Letter From The Publishers

Doing More with Less

It is hard to dispute that the Earth’s ecosystem affects our health. Clean air, water and soil are vital. Every product we buy, use and dispose of carries a cost to us and our planet. Do we reduce, conserve, recycle and cherish every natural resource? Daily choices add up and everyone has their part to play in preserving our home planet. In America’s…

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Local Articles & Spotlights

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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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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News Briefs

Get Involved in Sustainable Housing

The University of Michigan Secret Lab Living Building Challenge (LBC) team will conduct a workshop, Sustainable Housing DIY, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., February 6, at the downtown library. The LBC provides retrofit designs for local buildings to help them become self-sustaining structures. This workshop/lecture will introduce LBC work and current sustainable housing solutions. Participants…

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Measuring and Tracking Sustainability

The city of Ann Arbor and the Ann Arbor District Library are hosting the seventh annual Sustainable Ann Arbor series. Their meeting, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., February 8, at the Ann Arbor District Library Downtown Branch, focuses on measuring and tracking sustainability. A think tank of local stakeholders, including community organizations, local government staff,…

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HeartMath for Teen Resilience

Rachel Egherman, LMT, and certified HeartMath coach, is teaching Transforming Stress for Teens, an opportunity for youths from 12 to 18 years old to come together in a small group to share and learn easy-to-use, evidence-based techniques for building resilience. The focus will be on identifying the emotions and situations that are depleting and learning…

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Expert Help with Getting Organized

Certified Professional Organizer, Certified Organizer Coach and Associate Certified Coach Nia Spongberg has been accompanying clients on their organizing journeys since 2012. Through her business, Nia Spongberg Organizing & Coaching, she says, “I love helping people tap into their greatness and become organized, confident thinkers and doers!” She notes, “For individuals that have had chronic…

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Community Massage from Students in Training

The Ann Arbor School Of Massage, Herbal & Natural Medicine massage therapy department offers a student clinic of bodywork, reflexology and energy balancing to the community for $25 by appointment on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, by trained interns in private, comfortable session rooms.   Location: 6276 Jackson Rd., Ste. B, Ann Arbor. For appointments, call…

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Natural Area Preservation Volunteer Outing

In observance of World Wetlands Day, volunteers will gather at Gallup Park from 1 to 3 p.m., February 3, to take advantage of a winter opportunity to explore and improve one of Ann Arbor’s special wetlands, usually inaccessible in warmer months. Rare native wetland plants along the river are threatened by invasive exotic shrubs. From…

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Top-Ranked Women’s Herbal Conference

The seventh annual Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference will be held on June 1, 2 and 3 in Almond, Wisconsin, and registration is open now. This premier event offers excellence in herbal learning opportunities and is renowned for its high-quality instructors, food and community experience. This year’s featured speaker, Dr. Tieroana LowDog, is the author of…

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Special Access Hours for ‘My Turn’ Exhibit

The University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) is participating for the second year, in a program created for families affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD). “My Turn” was developed by the Ann Arbor Hands On Museum to implement accessible and inclusive programming, particularly for families affected by ASD. From 10 a.m. to noon, February…

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Sylvester Offers Complimentary Coaching Session

Certified Life Coach Maria Sylvester, founder of the Life Empowerment Coaching Center, invites people to step meaningfully into 2018 by honoring and embracing their personal power and enjoy a complimentary life coaching session. She is a master at helping clients get to the heart of what really matters to them. “Living from the heart of…

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Learn Stress Reduction from a Pro

Paulette Grotrian, owner of Mindfulness with Paulette, is offering the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Intensive, a five-day program based on the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR) with the same great content offered in an intensive format.  The program, taught as a healthcare practice, consists of five days of instruction, learning mindfulness meditation through guided practices, group…

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Health Briefs

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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Spanking Linked to Mental Health Problems

Spanking—defined as using physical force to control a child’s behavior by inflicting pain, but not injury—can have profound effects on a child later in life, say University of Michigan researchers. Surveying records of 8,300 people that visited outpatient clinics for routine health problems, they found that the 55 percent of those that reported being spanked…

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Dirt Houses  Cancer-Protective Microbe

A bonus to gardening: Soil commonly contains bacteria that produce a molecule called mensacarcin that kills melanoma cancer cells, according to research from  Oregon State University. Few therapies treat this skin cancer, so contact with dirt is an easy choice.   Image: stockcreations/Shutterstock.com

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Asthma Less Likely to Afflict Breastfed Kids

A University of Amsterdam study of 960 children from 4 to 12 years old taking asthma medication found that those breastfed as infants had a 45 percent lower incidence of asthma attacks.   Image: EvgenyAtamanenko/shutterstock.com

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Doctors Underestimate Opioid Prescriptions

People are frequently introduced to highly addictive opioid painkillers when using hospital emergency rooms. When University of Colorado and University of Massachusetts medical researchers surveyed 109 emergency medicine physicians at four hospitals, they found that 65 percent of them significantly underestimated how many opioids they were prescribing compared to their peers. In six- and 12-month…

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Acupuncture Alleviates Autism in Children

Acupuncture reduces autism scores, according to a new meta-analysis of 27 clinical studies of 1,736 children.  Researchers from Kyung Hee University, in the Republic of Korea, found that whether acupuncture was used alone or combined with other therapies, it improved outcomes for children with autism spectrum disorder as measured by the Childhood Autism Rating Scale…

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Wild Berries Prove Anti-Cancer Prowess

A naturally occurring compound found abundantly in wild blackcurrants, bilberries and lingonberries increases the body’s ability to prevent tumors, report researchers from the University of Eastern Finland. The color producing pigments known as anthocyanins were found to increase the cancer-fighting ability of sirtuin 6, part of a class of enzymes that regulate the expression of…

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Ballet Dancing Boosts Senior Fitness and Energy

Ten Australian seniors that strapped on ballet slippers and participated in Ballet for Seniors classes for three months reported feeling more fit, energetic and animated, according to research from the Queensland Institute of Technology and the Queensland Ballet. They also found that ballet improved their posture, flexibility, maneuverability and awareness. Mastering challenging movements and sequences…

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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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Global Briefs

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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After Plastic

New Eco-Packaging Options Underway Frito-Lay, Campbell Soup and other major u.S. players in the food and beauty industries are talking more about sustainability these days. The result is adoption of innovative materials. Tom Szaky, founder and CEO of recycler TerraCycle, advises, “Bioplastics are meant to be a solution for the world’s plastic waste problem. However,…

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Sunny Success

New Solar Capacity Outpaced Other Fuel Sources A United Nations-backed report, Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2018, reveals that the world invested more in solar power than any other single energy technology in 2017 and installed more new solar capacity than all other energy sources combined, including fossil fuels. The report tally saw investors…

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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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Eco Tips

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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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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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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