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LESS STUFF MORE HAPPINESS How to Regain Your Authentic Self

THANKSGIVING Three Festive Meatless Entrées


Cohousing and Ecovillage Benefits


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An unexpected medical condition left Barbara nearly disabled. But, expert medical treatment and Vita, a unique and comprehensive wellness center inside Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, helped her to get back on her feet — in a big way. Only at Vita could Barbara find a wellness coach to help her create a personalized, step-by-step action plan to guide her back to better health. And, through stress management exercises, yoga, a personal trainer, nutrition counseling and more, Barbara is not only back to healthy living, but is golfing and even planning on skiing and scuba diving again.

Your path to health and wellness begins at Vita Wellness Center. To find out more, please visit or call (248) 325-3870.

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his month our theme, introduced last November, is Simple Living. As we mentioned last year, we first thought this topic a bit too narrow to cover, thinking the resources available for articles would be few. How surprised we were, last year and again this year, when we found the opposite turned out to be true. We're pleased to bring you another Simple Living issue teeming with great articles. When you think about it, simple living is really just another way of expressing the art of living sustainably. For some, it's a way of life were you consume only what you need to sustain yourself, which could include living off-grid (independent of conventional/traditional power sources). Ed Begly, Jr. and Daryl Hannah are two of the more well-known people who not only support, but live, this lifestyle. For others, it's finding ways to simplify one's life by scaling back on technology, relying less on "gadgets and devices" and more on the ability to create natural alternatives. Whatever the individual motivation is: conservation, social justice, stress reduction, saving money or just quality-time with the family, we believe everyone could benefit in some way with a little "simple living" in their life. In this issue, you'll find how to have "More Happiness with Less Stuff" and regain your authentic self, information on Cohousing and Ecovillages in an interview with Author and consultant Diana Leafe Christian, and "Overcoming Holiday Media Madness" in our HealthyKids section. There's much more, of course, and we hope you enjoy it all. This is our first year as media sponsor for the Metro Detroit Pet Expo and the Novi Equestrian Expo, both of which are being held at the Rock Financial Showplace this month. You can find information in the advertising in this month's issue and on the back cover of the Fall issue of Natural Awakenings' Healthy Pet magazine. We hope to see you there! Finally, as we mentioned in last month's issue, we are now in the pre-launch phase of the new Natural Awakenings Network. We invite everyone in our community that has products and services in the healthy living and sustainability categories to join us in making the launch of this program successful. We have a special introductory offer for businesses and practitioners who are among the first to join…FREE! Our goal is to provide another way for the community to connect with those who can provide healthy, sustainable solutions. You can find out more by reading the ad in this month's issue, by calling us directly at 248-628-0125, or by visiting our website: If you are a reader/consumer, watch for next month's announcement of how you can take advantage of this exciting new program. So, until next month, enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday this month and stay happy and healthy…naturally!

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newsbriefs MIGUN Expands Into Novi


ack Russes, owner of MIGUN of Birmingham, is announcing the opening of a new MIGUN demonstration center in Novi. Like the Birmingham location, the New Novi facility will sell the MIGUN thermal massage beds, along with other related products. Customers are invited to test them out for free. The Migun beds use 35-40 jade stones positioned to precisely target pressure points and traction points during a 30 minute relaxing massage. The heated jade stones emit FAR-infrared heat that stimulates and encourages better blood circulation. The effect boosts the oxygenation of tissue and cells, encourages muscle relaxation and relieves pain while releasing the body’s toxins. “With regular use,” says Russell, “30 minutes of massage on the MIGUN bed is equivalent to 1 Jack Russell & Jackie hour of jogging in cardiovascular benefits to your body. Each massage experience utilizes principles of acupressure, acupuncture, moxibustion, and chiropractic. Studies at the University of California, Irvine, support MIGUN’s full range of health benefits." The new Novi MIGUN demonstration center is located at 39595 14 Mile Road, Novi. The Birmingham center is at 725 South Adams Road, Suite 100, Birmingham. For more information, call 248-203-7744 or visit See ad page 42.

Eastern Health Practice Comes To Auburn Hills


ormerly located in Shelby Township, Health Matrix now offers Tong Ren at 2620 Greenstone in Auburn Hills. The facility is located across from Oakland University housing off of Walton between Squirrel and Adams Roads. Tong Ren is a highly targeted method of directing healing energy to the body. It can achieve extraordinary results by combining the complementary elements of Western knowledge of anatomy and physiology with the ancient principles of "chi" or life force. Tong Ren is based on a belief that disease is related to interruptions or blockages in the body’s natural flow of chi, blood or hormones. Tong Ren seeks to remove blockages, restoring the body’s natural ability to heal itself, even when illnesses are chronic or otherwise untreatable. For more information, contact Linda Kent at 248-373-9414 or Mary Malosh in the East Lansing area at 517-339-3465.

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newsbriefs Local DO Presents November Health & Wellness Series


r. Megan Strauchman will hold a series of discussions the first three Wednesdays this month. On November 3, she will address problems and solutions associated with menopause and discuss the unbelievable effects of bio-identical hormones for fatigue, hot flashes and night sweats. On November 10, Dr. Strauchman will be discussing issues of hypothyroidism and why many people are going undiagnosed. Finally, November 17, Strauchman will ad-

dress “the dreaded holiday pounds” and the 
popular HCG diet. All sessions are free and will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Natural Wellness and Pain Relief Center, 10683 S. Saginaw St., Ste B, in Grand Blanc. Seating is limited. Call to reserve. 810-694-3576. See ad page 19 . Life is half spent before we know what it is. ~ George Herbert Dr. Megan Strauchman

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• Prepares graduates to sit for National Certification through NCBTMB. • Employment opportunities in Chiropractor’s offices, hospitals and massage clinics, physical therapy offices, spa and fitness centers, private practice and more. Includes clinical conditions such as: • Cancer • Rheumatoid Arthritis • Back Pain • TMJ Syndrome • Fibromyalgia • Multiple Sclerosis • And many other conditions

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You’ll know it’s fresh when you cut your own at Nicklas Tree Farm Hand-trimmed Christmas trees • No preservatives, additives or paint • Free hay rides Friday through Sunday!*

Pre-cut or in-patch trees available. • In-patch: $45 • Pre-cut: $50 3847 W. Brocker Rd. Metamora, MI


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Workshop Provides Holistic Healing for Fibromyalgia


r. David Budaj will be providing a free public education workshop on Fibromyalgia at 6 p.m. November 17 at the Farmington Library. D r. B u d a j , practicing since 1983, uses multiple non-invasive techniques for more effective treatment outcomes. His medical k n ow l e d g e , Dr. David Budaj combined with chiropractic and nutritional expertise through his years of practice, allows him to treat the source of a health problem. Learn about safe and effective ways to reverse chronic fatigue, muscle and joint pain and other symptoms associated with Fibromyalgia. If previous treatments for your Fibromyalgia have not been effective, this workshop will provide you more information about this debilitating condition. The Farmington Library is located at 32737 W. 12 Mile Road, in Farmington Hills.Seating is limited. To register, call 248-626-0001. For more information, visit See ad, page 9.

Organic, Fair Trade Café Opens in Birmingham


ommonwealth Café has recently opened its doors in Birmingham, bringing high quality coffee and tea to Oakland County and surrounding areas. A full kitchen will open soon. Owners Hubert Albert Yaro and Michael Haener

Clinic Celebrates Three Years of Service


recise Chiropractic is celebrating a fantastic three years at their Troy location and want to thank all of their wonderful patients and supporters. As a thank you, please stop in the week of November 15 to receive your free anniversary gift. They will be offering 10 percent off all products in the office and complimentary consults all week also. Precise Chiropractic is located at 4101 John R Rd. Suite 300, in Troy. For more information, call 248-680-7200 or visit See ad, page 34.

say the business has a commitment to “quality, consistency, freshness and community.” Coffee beans are purchased from small coffee roasters that are dedicated to securing high quality single origin Arabica beans. All interactions with the farmers are sustainable and transparent, say Yaro and Haener, ensuring that they are always paid a fair price. “We grind and brew each cup to order and our beans are served within the first 10 days of being roasted. Our coffee will never be burnt, bitter or too hot to drink.”

In addition to using the highest quality beans from respected roasters such as Michigan’s MadCap Coffee Company and Oregon’s Stumptown Roasters, every ingredient Commonwealth uses comes from “passionate people who only deal in quality products.” Commonwealth milk comes from Calder Dairy, a Michigan company that has been family owned and run since 1946. Chocolate comes from Brooklyn-based Mast Brothers Chocolate, the only bean to bar chocolate maker in NYC. Commonwealth teas hail from Rishi Tea out of Milwaukee, WI. All products are organic and fair trade certified.

Dr. Jamie Werner

Experience Health and Vitality Again...

Give Your Body the Tools it Needs to Heal Itself Catherine A. Waller M.D., founder of the Rochester Center for Healthy Living, delivers a new approach to health care, combining traditional and complementary medicine -- to create the best of both worlds. We provide natural treatments to help you:

• Regain optimal energy and vitality • Improve sleep, mood and memory • Relieve Menopause and Andropause (male) symptoms • Lose weight quickly and effectively • Lower cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar • Restore hormone balance and improve thyroid function • Slow the aging process • Remove toxins from the body • Optimize digestion and enhance your immune system Treatment options include: Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Natural Treatments (Herbs and Vitamins), Intravenous (IV) Nutrients and/or Chelation, Nutritional Counseling, and Psychological Services (EMDR, EFT, Interactive Metronome and Psychotherapy)

Commonwealth Café is located at 300 Hamilton Row, in Birmingham. For more information, call 248-792-9766 or visit

“Treating the causes, not just the symptoms, to help restore you to optimal health.”

Call 248-844-1414

for more information, or visit to take our FREE “Ultraprevention” Health Survey.

Catherine A. Waller, MD 725 Barclay Circle #215 • Rochester Hills, MI

November 2010


newsbriefs Local Nonprofit Receives Matching Grant Award


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ACASA has been chosen as one of 21 southeast Michigan agencies selected by the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan ( to receive the Community Foundation Challenge – Emergency Food & Shelter Grant. This unique grant opportunity, made possible by the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation (, will provide a match of one dollar for every two dollars raised by LACASA. The grant period is one year and eligible donations must be made from before October 5, 2011.

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Improve Your Health


The Downing Clinic has been helping patients take the natural approach to health since 1991.

What Health Goals Have You Identified? • Reduce Stress • Take Less Medication • Boost Your Immunity • Improve Nutrition

• Get a Physical • Lower Cholesterol • Have More Energy • Reduce Menopause Symptoms

Natural treatment options whenever possible. Prescriptions only when necessary.

Services • Internal Medicine/Primary Care • Bio-identical Hormone Replacement for Men & Women • FirstLine Therapy Lifestyle Program Detoxification • Acupuncture Class • Massage, Reiki, Healing Touch November 18th • Rolfing® 5:45 pm • Fee: $25 • Homeopathic Remedies Call to register! • Nutrition Consults • Electrodermal (EDS) Screening

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In conjunction with this grant opportunity, LACASA is excited to launch its new fundraising campaign “Grant Match 2010: Partners for Good,” with a goal of $40,000. For every dollar raised, LACASA will receive 50 percent in matching funds from the Community Foundation Grant, equivalent to $20,000 in fundraising. These extra funds will benefit LACASA’s overall operating budget to support current programming as well as assist in expanding services to a community desperately in need. LACASA is a non-profit organization that believes the crimes of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse must be eliminated from our society. LACASA supports and shelters victimized adults and children, educates the community, and encourages positive action. or 517-548-1350.

Bottled Water Gets Environmentally Sound Packaging


urrent reports show that 8.45 billion gallons of bottled water were consumed last year - still a phenomenon in the beverage industry despite recent downturns. As our portable water consumption continues to stay steady, so is our use of plastic bottles. To meet the increasing demand for alternative and planet conscious packaging choices, Pave the Way Beverage Co and Tetra Pak have launched ENVO Water in sustainable packaging. “Today's busy consumers are in need of another option for essential hydration they can grab and go without sacrificing convenience or taste,” says Pave the Way President Kelly Matz. “ENVO Water is committed to delivering a quality product that is healthy and environmentally responsible.” Pave the Way Beverage Co., LLC is also committed to giving back to the community. ENVO Water has partnered with Forgotten Harvest to provide support by bringing awareness to their community and help raise essential funds. Forgotten Harvest is a local non-profit and sector of Feeding America with a mission to relieve hunger in Southeast Michigan. For more information, visit or call 800-470-9007. See ad page 41

Specializing in multiple gentle techniques and nutrition. Did you know that chiropractic with nutrition can help with: • Menopause • Neck & Back • Allergies • Carpel Tunnel Pain • Arthritis Syndrome • ADD • Asthma • Hormonal • ADHD • Bed Wetting Imbalance • Hip & Leg Pain • Digestive And Much More… • Fibromyalgia Problems • Chronic Fatigue • Headaches

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Buy into your New Organic Store Opens in Oxford


imple Organics opens its doors in Oxford this month just in time for the holidays. The store is located at 115 S. Washington and will carry personal care products, natural supplements and wellness products and an organic food co-operative. “We have the highest standards when it comes to the products we choose to carry,” says co-owner Laura Farwell, "We believe in organic, whole food products that work." Farwell runs the store with husband Troy and co-owner John Lovasco. Simple Organics food co-op will allow customers to purchase grocery items at a reduced cost. "No one wants to spend their whole paycheck on organic foods at the local markets. The co-op gives them great, reduced prices," states Farwell. A professional wellness practitioner will be on site daily to assist customers with product selection, says Farwell. “You will not get better service or better education at any other health store.”


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Simple Organics is located just south of downtown Oxford. Hours of operation will be Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. For more information, call 248-236-0027 or visit See ad, page 21.

Together we CAN Make a Difference


an Every Family Chiropractic in Royal Oak will hold a canned food drive November 8-13. For every 10 cans brought in a new patient will receive an examination, and an existing patient will receive a spinal scan. For 10 more cans, receive an adjustment. Patients who bring in 5 cans will receive a free Hydro Bed visit and/or a prize. Prizes include a hat, tote bag, water bottle and a T-Shirt. All food will be donated to Forgotten Harvest in Oak Park. Last year, Van Everycollected Dr. Saylor and Dr. VanLoon 1151 pounds of food. This year’s goal is 2000 pounds. Van Every Family Chiropractic Center is located at 4203 Rochester Rd., in Royal Oak. For more information, call 248-616-0900 or visit See ad page 48.

Organic color, highlights, & perms! a 100% Ammonia Free Introducing the Keratin Straightening Treatment a Formaldehyde Free a Plant-derived a Enriched with vitamins Marcene Vincke 344 Hamilton Row, Birmingham

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November 2010


newsbriefs Seichim Workshop Empowers Reiki Level 2 and Above

Allergy Clinic Gets New Home


ew Life Allergy Treatment Center has recently moved to a new location in Birmingham at 725 S. Adams Rd. Ste185. A Grand Opening ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled from 12 to 5 p.m. November 12. Meet owner Terry Robinson and learn how computerized allergy testing and painless NAET acupressure treatments can help you and your family be free from allergies and allergy related conditions. Robinson has been practicing for over 10 years and is an advanced NAET practitioner.


For more information, call 248-792-2229 or visit Terry Robinson See ad page 50. Coaching & Workshops

Louise Marie Dobish

Are you experiencing conflict between the desire to simplify or change your life and actually doing it—with ease?

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✔ Eliminate Chronic Headaches & Migraines ✔ End To Jaw Joint (TMJ) Pain ✔ Halt Teeth Grinding & Clenching Some people suffer with painful headaches and clenching for years, trying numerous remedies and going from doctor to doctor. Dr. Ban Barbat has a proven track record of successfully helping patients overcome these problems. She uses sophisticated equipment and modern methods that provide affordable, practical and comfortable solutions. Now, imagine sleeping better and life without headaches! Arrange your consultation to learn all you need to know about treatment. New Patients Welcome!

(586) 782-4699 Ban R. Barbat, DDS-PC • 6044 24-Mile Road • Shelby Township MI 48316


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he Third, Fourth & Fifth Facet Initiations of Advanced Seichim is open to 2nd degree Reiki students as Jayas Body Work in Rochester. Several two-part, 12 hour workshops are scheduled between November 13 and December 5. Jaya is the only certified Seichim/Reiki Master at this level empowered by Sunyata Saraswati, who wrote the book The Jewell in the Lotus. Seichim is the original full-power Tibetan System for connecting with Living Light Energy. Your hands will feel the laser-like projected power of this heating/ cooling healing energy! At each facet you will be instructed in other Tibetan healing procedures and breath methods, as well as color and sound.Opening up energy centers in your head, heart and hands activates and allows the student to access a balanced “sea of energy.” Third Facet will teach you two symbols including the Master symbol, Fourth Facet will teach you three symbols, and Fifth Facet will teach you twelve more symbols. Cost is $150. A $50 deposit is due at registration. For more information, call 248464-2049 or visit See event listing in this month's Natural Awakenings calendar and ad page 54.

Serenity Comes To Birmingham


auren Burtell, certified Reflexologist and Yoga instructor, has opened a new location in Birmingham. Serenity Room is located at 725 S. Adams Road in the Adams Square Office Plaza, suite L-169. The Serenity Room provides a relaxing place to de-stress and relax through 45 minute reflexology sessions on an anti-gravity lounge chair. The technique of reflexology is used to stimulate pressure points found on the feet that correspond

to areas of the body. Burtell offers reflexology and yoga for all ages. Her private yoga sessions include deep relaxation and breath work. Hours are Monday through Saturday by appointment. Parking is free. Become a Facebook Fan and receive tips, facts and discounts. For more information contact Lauren at 313-671-7909. Become a Facebook Fan the "Serenity Room," and receive tips, facts and discounts. .

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Rochester Studio Launches Wellness Seminar Series


ilates Barre studio, Pure Balance, of Rochester will host a series of wellness seminars throughout the year covering the elements of emotional, mental and spiritual fitness beginning at 6 p.m. November 12. The first in the series, “Happiness De-Mystified” will be delivered by certified professional life coach Kelly Olin. Attendees will embark on a journey to discover what happiness means and learn practical steps on how to inject more joy into their lives. Olin will share information on “recipes for happiness” and leave participants excited and motivated to live life in a new, enhanced way. The series continues quarterly throughout the year. Pure Balance Studio is located at 300 East Street, in Rochester. Registration is $25 and includes a private follow up life coaching session with Kelly Olin as well as special offers from Pure Balance Studio. To register, contact Jami at 248-875-9799.

Making Your Holidays Better Than Ever


o You Love Your Life? presents a holiday workshop from 6 to 9 p.m. December niversity Compounding Pharmacy has 1 at the Rochester Community House. The workshop addresses how to live moved to a new state of the art facility with greater peace, joy and wellbeing during the holidays at 2520 Livernois, just south of Big Beaver and beyond. in Troy. University has been in business Many people look forward to the upcoming fun and holiday celebrations with family and friends during November and December. At the same time, feelings of stress, guilt or other uncomfortable emotions may occasionally arise. Sometimes this is due to current stressors, such as maintaining healthy eating patterns. Other stressors concern past experiences, such as, memories of past conflict, which affect our ability to fully enjoy sharing the holiday with everyone attending the event. Explore and experience simple and profound practices that will enable you to release these emotions and limitations Louise Marie Dobish in the midst of the season so that you can enjoy them. Louise Marie Dobish, a Sedona Method® Certified Coach, will be facilitating the workshop. Seating is limited. Cost is $30 and $20 for each friend you bring.


To register, visit or call Michele Ginder at 248-224-6068. See ad opposite page. 15 years and specializes in bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, sterile compounding, pain management, pediatric dosing, veterinary needs and discontinued medications and prescription drugs that are temporarily unavailable. Each prescription is individually prepared from the highest quality chemicals and formulated by our trained pharmacists. University offers competitive pricing and accepts a variety of insurances. Delivery is available throughout the U.S. For more information call 248-267-5002.

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10 Natural Tips to Keep Colds and Flu at Bay


xperts agree that a generally healthful lifestyle, including following a nutritious diet, works to ward off sniffles, stuffy noses and the aches of a cold, and may even help safeguard against influenza. But it’s best not to wait for the first symptoms of a cold or flu to manifest; instead, we can take ongoing preventive action by strengthening our immune system. Applying these 10 tips will naturally help keep away such bugs: Wash hands. The best way to get rid of everyday germs is to wash hands frequently and thoroughly. Plain soap is best. Get enough rest. Sleep plays a crucial role in the body’s recovery and repair cycle; when people don’t get enough sleep, they compromise their defense systems. Think clean. Clean surfaces frequently shared with others, such as stair rails, telephones, computer keyboards, countertops and door knobs, in order to avoid hand-to-hand spreading of viruses. Freshen the air. Germs hang around in stagnant air. Make it a habit to open the windows for a few minutes several times a day to allow fresh air to circulate. Think food first, rather than supplements. Eating healthy and naturally provides a whole nutritional package, comprising a combination of nutrients. Relying on supplements entails ingesting isolated vitamins and minerals that may pass through the body unabsorbed. Use garlic when cooking. Garlic has antibacterial properties and helps detoxify the body. Drink herbal teas. Teas containing Echinacea, astragalus and licorice root boost the immune system and help inhibit viral and bacterial growth. Drink plenty of fluids. Even when it’s cold outside, it’s important to stay hydrated. Avoid alcohol and sugary drinks, which inhibit immune function. No hands touching the face. Most cold and flu viruses enter the body through the eyes, nose or mouth. Exercise with gusto. Aerobic exercise speeds up the heart and makes us breathe faster, supplying the body with more oxygen, which in turn, helps increase the body’s number of natural virus-killing cells. Sources:;;

Relief for Tension Headaches


hronic headache sufferers may well want to try massage. New research from the University of Granada, in Spain, shows that the psychological and physiological state of patients with tension headaches improved within 24 hours after receiving a 30-minute massage.


Oakland, Macomb, Livingston & St. Clair, MI

Update on Black Tea’s Mineral Content Black tea, a staple in many U.S. households, is the world’s most consumed beverage; yet it may contain higher concentrations of fluoride than previously thought. This could pose problems for excessive tea drinkers, say researchers at the Medical College of Georgia, in Augusta. Their recent study discovered that the fluoride concentrations in black (not green or white) tea have been underestimated, and also may be linked to incidences of skeletal fluorosis, a disease caused by excessive fluoride consumption, characterized by joint and bone pain and damage. Study participants had a 10- to 30-year history of consuming one to two gallons of black tea a day. The problem is exacerbated when the tea is steeped in fluoridated drinking water or when other fluoride sources, such as treated toothpaste, are also present, as they add to the ingestion of that mineral. The researchers are quick to also say that black tea remains a healthy beverage for those who enjoy the beverage in moderation—between two and four cups a day.

It Pays to be Optimistic


hile several studies have shown that optimists generally enjoy better health, a recent University of Kentucky study of students suggests that a change in perspective from negative to more positive can directly boost the immune system. Their conclusion, published in Psychological Science: Optimism has emotional and physical health benefits.

Go Easy on the Meat


eat has traditionally had a proud place at holiday tables, but recent research from the University of Texas cautions that people who eat meat frequently, especially red meat that is cooked medium or well-done, may run a higher risk of developing bladder cancer. Cooking meat at high temperatures generates cancer-causing chemicals called heterocyclic amines. The UK Food Standards Agency suggests that people can reduce their risk by cooking at lower temperatures for a longer period of time and keeping flames from touching food when barbecuing or grilling.


Reshape Your Smile and Change Your Life

hese words can not express the degree of my appreciation and gratitude for the quality of my dental health, and indeed the quality of my life,” says Ron J., of Shelby Township, Michigan. “As a 64 year old, my case was complex due to excessive tooth decay and wear. When I smiled my teeth did not show.” “My situation has a happy ending,” he says. “Dr. Heather Pranzarone Stratton knew exactly what was needed. And after completely explaining the treatment to me, she performed a reconstruction of my teeth and a bite correction. I now have a great smile and notice that others are returning my smile much more often. The combination of having a friendly smile and improved hearing, has greatly improved my life. Thank you so much Dr. Heather!”

A smile is a very simple thing that means a lot. It can transform the world around you and revive the lonely spirit of a person. Having crooked or misaligned teeth can have a serious impact on your confidence and your life. There are many reasons that inspire people to change and improve their smile. Are you the only one not smiling in your holiday photos? Do you feel self conscious when giving a presentation at work? You are not alone, with surveys showing that a huge proportion of people in the Western world would change something about their smile if they had the chance. From aging baby boomers to brides and grooms-tobe to job seekers, patients are getting the smile they've always wanted. New research has shown more than half of brides-to-be and about 40% of grooms-to-be consider cosmetic dentistry. About 60% of women have considered teeth whitening and 75% of men have considered porcelain veneers. With the recession underway and thousands of people out of work, the job hunt has become more and more competitive. While a great resume, strong interview skills and a solid work history play a role in the interview process, looks still matter. A recent telephone survey indicates that 73% of working women believe that their good looks help them climb up the corporate ladder quickly; 80%

of working women agree that cosmetic procedures can increase self-confidence and self-esteem, making it much easier to perform better at the job (especially in ‘visible’ positions such as sales, marketing or PR), and to get another job quickly.

According to Dr. Stratton, she has had more requests recently for services like teeth whitening and even porcelain veneers. “People want to feel confident in life, when they walk in the room for an interview, when they walk down the aisle, or when the meet someone new; they want to put on their best smile. If their teeth are stained or crooked, they may not feel comfortable doing that. A lot of their true personality can be hidden behind a tarnished smile.” At HPS Advanced Dental Care, Dr. Stratton sees many patients who are looking to improve their smile. Dr. Stratton further commented, “A simple procedure like whitening the teeth can take years off of someone’s appearance. In today’s career marketplace, every little edge helps.” HPS Advanced Dental Care offers many different options for people who want to brighten their smile or straighten crooked teeth. Clear braces like Invisalign are a popular alternative for teens and adults looking for a discreet way to straighten teeth. And in as little as 1 hour, patients can get brighter, whiter teeth, with the removal of stains caused by tobacco, coffee, red wine, soda and more. Having the renewed confidence that a new, perfect smile can bring can transform your life, and with such easy finance options available there aren’t many reasons left not to go for it. This Month’s Special Offer $500 OFF all full Invisalign Cases started in September! Dr. Heather Pranzarone Stratton and HPS Advanced Dental Care, are located at 4741 24 Mile Road, Suite C, in Shelby Township. To learn more or reserve time with her practice, call 248-652-0024. has more info and patient testimonials.


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ichigan has only two months; July and August where the sun is strong enough replenish our depleted D levels. And, while many Americans may be dangerously low on vitamin D, did you also know that certain ethnic groups that don’t absorb vitamin D well to begin with? Lee Rossano, Certified Nutritional Counselor at Advanced Nutritional Solutions in Rochester Hills, MI, explains that Parade magazine reported ethnic groups with darker skin; such as native and African American, Hispanic, Asian and Arabic; are among those groups. Women wearing traditional Arabic dress such as the “Abayah’ also prevent the absorption of vitamin D from the sun. “Vitamin D levels are now being checked regularly because of the return of ‘Rickets,’ a disease where low vitamin D levels cause soft bones” she says. “The use of a sun screen of SPF 8 and above blocks the absorption of D from the sun. Most people are using SPF 15 and above for themselves and their children not knowing that it is weakening their bones and affecting their mood.” “Your doctor can order a blood test and healthy lab ranges are from 50-100,” she adds. “And don’t be fooled by the synthetic D at 50K once a week. It’s not well absorbed.” How much D should we have to maintain healthy levels? Dr James E. Dowd, who wrote “Vitamin D Cure,” suggests 40 IU per pound of body weight. For more information, call Lee Rossano at 248-652-4160 or visit Nutritional-Solutions. com. Advanced Nutritional Solutions is located at 1715 Grandview Dr., Rochester Hills, MI. See ad page 27.

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According to the online Encyclopedia of Earth, the present-day “worker as consumer” worldview was fully entrenched in the United States

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s winter holiday shopping inexorably nears its peak, the last weeks of the year are often the most frenetic. We’re bombarded with advertisements for gifts of all kinds, caught between doing good for the people we love and thinking that surely there’s a better way than trudging around like beasts of burden, crossing hazardous parking lots and navigating crowded malls in search of a satisfying end to the seasonal buying spree. We wonder: Will the gifts we spend our time and money to buy really make anyone happy—or the world a better place? What if we could reinvent shopping every day of the year? It turns out that it’s possible to simplify our shopping, while at the same time making it both meaningful and green, including purchasing gifts that will do the most good every time they are used. On our way to realizing this ideal solution, it helps to understand the origins of the modern shopping dilemma. To begin, we must ask ourselves why we


respond to marketers in ways that perpetuate mindless socioeconomic trends.

From Producer to Consumer Americans experienced a major paradigm shift in the early part of the 19th century with the advent of the Industrial Revolution. Basically, we changed from an agrarian economy, in which most people produced what they consumed, to a manufacturing and services economy, in which people are mostly just consumers.

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by the 1920s, when the labor movement stopped advocating a shorter workweek to instead focus on securing better wages and working conditions. The goal was to guarantee more buying power for workers, so that they could purchase more than just the necessities of daily living. After World War II, this idea got a boost from economist Victor LeBeau, who in 1947 declared, “Our enormously productive economy… demands that we make consumption our way of life, that we convert the buying and use of goods into rituals, that we seek our spiritual satisfaction, our ego satisfaction, in consumption. We need things

consumed, burned up, replaced and discarded at an ever-accelerating rate.” It’s perhaps not coincidental that, “Our national happiness peaked in the 1950s,” as related by Annie Leonard in the compelling video The Story of Stuff, just as television began spreading the new philosophy of what Leonard calls “work-watch-spend.” We work to make money, then come home and relax as we watch television. On TV, we see ads that let us know that we could do and be a lot better—if only we had the right product. So, we begin to feel less worthy, go shopping and buy that product that we hope will make us do/become/ feel better, and the cycle repeats. Today, shopping has become firmly entrenched in the American lifestyle. It is used as an antidote to boredom, a substitute for socializing and a quick fix for a disguised emotional need. We continue doing it even when we’re aware that we are buying things we don’t need and can’t afford. The more aware among us also understand that all the stuff we buy and store, and cause to be manufactured and distributed, creates a negative impact on people’s lives and the environment—which leads to even more stress.

Stuff versus the Right Stuff Among the reasons that it’s possible to make shopping different today is the dawning of conscious awareness about the impact a product has through its entire lifecycle, from raw resources through ending up in a landfill or recycled. Daniel Goleman, whose books explore

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emotional and social intelligence, has tackled this topic in Ecological Intelligence: How Knowing the Hidden Impacts of What We Buy Can Change Everything. “Ecological intelligence,” he explains, “lets us apply what we learn about how human activity impinges on ecosystems so as to do less harm and once again to live sustainably in our niche—these days, the entire planet.” Goleman advocates that we take our role as consumers seriously in three ways: 1) Get the information and know the ecological impacts of the things we buy; 2) Favor the eco-friendly improvements that companies make to their products; and 3) Share that information. Widespread individual support for sustainable alternatives, says Goleman, “That’s what’s going to give it the magnitude that can actually shift market share.” On websites like and, we can check on the product life-cycle of everything from cosmetics and bottled water to the electronic gadgets we might be considering as holiday gifts. It’s bound to be a balancing act, unless we elect to forego shopping altogether. For example, for an e-reader, Goleman counsels, “You’d need to drive to a store 300 miles away to create the equivalent in toxic impacts on health of making one e-reader—but you might do that and more if you drive to the mall every time you buy a new book.” Goleman hopes that such information will lead us to make informed decisions by using our buying power to show companies the direction they need to take to meet a growing, enlightened demand. As we enthuse to our friends about how well the naturally scented soy candles on our holiday buffet table performed, they might also seek them out, and then tell others. Friends might want a fair trade tablecloth of their own when we gather around one at a dinner party and explain how paying fair wages helps

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Duane Elgin, author of the landmark Voluntary Simplicity, observes, “Simplicity that is consciously chosen, deliberate and intentional, supports a higher quality of life. In reality, it is consumerism that offers lives of sacrifice, whereas simplicity offers lives of opportunity.” Although every holiday celebration requires some sort of shopping— even for the most voluntarily simple lifestyle—a new outlook can put our time and money where it does the most good for everyone—including us. In Less Is More, authors Cecile Andrews and Wanda Urbanska detail the types of simplicity thinking that can streamline our shopping and make us feel good, as we do good. Here’s a synopsis: UNCLUTTERED. Less stuff translates to a more peaceful, serene home environment. Instead of buying a knickknack, why not get creative? Paying for an hour of a home-staging expert’s time to give a friend or family member’s abode a fresh look—using their own things— achieves the aim of effecting change without adding stuff.

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CIVIC. Giving money to civic organizations helps the broader community and can simplify gift-giving. Comments Leah Ingram, author of Suddenly Frugal, “I recall my daughter’s long-ago first grade teacher telling us on back-toschool night that she didn’t need any presents at the holidays, and instead, would we please buy board games for the class. That was a specific request that I respected and answered. Had she said that [a specific charity] was her special cause, then I could have made a donation in her name in good conscience.” FRUGAL. Spending less for things we really don’t need can result in more money saved for the really important things, such as a long-desired vacation that broadens our horizons and helps improve a developing nation. We can also experience the joy of providing unforgettable experiences that enrich loved ones’ lives—perhaps a New York

City family reunion taking in the sights and culture, or a weekend skiing the fresh powder of the Rockies. Making special plans close to home can also be instilled with the joy of a special occasion. BUSINESS-ORIENTED. Business-oriented simplicity leads us to seek more meaningful alternatives to tchotchketype gifts for employees and colleagues. Gift certificates to locally owned, green restaurants, health spas and other conscientious retailers and service providers help support local communities while honoring business associates and making shopping meaningful—and simpler—for us. SOULFUL. Less time spent shopping also translates to the option of devoting more time to beneficial activities that enhance our authentic selves. Special moments spent taking a walk in a quiet park, autumn garden or another natural setting provide a gentle way to step away from holiday craziness and de-stress. When we know that the time and money we spent shopping have not only pleased the recipients, but have also done good in the world, it places our efforts in a new and brighter light. “As we get away from materialism,” sums up Urbanska, “the focus for Christmas and Hanukkah can return to its real spiritual meaning.” Judith Fertig is a freelance writer in Overland Park, KS; for more information visit AlfrescoFoodAndLifestyle.

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f your pet occasionally displays brief moments of unconsciousness, sudden stiffening, or outright seizures, he or she may be epileptic. The most common causes for the above symptoms and history are a ‘petit mal’ or ‘grand mal’ seizure or a syncopal episode. When most people think of an epileptic seizure, they think of a ‘grand mal’ seizure. This is a seizure where the entire body becomes rigid, the neck arches backward, the teeth are clenched shut, and the whole body trembles violently. There is, however, a second type of epileptic seizure which is much quieter and less violent. This type of seizure is called a ‘petit mal’ seizure and is characterized by a momentary loss of consciousness. The cause of an epileptic seizure,

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grand or petit, is the misfiring of neurons in the brain. Syncopy or a ‘syncopal episode’ may be mistaken for a petit seizure because it causes a momentary loss of consciousness but unlike seizures, it is caused by a heart problem producing a momentary loss of blood to the brain. Regardless of which of the two above possibilities is the actual cause of the problem, it is very important that you take your pet to your veterinarian to have a diagnostic workup performed so that he or she can come to a definite conclusion and treat the specific diagnosis accordingly. Both of the possible causes can develop into life threatening conditions and pet caregivers should not wait until the problem becomes worse before seeking veterinary care. Your veterinarian, after performing a

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RETHINKING THE DIABETES DILEMMA Alternatives Expand Upon Conventional Therapies Diet and Exercise Play Key Roles by James Rouse


ccording to the Centers for Disease Control, 23.6 million people in the United States, or 7.8 percent of the total population, have diabetes (5.7 million of these undiagnosed), and it remains the sixth leading cause of death in this country. The good news is that there are natural treatment alternatives.


The lynchpin of diabetes is insulin, a key hormone that allows glucose (sugar) to be converted into energy. The onset of diabetes indicates that the body is experiencing a shortage of insulin and/or decreased ability to use it. Type 1 diabetes, which is caused by the inability of the pancreas to produce insulin, usually manifests in children and adults under 30. It accounts for only five percent of cases. Type 2 diabetes, in which the body fails to respond appropriately to the presence of insulin and to properly absorb glucose from the blood, accounts for 95 percent of incidences, generally occurring after age 40. If left untreated over time, either type can lead to further health complications, including diseases of the heart, eyes and kidneys, plus blindness, nerve damage and kidney failure. Today’s conventional medical treatment of Type

2 diabetes typically starts with lifestyle and dietary changes, including aerobic and resistance exercise and avoidance of excess carbohydrates, sweets and starches. If necessary, a glucose-lowering medication may be added. Complementary natural treatment of Type 2 diabetes also begins with a more nutritional diet and exercise plan, managed by a nutrition-savvy medical doctor, naturopath, certified nutritionist, holistic nurse practitioner or dietician. Maintaining a healthy weight and controlling blood sugar are essential.

A Natural Prescription Following a diet based on low glycemic carbohydrates, adequate protein and good fats is key. Examples of good carbs include: legumes and beans, whole wheat, barley, brown rice, quinoa, apples, apricots, grapefruit, cherries, plums, pears and berries. High glycemic carbs to be avoided include (but are not limited to) donuts, white rice and white flour products, cake, cookies and dried dates. Healthy proteins include lean chicken and turkey, wild salmon, grassfed beef and buffalo, tofu, tempeh and eggs. Good sources of healthy fats are olive, flax seed and hemp seed oils. A high-fiber diet is also vital in improving blood sugar and insulin response, because low fiber diets have been associated with increased risk for diabetes. Foods to include are whole grains, nuts, seeds and dark green, leafy vegetables. Research from the University of Helsinki, Finland, further suggests that limiting cow’s milk may be beneficial, especially for infants and children. A study of children born to a diabetic parent found that they were susceptible to diabetes later in life after exposure to cow’s milk as youngsters.

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The Gratitude Campaign A Simple Gesture from the Heart Says it All by Scott Truitt


hortly after 9/11, I began a practice of approaching military personnel whenever I see them in public to thank them for serving for us. Most times, it has been a wonderful experience for both of us. Occasionally, however, it has felt a bit awkward, for reasons that are not always apparent in the moment. Other times, I couldn’t muster up the nerve to approach them at all. What has been consistent is that every time I’ve done it, they seem very appreciative of the gesture, and I have always felt better for having expressed my gratitude. It can be difficult for some people to approach strangers this way, because many of us have been socialized since childhood not to talk to people we don’t know, much less open our hearts to thank them for defending our very freedom to be whoever we want to be. My occasional reluctance and awkwardness in these situations made me think that it would be nice if we civilians had a gesture or sign, similar to a military salute, that we could use to express our gratitude quickly and easily, without having to even approach a stranger. I did some research and found a sign that originated in 18th-century France. The Sign, which some are now calling The Gratitude Sign, begins by placing your hand over your heart, and then bringing your hand down and out in front of you, bending your arm at the elbow (not the wrist), and ending with your hand at about your belly button, slightly facing the person you wish to thank. Fully translated, it means, “Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.”

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My next challenge was how to spread the message. I called a client, the National Football League’s Seattle Seahawks, and told them I wanted to share this sign with people as a means of expressing their gratitude when circumstances might not allow for a verbal thank-you. The Seahawks suggested that I make a short video they could air during their games. So, I partnered with Amy Sedgwick of Mouse House Productions, in Seattle, to create the videos at Since our video first aired in 2007, an estimated 30 to 40 million people have seen it, and many are now using The Sign throughout the world. I’m often asked if The Sign is limited to honoring military personnel. Not at all. Look around, and I’m sure that you’ll find lots of people who are serving our communities, from local to global. If you appreciate their service, give them The Sign. Say, “Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.” Scott Truitt is the founder of Gratitude



A dAY oF rest Fosters wellNess

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an Rollman recently noticed a disturbing trend in his social interactions. “I was starting to get more birthday wishes on my Facebook wall than phone calls and handwritten cards.” This inspired him to create the Sabbath Manifesto, which encourages people to enjoy time outdoors, in silence, with loved ones and participating in pleasures they remember from a time before the advent of the Internet. It’s not just Rollman who feels this way. Across the country, Americans are starting to think about how a constant stream of electronic communications affects the quality of their lives—and many are consciously unplugging every once in a while. Recently, local businesses in San Francisco sponsored a Tech-Free Day, inviting people to visit an unplugged café or attend a potluck picnic. Aubrey Harmon, a self-described multitasking, “... stay-at-home mom who also writes,” turned off her TV, computer and smart phone and went to the picnic—which banned technology, but encouraged attendees to sing along with a band that played an acoustic set in honor of the occasion. Harmon found that she felt “…more present at the picnic, not hiding behind a camera or phone,” and decided to continue making such breaks from technology. “I realized that it’s good for my son to balance TV and technology with face-to-face and outdoor time.” Rollman offers 10 principles for observing such a weekly day of rest. “I don’t want to push people to follow the Sabbath Manifesto in a letter of the law manner,” he says. “I just want to spark

some dialogue about the pace of life and our societal relationship with technology.” receives hundreds of joyful testimonials from both religious and secular fans of the concept. Rollman sees no contradiction in promoting it on the Internet.“We aren’t trying to be anti-technology; we are just asking questions about how we use it and the amount we use it.” Sal Bednarz, owner of Actual Café, in Oakland, is thrilled that his facility’s laptop-free weekends are building an actual, not virtual, community. He recalls a neighborhood filmmaker who was working in his café during the week, but still mindful of the unplugged philosophy: “She made a point of taking breaks and talking to people next to her,” he says. “She thanked me, because she made two new friends and five new business contacts.” Many people report that a day away from a screen lets them reconnect with what really matters in their lives. Frank Bures, a Minneapolis-based travel writer who decided to make his Mondays Internet-free, remarks: “It goes back to Thoreau and living deliberately, instead of mindlessly. How do you want to spend your life? Staring at a screen and following link trails, or being in your own mind? Your attention is finite, and it is what defines your life.” Erika Kosina wrote the original article, from which this is adapted, for YES! Magazine, a national, nonprofit media organization that fuses powerful ideas with practical actions. She is a freelance writer and community organizer who blogs about taking a break from technology at


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Thanksgiving Tradition Three Meatless Festive Entrée Options by Judith Fertig


hen the Thanksgiving dinner guest list includes those who do not eat turkey, what is the cook—or the thoughtful guest—to do? Many families feel they should come up with a second main course to offer alongside the traditional holiday bird. Likewise, vegetarian or vegan guests might want to bring a dish they can eat without making extra work for their host. So, in addition to turkey for traditionalists, what entrées can we prepare that are celebratory, seasonal, show-stoppers— but not faux turkey? Traditionally, Italian families have made both roasted turkey and a main pasta dish for Thanksgiving. A vegetable lasagna will feed a crowd and can be made ahead of time. For a smaller group, prepared butternut ravioli, available fresh or frozen at better grocery stores, can be simply tossed with aromatic browned butter and sautéed fresh sage. For a vegan offering, small acorn squashes may be filled with a flavorful mixture of caramelized onions, savory beans and dried fruits. Smaller squash are more readily available in early November and keep well in the refrigerator or other cool spots. When these dishes arrive at the table, everyone will have much to be thankful for—including leftovers. Judith Fertig is a freelance food writer at AlfrescoFoodAnd The accompanying recipes are from her cookbooks.


Thanksgiving Lasagna This seasonal vegetarian entrée will feed a crowd and taste even better the next day. Serves 12 9 no-boil lasagna noodles 1 tbsp olive oil 1 cup chopped onion 2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms 1 cup coarsely shredded carrot 2 cups baby spinach 2 cups cubed butternut squash 1 (16-ounce) jar marinara sauce 1½ tsp dried oregano, crushed 2 cups cream-style cottage cheese, drained 1 slightly beaten egg 2 cups shredded Monterey jack cheese 1. Oil a 3-quart rectangular baking dish. Set aside. 2. Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet and sauté onion and mushrooms until the mushrooms begin to release their juices, about 5 minutes. Stir in carrots, squash and spinach and cook, stirring, until tender. Stir in marinara sauce and oregano. In a medium-size mixing bowl, stir together the cottage cheese and egg.

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3. Layer three noodles in the bottom of the baking dish. Top with a third of the cottage cheese mixture, a third of the vegetable mixture and a third of the Monterey jack. Continue to layer, ending with a third of the Monterey jack sprinkled on top. Preheat the oven to 375° F.

spoon and toss gently in browned butter and sage sauce. Transfer to a large serving bowl and sprinkle with cheese.

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Butternut Squash Ravioli with Fresh Sage This vegetarian dish features the vibrant flavors and colors of autumn. Serves 4 Note: If butternut squash ravioli is not available, pair cheese ravioli with 2 cups of cooked butternut squash cubes and toss with the browned butter and sage. 4 tbsp unsalted butter 12 to 15 fresh sage leaves 1 (14- to 16-ounce) package of fresh or frozen butternut squash ravioli ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese 1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat for about 4 minutes. When butter starts to have a nutty aroma and is light brown, add sage leaves and fry for 1 minute. Remove from heat. 2. Bring a large pot of water to the boil. Add ravioli and cook until they float to the top. Remove ravioli with a slotted

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Boston-based Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC), explains that exposure to media and suggests that viewing TV or marketing also promotes materialisvideo games more than two tic values in children and is stressful for families. CCFC conference hours a day can make a youth reports on relevant research show that conflict between parents and 1.5 to 2 times more likely to children is often directly related to children’s exposure to advertising. experience attention problems. Juliet Schor, author of Born to Buy: The Commercialized Child and During the 13-month study, the New Consumer Culture, says, elementary- and college-age “[Even] psychologically healthy children will be made worse off if participants averaged 4.26 they become more enmeshed in the culture of getting and spending.” Family Media Diets hours of screen time a day. Likewise, Tim Kasser, author How much is too much of a good of The High Price of Materialism thing? According to The Henry J. and psychology professor at Knox Kaiser Family Foundation’s study of College, in Galesburg, Illinois, reports that countries with media in the lives of 8- to 18-year-olds, young people today the highest levels of kid-targeted marketing have the least consume more media than ever before—about 7½ hours a happy kids. day, often multitasking or using media simultaneously. At

f your children watch commercial television, go to the movies, play video games or spend leisure time on the computer surfing the Internet or chatting and texting with friends, they already know exactly what they must have to be happy this holiday season. That’s because ads aimed at kids are everywhere, enticing them to desire toys, branded clothing, foods and other products they don’t really need and their parents might not be able to afford. Nor will these things they want so desperately make them happy.

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It turns out that what kids really value, but may not express, is quality time with their family. Our sense of well-being depends less on stuff and more on relationships, a sense of belonging, community and spiritual nourishment, according to research led by Kasser and colleague Kennon M. Sheldon, a psychology professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

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Granted, time isn’t easily packaged and placed under a tree. Instead, parents can pull the plug, or at least set time limits, watch and talk about media content together, agree to buy less stuff and schedule more meaningful free time together. Here are some ideas to create happy holiday memories to last a lifetime: Document family history. Turn kids into roving reporters and interview relatives to learn and record the family’s past. Start with a family tree, and then fill in fun details. Where did Great Grandpa come from? What did he eat for lunch at school and what was Grandma’s favorite holiday recipe when she was a child? What games did your grandparents play as kids? Revisit the family’s culinary heritage. Make traditional dishes and take photographs of the finished masterpieces. Make a scrapbook with recipes, pictures and stories about the recipes to create a treasured family holiday cookbook. Share skills. Elders may have talents they’d like to pass down to younger generations. Such activities include sewing, quilting, knitting, bread making (from scratch), woodworking, painting, dancing, drawing, jewelry making and playing musical instruments.

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What are the key benefits of living in an ecovillage or intentional community? Perhaps one of the most significant benefits of living in an ecovillage such as Earthaven, where I live, near Asheville, North Carolina, is how we reduce the ecological footprint by sharing resources. We co-own and share large items, such as the tractor used in growing a lot of our food. Sharing food and eating together also translates into a reduced food bill, because we buy in bulk at volume discounts. At Earthaven, we live off the grid, in passive solar homes we built without bank loans, and rely on well water, composting toilets and water-harvesting systems. All of these factors make us a more ecologically sustainable community. We are an intentional community that lives deliberately to increase community members’ happiness and wellness by harmonizing our ecological values and lifestyle. Many well-documented studies have proven that people who have frequent interaction with others enjoy higher levels of health. Knowing that many supportive, extended community members are there for you is good for everyone, especially elders.

Who does well living in an intentional community? You will flourish and grow in an intentional community if you know how to listen with an open heart, are selfconfident and happy with yourself, want to make the world a better place, and are willing to roll up your sleeves and pitch in. Attitudes like “I love what you are doing here; how can I help?” or “I don’t know the answer, but I could learn something here,” warm the hearts of community members. However, if your

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Tuesday, November 2 VegMI Presents: Vegetarian 101 - 7pm. Cooking demonstration & samples. Long-time vegetarians and VegMichigan members will discuss how easy it can be to transform a standard meal to a delicious, meat-free option. Registration is required. FREE. Whole Foods Rochester Hills, 2918 Walton Blvd, 248-371-1400.

Wednesday, November 3 Digestion Issues? Nothing Working? - 7-8:15pm. Dr. Richard Sowerby D.C., Clinical Nutritionist will discuss hidden causes of Acid Reflux, Crohn’s, Gas, Bloating, Diarrhea. Don’t let digestive problems rule your life. Attend this seminar and learn drugless solutions. FREE. Whole Foods, Rochester Hills. Register 248-879-1900.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Trail - Noon- 4pm. Start your spooky Halloween weekend as kids and parents are invited to wear costumes and trick-ortreat your way around the store. Pick up a bag at the Customer Service Desk. Bring the whole family and make a day of it! All 3 METRO DETROIT Whole Foods stores.

Tired of MENOPAUSE making you tired? 6:30pm. Dr. Megan Strauchman will be discussing the unbelievable effects of bio-identical hormones, what they are and what they can do for you. Will they make the hot flashes, fatigue, and night sweats go away? FREE, but seating limited. Natural Wellness and Pain Relief Center, 10683 S. Saginaw St, Grand Blanc. Register: 810-694-3576. See ads pages 19 & 37.

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Friday, November 5 First Free Fridays - 9am-8pm. New patients may try a free acupuncture treatment in our comfortable community style clinic. Space is limited. FREE. Community Health Acupuncture Center, 801 Livernois St, Ferndale. Darlene Berger or Carol Soborowski. Appointment: 248-246-7289. See ad page 50. Satsang - 7:30-9 pm. Join Abby and Dave and like minded souls for an evening of yogic discussion, chant and meditation. ALL are welcome. Dress comfortably for sitting. FREE. House Of Yoga, 2965 W 12 Mile Rd, Berkley. Abby Bechek Hoot 248-556-0992. See ad page 54. Introduction to Intimacy a Two Hour Workshop - 7-9:30pm. Discover how your beliefs about love, intimacy and sexuality affect your relationships, sexual satisfaction, marriage, body image and

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Saturday, November 6 Meditation for Stress-Free Holidays - 11am. Join Chopra Center University Instructor Leilani B. Ware, RN, as she introduces the Primordial Sound Meditation Program, designed to help manage stress, reduce anxiety, sleep better, lower blood pressure and enjoy inner peace. FREE. Whole Foods Rochester Hills, 2918 Walton Blvd. Register: 248-371-1400. Give Back with Whole Foods Market - Noon3pm. Stop by to learn all the ways you can give back with Whole Foods Market this holiday season. Purchase a Bag Hunger gift tag, which directly supports Gleaners Food Bank in Metro Detroit; bring an unused blanket for our annual Common Ground blanket drive; or grab a brochure and learn about our Vitamin Angels program. Chat with various local charities for ideas on how to give back this holiday season. FREE. All 3 Metro Detroit Whole Foods. Intro to Yoga Bodyworks - 1pm. Join Anton Simper of Fusion Core Training. Stress reduction with interactive seated, standing and Thai-based partner Yoga. For all people with challenges from a fast paced and stressful lifestyle. FREE. Whole Foods Rochester Hills, 2918 Walton Blvd. Register: 248-371-1400. Gifts in a Jar - 1-4pm. Sat/Sun. Create a homemade gift for a teacher, college student or special friend. Choose one of three recipes: patchwork bean soup, candy cane hot chocolate or brownie sandcastle. $6 per jar plus vehicle entry permit. Preregistration and prepayment required. Historic Center of Wolcott Mill Metropark in Ray Township. 586-7495997. Natural Wreath Workshop - 10am-2pm. Construct a beautiful wreath made entirely of natural materials during this workshop. $15/person plus vehicle entry permit. Preregistration required. Kensington Metropark Farm Center located near Milford/ Brighton: 800-477-3178. Holiday Craft Show - 9am-4pm. November craft show seeking crafters. Booth, 6x10, $25. Proceeds go to outreach missions. Free. First United Methodist Church, 400 E. Grand River, BRIGHTON. Ginger 810-229-9614.

Sunday, November 7 Restorative Yoga Workshop - 1 pm-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. All levels needing a more gentle yoga experience. $25 advance registration required. Santosha Yoga, 48724 Gratiot, Chesterfield. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 55. Meditation Workshop - 7-8pm. Open to brand new and seasoned beginners who wish to experience the far reaching benefits of a daily meditation practice. Learn the physical, mental and spiritual benefits of meditation. FREE workshop, donations accepted for The Mandala Center. Santosha Yoga, 48724 Gratiot

Ave, Chesterfield. Theresa May 586-9495515. See ad page 55. Healthier Holiday Treats - 1-3pm. Holistic Nutritional Consultant, Food Therapist and Author Kelly Genzlinger will be on hand with recipes, tricks and samples and suggestions on leveling out blood sugar rather than riding the glucose rollercoaster. Don’t pay the price with unwanted weight gain and mood swings. FREE. Whole Foods Troy, 2880 W Maple. 248-649-9600.

Monday, November 8 A FREE Weight Loss Workshop - 7-8pm. Dr. David Budaj and Denise Neiss present ways to lose and maintain your healthy weight. Seating is limited. 5793 W Maple, Bloomfield Hills. RSVP 248-626-0001. See ad page 9.

FREE sampling of Gourmet Vegan salads & entrees - all week. Vineyards Marketplace, 32418 Northwestern Hwy, Farmington Hills. Info: 888-234-2124. See ad page 49. Together we CAN make a difference - Thru 11/13. This year our goal is to collect 2000 pounds. Van Every Family Chiropractic Center, 4203 Rochester Rd, Royal Oak. Denelle Yeager 248-616-0900. See ad page 48 and NewsBrief page 9 for details.

Tuesday, November 9 Naturopath 101: Minerals - 7pm. Kelly Hamlin discusses the importance of minerals in your body. Learn more about each mineral, where it is needed in the body, symptoms of mineral deficiencies, and how to best increase your mineral levels for optimal health. FREE. Whole Foods Rochester

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liosis, which is a condition involving much more than the spinal column." There is another way. ARC3D is a non-surgical approach to scoliosis treatment. Early studies show that it is effective in reducing spinal curvature in a short period of time. This treatment procedure is available at the Natural Wellness & Pain Relief Center in Grand Blanc. This is the only clinic in Michigan certified to administer this treatment. However, this treatment is not for everyone. Prospective patients are first tested to see if they respond to the rehabilitative procedures used in ARC3D. Because every patient is different, treatment plans are individually tailored to the needs of each patient. ARC3D also works to improve other physiological problems associated with scoliosis. For example, lung and digestive function are frequently diminished in people with scoliosis. Therefore, in addition to working on the spine itself, patients are treated to improve these other problems, which are often more important than the spine curvature itself. If you or your child have been diagnosed with scoliosis, or if you're concerned about your child's posture, call Dr. Morningstar at 810-694-3576. He will provide a comprehensive examination to determine if ARC3D is right for you or your child. For more information on the ARC3D concepts, please visit or


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WEDNESDAy NOvEMbER 10 Natural Solutions for Insomnia - 7pm. Join Dr. Eric Mintz, D.C. for an enlightening workshop on the causes of insomnia and a new cutting edge program called NeuroCore Therapy, which is helping insomnia without drugs or medication. All registered attendees will receive a free educational packet on natural solutions for insomnia. FREE. Whole Foods WEST BLOOMFIELD, 7350 Orchard Lake Rd. Register 248-862-2202. Gluten Free Support Group: Give Thanks - 7pm. Bring copies of your favorite gluten free recipe to share, familiarize yourself with our gluten free products, discuss your allergy and get samples provided by our gluten free vendors. FREE. Whole Foods ROCHESTER HILLS, 2918 Walton Blvd. Info/registration: Mike 248-371-1400. Hyperthyroidism - 6:30pm. Symptoms of THYROID problems, but everyone says that you are normal? Dr. Megan Strauchman will be discussing issues of hypothyroidism and why many people are going undiagnosed. FREE but seating limited. Natural Wellness and Pain Relief Center, 10683 S. Saginaw St. GRAND BLANC. Register: 810-6943576. See ads pages 19 & 37.

THuRSDAy, NOvEMbER 11 Introduction to Reiki Healing Energy - 7:00 p.m. An informal presentation on Reiki and an opportunity to personally experience Reiki healing energy by receiving a mini-session. Free will donation. CLINTON TWP. location. Info: Rose Knight 586-777-1604. Present Moment Meditation - 7-8:15pm. Learn meditation, plus simple techniques for quieting the mind, relaxing the body, and ways to stay present and peaceful throughout your day. Pre-Registration required. $12. Center for Natural Healing, 1103 S. Washington, ROyAL OAK. 734-674-6965. Menopause: Everything you Need To Know - 7pm. Do you suffer from: Hot Flashes, Night Sweats, Mood Swings, Low Libido, Sleeplessness, Irritability, Memory Loss, Hair Loss, Urinary Incontinence. Dr. Jerrold Weinberg, MD, Women’s Health & Menopause Center, presents: Changes during Menopause, Sexuality in Menopause and Benefits of Natural Hormone Therapy. FREE. Irene’s Myomassology Institute, 26061 Franklin Rd, SOUTHFIELD. FREE. Info: Rebecca Wilburn 248-758-9100.


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SATuRDAy, NOvEMbER 13 A Taste of Thanksgiving - 1-4pm. Our Prepared Foods Department cooks up some delectable items from our holiday menu. Everything from sides to entrees to dessert. The items being sampled available to order through 12/22. FREE. All 3 METRO DETROIT Whole Foods. Introduction to Natural Building Tour & Video - 11am-3pm. Tour the enchanting natural buildings on this property, see a Rocket Stove, Earth Oven & more. Enjoy a vegetarian meal, view & discuss video: FREE but donations accepted. $25 prepaid/$30 door. Strawbale Studio, Oxford. Info/ reg: Deanne 248-628-1887. Health Starts Here: Holiday Sides - 11am. Join our In-Store Educator, Cindy, in the Whole Lifestyle Center to learn about healthy eating, shopping and cooking. Recipes will be available for several healthy alternatives to traditional holiday side dishes. $10+tax. Registration required 24+ hours in advance. Complimentary gift for attending. Whole Foods ROCHESTER HILLS, 2918 Walton Blvd, 248-371-1400. VegMichigan Monthly Dinner Club - 7pm. Enjoy vegan diner food in a cozy, vintage setting. The owners will prepare a special menu just for us. Mae’s, 24060 Woodward, PLEASANT RIDGE. RSVP by November 11 for details: Leave a message at 877-778-3464. yoga Lounge: Live Music - 7-9 pm. New Jersey Singer/ Song writer Robin Renee offers a unique blend of Spirit/Pop music and will close the night with a Kirtan Concert. $10. House Of Yoga, 2965 W. 12 Mile Rd, BERKLEy. Abby Bechek Hoot 248-556-099. See ad page 54. Awaken the Goddess Within - 1-2:30pm. Learn the ancient art of belly dance while toning your muscles, gaining flexibility and relieving stress. Class will focus on correct dance posture, stretching, strengthening, isolations, foundation steps, traveling steps, graceful arms, shimmies, step combinations. $15. Advanced registration required. Santosha Yoga, 48724 Gratiot, CHESTERFIELD. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 55.

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- 7 pm-8 pm. Debi Hebel, Life Coach and Author, will lead a class designed to give us a deeper level of self-knowledge. This helps to move us to a place of passion and life direction, while eliminating the feeling of being stuck. FREE. Santosha Yoga, 48724 Gratiot, CHESTERFIELD. Theresa May 586-9495515. See ad page 55.

MONDAy, NOvEMbER 15 Preparing Mind and Body - Overcoming Fear of Childbirth - 7pm. Join HypnoBirthing parents Janice & Will Rex-Weaver of Peaceful Birthing as they teach expectant parents HypnoBirthing childbirth education, which combines relaxation, breathing and visualization techniques to ease pain and empower women to release fear & build confidence. FREE. Whole Foods ROCHESTER HILLS, 2918 Walton Blvd, 248-371-1400. FREE Sampling of Fit Smart Energy Cookies - all week. Vineyards Marketplace, 32418 Northwestern Hwy, FARMINGTON HILLS. Info: 888-2342124. See ad page 49.

TuESDAy, NOvEMbER 16 A Taste of Isha: Eat Fresh - 7pm. Healthy Sample healthy dishes and take home recipes to try on your own. Learn to make a yummy vegetarian recipe and taste how good healthy eating can be. This month: roasted squash salad and lentil soup. FREE. Registration required. Whole Foods ROCHESTER HILLS, 2918 Walton Blvd, 248-371-1400. Digestion Issues? – Nothing Working? - 7-8:15pm. Dr. Richard Sowerby D.C., Clinical Nutritionist will discuss hidden causes of Acid Reflux, Crohn’s, Gas, Bloating, Diarrhea. Don’t let digestive problems rule your life. Attend this seminar and learn drugless solutions. FREE. Whole Foods, WEST BLOOMFIELD. Register: 248-879-1900. Create Additional Streams of Income with Affiliate Marketing - 8-9pm. Learn how to easily, effectively and quickly increase your income by utilizing proven affiliate marketing strategies. Free online teleclass designed to support health/wellness practitioners build their business and income level hosted by Healthy Business Coaching, 33004 Grand River, FARMINGTON. Info: Cheryl Heppard 248592-0869. See ad page 36. Free Stress Relief Workshop - 6:30-8:30pm. Enjoy the holidays with less stress and greater resiliency. This free interactive workshop will teach you how

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Intro to Network Spinal Analysis - 7pm. Join us and learn how to use breath, energy and movement to create greater levels of awareness that supports your body-mind connection and your natural rhythms. FREE. BodyMind Network Center, 1460 Walton Blvd Ste 100, ROCHESTER HILLS. 248-6018843. See ad page 43.

Scared of the dreaded HOLIDAy POUNDS? 6:30pm. Dr. Megan Strauchman will discuss the popular HCG diet (made popular by Kevin Trudeau). Find out what it is and how you can try it out. FREE, but seating limited. Natural Wellness and Pain Relief Center, 10683 S. Saginaw St, GRAND BLANC. Register: 810-694-3576. See ads pages 19 & 37.

RAWlicious Harvest Fun - 4-6pm. Join Andrea McNinch for some seasonal entertaining ideas without the guilt. Look for some vegan party ideas using all natural raw ingredients. Free tastes, treats and to learn more about a vegan raw lifestyle. FREE. Whole Foods TROy, 2880 W Maple. 248649-9600.

Store Tour: Health Starts Here - 4pm or by appt. Tours for groups of 4 to 40 people, along with free recipes and tips on healthy eating. Learn the health benefits to eating a plant-based diet while sampling

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THuRSDAy, NOvEMbER 18 Raw Thanksgiving - 2pm. Join Sara, our very own raw foods chef, when she shares ideas on how to celebrate Thanksgiving without giving up your raw lifestyle. Sample raw food dishes created to compliment your holiday table. Please call 248-538-4600, x107 to reserve your seat NO later than November 15. FREE. Whole Foods WEST BLOOMFIELD, 7350 Orchard Lake Rd. Avoid the Dreaded Holiday Bulge: Simple Mindful Eating Strategies - 8-9pm. Join our free call hosted by Michigan Health Coach which is designed to help you avoid the dreaded holiday bulge with simple and proven mindful eating strategies. FREE online class, space limited, register today. Michigan Health Coach, 33004 Grand River, FARMINGTON. Cheryl Heppard or Rachel Peters 248-592-0869. See ad page 36.

FRIDAy, NOvEMbER 19 Friday Night Flights: Holiday Wines - 5:30pm. Join us at our Specialty Wine Bar for flights of wine and cheese. Discuss pairings for selected wines and cheeses, as well as take home tips and info on how to match wine to meals. Flights vary based on availability. $10 flights. Must be 21 to purchase alcohol. Whole Foods ROCHESTER HILLS, 2918 Walton Blvd. Info: Specialty Dept 248-371-1400.

SATuRDAy, NOvEMbER 20 Raw Foods for Regular People: Thanksgiving Dessert - 11am. Join Debra Lynne Klungle of Nourished Body, Satisfied Soul for some nutritious raw versions of your Thanksgiving favorites. Learn to make pumpkin pie & apples with caramel sauce. $10+tax. Receive a free gift for registering online 24-hours in advance. Whole Foods ROCHESTER HILLS, 2918 Walton Blvd, 248-371-1400. Balancing Amino Acids for Better Health - 1pm. Join Holistic Nutrition Coach Anne Baker NT, LE as she introduces the concept of balancing neurotransmitters. Learn early warning signs of neurotransmission deficiency and explore how to use specific amino acids found in foods to help rebalance mind and body for optimal health. FREE. Whole Foods ROCHESTER HILLS, 2918 Walton Blvd, 248-371-1400.

SuNDAy, NOvEMbER 21 Old-fashioned Thanksgiving - 2pm. Get the holiday season off to a great start by learning how

Thanksgiving began. Sample recipes of the past and make a special craft. $4/person plus vehicle entry permit. Pre-registration and prepayment required. Historic Center of Wolcott Mill Metropark in RAy TOWNSHIP. 586-749-5997. Handmade Holiday - 1-5pm. Candlemaking and stenciled holiday cards. For the experienced or novice crafter. $25 prepaid/$30 door. Group/kids rates available. Followed by Full moon bonfire and community potluck dinner. Strawbale Studio, OxFORD. Info/reg: Deanne 248-628-1887.

MONDAy NOvEMbER 22 FREE sampling of Gluten free entrees and salads - all week. Vineyards Marketplace, 32418 Northwestern Hwy, FARMINGTON HILLS. Info: 888-234-2124. See ad page 49.

WEDNESDAy, NOvEMbER 24 Local Blues while you Shop - 3-6pm. Enjoy the music of local blues musician Paul Miles while you’re in the store picking up your Thanksgiving feast and trimmings. We are proud to offer “The Blues Man’s” famous musical talents to help ease the stress while you shop. FREE. Whole Foods TROy, 2880 W Maple. 248-649-9600.


WEDNESDAy, DEcEMbER 1 Food Sensitivities - 7pm. Also 12/15 10:30am & 1:30pm. Please join Trish Blascak to learn more about hidden food allergies, or food sensitivities and what you can do to regain optimum health. Register online or at the Customer Service Desk. FREE. Whole Foods ROCHESTER HILLS, 2918 Walton Blvd, 248-371-1400.

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MONDAy, NOvEMbER 29 FREE sampling of original & chocolate Flax bar - all week. Vineyards Marketplace, 32418 Northwestern Hwy, FARMINGTON HILLS. Info: 888-234-2124. See ad page 49.

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teach about life at the North Pole. Each child will receive a gift and get to make a craft to take home. Look for some naturally delicious treats from Whole Foods Market. Cost: Non Resident $19; Resident $14. Ages 3 – 8 welcome, registration necessary. TROy. Reserve: 248-524-3567. Gingerbread House Workshop - 11am-1pm. Also 12/11, 2-4pm. Bring the whole family and join us in our Whole Lifestyle Center as we start you off with a fully assembled, undecorated gingerbread house. We will provide Royal icing , assorted candies to decorate the walls and packaging to safely take it home. Enter to win a FREE gingerbread house kit complete with the organic Cocoa. $20, all supplies provided. Register at Customer Service. Whole Foods ROCHESTER HILLS, TROy & WEST BLOOMFIELD.

markyourcalendar SuNDAy, DEcEMbER 5 Advanced Seichim: Living Light Energy with Jaya - You must be at least a Reiki 2. A powerful Tibetan system that originated in Egypt and came back through Tibet. Investment: $150. Deposit: $50. Jaya: 248-464-2049. Email inquiries to: or visit the website: for information. See ad page 54.

markyourcalendar SuNDAy, DEcEMbER 5 Reiki I class - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A holistic method of hands on energy healing to assist with relaxation, healing and overall well-being. Receive attunements to the Reiki energy, learn how to give yourself and others a Reiki treatment, how to use Reiki to benefit yourself and others. Info: Rose Knight 586-777-1604.

TuESDAy, DEcEMbER 7 VegMI Presents: Vegetarian 101 - 7pm. Join VegMichigan for this monthly event, which will include a cooking demonstration & samples. Longtime vegetarians and VegMichigan members will discuss how easy it can be to transform a standard meal to a delicious, meat-free option. Registration required. FREE. Whole Foods ROCHESTER HILLS, 2918 Walton Blvd, 248-371-1400.

WEDNESDAy, DEcEMbER 8 Food is Medicine - 7-9pm. Join Dr. Dangovian as we welcomes Chef George Vutetakis, former Inn Season Café chef and Vegetarian Traditions Cookbook author, for an informative presentation. $20. Wellness Training Institute, 39242 Dequindre Ste 104, STERLING HEIGHTS. Info/reg: 586795-3600. See ad page 47.




Warren Farmer’s Market - 9am-2pm. Locally grown fruits and vegetables, honey, maple syrup, organic fair trade coffee and fresh baked breads. Artisans, crafters and events. City Square Park, E Side of Van Dyke, WARREN. (between 12 & 13 mile). 586-258-2006.

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Unity Church of Rochester - 11am. A center for spiritual growth and prayer support based on the practical application of the teachings of Jesus Christ. Unity respects all individuals. FREE. 1038 Harding Ave. ROCHESTER HILLS. 248-656-0120.


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, 248-625-5192. See ad below.

yoga - 9:30am & 2:30pm. 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 35, 47 & 55.

Unity Church of Lake Orion - 10am service - Join us on Sundays with Reverend Guice. Find out more about us and answer the Question: What is Unity? LAKE ORION. Info: 248-391-9211.

Karma yoga - 9:30am. All levels - commit 24-hours prior to attending and we’ll be here! Donation only. Jewels Yoga & Fitness, 4612 Mountain View Trail, CLARKSTON. Jules 248-390-9270. See ad page 54.

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.

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Simply yoga - 9:30-10:45am. (& Wed. or Mon/Tue/ Thu 6pm). w/Barb Heuerman. An exploration of the body & mind using a combination of postures with emphasis on deep breathing. Suitable for all levels. $15. 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 46. La Leche League - 10am. Daytime Series is the 3rd Monday at Christ the Redeemer Church on Waldon. Babies and children are welcome at all meetings. FREE. LAKE ORION. Basic yoga with Noreen Daly - 5:45pm. Also Wed. Strengthen our bodies, calm our minds and open our hearts. Beginning and intermediate. Bring mat (a few loaners are available) or towel. $7/session. Peace Unity Church & Holistic Center, 8080A Ortonville Road, CLARKSTON. 248-625-5192. See ad below. Flow yoga: Often Heated - 7:15pm. This class is great for the fit individual without limitations wanting to experience a blend of classic Yoga teachings combined with challenging asana flow. $12. Jewels Yoga & Fitness, 4612 Mountain View Trail, CLARKSTON. Jules 248-390-9270. See ad page 54.

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Backs & Hips Yoga Class - 6:15am. Class will focus on the back & hips, yoga teachings & more! All levels welcome. $12. Jewels Yoga & Fitness, 4612 Mountain View Tr, Clarkston. Jules 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 46.

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Blended Yoga - 9:30am. Great class for all levels combining classic Yoga teachings w/asana. Some days we take it easy and other days we move a bit more. $12. Jewels Yoga & Fitness, 4612 Mountain View Trail, CLARKSTON. Jules 248-390-9270. See ad page 54. 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 43. 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 43.

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Yoga - 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. 586795-3800. See ads pages 35, 47 & 55.



Ashtanga Yoga - 6:30-8:15pm. Primary Series Ashtanga Yoga led with an emphasis on intergrated anatomy and philosophy weaved into the practice in a firelit studio. Transitions and Inversions. $12.00. 12380 Hegel Rd., Goodrich. Maureen 810636-7204. Vitamin C Wednesdays - 8-10:30am. Warm up on Wednesdays with a hot breakfast and receive a complimentary 8oz fresh squeezed orange juice with a breakfast bar purchase. One juice per customer with a breakfast bar purchase only. Be sure and join us Saturday and Sunday for brunch too! Whole Foods Troy, 2880 West Maple. 248-649-9600. Strengthen & Tone - 9:15 am. A great exercise class for all levels; use of balls, dumbbells & more. $12.Jewels Yoga & Fitness, 4612 Mountain View Trail, CLARKSTON. Jules 248-390-9270. See ad page 54. Yoga - 9:30am & 3:30pm. 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 35, 47 & 55.

Vinyasa Yoga - 6-7:15pm. Fairly vigorous class for people in normal health. Strengthen the body, awaken the mind. $15 walk-in or package discounts. Yoga Oasis, 5896 Dixie Hwy., Clarkston. Barb Heuerman 248-770-5388. See ad page 54. Flow Yoga - 6:15 pm. Great class for those new to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga system. Often Heated. $12. Jewels Yoga & Fitness, 4612 Mountain View Trail, CLARKSTON 248-390-9270. See ad page 54.

thursday Thursday

Heart-n-Hand Thrift Store - 10am-2pm. All proceeds will be donated to local mission projects and helping agencies. FREE. St Paul United Church of Christ, 31654 Mound Rd., Warren. Anne Pyciak 586-264-4777. Oxford Farmers’ Market - 2-8pm. In downtown Oxford right behind the Historical Museum on the northwest corner of Burdick & M-24. Accessible by car, bike or walking, concerts at the Gazebo on M-24, in a paved setting for easy walking. Info: Kathy & Michael Wieland at 248-693-7067. Yoga - 5:30 & 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 35, 47 & 55. 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. 586795-3800. See ads pages 35, 47 & 55. Spiritual Tools for Enhancing Life and Living 7pm. Spiritual Education, Meditation, Visualization, Affirmation; practical tools for daily living. Peace Unity Church & Holistic Center, 8080A Ortonville Road, Clarkston. Bookstore, Offices and Holistic Center, 248-625-5192. See ad page 43.

or package discounts. Yoga Oasis, 5896 Dixie Hwy., Clarkston. Barb Heuerman 248-770-5388. See ad page 54. Ashtanga Yoga - 8am. Self-motivated class, (Mysore based), all levels welcome, often heated. $12. Jewels Yoga & Fitness, 4612 Mountain View Trail, CLARKSTON. Jules 248-390-9270. See ad page 54.

saturday Saturday

First Free Fridays - 9am-8pm. 1st Fridays. Free treatments to new patients who want to try acupuncture. FREE. Call for appointment. Community Health Acupuncture Center, 801 Livernois St, Ferndale. Darlene Berger 248246-7289. See ad page 50.

Ashtanga Yoga - 8am. Self-motivated class (Mysore based), all levels welcome, often heated. $12. Jewels Yoga & Fitness, 4612 Mountain View Trail, Clarkston. Jules 248-390-9270. See ad page 54.

Yoga - 9:30am. 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. 586795-3800. See ads pages 35, 47 & 55.

Student Massages - 9am-3pm. Ayur Veda Therapeutic Massage Foundation offering student massages appointment only $25. Ayur Veda Therapeutic Massage Foundation, 3030 South Lapeer, LAKE ORION. Roxanne 248-722-1953. See ad page 18.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous - 6-7:30pm. Recovery program for people who suffer from overeating, under-eating and bulimia. Based on the twelve steps of AA. Open to all. FREE. Commerce Twp. at Crossroads Presbyterian Church, 1445 Welch Rd. Info: 866-914-3663.

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.

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Strengthen & Tone exercise class - 5:45-6:45pm. Great class for all levels, variety of props. Students should be in good cardio shape. Week-to-week commitment is needed. $12. Jewels Yoga & Fitness, 4612 Mountain View Trail, Clarkston. Jules 248-390-9270. See ad page 54. Basic Yoga - 7:15pm This class is a classic! Great for all levels. It’s basic but with a challenge! $12. Jewels Yoga & Fitness, 4612 Mountain View Trail, CLARKSTON. Jules 248-390-9270. See ad page 54. La Leche League - 7:30pm. Evening Series is the 2nd & 4th Thur (4th Thur is a Toddler meeting) at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on Baldwin. Babies and children are welcome at all meetings. FREE. Lake Orion.

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.

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Heart-n-Hand Thrift Store - 10am-2pm. All proceeds will be donated to local mission projects and helping agencies. 2nd Saturday of the month. FREE. St Paul United Church of Christ, 31654 Mound Rd., WARREN. Anne Pyciak 586-2644777. Restorative yoga - 11am-noon. in Harmony Wellness Center introduces yoga classes that are accessible to all. Please join us. First class FREE. $10/class thereafter. in Harmony Wellness Center, 4700 Thirteen Mile Road, WARREN. Victoria Birk Hill 313-510-9005. See ad page 30. Humor Therapy - 1-2pm. Develop your sense of humor. Connect with your inner child. Laugh away stress. Join us and get away from it all, for a while. $20. Michelle’s, 48645 Van Dyke, SHELBy TWP. Michelle 313-942-5073.

markyourcalendar SATuRDAyS Student Massages - 9am-3pm. Ayur Veda Therapeutic Massage Foundation will be offering student massages starting Sept 19 appointment only $25. Ayur Veda Therapeutic Massage Foundation, 3030 South Lapeer, LAKE ORION. Roxanne 248-722-1953. See ad page 18.

Gobbler Renaissance

Wild Turkeys Bounce Back Across America Native to only North America, the formerly abundant wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) graced the tables of early colonists and was Ben Franklin’s choice for our country’s national bird and symbol. Since then, habitat loss, industrial pollution and both legal and illegal hunting have decimated flocks. But the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) reports that a public/private initiative launched in the last quarter of the 20th century is succeeding in restoring turkey populations. Some 7,000 turkeys have been relocated to more conducive habitats, and the program hopes that its birds will produce 25 births over five years for every adult released. As an example, in Connecticut, a program has already restored thousands of birds to a wild turkey population that was deemed extinct in the 1800s. “Now there are turkeys [in locations] where they haven’t been since before the settlement of Europeans,” concludes James Earl Kennamer, Ph.D., vice president of the NWTF conservation programs. “Within the last five years, their range has expanded to 46 percent of the United States.”

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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 verifi cation.

red door AcuPuNcture

Tina Lee, DiplOM • 248-520-1222

By appointment in Clarkston, Davisburg and Highland. Successfully treating a wide range of health issues.

Oakland, Macomb, Livingston & St. Clair, MI

boweNwork® 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 48.

cArdiologY heAlthY heArt & vAsculAr, Pllc Michael Dangovian, DO, FAAC 39242 Dequindre Ste 103, Sterling Heights 586-795-3600

A u n i q u e practice with a b l e n d e d 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 35, & 55.

Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works. If it works big, others quickly copy it. Then you do something else. The trick is the doing something else. ~ Leonardo da Vinci

Van Every Chiropractic Center

Chiropractor Bodymind network center, PLLC Dr. John W. Johr • 248-601-8843 1460 Walton Blvd. Rochester Hills Michigan's leading Network Office

ad page 43.

We utilize Network Spinal Analysis tm to encourage greater communication between your body and mind. Through breath, energy (focus) and movement, you will develop a lifestyle that supports sustainable wellness while enhancing your life. See

complete wellness & injury Solutions 30325 Gratiot Ave., Roseville 586-774-6301 •

Experts in auto accident injuries and non-surgical spinal correction, as well as clinical nutrition/functional medicine. Call about a free evaluation and consultation. See ad page 14.

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 48.

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 i v i d u a l . Vi s i t See ad page 33.

colon therapy Lavida massage

Natural wellness & Pain Relief Centers

10683 S. Saginaw Street, Suite B Grand Blanc, 810-694-3576

Everyone, regardless of age or condition, can benefit from a nervous system that is working at its very best. Our interest in the spine is only because it houses the nervous system. Chiropractic is a safer, more natural approach to better health. See ad pages 19 & 37.

248-366-4611 3050 Union Lake Rd., Suite 3D Commerce, MI 48382

Also offering Colon Hydrotherapy from a 13 year experienced CCT. Now is the time to detoxify yourself in a comfortable and convenient setting! Mention this ad and receive $20 off this service.

vivo wellness center • 734-525-5400

Detoxify at Metro Detroit's premier Colon Hydrotherapy Center. Two hydrotherapy suites, FDA registered equipment & disposable speculums.

NUCCA Chiropractor

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 34.

cleaning/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 40.

Progressive Chiropractic Dr. Mike Paonessa 716 W. 11 Mile Rd., Royal Oak 248-544-4088

Counseling Do You Love Your Life?

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.

Louise Marie Dobish, Certified Coach Michele Ginder • 248-224-6068

Helping you discover and create a life you will love through coaching and workshops where you experience simple and profound tools you can easily apply. See ad page 10.

The Mental Fitness Center

425 Main Street, suite #201, Rochester 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 5.

Dentistry 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 32.

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. ~ Buddha HPS Advanced Dental care, PC 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 13.

detox Holistic WellBeing Center

• Seasonal & Environmental Allergies • Concentration, Attention & Digestive Royal Oak, 248-953-9402

Homeopathic and Natural Approach to Health for Chronic & Acute symptoms including: Seasonal & Environmental Allergies, Headaches, Concentration, Attention issues, Brain Fog, Mold Candida, Itchy Skin, Constipation, Digestion, Muscle, Sinus issues. Hormone Balancing including Menopause, Acne....the list is practically endless. Advanced Computerized testing, EDS, Auriculotherapy, Biofeedback Certifications. • Detox Ionic FootBaths.

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Feng Shui 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.

fitness Ms Muscles' fitness

Sheryl Blystone • 586-764-5683

Holistic fitness training and nutrition consultation. Get the body you LOVE!

Green products healthy Living products Marine City, 586-405-2704 Air/Water purification, Alkaline water, Laundry Pure, Energy savings, Immune system booster, Neutriceuticals.

health foods/BEVERAGES Envo water

Royal Oak •

Envo Water delivers a healthy, natural spring water in a renewable paper container for on-the-go. See ad page 41.

Live Smart bar, LLC

32418 Northwestern Hwy, Farmington Hills 888-234-2128

Michigan made. Supports healthy aging and longevity. Only 98 calories, 100% of daily Omega-3. Distribution, affiliate, fundraising and wholesale programs available. See website for details. See ads page 17 & 49.

Lucky’s Natural Foods, LLC Since 1974, 248-693-1209 101 S. Broadway, Lake Orion Downtown Historic Business District

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.


Homeopathy Transformational Health, PC Kathleen Slonager, RN, DIHOM, ADS 16205 W. 14 Mile, Ste 202, Beverly Hills 248-613-9662

Budaj Chiropractic and Nutrition

5793 W. Maple, #147, West Bloomfield 248-626-0001

In practice since 1983. Multiple noninvasive techniques for effective treatment outcomes. Medical knowledge, combined with Chiropractic and nutritional expertise treats the source of the problem, whether chronic or for prevention. See ad page 9

Homeopathy & auricular acupuncture. Certified practitioner. Effective for acute and chronic illnesses, developmental & aging issues, as well as addictions.

Hypnotherapy Denise Jacob, RN, PhD, Cht 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.

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 7.

Imagine That Hypnotherapy Jack Dugger, Certified Hypnotherapist 2648 Lapeer Rd., Auburn Hills 248-622-6350

Learn how you can ignore harmful thoughts and disregard the little voice that encourages failure. Stop self-sabotaging your best efforts. Take charge and become a self-advocating, confident individual. See ad page 43.

integrative medicine The Downing Clinic

Laura Kovalcik, DO 5715 Bella Rose, Ste 100, Clarkston 248-625-667 •

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 8.



Oakland, Macomb, Livingston & St. Clair, MI

Teresa Birkmeier-fredal MD 2770 Coolidge Hwy, Berkley 248-270-3309

Specializing in natural approaches to unresolved gastrointestinal symptoms and disorders.

integrative therapies A Touch above, LLC

Colleen Pascoe, OTR, CST, LLCC 30095 Northwestern Hwy, Ste. 40-A Farmington Hills • 248-515-5339

Occupational Therapist with 12+ years experience integrating specialized therapies for adults, pediatrics, infants. Lymph Drainage Therapy, CranioSacral Therapy, Brain Curriculum, meridian balancing, Zero Balancing offered.

I love life because what more is there. ~ Anthony Hopkins

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Light Therapy Interactive light therapy, LLC 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 ad page 23.

massage therapy 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 42.

Medical spa Timeless Health & Beauty medical spa 248-840-7853 6854 N. Rochester Rd, Rochester

A healthy body from the inside out. Bioidentical Hormone replacement, weight loss, intravenous nutritional support, vaser and smart lipo, botox, nonsurgical facelift, vericose veins and other services. See ad page 15.

Every man dies. Not every man really lives. ~ William Wallace

Natural/Holistic Health Certified Nutritionist & Homeopathy 248-390-0681

Come for a tour and I will reveal how Arthemiz Programs can help you heal physically, emotionally and energetically. Attend an introductory visit with a FREE 40 minute BIOMAT Session. See ad pg 34.

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

This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness. ~ Dalai Lama

Medical Intuition Becky Stevens Holistic Alternatives, LLC

586-294-6540 33576 Harper Ave., Clinton Township

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 45.


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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!

Sonya Pizani

Wellness training Institute

Integrated Therapeutic M a s s a g e and Reiki Services with aromatherapy. Craniosacral, Meridian Light Touch, Shiatsu, Hot Stone, Deept Tissue, Swedish to help you feel your best. See ads pages 35, 47 & 55.

Natural Toys

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

ad page 35.

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

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.

Radiant Beings Holistic Center 25962 Knollwood South, Chesterfield 586-949-0112

Embrace a radiant lifestyle. Spiritual coaching, energetic awareness & intuitive bodywork to promote well-being & self-healing. Reiki, EFT, IET, FIR Sauna benefits, workshops, more. See ad page 39.

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 ad page 27.

Organic Lawncare 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 24.

Bio-Turf, LLC • 810-348-7547

Serving Oakland, Livingston & Genesee

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

organic salon 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.

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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.

My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can. ~ Cary Grant

raw food Beth Wilke

Raw Food Teacher, Professional Speaker Information 586-899-8782

motivate you.

13 years experience preparing raw foods, Beth's dynamic WORKSHOP, natural food classes, consultation services will quickly move you to new health/vitality levels! Her amazing food, delicious recipes, high energy, enthusiasm, personal success, will inspire/

All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on. ~ Henry Ellis

Reiki Jaya’s certified Reiki & Seichim Classes

Rochester • 248-464-2049

There are 12 class hours in each degree. Investment: $150; Registration: $50. Classes: Reiki I to III and Master Training. Also advanced Seichim, living light energy.

Gayle's spiritual healing 810-348-4500 • Holly Other sites available upon request

Reiki treats the whole body, mind and soul balancing your energy, reducing stress in your physical, spiritual and emotional well-being. Call or email for appointment.


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 42.

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

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 35, 47 & 55.

yoga yoga Restaurants / Cafés Vineyards Café

32418 Northwestern Hwy, Farmington Hills 248-855-9463

Introducing new vegan, gluten free entrees, soups and salads. Dine in or carry out. Receive FREE pound or entree with purchase of equal or lesser value. See ads pages 17 & 49.

Veterinary Woodside Animal Clinic

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 20.

wellness vita Wellness Center

Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital 248-325-3870

A unique and comprehensive wellness center located inside Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital specializing in integrative medicine and traditional spa services. Massage therapy, stress management, acupuncture, personal training, health coaching, nutritional counseling, yoga classes and more. See ad inside front cover.

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Wellness training Institute

Oakland, Macomb, Livingston & St. Clair, MI

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, Fitness, Private instruction, Massage, Mediation, Workshops, Discussion groups and more. WALK-INS AVAILABLE OR CLASS CARDS. NO EXPIRATION.

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 35, 47 & Opposite page.

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.





Santosha (Sanskrit): Contentment, peace, gratitude

Studios, schools and other resources from our community, providing the best of Yoga..for you!


Yin Yoga Saturday, November 20th 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm ~Please pre-register~ More events in this month’s calendar.


Yoga IS Good Medicine... at any age!

First Class Free!

48724 Gratiot Ave. Chesterfield MI 48051 (just south of 22 Mile Road)

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Yoga Classes

your first Yoga package.

our Calendar and Ongoing Events sections for Yoga classes

NEAR YOU! 586-795-3600

This spot is available! You can advertise your studio HERE in Yoga for You.

39242 Dequindre Rd., Suite 104 Sterling Hts. • (N. of 17 mile Rd.)

You can place your Yoga Studio's ad in this economy sized space.

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