Letter From The Publishers

Brighten the World’s Future

The health of humanity is directly tied to the health of the planet we call home. This edition celebrates change-makers—people that set out to make a recognizable difference in their communities and beyond. Natural Awakenings magazine, always big on solutions, shines a light on the lives of individuals heeding the call to create needed change.…

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Local Articles & Spotlights

A Focus on Healing the Entire Body at Thrive

By Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp.

At Thrive Wellness Center, in Saline, owner Shannon Roznay, DC, is a chiropractor who also specializes in advanced trained Nutrition Response Testing (NRT). She states, “I decided I wanted to…

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Helping People Connect with Themselves & Others

By Martin Miron

Seth Kopald became an Internal Family Systems (IFS) practitioner in 2012. He leads individual sessions, couple communication coaching, and groups. He creates a safe space and guides people to care…

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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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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

Top 10 Uses for Applied Kinesiology

A patient’s nutritional status can impact their body’s ability to heal and “hold” its chiropractic adjustments. Applied Kinesiology offers results that far surpass that of basic Chiropractic. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome may be caused by one or more muscles that hold the bones of the wrist and forearm together, and is easily corrected. Shoulder Injuries may…

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Foot Reflexology: It’s All Good

Foot reflexology proceeds from the idea that each person is a complete and unique whole being. At times, the person’s system gets out of balance, causing discomfort, distress or illness. Foot reflexology facilitates bringing the system back into balance, thus restoring health. Outside influences such as microbes, stress or poisons can disrupt the body’s equilibrium.…

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Natural Vitamin E Lowers Heart Risks

Tocotrienols are a natural form of vitamin E found in a number of foods, including wheat, barley, corn, rice and palm fruit. A recent meta-review of clinical research finds that tocotrienols can decrease heart related health risks in seniors such as diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Africa Studio/Shutterstock.com

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Vitamin D Supplements Ease Irritable Bowels

Oncology researchers from the University of Sheffield, in the UK, report that people with irritable bowel syndrome tend to be low in vitamin D. In a review of research, they found that supplemental vitamin D tends to ease associated symptoms such as bloating, stomach cramps and constipation, and improve quality of life. R_Szatkowski/Shutterstock.com

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Music Lessons Make Kids Smarter

Structured music lessons significantly enhance children’s cognitive abilities, including language-based reasoning, short-term memory and planning, while reducing inhibition, leading to improved academic performance, report researchers from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. In the study, 147 Dutch 6-year-olds were divided into music, visual arts and control groups, and monitored for two-and-a-half years. The children in the music group…

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Knitting Releases the Blues 

Knitting can alleviate the blues, slow the onset of dementia and distract from chronic pain, according to a survey published in The British Journal of Occupational Therapy. Eighty-one percent of respondents described feeling happier after a session of needlework. In another study, researchers at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital found…

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Acupuncture Soothes Dental Anxiety

Dental anxiety, which can produce dizziness, nausea and breathing difficulties in 4 to 30 percent of patients worldwide, may be relieved by acupuncture, according to research from the University of York, in the UK. Analyzing six studies of 800 patients, researchers found that acupuncture reduced anxiety by an average of eight points on an 80-point…

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Calorie Restriction Slows Aging

Thirty-seven healthy, non-obese adults between 21 and 50 years old put on a calorie restriction diet for two years showed reduced systemic oxidative stress, indicating greater protection against age-related neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, as well as cancer and diabetes. Participants in this research, conducted by Pennington Biomedical Research, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana,…

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Music Reduces Need for Post-Surgery Opioids

Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, have found that receiving music therapy can significantly lessen a patient’s need for opioids and other painkillers after invasive surgery. The researchers tested 161 patients; 49 in the music group and 112 in a control group. After their surgery, both groups were offered painkillers intravenously at doses…

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Meditation Improves Long-Term Cognition

Cognitive gains that people experience from an intense meditation retreat can persist for at least seven years and slow age-related cognitive decline, a new study shows. Researchers from the University of California at Davis followed up with 60 people that had participated in a three-month retreat in which they meditated in a group and alone…

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Global Briefs

Air Fare

By 2050, the world’s population is estimated to hit 10 billion, and food production will need to increase by 70 percent. Traditional farming won’t be able to keep up. Lisa Dyson, who holds three degrees in physics, including a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Boston, knows the reason: ubiquitous carbon dioxide. This byproduct of burning fossil fuels…

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Turtle Turnaround

Hatchlings Return to Mumbai Beach After 20 Years At Versova Beach, in the Indian coastal city of Mumbai, local volunteers have stepped up to finally clean up a shore covered in ankledeep trash and waste. The United Nations described the transformation as the world’s largest beach cleanup project ever, and the work has been rewarded with…

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Corporate Conscience

Leading Food Companies Aim to Slash Energy Footprints McDonald’s plans to reduce greenhouse emissions from their restaurants, corporate offices and supply chain by more than 30 percent by 2030. They’re the first restaurant chain with goals backed by the Science Based Targets initiative. The company expects to decrease its total emissions by more than 150…

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Debris Drop-Off

Plastic Bag Deterrents Working in European Waters A new study shows that there are significantly fewer plastic bags on the seafloor since a number of European countries introduced fees on them, according to a 25-year study from the UK government’s Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS). Researchers saw an estimated 30 percent drop…

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Ivory Outlawed

UK Banning Both Legal and Illegal Trade The UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is in the process of implementing a near-total ivory ban. It can’t happen soon enough because elephant populations continue to dramatically decline. As recognized by the parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species last September, “Countries…

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Food Finder

Software Tracks Farm to Fork Supply Chain Serious concerns have surfaced about food transparency, and people are asking questions. Documentaries like Rotten urge consumers to think twice about the origins and ingredients of their food, but answers are not always readily available. In addition to environmental concerns like long-distance transportation, people are worried about food…

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Pipeline Slowdown

Animal Safety Measures Delay Tree Cutting The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has denied a request by Dominion Energy, the lead builder of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, for more time to cut trees along the route. The company had to stop cutting by the end of March in order to protect migratory birds and endangered…

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Flower Power

Farms Test Low-Tech Pesticide Alternative To make sure more beneficial bugs come to their crops to feed on pests, farmers are planting flowers in the middle of their fields. On a farm near the town of Buckingham, England, a crop of oilseed rape is planted amidst rows of wildflowers. It’s one of 14 sites in…

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Action Alert

Migratory Birds Threatened by Rule Change A coalition of national environmental groups led by the National Audubon Society filed a lawsuit in may against the u.S. Department of the Interior challenging the federal administration’s move last December to eliminate longstanding protections for waterfowl, raptors and songbirds under the 100-year-old migratory Bird Treaty Act (mBTA). The…

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Hopeful Sign

Animals Gain Some Protection in New Budget The Humane Society Legislative Fund, the government affairs affiliate of the Humane Society of the u.S., worked with animal protection champions in both chambers and with other stakeholders to secure success on several fronts in the 2018 federal budget. Victories include preventing the slaughter of wild horses and…

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Eco Tips

Last Straw

Groups Work to Make U.S. Go Strawless About 500 million plastic straws are discarded daily in America, reports the U.S. National Park Service. Plastic that reaches waterways is ingested by marine life and our food chain. Individuals and municipalities are taking action to support options, including going strawless. The Last Plastic Straw (TheLastPlasticStraw.org), a project…

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Green Shoes

Being Sustainable Down to Our Soles Following an environmentally friendly lifestyle can be felt right down to our toes. Increase the life of footwear by being properly fitted in high-quality shoes, performing ongoing maintenance and patronizing cobblers. Pay extra attention to waterproofing shoes in winter and rainy seasons. Also, vegan alternatives to leather are available.…

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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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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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