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Outdoor Fertility Therapy Benefits Mind and Body


athleen Nelson, LMSW, ACSW, GC-C, is hosting a five-week Nature & Nurture Fertility support group for those experiencing infertility struggles, which includes support, conversation, snacks and an outdoor walk. It begins at 6 p.m., May 5, at Washtenaw County Farm Park, and will become an ongoing event. She says, “Infertility treatments are often difficult, and can keep us from being out in Kathleen Nelson nature. Walking is not only good for the body, it is good for the mind. Walking allows the brain to release feelgood neurotransmitters and increases body temperature, which is thought to have a calming effect on the brain. I use walk and talk therapy as a helpful technique when working with clients. Getting outdoors really changes the dynamic of the session. Clients are more relaxed as being outdoors is familiar, rather than being in a therapy office.” Nelson is a licensed, clinical social worker certified in grief counseling, with 23 years of experience. Cost is $10 per session. Location: 2230 Platt Rd., Ann Arbor. Preregister (required) at 734-320-4958 or See ad page 44.

Revalue Socially Conscious Investment Firm Opens in Ypsilanti


evalue, a values-driven registered investment advisory practice, will conduct a grand opening celebration from 4 to 8 p.m., May 3, at their new offices located at 220 West Michigan Avenue in downtown Ypsilanti, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4:30 p.m. and remarks at 6 p.m. Revalue offers investment management and financial planning services as part of the growing trend toward sustainable, responsible, impact (SRI) investment services. The firm has been identified as a leader in Michigan and nationally for their work in the community investing movement. Now in their sixth year of business, the firm’s new space will not only serve as a place to meet with clients, but also as a community space for people to visit and learn about how capital can be used to make the world a better place and to add their voices to the interactive education of others. Originating in the Ann Arbor SPARK East incubator, Revalue brings a unique educational experience to Washtenaw County and the broader metro area at a time when individuals and institutions are placing greater attention on where and how their capital is being used as a means for creating more abundant opportunities for all community members. Register for the grand opening at For more information, visit


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he Naturopathic Community Center, in conjunction with the Naturopathic Institute of Therapies & Education and Herbs Etc., will conduct the Natural Health Independence Freedom Festival from July 4 through 7 at Symbiosis Ranch, in Mount Pleasant. The family-friendly, educational, clean and fun-filled event features activities to celebrate natural health. National speakers include Don Huber, professor emeritus of plant pathology at Purdue University, presenting The Round-Up Truth; and Robert Delaney, geologist and veteran Michigan Department Of Environmental Quality specialist, presenting PFAS in Our Water. There will be adult and children’s workshops, a natural health Olympics, hayrides, fireworks and much more! Register before June 21 to receive a discount at NaturopathicInstitute. info/nhiff. For more information, call 989-317-4787 or email See ad opposite page.

Massage Therapist/Author Joins InnerSpace Holistic Staff


llison Downing, a licensed and certified massage therapist, has joined InnerSpace Holistic to offer massage therapy that may improve digestive ailments and chronic abdominal pain. They offer innovative digestive care for IBS, GERD and chronic digestive dysfunction. Downing is the author of Stop Stomach Pain: How to Heal Your Gut and End Food Restrictions. Allison Downing Clients may detox and restart their digestive system from beginning to end at InnerSpace Holistic. Cleanse the colon and bacterial imbalance through colon hydrotherapy with national board-certified colon hydrotherapist Brandy Boehmer or certified colon hydrotherapist Nancy Gurney. Then, reconnect the brain-gut axis through CranioSacral Therapy and visceral manipulation with Downing. Location: 2350 Washtenaw Ave., Ste. 14, Ann Arbor. For appointments or more information, call 734-709-8313 or visit InnerSpace and See ad page 44.

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Color and Style Without the Chemicals


rianna Vago, of Organic Hair with Bri, is licensed cosmetologist and organic hair stylist who recently moved to the West End Hair Salon at 5100 Jackson Road, in Ann Arbor. She uses only products that are organic, cruelty-free and low-chemical. The color line she uses also follows these guidelines. When Vago was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder, she was forced to dive Brianna Vago deeper into healthier alternatives so she could continue living her passion as a hair stylist and colorist. She says, “As more and more people look for healthier alternatives in all aspects of their lives, they should include their hair care in this search, too! Whether a person is healthy or has sensitivity to certain products, using organic and low-chemical products is less likely to have the harmful effects that conventional color can present.” West End owner Renee Coghlan has designed a beautiful, peaceful and relaxing space where clients are warmly welcomed and leave pampered and refreshed. For appointments and more information, call 734-829-7620, email or visit See ad page 45.

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aterials Unlimited has extended their 20 percent-off Spring Sale on home and garden accent items such as planters, wrought iron pieces, architectural salvage and much more through May. Customers can save in the store and online. Materials Unlimited maintains a full-service antiques restoration facility housed in a massive Art Deco building in downtown Ypsilanti. The three-floor retail outlet showcases all varieties and styles of antique lighting, antique hardware, antique home decor, antique leaded glass windows, vintage doors and vintage furniture. Owner Reynold Lowe says, “Our experienced staff at Materials Unlimited can help customers choose the appropriate style and function for the period of their home or garden needs.” Use promo code: springsale2019 online. Location: 2 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. For more information, call 734-483-6980 or visit See ad page 29.

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n Beekeeping Basics from 2 to 2:45 p.m., with local beekeeper Rebecca Wittekindt will teach the basics of bees, from what goes on in the hive to the basics of caring for bees.

he Ann Arbor Downtown Library will celebrate the 2019 Gardening and DIY Fest from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 18, with a host of free activities and exhibits sure to appeal to a wide cross-section of residents. An artisan market features handmade clothing, jewelry, bath products, art, flowers and plants. Attendees may talk to representatives from local organizations like Recycle Ann Arbor, Project Grow, Natural Area Preservation and others.

n Growing Organic Vegetables with Erica Kempter, of Nature & Nurture Seeds, from 1 to 1:45 p.m. is full of tips on growing delicious, organic, homegrown vegetables.

n Mushroom Foraging 101 with Suede Mobley from 3 to 3:45 p.m. features the biology, identification and medicinal qualities of mushrooms and fungi. n Engaging in the Local Food System: From Farmers' Markets to Growing Your Own from 3 to 3:45 p.m. explores Washtenaw County community supported agriculture (CSA) programs and farmers’ markets.

n Backyard Chickens with Gail Caird from noon to 12:45 p.m. is a fun and informative lecture about raising backyard chickens in Ann Arbor. n Grow Your Own Microgreens from noon to 12:45 p.m. will show how the library grows microgreens for their restaurant, Fresh Forage, so people can do the same at home. n Tiny Indoor Herb Gardens from 1 to 4 p.m. includes a fun and easy gardening project—a teeny-tiny herb gardens in the Secret Lab. n Starting a Nature Journal with Clare Walker Leslie from 1 to 2:30 p.m. teaches tips and tricks for nature journaling. Part of the

n Vermiculture with Starr Valley Farms from 4 to 5 p.m. presents Advanced Master Gardener and Master Composter Jesse Raudenbush, as he introduces the red wiggler composting worm (E. fetida) and explains how to start a simple vermicomposting system. n Returning to Ourselves: Mending Relationships to Land, Kin and Self from 4 to 5 p.m. Describes how the Sacred Roots food sovereignty project is reclaiming ancestral knowledge and empowering community to produce food that nourishes the whole person. Shiloh Maples will show how the Detroit indigenous community is creating space and opportunities for land-based wellness in the urban landscape. Admission is free. Location: 343 S. 5th Ave., Ann Arbor. For more information, call 734-327-4200 or visit

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Dancing Prevents Senior Decline Japanese researchers interviewed 1,003 Tokyo women over 70 years old about which of 16 types of exercise they did, including dancing, calisthenics, jogging, golf, ball games, hiking, yoga, bicycling and tai chi. In eight years of follow-up, those that danced were 73 percent less likely to be classified as impaired in any of the “activities of daily living” such as walking, cooking, dressing and bathing—a result not produced by the other physical activities. “Dancing requires not only balance, strength and endurance ability, but also cognitive ability: adaptability and concentration to move according to the music and partner; artistry for graceful and fluid motion; and memory for choreography,” writes lead author Yosuke Osuka, of the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology.

Forty-eight percent of American adults have some form of cardiovascular disease, reported the American Heart Association (AHA) in its annual update. The increase is partly due to 2017 updated guidelines redefining high blood pressure as greater than 130/80 millimeters of mercury rather than 140/90, which raised the number of Americans with diagnosed hypertension from 32 percent to 46 percent. American heart disease deaths rose from 836,546 in 2015 to 840,678 in 2016. Studies show that about 80 percent of all cardiovascular disease can be prevented by controlling high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol, along with healthy practices like not smoking, says the AHA. Greater Ann Arbor

Simply changing a diet to include more fruit and vegetables can boost mental well-being, say British researchers from Leeds and York universities. Examining health data of 40,000 people, they concluded those that eat more produce have a better psychological state, and that eating just one extra portion of fruits and vegetables a day could have a positive effect equivalent to around eight extra days of walking a month for at least 10 minutes at a time. A meta-analysis of 16 studies by the UK’s University of Manchester found the mood-boosting effect was particularly strong for women, and it worked with different types of diets, indicating a particular approach is not necessary. When dietary changes were combined with exercise, even greater improvements resulted.

Mindfulness May Ease Menopausal Symptoms

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Fruits and Veggies Boost Moods

Women in menopause that are mindful and nonjudgmental of their thoughts are less irritable, anxious and depressed, reports a Mayo Clinic study recently published in Climacteric, the journal of the International Menopause Society. Researchers gave questionnaires to 1,744 menopausal patients 40 to 65 years old and found that those with higher mindfulness scores struggled less with common menopausal symptoms. Mindfulness didn’t lower hot flash and night sweat symptoms, however.

Selenium and CoQ10 Provide Lasting Benefits

Prenatal Yoga Reduces Caesareans and Labor Pain

Swedish seniors that took coenzyme Q10 and selenium during a four-year study were still benefiting 12 years later with a reduced cardiovascular mortality risk of more than 40 percent. In the original study, Linköping University researchers gave 443 independently living seniors over 70 years old either a placebo or 200 milligrams of CoQ10 and 200 milligrams of selenium per day. Those on the supplements showed a reduced risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, improved heart function, less hospitalization, more vitality and a better quality of life. Twelve years later, the researchers examined autopsies and death certificates, and found the supplement-takers had a lower risk of death compared to the placebo group, even if they had diabetes, high blood pressure or ischemic heart disease.

First-time mothers that practiced yoga beginning in the 30th week of pregnancy had fewer caesareans, fewer low-weight newborns and milder and briefer labor pains. They were also less likely to require painkillers or labor inducement. The Mangalore, India, hospital study, published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, included 150 women 20 to 35 years old that were pregnant for the first time and had no prior yoga experience. Half of the women did not do yoga, while the other half took 30-minute yoga classes once every week or two. Women in the yoga group were also more comfortable after giving birth.

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Post-Coal Cash

Miners Becoming Beekeepers

As the Appalachian economy struggles with the loss of three-fifths of its coal mining jobs in the last three decades, a surprising option is emerging for some: beekeeping. The Appalachian Beekeeping Collective offers beekeeping training, including bees and equipment and ongoing mentoring, for displaced coal miners and low-income residents of mining towns; so far, about 35 people are participating. Landowners are donating property for the beehives, which will be maintained without pesticides or antibiotics. Honey from a single hive can bring in about $750 a season, or $15,000 per 20, and additional money can be made selling the beeswax for candles and lip balm. The beekeeping collective is part of Appalachian Headwaters, a nonprofit formed in 2016 with a $7.5 million lawsuit settlement from coal mine operator Alpha Natural Resources for violations of the Clean Water Act. The money has been used to fund environmental restoration projects and to develop sustainable economic opportunities in the coal mining communities of West Virginia.

Hatching a Record

Avian Senior Citizen Astounds Again Being at least 68 years old didn’t deter Wisdom, a Laysan Albatross, from recently hatching another chick. The world’s oldest known banded wild bird, which roosts at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, in Hawaii, has birthed and raised more than 30 chicks in her lifetime. She and her mate-forlife Akeakamai spent about two months incubating the new egg, and now they’ll raise the chick for five to six months before it flies out to sea. It is uncommon for albatross to return, lay and hatch an egg every single year, but the pair has produced a chick each year since 2006, say U.S Fish and Wildlife Service officials. 14

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Light Bulb Standards Weakened

Higher federal standards for energy-efficient light bulbs established two years ago are in the process of being rolled back by the U.S. Department of Energy, part of a move toward widespread deregulation by the current administration. Consumers stand to lose about $100 per household per year in electric bill savings if the higher standards are not implemented, say critics. The wasted energy could result in more power plant pollution, which harms the environment and contributes to health problems like asthma. The plan would also stifle innovation, eliminating a powerful regulatory incentive for manufacturers and retailers to invest in high-quality, energy-efficient LED light bulbs.

Poisoned Pastures

Nuclear Testing Linked to Radioactive Milk

The hundreds of nuclear bombs detonated on a remote Nevada test site during the Cold War produced radioactive fallout that led indirectly to the deaths of 340,000 to 690,000 Americans, concludes a recent study by economist Keith Meyers, Ph.D., of the University of Southern Denmark. Meyers conducted the research for his doctoral dissertation while attending the University of Arizona. By combining National Cancer Institute data measuring the radioactive element Iodine-131 in local cow milk with county-by-county mortality data, he found heightened death rates in the Midwest and Northeast between 1951 and 1973. The finding suggests that airborne radiation contaminated pastures that, in turn, made milk radioactive and led to the human ingestion of slow-acting, but fatal radioactive isotopes. In comparison, an estimated 200,000 to 350,000 people in the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki died directly from the atomic bombs dropped on August 6 and 9, 1945, respectively.

Beyond Green Burial

Human Composting at the End of Life

Washington is poised to become the first state to make it legal to compost human remains. A bill allowing for the process, called natural organic reduction, as well as another called water cremation, has passed the state senate and is making its way to the house for a vote. Human composting involves placing a body in a tubular vessel and covering it with natural materials like wood chips and straw. Over several weeks, microbial activity breaks down the body into about a cubic yard of soil. Recompose, a company that wants to offer the practice as an alternative to traditional methods, worked with Washington State University to test its safety for environmental and human health. Six people donated their bodies for the study. The method alleviates much of the carbon footprint associated with both cremation and traditional casket burial.

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About 50 polar bears that usually hunt seals from ice floes have found new cuisine in the garbage dumps in the remote Russian island military town of Belushya Gubam, about 1,200 miles northeast of Moscow. Its 2,000 residents, long accustomed to the occasional bear strolling through, now call it a “mass invasion” as the curious bears peer into windows, stare down barking dogs and dig through trash. Russia’s environmental response agency has sent in a crisis team that is studying how to remove the bears without killing them. The Barents Sea that the bears inhabit is undergoing what a recent study called a “rapid climate shift” from Arctic Ocean temperatures to warmer Atlantic Ocean-like temperatures; the entire western side of the island is now ice-free year round.

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HER SOUL IN BLOOM Self-Care for All Stages of Life by Marlaina Donato


o be female is to be blessed with an innate gift for multitasking, but in our fast-paced, jam-packed world, daily life for most women is a juggling act that can come with a steep price tag if self-care isn’t on the to-do list. Depression, anxiety and feeling overwhelmed are all too common. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in eight women experience depression during their lifetime—twice the rate of men.

Seasons of a Woman’s Life

Each decade poses unique challenges. For women in their 20s and early 30s, comparing and finding one’s own path can be significant. “The feminist movement of our mothers’ generation opened doors, but so many 20- and 30-something women have interpreted that as, ‘I have to do everything and be everything,’” says Christine Hassler, 16

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life coach and author of Expectation Hangover: Overcoming Disappointment in Work, Love, and Life. The San Diego-based motivational speaker views self-care to be as vital as education. “Women are not taught in high school and college how to take care of themselves. Prioritizing self-care is so important. I see so many young women with adrenal or thyroid burnout and eating disorders. All of that comes down to stress, relationship to self and lack of self-care.” The personal interests of women in their 30s and 40s trying to balance motherhood and career often get lost in the tangled underbrush of daily logistics. There can be a deep longing for identity well into the 50s, especially when children leave the nest. Fears of aging and loneliness often accompany women 60 and older. By passionately and joyously taking care of body and spirit, women of any generation can find renewal.

Self-Care As Bedrock

Women play vital roles in family and community, much like the foundation of a sound building, and if self-care is not the bedrock, all that is supported by it is likely to be compromised. “I believe we’ve taken the bait, the promise that if we arrange our life circumstances just so, we’ll feel ease and happiness. We’re getting to a place as a collective where we see a bankruptcy in that,” says Miami-based holistic women’s psychiatrist Dr. Kelly Brogan, bestselling author of A Mind of Your Own: The Truth About Depression and How Women Can Heal Their Bodies to Reclaim Their Lives. Body-mind-spirit self-care is the heart of Brogan’s approach, and self-love is the lifeblood. “Self-love is quite elusive for most of us, perhaps because our self-esteem is contingent [upon it], and we only feel good about ourselves under certain circumstances. The daily choice to prioritize caring for oneself can ultimately lead to an experience of self-love and wholeness,” says Brogan, who compares a ritualized system of daily self-care that comes first to putting on the proverbial oxygen mask before attempting to meet the needs of others. “Balancing self-love and caring for others starts with recognizing and accepting that it’s possible for you to effectively do both. Self-love at the soul level is the catalyst for healing on all levels, which in turn drives our level of self-worth,” concurs

SIMPLE SELF-CARE STRATEGIES 4 Schedule me-time on the calendar. 4 Unplug from gadgets. 4 Spend lunch breaks in the park. 4 Rest before hitting the wall of exhaustion. 4 Take 10 minutes to stretch and breathe in the morning. 4 Meditate in the shower; choose a luxurious, natural, body wash. 4 Wear your favorite jewelry. 4 Designate a beautiful tea cup or coffee mug to use on hectic work days. 4 Buy yourself flowers; take yourself out to lunch or a museum. 4 Sprinkle lavender, rose geranium or ylang ylang essential oil on your sheets. 4 Opt for a gentle workout instead of a high-intensity session when tired. 4 Choose a healthy breakfast. 4 Play, be silly and be a kid again. 4 Designate 15 to 20 minutes after the workday to color, doodle or journal. 4 Listen to your favorite music during commuting or cleaning the house. 4 Abandon perfectionism. 4 Connect to a higher power, however you define it, even if it is inner peace.

Teigan Draig, a spiritual life coach and busy home-schooling mom in Spencerville, Ohio. She reminds us that putting our needs above the wants of others is not being selfish, but is an emotional necessity that helps women get out of the loop of self-defeatism and self-sabotage. “The first step to finding your fire is learning to love yourself, all of yourself. Self-care and selflove are a total wellness package.”

Benefits of Self-Nourishment

Many psychologists agree that self-care can help to improve concentration, promote relaxation, fortify relationships and boost productivity. Most women crave more me-time, but don’t know how to implement change. “Without a premise of self-care, we react based on stress patterns. We react with more tension, irritability, guilt and obligation. We say, ‘Yes’ when we want to say, ‘No’. However, when we take stock in our physical, emotional and spiritual well-being, we’re less reactive,” observes Hassler, who underscores self-care as an investment for life. “Most women have inner critics and a negative relationship with self. Self-care is essential so we can turn down the volume of the inner critic, stop people-pleasing and make self-honoring choices.” Balancing motherhood and career or other obligations can leave many women running on empty and resentful. “We

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By taking the time to self-care, we’re taking accountability for how we want to show up in our world rather than shape-shifting from one situation to the next. would never tell a loved one who desperately needed some TLC to get over it and just keep going. As busy women, when we don’t take the time to care for ourselves, the consequence is our children getting a mom who is preoccupied, anxious and disconnected,” says women’s life coach Veronica Paris, in San Diego. Catering to everyone’s desires and spreading ourselves too thin can backfire. Paris asks, “How do I want my kids to look back on me as a mother? By taking the time to self-care, we’re taking accountability for how we want to show up in our world rather than shape-shifting from one situation to the next. We can teach our children how to do the same.”

Our Emotions As Wellspring

For too many women, another common byproduct of self-neglect can be emotional numbing and feeling “flatlined”. A toxic or addictive relationship to food, alcohol or shopping can be a symptom of a deep need to nourish the self and give a voice to suppressed feelings. “One of our greatest challenges is that we’ve become disconnected from our deep seat of power, which is our capacity to feel,” says Brogan. “We’ve been enculturated to disregard our experience of feeling emotions, and


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because of this, it’s been reduced to a very narrow bandwidth.” Brogan believes that it is key for women to reestablish a connection to nature’s rhythms and their own feminine, fluid energy, as well as giving up the need to control. “I think it’s the work of many women to understand that we’re not here to meet the needs of everyone on the planet—and with our loved ones, it disempowers them as much as we’re feeling disempowered. We’re here to meet our own needs and then offer compassion and caring in a way that comes from a more boundaried space.” Hassler affirms that when women are fully present, every aspect of life can be viewed through a clearer lens. “Self-care helps us tap into our super power, which is our intuition, and by doing that, we know what we need and act on that.”

Thrive With Small Changes

Beginning the day with self-care can be as simple as taking the time to meditate and breathe deeply for a minute or two before getting out of bed and opting for a healthier breakfast. Feeding our senses and feasting on what gives us joy can be a way of life. “Self-care does not necessarily have to involve time; it’s a way of being,”

says Hassler. “The more time we spend on self-care tells the subconscious mind that we’re worth it.” Draig suggests setting personal boundaries, and part of this means reserving time for ourselves. “When I became a new mother, I was running on fumes. Sometimes my daily me-time was only five minutes here or 10 minutes there, but it saved my sanity. Learn to schedule self-care time in your calendar as you would anything else,” she says, noting, “My house was not always spotless, but it was a trade I was willing to make so I could take care of myself and be a better mother.” Being innovative can be an ally. “Ten minutes walking the dog or taking the baby out in a stroller can become 10 minutes spent saying positive self-affirmations,” suggests Paris. “That 15-minute drive can be spent deep breathing instead of listening to the news on the radio.” Blooming into our best possible self is returning to our essence. “It’s about taking off the masks, no longer living according to expectations and other people. It’s about radical self-acceptance,” says Hassler. Each decade poses an invitation to grow and commit to self-nourishment. “There will be days where you feel like you can’t get the hang of it, but you’ll arrive, and when you do, no matter what age you are, it can be magical,” Draig says. Marlaina Donato is a composer and author of several books in women’s spirituality and holistic health. Connect at

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.WEST Skin Body Soul, Ann Arbor’s new luxury holistic spa located on North Main Street in a sophisticated, yet warm and inviting historic home, offers boutique treatments designed to support a true connection and return to a whole and complete self. Founder and lead esthetician Katie Westgate evolved from her Kerrytown location to provide space for all modalities of wellness: skincare, body treatments and massage, natural nail services, herbalism and energy healing. A variety of yoga styles are planned for later in the year. She says, “We address healing with a whole-body wellness approach, and the skin is no exception. Our approach will drastically change your skin for the better through consistent use of high-vibrational skincare products, professional treatments and your commitment to possible lifestyle adjustments. We solely use 100 percent natural skin and body care products from, DNA Skin Institute and K.WEST Ayurvedic, in all of our services." Noel Santana Aguilar, M.D., a naturopath and biochemist in Ventura, California, created the DNA Skin Institute to achieve a new paradigm in skin rejuvenation, age reversal and acne control. The

result of K.WEST treatments with the DNA CryoStemCell Serum is a 71 percent increase in collagen production and complete healing from acne, hyperpigmentation and conditions like rosacea and sensitized skin. The discovery of stem cell regeneration by Nobel Prize winner Professor Alexis Carrell and Swiss Doctor Paul Nei-

Westgate notes, “Most skincare products are benign at best, and toxic to the body at worst. Not only do harmful chemicals like parabens, propylene glycol and denatured alcohol act as hormone disrupters and cause cancer, they also cause aging in the skin by destroying cells. They destroy skin cells and the live cells of the

The result of K.WEST treatments with the DNA CryoStemCell Serum is a 71 percent increase in collagen production and complete healing from acne, hyperpigmentation and conditions like rosacea and sensitized skin. hans indicated that a young cell coming into contact with an old cell leads to the reprogramming of the old cell via DNA sharing. One of two conditions necessary to maintain the therapeutic value of the stem cells is keeping them fresh and active. This is accomplished through cryogenics, and the product is shipped to K.WEST on dry ice. The other condition is that all products used in conjunction with DNA treatments must be 100 percent naturally derived. Evan a single ingredient made in a lab will disrupt the cell-to-cell communication.

DNA CrytoStem serums. In order to maintain the integrity of CryoStem treatments, Dr. Aguilar developed a full skincare line for professional treatments and home use.” Boosting the integrity of this line even further is the fact that all plant-based ingredients come from farms that have never once used pesticides. K.WEST Skin Body Soul is located at 415 N. Main St., in Ann Arbor. For appointments and more information, call 734-436-8991 or visit

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assage is often associated with spa-like pampering, yet it is also an effective therapy for reducing physical and emotional pain. Bodywork can lower blood pressure and reduce stress hormones, which in turn helps to balance blood sugar and boost immunity. A surge of the feel-good neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine is also a natural perk of rubdowns. On the emotional level, massage therapy can offer profound benefits for anyone experiencing acute grief or the effects of a traumatic past. A Swedish study published in the Journal of Clinical Nursing shows that bereaved individuals that received 25-minute hand and/or foot massages once a week for eight weeks felt greater comfort and were more capable of coping with stress.

The Body’s Pain Language

When the “fight-or-flight” stress response is activated in the presence of danger or emotional distress, the body has one objective: get us to safety. Yet, many times, the amygdala—the part of the brain that plays a key role in this process—becomes hyper alert and falsely perceives danger when there is none. Trauma becomes hardwired into the nervous system. Pain syndromes and tension are common symptoms. No matter what the pattern for handling trauma, it takes a lot of work for the body to repress emotions, and it will create tension in the form of “armoring” to defend against unwanted feelings. “Trauma is a physiological experience. Body tension that results from unresolved trauma will not respond to only releasing muscle tension,” explains Lissa Wheeler, author of Engaging Resilience: Heal the Physical Impact of Emotional Trauma: A Guide for Bodywork Practitioners. Wheeler’s Medford, Massachusetts, practice focuses on releasing emotional patterns locked in tissue memory. “When the nervous system is frozen in a state of threat long after the actual threat is gone, all of the body’s activities of healthy regulation are challenged. This affects not only skeletal muscles, but also smooth muscle such as what’s found in the gastrointestinal tract. Sleep problems and teeth grinding can also result.”

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a gentler alternative. “CranioSacral Therapy can unravel cellular stories and assist in freeing repressed or preverbal emotions from childhood,” says Seattle-based CST therapist Barbara Coon. “Experiences are held in the body. Stress and muscular tension activate the vagus nerve, and CST focuses on calming [it].” The vagus nerve facilitates communication between the brain and the heart, lungs and gut. Coon attests to the modality’s body-centered support for reducing anxiety, depression, panic attacks, memory loss, sleep disturbances and grief. “Some people respond well to deep tissue work, while others do better with the gentleness of CranioSacral Therapy,” says Wheeler. “Like a perfect dance partner, a skilled bodywork practitioner follows the nervous system and helps the client access sources of trauma.”

Healing Frequencies

Clinical aromatherapy and therapeutic sound can also play a vital role in emotional healing, especially when combined with bodywork. Kelli Passeri, a massage therapist and owner of Sound and Stone Massage, in Pittsburg, Kansas, utilizes a subwoofer speaker beneath her massage table so clients can feel the vibrations of the music. “I play music recorded in specific frequencies that align with the body and the chakras or energy centers to help rebalance the energy body,” says Passeri, who also uses rose quartz crystals in her hot stone sessions. She relies on aromatherapy blends that promote opening on both physical and emotional levels. Passeri has observed common pain patterns in her clients that often don’t have a physical cause. “The sacrum tends to hold on to lifelong traumatic emotions from childhood, and the shoulders tend to reflect more current emotional blockages and issues,” she says, adding, “I encourage my clients to open up or cry because it’s a healthy thing to do. There’s no need for embarrassment and is totally okay.” Healing on any level might take time, but allowing the body’s stories to be witnessed without judgement is key. “The good news is that when trauma is worked through, the whole body is much more resilient and has a greater capacity to live life fully,” Wheeler says. Marlaina Donato authored Multidimensional Aromatherapy and several other books. Connect at

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ow that it’s spring, it’s time for a walk outside. Walking benefits us physically, mentally, and psychologically. It brightens our mood, gets circulation to the brain for mental acuity, moves lymph fluid, and helps condition lungs, heart, legs and feet. For optimum benefits from walking, it is good to stretch muscles in the legs, back and feet ahead of time. Drinking plenty of

Foot Reflexology is a smart way to keep feet happy. The massage itself increases blood circulation and nerve conduction

Walking benefits us physically, mentally and psychologically. water keeps muscles and internal organs functioning optimally. Comfortable, supportive shoes are a must. Most of all, be kind to your feet. Unhappy feet can ruin a good walk.

to the feet. It soothes tight foot and ankle muscles, and it can help soften tension in the tendons and fascia to make feet feel good. It is relaxing to the brain and nervous system. Since reflexology stimulates the

reflex zones on the feet corresponding to organs and glands in the body, it is also giving the body a general tune-up. Have a fun walk. Pay attention to your feet to prevent injuries. And make foot reflexology part of your preventive care plan. Denise Held, RN, a certified Reflexolo-Chi foot reflexologist, has office hours at the Natural Healing Center, 2002 Hogback Rd., Ste. 14, in Ann Arbor. For more information, call 734-649-2891, email DeniseBHeld@gmail. com or visit

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Breast Implant Warriors Unite by Linda Sechrist


he U.S. Surgeon General’s warning on cigarettes hasn’t prevented individuals from smoking, nor has the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) list of risks and complications associated with breast implants kept women from undergoing voluntary breast augmentation. Since 1997, the number of saline- and silicone-filled breast implant surgeries has tripled. According to the National Center for Health Research (NCHR), more than 400,000 women and teenagers undergo

breast implant surgeries every year, with 75 percent for augmentation of healthy breasts and 25 percent for reconstruction after mastectomies. The marked increase in surgeries implanting these Class III “high risk” medical devices includes many women that undergo procedures to replace old implants that have broken or caused other problems. An estimated 40,000 U.S. women a year have the surgery to remove the implants entirely. These “explants”

stem from a variety of issues, from rupture or delayed wound healing to broken implants that have caused breast pain, capsule contracture, spontaneous deflation, breast lesion, infection, wrinkling/ scalloping and necrosis. Another reason for removal is the growing concern about the reported incidence of breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL), a treatable T-cell lymphoma, and breast implant illness (BII) associated with both silicone and saline implants. The FDA first sounded the alarm about the rare lymphoma in 2011, linking it to implants with textured, Velcro-like outer shells. In February, the federal agency issued a letter to healthcare providers seeking to increase awareness “about an association between all breast implants, regardless of filling or texture,” and BIA-ALCL. On the issue of BII and other problems reported by women with implants, the FDA has remained largely silent, suggesting that “studies would need to be larger and longer than these conducted so far.” However, the number of women with implants reporting health problems has prompted the FDA to demand that two manufacturers of the devices conduct proper long-term health studies. The agency sent out letters in March warning

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of deficiencies in FDA-required research and the possibility that their products could be taken off the market. The move is considered to be a victory for patient activism. has become a sanctuary for more than 68,000 women that report a range of symptoms associated with BII. Nicole Daruda, of Vancouver Island, Canada, says she created the group to support women that visited her website,, where she told her personal BII story that began with implant surgery in 2005. “I never anticipated an avalanche of women’s stories about the symptoms that I endured before having my explant surgery in 2015.” After hearing from other women, Daruda felt affirmed in her suspicions that implants had caused her fatigue, brain fog, memory loss, headaches, joint and muscle pain, hair loss, recurring infections, swollen lymph nodes, rashes, irritable bowel syndrome and problems with thyroid and adrenal glands. “I believe that various doctors pigeonholed my symptoms into the category of autoimmune disorders because few general practitioners are aware of BII.” Diana Hoppe, M.D., a board-certified OB/GYN in Encinitas, California, never heard of BII until earlier this year. “Doctors rely on published, evidence-based study results, and while there are none linking connective tissue disorders and breast implants, I

The FDA has demanded that two manufacturers of the devices conduct proper long-term health studies. suspect that the outcomes of studies conducted by breast implant manufacturers are equally as suspicious as the outcomes of studies done by the manufacturers of cigarettes.” One longtime BII combatant says, “My body mounted an all-out war, in the form of a foreign body immune response.” She learned about BII from, but is unable to afford the explant surgery that would remove the apparently toxic invaders. NCHR reports that at the time of explant surgery, approximately three out of five women have had implants and their unhealthy symptoms for 10 years or more. After explant surgery, 89 percent of the women report improvement. However, explant surgery is just the first step. Daruda used chelation and the protocols of Gerson Therapy, a natural treatment that activates the body’s ability to heal itself through an organic, plant-based diet, raw juices, coffee enemas and supplements. “It took me four years to recuperate,” she says. “It didn’t take that long to know the lesson I wanted to share with other women: Selflove and self-worth are more important than society’s false concepts of beauty. The essence of who we are is not tied to any body part.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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Vision Quest Eat a Rainbow of Color for Healthy Eyes by Melinda Hemmelgarn


ne of the best ways to protect and preserve our precious eyesight is to focus on food. In general, the same plant-based, antioxidant-rich diets that defend against heart disease and cancer also contribute to eye health by reducing the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration—the two most common

age-related causes of vision loss. However, two specific nutrients— lutein and zeaxanthin—deserve special attention. These compounds uniquely concentrate in the macula, the centrally located part of the retina responsible for visual acuity, and are most vulnerable to oxidative damage from light exposure.

Both are members of the carotenoid family, a large group of powerful antioxidant nutrients found mostly in fruits and vegetables, especially those with dark green, deep yellow, red and orange pigments. According to the National Eye Institute and the American Optometric Association, lutein and zeaxanthin help absorb damaging ultraviolet light from the sun, as well as blue light from computer screens, digital devices and LEDs. “Think of lutein as a sort of sunblock,” says Elizabeth Johnson, research associate professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition and Science Policy at Tufts University, in Boston. Speaking at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics annual meeting in Washington, D.C., last fall, Johnson described the yellow macular pigments—lutein and zeaxanthin— as “internal sunglasses” that protect the eyes’ photoreceptor cells. “Yellow pigment absorbs blue light,” Johnson explains. The greater our macular pigment density, the more protection we have against light damage, and the better our visual function. As a bonus, macular pigment density also aligns with improved academic perfor-


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mance and cognitive function across our lifespan, reports Naiman Khan, Ph.D., a registered dietitian and director at the Body Composition and Nutritional Neuroscience Lab at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Because lutein is actively transported into breast milk, Johnson suspects the compound is important to infant eye and brain health. Despite solid scientific evidence confirming the benefits of lutein and zeaxanthin, there is no official recommended daily allowance. Johnson explains that Americans typically consume less than two milligrams per day, falling short of levels needed to enhance visual and brain function and slow the progression of age-related eye diseases. Her advice: Eat foods that provide between six to 10 milligrams of lutein and two milligrams of zeaxanthin each day. Dark green leafy vegetables, including kale, spinach and collard greens, provide the highest amounts of lutein and zeaxanthin, especially when cooked. For example, one cup of cooked kale or spinach delivers more than 20 milligrams of lutein and zeaxanthin, whereas one cup of raw spinach contains just under four milligrams.

Johnson explains that cooking breaks down plant cell walls, making the carotenoids more bio-available. Plus, because lutein and zeaxanthin are fat-soluble, lower amounts found in avocadoes (0.4 milligrams in one medium fruit) are better absorbed. Further, simply adding an avocado or oilbased dressing to raw, dark leafy green salads will increase intestinal absorption. The same is true for egg yolks (0.2 milligrams per large egg). In a study of 33 older adults, published in The Journal of Nutrition, researchers found that consumption of one egg a day for five weeks significantly increased blood levels of lutein and zeaxanthin without raising cholesterol levels. According to the National Eye Institute and their Age-Related Eye Disease Studies (AREDS), additional nutrients that benefit eye health include vitamins C and E, and omega-3 fatty acids. When it comes to eating for eye health, here’s some more insightful advice:


Eat the “rainbow”. Choose a variety of colorful, organic fruits and vegetables daily; they are rich in eye-protecting carotenoids,

flavonoids and vitamin C. Whole grains, nuts and seeds provide vitamin E, and fatty, cold-water fish such as sardines, salmon, tuna and mackerel are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Vegan sources of omega-3s include walnuts, ground flax, hemp and chia seeds, or microalgae supplements.


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he 5 million faithful listeners of National Public Radio’s award-winning weekly broadcast Wait Wait... Don’t Tell Me! know that 20-year host Peter Sagal infuses wit and wisdom into his views of the news and the world. In his new book, The Incomplete Book of Running, he brings his trademark humor to a memoir that posits running as a mode of survival—and hope, persistence, practice and love as vehicles of redemption. Sagal’s collection of deeply personallessons encompasses the emotional spectrum of running, body image and the special bonding between fellow runners. His exhilarating guide to life suggests we keep moving forward in all ways. He also reflects upon the 2013 Boston Marathon, where he finished moments before two bombs exploded, and explores how running helped him cope with a devastating divorce, depression and more. Sagal is also a playwright, screenwriter and the host of PBS’ Constitution USA with Peter Sagal when he’s not writing about the recreation he took up in mid-life where he found himself “lost, in a dark place” after a personal crisis. He lives near Chicago with his wife, Mara.

After becoming a serious runner at nearly 40, when did you realize running had evolved into something more than a simple mission to get healthy?

I was concerned about my weight, but mainly I was also concerned about getting older. I ran my first marathon in 2005 as an emotional reaction to growing older, and that’s when it all began to change for me. It struck me in a deep way as something I wanted to do better. I’ve rarely experienced the classic “runner’s high”—that endorphin-caused euphoria—although I do believe it exists. Rather, what’s more common is the sense that everything—body, mind—is working in concert, without discomfort, with strength, with ease. To paraphrase a line from Kurt Vonnegut, it’s when “everything is beautiful, and nothing hurts.”

As an advocate of escaping our “digital dystopia” of electronic screens by running outdoors, what’s the benefit you see in unplugging?

I’m a big fan of evolutionary biology. We evolved in very different circumstances than


ur sport seems mindless only to people who never run long enough for any thought to form other than, ‘When can I stop running?’ But the only way to succeed as a long-distance runner is to do it mindfully, to be aware of the body and the world it is moving through. I think about my motion and my breathing, my muscles and their state of agitation or stress or relaxation. I note my surroundings—the downward slope I would never notice driving this street, the hawk’s nest I would never see for lack of looking up, the figure in a window caught in a solitary moment of their own. I think about the true meaning of distance— about the learning that comes from running a mile in your own shoes.

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What can non-runners take away from your book?

Go outside. We weren’t meant to spend so much time in offices. Take the headphones off, move, use your body. Look at little kids in playgrounds—they’re just running around before getting trained into games. We forget that. We spend so much time in our heads reading, watching screens. I’ve met people who say they don’t run, but they walk, ride bikes, hike in the woods. Those people are getting many of the same benefits as running.

Of the many anecdotes you cite about bonding with others through running, which one was the most gratifying? Probably when I ran with William Greer, who I didn’t even know 24 hours before we ran the 2013 Boston Marathon, and by the end of that day we were friends forever because of all we went through together. [Greer is visually impaired and Sagal was his volunteer guide during the race.] We’re still in touch; we sometimes run together. He wouldn’t have finished if I wasn’t helping him and I wouldn’t have finished if he wasn’t helping me. Randy Kambic is a freelance writer and editor, in Estero, Florida.

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hile flowers are known to lean toward light, a growing body of research is demonstrating plants also respond to sounds and scents— and then herald the news to their neighbors. Far from being passive life forms, members of the plant kingdom are adept at interacting with their environments and with each other. “Plants don’t have specialized sense organs, but like animals, plants are very capable of sensing their environment. They perceive cues, weigh different alternatives and allocate resources in very sophisticated ways,” says Richard Karban, professor of entomology at the University of California at Davis and the author of Plant Sensing and Communication.

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sagebrush in the Sierra Nevada mountains, Karban found that plants under duress emit chemical cues that trigger nearby plants to increase their defenses. These odors vary with the type of threat and time, working to attract pollinators during the day and fending off enemies at night, Schultz says. A plant being eaten by an insect may release a chemical that attracts predatory insects looking for herbivore prey. “There is a clear adaptive advantage in attracting the ‘enemy of your enemy’, who can act as a bodyguard for the plant being attacked.” Smells are just part of a plant’s multisensory life, says Heidi Appel, a professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Toledo and one of Schultz’s collaborators. Appel’s research with collaborator Rex Cocroft, at the University of Missouri, demonstrates they’re listening for threats, too. Her lab exposed plants from the mustard family to the sound of a caterpillar feeding, with control plants in silence or “listening” to a recording of the wind or other insects, and found that those vibrations didn’t effect the same defensive-priming response as that of the plant-munching caterpillar. “Plants have no special sense organs, so their sophisticated sense of hearing is very surprising,” says Appel.

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Karban’s lab isolated plants to determine that their chemical signals were transmitted by air rather than soil or root systems.

Yet researcher Suzanne Simard, a professor of forest ecology at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, is digging into the underground connections, finding that trees are interacting with one another below the ground in complex ways. Trees have a symbiotic relationship with fungi that’s built on a mutually beneficial exchange of nutrients, says Simard. This underground network links root systems of trees together, enabling them to exchange carbon, water and other nutrients in a kind of natural balance sheet. Simard discovered these networks had hubs—typically older “mother trees”—that can connect to hundreds of saplings and send them excess carbon that can quadruple their survival rates. Simard also found that trees engage in “defense signaling” similar to plants, increasing their natural defenses in response to damage inflicted on their neighbors, but only if the mycorrhizal networks of fungi

that aid in sending such messages are intact. Simard’s research seeks to understand how environmental threats like climate change and logging may further disrupt these communication networks. Recognizing all of the communication that exists between plants, we might wonder if human words of encouragement can help them grow. Perhaps, but not for the reasons one might hope, says Appel. “Whenever we feel a sense of connection to another life form, we are more likely to take better care of it,” says the researcher. “We underestimate what plants can do because their communication is invisible to us. Yet we also have to be careful about overestimating their abilities. We need an understanding to be driven by science, and not wishful thinking.” April Thompson is a freelance writer in Washington, D.C. Contact her at April

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healthy kids gardening provides both high- and moderate-intensity exercise for kids. It builds good eating habits, too: A British study of 46 9- and 10-year-olds found that they ate 26 percent more vegetables and fruit after growing a school garden, and a University of Florida study of 1,351 college students showed them more likely to eat veggies if they had gardened as children. For the most gratifying results, give kids a sense of ownership. “Let them make the decisions and be in charge of the care of the garden as much as developmentally possible,” advises Sarah Pounders, senior education specialist at, in Burlington, Vermont.

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get them outdoors, teach them planning and perseverance, and develop their motor, literacy and scientific skills. A South Korean study found that

Order some seed catalogues, look online—or better yet, take a child to the local garden nursery. Let them decide what to grow. Their choices are as diverse as their interests. Veggies, flowers and plants that draw butterflies each have their own appeal. Some, like sunflowers, radishes and lettuce, are fast-growing, offering quick gratification. Or, they can choose a theme. “If your child likes Italian food, plant tomatoes and basil. If they enjoy Mexican food, then peppers and cilantro. For flowers—zinnias and cosmos—let them make flower arrangements from early summer

into the fall,” suggests Susan Brandt, of Bristow, Virginia, co-founder of the gardening site Visiting a plant nursery offers the perfect opportunity to put kids on the path to healthy living. Point out and discuss the differences between organic and nonorganic seeds and between chemical fertilizers containing Roundup—labeled “Keep Out of Reach of Children”—and organic fertilizers containing fish, seaweed and other natural nutrients.

Choose the Spot

A three-foot-by-three-foot plot is an ideal size for a child’s garden, as long as it gets lots of sunshine. If living in an urban area, go with pots of soil in a sunny window.

Get the Right Tools

For young kids with short attention spans, small plastic spades, rakes and hoes might work. But older kids need hardier tools. Get them properly fitted garden gloves, plus sunhats and sunscreen.

Plant the Seeds

Help them read and interpret the seed package directions, if necessary, and use a ruler to measure proper spacing. “I always try to have a mix of plants that start from seed and from transplants, so that kids can have both immediate and delayed gratification,” says Pounders.

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Show them how to use the watering can or hose properly, usually watering only when the soil is dry to a depth of one inch. They can mix their own non-toxic pesticide out of vinegar and salt, and spread such organic mulches as straw, newspaper, grass clippings and leaves to discourage weeds.

“They can look at the soil to see all the living creatures in it, which is especially fun through a microscope,” says Dixie Sandborn, an extension specialist at Michigan State University. “They can learn about vermiculture by making a worm bin and feeding the worms their table scraps.” With a ruler, they can measure the growth of various plants and create a chart comparing rates. By taking photos or drawing pictures on a daily or weekly basis, they can compile an album, along with their commentary on weather patterns.

“Let them add personal touches like stepping stones, signs and other decorations that let them express their personality in their garden space,” says Pounders. Help them build a scarecrow, bird feeder, toad house, bird bath, sundial or a tent. Make a teepee or small enclosure and cover it with flowers, vines or climbing beans.

After picking ripe vegetables, kids can find recipes and prepare snacks or a dish; arrange plucked flowers in vases and take photos; do craft activities with seeds, plants and flowers, like making potpourri or framing dried flowers; or throw a garden-themed party with favors that include herbs or seed packets. “You could have a ‘pa-jam-a’ party. Kids could wear their pajamas, pick berries, and make jam to take home,” suggests Sandborn. Ronica A. O’Hara is a freelance health writer. Connect at

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his Mother’s Day, I want to tell you about a different way to think about your mother and about yourself—a way that is deeply true and liberating, no matter what is going on with your mother. On a soul level, we’re old friends with our mothers. And they signed up for assisting us on our souls’ journeys big time—by being willing to take on the role of our mother. And no matter how well they did or didn’t do that job, we have a job, too: to realize that though we might not have had the mother we wanted, we all got the mother our souls needed.

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What’s more, every single one of us can connect right now with the mother energy that made all of our bodies in the first place—the Earth herself. It has been said that when you lavish your attention on the Earth—on a flower, or a stream or any aspect of nature—that energy loves you right back. In the book series The Ringing Cedars, Anastasia refers to the land you live on and love as, “Love dissolved in space.”

You can feel this when you travel to parks and gardens, farms and yards that have been loved by those who live there. This mothering energy is available to each of us from the Earth and from Mother Nature— no matter what has happened with your biological mother.

So here is my prescription for a glorious Mother’s Day. Call your mother—in spirit, if she is no longer in a body—or if speaking with her directly is too painful. Here’s a special prayer: “With my Spirit, I send Divine Love to my mother’s Spirit.” That’s it. Just say this prayer. With your whole heart. And let go of the outcome. Happy Mother’s Day. Christiane Northrup, M.D., is a leading authority in the field of women’s health and wellness. The full text of this excerpt, reprinted with permission, appears at © Christiane Northrup, Inc. All rights reserved.

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dioxide) extraction over solvent extraction methods: “CO2 leaves no residue behind that could harm the bodies of small animals such as dogs and cats.” Stephen Cital, a veterinary technician in San Jose, California, co-founded the Facebook group Veterinary Cannabis Academy. He agrees that the purity of the extraction method is significant. He also notes that price is not necessarily an indicator of quality. “A 30-cc bottle of CBD could cost $70 at a concentration of 700 milligrams [7 mg per cc]. However, it’s possible to find the same volume at the same price at a concentration of 1,000 milligrams [10 mg per cc].” Some products don’t contain CBD at all, only hemp extract, Cital explains. “For people who don’t understand the labeling, this can be very misleading.” CBD is one of 104 cannabinoids found in both industrial hemp and marijuana plants. Full-spectrum hemp extracts contain the entire profile of cannabinoids, including trace amounts of THC. Broad-spectrum hemp extracts contain everything but the THC. Cital says it’s always best to start with full- or broad-spectrum products for the “entourage effect”, in which the cannabinoids work in concert. Isolates of additional cannabinoids can be added as needed, he says. When choosing a product to pur-

“Within three days, it was like I had a new dog. She no longer destroys things, she is calm, she is more engaged with her environment." – Cindy Hesse chase for a pet, he recommends going with companies that are able to present the consumer with a certificate of analysis by a third party. “The certificate will show the complete profile of the CBD product, including cannabinoid, terpene, residual solvent, pesticide, bacteria, mycotoxin, fungicidal and elemental profiles,” he says. Cital notes that the elemental profile is especially important. “Hemp is very good at absorbing what is in its environment, including heavy metals such as lead.” Krause favors CBD products with minimal ingredients that “should be as simple as possible,” she says. “No xylitol, no artificial colors or sweeteners.” Cindy Hesse, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, also believes that CBD for pets should be as pure as possible. Her Cocker Spaniel, Reina, is both blind and deaf. Because of her handicaps, Reina experienced extreme anxiety to the point of destroying her metal crate, furniture and door frames. Reina’s vet put her on the antidepressant and antianxiety drugs

Prozac and trazadone, but these only helped for a short period. After attending a CBD conference in Florida, her veterinarian decided to see if the compound might help the dog— his first patient to use CBD. The results, Hesse says, were amazing. “Within three days, it was like I had a new dog. She no longer destroys things, she is calm, she is more engaged with her environment. I recommend CBD oil to everyone I know who has a pet with health issues.” When deciding whether to give CBD to a pet, Krause and Cital recommend working with a veterinarian to ensure the proper dosage. “People can certainly work with CBD on their own with their pets,” says Krause, “but it’s important to get the dosing and concentration right to make it worthwhile.” Kajsa Nickels is a freelance writer and a music composer. She resides in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Contact her at

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Avoid Spring Wildlife Collisions n Stay alert. Put cell phones away and avoid other driving distractions. n Expect animals in unexpected places. Construction and other outdoor activity put wildlife on the move, so be on the lookout. Animals will often cross roads to get to water, so if there’s a river or lake nearby, be extra alert. Also, be aware that many birds, small mammals, turtles and deer prefer “edge habitat” where natural habitats meet human spaces (a line of trees with hedges or grass), even if it’s near the road.

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or many species of wildlife, this is baby season, and the time when vehicles accidentally injure and orphan millions of creatures. “We live in a community that loves nature and appreciates animals,” says Tanya Hilgendorf, Humane Society of Huron Valley CEO and president. “Whether we are talking about our companion animals or backyard wildlife, animals are a part of who we are, and few want senseless death. The $622,000 of taxpayer money spent on culling hasn’t solved deer/vehicle conditions—worse, it may give people a false sense of security. To keep both people and animals safe, we share tips that have been proven effective in other communities in implementing better road safety measures and avoiding collisions with wildlife.”

Safe Spring Driving Tips

n Look for the signs. Studies show deer and wildlife crossing signs reduce vehicle collisions when they’re strategically placed (near water or food sources for deer). If there is a crossing area without a sign, tell a local road commission.

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n Give them a "brake" and make some room. One of the best ways to avoid any collision with pedestrians, bikers, other vehicles and animals is to slow down. Be patient. Don’t tailgate; keep a safe distance between vehicles to give them some stopping time.

n Remember dusk and dawn. Those are the two times animals are most active and human drivers are often sleepy. n See one—watch for more. Many animals, including deer, travel in families. If we see one animal, there are likely more nearby; be sure to stop and wait for others to cross; wait and see. n Honk the horn. After seeing an animal on the side of the road, slow down and beep the horn in short bursts. Urban wildlife have become accustomed to traffic noise and many may not have good vision, but they can distinguish a vehicle’s horn. n Flash auto high beams and look for glowing eyes. Even if traveling on lit roads, use high beams when appropriate, scan the road for glowing eyes and flash lights on and off after seeing an animal on or near the side of the road. Not only will this caution others to slow down, but flashing lights are more likely to be seen by animals. n When it rains, it pours. Look out for turtles and froggy friends; large groups of frogs and toads often cross roads during and just after rain, especially in the evening. Call 734-661-3512, the Humane Society of Huron Valley’s Wildlife emergency rescue line, for help with any injured wildlife in Washtenaw County. For more information, visit

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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.

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. Introduction to Tibetan Buddhist Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Wednesdays, May 1-June 26; No class May 29. Meditation is an important tool on the spiritual path, helping to develop focus, stability, insight and understanding. In addition to more commonly known concentration methods, we will also experience analytical and visualization meditations on various topics. Led by Jewel Heart instructor Supa Corner. Free. Jewl Heart Tibetan Buddhist Learning Center, 1129 Oak Valley Dr. 994-3387.

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Film: Suicide: The Ripple Effect – 6:30-8:30pm. Film highlights the journey of Kevin Hines, who at age 19, attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge, and chronicles Kevin’s personal journey and the ripple effect it has on those

WEDNESDAY, MAY 8 2019 Stiltgrass Season: Learn to Identify and Control this Category 1 Invasive – 6:45pm. A presentation on how to identify and control invasive stiltgrass, which becomes a monoculture within a year or two, stifling our native plants. Presented by Wild Ones Ann Arbor. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd. 647-7600. Stranger Veggies – 7-8:30pm. With Keegan Rodgers, owner of The Lakehouse Bakery in Chelsea. From kohlrabi, garlic scapes, okra and root veggies to unusual herbs, learn some new ways to cook or prepare these strange veggies. Westgate Branch, 2503 Jackson Ave. 327-8301.

FRIDAY, MAY 3 Revalue Grand Opening – 4-8pm. Join us and over 100 of your fellow community members for the Grand Opening of Revalue’s new impact investment community space in the Hawkins House historic building. Ribbon cutting at 4:30pm. Special remarks at 6pm. Family-friendly event. Light refreshments provided. First Fridays Ypsilanti coincides with this event, so you can enjoy our local art scene while you’re downtown as well. Free. 220 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. Details & to register:

Food Forest Gardening – 6:30-8:30pm. An interactive tour into edible forest gardening and design. We’ll share some of the best and most unique local perennial food plants for southeastern Michigan and offer up lessons from regional and global experiences. Westgate Branch, 2503 Jackson Ave. 327-8301.

MONDAY, MAY 6 Living Off the Land: Pete Griffin, the Storytelling Ranger – 7-8:30pm. Pete Griffin, speaker, storyteller, naturalist, and retired Forest Service Ranger will join us to deliver personal stories, photos, and short videos about living off the land in Alaska. Downtown Library, 343 S Fifth Ave. 327-4200. Making Moth Repellent Sachets – 7-9pm. Using herbs, spices and cedar chips, make moth repellent sachets to place in garment bags. Presented by the Herb Study Group. $5. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd. Registration required by May 1:

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THURSDAY, MAY 9 In the Hands of Love: Rumi and the Tradition of Ecstatic Sufi Poetry – 7-8:30pm. Who was Rumi? What did he preach and why does he still captivate hearts today? Lecture by Ali Hussain who has a PhD in Islamic studies from the University of Michigan, Department of Middle Eastern Studies. Downtown Library, 343 S Fifth Ave. 327-4200. Iran by Bicycle – 7-8:30pm. In August 2018, Stefan Koehler traveled by bicycle across Kurdish Iran, a tour which took him within three miles of the border with Iraq. Through unique photos and stories Stefan

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FRIDAY, MAY 10 Meditative Drawing – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn drawing patterns and techniques for mindful doodling. Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. 327-4200.

SATURDAY, MAY 11 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 Wellness Center, 2810 Baker Rd, Dexter. 476-8474.

2019 Spring Artist Market – 10am-4:30pm. Shop botanical themed art in all media from a wide variety of artists. No two items alike. Free admission. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd. 647-7600. Mother’s Day Weekend Plant Sale – May 11-12. 10am-4:30pm. Our hanging basket and container plantings are perfect for mom and grown and designed on site by staff and volunteers. All proceeds benefit Matthaei-Nichols. Free admission. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd. 647-7600.


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. 4753070.

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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.


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Mother’s Day Wildflower Hike – 1-2:3pm. Treat the mothers and mother figures in your life to a guided wildflower hike through Black Pond Woods and the LSNC grounds, or take the hike yourself in their honor. $5/person, Mothers free. Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. Registration required by May 8: 997-1553 or

Fun with Fruit – 7-8:30pm. Wit Keegan C. Rodgers, owner of The Lakehouse Bakery in Chelsea. Explore ways to get the most flavor from a variety of fruits as well as several ways to prepare them for use in both sweet and savory applications. Downtown Library, 343 S Fifth Ave. 327-4200.

AADL in the Field: Water Treatment Plant Tour – 10am-2pm. Tour is expected to last 30-45 mins. There will be several tours offered. Also kids’ activities and informational tables. Ann Arbor Water Treatment Plant, 919 Sunset Rd. Downtown Library, 343 S Fifth Ave. Registration required: Critters Up Close: Vernal Pond Life – May 11 & 12. 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.


Teens Using Drugs: What to Know and What to Do – 6-7:30pm. Separate sessions for adults to learn ways to help when a teen substance use problem is suspected, and for teens to explore their beliefs about and the personal effects of substance use. For parents, teens, family, others. Free. St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center, 5305 Elliott Dr, Ypsilanti. 485-8725.

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Youth Open Stage – 6-7:30pm. Performers ages 5-17 are invited to sing a song, play an instrument, read original poetry, perform a monologue, play as an ensemble, etc. Each performer has about 8 mins to share their talents and passions in front of a laid-back and supportive audience of families from schools throughout the greater-Ann Arbor area. $2/ youths (including performers), $3/adults. The Ark, 316 S Main St. 761-1800.  Identification and Management of Africanized Honey Bee Genetics – 6:30pm. Local nursery owner Vince St. Marie discusses this well-known topic and its implications for beekeepers. Presented by Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd. 647-7600. Film: Lives Well Lived – 6:30-8pm. Film documents the secrets, wit, and wisdom of age as told through the personal stories of 40 people aged 75-100. Downtown Library, 343 S Fifth Ave. 327-4200.



Saving the Endangered Manatee – 7:30pm. A presentation on manatees by U-M Dearborn faculty member Katherine LaCommare. Learn what problems these endangered animals face and what is being done to help them. Presented by the Washtenaw Audubon Society. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd. 647-7600. mbgna.

THURSDAY, MAY 16 Ikebana: Japanese Flower Arranging – 1-2:30pm. Presented by Ann Arbor Ikebana Intl Chapter. Create your own seasonal Ikebana arrangement with guidance by a certified instructor. $20. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd. Reservations required: 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. Meditation and Reiki Share – 7-8:45pm. A brief explanation of reiki is followed by a meditation focused on relaxation and healing. Then stay for a Reiki Share to give and receive reiki in groups. All welcome; practitioners of any level of reiki and those new to reiki, too. Optional social time and discussion begins at 8:45pm. Free. Community Room 1, 400 W Russell St, 400 W Russell St, Saline. 664-2255.  

FRIDAY, MAY 17 Usui/Holy Fire III ART and Reiki Master Class – May 17-19. 9am-5:30pm. Learn advanced reiki techniques including a moving meditation, crystal grid work, receive new symbols and their uses, channel stronger and more effective reiki energy as well as expand your intuitive guidance. Be attuned to Holy Fire III Reiki energy as a Master Teacher. You may teach all levels following this weekend. $800. Community Room 1, 400 W Russell St, 400 W Russell St, Saline. 664-2255.


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calendar of events Caregiver Wellness Day – 10am-2pm. This free program for learning skills essential for continued health and well-being is designed for caregivers of adults living with memory loss. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd. Register: 936-8803. Keeping a Nature Journal – 6-8pm. Learn to keep a nature journal from Clare Walker Leslie, a nationally known wildlife artist, author, naturalist and educator. Clare will share tips and tricks from her years of experience. Downtown Library, 343 S Fifth Ave. 327-4200.

7:30-9pm. A presentation by John Barrie, founder of The Appropriate Technology Collaborative, a nonprofit that creates technologies and programs that provide opportunity and dignity for the world’s poorest people. Presented by the Sierra Club Huron Valley. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd. 647-7600. WCCB Celebration of 40 Years – 7:30-9pm. The Washtenaw Community Concert Band will perform music from its first concert 40 yrs ago and also premiere Star-Splitter, a work it commissioned from composer James Curnow. Free. Washtenaw Community College’s Towsley Atrium, Morris Lawrence Bldg, 4800 E Huron River Dr. 663-4402.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 29 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. Vegan Cheese – 7-8:30pm. Learn where to buy vegan cheese, see how easy it is to make your own, take home tried and true vegan cheese recipes, and sample a wide array of delicious cheeses. Downtown Library, 343 S Fifth Ave. 327-4200.



2019 Kitchen Favorites Sale – May 18 & 19. 10am-4:30pm. A sale of heirloom vegetables and herbs grown by U-M student volunteers. Proceeds benefit the Campus Farm and Matthaei-Nichols Plus. Herb Study Group on hand with herb samples and information on growing herbs. Free admission. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd. 647-7600.


Redbud Productions: The Herd – May 30-June 1. 8pm. By Rory Kinnear. Directed By Loretta Grimes. A witty and heartfelt play which examines a family falling apart and pulling together when life doesn’t turn out the way they imagined. Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N Fourth Ave. For tickets & pricing:

2019 Gardening and DIY Fest – 11am-5pm. Shop local at our artisan market for handmade clothes, jewelry, bath products, fibers and art. And buy flowers and plants. And from 1-4pm, get hands on in our Secret Lab. Downtown Library, 343 S Fifth Ave. 327-4200.


SUNDAY, MAY 19 Orchid Viruses: What You Need to Know – 2-5pm. Janet Lamborn’s presentation takes a close at each viral orchid pathogen, what it looks like, and how it’s transmitted. Also included: sanitation practices, testing options, and what to do with those results. Presented by the Ann Arbor Orchid Society. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd. 647-7600. The World to Come & Food: Feeding the World – 3-4pm. Join Lilly Fink Shapiro, Program Manager of the U-M Sustainable Food Systems Initiative, and Michigan Farmer of the Year, Jerry Ann Hebron of Detroit’s Oakland Avenue Farm for a discussion about food waste, farm labor, and the politics of seeds. UMMA, 525 S State St. Registration required: 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.

TUESDAY, MAY 21 Meditation and Mindfulness for Adults – 7-8:30pm. Local massage therapist and meditation leader Amy Tarrant will lead you through a series of guided meditations to encourage calmness, reduce stress, and generally help you live your best life. Learn breathing exercises and short, simple techniques for calmness and reduced stress. Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. 327-4200. How You Can Save People, The Planet and 10,000,000 Pounds Of Carbon Dioxide. Lessons Learned from 12 Years Working in Guatemala –


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Nature Walk: Bird Hills Nature Area – 6-7:30pm. Join us over the spring, summer and fall for informative and fun nature walks around Ann Arbor’s natural areas. With AADL and Natural Area Preservation (NAP). Meet at the Bird Rd. 327-4200.


WEDNESDAY, MAY 22 Smell & Tell: A Taste of Honey – 6:30-8:45pm. The Honey Flavor and Aroma Wheel is a tool developed by the UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center, and supports a sensory language for honey. We’ll use this tool to develop a deeper understanding of how taste, smell and mouthfeel work together to support flavor. Downtown Library, 343 S Fifth Ave. 327-4200.

Usui/Holy Fire III Reiki Levels I and II – June 8-9. 9am-6pm. Learn this natural healing modality using life force energy to help yourself, others and animals. Class combines lecture, practice and experiences to offer four deeply healing meditation experiences, instruction and attunement to 3 reiki symbols, learn several Japanese Reiki techniques and more. Anyone can do reiki. $325. Community Room 1, 400 W Russell St, 400 W Russell St, Saline. 664-2255.

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. 7611800.

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.



Author Event: Barbara Barton – 2-3:30pm. Manoomin: The Story of Wild Rice in Michigan is the first book of its kind to bring forward the rich tradition of wild rice in Michigan, and its importance to the Anishinaabek people who live here. Downtown Library, 343 S Fifth Ave. 327-4200.

Integrative Healing Arts Program in Holistic Nursing Enrollment Deadline – Each session includes a 1-day immersion topic: Clinical Aromatherapy; Therapeutic Music & Guided Imagery and Jin Shin Jyutsu. Session 1: July 11-14; Session 2: Oct 10-13; Session 3: Jan 16-19. Weber Retreat Center, Adrian. More info:

SUNDAY, MAY 26 The Six Senses of Buddhism – 2-3pm. Gain a deeper understanding of the nature and histories of objects used in Buddhist practice with a docent tour of this fascinating exhibition. UMMA, 525 S State St. 764-0395.

THURSDAY, JULY 25 Sounds & Sights Festival – July 25-27. Features live music and social tent, kids’ entertainment and activities, a classic car show and much more. Downtown Chelsea. More info:

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daily Materials Unlimited 20% Off Spring Sale – Thru May. Materials Unlimited has extended their 20% off Spring Sale. Use promo code (SPRINGSALE2019). Save on everything in store and online. The sale features home and garden accent items such as planters, wrought iron pieces, architectural salvage and much more. Materials Unlimited, 2 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. 483-6980. 

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:

Yoga Classes at Yoga Room – With Christy DeBurton. Classes held Mon, Tue, Thurs, Sat. A small, supportive, non-competitive, friendly yoga studio teaching various yoga styles that focuses on individual attention to challenge you in a balanced, rejuvenating way. 765 Archwood Dr. 761-8409.

sunday Critter House Open Hours – Free and open to the public most Sundays, see our website for dates and times. Observe frogs, turtles, snakes, and more as

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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

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:

Nature Storytime – 10-11am. Every other Sun. Ages 1-5. Caregiver required and free. Explore and appreciate the outdoors: live animal visits, hikes, stories and hands-on activities. $5/child nonmembers, $4/child members. Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. 997-1553.

Sunday Online Meditation from Anywhere – 11am12pm. No experience necessary. Building an international sangha by connecting loving hearts. Facilitated by Celeste Zygmont. Donations welcome. To receive a link: 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. HuayenWorld-usa. org/usa/en. 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

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

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ongoing events advanced students; 2nd hr for everyone. $15. Info: 480-8107 or Kirtan Dance – 1:30-3pm. 2nd Sun. Combines the healing vibrational practices of devotional singing and dance. Sessions start with a chant and then move to dance using simple movements that combine yoga, bharatanatyam mudras, and folk and Bollywood dance styles. $15/class; $50/4 classes. Sadhana Dance Theater, 607 Robin Rd. 330-3051. Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild – 2-4pm. 4th Sun. Monthly meetings always start with stories and then more stories. Listeners and tellers welcome. Free. Nicola’s Books, 2513 Jackson Ave. Contact Improv – 2-4pm. An interactive, free form dance style that involves contact with two or more people through which dancers give and share weight. No partner required. Beginners welcome. $5-$10 sliding scale. Phoenix Center, 200 S Main (above Elmo’s). 604-4416. Free Yoga Class – 4:30pm. 2nd to last Sun. Bring own mat and enjoy a relaxing flow designed for all levels by a certified yoga teacher with over 3 yrs teaching experience. Om of Medicine, 111 S Main St. 369-8255.

Dragon School of Tai Chi. For individuals of any age and fitness level who seek to relax and have fun with this engaging body/mind activity. A peaceful, flowing, low-impact exercise, well-suited for calming and centering. Free/low fee. Info, Karla: 325-4244 or Energy Work/Self-Care Practices – 9-10am, Mon. Also Tues &/or Thurs, 6-7pm. $185. Peaceful Dragon School, 1945 Pauline Blvd, Ste B. 741-0695. Stretch and Strength Yoga – 10-11am. Class targets specific areas to build strength, increase flexibility and improve your overall fitness. $15/nonmember, $10/ member. Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. 747-0123. Tai Chi Beginners – 10-11:15am, Mon. Also Tues, 2:30-3:45pm; Tues &/or Thurs, 7:15-8:30pm. $185. Peaceful Dragon School, 1945 Pauline Blvd, Ste B. 741-0695. Classical Hatha Yoga – 10-11:30am. Start with 5 min warm up exercise followed by 1 hr custom yoga postures; class emphasizes incorporating ones body’s movement and breathing. This practice focus primarily on physical discipline and body strengthening, increasing vital life force and calming one’s mind. Free. Triple Crane Monastery, 7665 Werkner Rd, Chelsea. 757-8567.

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.

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.

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:

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.

Martial Arts Classes – Mon-Sat. Classes include Aikido, Zen Meditation, Mixed Martial Arts, Batto-ho, Weapons, and Children’s Aikido. Huron Valley Aikikai, 1904 Federal Blvd. For schedule: 761-6012 or Tai Chi: Beginning through Advanced – MonThurs. With Good EnerChi Studio and Staggerin


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Drop-In Breathwork Sessions – 9:30-11am & 7-8:30pm. With Frank Levey. Each session offers participants guidance and training useful for experiencing a free and open breath to enhance health on all levels of being and in daily life. $15-$25. For locations: 657-8742 or Realization Process Practice – 6-7:30pm. Explore and practice the Realization Process as developed by Dr. Judith Blackstone. It is a body-centered approach to personal and spiritual healing and maturity. Beginners and drop-ins welcome. Donation. Evenstar’s Chalice, 36 N Huron St, Ypsilanti. 905-7980. EvenstarsChalice. com/realization-process. Kundalini Yoga and Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Utilizing breath, sound vibration and rhythmic exercises we can awakening the energy within us to excel and reach our potential. The way to the realization of your true self as taught by Yogi Bhajan. $16/drop-in, $84/series. A2 Kundalini Yoga, 4117 Jackson Rd. 276-6520.


Inspiring Talk by Mata Yogananda – 7pm. Spiritual talk, pure meditation and silent prayer, with Winged Prayer for all in need at 9pm. We welcome all. Please come and stay as long as you wish. Free. Self Realization Meditation Healing Centre, 7187 Drumheller, Bath. 517-641-6201.


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

Monthly Washtenaw County CHADD (Children and Adults with ADD/ADHD) Chapter Meetings – 7-9pm. Tues & Wed. Join us to hear free educational speakers, get resources, find community and support for you and your family members. WISD Teaching and Administration Bldg, 1819 S Wagner Rd. 330-4996. Details: AnnArbor-ADHD-ADD-Support.

Sunday Group Meditation – 5-6pm, sitting meditation; 6-6:30pm, mindful sharing. Sitting meditation to start the week. No instruction. Please enter and depart in silence. No experience necessary. Donations welcome. Deep Spring Center, 704 Airport Blvd. Info, Tana: 477-5848 or

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.

Medicine, 6276 Jackson Rd, Ste B. RSVP: 769-7794 or

Meditation Sitting Group – 7-8pm. Washington Street Educational Center, Room 114, Chelsea. More info, Carol Blotter: 475-0942.

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

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. Iyengar-

based 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 – 7-8:15pm. 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. Sounds and Sights – June 6-Aug 15. 6:30-8:30pm. Stroll downtown Chelsea, shop unique galleries and stores, and a variety of music, dance, comedy, and family entertainment on 10 separate staged areas. More info:  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:

of moving meditation that require neither partner nor experience. $5. Info: 419-475-6535, JLTrautman@ 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. 517-641-6201.



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

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

Meditation Group – 10:30am-11:45am. Beginning and experienced meditators welcome. Group is open to exploring and integrating the spiritual teachings from a variety of wisdom traditions. A recorded teaching is followed by a period of silent meditation and a time for discussion. For more info including location, Mary Trudeau: 625-1844 or Slow-Flow Yoga – 10:30am-12pm. Also 5:30-7pm, Fri. With Ellen Livingston. All levels welcome to our community-oriented small classes in our 30-ft heated yurt on 5 beautiful acres in SW Ann Arbor. $15/drop-in, $6-$12/class with a pass. More info: 645-3217 or 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 – 6:30-8pm. Group is to bring those experiencing infertility together to support each other while enjoying the healthy benefits of nature. $5/session. County Farm Park, Washtenaw & Platt area. More info or to register: 320-4958 or Intensive Meditation with Lighthouse Center – 7pm, gather; 7:30-10:15pm, chanting. 1st & 3rd Fri. Chanting and prayer, followed by meditating 20 mins on each of the 7 chakra energy centers. May enter and leave meditation room at any time. Donations accepted. 740 E Shore Dr, Whitmore Lake. 417-5804. Dances of Universal Peace – 7-9pm. 1st Fri. With Judy Lee Trautman. Dances of universal peace were originated in the 60s in San Francisco by Sufi teacher Samuel Lewis to celebrate the world’s religions through simple folk dance steps. The dances are a form

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. Drum and Dance Jam – 7:30-9pm. 1st Sat (AprAug). Hosted by national recording artist Curtis Glatter. No experience necessary. Bring a drum with you or use a drum that is provided. $5 donation requested at the door. Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. For more info: 327-0270, or glattercurtisav1972. 

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


since MASSAGE THERAPY 1974 A ntiques & A rchitectural S alvage 300 W Huron, Ann Arbor, 48103 A full-service antiques store and restoration facility showcasing period lighting, stained and beveled glass, furniture, doors and much more. Creative new uses for salvaged antiques is our specialty. See ad page 29.


Margo Hertzfeld, Certified Aromatherapist 419-360-0169

I offer traditional in-office counseling and Walk & Talk where we walk during the session. Our focus is on restoring balance and overall well-being. You can do this. Together. For Change.




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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.



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.


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.

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


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


Certified Reflexologist 2002 Hogback Rd, Ste 14, Ann Arbor 734-649-2891 Feeling stressed? Just can’t seem to relax? Foot Reflexology, known for its relaxing and restorative qualities, can help you feel better. Call today. $20 off your first session with this ad. See ad page 11.


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 24.


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

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

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


415 N Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 734-436-8991 Spa experiences to bring forth the stillness within, and radiance throughout. Drawn from the traditions of ayurveda and Chinese medicine, and combined with the latest aesthetic advancements to deliver results. Non-invasive DNA skin rejuvenation, dynamic cupping massage, intuitive bodywork. See ad page 17.


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.


West End Hair Salon, 5100 Jackson Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103 734-829-7620 Using only organic and low-chemical products, I am passionate about working with hair in a healthy and pleasant environment. Color is my specialty!


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.

May 2019


community resource guide REIKI ANDREA KENNEDY

400 W Russell St, Ste 2370, Saline, 48176 734-664-2255 Reduce stress, move forward with Andrea Kennedy, a full-time reiki practitioner and instructor with 23 years’ experience. Try Reiki Special: 1st session only $25. See ad page 27.

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

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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.



36 N Huron St. Ypsilanti, MI 48197 734-905-7980

Contact us for special ad rates. 734-757-7929

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.

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 home products. See ad page 31.


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Natural Awakenings of Greater Ann Arbor - May 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, n...

Natural Awakenings of Greater Ann Arbor - May 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, n...