Letter From The Publishers

Celebrating 25 Years

We’re pleased to announce that this month, Natural Awakenings is celebrating 25 years of publishing. Gracing our cover, Sharon Bruckman, our illustrious leader and CEO, reminds us that the real “natural awakening” is about each of us waking up to who we truly are and the kind of world we can create together. Be sure…

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Local Articles & Spotlights

Feeding the Organs for Winter Maintenance

By David Stouffer

Western medicine excels at treatment options for a variety of ailments, but often falls short of providing optimal prevention strategies. It’s true that recent changes in traditional Western healthcare phi­losophy…

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A Marriage of Creativity & Spirituality

By Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp.

Mara Evenstar is the co-owner of Evenstar’s Chalice, director of Conscious Rites, board member of the Intentional Living Collective and co-founder of Sophia Unfolds: These organizations were all created to…

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New Workshops at Castle Remedies

By Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp.

Castle Remedies and manager Mary Tillinghast have launched a new winter season of homeopathic classes. She says, “In these workshops, we will briefly touch on the history and theory behind…

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Huron River Watershed Council Needs Local Representation

By Martin Miron

by Martin Miron Sixty-seven local governments in the Huron River Watershed Council (HRWC) have the power to determine the location of houses, farms and businesses throughout the watershed. These land…

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Local Sustainable Food from Fresh Forage

By Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp.

The owners of Fresh Forage, chef Sam Boyce and Andrew Sereno, both grew up in Chelsea and went to high school together, graduating in 2006. After parting ways for college—Boyce…

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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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News Briefs

K.West High-Tech Luxury Spa

K.West Skin Body Soul is a high-vi­brational luxury spa in Ann Arbor offering advanced skin and body ther­apies rooted in ayurvedic and Chinese traditions. They feature non-invasive, non-thermal DNA skin rejuvenation for complete support and renewal of all skin conditions including acne and aging. Offerings include: 12-session nutrition­al and life coaching programs integrated with skin…

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Detox Workshop in Dexter

Doctor of Chiropractic Jennifer Finkbeiner, owner of TreeTown Wellness Center, is sponsoring a Balanced Detox Workshop at 6:30 p.m., January 17, for those experiencing fatigue, difficulty sleeping, indigestion or other temporary gastrointestinal upset, food cravings, weight gain, reduced mental clarity, low libido, skin issues and joint discomfort. Also an Advanced Clinically Trained Nutrition Response Testing…

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Holistic Aromatherapy Consultations and More

Holistic wellness practitioner Margo Hertzfeld provides compas­sionate, balanced advice on integrating natural wellness into life as well as practical, natural ways to achieve that integration using aromatherapy and natural healing. Educated by some of the most highly regarded aromatherapists and herbalists in the industry, she helps clients manage stress, enhance sleep, address allergies, develop pain…

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Tiny Lions Cat Café

At the Tiny Lions lounge and Adoption Center (TLC), prospective pet par­ents can watch the cats and play with them, as long as they treat them oh-so gently. They are all ready to adopt, but in a unique arrangement, time or “rent”, can be purchased for $7 an hour or $4 for a half-hour without…

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Santorini Offers Small Business Solutions for Startups

Fifty percent of all small businesses fail within the first five years. Maria Santorini, owner of Small Business Solutions, can help on a per­sonal or business level. From tax planning to accounting, she says, “We are here to help you achieve your dreams. We will thoroughly and conscientiously study your personal situation and tailor advice…

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2019 Herbal Conference in Wisconsin

The eighth annual Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference, to be held From May 31 through June 2 in Almond, Wisconsin, will include transformation and plant medicine as women from all over the world gather to rekindle the wild within or deepen their knowl­edge of plants. Participants will walk away from this time together in the woods…

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Last Seats Available for Sponsorship

Thanks to the generosity of this wonderful community, the stakeholders of the historic Ann Arbor State Theatre were able to purchase it in 2014, ren­ovate it and re-open it in 2017. Today, There are about 100 seats that are still available to be sponsored. Donors receive an inscribed brass seat plaque to commemorate their contribution.…

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Change-Makers Boot Camp Educates Activists

Huron Watershed Council (HRWC), Michigan’s first and old­est watershed council, is a coalition of local com­munities and residents established under state law in 1965 to protect the Huron River and its tributary streams, lakes, wetlands and groundwater. A Change-Mak­ers Boot Camp, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., January 16, will teach partici­pants basic river-friendly policies that…

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KUDOS

Through the combined efforts of FoodGatherers.org, Krogers, Radio 107one and other sponsors, the 30th annual Rockin’ for the Hungry fundraiser met its goal of 1 million meals on December 2. The food and funds raised will help sustain hunger-fighting efforts throughout the coming new year. Community High School alone raised a record-breaking 200,000 meals. For…

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KUDOS

Mast Shoes has opened a newly renovated 4,500-square-foot store at 2519 Jackson Avenue, in Ann Arbor, in the Westgate Shopping Mall. A customer appreciation event in November was attended by around 500 people. “Mast Shoes’ new chapter is off to a very strong start,” says Molly Mast-Koss, co-owner of Mast Shoes. “Customer delight and sales…

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Health Briefs

Alcohol Affects Our Heartbeat

German researchers studied the correlation between cardiac arrhythmia and alcohol consumption by monitoring 3,000 middle-aged volunteers for 16 days during Oktoberfest. Portable electrocardiographs and breathalyzer machines tested for heart activity and breath alcohol concentration. Arrhythmia showed up in 30 percent of the participants, significantly higher than an estimated 4 percent or less among the general…

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Tree Nuts Cut Colon Cancer Relapse

Researchers from the Dana Farber Cancer Institute examined nutrition and cancer recurrence data from 826 patients with Stage III colon cancer and found those that consumed two or more ounces of tree nuts a week experienced a 42 percent reduction in cancer recurrence and a 57 percent lower risk of death on average compared to…

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Milk Chocolate Also Benefits Heart Health

High-cacao dark chocolate contains high levels of flavanol, a compound known for its heart health benefits, but less is known about diluted foods such as milk chocolate candy. Harvard researchers followed 55,502 subjects for 13 years, comparing levels of high blood pressure, diabetes and cardiovascular disease to lifestyle traits. They found those eating one to three…

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Gut Bacteria Imbalance Linked to Chronic Fatique

Fifty healthy patients and 50 with chronic fatigue syndrome were tested for bacteria and immune molecules by researchers from Columbia University. they discovered that imbalances in the levels of certain gut bacteria are prevalent in individuals with chronic fatigue syndrome, a disorder often accompanied by extreme fatigue, muscle and joint pain, cognitive issues and insomnia.

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Animal Smarts

Chimps, Zebrafish and Birds Communicate Like We Do Chimps, orangutans and bonobo apes are now known to be capable of understanding what others are thinking and recognize human thoughts, an ability once thought to be impossible. A team led by Christopher Krupenye, of Duke University, had apes take part in a visual experiment where they…

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Acupuncture and Herbs Ease Delirium in Patients

Scientists from the Gifu University Graduate School of Medicine, in Japan, examined the impact of a combination of acupuncture and traditional herbal medicine on the rate of delirium in cardiovascular patients admitted into an intensive care unit. Of the 59 patients studied, 29 were treated with conventional care and 30 were given the same care,…

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Black Cumin Oil Helps Control Asthma

  Nigella sativa oil (NSO), commonly called black cumin, is used to treat a variety of inflammatory conditions. Researchers from University College London, in the UK, and King Abdulaziz University, in Saudi Arabia, studied the impact of this oil on patients with asthma. Scientists divided 80 asthmatics into two groups of 40. One group was…

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Onions Healthy for Heart and Kidneys

Scientists from the Research Institute for Endocrine Sciences and Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, both in Tehran, Iran, investigated the impact on leading diseases of regularly eating onion and garlic (both belonging to the genus Allium). Using data from more than 12,000 people for an average of six years, researchers assessed their onion and garlic consumption using…

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Teetotalers Enjoy Less Heart Disease

In a meta-analysis of 45 research studies covering thousands of subjects led by Canada’s University of Victoria, in British Columbia, researchers found that former and occasional drinkers have a 45 percent increased risk of heart disease than non- drinkers. This discovery contradicts the widely held belief that occasional alcohol consumption reduces the risk of coronary heart…

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Global Briefs

Ancient Canines

Presumed Extinct Dog Species Rediscovered After thinking the New Guinea highland wild dog had gone extinct in its native habitat, researchers have now confirmed the existence of a healthy, viable population, hidden on the island in one of the most remote and inhospitable regions on Earth. According to DNA analysis, these are the most ancient…

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Rare Breed

Exmoor Ponies Beat the Odds The Exmoor pony, which inhabits an area bordered by Devon and Somerset counties in England, is currently listed as endangered by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. It’s believed that these ponies derive from the original prehistoric horse that made the trek from Alaska to Great Britain some 130,000 years ago.…

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Fire Hounds

Dogs Help Restore Burnt Forests in Chile Forest fires in Chile ravaged vast swathes of land in 2017, burning sturdy older trees in the El Maule region. Since then, three border collies belonging to Francisca Torres, a member of the environmental nonprofit Pewos, have been wandering through the charred remains with special satchels that spray…

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Happy Hoppers

Nature Finds a Way Frogs and toads are returning in parts of Panama after a deadly fungal disease devastated amphibians in Central America from 2004 to 2007. New research shows that evolution may have saved the day. In El Cope, at least four species disappeared, including the redstriped Rio San Juan robber frog. Four other…

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Smart Trash

Baltimore Rolls Out Sensor-Equipped Bins Baltimore is spending $15 million to deploy 4,000 sensor equipped trash receptacles that signal when they need emptying to increase collection efficiency. “The cans come with Wi-Fi; we will utilize this capability to allow the can to transmit information, including how full it is, so we can offer as-needed servicing of the cans,”…

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3-D Domiciles

High-Tech Instant Homes on Horizon A 3-D printed home can be built in less than 24 hours at a cost of $10,000. Developers hope to cut it to $4,000 to help families living in poverty or other unsafe conditions. New Story, a housing charity organization, and ICON, a construction tech company, have partnered to try…

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Cork Rocks

The Self-Regenerating Building Material Cork is both recyclable and renewable because it regenerates its bark after harvesting, which causes no harm to trees. Durable cork can be found in the flooring of the Library of Congress and as an insulator for space shuttles. It’s also a waterproof, abrasion-resistant fire retardant and acoustic insulator with odor…

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Poor Packaging

The Problem With Bottled Water Is the Bottle One million plastic bottles are sold around the world each minute. Most are used for bottled water, and most end up in the trash. As demand grows, especially in China, so does the bottle problem. According to environmental watchdog Euromonitor, if the present rate of consumption is…

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Monstrous Morass

Great Pacific Garbage Patch Out of Control In the Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and California, the 80,000-ton Great Pacific Garbage Patch is growing. Encompassing 600,000 square miles, the world’s largest such dump is twice the size of Texas, according to a three-year mapping effort by eight organizations. “To solve a problem, we need to understand…

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Meatless Munchies

Vegan Beer Hall Highlights Plant-Based Food People relying on plant-based diets can find it challenging to honor their philosophies when enjoying a night out in a beer hall. But in Quincy, Massachusetts, the tavern Rewild is giving hope to those that want to get a little buzzed and still trust the menu. Owner Pat McAuley…

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Eco Tips

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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Earth Christmas

Guide to Sustainable Merry-Making There is symmetry between living in an ecoconscious manner and the spirit of Christmas. Striving for peace on Earth and good will to all can also be expressed in reducing the holiday’s impact on the planet. Alternatives to a cut or artificial plastic Christmas tree abound. Purchase a potted tree to…

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Rebirthing Books

New Life for Old Friends Spread the wonders and joys of reading to others while conserving woodlands and other resources and keeping books out of landfills by donating them. Many outlets welcome books that may have been collecting dust at home, but can enrich the lives of others of all ages, both locally and worldwide.…

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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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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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