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32 ADDRESSING AUTISM Reasons for Hope by Brita Belli


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appy New Year to all of you; readers, advertisers and local distribution locations. We appreciate the support you have provided Natural Awakenings Pet in 2012, and we're looking forward to 2013 and beyond. To recap 2012, Natural Awakenings Pet continued to grow. We expanded into Wayne county early in the year, which increased our circulation by about 30%. We have plans to continue that expansion in 2013, which we'll announce in future letters and emails. We have a couple of new programs we're launching in 2013 as well, that we'd like to tell you about now. First, we have "morphed" our expo series into a seminar-based approach. The plan is to hold (eventually) monthly seminars in which practitioners from our community will give presentations designed to educate and inform all who wish to attend. The goal is to rotate these events throughout our Southeast Michigan market, so that every part of our region has the chance to attend a "local" event. Our first event will be in March 2013, and we'll make the formal announcement on our website, in the next issue of this magazine and via our email list (make sure you're signed up for the list, if you're not...visit our website and sign up there). Next, we are in the final stages of launching an expanded network for both businesses and readers to take advantage of. It will include website-based directories, email notifications, social media channels and much more. Plan on taking part of this cutting-edge approach that will keep you informed, provide opportunities to save on your purchases and much more. Again, we'll announce that soon through the channels mentioned above (another reason to be on the email list). We're sure you'll find these new programs beneficial to you, whether you're a reader, distribution location for the magazine or local business (advertiser and nonadvertiser alike). We hope you enjoy this month's magazine. We've collect a great deal of information to help you keep you and your family happy and healthy. That's the mission of Natural Awakenings each month. Because January is our integrative and complementary issue each year, you'll find information on dealing with Fibromyalgia, Autism, sustainable weight loss tips and our feature that provides healthy lifestyle "tweaks" that are surprisingly simple and can provide positive changes for feeling good. So, enjoy your January issue of Natural Awakenings. Until next issue here's to a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year...naturally!

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newsbriefs Berkley Yoga Studio Offers Two New Winter Programs Do you have a special event in the community? Open a new office? Move? Recently become certified in a new modality?


ouse of Yoga is offering two special programs to the yoga community. A Commitment to Conscious Living incorporates ancient and modern yoga practices and philosophy into a method to live a healthier and more vibrant life. “We all make honest and sincere resolutions to live a healthier life, but without support and direction, we often are not able to maintain the changes that are needed in our diet and daily routine,” says Abby Bechek Hoot, founder and Director of House of Yoga. “Our program utilizes the wisdom from yoga philosophy and psychology to create a more balanced and happy life.” Through explorations in diet, asana practices, meditation and pranayama techniques, students will not only gain physical health but will improve their mental health as well. The second new program, Sharing the Practice (STP) is designed to help those that feel called to teach cultivate the proper skills to teach effectively and with sincerity. The program combines the practical skills of teaching yoga with helping students discover their teaching style. The program covers meditation techniques, pranayama, chanting, mantra and basic yoga philosophy. Staring January 18, the programs run side-by-side with a weekend intensive session each month for four months. The sessions are limited to 12 students. House of Yoga is located at 2965 W. 12 Mile Rd., Suite 100, Berkley. For more information visit or call 248-556-0992. See ad page 54.

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an Every Family Chiropractic Center is offering a New Year’s wellness package, at a savings of almost $500. The package costs $300 and includes an examination, 12 chiropractic adjustments, and a visit on the Hydro-bed. The package is only available for treatments starting in January and is valid for four months. Van Every Family Chiropractic offers care for the entire family – from infants to the elderly. They use a technique called Koren Specific Technique or KST, a gentle but powerful form of adjustment. KST utilizes a tool to tap the bone into place instead of using hands to manually adjust. Most adjustments are done with the patient standing. They treat all type of conditions from sciatica to bed wetting. Van Every Chiropractic is located at 4203 Rochester Rd., Royal Oak. For more information or to schedule your appointment, call 248-616-0900 or visit their website: See ad page 34.

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Southfield Fitness Center Offers Free Power Plate Sessions


ital Performance Fitness, located in Southfield, is the first authorized Power Plate® studio in Michigan and they are offering a free session to new clients. “Power Plate training offers a host of benefits ranging from improvement in blood circulation, increased muscle strength and flexibility, improved range of motion, decreased cellulite, and increased bone mineral density,” explained Casey Czuj, co-owner of Vital Performance. “Additional studies show that Power Plate® training can decrease arterial stiffness, improve walking functions, and decrease pain associated with sciatica and post knee/hip surgery. Power Plate training is the ultimate wellness solution for all ages and lifestyles.” Each session is as short as 20 minutes and is combined with one-on-one personal training geared to each client’s physical abilities. Vital Performance is owned by a mother-daughter team and has been in business for three years. They are a small fitness studio where individualized workout plans are the norm. “We pride ourselves on creating a fun, friendly, upbeat atmosphere where people enjoy transforming their well-being as a whole. We cater to our clients’ needs, providing an environment that leaves them feeling motivated, energized, and rejuvenated,” said Casey.

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Birmingham Center Introduces Nutritional Cleanse and Healthy Lifestyle Program


e Well Lifestyle Center, located in Birmingham, is offering a new program, Evolve 21, a guided 21-day nutritional cleanse and month-long healthy lifestyle education and coaching program designed to help people start the new year clean, energized, and strong. “This program is designed to help your body release accumulated toxins, strengthen the detoxification, digestive, and immune systems, and to teach you how to make gradual changes to your lifestyle to minimize your exposure to toxins, to promote well-being, and to begin a new year healthy evolution,” said Cathy Shap, Integrative Lifestyle Coach. “A nutritional cleanse rests the digestive system to allow more of your body’s energy to be directed to your body’s natural detoxification process while also supplying you with a powerhouse of nutrients. Our weekly workshops will address physical, mental, and emotional health and will provide you with the necessary tools to maintain the high energy, weight-loss, and inspired commitment to your health and wellbeing.” Two sessions will be offered. The first runs from January 7 to February 3; the second runs February 28 to March 24. The program includes weekly workshops, daily yoga (optional), and a number of private sessions with the Be Well health professional team. Be Well Lifestyle Center is located at 750 S. Old Woodward, Birmingham. For more information, call 855-9Be-Well or visit See ad page 21.

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he Michigan Association of Counselors and Hypnotherapists are offering a free expo in honor of the 8th annual World Hypnotism Day. The expo will be January 19 from 10 am to 4 pm at the Authentic Living Center in Troy. The event is free and open to the public. There will be over 18 holistic vendors and exhibits, free lectures, free snacks and beverages, a raffle, and free mini-sessions from practitioners. This event brings together experts in the fields of hypnotherapy, energy healing, nutrition, stress reduction, pain management, the power of positive choice and more. The goal is to help people be able to tap into their own abilities to heal. This year’s featured speaker is Dr. Robert Otto, President and CEO of the International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association and of the International Association of Counselors and Therapists. His opening remarks will explain hypnosis, the power of the mind, the power of you and how you create change in your life. The Authentic Living Center is located at 1640 Axtell Rd., Troy. For more information visit the event website at: or call 248-822-9253.


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Children’s Fairy Tale Teaches Good Eating Habits


roy-based Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist Shivani Sharma has published a children’s book, Fairy Food Mother’s Color Mystery. “This book is based on one concept - eating right starts early,” said Sharma. “The book is suitable for kids 3 to 9 years old and takes kids on a fun fantasy journey that teaches them a healthier way to eat and how to eat by color.” Shivani has been working with elementary kids to teach them the importance of eating well-balanced, nutritious meals

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that include fruits and veggies with lots of colors. Sharma, Founder of Right Food Choice, LLC, travels to elementary schools to present nutrition classes for kids that involve reading her book, doing activities, and becoming mini chefs, all to encourage them to eat more fruits and vegetables. Sharma is a Certified LEAP therapist, specializing in food sensitivities related to IBS, fibromyalgia and other inflammation-related disorders. Medical nutrition therapy for kids and

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newsbriefs Wellness Center Celebrates First Anniversary in Birmingham


ynergy Wellness, a full-service chiropractic and homeopathy wellness center in Birmingham, is celebrating its first anniversary. Since opening last year, Synergy Wellness has helped hundreds of individuals and families in the community to heal their bodies using gentle chiropractic and homeopathic techniques. “It’s been an amazing journey,” says Dr. Laura Vanloon of Synergy Wellness, named one of metro Detroit’s top chiropractors by Hour Detroit Magazine for 2013. “I’m so grateful for the opportunity I’ve had to meet so many wonderful people here and to help them on their path toward a healthier body and lifestyle.” In recognition of its one-year anniversary, Synergy Wellness is offering $50 off an initial homeopathy consultation until April 30. The consultation includes electro-dermal scanning to identify potential problem areas and development of a personalized homeopathic wellness plan. Dr. Laura Vanloon

Synergy Wellness is located at 1775 E. 14 Mile Rd., Birmingham. For more information: or 248-408-8183. See ad page 27.

Local Videographer Produces Natural Beekeeping DVD


ocal video producer Jeremy Dunbar produced a DVD on Natural Beekeeping showcasing his father’s 40 years of experience as a beekeeper. Jerry Dunbar, longtime beekeeper, has always taken an organic and natural approach to beekeeping and shares his experiences in this 90-minute film. “These tiny creatures, responsible for pollinating one third of our crops, are disappearing in mass waves, dying and losing the way back to their hives. Current consensus assigns blame to a combination of chemicals, genetically modified crops, antibiotics, pesticides and other toxic factors,” says Jerry. “I see part of the solution in an elimination of all artificial intrusion into the bee’s life;" he continues, "in letting its natural biology and immune system build up strength, restoring balance. I envision a future in which people around the world discover and take up apiculture, building a network of healthy small-scale beekeeping operations, creating a buffer against Colony Collapse Disorder. I encourage urban beekeeping more than rural because the pesticides and monoculture in farmlands are bad for the bees and their honey. In cities, they at least have a choice of blossoms and can skip the ones with chemicals.”

Better Body Better Health Institute Offers Free Weight Loss Seminars


rs. Marc and Colleen VanHoogstraat created the Better Body Better Health Institute in 2011 in order to help those struggling with weight loss and other chronic, metabolic conditions. They are now offering free seminars to the public to share the approach they've been using with their patients “Our culture's love affair with quick fixes, doctors' shows and celebrity diets is leading us down a slippery slope that fails to address the underlying causes of chronic weight issues. Being overweight or obese is like's not only an early warning of more symptoms and illness to come, it is an obstacle to cure!” says Dr. Mac Van Hoogstraat. “The key is to discover the critical components often missing from conventional diets & programs that must be addressed for successful results.” The Better Body Better Health Institute, located inside Lifetime Wellness Family Chiropractic, offers free monthly seminars and webinars to learn safe, scientific and natural methods to lose weight, restore your health and get your life back. Lifetime Wellness Family Chiropractic is located at 51 S. Washington, downtown Oxford. For more information, visit their website at or call 248-628-4886. See ads pages 13 & 45.


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Kicking the Sugar Habit with Renee Heigel


etter Health is sponsoring Renee Heigel, a Wixom-based, board-certified holistic health practitioner with a focus on functional nutrition, who will offer a free presentation about overcoming sugar addictions.

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The event will be held four times: at 11 a.m. on January 19, in the new Southgate store; at 2 p.m. on January 19, in Better Health - Novi; at 11 a.m. on January 26, in Better Health - Grosse Pointe; and at 2 p.m. on January 26, in Better Health - Bloomfield Hills. “This is about your addiction to sugar,” Heigel says. “I know you’re concerned you can’t keep this up and you silently wonder if your health issues could be related to your sweet tooth and occasional soda. You wonder whether you can quit sugar and have long-term success. You don’t want to do something radical and you don’t want to live in deprivation either. You want to enjoy life, let go of cravings and finally welcome in healthier habits and understand your body. I can show you how with this 60-minute chat with Q&A at the end.” Food samples will be included. Founder of the popular programs Love Yourself Naked and Local Nourish Flourish, Heigel is a leading holistic health counselor, coach, speaker, local food advocate, mother and cook. The event is sponsored by The Better Health Stores, with locations and telephone numbers as follows: 42875 Grand River Ave., Novi, 248-735-8100; 2053 S. Telegraph Rd., Bloomfield Hills, 248334-9500.; 17825 Eureka Rd., Southgate, 734-374-1973 and 19850 Mack, Grosse Pointe, 313-885-5000. For more information, visit her website at: See ad page 55.

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A Journey into Yoga Anatomy & Physiology

Red Meat Raises a Red Flag


an Bannink, Doctor of Physical Therapy, will offer a two-part fun and informative foundational course on the fundamentals of yoga anatomy with an application for Yoga Asana. “A J o u r n e y into Yoga Anatomy & Physiology will explore anatomy as it relates to yoga practice, highlighting safe alignment principles for injury prevention. This course is designed for yoga practitioners, teachers and anyone with a desire to learn more about the human body,” says Dan Bannink, PT, DPT. The first class, Anatomy and Physiology of the Trunk and Spine will be held Sunday, January 13 from 1 to 5 pm at Santosha Yoga in Chesterfield Township. The second class, Anatomy and Physiology of the Extremities, will be held Sunday, January 20 from 1 to 5 pm at Bodhi Seed Yoga in Mt. Clemens. The cost for both sessions is $80 or $45 for one session. Santosha Yoga is located at 48774 Gratiot Ave. Chesterfield. To register, visit or call 586-949-5515. See ad page 54.


teak is still one of America’s favorite meals, but regular consumption of red meat products comes at a high cost for health. In a recent large study, Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers found red meat to be causally associated with mortality, including from cardiovascular disease and cancer. Senior author Frank Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology at HSPH, and his team observed 37,698 men from the HSPH Health Professionals Follow-Up Study for up to 22 years and 83,644 women from the National Institutes of Health Nurses’ Health Study for up to 28 years, all of whom were free of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and cancer at the beginning of the study. The researchers assessed diets via questionnaires every four years and documented a combined 23,926 deaths in the two studies, of which 5,910 were from CVD and 9,464 from cancer. Their evaluation revealed that one daily serving of unprocessed red meat (about the size of a deck of cards) was associated with a 13 percent increased risk of earlier mortality, and one daily serving of processed red meat (one hot dog or two slices of bacon) with a 20 percent increased risk. Red meat and related products contain heme (meat-based) iron, saturated fat, sodium and nitrites, as well as carcinogens formed during cooking. The researchers recommend turning to healthier protein sources instead, like fish, poultry, nuts, legumes and whole grains.

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Black Pepper Fights Fat


simple, widely available spice and kitchen staple may help us trim our waistlines. New research published in the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry gives the nod to black pepper. The study provides evidence of a long-sought explanation for the beneficial, fat-fighting effects of the common seasoning. Piperine, the pungent-tasting substance that gives black pepper its characteristic taste, helps block the formation of new fat cells.

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mon form of cancer each year. In the study, rats were fed a high-fat (20 percent) diet for 32 weeks. Those fed a high-fat, low-fiber diet and also exposed to a carcinogen, developed precancerous lesions of the colon. The animals that underwent a similar diet and treatment, but also received daily vitamin and mineral supplements, showed an 84 percent reduction in the formation of precancerous lesions and did not develop tumors.



ried foods may please the palate, but cooking them in the wrong medium, such as sunflower oil, can present a health risk. Researchers from the University of the Basque Country, in North Spain, have discovered that organic aldehyde compounds become toxic when heated. These chemicals, previously linked with some types of cancer and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, are generated by the degradation of fatty acids in sunflower and other oils high in polyunsaturated fats, and some remain in food after frying. Oils with higher concentrations of monounsaturated fats, such as olive, peanut or coconut, are less worrisome if frying is the only cooking option.

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he cumulative exposure to ionizing radiation used in medical diagnostic tests from dental and chest X-rays, mammograms, heart health exams and other procedures adds up, often reaching or surpassing the recommended lifetime limit of 100 milliSieverts (mSv) set by the American College of Radiology, according to a recent Harvard Medical School advisory. Among the tests that emit ionizing radiation are computerized tomography (CT scans), cardiac catheterizations, coronary CT angiograms, cardiac calcium scoring and some types of stress tests. Heart tests that pose no radiation risk include electrocardiography (ECG), echocardiography, ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Dr. Warren Manning, chief of noninvasive cardiac imaging and testing at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, in Boston, and a Harvard Medical School professor, advises, “One or two CT scans over a lifetime is appropriate. But if you have a condition that requires repeated monitoring, a test that does not expose you to ionizing radiation may be preferred.” Many radiologists take precautions to minimize clients’ radiation exposure, such as performing cardiac CT scans with one-sixth the conventional radiation dose.

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Everyone can benefit from taking the right supplements to address specific health needs. Numerous studies attest that many diseases, especially in older adults, are caused by a deficiency of certain vitamins or minerals. For example, pernicious anemia, common in adults over the age of 60, is due to a long-term deficiency of vitamin B12. The condition often proved fatal until researchers discovered that taking such supplements could effectively treat it. Another common nutritional deficiency disease among aging adults is osteoporosis, a loss of bone minerals that often leads to fractures. Its primary cause is chronic deficiencies in calcium and vitamin D levels. The latter is crucial for absorbing calcium—a primary mineral for building bone. According to the National Institutes of Health, older adults are likely to spend more time indoors, plus, even when they are exposed to the sun, their skin does not synthesize vitamin D as efficiently as when they were younger. Serious nutrient deficiencies rarely cause fatal outcomes, but deficiencies of certain vitamins and minerals can deter organs from optimal functioning. General medical tests do not always show minor shortfalls, and practice shows that supplementing with the appropriate vitamin or mineral can often both eliminate symptoms and resolve an underlying problem.

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Solving the Fibromyalgia Puzzle Is Integrative Medicine the Answer? by Dr. Mark Morningstar

The good news is that fibromyalgia can be, and has been, successfully treated in thousands of cases using a combination of integrative medical therapies.


ibromyalgia is a common chronic pain disorder that affects roughly 10 million people in the United States, according to the National Fibromyalgia Association. Women are much more likely than men to develop fibromyalgia, with some estimates being as high as 90% female. Fibromyalgia has many faces. People with fibromyalgia can have widespread pain, sleep problems, skin sensitivities/reactions, digestive problems, depression, mood swings, chronic fatigue, or any combination of these. Today, conventional medical treatment of fibromyalgia typically includes some type of pharmaceutical medication designed to mask the pain symptoms, or alter your brain chemistry so that it perceives pain differently. Lyrica, Savella, and Cymbalta are common medications used to treat the symptoms 26

of fibromyalgia. While these drugs are effective in many cases, they are still not targeting the origin of fibromyalgia. Unfortunately, these drugs are not able to correct some of the known originating factors that contribute to the onset of fibromyalgia. Thankfully, an integrative medicine approach to fibromyalgia may be just the answer people need to reverse the underlying factors that cause fibromyalgia. For example, a prominent fibromyalgia researcher, Dr. Andrew Holman, found that the majority of women with fibromyalgia have what he refers to as positional cervical cord compression, or PC3. This is an injury to the upper part of the cervical spine, or neck, that causes the spinal cord to become pinched in certain positions, causing a hypersensitivity of the nerves. This

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One of the most important tests in helping people with fibromyalgia is an IgG food sensitivity study. Chronic stress can also contribute to fibromyalgia by gradually wearing out the adrenal glands. As the adrenal glands produce more and more cortisol in response to stress, the presence of excess cortisol in the bloodstream causes abnormal blood sugar levels, carbohydrate cravings, and even hypothyroidism. The resultant hypothyroidism contributes to chronic fatigue, weight gain, as well as dry skins, nails, and hair. The

thyroid affects many functions in the body. However, the thyroid is also controlled neurologically by neurotransmitters like serotonin, and glands like the adrenal glands. Healthy adrenal glands are vital for a healthy thyroid, and a healthy thyroid is essential in reversing the signs and symptoms of fibromyalgia. Adrenal function can also be readily assessed through laboratory assessment, and provides physicians with information about your body’s ability to handle stress. Finally, insulin resistance, prediabetes, and type II diabetes can all contribute to the onset of fibromyalgia. These conditions increase the viscosity of the blood, making it more difficult to circulate through all of your blood vessels. When muscles do not get adequate blood supply, they can become pain expressive due to lack of nutrients and oxygen, and repair poorly. This makes everyday activities much more difficult, a characteristic common among all people with fibromyalgia. Specific lab testing can also determine if you are insulin resistant, or on your way to becoming diabetic. The good news is that fibromyalgia can be, and has been, successfully treated in thousands of cases using a combination of integrative medical therapies. It is important to find a physician who understands how all of these factors, from the neck to the gut, interconnect with each other so that a comprehensive treatment approach can be developed. If you have fibromyalgia, and are just not getting better, find another way. Find an integrative medicine approach. Dr. Mark Morningstar is a chiropractic neurologist at the Natural Wellness & Pain Relief Centers in Grand Blanc and Richmond, Michigan. His practice is devoted to the care of people with neurological and neuromuscular conditions such as fibromyalgia, vertigo, MS, scoliosis and Parkinson's disease. You can find him on the web by visiting, or by calling 810-694-3576. See ad page 20.

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ll of us have heard the admonition: “Eat lots of veggies and exercise daily and you’ll live a long, healthy life.” There’s no question this advice is sound, but what about other helpfully healthy lifestyle adjustments we can make? Experts attest that doing easy things, such as going braless, walking barefoot or using a plug-in model instead of a cordless phone can all support wellness. Results range from

stress relief to prevention of cancer, heart disease and other ailments often associated with aging. “Making some of the simplest changes can have far-reaching positive effects on your health,” contends Frank King, a doctor of chiropractic and naturopathic medicine, president of King Bio Natural Medicine, in Asheville, North Carolina, and author of The Healing Revolution. “When we consider the huge negative effects

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“The human body is an excellent lie detector. It is the world’s most sophisticated laboratory, with more wisdom than all medical professionals put together,” says King. His favorite technique is to tap into the body’s vast wisdom using applied kinesiology, or muscle testing. “The principal is simple. When you are telling a truth or when something is good for the body, whether you are conscious of it or not, your body loosens up. When you are telling a lie or the body is rejecting something, your body tightens.” Many holistic practitioners use applied kinesiology as a diagnostic tool. An easy way to use muscle testing at home is to bend forward, fingers stretching toward the toes. Set a baseline truth by saying out loud, “My name is _______,” and notice the length of the stretch. Then utter an untruth, like calling yourself by a different name. Most people will find their range of motion is noticeably limited in the event of an untruth or something else that is not helpful. A practical solution: Apply this technique in making any choice related to personal health.

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Hum Often Another Singer assertion is that simply humming “mmmmmmmmm” a couple of minutes a day can stimulate the thyroid and increase the production of thyroid hormones of those with an underactive thyroid. The butterfly-shaped gland wraps around the larynx, or voice box, which Singer contends is part of nature’s elegant design, meant to be stimulated by sound. The Cleveland Clinic reports that 10 percent of the U.S. population age 65 and over suffers from hypothyroidism, with the rate in the general population between 1 and 2 percent. The condition is a special problem for women encountering perimenopause or menopause, when hormone levels can fluctuate wildly. “The medical community has considered the effect of the thyroid on the voice but not the vibratory effect of vocalization on thyroid function,” says Singer. “It stands to reason that humming, singing or quietly talking is preferred to the overstimulation of shouting or yelling.”

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to escape from the digestive tract, cross the intestinal membranes, enter the bloodstream and go to the brain, causing the neurobehavioral symptoms known as ASDs, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. While the AAP knows of no scientific proof that a GFCF diet will bring benefits, they note that it’s possible, especially in people suffering from celiac disease. Parents have also observed that food dyes can exacerbate hyperactivity in children, a connection unconfirmed by the federal government. In 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Food Advisory Committee suggested further testing, while voting against additional food labeling requirements for potentially problematic dyes. Meanwhile, some parents affirm that eliminating such dyes has helped them better manage their children’s attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). A 2011 study taking into account 35 years of research found that many ADHD children showed significant improvement after eliminating dyes from their diets; it also registered that greater than 70 percent were

positively influenced by various dietary changes. The results were promising enough for researchers to conclude, “A trial elimination diet is appropriate for children that have not responded satisfactorily to conventional treatment.”

The Role of Vitamin D A 2012 study in the Journal of Neuroinflammation found that autistic children had significantly lower levels of vitamin D than control subjects. Vitamin D, the study notes, regulates immune function and thus autoimmunity; when the immune system is disrupted and the body attacks itself, it may play a role in the development of autism. Dr. John Cannell, founder of the nonprofit Vitamin D Council, remarks that fear of sun overexposure has led to the deficiencies. “Vitamin D is not a vitamin,” Cannell clarifies. “It’s a steroid hormone system that begins in the skin. If children aren’t getting any photons of UVB light, they’re not making any vitamin D.” He notes that the rise in autism rates during the last 25 years tracks with increases in 50-plus SPF sunscreen use, more time spent indoors

and a rise in breastfeeding. Because breast milk contains low amounts of vitamin D, since 2003 the AAP has emphasized the importance of parents giving vitamin D supplement drops to breastfed infants. The same vitamin D study showed that the severity of autism correlated strongly with deficiencies of this vitamin and that the higher the level, the less severe the symptoms. Cannell has witnessed this phenomenon via a clinic hosted by the Vitamin D Council, recommending increases in vitamin D levels for autistic children to “high normal levels” and reducing vitamin A, which blocks the action of vitamin D. “We have children on 5,000 to 10,000 units of vitamin D a day,” Cannell reports. “We see improvements in terms of sleep, meltdowns, eye contact, cognitive capacity, fine motor skills, language and reading—across the spectrum.” Brita Belli is the author of The Autism Puzzle: Connecting the Dots Between Environmental Toxins and Rising Autism Rates.


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SUSTAINABLE WEIGHT LOSS Five Secrets for Feeling Like Yourself Again by judith Fertig

Health experts agree that many foods can play multiple roles in weight loss.


tarting in the 1970s, natural foods advocate and journalist Kathleen Barnes, of Brevard, North Carolina, avidly practiced vegetarianism, yet through the years she still gained weight. Searching for answers, she shared her findings in an array of books that include 8 Weeks to Vibrant Health: A Take Charge Plan for Women (co-authored with Dr. Hyla Cass) and Rx from the Garden: 101 Food Cures You Can Easily Grow. “When I at last learned which key foods to add to my diet, I lost 100 pounds—and kept them off,” says Barnes. Burn fat. Foods with thermogenic properties help heat up the body and may help burn fat. “You feel a flush when you eat or drink them,” Barnes notes. Chili peppers, curry powder, horseradish, mustard, garlic, onion,

wasabi, ginger, black pepper and radishes are especially good choices in cold weather, when we want to feel warm anyway. The intense flavors delivered by such foods help us to practice the principle of portion control, Chester KuLea, a health and nutrition consultant in Vancouver, British Columbia, says, “Adding these foods to dishes generates a higher rate of caloric burn, and their powerful flavors prompt

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people to eat far less than they normally would. Plus, red, cayenne and jalapeño peppers, hot sauces and any other spicy foods are all very low in calories.” Enhance mood. We don’t want to feel hungry or deprived when trying to lose weight. The protein in turkey, chicken and cold-water fish like salmon and mackerel helps us feel more satisfied and on top of things. Barnes also suggests eating low-fat cottage cheese, avocado, wheat germ, whole-grain crackers and bananas to help increase serotonin levels and feelings of wellbeing. “When you crave something sweet or feel like you’re crashing mid-afternoon, that’s the time to eat a small amount of these foods to get you back on track,” she advises.

Julia Ross, author of The Mood Cure and The Diet Cure, agrees. This Mill Valley, California, nutritional psychotherapist recommends complex carbohydrates such as whole grains to keep us on an even keel during weight loss. “This means pushing away the leftover cake and eating sensible carbs to stimulate serotonin,” she says. Promote digestion. The fiber in fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains helps move things along in the digestive system, making our bodies work more efficiently. Barnes favors drinking peppermint and other herbal teas and incorporating sage, dill, oregano and other herbs in savory dishes to

aid digestion. According to a recent University of Illinois study, soluble fiber found in oat bran, fruits, vegetables and nuts not only facilitates digestion, but also supports the immune system. Professor Gregory Freund, who teaches at the university’s medical school in Champaign, explains, “Soluble fiber changes the personality of immune cells—they go from being pro-inflammatory, angry cells to antiinflammatory, healing cells that help us recover faster from infection.” Feel full. Hunger pangs can derail anyone’s best efforts to eat better. Barnes learned that liquids, including up to two quarts of water a day, help retain a satisfied feeling. In cooler months, she makes soups that incorporate leafy green vegetables, onion, garlic, chili peppers and herbs. An apple a day might keep the doctor away—and help in other ways, as well. “Apples have a high water content and are packed with fiber, two factors that leave you satiated,” says Keren Gilbert, a registered dietitian and founder of Decision Nutrition, in Great Neck, New York. “For a tasty proteinpacked snack, top apple slices with natural almond butter.” Accept treats. Leaving room for a treat, like a piece of fine chocolate, can leave us feeling satisfied rather than stuffed, says Katherine Harvey, a registered dietitian in Kansas City, Missouri. Indulging in a little sweet treat from time to time reinforces the perception that eating right can be simple and pleasurable, says Barnes. In cold months, she likes to bake apples sweetened with Stevia and cinnamon, or poach pears in fruit juice and spices. She might break open a pomegranate and slowly munch each ruby-colored seed, or stop at a coffee shop to sip a latte made with low-fat milk. Barnes’ evolved natural foods strategy has helped her maintain a desirable weight for many years now. “Sustainable weight loss involves sustainable eating,” she says, “finding healthy foods that we can enjoy for the rest of our lives.” Award-winning cookbook author Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood


GMO Truths and Consequences Health and Safety are Question Marks by Melinda Hemmelgarn


he food industry tells consumers that genetically engineered foods are safe. On university campuses, agriculture students learn that such genetically modified organisms (GMO) are both safe and necessary to feed the world. The Council for Biotechnology Information, a biotech industry-supported nonprofit, even created a coloring book to teach children about the many benefits of GMO crops, including improved nutrition. Most GMO crops have been genetically engineered to withstand spraying with herbicides, such as Monsanto’s Roundup-Ready soybeans, or to produce their own pesticides, such as “Bt” corn and cotton. Bill Freese, a science policy analyst at the nonprofit Center for Food Safety, warns us to be leery of simplistic claims that don’t take into account unintended consequences. For example, he points out that, “GMO crops have nothing to do with feeding the world, because almost all genetically engineered crops are corn and soybeans... used to feed livestock in rich countries, or to feed automobiles.” Approximately 40 percent of corn currently is used to make ethanol. Freese adds, “They don’t increase yields and they don’t increase nutrition.” But GMO crops have led to a staggering increase in herbicide use, putting both farmers and consumers at greater risk for exposure to these toxins

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and related diseases, according to the Center for Food Safety. So the question is: Are GMOs the panacea industry wants us to believe, or are they contributing to chronic disease? Here are three claims commonly heard about GMOs, generally made by the biotechnology industry and their funded researchers.

Claim: GMOs are safe. Fact Check: Little research exists

on the long-term effects of consuming GMO foods. According to Douglas Gurian-Sherman, a senior scientist with the Union of Concerned Scientists, safety assessments have left us with significant uncertainties about whether GMO food is safe or not. However, concerns voiced by the Center for Food Safety revolve around potential allergens and toxins from both herbicide and pesticide residues and new genetic material. New research from the European Union published in Food and Chemical Toxicology adds to growing concerns about the risks. Researchers discovered that rats fed GMO corn and drinking water containing Roundup herbicide experienced negative health effects during their two-year lifespan, including mammary tumors and disabled pituitary function in females, and liver and kidney damage in males. These outcomes were attributed to the endocrine-disrupting efJanuary 2013 35

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fects of Roundup, as well as the genetic makeup of the engineered corn. What makes this study unique and troubling is that it’s the longest such study period to date. Most studies funded and conducted by industry last just 90 days—not long enough to fully document potential harm. Michael Hansen, Ph.D., a senior scientist at Consumer Reports, states in a memo to the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Council on Science and Public Health, “Unlike all other developed countries, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not require safety testing for GE [genetically engineered] plants.” Hansen explains, “In addition to the FDA not requiring any premarket safety testing, there is virtually no independent safety testing of these crops in the United States, due to intellectual property rights. When farmers buy GE seed in the U.S., they invariably must sign a product stewardship agreement that forbids them from giving such seeds to researchers.” Plus, “Researchers must get permission from the biotech companies before they can do research, which means there is a paucity of independent research.” The good news is that last June, the AMA recommended mandatory pre-market safety testing to better characterize the potential harms of bioengineered foods.

Claim: GMO crops use fewer pes-

ticides, and those used are safer than most others and break down quickly.

Fact Check: Roundup herbicide is increasingly sprayed on a growing number of herbicide-resistant GMO crops, including corn, soy, canola, sugar beets and most recently, alfalfa. By tracking the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s pesticide use data, Charles Benbrook, research professor at the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, at Washington State University, discovered that herbicide-resistant crop technology led to a 527-million-pound increase in herbicide use in the United States between 1996 and 2011. With the growing presence of herbicide-resistant weeds, new GE forms of corn and soybeans have been developed to resist stronger and more 36

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dangerous herbicides, such as 2,4-D, one of the two ingredients in Agent Orange, a defoliant used in the Vietnam War. Benbrook projects that these new GMO crops could drive herbicide usage up by about another 50 percent. According to Warren Porter, Ph.D., a biologist and environmental toxicology professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Theo Colborn, Ph.D., president of The Endocrine Disruption Exchange, glyphosate, the active chemical ingredient in Roundup, is an endocrine disruptor, meaning it interferes with hormone systems. Porter says we can expect higher levels of herbicide residues in GMO food crops. A report from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) found that glyphosate is now commonly found in rain, streams and air during the growing season. “Though glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide in the world, we know very little about its long-term effects to the environment,” cautions Paul Capel, a USGS chemist. A Canadian study showing that the Bt toxins from GMO corn are showing up in umbilical cord blood and the blood of pregnant women is another concern. Monsanto claims Bt is harmless and will break down in our digestive tracts. But we have no way of knowing the effect of these toxins on developing fetuses, says Marcia IshiiEiteman, Ph.D., a senior scientist with the Pesticide Action Network.

Claim: GMO labeling isn’t necessary. Fact Check: Hansen believes that if

there are unexpected adverse health effects resulting from consuming GMO foods, a product label would allow people to begin connecting symptoms with foods consumed. Until there is consistent, national GMO food labeling, everyone is just dining in the dark. Learn more and take action at Melinda Hemmelgarn, aka the “Food Sleuth,” is a registered dietitian and award-winning writer and radio host at, in Columbia, MO (Food She advocates for organic farmers at Enduring-Image.

Neurotransmitters and Serotonin Balance Keeps us Happy and Our Body Running Smoothly

Symptoms of low serotonin levels may be depression, PMS, hot flashes, sleep difficulties, anxiety and just not being happy all the time. carbohydrate cravings may also be the result of low serotonin levels. Foods that can help to increase serotonin are potatoes, yams, carrots, fresh vegetables, root crops, squash, fresh fruits, honey, avocado, cheese, chicken, duck, eggs, granola, oat flakes, ricotta cheese, wheat germ, whole milk, wilf game and yogurt.

By Dr. Hilda Lauderman


ur bodies are complex organisms made by our creator. In order to keep us happy and the body running smoothly neurotransmitters must be within a given range. Neurotransmitters are chemical filled vesicles that release chemicals, made from proteins, in the brain. Foods that are good sources of the pre-cursor to these neurotransmitters include meats (especially turkey), cottage cheese, fish, lentils and peanuts. B vitamins and magnesium are also necessary for the production of neurotransmitters. A poor diet and a stressful lifestyle will guarantee low neurotransmitter levels. Serotonin is a type of neurotransmitter that is found mainly in the central nervous system (CNS) and the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. It is estimated that as high as 70 percent of serotonin levels may be produced in the gut. As you can see the gut is very important in proper

mental as well as physical health. In the CNS, serotonin helps regulate mood, sleep, appetite, learning and memory. It has been estimated that as high as seventy percent of the population have low serotonin levels. Symptoms of low serotonin levels may be depression, PMS, hot flashes, sleep difficulties, anxiety and just not being happy all the time. SAD or seasonal affective disorder is also a sign of low serotonin levels. SAD affects people who live in states where the "sun doesn’t shine every day.' They then become depressed and long to see the sun. Other people that fall into low serotonin are the ‘poor me’ or always feeling sorry for one self or the world doesn’t treat me right. I deserve more than I have or can obtained. Still more symptoms of low serotonin may be due to stress and inflammation. Rapid mood swings, emotional instability, depression, anxiety, memory loss, learning disorders, physical weakness, obsessive compulsive disorders and

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Herbs that help to regulate serotonin are: Oatstraw, Dong Quai, Burdock, Dandelion, American Ginseng, St John’s Wort, Rhodiolia, Black Cohosh and Wild Yam. Antacids increase the pH in the stomach whereby amino acids or (proteins) are not broken down correctly to be used by the body for transformation to serotonin. On the other hand, balanced serotonin personality traits include the following: completing tasks, impulsive, thrive on change, realist, participate in activities, in touch with body and mind, resourceful, enjoys using advanced tools and toys, desires new experiences and enjoys being part of what is "going on." Professionally, strengths include: flexibility, coordination, multi-talented, multi-tasking, analyzing data and the ability to implement plans. Other qualities include loyalty, independence, optimism and fondness of children. Problems that may interfere with the absorption of proteins, and ultimately neurotransmitters, are numerous. The pH in the stomach must be low enough for proteins to be broken down.(Antacids increase the pH in the stomach this is in turn increases the pH.) The liver may not be able to convert the nutrients into amino acids. The gastrointestinal tract may be unable to absorb due to a January 2013


coating. Thus, neurotransmitters affect our health, actions, moods and every part of our body. These neurotransmitters in the brain send messages via intracellular communication to every part of the body. These messages tell the intestines to digest food, the heart to beat, lungs to breath, bladder to empty, bowels to empty their contents. All systems of the body have the ability to talk to each other via these neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters determine how we react emotionally to everything that comes our way. These can be damaged from pesticides, heavy metals, illicit drugs and some prescription drugs. The damage can be permanent. If this happens the number of active receptor sites available for neurotransmission to take place will be decreased. Nearly every substance that helps control the brain has been found in the gut and the gut is often referred to as the ‘second brain.’ A hundred million neurotransmitters line the length of the

gut and are able to digest independently of the brain. This complex circuitry enables it to act independently, learn, remember and produce feelings. Since sleep and gut rest both occur in ninety-minute cycles, people with bowel problems tend to have abnormal REM sleep. Also, if neurotransmitters are out of balance it is difficult to balance and regulate blood sugar. Neurotransmitters can be regulated and balanced with natural remedies. Even people that have been on selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or anti-depressants can have their serotonin levels balanced naturally. One word of caution: Do not try to balance your serotonin levels by yourself. You should seek the help of your medical professional. Dr. Hilda Lauderman, D.H.M., Ph.D, N.M.D., R.N. serves the greater East Michigan area. For more information, call 810-503-4056. See ad page 30.

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by Sandra Steingraber

Current environmental policies must be realigned to safeguard our health, sustain planetary life-support systems and free us from dependence upon fossil fuels.


nder the misleading banner of clean and green, the global natural gas rush is on, and nowhere more so than in the United States. We are literally shattering America’s bedrock to bring methane out of the Earth and consuming enormous quantities of precious fresh water to do so, without any clear knowledge of the health or environmental consequences. Due to economies of scale and required infrastructure, fracking is an all-or-nothing proposition, and each state decides its own fate. The Marcellus Shale forms a 600-mile-long basement foundation for communities spanning New York, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio. As the largest natural gas deposit in the country, it has become ground-zero for high-volume, slickwater hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Many more states are equally vulnerable (see In a two-to-200-foot-thick bedrock layer up to a mile below Earth’s surface, the shale and its captured methane, uranium, mercury, arsenic and lead have remained locked in place for millions of years. Above it lie drinking water aquifers. Prior to the 21st century, capturing methane gas bubbles natural awakenings

dispersed within such a horizontal formation, instead of a vertical well, was deemed uneconomical and labeled unrecoverable. Now, modern drills can bore down steel piping, some portions encased in cement, and direct pressure-packed explosions of up to 10,000 pounds per square inch of water, sand and chemicals into the rock, fracturing it. Next, hundreds of chemicals are injected to reduce friction (thus the term slickwater) so that the fracking fluid can flow easily. The mixture includes acids, rust and scale inhibitors and pesticides to kill microbes, plus sometimes gelling agents, petroleum distillates, glycol ethers, form­aldehyde and toluene. The result is that gas flows back up the borehole along with 30 to 60 percent of the injected cocktail of water and chemicals. The rest is left behind. Fracking a gas well once requires 2 to 8 million gallons of fresh water, 10,000 to 40,000 gallons of chemicals and at least 1,000 diesel truck trips. Wells can be fracked multiple times before they run dry. Between 34,000 and 95,000 wells are envisioned for New York State alone, according to Cornell University Engineering Professor, Anthony Ingraffea, with 77,000 likely over the next 50 years. While New York residents are watching the result of fracking in other states and have elected a temporary moratorium on fracking, Pennsylvania has issued thousands of permits since 2004. Continued unknowns stir debate. Meanwhile, scientists across leading institutions are certain of five universal impacts. First, fracking industrializes rural landscapes, clearing and fragmenting vital woodlands and wetlands. It diminishes capacities to host migratory birds and other wildlife, filter rainwater and prevent flooding while causing more erosion and runoff, sending sediments into waterways. Second, fracking brings urban-style air pollution to the rural countryside. Studies like those from the Colorado School of Public Health, along with monitoring data from Utah’s extensively fracked Uinta Basin, show that drilling and fracking operations release ozone-making, smog-producing volatile compounds. These gases, along with combustion byproducts, are linked to cancer and heart disease in adults and, in children, to lowered IQ, preterm birth, asthma and stunted lung development. The airborne contaminants from gas drilling such as in the Haynesville Shale, in Louisiana and Texas, can travel up to 200 miles from wellheads, according to a 2010 study published in Environmental Science and Technology. Third, accidents happen, necessitating the evacuation of surrounding communities. In Pennsylvania, in less than three years of fracking, 1,500 environmental violations have been recorded, including an exploded well that streamed poisonous fluid for 16 hours. In many cases, petroleum products, fracking chemicals or flowback fluids have entered creeks, streams or groundwater, according to reports published in Science magazine and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Fourth, fracking makes huge volumes of Earth’s limited fresh water disappear forever. Instead of drawing down a community’s reservoir or depleting a regional aquifer as part January 2013


of nature’s normally restorative fresh water cycle, a single fracking well permanently removes several million gallons of fresh water from aquifers and poisons it all with chemicals. Much of it will be entombed in geological strata up to a mile or more below the water table. Fifth, sooner or later, the gas will run out, while the environmental damage remains.

Known and Unknown Dangers

Beyond these certainties lie questions. Drilling proponents may claim that there have been no confirmed cases of drinking water contaminated by fracking. Yet in Pavillion, Wyoming, residents noticed a few years ago that their water was yellow, cloudy and oily, bubbled and smelled like chemicals. Some people felt sick. A joint investigation by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry found petrochemicals— including diesel fuel, benzene, cyclohexane, methane, propane and ethane, plus traces of arsenic and a microbe-inhibiting

“Wherever Marcellus Shale natural gas development has occurred in Pennsylvania, reports of poisoned water, sick kids and dead animals have followed.” ~ Marcellus Protest, a Pennsylvania alliance to halt fracking operations

pesticide—in 20 water wells. The EPA recommended that residents not drink their water. Turning on a fan while showering to avoid possible methane explosions was also suggested. Fracking enjoys special exemptions

from many regulations—the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Superfund Act and National Environmental Policy Act—that govern other types of industrial activities. Fracking also gets a pass on federal rightto-know laws, because natural gas operations do not report their air and water emissions under the EPA Toxics Release Inventory. A special amendment to the 2005 Energy Policy Act grants fracking exclusion from the Safe Drinking Water Act, which authorizes the EPA to regulate all injection of toxic chemicals into the ground. Thus, a drilling company doesn’t have to disclose the formulation of its fracking fluids.

Eco-Horrors and Economics

Biologist Theo Colborn and her research team at The Endocrine Disruptor Exchange report that of the 353 chemicals tested as presumed ingredients of fracking fluid, 60 percent can harm the brain and nervous system, 40 percent are endocrine disrupters and one-third are both suspected carcinogens and developmental toxicants. What should we do with this lethal fluid—a million or more gallons with every wellhead? The trend, say gas

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“The United States and the world could rely 100 percent on green energy sources within 20 years if we dedicated ourselves to that course.” ~ M.Z. Jacobson and M.A. Delucci, “A Path to Sustainable Energy by 2030,” Scientific American, 2009 industry service providers like Halliburton, is to recycle it, but flowback water gets more poisonous with every reuse. At some point, this highly concentrated toxic liquid still has to be disposed of via designated underground wells or municipal sewage-treatment plants or else it’s clandestinely dumped. Then there’s the lure of fracking’s economics. In many cases, a homeowner can receive $5,000 per acre, plus 12 to 20 percent royalties, from leasing land to a gas company. The Marcellus Shale may be worth a trillion dollars and possibly provide enough natural gas to supply the nation’s consumption for six years, according

to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s most recent estimates. (It’s unknown how much gas is recoverable or how often wells may need to be refracked to stimulate production.) No study of the cumulative impact of fracking on public health or agriculture, including its full lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions, has been conducted; it’s an economic gamble and a bona fide environmental crime.

library, someone noted that a nearby community had successfully turned away frack waste trucked in from Pennsylvania that was headed to an old well for disposal. An elderly man declared passionately, “We have to be ready to lie down in front of the trucks.”

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In New York’s Tompkins County, 40 percent of the land acreage covering the Marcellus Shale is leased to gas drillers. Local feelings are mixed. Some people just wish the whole practice would go away. Some find fracking such a vile and preposterous idea that they don’t believe it will really happen. Others, seeking personal gain or believing that it’s inevitable, plan to “ride the tiger,” hoping for greater future oversight. At a recent community meeting, candidates for mayor and the village board declared their unified opposition to fracking. Soon afterward, at a packed town meeting on fracking at the village

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Biologist Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D., is the acclaimed author of, now also a documentary film, Having Faith, on the threat of environmental toxins to infant development. A visiting scholar at New York’s Ithaca College, she often testifies at hearings. She adapted this article from Raising Elijah: Protecting Our Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis, reprinted courtesy of Da Capo Press.




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No Dust on the Mirror Reflections on a Life of Conscious Wholeness

by Michael Bernard Beckwith


e spend a good deal of time gazing at ourselves in a mirror with the physical eye, as well as into the mirror of our mind with an analytical eye, endeavoring to size ourselves up in our own estimation, and also determining how others might evaluate us. Both of these mirrors are clouded with ego-related dust that distorts our vision. Only when we turn our gaze inward with the intuitive eye of awareness can we perceive our innate wholeness, for there is no dust on the mirror of the soul. Consider this: A consciousness of

wholeness reunifies us with our authentic self, so that even during those times when we are unaware of it, our wholeness is intact and utterly dust-free—only our awareness of it is missing. When awareness returns, we live free from ego’s bondage and its ignorance-soaked history and habits. We are reunified with the reality of our being. Our daily practice is to be ever mindful—on the dot—the moment we lose sight of our true nature. Everyday experiences grace us with reminders by mentally tapping us on the shoulder and returning us to the qualities we

wish to express in our interactions with our self, others and all of life. We are continually given the opportunity to reconnect with the high vision we hold for ourselves in our mental, emotional, spiritual, physical, professional, relational and communal life structures. It serves us well to remember that we are here learning to mother our consciousness, just as the universe mothers us throughout our lifetime and beyond. Intelligence, wisdom, intuition, joy and creativity—these are the qualities we want to mother within ourselves in order to unveil our original face. As we set a conscious intention to evolve, we live as the master artists we are—creating, directing and producing our lives. The more time we set aside for meditation, contemplation and life visioning, the more we can have 20/20 vision in foresight, rather than hindsight. Through practice, we activate our intuition, clean off egoic dust and enter a more consistently clear-sighted state of mindful being. Thus we actualize our highest potential and realize our organic, enlightened consciousness. Michael Bernard Beckwith is the founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center, in Los Angeles, California, author of Life Visioning: A Transformative Process for Activating Your Unique Gifts and Highest Potential (Sounds True, 2011/2013), and originator of the Life Visioning process.

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Saturday December 29 New Year’s Appetizers w/ Mood. - 2-5pm. Join our NEW Demo extraordinaire Mood for some elegant holiday appetizers. Ring in the New Year with simple easy recipes to make entertaining a breeze for 2 or 200. Happy New Year from Whole Foods Market in Troy. Whole Foods Market, 2880 West Maple, Troy. 248-649-9600.

Thursday, January 3 Better Health Now and for the Future - 6;308:30pm. Ann Heusted, RN and FirstLine Therapy Program Coordinator, will cover the elements and benefits of the program, which focuses on food, special testing and meeting your goals for a healthier life by using a personalized approach. Conducted in both individual sessions and group meetings. $5 advance/$8 at door. Call to register. The Downing Clinic, 5715 Bella Rose Blvd, Ste, 100, CLARKSTON. 248-625-6677. See ad page 9.

Saturday, January 5 Lighter, Healthier, Happier with Yoga - 2-4pm. Whether you're ready to lose weight or just hoping to feel healthier, this workshop will explore our relationship with our body and ways yoga can help $25. Strongheart Yoga, 8373 Old 13 Mile Rd, Warren. Pattie McCann 248-563-8615. See ad page 54. Cleansing 101 - 2-3pm. Stop by for some helpful hints on doing a soft cleanse; we remind you to always consult with your physician before beginning any major regimen or change! Be sure and get your FREE guide to cleansing in store while supplies last! FREE. Whole Foods Market, 2880 West Maple, Troy 248-649-9600.

Sunday January 6 Guiltless Sweeteners - 2-4pm. Learn ways to cut those calories without ever sacrificing taste. Stevia is a calorie free sweetener, derived from the Stevia plant. Stop in to taste, learn & enjoy all the forms of Stevia we sell and learn NEW ways to use it. The first 5 customers to join us receive a copy of our mini Good Food book FREE (a $10 value). Whole Foods Market, 2880 West Maple, Troy 248-649-9600.

Tuesday, January 8 Essential Uses 101 - 6:30-7:30pm. Bring your health ailment and we'll help you find the essential oil that will help you heal NATURALLY, SAFELY, and EFFECTIVELY! $5. Soothe Your Soul, 2B S Washington, Oxford. Dena Holmes 248-3033611. See ad page 47.

Thursday, January 10 Community Support Day to benefit Birmingham YMCA - All Metro locations will support their local YMCA Please join us in supporting Birmingham YMCA by shopping in our Troy location today. Visit other local Whole Foods to support other local

YMCA organizations. Whole Foods Market, 2880 West Maple, Troy 248-649-9600. Natural Thyroid Solutions! - 6:30-7:30pm. Free Seminar - Discover what to do when the medication doesn't work. Learn why you still feel "lousy" even when your tests are "normal" FREE. Lifetime Wellness, 51 S. Washington, Suite D, Oxford. Dr. Marc 248-628-4886. See ad page 45.

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Green Lecture Series - 7pm. Whole Foods Market, Rochester Hills. 248-371-1400.

Saturday, January 12 Family Night Yoga - 6:30-7:45pm. Join us for this fun and interactive class for kids & anyone they love to explore yoga together and find the inner child within. Ages 4 & up. $20. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, Chesterfield. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 54. Awakening to Love - 7-9:30 pm. Discover how your beliefs about love, intimacy and sexuality affect your relationships, sexual satisfaction, marriage, body image and ability to find love. In this workshop, you'll have the opportunity to connect with others through verbal sharing and exercises designed to open your heart. FREE. Northwest Unitarian Universalist Church, Southfield. Call 734523-8566 to RSVP. Weight Loss Success! - 10-11am. Free Seminar. Discover what our clients are doing to lose 30-40 lbs in only 12 weeks! Learn exactly what to do for healthy and permanent weight loss. FREE. Better Body Better Health Institute, 51 S. Washington, Suite D, Oxford. Dr. Colleen 248-628-4886. See ad page 45. Nia Fundraising Jam - 2:30-4pm. Increase your body literacy in the language of Nia as we raise money and awareness for Oakland Literacy Council. Nia is the "Love your Body Workout!" $10 donation. Fred Astaire Dance Studio, 2172 Franklin Road, Bloomfield Hills. Stacey Peper 248-737-6856. Health Starts Here Passport Fair - 12-3pm. Looking for ways to make healthy choices in your diet? Stop by and taste items throughout the store that are nutrient-dense and delicious. Pick up a passport and visit each department for a tasty and nutritious sample. Enter to win a $50 Basic Pantry Makeover; no purchase necessary, one entry per person please. FREE. Whole Foods Market, 2880 West Maple, Troy 248-649-9600 and Rochester Hills 248-371-1400. Natural Bldg.Tour & Activity - 9:30-11:30am. A.M Tour of Strawbale Studio, earth oven, rocket stove & sustainable living practices. 11:30 - 7:3Op Stay on & harvest reed for thatching & see video. $25. Strawbale Studio, contact Deanne, Oxford. Deanne Bednar 248-628-1887. Essential Oil Education - 2-3:30pm. Join us as we discuss the powerful benefits to incorporating essential oils into your daily routine, whether it

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be for weight loss or pain management! FREE. Advanced Medical (23 & Van Dyke), 8170 23 Mile Road, SHeLBY ToWNSHiP. Dena Holmes 248303-3611. See ad page 47.

SuNDAy, JANuAry 13 Pottery Workshop: Native American Techniques - 1pm. Experience hands-on history as you learn the ways of the Eastern Woodland Indians and make your own pot to take home with you. $5/person. Ages 6+. Kensington Metropark Nature Center located near MiLFord/BriGHToN. Preregister only. 810-227-8910.

MoNDAy, JANuAry 14 14 day Blast-off to Your New Year - Thru 1/28. Looking to change your eating habits in 2013? With our FREE 14-day challenge you’ll enjoy daily meal planning, easy to follow recipes, shopping lists all completely online. To learn more about the 14 day challenge program and to get your FREE recycled tote bag, 14-day starter packet and a tour call Dawn: 248-649-9600. Whole Foods Market, 2880 West Maple, TroY. The Amazing Thyroid! 7-8:15pm. Learn how to support this incredible gland. Discover its link to heart health, digestive issues, weight gain and more. Dr. Richard Sowerby D.C., Clinical Nutritionist demonstrates how Nutrition Response Testing addresses these issues. Vitamin Shoppe, TroY. FREE! Call 248-879-1900 to register.

tueSDAy, JANuAry 15 eNerGiZe with essential oils - 6:30-7:30pm. Beginners & Experts will love this class as it teaches you how to ENERGIZE your life naturally w/ essential oils for WEIGHT LOSS or NATURALLY HEALING! $5. The Minds Eye, 81 Macomb Place, MoUNT CLeMeNS. Dena Holmes 248-3033611. See ad page 47.

WeDNeSDAy, JANuAry 16 The Amazing Thyroid! - 7-8:15pm. Learn how

markyourcalendar Meet Vanilla, the World’s Most Enchanting Spice

Whole Foods Market in Troy is pairing up with Food Coach Lisa Howard to spice up your kitchen with the one and only vanilla! Join us to taste the beloved flavor of vanilla in Vanilla-Orange Soda, Vanilla-Ricotta Raspberry Ice Cream, and even Savory Black Rice Pilaf with Vanilla-Scented Chicken. Or how about Tahitian-Style Trout Poached in Vanilla & Coconut? Whether you’re in a sweet or savory mood, a dash of vanilla is the perfect way to warm up your winter with a taste of the tropics! All dishes are gluten-free.

Wednesday, January 16 - 7-9pm. The Birmingham Community House. Cost: $32

Please call the Birmingham Community House at 248-644-5832 to register for this class.


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. raw Foods for Healing - 7pm-8pm. Join Deb Klungle of Nourished Body & learn how to support your body’s natural healing process by eating clean, low-glycemic raw foods. $10. Wheatgrass and Sprouts, 1925 West Maple Road, TroY. Deb Klungle 248-497-4189. See ad page 54.

WeDNeSDAy, JANuAry 17 Nuview Nutrition - discover New Weight Loss Strategies - 7-8:30pm. Lose 1/2 pound to 1 pound a day, improve muscle mass decrease pain & increase energy call today! Must RSVP 248-766-2210 $10/person. Inside Transformation Wellness, 1147 E. Long Lake Rd, TroY. See ad page 13. Health Starts Here: The Basics - 7pm. Gear up for our 28 Day Challenge, learning the basics of healthy eating and adding more nutrient dense foods into your everyday diet! You’ll also get to learn all about our 28 Day Healthy Eating Challenge, kicking off on February 1st! FREE. Registration at our Customer Service Desk is required. Whole Foods Market, roCHeSTer HiLLS. 248-371-1400.


House of Yoga's Winter Yoga Lifestyles immersion

You will • develop a regular and consistent yoga practice that is right for your body • learn simple and effective meditation techniques that you can do everyday • discover practices from ancient yoga to cultivate a happy, peaceful, vibrant and balanced life • experiment with the yoga techniques of mantra, sound, and chanting to raise your vibration • cultivate fresh perspectives, breakout of old habit patterns and find the passion and peace that is already in you!

Begins Jan 18, 2013 (4 weekends)

Now accepting applications. Limited to 12 students.

House Of Yoga, 2965 W. 12 Mile Rd. Berkley info: Abby Bechek Hoot 248-556-0992 See ad page 54.

FrIDAy, JANuAry 18 Hatha Yoga - 3-4:15pm. 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.Instructor: Sue Albert, Certified Yoga Instructor RYT $15. Rochester Holistic Arts, 118 Terry Ave, roCHeSTer. Kim Leshley 248895-5064. See ad page 16. 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

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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. Info: contact the Specialty Department. $10. Whole Foods Market, roCHeSTer HiLLS. 248-371-1400.

SAturDAy, JANuAry 19 Yog 101-An introduction - 2-4pm. Lean the history of yoga, breathing techniques, basic alignment & poses, how it can change our life, yoga etiquette, followed by an easy yoga flow. $25. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, CHeSTerFieLd. Thersa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 54. Herbalist Seminar - 9am-4pm. Topics included which herbs to use for each body system. How herbs work in the body. Specific herbs for specific issues. Biofeedback Assessment tool Donation. Goodalls Herbs, Big Beaver Rd, TroY. Alice Goodall 586646-0066. See ad page 53. Simple delicious raw - 10am-11am. Join Deb Klungle of Nourished Body for Super Bowl Snacks. Learn how to make fun finger foods for your football festivities! $10. Whole Foods Market, 2918 Walton Boulevard, roCHeSTer HiLLS. Customer Service 248-371-1400. See ad page 54. Whole Grains and Greens 101 - 11am-1pm. Join us for a taste and lesson in Whole Grains and green and a taste of some delicious and unusual grains paired with greens. learn how to cook, enjoy and prepare these for yourself and family with ease. The first 5 customers receive our mini Good Food book FREE ($10 value). FREE. Whole Foods Market, 2880 West Maple, TroY 248-649-9600. World Hypnotism day - 10am-5:45pm. Wellness Professionals speak throughout the day on holistic therapies and about how each person can activate their own healing power. Food; free gift FREE. Authentic Living Center, 1640 Axtell Rd, TroY. Mary Vallei 248-822-9253.

MoNDAy JANuAry 21 Get the rAW Glow - 5-7pm. Plant Based Paradise~Get the Glow! Learn more about the notable glow folks wear on their faces when eating more of a plant based diet and how easy it is to incorporate more RAW foods into your daily diet. Join Deb Klungle of Nourished Body |Satisfied Soul & sample some simple, delicious, nutritious raw foods. No registration necessary. Whole Foods Market, 2880 West Maple, TroY 248-649-9600. See ad page 54 54.

WeDNeSDAy, JANuAry 23 Fat Loss That Works - 7-8:30pm. Come and learn about one of the most easy and effective natural fat loss programs that work. Pick what works for you as far as length of program, amount of supplements and/or essential oils that promote natural fat loss. Also learn tips to accelerate fat loss as far as diet choices, meal replacements as well as supplements and essential oils. FREE. Rochester Holistic Arts, 118 Terry Ave, roCHeSTer. Kim Leshley 248895-5064. See ad page 16. The Amazing Thyroid! - 7-8:15pm. Learn how to support this incredible gland. Discover its link to heart health, digestive issues, weight gain and more. Dr. Richard Sowerby D.C., Clinical Nutritionist demonstrates how Nutrition Response

Testing addresses these issues. Vitamin Shoppe, Rochester Hills. FREE! Call 248-879-1900 to register.

Thursday, January 24 Raw Food Basics: Benefits/FAQs - 7pm-8pm. Join Deb Klungle of Nourished Body for this series for newbies. Learn why raw foods are so important in your diet, get recipes & taste samples. $10. Whole Foods Market, 2918 Walton Boulevard, Rochester Hills. Customer Service 248371-1400. See ad page 54.

Saturday, January 26 Manage Mood with Essential Oils - 2-3pm. Come learn how essential oils can help improve your MOOD, MIND & BODY!!! Break free from the winter blues NATURALLY! FREE. White Lotus Yoga, 67989 Van Dyke, Romeo. Hosted by: Shelley Dempsey, 586-557-2530. Sounds of the Cosmos - 7-9pm. Breath, Movement, Planetary Gongs, and Kundalini Yoga. With Valerie Weir and Dale Prentiss. $20. House Of Yoga, 2965 W. 12 Mile Rd, Berkley. Abby Bechek Hoot 248-556-0992. To pre-register online, see ad page 54.

Saturday February 2 Guacamole Madness for the BIG Game! - Save the date, stop in for FRESH guacamole made to orderYOU pick the ingredients we make it for you right in our produce department. Whole Foods Market, 2880 West Maple, Troy 248-649-9600.

Saturday, February 9 Awakening to Love - 6-8:30pm. Discover how your beliefs about love, intimacy and sexuality affect your relationships, sexual satisfaction, marriage, body image and ability to find love. In this workshop, you'll have the opportunity to connect with others through verbal sharing and exercises designed to open your heart. FREE. Freeland. Call 734523-8566 to RSVP.

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Empowered Childbirth - 7pm. Join HypnoBirthing parents Janice & Will Rex-Weaver of Peaceful Birthing, as they explore how visualization and relaxation will bring the birth you desire. Find out how fear affects labor and intensifies sensations. FREE. Whole Foods Market, Rochester Hills. 248-371-1400.

Monday, December 31 New Year's Eve Yoga Class - 5:30-6:45pm. A Jivamukti inspired asana class led by Abby with live music by Dave. Enter 2013 in a state of bliss. $20. House Of Yoga, 2965 W. 12 Mile Rd, Berkley. Abby Bechek Hoot 248-556-0992. To pre-register online, see ad page 54.

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Monday, January 28

ENERGIZE with Essential Oils - 6:30pm-7:30pm. Beginners & Experts will love this class as it teaches you how to ENERGIZE your life naturall y w/ essential oils for WEIGHT LOSS or NATURALLY HEALING FREE. Warren Community Center, 5460 Arden Ave, Warren. Dena Holmes 248-3033611. See ad page 47.

Awakening to Love - 5:30-8pm. See description for Feb 9th event listing. FREE. Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, 114 S. Main, Ann Arbor. Call 734523-8566 to RSVP.

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Science Olympiad: Dynamic Planet - Learn about the impact of glaciations on present-day Michigan with the help of Macomb Community College professor Joe Sarnecke and park interpreter Mark Szabo, followed by a short hike. $3 per student. Preregistration required. Stony Creek Metropark Nature Center near Rochester/ Washington Township, please call 586-7819113.

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Herbal Medicine - 7-9pm. I will discuss how these herbs detoxify the body and shrink fat cells. We will also be demonstrating the Zyto Compass Nutritional Assessment. $20. SCS Adult and Community Education, Masonic Ave, St Clair Shores. Alice Goodall 586-646-0066. See ad page 53.

Awakening to Love - 7-9:30pm. Discover how your beliefs about love, intimacy and sexuality affect your relationships, sexual satisfaction, marriage, body image and ability to find love. In this workshop, you'll have the opportunity to connect with others through verbal sharing and exercises designed to open your heart. FREE. Northwest Unitarian Universalist Church, Southfield. Call 734523-8566 to RSVP.

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ongoingevents NOTE: All calendar events must be received via our online submission form by the 12th of the month and adhere to our guidelines. No phone or fax submissions, please. Visit to submit online. ing Blocks and Patterns of Negative Behavior, Higher Self Communication. Free Consultation. WArreN. 586-751-7500. See ad page 16. Primordial Sound Meditation 9:30-10:15am. $3 donation. Inner Wisdom, 29231 Northwestern Hwy, SoUTHFieLd. 248-350-1500. See ad page 50.

Yin + restorative w/Shannon - 7:30-8:45 pm. A gentle class to balance and restore body and energy. All bodies welcome. $14 or pass. House Of Yoga, BerKLeY, 2965 W. 12 Mile Rd. Abby Bechek Hoot 248-556-0992. See ad page 54.

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 11.

Hypnotherapy with Cheryl Beshada, C.M.Ht. 9:30am-7pm by appt. Also Wed’s. Cheryl teaches and specializes in Personal Empowerment, Releas-

Namaste Yoga embraces everyone, regardless of age, flexibility or the size of your body. Our teachers come from a variety of traditions; our students hail from all walks of life.

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We offer a variety of Yoga classes. Whether a novice or seasoned practitioner, you’ll find a home at Namaste Yoga.

New Student Special!

One month of unlimited yoga for only $39.

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La Leche League of Lake orion - 10am. Daytime Series meeting: 3rd Monday. FREE. Christ the Redeemer Church, 2700 Waldon Rd, LAKe orioN. Tawnya 586-604-4074. Pilates - 10-11am. Creates a balance in the body, flexibility, muscle toning & stress release. $10. Fit Zone for Women, 5217 Highland Rd, WATerFord. Staff 248-674-9800. See ad page 2.

Breastfeeding info/Support: La Leche League of Warren - 10:15 am. 1st Mondays. FREE. St. JohnMac. 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. Chair + a Taste of Yin w/Abby - 11am-Noon. This class is for all ages, with limited mobility or range of motion. $14. or pass. House Of Yoga, 2965 W. 12 Mile Rd, BerKLeY. Abby Bechek Hoot 248556-0992. See ad page 54.

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.

Hypnotherapy with Frank Garfield, C.M.Ht. Also Thurs 9:30am-7pm by appt. Frank teaches and specializes in all aspects of hypnotherapy, Medical Hypnotherapy and hypnotherapy for Pregnancy and Childbirth. Free Consultation. WArreN. Call 586-751-7500. See ad page 16. Pilates/Yoga Fusion - 5:45-6:45pm. Experience a dynamic blend of Yoga with Pilates core work. $13. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, CHeSTerFieLd. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 54.

Monthly eFT Group - Second Tue 6-9pm. oAKLANd CoUNTY. Details: Annette: 248-334-9214. See ad page 50.

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 11.

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 47.

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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 51.

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.

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 11.

Pilates - 11:30am-12:30pm. Creates a balance in the body, flexibility, muscle toning & stress releases $10. Fit Zone for Women, 5217 Highland Rd, WATeFord. Staff 248-674-9800. See ad page 2. 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. 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.

Sun/Moon Hatha Yoga - 7:30-8:45pm. Yin and Yang combine in this popular yoga practice in a serene setting. $12. Strongheart Yoga, 8373 Old 13 Mile Rd, WArreN. Pattie McCann 248-563-8615. See ad page 54.

Basic Hatha Yoga Foundations - 7:30-8:45pm. Join Jeremy Wednesday nights for a foundation yoga class (asana + breath). $14. House Of Yoga, 2965 W. 12 Mile Rd, BerKLeY. Abby Bechek Hoot 248-556-0992. See ad page 54.

Young At Heart Active Adults Group - 11:30am1:30pm. Lunch at noon ($5/person). Activities such as guest speakers, musical performances, field trips, holiday parties, movies, bingo, games and more! $7 yearly membership. Non-members welcome. Ages 50+ or those with disabilities of any age. Info: Sarah at the Springfield Oaks Parks and Recreation, dAviSBUrG. 248-846-6558.

Yoga - 5:30 & 7pm. Truly accessible, heart opening and life enhancing yoga for all age groups, emphasizing restorative and therapeutic principles. $15 walk-in or packages. Wellness Training Institute, 39242 Dequindre Rd Ste 104, STerLiNG HTS. 586-795-3800. See ad page 11. Hot Yoga - 5:45-7:45pm. The room is heated to 95 degrees for this vigorous toxin releasing flow. $13. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, CHeS-

terfield. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 54.

YOGA for Men & Women - 6-7:30pm. Beginning & Intermediate. Discover how movement and breath help open tight spots in the body. Bring balance to the body. Available for all fitness levels. Bring your own mat or one provided. Taught by Chris Duncan, RYT 8 years Astanga Yoga. $12 drop in. KMAI, 935 Baldwin Rd, Lapeer. 810-667-2101.

Yoga Class, Intermediate/Advanced Level 3-6 - 7pm. 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 11. Pilates - 7-8pm. Creates a balance in the body, flexibility, muscle toning & stress relief $10. Fit Zone for Women, 5217 Highland Rd, Waterford. Staff 248-674-9800. See ad page 2.

Young Living Essential Oils - 7-8pm. 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 47.

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. Yin/Yang Yoga with Barbara - 7:30pm-8:45pm. This class balances masculine and feminine energies through Hatha + Yin. $14. House Of Yoga, 2965 W. 12 Mile Rd, Berkley. Abby Bechek Hoot 248556-0992. See ad page 54.

Yoga - 9:30am. Truly accessible, heart opening and life enhancing yoga for all age groups, emphasizing restorative and therapeutic principles. $15 walk-in or packages. Wellness Training Institute, 39242 Dequindre Rd Ste 104, Sterling Hts. 586795-3800. See ad page 11.

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. Pilates - 10-11am. Creates a balance in the body, flexibility, muscle toning & stress release. $10. Fit

Zone for Women, 16112 Middlebelt Rd, Livonia. Staff 734-525-4636. See ad page 2.

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. Yin Yoga - 5:45pm-7pm. Targets the connective tissues of the body, 1st & 3rd Fridays of the month. $13.00. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, Chesterfield. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 54.

Jen's Warm Slow Flow Yoga- 6-7pm. Connect with your breath and still your mind in this moving meditation. $12. Powerhouse Gym Yoga Studio, 400 East Brown Street, Birmingham. Jen Cooper 248-563-7300.

Energetic Flow Vinyasa Yoga - 6-7:15pm. Fun and challenging yoga in a warm room. Flex, strengthen and breathe easy. $12. Strongheart Yoga, 8373 Old 13 Mile Rd, Warren. Pattie McCann 248-5638615. See ad page 54.

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 16. 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.

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.

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.

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Hot Yoga - 7:30-8:30am. The room is heated to 95 degrees for this vigorous toxin releasing flow. $13. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, Chesterfield. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 54.

Vinyasa Yoga - 9-10am. Awareness of body through poses building strength and flexibility. Destress $10. Fit Zone for Women, 5217 Highland Rd, Waterford. Staff 248-674-9800. See ad page 2.

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,

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

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.

acuPuncture health alliance Susan Burke, OMD, L.Ac 1890 Southfield Rd., Birmingham 248-582-8888

Specializing in Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology Nutritional programs, QiGong and Physiognomy. See ad page 31.

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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 11.


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

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

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.

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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.

chiroPractic natural wellness & Pain relieF centers

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

Van Every Chiropractic Center

Dr. Anna Saylor, DICCP Dr. Lara McMahon, DC 4203 Rochester Rd., Royal Oak 248-616-0900 -

Life Coaching Melissa Gray Life Coaching by Melissa 248-320-2912

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 24.

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

Wide range in care choices, from low force adjusting techniques to traditional Chiropractic. Dr. Jason Wills specializes in Applied Kinesiology, a technique not widely found in North Oakland, that assesses the functionality of each individual. Visit their website at: See ad page 11.

We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone. ~ Ronald Reagan

coaching / Counseling Billie Tobin

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

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


Begin your journey to a better life today! Contact me to discover the benefits of working with a life coach. Your first session is free.

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 34.

Digestive health 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 back cover.


Three integrated diploma programs: Naturopathy (ND), Massage Therapy/ Energy Medicine, Master Herbalist. Continuing education, student clinics. Please SCHEDULE, TUITION, CURRICULUM ON WEBSITE.

OM Wellness Institute 115 S. Washington St. • Oxford 248-920-6595

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 •

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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.


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

The way you think, the way you behave, the way you eat, can influence your life by 30 to 50 years. ~ Deepak Chopra

Energy healing Emotional Freedom Techniques Services LLC

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

affordable fees.

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

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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.

Feng shui catherine hilker, owner

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Creating Sanctuary 248-547-4965

Life Coaching, Feng Shui and Space Purification services. Call today and make permanent positive changes in your home, business and life.

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The Healing Spot • 248-444-0842 Auburn Hills / Rochester Locations

Shamanic practitioner serving through bodywork, energy healing, creative dance movement, intuitive guidance work and compassionate presence. Offering in two locations- please visit website for information.

tong ren healing sYstem Linda Kent Auburn Hills • 248-373-9414

Tong Ren: recommended by the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA. Private sessions, weekly healing classes. For more information, visit:

essential oils oils For healthY living

Dena Holmes, doTerra Representative 248-303-3611 •

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 47.

Young living essential oils

Irene Marz Independent Distributor 810-691-1317 •

Curious why the Wise Men brought Frankincense and Myrrh to the baby Jesus? Why essential oils are mentioned 200 times in the Bible? Call for FREE "Missing Link" CD. (Income opportunities also available). See ad page 19.

health Foods/beverages inn season caFé

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 13.

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32418 Northwestern Hwy, Farmington Hills 888-234-2128

Michigan made. Supports healthy aging and longevity. Only 98 calories, 100% of daily Omega-3. Distribution, affiliate, fundraising and wholesale programs available. See website for details. See ad page 48.

luckY’s natural Foods, llc Since 1974, 248-693-1209 101 S. Broadway, Lake Orion Historic Business District

W h o l e F o o d Vi t a m i n s , Minerals, Herbs, Homeopathy. Supplement Savings Card, Organic Groceries, Wheat & Gluten-Free Products, Amish Poultry & Eggs, Fresh Amish Turkeys for the Holidays.Personalized service, knowledgable staff, special orders.

natures better waY Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties. ~ Helen Keller

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Coming in February

Vineyards Café

32418 Northwestern Hwy, Farmington Hills 248-855-9463

Introducing new vegan, gluten free entrees, soups and salads. Dine in or carry out. Receive FREE pound or entree with purchase of equal or lesser value. See ad page 48.

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

BODYWORK IS GOING MAINSTREAM Explore how hands-on therapies feel good and help us heal.

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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Counselor, MA, Certified Hypnotherapist 26711 Woodward, Huntington Woods 248-688-6469

Specializing in counseling with hypnotherapy for self esteem, anxiety,stress,selfhypnosis, pain control. See ad page 16.

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 19.

The Downing Clinic

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

Integrative Internal Medicine practice owned by Board-Certified Internal Medicine physician. Practice emphasizes natural treatments where possible and uses special testing to determine health and nutritional status. Support services onsite include:Acupuncture, Bowen Therapy, Rolfing® Structural Integration, Massage, Healing Touch, IV Therapy. Clinic specializes in primary care, natural treatments for menopause and andropause symptoms, Osteoporosis, cholesterol management, Candida, Fibromyalgia. 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. We l l n e s s ; H o r m o n e Replacement Therapy, IV Therapy: Vitamins, Chelation, Detox, Adrenal (Cortisol) support; HBOT - Hyperbaric O 2. See ad page 42.

There is only one success—to be able to spend your life in your own way. ~ Christopher Morley

integrative medicine ABC Wellness • Diane Culik, MD 37300 Dequindre Suite 102 Sterling Heights • 855-NOW-WELL (855-669-9355)

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Budaj Chiropractic and Nutrition

Oakland, Macomb, Livingston & St. Clair, MI

Board Certified Holistic Physician. Natural Treatment for Hormones, Thyroid, Adrena & Mood imbalance. ADD & Autism treatments. Gluten, Food Allergy & Yeast Specialist. Vi t a m i n , M i n e r a l , Digestion, & Heavy Metal Testing. Cancer screening blood test.

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 page 20.

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Mental Wellness A Perfect Balance

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

Certified in Massage, Reiki and Healing and T h e r a p e u t i c To u c h . Certified in Bowen T h e r a p y. P r o v i d e s combination of therapies as needed or requested by patients. See ad page 9.

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 32.

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.

The art of life is to know how to enjoy a little and to endure very much. ~ William Hazlitt

Natural/Holistic Health Foundation For Holistic Health 31224 Mulfordton #120 • Farmington Hills Dr. William N. Brown • 248-416-3313

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.

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 29.

goodall's herbs

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

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

Gretchen N. Fleischmann

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

Let our New Year’s resolution be this: We will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word. ~ Goran Persson

Board Certified Nurse Practitioner. Functional Medicine practice featuring: Bio-Identical Hormones, Cancer & Chelation Therapies, Digestive & Nutritional Health, Thyroid & Allergy Care, IV Nutritionals. See ad page 25.

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

25 years of extensive medical background. Advanced certified in Nutrition Response Testing. Nutritional teaching, testing, classes & supplements. Specializing in thyroid, body & hormonal imbalances, food sensitivities, metal/chemical detox and parasite cleansing to restore your body’s health and balance. Visit website for information, testimonies, prices and more.

The Wellness Counselors

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

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.

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 27.

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).

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

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

We believe in protecting and preserving your family and home environment with natural fertilizers that use the power of nature to beautify your property. See ad page 7.

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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raw food nourished body | satisfied soul Deb Klungle • 248-497-4189 Certified Raw Food Chef & Educator


Pets Reiki & Pet Communication

In-person (Flat Rock or Berkley) or distance Reiki and shamanic services for pets. Pet communication to resolve issues, at end of life, or just for fun.

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

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.


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What we see depends mainly on what we look for. ~ John Lubbock

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. HBOT (Hyperbaric O 2), We l l n e s s ; H o r m o n e Replacement Therapy, IV Therapy: Vitamins, Chelation, Detox, Adrenal (Cortisol) support. See ad page 42.


pharmacy Physicians Compounding Pharmacy

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.

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.

Santosha (Sanskrit): Contentment, peace, gratitude

Reiki I Workshop Saturday, January 26th

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 22.

Wellness training Institute

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 11.

Happiness is the feeling you’re feeling when you want to keep feeling it. ~ author unknown

yoga yoga 2965 W. 12 Mile Rd., Berkley 248-556-0992

Veterinary Woodside Animal Clinic

27452 Woodward Ave, Royal Oak 248-545-6630

48774 Gratiot Ave. Chesterfield MI 48051 (just south of 22 Mile Road) 54

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

House Of Yoga

Call us or visit our website for details. See the calendar in this magazine for more classes.


wellness champions

Oakland, Macomb, Livingston & St. Clair, MI

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.

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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Dr. Christine's 14-Point Discovery System • Fat Digestion Score • Carbohydrate Digestion Score • Protein Digestion Score • Bowel Toxicity Measurement • Thyroid and Pancreas Stress • Spleen and Liver Stress • Kidney and Adrenal Stress

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