Pay More Attention to Nature

by Barb Casper

Everything is currently moving at an unprecedented pace. Work responsibilities, the demands of our personal lives, and the unrealistic expectations we place upon ourselves have resulted in our lives reaching the point of OVERWHELM.

We live in a world of dizzying distractions. We are spending much of our time on our devices where we find ourselves constantly bombarded by advertisements for the latest and the greatest product. We text versus talk at the dinner table. We send virtual hugs and kisses versus hugging the ones we love in person. This has led to many of us experiencing a sense of LACK, LONGING FOR MORE, AND REGRET versus feelings of ABUNDANCE AND SATISFACTION.

Many of us are mixing up society’s focus of “keeping up with the Joneses”, and its irrational definition of success with the natural order of our universe. The universe doesn’t care about our material possessions or our level of success. We need to take a step back. BREATHE. And recognize what is truly important – to live naturally, healthily and in harmony with nature.

Our deep connection with nature has become lost. We rarely stop and pay attention to the remarkable; to the intricate beauty that surrounds us everyday.

Paying attention to the beauty and wonder around us immensely changes our perspective and allows us to recognize why we here and what our true purpose is on Earth. The health of our planet, and the mental and physical health of all beings depend on our connection and symbiotic relationship with Nature.

The only prerequisite to achieving harmony, peace and a sense of well-being is taking the time to take in nature and the bountiful wonder it offers to us.

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Noticing Nature Exercise

Pay attention to nature to boost feelings of connection and a sense of well-being.

Time Required

5-15 minutes per day for two-three weeks. Eventually, incorporate this practice into your daily routine.

How to Do It

  1. Noticing Nature PhotographyBe mindful of the natural elements and objects around you on a daily basis (e.g., trees, clouds, leaves, the moon, moving water, animals, etc.), and notice how these make you feel and what emotions they evoke. Take a moment to allow yourself to truly experience the nature around you.
  2. When you encounter a natural object, element, or scene that evokes a strong emotion in you, that moves you in some way, take a photo of it.
  3. Upload these photos to your computer, and then send your 5 favorite photos along with a brief description of each as to what prompted you to take them, and how these nature scenes made you feel to Be sure to include your name and email address. By submitting you agree to allow these photos to be included in a “RELAX IN ABUDANCE” slideshow made available to all Health, Naturally newsletter subscribers and/or a canvas painting created by Barb (Wings of Air Studios) for sale at Health, Naturally for your purchase! All photos will be credited to you, the photographer. By submitting your photos and descriptions, you agree to use as described.  All net proceeds will be used for the future development of programs at Health, Naturally!
  4. You can take as many photos as you like, but try to take at least 30-40 photos over the course of the two to three week period. Be mindful of how the nature you encounter makes you feel on a daily basis, but space your photos out on different days.
  5. Remember: What is key is your experience with what you are photographing—how nature makes you feel. Don’t worry too much about the quality of the photos or how creative they may be.



Happy Labor Day

Why we Celebrate Labor Day?

What comes to your mind when you think of Labor Day? Picnics, barbecues. time off from work, camping, a trip out of town? Like many other holidays, Americans enjoy the day off from work but have lost sight of what it was originally created to celebrate.

Labor Day was created and intended to be an annual national tribute honoring the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of the country.

How we Celebrate Labor Day Today

While many still turn out to hear Labor Day speeches and attend parades, the purpose of the holiday has fallen away and instead is usually viewed as the last hurrah of summer. Still, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. In a nation of people who work more hours and take less vacation than other western nations, having one last summer party is greatly needed.

Today, Labor Day may not be a day in which people actively celebrate and honor workers, but it does give working people a much-needed respite, which is equally important.

What’s important is that, as an American worker, it’s important to take time off and have a healthy work-life balance.


Reduce work-related tension and stress; promote relaxation at Health, Naturally

SOQI Bed & Chi – A Total Health Spa

SOQI Bed & Chi

SOQI Bed & Chi

SOQI bed

SOQI bed

The SOQI Bed and Chi machine incorporates HTE’s unique Multiple Energy Approach inspired by the concept of energy healing and a “back to nature” approach as your gateway to improved health.

Features & Benefits

  • Ultimate total health spa experience built into a specially designed massage table.
  • Effective way to achieve wellness and get your daily exercise at home.
  • Relaxing music via USB connection to put the body in the right state of mind.
  • Safe, simple and a natural way to achieve good health.

Stop in and try out the SOQI Bed and Chi machine for a one-time, free-trial session at Health, Naturally!

Brain TapBrain Tap

Dr. Porter and his team of scientists and mindfulness experts are leading the way in brainwave entrainment technology. In the process, they’ve made BrainTap Technologies a global leader in the personal improvement field. With a library of more than 400 guided-audio programs (all voiced by Dr. Porter) and creative visualization processes, the BrainTap allows users to relax, reboot, and revitalize while achieving peak brain performance.

Stop in for a one-time, free-trial listening session at Health, Naturally!

Staff Retreat 2021

Recently staff members attended a retreat in Tawas to celebrate Jan’s 20th year providing natural health services and plan for Health, Naturally! potential expansion of services.

It is a rare occasion for all of the staff members to get together and a wonderful time was had by all. Here are a few photos of the get-together:

13 Ways to Detoxify your Body

Source:  Nature’s Sunshine

Green SmoothieWe share the world with billions of other people and with a multitude of industrialized nations. When you add up all of the manufacturing plants, exhaust pipes and smaller sources of toxins-like cleaning products, cosmetics, prescription drugs, plastic packaging and more-the concept of detoxifying your body has immense merit.

But where do you start? Are you wondering exactly how to detox? Remember, your goal is to create new, healthier eating habits that lighten your toxic load and strengthen your body for better everyday health. These 13 habits will help you do a full body detox and make way for new energy and vitality.

  1. Avoid Sugar and Artificial Sweeteners. To get the most from your body cleanse, select natural sweeteners like stevia, molasses, maple syrup, honey, etc.
  2. Beware the Deadly Whites. White flour (and pasta), rice, and bread can interfere with the proper digestive flow. Try quinoa, Kamut®, spelt, buckwheat, or cornmeal.
  3. Steer Clear of fried foods, red meat, and other processed foods.
  4. Try to Avoid Wheat/Gluten, Dairy, Soy, and Corn. These common food sensitivities can increase gut permeability and allow toxins into the bloodstream, which stalls weight loss.
  5. Remove Toxic Oils. Stay away from vegetable oil, sunflower oil, canola oil, and peanut oil. Avoid trans fats or “partially hydrogenated” foods. Instead choose coconut, flaxseed, extra-virgin olive, or hemp oil, which contain more beneficial omega fatty acids.
  6. Pick Quality Protein. Liver detox pathways require protein. Choose grass-fed or wild-caught options where possible.
  7. Fiber it Up! Add some good stuff to your natural detox diet, including:
    1. whole grains
    2. fresh, organic, non-starchy veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, and spinach, and spices such as garlic and turmeric
    3. fruit (offers antioxidants, fiber, and water)
    4. beans and lentils (provides soluble and insoluble fiber)
    5. seeds and nuts, like almonds, sunflower, flax, chia, and walnuts (help with gut health and liver function)
  8. Water. Skip the soda. Scrap the spirits. Drink plenty of water. Alcohol overworks the liver and can damage this critical organ. Water (preferably filtered and room temperature) helps your kidneys function properly and flush toxins from the body. Add lemon to support digestion, or try sipping green tea to help with cardio and immune support.
  9. Drink Fresh Veggie Juice. Juicing is a wonderful way to get powerful nutrients and enzymes into your diet. Add some spinach, kale or other deep greens along with ginger, beets, carrots, turmeric, and other colorful veggies and roots.
  10. ProbioticsFriendly bacteria can do wonders for your detox diet plan. Get them naturally in foods like kombucha, kefir, miso, natural yogurt, kimchi, and sauerkraut. Or supplement with a product that contains several strains of friendly flora.
  11. Slow Down at the Dining Table. Eating quickly usually leads to eating more, which spells bloating and indigestion. Take your time. Savor each bite. You’ll find that you eat smaller portions and feel better, and you may even lose weight!
  12. Move! Exercise helps you eliminate toxins. Work up a sweat and you’ll improve circulation and burn fat more effectively. Walk, dance, do yoga, just move!
  13. Get Your Zzzzzs. Adequate rest helps the brain detoxify itself. (See the glymphatic system.) Sleep also helps reduce stress and inflammation, which may help you overcome your toxic burden. Get at least 7 hours of sleep each night.

Tips for Detox Success

  • Try phasing out things like caffeine, sugar, and artificial sweeteners in the days before you really start your detox diet. This helps minimize potential nausea and headache.
  • Map out your eating plan and you’re more likely to stick with it.
  • Cleanse your kitchen/pantry of any foods or drinks that would sabotage your detox decision.
  • By day 4 or 5 of your new diet, you should start feeling more energetic and see improved digestion.
  • Massage helps release toxins from the muscles and tissues. Follow with plenty of water.
  • Don’t get overwhelmed. If you can only adopt 1 or 2 new, healthier habits, be happy with that. Save some for next time.
  • People with chronic health issues like diabetes, liver disease, cancer, or eating disorders should consult their doctor before making dietary changes.


The Emotional Detox Component

The best way to detoxify is by cleansing emotionally as well as physically. Try these tips for a more complete experience.

  • Practice deep breathing to quell stress and help release CO2from deep within the cells.
  • Listen to uplifting music.
  • Take a slow walk or a hot bath.
  • Sometimes toxic people add to our health burden. You probably know at least one Negative Ned or Nellie who brings you down. To maximize your healthy detox, keep your distance emotionally.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are the Health Benefits of a Body Detox Program?

Weight Loss. Research shows that environmental toxins are tied to obesity. And detoxification helps remove chemicals stored in the fat cells that can impede weight loss. Eliminating bad food choices that promote weight gain and supporting detox for weight loss just makes sense.

Improved Overall Health. People who detoxify their bodies reduce their toxic load and typically experience greater energy and improved well-being.

Reduced Inflammation. Reducing toxins helps lessen inflammation, which may mean healthier joints, reduced swelling, and other benefits.

How Does the Detox Process Work?

Detox begins in the liver. This vital organ converts toxins into unstable metabolites, then it works to excrete these via the kidneys, colon, and lungs.

What Is the Best Detox Drink?

A smoothie with chia seeds or pure juices from colorful fruits and vegetables, including beet, ginger, greens, apple, and carrot provides energy and cleansing antioxidants.

How Long Should I Detox?

Every natural detox plan is slightly different, but many experts recommend a focused program over 2–3 weeks for best results. Many people detox twice a year, for example in the Spring and Fall. But the focus should be on adopting long-term habits that become part of your daily routine as opposed to a short-term period of deprivation.

Wondering How to Detox Your Liver?

The liver is your body’s main organ for processing and getting rid of detrimental toxins. Take care of it so it can take care of you! Avoid alcohol. Try milk thistle extract with silymarin; it has proven benefits for liver health. N-acetyl-cysteine optimizes glutathione production in the liver (a good thing) and supports liver health.

How Can I Identify Toxins and Reduce My Exposure?

Using natural cleaners and avoiding processed foods and plastics is a good start. The Environmental Working Group offers a great guideline to identifying toxins in your environment.

Detox Your Body with Nature’s Sunshine Products

Support detoxification with quality cleansing and detox supplements from Nature’s Sunshine!

  • Purify 2.0 Program-combines the power of Rejuvenaid, UltraBiomeDTX, Bacillus Coagulans, and protein to remove heavy metals, purify and strengthen the gut, support intestinal permeability, and boost energy
  • Enviro-Detox-helps remove pollutants and toxins while supporting digestion
  • Yeast Fungal Detox-features caprylic acid and oregano leaf to support yeast removal
  • UltraBiomeDTX-clinically studied for its ability to remove heavy metals; helps purify the gut
  • Super Omega-3 EPA and Krill Oil with K2-important omega-3 fatty acids support the body’s natural inflammatory response
  • Bowel Detox-contains charcoal, fiber, and more to promote waste elimination and support bowel health
  • CleanStart®-our most popular body cleanse; features aloe vera, bentonite clay, LBS II®, and Enviro-Detox for powerful cleansing support
  • Detox Basics-a 30-day natural detox program with NAC, milk thistle, and Bacillus Coagulans to support liver cleansing and gut health
  • Probiotic Eleven-11 strains of beneficial flora in a convenient capsule


The Beauty Within Us, Surrounds Us

Nature Prints

Barb CasperBarb Casper has created several inspirational, canvas prints for sale in our storefront priced from $10-$50. You may remember Barb as one of our former store clerks here at Health, Naturally. According to Barb, offering her prints at Health, Naturally is her way of giving back to the clients we serve. For her, the creative design process allows her to express herself and helps relieve the stress of dealing with her own chronic health issues. Barb embraces the notion that self-expression and creativity open us up to being vulnerable. However, without vulnerability, we can never heal completely!

Barb is a graphic and web designer (she designed our website) and was previously employed in the mental health field for over fifteen years as a recreation therapist. Her most cherished takeaway from her job experience as a recreation therapist is her strong belief in the power of positive thinking and remaining hopeful despite whatever difficulty we may face. She believes these personal attributes have powerful effects on the ability to heal ourselves, others, and the planet on which we live.

Barb’s artwork reflects what and where we have been, what is, and, most importantly, what we are capable of becoming. Barb’s prints allow us to connect with the beauty within us by closely observing our natural world. Her artwork opens the door, allowing us to leave our everyday difficulties behind for a moment and recognize who we truly are.


With my artwork, I hope to ignite a spark within you so you may shine a light towards what, at times, may seem a dark and unforgiving world. With the natural world providing a sense of light, hope, and beauty, I wish for each of you to create your own path to wellness.” 

“Our creative and enduring spirit is our strongest healing attribute and allows us to soar without the need for wings.”

–  Barb Casper, Wings of Air

Come in and view her inspirational pieces and consider them as a great gift or an addition to your own home!

Viruses Love Stress…Learn the Difference this Radical Relaxation Device Can Make

Dr. Patrick Porter quote

Serious Question: How are you feeling?

If you’re like most of the 8 billion people on the planet right now, your stress levels are probably at an all-time high. Financial strain, family anxiety, health concerns…the list goes on.

In times of uncertainty, fear, and instability, it’s natural to feel…tense.

But be careful, because stress is a killer.

In fact, the stress from worrying about the virus can make you more vulnerable to dying from the virus if you’re ever infected by the virus.

That’s how stress works. It makes everything worse.

You probably know that meditation is one of the best ways to relieve stress.

You might be saying, “Yes, I know that I should meditate, but I’ve tried and it’s just so hard! I can’t shut my brain off! I just don’t have the discipline to sit and…just breathe.”

I get it. For years my clients have complained that meditation is too difficult. That’s why I spent the last 35 years perfecting my brain training technology…

So that today you can get all the stress-reducing, immunity-boosting benefits of meditation with NONE of the work?

My friend Trevor King was so impressed with his own results, he invited me to appear on a live webinar all about it, and he is now graciously inviting you to join us as my special guest.

Trevor and I will show you how what seems to be a strange blinking device can actually help you…

  • Reduce anxiety and depression
  • Lower your stress levels dramatically
  • Boost your virus-fighting immune system
  • Help you lose weight (also good for fighting disease)
  • Even improve your memory

All in just 20 minutes…with no discipline required.

But you won’t have to take our word for it. We’ll show you all the studies and interviews with experts to prove it.

Plus, I’ll be there to answer your questions.

And Trevor will show you how to save hundreds of dollars on your own personal stress-busting BrainTap device if you decide you want one for yourself or a loved one.

Even if you decide not to invest in BrainTap, you’ll still learn a lot about how to reduce your stress and improve your chances of surviving this pandemic.

See you there,


Bowenwork with Mary Anne Malek

Mary Anne MalekHi, I’m Mary Anne Malek. In 2012 I completed my initial training and became a Certified Bowenwork practitioner. Since then I continue to update my skills. I am also a Level 3 Reiki practitioner an advanced master gardener.

Bowenwork is hands-on healthcare. It consists of sequences of rolling movements of the practitioner’s thumbs or fingers over precisely located sites on the body. These movements serve to signal the body to remember how to heal a variety of health issues.

Bowenwork provides gentle and profoundly effective signals to the brain for healing and recovery through the stimulation of special receptors in the tendons, muscles, and ligaments of the body. These stimuli can result in deep relaxation, resetting of muscular tension and range of motion, lymph drainage, pain and inflammation reduction, and pain relief.

Bowenwork helps the body remember how to heal. The specific objectives may vary, but there is always focus on relaxation, reduction of the “fight or flight response”, and engagement of the body’s perfect pattern memory for the area that is in pain, contracted or otherwise out of balance.

Bowenwork positively affects mostly all health ailments. It is very gentle and is suitable for all ages and physical conditions. Most conditions should resolve or lessen in 3-4 sessions. Chronic conditions may require additional sessions. 

Please contact me to start on your pathway to wellness.

Mary Anne Malek
989-754-6630 (h)
989-964-8003 (c)

Health, Naturally Services are Expanding

Welcome Rebecca Spannagel

Rebecca Spannagel, LMT, RNRebecca Spannagel, LMT (Massage Therapist), RN, and Natural Health Advocate

Rebecca decided halfway through her first year in the certified naturopath program at the Naturopathic Institute to take a different direction into therapeutic bodywork. She graduated from the Naturopathic Institutes Therapeutic Bodywork Practitioner program in November 2019, receiving her Licensure for Massage Therapy in December 2019. If you ask her “Are you glad you made that decision?” You would get a double thumbs-up, a big smile, and a “Most Definitely!!! Learning how to perform therapeutic touch is something I was gifted with the ability to do and has been life-changing.”

Rebecca is passionate about natural/alternative wholistic wellness and facilitating her clients’ own healing abilities. She will be the first to tell you that she doesn’t believe in protocols, and not any of her sessions are the same. When asked why? She says: “Every being on this earth is special and unique, and deserves a session focused and tailored to that uniqueness. Whether you come to de-stress and relax, or for a specific health concern, that session is tailored specifically for you and your needs.”

Rebecca offers various types of massage sessions that employ multiple therapeutic modalities (with/without essential oils) along with Reflexology, Cranio-Sacral, and Light Healing Touch.

If you would like to set-up a session with Rebecca please call, or text her, at 989-482-3866. She is currently accepting clients. Her hours of availability are varied, so her sessions are by appointment only.

Why the Best Medicine Might Be Your Right and Left Feet

Put your left foot in front of you right, and then your right foot in front of your left, and then repeat.

That’s called walking. And it could be the best thing for your overall health.The historian Geroge Mcaulay Trevelyan wrote in 1913 that his two doctors were “My left leg and my right.”The truth in that statement is coming to light every day with new studies and reports. The Guardian published an article titled, “Walking could protect your brain against shrinking,” based on research published by U.S. neurologists who monitored 300 volunteers over 13 years. The report says walking may ward off a variety of conditions.