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November 2009


contents 6 newsbriefs


12 globalbriefs 16 healthbriefs 20 healthykids 22 wisewords


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.

27 inspiration


28 fitbody


30 healingways

Young Adults Adopt Simpler Lifestyles

32 greenliving

by Sharon Jayson

34 consciouseating


38 naturalpet


42 calendarofevents

by Ellen Mahoney

48 ongoingevents


51 naturaldirectory


advertising & submissions

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LIVING SIMPLY By wanting—and sometimes, doing—less, we create more space for the things that really matter.

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BREATHE IN BREATHE OUT by Amber Lanier Nagle


DON’T FENCE ME IN Go with a Free-range Gobbler by Jordana Gerson


LIFESTYLE MODIFICATION RETREATS Reducing Cardiovascular Disease by Bob Jarski, Ph.D


11 STEPS FOR H1N1 FLU Avoid or Mitigate the Effects by Bill Van Arsdale




his November we are introducing a new theme for Natural Awakenings: Living Simply. When we first began considering this topic as a monthly theme, we weren't really sure it would be rich enough to generate the variety of articles we are accustomed to providing each month. Little did we know how wrong that assumption was. In fact, there are so many possibilities, we just weren't able to cover them all in this one issue. All one has to do is look at the different lifestyles of everyone with whom we come in contact to see just how viable this theme is when it comes to healthy, earth-friendly living. Take for example the Amish, a community with which everyone in Michigan should be acquainted. If you're not, take some time to learn about them. Many do not use electricity, powered transportation, etc. They seem to survive quite well and live happy, sustainable lives utilizing technologies such as horsepower, windpower, waterpower and human labor. Some raise their own foods, build their own furniture and so on. Another example, at least in our case, is our parents, most of whom survive without computers, cell phones, cable and so on. They are living simply, at least as it compares to us, and not missing any of the modern gadgets that we consider "must-haves." The point is that it's not hard to get caught up in the fast-paced society in which we live. With the glut of information that is available on 24 hour cable TV and the internet, the speed at which nearly everything we use advances technologically and the continual demands we place on ourselves to do more and more (with the same number of hours each day), it's no wonder many feel dissatisfied, overwhelmed and unhappy. The solution, obviously, is to find ways to live a simpler life and take time, as they say, to smell the roses.

Among the articles this you'll find this month related to Living Simply, is a Recipe for Simplicity that provides 10 suggestions for simplifying one's life. We hope you can "find the time" to read it, along with everything else is this issue, and that you find some of the tips valuable. On the other hand, just because you're now living simply doesn't mean you can't find time to attend one or more of the many events in our calendar this month. We were surprised by the number of submissions this month–nearly triple the number we received last November! There's a lot going on in East Michigan. So until next month, have a great Thanksgiving holiday. Live simply, stay happy and be healthy...naturally!

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November 2009


newsbriefs West Bloomfield Seminars Deal With Stress, Sweet Samplings To Chronic Pain and Relationships Raise Money his November, Dr. Bob and Charlene Levine, co-founders of Future Visions for Charity


Fulfilled, LLC, will be holding two day-long health and wellness seminars in West Bloomfield. The two events will be focused on helping people both learn to be free of stress/chronic pain and create/maintain “magnificent” relationships. On Sunday, November 15, The Stress and Chronic Pain Elimination Seminar will be held from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. This health and wellness seminar is for people who want to be free of the ill-health effects of chronic stress and/or free of chronic pain. The discounted cost of this event is only $325 and a friend or guest can attend for only $50 more. Then on Sunday, November 22 from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. The Relationship Prosperity Seminar will take place. This event is for people who want to create magnificent relationships and maintain those relationships over time. People who should attend this seminar include those who are looking for that special someone or want to take their current relationship to the summit. The discounted cost for this event is only $225 and a friend or guest can attend for only $50 more. In both seminars, they will use Accelerated Learning Technology to quickly gain the new awareness necessary for making changes. Dr. Bob & Charlene Levine Then, Accelerated Change Technology to rapidly making the changes necessary to produce desired results-in only one day. Included with each event are all post-program support materials, a delicious and healthy lunch made with organic ingredients, a free seven day supply of some magnificent health product and the opportunity to register into Marshall Sylver’s The Turning Point 2 day wealth building seminar for free. Information, registration details and free reports for each seminar’s theme can be found on their website:

Immunity Workshop for Wintertime Colds


ocai Healthy Chocolate will showcase a variety of chocolates at the 25th Annual Chocolate Jubilee, a fundraiser to benefit the Alzheimers Association - Metro Detroit region. The event will be November 22 at the RitzCarlton in Dearborn.

This fundraiser has helped raise almost $1 million for programs and services for people with Alzheimers disease and their families. Xocai products are produced with unprocessed, non-alkalized, non-lecithinized cacao powder and are then combined with the acai berry and blueberry. The combination of these ingredients in their natural state provides a tasty product packed with powerful antioxidants. For more on the Jubilee, visit ALZ. org. More on xocai can be found at and Call Alice @ 586646-0066 or email cravingchocolate@ See ad, page 46.


hat is the difference between the person that comes down with the flu and the one that doesn’t, even if they were both exposed to the same virus? One’s immune system is working properly and the other is not, says naturopathic doctor Heidi Peter. “Our immune system is the body’s defense against disease,” she says. “A properly functioning immune system stems from four factors: how we eat, how we move, how we think and supplementation.” Peter will hold a workshop, Natural Health IQ: Immune Support for the Winter Months, November 6 from 7 to 8:15 p.m. at Yoga for Life in Lake Orion. Cost is $25. The workshop will address all four factors of a properly functioning immune system. “Combining approaches is the key to staying healthy this cold and flu season, and always,” adds Peter. A guided meditation will be held. Yoga For Life is located at 1194 S. Lapeer Road, in Lake Orion. Register at 248-693-9932. See ad, pages 54 & 55.


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New Program Offered for Cancer Patients


eaumont Hospital physician Dr. Ruth Lerman, who specializes in breast disease and mind-body medicine, presents workshops beginning in January for women with breast cancer. Lerman, founder of the Silver Lining workshops, is also a cancer patient. According to Lerman, it wasn’t until her second bout with the disease that she allowed herself the space required to discover some very effective ways to deal with the stress, such as meditation, yoga and mindful communication, which became the basis for the Silver Linings Program five years ago. Recently, Dr. Lerman received funding and certification to begin research on the program. The study will assess changes in the quality of life experienced by participants. Similar mindfulness (MBSR) programs are being utilized throughout the United States, which is a meditative practice focusing on the breath to bring the participant to a state of relaxation and detachment from the stress of breast cancer. Contact Pam Jablonski to register: 248-551-4645 or


IGUN of Birmingham is holding a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting event, sponsored by the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce, on November 11th at 4pm. There is no cost to attend, but they ask those attending RSVP by November 9th. Formerly located in West Bloomfield, MIGUN of Birmingham has been serving Oakland county since 2006. “This event is to re-introduce Natural Awakenings readers to the pain relieving, stress reducing and health promoting benefits of MIGUN’S far-infrared thermal massage bed system,” says Jack Russell, owner. “Your body gets the benefits of a cardiovascular workout while you enjoy a relaxing 30 minute massage. Plus, you improve your immune system with regular use.” Guests who attend will be treated to complimentary MIGUN thermal massage sessions, healthy raw food treats-–prepared by Silvana Gilliard, Certified Raw Food Chef from Life Smart Foods, of Utica–and free gifts. MIGUN of Birmingham is located at the Shops of Adams Square, 725 S Adams, Suite 100, Birmingham. For more information, or to RSVP, call 248 2037744. Information on the MIGUN bed system can be found at See ad page 28.

Together We CAN Make a Difference


an Every Family Chiropractic Center will hold a food drive November 9 - November 14. Those who bring in five cans can receive a free Hyrdo Bed visit, hat, tote bag, water bottle or t-shirt. New patients who bring in 10 cans will receive an examination. Existing patients will receive a spinal scan. Those who bring more than 10 will receive an adjustment. Van Every Family Chiropractic Center is located at 4203 Rochester Road, in Royal Oak. 248-616-1900. See ad, below

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November 2009


newsbriefs Shelby Twp Gourmet Market to Offer Wine Tasting


ince and Joe’s, a full service gourmet marketplace with two locations in Macomb County, is announcing a new wine tasting program for shoppers at their Shelby Township store. The program will begin in early December, in time for the holidays. “The wine will be poured from ‘The Winestation,’ a state of the art wine dispensing unit,” says Ted Ross, Wine Director/Sommelier. ‘The Winestation’ allows customers to try wines before they buy them and takes the whole shopping experience to a new level. Organic and Sulfite free wines will be available for tasting as well, and wine samples will be available for purchase (prices vary).” Weekly tastings, wine and food pairings and educational classes will also be announced soon. Vince and Joe’s offers fresh local and organic produce, deli, meats, seafood, cheeses, bakery, local and imported groceries, gluten free products, brick oven pizzas, Dolce Gelato cafe and full service Wine Dept. with in house Sommelier Ted Ross. For more information, call 586-786-9230 or visit Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market, Shelby Township, is located at 55178 Van Dyke Rd. (at 25 mile and Van Dyke). See ad page 35.

Gobble Up the Goods at Turkey Giveaway & Bazaar


adiant Beings announces a Turkey Giveaway & Bazaar Saturday and Sunday November 14-15. Shop the individual vendor tables a variety of handcrafted, new and “like new” items including books, jewelry, clothing, household items and more. Guests are invited to tour the holistic center to learn more about classes, consultations and therapeutic bodywork. Items for sale by Radiant Beings include natural healing gels, specialty candles, angel cards and gift certificates. Each day will conclude with a drawing for one free organic turkey. Eligible recipients must have made a purchase and be present for the drawing. Radiant Beings Holistic Center is located in the Applegrove Plaza, 25962 Knollwood South, in Chesterfield. 586949-0112. See ad, page 26.

Hypnotherapy Class Gets Participants to Chill Out


TU Hypnosis offers the next “How to Chill” Distress Management Class from 7:30 to 9 p.m. November 3 and from 12 to 1:30 p.m. November 5. The former Milford facility moved recently to 8585 PGA Drive, in Walled Lake, where the classes will be held. “This free course is open to those who are stressed out, hyper, tense, panicky, wired, fried, worried, anxious and want to De-stress from Dis-Tress,” says hypnotherapist Nicol Merline. Call to reserve a place: 248-568-0831 or visit for information. MTU Hypnosis is located at 8585 PGA Drive, Ste 102, Walled Lake.

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Life Workshops Just in Time For the Holidays


oothe Your Soul, 20 Hudson St., in Oxford, will host spiritual life coach Cathy Zucker for two workshops in November. The first, Reinventing Yourself, will be held November 6; then, Writing a New Chapter will be held November 20. Zucker’s work combines 30 years of yoga practice with life-long studies into Christian and Eastern philosophies, meditation, healing and the mind/body connection. “I believe each of our lives holds the raw materials to create a work of art,” she says, “Often what is needed is an open space of listening and to speak our

fullest self into existence.” She says her goal is to be a catalyst for exploration and consideration of personal truths. “The work done in these workshops can continue to provide guidance and insight even after they are completed,” Zucker adds. Cost is $25 per session. To register, call 248 494-0271. For more info, visit: See ad page 48.

Organic Skin Products Delete the Dirty Dozen


he skin is a living organ that absorbs what is applied to it. Yet, most consumers use approximately 12 different personal care products each day containing numerous ingredients that have been linked to health problems and none of these potentially dangerous ingredients are necessary. How to find products that are safe? Read the list of ingredients, says Eve Organics.

The Macomb County, web-based organic personal care shop Eve Organics now offers a Dirty Dozen list of ingredients printed on a card small enough to fit in a wallet. Use the list for assistance with reading labels on common personal care items. Sign up for the company newsletter and receive the Dirty Dozen Ingredients Report, which includes detailed information about each ingredient. Eve Organics products are vegan, gluten/wheat free, and completely free of parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, fragrance, dyes, synthetic chemicals and the Dirty Dozen ingredients.

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Coming in December

newsbriefs Lake Orion’s Revitalization Center Introduces New Infrared Treatment


rthemiz Revitalization Center, of Lake Orion, announces a new innovative healing far infrared heat treatment that can benefit tissues deep within the body. The Hybrid Portable Infrared Sauna conjugate with Thermal Jade Massage Bed present benefits including: detoxification, relaxation and weight management. The treatment also promotes relief of arthritis, joint inflammation and chronic pain and relief from muscular skeletal conditions, including fibromyalgia. Arthemiz owners say the infrared treatment helps a whole host of other problems as well, including stress, one of the most detrimental factors to our overall health Arthemiz will also offer light therapy through December. Individual winter sessions are $32.50. Free demonstrations of the Biomat and Hybrid Bed are also available. Arthemiz is located at 153 Waterview Drive, in Lake Orion. 248-930-0681. See ad, page 15.

AWAKENING CONSCIOUSNESS Find bold new visions for a world at peace and tips for a healthy holiday season in Natural Awakenings’ December issue.

Hypnotherapist Offers New Approaches to Self Reliance and Confidence


ack Dugger, Certified Hypnotherapist, of Imagine That Hypnotherapy in Auburn Hills, is offering new approaches for those desiring to be more self reliant and confident. “Your confidence or lack of it impacts everything you do in life,” says Jack, “from being a more successful manager or saleperson to being a more effective coach, player of some sport or public speaker. I have worked with and enhanced many clients self-esteem so they are more dynamic in their relationships with others and helped many people reap huge financial rewards by being better self advocates. It takes confidence and the ability to trust yourself to be good at anything you do. You can stop being shy, introverted and wimpy in life.”

Imagine That Hypnotherapy is located at 2648 Lapeer Rd., Auburn Hills. For more information, call 248-622-6350 or visit See ad page 46.

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Organic Skincare Line Makes U.S. Debut


eal’s Yard Remedies, a leading name in the United Kingdom for organic skincare, announces the U.S. launch of NYR Organic, a direct selling channel offering award-winning skincare, hair care, baby care and aromatherapy products. Independent Consultant Karen Kloska, of Romeo, introduces NYR Organic products in a relaxed, fun home party environment. The host of the party is rewarded with free and half-price products for bringing the guests together. “NYR Organic ingredients are grown under tight restrictions without the use of artificial chemicals and pesticides,” says Kloska. “There’s a fast-growing market in the U.S. for organic products as people realize they really don’t want to put synthetic chemicals in or on their bodies. My customers are excited to learn a more natural approach to skin care.” In addition to offering organic products, Kloska also offers a business opportunity to others who wish to share these products and make an income. “I enjoy the flexibility of setting my own hours and my own income,” says Kloska. “It feels great to run a business that’s making a difference in people’s lives.” Neal’s Yard Remedies was founded in England in 1981. The company designs, tests and manufactures all of its products at its eco-headquarters and gardens in Dorset. Contact Karen Kloska at For more information, visit:

Local Ayurvedic Practice Launches Web Site


yurvedic Practictioner and owner of Oxford-based OM Wellness, Troy Farwell, has just launched the company’s new web site,, featuring more than 14,000 natural health products. A free Ayurvedic Dosha Test is also available online. OM Wellness also offers wellness services and recommendations on products sold online. “Most people have no idea what to take,” says Farwell, “in fact, in my experience I have rarely ever seen people already have a proper vitamin routine. OM Wellness can help with recommendations and until the end of the year, we will offer this service at no charge.” For more information, call 248-730-0817 or visit See ad page 21.

Dead Doctors Don’t Lie


n Tuesday, November 3rd, at 7 p.m., Dr. Joel Wallach, author of more than 10 books including Let’s Play Doctor, Aromatherapy, and the newly released, Immortality, will be giving a free health seminar at the Royal Oak Elks Club. In addition to being a successful author, Dr. Wallach, who has been actively involved in alternative medicine and research for over 40 years, is also a pathologist and naturopathic physician. He is best known for his audio recording Dead Doctors Don’t Lie. Over 65 million copies sold makes it second in non-musical recording sales. In the seminar, Dr. Wallach will present his health and longevity theories concerning omega fatty acids, selenium, green tea, butter, calcium, etc. Dr. Wallach will also be speaking on Wednesday, November 4th, 7 p.m. at the Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, in Ann Arbor, and again on Thursday, November 5th, 7 p.m. at the Ramada Inn in Taylor. You can hear Dr. Wallach’s syndicated radio program, “Let’s Play Doctor’ on WAAM 1600 Saturdays at 7am. The Royal Oak Elks Club is located at 2401 E 4th St., Royal Oak. For more information, call 888-277-2751 or visit See ad page 45.

Chiropractic + Hypnotherapy = Ease of Birth Tell ‘em you saw it in


r. Laura Nicholson of Rochester Family Chiropractic welcomes Peaceful Birthing with Janice Rex-Weaver. The first class date is Tues. November 17. Tuition is $325, which includes a HypnoBirthing book, two CDs, handouts and educator services up until birthing. HypnoBirthing combines relaxation, breathing and visualization techniques that are used to control pain during childbirth. It empowers women to build confidence in themselves and allows the body’s muscles to work the way they’re intended to during birthing. “HypnoBirthing and Chiropractic care give the best possible support for the baby to be birthed gently, easily and in a short amount of time, say Rex-Weaver and Nicholson.” Both say they are passionate about their practices and enjoy sharing their knowledge to support women in this most important time of life.



Rochester Family Chiropractic is located a 2909 Walton Blvd, in Rochester. 248-373-2225. For more info, or to register,

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ew scientific research provides a model for improved wellness, healing, and personal growth, while giving individuals access to greater quality of life, reduced stress, and a way of integrating and sustaining positive change. The approach, called Reorganizational Healing, is now available from Dr. John Johr, a local practitioner in Rochester Hills specializing in one application of Reorganizational Healing called Network Spinal Analysis. “This new approach to wellness is revolutionary because it helps people to better know how they help create their life experiences and to find tools to redesign their health and life,” says Dr. Johr. “Network Spinal Analysis is an approach that applies low force touch contacts along the spine. These gentle contacts help to assist the brain to connect more effectively with the spine and body, enabling the individual to develop new strategies for living and healing.” “This work has the potential to totally transform the way we think about our lives, says Dr. Donald Epstein of the Association for Network Care Research. “We all want to make changes. Reorganizational Healing offers more than just a means to reduce symptoms of an illness or restore an individual to a prior state of existence. Instead, through the systematic understanding of our perceptions, actions, and structures, an individual guided by her practitioner can seek a more conscious and integrated state of being.” Reorganizational Healing, developed over more than two decades of research by Epstein, is featured with accompanying commentaries in the May issue of the peer-reviewed Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (JACM). The Reorganizational Healing articles are available free online for a limited time at Co-authors are Drs. Simon Senzon and Daniel Lemberger. In a prior study, researchers in conjunction with noted neurobiologists at the Medical College of the University of California, Irvine, studied 2,818 people receiving Network care. The study found that Network Care is associated with statistically significant improvement in people’s Health Related Quality of Life. People report significant positive outcomes relative to their physical well-being, stress levels, emotional and psychological well-being, life enjoyment, lifestyle changes and overall quality of life. Dr. Kim A. Jobst, Editor-in-Chief of the JACM, adds, “At a time when there is increasing global instability in financial, industrial, political and social systems, healthcare is not exempt from the same apparent chaos. There can be no doubt that we are witnessing the birth of a powerful method of healing (in Reorganizational Healing), grounded in rigorous scientific fact, that will become integral to future systems of healthcare.” Dr. John W. Johr has assisted many people from across the U.S. and Canada in discovering their gifts and awaken to a more joyful and meaningful life. He offers a specially designed program on Reorganizational Healing at his practice, located at 1460 Walton Blvd., Ste. 100, Rochester Hills. For more information, call 248-601-8843 or visit See ad page 46.


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Disposable Habit

Choose Rechargeable Batteries Instead Americans buy about 3 billion household batteries a year (about 10 per person), according to the Environmental Protection Agency—and nearly all end up in landfills. Unlike disposable alkaline batteries, rechargeable batteries can be reused hundreds of times, saving money and resources, while reducing pollution associated with their manufacture and transport. A study by battery manufacturer UNIROSS estimates that using a disposable battery to create 1 kilowatt-hour of electricity has a greenhouse gas effect equal to driving a car 283 miles; using a rechargeable battery is equivalent to driving 10 miles. Other tips to ensure a greener habit: Choose an Energy Star-rated or solarpowered charger; select an energy-smart charger that shuts off when batteries are fully charged (overcharging shortens battery life); unplug the charger when not in use; don’t leave batteries uncharged or unused for long periods (also shortens their life); remove batteries from infrequently used devices and store away from heat and moisture; and recycle, or dispose of batteries properly as municipal hazardous waste. Locate nearby retailers that recycle batteries at Sources: and

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Seven Sites to Swap, Trade or Borrow Today’s economic challenges are spurring updated approaches to living a good life. These free or nearly free Web-enabled services make it possible to exchange goods and services with neighbors and others anywhere in the world. It’s a satisfying way to recycle stuff. – Facilitates a “gifting economy,” in which local Freecycle Network group members give away household items to others in their community who want them. – Offers 2,400 advanced, feature-rich video games, from Nintendo and Xbox to Wii, for a $1 fee per game received. – Lists items available for loan or trade, from media to kitchen items to power tools. – Catalogs 2 million paperback and hardcover titles available to browse and trade; upload owned titles to earn credits to use as site currency. – Depicts a collection of 58,000 new and classic DVD titles to trade. – Demonstrates the possibilities of swapping accessories, cosmetics and shoes with fashionistas around the world; frequently, the only cost is shipping. – Signs up parents to receive Zwaggle Points used to trade baby and children’s gear; the only cost is shipping. Source:

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Banking Hours Takes on New Meaning At its most basic, time banking is about spending an hour doing something for someone in our community and banking it. Each hour banked represents a time dollar to spend having someone doing something for us. Time banks are built upon the premise that everyone has something to contribute and everyone needs a helping hand now and then. When we ask, “How can we help each other?” we can all get our needs met, whether it’s a ride to school, a trip to the market, yard work or household chores. Sharing resources builds trust and makes life more convenient. It’s like having an extended family that benefits the larger community. For a directory of existing community time banks and a startup kit to create a time bank to serve a neighborhood, school, church or agency, visit

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Living Large in Small Spaces The desire to live simply, a cornerstone of the Small House Movement, has led to interest from architects and builders who are now providing smaller housing alternatives, according to For example, Florida designer Ed Binkley, who used to design mansions, now offers a Shelter Series that includes homes ranging from 600 to 900 square feet, reports Orlando Sentinel writer Jean Patteson. Binkley describes them as “comfortable, affordable and green.” Jewel box houses are another design being marketed to young professionals, empty-nesters, retirees and newlyweds, writes Patteson. Specifically designed to suit the owners’ way of life, they feature “top-quality materials, upscale detailing and custom built-ins.” With a modest size of less than 2,000 square feet, beauty and function are valued over accumulating stuff and the space to store it (tips at TheJewelBoxHome. com). The trend is reflected in an annual Mayflower Transit Van Lines study, which reports that the average household moving weight has decreased by 10 percent since 1997, including a 2 percent drop from 2007 to 2008. Jennifer Bonham, director of Mayflower’s marketing communications, says it’s due to homeowners “transitioning away from McMansions to smaller, more sustainable living environments.”

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hen feeling stressed and tired, take a restorative whiff of bracing lemon, enlivening rosemary or soothing lavender—or any other plant that has a pleasant scent. Scientists in Japan have reported the first scientific evidence supporting the idea that inhaling certain fragrances alters people’s gene activity and blood chemistry in ways that reduce stress. The effects are attributed to linalool, a fragrant substance present in many plants and plant oils. When inhaled, linalool reduced stress-activated neutrophils and lymphocytes (two types of white blood cells) in the body to near-normal levels and restrained the activity of more than 100 genes that go into overdrive during stressful situations. In their study, researchers noted that people have inhaled the scents of certain plants since ancient times to help reduce feelings of anxiety, fight inflammation and depression and induce sleep. Today, aromatherapy, or the use of fragrant oils to improve mood and health, is a popular form of alternative medicine. These findings could form a new basis for identifying the best fragrances to smell to dispel stress. Source: American Chemical Society, 2009


An Institute of Food Research study now shows that eating one or more portions of broccoli every week can reduce the risk of prostate cancer and prevent localized cancer from becoming more aggressive. It turns out that broccoli, as well as other cruciferous vegetables, such as Brussels sprouts, affect genes by changing cell-signaling pathways, thereby reducing the risk of developing and spreading cancer. The study of 400 men at risk for developing prostate cancer took place over the course of 12 months. Participants ate either 400 grams of broccoli or 400 grams of peas each week, in addition to their normal diet. Based on before-and-after tissue samples taken from their prostate gland, researchers found more changes in gene expression in the men who ate the broccoli than in those eating the peas. Source: Public Library of Science, 2008

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Refocusing the American Dream

Young Adults Adopt Simpler Lifestyles by Sharon Jayson

The Millennial Generation, or Gen Y, ranges from people in their

James Burroughs, an associate professor of commerce who studies 20s to those still in grade school. What they all have in common is consumer culture at the University of in Charlottesville, has seen a the knowledge that the current recession has in some way rocked Virginia, shift in student attitudes in his classes the world they thought they knew. Depending upon how long since the economic downturn. “It wasn’t necessarily that they weren’t the downturn lasts, historians, economists and psychologists say going to consume,” he says, “but they were giving a lot more thought to it could shape this generation’s values and attitudes in much the consumption.” Anthony Durr, 21, of Columbus, same way the Great Depression shaped the widespread frugality Ohio, says the recession has influenced how he views money, especially since of their grandparents and great-grandparents. his grandmothers, both raised during the Depression, are preaching caution. oday, young people are reordering their values. “It is “Their generation—they were all about saving money. their version of the American Dream,” advises Michael They understood the value of every single dollar,” says Durr, Bradley, a Philadelphia psychologist who specializes a senior at Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland. in adolescent development. “They talk more about having “I would like to believe that with my generation, it’s going to autonomy and freedom and in so doing, not being as endefinitely come to that point. Even if you’re very successful slaved to material goals that they perceived their parents bewith your company, there’s always that chance of losing your ing caught up in. They do talk about life happiness, [but] not job, and then what?” based on economic success or achievement as much.”


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The virtues of simple living now coming into vogue especially strike a chord with Millennials, whom pollster John Zogby describes as more socially conscious, environmentally aware and demanding consumers than previous generations. “This is the time [of life] when a lot of their attitudes are set. The long-term is still in question, but it has the potential to have a big impact and change the views that they’ll have throughout their lives,” says economist Richard Curtin, who directs consumer research surveys at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor. He believes that Millennials will be “more oriented toward economic security and relationships, more toward savings and less toward spending.”


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“I just think we’re having to get used to living a little less luxuriously than when we grew up,” says Dan Appel, 21, a psychology student at Montgomery County Community College, in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania. Angela Trilli, 26, of Kendall Park, New Jersey, concurs. “I don’t know if our generation—from my perspective— needs as much.” Laurisa Rodrigues, 18, a freshman at the University of Puget Sound, in Tacoma, Washington, believes the recession will have longer-term effects on her financial future. “A lot of us have seen our parents live paycheck-to-paycheck,” says this Pueblo, Colorado, high school graduate, “and we don’t want that for us. Our generation is learning, but I don’t

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Woodward, a 2008 bioengineering graduate of Stanford University, in Palo Alto, California, is living with his parents while he launches a nonprofit business to train the homeless, the unemployed and nonviolent offenders in construction techniques to help rebuild New Orleans. He had planned to go to medical school, but the recession piqued his interest in the new economy. “I think people are going to shift what they go after, because they have to,” observes Woodward. “However, I think that sparks creativity. We will have people who are going to rise to the occasion and look for creative solutions.” Jim Cullen, author of The American Dream: A Short History of an Idea That Shaped a Nation, expects that such attitudinal changes will take hold longterm, prompted by what he calls, “structural changes in the global economy.” “We will see recovery,” he says, “but in some sense, I feel like the hard work of changing our values has barely begun.” Yet Trilli, like many others, hasn’t given up on her dream: “I want to own a restaurant one day, and I still think I can.” Sharon Jayson is a writer in Austin, Texas.

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I learned that I can personally make a difference, and by extension, that everybody can make a difference. I realized that living life according to oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s values and being involved in your community through civic engagement actually does change things; weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not powerless as individuals. I think that Michelle, who would be the first to tell you she was a consummate consumer, learned that letting go of the consumption paradigm can result in being happier. Are you going to continue your no-impact lifestyle? We have kept a lot of it these past two years and we con-

tinue to do what makes sense in our lives, but there are no ‘rules’ left. So, for example, it makes economic sense to give away our air conditioners. We use electricity, but now we only use 20 percent of the electricity we used before. We sometimes use the subway now, but mostly we get around on our bicycles. We will occasionally eat in restaurants, but we prefer to shop at farmers’ markets and choose food that’s good for us. The adaptations we’ve made in our lives are not done out of a sense of moral obligation, but because they are better for us. What are five important sustainable living tips we can all realistically adopt to immediately minimize our impact? You can stop eating beef, give up bottled water, make getting fit part of your everyday life and volunteer for an environmental organization. Also, take an ‘Eco-Sabbath,’ which means

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By wanting—and sometimes, doing—less, we create more space for the things that really matter. by Judith Fertig


iving simply is not a new idea. The Shakers, a celibate sect founded in the 18th century, believed that, “Tis a gift to be simple.” In the 19th century, Henry David Thoreau went back to basics on Walden Pond. “Less is more,” proclaimed Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the renowned post-war minimalist architect, a century later. The urge to simplify is timeless. What is new is recognizing the ripple effect when we choose a smaller life, explains Duane Elgin, in his new edition of Voluntary Simplicity: Toward a Way of Life That Is Outwardly Simple, Inwardly Rich. “Contrary to media myths,” observes Elgin, “consumerism offers lives of sacrifice, while simplicity offers lives of opportunity. Simplicity creates the opportunity for greater fulfillment in work, meaningful connection with others, feelings of kinship with all life and awe of a living universe.” In 1977, Elgin was part of a think tank group at Stanford Research Institute that studied the voluntary simplicity movement. Each of the movement’s val-


ues identified by Elgin’s group—human scale, material simplicity, environmental awareness, self-determination and personal growth—build on each other. When an individual first chooses to live on a smaller, more human scale, the other values seem to fall in line.

Human Scale

Human scale means that we easily fit with our surroundings, our schedule and our stuff. When that isn’t happening and we realize we’re overwhelmed by the demands of a too-much life, we ask, “Is this really all there is?” Architect Sarah Susanka asked herself that question when, as a managing partner in a firm of 45 people, she realized she was “asleep at the wheel, while barreling down the road of life on cruise control.” She was working long hours and doing well, but not doing what she had wanted to do since childhood. “Often, the things we were passionate about as children are good indicators of natural proclivities that may have fallen by the wayside as we’ve moved into adulthood,” she

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observes. One thing Susanka felt was not working for her anymore was the pace at which she raced through her days. “We’ve become incredibly productive in recent decades,” she remarks, “and our successes are measured by income and by acquisitions.” But what Susanka wanted was not a bigger house or a new car—she wanted time to write. “Our culture is grappling with time,” Susanka reflects. While we can get multiple things done with a press of a button, we can’t seem to allow ourselves the slow, unstructured time to just be present with our own thoughts. Trading superhuman self-perceptions for simply human views allowed Susanka the time to recollect herself and begin to write. The process of simplifying her life in order to pen The Not So Big House became the subject of her next book, The Not So Big Life. Linda Breen Pierce experienced a similar self-revelation. In 1991, she downsized her six-figure income as a Los Angeles attorney, moved to a smaller house in a quieter community, and has since been living and writ-

Recipe for Simplicity by Linda Breen Pierce “Simplify, simplify.” More than a century after Henry David Thoreau uttered these words, his plea for simplicity has more significance than ever before. We work hard and play hard, filling nearly every moment with activity. Most families believe they need two incomes to pay for a standard of living that has doubled in the past 50 years. But do we? Based on my three-year study of more than 200 people who have simplified their lives, I found that we can work less, want less and spend less, and be happier and more fulfilled in the process. Following these 10 suggestions will simplify life. Rather than try to do it all in a few weeks or months, know that most people need an initial period of three to five years to complete this transition. Small, gradual steps are best.


Don’t bring any material thing into your home unless you absolutely love it and want to keep it until it is beyond repair. Too much stuff is suffocating us. Purchasing, maintaining, insuring, storing and eventually disposing of our stuff sucks up our precious life energy.


Live in a home with a cozy environment that you or someone in your family uses every day. It can be more satisfying than living in a museum designed to impress others. Spending time and money to maintain a home that is larger than you need diverts these resources from more fulfilling endeavors.


Seek to limit your work outside of the home to 30 hours a week, 20 if you are a parent. To live a balanced life, we need downtime to daydream, relax, prepare a leisurely meal or take a walk. Surrounding activities with empty spaces whenever possible makes actions more productive and meaningful.

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Work no more than 30 minutes from home. Preserve your energy and money for more rewarding life experiences.

Limit children to between one and three extracurricular activities a week, depending on their age. Otherwise, you will exhaust yourself, and your children may grow up addicted to constant stimulation.


Live simply to dream big in a whole new way. Take a month or more every few years to go live in a foreign country. Living in a different culture fascinates, excites and vitalizes us. It teaches us to live in the present, a core practice of simple living. We gain perspective when we experience a foreign culture and learn how much we have to be grateful for.


Spend at least an hour a week in a natural setting, away from crowds of people, traffic and buildings. Three or four is even better. There is nothing more basic or simple than the natural world.


Connect with a sense of spirit in your life, whether through prayer, religious services, journal writing, meditation or spiritually related reading. Simplicity leads to spirituality and spirituality leads to simplicity. Cultivate a practice of silence and solitude, even if for just 15 to 30 minutes a day. Your spirituality will evolve naturally.


Seek the support of others who want to simplify their lives. Join or start a simplicity circle if you enjoy group interaction. Living simply in our culture can be a lonely journey, one that friends and family still on the earn-and-spend treadmill may not understand.


Practice saying “No” to things that don’t bring you inner peace and fulfillment, whether they are material goods, greater career responsibility or added social activities. Be vigilant with your time and energy; they are limited resources. If you say “Yes” to one thing (like a job promotion), recognize that you are saying “No” to something else (perhaps more time with family). Live consciously and deliberately. Linda Breen Pierce is the founder of The Pierce Simplicity Study and the author of Choosing Simplicity: Real People Finding Peace and Fulfillment in a Complex World and Simplicity

ing about the simplicity movement until recently retiring to Mexico. “We are living the American dream gone amuck,” she writes in Simplicity Lessons: A 12-Step Guide to Living Simply. But now, we are learning that, “A fast-paced lifestyle prevents us from living mindfully.”

Material Simplicity

When life seems overwhelming, it’s time to take a good look at where we are, figure out where we want to be and eliminate obstacles. Do we want a smaller dwelling? Less to keep organized? More time for ourselves? “If your goals aren’t clear and your thinking isn’t focused, you can’t break the habits that stand in your way,” states psychologist and author Peter Walsh, who appears regularly on The Oprah Winfrey Show. “So many of my clients seem to have lost focus in their lives.” Walsh’s main refrain is that in accumulating more things than we really need or want, many of us have been trying to meet a need for something more. Sometimes, he says, “There is an element of boredom, combined with a simmering sense of frustration, even anger.” Either way, the hope is that material things will bring meaning and fulfillment. In his experience, “It never works.” In deciding how we can best simplify our lives, Elgin encourages us to ask the following questions: “Does what I own encourage activity and independence—or the opposite? Does what I buy satisfy or not? How tied is my present job to keeping up a large lifestyle?” An even simpler approach is to heed the words of William Morris, a leader in the 19th century Arts and Crafts movement: “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” Simplicity involves not only clearing out the physical and emotional clutter and replenishing mindfully, but also clarifies our view of how our actions have a wider impact.

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Harm: A Simple Principle for a Better World and Meaningful Life, Weil understands that most of us have lived at least part of our lives looking through a single lens, focused on “what’s good for me.” Weil challenges us to look through multiple lenses that see beyond personal interest, to embrace what’s also good for other people and animals and the planet. It can start with a simple act, such as choosing to refill a stainless steel bottle with filtered wa-

ter, instead of consuming plastic water bottles that can languish for generations in landfills or require recycling. Her mantra, “most good, least harm,” means considering the big picture to arrive at a better solution. For example, we might choose to buy fair trade coffee. Or we can seek out local produce to serve at meals and help independent farmers, even though we have to drive farther to the store. We might even decide to grow our own

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According to Pierce’s research, simpler living results in “more time, personal freedom, reduced stress, a slower pace of life, control of money, less stuff to maintain, fulfilling work, passion and purpose in life, joyful relationships, deeper spirituality, better health and a connection with nature.” She has observed that while many people approach a simpler life with an interest only in these self-directed values, they soon develop other-directed values. People who have a simpler life also have the time, energy and passion to turn their talents towards the betterment of the community, the environment and the planet.

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produce to cut the carbon emissions of the drive. We can choose to use green cleaning products that don’t relay toxins into our bodies and our environment, even though they cost more. We can shop for cage-free eggs and free-range chicken, because these foods come from animals raised in a more humane manner, even if they’re harder to find. The benefits are twofold: Making our lives simpler yields the time to make more thoughtful choices, and making thoughtful choices can make the world a more desirable place in which to live.

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What it all boils down to is this: Living simply can make us happy. “Happiness studies through the years show that what makes us happy isn’t stuff,” concludes Elgin. “That can be a revelation,” adds Susanka, “because for so much of our lives we’ve been oriented toward the accumulation of things to prove that we’re getting somewhere or making it ‘up’ some sort of hierarchy. What is critical is companioning with that which is most significant to you.” For more information and inspiration, contact: Duane Elgin at; Sarah Susanka at and; Linda Breen Pierce at; Peter Walsh at; and Zoe Weil at



GOLDEN by Janet Luhrs


ere’s the big idea: Noise is bad for you. During my career as a pioneer in the simplicity movement, I have taken note of numerous studies that link unwanted sound to increased levels of stress. Even lowlevel noise has been associated with increased aggression and other mental health problems, as well as poor sleep, high blood pressure and heart disease. A few of the reporting organizations include Cornell University, the Acoustical Society of America and the World Health Organization. The following tips for increasing moments of silence in daily life will help us all feel better and live healthier:

■ Start each day with silence. Before running headlong into another day, do something relaxing for 12 minutes upon waking. It may be meditating, stretching or reading inspirational literature. According to the National Institutes of Health, our cortisol levels (“the stress hormone” produced by the adrenal glands) are highest between 6 and 8 o’clock in the morning, when we first get out of bed. Most people have coffee and turn on the news. That’s the worst thing we can do. Studies have shown that only 12 minutes of quiet in the morning can bring down the stress-hormone levels, and get you off to a better start that will last all day.

■ Eat at a table, without watching

television or reading. Mindful eating helps us to enjoy our food more, prevents overeating because we are tuned into our body’s satiety signals, and allows the body to metabolize food more efficiently. ■ Try driving in silence. Because

there is so much noise that we can’t control, find small ways to create silence that you can control. The car is a wonderful place to get in touch with your thoughts and just be with yourself. Silence is rejuvenating. ■ Create a silence retreat at home. Set aside an evening at home with no talking. Turn the phone ringer off and don’t answer it; turn off the television. Don’t run any extra machines. Try to have the family do this together, or trade nights with a partner in taking the kids out to dinner and a movie. ■ Practice silent exercise. Exercise

without iPod, magazines or video. If possible, exercise outdoors. Silence helps us pay attention to everything the body is doing— breathing, muscle function and posture. Silence helps us listen to the helpful signals our body is giving—to slow down, go faster or straighten up. Janet Luhrs is the international bestselling author of The Simple Living Guide and guides people toward simpler, more enjoyable lives through her Simplicity Series Seminars, at SimpleLiving. com.


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ne of the great things about yoga is that as long as you have a yoga mat and some stretchy clothes, you’re good to go. Yet, there is one yoga prop I love. The next time someone asks what you might like as a gift, consider asking for a yoga bolster (see cushion shown). Using a bolster gives you a concrete way to give yourself extra TLC when you’re frenzied or super-tired or feeling a little under the weather. It can also subtly broadcast your need for loving attention; when I pull out my bolster, my husband knows it’s time to try a little tenderness. Resting on a bolster feels fantastic, in part because its comfortable support encourages your muscles to release gently and gradually. Using a bolster to support your body weight enables you to experience the benefits of a yoga pose without exerting nearly as much effort. By being completely passive, you can also be utterly relaxed, and in that sweet spot of relaxation, your body is even more receptive to the benefits of each pose. Here are three of my favorite restorative yoga poses that make good use of a bolster or, alternatively, a narrow couch cushion, stack of firm pillows or a couple of folded blankets.

SUPPORTED CHILD’S POSE Sit on the floor with your shins folded underneath you, toes untucked and knees open wide. Place the bolster on the floor between your thighs, as close to your groin as possible, and fold forward, resting your torso and head on the bolster and your arms wherever they are comfortable. Turn your head to one side. After a minute or two, turn your head to the other side and hold it for an equal amount of time.

BENEFITS: Relieves lower-back tension and opens the hips. Quiets the mind and makes you feel babied and cared for.

SUPPORTED TWIST Sit on the floor with your shins folded underneath you, and then shift your hips to the right and rest your right hip on the floor. Place the bolster on the ground by your right hip, perpendicular to your thighs, and bring your hands to the floor, one on either side of the bolster. Use the leverage of your hands to twist your torso to the right as far as you can, and then lean forward until your stomach, ribcage and head are resting on the bolster. Place your left cheek on the bolster and rest your arms wher-

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BREATHE IN BREATHE OUT by Amber Lanier Nagle


ost of us are oblivious to our breathing habits. It’s simply something that we do thousands of times every day without thinking about it, breathing in life-giving oxygen and breathing out carbon dioxide. Unfortunately, most of us do not breathe correctly. We tend to take 10 to 12 shallow, staccato breaths per minute, instead of the slower, deeper, oxygen-rich breaths that our bodies crave. For centuries, specific breathing techniques have played an integral, healthful role in Eastern mind-body practices, including many forms of yoga and martial arts. Today, the element of disciplined breathing associated with those arts are drawing the attention of Western medical research. Studies are showing that while poor breathing has a negative effect on an individual’s health, deep, optimal breathing can measurably improve body functions. Dr. David Anderson, a senior investigator at the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Aging, says that slower, deeper breathing may even help some people with hypertension lower their blood pressure, although he’s not yet sure exactly how it works. “We know that slow, deep breathing relaxes and dilates blood vessels temporarily,” he states, “but we


“Practicing regular, mindful breathing can be calming and energizing, and can even help with stress-related health problems, ranging from panic attacks to digestive disorders.” ~ Dr. Andrew Weil, integrative medical physician

think that it also helps our kidneys eliminate salt more efficiently, which would explain the drop in blood pressure.” In his ongoing study, participants are asked to breathe in sync with tones generated by a special device. “The device trains them to breath slower

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and pace breaths until they reach six to eight breaths per minute,” explains Anderson. Other studies are also showing that varying our breathing techniques can be an effective tool in handling and managing depression, anxiety and stress-related disorders. Medical doctors Richard Brown and Patricia Gerbarg have studied the effects of various breathing practices on the stress levels of tsunami victims, Australian Vietnam veterans, emergency responders and other groups that suffer from post traumatic stress syndrome. “We started out by looking at specific yogic deep breathing techniques, such as Sudarshan Kriya yoga, qigong and others, but soon realized that combining elements of several of these techniques yielded optimal results,” remarks Gerbarg. She adds that professional breathing instruction is necessary to achieve their results, yet, “skillful control of breath patterns can be used to calm emotions, eliminate anxiety, stop obsessive worry, reduce stress over-reactivity and induce greater mental clarity and focus.” The road to better health may well be just a few breaths away. Amber Lanier Nagle is a freelance writer based in Adairsville, Georgia. Connect at



Because breathing is something we can all control and regulate, it makes a useful tool for achieving a relaxed and clear state of mind. Dr. Andrew Weil recommends these three breathing exercises to help relax and reduce stress. Try each one to see how it affects your stress and anxiety levels.

The Stimulating Breath (or Bellows Breath)

The Stimulating Breath is adapted from a yogic breathing technique. Its aim is to raise vital energy and increase alertness. Inhale and exhale rapidly through your nose, keeping your mouth closed, but relaxed. Breaths in and out should be equal in duration, but as short as possible. ■ Try for three in-and-out breath cycles per second. This produces a quick movement of the diaphragm, suggesting a bellows. Breathe normally after each cycle. ■ Begin with a maximum of 15 seconds. Increase subsequent practice sessions by five seconds or so, until reaching a full minute. Done properly, this exercise brings a feeling of invigoration comparable to the heightened awareness achieved after a good workout. ■

The 4-7-8 Exercise (or Relaxing Breath)

This exercise is simple, takes little time, requires no equipment and can be done anywhere, in any position. Learn it first by sitting with your back straight. Place the tip of your tongue against the ridge of tissue just behind your upper front teeth and keep it there. You will be exhaling through your mouth; try pursing your lips slightly if this seems awkward. Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound. ■ Close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose to a mental count of four. ■ Hold your breath for a count of seven. ■ Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound, ■

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were back to work within 6 months following the MUA procedure. According to Dr. Megan Strauchman, medical director of the Michigan MUA Group, “this is great news for patients who are out of work, and need to support their families. MUA gets people out of pain rapidly, and gets them up and moving again in a very minimal amount of time.” The Michigan MUA Group, headed by Dr. Strauchman, is a network of Michigan physicians who are all certified to perform MUA for chronic pain. Their network of physicians is located in various cities throughout the Metro Detroit area. Until now, Michigan residents would have had to travel out-of-state for this revolutionary pain management procedure. “MUA is an ideal treatment for people with fibromyalgia, disc bulges or herniations, failed back or neck surgery, frozen shoulder, and for people who’ve tried unsuccessfully to get relief from chiropractic care, physical therapy, steroid injections, or continue to live off of addictive pain killers,” says Dr. Strauchman. People interested in having the MUA procedure require a preliminary evaluation by a Michigan MUA Group physician, like Dr. Strauchman. This evaluation consists of a physical exam, x-rays, laboratory studies, and sometimes neurodiagnostic testing, which determines whether not the patient will achieve a good clinical result. For more information on MUA, contact Mary or Caroline at the American Surgical Center: 248-5387095 or visit For N. Oakland/Genesee County, call Dr. Strauchman: 810-694-3576. For S. Oakland/Macomb County, call Dr. Stanczak at 586-7746301.


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to a count of eight. ■

Now, inhale again and repeat the cycle three more times, for a total of four breaths.

Note that you always inhale quietly through your nose and exhale audibly through your mouth. The tip of your tongue stays in position the whole time. Exhalation takes twice as long as inhalation. The time you spend on each phase is not important; the ratio of 4:7:8 is important. If you have trouble holding your breath, speed the exercise up, but keep to the ratio of 4:7:8 for the three phases. With practice, you can slow it down. This exercise is a natural tranquilizer for the nervous system. Practice it at least twice a day. Do not do more than four breaths at one time for the first month of practice. Later, if you wish, you can extend it to eight breaths. If you feel a little lightheaded, do not be concerned; it will pass. Once you develop this technique by practicing it every day, it will be a useful tool to use when anything upsetting happens—before you react. Use it whenever you are aware of internal tension. Use it to help you fall asleep. Everyone can benefit from it.

Breath Counting

Breath counting is a simple, yet challenging, technique used in Zen meditation. Sit in a comfortable position with the spine straight and head inclined slightly forward. Gently close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Then, let the breath come naturally, without trying to influence it. Ideally, it will be quiet and slow, while depth and rhythm may vary. To begin the exercise, count one to yourself as you exhale. ■ The next time you exhale, count two, and so on, up to five. ■ Begin a new cycle, counting one on the next exhalation. ■

Never count higher than five, and count only when you exhale. You will know your attention has wandered when you find yourself counting up to eight or higher. Work up to 10 minutes at a time. Source:




Cutting Our Carbon Emissions Down to Size by Brita Belli


very individual has a carbon footprint, as does every household; that is, the amount of carbon dioxide and other emissions produced by our daily actions that contribute to global warming. Many decisions we make have an associated carbon value—whether we commute by train or car; use fans or air conditioning; how long we shower; and how often we wash clothes. According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), a typical U.S. home uses 11,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity a year. Unless our household is powered by renewable energies, every single kWh we use requires the burning of 3 kWh of fossil fuels, like coal, at a power plant. The use of such conventional fuel emits carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide and other toxins, such as mercury and lead, all of which contaminate our air, oceans, food chains and drinking water. “If you use less energy,” says DOE spokesperson Chris Kielich, “there’s less demand on power companies, which means fewer new coal plants.” Free online calculators provide a helpful tool to get a handle on our current carbon footprint. Easy-to-use

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websites include, and When it comes to a family’s energy use, the biggest piece of the pie is heating and cooling. According to data from the latest Buildings Energy Data Book, space heating accounts for 31 percent of the average family’s energy use, and cooling 12 percent. Figure in the additional 12 percent it takes to heat household water, and that’s a whopping 55 percent of our total home energy consumption, just for heating and cooling needs—collectively representing 46 percent of annual utility bills. Rounding out our expenditures, lighting generally accounts for 11 percent of our energy use; computers and electronics, 9 percent; refrigerators, 8 percent; and various other appliances, 8 percent. The remaining 8 percent falls under “other.” The DOE recommends starting an improvement campaign with a home energy audit, whether we do it ourselves or in collaboration with a professional. Be on the lookout for proper insulation levels and any air leaks, cracks or spaces around doors, window frames and electrical outlets, all common

sources of heat loss. The EnergySavers. gov website walks inquirers through the process—just search under “audit.” After determining needed improvements, take a whole-house approach to energy savings. For instance, buying an energy-efficient furnace, while it reduces emissions, will have a much greater impact when combined with proper air sealing and insulation, better ventilation and adjusted thermostat settings. When all such actions are taken into account, notes the DOE’s Energy Savers Booklet, we can reduce our family’s environmental emissions by 20 to 50 percent. The first efficiency update a homeowner needs, advises Kielich, is a programmable thermostat. For about $35, a family can easily realize savings of 10 percent off their energy bills by simply lowering their heating settings or raising their cooling settings by 10 degrees for eight hours during the day. Another easy energy- and money-saving tip she recommends is replacing all home light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL). “CFLs are hugely more efficient, and they also produce less heat,” Kielich says, so the air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard during warmer months. According to research by the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), CFLs are four times as efficient as incandescent light bulbs and last 10 times as long. Over their lifecycle, reports RMI, they’ll save 75 percent of greenhouse gas emissions over conventional lights. Starting with more manageable tasks helps families adjust gradually to a greener lifestyle. Soon, we witness first-hand how little actions—such as turning off lights, shutting doors and shortening showers—can have a big collective impact. For more information visit: Department of Energy,; and Rocky Mountain Institute, search “CFLs” at

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Don’t Fence Me In Go with a Free-range Gobbler


by Jordana Gerson

or most Americans, memories of Thanksgiving focus on succulent, brown, juicy birds and a week of turkey sandwiches and cranberry sauce leftovers. While these images are typically guilt-free, the truth is that most turkeys come from industrial farms, where producers are more concerned with quantity than quality, raising the fowl under often foul conditions. Tottering under the weight of immense breasts and packed into huge warehouses, industrially raised turkeys are kept tightly confined, with as many as 10,000 to a room, and fed additives and antibiotics, reports Ian Duncan, a professor of ethology in the Department of Animal and Poultry Science at the University of Guelph, in Ontario. “To some extent,” remarks Duncan, “we’ve created a monster.” The cramped conditions often lead to turkeys infected with salmonella, campylobacter and other bacteria that may persist even when treated by antibiotics. Common practices


include mixing antibiotics into rations to stave off such diseases, as well as adding animal fat to feed to bulk up the birds.

The Free-range Choice

The good news is that choices for naturally raised turkeys are on the rise, so careful shoppers can purchase their holiday entree with an easier conscience. Free-range turkeys that are allowed access to the outdoors and may live a significant portion of their lives at pasture can be purchased at natural products stores or ordered from a freerange farm. Yet, experts still caution us not to be fooled by just any free-range label—that alone doesn’t guarantee we are getting a high-quality bird

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that’s been raised naturally, without the use of antibiotics or additives. Although free-range turkeys live in conditions closer to their natural habitats and are less likely to carry disease, the classification guidelines are loose. According to Margaret Riek, spokesperson at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, “To have the label ‘freerange,’ poultry producers must provide a brief description of the birds’ housing conditions. This written description is reviewed to ensure the birds have continuous, free access to the out-ofdoors for more than 51 percent of their lives, i.e., through their normal growing cycle. During the winter months in a northern climate, birds are not [considered] free-range if they stay in coops all winter.” She further notes that producer testimonials must state how the birds are raised in a northern climate in winter in order to conform to the meaning of the term “free-range” during the winter months. Free range doesn’t mean organic, so even when accurately applied, the free-range label doesn’t ensure that turkeys have been raised on pesticide-free feed or without antibiotics, hormones or additives. Currently, the USDA is permitting certain meat and poultry products—including turkey—to be labeled Certified Organic by the name of the certifying entity. But again, labeling can be confusing, because some producers freely use the terms “organic” or “natural” without certification to back them up. Consumers must carefully check for Certified Organic labels and/or contact the producers directly to determine the conditions under which the birds were raised. Mary Pitman, of Mary’s Free-

Range Turkeys, in Fresno, California, emphasizes the importance of prudent label reading. “Consumers can really be fooled,” she counsels. “Some farms can qualify for free-range, but they raise [turkeys] in the same conditions as industrial farms. “Here, we have four times more space than industrial farms. We provide 8 to 12 feet per turkey. Some people think that just because turkeys go in and out of pens, they’re free range. If they’re truly [naturally raised], their feed doesn’t have any drugs or hormones or antibiotics in it and they have the freedom to roam.”

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Sleuthing a Turkey’s History If we have any questions about the production or treatment of a certain brand of turkey, it’s best to call the company. Many turkey farms have tollfree information lines; the best of these can vouch for the fact that their turkeys have been raised with ample space—a minimum of four square feet per turkey when they are inside—in natural, primarily outdoor settings, and have not been fed or injected with preservatives or additives. Getting to know a bird’s biography may seem like just another chore on a long list of Thanksgiving preparations, but knowing that we’re feeding our family safely and humanely is a satisfying payoff. Best of all, buying a natural bird has palate-pleasing benefits: It’s as good to our taste buds as it is for our bodies, and that’s something we can all be thankful for.

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Can A Weekend Lifestyle Modification Retreat Help in Reducing Cardiovascular Disease?

shown long-lasting and measur-

An Oakland University study investigates.

able benefits with continued


• stress management • group support • nutrition • exercise

I conceived the weekend lifestyle modification study after completing sabbatical work with Dr. Ornish and his colleagues at the Preventive Medicine Research Institute and serving on the staff that introduced 200 new participants to the Ornish program.

The Weekend Retreat Program

Ten individuals, seven men and three women, average age 58.8 years, participated in a short-term (22-hour) weekend retreat emphasizing the four lifestyle components. Through discussions, demonstrations and actual practice, participants learned the four components to maximize their physical and psychological health. Following the retreat weekend, support groups met for 90 minutes each week, for three weeks, then monthly for one year. Patients were evaluated for the following risk factors prior to the beginning of the program–and one year later: • weight reduction • systolic and diastolic blood pressure • total cholesterol • HDL &, LDL • total cholesterol-HDL ratio • triglycerides

New Questions to be Answered

At Oakland University we conducted a pilot study to answer these questions: 1) Can cardiovascular disease risk factors be reduced following a shortterm, weekend lifestyle modification program? 2) What factors influence patient’s adherence to lifestyle recommendations?


heart disease, the program has

improvement over years.

By Robert Jarski, Ph.D. n his scientific study published in leading medical journals, Dr. Dean Ornish of the University of California-San Francisco and the Preventive Medicine Research Institute revolutionized modern thinking about treating heart disease. By comparing heart patient’s cardiac angiograms (x-rays of the arteries of the heart) before and after a one-year lifestyle modification program, he showed that blocked arteries can not only be stopped from getting worse, but blockages can actually be reversed through lifestyle modification alone. Before this study, it was thought that only surgery could unblock arteries clogged by plaque. The lifestyle modification treatment typically lasts one year and it has four parts:

For most individuals who have

Before the retreat, seven individuals were taking blood pressure medications and five were taking cholesterol lowering drugs. After one year, they were interviewed and asked to identify the major benefits and difficulties adhering to the program.

Patients Improved

Over one year, statistically significant decreases were found in patients’ average weight (190.7 to 179.8 pounds); systolic blood pressure (144.6 to 129.1 mmHg); and total cholesterol (216.6 to

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178.2 mg/dl). Overall improvements were also found for diastolic blood pressure, HDL, LDL, and total cholesterol-HDL ratio. Anecdotally, one participant with documented heart blockages underwent a scheduled cardiac angiography just before the retreat and again one year later. Like the patients in the Ornish study, the arterial blockages of his heart had significantly decreased. During the one-year period, no participant’s drug dosage was increased by their physicians as would be expected in individuals with heart disease. Three participant’s actually had their blood pressure medications or cholesterol lowering drugs decreased. The most frequent self-reported health improvements were “decreased weight,” “decreased cholesterol,” “able to do more physically,” and “feel much better.” The self-identified factors that influenced continuation of each aspect of the program included: “feeling better” regarding nutrition; “fewer headaches” and “better sleep” regarding stress management; “positive reinforcement from others” regarding group support; and “having more energy” regarding exercise.

For healthy individuals without heart disease, the program can be preventative and reduce cardiovascular disease risk factors.

to the program included perceptions of well-being and decreased symptoms.


Many health care providers highly recommend the lifestyles used in Dr. Ornish’s program. For most individuals who have heart disease, the program has shown long-lasting and measurable benefits with continued improvement over years. For healthy individuals without heart disease, the program can be preventative and reduce cardiovascular disease risk factors. Either a oneyear intervention or a weekend retreat can produce measurable, positive changes when participants incorporate the healthy lifestyle principles into their daily lives.

Looking toward the Future

Results Were Remarkable

In Ornish’s study it was concluded that when the underlying behaviors causing occlusive coronary artery disease are addressed (i.e., excess stress, social isolation, excess dietary and body fat, and sedentary lifestyle), heart disease can be reversed. Our study demonstrated that the heart disease risk factors of excess weight, systolic blood pressure, and total cholesterol can be reduced over one year in individuals who participated in our one-weekend educational/experiential intervention and on-going group support, all without increasing drug dosages. Factors influencing adherence

Future applications of these research findings are promising for preventing and possibly reversing—not only occlusive heart disease—but also other chronic degenerative disorders, including some forms of cancer. Stress management and social support are components of our unique study of female cancer patients that is now in progress, supported by an Oakland UniversityWilliam Beaumont Hospital Multidisciplinary Research Grant award. This eight-week stress reduction program, called “Silver Linings,” is for women who have completed cancer treatment and/or are on long-term medical therapy. Mind-body medicine techniques are used to help women explore and heal after the effects of cancer. More research is being planned to

investigate the use of guided imagery for managing stress during surgical procedures. The outlook is promising and bright for the future of these complementary modalities that demonstrate research-based efficacy and cost-effectiveness. Robert Jarski, Ph.D., is Director, Complementary Medicine and Wellness Program; Professor, School of Health Sciences and The O.U. William Beaumont School of Medicine, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan. For info on other programs available at Oakland University: www2. cfm. For info on the “Silver Linings” program see the NewsBrief on page 7, For more info on related wellness workshops and approaches, contact Michael Dangovian, D.O., F.A.C.C., who worked with O.U. on this study: 586-795-3600 or see the ads on pages 23, 29 & 55.

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A Pet’s First Visit to the Vet Tips to Avoid Trauma by Erica Pytlovany


he first trip to the veterinarian’s office does not need to be a traumatic experience. With savvy planning, you can make the whole experience less stressful for both you and your pet. Handling: One of the most important steps to ease the way for a veterinary visit is getting an animal acclimated to handling. During routine cuddle times, gently play with the ears, feet and tail. Manipulate body parts in a way that the veterinary staff might use to examine a patient or apply medication. Keep it fun. If a pet is uncomfortable with certain touching, feed him tasty tidbits while handling sensitive areas. Starting in the least sensitive areas and progressing slowly to the least comfortable areas helps. The goal is to teach the pet that beyond merely tolerating this sort of handling, they can also enjoy it. Note that


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adult pets will not be as naturally tolerant of restraint or touch, so more time and care may be needed to teach them to enjoy handling. If an adult pet shows any indication of threatening behavior, such as biting or scratching during handling, stop immediately and try again later, or contact a behavior consultant. Pre-visit Visit: Many clinics welcome a pre-veterinary visit, which gives your pet a chance to meet the veterinary staff in a setting that doesn’t include uncomfortable poking or prodding. Bring yummy treats and ask the staff to feed your furry companion while you both visit the lobby and perhaps an examination room. Call ahead to ask what kind of visit your veterinary office can accommodate. The Visit for Dogs: On the day of the visit, arrive a few minutes early to take your dog for a brief walk before entering the clinic. Even if you need to travel only a short distance to the office, it can be reassuring for a dog to sniff, explore and relieve himself before going in. Once inside, have your dog’s favorite treats and special toy at hand to help keep him distracted and happy. Engage him to keep his attention on

you, and do not allow him to visit with other dogs without express permission from the other owner. Dogs in the waiting room could be contagious, sore or simply not comfortable greeting other dogs in a confined space. Protect your dog from an unpleasant interaction that could color future visits. The Visit for Cats: For comfort and safety, first introduce the cat to a secure carrier at home. Feeding the cat meals inside the carrier for a few weeks before the visit will make it feel more like a place of safety than a place of confinement. You can also leave a small towel or mat on her usual sleeping place for a few days before the vet trip. For the visit to the vet, place it in the carrier along with her, so that it smells like home. Alternative Therapies: If a pet is particularly anxious during veterinary visits, try two alternative therapies reported to make a big difference. Rescue Remedy is a popular liquid homeopathic treatment sold at many pet supply shops and at health stores that carry Bach Flower Remedies. Apply four drops directly in the pet’s mouth or add it to water, food or

digital M A G A Z I N E a treat. Dog Appeasing Pheromone (DAP) and Feliway are synthetic pheromone products that mimic those which a mother releases when nursing her pups or kittens and are designed to cause a relaxation response from the pet. These products come in different forms, including a dispenser for spraying a pet’s collar or the inside of the carrier. By conscientiously preparing your pet for a first visit to a veterinarian when the animal is healthy and not in need of vital medical attention, you lay the foundation for future experiences that you both can look forward to with a great deal more ease. For more information on Bach Flower Remedies, visit For more information about Dog Appeasing Pheromone search “pheromone” at; for cats visit

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Steps to Avoid or Mitigate

H1N1 Swine Flu by Bill Van Arsdale


hether or not you decide to get the H1N1 vaccine, there are several more natural ways to strengthen your immune system and reduce the inflammatory response to help fend off and mitigate the effects of the illness. Following are initial recommendations from Dr. David Perlmutter, medical director of the Perlmutter Health Center in Naples, Florida, and Dr. Frank Lipman, director of the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in New York City. 1) OPTIMIZE THE BODY’S level of vitamin D. “Vitamin D is the key,” says Lipman. “If you can get your vitamin D level up, that is the best thing you can do. There is a correlation between low vitamin D and influenza. Currently, there is an epidemic of vitamin D deficiency.” Unfortunately, there are no significant dietary sources of vitamin D, and most intake comes from exposure to sunlight. If we live far from the equator, we simply don’t get enough sun through fall and winter to make all the vitamin D we need. To optimize vitamin D levels: • Take 2,000 IU to 3,000 IU of a vitamin D3 supplement daily. • Get your 25 hydroxy vitamin D level checked by a doctor (if that is not an option, individuals can self-test levels through ZRT Labs by ordering a kit at vitamin-d-testing.html). • Although the current normal range is


between 20 and 50 ng/ml (nanograms per milliliter), this level is much too low for optimal health. The ideal level is between 50 and 70 ng/ml. Note: This is the most important step to prevent the flu. It may require a number of months taking 5,000 to 10,000 IU of vitamin D3 daily (especially during winter) under a doctor’s supervision to optimize the 25 hydroxy vitamin D level in the blood. Monitor status every three months until the optimal range is achieved; then cut back to a maintenance dose of at least 2,000 IU a day. 2) TAKE A TURMERIC supplement twice daily. “In this specific case of swine flu, I recommend approaches that down-regulate the whole inflammatory cascade we call the ‘cytokine storm,’” advises Perlmutter. “We understand what genes turn on the storm, and there are ways of counteracting this genetic activity induced by the virus. “There is a pathway in each of our cells called the NRF2 pathway, and when you activate that pathway, it dramatically reduces the production of cytokines. One thing we know that activates this anti-inflammatory pathway specific to cytokines is turmeric. If you have been exposed or are showing the first signs of flu, take 500 mg of turmeric twice a day. It has a brief period of potency, so the twice-a-day doses are important. Also, keep wellhydrated.” 3) GET ADEQUATE SLEEP, exercise and take actions to lower your stress levels. Do breathing exercises, meditate, practice yoga and spend time doing something that makes you happy. Feeling spent, overwhelmed, and/or mentally run down has a causal relationship with physical health. 4) WASH YOUR HANDS frequently, but not excessively. It decreases the likelihood of spreading a virus to your nose, mouth or other people. Don’t use antibacterial soap, because of the risk of creating resistant bacteria. Instead, use a simple, chemical-free soap. 5) AVOID SUGAR and processed foods. These dramatically decrease immune function. 6) EAT PHYTONUTRIENT RICH meals. These include lots of colorful salads

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and dark greens. 7) EAT LOTS OF GARLIC. It works as a broad spectrum antibiotic. 8) TAKE A PROBIOTIC DAILY. Look for one with 10 to 20 billion organisms. A strong immune system relies heavily on having a strong foundation in the gut. 9) KEEP A SUPPLY of antiviral herbal supplements on hand. Andrographis, olive leaf extract, grapefruit seed extract and elderberry extract, for example, all have antiviral properties. Use one or a combination of these as a preventative measure, especially when traveling on public transportation or entering a potentially compromised environment such as a large office, auditorium, stadium or theater. 10) TAKE ONE TO TWO GRAMS of fish oils and two grams of vitamin C daily. These boost immune function. 11) STOCK YOUR HOME pharmacy with an immune-building formula. Look for one that contains Cordyceps and Astragalus. Take it throughout the flu season. David Perlmutter, M.D., is a boardcertified neurologist and fellow of the American College of Nutrition. He serves as medical director of the Perlmutter Health Center in Naples, FL, and is recognized internationally as a leader in the field of nutritional influences in neurological disorders. Visit PerlHealth. com. Frank Lipman, M.D., is the founder and director of the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in New York City, where the emphasis is on preventive health care and patient education. He is the author of SPENT: End Exhaustion and Feel Great Again, and Total Renewal; 7 Key Steps to Resilience, Vitality and Long-Term Health. Visit

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Community Support Day to Benefit Haven - 8am10pm. Join the three Metro Detroit Whole Foods Market locations in supporting Haven. On this day, 5% of the three stores’ net sales will be donated to Haven, who has been working towards eliminating domestic violence and sexual assault by building violence-free communities one family at a time for over thirty-years. Haven is a nationally recognized non-profit offering treatment and prevention services across Oakland County and the surrounding communities. Info: 248-334-1284. Cookin’ with Aubs: Glorious Garnishes - 7-9pm. Join Aubrey this month as she gets you ready for the holiday season, making garnishes and other easy entertaining dishes & snacks. Learn how to make the recipes, then taste them and take home copies to try yourself! Space limited to 16 attendees, register early. $5. Whole Foods Market, 2918 Walton Blvd, Rochester Hills. Customer Service Desk 248-371-1400. Alternative Health Care for Dogs - 7:30pm. Learn about holistic health care for your dog plus Q&A with Dr John Simon, Owner of Woodside Animal Clinic in Royal Oak. Tours of Canine to Five facility which provides daycare, boarding, grooming and training. [Class is for people only.] Free. Limited seating, please pre-register. Canine to Five, 3443 Cass Ave, Detroit. 313-831-3647. See ad page 39.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31 Halloween Trick-or-Treat Trail - 1-4pm. Start your spooky day off at any Whole Foods Market in Metro Detroit and don’t forget to wear your costume! Pick


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Michigan Healthy Living Expos brings you speakers, exhibits, displays and demonstrations-all related to living a healthier, greener lifestyle...naturally! FREE admission and parking. New location this year: Grand Blanc, MI. Details on date and facility will be released before Thanksgiving. To exhibit, speak or sponsor email:



up a bag at the Customer Service Desk and then visit each Department for special, all-natural, Halloween treats that will be given out during the day for exciting and creative costumes. Bring the whole family and make a day of it! FREE. Whole Foods Market, All 3 Metro Detroit Locations. Info: Dawn Danhausen 248-649-9600.

and braising with wine as the acidic component. Register online, and be entered in a drawing to win a fabulous prize relevant to the class subject. Registration req’d 24-hrs/advance, online or at the Customer Service Desk. $25/person advance. Whole Foods Market-Rochester Hills, 2918 Walton Blvd. Mike Hack 248-371-1400.



Raw Fundamentals Demonstration - Noon-5pm. Step by step through the basics of preparing raw foods with highlights from Chef Mary B’s Raw Fundamentals DVD and regular classes. Raw Fundamentals focuses on recipes that maximize taste, nutrition, and ease. Strategies to balance flavors, use kitchen tools and incorporate healthy cooked foods. FREE. Barnes & Noble, 6800 Orchard Lake Rd, West Bloomfield.

FREE Introduction to FirstLine Therapy (FLT) - 6:15-7:30pm. A comprehensive 12-week “therapeutic lifestyle program.” FLT provides strategies to changing unhealthy lifestyle habits. Learn to make choices that will enhance your health and prevent disease, enabling you to achieve a full, healthy life! Adopting habits of living that are healthy can delay the onset of illness in old age and increase your years of good health and full function. FLT will put you on the path to optimal health through a combination of balanced eating, regular exercise, stress reduction, and appropriate nutritional supplementation. Bring your own writing materials. Vita~mend, 419 S. Washington Ave, Royal Oak. 248-399-7200. See ad page 41.

West Bloomfield Two Preserves Hike - Noon. Walk the hilly trails at West Bloomfield Nature Preserve, take the rails-to-trails walk to the Heron rookery and down to the Orchard Lake Preserve. 5 mile walk, moderate pace, with stops to view wildlife. Meet at Costco parking lot in Bloomfield Twp. $1. Southeastern Michigan Group of the Sierra Club, West Bloomfield Nature Preserve. Info: Inge 248-338-0906.

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Dr. Wallach’s Health Seminar - 7pm. Attend Dr. Wallach’s seminar to learn what the doctors won’t tell you. FREE. Royal Oak Elks Club, 2401 E 4th St, Royal Oak. 888-271-2751. See ad page 45. Distress Management-The How To Chill Class - 7:30-9pm. DE-STRESS from DIS-STRESS and discover for yourself the role hypnosis plays in dealing with stress. Formerly offered only to MTU Hypnosis. FREE. Nicol Merline, Board Certified Hypnotherapist & Stress Management Consultant

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with MTU Hypnosis, LLC, 8585 PGA Dr, Walled Lake. Space limited. Reserve: 248-568-0831. Introduction to Pranic Healing – 7-9pm. Interactive and experimental introductory talk with Chandan Parameswara is a licensed instructor of Master Choa Kok Sui Pranic Healing®. FREE, donations accepted. Life Learning Center, 3121 Rochester Rd, Royal Oak. Also in Bloomfield Hills 11/4 and Rochester 11/5. Info: Rose Fritsch 248-736-4655.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4 Learn How to Integrate Nutraceuticals and Natural Supplements with your Pharmaceutical Medications! - 6:15-7:30pm. Dr. Fadwa Gillanders, PharmD with Apple Cross Wellness, will be available to offer clinical support and evidence-based data to answer your questions regarding the use of natural and conventional drug therapies. FREE. Bring your own writing materials. Vita~mend, 419 S. Washington Ave, Royal Oak. 248-399-7200. See ad page 41. Free Intro to Feldenkrais® Professional Training - 6:30-8:30pm. Osa Jackson Schulte PhD, PT, GCFP/AT Continuity Assistant Trainer. Movement and Healing Center (A Michigan Not For Profit), 5386 Bronco Dr, Clarkston. Register for free intro. 586-484-0549 or fax 248-922-1951. See ad page 3. Dr. Wallach’s Health Seminar - 7pm. Attend Dr. Wallach’s seminar to learn what the doctors won’t tell you. FREE. Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd, Ann Arbor. 888-2712751. See ad page 45.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5 The Benefits of Skin Brushing - 6-7 pm. $25. Many detox programs suggest or use skin brushing as part of their program. Skin brushing will help to improve the health of your skin and encourage detoxification. Class covers skin brushing techniques and benefits. Instructor Nancy Boch has both a BS and MS in holistic nutrition and an extensive knowledge of human anatomy and physiology. She is a certified Fitness, Yoga and Chi Gong Instructor. $25. The Downing Clinic, 5715 Bella Rose Blvd, Ste 100, Clarkston. Pre-registration required by 10/29. 248-625-6677. See ad page 17. Dr. Wallach’s Health Seminar - 7pm. Attend Dr. Wallach’s seminar to learn what the doctors won’t tell you. Free. Ramada Inn, 20777 Eureka Rd, Taylor. 888-271-2751. See ad page 45. Distress Management-The How To Chill Class - 12-1:30pm. DE-STRESS from DIS-STRESS and

discover for yourself the role hypnosis plays in dealing with stress. Formerly offered only to MTU Hypnosis. FREE. Nicol Merline, Board Certified Hypnotherapist & Stress Management Consultant with MTU Hypnosis, LLC, 8585 PGA Dr, Walled Lake. Space limited. Reserve: 248-568-0831. Let’s Pop some Bubbly! - 6:30-8pm. Whether it’s a holiday, a special occasion, or a random Thursday night, sparkling wine always seems to enhance the mood. This night we’re opening up some of our favorite sparklers for you to try. $15. CRU Winebar, 6565 Orchard Lake Rd, inside Plum Market, West Bloomfield. 248-676-7000. Introducing Walpole Island Indian Reserve - 7-9pm. Dean Jacobs, Director of the Walpole Island First Nation Heritage Center, speaks about this unique ecosystem which includes the most diverse wetlands in all of the Great Lakes. FREE. Southeastern Michigan Group of the Sierra Club, Northwest Unitarian-Univeralist Church, 23925 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield. Info: Carol Izant 248-352-6137.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6 Finding Your Purpose - 6:30pm. A lecture designed specifically for women to help them gain a better understanding of the sense of self, identify what happiness means, and to provide an opportunity for connection and participation in the creative process of self-discovery. Post lecture, a weekly group will be forming. $10. Mental Fitness Center, 425 S Main St Ste 201, Rochester. Lisa Schuba 248-601-3111. See ad page 26. Free Reiki Clinic - 7-9pm. No appointment necessary. Receive a Reiki mini-treatment, multiple practitioners available. Reiki is currently in use at hospitals and clinics around the world. 33045 Hamilton Court East, Suite 27, Farmington Hills, off 12 Mile just east of Farmington Road. Enter center door at fountain. 248-890-7838. Raw Food Holiday Dishes - 3-6pm. Join Andrea McNinch from Regeneration Raw for an in store sampling of an array of raw, vegan holiday dishes without the guilt. Taste, learn and enjoy the secrets and benefits of eating raw. Look for more raw and vegan events in store with Andrea in December too! FREE. Whole Foods Market-Troy, 2880 W. Maple. Dawn Danhausen 248-649-9600. A Night to Remember - 6-10:30pm. Enjoy many pampering vendors, product vendors, 50/50 raffle, silent auction, appetizers and more. Cash Bar available. All proceeds go to the Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital’s Charach Cancer Center. $5 at the door.

Edgewood Country Club in Commerce Township. Info: Erin Welsh 248-496-8499. Reinventing Yourself - 6:30-8:30pm. Weave together a life that is deeply meaningful and allows you to bless the world with your own unique gifts. Move into the holiday season with a sense of renewal and inspiration. Our fall life coaching workshops continue with spiritual life coach Cathy Zucker to help create the life you love. $25. Soothe Your Soul, 20 Hudson Street, Oxford. Hannah Schroeder 248236-9855. See ad page 48.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7 Motherhood Mornings: Myths of Motherhood - 8-9:30am. Join us for coffee, tea and a wonderful morning of discussion on issues related to the many myths of motherhood. Discussion panel will include a variety of natural health professionals to answer questions on the minds of women. Nursing babies welcome. Afterwards, enjoy the Holiday Open House throughout Downtown Rochester. $10. Mental Fitness Center, 425 S Main St Ste 201, Rochester. Joelle Kekhoua 248-601-3111. See ad page 26. Craft Show - 9am-4pm. Craft Show crafters still needed $25.00 for 6 x 10 booth space. FREE admission. 1st United Methodist Church, 400 E. Grand River, Brighton. Info: Ginger 810-229-9614. Thyroid Balance – Its Link to Disease! - 1-2:30pm. Find out its link to heart health, digestive issues, weight gain and more. Learn how to support this incredible gland. Dr. Richard K. Sowerby D.C., Clinical Nutritionist demonstrates how Nutrition Response Testing addresses this issue. FREE. Vitamin Shoppe, Royal Oak. 248-879-1900. Certified Hypnotherapists Education and Networking Meeting - 9:30am-Noon. Certified Hypnotherapists who have graduated from a state licensed school of hypnosis are welcome. Includes an educational presentation, workbook and computer disk. Client Case Consultation Time to follow meeting. 1st meeting FREE. Clinical Hypnosis Professional Group, Warren. Register: 586-751-7500. See ad page 21. Community Class-FREE YOGA - 11:15am12:15pm. The Community Class is a Level 1 class and is complimentary to the community. FREE. Yoga For Life, 1194 S Lapeer Road, Lake Orion. Heidi Peters 248-693-9932. See ad page 54 & 55. Raw Fundamentals Demonstration - Noon-5pm. Step by step through the basics of preparing raw foods with highlights from Chef Mary B’s Raw Fundamentals DVD and regular classes. Raw Fun-

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8 Webelos - Geologist - 1pm. Complete the Webelos geologist badge, including requirements for the belt loop and pin, by starting a rock collection, learning about the rock cycle, making a plaster fossil cast and growing crystals. Bring a clean, dry glass jar, such as a salsa, jelly or olive jar, with a lid. No siblings, please. $5/Scout plus vehicle entry permit. Preregister. Metropark Nature Center near Mt. Clemens. Info/register 586-463-4332.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10 Why Do I Feel Like This, Is It a Hormone Imbalance - 7pm. Join Dr. Steven Margolis, MD, FAAFP, DABCL, Complementary Medicine Physician for information on hormone imbalance, cholesterol, lipid, heart disease and many other health and wellness issues. FREE. Seating limited. The Warren Community Center. Call 248-758-9100 to reserve. Free Nutrition class: Learn How to Build Immunity Against Foreign Invaders including the Swine Flu! - 6:15-7:30pm. Kelly Cassise, our Nutraceutical Representative from New Chapter will be on-site to deliver the most up to date research and evidence based natural supplements that will help you get ready to fight off those nasty bugs and invaders before winter sets in! FREE. Please bring writing materials. Vita~mend, 419 S. Washington Ave, Royal Oak. Info: 248-399-7200. See ad page 41. Raw Thanksgiving - 2pm. Join our very own raw foods chef Sara Cote when she shares ideas on how to celebrate Thanksgiving without giving up your raw lifestyle. Enjoy a sample of amazing raw food dishes created to compliment your holiday table. FREE. Whole Foods Market-West Bloomfield, 7350 Orchard Lake Road. Please call 248-538-4600 ext 107 to sign up no later than Nov. 8th. Before you Detox - 6:30-7:30pm. Thinking about starting a detox program? Learn the two steps you must take before you can safely detox. Presented by

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markyourcalendar WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11 Ecology Center Presents Bill McKibben 8-9pm. The Ecology Center’s annual fall event featuring climate change activist and author Bill McKibben. Followed by reception and book signing. $25 public, $20 member, $10 Student. Rackham Auditorium in Ann Arbor. Info: Stephanie 734-761-3186 ext. 110.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11 Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting - 4-5pm. Celebrate the opening of our new location, enjoy complimentary Migun massage sessions, healthy raw foods, and free gifts. RSVP by Nov 9th to attend. FREE. Migun of Birmingham, 725 S Adams Ste 100, Birmingham. Info: Jack 248 203-7744. See ad page 28. Present Moment Meditation - 7-8:15pm. Also Thur 11/19. Want to experience peace amidst your daily activities? If stress is keeping you from enjoying life, or if you want to learn simple meditation, you’ll love this class. Come and sit quietly, release stress and become ‘quiet inside’. Allow your body and mind to relax, and experience peace. Everyone welcome. $12. Center for Natural Healing, 1103 S. Washington, Royal Oak. 734-674-6965.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12 Holiday Meals and Wine Tasting - 4-8pm. Join us at any of our Metro Detroit locations for a festive holiday treat as we partner with Forgotten Harvest to host a holiday meal and wine tasting. If you prefer to donate food, Forgotten Harvest will have lists of the foods most needed that you can shop for and donate on site in lieu of cash. $10/person, all proceeds go to Forgotten Harvest. All three Metro Detroit Whole Foods Locations. Info: 248-371-1433. Cheers to Chile - 6:30-8pm. The country of Chile is home to an amazing diversity of wine, from dazzling Sauvignon Blanc to spicy Syrah to captivating Carmenere. Experience the wide variety of wines from this unique country. $15. CRU Winebar, 6565 Orchard Lake Rd, inside Plum Market, West

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13 Savor the Vegetarian Flavors - 7pm. Enjoy food and wine prepared by our talented Chefs, fully vegetarian! You will start the evening in the Specialty Department, with a complimentary glass of wine, paired with appetizers. The next four courses will be served in our Whole Lifestyle Center, finishing with a uniquely delicious dessert. Pre-registration required, space limited. Register online or at Customer Service Desk. $25/person advance. Whole Foods Market-Rochester Hills, 2918 Walton Blvd. Mike Hack 248-371-1400.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14 Radiant Beings’ Turkey Give Away & Bazaar - Noon-7pm (Also Sun Noon-6pm). Shop for hand crafted, new & “like new” items. Purchase & presence at drawing qualifies eligibility for one free organic turkey. Radiant Beings, 25962 Knollwood S. Chesterfield. Info: 586-949-0112. See ad page 26. Learning to Live a Gluten Free Lifestyle - 10am4pm. Get informed, share ideas and sample our homemade gluten-free products. Representatives from the Tri-County Celiac Support Group will be available to answer any questions. FREE. Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market, Shelby Township Location, 55178 Van Dyke Ave. Info: 586-786-9230. See ad page 35. When the Immune System Misfires - 10am-Noon. Is your immune system getting the wrong signals? Autoimmune disorders include: MS, lupus, Fibromyalgia, Hyper-Thyroid and Rheumatoid arthritis. Come to this class and learn how nutrition and supplements can help you reduce inflammation. Even Diabetes is an inflammatory condition. $5. Dr. Mary Born, ND. For The Health Of It, 15831 Twelve Mile Rd, Southfield. Info/reg: 248-5596763. See ad page 53. Expressive Arts Therapy Free Demonstrations - 4-6pm. This form of therapy uses human creative part to heal emotional wounds. Thru drawing, movement, music or poetry, healing transformation takes place. It benefits professionals, and others seeking personal growth. Knowledge of arts not needed. Refreshments. Lapeer. Call Ester Fuchs 810-245-0860. Introduction To Yoga Workshop - Noon-1:30pm. The perfect place to begin or reawaken your interest and resume practice. Bring a “sticky” mat, wear comfortable clothers. $25. Santosha Yoga,

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15 Handmade Gift Demonstration - 2-4pm. When it comes to your holiday gift giving are you looking for ways to save a little money without sacrificing quality? Learn how making your gifts can truly impress your family and friends without reaching deep into your pockets. Drop by for a demonstration of easy handmade gift ideas. No registration necessary. FREE. Whole Foods Market, All Metro Detroit Locations. Amanda Musilli 248-371-1433. Learn A Simple Detox Strategy - 3:15-4:30PM. With Michelle Sobel, Therapist & Director, Center for Natural Healing Royal Oak for 20 years. Practical guidelines that can alleviate a multitude of real and potential conditions. Learn how to keep all the major systems of the body: colon, lymph, kidneys and skin vibrant & healthy and about therapies, diet, & exercises that can help. Call to reserve. FREE. Please bring writing materials. Vita~mend, 419 S. Washington Ave, Royal Oak. Info: 248-399-7200. See ad page 41.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16 100% Natural Permanent Make-UP - 7-8pm. Learn about permanent make-up, how it can enhance your looks with 100% natural pigments and about the one step technique which makes it unnecessary for repeat treatments. Receive a free evaluation. Register early, space limited. FREE. Bloomfield Esthetics, 5640 West Maple Rd. # 206, West Bloomfield. Instructor: Joanne O’Donnell, Owner. 248-626-1990.

Reiki Share - 6-8pm. A Reiki Share is a gathering of Reiki Practitioners and people interested in learning more about Reiki, who wish to join together for a combination social/healing session. A share is where each Reiki practitioner receives a treatment one person at a time by the group. $12 or donation. Soothe Your Soul, 20 Hudson Street, Oxford. Hannah Schroeder 248-236-9855. See ad page 48.

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 17 Stop feeding Yeast! - 6-7pm. Yeast overgrowth may be compromising your health. Learn how to detect and correct yeast overgrowth (Candida). Presented by Nourish Nutrition Coach Anne Baker. FREE. RSVP. 248-891-5215 or Whole Foods Rochester Hills, 2918 Walton Blvd. Michael Hack 248-3711400. FREE Nutrition class: Learn How to Build Immunity Against Foreign Invaders including the Swine Flu! - 6:15-7:30pm. Renee Surdu, Our Certified Nutritional Consultant will be available on-site to deliver the most up to date research and evidence based natural supplements that will help you get ready to fight off those nasty bugs and invaders before winter sets in! FREE. Please bring writing materials. Vita~mend, 419 S. Washington Ave, Royal Oak. Info: 248-399-7200. See ad page 41.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18 Enjoy Your Life...Pain Free! - 7pm. Your life has purpose and meaning and most often your body is using pain to get your attention. Come to our lecture and learn from Dr. John W. Johr how to use your breath, energy and movement to reduce pain and enchance the quality of your life. FREE. Johr Family

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19 It’s Turkey Time! What to serve at Thanksgiving - 6:30-8pm. Thanksgiving dinners can present some interesting wine pairing challenges. This night we’ll showcase some excellent Thanksgiving-bound wines that’ll make your Turkey Day a hit. $15. CRU Winebar, 6565 Orchard Lake Rd, inside Plum Market, West Bloomfield. 248-626-7000.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20 Writing a New Chapter - 6:30-8:30pm. Give up those outdated goals and remnants of the past. Become present to what is possible NOW and establish a structure that supports the achievement of something new and more meaningful. The last in our fall series of life coaching workshops with spiritual life coach Cathy Zucker. $25. Soothe Your Soul, 20 Hudson Street, Oxford. Hannah Schroeder 248-236-9855. See ad page 48.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21 Just for Kids, Just for Fun Pizza Making! - 2-3pm. Top your own personal pizza and watch it bake in our hearth stone brick oven and have fun eating your own pizza creation. Reservations requested/prepayment required through Customer Service Desk. Limited to 8 kids. $5. Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market, Shelby Township Location, 55178 Van Dyke Ave. Info/reg: 586-786-9230. See ad page 35. Open to Receive Your Desires - 7 Secrets to Clear Energy Blocks - 1-2pm. Are you clear about what

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you want but not sure why you are having trouble attracting it into your life? Learn the 7 secrets to clear energy blocks in your body, emotions, relationships and finances so that you can create the life you desire easily and joyfully! FREE. Be Well, 750 S.Old Woodward Ave, Birmingham. Cheryl Heppard 248-592-0869.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22 Sample the Season - 1-3pm. Enjoy some of the delicious offerings we have on our 2009 holiday menu that will certainly please the entire family. Stock up on the ingredients to save time later. It’s quick, easy and hassle free. Menu items will vary based on date and store location. FREE. Whole Foods Market, All Metro Detroit Locations. Amanda Musilli 248-371-1433. 25th Annual Chocolate Jubilee - 12-5pm. Xocai Healthy Chocolate will be showcasing their variety of choclates @ the Chocolate Jubilee. This is a fundraiser to benefit the Metro Detroit Region Alzheimer’s Association. Donation. Dearborn Ritz Carlton Hotel. Info: Alice Goodall 586-646-0066. See ad page 46.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23 Learn What Is In Your Skin Care Products - 78:30pm. This informative class teaches what harmful toxins are found in 90% of personal care items and how they affect us. Receive a shopping card with a list of toxins to avoid. Free skin evaluations and samples available for all attendees. Register early, space limited. FREE. Bloomfield Esthetics, 5640 West Maple Rd. # 206, West Bloomfield. Instructor: Joanne O’Donnell, Owner. 248-626-1990.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24 Free Introduction to FirstLine Therapy (FLT) - 6:15-7:30pm. A comprehensive 12-week therapeutic lifestyle program. Strategies to changing unhealthy lifestyle habits. Learn to make choices that will enhance your health and prevent disease, enabling you to achieve a full, healthy life! FREE. Please bring writing materials. Vita~mend, 419 S. Washington Ave, Royal Oak. Info: 248-399-7200. See ad page 41.

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Sundays Creating A World That Works For All - 10am. Celebration of Spirit: music, laughter, meditation, inspiration, community. Peace Unity Church, 8080A Ortonville Road, Clarkston. Bookstore, Offices and Holistic Center, 248-625-5192. Spiritual Gathering - 11am. The Center of Light Spirituality Center. All welcome. Relaxed, retreat type setting, interesting topics, loving experiences, meditation, healing, 5898 Baldwin Rd, Oxford. 248-236-0432.

Monday Morning Flow Yoga w/Jules - 6:15-7:30am. Also Fridays. Intermediate to Advanced. For those willing to â&#x20AC;&#x153;go with the flowâ&#x20AC;? by challenging themselves through a combination of asanas, pranayama, and meditation. Class is for the self motivated student comfortable with a limited amount of guidance. $12 walk-in or class cards avail. Jewels Yoga and Fitness, Clarkston. Info: Jules 248-390-9270. See ad page 54. Group Fitness w/Beth - 8:30-9:15am. Intermediate. This class is a cardio-based workout helps to strengthen and tone gluteus, thighs, calves, and hips, while reducing overall body fat. Includes upper body and abs as well for a total body workout. $12 walk-in or class cards avail. Jewels Yoga and Fitness, Clarkston. Info: Jules 248-390-9270. See ad page 54. Yoga Basic Class, Beginners/Intermediate Level 1 - 9:30am. Also Wed & Fri. Truly accessible, heart opening and life enhancing yoga for all age groups, emphasizing restorative and therapeutic principles. $12 walk-in or packages. Wellness Training


Beginner/Therapeutic Yoga w/Kim Tombrella - 9:30-10:45am. Also Tue 7:15pm. Beginner to All levels. Kim adapts the principles of traditional yoga to create a gently moving, slower paced class. Therapeutic Yoga uses supportive props such as chairs, blocks, foam wedges, mats and blankets when warranted. $12 walk-in or class cards avail. Jewels Yoga and Fitness, Clarkston. Info: Jules 248-390-9270. See ad page 54. Hypnotherapy with Cheryl Beshada, C.M.Ht. 9:30am-7pm by appt. Also Wedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 21. Basic Yoga with Noreen Daly - 5:30-7pm. Also Wed 10am. We strengthen our bodies, calm our minds and open our hearts. Beginning and intermediate asanas (postures). Bring your practice mat (a few loaners are available), or towel. $7/session. Peace Unityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Holistic Center, 8080A Ortonville Road, Clarkston. 248-625-5192. Kundalini Yoga - 7-8:30pm. Any level. Focuses the energy of the chakra system and awakens the dormant energy of the soul. By Donation. Ajan Yoga Center, 48 N. Saginaw (Main St.), Pontiac. Info: Brian McNitt 248-613-6735. Hot Flow Yoga w/Jules - 7:15-8:45pm. Intermediate to Advanced. $12 walk-in or class cards avail. Jewels Yoga and Fitness, Clarkston. Info: Jules 248-3909270. See ad page 54.

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Wednesday Pilates - 9:30-10:30am and 8-9pm. All Levels. From injured to athlete, you can balance your body, and increase strength in such a way to prevent injury and pain for years to come. *If injured, please contact Beth for consultation first. $12 walk-in or class cards avail. Jewels Yoga and Fitness, Clarkston. Info: Jules 248-390-9270. See ad page 54. Basic Yoga with Noreen Daly - 10am. Also Mon 5:30pm. We strengthen our bodies, calm our minds and open our hearts. Beginning and intermediate asanas (postures). Bring your practice mat (a few loaners are available), or towel. $7/session. Peace Unity’s Holistic Center, 8080A Ortonville Road, Clarkston. 248-625-5192. Yoga Class, Beginners/Intermediate Level 1-3 - 3:30pm. And Level 1 – 5-6pm. Truly accessible, heart opening and life enhancing yoga for all age groups, emphasizing restorative and therapeutic principles. $12 walk-in or packages. Wellness Training Institute, 39242 Dequindre Rd Ste 104, Sterling Hts. 586-795-3800. See ads pages 23, 29 & 55. Yoga Basic Class, Beginners/Intermediate Level 1 - 5pm. Truly accessible, heart opening and life enhancing yoga for all age groups, emphasizing restorative and therapeutic principles. $12 walk-in or packages. Wellness Training Institute, 39242 Dequindre Rd Ste 104, Sterling Hts. 586-795-3800. See ads pages 23, 29 & 55. Hot Flow Yoga w/Rene Felix - 6:15-7:30pm. Intermediate level. Renee leads her students thru a challenging, mixed flow of asanas and breathing techniques. $12 walk-in or class cards avail. Jewels Yoga and Fitness, Clarkston. Info: Jules 248-3909270. See ad page 54. Secrets to Simplify Your Life - 6:30-8:30pm. 10/28-11/18. Join life Coach Kim Stuk for a 4 part series of classes geared atsimplifying your life and increasing your inner peace. $20/class. Soothe Your Soul, 20 Hudson St, Oxford. Hannah Schroeder 248-236-9855. See ad page 48.

A Course in Miracles - 7-9pm. The course explains major personal issues confronting the human heart and mind. Donations accepted. Eternal Balance Life Center, 1225 E Eleven Mile, Royal Oak. Info: 586-795-4358. Acoustic Bazaar Live + Open Mic Night - 7pm. Brand new venue - acoustic open mic night. Individuals and groups welcome! BIGGBY Coffee, 51185 Van Dyke, Shelby Twp. Steve Bronson. Anusara-inspired yoga class - 7:10-8:10pm. Level 1, suitable for beginners. Heart opening and joyful $15.00 walk-in. Yoga For Life, 1194 S Lapeer Road, Lake Orion. Heidi Peters 248-693-9932. See ad page 54 & 55.

Thursday Flow Yoga w/Jules - 9:30-10:45am. Intermediate to Advanced. Jules guides her students thru a combination of asana and breathing techniques put together like pearls on a string to help strengthen the body yet calm the mind. $12 walk-in or class cards avail. Jewels Yoga and Fitness, Clarkston. Info: Jules 248-390-9270. See ad page 54. Young At Heart Active Adults - 11:30am1:30pm. Lunch served at noon. Weekly lunches, guest speakers, musical performances, field trips, holiday parties, movies, bingo, games and much, much more! $5/person yearly membership. $4/ person lunch. Age 50 & up or individuals with disabilities of any age. Non-members welcome. Hart Community Center, Davisburg. Info: Sarah, Parks and Recreation 248-846-6558. Yoga Class, Beginners/Intermediate Level 3-4 – 5:30pm. Truly accessible, heart opening and life enhancing yoga for all ages groups, emphasizing restorative and therapeutic principles. $12 walk-in or packages. Wellness Training Institute, 39242 Dequindre Rd Ste 104, Sterling Hts. 586-795-3800. See ads pages 23, 29 & 55. Vinyasa with Kristina - 6:30-8pm. Dynamic flowing practice linking breath with movement.

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Assessable to those familiar with basic yoga. $12. House of Yoga, 2965 West 12 Mile Road, Ste 100, Berkley. Abby Bechek 248-556-0992. See ad page 54. Yoga Class, Intermediate/Advanced Level 3-6 - 7pm. Truly accessible, heart opening and life enhancing yoga for all age groups, emphasizing restorative and therapeutic principles. $12 walk-in or packages. Wellness Training Institute, 39242 Dequindre Rd Ste 104, Sterling Hts. 586-795-3800. See ads pages 23, 29 & 55. Personal Growth / Support Group - 7-8pm. Growth Groups are safe places to talk about human challenges from the perspective of the 12 Attitudinal Healing spiritual principles. FREE. Metro Detroit Center for Attitudinal Healing, at Unity of Royal Oak, 2500 Crooks, Royal Oak. Ron Cohen 248788-8916. Basic Yoga w/Anne Mancour - 7:15-8:30pm. All Levels. Anne guides her students thru a simple yet challenging practice focusing on traditional Yoga teachings helping to bring the body and mind into alignment while opening the heart. $12 walk-in or class cards avail. Jewels Yoga and Fitness, Clarkston. Info: Jules 248-390-9270. See ad page 54. Experiment Bowenwork - Technique helps body heal itself. Often helps with fertility, digestive problems, asthma, hammer toes, bunions, back and neck pain, stroke recovery ADD/ADHD, development delay, stress reaction, depression, insomnia, traumatic injuries and more. Session by donation. 23030 Mooney, Farmington Hills. 248345-3117 or 248-345-3595.

Friday Basic Yoga w/Renee Felix - 9:30-10:45am. Beginner to All Levels. Takes each student thru the fundamentals of practice making it approachable to all levels and comfortable for every walk of life, no matter what faith or physical condition.

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$12 walk-in or class cards avail. Jewels Yoga and Fitness, Clarkston. Info: Jules 248-390-9270. See ad page 54. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous - 6-7:30pm. Are you having a hard time controlling the way you eat? FA is a recovery program for people who suffer from overeating, under-eating, and bulimia. It is based on the twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and is open to everyone who wants to stop addictive eating. FREE. Commerce Twp. at Crossroads Presbyterian Church, 1445 Welch Rd. Info: 866-914-3663. Acoustic Bazaar Live + Open Mic Night - 7-11pm. Acoustic open mic night, individuals and groups welcome. Coffee Beanery Cafe, 26029 Hoover Rd, Warren. Steve Bronson. 586-757-6111.

Saturday Saturday Morning Ashtanga - 7-8am. Short form ashtanga yoga with Dave. Practice that will build fluid strength and a calm peaceful mind. $12. House of Yoga, 2965 West 12 Mile Road, Ste 100, Berkley. Dave Tomaszewski 248-556-0992. See ad page 54. Ashtanga Yoga (Primary Series) w/Jules - 89:30am. Intermediate to Advanced. Series of asanas combined with Ujjaii breath, bandhas, drishti to help discipline the mind and detox the body. $12 walk-in or class cards avail. Jewels Yoga and Fitness, Clarkston. Info: Jules 248-390-9270. See ad page 54.


Shelby Twp DDA Farmers’ Market–9am-2pm. Buy fresh in-season locally grown fruits and vegetables, honey, maple syrup, artisans and more. Historic Packard Proving Grounds, 49965 Van Dyke Ave, Shelby Twp. 586-983-8305. Certified Hypnotherapists Education and Networking Meeting - 1st Sat/monthly 9:30am12pm. Certified Hypnotherapists who have graduated from a state licensed school of hypnosis are welcome. Includes educational presentation, workbook and computer disk. First visit FREE. Clinical Hypnosis Professional Group, Warren. Register 586-751-7500. See ad page 21. Anusara-inspired Yoga Class - 10-11am. Level 1, suitable for beginners. Heart opening and joyful. $15.00 walk-in. Yoga For Life, 1194 S Lapeer Road, Lake Orion. Heidi Peters 248-693-9932. See ad page 54 & 55. Naturopathic School of Ann Arbor Open Houses - 11am-1pm. Here to serve with diploma and certificate programs. FREE. Google us! Lodging. Info: 734-769-7794. Fibromyalgia Yoga & Support w/Kim Tombrella - First Sat only. 11:30am-12:30pm. Beginner to All Levels. Kim, who lives with fibromyalgia, guides the class in meditation; breathing and gentle movements that can help alleviate the pain, stress and anxiety which often accompanies fibromyalgia. $12 walk-in or class cards avail. Jewels Yoga and Fitness, Clarkston. Info: Jules 248-390-9270. See ad page 54. Personal Growth / Support Group - 7-8pm. Growth Groups are safe places to talk about human challenges from the perspective of the 12 Attitudinal

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markyourcalendar SATURDAYS Weekly Reiki Classes - 9-11am. For those who appreciate growth and change! Each class offers healing as you learn. You do not have to become a practitioner. Many just learn to grow spiritually and to help themselves and their family. Six week course, $25/week. No drop-ins. Rochester. Jaya: 248-462-5452. See ad page 54.

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Chinese Health Clinic Hailan Sun, MD (China) Dipl. Ac 3075 E. Walton Blvd., Auburn Hills 248-276-8880 Former MD in China served North American people for over 26 years with acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. Specializing in various pains and intestinal problems. See ad page 18.

Wide range in care choices, from low force adjusting techniques to traditional Chiropractic. Dr. Jason Wills specializes in Applied Kinesiology, a technique not widely found in North Oakland, that assesses the functionality o f e a c h i n d iv i d u a l . Vi s i t See ad page 16.

John W. Johr, D.C. 1460 Walton Blvd. Rochester Hills 248-601-8843 The outside world is restructuring and reorganizing. Your world can too. You have the courage, gifts, and the wisdom to create exactly what you want. Come in and discover a more joyful and meaningful life! See ad page 46.


COLON HYDROTHERAPY ACUPUNCTURE HEALTH ALLIANCE Susan Burke, OMD, L.Ac 2770 Coolidge Hwy, Berkley 248-582-8888 Specializing in Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology Nutritional programs, QiGong and Physiognomy. See ad page 18.

CARDIOLOGY HEALTHY HEART & VASCULAR, PLLC Michael Dangovian, DO, FAAC 39242 Dequindre Ste 103, Sterling Heights 586-795-3600 A unique practice with a blended m o d e l for wellness. Full-service cardiology, stress testing, echocardiography, Holter monitoringYoga, workshops. Take control of your health and wellbeing. For classes and workshops, See ads pages 23, 29 & 55.

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NUCCA CHIROPRACTOR Dr. Jamie Werner 4101 John R Rd., Ste 300, Troy 248-680-7200 Experience exceptional Chiropractic without any twisting, cracking or popping. Dr. Werner is trained in the NUCCA (National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association). Tap into your healer within! Please visit See ad page 15.

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.

Karen Jenkins: Colon hydrotherapy, I-ACT Certified.

LIVING WATERS WELLNESS CENTER Fenton, 810-252-4389 Colon Hydrotherapy, Janie Olszewski, NHP, CCT, 12 years experience. By appointment only.

COUNSELING THE MENTAL FITNESS CENTER 425 Main Street, suite #201, Rochester 48307 248-601-3111 A natural approach to mental and physical health, offering counseling, behavior analysis, coaching, nutrition and physical fitness training, for individuals, couples, families and persons with special needs. See ad page 26.

VAN EVERY CHIROPRACTIC CENTER Dr. Anna Saylor-Wither; Dr. Laura Vanloon 4203 Rochester Rd., Royal Oak 248-616-0900 - Get the best Chiropractic adjustment of your life! We offer a unique, breakthrough, gentle approach to Chiropractic care called Koren Specific Technique


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ALLERGY TREATMENT Terry Robinson, RPN, Natural Therapist 1640 Axtell, Troy 248-822-9253,


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DETOX HOLISTIC WELLBEING CENTER • Menopause • Allergies • Addictions • Pain 1112 Catalpa, Royal Oak, 248-953-9402 Certified in Auriculotherapy, Biofeedback, and Gates Emotional Release and Advanced Computerized Testing Certifications. Areas of Specialty include: Chronic Pain, Arthritis, Asthma, Migraines, Concentration, Mold/Candida, Brain Fog, Acid Reflux, Fatigue, Constipation, Digestive Issues, Emotional Issues, Weight Loss, Addictions, Food Sensitivities, Food Allergies, Environmental Allergies, Asthma, Sinus Issues, Skin Issues. • Ionic Foot Baths •

RADIANT BEINGS HOLISTIC CENTER Chesterfield • 586-949-0112 Far infrared sauna, Ionic foot bath, Reiki, bodywork, workshop space and more. See ad page 26.

FENG SHUI CATHERINE HILKER, OWNER Creating Sanctuary 248-547-4965 Life Coaching, Feng Shui and Space Purification services. Call today and make permanent positive changes in your home, business and life.

HEALING TOUCH KATIE QUINN CHTP, REIKI MASTER 1640 Axtell Rd, Troy 248-822-9253 Stressed out, in pain, low energy? Healing Touch and Reiki may help you by removing blocks to your energy flow, thus promoting balance, increased energy and peace. Reiki classes also available. Call 248-961-1171 for information.

THE RECONNECTION® Anet Kaczmarczyk, BS Reconnective Healing Practitioner™ 586-945-4915 Heal others, Heal yourself. Reconnection, connecting our personal energy grid system with the energy grid system of the greater universe. Call for a healing session today.

LUCKY’S NATURAL FOODS, LLC Since 1974, 248-693-1209 101 S. Broadway, Lake Orion Downtown Historic Business District Whole food vitamins, minerals, herbs, homeopathy. Supplement savings card, organic groceries, wheat & gluten-free products, Amish poultry & eggs, body care, books, cleaning & pet care. Personalized service, knowledgable staff, special orders. See ad page 35

HOMEOPATHY TRANSFORMATIONAL HEALTH, PC Kathleen Slonager, RN, DIHOM, ADS 16205 W. 14 Mile, Ste 202, Beverly Hills 248-613-9662 Homeopathy & auricular acupuncture. Certified practitioner. Effective for acute and chronic illnesses, developmental & aging issues, as well as addictions.

HYPNOTHERAPY DENISE JACOB, RN, PhD, CHt 725 S Adams #236, Birmingham 248-514-8259 Maximize your resources for optimal health and healing using Hypnosis, Healing Touch and Holistic Nutrition. These safe and effective techniques assist you in creating change and addressing health challenges.

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INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE THE DOWNING CLINIC Laura Kovalcik, DO 5715 Bella Rose, Ste 100, Clarkston 248-625-6677 TheDowning Medical practice emphasizing natural treatments but also experienced with traditional medicine. Special tests to determine health and nutritional status along with massage, Chelation and acupuncture. Women’s & Men’s health, Menopause & Andropause, Bio-Identical Hormones, Chemical Sensitivities, Osteoporosis, Candida, Fibromyalgia, Optimal Nutrition Plans and Primary Care. See ad page 17.

HYPERBARICS BODYSPECIFIC INC. 1800 W. 14 Mile Rd, Royal Oak 248-435-8829 Mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a safe, non-invasive method for optimizing health and athletic performance. Units available for rental and purchase. See ad page 29.


LIGHT THERAPY INTERACTIVE LIGHT THERAPY (ILT) Michael Morris, M.A. L.L.P. 23995 Novi Rd., Ste. C103, Novi; 877-292-6121 Over 12 years of successful results. Anxiety, depression, ADD, fatigue, insomnia, stress, etc. Over time and with stress, your brain waves can become “stuck” in maladaptive patterns, causing many symptoms. ILT begins immediately to help restore balance. The result: you feel better and your life is improved. Call us for a free phone consultation. See ads outside back cover.


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MASSAGE FEMME SPA 248-939-6178, Novi Immerse yourself in a tranquil therapeutic escape. Exceptional intuitive Massage, hand-crafted Aromatherapy and Skin Care, Sound Therapy, FIR Sauna and Ionic Foot Spa. Certified.




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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 47.

NEUROFEEDBACK FLEXIBLE BRAIN Mary St. Clair, LMSW Two offices in West Bloomfield 248-366-6600 or


Neurofeedback: a drug-free approach for the symptoms of ADD/ADHD, autism, anxiety, depression, insomnia, fatigue, headaches, brain fog, sensory issues, traumatic brain injury & stroke. Free treatment for Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan!

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 37.


ORGANIC BY THE CASE 31051 Stephenson Hwy, Ste B, Madison Hts 248-475-5855 Your online source for certified organic brands and eco-friendly products and featuring Michigan products! Home or business delivery service for Metro-Detroit area.



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FOR THE HEALTH OF IT Mary Born, ND, CNHP, CNC 15831 Twelve Mile Rd. Southfield 248-623-2288 for appt. 248-559-6763

People with problem skin, sensitivites and interest in wellbeing feel safer k n ow i n g p o t e n t i a l l y harmful ingredients in other products are not in ours. Shop online or in Macomb. See ad page 17.

There’s hope! Over 25 years in natural health, Mary has helped people discard physical and emotional concerns. Experience her gentle, yet effective, vibrant health supports. Emotional healing, flower essences, aromatherapy, herbal energetics, Iridology, RMR testing, nutritional consulting, lectures and classes.

HOLISTIC HEALING CENTER 625 W. 14 Mile Rd., Clawson 248-435-4600 Help heal the world...starting with you! Offering a variety of alternative and holistic treatments and therapies. Experience a holistic approach to wellbeing; focusing equally on mind, body and spirit. See ad page 15.





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419 S. Washington Ave. Royal Oak 248-399-7200 We do the research so you don’t have to. Visit our store to discover the quality of our Vitamins, Minerals, Oils, Herbs, Proteins, Greens, Water, Body Care & so much more! Register for a FREE 15 min. review with our Certified Nutritional Consultant. Check out our FREE Class & Lecture schedule. Hours: Tue– Sat: 11-7 & Sun: 12-5. See ad page 41.

NUTRITIONAL HEALTH RESTORATION Sandra L. Waters RN BSN Waterford, 248-698-8855 25 years of extensive medical background. Advanced certified in Nutrition Response Testing. Nutritional teaching, testing, classes & supplements. Specializing in thyroid, body & hormonal imbalances, metal/ chemical detox and parasite cleansing to restore your body’s health and balance. Visit website for information, testimonies, prices and more.

Consher Organic Spa is the ONLY raw organic spa in MI. Enjoy edible facials, massage and more. Voted #1 in Allure Magazine for Airbrush Tan. The owner Con Ciecko’s credentials include Reiki Master, Myomassologist, Skin Therapist, Ear Candling Tech, Airbrush Tan Artist, Permanant/Medical Tattoo Artist and Instructor.

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PET HEALTH BIRKDALE HEALTHY PET 2543 South Lapeer Rd, Lake Orion 248-499-6126 Healthy grain-free food for dogs and cats. Brand names: Orijen, Fromm, Blue Buffalo and BirkDale PetMix. Fromm Gold Adult Dog Food. 33lb bag $37.95. Just mention this ad.

YOGA HOUSE OF YOGA 2965 W. 12 Mile Rd., Berkley 248-556-0992 Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Yin and Jivamukti Yoga classes. Our space offers a warm, safe and peaceful environment to explore your practice. Teacher Training (RYT 200).


RAW FOOD BETH WILKE Raw Food Teacher, Professional Speaker Information 586-899-8782 Eight years experience in raw food preparation, Beth teaches variety of dynamic classes to inspire you to new health/vitality levels. Her delicious food, high energy, and enthusiasm motivate students to achieve their own health goals.

248-390-9270 Clarkston Something for everyone. Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Pilates, Fitness, Private instruction, Massage, Mediation, Wo r k s h o p s , D i s c u s s i o n groups and more. WALK-INS AVAILABLE OR CLASS CARDS. NO EXPIRATION.

WELLNESS TRAINING INSTITUTE 39242 Dequindre Ste 104, Sterling Heights 586-795-3800 Truly accessible, heart opening and life enhancing yoga for all age groups emphasizing resorative and therapeutic principles. Call for class schedules. See ads pages 23, 29 & 55.

YOGA FOR LIFE 1194 S. Lapeer Rd., Lake Orion 248-693-9932 Yoga classes seven days a week. A variety of styles, including Anusara-inspired. First class free! Registered Yoga School with the Yoga Alliance. See ad opposite page.

REIKI JAYA’S HEALING BODYWORK 429 Walnut St., Rochester Classes, 248-652-8579. Reiki, and Advanced Seichim classes. Nineteen years in the healing profession. 12 hrs. class time with each degree. Experiential learning. Learn to scan, raise and transform energy. Free healing with registration. Appointments: 248-601-4429.

VETERINARY WOODSIDE ANIMAL CLINIC 27542 Woodward Ave, Royal Oak 248-545-6630 Dr. Simon is the owner of Woodside Animal Clinic in Royal Oak, where he practices both alternative and conventional medicine on dogs, cats, birds, rabbits and rodents. He is the author of 4 pet care books. See ad page 39.

WELLNESS INSTITUTES WELLNESS TRAINING INSTITUTE 39242 Dequindre, Ste 104, Sterling Heights 586-795-3800 A center dedicated to helping you live a better life utilizing medically proven techniques including yoga, bodywork, optimal nutrition and education, with the focus on making our clients experts in their own health & wellness. See ads pages 23, 29 & 55.


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HELP WANTED OUTGOING, GOOD COMMUNICATION skills, likes to help others, interested in natural health, good nutritional habits, computer savvy, self starter. Preferred you have 7 legs, 4 arms & the ability to do 8 things at once. PT to start. Troy office 248-8791900. Ask for Stephanie.

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VOLUNTEERING HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS-Hospice Compassus seeking compassionate individuals in SE Michigan to provide companionship to terminally ill patients and family. Required training provided free. Info: Volunteer Coordinator 248-355-9900.

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Nov09-Natural Awakenings-Greater Oakland, MI  

Natural Awakenings "Simple Living" issue. Serving Greater Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and St. Clair counties, Michigan. Natural, alternative...