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Contents 16 BRAIN-SAVERS


Smart Strategies for Preventing Dementia

20 SANJAY GUPTA ON ‘Chasing Life’

22 NATURE’S TOOLBOX The Key to Prostate Health



Aquatic Workouts for Him


Beyond Buttons and Portabellas


Trading Clutter for Calm



Transportation Drives Urban Planning

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Protecting Pets and the Planet


We Must Face Our Own Story First

DEPARTMENTS 8 news briefs 12 health briefs 14 global briefs 15 action alert 20 wise words 22 healing ways 24 fit body

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eating 30 healthy kids 32 green living 34 natural pet 36 inspiration 37 calendar 43 classifieds 44 resource guide June 2019


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A New Place for Spiritual Learning


he Emerald Temple Healing Center is a beautiful new space located at 6223 Sharon Hollow Road, in Manchester, for events that nurture growth, well-being and learning. Their mission is to offer experiences that vitalize the bodies, illuminate the minds and inspire the souls of those growing in spirit. It is a meeting place for the purpose of exploring higher consciousness and new paradigms for the future. Co-directors Eric and Trudi Cooper say, “This is a place to co-create with healers, teachers, students, creatives, musicians, philosophers, artists, community builders and ceremonialists.” It is a place for classes, recitals, workshops, celebrations, retreats and other sacred events. Weddings at the Emerald Temple Healing Center are small, intimate, meaningful, beautiful and personalized. The Emerald Temple provides an opportunity for both learning and teaching. For more information, call 734-428-9217, or visit EmeraldTemple See ad page 33.

Get Pain Out of the Body with Massage


herrel Wells, a medical massage therapist at Arbor Healing, says, “It takes just a halfhour to get the pain out of your muscles and feel good again. It’s a very short time to feel good.” She specializes in auto accident victims, slips and falls, and chronic injuries. Wells is offering massage at $75 per half hour and $15 per half hour for the addition of hot towels or hot stones. “Many people are experiencing back pain, shoulder pain and arm pain due to excessive driving or computer use," says Wells. “There is no need to be in pain. I can help immediately to get the pain out of your musculature. Others are feeling fatigue and need hot stones and muscular pain removed to ensure normal daily activities.” Location: 1218 West Huron St., Apt. 1, Ann Arbor. For appointments, call 734-239-3344. email or visit See ad page 45. 8

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Aunt Alberta’s Remedy Relieves Arthritis Pain


unt Alberta’s Remedy eases muscular aches and joint pain. This homeopathic pain relief cream penetrates deep into the skin and muscle tissues for relief from sciatica, fibromyalgia, arthritis, neuralgia, gout and more, using all natural ingredients that include oil of wintergreen, iodine and castor oil. The remedy combines oil of wintergreen with Atomidine iodine, a natural product that influences physical and mental growth and nerve and muscle tissue function. This essential nutrient is easy to absorb into the skin. The active ingredients are combined with castor oil to penetrate deep into tissues, softening and enriching the cells for renewed, pliable skin. Oil of wintergreen is extracted from leaves of a small evergreen herb that has been used for rheumatoid arthritis, but is mainly employed for joint and muscular pain relief from conditions such as lumbago, sciatica, neuralgia, gout and fibroblast. Wintergreen is often added to liniments and ointments to help ease muscle and joint pains. Wintergreen should not be used by people that are allergic to aspirin and should never be ingested, only used topically. It is a fine addition for relieving joint and muscular aches and pains. Cost is $15 for a four-ounce jar. For more information, visit Albertas See ad on page 46.

Food Gatherers Grillin’ Benefit Fights Hunger


he 30th annual Food Gatherers’ picnic with a purpose will take place at 3 p.m., June 9. There is live music, kids’ activities, complimentary massages, a photo booth and more. Participants can bid on silent auction and raffle items. All proceeds go directly to support Food Gatherers’ mission of fighting hunger in Washtenaw County. One in seven Washtenaw County residents does not have enough to eat on a regular basis, and each adult ticket purchased for Grillin’ provides 150 meals to the community. Guests will enjoy a robust feast of grilled gourmet sausages and corn, vegetarian fare and return paella by SavCo Hospitality. The feast this year also includes a kraut station from The Brinery, vegan sausages from Fresh Thyme, white bean salad from Casey’s

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Envisioning a Sustainable Ann Arbor


he annual Mayor’s Green Fair will be held on Main Street from 6 to 9 p.m., June 14, to celebrate the community environmental leadership exhibited by citizens, nonprofits, government and businesses. This year’s theme is Envisioning a Sustainable Ann Arbor. Main Street will be closed to through traffic between Huron and William streets, remaining open for pedestrians, Green Fair guests, displays of sustainability information, green products and live music performed by The Vicissitudes. Information, entertainment and hands-on activities for all ages will be provided. There'll also be live demonstrations of birds of prey. The Green Fair features environmental nonprofit organizations, government agencies and participating businesses that support environmental and sustainability practices. Exhibitors will showcase innovative, energy-saving designs and actions, including displays of alternative fuel vehicles, green building materials, solar energy installations, renewable energy installations and more. Green transportation exhibits sponsored by the getDowntown program will present a variety of sustainable transportation choices such as e-bikes and cargo bikes, information about the William Street bikeway and autonomous vehicles. For more information, visit

Shakespeare in the Arb


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and songs. Performances will take place at 6:30 p.m., June 6 to 9, 13 to 16 and 20 to 23. Shakespeare in the Arb is unique in the way the productions are staged, with scenes and audiences moving through the Nichols Arboretum on the University of Michigan campus. There is no fixed stage; instead, the audience follows the action through different locations in the arboretum. Now in its 19th year, Shakespeare in the Arb is directed by Kate Mendeloff of the U-M Residential College, Carol Gray and Graham Atkin, and performed by U-M students and community players. Prices vary. Box office: 1610 Washington Heights, Ann Arbor. For more information, call 734-647-7600 or visit

Ann Arbor Summer Festival


he Ann Arbor Summer Festival includes programs across the University of Michigan campus and downtown Ann Arbor. The indoor Mainstage series includes performances of world-class music, dance, theater and comedy. Top of the Park offers admission-free concerts, movies under the stars, open-air spectacles and unique family attractions. The Summer Festival is transforming into a zero-waste event over the next three to five years as part of the Festival Footprint Initiative undertaken in partnership with Toyota. Tuesdays are Bike Night at Top of the Park. Free workshops, master classes and children’s activities provide imaginative ways for the public to discover and appreciate the performing arts. World Music Wednesday night Global Parties spotlight different ethnic and cultural traditions. Featuring performances by local and international artists, these showcase lively music and street dancing. Each Sunday features a free, family, dance party with rockin’ bands for the kiddie set. The KidZone tent provides a fun and safe area for children and their parents to discover and explore a wide variety of hands-on activities. Movies under the stars are shown on an inflatable screen at Top of the Park. A free alternative happy hour at 5 p.m. on the lawn of the Power Center features a relaxing, late-afternoon nightly workout with classes in yoga, capoeira and dance fitness. For more information, visit

Getting Back Into the Swing of Life After Cancer


onprofit Grass Lake Sanctuary (GLS) will host a Women’s Wellness Retreat for Breast Cancer Survivors from July 19 through 21. Christine Morgan, GLS women’s wellness retreat coordinator, says, “For nine years, women that have recovered from breast cancer have been learning life-balancing skills and experiencing the transformative power of connecting heart-to-heart

with other cancer survivors at Grass Lake Sanctuary’s Women’s Wellness Retreats. The retreats provide a weekend of exploration and renewal on the stunning 145-acre Grass Lake Sanctuary (GLS) nature preserve. Participants will rejuvenate and de-stress through heart-opening experiences of yoga, art, Nia, healing massage, healthy food and peer-to-peer support circles, all amidst the beauty of nature.” She says, “In my work with breast cancer survivors, many women have shared that after the cancer treatment is complete, they feel disconnected from who they once were. These retreats are about helping participants connect in deeply supportive ways, releasing trauma and re-entering their lives with ease and enthusiasm.” Cost is $250. Location: Grass Lake Sanctuary, Manchester, Michigan. To register or donate, call 734-408-1552 or visit GrassLakeSanctuary. org. Scholarships will be offered as funds become available.

Yoga Fest in the Northern Woods


ogaFest will take place from July 25 through 28 at Morning Yoga Retreat, in the northern woods of Michigan’s lower peninsula. It is a nourishing, joyful and spiritually authentic celebration of spirit, nature, community, service and all things yoga. There are

workshops and discussions of beginner, intermediate and advanced levels covering subjects ranging from the esoteric to the universal. The immersive experience includes opportunities for exploring, experiencing and living in attunement with a deeper spiritual nature. Coordinator Brian Clark says, “From quiet reflection in a serene natural environment to active movement in a vibrant and energetic atmosphere, camping with friends and family and participating in a full and exciting slate of programs morning, day and night, there is something for every sincere seeker of truth at YogaFest 2019.” Highlights include hatha, bhakti, jnana, kundalini, raja and flow yoga classes; meditation, kirtan (sacred music), workshops, hiking, camping, swimming, healing, art, music, dance, children’s programming, sacred ceremony, merchants, vendors, festivities, sustainability, mindfulness practices, spiritual discussions and much, much more. YogaFest is an alcohol- and drug-free festival. Location: 9607 Sturgeon Valley Rd., Vanderbilt, MI. For tickets, visit YogaFest2019Tickets. For more information, call 989-983-4107 or visit

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Imbibe Less to Lower Blood Pressure Even moderate alcohol consumption—seven to 13 drinks a week—increases the risk of high blood pressure, according to a new analysis of the health records of 17,000 U.S. adults. Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center researchers found that the average blood pressure among nondrinkers was about 109/67, among moderate drinkers 128/79 and among heavy drinkers 153/82, based on data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the years 1988 to 1994. The higher readings could be the result of alcohol’s affect on the brain and liver, or because it raises caloric intake, partly by increasing appetite, say the researchers. 12

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Eat Med Diet to Boost Performance What we consume can boost our body even in the short term, a new study from St. Louis University shows. After eating the Mediterranean diet for just four days, athletes ran faster than after eating a Western diet. In the study, published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, seven women and four men ate one of two diets for four days: the Mediterranean, with its emphasis on whole fruits and vegetables, nuts, olive oil and whole grains, or the Western, high in trans and saturated fats, dairy, refined sugars, refined and highly processed vegetable oils, sodium and processed foods. After a nine-to-16-day break, they followed the other diet. The athletes exercised on a treadmill for five kilometers after each diet and were found to have run 6 percent faster after following the Mediterranean diet, despite similar heart rates and perceived levels of exertion.

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Regardless of the type of protein consumed, lowcarb diets significantly increase the risk of atrial fibrillation (AFib), according to a study presented at the latest annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology. Analyzing the records of almost 14,000 people over a 20-year period, researchers found that diets such as Atkins, ketogenic and paleo, which emphasize protein instead of fruits, vegetables and grains, boosted the risk of AFib by 18 percent compared to diets with moderate carb intake. Researchers theorize that consuming less produce and fewer grains may aggravate inflammation, while eating high amounts of protein and fat may increase oxidative stress. Both conditions are linked to AFib, in which the heart beats irregularly, potentially causing palpitations, dizziness and fatigue. It’s also linked to a five-fold increase in strokes.


Eat More Carbs to Lower Heart Risk

For those that don’t move vigorously throughout the day—whether stuck behind a desk or lying on a couch in front of a screen— there’s good news in a recent American Cancer Society study: Replacing just 30 minutes a day of stationary time with such moderate physical activities as brisk walking and dancing reduces the risk of dying over 14 years by a whopping 45 percent. Even light activities such as walking slowly, playing pool and doing housework like vacuuming for half an hour reduce mortality risk by 15 percent.

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Take Magnesium to Optimize Vitamin D Magnesium seems to optimize vitamin D, increasing the vitamin’s utilization for those with insufficient levels and decreasing it in those with excessive amounts. In a randomized trial of 250 people between ages 50 and 85 that were considered at risk for colorectal cancer, researchers at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center found that changes in blood levels of vitamin D were significantly affected by the intake of magnesium—a mineral in which 80 percent of Americans are deficient. In addition to supplements, magnesium-rich foods include dark leafy greens, beans, whole grains, dark chocolate, nuts, avocados and fatty fish such as salmon.

Find a Green Space and Make a Friend Integrating green spaces among living areas increases trust among strangers, according to a study from Canada’s University of Waterloo. Participants in walking tours of a Vancouver neighborhood were asked to complete a smartphone questionnaire at six stops, including at a rainbow-painted crosswalk and both wild and manicured community gardens. Researchers found that colorful design elements and green spaces were linked to higher levels of happiness, plus greater trust of strangers and environmental stewardship. “The urban design interventions we studied are relatively simple and low cost, but show great potential to improve individuals’ emotional and social lives,” says Hanna Negami, lead author.


Legal Pot Lifts Junk Food Sales Apparently, the fabled marijuanainduced “munchies” cravings don’t have people reaching for carrots. A new study from the University of Connecticut found that shortly after Colorado, Washington and Oregon legalized recreational marijuana, increases in purchases were recorded in those states for potato chips (5.3 percent), cookies (4.1 percent) and ice cream (3.1 percent).

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Aqua Breakthrough

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Internet users can help fight global deforestation even while surfing. German online search engine Ecosia, now used in 183 countries, diverts its advertising revenue from click-throughs to planting trees worldwide to the tune of more than 52 million since 2009. With each search, the company says, it removes around two-anda-half pounds of carbon dioxide from the air. Christian Kroll, Ecosia’s founder, wrote, “Climate change is a very real threat, and if we’re to stop the world heating above the 1.5 degrees warned about in the IPCC [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] report, we need to plant trees at scale.” Kroll suggests that if Ecosia were to get as big as Google, they could absorb 15 percent of all global carbon dioxide emissions. Users can find it at

Baby Balking

Climate Change Discourages Childbearing

USA Today has reported that concerns about climate change are giving women pause about bearing children. The U.S. birthrate has been falling for years, and in 2017, it was 60.3 births per 1,000 women, the lowest fertility rate since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began keeping such records in 1909. Related causes such as women marrying later, worries about the economy and the difficulty of finding affordable child care have all been suggested. But prospective parents are also thinking about the increased frequency and intensity of storms and other natural disasters such as drought and wildfires. Further, geopolitical unrest and scarcity of water and other resources are convincing some to at least postpone their decision to increase the population. 14

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Far Out

Earth’s Atmosphere Extends Past Moon

The scientific boundary between Earth’s atmosphere and space is the Kármán line, 62 miles high. But a team of astronomers have published evidence in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics that the geocorona, a tenuous cloud of neutral hydrogen in the outermost region of the Earth’s atmosphere that glows in far-ultraviolet light, extends much farther than the moon. The discovery means that telescopes positioned in the geocorona will need to have some of their settings adjusted for deep-space observations.

3-D Meat

Printer Produces Plant-Based Substitute

Researcher Giuseppe Scionti, owner of Nova Meat, in Barcelona, Spain, has developed a synthetic meat substitute using vegetable proteins that imitate protein complexes found in real meat. Produced using a 3-D printer, it can mimic the texture of beef or chicken. The specialist in biomedicine and tissue engineering has been working for 10 years on bioprinting different synthetic tissues such as artificial corneas, skin and ears.

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Clean Water Solution in the Pipeline

With the world facing a future of climate change and water scarcity, finding an environmental way to cleanse drinking water is paramount. Researchers in China contend they are working on a method to remove bacteria from water that’s both highly efficient and environmentally sound. By shining ultraviolet light onto a two-dimensional sheet of graphitic carbon nitride, the team’s prototype can purify two-and-a-half gallons of water in one hour, killing virtually all the harmful bacteria present. This technique of photocatalytic disinfection is an alternative to current eco-unfriendly water filtration systems such as chlorination or ozone disinfection.

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Norwegian Nudge

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Countries Learn from Recycling Strategy

In Norway, up to 97 percent of the country’s plastic bottles are recycled, and other countries are taking note. The government’s environmental taxes reward companies that are eco-friendly. If a company recycles more than 95 percent of its plastic, then its tax is dropped. Customers pay a deposit on each bottled product they buy. To get back their money, they must return their used bottles to one of the 3,700 machines found in the country’s supermarkets and convenience stores. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation estimates that if current global trends continue, plastic trash in the ocean will outweigh fish by 2050.

Revamping Recycling China Forces U.S. Cities to Change Specs

China, one of the world’s main importers of recyclable waste, is rejecting shipments that are more than 0.5 percent impure, so loads contaminated by a greasy pizza box, disposable coffee cups and the odd plastic bag could end up in the local landfill instead. Most single-use cups, for instance, are lined with a fine film of polyethylene, which makes the cups liquid-proof, but also difficult and expensive to reprocess. Most waste management facilities will treat the cups as trash. Since China banned impure plastics, many U.S. municipalities no longer accept plastics numbered 3 to 7, which can include yogurt cups, butter tubs and vegetable oil bottles. Another contamination culprit is food residue. Washing out food scraps from recyclables can be just as important as putting the appropriate item in the recycling bin.

Save the Cranes

Natural Resources Commission to Designate Sandhill Cranes as a Game Species

One hundred years ago, Michigan’s sandhill crane population was near extinction due to hunting and diminishing wetland habitats. The bird’s population recovered at a very slow pace and still remains vulnerable. Now, the Michigan Senate Natural Resources Committee has voted to pass SR 30, urging the Natural Resources Commission to designate sandhill cranes as a game species and to open a hunting season on them. Tanya Hilgendorf, president and CEO of the Humane Society of Huron Valley, says, “Instead of celebrating a successful conservation effort, SR 30 seeks to destroy it! The hunting of sandhill cranes serves no wildlife management purpose, does not prevent crop conflict and reverses conservation efforts by orphaning still-dependent young. There is no justification for destroying families of a still-recovering species.” Chicks are hatched in late spring, but are dependent on both parents well into and past the fall hunting season. If Michigan hunts sandhill cranes before they migrate to wintering grounds, either parent could be killed. There is no evidence that hunting sandhill cranes would reduce damage to crops. Farmers can already obtain non-lethal, more effective deterrent products to make their seeds unpalatable to birds or as a last resort, request a permit to lethally remove sandhill cranes when necessary. Contact your Michigan senators via hillCranePetition and ask them to vote no on SR 30 to open a hunting season on sandhill cranes. June 2019


Brain-Savers Smart Strategies for Preventing Dementia by Melinda Hemmelgarn


ith 5.8 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease, there’s no shortage of advice on how to enhance, preserve and restore brain function. Judging from the assortment of brain training games and apps to the multitude of books promising ways to avoid or even reverse dementia, a growing number of aging Americans want to know the best strategies for preventing and treating cognitive decline and memory loss.

Prevention: A ‘No-Brainer’

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cause of dementia worldwide. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the illness is considered a slowly progressive brain disease that begins well before symptoms emerge. Despite predictions that the number of afflicted Americans will reach nearly 14 million by 2050, there are no drug cures. David Perlmutter, M.D., a board-certified neurologist based in Naples, Florida, and an editorial board member of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, summarizes a recent study evaluating the effectiveness of currently available Alzheimer’s medications. “Not only were Alzheimer’s patients who were taking these drugs not gaining any benefit, but their rate of

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cognitive decline was worsened when they were on the Alzheimer’s medications,” thus making lifestyle risk reduction even more critical. Dale Bredesen, M.D., a professor in the UCLA Department of Neurology and author of The End of Alzheimer’s: The First Program to Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline, has studied the disease’s neurobiology for decades. He believes drug therapies have failed because scientists neglected to focus on why individuals develop the disease in the first place. He emphasizes, “Alzheimer’s is not a single disease,” even if the symptoms appear to be the same. Bredesen says it’s the result of the brain trying to protect itself from multiple metabolic and toxic threats. Bredesen developed the ReCODE (reversal of cognitive decline) protocol, an ambitious, comprehensive and personalized therapeutic program that includes genetic, cognitive and blood testing, plus supplements and lifestyle improvements, including stress reduction, improved sleep, diet and exercise. With the goal of identifying and treating the individual’s pathway to disease, ReCODE addresses fixing five key areas he believes form the underlying origins and progression of Alzheimer’s disease: insulin resistance; inflammation/ infections; hormone, nutrient and nerve growth factors; toxins; and dysfunctional nerve synapses. The Lancet International Commission on Dementia Prevention, Intervention and Care also advocates multiple points of action. By addressing nine “potentially modifiable risk factors” throughout the lifespan, the commission says, “More than one-third of global dementia cases may be preventable.” These factors include maximizing education in early life; controlling hypertension, obesity and hearing loss in mid-life; and in later life, managing depression and diabetes, increasing physical activity and social contact, and not smoking.


of Diet for the MIND: The Latest Science on What to Eat to Prevent Alzheimer’s and Cognitive Decline, says, “Given that Alzheimer’s disease is known as an oxidative-inflammatory disease, there has to be a dietary influence.” From two decades of research involving more than 10,000 people, Morris developed the MIND diet, which stands for “Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay”. It’s a hybrid of the Mediterranean and DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diets, modified to include specific components from each that offer the most protection against dementia. Morris identifies 10 brain-healthy dietary components: leafy greens, vegetables, berries, whole grains, nuts, seafood, poultry, beans and legumes, olive oil, and one glass of wine per day; plus five unhealthy components to limit: sweets and pastries, red meats, fried and fast foods, whole-fat cheese and butter or margarine containing trans fat. Morris found those individuals that most closely followed the dietary recommendations lowered their risk for Alzheimer’s disease by as much as 53 percent, while those following the diet moderately well showed a reduction of about 35 percent. Morris acknowledges a number of common aging-related, yet treatable, conditions that can cause “dementia-like symptoms,” including low thyroid hormones and vitamin B12 deficiency. She also identifies specific brain-protective compounds including vitamins E, B12 , folate and niacin, plus lutein, omega-3 fatty acids, beta carotene and flavonoids found in colorful fruits and vegetables, tea and nuts. She is currently testing the MIND diet, plus a mild calorie restriction on 600 individuals 65 to 84 years old living in Boston and Chicago; results are expected in 2021. The Alzheimer’s Association is also recruiting individuals for a new lifestyle intervention study. Aarti Batavia, a registered dietitian based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and a certified practitioner of functional medicine trained in the ReCODE protocol,

says, “Diets that are good for the heart are good for the brain.” But she also warns that many common medications such as statins, antihistamines, some antidepressants and proton pump inhibitors (that reduce stomach acid, which is required for absorbing vitamin B12) can increase the risk for dementia.

Smart Steps

As we continue to discover how genetics, environment and lifestyle factors intersect, take the following smart steps to promote longevity and vibrant brain health:


Monitor and control blood sugar: Type 2 diabetes increases the

risk for dementia. Brenda Davis, a registered dietitian in Vancouver, British Columbia, and author of The Kick Diabetes Cookbook: An Action Plan and Recipes for Defeating Diabetes, advises reducing the glycemic load of the diet by limiting refined carbohydrates and sugars, and eating a high-fiber, plant-based diet. Dorothy Sears, Ph.D., a member of the executive committee of the Center for Circadian Biology at the University of California, San Diego, says it’s not just what we eat that matters, but when. She discovered multiple metabolic benefits, including reduced blood sugar, with prolonged nightly fasting—13 hours between the last meal at night and the first meal in the morning. Brenda Davy, Ph.D., a registered dietitian and researcher at Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg, says hydration can influence blood sugar, weight and cognition, especially among middle-aged and older populations. She recommends drinking two cups of water prior to meals to moderate food intake.


Focus on ‘good’ fats: Olive oil,

nuts, avocados, and omega-3 fatty acids found in fatty, cold-water fish protect both the heart and brain. Michael Lewis, M.D., based in Potomac, Maryland, recommends an “omega-3 protocol” to help his patients recover from traumatic brain injury, which can increase risk for dementia.

About Wheat and Other Grains When considering whether to restrict or include grain in one’s diet, consider the following: n Individuals with celiac or non-celiac gluten sensitivity should avoid wheat and other gluten-containing grains such as barley and rye. n According to nutritional epidemiologist Martha Clare Morris, diets rich in high-fiber whole grains, including wheat, decrease inflammation and oxidative stress, and improve cognition. She says, “Diets higher in fiber are linked to lower rates of diabetes and heart disease,” both of which increase risk of dementia. n Author Brenda Davis’ “grain hierarchy” promotes whole, intact grains as key in controlling blood sugar. n Whole grains are high in vitamins E and B, which protect against cognitive decline. n Dr. David Perlmutter, who supports high-fiber diets, but advocates avoiding gluten, warns against shopping in the gluten-free aisle. Foods there might not have gluten, he says, but they’re going to “powerfully raise your blood sugar.” n Choose organic grains to avoid exposure to pesticide residues. June 2019


Protecting and Nourishing Gut Microbiota Dietitian Teresa Martin suggests: n Strive to eat a wide variety of plant species and at least 30 grams of fiber every day (some cooked and some raw). n Limit “microbial assassins”, including refined carbohydrates and added sugar (no more than 25 grams or six teaspoons of added sugar per day); sugar substitutes; food additives such as polysorbate-80 and carboxymethylcellulose; smoking and vaping; chronic stress; antimicrobial soaps and sanitizers; antibiotics; proton pump inhibitors; high-fat diets; and processed meats. n Move every day for at least 30 minutes; don’t sit for more than 30 minutes and get outside. n Relax with yoga, meditation or mindfulness. n Sleep seven to eight hours each night.


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Spice up your diet: Batavia recom-

mends cooking with brain-protecting herbs and spices such as turmeric, cinnamon, thyme and rosemary, which can help reduce inflammation and risk for dementia.

the brain and increase the production of a hormone called brain-derived neurotrophic factor, which is responsible for stimulating neuron growth and protecting against cognitive decline.





Mind your gut: Western medicine has historically separated the brain from the rest of the body. But research on the “gut-brain axis” shows there’s communication between our gut microbes and brain, plus direct links to neurodevelopmental disorders and dementia. “What goes on in the gut influences every manner of activity within the brain: the health of the brain, the functionality of the brain, the brain’s resistance to disease process and even mood,” says Perlmutter. Both Perlmutter and Teresa Martin, a registered dietitian in Bend, Oregon, emphasize the importance of high-fiber plant foods that gut microbes need to produce beneficial, short-chain fatty acids to protect against inflammation, insulin resistance and “leaky gut”. Prioritize sleep: All brain (and gut) experts recommend adequate sleep— seven to eight hours each night—to restore body and mind.


Exercise: Both Morris and Perlmut-

ter recommend aerobic activities in particular, like walking, swimming and cycling, to improve blood circulation to

Avoid environmental toxins:

Exposure to pesticides, pollutants and heavy metals such as lead, mercury and arsenic can increase the risk of neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Choosing organic food both reduces exposure to toxins and protects water quality and farmworker health. Virginia Rauh, Ph.D., deputy director of the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health, in New York City, spoke at the National Pesticide Forum in Manhattan in April. She explains that of the 5,000 new chemicals introduced each year, “at least 25 percent are neurotoxic,” and even very low-level exposure can harm children’s neurodevelopment.

Socialize: In studies of “Blue Zone”

populations that enjoy longevity with low rates of dementia, social engagement appears to be the secret sauce for quality of life. Melinda Hemmelgarn, the “Food Sleuth”, is an award-winning registered dietitian, writer and nationally syndicated radio host based in Columbia, MO. Reach her at

Overcoming Brain Fatigue by Darren Schmidt


xecutives, salespeople, administrators and office workers may likely feel brain fatigue symptoms such as poor concentration, rubbing the temples or forehead, slow thinking, bad mood, apathy, lack of motivation and faulty memory. Conventional medical wisdom is likely to label this as depression, but it is not, and no drugs will help; only supplements and healthy food choices will fix this. The three biggest contributors besides a bad diet are looking at computer screens; thinking/problem-solving; and stressful situations. Doing all of these at the same time takes quite a toll on the brain. Doing them for a week or a whole career builds up. Body fatigue, which encompasses hitting the snooze button, napping during the day and feeling lethargic after meals, is also not depression. Too many

Reboot the nervous system by looking at things outside while going for a walk. people are on antidepressants and other psychiatric drugs for these conditions when they just need specific nutrition. Here are a few practices that will relieve brain fatigue. Reboot the nervous system by looking at things outside while going for a walk. Keep looking at objects and call them out verbally or mentally: “Tree, sidewalk, car, cloud, leaf, window.” Keep doing this for about 10 to 20 minutes, and then suddenly your body will take

in a deep breath and reset, like rebooting a computer. When this happens, the nervous system, including eyes and brain, is reset. Eat saturated fat and cholesterol. These fats have never caused heart disease, so don’t be afraid of them. We need these because that is what our brain is made of. Our brain is not made of bread, vegetables, fruit, coffee, antioxidants, protein, soy, or granola; it is made of saturated fat and cholesterol. Get the fat from fatty beef, pork, sausages, bacon, cheese, eggs, fatty fish and butter. Low-fat dairy, lean meats, chicken sausage and sushi are not fatty enough if our brain is tired. When we eat the fatty foods, we will eat less food overall through the day and get leaner and stronger, too. Stop looking at screens or reduce screen time considerably. Don’t watch TV after spending eight hours looking at a computer screen. That is the time to look at things outside or at a distance. Take supplements that repair a tired brain, like RNA, ginkgo, bacopa, iodine, certain minerals, fish oils, and even brain. Some supplements contain brain from lamb or pig. These are fantastic for neurologic repair. Pig brain was a standard food a few decades ago sold as head cheese, but that’s been slowly taken out of our food supply. Darren Schmidt, DC, owns The Nutritional Healing Center of Ann Arbor located at 462 Jackson Plaza, in Ann Arbor. For more information, call 734-302-7575 or visit Dr. Darren Schmidt also co-owns the Good Fat Company which makes the Good Fat Bars, Power Nutrition Practice which is a training company for nutrition based health care practitioners, and Heritage Glandulars, a multi-glandular supplement company. For more information, visit GoodFat.Bar, PowerNutrition or Heri June 2019


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‘CHASING LIFE’ by Jan Hollingsworth


uring nearly two decades with CNN, Dr. Sanjay Gupta has covered wars, natural disasters and the aftermath of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Along the way, the Western-trained, practicing neurosurgeon has explored myriad health topics, including the science of alternative medicine and the benefits of medical cannabis, the subject of his CNN docuseries, Weed. He’s written three books: Chasing Life: New Discoveries in the Search for Immortality to Help You Age Less Today, Cheating Death: The Doctors and Medical Miracles that Are Saving Lives Against All Odds and a novel-turned-TV series, Monday Mornings. CNN’s chief medical correspondent recently found himself in Japan, soaking in a scalding bath—a form of stress relief practiced there—along with owl cafés and forest bathing. The visit was part of a six-country, immersive journey in some of the happiest and healthiest places on Earth—including India, Bolivia, Norway, Italy and Turkey—to explore ancient traditions and modern practices that lead to a healthy and meaningful life. The result: Chasing Life, a new docuseries that aired in April and May, is now available on demand via cable/satellite systems, the CNNgo streaming platform and CNN mobile apps. 20

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What inspired your interest in exploring holistic and alternative healing?

On a very basic level, a lot of people are surprised to hear that U.S. life expectancy has dropped three years in a row and the cost of health care is more than $3.5 trillion a year. Yet there are places around the world where people are living happier, healthier lives for a lot less, and longer. They must be doing something that’s beneficial, and we wanted to find out what that might be: What do places around the world have to teach us?

To what do you attribute the reemergence of traditional Indian healing practices?

Ayurvedic medicine is widely practiced in India among the healthiest people in that part of the world. It’s stood the test of time, so it’s worth exploring. In the U.S., we have an amazing medical system for people who are sick, but they aren’t doing as well as expected [which is why] there’s an open-mindedness that’s happening about one of the oldest medical traditions.

What role might ancient traditions play in reshaping 21st-century health care?

If you look at chronic disease in the U.S.,

one could make the argument that 70 to 80 percent of it is entirely preventable—most of it related to our food. When you look at the Ayurvedic diet, how does a culture come up with a way of eating going back thousands of years? In the U.S., most of our diet is based on palate. With Ayurveda, it is more about the function of food: Every morsel must have some function. The type of food, the timing and the temperature at which it is cooked is also important. If we really are a little more thoughtful about how we view the calories we’re consuming, it can make a big difference in our health. When we say food is our medicine, what does that really mean? In India, they’re showing us what it means. It’s not that taste is sacrificed; it’s just that Ayurveda was driven by function and palate came after.

What was the most surprising discovery you made on this journey?

There were a lot of surprises along the way. If you look at the U.S. and life expectancy, there are a lot of countries that are pretty similar in terms of economics, labor force and other things. But what is happening in the U.S. is pretty unique in a lot of ways. In the U.S., this notion of rugged individualism is a marker for success. We’ve seen high rates of social isolation and loneliness—and the toxicity of that. Italy is one of the healthiest places in the world, and a lot of that has to do with social fabric. That this social cohesion could be so protective, even without paying attention to things like diet and exercise—I think the power of that surprised me.

What is an important takeaway for you from this experience?

There is a long-held belief that wealth will buy health. In Bolivia, there is an indigenous tribe that has virtually no evidence of heart disease and they don’t even have a healthcare system. We shouldn’t automatically equate health to wealth. There are a lot of things we can do in our lives that can help—right now. Jan Hollingsworth is the national editor for Natural Awakenings.

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The Brain’s Most Important Joint by Allison Downing


hen thinking about brain health, we may include nutrition, supplements, reading, doing memory training and exercising, but not healthy brain circulation. The foundation of strong brain functioning is circulation, and without it the brain cannot access the nutrients and skillsets we are giving it. We have four fluids circulating in the brain: lymphatic fluid, deoxygenated venous blood, oxygenated arterial blood and cerebral spinal fluid. When brain circulation is inhibited in any way, blood flow is decreased, toxins are not removed and cerebral spinal fluid (in which the brain floats) becomes stagnant. Given small amounts of deprivation over a long period of time, the brain will slowly function at lower capacities because the cells are not fully supported. The brain has several avenues for circulation. We have several small holes in our skull for veins, arteries and lymphatic

CranioSacral Therapy can be very useful in dealing with chronic neck pain, headaches and migraines. vessels to pass through, but the largest hole by far is at the base of the skull—the foramen magnum at the suboccipital base. The suboccipital base consists of three main bones: the occipital bone, the first vertebra of the spine (the atlas), and the second vertebra of the spine (the axis). This area comprises the major highway where the brain stem exits and transitions into the spinal cord. If this area gets constricted by tight muscles, fascia or misaligned bones, it’s like putting a tourniquet on our brain.

Circulation of blood, lymph and cerebral spinal fluid drastically decreases. Over the years, through the consistent effect of gravity, as well as events such as car accidents, bike crashes, sports injuries, falls, headaches or bumping our heads, the muscles and fascia at the suboccipital base get tighter and that joint between the skull and the first and second vertebra gets more and more compressed. The effects of this can vary widely. Pressure in the cranial vault due to lack of drainage can result in headaches. Lack of fresh, oxygenated blood and poor lymphatic drainage can result in decreased functionality of the brain, including weakened memory, mood instability, fatigue, brain fog and poor or unrefreshing sleep. Anything that the brain or brainstem control can be affected by compression at the suboccipital base. A simple technique, called CranioSacral Therapy, created by Dr. John Upledger, DO, can be very useful in dealing with the chronic neck pain, headaches and migraines caused by this compression. Through working with this joint and other key muscles of the head, neck and shoulders, people can find long-term relief that lasts for weeks or even years. Increasing circulation in the brain allows toxins to be removed faster, nutrients to be reintroduced and cerebral spinal fluid to flow smoothly from the cranial vault to the spine, all which nourish and cushion the brain. The potential benefits of this increased circulation include fewer headaches or migraines; better memory; clearer thinking; increased mood stability; increased quality of sleep; decreased fatigue; increased ease of breath and temperature control; and better digestion. Allison Downing, LMT, BCTMB, offers services and workshops via Allison DowningLMT@gmail. com and Allison June 2019


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Nature’s Toolbox The Key to Prostate Health by Melanie Laporte


he prostate is about the size of a walnut, yet this tiny gland can be the source of major problems for many men. Most potential health risks are preventable and treatable with proper diet, lifestyle changes—and a new array of natural approaches. Holistic and integrative practitioners are looking beyond traditional supplements like saw palmetto, lycopene, pygeum and green tea extract to treat common conditions such as enlargement of the prostate or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), which can develop as men grow older. Rob Raponi, a naturopathic doctor in Vaughan, Ontario, sees men struggling with nocturia, an effect of BPH that wakes them during the night with the urge to urinate. “It interrupts your sleep, which accumulates and starts to interrupt your day,” says Raponi, who uses zinc-rich ground flax and pumpkin seeds to ease BPH urinary symptoms and inflammation. He’s also achieving positive results by utilizing combinations of rye grass pollen extract. He says, “It seems to work wonders.”

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with prostate cancer, the second-leading cause of male deaths in U.S. However, it’s also one of the most preventable cancers. “The key is to make our body inhospitable to mutating cells which could form cancer that ultimately threatens your life,” says Lorenzo Cohen, Ph.D., director of the Integrative Medicine Program at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, in Houston. Part of the answer may lie in the human gut, which makes diet central to addressing prostate issues. According to a recent review of research published in Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases, the microbiome—a community of microbes that supports digestion and the immune system—may influence prostate inflammation and the development of prostate cancer. “The microbiome’s ability to affect systemic hormone levels may also be important, particularly in a disease such as prostate cancer that is dually affected by estrogen and androgen levels,” it concludes.

The Nutritional Factor

“A plant-centered diet with low-glycemic-load foods feeds your microbiome, which is at its healthiest and will thrive when it’s fed healthy soluble fibers provided exclu-

sively from the plant world,” says Cohen, the author of Anticancer Living: Transform Your Life and Health with the Mix of Six. Antioxidants and plant nutrients counterbalance oxidative stress and damage, adds Cohen. “Cruciferous and bracken vegetables—raw kale, broccoli, Swiss chard, dark leafy greens and soy—invigorate the prostate. Also, a couple of Brazil nuts per day give a healthy dose of selenium to decrease risk factors.” Jim Occhiogrosso, a Fort Myers, Florida-based natural health practitioner and author of Your Prostate, Your Libido, Your Life, notes that most incidences of prostate cancer are slow growing and not aggressive. “One of my first clients was in his early 80s, was diagnosed with prostate cancer, and treated it with only herbs. Fifteen years later, in his mid-90s, he still has prostate cancer. He’s still doing fine and getting around, albeit slowly.” Occhiogrosso says he uses herbal mixtures of saw palmetto, “which is a good supplement for beefing up the immune system—also solar berry, mushroom extracts, vitamin C and full-fraction vitamin E.” Mark Stengler, a naturopathic doctor and co-author of Outside The Box Cancer Therapies: Alternative Therapies That Treat and Prevent Cancer, recommends a blend of five grams of modified citrus pectin, 200 milligrams of reishi mushroom and 1,000 milligrams of green tea extract taken two to three times per day, plus vitamin D. The five-year survival rate for men diagnosed with prostate cancer is about 98 percent, and it’s been rising for the last few years. Early diagnosis is critical, says Raponi. “If you stop prostate cancer when it’s still in stage one or early on, the five-year survival rate is 100 percent, but if it’s later on, it starts to drop into the 70s.” The same measures employed to prevent prostate issues—whole foods, natural herbs and regular exercise—should still be pursued, but more aggressively if cancer should develop. “The intensity becomes more salient after diagnosis,” says Cohen, “but we don’t need a diagnosis to up our game with healthy living.” Melanie Laporte is a licensed massage therapist and health writer based in Austin, Texas.

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JUST ADD WATER Aquatic Workouts for Him by Marlaina Donato


hen it comes to chiseling muscles, recovering from injury or reducing stress, men are finding that hitting the pool might even surpass hitting the gym. “Water aerobics is a great form of exercise for men looking to sculpt their bodies, because water offers


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multidirectional drag resistance that assists in developing muscle balance within the body,” says Denver aquatic fitness trainer Sean Sullivan. Pool workouts offer men and women of all ages and condition a low-impact, energizing way to get fit and burn

calories. From specialized classes for patients with Parkinson’s disease to relief from the pain of arthritis and fibromyalgia, water aerobics harbors benefits for everyone. The Mayo Clinic adds improved cardiovascular health to the reasons why more men are joining classes that were previously considered to be a women’s domain. A recent meta-analysis of 14 studies published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology found that aquatic exercise can significantly lower blood pressure. Another study published in the Asian Journal of Sports Medicine reached a similar conclusion when men that underwent 55 minutes of aquatic exercise three times a week exhibited marked reductions in hypertension.

Go Vertical for Stronger Muscles

Water aerobics classes, which don’t involve swimming, are conducted in waist-high water. These vertical workouts provide 75 percent more resistance than land-based exercise. “When you perform a bicep curl in the water with no equipment, not only do you exercise the bicep muscle on the way up, but because of drag resistance, you’re also exercising your triceps muscle on the way down, for a balanced workout,” says Sullivan. Exercise physiologist Clinton Maclin, of the Piedmont Atlanta Fitness Center, in


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Georgia, concurs. “Aqua aerobics helps all muscle groups benefit from increased endurance, resistance and range of motion.” For optimum fitness, Maclin recommends getting wet for a minimum of two-and-ahalf hours per week to stay in condition. The heart is also a muscle that benefits greatly from aquatic fitness. “Hydrostatic pressure is a property of water that aids in blood flow return to the heart, which may lead to a reduction in heart rate,” says Sullivan. “It’s a physiological benefit from simply immersing oneself in water.”

Less Pain, More Flexibility A number of recent studies have shown that aquatic exercise can ease pain in conditions such as fibromyalgia and also improve flexibility in joints. It’s recommended by both the Osteoarthritis Research Society International and by the American College of Rheumatology. In the water, older individuals can exercise without the risk of falling. “The water creates buoyancy, making it less likely to make sudden movements. The low impact of the water allows longer participation time, mobility and stability,” says Maclin. “Seniors can participate in higher-intensity movements and perform more activities, even while injured.” Aqua aerobics helps improve balance and is also a boon to soft tissue.

Pool workouts offer men and women of all ages and condition a low-impact, energizing way to get fit and burn calories. “Warm water provides a tremendous benefit to tendons and ligaments, adding mobility, flexibility and well-being,” notes instructor and fitness trainer Márcia Wilken, in Shawano, Wisconsin. “Seniors can benefit most from water exercise at least twice a week. It can also improve cognitive thinking and helps to promote a better sleep pattern.”

Rehabilitation, Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis Aquatic therapy in warm water helps to facilitate recovery after joint surgery and injuries, including anterior cruciate ligament tears in the knee. “Warm pools are a great environment for young athletes recovering from sports-related injuries. Hydrostatic pressure reduces swelling of the injured area, allowing for greater range of motion. Buoyancy reduces the load placed upon the injured area and reduces pain,” says Sullivan. “The properties of water allow injured athletes to begin the recovery process sooner.”

For individuals with Parkinson’s, the American Parkinson Disease Association recommends aquatic exercise for improved balance and pain reduction. In 2014, the European Journal of Experimental Biology published an eight-week Iranian study involving 60 men with multiple sclerosis that concluded it improved balance. Water resistance does a body good, but the experts suggest one-on-one attention for best results. “I strongly recommend finding an aquatic fitness and rehabilitation specialist, because not all exercises are beneficial for everyone,” says Sullivan. Wilken agrees. “A trainer can teach technique and different ways to move in the water, as well as proper breathing and good body alignment. It will double the benefits.” Marlaina Donato is the author of several books on spirituality and clinical aromatherapy. She is also a composer. Connect at

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MEDICINAL MUSHROOMS Beyond Buttons and Portabellas by April Thompson handful of mushrooms a day just might keep the doctor at bay, according to a mounting body of research providing powerful evidence of the fungal kingdom’s abilities to promote health and fight disease.


“Mushrooms are pretty spectacular. All edible species benefit the immune system and together, support just about every system in the human body,” says Stepfanie Romine, an Asheville, North Carolina, health coach and author of Cooking With

Healing Mushrooms: 150 Delicious Adaptogen-Rich Recipes that Boost Immunity, Reduce Inflammation and Promote Whole Body Health. When Robert Beelman started doing nutritional research on mushrooms 20 years ago, they were touted for what they didn’t have: fat, calories, sugar, gluten and cholesterol. “Today, we can talk about all the good things they contain: fiber, protein, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other important micronutrients,” says the director of the Center for Plant and Mushroom Foods for Health at Penn State University. Beelman’s research has focused on several micronutrients that are bountiful in mushrooms, including the amino acid ergothioneine, an antioxidant not found in significant amounts in any other plant-based food source. Ergothioneine levels decrease with age, and larger drops are associated with cognitive impairment, he says. Several large epidemiological studies in Japan and Singapore have significantly correlated higher mushroom consumption with decreased rates of dementia. Coun-


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tries where residents eat larger amounts of mushrooms also enjoy a higher average life expectancy, even after controlling for other variables, says Beelman. Lion’s mane is one variety known to protect cognitive health; it stimulates nerve growth factor, a protein that promotes healthy brain cells. “Lion’s mane is a cognitive enhancer, and it helps creativity, motivation and memory, as well as brain function,” Romine says.

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Cordyceps and reishi mushrooms are also adaptogens—botanicals used for centuries in Asian medicine to help the body adapt to stresses, regulate bodily functions and support the immune and adrenal systems, according to Romine. Turkey tail is one such medicinal mushroom, a longtime treatment for cancer and other diseases in Asia. The treebased fungus contains polysaccharide-K (PSK), that is believed to inhibit cancer cell growth and repair immune cell damage after chemotherapy. “Medicinal mushrooms have been approved adjuncts to standard

cancer treatments in Japan and China for more than 30 years and have an extensive clinical history of safe use”, either alone or combined with radiation or chemotherapy, according to a literature review published by the National Institutes of Health National Cancer Institute. Oyster mushrooms, another fungal superstar, contain cholesterol-lowering lovastatin, plentiful B vitamins and up to 30 percent protein, according to Paul Stamets, one of the world’s leading mushroom authorities. Oysters are also the most easily digestible mushroom, according to mycologist and herbalist Christopher Hobbs, author of Medicinal Mushrooms: An Exploration of Tradition, Healing & Culture. Hobbs’ 2017 article in HerbalGram, the peer-reviewed journal of the American Botanical Council, cites 122 different studies supporting the safety and efficacy of medicinal mushrooms such as oysters.

More Than a Pizza Topping There are myriad creative ways to incorporate mushrooms into a diet, says Romine,

who recommends aiming for a half-cup daily cooked serving. “Mushrooms are nature’s sponges, and will take on the flavor of any sauce, so start simply and add sauces sparingly.” She suggests sautéing mushrooms with a neutral oil, then adding wine or sherry and finishing with fresh herbs. Cooking with wine can help unlock the beneficial compounds the fungi contain, says Romine. Fresh or dried culinary mushrooms like oysters, shiitakes or maitakes can also be great additions to morning meals like savory oatmeal or tofu scrambles. Powdered mushroom extracts, available online or in health stores, are an easy way to infuse meals with fungi’s beneficial properties. They mix well into everything from raw desserts and baked goods to teas and smoothies. Whole mushrooms that are tough, like reishi and chaga, can be boiled to extract the healthful elements and consumed as a tea or used for soup broth. Romine says raw mushrooms are not as flavorful, digestible or nutritional as cooked.

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hen marinated in classic Old Bay Seasoning and sliced into hearty rounds, king oyster mushrooms are a pretty convincing stand-in for scallops—especially once they’ve been seared and braised. Corn furnishes a bit more heft, while artichokes lend their lightness and detoxifying properties.

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Yields: 4 servings

For the marinade

1 tsp kelp seasoning blend 2 tsp Old Bay Seasoning 2 Tbsp safflower oil or melted butter 1 Tbsp lemon juice 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar ⅛ tsp pepper

For the “scallops”

2 (6-oz) packages king oyster mushrooms, sliced into ¾-inch rounds 1 Tbsp safflower oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 cup artichoke hearts 1 cup corn kernels (optional) ½ cup dry white wine 1 Tbsp butter 1 Tbsp heavy or cashew cream 1 Tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley for garnish or prepared mashed potatoes or grits for serving Mix all marinade ingredients together in a container with a tight-fitting lid. Add the mushrooms, toss to combine and marinate for at least two hours. Remove the mushrooms and reserve the remaining marinade. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil, then sear the mushrooms on both sides, about two minutes per side, then add the remaining marinade, garlic, artichoke hearts and corn (if using it). Deglaze the pan with the wine, scraping the bottom to loosen any brown bits.

Reduce the heat to medium-low. Cover and cook for 10 minutes, until the sauce has thickened and the artichokes and corn are heated throughout. Editor’s note: To make an organic substitute for Old Bay Seasoning: 1 Tbsp paprika 1 Tbsp ground bay leaves ½ Tbsp sea salt 1 tsp black pepper ½ tsp red pepper flakes ½ tsp white pepper ½ tsp allspice Recipe used with permission from Cooking With Healing Mushrooms: 150 Delicious Adaptogen-Rich Recipes that Boost Immunity, Reduce Inflammation and Promote Whole Body Health, by Stepfanie Romine.

Natural Awakenings recommends using organic, non-GMO (genetically modified) and non-bromated ingredients whenever possible.

While a mushroom-rich diet can help protect and promote health, Romine cautions that they are not a cure-all or a substitute for a healthy lifestyle. To address specific health concerns, she recommends working with a dietician or clinical herbalist to develop appropriate and effective ways to incorporate mushrooms into a health regimen.

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Know Your Fungi Many beneficial mushrooms are available in the wild, and some exclusively so. Foraging for them can be rewarding, but proceed with caution; some edible mushrooms may have deadly lookalikes, so only forage with the help of a trained expert. Health food stores and online vendors are good sources of mushroom powders or extracts, which have a long shelf life. Look for a manufacturer of 100 percent organic mushroom extracts and supplements. Many farmers’ markets also carry specialty mushrooms like king oysters, lion’s mane or others not easily found in grocery stores. Not all mushrooms are created equal. Button mushrooms and others in the Agaricus family are lowest in micronutrients like ergothioneine, with porcinis in the Boletus family yielding the highest, according to Robert Beelman, director of the Center for Plant and Mushroom Foods for Health at Penn State University. Don’t expect magic from mushrooms, cautions author Stepfanie Romine; like most lifestyle changes or holistic treatments, it can take some months to yield results.

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by purging toys and clothes, eventually founding Cary Fortin and Kyle Quilici, of San Francisco, believe time is better spent experiencing life with people than managing, organizing, cleaning and buying things. Their book New Minimalism: Decluttering and Design for Sustainable, Intentional Living is a call to adopt a more mindful life. Fortin says, “You decide first what you value, how you want to spend your days, how you want to feel, and then reflect these values in your physical space.” “Minimalism is not about living in a tiny home and never owning more than 100 things; it’s about figuring out what brings value and purpose to your life and letting go of the rest,” says Atlanta’s Zoë Kim, author of Minimalism for Families: Practical Minimalist Living Strategies to Simplify Your Home and Life.

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Trading Clutter for Calm by Meredith Montgomery


hen Denaye Barahona, of New York City, became a parent, she felt compelled to buy everything for her son. “We are inundated as a culture with so many products for our kids that it’s hard to differentiate what we need;

it really wears us down,” she says. While working on her Ph.D. in child development, Barahona discovered—both in research and personal experience—that kids actually thrive with less stuff. And so she began her journey toward minimalism

Time is precious, especially for parents. More free time is gained when a toy collection is significantly reduced, but other benefits result, as well. A 2018 University of Toledo study published in Infant Behavior and Development suggests toddlers engage in more focused and creative play when faced with fewer choices. “Kids who previously tore through bins or who didn’t care about their belongings immediately begin engaging with toys more appropriately and for longer periods of time,” says Barahona,

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the author of Simple Happy Parenting: The Secret of Less for Calmer Parents and Happier Kids. Research also indicates that our limited stores of willpower are depleted more quickly when we are flooded with decisions. “When you have less stuff in a room and less choices to make, your mental state actually improves—you have more clarity and can focus better,” she says. “Because kids are so much more easily stimulated, they feel the impact of a chaotic room even more than adults.” Minimalism also arms children with self-reflection tools and introduces them to the process of letting go and donating. “They learn to ask ‘Am I enjoying this? Could I repurpose it?’ while understanding that some things we can mend and enjoy for long periods of time, and other things we outgrow—which we can then give away,” says Fortin.

Where to Start

Experts agree that in family households, the shift toward minimalism should begin with the adults. “It gives them time to understand how the process feels and models the behavior for their children,” says Fortin. Barahona streamlines her home by focusing on active spaces. “Active items are the things you use regularly, such as your two favorite pairs of jeans—not the 13 pairs you rarely wear.” When active and

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Pre-Wired for the Future Transportation Drives Urban Planning by Jim Motavalli


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mandating—where it exists—that wiring for zero-emission electric vehicles (EV) is part of the plan. Oslo, Norway, for instance, has become known as the electric car capital of the world, yet it has also replaced considerable on-street parking with bike lanes and sidewalks. Its city center went mostly car-free this year, and according to Fast Company magazine, it’s a huge success: “Parking spots are now bike lanes, transit is fast and easy, and the streets (and local businesses) are full of people.” Until recently, a new apartment building without parking was unthinkable, but architects are now contemplating—and building—just such new construction. A 13,000-square-foot, mixed-use development in Boston is being built with 16 rental units—and no onsite parking. Boston is a transit-friendly city and the complex is just a quarter mile from a Red Line subway stop. The city is a hub for what the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Institute, a project of the U.S. High Speed Rail Association, calls “the creation of compact, walkable, pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use communities centered around high-quality train systems.” Also proposed in the city is a five-story, 56-unit apartment building that features a gym, media room, a rack for several dozen bicycles—but no parking. The structure is adjacent to the Red Line, and the plan aligns with efforts by the

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Boston Planning and Development Agency to reduce—to zero in some cases—the ratio of units to parking spaces. The Boston Redevelopment Authority has expressed concern that the residents of buildings without parking will simply add to congestion on neighborhood streets, but a report by Atlantic Cities (now called CityLab) found that 45 percent of residents in five census tracts around one proposed car-free Boston building didn’t even own cars, so a possible “no cars” covenant could be part of a lease. According to the Smart Growth America report Empty Spaces, most TOD developments build reduced parking lots, yet even those turned out to be too big; on average, its study of five such developments shows they were 58 to 84 percent occupied.

Wiring for EVs: It’s the Law

It can be expensive to retrofit buildings with wiring for electric cars, because “trenching” under existing pavement is usually required. A California Air Resources Board report in 2015 put these costs per building at between $3,750 and $6,975, and that’s just for the wiring. Costs are reduced 64 to 75 percent if the buildings are wired when they’re built, according to an Energy Solutions/Pacific Gas and Electric report. California has become the leader in requiring EV prewiring in new construction of multifamily dwellings and non-

Oslo, Norway, has become known as the electric car capital of the world, and its city center went mostly car-free this year. residential developments. The state began requiring wiring for Level 2 (240-volt) EV charging in 2015. Chelsea Sexton, a Los Angeles-based electric car advocate and advisor, backs the state law, with caveats. “Where there is parking included,” she says, “most buildings and public lots should be prewired for EV charging—while it is the most cost effective to do so and preserves the most flexibility for that property going forward.” It’s not just California. Atlanta passed a city ordinance in 2017 that will require all new residential homes and public parking areas to accommodate EVs. Some 20 percent of the spaces have to be ready to be connected. In Washington state, 5 percent of parking spaces in new construction have to

be wired for EVs. In Colorado, which has the goal of nearly a million EVs on state roads by 2030, the cities of Denver, Fort Collins, Boulder and Aspen all require new one- and two-family residential construction to be EV-ready. There are also EV-friendly laws in New York City, Hawaii, Oregon and Montgomery County, Maryland. Tom Saxton, the chief science officer of the Plug In America advocacy group, based in Los Angeles, says, “It’s super-important to prewire for EVs. New buildings will last for 50 to 100 years, and in that time, EVs will become a much bigger slice of our transportation future than they are now.” Jim Motavalli, of Fairfield, CT, is an author and freelance journalist. Connect at Jim

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armer weather has arrived, and so begins many homeowners’ annual quest for a well-nourished, weed-free lawn. However, the grass isn’t always greener—or healthier—using conventional approaches. Turf grass covers up to 50 million acres of American land, and according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, about 60 million pounds of synthetic pesticides are used each year in yards and gardens, in addition to tens of millions more pounds applied in parks, schoolyards and other public spaces. Americans spend billions of dollars growing and maintaining manicured lawns resulting in a high price for pets, people and wildlife. Nitrogen from fertilizers seeps into surface water and groundwater, contaminating wells and spawning harmful algae blooms; pesticides kill off more than 70 million birds each year in the U.S. alone; and bees and other pollinators are also succumbing to the toxic chemicals at an alarming rate.

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Chemicals routinely used in lawn care are especially problematic for the family dog or cat. “Animals are close to the ground, and their feet touch the ground, so every substance you choose to allow in your home and yard will affect them,” says Ashley Geoghegan, DVM, of VetNaturally, in Mandeville, Louisiana.

A study conducted by the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at Purdue University concludes that common lawn chemicals like glyphosate, 2, 4-D and permethrin are linked to canine bladder cancer. A six-year study by the Foster Hospital for Small Animals at the Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine reveals that exposure to professionally applied lawn pesticides and herbicides increased the risk for canine malignant lymphoma by 70 percent. In pets, chronic or sub-chronic exposure to conventional lawncare chemicals manifests as eye damage and thyroid, urinary and reproductive conditions. Feline gastrointestinal distress is also a consequence, and even indoor cats are at risk from contaminants brought into the home. “Anything that goes on your lawn goes into your pet’s body. Pets walk through it, roll in it and then groom themselves,” says Michele Yasson, DVM, of Holistic Veterinary Services, in St. Augustine, Florida. “Max, one of my canine patients, developed acute, life-threatening pancreatitis just hours after his yard had been treated by a commercial lawncare service.”

Go Natural for Lush Lawns

Opting for a toxin-free lawn helps grass roots to anchor deeply into the earth, making them less likely to fall victim to weeds, disease and drought. An organic lawn has

Gradually reduce the area of your yard devoted to grass, and begin to establish plants like butterfly bush or bee balm that support pollinators such as bees. beneficial microbes; helpful insects like ladybugs and lacewings thrive, while pesty insects decline. Instead of chemical fertilizers and “natural” alternatives like borax, vinegar, garlic, essential oils and cocoa mulch, which can also be toxic to pets, try using grass clippings, seaweed, corn gluten meal, single-ingredient bone meal, diatomaceous earth or Bacillus thuringiensis (BT); all are better options. Redefining beauty and working with nature can also have a positive impact. “Set a goal to gradually reduce the area of your yard devoted to grass, and begin to establish plants like butterfly bush or bee balm that support pollinators such as bees,” recommends Sandy Long, of Greeley, Pennsylvania, a knowledgeable pet parent and executive director of the nonprofit environmental education organization SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support).

products out of reach of pets and avoiding conventionally treated areas for at least 48 hours after application are paramount. Also:

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4 Close windows during application. 4 Increase frequency of pet baths during spring and fall, when chemical application is highest. 4 Eliminate accumulation of water on lawns where pets might drink. 4 Leash pets during walks to keep them away from treated areas. 4 Wipe paws with a damp cloth after being outside. After weighing alternatives, dog trainer Rebecca Porter, owner of Rosy Dogs, in Stoughton, Wisconsin, settled on prescribed burns, mowing and hand removal of invasive plants. “It works, and now my dog gallops safely through the waist-high grasslands. As for my yard, I enjoy the volunteer plants. It’s a decision all landowners can make.”

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Fatherhood's Pain and Glory We Must Face Our Own Story First by Chris Bruno


have worked in the corporate world, served as a missionary in the Middle East during 9/11 and the Iraq War, been assaulted with a knife, launched a small business and a nonprofit and suffered deep loss at the early deaths of dear friends, but nothing has terrified or paralyzed me more than fathering my own son. It has demanded me to first face my own father-story

with an intensity and intentionality I would rather flee than engage. My parents more than adequately provided for my physical needs. I had friends, lived in the suburbs and even had a horse. From the outside looking in, I had nothing to complain about. Any time the haunting ache of father-hunger emerged from my soul, I quickly squelched it,

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telling myself to simply move on. It is the story of most men in my generation. I continued to live as if all was well until I married and had a son of my own. I was now a father, and the weight of this title sent my soul into a tailspin. What is father? Who am I as father? What does it mean to father? And finally, with the force of a left upper jab to the jaw: How was I fathered? I realized that to father him, I, myself, still needed to be fathered. In my conversations with men about their father-stories, the most frequent sentence I hear is, “My dad did okay. He did the best he could.” But no child wants an “okay” dad. Every child longs for a dad to know, see, pursue, hope, envision, create and bless. Franciscan friar and author Richard Rohr states, “If we do not transform our pain, we will transmit it in some form.” Untransformed pain from our father, whether from his absence, vacancy or violence, will inevitably be transmitted to our children. I can only take my son as far as I myself have gone. Our sons were born into an already existing story—our story—and for them to know who they are, we need to know who we are, in all of our glory and pain. From this place of freedom, we can usher our sons into a manhood we can come to know together. Reprinted with permission from Chris Bruno, the director of the Restoration Counseling Center of Northern Colorado and the president of the Restoration Project. He is the author of Man Maker Project: Boys are Born, Men are Made.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 1 Stewardship Workday: Barton Nature Area – 9am12pm. National Trails Day. Lend a hand to maintain these trails so nature lovers can continue to explore this beautiful nature area. Tools, snacks and knowhow provided. Free. Meet at the Barton Dam parking lot on Huron River Dr, Ann Arbor. 2019 Peonies Galore Sale – 10am-4:30pm. Bring some vintage beauty to your garden with our heirloom varieties of peonies. Held adjacent to the historic Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden. Peonies sell out quickly; arrive early. Free admission. Nichols Arboretum, 1610 Washington Heights, Ann Arbor. Stewardship Workday: Brokaw Nature Area – 1-4pm. National Trails Day. Help build trails through one of our newest nature areas. Tools, snacks and know-how provided. Free. Meet at the park entrance on Huron River Dr just south of Wagner Rd, Ann Arbor. Smell and Tell: Follow Your Nose In the Great Outdoors – 2-4:30pm. Follow your nose and learn how to describe smells in nature using “scent mapping” a sensory evaluation technique used by perfumers. With Michelle Krell Kydd. Meet at County Farm Park, Platt Rd Pavilion (by the kiosk & playground at the park), Ann Arbor. Registration required:

SUNDAY, JUNE 2 Bird Walk – 7:30-9:30am. The fields at Wheeler Service Center are home to uncommon grassland birds, including bobolinks and eastern meadowlarks. We’ll find these and other grassland species and look for waterfowl on the pond. Wheeler Service Center, 4150 Platt Rd, Ann Arbor. Stewardship Workday: Swift Run Marsh – 9am12pm. National Trails Day. Help trim the trails to allow access for birdwatchers and other nature enthusiasts. Tools, snacks and know-how provided. Free. Meet on Eddy St, off of Verle Ave, Ann Arbor.

Hosta Stock Exchange – 10am-2pm. Trade your hosta breeding stock or participate in 2 hosta seedling competitions and share photographs of your plants. Presented by the Hosta Hybridizer Group. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor. 734-647-7600. Stewardship Workday: Bird Hills Nature Area – 1-4pm. National Trails Day. Help protect and repair the trail leading into the park. Tools, snacks and knowhow provided. Free. Meet at the Beechwood entrance off of Sunset Rd, Ann Arbor.


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5 Rain Garden Nature Walk – 6-7:30pm. All ages. Tour Nugget Burkhart’s 2 rain gardens, and then walk through Eberwhite woods to see Allen Creek. Learn how these rain gardens work, what plants you can find inside them and more. Rain or shine. Meet at Eberwhite Neighborhood, 1700 Arbordale, in the back yard, Ann Arbor. 734-327-4200. Kick the Sugar Craving – 7-8:30pm. Join health coach Jennifer Sprague to learn about sugar cravings, what sugar does to the body, and why it’s so hard to cut sugar out of your diet. She provides tips for getting unstuck when it comes to sugar. Westgate Branch, 2503 Jackson Ave, Ann Arbor. 734-327-8301.

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, Ann Arbor. 734-761-1800.

THURSDAY, JUNE 6 Catching Your Breath – 6-7:30pm. Presented by MI Alzheimer’s Disease Center. A free monthly program for caregivers of adults with memory loss. Designed for learning skills for continued health and well-being. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor. Info & to register: 734936-8803. Shakespeare in the Arb: Twelfth Night – June 6-9, 13-16, 20-23. 6:30pm. Shakespeare’s story of love and identity that contains some of the Bard’s most well-loved speeches and songs. Prices vary. Box office: 1610 Washington Heights, Ann Arbor. 734647-7600.

FRIDAY, JUNE 7 Connecting Your Heart to the Earth: Buddhism and the Environment – 7pm. Free public talk by Khenpo Karma Tenkyong, Buddhist monk and teacher. Buddhism offers unique insights into our interconnected relationship with our planet and all life, helping us develop the wisdom to skillfully protect Mother Earth. Free. Ann Arbor KTC Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center, 614 Miner St, Ann Arbor. 734-649-2127.

SATURDAY, JUNE 8 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. 734-664-2255. 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

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calendar of events practitioners/facilitators. All welcome, no registration necessary. Dexter Library, 3255 Alpine St, Dexter. 734-476-8474. Release and Rejuvenate: Somatics Basics 1 – 1011am. Regain freedom from tension patterns of stress. Learn how to free yourself from the tension patterns of stress. Move more freely, with greater flexibility and ease and less pain. With Eric Cooper, CCSE. It’s slow gentle movement without stretching. Suitable for all ages (12+) and abilities. $20. Inspire Somatics, 6223 Sharon Hollow Rd, Ann Arbor. 734-436-1041. 2019 Ann Arbor Garden Walk – 10am-4pm. Features 6 unique gardens. Tickets & more info: Critters Up Close: Vernal Pond Life – June 8 & 9. 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, Ann Arbor. 734-997-1553. The Ark’s Community Open House – 1-4pm. To celebrate the completion of its recent renovation projects. All are welcome to tour the venue and explore the recently remodeled entryway, photo gallery, concessions area and renowned Ford Listening Room. Short musical sets on the quarter hours from Ark favorites will highlight new, state-of-the-art sound and stage lighting systems. Free. The Ark, 316 S Main St, Ann Arbor. 734-761-1800.

The RFD Boys – 8pm. The house band of Michigan bluegrass. $11, $10/member, senior, student. The Ark, 316 S Main St, Ann Arbor. 734-761-1800.

MONDAY, JUNE 10 Tales of a Modern Day Buddha: Personal Experiences with the 17th Karmapa – 7pm. Free public talk by Khenpo Karma Tenkyong, who worked closely with the 17th Karmapa for many years as his assistant and manager. Ann Arbor KTC Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center, 614 Miner St, Ann Arbor. 734-649-2127. Integrated Pest Management – 7-8:30pm. Herb Study Group President Madolyn Kaminski gives a presentation on integrated pest management. Kaminski discusses the pests that attack our herbaceous plants and ways to manage these pests. There is also a brief presentation on beneficial insects that feed on pests. Free. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor. 734-647-7600.

TUESDAY, JUNE 11 Stewards’ Circle – 7:30-8:30am. Topic: Planning native plantings. We’ve all spent time removing non-native plants, but what about planting natives? Let’s discuss developing and implementing planting plans. An informal discussion on a monthly topic with volunteer and professional land stewards, plus others interested in nature. Free. Bruegger’s Bagels, 709 N University Ave, Ann Arbor. 734-996-3190.

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. 734-485-8725. A Backyard Beekeeper’s Guide to the Small Hive Beetle in Michigan – 6:30pm. U-M faculty advisor, German instructor, and beekeeper Andrew Mills discusses the small hive beetle, a beekeeping pest now present in many U.S. states. Presented by Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor. 734-6477600.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12 The Future of A2 Wild Ones – 6:45pm. All invited to join us for a discussion about the future of Ann Arbor Wild Ones. Following the discussion, participants will gather for a tour, led by Matthaei-Nichols Director Bob Grese, of the Great Lakes Gardens at Matthaei. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor. 734-647-7600. How to Heal Your Gut Class – 7-8pm. Gut issues such as bloating, constipation, IBS and Crohn’s plague an increasing amount of people every year. Learn what hidden factors cause these conditions and how to get your gut back in balance. Free. The NHCAA, 462 Jackson Plaza, Ann Arbor. To register: 734-302-7575.


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THURSDAY, JUNE 13 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: Shakespeare in the Arb: Twelfth Night – June 1316, 20-23. 6:30pm. See June 6 listing. Box office: 1610 Washington Heights, Ann Arbor. 734-6477600.

FRIDAY, JUNE 14 Mayor’s Green Fair – 6-9pm. Enjoy informative environmental displays, green product demonstrations, live entertainment, hands-on activities for all ages and general enjoyment of the urban outdoor environment. Local vendors will sell organic food. A zero-waste event. Held on Main St between Huron St & William St, Ann Arbor. For more info:

SUNDAY, JUNE 16 Father’s Day Fungi Hike – 4-5:30pm. Learn basic mushroom identification skills, how fungi function, their importance to other life in the woods, as well as how to identify common species we find in Black Pond Woods. $5/person, fathers/free. Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd, Ann Arbor. Registration required by June 12: 734-997-1553 or 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, Ann Arbor. 734997-1553.

MONDAY, JUNE 17 Grief 101 with Arbor Hospice – 7-8:30pm. Educational meeting provides resources and information for when coping with the loss of a loved one. The session will help examine what is normal during the grief process, strategies for coping, suggestions for self-care, and what support is available to you. Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr, Ann Arbor. 734-327-4200.

TUESDAY, JUNE 18 Building the Border-to-Border Trail – 7:30pm. Jeff Hardcastle and Susan Faulkner of Huron Waterloo Pathways Initiative share information about the trail development progress, the community partnerships that have made this happen, and an outline future plans. Presented by the Sierra Club Huron Valley. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor. 734-647-7600. Coordinating a Community Response to the Opioid Epidemic – 7:30-9pm. Molly Welch Marahar, MPP; WHI Opioid Project Coordinator; and Carrie Rheingans, MSW, MPH; WHI Project Manager, Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation, will be joined by a panel to discuss coordinating a community-level response to the opioid epidemic from a public health perspective, and ways for concerned individuals to get involved. Free. St. Joseph



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calendar of events Mercy Hospital Education Center, 5305 Elliott Dr, Ypsilanti. 734-485-8725.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19 The Birds of Pte Mouillee – 7:30pm. A photographic field trip to see the birds of one of Michigan’s premier birding locations. Many of Michigan’s rarer birds can be seen there in season, including American white pelicans, king rail and others. Presented by the Washtenaw Audubon Society. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor. 734-647-7600.

TUESDAY, JUNE 25 Spirituality in Recovery: The Many Paths to Spiritual Fitness – 7:30-9pm. Jerry Fouchey, MA, CADC, will discuss the role of spirituality in substance use disorder recovery maintenance and in Twelve-Step recovery programs. Free. St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center, 5305 Elliott Dr, Ypsilanti. 734485-8725.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26 Summer Safari: Children’s Program – 10am12pm. Go on a guided safari and explore the trails of Matthaei. Learn about the plants and animals that


THURSDAY, JUNE 20 Family Art Studio: The Six Senses of Buddhism – 11am-1pm; 2-4pm. An exhibition of works from UMMA’s collection associated with different types of Japanese Buddhism. Local artist and longtime UMMA docent Susan Clinthorne will lead families on an exploration of the exhibition followed by a hands-on workshop. Free; space limited. UMMA, 525 S State St, Ann Arbor. 734-764-0395. Registration required:


Shakespeare in the Arb: Twelfth Night – June 2023. 6:30pm. See June 6 listing. Box office: 1610 Washington Heights, Ann Arbor. 734-647-7600. 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. 734-664-2255. 

SATURDAY, JUNE 22 Storytime at the Museum – 11:15am-12pm. Children ages 3-6 invited to hear a story in the galleries, followed by a short activity responding to the art on display. Parents must accompany children. Siblings welcome. UMMA, 525 S State St, Ann Arbor. 734764-0395.

SUNDAY, JUNE 23 Relax Up Straight – 10-11:15am. A class on the rounded shoulders, depressed chest pattern. Learn how regain control of the tension of the front. Find fuller breathing. Find freedom from rounded shoulders and the hunched posture we associate with aging, and depression. All without stretching. Take back control of these involuntary tensions that distort posture, and hinder movement. Suitable for all ages (12+) and abilities. $20. Inspire Somatics, 6223 Sharon Hollow Rd, Ann Arbor. 734-436-1041. Stewardship Workday: Olson Park – 1-4pm. Help provide quality habitat for pollinators by removing non-native plants. Tools, snacks and know-how provided. Free. Meet at the park entrance on Dhu Varren Rd, just east of Pontiac Trail, Ann Arbor.


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Long Table Discussion: Art, Environment, Sustainability – 5:30-7pm. With Mary Mattingly, whose photograph, Life of Objects, is featured in UMMA’s exhibition The World to Come: Art in the Age of the Anthropocene. A discussion on the possibilities and challenges for artists and arts organizations creating and presenting artwork that explores sustainability and the environment. More info: 734-764-0395 or Nature Walk: Barton Nature Area – 6-7:30pm. The habitats at Barton Nature Area are home to butterflies, birds, frogs and turtles. Join us on a family-friendly walk to explore the prairies, woodlands and along the river. Meet at the Barton Dam parking lot on Huron River Dr. Meet at the Bird Rd, Ann Arbor. 734-327-4200.

SATURDAY, JUNE 29 Seated Somatics for People Who Sit a Lot – 1011am. Escape the involuntary tensions that distort posture and hinder movement. Learn to create more freedom and ease for yourself. TClass addresses the front back and sides of the body, as well as shoulders to hands, and hips to feet. With Eric Cooper, CCSE. Suitable for all ages (12+) and abilities. $20. Inspire Somatics, 6223 Sharon Hollow Rd, Ann Arbor. 734436-1041.


call southeastern Michigan home. Make a safari notebook to take along and sketch what you find. $8. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor. 734-647-7600. My Adjustment Didn’t Hold! Class – 7-8pm. Have you ever gone to the chiropractor, and moments after that amazing adjustment you can feel it getting undone? Do you ever wonder why it happens and what you can do about it? Discussion about structural chiropractic and how balancing the muscles with Applied Kinesiology can help hold your adjustments in place. Free. The NHCAA, 462 Jackson Plaza, Ann Arbor. To register: 734-302-7575. 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, Ann Arbor. 734-3274200.

THURSDAY, JUNE 27 Survival Camp – 1-3pm. Grade k-5. Learn cool skills like how to identify animal tracks, build an outdoor shelter, and navigate with a compass; and make your own paracord survival wristband. Downtown Library, 343 S Fifth Ave, Ann Arbor. 734-327-4200.

Reiki for Kids – 10am-3pm. In this level 1 class, children, ages 7-11, learn about energy, how to use reiki to help themselves, their families, plants and animals, too. Reiki is a positive practice; children who learn reiki report feeling calmer, more centered, less stressed and more connected to themselves and to others. $95. Heavenly Horse Stables, 10866 Cedar Lake Rd, Pinckney. 734-664-2255.

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:  YogaFest – July 25-28. Workshops and discussions of beginner, intermediate and advanced levels covering subjects ranging from the esoteric to the universal. Includes exploring, experiencing and living in attunement with a deeper spiritual nature. Morning Yoga Retreat, 9607 Sturgeon Valley Rd, Vanderbilt. For tickets: More info: 989-983-4107 or

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daily Ann Arbor Summer Festival – June 14-July 7. A world-class celebration of arts and entertainment that enriches the cultural, economic and social vitality of the region. More info: Chelsea Private Yoga – Catrina offers yoga sessions tailored to your needs. Private yoga for individuals, couples, employee wellness and special occasions. Available in studio downtown Chelsea or in the comfort of your own home. All levels welcome. Cost varies. 118 S Main St, Ste C, Chelsea. 517-879-9321.

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. 734-905-7980. 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, Ann Arbor. Pre-registration required: 1-Day Silent Meditation Retreat – 9am-5pm. 4th Sun. Spend a day away from hectic city and find inner peace and relaxation at suburban Monastery. Retreat starts with 30 mins stretching, and interval 1-hr sitting meditation and 30 mins walking/standing meditation. Discussion and Q&A. Light lunch included. Free. Triple Crane Monastery, 7665 Werkner Rd, Chelsea. 734-757-8567.

Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga – With Marlene McGrath. Classes designed to support the changes of a pregnant body, instill confidence in the body’s abilities, and provide physical, mental, and emotional preparation for birth and mothering. Postnatal yoga practiced with babies present. For times, dates & costs:

Critter House Open Hours – Free and open to the public most Sundays, see our website for dates and times. Observe frogs, turtles, snakes, and more as they hop, crawl and slither in their homes. Our knowledgeable staff will be on hand to answer your questions, and have activities or specimens out for you to explore. Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd, Ann Arbor. 734-997-1553.

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. 734-905-7980. 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. Insight Meditation Meeting Room, lower level of Calvary Methodist Church, 1415 Miller Rd, Ann Arbor. 734-945-7612. Info@ Sunday Online Meditation from Anywhere – 11am-12pm. No experience necessary. Building an international sangha by connecting loving hearts. Facilitated by Celeste Zygmont. Donations welcome. To receive a link: CelesteZygmont2@yahoo. com or Tibetan Buddhist Sunday Service – 11:15am. Join us for short sessions of sitting meditation, compassion meditation, teachings and discussion. Instructions are given, and each week is different. Appropriate for all levels of practitioner. Led by Lama Nancy Burks. Free. Ann Arbor Karma Thegsum Chöling, 614 Miner St, Ann Arbor. 734-6492127.

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, Ann Arbor. 734-761-8409.


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, Ann Arbor. 734-585-5628.

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: 734-662-6282 or Nature Storytime – 10-11am. Every other Sun. Ages 1-5. Caregiver required and free. Explore and appreciate the outdoors: live animal visits, hikes, stories and hands-on activities. $5/child nonmembers, $4/ child members. Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd, Ann Arbor. 734-997-1553.

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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. 734-757-8567. Japanese Reiki Practice Circle – 1-3pm. 1st Sun. With Andrew Anders. A monthly reiki gathering event for all local practitioners to practice together. Each session covers one or more aspects of the traditional Usui Reiki Ryoho including breathing meditation, hands-on healing (reiki share), Reiju (empowerment/attunement) and more. 1st hr for advanced students; 2nd hr for everyone. $15. Info: 734-480-8107 or

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ongoing events Kirtan Dance – 1:30-3pm. 2nd Sun. Combines the healing vibrational practices of devotional singing and dance. Sessions start with a chant and then move to dance using simple movements that combine yoga, bharatanatyam mudras, and folk and Bollywood dance styles. $15/class; $50/4 classes. Sadhana Dance Theater, 607 Robin Rd, Ann Arbor. 734-330-3051. 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, Ann Arbor. 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), Ann Arbor. 734-604-4416. 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, Ann Arbor. 734-369-8255.

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: 734-325-4244 or Energy Work/Self-Care Practices – 9-10am, Mon. Also Tues &/or Thurs, 6-7pm. $185. Peaceful Dragon School, 1945 Pauline Blvd, Ste B, Ann Arbor. 734-741-0695. 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, Ann Arbor. 734-747-0123. 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, Ann Arbor. 734-741-0695. 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,

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, Ann Arbor. 734-369-8255. Sunday Group Meditation – 5-6pm, sitting meditation; 6-6:30pm, mindful sharing. Sitting meditation to start the week. No instruction. Please enter and depart in silence. No experience necessary. Donations welcome. Deep Spring Center, 704 Airport Blvd, Ann Arbor. Info, Tana: 734-477-5848 or Inspiring Talk by Mata Yogananda – 7pm. Spiritual talk, pure meditation and silent prayer, with Winged Prayer for all in need at 9pm. We welcome all. Please come and stay as long as you wish. Free. Self Realization Meditation Healing Centre, 7187 Drumheller, Bath. 517-641-6201. Ann Arbor (Mostly) Acoustic Jam – 7-9pm. 2nd & 4th Sun. Singers, guitarists (acoustic and electric), bass, mandolin, uke, banjo, percussion, keys—whatever you want to bring. And if you just want to listen, that’s fine too. $2/session. Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave, Ann Arbor. Sign up to play: Sound Healing Concert – 7-9pm. Rare, therapeutic chakra-tuned crystal bowls played with recorded soundscape music while reiki is sent to the audience. $20/at door. 3820 Packard, Ste 280, Ann Arbor. 734358-0218.

monday Martial Arts Classes – Mon-Sat. Classes include Aikido, Zen Meditation, Mixed Martial Arts, Batto-ho, Weapons, and Children’s Aikido. Huron Valley Aikikai, 1904 Federal Blvd, Ann Arbor. For schedule: 734-761-6012 or

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Massage, Reflexology and Energy Work – Also Wed. Student interns, in our peaceful and private wellness center. $25 student clinic rate, by appt. Ann Arbor School of Massage, Herbal & Natural Medicine, 6276 Jackson Rd, Ste B, Ann Arbor. RSVP: 734-769-7794 or 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, Ann Arbor. RSVP: 734-769-7794 or Ypsilanti Farmers’ Market: Downtown – Thru Oct 29. 3-7pm. 16 S Washington, Ypsilanti. Cobblestone Farm Market – Thru Oct. 4-7pm. Includes a variety of children’s activities and/or musical entertainment each week. Free admission. Cobblestone Farm, 2781 Packard, Ann Arbor.  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. 734-905-7980. 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, Ann Arbor. 734-276-6520.

increasing vital life force and calming one’s mind. Free. Triple Crane Monastery, 7665 Werkner Rd, Chelsea. 734-757-8567. Nature Play Pop-Ups – June-Aug. 10-11:30am. Hands-on, exploratory nature play activities are an immersive experience for children ages 3-7. Free. Gaffield Children’s Garden, Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor. 734-6477600. 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, Ann Arbor. 734-794-6250. A Course in Miracles Study Group – 6:45-8:45pm. All invited to join a group reading and discussion of this popular Foundation for Inner Peace metaphysical book; includes study materials and text. Donation requested. Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd, Ann Arbor. 734-3270270. Meditation Sitting Group – 7-8pm. Washington Street Educational Center, Room 114, Chelsea. More info, Carol Blotter: 734-475-0942.

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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, Ann Arbor. 734-330-4996. Details:

wednesday 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. Ann Arbor Farmers’ Market – Thru Dec. 7am3pm. Also Sat. 315 Detroit St, Ann Arbor. 734-7946255. 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, Ann Arbor. 734-997-1553. 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, Ann Arbor. Tana: 734-477-5848 or

Chelsea Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct. 1-5pm. Chelsea State Bank parking lot, corner of Old US 12 & M 52, Chelsea. 734-475-6402. 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: 734-645-3217 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, $84/7wk series. Bloom Wellness, 2450 W Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor. 734-276-6520. 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. 734-757-8567. 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, Ann Arbor. 734-677-5060. 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, Ann Arbor. 734649-2127.

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. 734-757-8567. 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, Ann Arbor. 734-660-5919. Sounds and Sights – Thru 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 Thur. $10. Enlightened

Soul Center, 3820 Packard, Ste 280, Ann Arbor. 734358-0218. 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, Ann Arbor. 734-9752745. 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, Ann Arbor. Pre-registration required:

friday Free Exercise Classes for Ypsilanti Seniors – 10:30-11:30am. National Kidney Foundation of Michigan is hosting free exercise classes. Ypsilanti Township Community Center, 2025 E Clark Rd, Ypsilanti. Kristie Lewis: 800-482-1455. Meditation Group – 10:30am-11:45am. Beginning and experienced meditators welcome. Group is open to exploring and integrating the spiritual teachings from a variety of wisdom traditions. A recorded teaching is followed by a period of silent meditation and a time for discussion. For more info including location, Mary Trudeau: 734- 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: 734-645-3217 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: 734-482-4110, 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: 734-214-0220. 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, Ann Arbor. More info: 734-580-2500. 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, Ann Arbor. More info or to register: 734-320-4958 or

Samuel Lewis to celebrate the world’s religions through simple folk dance steps. The dances are a form of moving meditation that require neither partner nor experience. $5. Info: 419-475-6535, JLTrautman@ or 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.

saturday Readers/Healers – Hours vary. Also Sun. Tarot, astrological and crystal readers scheduled every weekend; reiki energy healing. Call ahead or dropins. Evenstar’s Chalice, 36 N Huron St, Ypsilanti. 734-905-7980. Ann Arbor Farmers’ Market – Thru Dec. 7am3pm. Also Wed. 315 Detroit St, Ann Arbor. 734794-6255. Chelsea Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct. 8am1pm. Downtown on Park St, Chelsea. 734-4756402. Saline Summer Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct. 8am12pm. Downtown, S Ann Arbor St, half block south of Michigan Ave, Saline. 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, Ann Arbor. 734-585-5628. Ypsilanti Farmers’ Market: Depot Town – Thru Oct 26. 9am-1pm. 100 Rice St, Depot Town, Ypsilanti. 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, Ann Arbor. 734-975-6534. 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, Ann Arbor. For more info: 734-327-0270, 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. 734-417-5804. 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

June 2019


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734-475-2748 Make your dreams come true. I work with you on a personal level to determine the best solutions for your unique needs. I am your trusted partner in success. See ad page 32.


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.



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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 36.


Margo Hertzfeld, Certified Aromatherapist 419-360-0169


300 W Huron, Ann Arbor, 48103 734-623-1951


400 W Russell St, Ste 2370, Saline, 48176

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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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.

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.

Clinically certified aromatherapist 734-664-2255 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 31. and minimize side effects. Aromatherapy is a wonderful way to integrate natural healing into your life. Phone consultations are available. LIFE COACH, HEALTH RETREATS


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 41.




Barbra White 8830 Currie, Northville, MI 734-796-6690 •




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 31.


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 24.


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. 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 26.


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 27.

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 28 and 37.


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 30.


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 18.


734-239-3344 My goal is to always give the best massage you’ve ever had. I have been a Medical Massage Therapist since 1986. “I will get the pain out.” Muscular, sciatica, back pain, etc. $75/half hr.


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.


734-436-1041 Teach your nervous system to undo your specific patterns of tension, postural difficulties, stiffness and pain. Effective for back, neck, hip, shoulder, leg, jaw pain. See ad page 33.

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ALLISON DOWNING, LMT, BCTMB Center for Sacred Living 210 Little Lake Dr, Ste 7, Ann Arbor, MI 48108 269-200-7530

Find freedom from pain. Achieve new levels of health and wellness, and living with Allison Downing, LMT. Through massage therapy, we will help you move towards your long-term health goals.



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 24.


West End Hair Salon, 5100 Jackson Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103 734-829-7620


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 31.

Using only organic and low-chemical products, I am passionate about working with hair in a healthy and pleasant environment. Color is my specialty!


PAIN RELIEF AUNT ALBERTA’S REMEDY Homeopathic Pain Relief Cream 973-715-9097

Need relief from arthritis? Try Aunt Alberta’s Remedy to ease muscular aches and joint pain. Her remedy is a homeopathic pain relief cream that penetrates deep into the skin and muscle tissues. Get beneficial relief from sciatica, fibromyalgia, arthritis, neuralgia, gout and more. All-natural ingredients. Do you want to feel a real difference from the nagging aches of arthritis? Feel less pain and have more range of motion? Use Aunt Alberta’s Pain Relief Cream. Get relief today. Great buy, get a 4oz jar for $15. See website for other options.

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

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



36 N Huron St. Ypsilanti, MI 48197 734-905-7980 Everyday enchantments and inspirations: Divine Wares, Vintage Relics, Gallery Arts and Sacred Swag. Be the mystery unfolding. Shopping, classes, workshops & events. See ad page 13.


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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 13.


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 13.


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 29.

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 23.

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Natural Awakenings of Greater Ann Arbor - June 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 - June 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...