to allow longterm healing; they also have natural corticosteroid-like benefits. Note that these must be given at many times the labeled dose marked on most product labels in order to be effective as anti-itching supplements. Antioxidants, which are also helpful in relieving itching for allergic pets, counteract the chemicals released by cells damaged through exposure to allergens. In my opinion, the most important aid for pets that suffer from allergies or any skin disease is to bathe them frequently with an organic shampoo. Those specifically designed to relieve itching when used on a frequent basis work well without harming the pet’s skin. I encourage owners to bathe their pets every 24 to 72 hours, depending on the severity of the itching. Feeding a pet a natural diet that is free of potentially harmful chemicals, preservatives, flavoring agents and plant and animal byproducts is always recommended. Reducing the impact of unnecessary vaccinations by using annual blood antibody titer testing to monitor exposure to environmental allergens will also decrease cell damage and reduce itching in allergic pets. I try to avoid vaccinating pets aged 12 years and older. Providing relief for pets with allergies using natural therapies does not always happen overnight, but with patience and the help of a holistic veterinarian, we can both improve a pet’s health and reduce its allergic symptoms without the need for chronic medication. Shawn Messonier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, TX, is the award-winning author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats; his latest book is Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets. He also hosts a weekly radio show on Sirius. His iPhone app is For more information, visit or DrShawns

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HOME COOKING Ten Reasons to Take Back the Plate by Rich Sanders


e’re all cooks now. Or at least, we should be. The word is spreading about healthy home cooking and its connection to sustainable, local food. Here are 10 reasons to help you get cooking with conviction.

1. It’s economical

Home cooking saves money. At a restaurant, you’re spending dollars on the cost of running somebody’s business. Purchasing prepared food from the grocer’s freezer involves paying for the processing, packaging and advertising of that product. When you cook sustainably, you take savings to the next level, using locally raised and produced food, so you’re not footing the bill for transporting ingredients across the country or around the globe.

2. It’s safer

When you cook, you have more control over what goes into your body. By buying organic, sustainably raised or minimally treated meat, dairy and produce, you can dramatically reduce your consumption of food contaminated by chemical fertilizers, hormones, antibiotics or harmful bacteria.

3. It’s healthier

You have control over the nutritional value of the foods you prepare. Locally grown food is fresher and more nutritious. Cooking methods also count. For example, roasting a vegetable preserves vitamins that are wasted by boiling it; retaining the peel on many fruits and vegetables provides additional vitamins. Are you watching your salt or sugar intake or keeping an eye on fats or carbohydrates? You’re in control of all of these when you are the cook.

4. It tastes better

We’re losing our palates to an industrialized food system. Not so long ago, herbs, spices and sugar enhanced the flavor of our food. In recent decades, our taste buds have been corrupted by cheap chemicals and corn syrup. We’ve forgotten how wonderfully delicious fresh food tastes because we are acclimated to food polluted with preservatives. Sustainable, local ingredients just taste better, so let good food help you take back your palate, so you can take back your plate.

5. It tastes like you want it to

When you do your own cooking, you can customize the flavor to suit your own

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(or your family’s or guests’) preferences. Once you get the hang of it, experimentation is the name of the game. As you learn to cook sustainably, you’ll begin to find combinations of the tastes you like and which foods are especially healthy for you.

6. It’s satisfying

You’ll discover that you derive the same sense of satisfaction from learning to cook sustainably that many people get from working out. By preparing healthy meals with local ingredients, you can be confident that you’re doing something good for yourself, your family and the environment.

7. It makes reducing meat consumption easier

Many people are pledging to cut out meat one day a week for their own health and that of the planet. MeatlessMonday. com advises that going meatless once a week reduces our risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and obesity. It also reduces our carbon footprint and saves precious resources like fresh water and fossil fuel. Learning to cook helps you create signature meatless dishes, whether they’re twists on old standbys or tasty recipes that start out meat-free.

8. It’s a gift to future generations

If the good food movement is to succeed, it will be through our children; invite them to participate in cooking. Kids love to “play” in the kitchen, and there are dozens of ways they can be involved—from reading a recipe and washing produce to mixing nature’s ingredients and decorating healthful homemade cookies. Take kids shopping at farmers’ markets, so they can see the source of their recipe ingredients. Even better, take them to a farm, where they can follow the food trail from the beginning. They will learn by example and in a generation, healthy, sustainable home cooking will once again be the norm and not the exception.

9. It enriches your life

Involve friends in a sustainable dinner party, a perfect opportunity to build community and spread the word about sustainable local food. Download a Sustainable Dinner Party Kit at Sharing a meal together and engaging in face-to-face conversation with family or friends reinforces a precious bond.

10. It makes a statement

Learning to cook sustainably is an opportunity to vote with your soup pot, while you lobby with your fork; make it your own special way of furthering values you believe in—stewardship, responsibility, independence and loving care—by taking control of what goes onto your plate and taking away some of the power of industrialized agribusiness. Rich Sanders, a lifelong foodie, is the director of Sustainable Table, at His corporate career has consistently married technology and the arts, in television, multimedia and software and Internet business development. Connect at


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Top Green Eating Tips Indulge in the Big O

Organic food is grown and/or processed in ways that support healthy people and a healthy planet. If you can’t find or afford organic options for everything, recognize that some nonorganic produce contains more pesticides than others. The Environmental Working Group offers their Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides as a free, downloadable guide and iPhone application that identifies the fruits and veggies with the most and least pesticides. Visit

Feast on Fair Trade fare

Fair Trade-certified food ensures a proper wage and working conditions for those who harvest and handle it. It’s also greener for the environment. Fair Trade certification is currently available in the United States for coffee, tea, herbs, cocoa, chocolate, fresh fruit, flowers, sugar, rice and vanilla.

Go local

Local, seasonal food cuts back on transportation, uses less packaging, is fresher and tastier and comes in more varieties. It also supports small local growers. Good sources of local foods include farmers’ markets or community supported agriculture (CSA) groups.

Don’t follow the pack

Look for unpackaged or minimally packaged foods; experiment with bringing your own containers and buying in bulk, or pick brands that use bio-based plastic packing. Recycle or reuse any packaging you do end up with.

Compost the leftovers

Composting eases the burden on the landfill, contributes to productive soil and keeps the kitchen wastebasket odor-free. Apartment dwellers can do it, too. A useful introduction for indoor composters can be found at JourneyTo

Grow your own

Raise mini-crops in a raised garden bed, greenhouse or window box. Even urbanites can get a lot of good eats from not much space. Visit and search for the exact phrase, “windowsill gardening,” for an introductory article.

Eat it raw

Many people advocate the benefits of eating raw foods. Besides the possible health advantages, preparing raw food consumes less energy, and because raw food is usually fresh, it is more likely to be locally grown. Primary source: PlanetGreen.

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SATURDAY, MARCH 27 Digestion Issues? Nothing Else Working? 7-8:30pm. Dr. Richard Sowerby D.C., Clinical Nutritionist will help you see some hidden causes to this problem. Suffer from Acid Reflux, Crohn’s, Gas, Bloating, Diarrhea? Attend this seminar. We demonstrate how Nutrition Response Testing addresses these issues. FREE. Vitamin Shoppe, Royal Oak. Info/reg: 248-879-1900. Earth Hour at House Of Yoga - 7:30-9pm. Turn off the lights for Earth Hour at House Of Yoga with a 1 hr candlelight yoga class with live, unplugged music by Vishnu Blue. An afterglow of teas and treats will follow. $15. House Of Yoga, 2965 W. 12 Mile Rd. Ste 100, Berkley. Abby Bechek 248-5560992. See ad page 54. Pantry Makeover Event and Sweepstakes - 1pm4pm. Make-over your pantry one item at a time. Bring in a ‘conventional’ product and we will give you an all natural version for FREE. Join us for healthy samples and visit with local practitioners! Don’t forget to enter our sweepstakes for a chance to win a complete pantry make-over and pick up a seed packet on your way out! FREE. Whole Foods Market, All 3 Metro Detroit Locations. Amanda

Solar Seminar - 10-11:30am. With Dave Biondo. FREE. Upland Hills EAC, 2375 Indian Lake Rd, Oxford. Info: 248-693-1021. See ad page 12. Shape Up for Spring with Peter Nielsen - Noon. FREE SEMINAR at Better Health Stores. Learn the foundation of Peter’s message of health, fitness and personal power. Better Health Store, 19850 Mack Ave, Grosse Pointe. Info: 313-885-5000. Also in Taylor at 3pm. Info: 734-374-1973. See ad page 47.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31 Community Support Day for the Detroit Science Center - All Day. Join the three Metro Detroit Whole Foods Market locations in supporting The Detroit Science Center (DSC). 5% of the stores sales donated to the DSC. Metro Shop while supporting a great cause. FREE. Whole Foods Market, All 3 Metro Detroit Locations. Amanda Musilli 248371-1433.


markyourcalendar WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31 Fighter Pilot & The Monk - 7-10pm. Also 4/1. 2 evenings of FREE talks on Fearless Success in a Tough Economy. Featuring former fighter pilot John Foley and Geshe Roach, Buddhist Monk, Fortune 500 Business Coach and author of “The Diamond Cutter.” Westin Southfield, 1500 Town Center, Southfield. Info visit:

C Customer Appreciation Night - 6:30-9pm. At the Cranbrook Institute of Science. Includes appetizers C ffor the whole family, plus a complimentary pplanetarium show at 7:30, Tickets at any of our tthree Metro Detroit locations. FREE. Whole Foods Market, Metro Detroit. Amanda Musilli 248-371M 11433 A Fitting End: A Back to the Future Look at the Green Burial Movement - 7-9pm. More families G aare choosing a natural burial over the expensive and ttoxic modern funeral. w/Merilynne Rush, an “end oof life” midwife working with natural burials; Pam Ortner, hospice RN and long-time environmental O

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FierceLight: When Spirit Meets Action - 7pm. Spiritual Social Action Event: film showing, Peace & Environmental Activists Networking. Peace Unity Church & Holistic Center, 8080A Ortonville Road, Clarkston. Bookstore, Offices and Holistic Center. Info: 248-625-5192. See ad page 46.

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Yin Yoga - 5:45-7 PM. Helps stretch the connective tissues of the body. Poses held longer which can be very meditative and calming. Concentrate on keeping your joints mobile and helping regulate the flow of energy in the body. Beneficial to all levels. $13. Santosha Yoga, 48724 Gratiot Ave. Chesterfield. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 50.

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First Free Fridays - 9am-8pm. Free treatments to new patients who want to try acupuncture. First Friday of each month. Call for appointment. Community Health Acupuncture Center, 801 Livernois St, Ferndale, MI 48220. Dalrene Berger 248.246.7289. See ad page 51.

SATURDAY, APRIL 3 Energy Tour - 11am. FREE. Upland Hills EAC, Oxford. Info: 248-693-1021. See ad page 12. MUNAY-KI: A Continuation of Past Meetings 1-3pm. w/Leah Thunderfeet. $10. Upland Hills EAC, Oxford. Info: 248-693-1021. See ad page 12.

MONDAY, APRIL 5 La Leche League of North Oakland County 10am-12pm. Breastfeeding Support at Ortonville United Methodist Church, 93 N Church Street, Ortonville. For mothers and mothers-to-be who want to breastfeed. Babies and toddlers are welcome! FREE. For more information, contact Jillian at 248-627-5893.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7 Free Intro to Feldenkrais® Professional Training - 6:30-8:30pm. Also, May 4th. Osa Jackson Schulte PhD, PT, GCFP/AT Continuity Assistant Trainer. Movement and Healing Center (A Michigan Not For Profit), 5386 Bronco Dr, Clarkston. Register for free intro. 586-484-0549 or fax 248-922-1951. See ad page 39.

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Lawn Wars: The Struggle for a New Lawn Ethic 7:30-8:30pm. North Oakland Wild Ones Chapter. w/ Lois B. Robbins, author of Lawn Wars. Discover the benefits and the difficulties encountered by natural landscaping. FREE. St. Daniels Catholic Church, 7010 Valley Park Dr, Clarkston. Info: Jim Brueck 248- 625-7597.

SATURDAY, APRIL 10 Expressive Arts Therapy Free Demonstrations -

Also April 17th. Ester Fuchs. This form of therapy uses our creative selves to heal emotional wounds. Thru drawing, movement, music or poetry, healing transformation takes place. It benefits professionals, and others seeking personal growth. Knowledge of arts not needed. Lapeer. Call 810-245-0860.

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Singing as a Spiritual Practice 4 part series with Cathy Zucker Apr. 16th & 30th; May 7th & 21st. 6:30-7:30pm. $75. RSVP required. Reiki Classes - with Hannah Reiki I & II - Apr. 10th: 9am-4pm and Apr. 11th: 9am-1pm. Reiki Master - May 1st, 9am-2pm; Reiki Teacher - May 1st, 3pm-7pm. Call for more info and to register.

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Energy Tour - 11am. FREE. Upland Hills EAC, Oxford. Info: 248-693-1021. See ad page 12. One Child, One Planet Book Discussion - 1–1:45 pm. w/author Bridget Llewellyn. FREE, books available for purchase for $19.95. Upland Hills EAC, Oxford. Info: 248-693-1021. See ad page 12. Plant vs. Animal-Based Diets - 2pm. Lecture with VegMichigan’s Paul Krause and Dr. Justin Berlin. FREE. Troy Community Center, 3179 Livernois, Troy.

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VegMichigan Dinner Club - 7pm. Join us on this month’s dinner outing as we enjoy vegan Chinese dishes. P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Somerset Collection-South, 2801 W. Big Beaver Rd, Troy. Cost: order from menu. RSVP by 4/8: 877-7783464. Kids Yoga - 11:15am-12:15pm. Doing yoga, children exercise, play, connect more deeply with the inner self, and develop an intimate relationship with the natural world that surrounds them. Kindergarten through 3rd grade. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED. $9. Santosha Yoga, 48724 Gratiot Ave. Chesterfield. Theresa May 586949-5515. See ad page 50.

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Women’s Fully Figured Intro to Yoga - 1-3pm. Jean Charette is a plus-sized yoga student and teacher. She will gently guide you through Pranayama, Asana and Meditations with special modifications for the plus-sized body. $25. Santosha Yoga, 48724 Gratiot Ave, Chesterfield. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 50. The Buzz about Bees: Beekeeping 101 - 10-11am. Brandon Township Public Library 304 South Street, Ortonville. Info: 248-627-1460.

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Reiki - Level II April 24th - 9am-5pm. $250. Must have Reiki I. Work w/emotional level, teach some symbols and distance healing.

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Reiki - Level I April 10th - 9am-5pm. $150. Open to all who want to learn techniques for self-healing & more. Works on physical level.

Hours: Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm; Tue, Thu: 9am-7pm; Wed: Closed; Sat: 9:30am-1pm.

SUNDAY, APRIL 11 Recycle 4/11: Don’t throw it away, recycle it today! - noon-3pm. In The Village of Rochester Hills. Learn new trends in being green, free samples, information and kids’ activities. First 200 customers will receive a FREE RECYCLED TOTE BAG for bringing any of the following items to recycle: At least 10 Plastic Grocery Bags, CFL Bulbs, Batteries, Used Books, Wine Corks, Tennis Shoes, Cell Phones, Printer Cartridges, #5 plastics. FREE. Whole Foods Market, Rochester Hills, 2918 Walton Blvd. Mike Hack 248-371-1400. See ad page 49. Fire Ceremony - 1-3pm. w/Leah Thunderfeet. $10. Upland Hills EAC, Oxford. Info: 248-693-1021. See ad page 12.

TUESDAY, APRIL 13 Intro to Network Spinal Analysis - 7pm. Learn how to use breath, energy and movement to create true wellness in your life. NSA empowers your body-mind connection as you develop new strategies for whole body synchronization. Are you ready to transform your life? FREE. Johr Family Chiropractic, 1460 Walton Blvd Suite 100 Rochester Hills. 248-601-8843. See ad page 46.

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WEDNESDAY APRIL 14 Introduction to Primordial Sound Meditation - 6-7 pm. w/certified Chopra Center Instructor, Leilani B. Ware, RN, BSN. Learn how Primordial Sound Meditation can help manage stress & anxiety, improve relationships, create inner peace, improve sleep, lower blood pressure and connect more deeply to your own spirit. FREE. Wellness Training Institute, 39242 Dequindre Rd. Ste 104, Sterling Hts. Leilani B. Ware 248-342-9913. See ads pages 23, 30 & 50.

FRIDAY, APRIL 16 Restorative Yoga Class - 5:45-7pm. A gentle, meditative practice that uses props to fully support the body in each pose, allowing the body to completely relax, revitalize and restore energy as well as release tension. Any level needing a more gentle yoga experience. Bring a standard size pillow case to use over the bolster - Optional: eye pillow or eye mask - Please refrain from eating anything 1-3 hours before class - Wear comfortable clothing. CLASS LIMIT 10. ADV. REG. REQUIRED. $13. Santosha Yoga, 48724 Gratiot Ave. Chesterfield. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 50.

markyourcalendar SATURDAY, APRIL 17 Intro to Aromatherapy - 12pm-3pm. Pam Ziskie will walk you through the basics of using aromatherapy to compliment your current wellness approach. Class will last 3 hours. You will receive a certificate upon completion and you will leave feeling fabulous, with a new undersanding of the amazing power of essential oils and with an oil blend, a room spray and bath salts to take home and enjoy. $50. Soothe Your Soul, 20 Hudson Street, Oxford. Pam Ziskie 248-236-985. See ad pages 41, 53 & 54.

markyourcalendar SATURDAY, APRIL 17 Polly Ann Trail 5k Run & Oxford Earth Day Celebration - 9am. 5k walk/run, 5k kid’s run, 10k run. $20/participant. Proceeds go to help maintain trail. Downtown Oxford. Info: or visit:

SATURDAY, APRIL 17 Biodiesel Workshop - Time and fee TBA. w/Chris Haag of Midwest Illumination. Upland Hills EAC, Oxford. Info: 248-693-1021. See ad page 12. Kirtan Concert - 8pm. w/Mike Cohen and friends at an encore concert. A participatory experience of sacred call and response chanting that will calm,

open your heart and build a deep connection to yourself, others and the Divine. $15/adv, $20/door. House of Yoga, 2965 W 12 Mi Rd, Berkley. Abby 248-556-0992. See ad page 54. B re a s t f e e d i n g B a s i c s - 1 0 : 3 0 a m - 1 2 p m .

Breastfeeding Basics-La Leche League of North B Oakland County hosts FREE breastfeeding class O ggeared to expectant parents at Brandon Township Library, 304 South St, Ortonville. Learn about L aadvantages of Breastfeeding, Preparing for Birth, aavoiding difficulties and starting solids. Reservation rrequired. Jillian: 248-627-5893. Local Motion Green’s 4th Annual Earth Day Fair L - 9:30am-3:30pm. Will showcase businesses and oorganizations from across metro Detroit promoting hhealthy and environmentally-responsible daily lliving to the community. Children’s activities are pplanned for the entire time. FREE. Grosse Pointe Farms at the parking lot near Richard Elementary, F ooff Kercheval between McMillan Rd and McKinley Rd. Info: 313-881-2263. R Lettuce Rock Concert Fundraiser To benefit Royal Oak Community Farm - 5pm-12am. Admission $5.00 (children under 5 are free) Royal Oak Farmers Market, 316 East 11 Mile Royal Oak. Info: Andrea Miller 586-943-4994. Earth Appreciation Day - All Metroparks. Free park entry and boat launching at all Metroparks, plus special offers. Info: Denise 800-477-2757. Earth Day Celebration - 11am-3pm. Drop in for recycled crafts, games, hikes and eco-friendly tips. Indian Springs Metropark Environmental Discovery Center, in White Lake. Info: 248-625-6640. Thyroid concerns/Natural Solutions - 10am12pm. Feeling tired, can’t lose weight, low libido, hair falling out-enough to depress you? Perhaps your thyroid could use a boost. This class is a must

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20th Annual Earth Week Cleanup Day – 9am2pm. Help keep the park beautiful and safe for people and wildlife! Check in first thing in the morning for area assignment, then meet back at the maintenance building for lunch. Optional, volunteers can also go back out again in the afternoon. 9 or older. Metro Beach Metropark near Mt. Clemens. PreRegistration required: 586-463-4332

SUNDAY, APRIL 18 VegMichigan VegFest - Speakers, food, cooking demos, exhibitors and more. Ferndale High School, 881 Pinecrest, Ferndale. Info: 877-778-3464. See ad page 35 & Spotlight page 12.

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Stone People’s Lodge - 8am-3pm. w/Jorge Arenivar. $10 donation to EAC; love offering for Jorge. Upland Hills EAC, Oxford. Info: 248-6931021. See ad page 12.

MONDAY, APRIL 19 Spring Cleaning of the Mind – 7pm. Practical tips on cleaning out cobwebs of self-sabotage and other lingering obstacles and begin to organize and revitalize yourself so you can achieve better health and wellness. Nationally Certified Psychologist & Counselor and owner of downtown Rochester’s Mental Fitness Center. FREE. Whole Foods, Rochester. Info/Reg: Service Desk 248-652-2100. See ad page 31.

TUESDAY, APRIL 20 For Better Health Now and For a Lifetime 5:45-7PM. The FirstLine Therapy lifestyle change program’s unique approach focuses on improving body composition, consideration of each person’s biochemical individuality, use of a low glycemic index & load diet and customized recommendations for nutritional supplements. Goal of program is prevention/early intervention for potential chronic diseases, improvement of quality of life and management of existing chronic diseases. FREE. Downing Clinic, Clarkston. Register: 248-625-6677. See ad page 10. Acid reflux and other digestive problems - 6-7pm. Jeffrey Remer, L.Ac., MAOM,. Workshop on how Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs can help people with chronic acid reflux and other problems with the digestive system. Learn how it’s possible to get off of your acid reflux prescriptions! FREE. Natural Wellness & Pain Relief Centers, 10683 S. Saginaw St, Grand Blanc. Jennifer or Brittany 810-694-3576. The “feel better” essentials parents need on a daily basis to care for their families - 6:30-8pm. Learn of the infinite ways that doTERRA’s Essential Oils support your natural healing process and make essential oils part of your home remedy kit. FREE. RSVP to Bio Balance Therapy, Farmington Hills: 248-345-3117 or 248-471-0838. See ad page 42.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21 The Simple Truth...Reversing Heart Disease 7-8:30pm. Dr. Michael Dangovian discusses the 3 specific key ways to help reduce the risk of getting heart disease and reverse certain cardiovascular conditions already in place, regardless of your age or lifestyle. Q & A to follow. 10. Wellness Training Institute, 39242 Dequindre Rd. Sterling Hts. MI Ste. 104. 586-796-3600. See ads pages 23, 30 & 50. The Real Truth about Vitamins - 7pm. Sandra L. Waters, RN, BSN of Nutritional Health Restoration will explain the difference between whole food supplements and fractionated ones. Learn what the best nutrient and vitamin dense foods are to eat, and which to avoid. Free scanning for most common vitamin deficiencies using Nutrition Response Testing. FREE. Whole Foods, 7350 Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield. RSVP: 248-698-8855. See ad page 53.

THURSDAY, APRIL 22 Growing Green Earth Day Expo - 1-7pm. Lake Orion. Info: 248-391-0304. See ad inside front cover. Present Moment Meditation - 7-8:15pm. Learn meditation, plus simple techniques for staying peaceful throughout your day. Includes brief discussions, Q&A, gentle walking meditation (weather permitting) & more. Registration required. $12. Center for Natural Healing, 1103 S. Washington, Royal Oak. 734-674-6965.

FRIDAY, APRIL 23 Whole Foods Market 6th Annual Wine Tasting - 7-10pm. The Farmington Community Arts Council and the Farmington Hills Special Services Department present Art After Dark. Music, art, free drawings, wine and accompaniments. Tickets on sale now at the Costick Center and Whole Foods Market, West Bloomfield. $20/adv or $25/door. Costik Activities Center, 28600 Eleven Mile Rd, Farmington Hills. Info: 248-473-1870 or 248538-4600. Michigan Earth Day Festival – Through Sun 4/24. Downtown Rochester. See ad inside back cover.

SATURDAY, APRIL 24 Digestion Issues? – Nothing Working? - 1-2:30pm. Suffer from… Acid Reflux, Crohn’s, Gas, Bloating, Diarrhea? Attend this seminar! Dr. Richard Sowerby D.C., Clinical Nutritionist will help you learn some hidden causes to this problem. Nutrition Response Testing offers drugless solutions! FREE. Vitamin Shoppe, Troy. Call 248-879-1900 to register. Earth Day Celebration - 10am-5pm. Stop in the library and check out all the cool things we will be doing to celebrate Earth Day! White pine seedling giveaway to the first 100 children. Used Book Sale, Organic Bake Sale, Recycled Products Demo, Ford Hybrid Car Demos, Children’s activities/films, goodie bags. Brandon Township Public Library 304 South Street, Ortonville. Info: Barb 248-627-1471. Chi’riffic Spaces - 10am-noon. Chi’rrific Spaces


offered by Catherine Hilker, Detroit Area Feng Shui Expert. Learn to create vibrant interior spaces by identifying negative elements, sha & si chi, and replacing with positive elements, sheng chi. No prior feng shui knowledge is required. $25. Soothe Your Soul, 20 Hudson Street, Oxford. Hannah Schroeder 248-236-9855. See ad page 41. U of M Flint Earth Day and Garden Celebration - 9am-3pm. U of M Flint Harding Mott University Center, 400 Mill St.

SUNDAY, APRIL 25 The Flower Bouquet Garden - 4-4:15pm. How to Grow Gorgeous Cut Flowers in Your Backyard, with Alexis Bogdanova-Hanna. $20. Upland Hills EAC, Oxford. Info: 248-693-1021. See ad page 12. Candle Light Yoga - 7:30-8:30pm. Class led by guest teacher Jules. Live music by Vishnu Blue. By donation, with proceeds to benefit Vipassana Meditation, Michigan. Donation. House Of Yoga, 2965 W. 12 Mile Road Ste 100, Berkley. Abby Bechek 248-556-0992. See ad page 54. Restorative Yoga Nidra Workshop - 1-3 pm. Gentle, meditative practice that uses props to fully support the body in each pose. Relax, revitalize and restore energy as well as release tension. Any level needing a more gentle yoga experience. Bring a standard size pillow case to use over the bolster - Optional: eye pillow or eye mask - Please refrain from eating anything 1-2 hours before class - Wear comfortable clothing . CLASS LIMIT 10. ADV REG REQ’D. $25. Santosha Yoga, 48724 Gratiot Ave Chesterfield. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 50. Earth Friendly Family Fun Festival 2010 - 124pm. Carls Family YMCA, 300 Family Dr, Milford, by the library off Commerce Rd, near down town. Jennifer Kovach 248-887-3611.

TUESDAY, APRIL 27 Diabetes-Preventable, Reversible? - 7-8:30pm. Dr. Richard Sowerby, DC, Clinical Nutritionist. Diabetes has gone beyond the epidemic stage and has now reached the pandemic level. Discover what traditional healthcare won’t tell you. Learn how Nutrition Response Testing effectively addresses this issue. FREE. Whole Foods West Bloomfield. 248-879-1900 to register.

and Functional Medicine Physician Medical Director for the Rochester Center for Healthy Living, 725 Barclay Cir #215, Rochester Hills. FREE, Crowne Plaza 1500, Opdyke Road, Auburn Hills. RSVP/info: 248-267-5002. See ad page 17.

THURSDAY, APRIL 29 Let’s Retake Our Plates: Dinner and a Movie with Whole Foods Market - 5-10pm. Choice of four films about food, culture and the environment while enjoying delicious, local food and supporting two great organizations. Food Inc., The Garden, What’s on Your Plate? and Home Grown. Discussion after. Best suited for kids ages 10 and up. All proceeds benefit The Greening of Detroit and the Detroit Science Center. Donation $10. Whole Foods Market, Metro Detroit. Amanda Musilli 248-371-1433.

SATURDAY, MAY 1 Vaccinations: The Latest Information - 9am12pm.. Mary Tocco, Independent Vaccine Researcher will speak on the latest on H1N1, Vaccine Ingredients and Production, the Autism Vaccine connection, vaccines and micro-vascular strokes and more. $20. Continental breakfast. Partridge Creek Banquet & Conference Center, 43843 Romeo Plank Road, Clinton Twp. Register: 586-532-5433. Info: Diane 586-532-5433.

MONDAY, MAY 3 La Leche League of North Oakland County - 10am-12pm. Breastfeeding Support-a free meeting at Ortonville United Methodist Church at 93 N Church Street, Ortonville, for mothers and mothers-to-be who want to breastfeed. Babies and toddlers welcome! FREE. La Leche League of North Oakland County, 427 Rissman Lane, Ortonville. Info: Jillian Malan 248-627-5893.

markyourcalendar FRIDAY, MAY 7 Singing As A Spiritual Practice - with Cathy Zucker: Life and Vocal Coach. 4-week series begins Friday May 7th, 1:30pm. $75 for the series. Peace Unity Church & Holistic Center, 8080A Ortonville Road, Clarkston. Bookstore, Offices and Holistic Center, 248-625-5192. See ad page 46.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28 The Amazing Thyroid! - 7-8:30pm. Learn how to support this incredible gland. Discover its link to heart health, digestive issues, weight gain and more. Dr. Richard K. Sowerby D.C., Clinical Nutritionist demonstrates how Nutrition Response Testing addresses these issues. FREE. Center for the Healing Arts, Sterling Heights. 248-879-1900 to register. Film Screening: Numen - 6-9pm. w/Troy Farwell. Also discussion. $10. Upland Hills EAC, Oxford. Info: 248-693-1021. See ad page 12. Natural Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy & How to Slow Down the Aging Process! - 7-9pm. Prevent premature aging while improving your Metabolism & Relieving symptoms of Menopause, Andropause, and Thyroid Disorders. Treat symptoms of hot flashes, weight gain, moodiness, low libido and sleep disturbances. w/ Catherine Waller, MD Board Certified Anti-Aging

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Creating A World That Works For All - 10am. Celebration of Spirit: music, laughter, meditation, inspiration, community. Peace Unity Church & Holistic Center, 8080A Ortonville Road, Clarkston. Bookstore, Offices and Holistic Center, 248-6255192. See ad page 46. Spiritual Gathering - 11am. The Center of Light Spirituality Center. All welcome. Relaxed, retreat type setting, interesting topics, loving experiences, meditation, healing, 5898 Baldwin Rd, Oxford. 248-236-0432. Sunday Silence - 3pm-4:30pm. 1st & 3rd Sun. An invitation to simply sit in silence together. It can be a time of rest, discovery and awakening. Not a guided meditation or class. No experience is necessary. 2 twenty minute sitting sessions with a short break between. Opportunity to speak and share experiences afterward. Donation. Soothe Your Soul, 20 Hudson Street, Oxford. Amy Pearson 248-2369855. See ad page 41.

monday Monday

Group Fitness w/Beth - 8:30-9:15am. Intermediate. cardio-based workout helps to strengthen and tone gluteus, thighs, calves, and hips, while reducing overall body fat. $12 walk-in or class cards avail. Jewels Yoga and Fitness, Clarkston. Info: Jules 248-390-9270. See ad page 54. Yoga Basic Class, Beginners/Intermediate Level 1 - 9:30am. Also Wed & Fri. Truly accessible, heart opening and life enhancing yoga for all age groups, emphasizing restorative and therapeutic principles. $15 walk-in or packages. Wellness Training Institute, 39242 Dequindre Rd Ste 104, Sterling Hts. 586-795-3800. See ads pages 23, 30 & 50. Simply Yoga - 9:30-10:45am. w/Barb Heuerman. A combination of postures using strength & softness,

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with a focus on deep breathing. Suitable for all levels. $15 walk-in or class discounts. 5896 Dixie Hwy, Clarkston. Yoga Oasis, 5896 Dixie Hwy, Clarkston. 248-770-5388. See ad page 54. Hypnotherapy with Cheryl Beshada, C.M.Ht. - 9:30am-7pm by appt. Also Wed’s. Cheryl teaches and specializes in Personal Empowerment, Releasing Blocks and Patterns of Negative Behavior, Higher Self Communication. Free Consultation. Warren. 586-751-7500. See ad page 31. Basic Yoga with Noreen Daly - 5:45pm. Also Wed. Strengthen our bodies, calm our minds and open our hearts. Beginning and intermediate asanas (postures). Bring mat (a few loaners are available) or towel. $7/session. Peace Unity Church & Holistic Center, 8080A Ortonville Road, Clarkston. 248625-5192. See ad page 46. Kundalini Yoga - 7-8:30pm. Any level. Focuses the energy of the chakra system and awakens the dormant energy of the soul. By Donation. Ajan Yoga Center, 48 N. Saginaw (Main St.), Pontiac. Info: Brian McNitt 248-613-6735. Hot Flow Yoga w/Jules - 7:15-8:45pm. Intermediate to Advanced. $12 walk-in or class cards avail. Jewels Yoga and Fitness, Clarkston. Info: Jules 248-3909270. See ad page 54.



Simply Yoga–All Levels - 9:30-10:45am. The light and warmth is felt by all when in this class which leaves the student feeling cleansed and alive wanting to come back for more! $12 walk-in. Jewels Yoga and Fitness, Clarkston. 248-390-9270. See ad page 54 Hypnotherapy with Frank Garfield, C.M.Ht. Also Thurs 9:30am-7pm by appt. Frank teaches and specializes in all aspects of hypnotherapy, Medical Hypnotherapy and hypnotherapy for Pregnancy and Childbirth. Free Consultation. Warren. Call 586-751-7500. See ad page 31.

Believe-The ABC’s of TAI CHI with Tammy Cropp - 10am. Beginning to Intermediate. Experience healing, stress reduction, balance, and increased flexibility. $8/session. Peace Unity Church & Holistic Center, 8080A Ortonville Road, Clarkston. Bookstore, Offices and Holistic Center, 248-625-5192. See ad page 46. Heart & Hand Thrift Shop Open - 10am-2pm Also Thur and second Sat of every month. All proceeds will be donated to local mission projects and helping agencies. St. Paul UCC, 31654 Mound Rd, Warren. Info: Valerie Austin 586-264-4777. Yoga with Ease - 1-2:15 pm. Led by Joan Price. Students find their own level of effort using their breath as the coach. Suitable for all levels. Walk $15 walk-in or class discounts. 5896 Dixie Hwy, Clarkston. Yoga Oasis, 5896 Dixie Hwy Clarkston. Barb Heuerman 248-770-5388. See ad page 54. Yoga Off the Mat - 4:15-5:15pm. Also Thurs. Red Lotus Yoga is offering students the opportunity to practice yoga and giving at the same time with Donation Only classes. All levels. 1/2 of proceeds to charity. Red Lotus Yoga, 3320 Rochester Rd, Rochester Hills. Info: Brian Granader 248-8449642. See ad page 50. Hatha Yoga - 5:30-6:30pm. Slow flow class focusing on the breath and basic postures. By Donation. Ajan Yoga Center, 48 N. Saginaw (Main St.), Pontiac. Info: Brian McNitt, 248-613-6735. Lake Orion Gluten Free/Celiac Group - 3rd Tuesdays, 6-7pm. Network with others, share recipes & successes. Learn what to eat and how to heal and support the body with proper nutrition. Registration required. Free. Lucky’s Natural Foods llc, 101 S. Broadway, Lake Orion. Info: Tanya Sallade 248-693-1209. See ad page 52. Creating Healthy Families - 6:30pm. Bradshaw on “The Family” videos. 7:30 support groups. Peace Unity Church & Holistic Center, 8080A Ortonville Road, Clarkston. Bookstore, Offices and Holistic Center, 248-625-5192. See ad page 46. Gentle Yoga - 7:15pm. w/Paula Orminski.

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Beginners, plus-sized, seniors, pregnant, or anyone needing a more therapeutic approach or wanting to take it at a slower pace and often uses supportive props to assist students with their poses. $12 walkin or class cards avail. Jewels Yoga and Fitness, Clarkston. Info: Jules 248-390-9270. See ad page 54.

- 3:30pm. And Level 1 – 5-6pm. Truly accessible, heart opening and life enhancing yoga for all age groups, emphasizing restorative and therapeutic principles. $15 walk-in or packages. Wellness Training Institute, 39242 Dequindre Rd Ste 104, Sterling Hts. 586-795-3800. See ads pages 23, 30 & 50.

Toxic Trade-In - Tuesdays in April. Bring in a conventional version and we’ll replace it with an all natural one for free. Different topic weekly (shampoo, deodorant, lip balm & cleaning products). FREE. Whole Foods Market, All three Metro Detroit Locations. Amanda Musilli 248-371-1433.

Yoga Basic Class, Beginners/Intermediate Level 1 - 5pm. Truly accessible, heart opening and life enhancing yoga for all age groups, emphasizing restorative and therapeutic principles. $15 walk-in or packages. Wellness Training Institute, 39242 Dequindre Rd Ste 104, Sterling Hts. 586-795-3800. See ads pages 23, 30 & 50.



Strengthen and Lengthen - 9:15am. Starts 4/14. All levels. Certified instructor will help improve your cardiovascular health while toning and strengthening without the bulk. Incorporates stability balls, dumbbells, more. $12 walk-ins or class cards. Babysitting available. Jewels Yoga and Fitness, Clarkston. 248-390-9270. See ad page 54. Pilates - 9:30-10:30am. All Levels. Balance your body and increase strength. Prevent injury and pain. If injured, please contact Beth first. $12 walk-in or class cards. Jewels Yoga and Fitness, Clarkston. Info: Jules 248-390-9270. See ad page 54. After School Yoga - 3:15-4pm. Join a yoga instructor from Lake Orions’ Hamsa Yoga for an afternoon of easy, light yoga for children, parents and friends. Donations appreciated. Upland Hills EAC, Oxford. Info: 248-693-1021. See ad page 12. Yoga Class, Beginners/Intermediate Level 1-3

Hot Flow Yoga w/Rene Felix - 6:15-7:30pm. Intermediate level. Renee leads her students thru a challenging, mixed flow of asanas and breathing techniques. $12 walk-in or class cards. Jewels Yoga and Fitness, Clarkston. Info: Jules 248-390-9270. See ad page 54.

to Advanced. Combination of asana and breathing techniques to help strengthen the body, calm the mind. $12 walk-in or class cards avail. Jewels Yoga and Fitness, Clarkston. Info: Jules 248-390-9270. See ad page 54. Kids Yoga Class - 4:45-5:45pm. w/Una Hepburn. For children 6 + who would like to playfully explore yoga. $15 walk-in or class discounts. 5896 Dixie Hwy, Clarkston. Yoga Oasis, 5896 Dixie Hwy Clarkston. Barb Heuerman 248-770-5388. See ad page 54. Yoga Class, Beginners/Intermediate Level 3-4 – 5:30pm. Truly accessible, heart opening and life enhancing yoga for all ages groups, emphasizing restorative and therapeutic principles. $15 walk-in or packages. Wellness Training Institute, 39242 Dequindre Rd Ste 104, Sterling Hts. 586-795-3800. See ads pages 23, 30 & 50.

A Course in Miracles - 7-9pm. The course explains major personal issues confronting the human heart and mind. Donations accepted. Eternal Balance Life Center, 1225 E Eleven Mile, Royal Oak. Info: 586-795-4358.

Yoga Class, Intermediate/Advanced Level 3-6 - 7pm. Truly accessible, heart opening and life enhancing yoga for all age groups, emphasizing restorative and therapeutic principles. $15 walk-in or packages. Wellness Training Institute, 39242 Dequindre Rd Ste 104, Sterling Hts. 586-795-3800. See ads pages 23, 30 & 50.

Acoustic Bazaar Live + Open Mic Night - 7pm. Also Fridays. Brand new venue - acoustic open mic night. Individuals and groups welcome! BIGGBY Coffee, 51185 Van Dyke, Shelby Twp. Steve Bronson.

Basic Yoga w/Anne Mancour - 7:15-8:30pm. All Levels. Simple yet challenging practice focusing on traditional Yoga teachings. $12 walk-in or class cards avail. Jewels Yoga and Fitness, Clarkston. Info: Jules 248-390-9270. See ad page 54.

thursday Thursday

Experiment Bowenwork - Helps body heal itself. FREE evaluation Thursdays. Camelia Tamasanu, 23030 Mooney, Farmington. Call for appt: 248345-3117 or 248-345-3595. See ad page 42.

Flow Yoga w/Jules - 9:30-10:45am. Intermediate

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See ad page 54. Morning Flow Yoga w/Jules - 6:15-7:30am. Intermediate to Advanced. A combination of asanas, pranayama and meditation. For the self motivated student comfortable with limited guidance. $12 walk-in or class cards avail. Jewels Yoga and Fitness, Clarkston. Info: Jules 248-390-9270. See ad page 54. First Free Fridays - 9am-8pm. Free treatments to new patients who want to try acupuncture on the first Friday of each month. FREE. Call for appointment. Community Health Acupuncture Center, 801 Livernois St, Ferndale. Darlene Berger 248-2467289. See ad page 51. Basic Yoga w/Renee Felix - 9:30-10:45am. Beginner to All Levels. Takes each student thru the fundamentals of practice making it approachable to all levels and comfortable for every walk of life. $12 walk-in or class cards avail. Jewels Yoga and Fitness, Clarkston. Info: Jules 248-390-9270. See ad page 54. Back to the Basics Yoga - 9:30am. Starts 5/7. All levels,. Registered Yoga instructor helps guide each student thru the fundamentals of the practice making it approachable to all levels. $12 walk-ins or class cards. Babysitting available. Jewels Yoga and Fitness, Clarkston. 248-390-9270. See ad page 54.

friday Friday

Rise & Shine Vinyasa Yoga - 6-7:15am. w/ Steve Guth. Fairly vigorous class for people in normal health, Strengthen the body, awaken the mind. $15 walk-in or class discounts. Yoga Oasis, 5896 Dixie Hwy Clarkston. Barb Heuerman 248-770-5388.

Introductory Yoga - 11:30am-12:30pm. w/Alan Haras. $10. Upland Hills EAC, 2375 Indian Lake Rd, Oxford. Info: 248-693-1021. See ad page 12. Hospice Volunteer Training – 5pm. April starting the 9th. Hospice Volunteers are required to complete 14 hours of training to become volunteers. FREE. McLaren Homecare Group; 1515 Cal Drive, Davison. Info: John Girdwood 810-496-8779. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous - 6-7:30pm.

Are you having a hard time controlling the way you eat? FA is a recovery program for people who suffer from overeating, under-eating, and bulimia. It is based on the twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and is open to everyone who wants to stop addictive eating. FREE. Commerce Twp. at Crossroads Presbyterian Church, 1445 Welch Rd. Info: 866-914-3663. Emotions Anonymous - 7-8:30pm. The only requirement for EA membership is a desire to become well emotionally. Donations. Renaissance Unity, 11200 E. Eleven Mile Rd, Warren. Info: Rosemary 586-776-3886.

saturday Saturday

Ashtanga Yoga (Primary Series) w/Jules 8-9:30am. Intermediate to Advanced. Series of asanas combined with Ujjaii breath, bandhas, drishti to help discipline the mind and detox the body. $12 walk-in or class cards avail. Jewels Yoga and Fitness, Clarkston. Info: Jules 248-390-9270. See ad page 54. Certified Hypnotherapists Education and Networking Meeting - 1st Sat/monthly 9:30am12pm. Certified Hypnotherapists who have graduated from a state licensed school of hypnosis are welcome. Includes educational presentation, workbook and computer disk. First visit FREE. Clinical Hypnosis Professional Group, Warren. Register 586-751-7500. See ad page 31. Community Class-Free Yoga - 11:15am-12pm. The Community Class is a Level 1 class taught by the students in the Yoga For Life Teacher Training Program. FREE. Yoga For Life, 1194 S Lapeer Road, Lake Orion. Heidi Peters 248-693-9932. See ad page 54.

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COLONICS THE CENTER FOR NATURAL HEALING, in Royal Oak since 1991. Colonics, Massage, Infrared Sauna, Lymphatic Treatments, IACT Certified. 248543-2020

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VOLUNTEERING HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS-Hospice Compassus seeking compassionate individuals in SE Michigan to provide companionship to terminally ill patients and family. Required training provided free. Info: Volunteer Coordinator 248-355-9900. HOSPICE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIESGrace Hospice is seeking compassionate individuals to provide companionship to terminally ill patients and family. SE Michigan.Training provided. For information call the Volunteer Coordinator 888937-4390.

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Don’t throw it away; recycle it today! Sunday, April 11, 12–3 PM

Enjoy free kids activities, eco-education, food and fun. BRING IN ANY OF THESE HARD-TO-RECYCLE ITEMS* CFL bulbs Batteries Plastic grocery bags Wine corks Sneakers

Cell phones Printer cartridges #1-#5 and #7 plastics Used books Eyeglasses

*The f irst 200 people to recycle any three items will receive a FREE gift.

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586-949-5515 48724 Gratiot Ave. Chesterfield MI 48051 (just south of 22 Mile Road) You can have an ad in the Yoga for You Section Special rates for local Yoga Studios. To participate, call


3320 Rochester Rd • Rochester Hills 248-844-9642 •

See website for details and more events in this month’s calendar.

Yoga Lifestyle & Teacher Training begins April 9th, 2010.

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Oakland, Macomb, Livingston & St. Clair, MI

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Dr. Jamie Werner 4101 John R Rd., Ste 300, Troy 248-680-7200



Experience exceptional Chiropractic without any twisting, cracking or popping. Dr. Werner is trained in the NUCCA (National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association). Tap into your healer within! Please visit See ad page 30.

Chinese Health Clinic Hailan Sun, MD (China) Dipl. Ac 3075 E. Walton Blvd., Auburn Hills 248-276-8880

Farmington • 248-471-0838


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


Former MD in China served North American people for over 26 years with acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. Specializing in various pains and intestinal problems. See ad page 11.


Bowenwork, Chi Nei Tang, Parafango wrapping & cellulite treatment. See ad page 42.

MARK ROGERS 1915 Southfield Rd., Birmingham 248-761-4135 “The alternative, alternative therapy!” Unique, gentle and effective pain relief technique. Not massage. Back/neck pain, Fibromyalgia, migraines, TMJ, carpal tunnel, frozen shoulder and more. 15 years bodywork experience. See ad page 40.

ACUPUNCTURE & HERBAL CLINIC Brittany Schram, Dipl. Ac 12272 Fenton Rd., Suite 3, Fenton 2305 Genoa Business Park Dr., Brighton 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.

ACUPUNCTURE HEALTH ALLIANCE Susan Burke, OMD, L.Ac 2770 Coolidge Hwy, Berkley 248-582-8888 Specializing in Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology Nutritional programs, QiGong and Physiognomy. See ad page 48.

COMMUNITY HEALTH ACUPUNCTURE CENTER 801 Livernois St., Ferndale 248-246-7289 • Effective acupuncture treatment in our comfortable, quiet communitystyle treatment room. Affordable sliding scale fees, $15-$35 per treatment, no income verification.

CARDIOLOGY HEALTHY HEART & VASCULAR, PLLC Michael Dangovian, DO, FAAC 39242 Dequindre Ste 103, Sterling Heights 586-795-3600 A unique practice with a blended m o d e l for wellness. Full-service cardiology, stress testing, echocardiography, Holter monitoringYoga, workshops. Take control of your health and wellbeing. For classes and workshops, See ads pages 23, 30 & 50.

CHIROPRACTOR JOHR FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC, PLLC John W. Johr, D.C. 1460 Walton Blvd. Rochester Hills 248-601-8843 The outside world is restructuring and reorganizing. Your world can too. You have the courage, gifts, and the wisdom to create exactly what you want. Come in and discover a more joyful and meaningful life! See ad page 46.

ALLERGY TREATMENT NEW LIFE ALLERGY TREATMENT CTR. Terry Robinson, RPN, Natural Therapist 1640 Axtell, Troy 248-822-9253, Computerized Allergy Testing/ treatments. Certified in NAET, BioSet, JMT and BioKinetics. 7 years experience. Specializing in: Environmental allergies, food allergies/sensitivities, digestive issues, skin problems, headaches, fatigue and Candida.

Dr. Mike Paonessa 716 W. 11 Mile Rd., Royal Oak 248-544-4088 Dr. Mike, a husband and father of three, takes pride in offering family chiropractic care using techniques tailored to each individual’s needs. Progressive Chiropractic offers massage, Reflexology, supplements, pillows and supports.

VAN EVERY CHIROPRACTIC CENTER Dr. Anna Saylor-Wither; Dr. Laura Vanloon 4203 Rochester Rd., Royal Oak 248-616-0900 - Get the best Chiropractic adjustment of your life! We offer a unique, breakthrough, gentle approach to Chiropractic care called Koren Specific Technique (KST). See ad page 33.

WILLS FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC Dr. Jason & Dr. Heather Wills 5885 S. Main St., Suite 4, Clarkston 248-922-9888 Wide range in care choices, from low force adjusting techniques to traditional Chiropractic. Dr. Jason Wills specializes in Applied Kinesiology, a technique not widely found in North Oakland, that assesses the functionality o f e a c h i n d iv i d u a l . Vi s i t See ad page 17.

CLOTHING CAMBRIDGE CLEANERS 1031 S. Baldwin Rd., Lake Orion 248-391-2877 N o t d r y c l e a n i n g . We t c l e a n i n g ! 1 0 0 % environmentally safe. No chemicals used. Odor free Safe for your clothing. Fantastic results. See ad page 7.

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Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul. ~John Muir

April 2010


COLON HYDROTHERAPY LIVING WATERS WELLNESS CENTER Fenton, 810-252-4389 Colon Hydrotherapy, Janie Olszewski, NHP, CCT, 12 years experience. By appointment only.

A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song. ~Lou Holtz

COUNSELING ANA DERBABIAN, LLC Counseling For Hope & Purpose 43902 Woodward, Bloomfield Hills 248-202-0583 Create the life you are meant to live. Heal from the past, resolve thoughts, feelings and behaviours that keep you stuck, experience peace and joy, live out your purpose, and...enjoy your life! See ad page xx.

DETOX HOLISTIC WELLBEING CENTER • Menopause • Allergies • Addictions • Pain 1112 Catalpa, Royal Oak, 248-953-9402 Certified in Auriculotherapy, Biofeedback, and Gates Emotional Release and Advanced Computerized Testing Certifications. Areas of Specialty include: Chronic Pain, Arthritis, Asthma, Migraines, Concentration, Mold/Candida, Brain Fog, Acid Reflux, Fatigue, Constipation, Digestive Issues, Emotional Issues, Weight Loss, Addictions, Food Sensitivities, Food Allergies, Environmental Allergies, Asthma, Sinus Issues, Skin Issues. • Ionic Foot Baths •

425 Main Street, suite #201, Rochester 48307 248-601-3111 A natural approach to mental and physical health, offering counseling, behavior analysis, coaching, nutrition and physical fitness training, for individuals, couples, families and persons with special needs. See ad page 31.

25962 Knollwood South, Chesterfield 586-949-0112 Far infrared sauna, Ionic foot bath, Reiki, bodywork, workshop space and more. Visit our website,, for special events and classes. See ad page 11.

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 21.

Whole food vitamins, minerals, herbs, homeopathy. Supplement savings card, organic groceries, wheat & gluten-free products, Amish poultry & eggs, body care, books, cleaning & pet care. Personalized service, knowledgable staff, special orders.

Because we don’t think about future generations, they will never forget us. ~Henrik Tikkanen


CATHERINE HILKER, OWNER Creating Sanctuary 248-547-4965 Life Coaching, Feng Shui and Space Purification services. Call today and make permanent positive changes in your home, business and life.

Kathleen Slonager, RN, DIHOM, ADS 16205 W. 14 Mile, Ste 202, Beverly Hills 248-613-9662 Homeopathy & auricular a c u p u n c t u r e . C e r t i fi e d practitioner. Effective for acute and chronic illnesses, developmental & aging issues, as well as addictions.



Since 1974, 248-693-1209 101 S. Broadway, Lake Orion Downtown Historic Business District




KOREAN MARTIAL ARTS INSTITUTE 935 Baldwin Rd., Lapeer - 810-667-2101 Traditional TaeKwon-Do training ages 5 through seniors. A-dult enrichment classes in Tai Chi, Yoga, Kick-fit exercise and Women’s self-defense.


725 S Adams #236, Birmingham 248-514-8259 Maximize your resources for optimal health and healing using Hypnosis, Healing Touch and Holistic Nutrition. These safe and effective techniques assist you in creating change and addressing health challenges.


Marine City, 586-405-2704


HPS ADVANCED DENTAL CARE, PC Air/Water purification, Alkaline water, Laundry Pure, Energy savings, Immune system booster, Neutriceuticals.

Laura Kovalcik, DO 5715 Bella Rose, Ste 100, Clarkston 248-625-6677 • TheDowning

Heather Pranzarone Stratton, DDS 4741 24 Mile Rd., Ste. C, Shelby Township 248-652-0024 •


Our Family and Cosmetic Dental Practice is committed to practicing dentistry with a biocompatible approach. We perform mercury free/mercury safe dentistry in a friendly, caring atmosphere for the entire family. See ad page 25.


THE RECONNECTION® Anet Kaczmarczyk, BS Reconnective Healing Practitioner™ 586-945-4915 Heal others, Heal yourself. Reconnection, connecting our personal energy grid system with the energy grid system of the greater universe. Call for a healing session today.

Oakland, Macomb, Livingston & St. Clair, MI

Medical practice emphasizing natural treatments but also experienced with traditional medicine. Special tests to determine health and nutritional status along with massage, Chelation and acupuncture. Women’s & Men’s health, Menopause & Andropause, Bio-Identical Hormones, Chemical Sensitivities, Osteoporosis, Candida, Fibromyalgia, Optimal Nutrition Plans and Primary Care. See ad page 10.

ROCHESTER CENTER FOR HEALTHY LIVING Catherine Waller, M.D. 725 Barclay Cir., #215, Rochester Hills 248-844-1414 • Specializing in the use of Natural Medicine and Bio-Identical Hormones, as an alternative to drugs in the treatment and prevention of common medical disorders. See ad page 17.

FOR THE HEALTH OF IT Mary Born, ND, CNHP, CNC 15831 Twelve Mile Rd. Southfield 248-623-2288 for appt. 248-559-6763 There’s hope! Over 25 years in natural health, Mary has helped people discard physical and emotional concerns. Experience her gentle, yet effective, vibrant health supports. Emotional healing, flower essences, aromatherapy, herbal energetics, Iridology, RMR testing, nutritional consulting, lectures and classes.




1777 Axtell Drive, Ste 203, Troy 248-435-6400 or 248-637-1830

Michael Morris, M.A. L.L.P. 23995 Novi Rd., Ste. C103, Novi; 877-292-6121 Over 12 years of successful results. Anxiety, depression, ADD, fatigue, insomnia, stress, etc. Over time and with stress, your brain waves can become “stuck” in maladaptive patterns, causing many symptoms. ILT begins immediately to help restore balance. The result: you feel better and your life is improved. Call us for a free phone consultation. See ads outside back cover.

MASSAGE SOOTHE YOUR SOUL Pam Ziskie, CMT CST 20 Hudson St, Oxford • 248-236-9855 Integrative massage, relaxation/Swedish massage, orthopedic/deep tissue massage, Craniosacral therapy, hot stone massage, maternity massage. See ad page 41.

Help heal the world...starting with you! Offering alternative and holistic treatments, therapies and Reiki Classes. Experience a holistic approach to wellbeing; focusing equally on mind, body and spirit. See ad page 41.

NUTRITIONAL HEALTH RESTORATION Sandra L. Waters RN BSN Waterford, 248-698-8855 25 years of extensive medical background. Advanced certified in Nutrition Response Testing. Nutritional teaching, testing, classes & supplements. Specializing in thyroid, body & hormonal imbalances, food sensitivities, metal/chemical detox and parasite cleansing to restore your body’s health and balance. Visit website for information, testimonies, prices and more.

OM WELLNESS Wellness counseling that makes a difference. 14,000 Natural Health Products online.

MEDICAL INTUITION BECKY STEVENS HOLISTIC ALTERNATIVES, LLC 586-468-5723 117 Cass Ave Ste 301, Mt Clemens Safe, effective options utilizing medical intuition to assess the root cause of disease or dysfunction in the body. Also herbal, homeopathic, JMT and vibropathic remedies. Physician testimonials available. See ad page 5.

NEUROFEEDBACK FLEXIBLE BRAIN Mary St. Clair, LMSW Two offices in West Bloomfield 248-366-6600 or Neurofeedback: a drug-free approach for the symptoms of ADD/ADHD, autism, anxiety, depression, insomnia, fatigue, headaches, brain fog, sensory issues, traumatic brain injury & stroke. Free treatment for Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan!

NUTRITIONAL COUNSELING ADVANCED NUTRITIONAL SOLUTIONS John McLaughlin, MA, LLP, MS, D.Hom Lee Rossano-McLaughlin Rochester Hills • 248-652-4160 Custom nutritional planning, Detoxification, Hydroelectric therapy, SCENAR pain management, stress reduction/ relaxation, anti-aging & weight management, individualized menopause solutions, natural hormone supplements & homeopathic remedies. See ads pages 6 & 7.

VITA-MEND 419 S. Washington Ave. Royal Oak 248-399-7200 We do the research so you don’t have to. Visit our store to discover the quality of our Vitamins, Minerals, Oils, Herbs, Proteins, Greens, Water, Body Care & so much more! Register for a FREE 15 min. review with our Certified Nutritional Consultant. Check out our FREE Class & Lecture schedule. Hours: Tue– Sat: 11-7 & Sun: 12-5. See ad page 8.

ORGANIC LAWNCARE NATURAL PRODUCTS WATKINS, INC-SINCE 1868 Mary Ellen Glynn-Ind. Associate 888-713-8281 140 years Natural! Shop online/catalog for 100% Organic spices, natural personal care products or plant-based cleaning products. Call today for your free catalog.


A-1 ORGANIC LAWNS, L.L.C. Complete Natural Lawn Application Products & Programs PO Box 874, Highland 248-889-7200, We believe in protecting and preserving your family and home environment with natural fertilizers that use the power of nature to beautify your property. See ad page 15.

BIO-TURF, LLC • 810-348-7547 Serving Oakland, Livingston & Genesee Lawn/tree care program that offers organic-based fertilizers, Free lawn analysis. Visit


ARTHEMIZ Lake Orion • 248-390-0681 A Holistic approach to assist you with high standard products & programs for revitalization, relaxation, pain management & weight control. See ad pg 41.

DOWN TO EARTH TOYS Wooden, Natural & Organic toys made in USA! Use code “NAM” to receive free shipping

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2543 South Lapeer Rd, Lake Orion 248-499-6126

39242 Dequindre, Ste 104, Sterling Heights 586-795-3800

Your online source for certified organic brands and eco-friendly products and featuring Michigan products! Home or business delivery service for Metro-Detroit area.

Healthy grain-free food for dogs and cats. Brand names: Orijen, Fromm, Blue Buffalo and BirkDale PetMix. Fromm Gold Adult Dog Food. 33lb bag $37.95. Just mention this ad.

A center dedicated to helping you live a better life utilizing medically proven techniques including yoga, bodywork, optimal nutrition and education, with the focus on making our clients experts in their own health & wellness. See ads pages 23, 30 & 50.


ORGANIC SKINCARE EVE ORGANICS 51194 Romeo Plank #455, Chesterfield 888-227-3033 People with problem skin, sensitivites and interest in wellbeing feel safer k n ow i n g p o t e n t i a l l y harmful ingredients in other products are not in ours. Shop online or in Macomb. See ad page 40.


RAW FOOD BETH WILKE Raw Food Teacher, Professional Speaker Information 586-899-8782 Eight years experience in raw food preparation, Beth teaches variety of dynamic classes to inspire you to new health/vitality levels. Her delicious food, high energy, and enthusiasm motivate students to achieve their own health goals.

CUTTING EDGE SALON 8331 S. State St. (M-15), Goodrich 4 miles North of Ortonville 810-636-5100 Organic Ammonia free products and services, foot detox, artificial nails, microdermabrasion facials and much more.

ORGANIC SPA CONSHER ORGANIC SPA 966 E Maple, Birmingham 248-594-0360 Consher Organic Spa is the ONLY raw organic spa in MI. Enjoy edible facials, massage and more. Voted #1 in Allure Magazine for Airbrush Tan. The owner Con Ciecko’s credentials include Reiki Master, Myomassologist, Skin Therapist, Ear Candling Tech, Airbrush Tan Artist, Permanant/Medical Tattoo Artist and Instructor.

What’s the use of a fine house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on? ~Henry David Thoreau

REIKI JAYA’S HEALING BODYWORK 429 Walnut St., Rochester 248-652-8579 A gifted and advanced therapist with more than 3,000 hours of training in massage and healing. Jaya’s hands are like a divining rod tjat detect amd relieve dysfunction and pain. Training in Healing Bodywork and Reiki available. Appts: 248-6014429.

NEUROMUSCULAR WELLNESS CENTER, INC. Diane Lang, CNMT, NCTMB 38215 W. 10 Mile Road, Farmington Hills 248-471-4816 • We provide pain relief using soft tissue manipulation techniques. We’ll help you restore balance in and heal your body in the least amount of time.


HOUSE OF YOGA 2965 W. 12 Mile Rd., Berkley 248-556-0992 Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Yin and J i v a m u k t i Yo g a classes. Our space offers a warm, safe and peaceful environment to explore your practice. Teacher Training (RYT 200).

JEWELS YOGA AND FITNESS 248-390-9270 Clarkston Something for everyone. Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Pilates, Fitness, P r iva t e i n s t r u c t i o n , Massage, Mediation, Workshops, Discussion groups and more. WALK-INS AVAILABLE OR CLASS CARDS. NO EXPIRATION.

SOOTHE YOUR SOUL Hannah Cornell-Schroeder 20 Hudson St, Oxford • 248-236-9855 Reiki Master Practitioner and Teacher. Reiki Classes - Level I, II, Master and Teacher. Ama Deus healing sessions. Life coaching. See ad page 41.



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27452 Woodward Ave, Royal Oak 248-545-6630 Dr. Simon is the owner of Woodside Animal Clinic in Royal Oak, where he practices both alternative and conventional medicine on dogs, cats, birds, rabbits and rodents. He is the author of 4 pet care books. See ad page 36.

Oakland, Macomb, Livingston & St. Clair, MI

WELLNESS TRAINING INSTITUTE 39242 Dequindre Ste 104, Sterling Heights 586-795-3800 Truly accessible, heart opening and life enhancing yoga for all age groups emphasizing resorative and therapeutic principles. Call for class schedules. See ads pages 23, 30 & 50.

YOGA FOR LIFE 1194 S. Lapeer Rd., Lake Orion 248-693-9932 Yoga classes seven days a week. A variety of styles, including Anusara-inspired. First class free! Registered Yoga School with the Yoga Alliance.

YOGA OASIS • 248-770-5388 Dixie Hwy, Clarkston • Yoga classes for every “body” restoring inner strength, health and restfulness.

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