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“My experience at Ann Arbor’s Dentist was great! They have amazing friendly staff who treat you like family. Dr. Dobracki is also a Naturopath! I loved Destin the therapy dog, great addition for kids and adults who get nervous about going to the dentist. I’ll definitely be recommending Ann Arbor’s Dentist to all my friends and family, and anybody looking to avoid metals and harsh chemicals with top service holistic care” – J. Anderson

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hroughout the year, Natural Awakenings strives to bring you the latest information and resources for natural health, nutrition, personal growth, green living, fitness and creative expression. We are pleased to offer this special edition including local Wellness Profiles, the Healthy Living Glossary and our Greater Ann Arbor Healthy Living Directory to support you in leading a healthy, happy and balanced lifestyle.

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ACUPUNCTURE Jerkins Sports and Holistic Medicine 2910 S. State St., Ann Arbor 1-858-405-8808 •


r. Julie Jerkins uses a gentle, integrated approach when treating patients. She has 15 years experience, has trained in both the U.S. and China, and has taught at the Masters Level. She tailors each treatment specifically to the patient and has successfully treated thousands of patients.

Philosophy of healing: We believe in helping clients with restoring their health through simplification and elimination of the stressors in their living environment. See ads pages 15, 21, 35 and 36.

HOLISTIC DENTISTRY Ann Arbor’s Dentist 606 W. Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor 734-747-6400 •

Dr. Julie Jerkins

Wellness services offered: Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and nutritional counseling. Areas of specialty: Back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, knee pain, carpal tunnel, women’s health, fertility, digestion, stress relief, anxiety, sports injuries and weight loss. Philosophy of healing: Acupuncture treats the underlying root of the problem, as well as the branch (symptoms), which creates lasting results. We look at you as a whole, identify where the imbalances are and gently correct those imbalances so that your body can heal itself. See ads pages 15 and 19.

DIRTY ELECTRICITY (EMC) REMEDIATION DE Filters LLC William S. Bathgate, BBEC, IEEE Pinckney, MI 734-627-7610 •


e remediate homes and businesses to correct EMFs such as magnetic fields, electric fields, radio frequency/5G issues for people with electro-sensitivity and poor indoor air quality from mold and volatile organic contaminants for people with chemical sensitivities. Wellness services offered: DE Filters LLC works with all types of clients to remove or mitigate the harmful effects of the advanced William S. Bathgate technologies in our homes. We show them how to make improvements or build a plan to mitigate homes and businesses either over the short-term or the long-term timeline.


r. W.K. Dobracki is a doctor of dental surgery and is both a board-certified naturopathic physician and integrative biological dental medicine practitioner. He has studied at the Institute for Functional Medicine, the International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine, the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, American Dental Association, Holistic Dental Dr. W.K. Dobracki Association and Academy of General Dentistry. Ann Arbor’s Dentist provides the best biological dental care with a holistic mindset utilizing the best technology for optimal and minimally invasive care. Wellness services offered: Safe removals, metal alternatives, root canal evaluations, ozone, lasers, remineralization, pH balance, biocompatibility, tooth meridians, airway management, sleep apnea, myofunctional therapy and biofilm testing. Areas of specialty: The professional team is able to discuss root canals, mercury amalgams, periodontal disease, cavitations, BPA fillings, gluten in dentistry, preservatives and chemicals in dentistry, lead and heavy metals in dentistry, fluoride toxicity, erosion, oral cancer, apnea, tongue/lip ties, TMJ disorders, orthodontics and other pertinent concerns. Philosophy of healing: Patients can trust their products, methods and tools because they have all been researched in great detail to assure they are biocompatible and promote a healthy lifestyle. The practice has won national and local awards for outstanding care and is extremely COVID-19 safe. See ads pages 5, 15, 17 and 23.

Areas of specialty: People who are have trouble sleeping, headaches, fatigue, mental focus and concentration, mental stress and heart palpitations. Healthy Living Directory 2021


HOLISTIC DENTISTRY (cont.) Ann Arbor Smiles Dental Group 2365 S. Huron Pkwy Ann Arbor and 1795 W. Stadium, Ann Arbor 734-887-9667 •


teven Gray, DDS, along with multiple doctors at three convenient locations, provide top-level dental care at reasonable prices in a compassionate and caring way at Ann Arbor Smiles. Gray says, “We have an intense focus on using the best technologies to provide the longest lasting results. We use the best products on the market. We have a staff that has been with us a long time and is dedicated to providing the best service we can. Wellness services offered: We are empathetic to patients needs, and provide a long list of comfort services, including sedation. We also have a goal to do most of the specialty services within our practice so that patients don’t have to go elsewhere for their root canals, implants, braces or surgeries.” Areas of specialty: As the field of dentistry continues to get more technical, incorporating 3-D CT scans and more computerized dentistry, Ann Arbor Smiles has engaged and embraced this change. “As our reputation as an outstanding office has grown, we have expanded our office and added an associate to our team of dentists,” says Gray. Philosophy of healing: Some of the medical and dental practices have become very volume driven. There is often an emphasis on getting work done fast and as cheaply as possible. “We are the opposite,” says Gray. “We take the time to consult with our patients to truly discover their desires.” See ads pages 3, 15, 21, 27 and 38. Dr. Piiamari Bowers, DDS, and Dr. Sophia Cornish, DDS Dexter Dental Studio 7300 Dexter Ann Arbor Rd., Ste. 300, Dexter 734-426-8360 •


e are holistic dental health care providers who focus on your total health and well-being. We take time to investigate our patients’ health to determine the root causes of pain or physical problems. We don’t just give a Band-Aid to mask symptoms. This means investigating all areas of your health to assess what risk factors may be contributing to your concerns, making your treatment as unique as you are. We also offer emotional support, and most importantly, we listen. Our office and procedures are designed to reduce the stress of dental visits, including our own dental comfort dog. Wellness services offered: Holistic/total body dentistry, dental comfort dog, dentistry catered to women, dentistry catered to children, hands-on health lab, orofacial myofunctional therapy, 10

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cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry, Invisalign provider. Areas of specialty: Complex dental problems, oral-systemic wellness, soft tissue dysfunction and myofunctional therapy, TMJ care and myofascial release, sleep apnea, periodontal disease and wellness. Philosophy of healing: We Dr. Sophia Cornish (L) and Dr. provide healing through Piiamari Bowers (R) dental health. This is above and beyond traditional general dentistry. Our team maintains a calm, judgment-free environment through our kindhearted and personalized approach to care. We allow the patient to experience the freedom of choice for their health care through education. The care you receive here is technologically advanced with a commitment to excellence in what we deliver. See ads pages 19, 23, 27 31 and 41.

INTUITIVE HEALING ARTIST Bridging Awareness & Isabelle Phoenix Gallery 3917 E. Stage Rd., Lot 51, Iona 616-841-0676 •


piritual medium and reiki master teacher MiChelLea Spicer and contemporary intuitive artist Vivian Nan Grady are a digital duo that is bringing The Messenger to you in an inspiration experience titled Journey Towards Unity. The inspirational kit is available. It includes an Oracle Deck, affirmation deck and booklet. Wellness services offered: One-onone sessions, distance reiki healing, energy work, creative expression through art, digital interactive sessions, group growing. Areas of specialty: We have worked with clients from all areas of disease and assisted in bringing them back into wellness. We have assisted clients with cancer and depression. Wellness is achievable by everyone.

Philosophy of healing: Healing is a gift we have to give to ourselves. We all have the ability to work toward well-being. It is a journey and it is not a paved road, we will walk alongside you as your support in remembering you can heal your life. See ads pages 25 and 27.

MENTAL HEALTH & WELLNESS Ananda Wellness LLC 142 Brighton Lake Rd., Brighton 810-844-1476 •


e specialize in trauma and anxiety disorders and assisting people through life transitions. We can work together to uncover your true self from the situations and beliefs and emotions that sometimes hold you back from moving forward.

Wellness services offered: Mental health evaluation, psychotherapy, yoga, meditation, health coaching, wellness Sarah Richards training for corporations and nonprofits. Areas of specialty: Anxiety and trauma disorders, insomnia, chronic pain, injury recovery, stress management, grief/loss, chronic fatigue, weight loss, diabetes, migraines, fertility issues. Philosophy of healing: We create and hold space for healing and recovery. In order to recover from the consequences of trauma or other life experiences, one must learn to access what is innately who they are. It is not what’s wrong with you, it’s what is right with you, and what is available to you all the time. See ad page 25.


Areas of specialty: Ann Arbor Thermography has the experience to provide accurate thermal imaging with the supervision of a medical doctor with years of experience. Thermography can be used as an alternative to mammography or along with mammography to increase the sensitivity of screening. Mammograms miss inflammatory breast cancer. Thermal imaging doesn’t. Philosophy of healing: Ann Arbor Thermography is approaching 11 years of offering thermal imaging from the office of Malcolm Sickels, M.D., who has provided holistic and integrative medical care on the west side of Ann Arbor for over 13 years. See ads pages 23, 31. 32 and 33.

WELLNESS CENTER Thrive! Wellness Center 6901 State Rd., Ste. D, Saline 734-470-6766 Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube


hrive! Wellness Center, the practice of Dr. Shannon Roznay, DC, provides quality nutritional and chiropractic care in a bright, caring environment. Roznay is an expert in Nutrition Response Testing and Activator chiropractic technique. She has been teaching nutrition to practitioners around the country since 2008, practicing in the Ann Arbor area since 2005. She has added two more practitioners to her growing practice: Dr. Shannon Roznay Emily Proctor and Bri Hartbarger.

Ann Arbor Thermography & Dr. Sickels, M.D. 210 Little Lake Dr., Ste. 10, Ann Arbor 734-332-6290 •

Wellness services offered: From digestive and hormonal problems to allergies and skin rashes, the outstanding results achieved are a result of Roznay’s clinical experience, coupled with the highest-quality supplements and herbal products available.


Areas of specialty: Roznay uses Nutrition Response Testing to design specific nutrition and wellness programs for each individual, which speeds up results for many conditions.

started Ann Arbor Thermography to bring the use of medical thermal imaging to the greater Ann Arbor and southern Michigan/northern Ohio area. I am a physician who specializes in promising therapies offering advantages over orthodox care that support the idea of: first, do no harm. Wellness services offered: Thermography is a non-invasive method of screening for changes in blood flow and metabolism. For women who can’t or won’t do mammograms due to the compression or the radiation exposure, thermal imaging offers an alternative that doesn’t increase the risk of breast cancer.

Philosophy of healing: Thrive! was developed to provide the best in natural health care while taking the guesswork out of selecting natural, healthy products. Clients may browse the selection of skin care, makeup, sunscreens, snacks, protein supplements and more. All of the offerings at Thrive! are hand-picked to be safe and effective. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. See ads pages 19, 27, 29 31 and 43.

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Healthy Living Glossary & Directory Index Acupressure 14 Acupuncture 14 Alexander Technique 14 Aromatherapy 14 Ayurveda 14 Bee venom therapy 14 Bioenergetics 14 Biofeedback 14 BodyTalk 15 Bodywork 15 Chelation Therapy 16 Chinese Medicine 16 Chiropractic 16 Colon Therapy 16 Color Therapy & Colorpuncture 16 Counseling/Psychotherapy 16 Craniosacral therapy 16 Crystal & Gem Therapy 17 Dance Movement Therapy 17 Decluttering 17 Dentistry (Holistic) 18 Detoxification 18 Doula 18 Emotional Freedom Technique 18 Energy Field Work 18 Environmental Medicine 18 Enzyme Therapy 18


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Feldenkrais method 18 Feng Shui 18 Flower Remedies 18 Functional Medicine 19 Guided Imagery & Creative Visualization 19 Healing Touch 19 Herbal Medicine 20 Holotropic Breathwork 20 Homeopathy 20 Hydrotherapy 20 Hypnotherapy 20 Integrative medicine 20 Intuitive Arts 20 Iridology 20 Jin Shin 20 Kinesiology/Applied Kinesiology 20 Macrobiotics 21 Magnetic Field Therapy 21 Massage 22 Meditation 22 Mediumship 22 Midwife 22 Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques (NAET) 22 Naturopathy 22 Network Chiropractic 22 Neuro-Linguistic Programming 22 Nutritional Therapy 22 Orthomolecular Medicine 22 Osteopathic Physicians 23

Oxygen Therapies 23 Past Life Regression Therapies 23 Personal Fitness Trainer 24 Pilates 24 Prolotherapy 24 Qigong & Tai Chi 24 Real time 24 Reconnective Healing 24 Reflexology 24 Regression Therapy Rebirthing 24 Reiki 24 Rolfing 24 Shamanism 25 Shiatsu 25 Sound Healing 26 Spiritual Healing/Counseling 26 Tantra 26 Tantra Tai Chi 26 The Results System 26 Thermography 26 Trager Approach 26 Vegetarianism 26 Yoga therapy 26 GREEN GLOSSARY Biodegradable 27 Bio-fuel 27 Carbon footprint 27 Carbon neutral 27 Carbon offset 27 Carbon sequestration 28 Compact Fluorescent Lamp 28 Compostable 28 Energy-efficient 28 Energy Star 28 Fair Trade 28

Food miles 28 Fossil fuels 28 Global warming 28 Green building 28 Greenhouse gases 28 Greenwashing 28 Hybrid (vehicle) 28 LED 28 LEED 28 Locavore 29 Organic 29 Passive cooling 29 Plug-in hybrid 29 Recycle 29 Reduce 31 Reuse 31 Renewable energy 31 Smart growth 31 Sustainable 31 Volatile Organic Compounds 31 DIRECTORY INDEX 5G Mitigation 15 Accounting & Tax Services 15 Acupuncture 15 Alternative Pain Management 15 Almagam-Free Dentistry 15 Antiques Restoration & Repurposing 17 Anxiety 17 Aromatherapy 17 Biological Dentistry 17 Buddhist Meditation Yoga & Retreat Center 17 Career Planning 17 Chiropractic 19 Chronic Pain 19

Coaching & Conseling 19 Craniosacral Therapy 19 Dentistry for Women 19 Detox/Colonic 19 Digestive 19 Dirty Electricity (EMC) Remediation 21 Emotional Trauma Specialist 21 General & Cosmetic Dentistry 21 Healing 21 Healthly Home Evaluations 21 Holistic Dentistry 23 Holistic Doctor 23 Holistic Medicine 23 Holistic Skin Care 23 Homeopathic Pharmacy 23 Hypnosis 25 Integrated Medicine & Collegium 25 Intuition Coaching 25 Intuitive Artist 25 Intuitive Arts 25 Meditation 25 Mental Health & Wellness 25 Mold Testing & Remediation 27 Nutrition 27 Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy 27 Pediatric Dentistry 27 Personal Trainer 27 Regenerative Medicine 27 Reiki 27 Reiki/Vibrational Sound Healing 29 Skin Care 29 Skin Care Products 29 Skin/Body Care 29 Smoking Cessation 29 Spirituality 29 Tarot 29 Thermography 31 TMJ Disorder Therapy 31 Vision Boarding 31 Weight Loss 31 Wellness Center 31 Women-Only Massage 31

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Healthy Living Glossary & Directory Acupressure: Based on the same system as acupuncture, but fingers and hands are used, instead of stimulation with needles, in order to restore the balanced flow of the body’s life energy (qi or chi, pronounced “chee”). This force moves through the body along 12 energy pathways, or meridians, which practitioners unblock and strengthen. Common styles of acupressure include Jin Shin, which gently holds at least two points at once for a minute or more, and Shiatsu, which applies firm pressure to each point for three to five seconds.

Art Therapy: Uses the creative process of making art to improve and enhance physical, mental and emotional well-being and to deepen self-awareness. The therapist makes a diagnosis and determines treatment plans by encouraging a client to express his or her feelings and unconscious thoughts through the nonverbal creative process and by observing the forms and content created.

Acupuncture: An ancient Oriental technique that stimulates the body’s ability to sustain and balance itself, based on the theory that an electromagnetic life-force (qi or chi, pronounced “chee”) is channeled in a continuous flow throughout the body via a network of ‘meridians.’ Disease is understood as an imbalance in the meridian system. Diagnosis of an imbalance is made by “reading” the pulse, face, tongue and body energy. To correct it, a practitioner inserts acupuncture needles at specific points along the meridians to stimulate or disperse the flow of life-force. Acupuncture principles include the yin and yang polarities and the associations of the five elements of fire, Earth, metal, water and wood with bodily organs. Alexander Technique: A system of re-educating the body and mind to support and facilitate proper posture and ease of movement. Through gentle manual guidance, accompanied by verbal directions, the Alexander teacher coaches the student to become aware of unnecessary tension and to unlearn longstanding patterns of movement. The Alexander Technique is an established method for helping to improve chronic conditions such as back, shoulder or neck pain, nervous tension, poor coordination, breathing problems and vocal strain. It is frequently used by athletes and performing artists to improve performance level. Aromatherapy: An ancient healing art that uses the essential oils of herbs and flowers to treat emotional disorders such as stress and anxiety and a wide range of other ailments. Oils are massaged into the skin, inhaled or added to a water bath. Often used in conjunction with massage therapy, acupuncture, reflexology, herbology and chiropractic or other holistic treatments. 14

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Astrology: A system of traditions and beliefs that holds that the relative positions of celestial bodies either directly influence life on Earth or correspond to events experienced on a human scale. Modern astrologers define astrology as a symbolic language, art form and type of divination that can provide information about personality and human affairs, aid in the interpretation of past and present events, and predict the future.


Ayurveda: The oldest medical system known to man and a comprehensive spiritual teaching practiced in India for 4,000 years. It focuses on achieving and maintaining perfect health via the balance of the elements air, fire and water (illness is considered an excess of any element). A patient’s body type, determined according to ayurvedic principles, is the basis for individualized dietary regimens and other preventive therapeutic interventions. Ayurvedic prescriptions might include purification procedures for the restoration of biological rhythms; experience of expanded consciousness through meditation; nutritional counseling; stress reduction; enhancing neuromuscular conditions; and behavioral modification. Bee venom therapy (BVT): The therapeutic application of honeybee venom, through live bee stings, to bring relief and healing for various spinal, neural, joint or musculoskeletal ailments. Bioenergetics: A psychotherapy that works through the body to engage the emotions. Performing specified postures and exercises causes the release of layers of chronic muscular tension and defensiveness, termed “body armor.” The unlocking of feelings creates the opportunity for understanding and integrating them. Biofeedback: A relaxation technique that monitors internal body states and is used especially for stress-related conditions such as

asthma, migraines, insomnia and high blood pressure. During biofeedback, patients monitor minute metabolic changes (e.g., temperature, heart rate and muscle tension), with the aid of sensitive machines. By consciously thinking, visualizing, moving, relaxing, etc., they learn which activities produce desirable changes in the internal processes being monitored. BodyTalk: Developed by chiropractor/ acupuncturist Dr. John Veltheim, BodyTalk is based upon bio-energetic psychology, dynamic systems theory, Chinese medicine and applied kinesiology. By integrating a series of tapping, breathing and focusing techniques, BodyTalk helps the body synchronize and balance its systems and strengthens the body’s innate knowledge of self-repair. BodyTalk is used to address a range of health challenges, including fibromyalgia, infections,


Pinckney, MI 48169 734-627-7610 William S. Bathgate, president of DE Filters, LLC, is a certified Building Biology Environmental Consultant (BBEC), a Certified Radio Frequency Safety Officer (RFSO) and a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). His company conducts heathy home evaluations and remediations to improve sleeping and concentration, and reduce headaches, stress and fatigue. Some people are identified as being diagnosed as having “Electrically Hypersensitive Syndrome” or EHS which reflects a large number of health conditions resulting from our ever-expanding technology use that the services of DE Filters LLC may help improve. See ads pages 21, 35 and 36.


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parasites, chronic fatigue, allergies, addictions and cellular damage. Practitioners are usually licensed massage therapists (LMT) or bodyworkers.

2910 S. State St., Ann Arbor 858-405-8808 • Gentle, effective acupuncture and Chinese medicine for chronic pain, digestion, stress relief, fertility, weight loss and more. Dr. Julie Jerkins has more than 15 years of professional experience. See ads pages 19.


210 Little Lake Dr, Ste 8, Ann Arbor 734-585-5653

Krasnick Regenerative Medicine is an alternative practice that provides non-surgical treatments for joint, muscle and back pain using treatments such as prolotherapy, prolozone and platelet-rich plasma. See ad page 39.


Dr. Heather Hoffman 2900 Golfside Rd Suite 5, Ann Arbor & 1795 W Stadium, Ann Arbor 734-887-9667 Ann Arbor Smiles is a state-of-the-art 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, 15, 21, 27 and 38.


Dr. W. K. Dobracki, DDS 606 W. Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor 734-747-6400 Metal-free practice with BPA and Bis-GMA free restorative options. We follow three distinct international protocols for safe removal. Accurate metal testing specific to dental amalgam. Detox expertise based on functional medicine principles. Three-dimensional and density readings to ensure full removal occurs. Custom dental operatories designed for the purpose of safe removal. Pre-care optimization of patient health. Designed at home protocols and products to optimize health. See ads pages 5, 15, 17 and 23.

Bodywork: Massage and the physical practices of yoga are perhaps the best-known types of bodywork; both have proven successful in relieving tension and stress, promoting blood flow, loosening stiff muscles and stimulating the organs. Massage therapies encompass countless techniques, including Swedish massage, shiatsu and Rolfing. The same is true for yoga. Other types of bodywork include martial arts practices like aikido, ki aikido and Tai Healthy Living Directory 2021


Healthy Living Glossary & Directory Colon therapy: An internal bath that washes away old toxic waste accumulated along the walls of the colon. It is administered with pressurized water by a professional using special equipment. One colonic irrigation is the equivalent of approximately four to six enemas and cleans out matter that collects in the pockets and kinks of the colon. The treatment is used as both a corrective process and for preChelation therapy: A safe, vention of disease. Colonics painless, nonsurgical mediare used for ailments such as Craniosacral Therapy cal procedure that improves constipation, psoriasis, acne, metabolic and circulatory function by removing undesirable heavy allergies, headaches and the common cold. metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium and copper from the body. A series of intravenous injections of the synthetic amino acid EDTA Color therapy and colorpuncture: Color therapists believe that the are administered, usually in an osteopathic or medical doctor’s office. vibrations of color waves can directly affect body cells and organs. The EDTA blocks excess free radical production, protecting tissues Thus, different hues can treat illnesses and improve physical, emotionand organs from further damage. Over time, injections may halt the al and spiritual health. Many practitioners also claim that the body progress of the underlying condition that triggers the development of emits an “aura,” or energy field, with colors reflecting a person’s state various degenerative conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, Parkinson’s of health. Color therapists apply colored lights or apply color mentally, and Alzheimer’s diseases, and cancer. through suggestion, to restore the body’s physical and psychic health. More recently, chelation therapy also has been used to reverse Colorpuncture combines the insights of light physics with the symptoms of atherosclerosis or arteriosclerosis (hardening of the knowledge of the meridian points emphasized in Chinese acupuncarteries) by removing obstructive plaque built up in the circulatory ture. The noninvasive technique is used to clear blockages in the system. meridians and restore healthy energy flow. Kirlian photographs track improvements. Another related sensory healing technique is light therapy, which Chinese Medicine: Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is one of the world’s oldest and most complete systems of holistic health care. attempts to restore well-being and can be successful in treating the It combines the use of medicinal herbs, acupuncture, food therapy, depression known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). massage and therapeutic exercise, along with the recognition that wellness in mind, body and emotions depends on the harmonious Counseling/Psychotherapy: These terms encompass a broad range flow of life-force energy (qi or chi, pronounced “chee”). of practitioners, from career counselors, who offer advice and information, to psychotherapists, who treat depression, stress, addiction Chiropractic: Based on the premise that proper structural alignment and emotional issues. Formats can vary from individual counseling permits free flow of nerve activity in the body. When spinal vertebrae to group therapy. In addition to verbal counseling techniques, some are out of alignment, they put pressure on the spinal cord and the holistic therapists may use bodywork, ritual, energy healing and other nerves radiating from it, potentially leading to diminished function alternative modalities as part of their practice. and illness. Misalignment can be caused by physical trauma, poor posture and stress. The chiropractor seeks to analyze and correct Craniosacral therapy (CST): A manual therapeutic procedure to these misalignments through spinal manipulation or adjustment. remedy distortions in the structure and function of the craniosacral (Also see Network Chiropractic.) mechanism—the brain and spinal cord, the bones of the skull, the sacrum and interconnected membranes. Craniosacral work is based upon two major premises: that the bones of the skull can be manipchi chuan. Some others are the Alexander technique, Aston patterning, Bowen, Breema bodywork, Feldenkrais method, Hellerwork, polarity therapy, Rosen method, Rubenfeld synergy and Trager. Finding bodywork that improves mental and physical health is a highly individual process. Several types may be combined for the greatest benefit.


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ulated, because they never completely fuse; and that the pulse of the cerebrospinal fluid can be balanced by a practitioner trained to detect variations in that pulse. CST is used to treat chronic pain, migraine headaches, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), ear and eye problems, balance problems, learning difficulties, dyslexia and hyperactivity. Crystal and gem therapy: Practitioners use quartz crystals and gemstones for therapeutic and healing purposes, asserting that the substances have recognizable energy frequencies and the capacity to amplify other frequencies in the body. They also absorb and store frequencies and can essentially be programmed to help effect healing. In the ancient art of “laying-on of stones,” practitioners place crystals and gemstones on various parts of the body, corresponding to its chakra points (energy centers), in order to balance energy flow.



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ergy. Decluttering involves two components. The first focuses on releasing things (clothing, papers, furniture, objects and ideas) that no longer serve a good purpose in one’s life. The second focuses on creating a simple system of personal organization that is easy to maintain and guards against accumulating things that are neither necessary or nourishing.

Dentistry (Holistic): Regards Environmental medicine: the mouth as a microcosm of Explores the role of dietary the entire body. The oral strucand environmental allergens Emotional Freedom Technique tures and the whole body are in health and illness. Factors seen as a unit. Holistic dentistry often incorporates such methods such as dust, mold, chemicals and certain foods may cause allergic as homeopathy, biocompatibility testing and nutritional counseling. reactions that can dramatically influence diseases, ranging from Most holistic dentists emphasize wellness and preventive care, while asthma and hay fever to headaches and depression. avoiding (and often recommending the removal of) silver-mercury fillings. Enzyme therapy: Can be an important first step in restoring health and well-being by helping to remedy digestive problems. Plant and Detoxification: The practice of resting, cleansing and nourishing the pancreatic enzymes are used in complementary ways to improve body from the inside out. According to some holistic practitioners, digestion and absorption of essential nutrients. Treatment includes accumulated toxins can drain the body of energy and make it more enzyme supplements, coupled with a healthy diet that features whole susceptible to disease. Detoxification techniques may include fasts, foods. special diets, sauna sweats and colon cleansing. Feldenkrais® method: Helps students straighten out what founder Doula: A woman who supports an expectant mother through preg- Moshe Feldenkrais calls, “kinks in the brain.” Kinks are learned nancy, labor, birth and the postpartum period. Studies indicate that movement patterns that no longer serve a constructive purpose. support in labor has profound benefits, including shorter labor, less They may have been adopted to compensate for a physical injury or desire for pain medication, lower rate of caesarian delivery and more to accommodate individuality in the social world. Students unlearn ease in initiation of breast feeding. Fathers have reported that they unworkable movements and discover better, personalized ways were more relaxed with a doula present because they felt reassured, to move, using mind-body principles of slowed action, breathing, and therefore freer to support their mates. awareness and thinking about their feelings. Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT): A self-help procedure founded by Gary Craig that combines fingertip tapping of key acupuncture meridian points while focusing on an emotional issue or health challenge. Unresolved, or “stuck,” negative emotions, caused by a disruption in the body’s energy system, are seen as major contributors to most physical pains and diseases. These can remain stagnant and trapped until released by the tapping. EFT is easy to memorize and portable, so it can be done anywhere. Energy field work: The art and practice of realigning and re-attuning the body between the physical and the etheric and auric fields to 18

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Feng shui: The ancient Chinese system of arranging manmade spaces and elements to create or facilitate harmonious qi or chi (pronounced “chee”), or energy flow, by tempering or enhancing the energy where necessary. Feng shui consultants can be an asset to both personal and business spaces, either before or after the spaces are created. Flower remedies: Flower essences are recognized for their ability to improve well-being by eliminating negative emotions. In the 1930s, English physician Edward Bach concluded that negative emotions could lead to physical illness. His research also convinced him that flowers possessed healing properties that could be used to treat emo-

tional problems. In the 1970s, Richard Katz completed Bach’s work and established the Flower Essence Society, which has registered some 100 essences from flowers in more than 50 countries. Functional medicine: A personalized medicine that focuses on primary prevention and deals with underlying causes, instead of symptoms, for serious chronic diseases. Treatments are grounded in nutrition and improved lifestyle habits and may make use of medications. The discipline uses a holistic approach to analyze and treat interdependent systems of the body and to create the dynamic balance integral to good health. Guided imagery and creative visualization: Uses positive thoughts, images and symbols to focus the mind on the workings of the body to accomplish a particular goal, desired


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Healthy Living Glossary & Directory a state of deep meditation or transcendence, in which the innate recuperative abilities of the psyche are allowed to flow more freely. The subject can achieve greater clarity regarding his or her own wants and needs, explore other events or periods of life that require resolution, or generally develop a more positive attitude. Often used to help people lose weight or stop smoking, it is also used in the treatment of phobias, stress and as an adjunct to the treatment of illnesses.

touch is used to ease acute and chronic conditions, assist with pain management, encourage deep relaxation and accelerate wound healing.

Herbal medicine: This oldest form of medicine uses natural plants in a wide variety of forms for their therapeutic value. Herbs produce and contain various chemical substances that act upon the body to strengthen its natural functions without the negative side effects of synthetic drugs. They may be taken Kinesiology/Applied Kinesiology internally or applied externally via teas, tinctures, extracts, oils, ointments, compresses and poultices. Integrative medicine: This holistic approach combines conventional Western medicine with complementary alternative treatments, in Holotropic breathwork: A self-exploration technique that com- order to simultaneously treat mind, body and spirit. Geared to the bines breathing, evocative music and a specific form of bodywork promotion of health and the prevention of illness, it neither rejects to integrate one’s physical, psychological and spiritual dimensions. conventional medicine nor accepts alternative therapies, without At workshops run by facilitators, participants try to access the four serious evaluation. “levels” of experience that are available during breathing: sensory, biographical, perinatal and transpersonal. By accessing buried mem- Intuitive arts: A general term for various methods of divination, such ories, individuals can relive their birth experience or traumatic life as numerology, psychic reading, and tarot reading. Individuals may events, free up ‘stuck’ emotional viewpoints or experience a mystical consult practitioners to seek information about the future or insights into personal concerns or their personality. Numerology emphasizes state of awareness, such as connecting with the Universe. the significance of numbers derived from the spelling of names, birth Homeopathy: A therapy that uses small doses of specially prepared dates and other significant references; psychics may claim various plants and minerals to stimulate the body’s defense mechanisms and abilities, from finding lost objects and persons to communicating healing processes in order to cure illness. Homeopathy, taken from with the spirits of the dead; tarot readers interpret a deck of cards the Greek words homeos, meaning “similar,” and pathos, meaning containing archetypal symbols. “suffering,” employs the concept that “like cures like”. A remedy is individually chosen for a person based on its capacity to cause, if Iridology: Analysis of the delicate structure of the iris, the colored given in an overdose, physical and psychological symptoms similar portion of the eye, to reveal information about conditions within the body. More than 90 specific zones on each iris, for a combined total to those the patient is experiencing. of 180-plus zones, correspond to specific areas of the body. Because Hydrotherapy: The use of water, ice, steam and hot and cold tempera- body weaknesses are often noticeable in the iris long before they are tures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full-body discernible through blood work or other laboratory analysis, iridology immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the can be a useful tool for preventive self-care. application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used at home Jin Shin (or Jin Shin Jyutsu): A gentle, non-invasive, energy-balancing art and philosophy that embodies a life of simplicity, calmness, as part of a self-care program. patience and self-containment. Practitioners employ simple acuHypnotherapy: A range of hypnosis techniques that allow practi- pressure techniques, using their fingers and hands on a fully clothed tioners to bypass the conscious mind and access the subconscious. client to help eliminate stress, create emotional equilibrium, relieve The altered state that occurs under hypnosis has been compared to pain and alleviate acute or chronic conditions. 20

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Kinesiology/applied kinesiology: The study of muscles and their movement. Applied kinesiology tests the relative strength and weakness of selected muscles to identify decreased function in body organs and systems, as well as imbalances and restrictions in the body’s energy flow. Some tests use acupuncture meridians and others analyze interrelationships among muscles, organs, the brain and the body’s energy field. Applied kinesiology is also used to check the body’s response to treatments that are being considered. Macrobiotics: An Eastern philosophy best known in the West for its dietary principles. Macrobiotic theory posits that there is a natural order to all things. By synchronizing our eating habits with the cycles of nature, we can achieve a fuller sense of balance within ourselves and with the world around


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Healthy Living Glossary & Directory allergies. NAET uses a blend of selective energy balancing, testing and treatment procedures from acupuncture, acupressure, allopathy, chiropractic, kinesiology and nutritional medicine. One allergen is treated at a time.

of broken bones and counter the effects of stress. Massage therapy: A general term for the manipulation of soft tissue for therapeutic purposes. Massage therapy incorporates various disciplines and involves kneading, rubbing, brushing and tapping the muscles and connective tissues by hand or using mechanical devices. Its goal is to increase circulation and detoxification, in order to reduce physical and emotional stress and increase overall wellness.

Naturopathy: A comprehensive and eclectic system whose philosophy is based upon working in harmony with the body’s natural healing abilities. Naturopathy incorporates a broad range of natural methOsteopathy ods and substances aimed to promote health. Training may include the study of specific approachMeditation: The intentional directing of attention to one’s inner self. es, including massage, manipulation, acupuncture, acupressure, counMethods and practices to achieve a meditative state are based upon seling, applied nutrition, herbal medicine, homeopathy and minor various principles using the body or mind and may employ control surgery plus basic obstetrics for assistance with natural childbirth. or letting-go mechanisms. Techniques include the use of imagery, mantras and observation, and the control of breathing. Research has Network chiropractic: Uses Network Spinal Analysis (NSA), a shown that regular meditation can contribute to psychological and system of assessing and contributing to spinal and neural integrity, physiological well-being. As a spiritual practice, meditation is used as well as health and wellness. Founded and developed by Donald to facilitate a mystical sense of oneness with a higher power or the Epstein. Practitioners employ gentle force to the spine to help the Universe. It can also help reduce stress and alleviate stress-related body eliminate mechanical tension in the neurological system. The body naturally develops strategies to dissipate stored tension/energy, ailments, such as anxiety and high blood pressure. thus enhancing self-regulation of tension and spinal interference. Mediumship: A medium professes to mentally see, hear and/or sense (Also see Chiropractic.) persons or entities in a spiritual dimension, and convey messages from them to people in the physical world. Readings focus on evidential Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP): A systematic approach to messages from recognizable personalities in the spirit world. The changing the limiting patterns of thought, behavior and language. Through conversation, practitioners observe the client’s language, messages are delivered as guidance for one’s “highest good.” eye movements, posture, breathing and gestures, in order to detect Midwife: A birth attendant who assists a woman through the pre- and help change unconscious patterns linked to the client’s emotional natal, labor, birth and postpartum stages of pregnancy. The mother state. is encouraged to be involved and to feel in control of her birthing experience. Midwives are knowledgeable about normal pregnancy, Nutritional counseling: Embracing a wide range of approaches, labor, birth and pain relief options. They respect the process of birth nutrition-based, complementary therapies and counseling seek to as an innate and familiar process. Certified nurse-midwives are alleviate physical and psychological disorders through special diets registered nurses who have received advanced training and passed a and food supplements. These will be either macronutrients (carbohynational certification exam. Nurse-midwives collaborate with phy- drates, fats, proteins and fiber) or micronutrients (vitamins, minerals sicians as needed, especially when problems arise during pregnancy. and trace elements that cannot be manufactured in the body). Nutritional therapy/counseling often uses dietary or food supplements, (Also see Doula.) which can include tablets, capsules, powders or liquids. Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques (NAET): A non-invasive, drug free, natural modality that tests for and eliminate Orthomolecular medicine: Employs vitamins, minerals and amino acids to create nutritional content and balance in the body. 22

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Orthomolecular medicine targets a wide range of conditions, including depression, hypertension, cancer, schizophrenia and other mental and physiological disorders. Osteopathy/osteopathic physicians: Osteopathy uses generally accepted physical, pharmacological and surgical methods of diagnosis and therapy, with a strong emphasis on body mechanics and manipulative methods to detect and correct faulty structure and function, in order to restore the body’s natural healing capacities. Doctors of Osteopathy (DO) are fully trained and licensed according to the same standards as medical doctors (M.D.) and receive additional extensive training in the body’s structure and functions. Oxygen therapies: Alters the body’s chemistry to help overcome disease, promote


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repair and improve overall function. Properly applied, oxygen may be used to treat a wide variety of conditions, including infections, circulatory problems, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, allergies, cancer and multiple sclerosis. The major types of oxygen therapy used to treat illness are hyperbaric oxygen and ozone. Hydrogen peroxide therapy (oral or intravenous) can be dangerous and should be avoided. Past Life Regression: Past life and regression therapies operate on the assumption that many physical, mental and emotional challenges are extensions of unresolved problems from the past, either childhood traumas or


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Healthy Living Glossary & Directory Rebirthing breathwork: Also known as conscious connected breathing, or vivation. Rebirthing is a means to access and release unresolved emotions. The technique uses conscious, steady, rhythmic breathing, without pausing between inhaling and exhaling. Guided by a professional rebirther, clients re-experience past memories, including birth, and let go of emotional tension stored in the body.

experiences in previous lifetimes. The practitioner uses hypnosis or other altered states of consciousness and relaxation techniques to access the source of this “unfinished business,” and helps clients to analyze, integrate and release past traumas that are interfering with their current lives.

Personal fitness trainer: A certified fitness professional who designs fitness programs for individuals desiring one-on-one Reconnective Healing: Uses training. The goal is to provide Qigong and tai chi light and dimensional freoptimal fitness results in the privacy of one’s home or at another location, such as a club or office. quencies that work on all levels of the body/mind to reduce stress, foster relaxation and raise the body’s healing vibration. The idea of Pilates: A structured system of small isolated movements that de- Reconnective Healing is to reconnect the meridian or acupuncture mands powerful focus on feeling every nuance of muscle action while lines on the body that have become disconnected from the larger, working out on floor mats or machines. Emphasizes development universal grid of meridian lines. of the torso’s abdominal power center, or core. More gentle than conventional exercises, Pilates, like yoga, yields long, lean, flexible Reflexology: A natural healing art based upon the principle that muscles whose gracefully balanced movements readily translate there are reflexes in the feet and hands that corres-pond to every part into everyday activities like walking, sitting and bending. Can help of the body. Correctly stimulating and applying pressure to the feet or hands increases circulation and promotes specifically designated in overcoming injuries. bodily and muscular functions. Prolotherapy: A rejuvenating therapy that uses injections of natural substances to stimulate collagen growth, in order to strengthen weak Regression therapies: Operate on the assumption that many physor damaged joints, tendons, ligaments or muscles. Often used as a ical, mental and emotional problems are extensions of unresolved natural alternative to drugs and/or surgery to treat pain syndromes, problems from the past, such as childhood traumas. The practitioner including degenerative arthritis, lower back, neck and joint pain, uses hypnosis, or other altered states of consciousness, and relaxation carpal tunnel syndrome, migraine headaches, and torn ligaments techniques to access the source of “unfinished business,” and helps clients to analyze, integrate and release past traumas that are interand cartilage. fering with their current lives. Qigong and Tai chi: Qigong and Tai chi combine movement, meditation and breath regulation to enhance the flow of vital energy (qi or Reiki: Means “universal life-force energy”. A method of activating and chi, pronounced “chee”) in the body , improve circulation and enhance balancing the life-force (qi or chi, pronounced “chee”). Practitioners use immune function. Qigong traces its roots to Traditional Chinese light hand placements to channel healing energies to organs and glands Medicine. Tai chi was originally a self-defense martial art descended or to align the body’s chakras (energy centers). Various techniques can ease emotional and mental distress, heal chronic and acute physical from qigong and employed to promote inner peace and calm. problems and achieve spiritual focus and clarity. Reiki can be a valuable Real Time EEG Neurofeedback: Involves direct training of brain addition to the work of chiropractors, massage therapists, nurses and function. Using computer processing to capture electrical activity in others for whom the use of touch is essential and appropriate. the brain, an individual can reward the brain with positive feedback, changing its activity to desired, more appropriate patterns. Gradually, Rolfing structural integration (Rolfing): A hands-on technique for the brain learns and remembers how to exhibit only the good patterns. deep tissue manipulation of the myofascial system, which is composed 24

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of the muscles and the connective tissue, or fascia, in order to restore the body’s natural alignment and sense of integration. As the body is released from old patterns and postures, the range and freedom of physical and emotional expression increases. Rolfing can help ease pain and chronic stress, enhance neurological functioning, improve posture and restore flexibility. Shamanism: An ancient healing tradition which believes that loss of power is the real source of illness and that all healing includes the spiritual dimension. Shamanic healing usually involves induction into an altered state of consciousness and journeying into the spirit world to regain personal power and to access the powers of nature and of teachers. Shamanic healing may be taken literally or employed symbolically, but in or out of its cultural context, the tradition can be both self-empowering and self-healing.


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Shiatsu: The most widely known form of acupressure, Shiatsu is a Japanese word meaning finger pressure. The technique applies varying degrees of pressure to balance the life energy that flows through specific pathways, or meridians, in the body. Used to release tension and strengthen weak areas in order to facilitate even circulation, cleanse cells and improve the function of vital organs. Shiatsu may be used to help diagnose, prevent and relieve many chronic and acute conditions that manifest on both physical and emotional levels. Sound healing: Employs vocal and instrumental tones, generated internally or

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Healthy Living Glossary & Directory Thermography (thermal imaging): A diagnostic technique that uses an infrared camera to measure temperature variations on the surface of the body, producing images that reveal sites of inflammation and abnormal tissue growth. Inflammation is recognized as the earliest stage of nearly all major health challenges.

externally. When sounds are produced with healing intent, they can create sympathetic resonance in the physical and energy bodies. Sound healing also is used to bring discordant energy into balance and harmony.

Spiritual healing/counseling: Practiced in two forms. In one, the healer uses thought or touch to align his or her Trager approach (psychophysspiritual essence with that of ical integration): A system of the client. The healer works movement re-education that to either balance the spiritual seeks to address the mental Yoga field or shift the perceptual base roots of muscle tension. By of the client to create harmony between mind and body and draw gently rocking, cradling and moving the client’s fully clothed body, the the client into the active presence of Divine Spirit. In the other, the practitioner encourages him or her to see that physically restrictive healer transforms healing energy into a vibrational frequency that the patterns can be changed. The Trager approach includes “mentastics”, client can receive and comfortably assimilate, reminding the person’s simple, active, self-induced movements that can be done by the client intuitive core of its inherent healing ability. during regular daily activities. Trager work has been successfully applied to a variety of neuromuscular disorders, and to the stresses and Tantra: Has emerged as a modern spiritual path of embodied con- discomforts of everyday living. sciousness, with roots in ancient Hindu and Buddhist traditions. Tantra views the “spiritual” as being directly present within the Vegetarianism: The voluntary abstinence from eating meat and/or “physical” and respects sensory experience as a vehicle for accessing other animal products for religious, health and/or ethical reasons. higher states of awareness. Tantric practices balance the chakras Lacto-ovo vegetarians supplement their plant-based diet with dairy (energy centers) and can contribute to a sense of presence, intimacy (lactose) products and eggs (ovo). Lacto vegetarians eat dairy prodand fulfillment in all aspects of living. ucts, but not eggs; ovo vegetarians include eggs, but no dairy; and vegans (pronounced vee-guns) do not eat any animal-derived products. Tantra Tai chi: A recently developed practice of Tai chi/qigong-style body movements designed to be performed with a partner. It can Yoga: Practical application of the ancient Indian Vedic teachings. The enhance intimacy by sequentially and simultaneously focusing at- word yoga is derived from the Sanskrit root yuj which means “union” tention on the root, or sexual center, near the base of the spine, the or “to join,” and refers to the joining of man’s physical, mental and heart or love center in the mid-chest region and the upper spiritual spiritual elements. The goal of good health is accomplished through a center in the head. The cycling of energy through these chakra centers combination of techniques, including physical exercises called asanas (or encourages a blended experience of intimate presence with one’s own postures), controlled breathing, relaxation, meditation and diet and nuinternal being and one’s partner. trition. Although yoga is not meant to cure specific diseases or ailments directly, it has been found effective in treating many physical ailments. The Results System: A non-intrusive system using kinesiology (biofeedback via muscle testing) to identify and release body stressors at Yoga therapy: The application of yoga principles, methods and techa cellular level, allowing the body to operate at the highest levels of niques to empower individuals to progress towards greater health efficiency possible. It may have a positive affect on conditions such and freedom from disease, representing a first effort to integrate as chemical imbalance, learning disorders, attention deficit disorders traditional yogic concepts and techniques with Western medical and and alcoholism. psychological knowledge. Yoga therapy aims at the holistic treatment of various kinds of psychological or somatic dysfunctions, ranging from emotional distress to back problems. 26

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Green Glossary Biodegradable: Capable of decomposing rapidly into elements found in nature, such as water, carbon dioxide and organic matter, when exposed to sunlight, air, water and microorganisms. Bio-fuel: Fuel derived from renewable biological material, including plant-derived fuels like ethanol and biodiesel, as well as methane, which is emitted from landfills and livestock manure management systems during the anaerobic (without oxygen) decomposition of organic material. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas when released to the environment, so recovery and combustion of methane to produce energy can help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Carbon footprint: The total amount of carbon dioxide, the principal greenhouse gas,


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emitted over the full life cycle of a product or service. Also, stands for an individual’s or family’s total carbon dioxide contribution resulting from their activities, including energy use and vehicle driving habits. Carbon neutral: An entity or process that achieves a net zero carbon footprint by obviating or offsetting more carbon emissions than it produces. Carbon offset: A carbon emissions reduction credit that represents investment in a project that reduces greenhouse gas emissions by funding clean energy projects, such as wind

Concerns with speech, chewing, swallowing, breathing and even snoring can all be addressed with myofunctional therapy, an exercise-based program to change oral habits and improve low muscle tone. The results greatly impact overall health and well-being. We also assist with thumb-sucking, pacifier elimination and other oral habits. See ads pages 19, 23, 27 31 and 41.


Dr. Heather Hoffman 2900 Golfside Rd Suite 5, Ann Arbor & 1795 W Stadium, Ann Arbor 734-887-9667 Ann Arbor Smiles is a state-of-the-art 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, 15, 21, 27 and 38.


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Healthy Living Glossary & Directory because they take millions of years to form. Burning fossil fuels releases pollutants into the atmosphere, including greenhouse gases that are altering the Earth’s carbon cycle and destabilizing the climate.

farms, which displace energy produced from polluting fossil fuels. Carbon offset credits are a way for individuals and businesses to offset the carbon emissions produced through daily activities.

Carbon sequestration: A natural Global warming: An increase or engineered process that capin the average global temperatures and stores carbon emissions ture brought on by the gradual to prevent their release into the and steady increase in greenatmosphere and help mitigate house gases that trap the sunglobal warming. Natural sequeslight’s heat in the atmosphere. tration occurs when forests, soil and oceans absorb CO2, release Green building: An approach Compostable the oxygen and store the carbon. to site selection, building orienNon-natural processes involve capturing carbon emissions from industrial tation, design and construction that minimizes a structure’s impact on processes and pumping them deep underground for long-term storage. the environment. Green building considerations include minimizing site disturbance and construction waste; employing renewable technologies CFL: Stands for compact fluorescent lamp. A screw-based CFL is an for heating, cooling and electrical systems; and incorporating sustainenergy-efficient alternative to a standard incandescent bulb. CFLs use able, recycled, low-water and energy-efficient materials and products. about one quarter of the energy of a standard bulb while producing the same light (lumens) and lasting up to ten times as long. Greenhouse gases: Gases that allow solar radiation to enter the Earth’s atmosphere and warm its surface, but prevent thermal radiCompostable: Organic matter that will decompose into a nutri- ation from escaping from the atmosphere, thereby contributing to ent-rich material under aerobic (with oxygen) conditions. global warming. Greenhouse gas emissions come primarily from the combustion of fossil fuels to produce energy. Energy-efficient: A system or product that uses a reduced amount of energy compared to one of comparable size and qual- Greenwashing: A deliberate attempt by a business or entity to mislead ity by using advanced technology and/or special design features. the public into believing a product, service, company or practice is environmentally sensitive when in fact, it is not. Energy Star: A joint program through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy that sets energy efficien- Hybrid (vehicle): A vehicle that combines two energy sources to cy guidelines for products, homes and businesses. (See power a car—the most popular being hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) in which a gas-powered engine and a battery-powered electric motor Fair trade: A movement established to promote equitable trade pri- work in tandem to decrease fuel consumption. marily from developing countries to developed countries. It involves negotiating fair prices for products, setting fair wages for workers and LED: An acronym for light-emitting diode: An extremely energy-efpromoting sustainable farming methods. Fair trade certification by the ficient, long-life light source. Fair Trade Labelling Organizations International (FLO) verifies that a producer has complied with fair trade principles. (See LEED: An acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design; a green building certification program developed by the U.S. Food miles: The distance food travels between its place of origin Green Building Council. This nationwide program provides guidelines and consumption. for residential and commercial construction projects aimed at improving energy savings, water efficiency and indoor environmental quality, Fossil fuels: Solid, liquid or gaseous fuels formed underground millions reducing CO2 emissions and heightening stewardship of resources and of years ago, by the decay and fossilization of dead organisms. The re- sensitivity to their impacts. (Visit sulting fossil fuels, including coal, oil and natural gas, are nonrenewable 28

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Locavore: A person who eats only locally grown and raised food in order to support local economies, sustainable agriculture and independent farms. Organic: In the United States, a product that has been produced in accordance with the Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program, which sets national standards for the production, handling, and processing of organically grown agricultural products. Organic growing methods and inputs serve to enhance the ecological balance of natural systems. For example organic producers conserve soil and water, use renewable resources and grow food without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers. (See Passive cooling: The use of building and design strategies to cool structures with no refrigeration systems and little or no mechanical as-


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sistance. Passive cooling strategies include low or high thermal mass materials (depending on nighttime temperatures), shading, reflecting, natural ventilation and evaporative cooling. Plug-in hybrid: A plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), like an HEV, has both an electric and gas-powered motor. Unlike HEVs, the PHEV will run entirely in electric mode until the electric charge expires, at which time a gas backup engine is started. Once returned to the garage, a PHEV can be plugged into a standard electrical outlet and recharged.

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Planting more trees can slow down climate change. Science magazine reports, “The restoration of trees remains among the most effective strategies for climate change mitigation.” The Arbor Day celebrations this month make it an apt time for taking actions that benefit both urban areas and open spaces. More than 166,000 square miles of forest habitat—approximately the size of California—in the tropics and subtropics have been decimated in the last 13 years, and about 2.7 million square miles of forest worldwide remain threatened, according to a recent study by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Some major ways to take action include: Avoid buying products linked to deforestation. Pressure lawmakers to make supply chains sustainable while balancing the need for regulation with the concerns of farmers and businesses. Urge policymakers to enact zero-deforestation policies and bolster the rights and control of forests for local communities and indigenous people, says the WWF. Donate spare change. By joining Plant Your Change for All (, all debit or credit card purchases are automatically rounded up to the nearest dollar and the balance applied toward planting trees. Working together with the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation (ADF) ( and Eden Reforestation Projects, the initiative has already planted more than 3 million trees, offsetting 5 million miles of vehicle carbon emissions. Become a member of the ADF and receive 10 free trees, along with tree nursery discounts; help to qualify a community to receive the Tree City USA designation; or get involved with National Arbor Day, generally celebrated on the last Friday in April, but observed on different days in some states. The organization’s website includes ideas for conducting virtual celebrations if local chapters are not holding public events due to the pandemic. Also consider participating in other ADF programs such as the Alliance for Community Trees and NeighborWoods Month. Support the planting of city trees. According to a recent study from the U.S. Forest Service reported in, the nation’s urban canopies, currently home to approximately 5.5 billion trees, provide roughly $18 billion in annual benefits via the removal of pollution from the air, carbon sequestration, reduced emissions and improved energy efficiency in buildings.


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THERMOGRAPHY ANN ARBOR THERMOGRAPHY & DR. SICKELS, MD into useful raw material that can be used to create new products and materials. Recycling is a closed-loop process; materials that are diverted from the waste stream must be bought back by consumers in a successive product form. Reduce: The act of making deliberate reductions in consumption levels in several areas (e.g. energy, water, packaging, consumer goods, etc.) to conserve resources, reduce pollution and avoid waste.

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Reuse: The act of finding continuous uses for objects and materials in order to extend their useful life or substituting pre-owned durable goods for newly manufactured items.

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Renewable energy: Energy generated from renewable resources is unlimited or rapidly replenished and therefore, cannot be exhausted. Includes power generated from wind, sunlight, water flow, biomass and geothermal heat.

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Smart growth: Thoughtful land development designed to achieve a number of environmental and quality-of-life goals such as reducing auto dependence; preserving wilderness areas and farmland; and restoring community through pedestrian-oriented, mixed-used developments. Sustainable: A way of doing something that maintains resource renewability and environmental health over time to meet both present and future needs. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC): Volatile organic compounds; found in many paints, finishes, synthetic foams, adhesives and stains; readily evaporate to the atmosphere, where they contribute to air pollution and can be hazardous to human health. Please note: The contents of this Healthy Living Glossary are for informational purposes only. The information is not intended to be used in place of a visit or consultation with a healthcare professional. Always seek out a practitioner who is licensed, certified or otherwise professionally qualified to conduct a selected treatment, as appropriate.


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Drink Beet Juice to Lower Blood Pressure Hypertension is a global disease that particularly affects people in low-income communities, but a new study by the UK University of Nottingham suggests that beetroot juice may be a practical solution for people with high blood pressure that have little access to diagnostic help or money for medication. Researchers divided 47 people between 50 and 70 years of age in Tanzania into three groups. For 60 days, one group drank nitrate-rich beetroot juice and folic acid; another was given nitrate-rich beetroot juice and a placebo; and the third drank nitrate-depleted beetroot juice. The researchers found that systolic blood pressure dropped by 10.8 millimeters (mm) Hg (mercury) in the nitrate-rich plus folic acid group and 6.1 mm Hg in the nitrate-rich and placebo group. Studies have shown that the high level of nitrates in beets is converted by the digestive system into nitric oxide, which relaxes and widens blood vessels.

Quit Junk Foods for Cognitive Wellness New research from Rush Medical College, in Chicago, shows that regularly cheating on a healthy diet undermines its cognitive benefits. For 19 years, researchers followed 5,001 adults over age 65 that were asked to eat the Mediterranean diet, with its emphasis on daily servings of fruit, vegetables, legumes, olive oil, fish, potatoes and unrefined cereals, plus moderate wine consumption. Every three years, their cognitive abilities were tested and their diets reviewed, including how often they ate a Western diet of fried foods, sweets, refined grains, red meat and processed meats. After almost two decades, those that adhered most faithfully to the Mediterranean diet were cognitively 5.8 years younger than those that followed it the least.

Consider Curcumin and Nano-Curcumin for Heart Health Iranian researchers tested 90 patients undergoing elective heart angioplasty, giving one group 500 milligrams (mg) curcumin, the second group 80 mg nanocurcumin, and the third a placebo. After eight weeks, both types of curcumin significantly improved cholesterol, triglyceride and LDL-C levels. They also boosted antioxidant levels, superoxide dismutase and glutathione, and reduced C-reactive protein levels, indicating less inflammation. The nano-curcumin, however, produced even better results in five of those indexes, leading the authors to conclude that the effects of curcumin on the nano formula may be more conducive for cardiac patients due to its high bioavailability. Nano-curcumin is made through a process that encapsulates the herb, allowing it to be metabolized better.

Try Mindfulness to Improve Cardiovascular Health Mindfulness training can lower blood pressure and positively influence behavior that promotes cardiovascular health, report Brown University researchers. The study published in Plos One involved 43 people with hypertension. In eight weekly 150-minute sessions, participants learned mindfulness meditation movements and techniques, including eating food mindfully, while also receiving instruction on hypertension risk factors. By the end of the year, they reported improvements in stress levels, diet, physical activity and alcohol consumption. On average, systolic blood pressure fell by six points and diastolic pressure by one point, a small, but significant improvement.

B12 and Prenatal Supplements Gain Official Nod In updated 2020-2025 dietary guidelines, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have endorsed the specific use of certain supplements, noting that under-consumption of some nutrients among Americans is linked to health concerns. The guidelines advise that infants being fed breast milk exclusively or partially should be given a vitamin D supplement of 400 IU per day beginning soon after birth and perhaps continuing for more than a year. Women that are pregnant or planning to become pregnant should take a daily prenatal vitamin and mineral supplement. Pregnant or lactating women that follow a vegetarian or vegan diet are advised to talk to their healthcare provider about supplementation to ensure that they get adequate amounts of iron, vitamin B12, choline, zinc, iodine and omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). The guidelines also state that some older adults may require vitamin B12 supplements, noting concerns over the amount of the vitamin absorbed from food.

Make Lifestyle Changes to Ease Reflux The heartburn symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) affect about one-third of Americans, many turning to medications. Based on evidence from 116,000 women in a long-running Nurses’ Health Study, Harvard University researchers have found that GERD symptoms can be reduced by up to 37 percent by adopting five lifestyle strategies: 30 minutes of moderate to heavy exercise per day; not smoking; maintaining a normal weight; limiting acidic beverages like coffee and tea to two cups per day; and following a “prudent diet” with an emphasis on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, fish and poultry. The more faithfully the guidelines were followed, the lower the risk of symptoms. Benefits were also realized for women using treatments like proton pump inhibitors and H2 receptor antagonists. According to senior author Andrew T. Chan, M.D., MPH, this study was among the first to link physical activity to the control of GERD. He notes, “Being physically active may help with the clearance of stomach acid which causes heartburn symptoms.”

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Nations Band Together to Preserve One-Third of the Planet

While human activity has transformed 75 percent of the Earth’s surface and 66 percent of ocean ecosystems, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services determined in a 2019 assessment that approximately 1 million plant and animal species are threatened with extinction, some in mere decades. In response to the crisis, more than 50 countries representing 30 percent of the world’s land-based biodiversity, 25 percent of its land-based carbon sinks, 28 percent of important areas of marine biodiversity and more than 30 percent of ocean carbon sinks have united as the High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People (HAC 30x30), avowing to preserve 30 percent of the planet’s land and oceans by 2030. The group announced its goal at the One Planet Summit for Biodiversity in January, hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron, along with the World Bank and the United Nations. “We call on all nations to join us,” Macron said in the video launching of the plan. Biologist E.O. Wilson has called for the “conservation moonshot” of protecting half of the land and the sea. Goals include preventing biodiversity loss, solving the climate crisis and preventing pandemics.

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Childhood Immunity Enhanced by Natural Environment

At the University of Helsinki, in Finland, a new project recorded in the journal Science Advances found that switching a child’s playground from gravel to natural forest floor could foster a better immune system within a month by exposing them to a greater variety of skin and gut bacteria. The researchers studied 75 children between 3 and 5 years of age at 10 daycare centers in two Finnish cities to see how a change in their playing environment altered their skin and gut microbiota, as well as immune markers in their blood. Four centers turned their gravel playgrounds into fields of forest floor, soil and grasses, while three already had that setting. Three others kept their existing gravel playground. One month after the changes were 34

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National Wildlife Refuges are Overwhelmed and Understaffed President Theodore Roosevelt designated Florida’s Pelican Island as the first unit of what would become the National Wildlife Refuge System in 1903 to shield brown pelicans from hunters. Now, the world’s largest set of 568 refuges, encompassing 95 million acres dedicated to preserving wildlife, is under pressure from increasing numbers of visitors, maintenance needs and chronic underfunding. The system has lost more than 700 staff positions since 2011, despite growing by 15 refuges. Managers of the system under the authority of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) report that staff morale is low. Local conservation nonprofits have stepped in with fundraising and volunteers, but the lack of resources throughout the refuge system is limiting its capacity to provide healthy habitat for birds and other wildlife. Essential infrastructure is crumbling and staff can’t provide the community outreach and visitor services they want to offer. The FWS oversees 25,000 structures and 14,000 roads, bridges and dams. Many of them have fallen into disrepair due to a lack of funding. Advocates claim that a remedy will require $900 million per year, while the system’s 2020 budget was only $502.4 million.

made, scientists collected samples of skin, blood and feces from the children. In just a few weeks, microbiota of the children at the renovated daycare centers quickly shifted to become more like the microbiomes of children that attended centers that already had more natural play surfaces. The children at the renovated daycare centers developed a higher ratio of the anti-inflammatory proteins to pro-inflammatory proteins in their blood, indicating that their immune systems were in better shape.

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Protecting the Organic Marketplace

Global sales of organic products totaled $90 billion in 2017 according to the 2018 edition of the study The World of Organic Agriculture, published by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture and Organics International. In the U.S., the figure is $50 billion, or 5 percent of all grocery store sales. Demand for organic products is increasing, more farmers cultivate organically, more land is certified organic and 178 countries report organic farming activities. The challenge is to safeguard organic standards from large corporations that buy up organic brands and try to weaken U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) requirements. This has led to an erosion of both organic standards and consumer trust in the organic labeling of products such as eggs, milk and grains. To restore public trust, the Organic Consumers Association is committed to exposing the fraudulent players in the organic industry while fighting for stronger organic protections. At one time, states could develop their own rules for organic food production and processing. But in 1990, Congress passed the Organic Foods Production Act, which created the National Organic Program and the National Organic Standards Board. Foods labeled USDA Organic are the gold standard for health and sustainability.

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Honey Bees Have a Dirty Secret

Although honey bees symbolize prosperity, sustainability and environmentalism, and are vital to farmers, they also have a distressing effect on the environment—destabilizing natural ecosystems by competing with native bees. Thousands of beekeeping hobbyists and campaigns to save the bees provide honey bees much more media coverage than native pollinators. High densities of honey bee colonies increase competition with the native pollinators for forage, putting even more pressure on the wild species that are already in decline. Honey bees are extremely general foragers and monopolize floral resources, leading to exploitative competition where one species uses up a resource, not leaving enough to go around. Sheila Colla, an assistant professor and conservation biologist at Toronto’s York University, tells Scientific American, “Beekeeping is for people; it’s not a conservation practice. People mistakenly think keeping honey bees, or helping honey bees, is somehow helping the native bees, which are at risk of extinction. The focus on neonics [pesticide] and honey bees has taken a ton of resources away from conserving wild pollinators from their most important threats.”

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ronically, now that PG&E, Seattle City Light, Consumers Energy, DTE and other utilities is offering to disable the wireless RF function (for a hefty price) in their smart meters, we find that there’s yet another extremely critical problem with the meters. Just when you thought you had mastered all the esoteric acronyms such RF Mesh, 900 MHz, 2.4 GHz ZigBee, and all the problems with ‘smart’ meters, here’s one more: Switching-Mode Power Supply or SMPS. This new element in the ‘smart’ meter con- A Smart Meter shielded with the Iron Maiden. troversy deserves immediate full official and public attention. In our on-going investigation into why so-called ‘smart’ meters being installed by PG&E, DTE, Consumers Energy, Duke Energy and many utilities against rising public opposition are causing so many people to be sick, and so many problems with other electric and electronic equipment, we have been fortunate to obtain the advice of electrical engineers. On examination of typical meters, including ABB, GE, ITRON and Landis+Gyr, and many others they report that, in addition to its RF transmitter, each wireless digital meter also has a component called the ‘switching-mode power supply’ (SMPS) – switching power supply for short. Its function is to ‘step down’ the 240v alternating current (AC) coming in from the utility pole power lines to the 3.3 to 12 volts of direct current (DC) required to run the meter’s digital electronics which record the electricity usage data and send out the various RF transmissions. The SMPS function emits sharp spikes of millisecond bursts constantly, 24/7. The SMPS on the commonly used ITRON Openway model, for instance, which is within the smart meter models widely installed by PG&E and other utilities throughout their territory, has been measured to emit spikes of up to 50,000 Hz and higher. This constant pulsing of high frequencies, in addition to the RF function, is causing not only interference with other electric and electronic equipment in many homes with smart meters installed, but also is causing havoc with biological systems in its field of exposure.

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cancers to endocrine disruptions. Consider doing a clean sweep of the house to determine which of these can be replaced, paying special attention to plastics. “If you really limit plastics to a few things, you are fine,” says Heather Patisaul, Ph.D., a neuroscience and toxicology expert at North Carolina State University. Reconsider kitchenware. Eliminate all nonstick cookware, Patisaul advises. “Use ceramic and other materials that do not have perfluorinated chemicals.” Debbie Steinbock, a nutrition counselor at Mindful Family Medical, in Boulder, Colorado, suggests replacing plastic storage containers, which can leach chemicals when heated. “Use a cast iron skillet and use glass jars and mason jars for food storage.”

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s the world moves into its second year of a viral pandemic, many of us are still spending most of our time at home— working, exercising, hanging out with family and as with any other year, cooking and cleaning. There’s no better time to take stock of these surroundings and purge them of any toxins—gases, inhalants or fumes—that may be contributing to a harmful environment. Start with the air. Research shows that indoor air is two to five times more toxic than the air outside, due to inadequate ventilation. This condition, coupled with fumes from synthetic fibers, makeup, paints, cleansers or even a baby’s plastic toys, can contribute to health issues and a less environmentally beneficial abode. A straightforward solution—in addition to getting rid of the pollution-causing objects—is to open the windows and use fans to recirculate the air. A high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter can safely remove many contaminants, but don’t spritz a commercial air freshener: A University of Washington study found that eight widely used air fresheners released an average of 18 chemicals into the air, some of them hazardous, including the likely human carcinogen acetaldehyde. Purge plastics. Perfluorinated compounds PFAS and PFOS, known as “forever chemicals”, are found in nonstick cookware, water-repellent clothing, stain-resistant fabrics and carpets, some cosmetics, and products that resist grease, water and oil. They have been found to cause a wide range of health problems from kidney and testicular 36

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Chuck out toxic cleaners. Many commercial kitchen, bathroom and other cleaning products are loaded with chemicals linked to asthma, cancer, reproductive disorders, hormone disruption and neurotoxicity. They can be particularly toxic for children: A recent Canadian study found that repeated use of a disinfectant reduced beneficial gut bacteria in toddlers, probably contributing to obesity. A good place to start in cleaning out the cleaners is at the Environmental Working Group (EWG) website; its Healthy Living Home Guide evaluates the health risks of 2,500 cleaning products. It also advises a simple strategy of using vinegar and water or baking soda. Get the lead out. Andrew Rooney, deputy director at the National Toxicology Program of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, sees lead, which causes brain damage and other serious defects, as a major risk present in water supplies and the paint of older homes. “The thing I want to emphasize is there is no safe level of lead exposure, so eliminating exposure sources is the best protection for your health,” he says. Drinking water contamination comes from the distribution lines and plumbing fixtures, with lead leaching out from repairs or adjustments. “Having your household water tested by a certified lab is the best option to determine if you have water issues,” he says. Consult state and local health agencies for guidance on lead paint or lead in the water lines and how to remove it. Also consider a water filter: has a comprehensive rating of models from pitchers to under-sink setups. Take it a step further. The new EWG downloadable Healthy Living app makes it easy to use a smartphone to check out 120,000 products for toxic ingredients, including cosmetics and foods. “It has a barcode scanner to scan your favorite lipstick or shampoo, and it will pop up an ingredient list and give it a score,” says Patisaul. The database includes ingredients not found on packaging and scores products on a zero to 10 scale. “It pretty much has to be water to get a zero,” she says. Yvette Hammett is an environmental writer based in Valrico, Florida. She can be contacted at Green Living department is sponsored by DE Filters LLC. See ad

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s the one in five Americans suffering from allergic rhinitis can miserably testify, the fragrant breezes of spring aren’t much fun when they bring on sneezing, coughing, watery eyes and a runny nose. The fifth-most common chronic disease in the country, allergic rhinitis—also known as hay fever—is aggravated in spring by rising pollen levels, but can occur year-round from exposure to mold, household dust mites, pet dander and vehicular air pollution. Common remedies like over-the-counter antihistamines and decongestants bring their own share of afflictions, including drowsiness, dry mouth, blurred vision and dizziness. “By undertaking natural therapy for allergies, however, one can avoid and mitigate the unpleasant symptoms of allergies with no need for medication,” says Carrie Lam, M.D., an integrative and functional medicine doctor in Tustin, California. “Instead of loading up on drugs, you can take care of yourself in a more natural way and avoid nasty side effects.” Here are some non-pharmaceutical approaches.

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Probiotics: In a 173-person, double-blind study, a probiotic blend of Lactobacillus gasseri KS-13, Bifidobacterum bifidum G9-1 and Bifidobacterium longum MM-2 lowered hay fever symptoms and improved participants’ quality of life during allergy season, report University of Florida

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researchers in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. (Read labels to locate these strains in yogurts, kefirs and supplements.) Sublingual Immunotherapy: To desensitize the body, small amounts of specific allergens in the form of tablets or liquid drops are placed under the tongue, making it a gentler and safer process than allergy shots. Numerous studies have shown it to be safe and efficient in the treatment of respiratory tract allergies, reports JoAnn Yanez, ND, executive director of the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges (AANMC). After getting a diagnosis and a first dose from a health practitioner, the tablets or drops can be taken at home. Quercetin: Found naturally in apples, berries, red grapes, red onions, red wine and black tea, this antioxidant inhibits the release of histamine and hampers the IgE antibodies formed during allergic reactions. As a 400-milligram (mg) supplement, it takes about a month to kick in. Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica): When freeze-dried as an extract or used as a tea, this prickly roadside weed is a nontoxic natural antihistamine. In one study, 58 percent of participants found that 300 mg per day relieved their symptoms.

Omega-3s: Anti-inflammatory fatty acids found in such foods as tuna, salmon, walnuts and flaxseed oil can help reduce symptoms, research suggests. In a Japanese study, eating fish lowered respiratory symptoms for women, while fast food and sugary drinks worsened respiratory stress. Nasal Rinse: Using a neti pot with saline solution to rinse allergens out of nasal passages provides quick relief for stuffy, runny, irritated noses. In one study, people using them reported a 64 percent improvement in chronic sinus symptoms and a better quality of life. An ancient Ayurveda technique popularized by Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Oz, the pots cost about $20 in pharmacies. Nasal sprays, although easier to use initially, aren’t as effective, studies show.

Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation recommends acupuncture for hay fever patients that want to avoid pharmaceuticals. Homeopathy: To stimulate the body’s natural healing process, homeopathy uses highly diluted doses of herbs and other substances. Although it’s best to work with a homeopath, two helpful remedies commonly found in health food stores are Allium cepa 30C, for watery eyes, sneezing and a runny or irritated nose; and Kali bichromicum 30C, for persistent sinus congestion with thick nasal discharge.

Unpasteurized Honey: “Local honey contains tiny amounts of pollen from nearby flowers, which can make you less sensitive when you’re exposed to them outdoors,” says chiropractor and nutritionist Josh Axe, Nashville-based author of Ancient Remedies. A Malaysian study of 40 hay fever sufferers found that high doses of local honey, taken along with an antihistamine, reduced sneezing and nasal decongestion more effectively than the antihistamine alone.

Anti-Allergen Cleaning: Simple steps recommended by AANMC to lower airborne allergens include using a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter in the vacuum cleaner; replacing AC filters frequently; changing out of clothes and showering when coming in from the outdoors to rinse off pollen; leaving shoes outside; changing the air filter in the car; and avoiding toxic inhalants with synthetic ingredients like perfumes, body sprays, scented candles, room sprays, air fresheners and dryer sheets.

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s Angela Hanscom of Barrington, New Hampshire, watched her preschool daughters at play, she realized that a surprising number of their friends had problems with balance, coordination and muscle weakness, conditions she was attuned to as a pediatric occupational therapist. Teachers told her that compared to past years, young children were falling out of chairs and bumping into each other and walls more often—all evidence of poor proprioceptive skills, the “sixth sense” ability to feel and position the body in space. Hanscom also realized that almost none of the children played outdoors, which “fascinated and scared” her. Nationwide, even before the lockdowns and online schooling brought on by the pandemic, the average child spent seven hours per day looking at screens and only seven minutes per day playing freely outdoors. Recent studies show that today’s children have poorer hand grip strength, slower running speeds and lower cardiovascular fitness levels than previous generations. Meanwhile, a growing body of research finds that spending time in nature makes kids happier, healthier and more functional. Hanscom’s solution was to establish TimberNook, camps in which children from 18 months to 14 years of age are encouraged to explore natural settings in imaginative, largely unstructured, mini-

mally supervised play. Now in its eighth year, 38 TimberNook-affiliated camps are located in the U.S., Canada, the UK and Australia. Hanscom’s book, Balanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children, has garnered more than 300 fivestar reviews on “Children thrive physically, mentally and emotionally when they are given frequent outdoor play experiences, especially with other children. When children do not get enough of these opportunities, it comes at a great cost to their development,” she says. Journalist Richard Louv, author of the seminal Last Child in the Woods, agrees. “The scientists who study the human senses no longer talk about five senses, they list conservatively nine or 10, and some believe that humans have as many as 30 senses,” he says. “Yet today, children and adults who work and learn in a dominating digital environment expend enormous energy blocking out many of the human senses—including ones we don’t even know we have—to focus narrowly on the screen in front of the eyes. That’s the very definition of being less alive. What parent wants his or her child to be less alive? Who among us wants to be less alive?” That dawning realization is motivating parents and teachers to find ways to get their children actively involved with nature in ways that open their senses while also

Pick up leaves and chestnuts and rocks and create beautiful art together. moving their bodies. This often means hitting the local trails and nature preserves, sometimes with binoculars, bug jars, bird and plant guides and a scavenger list in hand. “‘Hiking’ can be a bit of a drag to young children, but ‘exploring’ (while still hiking) helps open their minds to the beauty and wonder of the outdoors,” says Tanya Gray of Woodstock, Georgia, a homeschooling blogger at TwoPine To improve kids’ hearing, Lilach Saperstein, an Israeli audiologist who hosts the podcast All About Audiology, asks children to close their eyes and describe only what they hear. “The wind, the rustle of leaves, a running water stream, crickets, birds, their own breathing, the swish of their sleeve or pant—this is a great way to introduce mindfulness, as well.” To awaken sight, sound and smell, Boston plein air artist Diana Stelin hands

kids paper and art supplies out in nature. “Allowing kids to sit with sounds around them and with smells of various seasons makes them truly feel part of our grand universe. It also allows their minds to quiet down and reset, making them pay more attention to detail, to their inner landscapes and to people around them.” To engage the sense of taste, Malorie Thompson, editor of TheVeganInsider. com, takes her children foraging for edible plants on treasure hunts on a trail or around their Northern California neighborhood. She says, “Bonus activity: use the foraged food to make a meal afterward!” Most of all, nature should be both physical and fun. “Point excitedly at the full moon, shout at it and say hello. Pick up leaves and chestnuts and rocks and create beautiful art together. Stop to smell the twigs and flowers and roll on the grass—who can make it faster down the hill? Make sandcastles and animals. Tie colorful ribbons on tree branches. Look for the shapes of animals in the clouds,” says Milana Perepyolkina, of Salt Lake City, who wrote about forest bathing in Gypsy Energy Secrets. “The only way to get your children to be excited about nature is for you to be excited about nature first,” she notes. Health writer Ronica O’Hara can be reached at

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s we shake off the sluggishness of winter, many of us feel an urge to “spring clean” our bodies with a detox or cleanse. Yet health experts say such programs should help jumpstart new healthy habits and not necessarily be seen as a short-term fix. “The air we breathe, the water we drink, the cosmetics we use, the materials we build with and most notably, the food that we eat, are loaded with chemicals that are toxic to our metabolism,” says Alejandro Junger, a Los Angeles cardiologist, author and founder of Clean “The systems in the body designed to clear toxicity are overwhelmed, and this leads to the imbalances and damage that is at the root of most diseases today.” Detoxification functions are performed by many different organs and tissues, including intestinal flora, the immune system, the nervous system and the liver, so its imbalances can manifest in diverse ways, according to Junger. “Symptoms of detox imbalance include sleep and mood disorders, anxiety, rashes, lack of energy and libido, autoimmune disorders, inflammation and cancer.”

While some health professionals say that detoxes are unnecessary because the body is capable of cleansing itself, others make a compelling case for the need to help it along, given our heightened exposure to manmade toxic elements. Information of varying repute swirls around the internet, offering approaches ranging from juice cleanses to total fasts.

Everyday Toxin Cleaners Simple dietary strategies can help sweep out toxins, explains Robin Foroutan, an integrative dietitian and nutritionist in New York City. She points to cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, collards and kale, which promote cytochromes P450, a family of enzymes critical in helping toxins clear the body. She also recommends foods high in fiber that can bind to toxins and bile, and transport them out of the body through the stool. Berries, green tea and turmeric are also helpful for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties; even water facilitates the excretion process, supports the lymphatic system and replenishes fluids lost through sweat. Using a water filter and eating organic foods when possible also reduces incoming toxins, she says.

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Healthy smoothies are a great way to get water, fiber and easily digestible nutrients into our body at the same time, according to Junger. “When using a good, clean, protein powder in addition to fruits and leafy greens, healthy fats such as nuts, and coconut or cashew milk, a smoothie can provide us the nutrients needed to support our energy for hours,” he says. Adding herbs like mint or holy basil (tulsi) and spices like turmeric and cinnamon elevate both flavor and healing. Liquids such as celery juice provide highly concentrated nutrients and hydration, but lack the fiber of a blended drink. Both juices and smoothies give overtaxed digestive systems a needed break.

Deep Detox Fasting (occasionally for a prolonged period, such as three days without food) and intermittent fasting (abstaining from food for a shorter period, such as 16 hours per day on a regular basis) are great tools for deeper detoxification, says Junger. “Digestion takes energy and resources from the detox functions, so eating less, eating less often and allowing

time for digestion to stop so that detox can intensify is crucial.” For a comprehensive detox, experts recommend working with a health practitioner to assess toxic burdens and develop a personalized plan. Russell Jaffe, a physician in Ashburn, Virginia, crafts a detox program based on four self-assessments, including digestive transit time, urine pH, hydration levels and vitamin C levels. Jaffe claims our bodies are burdened by excess acid, rendering them less resilient to stress and resulting in fatigue, illness and infection risks. “When we enjoy a diet rich in greens, fruits, vegetables, minerals and antioxidants, our cells become more alkaline and more resistant to everyday stress,” he states. Experts emphasize that a short-term program must be part of a longer-lasting lifestyle and diet shift. “It is not enough to do periodic detoxes if you go back to old habits. I offer these programs as a jumpstart in hopes that participants feel so much better that they never want to go back to what they were doing and eating before,” says Junger. Connect with Washington, D.C., freelance writer April Thompson at

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ata May is a 30-inch-tall, blue-and-gold macaw. “It’s nice to come home and have a conversation with a snuggly bird,” says Joshua Luther, who took over care of the avian when he was 13 years old and she was 11. Now 17 years later, Kata May holds a commanding presence in Luther’s home in Columbus, Wisconsin. “She’s set up where our dining room should be, so my wife and I can sit and talk or play with her.” Luther notes that the cherished pet has a bit of a temper and can bend the bars on her $1,000 cage if she’s bored or angry. Considering the bird has a bite force of 1,800 pounds per square inch, it’s sensible to keep her happy, which could be for another 50 years.

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their owners, the Avian Welfare Coalition, based in St. Paul, Minnesota, helps ensure these pets are included in wills and estate planning. Birds need to chew, and if they play outside their cages, must be kept away from hazardous items. Besides droppings, birds also create dander and dust. “Cleaning her cage and the room is a two-hour project every week,” says Luther. There’s also the potty mouth. Kata May learned some unsavory phrases from her previous owner. She sometimes screams, “Shut the hell up!” or, “Turn that #@%&ing thing up!” to get the TV at the desired volume. Babette de Jongh, an animal communicator and romance author in Bay Minette, Alabama, once knew a bird that routinely screamed, “Fire!” resulting in 911 calls. “Birds can be loud,” says de Jongh. “They generally try to be louder than the ambient noise in the room.” Luther agrees, saying, “You can hear my bird yell from a city block away.”

Happy and Healthy Talking birds are delightful. Some mimic human language, others understand word meanings and use them appropriately. “Birds are as intelligent as a young child and as emotionally temperamental as a toddler,” says Mary Miller, who has raised budgies and the small- to medium-sized

parrots known as conures at her home in Buffalo and has worked with other birds in rescue facilities. Luther agrees that birds don’t just mimic what they hear. “They understand like a 2to 3-year-old child. When we are cooking dinner, she will ask, ‘For me?’ or, ‘Can I have some?’” Kata May also articulates her fondness for the pizza delivery person with, “I love you!” Then, “Mmmmmm, thank you,” in anticipation of a treat. Even without words, birds are excellent companions. “If raised correctly and interacted with on a regular basis, birds can be very affectionate. They are highly intelligent and social animals, so they form deep and lasting bonds with humans,” says de Jongh. Nutrition is key to a raising a bird. Leslie Moran, a Reno-based holistic animal nutrition and care consultant, is working to end avian malnutrition through the Healthy Bird Project, which conducts nutritional research on exotic species. Traditional grain and seed mixes lack essential nutrients and contribute to unbalanced protein intake for caged and companion birds. Moran’s goal is to move the food industry toward the inclusion of more wholesome choices. “Fresh fruits and vegetables can be purchased at the grocery store, but parrots need specific, high-quality, tropical bird food, which can be hard to find,” says Luther.

Keeping a tropical animal healthy also requires bathing, temperature control, clean air and water, exercise and mental stimulation. Costs vary. Owning a small parakeet could include the purchase or adoption price ($12 to $65); cage ($30 and up); food; toys; and checkups (typically less than $200 a year). A large macaw might cost $500 to $5,000. Supplies, food and vet care could top $2,000 the first year.

Don’t Shop, Adopt Birds are available from breeders and pet stores, but there are many needing adoption. Sanctuaries struggle to care for animals with such long lifespans and complex needs, including diet, space, intellectual stimulation and emotional bonding. Lacking proper care, birds may develop mental illness and pluck out feathers or bite, but happy birds can be snuggly, social and fun. Rosemary Wellner, of Mountainside, New Jersey, has owned parakeets, cockatiels and lovebirds. Currently, she has two parrots, the oldest is 24. “Many people do not understand… but birds feel true attraction for their companions—and who doesn’t want to be loved?” she says. Julie Peterson is a health and wellness writer. Reach out at

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