Letter From The Publishers

Pure and Simple Summer Pleasures

We are over the moon excited to welcome our Traverse City readers! We welcome you to the pages of Natural Awakening magazine, which is now being widely distributed in Michigan’s northwest lower peninsula, including Petoskey, Charlevoix and the M22 corridor. We also want to welcome all of you business owners and practitioners that are devoting…

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Local Articles & Spotlights

Cannabidiol Products Relieve Pain

By Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp.

The Honest Marijuana Company has introduced a new Hemp Theory-Hemp Oil Extract Tincture and a hemp cream that both contain cannabinoids and use nanobidiol technology for clean, quick delivery and…

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The Intersection of Posture, Stress and Digestion

By Eric Cooper

Posture is much more than sitting up straight. Holding the head forward, chest depressed, and shoulders rounded, as if in a withdrawal response; lower back tight and arched, as if…

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7 Surprising Facts About Your Gut

By Allison Downing

Approximately 25% of people in the U.S. have a functional gastrointestinal disorder, or FGID. The most common FGID’s include IBS, acid reflux, chronic constipation and chronic diarrhea. The base cause…

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18 Ways to Save Water in a Recreation Vehicle

By Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp.

  When off-grid camping in a recreational vehicle (RV) we may find ourselves next to a beautiful ocean vista, alongside a picturesque stream or on the edge of a gorgeous…

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Growing Indoors is Fun and Rewarding

By Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp.

It’s easy to see why so many people are flocking to the sheer enjoyment of growing their own plants, whatever they may be, inside of their home 365 days a…

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Plants, Plants Everywhere and Plenty to Eat

By Julie Wagester

Everywhere we go, we are surrounded by plants that are both edible and medicinal. From the weed that grows in the back yard or between the cracks in the sidewalk…

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News Briefs

Everybody Sings

The Loud & Proud Singers is a new Life-Participation Community Activity for adults with aphasia and voice disorders related to stroke, primary progressive aphasia, Parkinson’s disease or other neurological conditions and their caregivers. All levels of ability are welcome and no music experience is necessary. The group meets from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays to …

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What We Can Do About Honeybee Health

Local beekeeper and educator Jamie Berlin will explain how honeybee health decline affects humans, and what is at stake for impacts on global food production, healthy ecosystems and the economy, from 3 to 5 p.m., March 18, at the Malletts Creek Branch District Library. Honeybees play a foundational role in our food value chain. Attendees…

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Preserving Biodiversity in Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation (NAP) Stewards’ Circle will meet from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., March 13, at Bruegger’s Bagels to protect and restore Ann Arbor’s natural areas and to foster an environmental ethic among its citizens. They will discuss the role of cities big and small in biodiversity loss, using Ann Arbor’s past and…

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Get Involved in Sustainable Housing

The University of Michigan Secret Lab Living Building Challenge (LBC) team will conduct a workshop, Sustainable Housing DIY, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., February 6, at the downtown library. The LBC provides retrofit designs for local buildings to help them become self-sustaining structures. This workshop/lecture will introduce LBC work and current sustainable housing solutions. Participants…

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Measuring and Tracking Sustainability

The city of Ann Arbor and the Ann Arbor District Library are hosting the seventh annual Sustainable Ann Arbor series. Their meeting, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., February 8, at the Ann Arbor District Library Downtown Branch, focuses on measuring and tracking sustainability. A think tank of local stakeholders, including community organizations, local government staff,…

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HeartMath for Teen Resilience

Rachel Egherman, LMT, and certified HeartMath coach, is teaching Transforming Stress for Teens, an opportunity for youths from 12 to 18 years old to come together in a small group to share and learn easy-to-use, evidence-based techniques for building resilience. The focus will be on identifying the emotions and situations that are depleting and learning…

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Expert Help with Getting Organized

Certified Professional Organizer, Certified Organizer Coach and Associate Certified Coach Nia Spongberg has been accompanying clients on their organizing journeys since 2012. Through her business, Nia Spongberg Organizing & Coaching, she says, “I love helping people tap into their greatness and become organized, confident thinkers and doers!” She notes, “For individuals that have had chronic…

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Community Massage from Students in Training

The Ann Arbor School Of Massage, Herbal & Natural Medicine massage therapy department offers a student clinic of bodywork, reflexology and energy balancing to the community for $25 by appointment on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, by trained interns in private, comfortable session rooms.   Location: 6276 Jackson Rd., Ste. B, Ann Arbor. For appointments, call…

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Natural Area Preservation Volunteer Outing

In observance of World Wetlands Day, volunteers will gather at Gallup Park from 1 to 3 p.m., February 3, to take advantage of a winter opportunity to explore and improve one of Ann Arbor’s special wetlands, usually inaccessible in warmer months. Rare native wetland plants along the river are threatened by invasive exotic shrubs. From…

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Top-Ranked Women’s Herbal Conference

The seventh annual Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference will be held on June 1, 2 and 3 in Almond, Wisconsin, and registration is open now. This premier event offers excellence in herbal learning opportunities and is renowned for its high-quality instructors, food and community experience. This year’s featured speaker, Dr. Tieroana LowDog, is the author of…

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Health Briefs

Sleep Better and Feel Happier With Probiotics

In further confirmation of the importance of the gut-brain axis, 18 Italian students at the University of Verona from ages 18 to 33 that took a freeze dried mixture of four probiotics for six weeks experienced less depression, anger and fatigue compared to a control group of 15 that consumed a placebo. The positive effects…

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Munch Nuts for a Healthy Brain

Seniors that ate more than 10 grams—about two teaspoons—of nuts a day were able to ward off normal cognitive decline and even improve their cognitive functions by up to 60 percent, according to University of South Australia researchers. The study was based on 22 years of records of 4,822 Chinese adults ages 55 and older;…

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Snack on Walnuts to Slow Growth of Breast Tumors

The gene expression in the breast cancers of women that ate a handful of walnuts each day for about two weeks changed in a way that suppressed the growth of the tumors, according to a small clinical study from the Marshall University School of Medicine, in Huntington, West Virginia. Five women in the experimental group…

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Eat Mostly Plants to Ease Gum Inflammation

The inflamed gum condition known as gingivitis is fairly common and often mild, but can be a precursor of more serious periodontal disease linked to Alzheimer’s and rheumatoid arthritis. German researchers at the University of Freiburg tested 30 people: half in a control group that did not change their diet, and half that switched to…

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Get Eyes Checked to Detect Early Alzheimer’s

With the aid of a new infrared camera technology called optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA), early Alzheimer’s disease can be detected by checking the back of the eyes for weakened and decreased blood vessels, reports a new study. Northwestern Medicine researchers reached the conclusion by comparing the vessels in the eyes of 32 people that…

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Take B12 to Help With Parkinson’s

New research has found the basic micronutrient vitamin B12 may be the first good tool for averting the hereditary form of Parkinson’s disease, which accounts for about 15 percent of such cases worldwide. In lab tests, an international team of scientists found that AdoCbl, one of the active forms of vitamin B12, inhibits the activity…

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Try Cordyceps to Strengthen the Lungs

People suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis, can breathe easier by taking the Chinese medicinal  fungus Cordyceps sinensis, a new meta-analysis shows. Researchers at the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine conducted a review of 15 high-quality studies that involved 1,238 COPD patients and found that cordyceps significantly improved…

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Legal Pot Lifts Junk Food Sales

Apparently, the fabled marijuana induced “munchies” cravings don’t have people reaching for carrots. A new study from the University of Connecticut found that shortly after Colorado, Washington and Oregon legalized recreational marijuana, increases in purchases were recorded in those states for potato chips (5.3 percent), cookies (4.1 percent) and ice cream (3.1 percent).   NinaM/Shutterstock.com

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Take Magnesium to Optimize Vitamin D

Magnesium seems to optimize vitamin D, increasing the vitamin’s utilization for those with insufficient levels and decreasing it in those with excessive amounts. In a randomized trial of 250 people between ages 50 and 85 that were considered at risk for colorectal cancer, researchers at the Vanderbilt- Ingram Cancer Center found that changes in blood…

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Eat Med Diet to Boost Performance

What we consume can boost our body even in the short term, a new study from St. Louis University shows. After eating the Mediterranean diet for just four days, athletes ran faster than after eating a Western diet. In the study, published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, seven women and four…

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Global Briefs

Too Blue

Algae Loss Colors Ocean The world’s oceans may be getting bluer, thanks to climate change. The effect is more likely to be detected by satellites than Earthbound people, and is caused by the depletion of marine phytoplankton as seawater warms. A new study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology published in the journal Nature Communications…

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Alarm Sounded

Ireland Declares Climate Emergency The Republic of Ireland is the third country worldwide to declare a climate emergency, with both the government and opposition parties agreeing to an amendment to a climate action report. “We’re reaching a tipping point in respect of climate deterioration,” says Climate Action Minister Richard Bruton. “Things will deteriorate very rapidly…

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Wonder Weed

Hemp to the Rescue at Detox Sites Cannabis is enjoying a renaissance of sorts, and one new application for hemp, the no-buzz industrial variety used in fabrics, oils and foods, is cleaning nuclear radiation from toxic soil and removing metals like cadmium, lead, mercury and other pollutants via phytoremediation. Allison Beckett, a cultivation expert at…

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Sunny Solution

Wastewater Turned into Hydrogen Fuel Producing pure hydrogen is expensive and energy intensive, but a research team at the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, at Princeton University, used sunlight to pull hydrogen from industrial wastewater by using a specially designed chamber with a “Swiss cheese”-like black silicon interface. As reported in the journal…

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Pastoral Pollution

Drugs Found in Rural Rivers Researchers at King’s College London and the University of Suffolk have found a diverse array of cocaine, pharmaceuticals and pesticides in UK river wildlife, as described in a study published in Environment International. The team collected samples of freshwater shrimp from five catchment areas and 15 different sites across the…

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Norwegian Nudge

Countries Learn from Recycling Strategy In Norway, up to 97 percent of the country’s plastic bottles are recycled, and other countries are taking ote. The government’s environmental taxes reward companies that are eco-friendly. If a company recycles more than 95 percent of its plastic, then its tax is dropped. Customers pay a deposit on each…

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Aqua Breakthrough

Clean Water Solution in the Pipeline With the world facing a future of climate change and water scarcity, finding an environmental way to cleanse drinking water is paramount. Researchers in China contend they are working on a method to remove bacteria from water that’s both highly efficient and environmentally sound. By shining ultraviolet light onto…

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Green Surfing

Search Engine Company Plants Trees Internet users can help fight global deforestation even while surfing. German online search engine Ecosia, now used in 183 countries, diverts its advertising revenue from click-throughs to planting trees worldwide to the tune of more than 52 million since 2009. With each search, the company says, it removes around two-and-a-…

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Far Out

Earth’s Atmosphere Extends Past Moon The scientific boundary between Earth’s atmosphere and space is the Kármán line, 62 miles high. But a team of astronomers have published evidence in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics that the geocorona, a tenuous cloud of neutral hydrogen in the outermost region of the Earth’s atmosphere that glows…

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Hopper Stopper

Endangered Frogs Keep Millions of Acres as Habitat A federal court has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the protected status of 1.8 million acres of critical California mountain habitat for the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frogs and the mountain yellow-legged frogs, species that have declined by 90 percent, and Yosemite toads. In 2017, a year after the…

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Eco Tips

Eco-Friendly Outdoor Eating

Save Resources, Reduce Food Waste and More Midsummer is prime time for outdoor family meals, barbecues and picnics. Selecting the healthiest food, along with eco-friendly materials in preparing for the fun feasts, can fulfil a more environmentally sustainable lifestyle and conserve resources at the same time. GreenAmerica.org recommends using organic cloth, reusable mesh or string…

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Mold Matters

Kill It Naturally Heavy rains, leaky pipes and floods can lead to mold growth, which can create poor and even toxic indoor air quality. Irritating the eyes, skin, nose, throat and lungs of both moldsensitive and nonallergic people, mold can also cause immediate or delayed respiratory symptoms; some can be extremely severe in individuals prone…

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Skip the Slip

Digital Receipts Gain Momentum Compared to newspapers, magazines and junk mail, retail sales receipts may seem inconsequential in their use of trees and their footprint on the environment. Yet, getting and handling that tabulation of a sale is a health hazard that contributes to landfills. Certainly, some receipts are required for tax records and product…

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Healthier Dry Cleaning

Non-Toxic Ways to Lower Risks Chemicals used in dry cleaning clothes have long been linked to health concerns for both people and the environment. Perchloroethylene (“perc” for short) is most commonly used in this process. Federal regulatory agencies have documented myriad negative effects from exposure to the petroleum-based solvent. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health…

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Tips for a Tree-Free Home

Many Ways to Pare Down Paper Use If one in five households switched to electronic bills, statements and payments, the collective impact would save 151 million pounds of paper annually, eliminating 8.6 million full garbage bags and 2 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions, according to the PayItGreen Alliance. While computers continue to offer significant…

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Action Alert

Action Alert

Greenhouse Gases Hit Landmark Certainty that we are facing a climate crisis today and not just in the future was reached in May through an alarming milestone in carbon dioxide levels. Data from the Mauna Loa Observatory, in Hawaii, shows that the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached 415 parts per million, the…

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Action Alert

Banish Toxic Air in Plane Cabins Flying safety is more than making it to our destination; it’s about the air we have to breathe while in the skies. Toxic fume events can occur when air, contaminated by engine exhaust, fuel fumes, de-icing fluids and/or ozone, enters the aircraft cabin through the jet engine intake. Exposure…

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Save the Cranes

Natural Resources Commission to Designate Sandhill Cranes as a Game Species One hundred years ago, Michigan’s sandhill crane population was near extinction due to hunting and diminishing wetland habitats. The bird’s population recovered at a very slow pace and still remains vulnerable. Now, the Michigan Senate Natural Resources Committee has voted to pass SR 30,…

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On the Brink

Monarchs Need Species Protections Being listed as part of the Endangered Species Act would protect monarch butterflies. In the 1980s, about 4.5 million butterflies spent winters along the California coast. This season’s stay is shaping up to consist of only about 30,000. Fully 99 percent of the species listed under the Endangered Species Act of…

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Support Citizen Action Against Plastics

Every minute, the equivalent of an entire garbage truck of plastic gets dumped into our oceans, reports the World Economic Forum. Many of the materials are disposable, single-use plastic products like straws, bags and Styrofoam containers, which some cities and towns have banned. This type of citizen action is increasingly blocked by the Plastic Industry…

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