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

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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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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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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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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News Briefs

Women’s Wellness Retreats for Breast Cancer Survivors

For eight years, women that have recovered from breast cancer have been learning life-balancing skills and experiencing the transformative power of connecting heart-to-heart with other cancer survivors at nonprofit Grass Lake Sanctuary (GLS) Women’s Wellness Retreats. Retreats are scheduled for July 27 through 29 and August 10 through 12. Susan G. Komen Michigan and GLS…

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Learn to Cultivate Gratitude

Nonprofit Dawn Farm will present Gratitude and Addiction Recovery, Dr. Amy R. Krentzman, MSW, Ph.D., assistant professor at the School of Social Work and at the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota and an adjunct research investigator in the department of psychiatry at the University of Michigan Medical School. The event…

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Habitat Celebrates 29 Years of Building

Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley is hosting a Bid to Build auction from 6 to 9 p.m., May 19, at the University of Michigan Campus Research Complex, to support strengthening communities in Ypsilanti and celebrate 29 years of helping families in Washtenaw County. The fundraiser will support Habitat’s work of renovating and building homes…

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A Walk in the Woods

A nature walk at Bird Hills Nature Area for all ages will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m., May 31. Meet at the Newport Road entrance to Bird Hills, just north of M-14. Bird Hills Nature Area is the largest park in Ann Arbor and a haven for hikers. It contains mesic forest, old…

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KUDOS

The winners of the 2018 My Solar School K-12 school competition include West Bloomfield High School EARTH Club (grand prize $1,000), A2 STEAM @ Northside, Ann Arbor (runner up $750), Gesu School, Detroit (finalist $500), Glen Lake Community School (finalist $500) and West Side Academy of IT and Cyber Security, Detroit (finalist $500). Jason Bing,…

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Herbal Conference in Wisconsin

The seventh annual Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference, held June 1 to 3 in Almond, Wisconsin, will include transformation and plant medicine as women from all over the world gather to rekindle the wild within or deepen their knowledge of plants. Participants will walk away from this time together in the woods, empowered and inspired. This…

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See Where Our Water Comes From

The Ann Arbor water treatment plant is actually two separate water plants. The older plant was built in 1938 and 1949 and can process 22 million gallons of water per day (MGD). The newer plant was built in 1966 and 1975 and can process 28 MGD. A tour will be conducted from 10 a.m. to…

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2018 Gardening and DIY Fest

The Downtown Library will conduct a series of activities on May 13 designed to educate and enlighten participants. 12:30 p.m. to 5:30pm: The Gardening and DIY Fest is an all-day celebration of gardening, nature, and the DIY spirit! Learn gardening basics including composting, vermiculture, and container gardening, as well as how to keep backyard bees,…

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Welcome to the Movies

The Ann Arbor Summer Festival Movies By Moonlight will take place at 10 p.m., from June 10 through July 1 at Top of the Park. More than 175 admission-free ongoing events will be announced through May 1. June 10 Wonder Woman | June 12 Dreamgirls | June 13 Lion |June 14 The Sting |June 17…

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Open House at New Digs for Massage Mechanics

Massage Mechanics, providing high-quality, therapeutic massage services and products, has moved to 7 South Washington Street in downtown Ypsilanti, and will host a Wellness Funhouse at the new location from 6 to 9 p.m., April 6. “This move will take Massage Mechanics to the next level,” says co-owner Andrea Gruber. “This coincides with our seven-year…

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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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