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ways to build the necessary life skills— our venture aptitude—to pursue new experiences and really start living. Do it to do it. When you approach an experience with this attitude, there is no harm to your self-worth because your objective isn’t the result, but the experience; the pursuit of knowledge, challenge or enjoyment—and that’s egoless. Advance into the fear. You inflame fear by running from it, and you reduce it with every step that you take facing straight at it. Make the unknown more knowable. Knowledge trumps irrational fears. Talk to others that have participated in experiences you wish to engage in. Do research. Don’t look at the mountaintop. Break down big goals (running a race, acting in a neighborhood play) into small, incremental goals (running around the block, taking a beginner’s voice class) to build competence and confidence. Dabble. Sample the offerings. Try several different classes or events to see which ones excite you the most. Judge your life by how much you try, not by the results. That removes the fear and alibis, and puts you squarely in the center of the place where you are at your happiest—absorbed in lifeaffirming experiences. Joe Robinson is a work-life-balance trainer and coach, and author of Don’t Miss Your Life. He shares motivational essays at

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SUPER FOODS For Digestive Health

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rritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is chronic digestive disorder that affects about one in five Americans. It is characterized by cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea. Although it isn't considered a serious disease, the symptoms of IBS may be linked to another condition called gut dysbiosis. Gut dysbiosis is an imbalance in the levels and types of bacteria which naturally live in the digestive tract.


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It is often associated with chronic antacid or antibiotic use, and in some cases may result from a reduction in the body's production of digestive enzymes associated with the aging process. Recent research has linked gut bacteria to a whole host of other conditions, including allergies and asthma, arthritis and chronic inflammatory conditions, autoimmune disorders, and even anxiety and depression. Though conventional medicine has a particularly poor track record of resolving digestive symptoms associated with gut dysbiosis, there are a whole host of natural solutions that are available. Of course, the first line of defense is food. Many of the common foods we eat contain special carbohydrates- called prebiotics- which are fermented by gut bacteria to help them grow. Others act by selectively inhibiting the growth of unfriendly bacteria, along with yeast and parasites, which can contribute to the development of gut 27 Yrs. dysbiosis. Here are some of these “super Experience

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Onion can act as a stimulant to the digestive function, and may improve absorption of fat-soluble nutrients. It contains anti-inflammatory properties, and is also used to help reduce gas and bloating.


Garlic has long been used as an antimicrobial and stimulant of the digestive system. It can reduce the production of gas in the intestines and has long been used as part of detoxification protocols.


Aloe can be used as a natural laxative, though if used chronically, it may be habit forming. Aloe gel is used by herbalists to treat ulcers and to heal conditions rising from or causing leaky gut. Herbalists advise pregnant women to avoid high doses of aloe.

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Constituents called EGCG and epicatechins directly damage bacterial membranes, and has been demonstrated against many kinds of bacteria which cause food poisoning.


Cinnamon is thought to have a regulating effect on the digestive system and can be used to relieve both constipation and diarrhea.


Turmeric may be used to increase production of bile acid secretion. Turmeric may be used to reduce gas and bloating, and to increase the amount of protective mucus in the gut lining. Large amounts of turmeric are discouraged during pregnancy.


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In herbal medicine, fennel is considered anti-inflammatory to the intestines. It may be used to relieve gas pain and bloating following meals when prepared as a tea.

Black walnut is thought to enhance secretions of bile and and is often used as a part of detoxification programs. As a folk remedy, black walnut is often employed to expel worms, including tapeworms.

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The mucilage present in flaxseed will pull water into the stool, enhancing the bulk and the binding capability of the stool. Flaxseed also contains plant lignans that are metabolized by friendly gut bacteria.


Chamomile is used by herbalists to strengthen the mucosal protective barrier and is employed in the treatment of many digestive conditions.

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HEALTHY ESCAPES Unplugged Getaways Rebalance Our Lives by Judith Fertig


hen Jeanna Freeman vacationed at Earthshine Mountain Lodge, in Lake Toxaway, North Carolina, she wasn’t sure what to expect. Touted as a “techno-amenityfree property,” it specializes in off-thegrid getaways (,

meaning no in-room TV and a chance to digitally detox. Guests are encouraged to ditch their cell phones and laptops in favor of a zip line adventure through the Smoky Mountains forest canopy and laid back log cabin informality. “Honestly, it was exhilarating

being away from my cell phone,” admits Freeman, an interior designer from Collierville, Tennessee. “I hadn’t felt that good and ‘connected’ in a long time. I didn’t realize how much I needed that.” Her experience highlights the new buzzwords and phrases in vacation travel: unplug, reconnect, digital detox and healthy escape. What is it about unplugging that seems so refreshing and like an ideal vacation? Nicholas Carr, author of The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains, explains that, “Using the Internet pushes us to a skimming and scanning form of thinking.” He occasionally unplugs to recover his attention span, noting, “A lot of our deepest thoughts only emerge when we’re able to pay attention to one thing.” For memoirist Pico Iyer, author of The Man Within My Head, “The urgency of slowing down—to find the time and space to think—is nothing new.” What is new is figuring out workable definitions of stillness and movement when we spend a lot of our time physically still, but mentally in motion. A noted travel writer for 20 years, Iyer likes to stay at monasteries around the world. He concludes, “Wiser souls have always reminded us that the more attention we pay to the moment, the less time and energy we have to expend to place it in some larger context.” We can just simply be. Healthy vacation escapes help us

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MJ Goff was on a magazine writing assignment the first time she visited the Omega Institute, in Rhinebeck, New York ( As a student of New Age theories and a potential yoga teacher, Goff says she welcomed the opportunity to learn more. Once she attended the women’s retreat she was researching, she was hooked. “Every year since, I find myself being drawn to Omega for its promotion of meditation and overall encouragement of ‘staying in the present,’” she says. “All the programs stem from one mission: to keep us on the right path.” Talks by internationally known speakers such as Joan Borysenko, Eckhart Tolle, Harville Hendrix and Daniel Amen are complemented by sessions in nurturing creativity, holistic health, and yoga practice. “People smile, but also

keep to themselves,” explains Goff. “It’s a place for quieting your mind.” For shorter getaways, Hay House, headquartered in Carlsbad, California, sponsors weekend I Can Do It! seminars in various cities ( Speakers such as Louise Hay, Gregg Braden, Wayne Dyer and Caroline Myss help attendees nudge closer to making milestone transformations, consciousness shifts and progress on their healing journeys. Sometimes, personal growth simply involves sufficient quiet time to walk, contemplate and reconnect with our muse. “The real meaning of the word ‘retreat’ in the spiritual sense,” says Brother David Steindl-Rast, a Benedictine monk, “is stepping back. When one steps back, one gets a better view of the world, others and our deepest self.” Iyer finds solace at New Camaldoli Heritage, a Benedictine community amidst the rugged terrain of Big Sur, California ( More than 2,000 monasteries and other spiritual communities throughout North

America offer off-the-beaten-path retreats at reasonable prices and generally welcome guests of all religions and spiritual practices. The one requirement is that guests not disturb others. At Ghost Ranch, in the high desert of Abiquiu, New Mexico, “The scenery alone is spiritual and healing,” relates Nancy Early, a New York film producer. Under the auspices of the Presbyterian Church, activities encourage individual and social transformation ( Early says the best part is, “There’s one pay phone, and cell phones don’t work here; no TV or radio. You walk away from everything that controls your life.”

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Research at The University of Arizona found that regular exercise appears to preserve key parts of the brain involved in attention and memory. Austin Spa, in Texas. “Now I start each day with long, deep breaths before I even get out of bed,” she says. “It is so simple, so calming and establishes my day with peace.” Virginia Nelson, a San Diego, California, attorney, likewise revels in her twice-yearly visits to Canyon Ranch, in Tucson, Arizona. “The pace in southern California is like running a marathon every day. My visits serve as respites that have allowed me to keep up with it this long. “I first went in 1991 and saw a place to go and cocoon,” recounts Nelson, “but I also discovered incredible fitness and education classes.” The spa is essentially a reset button for her.

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Hormone Help for Guys Natural Ways to Boost Vitality by James Occhiogrosso


ithout hormones, the body’s chemical messengers affecting every human biological system, nothing works correctly. Testosterone, in particular, is critically important for male development, starting in the embryo, through puberty and into old age. After reaching peak levels in a man during his mid-to-late-20s, his testosterone level begins a slow decline. From the age of about 35, it drops by about 10 percent per decade for the rest of his life, accompanied by a slight increase in estrogen levels. While women experience physical markers when they enter menopause, there is no specific point at which men typically enter andropause, the less extreme male version of the change of life due to low hormone production. Related changes usually cause minor problems at first and then tend to become more severe. Medical studies from Seattle’s Veterans Administration Puget Sound Health Care System, the University of Washington and Harvard University show that testosterone deficiency contributes to reduced muscle and bone mass, male breast enlargement, depression, atherosclerosis, anemia and diabetes.

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will typically order a blood test for total testosterone, combining both forms. Older men often can show a normal total testosterone level, but have a low level of free testosterone. A saliva test brings clarity, because saliva only contains free hormones. Fifty-plus-year-old men with low free testosterone that show signs of hormone imbalance should consider natural supplementation, even when total testosterone is normal. It’s best to test before starting a rebalancing program and to retest after a few months. Establishing a record over time allows a man to monitor and adjust progress.

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or centuries, Americans that know how to live close to the land have traveled comfortably in wild country by using the resources of the wilderness. But today there are so many people out tramping around the last tiny areas of isolated, fragmented and injured wilderness that we can’t afford to play mountain man anymore; we have to tread more softly, out of respect and generosity of spirit toward the land and its wild inhabitants. Many books give helpful detailed instruction on lowimpact trekking and camping techniques, but here are a few guidelines: Stay on designated switchbacks. Shortcutting across switchbacks on a trail causes erosion just as surely as loggers hauling trees upslope. Think before voiding. Locate designated toilet facilities and use them. On the trail, bag toilet paper and carry it out to a proper disposal site or safely burn it in a campfire. Human feces are a pollutant if not properly buried in a cat hole dug a few inches into the soil and thoroughly covered. Dig and dispose away from temporarily dry watercourses, campsites, trails and other places where hikers may tarry. In the right place, waste can provide food for insects and worms that live in the topsoil. Use existing fire rings. Also, only use downed and dead wood for campfires; never break limbs or twigs off dead

or living trees. Never build a fire in overused or fragile areas like timberline lakeshores or above the tree line. Use a fire pan on raft and canoe trips and pack out the ashes or deposit them in the main current if that is allowed in river-specific rules. Better yet, rely on a backpacker’s camp stove. Pack it all out. No littering; and pick up trash found along the way. Follow the rules on float trips. Invisible camping techniques involve the use of fire pans, portable toilets, proper disposal of dishwashing water and the like. A use-appropriate river permit will have clear instructions on minimumimpact techniques that when practiced, become a habit. Dress dully. The wilderness is no place for fluorescent colors on a tent, backpack or clothing. Wear khaki or light-colored clothing (some say yellow is best) to discourage mosquitoes, which hone in on dark colors (especially blue), color contrast and movement. Avoid hunting areas in designated seasons. Don’t camp by water in deserts. If we plop down and set up housekeeping at a rare water source, wildlife that counts on drinking from there will be repelled and may die from dehydration. Camp at least a quarter of a mile (farther is better) from isolated water sources. Keep pollutants away from waterways. Don’t wash dishes, clean fish, take a bath or introduce soap, grease or other pollutants (biodegradable or not) into backcountry streams, lakes, potholes or springs. Swimming (not soaping up) in well-watered areas is usually harmless. Leave native wildlife and natural objects intact. Many plants and animals are imperiled; in part, because of collection and sales of nature’s artifacts. Leave fossils, crystals and other treasures, including petroglyphs and potsherds, in place. Finally, drive slowly in wilderness areas to protect wildlife crossing access roads.

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creening for the early warning signs of oral cancer is one of the most important reasons why you should visit the dentist on a regular basis. More than 34,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year. It will cause over 8,000 deaths, killing roughly 1 person per hour, 24 hours per day. This is a number which has not significantly improved in decades. In fact, recent statistics published by the American Cancer Society showed that, while the incidence and death rates for cancers overall have decreased, both the incidence and the death rate for oral cancer have increased. Early detection and diagnosis are essential in successful treatment of the disease. Oral cancer is 90% curable when found in its early stages. While most cases of oral cancer are associated with smoking and alcohol, one-quarter of all cases affect people with no risk behaviors. “There is growing evidence that HPV (human papillomavirus), a sexually transmitted virus that has long been associated with cervical cancer, is associated in nearly 26% of oral cancer cases worldwide,” says Dr. Heather Pranzarone Stratton of HPS Advanced Dental Care in Shelby Township. “Tobacco and alcohol use are not the only risk factors you need to be concerned with. Public health experts think this may account for the growing number of oral cancers in younger people. The bottom line for everyone: See your dentist; it may save your life.” “That is why we are very excited to offer our patients a new test that determines if you are at increased risk for HPVrelated oral and throat cancers. This new, quick, and non-invasive test delivers information that will enable us to better determine the appropriate treatment plan tailored to your specific needs,” continued Dr. Heather.

“As your dental team, we are the front line of defense in early detection of this disease,” said Dr. Heather. “It is estimated that only about 50% of the US population visits the dentist every year. Unfortunately, only about 15% of those who visit a dentist regularly, report having had an oral cancer screening.” “This is unfortunate and unacceptable in my opinion," she explained, "when you consider that historically, the greatest strides in combating most cancers have come from increased awareness and aggressive campaigns directed at early detection.” Dr. Heather notes, “For cervical, prostate and breast cancer, we’ve gotten used to annual screening exams–Pap smears, PSA tests and mammograms–each of which has greatly reduced death rates and increased early detection of the disease. In a similar fashion, utilizing new technologies available through our dental office, like computerized oral cancer risk assessment software and an FDA-approved early detection test could help reduce the deaths and disfigurement that can result from oral cancer." “Dentists today are concerned with much more than cavities," Dr. Heather continued. "We’re focused on total wellness, as indicated by conditions in the mouth. It is our goal to have 100% of our practice family screened for oral cancer on a yearly basis. It is important to realize that a visit to our office is no longer about a filling, a crown, or just a cleaning, but can actually be a matter of life and death. Dental examinations, when properly done and which include a screening for oral cancer will save lives.” Are you letting not having dental benefits stand between you and a healthy mouth? Do not delay any longer! We can help! Call today to find out how we help patients everyday in this same situation.

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taste of healthy local seasonal flavors. Before Lebanon, New Hampshirebased dietitian KC Wright goes on the road, she goes online to check department of agriculture websites for the states she’ll visit. She searches for both farmers’ markets and farm-to-restaurant programs. Also check a destination city’s calendar of events for regional and ethnic food festivals. The food won’t necessarily be low in calories, but will be high in the fun-factor. Simply share larger-than-life servings with travelling companions for the best of all worlds.

Reevaluate Restaurants and Accommodations Raleigh, North Carolina Dietitian Nicole Miller chooses vacation rentals over hotels when traveling so that she has ready access to a kitchen. Being able to prepare some of our own food saves money and slashes calories. Beware of all-you-can-eat buffets; they nearly guarantee overeating. Also be prepared to split entrées at most restaurants or order two items from the appetizer menu. Inquire about local menu items and ask how food is prepared. Request sauces, gravies and dressings “on the side” to control those extra calories. Having access to the Internet or a smart phone makes it even easier to locate healthy eating restaurants (as does asking folks at farmers’ markets). Dawn Brighid, project manager for Sustainable Table, notes, “Free apps like Yelp’s

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SATURDAY, JUNE 2 Basic Nutrition Class - 6:30pm-7:30pm. Learn basic nutrition for adults. Topics: essential nutrients, anti-inflammatory diet, functional foods. $10. Customized Health Solutions, LLC, 1112 Catalpa, ROYAL OAK. Julie Koning, RD 248-795-5494. See ad page 53. Awakening to Love - 5:30-8pm. Discover how your beliefs about love, intimacy and sexuality affect your relationships, sexual satisfaction, marriage, body image and ability to find love. Opportunity to connect with others through verbal sharing and exercises designed to open your heart. FREE. Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, 114 S. Main, ANN ARBOR. RSVP: 734-523-8566. Free Meditation Class - 11am-12pm. Learning this 15 min Isha Kriya meditation allows body and mind to function at the peak of their capability as well as raising human consciousness. FREE. PLYMOUTH District Library, 223 W. Main St. Jen Giordano 248497-9466. See ad page 12.


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MONDAY, JUNE 4 The Amazing Thyroid! - 7-8:15pm. Learn how to support this incredible gland. Discover its link to heart health, digestive issues, weight gain and more. Dr. Richard Sowerby D.C., Clinical Nutritionist demonstrates how Nutrition Response Testing addresses these issues. Vitamin Village, TROY. FREE! Call 248-879-1900 to register

TUESDAY, JUNE 5 Raw Food Basics: Milks - 7-8pm. Join Deb Klungle of Nourished Body for this new series designed for raw food beginners. Learn the basics of making milks from nuts & coconut. $10. Heal Yourself Institute, 100 W. 5th St, ROYAL OAK. Deb Klungle 248-497-4189. See ad page 54.

Herbal Round Table Forum - 9:30-10:30am. People helping people live healthier lives through Natural remedies. Discussion about herbs that traditionally are used to help with Men's health! FREE. Goodalls Herbs, Dequindre/18 Mile Rd, TROY. Alice Goodall RN, BSN 586-646-0066. See ad page 53. The Transit of Venus - 5pm-midnight. Don’t miss your last chance to see this rare astronomical event. The “transit of Venus” across the sun won’t happen again until the year 2117. Several safe solar telescopes will be set up for viewing. FREE/but vehicle entry permit required. East Boat Launch next to Martindale Beach, Kensington Metropark near MILFORD/BRIGHTON. 810-227-8910.

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VegMichigan Veg 101 Class - 7pm. Join VegMichigan and enjoy a cooking class, nutrition information and food samples. Presenters will discuss how easy it can be to transform a standard meal into a delicious, plant-based (no meat or dairy) option. Demos vary monthly. FREE. Whole Foods Market ROCHESTER HILLS, 2918 Walton Blvd. Registration req'd. Customer Service Desk 248-371-1400.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6 Embodied Meditation Introductory class - 7-9pm. Create vibrant health. Beat anxiety. Activate your vortex (chakra) powers for transforming your relationships, health and emotions. Unlock your soul potential. $15. Abbe Grossman, MA, Certified Embodied Practitioner. Bio-Self Emergence Institute, 27752 Franklin Road, SOUTHFIELD. Info: 248-470-5738. See ad page 12.


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THURSDAY, JUNE 7 Live Raptors Program for All - 6:30-9pm. Live Raptors! What Can We Learn from Birds of Prey Sarah Gilmore from Leslie Science & Nature Center in Ann Arbor at Monthly Sierra Club Program FREE. Birmingham Unitarian Church, 38651 Woodward Ave, BLOOMFIELD HILLS. Julie Wang 248-854-2195.

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Tip To Toe Health Series - 1-2pm. Learn about how to maintain healthy joints and bones. "You Have a Leg to Stand On" with this class. Natural remedies, supplements & nutrition covered. Samples, materials & giveaways. Sponsors: FAMILY Pharmacy & Cancer Treatment Centers of America. FREE. Grand Blanc Senior Center, 12632 Pagels Dr, GRAND BLANC. Sherrill Natzke 810-252-3975. Better Health Now and For a Lifetime Class 6:30-8:30pm. Ann Heusted, RN, will conduct a seminar about the lifestyle modification program, FirstLine Therapy. Customized program includes personal consultation, individualized nutrition plan, testing for progress and group classes. Focus is on managing or preventing chronic illnesses like Diabetes, Heart Disease, Stroke, Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Auto-Immune diseases and more. FREE. The Downing Clinic, 5715 Bella Rose Blvd, CLARKSTON. Call 248-625-6677 to register. See ad page 8.

FRIDAY, JUNE 8 Embodied Meditation Introductory class - 12-2 pm. Create vibrant health. Beat anxiety. Activate your vortex (chakra) powers for transforming your relationships, health and emotions. Unlock your soul potential. $15. Abbe Grossman, MA, Certified Embodied Practitioner. Bio-Self Emergence Institute, 27752 Franklin Road, SOUTHFIELD. Info: 248-470-5738. See ad page 12. Green Lecture Series - 12pm. FREE Whole Foods ROCHESTER HILLS 248-371-1400.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 9 King Corn - 10am. King Corn is a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. They plant and grow a bumper crop of America’s most-productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. When they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat—and how we farm. FREE. Authentic Living Center, TROY. 248-828-8494.


Summer Stars - 9pm. Join an interpreter for storytelling of ancient sky legends, peeking at the planets and finding your way around the constellations of the summer sky. Bring a white or light-colored T-shirt and decorate it with the summer constellations. $3/person. Preregistration required. Ages 6+. Indian Springs Metropark Environmental Discovery Center near WHITE LAKE. 248-6256640. Awakening to Love - 7-9:30pm. Discover how your beliefs about love, intimacy and sexuality affect your relationships, sexual satisfaction, marriage, body image and ability to find love. Opportunity to connect with others through verbal sharing and exercises designed to open your heart. FREE. SOUTHFIELD. RSVP/directions: 734-523-8566. VegMichigan Dinner Club - 5pm. VegMichigan's Dinner Club meets the second Saturday of each month. In June, enjoy vegan Chinese at one of the area's favorite restaurants. PF Chang's China Bistro, The Mall at Partridge Creek, 17390 Hall Road, CLINTON TOWNSHIP. Cost: Order off menu. RSVP by June 7. Leave message: 877-778-3464. Juicing for Health with Anca - 10-11am. Learn about juicing's powerful benefits & sample fresh delicious juices. Anca will also share her incredible story about healing herself from cancer. $5. Whole Foods Market, 2918 Walton Boulevard, ROCHESTER HILLS. Service Desk 248-3711400. Mindful Walking Workshop - 2pm. Donation. J-Living Yoga & Fitness, 7355 Hall Rd, dAviSburg burg. Jules 248-390-9270. See ad page 52. food Prep Classes - 2-3:30pm. How to make Health bone broths, their uses, storing and health benefits. $20/person. Me, My Health & Eyes, lAke orion on. Must RSVP: 248-393-8633. See ad page 29.

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MONDAY, JUNE 11 Hypnosis for Comfortable and Relaxed Childbirth - 7pm. Join HypnoBirthing parents Janice & Will Rex-Weaver of Peaceful Birthing, as they share why a relaxed body experiences comfortable childbirth and how fear affects labor and intensifies sensations while birthing. With fear and stress absent from the birth experience it can become what nature intended for it to be, safe, relaxed and a beautiful bonding experience for mother, baby and daddy too! FREE. Whole Foods ROCHESTER HILLS 248-371-1400.

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Raw Food & Wheatgrass Juice Tasting - 5-7pm. Learn new ways eat your fruits and veggies! Join Deb Klungle of Nourished Body |Satisfied Soul & sample simple, delicious, nutritious raw foods that you can incorporate into your daily diet. Also Anca Iordachianu of Wheatgrass and Sprouts. Try her sweet wheatgrass juice & learn how she healed herself from cancer & her husband from diabetes through green juices & a raw vegan diet. Whole Foods Market TROY, 2880 West Maple. 248-6499600. See ad page 54.

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TUESDAY, JUNE 12 Thermogenic and Fat Burning - 6-7pm. Organic Coffee, Tea or Chocolate Latte for Fat Burning: Chocolate or Berry Shake and Ice Cream for Weight Loss. Boresha products for Anti-Aging also. FREE. ABC Wellness and Dr. Culik, 37300 Dequindre Ste 102, STERLING HEIGHTS. Dr. Culik 855-6699355. See ad page 52. Tibetan Heart Yoga - 6:30-7:30pm. Combines yoga postures and compassion meditation together in a flowing sequence, from the inside out, where your thoughts are as powerful as your yoga practice. We begin with tonglen meditation. A great stress reducer and helps to promote happiness. $15. Rochester Holistic Arts, 118 Terry Ave, ROCHESTER. Kim Leshley 248-895-5064. See ad page 16.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13 The Amazing Thyroid! - 7-8:15pm. Learn how to support this incredible gland. Discover its link to heart health, digestive issues, weight gain and more. Dr. Richard Sowerby D.C., Clinical Nutritionist demonstrates how Nutrition Response Testing addresses these issues. Vitamin Shoppe, TROY. FREE! Call 248-879-1900 to register. Free Meditation Class - 7-8pm. Learning this 15 min Isha Kriya meditation allows body and mind to function at the peak of their capability as well as raising human consciousness. FREE. FARMINGTON HILLS Community Library, 32737 W. 12 Mile Rd. Jen Giordano 248-497-9466. See ad page 12. Embodied Meditation - 7:15-9:15pm. Experience the power of Embodied Meditation. Create vibrant health. Activate your chakra (vortex) powers. Beat anxiety, stress and fatigue. $25. Embodied

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FRIDAY, JUNE 15 Hatha Yoga - 3-4pm. Free your body & mind from tension by allowing yourself to regain balance and energy by utilizing elemental postures & breathing techniques. Instructor: Sue Albert, Certified Yoga Instructor RYT $15. Rochester Holistic Arts, 118 Terry Ave, ROCHESTER. Kim Leshley 248-8955064. See ad page 16.


Bee Abodes - 11am. Did you know that there are over 4,000 species of bees? Join an interpreter to learn about the local pollinators and try creating a “bee abode.” $5/person. Preregistration required. Ages 6+. Indian Springs Metropark Environmental Discovery Center near WHITE LAKE. 248-6256640.

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Awakening to Love - 5:30-8pm. Discover how your beliefs about love, intimacy and sexuality affect your relationships, sexual satisfaction, marriage, body image and ability to find love. Opportunity to connect with others through verbal sharing and exercises designed to open your heart. FREE. Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, 114 S. Main, ANN ARBOR. RSVP: 734-523-8566.

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Father’s Day Beer & Brats Event! - 1-4pm. It’s June and almost Father’s Day bring on the grill! Join us for a sampling of our in house made selection of Brats made FRESH in our store! We’ll be sampling a variety of MI Beers too so plan to kick off Father’s Day with some brats and beer made in our great state of MI! Whole Foods Market TROY, 2880 West Maple. 248-649-9600.

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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! Whole Foods, ROCHESTER HILLS. FREE! Call 248-879-1900 to register.


Native Plants – 6:30-8:30pm. Explore the beauty and benefits of Michigan’s native plants. $25. Mott Community Education, LAPEER. 810-667-6546.

Detox Program Info Session - 7-8pm. Cleanse, nourish & rebuild yourself at a cellular level. Learn details of the Nourished Body Detox Program. Register in advance. No walk-ins. FREE. Heal Yourself Institute, 100 West 5th St, ROYAL OAK. Deb Klungle 248-497-4189. See ad page 54. Eat Well, Be Well - 6-7pm. Are foods making you sick? Learn about food sensitivities with regard to IBS, migraines, arthritis, difficulty losing weight and more. $10. Customized Health Solutions, LLC, 29877 Telegraph, Ste 303, SOUTHFIELD. Julie Koning, RD 248-795-5494. See ad page 53. Thermogenic and FAt Burning - 6-7pm. Organic Coffee, Tea and Chocolate Latte for Fat Burning. Chocolate or Berry Shake and Ice Cream for Weight Loss. Boresha products for Anti-Aging also. FREE. Dr. Clarita Ketels/Dr. Culik, 25200 Little Mack Ave, SAINT CLAIR SHORES. Dr. Ketels 586-7748720. See ad page 52.

No Child Left Inside: Preschool Nature Club - 11am. Introduce your preschooler to the wonderful world of nature! Listen to story, do a craft or other related activity, then hit the trail. Dress to be outdoors. Ages 3-6 accompanied by adult. $3/child. Preregistration required. Lake St. Clair Metropark Nature Center near MOUNT CLEMENS. 586463-4332.


Cooking With Essential Oils - 7-8:15pm. Class includes the newest Young Living cookbook that features cooking with essential oils, helpful hints, as well as convenient measurements, step-by-step instructions for refreshing beverages, nutritious side dishes, unique main courses and healthy desserts. Sample readymade recipes. Must call to register. $25. Rochester Holistic Arts, 118 Terry Ave, ROCHESTER. Kim Leshley 248-895-5064. See ad page 16.

Detox Program Info Session - 7-8pm. Cleanse, nourish & rebuild yourself at a cellular level. Learn details of the Nourished Body Detox Program. Register in advance. No walk-ins. FREE. Heal Yourself Institute, 100 West 5th St, ROYAL OAK. Deb Klungle 248-497-4189. See ad page 54. Forks Over Knives Screening - Wellness Training Institute, 39242 Dequindre #104, STERLING

HEIGHTS. 586-795-3600. See ad inside front cover.

markyourcalendar An Evening with His Holiness Gayuna Cealo

Lecture, Meditation, Q&A. Experience an evening that will lead you back to your true self and help you to remove the blocks that prevent you from living in your natural state of peace and joy

Wednesday, June 20 • 7-9pm

Birmingham Unitarian Church 38651 Woodward Ave, Bloomfield Hills

$15 in advance or $20 at the door Info/RSVP: Katie 248-406-4176 Visit to learn about H.H. Cealo and Foundation for Global Harmony USA

THURSDAY, JUNE 21 Testosterone Replacement - Low - 6pm-. Seminar series presented by Dr. James Lewerenz. How to help degenerative conditions like Diabetes, Arthritis and Dementia. FREE. Longevity Health Institute, 1555 E South Blvd, ROCHESTER HILLS. 248459-1139. See ad page 22. Detox Program Info Session - 7-8pm. Cleanse, nourish & rebuild yourself at a cellular level. Learn details of the Nourished Body Detox Program. Register in advance. No walk-ins. FREE. Heal Yourself Institute, 100 West 5th St, ROYAL OAK. Deb Klungle 248-497-4189. See ad page 54. Pure SKN Makeup Essentials - 6:30–8pm. Join Pure SKN Makeup Artists as they teach you the basics of skincare and cosmetics. Learn how to identify your colors, proper makeup application, and even brush techniques! Each guest will complete their own face chart and take part in a full makeup application. FREE. Register online or at our Customer Service desk, as space is limited. Whole Foods ROCHESTER HILLS 248-371-1400.

FRIDAY, JUNE 22 Embodied Meditation - 2:30-4:30pm. Experience the power of Embodied Meditation. Create vibrant health. Activate your chakra (vortex) powers. Beat anxiety, stress and fatigue. $25.00. Embodied Meditaiton, 27752 Franklin Rd, SOUTHFIELD. Abbe J. Grossman 248-470-5738. See ad page 12. SUPER FOODS FOR GUT HEALTH - 5pm6pm. Come explore the inner world of the digestive system, and learn which foods to eat for optimum digestive health and surprisingly good taste! FREE. Green Living Festival, Third and Water, ROCHESTER. Angela Russell 248-629-0692. See ad page 6.

SATURDAY, JUNE 23 health Starts here grill’in and Chill’in Summer event - 12pm. Celebrate summer throughout the store with delicious ideas and recipes that are plant strong, nutrient dense, and perfect for summer happenings. Sweet and savory ideas to keep your family on the right track while still enjoying your favorite dishes! FREE. Whole Foods roCheS-

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ter hillS & troY. 248-371-1400. Country fair - 10am-4pm. and Sunday 6/24. Live entertainment and demonstrations including shoeing and riding horses, dog agility, chainsaw carving, music, and wool processing, felting and weaving. Antique tractors on display and several specialty vendors. Games and activities for children. Wagon rides and refreshments available for purchase. $5/ person; 2 and under/free. Farm Center of Wolcott Mill Metropark in rAY toWnShiP 586-7525932. gleaners Can drive - 10-6pm. Also, 6/30. Help Raise a Rex, providing 15,000 pounds of food (the weight of a T-Rex!) to hungry, local kids. Cranbrook Institute of Science is offering Raise a Rex donors free admission and reduced-price memberships during the first two weekends in July! Donate $5 or 5 pounds for individual admission. Donate $10 or 10 pounds for family admission. Donations collected at Whole Foods Market’s in roCheSter, WeSt blooMfield and troY.

SUNDAY JUNE 24 What’s the buZZ on honey? - 2-4pm. Have you heard the BUZZ around town regarding the Bee population and the issues facing them? Without the bee population, there will be no pollination for plants or food, what can we do about it? Stop by Whole Foods Market in Troy and learn ways to protect these AMAZING creatures then sample all the varieties we have in store! Whole Foods Market troY, 2880 West Maple. 248-649-9600. no Child left inside: Summer nature detectives -2pm. Many things above us and below us go unseen. Search for clues of these “nature fugitives” along the trail. Wear your detective clothes. $3/ person. For ages 6+. Preregistration required. Kensington Metropark Nature Center near Milford/ brighton. 810-227-8910.

MONDAY, JUNE 25 vitamins – 6-8 pm. Learn all about vitamins. $25. Mott Community Education, lAPeer. 810-6676546.

TUESDAY, JUNE 26 Anti-inflammatory Diet - 6-7pm. Some foods are known to promote or counteract inflammation in the body. Have fun learning how to keep balanced with yummy recipes and meal planning. $10. Customized Health Solutions, LLC, º29877 Telegraph, Ste 303, Southfield. Julie Koning, RD 248-795-5494. See ad page 53. raw food basics: Milks - 7-8pm. Join Deb Klungle of Nourished Body for this series designed for raw food beginners. Learn how to make fresh dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free milks. $10. Whole Foods Market, 2918 Walton Boulevard, roCheSter hillS. Service Desk 248-371-1400. See ad page 54. Personal Altars & Sacred Spaces – 6-8pm. Set up a sacred space through ceremonies to develop a personal altar for your spiritual growth. $25. Mott Community Education, lAPeer. 810-667-6546.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27 gluten free Support group - 7pm. Join us in the café with copies of your favorite gluten free recipe to share. Familiarize yourself with our gluten free products, discuss your allergy and get samples pro-

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vided by our gluten free vendors. Discuss knowledge you have about your allergy. FREE. Register at our Customer Service desk. Whole Foods roCheSter hillS 248-371-1400. the Amazing thyroid! - 7-8:15pm. Learn how to support this incredible gland. Discover its link to heart health, digestive issues, weight gain and more. Dr. Richard Sowerby D.C., Clinical Nutritionist demonstrates how Nutrition Response Testing addresses these issues. Vitamin Shoppe, ShelbY tWP. FREE! Call 248-879-1900 to register. detox Program info Session - 7-8pm. Cleanse, nourish & rebuild yourself at a cellular level. Learn details of the Nourished Body Detox Program. Register in advance. No walk-ins. FREE. Heal Yourself Institute, 100 West 5th St, roYAl oAk. Deb Klungle 248-497-4189. See ad page 54. Sustainable living tour - 7-9:30pm. Tour the enchanting structures & grounds at the Strawbale Studio & learn about regenerative living & upcoming educational activities. $25. Strawbale Studio, oxford. 248-628-1887.

THURSDAY, JUNE 28 Juicing for Health with Anca - 7-8pm. Learn about juicing's powerful benefits & sample fresh delicious juices. Anca will also share her incredible story about healing herself from cancer. $5. Whole Foods Market, 2918 Walton Boulevard, ROCHESTER HILLS. Service Desk 248-371-1400. Making Peace with Food - 6:30 pm-8:30. Learn to release emotional eating. Body awareness and meditative eating, not rules, break the cycle of overeating. $20. Making Peace with Food, 28592 Orchard Lake Rd, Ste 301, FARMINGTON HILLS. Abbe J Grossman, MA 248-470-5738. See ad page 12. No Child Left Inside: Family Nature Club -Turtle Talk - 1pm. Wonder what turtles eat, or question whether they can come out of their shells? Michigan is home to 10 different species of turtles. Learn more about them as you meet some real turtles up close, and then take a hike to find turtles in their natural habitat. All ages. $3/person. Preregistration required. Lake St. Clair Metropark Nature Center near MOUNT CLEMENS. 586-463-4332. Community Support Day for Storehouse of Hope Client Choice Pantry - All Day. Please join us in supporting Storehouse of Hope Client Choice Pantry by shopping in any of our five Michigan stores on this day, when 5% of our sales will be donated to this organization, whose mission is to

provide emergency food, personal care services, referrals to needed resources, and specific education and development activities designed to enhance human dignity and sustain families and individuals living in the North End community of Detroit. The work of Storehouse of Hope is conducted through community outreach, advocacy, and collaboration. Whole Foods Market TROY, 2880 West Maple. 248-649-9600.


markyourcalendar Peace Camp

Ages 6 – 11. (12+ may apply for Mentor positions) Creating self-understanding, generosity of spirit, servant leaders, friendships, fun, art, music, drumming, meditation, yoga, peace-making tools and practices. Led by Three Moms for Peace.

Monday July 9 – Thursday July 12 (Friday option)

Gardening Class - 2-3:30pm. How to trim tomatoes for higher yield and watering devices for high water needs plants. $20/person. Me, My Health & Eyes, LAKE ORION. Must RSVP 248-393-8633. See ad page 29.

$100 for the week. Peace Unity Holistic Center, 8080A Ortonville Road, CLARKSTON

Ice Cream Summer Solstice! - 2-4pm. Kick off summer in style--stop in for some all natural cool treats. We’ll have frosty floats, sorbet, dairy free options and more. Welcome summer in style with some all natural sweet treats! FREE. Whole Foods Market TROY, 2880 West Maple. 248-649-9600. Mediation with Brett Koon - 1-4pm. Join Brett Koon as he gives a brief intro on meditation and then guides you through a short meditation experience. Each hour Bret will give 15-20 min. intro on the topic and will be available afterwards for questions. Whole Foods Market TROY, 2880 West Maple. 248-649-9600.

Call Kathy 248-892-0196, or email long. See ad page 45.

Gardening is how I relax. It’s another form of creating and playing with colors. ~Oscar de la Renta



2012 Mayan Ruins Courageous Living & Yoga Retreat

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

Join Courageous Living Coach Dianne Kipp and Kripalu Yogini Leah Glatz for the experience of a life time! Make a Conscious Choice to Follow Your Heart...A gift of Time to nurture mind, body and spirit, in the Ancient Maya Ruins of Copan, Honduras for Wild Woman Fun & Self- Discovery! Explore your inner most passions, core values, heart-felt desires, and your personal path of transformation. And on 12-12 participate in a special Yoga Maya Fusion event.

MONDAY, JULY 23 Intro to Meditation - 6-7:30pm. Presented by Dr. Michael Dangovian, DO. Manage stress & reduce anxiety, Improve your relationships, create inner peace, improve your sleep patterns, lower your blood pressure and feel a deeper sense of meaning and purpose in life on a daily basis. $20. Wellness Training Institute, 39242 Dequindre #104, STERLING HEIGHTS. 586-795-3600. See ad opposite page and page 13.

December 11-17, 2012

For details, package and event pricing, view the brochure/flyer at: MayanRetreatFlyer.pdf. Info: 888-242-8613.

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ongoingevents NOTE: All calendar events must be received via our online submission form by the 12th of the month and adhere to our guidelines. No phone or fax submissions, please. Visit to submit online. Mile. Enter @ Main Hosp. entrance & turn L. Mtg in 1st bldg on L, Audit. A. WARREN. Info: Ginny 586-940-1634. Primordial Sound Meditation 9:30-10:15am. $3 donation. Inner Wisdom, 29231 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield. 248-350-1500. See ad page 51. Creating A World That Works For All - 10am celebration of Spirit: music, laughter, meditation, inspiration, spiritual community. Making a difference by being the change we wish to see. Peace Unity Church & Holistic Center, 8080A Ortonville Road, Clarkston. Bookstore, Offices and Holistic Center, 248-625-5192. See ad page 45. Springfield Farmers’ Market - 10am-2pm. 6/17 Thru 10/14. Products naturally, locally grown (Michigan) and heirloom. Admission FREE! Shiawassee Basin Preserve (Davisburg Rd. Entrance) Info: Laura, Market Manager. 248-249-1592. Jivamukti Light Vinyasa Yoga - 10:30-11:30am. Challenging & soulful vinyasa yoga infused with mantra, music & meditation! $14. House of Yoga, 2965 W. 12 Mile, Berkley. Dave 248-321-0894. See ad page 54. Yoga in the Park - Noon-1pm. In Downtown New Baltimore thru Sept. Everyone is welcome. FREE. Theresa May, 48774 Gratiot, Chesterfield. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 55. Meditation & Study Group - 7-8pm. Learn how to start or keep a meditation practice, all levels welcomed. FREE. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot, Chesterfield. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 55.

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. 586-795-3600. See ad page 13 & 45. 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 16. Yolates - 9:30-10:30am. A great mix of Pilates and yoga to give you the best of both classes. $10 for walk ins. Mind & Body Fitness @ The Studio, 67529 Main St, Richmond. Darlene Daniels 586-4309876. See ad page 55. La Leche League of Lake Orion - 10am. Daytime Series meeting: 3rd Monday. FREE. Christ the Redeemer Church, 2700 Waldon Rd, Lake Orion. Tawnya 586-604-4074. Breastfeeding Info/Support: La Leche League of Warren - 10:15 am. 1st Mondays only. FREE. St. John-Mac. Hosp. Med. Educ. Ctr, 12000 E. 12


Meatless Mondays with Mood! - 4-6pm. Thru 6/25. Join our In-store demo extraordinaire Mood for some culinary creation easy meal ideas to inspire. Taste, learn and enjoy NEW hearty recipes each week to warm you without the cholesterol and ALL the flavor! Whole Foods Market Troy, 2880 West Maple. 248-649-9600. Jen's Warm Slow Flow Yoga- 5:30pm. Connect with your breath and still your mind in this moving meditation. $12. Powerhouse Gym Yoga Studio, 400 East Brown Street, Birmingham. Jen Cooper 248-563-7300. Slow Flow Yoga with Noreen Daly CYT - 5:45pm. Wed also. For beginners to intermediate, this class provides a gentle pace of moving from one posture to the next. You will feel invigorated, strengthened, lengthened and focused. First class free, $8/class or package rates. Peace Unity Holistic Center, 8080A Ortonville Road, Clarkston. 248-625-5192. See ad page 45. Meditation Group - 6:30-8pm. Join us for group meditation in the Dome at the Center of Light. Donation $10. Center of Light, 5898 Baldwin Road, Oxford. Sue Clement 810-338-5471.

Yoga on the Beach - 8-9am. Instructor Tom King teaches yoga in its basic form; All levels. 12 years old +. Kids accompanied by adult. $7 per day or 6 wk. pass. Preregistration required. Lake St. Clair Metropark, near Mount Clemens. Park Info: 586-463-4581. Yoga info/reg: Tom King, That Added Touch, 586-709-0618. 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 16. Yoga mix - 9:45-10:45am. A mixture between slow flow & vinyasa. You will feel invigorated&refreshed. $10 walk ins. Mind & Body Fitness @ The Studio, 67529 Main St, Richmond. Darlene Daniels 586-430-9876. See ad page 55. Gentle Yoga, w/Rev. Matthew - 10am. Thurs also. A spiritual, mental & physical practice for developing & tapping inner energy & awareness.Bring practice mat or towel. Free-will Love-offering received. Peace Unity Holistic Center, 8080A Ortonville Rd, Clarkston. 248-625-5192. See ad page 45. Tai Chi Classes - 6:30-7:30pm. 20 yrs experience. $13 drop in or 10-class packages. KMAI, 935 Baldwin Rd, Lapeer. 810-667-2101. Jivamukti Vinyasa Yoga - 6:30pm-8pm. intense, challenging and soulful. vinyasa infused with mantra & meditation! $14. House of Yoga, 2965 W. 12 Mile, Berkley. Dave 248-556-0992. See ad page 54.

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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 ad page 13 & 45. Kangen Water - 7-8pm. 1st/3rd Tues. Benefits of balancing body pH, increase hydration, neutralize free radicals. FREE. MigunLiving, 725 S. Adams Ste 100, Birmingham. Info: Migun Living 248-203-7744. See ad page 44. Macomb County Homebirth Circle - 7-8:30pm. Social gathering where women are supported for their choice to birth at home. FREE. Thrive In Line Chiropractic, 51309 Mound Rd, Shelby Township. Erica Michaels 248-881-0836. Bi-Monthly Seminars - 6-7:30pm. You may please advertise as well about the Seminars bi monthly on Tuesdays. $25. Holistic Healing Center, 1777 Axtell Dr. Ste 203, Troy. Info/class listings see website in ad on page 11. Meditation Gathering - 7-9pm. 2nd & 4th Tues. 7-8 Guided Meditation, 8-9 Potluck. Relaxed Atmosphere. Donation. BeTrue Retreat Center, 3170 Miller Road, Oakland Township. Therese Winter 248-765-1832. See ad page 54.

Vitamin C Wednesdays - 8-10:30am. Spring in on Wednesdays for a hot breakfast or steel cut oats and receive a complimentary 8oz fresh squeezed orange juice with a breakfast bar purchase. One juice per customer with a breakfast bar purchase only. Whole Foods Troy 248-649-9600. YSpin - 8:15 am-9:30 am. A combination of yoga and cycling to get the best of both workouts. Come Join. $10/walk in. Mind & Body Fitness @The Studio, 67529 Main St, Richmond. Darlene Daniels 586-430-9876. See ad page 55. Farmers' Market/Crafts - 9am-2pm. Produce,baked goods,plants,diabetic socks, Project Fresh/EBT vendors, more. FREE. Durand Union Station, Main & Hagle St, downtown Durand. 989-288-3561. 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 ad page 13 & 45. Yolates - 9:45-10:45am. A great mix of Pilates and yoga to give you the best of both classes. $10 for walk ins. Mind & Body Fitness @ The Studio, 67529 Main St, Richmond. Darlene Daniels 586-4309876. See ad page 55. Foundational Yoga - 10-11am. Energize and relax your mind, body, spirit and heart. $8. Michigan Rehabiliation Specialists, 10860 Highland Rd, Hartland. Tanya 810-623-4755. Adult Women’s and Children’s Domestic Violence Support Groups - 10-11:30am. LACASA: Comprehensive Services Center, 2895 W. Grand River Avenue, Howell. Info: 517-548-1350. Slow Flow Yoga w/Noreen Daly CYT - 5:45pm. Mon also. Beginners to intermediate, class provides

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a gentle pace of moving from one posture to the next. Feel invigorated, strengthened, lengthened & focused. First class free, $8/class or package rates. Peace Unity Holistic Center, 8080A Ortonville Rd, Clarkston. 248-625-5192. See ad page 45. First Time Free Slow Flow Yoga - 7-8pm. Slow Flow Yoga with Allisen. For beginners and intermediate. Namaste'. $10. Inner Wisdom, 29231 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield. Billie Tobin 248-350-1500. See ad page 51. EFT Drop-in Group - 6-8pm. Available to experienced and non-experienced tappers alike. Take advantage of an opportunity to tap in a group setting, learn additional energy psychology tips and techniques to enhance benefits from a skilled certified EFT Practitioner at the affordable price of $20. Confidentiality expected and respected. Call 248-334-9214 for location information. Healing Yoga Sessions - 6:30-7:45pm. Hatha Yoga Foundation explored with special attention to individual healing $12. BeTrue Retreat Center, 3170 Miller Road, Oakland Township. Therese Winter 248-765-1832. See ad page 54. Power sculpt - 6:45-7:45pm. Get fit with weights & a great cardio workout, all in one. For Men&women. $10 walk ins. Mind & Body Fitness @ The Studio, 67529 Main St, Richmond. Darlene Daniels 586-430-9876. See ad page 55. Slow Flow Yoga - 7pm. First Class Free, Walkin $10 or series rates. Inner Wisdom, 29231 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield. 248-3501500. See ad page 51.

Batterer/Assailant Group - 10-11:20am; 5:306:50pm and 7-8:20pm. LACASA: Comprehensive Services Center, 2895 W. Grand River Avenue, Howell. Info: 517-548-1350.

Gentle Yoga w/Rev. Matthew - 10am. Tue also. Spiritual, mental & physical practice for developing & tapping inner energy & awareness.Bring practice mat or towel. Free-will Love-offerings received. Peace Unity Holistic Center, 8080A Ortonville Rd, Clarkston, 248-625-5192. See ad page 45. Young At Heart Active Adults Group - 11:30am1:30pm. Lunch at noon ($5/person). Activities such as guest speakers, musical performances, field trips, holiday parties, movies, bingo, games and more! $7 yearly membership. Non-members welcome. Ages 50+ or those with disabilities of any age. Info: Sarah at the Springfield Oaks Parks and Recreation, Davisburg. 248-846-6558. 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 ad page 13 & 45. Hot Yoga - 5:45-6:45pm. Fast pace vinyasa flow in a 95 degree room, please hydrate prior to class. $13. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot, Chesterfield. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 55. YOGA for Men & Women - 6-7:30pm. Beginning & Intermediate. Discover how movement and breath help open tight spots in the body. This class will help bring balance to the body. Available for all fitness levels. Bring your own mat or one provided. Taught by Chris Duncan, RYT 8 years Astanga Yoga. $12 drop in. KMAI, 935 Baldwin Rd, Lapeer. 810-667-2101. 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 ad page 13 & 45. Yoga - 7pm. Donation. J-Living Yoga & Fitness, 7355 Hall Rd, davisburg. Jules 248-390-9270. See ad page 52. Medicine Cabinet Makeover - 70m. Natural products for Bug spray, cuts, allergies, indigestion, headache, pain, ear aches, etc. Troy. Info: 248953-9402. See ad page 21. Young Living Essential Oils - 7pm-8pm. 3rd Thurs only. Natural alternatives to laboratory drugs. FREE. Migun Living, 725 S. Adams Ste 100, Birmingham. Info: Migun Living 248203-7744. See ad page 44. La Leche League of Lake Orion - 7:30 pm. Evening Series Meeting: 2nd Thursday. Toddler Meeting: 4th Thursday. Babies and children welcome. FREE. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1950 S. Baldwin, Lake Orion. Tawnya 584604-4074.

Yoga - 9am. Donation. J-Living Yoga & Fitness, 7355 Hall Rd, davisburg. Jules 248-390-9270. See ad page 52. Yoga mix - 9:15-10:15am. A mixture between slow flow&vinyasa. You will feel invigorated & refreshed. $10 walk ins. Mind & Body Fitness @ The Studio, 67529 Main St, Richmond. Darlene Daniels 586-430-9876. See ad page 55.


Oakland, Macomb, Livingston & St. Clair, MI

Sexual Assault Group - 9:30-11:30am. LACASA: Comprehensive Services Center, 2895 W. Grand River Avenue, Howell. Info: 517-548-1350. 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 ad page 13 & 45. Heart 2 Heart Healing with Billie Tobin - 10am. Group healing session designed to release core issues. $20. Inner Wisdom, 29231 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield. RSVP 248-350-1500. See ad page 51. Yin Yoga - 5:45-7pm. 1st & 3rd Fri. A softer, gentler form of yoga that helps lengthen the connective tissues. $13. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot, Chesterfield. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 55. Jen's Warm Slow Flow Yoga- 6pm-7pm. Connect with your breath and still your mind in this moving meditation. $12. Powerhouse Gym Yoga Studio, 400 East Brown Street, Birmingham. Jen Cooper 248-563-7300. 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. Guided Meditation Group - 7-8:30pm. First Fridays May-July. Light refreshments. Donation. Me, My Health & Eyes, Lake Orion. Please RSVP: 248-393-8633. See ad page 29. 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.

Hot Yoga - 7:30-8:30am. Fast pace vinyasa flow in a 95 degree room, please hydrate prior to class. $13. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot, Chesterfield. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 55. Yoga on the Beach - 8-9am. Also Tue. Instructor Tom King teaches yoga in its basic form; All levels. 12 years old +, accompanied by adult. $7/day or 6 wk. pass. Preregister. Lake St. Clair Metropark, near Mount Clemens. Info: 586-463-4581. Yoga reg: Tom King 586-709-0618. Yoga at Stony Creek - 8-9am. 6/9-8/25. Join instructor Kathy Vesprini for an hour of gentle poses. All levels. $7/session or 5-wk pkg. Stony Creek Metropark near Rochester/Washington Township. Info: 586-918-8407. Certified Hypnotherapists Education and Networking Meeting - 1st Sat/monthly 9:30am-12pm. Certified Hypnotherapists who have graduated from a state licensed school of hypnosis are welcome. Includes educational presentation, workbook and computer disk. First visit FREE. Clinical Hypnosis Professional Group, Warren. Register 586-7517500. See ad page 16. Yoga - 10am. Donation. J-Living Yoga & Fitness, 7355 Hall Rd, davisburg. Jules 248-390-9270. See ad page 52.


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Natural wellness & Pain Relief Centers

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

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

Allergy Treatment New Life Allergy Treatment Ctr. Terry Robinson, RPN, Natural Therapist Advanced NAET Practitioner 725 S. Adams S-185, Birmingham 248-792-2229 •

Computerized Allergy Testing/ treatments. Certified in NAET, BioSet, JMT and BioKinetics. 11 years experience. Specializing in: Environmental allergies, food allergies/sensitivities, digestive issues, skin problems, headaches, fatigue and Candida.

Former MD in China served North American people for over 27 years with acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. Specializing in various pains and intestinal problems. See ad page 24.

Acupuncture & pain management Hyo S. Kim, M.D. • 586-939-7223 Board Certified Acupuncturist 37800 Mound Rd., Sterling Heights

For over 20 years, Dr. Kim has effectively treated patients who have overcome an array of health issues from minor to severe. Stop smoking with one session. Call for your appointment.

Bowenwork® MARK ROGERS

1775 E. 14 Mile 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 21.

Acupuncture health alliance Susan Burke, OMD, L.Ac 2770 Coolidge Hwy, Berkley 248-582-8888

Specializing in Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology Nutritional programs, QiGong and Physiognomy. See ad page 48.

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

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

Community Health Acupuncture Center

801 Livernois St., Ferndale 248-246-7289 •

Effective acupuncture treatment in our comfortable, quiet communitystyle treatment room. Affordable sliding scale fees, $15-$35 per treatment, no income verification.


building/remodeling Great Lakes Barrier Free Julie A. Bise, RN, CAPS 800-354-7545

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

Dr. Morningstar is the developer of the TornadoSuit and ARC3D Scoliosis Therapy. His treatment approach has already received national media attention for it's long-term effectiveness. Preventing scoliosis surgery in children, and maximizing pain relief function in adult scoliosis patients. See ad pages 31.

NUCCA Chiropractor

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

Experience exceptional Chiropractic without any twisting, cracking or popping. Dr. Cramer is trained in the NUCCA (National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association). Tap into your healer within! Please visit See ad page 8.

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

Dr. Mike, a husband and father of three, takes pride in offering family chiropractic care using techniques tailored to each individual’s needs. Progressive Chiropractic offers massage, Reflexology, supplements, pillows and supports.

Van Every Chiropractic Center

Dr. Anna Saylor-Wither 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 19.

Let our team of medical professionals and licensed builders help you remain independent at home with all your Activities of Daily Living needs. FREE in-home assessments and estimates.

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Cardiology Healthy Heart & Vascular, PLLC Michael Dangovian, DO, FAAC 39242 Dequindre Ste 103, Sterling Heights 586-795-3600

A unique practice with a blended m o d e l for wellness. Full-service cardiology, stress testing, echocardiography, Holter monitoringYoga, workshops. Take control of your health and wellbeing. See ad page 13 & 45.

Oakland, Macomb, Livingston & St. Clair, MI

Dr. Jason 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 of each individual. Visit our website See ad page 7.

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April Shackelford MSW,CADC The Conscious Connection Center Lake Orion • 810-423-7577

Ana Derbabian, LLC

Counseling For Hope & Purpose 43902 Woodward, Bloomfield Hills 248-202-0583

Create the life you are meant to live. Heal from the past, resolve thoughts, feelings and behaviors that keep you stuck, experience peace and joy, live out your purpose, and...enjoy your life! See ad page 27.

Healing through empowerment, personal awareness and shifted thinking for adults/teens with addictions (food, drugs, alcohol, sex, etc.), anxiety, wounding from abuse, depression, bereavement and relationship struggles.

Ruth wilson

Licensed Life Coach 248-990-1902

Be treated with respect. Manifest more of what you want with increased personal power. Change your state of mind and change your life.

Billie Tobin

Board Certified Alternative Psychology Practitioner 248-789-1980 • In person, Phone session or Skype

Integrated Spiritual Life Coaching is quantum healing for those who choose to move forward in life to joy and success. Namaste’

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 22.

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 33.

The Mental Fitness Center

850 W. University, Suite C, 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 31.


Life, Health, Career Coach 888-242-8613 •

Want more success from life? Whether for your personal, professional or business success, you will be amazed at your results! Discover how to achieve Success in a life you love to live! Ask about Awesome Retreats! Complimentary sessions always available.

Harmony with land is like harmony with a friend; you cannot cherish his right hand and chop off his left. ~Aldo Leopold

Henry Ford Maplegrove Center


Healthy Foods Chef /Teacher Detoxifying Ionic Footbaths 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. • Gift Certificates Available. See ad page 21.

Education / schools naturopathic School Of the healing arts


Shannon Rozell, Patient/Partner Liaison West Bloomfield • 248-721-7020

Maplegrove provides a safe environment to sort through substance abuse/ addiction issues. We strive to provide each patient quality of care and comfort with dignity.


Fitness / dance the healing spot

Teri Sertic Auburn Hills • 248-444-0842

Awaken Through Dance fitness classes for women to wake up their divine feminine. Teri is also a gifted healer through massage, energy and journeywork.

How do new clients find you? In the Natural Directory, of course! Natural Networking at its best.

Affordable rates starting as low at $69 per month.

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Three integrated diploma programs: Naturopathy (ND), Massage Therapy/ Energy Medicine, Master Herbalist. Continuing education, student clinics. Please visit our informative website!

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.

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Feng Shui (continued) J Living

Live with Purpose 248-390-9270

P r o v i d i n g professional Feng Shui interior design services for home, business owners, and work directly with interior designers. Contact Jules

World's 1st Healthy coffee 248-668-0057

Health promoting & anti-aging. 150+ oxidants. Awesome gourmet flavor.

We may give without loving, but we cannot love without giving. ~Bernard Meltzer

integrative medicine ABC Wellness • Diane Culik, MD

Zija Independent Dist

Kristi Krathwohl • 586-524-3231

37300 Dequindre Suite 102 Sterling Heights • 855-NOW-WELL (855-669-9355)

Holistic Physician: Bioidentical Hormones, natural Thyroid, natural-Anxiety, Depression and ADD. Food allergies, Gluten specialist, yeast; Vitamin, Mineral, heavy metal tests. Cancer screen blood test. Weight loss ice cream and shakes & fat-burning coffee.

Zija Nutrition, Energy and Weight Loss. 7 day Nutrition or Energy or 4 day weight loss trial packs $25. get-zija-fied!

I shut my eyes in order to see. ~Paul Gauguin

health foods/BEVERAGES Future of Water Group Metro Detroit & Outer Areas 714-653-1771 x872

WATER IS THE KEY! Alkaline/Ionized water paving the way to health. Helps w/weight loss, diabetes, cholesterol, pet care & even cancer. Personal home use and/or Biz opps available...Call for detailed information. Kathleen or Tony

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.

home cleaning services Hagopian

Carpet, furniture and tile cleaning for home and business. Rug cleaning and repair, 24 hour water and fire damage response. New & previously loved rugs. See ad page 7.

Guilt: the gift that keeps on giving. ~Erma Bombeck

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.

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

WILDTREE ALL NATURAL FOODS Lori Fleischer - Team Leader Call or Text 586-709-8089

Hypnosis Delivers-Results

Mary Sammons • 103 E. Main St. • Flushing 810-423-6541 or 888-851-5606

Quick & Easy Healthy meals. No preservatives, fillers, dyes, MSG, GMO's or nuts. "Offering in-home tastings and freezer meal workshops to save you time & money in the kitchen." For more information please visit my website at:


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

In practice since 1983. Multiple non-invasive 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 15.

Oak Park, Birmingham, Novi, Utica & Ann Arbor • 800-HAGOPIAN (424-6742)

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

Budaj Chiropractic and Nutrition

Oakland, Macomb, Livingston & St. Clair, MI

HYPNOSIS to achieve YOUR goals-Lose weight, stop smoking, reduce stress. Offering: VIRTUAL GASTRIC BAND, HYPNO-BAND. Private, couples, family, small group sessions. NEW CAREER? Hypnotism certification courses forming NOW.

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

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

The Downing Clinic

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

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, BioIdentical Hormones, Chemical Sensitivities, Osteoporosis, Candida, Fibromyalgia, Optimal Nutrition Plans and Primary Care. See ad page 8.

Longevity Health Institute 1467 E 12 Mile Rd, Madison Heights 248-548-3060 1555 E South Blvd, Rochester Hills 248-459-1139

Medical spa Timeless Health & Beauty medical spa 248-650-2241 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 2.

A Functional, Regenerative Holistic Medical Approach. Wellness; Hormone Replacement Therapy, IV Therapy: Vitamins, Chelation, Detox, Adrenal (Cortisol) support; HBOT - Hyperbaric O2. See ad page 22.

Natural wellness & Pain Relief Centers

meditation Isha Foundation

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

Comprehensive treatment options to maximize your results. Bio-identical hormones, IV nutritionals, HcG weight loss, manipulation under anesthesia, decompression therapy, exercise with oxygen therapy, and cancer therapies. See ad pages 31.

massage therapy 313-451-4742

T h e I s h a Foundation offers meditation and yoga programs designed to help one reach the peak of physical, mental and emotional well-being.

All art is but imitation of nature. ~Lucius Annaeus Seneca

bodyworks massage therapy

In-Home Massage Sessions Available Serving Oakland County Call for appt: 586-243-9090 Thai Yoga Massage, deep tissue, swedish. 19 years experience. Credit cards excepted and gift cards available. Corporate chair massage available. Visit:

Vickie Evans, CMT

The Downing Clinic 5715 Bella Rose Blvd., Ste 100, Clarkston 248-625-6677 •

Massage, Reiki, Reflexology, Healing and Therapeutic Touch. Rain Drop Therapy: Spinal massage with aromatherapy oils provides antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory action to improve back pain and conditions. See ad page 8.

Mental Wellness A Perfect Balance

Debbie Bollen • Jenny Harwood Farmington Hills • 248-254-7827 Holistic, non-invasive brain optimization technology, identifying where brainwave patterns are not functioning at optimal levels. Specializing in: anxiety, memory/focus problems, sleep issues, PTSD, ADD/ADHD, Brain Injury.

Natural/Holistic Health Belle River Naturals

Help heal the world... starting with you! Offering alternative and holistic treatments, therapies and Reiki Classes. Experience a holistic approach to wellbeing; focusing equally on mind, body and spirit. See ad page 11.

Natural Solutions for Digestive Health

Dr. Matthew Marturano, ND • 248-629-0692 245 Barclay Circle, Ste 800, Rochester Hills

A naturopathic physician trained in both conventional and alternative medicine. Metabolic testing with natural remedies including herbs, vitamins, nutrition, and probiotics in order to restore optimal health and function of the digestive system. See ad page 6.

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.

nutritional counseling advanced nutritional solutions Lee Rossano, CNC Rochester Hills • 248-652-4160 whysuffer.NET

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Customized health solutions

Vegan Organic Holistic Health. Essential Oils Synergies, Perfumes & Potions, Vegan Facial Care, Healing Salves & Balms.

Becky Stevens Holistic Alternatives, LLC

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 25.

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

Mary Dunsmore 586-980-9773

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

Holistic Healing Center

Alice Goodall, RN, BSN V.P. MI Holistic Nursing Assoc 586-646-0066

Nutritional counseling/ herbal remendies based on the COMPASS® nutritional assessment. Identify deficiencies in your body in the comfort of your own home. Serving SE Michigan.

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Lee brings 10 years of clinical experience, the most advanced assessment techniques, and a lifetime of intuitive healing with personalized health plans to help cease suffering. That means better sex, energy, and a greater sense of happiness! See ad page 13.

Julie Koning, RD Royal Oak • 248-795-5494

Integrative/functional nutrition assessment- children and adults, meal plans, food sensitivity and metabolism testing. Ongoing classes–see website. Medicare provider for diabetes /chronic kidney disease (non-dialysis).

June 2012



Complete Natural Lawn Application Products & Programs PO Box 874, Highland 248-889-7200,


reIkI AdvANCed eNergY therAPY

20 W. Washington, Ste 10 • Clarkston 248-909-3700 •


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 37.

Do you or someone you love have cancer? Reiki can help reduce side-effects of Chemo/Radiation therapy. It also reduces stress and promotes healing. Pet Reiki available too.

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 10.

bIO-turF, LLC • 810-348-7547

Serving Oakland, Livingston & Genesee

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


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32550 Northwestern Hwy, Farmington 248-737-4100

Organic coloring system. Odorless, ammoniafree, Certified Organic ingredients, no staining or burning. Kera Green Smothing System with organic Keratin. Also featuring Nayo with organic flax and Calendula. See ad page 12.

OxYgeN therAPY hYPerbArIC OPtIONS LLC Royal Oak • 888-426-8123

Portable Hyperbaric Oxygen Chambers for Home & Office Use. New, Used, and Rental units available. Onsite delivery and setup available.

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Nature/Workshops/Counsel/Yoga Oakland - N. Rochester • 248-765-1832

Offering Retreat Space/Services and Counseling in a peaceful, natural setting. Host your own workshop or join us for ongoing classes, healing yoga, meditation and retreats.

Put your heart, mind and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. ~Swami Sivananda

SeNIOr CAre / ServICeS 1639 W Big Beaver • Troy 248-928-1222

FirstLight HomeCare offers complete companion and personal care services for seniors, new mothers, those recovering from surgery, or anyone who just needs a little assistance. See ad page 3.

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weLLNeSS 39242 Dequindre, Ste 104, Sterling Heights 586-795-3600

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 ad page 13 & 45.

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Learn how simple, nutritious, & delicious raw foods can be! Services include customized private instruction & detox support.

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