Letter From The Publishers

Enjoying Each Step Along the Way

As we enter this gorgeous month of June, we celebrate 13 years of publishing Natural Awakenings magazine in the greater Ann Arbor area. We thank everyone in this wonderful community that has welcomed us with open arms from the first issue. It is a pleasure making so many friends with kind faces and hearts of…

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Local Articles & Spotlights

Overcoming Brain Fatigue

By Dr. Darren Schmidt

by Darren Schmidt Executives, salespeople, administrators and office workers may likely feel brain fatigue symptoms such as poor concentration, rubbing the temples or forehead, slow thinking, bad mood, apathy, lack…

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Avoid the Sunburned, Mosquito-Ridden Summertime Blues

By Emily Herron

by Emily Herron Summertime is beginning in Michigan; school is out and vacations are imminent. Summer is a wonderful time here in the mitten, but it does come with some…

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The Brain’s Most Important Joint

By Allison, Downing

When thinking about brain health, we may include nutrition, supplements, reading, doing memory training and exercising, but not healthy brain circulation. The foundation of strong brain functioning is circulation, and…

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Take Care of Your Walking Feet

By Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp.

Now that it’s spring, it’s time for a walk outside. Walking benefits us physically, mentally, and psychologically. It brightens our mood, gets circulation to the brain for mental acuity, moves…

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Discover the Key to Cellular Regeneration

By Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp.

K.WEST Skin Body Soul, Ann Arbor’s new luxury holistic spa located on North Main Street in a sophisticated, yet warm and inviting historic home, offers boutique treatments designed to support…

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Avoid Spring Wildlife Collisions

By Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp.

For many species of wildlife, this is baby season, and the time when vehicles accidentally injure and orphan millions of creatures. “We live in a community that loves nature and…

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News Briefs

Envisioning a Sustainable Ann Arbor

The annual Mayor’s Green Fair will be held on Main Street from 6 to 9 p.m., June 14, to celebrate the community environmental leadership exhibited by citizens, nonprofits, government and businesses. This year’s theme is Envisioning a Sustainable Ann Arbor. Main Street will be closed to through traffic between Huron and William streets, remaining open…

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Food Gatherers Grillin’ Benefit Fights Hunger

The 30th annual Food Gatherers’ picnic with a purpose will take place at 3 p.m., June 9. There is live music, kids’ activities, complimentary massages, a photo booth and more. Participants can bid on silent auction and raffle items. All proceeds go directly to support Food Gatherers’ mission of fighting hunger in Washtenaw County. One…

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Get Pain Out of the Body with Massage

Sherrel Wells, a medical massage therapist at Arbor Healing, says, “It takes just a half-hour to get the pain out of your muscles and feel good again. It’s a very short time to feel good.” She specializes in auto accident victims, slips and falls, and chronic injuries. Wells is offering massage at $75 per half…

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A New Place for Spiritual Learning

The Emerald Temple Healing Center is a beautiful new space located at 6223 Sharon Hollow Road, in Manchester, for events that nurture growth, well-being and learning. Their mission is to offer experiences that vitalize the bodies, illuminate the minds and inspire the souls of those growing in spirit. It is a meeting place for the…

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Getting Back into the Swing of Life After Cancer

Nonprofit Grass Lake Sanctuary (GLS) will host a Women’s Wellness Retreat for Breast Cancer Survivors from July 19 through 21. Christine Morgan, GLS women’s wellness retreat coordinator, says, “For nine years, women that have recovered from breast cancer have been learning life-balancing skills and experiencing the transformative power of connecting heart-to-heart with other cancer survivors…

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Yoga Fest in the Northern Woods

YogaFest will take place from July 25 through 28 at Morning Yoga Retreat, in the northern woods of Michigan’s lower peninsula. It is a nourishing, joyful and spiritually authentic celebration of spirit, nature, community, service and all things yoga. There are workshops and discussions of beginner, intermediate and advanced levels covering subjects ranging from the…

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Ann Arbor Summer Festival

The Ann Arbor Summer Festival includes programs across the University of Michigan campus and downtown Ann Arbor. The indoor Mainstage series includes performances of world-class music, dance, theater and comedy. Top of the Park offers admission-free concerts, movies under the stars, open-air spectacles and unique family attractions. The Summer Festival is transforming into a zero-waste…

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Aunt Alberta’s Remedy Relieves Arthritis Pain

Aunt Alberta’s Remedy eases muscular aches and joint pain. This homeopathic pain relief cream penetrates deep into the skin and muscle tissues for relief from sciatica, fibromyalgia, arthritis, neuralgia, gout and more, using all natural ingredients that include oil of wintergreen, iodine and castor oil. The remedy combines oil of wintergreen with Atomidine iodine, a…

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Shakespeare in the Arb

The 2019 Shakespeare in the Arb play is Twelfth Night, Shakespeare’s story of love and identity that contains some of the Bard’s most well-loved speeches and songs. Performances will take place at 6:30 p.m., June 6 to 9, 13 to 16 and 20 to 23. Shakespeare in the Arb is unique in the way the…

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Outdoor Fertility Therapy Benefits Mind and Body

Kathleen Nelson, LMSW, ACSW, GC-C, is hosting a five-week Nature & Nurture Fertility support group for those experiencing infertility struggles, which includes support, conversation, snacks and an outdoor walk. It begins at 6 p.m., May 5, at Washtenaw County Farm Park, and will become an ongoing event. She says, “Infertility treatments are often difficult, and…

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Health Briefs

Whole Grains Help Us Eat Less

When overweight adults exchange refined grain products such as white bread and pasta for whole-grain equivalents, they tend to feel full sooner, eat less, lose weight and experience a reduction in inflammation, the journal Gut reports. Researchers from Denmark’s National Food Institute and the University of Copenhagen studying 50 adults at risk for Type 2…

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Mold Causes Allergies

It is typically known that mold can cause or contribute to seasonal allergies, skin irritations and digestive issues. Here are three common sources of mold. Basement: Mold thrives in basements because the spores travel better in humid air. Stagnant air is also a great place for mold to grow. If we feel unwell when spending…

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Leafy Greens Lower Risk for Heart Disease

Leafy greens, which are rich in vitamin K, have again been shown to provide outsized benefits for heart health. Researchers from the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University found that a reduced intake of vitamin K1 leads to more than triple the risk of an enlargement of the heart’s left ventricle, which reduces blood…

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Gooseberries are Good for the Gut

Researchers from Malaysia’s Islamic Science University tested 30 patients with gastrointestinal issues, dividing them into three groups. One received lactose, a placebo; another group was given omeprazole, an over-the-counter remedy; and the third Phyllanthus emblica Linn, an ayurvedic treatment for gastrointestinal issues also known as Indian gooseberry. The research found the herbal treatment resulted in…

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Health Benefits of Bone Broth

Consuming broth made from animal bones has become a trend, but this practice has been around for a long time. Bone broth contains collagen which supports heathy skin hair and nails. Also, in the broth is the amino acid proline, which aids the body’s ability to make collagen. Collagen is not only needed for healthy…

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Eating Meat Raises Diabetes Risk

Research from Duke University Medical School indicates that eating red meat and poultry increases risk for Type 2 diabetes. Published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, the Singapore Chinese Health Study followed 63,257 adults between ages 45 and 74 for an average of 11 years each. It was determined that meat and poultry consumption increased…

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Positive Outlook Powers Osteoarthritis Patients

Research at Penn State University published in the journal Health Psychology shows that being more enthusiastic and optimistic about getting things done upon waking up in the morning increases the physical activity of osteoarthritis patients throughout the day, resulting in more exercise and reduced symptoms. The study followed 135 osteoarthritis patients for 22 days.

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Wellness Coaching Leads To Better Lifestyle Choices

Stress is the root cause of many health conditions such as obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and sleep apnea. Having a stressful life leads us to make poor self-care choices, and the stress could in turn be a result of the lack of self-care in the first place. This may contribute to lifestyle-related diseases due…

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Saunas Lower Blood Pressure

University of Eastern Finland research on 1,621 men found that four to seven saunas per week can cut high blood pressure risk in half. Their conclusion states, “Regular sauna bathing is associated with reduced risk of hypertension, which may be a mechanism underlying the decreased cardiovascular risk associated with sauna use.”

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Toxic Effects of Lead on Reproductive Health

  In a new working paper from the West Virginia University Department of Economics, authors Daniel S. Grossman and David J.G. Slutsky found that during the lead-tainted water crisis in Flint, Michigan, from 2014 to 2016, there was a 58 percent rise in fetal deaths, and 275 fewer births compared to adjacent areas near Detroit.

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Global Briefs

Norwegian Nudge

Countries Learn from Recycling Strategy In Norway, up to 97 percent of the country’s plastic bottles are recycled, and other countries are taking ote. The government’s environmental taxes reward companies that are eco-friendly. If a company recycles more than 95 percent of its plastic, then its tax is dropped. Customers pay a deposit on each…

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Aqua Breakthrough

Clean Water Solution in the Pipeline With the world facing a future of climate change and water scarcity, finding an environmental way to cleanse drinking water is paramount. Researchers in China contend they are working on a method to remove bacteria from water that’s both highly efficient and environmentally sound. By shining ultraviolet light onto…

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Green Surfing

Search Engine Company Plants Trees Internet users can help fight global deforestation even while surfing. German online search engine Ecosia, now used in 183 countries, diverts its advertising revenue from click-throughs to planting trees worldwide to the tune of more than 52 million since 2009. With each search, the company says, it removes around two-and-a-…

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Far Out

Earth’s Atmosphere Extends Past Moon The scientific boundary between Earth’s atmosphere and space is the Kármán line, 62 miles high. But a team of astronomers have published evidence in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics that the geocorona, a tenuous cloud of neutral hydrogen in the outermost region of the Earth’s atmosphere that glows…

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Hopper Stopper

Endangered Frogs Keep Millions of Acres as Habitat A federal court has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the protected status of 1.8 million acres of critical California mountain habitat for the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frogs and the mountain yellow-legged frogs, species that have declined by 90 percent, and Yosemite toads. In 2017, a year after the…

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Revamping Recycling

China Forces U.S. Cities to Change Specs China, one of the world’s main importers of recyclable waste, is rejecting shipments that are more than 0.5 percent impure, so loads contaminated by a greasy pizza box, disposable coffee cups and the odd plastic bag could end up in the local landfill instead. Most single-use cups, for…

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3-D Meat

Printer Produces Plant-Based Substitute Researcher Giuseppe Scionti, owner of Nova Meat, in Barcelona, Spain, has developed a synthetic meat substitute using vegetable proteins that imitate protein complexes found in real meat. Produced using a 3-D printer, it can mimic the texture of beef or chicken. The specialist in biomedicine and tissue engineering has been working…

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Hatching a Record

Avian Senior Citizen Astounds Again Being at least 68 years old didn’t deter Wisdom, a Laysan Albatross, from recently hatching another chick. The world’s oldest known banded wild bird, which roosts at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, in Hawaii, has birthed and raised more than 30 chicks in her lifetime. She and her mate-for-life…

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Bear Blitz

Climate-Challenged Polar Bears Invade Town About 50 polar bears that usually hunt seals from ice floes have found new cuisine in the garbage dumps in the remote Russian island military town of Belushya Gubam, about 1,200 miles northeast of Moscow. Its 2,000 residents, long accustomed to the occasional bear strolling through, now call it a…

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Dim Prospects

Light Bulb Standards Weakened Higher federal standards for energy-efficient light bulbs established two years ago are in the process of being rolled back by the U.S. Department of Energy, part of a move toward widespread deregulation by the current administration. Consumers stand to lose about $100 per household per year in electric bill savings if…

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Eco Tips

Mold Matters

Kill It Naturally Heavy rains, leaky pipes and floods can lead to mold growth, which can create poor and even toxic indoor air quality. Irritating the eyes, skin, nose, throat and lungs of both moldsensitive and nonallergic people, mold can also cause immediate or delayed respiratory symptoms; some can be extremely severe in individuals prone…

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Skip the Slip

Digital Receipts Gain Momentum Compared to newspapers, magazines and junk mail, retail sales receipts may seem inconsequential in their use of trees and their footprint on the environment. Yet, getting and handling that tabulation of a sale is a health hazard that contributes to landfills. Certainly, some receipts are required for tax records and product…

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Healthier Dry Cleaning

Non-Toxic Ways to Lower Risks Chemicals used in dry cleaning clothes have long been linked to health concerns for both people and the environment. Perchloroethylene (“perc” for short) is most commonly used in this process. Federal regulatory agencies have documented myriad negative effects from exposure to the petroleum-based solvent. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health…

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Tips for a Tree-Free Home

Many Ways to Pare Down Paper Use If one in five households switched to electronic bills, statements and payments, the collective impact would save 151 million pounds of paper annually, eliminating 8.6 million full garbage bags and 2 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions, according to the PayItGreen Alliance. While computers continue to offer significant…

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Breathe Easy

Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality For much of the country, winter means spending more time indoors—and exposed to potential toxins. Indoor air quality is critically important to children, the elderly and people with respiratory problems that may be especially sensitive to pollutants, according to WebMD.com. Recognizing and avoiding some of the most common sources…

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Action Alert

Action Alert

Banish Toxic Air in Plane Cabins Flying safety is more than making it to our destination; it’s about the air we have to breathe while in the skies. Toxic fume events can occur when air, contaminated by engine exhaust, fuel fumes, de-icing fluids and/or ozone, enters the aircraft cabin through the jet engine intake. Exposure…

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Save the Cranes

Natural Resources Commission to Designate Sandhill Cranes as a Game Species One hundred years ago, Michigan’s sandhill crane population was near extinction due to hunting and diminishing wetland habitats. The bird’s population recovered at a very slow pace and still remains vulnerable. Now, the Michigan Senate Natural Resources Committee has voted to pass SR 30,…

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On the Brink

Monarchs Need Species Protections Being listed as part of the Endangered Species Act would protect monarch butterflies. In the 1980s, about 4.5 million butterflies spent winters along the California coast. This season’s stay is shaping up to consist of only about 30,000. Fully 99 percent of the species listed under the Endangered Species Act of…

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Support Citizen Action Against Plastics

Every minute, the equivalent of an entire garbage truck of plastic gets dumped into our oceans, reports the World Economic Forum. Many of the materials are disposable, single-use plastic products like straws, bags and Styrofoam containers, which some cities and towns have banned. This type of citizen action is increasingly blocked by the Plastic Industry…

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Youth Climate Strike Coming to U.S.

Demanding immediate action, students are taking part in climate strikes around the world, and on March 15, young activists in the U.S. will add their voices to the escalating #FridaysForFuture movement. It was bolstered in January by 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg, of Sweden, calling for the first global climate strike while attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Action in this country is being…

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