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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Community Co-Ops are Models of Sustainability

By Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp.

Anyone in northwestern lower Michigan that loves food knows the area has become a mecca for top-notch restaurants and high-quality food purveyors and farmers. It’s easy to find locally grown…

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News Briefs

Shakespeare in the Arb

The 2019 Shakespeare in the Arb play is Twelfth Night, Shakespeare’s story of love and identity that contains some of the Bard’s most well-loved speeches and songs. Performances will take place at 6:30 p.m., June 6 to 9, 13 to 16 and 20 to 23. Shakespeare in the Arb is unique in the way the…

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Outdoor Fertility Therapy Benefits Mind and Body

Kathleen Nelson, LMSW, ACSW, GC-C, is hosting a five-week Nature & Nurture Fertility support group for those experiencing infertility struggles, which includes support, conversation, snacks and an outdoor walk. It begins at 6 p.m., May 5, at Washtenaw County Farm Park, and will become an ongoing event. She says, “Infertility treatments are often difficult, and…

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Revalue Socially Conscious Investment Firm Opens in Ypsilanti

Revalue, a values-driven registered investment advisory practice, will conduct a grand opening celebration from 4 to 8 p.m., May 3, at their new offices located at 220 West Michigan Avenue in downtown Ypsilanti, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4:30 p.m. and remarks at 6 p.m. Revalue offers investment management and financial planning services as part…

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Natural Health Independence Freedom Festival

The Naturopathic Community Center, in conjunction with the Naturopathic Institute of Therapies & Education and Herbs Etc., will conduct the Natural Health Independence Freedom Festival from July 4 through 7 at Symbiosis Ranch, in Mount Pleasant. The family-friendly, educational, clean and fun-filled event features activities to celebrate natural health. National speakers include Don Huber, professor…

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Massage Therapist/Author Joins InnerSpace Holistic Staff

Allison Downing, a licensed and certified massage therapist, has joined InnerSpace Holistic to offer massage therapy that may improve digestive ailments and chronic abdominal pain. They offer innovative digestive care for IBS, GERD and chronic digestive dysfunction. Downing is the author of Stop Stomach Pain: How to Heal Your Gut and End Food Restrictions. Clients…

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Color and Style Without the Chemicals

Brianna Vago, of Organic Hair with Bri, is licensed cosmetologist and organic hair stylist who recently moved to the West End Hair Salon at 5100 Jackson Road, in Ann Arbor. She uses only products that are organic, cruelty-free and low-chemical. The color line she uses also follows these guidelines. When Vago was diagnosed with an…

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Enjoy More than May Flowers at Materials Unlimited

Materials Unlimited has extended their 20 percent-off Spring Sale on home and garden accent items such as planters, wrought iron pieces, architectural salvage and much more through May. Customers can save in the store and online. Materials Unlimited maintains a full-service antiques restoration facility housed in a massive Art Deco building in downtown Ypsilanti. The…

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Become a Holistic Nurse in Any Practice Setting

Rediscover the heart and art of nursing and meet the CE requirements for Holistic Nursing certification or recertification. The Integrative Healing Arts Program in Holistic Nursing (IHAP) is a unique, three-session, 84-hour continuing nursing education (CNE) program in a relaxing retreat setting. Graduates receive a certificate in Holistic Nursing and Integrative Modalities; become an instrument…

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Attend a Basic PSYCH-K Workshop in Ann Arbor

Mary Mazur, a certified PSYCH-K basic instructor, certified holistic RN and owner of Ignite and Heal Your Life, LLC,  will present a three-day Basic PSYCH-K workshop, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., from April 12 through 14 in Ann Arbor. She advises, “A health crisis may come into your life as an opportunity for you. This…

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Vegans Gather to Celebrate Meatless Living

The 20th annual Michigan VegFest 2019, hosted by VegMichigan, will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 28, at the Suburban Collection Showplace. VegFest is the state’s largest event focused on promoting the health, ethical and environmental benefits of a plant-based lifestyle. There has been a huge increase in vegan eating, and this…

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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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