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contents 7 newsbriefs


12 healthbriefs 16 globalbriefs 18 healthykids 22 consciouseating 24 healingways


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

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24 LIGHTEN UP! Humor is FUNdamental to good health

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Germain-McCarthy, president of the Haitian Association for Human Development and a professor at the University of New Orleans, said it all in an email: “Our hearts are overwhelmed by the tragedy in Haiti but this is not the time for tears. This is the time to pick ourselves up, be active and join the international community to help Haiti. This is the time to be generous with time and money. Those of us who cannot go can help by contributing money and supplies.” Let’s make sure that Haitians feel so much love and support from the whole world that it works to transform and heal their country on very deep levels. Let’s experience for ourselves the joy of being part of the global community that brings them all that love and support. If you are able, please find a reliable organization and donate to earthquake relief in Haiti. And continue to pray. The need will continue there for quite some time. Let’s not forget. Early efforts focused on search, rescue and meeting the physical needs of the survivors, but the human spirit needs nourishment as well. One news story tells of Haitians gathered in makeshift camps at night to sing as a way of finding some relief. Actually, song, dance, storytelling and laughter have been a medicine humans have used throughout history; both to celebrate life and to help get through challenging times. Our timely editorial this month explores mirth and laughter and its benefits to our health and well being. Enda Junkins, a psychotherapist who helps people learn to use laughter to relieve stress, enrich relationships and resolve conflicts, says that “Laughter is the human gift for coping and survival.” Her article, “Laugh More,” on page 20 is filled with tips to bring increasing smiles and laughter into our daily lives.

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Scientific evidence from a number of research arenas adds credence to our natural feeling that a sense of humor is good for our health and wellbeing. Researcher Paul McGhee elaborates on how a sense of humor has been shown to improve our health in such areas as immunity, pain management, cardiac health and even cancers. Check out his contribution, “Lighten Up!” on page 24.

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Apparently, even our canine friends enjoy a mischievous grin. Read what research tells us about dogs’ playful sense of humor and which breeds ham it up in “Canine Humor” by Stanley Coren on page 31.

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newsbriefs Cancer Center Receives LEED Certification


he Botsford Hospital Cancer Center in Farmington Hills has been certified at the LEED Silver level by the U.S. Green Building Council. This is the first health care facility in southeastern Michigan to be certified. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is an internationally recognized green building certification system that covers: sustainable site solutions, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere optimization, materials and finishes, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts. Certification is graded at certified, silver, gold and platinum levels. A highlight of the project is the healing garden designed to bring beauty and serenity to the cancer center. Healing gardens are a vital aspect of the care environment. The garden is accessible through the campus and the facility, providing a place of respite for users and a sanctuary for patients and their families. A LEED innovation credit was achieved for this amenity. For more information, visit

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ealth and Healing Chiropractic center, located in the heart of downtown Rochester, will host a book club from 7 to 8 p.m. every other Tuesday. Owner Kathy Whitmore says the books will focus on personal growth, consciousness, spirituality and health. There is no cost to join. “Health and Healing Chiropractic opened its doors in August. It is a place that promotes vitality and well being,” says Whitmore. “This office has a truly welcoming and calming atmosphere, and you will feel right at home. Whether you feel good, or are in pain, you can benefit from chiropractic care.Whether you are healthy or striving for health, we are here to serve your needs.” Health & Healing Chiropractic is located at 226 Walnut Blvd., in Rochester. 248-656-6957, or visit her website at

Meditation Classes Slated for February in Royal Oak The Center for Natural Healing, Royal Oak, now offers Present Moment Meditation twice each month. Upcoming classes will be held from 7 to 8:15 p.m. February 11 and 25. Cost is $12. Other services include Reiki, herbology, iridology and colon therapy. The meditation classes are presented by Kathy Henning and help participants relax, unwind and experience inner peace. In addition to meditation, the classes touch on a different topic each week, and provide participants with simple tools for staying peaceful and present throughout the day. Meditating for 15-20 minutes a few times a week can make a world of difference when managing stress and tension, says Henning. “We’re very excited to have this new addition to our clinic”, says owner Michelle Sobel. “It supports our commitment to greater self-awareness and compliments our philosophy of total healing for body, mind and spirit.” The Center for Natural Healing is located at 1103 S. Washington, in Royal Oak. Register at 248-674-6965.

3rd Annual Spring Into Health Expo Announces New Location for 2010


ichigan Healthy Living Expo (MHL Expo) is announcing its 3rd Annual Spring Into Health Natural Health & Sustainability Expo, to take place Saturday March, 6, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. This year the event is being held at the spacious Geneysis Conference Center in Grand Blanc, just off I-75 and Holly Road (exit 108). Admission is free. MHL Expo produces several local shows during the year, all of which are geared toward helping those who visit find new ways to lead a healthier, more earth-friendly lifestyle. Each is produced in a different region of East Michigan. The 2010 Spring Into Health event has exhibition space for upwards of 100 businesses and practitioners who come from all over Michigan to participate. They will be offering products and services, samples, demonstrations and displays that support living healtheir and greener. Throughout the day speakers will be giving presentations covering various themed topics. Admission to the speakers is also free. Speakers/topics scheduled thus far include: • Megan Strauchman, D.O., "Why Do I Keep Having Thyroid Problems In Spite of Treatment?" • Dr. Mark Morningstar, "ADD/ADHD and Autism: An Alternative Perspective." • Jeffrey Remer, Dipl. OM, "Chinese Medicine: A Gateway to Health." • David W. Regiani, DDS, "Holistic Dentistry, How Your Bite Affects Your Body, Which Dental Materials Are Safer” and oher topics." • Stacey Kimbrell, "How Hidden Toxins Affect Your Health & Behavior." The Genesys Conference Center is next to the Genesys Athletic Club, 805 Health Park Blvd, Grand Blanc. For more information, including details on the speakers and topics, a map to the conference center or to exhibit, visit See ad inside cover.

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newsbriefs Ferndale’s CHAC Adds Herbology


ommunity Health Acupuncture Center in Ferndale announces a new practitioner and expanded hours. Carol Soborowski, a Michigan Native, is board certified in Chinese herbology as well as acupuncture. She majored in nutrition at Rochester Institute in Rochester, New York, and graduated magna cum laude from Midwest College of Oriental Medicine in Racine, Wisconsin.

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t’s “Bring A Friend Day” at Precise Chiropractic February 11th. Complimentary stress and nerve scans done with the Subluxation Station will be offered. This technology is certified through NASA and is painless and sensitive to one’s health needs, according to Dr. Jamie L. Werner. Food, fun and a raffle to win a dinner for two are all part of the day’s activities. Attendees will learn about the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA) procedure and how it improves mobility, reduces pain and overall helps the body work to the highest potential. NUCCA has been seen on Good Morning America in relation to its ability to naturally reduce blood pressure. Precise Chiropractic is located at 4101 John R Road, Suite 300, in Troy. Call 248-680-7200 or visit See ad, page 23.

Chinese herbs are often used to augment acupuncture treatments and facilitate the healing process between them. “I’m very excited to be home in Michigan and able to share acupuncture and Chinese herbs with my family, friends, and community,” she says. CHAC is now open Monday through Saturday and offers extended after-work appointments and affordable sliding scale fees that do not require income verification. Community Health Acupuncture Center is located at 801 Livernois Street, in Ferndale. 248-246-7289. See ad, page 43.

Better Health Expands Two Locations


ovi-based Better Health recently opened a new 4,600 square foot location at 33452 Van Dyke in Sterling Heights. This complete market includes organic meats, dairy, produce and some to-go meals. Better Health has also expanded its Plymouth location at 44427 Ann Arbor Road to 7,200 square feet. The expanded location features more produce, meats, deli meats, fresh and frozen foods, everyday groceries, beauty and cleaning products, and beer and wine. “More people are becoming aware of the benefits of eating natural organic foods,” says Better Health owner Tedd Handelsman. “As a result, we are seeing increased foot traffic. Our goal is to be able to expand other locations to carry more products that our customers are requesting.” More information is available by visiting See ad, page 40.

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he Art Experience Center has comfortably settled into its new location at 175 S. Saginaw Street, in Pontiac. The Art Experience opened in Waterford in 1996 with the idea that making art with others renews and inspires everyone involved. The mutual teaching and learning facilitated in the studio often blurs the line that distinguishes mentor from student. Today, the Center offers classes to the general public and provides a stimulating environment to encourage creativity and a greater understanding of art. All who enter are welcomed and invited to create – to draw, paint, sing, dance or make something. Artists include both adults and children. Programs include open studio, after school studio, a resident artist program and

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ichigan Organic Food & Farm Alliance (MOFFA) will host its annual conference at the Kellogg Conference Center on MSU campus, in East Lansing, Michigan on March 5-6, 2010. The theme of the event is “Michigan Organic: Seeds, Soil, and Health.” The conference, which is open to the public, features educational sessions, exhibits and networking opportunities for those interested in all things organic. “This conference is crucial to Michigan now more than ever, “said Yvette Berman, Co-Chair of MOFFA. “Anything we can do to raise more awareness of the health benefits of organic products while supporting local farms and businesses will give Michigan an economic boost. This is an opportunity to help ourselves out of these challenging times and pave the way for a bigger organic future with developing networks.” The event is expected to feature 30 exhibitors and host 300 attendees. Registration for both exhibitors and attendees is available now online. Conference admission ranges from $25. to $100. for the full conference. Student advance registration is $50.00 for both days. The exhibitor fee is $125.00 and includes 1 full conference registration with seating at the organic luncheon. Sponsorship opportunities are also available ranging from $250. to $2,500. offering a variety of key marketing opportunities at each sponsor level.

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newsbriefs Yoga for the Young at Heart


ewels Yoga and Fitness announces Yoga Together, a special event for adults and children 6:30 to 8 p.m. February 26. Instructor Renee Felix will teach the class, which she says aims to strengthen the bond between parents and children as they grow in their yoga experience. No experience is necessary, “just a great sense of humor with an open mind,” says Felix. Cost is $15. Participants should bring a mat for each person. Jewels Yoga and Fitness is located in Clarkston. Prepayment and registration at 248-390-9270. JewelsYogaFitness. com. See ad, page 46.

Radio Show Features Rochester Body Worker


aya Tatum, the owner of Jaya’s Healing Bodywork in Rochester, will host to a new internet radio show, “Hand in Hand with Jaya,” Thursdays at 7 p.m. at The focus is on men and women who are on a healing journey and are interested in growth and change in their lives. Listeners will hear the many ways that the body and mind can heal itself. Jaya discusses the psychology of healing, breath work and transformation. Her show, “Your body holds old feelings and emotions, what is it telling you?” was the most downloaded show on the station during 2009. This network embraces light workers and healers, teachers and visionaries, and all those willing to learn about alternative ways to heal. Jaya Tatum Archives are available and downloads are free. The show is also available on satellite radio, TiVo®, iPod®, BlackBerry®, and other smart phones. Jaya’s Healing Bodywork is located at 429 Walnut Street, in Rochester. For more information, call 248-652-8579, or visit See ad, page 46

Acupuncturist in Brighton Specializes in Infertility


rittany Schram, of Fenton’s Acupuncture & Herbal Clinic is now offering her services at the Gago Center for Fertility in Brighton. Brittany graduated with a master’s of science in Oriental Medicine in 2004 and soon after traveled to China where she studied at the Beijing Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital. In March 2006 she opened her Fenton practice and also works at the Preventive Medicine Center in Flint. “I believe in the integration of eastern and western medicine,” she says, “and the importance of diet and lifestyle. I continue to treat a wide range of conditions, but I am honing my specialty in women’s health.” Brittany has completed over 60 hours of continuing education in the past year focusing on the treatment of infertility, and is preparing to take the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine exam this spring. The Gago Center for Fertility is located at 2305 Genoa Business Park Drive in Brighton. For more information, contact the Gago Center at 810-227-3232, Brittany Schram at 810714-5556 or visit See ad page 43.

Market Makes Smart Eating Choices Easier


lum Market has partnered with nutritionist Stacy Goldberg to help guests make educated and healthy choices through the new What’s In Your Cart?™ program. Items marked with the What’s In Your Cart?™ logo indicate foods that are nutrientdense healthy alternative and follow the United States Dietary Guidelines as healthy diet options. Goldberg is the founder of A Weigh of Life™ a program that provides nutrition and wellness counseling to children, adolescents, adults & seniors. Plum Market offers selections of local, specialty, natural and organic groceries in a full service grocery shopping experience with locations at 375 N. Maple Road, in Ann Arbor, 3675 W. Maple Road, in Bloomfield Township, and the newest location at 6565 Orchard Lake Road, in West Bloomfield.

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l and Linda Swoish have become local distributors for MonaVie (M)mun™. "This is a proprietary complex of Wellmune® and 19 fruits, including açai and maqui," say the Swoishes. "This delicious juice helps protect the body year round." "The 19 fruits were specifically chosen for their ability to nutritionally support the immune health and overall well being," they add. "The superdrink supports the immune system and promotes and maintains an overall sense of good health and well being. Everyday challenges such as poor eating habits, heavy workloads and lack of sleep and exercise can take a toll on your health, and prevention is much cheaper and more successful.” Contact Al or Linda Swoish at 810-614-7978 or visit their website at: See ad, page 14.

Retired Clarkston Practitioner Publishes Children’s Book


r. Nedra Downing of Holly has written a children’s book, “Carousel,” published by Holly Books LLC. Downing, a retired a physician, pharmacist, and nutritionist established the Downing Clinic in 1991. When she retired in 2006, her daughter Laura Kovalcik took over the practice. “When I retired I was hoping to get back to my creative self by painting and other things,” said Downing during a recent interview. Having grandchildren tapped into that creative energy. “I was spending my time getting down on the floor, playing with the kids and these poems just came.”

“Carousel” can be purchased through her website: The Downing Clinic is located at 5715 Bella Rose, Ste 100, Clarkston. See ad page 9.

Auburn Hills Pilates and Pregnancy Seminar


licia Heimann, owner of Pilates By Alicia in Auburn Hills is announcing a seminar on how to use Pilates to support a fit pregnancy. This free event will take place on February 16th and 17th at her studio. Those who attend can learn how Pilates can support a healthy pregnancy, as well as guidelines to keep in mind when doing Pilates both during and after pregnancy. A demonstration will be shown on how to strengthen the abdominals, pelvic floor, breathing, back safely and tips for choosing a Pilates instructor. Alicia is a Certified Pilates Instructor who specializes in classical and contemporary approaches.

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omantics everywhere may be happy to hear why the adage, “Smile and the world smiles with you,” holds true—at least according to a psychological study which proved just seeing a smile activates the muscles in our face that make that expression, even if we’re unaware of it. The psychologists further discovered that positive emotion words, such as “laugh” or “funny,” also influence our facial muscle activity, as well as our judgement. In the experiment, volunteers were subliminally shown emotion verbs and adjectives while watching cartoons. Half of the participants held a pen to their lips to prevent them from smiling, while the remaining group did not have their facial muscles blocked. The results revealed that volunteers found cartoons to be funnier when they were preceded by smiling-related verbs rather than frowning-related verbs. More, those who had been free to smile while watching the cartoons judged them more positively. Source: Association for Psychological Science, 2009

A Crush on Garlic


hen it comes to protecting heart health, freshly crushed garlic works better than garlic supplements or dried garlic. New research published by the American Chemical Society explains that the heart-healthy effects of raw, crushed garlic result from hydrogen sulfide, a chemical that forms when fresh garlic is cut or smashed; when eaten, the hydrogen sulfide relaxes blood vessels, allowing for better flowing of blood to the heart.

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eave it to genetics (and pairs of fruit flies) to answer a question that has perplexed humanity since the dawn of science. An American and Australian research team has found that, before mating, female fruit flies experience a biochemical state that amounts to “genetic priming,” making them more likely to mate with certain males over others—research that sheds a bit more light on the complexities of mating and reproduction. Source: Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, 2009


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Chocolate can indeed assuage emotional stress, according to a new clinical trial. Researchers reporting to the American Chemical Society found that “highly stressed” volunteers, eating about an ounce-and-a-half (about 40 grams) of dark chocolate a day for two weeks, experienced reduced levels of stress hormones. The chocolate even partially corrected other stress-related biochemical imbalances by modifying metabolism.

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ohn Gifford, owner of Motionwise® in Berkley offers a few tips for a great massage. Gifford is the author of “Essential Stretches You’ll Actually Use.” He has more than 30,000 hours of experience. The first tip he offers is to tell the practitioner if the pressure is too light or too strong. Too little, he says, will feel like time wasted and too much can increase muscle tension. The second tip is to state a priority of areas to be addressed. “Nothing is worse than having key muscles not massaged at the end of the session,” he says. Asking for a heads up when 10 minutes are remaining, he adds, can offer the opportunity to direct the therapist to areas that may have been missed. Gifford says sometimes table position creates tension in the body during massage. The therapist can then make adjustments, such as adding a pillow under the abdomen, to relax the muscles. Another good tip is to let the therapist know how much clothing is comfortable for you. “Know yourself,” says Gifford. “Only undress to your level of comfort or you will experience excessive tension on the table.” Finally, Gifford urges clients to speak up. “Silence is not golden. Remember, this is your time on your dime. Even the best therapists cannot read your mind.” Motionwise® is located at 2315 Coolidge, in Berkley. For more information, call 248-414-6800 or visit

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urns out it’s true that when it comes to choosing a mate, women are as complicated as men claim they are, say psychologists who have tested how women evaluate a man’s facial attractiveness. They discovered specifics of masculine appeal on two levels—a sexual level based on individual features like jawbone, cheekbone and lips; and a nonsexual level based on overall attractiveness or aesthetics. The Penn State psychologists showed 50 female college students images of a variety of male faces, some of which were split horizontally with upper and lower halves shifted in opposite directions, and then asked them to rate what they saw as both hypothetical dates and hypothetical lab partners. Most women chose the whole faces as lab partners and the male split faces as dates. It appears that seeing a man’s whole face enabled the women to evaluate him more on a nonsexual basis. When the face was split, their way of processing a male face was based on a purely sexual perspective. The study concluded that, for women, while attractiveness appears to be perceived on the whole, they find sexiness can exist in parts of a potential mate’s face.

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ometimes activities such as shoveling or playing in the snow, or even getting into an icy auto accident can bring unwanted aches and pains. Here are a few tips to help, from Dr. Jason Stanczak, clinic director of Michigan Spine Center. First, when injuries such as strains and sprains occur, apply ice to the injured area. The length of time applied is important and depends on which areas are in pain. As a general rule: the neck and limbs–no longer than 10 minutes and the mid or low back–no longer than 15-20 minutes. What about heat? Heat should not be used in these situations because heat causes more inflammation to the region. Even though heat feels great, ice is what draws the inflammation away from the injured area and allows the body to begin the healing process. Boswellia is a natural herb that aids with inflammation and is good for joint health by maintaining the body’s natural inflammation response. Omega 3 fatty acids (EPA-DHA) can help support healthy inflammation responses. This is especially important with auto accidents, because even if there is little or no damage to the car, the accident can still cause spinal injuries with associated inflammation. People with joint problems and arthritic conditions are affected by cold weather the most. There are a few ways to naturally aide in pain relief and increase joint health. MSM, Glucosamine Sulfate and Chondroitin Sulfate help boost the body’s ability to regenerate cartilage–and MSM is also a natural pain inhibitor. Manganese aids in maintaining cartilage and bone health. These tips are designed to help the next time you go out and enjoy the winter, then pay for it later, and they should be used only after consulting with your own healthcare professional.

Dr. Stranczak, DC, DAAMLP, is clinic director of Michigan Spine Center and focuses on nutrition and spinal rehabilitation. He is a specialist in auto accident injuries and teaches the Pettibon System of spinal rehabilitation at universities around the country. For more information, he may be contacted at Michigan Spine Center, 30325 Gratiot Ave., Roseville, 586-774-6301.

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hild of Our Time, a televised research project co-produced by the BBC and The Open University in the UK, is halfway through its ambitious 20-year mission of tracking the development of 25 children since birth. One of Executive Producer Tessa Livingstone’s studies has found that the more children played, the more they laughed, especially when outside. In fact, children who played the most laughed up to 20 times more than others.

As a child psychologist, Livingstone maintains that it is important to get the balance right between unstructured play and the high level of structured activity, such as music, drama and language classes, which take up so much of the modern child’s time. Children who are allowed to play and explore outside are likely to be more adventurous, self-motivated and better able to understand risk when they grow up, according to Livingstone. Her research team found the amount of time children are allowed to roam out of their parents’ sight has dropped by 90 percent over the past 20 years. “This is an extraordinary change and it says a lot about our fear of modern life, pedophilia, etc. Children learn two things from this: Strangers are fearsome and dangerous, and it’s dangerous to go outside,” she explains. She also notes other research indicating that children are probably safer from stranger danger when playing outside with other children than when playing online alone.

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r. Curtis Fedorchuk, a chiropractor from Dahlonaga, Georgia armed with technology that has been used by NASA, has made remarkable inroads in the battle against asthma. Fedorchuk’s research was recently published in The Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research and detailed the wonderful transformation of his star patient–a 7-year old girl who had suffered from severe asthma and chronic cough for almost her entire life.

patient was no longer using any medications and was only carrying Albuterol in the event of an emergency. “Childhood asthma is a prevalent in the United States with nine million people under the age of 18 suffering from this debilitating lung ailment, four times as many as 20 years ago,” notes Dr. Jamie Werner, a Troy-based chiropractor who has invested in the Insight technology. “The use of technology identifies areas of disturbance in the nervous system that could be caused by stress, trauma or toxins,” she says. “Asthmatics have more frequent incidents of misalignment of the upper and lower thoracic region, which is the area of the shoulders and below. That condition can lead to dysponesis–best described as a short circuit effect between the brain and muscles–which in turn causes abnormal tonic muscle activity. Shoulder tension triggers a decrease

in lung volume, which increases the likelihood of respiratory ailments. The patient simply has less air to breathe. Since dysponesis can lead to asthma, we can now help prevent or manage the disease by treating its underlying cause.” “Aside from the obvious physical benefits this little girl derived from her chiropractic adjustments, one can’t dismiss the financial ramifications during this time of economic woe. Her need for medication decreased along with her medical bills. With all that in mind, you might say that chiropractic care for asthmatics is a breath of fresh air,” concludes Dr. Werner. For more information, contact Dr. Jamie Werner at Precise Chiropractic, 4101 John R Road, Troy. 248-6807200. See her ad on page 23. Reference: Curtis Fedorchuk, “Correction of Subluxation and Reduction of Dysponesis in a 7 Year-Old Child Suffering From Chronic Cough and Asthma: A Case Report,” Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, November 26, 2007.

With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die. ~Abraham Lincoln Before encountering Dr. Fedorchuk, this little girl was using multiple oral medications and inhalers that totaled 24 inhalations per day–yet her symptoms persisted. Following an examination using the Insight Discovery Subluxation, the girl began receiving chiropractic adjustments. By nightfall after her first adjustment, the little girl’s coughing ceased. Over the next three weeks (while visiting Dr. Fedorchuk for adjustments 2-3 times per week), the little girl’s mom reported no attacks, an increase in activity levels, and a decrease in the need to use an inhaler. After 4 weeks, she was no longer using the inhalers. Subsequent tests showed an increase in lung capacity and the little girl’s visits to the chiropractor became less frequent. Within 10 months of from the onset of care, Dr. Fedorchuk’s young

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Digital Storytelling Every Community Has a Memory of Itself

A community is a collective identity woven of a thousand individual stories, a living history of value to its inhabitants. The Center for Digital Storytelling helps local people meet local needs and respond to local issues by teaching individuals how to digitally capture the essence of their own stories in words and images in a PowerPoint presentation, three-minute video or another digital format. “Like it or not, screen language is what is being spoken today,” says Daniel Weinshenker, a regional director of the center, who encourages us all to, “Tell the story that only you can tell.” He always asks how a place, time or situation changed us as a person. “Without change,” he observes, “you don’t have a story.” To date, the approach has helped groups in 45 states, five Canadian provinces and 33 countries. It has, among other signs of progress, increased dialog between foster children and social workers, shared empowering stories about coping with disability and difference, and built the ability for grassroots activists to use technology in their work. Source: Tap into more results at

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Social Progress a New Standard of National Wealth French President Nicolas Sarkozy is encouraging countries to join in a “great revolution” in the way growth is tracked. Two Nobel economists recently completed a report recommending a shift from measuring progress solely based on a nation’s gross domestic product to accounting for the society’s well-being and sustainability. In effect, Sarkozy thinks that any government’s primary objective should be the greatest happiness of its citizens. According to a World Values Survey by the University of Michigan Institute of Social Research, between 1981 and 2007, happiness and general life satisfaction has risen substantially in 40 of 52 countries tracked. Democratization and rising social tolerance are primarily responsible, followed by economic growth. “The results clearly show that the happiest societies are those that allow people the freedom to choose how to live their lives,” says survey director Ronald Inglehart. Rising happiness and well-being are most notable in India, Ireland, Mexico, Puerto Rico and South Korea, with recent spikes in ex-communist countries, as well as Nigeria and Turkey. In 2007, Denmark ranked as the happiest nation, with the United States 16th.

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inging to children helps promote their development, so go ahead and give a “moo moo” here and a “moo moo” there; do the hokey pokey and turn yourself around. When it comes to children’s songs, it turns out that this really is what it’s all about—simple, silly lyrics that are fun to sing over and over again, with little more to them than that. Parents and kids love singing songs like Old MacDonald’s Farm and acting out The Hokey Pokey together. Making music and movement a regular part of our children’s lives supports their growth in joyful ways and brings beauty into their days. According to the parenting and child development experts at Invest in Kids, Canada (, a national charity aimed at helping parents improve their parenting skills, traditional classics sung routinely with our kids can have tremendous benefits. Invest in Kids’ thorough, research-based approach to parenting specifically aims to transform everyday parent-child routines and activities like singing favorite songs into teachable moments that actively support a child’s healthy social, emotional and intellectual development. Its positive approach to “opening

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a world of possibilities” is called Comfort, Play & Teach. Here’s how, illustrated via Old MacDonald’s Farm:

Comfort If you do this: Repeat the song several times, each time encouraging the child to say the name of a farm animal that she knows and make each animal’s unique sound (e.g., baa, cluck, oink, quack, woof-woof or gobble). Your child will: Feel increasingly confident as you pay special attention to her when singing this familiar song. Older babies, who are now using 10 to 20 words, will proudly demonstrate what they know about animals and the sounds they make.

Play If you do this: Suggest different farm animals that the child may be less familiar with. If he doesn’t know the animal’s sound, demonstrate the sound for him, or he can invent one. Your child will: Build his imaginative skills as he tries to make these new sounds and pretends to be various farm animals. Toddlers are

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Teach If you do this: Use a picture book about farm animals or puppets to make an activity visual and tactile. This supports a child with little prior experience with farm animals. Your child will: Expand her vocabulary and build understanding of how farm animals differ from pets or jungle animals. Once a preschooler is speaking in complete sentences, she is likely to adore stories and will sit for longer periods as you read to her. Songs like this one also can be used to build social skills. For instance, a group of young participants can take turns in activities and discussions. As they begin to experiment with sounds, words, word patterns, rhymes and rhythms, they also build speaking, listening and reading skills. Coming to identify familiar sounds in the environment encourages development of thinking and problem-solving skills, as well. So, before you fade, deciding one more chorus of a favorite tune is one too many, remember, there’s more to the exercise than meets the E-I-E-I-O.

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Laugh More WHY FEELING TICKLED IS GOOD FOR US Be aware. When the corners of our mouth turn up involuntarily and we must swallow unsolicited giggles, we may be giving way to laughter addiction.


he high that we gain when we laugh until we hold our sides, roll about on the floor and feel the tears streaming down our cheeks is addicting. So, what protects us from such loosey-goosey, nonsensical fun? Only our own serious, controlled approach to life, from sex to the family vacation. Human beings are not born serious. We begin life fully equipped with an innate playfulness and the ability to laugh freely. Sadly, most of us curb our playfulness and laughter as a sacrifice to the serious business of adulthood. In order to keep laughing, we need to be in a partial state of playfulness, either consciously or unconsciously. Laughter therapy is one way to help us ease our adult seriousness and retrieve that lost sensation of play. Laughter is not only fun; it is also good for us. At last, something good for us that is also enjoyable. There is no need for yucky-tasting diet concoctions, profuse sweating in concentrated exercise or tough changes for this particular pursuit of health. All that’s required is pure, unrestrained, old-fashioned laughter. Laughter heals the body and eases painful emotions like anger and fear (see this month’s Healing Ways department). It helps us cope with daily survival in a pleasant and effective way.


Contrary to common perceptions, in my 20 years as a laughter therapist I have found that laughter is born of tension, stress and pain, so most people need not worry about being able to laugh. Stress has been called the number one health problem today; we’ve all got it. Laughter therapy is about learning to laugh freely again at the many things we deal with that aren’t otherwise funny. Children will play with almost anything except direct pain. Adults were intended to do the same. When we can play with our pain, we laugh. When we laugh, we shift our perspective and problems shrink to a manageable size. We don’t diminish their importance, but we feel less overwhelmed.

LAUGH TO: Relieve stress Resolve conflict Enhance communications Enrich relationships Have fun Laughter is warm, bonding and contagious. It connects with those we love and with our fellow human beings. We need to feel good. We need to feel connected. We need to feel safe. We need to laugh more. Anyone can join the laughter

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movement. All it takes is a willingness to risk some loss of control. The timid may start with a few shy giggles. The courageous may jump in with deep belly laughs. A sense of humor is not required. There’s more than enough stress to go around, and absurdity abounds in our daily lives. All we have to do is believe, let go and clap our hands, and laughter will live again. So will we. When we laugh, we feel deeply, which allows us to live fully. We can encourage everyday laughter at home by being playful with our families. Wear a clown nose when putting children to bed. Break up chores by indulging in a pillow fight. Ease conflict by saying something light and unexpected. Let hand puppets help with family communication or say it with a humorous hat. Life at home doesn’t have to be serious; it’s far too important for that. We can slip laughter into the workplace with a few lighthearted windup toys. Play with frustrations by writing them on shoe soles and walking on them. Wear a temporary tattoo that expresses our mood for the day. No one need see it. Find ways to celebrate stress; we might as well enjoy it. We can practice laughing, so that we can laugh when we need it most. Mother Nature laughs. She cre-

Laughter is the human gift for coping and for survival; ringing, pealing, roaring, bubbling laughter. Chuckling. Giggling. Snickering. Snorting. These are the sounds of soul-saving laughter that springs from our emotional core and helps us feel better, see things more clearly and creatively weigh and use our options. Laughter helps us roll with the punches that inevitably come our way. We unleash the power of laughter every time we laugh. ated people playful and funny. She also created laughter. Why, in pursuit of serious things, have we short-circuited both our play and our laughter? In our frenzy to succeed and to have it all, we have shortened everything. We have fast food, fast banking, fast fun, fast shopping, even fast sex. Today, life is a longer process on a shorter schedule, and for that, we need lots of laughter. Our natural laughter is neither fastpaced nor high-tech. It’s not expensive and it can’t be bought. Others can’t do it for us. All of us can do it ourselves, however, because we’re born with it, and it’s our right to reap all its benefits. On the off chance that we occasionally find ourselves headed off to “smell the roses” from a drive-in window, at least we can laugh at our own folly.

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Diabetes: A Fresh, Raw Approach by Erin Eagen


n the past twenty years diabetes rates have steadily increased; the American Diabetes Association reports that approximately 7.8% of the U.S. population have the disease. Health officials say that “if trends continue unchanged, one out of three children born in 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetime.” The ADA reports that diabetes is a leading cause of adult blindness, kidney disease and nerve damage, and frequently leads to heart disease, strokes, and high blood pressure. The transition to a raw foods diet can help people already living with diabetes to avoid side effects and can aid in preventing the development of the disease. A recent study conducted over a ten-year period by doctors at the University of Cambridge showed that diabetic patients can reduce their risk of developing diabetes-related complications by fifty percent by keeping their blood sugar within the normal range. The key to regulating blood sugar levels is proper nutrition.

Raw foods are rich in chromium, a mineral required by the body to fully utilize insulin. According to Lauren Guastella, a Southeast Michigan raw foods Chef, coach and caterer, “with the raw foods lifestyle all the foods you eat actually regulate your blood sugar, they work with the body; any sugars you do eat are natural and your body knows how to handle them.” Studies indicate a strong correlation between simple lifestyle changes, such as modest weight loss, and the


delay and/or prevention of type 2 diabetes in individuals who are at high risk for developing the disease. Weight loss is very common when adopting a raw foods diet; Guastella lost forty pounds in the first three months of her transition to eating raw. The basic philosophy behind the raw foods diet is that foods in their raw state, meaning never heated above 106 degrees Fahrenheit, are more easily digested because the enzymes naturally contained within the food are all still alive. Essentially, the human body doesn’t have to work as hard to digest these foods because their own enzymes are present and capable of aiding the digestion. Raw foods also have a much higher nutrient content than cooked foods due to the fact that heating foods causes the nutrients to die. Chef Kelli Lewton-Secondino, owner and Chef of Pure Foods 2 U, in Royal Oak, MI, stresses that “the power of raw is really the power of nutrition because when you eat raw, you’re eating living food.” According to Kristine Nolfie, M.D., in her book Raw Food Treatment of Cancer, a diet based primarily on raw plant food “eliminates 100% of the bad fatty acids from the diet and supplies the pure and natural fatty acids that are required for health.” Raw foods are rich in chromium, a mineral required by the body to fully utilize insulin. This is very important because diabetic patients have reduced, or non-existent, insulin production which renders them unable to properly use and store the natural sugars (called glucose) in food. Dr. Nolfie also states that “most vegetables in their raw state contain the precursor of insulin known as inulin.”

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Since inulin does not affect glucose, and thus doesn’t cause spikes in blood sugar levels, it is ideal for diabetics. While giving up cooked foods and adopting a diet of primarily raw foods can seem intimidating and overwhelming, many local resources exist which can help to make the transition more successful (and delicious.) Beth Wilke, owner and president of Raw-For Life, in Sterling Heights, MI, experienced first-hand the positive impact raw foods can have on overall health. She was living a life riddled with health problems when she looked to nutrition as a way to heal. She eventually decided to transition to a completely raw diet, explaining “the idea of eating ‘live food’ (food filled with unprocessed, living digestive enzymes and nutrients, e.g. vitamins and minerals) made sense.” The raw lifestyle has so drastically helped Wilke reclaim her own health and vitality that she has made it her personal mission to help others embrace this healthy lifestyle. As a certified Living Foods Chef, instructor and

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Lighten Up! Humor is FUNdamental to Good Health by Paul McGhee


e all have a natural health and healing system attacks were randomly assigned to either a standard cardiac within our body that is our biological inheritance, rehab program or the program plus the viewing of a comedy but which too many of us have forgotten how to video, three times a week for a year at the rehab site. During use. It is our innate sense of humor. the year, the comedy video group had suffered fewer adStrong scientific evidence in multiple fields of research ditional heart attacks and fewer episodes of cardiac arrhythnow supports the view that humor plays a significant role in mia. They also had significantly lower blood pressure than sustaining health. Humor’s many benefits to a great extent the control group. hinge on its ability to generate in us positive emotions, even Another recent study in the peer review journal, Heart, substituting a positive for a negative state in the presence of may provide an explanation for humor’s reported boost to stress. A general agreement in the broad field of psychoneucardiac health. Here, researchers found that watching a roimmunology (studying the interaction between psychologi- comedy video significantly increased the diameter of a major cal processes and the body’s nervous and immune systems) artery in the arm (vasodilation), while watching a stress-inis that emotion, and its underlying physical changes in the ducing film reduced the diameter of the artery (vasoconstricbody, is the key to understanding the link tion). This constrictive effect in response to between mind and body when it comes to stress is well established, and is known to A common claim for health. result in increased blood pressure. The earliest modern research on humor This relaxation effect at the arterial the reduced pain and health, from the 1980s and 90s, first level, in response to humor, is consistent associated with showed that a good dose of humor works to with the muscle relaxation effect that humor and laughter strengthen the immune system and reduce mounting evidence also associates with hupain. Results of 30 to 40 studies consistently mor. Muscle relaxation is the key goal of all attributes it to the demonstrate such benefits. stress management techniques, because it production of A common claim for the reduced pain generally leads to the easing of psychologiassociated with humor and laughter attrical tensions. Concurrently, several studies, endorphins. butes it to the production of endorphins (one published in such journals as The Journal of of the body’s built-in pain reducers), yet only Rheumatology and The American Journal one study in the past 25 years supports this of the Medical Sciences, now also have notion. The noted reduction in pain may rather be due to the documented a reduced level of stress hormones circulating known muscle relaxation effect that results from humor and in the blood of study participants in response to humor. laughter, or to humor’s power to mentally distract us from the The latest research on the relationship of humor to source of pain. health, underway in Japan, is now extending humor’s benOne exciting new finding is how humor contributes efits to relief of specific diseases. While less well-established to good cardiac health. More than a decade ago, a study than the findings relative to pain and the immune system, published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology showed that several humor-related studies published in The Journal of humor is heart-healthy, even if one has already experienced Rheumatology, Journal of Behavioral Medicine, Journal of a heart attack. In the study, patients who had suffered heart Psychosomatic Research and The Journal of the American


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Medical Association have demonstrated significant contributions to health or well-being in cases of diabetes, certain skin sensitivities, arthritis, asthma and even chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (one European study to date). Many cancer patients claim that their sense of humor has helped keep them alive, while plenty of evidence

Your sense of humor is one of the most powerful tools you have to make certain that your daily mood and emotional state support good health. points to humor as a powerful tool in helping cancer patients and others cope with serious illness and other highly stressful life circumstances. In one large Norwegian study of individuals diagnosed with cancer, those with a stronger sense of humor (as measured by a standardized sense-of-humor test) also had a 70 percent higher survival rate than others over the following seven years. Finally, it’s interesting to note that in healthy individuals, watching a onehour humorous video also increases the number and activity of the natural killer cells that seek out and destroy tumor cells and also help fight off the latest cold and flu viruses and other foreign organisms. While humor and laughter are not a substitute for a physician’s or practitioner’s care, findings show that they do help. A developed sense of humor, let loose to play, assures that our body and mind, supported by positive emotions, are at work on our behalf, helping to sustain good health and wellness. Paul McGhee, Ph.D., president of The Laughter Remedy, in Wilmington, DE, is internationally known for his own humor research; for supporting references and detailed discussion of humor/health issues, see Humor: The Lighter Path to Resilience and Health, released this month via AuthorHouse. com. Also visit

Can What’s In Your Mouth Really Make You Sick? or years we have heard of the ever-growing connections between dentistry and medicine, with articles written in medical and dental journals as well as in scientific authorities such as Reader’s Digest or Ladies Home Journal. For decades dentists have looked at the increasing body of evidence that what we are doing in the mouth can affect the rest of the body.


“we have also learned much about how the materials and techniques that we use everyday can affect your overall heath as well, both positively and negatively. Mercury fillings are a prime example. Most people don’t realize that their ‘silver’ amalgam fillings are up to 50% mercury. Due to its poisonous nature, mercury can negatively affect your brain, immune, cardiac, respiratory and digestive systems.”

The mountain of evidence that supports the oral healthoverall health connection has seen incredible growth and advancement over the past few years. There is no longer a question as to “if” the soft tissues in the mouth are connected to the rest of the body. For example, we can easily find evidence of gum disease-causing bacteria creating challenges in tissues throughout the body. However, the mouth-body connection is not limited to just infections in the soft tissues of the mouth. The impact of the mouth also extends to such monumental things as blood flow to the brain.

At HPS Advanced Dental Care, Dr. Stratton and her team are committed to practicing dentistry with a Biological and Biocompatible philosophy. According to Dr. Stratton, “in using the terms ‘biological and biocompatible’ we are not attempting to carve out a new specialty in dentistry, but rather to describe an attitude and philosophy that can apply to all facets of dental practice, and to health care in general: to always seek the least toxic way to accomplish the mission of treatment, to do it while treading as softly as possible on the patient’s biological terrain, and to most importantly, treat our patients as individuals.”

Each year we learn more and more about how poor oral health is linked to problems elsewhere in the body. It has been linked to serious conditions like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s Disease, respiratory diseases, and even increased risks of some cancers. Today, more than ever, it is vital to make regular trips to the dentist a part of your plan to achieve optimal health and wellness. “At our practice we don’t just look in your mouth, we look past your mouth to see the whole picture of you individually,” says Heather Pranzarone Stratton, DDS, a Family and Cosmetic dentist in Shelby Township, MI. “Your mouth is the window to your overall health and wellness. The state of your oral health can offer clues about your overall well-being. Oral Health and total health and wellness are more connected than you might realize.” “As we have learned more about the relationship between oral health and overall health,” continues Dr. Stratton,

“To us, the best way to describe Biological Dentistry is Individualized Dentistry. It is dentistry that is completely focused on You. Not just who you are in terms of your teeth and oral health, but also who you are as a whole person physiologically, emotionally, and dentally. Since every person does not react the same way to the same procedures, medications, or materials, why should we treat every person the same way? We do not just treat teeth and oral disease at our Practice. We treat People. And in our experience, every person is unique and different in their own ways.” For more information about HPS Advanced Dental Care and Dr. Heather Pranzarone Stratton or to reserve your time with her practice, call 248-6520024 or visit : They are located at 4741 24 Mile Road, Suite C, Shelby Township.


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Seven Life Tools How to Stay Lighthearted in Challenging Times by Kari Joys


n todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tough economic times, many people are facing very difficult life situations. Mounting uncertainties seem to permeate the atmosphere of thought because so many have already lost their jobs and their homes. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not easy to stay cool, calm and collected when you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what to expect tomorrow. You may feel that staying lighthearted is impossible in todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s world.

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1. Smile at each other when you first wake up. 2. Exaggerate your affection for each other. Make everything bigger than it is and add a dash of silliness. For example: Holler â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love you;â&#x20AC;? speak of your undying love in terms the universe; or romantically describe each otherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eyes with over-the-top comparisons, such as blue as the deep blue sea, green as a rajahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s emeralds. 3. Laugh together at the funny things seen and experienced on a daily basis. 4. Go on a spur-of-the-moment picnic. 5. Dance together in the living room, in the parking lot, on the street or in the mall. 6. Read to each other before you go to sleep at night. 7. Cuddle up together on the couch when you watch TV. 8. Find some time during the day to enjoy a long passionate, romantic kiss. 9. Walk together holding hands, and swing those hands. 10. Share at least one bit of humor each day. 11. Tell each other the good things about one another. 12. Make a special time each day to laugh and talk for just the two of you. 13. Practice hanging out together over a cup of coffee or glass of wine. 14. Develop lots of different, playful ways to say, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love you.â&#x20AC;? You might, for instance, use different accents or languages; make a banner for the living room; create a card; or write it on the mirror in lipstick. 15. Use your imagination to develop playful greetings for each other, like a dramatic hug, enthusiastic joy at seeing each other and overdone messages about missing each other. Source: Enda Junkins

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Social psychology research shows that children laugh, on average, 150 times a day; adults, only six times a day. During an average day, a child will smile 400 times; an adult no more than 15 times.â&#x20AC;? ~ Robert Holden, Ph.D., founder of The Happiness Project, in Living Wonderfully


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I Laugh Therefore I Am by Blaine Greteman


aughter predates the development of language. Almost all mammals do it, and it’s one of the first things babies learn. “One of the unique characteristics of mammals is that we play,” advises Dacher Keltner, a psychology professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and author of Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life. Nearly all social mammals tickle one another, and emit pleased, laugh-like pants, chirps or grunts when tumbling about in playful situations. He explains that, “As you get more complicated in the mammalian structure, you have a greater vocabulary of play, including laughter.” When apes play, they roughhouse, tickle and laugh. Chimpanzees pant with delight in response to pratfalls. Robert Provine, a neuroscientist at the University of Maryland, in Baltimore, who is studying laughter for insights into the biology of social behavior, maintains that laughter is a kind of evolutionary link between all mammals. He remarks, “If you tickle a rat, it laughs; we just can’t hear it.” (Listen in at On the other hand, no matter how much you tickle a lizard, it won’t guffaw, chuckle or purr. Among Provine’s more startling findings is the fact that only 10 to 15 percent of laughter follows a humorous statement or situation. Most laughs follow utterly banal comments, like, “See you later” or “I think I’m done.”

As Provine and others observe, “The essential ingredient for laughter is not a joke, but another person,” making laughter primarily a social lubricant. Laughter is 30 times more likely to occur in group situations than on solitary occasions, and Provine’s research re-

veals tantalizing insights into the way it structures our daily interactions: Speakers laugh more than listeners; women laugh more than men; laughter punctuates our phrases, but doesn’t interrupt them; and laughter is contagious. During an episode of laughter, we can signal appreciation and understanding of others. Perhaps more importantly, says Provine, we share a mental and acoustic space. “Laughter puts us into side-by-side existence in this playful realm,” says Keltner. “It signals a shared understanding of the world, so it’s foundational to interdependence and intimacy and like-mindedness.” In short, laughter is the glue that holds people together, a bridge between our self and others. “Our relationships,” concludes Keltner, “are only as good as our histories of laughter together.” Blaine Greteman is a freelance writer and professor of English at the University of Iowa. Connect via email at

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It’s a sense that somewhere deep inside, there is an understanding and conviction of what’s just right for us. This can serve as a guiding force on a highly practical level.

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How can we stay “up” if we are unemployed, underemployed, or otherwise overwhelmed by economic hardship?

Author and Counselor in Prosperity Consciousness by Ellen Mahoney


hakti Gawain is co-founder of New World Library and an internationally renowned pioneer in the fields of personal growth, visualization and prosperity consciousness. Her many best-selling books have sold 6 million copies in 30 languages. For 20 years, she has helped thousands of individuals develop greater awareness, balance and wholeness in their lives. Today, she continues to give talks and lead workshops throughout the world.

What is “prosperity consciousness?” Most people think prosperity means having money, and that the more money you have, the more prosperity you have. Money is part of the process, but truly experiencing prosperity, I believe, has to do with discovering and satisfying our heart and soul’s deep needs and desires. Prosperity is an experience, a feeling of fulfillment or richness in your life, not something you can count.

satisfies them. They’re not feeling as safe and secure, as successful and free, as they hoped they would. In contrast, those living an elegantly simple life may not be making a lot of money, but if they’re right where they want to be in life, they often experience a deep sense of satisfaction and peace of mind.

Can anyone arrive at a place of ongoing, conscious prosperity? Each of us moves through many stages on our road of self-discovery; it’s a lifelong process of growth and development and we arrive there at different times. This is what life is really all about—the discovery of what’s meaningful to us and how we can live the life that’s most satisfying to us on all levels. I’ve observed that an important part of most people’s satisfaction comes from activities associated with being in nature or singing and dancing, creating space to relax and taking in the beauty of life.

So, how is money related to individual and community prosperity?

What’s the secret to boosting our joy and love for life?

If you look at people in the world who have millions or billions of dollars, some are doing creative, interesting and purposely helpful things with their money. But too often, people become solely hung up on the money factor and don’t end up doing much that really

One of the most important things that I’ve found, for myself and others, is to understand that we all really do have a wise part inside of us that’s our inner guidance. You can call it many different things. The wisdom within surfaces in an intuitive way and doesn’t necessarily depend on knowing things intellectually.


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Well, if we try to stay “up,” we’re often not allowing ourselves to see what’s truly going on underneath, and this can be a form of denial. What’s going on underneath can be scary to look at if we’re really feeling frightened, sad or upset, but it’s important to look at these things. It has to do with becoming more conscious and more aware of our feelings and thoughts on a day-to-day, moment-to-moment basis. It’s not easy, but it’s what every psychological and spiritual process is trying to help us to do, become more conscious of what’s going on inside of us. Once we do, we can see what is holding us back and take steps to help ourselves feel better. Instead of denying what’s happened, we can embrace it and figure out what can be done to make it better. Getting out in nature, meditation and talking to someone you feel comfortable with are ways to nurture yourself and heal. I always would urge you to do what feels right for you. For more information visit Ellen Mahoney is a writer and teaches writing at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Email

A laugh is a smile that bursts. ~ Mary H. Waldrip


Canine Humor by Stanley Coren


niversally known and appreciated for their playful, uninhibited nature, dogs’ penchant for play generally reflects these creatures’ more or less juvenile minds; they have been bred to remain much like their wolf puppy forebears for all of their lives. It’s part of what makes them unconditionally loving companions that like to frolic and do silly things that make us laugh. Humans tend to equate such play with a sense of humor. Charles Darwin may have been the first scientist to suggest that dogs have a sense of humor. As part of his renowned evolutionary studies, Darwin considered the emotions of animals and humans, looking for parallels and similarities. It appeared to him that dogs do have a sense of humor, which appears best when they are playing a sort of emotional add-on to their games. In the 1872 edition of The Descent of Man, Darwin writes: “Dogs show what may be fairly called a sense of humor, as distinct from mere play; if a bit of stick or other such object be thrown to one, he will often carry it away for a short distance; and then squatting down with it on the ground close before him, will wait until his master comes quite close to take it away. The dog will then seize it and rush away in triumph, repeating the same maneuver, and evidently enjoying the practical joke.” The Nobel Prize-winning ethnologist, Konrad Lorenz, says that it is during play that dogs actually appear to laugh. In his book, Man Meets Dog, Lorenz describes it this way: “… an invitation to play always follows; here the slightly opened jaws which reveal the tongue, and the tilted angle of the mouth which stretches almost from ear to ear give a still stronger impression of laughing. This ‘laughing’ is most often seen in dogs playing with an adored master and which become so excited that they soon start panting.” While we cannot enter the mind of a dog to examine the mischievous machinations of its mental state, it is possible to determine how playful a dog is comparatively speaking. Not all breeds are created equally; some are definitively more playful than others. Some seem to have a sense of play that they cannot suppress, while others seem to shun play. Two animal behaviorists from the University of California-Davis, Dr. Benjamin Hart, a veterinarian, and Lynnette Hart, a zoologist, had a group of experts rank 56 different breeds of dogs in terms of playfulness. By playfulness, they mean things like a willingness to chase balls or Frisbees and to engage in games like hide-and-seek. Those that ranked highest included the Irish setter, English springer spaniel, Airedale, golden retriever and poodle. The bloodhound, bulldog and basset hound ranked low. Following are the results of the Harts’ research. The most playful breeds: Irish setter, English springer

spaniel, miniature schnauzer, cairn terrier, Airedale terrier, standard poodle, Shetland sheepdog, golden retriever, Australian shepherd, miniature poodle and German shorthaired pointer. Above average playfulness: Vizsla, fox terrier, Labrador retriever, Boston terrier, Yorkshire terrier, West Highland white terrier, toy poodle, German shepherd, silky terrier, Welsh corgi and Shih-Tzu. Average playfulness: dachshund, Weimaraner, bichon frise, cocker spaniel, Scottish terrier, Dalmatian, boxer, pug, Maltese, beagle, collie and Brittany spaniel. Below average playfulness: Norwegian elkhound, Doberman pinscher, Chesapeake Bay retriever, Siberian husky, keeshond, Afghan hound, Pomeranian, Lhasa Apso, Newfoundland, English sheepdog and great Dane. Least playful breeds: Samoyed, Chihuahua, Rottweiler, Pekingese, akita, Alaskan Malamute, Saint Bernard, basset hound, chow chow, bulldog and bloodhound. As many human companions may attest, playful dogs are sometimes a mixed blessing. While they are a joy to people who can handle the occasional bout of chaos, they may exasperate those who cannot. For a person who values peace and quiet, a Pekingese that is happy to snuggle up, but shuns play, may suit better than an Irish setter that will try everything to get his human up and responding to his overwhelming need to play and exercise his sense of fun. Stanley Coren, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia and author of several books on dogs, including The Intelligence of Dogs, How Dogs Think and The Modern Dog. His website is February 2010



Yoga LAUGHTER Exercises Catalyst for Laughing Alone by Dr. Madan Kataria


Everyone has a distinct signature of laughter that continually changes, according to our state of our mind and personality type. Given the natural feedback between body and mind, by

he slogan of all laughter clubs is, “Fake it ‘til you make it.” This is based on a scientific fact that even if you are faking it, the body cannot differentiate between real and make-believe emotions. This is how laughter exercises convert artificial laughter into bouts of real laughter. It hinges on coming to genuinely laugh at hearing the absurd, silly sounds of your own voice. The fun starts with Fake it ‘til you ha-ha-ha, he-he-he, make it. ho-ho-ho, as you play with laughter exercises to discover what amuses you. Initially, faking laughter may seem awkward, but with practice, your body will become conditioned, and the moment you start faking, it will quickly turn into the real thing. Laughter yoga employs a voice reinforcement technique based on the natural sounds of laughter. As children, we shout and scream to express ourselves fully, but as adults we have been conditioned to control the pitch and tone of our voice to the point where we are unable to express our feelings to the fullest. The freedom and expression of the voice affects the freedom of emotions in the mind, and vice versa.


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opening up your voice to the sounds of laughter, you can bring about a change in your overall emotional expression. It helps to keep the following points in mind while doing laughter yoga exercises: • The purpose is to prolong the exhalation, in order to empty the lungs completely. This will help you to inhale deeply and get more oxygen flowing into the body. While doing laughter exercises, try to keep laughing until you run out of breath, removing residual air from the lungs. • Keep your chin up; it becomes much easier to laugh if you are looking upwards. It also makes the respiratory tract straight and facilitates the flow of air. • Spreading your arms out and looking up creates happy body language. Because of the body-mind link, a happy posture facilitates the release of happy chemicals in the brain.

Voice Reinforcement Voice reinforcement techniques help to bring laughter more easily. Start by taking a long breath and start saying haaaa-haaaa-haaaa-haaaaa-haaaa five to seven times. Then, try to laugh and keep laughing until you completely run out of breath. Another approach is to use the vowel sound Aeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, and prolong it while raising your arms over your head. With your chin up, laugh haha-ha-ha. Repeat the technique, using Aaaaaaaaa and Oooooooo. Do each five to six times and take a few deep breaths in-between. Voice reinforcement techniques are best performed while standing, but you can also do them while lying down. Some people find that bringing their knees towards their chest helps to expel the residual air more easily.

Breath Holding Technique The way to employ the breathholding technique is to take a long breath, raise your arms over your head and hold your breath, while stretching the spine backwards. As you try to continue to hold the breath a little longer, you will burst out laughing. The continued on page 34...




ark Fulcher stumbled upon laughter yoga through his career in massage and cranial sacral therapy several years ago and has been giving talks on it ever since. He periodically leads laughter meditations throughout the metro area. Mark comments that “the brain doesn’t know the difference between real and fake laughter.” Of course being in a room full of laughing people often causes the fake laughter to become real. “That’s why we push for eye contact; If you open the windows to each other’s souls, you’ll connect and get even more benefits.” For more information, email Mark at or call 810-8349700.


aughter yoga has been the path to a fuller, happier life for Sue Ansari, a registered nurse, lymphatic therapist and certified laughter yoga instructor. She learned the techniques as a way to encourage deep breathing for the breast cancer survivors she worked with at Gildas Club. “I did it for my survivors but I probably benefited more than them, it helped me release fears and inhibitions, it changed me totally.” Sue is forming classes, teacher certifications and special laughter yoga events through her non-profit, A Merry Heart. She will be offering free training for 25 laughter yoga leaders in the area.

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1 Qi Gong - 2:15-3pm. With Claudia Parker of Body Nature. $10. Upland Hills EAC, Oxford. Info: 248693-1021. See ad page 18.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2 Free Intro to Feldenkrais® Professional Training - 6:30-8:30pm. Also, March 2nd. 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 248922-1951. See ad page 3. VegMichigan’s Vegetarian 101 Class - 7pm. Join VegMichigan for this monthly event, which will include a cooking demonstration and free food samples. Longtime vegetarians and VegMichigan members will discuss how easy it can be to transform a standard meal to one that offers delicious, meatfree options. Whole Foods Market, 2918 Walton Blvd, Rochester Hills. FREE. RSVP Whole Foods

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Half Hour to Health - 7-7:30pm. Fun, empowering and informational presentation that will empower you to make healthier choices. FREE. Health & Healing Chiropractic, 226 Walnut Blvd, Rochester. Dr. Kathy Whitmore 248-656-6957.

Surrounding Yourself With Love - 6:30-8:00pm. Join us as we find a way into love that is most natural and inspiring to you and work from there to shine your love in all directions. With spiritual life coach Cathy Zucker 25. Soothe Your Soul, 20 Hudson Street, Oxford. Hannah Schroeder 248-236-9855. See ad page 38.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 3 Wild Ones Native Plants Presentation - 7:30-9pm. Wild Ones, Oakland Headwaters Chapter will hold a kick-off meeting and free Native Plants Presentation featuring Trixh Hennig, owner of American Roots Native Plant Nursery. FREE. St. Daniel Catholic Community Church, 7010 Valley Park Drive, Clarkston. Info: Jim Brueck 248-625-7597.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4 Oddball Grapes - 6:30-8pm. Nielluccio? Fiano?? Xynomavro? Come sample 10 wines made from grapes you might never have heard of. Includes 10 wines to taste in a casual and informative setting. Sommelier provides tasting notes, bottles are available to purchase. $15/person. CRU WINEBAR, Lounge of Plum Market, 6565 Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield. 248-626-7000. Public Perception of Wind Energy: The Michigan Story - 7:30-8:30pm. Michigan is looking to increase its wind energy output. Ms. Alvarado’s presentation will focus on the opportunities to remove barriers for cooperation with the public and elected leaders. FREE. Southeast Michigan Group of the Sierra Club, 23925 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield. Carol Izant 248-352-6137.

Reiki Clinic/Green Clean Presentation - 7-9pm. Come learn from our guest speaker how to have a safe house, safe environment, safe planet, and a receive a FREE mini-Reiki treatment, too! Reiki is an energy-balancing therapy currently in use in hospitals and clinics around the world. FREE. 33045 Hamilton Ct, East, Suite 27, Farmington Hills. Enter center door by fountain. 248-890-7838.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6 Chocolate Extravaganza - 1pm-3pm. As Valentine’s Day approaches, stop into any Metro Detroit store and sample your way through an array of decadent chocolates! You’ll taste a variety of sweet treats perfect for any kind of Valentine’s Day celebration. FREE. Whole Foods Market, All 3 Metro Detroit Locations. Renee Mahon 248-538-4600 ext. 107. Free Energy Tour - 11am. Also February 20th. Upland Hills EAC, Oxford. Info: 248-693-1021. See ad page 18. Skincare - 11am-noon. Learn to make your own hand sanitizer, a salve to sooth skin irritations, an herb scented lotion, a soothing oatmeal and floral bath soak and a sugar scrub. RSVP required/minimum number needed & space limited. Kids ages

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Intro to Network Spinal Analysis - 7 pm. Learn how to use breath, energy and movement to enhance your ability to create wellness in your life. NSA empowers your body-mind connection as you develop new strategies for whole body synchronization. Are you ready to transform your life? FREE. Johr Family Chiropractic, 1460 Walton Blvd Ste 100, Rochester Hills. 248-601-8843. See ad page 38.

Whole Trade Guarantee Celebration - noon-3pm. We believe we have a responsibility toward everyone involved in our business: our customers, shareholders, Team Members, suppliers, the environment and our community. As a result, we have created the Whole Trade Guarantee. These products must meet our Quality Standards, provide more money to producers, ensure better wages and working conditions for workers and utilize sound environmental practices. 1% of the retail price goes to the Whole Planet Foundation. FREE. Whole Foods Market, All 3 Metro Detroit Locations. Amanda Musilli 248-371-1433.

Mastering Fibromyalgia Pain - 6:15pm. Learn daily habits to master Fibromyalgia pain, why these habits are important and how to begin to incorporate them into your life. With Lisa Meloche, massage therapist and founder of the FibroMasters program. Appetizer & Smoothie/Fresh Juice samples from Mezza Mediterranean Grille. FREE. Vita~Mend, 419 S. Washington Ave, Royal Oak. Info/reserve: 248-399-7200. See ad page 12. FREE Intro to FLT - 5:45-7pm. Introduction to The FirstLine Therapy (FLT) classes. Anyone welcome to attend any classes. Jump-start to a healthy lifestyle focused on desired health goals. Attend a 12 week program, with 6 classes, to help implement the new lifestyle change program. Taught by Ann Heusted, RN, Certified Lifestyle Educator, Nutritional Consultant. The Downing Clinic. 5715 Bella Rose Blvd., Ste 100, Clarkston. InfoReg: 248-625-6677. See ad page 9. Lecture on Traditional Chinese Medicine & Open House - 6:30-8pm. Please join us at Acupuncture & Herbal Clinic in Fenton for an informational lecture on the basic’s of Chinese Medicine and how it can benefit you. Our practitioners will also be available to answer any specific questions you have regarding Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine. Acupuncture & Herbal Clinic, 12272 Fenton Rd, Ste 3, Fenton. 810-714-5556. See ad page 43.

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 10 Heart to Heart Luncheon - 12pm. Dr. Laura Vanloon will be sharing 5 Things You Can Do Right Now to Be the Healthiest You’ve Ever Been! Attendees will gain insight on the benefits of an antiinflammatory diet, supplements, physical activities, stress management and keeping your nervous sytem free of interference. RSVP by 2/1. Pasquale’s, 31555 Woodward, Royal Oak. Info/reg: 248-616-0900.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11 Australia vs. California - 6:30-8pm. Australia has become a hot bed of well-made, approachable wines in recent years, giving California a run for its money. Taste 10 wines, 5 from each competitor, 1 winner. You’ll decide. Tasting notes provided, bottles available to purchase.$15/person. CRU WINEBAR, Lounge of Plum Market, 6565 Orchard Lake Rd, West Bloomfield. Info/reg: 248-626-7000. Present Moment Mediation - 7-8:15pm. Also 2/25. $12. Center for Natural Healing, Royal Oak. See full descripton in NewsBrief on page 7.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12 Secrets to Simplify Your Life - 6:30-8pm. Also 2/26. An exploration of simplifying your life and finding inner peace. $25. We will use the book Secrets of Simplicity, by Mary Carlomongo. Dis-

Kid’s Yoga - 11:15am-12:15pm. Enhance flexibility, strength, coordination, body awareness and improve concentration, sense of calmness and relaxation. Doing yoga, children exercise, play, connect more deeply with the inner self, and develop an intimate relationship with the natural world that surrounds them. K-3rd grade. PRE-REGISTRATION REQ’D. $9. Santosha Yoga, 48724 Gratiot Ave, Chesterfield. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 47. Mike Cohen Kirtan Concert with Joni Allen at House Of Yoga - 8-10 pm. Mike Cohen The studio will be filled with heart-opening chanting, music and energy. $15 in advance / at the door. Call for PayPal instructions. House Of Yoga, 2965 W. 12 Mile Rd. Suite 100, Berkley. Abby Bechek 248-556-0992. See ad page 46. VegMichigan Dinner Club - 7pm. Join us on this month’s dinner outing as we say “sabidee” (“hello” in Laotian) to the Inhmathong family, who are eager to prepare delicious vegan food using no fish sauce! Cost TBD; order from menu. Sabidee Laos & Thai Cuisine, 1449 W 14 Mile Rd, Madison Heights. RSVP by Feb 11: Leave message at 877- 778-3464. Light Up Your Love Life - 10:15am-12:00pm. This class will discuss libido, vaginal dryness, other impediments to intimacy, the concerns of sexually transmitted diseases and natural remedies for them. $5. Register: 248-559-6763. For The Health Of It, 15831 Twelve Mile near Greenfield Rd, Southfield. Info: Dr. Mary Born, ND 248-623-2288. See ad page 45. Vegetable Fermentation: Sauerkraut, Kim Chi and more! - 3-4pm. With Katey Weitor & Alexis Bogdanova-Hanna. An easy way to make super healthy, enzyme-packed snacks all year round. Learn how to make the basic kraut and Kim chi as well as variations on flavors and methods. Tastings included. $15. Upland Hills EAC, Oxford. Info: 248-693-1021. See ad page 18.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15 Qi Gong - 2:15-3pm. With Claudia Parker of Body Nature. $10. Upland Hills EAC, Oxford. Info: 248693-1021. See ad page 18.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16 Digestion Issues? Nothing Working? - 7:008:30pm. Suffer from Acid Reflux, Crohn’s, Gas, Bloating, Diarrhea? Then attend this seminar! Dr. Richard Sowerby D.C., Clinical Nutritionist will help you learn some hidden causes to this problem.

Nutrition Response Testing offers drugless solutions. FREE. Whole Foods Market, West Bloomfield (In the Café). Call 248-879-1900 to register. Hormones and your Health: Women’s Health Awareness - 7-8pm. Learn How Hormones Affect Health & Happiness. Speaker: Carol Kirken FREE. Health & Healing Chiropractic, 226 Walnut Blvd., Rochester. Dr. Kathy Whitmore 248-656-6957. Women’s Health Issues & Mastering Menopause - 6:15pm. Presented by Susan Pontack, R.N. Senior functional medicine consultant and certified First Line Therapy Lifestyle Educator. Insights on many of the current health issues facing women today and highlights a new exclusive, natural, affordable product that is clinically proven to provide relief from menopausal symptoms. Appetizer & Smoothie/Fresh Juice from Mezza Mediterranean Grille FREE. Vita~Mend, 419 S. Washington Ave, Royal Oak. Info/reserve: 248-399-7200. See ad page 12.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17 The Role of Dietary Supplements in Preventing & Reversing Heart Disease - 7-8 pm. Cardiologist, Dr. Michael Dangovian discusses the specific dietary supplements you can take to help reduce the risk of getting heart disease and those that are shown to reverse certain cardiovascular conditions already in place. Wellness Training Institute, 39242 Dequindre Rd Ste. 104, Sterling Hts. 586-795-3600. See ad page 4, 23 & 47. What makes EFA’s essential to health? - 6-7pm. Learn what essential fatty acids are and why they are really “essential” for maintaining good health. Explore the latest recommendations on healthy fats and how you can get more into your diet. FREE. Whole Foods, Rochester Hills. 2918 Walton Blvd. Info: Anne Baker, 248-891-5215.

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19 Deepening Wellness: Building a Sure and Strong Foundation - 6:30-8pm. In this workshop with spiritual life coach Cathy Zucker, we explore wellness built on a foundation of integrity and wholeness, not on our circumstances, and offers us stability throughout life, $25. Soothe Your Soul, 20 Hudson Street, Oxford. Hannah Schroeder 248-236-9855. See ad below.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20 Whole Planet Foundation Weekend - noon-3pm. & Sun, 2/21. Feb 17th kicks off our Annual Whole Planet Foundation Campaign to create economic partnerships with the poor in the developing-world communities that supply our stores with product. It provides grants to microfinance institutions, who in turn develop and offer microenterprise loan programs, training and other financial services to the self-employed poor. FREE. Whole Foods Market, All 3 Metro Detroit Locations. Amanda Musilli 248-371-1433.

Everything You Need to Know to Manifest Everything You Want - 11am-1pm. Rev. Dianne will show you all the tools you need to manifest everything you want and need. Learn how to reprogram what you think, say and do and over come core beliefs that no longer serve you. Fun interactive seminar. $20. Soothe Your Soul, 20 Hudson Street, Oxford. Hannah Schroeder 248-236-9855. See ad page below.

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Season Extension: Cold Frames & Low Tunnels for the Home Gardener - 3-4:30pm. With Michael Formisano. Learn to maximize your home gardenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s productivity with simple, low-cost techniques and structures. For all experience levels. $15. Upland Hills EAC, Oxford. Info: 248-693-1021. See ad page 18.


Heavenly Chocolate Tea - 2pm. This Delightful Dessert Tea will tempt your tastebuds with the finest in Chocolate Indulgence. Fresh Brewed Tea, followed by a serving of Pots de Creme. Three-tier presentation of desserts will follow. Not for the weak at heart, our chocolate tea is only for the true chocoholic! $20/person. Limit 8. Gabrielâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Garden, 111 S Main, Romeo. Info/reserve: 586-336-0418.

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26 Partner Yoga Workshop - 7:30-9pm. Partner Yoga uses various movements and poses to focus the mind and increase strength, stamina and flexibility. Use the buddy system to dissolve tension and establish a natural state of harmony in body, mind, emotion and spirit. Singles or partners. $15/person, all levels welcome. Santosha Yoga LLC, 48724 Gratiot Ave, Chesterfield Twp. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 47. Kick Sugar Addiction! - 12:20-1:30pm. Step by step guide to breaking sugar addiction presented by Anne Baker NT, LE, Nourish Holistic Nutrition Therapy Coach. Sugar is hidden in many foods. We are often unaware of how much we are consuming resulting in sky rocketing insulin resistance. FREE. RSVP Please. Auburn Hills Community Center. 1827 N Squirrel Rd, Auburn Hills. Info: Anne Baker 248-891-5215.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27 Thyroid Balance – Its Link to Disease! 7-8:30pm. Discover its link to heart health, digestive issues, weight gain and more. Dr. Richard K. Sowerby D.C., Clinical Nutritionist demonstrates how Nutrition Response Testing addresses these issues. FREE. Vitamin Shoppe, Troy. Please call 248-8791900 to register. Intro to Yoga Workshop – 12-1:30pm. Slower paced, informative class that provides a foundation and prepares you to proceed to the Basic or Mixed Level classes. Includes a brief history & philosophy, fundamental Yoga postures, focusing on safety; details on how to combine breath and movement. Individual attention, class notes & handouts, introduction to meditation. Non-competitive. $25. Santosha Yoga, 48724 Gratiot Ave, Chesterfield Twp. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 47. Products for an environmentally conscious world.

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“Behind the Rind” starring Parmigiano Reggiano - noon-1pm. Be part of a nationwide cheese cracking! Join us in our Specialty Department, as all of our stores unite to crack a wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano simultaneously. Samples and recipes will be available to take home. FREE. Whole Foods Market, All 3 Metro Detroit Locations. Mike Hack 248-371-1407.

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28 NIA Jam - 2:3-4pm. Join Metro Detroit NIA teachers for a NIA Jam. NIA is a movement experience that will have you moving in your body’s way, and no experience necessary. Donation. Yoga Shelter, 11 Mile & Main, Royal Oak. Beth 248-229-5755. Introduction to the Transition Movement - 13pm. With Pam Bytner and Jared Bogdanov. How can we harness our collective will and creativity to weave resiliency back into our local communities? Join us and learn how to get involved with the Transition Movement! $10. Upland Hills EAC, Oxford. Info: 248-693-1021. See ad page 18.

TUESDAY, MARCH 2 Free Intro to Feldenkrais® Professional Training - 6:30-8:30pm. Osa Jackson Schulte PhD, PT, GCFP/AT Continuity Assistant Trainer. Movement and Healing Center (A Michigan Not For Profit), 5386 Bronco Dr, Clarkston. Register for free intro. 586-484-0549 or fax 248-922-1951. See ad page 3.

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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. Sunday Silence - 3-4pm. 1st and 3rd Sunday. 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 is necessary, only an interest and desire to explore what arises when we quiet down. Donation. Soothe Your Soul, 20 Hudson Street, Oxford. Amy Pearson 248-2369855. See ad page 38.



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MONDAYS STARTING MARCH 15 Qigong / Acupressure Class - Six weeks 6:308pm. 45 minute Qigong Meditation cultivates energy then 45 minutes of acupressure to open channels. Learn Chinese 5 Element Theory and how to heal yourself. Grand Blanc. Instructor: Dawn Fleetwood. For more information or to register: or 810235-9864.

per 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. $15 walk-in or packages. Wellness Training Insti-

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Yin Yoga w/Jules All Level - 9:30-10:45am. This class adapts traditional Yoga principles by creating a warm, nurturing environment which encourages students to surrender to the moment as it is not as they want it to be. $12 drop in or class card. May use supportive props. Jewels Yoga and Fitness, Clarkston. Info: 248-390-9270. See ad page 46. Hypnotherapy with Cheryl Beshada, C.M.Ht. 9:30am-7pm by appt. Also Wedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cheryl teaches and specializes in Personal Empowerment, Releasing Blocks and Patterns of Negative Behavior, Higher Self Communication. Free Consultation. Warren. 586-751-7500. See ad page 29. Absolutly Beginners Yoga - 10:30 am-11:30 am. Build a srong foundation for your Yoga practice. Strenghtening,meditative. Taught by Maria RYT/ APT 15 years experience. A beautiful, fire-lit studio in the woods. $12. Yoga in the Woods, 12380 Hegel Rd. Goodrich. Info: Maureen 810-636-7204. 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.



Simply Yoga w/Barb Heuerman - 9:30-10:30am. All Levels. One day you may be very still and the next day holding a lunge or being led thru a perplexed 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 29. Turnaround Tuesdays - 11 am & 4 pm-Samples 1-3 pm. Thru March. Join Each week we will tackle a different topic (grains, greens, proteins & carbohydrates) by offering samples and a tour. Take part in our product swap each week: bring in a ‘conventional’ product and we’ll give you a healthy, natural version for free, while supplies last. We will also have a sweepstakes running all month to win a complete pantry makeover! See in store for more details. FREE. Whole Foods Market, All 3 Metro Detroit Locations. Amanda Musilli 248-371-1433. 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 47. 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 44.

Spiritual Growth “BE-ing Your Higher Self” 6:30-8:30pm. Every other Tuesday: Feb 9-May 18. With Pam Ziskie. To participate in class, purchase “Spiritual Growth” by Sanaya Roman. Will be available to purchase in the store by January. Classes will include discussion of chapter material and a twenty five minute meditation. $15/class, limited to 15. Soothe Your Soul, 20 Hudson Street, Oxford. Pam or Hannah 248-236-9855 or 248-495-5156. See ad page 38. 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 Fitness, Clarkston. Info: Jules 248-390-9270. See ad page 46.


See ad page 46. Change My Life-Playshop Series - 6:30-8pm in February. If there is a difference between what you would like to be experiencing and what you are currently experiencing, come play with some easy, effective and efficient techniques that will help eliminate that gap. Participate in all or any $20/each. Soothe Your Soul, 20 Hudson Street, Oxford. Nancy Rossi 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 Life Center, 1225 E Eleven Mile, Royal Oak. Info: 586-795-4358. Acoustic Bazaar Live + Open Mic Night - 7pm. Also Fridays. Brand new venue - acoustic open mic night. Individuals and groups welcome! BIGGBY Coffee, 51185 Van Dyke, Shelby Twp. Steve Bronson.


Pilates - 9:30-10:30am. 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. After School Yoga - 3:15-4pm. Join a yoga instructor from Lake Orions’ Hamsa Yoga for an afternoon of easy, light yoga for children, parents and friends. Donations appreciated. Upland Hills EAC, Oxford. Info: 248-693-1021. See ad page 18. 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. $15 walk-in or packages. Wellness Training Institute, 39242 Dequindre Rd Ste 104, Sterling Hts. 586-795-3800. See ads pages 4, 23 & 47. 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. $15 walk-in or packages. Wellness Training Institute, 39242 Dequindre Rd Ste 104, Sterling Hts. 586-795-3800. See ads pages 4, 23 & 47. 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.

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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. Introductory Yoga - 10-11am. Join a yoga instructor from Lake Orion’s Hamsa Yoga for an hour of yoga, for all experience and ability levels. $10. Upland Hills EAC, Oxford. Info: 248-693-1021. See ad page 18. 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. $15 walk-in or packages. Wellness Training Institute, 39242 Dequindre Rd Ste 104, Sterling Hts. 586-795-3800. See ads pages 4, 23 & 47. 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. $15 walk-in or packages. Wellness Training Institute, 39242 Dequindre Rd Ste 104, Sterling Hts. 586-795-3800. See ads pages 4, 23 & 47. Basic Yoga w/Anne Mancour - 7:15-8:30pm. All Levels. Anne guides her students thru a simple yet challenging practice focusing on traditional

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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.

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Morning Flow Yoga w/Jules - 6:15-7:30am. 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. First Free Fridays - 9am-8pm. Free treatments to new patients who want to try acupuncture on the first Friday of each month. The next First Free Friday is February 5th. FREE. Call for appointment. Community Health Acupuncture Center, 801 Livernois St, Ferndale. Darlene Berger 248-246-7289. See ad page 43. 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.

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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 29. Naturopathic School of Ann Arbor Open Houses - 11am-1pm. Here to serve with diploma and certificate programs. FREE. Google us! Lodging. Info: 734-769-7794. Community Class-Free Yoga - 11:15am-12pm. The Community Class is a Level 1 class taught by the students in the Yoga For Life Teacher Training Program. FREE. Yoga For Life, 1194 S Lapeer Road, Lake Orion. Heidi Peters 248-693-9932. See ad page 46. Karma/Donation Yoga - 11:15am-12:15pm. 1st & 3rd Sat’s. FREE basic level class open to all students. If you have wanted to try yoga and it hasn’t been in the budget or know someone who might be interested, come and join us. Donations are suggested, but not required. All donations will be given to local charities. Santosha Yoga, 48724 Gratiot Ave, Chesterfield. Theresa May 586-9495515. See ad page 47.

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Chinese Health Clinic Hailan Sun, MD (China) Dipl. Ac 3075 E. Walton Blvd., Auburn Hills 248-276-8880 Former MD in China served North American people for over 26 years with acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. Specializing in various pains and intestinal problems. See ad page 27.

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.

ACUPUNCTURE & HERBAL CLINIC Brittany Schram, Dipl. Ac 12272 Fenton Rd., Suite 3, Fenton 2305 Genoa Business Park Dr., Brighton 810-714-5556 Offering personalized natural health care that focuses on treating the root cause of illness, not just the symptom. A safe and effective alternative for children, adults and seniors. Specializing in infertility, pediatrics, internal medicine and pain management.

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 37.

COMMUNITY HEALTH ACUPUNCTURE CENTER 801 Livernois St., Ferndale 248-246-7289 Effective acupuncture treatment in our comfortable, quiet communitystyle treatment room. Affordable sliding scale fees, $15-$35 per treatment, no income verification.

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 4, 23 & 47.


VAN EVERY CHIROPRACTIC CENTER Dr. Anna Saylor-Wither; Dr. Laura Vanloon 4203 Rochester Rd., Royal Oak 248-616-0900 - Get the best Chiropractic adjustment of your life! We offer a unique, breakthrough, gentle approach to Chiropractic care called Koren Specific Technique (KST). See ad page 16.

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 21.

In minds crammed with thoughts, organs clogged with toxins and bodies stiffened with neglect, there is just no space for anything else. ~Alison Rose Levy

John W. Johr, D.C. 1460 Walton Blvd. Rochester Hills 248-601-8843 The outside world is restructuring and reorganizing. Your world can too. You have the courage, gifts, and the wisdom to create exactly what you want. Come in and discover a more joyful and meaningful life! See ad page 38.


Laughter is a tranquilizer with no side effects. ~Arnold Glasow

Dr. Mike, a husband and father of three, takes pride in offering family chiropractic care using techniques tailored to each individualâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs. Progressive Chiropractic offers massage, Reflexology, supplements, pillows and supports.

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 23.


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

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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 29.

People think about what they don’t want and attract more of the same. ~From the movie The Secret

DENTISTRY DAVID W. REGIANI, DDS, PC Holistic General Dentistry 101 South Street, Ortonville 248-627-4934

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.

FITNESS/MARTIAL ARTS KOREAN MARTIAL ARTS INSTITUTE 935 Baldwin Rd., Lapeer - 810-667-2101 Traditional TaeKwon-Do training ages 5 through seniors. A-dult enrichment classes in Tai Chi, Yoga, Kick-fit exercise and Women’s self-defense.

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



Our Family and Cosmetic Dental Practice is committed to practicing dentistry with a biocompatible approach. We perform mercury free/mercury safe dentistry in a friendly, caring atmosphere for the entire family. See ad page 25.


HEALING TOUCH 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.

When it comes to eating right and exercising, there is no “I’ll start tomorrow.” Tomorrow is disease. ~V.L. Allineare

• 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 27.


TRANSFORMATIONAL HEALTH, PC Kathleen Slonager, RN, DIHOM, ADS 16205 W. 14 Mile, Ste 202, Beverly Hills 248-613-9662 Homeopathy & auricular a c u p u n c t u r e . C e r t i fi e d practitioner. Effective for acute and chronic illnesses, developmental & aging issues, as well as addictions.

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


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 19.

Heather Pranzarone Stratton, DDS 4741 24 Mile Rd., Ste. C, Shelby Township 248-652-0024 •


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.

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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 9.

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 Bio-Identical Hormones, as an alternative to drugs in the treatment and prevention of common medical disorders. See ad page 21.

LIGHT THERAPY INTERACTIVE LIGHT THERAPY, 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.

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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Mary Ellen Glynn-Ind. Associate 888-713-8281 140 years Natural! Shop online/catalog for 100% Organic spices, natural personal care products or plant-based cleaning products. Call today for

586-468-5723 117 Cass Ave Ste 301, Mt Clemens Safe, effective options utilizing medical intuition to assess the root cause of disease or dysfunction in the body. Also herbal, homeopathic, JMT and vibropathic remedies. Physician testimonials available. See ad page 17 .

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NEUROFEEDBACK FLEXIBLE BRAIN Mary St. Clair, LMSW Two offices in West Bloomfield 248-366-6600 or Neurofeedback: a drug-free approach for the symptoms of ADD/ADHD, autism, anxiety, depression, insomnia, fatigue, headaches, brain fog, sensory issues, traumatic brain injury & stroke. Free treatment for Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan!

Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on. ~Bob Newhart

NATURAL/HOLISTIC HEALTH FOR THE HEALTH OF IT Mary Born, ND, CNHP, CNC 15831 Twelve Mile Rd. Southfield 248-623-2288 for appt. 248-559-6763 There’s hope! Over 25 years in natural health, Mary has helped people discard physical and emotional concerns. Experience her gentle, yet effective, vibrant health supports. Emotional healing, flower essences, aromatherapy, herbal energetics, Iridology, RMR testing, nutritional consulting, lectures and classes.

HOLISTIC HEALING CENTER 1777 Axtell Drive, Ste 203, Troy 248-435-4600 or 248-637-1830 Help heal the world...starting with you! Offering a variety of alternative and holistic treatments and therapies. Experience a holistic approach to wellbeing; focusing equally on mind, body and spirit. See ad page 23.

LOOK GOOD FEEL GOOD Learn about the wide variety of modalities available and how local therapists and practitioners are helping others. In the March issue of Natural Awakenings.


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

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ORGANIC CLOTHING UNIK BOUTIQUE 100% Organic and Eco-Clothes.

PAIN RELIEF NEUROMUSCULAR WELLNESS CENTER, INC. Diane Lang, CNMT, NCTMB 38215 W. 10 Mile Road, Farmington Hills 248-471-4816 •

Commerce Twp • 248-366-9964 Call for 15% off all clothing!

ORGANIC LAWNCARE A-1 ORGANIC LAWNS, L.L.C. Complete Natural Lawn Application Products & Programs PO Box 874, Highland 248-889-7200, We believe in protecting and preserving your family and home environment with natural fertilizers that use the power of nature to beautify your property. See ad page 8.

We provide pain relief using soft tissue manipulation techniques. We’ll help you restore balance in and heal your body in the least amount of time.


Lawn/tree care program that offers organic-based fertilizers, Free lawn analysis. Visit



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Raw Food Teacher, Professional Speaker Information 586-899-8782

Your online source for certified organic brands and eco-friendly products and featuring Michigan products! Home or business delivery service for Metro-Detroit area.

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.

ORGANIC SKINCARE EVE ORGANICS 51194 Romeo Plank #455, Chesterfield 888-227-3033 People with problem skin, sensitivites and interest in wellbeing feel safer k n ow i n g p o t e n t i a l l y harmful ingredients in other products are not in ours. Shop online or in Macomb. See ad page 9.

ORGANIC SPA CONSHER ORGANIC SPA 966 E Maple, Birmingham 248-594-0360 Consher Organic Spa is the ONLY raw organic spa in MI. Enjoy edible facials, massage and more. Voted #1 in Allure Magazine for Airbrush Tan. The owner Con Ciecko’s credentials include Reiki Master, Myomassologist, Skin Therapist, Ear Candling Tech, Airbrush Tan Artist, Permanant/Medical Tattoo Artist and Instructor.

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

VETERINARY WOODSIDE ANIMAL CLINIC 27542 Woodward Ave, Royal Oak 248-545-6630 Dr. Simon is the owner of Woodside Animal Clinic in Royal Oak, where he practices both alternative and conventional medicine on dogs, cats, birds, rabbits and rodents. He is the author of 4 pet care books. See ad page 31.

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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 4, 23 & 47.

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.

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Oakland, Macomb, Livingston & St. Clair, MI

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

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. WALK-INS AVAILABLE OR CLASS CARDS. NO EXPIRATION.

WELLNESS TRAINING INSTITUTE 39242 Dequindre Ste 104, Sterling Heights 586-795-3800 Truly accessible, heart opening and life enhancing yoga for all age groups emphasizing resorative and therapeutic principles. Call for class schedules. See ads pages 4, 23 & 47.

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



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YOGA Santosha (Sanskrit): Contentment, peace, gratitude

Intro to Yoga Workshop

February 27, 2010 Noon until 1:30 p.m. $25 per person. Please pre-register. See more events in this month’s calendar.

586-949-5515 48724 Gratiot Ave. Chesterfield MI 48051 (just south of 22 Mile Road)

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