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Calling All Healers! Be part of the fastest growing trend in Wellness‌ In the Heart of Downtown Rochester. The Downtown Wellness Union (DWU) is currently seeking skilled practitioners in the healing arts (Herbology, Nutrition, Massage, Homeopathy, etc.). Qualified healers will be joining a Union that already includes: t"DVQVODUVSFXJUI%S#JMM#SJHHT t#BMBODFE%JSFDUJPOT3FJLJ'FOH4IVJ t:PH"BIBS"ZVSWFEB t#PEZ$IJUUB.BTTBHF t*OOFS4PMBDF3FøFYPMPHZ t-JGF$PBDIJOHXJUI1BNFMB7BDDBSFMMJ t"VTUSBMJBO*OTUJUVUFPG.BOVBM5IFSBQZ



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profound and intuitive statement dating back to 1855, and one we believe supports the concept of our feature article this month on “Global Oneness.” It’s a new December topic for us, but appropriate as we enter the holiday season. The idea involves important holiday themes and desires–no matter what religion you practice: faith, charity, forgiveness and unconditional love. If there is one good component of this age we live in today, it’s that the glut of communication with which we are continually bombarded (the internet, 24 hour cable television and satellite radio, to name a few examples) can also serve as the vehicle for networking and creating this oneness. We sincerely hope you are able to read this article, check out some of the associated resources used in the piece (one of them from right here in Michigan) and that it enriches the holidays for you and those close to you. There are also lots of other good things to read this month. One in particular is the article titled "Healing Rituals Around the World." We're hoping you will enjoy reading about the wisdom of our ancestors and how their approaches to healing are being brought back today in the form of alternative and complementary/integrative medicine. As usual, this, and the other contributions this month, are all brought to you with the goal of helping you live a longer, heathier and more earth-friendly lifestyle. Enjoy. The plans for our Spring expo have been finalized! We will be holding the event this year at an exciting new location. It will take place on March 6th at the Genesys Conference Center in Grand Blanc. Check out the information we have this month on the event, and make plans to attend or exhibit. It promises to be one of our best yet and is centrally located in this region, making it convenient for everyone. We hope to see all of you there! Watch for more on the speakers and exhibitors who will be part of the 3rd Annual “Spring Into Health” Natural Health and Sustainability Expo as March 6th nears. So, from our family to yours, here’s to a Merry Christmas and a safe, happy and healthy holiday season...naturally!

correction The November 2009 NewsBrief (page 7) titled New Program Offered for Cancer Patients, for Beaumont Hospital’s Silver Linings program, incorrectly characterized the program as being for women “with” breast cancer. To be more accurate, the Silver Linings program is a workshop for female “veterans” of cancer (i.e. female cancer survivors). For more information, contact Pam Jablonski: 248-551-4645, or visit their website:

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newsbriefs Therapist Brings New Modality to Health Center

Health Talks Target Immunity Issues

ecky Stevens Holistic Alternatives, LLC is pleased to welcome therapeutic massage therapist and craniosacral practitioner Melanie White to the health center, located at 117 Cass Avenue Suite 301, in Mt. Clemens. White combines massage and craniosacral to create a powerful combination of therapeutic treatments. Working alone and with other health professionals, White facilitates this therapy for body, mind and spirit. An introductory special of two sessions for $99 is available throughout December for all clients who schedule an appointment with White. Becky Stevens is a Medical Intuitive and Energy Healer in private practice. Becky Stevens “I believe healing occurs synergistically with the use of intuitive capabilities, spiritual healing, and the cooperation, willingness and belief that healing can occur from the client,” says Stevens who also utilizes a broad network of holistic and conventional healing support systems in the community.

omeopathic practitioner Robert Scott Bell will host a free lecture and training session on the benefits of silver therapeutics at three Better Health Markets in December. Bell’s discussion will include: alternatives to vaccinations, key minerals necessary for immune function, homeopathic flu remedies and silver hydrosol and immunity. The talks will take place Saturday December 5th at 19850 Mack Avenue in Grosse Pointe Woods and 42875 Grand River in Novi. Call to reserve a space at either of the locations: 313885-5000 (Grosse Pointe Woods) and 248-735-8100 (Novi.) Bell overcame 24 years of chronic illness by learning and applying previously hidden natural healing methods and has since dedicated his life to revealing the healing powers within us all. He hosts a syndicated radio show that airs on 79 stations throughout the U.S, including WKMI 1360 in Kalamazoo.



For more information call Tedd Handelsman at Better Health markets 248-735-8100 or visit TheBetterHealthStore. com and See ad page 4.

For more information or an appointment, call 586-4685723 or visit Gift certificates available in time for the holidays. See ad page 17.

Local Doctor Releases Study on Improved Breathing Through Chiropractic


ocal chiropractor Dr. Mark Morningstar has published a new study in the October issue of the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal and Family Health. The study shows how breathing capability can be improved by correcting neck problems and posture. “When patients, especially kids, have breathing issues such as asthma and chronic upper respiratory infections,” says Morningstar, “one solution may be to have their posture checked to see if they have any posture abnormalities or joint dysfunction in the neck.” Morningstar is available for consultation at Natural Wellness and Pain Relief Centers, 10683 S. Saginaw, Suite B, in Grand Blanc during the week and at the New Baltimore office, 51145 Washington St., Suite C, on Tuesdays. Most insurances cover the cost of initial evaluation and consultation. Natural Awakenings readers who mention this NewsBrief can get their co-pay waived. For information, call 810-694-3576 or visit their webiste: See ad page 27.

December 2009


newsbriefs Clarkston Clinic Begins 12-week Healthy Lifestyle Program


ccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), chronic diseases are the leading causes of death and disability in the U.S. These illnesses are responsible for seven of every 10 deaths, and consume 78 percent of all health care expenditures. Some of these chronic diseases include cardiovascular disease, obesity, Type 2 diabetes, and osteoporosis. Because a wide variety of these conditions are caused by unhealthy lifestyle habits, national clinical guidelines for their management advocate a multi-faceted lifestyle approach designated “therapeutic lifestyle changes.” To address these problems, the Downing Clinic will offer a comprehensive lifestyle intervention program beginning with a free presentation December 8 at 5:45. This 12-week program, FirstLine Therapy, teaches participants to make healthy lifestyle choices. The basic principles of FLT – which include a low glycemic load food plan, regular exercise, nutritional supplementation and stress management – lays the foundation for a new lifestyle tailored to specific needs. The program starts Tuesday, January 5. Class frequency allows participants to come back for testing to monitor changes in body composition and support in their new healthy lifestyle. The Downing Clinic is located at 5715 Bella Rose Blvd, in Clarkston. To reserve a space for the free presentation, call 248-625-6677 or visit See ad page 16.

Local Doctor Receives Recognition Award


Acupuncture Gift Certificates, First Free Fridays Available at Ferndale’s CHAC


his holiday season many people are looking for unique, healthy gifts to give. Community Health Acupuncture Center (CHAC) in Ferndale announces the availability of gift certificates for the holidays. Gift certificates are available in any denomination the giftgiver is comfortable with, in keeping with the sliding-scale fee policy in place at the clinic. Per-treatment costs at CHAC are $15-$35 per treatment, whatever is comfortable for clients, without income verification. In the spirit of the winter holidays, CHAC also wants to give the gift of healing to new patients beginning Friday, December 4th, when the clinic launches its “First Free Fridays” program, which provide free acupuncture treatments on the first Friday of the month to new patients who want to try it before deciding to begin a course of treatment. Only points on the arms, legs, and head are used, so it isn’t necessary to undress. To participate in the Clinic’s “First Free Fridays” program, new patients need only schedule an appointment at the clinic on the first Friday of any month and mention the First Free Fridays promotion to receive a complementary first-time treatment. Community style acupuncture clinics allow practitioners to dramatically increase the volume of treatments that can be performed, which means costs per treatment can be lowered to more affordable rates. Affordability is key to the efficacy of acupuncture, because a course of treatment is usually necessary for this gentle medicine to be effective. Community Health Acupuncture Center is located at 801 Livernois St, Ferndale. For more information call 248-246-7289 or visit See ad page 42.

Food Sensitivity Testing Brings Body into Balance

r. Mary Born was the recipient of the Polished Apple award at a recent gathering of health professionals at the Southfield Marriott. This prestigious award is given to those individuals who dedicate a good part of their lives to teaching others about natural health methods. Born teaches classes in Southfield, has a monthly newsletter, and conducts Webinars to teach people how to attain health and balance through natural methods. The award is made of brilliant red marble on a base of variegated dark green. The stems are gold plated. Born says she will proudly display the apple in her office as a symbol of appreciation for all the hours spent in researching and teaching about health.

aturopathic doctor Jean Wagner is now offering food sensitivity testing and neurotransmitter testing to point out ways to bring the body back into balance and increase health. Cost depends on how many substances tested. Food sensitivity testing can help determine if food choices are causing immune responses in the body leading to health problems. Neurotransmitter testing checks the balance of brain neurotransmitters. Lack of balance can lead to lack of focus, anxiety, depression or other mental symptoms.

For The Health Of It is located at 15831 12 Mile Road, in Southfield. For information, call 248-623-2288. or visit See ad page 44

Mental Fitness Center is located at 425 Main Street, Ste. 201, in Rochester. For information, call 248-881-6220 or visit her website: See ad, page 31.


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New Practitioner Joins Healing Center


am Ziskie has joined the Soothe Your Soul, in Oxford. Ziskie is an integrative healing practitioner, certified massage therapist, craniosacral therapist and seasoned student of many types of healing practices. She also teaches several classes that emphasize personal growth and self-realization in and around Oxford.

Other Onsite Services Available: • Applied Kinesiology • Pediatric & Pregnancy Care • Nutritional Counseling • Massage Therapy Most insurances accepted

Welcoming New Patients Call for an appointment today

Jason C.C. Wills, D.C. Heather S. Wills, D.C.

248.922.9888 5885 S. Main St., Ste. 4 • Clarkston

Pam Ziskie With 23 years in the health and wellness industry teaching and developing women’s health programs, Ziskie has studied various practices, modalities and philosophies throughout the world. Ziskie has experience in advanced massage therapy techniques (orthopedic,) healing warm stone massage, essential oils, Native American Healing, Munay Ki, Reiki and Polarity. Soothe Your Soul is located at 20 Hudson Street in downton Oxford. For more information, call 248-236-9855 or visit See ad, page 38.

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December 2009


What Can Hyperbaric Therapy Do For You?


Centuries-old therapy increases in popularity.


yperbaric therapy is a centuriesold therapy that actually predates the discovery of oxygen. Hyperbaric utilizes pressure to drive oxygen deep into the tissues; overcoming the hurdles of the circulatory system, thus allowing for accelerated healing. It is a simple, effective and affordable therapy for obtaining and maintaining optimal health and combating chronic conditions. Hyperbaric is an effective therapy, regardless of whether the tissue is naturally hypoxic, such as ligaments, tendons and invertebral discs; or if the tissue has become hypoxic due to outside factors such as artherosclerosis, traumatic injury, edema, toxic accumulation or even surgery. Hyperbaric is not just for those trying to heal a disease; the therapy has many wellness, anti-aging and performance enhancement properties as well. Treated conditions include: Heart Disease • Stroke • M.S. Alzheimer’s • ADD • Infertility HIV • Cancer • Autism Cerebral & Bell’s Palsy Lyme Disease • Sports injuries Crohn’s • Autoimmune disorders Chronic fatigue • Lupus Fibromyalgia • Diabetes • Arthritis Detoxification • Circulation Parkinson’s • & more (Inquire for other conditions) Royal Oak’s BodySpecific uses mild portable hyperbaric units and the treatment usually lasts for one hour. You can dress comfortably and read, talk on the phone, listen to headphones or just rest. Hyperbaric sessions are available at BodySpecific’s wellness center, or units may be rented or purchased. BodySpecific has been devoted to the education and implementation of healthier lifestyles since 2002. They are located at 1800 W. 14 Mile Rd., Ste. D, Royal Oak. For information on how hyperbaric therapy can help you, call 248-435-8827 or visit advertisement


Eve Organics New, All Occasion, “Gift Giving Buddy” MACOMB, MI – “Hidden chemical ingredients in conventional skin care products and cosmetics have been recently linked to cancer and other major health concerns,” says Sharron Pinheiro, founder of Macomb Township’s Eve Organics, and who offers women education on potentially dangerous ingredients and provides safe alternatives. “We have women tell us all the time,” says Sharron, “how much they would love to have a little birdie tell their friends or family the Eve Organics products they would like to receive as a gift.” Eve Organics has found that little birdie. You can now have them notify

the people of your choice with your wish list, whether it is for a birthday, Mother’s Day, Christmas, Sweetest Day or Anniversary. Their Gift Buddy Service will take care of the nudging and winking for you. Eve Organics will either email or snail mail a note (whichever you prefer) letting that special person know what you are keeping an eye on, so they can choose a gift that would be perfect for you. “Just log on to,” Sharron says, “and click Gift Giving Buddy in the left column of the home page. Fill out the form and voila, the rest is taken care of.” Eve Organics is a member of the Organic Trade Association, the Indie Beauty Network, and has signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics and the Truth in Labeling Pledge. All but one of their skin care lines are Certified Vegan. For more information, call 888-2273033 ext. 1, or email Sharron Pinheiro directly at See ads pages 23 & 44.

Downtown Wellness Union Bringing Like-minded Practitioners Together


owntown Wellness Union (DWU) is a newly formed union of healing artists and practitioners. Occupying part of the old library building in downtown Rochester, the union includes Body Chitta massage by Jerry Stutz, acupuncture with Dr. Bill Briggs, Devika M. Smart’s YogAahar Ayurvedic Diet and Nutrition, Balanced Directions Feng Shui and Reiki with Laurie Sagal, Pamela Vaccarelli’s Integrating Mind, Body and Spirit, and Inner Solace Reflexology and Ear Candling by Kathy Radvansky. The Union is a unique, integrated healing and wellness center and one of the first of its kind in Michigan. This group of practitioners believe the time is now to involve the community and like-minded, creative and talented individuals with these “be well” beliefs. The Union has a simple ambiance and subtle embrace perfect for anyone in need of some TLC. New clients are welcome anytime. While the Union is a little over half filled, there is still space available for qualified practitioners. An open house is being held in early December for people interested in leasing space, or those looking to experience one of the many gifts the Wellness Union offers. Downtown Wellness Union is located at Suite 6 of the Old Library Building, 210 W. University, in downtown Rochester. 248-601-6019. See ad, page 4.

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newsbriefs Clarkston Yoga Studio Introduces Winter Soulstice Event to Benefit Danialle Karmanos’ New Logo, New Classes Yoga & Fitness, who has served the yoga community of Clarkston, Work It Out Jewels Orion, Oxford and Ortonville for over five years, has recently changed


ouse of Yoga, in Berkley, is excited to announce its fifth annual Winter Soulstice Celebration scheduled for Sunday, December 20. The event, which runs from 7:30 to 9 p.m., includes a restorative Candle Light Yoga class with live music. The class is by donation; all proceeds benefit Danialle Karmanos’ Work It Out program, which empowers kids and families to make positive wellness choices.

“This is an opportunity to celebrate this time of stillness and renewal and connect with our souls in a way that’s rejuvenating to our minds and bodies,” says owner David Life. “We’re pleased to help the Work It Out program even if it’s in a small way.” Live music will be provided by Vishnu Blue. Their soothing ambient sounds are blended with acoustic guitar, harmonium and violin and layered with sacred mantra and chanting to create sonic textures that to wash over the listener in waves of peace and to inspire the yoga practice, open the heart, calm the mind and connect to the divine presence of the season.Following the class will be a short Kirtan (call and response group chanting) and refreshments. A minimum donation of $10 is suggested. Space is limited to 25. Register online at HouseofYoga. net.

its logo to reflect the studio’s long-standing philosophy, “Your practice is like a jewel.” “Just as each of us is a work in progress,” says studio owner Jules Keilitz, “so is your yoga practice. Some days are sparkly and smooth, and others are rough and jagged. Sometimes you are committed and consistent, other times you stray or fall away. Yet the jewel remains; the potential in each of us never disappears. It’s always there ready to shine.” Jewels is also now offering two new classes great for beginners or anyone wanting a more gentle yoga class or a refresher: Renee Felix teaches Back to the Basics on Fridays at 9:30 a.m. Learn the Fundamentals yoga poses, yoga breath and yoga’s One True Purpose. Paula Orminski teaches Gentle Yoga Tuesday nights at 7:15 p.m., incorporating a sweet blend of her personal practices while honoring classic yoga teachings. This class is for beginners, plus-sized, seniors, pregnant, or anyone needing a more therapeutic approach or wanting to take it at a slower pace and often uses supportive props to assist students with their poses.

For more information, call 248-390-9270 or visit their website at: See the ad on page 46.

House of Yoga is located at 2965 W. 12 Mile Rd., Berkley. For more information, call 248-556-0992. See ad page 46.

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What is Your New Year’s Health Resolution? Let It Be FLT! Nutrition and Lifestyle: Two Powerful Ingredients for Chronic Disease Management. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), chronic diseases are the leading causes of death and disability in the U.S. These illnesses are responsible for 7 of every 10 deaths, affect the quality of life of 90 million Americans, and consume 78% of all health care expenditures. A wide variety of these conditions are caused mainly by unhealthy lifestyle habits. FirstLine Therapy (FLT) is a therapeutic lifestyle program that provides strategies to changing unhealthy lifestyle habits. You will learn how to make choices that will enhance your health and prevent disease, enabling you to achieve a full, healthy life! FLT classes start the 3rd week of January 2010, with 3 FREE introductory sessions this month beginning December 1st. For details, see this month’s calendar in Natural Awakenings, visit our website: or call us at the number below.

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Inspiration is an awakening, a quickening of all man’s faculties, and it is manifested in all high artistic achievements. ~ Giacomo Puccini



Good Foods for a Healthy Holiday Bash

fruit juices and sparkling water. • Fruit and vegetable trays do double duty as edible centerpieces. Go for color and texture. Enrich with low-fat cheeses, nuts and dried fruits, such as apricots, dates and cranberries. • Dips and spreads become healthier with low-fat sour cream, yogurt or neufchâtel cheese, a cream cheese naturally lower in fat. A dash of fresh herbs boosts flavor and nutrition. • Whole wheat rolls, pita wedges or multigrain French bread, served with appetizers and dinner, are filling and pack a punch in fiber and protein.


inter just would not be the same without family, friends, music, decor and yes, those much-anticipated holiday parties. With a few simple tricks and a substitution here or there, the all-important party foods can be both delicious and healthy. Guests will walk away from a brighter, lighter table, satisfied and in good cheer. • Beverage options include lower-calorie drinks, such as mineral water with spritzers of lime or orange juice, iced holiday-flavored herbal teas, light beer and holiday punches made with pure

• Choose side dishes that need little “dressing up,” such as sweet potatoes, wild rice or couscous. • Fish and seafood serve as festive, healthy main courses. • Simple ingredient changes cut the fat and sugar, while adding nutritional value and flavor to traditional dishes. Examples include replacing a third of the mashed potatoes with mashed cauliflower or adding mashed peas to avocados for a great dip with half the fat. Primary sources: Adapted from,,

Celebrating Winter Solstice


n many cultures, traditions associated with the winter solstice on December 21—marking the longest night and shortest day of the year—spark celebrations. But with all the winter holiday to-dos and fewer daylight hours, this fun time of year can also be draining. Rituals can help us remember that life, like the sun, is cycling itself to rebound with strength. We can recognize the solstice as a powerful moment of annual turning by lighting a candle or burning a Yule log, in keeping with ancient traditions. It’s a time to seek warmth by surrounding ourselves with friends and family dear to our hearts. It’s a time to bring mistletoe, holly, ivy and piney evergreens home, gather around the table, laugh over shared stories, read poetry and renew our spirits with photographed memories of recent vacations. Solstice brings a time of stillness and reflection. Placing seeds such as acorns into an offering bowl serves as a gentle reminder of nature’s empowering renewal of life through rebirth. Children will enjoy venturing outdoors to look at the stars through a telescope. Stargazing on a clear night is a humbling experience that can shift and lift our mood and perspective. Source: Adapted from

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lans for the upcoming holidays are beginning to take shape in our minds. Over the years, the shopping, the cooking, the trips, the gifts, the cards and the parties have all become more and more complicated and expensive. In the classroom, starting with Halloween, we begin to gradually see subtle changes in the behavior of the children as they react to the “shopping mall syndrome” and the associated symptoms of fatigue and anxiety that come from later bed times, shortened tempers and long lines everywhere. In a small, practical book called, Simplify Your Christmas 100 Ways to Reduce the Stress and Recapture the Joy of the Holidays, author Elaine St. James gives suggestions for children and holidays. Discuss the following ideas with your children and implement some of them so each member of the family feels the true spirit of the holidays.

On Gift Giving . . . • Gift Of Time Rather Than Things: With young children ‘less is more.’ Gift certificates for time spent with children is much more appreciated (e.g. a day spent flying a kite, making a snowman, a gift for the ‘whole’ family rather than individual gifts). • A Gift To Give, Rather Than Receive: Teach children that it is sometimes more fun to give than get (a Saturday morning spent making homemade cards or candies for residents of a nursing home would be very meaningful to both the giver and receiver). • One Big Gift Of Self, Rather Than Many Small Gifts From The Store: Children learn the idea of quantity vs. quality if you would take time to sew, bake, cook, garden or clean for someone else rather than ‘buy’ something for yourself or your child. •Year-Long Giving, Rather Than Just At Holiday Time: Women from Orange County California started a “Kids Who Care” club for children 2 – 13 years old, to think of others year round. During each month the children contribute, collect, work for and donate to different charities (e.g. October, clothing for the homeless; November, Thanksgiving dinner for a lonely neighbor; December, toys to Salvation Army; etc.). • Giving To Mother Earth: Planting a tree, cleaning a park, saving an animal, etc. These are actions that make children think beyond themselves and their own needs.


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• Organize a caroling group and visit a sick children’s ward. • Give “gift certificates” to each other offering services like breakfast in bed or mystery outing with one special child. • Take a trip with your child to a local soup kitchen and help serve food on Christmas. • Make a bird feeder with your child with pinecones and peanut butter to hang outside. • Have your child write individual holiday cards each week for several weeks – discussing individual relatives or friends and their uniqueness. • Sort through books and toys with your child and take “extra” ones to a local hospital. • Plant a tree before Christmas and decorate it with handmade items. • Have your child “work” towards the gifts they wish to give (this does not including chores in the home – which are everyone’s responsibility). • Limit the number of gifts for all family members (one large one and one or two small ones). Make the card that accompanies it more significant. • Turn off TV and turn to classical music, books or family games for a couple of days during the holidays. • Rent “classic” movies, make popcorn and enjoy being together rather than being out at the mall. • Draw, paint, write stories or poems about the beautiful season or put on a talent show for family. • Spend time outdoors hiking, sledding, skating or skiing. The hot chocolate always tastes more “divine” when you sip it slowly after coming in! Usha Mangrulkar is a certified Montessori educator and founder/director of both the Bloomfield Maples Montessori and Lakes Area Montessori for 30 years.

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AROUND THE WORLD Many of today’s healing rituals draw from the tried-and-true wisdom of our ancestors. by Debra Bokur

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rom acupressure massage, Ayurvedic facials and Shiatsu to hot stone massage, seaweed treatments and the use of herbs and botanical oils, many of today’s healing rituals share a vital component. Each has a firm foundation in an ancient, respected healing modality that’s recently made its way back into our collective awareness. Thanks to migrating populations and the efforts of world explorers, a glorious overlapping of regions and practices has occurred. Along the way, these traditions have gained renewed respect in today’s forward-thinking wellness communities.

Native American Wisdom As recently as the mid-1800s, nearly 80 percent of all medicine in Europe and the United States was derived from native plants. Native American populations have a long history of tapping into the healing world of botanicals, awarding great respect to plants and recognizing the life force within them as integral to healing. Cleansing sweat lodge ceremonies, for example, as well as the use of such natural elements as sage, clay, willow, agave cactus and honey, have become staples in spas throughout Mexico and the West. Recently, another tradition has been rediscovered: burden baskets.



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These small, woven baskets are used in an adaptation of an Apache custom, in which they provide a physical receptacle for worries, concerns and mental burdens. Today, guests symbolically place their cares and burdens in the basket. The therapist then removes it from the room and empties it, leaving each guest free to garner the maximum healing benefit from their therapy.

Caribbean, Coastal Mexico, West Indies and South America Healing traditions within every part of the world share common elements. In tropical locations, local fruit crops of papaya, mango and coconut provide an abundance of natural, antioxidantrich ingredients for facials and body treatments. On islands throughout the Caribbean and other coastal areas, seaweed, sea water, volcanic mud, sea salt and marine algae provide the same detoxifying and exfoliating benefits today as they did centuries ago. Mayan-themed rituals available along Mexico’s east coast include meditation in the shadows of area ruins and seaside purification rituals. During one intense ritual, guests are blindfolded and guided through a series of experiences that involve and awaken every sense. Further south, in the Amazon region of Venezuela, shamanism revolves around the practice of calling upon the spirits of native plants during healing

rituals—a respected method that has helped to maintain and restore human health for centuries. Indigenous peoples in this rainforest environment believe that demonstrating proper respect for each plant is essential to the healing process. This respect ranges from asking the plant’s permission before removing it from its source and thanking it for bestowing its healing powers, to guarding against overharvesting and acknowledging that the plant’s spirit is every bit as important as its chemical components.

Africa and Australia From Africa, the practice of rhythmic drumming to induce a meditative state is still used by shamans as a way to enter the spirit world, where questions may be answered and individuals can progress along their healing journey. Aboriginal medicine men in Australia also use drumming, repetitive percussive music and crystals to gain insight into dreams, which they believe are mediums for important messages— including messages of healing.


Hawaii In Hawai’i (native spelling), kahunas— traditional healers and holy men—have provided a solid basis for modern island spa treatments. Centuries-old lomilomi massage, with its long, stroking movements, helps stimulate and drain lymphatic glands, while easing the sore muscles of countless visitors. Honey, popular in facials and moisturizing body treatments, has long been recognized for its topical healing properties. It was used in numerous healing rituals throughout ancient Greece and Rome; Cleopatra was said to use honey in her royal bath water.

India Today, increasing numbers of people are accessing India’s 5,000-year-old medical system of Ayurveda and the centuries-old practice of yoga. Modern studies of the healing qualities of harmonic sound also have resulted in the production of soothing Eastern and other soundtracks for various traditions of massage as well as the use of Tibetan singing bowls during massage and energy treatments. The use of gemstones to balance emotions and realign energy patterns, too, has gained popularity. Gemstone therapy has roots in many cultures, including Greek, Egyptian and Judaic societies. It was in India, however, that their spiritual and healing powers were most recognized, with mentions in the Vedic scriptures. Gemstones have been shown to emit specific vibrational frequencies that many believe capable of affecting the body’s own frequencies, functions and well-being.

Asian cultures understand the health benefits of meditation practice. Today’s moving meditative methods include Tai chi and qigong, as well as the tradition of Japanese flower arrangement known as ikebana. Once restricted to Japanese male nobility, today, the inspiring and calming ritual of ikebana can be practiced by everyone. The practice makes use of found objects, such as rocks, branches, feathers and other offerings from nature,

often with the addition of fresh flowers or greenery. Through contemplation and meditation, the practitioner seeks to create a harmonious arrangement of the gathered components. Japanese tea ceremonies are another time-honored ritual with multiple health benefits. Today, the antioxidant properties found in tea are well known. The practice of slowing down and taking time for introspection at a regular interval each day also works to reduce stress and create an oasis in the midst of a busy schedule. Participating in healing rituals and therapies from around the world provides ways for us to reconnect with our past. They remind us of what our ancestors knew so well—that body, mind and spirit cannot be separated. True health embodies the whole person. Debra Bokur is the travel and wellness editor at and a regular contributor to Fit Yoga and Global Traveler. Connect at

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lating (useful for vigorous exercise) or ho can keep their feet still calming (helpful for Pilates, yoga and and their body-motor idling cool-down sessions). Karageorghis conwhile listening to Steppencluded that music is “an often untapped wolf’s Born to Be Wild? Or, for postsource of both motivation and inspiraBoomers, AC/DC’s T.N.T.? As Sonny tion for sport and exercise participants.” and Cher sang succinctly in The Beat Karageorghis further emphasized Goes On, “Drums keep pounding a the importance of synchronizing music rhythm to my brain.” Music is, indeed, with activities. He advised, “For a piece the magic that can boost of music to truly inspire the our heart rate, energy levels “The melody listener, it must have strong and mood—it’s a perfect and harmony rhythmic qualities that match workout buddy. the activity at hand, and of the music During the late 1990s, noted sport and exercise should promote also a tempo that matches the predicted heart rate.” In psychologist Dr. Costas a positive mood addition, “The melody and Karageorghis conducted state; that is, they harmony of the music should studies to determine if should energize promote a positive mood listening to music aided the physical performance the listener and state; that is, they should energize the listener and of athletes. His research reincrease vigor.” increase vigor.” vealed that it could reduce One of the largest our perception of effort and music-exercise matchmakers in the divert fatigue; positively affect mood world is Power Music, a leading source and motivation; enhance the acquisition of motor skills; and be either stimu- for fitness professionals and the public.


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Its website,, offers thousands of compilations from a music library that encompasses most musical genres. Exercisers can create their own playlist via MP3 downloads or buy ready-made CDs appropriate for each activity and suited to their preferred style of music. National fitness guru Tracey Staehle is partial to upbeat, popular Top 40 tunes when she’s walking outdoors or on her treadmill. “I like songs that are happy and have a great beat to keep me going,” advises Staehle, whose exercise DVDs include the bestseller, Walking Strong, and her new Walking Stronger. Some of her current favorites are Rihanna’s Please Don’t Stop the Music and Usher’s Yeah!—which she says are a great help in moving uphill. “I like songs that have a beat I can focus on,” she explains. “That way, it helps keep the workout fun and pushes me to work harder.” Much commercial dance music and numerous pop-rock songs bounce along at 120 to 140 beats per minute, a rate that coincides with the average person’s heart rate during a routine workout or fitness walking. These lists of suggested tunes all fall within that range. They’re a ready-made, fun way to listen for the magic beat that helps us get a move on.

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All Summer Long – Kid Rock Bad Girls – Donna Summer Don’t Change – INXS Fire Burning – Sean Kingston Love Story Taylor Swift Pocketful of Sunshine – Natasha Bedingfield So What – Pink Sources: Dr. Costas Karageorghis, Brunel University, UK; WorkoutMusic. com,

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Awakening Consciousness

Bold New Visions for Us, the Earth and the Universe by Barbara Amrhein

“Identify yourself with the whole of mankind. Everyone who wills can hear the inner voice. It is within everyone.” ~ Mohandas Gandhi


n our emerging global community, the digital age has propelled us, with ever-increasing velocity, towards a world that seems at once limitless and all-encompassing, yet infinitely smaller and more fragile than previously imagined. Events that a few decades ago may have aroused a nation’s compassion or concern—drought in Asia, nuclear power plants in Russia and Europe, political upheavals in Africa—now have a recognized potential to affect every world citizen, both physically and spiritually. Today, as we text and Twitter, blog and link in to Facebook, MySpace, Badoo, Bebo and dozens of other social networking websites, we create instant communications that span continents, cross cultural barriers and bridge political divides. We awaken consciousness and forge connections. Such connections are becoming the warp and weft of a universal fabric, weaving us all together. Now, inspired organizations are deftly exploring, encouraging and researching the global awakening that accompanies them. One of the better-known is the Fetzer Institute (Fetzer. org), in Kalamazoo, Michigan. A privately operating foundation, the institute is on a course to foster awareness of the power of love and forgiveness in the emerging global community, through research, education and service programs. This mission, according to Fetzer’s website, “rests on our


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conviction that efforts to address the world’s critical issues must go beyond political, social and economic strategies to their psychological and spiritual roots.” In late 2000, the Fetzer Institute supported an initiative investigating the current character of group and collective consciousness, the Collective Wisdom Initiative ( The website is a dynamic clearinghouse for information, insight and individuals, all linked within the emerging field of collective wisdom. The organization’s motto, “Together, We Can Know More,” sums up its credo that to succeed, the quest requires a partnership between scientific processes and wisdom traditions. Robert Kenney, Ph.D., a Fetzer Institute fellow and faculty member of the California Institute of Integral Studies, discusses his vision of collective consciousness: “By coming together in groups to consciously generate collective wisdom, we believe we have the potential to heal conflicts that seem impossible to heal; embrace with compassion, polarities and paradoxes that tear the fabric of our psyches and communities; and cultivate our capacities to love and forgive in groups splintered and polarized.” He explains that as people come together as artists, educators, mystics, practical idealists, scholars, activists and especially, pragmatists, we bring forward some of our own

light, seeking to do together what is not possible alone.

Heeding Our Inner Voice The Global Oneness Project (, a nonprofit organization that produces films and Web-based multimedia featuring scores of world thinkers and visionaries, is exploring how the radically simple notion of interconnectedness can best be lived in an increasingly complex world. Since 2006, the nonprofit’s staff and volunteers have circled the globe, gathering and telling stories of creative, courageous people who believe that we bear responsibility for each other and our shared Emmanuel world. Founder and Vaughan-Lee Director Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, a producer, director, composer, musician and practicing Sufi, is the son of renowned Sufi teacher and author Llewellyn VaughanLee. While working on the film One: The Movie, in 2005, Vaughan-Lee the younger says he was struck by the response to the film’s focus on unity. “People from all walks of life and backgrounds were telling me they wanted to see more of this. So we developed the Global Oneness Project to explore how people around the world were applying a unitive consciousness to practical problems within their local and global communities.” One of the project’s online interviews, among several highlighted here, shares the perspective of Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa, a Zulu sangoma (traditional healer) from South Africa. “We must awaken the Mother Mind within each human being,” advises Mutwa, author of several books on African mythology and spiritual beliefs and well-known for his work in nature conservation. “Every human being has two minds: the Mother Mind and the Warrior Mind,” Mutwa continues. The Warrior Mind looks at things logically and says, “Two plus two is four.” But the Mother Mind does not think in a straight line; rather, it thinks sideways and upwards and downwards. “We must awaken the Mother Mind within us. We must feel what is going on in the

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world,” he urges. “We mustn’t just listen to newspapers. “It is said by our Zulu people that women think with their pelvic area, where children grow and are born. We must think that way,” explains Mutwa. “I must no longer look at a tree [and see simply a tree], I must see a living entity like me. I must no longer look at a stone as just a stone, but I must see the future lying dormant in that stone.”

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Our Little Tree by Robert Duncan Wyoming’s wide-open spaces lassoed Robert Duncan’s imagination as a boy and never let go. Though he grew up in the suburbs of Salt Lake City, he spent cherished summers on his grandparents’ ranch, where his grandmother gifted him with his first set of oil paints. Today, his light-filled canvases portray the rural scenes and simpler way of life of the American West. Realistic and respectful of nature, indigenous cultures and the pioneer spirit that still permeates parts of the West, Duncan’s art gives visual testament to the quiet peace and beauty of rural living. “We all need nature in our lives,” Duncan believes. “The family farm is disappearing at an alarming rate. “I want my grandchildren to be able to walk through a field and hear a meadowlark’s song,” he says. He sees his paintings as a call to think about the things that touch our lives. “We don’t all have to live on a farm, but to pass by and see the cows grazing, or just to know that there are wild places being kept wild, makes our lives better.” Robert Duncan’s art is held in private collections worldwide. View his portfolio at


Bringing everyone in represents the life work of Ibtisam Mahameed, a Palestinian peaceworker on the board of Middleway, a non-governmental organization (NGO) promoting compassion and nonviolence. A Muslim, Mahameed embodies interfaith respect and understanding in her bid for global Ibtisam oneness, encourMahameed aging Palestinian, Jewish, Druze and Christian women to learn about each other’s religions and cultures. She asks us all to learn the language of mutual love. “First,” advises Mahameed, “we have to learn about all the principles found in the world. As a Muslim, Arab, Palestinian woman, I know my principles. But I don’t know yours. In order for me to understand your principles, I should ask you about them, and understand what they are.” Next, we need to learn mutual respect from each other, urges Mahameed. We need to know how to listen, not with our ears, but with our hearts. “I should tell you that I want to give you my hand, not to betray you, but to say you are welcome in my home. I shall like to visit you at your home, to hear more from you and to hear more about the world. This is what I call the ‘language of mutual love in the world.’”

One Mind, or Electronic Membrane This universal language already speaks intuitively to thousands, though skeptics

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may dismiss the concept as a gossamer New Age theory. If, indeed, such global connectivity exists, can it be scientifically proven? The research of Dean Radin, Ph.D., a laboratory scientist and author in the field of parapsychology, may provide some preliminary answers. Radin discusses the possibility of a global mind and whether that global mind could “wake up.” He Dean suggests that, with Radin, Ph.D. the Internet, humans may be approaching a system sophisticated enough to carry the electronic membrane, or “brain,” of a global self-awareness. Radin’s Global Consciousness Project has tested the relationship between mind and matter to determine whether collective human attention corresponds to a change in the physical environment. Intriguingly, it does. (More at http://globalonenessproject. org/videos/deanradinclip8.) “We have six billion or so people in the world… and there is already some experimental evidence suggesting that there is something like a global mind reaction to large-scale world events,” remarks Radin. The Global Consciousness Project has empirical markers for 200 major events [including the televised courtroom verdict of the O.J. Simpson murder trial and 9-11 attacks] that have attracted attention around the world. “We find changes in the physical environment as a result of that attention—changes that, by any conventional theory, shouldn’t be there,” says Radin. “And yet, they are there.” At this point, scientists haven’t concluded that a global mind exists, but if evidence is suggesting that something strange is going on—“then maybe the mind of Gaia is waking up,” Radin reasons. “Or, maybe… there has always been a giant mind, but we weren’t quite clever enough, until just now, to begin to get an inkling that maybe that was what was going on.”

Shifting Societal Structures American spiritual teacher, activist and artist angel Kyodo williams believes a shared collective consciousness—and conscience—can benefit all of humanity. This founder of the new Center for Urban Peace and author of Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living with Fearlessness and Grace, reminds us that societies can change on a massive scale. She speaks of how we can replace the view of separation: “That view can be shifted [exchanged] as no longer the acceptable way in which we do things, in the same way that we no longer accept slavery. That was an economic choice—how will I get my cotton picked if I don’t have slaves, that’s just impossible, I can’t give that up. Well, we’ve had changes in society that said, you will have to find another way. We have to make the structures of society unwilling to bear separation as a way of approaching angel Kyodo things, individualism as a way of approachwilliams ing things.” That united commitment is crucial. “We are participants in a process that will always be larger than our imagination or our best sciences can fully explain,” advises Mary Evelyn Tucker, a senior lecturer and senior scholar at Yale University. “‘Can we evolve fast enough?’ is a critical question.”

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Forget the needle, scalpel and expensive potions. Whether it’s wrinkles, pimples, dryness or irritation that is giving you trouble, health experts say the true path to clear, youthful-looking skin runs straight through the grocery aisle.


or too many years, the idea that nutrition could have a significant influence on the skin was dismissed, but that has changed,” says Alan Logan, a Westchester, New York-based naturopathic doctor and co-author of The Clear Skin Diet. “Whether the issue is aging or acne, many recent studies indicate that nutrition really does matter.” Sue Van Raes, a holistic nutritionist from Boulder, Colorado, points out that because the body tends to prioritize other organs, such as the heart, when doling out nutrients, the skin is the first to show signs of distress when diet is poor: “It’s a critical barometer of our health.” The older we get, the harder it is for our skin to soak up nutrients, making a skin-friendly diet even more critical as we age. “If someone comes to me for aesthetic reasons, the first thing I am going to say is, ‘Tell me about your diet,’” remarks Amy Newburger, a Scarsdale,


New York, dermatologist. Here’s a quick and easy look at what to eat and not eat to achieve that desired youthful glow: Wrinkle-free with vitamin C: Vitamin C and other antioxidants, such as vitamins E and A, play a crucial role in neutralizing free-radicals associated with sun, wind and environmental toxin exposure, which age cells and lead to wrinkled skin. Vitamin C is particularly important for building plump, moist collagen. Newburger says, “If you aren’t getting enough C, the collagen is not well able to hold water and looks wrinkly.” Those who spend lots of time outdoors playing or working amid the harsh elements need it most. This counsel is backed by research, including a study of 4,025 women published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2007, in which researchers found higher vitamin

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Stay hydrated: Drinking six to eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day plumps skin cells, leading to a smoother look. Cut carbs: Experts say a diet of highly refined carbohydrates (think white bread and spaghetti) is often the culprit for an array of skin problems: It spikes the blood sugar, leading to increased insulin production, which in turn throws the balance of testosterone and estrogen out of whack and disrupts the delicate balance of oils in the skin, making it too dry or too oily. Hormone imbalances also can fuel acne. For instance, Van Raes observes, a woman with excess testosterone might experience breakouts along her jaw line. One 2007 study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found that 43 acne patients who went on a diet low in processed grains for 12 weeks decreased their pimples by nearly twice as much as the control group. Another report that same year, in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that those who ate more refined carbs had more wrinkles and skin atrophy, a culprit in sagging skin. Consider allergies: Logan and Van Raes both note that skin problems, such as itchy rashes, often can result from food sensitivities. For instance, when gluten-sensitive people eat wheat, their body becomes flooded with inflammatory chemicals, called cytokines, which can swell skin and promote acne, redness and wrinkling. According to a 2006 research review, gluten-sensitivity has been linked with 21 chronic skin disorders, from psoriasis to hair loss. Meanwhile, two recent studies by Harvard researchers showed a significant link between milk consumption and acne in teens. Logan recommends eliminating the suspicious food (be it milk or wheat) for three months and then, slowly reintroducing it. This can help reveal if it, indeed, is a culprit that needs to be replaced with a skin-healthy option. Lisa Marshall is a freelance writer in Estes Park, CO. Connect at

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ing manifested. For us, the key to manifesting anything is to picture the end result the world are set to write their New Year’s intentions us- from the beginning—to see it as “a done deal,” and then hold that vision in mind ing Tony Burroughs’ simple and effective methods for until it actually appears in our three-dimenputting the laws of manifestation to work. Burroughs has sional world. In order for our intentions to manifest, authored nine books, including The Code: Ten Intentions they must serve the highest and best good of the Universe, including ourselves and everyfor a Better World and The Intenders Handbook, and he one concerned. We would never make an explains that intentions are considerably more positive intention without including a “highest good” clause, as it ensures that only those intenand powerful than New Year’s resolutions. “As Intenders, tions which are truly for our highest good will manifest. All other intentions that do we deeply comprehend that our thoughts and words are not serve us or our fellow men and women constantly creating our future. Therefore, we state our in- will not be created. Intenders place tremendous value in tentions out loud every day, framing them in positive and coming together in community to make intentions with other like-minded and powerful words that are most apt to produce the results lighthearted people. At every opportunity, we take advantage of the fact that there we desire.” is strength in numbers. We create Intenders Circles, in which we get together with others who align ntention statements, framed negatively, evoke the opwith us and who help us to envision our intentions as posite and do not work. For example, rather than say, “I already manifested. This makes everything manifest more intend I am not sick anymore,” as Intenders, we would swiftly and easily. In 15 years of observing Intenders Circles assert, “I intend that I am in perfect health.” Because we in action, we have learned that it is of prime importance haven’t mentioned anything about sickness or disease, it canthat we gather and work together in community in order to not be created from our statement. create a world where we live in peace, freedom, abundance As Intenders, we are successful at manifesting because and fulfillment. we add strong statements at the end of our intentions. When

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ou may have recently heard that cases of H1N1 influenza have been confirmed in a cat, ferrets, swine and poultry. Right now, all known cases of H1N1 in pets have been transmitted from the pet owner to the pet. While there have been no confirmed cases of H1N1 in dogs, they are readily infected by a different flu virus–designated H3N8– and more commonly known as Canine influenza. Canine Influenza was first identified in a Florida greyhound in 2004. Since then it has progressively been moving northward, but so far there have been few, if any, reported cases in Michigan. Therefore routine vaccination for H3N8 is currently not something I recommend for my patients. Whether your pet becomes sick from H1N1 or H3N8 the symptoms are very similar and include lethargy, poor appetite, runny nose, coughing and sneezing, fever and difficulty breathing. What most pet owners don’t realize is that although a virus alone can make a pet quite sick, it rarely kills them. It is the secondary bacterial infection that comes in behind the virus and produces a pneumonia that is the real killer. Influenza viruses weaken the pet’s or human’s natural immune defenses by damaging the mucosal lining of the respiratory passages and lowering the animals protective white blood cell count. The important question is not, “What do I do if my pet gets the flu?” It should be, “How can I prevent my pet from getting the flu?”

fish oil and Celtic sea salt sprinkled over his food will further provide necessary omega 3 fatty acids, trace minerals and antioxidants. There are also specific homeopathic remedies available which help detoxify and provide our pet’s immune system a more supportive environment in which to fight off disease. There are 6 master acupuncture points that can be used to help stimulate a pet’s immune system. For example, at our clinic we routinely “tune up” our patient’s immune system by shining a painless laser light on each of these points. Routine spinal adjustments will also help the nervous system better communicate instructions to immune system organs. Finally, it should be made clear that, while there is a vaccine available for “Canine influenza,” there is no vaccine available for H1N1 in pets. We have, however, acquired a homeopathic nosode (a homeopathic remedy prepared from a pathological specimen) for H1N1 which is considered safe. As of yet, however, the effectiveness is untested.


If your pet becomes one of the unfortunate victims of either H1N1 or H3N8, there is much you can do to help your veterinarian pull him or her through the illness. To fight the virus, use the nutrients described above,


The first step is to stay healthy yourself so that you don’t get H1N1 and pass it on to your pet. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, for both the pet and guardian, includes minimizing stress, eating a healthy diet containing lots of antioxidants and taking supplements that fortify the immune system and detoxify the body. Vitamins A, C and D3; Zinc and iodine are important. Instead of minimal daily requirements, megadoses of these supplements are usually needed to ward off the flu.* Echinacea, Astragalus and medicinal mushrooms like “Cordyceps” are well known for their ability to stimulate the immune system. Providing your pet with lightly steamed colorful veggies,

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except at higher doses.* Vitamin C is a great antioxidant and decongestant. Vitamin A is instrumental in supporting the mucosal lining of the respiratory tract. Oral colloidal silver, iodine, olive leaf extract, and garlic are great antibacterial remedies and can all be an effective adjunctive therapy to conventional antibiotics used to treat a bacterial pneumonia. Always keep in mind that antibiotics kill bacteria but are totally ineffective on viruses. Nebulizing a sick pet with a solution containing a mixture of N-acetyl cysteine, colloidal silver and Iodine can prove to be a great addition to oral antibiotic therapy. The N-acetyl cysteine helps break down thick mucus accumulating in the nose or bronchi. Silver has been shown to be both viracidal and bactericidal. There is virtually no bacterial resistance to silver so long as the silver can reach the site of infectious agent. Some additional tips for helping your pet avoid and survive the flu are: • If you get the flu, wash your hands well before handling your pet and cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze. Do not let the pet get into tissues you have soiled. • If one of your pets shows symptom of the flu, isolate him or her from other pets in your house and do not allow the pet showing symptoms to share food, water or toys with other pets. • As soon as you observe any of the above symptoms, take your pet to your veterinarian for evaluation and recommended therapy. *Note: Dosages of the above therapeutic nutrients and herbs vary with the size, condition, species and age of your pet. Rely on your veterinarian for advice, after he has performed a thorough exam and evaluated laboratory testing. Dr. John M. Simon, owner of the Woodside Animal Clinic in Royal Oak is a columnist, author, lecturer and past president of the Oakland County Veterinary Association. For the last 40 years he has been healing all types of small animals with both alternative and conventional medicine. For more information, contact Dr. Simon at 248-545-6630 or visit See ad previous page.

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2 The Ladies of Clear Choice Natural Healthcare Present: Digestion Issues - 7-8:30pm. If you suffer from Acid Reflux, IBS, Gas and Bloating then you need to attend this seminar. Learn how Nutrition Response Testing naturally and effectively addresses these issues. FREE. Whole Foods Rochester Hills. Register: 248-879-1900. An Introduction to Aromatherapy - 6:15-7:30pm. Also Tue 12/8 & Wed 12/16. Learn how to make your own package of bath salts & oils to take home! Understand the basic principles of Aroma and the healing properties of our several specialty oils. $15 fee for products used. Bring writing materials. Vita~Mend, 419 S Washington Ave, Royal Oak. RSVP: 248-399-7200. See ad page 12.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3 INS & OUTS of “Functional” Physical Movement - 6:15-7:30pm. Also Thur 12/10 & Thur 12/17. With Jeff Nowicki, Local Fitness Expert & Owner of Synergy Fitness. Learn how to get more out of your exercise routine and increase weight loss with focusing on the CORE. FREE. Bring writing materials. Vita~Mend, 419 S Washington Ave, Royal Oak. RSVP: 248-399-7200. See ad page 12. Welcome to Washington - 6:30-8pm. Washington

is warm, sunny, and dry, and absolutely ideal for turning out vibrant Rieslings, spicy Syrah, and serious Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. This night we’ll sample some examples of Washington State wines. $15. CRU Winebar inside Plum Market at 6565 Orchard Lake, West Bloomfield. Info: 248626-7000.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4 Gourmet Open House - 8-10pm. Meet with your favorite “Updogers,” meet the newest DWU practitioners and neighbors at Rochester Play, take a tour of the Wellness Union and sample hors D’oeuvres and wine. $15/person, $25/couple. Hosted by Updog, Downtown Wellness Union and Rochester Play, 210 W University, Rochester. Info: 248-608-6668. See ad page 4. Free Reiki Clinic and Talk - 7-9pm. 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 by fountain. Info: 248-890-7838

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5 Conscious Consumerism - 10am. With Troy Farwell. What every ecologically-conscious shopper should know before shopping for the Holiday Season. $10. Upland Hills EAC, 2375 Indian Lake Rd, Oxford. Info: 248-693-1021. See ad page 18. Certified Hypnotherapists Education and Networking Meeting - 9:30am-Noon. Certified

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248-889-7200 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 15. Special Needs Haven Therapeutic Art Classes - 8:30-10am. 3 week Saturday sessions. Pottery, stained glass and painting. Small classes. $15 includes all materials. Angel Finns Special Needs Haven for Art, Aquatics and Outdoor Living. Lake Orion. Call to register: Roxanne 248-722-1953. Soothe Your Soul Free Book Signing and Local Author Event - 11am-1pm. Healing and Transformation: Moving from the Ordinary to the Extraordinary by Dr. Eric Alsterberg. How-to manual that inspires you to seek out and understand the voice of the Higher Being. FREE. Soothe Your Soul, 20 Hudson Street, downtown Oxford. Hannah CornellSchroeder 248-310-1971. See ad page 38. Community Class-Free Yoga - 11:15am-12:15pm. The Community Class is a Level 1 class and it is complimentary to the community. FREE. Yoga For Life, 1194 S. Lapeer Road, Lake Orion. Heidi Peters 248-693-9932. See ad page 45 & 46. Gingerbread House: 101 - 11am-Noon. Also 12/12.

Join this fun gingerbread house decorating class to inspire your creativity. We will have gingerbread house kits for sale that you can take home and decorate, or you can decorate it during the class. Call your store to reserve your seat – we are offering this class twice, but are expecting a big crowd. FREE. Whole Foods Market, All Three Metro Detroit Locations. Amanda Musilli, 248-371-1433.

Nourish Your Kids! - 1-2:15pm. Also Wed 12/9 & Tue 12/15. By supporting parents with the latest up-to-date information on childhood and adolescent nutrition, making choices about healthy eating and changes in the home/school has never been easier. FREE. Bring writing materials. Vita~Mend, 419 S Washington Ave, Royal Oak. RSVP: 248-399-7200. See ad page 12.



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Present Moment Meditation - 7-8:15 p.m. Also Thur 12/17. Learn meditation, plus techniques for quieting the mind, relaxing the body, and ways to stay present and peaceful, moment-by-moment, throughout your day. $12. Limited seating. Center for Natural Healing, 1103 S. Washington, Royal Oak. Call to reserve. 734-674-6965

Sunday Silence - 3-4pm. An invitation to simply sit in silence together. It can be a time of rest, discovery, and awakening. Not a guided meditation or class. No experience necessary. Donation. Soothe Your Soul, 20 Hudson Street, Oxford. Amy Pearson 248-2369855. See ad page 38. Free Student Massages - 10am-5pm. By appointment only. Ayur Veda Therapeutic Massage Foundation, 3030 S Lapeer Rd, Lake Orion. Info: Roxanne 248-722-1953. See ad page 41.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8 Holiday Healing Meditation - 6:30-7:45pm. Join us for a soul soothing holiday meditation, a peaceful and powerful way to tranform energies around you into a more harmonious and peaceful vibration. $10. Soothe Your Soul, 20 Hudson Street, Oxford. Hannah Schroeder, 248-236-9855. See ad page 38. Free FirstLine Therapy Introduction - 5:45pm. Presenting a 12 week program (begins 1/5/10) teaching the knowledge participants need to make healthy lifestyle choices. Low glycemic load food plan, regular exercise, nutritional supplementation and stress management are the foundation. Call 248-625-6677 to reserve your spot in the free presentation at The Downing Clinic, 5715 Bella Rose Blvd, Clarkston. See ad page 16.

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Learn about HypnoBirthing® - 6:15-7:30pm. With Pauline Rzepecki, RN, Certified Hypnotherapist from Heartfelt Hypnosis. HypnoBirthing® will teach you the art of using your own natural birthing instincts. This program teaches deep levels of relaxation to eliminate the fear that causes tension and pain. FREE. Bring writing materials. Vita~Mend, 419 S Washington Ave, Royal Oak. RSVP: 248399-7200. See ad page 12. Reorganizational Healing - 7pm. Come to our lecture and learn how to draw on your strengths to create greater wellness and enjoy sustainable, increased quality of life, even in the face of life challenges. FREE. Johr Family Chiropractic, 1460 Walton Blvd Ste 100, Rochester Hills. 248-6018843. See ad page 39. Handling the Stress of the Holidays - 6pm. With Troy Farwell. $10. Upland Hills EAC, 2375 Indian Lake Rd, Oxford. Info: 248-693-1021. See ad page 18.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10 How to Integrate Nutraceuticals and Natural Supplements with your Pharmaceutical Medications - 12:15pm. Dr. Fadwa Gillanders, PharmD with Apple Cross Wellness, offers clinical support and evidencebased data to answer your questions regarding the use of natural and conventional drug therapies.

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FRIDAY DECEMBER 11 Silent Weekend Retreat - through 12/13. A perfect way to enter the holiday season. Guided meditations and yoga classes interlaced with walks on the beautiful grounds of the Capuchin Retreat Center, Washington Township. Info: Red Lotus Yoga, Brian Granader 248-376-1239. See ad page 45.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12 Candy Cane 5K and Santa Fun Run! - (4pm Santa Fun Run; 4:20pm Candy Cane 5k). Join 3D Racing for an evening run or walk! Music, holiday snacks and much more included! Also, 6pm: 9th Annual Holiday Lights Parade followed by tree lighting ceremony. FREE. Depot Park, Downtown Clarkston, 375 Depot Road, Clarkston. Info: 248-625-8223. VegMichigan Dinner Club - 7pm. Join in this monthly dinner outing to explore tasty vegan cuisine. This month weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll enjoy an all-you-can-eat holiday feast at southeast Michiganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original Ethiopian restaurant: The Blue Nile, 545 W. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale. Cost: $16.90 per person, plus tax & tip. RSVP by 12/10: 877-778-3464.

Create Hand-made Holiday Gifts - 2-5pm. Create a Grapevine Wreath, felted wool ball, corded bracelet & walking stick. Come early for a tour of Natural Buildings at the Strawbale Studio. Oxford. $25. Deanne 248-628-1887. Be Good to Your Whole Body - Noon-3pm. Give the gift of pampering this year! Swing into Whole Body to check out some of our favorite things for gift giving this season. Spoil your friends and family with body care products that meet our high Quality Standards. FREE. Whole Foods Market, All Three Metro Detroit Locations. Amanda Musilli 248-371-1433. Taste the Holiday Cheer - 1-3pm. Also Sunday 12/20. Need recipes, ideas, time saving tips or delicious entrees? Count on us to make it happen. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re knee deep in suggestions for your holiday meal, just ask! Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re planning the perfect gathering and we can help! Stop by during this time for a sampling from our holiday menu. FREE. Whole Foods Market, All Three Metro Detroit Locations. Amanda Musilli 248-371-1433.

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15 Learn the Latest on the Proposed US Health Care Reform Bill - 2-3pm. Dr. Fadwa Gillanders, PharmD with Apple Cross Wellness, will be available to offer non-political but evidence-based insight and understanding about this 2,000 page reform bill. FREE. Bring writing materials. Vita~Mend, 419 S Washington Ave, Royal Oak. RSVP: 248-399-7200. See ad page 12. Vermicomposting Workshop - 6pm. With Jared Bogdanov-Hanna. $10 plus cost of materials (if requested). Upland Hills EAC, 2375 Indian Lake Rd, Oxford. Info: 248-693-1021. See ad page 18.

Feeling Blue? - 10am-12pm. The Holidays are usually a time for fun but not for everyone. Depression is not a disease but an imbalance-find out how to regain balance. Business lunch meeting will follow. $5. For The Health Of It, 15831 Twelve Mile Rd near Greenfield, Southfield. Register 248-559-6763. Also available as a free Webinar on 12/30. Info: Dr. Mary Born, ND 248-623-2288. See ad page 44.

Fibromyalgia - 7-8pm. Are you living with Fibromyalgia, and wanting to live without? This lecture is for you, and will cover the deficiencies which cause the disease and what can be done to treat it. FREE. Michigan Spine Center, 30325 Gratiot Ave., Roseville. Seating limited, RSVP by 12/14 to: Jennifer 586-774-6301. See ad page 27.


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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17 Spanish Invasion - 6:30-8pm. Virtually every corner of Spain is turning out excellent juice, from tropical AlbariĂąo in the northwest to plump Jumilla in the southeast. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a reason why so many people love Spanish wine! $15. CRU Winebar inside Plum Market, 6565 Orchard Lake, West Bloomfield. Info: 248-626-7000. Detox for a New You in the New Year - 7-8pm.

markyourcalendar MONDAY, JANUARY 11 Tai Chi Chuan Beginning Classâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;6:30-8pm in Grand Blanc. Eight week 37 posture Wu style of Tai Chi is the Orientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s centuries-old art of peace and harmony. Change by letting go, not by force. Taught by Master Instructor Dawn Fleetwood. Info/register: 810-235-9864 or www.

markyourcalendar MONDAY, JANUARY 18 Thyroid Balance â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Its Link to Disease - 78:30pm. 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. Whole Foods Rochester Hills. Info: 248-879-1900.


Start the New Year off right, and learn about how to properly cleanse your body and the importance it has in sustaining a healthy life! $15. Michigan Spine Center, 30325 Gratiot Ave., Roseville. Seating limited, RSVP by 12/16 to: Jennifer 586-774-6301. See ad page 27.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19 Gifts for the Greater Good - 1-4pm. Spice up gift giving this year with gifts for the greater good. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have a selection of gifts available that all have one thing in common: they all give back! Whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s supporting the less fortunate or helping our planet, these gifts will do more than just make the recipient smile, they make you feel good too. FREE. Whole Foods Market, All Three Metro Detroit Locations. Amanda Musilli 248-371-1433.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 5 Free Intro to FeldenkraisÂŽ 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.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 8 First Free Fridays - 3-8pm. See if acupuncture is right for you. Free treatments for new patients available the first Friday of each month, starting January. FREE. Community Health Acupuncture Center, 801 Livernois St, Ferndale. Info: Darlene Berger, 248-246-7289. See ad page 42.



Winter Soulstice Candlelight Yoga - 7:30-9pm. 1 hr. asana practice with live music by Vishnu Blue, followed by Kirtan and afterglow of tea and treats in lobby. Suggested donation: $10. Proceeds to benefit Danialle Karmanosâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Work It Out program. $10 donation. House Of Yoga, 2965 W. 12 Mile Rd, Berkley. Abby Bechek 248-556-0992. See ad page 46.

Experience Meditation & Self-Hypnosis - 121:30pm. Also Wed 1/13 at 7pm. Presented by MTU Hypnosis, 8585 PGA Dr, Walled Lake. FREE. Call to reserve early, space limited. 248-568-0831.

Sweatlodge - 10am-3pm. With Jorge Arenivar. Donations appreciated. Upland Hills EAC, 2375 Indian Lake Rd, Oxford. Info: 248-693-1021. See ad page 18.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 26 Holiday Hike - 1pm Take a breather and relax from the holidays on this guided hike. $2/person plus Metroparks vehicle entry permit. Pre-registration required. Kensington Metropark Nature Center near Milford/Brighton. Info/reg. 800-477-3178.


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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 “go with the flow” 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 46. 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 46. 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 Insti-

Beginner/Therapeutic Yoga w/Kim Tombrella - 9:30-10:45am. Also Tue 7:15pm. Beginner to All levels. 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 46. Hypnotherapy with Cheryl Beshada, C.M.Ht. 9:30am-7pm by appt. Also Wed’s Cheryl teaches and specializes in Personal Empowerment, Releasing Blocks and Patterns of Negative Behavior, Higher Self Communication. Free Consultation. Warren. 586-751-7500. See ad page 15. Basic Yoga with Noreen Daly - 5:30-7pm. Also Wed 10am. 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. 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 248-390-9270. See ad page 46.

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plexed group of asanas. $12 walk-in or class cards avail. Jewels Yoga and Fitness, Clarkston. Info: Jules 248-390-9270. See ad page 46. Hypnotherapy with Frank Garfield, C.M.Ht. Also Thurs 9:30am-7pm by appt. Frank teaches and specializes in all aspects of hypnotherapy, Medical Hypnotherapy and hypnotherapy for Pregnancy and Childbirth. Free Consultation. Warren. Call 586-751-7500. See ad page 15. Yoga Off the Mat - 4:15-5:15pm. Also Thurs. In these difficult economic times many have been hit hard financially. Red Lotus Yoga is offering students the opportunity to practice yoga and giving at the same time with Donation Only classes. All levels of experience. 1/2 of proceeds to charity. Red Lotus Yoga, 3320 Rochester Rd, Rochester Hills. Info: Brian Granader 248-844-9642. See ad page 45. Hatha Yoga - 5:30-6:30pm. Slow flow class focusing on the breath and basic postures. By Donation. Ajan Yoga Center, 48 N. Saginaw (Main St.), Pontiac. Info: Brian McNitt, 248-613-6735. Lake Orion Gluten Free/Celiac Group - 3rd Tuesdays, 6-7pm. Network with others, share recipes & successes. Learn what to eat and how to heal and support the body with proper nutrition. Registration required. Free. Lucky’s Natural Foods llc, 101 S. Broadway, Lake Orion. Info: Tanya Sallade 248693-1209. See ad page 43. Share with NSP - 6:30-8pm. During these tough times you still need to take care of your health. Come learn how you can do that inexpensively and help others regain their health too. FREE. For The Health Of It, 15831 Twelve Mile Rd near Greenfield, Southfield. Register: 248-559-6763. See ad page 44. Gentle Yoga - 7:15pm. w/Paula Orminski. For beginners, plus-sized, seniors, pregnant, or anyone needing a more therapeutic approach or wanting to take it at a slower pace and often uses supportive props to assist students with their poses. $12 walk-in or class cards avail. Jewels Yoga and

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Pilates - 8:15-9:15pm. A mat session that will develop core stability through a series of movements that strengthen the muscles from the inside out. $15 walk-in, class packs available. Yoga For Life, 1194 S. Lapeer Road, Lake Orion. Heidi Peters 248-6939932. See ad page 45 & 46.

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.

Jaya’s Reiki Share Open Healing - 3rd Tuesdays thru Dec. You don’t have to know a thing about healing to attend. This is about participating and receiving a healing yourself. Learn what healing is about and meet others who either do healing or want to see how it feels. Bring a small snack to share. No fees, donations accepted. 60401 Mt. Vernon Rd, Rochester. Jaya: 248-462-5452. See ad page 46.

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 46. 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. Anusara-inspired Yoga Class - 10-11:15am. Level 1, suitable for beginners. Heart opening and joyful. $15 walk-in, class packs available. Yoga For Life, 1194 S Lapeer Road, Lake Orion. Heidi Peters 248-693-9932. See ad page 45 & 46.


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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 2, 21 & 45. 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 2, 21 & 45. 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. Jewels Yoga and Fitness, Clarkston. Info: Jules 248-390-9270. See ad page 46. 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 38. A Course in Miracles - 7-9pm. The course explains major personal issues confronting the human heart and mind. Donations accepted. Eternal Balance

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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 45 & 46.

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 46. Young At Heart Active Adults - 11:30am-1:30pm. 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 2, 21 & 45. 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 2, 21 & 45. 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 46. 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. 248-345-3117 or 248-345-3595.

Acoustic open mic night, individuals and groups welcome. Coffee Beanery Cafe, 26029 Hoover Rd, Warren. Steve Bronson. 586-757-6111.

markyourcalendar THURSDAYS Feldenkrais Class - 7-8pm. Anyone benefits from the Feldenkrais method. Through lessons you can enjoy greater ease of movement, increased sense of vitality, and feelings of peaceful relaxation. $10 prepaid or $15 at the door. CranioSacral Institute of Michigan, 51850 Dequindre, Ste 1, Shelby Twp. 586-991-0801.

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. $12 walk-in or class cards avail. Jewels Yoga and Fitness, Clarkston. Info: Jules 248-390-9270. See ad page 46. 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.

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 46. 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 46. Certified Hypnotherapists Education and Networking Meeting - 1st Sat/monthly 9:30am-12pm. Certified Hypnotherapists who have graduated from a state licensed school of hypnosis are welcome. Includes educational presentation, workbook and computer disk. First visit FREE. Clinical Hypnosis Professional Group, Warren. Register 586-7517500. See ad page 15.

tificate programs. FREE. Google us! Lodging. Info: 734-769-7794. Vinyasa with Kristina - 10:30-11:45am. Flowing practice, linking breath and movement, exploring poses that build to open the body gracefully. Accessible to all familiar with Basic Yoga and Basic Vinyasa. $12. House Of Yoga, 2965 W. 12 Mile Rd, Berkley. Abby Bechek 248-556-0992. See ad page 46. 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 46. 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 RE/MAX Classic; 29630 Orchard Lake Rd, Farmington Hills. Michael Huler 248-478-4394.


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Terry Robinson, RPN, Natural Therapist 1640 Axtell, Troy 248-822-9253, Computerized Allergy Testing/ treatments. Certified in NAET, BioSet, JMT and BioKinetics. 7 years experience. Specializing in: Environmental allergies, food allergies/sensitivities, digestive issues, skin problems, headaches, fatigue and Candida.

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WILLS FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC Dr. Jason & Dr. Heather Wills 5885 S. Main St., Suite 4, Clarkston 248-922-9888 Wide range in care choices, from low force adjusting techniques to traditional Chiropractic. Dr. Jason Wills specializes in Applied Kinesiology, a technique not widely found in North Oakland, that assesses the functionality o f e a c h i n d iv i d u a l . Vi s i t See ad page 9.

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 20.



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CARDIOLOGY HEALTHY HEART & VASCULAR, PLLC Michael Dangovian, DO, FAAC 39242 Dequindre Ste 103, Sterling Heights 586-795-3600 A unique practice with a blended m o d e l for wellness. Full-service cardiology, stress testing, echocardiography, Holter monitoringYoga, workshops. Take control of your health and wellbeing. For classes and workshops, See ads pages 2, 21 & 45..


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 25.

PROGRESSIVE CHIROPRACTIC Dr. Mike Paonessa 716 W. 11 Mile Rd., Royal Oak 248-544-4088 Dr. Mike, a husband and father of three, takes pride in offering family chiropractic care using techniques tailored to each individual’s needs. Progressive Chiropractic offers massage, Reflexology, supplements, pillows and supports.

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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 31.

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DENTISTRY DAVID W. REGIANI, DDS, PC Holistic General Dentistry 101 South Street, Ortonville 248-627-4934 Mercury and metal-free dental materials, non surgical perio treatment, Invisalign© Orthodontics, DDS weight-loss system, cosmetic dentistry and TMJ pain diagnosis & treatment. Over 25 years of providing dental services to the community. See ad page 13.

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 31.

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 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.

The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards. ~ Anatole France

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.

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.

FITNESS/MARTIAL ARTS KOREAN MARTIAL ARTS INSTITUTE 935 Baldwin Rd., Lapeer 810-667-2101 Traditional TaeKwon-Do training for ages 5 through seniors. Also, adult enrichment classes in Tai Chi, Yoga, Kick-fit exercise and Women’s self-defense. Visit website for class schedule and offering.

GREEN PRODUCTS HEALTHY LIVING PRODUCTS Marine City, 586-405-2704 Air/Water purification, Alkaline water, Laundry Pure, Energy savings, Immune system booster, Neutriceuticals.

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 10.

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.

INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE COMMUNITY BRIDGES INTEGRATED HEALTHCARE Clinics in Wayne, Oakland & Macomb counties. Call 734-347-1462 Integrative medicine and complimentary therapy. M.D.’s, D.O.’s, N.P.’s, PA-C’s, N.D.’s, R.N.’s all working together for your good health and well being. Eastern and Western medicine and therapies utilized as appropriate. House calls for Seniors! See ad page 3.

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 16.

ROCHESTER CENTER FOR HEALTHY LIVING Catherine Waller, M.D. 725 Barclay Cir., #215, Rochester Hills 248-844-1414 Specializing in the use of Natural Medicine and BioIdentical Hormones, as an alternative to drugs in the treatment and prevention of common medical disorders. See ad page 9.

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LIGHT THERAPY SHERMAN HEALTH SYSTEM, LLC 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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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 12.

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




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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.

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.

YOGA HOUSE OF YOGA 2965 W. 12 Mile Rd., Berkley 248-556-0992 Hatha, Ashtanga, Vi ny a s a , Yi n a n d J i v a m u k t i Yo g a classes. Our space offers a warm, safe and peaceful environment to explore your practice. Teacher Training (RYT 200).

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 2, 21 & 45.

JEWELS YOGA AND FITNESS 248-390-9270 Clarkston Something for everyone. Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Pilates, Fitness, P r iva t e i n s t r u c t i o n , Massage, Mediation, Workshops, Discussion groups and more. WALKINS AVAILABLE OR CLASS CARDS. NO EXPIRATION.

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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.

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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 33.

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 2, 21 & 45.


THE CENTER FOR NATURAL HEALING, in Royal Oak over 20 years: Colonics, Massage, Infrared Sauna, Lymphatic Treatments, IACT Certified. 248-543-2020.

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OPPORTUNITIES ADVERTISING SALES-Natural Awakenings’ Southern Oakland and Greater Macomb counties positions available. Must have some sales experience, but not necessarily in advertising. We provide guidance and coaching. This is a commission sales/ contractor position. To apply, call Jerry Neale: 248628-0125 or email us details of your experience and

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