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

Parents Are Human, Too

By Seth Kopald

Most parents have a natural drive to want their children to succeed in life. Without studying child development and other fields like psychology, it is difficult to know which parenting…

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Maintaining Good Pediatric Oral Health

By Dr. Abbie Walker

by Dr. Abbie Walker Oral health is just one of many factors in maintaining the overall health of the body. When it comes to caring for a child’s oral health,…

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Breast Cancer Diagnostic Options

By Malcolm Sickels MD

by Malcolm Sickels MD Thermography as a way of diagnosing disease has been around for thousands of years. Back in the old days, they would smear mud on people and…

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Horse Sense Helps Humans

By Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp.

Connecting Humans with Equine Wisdom (CHEW) hosts Equine Facilitated Coaching (EFC) retreats for specific groups, businesses and individual coaching in the beautiful setting of Synchrony Farm, near Saline, Michigan. Working…

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Fostering Independence via Community Support

By Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp.

The Washtenaw Intermediate School District (WISD) Regional Educational Service Agency Young Adult Program strives to develop and maintain collaborative relationships with partner agencies, community resources, families, employers and others to…

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From the Wilds of the Amazon Comes a 2,000 Years in the Making Fertilizer

By Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp.

Patrick Schoen is the owner of Ann Arbor Biochar. A gardener for 50 years, he graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.S. in natural resources and earned an…

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News Briefs

New Book on Flint Water Crisis

Anna Clarke’s new book, The Poisoned City, is an account of the disastrous decisions that switched Flint, Michigan’s, water supply to a source that corroded the city’s aging lead pipes and the 18 months of activism that forced the state government to admit the city’s water had been poisoned with lead. She will appear for…

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Help Celebrate Milestone at Evenstar’s Chalice

Evenstar’s Chalice will celebrate their first year in business June 6 through 8 starting at 11 a.m., with 10 percent off storewide and flash sales for extra savings on the  most popular offerings. There will be product demonstrations, readers and a reiki share. Visitors can enter to win a $50 gift certificate and join their…

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Homeopathic Education at Castle Remedies

Castle Remedies, Michigan’s only homeopathic pharmacy open to the public, is offering a workshop, Introduction to Homeopathy and How to Use Homeopathic Remedies for Home Care in a Safe and Effective Way, from 2 to 4 p.m., July 7 and also from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., July7. Castle Remedies carries more than 1,000 remedies. In…

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Nature Walk at Black Pond Woods

Each year, the Ann Arbor District Library partners with Natural Area Preservation to lead a series of nature walks around parks and natural areas in Ann Arbor on the last Thursday of every month. Black Pond Woods is a 34-acre woodland named for a small, vernal pond with a basin carved by receding glaciers. Despite…

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Free Festival in Chelsea

For the 42nd year, a three-day nonprofit Sounds and Sights Festival fundraiser will take place July 26 thru 28, in Chelsea. Highlights include kid zone, car show, chalk art and live music. It supports professional artists performing at nine staged areas located throughout downtown Chelsea on Thursday nights, June 7 through August 16, featuring music,…

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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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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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