Letter From The Publishers

We’re Glad You’re Here

Step outside, smile at the sky and kick off your shoes. The happily long, sunshiny days have begun, and we encourage you to find frequent reasons to step away from daily routines for a quick blast of summer. Visit a lake, picnic at a park and dance in the rain to renew and refresh spirit…

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Local Articles & Spotlights

Ayurveda & Meditation Together

By Dr. Kapila Castoldi

by Kapila Castoldi The ancient art of ayurveda helps us regain connection with our body, life energy (prana) and mind. Meditation is also a process of introspection and awareness of…

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Naturopathic Bodywork is Much More than Massage

By Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp.

Ylona Hartford is a naturopath who has worked in the Ypsilanti area since 2013. She owns and operates Holistic Whole Health, where she offers natural solutions for natural health. Hartford…

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Relinquishing the Reward

By Brian Clark

by Brian Clark It is useful to accentuate the practical, simple and humble side of meditation, for it seems that spiritual discourse is about as full as it needs to…

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Deep Hypnosis Goes to the Heart of the Subconscious

By Alice Mixer

Alice Mixer, a licensed clinical master of social work with 40 years of clinical experience, certified hypnotherapist and therapist in private practice, was trained in QHHT by Dolores Cannon in…

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Address Stress and Feel Better with Reiki

By Andrea Kennedy

by Andrea Kennedy Stress takes a physiological toll on our minds and bodies. The National Institutes of Health reports, “Emotional stress is a major contributing factor to the six leading…

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Helping People One Foot at a Time

By John and Trina Voell

Denise Held, certified foot reflexologist, Reflexolo-Chi, and owner of A2Reflexology, earned certification in reflexology in 2007. “My previous career had been as a registered nurse, first in public health in…

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News Briefs

Healthy Retreat Now Part of Summer Festival

The Ann Arbor Summer Festival is offering a free outdoor retreat event series at Top of the Park this year, with yoga, world dance, barre, sword handling, capoeira, meditation and more, on the Power Center Lawn every night from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Festival is a three-week celebration of performing arts, outdoor entertainment…

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Shakespeare in the Arb

Romeo and Juliet, directed by Kate Mendeloff of the U-M Residential College, Carol Gray, and Graham Atkin, will be performed by U-M students and community players Thursday through Sunday on June 7 through 10; 14 through 17; and 21 through 24. Shakespeare in the Arb performers and audience members move through sections of the Nichols…

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Volunteers Improve Ann Arbor Assets for National Trails Day

Volunteers from Ann Arbor’s Natural Area Preservation (NAP) will join those across the country on June 2 and 3 to collectively improve 2,802 miles of trail (the distance across the United States) on American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day at the Stapp Nature Area, Bird Hills Nature Area and Brokaw Nature Area. Call for days…

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Avoid Relationship Conflicts Before They Occur

Seth Kopald, Ph.D., offers Couples Communication Coaching sessions for couples that would like to improve their communication and resolve conflicts, at Exploration Services, LLC. He says, “Are you ready to feel heard and understood? Would you like to take your relationship to a deeper level?” Couples will learn about the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model,…

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Hungry Harvest Delivers Vital Food Choices

Hungry Harvest, a farm to doorstep produce delivery service, is launching operations in Ann Arbor and Detroit. The company works to rescue fruits and vegetables that would otherwise go to waste due to cosmetic imperfections or surpluses, curates that produce into weekly customizable harvest boxes and delivers it directly to subscribers starting at $15. Every…

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Tour the Greenbelt and learn About Agriculture

The annual Greenbelt Bus Tour will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 2, for a tour of farm and open space properties that have been protected from an air-conditioned, luxury motor coach. Light refreshments will be available. Participants will learn about local agriculture and food production; see how the Greenbelt program helps…

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Tour The Spring Gardens for Charity

The 28th annual Ann Arbor Garden Walk fundraiser will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 9. Ann Arbor Farm & Garden is a nonprofit social and philanthropic organization. Proceeds benefit local nonprofit horticultural and environmental organizations and projects such as school and community gardens, natural areas restoration and beautification. Since 1946, they…

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Gilda Radner Biopic to Crown Cinetopia Film Festival

This year’s Cinetopia Film Festival, running through June 10, has something for everyone. Closing out the festival 2 p.m. will be the screening of Love, Gilda at the Detroit Film Theatre at the Detroit Institute of Arts. This touching documentary features Detroit native Gilda Radner, a fearless, passionate, iconic and influential female comedian best known…

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Visit the Better Health Store

The Better Health Market and Café of Ann Arbor is hosting A Taste of Better Health, a fundraising event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 16, that allows participants to sample a variety of offering from the new Better Health café at 3500 Washtenaw Avenue, while benefiting the Ann Arbor Thrift Store. There will…

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Author Publishes Forward-Thinking Book

Author David Kline has published a new book, Change a Letter, Change Your Life. The book gives readers the opportunity to learn about the law of attraction and how to use it to improve their lives. Encouraging readers to move beyond the phrase, I’ll believe it when I see it, Kline suggests readers take the…

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Health Briefs

Exercise Boosts Good Gut Bacteria

Cardiovascular exercise improves a person’s healthy gut microbes even without making dietary changes, University of Illinois researchers report. In a study of 32 people, 30 to 60 minutes of exercise three times a week for six weeks boosted levels of healthy intestinal bacteria, especially for lean subjects, and less so for the obese. The healthy…

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Energy Drinks Hurt Youth Health

More than half of teens and young adults that have slaked their thirst with energy drinks report consequently suffering negative health consequences, reports a new study from Canada’s university of Waterloo. Of 2,055 Canadian participants between ages 12 and 24, 55.4 percent said they had negative health events afterwards. Of these, 26.5 percent trembled and…

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People that Don’t Slight Sleep Eat Better

Those that sleep more than seven hours a night are likely to eat better the following day, according to researchers from King’s College London. In the study, 21 people known to typically sleep fewer than seven hours increased their sleep time by 47 minutes after receiving tips on sleep hygiene such as drinking less caffeine…

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Preterm Births Down After Coal Plant Shutdown

After a polluting coal-fired power plant in  Pennsylvania was shut down in 2014 by u.S.  Environmental Protection Agency regulatory action, the chances of women living 30 miles downwind having a preterm birth fell by about 28 percent, report Lehigh university researchers. While the plant was operating, women in affluent New Jersey communities downwind had a…

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Facial Exercises Ease Midlife Signs of Aging

In the first scientific study of facial exercise, 27 middleaged women that performed specific facial muscle movements looked an average of two-and-a-half years younger in 20 weeks based on a standardized scale called the merz-Carruthers Facial Aging Photoscales. By doing the exercises for 30 minutes each day or every other day, the fullness of both…

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Healthy Oils Improve Good Cholesterol

A spate of recent worldwide studies reveal several cholesterol-healthy alternatives to olive oil. Ingesting 15 milliliters a day of virgin coconut oil for eight weeks increased high-density lipoprotein (HDL) “good cholesterol” levels in 32 young adults by an average of 5.72 milligrams/deciliter, researchers at Thailand’s Chiang Mai University found. Walnut oil slashed heart disease risk…

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New Healthy Coffee Alternative

Success by Health (SBH), a new, re-branded company in the healthy lifestyle industry with its Reishi mushroom-infused coffee products, now offers two healthy coffee products—Café Noir and Café Latte—in the natural beverage niche market for sales affiliates. They are formulated with the Reishi (Ganoderma) mushroom, to help eliminate unhealthy caffeine in coffee, and with it,…

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Mangoes Carry Health Benefits

Mangoes contain potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties that may prove useful in treating gastrointestinal disease, cognitive decline and diabetes,  report scientists at the University of Palermo, in Italy. Also, Texas A&M researchers have found that 300 people with Crohn’s disease that ate 200 to 400 grams of commercially available frozen mangoes daily for eight…

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Scientists Discover Alcohol-Cancer Link

Alcohol has been linked to seven types of cancer, including breast and bowel, and scientists at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, in Cambridge, UK, have tracked down a possible cause. In lab tests, they found that when the body processes alcohol, acetaldehyde is produced. Acetaldehyde alters and damages DNA within blood stem cells, leading…

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Seek 15 Minutes of Device-Free Time

When we’re feeling angry, stressed or overexcited, just 15 minutes of being alone without a device can put us into a more peaceful state, reports a University of Rochester study. Young adults, sitting in a comfortable chair away from their devices, were given something to read, told to think about something specific or not given…

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Global Briefs

Click on a Campsite

Website Opens Up Private  Land to Campers A Portland startup online at LandApart. com is expanding the share-economy Airbnb-model concept to private landowners and campers. People that want to camp or rent a cabin in a beautiful area can pay a private landowner for access. CEO ven Gist says the move is in part a…

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Lower Overhead

Green Energy Reduces  Utility Costs Cincinnati has contracted with the energy company Dynegy to purchase 100 percent renewable energy to operate most of its municipal facilities through at least 2021. The green energy will power police and fire stations, health clinics, recreation centers and most administrative buildings, including city hall. The city’s greenhouse gas emissions…

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Green Team

Seattle Mariners  Win Eco-Award CenturyLink Field and Safeco Field, homes of the National Football League Seahawks and major League Baseball (MLB) mariners, respectively, introduced a Strawless in Seattle campaign last September. More than 100 local businesses joined with the Lonely Whale Foundation to help eliminate plastic waste. Safeco Field is the most sustainable baseball facility…

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Eco-Villains

Cleanup Cites Worst  Plastic Polluters A week-long beach cleanup and audit at Freedom Island in the Philippines last September exposed the companies most responsible for plastic pollution in the critical wetland habitat. The Greenpeace Philippines and #breakfreefromplastic movement audit, the first of its kind in the country, revealed that Nestlé, Unilever and the Indonesian company…

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Quick Quarters

Simple Eco-Houses on the Upswing A new Ukrainian homebuilding startup called Passivdom uses a 3-D printing robot to produce parts for tiny houses. The machine can print the walls, roof and floor of the company’s 380-square-foot model in about eight hours. The windows, doors and self-contained plumbing, sewage and self-electrical systems are then added by…

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Deadly Cargo

Oil Spill Threatens Ocean Ecology Experts are warning that the Iranian tanker Sanchi oil spill in January in the East China Sea could potentially be one of the worst in decades. Scientists from the UK National Oceanography Centre and the University of Southampton are monitoring the disaster, believing it could severely impact important reefs, fishing…

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Boston Ban

Plastic Bags Get the Boot Boston will join 59 other Massachusetts municipalities and hundreds of others across the nation, including Seattle, Washington, and Washington, D.C., in banning single-use plastic shopping bags by the end of this year. Instead, Boston shoppers must bring their own totes or pay store owners five cents or more for a…

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Helping Hands

Recycled Plastic Transforms into Prosthetics The emerging technology of three-dimensional (3-D) printing can benefit the world in many ways. Re:Purpose for Good, in Australia, creates robotically 3-D printed prosthetic devices from recycled plastic and e-waste. It’s difficult to customize prosthetics, so more invasive surgery is often needed to make standard sizes fit the patient. Other…

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All That Glitters

Sparkly Microbeads Face Ban Scientists have called for glitter to be prohibited due to the threat it poses to wildlife. The glistening, decorative, plastic microbead powder may seem harmless, but environmental researchers report it’s a dangerous pollutant, particularly in oceans. Trisia Farrelly, Ph.D., of New Zealand’s massey university, notes, “Their diminutive size and sparkling appearance…

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Waxworm Wonders

Caterpillars Offer Clues to Plastic Cleanup Waxworms, a type of caterpillar, are vexing to beekeepers because they devour the wax that bees use to build honeycombs. It turns out that they can do the same to plastic. Ongoing worldwide research reveals several types of bacteria found in waxworms that digest some kinds of plastic at…

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Eco Tips

Rail Trails

Summer Vacations with a Fun Twist This summer, consider the convenience and relaxation of watching the world go by outside a panoramic side window instead of focusing on driving the road ahead. Train travel is also more cost-effective, affordable and eco-friendly than flying. SmarterTravel.com highlights railroad discounts for children, seniors, students, AAA members, military personnel…

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We Need Trees

Arbor Day More Vital Now than Ever The 147th annual Arbor Day on April 27 encourages tree planting worldwide to replenish lost tree cover including trees wiped out in the recent fires in California and hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. The Arbor Day Foundation (ADF) is committed to providing 5 million trees in…

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Protective Plants

Indoor Greenery Removes Airborne Toxins Along with naturally beautifying a home, many indoor plants help purify air quality often contaminated by chemicals found in common household products and furnishings. A recent study by the State University of New York at Oswego found that bromeliads absorbed up to 80 percent of pollutants from volatile organic compounds…

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Yes to Yarn

Popular Needlework Crafts Go Green Whether for function, decoration or personal gifting, the skilful hobbies of yarn arts such as knitting, quilting, weaving, stitching, sewing, crocheting and macramé are going strong. The difference these days is that doing it eco- responsibly is enhancing the process. “More people are making and hand-dyeing their own yarn,” says…

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Recreate Comfort

Secrets to Better Furniture A new year can prompt us to refresh the look and feel of our home. Eco-minded individuals may wish to spruce up a treasured piece of furniture or find a replacement that’s light on environmental impact. Consider wood furniture made from sustainably harvested forests and tree farms or reclaimed wood. Find…

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Action Alert

Sway Congress

Save Wild Horses Campaign Update The Trump Administration’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget again calls on Congress to lift long-standing prohibitions on the destruction and slaughter of wild horses and burros. The budget seeks to cut approximately $14 million of the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse and Burro Program by selling as many as 90,000 federally protected…

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