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

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y the time you receive this issue of Natural Awakenings, there may still be snow on the ground. We produce the magazine a few weeks before it actually comes out, and it's tough to predict what the weather is going to be like when Natural Awakenings is distributed each month. One thing we know for sure, however, is that the first day of Spring occurs in March. We're pretty sure all Michiganders look forward to that day each year. Because of that, March is the month we devote to healthy foods and gardening. It's not too early to start planning your gardening and healthy foods is a topic that fits in every month. In our feature article this month, "Urban Gardening Takes Root," the writer points out that you don't have to live in the country to grow your own food. Interestingly enough, by the end of World War II nearly 40 percent of all fruits and vegetables supplying Americans were grown in "victory gardens," in the communities in which they were consumed. And today, one study showed that 31 percent of all households grew food for their families and 70 percent of that was in urban or suburban areas. And the trend is on the rise. Check out this article for details and more information. We believe that local urban gardening is part of the solution to maintaining a healthy, organic supply of food for our families. We also have a couple of articles that talk about foods to keep us healthy. In one, the writer describes how, while 5.4 million Americans are suffering from Alzheimer's and one in five is suffering from Mild Cognitive Impairment, many brain experts are looking to food as one line of defense against dementia. In another, we talk about "Six Powerhouse Foods for Kids" that they will not only like, but will help in the battle against the "western diet" that is high in processed sugars, fats, starches, meats and salt. According to the American Heart Association, one in three kids is overweight or obese. Hopefully, if you have kids at home, this article will give you some ideas to help feed them foods that they love and that are good for them. And there's lots more, including our NewsBriefs, HealthBriefs and other articles. We hope you enjoy it all. Finally, there are several major events taking place in East Michigan this Spring. You can find information on them in this month's issue. We look forward to seeing you there. So until next month, stay happy and healthy...naturally!

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ecky Stevens Holistic Alternatives is pleased to offer children's grants on a limited basis for those that may not have the means to afford alternative treatment. These scholarships are based not only on family income but also the entire situation. Contact the office for more information at 586.294.6540. "I offer safe and effective options for healing and wellness through the spiritual gift of healing along with medical intuition," explains Becky Stevens. "Medical intuition is the ability to ascertain and assess areas and levels of dysfunction in the body. This allows me to treat the root causes of health challenges by suggesting herbal, homeopathic, vibropathic remedies or JMT that will be Becky Stevens of the most benefit." “Assisting people on their path to health is not just my job, it is my passion,” she says. Becky Stevens Holistic Alternatives, LLC is located in the Elmira Office Plaza at 33576 Harper Ave., Clinton Twp. For more information, call 586-294-6540 or visit See ad page 33.

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n opportunity to learn traditional Ashtanga yoga is coming to Santosha Yoga on March 24 from 2 pm to 4pm. Matthew Darling, student of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, the master of this ancient system of yoga, is the only certified level II Ashtanga Yoga instructor in Michigan with direct training from the master. Matthew Darling is the director and instructor of Ashtanga Michigan in Royal Oak. He has been a devoted student of his teacher, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and the Ashtanga method since 1995. In 2002, Pattabhi Jois authorized Matthew to teach the method of Ashtanga Yoga. In 2009, Matthew earned his level II authorization. Matthew seeks to preserve the traditional Ashtanga method by maintaining a daily practice and teaching his students with the same integrity and patience that Matthew Darling was taught to him by his teacher. Matthew is also an ERYT-500 with the Yoga Alliance. His teaching is supporting the joy of understanding how yoga meets and serves individuals’ needs, purpose, and passions. The workshop will be held at Santosha Yoga, located at 48774 Gratiot Ave in Chesterfield. All levels are welcome. Cost of the workshop is $30. For more information, please visit or call 586-949-5515. See ad page 54. 6

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eb Klungle, certified vegan and raw food chef, nutritionist, educator and owner of Nourished Body, is offering a new class series in Troy. Raw Foods for Healing is designed specifically for anyone with diabetes or cancer, including those who had cancer but are now cancerfree. These one-hour classes focus on simple, nutritious, delicious recipes that even people with no cooking experience can make; the cost is $10. “Most people need to incorporate more whole plant foods into their daily diet,” says Deb. “My goal is to give them the practical tools they need to do that. I share lots of useful tips they can apply at home.” This spring, Deb is also offering her 28-day Total Body Cleansing Program again. “The foundation of the diet plan is plenty of leafy greens and low-glycemic foods, but the comprehensive detox program addresses other ways to support the body’s natural process for eliminating toxins as well,” Deb explains. “I want people to have an excellent experience, achieve results, and walk away from my program with some new healthy habits.” Classes will be held at Wheatgrass & Sprouts located at 1925 West Maple Rd in Troy. For more information, visit or call 268-497-4189. See ad page 7.

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wami Paramahansa Atmanandaji, one of the masters and authority on Kriya Yog and practical spirituality, will be visiting metro Detroit and leading a variety of public programs. Free discourses include: March 2, 11am12pm, at Renaissance Unity, 11200 E. 11 Mile Rd., Warren; March 17, 7-8pm, at Parashakthi Temple, 551 W. Kennett Rd., Pontiac; and March 24, 1:30-2:30pm, at Farmington Community Library, 32737 W. 12 Mile Rd., Farmington Hills. A Pre-Kriya Workshop will take place on March 30, 10am-1pm in Farmington Hills. Preregistration required. A Kriya Yog Retreat will be held April 5-7 in Swami Paramahansa Farmington Hills, for those who have learned the Atmanandaji techniques from Swamiji, or would like to learn them at the Retreat. Pre-registration required. Swami Atmanandaji has been coming to metro Detroit for over twelve years. Kriya Yog is a scientific and ageless practice that brings peace to everyday life. “Listen, practice, prepare and be ready to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world,” says Guruji. ''Life is to be lived positively, happily, healthily, harmoniously and lovingly." To register and for information call Ray by phone at 772-40-KRIYA, by email: or visit See ad page 36.

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This year’s conference will address current environmental issues that are relevant to everyone. The conference will explore ways that individuals, organizations, and communities are working to build a more sustainable future. It will also help participants be better prepared to face ecological challenges while still identifying opportunities to become a proactive force for positive global change. Breakout sessions fit into three broad categories; sustainability in communities and organizations, energy, and personal action. Individual sessions will cover backyard wildlife habitat, fracking, renewable energy, and sustainability on campus, among others. Keynote speakers include: Peter Sinclair and Robin Mather. Cost is $40 for Members, $50 for Non-Members and $20 for Students. To register for the conference, please visit or call 269721-4190.

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The main speakers this year include Carol Leifer, a trailblazing female in the world of stand-up comedy; NBA champ John Salley; author and founder of Physicians’ Committee for Responsible Medicine Dr. Neal Barnard, M.D.; worldrenowned ultramarathon champion and former 24-hour American record holder Scott Jurek; and author, artist and activist Ruby Roth. VegFest will be held at the Suburban Collection Showplace Novi located at 46100 Grand River Ave in Novi on April 21 from 11 am to 5 pm. Tickets are $10; children 6 and under free. VegMichigan is a nonprofit organization promoting awareness of the health, environmental, and ethical benefits of a plant-based diet. For more information, visit their website: See ad page 35

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ichigan-based TV network eScapes is offering a Private Television Network (PTN) to businesses to help foster a relaxing atmosphere. eScapes Network is a TV network that specializes in relaxation television, pairing beautiful scenery from around the world with beautiful music. This programming now forms the basis of a Private Television Network that is available to businesses.

PTNs are best suited for businesses with waiting areas. Market research has shown that the programming actually helps to reduce the perceived wait time of clients. In addition to this benefit, PTNs bring a relaxing atmosphere to the waiting area, reinforce the business through tasteful branding, and offer programming free of competitors’ messages. “Private Television Networks are a unique offering for businesses that provide a solution to problems found in the waiting area,” says Robert Oklejas, President and founder of eScapes Network. “PTNs are particularly well-suited for doctors’ offices, spas, auto service centers, and restaurants, just to name a few. If used to full capacity, they even have the ability to impact the bottom line by increasing revenue and reducing expenses.” For more information or to learn how to get a PTN for your business, visit See ad page 43.

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r. Hilda Lauderman, D.H.M., Ph.D, N.M.D., R.N., is helping people throughout East Michigan using natural approaches for nutrition, thyroid function, chelation therapy and many other issues. "Biblical Health is a clinic where people come with unresolved medical issues," explains Dr. Hilda. "Fibromyalgia , chronic fatigue, high blood pressure, low blood pressure, kidney problems, thyroid problems, bowel problems and almost all health problems can be dealt with using natural substances. Many times, when patients are told you are going to Dr. Hilda, with husband Carl have to live with _______, or, you are getting older, there are other issues involved that can be addressed." "For example," she says, "our Adrenal Stress Test that measures the cortisol or energy level at four different times of the day. With fatigue, low energy, or joint problems the energy in the body is usually low. If sleep is an issue or one is unable to go to sleep until 1:00 a.m. or so, the energy is too high at 10:00 p.m. These problems are dealt with first. Many times people will think their energy is good however, saliva testing may show different results." "Toxins are at the root of almost every medical problem," says Dr. Hilda. "The energy must be good for the body to detox or get rid of toxins. The bowel, liver and kidneys are the main organs for detoxification. These are addressed using herbals, amino acids and other natural substances. The body must be well nourished and hydrated for detoxification to take place. The liver is the organ that must process all toxins, a great deal of attention is given to the liver. A liver cleanse to expel stones is done. Gall stones are made in the liver and stored in the gall bladder. Our creator did not give us any extra parts. If allergies are a problem thousands of gall stones must be expelled. Various homeopathic remedies and natural substances are used to help the body detox and oral chelation is used to clean blood vessels and give cells new life and energy." Dr. Hilda also offers an infrared sauna, available to help the body expel toxins; and low-level laser, used to decrease inflammation and stimulate organs. "The bottom line is that you do not have to live with aches, pains and low energy," she says. "Your health is your responsibility! You can feel like you did when you were thirty. Dr. Hilda can help you!" Dr. Hilda Lauderman, of Biblical Health, serves the entire East Michigan area. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 810-503-4056. See ad page 26.

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e have all heard that by simply eating an apple a day will our immune system can be improved. Are there other natural ways in which we can stay healthy? "The simple answer is yes," explains Laura Russell, of the Wellness Counselors. "Did you know that 15 minutes of deep breathing laughter a day can increase your auto-immune system? It can also help to put our mind in a more positive emotional state, which by the way can last up to 8-10 hours. Laughter can help to decrease your cortisol stress levels and it helps to stimulate all of the areas of the brain at the same time. When we laugh, whether we are faking it or actually laughing, our body and brain respond in the same fashion. The brain and the body cannot tell the difference between real laughter and fake laughter. The brain is stimulated and the body starts to relax." "When was the last time you came up with a really good idea?" she asks. "Was it when you were stressed out? Or perhaps it came to you when you were on vacation? How much of a value would you place on that idea? Great ideas generally come when we are relaxed and not in a state of stress. Laughter exercises can help you to start generating the creative juices once again." The Wellness Counselors offer laughter workshops in Troy and Macomb throughout the week. For more information, call Laura Russell at 248-812-9048. Reservations required. See ad page 11.

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ew research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, has found that consumption of “bad” saturated fats may be associated with a decline in cognitive function and memory in older women. The research team analyzed the BWH Women’s Health Study, focusing on four years of data from a subset of 6,000 women older than 65. Those that consumed the highest amounts of saturated fat, like that found in red meat and butter, exhibited worse overall cognition and memory than peers that ate the lowest amounts. Women that consumed mainly monounsaturated fats, such as olive oil, demonstrated better patterns of cognitive scores over time.

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esearchers at the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, a leading global authority on the role of vitamin C in optimum health, forward compelling evidence that the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of vitamin C should be raised to 200 milligrams per day for U.S. adults, up from its current levels of 75 mg for women and 90 mg for men. The RDA of vitamin C is less than half of what it should be, scientists argue, because medical experts insist on evaluating this natural, but critical, nutrient in the same way they do for pharmaceutical drugs, and consequently reach faulty conclusions. The researchers base their recommendations on studies showing that higher levels of vitamin C could help reduce chronic health problems including heart disease, stroke and cancer, as well as underlying causal issues such as high blood pressure, chronic inflammation, poor immune response and atherosclerosis. Even at the current low RDA, U.S. and Canadian studies have found that a quarter to a third of the total population is marginally deficient in vitamin C and up to a fifth of those in such groups as students, smokers and older adults are severely deficient in it.

ecently, a woman came to my practice for her 6 month dental hygiene visit. She comes in like clockwork every 6 months to make sure her oral health is in tip top shape. As I performed her dental exam and oral cancer screening, we discussed the fact that she had not needed any dental work in quite a long time and that she was in great oral health. She was beaming with pride because this was not always the case for her. When she first came to our practice as a new patient 2 years ago, it was the first time she had visited a dentist in 20 years! Not surprisingly, she needed some work to get her oral health in shape. I have many stories just like this one and it always gets me thinking about why don’t people go to the dentist regularly or at all? Various surveys estimate that 30-50% of Americans do not regularly go to the dentist. While many of them cite cost as the reason, one-third of Americans who have dental insurance still don't go -- sometimes for years. The sad fact is that, in the vast majority of dental emergency cases, they could have been prevented if the patient had kept up with regular 6 month visits. If you only go in the case of an emergency, there is already something very wrong with your teeth. Addressing that advanced problem is often painful and usually significantly more expensive than keeping up with regular hygiene visits which allow problems to be diagnosed and addressed early. Keep in mind, the money you invest in regular hygiene visits and a filling could save you thousands of dollars in the future by preventing a root canal and crown. Other common reasons patients have shared with us for not going are fear or embarrassment. There are many people who are simply scared to go to the dentist. Some are afraid that it will be painful or uncomfortable, while others are afraid the dentist will have bad news for them regarding the

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Famed as the happiest country on Earth, the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan is now aiming to become 100 percent organic, phasing out artificial chemicals in farming in the next 10 years. Agence France-Presse reports that Bhutan currently sends rare mushrooms to Japan, vegetables to up-market hotels in Thailand, its highly prized apples to India and red rice to the United States. Jurmi Dorji, of southern Bhutan’s 103-member Daga Shingdrey Pshogpa farmers’ association, says their members are in favor of the policy. “More than a decade ago, people realized that the chemicals were not good for farming,” he says. “I cannot say everyone has stopped using chemicals, but almost 90 percent have.” An international metastudy published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science that analyzed 74 studies on soils in fields under organic or conventional farming practices has found that over time, the carbon content in the organic fields significantly increased. For farmers everywhere, that means organic agriculture results in a richer, more productive soil, with plenty of humus, which is conducive to higher yields. Peter Melchett, policy director at Britain’s Organic Soil Association, says a primary benefit of a country becoming 100 percent organic is an assurance of quality to consumers that creates both an international reputation and associated market advantage.



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or many adults, an annual physical involves routine blood tests, followed by a discussion of cholesterol and blood pressure numbers, along with prescribed treatment ranging from improved nutrition and exercise to drugs. Triglycerides tend to be relegated to a minor mention—if they are discussed at all—yet regulating triglyceride levels can improve health.

Why Triglycerides Count

“High triglyceride levels usually accompany low HDL (good) cholesterol levels and often accompany tendencies toward high blood pressure and central (abdominal) obesity. These are the markers of metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance, very common disorders underlying obesity and increased risks of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes,” explains Dr. Andrew Weil on his website, While high triglyceride levels are not conclusively linked to the development of any specific disease, they are associated with the narrowing of arteries and impaired blood flow associated with cardiovascular disease. (Impaired blood

flow also effects male erectile function.) Several recent studies, including one in the Annals of Internal Medicine, also suggest these could instigate the metabolic syndrome associated with the onset of diabetes and atherosclerosis, which can lead to stroke and cardiovascular disease.

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Triglycerides, a normal component of blood, are introduced into the body by the fat in foods. Some are produced in the liver as the body’s response to a diet high in simple sugars or carbohydrates—especially hydrogenated oils and trans-fats. Evidence reported by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute suggests that very high intakes of carbohydrates are accompanied by a rise in triglycerides, noting that, “Carbohydrate intakes should be limited to 60 percent of total calories.” Many research scientists agree that the main cause for high triglyceride levels is the Standard American Diet, notoriously high in sugars and simple carbohydrates, trans-fats and saturated animal fats, and far too low in complex

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Part of today’s medical paradigm focuses on lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol. As a result, many patients and doctors worry about cholesterol levels, but ignore triglycerides. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends a triglyceride level of 100 milligrams per deciliter or less; about onethird of the population currently exceeds this. While drugs can help, the AHA does not recommend drug therapy except for people that have severe levels (more than 500mg/dL),

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Myth 4: Too Late to Start Many people feel they are too old or out-of-shape to even begin to exercise, or are intimidated by the idea of stepping into a yoga studio or gym. “Stop wasting time reading diet books and use that time to go for a walk,” advises Exercise Physiologist Jason Karp, Ph.D., author of Running for Women and Running a Marathon for Dummies. “In other words, get moving any way you can.”




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Myth 1: Lack of Opportunity Even the busiest person can fit in some exercise by making simple changes in their daily routine. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, do squats while watching television, deliver a message in person instead of via email, take a desk break to stretch or stand while talking on the phone. Even fidgeting is beneficial. The point is to be as active as possible during otherwise sedentary hours.

Myth 2: No Time The CDC recommends that each week, adults should exercise 150 minutes—the average duration of a movie—but not all at once. To make it easy, break it up into various exercise activities in daily, vigorous, 10-minute chunks.

Myth 3: Unaffordable Activities like walking, bicycling and even jumping rope can be done virtually anywhere, anytime. Individuals can create a basic home fitness center with a jump rope, set of dumbbells and not much more. Borrow an exercise video or DVD from the library or follow one of the many television fitness 24 Oakland, Macomb, Livingston & St. Clair, MI

Myth 5: No Pain, No Gain Suffering isn’t required. In fact, feeling pain can indicate possible injury or burnout. Still, consult a doctor before beginning any exercise program. “Do not hurt yourself,” says Charla McMillian, a certified strength and conditioning specialist, attorney and president of FitBoot – Basic Training for Professionals, in San Francisco. “Rather, aim for a point of gentle discomfort,” she advises.

Myth 6: Must Break a Sweat Perspiring is related to the duration and intensity of the exercise, but some people just sweat more than others. “How much (or little) you sweat does not correlate with how many calories you are expending,” assures Jessica Matthews, an experienced registered yoga teacher and an exercise physiologist with the American Council on Exercise.

Myth 7: Dieting is Enough Women especially fall prey to the myth that they don’t need to exercise if they are a certain dress size. Even those at a healthy weight can be in greater danger of contracting disease and shortened lifespan than obese individuals that regularly participate in physical activity, according to a recent study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, in Bethesda, Maryland. Health experts recommend combining regular activity with consuming lean proteins, healthy fats, limited starches and no added sugars.

Myth 8: Stretch Before Exercising New research from the American Council on Exercise recommends stretching at the end of a workout. “It is safer and more effective to stretch muscles that are properly warmed and more pliable,” says Matthews, who also recommends beginning a workout with

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Myth 10: Women Using Weights Get Bulky The truth is that most weightlifting women won’t end up with a big, bulky physique because they have less testosterone, are smaller in size and have less muscle tissue than men, advises Matthews. “Any kind of strength training will help improve bone density, increase muscle mass and decrease body fat in both men and women.”

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Myth 11: Exercise is Hard Physical activity should be fun. It’s best to start simply, add a variety of physical activities and challenges and keep at it. Schedule time for exercise and treat it like any other daily appointment; don’t cancel it. Alexander Cortes, a nationally certified strength and conditioning coach with Ultimate Fighting Championship Gym, in Corona, California, concludes, “When health is a priority, exercise is the most important appointment you can keep.” Lynda Bassett is a freelance writer near Boston, MA. Connect at LyndaBassett. com.


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vessel damage and hastened aging. A high-carb diet has also been linked to increased levels of beta-amyloid, a fibrous plaque that harms brain cells. A 2012 Mayo Clinic study of 1,230 people ages 70 to 89 found that those that ate the most carbs had four times the risk of developing MCI than those that ate the least. Inversely, a small study by University of Cincinnati researchers found that when adults with MCI were placed on a low-carb diet for six weeks, their memory improved. Isaacson recommends switching to slow-burning, low-glycemic index carbohydrates, which keep blood sugars at bay. Substitute whole grains and vegetables for white rice, pastas and sugary fruits. Water down juices or forego them altogether.

The Better Brain Diet Eat Right To Stay Sharp by Lisa Marshall


ith 5.4 million Americans already living with Alzheimer’s disease, one in five suffering from mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and the 2012 failure of several targeted pharmaceutical drug trials, many brain health experts are now focusing on food as a critical defense against dementia. “Over the past several years, there have been many well-designed scientific studies that show you are what you eat when it comes to preserving and improving memory,” says Dr. Richard Isaacson, associate professor of neurology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and author of The Alzheimer’s Diet. In recent years, studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and Archives of Neurology

have shown that people on a Mediterranean-type diet—high in antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, whole grains and fatty fish and low in refined carbohydrates and saturated fats—tend to fend off cognitive decline longer and be less prone to developing full-blown Alzheimer’s. Several small, but promising clinical trials further suggest that even people that have already begun to suffer memory loss may be able to slow or mildly reverse it via nutritional changes. Here’s how. Switch to slow-burning carbs: Mounting evidence indicates that the constant insulin spikes from eating refined carbohydrates like white bread or sugarsweetened sodas can eventually impair the metabolization of sugar (similar to Type 2 diabetes), effecting blood

Choose fats wisely: Arizona neurologist Dr. Marwan Sabbagh, co-author of The Alzheimer’s Prevention Cookbook, points to numerous studies suggesting a link between saturated fat in butter, cooking oil, cheese and processed meats and increased risk of Alzheimer’s. “In animals, it seems to promote amyloid production in the brain,” he says. In contrast, those that eat more fatty fish such as herring, halibut and wild-caught salmon that are rich in the anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acid DHA, are at lower risk. Sabbagh notes that DHA, when it’s a steady part of the diet, plays a critical role in forming the protective “skin of the brain” known as the bilipid membrane, and may possibly offset production of plaque in the brain, thus slowing its progression during the earliest stages of dementia. Aim for three weekly servings of fatty fish. Vegetarians can

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alternatively consider supplementing meals with 1,000 to 1,500 milligrams daily of DHA, says Isaacson. Eat more berries and kale: In general, antioxidant-rich fruits (especially berries) and vegetables are major preventers of oxidative stress—the cell-damaging process that occurs naturally in the brain as we age. One recent study published in the Annals of Neurology found that women eating high amounts of blueberries and strawberries were able to stave off cognitive decline 2.5 years longer than those that did not. Rich in antioxidant flavonoids, blueberries may even have what Sabbagh terms, “specific antiAlzheimer’s and cell-saving properties.” Isaacson highlights the helpfulness of kale and green leafy vegetables, which are loaded with antioxidants and brain-boosting B vitamins. One recent University of Oxford study in the UK of 266 elderly people with mild cognitive impairment found that those taking a blend of vitamins B12, B6 and folate daily showed significantly less brain shrinkage over a two-year period than those that did not. Spice up: Sabbagh notes that India has some of the lowest worldwide rates of Alzheimer’s. One possible reason is the population’s love of curry. Curcumin, a compound found in the curry-flavoring spice turmeric, is another potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. He recommends sprinkling one teaspoon of curcumin on our food every day and cooking with antioxidantrich cloves, oregano, thyme, rosemary and cinnamon. A 2011 Israeli study at Tel Aviv University found that plaque deposits dissolved and memory and learning behaviors improved in animals given a potent cinnamon extract. Begin a brain-healthy diet as early as possible. “Brain changes can start 25 years before the onset of dementia symptoms,” says Sabbagh. “It’s the end result of a long process, so don’t wait. Start your prevention plan today.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer outside of Boulder, CO. Connect at

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Requirements for Rapid Brain Response by Dr. Mark Morningstar


he brain and nervous system need three basic things to function normally: 1) nutrients, 2) oxygen, 3) activation. A lack of any one of these results in a brain that is foggy, tired, and unfocused. In today’s fast-paced world, people want solutions that provide quick results. Here are some suggestions that you can put into everyday practice to jumpstart your memory, reaction time, and concentration:


Vitamin B12 – It is important to differentiate between the various supplement forms of B12. The active form of B12 is methylcobalamin, the form readily absorbed and utilized by the brain and nervous system for normal function. • Typical dose should be 2500-5000 mcg per day as a sublingual tablet. Phosphatidylserine – This amino acid is found in soy lecithin predominantly. It can also be found in physician-grade nutritional supplements. Phosphatidylserine is one of the few nutrients that can legally claim to help brain function under FDA regulations. This nutrient has shown to increase short term memory and improve focus. • Intake levels of 100-150mg per day may provide these benefits in short order. Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) - MCTs are commonly found in healthy fats, such as those found in coconuts. MCT intake may help symptoms of Alzheimer’s and senile dementia, as well as improving short term memory. • 1 cup of dried coconut or 5000-6000 mg per day of MCT oil recommended.


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Motion and activity allow the brain to think, much the same way a windmill produces electricity by spinning. Without body movement, the electrical impulses generated by our brains to communicate with the rest of the body are not sufficient. Therefore, activity is vital to normal brain function. For example, many people feel more energized and alert after going for a short walk. However, if you’re at work or somewhere where you can’t perform physical exercise-type activities, consider these alternatives. Try reading a book from right to left, or upside down. Try writing with your opposite hand. For the tech savvy, download one of the many “brain” apps onto your iPhone or iPad. Your brain is no different than muscle in that it has a certain “use it or lose it” quality.

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Feeding Ourselves Well

Urban Gardening Takes Root

ticipate in growing mainstay foods. According to a 2009 study by the National Gardening Association, 31 percent of all U.S. households grew food for their families in 2008, and more have since the economic downturn. Bruce Butterfield, the association’s research director, estimates that nearly 70 percent of these gardens are in urban or suburban areas. “We’re seeing a new crop of farmers that defy stereotypes,” observes David Tracey, owner of EcoUrbanist environmental design in Vancouver, Canada, and author of Urban Agriculture. “Some are office workers leaving unsatisfying jobs, techie types learning the trade in universities and back-to-theland folks that happen to live in cities. Others are activists taking on the industrial farm system, folks adopting trends or entrepreneurs that see opportunities in the rising prices of quality food and the proximity of millions of customers.”

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n just one-twelfth of an acre, including lots of paths and a compost heap, our family grows the vast majority of the fresh vegetables we need, plus a decent chunk of our fruits and berries,” says Erica Strauss. “It’s not a huge garden, but we still feel nearly overwhelmed with the harvest in late August.” Her family of four tends a diversity of edibles on their urban lot in a suburb of Seattle, Washington. Word has spread because Strauss writes about her experiences via Northwest Edible Life, a blog about food growing, cooking and urban homesteading. “Every kid on the block has picked an Asian pear off my espalier and munched on raw green beans,” she notes. “Even picky eaters seem pretty interested when they can pick tasty treats right from the tree or vine.” We don’t need to live in a rural area or on a farm to grow our own food. By the close of World War II, nearly 40 percent of all fruits and vegetables supplying Americans stateside were grown in victory gardens in the communities in which they were consumed.


Today, these small plots are often termed kitchen gardens, comprising parts of household lawns, schoolyards, balconies, patios and rooftops. Fresh taste and the security of local food supplies in case of manmade or natural upheavals are drawing more people to gardening.

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“Urbanization, a major demographic trend, has implications for how we grow and consume food,” observes Roger Doiron, founder of Kitchen Gardeners International. “If we agree that feeding more people fresh, local foods is a priority, we’re going to need to landscape and, in many cases, retrofit urban and suburban areas for increased food production.” Millions of Americans now par-

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Urban gardening has unexpected advantages in its use of organic waste like coffee grounds from a local coffee house and rainwater from area rooftops. Converting lawns at schools, churches and empty city lots into community gardens fosters community connections, improves access to affordable nutritious foods and creates employment opportunities. A widespread challenge to the trend is dealing with the quality of urban soil and testing for possible toxins. Often, urban soil must be improved using compost and other nutrients before plants can prosper. A nearby irrigation source is also required. “One potential problem for urban gardeners may be the community reaction to an edible landscape,” admits Strauss. “In some cities, edible gardens in the front yard or even the common parking strip are celebrated and even officially encouraged. But in communities where lawn is still king and city codes

regarding vegetation are vague and open to interpretation, one complaint from an anonymous neighbor can become an exhausting political and legal fight.”

Feeding Community

Community gardens often transform vacant lots and other marginal land into green growing places. In Chicago, The Peterson Garden Project, an awardwinning nonprofit program, has been turning unsightly empty lots into raisedbeds in which residents learn to grow their own food since 2010. “Nationally, it’s been found that having a community garden on unused land increases property values, decreases crime and promotes a sense of unity with neighbors and others,” explains LaManda Joy, president and founder of the project. “We work with property owners on the short-term use of their land to enhance the community in which they eventually plan to develop.” “Participating in a community garden serves up a lot of individual victories,” says Joy. “Improved health and nutrition, learning a new skill, teaching kids where food comes from, productive exercise, mental well-being, connecting with others and saving money—community gardens help make all of this possible.”

Being Prepared

“How many recalls have we seen because some food item has been contaminated and people have suffered or died as a result? I am concerned about the safety and security of our food supply,” says Wendy Brown, whose family tends a quarter-acre garden with raised and landscaped beds and containers wrapped around their home plus an onsite greenhouse in a beach resort suburb of Portland, Maine. “As a mother, it concerns me that I might feed my children something that will hurt them. High-fructose corn syrup, genetically engineered crops and BPA-lined cans are all making headlines. It just seems smarter to grow it myself; that way, we have more control over what our family is eating.” Brown is one of more than 3 million Americans that are following FEMA recommendations in preparing for any event that might disrupt food supplies. Her

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book, Surviving the Apocalypse in the Suburbs, shares everything her family has done to safeguard themselves, including growing produce, caring for animals and canning, freezing, drying, cold storage or fermenting foods for later use. “For me, it’s more about being prepared for the everyday things that are happening, like increases in food and fuel prices or a loss of family income,” Brown says. “If we’re growing at least some of our own food, I have a lot less to worry about when such things happen.” The family also keeps rabbits and ducks, plus egg-laying and meat-providing chickens that can total 40 animals in the summer at their “nanofarm”. These also supply natural fertilizer for the crops. Nearby beehives provide 20 pounds of honey each year. Because the foods they produce are solely for their personal use, the Browns are exempt from regulatory restrictions. “Our neighbors love what we’re doing,” says Brown, whose house is close enough they can chat across their front porches. “One says our initiative reminds him of growing up in Maine

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pretty much self-sufficient. The other tells friends and coworkers they aren’t worried if things really go bad because they have us as neighbors.”

Growing Green Thumbs

“With some effort, urban gardeners can grow great vegetables anyplace that affords enough light and warmth,” advises Strauss, who gardens primarily in raised beds in her front and back yards. “I garden on the scale I do because I love it. It’s both relaxing and challenging, and we eat well.” Urban gardening methods are as diverse as the growing conditions, space limitations and financial resources of the gardener. “Lasagna” gardening—layering newspaper or cardboard and other organic materials on top—can be effective in urban areas because it involves no digging or tilling. Just as with making compost, alternate between brown and green layers. Once the materials break down, add plants to the newly created growing bed. Urban dwellers with limited space may employ square-foot gardening, intensively growing plants in raised beds using a growing medium of vermiculite, peat moss and compost. This method can yield fewer weeds and is easier on the back. “It’s an easy concept to grasp for new gardeners,” remarks Joy. “We use it to both maximize output in a small area and ensure healthy, organic, contaminant-free soil.” Rooftop gardens are becoming more common as larger agricultural operations use them to grow income crops. The U.S. Department of Agriculture considers anyone that sells more than $1,000 of produce to neighbors or area restaurants a farmer, rather than a gardener, so regulations may apply. For renters, just a few tomato plants in a well-maintained container on a patio or deck can yield as much

as 50 pounds of tomatoes by taking advantage of its microclimate, influenced by wind blocks, heated surfaces and reflected light from windows. Urban gardening is also thriving indoors in terrariums, window boxes and small greenhouses. Even partially lit rooms can support certain vegetables or herbs with grow lights. Aquaponic gardening, a closed-loop system that involves both fish and vegetables, expands the self-sufficient possibilities of a hydroponic system of growing plants fed by liquid nutrients.

Feeding Ourselves

With more than 80 percent of Americans currently living in urban and suburban areas, the questionable nutrition of many mass-produced foods, increasing pesticide and herbicide use by nonorganic farmers, greenhouse gas emissions from food transport and weather patterns altered by climate change, it’s past time to take back some control. Operating our own gardens and preparing our own meals turns us back into producers, not merely consumers. “For the most part, we’re just average suburbanites,” concludes Brown. “We just choose to have less lawn and more garden. A huge benefit is that we need less income because we’re buying less at the grocery store. Our goal is to semi-retire in our mid-50s—not because we’ve made a bunch of money, but because we’ve needed less money to live along the way.” John Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist, co-authors of Farmstead Chef (, ECOpreneuring and Rural Renaissance, operate the award-winning Inn Serendipity Bed & Breakfast, in Browntown, WI. They grow 70 percent of their organic food; the cost savings helped them become mortgage-free in their mid-40s.

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s parents, feeding children nourishing foods is one of our most important jobs. Although most new moms and dads start with impeccable intentions (homemade baby food, anyone?), maintaining high family standards can be a challenge when many easygoing babies become toddlers and school-age kids are picky about what’s on their plate. It’s unfortunate, because the stakes are high. According to the American Heart Association, about one in three American kids and teens today is overweight or obese, and thus at greater risk for Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. A recent Australian study by the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, in Perth, also has linked the “Western diet”—high in processed sugars, fats and starches, meats and salt, and low in fresh fruits and vegetables—to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adolescents. uor Full Line of Liq at our now available ship Clinton Town Location!

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blend avocado’s goodness with cocoa powder, agave nectar, vanilla and water for an irresistible dip for fruit. Berries: Antioxidants in blueberries, raspberries and blackberries are well-known aids in helping to prevent illness and improve brain function, says Sears. Choose organically grown berries to avoid pesticide residues. Nutritionally, frozen berries are just as good as fresh, although fresh tastes best. Also try antioxidant-rich acaí berries (in powder form or frozen smoothie packs) and dried goji berries. How to eat: Eat berries plain or add them to cereal or oatmeal; leave them whole or purée to pour over whole-grain waffles. Blend any type of berry with yogurt and bananas for a deliciously healthy smoothie. Chia seeds: Relatively new to the U.S. market, this South American grain (the most researched variety is Salba seeds) may be the world’s healthiest, says Sears. He notes that it’s gluten-free; provides more omega-3 fatty acids than any other plant food; contains six times more calcium than milk; and is a rich source of vitamin C, protein, fiber, magnesium and iron. Other options include hemp and flax seeds. How to eat: Sprinkle chia, hemp seed or ground flaxseed onto cereal, salad greens or brown rice. Add chia to juice to make a chia fresca. Spread nutty-tasting hemp seed onto natural nut butter sandwiches on whole-grain bread or crackers. Quinoa and amaranth: Nutritionally, these grains—traditional foods in South America and Africa, respectively—trump typical North American grains by far. Both are gluten-free and contain more protein and calcium than

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wheat, oats, rice or rye. How to eat: Triple-wash quinoa, vigorously rubbing grains to remove the bitter outside coating—then cook either quinoa or amaranth like rice for 20 minutes. Cook in heated water, then stir in applesauce and cinnamon and serve as a cereal; or cook in broth and then stir in chopped, fresh herbs. Wild salmon: “Wild salmon is perhaps the healthiest fish source of omega-3 fats and protein, the two most important nutrients that kids need to grow,” advises Sears. Choose wild-caught salmon (fresh or frozen) over farmed fish to avoid possible contaminants. How to eat: Glaze roasted fillets with orange juice and teriyaki sauce, or a mix of maple syrup, grated ginger and rice vinegar. Make a salmon and goat cheese (or Neufchâtel) tortilla wrap; then cut into spirals and serve. Susan Enfield Esrey is the senior editor of Delicious Living magazine.


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ach blue recycle bin filled with plastic, aluminum, glass, paper and cardboard helps the environment, because it reduces landfill, takes less energy to repurpose materials than to make new ones and gently reminds us that thoughtful consumption is healthier for people and the planet. But what do all those recyclables turn into?

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Plastic milk jugs turn into colorful playthings at Green Toys, of Mill Valley, California. Repurposing one pound of recycled milk jugs instead of making new plastic saves enough energy to run a computer for a month. All packaging is made from recycled content and printed with soy ink, so it can go into the blue bin again.’s online counter shows the number of containers recycled—more than 10 million to date. Fila Golf’s Principal Designer Nancy Robitaille says, “Recycled PET (polyethylene terephthalate), a core Fila cooling fabric, is used throughout our collection. Each fully recycled PET garment reuses about two-and-a-half 20-ounce plastic pop bottles.” Patagonia customers are encour-

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aged to return their old coat when buying a new one. Coats in good condition are given to people in need; the PET fleece lining from retired coats is sent to ReFleece, in Somerville, Massachusetts, where it is cleaned and turned into recyclable protective cases for iPads, e-readers and cell phones. “We expect to make 10,000 cases this year from 2,000 jackets,” says Jennifer Fellers, ReFleece’s CEO. “We use low heat to press the cases into shape.” Vancouver, Canada, which plans to be the greenest city in the world by 2020, includes recycled plastic from bags and water bottles in laying down warm asphalt mix for roads because it uses less fuel to keep the tar at a pourable temperature. Switching from traditional hot asphalt technology also reduces emissions.

Transforming Aluminum and Glass

In 2012, Do partnered with Alcoa to challenge teens to recycle aluminum cans. For every 50 cans collected during a two-month period, they were awarded a chance to win a $5,000

scholarship. The sponsors note that recycling one can saves enough energy to light a 100-watt bulb for 20 hours. The final total was 1,152,569 cans kept out of landfills. “Aluminum can be recycled an infinite number of times,” says Beth Schmitt, director of recycling programs for Alcoa, which has centers nationwide and cash-back programs for community fundraisers. “We remelt the collected cans, then roll out coils of new can sheets. This process can be repeated without any loss of strength—that’s why we call aluminum the ‘miracle metal.’ If every American recycled just one more can per week, we would remove 17 billion cans from landfills each year.” Wine bottles become designer drinking glasses at Rolf Glass, in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania. “Our designs give used bottles a second life,” says owner Rolf Poeting. Refresh Glass, of Phoenix, Arizona, salvages and preps the bottles. “Then, our glass cutting and diamond-wheel engraving technology transforms them into sophisticated Glacier Glass,” continues Poeting. “This seems to be a trend in many industries, to find additional uses for another company’s recycled products.” Rewined, of Charleston, South Carolina, also exemplifies this principle. It uses wine bottles to hold their soy-based, cotton-wicked candles, which provide 60 to 80 hours of winescented burn.

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Purina’s Yesterday’s News and Second Nature litter for cats and dogs, respectively, is made from recycled paper and absorbs waste upward from the bottom of the litter box for easier cleaning. The unscented litter pellets are three times as absorbent as clay, non-toxic and nearly dust-free. Hedgehogs, mice, gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs and reptiles also like Yesterday’s News for bedding. On average, 44 million pounds of paper are annually recycled for these products. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the United States annually generates 11 million tons of asphalt shingle waste, mostly from reroofing tear-offs and new installation scrap, comprising 8 percent of construction waste. Each recycled ton saves a barrel of oil. OFIC North America, of Fredericksburg, Virginia, creates its Ondura corrugated roofing from old newspapers or magazines and cardboard, made durable by infusing it with asphalt. It’s placed atop existing roofs, which means no discarded shingles. Each day, 40 to 50 tons of recycled paper goods find new life in Ondura products, available at most home improvement stores. Sound inside Buick Lacrosse and Verano vehicles is dampened via a ceiling material made partly from reused cardboard shipping boxes. Paint sludge from General Motors’ Lansing, Michigan, Grand River assembly plant

becomes durable plastic shipping containers for Chevrolet Volt and Cruze engine components. Some 200 miles of absorbent polypropylene sleeves, used to soak up a recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, were converted into air deflectors for the Volt, preventing 212,500 pounds of waste from entering landfills. As part of its community outreach, 250 shipping crates from GM’s Orion assembly plant became raised garden beds for a Southwest Detroit community garden. A local entrepreneur turned donated sound absorption material into coats that also serve as sleeping bags for the homeless.

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association reports that Americans discard 300 million tires each year, each one having consumed about seven gallons of oil in its manufacture and poised to add to Earth’s landfills. Lehigh Technologies’ micronized rubber powder (MRP), made by freeze-drying discarded tires and pulverizing them into a fine powder, changes the equation. MRP is now used in many items, from new tires, roads and building materials to shoes. It feels good to place used items in the blue bin instead of the trash, knowing that more and more companies are helping to put these resources to good use. Connect with freelance writer Avery Mack at

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A GING GRACEFULLY Good Ways to Care for Pets in their Golden Years by Sandra Murphy

We know that animals subjectively age faster than humans. What are the signs and how can we ease the way for an elderly pet?


s with humans, living longer doesn’t mean adding on time at the end, but adding to the middle, when pets can still enjoy themselves, maybe with some changes and modifications,” advises Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Mark Howes, owner of Berglund Animal Hospital, in Evanston, Illinois. “Pets deserve quality of life.” Howes believes the old rule of thumb—one human year equals seven dog years—has changed. Size and breed are also factors now. “A 7-yearold great Dane is a senior, but for a Pomeranian, it’s closer to 10,” he says. “For other breeds, 12 is not necessarily elderly.” Key signs that indicate a pet may be slowing down and require special attention include changes in appetite, mobility and social interaction with people and other pets. In general, watch for flagging desires, abilities and cooperation.


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Instead of visiting a veterinarian’s office, choosing a vet that makes house calls is one viable solution. This is how New York City-based Dr. Jonathan Leshanski has specialized in aiding pets for 15 years. “During home visits, I notice things a pet’s person may miss or misinterpret in the midst of daily companioning,” says Leshanski, who sees more cats than dogs. “Because house calls are convenient for owners, I see pets more often and can diagnose problems earlier.” Dr. Cathy Alinovi also takes to the road with her rural practice, Hoof Stock Veterinary Service, in Pine Village, Indiana. She’s found, “The best way to keep a pet healthy and present longer is to keep the brain active,” adding that clients attest that their dog lived well and longer because of early intervention. “Some treatments for maintaining flexibility in their body are as simple as massage and stretching,” she adds. An older or ill pet can become a

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finicky eater whose diet needs revamping. Dogs can sometimes skip a meal or two, but it’s important for cats to eat regularly says Jodi Ziskin, a holistic nutrition consultant who specializes in companion animal care in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. “Each animal is different, and it’s important to find the right food texture, smell and taste,” she notes. “Keep nutrients as pure and organic as possible and serve real meat and veggies. If a pet has trouble chewing or needs more fluids, try dehydrated foods, thinned by blending with filtered water to a puréed consistency. Don’t set food and water dishes on the floor—raise them so the pet’s head is higher than his stomach, which helps digestion.” Ziskin recalls how a holistic diet and supplements enabled her own cat, Kayla, diagnosed with chronic renal failure, hyperthyroidism and irritable bowel syndrome at age 14, to live twice as long as her original prognosis of three years. Acupuncture and subcutaneous fluid therapy complemented her nutritional program. For pets with chronic pain from arthritis or another ailment, veterinary house calls can literally be lifesavers, because they give owners more options than premature euthanasia. Dr. Karri Miller, a veterinary oncologist with Veterinary Healthcare Associates, in Winter Haven, Florida, advises, “Cancer treatments for pets are not as harsh as they are for people and have fewer side effects. Before making a decision

For pets with chronic pain from arthritis or another ailment, veterinary house calls can literally be lifesavers, because they give owners more options than premature euthanasia. about treatment, consult a veterinary oncologist and ask a lot of questions. More pets today are living longer with a good quality of life.” Dr. Kathleen Cooney, owner of Home to Heaven veterinary services, in Loveland, Colorado, likes the team approach. “We teach people to partner with their pet on a day-to-day basis and help take away the fear by educating the family to recognize the stages of aging and illness, pain and crisis, manage nutrition and live like their pets do—in the moment, not in the future. Understanding brings peace.” When the end comes, compassionate euthanasia at home or on Cooney’s farm lends a comforting atmosphere at a difficult time.

Leaving with Dignity

For aging or terminally ill pets, Dr. Mary Gardner, owner of Lap of Love, in Broward County, Florida, works with families through the end of the pet’s life. “As a veterinarian who solely practices in-home hospice and euthanasia, I have been given a unique privilege,” she says. “Hospice care supports both the pet and family. I make sure the family and I have a clearly defined goal—the comfort of the animal.” Similar to hospice care for humans, pets in hospice are given palliative care that can prolong life without suffering or pain. Accepting help from a hospice service is not about giving up, but simply recognizing that additional treatment will not cure the illness. It’s accepting that the quality of each day of life is more important than the number of days. It’s living fully, beginning to end, right up until the last breath. Sandra Murphy is a regular contributor to Natural Awakenings magazines. natural awakenings

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House Happiness Small, Green and Paid For by Lindsey Blomberg


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suffocating, “sinkholes of stuff, clogging the flow of energy and movement in our lives.” She predicts, “Once we’ve purged our systems of the excess, the focus will be on creating lives that are dynamic and streamlined, where the carbon cost of a thing is weighed along with its price tag, and where the focus is on usability, rather than ownership.” The rise of McMansions as part of a runaway “bigger is better” mentality saw the average American house size surge from 983 square feet in 1950 to 2,521 square feet in 2007, reports the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Due to the 2008 recession, many owners were left with upsidedown mortgages, causing newer homes to be more modest in size. Like the notorious sports utility vehicle (SUV) craze, now faded due to steep gas prices, the McMansion trend is quickly declining. “Today’s entry-level buyer seems to prefer a far simpler presentation than what had been popular with their parents,” observes Heather McCune, former editor-in-chief of Professional Builder and Professional Remodeler. “I don’t think it would be out of line to characterize it as an anti-McMansion attitude.” Real estate website recently reported that slightly more than half of Americans say that 1,400 to 2,600 square feet would be their ideal home size. According to the NAHB, nine of 10 builders are planning or constructing smaller homes than in the past. In 2010, the average new home size dropped to 2,377 square feet and by 2015, the average newly built home is predicted to measure just 2,140 square feet. Even in more affluent areas, builders are beginning to construct model homes that are one-third smaller than what they were building just a few years ago. “‘Small is beautiful’ is back in vogue,” remarks Andrew Gates, a Sotheby’s International Realty real estate broker in Salisbury, Connecticut. “The simplicity aesthetic is more prevalent after what we’ve been through the past few years.” Savings accrued from the purchase of a more sustainable, lower-impact

home allows reasonable investments toward modern, energy-efficient upgrades like bamboo flooring, water conservation and filtration devices and Energy Star appliances. The National Association of Realtors’ 2010 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers found that nearly 90 percent of buyers considered heating and cooling bills important, and more than 70 percent wanted high-efficiency appliances. “As advocates of energy efficiency, we have been encouraged by a change in home buyers’ and homeowners’ attitudes toward energy efficiency,” says Kateri Callahan, president of the Alliance to Save Energy, a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. With increased energy efficiency comes increased home value; a recent study in The Appraisal Journal indicates that the market value of a home increases by $10 to $25 for every dollar saved on annual fuel bills. Coinciding with smaller single-family living quarters is a boom in multigenerational homes across the country. According to U.S. Census Bureau data, as of 2010, 4.4 million homes held three generations or more under one roof, a 15 percent increase from 3.8 millionplus homes just two years earlier. In multigenerational households, the need for expensive daycare is lessened, while grandparents and adult children can also contribute to household income by paying rent. Urbanska, who resides in North Carolina with her 90-year-old mother and 15-year-old son, says, “I’ve been able to save money on both child and elder care while staying close to Mother in her later years.” The rapid turn toward both financially and environmentally smarter habits looks like it’s here to stay, concludes Michelle Kaufmann, co-author of the acclaimed Prefab Green and a Sausalito, California, architect of eco-friendly homes. She says she is busier than ever, because these concepts are resonating widely. “It’s sad that it took a complete economic meltdown for people to appreciate smaller homes,” she observes, “but at least something good can come from it.” Lindsey Blomberg is a freelance writer in Sarasota, FL.

The Gift of Empathy

How to Be a Healing Presence by Margret Aldrich


hen someone is suffering, it can be agonizing just to listen—we feel compelled to jump in with advice or stories of our own trials, filling any awkward space or moments of silent air with word upon word. The first rule of empathy, however, is listening in silence. Miki Kashtan, writing for the Tikkun Daily interfaith blog, points out that giving our full presence is the most important step in practicing true empathy, and it doesn’t require us to utter a thing: “There is a high correlation between one person’s listening presence and the other person’s sense of not being alone, and this is communicated without words. We can be present with someone whose language we don’t understand, who speaks about circumstances we have never experienced or whose reactions are baffling to us. It’s a soul orientation and intentionality to simply be with another.” When we achieve full presence, empathic understanding follows, Kashtan continues. “Full empathic presence includes the breaking open of our heart to take in another’s humanity. We listen to their words and their story, and allow ourselves to be affected by the experience of what it would be like. “Then we understand. Empathic understanding is different from empathic presence. We can have presence across any barrier, and it’s still a gift. If we also understand, even without saying anything, I believe the other person’s sense of being heard increases, and they are even less alone with the weight of their experience.” There are signs that empathy

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might be on the decline, with narcissism elbowing it out of our modern lives. As reported in the Utne Reader, University of Michigan Psychologist Sara Konrath, Ph.D., found that empathy levels among college students measured on the Interpersonal Reactivity Index plummeted between 1979 and 2009. The greatest drops were in empathic concern and perspective-taking—the ability to imagine another person’s point of view. But don’t yet lament the death of human compassion. According to scientific studies, empathy is built into us. In recent research at the University of Southern California, Professor Lisa Aziz-Zadeh, Ph.D., pinpointed where and how the brain generates empathy, regarding it as a naturally occurring emotion. “It appears that both the intuitive and rationalizing parts of the brain work in tandem to create the sensation of empathy,” Aziz-Zadeh told The Times of India. “People do it automatically.” However we get to that utterly tuned-in, selfless state of empathy, providing a listening ear, giving our full presence and being moved by another can be gifts not only to the others, but to ourselves, as well. Concludes Kashtan, “Allowing into our heart the other person’s suffering doesn’t mean we suffer with them, because that means shifting the focus of our attention to our own experience. Rather, it means that we recognize the experience as fully human, and behold the beauty of it in all its aspects, even when difficult.” Margret Aldrich is a former associate editor of Utne Reader. March 2013


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FEEL-GOOD MASSAGE People’s Hands-Down Favorites by rachel mork


ccording to the American Massage Therapy Association, 53 percent of those that seek out professional massages do it to manage and relieve stress. Healthcare professionals recommend it as a way to support overall well-being, and its popularity continues to grow with some 38 million current U.S. massage enthusiasts.

But which form of massage is best? It depends on our personal preferences as well as which benefits we need, which may change from time to time. Natural Awakenings asked several expert licensed massage therapists to distinguish among the most widely used massage therapies to help us make the right choice.

“I’ve always wanted to create a bumper sticker that says, ‘Massage Prevents Road Rage,’” quips Kris Richardson, of Kristine Richardson Massage Therapy, in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. She’s witnessed firsthand how, “Anyone that feels stressed can benefit from a Swedish massage.” During 12 years in the business, she’s helped clients ranging from Navy Seals to athletes from the Admirals professional hockey team, of Norfolk, Virginia, and Brown University’s swim team, in Providence, Rhode Island. Swedish massage consists of long, gliding, gentle strokes on upper muscle layers, often abetted by kneading, pummeling, brushing and tapping. Swedish massage is especially effective in improving circulation and relaxation; relieving muscle tension and back and neck pain; and decreasing stress. As the lymphatic system is stimulated, oxygen flow to muscles increases, resulting in a relaxed, almost dreamlike state. Prenatal Swedish massage is also popular among pregnant women. Therapists apply minimal pressure to reduce back pain and to encourage drainage of the excess fluid that may collect in the legs and lower extremities due to edema. It’s important for expectant mothers to find a therapist trained in prenatal massage.

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Deep Tissue Massage Nicole Russo, of Evolve Body Therapy Center, in Charlotte, North Carolina, is among America’s corps of therapists whose specialties include deep tissue massage. Nine years in, she has performed massage on sore pro football players with the Tennessee Titans, Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers, as well as Cirque du Soleil artists. The primary goal of this style is to repair injured or overstressed muscles, which also leaves clients feeling better, sounder and more flexible. Russo advises, “Injuries are a result of uneven wear and tear, which results in postural imbalances.” So she applies slow strokes, proven kneading techniques and directed pressure via fingers, thumbs or elbows to work muscles from end-to-end, where they are attached to bones, addressing postural distortions, inflammatory pain and stored emotional tensions to restore muscle health. Russo says deep tissue massage is usually targeted and intense, but, “It’s a massage that produces lasting results. My clients also often report that they don’t get headaches or backaches anymore.”

Shiatsu Massage Shiatsu massage is designed to leave a client feeling, “clear, sparkling and ready to do the next thing,” says Dawn Grey Lapierre, of Intuitive Massage Therapy, in Santa Cruz, California. She describes the experience as active, rather than passive. A licensed massage therapist for nearly 20 years, she also incorporates and applies principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine into each session. For shiatsu massage, the fully clothed client lies on a mat. The therapist will apply pressure from the fingers, knuckles, elbows, knees and feet in a stimulating manner and also move the body into various positions in deep stretching. Shiatsu is used to release tension and strengthen weak areas in order to facilitate even circulation, cleanse cells and improve the function of vital organs. Lapierre describes the experience as both invigorating and intimate. “I’m moving around on the floor with you, using my knees on the back of your thighs, or my feet on your back. I’m using any part of my body that will be useful in promoting better energy flow along the meridians in your body.” Shiatsu delivers a vigorous massage; aficionados of more basic styles may graduate to using it.

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which you’ll get stretched and pulled until I’ve worked every inch of your body.” She likes to focus on acupressure points and kneads sore muscles until energy blockages are cleared and energy flow fully restored. Thai massage also incorporates gentle rocking motions, rhythmic compression along the body’s energy meridians and passive stretching. It promotes flexibility, inner organ massage, oxygenation of the blood, quieting of the mind and general well-being. Traditional Thai therapy is performed on a mat using no oils, with the client fully clothed. Thai massage is a favorite among yoga students.

Reflexology For those new to massage and interested in trying it out, reflexology is a good way to start. Reflexology is performed only on the hands and feet, via finger and thumb massage, with the client fully clothed. It is based on the belief that specific reflex points on the soles of the feet and the palms of the hands correspond with every major organ, gland and area of the body. Lapierre works reflexology into all of her massages, explaining, “A lot of healing can be accomplished simply through working the hands and feet, because every part the body is mapped out to related pressure points on the hands and feet. Thus, we can clear energy channels and release tension throughout the body just by working these specific points.” Lapierre describes reflexology as calming and soothing. Reflexology is especially suited for anyone wary about being touched; it is often incorporated with other forms of massage, as well. Practitioners encourage everyone to find the form of massage that suits them best. “You will surely find one that brings you renewed vitality,” concludes Lapierre. “Massage not only feels good, it’s a good way to increase physical, mental and emotional health by reducing the effects of everyday stress. If you can’t take the day off to unwind, at least find an hour to get a massage.” Rachel Mork is a freelance copywriter, editor and novelist in Charlotte, NC. Connect at 42


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of our heart, where it breaks open to reveal another heart that knows how to meet life with open arms. Silence It was more than grace, an epiphany or a knows that thoughts about life are mystical union; it was my soul’s homenot life itself. If we touch life through coming, my heart’s overflowing love, my Silence, life touches us back intimately mind’s eternal peace. In Silence, I experi- and we become one with life itself. enced freedom, clarity and joy as my true Then the mystery, wonder, beauty and self, felt my core identity and essential sanctity becomes our life. Everything nature as a unity-inbut wonderment falls love with all creation, When I return from silence away; anger, fear and and realized it is within violence disappear as this essence that we I am less than when I en- if they never existed. learn to embody healKnowing Silence ing in our world. is knowing our self tered: less harried, fearful, This Silence and our world for the belongs to us all—it anxious and egotistical. first time. We only is who and what we have to be still until are. Selfless silence Whatever the gift of silence that Silence comes knows only the present forth from within to ilmoment, this incredis, it is one of lessening, luminate and embrace ible instant of pure life us, serving as the when time stops and purifying, softening. The “I” teacher, teaching and we breathe the high-alpath, redeeming and titude air we call love. that returns is more loving restoring us in love. Let us explore Silence In this truth-filled as a way of knowing moment, we enter our than the “I” who left. and being, which we Self fully and deeply. know, which we are. We know our own ~ Rabbi Rami Shapiro Silence is within. beauty, power and It is within our breath, magnificence. As the like music between thoughts, the light embodiment of Silence, we are perfecin our eyes. It is felt in the high arc of tion itself, a treasure that the world birds, the rhythm of waves, the innoneeds now. Right now the Universe cence of children, the heart’s deepest needs each of us to be our true Self, exemotions that have no cause. It is seen pressing the healing power of our heart, in small kindnesses, the stillness of in Silence. nights and peaceful early mornings. It is present when beholding a loved one, As a lifelong mystic, Robert Rabbin is an joined in spirit. innovative self-awareness teacher and In Silence, we open to life and author of The 5 Principles of Authentic life opens to us. It touches the center Living. Connect at

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Thursday, February 28 Tired, Achy, Weight Struggles? - 6-7:30pm. Is Gluten Destroying your Health, Energy and Weight Loss Goals? Talk and Fat-Burning Coffee Tasting. Diane Culik Holistic MD, expert Dietician Annette FREE. ABC Wellness, 37300 Dequindre Rd Ste 102, Sterling Heights. Kia Ross 855-669-9355. See ad page 52. Raw Food Basics: Warm Foods - 7-8pm. Join Deb Klungle of Nourished Body for this series for newbies. Learn how to warm living foods while still keeping them raw. $10. Whole Foods Market, 2918 Walton Boulevard, Rochester Hills. Customer Service 248-371-1400. See ad page 7.

Friday, March 1 1st Friday Volunteer Day - 10:30am-5pm. Come to part or all.Join in a hands-on natural building activity, mini-class & Tour of the Strawbale Studio & grounds. Learn about sustainable living! FREE. Strawbale Studio, Oxford. Deanne Bednar 248-628-1887.

Saturday, March 2 Maple Syrup Time Past & Present - 9am-3pm. Also, 3/9 & 3/16. Troy Nature Society (TNS) is teaming up with Troy Historical Society (THS) to once again offer Maple Syrup Time. Staff and volunteers from the will show how maple trees are tapped, how they make sugar and how maple syrup is harvested; tours will start every 30 minutes. Troy Nature Society $6 for TNS members & $7 non. Special treats from Whole Foods Troy. The Lloyd A. Stage Nature Center, Troy. Info/register: 248-688-9703.

Michigan Nature Association March Volunteer Days - 10am. Help us continue to remove invasive autumn olive at this sanctuary. Lyle and Mary Rizor Nature Sanctuary, Livingston County, between Fenton / Hartland. Info: Katherine Hollins, 517-525-2627. To Prop or Not to Prop - 2-3:30pm. Use props (walls, blocks, blanket, bolster and straps) to move deeper into the yoga poses will benefitstudents of all levels. $25. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, Chesterfield. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 54. Natural weight loss - 2-3pm. Change your brain, Change your weight.Could your brain be causing you to overeat? Nat'l expert, Bethany Perry of MI says there are 5 kinds of overeaters FREE. Better Health Market , 42875 Grand River, Novi. 248735-8100. See ad page 43.

Monday, March 4 Exercise and Nutrition - 6:45-8:15pm. Certified Personal Trainer: Useful strategies to becoming physically fit even if you are currently a Coach Champion! Hydration and pre/post foods $20. Customized Health Solutions, 30400 Telegraph Rd, Suite 350, Bingham Farms. Julie Koning, RD 248-795-5494. See ad page 53.

Tuesday, March 5 VegMI Presents: Vegan 101 - 7 pm. Join VegMichigan for this monthly event, which will include a cooking demonstration and samples. Long-time VegMichigan members will discuss how easy it can be to transform a standard meal to a delicious, vegan option. FREE. Registration required at Customer Service desk. Whole Foods, Rochester Hills. 248-371-1400.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6 Cleaning with Essential Oils – 6-8pm. Find out which ones sanitize, degrease, and break down permanent ink. $25. Mott Community Education, LAPEER. 810-667-6546. Healing Oils Class - Learn the amazing healing effects for health issues with doTERRA oils include: headaches, pain, sugar, attention, memory, sleeplessness, digestive, and many more. Bring a friend, learn, free drawings. TROY. Call for information/FREE registration: 248-953-9402. Michigan Nature Association March Volunteer Days - 10am. Help us continue to remove invasive shrubs from this sanctuary. Waterproof boots are recommended - we will primarily work in the fen. Big Valley Nature Sanctuary, Oakland County, near Highland. Info: Katherine Hollins, 517525-2627. Landscaping for Wildlife - 7:30-9pm. Presented by Vern Stephens who natural landscaping, design and consulting, environmental education, habitat management planning utilizing Michigan native wildflowers and grasses. Clarkston St. Daniel


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Raw Foods for Healing - 7-8pm. Join Deb Klungle of Nourished Body & learn how to support your body’s natural healing process by eating clean, lowglycemic raw foods. $10. Wheatgrass and Sprouts, 1925 West Maple Rd, Troy. Deb Klungle 248497-4189. See ad page 7.

Thursday, March 7 Juicing for Health with Anca - 7-8pm. Learn about juicing's powerful benefits & sample fresh delicious juices. Anca will also share her incredible story about healing herself from cancer. $5. Whole Foods Market, 2918 Walton Boulevard, Rochester Hills. Customer Service 248-371-1400. Isle Royale: A Naturalist Tour - 7:30-9pm. Explore the splendor of Michigan's only National Park with Naturalist Faye Stoner sharing her breathtaking photos of flora and fauna of Isle Royale. FREE. Southeast Michigan Group of Sierra, 38651 Woodward Ave, Bloomfield Hills. J. Wang 248-854-2195. See VitaMix in Action - 11am-6pm. Thru 3/11. You have to see it to believe it—that's what many say about the versatility and power of a Vitamix machine! Visit us for a five-day entertaining and educational demonstration! Whole Foods, Rochester Hills. 248-371-1400.

Saturday, March 9 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. RSVP 734523-8566. Dehydrating Food Made Easy! - 2-5pm. Learn how to dehydrate, why to consider preserving food this way, tips for saving money on your food bill and equipments used. Samples will be shared. Donation. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, Chesterfield. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 54. Maple Syrup Time Past & Present - 9am-3pm. Also, 3/2 & 3/16. See description on 3/2 listing above. $6 for TNS members & $7 non. Special treats from Whole Foods Troy. The Lloyd A. Stage Nature Center, Troy. Info/register: 248-688-9703. Parmigiano-Reggiano Cracking Event - 3pm. Join Whole Foods stores across the US as they simultaneously crack into a wheel of their famous aged Parmigiano-Reggiano, and attempt to set a Guinness World Record. Look near the front of the store at exactly 3pm. Stop in to sample this nutty and delicious cheese and, they will cut a custom piece for you to enjoy grated in soups, pasta, salads and more! FREE. All US Whole Foods Market stores.

Sunday March 10 Local Granola Naming Contest with Simply Suzanne - 12-4pm. Help one of our favorite local companies, Simply Suzanne, name their newest granola flavor! Sample the delicious new recipe, and then offer your most creative idea for a name.

Winner receives a yearlong supply of Simply Suzanne plus a $250 Whole Foods Market gift card! Whole Foods Market, 2880 West Maple, Troy. 248-649-9600. Italian Meatball Subs for a Cause - 12-4pm. Stop by and enjoy our tasty homemade meatballs subs, (veggie options available too) made to order for only $6. ALL proceeds go to our Whole Planet Foundation; your donation is tax deductible and will help to empower entrepreneurs in the global community! Whole Foods Market, 2880 West Maple, Troy. 248-649-9600.

Monday, March 11 Overcoming Fear of Childbirth - 7pm. Join HypnoBirthing Mom Janice Rex-Weaver of Peaceful Birthing, as she explores how fear affects labor and intensifies sensations while birthing. Peaceful Birthing teaches expectant parents. FREE. Whole Foods, Rochester Hills. 248-371-1400. Nature's Medicine Cabinet - Learn how Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils can change you and your non-toxic Headache, Fever, Flu, Colds, Sinus, cuts, pain, aches, the list is endless. TROY. Call for information/FREE registration: 248-953-9402 .

Tuesday, March 12 The Essence of Water and Salt - 7-8:15pm. The importance of water and salt, their ideal balance in your body,and the amazing healing potential.This seminar includes 20 min of Salt Room Therapy $25. Touch of Europe Day Spa, 4301 Orchard Lk Rd, West Bloomfield. Evana 248-538-7546. See ad page 14. Get Ready for Spring Cleaning - 6:30-7:30pm.​ Join us as we teach you which essential oils are most effective to SPRING CLEAN Your Mind, Body, & Home! Losing weight and feeling healthy will never feel so GOOD! $5 Soothe Your Soul, 2B S. Washington, Oxford. Info: Dena, Oils for Healthy Living 248-303-3611. See ad page 46.

Wednesday, March 13 Lose Weight - Your Life - 7-8pm. Lose weight as if your life depends on it! Understand the cause of your weight gain so an effective plan can be put in place for you to achieve goals. FREE. Physicians Compounding Pharmacy, 1900 S. Telegraph Rd, Bloomfield Hills. Karen Raehtz 248-7589100. See ad page 54. The Greater Good Vaccine Film - 7:15pm-9:30pm. Award-winning film tells the stories of families adversely impacted by vaccination. Followed by Q&A with top experts. $5. Main Art Theatre, 118 North Main Street, Royal Oak. Deb Klungle 248-497-4189. See ad page 7.

Thursday, March 14 Green Lecture Series - 7pm. Whole Foods, Rochester Hills. 248-371-1400. Get Ready for Spring Cleaning - 7-8pm. J​ oin us as we teach you which essential oils are most effective to SPRING CLEAN Your Mind, Body, & Home! Losing weight and feeling healthy will never feel so GOOD! $5. Compounding Solutions Pharmacy & Wellness Ctr, 8170 23 Mile Rd, Shelby Twp.

Info: Dena, Oils for Healthy Living 248-303-3611. See ad page 46. What is the Paleo Diet? - 6:30-7:30pm. What it is and why it may work for you. If you are consistently thinking about ways to control your weight,think The Paleo Diet, think no sugar. FREE. Better Health Market, 2053 South Telegraph Road, Bloomfield Hills. 248-334-9500. See ad page 43. Natural Thyroid Solutions! - 6:30-7:30pm. 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 25.

Saturday, March 16 St. Patrick’s Day Celebration - 12-4pm. Join us under the green tent for a sampling o’ Irish favorites! FREE. Whole Foods, Rochester Hills. 248-371-1400. Simple Delicious Raw - 10-11am. Join Deb Klungle of Nourished Body to learn about raw & living foods & how to easily incorporate more fresh uncooked foods into your daily diet. $10. Whole Foods Market, 2918 Walton Boulevard, Rochester Hills. Service Desk 248-371-1400. See ad page 7. Anantomy of Sun Salutation A - 4-6pm. A workshop that focuses on Sura Namaskara A, with a focus on safe alignment principles, muscle energetics and biomechanics, for students & teachers. $25. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, Chesterfield. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 54. St. Patrick’s Day Rueben’s for a Cause! - 124pm. Stop by for lunch & enjoy some traditional and tasty corn beef Reuben sandwiches (veggie options available too) made to order for only $6. Whole Foods Market, 2880 West Maple, Troy. 248-649-9600. Maple Syrup Time Past & Present - 9am-3pm. Also, 3/2 & 3/9. See description on 3/2 listing above. $6 for TNS members & $7 non. Special treats from Whole Foods Troy. The Lloyd A. Stage Nature Center, Troy. Info/register: 248-688-9703. Juicing for Health with Anca - 10am-12pm. Learn about juicing's powerful benefits & sample fresh delicious juices. Anca will also share her incredible story about healing herself from cancer. $5. Wheatgrass and Sprouts, 1925 West Maple Road, Troy. Anca Iordachianu 248-822-9999. Kids’ Easter Storytime & Craft - 12:30pm-pm. Come hear The Easter Chinchilla and do an Easter craft! Books available for purchase after to support Basil's Buddies. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle, Wyandotte. VeggiePatti 734-246-1208. See add page 51.

Sunday, March 17 Family Nature Club: Searching for Green - 1pm. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by searching for signs of spring. $3/person. Preregister. All ages. Lake St. Clair Metropark Nature Center located near Mount Clemens, please call 586-463-4332.

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Monday March 18 Raw Food Tasting - 5-7pm. Get the glow! Join Deb Klungle of Nourished Body for some simple, delicious, nutritious raw foods you can make at home. FREE. Whole Foods Market, 2880 West Maple Road, Troy. Dawn Danhausen 248-6499600. See ad page 7. Wheatgrass Juice Tasting - 5-7pm. Talk with Anca Iordachianu of Wheatgrass and Sprouts. Try her sweet wheatgrass juice & learn how she healed herself from cancer with raw foods. FREE. Whole Foods Market, 2880 West Maple Road, Troy. Dawn Danhausen 248-649-9600. Happy Healthy Weight - 6:45-8:15pm. Overweight? It is a symptom-find & treat the cause! Assess lifestyle patterns, stubborn fat, foods, self defeating habits & hear success stories. $20. Customized Health Solutions, 30400 Telegraph Rd, Suite 350, Bingham Farms. Julie Koning, RD 248-795-5494. See ad page 53.

TUESDAY, MARCH 19 Pruning – 6:30-8:30 pm. Timely pruning techniques that help maintain the health and beauty of trees and shrubs. $25. Mott Community Education, LAPEER. 810-667-6546. Pet Grooming 1 – 7-9 pm. Save money by learning to properly groom your own pet’s face, feet, and fanny between grooming appointments. Bring 1 freshly bathed dog. $25. Mott Community Education, LAPEER. 810-667-6546. Get Ready for Spring Cleaning - 6:30-7:30pm.​ Join us as we teach you which essential oils are most effective to SPRING CLEAN Your Mind, Body, & Home! Losing weight and feeling healthy will never feel so GOOD! $5. The Minds Eye, 81 Macomb Place, Mount ClemenS. Info: Dena, Oils for Healthy Living 248-303-3611. See ad page 46.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20 Organic Gardening: Planning – 6-8 pm. Excited about essential oils but confused about which ones to use? Cut through the clutter and attend this class! $25. Mott Community Education, LAPEER, 810-667-6546. How To Use Essential Oils - 7-8:15pm. Learn how to apply different types of oils and the best way to use them in your home and with your family to improve health and well-being. FREE. Rochester Holistic Arts, 118 Terry Ave, Rochester. Kim Leshley 248-895-5064. See ad page 16. Michigan Nature Association March Volunteer Days - 10am. Join us to continue cutting invasive honeysuckle. H.E. Hardy Memorial Nature Sanctuary, Livingston County, near US-23 and M-59. Info: Katherine Hollins, 517-525-2627. Chronic Fatigue - Fibromyalgia - 7pm. Treating the symptoms will not produce lasting results.Get to the root cause!Learn about balanced hormones, treating infections, enhanced cell energy. FREE. Physicians Compounding Pharmacy, 1900 S. Telegraph Rd, Bloomfield Hills. Karen Raehtz 248-758-9100. See ad page 54. 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

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Thursday, March 21 Raw Food Basics: Eat Greens - 7-8pm. Join Deb Klungle of Nourished Body for this series for newbies. Learn more ways to incorporate those important leafy greens into your diet. $10. Whole Foods Market, 2918 Walton Boulevard, Rochester Hills. Customer Service 248371-1400. See ad page 7. Arthritis & Joint Injury - 6pm. Free seminar on breakthrough treatment for arthritis, joint injury and joint pain. Refreshments Served. 6854 N Rochester Rd, Rochester Hills Info: 248-650-2241. See ad page 39. Natural Healing - 7-8:15pm. Discover natural remedies to heal your body with diet, essential oils, herbs, and stress control.Includes fresh fruit smoothie. RSVP at 248 538 7546 $20.00. Touch of Europe Day Spa, 4301 Orchard Lk Rd, West Bloomfield. Evana 248-538-7546. See ad page 7. What is The Paleo Diet? - 6:30-7:30pm. What it is and why it may work for you. If you are consistently thinking about ways to control your weight,think The Paleo Diet, think no sugar. T FREE. Better Health Market , 33452 Van Dyke Road, Sterling Heights. Better Health Market 586-498-0525. See ad page 43. Get Ready for Spring Cleaning - 7:30-8:30pm.​ Join us as we teach you which essential oils are most effective to SPRING CLEAN Your Mind, Body, & Home! Losing weight and feeling healthy will never feel so GOOD! $5. White Lotus Yoga, 67989 Van Dyke, Romeo. Info: Dena, Oils for Healthy Living 248-303-3611. See ad page 46.

Saturday, March 23 Detoxing the Body Naturally - 1-3pm. Dr. Megan Strauchmen, D.O. is giving a presentation on natural detoxification - cleansing the body from harmful toxins to think, feel, and live better FREE. Rebekah's Pure Living, 921 West Nepessing St, Lapeer. Marguerite De Angeli Branch Library 810-6646971. See ad page 52. You Say Goodbye & I Say Hello - 3-5pm. Medium Lisa Jesswein will guide us through insightful connections with departed loved ones. Learn to connect and receive messages without a medium. $25. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave,

Chesterfield. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 54. To Cleanse Or Not To Cleanse! - 10-11am. Discover a revolutionary 3 day cleanse that will dramatically improve your health & assist with rapid weight loss! Easily surpasses other cleanses. FREE. Better Body Better Health Institute, 51 S. Washington, Suite D, Oxford. Dr. Colleen 248628-4886. See ad page 25. Earth Hour Astronomy - 8pm. Celebrate international “lights out” night with an astronomy program. An indoor program will be followed by outdoor viewing. $3/person. Preregister. Ages 6 and older. Kensington Metropark Nature Center, near Milford/Brighton, please call 810227-8910. EGGstraordinary Tasting! - 12-3pm. Stop by to enjoy some natural twists on recipe dishes prepared with the one and only egg. We’ll show you how to color eggs naturally at home, prepare a frittata with ease and, explore NEW and fun ways to enjoy this protein and vitamin rich family favorite! Whole Foods Market, 2880 West Maple, Troy. 248649-9600. Wheatgrass Juice Tasting - 10am-1pm. Talk with Anca Iordachianu of Wheatgrass and Sprouts. Try her sweet wheatgrass juice & learn how she healed herself from cancer with raw foods. FREE. Whole Foods Market, 2918 Walton Boulevard, Rochester Hills. Service Desk 248-3711400.

Sunday March 24 A Taste of Easter to Benefit The Whole Planet Foundation - 1-4pm. Stop by for a special preview and taste of our Spring and Easter Menu items all for a great cause! Enjoy an upgraded version of our traditional Holiday Tasting complete with our popular glazed ham, delicious sides and of course, dessert all for only $3. All proceeds from our tasting are tax deductible and will help to empower entrepreneurs all over the world and the US. Whole Foods Market, 2880 West Maple, Troy. 248649-9600.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27 Organic Gardening: Disease & Pest Control – 6-8 pm .Rid your garden of those pesky bugs and prevent disease without the use of synthetic chemicals. $25. Mott Community Education, LAPEER. 810-667-6546.

THURSDAY, MARCH 28 Horticulture Practices for the Home Gardener – 6-8 pm. Basic principles of design, site preparation, plant selection, planting, pruning and mulching. This course will also offer some tips on Integrated Pest Management with supplemental materials. $25. Mott Community Education, LAPEER. 810667-6546. Natural Sleep Aids – 6:30-8:30 pm. Having trouble falling or staying asleep, try something natural. $25. Mott Community Education, LAPEER, 810667-6546.

Saturday, March 30 Explore the World of Whole Trade Coffee for a Cause! - 10am-1pm. ALL proceeds go to our Whole Planet Foundation; your donation is tax deductible and will help to empower entrepreneurs in the global community! Whole Foods Market, 2880 West Maple, Troy. 248-649-9600. Natural weight loss - 11-12pm. Change your brain, Change your weight.Could your brain be causing you to overeat?Nat'l expert, Bethany Perry of MI says there are 5 kinds of overeaters. FREE. Better Health Market, 33452 Van Dyke Rd, Sterling Heights. Better Health 586-498-0525. See ad page 43. Earth Hour Celebration - 7:30-9:30pm. Annual Earth Hour Event. Guest teacher Val Weir. Kundalini yoga to live music & Gong meditation. Tea & treats after. register on line. Space limited! $20. House of Yoga, 2165 W. 12 Mile Rd, Berkley. Dave & Abby 248-556-0992. See ad page 54.

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Primordial Sound Meditation 9:30-10:15am. $3 donation. Inner Wisdom, 29231 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield. 248-350-1500. See ad page 50.

Cafe Sunday - 11am-4pm. Sundays offering organic coffee and tea, with variaty of gluttan free organic vegan and raw treets to purchase to make your visit like a family visit. Bernies Best, 3370 Highland Rd, Waterford, 48328. Bernies Best 248-5566326. See ad page 18. Ashtanga Short Form Yoga - 7:30-8:30pm. Ashtanga yoga is based on a set sequence of yoga poses developed by P.Jois. $13. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, Chesterfield. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 54.

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.

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.

Monthly EFT Group - Second Tue 6-9pm. Oakland County. Details: Annette: 248-334-9214. See ad page 50.

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.

Meatless Monday’s in March with Mood! - Join our famous Demo extraordinaire, Mood for some mouthwatering dinner options. Taste, learn and enjoy NEW spring recipes to warm you each week without the cholesterol and ALL the flavor. Whole Foods Market, 2880 West Maple, Troy. 248649-9600.

Hypnotherapy with Cheryl Beshada, C.M.Ht. 9:30am-7pm by appt. Also Wed’s. Cheryl teaches and specializes in Personal Empowerment, Releasing Blocks and Patterns of Negative Behavior, Higher Self Communication. Free Consultation. Warren. 586-751-7500. See ad page 16. 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 23.

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

Jivamukti Yoga Master Class - 6:30-7:45pm. get your devotion into motion with this challenging vinyasa yoga class. $14. House of Yoga, 2965 W. 12 Mile Rd, Berkley. Abby & Dave 248-5560992. See ad page 54.

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. 586-795-3800. 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. 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. Adult Women’s and Children’s Domestic Violence Support Groups - 10-11:30am. LACASA:

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Comprehensive Services Center, 2895 W. Grand River Avenue, Howell. Info: 517-548-1350.

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 23.

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.

Gentle Yoga - 11:15am-12:15pm. Combines gentle movement, simple poses and breathing techniques. All Levels $13. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, Chesterfield. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 54. TAI CHI S.T.A.R. (Seniors Transcending and Revitalizing). - 1:30-2:30pm. Thru 3/21. $15/residents, $18/non. Springfield Twp Hart Community Center., Davisburg. Info: 248-846-6558.

Be a STAR! The STAR program was developed by the World Tai Chi Association specifically for seniors as a means of empowerment to assist in the aging process, decrease its effects, improving lung and brain function while also increasing strength and stability of the limbs and core.

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.

YOGA for Men & Women - 6-7:30pm. Beginning & Intermediate. 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. 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. Jivamukti Lite Yoga - 6:30-7:30pm. a lite version of Jivamukti master class. fun and challenging vinyasa style $14. House of Yoga, 2965 W. 12 Mile Rd, Berkley. Abby & Dave 248-556-0992. See ad page 54. Pilates - 7-8pm. Creates a balance in the body, flex-

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ibility, muscle toning & stress relief $10. Fit Zone for Women, 5217 Highland Rd, WaterFord. Staff 248-674-9800. See ad page 23.

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.

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.

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 23. Food addicts in recovery anonymous 9-10:30am. Recovery program for people who suffer from overeating, under-eating and bulimia. Based on the twelve steps of AA. Open to all. FREE. WaterFord, at Central United Methodist Church, 3882 Highland Rd. Info. 866-914-3663. Certified Hypnotherapists Education and Net-

working meeting - 1st Sat/9:30am-12pm. Certified Hypnotherapists graduated from a state licensed school of hypnosis welcome. Includes educational presentation, workbook and computer disk. First visit FREE. Clinical Hypnosis Professional Group, Warren. Register 586-751-7500. 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.

Pre-natal yoga - 12:15pm-1:30pm. Gentle poses & breath is used to focus & calm for pregnancy & labor. $14. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, CHesterField. Santosha Yoga 586-949-5515. See ad page 54.

classifiedadvertising 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. 586-795-3800.

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 23. Hatha yoga - 3-4:15pm. Yoga class linking breath and movement - easy to moderate flow. Varies weekly, encompassing tong len meditation, restorative yoga and flowing yoga series. Relax and unwind from the week's activities. Instructor: Sue Albert, Certified Yoga Instructor RYT. $15. Rochester Holistic Arts, 118 Terry Ave, roCHester. Kim Leshley 248-895-5064. See ad page 16.

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.

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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Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine

New Life Allergy Treatment Ctr.

State of Michigan Registered, NCCAOM Certified. Former MD in China served North American people for over 27 years with acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. Specializing in various pains and intestinal problems. See ad page 16.

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

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

Specializing in Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology Nutritional programs, QiGong and Physiognomy. See ad page 44.

Community Health Acupuncture Center

“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 12.

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

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

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

Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon. ~Doug Larson

To dwell is to garden. ~Martin Heidegger

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

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


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

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

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115 S. Washington St. • Oxford 248-236-0027

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

The Thinking Person's Response to Pain & Stress Learn to identify, eliminate and prevent harmful postural habits that can cause, or aggravate, stress, pain or freedom of movement.

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.

NUCCA Chiropractor

Carol Strozier • 248-885-0305

505 W. Breckenridge • Ferndale 586 Lakeside Park • Port Huron


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

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

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

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

coaching / Counseling Billie Tobin

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

HPS Advanced Dental care, PC Heather Pranzarone Stratton, DDS 4741 24 Mile Rd., Ste. C, Shelby Township 248-652-0024 •

Our Family and Cosmetic Dental Practice is committed to practicing dentistry with a biocompatible approach. We perform mercury free/mercury safe dentistry in a friendly, caring atmosphere for the entire family. See ad page 17.

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

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

Get the best Chiropractic adjustment of your life! We offer a unique, breakthrough, gentle approach to Chiropractic care called Koren Specific Technique (KST). See ad page 14.

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

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.

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 36.

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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 25.

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein

~William Kent

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.

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Dentistry David W. Regiani, DDS, PC

115 S. Washington St. • Oxford 248-920-6595

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 23.


Holistic General Dentistry 101 South Street, Ortonville 248-627-4934


It is easy to sit up and take notice; what is difficult is getting up and taking action. ~Honoré de Balzac

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

Try to learn something about everything and everything about something. ~Thomas Huxley

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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 14.

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.

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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 46.

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.

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

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Providing education and resources in healthy living, chronic illnesses, and specialized diets such as vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, and raw foods. Private consultations, classes, books, and more! Business and restaurant consulting also available.

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hYPnotheraPY mid-michigan hYPnosis center Hypnosis Delivers • 810-423-6541 3280 N. Elms Rd., Flushing

HYPNOSIS to achieve YOUR goals - Lose weight, stop smoking, reduce stress, eliminate unhealthy fears, improve your golf game. Individual, couples, family, small group sessions. NEW CAREER? NGH Hypnotism certification courses forming NOW.

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

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

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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 2.

Sadly, it’s much easier to create a desert than a forest. ~ James Lovelock

integrative medicine abc wellness • diane culik, md 37300 Dequindre Suite 102 Sterling Heights • 855-NOW-WELL (855-669-9355)

Board Certified Holistic MD. Get Free online R e p o r t s a n d Vi d e o s . Alternative Secrets to Health and Thyroid and Adrenal Essentials. Visit: or

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.

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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.

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vickie evans, cmt

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 33.

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 39.

Nutritional Health Restoration

Coming in April

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.

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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. See ad page 11.

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 29.

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

Natural/Holistic Health 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.

Get people back into the kitchen and combat the trend toward processed food and fast food. ~Dr. Andrew Weil

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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 11.

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


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

Learn how simple, nutritious, & delicious raw foods can be! Services include customized private instruction & detox support. See ad page 7.

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 55.

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.

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.

Wellness wellness champions

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Natural wellness & Pain Relief Centers

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.

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

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

Wellness training Institute


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

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

First Week FREE!

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

yoga yoga House Of Yoga

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


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.

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. See ad page 43.

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.

• Complementary/Alternative Cancer Care • Live Blood Cell Analysis • Wellness • Nutritional Balance • Hormone Replacement Therapy • Hormone Pellets • IV Therapy: Vitamins, Chelation, Detox, Adrenal • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT).

A HOLISTIC, FUNCTIONAL MEDICAL APPROACH to restore and regenerate within”. Longevity Health Institute specializes in Bio-identical hormones (Hormone Restorative Medicine) and Advanced- Personalized Care. Our regenerative approach will maximize your quality of life…FOREVER. Anti-aging medicine views disease as a condition caused by toxins in your body, nutritional deficiencies, and stress. These factors in your body then eventually result in changes in enzyme and hormone production, which produces signs and symptoms of biochemical dysfunction. Over time, a chronic illness could develop. Our medical program is a proactive approach that encourages and promotes healthy living and aging.

Dr. James Lewerenz

Board Certified Family Medicine; Board Certified Regenerative, Functional and Anti-Aging Medicine.

Call for more information or an appointment. Most insurances accepted. Beaumont Health and Wellness Building

Crown Office Village

1555 E South Blvd, Ste 340 • Rochester Hills • 248-289-6643

1467 East 12 Mile Rd • Madison Heights • 248-548-3060

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March 2013


Natural Solutions for: “After the first week, I now can wake up, go to the bathroom (or not) and actually leave my home. I am not living my life according to my bathroom schedule.” ~Terry U. “She was my last hope because “commercial” medicine could not help me. I suffered from headaches, indigestion, insomnia, neck pain, back pain and of course...stress.” ~Alicia F. “I just completed my first year of teaching. I cannot begin to express the relief it is to have the peace of mind that comes with knowing I no longer have to be concerned with everything I eat, wondering if it will cause me to find the closest restroom while teaching a lesson. I truly feel like I am a more confident and capable teacher because of Dr. Christine’s expertise.” ~ Tom Z. “The bathroom and I had numerous dates a day, on an average of six or more times per day. Like a good student (patient), I followed my homework well. My trips to the bathroom have returned back to a normal routine. Dr. Christine’s office is a warm and friendly atmosphere. The receptionist makes me feel like family. Dr. Christine believes in the wellbeing of each individual.” ~Pam P.

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

• Acid/Alkaline Count • Yeast and Candida • Electrolyte Imbalances • Colon Stress: Ascending & Descending • Antioxidant Performance • Cell Energy Utilization • Tissue Breakdown Presence or Catabolism

Christine M. Kaczmar D.C., D.H.S., I.H.S.

Natural Digestive Health Specialist

47729 Van Dyke, Shelby Twp.

586-685-2222 56

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