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

Daily Walks Make Kids Healthier

Thanks to a program called The Daily Mile, Scottish schoolchildren have shown improvements in their fitness and body composition, researchers from the universities of Edinburgh and Sterling report. Started by a teacher in 2012, the initiative encourages children to run, jog or walk around their school grounds during a 15-minute recess from classes in addition…

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Nettle Leaf Helps Inflammatory Bowel Patients

Nettle, a common roadside weed, may offer hope for sufferers of inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis. Research from Iran’s University of Medical Sciences tested 59 patients with inflammatory bowel disease in a 12-week, double-blind clinical trial with an extract of nettle leaf (Urtica dioica). Those receiving the nettle leaf extract had…

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Beet Juice Boosts Stamina

Beetroot juice supplements increase exercise duration and intensity for heart failure patients with a condition called reduced ejection fraction, which affects about half of such patients. In previous studies, beets have been shown to increase exercise capacity for healthy people because they increase nitric oxide levels in the blood.

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Eating Mediterranean Diet Helps Save Eyesight

The risk of late-stage, age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness worldwide, can be lowered by 41 percent by eating a Mediterranean diet, according to a new study presented by the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). The research, which followed nearly 4,500 French and Dutch adults aged 55 and older for 21 years, found…

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Artificial Sweeteners Harm Gut Microbes

Six popular artificial sweeteners approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration—aspartame, sucralose, neotame, saccharine, advantame and acesulfame potassium-k-were found to be toxic to digestive gut microbes in a new paper published in Molecules. Researchers at Israel’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University tested each sweetener along with 10 sports drinks…

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Stress Lowers Women’s Fertility

Women that feel highly stressed on a daily basis have a lower ability to conceive, report Boston University School of Medicine researchers. In a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, 4,769 couples that were trying to conceive were followed for a year. Those women with the highest self-reported stress were 13 percent less…

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Optimism Linked to Better Heart Health

Being upbeat helps heart health, reports a new review of research from Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Analyzing dozens of studies on psychological wellbeing involving hundreds of thousands of people, the researchers found that the most optimistic people are more likely to kick a smoking habit, exercise regularly and favor fruits and vegetables…

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Low-Nutrition Foods Linked to Cancers

In a 10-nation stud involving nearly half a million Europeans, researchers found that those eating foods with lower nutritional quality had a significantly greater incidence of cancer, especially colorectal, upper digestive tract, stomach and lung cancers for men, and liver and postmenopausal breast cancers for women. The study supports wider adoption of a British front-of…

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Foot Reflexology Can Help Diabetics

Diabetes interferes with the function of the pancreas in blood sugar regulation. Poorly controlled blood sugar levels can affect blood vessels and nerve endings in the kidneys, eyes, heart, feet, brain and skin. Diabetics may develop high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney disease, vision problems and poor circulation to hands and feet, among other problems.…

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Dark Chocolate Proven Healthier than Ever

Dark chocolate with at least 70 percent cacao can have positive effects on stress levels, inflammation, mood, memory and immunity, according to two new studies from Loma Linda University, in California. Ten participants ate a 48-gram bar of dark chocolate at the beginning of each study and then ate a piece of dark chocolate every two…

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Global Briefs

Bureaucratic Bungle

Monsanto Still Gaming the System Monsanto, the company that makes the controversial weed killer Roundup, is setting farmer against farmer and state against state with its newest product, dicamba. Amid claims and counterclaims over effectiveness and safety of crops and humans, the debate is shedding new light on how new agricultural products are introduced, tested…

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Wellness Works

Corporate Programs Boost Health and Bottom Line Corporate wellness programs are linked to a 25 percent reduction in absenteeism and sick leave, 25 percent reduction in health costs and 32 percent reduction in workers compensation and disability costs, according to a 2016 meta-analysis of corporate wellness studies by Edelman Intelligence. For details, visit Tinyurl.com/EdelemansAtWork. Image: Rawpixel.com/Shutterstock.com

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Veggie Doctors

Cardiologists Urge Plant-Based Hospital Meals The American College of Cardiology (ACC) is advising hospitals in improving patient menus by adding healthy, plant-based options and removing processed meats, which have been linked to 60,000 cardiovascular deaths annually. The ACC Heart-Healthy Food Recommendations for Hospitals states, “At least one plant-based main dish should be offered and promoted…

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Eco Pesticide

Safer Product Controls Citrus Pests The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and California Department of Pest Regulation have approved CRS Plus, an aerosol pheromone biopesticide product that disrupts the mating cycle of Aonidiella aurantii, also known as California Red Scale (CRS). Pheromones do not kill or damage the target insects, and are species-specific, so pollinators and…

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Recycling Crusade

San Francisco Moves Toward Zero Waste The San Francisco Department of the Environment’s list of materials allowed in blue recycling bins has been expanded to include plastic bags, paper coffee cups, ice cream containers, milk or juice cartons and textiles; it is also downsizing refuse bins. It’s all part of a shift to using dualcompartment…

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Meatless Millennials

Young Vegetarians Worry Meat Industry. The 2017 Chicken Marketing Summit in North Carolina involved hundreds of leaders from fast-food chains, marketing agencies and poultry production companies discussing the fact that Americans are eating less poultry—and what to do about it. Richard Kottmeyer, a senior managing partner at Fork to Farm Advisory Services, explained that Millennials…

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Crackdown Needed

Glyphosate Found in Breakfast Foods Of 24 breakfast food samples tested by the Alliance for Natural Health USA, 10 showed the presence of glyphosate. Executive and Legal Director Gretchen DuBeau states, “We expected that trace amounts would show up in foods containing large amounts of corn and soy. However, we were unprepared for just how…

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Cigarette Cutback

Higher Prices Lower Use Research from the Medical University of Vienna found in a 30-year study that increasing prices for tobacco products by 5 percent reduced tobacco use by 3.5 percent. Image: puhhha/Shutterstock.com

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Plumbing Progress

Recycled Plastics Put to Good Use Australia’s Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training at Deakin University is practicing an affordable way to increase the availability of potable (drinkable) water in needy areas of the world. The project involves collecting plastic garbage from around the Pacific Islands and turning it into pellets, which are then…

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Urban Trees

City Greenery Boosts Public Health Urban trees help reduce obesity and depression, improve productivity, boost educational outcomes and reduce incidences of asthma and heart disease for residents, yet according to The Nature Conservancy, American cities spend less than a third of 1 percent of municipal budgets on tree planting and maintenance. As a result, u.S.…

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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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