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Scoliosis Activity Suit™ Offers Comfortable Treatment for Childhood Disease The Scoliosis Activity Suit™ is a new type of functional scoliosis activity suit that acts upon the spine much differently than conventional rigid-style scoliosis braces. It can be easily concealed underneath clothing, and has shown immediate correction of the scoliosis curvature. The Scoliosis Activity Suit™ was developed by Mark Morningstar, DC, PhD, who also co-founded the ScoliSMART Clinics treatment system. “As an active member of SOSORT, a European based medical society focused on exercisebased treatments for scoliosis, I’ve been fortunate enough to be exposed to all types of scoliosis treatment worldwide. Having seen the benefits and disadvantages of various types of bracing both in the US and abroad, I tried to create a design that incorporated as many of the advantages as possible without the drawbacks of conventional bracing,” says Morningstar. According to preliminary reports, the Scoliosis Activity Suit™ is more comfortable than hard braces, yet it still provides substantial support, while also being thin enough to conceal under clothing for daylong wear. A big advantage of the Scoliosis Activity Suit™ is that it can be worn exclusively at home, thereby minimizing the impact of treatment on a child’s selfesteem and confidence. Since it is comprised of multiple pieces, the Scoliosis Activity Suit™ can be fully customized to each patient, depending upon the location and severity of the scoliosis.

The Scoliosis Activity Suit™ is designed to be used in conjunction with an exercise-based scoliosis therapy, such as the exclusive Scoliosis BootCamp™, Small Curve Camp™, or the adult ScoliPAIN™ treatment programs. This enhances the significantly increases the effectiveness of the Scoliosis Activity Suit™ compared to wearing the Scoliosis Activity Suit™ alone. Because it is not a hard brace, but made instead out of neoprene (a stretchable yet durable material), it does allow some give over the course of time over each wear period (2-6 hours per day). The Scoliosis Activity Suit™ material allows the patient to maintain his or her flexibility, and can be worn while participating in sports and other athletic activities. However, it still maintains a high level of support to allow the muscles of the spine to work less while still stabilizing the spine. Preliminary research suggests that the average initial correction of the spinal curvature ranges between 15-35%. Over 90% of patients wearing the Scoliosis Activity Suit™ for one year saw their curvatures stabilized or corrected. For more information on the Scoliosis Activity Suit™, or to schedule your free initial phone consult, please contact Dr. Morningstar at 810-694-3576, or email him at: drmorningstar@treatingscoliosis. com. For more information, or to request a free information packet, you can also visit the ScoliSMART Clinics website for more details at

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id you know that, depending on where you get the figures, there could be as many as 90,000+ people in Michigan who are at some stage of homelessness? We heard that statistic on the radio a few weeks ago and were astonished. In doing a bit of online research, it looks as if somewhere around 20% could be children, and most of those are under the age of 11. Many others are veterans, disabled, have a chronic mental illness, and there seems to be a growing number of seniors. I'm sure we've all heard, or asked, the question, "How can this happen in a country like ours?" According the website, in its 2014 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said that Michigan had a 6.1% increase from 2013 to 2014, one of the highest in the nation. And this doesn't even address the issue of wellness and nutrition, another topic altogether, and one that we're sure is not at the forefront of concerns for those simply needing a warm place to stay for themselves and/ or their family. If you want to read some of these startling statistics, take a few minutes and visit websites like or As we head into the winter and holiday season here in Michigan, it makes this issue especially concerning. Granted, there are shelters and other organizations striving to help, but they all need support...and it won't take much from each of us to help in the battle. So, as you read through this month's issue, which contains many articles on social consciousness, activism, creating miracles and the spirit of loving and sharing, we encourage you to keep the homelessness issue in the back of your mind and find a way to support a local organization dedicated to this issue. These groups aren't hard to find. Visit the websites mentioned above or simply open up your web browser and do a search on "Homeless in Michigan." You'll find an abundance of organizations that are working to provide shelter, food and other resources to help tackle the issue of homelessness in our state. Do something, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem. "Every little bit," as they say. So until next month, stay happy and healthy...naturally...and find a way to help those in need!

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newsbriefs Wellness Center Relocates to Rochester Hills Free NSA talks and demonstrations planned


r. Lawrence Bell, D.C., of the Integral Life Center,has recently relocated his offices to Rochester Hills. For over 12 years, his practice has utilized a wide range of gentle and cutting-edge chiropractic techniques with no “cracking, sudden popping or twisting" of the spine. Dr. Bell also offers nutritional support. "One technique in particular," Dr. Bell explains, "is Network Spinal Analysis (NSA), which has been the subject of academic study, research and publication for its unprecedented effect in wellness and quality of life, adaptability to stress, enhanced life enjoyment and facilitation of constructive lifestyle changes. Dr. Lawrence Bell All of Dr. Bell's techniques are gentle in nature, and care is personally customized for each individual, addressing a host of symptoms including, but not limited to, back, neck and joint pain; headaches; fibromyalgia; Scoliosis, and many neuromusculoskeletal conditions. "It is common to experience increased energy, improved posture, a reduction of tension/pain/ physical stress, increased flexibility/range of motion/ease of movement, and an overall sense of peace and emotional/mental clarity," says Dr. Bell. On Thursday December 18th, Dr. Bell will be hosting a free NSA talk and demonstration from 7-9 p.m.


Integral Life Center is located at 1460 Walton Blvd., Suite #210, Rochester Hills. New patients who sign up for care will receive a special initial visit offer for $49 (includes consultation, exam, report of findings and first session). For more information, or to reserve a spot at the free seminar, call Dr. Lawrence Bell at 323-804-2155 or visit See ad page 50.

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ecky Stevens, of Becky Stevens Holistic Alternatives, LLC, located in St. Clair Shores, is pleased to announce that she is now utilizing LaVie de la Rose Flower Essences. Stevens offers safe and effective options for hands-on healing and wellness through medical intuition and energy healing. "I have assisted numerous clients with a variety of health challenges," Stevens explains, "including people with back pain, depression, cancer, autism, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, allergies and numerous other conditions. The LaVie de La Rose essences allow me to offer an additional unique gift... Becky Stevens Accelerated Spiritual Growth." “My average clients are well educated adults in professions including nursing, teaching and psychology,” says Stevens. “They’ve done their research and understand the benefits of the services I can provide. I found I have a gift and at first was unaware of what to do with it. It has expanded and grown over the years through study and practice. Assisting people on the path to wellness is not just my job, it is my passion.” Becky Stevens Holistic Alternatives, LLC is located at 29700 Harper Avenue, #4, St. Clair Shores. For more information or an appointment, call 586-294-6540 or visit her website at See ad page 51.

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r. Brownstein and Sheryl Shenefelt announce a new book release called The Skinny on Fats. “We are excited that we have written a new book on a health topic that many people worry about and wonder about that is whether or not to eat fat, says Sheryl Shenefelt, co-author of the book. “We feel it will help people make proper health decisions. Because many people face health challenges, especially around weight issues, and they are misinformed about eating a high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet, we can inform them about the real deal about fats." “This is my 5th book on a topic with much controversy and has recently been in the press as people have realized we do need fat to live,” explains Shenefelt. The cost of the book is $18. Contact 248-766-2425 or visit and for more information.

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n last month's NewsBrief on page 11 announcing the new Essentials line of products for Madge & Gert, we incorrectly listed the street address for the Aubergine Gallery. We should have given their new address at 105 W. Huron, Milford. Our apologies! For more information, call 248-240-2918 or visit

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enesys Athletic Club (GAC) now offers a discount on memberships for those age 55 and older. The two membership options are the GAC Gold limited membership which includes full use of the club, Monday through Friday from 11 am to 3 pm. The cost is $50 to join GAC and then $65 a month for one person; $85 for a couple. The GAC Gold full membership includes full access to the club, Monday through Friday from 5 am to 10 pm and weekends from 7 am to 9 pm. The cost for this membership is $99 to join and then $99 a month for one person; $142 for a couple. Cindy Ficorelli, Genesys marketing, explains that “Genesys Athletic Club also offers GAC Gold, programs for older adults. This includes group fitness classes for GAC members, Lunch and Learn with Friends (health talks for members and non-members); and GAC Gold On the Go (day excursions for members and non-members). The upcoming Lunch and Learn with Friends is Wednesday, December 3 and features Staying Fit Through the Holidays. Cost is $6 for GAC members and $10 for non-members, and includes lunch. The next GAC On the Go Trip is to the Whiting for the Holiday Pops concert, Sunday, December 21. Cost is $21 a person.” For details, call 810-606-7509. The Genesys Athletic Club is located at 801 Health Park Blvd., Grand Blanc. For more details on the memberships or club, call 810-606-7523 or visit their website at

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oin guest speaker Dr. Bence, D.C., C.C.W.P., recognized national key note speaker, physician, and leading wellness coach for this exciting, unique health talk. The talk will take place on Tuesday, December 16 at 6:30 pm. He will highlight many topics including how to reduce your most harmful stresses, naturally increase your energy, achieve the true “mind-body” connection, what your symptoms really mean, keys to becoming and staying well, recognizing potential health problems before symptoms appear, sleep better naturally, sharper mind, enhanced immune system, and obtain true health and wellness for life. Dr. Pavel Bence There will be a complimentary dinner along with the health talk at Ike’s Restaurant, 38550 Van Dyke Ave, Sterling Heights. Call 586978-9900 to reserve seats. Bence Chiropractic Wellness Center has two locations at 39573 Mound Road, Sterling Heights and 46857 Garfield Road, Macomb. For more information on Bence Chiropractic Wellness Center visit See ad page 33.

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s a Wall Street analyst at age 22, Moiz Habib had no plans to open a restaurant. After a trip to Pakistan to visit relatives, his career path took a turn as he became more interested in the foods and diets of the Middle East. Habib realized that after eating a Middle Eastern diet for several weeks he had more energy, mental clarity, slept better and he didn’t gain weight. They ate foods there like organic, grassfed lamb or beef, herbed eggplant, chickpea salad and organic rice. In the spring of 2013, Habib, along with family and supporters, opened Loya Organic Middle Eastern Grill in West Bloomfield, Michigan. The mission of the restaurant is to serve fresh, nutritious, organic food. At Loya, the lamb and beef is certified organic and grass-fed. The chickens are free range and raised without artificial hormones. “Each week we make a trip to the local markets and pick out the freshest, naturally grown produce for both our family and yours,” states Habib. The restaurant is connecting with good, ethical, local farmers. All of the lamb and beef is sourced from local Michigan farms where animals are raised in pastures using organic practices. The juices and salads are also locally sourced, according to the Loya website. The grill offers a vast array of colorful dishes. They offer a vegan and gluten free menu and promote a “peanut

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Calcium Supplements Raise Risk of Brain Lesions


Duke University study published in the British Journal of Nutrition this summer found that calcium supplements taken by elderly persons may increase the risk of brain lesions that are identified as hyperintensities on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) brain scans. The researchers studied 227 adults over the age of 60. The patients were assessed for supplemental calcium intake and received brain scans via MRI. Those taking calcium supplements had more lesions of a volume typically associated with hypertension. They noted no dose-dependent relationship between lesion size and the amount of calcium being supplemented. The scientists commented that other studies have found calcium supplementation also associated with greater risk of artery disease. Hyperintensities are observed in normal aging, plus several neurological, psychiatric and autoimmune disorders that affect the brain. They constitute damage to brain tissue caused by restricted blood flow and have been linked to mild cognitive deficits and disturbances.

Hip Fractures Decrease on Weekends and Holy Days


new study published in the Israel Medical Association Journal found that older adults are more likely to have hip fractures in the wintertime, except during weekends and on religious holidays. The study’s authors checked the records of 2,050 patients that were at least 65 years old and had suffered a hip fracture. Analyzing the dates of each fracture revealed that significantly more of them occurred during the wintertime; the injuries corresponded directly with lower temperatures and greater rainfall. Fewer fractures took place on the Sabbath and during weekends in general, as well as on Yom Kippur and other holy days, with the exception of Passover.

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study published in the European Journal of Cancer revealed that a mistletoe extract may lengthen life for patients with severe pancreatic cancer. German researchers tested 220 patients with advanced stage pancreatic cancer, an aggressive, often fatal disease. The patients were divided into two groups; one was given up to 10 milligrams of Viscum album (European mistletoe) three times a week for up to 12 months. Both groups received supportive care throughout the study period. The average length of survival for those taking the mistletoe extract, 4.8 months, was nearly twice that of the other group, 2.7 months; a survival period typically dates from the original diagnosis. Within a group considered to have a good prognosis, the survival period for those that consumed the extract, averaging 6.6 months, was more than double that of the no-extract group, which averaged 3.2 months.

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Scientists from 23 organizations, including the federal government, universities and conservation groups, have spent years on the State of the Birds Study, looking at 230 species of birds from different habitats compiling its watch list. Peter Marra, a migratory bird specialist at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Zoo, in Washington, D.C., attributes the population drops of the birds in the most trouble to disappearing habitat or reduced range. Some coastal birds are doing better, and previously endangered wetland birds are recovering due to laws that are protecting them. Marra says, “These populations come back when we create the habitat. The report emphasizes that it’s better to focus on birds that aren’t yet in decline and keep them that way.” Ken Rosenberg, a bird biologist at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, in Ithaca, New York, and an author of the report, says that hunters, as well as conservationists, deserve credit for preserving ducks. He acknowledges, “We’ve put a tremendous amount of resources and money into wetland and waterfowl conservation because of the hunters that contribute financially.” But lots of songbirds are in trouble, and Florida, where bird habitat is disappearing fast, is a crucial stopover for migrating birds. It’s the kind of place that birds both common and endangered urgently need to survive. Source: National Public Radio

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Status of Religious Diversity in the U.S. The United States is often described as a religiously free and diverse country, but a new Pew Research Center study reveals that 95 percent of the populace identifies itself as either Christian or unaffiliated (atheist, agnostic or having no particular religion). This ranks the U.S. 68 out of 232 countries and territories in the Pew Religious Diversity Index. Singapore is the world’s most religiously diverse country, followed by Taiwan and Vietnam. The study treats Christian denominations as members of the same religion, which if counted separately, would increase the ranking. But Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Judaism all have internal diversity, as well, and are considered as single religions in the study. There’s an important distinction between religious diversity and religious freedom, which the report does not measure. The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right to free exercise of religion, which is not always the case in other countries. Source:

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Scientists May Harvest Energy from Earth’s Infrared Emissions Physicists at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) are developing a device described in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that would harvest energy from Earth’s infrared emissions into outer space. The power is modest, but tangible. Steven J. Byrnes, a postdoctoral fellow at SEAS, points out, “The device could be coupled with a solar cell, for example, to obtain extra power at night without extra installation costs.” Heated by the sun, our planet is very warm compared to the frigid depths of space. Thanks to recent technological advances such as plasmonics and nanofabrication, and new materials like graphene, the researchers say this heat imbalance could soon be transformed into direct current (DC) power, taking advantage of an untapped, virtually limitless energy source.

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Don’t Be So Quick to Bash the Rich A survey at social research site reveals that stereotypes of the richest class of society as being uniformly selfish individuals are not entirely accurate. It seems that having money does not necessarily mean that a person has an overactive ego. Actor Will Smith, with an estimated net worth of $200 million, observes, “Money and success don’t change people; they merely amplify what is already there.” Queendom data shows a difference of only a few percentage points between respondents of varying income levels in matters of altruism such as doing and returning favors, putting themselves in others’ shoes, sympathy and empathy. The area where those in a higher socioeconomic status rank at the top is in charitable contributions. Ilona Jerabek, president of parent company PsychTests AIM, says, “Our personality impacts every aspect of our life—the choices we make, the people we surround ourselves with, the career we pursue, the way we respond to life experiences, the way we manage our finances and whether or not we share our good fortune.” Take the survey at

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Recognizing Restaurants that Support the Homeless Food Recovery Certified is a new program that rewards restaurants that donate their extra food to those in need with a sticker on their front door. It’s a project of The Food Recovery Network, a national system of college students that takes cafeteria leftovers to homeless people. Founder Ben Simon started the group in 2011 at the University of Maryland, and the network has saved more than 320,000 pounds of food from the dump in its first three years. If a restaurant donates unsold food to the hungry at least once a month, it can apply for the certification. Then Food Recovery Certified verifies with local nonprofits that the donations actually occur before awarding its approval. Simon states, “Every food business should be donating its extra food.” For more information, visit

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hen I was a Music and sound ing my neurophysiology. youngster, I Brain research shows clearly remember are the language that when we experireading a book, The Boy and architecture ence pure sound without Who Sang to the World, language, the right side of although I later learned it of the cosmos. the brain lights up like a doesn’t exist. I read it in Christmas tree. I’d worked some other realm of consciousness and in brain research for about 13 years that’s what I became. when, while meditating, I received new I sang to the world, sun, moon, information about brain geometry that stars and all life. I sang in church and I recognized as the geometry of conchoirs and later took up guitar and sciousness in its relationship to sound piano. One day, a visitor to our house and emotion. said, “You’re going to heal many people I understood that if I taught this to in this world with that voice.” others, I would observe rapid change When I attended the University of and improvement in brain function North Carolina, I discovered that neuro- and creativity, which took place when physiology could be used as a language I conducted beta testing at three sites. to explain mystical experiences. The One day, I was in California doing a whole time I was engaged in scientific workshop when these sounds just came training, I was also going deeper into through me. That’s what spawned my the mysticism of the East, the yoga current sound work. of India, Taoism of China, Egyptian I become like a tuning fork to the alchemy and Tibetan Buddhism. I was information that is coming to me. In practicing every meditation from every shamanism, this is called being the tradition, sometimes for five hours a hollow reed. I step out of the way. In day. Without realizing it, I was changterms of brain frequencies, I go into an

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Hair Straighteners One salon treatment—Brazilian Blowout hair straightening—can continue to expose customers and salon workers to toxic fumes even months after application. It’s among the conventional straightening products that contain formaldehyde, a known human carcinogen. “Exposure to formaldehyde doesn’t end with the treatment—the fumes are reactivated every time heat is applied to the hair,” says Jennifer Arce, a San Diego, California, salon worker who became sick after applying a single Brazilian Blowout treatment. “So, when a client who’s had a Brazilian Blowout done elsewhere comes into the salon to get a haircut or color and has her hair blow-dried, flat-ironed, curled or processed under the hood dryer, the fumes that come out of her hair make me and several of my coworkers sick all over again.” Solution: Avoid chemical hairstraightening treatments. Sign on to the Women’s Voice for the Earth letter campaign petitioning the FDA to remove Brazilian Blowout from U.S. shelves by visiting BanBrazilianBlowout.

Hair Dyes and Extensions About two-thirds of conventional hair dyes in the U.S. contain para-

phenylenediamine (PPD), a chemical banned for use in such products in Germany, France and Sweden. Exposure to PPD can cause allergic reactions ranging from skin irritation to death by anaphylactic shock, which happened to a teenager in 2010. When Spain’s University of Santiago de Compostela researchers conducted a metastudy examining the risk of cancer among hairdressers and related workers, all reported that employees had a higher risk of cancer than the general population. Hair extensions also warrant attention. Many adhesives used on extensions may contain 1,4 dioxane, listed as a probable carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and styrene, a neurotoxin and suspected endocrine disruptor. Solution: Look for a clean, green salon that uses natural hair color treatments free from synthetic chemicals, ammonia or PPD.

Nail Polish When getting a manicure or pedicure, beware of the toxic trio of dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde and toluene. Used to help nail products hold color, they’re linked to reproductive and development problems, plus dizziness and eye and lung irritation, according to the Environmental Working Group. Facing pressure from consumer groups and salon workers, some polish companies are now producing so-called “nontoxic” nail polish, although their labels aren’t verifiable. California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control recently tested 25 nail polishes sold to salons, 12 of which claimed to be toluene-free, including seven said to be free of the toxic trio. The researchers found toluene in 10 of those, and one or more of the three ingredients in five out of the seven.

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■ A good place to start is to think about what’s important to you. This will help you find a way of giving back that you’ll enjoy and want to do again and again. For example, if you love taking care of animals, offer to walk an elderly person’s dog for them. If you get sad when you think about someone being lonely, visit a neighbor that lives alone or send a special card to a relative as a way to show your love. ■ It’s nice to help strangers, but you can also do little things close to home that’ll make life easier and better for your family. You can call your grandma to say hello, help your mom or dad with the dishes or play a favorite game with your little sister or brother. ■ You can also use your own special talents to help others. If you are a good cook, bake a healthy holiday treat to bring to someone that is feeling sick. You can read out loud a story to a younger child. If you’re strong and have lots of energy, you can help your neighbor take out the trash or do other household chores.

This article is written especially for young readers eager to embrace the true spirit of the holiday season. Sharing it with them can help cultivate a lifelong practice of giving.


ave you ever seen someone do something that changed a situation from bad to good? Maybe your parents helped someone whose car broke down, or a teacher spent extra time after class helping you with schoolwork.

No matter your age, where you live or what you own, you have the power to do good, too. What you do can make other people happy and make the world a better place. Here are some ideas to help you figure out how.

■ You can have fun and make an even bigger difference by doing good things with others. One way to get your friends excited about joining you is to plan a “Giving Party”. Ask your parents to help you download a free guide ( parents.html) that has fun ideas and activities for creating a holiday-time or birthday party or rainy day get-together. ■ Giving to other people is important, but the planet needs us, too. You can

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our heritage and our culture,” says May. Heather Evans, Ph.D., a Queen’s University professor and a holiday culinary history expert in Ontario, Canada, suggests creating a food diary of traditions to reinforce a connection with the past and support a holiday food legacy for the future. Ask grandparents about their childhood culinary memories, peruse family recipe books or discover new dishes that honor everyone’s ethnic heritage. Then create an heirloom holiday cookbook with handwritten recipes arranged alongside favorite photos and stories.


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then accept them without judgment. Strategize ways of satisfying the need and take a small step toward change.

According to pagan philosophy, sharing seasonal food with loved ones during the winter solstice on December 21 symbolizes the shared trust that warmth and sunlight will return. Eating warm foods provides physical comfort and eating seasonally and locally connects us to the Earth, observes May. Sync body and spirit with the season by stewing root vegetables, baking breads, sipping hot cider and tea, and nibbling on nuts and dried fruits. “The repetition of predictable foods is reassuring,” remarks Evans, and it celebrates nature’s transitions.



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he holiday season is ripe with an array of spiritual, cultural and family rituals. We celebrate, reflect, give gifts and, of course, feast. Fortunately, the media also teems with tips on how to avoid high-calorie holiday goodies, says Dr. Michelle May, author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat. For our diet-driven culture to resolve its struggle with food, she says we must learn to honor its intrinsic value. Ritualized eating can help; a recent study published in the journal Psychological Science found that engaging in food rituals evokes mindfulness that enhances the enjoyment of eating.


Hunger, the body’s fuel gauge, manifests in physical symptoms like a growling stomach or low blood sugar, says May, citing a useful analogy. “You wouldn’t drive around and pull into every gas station you see; you’d check your fuel gauge first. Before filling up with food, pause and check your fuel gauge. Am I actually hungry, or is this desire coming from something else?” May suggests practicing FEASTing: First, focus on physical sensations, thoughts and emotions; perhaps we’re thirsty, rather than hungry, rationalizing that holiday foods are special, or feeling stressed or lonely. Next, explore why the feelings or thoughts are present, and 28

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Complex preparations for a major holiday can provoke anxiety and impatience, and likewise, feelings of longing or disappointment when it’s over. Sarah Ban Breathnach, bestselling author of Simple Abundance and Peace and Plenty, recommends allowing Christmastide to unfold at its own pace and celebrating all of December with a homemade Advent calendar. Craft a tree-shaped tower of tiny boxes or a garland of burlap mini-bags clipped with clothespins. Place an almond covered in organic dark chocolate in each container and use the treat as a daily mini-meditation. “Drop into the present moment, fully savor the luxurious, small bite and experience the pleasure of eating,” suggests May. Consider it symbolic of the season’s sweetness.


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Stir-Up Sunday is a Victorian amusement filled with fun, mystery and mindfulness, says Ban Breathnach. Some December Sunday, have each family member help stir the batter of a special Christmas cake while stating a personal new year’s intention. Drop a clean coin, bean or trinket into the mix and bake. Serve it with a sprig of holly on Christmas Day, and the person with the piece containing the lucky charm will be rewarded with a prosperous, wholesome and positive new year, according to tradition. Evans remarks, “This is a wonderful ritual for nurturing the health and spirit of the family.”


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Do you know anyone who isn’t trying to save money by postponing purchases that they may have taken for granted just a few months ago? Although being frugal in an uncertain economy is not a bad thing, there are some things that should always remain on the “must have” list unless the financial situation is critical.

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A Revitalizing Ritual for the New Year Start the new year with a tabula rasa (clean slate) by hosting a New Year’s Eve Good Riddance Tea Party. Gather family and friends over warm ginger tea, spiced apple cider, hot chocolate and festive finger foods. Guests write down on slips of paper any mistakes, disappointments, regrets, hurts or failings they wish to be forgiven or forgotten. One by one, put them into a crackling fireplace or bonfire to symbolize surrendering of the past. “This ties the heart strings in a comforting bow,” comments author Sarah Ban Breathnach. Then, inscribe fresh intentions for the year to come and tuck them away in a special place. “This is the most mystical part, because so many prayers get answered,” Ban Breathnach says. Lastly, toast the new year with optimism and joy.

Many people still believe that the only time they really need to see a dentist is when they feel pain or something is cracked or broken. Nothing can be further from the truth! In fact, the latest medical research indicates that maintaining optimum oral health is vital for one’s overall health and well-being. For example, recent studies have linked undiagnosed and untreated periodontal (gum) disease with increased risks and complications for patients with heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and other systemic health conditions. We also know from studies that 3 out of 4 Americans experience some form of gum disease in their lifetime. If your eyes are the windows to your soul, then your mouth is the window to your body and your overall health and wellness. Many people do not realize that more than 90% of all systemic diseases have signs and symptoms that we can see in the

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Opening Up to Miracles Gabrielle Bernstein on Creating More Happiness by April Thompson


otivational speaker and bestselling author Gabrielle Bernstein knows the gravitational pull of addiction firsthand. Although introduced to spiritual practices from an early age, she turned away from that upbringing in her 20s, pulled instead into a vortex of drugs, alcohol and unhealthy relationships while running a public relations firm promoting Manhattan nightclubs. After hitting rock bottom at age 25, Bernstein made the unwavering decision to seek spiritual help and change her life. The entrepreneurial young woman found her groove as a spiritual teacher, introducing millions to new ways of thinking and living through her books, lectures, blogs and videos. Her no-

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Why do you reframe a miracle as simply a shift in perception? Shifting your perception and choosing again is a core principle from A Course in Miracles, a metaphysical text that I study and teach from. When you choose

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How do you think about money, and has that proven helpful in broader terms? I believe that we have the power to attract healthier relationships in our financial circumstances in the same way that we have the power to attract healthier relationships with people in our lives. Some people think that you can’t both be spiritual and secure financial abundance; I think that’s nonsense. When you start to reorganize your beliefs around your self-worth and capacity to earn, and open up to your intuitive voice and the creative possibilities for earning, then your financial situation can change dramatically. I have lived that principle fully. I was brought up in a poverty mindset, but with a shift in perception, I was able to release my fears of financial insecurity.

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hile some people find repetitious workouts boring, others like doing predictable routines at regular locations. Ensuring that our fitness regimen jives with our “fitness personality” is integral to making exercise a consistent part of our lifestyle, a concept that has traction among exercise experts. Jonathan Niednagel, founder and director of The Brain Type Institute, in Mountain Home, Arkansas, and an athletic consultant for professional teams, explains in his book, Your Key to Sports Success, that understanding our inborn brain type can help us to determine which sport is best suited to motivate us. In Suzanne Brue’s book, The 8 Colors of Fitness, she applies principles from the Myers-Briggs personality inventory to help readers develop a personalized exercise program. Susan Davis-Ali, Ph.D., in St. Paul, Minnesota, a professional coach for working women, created a Fitness Interest Profile survey for the Life Time Fitness health club chain. She points to research that suggests people that engage in activities appropriate for their personalities enjoy their workouts more and are likely to stay with them longer. Identifying our fitness personality can help us find a program that suits our rhythms and interests. Based on composites from growing research, here are six categories that assess and capture the way we may feel about exercise; more than one can apply to any individual. Disciplined and driven. This is an image


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to which many of us may aspire, even though not everyone fits the mold. These exercisers are self-motivated and goal-oriented. Commitment and consistency go hand-in-hand. They like to use devices to track progress, maintain a training log and/or work with a personal trainer in systematic workouts geared to measure improvement. Disciplined types are often early risers; starting the day with regular exercise is second nature. Compatible fitness regimens include cardio workouts, interval and weight training, running, swimming and martial arts. Relishes routine. While these folks are disciplined and driven in some ways, they tend to be more relaxed about regimens. The key to success here is consistency. They like order and familiarity in exercise settings and practice and may enjoy reading or watching a screen during workouts. Whatever the preferred approach, whether it’s a favorite training video, Wii Fit video game, favorite teacher or memorized Pilates moves, these exercisers like to stick with it, even working out at the same time every day— often first thing in the morning or after work—finding that regularity can be habit-forming. Conscious contemplative. Reflective individuals enjoy quiet, solo activities like long-distance running, biking, hiking and swimming, that allow opportunities to look inward, often without thinking too much about the physical details. Exercise offers a chance to clear the mind and renew the spirit while strengthening the body. These

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Sacred Activism Love in Action Can Change the World by Judith fertig


he butterfly, a universal symbol of transformation, reminds us that becoming our best selves is an ongoing process. Yet these delicate, fluttering creatures are suffering a decline, especially the vivid orange and black monarch butterflies that depend on milkweed flowers for sustenance during their migration to and from Mexico and Canada. “When I heard about the monarch butterfly crisis, I also noticed that I had milkweed vines all along my back fence,” says Karen Adler, a Kansas City, Missouri, gardener. “In years past, I would have pulled them out because they can strangle other plants. But I talked it over with my neighbor and we agreed to let them grow. This year, we had more monarchs than ever.” These two women might not realize it, but they had engaged in spiritual activism. They became aware of a problem, approached it with compas-

sion, learned about the issue, realized life’s interdependence and committed themselves to positive action for a result that is good for all. It’s a process that Andrew Harvey first described in a 2005 talk he gave at the Santuario de Guadalupe, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, that’s also reflected in his book, The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism. Born in India, educated at England’s Oxford University and in the religious traditions of Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity, he now resides in Melbourne, Arkansas, where he’s founder and director of the Institute for Sacred Activism. The goal of his international travel is to bring concerned people together to proactively face global crises. Says Harvey, “Sacred activism is a fusion of two of the most powerful fires of the human psyche—the mystic’s passion for God and the activist’s passion for justice.”

Hallmarks of Spiritual Intent The Awakening – Progressing from concerned citizen to spiritual activist is a gradual process. It may begin with an issue to which one feels called. “Our life in the world is a continual call and response,” observes Kabir Helminski, of Santa Cruz, California. He authors and translates books on the Muslim Sufi tradition, which tends to have an open relationship with other religions, and is a core faculty member of the Spiritual Paths Institute, which encourages seekers to find the sacred traditions that speak to them. “Sometimes events are a waking dream calling for interpretation, and sometimes the heart is directly addressed from within,” says Helminski. Compassion – Once an event moves us, prayer can be a pathway that opens our hearts to compassion, according to Jagadish Dass, of Granada Hills, California. The healer and teacher wrote The Prayer Project: The 3-Minute, 3 Times a Day Solution for World Change, which encourages involvement with something bigger than ourselves. Dass maintains that praying for three minutes, three times a day, will help us transmute into expressing a quiet power. “As we take responsibility for our lives, a transformation occurs within,” he says. We begin to inspire others to also take up the cause of working for change and bringing more peace, joy and love to the world. Likewise, Harvey urges each of us to make a real commitment to daily spiritual practice on the road to spiritual activism. He suggests, “Start with a short prayer that aligns you with the pure deep love that is longing to use you as its instrument in the world.” Options include prayers from many of the world’s spiritual traditions shared in Dass’ book; a free download is provided at Interconnectedness – Just as everything in the universe is connected by the simple act of being, like-minded people can connect to do good in the world. Sacred activists pursuing their own spiritual paths need to work with others, according to Harvey. “They form empowering and encouraging networks December 2014


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of grace—beings of like heart, brought together by passion, skill and serendipity to pool energies, triumphs, griefs, hopes and resources of all kinds. When people of like mind and heart gather together, sometimes miraculously powerful synergy can result.” Harvey has found that groups of six to 12 people become the most efficient and productive, whether joined together through a profession (such as physicians on medical missions), a passion for animal rights or the environment, or a strong sense of social justice. Knowledge – Knowledge, both inward- and outward-seeking, is another key to doing good for all. Carla Goldstein, JD, chief external affairs officer at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, in Rhinebeck, New York, and cofounder of its Women’s Leadership Center, used her interest in women’s empowerment issues as a springboard to spiritual activism. “For the first 20 years of my professional life, I focused on public policy and politics,” she says. “But something was missing in the rhetoric of taking care of each other.” Practicing yoga and meditation and receiving support during a personal health crisis prompted what she terms “an awakening understanding of a gap between personal change and systems change.” Goldstein came to question her own “rugged individualism” versus the interconnectedness she felt when people took care of her. “Can we actually move towards integrating these two ideals?” she asked herself. Knowledge about issues is readily available from experts and organizations that experts recommend; she observes, “The big question is: What is needed for us to be of help?” Sometimes listening and understanding can be powerful. Under the auspices of the Omega Women’s Leadership Center, Goldstein invited women on both sides of the reproductive rights issue to meet in 2005. They had been part of the Public Conversations Project in the Boston suburb of Watertown, Massachusetts, begun after medical staff members were killed and wounded at an area women’s health clinic providing abortions in 1994. “Women from the divided community initially came together to tell their

stories,” Goldstein relates. “Over time, they developed a deep love for each other. Nobody changed their positions, but they did change how they interacted with one another.” They experienced a shift from emotional and verbal turbulence to, if not agreement, feelings of peace and understanding. Since then, the project has grown to facilitate such conversations in 38 states and 15 countries ( Positive Action – While many thorny issues take long-term, dedicated efforts to be resolved, others only need smaller individual or collaborative actions for positive outcomes. For Mark Nepo, a New York City poet, philosopher and author of the New York Times bestseller, The Book of Awakening, kindness is the force behind positive action, no matter how modest at first. “Kindness reveals kinship. It gives us connection to everything greater than us and everything else that is kind in the universe,” he says. “I think it’s powerfully effective, yet it’s such a small thing.” Nepo is active in Bread for the Journey, an international nonprofit that encourages community grassroots philanthropic projects that generate microgrants. One involved a small town in northern New Mexico that sought to improve the lives of local teenagers when the town’s elders wanted to open a youth center as a positive alternative to the drug scene. Just before the center was scheduled to open, the project ran out of money for required floodlights, so Bread for the Journey funded them and the center opened. “Within a few years, the whole culture shifted,” reports Nepo. This small contribution made a big difference to the whole community. Once awakened and nurtured, spiritual activism can become an omnipresent part of our lives. Says Goldstein, “When you put spirit and activism together, you realize that all actions are connected to spirit. It makes you think about your duty in every instance—from how you treat people throughout your day to how you treat the environment. It becomes a satisfying way of living.” Judith Fertig is a freelance writer from Overland Park, KS.


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here’s one truth, and Celebrate the Then, by letting everyit is silence. All truths thing go the second it dawn of the occurs, we return to clarity, come from, exist as and return to silence. and eternal openwinter solstice freedom Silence is behind every ness. We live in silence. For holy thought, word and on December 21 it is in silence that God is act. All holiness is silent. working, playing and loving. in nature and In silence, we become per This is what all sages know and say: Enter silence fectly one with that divine in silence. and we leave behind the working, playing and loving. rubble of self and no-self, time and When absolutely all has been given death. Enter silence and we see the up and only emptiness remains, even world that God created; that we are the then, take one more step towards silence. created. God, the world and being are Give away the emptiness. Hold back one. Life is suddenly real—beautiful and nothing. Even the giver is given away. perfect in each curve and angle. In silence, we transform and are This awakening into truth hapreborn. We become real with more joy, pens as we surrender everything pleasure, peace and contentment than to silence. We must give away our we ever hoped for. Our highest purpose inventory of unreleased thoughts and is fulfilled, our greatest longing is realcherished beliefs, undigested experiized in ways we know not. ences and dogma, disappointments, In becoming nothing, we become fears, worries, resentments and soreverything. We need nothing, and thus rows; even personal desires and joys. have everything. With nothing to pro If it’s difficult to do: throw it away, tect, only peace remains. It cannot be fling it off, kick it out. Just don’t let it controlled or fathomed, only lived. We stay. We must empty our storehouses of love this about the holy ones, the sages. past, present and future, and then burn No one knows how it happens, only them down so that nothing can ever that it does. accumulate again. In silence, we are moved by what Now give more. Let go of ego, will moves all else without knowing how, why and humility, ignorance and knowledge, or when. This is freedom, love and truth. the body and its faculties. Surrender what is and is not yourself. Give away Robert Rabbin is a self-awareness meaning, purpose and happiness, even teacher and author. Connect at precious life itself. Nothing can remain. December 2014 39

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here was a time to go out and sometimes Staying in close when Eliska, go to the bathroom in contact makes it the bed if you don’t wake a three-pound Prague ratter, would easier to pick up up.” curl up and sleep next fleas, ticks or skin Make a to owner Krista DeAnChoice gelis, and most of the mites a pet may Good time, she and the “Having your pet sleep dog enjoyed a peaceful in the bed with you carry, and can night’s slumber. is a personal choice,” worsen allergies. says holistic VeterinarThen DeAngelis married, and her husian Patrick Mahaney, of ~ Roger Valentine, band banned the dog California Pet Acupuncholistic veterinarian from the bed for fear of ture & Wellness, in West unintentionally squashHollywood. By discouring Eliska in his sleep. After enduring a aging this behavior, “Your pet will be few sleepless nights of canine whining less likely to confuse your bed with and barking, the Salt Lake City couple theirs, and therefore prevent potential successfully curbed their pet’s protests territory-related problems.” By failing by simply spraying Eliska with a misting to discourage it, “You not only face the bottle every time she acted up. After possibility of behavioral problems, you two nights of this routine, the pocketcould also face adverse effects to your sized pooch was fully trained to sleep own sleep and health,” he notes. by herself in another room. According to results published in “I originally thought letting my dog a survey of 300 sleep disorder patients sleep in my bed was a good idea,” says conducted by Dr. John Shepard, then DeAngelis, a communications director medical director of the Mayo Clinic at Westminster College. “But I realized Sleep Disorders Center, in Rochester, that they can keep you up when they Minnesota, nearly 60 percent of the pet rustle around, wake you up if they have owners in the study slept with their pets

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Best Buddy Dog Rescue - 12-4pm. 2nd & 4th Sundays. Pet Supplies Plus, 8020 Cooley Lake Rd, White Lake. 248-360-1400. Devoted Friends Animal Society - 11am-5pm. 4th Sunday monthly. Pet Supplies Plus, 22 N Ortonville Rd, ORTONVILLE. 248-627-7900.

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Guardian Angel Animal Rescue - 1-4pm. 1st & 3rd Saturdays. Pet Supplies Plus, 1170 Walton, Rochester Hills. 248-650-5385.

Homefurever Dog & Puppy Adoptions - 12pm4pm. Every other Saturday adoptions at PetcoTroy 1217 Coolidge, Bet 14-15 Mile 248 6430694 & Petco-Roseville 32074 Gratiot 13 1/2 Mile. Info: Homefurever, Marilyn 313-897-4931.

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Elizabeth Lake Animal Rescue - 1st Saturdays: 10am-2pm; 3rd Saturdays: 1-4pm. Pet Supplies Plus, 8020 Cooley Lake Rd, White Lake. 248-360-1400.

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Gluten Free Cooking for Families - 12-1pm. Marilyn Smith shares her experience of how to cook gluten free main dishes and snacks for the family. This lecture is part of the gluten free support group that meets weekly at ICS. $10. Integrated Counseling Services, 2265 Livernois Rd Ste 260, tROy. Kathie Schofield 248-250-9105. See ad page 5. Winter Seasonal therapeutics, immunity & Mood - 6:30-7:30pm. This community workshop will focus on being proactive as the season changes in regards to lifestyle, nutrition and supplement strategies that can be incorporated into daily life right away. FREE. Shelby Township BetterHealth Market, 14105 Hall Road, SheLBy tOWNShiP. 586-884-6160. See ad page 55.


VegMi Presents: Vegan 101 Cooking Class 7pm. Join VegMichigan for this monthly event, which will include a cooking demonstration and samples. Long-time VegMichigan members will discuss how easy it can be to transform a standard meal to a delicious, vegan option. Registration is required at our Customer Service desk. Whole Foods, ROCheSteR hiLLS. 248-371-1400. See ad page 30.


Winter Seasonal therapeutics, immunity & Mood - 6:30-7:30pm. This community workshop will focus on being proactive as the season changes in regards to lifestyle, nutrition and supplement strategies that can be incorporated into daily life right away. FREE. Plymouth BetterHealth Market, 44427 Ann Arbor Rd., PLyMOUth. 734-4551440. See ad page 55.

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yoga Nidra - the Art of Relaxation - 7:308:30pm. A powerful form of meditation done lying on your back in Shavasana (final relaxation pose), it induces deep relaxation physically, mentally & emotionally, helping insomnia, PTSD and other imbalances. $15. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, CheSteRFieLD. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 54. yin yoga with Carolyn Lyons - Yin Yoga targets the connective tissues, such as the ligaments, bones, and even the joints of the body that normally are not exercised very much in a more active style of asana practice $10. The Yoga Path, 1086 N Irish Rd, DAVISON. Maria Burnash 810-919-9642.

Whole Body Ladies Night - 7pm. Join us and some of our favorite vendors in our Whole Body Department for some well-deserved pampering. Complimentary samples and snacks. FREE. Whole Foods, ROCheSteR hiLLS. 248-371-1400. See ad page 30. yoga Nidra Meditation with tracy Flynn - 7:309pm. Yoga Nidra (sleep) is a deep and restful guided meditation. We'll practice some gentle yoga postures first to prepare our bodies to rest. And then we'll

stretch out & be guided deep into our psyche. $20. Strongheart Yoga, 8373 Old 13 Mile Rd, WARReN. Pattie McCann 248-563-8615. See ad page 54.

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Bio-Meridian Screening - 12-3pm. Using a Biomeridian computer, participants will receive a basic and mini assessment to determine gluten sensitivity related to wheat, whole wheat and whole grains. FREE. Shelby Township BetterHealth Market, 14105 Hall Road, SheLBy tOWNShiP. 586-884-6160. See ad page 55. Restorative Cradle yoga - 6-7:30pm. The principle of restorative yoga is that support creates release. Every pose is a variation on that theme, and the aim of each pose is the same: Relaxation call to save a cradle $15. The Yoga Path, 1086 N Irish Rd, DAViSON. Maria Burnash 810-919-9642.


Leadership Development - 8-9:15pm. Learn how you can improve your leadership ability, people skills, and conflict resolution. This is a personal development program that can help in all areas of Life - family, finances, fitness. FREE. Wheeler Community Center, CLiNtON tWP. Life Leadership, Alice Goodall 586-646-0066. See ad page 53.

Winter Seasonal therapeutics, immunity & Mood - 6:3o-7:30pm. This community workshop will focus on being proactive as the season changes in regards to lifestyle, nutrition and supplement strategies that can be incorporated into daily life right away. FREE. Frandor BetterHealth Market, 305 N. Clippert St., LANSiNG. 517-332-6892. See ad page 55.


Digestion issues?–Nothing Working? - 7- 8:15pm. Dr. Richard Sowerby D.C., Clinical Nutritionist will discuss hidden causes of Acid Reflux, Crohn’s, Gas, Bloating, Diarrhea. Don’t let digestive problems rule your life. Attend this seminar and learn drugless solutions. FREE. Whole Foods, ROCheSteR hiLLS. Call 248-879-1900 to register

sha kriya: A Free Guided Meditation - 6:307:30pm. Learn a simple yet powerful 15 minute practice which creates enhanced clarity, improved health and a state of peacefulness and joy. This practice is offered by Isha Foundation, an international, non-profit, public service organization dedicated to cultivating human potential. FREE. Ferndale Public Library, 222 E. Nine Mile Rd., FeRNDALe. Isha Volunteer 313-451-4742. See ad page 53 isha kriya: A Free Guided Meditation - 7-8pm. See description from 6:30pm event directly above. FREE. Bacon Memorial Library, 41 Vinewood, WyANDOtte,. Isha Foundation. Isha Volunteer 313-451-4742. See ad page 53.

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isha kriya: A Free Guided Meditation - 6-7pm. See description from 6:30pm event 12/10. FREE. Whole Foods Market - Midtown, 115 Mack Ave,

DetROit, Isha Foundation. Isha Volunteer 313451-4742. See ad page 53.

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Vitamix Demonstration - 11am-7pm thru 12/21. Stop by the demonstration booth any time during the five day event to see the Vitamix in action. Any Vitamix purchased during this great five-day demo event will include 7-year warranty, Bound, full color cookbook/recipe book and Free “filtration bag” for making nut milks, etc. Demo FREE. Whole Foods tROy. 248-649-9600. See ad page 30.

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Sugar Free holiday Goodies - Noon. Presented by MacroVal. Using the healthiest sweetener, brown rice syrup, Chef Val will teach you how to create festive, desserts. Come learn all about brown rice syrup, and how to use it in your holiday goodies. Made from whole grain brown rice, it will not spike your blood sugar level. Spaces limited so sign up today. FREE. The Better Health Store, 2875 Grand River, NOVi. 248-735-8100. See ad page 55.

A taste of the Season - 12-3pm. Join us as we sample delicious items from our Holiday Menu and offer tips to make this a most memorable holiday. FREE. Whole Foods, ROCheSteR hiLLS. 248-371-1400. Gingerbread house: 101 - 10-11am. Let us help you put an all-natural spin on a holiday favorite. Join us fun gingerbread house decorating event to inspire your creativity. Kits for sale that you can take home and decorate using your newly learned techniques or, purchase one and decorate with us. FREE demo.Whole Foods tROy. RSVP Dawn at 248-649-9600. See ad page 30. holiday Lunch with Santa - 11am-1pm. Join us for lunch and pictures with Santa. Children will receive a gift from Santa. Pictures and visits with Santa will be held between 11 am and 12 pm and again after lunch. Lunch will begin promptly at 12 pm. Children must be accompanied by an adult. $10 each/residents, $12 non-residents. Pictures $3 each. Hart Community Center, DAViSBURG. Must RSVP by Thu, 12/11. No tickets sold day of event. 248-846-6558. holiday Gifts From Mi event - 12-3pm. Support what makes MI great and give a unique gift made with love right here in MI. Stop in for TONS of gift giving ideas, from body care baskets to fabulous gourmet food baskets; give the perfect gift and show your LOCAL Love for MI products. Whole Foods tROy. Info Dawn at 248-649-9600. See ad page 30.

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Live Music and yoga with Jeremy Arndt - 1-3pm. Jeremy brings instruments from his travels around the world to create a unique musical experience. Restorative Yoga class by Nancy Grzeszak All levels welcome. limited to 20 please call for a space $25. The Yoga Path, 1086 N Irish Rd, DAViSON. Maria Burnash 810-919-9642. isha kriya: A Free Guided Meditation - 5-6pm. See description from 6:30pm event 12/10. FREE. The Dailey Method, 34665 Woodward Ave, BiRMiNGhAM. Isha Volunteer 313-451-4742. See ad page 53.

taste the holiday Cheer - 1-4pm. Traditional holiday dishes will be sampled by our Prepared Foods Department, as well as some new twists on

conventional favorites. Stop by our Holiday order table sample and place your order for the holidays. Last day to place holiday orders. Whole Foods tROy. Info Dawn 248-649-9600. See ad page 30.

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Living Gluten Free - 7pm. Suffering with gluten or other food allergies? Join us for our monthly support group with instructors Lee Rossano and Andrea Behe. FREE. RSVP Whole Foods, ROCheSteR hiLLS. 248-371-1400. See ad page 30.

The Amazing Thyroid. 7-8:15pm. Learn how to support this incredible gland. Discover the link to heart health, digestive issues, weight gain and more. Dr. Richard Sowerby D.C., Clinical Nutritionist demonstrates how Nutrition Response Testing addresses these issues. FREE. Vitamin Shoppe, tROy. Call 248-879-1900 to register.

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isha kriya: A Free Guided Meditation - 7-8pm. Learn a simple yet powerful 15 minute practice which creates enhanced clarity, improved health and a state of peacefulness and joy. This practice is offered by Isha Foundation, an international, non-profit, public service organization dedicated to cultivating human potential. FREE. Summit on the Park, 46000 Summit Parkway, CANtON. Isha Foundation. Isha Volunteer 313-451-4742. See ad page 53.

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yin yoga w/ Live Music by Vishnu Blue - 7-9pm. Open your body with a Yin Yoga practice with Dawn Young. Open your mind with the soothing, ambient sounds of live music by Vishnu Blue (Abby Hoot & Dave Tomascewski). An unbeatable combo to feel great $20. Strongheart Yoga, 8373 Old 13 Mile Rd, WARReN. Pattie McCann 248-563-8615. See ad page 54.

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Winter Solstice CandleLight yoga - 7:30-9:30pm. Join House Of Yoga as we celebrate 9 years in Berkley. Candle Light Yoga led by Stacey, with live music by Vishnu Blue. Afterglow in lobby with tea and treats. Space limited, please pre-register. $20.

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

New year’s Appetizer & Wine tasting - 5pm. Also Monday December 29, 4-6pm. Whether you’re planning a cozy stay at-home celebration this New Year’s or, a night out, stop in for a fabulous array of appetizers and complimentary wines. Ring in 2015 with some NEW elegant and easy to make appetizers and wines. Happy New Year from Whole Foods Market in tROy. See ad page 30.

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Leadership Development - 8pm-9pm. Learn how you can improve your leadership ability, people skills, and conflict resolution. This is a personal development program that can help in all areas of Life - family, finances, fitness. FREE. Wheeler Community Center, CLiNtON tWP. Life Leadership. Alice Goodall 586-646-0066. See ad page 53.

Women's Self-Defense Class - 6:30-8pm. For women only, ages 14 and up. Leave jewelry at home and wear comfortable clothing. $20/person or two for $30. Korean Martial Arts Institute, 935 Baldwin, LAPeeR. Info: Janet 810-667-2101. See ad page 45.

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ROCC Holistic Health & Wellness Expo - 10am3pm. The Royal Oak Community Coalition annual Holistic Health & Wellness Expo is offering early bird discounts for booths reserved before 1/5/15. Space limited. RSVP today. All proceeds go to benefit Royal Oak Community Coalition efforts & Royal Oak Schools. Royal Oak High School, 1500 Lexington. Info: 248-546-7622. See ad page 20.

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Fine Arts Meet Up Group - 1:30pm-pm. Explore the art of Diego Rivera at the Detroit Institute of Arts with Kara Asbury leading the tour. Meet at Integrative Counseling, car pool to the museum, and enjoy refreshments on return to ICS. $25. Integrated Counseling Services, 2265 Livernois Rd Ste 260, tROy. Kara Asbury 248-250-9105. See ad page 5.


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Fine Arts Meet-up Group - 6:30pm. Join with others in exploring the fine arts in a small group setting. This month the group will attend The Village Players: Brighton Beach Memoirs. Car pool from ICS Refreshments served upon return. $25. Integrated Counseling Services, 2265 Livernois Rd Ste 260, tROy. Darci Neely 248-250-9105. See ad page 5.

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Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous – 6pm. Recovery program for people who suffer from overeating, overweight,, undereating and bulimia. Based on the twelve steps of AA. No dues, fees or weigh-ins. FREE. Royal Oak Church of Christ, 115 S Campbell Road, Royal Oak, Contact Grace 586-808-2148. Meditation & Study Group - 6p-7pm. Learn how to start or keep your meditation practice, while also learning ancient yogic teachings & how they apply to modern life. Everyone is welcome. Donation. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, CHESTERFIELD. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 54.

Essential Yoga w/Meditation - 6:30-7:45pm. Dan Gwinn will be teaching. $15. Namaste Yoga 309 S. Troy St, Royal Oak. Linda K. Makowski 248752-3431. See ad page 44.

Short Form Ashtanga - 7:30-8:30pm. The shortened primary series class open to students with some yoga experience & and advanced students, synchronizing the breath with movement. $13. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, CHESTERFIELD. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 54.

Kick Boxing - 6:15-7:15am. Also Wed & Fri same time. Janet Wassmann, ITA Certified Black Belt. 14 years' experience. $6/Class with 10-class card, $8/ class drop-in. KMAI, 935 Baldwin Rd, Lapeer. 810-667-2101. See ad page 45.

Barrobics - 9-10am. Also Tue & Thurs same time. Janet Wassmann, ITA Certified Black Belt. 14 years' experience. $4/Class with 10-class card, $6/class drop-in. KMAI, 935 Baldwin Rd, Lapeer. 810667-2101. See ad page 45.

Hypnotherapy with Cheryl Beshada, C.M.Ht. 9:30am-7pm by appt. Also Wed’s. Cheryl teaches and specializes in Personal Empowerment, Releasing Blocks and Patterns of Negative Behavior, Higher Self Communication. Free Consultation. Warren. 586-751-7500. See ad page 27.

La Leche League of Lake Orion - 10am. Daytime Series meeting: 3rd Monday. FREE. Christ the Redeemer Church, 2700 Waldon Rd, Lake Orion. Tawnya 586-604-4074. Breastfeeding Info/Support: La Leche League of Warren - 10:15 am. FREE. 1st Mon. St.John-Mac. Hosp. Med.Educ.Ctr, 12000 E. 12 Mile. Enter pkg lot @ Main Hosp. drive & bear L. Mtg in 1st bldg. on L. Aud.A. WARREN. Info: Ginny 586-940-1634. Gluten Free Support Group - 12-1pm. Eating gluten free has many social adjustments which create difficulty in maintaining a GF diet. Come for

support, education, plan menus, etc. $5. Integrated Counseling Services, 2265 Livernois Rd. Ste 260, TROY. Kathie Schofield 248-250-9105. See ad page 5.

Chair Yoga - 1-2pm. A yoga style that adapts yoga positions and poses through creative use of a chair, which replaces the yoga mat & becomes an extension of the body. $13. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, CHESTERFIELD. Theresa May 586-9495515. See ad page 54.

We Survived Cancer...Now What? - 2nd Mondays, 6-7pm. Gretchen Fleischmann, Nurse Practitioner and breast cancer survivor discusses what causes cancer, protecting the body during treatment, detoxification, prevention/healthy lifestyle, gut health, environmental risks and support. FREE. Rebekah's Health & Nutrition Source, 588 S Main, Lapeer. 810-660-8585.

Intermediate Vinyasa Flow Yoga - 6-7:15pm. A place to get comfortable with strong yoga practices, a good slow burn. $12. Strongheart Yoga, 8373 Old 13 Mile Rd, Warren. Pattie McCann 248-5638615. See ad page 54. Ashtanga Yoga - 6:30-7:30pm. Join Dave on Monday nights for a short form led Ashtanga Yoga Practice. Ashtanga is the root practice of Vinyasa. Walk-ins welcome $14 or class pass. $14. House Of Yoga, 2865 W. 12 Mile Rd, Berkley. Abby Bechek Hoot 248-556-0992. See ad page 54.

Tai Chuan Chuan, The Basics - 6:30-8pm. Beginning Tai Chi Chuan class. Come see if Tai Chi Chuan is something you would like to try. $20. Orchid Leaf Energy Arts, 2290 E. Hill Rd, GRAND BLANC. Dawn Fleetwood 810-235-9864. See ad page 53. Weight Management/TLS - 7-8pm. One FREE Introductory Evening. Transitions Lifestyle Solutions. This is NOT a diet. There are 'Five Solutions' to Weight Management. 12 week program. FREE. Center for the Healing Arts, 38245 Mound Rd. Bldg E, STERLING HEIGHTS. Diane Simmons 586-268-5444. Gluten/Food Allergy Support - 7-8pm. Join Lee Rossano, CNC at Rochester's Whole Foods the 3rd Monday of each month, for new and exciting ways to cope with food allergies. FREE. Whole Foods, 2918 Walton Blvd, ROCHESTER HILLS. Lee Rossano 248-652-4160. See ad page 21.

Guided Meditation - 7:45-9:30pm. A facilitated journey through breath,focus, and deep states of well being. Gain powerful insights into the self and in life. No experience necessary. $20. Integral Life Center, 1460 Walton Blvd, #210 , ROCHESTER HILLS. Lawrence Bell 323-804-2155. See ad page 5.

Senior Stretch & Tone - 8-9am. Also Thur same time. Taught by Janet Wassmann, ITA Certified Black Belt. 14 years' experience. $4/Class with

10-class card, $5/class drop-in. KMAI, 935 Baldwin Rd, Lapeer. 810-667-2101. See ad page 44.

Barrobics - 9-10am. Also Tue & Thurs same time. Janet Wassmann, ITA Certified Black Belt. 14 years' experience. $4/Class with 10-class card, $6/class drop-in. KMAI, 935 Baldwin Rd, Lapeer. 810667-2101. See ad page 45. 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 27.

Yoga Classes At Alice's - 11:30am-12:30pm. Hatha Yoga class. Previous experience not required - all levels. $15 or 6wk rates. Alice Huang's Chinese Natural Therapies, 1311 N Main, Clawson. 248-278-6081. See ad page 3. Fifty-Plus Active Adults Group - 11:30am1:30pm. Lunch served at noon ($5). Enjoy a fun and friendly atmosphere filled with activities such as weekly lunches, guest speakers, musical performances, field trips, holiday parties, movies, bingo, games and much, much more. 50+ or open to any age with disabilities. Yearly membership $8/person or $14 couple. Hart Community Center, Davisburg. Info: Sara 248-846-6558. Natural Postpartum Moms Group - 1-2:30pm. Are you adjusting to life with a new baby and could use some emotional support? Come with your baby and learn about PPD and natural support. $10. Integrated Counseling Services, 2265 Livernois Rd, Ste 260, TROY. Kathie Schofield 313-658-7225. See ad page 5. Therapeutic Belly Dance - 6-7pm. Strengthen the core, reduce pain and enjoy the health benefits with Instructor Kimberly. All fitness levels welcome. $10/ class with Class Card, $12/Drop in. Healthy Happy Whole, 317 S Elm, OWOSSO. 989-720-HEAL. See ad page 50.

Yoga - 420 with Lynne- 6-7pm. This all levels yoga class is a mix of Yin and Yang, with hip openers, standing & balancing postures, ending with deep relaxation. Chill environment. $10. Law Firm, 2930 E. Jefferson Ave, DETROIT. Matthew Abel 313446-2235. See ad page 13.

Tai Chi - 6:30-7:30pm. Eric Scott, 23 years' experience. $10/Class with 4-class card, $11/class drop-in. KMAI, 935 Baldwin Rd, Lapeer. 810-667-2101. See ad page 45.

Jivamukti Yoga - 6:30-7:45pm. Abby, certified Jivamukti teacher, guides you through a vinyasa practice based on Ashtanga, infused with spirit from ancient texts, mantra and music. $14. House Of Yoga, 2865 W. 12 Mile Rd, Berkley. Abby Bechek Hoot 248-556-0992. See ad page 54. Lyme Disease Support Group - 7pm. First Tuesday monthly (except Jan, July & Sept). Open to anyone in the Detroit metropolitan area who has, thinks they might have, or cares about someone who has Lyme Disease. Northwest Unitarian-Universalist Church, 23925 Northwestern Highway, Southfield. 248-354-4488.

Young Living Essential Oils - 7-8:30pm. First Tuesday of every month: Essential Oils & supplements that may work for you. Zyto scans by appointment. For Topics or changes see ylmiclasses. co Donation $5. Pamela's Salon, 60460 Mt. Vernon, ROCHESTER. Pamela Visser 248-931-2710. See ad page 52.

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yiN with Lynne - 7:45-8:45pm. Starts Jan. 6th. Yin yoga is amazing. It gently opens your hips, low back and sacrum and leaves you feeling relaxed and focused. Upcoming trainings at our website. $15. Birmingham Unitarian Church,38651 Woodward Ave, BLOOMFieLD hiLLS. 248-520-1011 See ad page 13. Macomb County homebirth Circle - 7-8:30pm. Social gathering where women are supported for their choice to birth at home. FREE. Thrive In Line Chiropractic, 51309 Mound Rd, SheLBy tOWNShiP. Erica Michaels 248-881-0836.

Vinyasa w/Michael Duerr - 6-7am. $15. Namaste Yoga 309 S. Troy St., ROYAL OAK. Linda K. Makowski 248-752-3431. See ad page 54. Slow Flow Yoga - 9:15-10:15am. Enjoy the friendly environment of Balance Yoga Therapy. Join Lynne Baum for a nice slow flow yoga class including alignment, breath and a little heat. $15. Balance Yoga Therapy, 758 Wing St, PLYMOUTH. Patricia Ptak 734-258-8779. See ad page 13. Adult Women’s and Children’s Domestic Violence Support Groups - 10-11:30am. LACASA: Comprehensive Services Center, 2895 W. Grand River Avenue, hOWeLL. Info: 517-548-1350.

yiN with Lynne - 10:30-11:30am. Yin yoga is amazing. It gently opens your hips, low back and sacrum and leaves you feeling relaxed and focused. Upcoming trainings- on our website. $15. Balance

Yoga Therapy, 758 Wing St, PLyMOUth. Patricia Ptak 734-258-8779. See ad page 13. Northern Macomb Caregiver Support Group 1pm. 1st Weds. Crittenton Home Care invites the community to the WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP Senior Center. Lead by an Alzheimer’s Association facilitator, an opportunity for caregivers to discuss how their lives have been affected as they care for someone with Alzheimer’s.Info: 248-656-6757. Chair yoga - 1-2pm. A yoga style that adapts yoga positions and poses through creative use of a chair, which replaces the yoga mat & becomes an extension of the body. $13. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, CheSteRFieLD. Theresa May 586-9495515. See ad page 54.

Barrobics - 6:30-7:30m. Also Fri same time. Janet Wassmann, ITA Certified Black Belt. 14 years' experience. $4/Class with 10-class card, $6/class drop-in. KMAI, 935 Baldwin Rd, LAPeeR. 810667-2101. See ad page 45. POSA Support Group for Women - 7-8:30pm. If you are in pain due to the betrayal of an intimate partner by out of control sexual behavior, this is a place to start your healing journey. FREE. Integrated Counseling Services, 2265 Livernois Rd, Ste 260, tROy. Connie Hutchinson 248-990-6959. See ad page 5.

Senior Stretch & tone - 8-9am. Also Tue same time. Taught by Janet Wassmann, ITA Certified

Black Belt. 14 years' experience. $4/Class with 10-class card, $5/class drop-in. KMAI, 935 Baldwin Rd, LAPeeR. 810-667-2101. See ad page 45.

Barrobics - 9-10am. Also Mon & Tue same time. Janet Wassmann, ITA Certified Black Belt. 14 years' experience. $4/Class with 10-class card, $6/class drop-in. KMAI, 935 Baldwin Rd, LAPeeR. 810667-2101. See ad page 45. Smoking Cessation Class - Noon-1pm. Doreen Sigman, RT, leads the group in the American Lung Association program for smoking cessation. Groups begin when 3 or more participants enroll. Donation. Integrated Counseling Services, 2265 Livernois Rd, Ste 260, TROY. Doreen Sigman 248-250-9105. See ad page 5. Yoga - 6-7pm. All fitness levels welcome. Certified Instructor Meagan Duggan. $9/Class with Class Card, $12/Drop-in. Healthy Happy Whole, 317 S Elm, OWOSSO. 989-720-HEAL. See ad page 50. Yoga - 6-7:30pm. Instructor Chris Duncan, RYT. 13 years' experience. $8/Class with 10-class card, $12/ class drop-in KMAI, 935 Baldwin Rd, LAPeeR. 810-667-2101. See ad page 45. Ashtanga Mix - 6-7pm. A short-form of the energetic Ashtanga practice, beginning with Sun Salutations to warm up and then mixing it up. First week free at Strongheart. $12. Strongheart Yoga, 8373 Old 13 Mile Rd, WARREN. Pattie McCann 248-563-8615. See ad page 54.

Alzheimer’s Association Support Group - 6:308pm. 4th Thur. Open to public, FREE and attended by families, caregivers, and friends of persons with Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementia disorders. LAPeeR Library- Margurite D. Angeli Branch. FREE. Info: Amy DeNise 810-732-8500.

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Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous – 7pm. Recovery program for people who suffer from overeating, overweight, undereating and bulimia. Based on the twelve steps of AA. No dues, fees or weigh-ins. FREE. Saint John Health System, Oakland Hospital, 27351 Dequindre Rd, Madison Heights. Contact Grace 586-808-2148. Pregnancy/Parenting Enrichment - 7-8pm. Doulas from all over Michigan discuss a wide range of exciting topics about pregnancy and parenting. Call to find out more about the weekly topics. FREE. Journey to Health, LLC., 34770 Dequindre Rd, STERLING HEIGHTS. Margaret 313-673-6342. See ad page 22.

Isha Kriya: A Free Guided Meditation - 7-8pm 3rd Thursdays. Learn a simple yet powerful 15 minute practice which creates enhanced clarity, improved health and a state of peacefulness and joy. FREE. Summit on the Park, 46000 Summit Pkwy, Arts Rm 2, CANTON. Isha Volunteer 313-4514742. See ad page 53. Pregnancy/Parenting Enrichment - 7-8pm. Essential oils on the 4th, Microbirth film screening on the 11th at Touch of Life Chiropractic, and Placenta encapsulation on the 18th. No class: 25th. FREE. Journey to Health, 34770 Dequindre Rd, STERLING HEIGHTS. Info: Margaret Rodeghier 313-673-6342. See ad page 22 La Leche League of Lake Orion - 7:30 pm. Evening Series Meeting: 2nd Thursday. Toddler Meeting: 4th Thursday. Babies and children welcome. FREE. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1950 S. Baldwin, Lake Orion. Tawnya 584-604-4074.

Basic Hatha Yoga + Meditation - 8-9pm. Relax and unwind in this Basic Yoga class led by Lisa. Class concludes with a short meditation. $14. House Of Yoga, 2965 W. 12 MIle Rd, BERKELY. Abby Bechek Hoot 248-556-0992. See ad page 54. YIN with Lynne - 8:15-9:15pm. Yin yoga is amazing. It gently opens your hips, low back and sacrum and leaves you feeling relaxed and focused. Upcoming trainings at our website. $15. Shine On Yoga, 22751 Woodward Ave, FERNDALE. 248544-0044. See ad page 13.

Acrylic painting class - Noon-2pm. Develop your creativity as you learn to paint with acrylics on canvas from local artist Kara Asbury. Come learn in a safe and supportive environment. $20. Integrated Counseling Services, 2265 Livernois Rd, Ste 260, TROY. Kara Asbury 248-250-9105. See ad page 5.

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

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous - 6pm. Recovery program for people who suffer from overeating, under-eating and bulimia. Based on the twelve steps of AA. Open to all. FREE. Crossroads Presbyterian Church, 1445 Welch Rd, Commerce Township. 248-277-0628. Yin Yoga - 6-7:15pm. A perfect way to wind down the week. Yin invites a deep release in connective tissue which assists the body and mind to relax and

release. All levels. $14. House Of Yoga, 2865 W. 12 Mile Rd, Berkley. Abby Bechek Hoot 248-5560992. See ad page 54. Barrobics - 6:30-7:30pm. Also Wed same time. Janet Wassmann, ITA Certified Black Belt. 14 years' experience. $4/Class with 10-class card, $6/ class drop-in. KMAI, 935 Baldwin Rd, Lapeer. 810-667-2101. See ad page 45.

Emotions Anonymous - 7-8:30pm. The only requirement for EA membership is a desire to become well emotionally. Donations. Renaissance Unity, 11200 E. Eleven Mile Rd, Warren. Info: Rosemary 586-776-3886.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous - 9am. Recovery program for people who suffer from overeating, under-eating and bulimia. Based on the twelve steps of AA. Open to all. FREE. Central Methodist Church (park/enter at back of church), 3882 Highland Road, Waterford Township. 248-277-0628. Certified Hypnotherapists Education and Networking Meeting - 1st Sat/9:30am-12pm. Certified Hypnotherapists graduated from a state licensed school of hypnosis welcome. Includes educational presentation, workbook and computer disk. First visit FREE. Clinical Hypnosis Professional Group, Warren. Register 586-751-7500. See ad page 27.

Overeaters Anonymous - 10-11am. OA is a fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength and hope, are recovering from overeating, anorexia, or bulimia. Donation. Grand Blanc United Methodist Church, 401 Bush Avenue, GRAND BLANC. Susan 949-445-0493.

Historic Tours - 11am-12pm. Meet at the front gates for a tour of the buildings at the Packard Proving Grounds automotive history site. Albert Kahn designed & built in the 1920s. FREE. Packard Proving Grounds, 49965 Van Dyke Ave, SHELBY TWP. Mary Anne Demo 586-943-5785. Cafe Saturday - 11am-4pm. Saturdays offering organic coffee and tea, with variety of gluten free organic vegan and raw treats to purchase to make your visit like a family visit. WiFi available. Bernie's Best, 3370 Highland Rd, Waterford. 248-738-3734. Chair Yoga - 12-12:45pm. Yoga has proven benefits for MS, COPD, healing from injuries and aging. And you can enjoy the benefits seated or chair-supported. Yoga for Everybody. $12. Strongheart Yoga, 8373 Old 13 Mile Rd, WARREN. Pattie McCann 248563-8615. See ad page 54.

Wine Sampling Saturdays. 2-4pm in December. Featuring Top 10 Holiday Wines. Each year our Whole Foods Market Wine Buyers travel the world seeking the best wines for our Top 10 holiday program. Stop in Saturdays and indulge on a variety of our Top 10 wines that will fit every palate at fabulous prices; try before you buy, take home and enjoy. Whole Foods, Troy. 248-649-9600. See ad page 30.

classifieds For rates, guidelines and to use our online submission form, visit help wanteD Chiropractic AssIstant needed. Part-time. Associates Degree preferred. Call Gramzow Chiropractic: 586.468.5500. Looking for professional Colon Hydrotherapist part-time to help with existing clientele and growth of Naturopathic clinic in Southfield. Submit resume: info@CutlerIntegrativeMedicine. com Cutler Integrative Medicine: 248-6630165. RN wanted for IV Therapy Position - 1 day per week (Monday) and for back up for vacations. Will work in a physician-supervised medical office in northern Oakland County. Fax resumes to: 248-625-5633 or email RNpostion@ Yoga Teachers Wanted for Strongheart Yoga in Warren. New or experienced, contact Pattie @248-563-8615 office space for rent Sublease Opportunity at a professional Rochester Office. Perfect “turnkey” opportunity for healthcare professionals with an established practice. For Info: ty-Sublease-2014. Vitamins natural Way Vitamin Store 31398 Harper, St. Clair Shores. North of 13 Mile, East of Harper. 586-421-1546. volunteering . HOSPICE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Grace Hospice is seeking compassionate individuals to provide companionship to terminally ill patients and family. SE Michigan. Training provided. For information call the Volunteer Coordinator 888-937-4390. Seeking compassionate individuals to provide companionship and emotional sup.port to the terminally ill patients throughout Lapeer, Oakland, Macomb, Genesee, Wayne, Livingston, and Monroe county. Info: Volunteer Coordinator, Hospice Compassus 248-355-9900. December 2014


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Acupuncture Acupuncture

Clarissa Dawn Guest, RN, Dipl. Ac 2359 W. Shiawassee, Suite E, Fenton 810-750-2004

Massage • Nutrition • Counseling Korina St. John, Dipl.OM, L.Ac • 989-720-HEAL Wi t h o v e r 1 4 y e a r s experience in Integrative Medicine, Korina offers painless acupuncture and compassionate care for all ages. Treatment plans designed to meet your specific healthcare and financial needs.

Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine

State of Michigan Registered, NCCAOM Certified. Former MD in China served North American people for over 28 years' with acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. Specializing in various pains and intestinal problems. See ad page 9.

Acupuncture & Herbal Clinic Acupuncture • Massage • Nutrition Michal Kelly L. Ac., Dipl. O.M. 12272 Fenton Rd., Suite 3, Fenton 810-714-5556 •

Offering personalized natural health care that focuses on treating the root cause of the illness, not just the symptom. A safe and effective alternative for children, adults and seniors. Specializing in infertility, internal medicine and pain management.

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

Specializing in Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology Nutritional programs, QiGong and Physiognomy. See ad page 18.

Christmas is, of course, the time to be home—in heart as well as body. ~Garry Moore 50

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100% Natural Products. No parabens, phthalates, silicones or sulfates. Lotions, soaps, make-up, deodorant, lip balms, cleansers, skin rejuvenation and healing. Have a Spa Party or buy direct. Business opportunities available.


Transform your health with Acupuncture. Start feeling better today. Specializing in insomnia, depression, pain management, infertility, painful periods, menopause, headaches and migraines. Also offering Nutrienergetics™ and Neuromodulation Technique™.

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

Karen Moffitt, Independent Consultant 810-869-5190

Jing Fei Huang, CAC, OMD

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

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Jing Fei Huang is a certified Acupuncturist (CAC) and a certified Traditional Chinese Medicine specialist (OMD). She has been with the Downing Clinic since 1999 and has helped many people with a variety of conditions. Wednesday appointments available. See ads pages 17


Karen DeBruyn, PT, MSTOM, Dipl.OM, R.Ac Henry Buchtel, MMed (China)Dipl.Ac, R.Ac 8308 Office Park Drive, Ste 2 Grand Blanc, 810-694-3500 Providing acupuncture and herbal medicine to optimize your health and wellness. Specializing in pain management, sports injuries, women's health, immune support, insomnia, and stress management.

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

Computerized sensitivity testing and Natural Allergy Treatments. Certified in NAET with 13 years of experience. Specializing in environmental allergies, food allergies/sensitivities, digestive issues, skin problems, headaches, fatigue and Candida.

Bowen Therapy MARK ROGERS

1775 E. 14 Mile Rd., Birmingham 248-761-4135 “The alternative, alternative therapy!”‑ Unique, gentle and effective pain relief technique. Not massage. Back/neck pain, Fibromyalgia, migraines, TMJ, carpal tunnel, frozen shoulder and more. 15 years bodywork experience. See ad page 33.

Silence is a true friend who never betrays. ~Confucius chiropractic Family, pediatrics & preganacy Cafe' of Life Chiropractic Dr. Erica Peabody • 810-629-6023 521 North Leroy St., Fenton

Serving the Exceptional Chiropractic Experience. The Café of Life ® is a unique concept. A place that thinks radically different about health and wellness, and provides a healthy environment. Please visit our website:

Integral Life Center

Dr. Lawrence Bell • 323-804-2155 1460 Walton, Suite 210, Rochester Hills Very gentle & advanced techniques (NSA, SRI, Sameta, and nutritional support) personally customized to help the body clear deep stress patterns, improve symptoms, retrain the nervous system, revitalize, & energize.

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Dr. Rachel and Dr. Aaron R. Rice Sterling Heights • 586-264-9470 Full-spectrum chiropractic care helping you reduce stress and improve health with whole food nutrition, gentle chiropractic adjusting, massage therapy, and biofeedback exams. Unique and customized since no two people are the same! See ad page 22.

Natural wellness & Pain Relief Centers

Grand Blanc • 810-694-3576 Richmond • 586-727-7500 Dr. Morningstar is the developer of the TornadoSuit and ARC3D Scoliosis Therapy. His treatment approach has already received national media attention for it's long-term effectiveness. Preventing scoliosis surgery in children, and maximizing pain relief function in adult scoliosis patients. See ad page 2.

Synergy Wellness

Dr. Laura Vanloon Birmingham • 248-408-8183 Unique, gentle, painless techniques for pain, numbness, Sciatica, allergies and much more; using KST, BEST; and botanical, homeopathic & nutrition. We also offer Craniosacral therapy and therapeutic massage. See ad page 16.

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

Wide range in care choices, from low force adjusting techniques to traditional Chiropractic. Dr. Jason Wills specializes in Applied Kinesiology, a technique not widely found in North Oakland, that assesses the functionality of each individual. See ad page 23.

coaching / Counseling Chris Sarris ~ Soul Space Rochester • 248-761-6390

Soul Coaching is a unique approach to personal growth, healing and transformation. Integrating e l e m e n t s o f t h e r a p y, coaching and spirituality for Individuals and Couples. We offer training and certification for the Soul Coaching process and program.

The Mental Fitness Center

850 W. University, Suite C, Rochester 248-601-3111 A natural approach to mental and physical health, offering counseling, behavior analysis, coaching, nutrition and physical fitness training, for individuals, couples, families and persons with special needs. See ad pg 16.

Colonics/Detoxification Total health colon care 38245 Mound Rd, Bldg E Sterling Heights • 586-268-5444

Colon Hydrotherapy is not intended to be a cure-all but colonics are a valuable procedure for treating intestinal malfunctions which could result in many illness. Inside the Center for the Healing Arts.

Craniosacral therapy guided touch • denae tait Lapeer • 810-614-7582

Pain/stress relief and more with Craniosacral therapy, aromatherapy and holistic nutrition. 11 years experience. See ad page 27.

Michigan Craniosacral Therapy Magda Girao, ORTL-CST-D West Bloomfield • 248-561-6048

We are committed to the premise of progressing skills forward for all individuals. We make the difference that has you get back into your life faster!!!

Service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this Earth. It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time. ~Shirley Chisholm Dentistry David Ewing, DDS, LPC

Gateway Dental 5321 Gateway Centre Blvd., Flint 810-250-7191 General Dentistry, including root canals, dentures, extractions, bridges, composite (white) fillings, crowns, TMJ, N.E.T. for pain control, anxiety and more. Nutrition and ZOOM teeth whitening. See ad page 8.

David W. Regiani, DDS, PC

Holistic General Dentistry since 1979 101 South Street, Downtown Ortonville 248-627-4934 • Beautiful, natural looking Mercury free/Mercury safe, fluoride free fillings and restorations. TMJ/TMD/ CranioFacial Pain diagnosis & treatment, Non-surgical periodontal therapy, cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign & whitening. Founding member IAOMT and IABDM. See ad page 12.

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

Our Family and Cosmetic Dental Practice is committed to practicing dentistry with a biocompatible approach. We perform mercury free/ mercury safe dentistry in a friendly, caring atmosphere for the entire family. See ad page 31.

Digestive health

Dr. Christine Kaczmar 47729 Van Dyke Ave. • Shelby Township 586-685-2222 Founder of "14-Point Digestion Discovery System" Solutions for Diarrhea, IBS, Constipation, Colitis, etc. When the source of stress is known, the treatment becomes obvious. Dr. Christine uses 100% natural digestive formulas to nourish your body back to health. See ad outside back cover.

Energy healing Becky Stevens Holistic Alternatives, LLC

586-294-6540 29700 Harper Ave., Ste. 4, St Clair Shores

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.

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

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.

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


karen Malone, Ind. Dist. # 840674 810-938-9099 • Curious why Wise Men brought Frankincense and Myrrh to the Baby Jesus? Why essential oils are mentioned 200 times in the Bible? Call for FREE "Missing Link" CD. (Income opportunities also available). See ad page 38.


Marlene Wiegers, Ind. Dist. # 1000995 Facebook: Marlene Misiak Wiegers Become an Independent Distributor! Discover Young Living Essential Oil's healing properties for enhancing health--yours, as well as others who seek holistic options. Free training. 810-252-9807. See ad page 38.

I long to see you, so that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift. ~St. Paul fELDENkRAIS® METHoD LISA PoNICHTER • 248-321-0358

Feldenkrais® Method, Physical Therapy 1775 E. 14 Mile Rd, Birmingham A physical therapist specializing in this powerfully effective method helps improve posture, strength, flexibility, balance. Decrease/eliminate pain by exploring gentle movement patterns which optimize performance ease, power and comfort.


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Rain International Independent Distributor 586-727-6302 Go beyond ordinary nutrition with SOUL, a revolutionary new product combining black cumin, black r a s p b e r r y, a n d chardonnay grape seeds. A powerful antiinflammatory supplement in a simple, portable 2 oz shot. See ad page 5.




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Award winning Bar H2O™ Alkaline Wa t e r i s p r o f e s sionally handcrafted PREMIUM PURIFIED WATER using a 25-step Be Alkaline. Thrive! proprietary process. This pharmaceuticalgrade pure water is remineralized, restructured and energized for maximum hydration.


31 North Saginaw Street, Pontiac 248-475-5805 Farm-fresh and organically grown food for your family or business. Featuring MImade products thru Buying Club. Local CSA produce programs. "Bringing the Best of Michigan to You."

LuCky’S NATuRAL fooDS, LLC Since 1974, 248-693-1209 101 S. Broadway, Lake Orion Historic Business District

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


880 W. Dryden Rd., Metamora 810-678-3131 We are helping "take Transfer Factor to the World." We also carry top quality herbal and nutritional supplements.


Susan Miller, CBP, CNHP • 248-953-9402 Essential Oil Executive Consultant/Teacher Weight Loss and Pain Programs Help your Body heal Itself with Certified Health Professional - Holistic and ALL Natural Approaches to Heath for Chronic and Acute symptoms including: Pain - Chronic and Acute, Digestive, Headaches, Sleep, Sleep, Attention, Concentration, Brain Fog, Food Issues. The list is practically endless. DETOXIFYING IONIC FOOTBATH.


248-931-2710 • Rochester Area Young Living EO Dist. #1125514 C e r t i f i e d R AW F o o d Instructor, Award Winning Hairdresser, custom Salon w/Aromatherapy, ZYTO Compass Nutritional Assessments, Health Classes, Rain Drop Therapy/Free training. Facebook: Pamela Perry Visser. Ezekiel 47:12.

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. ~Albert Einstein

HyPNoTHERAPy THE PATTERSoN CENTER 1520 S. Lapeer Rd., Ste 212 Lake Orion • 248-884-7288

Licensed Counselor can h e l p w i t h a n x i e t y, depression, guilt, grief, phobias, stress, smoking, weight and more. Seek relief! Call now, become a better you. Proudly serving the area for 10 years.

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Cutler integrative medicine

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A premier Naturopathic health and wellness center dedicated to providing solutions not helped by our current medical paradigm. As a Licensed Naturopathic Physician, Dr. Cutler has the highest training, and gets to the root of your problems. See ad page 11.

Iridology, Herbs, Organic Chinese formulas. Full Energy Analysis: Chinese face, tongue and pulse reading. Tai Chi Chuan, Medical Qigong, Acupuncture, Tunia. Thirty-six years experience.

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The Downing Clinic

Laura Kovalcik, DO, FACOI 5715 Bella Rose, Ste 100, Clarkston 248-625-6677 • Integrative Internal Medicine practice owned by Board-Certified Internal Medicine physician. Practice emphasizes natural treatments where possible and uses special testing to determine health and nutritional status. Support services onsite include:Acupuncture, Bowen Therapy, Rolfing® Structural Integration, Massage, Healing Touch, IV Therapy. Clinic specializes in primary care, natural treatments for menopause and andropause symptoms, Osteoporosis, cholesterol management, Candida, Fibromyalgia. See ads pages 17 & 19.

Longevity Health Institute Madison Heights • 248-548-3060 Rochester Hills • 248-459-1139

A Functional, Regenerative Holistic Medical Approach. We l l n e s s ; H o r m o n e Replacement Therapy, IV T h e r a p y : Vi t a m i n s , Chelation, Detox, Adrenal (Cortisol) support; HBOT - Hyperbaric O2.

Natural wellness & Pain relief Centers

Grand Blanc • 810-694-3576 Richmond • 586-727-7500 • Comprehensive treatment options to maximize your results. Bio-identical hormones, IV nutritionals, HcG weight loss, manipulation under anesthesia, decompression therapy, exercise with oxygen therapy, and cancer therapies. See ad page 2.

Without change, something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken. ~Frank Herbert

Dawn Fleetwood MH, CId. 2290 E. Hill, Grand Blanc 810-953-9500 •

massage therapy Vickie Evans, CMT

The Downing Clinic 5715 Bella Rose Blvd., Ste 100, Clarkston 248-625-6677 • Certified in Massage, Reiki and Healing and T h e r a p e u t i c To u c h . Certified in Bowen T h e r a p y. P r o v i d e s combination of therapies as needed or requested by patients. See ads pages 17 & 19.

Meditation Isha Foundation • 313-451-4742 Learn a simple yet powerful 15 minute practice which creates enhanced clarity, improved health and a state of peacefulness and joy. Isha Foundation is an international, non-profit, public service organization.

Natural/Holistic health Biblical Health

Hilda Lauderman, DHM, Ph.D, NMD, RN Serving East Michigan • 810-503-4056 "Dr. Hilda" offers programs using natural approaches to help with conditions including nutrition, thyroid function, osteoporosis and more. Also licensed as a Dr. of Nedicine, a branch of natural medicine. Call for more information. See ad page 14.

Goodalls Herbs

Alice Goodall, RN, BSN Life Health Coach 586-646-0066 Nutritional counseling/ herbal remedies based on the COMPASS® nutritional assessment. Identify deficiencies in your body in the comfort of your own home. Serving SE Michigan. Goodallsherbs@

nutritional counseling advanced nutritional solutions Lee Rossano, CNC Rochester Hills • 248-652-4160 whysuffer.NET

Lee brings 10 years of clinical experience, the most advanced assessment techniques, and a lifetime of intuitive healing with personalized health plans to help cease suffering. That means better sex, energy, and a greater sense of happiness! See ad page 21.

Jody Tenjeras, D.C., C.C.N.

Lakes Area Family Chiropractic 10635 Highland Road, White Lake 248-698-8677 Illness is a sign something is out of balance. I use Nutrition Response Testing, diet & supplementation to determine how to restore the balance that leads to good health. Chiropractic & Laser Therapy also available..

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 24.

organic mattresses Down to Earth Home

Showroom by Appointment/Farm Hills 866-720-7222 Sleep on a Green Dreams™ O rg a n i c a n d N a t u r a l Mattress as part of your healthy lifestyle. No fire retardant chemicals, made in the U.S., try locally before you buy. Sizes crib through king.Organic bedding and furniture also.

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive. ~Dalai Lama December 2014


oxyGEN/HyPERbARICS LoNGEvITy HEALTH INSTITuTE Madison Heights • 248-548-3060 Rochester Hills • 248-459-1139

A Functional, Regenerative Holistic Medical Approach. HBOT (Hyperbaric O 2), We l l n e s s ; H o r m o n e Replacement Therapy, IV T h e r a p y : Vi t a m i n s , Chelation, Detox, Adrenal (Cortisol) support.


8293 Office Park Dr. • Grand Blanc 810-694-3576 •

Comprehensive treatment options to maximize your results. Bio-identical hormones, IV nutritionals, HcG weight loss, manipulation under anesthesia, decompression therapy, exercise with oxygen therapy, and cancer therapies. See ad page 2.

YOGA Santosha (Sanskrit): Contentment, peace, gratitude

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1900 S. Telegraph Rd Ste 102 Bloomfield Hills • 248-758-9100 We work together with practitioners and patients to solve medication problems and meet specific needs. Hormones, veterinary, allergen-free medications are great examples. Pharmaceutical grade supplements. Consults available. Call us with your questions or for a quote!

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).

koREAN MARTIAL ARTS INSTITuTE 935 Baldwin Rd., Lapeer 810-358-1419

Adult enrichment classes in Yo g a , K i c k - f i t a n d Women’s self-defense. Traditional TaeKwon-Do training for ages 5 through seniors. Visit website for class schedule and offering. See ad page 45.

PHySICAL THERAPy NEIL kING PHySICAL THERAPy Rocheser Hills • 248-853-7555 Novi • 248-513-3730

From Pediatrics to Geriatrics, our advanced, hands-on physical therapy techniques are so effective that physicians, chiropractors and even other physical therapists refer their most difficult cases to us. See ad page 35.

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence. ~Martin Luther king, Jr.


Grand Blanc • 810-694-3576 Richmond • 586-727-7500

People under Dr. Strauchman's supervised HcG protocol are losing 20-30 pounds a month and keeping it off. Mention Natural Awakenings Directory and receive $50 off your HcG Program. See ad page 2.


309 S Troy St., Royal Oak 248-399-9642 (YOGA) We embrace everyone, regardless of age, flexibility or size. Our teachers dome from a variety of traditions; our students from all walks of life. See ad page 44.


8373 Old 13 Mile Rd • Warren 248-563-8615 Whether you are practiced or new to yoga we offer yoga f o r e v e r y b o d y, nearby. Check our schedule for classes on our website.

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For over five years, UpDog’s Downtown Wellness Union (DWU) has helped unite an incredible range of healing professionals in a luxuriously appointed, tranquil suite of professional spaces. And now, you can be part this “space for the soul.” Located adjacent to UpDog Yoga in the Old Library Building, the Wellness Union offers:  Dedicated space for a variety of integrated modalities, including counselors and therapists, massage therapists (Thai and table), Reiki masters, Acupuncture and Acupressure Physicians, Physical Therapists, Chiropractors, Shamanic Healers, Reflexologists, Aesthetiticians, Qi Gong Masters, EFT Trainers and more.  A calm, relaxing, professionally-appointed and intensely meditative space for likeminded healers to practice, teach and learn.  A range of flexible space options, from hourly, daily, weekly or annual, with a full complement of logistics supports that provide a clean, inviting and professional work atmosphere to work, train or host.  Unique room configurations of 150-750 SF accommodates groups of 5 to 50 or more.

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To start finding your heart in the heart of Rochester: Come to our annual holiday open house, Friday, December 5, 2014. FREE Community yin yoga class from 5:45-7:00pm, followed by Open House from 7:00-8:30pm. Stop by any time or contact Ask about our Winter/Spring Package Room Rate Specials! Buy 20 hours, receive 5 hours free! Perfect for multiple-session workshops and special events.

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December 2014 Natural Awakenings East Michigan  

Natural Awakenings interview with Gabrielle Bernstein, Toxin-free beaty salons, Find Your Fitness Style and more. December 2014 Oakland, Mac...

December 2014 Natural Awakenings East Michigan  

Natural Awakenings interview with Gabrielle Bernstein, Toxin-free beaty salons, Find Your Fitness Style and more. December 2014 Oakland, Mac...