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

Fall Classes with Castoldi at Crazy Wisdom

Dr. Kapila Castoldi, of the Sri Chinmoy Centre, will be offering an Introduction to the Principles of Ayurveda from 3 to 6 p.m., September 23 and 30 at the Crazy Wisdom Bookstore. Topics include Ayurveda as a Philosophy of Life; Basics of Ayurveda; Discovering Your Ayurveda Constitution; Secrets of Balanced Living; and Awareness and Conscious…

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Join People’s Climate March in Ann Arbor

As part of a global day of action, the Ann Arbor People’s Climate March will be held at noon on September 8 in the library lot located at 350 south fifth avenue, in Ann Arbor. Led locally by Alan Haber of Rise for Climate, it will be one of thousands of rallies taking place worldwide…

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Bringing Bread to Life in Milan

Stephanie Ariganello and Jeremiah Kouhia, co-owners of the Mother Loaf Breads bakery, in Milan, will explore the long and crunchy history of sourdough from 3 to 5 p.m., September 16, at the Malletts Creek Branch Library. They will explain the basics of how they make their long, cold, slow-fermentation loaves and dive into the most…

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Documentary Features Homeopathic Remedies

Hosted by Bio Energy Medical Center and Castle Remedies, the film Magic Pills will be shown at 7 p.m., September 17, at the Michigan Theater, in Ann Arbor. This documentary highlights the use and role of homeopathic treatment options in today’s medical market. According to the filmmakers, they pursued this project in order to shine…

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Tigers Owner was New Age Pioneer

Kalamazoo native John Fetzer, a radio pioneer and Detroit Tigers owner, built a radio/TV/cable empire that fueled his wealth. A new book, John E. Fetzer and the Quest for the New Age, by Brian C. Wilson, Ph.D., depicts how Fetzer fostered the marriage of science and spirituality through the decades. During his life, few people…

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Learn About Cannabis in Milan

Cannabis nurse educator Melissa Keck, owner of Finding Grace, LLC, provides private patient consultations, advocacy for Michigan’s medical cannabis laws and educational workshops for the community. She will present a workshop on how cannabidiol works, the amazing health and wellness benefits of CBD and how to safely incorporate this plant-based supplement into any diet and…

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The Breath of Life Can Renew Vibrant Living

Sheryl Pomerance, DDS, a Vivo Life provider, uses the Vivos system to improve overall health and well-being as breathing obstructions are removed and airways expanded non-surgically. She says, “The breath of life is fundamental and vital for living a vibrant, healthy life. Millions suffer from a variety of adverse health conditions which may be the…

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It’s Back-To-School Checkup Time

Doctor of Chiropractic Jennifer Finkbeiner, owner of TreeTown Wellness Center, has recently relocated to 9477 North Territorial Road, Suite 200, in Dexter. The chiropractic, holistic nutrition and massage therapy office services the surrounding areas of Pinckney, Chelsea, Dexter, Gregory, Stockbridge, Brighton, Howell and the greater Washtenaw and Livingston counties. She says, “It’s the back-to-school season,…

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Mars to Put on a Stellar Performance

The Ann Arbor District Library will host a Planet Viewing Party for all ages from 9 to 11 p.m., August 3, in the Pittsfield Branch parking lot, using participants’ equipment or library telescopes. In case of rain or excessive clouds, it’ll be held August 4. Mars will be closer to the Earth than it has…

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Consciousness Workshop on Ho’oponopono

A workshop, Self I-Dentity through Ho’oponopono, will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., August 4 and 5, at the Hilton Garden Inn. Regina Milano, the coordinator and instructor of the class, says, “Self I-Dentity through Ho’oponopono (SITH) shows us that everything we perceive is only a reflection of what is going on inside…

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Health Briefs

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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Energy Drinks Hurt Youth Health

More than half of teens and young adults that have slaked their thirst with energy drinks report consequently suffering negative health consequences, reports a new study from Canada’s university of Waterloo. Of 2,055 Canadian participants between ages 12 and 24, 55.4 percent said they had negative health events afterwards. Of these, 26.5 percent trembled and…

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People that Don’t Slight Sleep Eat Better

Those that sleep more than seven hours a night are likely to eat better the following day, according to researchers from King’s College London. In the study, 21 people known to typically sleep fewer than seven hours increased their sleep time by 47 minutes after receiving tips on sleep hygiene such as drinking less caffeine…

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Preterm Births Down After Coal Plant Shutdown

After a polluting coal-fired power plant in  Pennsylvania was shut down in 2014 by u.S.  Environmental Protection Agency regulatory action, the chances of women living 30 miles downwind having a preterm birth fell by about 28 percent, report Lehigh university researchers. While the plant was operating, women in affluent New Jersey communities downwind had a…

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Facial Exercises Ease Midlife Signs of Aging

In the first scientific study of facial exercise, 27 middleaged women that performed specific facial muscle movements looked an average of two-and-a-half years younger in 20 weeks based on a standardized scale called the merz-Carruthers Facial Aging Photoscales. By doing the exercises for 30 minutes each day or every other day, the fullness of both…

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Healthy Oils Improve Good Cholesterol

A spate of recent worldwide studies reveal several cholesterol-healthy alternatives to olive oil. Ingesting 15 milliliters a day of virgin coconut oil for eight weeks increased high-density lipoprotein (HDL) “good cholesterol” levels in 32 young adults by an average of 5.72 milligrams/deciliter, researchers at Thailand’s Chiang Mai University found. Walnut oil slashed heart disease risk…

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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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