Letter From The Publishers

Patience, Grace and Gratitude

Achieving balance on all levels is the true measure of vibrant health. We dedicate our February issue to the many ways to achieve a state of equilibrium. Seeking greater balance starts with an honest assessment of what we need and want out of our life; this inner awareness brings a sense of calmness and well-being.…

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Local Articles & Spotlights

Couples Communication Reaps Many Rewards

By Seth Kopald

by Seth Kopald Couples seem to push each other’s buttons and often say hurtful things. Perhaps the closer people are, the more they feel safe to let their guards down.…

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Step into Your Personal Power

By Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp.

by Mary Mazur Those in complete alignment with all aspects of themselves and the spiritual, mental, emotional and physical parts are existing in perfect harmony wake up feeling refreshed, relaxed,…

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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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News Briefs

Reiki Treatments Enhanced by New Technology

Andrea Kennedy, reiki master practitioner, instructor and owner of Mainstream Reiki, now offers the PEMF Inframat Pro First Edition Chakra Mat, the newest technology in healing mat therapy, as an add-on for $20 in addition to the regular reiki appointment fee. The mat consists of 16 pounds of seven different natural gemstones and offers five…

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Everything Depends on Clean Water

Jeremy Smiley, owner of the Fuller Life Water Company, says, “Tap water contaminates chlorine, fluoride, and silicone phosphate are at all-time highs and that does not include agricultural runoff, industrial waste and unused pharmaceuticals entering the water supply. One solution is reliably pure bottled water delivered to a home or business. Fuller Life Water has…

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Easy Introduction to Holistic Health Care

The Ann Arbor School of Massage, Herbal & Natural Medicine offers a full student and professional clinic in a peaceful setting, offering bodywork sessions for integrated therapeutic massage, reflexology, Polarity Therapy and energy balancing. Additionally, the wellness center maintains an Herbal Pharmacy and Dispensary, with medicinal and therapeutic herbal formulas. Check out and come to…

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Food Summit Highlights Local Access

Slow Food, Huron Valley’s 11th annual Local Food Summit will be held February 16 in Towsley Auditorium at Washtenaw Community College. The Summit, brings together farmers, consumers, consumers, academics and retailers committed to creating a vibrant, sustainable and just local food community. In addition to education and networking, participants will enjoy a local meal curated…

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Find Antique Building Resources in Ypsilanti

Materials Unlimited, a full-service retail antiques store and restoration facility housed in a three-floor, 15,000-square-foot 1920s Art Deco building in downtown Ypsilanti, showcases all varieties and styles of antique lighting, hardware, home decor, leaded glass windows, doors and furniture. The staff is adept at helping customers choose the proper style and function for the period…

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Outdoor Art Program Looking for Artists

SculptureWalk, a year-long community arts project in which juried sculptures are installed at 12 locations in historic downtown Chelsea, is celebrating its 10th year. Artist are invited to submit entries for the 2019 season. Through a juried selection, winning artists receive a $750 award and a yearlong, highly visible platform to display their work. Sculptures…

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An Evening of Classic Compositions

Celebrating its 40th year, the Washtenaw Community Concert Band’s Celebration of the Community concert at 7:30 p.m., February 28, will include the William Tell Overture and musical highlights from West Side Story and Oklahoma. A local high school band student winner of a concerto competition will perform and win a $1,500 prize. Refreshments are provided.…

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Auditioning Talent for Chelsea Sounds & Sights Concert Series

Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights, one of Michigan’s premier summer concert series, is accepting applications to be considered for this summer’s entertainment lineup. Auditions will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., March 4, in downtown Chelsea. This year’s schedule begins June 6 and continues every Thursday through August 15. Each week, 11 different…

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KUDOS

The trustees of Legacy Land Conservancy, Michigan’s oldest local land trust, have appointed Diana Kern to lead the organization as executive director. Kern brings more than a dozen years of experience in nonprofit executive leadership, fund development, relationship management, budget management, board support and staff development to her new role at Legacy. She recently served…

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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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Health Briefs

Ashwagandha Normalizes Hypothyroid Levels

Ashwagandha, a traditional ayurvedic herb, can significantly improve symptoms of subclinical hypothyroidism, a condition that affects many women, a new double-blind clinical study shows. Researchers from India’s Sudbhawana Hospital tested 50 patients that had high circulating thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) levels. For eight weeks, half were given 600 milligrams a day of ashwagandha; the other half…

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Nuts Improve Blood Vessel Health

Munching on almonds and walnuts significantly increases blood vessel dilation and reduces artery plaque, say West Virginia University scientists. In a two-day study, 27 overweight volunteers ate 77 grams of almonds (about 2.5 handfuls) along with their lunch one day; on another day, they ate 60 grams of walnuts (about two handfuls) with lunch. Measurements…

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Bitter Melon Eases Knee Pain

Bitter melon (Momordica charantia), a spiky, cucumbershaped fruit, has traditionally been used in Asian countries to lower blood sugar. Now, researchers at Universiti Sains Malaysia report that it can significantly improve symptoms and reduce the pain of knee osteoarthritis. Half of 75 patients were given a placebo and the other half 1,500 milligrams three times…

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Harmful Bacteria Linked to Certain Showerheads

Harmful bacteria from the genus Mycobacterium have been shown to linger in showerheads and lead to lung infections through inhalation of steam. University of Colorado researchers analyzed 656 biofilms coating the inside of showerheads sent to them by volunteers throughout the U.S. and Europe, and found twice as much mycobacterium in showerheads from households receiving…

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Sniffing Dogs Can Detect Malaria

After years of worldwide decline, malaria is on a worrisome upswing, but researchers from Durham University, in the UK, have found a quick, non-invasive, low-cost detection method: dogs. Trained to sniff out malaria parasites in socks that West African children wore for one night, the canines correctly identified 70 percent among the infected and 90…

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The Power of Thank-You Notes

Practicing gratitude is a healthy habit, yet people often hesitate to write heartfelt thank-you notes to people that have touched their lives. Researchers at the University of Chicago and the University of Texas, in Austin, report that writers underestimate how much people receiving those notes are surprised, happy and appreciative. The researchers also found that…

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Zinc Combo Fights Aging Diseases

When zinc, a trace mineral, is combined with tea, coffee, chocolate and other foods that contain specific antioxidant compounds, it boosts protection against the oxidative stress linked to aging and diseases such as dementia, cancer and heart disease, report researchers from Auburn University,in Alabama, and the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, in Germany Zinc activates a plant…

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Holy Basil Fights Tooth Infection

Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum), an Indian herb also known as holy basil, has been proven effective in studies in reducing stress, lowering blood sugar and healing wounds. Now, research from India’s Rishiraj College of Dental Sciences has found that tulsi essential oil, used as a disinfectant, significantly reduced infection levels following root canals of primary molars…

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Screen Time Doubles Kids’ Risk of Anxiety and Depression

Children and teens that spend more than seven hours a day on screens have twice the risk of being diagnosed with anxiety or depression compared to those that spend one hour a day similarly engaged, concluded a San Diego State University study of more than 40,000 youngsters.   Tatyana Vyc/Shutterstock.com

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Walnut Leaves Improve Diabetic Health

In a double-blind study of 40 Type-2 diabetes patients, Iranian researchers gave half of them 200 milligrams of an extract of walnut leaf (Juglans regia) for eight weeks and the other half a placebo. Although the walnut leaf extract had no significant effect on their blood glucose levels or insulin resistance, it significantly lowered systolic…

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Global Briefs

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 Jets

Electric Planes on Horizon European airline EasyJet aims to begin service with electric-powered airplanes within the next decade by collaborating with aviation startup Wright Electric. The company wants to build vehicles with room for 120 and 220 passengers and a range of 335 miles. Not only is battery performance steadily improving, but methods are surfacing…

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Frigid Farming

Antarctic Greenhouse Yields First Crop Scientists at Germany’s Neumayer Station III, in Antarctica, have harvested their first crop of vegetables grown without soil, daylight or pesticides as part of a project designed to help astronauts cultivate fresh food on other planets. They picked about eight pounds of salad greens, 18 cucumbers and 70 radishes grown…

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Not Yet Extinct

New Species Discovered We know a lot about the Earth and its creatures, but never everything. The State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry, in Syracuse, has compiled a list of the top 10 new species discovered in 2018, which includes a rare great ape, hitchhiking beetle, omnivorous marsupial lion thought-tobe-extinct…

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Yule Be Sorry

Live Christmas Tree Shortages According to the National Christmas Tree Association, more than 27 million holiday trees were purchased in the U.S. last year. But during the Great Recession of 2007 to 2009, growers didn’t have the funds to plant adequately, and smaller crops are just starting to hit the market now, creating higher prices.…

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Bridge Reborn

Tappan Zee Repurposed into Reef The old Tappan Zee Bridge, a three-mile span over New York’s Hudson River, is being turned into several artificial reefs off Long Island. Barge loads of decades-old concrete chunks and steel will significantly expand a state-managed artificial reef program to provide new habitats that increase the diversity of marine life,…

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Eco Tips

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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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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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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