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Contents 16 NUTRITION UPGRADES Five Strategies for Better Health



VS. ALLERGIES All the Right Moves

22 DELICIOUS DISCARDS Making Meals From Mainly Scraps



Another Reason to Go Organic


on the Power of Wonder and Legacy


Our Role in the Coming Water Crisis


Keeping the Homefront Allergy-Free

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28 green living 30 healthy kids 34 natural pet 36 inspiration 37 calendar 43 classifieds 44 resource guide March 2019


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Food Co-op Benefits Available to All


he People’s Food Co-op is Ann Arbor’s first natural-foods grocery store, serving the community by offering a full-range of groceries, produce and environmentally sensitive cleaning products with local, natural and organic options in every department for more than 40 years. Although the co-op is a democratically run, member-owned organization, customers do not have to be a member to shop. They provide a space for the community to gather around fresh, healthy food in the café that offers organic coffee, tea and house-made baked goods, as well as hot-bar and salad-bar meals, and grab-andgo foods. The wellness department section stocks a good selection of supplements, bulk and encapsulated medicinal herbs, tinctures, homeopathic remedies, healing salves and balms. Location: 216 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor. For more information, call 734-994-9174 or visit See ad page 23.

Transforming Our Local Food Economy


gricole, soon to op en in downtown Chelsea at the corner of Main and Jackson streets, brings together the convenience of grocery store shopping with the intimacy of a farmers’ market. Their mission is to encourage and improve small farm viability, increase community access to locally grown food and educate the public about maintaining local small farming as a community resource. They want to create a vibrant and self-sustaining retail space, be a community connector, provide healthy and sustainable food to residents and revitalize the rich agricultural tradition of the area with a range of products that make it possible to shop local and know where the food is coming from in a pleasant indoor space that is open every day. They put the name of the farmer or producer right on the shelf, so patrons know the source. Agricole is also a coffee shop and a social space with freshly brewed coffee and pastry. Shoppers can enjoy the atmosphere of a food court with indoor seating space and an outdoor patio facing Main Street. They are looking for local vendors that grow healthy, fresh vegetables and fruit or produce high-quality meats, dairy products, eggs, honey and grains. There is room for those that make bread, pasta or prepared foods, as well. For more information, call 734-389-8880 or visit


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ilke Farm Kitchen, in Milan, is offering healthy meal kits and prepared foods. Longtime Milan farmers Vicki and Tom Zilke know how to grow good food. After hearing from friends, neighbors and customers that they just didn’t have the time, ingredients or even recipe ideas to prepare quick healthy meals for their families, Vicki’s natural entrepreneurial instincts kicked in. She says, “I was drawn to solve that problem so people could eat healthy meals for dinner at home.” Although she’s known to throw in a lemon or lime, Vicki is committed to using fresh, seasonal ingredients from her own farm and other local growers, such as butternut squash lasagna and hearty potato leek soup from Zilke Vegetable Farm produce, ready to warm up and serve. Every meal kit includes step-by-step instructions with all the ingredients washed, sliced and ready to cook. Meal kits and prepared foods are available at the retail store and both Argus Farm Stop locations in Ann Arbor as well as online. Soon, a subscription service will be rolled out. Location: 1115 Dexter St., Milan. For more informayion or to order, call 734-508-7034 or visit

We the People Matching Campaign


n the St. Joe $50K Challenge Match Campaign, the St. Joseph Mercy Health System will match every gift dollar for dollar through March 8 to begin building a We the People Grower’s Association (WTPGA) Opportunity Center that will create a farm and community space complete with a produce processing and packaging center, a horticulture lab, a culinary arts facility, classroom space and a community center. In 2019, they hope to secure a property to build hoop houses and a pole barn. This funding will enable them to build the foundation for a healthy, vibrant and equitable initiative that will directly impact local economic development for generations to come. Founded in 2015 by farmer Melvin Parson, WTPGA is a sustainable farming initiative dedicated to workforce development by creating dignified employment and training for men and women returning home from incarceration. To donate, visit!/ or mail Parson at 806 Hilyard Robinson Way, Ypsilanti, MI, 48197. Make checks out to We the People Opportunity Center. All donations are tax-deductible. For more information, visit

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Jesuit Pear Tasting and Grafting


hannon Brines, of Brines Farm, will lead a hands-on demonstration of how to graft Jesuit Pear scions onto rootstock from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., March 17, at Bløm Meadworks. The session will include a grafting workshop and a Jesuit Pear tasting. Meads and ciders produced onsite will also be available for purchase during the workshop. The Jesuit Pear is part of the Slow Food Ark of Taste, a living catalog of delicious and distinctive foods facing extinction. By identifying and championing these foods, they keep them in production and on our plates. Each attendee will complete two grafts that they can take home to plant. The tasting menu includes several small portions of delicious dishes made with Jesuit Pears by Detroit-area chefs. Tickets are $20 for either the grafting workshop and tasting event at, or $35 for both. Additional trees cost $10 each. Location: 100 S. 4th Ave., Ann Arbor. For more information, visit

New Chelsea Market Emphasizes Elegant Shopping


he New Chelsea Market is more than just a grocery store. It is an inviting food shopping experience. Like the neighborhood grocery of days past, they offer high-quality foods, quality ingredients and above all, warm and friendly services, including a wine-tasting event after 4 p.m. each Friday. Co-owner Francisca Fernandez says, “Our professional staff is passionate about food and about Chelsea, a prerequisite to becoming part of our exciting team. We are committed to our involvement in the community, as well as becoming a highly regarded business partner. We want to do well by being first-rate.” They sell an extensive variety of wines, including rare, select vintages. Location: 1070 S. Main St., Chelsea. For more information, call 734-719-4700 or visit


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he seventh annual Spring Enlightened Soul Expo, open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., March 23, and at 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., March 24, is the largest indoor event of its kind in Michigan, with more than 150 holistic booths from around the Midwest. Presentations include Why Do We Get Sick?, Sensing Energy & Seeing Auras, Angelic Encounters Through a Near-Death Experience and Reconnecting Your Spiritual DNA with Your Physical DNA. For those seeking better health, vendors will offer an extensive selection of the latest holistic health products, as well as handcrafted, natural, organic body and home products. Psychic and card readings are available in the exclusive and popular Reader Room. Attendees can experience crystal healing, reflexology, Access Bars, ThetaHealing, three kinds of reiki, Aroma Freedom Technique, Bio-Geometric Integration, sound healing, aura and chakra reading and more. Admission is $11 daily; $14 weekend pass, free parking and presentations Discounts for children and teens. Location: Skyline High School, 2552 N. Maple Rd., Ann Arbor. For more information and advance discounted tickets, visit See ad page 2.

Spruce Up the Homestead for Less


aterials Unlimited is having a Spring Sale during March, with 20 percent off on everything in the store and online. The sale features home and garden accent items such as planters, wrought iron pieces, architectural salvage and much more. Materials Unlimited maintains a full-service antiques restoration facility housed in a massive art deco building in downtown Ypsilanti. The three-floor retail outlet showcases all varieties and styles of antique lighting, antique hardware, antique home decor, antique leaded glass windows, vintage doors and vintage furniture. Owner Reynold Lowe says, “The staff at Materials Unlimited can help customers choose the appropriate style and function for the period of the customer’s home or garden needs.” Use promo code: springsale2019. Location: 2 West Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. For more information, call 734-483-6980 or visit Materials See ad page 29.

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Meditation and Music Slow Cellular Aging Meditating or listening to classical music altered biomarkers associated with cellular aging and Alzheimer’s disease in adults experiencing memory loss, according to a recent West Virginia University study. The 60 participants had subjective cognitive decline, including forgetting familiar names and losing objects, a condition that may be a preclinical stage of Alzheimer’s. For 12 minutes a day, they either listened to instrumental classical music or did a kirtan kriya meditation involving chanting, visualization and finger poses. After three months, all subjects had increases in a key beta amyloid peptide protective from Alzheimer’s, as well as better memory, mood, sleep and quality of life, while the meditation group experienced significantly better improvements. Activity in two chromosomal markers of cellular aging—telomere length and telomerase activity—increased for both groups, especially among those that practiced more frequently or started with lower cognitive scores. The improved biomarkers were maintained or even strengthened three months after the study ended.

Lemon Balm Lowers Blood Pressure, Reduces LDL Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), a soothing herb from the mint family, can significantly improve the condition of patients with chronic stable angina, reports a recent study in the Journal of Herbal Medicine. Researchers at Iran’s Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences tested 80 patients with the condition, which involves chest pain linked to a lack of blood flow to the heart. The patients were given three one-gram doses a day of lemon balm powder or a placebo. After two months, the patients given the lemon balm had significant reductions of “bad” low-density cholesterol (LDL), both systolic and diastolic blood pressure, and increased workout capacity, a measure of heart function. 12

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Vegetables and Orange Juice Protect Memory A Harvard study was conducted on the diets of nearly 28,000 male health professionals spanning two decades between their 50s and 70s and published by the American Academy of Neurology. It found those that drank orange juice and ate leafy greens, berries and dark orange and red vegetables suffered significantly less memory loss than others. Subjects reported every four years and were examined for both thinking and memory skills. Those that ate about six servings of vegetables a day were a third less likely to develop poor thinking skills than those consuming two servings; those that drank orange juice every day were half as likely to develop poor thinking skills as those drinking one serving per month. Men that ate larger amounts of fruits and vegetables 20 years earlier were less likely to develop similar problems, whether or not they kept eating larger amounts of fruits and vegetables later.

Herbs Make Worthy Prebiotics Ginger, black pepper and holy basil, mainstays in traditional medicines as anti-inflammatories, also contain significant prebiotic potential that could help gut health, report researchers from India’s National Institute of Nutrition, in Hyderabad. Holy basil (Ocimum sanctum) and ginger (Zingiber officinale) showed significantly higher prebiotic activity, especially of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium species, when compared to the well-known prebiotic fructooligosaccharide (FOS). Black pepper (Piper Nigrum) had prebiotic effects similar to FOS.

Zyto Biofeedback Records Subtle Changes The ancient Chinese discovered that there is a vital life force energy flowing through the body. They called this vital force chi. They also found that there are 12 life energy meridian lines that flow through the body that transport energy between different organs and systems of the body thus keeping the body in harmonious balance. When everything is in harmony, we feel well and have enough vitality to keep up with the demands of life; when these meridians are not in balance, the body will show signs of low energy, stress or some form of illness. Aside from going to a Chinese acupuncturist, there is another way to read these meridian lines—with biofeedback software. Zyto technology can read the body’s meridian lines by means of galvanic skin response. The conductivity of our skin can give us information about how we react to emotional stimuli and even viruses, chemicals and electromagnetic frequencies.

The software’s associated handheld cradle measures subtle changes in your skin and body and compiles into a detailed report for review. It may, for example, detect imbalances in the body’s detoxification pathways and hormonal or emotional stressors. The biofeedback software and report is a great way to track and measure our health and wellness.

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Light Pollution Disturbs Sleep Being exposed to high levels of artificial outdoor light at night contributes to insomnia and greater use of sleeping pills, reports a new study from South Korea’s Seoul National University College of Medicine. The researchers studied the records of 52,027 people without diagnosed sleep disorders—60 percent of them women—and correlated their sleeping pill use with their residential location relative to artificial outdoor light intensity. The brighter the outdoor lighting, the more likely were sleep issues and the greater and more frequent use of sleeping pills. The study joins other research that has shown that artificial nighttime lighting—outdoors and indoors—disrupts circadian rhythms, potentially leading to such metabolic and chronic diseases and conditions as cancer, diabetes, obesity and depression.

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global briefs

Eco Fill-up

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Earth’s Extremities on the Edge The North Pole and South Pole each have unique, pristine environments, virtually untouched by civilization, but a pair of federal studies cast doubt upon their future status. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in a study based on satellite data, warned that ancient glaciers in West Antarctica, thought to be more stable than those to the east, are “waking up” and beginning to dump ice into the sea, which could further contribute to rising sea levels.

A second NOAA study reported that glaciers at the top of the world are also thawing, melting and breaking down. According to that document, the Arctic is undergoing a period of “record and near-record warmth, unlike any period on record.” Lead Arctic NOAA researcher Emily Osborne announced at a major geoscience conference, “The Arctic is experiencing the most unprecedented transition in human history.”

Liquid Fuel Stores Solar Energy

Solar power is cheap and plentiful, but there has been no way to store it efficiently. Scientists from Chalmers University of Technology, in Gothenberg, Sweden, are developing a liquid molecule composed of carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen that when exposed to sunlight, rearranges the bonds between its atoms into an energized new isomer. In this way, energy from the sun is captured between the isomer’s strong chemical bonds and stays there even when the molecule cools down to room temperature. When the energy is needed, the fluid is drawn through a catalyst that returns the molecule to its original form, releasing energy as heat. “The energy in this isomer can now be stored for up to 18 years,” says Chalmers University nanomaterials scientist Kasper Moth-Poulsen. “And when we come to extract the energy and use it, we get a warmth increase, which is greater than we dared hope for.” The hope is that this warmth can be used for domestic heating systems, powering a building’s water heater, dishwasher, clothes dryer and more. The scientists claim the fluid can now hold 250 watt-hours of energy per kilogram, double the energy capacity of Tesla’s Powerwall batteries. Moth-Poulsen believes the technology could be available for commercial use within 10 years.

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Planet Earth Has a Flag

A new project by Oskar Pernefeldt, a graduate student at Beckmans College of Design, in Stockholm, Sweden, has designed a new flag for the entire planet to be used worldwide in a move toward unity. Its minimalist design shows seven rings intertwined on a deep, sea-blue background, forming a flower in the middle. Simple and contemporary, the flag evokes the Earth’s natural beauty. “The blue field represents water, which is essential for life,” writes Pernefeldt. “The flower’s outer rings form a circle which could be seen as a symbol of Earth as a planet, and the blue surface could represent the universe.” The flag has yet to be adopted by any official government agencies. 14

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Bionic Leaf 2.0, a new, artificial photosynthesis system developed by a team headed by Harvard University scientists, takes in carbon dioxide, water and sunshine to create a sugary fuel. Solar energy splits up a water molecule, and bacteria turn hydrogen and carbon dioxide into liquid fuel, mainly isopropanol, which could be used someday to power a car. An improvement on their prior effort a year earlier, the new system has a catalyst made of cobalt and phosphorus, increasing the efficiency of the reaction to 10 percent. Normal photosynthesis in plants is just 1 percent efficient at converting solar energy to biomass. This technology has the potential to bring another type of solar energy to the planet, especially in the developing world.

Transcendental Meditations

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“Meditation-Induced NearDeath Experiences: a 3-Year Longitudinal Study,” published in Mindfulness, concludes that some Buddhist meditation practitioners can willfully induce near-death experiences (NDE). These profound psychological events typically occur in people close to actual or perceived death. The ability to willfully induce such experiences could help scientists better understand the phenomenon, which has been difficult to research. “The practice of using meditation to gain a better understanding of death is longstanding, particularly in Buddhism, where ancient texts exist to help spiritual practitioners prepare for or gain insight into the process of dying,” says study author William Van Gordon, of the University of Derby, in England. “Unlike regular near-death experiences, [12] participants were consciously aware of experiencing the meditation-induced NDE and retained control over its content and duration. Also, compared to regular forms of meditation, the meditation-induced NDE led to a five-fold increase in mystical experiences and a four-fold increase in feelings of non-attachment,” explains Van Gordon.

Oil companies have received federal permission to use seismic airguns to find oil and gas deep beneath the Atlantic Ocean floor during offshore oil exploration from New England to Florida. Repeated every 10 seconds, 24 hours a day, for days and weeks at a time, the airguns are so loud that they disturb, injure or kill marine mammals, sea turtles and other wildlife, harm commercial fisheries and disrupt coastal economies. The proposed testing could injure 138,000 whales and dolphins and disturb millions more, according to government estimates. Impacts include temporary and permanent hearing loss, disruption of mating and feeding, beach stranding and deaths. Whales and dolphins rely on their hearing to find food, communicate and reproduce. Airgun blasts can kill fish eggs and larvae, and scare away fish from important habitats. Catch rates of cod and haddock declined by 40-to-80 percent for thousands of miles following seismic surveys. Nonprofit environmental watchdog Oceana is working to halt the use of the devices and stop the expansion of dangerous offshore drilling that follows the seismic testing.

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NUTRITION UPGRADES Five Strategies for Better Health by Melinda Hemmelgarn


pringtime brings a desire to clean up our diets and refresh our plates. Here are five worthy strategies for upgrading nutrition and greeting the season with a renewed sense of well-being. n Ditch dieting. According to the Boston Medical Center, an estimated 45 million Americans go on a diet each year and spend more than $30 billion annually on weight-loss products. Despite this hefty investment, restrictive diets don’t work, says Sandra Aamodt, a neuroscientist based in northern California. Aamodt co-presented the Neurobiology of Dieting: Evidence for Improving Mental Health With a Self-Care Approach session at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) annual meeting last October in Washington, D.C. “Diets are not harmless,” Aamodt ex16

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plains. “They create stress, persistent hunger, trigger eating disorders such as binge eating and even make people fatter over time.” It’s better to take a kinder approach, says Rebecca Scritchfield, a Washington, D.C.-based registered dietitian and Aamodt’s co-presenter. Scritchfield is the author of Body Kindness: Transform Your Health From the Inside Out – and Never Say Diet Again. She teaches her clients to value their self-worth regardless of body size, practice mindful eating and focus on overall self-care: Think enjoyable physical activity, adequate sleep and positive self-talk. Mindful eating includes paying attention to thoughts and feelings that trigger eating such as hunger, but also stress, boredom and loneliness, says California-based registered dietitian Andrea Lieberstein, who wrote Well Nourished: Mindful Practices to Heal Your Relationship with Food, Feed Your Whole Self, and End Overeating.

She encourages clients to identify voids in their lives and fill them with healthy relationships and pleasurable activities, rather than food. The “health at any size” philosophy is accepted by a growing number of health and nutrition experts, including Annie Kay, a registered dietitian and registered yoga therapist at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. She’s the author of Every Bite is Divine: The Balanced Approach to Enjoying Eating, Feeling Healthy and Happy, and Getting to a Weight That’s Natural for You. Kay injects compassion into her work, promoting stress reduction, conscious eating and finding peace for individuals to reach their natural weight. n Learn how to cook and garden. The best dietary upgrade starts in our own kitchens, where the cook controls the ingredients. Home cooking with fresh, whole foods is at the heart of feeding ourselves well. Processed food manufacturers would like us to equate cooking with drudgery or think that cooking takes too much time, yet this couldn’t be further from the truth. Tanmeet Sethi, an integrative physician at the Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine Residency, in Seattle, established a culinary medicine program that includes both cooking and gardening classes. Sethi says, “Eating

is sacred; it’s our connection to the earth.” She also believes there is wisdom in the way food has been traditionally cooked. Sethi recommends a Mediterranean eating pattern for its power to reduce depression and ward off chronic diseases. She also promotes the “herb and spice pharmacy” to reduce inflammation and treat and prevent disease. For example, she says, “Ginger and turmeric both act on the same biochemical pathways as anti-inflammatory medicines.” Cooking and eating together as a family has multiple benefits, too, improving children’s nutrition, self-esteem and school performance. Best of all, says Sethi, “Family meals allow us to connect with the people we love.” Put away phones, turn off screens and truly tune in to each other. Connecting to the earth through gardening also improves our health, according to both Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, a registered dietitian and associate director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Diana Dyer, a Michigan-based organic farmer, registered dietitian and author of A Dietitian’s Cancer Story: Information & Inspiration for Recovery & Healing. They promote gardening as a way to interact with nature, reduce stress and improve quality of life. With just a small patch of soil, home and community gardens provide a ready source of affordable, fresh and nutritious vegetables and herbs.

n Eat to protect our planet. According to the American Public Health Association, climate change is a major threat to our population. Droughts, fires, storms and flooding create obvious challenges to growing crops, but new research also shows how increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere decreases the nutritional quality of food, leading to lower levels of protein and minerals. One solution is to change the way we farm and eat. For example, Jennifer Jay, Ph.D., a professor of environmental engineering in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of California Los Angeles, calculated the carbon footprints and climate impacts of a variety of food choices. In general, she says, the fewer animal products in our diets, the lower the greenhouse gas impact. But meat and other animal products need not be totally off the table. Simply choose smaller portions and when possible, purchase local pasture-raised products produced without antibiotics and hormones. Organic food production introduces less fertilizers, pesticides, antibiotic-resistant bacteria and greenhouse gases into our environment. So, what’s best for the planet is best for us. Jay provides easy, plant-based and planet-friendly recipes at

n Support gut health. Around 400 B.C., Hippocrates said, “Bad digestion is the root of all evil.” Fast forward through the centuries to today, and one of the hottest areas of research in health, medicine and nutrition revolves around the microbiome; more specifically, the community of microorganisms living in the gut. “Seventy percent of our immune system is in the lining of the gut,” explains Sethi, which is why she advises,“Feed the bacteria in your gut real food.” Similarly, Teresa Martin, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator based in Bend, Oregon, emphasizes the value of unprocessed, high-fiber, organic plant foods to nourish gut bacteria and maintain microbial balance. Speaking at the same recent meeting, Martin described multiple ways gut bacteria influence our physical and mental health, including nutrient absorption, body weight and blood sugar control, bone density, inflammation and mood. Microbes in the colon digest and ferment plant fibers into short-chain fatty acids, which help ensure a thick, healthy, intestinal mucus lining. Martin notes, “When we don’t eat enough plants, we can’t make enough short-chain fatty acids,” which are key to gut-brain crosstalk and control of appetite and mood. Martin recommends eating 35 to 50

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grams of fiber per day from food, not supplements. She also warns against “microbial assassins” such as antibiotics, processed meats, high-fat diets, refined carbohydrates, added sugars and artificial sweeteners, plus the emulsifiers polysorbate 80 and carboxymethylcellulose, which are commonly added to foods like ice cream and baked goods to improve texture and extend shelf life. All contribute to microbial imbalance, the loss of microbial diversity and leaky gut—the inability to keep offending food compounds like gluten and intact milk protein out of the bloodstream—leading to food intolerance, inflammation and autoimmune disorders. Registered dietitian Brenda Davis, of British Columbia, also recommends wholefood, plant-based diets to reverse Type 2 diabetes. She developed a “whole-grain hierarchy” to identify the most gut-friendly, least-processed grains, including cracked oats, brown rice, barley, buckwheat, sprouted grain, wheat berries and kamut. Along with beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables, Davis says these foods nourish beneficial gut microbes and reduce inflammation. n Try

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Seventy percent of our immune system is in the lining of the gut. ~Tanmeet Sethi, an integrative physician at the Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine Residency, in Seattle. Type 2 diabetes, perhaps in part due to the effect on gut microbes. Dorothy Sears, associate professor of medicine and associate director of the Center for Circadian Biology at the University of California, San Diego, studied the effect of intermittent fasting, or “time-restricted feeding”, on the risk of breast cancer recurrence. In a study of more than 2,300 breast cancer survivors, Sears discovered the women that fasted for at least 13 hours a day reduced breast

cancer recurrence by 36 percent, regardless of other dietary factors. Putting this into practice, if the last meal of the day ends at 6 p.m., the first meal of the next day would not begin before 7 a.m. In addition to this “prolonged nightly fasting,” Sears says that when we eat affects the way our bodies handle calories. She recommends eating during the first half of the day, when the sun is up and our enzyme and hormone systems are best able to handle calories, control blood sugar and body weight. Spring forward with these five tips and enjoy better health. Melinda Hemmelgarn, the “food sleuth”, is an award-winning registered dietitian, writer and nationally syndicated radio host based in Columbia, MO. Reach her at FoodSleuth@ Tune into Food Sleuth Radio through iTunes, Stitcher and

Eat-Right Resources

• Dorothy Sears: • Food Sleuth Radio interviews: • “The Great Nutrient Collapse:” • The Kick Diabetes Cookbook: An Action Plan and Recipes for Defeating Diabetes, by Brenda Davis.

• Mediterranean diet pyramid: • The Obesogen Effect: Why We Eat Less and Exercise More but Still Struggle to Lose Weight, by Bruce Blumberg

• Tanmeet Sethi: • Whole Grain Hierarchy: • Why Diets Make Us Fat: The Unintended Consequences of Our Obsession with Weight Loss, by Sandra Aamodt

New Farm Bill Boosts Michigan Agriculture


he 2018 Farm Bill supports the one in four jobs related to food and agriculture in Michigan, the state’s second-largest industry. It will provide five years of certainty for Michigan’s farmers, fuel opportunity in rural communities and grow small businesses. It continues historic investments in land, water and wildlife conservation, will grow Michigan local food economies and will support families working to make ends meet, as well as equipment manufacturers, food processing businesses, retailers and other employers. The food and agriculture sector contributes $101.2 billion to Michigan’s economy annually. The Farm Bill also protects our Great Lakes and rivers while preserving wildlife habitat to support hunting, fishing and other outdoor recreation. Strengthened regional conservation partnerships will leverage nearly $3 billion in private investment over the next decade for projects that protect the Great Lakes and improve wildlife habitat for hunting and fishing. Expanded conservation support for working farms will help farmers protect water quality and

reduce nutrient runoff into the rivers and streams that feed into Lake Erie and Saginaw Bay, while maintaining productive and profitable farmland.

schools and restaurants, driving the local food economy. Historic new urban agriculture investments creates new economic opportunities and makes it easier for urban farmers to start, expand and protect their businesses. Clean energy and efficiency upgrades help small businesses and farmers invest in wind and solar technologies that lower utility bills and support energy installation jobs. Support for bio-based manufacturing creates rural and urban manufacturing jobs by using Michigan-grown crops like corn and soybeans to make biofuels and Michigan-made goods like seat cushions and steering wheels. New help for beginning farmers, veterans and urban agriculture creates opportunities to expand Michigan’s diverse agricultural economy and supports the future of Michigan agriculture. The Farm Bill equips Michigan farmers with risk management tools that help them stay afloat during unexpected disasters, while also allowing them to tap into new markets to boost their bottom line; expanded crop insurance improves access for veterans, beginning farmers and Michigan’s fruit and vegetable growers. Permanent export opportunities will

Support for farmers’ markets and food hubs helps family farmers and local businesses sell locally grown food and made-in-Michigan products to families. Rural economic development initiatives attract new employers to Michigan’s small towns and rural communities through infrastructure improvements and expanded access to high-speed internet. Forest management and innovation supports 30,000 Michigan forestry jobs, including loggers and mill workers while finding new uses for Michigan-grown wood in manufacturing and building construction. Support for farmers’ markets and food hubs helps family farmers and local businesses sell locally grown food and made-in-Michigan products to families,

help Michigan farmers find new global markets for their goods. The Farm Bill includes a safety net for families. New job training opportunities will help SNAP participants find and keep good-paying jobs. Reduced paperwork for seniors makes accessing food assistance easier for grandparents on fixed incomes. A Farm to Food Bank initiative will provide healthy, Michigan-grown foods to families, while reducing food waste. For more information, visit 2018FarmBillMichigan. March 2019


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the year, but personally transformed my allergies through expanding my lungs and chest and balancing out my nervous system.” The American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy recommends gentler forms of exercise, and cautions against vigorous workouts such as Crossfit or long runs that can be counterproductive and exacerbate allergy flare-ups. Mansour recommends yoga, Pilates, walking or weight training—especially when congestion is a factor.

Try Some Yoga. Mansour, a certified yoga instructor, attests

to the benefits of the practice. To ease the symptoms of allergies, she recommends yoga both for its physical effects and its breath benefits. “Yoga can also help bring equilibrium to the nervous system and help the body relax. When the body is in a healthy balance and relaxed, it’s more effective at warding off things like infection or allergies.”

Exercise vs. Allergies

All the Right Moves


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easonal allergies plague more than 26 million Americans, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, with numbers on the rise in recent years. This is due in part to a dramatic increase in the amount of airborne pollen, a possible byproduct of climate change. Environmental and lifestyle stress, inadequate nutrition and weakened immune systems are also factors, leaving many feeling too miserable to engage in physical activities. Yet, research shows that exercise can help ease allergy symptoms and lessen severity. A survey of 2,000 allergy sufferers sponsored by the UK National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit showed those that exercised the most had the mildest symptoms.

More Exercise, Less Discomfort. Boosting heart rate through aerobic activities such as running, walking, jumping rope, treadmill routines, tennis and team sports like volleyball or basketball seems to offer anti-allergy benefits. Vitamin C can also help. Researchers from the Faculty of Sports Science at Chulalongkorn University, in Bangkok, Thailand, found that 70 percent of participants that took a vitamin C supplement and ran for half an hour experienced decreased nasal congestion and sneezing. “Exercising regularly creates a cumulative effect in the body, helps speed up metabolism and improves immunity, so you could find even less allergies occurring over time,” says Stephanie Mansour, fitness expert and former allergy sufferer from Chicago. “I used to get allergy shots for a runny nose and headaches during certain times of 20

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Registered nurse and yoga instructor Kristin Brien, of New York City, concurs. “A yoga practice trains and strengthens the vagal nerve, which activates the parasympathetic nervous system—rest and digest mode—and turns off the inflammatory response,” Brien says. “When we are under chronic stress, our nervous systems react as though our bodies are under constant threat, thus making some of us more susceptible to hypersensitive reactions to offending seasonal antigens like pollen and ragweed.” Yoga practitioners across the board recommend inverted poses such as the plow, shoulder stand and downward facing dog to relieve allergy-related congestion. While yoga can be beneficial, inverted poses should be avoided by anyone with high blood pressure, glaucoma or retinal issues due to increased pressure in the blood vessels of the head, and some experts emphasize that allergy sufferers and asthmatics should avoid hot yoga and other demanding forms during flare-ups. A gentle approach goes a long way. Ideally, Brien recommends asanas that anyone can do, including legs up the wall, supported bridge pose, supported reclined goddess pose and child’s pose.

Warm-Up. No matter the type of exercise, warming up can play a

key factor. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, stretching before activity and boosting heart rate helps to maximize exercise and its symptom-reducing effects.

Create a Healthy Space. Lessening the body’s burden by making small changes in living or workout space can also optimize the benefits of exercise. Brien, an allergy sufferer and asthmatic, recommends using a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter to reduce circulating allergens and also wiping down all surfaces, including yoga mats, floors, window sills and vents. During drier, colder times of the year, Mansour recommends using a humidifier to add moisture to the air and improve breathing. Exercise may not cure seasonal allergies, but it can lessen related symptoms, along with effecting a more balanced nervous system and better overall health. Marlaina Donato is the author of several books and a composer. Connect at

Well-Being and Meditation


by Kapila Castoldi he solution to all human problems is summarized in this short paragraph by spiritual teacher Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007). “I am in preparation. I am in preparation for a new dawn, a new morning and a new day. I shall consciously and forcefully bury my past experiences—experiences of failure, experiences of frustration, experiences of unworthiness. I shall bury them. I shall obliterate from my memory tablet all the uncomely experiences, the un-illumining experiences, that I have had so far in my life. I am in preparation for an ever-new life.” Our mind is a storehouse of impressions. Everything we see, hear or feel leaves an imprint upon the mind. In the long term, disease is often the result of harboring negative thoughts or emotions. The mind then plays an important

role in our physical well-being. Since the mind is nothing but thought, much of the healing consists of changing our thought pattern and learning to embrace positive thoughts. Thoughts of love, peace, and harmony counteract the weakening, disturbing and negative thoughts. The daily practice of meditation allows us to get in touch with the deeper part of ourselves, calm our emotions, focus the mind, and bring to the fore the qualities and capacities that are stored deep within ourselves. Through the practice of meditation, we discover that we are looking at life through lenses which are colored by our past experiences and emotional traumas. The process of purification of the mind allows us to gradually release these deep-seated imprints and shift the focus to a higher level of

consciousness, a state where peace, harmony and balance reign supreme. This is what can help us achieve this state: Mantras: In the form of words or music, sound reaches and purifies the deeper part of our being. It helps alter or eradicate deep-seated memories and impressions. Its energy can neutralize inner scars. Intake of peaceful impressions: It’s important that we surround ourselves with people that inspire us, and that we spend time in nature. Walking among trees and flowers, sitting by a lake, listening to the chirping of birds, the flow of water in creeks, the rustling of leaves in trees are all very healing. Colors: The colors we wear and the colors that surround us in our homes affect us deeply. Each color carries a different energy. Light, pastel, colors should be preferred, as they carry positive energy. Greens and blues are cooling; earthy colors are grounding; the shades of red, orange and yellow are energizing and warming. Aromas: the fragrance of essential oils and incense can be beneficial, as well. We can choose the calming and clearing fragrances of sandalwood, myrrh and frankincense, or the cooling fragrances of flowers, such as rose, jasmine and gardenia. Dr. Kapila Castoldi is an instructor at the Sri Chinmoy Centre, offering an Exploring Meditation series on March 17, 24 and 31 at Crazy Wisdom Bookstore. For more info, email or visit See ad page 40.

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Making Meals From Mainly Scraps by April Thompson


ood scraps are no longer relegated to just making soup, stock and sauces that hide their true nature. Creative chefs are reawakening to the possibilities of skins, cores, rinds and other parts we’ve needlessly been throwing away, with startling results. “Cooking with scraps is good for the planet and good for the pocketbook. Forty percent of food produced goes uneaten,


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unnecessarily filling the landfill with hundreds of billions of dollars of food,” says Lindsay-Jean Hard, a chef in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and the author of Cooking With Scraps: Turn Your Peels, Cores, Rinds, and Stems into Delicious Meals. Yet the real driving force behind Hard’s unusual, scrap-based recipes is the joy of creativity and innovation. “It’s fun to challenge yourself to create something delicious

out of something no one would think edible, like my banana peel cake,” says Hard. Mads Refslund, a Danish chef living in New York City, seeks nature in food by cooking and serving it on the plate. “In nature, there is no ugly, no trash, just cycles of change. Using all the parts is a way of respecting the plant, the fish, the animal and its life,” says the co-author of Scraps, Wilt & Weeds: Turning Wasted Food into Plenty. Tama Matsuoka Wong, forager and co-author of Scraps, Wilt & Weeds, points to the cultural relativism of cooking, noting that our ancestors or other cultures may think that modern Americans are throwing away the best parts of our food. “Some of the best flavor and nutrients can be found in vegetable, fruit and fish skins that often get discarded,” says Matsuoka Wong. Both Scraps, Wilt & Weeds and Cooking with Scraps are intended as reference guides to provide inspiration to home chefs, rather than rigid cookbooks to be followed with precision. Matsuoka Wong suggests trying to work with the ingredients at hand, using substitutions as needed, instead of buying an ingredient just to follow a recipe. Cooking from scraps requires a shift in mindset about our food and a new mindfulness about our habits in the kitchen, says Matsuoka Wong. “Before automatically throwing something away or composting, pause and think, what might I do with this?” she says. Hard suggests choosing one new ingredient at a time to work with, old bread being an

easy one to start with. “Stale bread can easily be transformed into breadcrumbs and croutons that can add nice texture to a lot of dishes,” says Hard. “Nail a couple things you can make out of anything, like fried rice or frittatas, which are both very accepting of most any ingredient you add,” says Matsuoka Wong. Hard agrees that simple, hearty dishes like layered casseroles or tasty tempura can be great ways to clean out the odds and ends in the crisper. Sometimes the toughest ingredients can yield the tastiest meal. Hard admits to having been stumped by what to do with the nonfleshy part of artichoke leaves, which can be tough and bitter, until she developed a recipe for artichoke leaf nachos. Edible weeds, leaves, stalks and stems of all kinds, including celery, asparagus ends and carrot tops, make for great pesto, which is itself a versatile ingredient—great for sandwiches, dips, pastas and more—and it freezes well, Hard says. Fish scales can be fried and eaten like potato chips; they are a crunchy bar snack in Japan, notes Matsuoka Wong. Fish carcasses or shrimp shells can also be boiled down into stock for risotto or seafood chowder, suggests Hard. Fruit cores can be boiled into sweet syrup for cocktails or non-alcoholic refreshments, or distilled down into vinegars. Fruit peels can be crisped up into a healthy snack or boiled into a tea. Hard likes to infuse tequila with beet peels for a dramatic look and a little extra flavor. Fruit or vegetable tops such as pineapples, strawberries, cucumbers and leftover herbs can be used to infuse water or vinegar. Water from canned beans, known as aquafaba, is a great stand-in for egg whites to make everything from homemade vegan mayo to fudgy brownies. “Cooking with scraps shouldn’t be intimidating or overwhelming or feel like a chore: They’re just ingredients,” says Hard. “The more you cook using these recipes, the more familiar the concepts will become, and you’ll realize how easy it is to adapt them to make them your own.” April Thompson is a freelance writer in Washington, D.C. Connect at

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Healing from Genetically Altered Foods


by Marlaina Donato

wenty-five years ago, the first genetically modified (GM) crop came to market in the form of a tomato engineered for a longer shelf life. Today, as much as 80 percent of food in the U.S. contains GMOs (as they are best known) and most of the world’s genetically engineered crops are treated with glyphosate herbicides, primarily Monsanto’s Roundup. Unlike hybrids produced by conventional breeding, GMOs are created in a laboratory, often incorporating DNA from other species, such as bacteria and viruses. Researching the potential health effects “must be our number one priority, because GMO technology is replacing nature,” says Jeffrey Smith, executive director of the Institute for Responsible Technology, in Fairfield, Iowa. “The altered genomes are passed on to future generations.” Although U.S. regulators generally regard these foods to be safe, the ubiquity of GMOs in the food chain and a lack of research on their long-term effect on human health have ignited controversy among scientists, consumers and even governments. Much of the research has been conducted in other countries—more than 60 have banned GMOs—and most studies have focused on the health effects of the glyphosate used on these crops, which the World Health Organization in 2015 declared a probable human

carcinogen. “Glyphosate adversely affects the mitochondria, neurotransmitter production and hormones,” says Smith, whose recent documentary, Secret Ingredients, presents stories of people that overcame chronic illnesses by eliminating GMOs from their diets. Smith recently conducted a survey published in the International Journal of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine in which 3,256 respondents reported improvement in a number of health problems after they switched to largely non-GMO and organic diets. “Many of the conditions that improved in the survey participants are similar to the health issues found in lab animals fed GMOs or the associated herbicide Roundup,” he wrote. More than 85 percent reported improvement from digestive disorders. It is possible that glyphosate, which is antibiotic in nature, may disrupt the delicate balance of the microbiome, a community of microbes that inhabit the gut.

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“Roundup can loosen the tight junctions between our cells,” explains Smith. “This can lead to leaky gut, which can contribute to inflammation and numerous diseases.” Dr. Akil Palanisamy, a Harvard-educated physician and author of The Paleovedic Diet: A Complete Program to Burn Fat, Increase Energy,

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Dr. Michelle Perro, a pediatrician, author and executive director of GMO Science, in San Rafael, California, became involved when she came across research by plant biologist Dr. Arpad Pusztai, one of the first scientists to raise concerns about the safety of genetically modified foods. “I was able to correlate his findings with the change in children’s health that I was beginning to notice in my own practice,” says Perro. “As I dug deeper, I put the pieces together of the relationship between GMOs, gut health and subsequent diseases.” Perro has seen improved health in her patients once a cleaner diet is introduced. “Parents have the ability to help reverse chronic disorders plaguing their children, including asthma, eczema, food allergies and neurocognitive disorders such as autism and ADHD [attention deficit hyperactivity disorder].” Palanisamy has also seen significant changes in his patients’ health when they heed his advice and avoid GMOs. “Often, they report improvement in digestion, mood, brain fog and energy levels.” The body is designed with the innate ability to heal, says Pero. “Chronic diseases can be reversed when organic nutrition is the foundation.” The Hartman Group’s Organic & Natural 2018 report reveals that 46 percent of American shoppers now seek GMO-free food. “The tipping point here in the United States has begun,” says Smith. Marlaina Donato is the author of several books on spirituality, health and wellness and a composer. Connect at March 2019


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hilippe Cousteau Jr., the 39-yearold grandson of legendary undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau, is continuing a rich family legacy of sharing the wonders of the natural world with a global audience. A diver, conservationist and environmental activist, the younger Cousteau has also become an inspirational speaker, writer, social entrepreneur and producer of myriad television and film projects. Now in his fifth season of hosting the Emmy-nominated series Xploration Awesome Planet, which airs on a number of outlets, Cousteau and his wife, Ashlan, also co-host the popular Travel Channel series Caribbean Pirate Treasure, a waterborne odyssey that explores pirate legends, shipwrecks and the lore of lost treasures. His previous work has examined the fragile future of sharks, tigers, rhinos and other species nearing collapse, and their critical places in the natural order. Like his grandfather and

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father before him—Philippe Sr. died in a plane crash six months before his son was born—Cousteau has embraced the mission of inspiring youth to take action for a sustainable planet, launching EarthEcho International in 2005 and authoring several children’s books.

How did your grandfather inspire you?

He was a captain in the French Navy during World War II when he and an engineer invented scuba diving. It revolutionized humanity in many ways because until then, we were limited in our ability to explore the ocean. He then went on to help create underwater cameras and lights and the means to do storytelling about this wonderful world that he was exploring. It was the first time for millions of people around the world to get a glimpse of what lived in the ocean. Ted Turner called him the “father of the environmental

movement” because over time, his stories led him to a deeper understanding of the changes that were happening in the oceans and inspired him to embark on a journey not just of exploration, but of conservation. Growing up with that legacy, I was very much inspired by his work. My father was also a big part of the early Cousteau Society, and was a major driver in the early days of the conservation ethic.

How did covering the 2010 BP oil disaster for news organizations and being among the first to dive into the historic spill shape your world view?

It was a transformative experience for me, and for the country. It was a much-needed reminder of the consequences of our addiction to oil. Seeing the spill firsthand was a horrific experience. While I was already engaged and committed to conservation, it really helped [me] to double down on the urgency that I feel on these issues, because I saw not only what it did to the environment, but what it did to the communities that rely on the environment—the fishermen, the tourism operators, other people. They were all shattered and devastated by that spill. It was a powerful reminder that when we talk about conservation, we are really talking about building a world where humans can thrive as much as nature.

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Saving a Drop to Drink Our Role in the Coming Water Crisis by Jim Motavalli

Fortunately, through conservation, more water-conscious consumption and smarter management of water, we can replenish and repair the water cycle.


lthough climate change gets most of the attention, the international water crisis looms just as large. The World Economic Forum has ranked water scarcity as the top long-term environmental risk globally for the next decade; the United Nations reports that 1.2 billion people—a fifth of the world’s burgeoning population—live in regions of water scarcity; and as many as 700 million around the globe are already suffering from water deprivation. The U.S. is not in a water crisis—yet— but serious problems loom on the horizon in places like Southern California and the

desert Southwest. Los Angeles and San Diego rely on mountain snow in the north to melt and replenish rivers and lakes. But record high temperatures and a shortfall of winter storms—problems aggravated by climate change—have greatly reduced available water supplies. In the Southwest, Colorado River reservoirs were at record lows last summer. As the region continues to use more water than can be replaced by rain and snow, places like Phoenix may experience severe rationing, according to the Center for Biological Diversity. Arizona’s Lake Mead, which supplies water to 22 million people, could run dry by 2021, report researchers from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography of the University of California at San Diego.

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“Fortunately, through conservation, more water-conscious consumption and smarter management of water, we can replenish and repair the water cycle. But we must make this a priority and pick up the pace,” says Sandra Postel, director of the Global Water Policy Project and author of Replenish: The Virtuous Cycle of Water and Prosperity. Right now, we’re addressing a 21st-century crisis with 20th-century tools. Leaky pipes, broken water mains and faulty meters are responsible for the loss of 2.1 trillion gallons of water annually in the U.S., according to the American Water Works Association. And our lifestyles are

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extremely water-intensive. For instance, it takes 3,120 gallons of water to produce one smartphone; watering a 1,000-square-foot lawn even once uses 620 gallons of water. Here are some simple steps everyone can take. Doing them won’t crimp our lifestyles, but it will help us hold on to our finite and threatened fresh water supply: 4 Eat less meat. The water required to produce one quarter-pound hamburger is equivalent to 30 showers, according to One serving of poultry uses 90 gallons. 4 Track down water leaks, which typically waste 10 gallons daily. Common leak sites are faucets, shower heads, swimming pools, garden hoses and pipe joints. 4 Replace old, leaky toilets with efficient models bearing the WaterSense label, or simply put a brick in the toilet tank to reduce consumption with each flush. To check a toilet for leaks, put a few drops of food coloring in the tank and see if any of it transfers to the bowl without flushing. 4 Wash only full loads of laundry and use right-size load settings. Typically, the washing machine accounts for 15 to 40 percent of a household’s indoor water use. Consider a more water-efficient, front-loading washer. 4 Take shorter, five-minute showers with a low-flow showerhead (saving more than 10

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What It Takes to Make Our Stuff An eye-popping amount of water is needed to grow or manufacture what we eat, buy and use on a daily basis. Although it’s impossible to reduce our water use to zero, it’s helpful to know how much water is required, so that we’re less inclined to overbuy or waste. 1 cup of coffee. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 gal. 1 hamburger. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 660 gal. 1 gallon of milk. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 879 gal. 1 pound of wheat. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132 gal. 1 pound of soybeans . . . . . . . . . . . . 216 gal. 1 orange. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 gal. 1 pound of chocolate. . . . . . . . . . 3,170 gal. 20 pounds of dog food . . . . . . . . 4,000 gal. 1 pair of cotton jeans. . . . . . . . . . 2,108 gal. 1 smartphone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3,190 gal. 1 car tire. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 518 gal.

1 avocado. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 gal. 1 pound of chicken meat. . . . . . . . 468 gal. 1 pound of barley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200 gal. 1 pound of rice. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 450 gal. 1 pound of almonds. . . . . . . . . . 1,900 gal. 1 egg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 gal. 1 slice of bread. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 gal. 1 pair of leather shoes. . . . . . . . . 3,626 gal. 1 cotton T-shirt. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 659 gal. 1 car. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13,737 to . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21,926 gal.

Sources: Friends of the Earth,, gallons compared to the 10-minute version), turn off the water while brushing teeth and shave with a full basin rather than open taps. 4 Wash the car less often: The process uses as much as 150 gallons of water. Driving may not seem to have much to do with water use, but the Water Footprint Calculator ( reports, “Water is used in great quantities during fuel extraction, refining and production.” So taking public transportation, combining errands or joining a car pool will reduce our water footprint.

4 Reduce lawn watering to a onehour soaking once a week, rather than daily. Water in the morning—before 10 a.m.—when it’s cooler, so grass roots can absorb moisture before it evaporates. If watering must be done in the evening, try between 4 and 6 p.m., which gives the grass blades time to dry before nightfall. Jim Motavalli is the author of eight books, and contributes to The New York Times and Barron’s.

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Air Care for Kids

Keeping the Homefront Allergy-Free by Avery Mack

An organic mattress is a healthier choice and natural fabrics are the best option for bed linens.


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n allergy is a dramatic overreaction of the immune system to environmental agents that are harmless to most people. Antibodies fight allergens with the release of histamines, and a runny nose, red eyes, sneezing, coughing, rash or hives can be the tangible result. Common around age 10, allergies often fade later in life, so children are often most sensitive to their causes. Outdoors,

the problem could be pollen from trees or plants. Indoors, chemicals, dust mites, mold or pet dander are common culprits. An allergist can help identify them. Author of Clearing the Air One Nose at a Time: Caring for Your Personal Filter, pediatrician Hana Solomon, M.D., in Columbia, Missouri, focuses on a natural approach to prevent, rather than treat, symptoms. “Thirty years ago, we didn’t have specialty cleaning products,” she says. “Natural solutions work; sometimes just a cotton cloth and water are enough.” Frisco, Texas-based Urban Hydration uses vegan-friendly, cruelty- and gluten-free ingredients and herbal extracts to ensure their cleaning products don’t contain parabens, synthetics, polybeads and toxic chemicals. Their home and spa collections are kept as natural as possible without requiring refrigeration. Lemon extract and coconut oil are key ingredients in their all-purpose spray, dishwashing solution and fabric refresher. Microscopic dust mites live in upholstery, carpets and mattresses. They are the cleanup crew for the millions of dead skin cells humans shed daily. “If a child is allergic to dust mites, get rid of the carpet. Hang blinds on the windows. Vacuum heat vents,” Solomon says. “Use allergen-free pillows, no down or feathers, and a mattress cover. Wash it and bedding

once a week. Reduce the number of toys and stuffed animals in use, wash [them] frequently and store others. Go unscented.” Leslie Fischer, an eco-minded mom and entrepreneur in Chicago, reviews mattresses for adults and babies at Sustainable “Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) off-gas from the mattress and disrupt sleep, but also trigger allergy symptoms, asthma and hives,” she says. “An organic mattress is a better choice.” Natural fabrics are the best option for bed linens. Kathryn Kellogg, author of the Going Zero Waste blog in Vallejo, California, lists 17 sustainable and eco-friendly bedding brands. For her own use, she chose organic cotton sheets from a family-owned business ( Pajamas are also important. Look for comfy organic fibers that wick moisture, are hypoallergenic and fire-resistant. Meri-

Lemon extract and coconut oil are key ingredients for a home-made, all-purpose cleaning spray, dishwashing solution and fabric refresher. no wool’s millions of tiny air pockets create a micro-climate to keep sleeping kids toasty in cold weather and cool in summer heat. Pallet furniture is trendy, but keep in mind that chemical residue or insecticides may remain in the porous wood, as well as E. coli or listeria from food transports. A safety checklist can be found at Tinyurl. com/PalletSafety. Often overlooked, indoor mold can live year-round in damp places like bathrooms. A DecoLife bath mat made of natural diatomaceous earth and resilient plant-fiber is antibacterial, non-slip and contains no colorants. It dries within three minutes to prevent mold or mildew from forming. Instead of dropping wet towels and washcloths into the hamper, hang them to dry and launder weekly. Lemon juice keeps faucets sparkly clean and fresh-smelling. Vinegar cleans glass shower doors. Ditch the old shower curtain; most are made with PVC and release chemicals into the air. Install a rain showerhead to avoid water spray, and use a

fast-drying hemp or organic cotton curtain. Opt for natural flooring; bamboo and cork are both sturdy and sustainable, but have a large carbon footprint due to shipping distances. Linoleum, updated and colorful, is available with marbled, stonelike, flecked and woodgrain patterns. Antistatic and antibacterial, it withstands kids and pets, requiring only a mild cleanser and damp mop to stay clean. Pets are often blamed when a child develops allergies. It’s actually their dander that causes the reaction. Rather than giving Sparky away, use pet-friendly wipes on fur and feet to remove dander and allergens carried in from outdoors. The Daily Shep offers tips at Kids bring allergens into the house, too. Leave shoes outside the door, schedule an early bath and change to indoor garb for the evening. A high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter will help clean the air. Connect with freelance writer Avery Mack at

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How to Weave Hemp Into Gold by Richard L. Steinhart


1,000 acres of land in Arizona he dilemma facing Passage of the into hemp production. Their socially conscious people is how to jus2018 Farm Bill new headquarters was just tify making money through has changed the purchased in Cave Creek, Arizona. Another positive for the capitalism system. Buyregulations of the company is the decision ing shares of stock means owning part of a company. hemp products to offer all nonprofit organizations a pricing discount of Finding small cap, underat the federal 10 percent below wholesale valued stocks is the best way level. Farmers on all CBD products. for significant, long-term The recent acquisition capital growth to occur. can now get of Grow Green Global En CBD Unlimited, Inc., crop insurance, terprises, Inc., in Jamaica, formerly Endexx Corporation, is a biotech company and hemp com- now gives the company the ability to grow and export that offers the eco-conscious panies no longer investor a tremendous opboth CBD products and have banking medical cannabis all around portunity for capital growth. the world. A medical mariThere are currently three restrictions. juana dispensary is about to revenue producing divisions within CBD Unlimited. On the eco-side of the be opened in Ocho Rios at the disembarkequation, they have developed, an extensive ing point of cruise ships in the eastern Caline of organically grown hemp products with ribbean. Grow Green Global is evaluating doctors and medical professionals, including the purchase of a 150-acre parcel of land four flavors of sublingual oil, two capsule for- eight miles from Ocho Rios with several mulations, Maggie’s balm and Maggie’s Mist for buildings and a river running through topical use, Third Eye Chai tea, Amrita juice the property. This will enable the cultivadrinks, and Phyto-bites soft dog and cat chews. tion of other medicinal herbs to enhance The hemp is grown and processed at the cannabis to be grown and processed farms in Colorado, Kentucky and North Car- there. Local residents will have access to olina. This year, there are plans to put 500 to good-paying jobs. One of the company’s 32

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objectives is to create a destination healing center on this extraordinary site. CBD Unlimited has also entered into a partnership to open a neuropathy clinic in greater Metro area of Phoenix, administered by Chief Medical Officer Dan Kiddy, DPM. CBD products will be used as part of the treatment protocol for every patient, pre- and post-surgery. Kiddy created a research study using CBD oil for patients suffering from neuropathy, diabetic foot pain and planter fasciitis. Over a nine month period, patients reported an average 68 percent pain reduction. By adding capsules containing CBD, ginger, turmeric, ashwagandha and rhodiola, the results were even better. The third division of the company is comprised of the GorillaTek high-security vending machines and software technologies. These state-of-the-art, 800-pound, vault-level security machines are programmable from the cloud. They can store between 780 and 1,000 items that can be sold in pharmacies, big box stores and even marijuana dispensaries. For security purposes, biometric thumbprint identification can be captured and credit card transaction can occur. There is currently one Auto-Spense machine operating at a marijuana dispensary in Kingston, Jamaica, and another will be set up at their facility in Ocho Rios. The chief executive officer of the CBD Unlimited is Todd Davis. He was an investment banker in Chicago for 13 years before taking the helm of the company. His experience, insight, advocacy and blueprint for advancing the values and business of the company will soon come to fruition. Davis has also been nominated to join the board of directors of the Hemp Association of America. CBD Unlimited offers the investor a great opportunity to achieve significant capital growth, as passage of the 2018 Farm Bill has changed the regulations of hemp products at the federal level. Farmers can now get crop insurance, and hemp companies no longer have banking restrictions. Now is the time to join this new green wave. CBD Unlimited, (EDXC: OTC Markets) provides the investor an opportunity for a long-term capital gain. Richard Steinhart is an alumnus of the University of Michigan. He has been analyzing and successfully investing in small and micro cap stocks for 60 years. Connect with him at RSteinhart59@ Learn more at

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FIGHT BACK NATURALLY When Allergies Put the Bite on Pets by Sandra Murphy


pringtime doesn’t just mean warmer weather, colorful flowers and greening grass. It also brings seasonal allergies. For pets, it can be a miserable time of year, because dogs and cats are lower to the ground and pick up allergens on their fur. Grass, weeds, pollen, lawn chemicals, fertilizers and fleas can trigger reactions such as itchy skin, raw paws, sneezing fits and general discomfort.

Due to the warmer temperatures of the past decade, flea allergies in dogs have risen 12 percent, while cats have seen a whopping 67 percent increase. Environmental allergies are also up 30 percent for dogs and 11 percent for cats, according to the 2018 State of Pet Health Report from the Banfield Pet Hospital, in Vancouver, Washington. The most common environmental allergens include dust mites, mold, fabric, feathers and cleaning solutions.

Symptoms A dog’s itching will often manifest between the toes, on the wrists, “armpits”, groin, legs, ears, eyes and back, just in front of the tail. In the quest for relief, dogs will lick, chew, pull out hair and scratch, often leaving bare spots or open wounds that may get infected. Cats will pull hair, scratch ears and develop a rash or bare spot on the stomach or inside the legs. In extreme cases, a veterinarian will give an injection

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to calm the itchiness before more damage is done. Owners can use that lull to investigate what is causing the allergy.

Fleas For fleas, there are more natural ways to end the cycle than using potentially toxic pet treatments. Diatomaceous earth (DE) is affordable, non-toxic and safe, made from fossils of marine life crushed into a superfine powder. Its deadly effect on insects stems from piercing their hard shells so they become dehydrated. It does not harm mammals. Be sure to buy food-grade DE, not the kind that’s designed for use in pools and gardens. Simply dust the dog to the skin with the powder and sprinkle it on bedding, rugs and carpets. Cats tend to have more favorite nap spots than dogs, so vacuum first to get rid

of any flea eggs. Sprinkle the DE and leave it in place for a couple of weeks. Vacuum again. DE can be hard on regular vacuums, but a Shop-Vac is up to the task.

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4 A change in cleaning products. Use unscented, all-natural cleansers. Put the dog or cat in another room when vacuuming so they don’t breathe dust. A new cat litter can trigger allergic reactions. Look for unscented, dust-free litter. 4 Plastic bowls. Switch to stainless steel bowls for food and water. 4 Seasonal flowers and grasses. Pet-friendly wipes will remove excess pollen when the dog comes in after outdoor time. A twice-weekly bath during the worst of the season and weekly as blooming subsides will wash away pollens. An oatmeal shampoo is soothing; don’t use tea tree oil-based shampoos, which may further irritate skin. Be sure to dry the fur. Wet bedding can cause mold, another allergen. 4 Dust mites. Replace worn beds and bedding on a regular basis. Look for natural fabrics and fillings; no down or feathers. Wash weekly. 4 Lack of proper filtration. The air conditioner will capture incoming pollen: Be sure to change the filter often.

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Filling in Your Nutritional Gaps – 12-1pm. This seminar will give you tools to build your plate for optimal nutrition and learn about the top 5 nutrient deficiencies in the U.S. and how to fill the gaps with proper supplementation. Free. The Better Health Store, 3500 Washtenaw “All About Aries” Astrology Class – 7-9pm. Beverly Fish discusses a new sign each month and how it relates to your chart. $10. Enlightened Soul Center, 3820 Packard, Ste 280. 358-0218.

THURSDAY, MARCH 7 The History of Hemp – 7-8:30pm. Board-Certified Naturopath Clinton Zimmerman leads this discussion about the roles that hemp has played throughout history in war, religion, exploration, racism, the industrial revolution of the 1930s, and today’s modern drug culture. Free. Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tearoom, 114 S Main St. 994-9174.


SATURDAY, MARCH 2 Dexter Winter Marketplace – 9am-1pm. Features art and crafts, bread and baked goods, jewelry, fresh produce, eggs, cheese, meats and more. Dexter Senior Center, 7720 Ann Arbor St, Dexter.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6 Grow & Share: Planting America – 7-8:30pm. Michigan Garden Clubs President Carol Brodbeck discusses the gardening efforts of the Michigan and National Garden Clubs including the project “Michigan Pollinator Gardens.” Presented by Ann Arbor Garden Club. Free. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd. 647-7600.


Meditation and Mindfulness for Adults – 7-8:30pm. Massage therapist and meditation leader Amy Tarrant will lead you through a series of guided meditations. Learn breathing exercises and short, simple techniques for calmness and reduced stress. Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. 327-4200.

Herb Seed Giveaway – 7-8:30pm. Start you summer herbs early. Group President Madolyn Kaminski also offers tips on seed starting. Presented by Herb Study Group. Free. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd. 647-7600.

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calendar of events Psychic Saturday Party – 12-5pm. Variety of psychic readers, shopping, snacks. Door prizes in 1st hr. $3/admission; Readings: $2/min (15 mins minimum). Enlightened Soul Center, 3820 Packard, Ste 280. 358-0218. Death Coaching in the Tibetan Tradition – 2-5pm. Learn ways to help a dying person or animal, such as providing spiritual comfort, recommendations for handling the body, and after-death practices. Lama Nancy Burks, PhD, will explain which approaches would be most appropriate, depending on the beliefs of the dying person and your own spiritual experience. $20. Ann Arbor Karma Thegsum Chöling, 614 Miner St. 649-2127. Frog and Toad Survey Kick-off and Training – 2:30-4:30pm. Volunteers will be trained to identify frogs by ear and eye and will select a route to survey. No previous experience required. Surveying is done on night trips, at least once per month, Mar-June. Most routes require driving. Register by Mar 6: 794-6627 or

Series. Film follows the Archbishop’s tireless work for El Salvador’s people that earned him sainthood in 2018. A dinner option is available from Pilar’s Tamales for $8 which includes one tamale and sides. Vegetarian option available. St. Mary Student Parish, 331 Thompson St. RSVP to reserve meal by 12, Mar 12: Eventbrite. com/e/2019-dinner-a-movie-latin-america-seriestickets-53454095639. Latest Research and Development: Using Microbials to Improve the Lives of Honeybees – 6:308:30pm. A presentation by Dr. Vera Strogolova, a beekeeper, microbiologist and co-founder of Milwaukee-based Strong Microbials. Presented by Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers. Free. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd. 647-7600.


SUNDAY, MARCH 10 Free Intimacy Workshop – 2:30-5pm. Learn self-love techniques as taught in Human Awareness Institute workshops. Free. Enlightened Soul Center, 3820 Packard, Ste 280. 358-0218.

MONDAY, MARCH 11 Catching Your Breath – 10-11:30am. Presented by MI Alzheimer’s Disease Center. A free monthly program for caregivers of adults with memory loss. Designed for learning skills for continued health and well-being. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd. Info & to register: 936-8803. Printmaking: Expressions of Hope and Healing – 6-8:30pm. This workshop uses an art-based methodology called Paper Prayers, which are expressions of hope and well-being. Each participant will make at least one small artwork in the format of a longitudinal strip of paper characteristic of a Paper Prayer using hand printing and/or collage. Downtown Library, 343 S Fifth Ave. 327-4200.

TUESDAY, MARCH 12 Stewards’ Circle – 7:30-8:30am. Topic: Personal Safety in the Field. Join us and Ann Arbor Police to discuss keeping yourself safe while out in the field. An informal discussion on a monthly topic with volunteer and professional land stewards, plus others interested in nature. Free. Bruegger’s Bagels, 709 N University Ave. 996-3190. Dinner & A Movie Series: Monseñor: The Last Journey of Óscar Romero – 6:30pm, dinner; 7pm, movie. Join ICPJ’s Latin America Task Force for their 3rd film of their 2019 Dinner & a Movie


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Family Art Studio: Inuit Inspirations – 11am1pm; 2-4pm. Create your own project inspired by the UMMA exhibition The Power Family Program for Inuit Art: Tillirnanngittuq​, followed by a handson workshop with local artist and UMMA docent Sophie Grillet. Free; space limited. UMMA, 525 S State St. 764-0395. Registration required: UMMA. Storytime at the Museum – 11:15am-12pm. Children ages 3-6 invited to hear a story in the galleries, followed by a short activity responding to the art on display. Parents must accompany children. Siblings welcome. UMMA, 525 S State St. 764-0395. Parents’ Night Out: Eco Warriors – 5:30-10pm. Learn how to protect habitats from invasive species and defend wildlife from The Most Deadly Animal in the World. Complete group challenges and design your own eco-warrior costume. Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. Registration required by Mar 13, 12pm: 997-1553 or Drumming Circle – 7-8:30pm. With Lisa Harthun. Gather to drum, rattle, dance, sing and shake away all of the negative energies. We will gather in community to help raise the collective vibration, bring greater healing and balance to ourselves, and send healing to our planet and all of its inhabitants. $20. Evenstar’s Chalice, 36 N Huron St, Ypsilanti. 9057980.

The RFD Boys – 8pm. The house band of Michigan bluegrass. $11, $10/member, senior, student. The Ark, 316 S Main St. 761-1800.

Inclusive Hatha Yoga – 3-4pm. Raina LaGrand, yoga and mindfulness educator, will lead a series of postures for beginners and experienced yoga practitioners alike. Westgate Branch, 2503 Jackson Ave. 327-8301.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13 ICPJ Climate Change and Earthcare Task Force Meeting – 3-4:30pm. Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, 1414 Hill St.

THURSDAY, MARCH 14 ICPJ Racial and Economic Justice Task Force Meeting – 12-2pm. Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, 1414 Hill St. The Harmony of Art & Science – 7-8:30pm. Join entomologist and photographer Dr. Zohair Mohsen as he explores his artistic process and the often overlooked beauty of the common insects and plants of Ann Arbor’s natural areas. Downtown Library, 343 S Fifth Ave. 327-4200.

FRIDAY, MARCH 15 International Sauces – 7:30-8:30pm. With Keegan Rodgers. Learn how to infuse flavor in a variety of mediums: oil, vinegar, sugar, salt and honey. Leave with several recipes using a variety of flavor pairings to get started with this fun technique. Also learn how to store the infusions. Free. Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. 994-9174. events/1621492827953942.

SATURDAY, MARCH 16 Dexter Winter Marketplace – 9am-1pm. Features art and crafts, bread and baked goods, jewelry, fresh produce, eggs, cheese, meats and more. Dexter

Exploring Meditation: Introductory Meditation Series – Sundays, Mar 17-31. 1-3pm. Offered free of charge by Dr. Kapila Castoldi of the Sri Chinmoy Centre. Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, 114 S Main. To register: 994-7114 or Info: Learn about Solar Power for your Home – 2-4pm. Learn about how solar power works for your home or business. Will be talking about tax incentives that can reduce the price by as much as 45% for homes in the Opportunity Zone. Solar contractors available to give quotes and talk about zero down options. Free. Ypsilanti Freighthouse, 100 Market Pl, Ypsilanti. 383-9077. Spring Equinox Ritual Workshop – 2-6pm. Rituals for release, renewal and manifestation offered by Jaclyn Duvall. $20 advance only. Enlightened Soul Center, 3820 Packard, Ste 280. 358-0218. Fireside Fun: A Good Old-Fashioned Campfire Circle – 6:30-8pm. There’s nothing quite as relaxing as sitting around a campfire, roasting marshmallows and swapping stories. Bring camp chairs and s’mores fixings. We’ll provide a blazing outdoor campfire and plenty of marshmallows. Free. Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. 997-1553.

MONDAY, MARCH 18 Interfaith Root Causes Pilgrimage to Honduras – Mar 18-25. If you would like to schedule a presentation by those returning from Honduras, please contact ICPJ. For more info: honduras-pilgrimage-2019.html. Creating Near Native Habitats in Built Environments – 7:30-8:30pm. Matt Demmon, director of

native landscapes division at Plantwise, discusses ways of thinking about creating plant communities, and how planting design and new models of landscape maintenance can help us create resilient, beautiful plantings. Presented by Michigan Botanical Club Huron Valley. Free. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd. 647-7600. mbgna.

TUESDAY, MARCH 19 ICPJ Racial Justice Book Group – 7-9pm. For more info: The Wood Frogs of Saginaw Forest – 7:30-9pm. Keith Berven, professor at Oakland University, will discuss the relative importance of density-dependent factors and parasites on the frogs. Presented by Sierra Club Huron Valley. Free. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd. 647-7600. Open Stage – 8pm. Take your music to the masses. Open Stage nights offer supportive audiences and a terrific space. Fifteen performers have 8 mins (or 2 songs) each to do their thing. $3, $2/members, seniors, students. The Ark, 316 S Main St. 761-1800.






THURSDAY, MARCH 21 Meditation and Reiki Share – 7-8:30pm. A brief explanation of reiki is followed by a meditation focused on relaxation and healing. Then stay for a Reiki Share to give and receive reiki in groups. All welcome; practitioners of any level of reiki and those new to reiki, too. Optional Reiki Q&A begins at 8:30pm. Free. Mainstream Reiki, Community Rm 1, 400 W Russell St, 400 W Russell St, Saline. 664-2255. Sustainable Ann Arbor Forum: Climate Change 201 – 7-8:30pm. Join the conversation as UM professors and other speakers dig deeper into the latest thinking about the science and impacts of climate change, both locally and globally. Downtown Library, 343 S Fifth Ave. 327-4200.

FRIDAY, MARCH 22 Food Justice: A People’s Mini-History – 7-8:30pm. Explores how we got the industrial food system we have today; discuss if there was a time when our food system was just and healthy for all; and look at movements that have sought to improve it or build alternatives. Free. Canterbury House, 721 E Huron St. 994-9174. events/617795722007137.

SATURDAY, MARCH 23 Faerie Doors Workshop – 9:30-11am & 11:30am1pm. Invite faeries to your garden or home by creating beautiful faeries doors decorated with natural materials and other decorations. Ages 4-12. $12/child; adult accompanies children. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd. 647-7600. Photo Monitoring Kickoff & Training – 10-11am. We need volunteers to take beautiful photos at specific locations in parks throughout the year to record the progress of our restoration work. Come join us at this informational meeting for more details about this volunteer opportunity. NAP Office, 3875 E Huron River Dr. Register: 794-6627 or NAP@

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calendar of events 7th Annual Spring Enlightened Soul Expo – Mar 23 & 24. 10am-6pm, Sat; 11am-6pm, Sun. Psychics and card readers, aura photos, holistic products, CBD oil, over 150 readers, vendors, and energy workers from around the Midwest, free presentations, free parking. Advance ticket discounts, door prizes. $11/daily adult ticket, $16/weekend pass, $8/college students, $5/ages 12-17, free/under 12. Skyline High School, 2552 N Maple Rd. Workday Leader Training – 12-3:30pm. For volunteers interested in leading and/or co-leading NAP volunteer stewardship workdays. Will focus on procedures, ecological consideration and tips and tricks to lead a successful event. Minimum age of 18. NAP Office, 3875 E Huron River Dr. Register by Mar 21: 794-6627 or Charlie King & Annie Patterson Concert to Benefit ICPJ – 7:30-10pm. An evening of powerful singing with 2 of North America’s finest activist folk singers, Charlie King and Annie Patterson. Charlie’s witty political satire and his uncanny ability to find endearing songs about struggle and the human experience are a natural fit with Annie’s own performing and sing-along work. Annie is co-creator of the beloved Rise Up Singing and Rise Again songbooks. $20/general, $10/Student/ Low Income, $50/Sponsor Status (includes CD). Church of the Good Shepherd, 2145 Independence Blvd. Tickets:

that people with substance use disorders and their families experience throughout the addiction and recovery processes, and ways to cope with grief and loss. Includes a powerful personal story of grief, loss and recovery by Barb Smith, author of Brent’s World. Free. St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center, 5305 Elliott Dr, Ypsilanti. 485-8725. Artist Spotlight Series: Beta Radio – 8pm. New indie duo music from North Carolina. Free; bring a canned food donation for Food Gatherers. The Ark, 316 S Main St. 761-1800.

THURSDAY, MARCH 28 Dangers of Psychiatric Drugs – 6:30-8pm. Psychiatrists claim their drugs save lives, but according to their own studies, psychotropic drugs can double the risk of suicide. And long-term use has been


Gemily: Gemini + Emily – 1pm. The duo is joined regularly now by Sandor’s daughter, the incredibly talented Emily Slomovits. $10. The Ark, 316 S Main St. 761-1800.

MONDAY, MARCH 25 Exploring the Mind: Enhancing Well-Being in School-Aged Children – 7-8:30pm. Join Sandra Graham-Bermann, PhD, Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Michigan, for her presentation outlining the success of the Kids’ Empowerment Program (KEP), a program designed to enhance the well-being of all school-aged children, whether they have symptoms of adjustment problems or not. Downtown Library, 343 S Fifth Ave. 327-4200.

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TUESDAY, MARCH 26 Meditation and Mindfulness for Adults – 7-8:30pm. Massage therapist and meditation leader Amy Tarrant will lead you through a series of guided meditations. Learn breathing exercises and short, simple techniques for calmness and reduced stress. Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E Eisenhower Pkwy. 327-4200.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 29 Just Deserts: A Spring Break Adventure – 10am12pm. Explore the arid house and learn how plants and animals survive in the desert. Then make a desert garden of succulents to take home that requires little care or water. Ages 5-12. $12/child, adult accompanies children. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd. 647-7600.

SATURDAY, MARCH 30 Dexter Winter Marketplace – 9am-1pm. Features art and crafts, bread and baked goods, jewelry, fresh produce, eggs, cheese, meats and more. Dexter Senior Center, 7720 Ann Arbor St, Dexter. African Violets, Gesneriads, Fairy Garden & Terrarium Plants: Display and Sale – 10am-4pm. Includes free growing skills workshop at 11am. Presented by Michigan State African Violet Society. Free. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd. 647-7600.



Dahlia Auction and New Introductions – 1-3:30pm. A video presentation of the 2019 American Dahlia Society new dahlias at 1pm. Member auction of 2019 dahlia tubers at 2pm. Handouts on growing and caring for dahlias. Presented by Michigan Dahlia Association. Free. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd. 647-7600.

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Sister Simone Campbell Social Justice Program – 2pm, doors open; 2:30pm, program. Mending the Gaps. Why do so many people feel left behind? A program about how to make a difference in the current political and economic climate. Reception with Sister Simone to follow. Join us for a social justice program presented by local RESULTS activists to address how citizen advocacy makes a difference in politics today. Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 423 S 4th Ave. 663-7493. RESULTSAnnArbor@gmail. com. Chair Yoga – 3-4pm. With yoga and mindfulness educator, Raina LaGrand. Great for all body abilities to explore movement, including individuals who use wheelchairs or other accessibility tools. Westgate Branch, 2503 Jackson Ave. 327-8301.

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daily Movement Classes for People with Special Needs – Ballet Chelsea has developed a wide range of new classes especially for people of all ages with a wide range of limitations. Open class for students ages 8-14 on Fri evenings where students build confidence, enhance peer interaction skills as well as strengthen coordination and stamina.1050 S Main St, Chelsea. Info: 475-3070 or

ins. Evenstar’s Chalice, 36 N Huron St, Ypsilanti. 905-7980. Yoga with Cats – 8:30-9:30am. Practice hatha-style among the calming cats in new cat café. All levels welcome, ages 16+. $10. 5245 Jackson Rd. Pre-registration required: 1-Day Silent Meditation Retreat – 9am-5pm. 4th Sun. Spend a day away from hectic city and find inner peace and relaxation at suburban Monastery. Retreat starts with 30 mins stretching, and interval 1 hr sitting meditation and 30 mins walking/standing meditation. Discussion and Q&A. Light lunch included. Free. Triple Crane Monastery, 7665 Werkner Rd, Chelsea. 757-8567.

Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga – With Marlene McGrath. Classes designed to support the changes of a pregnant body, instill confidence in the body’s abilities, and provide physical, mental, and emotional preparation for birth and mothering. Postnatal yoga practiced with babies present. For times, dates & costs: Yoga Classes at Yoga Room – With Christy DeBurton. Classes held Mon, Tue, Thurs, Sat. A small, supportive, non-competitive, friendly yoga studio teaching various yoga styles that focuses on individual attention to challenge you in a balanced, rejuvenating way. 765 Archwood Dr. 761-8409.

sunday Critter House Open Hours – Free and open to the public most Sundays, see our website for dates and times. Observe frogs, turtles, snakes, and more as they hop, crawl and slither in their homes. Our knowledgeable staff will be on hand to answer your questions, and have activities or specimens out for you to explore. Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. 997-1553. Readers/Healers  – Hours vary. Also Sat. Tarot, astrological and crystal readers scheduled every weekend; reiki energy healing. Call ahead or drop-

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First Sundays at Evenstar’s Chalice – 1011:30am. An opportunity to create sacred space in which to commune, nurture, share and play. Donation. 36 N Huron St, Ypsilanti. 905-7980. Group Meditation – 10-11:30am. 45-min group meditation followed by a talk and sharing. Meditation classes and retreats. With Insight Meditation Ann Arbor. Free. Held at Harmony Yoga, 1955 Pauline Blvd, Ste 100 B. 945-7612. Info@Insight Sunday Online Meditation from Anywhere – 11am-12pm. No experience necessary. Building an international sangha by connecting loving hearts. Facilitated by Celeste Zygmont. Donations welcome. To receive a link: CelesteZygmont2@yahoo. com or Tibetan Buddhist Sunday Service – 11:15am. Join us for short sessions of sitting meditation, compassion meditation, teachings and discussion. Instructions are given, and each week is different. Appropriate for all levels of practitioner. Led by Lama Nancy Burks. Free. Ann Arbor Karma Thegsum Chöling, 614 Miner St. 649-2127.

Iyengar Yoga – 10am. Also Mon, 6pm; Thurs, 7pm; Sat, 10am. With David Rosenberg. Experience invigorating yoga postures using the methods of BKS Iyengar to strengthen the body, create a feeling of well-being, reduce stress, and release tension through physical activity and meditation. $95/8 classes; $105/9 classes. Info: 662-6282 or Nature Storytime – 10-11am. Every other Sun. Ages 1-5. Caregiver required and free. Explore and appreciate the outdoors: live animal visits, hikes, stories and hands-on activities. $5/child nonmembers, $4/child members. Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. 997-1553. Sunday Morning Yoga – 10-11am. Meet for a free 1-hr morning yoga flow. No experience necessary; just bring a calm, positive mind and your mat. Fjallraven, 213 S Main St. 585-5628.

Yin Yoga & Meditation – 1-2:30pm. Starting with 5 mins Huayen warming up exercise, and followed by 45 mins yin yoga and 30 mins sitting meditation. Free. Triple Crane Monastery, 7665 Werkner Rd, Chelsea. 757-8567. Japanese Reiki Practice Circle – 1-3pm. 1st Sun. With Andrew Anders. A monthly reiki gathering event for all local practitioners to practice together. Each session covers one or more aspects of the traditional Usui Reiki Ryoho including breathing meditation, hands-on healing (reiki share), Reiju (empowerment/attunement) and more. 1st hr for advanced students; 2nd hr for everyone. $15. Info: 480-8107 or Kirtan Dance – 1:30-3pm. 2nd Sun. Combines the healing vibrational practices of devotional singing and dance. Sessions start with a chant and then move to dance using simple movements that combine yoga, bharatanatyam mudras, and folk and Bollywood dance styles. $15/class; $50/4 classes. Sadhana Dance Theater, 607 Robin Rd. 330-3051.

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ongoing events Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild – 2-4pm. 4th Sun. Monthly meetings always start with stories and then more stories. Listeners and tellers welcome. Free. Nicola’s Books, 2513 Jackson Ave. Contact Improv – 2-4pm. An interactive, free form dance style that involves contact with two or more people through which dancers give and share weight. No partner required. Beginners welcome. $5-$10 sliding scale. Phoenix Center, 200 S Main (above Elmo’s). 604-4416. Free Yoga Class – 4:30pm. 2nd to last Sun. Bring own mat and enjoy a relaxing flow designed for all levels by a certified yoga teacher with over 3 yrs teaching experience. Om of Medicine, 111 S Main St. 369-8255. Medical Cannabis Support Group – 4:30pm. Last Sun. Designed for individuals seeking support and information for utilizing medical cannabis. An opportunity to connect with community and gain new perspectives in your healing journey. Free. Om of Medicine, 111 S Main St. 369-8255.

Energy Work/Self-Care Practices – 9-10am, Mon. Also Tues &/or Thurs, 6-7pm. $185. Peaceful Dragon School, 1945 Pauline Blvd, Ste B. 741-0695. Stretch and Strength Yoga – 10-11am. Class targets specific areas to build strength, increase flexibility and improve your overall fitness. $15/nonmember, $10/ member. Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. 747-0123. Tai Chi Beginners – 10-11:15am, Mon. Also Tues, 2:30-3:45pm; Tues &/or Thurs, 7:15-8:30pm. $185. Peaceful Dragon School, 1945 Pauline Blvd, Ste B. 741-0695. Classical Hatha Yoga – 10-11:30am. Start with 5 min warm up exercise followed by 1 hr custom yoga postures; class emphasizes incorporating ones body’s movement and breathing. This practice focus primarily on physical discipline and body strengthening, increasing vital life force and calming one’s mind. Free. Triple Crane Monastery, 7665 Werkner Rd, Chelsea. 757-8567.

Ann Arbor (Mostly) Acoustic Jam – 7-9pm. 2nd & 4th Sun. Singers, guitarists (acoustic and electric), bass, mandolin, uke, banjo, percussion, keys—whatever you want to bring. And if you just want to listen, that’s fine too. $2/session. Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave. Sign up to play: Sound Healing Concert – 7-9pm. Rare, therapeutic chakra-tuned crystal bowls played with recorded soundscape music while reiki is sent to the audience. $20/at door. 3820 Packard, Ste 280. 358-0218.

monday Martial Arts Classes – Mon-Sat. Classes include Aikido, Zen Meditation, Mixed Martial Arts, Batto-ho, Weapons, and Children’s Aikido. Huron Valley Aikikai, 1904 Federal Blvd. For schedule: 761-6012 or Tai Chi: Beginning Through Advanced – MonThurs. With Good EnerChi Studio and Staggerin Dragon School of Tai Chi. For individuals of any age and fitness level who seek to relax and have fun with this engaging body/mind activity. A peaceful, flowing, low-impact exercise, well-suited for calming and centering. Free/low fee. Info, Karla: 325-4244 or


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Drop-In Breathwork Sessions – 9:30-11am & 7-8:30pm. With Frank Levey. Each session offers participants guidance and training useful for experiencing a free and open breath to enhance health on all levels of being and in daily life. $15-$25. For locations: 657-8742 or Realization Process Practice – 6-7:30pm. Explore and practice the Realization Process as developed by Dr. Judith Blackstone. It is a body-centered approach to personal and spiritual healing and maturity. Beginners and drop-ins welcome. Donation. Evenstar’s Chalice, 36 N Huron St, Ypsilanti. 905-7980. EvenstarsChalice. com/realization-process. Kundalini Yoga and Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Utilizing breath, sound vibration and rhythmic exercises we can awakening the energy within us to excel and reach our potential. The way to the realization of your true self as taught by Yogi Bhajan. $16/drop-in, $84/series. A2 Kundalini Yoga, 4117 Jackson Rd. 276-6520. Monthly Washtenaw County CHADD (Children and Adults with ADD/ADHD) Chapter Meetings – 7-9pm. Tues & Wed. Join us to hear free educational speakers, get resources, find community and support for you and your family members. WISD Teaching and Administration Bldg, 1819 S Wagner Rd. 330-4996. Details: AnnArbor-ADHD-ADD-Support.

Sunday Group Meditation – 5-6pm, sitting meditation; 6-6:30pm, mindful sharing. Sitting meditation to start the week. No instruction. Please enter and depart in silence. No experience necessary. Donations welcome. Deep Spring Center, 704 Airport Blvd. Info, Tana: 477-5848 or Inspiring Talk by Mata Yogananda – 7pm. Spiritual talk, pure meditation and silent prayer, with Winged Prayer for all in need at 9pm. We welcome all. Please come and stay as long as you wish. Free. Self Realization Meditation Healing Centre, 7187 Drumheller, Bath. 517-641-6201.

Massage Therapy Program – Also Wed. Connect, visit, ask questions or have a massage by a student. Ann Arbor School of Massage, Herbal & Natural Medicine, 6276 Jackson Rd, Ste B. RSVP: 769-7794 or

Socrates Café – 10:30-11:30am. 2nd & 4th Mon. People from different backgrounds get together and exchange thoughtful ideas and experiences while embracing the Socratic Method. Free/members, $2/nonmember. Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave. 794-6250. A Course in Miracles Study Group – 6:45-8:45pm. All invited to join a group reading and discussion of this popular Foundation for Inner Peace metaphysical book; includes study materials and text. Donation requested. Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. 327-0270. Meditation Sitting Group – 7-8pm. Washington Street Educational Center, Room 114, Chelsea. More info, Carol Blotter: 475-0942.

tuesday Anxiety, Depression and Pain – Also Wed. Feel better with natural medicine methods. Advisory during our clinic days to learn better alternatives. Ann Arbor School of Massage, Herbal & Natural Medicine, 6276 Jackson Rd, Ste B. RSVP: 769-7794 or Massage, Reflexology and Energy Work – Also Wed. Student interns, in our peaceful and private wellness center. $25 student clinic rate, by appt. Ann Arbor School of Massage, Herbal & Natural Medicine, 6276 Jackson Rd, Ste B. RSVP: 769-7794 or

wednesday Anxiety, Depression and Pain – See Tues listing. Ann Arbor School of Massage, Herbal & Natural Medicine, 6276 Jackson Rd, Ste B. RSVP: 769-7794 or Light Worker Activation Group with Sandya – It is time to activate your spiritual purpose and bring forth “The Gifts” that will accelerate personal and planetary transformation. Massage, Reflexology and Energy Work – See Tues listing. Ann Arbor School of Massage, Herbal & Natural Medicine, 6276 Jackson Rd, Ste B. RSVP: 769-7794 or Massage Therapy Program – See Tues listing. Ann Arbor School of Massage, Herbal & Natural Medicine, 6276 Jackson Rd, Ste B. RSVP: 769-7794 or Nature Storytime – 10-11am. Ages 1-5. Caregiver required and free. Explore and appreciate the outdoors: live animal visits, hikes, stories and hands-on activities. $5/child nonmembers, $4/child members. Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. 997-1553. Ann Arbor School Herbal Apothecary Open – 10am-2pm. Free advisory, custom formulas for body systems, herbalists on staff. Ann Arbor School of Massage, Herbal & Natural Medicine, 6276 Jackson Rd, Ste B. 769-7794. Naturopathic Weekly Iyengar Yoga – 10:30-11am, sitting meditation; 11am-12pm, yoga. With Erica Dutton. Iyengarbased asanas provide flexibility, gentleness and

strength. If possible, bring a mat and/or blanket to class. Donations welcome. Deep Spring Center, 704 Airport Blvd. Tana: 477-5848 or Slow-Flow Yoga – 5:30-7pm. Also 10:30am-12pm, Fri. With Ellen Livingston. All levels welcome to our community-oriented small classes in our 30-ft heated yurt on 5 beautiful acres in SW Ann Arbor. $15/drop-in, $6-$12/class with a pass. More info: 645-3217 or Intro to Kundalini Yoga – 6-7:15pm. Called the Yoga of Awareness. An ancient practice only once knew by the rare sadhu or rishi. We have these teachings now to deliver ourselves to our excellence, truth and greatest capabilities referred to as a self-sensory human. A science of kryias, meditations, mantras, mudras, bhandas and relaxation. $20/drop-in, $84-7 wk series. Bloom Wellness, 2450 W Stadium Blvd. 276-6520. Classical Hatha Yoga – 6-7:30pm. Start with 5 min warm up exercise followed by 1 hr custom yoga postures; class emphasizes incorporating ones body’s movement and breathing. This practice focus primarily on physical discipline and body strengthening, increasing vital life force and calming one’s mind. Free. Triple Crane Monastery, 7665 Werkner Rd, Chelsea. 757-8567. HuayenWorld-usa. org/usa/en. Why Develop a Self-Hypnosis Practice – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn and practice self-hypnosis techniques in this workshop. We’ll discuss the applications and opinions of others. Course # HSC4430. $39. Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E Huron River Dr. 677-5060. economic-development. Tibetan Buddhist Meditation and Study – 8:15pm. Join us for silent sitting meditation followed by discussion of important Mahayana Buddhist topics such as developing compassion, training the mind, and understanding emptiness. Instruction provided. Free. Ann Arbor Karma Thegsum Chöling, 614 Miner St. 649-2127.

Open Meditation – 7:30-8:30pm. Two, 20-min, mindfulness meditation sittings. Open to the public; drop-ins welcome. Donations welcome. The Lotus Center of Ann Arbor, 2711 Carpenter Rd. 975-2745. Yoga with Cats – 7:30-8:30pm. Practice hatha-style among the calming cats in new cat café. All levels welcome, ages 16+. $10. 5245 Jackson Rd. Pre-registration required:

Devotional Singing or Chanting – 8:15pm. Some of Mata Yogananda’s Song-Soul Chants, pure meditation and silent prayer, with Winged Prayer at 9pm. We welcome all. Please come and stay as long as you wish. Free. Self Realization Meditation Healing Centre, 7187 Drumheller, Bath. 517-6416201.



Free Exercise Classes for Ypsilanti Seniors – 10:30-11:30am. National Kidney Foundation of Michigan is hosting free exercise classes. Ypsilanti Township Community Center, 2025 E Clark Rd. Kristie Lewis: 800-482-1455.

Readers/Healers – Hours vary. Also Sun. Tarot, astrological and crystal readers scheduled every weekend; reiki energy healing. Call ahead or dropins. Evenstar’s Chalice, 36 N Huron St, Ypsilanti. 905-7980.

Meditation Group – 10:30am-11:45am. Beginning and experienced meditators welcome. Group is open to exploring and integrating the spiritual teachings from a variety of wisdom traditions. A recorded teaching is followed by a period of silent meditation and a time for discussion. For more info including location, Mary Trudeau: 625-1844 or Slow-Flow Yoga – 10:30am-12pm. Also 5:30-7pm, Fri. With Ellen Livingston. All levels welcome to our community-oriented small classes in our 30-ft heated yurt on 5 beautiful acres in SW Ann Arbor. $15/drop-in, $6-$12/class with a pass. More info: 645-3217 or

thursday Meditation – 10-11:30am. Start with 20 mins stretching, followed by 45 min-1 hr sitting meditation, ends with a brief group sharing chat. Open to all background and level of practitioners wishing to support their practices. Always emphasis on breathing control techniques. Free. Triple Crane Monastery, 7665 Werkner Rd, Chelsea. 757-8567.

Free Senior Swim at Dexter Wellness Center – 1-4pm. 4th Fri. Seniors (60+ yrs) are welcome to use the Wellness Center pools for free. Dexter Wellness Center, 2810 Baker Rd. More info: 580-2500.

Open Mic Night – 7pm. Signup is available online or at the door, and it is also first come, first serve. The Rumpus Room, at Jet’s Pizza, 506 N Main St, Chelsea. Meditation Class – 7-8pm. Short lesson and meditation, followed by discussion with instructor Lori Barresi. Drop-in, every other Thursday. $10. Enlightened Soul Center, 3820 Packard, Ste 280. 358-0218.

Sustainable Saturdays – 9am-12pm. Join us for a morning of coffee, snacks, sustainable art projects and some fresh air. Start the morning at 9am for a quick urban hike. Starting at 10am we will open the doors for coffee, donuts and sustainable art projects for the whole family. Come and go as needed. Free. Fjallraven, 213 S Main St. 585-5628. The Breastfeeding Cafe – 10-11:30am. Come and meet other women who are breastfeeding or want to be breastfeeding their babies. This free, drop-in group focuses on supporting breastfeeding mothers in a casual, comfortable setting. 722 Brooks St. 975-6534.

Ypsilanti Open Meditation – 11am. With Ypsilanti District Library. Research has shown the many beneficial effects of mindfulness-based meditation practice on overall health and well-being. Meditation encourages and develops concentration, clarity, emotional optimism, and positive ways of being. Sessions are guided weekly drop-ins. Free. More info: 482-4110, or Free Senior Swim at Chelsea Wellness Center – 1-4pm. 2nd Fri. Seniors (60+ yrs) are welcome to use the Wellness Center pools for free. Chelsea Wellness Center, 14800 E Old US 12, Chelsea. More info: 214-0220.

Happy Hour Massage – 3-8pm. We’ll match your needs with an expert therapist who can tailor a massage to your wellness needs. Call to reserve your spot as space is limited. $55/60 min, $80/90 min. Balance Massage Therapy, 5155 Plymouth Rd. 660-5919.

experience. $5. Info: 419-475-6535, JLTrautman@ or

Nature & Nurture Fertility Support Group – 6:30-8pm. Group is to bring those experiencing infertility together to support each other while enjoying the healthy benefits of nature. $5/session. County Farm Park, Washtenaw & Platt area. More info or to register: 320-4958 or Intensive Meditation with Lighthouse Center – 7pm, gather; 7:30-10:15pm, chanting. 1st & 3rd Fri. Chanting and prayer, followed by meditating 20 mins on each of the 7 chakra energy centers. May enter and leave meditation room at any time. Donations accepted. 740 E Shore Dr, Whitmore Lake. 417-5804. Dances of Universal Peace – 7-9pm. 1st Fri. With Judy Lee Trautman. Dances of universal peace were originated in the 60s in San Francisco by Sufi teacher Samuel Lewis to celebrate the world’s religions through simple folk dance steps. The dances are a form of moving meditation that require neither partner nor

classifieds Fee for classifieds is $1 per word/ per month (25-word minimum). To place listing, email content to Publisher@HealthyLivingMichigan. com. Deadline is the 12th of the month. HELP WANTED FRESH FORAGE RESTAURANT – Front-of house-staff, farmers and foragers wanted at new fast casual farm-to-table restaurant. Email your resume to to apply. RELAXSTATION MASSAGE THERAPY – Massage Therapist Positions open at RelaxStation in Ann Arbor. $85 to $110 (including credit card tips) for a 5-hour shift. W-2 (not 1099), PTO after first year. Free parking. Massage benefits. 734-623-1951. WORK EXCHANGE – Partial work exchange opportunity in exchange for tuition in Massage Therapy or Natural Medicine Program, for upcoming enrollment cycles. NaturopathicSchoolOfAnnArbor. net. Call 734-769-7794.

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734-475-2748 Make your dreams come true. I work with you on a personal level to determine the best solutions for your unique needs. I am your trusted partner in success. See ad page 37.



Dr. W. K. Dobracki, DDS 606 W Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor, 48103 734-747-6400 Passionate about holistic care while utilizing Bio-Compatible materials and lasers. Our patients can elect to be free from fluoride, mercury and other harmful metals. Filling materials are tooth colored and both BPA & Bis-GMA free. We offer natural oral health products using fine essential oils, and free of gluten and preservatives. See ad page 5.




since 1974 RELAXSTATION A ntiques & A rchitectural S alvage MASSAGE THERAPY A full-service antiques store and restoration facility showcasing period lighting, stained and beveled glass, furniture, doors and much more. Creative new uses for salvaged antiques is our specialty. See ad page 29.


300 W Huron, Ann Arbor, 48103 734-623-1951 You’re in Good Hands. Offering affordable and convenient high-quality massage therapy so that you can live your life more fully. Walk-in or appointment 7 days a week.


Margo Hertzfeld, Certified Aromatherapist 419-360-0169


Clinically certified aromatherapist 400 W Russell St, Ste 2370, Saline, 48176 offers holistic consultations with 734-664-2255Check us out on customized blends of professional quality essential oils. Trust Margo During 2W. Michigan Ave. Ypsilanti, MI 48197 (734) 483-6980 Tue - Sat 10-5 Sunyour 12-5 reiki session, I see to help you understand the comissues affecting your energy and plicated world of aromatherapy. recent life experiences then share Her holistic approach can help you insights and fresh perspectives maximize your benefits from this powerful therapy assisting you in moving forward. and minimize side effects. Aromatherapy is a wonSee ad page 27. derful way to integrate natural healing into your life. Phone consultations are available.

SELF ACCEPTANCE PROCESS 8830 Currie, Northville, MI 734-796-6690

Healing sessions include: Intuitive guidance, holistic therapy, auricular acupuncture and trauma erase homeopathy. $185. (1-2-hr session). See ad page 27.


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Arbor Wellness Center, 2350 Washtenaw Ave, Ste 3, Rm A, Ann Arbor, 48104 734-395-3319 With Seth’s help, develop more peace, compassion, and playfulness while you get to know your inner world. Build self-leadership and feel more centered and grounded. See ad page 31.

LIFE COACH, HEALTH RETREATS Ellen Livingston 734-645-3217

Complimentary first session. Ellen’s powerfully effective coaching has helped hundreds of people to radically improve their health and energy, know their purpose and begin living their dreams. Raw vegan since 2002, Ellen has unique expertise to guide you on a path of real transformation. She offers private coaching, private retreats, and popular annual group retreats in Michigan and Costa Rica.


As a certified Life Coach, Maria is a master at helping her clients get unstuck, become unstoppable and see their lives soar. Experience her simple, yet profoundly powerful coaching process and remove obstacles that interfere with having: a great love, a great job, a great life. Maria coaches adolescents, adults and couples and offers a complimentary first session.  


Joan Rose, an Upledger certified practitioner, has offered CranioSacral Therapy for over 25 years. A light touch and deep listening allow healing to occur.



Brandy Boehmer 734-709-8313 2350 Washtenaw Ave, Ste 14, Ann Arbor Colon Therapy is the slow and gentle insertion of purified water into the colon (large intestine) for the cleansing of poisons, mucous and accumulated fecal matter. It is also used to stimulate the colon to recover its natural shape, tone, and peristaltic wave action. No chemicals or drugs are used—thus it is a safe, gentle health-giving alternative. Brandy Boehmer is National Board Certified in colon hydrotherapy through the International Association for Colon Therapy.


Certified Reflexologist 2002 Hogback Rd, Ste 14, Ann Arbor 734-649-2891 Feeling stressed? Just can’t seem to relax? Foot Reflexology, known for its relaxing and restorative qualities, can help you feel better. Call today. $20 off your first session with this ad. See ad page 41.


2365 S Huron Pkwy, Ann Arbor, 48104 734-677-8700 Ann Arbor Smiles is a state-of-theart general and cosmetic dental office dedicated to treating the whole person in a caring and compassionate manner. Most insurances accepted and financing is available. See ads pages 3 and 30.

HEALING TOUCH ANCIENT WAYS OF HEALTH 3001 Plymouth Rd, Ste 101 Inside Inspire Behavioral Health 858-344-9417

Nurturing, energy, therapy. Healing Touch offers solutions where traditional medicine falls short. Past and present injuries heal quicker. Get your life back. Fast, safe, discreet.


MHealthy offers wellness and health risk reduction services, including: Exercise, Nutrition, Weight Management, Tobacco Treatment and Alcohol Management, for U-M employees, and the public.


5060 Jackson Rd, Ste. A, Ann Arbor 734-887-6655 Farm to Table, Fast! Craft a bowl from fresh, local ingredients or get a superfood packed smoothie. Our dynamic seasonal menu is allergenfriendly with vegetarian and vegan options. See ad page 22.


715 N University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 734-214-6666 We work with passion for making only real food, made with fresh, local and organic ingredients. We want to offer you a genuine Italian food experience. Our store is not only a restaurant or a bar, our store is an artisanal food lab, where we make bread, pizza, pastries, salads, soups and fresh pasta everyday, following the path of the Italian tradition, but also offering gluten-free and vegan dishes. See ad page 15.


2444 Packard Road, Ypsilanti 734-572-4428 Your mouth is a window to your overall health. Cori Crider, DDS, earned her dental degree with honors from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, has practiced in the community for 30 years and will help you acheive optimum oral health. See ad page 13.

HOLISTIC DOCTOR DR. MALCOLM SICKELS, M.D. 210 Little Lake Dr, Ste 10 Ann Arbor, 48103 734-332-9936

Malcolm Sickels earned his M.D. from the University of Michigan, where he taught fellow medical students about different approaches to health. Board certified in Family Medicine and Holistic Medicine, he is in solo practice on the west side of Ann Arbor.  Learn more at Dr See ads pages 18 and 26.


415 N Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 734-436-8991 Spa experiences to bring forth the stillness within, and radiance throughout. Drawn from the traditions of Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine, and combined with the latest aesthetic advancements to deliver results. Non invasive DNA skin rejuvenation, dynamic cupping massage, intuitive bodywork. See ad page 21.


1954 S Industrial, Ann Arbor 734-213-7447 We invite you to partner with us for a naturopathic, patient-centered approach to restoring and maintaining your pet’s health. We focus on health span—not just life span. See ad page 35.


2345 S. Huron Pkwy, Ann Arbor In the Parkway Center 734-973-8990 Discover Michigan’s only homeopathic pharmacy open to the public. Herbs, Nutritional Supplements, Aromatherapy, Distinctive Gifts & Jewelry. Specializing in products for maintaining health & preventing disease. See ad page 17.

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154 S Industrial Dr, Saline, MI 48176 734-429-7460 Pomerance Integrative Dental Care, where Dr. Sheryl Pomerance—not “just a dentist”—offers comprehensive care in all aspects of dentistry, facial growth and development, function and airway. See ad page 11.


RETREATS SONG OF THE MORNING YOGA RETREAT CENTER 9607 Sturgeon Valley Rd. Vanderbilt, MI 49795 989-983-4107

Find spiritual refreshment amongst 800 acres of natural beauty for your own personal retreat or participate in workshops, yoga classes, meditations or Sunday Service. Accommodations and gourmet vegetarian meals available.


247 W. Main Street, Milan 734-439-8800

We help you on your journey to achieve optimal health and feel your best through whole food nutrition and supplements. See ad page 33.

THRIVE! WELLNESS CENTER 6901 State Rd, Ste D, Saline 734-470-6766

Shannon Roznay, DC, specializes in Nutrition Response Testing and Activator Chiropractic. Thrive! also carries natural foods, skin and


36 N Huron St. Ypsilanti, MI 48197 734-905-7980 Everyday enchantments and inspirations: Divine Wares, Vintage Relics, Gallery Arts and Sacred Swag. Be the mystery unfolding. Shopping, classes, workshops & events. See ad page 33.


Dr. Abbie Walker, DDS, MS 2365 S Huron Pkwy, Ann Arbor, 48104 734-677-8700 Ann Arbor Smiles is a state-of-theart general and cosmetic dental office dedicated to treating the whole person in a caring and compassionate manner. Most insurances accepted and financing is available. See ads pages 3 and 30.


home products. See ad page 24.

SMOKING CESSATION FREE AT LAST! HYPNOSIS Center - A Joyful Journey 734-883-8775

Stop smoking in one visit. Afraid it’s going to be too painful or too difficult? Our unique specialized and proven system makes it easy. Become a happy and permanent non-smoker today. See ad page 33.



400 W Russell St, Ste 2370, Saline, 48176 734-664-2255



Reduce stress, move forward with Andrea Kennedy, a full-time reiki practitioner and instructor with 23 years’ experience. Try Reiki Special: 1st session only $25. See ad page 27.

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462 Jackson Plaza, Ann Arbor MI 48103 734-302-7575


MoldPro offers chemical-free mold remediation, independent certified mold testing, inspection and consultation services all over SE Michigan specializing in mold biotoxin illness clients.



Lose weight now with hypnosis. Achieve permanent positive life and habit changes through our safe, rapid and effective system. Tap the potential of your mind to create the health and vitality you’ve always wanted. See ad page 33.

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Natural Awakenings of Greater Ann Arbor - March 2019  

Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue you'll find cutting-edge information on natural health, n...

Natural Awakenings of Greater Ann Arbor - March 2019  

Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue you'll find cutting-edge information on natural health, n...