Letter From The Publishers

Blessings Off the Beaten Path

Too many kids today are so overburdened with parental, peer and societal pressures to succeed in both academic and extracurricular activities that they have little opportunity and perhaps insufficient energy to experience the active joys of just being kids. When we were growing up, children enthusiastically plunged into daily unstructured time to play outside, invent…

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Local Articles & Spotlights

Holistic Center Focuses on Total Physical and Mental Health

By Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp.

Bio Energy Medical Center is a holistic medical center focusing on total physical and mental health that treats illness at its source and facilitates patients’ innate healing capacity, leading to…

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Halotherapy

By Brandy Boehmer

Salt Cave Provides Natural Therapy The salt of the Earth may be our salvation. Asthma rates have more than doubled in the past 25 years as the planet’s ecosystems groan…

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Hash Bash Aims Higher This Year

By John and Trina Voell

The 47th annual Hash Bash will be held on the first Saturday of the month, April 7, at high noon on the University of Michigan (UM) Diag, with many events…

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The Right Food for a Happier Mood

By Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp.

Holly Higgins is a nutritional therapy practitioner and Whole30-certified coach. Her clinical focus is nutrition for mental health, and she believes that nutrition is one of the most powerful and…

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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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News Briefs

Mars to Put on a Stellar Performance

The Ann Arbor District Library will host a Planet Viewing Party for all ages from 9 to 11 p.m., August 3, in the Pittsfield Branch parking lot, using participants’ equipment or library telescopes. In case of rain or excessive clouds, it’ll be held August 4. Mars will be closer to the Earth than it has…

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Consciousness Workshop on Ho’oponopono

A workshop, Self I-Dentity through Ho’oponopono, will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., August 4 and 5, at the Hilton Garden Inn. Regina Milano, the coordinator and instructor of the class, says, “Self I-Dentity through Ho’oponopono (SITH) shows us that everything we perceive is only a reflection of what is going on inside…

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Hyperlocal Fresh Forage Restaurant Opens on Jackson Road

A new farm-to-table restaurant, Fresh Forage, is opening this month at 5060 Jackson Road, in Ann Arbor. Andrew Sereno, co-owner with chef Samuel Boyce, says, “We use locally sourced ingredients to craft delectable seasonal combinations. Craft your own bowl with delicious local ingredients or pick a chef-inspired forage bowl. The seasonally dynamic menu is allergen-friendly…

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Better Health Market & Cafe Celebrates 20 years

The Better Health Store has gained a reputation for simplifying the process of shopping for vitamins, supplements, natural and organic foods, which means customers don’t have to read the labels. Their products contain only quality ingredients, free of harmful additives and chemicals. Their low-price and satisfaction guarantee takes the stress out of shopping—and that’s good…

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Ann Arbor Smiles Now Offering Pediatric Dentistry

Dr. Abbie Walker, DDS, MS, a highly trained and experienced pediatric dentist, has joined the staff at Ann Arbor Smiles Pediatric Dentistry. The Smiles Team has always loved seeing kids in their office, and are excited to provide “big care for little smiles!” The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry encourages parents to “Get it done in year one.” Tiny mouths need to…

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Ann Arbor Russian Festival

The Russian Orthodox Church of Ann Arbor will present the sixth annual Ann Arbor Russian Festival from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., September 15, and 1 to 7 p.m., September 16, at St. Vladimir’s Russian Orthodox Church. Visitors will experience the best of the Russian culture, including food, dancing, entertainment, a kid’s corner, church tours,…

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Nutritional Healing Center Finds New Expanded Digs

After moving to Ann Arbor 18 years ago, Dr. Darren Schmidt and his team at The Nutritional Healing Center Of Ann Arbor has moved around the corner to a bigger, better location at 462 Jackson Plaza. The new, 5,000-square-foot space holds 13 patient rooms for nutrition counseling and Applied Kinesiology, a conference room seating 50…

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Yoga with Cats

A cat café, or “catfé”, is just like a regular café, but with cats wandering around. Grab a coffee from home or next door, bring a laptop and use the Wi-Fi, meet up with friends and hang out with the kitties from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Sunday mornings or 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays. Practice…

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Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair

The 49th annual Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 19, 20 and 21, and noon to 6 p.m., July 22, comprises four separate but concurrent events located between downtown and the University of Michigan campus. More than 400,000 people attend this juried, fine art event featuring the members of…

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Essay Scholarship Opportunity in Natural Medicine

The Ann Arbor School of Massage, Herbal & Natural Medicine offers two different professional diploma programs in Massage Therapy and Natural Medicine/Herbal Medicine. The School is offering a scholarship essay contest for a partial $4,000 scholarship to either one of the programs. There will be three simple questions to write an essay answer. If the…

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Health Briefs

Take Magnesium to Metabolize Vitamin D

Vitamin D can’t be metabolized without sufficient magnesium levels. Thus, it remains stored and inactive for as many as 50 percent of Americans on nutrient-poor diets, reports a research review in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. “Without magnesium, vitamin D is not really useful or safe,” says study co-author Mohammed S. Razzaque, Ph.D.,…

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Mediterranean Diet Cuts Risk of Prostate Cancer

In a five-year study published in The Journal of Urology of 2,000 older Spanish men, those following a Mediterranean diet rich in fish, boiled potatoes, whole fruits, vegetables, legumes and olive oil that was low in juices had a significantly lower risk of aggressive prostate cancer compared to those eating a Western diet. This protective…

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Sodas Lower Fertility

Women that drink one or more sugary sodas a day are 25 percent less likely each month to become pregnant. Men drinking the same amount are 33 percent less likely each month to father a child. Boston University School of Medicine researchers studied 1,045 men and 3,828 women that were tested for a period up…

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Turmeric Helps Heal Skin Ailments

Turmeric, with its renowned anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties, seems to improve a number of skin conditions when taken topically or orally, concludes a review of clinical studies published in Phytotherapy. Researchers at Drexel University, in Philadelphia, and the University of California, Sacramento, selected the 10 strongest clinical studies on turmeric out of 234 published.…

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Fiber Lowers Blood Sugar

In a study that offers hope for people with Type 2 diabetes, Rutgers University researchers have shown that a diet high in diverse fibers promotes the growth of certain gut bacteria, leading to improved blood glucose control, increased insulin production and improved average blood glucose (A1C) levels. In the six-year study published in Science, 27…

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Screentime Overdose Means Unhappy Teens

Teens that spend the most time staring at screens while playing games, texting, surfing the Internet or engaging in social media tend to be unhappier than those with less screen time, reports a San Diego State University study of more than a million teens.   Image: irin-k/Shutterstock.com

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Expecting Moms Can Protect Against Autism

Mothers that take folic acid or multivitamins before and during pregnancy can significantly lower a child’s risk of autism, according to the latest research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Psychiatry. Researchers from Canada, Israel and the School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, in New York City, studied 45,300 children, at the…

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Reams’ Biological Theory of Ionization

The extensive research and successful results of Dr. Carey A. Reams proved that when pH is not in optimal alignment, we don’t absorb or assimilate our food appropriately. When this happens the body will overcompensate or undercompensate, causing uncomfortable imbalances. This is why a certain supplement works for one person, but not for another, or…

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Only One in 10 U.S. Adults Eats Healthy

Just 9 percent of U.S. adults eat enough vegetables and only 12 percent eat enough fruit every day, concludes a recent study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National guidelines for adults recommend at least one-and-a-half to two cups per day of fruit and two to three cups of vegetables. Consumption is…

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Bee Venom Is Powerful Lyme Disease Remedy

Bee venom and its toxic component, melittin, can reduce the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi that causes Lyme disease more effectively than standard therapy using antibiotics such as doxycycline, cefoperazone and daptomycin. The laboratory findings come from the Lyme Disease Research Group at the University of New Haven, in Connecticut.   Image: Kzenon/shutterdtock.com  

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Global Briefs

Parrot Prosthetics

3-D Printers Help Rehabilitate Animals Pete, a 34-year-old Amazon parrot, received a boot-like prosthesis made by a 3-D printer from a customized mold after his leg was ripped off by a fox. A day later, he was not only already starting to accept it, but also realized he could place his weight on it. “That…

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Hyperloop Hyper-Speed

Innovative Shortcut to Faster Travel A Hyperloop is a proposed vacuumtube mode of passenger or freight transportation moving enclosed capsules along on thin cushions of air; it was first named in an opensource “vactrain” design released by a joint team from Elon Musk’s Tesla and SpaceX companies. It could offer an affordable, lowcarbon and super-fast…

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Sinking City

Rising Sea Levels Threaten San Francisco A paper published in the journal Science Advances reports sea-level rise projections for San Francisco and the Bay Area in California that had not previously factored in a geological phenomenon called subsidence—the settling or sinking of the land. When too much groundwater is pumped out of aquifers, the land…

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Literacy Project

Dolly Parton Donates Millions of Books Singer Dolly Parton donated the 100 millionth book of her career via her nonprofit Imagination Library earlier this year. She began in 1995, donating books to children in her home state of Tennessee. Now, Imagination Library mails 1 millionplus books per month to children around the world. Parton celebrated…

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Big Melt

North Pole Rises Above Freezing March 20 is normally close to the coldest season at the North Pole, but an extraordinary thaw swelled over the tip of the planet this year. Analyses show that the temperature warmed to the melting point as an enormous storm pumped an intense pulse of heat through the Greenland Sea.…

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Climate Consensus

Researchers Raise Red Flags A research paper, World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice, published in the journal Bioscience about the fate of humanity, has received more than 20,000 signatures and endorsements from scientists in 184 countries. duce greenhouse gas emissions drastically and maintain carbon sinks like forests within 10 years, the impact on…

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PLOG ON

Picking Up Litter While Jogging Becomes a Winning Trend Sweden’s latest fitness craze, plogging, is a mashup of jogging and the Swedish plocka upp, meaning pick up, in this case, litter. There are plogging groups in Scandinavia, Germany and other parts of Europe. According to the Swedish fitness app Lifesum, which makes it possible for…

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In Vitro Corals

Scientists Help Repropagate Vanishing Reefs Warming seawater and increasing ocean acidity are damaging reef ecosystems around the world, and some scientists and environmentalists fear a worldwide collapse by 2050. Coral reefs are colonies of millions of tiny animals. In a single night, the corals join in casting a fog of sperm and eggs into the…

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Pooch Patrol

Smart Vest Could Increase Neighborhood Safety Thailand is the home of a new “smart vest” that could turn stray dogs into personal guardians. Equipped with a hidden video camera, vest sensors transmit live streaming videos when the dog barks, showing what it sees via a smartphone app. Pakornkrit Khantaprap, on the creative team at Samsung,…

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Man-Made Meat

Laboratory Food to Hit Pet Food Market As we race toward a future full of high-tech, lab-grown meats in place of the environmentally unsound animal protein industry, a new startup wants to extend this offering to our furry friends, too. Aiming to make the most sustainable, transparent and organic product possible, Rich Kelleman, owner of…

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Eco Tips

Rethinking Toiletries

Using Less Saves Both Money and the Planet The maxim “less is more” applies well to skin care and personal hygiene. Overuse of products is costly and increases pollution. Both genders are prone to overdoing it when it comes to basic activities like washing, shampooing and shaving. Here are some helpful tips. Take fewer showers…

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Natural Pools

Swim Amidst Stones and Plants Those spending time in their traditional home swimming pool this summer or taking the plunge to install a natural pool have healthy and cost-saving options. Saltwater pools are far better for skin, hair and lungs. Their use of sodium chloride reduces possible side effects from long-term exposure to the chlorine…

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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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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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