Letter From The Publishers

Blessings Off the Beaten Path

Too many kids today are so overburdened with parental, peer and societal pressures to succeed in both academic and extracurricular activities that they have little opportunity and perhaps insufficient energy to experience the active joys of just being kids. When we were growing up, children enthusiastically plunged into daily unstructured time to play outside, invent…

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Local Articles & Spotlights

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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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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News Briefs

Nature’s Touch

Many of us choose holistic approaches to our health, including buying organic, turning to energy therapies, learning more about meditation and practicing yoga and other fitness modalities. We are continually trying to achieve and maintain a mind and body balance to promote a more positive energy flow into our lives. Michelle Cilio, owner of Nature’s…

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Scentsational Pets Event

Animal Communicator and Certified Clinical Animal Aromatherapist, Nancy Weber, will be discussing how to improve communication with our pets and wildlife on Friday, November 17th at 7pm at the Integrative Wellness Center in Chester. Topics will include improving interspecies communication, adding quality and longevity to their lives, speaking with the other side, and the beneficial…

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Special Needs and Essential Oils Seminar

In 2014, a six-week pilot study of twelve children with special needs was conducted to demonstrate the effectiveness of essential oils. The children, ages four through nineteen, all had significant improvements, including focus, quieting the overactive, improved sleep, improved appetite and more. Of the twelve, nine were nonverbal. During the study, seven became verbal and…

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Natural Life Business Partnership Seeks Holistic Practitioners

The Natural Life Business Partnership (NLBP) formed in January 2016 to support holistic professionals by building a collaborative community who work as advisors for each other to build stronger businesses in the industry. Executive Director, Camille Miller says, “In less than two years, we have grown more than I could have imagined. It says a…

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Beyond Maria: Coming Together to Help Rebuild Puerto Rico

Luis Mendez and Waleska Sallaberry, the publishers of Natural Awakenings Puerto Rico (PR) edition for the past 15 years, have a simple request: “Please help us rebuild.” Mendez and Sallabery are remarkable community leaders, having not only launched what is now PR’s number one health and wellness publication, but also having originated and managed the…

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Health Briefs

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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Sodas Lower Fertility

Women that drink one or more sugary sodas a day are 25 percent less likely each month to become pregnant. Men drinking the same amount are 33 percent less likely each month to father a child. Boston University School of Medicine researchers studied 1,045 men and 3,828 women that were tested for a period up…

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Turmeric Helps Heal Skin Ailments

Turmeric, with its renowned anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties, seems to improve a number of skin conditions when taken topically or orally, concludes a review of clinical studies published in Phytotherapy. Researchers at Drexel University, in Philadelphia, and the University of California, Sacramento, selected the 10 strongest clinical studies on turmeric out of 234 published.…

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Fiber Lowers Blood Sugar

In a study that offers hope for people with Type 2 diabetes, Rutgers University researchers have shown that a diet high in diverse fibers promotes the growth of certain gut bacteria, leading to improved blood glucose control, increased insulin production and improved average blood glucose (A1C) levels. In the six-year study published in Science, 27…

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Screentime Overdose Means Unhappy Teens

Teens that spend the most time staring at screens while playing games, texting, surfing the Internet or engaging in social media tend to be unhappier than those with less screen time, reports a San Diego State University study of more than a million teens.   Image: irin-k/Shutterstock.com

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Expecting Moms Can Protect Against Autism

Mothers that take folic acid or multivitamins before and during pregnancy can significantly lower a child’s risk of autism, according to the latest research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Psychiatry. Researchers from Canada, Israel and the School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, in New York City, studied 45,300 children, at the…

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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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Global Briefs

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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Big Melt

North Pole Rises Above Freezing March 20 is normally close to the coldest season at the North Pole, but an extraordinary thaw swelled over the tip of the planet this year. Analyses show that the temperature warmed to the melting point as an enormous storm pumped an intense pulse of heat through the Greenland Sea.…

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Climate Consensus

Researchers Raise Red Flags A research paper, World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice, published in the journal Bioscience about the fate of humanity, has received more than 20,000 signatures and endorsements from scientists in 184 countries. duce greenhouse gas emissions drastically and maintain carbon sinks like forests within 10 years, the impact on…

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PLOG ON

Picking Up Litter While Jogging Becomes a Winning Trend Sweden’s latest fitness craze, plogging, is a mashup of jogging and the Swedish plocka upp, meaning pick up, in this case, litter. There are plogging groups in Scandinavia, Germany and other parts of Europe. According to the Swedish fitness app Lifesum, which makes it possible for…

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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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Eco Tips

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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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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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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