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newsbriefs September Designated as Key to Good Health Month


an Every Family Chiropractic Center, located in Royal Oak, is designating September as” Key” to Good Health Month. They are inviting everyone to join them for different health topics each week. Week one will focus on the “Keys” to Nutrition. The week 2 topic is the “Keys” to Relaxation. In week 3 they will explore

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the “Keys” to building strong relationships and week 4 will focus on “Keys” to good exercise. On Tuesday September 18th at 6:00 p.m. they will welcome Dr. Bavonese of the Relationship Institute who will speak about his upcoming "PAIRS passage to Intimacy" workshop. This is a one day relationship enrichment program for couples. Reservations are required. From September 1st until October 19th, whenever a new patient is referred to Van Every Family Chiropractic Center, the new patient and the person who re-

ferred them will both receive a “Key” to open up the Treasure chest at this year’s Fall Festival, October 20th. The more patients referred, the more keys received and every key is a winner. Prizes include the grand prize, gift certificates, chiropractic adjustments and more. Finally, Thursday, September 27th is "Bring A Friend Day!" Bring a friend or family member for a free scan and consultation and receive a FREE adjustment and a "Key" to open the treasure chest.


n September, The Downing Clinic welcomes another therapeutic body treatment to their office. Vickie Evans, Certified Massage Therapist, Reiki Master and Healing Touch Practitioner now adds Certified Bowen Therapist to her list of credentials. Bowen Therapy Practitioners use a gentle, non-invasive and holistic approach to pain relief and healing through the manipulation of soft tissue. Conditions which benefit from Bowen Therapy include headache and migraines; back pain and Scoliosis; Arthritis; neck pain and whiplash; frozen shoulder and shoulder pain; tennis elbow and other sports injuries; Carpal Tunnel Syndrome; TMJ; Plantar Fasciitis; foot and ankle problems. It also is used to help respiratory health conditions like asthma and allergies, and digestive conditions like indigestion, constipation and diarrhea. Appointments last 1 hour and three appointments are common. The clinic also offers other body work through certified professionals. Kathleen Strauch, Advanced Certified Rolfer® provides Rolfing® Structural Integration treatments on Tuesdays and Fridays. Rolfing SI is another form of body work to help pain and body alignment. Licensed Acupuncturist, Jing Fei Huang, uses acupuncture to help relieve pain and improve other conditions. Acupuncture appointments are available on Wednesdays. The Downing Clinic is an Integrative Internal Medicine practice located in Clarkston since 1991. Please call 248-625-6677 to schedule a body work appointment. The Downing Clinic is located at 5715 Bella Rose Blvd, Suite 100, Clarkston, directly across from the DTE Energy Theatre entrance on Sashabaw Road. For more information, visit or call 248-625-6677. See ad page 9.

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n Saturday, September 29th the city of Sterling Heights and surrounding areas will participate in “Community Wellness Day,” a day for health, safety, environmental and financial awareness. Dr. Pavel Bence, of Bence Chiropractic Wellness Center, will be hosting the event from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the American Polish Cultural Center on Maple Road (15 Mile) and Dequindre in Troy. Admission to the event is free. Community Wellness Day is a national event, taking place in many cities nationwide during 4 weeks this Fall, and focuses on educating members of the community with information critical to the total wellness of all residents. New York Life will provide color ID cards to children, adults and seniors. Other attractions include the local fire dept, an ambulance to explore, internet safety, Identity fraud protection and other safety information. There will be Tae Kwon Do, Zumba, Yoga, and Pilates performances and many local environmental and financial agencies. Expect refreshments, fun and entertainment including a petting zoo, pony rides, clowns, balloon hats, face painting and free massage;. Goodie bags will be given to the first 500 families. The Macomb Charitable Foundation has been chosen as the beneficiary of the event. They are committed to making a positive and long lasting impact in the lives of children who have a genuine need for assistance with regard to a specific physical, AM emotional or financial circumstances. “The health care crisis is not going to be solved in Washington," says Dr. Bence. "It is going to be solved in our community through education, awareness, and people making lifestyle changes. I work very hard outside of my office in our community to give people the tools they need to take back responsibility for their family’s health and wellbeing. It is for this reason that I am so proud to be bringing this event to our community.” For more information, contact Caroline 248-608-6589, email, visit or "like" the event’s Facebook page by visiting: Additional sponsors, partners and exhibitors are welcome. Donations should be made to the Macomb Charitable Foundation. See ad page 9.

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uth Wilson, certified life coach, is now a Theta Healing® practitioner. Theta is an energy healing modality which is powerful for changing beliefs and feelings and promoting wellness. Wilson helps people feel and act in ways that invite respect in personal or work relationships, and this new healing method will help people get lasting results more quickly and easily. “I help people get respect in relationships by teaching them to use their power appropriately,” states Wilson. “I coach people to manage the energy of thoughts and feelings in ways that help them to be powerful and encourage respectful treatment from others as well as enjoying more of what they want.” Wilson works on the principle that how a person feels and behaves can radically change the way other people behave. She has discovered this in her own life and teaches highly effective methods for getting out from under the control of manipulative people. She serves people everywhere via phone or skype, and is located at 4015 Springer in Royal Oak. Visit for more information or call 248-990-1902. See ad page 50.

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ind and Body Fitness @ the Studio in Richmond is pleased to announce new Pilates reformer semi-private and private sessions.

"This extraordinary method of Pilates offers many benefits including better posture, stronger, flatter stomach and tight buttocks, reduced back pain and injury risk, enhanced mobility and flexibility," explains Director Darlene Daniels, "and lean and toned muscles that are not bulky. “Our mission is to provide an environment and resources to inspire members to continuously evolve in health and wellness,” she says. “Our philosophy is that fitness should be fun!” Daniels has 31 years of professional lifestyle coaching experience in wellness, fitness and rehabilitation. Her mission is to share and empower each individual to their highest potential of health & wellness as well as mind, body and soul. In addition to Pilates, The Studio offers Yoga, Zumba and SPIN, along with private fitness parties and other fun events. Mind and Body Fitness at the Studio is located at 67529 Main Street in Richmond. Individuals interested in scheduling Pilates reformer sessions may call The Studio at 586-430-9876. For more information and class schedule, visit See ad page 55.

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r. Hilda Lauderman, Diploma Homeopathy Medicine, Ph.D., Naturopathic Medical Doctor and Registered Nurse is announcing the availability of her services and programs in the Greater East Michigan region. "Stress can come from daily living from the alarm clock, anxiety produced trying to get everyone out of the house on time for school and work," says Dr. Hilda. "Driving in traffic to work often is a great stressor. Many times even a job, people you work with can be stressors to the body." Dr. Hilda offers program that can help with conditions such as adrenal issues, stress, fatigue, nutrition, thyroid function, chelation therapy and many other issues; all using natural approaches. "Long-term stress decreases the amount of cortisol the adrenals are able to produce," she explains. "The life-force or the amount of energy Dr. Hilda & husband, Carl to run our bodies is produced primarly from the adrenal glands. This energy is called cortisol. Women especially have many demands put on the body, Therefore, many women experience more health problems." "Often people forget about the electro-magnetic fields or EMF’s, that are all around us; as well as toxins in the environment," she adds. "Allergies, leaking gut, insomnia are high stressors to the body and cause the adrenals to produce a decrease amount of cortisol and can be a contributing factor to many diseases." "Everyone can be one of those people who have abounding, long-lasting energy every day," says Dr. Hilda. She is also announcing her food Co-Op, open to anyone wanting organic, live, rich tasting foods. Organic meats, produce and all grocery items are available. Dr. Hilda Lauderman serves the Greater East Michigan region. For more information on her programs, an appointment or to learn more about the Co-Op, call 810-503-4056. See ad page 28.

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he Wellness Counselors, PLLC is proud to announce its grand opening in September, and will specialize in helping clients who are dealing with Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Auto-Immune Disease and Fibromyalgia.

Laura Russell is the Founder and CEO of The Wellness Counselors. She explains, “We help people who are frozen or have a difficult time focusing as a result of chronic pain, autoimmune diseases and PTSD. We use a relatively fast method of reprocessing memories that allows people to basically hit their own control-alt -delete button and reset their own internal hard-drive. This leads to helping people improve the quality of their lives despite the setbacks that have occurred.” Russell is certified as an LLPC, NCC and is completing her post masters certificate in Complementary and Alternative medicine. She has also been trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). “Wherever you are in your life, we are here to help you start living again,” she continues. “We use a combination of EMDR, stress management and Brief Focused Therapy as we help people discover that quality of life can once again be enjoyed.” The Wellness Counselors is located at 115 Walnut, #2 in Rochester. For details visit or call Laura Russell at 248-812-9048. See ad page 53.

12th Annual Growing Connections Conference and Organic Harvest Festival


ealthy Traditions Network (HTN) is hosting the 12th Annual Growing Connections Conference and Organic Harvest Festival on Sunday, September 23rd from 9am-4pm at West Bloomfield High School. This event is Michigan’s largest one-day organic farmers’ market and includes over 100 farmers and vendors supporting a healthy lifestyle, a petting farm and face painting clowns. Educational opportunities include Dr. David Brownstein, Dr. Drew Ramsey, Richard Morris and Mark Meyerson. Classes are $20 each or all 4 for $45. The festival is free. "We are on a mission to radically change the health of our community one family at a time," states HTN Director, Rosanne Ponkowski. “We are expecting some 4000 people to come through the market place.” HTN is the Metro Detroit chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation, and is a unique non-profit organization connecting like-minded people and communities to farms and other resources that are dedicated to providing nutrient-dense foods. The intention of this network is to support those trying to create better health through education and by improving their dietary practices according to the ancient wisdom of traditional cultures.

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ebekah's Health and Nutrition Source is proud to announce their first published book, Extreme Weight Loss: The Definitive HCG Protocol for Vegans and Vegetarians. "For those who don't know," explains Rebekah Niman, owner of Rebekah's Health and Nutrition Source, "the HCG diet protocol uses a natural hormone and an easy-to-follow diet plan to help people lose weight quickly - and more importantly keep the weight off and stay healthy. Much of the information available for HCG, and dieting in general - is targeted towards meat-eaters, leaving vegans and vegetarians without a path to success they can follow. We really tried to pack the book full of useful information not just about HCG, but about juicing, the dangers of GMO foods and artificial sweeteners, and many of the other essential ingredients to leading a healthy lifestyle. Meal plans and recipes from nearly everyone on the Rebekah's Health team were also included. I truly believe this book is an invaluable resource to anyone going through with the HCG diet - whether you are just a beginner or looking to take your health to the next level." The cost of the book, published in August 2012, is $19.99 and can be ordered online or by visiting "Rebekah's" in Lapeer. "Here at Rebekah's,," says Niman, "we have been helping people lose weight, keep it off and live a healthy lifestyle for over 4 years. We are a local Lapeer business and the entire book was written and edited by our staff." Rebekah's Health and Nutrition Source is located at 700 S. Main St., Suite 113, Lapeer. For more information, call 810-660-8585. To purchase the book online visit natural awakenings

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pril Shackelford has many years of counseling experience and passion towards helping those struggling through the impact of addiction, along with the trials and tribulations that are felt when dealing with these difficult issues. "I have been looking forward to this moment for a good portion of my life,” explains Shackelford, “to reach out to the community of individuals who are being afflicted by drug addiction and alcoholism - whether it is the family members or persons themselves.” Shackelford explains that the impact of addiction afflicts most households, whether or not people are consciously aware of it. Addiction, like diabetes and cancer, is generational and hereditary, but there is an absolute April Shackelford, LMSW possibility in changing the effect of this pattern on people’s lives by changing certain beliefs and cognitions. “When trapped in the effects of addiction, there is a tendency to succumb to the darkness that it brings, for all those involved, taking away the opportunity to experience life on an emotionally hopeful and spiritual level,” she says. Amy Shackelford is available to family members or individuals seeking counseling for addiction and alcoholism in the Greater Oakland area. To schedule an appointment or for more information, she may be reached at 810-423-7577. See ad page 50.

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White Tiger QiGong Class In Troy


piritual teacher and healer, Gary Blaze, owner of the Qi Healing System, will be instructing a class on White Tiger Healing Qigong on Saturday, September 15th, from 2-5:30pm at The Authentic Living Center, located at 1640 Axtell Road in Troy. This course gives instruction in a set of advanced Taoist forms, which are part of a 400-year-old lineage of Emeishan White Tiger Kung Fu. The exercises taught during the class are easy to learn and practice, and they cultivate a very distinct and powerful form of energy. The Qi Healing System is a comprehensive mind/body energy approach to good health, inner harmony and rejuvenation. Blaze has over 30 years experience as a healer and spiritual teacher and 15 years of experience with Qigong, including training with some of the world’s leading Masters. He explains, “This is not a watered down modern ‘qigong dance,’ but an opportunity to learn an authenGary Blaze tic Qigong form.” The class is limited to only 13 people, so registration in advance is required by calling 248- 250-1831. Class fee is $45.00 and payment is due at the time of registration. For more information or to sign up to receive a newsletter with the latest events, visit or email Gary Blaze can be reached at 248-250-1831. See ad page 51.

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he 5th Annual Natural Health and Eco Fest (formerly the Midwest Raw Health Eco Fest) will be held on Sunday, November 11th, from 10 am to 5 pm at the Laurel Manor Banquet and Conference Center in Livonia, Michigan. More than 600 visitors came to this raw food and healthy lifestyle expo last year and attendance this year is expected to exceed 1000. Some of the most important leaders in the field of raw and living foods are scheduled to speak including well-known expert Viktoras Kulvinskas, the father of the raw food movement and author of Survival in the 21st Century, and Dr. Brian Clement, co-director of Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida. Dr. Joel Kahn, Medical Director of Preventive Cardiology at the Detroit Medical Center, will also talk about how to “Keep Your Heart Clean and Green.” In addition, you can hear presentations by other natural health teachers, watch food demos, sample raw and vegan foods, and view health documentaries throughout the day. The event features eco-friendly products and healthy lifestyle exhibitors. Art, crafts, and jewelry will be on display by local artisans as well. Event sponsors include Zerbo’s, Whole Foods Market, Living Simply Raw with Joyce Oliveto and Nourished Body | Satisfied Soul. This event is dedicated to Dr. Ann Wigmore, founder of Hippocrates Health Institute, and is a continuation of her work in natural health and living foods. For more information or to buy tickets, visit Admission is $15 in advance or $20 at the door and parking is free. Sponsorship packages and vendor booths are still available. Visit the web site for details and contact information. See ad page 11.



esearchers from Lancaster University have discovered that youngsters watching creative fantasy films improve their own imagination and creativity. The study involved 52 4-to6-year-old children. The youngsters were split into two groups and shown two short segments of a popular fantasy movie. The findings showed that the group watching the magical scenes generally scored “significantly better” in creative activities than their peers in the other group that saw scenes without any magical content.

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recent American Heart Association (AHA) survey reports that only 12 percent of American adults regularly practice the healthy-life trifecta of good nutrition, exercise and oral care. The most common excuse is a lack of time. Of those surveyed, 80 percent said that eating at least nine servings of fruit and vegetables daily is a struggle. About 60 percent find it difficult to log the association’s recommended 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week. At least 25 percent don’t brush and rinse twice daily and floss at least once daily. Yet, 90 percent of Americans like the idea of improving their health. The AHA “My Heart. My Life.” initiative offers a straightforward set of solutions to help families understand how to make incremental changes that have long-term health impact ( “Whether it is simply adding a 30-minute brisk walk to your day, eating a few more fruits and vegetables with meals, balancing your calories and physical activity to achieve a healthy body weight or creating routine oral care habits—it all contributes to an overall healthier lifestyle,” says Cardiologist Tracy Stevens, a professor of medicine with Saint Luke’s Cardiovascular Consultants, in Kansas City, Missouri.

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recent study suggests they can. Researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University, in Richmond, and the University of Illinois system studied more than 5,500 students at 37 middle schools, focusing on this age group because aggressive behavior tends to escalate during the transition from childhood to adolescence. The researchers found that violent behavior in general increased throughout the three years of middle school, especially among girls. The good news is that children whose parents actively advocate peaceful conflict resolution acted less aggressively, even if they attended more violent schools.


irst impressions not only count— they are surprisingly accurate, at least when it comes to detecting whether a stranger is “made” to be compassionate, trustworthy or kind. New research by the University of California, Berkeley suggests that it can take just 20 seconds to recognize who is genetically so inclined. Two dozen couples participated in the study and provided DNA samples. Researchers documented them as they talked about times when they had suffered. A separate group of observers that did not know the couples were shown 20-second video segments of only the listeners and asked to rate which participants seemed most compassionate, based on facial expressions and body language. The listeners that received the highest ratings for empathy turned out to possess a particular variation of the oxytocin receptor gene known as the GG genotype. Dubbed the “love hormone”, oxytocin is naturally secreted into the bloodstream and the brain, where it promotes social interaction, bonding and romantic love. “People can’t see genes, so there has to be something going on that is signaling these genetic differences to the strangers,” says Aleksandr Kogan, lead author of the study. “What we found is that the people that had two copies of the G version displayed more trustworthy behaviors: more head nods, eye contact, smiling and open body posture. These behaviors signaled kindness to the strangers.”

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he portable computers that serve as our business and communication “lifelines” may actually be thwarting unborn lives. Researchers suggest that laptop computer (LTC) users should avoid putting the devices directly on their laps, especially for extended periods of time.

Recent research reported in the journal Fertility and Sterility examined semen samples from 29 healthy male donors that used an LTC on their laps, near their testes. The scientists found that LTCs connected to the Internet via WiFi resulted in decreased sperm motility and increased sperm DNA fragmentation. A separate study, published in the journal Archives of Environmental and Occupational Health, noted that electromagnetic fields produced by LTCs likely induce currents within the body and can expose developing fetuses in pregnant women to unsafe levels. The researchers concluded that, “[An individual’s] ‘laptop’ is paradoxically an improper site for the use of an LTC, which consequently should be renamed to not induce customers towards an improper use.”


How Does What I Eat Affect My Oral Health?

ecently I was reading a few of the great resources available to everyone about oral health sponsored by The Academy of General Dentistry. The AGD is an excellent resource for information for anyone interested in learning more about Oral Health. I came across one article in particular that I felt was worthy of sharing. You can find more of the AGD’s oral health topics and articles at You may be able to prevent two of the most common diseases of modern civilization, tooth decay (caries) and periodontal (gum) disease, simply by improving your diet. Decay results when the teeth and other hard tissues of the mouth are destroyed by acid products from oral bacteria. Certain foods and food combinations are linked to higher levels of cavitycausing bacteria. Although poor nutrition does not directly cause periodontal disease, many researchers believe that the disease progresses faster and is more severe in patients whose diet does not supply the necessary nutrients. Poor nutrition affects the entire immune system, which can increase your risk of developing many disorders. People with immune systems that are compromised have been shown to be at higher risk for periodontal disease. Research has also shown a link between oral health and systemic conditions, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. So eating a variety of foods as part of a wellbalanced diet may not only improve your dental health, but increasing fiber and vitamin intake may also reduce the risk of other diseases. How can I plan my meals and snacks to promote better oral health? Eat a well-balanced diet characterized by moderation and variety. Develop eating habits that follow the recommendations from reputable health organizations such as the American Dietetic Association and the National Institutes of Health. Choose foods from the five major food groups: fruits, vegetables, breads and cereals, milk and dairy products and meat, chicken, fish or beans. Avoid fad diets that limit or eliminate entire food groups, which usually result in vitamin or mineral deficiencies.

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Always keep your mouth moist by drinking lots of water. Saliva protects both hard and soft oral tissues. If you have a dry mouth, supplement your diet with sugarless candy or gum to stimulate saliva. Foods that cling to your teeth promote tooth decay. So when you snack, avoid soft, sweet, sticky foods such as cakes, candy and dried fruits. Instead, choose dentally healthy foods such as nuts, raw vegetables, plain yogurt, cheese and sugarless gum or candy. When you eat fermentable carbohydrates, such as crackers, cookies and chips, eat them as part of your meal, instead of by themselves. Combinations of foods neutralize acids in the mouth and inhibit tooth decay. For example, enjoy cheese with your crackers. Your snack will be just as satisfying and better for your dental health. One caution: malnutrition (bad nutrition) can result from too much nourishment as easily as too little. Each time you eat, you create an environment for oral bacteria to develop. Additionally, studies are showing that dental disease is just as related to overeating as heart disease, obesity, diabetes and hypertension. So making a habit of eating too much of just about anything, too frequently, should be avoided. When should I consult my dentist about my nutritional status? Always ask your dentist if you're not sure how your nutrition (diet) may affect your oral health. Conditions such as tooth loss, pain or joint dysfunction can impair chewing and are often found in elderly people, those on restrictive diets and those who are undergoing medical treatment. People experiencing these problems may be too isolated or weakened to eat nutritionally balanced meals at a time when it is particularly critical. Talk to your dental health professional about what you can do for yourself or someone you know in these circumstances. For more information about HPS Advanced Dental Care and Dr. Heather Pranzarone Stratton or to reserve time with her practice, call 248-652-0024 or visit They are located at 4741 24 Mile Road, Suite C, Shelby Township.

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The Rehabilitation of Plastic The rap on most plastic is that although it can be recycled, it doesn’t decompose in landfills. For a period of time, the city of Houston halted its composting of household yard waste due to the cost of having to cut and empty the plastic bags used in curbside pickup, even though the annual landfill fees exceeded $1 million. But now the service has resumed, based on the use of new, compostable plastic bags that require no special handling; the city even garners income from sales of composted clippings. Dinnerware, such as utensils, plates and cups, is another niche market in which advocates see potential for use of compostable plastics, especially by cafeterias, restaurants and other institutions. Not only are such items not biodegradable, they often end up being thrown out with food waste. Biodegradable polymers that break down in a matter of months are more expensive; for example, the BASF company’s Ecoflex material costs about two-and-a-half times more than the polyethylene it replaces. But proponents say that it provides value by enabling the large-scale collection of organic waste, such as grass clippings and food, and that the potential for growth is enormous. Source: Chemical & Engineering News

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Designer Matthew Fromboluti, of Washington University, in St. Louis, Missouri, has turned conventional wisdom about modern construction upside-down with his architectural design, Above/ Below, submitted for the eVolo Skyscraper Competition. His underground skyscraper would theoretically fill a 900-foot-deep, 300-acre-wide crater left by the Lavender Pit copper mine, in Bisbee, Arizona. A cone-shaped, inverted tower would allow people to live, work and even grow food in a huge cavern, covered by a dome. The building is designed to maintain a comfortable temperature via a passive climate-control system suited to the hot desert environment. A solar chimney provides natural ventilation as the sun heats the air at the surface, causing it to rise and draw cooler air up through vents at the bottom. The moving air passes through wind turbines at the top of the chimney, generating electricity. Fromboluti’s aim is to atone for the mine’s destruction of the landscape by finding new ways to harvest the energy that went into excavating it, suggesting that no design should be considered “off the table” when planning for the future. Source: natural awakenings

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he TornadoSuit™ is a new type of functional scoliosis activity suit that acts upon the spine much differently than conventional rigidstyle scoliosis braces. It can be easily concealed underneath clothing, and has shown immediate correction of the scoliosis curvature. The TornadoSuit ™ was developed by Mark Morningstar, DC, who also founded the ARC3D system of scoliosis treatment.

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The Drawbacks of a WheatDominated Diet by Lee Walker


r. William Davis, author of Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight and Find Your Path Back to Health, is a preventive cardiologist who has gone against the grain to expose yet another genetically engineered monstrosity, shedding light on the dark side of today’s commercial wheat crops.

What made you suspect that wheat might be behind numerous health problems? When I recognized that 80 percent of the people that came to see me had diabetes or pre-diabetes, I began asking patients to consider removing all wheat from their diets. This made sense to me due to wheat’s high glycemic index. Foods made from this grain raise blood sugar higher than nearly all other foods, including table sugar. The next logical step was to reduce blood sugar by eliminating wheat—organic, multigrain, whole grain and sprouted—from anyone’s diet. Patients that followed my simple directives and replaced the lost calories with healthy foods such as vegetables, raw nuts, meats, eggs, avocados, olives and olive oil returned three months later with lower fasting blood sugars and lower glycohemoglobin levels, which tests how well diabetes is being controlled. Some diabetics became non-diabetics and pre-diabetics became non-pre-diabetic. On average, these people each lost about 30 pounds and experienced relief

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Why has wheat suddenly become such a health threat? The wheat we eat today is not the same wheat our grandmothers used for baking. In the 1970s, in anticipation of a global population explosion and world hunger issues, a well-meaning University of Minnesota-trained geneticist developed a hybridized strain of high-yielding dwarf wheat. By 1985, all wheat products were made from the altered dwarf strain, which now comprises 99 percent of all wheat grown worldwide.

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By weight, this modern wheat is approximately 70 percent carbohydrate, in a highly digestible form of a starch known as amylopectin A, which converts more easily to blood sugar than nearly all other simple or complex food carbohydrates. Gram-for-gram, wheat increases blood sugar and causes insulin problems to a greater degree than even potato chips or table sugar. Wheat, which now typically comprises 20 percent of all the calories we consume, is in hundreds of prepared foods such as instant soups, salad dressings, candy and granola. In 1970, this wasn’t true. Wheat was only in such foods as bread, rolls, cookies and cake, and it was in a natural form.

How does a wheat-dominated diet compromise health? Eating a wheat-based cereal for breakfast, wheat crackers and pretzels for snacks, two slices of whole wheat bread for lunch and whole wheat pasta for dinner results in too much exposure to amylopectin A, and repeated spikes in blood sugar levels. This leads

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to insulin resistance and cultivates the growth of visceral fat in the abdomen, which tends toward diabetes and other inflammatory responses. Even worse, the gliadin protein in wheat is an opiate that stimulates appetite and addictive eating behavior (it does not relieve pain). All this plus the direct intestinal toxic effects of the wheat germ agglutinin protein in wheat add up to a destructive ingredient that spurs acid reflux, bowel urgency and irritable bowel syndrome, and leads to inflammation in various organs.

Describe how eliminating wheat has affected you. Thirty pounds ago, I was an enthusiastic consumer of “healthy whole grains,” who relied on pots of coffee or walking and other exercise to maintain focus and energy. My cholesterol values reflected my wheat-consuming habits: HDL 27 mg/dl [milligrams per deciliter of good cholesterol] (very low), triglycerides 350 mg/dl (very high), and blood sugars in the diabetic range (161 mg/ dl). I had high blood pressure of 150/90

and excess weight around my middle. Eliminating wheat from my diet reversed all of these conditions without drugs, including the struggle to maintain attention and focus. Overall, I feel better today at 54 than I felt at 30.

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Once called “alternative” medicine, then “holistic” or “complementary” and later “integrative”, the newest evolution is “functional” medicine, designed to search out the underlying causes of illnesses in order to carry out effective treatment.


onventional medicine is like a carpenter that only has a hammer to work with, while functional medicine doctors are working with a full toolkit,” says the author of From Fatigued to Fantastic, National Medical Director of Fibromyalgia & Fatigue Centers, Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, of Kona, Hawaii. Conventional medicine addresses symptoms instead of diseases, explains Los Angeles functional medicine practitioner Dr. Hyla Cass, author of 8 Weeks to Vibrant Health: A Take Charge Plan for Women. “It tends to treat the symptoms with more and more medications that cause a host of other side effects that also need to be treated and can result in declining health, rather than increased vitality.” “Functional medicine, rather than simply ‘chasing symptoms’ while ignoring the causes, searches for and addresses environmental factors, nutritional deficiencies, genetic tendencies, biochemical dysfunctions and emotional and social stressors that can together cause the development of symptoms,” adds Dr. Adiel Tel-Oren. He operates

Eco-Health Clinics internationally (the U.S. site is in Minneapolis, Minnesota) and serves as president emeritus and professor of nutrition and functional medicine with the California-based University of Natural Medicine. In every case, it takes some investigation to get to the heart of the problems, and the solutions can take many forms. “For example, depression, insomnia and obesity aren’t diseases; they are symptoms,” says Cass. “If we can find the underlying cause of these symptoms, we can address the problem permanently.” An allopathic approach, on the other hand, would routinely recommend a pill to lower temperature for high fever, prescribe a synthetic pill to elevate mood in treating depression, or look to pharmacological anti-inflammatory drugs for simple immune reactions. Tel-Oren is among those that link a vast number of illnesses to stress: “Diverse conditions such as fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, heart disease, diabetes, mood and cognitive disorders, various autoimmune disorders, premenstrual syndrome, tem-

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poromandibular joint issues, chronic pelvic pain, interstitial cystitis, chronic low back pain, chemical and food sensitivities, allergies, asthma and cancer all seem to share common courses of formation. The common denominator for these disturbances appears to be chronic stress.” Dr. Mark Hyman, chair of the Institute for Functional Medicine, in Lenox, Massachusetts, elaborates: “Functional medicine seeks to create balance in the body by looking at seven keys to achieving wellness: nutrition, hormones, inflammation, digestion, detoxification, energy metabolism and a calm mind. We work through the entire system, help people identify patterns and return the body to balance.” Hyman is a strong advocate of nutrition as the basis for restoring balance to the body. “Food is the most powerful medicine we have, more powerful than any drug, more powerful than anything you’ll ever find in a pill bottle,” he says. Teitelbaum notes, “Conventional medicine is basically run on economics, so doctors are too often influenced by drug company marketing messages masquerading as science that encourage expensive treatments, regardless of their toxicity.” In stark contrast, “Functional medicine instead looks for the lowest cost treatment that is supported by medical evidence.”

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Fibromyalgia, for example, encompasses a basket of symptoms, usually beginning with overall body pain with specific pain points. Other common symptoms can include extreme fatigue, facial pain, irritable bowel syndrome, memory loss and brain fog, depression, numbness and tingling, palpitations, insomnia and headaches, including migraines. “Until a few years ago, conventional medicine decided you were crazy if you complained of these symptoms,” advises Teitelbaum. “Then some expensive medications came out— promoted by $210 million a year in advertising; so now, patients are instead being told to take medications with lots of side effects.” The most common conventionally prescribed drugs for fibromyalgia target symptoms of insomnia, depression, nerve pain and inflammation. According to Teitelbaum, the vast majority of people treating with these medications continue to experience the same symptoms over a five-year period; only 25 to 35 percent report some improvement. It’s difficult to determine how many Americans suffer from fibromyalgia because many go undiagnosed (the average time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis is five years). estimates that 5 million Americans, or approximately

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Between 15 and 20 million Americans practice yoga, spending an estimated $5.7 billion annually on classes and accessories. National Yoga Month, in September, reminds us to always make personal safety a guiding principle during practice sessions. Experts advise the following guidelines for practicing injury-free yoga.


ike any kind of movement, yoga involves some risk,” says Devarshi Steven Hartman, dean of the Kripalu School of Yoga, headquartered in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. “The level of risk depends on the individual’s age, physical condition, limitations, emotional state, previous injuries, strength, time of day, awareness, type of movement and how much weight bearing is taking place.” It’s not uncommon for both seasoned athletes and yoga neophytes to push too hard in the beginning. Dr. Loren Fishman, medical director at Manhattan Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, says, “The three leading causes of injury are an overenthusiastic student, improper alignment and poor teaching.”

Many aspirants feel they have to master a pose right away; thus, a “Type A” person may have the most potential for injury, observes Sadie Nardini, New York City-based founder of Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga and host of Cable TV’s Viera Living’s daily yoga show, Rock Your Yoga. Some instructors may have a vigorous Type A attitude, as well. “Keep looking if you feel pushed,” she advises. Choosing a style is less important than choosing the instructor best suited to the student’s needs. “Finding the right teacher,” says Nardini, “is kind of like dating. Keep looking until you find your match.”

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n Sanskrit the word Prana means “life force or vital energy.” Each inhale we take brings in nutrients to our body; each exhale releases toxins and waste. From a Yogic point of view, proper breathing is supposed to bring more oxygen to the blood, the brain and to control Prana. An important teaching tool I learned from another teacher was, “the best alignment that you can teach your students is how to breathe properly.” The breath is first in your yoga practice (and in your life), or nothing else will seem to be in balance. Whether you are in Balasana (child’s pose) or Adho Mukha Vrksasana (handstand), the rhythm of your breath should be full and rich with even exhales and inhales. Take a few moments right now to close your eyes and check in with your breath. Is it shallow? Is it rough around the edges or are you holding your breath? Without judgment start to bring a balance back to your breath. To help you find a rhythm, count equal inhales and exhales. Feel the tension soften and feel your mind relax. As is the breath–so is the mind. Think of this as pushing the “pause” button. You may notice that when you are in challenging pose, your teeth may be clenched and your shoulders may be drawn up toward your ears, all signs that you’re probably not breathing. Remember to push “pause,” even coming into child’s pose if need be. Hit the “pause” button off the mat as well as on. Breathe as if your life depends on it, because it does. Theresa May is Owner/Director of Santosha Yoga Studio, located at 48774 Gratiot, Chesterfield. 586-9495515 or visit See ad page 55.

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injury-prevention tips from experienced yogis. Research the teacher. Investigate a yoga instructor’s credentials before signing up for a class, advises Meredith Montgomery, a board member of the Yoga Health Foundation and publisher of Natural Awakenings’ Mobile/Baldwin edition. Read the instructor’s biography to verify his or her professional training, certification and level of experience. maintains a wellrespected registry of instructors that have been certified as registered yoga teachers (RYT). Analyze the class level. Consider the name of the class, plus the level of advancement. New students may want to begin with a gentle, restorative or yin-type class. To reduce any risk, “Sign up for classes that are one level lower than where you are,” advises Fishman. Ask how many students are allowed in the class; a smaller size means more one-on-one attention. Speak out. “Don’t be afraid to ask

Yoga is renowned for increasing physical flexibility, balance and range of motion, while decreasing stress. Yet, as with any form of exercise, injuries may result from improper practice. questions,” Fishman emphasizes; get to the class early, introduce yourself to the teacher and perhaps audit various classes. Good instructors always ask students about their health and fitness history. Look for special needs groups. “You can get really specific in choosing the right yoga class, whether it focuses on back care or other therapeutic yoga,” notes Nardini. Exercise caution. Certain areas

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of the body, like the back, neck and limbs, are particularly prone to injury, counsels Hartman. “Twisting and contorting poses can cause undue pressure,” so take things slowly and stop if pain occurs. Practice correct alignment. Experts agree that proper alignment is key to injury-free yoga. “There’s a lot to proper alignment; it’s integral to being a yoga teacher,” says Fishman. A good one will walk the room to make sure everyone has the correct form, keeping the vertebrae more or less in line, even in a twisting pose. Seek modifying options. Instructors must teach modifications in poses to accommodate the individual, often using props such as blocks and straps. Learn to breathe. Proper breathing cannot be overemphasized. “Kripalu’s teaching methodology, for example, emphasizes coordinating movement with breath because it is one of the leading ways to prevent injury,” Hartman says. Go with a teacher that understands anatomy. A teacher with such a background knows not only how muscles move, but also how they move together. Experts in yoga understand kinesiology—the natural synergies and limits to muscle and joint movement, according to Fishman. Nardini further emphasizes the importance of teaching transitions between poses. Consider prior injuries. “People think of yoga as a healing practice. That does not [necessarily] mean it will help heal a previous injury,” says Nardini. “It’s possible you can make it even worse.” Those with previous injuries, plus elderly individuals and expectant mothers, must take extra safety precautions. Remember that yoga is not about competition. “Don’t be afraid to take a time out,” says Fishman. “Or go into a child’s or modified child’s pose if you need to.” In the end, “Yoga is about increasing awareness of the body. A wellschooled yoga teacher intends to create individual, empowering experiences,” concludes Hartman. Lynda Bassett is a freelance writer based near Boston, MA. Connect at


whose daily highlight was a trip to the family mailbox. The brightly painted boxes also have helped reconcile feuding friends and family members, serving as a peace offering from one to the other. It all helps to bring feelings of greater peace and understanding to the human race, one person at a time. More than 100 schools across the United States have adopted the project, with students creating their own versions of the peace box in the classroom. School-sponsored peace boxes reach patients in hospitals and military personnel overseas and have been used in interschool box exchanges to support anti-bullying campaigns. It would be difficult to find a group that couldn’t benefit from such fresh inspiration.


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ainter Franck de Las Mercedes, of New York City, has combined a pair of hopeful concepts—world peace and free art for all—in a quickly broadening art initiative inspired by an “Aha!” moment at the local post office. “I had always painted on the boxes I shipped my paintings in,” relates the native Nicaraguan. “One day, a postal clerk commented that my boxes were like works of art. I thought about how I had prompted the worker to pause in her everyday routine and wondered, ‘What if I shared my painting on the outside of a box, rather than the inside, and what if it carried a message of peace?’” Since that pivotal 2006 encounter, the artist has sent more than 10,600 abstractly painted, pre-paid boxes, labeled with messages like, “Handle with Care: Contains Peace,” to individuals in 70 countries, as part of his Priority Boxes Art Project. Each empty box is symbolically “full” of meaning, engaging the thought of the recipient as well as the sender, plus the interpretation of all those handling it throughout its postal journey. De Las Mercedes hopes that his painted-message boxes will stimulate new ways of communicating through art. He maintains, “We shouldn’t have to wait for world leaders to take a stand or create peace; it can begin through interpersonal dialogue.” While many people write to the artist requesting boxes for themselves, others order them for loved ones. Requests vary widely, from a death

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Walking at least twice a week for a minimum of 20 minutes works to put events into a healthier perspective. nancial clarity. Together, they help us discover our true values—both personal and monetary—and uncover the actions that will lead to a life that is truly our own. Abstaining from financial imbalance is simple when we stop debting. A commitment to practicing the tool of abstinence plugs the leaks and our personal lifeboat stops sinking. While this may seem severe, it leads straight to more prosperity. Walking at least twice a week for a minimum of 20 minutes works to put events into a healthier perspective. We may walk out with a problem and walk back in with a solution. Walking also offers the opportunity to encounter

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sights and sounds that fire the imagination and replenish our inner well of creativity. As we walk, we can experience the richness of the world, as well as our own inner prosperity. I recommend taking a time out once in the morning and once at night, for five minutes, to sit quietly and consciously count your blessings, or simply rest. Time outs also put us in closer touch with our own inner resources. Ideas often come to us during these periods, which prove to be time-efficient and guided by wisdom. Through many years of experience, I have seen how the tools explored in The Prosperous Heart help people from all walks of life come into contact with their true value system. When they act in alignment with their values, they naturally feel a sense of prosperity. When they do what they love and do it well, the money seems to take care of itself. Find the next chapter on personal creativity at Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings magazine.

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f all the different diseases veterinarians treat, “allergic inhalant dermatitis,” also known as “atopic dermatitis” or “atopy,” is no doubt the most frustrating for both owner and veterinarian alike. Why is this you may ask? In this article I will explain the many difficulties veterinarians run up against when trying to diagnose and treat a dog with “atopy.” To begin with atopy must first be diagnosed and distinguished from a number of other skin diseases which have as their main symptom itching and scratching. These other conditions which must be ruled out before the diagnosis of “atopic dermatitis” can be made include mange, yeast and fungal infections, bacterial infections, food sensitivities, fleas and contact dermatitis. To further confuse the diagnosis, pets with atopy often develop the secondary problems of yeast and bacterial infections and consequently more than one problem often exists at the same time. To add to both the veterinarian’s and owner’s frustration atopy often causes intense itching, and because the pet is so uncomfortable the pet owner is desperate to find some way to provide their pet “immediate” relief. When atopic dogs are scratching themselves raw, it is initially necessary to break the “itch-scratchcycle” with some form of cortico-steroid. Although steroids are not the long term solution there is little else available that will give the necessary immediate relief. Anti-histamines, fatty acid supplements, oatmeal baths or crème rinses, and herbal anti inflammatories may help some but rarely provide the immediate relief owners are expecting. In spite of the fact that long term use of steroids has unwanted side effects, the short term use may be necessary to prevent self-inflicted skin mutilation which leads to secondary bacterial infections. Once the intense itching and scratching has subsided, other supplements and medications may be used to replace steroid therapy. Most veterinarians realize that steroid therapy is a stop-gap measure that is simply treating the symptoms and not the cause of the problem. However, a short term, reduced-dose course of steroids is often necessary until the other approaches have a chance to kick in. As a holistic veterinarian I minimize many of the unwanted side effects of steroid therapy by using “natural hydrocortisone” rather than synthetic steroids like prednisone or prednisolone.

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Successfully treating atopic dermatitis usually requires the pet be given several supportive drugs or nutritional supplements in addition to weekly baths that will help treat complicating yeast or bacterial infections. Another frustration veterinarian’s face in dealing with allergic inhalant dermatitis is that many animals with atopy may, at the same time, have food sensitivities. Allergic inhalant dermatitis usually starts out as a seasonal problem and progresses over several years to become year-round. Food sensitivities, on the other hand, are year-round. When animals have year-round itching and scratching your veterinarian must try to discover whether the problem is atopy, food sensitivity or a combination of both. If both airborne and food allergens are causing the dogs itching and scratching then both problems must be dealt with if the pet’s itching and scratching is to be minimized. Because food allergies may be due to both the food and to chemicals added to the food, such as preservatives, coloring agents, flavor enhancers or texturizers, trying to discover the allergic component in the food is often quite difficult and requires the use of food trials that use limited-ingredient diets. A limited-ingredient diet is defined as a diet that is made with only a single carbohydrate and a single protein source, such as duck and potato. When attempting to reduce itching and scratching through a limited-ingredient diet trial there is further frustration because the effects of the new diet can take up to 12 weeks to determine if it is going to work. Adding to the owner’s frustration, successfully treating atopic dermatitis usually requires the pet be given several supportive drugs or nutritional supplements in addition to weekly baths that will help treat complicating yeast or bacterial infections. It is also important to give liver and intestinal support supplements in order to reduce the number of airborne and food allergens entering the pet’s blood. Veterinarians are well aware that giving a pet all of these oral supplements, along with weekly medicated bath, requires a huge commitment on the part of the pet owner. Understand that this commitment to daily therapy must go on for months. If a pet owner makes this commitment and has conscientiously applied the therapeutic strategy for months with poor results, then the next step would be to have the pet allergy-tested in order to find which airborne allergens are causing the intense itching. Once the offending airborne allergens have been identified a “hyposensitizing serum,” made up of these allergens, can be prepared and the owner can be taught how to give simple periodic injection just under the skin. Unfortunately allergy testing and subsequent desensitization can be expensive and is not guaranteed to work. To add to the frustration it can take up to 9 months of allergy serum injections to determine if the hypo-sensitizanatural awakenings

tion approach will provide the answer. By now I think it should be obvious that diagnosing and treating a dog or cat with allergic inhalant dermatitis is huge undertaking for both veterinarian and pet owner alike. A thorough exam and careful history is just the beginning. Periodic recheck exams at 3 to 4 week intervals will be necessary to evaluate the effectiveness of the treatment. Changes in treatment may be necessary depending on how the pet’s skin is responding and how uncomfortable the pet is. Following the veterinarian’s instructions to the letter is extremely important in order for him or her to judge whether therapeutic changes must be made. Besides the above conventional approach to treating pets with skin allergies, holistic veterinarian can add acupuncture, herbal therapy, NAET, bio identical natural hormone therapy, FSM therapy, and monolaurin therapy. Dr. John M. Simon is the owner and only veterinarian at Woodside Animal Clinic in Royal Oak where he has been healing dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, ferrets and pocket pets for over 30 years using both traditional and holistic medicine. He is a past president of the Oakland County Veterinary Association and has served on the board of the American Holistic Veterinary Association. Dr. Simon is the author of 4 pet-care books and has written numerous articles for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Visit his newly revised website at

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Making Allowances Learning to Manage Money at a Young Age by Sharon Lechter

Instituting an allowance plan that works best for each child is a sound way to start teaching the value of money, budgeting and saving.


y the time a child is 5 or 6, he or she should be able to understand how an allowance works and the reasons for receiving it. When deciding to pay a child an allowance, the family should first talk together about how he or she will be using the money. Is the plan to save it or spend it? Will a parent need to approve any purchases? Learning to consistently put away a portion in a savings account and perhaps gift another portion to charity become valuable life lessons. Many parents adopt the “three piggy bank” method to teach these lessons. My 20 years of experience working with parents and teens has shaped a practical framework of four proven strategies to help a family wisely communicate this mutual commitment and set parameters, including a policy as to the amount and frequency of payment. Allowance decisions can differ from one child to the next in the same family. Personal responsibility: There should be no financial reward for things that children need to do for their own


health and development, such as responsibly heading to bed on time after brushing their teeth. One father shared that he had to pay his son to brush his teeth every morning and night, so who was in charge? Family or social responsibility: Tasks that contribute to the family or social environment should not result in financial reward, such as washing the dishes or reading to a younger sibling. One mother, after explaining the plan to her children and consistently applying it, saw their attitude transform in just a couple of weeks. Instead of fighting, the three kids now work together each night to clean up after dinner without arguing. Paying for completion of specific tasks: Determine and agree to guidelines that include the general tasks or duties that are expected, the performance of which will result in earning the specified allowance. By defining what is over and above personal, family or social responsibility, parents encourage and reward children for their

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With an entitlement mindset, a child simply expects to be paid each week. With an entrepreneur’s mindset, a child finds ways to create value and earn money through applied creativity. extra efforts. Those same kids agreeably cleaning up after meals may also be thinking of extra chores around the house to earn their allowances. Encouraging a child’s entrepreneurial spirit: Inspire children to think of creative ways to earn money and watch in pleased amazement at how creative they become when they really want something. One 12-year-old now has a business collecting cans from all of his neighbors and is earning $100 every other week. He was able to buy the faster skateboard he wanted and even justified it as a business expense, because he could collect the cans more quickly with it. Providing structure and enabling communication in a family’s approach to allowances is critical to ensuring that children learn good money habits that will serve them well for life. It’s a mutually constructive way to teach principles related to the importance of saving, spending less than they earn and consistently giving back to their community. The answer to the question of whether or not to pay a child an allowance and under what conditions rests with the parents. The greater and more vital question is what mindset do they want to create and nurture within their children: a sense of entitlement or an entrepreneurial spirit? The foundational choice is theirs. Sharon Lechter is CEO of Pay Your Family First, creator of the ThriveTime for Teens life and money reality board game and co-author of Outwitting the Devil, Three Feet from Gold and Rich Dad Poor Dad. A recognized financial education expert, she is a member of the National CPAs Financial Literacy Commission. Learn more at

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essential oil education - 6:30-7:30pm. Women’s Health (Finding Balance w/Essential Oils). Hormones, PMS, Peri/Post Menopause, Libido issues? Experience natural healing with Essential Oils! $5. The Minds Eye Bookstore & Wellness, 81 Macomb Place, mount clemenS. Dena Holmes 248-303-3611. See ad page 44.

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. FREE. Better Health Market, 42875 Grand River Ave, noVi. Customer Service Desk 248-735-8100.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 31 great lakes State Fair - Thru Sept 3. Michigan’s State Fair is back with the Great Lakes State Fair. Everything that you have loved from past State Fairs will be here, livestock & agriculture exhibits, a midway, great entertainment and many vendors and the addition of the Detroit Shrine Circus. Everything is included in the Ultimate ticket price. Suburban Showplace Collection, noVi. Info: 248-348-5600. Full moon BonFiRe gatheRing 9-11pm. Join us for an evening guided meditation around the fire marking the 2nd full(Blue Moon)in August. Release and Renew at BeTrue! Donation. BeTrue Retreat Center, 3170 Miller Rd, oakland. Therese Winter 248-765-1832. See ad page 54. Friday night Flights - 5:30pm. Join us at our Specialty Wine Bar for flights of wine and cheese. Find our great buys and values throughout the Department. Discuss pairings for selected wines and cheeses, as well as how to match wine to meals. Flights will vary based on availability. Customers must be 21 to purchase alcohol. Cost: $10. For more information, contact the Specialty Department. Whole Foods Market, RocheSteR hillS. 248-371-1400.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 Quesadillas for a cause! - 12-4pm. This program supports LOCAL school programs in our community. Stop in and enjoy fresh grilled to order quesadilla and support a GREAT cause for only $5 with all the trimmings! Whole Foods Market, 2880 West Maple, tRoY. 248-649-9600.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 Vegmi presents: Vegetarian 101 - 7pm. Join VegMichigan for this monthly event, which will include a cooking demonstration and samples. Longtime vegetarians and VegMichigan members will discuss how easy it can be to transform a standard meal to a delicious, meat-free option. FREE. Registration required, online or at the Customer Service. Whole Foods RocheSteR hillS. 248-371-1400. Fat Burning coffee - 6-7pm. Please come to our Free Tasting for the only Fat Burning Coffee and Tea in the World. All other Coffees make you Fat. Organic, Smooth, Infrared Roasted FREE. Dr. Clarita Ketels/ Dr. Culik, 25200 Little Mack Ave, Saint claiR ShoReS. Dr. Ketels 586-7748720. See ad page 52.

healing Yoga Sessions - 7-8:15pm. Hatha Yoga Foundations explored with special attention to individual healing & body/mind stress relief. $12 drop in or start a 6 class pack. BeTrue Retreat Center, 3170 Miller Rd, oakland toWnShip. Therese 248-765-1832. See ad page 54.


are You a garden of Yeast? Learn the Signs, Symptoms and Health Risks Associated with Yeast Overgrowth. How to Treat and Get Candida under Control for Good. Holistic Physician, Diane Culik MD and Nutritionist, Anne Baker, will present.

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ABC Wellness Center and Dr. Culik 37300 Dequindre Ste 102, Sterling heights Admission: $20 info: kia 855-669-9355 See their ad page 52.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 movie & meditation class - 7:30-9:15pm. Movie 7:30-8:30pm. DVD showing of Mystic Wisdom featuring Sadhguru of Isha Yoga. Followed by a guided meditation, that when practiced daily, has the ability to transform one's life. Dress comfortably for sitting. Bring a cushion/blanket. FREE/Donation. House Of Yoga, BeRkleY, 2965 W. 12 Mile Rd. Abby Bechek Hoot 248-556-0992. See ads page 29 & 54. Smoothies to Benefit kidS! - 1-4pm. This program supports LOCAL school programs in our community. Stop in and enjoy a FRESH made to order smoothie for only $2, with only the good stuff!! Whole Foods Market, 2880 West Maple, tRoY. 248-649-9600.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 BeeR’chester Beer tasting - 3-6pm. Join us as we sample some of the finest suds from around the globe! Please remember that you have to be 21 years old to purchase alcohol. $5 = 10 samples. Whole Foods RocheSteR hillS. 248-371-1400.

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panini’s for a cause! - 1-4pm. This program supports LOCAL school programs in our community. Stop in and enjoy fresh made to order Panini’s for a GREAT cause. Choose from basil, tomato mozzarella or traditional grilled PB&J, enjoy lunch for only $5. Whole Foods Market, 2880 West Maple, tRoY. 248-649-9600.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 penny auctions - 3-5pm. Classes forming now to instruct you how to run your own Penny Auctions from the comfort of your own home. FREE. Goodalls Herbs, 28 Mile Rd, neW haVen. Alice Goodall RN, BSN 586-646-0066. See ad page 53.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 embodied meditation - 7:30-9:30pm. Learn to understand an use your vortex (chakra) powers and your soul essence while creating vibrant health and transforming relationships. $15. Embodied Meditation, 27752 Franklin Rd, SouthField. Abbe Grossman, MA, CPT 248-470-5738.

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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. Whole Foods, RocheSteR hillS. FREE! Call 248-879-1900 to register. meditation class-isha kriya - 7-8pm. Learn a 15 minute guided meditation which has the potential to transform the life of anyone willing to incorporate it into their daily life. FREE. Farmington Hills Community Library, 32737 W. 12 Mile Rd, FaRmington hillS. Isha Foundation. Isha Volunteer 313-451-4742. See ad page 29.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 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 9. chakra Balancing Workshop - 7-8:30pm. Enjoy a fun, informative workshop! We are sharing time-tested, easy tools that work to clear/balance our system daily.Very vital in this day & age! $20. BeTrue Retreat Center, 3170 MIller Rd, oakland toWnShip. Therese 248-765-1832. See ad page 54. the only Fat Burning coffee - 6-7pm. Please come to our Free Tasting for the only Fat Burning Coffee and Tea in the World. All other Coffee makes you Fat.Organic,Smooth,Infrared Roasted. FREE. ABC Wellness and Dr. Culik, 37300 Dequindre Ste 102, SteRling heightS. Kia 855-669-9355. See ad page 52. community Support day to benefit detroit public television - Join us in supporting Detroit Public Television (DPTV) by shopping in any of our five Michigan stores when five percent of our sales will be donated to this great organization. We support their outstanding programming and hope you will, too. Whole Foods, all mi locationS. green lecture Series - 7pm. FREE. Whole Foods RocheSteR hillS. 248-371-1400.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 embodied meditation class - 11am-1pm. Learn to understand an use your vortex (chakra) powers and your soul essence while creating vibrant health and transforming relationships. $15. Embodied Meditation, 27752 Franklin Rd, SouthField. Abbe Grossman, MA, CPT 248-470-5738. diY Street Fair Ferndale - 11am Sat and Sun 9/16. The 5th Annual DIY Street Fair is a free, family-friendly event with over 120 inspiring artists, 24 Michigan microbreweries, 8 local restaurants, food trucks and 2 stages with over 60 top local and regional bands performing. Located in the South East quadrant of Nine Mile Rd and Woodward Avenue in FeRndale. Info: Whole Foods Market, Troy. 248-649-9600.

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Learn to find, mix & apply earth – creating beautiful natural finishes in your existing (or future strawbale) home! Instructor: Deanne Bednar, illustrator of the “Natural Plaster Book”. Includes a tour of the Strawbale Studio & earth plasters / sculptures added to a “regular” home

Saturday, September 15 - 10am-5pm Strawbale Studio, oxford

Admission: $75 or $55 1 week in advance info: deanne Bednar 248-628-1887

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 2012 nami Walks-michigan - 10am registration, noon walk. National Alliance on Mental Illness, changing minds one step at a time. Walkers, teams & corp. sponsors from all over Michigan. 5K Paved path (3 miles) around beautiful Providence Park, Novi. FREE family fun event. Celebrate recovery and bring awareness to mental health. Providence Park Hospital campus, 47061 Grand River Ave, noVi. 800-331-4264. 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 Blvd, RocheSteR hillS. Customer Service Desk 248-371-1400. 22nd annual tomorrow’s child Baby Walk - 8:45am registration, 10am Walk begins. Join Tomorrow's Child /Michigan SIDS and Whole Foods Market in Troy for the 21st annual Tomorrow's Child Baby Walk in Sterling Heights. Tomorrow's Child works hard to reduce infant deaths and provide education on infant well being, as well as grief support to those affected by a miscarriage, stillborn or infant death. Dodge Park-SteRling heightS. Info: Whole Foods Market, Troy. 248649-9600. FRee Bruce topping Seminar - 11am. Join us as we welcome Garden of Life Educator, Bruce Topping as he shares The Keys to Extraordinary Health. Bruce will be here to share a message inspired by his friend and colleague, JORDAN RUBIN! FREE. Better Health noVi, 42875 Grand River Avenue, Novi. RSVP. 248-735-8100. FRee Bruce topping Seminar - 2pm. See description above. Better Health Bloomfield Hills, 2053 South Telegraph Rd, BloomField hillS. RSVP. 248-334-9500. pretzelfest - 12-3pm. You will “knot” want to miss this chance to try the new pretzel varieties the Bakery has to offer! Stop by for a taste and “loop” around the store to enjoy samples galore as well as assorted mustards and more! FREE. Whole Foods Market, 2880 West Maple, tRoY. 248-649-9600.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 Steak or Veggie hoagies for a cause! - 1-4pm. This program supports LOCAL school programs in our community. Stop in and enjoy fresh made to order steak or veggie hoagies for only $6! Whole Foods Market, 2880 West Maple, Troy. 248-649-9600.

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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 Raw Food Basics: equipment - 7-8pm. Learn about the various equipment & tools used for raw food including blenders, dehydrators, juicers & other gadgets that make food prep quick & easy. $10. Heal Yourself Institute, 100 West 5th Street, RoYal oak oak. Deb Klungle 248-497-4189. See ad page 15.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 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. Wheatgrass and Sprouts, 1925 West Maple Rd, tRoY. Anca Iordachianu 248-625-9775. movie and meditation - 7-9pm. Mystic Wisdom movie. Then learn a powerful 15 minute meditation that has the power to transform the life of anyone willing to practice it daily. FREE. Renaissance Unity, 11200 E. Eleven Mile Rd, WaRRen. Isha Foundation. Isha Volunteer 313-451-4742. See ad page 29.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 uncorked at Five - 5pm. Join us for this progressive tasting, as we pair delicious wines with delectable food! $5. Remember that you must be 21 years old to purchase alcohol. Whole Foods RocheSteR hillS. Info: Specialty dept 248-371-1400. hatha Yoga - 3-4pm. Yoga class linking breath and movement in an easy to moderate flow. Class varies from week to week encompassing tonglen meditation, restorative yoga and flowing yoga series. Great way to relax and unwind from the weeks activities. $15. Rochester Holistic Arts, 118 Terry Ave, RocheSteR. Kim Leshley 248-895-5064. See ad page 32.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 Vegan taste Fair - Join Deb Klungle of Nourished Body & sample simple, delicious, nutritious raw foods that you can make at home to incorporate into your daily diet. FREE. Whole Foods Market, 2880 West Maple Rd, tRoY. Dawn Danhausen 248-649-9600. See ad page 15. Juicing for health with anca - 11am-noon. Learn about juicing's powerful benefits & sample fresh delicious juices. Anca will also share her incredible story about healing herself from cancer. FREE. Better Health Store, 2053 South Telegraph Rd, BloomField hillS. Customer Service Desk 248-334-9500.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 growing connections conference and organic Festival - "East Your Way to Health." Michigan's largest one day organic farmer's market. WeSt BloomField High School, 4925 Orchard Lake Rd. 248-828-8494. See ad on page 18. Free parasite Scanning – 9am-4pm. Sandra L. Waters, RN of Nutritional Health Restoration, Inc. will be doing free parasite scanning using Nutrition Response Testing and teaching at the Growing Connections Conference (see listing above). FREE. Info: 248-698-8855 See ad page 53.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 empowered childbirth! - 7pm. Join HypnoBirthing

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parents Janice & Will Rex-Weaver of Peaceful Birthing, as they explore how visualization and relaxation will bring the birth you desire. With fear and stress absent from the birth experience it can become what nature intended for it to be. FREE. Whole Foods RocheSteR hillS. 248-3711400. Raw Food tasting: Wheatgrass - 5-7pm. Talk with Anca Iordachianu of Wheatgrass and Sprouts. Try her sweet wheatgrass juice & learn how she healed herself from cancer with raw foods. FREE. Whole Foods Market, 2880 West Maple Rd, tRoY. Dawn Danhausen 248-649-9600.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 herbal medicine class - 7-9pm. This class will focus on the Herbal body wrap that tightens, tones and firms any troubled body area and see results in 45 mins! Detox your fat cells! $20. SCS Adult and Community Education, Masonic Ave, St claiR ShoReS. SCS Adult Ed 586-285-8880. complimentary dinner & special presentation: 3 Secrets to Stress management - 5:30pm. Dr. Pavel Bence, DC, CCWP, National speaker, Physician, and wellness coach, will discuss how to recognize potential health problems BEFORE symptoms appear; how to prevent cancer and heart disease and how to harness 100X more energy. Gifts and prizes. Seating limited to 50. Held at IKE’s Restaurant, 38550 Van Dyke (S of 17 Mile) SteRling heightS. RVSP Caroline 248-608-6589. See ad page 9. Better digestive health - 7-8pm. Symptoms; mistakes and why it's all about absorption What

2 do 2 get better FREE. Paint Creek Chiropractic, 528 N. Main St. Ste A, RocheSteR. Dr. Eric DeRusha 248-601-4540. Raw Food Basics: equipment - 7-8pm. Learn about the various equipment & tools used for raw food including blenders, dehydrators, juicers & other gadgets that make food prep quick & easy. $10. Whole Foods Market, 2918 Walton Blvd, RocheSteR hillS. Customer Service Desk 248-371-1400. See ad page 15.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 movie night: hungry for change - 7:15-9:30pm. An empowering film that shows how many “health foods” promote a dieting cycle & how to take control of your eating. Includes live Q&A w/ David Wolfe! $5. Main Art Theatre, 118 North Main Street, RoYal oak. Heal Yourself Institute 248-439-6766.

explains best way to apply specific oils to help bring balance to all body systems for maximum relief. FREE. Rochester Holistic Arts, 118 Terry Ave, RocheSteR. Kim Leshley 248-895-5064. See ad page 32.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 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 Blvd, RocheSteR hillS. Customer Service Desk 248-371-1400.

dinner With the digestion doc - 6pm. Join Dr. Christine Kaczmar for this FREE informationfilled and demonstration-oriented discussion regarding the power of enzyme nutrition and their efficacy in helping those with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Diarrhea, Constipation, Colitis, Metabolic Syndrome, etc. Seating limited to first 40 people who RSVP with Wellness Coordinator, Jana, by 9/24 at 586-658-2222. Ike's, SteRling heightS. See ad page 27.

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Explore Reflexology’s history, terms & core concepts. Practice techniques using the Reflex foot map. Learn how the foot map corresponds to the 8 organ systems of the body & practical techniques to support immune, digestive and nervous systems and help ease symptoms of wide range of ailments.

essential oils for allergies - 7-8pm. Learn how to manage your seasonal allergies and food sensitivities by using pure therapeutic essential oils, lessen or reduce the use of over the counter medications that could lead to uncomfortable side effects. Nic

Saturday, September 29 - 2-6pm Santosha Yoga 48774 Gratiot Ave, Chesterfield

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 mike cohen kirtan concert - 8-10pm. Join us for an evening of sacred chants, funky beats and fresh tracks from Mike's new CD "Soul Contact." Doors open at 7:30 pm. $20/$25 at door. House Of Yoga, BeRkleY, 2965 W. 12 Mile Rd. Abby Bechek Hoot 248-556-0992. See ad page 54. Juicing for health with anca - 11am-noon. Learn about juicing's powerful benefits & sample fresh delicious juices. Anca will also share her incredible story about healing herself from cancer. FREE. Better Health Market, 42875 Grand River Ave, noVi. Customer Service Desk 248-735-8100. Raw Foods for Regular people - 11am-noon. It’s the season for tailgate parties! Learn how to make some game-day favorites your football crowd will love. Discount for VegMichigan members. $10. Whole Foods Market, 2918 Walton Blvd, RocheSteR hillS. Customer Service Desk 248-371-1400. See ad page 15. community Wellness day - 11am-3pm. A national event focusing on educating the members of our community on important information which is critical to the total wellness for all of our residents. Additional sponsors, partners, and exhibitors welcome for the 2012 event. Bence Chiropractic Wellness Center hosting at the American Polish Cultural Center, Maple Rd and Dequindre in tRoY. Info: Caroline 248-608-6589. See ad page 9 and NewsBrief 8.

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 30 oktoberfest in Store - 1-4pm. Join Whole Foods Market Troy for a sampling event with Bavarian style brats made fresh right in our store with all of the fabulous trimmings, including the BEER! Bring your appetite. FREE. Whole Foods Market, 2880 West Maple, tRoY. 248-649-9600.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3 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. Wheatgrass and Sprouts, 1925 West Maple Rd, tRoY. Anca Iordachianu 248-625-9775.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6 mineral make up 101 - Personal Development Class. Learn how to select & apply foundation, blush and learn the benefits of mineral make up. $25. Beauty & Bodywork's Day Spa, 29260 Franklin Rd, Ste 118, SouthField. 248-275-5549.


natural health & eco Fest See Dr. Brian Clement of Hippocrates Health Institute & Viktoras Kulvinskas! Catch food demos, view educational films, sample raw foods, talk with natural health & eco-friendly exhibitors, & more!

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primordial Sound meditation 9:30-10:15am. $3 donation. Inner Wisdom, 29231 Northwestern Hwy, SouthField. 248-350-1500. See ad page 50. Springfield Farmers’ Market - 10am-2pm. 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.

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 12.

hypnotherapy with cheryl Beshada, 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 32. 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. 2nd Mon in Sept, 1st Mondays Oct and beyond. FREE. St. John-Mac. Hosp. Med. Educ. Ctr, 12000 E. 12 Mile. Enter @ Main Hosp. entrance & turn L. Mtg in 1st bldg on L, Audit. A. WaRRen. Info: Ginny 586-940-1634. 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.

on taRget Basic Yoga - 7:30-8:45pm. Basic Yoga with a different focus each week. Learn how yoga can help it all $12. Strongheart Yoga, 8373 Old 13 Mile Rd, WaRRen. Pattie McCann 248-5638615. See ad page 54.

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Laurel Manor Banquet & Conference Center 39000 Schoolcraft Road, livonia $15 in advance, $20 at the door info: deb klungle 248-497-4189


Yoga on the Beach - 8-9am. Instructor Tom King teaches yoga in its basic form; All levels. 12 years

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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 32.

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. monthly eFt group - Second Tue 6-9pm. oakland countY. Details: Annette: 248-334-9214. See ad page 51. essential oil education - 6:30-7:30pm. Fight Back 2 School Germs & Viruses NATURALLY w/ pure & potent essential oils $5. Soothe Your Soul, 2B. South Washington, oxFoRd. Dena Holmes 248303-3611. See ad page 44.

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 12.

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.

tong Ren group healing classes - 7-8:30pm. Everyone receives a personal healing and a pi gu weight control experience Donation $10. Tong Ren Healing System, auBuRn hillS. Linda Kent 248-373-9414. See ad page 53. macomb county homebirth circle - 7-8:30pm. Social gathering where women are supported for their choice to birth at home. FREE. Thrive In Line Chiropractic, 51309 Mound Rd, ShelBY toWnShip. Erica Michaels 248-881-0836. meditation gathering - 7-9pm. 2nd & 4th Tues. 7-8 Guided Meditation, 8-9 Potluck. Relaxed Atmosphere. Donation. BeTrue Retreat Center, 3170 Miller Road, oakland toWnShip. Therese Winter 248-765-1832. See ad page 54.

Rise & Shine Yoga - 6-7am. Kick start your day with a yoga class suitable for everyone, starts 9/26. $13.00. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, cheSteRField. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 55. 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, 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 12. 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.

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 50. 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, Walk-in $10 or series rates. Inner Wisdom, 29231 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield. 248-350-1500. See ad page 50.

Batterer/Assailant Group - 10-11:20am; 5:306:50pm and 7-8:20pm. LACASA: Comprehensive Services Center, 2895 W. Grand River Avenue, Howell. Info: 517-548-1350. Young At Heart Active Adults Group - 11:30am1:30pm. Lunch at noon ($5/person). Activities such as guest speakers, musical performances, field trips, holiday parties, movies, bingo, games and more! $7 yearly membership. Non-members welcome. Ages 50+ or those with disabilities of any age. Info: Sarah at the Springfield Oaks Parks and Recreation, Davisburg. 248-846-6558. Yoga - 5:30 & 7pm. Truly accessible, heart opening and life enhancing yoga for all age groups, empha-

sizing 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 12. Hot Yoga - 5:45-6:45pm. Vinyasa flow in 95 degrees to detox and release the tensions of your day. $13. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, Chesterfield. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 50.

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.

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Essential Oil Education - 6:30-7:30pm. Fight Back 2 School Germs & Viruses NATURALLY w/ pure & potent essential oils $5. The Minds Eye, 81 Macomb Place, Mount Clemens. Dena Holmes 248-303-3611. See ad page 44.

Yoga Class, Intermediate/Advanced Level 3-6 - 7pm. Llife 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 12. 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 248-203-7744. 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 584-604-4074.

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. 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 12.

Heart2Heart 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 50.

Chair Yoga - 12-12:45pm. Can't get to the floor? You can still practice yoga weekly, using a chair. FREE. Strongheart Yoga, 8373 Old 13 Mile Rd, Warren. Pattie McCann 248-563-8615. See ad page 54. Jen's Warm Slow Flow Yoga- 6pm-7pm. Connect with your breath and still your mind in this moving

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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. 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. Vinyasa flow in 95 degrees to detox and kick start your weekend. $13. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, 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.

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

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 32. Kids Yoga - 11:15am-noon. 2nd & 3rd Sat. of the month. Kindergarten through 3rd grade. Come for fun! $9. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, Chesterfield. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 55.


To place a listing: 3 lines (approx 22 words) for 3 months minimum: 3 months prepaid: $99; or 6 months: $179. Extra words: $1 ea/mo. Send check w/listing by 12th prior to publication to: Natural Awakenings Classifieds, Box 283, Oxford, MI 48371. Submit online: COLONICS THE CENTER FOR NATURAL HEALING, in Royal Oak since 1991. Colonics, Massage, Infrared Sauna, Lymphatic Treatments, IACT Certified. 248-543-2020 Health / wellness Detoxify and Rebalance via digital homeopathy, Sacred Geometry, BioResonance, FIR sauna, Ionic Footbaths DISCOUNT CARD PROGRAM. Save money on the products and services you purchase in our community and throughout the US. Info: Is your house causing your sickness? Earth Stress lines could be impacting your health while you are sleeping. 248434-8189. help wanted Experienced Floral Designer. Part-time flexible hours. Must be creative, skilled and friendly. 313-937-3858. Nutritionist - Part-Time. Firstline therapy certified or experienced with Metagenics product line. Canadate needs to have experience and RN or RD license is preferred, but may not be necessary based on previous experience needed in Clarkston 1 to 2 days per week. Email resume to:

Chair Yoga - 12-12:45pm. Yoga for those with limitations. Sit & breathe with a kind, caring teacher. $12. Strongheart Yoga, 8373 Old 13 Mile Rd, Warren. Pattie McCann 248-563-8615. See ad page 54.

For Rent - business Advanced Bodywork in Birmingham has 2 - 3 treatment rooms for rent. Looking for therapist(s) with specialities like acupuncture, cranial-sacral, psychotherapy, neuromuscular, Rolfing, Myofascial Release, etc. Call Mark Rogers at 248-761-4135.

Rama-Chi - A combination of Chi-Gong and lymphatic Massage FREE. Foundation for Holistic Health Thpy, 31224 Mulfordton #120 Farmington Hills. Dr. William Brown 248-416-3313. See ad page 53.

For Rent - Vacation WOULD YOU LIKE TO SIT BY THE WATER for a week in Naples, Florida? For details visit:

Pre-Natal Yoga - 12:15-1:30pm. For the mom to be, a flowing, meditative practice with safe, gentle postures. $14. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, Chesterfield. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 55.

Wine Sampling Saturday’s! - During Sept. Join us in the wine department at Whole Foods Market Troy for some FREE wine tastings! Each weekend we’ll feature NEW wines to sample with special pricing. Whole Foods, 2880 West Maple Troy. 248-649-9600.


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GREEN LIVING Be Vegan, Make Peace. For more information, please go to this website: help wanted Sales professionals in Oakland and Macomb Michigan to sell magazine advertising, discount card program and other ancillaries. Experienced b2b sales experience only call for an initial telephone interview: 248-628-0125. Looking for motivated individuals to join my network marketing team. As a former Automotive Executive, I resigned to enjoy the personal/ financial freedom that doTERRA has to offer simply by sharing amazing, natural products. FREE TRAINING! Dena Holmes. Email: massage Student massages @ $25. Starting after labor day. Call for times and locations. 248-722-1953. opportunities - business SEEKING EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR for a cancer foundation. Please email your resume to the attention of: Directory Administrator - Seeking individual to oversee sales and administration of print and online directories. Work from home, part time. Excellent residuals-based opportunitiy. Email your background and contact info to: volunteering HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS - Hospice Compassus seeking compassionate individuals in SE Michigan to provide companionship to terminally ill patients and family. Required training provided free. Info: Volunteer Coordinator 248-355-9900. HOSPICE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Grace Hospice is seeking compassionate individuals to provide companionship to terminally ill patients and family. SE Michigan. Training provided. For information call the Volunteer Coordinator 888-937-4390.



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New Life Allergy Treatment Ctr.

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 16.

Computerized Allergy Te s t i n g / t r e a t m e n t s . C e r t i f i e d i n N A E T, BioSet, JMT and BioKinetics. 11 years experience. Specializing in: Environmental allergies, food allergies/sensitivities, digestive issues, skin problems , headaches , fatigue and Candida.

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

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

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.

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 39.

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.

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

A unique practice with a blended model for wellness. Full-service cardiology, stress testing, echocardiography, Holter monitoringYoga, workshops. Take control of your health and wellbeing. See ad page 12.

ayurveda Troy Farwell MS RAP HHP 115 S. Washington St. • Oxford 248-236-0027

Troy Farwell, MS HHP. R e g i s t e r e d Ay u r v e d i c Practitioner and Herbalist with over 10 years of holistic wellness counseling. Specializing in digestive, stress, sleep issues along with the popular rejuvenation program.

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

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.

Dr. Morningstar is the developer of the TornadoSuit and ARC3D Scoliosis Therapy. His treatment approach has already received national media attention for it's long-term effectiveness. Preventing scoliosis surgery in children, and maximizing pain relief function in adult scoliosis patients. See ad page 20.

Bowenwork® MARK ROGERS

In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true. ~Buddha

Julie A. Bise, RN, CAPS 800-354-7545

1775 E. 14 Mile Rd., Birmingham 248-761-4135

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“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 14.

NUCCA Chiropractor

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

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Experience exceptional Chiropractic without any twisting, cracking or popping. Dr. Cramer is trained in the NUCCA (National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association). Ta p i n t o y o u r h e a l e r within! Please visit www. See ad

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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.

coaching/counseling Ana Derbabian, LLC

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

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 23.

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 their website at: See ad page 7.

April Shackelford, LMSW

Healing through empowerment & personal awareness. Uncover the images, beliefs and fears that limit your life. Discover the transformation that lies within you. Why wait to see & feel a change?

Billie Tobin

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

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 pg 33.

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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.


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

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

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

~Marcel Marceau

Licensed Life Coach 248-990-1902

Connective Psychotherapy Certified Addictions Counselor Oakland County • 810-423-7577


Never get a mime talking. He won’t stop.

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.

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wills family chiropractic Dr. Jason Wills 5885 S. Main St., Suite 4, Clarkston 248-922-9888

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

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 3.

Van Every Chiropractic Center

Dr. Anna Saylor-Wither 4203 Rochester Rd., Royal Oak 248-616-0900 -

Henry Ford Maplegrove Center

The best way to predict the future is to create it. ~Peter Drucker

Oakland, Macomb, Livingston & St. Clair, MI

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.

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 2.

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 17.

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Annette R. Richards, LMSW, AAMET Level 3 Advanced Practitioner 248-334-9214 •

affordable fees.

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Dr. Christine Kaczmar 47729 Van Dyke Ave. • Shelby Township 586-685-2222

Founder of "14-Point Digestion Discovery System" Solutions for Diarrhea, IBS, Constipation, Colitis, etc. When the source of stress is known, the treatment becomes obvious. Dr. Christine uses 100% natural digestive formulas to nourish your body back to health. See ad page 27.

Experienced EFT Practitioner offering regular EFT groups to borrow benefits and individual sessions, weekdays, evenings and weekends to learn EFT for personal use;


Gary Blaze • 248-250-1831 2820 W Maple, Suite 232, Troy

Qi Healing Sanctuary provides rejuvenating, relaxing Qi healing treatments by 30 year expert healer and Qigong t e a c h e r, G a r y B l a z e . Treatments: $40. "Gary is the real deal!" ~ Lynne McTaggart.


Dena Holmes, doTerra Representative 248-303-3611 •

An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one. ~Charles Horton Cooley



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

Discover the power of nature with Essential Oils that work with your body’s chemistry to create balance/wellness. PURE & POTENT oils are safe/effective – take charge of your own health! Contact us for a free samples! See ad page 44.

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.

OM weLLNeSS INStItute 115 S. Washington St. • Oxford 248-730-0817


OM Wellness Institute is a Nationally Accredited school launching a Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP) program with emphasis in herbology, ayurveda or aromatherapy. The program is virtual and

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Teri Sertic Auburn Hills • 248-444-0842

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


500 East Fourth Street, Royal Oak 248-547-7916 •

Vegan and Vegetarian Gourmet Cuisine in a clean, modern design with natural woods to create a soothing and comfortable dining retreat. Open Tuesday through Sunday. See ad page 8.

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 & glutenfree products, Amish poultry & eggs, body care, books, cleaning & pet care. Personalized service, knowledgable staff, special orders.

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

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

wILdtree ALL NAturAL FOOdS Lori Fleischer - Team Leader Call or Text 586-709-8089

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:

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

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

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

integrative medicine ABC Wellness • Diane Culik, MD 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 Independent Dist

Kristi Krathwohl • 586-524-3231

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

Natural wellness & Pain Relief Centers

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 20.

Budaj Chiropractic and Nutrition

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 13.

home cleaning services Hagopian

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

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 22.

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

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.

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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, Bio-Identical Hormones, Chemical Sensitivities, Osteoporosis, Candida, Fibromyalgia, Optimal Nutrition Plans and Primary Care. See ad page 9.

massage therapy 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 9.

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

A Functional, Regenerative Holistic Medical Approach. Wellness; Hormone Replacement Therapy, IV Therapy: Vitamins, Chelation, Detox, Adrenal (Cortisol) support; HBOT - Hyperbaric O2. See ad page 44.

Oakland, Macomb, Livingston & St. Clair, MI

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 30.

Medical spa Timeless Health & Beauty medical spa 810-724-0480 542 N. Cedar, Imlay City

A healthy body from the inside out. Bioidentical Hormone replacement, weight loss, intravenous nutritional support, vaser and smart lipo, botox, nonsurgical facelift, vericose veins and other services. See ad page 19.

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The Wellness Counselors

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.

Successfully helping people who suffer from autoimmune diseases or pain to improve the quality of their lives. Treating: PTSD, Anxiety, Depression using EMDR, CBT and Relaxation.

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

Gretchen N. Fleischmann

Natural Wellness & Pain Relief Centers 66787 Gratiot Ave • Richmond 586-727-7500 •

meditation Isha Foundation 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. See ad page 29.

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

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 21.

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 Mary Dunsmore 586-980-9773

Integrative cancer therapies, for the newly diagnosed, past cancer survivors or those with a history of cancer. Focus on Functional Medicine which involves enhancing wellness by correcting underlying imbalances in the body systems to restore optimal health. See ad page

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 12.

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

Laura J. Russell, LLPC, NCC 115 Walnut Suite #2 • Rochester 248-812-9048 •

Tong Ren Healing System

Linda Kent Auburn Hills • 248-373-9414 •

Tong Ren: A revolution in acupuncture. Private sessions, weekly healing classes. For more information, visit

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

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 22.

Customized health solutions 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).

A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something. ~Frank Capra

Organic Lawncare A-1 Organic Lawns, L.L.C.

Foundation For Holistic Health

Nutritional Health Restoration

Dr. Brown is a nationally certified Holistic Health practitioner and teacher. He offers these specialty services: Nutritional Consultation, Lymphatic Massage, Thought Field Therapy, Neurological Integration and Clinical Hypnotherapy.

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.

31224 Mulfordton #120 • Farmington Hills Dr. William N. Brown • 248-416-3313

Sandra L. Waters RN BSN Waterford, 248-698-8855

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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 39.

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

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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.


1900 S. Telegraph Rd Ste 102 Bloomfield Hills • 248-758-9100

Your only local womanowned, compoundingonly pharmacy. Custom medications to meet each patient’s specific needs. Bio-identical HRT, pain management, veterinary, pharmaceutical grade supplements. Consultative services for hormones and nutritionals.

FIrStLIght hOMeCAre

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 23.

SkIN CAre APIderM LASer & SkIN CAre CeNter

2221 Livernois, Troy • 248-528-2028

Beauty, embraced by nature, powered by science. 5-Berry Pigment Control Peel, Chocolate Power Skin Rescue Treatment, Vitamin A Peel and more. Call to speak with an esthetician today. See ad page 7.


Nature does nothing in vain. ~Aristotle

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.

reIkI AdvANCed eNergY therAPY

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

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.

NAturAL weLLNeSS & PAIN reLIeF CeNterS

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

People under Dr. Strauchman's supervised HcG protocol are losing 20-30 pounds a month and keeping it off. Mention Natural Awakenings Directory and receive $50 off your HcG Program. See ad page 20.

SeNIOr CAre / ServICeS

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


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Breathe-in experience, breatheout poetry. ~Muriel Rukeyser


Dr. Pavel Bence, DC, CCWP • 248-568-4212 39573 Mound Road, Sterling Heights

National speaker, Physician and leading wellness professional specializes in optimum health, the prevention paradigm, maximizing wellness i n t h e w o r k p l a c e . To schedule a Lunch/Learn Lecture, Health Fair or Computerized Stress Analysis, contact PR Director Caroline or email: See ad page 9.


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 12.

A picture is a poem without words. ~Horace

YOgA yoga 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).

StrONgheArt YOgA

8373 Old 13 Mile Rd • Warren 248-563-8615

Whether you are practiced or new to yoga we offer yoga for every body, nearby. Check our schedule for classes on our website.


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News, articles and Calendar Events dedicated exclusively to healthy living for our animal friends. Now Bi-Monthly! For information on future issues, or to find a copy near you

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