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Fall is bringing some relief from the hot, humid summer. The cooler nights and days with lower humidity are fabulous! It’s a great time to get outdoors. Have you made that commitment to your health yet? If not, then please get going—it’s never too late! With so much information available, it’s easy to know what is best for our health, but it can be extremely difficult to put into practice. Eating healthy is one key to feeling great. Prevention is best of course. But if you are like me and you spend way too much time in front of a computer and even the TV, being active is one of the most important aspects of wellbeing. In a recent phone conversation with my older sister, who walks her dog almost every day, I was inspired to commit to my own fitness. I knew that if I could stick to it for 30-days, then it would become automatic. I am now on my second month of walking or bike riding every single morning. First I had to break my old habit of starting each day by enjoying my only cup of coffee while still in my pajamas. Because once my day was started, it was so easy to say I would take that walk later, which of course later almost never arrived. Now I get out of bed, with the help of my rooster/alarm cat Rowdy, and immediately dress for outdoors. I don’t skip a day because I risk falling back into my old habit. Fortunately, my husband joined me in the commitment and together we keep each other motivated. Having a support person or group is extremely important. Whether you join a group, enlist a friend or family member, or hire a professional coach or trainer, having that support can mean the difference between pushing forward or falling back. As Henry Ford said, “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” In this month’s issue “Awakening the Global Heart,” tells how passionate people of all ages are joining together in many groups, large and small, to focus on creating a better world from the heart. Also in this issue, we pay tribute to Dr. Wayne Dyer with “Heaven Within” about his new book, Memories of Heaven. I have enjoyed many of his books and several have helped me to become the person that I always wanted to be. One of my favorite Dyer books is The Power of Intention from which I learned how to make myself available for success. I practice keeping my thoughts on what I intend to create and focusing on the kind of world in which I want to live. As Mother Teresa said, “I will never attend an anti-war rally; if you have a peace rally, invite me. I am learning that if you focus on what you want, (peace) instead of what you don’t want, (war) you will receive it in abundance! Let’s focus, pray, rally, preach Peace, and we will have it!” Wishing you peace,

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ith the recent opening of Good Call (GC) Yoga, residents of Goose Creek, Moncks Corner, North Charleston and Hanahan now have a convenient place to practice yoga. The studio is welcoming, warm and unintimidating where beginners and yogis of all levels can enjoy a satisfying experience. GC offers several All-Levels Vinyasa inspired classes plus a very low-impact Gentle Yoga Class with mats and props available for students to use. Yoga benefits include increased strength, flexibility, balance, mindfulness and physical well-being. It can be an effective elixir for stress, tension and depression. GC Yoga owner Laurel Mastin, a yoga enthusiast, grew tired of driving to Summerville or North Charleston for classes. She realized that Goose Creek needed a yoga studio of its own. Over the past two years, while experiencing some personal tough times, she relied on yoga as her calm place in the storm. “On my mat, I became stronger, calmer, more positive and confident, ” Mastin states. “I just felt better physically, emotionally and mentally. If I was having a particularly tough day, I always knew I’d feel better after my yoga class.” Thus the slogan, “Do Yoga. Feel Better.” It’s that simple. First-time students receive an introductory “2-Class Pass” for only $15. Like GC Yoga on Facebook and receive one of the classes for free! GC Yoga also shares space with Dancetrance of Charleston—a fast-paced, high cardio, dance fitness class. The partnership gives students a fun alternative to yoga at a discounted rate.

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Neurofeedback Back to School Special


rainCore of Mount Pleasant specializes in brain training, also referred to as neurofeedback, a drug-free treatment to make permanent changes. BrainCore is currently providing a back to school special offer of a FREE CPT (Cognitive Performance Test). This state of the art technology can determine what areas of the brain are not performing correctly. For example, if a child or adult struggles with focus and attention, the CPT can help provide solutions and relief. Neurofeedback is a scientifically proven approach to addressing symptoms of many common psychological and neurological problems without harmful medications. Based on over forty years of rigorous clinical research, neurofeedback uses electroencephalography (EEG) to identify and correct irregularities in the brain’s electrical activity. These EEG abnormalities are now understood to be a common underlying factor in a wide range of brain-based medical conditions. This sophisticated, revolutionary therapeutic breakthrough approach is safe and clinically proven in managing disorders that have their basis in the brain. It is a powerful, drug-free approach to ADHD, anxiety, depression, migraine headaches, chronic pain, TBI, PTSD, memory loss and many other brain-based conditions. Consultations may be scheduled with Dianne Kosto, Executive Director of Training and a Board Certified Neurofeedback Technician. She is also available for informational talks and group discussions regarding several topics of interest. As Neurofeedback is a very versatile treatment, it can be an informative topic for support groups, rehab clinics, churches, schools, parents, network and business groups. Schedule a consultation online at or call 844-brain on (272-4666). The office is located at 990 Lake Hunter Circle, Suite 212 in Mt. Pleasant. See listing page 30. 8

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eidre Sommerkamp, local Arbonne Independent Consultant, is excited to announce the company is celebrating its 35-year anniversary of botanically based, pure, safe and beneficial nutritional, skincare and cosmetic products. Arbonne nutritional products are certified vegan, gluten-free, low glycemic, non-GMO and some are certified Kosher. They are also alkaline and help correct pH balance. Sommerkamp was drawn to Arbonne products after losing family members and friends to cancer and autoimmune diseases. “I want people to know they have healthier choices and I am passionate about helping people live healthier lives,” she explains. “The 30 Days to Healthy Living program is changing lives. It’s not just about losing weight but also about improving one’s health, sleeping better and having more energy.” The combination of direct sales and network marketing business offers products in both personal care and health/wellness that are designed for every stage of life from baby to anti-aging, sports nutrition to protein powder and vitamins. The 45-day money-back guarantee on all products and programs is what really sets Arbonne apart. “I am entrepreneurial myself and I love helping partners on my team build their own business,” Sommerkamp adds. “It’s an amazing company with a smart business model. I get to meet lots of new people, and this business is really fun!” Book a group presentation (3+ people) with her now through December 31, and receive $100 in free Arbonne products, including the holiday line that makes gift giving easy. Deirdre Sommerkamp works with individuals and groups, company employees, associations and school groups. To find out more or to join her growing successful team, call 603-553-5357. See listing page 29.

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Congress Fails to Respond to Centers for Disease Control Whistleblower On July 29, Congressman Bill Posey, a Republican representing Florida’s eighth district, took to the U.S. House floor to discuss possible changes in how the medical community views vaccines. According to documents cited in Posey’s testimony, Dr. William Thompson, a vaccine safety researcher for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), revealed to Posey that he attended a meeting in which he was directed to destroy data in the CDC’s research that demonstrated a clear link between the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine and autism. Understanding the gravity of this directive, Thompson reported that he had retained copies of the documents, which he gave to Posey, along with other records that demonstrate fraud within the CDC’s vaccine safety research. Posey pleaded on the House floor, “Mr. Speaker, I believe it’s our duty to ensure that the documents Dr. Thompson provided are not ignored. Therefore, I will provide them to members of Congress and the House committees upon request. Considering the nature of the whistleblower’s documents, as well as the involvement of the CDC, a hearing and a thorough investigation is warranted.” As of press time, Congress had taken no action to address Posey’s testimony. To demand hearings, contact the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman, Representative Jason Chaffetz, at 202-2257751 or show/412270; or the Homeland Security and Government Operations Committee Chairman, Senator Ron Johnson, at 202-224-5323 or Open Ron_Johnson. Find local representatives at



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ew research published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition has found the color of the fruits and vegetables we eat may affect our weight and heart health differently. The study followed 1,272 people over a three-year period, beginning in 2006 and 2008. The researchers compared their respective diets over both periods with levels of cholesterol, weight and waist circumference—all measures of obesity. The research grouped fruits and vegetables into red/purple, yellow, green, orange or white. Among women, greater consumption of red/ purple fruits and vegetables was related to lower weight and abdominal fat, lower blood sugar and reduced total cholesterol. Meanwhile, greater consumption of yellow fruits and vegetables was linked to weight gain over the same period. Among men, the researchers found those that ate more red/purple fruits and vegetables had reduced weight and waists compared to those that ate othercolored foods over the three-year period by an average of 13 and 14 percent, respectively. Greater yellow fruit consumption was linked to lower total cholesterol levels. Green and white fruits and vegetables were associated with reduced abdominal fat gain over the three-year period.


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study from the University of Minnesota has found that two strains of virulent bacteria in the gut significantly increase the incidence of colon cancer, and a change in microbiology of the gut often coincides with colon cancer. The study tested 88 people, of which half had colon tumors. The scientists sampled and analyzed gut bacteria within the subjects to assess their microbiomes. They found that colon cancers were linked to those with microbiomes that had increased levels of Fusobacteria and Providencia species of bacteria. The latter is considered more virulent and responsible for the production of certain enzymes that have been previously linked with colon cancer. These two species of bacteria have also been linked with higher rates of inflammation and infection in other research. Fusobacteria has been found prevalent among people with ulcerative colitis. Providencia species include E. coli and Klebsiella, both found among urinary tract infections, throat infections and others. Microbiological science over the past half a century has found that better food choices can bring about significant healthful changes in the body’s microbiome. These include incorporating prebiotic and fermented foods into one’s diet.

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Brain-Lymphatic Discovery May Hasten Science


study at the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Medicine has found that the brain is directly connected to the body’s immune system through a previously unknown set of lymphatic vessels. The discovery furthers the understanding for medical scientists of how the brain’s immune system works. While it’s been known for decades that lymphatic vessels transport immune cells through the rest of the body, confirming that this also occurs within the brain has been elusive. The discovery is attributed to Antoine Louveau, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow at UVA. He says, “It changes entirely the way we perceive the neuro-immune interaction. We always perceived it before as something esoteric that can’t be studied, but now we can ask mechanistic questions.” According to researchers, physicians can now examine the physical connection between the immune system and the brain instead of only studying how the brain responds to immune issues; it might also improve how diseases like Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, autism and others are understood and treated.

Non-Natural Painkillers Double Depression Risk


2015 study has found that larger opioid medication doses increase the incidence of depression in a Veterans Administration study of 355 pain patients. An opioid is a pharmaceutical compound, such as morphine, that produces an analgesic effect in the nervous system. The study, published in the Journal of the International Association for the Study of Pain, followed patients with low-back pain for two years. The patients were taking varying doses of opioid pain killers, rated by their morphine-equivalent dose. The researchers found that higher doses resulted in a doubling of depression incidences. According to Dr. James Duke, author of The Green Pharmacy, natural herbal alternatives to painkiller drugs that are free of the side effect include meadowsweet, ginger, willow bark, clove, lavender, eucalyptus, red pepper and rosemary.

Music and Audio Books Help Kids Move Past Pain


study published in Pediatric Surgery International has determined that children that listened to music or audio books experienced significantly less pain after undergoing major surgery than those that did not. Pain scores were monitored before and after treatments. Fifty-six children, ages 9 to 14, were divided into three groups—one heard 30 minutes of songs chosen by the children from a list of popular music, another listened to audio books and the third (control) wore noise-canceling headphones. Pain scores were monitored before and after treatments. Those that listened to the music or audio books experienced significant reductions in pain compared to the control group. 10

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U.S. Kids Not Drinking Enough Liquids


2015 study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control has found that more than half of American children are dehydrated. The research analyzed data from the 2009-2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey for children 6 to 19 years old. The study also found that boys have a 76 percent greater likelihood of being dehydrated, and African-Americans were 34 percent more likely to not drink enough water compared with U.S. Caucasians. “Dehydration accounts for hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations each year due to a number of illnesses that can lead to depletion of fluids and electrolytes from the body,” says Dr. Daniel Rauch, associate professor of pediatrics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, in New York City. It can be difficult for parents to gauge the level of hydration in children. Researchers from the University of Arkansas have determined that urine color provides a reliable indicator of hydration levels, with darker urine indicating increasing levels of dehydration.

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Swiss biotech giant Syngenta AG may have destroyed much of the corn export business that U.S. farmers count on. China has rejected huge shipments of U.S.-grown corn, largely because Syngenta released a GMO (genetically modified organism) version before it was approved. Consequently, $1 billion in class action suits are being brought in federal court by farmers in three states. The MIR162 strain of GM corn comprises only about 3 percent of U.S. crops, but it cannot be contained due to cross-breeding. The National Grain and Feed Association estimates that the Chinese refusal of U.S. corn has reduced corn prices by 11 cents per bushel, and it has asked Syngenta to stop selling the GM corn seed varieties. Syngenta was formed in 2000 by the merger of Novartis Agribusiness and Zeneca Agrochemicals.

New data from the U.S. Department of Energy shows that overall domestic energy consumption is slowing and isn’t expected to grow much over the next 25 years, despite a growing economy and population. Usage is forecast to rise 0.3 percent annually between now and 2040, or just half the expected population growth rate, and dramatically less than the 2.4 percent projections for economic growth through 2040. Greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels are expected to increase only 0.1 percent in the same period. Thanks to a public embrace of energy efficiency, residential fuel consumption may not grow at all over the next quarter-century. With more Americans driving electric and other energy-efficient vehicles, energy use in the transportation sector will decline slightly and gasoline consumption is expected to drop more than 20 percent by 2040. Industrial energy use is expected to grow at less than 1 percent. College students nationwide are supporting the reported progress by conducting divestment campaigns at universities, including Divest Harvard. At a recent event, alumni, including Bill McKibben, founder of, and former Colorado Senator Tim Wirth, joined students in protesting any investment of the school’s huge endowment fund in fossil fuel companies.

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depend on the degree of injury and how long the injury and/or pain has existed. The injections use platelet-rich plasma to boost the healing process. The plasma comes from the patient’s own blood, so there is no chance of it being rejected. After a professional consultation determines that a patient is a good candidate for PRP, a small amount of blood is taken from the patient. Then a centrifuge is used to spin the drawn blood to produce blood plasma with concentrated platelets—PRP. The quick process increases the concentration of platelets and growth factors up to 500 percent. The patient is then given the PRP injection to stimulate the tendon or ligament and trigger a healing process. New collagen begins to develop and mature, resulting in the tightening and strengthening of the tendons or ligaments of the damaged area. Results are often seen after one injection; however, some patients may require additional therapy treatments.

What is osteoarthritis? In healthy joints, cartilage allows bones to glide easily over each other and absorbs the shock of movement. Osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis, is a joint disease that primarily affects the cartilage. Over time the smooth surface of the cartilage begins to deteriorate and bones start to rub together, which causes pain. Bone spurs may form or small pieces of cartilage or bone may break off and float inside the joint causing more damage and pain.

What is chronic tendinitis? Tendinitis is inflammation, irritation and swelling of a tendon—the fibrous tissue that connects muscle to bone. Tendinitis is typically caused by joint overuse or by traumatic injury. Tendons are designed to bend, stretch and twist. With overuse they may break or tear and then scar tissue forms. Scar tissue is not as flexible as the tendons, causing more pain with movement. Maturing bodies do not repair these injured tendons as easily as younger ones, so it takes even longer to recover. Some people develop long-term, chronic tendinitis as a result. Areas that are most often affected are shoulders, ankles, elbows and feet. Chronic tendinitis lacks any true inflammation in the tendon, and that is why corticosteroid injections do not give relief for this condition.

of the patient’s own blood to reduce joint pain caused by inflammation. It can actually repair damaged joint lining and slow down further wear and tear of cartilage. The PRP injection contains valuable proteins and growth factors that the body can use to begin the repair of cells and tissue. PRP therapy is used most commonly for inflammation and damage to joints, tendons and ligaments of the knee, hip, shoulder, wrist/hand, elbow and ankle/foot. It has been used to treat arthritis/osteoarthritis, bursitis and tendonitis as well as sport injuries such as tennis/golfers elbow.

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awe, you won’t be able to mentally experience boredom or disappointment. Try seeing the invisible Divine flowing through and supporting everyone and everything. A rainstorm becomes a miraculous event, the lightning a fascinating display of electrical fireworks, the thunder a booming reminder of the invisible power of nature. Live the mystery by beginning to perceive what average eyes fail to notice. Wayne Dyer, Ph.D. {May 10, 1940 – Aug. 29, 2015}, affectionately called the “father of motivation” by his fans, was an internationally renowned author, speaker and pioneer in the field of self-development. Over the four decades of his career, he wrote more than 40 books (including 21 New York Times bestsellers), created numerous audio programs and videos and appeared on thousands of television and radio shows. includes information on his new book, Memories of Heaven: Children’s Astounding Recollections of the Time Before They Came to Earth, released this month.

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s individuals and in groups, more people today are expressing deep inner caring and compassion for fellow humans and all life on this planet by hitching their heartfelt energies to powerful actions that hold the promise of a sustainable future. In This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, author Naomi Klein attests that the power of ferocious love is underestimated by companies and their government advocates. Suggesting that climate change be considered a framework for broader social improvements instead of a single issue, she invites “seizing the moment of discontent” to advance healing the planet and its broken economies and communities. Stories about how ordinary people are energizing local and online communities of practice to improve intergenerational communication, eliminate monetary influence in politics and restore democracy, and support social

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ing a global society for all beings to flourish is a goal to strive for, we came to recognize that it takes a collective and collaborative approach within a community of practice to keep the message alive and implement what’s learned in the 12-week training.” A love for social justice prompted Tigueros to recognize the corporate capture of America’s democracy. “Suggesting that symposium participants work with Move to Amend and Citizens’ Climate Lobby made sense,” he explains. One is a nonpartisan coalition of organizations and individuals seeking to end corporate personhood and demand true democracy; the other empowers individuals to exercise their political power. It takes love to inspire the youth of GenY, Generation We and the Digital Generation, all names for the Millenials, to create a new story and transform their lives and communities. Gorman is counting on his peers to help make it happen. “We’re writing a different story than the worn-out one we’ve been led to believe is inevitable,” he says. Some of Generation Waking Up’s young leaders have formed local communities of practice that campaign to get big money out of politics, pressure universities to divest fossil fuel in-

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Enough of this powerlessness. The actions of a minority can still make all the difference. ~Rebecca Solnit vestments, build local and just food systems, end mass incarceration, enroll residents to go solar and inspire everyday citizens to live in more just, sustainable ways. “Young people have a leadership role in spearheading the change our world is calling for. Ultimately, it will only come about with every generation working together,” observes Gorman, who operates from Oakland, California. He’s encouraged when Generation Waking Up members say they want to learn from older adults that spent decades struggling for positive social change. A deep love for the potential of civic engagement prompted Gladstone, New Jersey, resident Kleitsch’s Walking Civics initiative. The intergenerational nonprofit, endorsed by the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, trains military veterans and students as young as 16 as poll workers. “I want to inspire future voters by letting them learn how to do the job competently and with integrity, and lead them to participate in democracy’s most cherished act of voting,” advises Kleitsch. It’s currently active in several jurisdictions across the country and will scale up for 2016 and beyond.

Hearts Joining Hearts

At 15, Kelsey Juliana’s love of family, friends and future generations far outweighed any trepidation she felt in

Corralling Ocean Plastics Boyan Slat, 21, of the Netherlands, has devoted his youth to founding and forwarding The Ocean Cleanup, a system in which plastics in our oceans, driven by currents, would amass in accessible zones, reducing cleanup time from theoretical millennia to a manageable period. Leading a team of 100 scientists and engineers for one year, they turned the concept into a potentially viable method to clean up half the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 10 years. Crowdfunding will launch the pilot phase in Japanese waters in 2016. Slat has been named a United Nations Champion of the Earth. The Ocean Cleanup is a recognized Design of the Year by the London Design Museum. 16

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acting as one of two plaintiffs in a legal strategy to protect the atmosphere, guided by Mary Christina Wood, a law professor and author of Nature’s Trust. Wood created the Oregon nonprofit Our Children’s Trust, now operating in all 50 states and internationally, to enforce the duty of government to protect natural resources for present and future generations. It supports youth in bringing legal action in courts, administrative agencies and local legislative bodies. In local Sierra Club chapters, organizers work with facilitators to educate and empower youth to lead campaigns with town councils, legislative chambers and the courts. Mounting research is confirming what many have long suspected— extensive media coverage of negative news can trigger stress, fear and trauma. Images & Voices of Hope (ivoh) Executive Director Mallary Tenore cares deeply about how the media can benefit the world by catalyzing change and meaningful awareness of issues such as those raised by Our Children’s Trust. “At ivoh, we believe in focusing on the world we want to live in—not only problem-solving in the world we have. We are currently helping our global community of media practitioners tell ‘restorative narratives’, stories that show how people and communities are making a meaningful progression from despair to resilience. Instead of

focusing solely on tragedy and trauma, these narratives extend the storyline by showing signs of renewal, recovery and restoration,” explains Tenore.

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James Maskell wishes every media outlet would cover the doctors and health professionals that are applying the “functional/integrative/root cause” approaches to health care. Formerly a vendor of supplements to health professionals, Maskell has morphed his focus to found the Evolution of Medicine Functional Forum, a monthly educational Web show for health professionals and industry insiders. After becoming captivated by functional medicine at a trade show, he developed this fresh, high-tech concept that combines the latest health news, functional medicine research, practice developments and health technologies in a mixed-media format. Offered free on YouTube, it combines interviews, TED-style talks, videos and audience interaction. “With health politics raising more questions than answers and with technology changing the healthcare landscape, there’s never been a more ripe time for health innovation and accelerating a shift toward what works for most doctors,” remarks Maskell, who also recently collaborated with the Institute for Functional Medicine to live-stream Genomics and Functional Medicine, the most cuttingedge clinical Functional Forum to date. Andrew Brandeis, a licensed naturopathic doctor in San Francisco, developed a challenging new skill set in creating the easy-to-use, mobile Share Practice app, launched 18 months ago and now also available on the Internet. It’s already used by 15,000 doctors nationwide to rate and review the effectiveness of drugs, herbs and supplements. They also ask questions and receive quick feedback about patient treatments. Brandeis sees an even bigger future opportunity. “As we spot trends and see what is working where and why, we can direct research dollars. There are all kinds of off-label uses for drugs, herbs and supplements that we’ll support when we see that 10,000 doctors are using them in the same way for the same thing,” says Brandeis,

who enjoys the meaningfulness of this collective contribution. Gery Juleff, of Hopewell, New Jersey, reinvented himself and his career to serve a greater good. Seeking to inspire change through intelligent discussion on environmental issues he founded and hosts the Green Radio Hour broadcast on He was formerly a member of the British Foreign Service, serving for 25 years as a diplomat, mostly in Africa and Brazil. In Juleff’s last London foreign office assignment, he dealt with policies on climate change, renewable energy technology and energy security. “My love of Africa, the continent likely to be affected the most by climate change, quickened my sense of needing to do whatever I could to limit any negative effects,” he says. Even though he was innocent about the scope of such an undertaking, “When the station owner suggested I use my knowledge to host a radio show, I said yes.” In What Then Must We Do? Straight Talk About the Next American Revolution, economist and co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative Gar Alperovitz provides many examples of successful community wealth building. He’s been part of a team partnering with others in cities that include Cleveland, Ohio; Jackson, Mississippi; Rochester, New York; and Washington,

D.C. As co-chair of The Next System Project, he’s dealing with the bigger picture of long-term systemic change. “The economics of sustainability focus on partnerships with local assets like universities, hospitals and cultural institutions to facilitate broad-based economic security for the entire community,” says Alperovitz. He’s deeply committed to the concept of an ecologically sustainable society, where problemsolving activities nurture democracy.

Waking Up

This small sampling of individuals whose actions are affirming their heart’s directives is not random and signals a larger movement. It represents author Anodea Judith’s explanation for the evolution of our human journey, captured in the title and essence of her book Waking the Global Heart: Humanity’s Rite of Passage from the Love of Power to the Power of Love. James O’Dea, author of The Conscious Activist, says, “As we evolve, we recognize that it’s the heart which holds the great key to our collective healing, to real civility, the courage to face our own shadow and true progress.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Visit ItsAllAbout for the recorded interviews.

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adness darkens the world of the 16 percent of Americans diagnosed with clinical depression and the untold millions more that try to cope without a formal diagnosis, according to a University of Colorado study published in Clinical Therapeutics. Just as daunting, an estimated 30 million Americans take prescription antidepressant drugs for premenstrual discomfort, chronic pain and anxiety, as well as depression, according to Dr. James Gordon, a clinical professor of psychiatry at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. He founded and directs the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, in Washington, D.C., and is the renowned author of Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven-Stage Journey Out of Depression. While conventional medicine offers a smorgasbord of antidepressants, many are ineffective or produce harmful side effects. One University of Pennsylvania study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found scant evidence that they benefit people with mild to moderate depression because the drugs work no better than a placebo in at least 80 percent of cases. Side effects of traditional antidepressants included nausea, headaches, weight gain, insomnia, sexual dysfunction, agitation, irritability, anxiety and even violent behavior and suicidal thoughts, according to the University of Colorado research involving more than 40,000 patients. It further showed that nearly 70 percent of patients stop taking the prescription drugs within three months, largely because of intolerable reactions. Some safer and healthier alternatives exist. “We know that depression is more a symptom than a diagnosis,” says Dr. Hyla Cass, author of numerous related books, including Natural Highs. “It’s a sign of imbalance in biochemistry, 18

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Curcumin, the rhizome of the turmeric plant that gives curry powder its distinctive yellow color, addresses both the symptoms of depression and its underlying causes, says Ajay Goel, Ph.D., director of the Baylor Center for Gastrointestinal Research, in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. A recent study by Goel in Phytotherapy Research showed that this natural spice helps generate new, properly functioning brain cells that manufacture mood-elevating neurotransmitters. Along with being as effective as Prozac (fluoxetine) without the side effects, curcumin can neutralize the suicidal thoughts and violent behavior sometimes displayed in people with major depression taking prescription antidepressants. “We also know that prescription antidepressants become less effective the longer you take them,” says Goel. “Curcumin doesn’t lose its effectiveness over time.” Rhodiola rosea, the well-researched root of an Arctic plant, has brought relief even to some of Cass’ severely depressed patients. Cass points to its ability to help balance stress hormones and stimulate production of the feel-good brain chemical serotonin, much like the claims of prescription drugs, but without any known side effects. A new study published in Phytomedicine confirms that rhodiola is at least as effective as the prescription antidepressant Zoloft (sertraline) in fighting major depression. Cass also recommends 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan), an extract of the seeds of an African shrub that produces the critical serotonin with no negative side effects. A recent Indian study from the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences comparing the effects of 5-HTP and Prozac confirms that “5-HTP definitely has antidepressant effects in patients with depression.”

A Holistic Approach

An integrative approach that emphasizes physical activity and a meditation or other spiritual practice can be highly effective in treating all levels of depression, according to Gordon. “It’s a way to get unstuck, to help us move through and beyond depression and other difficulties in our lives,” he says. Exercise triggers rises in mood at least equal to those generated by antidepressant prescription drugs, according to new Duke University research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. People that are depressed often don’t want to move, Gordon comments. “Start with what you can do. Walking a couple of blocks a day is a good beginning.” He notes, “I teach specific meditation techniques such as slow, deep, soft-belly breathing and mindful walking and eating. All have been shown to decrease levels of anxiety and stress, enhance mood and optimism, and promote greater emotional stability and more reliable judgment.” A healthful diet emphasizing vegetables, fruit and healthy fats; strong support from friends and family; creative activities; and connecting with a higher power comprise Gordon’s integrative prescription for a happy life. Kathleen Barnes is author of numerous natural health books, including Food Is Medicine. Connect at

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ever stop taking prescription antidepressants cold turkey. Intense depression and other dangerous side effects might result. It can cause severe depression, anxiety, intense agitation and even suicidal thinking. As suggested in my book, The Addicted Brain and How to Break Free, it’s best to slowly wean off the medication with the help of a qualified prescribing healthcare practitioner. The process may take several months, but it’s time well spent and safer. Q Consistently eat a healthy diet rich in antioxidants, healthy fats and clean protein. Q  To help create a firm nutritional base, add a basic supplementation program with a good multivitamin, vitamin C, optimal amounts of B vitamins and omega-3 fats like those found in clean fish oil. Q  Consider supplementing with curcumin, rhodiola or 5-HTP to ease the transition.

GMOs Link to Depression Monsanto’s genetically modified organisms (GMO) go handin-hand with the company’s patented Roundup-ready crops, and therein lie the seeds of depression, says Jeffrey Smith, founding executive director of the Institute for Responsible Technology and producer of the award-winning documentary, Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives. Several studies—beginning with one published by German researchers in 1980 and most recently reinforced by Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientists—show that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup weed killer, ingested with our food, disrupts the shikimate pathway. “Monsanto has bragged for years that the shikimate pathway is why Roundup kills plants, but has no impact in humans, since we don’t have the shikimate pathway,” says Smith. But our gut bacteria do use this pathway to produce the amino acid building blocks for mood-lifting brain chemicals. “Since glyphosate blocks the shikimate pathway, it can impair the ability of intestinal bacteria to produce the ingredients for the production of the neurotransmitters serotonin, melotonin and dopamine. Their deficiencies are linked to depression and other serious health problems,” he explains. Consumers need to understand that Roundup is sprayed on nearly all GMO crops to control weeds, and the doses continue to increase; it’s further used on wheat, rye, rice, lentils, barley and numerous other non-organic crops just before harvest to accelerate drying. Glyphosate has been widely found in water, rain and air samples, plus in breast milk, blood and urine, meaning virtually everyone has been exposed to this toxic chemical.

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The Zen of Slow Cooking

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utumn’s shorter days remind us how precious time is, especially when we can spend the hours with good friends and loved ones. That’s why Chicago mothers and bloggers Meg Barnhart and Jane McKay decided to try slow cooking with a Zen approach in creating family meals. With the time they save in food preparation—especial-

ly when one recipe can yield an extra lunch or dinner—they free up moments for both family interaction and their own spiritual practices. “Slow cooking with the sacred intention of slowing down creates a sense of peace and calm after a full day of work and school,” says Barnhart. Once she transitioned to this kind of meal

planning and preparation on a regular basis, she realized that it allows her to be more attentive to her family’s needs while a healthy, tasty dinner basically cooks itself. With extra time for meditation and yoga in her daily life, she realizes increased clarity and focus for other interests and demands. McKay enjoys the creative challenge of making family-pleasing, whole food recipes and converting conventionally cooked recipes for use with a slow cooker. “I especially love the bounty of the autumn harvest, which includes seasonal picks from our family’s urban garden,” she says. She’s found that root vegetables, squash, pumpkin, leeks, mushrooms, leafy greens, Brussels sprouts, apples, pears and nuts all translate well to lower temperature cooking for a longer period. Whether it’s a quick preparation that allows for other activities or a more contemplative, mindful endeavor that can be relaxing in itself, the recipes on the pair’s website, TheZenOf, are highly suited for busy people.

Slow Cooking 101

Slow cookers have come a long way since they were first introduced in the 1970s. Today, they come in all shapes and sizes, with inserts, timers and a wide range of settings. Barnhart and McKay recommend the five-tosix-quart size with a removable insert as the most practical. Food cooks in the insert, which can be washed and dried separately, so there’s no need to put the entire slow cooker in the sink to clean up afterwards.

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Because the slow cooker’s Dishes like Sweet and October is low temperature is about 200°F Spicy Apples can be made Vegetarian and the heat is indirect, the the day before; leftovers appliance uses less liquid than taste delicious for breakAwareness conventional cooking. Many fast with a dollop of yoMonth of Barnhart and McKay’s easier gurt. Barnhart and McKay recipes simply require putmake their own Sweet ting the ingredients in the slow & Spicy Ground Spice cooker, selecting the temperaBlend, available on their ture, replacing the lid and turning the website, with proceeds funding cooking appliance on. classes for adults with developmental Fresh garnishes, such as the roasted disabilities. pumpkin seeds or fried sage leaves for the Butternut Squash Soup, make a Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFoodAnd crisper contrast to the softer texture of from Overland slow-cooked foods, notes McKay. Park, KS.

milk into the slow cooker. Cover and cook on high setting for 3 hours or low for 6 hours. Then, blend using an immersion blender until smooth and leave covered until ready to serve. Make the toppings available to sprinkle and stir.

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5-6 cups butternut squash, diced ½ cup or 1 carrot, chopped 1 cup or 1 small bunch scallions or spring onions, chopped 8 whole sage leaves, fresh (or 1 Tbsp dried) 1 Tbsp rosemary, fresh (or ½ Tbsp dried) 3 cups vegetable or chicken broth 1 cup organic dairy or non-dairy milk Suggested toppings: Slices of freshly toasted bread, drizzled with olive oil and cubed

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Black pepper to taste Put the vegetables into the slow cooker with the garlic and stir in the olive oil and oregano. Layer the mushrooms on top of the vegetable mixture, followed by a layer of onions. Next, sprinkle the blue cheese crumbles on top. Pour the broth over the vegetables and cheese mixture, and lay the sliced potatoes on top. Season the potatoes with salt and freshly cracked black pepper. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours or on low for 6 hours.

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Sweet and Spicy Baked Apples Yields: 4 servings Prep Time: 15 minutes Coconut oil 5 medium or 4 large apples 2 tsp lemon juice ¼ cup soft brown, maple or date sugar ½ cup walnuts 1 Tbsp Sweet & Spicy Ground Spice Blend or apple pie spice blend Ice cream topper to serve Oil the inside of the slow cooker insert with coconut oil. Halve and core the apples and sit them in the bottom of the slow cooker insert. Pour the lemon juice over the apples. In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar, walnuts and spice blend and press onto and into the apples. Cover and cook on low setting for 4 hours or on high for 2 hours. All recipes adapted from TheZenOf by Meg Barnhart and Jane McKay. 22

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uch of America’s supermarket produce is expected to ripen in trucks, stores or at home after traveling many hundreds of miles from field to table. During the past six years, as Americans’ hunger for fresher, bettertasting food has deepened, the number of home gardens has risen by 8 percent, to 113 million. That’s more than one for every three people. Organic gardeners and others find that adding a greenhouse provides just-picked fruit and vegetables at their natural peak of ripeness and significantly extends the growing season. Preplanted seeds and seedlings flourish in the protected environment and provide robust plants for an outdoor garden. Many vegetables, especially greens, can provide multiple harvests in the greenhouse well into the colder months.

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“Greenhouse gardens are a constant experiment,” says Roger Marshall, author of The Greenhouse Gardener’s Manual, in Jamestown, Rhode Island. “I grew olive trees from seed, but they were sterile, so I had to buy propagated trees.

Like my fig tree, everything will eventually outgrow the space allotted for it.” The plants get nothing unless you provide it, adds Marshall. His two, 300-square-foot greenhouses use 100 gallons of water every three days, some collected in 55-gallon rain barrels. During winters, the unheated greenhouse protects leafy greens and root crops. Hydroponic lettuce and herbs share the propane-heated greenhouse with figs, lemon grass, ginger, galangal and nine citrus trees. He opines there’s nothing like fresh Key lime pie in January. In Alstead, New Hampshire, Celeste Longacre, author of Celeste’s Garden Delights, uses her home greenhouse to give seedlings a head start on spring. She and her husband, Bob, grow nearly all the vegetables they’ll use for the year in the resulting backyard garden, noting that New Hampshire ranks number three for locavore support according to the national locavoreindex. She recommends, “Start small, with a plant or two, and then make one change a week toward greater self-sustainable living.”

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A greenhouse that creates a warm environment for plants during cold weather may also overheat. “Air circulation is vital; vents and fans are necessary to maintain the right temperature,” advises Longacre, explaining that plants can’t breathe in a damp house. She suggests, “Water only when absolutely necessary and at the soil line, not on the leaves. In hot climates, use shade cloth on the top and sides of the greenhouse.” There are destructive insects and beneficial insects, Longacre says. “Aphids will kill a crop. Ladybugs can eat 50 aphids a day, plus mites and larva. After the aphids are gone, ladybugs like parsley, dill and geraniums for lunch. That will keep them around in case aphids return.” Ladybugs can be ordered online; stick to local species. Some plants, like tomatoes, eggplant or winter fruits, need pollination that can be applied by hand, but it’s time-consuming. An easier solution is to use vibrating trays to shake pollen loose and fans that distribute it from plant-to-plant.

Southern Climes, Too

Even in warmer climates, a greenhouse has benefits. In Orlando, Florida,

sisters Katherine and Jessica Grandey make good use of a 200-square-foot greenhouse of vertical aeroponic towers. No soil or additional watering is used because plant roots receive a nutrient solution. The small space provides the same amount of greens as a oneacre plot of land while using a tenth of the water, maturing from seed to table-ready produce in five to seven weeks. The siblings donate a portion of their chemicalfree crop to GrowGreen4Women, a nonprofit group that supports cancer patients.

Benefits Beyond Veggies In Norwalk, Iowa, Master Gardener Richard Schreiber, membership director for the Hobby Greenhouse Association, collects succulents and cacti. He keeps his 500-square-foot greenhouse at 50 degrees during chilly months. “After experiments and mistakes, hobbyists find what works best for them. The resultant mix often includes both flowering and fruiting plants,” says Master Gardener Tom Karasek, the association’s president,

Change from yard shoes to greenhouse shoes to avoid cross-contamination. in Longview, Washington. “All greenhouses have microclimates for more or less light or humidity and cooler or warmer temperatures.” For added value, greenhouse gardens act as insulation when situated on a rooftop to reduce heating and cooling costs, plus divert rainwater from drainage systems; the latter being especially valuable in urban zones. Whatever its size or scope, greenhouse gardening also shelters a sense of community. As gardeners trade vegetables for a fisherman’s excess catch or as a thank-you for the loan of tools, they share both lively fare and their love of discovery. Connect with the freelance writer via

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reenhouses can be elaborate or simple, bought or homemade from recycled storm windows and architectural scrap, designed with peaked roofs, hoops or geodesic domes. Some are set on a raised platform to stay above snow and flood levels. Kits at home improvement stores come in many sizes; Ikea even has a mini-greenhouse suitable for a windowsill. Sustainable passive solar models are the latest twist. Add a hammock or lounge chair for a tranquil getaway spot. A whimsical greenhouse built on a platform allows for deep Canadian snows. Recycled 1800s windows comprise both walls and roof with colorfully painted decorations safeguarding

birds as they fly nearby ( Window-Greenhouse). Built in 1936, the art deco-styled Jewel Box, in St. Louis, Missouri, is an outstanding example of greenhouse design, with more than 15,000 square feet of vertical glass and five stair-stepped roofs. Horizontal metal surfaces prevent weather damage ( BoxGreenhouse). Washington State Environmental Chemist David Stone built a greenhouse using Ferrock, a carbon-negative material he invented as a cement substitute. Inside it, winter temperatures remain at 60 degrees, even though it’s near the Canadian border ( Eco-Greenhouse).

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In Mesa, Arizona, a swimming pool is home to tilapia and chickens, wheat and grapes, tomatoes and sweet potatoes. The closed-loop aquaponic farm is an almost entirely self-sustaining ecosystem ( For more ideas, visit Building-Greenhouses and SalvageGreenhouses.

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FITNESS FINDS Locate the Best Workout Space for You by Debra Melani


ix years ago, Sherry Salmons, of Oak Ridge, Illinois, was perplexed by her “glowing, smiling, energetic” neighbor that worked full time while raising three young children, yet never seemed drained. Finally, she asked: “What’s your secret?” The answer was a life-changing visit by Salmons to a nearby holistic fitness studio. Lucking into good recommendations can whittle down the multitude of choices available at 32,000 U.S. health clubs and studios, according to the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association. With the dual trends of niche studios and low-cost fitness centers fueling a diverse burst in workout options, club-seekers should apply their sleuthing skills before deciding on something that can prove so pivotal to their health. Clue #1: Location and hours. If a facility isn’t near home or work, people won’t go, says Jim White, an American


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College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) health fitness specialist, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. “Our time is so valuable that going to the gym can’t be a hassle.” Check online and list nearby facilities and hours, scratching off any that aren’t open at convenient times. Clue #2: Know what you need. Some people have absolute necessities for fitness success. “For instance, avid swimmers need a pool,” says Grace DeSimone, an ACSM personal trainer in New York City. “That’s going to reduce their choices considerably.” Other nonnegotiable provisions might be a yoga studio, indoor track or child care. Clue #3: Gym rat or newbie? A fitness facility that costs pennies a day might seem like an obvious choice, but not if our fitness level and knowledge are near zero. “A lot of people don’t know what to do in a gym,” observes White, who owns personal training

studios in Virginia. “We’re especially for those who want their hands held or want to see results fast.” Niche studios focused on modalities from kick boxing to dance therapy can offer added guidance. DeSimone notes that other reputable facilities will likewise have accredited trainers, often at a low cost. Larger facilities also may offer more options for a newbie to try out before settling on what they like, she says. Clue #4: Take a test drive. Make use of trial periods and guest passes. “Get a feel for the culture,” says Chris Freytag, spokesperson for the American Council on Exercise and a personal trainer in Minneapolis, Minnesota. “People are more likely to stay motivated in an environment that inspires them and with people that motivate them,” Freytag says. During on-site visits, do we feel at home among kindred spirits our own age? Is the facility clean and secure? Clue #5: Look at the equipment. If the gym doesn’t have the equipment we want to use, whether it’s Pilates or TRX equipment, free weights or Kettlebells, then move on. A gym worth joining will have plenty of up-to-date equipment that follows the latest fitness trends and works properly, says White. Clue #6: Investigate the staff. Checking out the staff is key for those seeking specialized guidance, such as yoga, martial arts or personal training. Look for trainers and instructors available to help that are certified by a reputable program accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies. Investigating key employees’ back-


grounds, including acupuncturists and massage therapists, is crucial. Clue #7: Sign with caution. Avoid signing long-term, complicated contracts, which are rare these days, DeSimone counsels. “Don’t be overwhelmed by a high-pressured sales pitch; just stand your ground, because those people are at your service.” White recommends making sure the price includes expected services; feel free to negotiate, especially with initial fees. Understand all policies, especially cancellation clauses, and use a credit card, which is easier to correct if problems arise, adds DeSimone. Although Salmons was lucky, with her neighbor’s recommendation leading her to her perfect studio, people should investigate to find their ideal fit. “It starts when you walk in the door,” Salmons says about her attraction to The Balance Fitness Studio. “The space is open, exposed and it’s got this very clean, feng shui energy.” Not a traditional, iron-pumping, music-blasting gym fan, Salmons prefers Pilates, but participates in all of the studio’s offerings, including massage, acupuncture and nutrition classes. While finding the right club has boosted her fitness level, she notes that the real magic has come in the form of revitalized energy. “It’s changed me in all aspects of my life. When I leave, I feel mentally focused, emotionally balanced and refreshed. It’s kind of transformational.” Freelance journalist Debra Melani writes about health care and fitness from Lyons, CO. Connect at Debra or

Think Outside the Box

ne of the latest trends for health-seekers is joining more than one club. Mixing it up can be a good way to go, says Jim White, owner of Jim White Fitness & Nutrition Studios, in Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Virginia. “A lot of people are leaving the big-box gyms for more of an a la carte menu,” White says. “I have a client that strength trains with me in the mornings and then goes to spinning, barre and yoga studios in the afternoons.” Up to 90 percent of small studio members belong to more than one club, according to the 2014 International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association’s annual industry trend report. That can both lessen monotony and provide a wellrounded fitness routine, White says.

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after a pet has been exposed to them for symptoms to appear. Unlike demodectic mange, sarcoptic mange can be transmitted to humans, causing a red rash similar to an insect bite. Pets that suffer from demodectic mange typically already have a weakened or compromised immune system, sometimes because of immaturity (such as puppies), malnourishment, stress associated with another illness, or even a hereditary

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angy mutt” may seem a benign enough term for a sorry-looking pooch, but behind the poor appearance can lie a troublesome health condition that causes many species of domestic animals, including cats, discomfort if not properly treated. Mange is typically caused by tiny, parasitic mites that feed upon the pet for nutrition, compromising the host’s health. Some burrow under the skin to lay eggs, which hatch and restart the mite’s life cycle; others stay on the skin’s surface and feed on pet dandruff.

Common Types of Mange

Various types of mange share common symptoms: In infected areas, hair loss, redness, itching, irritation and scabs typically occur; more seriously, a pet’s skin may harden to a scaly condition. If untreated, mange can transform a dog’s skin into an uncomfortable, leathery and brittle organ. Stay alert to such appearances and act quickly. Sarcoptic scabies mange results from microscopic, oval-shaped, lightcolored mites that migrate easily between hosts. Prime real estate includes a pet’s ears, elbows, thighs, face and underside of the chest. Symptoms include severe itching and scratching that creates red bumps amidst crusty, thick skin, weight loss, lethargy and swollen lymph nodes. It takes about one week 26

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issue. Under a microscope, demodex mites appear cigar-shaped. Common symptoms include hair loss, balding, scabbing and sores. Dogs are more susceptible to both types than cats. Localized demodectic mange usually occurs in puppies when mites migrate from mother to pup during early nurturing. In puppies, the mange often appears on the face, creating a patchy, polka-dotted, balding appearance. Generally, pets will heal from this type of mange without treatment. Generalized demodectic mange presents a greater challenge, because it is spread across large areas of the skin. The pet may emit a horrid odor from secondary bacterial skin infections.

Diagnosis and Treatment

If a pet shows symptoms of mange, consult a holistic veterinarian for proper diagnosis and treatment. Once diagnosed, it is vital to implement a full treatment. For cases of sarcoptic mange, this entails replacing the pet’s bedding and collar,

plus treating all animals with which the pet has been in contact. Conventional treatment options vary. The irritating toxicity of most antiparasitic medications, such as ivermectin or selamectin-based products, makes them effective in destroying mites over several months but also creates problems for the pet if used improperly. Thus, a vet may also prescribe an anti-inflammatory medication; a natural option is plant-derived sterols such as beta-sitosterol, which acts like a cortisone steroid, without the immunesuppressing side effects. Antibiotics also are often prescribed to treat the secondary skin infections and ease itching. Natural antibiotics such as amoxicillin/clavulanate offer a more gentle choice than synthetics. Natural herbal ingredients further provide a safe and effective alternative to harsh chemicals. Garlic is popular for its natural repellent and antibacterial properties. Other natural insecticides, including wormwood, neem and lemongrass, help soothe irritated skin. A holistic veterinarian will address the underlying causes of poor health, especially in the case of demodectic mange. Key elements in restoring optimal wellness include proper nutrition via a well-crafted natural diet and immuneboosting probiotics, plus supplements to meet the individual pet’s needs. From a holistic standpoint, bolstering the immune system with vitamins (like vitamin C and general skin and immune-supportive pet nutraceuticals) and herbs (such as Astragalus) help. Supplementing the pet’s diet with foods or supplements high in omega-3 and omega-6 also helps; sources of both include salmon and flaxseed. As with other types of parasitic diseases, it is critical that the owner comply with a veterinarian’s treatment instructions. If the pet is prescribed an antiparasitic medication for 90 days, for example, use it for the entire period, regardless of improvements. An incomplete treatment may interrupt the mite’s life cycle but fail to sufficiently destroy the entire population to prevent re-infestation. Dr. Matthew J. Heller is an integrative veterinarian and owner of All About PetCare, in Middletown, OH.


tibiotic exposure could affect the body’s microbiome [the microorganism colony in the digestive tract], which can lead to obesity and may also influence puberty.”


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by Kathleen Barnes

21st-century girls are reaching puberty at dramatically earlier ages than their mothers and grandmothers.


any American girls today are experiencing budding breasts and pubic hair before they are 7 years old, according to the government’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The threshold age has been steadily falling for decades, with the most dramatic decrease between 1997 and 2011. A pivotal 2011 study from the University of Cincinnati showed that U.S. Caucasian girls on average entered puberty at 9.7 years old, three to four months younger than the average age reported by University of North Carolina scientists 14 years earlier and much younger than data from the 1960s. Girls of other ethnicities are also entering puberty at earlier ages, but at less dramatic rates. A 2009 Danish study also showed that their country’s girls were developing breasts a full year earlier than those born 15 years earlier.

Burgers, Fries and Sodas to Blame

The rise in childhood obesity is the major culprit in today’s lower ages of puberty, according to the 2011 study’s lead researcher, Dr. Frank Biro, director of adolescent medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He explains, “Body mass index [BMI] is the overwhelmingly predominant factor in the age at which a girl reaches puberty. It’s become more important than race or ethnicity. Heavy white girls and heavy black girls are all maturing earlier.” Science has long shown that fat

tissue produces hormones, including estrogen, that can accelerate the process of puberty, especially early breast development, according to Dr. Louise Greenspan and Julianna Deardorff, Ph.D., authors of The New Puberty. Greenspan specializes in pediatric endocrinology at San Francisco’s Kaiser Permanente Hospital; Deardorff is a clinical psychologist researching pubertal development at the University of California, Berkeley. They cite one foundational study from the 1980s that showed for every BMI point increase, the age of first menstruation dropped by about one month.

Toxic Soup

Ubiquitous hormone-disrupting chemicals are undoubtedly a culprit in the early puberty epidemic, says Doctor of Naturopathy Michael Murray, of Phoenix, Arizona, who publishes widely on the topic of natural medicine. Endocrine disruptors that trigger the body to produce excess amounts of estrogen include chemicals in clothing, especially children’s sleepwear, furniture and carpets, anything plastic, personal care products, cleaning solvents, glues, dry cleaning chemicals, pesticides, herbicides and non-organic meat and milk. Collectively, they trigger puberty before its natural time. “There’s certainly a link between these persistent pollutants and obesity,” Murray observes. Antibiotics contained in commercial meat and dairy products may be a greater risk than the added hormones, says Greenspan. “Chronic, low-dose an-

“Considerable research now supports the notion that excessive stress early in life can affect the timing of puberty,” says Greenspan. Stressors can range from sexual or child abuse to stressful family relationships, low emotional investment on the part of parents or a depressed mother. “Girls that grow up in homes without their biological fathers are twice as likely to experience early menarche as girls that grow up with both parents,” advises Deardorff. Biro points out that stress is associated with higher levels of cortisol and obesity. Cortisol, the stress hormone, has been directly related to belly fat in numerous studies.

Added Risks

“Early puberty also increases social risks,” says Deardorff. “Girls that develop ahead of their peers have more anxiety, a higher incidence of depression, poorer body image and more eating disorders.” Research from St. Thomas’ Hospital, in London, reports that reaching puberty early may also increase risks for diabetes and breast cancer later in life, says Biro, the latter “possibly due to greater lifetime exposure to female

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hormones and the susceptibility of rapidly developing breast tissue to environmental toxins.” Framingham Heart Study results published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism support earlier studies that found menstruating before age 12 may contribute to a 23 percent greater risk of developing heart disease and 28 percent higher risk of dying from heart attack or stroke.

Parental Strategies

These experts all agree that a clean diet is one of the most powerful strategies to protect young girls. Murray recommends reviewing the Environmental Working Group’s list at He says, “If you buy these foods organic, you’ll both avoid hormone-disrupting pesticides and herbicides and give children the protection of antioxidants that can help protect against other toxins.” Kathleen Barnes is author of numerous natural health books, including Food Is Medicine. Connect at

12 Foods to Buy Organic The Environmental Working Group reports that these foods are the most heavily contaminated with pesticides, so look for organic versions and prioritize them on the family grocery list. 1. Apples 2. Peaches 3. Nectarines 4. Strawberries

5. Grapes 6. Celery 7. Spinach 8. Sweet bell peppers

9. Cucumbers 10. Cherry tomatoes 11. Snap peas (imported) 12. Potatoes

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Wildlife Thrives in Dead and Fallen Trees Gathering winter firewood or felling dead trees may be a necessary chore, but it’s best to avoid fallen or snag trees (still upright and decomposing naturally) because they are home to woodland and backyard wildlife. Many types of birds, including woodpeckers, chickadees, bluebirds, nuthatches, owls, wrens and tree swallows and small mammals like raccoons, squirrels, opossums and porcupines use the cavities and crevices for shelter, food (in some cases, dining on congregating invertebrates like millipedes, beetles, spiders, worms and ants), mating, nesting and resting. The U.S. Forest Service says that some 1,200 forms of flora, including mosses, lichens and fungi, rely on dead, dying or rotted-hollow trees and serve to refresh habitat by returning vital nutrients to the soil via the nitrogen cycle. Decaying logs on the forest floor also act as “nurse logs” for new seedlings. Likewise, it’s good to respect brush piles of mainly fallen limbs and sticks. “These are wonderful hiding places for squirrels, rabbits and chipmunks,” reports Woodrow Nelson, a vice president with the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation (Arbor, in Lincoln, Nebraska, which serves to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. It’s best to identify existing and future snags prior to gathering firewood or timber to spare their accidental destruction. Long-dead trees are fairly easy to spot, with their bony limbs bereft of leaves. Snags-to-be require more review. Look for signs of disease or misshapen form: bracket fungi, rotting branch stubs, beetles, carpenter ants or broken main limbs. Nelson further advises, “Proper pruning can turn around a tree’s health.” He encourages consulting with a local certified arborist or the foundation’s Backyard Woods program. Keeping one or more snags in a yard can create wildlife refuges. According to the National Wildlife Federation (nwf. org), hardwood trees tend to make better nesting habitats, while softer woods are more suited for food foraging. As long as the wood is kept a reasonable distance from a home, termites and other pests won’t find their way between the two dwellings.

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105 Laurel Ave, Goose Creek 29445 843-303-2014 GC  Yoga   of   Goose   Creek   offers   group  yoga  classes  for  all  levels  in  a   p o s i t i v e   a n d   u n i n t i m i d a t i n g   environment.  Feel  strong,  calm,  and   get  your  stretch  on!

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natural awakenings

October 2015


calendarofevents Our Calendar is filled with classes, workshops and events that feed your mind/ body/spirit and promote a healthy lifestyle. All submissions for the November issue must be received no later than October 10. Basic listings are a maximum of 35 words, not including the day/date and cost $5/month. Highlighted events are $.50/word plus $10/photo. Please email to:

K?LIJ;8P#F:KF9<I( Wellness  Studio  Open  House  â&#x20AC;&#x201C;  5-­7:30pm  Perfectly   Fit,  1476  Ben  Sawyer  Blvd,  MP.  Find  a  new  level   of   health   with   unique   blend   of   personal   training,   yoga,  pilates,  TRX  and  PT.  Prizes,  wine,  samples   from  Eucalyptus  Wellness.

N<;E<J;8P#F:KF9<I(+ Usui/Holy  Fire   Advanced   Reiki   Techniques   (ART)  â&#x20AC;&#x201C;  9am-­6pm  Usui/Karuna  Reiki  Master,  ICRT   Licensed   Teacher   Dianne   Thomas,   Summerville.   Includes  crystal  grid,  Aura  Clearing,  Master  Symbol   Atunement  and  more.  Requires  Usui  Level  II.  CEs   available.  $275,  297-­2468, Making  Sense  of  Myself:  Three  Keys  Workshop   â&#x20AC;&#x201C;  10am  thru  Thurs  4pm  Springbank  Retreat,  King-­ stree.  Personality  map  of  whole  self,  offering  direc-­ tion   and   tools   for   journey   to   your   soul   w/Tamera   Helms.  $225  includes  lodging/meals.  843-­382-­9777, Sacred  Acupuncture  Meditation  â&#x20AC;&#x201C;  6:30-­8:30pm   Healing  Oasis,  772  St  Andrews  Blvd.  Tremendous   EHQHÂżWV'URSLQDQ\WLPHUHOD[DQGUHOHDVH'RQD-­ tions,



12-­Step  Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   Retreat   â&#x20AC;&#x201C;   7pm   thru   Sun   1pm   Springbank   Retreat,   Kingstree.   Exploration   of   Native  Spiritualityâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;sage  blessings,  prayer  lodge,   drumming  &  sacred  pipeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;w/Kathy  McGrogan  &   Dot  Goodwin.  $195  includes  lodging/meals.  843-­ 382-­9777,,  or

Usui/Holy  Fire  Reiki  III  Master  Class  â&#x20AC;&#x201C;  Thurs/ Fri   Usui/Karuna   Reiki   Master,   ICRT   Licensed   Teacher   Dianne   Thomas,   Summerville.   Step   into   Reiki  Mastery,  learn  attunements,  receive  Holy  Fire   Ignitions.  Requires  Reiki  II  &  ART.  CEs  available.   $600,  297-­2468, %HQHÂżWV RI (VVHQWLDO 2LOV â&#x20AC;&#x201C;   6-­8pm   Eucalyptus   Wellness,   280-­E   W   Coleman   Blvd,   MP.   Learn   DERXWEHQHÂżWVRIHVVHQWLDORLOVIURPQDWLRQDOHGX-­ cator  for  Wyndmere  (Mayo  Clinics  choice).  Enjoy   prizes,  wine,  healthy  appetizers.  RSVP:  388-­4956  or     facebook/eucalyptuswellness

J8KLI;8P#F:KF9<I* Donate  Hair  for  Complimentary  Cut  â&#x20AC;&#x201C;  2-­4pm  Sa-­ lon  Indigo,  732  S  Shelmore  Blvd,  Ste  100,  MP.  Do-­ nate  8â&#x20AC;?  or  more,  no  bleached/dyed,  no  more  than  5%   gray,  to  Pantene  Beautiful  Lengths  partnered  with   American  Cancer  Society.  Appointment:  882-­5015.

Intuitive  Playground  â&#x20AC;&#x201C;  7-­9pm  Lime  and  Lotus,  925-­F   Wappoo  Rd.  Discover  your  intuition.  Learn  techniques   for  improving  your  skills  and  life.  Energy  exchange:   $10.  RSVP:,  214-­2997.

JLE;8P#F:KF9<I+ Latin  American  Festival  â&#x20AC;&#x201C;  noon-­6pm  Wannamaker   County   Park.   Music,   dance,   art,   food,   childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   activities  &  more.  $10/person,  gold  pass  &  12  &   under  free.  No  outside  food,  alcohol,  coolers  or  dogs   permitted.  795-­4386,

markyourcalendar Transmission  Meditation 2FWREHU Â&#x2021;SP Attend  a  Transmission  Meditation  on   the  1st  &  3rd  Sundays  in  October  at   Janna  Baker's  house  in  West  Ashley.   This  is  a  free  group  meditation  in  which   the  Hierarchy  of  the  Masters  use  us  to   channel  healing  energy  to  the  earth. Google  Transmission  Meditation  or  call  Janna   for  more  information:  843-­573-­0516.

KL<J;8P#F:KF9<IAwakening  the   Spirit   Within   â&#x20AC;&#x201C;   10am   thru   Wed   3pm  Springbank  Retreat,  Kingstree.  Learn  to  play   WKH QDWLYH Ă&#x20AC;XWH DQG H[SUHVV \RXU LQQHU VRQJ Z Cerantha   Corley.   $200   includes   lodging/meals.   843-­382-­9777,   Springbank@SpringbankRetreat. org,

=I@;8P#F:KF9<I0 Karuna/Holy  Fire  Reiki  Master  Class  â&#x20AC;&#x201C;  9am-­6pm   Fri/Sat/Sun  with  Usui/Karuna  Reiki  Master,  ICRT   Licensed   Teacher   Dianne   Thomas,   Summerville.   Divine   Light   for   an   evolving   world,   includes   the   NEW  HOLY  FIRE  REIKI.  $875,  RSVP:  297-­2468, Making  Herbal  Teas  for  Health  &  Happiness  â&#x20AC;&#x201C;   4-­5:30pm  Lotus  Healing  Centre.  Sample  tea  blends   for  different  conditions  and  how  to  combine  herbs   for   healthful   tea   with   Jennifer   Byrne   of   Earthen   Apothecary.   $10,   RSVP:   724-­9807,   jennifer@

J8KLI;8P#F:KF9<I(' Understanding  Adrenal  Fatigue  &  Other  Causes   of  Illness  â&#x20AC;&#x201C;  1pm  Breathe  Pilates,  664  Long  Point   Rd.  Learn  how  adrenal  glands  and  digestive  tract   contribute   to   chronic   illness,   fatigue,   weight   and   skin   problems.   15/person,   RSVP:   breathepilates. us,  884-­4420.

JLE;8P#F:KF9<I(( North  Charleston  Drum  Circle  â&#x20AC;&#x201C;  2-­4pm  Unity  of   Charleston,  2535  Leeds  Ave.  All  levels  of  drummers   are   welcome.   We   have   drums   to   share.   We   will   jam,   learn   some   root   patterns   and   practice   some   multipart  rhythms.



Medicine  Cabinet   Makeover   Using   Essential   Oils  â&#x20AC;&#x201C;  6:30pm  Dr.  Colucci  Wellness,  Summerville.   Join   us   and   learn   healthy   natural   and   cost   effec-­ WLYHDOWHUQDWLYHVWRZKDW\RXÂżQGLQ\RXUPHGLFLQH cabinet.  FREE,  Limited  seating.  RSVP:  875-­5700.

Manifesting  MONEY   â&#x20AC;&#x201C;   6-­9pm   Lime   and   Lotus,   925-­F  Wappoo  Rd.  Angel  Card  Interactive  Work-­ shop   with   Rachelle   Grant.   Discover   your  Angels   of  Wealth.  Energy  exchange:  $40.  Limited  space,   RSVP:,  214-­2997.


NA Lowcountry Edition

=I@;8P#F:KF9<I(Healing  Power   of   Dreams   â&#x20AC;&#x201C;   7pm   thru   Sun   1pm   Springbank   Retreat,   Kingstree.   Betsy   Grund   &   Sharon   Smith-­Mathewes   leads   workshop   to   ex-­ perience   meaning   &   practice   translating   insights   into   guidance   &   action.   Counseling   CEUs.   $275,   843-­382-­9777,

J8KLI;8P#F:KF9<I(. Usui/Holy  Fire  Reiki  I  &  II  Classes  â&#x20AC;&#x201C;  9am-­6pm   Sat/Sun  Usui/Karuna  Reiki  Mater,  ICRT  Licensed   Teacher   Dianne   Thomas,   Summerville.   Includes   ICRT   NEW   HOLY   FIRE   REIKI.   Learn   healing   with  Reiki  energy.  CEs  Nurses/Massage  Therapists.   $350,  297-­2468, Dances  of  Universal  Peace  â&#x20AC;&#x201C;  7pm  Unity  of  Charles-­ ton,   2535   Leeds  Ave.   Meditation   through   music,   movement  and  sacred  mantras.  Love  offering.  All   welcome.   More   info:   Jane   Jabbour   576-­4543   or   566-­0600,

JLE;8P#F:KF9<I(/ Mystical  Realm   of   Teresa   of   Avila   â&#x20AC;&#x201C;   1-­3pm   Unity   of   Charleston,   2535   Leeds  Ave.   Workshop   with  Meghan  Don  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Revealing  the  Wisdom  of  the   Mystics.â&#x20AC;?   $20,,,,  566-­0600.

KL<J;8P#F:KF9<I)' Native  Spirituality   &   Pottery   â&#x20AC;&#x201C;   10am   thru   Fri   1pm  (10/30)  Springbank  Retreat,  Kingstree.  Share   in   ancient   wisdom   &   learn   ways   of   relating   to   natural  world.  Experience  Prayer  Lodge  &  Vision   Quest.  $780  includes  lodging/meals.  843-­382-­9777,




Acupressure  for  Stress  Release  â&#x20AC;&#x201C;  9am-­noon  Popiel   Holistic  Therapy,   Mt   Pleasant.   Learn   Seva   Stress   Release,  self-­care  treatment  initially  developed  and   utilized  for  rescue  workers  after  9-­11.  CEUs  Nurses/ MTs.  $60,  RSVP  to  Susan  Popiel,  RN:  834-­4168.

North  Charleston  Drum  Circle  â&#x20AC;&#x201C;  2-­4pm  Unity  of   Charleston,  2535  Leeds  Ave.  All  levels  of  drummers   are   welcome.   We   have   drums   to   share.   We   will   jam,   learn   some   root   patterns   and   practice   some   multipart  rhythms.

Wine  Down  Wellness  Wednesday  â&#x20AC;&#x201C;  6-­8pm  (every   3rd   Wednesday)   Lime   and   Lotus,   925-­F   Wappoo   Rd.   Enjoy   wine   and   healthy   snacks   while   learn-­ ing  about  wellness!  Energy  Exchange:  $5.  RSVP:,  214-­2997.


Heart  Circle  Introduction  â&#x20AC;&#x201C;  7-­9  pm  Master  Coach,   Gerry  Schmidt  (  brings  interna-­ tionally  recognized  Heart  Circle  founder,  Tej  Steiner   (  to  Charleston.  Experience  taste  of   amazing  Heart  Circle  process.  $15  (workshop  Sat,   11/14).  RSVP:  478-­4090.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;A  Course   in   Miraclesâ&#x20AC;?   movie   â&#x20AC;&#x201C;   7pm   (&   24th)   Unity   of   Charleston,   2535   Leeds  Ave.   Come   cel-­ ebrate  the  50  years  of  A  Course  In  Miracles.  $10,,,  566-­0600.

K?LIJ;8P#F:KF9<I)) Essential  Oil   Rollerball   Remedy   Class   â&#x20AC;&#x201C;   6pm   Colucci  Wellness,  Summerville.  Tired?  Sad?  Sick?   Learn   about   essential   oils   for   healthy   living   and   make   your   own   natural   remedies   roller   blend.   $5   plus  cost  of  roller  blend.  RSVP:  875-­5700.

=I@;8P#F:KF9<I)* Lotus  Blooms   Fall   Open   House   Celebration   â&#x20AC;&#x201C;   2-­8pm   Lotus   Healing   Centre,   232A  Ashley  Ave.   Practitioner  and  Yoga  Teacher  demos,  complemen-­ tary  sessions,  local  foods,  juices,  libations,  music,   JLIW VKRS DQG UDIĂ&#x20AC;H IRU KROLVWLF KHDOWK VHUYLFHV,  724-­9807.


Native  Drum-­Making  â&#x20AC;&#x201C;  9:30am  -­  Thurs  4:30pm   Springbank   Retreat.   Share   in   ancient   wisdom   of   Native   sisters/brothers   creating   and   shaping   handheld   drum   in   the   Native   tradition.   $200/log-­ ing   &   meals.   $110   materials   fee.   843-­382-­9777, Sample   Local   Natural   Farm   Goodies   â&#x20AC;&#x201C;   5-­7pm   Eucalyptus   Wellness,   280-­E   W   Coleman   Blvd,   MP.  Join  Eucalyptus  &  Farm  to  Table  Delivery  to   learn  about  home  delivery  options  while  enjoying   organic   wine   and   healthy   appetizers.   388-­4956,

=I@;8P#F:KF9<I*' Search  for  Wholeness  â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Sophia  Institute  presents   Dr.   Nancy   Swift   Furlotti,   Jungian   analyst/author.   )ULGD\ OHFWXUH SP XVLQJ IDLU\ WDOHV WR ÂżQG Wholeness.   Saturday   seminar   9:30am-­5pm:   How   to  work  with  dreams  using  Jungâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  methods.  RSVP:­wholeness Spirit  Quest  â&#x20AC;&#x201C;  7pm  â&#x20AC;&#x201C;  Sun  1pm  Springbank  Retreat.   Deeply  prayerful,  insightful  experience.  Being  open/ receptive   to   spirit   &   listening   in   quiet   of   natural   world  is  focus  of  seven-­hour  quest.  $200/loging  &   meals.  843-­382-­9777,

Level  1  Class   2FWÂ&#x2021;DPSP 2FWÂ&#x2021;DPSP Learn  to  use  your  hands  to  heal,  comfort,   provide  a  deep  relaxation,  reduce  stress   &  pain  and  relieve  anxiety.  18  CEs.   Early  bird  discount:  $245  thru  Oct  2,   thereafter:  $295.00.  


Inversion  (headstand)  Workshop  â&#x20AC;&#x201C;  3-­5pm  Lotus   Healing  Centre,  232A  Ashley  Ave,  Charleston.  Forr   body/mind  balance  and  wellbeing  with  Iyengar  Yoga   Instructor  Debra  Johnson.  $35/person.  Space  open   to  8.  RSVP:,  708-­205-­4489.

Heart  Circle  Workshop  â&#x20AC;&#x201C;  9:30am  -­  Sun  1pm  Heart   Circle   founder   Tej   Steiner   presents   simple,   yet   revolutionary  method  of  personal  transformation  by   creating  your  own  Heart  Circle  with  family,  friends   or  clients.  $175,  RSVP:  478-­4090.

DFE;8P#EFM<D9<I*' $OO%HLQJV&RQĂ&#x20AC;XHQFH  â&#x20AC;&#x201C;  7pm  thru  Fri  2pm  Spring-­ bank   Retreat.   Looking   to   creating   a   new   human/ earth   relationship   of   reverence   and   reciprocity   in   our  world,  participants  create  an  8-­12ft  panel  using   paint   and   applied   fabric.  All   materials   provided.   $450   includes   lodging   &   meals.   843-­382-­9777,

Zen  &   Zest   Pass   â&#x20AC;&#x201C;   GC   Yoga,   105   Laurel  Ave,   Goose  Creek.  Yoga  and  Dancetrance  classes  in  the   VDPHVWXGLR'DQFHWUDQFHDIDVWSDFHGGDQFHÂżW-­ ness  class.  Zen  or  Zest,  Your  Choice!  For  schedule:,  303-­2014.

Location:  Roper  Hospital,  Charleston

Soul  Collage   -­   10am-­2pm   Healing   Oasis,   772   St   Andrews  Blvd.  Fun,  self-­discovery  tool.  All  supplies   provided  to  begin  creating  your  own  deck  of  Soul   Cards.  Cost:  love  donation,



Info/registration  call  Janet  Neal,  RN,  CHTP:   843-­388-­1834

Intuitive  Readings   with   Jackie   â&#x20AC;&#x201C;   10am-­2pm   Healing   Oasis,   772   St  Andrews   Blvd.   Support   for   navigating   your   life,   1/2   hour   or   hour   rates.,  469-­3049.

Know  Thyself   â&#x20AC;&#x201C;   7pm   thru   Sun   1pm   Springbank   Retreat.  Workshop  explores  our  fundamental  con-­ nectedness,  universal  consciousness,  broadening  of   human  awareness  &  effects  our  intentionality  has  on   our  environment.  $275  includes  meals  &  lodging.   843-­382-­9777,

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Healing  Beyond  Borders

Lowcountry  Chapter  of  SC  Native  Plant  Sale  â&#x20AC;&#x201C;   9am-­noon  Charles  Towne  Landing  parking  lot,  1500   Old  Towne  Rd.  List  of  plants  available  on  website.   Cash,  check  or  credit  cards.  Info:  Colette  DeGarady:,  937-­8807  ext.15,  


plan ahead KL<J;8P#EFM<D9<I* Painting  for  the  Non-­Painter  â&#x20AC;&#x201C;  10am  thru  Thurs   2pm  Springbank  Retreat.  Explore  untapped  creativ-­ ity  &  possibilities  with  watercolors  in  fun,  loving   environment.  All  levels  of  painters,  art  experience   not   necessary.   $295   includes   lodging/meals.   843-­ 382-­9777,

JLE;8P#EFM<D9<I/ Basketry:  Weaving  Balance  &  Beauty  â&#x20AC;&#x201C;  7pm  thru   Tues  5pm  Springbank  Retreat.  Enjoy  contemplative   EDVNHWPDNLQJZLWKWLPHIRUSHUVRQDOUHĂ&#x20AC;HFWLRQ  communal   prayer.   No   experience   necessary.   Ma-­ terials  furnished.  $325  includes  meals  &  lodging.   843-­382-­9777,

monday Community  Yoga   Class   -­   noon-­1pm;Íž   Iyengar   Yoga  Level  1-­2  â&#x20AC;&#x201C;  6-­7:30pm  Lotus  Healing  Centre,   232-­A  Ashley  Ave,   Charleston,   Lotuscharleston. com,  724-­9807. Nia  â&#x20AC;&#x201C;  4-­5pm  Hanahan  Senior  Center,  3102  Mabe-­ line  Rd  (near  Trident  Tech  off  Rivers  Ave).  Lively   movement   class,   energetic,   embraces  The   Bodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   Way/Nia  Way.  With  Ashima  Kahrs,  Nia  Blue  Belt   Instructor,  813-­2834.   Energy  Clinic  â&#x20AC;&#x201C;  5-­8pm  (4th  Monday)  Bliss  Spiri-­ tual   Co-­op,   1163   Pleasant   Oaks   Dr,   Mt   Pleasant.   Enjoy   free   15-­minute   sessions   each   month   with   Sylvia   Barnhill   of   Sarva,   LLC   and   other   energy   practitioners.   Love   donation.   Contact:   224-­7377,

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Karate  Classes   â&#x20AC;&#x201C;   White/Purple/Blue   belts   -­   6-­7pm;Íž   Green/Brown/Black   belts   -­   7-­8:15pm   Natsu  Mura  Karate  &  Kobudo,  125  S  Main  St,  Sum-­ merville.  875-­4543  or  870-­4462,

Iyengar  Yoga  Level  1-­3  â&#x20AC;&#x201C;  8-­9:30am;Íž  Intro  to  Iyen-­ gar  -­  10-­11am  Lotus  Healing  Centre,  232-­A  Ashley   Ave,  Charleston,,  724-­9807.

Creativity  Coaching  â&#x20AC;&#x201C;  6:30-­7:30pm  (1st  Mondays)   Mt   Pleasant.  Artists,   authors,   musicians   &   all   creative   soulsâ&#x20AC;Śget   inspired   through   meditation,   journaling  &  group  discussion.  $10/session,  RSVP:   Jennifer  514-­2848,


Spiritual  Life   Coaching   Group   â&#x20AC;&#x201C;   6:30-­7:30pm   (3rd  Mondays)  Mt  Pleasant.  Find  support  and  deeper   meaning  in  all  areas  of  life  through  meditation,  jour-­ naling   and   group   discussion.   $10/session,   RSVP:   Jennifer  514-­2848, Guided   Meditation   â&#x20AC;&#x201C;   7pm   (1st   Monday)   Bliss   Spiritual  Co-­op,  1163  Pleasant  Oaks  Dr,  Mt  Pleas-­ ant.  Join  Sylvia  Barnhill  of  Sarva,  LLC  for  a  guided   meditation,  the   2nd   Monday   of   each  month.   Love   donation.  Contact:  224-­7377,

tuesday Farmers  Market  &  Concert  â&#x20AC;&#x201C;  Market:  noon-­7pm;Íž   Concert  4-­6pm  (thru  Oct  29)  Felix  C.  Davis  Com-­ munity  Center,  4800  Park  Circle.  Offerings  include   abundance   of   fresh,   locally   grown   produce,   food   vendors,   art/craft   booths   and   entertainment.   Free   admission/parking.  740-­5854, CofCs  Center  for  Creative  Retirement  Weekly   Lectures   â&#x20AC;&#x201C;   1pm   St.   Joseph   Family   Life   Center,   1695   Raoul  Wallenberg   Blvd,  W  Ashley.  Weekly   lectures  on  many  topics.  First  time  guests  are  FREE.   Information,  contact  David  Barnard:  216-­6640. Traditional  Sivananda  Yoga  â&#x20AC;&#x201C;  6:30-­7:30pm  Natsu   Mura,  125  S  Main  St,  Summerville.  Includes  prac-­ WLFLQJSRLQWVRI\RJDZLWK5<7&HUWLÂżHG,QVWUXFWRU Priscilla  Bromley/Yoga  by  Priscilla.  Wear  comfort-­ able   clothing.   $10/class;Íž   $50/month.   875-­4543, The  Reiki  Connection  â&#x20AC;&#x201C;  7pm  Unity  Church,  2535   Leeds  Ave.  All  welcome  for  guided  meditation  fol-­ ORZHGE\PLQL5HLNLVHVVLRQVE\FHUWLÂżHGSUDFWLWLR-­ ners.  Love  offering.  (1st  Tues  for  practitioners  only)   Chrys  Franks,  Reiki  Master/Teacher,  364-­5725.

wednesday Kids  Yoga   â&#x20AC;&#x201C;   4pm   (ages   3-­12)   Play   Garden,   320   West  Coleman  Blvd,  Mt  Pleasant.  Fun  way  to  relax   after   school   at   drop-­in   eco-­friendly   play   space. Free   Hydration   Clinic   â&#x20AC;&#x201C;   6-­7pm   (1st   Wed)   Dr.   Marianne  Rosen,  776  Daniel  Ellis  Dr  Ste  1A,  James   Island  (right  side  before  entrance  to  Lowes).  Learn   how  to  change  your  life  for  the  best.  723-­6529. Karate   Classes   â&#x20AC;&#x201C;   White/Purple   belts   â&#x20AC;&#x201C;   6-­7pm;Íž   Blue/Green/Brown   belts   â&#x20AC;&#x201C;   7-­8pm;Íž   Black   belts   â&#x20AC;&#x201C;   8-­9pm   Natsu   Mura   Karate   &   Kobudo,   125   S   Main   St,   Summerville.   875-­4543   or   870-­4462, Meditation  Class  â&#x20AC;&#x201C;  6:30-­7:30pm  Center  for  Holis-­ tic  Health,  1470  Ben  Sawyers  Blvd  Ste7.  Guided  &   silent.  Beginners  &  advanced.  $10/class,  Drop-­ins   welcome.,   jennifer@jemichaels. com,  514-­2848.


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Hypnosis  Lecture  â&#x20AC;&#x201C;  6pm  (1st  Thursday  only)  Au-­ toGenesis   Hypnosis   Solutions   (call   for   location)   MP.   Learn   how   Hypnosis   &   Self-­Hypnosis   can   EHQHÂżW\RXFREE  but  reservation  required  please:   442-­6847. Traditional  Sivananda  Yoga  â&#x20AC;&#x201C;  6:30-­7:30pm  Natsu   Mura,  125  S  Main  St,  Summerville.  Includes  practic-­ LQJSRLQWVRI\RJDZLWK5<7&HUWLÂżHG,QVWUXFWRU Priscilla  Bromley/Yoga  by  Priscilla.  Wear  comfort-­ able   clothing.   $10/class;Íž   $50/month.   875-­4543, Satsang   -­   In   the   Company   of   the   Truth   â&#x20AC;&#x201C;   7:45-­8:30pm   Natsu   Mura,   125   S   Main   St,   Sum-­ merville.  A   time   of   coming   together   to   receive   sacred   Teachings/Philosophies   and   sharing   love   with   one   another.   Love   donation.   875-­4543,

friday Community  Yoga   Class   â&#x20AC;&#x201C;   12-­1pm   Lotus   Heal-­ ing   Centre,   232-­A   Ashley   Ave,   Charleston,,  724-­9807. Nia   â&#x20AC;&#x201C;   11am-­noon   Hanahan   Senior   Center,   3102   Mabeline  Rd  (near  Trident  Tech).  Lively  movement   class,   energetic,   embraces   The   Bodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   Way/Nia   Way.  With  Ashima  Kahrs,  Nia  Blue  Belt  Instructor,   813-­2834.   Transmission  Meditation  â&#x20AC;&#x201C;  6:30pm  Healing  Oasis,   772  St  Andrews.  A  virtual  â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;hot  houseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;  for  spiritual   growth.  FREE,  more  info:

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