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Sound Therapeutics Offers Unique Pain Relief Modality


ith gifted hands, intuitive awareness and earned wisdom, licensed occupational therapist Carolyn Schwab, owner of Sound Therapeutics, who has received master’s-level training in the Neurological Integration System (NIS), collaborates with clients in the Traverse City and northwest Michigan area and their innate abilities, igniting relief of chronic pain provided through a gently balanced healing Carolyn Schwab experience. One of only a handful of practitioners in Michigan that use NIS, Schwab combines philosophies and approaches from occupational therapy and energy medicine in ways that make sense to the body’s natural healing mechanisms and to consider the underlying causes of chronic pain symptoms and dysfunction. Location: 4470 Brunson Pl., Traverse City. For more information and to make appointments, call 231-941-2390, email CSchwabHealerOT@ or visit See ad page 45.

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r. Suzette Corbit, DC, owner of In Touch Healing and Chiropractic Center, is offering new patients 15 percent off their first appointment. She says, “Summer is a great time to commit to improving your health and wellness. Many people are in full-swing, biking, gardening and doing yard work.. Prevent injuries or address them early to stay in tip-top shape. Remember: it’s easier to stay well than Dr. Suzette Corbit to get well. With that in mind, don’t forget the children: getting regular check-ups and care during those active, growing years can correct problems as they occur and help prevent the cumulative, chronic problems that affect adults.”

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Corbit uses the low-force Activator adjusting instrument to adjust the spine and extremities; CranioSacral Therapy, a very light-touch technique to release tensions and allow the body to relax and self-correct; and massage therapy—deep tissue massage, Swedish massage, trigger point therapy and “tuning fork release”. Massage improves circulation and aids in muscle relaxation and relief of tension and stress. Most major insurance plans are accepted, including Medicare, BCBS, Priority and Aetna. Location: 3301 Veterans Dr., Ste. 215, Traverse City. For more information and to make appointments, call 231-933-9388 or visit See ad page 44.

Private Yoga Lessons


oga Instructor Catrina Holland, owner of Chelsea Private Yoga, says, “Life can be hectic, your yoga practice shouldn’t be.” Holland began teaching yoga to share her love for the practice with others. Realizing the need for quality private yoga lessons, she recently opened Chelsea Private Yoga in downtown Chelsea, specializing in private yoga sessions for individuals and Catrina Holland couples. Her classes are available at the new studio or in the comfort of home. Each yoga session she creates is completely personalized to the student’s needs, goals and interest. The flexibility of location and time Holland offers really simplifies adding a regular yoga practice into any lifestyle. Holland is certified and insured through Yoga Alliance. Location: 118 S. Main St., Ste. C, Chelsea. Get a free consultation and personalized quotes at 517-879-9321 or Catrina@Chelsea For more information, visit ChelseaPrivateYoga. com. See ad page 47.

Massage Therapy for Neck Pain and Chronic Headaches


llison Downing, LMT, a clinical massage therapist at the Center for Sacred Living, provides immediate, long-term relief from neck pain and headaches, and increased quality of sleep and focus. Downing is a specialist in clinical massage and has led workshops on neck pain and given talks at Bronson Methodist Hospital, in KalamAllison azoo, and at the University of Michigan Ross Downing School of Business. She specializes in massage therapy, deep tissue, trigger point therapy, proprioceptive neuromuscular release and CranioSacral Therapy. For more information or to make appointments, call 269-200-7530, email or visit AllisonDowning See ad page 46.

Make a Date with a Dog


he new Humane Society of Huron Valley’s (HSHV) Workplace Wellness program provides “doggie dates” to introduce adoptable dogs (or cats) to a workplace. Studies show that having a companion animal at work can not only decrease stress, but also increase workers’ productivity, according to Karen Patterson, VP of volunteers and humane education at HSHV. It’s good for the animals, too, and they might even find a forever home as a bonus. The Humane Society of Huron Valley received its eighth consecutive four-star Charity Navigator rating and won four Best of Washtenaw awards, including Best Non-Profit, due to its strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.

Only 4 percent of evaluated charities have received at least eight consecutive four-star evaluations, indicating that the Humane Society of Huron Valley outperforms most other charities in America. This exceptional designation sets Humane Society of Huron Valley apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its careful stewardship of resources and trustworthiness. HSHV charges $125 for one dog and $150 for two dogs per one-hour visit. Tiny Lions cat café rentals start at $175 for two hours during business hours, and includes Wi-Fi, computer and large-screen monitor access, tables and chairs. For more information, visit hshv. org. See ad page 40.

Free ‘Wholistic’ Health Group


olistic Health Center has started a new Holistic Health Group that will meet from 2 to 3 p.m. Sundays in Ann Arbor through September 1 at different locations. Ikaro Phoenix, a certified Xolar Vibronics holistic health educator and natural life coach, has spent the last 15 years learning the Original Living Wisdom of the Mother passed to him by the wise reflections of Mama Niyuian Ikaro Phoenix and Mama Jacinto, of Colombia. He says, “A Mama is a holder and caretaker of all things and wise custodian of the creation, as the Mother originally taught in the beginning. These teachings and practices are brought forward at this time to help humanity recover their connection with the natural world and natural place as caretakers of it.” He advises, “This group is for people who would like to start to learn about reconnecting with the natural world, recovering original practices of investigating how we lost our close connection with the creation and how to function with it again. The purpose of this group is to introduce people to wise ways of interacting with our natural world to help recover the outer harmony of the system, as well as our own inner harmony.” Admission is free. For more information including locations, call 734-210-0463 or visit

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Yoga at the 'Big House'


itizen Yoga and the Somerset Collection is an annual event that raises funds for mental health. It was started by Kacee Must, who lost her sister to suicide more than 10 years ago. Beginning at 10 a.m., August 17, more than 1,000 people will practice yoga on the floor of the University of Michigan Stadium. A portion of the proceeds will go to a new nonprofit, Garrett’s Space ( to provide a holistically focused residential center for young adults struggling with mental health issues. Before such a place can be built, Garrett’s Space will be offering programming like peer-to-peer support and yoga. Admission is $18. For tickets, visit

Wine Down Wednesdays at the Chateau Grand Traverse


hateau Grand Traverse Winery (CGT) will be hosting Wine Down Wednesdays from 5 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday evening this summer through August 28. Participants can enjoy spectacular vineyard views while listening to talented

local musicians, sipping CGT wine or cider by the glass, and enjoying house made small bites. Free tours of the winery are available at set times. Admission is free; wine by the glass and flights are available for $5 to $12 and small bite options range from $3 to $15. Wine tastings are also available inside the tasting room daily for $5. Location: 12239 Center Rd., Traverse City. For more information, call 231-938-6120, email or visit

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rankie Hoffman, owner and operator of Perfectly Painted Nail Parties, in Ann Arbor, says, “Let your child’s celebration stand out from the rest with a Perfectly Painted Nail Party. Enjoy professional manicure services brought to you. Guests will love being pampered and leave with beautiful nails! Different party packages are available to meet your needs.” Their licensed nail technician has more than 10 years of salon experience.

For more information and to make arrangements, call 419-917-4721.

Meditation and Mindfulness for Adults


editation is fantastic for coping with stress, anxiety, life and the news of the world. Meditation and Mindfulness for Adults will be presented from 7 to 8:30 p.m., July 15, at the Malletts Creek Branch Library, in Ann Arbor. The program is suited to those new to meditation or already practicing it. Local massage therapist and meditation leader Amy Tarrant

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Chelsea Puts on Annual Show


he annual Chelsea Sounds & Sights Festival will take place on July 25, 26 and 27 downtown, featuring national and regional live music acts, local food and brew, an open-air The Accidentals art market, classic car show, chalk art contest and activities for all ages. SculptureWalk Chelsea is available all day. Music plays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and the food court on West Middle Street is open from 5 to 10 p.m. The Social Tent opens at 6 p.m. with live music from 7 to 11 p.m. Entertainers will include The Accidentals, May Erlewine andThe Kielbasa Kings Polka Band. Other highlights are a congregational church chicken broil, kidzone, professional chalk artist demonstrations, pet parade and more. Admission is $5 at the entrance only. For more information, visit

Ann Arbor Street Art Fair


ne of the largest outdoor art fairs in the nation will take place from July 18 through 21 on the streets of downtown Ann Arbor. It’s a great place to see amazing artwork, experience music and art activities and explore eclectic shops and restaurants. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Highlights include original works of art, street performances, culinary treats and a variety of sidewalk sales. From seasoned art enthusiasts to novice collectors, thousands will make the trip to discover something truly inspiring. For more information, visit

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In further confirmation of the importance of the gut-brain axis, 18 Italian students at the University of Verona from ages 18 to 33 that took a freezedried mixture of four probiotics for six weeks experienced less depression, anger and fatigue compared to a control group of 15 that consumed a placebo. The positive effects continued, as discovered in follow-up testing three weeks later. The probiotics group also slept better. The probiotic bacteria blend of 4 billion colony-forming units included Lactobacillus fermentum, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lactobacillus plantarum and Bifidobacterium longum.

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Seniors that ate more than 10 grams—about two teaspoons—of nuts a day were able to ward off normal cognitive decline and even improve their cognitive functions by up to 60 percent, according to University of South Australia researchers. The study was based on 22 years of records of 4,822 Chinese adults ages 55 and older; 17 percent of them ate nuts every day, most often peanuts. These seniors had as much as 60 percent improved cognitive function compared to those that didn’t eat nuts, and they showed better thinking, reasoning and memory. “Nuts are known to be high in healthy fats, protein and fiber with nutritional properties that can lower cholesterol and improve cognitive health,” says study author Ming Li.

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With the aid of a new infrared camera technology called optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA), early Alzheimer’s disease can be detected by checking the back of the eyes for weakened and decreased blood vessels, reports a new study. Northwestern Medicine researchers reached the conclusion by comparing the vessels in the eyes of 32 people that exhibited the forgetfulness typical of early-stage Alzheimer’s with those of another 32 people with normal cognitive


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abilities. The vascular changes were detected non-invasively, without the need for dyes or expensive MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scans. The technology quantifies capillary changes in great detail and with unparalleled resolution, making the eye an ideal mirror for what is going on in the brain. Early detection of Alzheimer’s is critical because existing therapies are more effective if they are started before extensive brain damage and cognitive decline have occurred.


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Eat Mostly Plants to Ease Gum Inflammation The inflamed gum condition known as gingivitis is fairly common and often mild, but can be a precursor of more serious periodontal disease linked to Alzheimer’s and rheumatoid arthritis. German researchers at the University of Freiburg tested 30 people: half in a control group that did not change their diet, and half that switched to a diet low in meat and processed carbohydrates and rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin C, vitamin D, antioxidants, plant nitrates and fiber. After four weeks, those on the plant-based diet had significantly less gum inflammation and bleeding. They also lost weight and had higher vitamin D levels.

New research has found the basic micronutrient vitamin B12 may be the first good tool for averting the hereditary form of Parkinson’s disease, which accounts for about 15 percent of such cases worldwide. In lab tests, an international team of scientists found that AdoCbl, one of the active forms of vitamin B12, inhibits the activity of a mutated enzyme linked to Parkinson’s. Inhibiting this enzyme appears to help stabilize dopamine release in the brain. Dopamine deficiencies manifest in the muscle rigidity and tremors that are hallmark symptoms of Parkinson’s. Another recent study from the University of California San Francisco that included non-hereditary Parkinson’s patients found that symptoms worsened more quickly in early-stage patients that had low B12 levels than in those with higher levels of the vitamin.

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Wendy Coleman, founder of LA Urban Farms, works with chefs, resorts, hotels, universities and corporate clients to set up aeroponic tower gardens, such as these kale and lettuce crops.

CROPS IN THE CITY Urban Agriculture Breaks New Ground


he average American meal travels 1,500 miles to reach its plate, according to the nonprofit Center for Urban Education About Sustainable Agriculture. Yet, enterprising green thumbs across the country are bringing the farm back to plate’s reach, growing hyperlocal food in backyards, on rooftops, through indoor farms and more. City farming reconnects urbanites to their food sources while bettering the environment, communities, diets and health. Urban agriculture, harkening back to the Victory Gardens planted to ward off food shortages during World War I and II, is nothing new. While today’s home gardeners have staked out balconies, window boxes and vacant lots in this locavore resurgence, noteworthy pioneers are forging a path to organic urban agriculture on a commercial scale—tapping into new technologies and markets, and turning challenges like dealing with space constraints into fresh opportunities.

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local food systems. “We want to get more people interested in growing their own food and show them how they can grow more with less square footage through vertical gardens and sustainable techniques like [soil-less] hydroponic systems,” says Ray. Cultivate the City manages numerous gardens for clients around Washington, D.C., from elementary school gardens where kids learn to grow, cook and eat nutritious food to corporate gardens inside a new office building for lender Fannie Mae’s employee café. One of its crown jewels is a 6,500-square-foot rooftop garden on the Nationals Park baseball stadium, where edible flowers end up in cocktails and organic produce feeds fine diners and VIP ticket holders. Ray grew his business organically, fueled by passion and curiosity, rather than any horticultural background. “I grew up in NYC, where I had nothing to grow on. When I moved to Florida for grad school, I had a huge backyard to play around with,” says Ray. Like many other urban farms, Cultivate the City offers a seasonal farm subscription known as a community supported agriculture (CSA) program that allows city dwellers to buy di-

rectly from local producers. Ray’s rooftop greenhouse, located on top of a local hardware store that sells his edible plants at retail, offers all the fixings for a healthy, diverse diet: hydroponic towers of leafy greens, trays of microgreens for corporate clients, specialty varieties of hot peppers for the company’s hot sauce and stacking cubes of an albino strawberry variety that Ray crossbred himself. “There are so many ways to contribute to urban farming, from aquaponics to vermicomposting; it’s about finding your niche,” he says.

Growing Up With Vertical Farming

By 2050, it’s estimated that 9 billion people will be living on the planet—7 billion in cities. “City planners need innovative solutions like vertical farming to feed the growing population. We can grow at scale, with minimum space and environmental impact,” says Wendy Coleman, who began her California-based business LA Urban Farms in 2013. Today, Coleman’s team works with chefs, resorts, hotels, univer-

sities, greenhouses and corporate clients like Google and Ikea to set up aeroponic tower gardens across the U.S. and Europe. With aeroponics, nutrient-enriched water is pumped through a garden tower to shower the roots of plants suspended in air. “It actually uses 90 percent less water than conventional growing, which is a huge benefit in a place like California, and avoids any kind of agricultural runoff,” says Coleman. In conjunction with urban farming partners, the business churns out 30,000 seedlings a month using aeroponic technology to grow for their diverse client base and working with chefs to plan seasonal menus around their produce. Aeroponics and other innovative farm technologies are transforming spaces in cities across the U.S., reclaiming peripheral and idle spaces like alleys and warehouses to grow herbs and vegetables in abundance, using 90 percent less land by growing vertically, notes Coleman. “With our gardens, diners can see their food growing at their table; they get such a personal connection with their food. It’s

an interactive way for hotels and restaurants to demonstrate their commitment to local, sustainable food,” she says.

Breaking into Hives: City Beekeepers

“I had a backyard garden that wasn’t doing so well, and I thought it was the lack of pollinators, so I got bees; but then I realized I was just a bad gardener,” quips master beekeeper John Coldwell, of Fort Lauderdale. Since this humble beginning in 2012 with a few backyard hives, Coldwell and his wife Teresa have been leading a movement to repurpose public land for “microapiaries” and provide apiary education for youth and adults throughout South Florida. Through their entity The Urban Beekeepers, the Coldwells offer beekeeping classes, consult with local governments, sell equipment and rescue “feral hives” to integrate into managed hives. They’ve worked successfully with parks, airports, golf clubs and country clubs to put honeybee habitats on site.

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Urban beekeeping works in synergy with city farms, as honeybees forage up to five miles for food, and in so doing pollinate a lot of crops. Seventy of the top 100 human food crops are pollinated by bees, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. “We often hear people say their garden is doing better than it has in years, thanks to the apiaries nearby,” says John Coldwell.

to vendors that grow within a 200-mile radius, some of whom take home five figures on a good day, says Marvy. Interest in growing at the community level has also mushroomed, adds Marvy, who estimates that 90 percent of the city’s more than 500 school gardens weren’t there 15 years ago when he started this work. “The USDA has a huge opportunity here and nationally to make cities more sustainable and feed more people. I’m really excited and

Wendy Coleman, founder of LA Urban Farms, works with chefs, resorts, hotels, universities and corporate clients to set up aeroponic tower gardens, such as these kale and lettuce crops.

The challenges of growing at scale are a recurrent theme among urban farmers. Ian Marvy, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) outreach specialist for the greater New York City area, ran his own urban farm, grossing six figures for 14 years. However, Marvy says most farmers growing in the city aren’t operating at a profitable scale or producing enough for everyone to eat local. Even so, locally grown produce is a booming market in New York City. Greenmarket, founded in 1976, operates more than 50 farmers’ markets, limited 16

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committed to that,” he says. While urban agriculture efforts are sometimes criticized for catering to upper income residents that can afford to pay top dollar for specialty items like microgreens, many businesses and organizations are working on multiple fronts, with lucrative specialty crops helping to subsidize programs serving families lacking access to healthy affordable food. Grow Ohio Valley takes an integrated approach to food sovereignty in Wheeling, West Virginia, and the Upper

Ohio Valley. “This part of the Appalachian Rustbelt has lost much of its population, jobs and economic base over the last generation. We want to promote health and wellness through fresh food, while helping to transform the urban landscape from falling-down buildings and vacant lots into productive community assets,” says founder Danny Swan. The operation’s food hub aggregates produce from small local farmers, providing a guaranteed market for their produce and the opportunity to reach a larger market, usually only served by food grown thousands of miles away. The produce is supplemented by four urban farm sites run by the organization, including an apple orchard on the site of a demolished housing project. Grow Ohio Valley also works to reach the “last-mile customers” that lack access to high-quality affordable produce via a mobile farmers’ market that goes to housing projects, senior communities and schools six days a week. Their latest project, the Public Market, is a retail location on Wheeling’s Main Street that will serve as a year-round farmers’ market. The organization is also building alliances between local farmers and healthcare providers through a project called The Farmacy. A partnership with a local free clinic, it targets people suffering from diabetes and other diseases linked to poor diets with a doctor’s prescription for organic produce offered free through the organization’s CSA. These urban agriculture pioneers are helping to not only grow food, but community, and are nurturing renewed connections to the Earth. City growing has so many benefits: decreasing packaging, costs and food miles traveled, making it easier to eat organic seasonal food and a more diverse diet. “The connection people feel when they plant seed and get to harvest the mature plant is transformative. Growing food is something we can all do to make a difference, for our health and the environment,” says Coleman. Connect with Washington, D.C. freelance writer April Thompson at

Community Co-Ops are Models of Sustainability


by Luise Bolleber nyone in northwestern lower Michigan that loves food knows the area has become a mecca for top-notch restaurants and high-quality food purveyors and farmers. It’s easy to find locally grown food available yearround, thanks in part to farmers increasing their cold storage and the use of hoop houses. Oryana Community Co-op has played a central role in the local food movement and helped propel the practice into mainstream consciousness. “Before there was a local food movement, Oryana was the local food movement,” said Jim Schwantes, of Sweeter Song Farm, one of Oryana’s longtime organic farms. Before farm fresh, local food became popular, Oryana and food co-ops around the country placed a high priority on not only locally procured food, but organic local food, because it was fresher, supported local farmers and was more environmentally friendly. Increased awareness of the importance of locally produced food is undeniably positive, but there is a distinction that consumers sometimes overlook between local food and sustainable food. While people tend to use local as a synonym for traits such as fresh, healthy and produced in an environmentally-sound manner, the term “local” is not defined or regulated as with words like “organic”, a term defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture with strict production and labeling requirements. Local generally means that a food was produced relatively close to where it’s sold, but it does not provide an indication of food qualities such as freshness, nutritional value, or growing practices. There is also no maximum acceptable distance from a local food’s point of production

to its point of sale. Local can mean anything from within 100 miles (Oryana’s definition of local) to within the nearest several states. Oryana prioritizes local, certified organic products, followed by non-certified local that meets Oryana’s sustainability standards. Farmers and producers must follow ecologically sound practices in accordance with organic agricultural procedures. These strict standards have even inspired some local companies to change their practices in order to be able to sell to Oryana. As promising as it may be that local food is now a mainstream concept, Oryana encourages everyone to continue the conversation about organic practices in agriculture within the local community. For example, we can ask our farmer friends what their farming practices are. We can ask how they grow their food if they are not certified organic, how they control pests and weeds, and what kind of fertilizer they use. If they raise animals, we can ask what kind of feed they give their birds and whether their animals are grass or grain finished. These are important conversations that let farmers know that sustainability is just as important to consumers as local. Oryana has worked for more than 40 years to achieve a quadruple bottom line: people, planet, purpose and profit. Their mission is to provide high-quality food produced in ecologically sound ways at fair value to owners and the community. Oryana owners and staff are committed to enhancing their community through the practice of cooperative economics and education about the relationship of food to health. Oryana is located at 260 E. 10th St., in Traverse City. For more information, call 231-947-0191.

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addition to any meal, they are also chock-full of health benefits, from lowering blood pressure and improving mineral balance to increasing immune support, hydration, energy and healthy skin. Most people consider using herbs in small amounts as seasonings for recipes such as spaghetti sauce, soups or desserts. However, they are edible plants, just like kale and spinach. Although they tend to have strong flavors when dried, fresh herbs are usually quite mild and can be eaten in large amounts like any other vegetable.

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ummer is an ideal time to add a healthy dose of fresh, organic herbs to make cool salads, luscious smoothies and other hot-weather eats and treats. Herbs are not only a flavorful

“Summertime herbs are important for dealing with the heat and humidity that the season brings,” says Nathaniel Whitmore, a Chinese medicine herbalist and shiatsu massage practitioner in Milford, Pennsylvania. An herb that he recommends for this time of year is American ginseng, which, unlike its Chinese namesake, is considered a “cooling” herb and helps keep the body moist. When combined with fresh chrysanthemum flowers, the result is a powerful elixir that both hydrates and energizes. “A piece of American ginseng root and a few chrysanthemums placed in a jar of water and set on a windowsill for a few days makes a great cold infusion,” says Whitmore. “You can store it in the fridge for a few days and drink it in small amounts at a time to benefit from its energizing and hydrating properties.” Soft-stemmed herbs such as parsley and dill can be used in large amounts in salads and summer sandwiches. Other heat-tolerant herbs that are easy to grow include lemon balm, rosemary, lavender, mint and basil.


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Summertime herbs are important for dealing with the heat and humidity that the season brings. ~Nathaniel Whitmore “Lemon balm is great for headaches and insomnia that are common during summer heat waves,” says Michelle Schoffro Cook, Ph.D., an herbalist and doctor of natural medicine, in Ontario, Canada. “Basil can help reduce summer achiness, while lavender serves as a relaxant and an excellent bug repellant.” In addition to relieving headaches and restlessness, lemon balm is also beneficial for those that suffer from high blood pressure. A study in the Journal of Herbal Medicine reports that it is helpful in reducing blood pressure in patients with chronic stable angina. Rosemary, another herb used for sleep disorders, was found to also help improve memory and decrease anxiety in a study conducted in Iran at the Kerman University of Medical Sciences. One study in 2009 by researchers in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Allahbad, in India, revealed that polyphenols found in herbs and plants harbor antioxidant properties that can help reduce the risk of developing cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and neurodegenerative disorders.

Fresh Is Best

While herbs can be used in their extracted and dried forms, the most significant health benefits are often found in the raw, organic plant. “Fresh is better,” says Whitmore. “This is especially true when it comes to the more aromatic plants such as basil and lavender. A lot of the more volatile constituents are lost during the drying process.” Most herbs grow best in dry garden areas that receive at least eight hours of sun each day. Although some herbs can grow in partially shaded locations, they won’t be as flavorful. Many herbs can also be grown in containers or pots. Maria Noël Groves, a clinical herbalist in Allenstown, New Hampshire, and author of Grow Your Own Herbal Remedies: How to Create a Customized Herb Garden to Support Your Health & Well-Being, lists lemon balm, Korean mint, anise hyssop and purple basil as among her favorite summer culinary and beverage herbs that are easy to grow in pots. These make easy pickings for wraps, salads, sandwiches and more. “Lemon balm can also be used to make infused water,” says Groves. “With lemon verbena, lemon grass or holy basil, the result is refreshing and calming.” Just take a few sprigs and place them in either plain or seltzer water. The result is a delicately flavored beverage that’s also healthy and hydrating. Kajsa Nickels is a freelance writer and a music composer. She resides in northeastern Pennsylvania. Contact her at

Herbal Chill-Outs Lemon Balm Vinegar This infusion can be used in place of plain vinegar in summer salad dressings. According to the Journal of Medicine, lemon balm is helpful in lowering blood pressure and cholesterol. Combining it with apple cider vinegar adds extra health benefits to the mix, including digestion enhancement, detoxing and inflammation reduction. 2-3 cups fresh lemon balm, washed 1 qt apple cider vinegar Add coarsely chopped lemon balm leaves and stems to a 32-ounce mason jar. Add vinegar until lemon balm is completely covered. Allow to sit in a cool, dark place for two to four weeks before straining. From the book Be Your Own Herbalist by Michelle Schoffro Cook. Used with permission from New World Library.

Dandelion and Violet Greens Pesto 1 bunch dandelion leaves 1-2 handfuls violet leaves 1-3 garlic cloves 1-3 oz Parmesan cheese 1 cup toasted, salted/tamari pepitas (pumpkin seeds) Juice of ½ lemon ¼ cup olive oil Coarsely chop the herbs and the garlic. Combine with a mortar and pestle, food processor or blender and blend until minced. Add the liquids and blend to a puree. Serve with organic tortilla chips, crackers or veggie sticks. Will keep for a few days in a tightly sealed container or frozen. From the book Grow Your Own Herbal Remedies by Maria Noël Groves. Used with permission from Storey Publishing. July 2019



hared Blessings Farm is a family farm focused on healthy soil to produce healthy animals so they can produce good healthy raw milk for better health. Owner, Paul Mast says, “In the process of breeding cows for high levels of milk production, a gene was introduced that produces a beta-casein protein called beta-casomorphin-7 (BCM-7). This results in a weak link in the chain of proteins at link number 67. There are seven connected links that can break off and enter the bloodstream without being properly

Fresh milk is the most nearly perfect food. digested. The benefit of A2 raw milk is it does not have that weak link. Research from shows that fresh milk has been used in the treatment of many diseases. Research also indicates that is does not make a person overweight. Fresh milk is the most nearly perfect food. Research has shown there is nothing better than breast milk for babies. But if breast milk is not available, raw cow milk can be used. Store-bought milk is pasteurized and homogenized. Raw milk is not. Not all raw milk is the same—if care is not taken in how it is handled, it should be pasteurized. Milk contains a lot of sugar (lactose) but does not have the side effects of regular sugar (sucrose). It has been found that by pasteurizing the milk, the lactose changes to beta-lactose, which is absorbed more rapidly and can cause intolerance. Grass is higher in vitamin and minerals than most vegetables, but humans cannot digest grass. Cows can covert that grass into milk so we can still benefit. Raw milk can be legally obtained through herd share programs." Shared Blessings Farm offers fresh milk herd shares and grass finished beef and is located at 2791 18 Mile Rd., in Marion. For more information or to place orders, call Paul Mast at 231743-2286. 20

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idsummer is prime time for outdoor family meals, barbecues and picnics. Selecting the healthiest food, along with eco-friendly materials in preparing for the fun feasts, can fulfill a more environmentally sustainable lifestyle and conserve resources at the same time. n recommends using organic cloth, reusable mesh or string produce bags when grocery shopping; use bamboo utensil sets and plastic straw alternatives made of stainless steel, food-grade silicone, bamboo or glass. n To keep uninvited flying pests like mosquitoes, flies and the like away from humans and food, apply natural repellents—many made of natural, essential oil; plant-based and food-grade ingredients can be found at n According to, charcoal grilling of meat can expose us to two potentially cancer-causing compounds—polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons that form when fat from meat drips onto hot coals and are “deposited on food courtesy of flame-ups and rising smoke,” and heterocyclic amines that “are produced when red meat, poultry and fish meet high-heat cooking.” Instead, consider using a closed-flame gas grill to reduce exposure to toxins and cook fresh and organic fruits and vegetables like zucchini, tomatoes, peppers, onions and mushrooms. n Both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency warn against eating shark, swordfish, king mackerel and tilefish due to high levels of mercury, and to consume no more than six ounces of albacore tuna per week for the same reason. Some studies point to avoiding farmed salmon due to potentially high amounts of PCBs. Bypass larger fish of the food chain; look for those that have earned the Marine Stewardship Council or Aquaculture Stewardship Council labels. n The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently estimated that between 30 to 40 percent of all food in the country is wasted. To improve this situation, use glass containers instead of plastic bags to store leftovers. Also consider sustainable food wraps like Bees Wrap ( Made from beeswax, organic cotton, jojoba oil and tree resin, they seal and conform to the shape of whatever food is being stored.

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Toning the Vagus Nerve Relief for Pain, Anxiety and Inflammation


by Marlaina Donato

esearch is helping doctors connect the dots between seemingly unrelated conditions like irritable bowel syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia, revealing a common denominator: the multitasking vagus nerve, the longest in the autonomic nervous system. The superpower of this double-branched cranial nerve lies in transporting major neurotransmitters along what is known as the brain-gut axis. “The vagus nerve stems from the brain to the abdomen like a communication superhighway between your gut and brain,” says Hannah Aylward, an Orlando-based certified holistic health coach and gut health expert. “Studies show that the vagus nerve regulates inflammation throughout the body.”

Promising Research. Recent studies have shown that vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) can improve quality of life for individuals suffering from numerous conditions. One type is a device that can be implanted by a neurosurgeon, which sends electrical impulses to the vagus nerve in children that suffer from seizures and adults with depression as a supplemental treatment when surgery or medications are not possible or effective. There is also a handheld, non-invasive VNS option called gammaCore, a U.S. Food

and Drug Administration-approved device that offers hope for sufferers of cluster and migraine headaches. Its effectiveness for chronic pain management, as well as in cases of epilepsy and depression, was published in the Neuromodulation Journal in 2015. PTSD researcher Imanuel Lerman, M.D., and his colleagues with the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System, found that VNS affects areas of the brain responsible for processing emotional pain. The findings, published in the journal PLOS ONE earlier this year, also show that VNS delays the brain’s response to pain signals in individuals with PTSD.

Mental Health, Trauma and the Gut. When it comes to the vagus

nerve, anxiety is physical. Post-traumatic stress is rooted in neurobiology and experienced in the body, not just the mind, says Arielle Schwartz, Ph.D., a Boulder, Colorado-based clinical psychologist and author of The Complex PTSD Workbook: A Mind-Body Approach to Regaining Emotional Control and Becoming Whole. “This is why you can’t simply think or talk your way out of your trauma reactions.” According to Schwartz, “Disruptions in the gut flora, which often occur with overuse of antibiotics, can have a significant impact on mental health. An imbalance in the gut can lead to an

inflammatory response in the immune system and a wide range of disruptive symptoms.” Aylward notes that 95 percent of the body’s mood-boosting chemical serotonin resides in the enteric nervous system, which governs the function of the gastrointestinal tract. “The brain-gut axis is becoming increasingly important as a therapeutic target for psychiatric and GI disorders,” she says. Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and founding co-director of UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center, explains the trauma loop. “Developmental trauma impairs the integrative circuits of the brain and nervous system—the prefrontal cortex. When this happens, the brain will be hyperalert, interpreting some non-threatening situations as threatening. “Learning to be aware of our internal state and learning calming techniques helps to regulate the autonomic nervous system and can go a long way,” says Siegel. “High ventral vagal tone means having a state of calm.”

Vagus Power.

Everyone can benefit from increased vagal tone, which goes handin-hand with engaging the parasympathetic nervous system for optimum equilibrium at the cellular level. Acupuncture, chiropractic— with a focus on the cranial nerves—massage, meditation, singing, laughing loudly, chanting mantras, gentle yoga and exercise, positive social interactions, belly breathing and chanting all make the vagus nerve a happy camper. These activities promote relaxation and help to decrease inflammation. “As a certified yoga instructor, I can attest to a wide range of natural vagus nerve stimulation techniques, especially using the breath,” says Schwartz. “Diaphragmatic breathing creates a gentle massage across your digestive organs, releases the diaphragm and stimulates nerve fibers within the lungs. Heart rate is reduced.” Brief exposure to cold water or cold air improves vagal tone and is a good option when anxiety is high. Eating cold-water fish like wild salmon or other foods high in omega-3 fatty acids such as walnuts, seaweed, hemp, flax or chia seeds provides vagal nourishment. Marlaina Donato is the author of several books, including Multidimensional Aromatherapy. Connect at July 2019




Moderation is Key to Detoxification

by Allison Downing


Approximately 25% of people in the U.S. have a functional gastrointestinal disorder, or FGID. The most common FGID’s include IBS, acid reflux, chronic constipation and chronic diarrhea.

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The base cause of an FGID is dysfunctional peristalsis.

Peristalsis is a huge, coordinated, muscular contraction that moves in a wavelike motion through the gut to push food through.

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Peristalsis is what allows astronauts to digest food in zero gravity.

Dysfunctional peristalsis results in an uncoordinated or weak contraction that doesn’t move abdominal contents well. If food does not move, bloating, bacterial imbalances, leaky gut, and poor nutrition absorption can result.


Dysfunctional peristalsis can manifest in the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, or large intestine. Symptoms of dysfunctional peristalsis include quick feelings of fullness, painful, tight burps, painful swallowing, pressure or bloating in the abdomen, sharp points of pain in the abdomen, acid reflux, constipation, and diarrhea.


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by Brandy Boehmer ymptoms of ill health and disease can often be traced to their beginnings in the colon, a repository of the dietary and emotional stress that modern living habits create. Processed, denatured foods left in the colon may become the source of fungus growth, bacteria and viruses; even parasites may thrive in unclean environments. In a balanced state of heath, the body should eliminate the waste from a meal approximately 24 hours after the meal has entered the colon. If not eliminated, this material may become reabsorbed back into the bloodstream and cellular tissue, causing toxemia, which is the result of auto-intoxification, a condition that poisons the cell or body by the inability to properly eliminate waste matter generated by normal functions. Our bodies have five detox organs: skin, lungs, kidneys, liver and intestines, which pull out toxins from food, air and electronics. If our body is healthy and our detox pathways are open and working properly, our body does the work for us and the toxic chemicals are transported to these five organs through our lymph system and our blood. However, when these detox organs cannot eliminate the overload of toxins, the body will try to work to eliminate these toxins through the mucous membranes of our bodies. Symptoms of toxic accumulation include rashes, memory

loss, fatigue, arthritis, gout, depression, eczema, acne and gas/bloating/constipation. Most conventional doctors treat these symptoms with drugs and steroids and chemical creams that clog up the detox pathways even more and make the body more toxic and acidic, which leads to further illness. When these secondary mucous membranes cannot rid the toxins from the body, we may store the toxins in our tissues because the body can no longer excrete them. The symptoms depend on where the toxins accumulate. To initiate healing, removing anti-inflammatory foods from the diet and eating more organic, locally grown produce and using a high-quality probiotic is a start. Therapies such as coffee enemas/colonics, Epsom salt baths, lymphatic drainage, releasing emotional trauma, supplementation, sauna therapy and acupuncture may also improve health. An important thing to learn is to get organized for healing and plan what to do in a cohesive order, instead of piling everything on at once, which many people do. Sometimes, less is more. Brandy Boehmer is a board-certified colon therapist at InnerSpace Holistic, located at 2350 Washtenaw Ave, Ste. 14 , Ann Arbor. For more information, call 734-709-8313 or visit

The Intersection of Posture, Stress and Digestion


by Eric Cooper osture is much more than sitting up straight. Holding the head forward, chest depressed, and shoulders rounded, as if in a withdrawal response; lower back tight and arched, as if we are jumping into action under stress; or the back tight simply because it is holding open the contracted front are all elements of posture that can affect digestion. When someone always stands with one leg straight and the other out to the side, or when one shoulder is low or the head is tipped to the side, that’s posture, too. The brain learns the tensions we hold in response to injury, which creates these postural asymmetries.

Most of what defines our involuntary posture has been learned by the endless practice that our brains get by reacting to stress. Tensions become deep habits that we can’t sense, and these habits hold us in certain positions. Because posture is the involuntary habit of reaction to stress, the system soon thinks it’s in stress all the time because it stays functionally in the pattern of stress. We don’t digest well when we are in a state of fear or worry (tight front activation), and we don’t digest when we are angry or feeling aggressive (tight back activation). The tension control center of the brain runs these tensions

automatically. We can’t feel the tensions accurately, but we do know it’s hard to relax. We have a cavity below the diaphragm in the lower half of the torso that holds our viscera—the soft organs that do the hard work of digestion. The system digests well only under ideal conditions. We know that when we are resting and relaxing is when our belly gurgles and things start moving, and that’s when the system is happy to digest. We rest and digest. It is possible to optimize the conditions for good digestion by means of somatic abdominal breathing ( EricCooper) to pandiculate the mid-section. Pandiculation is a voluntary contraction followed by a slow relax. A yawn is a pandiculation. We must learn how to pandiculate our front and back stress tension patterns in order to take back control of them. By tightening the back a little voluntarily, we allow the front to open, giving room for the diaphragm to move the viscera. Then we exhale to resting neutral and exhale further by tightening the front a little to squeeze some air out. If we pandiculate our stress response patterns, we can get unstuck from them. We are voluntary re-enacting stress tensions and restoring back voluntary control. Very slow repetition reinforces the escape from being stuck in stress, and our nervous system will be relaxed again. Eric Cooper is a Clinical Somatic Educator in the Emerald Temple Healing Center, south of Chelsea. For more information, call 734-4361041 or visit

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Bitter Herbs Hold Sweet Rewards


by Rebecca Veenstra he practice of using bitters has mostly receded to folklore in the U.S., but new, small batch recipe companies and exclusive, trendy stores are starting to carry bitters and extolling their virtues. The truth is that we have used bitters for thousands of years. Some records indicate that the ancient Egyptians may have concocted bitters in jugs of wine. Nowadays, people turn their noses up at bitter flavors for the most part. In the days of hunting and gathering, our ancestors considered wild, bitter-tasting plants critical to their health. Many of the diseases that our modern culture suffers like indigestion, gastric reflux and metabolic disorders ranging from elevated cholesterol to Type 2 diabetes seem to all point back to the deficiency of bitterness in our diets and the lack of the protection and tone it imparts to our digestion and metabolic functions. Our palates became more refined as we grew more civilized and we found ourselves appreciating saltier and blander foods. Consequently, bitter herbs became less common, but ironically, more necessary. With the advent of distillation, recipes for bitters became commonplace. Many 24

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snake oil peddlers of bygone days were selling bitters of one recipe or another. One of the first bitters to ever be bottled and sold in mass was Angostura bitters. The recipe was first compounded as a cure for sea sickness by German physician Dr. Johann Gottlieb Benjamin Siegert in 1824.

gestive enzymes which prepare the system for the process of breaking down foods. This could potentially benefit a person with slow digestion or low appetite. The more prepared the body is for food the better it is able to break it down efficiently. Proper absorption is completely dependent on the body’s ability to extract the nutrients from the food in the first place. Some herbs that have bitter properties are dandelion, chamomile, golden seal, milk thistle, blessed thistle, wormwood and yarrow. Greens with bitter properties are endive, chicory and coriander. There are many creative ways to incorporate bitter herbs into our diet and recipes, keeping in mind the general theory that they should be ingested prior to eating and not with dessert. Often, indigestion occurs because our bodies are forced to eat at times when it’s convenient and not necessarily the best time for our digestive systems. If someone throws a lot of work on our desk when we aren’t prepared, we can’t don’t drop everything to deal with it. Our stomachs are the same way. They need a little bit of warning before we can expect them to work efficiently. If we take a few minutes to prepare our body for its next meal, we might find that we have a little more energy, maybe a few less aches and pains and maybe less indigestion. This summer, give bitters a

The more prepared the body is for food the better it is able to break it down efficiently. The basic concept is a mixture of herbs that tastes bitter. The actual taste is the absolute most important aspect of the recipe. Bitter herbs are thought to stimulate digestive function by increasing saliva production and promoting both stomach acid and digestive enzyme production which leads to improved appetite and digestion. As a result, they are particularly useful when there is low stomach acid, but not for heartburn, where too much stomach acid could initially exacerbate the situation. It is theorized that when people ingest bitter tasting things, saliva is stimulated, which causes the stomach to product di-

try to fare better at parties and picnics and even mix up a few bottles to share with friends and family. Whether interested in bitter herbs for medicinal, creative or culinary purposes, remember that all herbs must be used properly to obtain the best results. Before using any alternative medicine approach such as herbal treatments and remedies, it’s wise to consult with a healthcare professional, because some herbs can interact with prescription medicines or be toxic if used improperly. Rebecca Veenstra is a chartered herbalist.

Growing Indoors is Fun and Rewarding


by Paul Watson t’s easy to see why so many people are flocking to the sheer enjoyment of growing their own plants, whatever they may be, inside of their home 365 days a year, no matter where they live. Just about everything in the world of medicine at first came from plants. Chamomile, an easy-togrow plant, helps with sleep, as well as calming the nervous system and the tummy. Peppermint soothes the stomach and breaks up gas. Evening primrose flower produces oil that’s said to alleviate the symptoms of PMS and skin conditions like eczema. There are many reasons why people hang up their first light and flip the switch. Number one and probably most reassuring is to know where that medicine came from. We can grow low-cost natural alternatives to traditional medicine, including cannabidiol (CBD), which has made an explosive entry into the world of natural medicine. For manufacturers of CDB oil to be compliant with federal law, they must assure that their products fall within government guidelines for acceptable levels of THC (the psychoactive component of marijuana). The plant must be considered full-spectrum to be effective, which includes a small percentile of THC. Research shows that all the components need to be present to have an effect. Hemp (a specific strain of cannabis), has all the right government allowed percentages, and with the addition of a small amount of THC, does work as well as whole plant infusion. There are 113 different cannabinoids in cannabis, and that’s what is meant by the term “full-spectrum”. The best full-spectrum, commercial hemp CBD products might have up 13 cannabinoids and offer at best up to 5 percent CBD, nowhere near the 20-to-one ratio of CBD to THC we’re seeing in the home market strains. For those of us that live in states that have legalized cannabis, this means that we can now grow and produce our own CBD, which is full of all the plant’s compounds and energies. Seed breeders have done a marvelous job of producing high-CBD, low-THC strains for growing in our own home. The difference between these plants and hemp is immeasurable. Commercial producers can only produce what is allowed by federal regulations, so this is one of the main reasons that growing our own to produce the best possible natural medicine available is so important to our health and your pocketbook. Growing your own medicine can be a lot more than just fun. For more info, email Paul and Kim Watson at

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Plants, Plants Everywhere and Plenty to Eat by Julie Wagester verywhere we go, we are surrounded by plants that are both edible and medicinal. From the weed that grows in the back yard or between the cracks in the sidewalk to the diverse growth of plants in the fields, meadows and forests. Basic identification skills are critical to know and understand what we are eating and using. The properties, benefits and the plant itself holds many secrets; some good, some very dangerous.


close to a busy road or in touch with other types of pollution. Sustainability and ethical harvesting practices are also important to know. When harvesting any plant, think about whether the community is large enough to withstand our impact. If the plant is endangered, there must an abundance of them in the area and we are the only one picking the plant. First:

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Identify medicinal plants and edible plants Learn the medicinal properties of herbs Learn how to use field guides Understand the benefits of herbs and wild edibles. n Get out in the field. This convening with the plant itself with cannot be matched a book, website or picture.

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e know that and your study sleep is good of them? for mental It was where it all got and physical health, but started for me and whether dreams can play even though it was a role is a fascinating eight years ago, I still topic. When we journey remember my first into that state, science lucid dream as if it was journalist Alice Robb yesterday. If I hadn’t feels we can reap even had that experience more benefits and make of doing the exercises our waking lives more to elicit lucid dreamproductive, healthier and ing, I don’t know if I happier. would’ve written the Her recent book book—although I’ve Why We Dream: The Knowing you are always been fascinated Transformative Power lying in bed, but also by my regular dreams, of Our Nightly Journey, feeling, physically, that which have been vivid, which blossomed from you are in another place, and have often wona trip to Peru, posits a dered what was going new way to look at our is very powerful. on in my brain to prodreams including how duce them—especially ~Alice Robb to recall and even inwhen I felt they were fluence them, and how affecting my moods or my daily life. doing so benefits us when awake. Rich with recent studies and evoking famous artists, thinkers and others over centuries, she traces How is lucid dreaming differthe intricate links between dreaming and ent than normal dreaming? creativity, and offers tips on how we can relIn lucid dreams, you are aware that you ish the intense adventure of lucid dreaming. are dreaming. A lot of people will be in Robb was a staff writer for The New a nightmare; it’s really scary, and you say Republic and has also written for New York to yourself, “This can’t be real, this must Magazine, The Atlantic, Elle, The Washbe a dream,” and then maybe you can get ington Post, the BBC and British Vogue. A yourself out of it. You can train yourself to graduate of Oxford with Bachelor of Arts prolong those lucid moments. Some people degrees in both Archaeology and Anthrodo it naturally while others can do different pology, she resides in Brooklyn, New York. meditation exercises to learn to gain awareness within their dreams. How did your experience in Before you start trying to have lucid Peru shape both your dreams dreams, it’s important to have very good

recall of your regular dreams. We’re all dreaming every night, every time we have a REM cycle, about every 90 minutes that we are asleep, even if you don’t remember your dreams. It’s easier for most people to improve their dream recall. It’s as simple as saying to yourself before bed, “I want to remember my dreams tonight.” The more intention you have, the more you think about your dreams during the day, can be enough to trigger you to better remember your dreams. If you pay close attention to your environment, looking and examining it and asking yourself whether it’s real, you will then ask yourself the same question in a dream.

How do you feel lucid dreaming can improve our overall well-being?

You can practice a speech you are worried about. If you are an athlete, you can mentally prepare. It can help with your mental health. You can use lucid dreams to confront your demons; you can summon someone that you want to have a conversation with and practice talking with them. They are awe-inspiring. Knowing you are lying in bed, but also feeling, physically, that you are in another place, is very powerful.

What steps can we take to improve our ability to recall dreams?

Keep a dream journal. It doesn’t have to be pen and paper; you can speak your dreams into your phone in the morning or in the middle of the night if you wake up… whatever you can do to train yourself to hold onto them because if you don’t remember them when you wake up, then they will fade pretty quickly. As soon as I started keeping a dream journal, I was amazed at how many I was remembering. When getting started, make sure to write something every morning, even “I don’t remember anything.” The habits will become ingrained and you’ll start to remember dreams. Randy Kambic, of Estero, Florida, is a freelance editor and writer. July 2019


just the beginning of what this valuable, underutilized resource can offer. Each year, millions in federal taxpayer dollars help fund county agricultural extension programs administered through the 108 colleges and universities that comprise the nation’s land grant university system. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which supplies the money, also helps fund science-based research meant to reach not only farmers, but home gardeners seeking advice on best practices. The USDA is trying to do a better job of raising public awareness of assistance that’s readily available, free of charge, especially now that it’s getting more funding.

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any home gardeners readily list flies, wasps and beetles among the “pests” in their gardens. However, many of these are actually pollinators that help boost pro-

duction of fruits and vegetables; others are beneficial insects that keep the real plant-killers at bay. A quick call to the local cooperative extension service can help sort out friend from foe—and that’s

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“The good news is that the 2018 Farm Bill provided increases for many of our programs, including the organic agriculture research and extension initiative program for which we received significant funding,” says Mathieu Ngouajio, program leader for the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The USDA is eager to see the connections their constituents are making with the research. “We want to identify the needs of organic gardeners, and the best way to meet those needs to get our research into their hands,” Ngouajio says.

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County extension agents are on the front lines of this effort, offering low- or no-cost soil testing, handbooks on a variety of local gardening topics and workshops on everything from making rain barrels and creating rain gardens to implementing eco-friendly pest control, cultivating native plants and employing best practices for organic gardening. Master gardeners that volunteer their expertise are central to supporting extension outreach activities. “We would love more business from the public,” says Weston Miller, an associate professor with Oregon State University’s extension service. “The public service of the master gardener program is to answer questions,” including what and when to plant and how much irrigation is required. In Oregon, there are 3,500 master gardeners, with 650 volunteers in Portland alone. “We train master gardeners in how to use our resources and interpret the research to the public,” Miller says. “There are trained volunteers in pretty much every county in the country ready and willing to answer any gardening question,” Miller says. For example, a new organic gardener might not know the correct soil amendments to use or how to start a composting pile to supplement the soil in an organic garden. There is also a nationwide network called Ask the Expert (

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Many of those getting into organic gardening might feel confused as to what connotes organic, Miller says. “Organic gardening is using a naturally formed material for fertilizer and pesticide, from plant, animal or mineral sources.”

“You have to do weeding by hand or use an herbicide that isn’t organic.” Another issue that extension programs can help with is making sure organic gardeners receive only scientifically researched information, says Nicole Pinson, an urban horticulture agent with the Hillsborough County Extension Service, in Tampa, Florida. “Gardening information is available on websites and on social media. Some information that pops up is not re-

There are trained volunteers in pretty much every county in the country ready and willing to answer any gardening question. The biggest area of confusion is that many people think organic means pesticide-free. But that is not always true. There is organic pest control, Miller says. “In terms of gardening, there are certified organic products you can use and still be organic.” One thing to look for on a label is the seal of the Organic Materials Review Institute, which indicates the product is suitable for organic gardening. However, there aren’t many good options for weed management, he adds.

search-based, or they are selling a product and are not unbiased,” Pinson says. “We generally stick to recommendations we have been able to vet through research. When we make a recommendation, we give folks all of the options of what they can do.” To find a nearby extension office, visit Yvette C. Hammett is an environmental writer based in Valrico, Florida. She can be contacted at

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search supporting the physical and mental benefits of forest bathing is so compelling that it’s advocated by the National Institute of Public Health of Japan and prescribed to patients there. Researchers from the University of East Anglia, in England, examined years of studies and found significant evidence that experiencing nature has a positive impact on health. Published in the journal Environmental Research in 2018, the meta-analysis involving 290 million participants from 20 countries concluded that spending time in green spaces lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, and reduces the stress hormone cortisol. The study also noted a lower risk of Type 2 diabetes and death from heart disease.


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Mother Nature’s Rx for Body and Mind by Marlaina Donato


n 1982, the Japanese government coined the term Shinrin-yoku (“taking in the forest atmosphere” or “forest bathing”) to inspire people to visit and appreciate national parks. Today, that


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walk in the woods has become a medically recommended activity worldwide for improving immunity, reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression, managing chronic pain and promoting better sleep. The re-

Another recent review of studies, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, concluded that Shinrin-yoku can ease the symptoms of adult depression. “Forest bathing plugs us into something we all seek—a source of peace and well-being. The thing that first hooked me into being a forest bathing guide was reading the robust body of research that proves the benefits of forest bathing,” says Judy Beaudette, board secretary of Friends of North Creek Forest, in Bothell, Washington. Melanie Choukas-Bradley, a certified


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forest therapy guide and author of The Joy of Forest Bathing: Reconnect With Wild Places & Rejuvenate Your Life, in Chevy Chase, Maryland, attests to the therapeutic value of forest bathing. “Even occasional nature immersion can have beneficial health effects that can last for days. Many doctors are now prescribing nature to patients. There’s an organization devoted to this called Park Rx America.” She recommends just 20 minutes during a lunch break to sit on a bench or on the ground beneath trees. There are many theories of why spending time in the woods or any other natural place makes us feel good; for example, findings published in the journal Toxicological Research in 2017 attribute the immune-boosting, mood-lifting benefits of forest bathing to natural terpenes released into the air by trees, especially conifers. Terpenes contain anti-inflammatory properties that strengthen the body’s natural defenses.

Sensory Immersion, Not Exercise Shinrin-yoku is intended to engage the trinity of body-mind-spirit. “The main purpose is not exercise or getting from point A to point B, but rather having a mindful, sensory experience in nature. It isn’t some prescribed task you need to do, like pushups,” explains Hannah Fries, a poet

and author of Forest Bathing Retreat: Find Wholeness in the Company of Trees. She communes with the wild for both health and inspiration. “Even if it’s only 20 minutes a week, go outside without a phone or other electronic device. Walk slowly. Look more closely. Listen. Smell. Touch. Interact with the living, breathing world around you. It’s that simple.” Choukas-Bradley says that observance is key. Recalling her first forest bathing

backyard tree. “Make it a practice to find a ‘sit spot’ where you can quietly observe beauty and are apt to feel a sense of awe. Psychology researchers have shown that experiencing awe has many positive effects on emotional health.” It doesn’t matter if we commune with nature in a rural or urban setting, only that we remain dialed in to our surroundings. “Forest bathing is a tool for slowing down our buzzing minds and practicing a

A Simple Meditation Forest bathing guide Judy Beaudette suggests: n Find something you can put your attention on that is natural—a plant, a stone, a bird’s song, a stream or a forest, the sky, even a tuft of grass or weeds growing out of a crack in the sidewalk. n Practice noticing something small in nature, like an acorn, a leaf or a grain of sand. Put it in the palm of your hand and for five minutes, notice the details. Keep noticing. See what thoughts come to mind and keep returning your attention to this small thing. After the five minutes have elapsed, write down your observations. experience, she says, “We paid attention to our breath and tuned in to the sights, sounds and sensations all around us. I noticed a perfect spider’s web, just barely trembling in the slightest breeze, its creator clinging to the center.” She recommends finding a “wild home”—a neighborhood park, garden or

secret superpower—the skill of consciously choosing what we put our attention on,” says Beaudette. Marlaina Donato is the author of several books, including Multidimensional Aromatherapy. She is also a composer. Connect at

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to children’s development that an American Academy of Pediatrics 2018 clinical report, “The Power of Play,” recommends that doctors write prescriptions for it. “Play is not frivolous; it is brain building,” concludes the report. It defines play as voluntary, fun and spontaneous activities that engross a child, often resulting in joyous discovery, and includes imaginative make-believe, experimenting and risk-taking. It cites 147 studies showing that play builds skills critical for adult success such as problem solving, collaboration and creativity; decreases stress, fatigue, injury and depression; and increases range of motion, agility, coordination, balance and flexibility. Here are some ways to up the play in children’s lives:

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Encourage them to take the lead. Let kids decide whether they want to play with friends, siblings or alone. They will happily make up their own games with lots of raw materials that are on hand—blocks, balls, puzzles, crayons, boxes, wooden spoons, old costumes and hats, sand, water, tarps and shovels. “Play is how children learn to create and govern their own activities and solve their own problems independently of adults,” says Gray. “Stated differently, it is how children learn to become adults. This value is destroyed when adults take charge of children’s activities.”

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of a sense of ownership and accomplishment. Leigh Ellen Magness, a clinical social worker and registered play therapist in Athens, Georgia, grappled with anxiety as she watched her 5-yearold son clamber up a roadside sculpture designed for climbing. “He climbed so high that my stomach flip-flopped to see him so far from me. But I knew there was no better way for him to learn the limits of his own body than to test them,” she says. Mariana Brussoni, Ph.D., an associate professor in the department of pediatrics and the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia, Canada, concurs: “When they’re given the chance, even very young children show clear abilities to manage risks and figure out their own limits. The potential for learning is enormous.”


Don’t worry. “The data show that children are far more likely to get injured in adult-directed sports, where they are pushed to compete, than in free play,” says Gray. “Moreover, the kinds of injuries that occur in free play are relatively easy to recover from.” As for the fear of kidnapping by strangers, the odds are very small—one in a million, according to the latest U.S. Department of Justice data. “Weigh the effect of the limits you place on your kids to prevent that very, very, very unlikely possibility versus the fundamental importance for their own health and development of exploring freedom,” advises Brussoni. Ronica A. O’Hara is a Denver-based freelance health writer. Connect at

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Beyond Antibiotics Pets Can Heal With Natural Approaches by Karen Shaw Becker


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escalating problem of resistance, which is the result of too-frequent and unnecessary use of these drugs. One of the most important things to know is that dogs and cats are exposed to

In many cases, even when bacteria are exposed for the first time to a particular antibiotic, the majority will die, but some will survive and pass on that resistance to other bacteria. The problem is not that certain disease-causing bacteria are antibioticresistant, but that the resistance genes in any type of bacteria can transfer their ability to survive to billions of other bacteria. This is how superbugs are born. These are a strain of bacteria able to withstand assault by multiple types of antibiotics. When a veterinarian can no longer eliminate bacterial infections with antibiotics, the life of the animal is threatened, and that’s the biggest concern. If a veterinarian makes a diagnosis of infection, ask for a culture and sensitivity test. Otherwise, he or she is making a guess at what type of organism is present and the best antibiotic to treat it. Each time an unnecessary or inappropriate antibiotic is prescribed, the potential for resistance increases. Only in an emergency situation should a veterinarian prescribe an antibiotic before the culture and sensitivity test can be performed. The vet

can then switch medications if necessary when the results arrive. Giving the proper dose of the antibiotic at the proper intervals and using up the entire prescription is important, even if the pet seems to be fully recovered before the medication has run out. This will ensure the infection is totally resolved and prevent the pet from having to take another full course of antibiotics because the first one wasn’t fully administered and the infection wasn’t effectively cleared. It’s important to reseed the pet’s gastrointestinal (GI) system with friendly microorganisms—probiotics—during and after antibiotic therapy to reestablish a healthy balance of gut bacteria. This will also help keep a dog or cat’s digestive system working optimally and the immune system strong.

ing E. coli-related urinary tract infections (UTIs) in dogs as short-term antibiotic treatment. In addition, cranberry extract can help fight multidrug-resistant bacteria in dogs with recurrent E. coli UTIs. In a study of shelter dogs, researchers compared the use of probiotics to antibiotics to treat acute diarrhea caused by stress. They concluded probiotic therapy was as

infections caused by methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) with good success. If a dog or cat isn’t facing a life-threatening health situation, talk with the veterinarian about alternatives to antibiotics. In these situations, pet parents often find it beneficial to consult a functional medicine or integrative veterinarian whose goal is to

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hen off-grid camping in a recreational vehicle (RV) we may find ourselves next to a beautiful ocean vista, alongside a picturesque stream or on the edge of a gorgeous lake; but even where pure, fresh, water is available, we will be constrained by the capacity of its onboard tanks. Conserving water can prolong the duration of our stay and allow more flexibility in our activities. More than that, learning how to save water in our RV can allow us to travel greener and make our adventures more eco-friendly. Conservation first: The first stage in water conservation should be to consider how we might either expand our water-carrying capacity or source water from the surrounding environment in sustainable ways such as harvesting rainwater that can be used to run sinks, toilets or showers, water plants or be purified for use as drinking water.


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Purify water from the natural surroundings: A water purifier is a musthave piece of equipment for spending a lot

of time in an RV in wilderness locations.


Upgrade the water pump: In addition to upgrading to larger water tanks, upgrading the water pump can save water and energy, because an inefficient or poorly functioning water pump can mean that taps must be turned further to get sufficient pressure—plus, water that arrives in fits and starts often gets wasted.


Flush less frequently: This could involve using toilets external to the RV such as campground restrooms or even opting to go outdoors when appropriate.


Install a low-flow model or composting toilet: The flushing of a toilet accounts for a huge amount of water waste in an RV. Composting toilets do not require any water at all, and are the greenest choice.


Install low-flow shower head and faucets: Faucets with aerators fitted and showerheads designed to conserve water will waste less water and make a surprisingly big difference over time.


Turn off the tap while brushing or shaving: Cut this out and the water savings will quickly add up.



Take fewer, shorter showers: But showers can use a shocking amount of water.

Cook simple, one-pot or nopot dishes to save on washing: There are plenty of ways to enjoy cold meals such as sandwiches, grilled barbecue goodies or one-pot wonders that involve few pots and utensils.


Heat hot water only to the temperature required for a shower: A lot of the water wasted in showering is wasted by mixing hot and cold water to reach the required temperature.


Cook more than one meal at the same time: Bulk cooking sessions can save on washing, energy and time.


Consider natural, al fresco bathing options: A dip in a waterfall or pure mountain stream may sometimes be all that we require.


Use eco-friendly disposable plates: Check that they are a green and sustainable choice—eco-friendly, biodegradable types—rather than Styrofoam or other plastic options that will end up in a landfill.


Skip showers and wipe clean instead: Opt for the occasional sponge bath or wipe clean instead of a full head-to-toe immersion. Use eco-friendly, biodegradable wet wipes.


Use a dry shampoo: Washing hair can be a particularly water-intensive activity. Combing bicarbonate of soda or corn starch through the hair is an eco-friendly, low-cost solution.



Scrape and wipe plates before washing: We can significantly cut down on the amount of water required by pre-processing plates and utensils before washing them. Washing dishes that are already mostly clean is far quicker and uses far less water.

Reuse water from boiling to wash dishes: Often, the water used to boil vegetables can be reused to wash dishes with no ill effect at the soaping stage. These tips should provide inspiration to help you save water in the RV. The more water we save, the better it will be for the planet. Elizabeth Waddington is a contributing writer to Natural Awakenings magazine.

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Critters Up Close: Insects – June 8 & 9. 10am4pm, 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.



Readings and Reiki at Evenstar’s Chalice – 11am7pm. Drop-in tarot, astrology, crystal or intuitive readings and reiki energy healing every weekend. Schedule ahead by phone or check Evenstar’s Chalice on Facebook for a schedule of our practitioners. Prices vary by practitioner. Evenstar’s Chalice, 36 N Huron St, Ypsilanti. 734-905-7980.

How to Use Your Supplements – 7-8pm. Kerry will teach a free class about supplements, what they’re used for, and how to use them correctly. Also learn about some of our favorite commonly used supplements to keep in your medicine cabinet. The NHCAA, 462 Jackson Plaza, Ann Arbor. To register: 734-302-7575.

MONDAY, JULY 8 Catching Your Breath – 10-11am. 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 Unplugg’d – 8pm. Shakespearean actors off the leash. Free; donations welcome. The Ark, 316 S Main St, Ann Arbor. 734-761-1800.

Open Meditation – Wednesdays, July 10-Aug 31. 7-8:30pm. Facilitators will provide basic guidance in concentrated meditation using the breath as a point of focus. All levels of experience welcome. Free. Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist Learning Center, 1129 Oak Valley Dr, Ann Arbor. 734-994-3387. 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.


TUESDAY, JULY 9 Stewards’ Circle – 7:30-8:30am. Topic: Ann Arbor’s Salamanders. Learn about these amphibians and what we can do to protect their habitats. 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.

Mindful Dexter: Second Saturday Meditation – 9:30-10:30am. Free mindfulness meditation in a safe, friendly group setting. Sessions have no religious affiliation. Appropriate for beginners as well as experienced meditators; guided by experienced mindfulness practitioners/facilitators. All welcome, no registration necessary. Dexter Library, 3255 Alpine St, Dexter. 734-476-8474. Reiki for Kids – 10am-3:35pm. 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. $95. Heavenly Horse Stables,



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Family Art Studio: Inuit Inspirations – 11am-1pm; 2-4pm. Create your own project inspired by the UMMA exhibition The Power Family Program for Inuit Art: Tillirnanngittuq​, followed by a handson workshop with local artist and UMMA docent Sophie  Grillet.  Free; space limited. UMMA, 525 S State St, Ann Arbor. 734-764-0395. Registration required:

SUNDAY, JULY 14 Stewardship Workday: Black Pond Woods Nature Area – 9am-12pm. Help protect these woods by removing non-native plants such as Japanese hedge parsley. Tools, snacks and know-how provided. Free. Meet on Tibbits Crt, off of Pontiac Trail, Ann Arbor. Free Public Talk by H.E. Ling Rinpoche – 11am12pm. In 1987, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama recognized him as the reincarnation of His Holiness the 6th Kyabje Yongzin Ling Rinpoche (1903-1983), who was the most Senior Tutor of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Free. Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist Learning Center, 1129 Oak Valley Dr, Ann Arbor. 734-994-3387.

MONDAY, JULY 15 Meditation and Mindfulness for Adults – 7-8:30pm. With Amy Tarrant. Learn breathing exercises and short, simple techniques for calmness and reduced stress. Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E Eisenhower Pkwy, Ann Arbor. 327-4200.

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TUESDAY, JULY 16 Celebrating Our Fullness: Full Moon Gathering – 7-9pm. Celebrate our fullness as human beings, mark the rhythms of time in community, to support one another on this great journey, and have a lot of creative fun. Everyone welcome. Love offerings accepted. Evenstar’s Chalice, 36 N Huron St, Ypsilanti. 734-905-7980. Our Goal is to Save the World: Starting with Detroit – 7:30pm. Presentation by John George, founder of Detroit Blight Busters, a community-based nonprofit housing corporation. Presented by the Sierra Club Huron Valley. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor. 734-6477600.

THURSDAY, JULY 18 Stage on Main: Open Stage in the Open Air – 6-9pm. Take your music to the masses. Free. Under the big tent at the corner of William & Main, Ann Arbor. 734-761-1800.



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Stage on Main: Royal Wood, Lula Wiles, Smooth Hound Smith – 4:30-9pm. Music for your Art Fair enjoyment. Free. Under the big tent at the corner of William & Main, Ann Arbor. 734-761-1800.

SATURDAY, JULY 20 Day of Meditation – 8:30am-6pm. Open to all experience levels and offered according to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, will include practice sessions and light guidance. Free. Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist Learning Center, 1129 Oak Valley Dr, Ann Arbor. 734-994-3387. New Age Terrarium Culture – 11am. Don’t have ideal growing conditions? Think small. Ed Cott of the American Orchid Society explains the advantages of this updated growing system. Presented by the Ann Arbor Orchid Society. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor. 734-6477600.


Raptor Feeding – 4-5pm. Join LSNC raptor staff for dinner time. See staff prepare scrumptious raptor food for our wild owls, hawks and eagles. Free. Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd, Ann Arbor. 997-1553. Stage on Main: Freddy & Francine, Oshima Brothers, RFD Boys – 4:30-9pm. Music for your Art Fair enjoyment. Free. Under the big tent at the corner of William & Main, Ann Arbor. 734-7611800.

SUNDAY, JULY 21 Stewardship Workday: Ruthven Nature Area – 9am-12pm. Foster the native plants here by removing the exotic species intruding in this habitat. Tools, snacks and know-how provided. Free. Meet at the Gallup boat dock parking lot, at the SE corner of Huron Pkwy & Geddes Rd, Ann Arbor. Hosta Leaf Show and Auction – 2pm. Hosta leaf show that allows plants to be showcased by their leaves. Followed by the annual auction at 1pm of quality donated hosta plants. Presented by the Hosta

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TUESDAY, JULY 23 Introduction to Self-Hypnosis – July 23-30. 6:308:30pm. Whether you’ve always wanted to conquer a fear that’s been holding you back, or you’re looking to try an alternative form of relaxation, self-hypnosis could benefit you. Course # HEC 4430. $39. Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E Huron River Dr, Ann Arbor. 734-677-5060. wccnet. edu/community-enrichment.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 24 The Carnivore Diet and Ketosis – 7-8pm. Join Dr. Schmidt to learn about the benefits of the carnivore diet and how you can achieve ketosis with it. Free. The NHCAA, 462 Jackson Plaza, Ann Arbor. To register: 734-302-7575.

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 Nature Walk: Marshall Nature Area – 6-7:30pm. Learn about native plants while looking carefully for birds and butterflies. Meet in the parking lot off Dixboro Rd, north of Plymouth Rd, Ann Arbor. 734-327-4200. Bring Your Own Bonsai Workshop – 7-9pm. Bonsai expert and artist Michael Hagedorn conducts a bring-your-own-tree workshop structured as a maintenance workshop as opposed to a creating workshop. $75. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor. Registration required:

SATURDAY, JULY 27 Sensory Storytime – 10-11am. This special storytime includes 20 mins of interactive stories, rhymes, and movement, plus 40 mins of adaptive free play. Designed for ages 3-7 with developmental disabilities and their friends and families. Westgate Branch, 2503 Jackson Ave. 327-8301.

Bonsai Assessment Program – 7-9pm. Bonsai expert and artist Michael Hagedorn conducts a seminar-style meeting, where participants bring in trees they have questions about and Michael comments. Free. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor. 734-647-7600.

Community Drumming Circle – 7-8pm. With Lisa Harthun. Gather to drum, rattle, dance, sing. Drums, rattles, maracas, tambourines, flutes, didgeridoos, whistles, bongos or just your voice. Bring what you have or get creative and bring your own homemade instrument. $10 donation suggested. Evenstar’s Chalice, 36 N Huron St, Ypsilanti. 734-905-7980.



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: Chelsea 

Things with Wings – 1-4pm. Includes the group Monarch Watch with live butterflies and information on monarch migration, birds of prey and face painting. Free. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor. 734-647-7600.

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Cross Pollination: An Art and the Environment Tour – 2-3pm. Join UMMA Assistant Curator of Photography Jennifer Friess and Education Outreach Program Coordinator Grace VanderVliet for a tour connecting environmental themes shared across 3 exhibitions: The World to Come: Art in the Age of the Anthropocene, The Power Family Program for Inuit Art: Tillirnanngittuq​and​  Jason DeMarte: Garden of Artificial Delights. UMMA, 525 S State St, Ann Arbor. 734-764-0395. Registration required:

WEDNESDAY, JULY 31 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.

PLAN AHEAD SATURDAY, AUGUST 10 Mindful Dexter: Guided Mindfulness Walk – 9:30-10:30am. Enjoy a half-mile mindful walk, along with a guided mindfulness meditation, hosted by Mindful Dexter in partnership with Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation. For all fitness levels. No registration necessary. Free. Burns-Stokes Nature Preserve, Zeeb Rd, Dexter. 734-476-8474. Tinyurl. com/mindfuldexter.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19 Ann Arbor Annual Arts and Crafts Show: Crafting with Grace – Indoor juried Arts & Crafts Show featuring 60+ handcrafted artisans. Concessions, baked goods, door prize drawings, complimentary kids’ craft corner and face-painting. Accepting applications for qualified artists/crafters. $2, free/children under age 12. 734-368-8897. New Grace, 2898 Packard Rd, Ann Arbor. Applications available: or

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First Sundays at Evenstar’s Chalice – 1011:30am. An opportunity to create sacred space in which to commune, nurture, share and play. Donation. 36 N Huron St, Ypsilanti. 734-905-7980. Group Meditation – 10-11:30am. 45-min group meditation followed by a talk and sharing. Free. 1415 Miller Rd, Ann Arbor. 734-945-7612. Info@ Sunday Online Meditation from Anywhere – 11am-12pm. Building an international sangha by connecting loving hearts. Donations welcome. To receive a link: or

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. Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd, Ann Arbor. 734-997-1553.

1-Day Silent Meditation Retreat – 9am-5pm. 4th Sun. Find your inner peace and relaxation at suburban Monastery. Discussion and Q&A. Light lunch included. Free. Triple Crane Monastery, 7665 Werkner Rd, Chelsea. 734-757-8567. Iyengar Yoga – 10am. Also Mon, 6pm; Thurs, 7pm; Sat, 10am. With David Rosenberg. Experience invigorating yoga postures using the methods of BKS Iyengar to strengthen the body. $95/8 classes; $105/9 classes. Info: 734-662-6282 or 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.

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. $5-$10 sliding scale. Phoenix Center, 200 S Main, Ann Arbor. 734-604-4416. ContactImprovAnnArbor. Nature Play Pop-Ups – Thru Aug. 3-4:40pm. 2nd Sun. Also Mon, 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. 734-647-7600. 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.

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:

necting with the natural world. Free. 2626 Fuller Rd, Ann Arbor. 734-210-0463.

Tibetan Buddhist Sunday Service – 11:15am. Join us for short sessions of sitting meditation, compassion meditation, teachings and discussion. Free. Ann Arbor Karma Thegsum Chöling, 614 Miner St, Ann Arbor. 734-649-2127. Japanese Reiki Practice Circle – 1-3pm. 1st Sun. With Andrew Anders. A monthly reiki gathering event for all local practitioners to practice together. $15. Info: 734-480-8107 or Kirtan Dance – 1:30-3pm. 2nd Sun. Combines the healing vibrational practices of devotional singing and dance. $15/class; $50/4 classes. Sadhana Dance Theater, 607 Robin Rd, Ann Arbor. 734-330-3051. Holistic Health Group – Thru Sept 1. 2-3:30pm. For people who would like to learn about recon-

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Medical Cannabis Support Group – 4:30pm. Last Sun. Designed for individuals seeking support and information for utilizing medical cannabis. Free. Om of Medicine, 111 S Main St, Ann Arbor. 734369-8255. Sunday Group Meditation – 5-6pm, sitting meditation; 6-6:30pm, mindful sharing. 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. 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. 2/ session. Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave, Ann Arbor. Sign up to play: Ann-Arbor-Acoustic-Jam.

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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

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. EvenstarsChalice. com/realization-process. 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.

Tai Chi: Beginning through Advanced – MonThurs. With Good EnerChi Studio and Staggerin Dragon School of Tai Chi. 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.

Ann Arbor Farmers’ Market – Thru Dec. 7am3pm. Also Sat. 315 Detroit St, Ann Arbor. 734-7946255.

Stretch and Strength Yoga – 10-11am. 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. Nature Play Pop-Ups – Thru 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. 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, 734-327-0270. Meditation Sitting Group – 7-8pm. Washington Street Educational Center, Room 114, Chelsea. More info, Carol Blotter: 734-475-0942.

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Chelsea Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct. 1-5pm. Chelsea State Bank parking lot, corner of Old US 12 & M 52, Chelsea. 734-475-6402. Wine Down Wednesdays – Thru Aug 28. 5-7pm. Enjoy vineyard views, listen to musicians, sip CGT wine or cider and house made small bites. Admission free. Chateau Grand Traverse Winery, 12239 Center Rd, Traverse City. 231-938-6120. cgtwines. com/winedown. 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 backgrounds and levels. Free. Triple Crane Monastery, 7665 Werkner Rd, Chelsea. 734-7578567. Happy Hour Massage – 3-8pm. We’ll match your needs with an expert therapist who can tailor a

massage to your wellness needs. $55/60 min, $80/90 min. Balance Massage Therapy, 5155 Plymouth Rd, Ann Arbor. 734-660-5919.

weekend; reiki energy healing. Call ahead or dropins. Evenstar’s Chalice, 36 N Huron St, Ypsilanti. 734-905-7980.


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: 

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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. 734- 625-1844 or

Chelsea Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct. 8am1pm. Downtown on Park St, Chelsea. 734-4756402. Saline Summer Farmers’ Market  – Thru Oct. 8am-12pm. Downtown, S Ann Arbor St, half block south of Michigan Ave, Saline. farmersmarket. 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. Free. Fjallraven, 213 S Main St, Ann Arbor. 734-585-5628.

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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. 722 Brooks St, Ann Arbor. 734-975-6534. Readings and Reiki – 11am-7pm. Drop-in tarot, astrology, crystal or intuitive readings and reiki energy healing every weekend. Prices vary. Evenstar’s Chalice, 36 N Huron St, Ypsilanti. 734-905-7980. Drum and Dance Jam – 7:30-9pm. 1st Sat (AprAug). 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, InterfaithSpirit. org or

Ypsilanti Open Meditation – 11am. With Ypsilanti District Library. 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, SKonen@ or 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 – 6:308pm. Group is to bring those experiencing infertility together to support each other while enjoying the healthy benefits of nature. $5/session. 734-320-4958 or Intensive Meditation with Lighthouse Center – 7pm, gather; 7:30-10:15pm, chanting. 1st & 3rd Fri. Chanting and prayer, followed by meditating 20 mins on each of the 7 chakra energy centers. 740 E Shore Dr, Whitmore Lake. 734-417-5804. Dances of Universal Peace – 7-9pm. 1st Fri. The dances are a form of moving meditation that require neither partner nor experience. $5. Info: 419-4756535, or PeaceDance.

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Ellen Livingston 734-645-3217


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



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


GRASS FINISHED BEEF SHARED BLESSINGS FARM 7291 18 Mile Rd, Marion 231-743-2286

We are a family farm focused on healthy soils to produce healthy grass-finished animals rich in minerals and omega-3s and omega-6s with real fat that is good for you.



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.

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 40.


We are a family farm focused on healthy soils to produce healthy animals so they can produce healthy raw milk for your good. Taste to know the difference.



Carolyn Schwab 4470 Brunson Pl. Traverse City (231) 941-2390 With gifted hands, intuitive awareness and earned wisdom, Carolyn collaborates with you and your innate abilities, igniting relief of chronic pain provided through a gently balanced healing experience.

HEALTHY PET SQUARE DEAL COUNTRY STORE 900 Woodmere Ave, Traverse City 231-946-5030

Our knowledgeable staff is here to help you find the best food, treats and products for your


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

pets. See ad page 35.


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 18.


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

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

Malcolm Sickels earned his M.D. from the University of Michigan, where he taught fellow medical students about different approaches to health. Board certified in Family Medicine and Holistic Medicine, he is in solo practice on the west side of Ann Arbor.  Learn more at Dr. See ads pages 9 and 15.


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 28.

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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 34.


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.



2345 S. Huron Pkwy, Ann Arbor In the Parkway Center 734-973-8990

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

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 23.


90 N U.S. Hwy 31 S, Traverse City, MI 49685-7923 or 231-421-5191 Facebook: The Grow Store Traverse City, MI Serving Traverse City and the Northern Michigan region since 2009. Specializing in organics, hydroponics and lighting systems for the indoor grower. A locally owned, service-oriented company. See ad page 25.


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.


Ann Arbor – Traverse City


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 31.


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.


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

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.


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


Catrina Holland 517-879-9321 Yoga dedicated to you. Catrina specializes in private yoga lessons for individuals and couples. Classes are available in studio or in the comfort of your home. All levels, including beginners, and any limitations welcome. Call Catrina today for more information


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 11.

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

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



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 15.

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

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


36 N Huron St. Ypsilanti, MI 48197 734-905-7980 Everyday enchantments and inspirations: Divine Wares, Vintage Relics, Gallery Arts and Sacred Swag. Be the mystery unfolding. Shopping, classes, workshops & events. See ad page 11.

home products. See ad page 29.

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

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


Liberate yourself from suffering. Gnosis is the practical, fact-based knowledge of consciousness that guides us to our full potential and innate happiness.

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 33.

Experience is better than belief. Learn more at July 2019





Beyond Meat

Beyond Meat

Plant-Based Burger Patties






Two 1/2 lb Patties



14 oz


with card

with card

BETTER PRODUCE Michigan Grown Cucumbers

21 2 99 4 99

Organic Cantaloupe

3 99 3




with card

Organic Peaches

with card

Organic Sweet Cherries



with card




Coupon must be presented in-store at time of purchase. Limit one coupon per customer per day. Coupon cannot be combined with other coupons or offers. Not valid on sale items, prior or TradeFirst purchases. Excludes plants, alcohol, prepared foods, Cadia, Field Day, & Better Health Brand items.



7/6, 7/7, 7/13, 7/14, 7/20, 7/21, 7/27, 7/27, & 7/28/2019.



with card

Organic Whole White Mushrooms—8 oz pkg


with card

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July Weekends Only!


with card

3 $ 25

99 /lb

Organic Peaches

all month long



with card

MichiganGrown Zucchini Squash



with card


Organic Local Green Bell Peppers



Monday, July 1 THROUGH

Wednesday, July 31, 2019


Coupon must be presented in-store at time of purchase. Limit one coupon per customer per day. Coupon cannot be combined with other coupons or offers. Not valid on sale items, prior or TradeFirst purchases. Excludes plants, alcohol, prepared foods, Cadia, Field Day, & Better Health Brand items.



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For full store locations and events, visit: Prices valid July 1 through July 31 2019. Sale items are priced too low to discount further. The Better Health Store is not responsible for typographic or printing errors. Sale prices require free membership card or Better Health Rewards account and are subject to change without notice. Savings are calculated off of the retail price with free membership card or Better Health Rewards account.


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Natural Awakenings of Greater Ann Arbor - July 2019  

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

Natural Awakenings of Greater Ann Arbor - July 2019  

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