Letter From The Publishers

Summer Goodness

July is the perfect month to pause to savor Michigan’s all-too-short summer season. We’ve been dreaming of its promise. Sunshiny days warm our faces, cool lake breezes fill our sails, fireflies share their magic, open nighttime windows bring a cricket chorus. We love to run around with feet bare, and eat salads brimming with fresh…

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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

Learn to Act From a Professional

Registration is underway for Redbud Productions’ 19th season of their Winter Acting Class for Adult & High School Actors, taught by local teacher, director and actress Loretta Grimes. Using the techniques of acclaimed acting teacher Sanford Meisner, sessions will focus on emotional work, improvisation and scene study. Classes take place from 3 to 6 p.m.…

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Michigan Farm to Family Offers Neighborhood Delivery

Michigan Farm to Family, a door-to-door organics wholesaler, now offers locally raised, organic and GMO-free meat, dairy products and other local, healthy food options throughout lower Michigan. Instead of delivering direct to the home, Michigan Farm to Family recruits location leaders that provide their driveway for the company van to park, where customers meet to…

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Acupuncture Clinic Expands Services in New Digs

Asian Healing Traditions Acupuncture Clinic has relocated to a medical facility on the west side of Ann Arbor at 3200 West Liberty, Suite C6. Co-owner Meagan Duggan Bretz, RAc, has added an additional acupuncturist Melea Alexander, RAc, as well as massage therapist Kim Brown, LMT. Bretz says, “We are able to offer more appointments and…

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Volunteer with Natural Area Preservation on MLK Day

The city of Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation will lead Ann Arbor residents in volunteer service from 1 to 3 p.m., January 15, at Barton Nature Area, to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. They will join hundreds of thousands of people across the country on this national day of service, answering…

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Natural Movement Promotes Natural Health

Pharmacist Arnold Andreasen, the founder of Prescription Movement, wants to help people live a better lifestyle by focusing on improving their daily habits. He says, “Natural movement is a lifestyle you can take with you wherever you go. I am level 2 certified in MovNat,” an affiliate Gym with MovNat, as he has a long…

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Apprenticeship Studio Creating Permanent Roots

The Michigan Folk School has a new campus and is holding an online fundraiser through December 15. With a goal of $40,000, the contributions will be matched by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. One of their goals is to have a person certified in natural building code and skills to help others get started on…

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Remodeled State Theatre Opens This Month

The Michigan Theater Foundation (MTF) will reveal the newly remodeled State Theatre, located at 233 South State Street, on December 8 for members and December 9 for the general public. The State Theatre was built in 1942 and designed by architect C. Howard Crane, who also built the Fox Theatre, in Detroit. MTF purchased the…

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Celebrate Slow Food with a Great Meal

Silvio’s Organic Ristorante e Pizzeria is making a special dinner on December 11 for Terra Madre Day, the International Day of Earth. It’s a price fixe menu, with four courses of organic, local “Italian slow food” for $75. Silvio will donate the 15 percent of this dinner to Slow Food Ann Arbor and gift a…

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Classes Now Enrolling at Peaceful Dragon

Since 1990, the Peaceful Dragon School has offered year-round comprehensive programs in tai chi (yang style-short form) and qigong (energy work) for adults. Focused on relaxation, balance, health and convenience, they have added more day and evening classes, practice sessions, private sessions and intensives. Once enrolled in one class, students can attend other classes held…

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Whole30 Coaching Now Available Locally

Holly Higgins, a nutritional therapy practitioner and Michigan’s only Whole30 certified coach, is teaching the popular Whole30 program, a dietary reset designed to transform health, habits and relationships with food. Participants receive tips and support for meal prep, eating out, navigating social situations and successful food reintroductions. The six-week program will be held between 7…

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Health Briefs

Reams’ Biological Theory of Ionization

The extensive research and successful results of Dr. Carey A. Reams proved that when pH is not in optimal alignment, we don’t absorb or assimilate our food appropriately. When this happens the body will overcompensate or undercompensate, causing uncomfortable imbalances. This is why a certain supplement works for one person, but not for another, or…

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Only One in 10 U.S. Adults Eats Healthy

Just 9 percent of U.S. adults eat enough vegetables and only 12 percent eat enough fruit every day, concludes a recent study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National guidelines for adults recommend at least one-and-a-half to two cups per day of fruit and two to three cups of vegetables. Consumption is…

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Bee Venom Is Powerful Lyme Disease Remedy

Bee venom and its toxic component, melittin, can reduce the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi that causes Lyme disease more effectively than standard therapy using antibiotics such as doxycycline, cefoperazone and daptomycin. The laboratory findings come from the Lyme Disease Research Group at the University of New Haven, in Connecticut.   Image: Kzenon/shutterdtock.com  

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Walking Speed May Predict Dementia

A recent study published in Neurology suggests there is a link between walking speed and the onset of dementia in older adults. Using a stopwatch, tape and an 18-foot-long hallway to measure the walking speed of 175 adults aged 70 to 79, University of Pittsburgh researchers found that in the course of 14 years, those…

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Air Pollution Affects Teen Menstruation

Polluted air raises the chances of irregular menstrual cycles among teenage girls, a new Boston University School of Medicine study reports. Studying the records of 34,832 women and linking that information with levels of pollutants when the women were 14 to 18 years old, researchers concluded that teenage girls in polluted areas have a slightly…

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Eating Apples and Tomatoes Repairs Lungs

Eating lots of fresh tomatoes and fruit, especially apples, helps heal damaged lungs of ex-smokers, reports Johns Hopkins University research published in the European Respiratory Journal. The study, which followed more than 650 people between 2002 and 2012, also found that those that ate more than two tomatoes or more than three portions of fresh…

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Exercise Benefits Cancer Survivors

Moderate-to-vigorous physical activity increases cognitive function and reduces fatigue in breast cancer survivors, concludes a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne study. The 299 participants that had undergone chemotherapy an average of eight years earlier wore an accelerometer for a week to measure their average daily minutes of exercise and completed a set of questionnaires and…

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Steam Baths Ease Allergies

Researchers from Thailand had 64 people suffering from hay fever (allergic rhinitis) experience halfhour steam baths three times a week for four weeks. Half received baths without herbs; the other half’s baths were enhanced with herbs such as lemongrass and ginger. The two treatments equally lowered symptoms such as sneezing, nasal itching and nasal congestion,…

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Warming Planet Will Worsen Sleep

As Earth’s climate becomes warmer, sleepless nights will increase for many, predicts a study from the University of California, San Diego. The research links sleep data on 765,000 Americans collected by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with climate models that predict warming trends. Rising temperatures could cause six additional nights of poor…

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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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Global Briefs

In Vitro Corals

Scientists Help Repropagate Vanishing Reefs Warming seawater and increasing ocean acidity are damaging reef ecosystems around the world, and some scientists and environmentalists fear a worldwide collapse by 2050. Coral reefs are colonies of millions of tiny animals. In a single night, the corals join in casting a fog of sperm and eggs into the…

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Pooch Patrol

Smart Vest Could Increase Neighborhood Safety Thailand is the home of a new “smart vest” that could turn stray dogs into personal guardians. Equipped with a hidden video camera, vest sensors transmit live streaming videos when the dog barks, showing what it sees via a smartphone app. Pakornkrit Khantaprap, on the creative team at Samsung,…

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Man-Made Meat

Laboratory Food to Hit Pet Food Market As we race toward a future full of high-tech, lab-grown meats in place of the environmentally unsound animal protein industry, a new startup wants to extend this offering to our furry friends, too. Aiming to make the most sustainable, transparent and organic product possible, Rich Kelleman, owner of…

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Meat Menace

Animal Product Emissions Rival Oil According to data from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, three of the world’s largest meat producers, JBS, Cargill and Tyson, emitted more greenhouse gas last year than all of France and nearly as much as the biggest oil companies, such as Exxon, British Petroleum and Shell.…

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Loving It

Fast Food Giants Finally Address Plastic Pollution In a win for the health of the world’s oceans, McDonald’s says it will end the use of harmful polystyrene foam packaging globally by year’s end. Rarely recycled, the material used in beverage cups and takeout containers is a frequent component of beach litter, degrading into indigestible pellets…

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Algae Alchemy

Dutch Turn Seaweed into 3-D Household Items Dutch designers Eric Klarenbeek and Maartje Dros have been cultivating live algae and processing it into material that can be used for 3-D printing. This algae polymer can be turned into everyday items from shampoo bottles to bowls and trash bins. They hope it could replace petroleum-based plastics…

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Big Save

Big Save Conservation Project Protects Part of Amazon The Amazon Region Protected Areas Program (ARPA), a joint venture between the World Wildlife Fund and the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment, has reached the goal of protecting a network of conservation units comprising more than 231,000 square miles in the Amazon River basin, or about 15…

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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 Tips

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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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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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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