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

Nutritional Healing Center Finds New Expanded Digs

After moving to Ann Arbor 18 years ago, Dr. Darren Schmidt and his team at The Nutritional Healing Center Of Ann Arbor has moved around the corner to a bigger, better location at 462 Jackson Plaza. The new, 5,000-square-foot space holds 13 patient rooms for nutrition counseling and Applied Kinesiology, a conference room seating 50…

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Yoga with Cats

A cat café, or “catfé”, is just like a regular café, but with cats wandering around. Grab a coffee from home or next door, bring a laptop and use the Wi-Fi, meet up with friends and hang out with the kitties from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Sunday mornings or 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays. Practice…

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Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair

The 49th annual Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 19, 20 and 21, and noon to 6 p.m., July 22, comprises four separate but concurrent events located between downtown and the University of Michigan campus. More than 400,000 people attend this juried, fine art event featuring the members of…

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Essay Scholarship Opportunity in Natural Medicine

The Ann Arbor School of Massage, Herbal & Natural Medicine offers two different professional diploma programs in Massage Therapy and Natural Medicine/Herbal Medicine. The School is offering a scholarship essay contest for a partial $4,000 scholarship to either one of the programs. There will be three simple questions to write an essay answer. If the…

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New Book on Flint Water Crisis

Anna Clarke’s new book, The Poisoned City, is an account of the disastrous decisions that switched Flint, Michigan’s, water supply to a source that corroded the city’s aging lead pipes and the 18 months of activism that forced the state government to admit the city’s water had been poisoned with lead. She will appear for…

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Help Celebrate Milestone at Evenstar’s Chalice

Evenstar’s Chalice will celebrate their first year in business June 6 through 8 starting at 11 a.m., with 10 percent off storewide and flash sales for extra savings on the  most popular offerings. There will be product demonstrations, readers and a reiki share. Visitors can enter to win a $50 gift certificate and join their…

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Homeopathic Education at Castle Remedies

Castle Remedies, Michigan’s only homeopathic pharmacy open to the public, is offering a workshop, Introduction to Homeopathy and How to Use Homeopathic Remedies for Home Care in a Safe and Effective Way, from 2 to 4 p.m., July 7 and also from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., July7. Castle Remedies carries more than 1,000 remedies. In…

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Nature Walk at Black Pond Woods

Each year, the Ann Arbor District Library partners with Natural Area Preservation to lead a series of nature walks around parks and natural areas in Ann Arbor on the last Thursday of every month. Black Pond Woods is a 34-acre woodland named for a small, vernal pond with a basin carved by receding glaciers. Despite…

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Free Festival in Chelsea

For the 42nd year, a three-day nonprofit Sounds and Sights Festival fundraiser will take place July 26 thru 28, in Chelsea. Highlights include kid zone, car show, chalk art and live music. It supports professional artists performing at nine staged areas located throughout downtown Chelsea on Thursday nights, June 7 through August 16, featuring music,…

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Healthy Retreat Now Part of Summer Festival

The Ann Arbor Summer Festival is offering a free outdoor retreat event series at Top of the Park this year, with yoga, world dance, barre, sword handling, capoeira, meditation and more, on the Power Center Lawn every night from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Festival is a three-week celebration of performing arts, outdoor entertainment…

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Health Briefs

Foot Reflexology: A Spring Tune-Up

Moving into spring, a foot reflexology session offers detoxification of bodily systems and a refreshed nervous system. Spring cleaning is a traditional way to clean out old, unwanted debris from the home and garden, and our bodies and spirits can also benefit from clearing and renewal. Foot reflexology is an excellent way to welcome spring.…

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Eye Contact Syncs Baby and Adult Brainwaves

When an adult looks into the eyes of a baby, a synchronization of brain waves occurs that could indicate an intention to communicate, concludes a Cambridge university study of 36 infants. This coordinating supports the baby’s early learning and communication skills, according to the researchers. The effect, which researchers measured via electroencephalogram (EEG)-wired skullcaps, was…

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Air Pollution Linked to Psychological Distress

Air pollution takes a toll on mental health, University of Washington researchers have concluded. By linking health data for 6,000 people to census tracts, they found that people living in areas with the highest levels of airborne fine particulate matter scored 17 percent higher in measures of psychological distress, including sadness, nervousness and hopelessness. The…

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Nature Videos Calm Prisoners

Maximum-security prison inmates in Oregon that spent an hour a day for a year  watching nature videos were involved in 26 percent fewer violent acts compared with fellow inmates, and reported feeling significantly calmer, less irritable and more empathetic. The University of Utah study, published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, states, “An estimated…

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Less REM-Stage Sleep Linked to Dementia Risk

People that get less rapid eye movement (REM) sleep may have a greater risk of developing dementia, according to a new study published in Neurology. Following 321 people over age 60 for 12 years, Australian researchers found that those that developed dementia spent an average of 17 percent of their sleep time in REM sleep,…

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FRUIT PESTICIDES LOWER FERTILITY IN WOMEN

A Harvard study of 325 women undergoing fertility treatments found that those consuming the most produce high in pesticide residues, such as strawberries, spinach and grapes, were 18 percent less likely to become pregnant and 26 percent less likely to have a live birth compared to women eating the least amount of pesticide-laden produce. Study…

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High-Fat Diet Risks Multiple Sclerosis Relapse

A high-fat diet increases the risk of relapse of multiple sclerosis in children by as much as 56 percent, reports The Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry. A multi-university study of 219 children also found that each 10 percent increase in saturated fat as a share of total calories tripled the risk of relapse. Inversely,…

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Herbs Ease Polycystic Ovary Symptoms

Ingesting a combination of five herbs while making healthy lifestyle changes significantly reduced symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome in a recent Australian study of 122 women published in Phytotherapy Research. The herbs were Cinnamomum verum (cinnamon), Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice), Hypericum perforatum (St. John’s wort), Paeonia lactiflora (peony) and Tribulus terrestris (tribulus). Menstrual cycles returned to…

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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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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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