Thursday, December 3, 2009

Directory Updates

Each time I come here, I hope I will return not too far in the future. After months are pulling in to focus on "Simply Healthy" it has now come and gone and things are returning to what is considered norm for the IHHN at this time of year.

What a time it has been. Simply Healthy Fair has come and gone. Each and every person participating contributed in such a way to bring it all together. As always, I am amazed and honored at the generosity of people in my community and the abundance of talents. If you didn't get to be involved and haven't checked out the activities, go to the website and if you are a program organizer, think of the presenters listed in the IHHN directory!

These pages listed below have been updated to reflect participants in this years Simply Healthy Fair, and to include directory submissions that had been waiting to be listed. Take time to check that your submission information is correct.

Speakers, Community Making, Green Shopping, Flower Essences, Naturopath, Publications, Reiki, Weight Management, Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Holistic Councilors, Educational Resources, Index Directory, Yoga, Cleansing, Herbalist, Retreats, Permaculture, Garden Resources, Wellness Centers, Massage, Natural Childbirth, Childbirth, Doulas, Psychology, Conflict Resolution, Holistic Consultants, Alternative Herbal, Herbal Resources, Healing Touch, Spiritual Healers, Personal Growth, Intuitive Counselors, Cooking

Monday, October 12, 2009

Say NO to Abstinence -only funding in Health Care Bill!

Just Say NO to abstinence-only funding in the Health Care Bill!

Sadly, the Senate Finance Committee voted (by a razor-thin margin of 12-11) to authorize $50 million in funding for abstinence-only programs as part of Health Care Reform- despite over 10 years of evidence that these programs do not work.

We need to let Senators know that we will not stand for this! Conservative ideology has trumped science and effective health policy for far too long. We shouldn't spend even a single more taxpayer dollar on programs that spread fear, give misinformation, and stigmatize young women and BGLT people.

President Obama has called for an end to abstinence-only funding. Democrats in the House and Senate have held firm through budget negotiations. We are SO close to finally victory!

Please take action now to eliminate these dangerous programs!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Healing CRANE Newsletter

Hope this finds you well and enjoying autumn.

After so many months the Healing CRANE Newsletter for the Indiana Holistic Health Network is up and the comments have been good. We are working on getting the publication out more frequently. This is a list of some of what you will find in the CRANE Newsletter. We are getting more submissions from outside of our network area; now what to do to get submissions from those near by?

4th Annual "Simply Healthy: Creating Sustainable Communities"
Transition Town Bloomington, IN
Transition Economies
The City That Ended Hunger by Francis Moore Lappé
4 Ways to Reduce E-Waste
Goodbye GM by Michael Moore
New Wings Project at Middle Way
Calendar Briefs
Health News
Ecovillages - New Page!*
A Few Paper Facts
Book Review - "A Pilgrim In Your Body"
Energy Healing and Spiritual Process
by Jim Gilkeson
Ancient Chants by Alex Chornyj - poem
Practitioner Spotlight - Practitioner
Non-Profit Spotlight - CJAM - Community Justice and Mediation
Ban on Plastic Bags Growing Around the World!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

The brutal truth about America’s healthcare


The LA Forum in Inglewood, California, hosted dental and medical examinations, for thousands of people thanks to the charity Remote Area Medical.

An extraordinary report from Guy Adams in Los Angeles at the music arena that has been turned into a makeshift medical centre
Saturday, 15 August 2009

They came in their thousands, queuing through the night to secure one of the coveted wristbands offering entry into a strange parallel universe where medical care is a free and basic right and not an expensive luxury. Some of these Americans had walked miles simply to have their blood pressure checked, some had slept in their cars in the hope of getting an eye-test or a mammogram, others had brought their children for immunisations that could end up saving their life. Read Article

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

"Health Care Reform: A Great American Debate" - webcast

A live webcast of "Health Care Reform: A Great American Debate" will be shown in the Monroe County Public Library auditorium on Friday September 11th from 12:00 Noon to 2:00 PM. This debate is being webcast live from the IUPUI Campus in Indianapolis where it is a special event for IU School of Medicine students. The local webcast has been arranged by the Bloomington-Monroe County League of Women Voters.
From the IU School of Medicine announcement:
“Join experts and national leaders for a thought provoking look at the current state of health care reform in the United States. …… Proposals under active discussions include incremental changes to our existing employer-based, health insurance model to plans involving the "public option" as well as the "single payer" or "Medicare for All" reforms.
Speakers and national guests include:
• Oliver Fein, MD, President, Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP); and Clinical Professor of Clinical Public Health at Cornell University
• Sam Nussbaum, MD, Executive Vice President of Clinical Health Policy and Chief Medical Officer, WellPoint,Inc.
• Judy Monroe, MD, Commissioner, Indiana State Department of Health
• Eric Wright, PhD, Associate Dean, IUPUI School of Public and Environmental Affairs
• Eric Meslin, PhD, Director of the Center on Bioethics, Indiana University
• Aaron Carroll, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, IUSM”

If you can’t make it to the MCPL Auditorium you can register for a live webstream that is open to the general public. To register, go to and click on "Events." Select this program and follow the prompts.
We hope you will take this opportunity to hear and see knowledgeable people discuss healthcare reform.
Dave Parsons
Local Health Care Reform Advocate

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Simply Healthy Fair Website Online!

It is a rainy day here in Bloomington. We are very fortunate to have such abundance when so many in the world do not have access to clean water and in many places, even in some of our own communities, their is pressure from corporations to privatize water. In many communities around the globe, privatization has dealt a sad blow to the people, and a great financial boon to the corporations. Water privatization is seen as a global threat. In October the Center for Sustainable Living and WILF will host an event to discuss water. I will post more on that as the information comes my way. Green Dove Network will be updating their Water page which has information about local water and links to national and global water information. World Water Resources and Water News

This is Green Drinks Day and SIREN, a project of the Center for Sustainable Living (CSL) will be making a presentation. More is posted to the Local Food Bloomington Blog

Finally the Simply Healthy Fair website for the 4th Annual "Simply Healthy: Creating Sustainable Communities" Simply Living Fair and Wellness Expo of the Indiana Holistic Health Network is on line at! You can also reach the site through the IHHN at

Each year we become more excited as the event comes together. We have such abundance of resources available. All the ideas that become real as people come together to convene this event. As always, we are grateful to each and every person, business and organization that connects with Simply Healthy.

Here is a blurb about this years events. This is not complete information, and what you will find on the website will expand and change as details become firm.

We need your help, we want your support, we invite your participation as we explore ways to help ourselves to become healthier and sustainable through our lifestyle choices.

The 4th Annual "Simply Healthy: Creating Sustainable Communities" Simply Living Fair and Wellness Expo focusing on Living Simply Well, Community Building, Eating Local and Eating Healing Meals, November 12-14th, 2009. This year’s keynote is Diana Leafe Christian, Editor of Communities Magazine and author of "Creating a Life Together: Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities”. Vendors displaying wellness services, green businesses and products, Workshops for mind, body and spirit; Local Food Dinner sponsored by Middle Way Food Works featuring food from local growers and producers; Moderated Community Conversation with Diana Leafe Christian moderated by Marti Crouch; Children’s activities and Healing Sound Concert with Alain Barker, Tom Roznowski, Daryl Breeden with Steven Pollit, Deb Phelps, and others. It is a goal of the Indiana Holistic Health Network and Local Food (Green Dove Network projects – allied with the Just Peace Task Force) and other Simply Healthy Conveners to educate and inspire through the exploration of some of the many possibilities available locally and beyond that can be utilized to support our becoming healthier, more sustainable communities. For more information Contact: Patricia C. Coleman at simplyhlthy(at) or visit or

Monday, May 18, 2009

New Links to IHHN Directory

May this find you well.

New links were added to Doula, Childbirth, Healing Touch, Holistic Counselors, Massage, Personal Growth, Reiki, Wellness Centers and Spiritual Healers.

Exciting things are happening with our 4th annual "Simply Healthy: Creating Sustainable Communities" Simply Living Fair and Wellness Expo! Visit the Simply Healthy Fair Blog for further details.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Mother's Day 2009

May this find you well.

Mother's Day 2009 is almost here and we updated this info first offered in 2002. May it be of use to you and THANK YOU MOTHERS EVERYWHERE!


In honor of the true intention of Mother’s Day, Green Dove, Reiki Peace and Wellness Arts and Indiana Holistic Health Network has assembled a variety of information and resources within the Bloomington community and others from the web. Many are women’s groups working to advocate peacemaking. We hope that you honor your Mother and all Mothers today and every day, and that you find something useful here for yourself or someone you care about.
Happy Mother’s Day!

ON MOTHER’S DAY by Denise Breeden-Ost - In 1870, Julia Ward Howe invented Mother's Day. Or did she? Howe might not recognize her "Mothers' Day for Peace". Here is Howe's "Mother's Day Proclamation":

Another Mother for Peace – Another Mother for Peace is a non-profit, non-partisan association dedicated to eliminating the use of war as a means of solving disputes among nations, people and ideologies.

Middle Way House and Middle Way Food Works strive to end violence in the lives of women and children -
Indiana Holistic Health Network has a resources in its directory to women’s and wellness related information

Reiki Peace and Wellness Arts will give any mother a 10% discount on Reiki Gift Certificates and appointments made through the month of May!, 812-331-0886

Women’s International League of Peace and Freedom -

BABS - Bloomington Area Birth Services - Bloomington Area Birth Services, Inc., is a group of women trained and experienced in childbirth and postpartum issues.

Indiana Birthing Choices - It is the vision of CHOICES to improve the quality of and sensitivity toward pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and early parenting ways.

Planned Parenthood of Indiana –

Community Health Access Program provides a variety of services to women and the community at large.

Local Food Bloomington – a Green Dove project provides links to Community Food resources in the Bloomington area.

Women Writing for a Change - is a creative writing class which supports the lives of women

Women Inspire – is a 501c3 non-for-profit organization, providing networking opportunities for women in a supportive environment.

Hoosier Raging Grannies - The Raging Grannies sing to say enough of violence

The Endwright Center – 7500 West Reeves Rd. 876-7500
National Association of Women -

Green Dove Network, Inc. is a non-profit and a project of the 501c3 Center for Sustainable Living –

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Rawluck Raw Food Potluck and Raw Food Day!

Next Rawluck April 19 Sun 6 PM!!
Location: Steph's House, 1032 East Maxwell Lane (near Bryan Park)
PLEASE BRING LAWN CHAIRS if you want to sit :-)
Parking: On Sunday it is legal to park on Maxwell without permit,
please do not park at Steph's as we may need carport to eat under if
it is raining.
For recipe ideas, see
If new to Living and Raw Foods, bring a pineapple, salad, bowl of raw nuts, etc.
We prefer all foods to be organic, please bring dish for 6-8 people.
If you bring enough to share leftovers we exchange foods when
contact Andy at with any questions.

see attached poster for details!!

Last Rawluck Mar 28 was HUGE success!!! We had nine people bring some
awesome savory dishes, including pizza, gazpacho, amazing cookies,
salads, living quinoa tabouleh, raw hummus, pineapple, walnuts, et al

The Center for Sustainable Living
323 South Walnut St.
Bloomington, IN 47401
(812) 332-8796

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

IHHN Merchant Pages

Hope this finds you in good health. Just a quick note to let you know that Real Compost now has a merchant page with the IHHN! If you are an organic gardener and in the Bloomington, IN area you may want to check out Dave Parson's Real Compost!

Check out the Earth Day opportunities and growing number of green events on the IHHN Calendar.

Do you have alternative health news that you would like to share with the Indiana Holistic Health Network? If yes, make sure you are listed in our directory, then send us your information in the form of an article for consideration.

Non-profit organizations can send items for free listing to our calendar (posted as time allows)

Friday, March 27, 2009

Earth Day in Bloomington, Indiana and the Nation

For Earth Day events in Indiana and elsewhere visit our website calendar at Also check Green Dove's Celebrations and Benefits page at -

Guitart Auction to benefit Rhino’s

Rhino’s Youth Media Center announces its second Guitart Auction, to be held Thursday, April 16, 2009. It takes place at The Lodge, 101 E. 6th Street on the north-east corner of the Courthouse Square.
Bid on one-of-a-kind original artworks by Sam Bartlett, Anna Witte, Kurt Larsen, Jenny Kander, Mike Cagle, Lindsay Hine, Matt Traughber and Brad Fugate. Using playable electric guitars as the medium, these well-known Bloomington artists have painted, collaged, printed or otherwise artistically altered them into original works of art. Funds raised from the auction support Rhino’s free after-school programming for youth.

Each guitar is playable and an array of Bloomington’s best musicians will be on hand to entertain with them: Andy Cobine, Cathi & Stuart Norton, Dave Weber, Jim Krause, Jason Grove and Chris Gaal & his Pirate Band. Some of Bloomington’s favorite restaurants will supply tasty appetizers for the event. Plan to be treated to the flavors of Mandalay, Bombay House, Malibu Grill, Anatolia, Mother Bear’s and Bobby’s Too. Wine and beer will be available in a secure area.

Tickets to the auction are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Pick up yours at Rhino’s, 331 S. Walnut, during business hours. Call 333-3430 and visit for more details.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Sixth Annual Global Love Day

Sixth Annual
Global Love Day

May 1, 2009
An International Celebration Of Humanity. We are one humanity on this planet.
All life is interconnected and interdependent. All share in the Universal bond of love. Love begins with self acceptance and forgiveness. With tolerance and compassion we embrace diversity. Together we make a difference through love.

"Love Begins With Me"
May Love Prevail On Earth
May Peace Prevail On Earth
Click here for more information.

Integrative medicine: A good alternative in a bad economy

Integrative medicine: A good alternative in a bad economy

Janet Hafner, a 64-year-old diabetes patient, has been able to control her high cholesterol, so that she no longer needs to take diabetes medication. Anita Rudd has had just one cold this past year - and no visits to the doctors - which she attributes to a regimen of herbal remedies, including vitamin D and Turmeric. The cost? Just $80.

So does alternative medicine, or what in the industry is called "integrative medicine," work? Read the full story

Monday, March 16, 2009

Network Note - March

Hello Everyone,

This note is being mailed to the Indiana Holistic Health Network mailing list. I hope this information finds you all well. If the emails and calls received are an indication, the Indiana Holistic Health Network Directory services are in greater demand. Considering current transitions within our local communities, we a growing need for our services. Our strong web presence and community visibility allows those who seek us, to easily find us. In an average week, we gain two new members on the mailing list. There is continual growth within our web cased community network directory. Our resources are expanding, and networking partnerships continualy multiply, to the benefit of us all.

Though you haven’t heard from us for a while, we have been busy determining the best way we can serve you. To that end, attached is our current Network Marketing Plan. We have reduced our Advertising Rates, and revamped the Practitioner and Merchant Pages to make them more appealing to you, as well as more affordable. Most of you who submitted directory listing information have been added, so please check to see if any corrections are necessary. If changes are to be made, submit them via email only.

We also updated Farmer’s Markets, Submissions, the Calendar, a few new resources for Green Building, Green Architecture, and more than fifty other directory resource pages. Please excuse our errors, but if noticed, contact us via email, so corrections to your listings and the web site can be made.

Before submitting information for listing on our calendar, please read our advertising and marketing information to become familiar with the time frame we are working with. We apologize for any messages we cannot share with the network. We will do our best (as time allows) to post announcements for non-profits. We will also, (as time allows) post free community events to the IHHN calendar.

Our updated Advertising page reflects our new rates. A new Healing Crane Newsletter includes information about current opportunities to have free advertising with us. We are open to hearing others you would like us to consider. The Healing Crane includes information about New Wings Project at Middle Way, Buying Local Keeps Communities Alive! Health News - A Few Paper Facts -Book Review - Educating, Counseling and Healing With Nature - Middle Way Cookies - "Share the Love" All Year Round! Reiki Wellness Projects for VETS, Families and Caregivers, and Victims of Domestic Violence Living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) "Simply Healthy: Creating Sustainable Communities " 2008, Hart Rock's Poetry Series and Open-mic at Rachael's, Practitioner Spotlight - *New - Non-Profit Spotlight, Sierra Club Green Pages connection, Children's Book Review - Sustainable Food Sourcing, and More.

We will once again make an effort to post to our blog. Since our newsletter the Healing Crane will be published quarterly (unless we decide to publish special editions), we will strive to post items of interest on a weekly basis (according to time available and volunteers available.

We believe that what each and every one connected to the Indiana Holistic Health Network does is essential to having, developing, and maintaining a healthy sustainable community.

The Indiana Holistic Health Network is just that, a group network. As a community, we are stronger and our voices more easily heard and our services more easily found.

We need your support!

Thank you on behalf of the Indiana Holistic Health Network and the many Volunteers who give generously of their time.



Patricia C. Coleman
Indiana Holistic Health Network
P.O. Box 8172
Bloomington, IN 47407

The Indiana Holistic Health Network is a project of the non-profit Green Dove Network, Inc., a 501C3 under the umbrella organization Center for Sustainable Living.