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

Raising Funds to Feed the Hungry

The 29th Grillin’ for Food Gatherers will take place from 3 to 8 p.m., June 10, on the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, where 2,000 guests are expected for a community picnic that features live music, food from more than 50 local restaurants, beer and wine, a silent auction and activities for all ages. Each adult…

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Local Women Build Home for Habitat for Humanity

Close to 200 women have joined together to renovate a home in Ypsilanti for a local, hardworking woman as part of the Women Build project for Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley (Habitat Huron Valley). Fifteen teams of women have are volunteering for a day March through May, and will build alongside the future homeowner…

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Zero Waste Earth Day Festival

The Leslie Science & Nature Center 47th annual Earth Day Festival will take place from noon to 4 p.m., April 22. With more than 30 local environmental, nonprofit and governmental organizations; live animal demonstrations; learning presentations around sustainable living; hands-on activities; live entertainment; crafts; green building and commuting solutions; energy topics; water awareness; recycling topics;…

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Venture Out and Gain New Insight by Creating Vision Boards

Regina Carey, M.Ed., owner of Carey On, LLC, will facilitate a Vision Board Workshop at 5:30 p.m., April 12, with food, drink and dreams as participants create a fresh vision. She says, “Our spirits are always moving and in search of new adventures. Vision boards are one method of capturing those dreams. Let’s create a…

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Get Some Climate-Friendly Biochar for the Garden

Ann Arbor Biochar will present an educational display at the Ann Arbor Farmers’ Market, beginning at 8 a.m., May 5. Owner Patrick Schoen says, “Gardeners preparing their soils for spring will want to know the benefits of including organic biochar in their soils. Peer-reviewed scientific studies show that biochar increases water retention in sandy soils…

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Enlightened Soul Expo Gets New Name and Location

The sixth annual Enlightened Soul Expo, formerly the Spring Holistic Expo, hosted by Intuitives Interactive, will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., April 28, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 29. It was renamed for its parent organization, the Enlightened Soul Center of Ann Arbor. The Expo has moved to Skyline High…

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New Techniques to Help Back Pain and Scoliosis

Jan Sevde, an Anat Baniel Method (ABM) NeuroMovement practitioner, will teach two six-week courses on Mondays from April 9 through May 14  at the Ann Arbor Neuro-Wellness Center. Wear comfortable or yoga clothing. Healthy Backs will run from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. This class will focus on increasing mobility and range of motion in the…

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Enjoy a Feng Shui Assessment at Home

Holistic Whole Health, in Ypsilanti, is offering feng shui in-home consultations to create the proper flow and balance of energy that spirals out into our health and life. They will discuss concerns and desires for health, life and home, and create a detailed report of suggestions to address those important areas. Owner Ylona Marie Hartford…

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Become an Aquarian Teacher

Keval Kaur Khalsa will lead the Kundalini Yoga Teacher Level 1 Training program, The Aquarian Teacher, at the Wu-Style Tai Chi Academy, in the teachings of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation as taught by Yogi Bhajan. The 10-month program begins May 12 and 13, and meets one weekend a month from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.…

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Improve Communication and Deepen Relationships

Seth Kopald, Ph.D., at Exploration Services LLC, will facilitate a free workshop, Improve Communication and Deepen Relationships: Explore the Internal Family Systems (IFS) Model, from 6 to 8 p.m., March 29, at the Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tea Room community room. “In a time of high stress and disorder, you may be looking for some…

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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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