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the excellent feature “Power Switch: Taking a Home Off the Grid.” Writer Jim Motavalli delivers an in-depth dive into sources of alternative energy, costs, technologies and special considerations—including the availability of government tax credits and the option to make a partial transition to green power, without leaving the grid entirely.

What we eat, how and with whom also contributes to the idea that we’re all in this

together. Wise Words to that effect can be found in “Ocean Robbins on Personal and Planetary Health,” by April Thompson. She takes this a step farther in another article that explores a growing trend across the nation and around the globe in “Potluck for the 21st Century: Breaking Bread, Building Community.”

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Contents 16 POWER SWITCH


Taking a Home Off the Grid



20 NATIVE INTELLIGENCE Planting an Eco-Friendly Yard





Breaking Bread, Building Community

24 THE ART OF HEALING Creative Therapy Aids Recovery

26 OCEAN ROBBINS ON Personal and Planetary Health


Hiking for Health and Happiness


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DEPARTMENTS 8 news briefs 12 health briefs 14 global briefs 20 green living 22 healing ways 24 conscious

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28 fit body 30 healthy kids 32 inspiration 34 natural pet 36 eco tip 37 calendar 43 classifieds 44 resource guide April 2019


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clean-up into broader areas of concern such as maintaining biodiversity and restoring damaged ecosystems. Through the combination of hands-on involvement and scientific understanding, NAP encourages and supports the connection between individual volunteers and their surrounding natural environment. For upcoming hikes, volunteer opportunities and educational opportunities, call 734-794-6627 or visit

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atural Area Preser vation (NAP) works to protect and restore Ann Arbor’s natural areas and to foster an environmental ethic among its citizens. This involves staff and volunteers conducting plant and animal inventories, ecological monitoring and stewardship projects in Ann Arbor parks. Community involvement is vital to the success of its conservation efforts. NAP projects take volunteers well beyond the realm of litter

ichigan Sustainability Cases (MSC) began with the mandate to create a new kind of teaching cases, co-designed for contributing solutions to real-world sustainability challenges. Organized around real-world case studies, Galaxy will convene environmentally minded people from all backgrounds. They will integrate sustainability science and knowledge from different fields, make sustainability solutions and decision-making more inclusive, and connect research, teaching and practice for visible impact in communities. Cases are widely used in law, medicine, policy, business and other professional education settings, most often sold to instructors and students as PDF files to download and discuss. MSC cases are

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IVE 365 is a volunteer gateway to a variety of ways to meet neighbors, see new parts of the city and improve the community with year-round opportunities for almost every interest, schedule, ability and age. Volunteers can sign up for one-day events and short-term experiences or make a long-term commitment. Volunteers lead games and activities for kids, work at events like Huron River Day and the Mayor’s Green Fair, track down pesky native species with the Natural Area Preservation staff, plant or help prune trees and help take care of parks. Indoors, volunteers can serve on a city commission. Through the Citizen Pruners program, residents work alongside staff to help prune and maintain the health of the urban forest. Join the group at

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Household Cleaning Products Affect Babies’ Guts and Weight The heavy use of household cleaning disinfectants may contribute to changes in infant gut bacteria and weight gain, reports a new study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. University of Alberta researchers collected fecal samples and studied the gut health of 757 babies between the ages of 3 and 4 months; then restudied the children at 1 and 3 years old. They found that children in households that used disinfectants at least once a week had higher body mass index (BMI) scores and elevated levels of Lachnospiraceae, gut microbes linked in other studies to insulin resistance and metabolic disorders. Babies in households that used vinegar or other eco-friendly cleaners had lower BMI scores and much lower levels of a family of bacteria that includes E. coli.

Gut Susceptible to Food Additives By mixing food additives with human gut microbes in petri dishes, scientists at the Czech Republic’s Institute of Microbiology found that gut microbes with anti-inflammatory properties were highly susceptible to being harmed by additives, while microbes with pro-inflammatory properties were mostly resistant. “We speculate that permanent exposure of human gut microbiota to even low levels of additives may modify the composition and function of gut microbiota, and thus influence the host’s immune system,” wrote the authors.

Smoking Bans Lower Blood Pressure Non-smokers that live in areas that have banned smoking in public spaces such as restaurants, bars and workplaces have lower systolic blood pressure. In a Northwestern University study reported by the American Heart Association, blood pressure readings of 5,115 adults ages 18 to 30 in Birmingham, Chicago, Minneapolis and Oakland were taken over a 30-year period and correlated with changes in local laws that banned public smoking. A meaningful decrease in systolic blood pressure readings was found in non-smokers when no-smoking laws were enacted, indicating a reduction in heart disease risk.

Curcumin Boosts Fertility in Men Sperm counts have plunged by half in the last 40 years among American and European men, according to a recent review of scientific studies. In a new double-blind study of 56 infertile men, researchers at Iran’s Qazvin University of Medical Sciences found that curcumin, an active ingredient in turmeric, can boost sperm counts. Each day for 10 weeks, half of the men took 80 milligrams of curcumin nanomicelle, in which curcumin is better absorbed; the other 28 were given a placebo. The researchers found that the curcumin significantly boosted sperm count and motility. 12

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Sugary Drinks Linked to Kidney Disease Drinking lots of sugar-sweetened sodas and juices significantly increases the risk of chronic kidney disease, reports a new study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Using health questionnaires for 3,003 African-American adults in Jackson, Mississippi, covering a 13-year period, the researchers found that the top third of subjects, those consuming the most sugar-sweetened drinks, were 61 percent more likely to develop kidney disease than those in the bottom third.

Probiotics Ease Bipolar Disorder Research on 66 patients with bipolar disorder found that patients receiving probiotic supplements were three times less likely to be rehospitalized than those given a placebo. The study from the Sheppard Pratt Health System, in Baltimore, gave half of discharged patients a placebo and the other half a capsule containing two probiotics, Bifidobacterium lactis (BB-12) and Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG). Within 26 weeks, 24 of the 33 people that received the placebo returned to the hospital, but only eight of the 33 on probiotics were readmitted. The probiotic treatment was especially effective for those experiencing considerable inflammation, say researchers.

Stress May Be Worse in the Evening Acute, late-day stress may be harder on our bodies, say researchers at Japan’s Hokkaido University. They measured the levels of the stress hormone cortisol in 27 young, healthy volunteers, and then put them through 15 minutes of stressful events that included making a speech and doing mental math. Half of the volunteers were tested two hours after awakening, the other group 10 hours after awakening. The subjects’ levels of cortisol, which helps provide the body with energy in the face of a perceived need for fight or flight, rose strongly in the morning, but not in the evening, suggesting that the human body is more equipped to deal with stress early in the day and becomes more vulnerable later.

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Worldwide Worry

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Environmental Risks Register as Top Threat

Muddled Message GMO Labeling Diluted

Under final rules released by the current administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s national labeling standard for genetically modified organisms (GMOs) completely exempts foods made with highly processed ingredients grown with GMOs, including sugar made from sugar beets, high-fructose corn syrup and refined soybean and canola oils. The change will allow 78 percent of products containing GMOs to avoid disclosure, according to the Grocery Manufacturers Association. Companies don’t have to comply until January 1, 2022, and the new labels will use the term “bioengineered” instead of more common identifiers like “genetically engineered” or “GMO”. Small businesses, to-go food prepared at grocery stores, and meat, eggs or dairy from animals that are fed GMOs, which involves virtually all livestock not certified organic, are exempt from the labeling requirements.


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Environmental risks are the top three concerns among the 1,000 global decision-makers surveyed in the latest Global Risks Perception Survey of the World Economic Forum (WEF). For the third straight year, “extreme weather” ranked first, followed by “failed climate change mitigation” and “natural disasters”. The survey was part of a WEF annual report produced in advance of the recent confab of global leaders in Davos, Switzerland. The World Bank has calculated that the real cost of natural disasters to the global economy is $520 billion per year.

Over Dose

Citrus Crops to Receive Human Antibiotics

Scientists at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) expressed concern over a recent ruling by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that opens the door to widespread use of the antibiotics streptomycin and oxytetracycline to spray commercial citrus crops. The antibiotics, which are often used on people, can kill insects that transmit a bacterium that causes citrus greening, which renders fruit small and bitter. But the EPA ultimately ruled that the economic benefits outweigh concerns about antibiotic resistance and potential harm to the environment, people and wildlife. The USDA says the amount of antibiotic exposure to people who eat fruit or juices still will be far less than what people are exposed to when prescribed antibiotics by their doctor. The antibiotics will have to be sprayed repeatedly over years just to keep the trees alive and producing fruit until they succumb to citrus greening. Public interest groups are protesting the action.


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Nuclear Waste Disposal Remains Elusive

A new report issued by environmental watchdog Greenpeace details the growing global dangers of accumulating nuclear waste that will remain hazardous for hundreds of centuries. Several of the designated storage facilities in the seven countries surveyed are nearly filled to capacity now. Unresolved safety issues across the industry include fire risk, venting of radioactive gases, environmental contamination, failure of containers, terrorist attacks and escalating costs. More than 65 years after the start of the civil use of nuclear power, 250,000 tons of highly radioactive spent fuel exists in 14 countries, and underground storage, seemingly the most viable option, has encountered major obstacles.

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Endangered Species on the Rebound

The Endangered Species Act seems to be working, with more than 75 percent of marine mammals and sea turtles protected by the act recovering, according to a new peer-reviewed study by scientists at the Center for Biological Diversity published in the academic journal PLOS ONE. North Atlantic green sea turtle nests on Florida beaches have increased by more than 2,000 percent and Hawaiian humpback whales more than 1,100 percent between 1979 and 2005.

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Power Switch

Taking a Home Off the Grid There’s never been a better time—prices keep coming down and technology keeps improving.


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esse Stafford and Alyssa Craft quit their jobs in 2015, bought five acres of remote land far away from utilities and began building their 36-foot-by-36-foot timber frame home from scratch. Next up was a septic system, then a clean water source and, of course, alternative energy. Their rooftop solar panels are backed up by a reliable Honda generator. They had some setbacks, which is to be expected. Now they’re blogging about it. “We didn’t want corporate jobs, we didn’t want to live in the city, commute to work or have a mortgage payment,” they write in their online homestead journey at Pure Off-the-grid living has become downright fashionable, especially for the eco-conscious. But leaving the rat race isn’t easy, and it’s not for everyone. Yet, anyone that wants to become more energy-independent can succeed without moving to an isolated cabin; and there’s never been a better time, because prices keep coming down

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and technology keeps improving. Choosing the best option depends on several factors, including the specific residence, climatic zone, town and neighborhood.

Preliminary Considerations Power source: Choose from among

solar ($12,000 to $50,000, depending on the system’s size), wind ($6,000 to $22,000, including installation) or geothermal ($20,000 to $25,000).

Ample resources: Find out if there’s

steady wind, plentiful sun, a place to install geothermal pipes and whether the home is properly oriented for solar without obstruction by trees or tall buildings.

Electricity needed: Get a quick

average by adding up the wattage of all appliances, and then add 50 percent. The American average is 10,000 kilowatt-hours annually, although frugal folks can make do with less. The local utility company can also estimate energy needs based on past usage.

Realize that alternative energy doesn’t need to be an all-or-nothing proposition. For instance, a solar system doesn’t have to power the whole house. A smaller and cheaper array with battery backup can be connected to essential services like the water heater, refrigerator and electric stove, with the grid handling heavier loads. Advantages are lower upfront cost and access to the grid when needed. Connecting to the grid makes sense for all alternative power sources, because wind and solar are intermittent, and don’t always provide power. Also, most states offer net metering, which requires the local utility to pay for the electricity a homeowner puts back into the grid.

Solar: Plunging Costs Solar panels for electricity, usually made of silicon, consist of photovoltaic cells that convert sunlight into direct current (DC). Their cost has come down dramatically in recent years. In January, the average solar panel cost $3.14 a watt, a bottom line of roughly $18,000 with a six-kilowatt system big enough for most homes. The price fell 6.5 percent from January 2018, reports, a solar vendor pricing source. A federal tax credit covers 30 percent of the cost, so the out-of-pocket cost for a system would be approximately $13,000 if installed before year’s end, when the full residential tax credit is available.


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roperties with moving water have a fourth sustainable power source available to them: hydroelectric. If opting to harness the energy in a nearby flowing stream or river, 10-kilowatt micro-hydropower systems can power even large homes. They combine piping from the water source to a turbine, pump or waterwheel with an alternator or generator, regulator and wiring. According to Home Power magazine, a fully installed hydro system for the average use of a modern household might cost $20,000 to $100,000.

Partial tax credits will be available until they are phased out in 2022. Ron Blumenfeld, a retired doctor in Fairfield, Connecticut, serves on his town’s sustainability task force and “went live” with his rooftop installation six years ago. “It’s turned out to be one of the best investments we’ve ever made—financially and environmentally,” he says. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is working toward residential solar to generate power at just five cents per kilowatt-hour by 2030, which means it will be far cheaper than grid electricity. Consumers can either buy a system outright or—as a popular alternative—lease the system with no upfront costs. Leasing companies like SolarCity (now part of Tesla) pioneered this approach, in which consumers agree to buy electricity from the system installed on their roof. Whether to add the extra expense of battery backup is important. A pair of Tesla Powerwalls will cost about $14,000 in-

stalled and store enough electricity to power a home for seven days. It’s suitable for people looking to go off the grid because the sun doesn’t always shine, and power generated on sunny days can be stored and used when it’s overcast. Off-the-grid solar is not just for those living in sun-rich states. Installers can look at a property—often remotely, through applications like Google Earth—and determine if solar is appropriate. Sometimes a few trees will have to be sacrificed, but the benefits are manifold, and not just because there will be power during grid blackouts.

Wind: If the Resource is Right Wind power accounted for the largest share of renewable energy growth in 2017, reports the International Energy Agency, but it’s in its infancy for homeowners, partly due to an average cost of $48,000 to $65,000 per installed project. Residential turbines have been installed in all 50 states,

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but many parts of the U.S. have marginal resources. Check the Department of Energy wind resource guide for local data at WindExchange.Energy.Gov. The best-case scenario is strong winds plus few neighbors close to a large property (and lenient zoning laws). Wind may work for the 19.3 percent of the population that lives in rural areas and the 21 million American homes built on properties of an acre or more. However, it isn’t for everyone. James Weston, of Greene, Maine, installed his turbine 10 years ago, and considers his rooftop solar panels a better investment. “By the time you put up your 100-foot tower to get the tower above the tree line and optimize the wind resource, the return isn’t there,” he says, noting that his savings from the turbine amount to a few hundred dollars a year. Bergey WindPower, maker of the 10-kilowatt BWC Excel 10 turbine ($31,770), recommends that a property have at least a 10 mph average wind speed, coupled with high electricity prices of 10 cents per kilowatt-hour or more. Also consider the neighbors: The system’s turbine is typically installed on an 80-to-100-foot tower, and so-called “viewshed” objections have taken down many projects (including Cape Wind, in Massachusetts). With annual maintenance, the DOE reports that small wind turbines should last about 20 years, the same basic lifespan as solar panels. The federal production tax credit for wind is available this year, but won’t be available afterwards. Some states offer incentives. A useful small wind guidebook can be found at WindExchange.


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Residential wind power is in its infancy in the U.S. Geothermal: Available Anywhere

Some common misconceptions about home geothermal are that consumers need to live in one of the planet’s “hot spots” (think Iceland, California or Utah). But the truth is the Earth’s temperature just below the surface almost anywhere is a constant 45 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit, and the Northeast and Midwest have the highest geothermal adoption rates. Geothermal doesn’t necessarily require a large piece of property. Local geology will be a factor in siting and sizing the system. Geothermal systems use underground pipes filled with refrigerant that absorbs warmth from the ground through a heat exchanger. In summer, that same underground temperature can be tapped to cool a home, combining heating and air conditioning in one system. While it necessitates a relatively high upfront cost, low operating costs mean the

systems can pay for themselves in less than 10 years. Most include a ground-source heat pump with a 50-year warranty. For a 2,500-square-foot home, an average offthe-electrical-grid system will cost $20,000 to $25,000 to install. Bill Martin, in Quincy, California, runs an efficient three-ton geothermal system installed in 2014. “It’s been a very good experience,” he says. “I’m ecstatically happy.” The same 30 percent federal tax credit that applies to solar also applies to geothermal for systems installed by 2020. States also provide incentives. A detailed guide on availability is available at GeothermalHeatPumpListing.

Special Considerations

Buildings, especially older structures, are usually sieves in terms of energy loss, so before investing in a system, check to see if the local utility provides free energy audits. Even if it’s not free, it’s worth finding out if the home needs new windows or strategically applied insulation. There are scammers in every field, and alternative energy is no exception. Ask providers for references to previous customers and check for online cautions from the Better Business Bureau, Yelp and others. Alternative energy in any form can save money and precious resources. Explore the options thoroughly and choose wisely before pulling the plug. Jim Motavalli, of Fairfield, CT, is an author, freelance journalist and speaker, specializing in alternative energy, clean automotive and other environmental topics. Connect at

Assessing the Body’s Environmental Chemical Burden


by Cindy Klement

e all swim in a slurry of chemicals during our day-today life on this planet. Some of these chemicals become stored in our tissue, where they can remain for a lifetime, while other chemicals are eliminated within hours after exposure. There is a large compilation of research studying how these chemicals can affect our health and well-being, and concerns are mounting that exposure to different classes of chemicals may actually enhance toxicity and intensify their effects. Key challenges in research include determining widespread exposure to multiple sources, multiple chemical classes, varying concentrations and the overall health of the individual in the study. Why one person might react to a specific contaminant and another does not has a great deal to do with multiple factors, including how well the individual’s detoxification system functions; the chemical’s target organ; the age of the individual, their nutritional status, dietary and exercise habits; genetic makeup; the level, frequency and duration of the exposure; and the developmental stages at the time of exposure. Many of the chemicals we are exposed to resist elimination, so they persist in our tissues and bio-accumulate. They also persist in our environment. A number of toxic compounds can take long periods of time to produce ill effects, so the impact is not realized for many years. In Spain, the Human Early Life Exposome (HELIX) project is researching exposure that begins prenatally and continues through the developing years. The goal of the project is to better understand how chemical exposure can influence risk of disease later in life. HELIX researchers suggest that all of these things add to a child’s body burden postnatally:

l Contact with flame retardants on bedding and sleepwear l Bathing in or drinking chlorinated water l Personal care products l Breathing vehicle exhaust or chemical air fresheners l Plastic bottles, utensils and dishware l Pesticides l Artificial colors, flavors and preservatives in foods l Housecleaning products and disinfectants l Exposure to off-gassing in building materials inside the home or child care center The World Health Organization’s International Programme on Chemical Safety listed 800 chemicals capable of interfering with hormone receptors, while acknowledging that the vast majority of chemicals have yet to be tested. Of the 85,000 synthetic chemicals manufactured over the past four decades, little toxicity information exists. In defense, it is ethically not possible to expose subjects to environmental chemicals, creating another complication in research. In 2013, the U.S. National Institutes of Health National Toxicology Program found that persistent pollutants, BPA, phthalates and other chemicals were associated with obesity and diabetes. Endocrine disruptors are small molecules that mimic natural hormones with the potential to affect the functioning of the thyroid gland, fertility, metabolic syndrome and obesity. Obesogens are chemical compounds that can disrupt normal metabolic processes that develop early in life and increase susceptibility to weight gain across the lifespan. In 1976, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Toxic Substances Control Act grandfathered in 60,000 chemicals. By 2010, 17,000 of those chemicals were still in use, some with questionable safety ratings. Meanwhile, the goal of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants is to restrict and/or eliminate the use of 23 chemical classes, while this use-reduction policy in the U.S. is being met with political resistant due to the concerns over the impact on farmers, food processing and the price of food. We certainly can’t avoid every chemical, but we can use the tools and resources at our disposal to reduce exposure. We can also detoxify the body as best we can with what we know now because chemicals are here to stay, and we have to learn to co-exist with them. The field of environmental medicine is still in its infancy, and many clinicians are not aware of the science behind toxicant bioaccumulation and the related health consequences, nor are they aware of how their patients are exposed. The best course of action is to avoid chemical exposure as much as possible, eat rainbow-colored organic produce, exercise, sweat, drink lots of water and become active in helping to spread the word about what we can do to change the health of future generations. Klement will deliver a lecture, Limiting Exposure to Environmental Toxins, on Earth Day, April 22, at 7 p.m., at the Towsley Auditorium in the Morris Lawrence Building on the campus of Washtenaw Community College, 4800 East Huron River Dr., in Ann Arbor. No registration is required. Cindy Klement, MS, CNS, MCHES, is a board-certified nutritionist and a certified master health educator by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing. She is also an adjunct professor at Eastern Michigan University. For more info, visit April 2019


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NATIVE INTELLIGENCE Planting an Eco-Friendly Yard


by Avery Mack

aintaining a grassy yard or ornamental shrubs can be time consuming and less than eco-friendly. That’s why conservation-minded gardeners are turning to lush, native landscaping as an aesthetically pleasing alternative to spartan, water-free xeriscaping. Native plants not only save water, they enhance local ecosystems by providing food and shelter for birds, bees, butterflies and wildlife. “Indigenous plants build healthy soil and retain and replenish ground water,” says Michael Fleischacker, chair of landscape architecture and environmental sciences at Delaware Valley University, in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Accustomed to the climate and nutrients in their habitat, they don’t need the extra fertilizer required by exotic transplants. Natives are also better equipped to fend off harmful insects, reducing the need for pesticides. “When pests did show up, I used insecticidal soap and neem oil. Both are great eco-friendly remedies,” says Kimberly Button, an Orlando-based freelance journalist and author of The Everything Guide to a Healthy Home: All You Need to Protect Yourself and Your Family from Hidden Household Dangers. A genuine indigenous plant in the U.S. predates European settlement. These natives grew in the wildlands of the regions where 20

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they evolved and adapted over hundreds or thousands of years. However, what’s wild isn’t necessarily native. These days, the woods and forests are rife with alien species that escaped from non-native gardens or were planted to perform some specific purpose that went awry. Kudzu, for instance, was imported from Asia and installed along roadways to prevent soil erosion. The perennial vine, which can grow up to a foot per day, has become the plague of the South, rooting out native plants and toppling trees under the sheer weight of its smothering foliage. In 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a report summarizing numerous studies that concluded that non-native plants disrupt the food web and present a growing problem for “organisms that depend on native plants for food, shelter and places to rear their young.”

Natives vs. Nativars

While the harm caused by many invasive plants that evolved in a foreign habitat is well-documented and profound, the ecological impact of plant variations derived from native species—known as cultivars or nativars—is sometimes more subtle. Cultivars have been developed to highlight specific traits, like larger blooms or

longer bloom times. They may be bred for a stronger scent, or have the scent bred out of them in pursuit of another trait, making them less enticing to pollinators and wildlife. One drawback to cultivars is what those “improved” traits can affect. “The native serviceberry (Amelanchier) has small, bright red berries birds love to eat,” Fleischacker says. “Because they add color to a winter yard or are used for wreaths and décor, cultivars were bred to produce larger berries. Birds choke on the bigger berry, unable to swallow them.” A current, multi-year research project at the Mt. Cuba Center’s native botanical gardens in Hockessin, Delaware, is seeking to determine whether certain cultivars are as attractive to insects as their native counterparts. What’s certain, say the experts: A gardener can’t go wrong with indigenous plants. “Native varieties have longer growing seasons, a decades-long lifespan and tight plant groupings to prevent weed growth,” Fleischacker says. Despite the perception by some that natives are boring, they can be showier than their cultivar cousins and also thrive in their region’s unique conditions. “I keep my yard as natural as possible to co-exist with my neighbor, the Hiawatha National Forest, and its small animals and birds,” says Monica Cady, co-founder of the Herbal Lodge and a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Chippewa tribe in Hessel, Michigan.

Going Native

Transitioning to native landscaping isn’t as daunting as it might seem. Small changes can make a difference, and local plant nurseries can assist. Some may have a staff horticulturalist to help distinguish the natives from the nativars and to steer gardeners clear of invasive, water-guzzling, nutrient-needy non-natives that will spread quickly and overwhelm the landscape. Going native isn’t an all-or-nothing proposition, says Fleischacker. “Consult a local nursery or landscaper about adding natives to the mix. There are plants that love shade or sun, dry areas or damp.” When planning, look past what’s trendy. “The ecosystem is set up to protect and promote beneficial insects and pollinators,” says Button. What was old can be new again. Connect with freelance writer Avery Mack at

Climate Change

and Spirituality By Barbra White


e are all part of an intrinsic co-arising web of life. One part affects the whole. Through observations from space, we know that what we do in one part of the ecosystem affects the entire system. Nature, through its communicating, yet differentiated systems, demonstrates oneness. Each environmental system and animal niche is dependent upon the whole system, yet expresses in a unique way. Likewise, every human is individuated, yet interdependent within the greater community. On a biological level, we know that what we do to one part of the human body affects the whole. We are 100 percent dependent on the Earth for our food and air. Waiting to go to heaven or trying to transcend the Earthly realm will only keep us

avoiding the Earth’s suffering, spiritually bypassing what is desperately calling out for help. Authentic spirituality empowers a person to be a love activist for themselves, people, animals and the Earth. Our crisis in the natural world is an opportunity to wake up to the fact that we live on one home planet Earth. Becoming fully aware of what is happening in the environment, oceans, and food systems reminds us to be humble stewards and infuses our daily lives with purpose. Our thoughts, actions and choices today will affect future generations. Feeling the pain of the world’s self-inflicted suffering is the bridge to spiritual expansion. Psychologist Carl Jung’s statement, “Feeling is healing,” is applicable to both our personal healing and environmental healing. Self-love helps

pain be productive; by allowing ourselves to feel the eco-devastation of the oceans, rain forests, or even a lost natural space from childhood, our heart opens, promoting oneness and generating a feeling of being more alive. It is to the measure that we embrace pain that we can know joy. Spirituality can increase our capacity to look at the devastation and take empowering steps, but we must first fully embrace the problem in order to find a solution. Mindfully witnessing painful emotions and thoughts in meditation practice helps us become available for seeing the pain of the world. Many people overwhelmed by the world’s suffering default to denial, blame or apathy. We all need spiritual/healing tools such as meditation, emotional self-awareness, therapy and coaching to cope with the immensity of what is happening. If someone doesn’t have or practice these tools, defense and denial become their only coping mechanism, even if the facts plainly indicate otherwise. An Awakening Your Global Heart workshop ($55-$85) will take place from noon to 5 p.m., May 5, at 8830 Currie, in Northville, with Powerful teachings, Self-Acceptance tools, nature rituals and shamanic practices to reconnect back to life and be the solution to global crisis. For more information, visit Barbra White is an ecopsychologist, shaman and animal communicator who helps people reconnect back to their bodies, to the natural world and to their inherent worth. For individual shamanic healing and mentoring, call 734-796-6690.

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THE ART OF HEALING Creative Therapy Aids Recovery by Marlaina Donato

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or decades, creative expression has been a valuable tool in healing, and expressive arts therapy—the integrated application of two or more art forms—is now considered a life-changing modality for veterans and anyone else struggling with anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Also called creative arts therapy, this form of psychotherapy helps patients to process and express what is often beyond

verbal language using music, art, dance, theater and writing as its primary modes of communication. “Individuals need no previous arts experience in order to benefit from working with a certified creative arts therapist,” explains Azizi Marshall, founder and CEO of the Center for Creative Arts Therapy, in Downers Grove, Illinois. The National Intrepid Center of Excellence—an outpatient clinic specializing in traumatic brain injuries at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, in Bethesda, Maryland—ranks creative arts therapy among the top five most effective approaches in helping veterans. A study of combat veterans and creative arts therapy conducted at Concordia University, in Montreal, reported considerable progress, especially in areas of expressing emotions resulting from trauma and gaining understanding of symptoms such as depression, thoughts of suicide and insomnia.

Psychotherapist Cathy Malchiodi, Ph.D., has authored several books, including The Art Therapy Sourcebook, and uses expressive arts therapy in her Louisville practice. “I’ve worked with soldiers for the past 10 years, and find that much of their healing comes about through telling their stories on stage or participating as an actor within a play or improvisation.” Malchiodi also incorporates mindfulness practices, visual arts, music and some simple forms of yoga in her sessions.

Creative Arts Therapy for Multiple Diagnoses

Expressive arts therapy is also making a positive impact on those suffering from panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder, addictions, eating and attention disorders, dementia and chronic physical illness. “Creative arts therapy can be used across life challenges; for example, dance or movement therapy has supported women with breast

cancer and eating disorders,” says Marshall, who has also witnessed the power of drama therapy to help reduce feelings of fear in clients diagnosed with anxiety and PTSD. A 2015 study at Butler University, in Indianapolis published in the Journal of Speech Pathology & Therapy shows the significant effects of theater arts on individuals with autism spectrum disorder. “Creative arts therapy can be successful in supporting children with autism, especially ways to practice social skills,” says Marshall. “The drama therapist uses role play, improv and games in order to facilitate interpersonal communication.”

Dopamine and Creating Art

The multitasking neurotransmitter dopamine is one of the brain’s natural antidepressants and plays a key role in feeling pleasure and reinforcing habits. It reaches its highest levels during the initial stages of love, observing something of beauty or creating art. A recent Drexel University study published in The Arts in Psychotherapy shows the neurological effects of drawing, coloring and simple doodling. Increased circulation in the area of the brain correlating to pleasure and reward was evident, and this dopamine-dominant response is responsible for decreasing symptoms of anxiety and increasing feelings of joy and accomplishment. Psychotherapist Doreen Meister, in Oakland, California, encourages her

clients to focus on the process of creating, rather than the result. “Expressive therapies are an extension of the self-discovery continuum. I often hear, ‘I draw like a 2-year-old.’ To this I say, ‘Great! Draw like a 2-year-old!’ I believe that somewhere, many of us are told that creative expression must be a certain way. Creativity is a natural state, a human quality that we are born with, and the product of creation is not as important as the process.” Creativity from a clinical perspective allows for new emotional vantage points, distance from situations and viewing experiences through a different lens. “Bringing in creativity offers a wider palette of tools or access points, and gives us another way to understand ourselves,” says Meister. “Creativity as a life force is accessible to all of us.” Marlaina Donato is an author and composer. Connect at

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munity and camaraderie; it can also save time and money and minimize food waste. Eating with others can also encourage mindful consumption, a boon to physical and mental health. A number of emerging ideas and platforms from around the block to across the globe are helping singles and families young and old connect over food.

Linking Diners Through Technology


Breaking Bread, Building Community


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mericans are eating alone more than ever, with adults going solo for nearly half of all meals, according to consumer research consultants at the Hartman Group. Yet, fellowship-mind-


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ed foodies are bucking the trend by finding new and unique ways to bring strangers, colleagues and friends together for healthy, home-cooked meals. Meal sharing not only builds com-

“I wanted to find a place to create more meaningful conversations and meet new people than bars where people often meet up, and thought home is that place. Who doesn’t like dinner parties or potlucks?” says Jared Gold, co-founder of MealTribes, in Washington, D.C. Within two years, MealTribes has grown to more than 200 members that can host or join potlucks via a private Facebook group open to area residents in their 20s and 30s. To encourage participants to be fully present, the group encourages guests to leave their phones in their bags. Instead of strict food do’s and don’ts, MealTribes encourages attendees to bring a contribution that makes them proud. However, guests are discouraged from bringing alcohol in lieu of a food dish to avoid it becoming the focus of the table. “Lasting friendships and business opportunities have come from our potlucks,” says Gold. “Even skeptics have come

away from events feeling like they got the best-case scenario; nice people, homey environment, with good food and conversation.” Jay Savsani, co-founder of Meal Sharing, in Chicago, got the idea for the “Airbnb of meals” after seeking out a home-cooked dinner while backpacking in Cambodia. He was invited to a farm feast in the countryside, connecting with local hosts over great conversation and delicious food. “I returned home wanting to find a way to use technology to recreate that serendipitous moment,” says Savsani. Today, the platform uses technology to connect curious diners with affordable, home-cooked meals in 150 countries. “The concept is open; we encourage hosts to make whatever they believe in,” says Savsani. “That can be a top chef serving ninecourse meals or a simple spaghetti someone offers for a few bucks or even free.” Savsani says the meal becomes secondary to the deeper social interactions that can manifest through these gatherings. “We even got an inquiry from a local fire department interested in hosting meals to get to know people in the community better.”

Organically Grown Gatherings Lilia Fuquen, who directs the Food and Community project in Virginia, participates in several gatherings intended to nurture community through food. Fuquen’s project aims to bring people across the state together to document, celebrate and share traditional, contemporary and emerging foodways, initiating a deeper conversation about and the connections between food, place, culture and community. Last fall, the project convened more than 200 people around a feast celebrating indigenous foods, people and foodways in Virginia. The meal was prepared from locally farmed and foraged ingredients representative of the diverse native culinary traditions of the region, including greens, mushrooms, wild rice and fish sourced from fields, forests and streams. On a more grassroots level, an intergenerational family potluck dinner “helps create community and a sense of family among people who often live far from blood relatives,” says Fuquen, who lives on a small farm outside Charlottesville, Virginia. The workplace can also be a great place to break bread together, says Fuquen. Her office enjoys hosting the Souper Club, where co-workers each bring a key element like salad fixings, a loaf of bread or a pot of soup to enjoy together—away from their desks. Rebecca Shaloff, a fundraising consultant in Washington, D.C., has participated in work lunch swaps, which she says promote camaraderie, new food discoveries and healthy eating. She also takes part in a closely knit monthly supper club of four young families in her neighborhood. “We all value each other’s friendship and company, but there’s something about coming together for dinner that makes us feel more like family than friends,” Shaloff says.

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ood revolutionary Ocean Robbins has dedicated his life to inspiring others to rethink their food choices to transform both personal and planetary health. It’s a path forged in part by his father, John Robbins, who walked away from the family ice cream company, BaskinRobbins, to become an acclaimed health advocate and author. Together, father and son founded the 500,000-plus-member Food Revolution Network, an online education and advocacy platform that works for healthy, sustainable, humane and delicious food for all. Ocean launched Youth for Environmental Sanity (YES!) at age 16, and directed the organization for 20 years. Ocean’s new book, 31-Day Food Revolution: Heal Your Body, Feel Great, and Transform Your World, aims to help individuals revamp their diets, and in turn, themselves and their communities. It distills his lifetime of knowledge and wisdom on food, health and activism into an accessible how-to guide. Learn more at

What connections do you see between personal and planetary health?

In many situations in life, we have to compromise—but when it comes to food, the

choices that are best for us personally also happen to be best for the planet. Eating a plant-based diet, organically grown when possible, is not only linked to the best statistical outcomes for long-term health and well-being, it also helps ensure healthy topsoil, water and a stable climate for future generations.

In what ways have you seen members of the Food Revolution Network transform their communities?

We hear incredible stories from members all over the world who are seeing radical changes in their health—reversing heart disease, losing weight, gaining energy and mental clarity. And we also hear inspiring stories of people turning food deserts into wonderful oases of healthy living; for example, Ron Finley, in South Central Los Angeles, who is known for saying that drive-throughs kill more people than driveby shootings in his neighborhood. He planted vegetables for the community in the curbside dirt strip in front of his home—and got cited by the city for it. He ended up getting the laws changed, and has since started The Ron Finley Project to create an urban community food hub where the community can come together to plant, learn and nourish themselves.

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What are some ways busy people can connect with like-minded individuals to support healthy lifestyle and diet changes?

Start by finding out if you have loved ones who do share your food values, and nurture those relationships. Lean into those healthy relationships; you might be surprised how many people around you are also quietly trying to achieve similar goals. You can also ask friends and family to be a food ally; even if they are not a full participant in your health regimen, they might be a fan or friend. That can mean preparing particular foods if you come for dinner or simply checking in on how you are doing with your goals and commitments. You can widen your circle of healthy eating through meal swaps or other shared meal programs. It’s always easier to cook in larger quantities, and there is the added benefit of greater social connection with shared meals. If you are looking for new friends and allies, it helps to connect to organizations that are already promoting healthy food hubs. There are many listed in the back of 31-Day Food Revolution. So many people struggle with loneliness, and some are afraid they will feel even more isolated if they step out into a healthy eating regimen. On the contrary, you can become a magnet for people who care about their world and aren’t content with the status quo. These friendships can often become deeper and more valued than ever.

What has been one of the biggest challenges you’ve faced in living a lifestyle against the societal grain, and how have you overcome it? Impatience. I grew up eating all-natural food; my parents almost named me Kale, and I ate a lot of it growing up. At a certain point, I saw that I had become judgmental and dogmatic when encountering people whose choices did not align with my own, though as Martin Luther King Jr. said, we have no moral authority with those who can feel our underlying contempt. I have since developed a profound respect for each individual’s unique values, needs, experiences and priorities. I advocate for people’s right to make their own choices about what they need. My goal is to help facilitate people’s choices, and to do so with compassion. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at

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ican Cancer Society any of us Walking and hiking involving 140,000 older equate fitness balance the body adults correlates a lower with going to the gym, but a good hike through natural move- mortality rate with in a natural environment even short intervals of ment, oxygenation can foster unique benefits walking. Individuals in of the cells and the for both body and psyche. the study that walked six use of our muscles Hiking or walkhours a week lowered as they were designed their risk of dying from ing outdoors not only promotes heart health, cancer and cardiovasto be used. helping to balance both cular and respiratory ~Dami Roelse blood sugar and blood disease. It also shows pressure, it increases that just two hours of hip bone density to help reduce fractures, walking per week could significantly according to research on postmenopausal improve health. women from the ongoing Nurses’ Health “Walking and hiking balance the body Study. Navigating uneven terrain also through natural movement, oxygenation of necessitates lateral movement, which can the cells and the use of our muscles as they strengthen core muscles and improve balwere designed to be used,” says Dami Roelse, of Ashland, Oregon, author of Walking ance more significantly than working out Gone Wild: How to Lose Your Age on the on a treadmill or cycling. Trail. “Walking is in our genes; DNA molWalk and Live Longer ecules need to be stimulated regularly to Any kind of walking can be a great boon express themselves, and walking does just to health. Recent research by the Amerthat. It also improves mood and cognition.”

The beauty of hiking is that it offers a tailored experience according to ability and personal interests. Day hikes, whether in the countryside or in urban botanical gardens or parks, are uplifting and ideal for any fitness level. Longer or overnight treks with a backpack of supplies offer healthy challenges and opportunities for total immersion in nature. Bringing the kids on a hike offers family fitness time and a healthy way to unplug from technology and sneak in a fun learning experience about local flora and fauna.

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Exercise stimulates feel-good neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin, but getting a workout in a natural setting fortifies the whole nervous system. A 2015 study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science led by Stanford University researchers shows that walking in nature for 90 minutes decreases activity in the subgenual prefrontal cortex, the region of the brain most affected by depression. In contrast, individuals that walked in an urban environment did not reap the same results. Another 2015 study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology shows that nature walks improve memory and decrease anxiety in teens. The Japanese philosophy of shinrin-yoku, or “forest bathing”, woven into

Japanese Shinto and Buddhist traditions, has become an important part of science-based health care in Japan. A significant 2009 study by Japanese researchers published in Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine shows that just 20 minutes of walking in the woods decreases stress hormones. Forest bathing has also been shown to speed postoperative healing, improve concentration in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and fortify immunity with an increased number of NK, or natural killer cells. Naturalist Melanie Choukas-Bradley, in Washington, D.C., knows about Mother Nature’s therapeutic gifts firsthand. “I participated in some of the health research both in the field and the lab during a forest bathing trip to Japan,” says the author of The Joy of Forest Bathing: Reconnect with Wild Places & Rejuvenate Your Life. “My vital signs were checked before and after

shinrin-yoku walks, and in the lab my brainwaves were measured while viewing urban and forest scenes. My blood pressure was lower after every walk, and my brainwaves calmed while viewing forest scenes.” Choukas-Bradley emphasizes that forest bathing doesn’t require a forest setting, noting, “You can forest bathe in the desert, at the beach or even an urban park during a lunch break.” Hitting the trails can also help us see life from another perspective. “Forests are living, breathing organisms. Mountains transcend my humanness,” muses Roelse. “It’s both a humbling and uplifting experience.” Marlaina Donato is the author of several books on spirituality and clinical aromatherapy. She is also a composer. Connect at

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Adventures in the Great Outdoors. “All kids like creating special places, going on adventures, befriending animals, following maps and paths, and so on.” The more we encourage them, the more likely they’ll discover the thrills of the natural world—and numerous studies show that they’ll then be calmer and less stressed, better able to concentrate and less likely to be obese. Kids also are more “responsive and connected” when they are talking outdoors with adults than talking indoors, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology. Here are some simple ideas to get started:

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outside world are currently making our kids nature-deprived. Yet, they have an instinctive love of the outdoors, experts agree. “When given free access to nature, children’s play follows the same patterns all around the world,” says prominent environmental educator David Sobel, author of Wild Play: Parenting

Build fairy houses. In a park, forest or backyard, ask the child to find a quiet spot, like the base of a tree or under a bush, and build a tiny house using only their imagination and natural materials such as sticks, bark, grass, pebbles, feathers and pinecones. “The fun is ageless and connects you to nature in magical and memorable ways,” says Tracy Kane of Maine, whose website,, offers ideas and books. Befriend a bug. Help them look for bugs

and crawling things in the dirt and on leaves, then ask them to draw them. Back home or at the library, kids can search in guidebooks or online to learn the critters’ names and traits.

Engage in real-life tweets. Show them how to listen carefully for bird songs and count how many different ones they hear. See if they can imitate the tweets or find words that describe them. Check out a bird-song beginner’s guide at Audubon. org/news/a-beginners-guide-common-birdsounds-and-what-they-mean. Create mud art. “Make a batch of mud

and use it to create sculptures, paint a masterpiece or just use it to jump in and get messy with,” suggests MaryEllen Mateleska, director of education and conservation at the Mystic Aquarium, in Connecticut.

Make dolls and critters. Kids can use hibiscus or hollyhock flowers and toothpicks to make dolls with flowing skirts. Or they can collect leaves of different shapes and sizes and glue them together to create leafy creatures. “You can take it an extra step by inventing a story and creating a one-of-a-kind storybook,” says Mateleska.

Grow a garden. Using a kid-sized plot of

land—it can even be a big pot of dirt—give them a trowel, a watering can and easy-togrow seeds such as radishes and carrots. Not only will they get exercise, a Texas A&M University study shows gardening makes kids more likely to choose veggies for snacks.

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than competing with digital devices, integrate them into the nature experience. “A phone app like iNaturalist lets kids take a picture and will identify the creature or plant for them,” says science teacher Jemma Smith, of The Education Hotel, a UK-based tutoring service. “Or have them take three artistic pictures of nature.”

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kids requires them to use their phones as a GPS to find tiny treasure boxes that have already been hidden all over the country-

hour, open the door into the back yard and let the kids “go at it,” as does writer Attiyya Atkins, a mother of four in Pompano Beach, Florida. “Mostly it’s self-play, but I come out sometimes and teach them about nature, or we do art projects with leaves, rocks or dirt. It’s always naturally fun, and they’re pretty tired afterwards!” Ronica A. O’Hara is a Denver-based natural health writer. Connect at OHaraRonica@

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acred space is most often associated with places of worship, but it can be any place that connects us to meaning or joy. In the blur of daily living, nooks of inspiration and beauty provide spiritual sustenance, remind us of our dreams or celebrate lovely memories. Having “bliss corners” in the home or workplace is a wonderful way to stay connected to the positive.

Most parents or grandparents can confess to having a bliss corner on the refrigerator door where drawings and accomplishments of young family members are proudly displayed. Having a place of inspiration in any room doesn’t have to take up much space and can easily add to the décor. It can be as simple as a wedding veil hanging on a bedroom wall or a bowl of shells, sea glass or sand from a beach vacation in the bathroom. It can be sentimental with dried flowers from a momentous occasion or a small table dedicated to loved ones with framed photos or letters and a piece of cloth that holds special memories. Corners of bliss fulfill their purpose best in places where they can remind us to follow our heart’s “true north” or help us to foster inner peace during busy days. Such places are office desks and bedroom nightstands near an alarm clock. The kitchen is an ideal room in the house for sacred space; designating a corner to light a candle during meal prep; filling an old teapot with fresh flowers every week; and displaying the photo of someone who once nourished us are all beautiful ways to bring more meaning into our relationship with food. Cultivating bliss can be a form of active meditation, simple rituals that can include prayer or other forms of mindfulness. On more practical levels, it can be an opportunity to bond with loved ones. Creating a bliss corner can be a creative and fun activity for teens to express a passion, whether it be a hobby, sport or favorite singer. Many of us have boxes of mementos or nostalgic things from childhood taking up space in a closet. Making a bliss corner is the perfect way to remind us why we kept them in the first place. Maya Whitman writes about natural health and living a more beautiful life. Connect at

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BRINGING UP KITTY Get Off on the Right Paw


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here’s nothing as endearing as a bigeyed kitten hopping sideways across the floor or curled into a small ball of fluff on our lap. Getting a new kitten started off on the right foot will ensure they grow up to be a healthy and happy companion.


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When bringing a new kitten (or adult cat) into their new home, it’s best to separate the new addition in a little bed-and-breakfastlike setup of their own for at least a week. Put their litter box, bedding, food and toys in their space and keep noise, confusion and foot traffic to a minimum.


Provide warm, snuggly sleeping quarters.

Felines, especially tiny ones, like their environment warmer than what humans generally prefer. Look for bedding that hasn’t been treated with flame-retardant chemicals such as PBDE; Swedish scientists have linked the chemical,

commonly found in foam, to hyperthyroidism in cats. The best choice is wool, which is naturally flame resistant.

3Consider crate training.

Most cats fight being put into a carrier because it only happens when someone’s about to take them to a place they don’t want to go to. That’s why it’s a good idea to set up a carrier for a kitten on their first day home. Entice them to enter on their own using food treats, toys and comfy bedding.


Go slow with family introductions.

Introduce other members of the household to the new kitty one at a time. Ideally, introductions occur in a neutral location, like the living room, when the kitten ventures out to investigate.


Offer this tiny carnivore the nutrition they were born to eat.

To provide the very best start in life, feed the little one either a home-

made or commercially available, nutritionally balanced, fresh food diet (preferably raw) designed for cats at all stages of life.

When cats in the wild feel threatened, they head for trees, dens or caves for safety. Domestic kitties don’t have that option, so their obsession with hiding in boxes may be an adaptation. Providing “hidey holes” may also help a kitten acclimate faster to their new home and family.


Help the kitten learn to love their personal litter box.

Most kittens can use a litter box at about four weeks. Just make sure its walls are low enough that they can hop in and out on their own. If a kitten or cat is avoiding the box, there’s likely a reason: location, type of litter or failure to clean it often enough.


Provide appropriate climbing and scratching surfaces.

Climbing and scratching are natural feline behaviors. Try burlap, cardboard and carpeted scratching surfaces, placed vertically and horizontally to meet all preferences. Keep the scratchers in areas where the kitten hangs out.


Train kitty to use the scratching post.

Initially, it might help to apply catnip or attach a feather toy to make the scratching

11 area especially appealing. Discourage any feline from scratching on inappropriate surfaces by attaching double-sided tape or inflated balloons to rugs or furniture that are off limits.


Offer toys that bring out the feline hunter.

Think like a cat and buy or create toys that draw out their hunting instincts. A piece of string wrapped around the end of a stick dragged on the ground will bring out the stalker in almost any cat. So will ping-pong balls or small wads of paper flicked across the floor.


Indulge most kittens’ love of boxes.

Provide easy, safe access to the outdoors.

Indoor cats need time outside. Consider building or buying a safe, secure, outdoor enclosure (catio) for them to hang out in when the weather is nice.


Consider adopting two kittens at the same time.

One of the best ways to avoid many common behavioral problems is to adopt a pair of kittens. Because they crave stimulation and interaction, adopting two provides instant playmates to occupy each other’s time. Karen Becker is a proactive, integrative doctor of veterinary medicine who consults internationally and writes for Mercola Healthy Pets (

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Chemicals used in dry cleaning clothes have long been linked to health concerns for both people and the environment. Perchloroethylene (“perc” for short) is most commonly used in this process. Federal regulatory agencies have documented myriad negative effects from exposure to the petroleum-based solvent. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration links it to dizziness, blurred vision, loss of coordination and other nervous system effects, including memory loss. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency calls perc a likely human carcinogen “by all routes of exposure.” The EPA also warns that the chemical can leak into the ground, contaminating water supplies, and react in the air to form smog, which has been associated with respiratory effects. suggests there are safer alternatives through products and processes used by independent “green” dry cleaners nationwide. These include a biodegradable liquid silicone—essentially liquefied sand—which doesn’t chemically react with fabric fibers. It’s safe to use on delicate garments like beads, lace, silk and cashmere, and won’t cause

shrinkage. includes a store locator function. Another good option is wet cleaning, whereby fabric is laundered in a computer-controlled washer and dryer that uses water—along with specialized soaps and conditioners instead of solvents—and spins its contents much more slowly than a typical home washing machine. Because wet cleaning is free of hazardous volatile organic compounds like those in perc, it eliminates health and safety risks, as well as environmental hazards associated with traditional dry cleaning, according to As an added benefit, the equipment and operating costs are lower. While the biggest disadvantage to wet cleaning is that it produces waste water, it’s still a highly energy-efficient method. Another method is liquid carbon dioxide (CO2) cleaning, in which some commercial cleaners use the pressurized gas in combination with other gentle cleaning agents to dissolve and remove dirt, fats and oils in clothing instead of using perc; or consider simply handwashing delicate clothes and fabrics in a mild, non-toxic detergent, and then hanging them outside to dry.

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MONDAY, APRIL 1 Growing Herbs for the Kitchen – 7-8:30pm. Group President Madolyn Kaminski offers tips on how to grow and use herbs for the kitchen. She also discusses herbs in food, drinks and appetizers. Recipes included with handouts. Presented by Herb Study Group. Free. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd. 647-7600.

TUESDAY, APRIL 2 Teens Using Drugs: What to Know and What to Do – 6-7:30pm. Learn about adolescent substance use, its effects on the developing brain and signs/ symptoms of substance use problems. For parents, teens, family, others. Free. St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center, 5305 Elliott Dr, Ypsilanti. 485-8725. UMMA After Hours – 7-10pm. Gallery talks, live music with Cousin Mouth & Friends, free food and more. After Hours will also celebrate the opening of  Collection Ensemble,  the  first major reinstallation of UMMA’s iconic entry space in over a decade. UMMA, 525 S State St. 764-0395.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3 Better Health & Nutrition Class – 7-8pm. Improving your health isn’t always easy and can oftentimes be exhausting, especially when you’re trying to balance work, family and social life. Learn what causes your fatigue and ways you can start improving your health right away. Also get easy meal ideas. Free. The Nutritional Healing

Center, 462 Jackson Plaza. To register: 302-7575. Support Mental Health Naturally – 7-8pm. Find out which foods and habits contribute to anxiety, depression, insomnia and brain fog, and learn how to support healthy sleep and mood naturally. Free. Thrive! Wellness Center, 6901 State Rd, Ste D, Saline. 470-6766. Plant Propagation – 7-8:30pm. North American Rock Garden Society Vice President Don LaFond gives a presentation on propagating plants by seed, cuttings, and dividing. Presented by Ann Arbor Garden Club. 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.

SATURDAY, APRIL 6 Super Seedlings – 10am-12pm. Explore the lifecycle of plants from flower to seedling and plant seeds to grow at home. $10/child; adult accompanies children. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd. 647-7600. Focus on Choice Alpines – 11am-3pm. Two programs presented in 1 day by Ger van den Beuken, one of Europe’s most eminent experts on the cultivation of choice alpine plants. Program I (11am-12:30pm): The Cultivation and Propagation of the Genus Saxifraga. Program II (1:30-3pm): Cushion Plants. Presented by Great Lakes Chapter, North American Rock Garden Society. Free. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd. 647-7600.

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Fragrant Gardening 101 – 3-4:30pm.Kirk Jones, Managing Director of Project Grow, in Ann Arbor (and owner of the former Good Scents Gardens), shares expert know-how on gardening for fragrance. Downtown Library, 343 S Fifth Ave. 327-4200.

MONDAY, APRIL 8 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.

TUESDAY, APRIL 9 Stewards’ Circle – 7:30-8:30am. Topic: Rain Gardens. Find out what makes a rain garden different than other gardens, get tips and tricks for installation and maintenance, and discover ways to talk to your neighbors about rain gardens. 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. Producing Nucs to Meet Your Needs – 6:308:30pm. Caledonia, MI-based beekeeper Ray Lackey discusses making nucs as well as record keeping for your beekeeping efforts and how to learn from your mistakes. Presented by Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers. Free. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd. 647-7600.

THURSDAY, APRIL 11 Breeding Bird Survey Kickoff and Training – 7-9pm. Learn how to survey for breeding birds in Ann Arbor’s parks. Some experience in bird identification is necessary. NAP Office, 3875 E Huron River Dr. Register by Apr 8: 794-6627 or NAP@

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calendar of events FRIDAY, APRIL 12 Loving-Kindness and Compassion in Buddhist Practice – Apr 12-14. In this live webcast, Tibetan Buddhist master Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche will explain the crucial role of loving-kindness and compassion in Buddhist practice. They are so crucial that a genuine practice of the dharma is actually based on the development of these qualities. Free. For schedule: PSYCH-K Basic Workshop – Apr 12-14. 9am-6pm. Mary Mazur helps you find your way to ignite and direct the lasting and positive changes you see! Can be used to process grief, and improve self-esteem, relationships, spirituality, personal power, prosperity and health. Hold your spot deposit $350, full tuition $850. 20 holistic nursing and massage therapy contact hrs offered. Apr 12-14 workshop held in Ann Arbor; Mar 22-24 workshop held in Novi; May 3-5 workshop held in Jackson. IgniteAndHealYour

Critters Up Close: Vernal Pond Life – Apr 13 & 14. 10am-4pm, Sat; 1-4, Sun. With Leslie Science and Nature Center. Monthly selection of live animals brought to the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum with special animal-oriented, hands-on activities. Free with museum membership. Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, 220 E Ann St. 997-1553. Annual Dahlia Tuber Sale – 2-4:30pm. Includes a video presentation on growing and caring for dahlias along with handouts. Presented by Michigan Dahlia Association. Free. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd. 647-7600.


Raising Native Bees – 10am-12pm. Native bees provide excellent garden pollination and are essential for seed and fruit production in nature. Did you know that you can raise them in your own yard and garden? Learn tips and tricks for successful native bee keeping. Free. County Farm Park, Field Operations Building, 2230 Platt Rd.

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SUNDAY, APRIL 14 Orchid Mounting Demonstration – 2-4pm. Epiphytic orchids grow in trees, lithophytic orchids grow on rocks. Chris Steel demonstrates how, using plastic mounts, mounting orchids is a great natural way to grow them. Presented by Ann Arbor Orchid Society. Free. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd. 647-7600. Arsenical Candy and Copper Peas: Food Adulteration in 19th-Century Michigan – 3-5pm. In 1896, Michigan consumers spent an estimated $23 million ($690 million today) on impure food products. Vinegars, spices, jam, cheese, coffee, and condiments were among the items tainted with additives ranging from benign to deadly. Local history writer Laura Bien gives an illustrated talk on the state’s history of food fraud and the efforts to quash it. Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood Dr. 327-4200.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 16 PFAS in Health and the Environment – 7:30-9pm. Stephen Brown, PhD, chemist and co-chair of the Sierra Club Huron Valley conservation committee, provides a non-technical review of aspects of concern about PFAS. Free. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd. 647-7600.

Nanobacteria Class – 7-8pm. There may be one common factor behind many conditions such as kidney stones, glaucoma, atherosclerosis, joint stiffness and weakened immunity. Dr. Schmidt will reveal his solution for these conditions and how he has successfully helped patients feel their best. Free. The Nutritional Healing Center, 462 Jackson Plaza. To register: 3027575.

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.

Mindful Dexter: Second Saturday Meditation – 9:30-10:30am. Free mindfulness meditation in a safe, friendly group setting. Sessions have no religious affiliation. Appropriate for beginners as well as experienced meditators; guided by experienced mindfulness practitioners/facilitators. All welcome, no registration necessary. Dexter Library, 3255 Alpine St, Dexter. 476-8474.

Spring Ephemerals of the Great Lakes – 7:30-9pm. Presenter Bob Smith displays and discusses colorful photographs of spring ephemerals, while Robert Ayotte highlights the systematics and site preferences for each species. Presented by Michigan Botanical Club Huron Valley. Free. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd. 647-7600.



Garden Ambassador Volunteer Training 2019 – 9am-2pm. An overview of the most popular points of interest in the display gardens, an introduction to the Visitor Engagement department, best practices for working with the public, and beyond. Shifts available daily, May-Oct. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd. 647-7600.


Spring Detoxification – 7-8pm. Learn which common toxins in our food and environment may be contributing to various symptoms and health concerns. Join us to learn about our 3-wk Purification Challenge, try some tasty samples, and make friends with others interested in taking further steps towards detoxifying towards a healthier life. Free. Thrive! Wellness Center, 6901 State Rd, Ste D, Saline. 4706766. Birding Romania – 7:30-9pm. Rodolfo Palma shares the wonders of birding Romania. Free. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd. 647-7600.

THURSDAY, APRIL 18 Yoga for Kids – 10-10:40am. Preschool-Grade 2. Certified yoga instructor Carol from Super Fun Yoga Time will lead a relaxing and fun yoga class designed for kids. Westgate Branch, 2503 Jackson Ave. 327-8301. Mindful Dexter: Third Thursday Meditation – 6-7pm. Free mindfulness meditation in a safe, friendly group setting. Sessions have no religious affiliation. Appropriate for beginners as well as experienced meditators; guided by experienced mindfulness practitioners/facilitators. All welcome, no registration necessary. Dexter Wellness Center, 2810 Baker Rd, Dexter. 476-8474. Sustainable Ann Arbor Forum: Race and Class Equity in Washtenaw County – 7-8:30pm. Ann Arbor is the 8th most socioeconomically segregated metro area in the U.S.; the 2nd most segregated city in the nation in service class segregation; and the 5th in working class segregation. Housing is a social determinant of health so where you live matters. Join local experts as we delve into the issues and opportunities surrounding race and class equity. Downtown Library, 343 S Fifth Ave. 327-4200.

FRIDAY, APRIL 19 Day Off Outdoors: Bird Bonanza – 8:30am5:30pm. Grades K-5. Use scientific tools to study feathers up close to investigate how birds fly, where they live, and what they do to survive. $70/child, $65/ child for LSNC Enhanced Members. Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. Registration required by Apr 12, 12pm: 997-1553 or Tiny Window Greenhouse – 2-3pm. Preschool-Grade 5. Get ready for spring by making a tiny window greenhouse and watch as your very own plant seedlings grow. Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. 327-4200. Sustainable Printing in the Age of the Anthropocene – 6:30-8pm. Olivia Arau-McSweeney, artist and student at the Penny Stamps School of Art and Design at U–M, discusses and demonstrates non-toxic and sustainable techniques for printmaking and analog photography. Downtown Library, 343 S Fifth Ave. 327-4200.





SATURDAY, APRIL 20 Spring Eggstravaganza – 10am-12pm. Ages 12 & under. Hunt for eggs in the woods and fields by following clues, solving riddles, or using a compass. Meet our birds of prey up close, visit the Critter House, play games, and more. $8/child, free/adults & children under 1. Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. Registration required by Apr 12: 997-1553 or Botanical Terminology: A Look at Words We Can Use to Describe Flower and Plant Parts – 11am-2pm. Accredited AOS judge Dave Miller familiarizes us with the anatomy and descriptions of orchids and other plants. Orchid judging at 1pm. Visitors welcome to observe. Presented by Great Lakes Judging Society (Orchids). Free. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd. 647-7600. Stewardship Workday: Cedar Bend Nature Area – 1-4pm. Celebrate Earth Day with NAP. Migratory birds stop in these trees on their way north. Listen to the birdsong while improving their habitat by removing exotic species such as dame’s rocket. Tools, snacks and know-how provided. Free. Meet at the Island Park parking lot, at the end of Island Dr. Tiny Window Greenhouse – 2-3pm. Preschool-Grade 5. Get ready for spring by making a tiny window greenhouse and watch as your very own plant seedlings grow. Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood Dr. 327-4200.

SUNDAY, APRIL 21 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, APRIL 22 Earth Day Prayers and Smoke Offering – 6-7pm. Join us for a fragrant smoke offering practice accompanied by prayers and mantras for the health of the Earth and the humans, animals and plants it sustains. By reciting this practice, written in English by Lama Zoe DeBray, we celebrate the Earth who


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muting technologies; energy topics; water awareness; sustainable agriculture; and more. Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd.

sustains us and pledge our help in protecting her. Opportunity to make your own prayers silently or aloud. Free. Ann Arbor KTC, 614 Miner St. 6787549.

Turtle Steward Kickoff and Training – 1:30-3:30pm. At least 6 species of turtles live and nest in the city, maybe more. Help us maintain and protect nest sites, monitor populations and look for turtles in habitats along the Huron River and nearby creeks. Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave. Register by Apr 25: 794-6627 or

Author Event: Sharon McRill – 7-8:30pm. Decluttering and relocation expert Sharon Rill’s new book, Downsizing the Silver Tsunami, is a reference tool to help people navigate the difficult pathways of estate sales, consignment dealers, picking the right real estate agent, and many other moving and downsizing questions. Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. 327-4200. Earth Day Lecture – 7-9pm. “Limiting Exposure to Environmental Toxins.” With Cindy Klement. Towsley Auditorium, Morris Lawrence Building, 4800 E Huron River Dr. Info: 975-2444 or

Meet Me at UMMA: A Museum Arts Experience for Persons with Mild Memory Loss and Their Care Partners – 3-4pm. Designed for people who live at home and their companions. If you or someone you care about is experiencing mild memory loss, research has shown that the visual and expressive arts can be good for your mind. Free. UMMA, 525 S State St. To register: 647-0522.


THURSDAY, APRIL 25 Nature Walk with AADL: Mary Beth Doyle Park – 6-7:30pm. Spring rains turn the forest floor into a carpet of wildflowers. Join us on a family-friendly nature walk through this beautiful park. Meet at the parking lot off Packard Rd, across from Easy St. 327-4200.


Peony Ambassador Volunteer Training 2019 – 6-7:30pm. Includes an overview of the peony collection history, horticultural basics and tips for working with the public. Nichols Arboretum, 1610 Washington Heights. 647-7600.

Stewardship Workday: Mary Beth Doyle Park – 9am-12pm. Arbor Day is a holiday traditionally observed by planting trees. Celebrate with NAP by planting shrubs along Mallett’s Creek. Tools, snacks and know-how provided. Free. Meet at the parking lot off Packard Rd, across from Easy St.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 1 Natural Medicine Cabinet – 7-8pm. Find out what we recommend you have in your home to keep you and your family healthy, and how to manage minor illnesses and injuries when they occur. Free. Thrive! Wellness Center, 6901 State Rd, Ste D, Saline. 4706766.

SATURDAY, MAY 11 The Five Dancing Princesses – 2-4pm. Presented by Ballet Chelsea. An original full-length ballet by Artistic Director Wendi DuBois set to music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. $10-$20. George E Potter Center, 2111 Emmons Rd, Jackson. 475-3070.

MONDAY, MAY 13 Allergies & Asthma – 7-8pm. Spring brings pollen and other allergens that can trigger all kinds of issues. We have many natural solutions to help you manage these allergies. Free. Thrive! Wellness Center, 6901 State Rd, Ste D, Saline. 470-6766.





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. Westgate Branch, 2503 Jackson Ave. 327-8301.

Tips 2: Planting Your Vegetable Garden – 10am12pm. Learn how to garden more effectively and efficiently in 2019. Experienced Project Grow gardener, Marcella Trautmann, will share tips and techniques that have helped her to garden successfully. $5 cash only. Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living, 3941 Research Park Dr. Family Art Studio – 11am-1pm; 2-4pm. Join us for a close up look at the collage art of contemporary artist, Mark Bradford. Using paper, interesting materials, and surprising techniques we will create abstract landscapes or cityscapes. Free; space limited. UMMA, 525 S State St. 764-0395. Registration required:

Bone and Joint Health – 7-8pm. Do you suffer from joint pain, arthritis or weak bones? Join us to find out what contributes to these conditions, and learn strategies to reduce pain and keep your bones healthy for the long term. Free. Thrive! Wellness Center, 6901 State Rd, Ste D, Saline. 470-6766.

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Parents’ Night Out: Stories of the Sky – 5:30-10pm. Learn about the science behind telescopes and dream up your own star-related myths and legends. $30/child nonmember, $25/child member. Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. Registration required by Apr 24, 12pm: 997-1553 or

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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 dropins. 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:

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 age 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 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.

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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. 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

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. 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,

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. 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

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ongoing events 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. 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.

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 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.

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. 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. 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:

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. 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. Mindfulness-Based Dementia Care – Apr 15-June 3. 10am-12pm. A free, 7-wk program specifically designed for family caregivers of persons with dementia. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd. Register: 936-8803. 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.

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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 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. Mara@EvenstarsChalice .com. 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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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. Why Develop a Self-Hypnosis Practice – 6:308:30pm. 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. 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.

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. 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. 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.

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:

friday 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. 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

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.

saturday 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. 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. 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. Nature & Nurture Fertility Support Group – 6:308pm. 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: 3204958 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 experience. $5. Info: 419-475-6535, JLTrautman@ or

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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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 & BisGMA free. We offer natural oral health products using fine essential oils, and free of gluten and preservatives. See ad page 5.




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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.


Barbra White 8830 Currie, Northville, MI 734-796-6690 • Barbra, a Shamanic healer, animal communicator and mentor, helps people to connect to their passion, and usher in a new paradigm of sustainability. Healing sessions and mentoring available. 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 22.

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.






5060 Jackson Rd, Ste. A, Ann Arbor 734-887-6655


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.

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 24.

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 29.


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.


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.


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 33.


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 10.

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


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 21.


John Du Bois, CMI, CMR 247 W. Main Street, Milan 734-439-8800 • MoldPro offers chemical-free mold remediation, independent certified mold testing, inspection and consultation services all over SE Michigan specializing in mold biotoxin illness clients.

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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.


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

GROW Your Business Secure this ad spot! Contact us for special ad rates. 734-757-7929

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.

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.

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 15.


CENTER - A JOYFUL JOURNEY 734-883-8775 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 15.


462 Jackson Plaza, Ann Arbor MI 48103 734-302-7575 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 15.


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home products. See ad page 31.

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Natural Awakenings of Greater Ann Arbor - April 2019 Issue  

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

Natural Awakenings of Greater Ann Arbor - April 2019 Issue  

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