Letter From The Publishers

Connections That Feed Our Soul

Finding meaning in the rush of the holidays and what really matters can be a challenge. Too much stress can cause many to shift away from their hearts and operate from the survival centers of our brain, resulting in unbalanced routines. Harmony starts with the way we communicate with each other in our families, workplaces…

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Local Articles & Spotlights

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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Treetown is in Good Hands with Dr. Sickels

By Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp.

Dr. Malcolm Sickels provides holistic primary care for the whole family at 210 Little Lake Drive, Suite 10, in Ann Arbor. Why did you become a doctor? I was originally…

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Kudos

By John and Trina Voell

The Ann Arbor Summer Festival board of trustees has appointed Mike Michelon as executive director, effective immediately. Formerly the festival’s general manager, Michelon has been managing the festival’s business and…

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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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Uplifting Humanity with Mantras

By John and Trina Voell

by Kapila Castoldi The world is going through difficult times as separation and division seem to be the dominant forces. How we react to this is our choice. We may…

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News Briefs

Kudos

The Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) awarded the city of Ann Arbor a 2018 Gold Award for Exceptional Water Utility Performance, its highest honor, October 15 in San Francisco. Ann Arbor was recognized for its exceptional service to customers, strategic decision-making and investment in its staff. Ann Arbor Water Treatment Plant Manager Brian Steglitz…

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Tell Me a Story at Storyfest

The Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild presents Storyfest at 7 p.m., November 9, at Trinity Lutheran Church. For 27 consecutive years, the Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild has charmed audiences with its annual storytelling concert called Storyfest. Watch for “Moth” winners among this year’s eight featured tellers. Storyfest is 90 minutes of non-stop adventure, mystery, romance and…

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Zazu Dreams Makes its Mark on Climate Movement

A new climate justice book, Zazu Dreams: Between the Scarab and the Dung Beetle, A Cautionary Fable for the Anthropocene Era, by Cara Judea Alhadeff, Ph.D., a professor of critical philosophy with the Global Center for Advanced Studies, repositions our relationship to infrastructural taken-for-granted norms such as greenwashing. Using cross-cultural narrative, extensive scientific, historical and…

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Help Vegan Grow and Prosper

VegMichigan is holding a fundraiser to fund its nearly 100 events each year  from 6 to 9:30 p.m., November 8, at Greyline, Zingerman’s event space in downtown Ann Arbor. Their mission is to spread the vegan message throughout Michigan and introduce more people to the many benefits of eating vegan. Attendees will have a chance…

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Turkey Trot for Charity in Ann Arbor

The Ann Arbor Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot, supporting the ChadTough Foundation this year, will take place starting at 8:15 a.m., November 22, in Ann Arbor. A portion of all entry fees will go to the foundation and individuals will also be able to make additional donations with race registration. Get into the holiday spirit before…

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A Lifetime of Research Pays Dividends for Air Quality

AirRestore is a nationwide business that helps people live healthier lives through innovative technology. Their products are the result of decades of research and development, offering a breakthrough technology that truly replicates the energetic environmental restoration process happening outdoors. AirRestore systems return the natural cleaning properties found in outdoor air to the air indoors. William…

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KUDOS

A  team of about 25 Toyota Motor North America Research and Development employees worked with Habitat For Humanity from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., September 15, on homes located at 2828 and 2827 Woodruff Lane, in Ypsilanti. About wrapping up the 13-week volunteer-driven renovation project, Sarah Stanton, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley,…

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Dental House Offers New Dental Practice

Ramy Attalla, DMD, has opened a new practice, Dental House, at 4860 Washtenaw Avenue, Suite D, in Ann Arbor, also serving Ypsilanti. The facilities are brand-new and are equipped with the most recent technology, and each of the participating dental professionals has more than 10 years of hands-on experience. The practice includes family dentistry, cosmetic…

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National Solar Tour Has Local Impact

The 2018 National (self-guided) Solar Tour of Homes on October 6 and 7, a partnership between Solar United Neighbors and the American Solar Energy Society, will be the largest ever, with more than 400 participants. Dave Strenski, with Solar Ypsi, will speak about practical solar applications from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., October 7, at…

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Award-Winning Children’s Series Releases Third Book

The Adventures of Energy Annie, the award-winning series for children written by Elizabeth Cosmos and illustrated by K. Henriott-Jauw, will release the third book, The Importance of Integrity, in October. This series introduces children to the subtle world of energy, as well as learning the importance of virtues through life lessons. As in the first…

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Health Briefs

Reiki Enhances Immune Boost Response

Reiki is a natural way to relieve stress and support health. People begin preparing for cold and flu season as leaves turn and temperatures fall, and one way to stay well is to support immune system function by relieving a leading culprit—stress. The National Institutes of Health reports that chronic stress suppresses the immune system,…

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The Basics of a Weak Immune System

A weak immune system is a dysfunction of the organs that are involved in immunity. Eighty percent of these organs are in the abdomen. If we want to correct a defunct or weak immune system, we must repair the organs and systems in the abdomen. They are the intestines, the lymphatics (sewer system) and the…

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Raw Fruit and Veggies Key to Mental Health

Raw fruit and vegetables are better for mental health than canned, cooked or otherwise processed produce, report researchers from New Zealand’s University of Otago. Their survey of more than 400 young adults from their country and the U.S., published in Frontiers in Psychology, found a correlation between eating raw produce and measures of psychological well-being,…

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Breath and Urine Tests Detect Breast Cancer

Early-stage breast cancer can be accurately detected via a simple breath test and urine sample, report researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, in Israel. Using electronic nose sensors and gas-chromatography mass spectrometry to analyze breath and urine, respectively, they were able to identify biomarkers for breast cancer, the most commonly diagnosed cancer for women…

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Eating Well Protects Hearing

A healthy diet can lower the risk of moderate to severe hearing loss by 30 percent or more, conclude researchers from Harvard Medical School’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Studying the diets of 33,000 women for 22 years, they found that hearing was better retained among those that ate closer to the Mediterranean Diet—with more fruits,…

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Pumpkin Compounds Inhibit Cancer Growth

In addition to being tasty, autumn’s pumpkin pie may also help prevent cancer. Two studies have confirmed the ability of certain nutrients in pumpkins to inhibit the growth of cancer cells. Researchers from the Italian Institute of Food Science found that carotenoid compounds from pumpkins delayed the growth of human colorectal cancer and bone cancer…

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Air Pollution Harms Developing Brains

Fetal exposure to air pollution, even at levels considered safe by current standards, has been linked by Dutch researchers to thinning of the outer layer of a child’s brain and later cognitive difficulties. Following 783 children ages 6 through 10, the researchers concluded those brain abnormalities contributed in part to impulsiveness that could lead to…

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Aerobic Fitness Helps Prevent Word Loss

Tip-of-the-tongue word loss, an aggravation for many seniors and other adults, occurs less frequently in those with higher levels of aerobic fitness, regardless of age or vocabulary, reports a study of 56 men and women from the UK’s University of Birmingham. Lead researcher Katrien Segaert also clarified that tip-of-the-tongue word loss is not associated with…

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Eating Walnuts Boosts Gut Bacteria

Eating a handful of walnuts daily boosts certain types of healthy gut bacteria that appear to contribute to cardio, metabolic and gastrointestinal health, according to a study of 18 adults by University of Illinois scientists published in the Journal of Nutrition. The researchers found that eating walnuts increased species of healthy gut bacteria, while decreasing…

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Gut Bacteria Linked to Artery Health

A lack of diversity of gut bacteria is linked to hardening of the arteries, a new study concludes. By analyzing the gut microbiome and measuring the arterial stiffness of 617 middle-aged female twins, researchers from the University of Nottingham and King’s College London found that those with a greater diversity of healthy bacteria had more…

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Global Briefs

Really Natural

Organic Labeling Evolves to Meet Challenges Organic shoppers may see additional labeling on produce. More than a dozen farmers and scientists from around the country met to create the standards for an additional organic certification pilot program called the Real Organic Project (ROP), which they plan to initially introduce at 20 to 60 farms. Under…

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End Game

Extinctions of Threatened Species Continue The death of the world’s last male northern white rhino has rendered the species functionally extinct, which means the only hope of reviving the population is through in vitro fertilization. World Wildlife Fund head of campaigns Colin Butfield calls this a “uniquely bad situation.” Two other animals, the vaquita, a…

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Dumping Disincentive

Big Bank Acts to Protect Oceans from Mine Waste Citigroup is no longer financing mining projects that dump mine waste into the ocean. The move comes in response to pressure from the Ditch Ocean Dumping campaign, which calls on financial institutions to divest from any project or company that employs the practice. “Banks and financial…

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Plastic Pushback

Countries Ban Single-Use Plastics Bans on plastic consumption have been increasing globally for the last two years. Single-use plastics will be officially banned in the Bahamas by 2020, including plastic bags collected at the point of sale, straws, Styrofoam food containers and plastic utensils. Also, the release of balloons in the air will be illegal.…

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Teeny Town

Tiny Houses Can Benefit Seniors The University of Southern Indiana (USI) is building a small, modular home on its Evansville campus to demonstrate how the tiny housing model could make independent living accessible for people of all ages and abilities. It’s part of a larger effort aimed at creating a cultural transformation related to aging…

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Soybean Slowdown

Chinese GMO Regulations Dampen U.S. Exports Even before recent disruption of U.S. trade with China through increased tariffs, China had made importing  genetically modified (GMO) soybeans more difficult after a regulatory crackdown last December. The agricultural GMO regulation scheme strengthened the soybean approval process, leading to delays at Chinese ports. Certificates for certain GMO import…

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Breathe Easier

Hamburg Gets Serious About Diesel Fumes Hamburg, Germany’s second-largest city, is experimenting with restricting diesel-powered vehicle access to portions of two major streets, with exemptions for new, cleaner models. Environmentalists and ecologically minded politicians celebrate the move as a breakthrough on the path to cleaner urban air. A German court ruled last February that cities…

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Roundup Rebuke

Monsanto to Pay $289 Million to Cancer Victim A California jury has found Monsanto liable in a lawsuit filed by groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson, 46, a pest control manager for the Benicia Unified School District, in California, near San Francisco. His was the first claim to go to trial alleging that Roundup and other glyphosate-based weed…

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Air Fare

By 2050, the world’s population is estimated to hit 10 billion, and food production will need to increase by 70 percent. Traditional farming won’t be able to keep up. Lisa Dyson, who holds three degrees in physics, including a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Boston, knows the reason: ubiquitous carbon dioxide. This byproduct of burning fossil fuels…

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Turtle Turnaround

Hatchlings Return to Mumbai Beach After 20 Years At Versova Beach, in the Indian coastal city of Mumbai, local volunteers have stepped up to finally clean up a shore covered in ankledeep trash and waste. The United Nations described the transformation as the world’s largest beach cleanup project ever, and the work has been rewarded with…

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Eco Tips

Rebirthing Books

New Life for Old Friends Spread the wonders and joys of reading to others while conserving woodlands and other resources and keeping books out of landfills by donating them. Many outlets welcome books that may have been collecting dust at home, but can enrich the lives of others of all ages, both locally and worldwide.…

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Last Straw

Groups Work to Make U.S. Go Strawless About 500 million plastic straws are discarded daily in America, reports the U.S. National Park Service. Plastic that reaches waterways is ingested by marine life and our food chain. Individuals and municipalities are taking action to support options, including going strawless. The Last Plastic Straw (TheLastPlasticStraw.org), a project…

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Green Shoes

Being Sustainable Down to Our Soles Following an environmentally friendly lifestyle can be felt right down to our toes. Increase the life of footwear by being properly fitted in high-quality shoes, performing ongoing maintenance and patronizing cobblers. Pay extra attention to waterproofing shoes in winter and rainy seasons. Also, vegan alternatives to leather are available.…

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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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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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