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t’s March! The March equinox is on the 20th this year. That’s the day we call the first day of spring. I didn’t spend a lot of time paying attention to such things when I was in school so now, thanks to the internet, I can get answers to questions I wished I asked back then. There are two equinoxes each year, one in March and one in September. It is a time when the day and the night are equal in length, Mayan and Egyptian pyramids are built with the shadows of these days in mind, Easter and Passover are celebrated around this time, and many people and cultures think of it as a time of new beginnings or rebirth. We are quite fortunate to live in a neighborhood with community people that care. Bill and I belong to, and are on the board of, the Fruit Hill Neighborhood Association along with other committed neighbors. We organize a clean-up day in the fall and have erected several signs welcoming people to the neighborhood. Some of the members (including Rhode Island College) had gotten together a few years ago and started a Farmers Market in the summer. It’s been a great venture. Not only do we get to have seasonal fruits and vegetables without impacting our carbon footprint, we can meet and socialize with our neighbors at the same time. Last year there was music and sometimes even free yoga making it a real outing. With families sitting on the grass snacking and playing it hardly felt like we were in North Providence but rather at a fair in the country somewhere. Farm Fresh Rhode Island lists over 40 Community Gardens in our state, and I’m sure there are many more unofficial ones. People of all different backgrounds and cultures come together to share the unique flowers, fruits and vegetables indigenous to the world but grown right here in our state. Making use of open spaces, saving money, getting the nutrition you need, strengthening our communities, participating in the economy and having tasty food are only a few of the many ways these gardens benefit the communities in which they serve. In our feature article on Urban Gardening, John Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist report that more than 30 percent of U.S. households are now growing food for their families on page 28. Even apartment dwellers are finding creative ways to raise helpful quantities of produce on balconies, patios and rooftops. This month’s theme of Food and Garden offers many helpful tips on conscious eating, including how to eat for a healthy brain and easy creative snacks for children. It turns out that it’s just as easy to choose healthy options when we’re on the go; a bit of practice will make it second nature to grab the truly good stuff. After all, our kids are dependent on us to give them what’s best for them and their choices going forward greatly depend on the patterns we establish for them from the start. Happy Spring, happy new beginnings, happy equinox! I send much gratitude to you all my friends.

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newsbriefs Now Enrolling for Newport Ayurveda Program


he School for Allied Massage and Ayurveda (SAMA), the first private massage school approved by the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education, opened in Newport last fall. SAMA’s Ayurvedic Program Level 1 is currently in progress, but another opportunity to enroll begins April 22. SAMA will provide the opportunity for graduates to become state licensed massage therapists (LMTs), registered ayurvedic health counselors and certified yoga instructors through the Yoga Alliance. The new school is an expansion of Sacred Stone, a continuing education school for LMTs to earn credits for recertification approved by The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. Ayurveda is the holistic medical system developed in India 5,000 years ago, but is seeing resurgence with the rising cost of healthcare. According to founder Karyn Chabot, SAMA will offer “a consciousness-based program inspired by the matrix between science and art, where modern massage, Ayurveda and yoga reunite.” SAMA’s curriculum is one of 20 schools nationally to be approved by The National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA). It stands alone as the only NAMA approved school offering webinar technology and opportunities for students to study online in their homes. For more information, contact Karyn Chabot at 877-832-1372 or or visit See ad on page 10.

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r. Jewel Sommerville, founder of Holistic Health Rhode Island, and Severine B. Degnan, owner of Birth In Harmony and co-Founder of Doulas of Rhode Island, have launched The Holistic Woman (THW) at, a new blog that aims to help guide women on their journey to health, wellness and healing by providing a safe, supportive space that inspires growth, empowerment and self-fulfillment. “The Holistic Woman serves as a guide to help women better hear, and listen, to their true selves,” explains Sommerville. “It allows them to be and find Dr. Jewel Sommerville themselves.” Visitors to the website will find blogs covering a wide range of topics from nutrition, infertility and self-love to sustainability, weight loss and living healthy lifestyles, all of which are typically written from the perspective of East Asian medicine and holistic health coaching. The goal is to educate women and empower them to grow—freeing them from feelings of shame, guilt and judgment. “We are two passionate women working with and for women,” says Sommerville. “We believe in personal growth, living life to the fullest and making decisions from a place of love. We also believe that every woman deserves to be guided to grow and empowered to find her life’s path. Lastly, we believe that emotional, spiritual and physical health can be achieved by supporting one another, providing safe circles and by educating each other.” For more information, email See ad on page 21.


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Flipp Offers New Workshops and Classes


lipp Salon Apothecary, the creation of Jo-Anna Cassino, a stylist, herbalist, reflexologist and musician, is offering a variety of upcoming workshops and classes. An evening that covers the fun side of nutrition with raw chocolate and herbal elixir cocktails; preparing the body for allergy season through herbs; a beginners course in aromatherapy; a seasonal clothing swap; and hairstyling and makeup tips. Dedicated to bringing individuals and the community together, Flipp also offers affordable community style acupuncture every Monday and they have a space for local artists to showcase art pieces such as drawings, paintings and jewelry. All natural and organic products used and sold at Flipp are gauged by Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep cosmetics database. Cassino custom blends a range of herbal body products for medicinal purposes or to simply care for the hair and skin with aromatherapeutic benefits according to personal needs. In addition to a full gamut of hair services, the salon provides reflexology and acupressure services. Flipp is located at 38 Transit Street, in Providence. For more information, including a schedule of workshops and classes, call 401-274-1981 or visit See ad on page 39.

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obert Rockwood, president and founder of Replenish Plus, a line of all natural organic lotions for the skin, will host a demonstration of the products, from noon to 5 p.m., March 23, at Nature’s Goodness Natural Food Store. Replenish Plus products, available at Nature’s Goodness, are formulated to make the skin look its very best by revitalizing the surface of the skin and energizing everything below the surface. The skin creams all contain natural ingredients that provide sunblock protection without any harsh chemical additives and the ingredients are 100 percent pure botanical. The products are never diluted with water, chemicals or fillers, making them concentrated and effective—a small amount goes a long way. In addition, all of the ingredients work to moisturize, rejuvenate and soften the skin, aid in restoring and increasing healthy skin cells and reduce wrinkles. “From the moment you put it on, you will feel a difference from anything else you ever used,” explains Rockwood. “Within a matter of minutes, you will feel a softness and smoothness that is second to none. Within hours you will see a radiance and within days you will see new skin.”

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New Horizon Chiropractic and Wellness Launches Nutritional Weight Loss Program


r. Misty Kosciusko, owner of New Horizon Chiropractic and Wellness, in Portsmouth, has implemented a nutritional lifestyle change program called First Line Therapy into her practice. The FirstLine Therapy Program is a 12 week, professionally supervised and personalized lifestyle modification plan. The program incorporates changes such as healthy nutrition, nutritional protocols, exercise and stress management. Designed by healthcare professionals, this program has been shown remarkably successful in helping individuals with conditions such as obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and chronic pain, return to a path of extended health. “This program is designed for patients with a desire to lose weight and return to a better state of health,” states Kosciusko. “Many of my patients are on medications to manage their chronic disease and are uncertain how to manage their weight. The program encourages patients to take control of their own health and bring them back to basics with a healthy lifestyle and diet. First Line Therapy helps transform your health and change your life.” New Horizon offers a proven variety of physicians’ only nutritional supplements through the company Metagenics. Metagenics neutriceuticals are scientifically-formulated products based on proprietary and published studies in nutrigenomics—how nutrition influences genetic expression for good health. New Horizon Chiropractic and Wellness is located at 934 East Main Rd., in Portsmouth. For more information, call 401-683-6430 or visit See ad on page 37.


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land Charter School will be celebrating learning with a Black, White and Re(a)d All Over gala at the Providence Biltmore Hotel on Friday, March 15 from 7-10 p.m. The party will include delicious foods, live music, and a silent and live auction with WJAR’s Alison Bologna emceeing the festivities. More than 80 percent of students at Highlander live at or below the federal poverty level. All the funds raised will provide Highlander students with opportunities usually only available to private school students including awardwinning afterschool programs, the start of athletic teams and signature experiential learning trips. All these activities are centered on Highlander’s values of: Education, Accessibility, Empowerment and Excellence. Founded in 2000 as the first independent charter school in Rhode Island, Highlander Charter School has 300 students in grades K-8. Students get individual attention, build lasting bonds, and use customized plans to learn in the ways that are most effective for them. Using innovative education practices as a catalyst for social change, the school strives to ensure that all children have the opportunity and support necessary to reach their full potential. Tickets are $50 each. For more information, call 401-277-2600 or visit See ad on page 35.

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he Alive Academy has welcomed Dr. Erica Brown, a chiropractor who specializes in various treatment modalities including cranial work and neuromuscular reeducation. Brown graduated from the Logan College of Chiropractic in 2012 and has a growing patient base already due to her thorough and patientDr. Erica Brown centered care. Brown combines targeted therapies with individualized treatment plans to help each patient achieve his or her goals. “Reducing inflammation in the spine and body is of great importance,” she says. “We know that inflammation is the silent killer and so taking a proactive approach to your health with chiropractic care is crucial to your health and vitality.” Brown works with individuals to reduce their back and neck pain naturally and also helps those who have suffered from work and auto accidents, as well as sports injuries. The Alive Academy is a full-service health and wellness center that specializes in weight loss, thyroid and anti-aging services. The Alive Academy helps people achieve permanent and lasting results by taking a holistic approach combined with advanced, non-invasive technology. They use a non-invasive biofeedback scan to help individuals gain an accurate understanding of what their body needs and to provide a snapshot of overall health. The Alive Academy is located at 545 Pawtucket Ave., in Pawtucket. For more information, call 401-305-3959, email Info@ or visit See ads on pages 2 and 17.

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ssential oils are powerful healers. Our sense of smell is connected directly to the brain and a often evokes memories before we can even name the smell. Discover why this happens at Introduction to Essential Oils, from 1 to 3:30 p.m., March 16, at CreatIgo. In this class, participants will start their journey to appreciate differences between using professional essential oils and commercialized aromatherapy. Students will learn about a variety of different oils, their properties and their healing effects on people. The class is one in a series of four designed to give individuals the experience and confidence to successfully work with essential oils. Each class builds and enhances previously learned material with new information. A certificate will be awarded upon completion of all four classes. Future class dates include April 13, May 18 and June 15, all from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Cost is $50, which includes printed materials and a blend of your own creation. Pay all four in advance and receive $25 off. CreatIgo is located at 194 Waterman St., 3rd floor, in Providence. For more information, call 401-793-0097, email or visit See ad on page 33.

Veg Guide Coming to Rhode Island


ith a growing number of vegan friendly dining options in the area, it’s time Rhode Islanders had a handy resource to find their favorite eats. and Rhode Island Vegan Awareness have joined forces to put together a comprehensive printed Veg Guide for the state, available free of charge at area businesses by the spring. The purpose of the guide is multi-fold: it is a quick resource for consumers to find vegan options in Rhode Island and for establishments considering offering vegan menu items, this may be the extra encouragement needed to get the ball rolling. It will also help non-food businesses with a veg mission to get the word out. “I have seen a variety of these guides both in the U.S. and overseas,” says Karen Krinsky of It’s a great resource for locals and travelers. Many feel that Rhode Island is not very veg friendly; this is a chance to turn that perception around.” The Rhode Island Veg Guide publishers want to to enhance their already extensive restaurant and vegan-friendly business listings. Forward any business names, contact information or websites to Only restaurants with clearly labeled vegan menu items will be included. Vegan-owned establishments, that are non-food related, will also be considered for the printed guide. The submission deadline for the current printing is March 31, but information may be submitted for inclusion in future printings and for the online guide.


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ight Soul Therapy, a spiritually based center for ‘off the body’ energy healing, cupping, sacred stone therapy and meditation along with full moon fire ceremonies, croning ceremonies and more, is once again welcoming Brother Gregorio to Acorn Cottage, in WakeBrother Gregorio field, from March 8 to March 10. Private, 45-minute sessions are available by appointment. Brother Gregorio is a spiritual energy healer from the Philippines who has been helping people all other the U.S. for over 25 years. He grew up devoted to the Catholic Church in the Philippines and after many years of service in his own country, he was guided through prayer and meditation to come to North America in 1987 to fulfill a desire to help his brothers and sisters across the seas. Although the Philippines is still home for Brother Gregorio, he lives in the U.S. and spends much time traveling and working with people all over the country. It is his dedication and life’s work to help people transform their physical and emotional energy back to health and wellness. “It is our hope to enlighten and inspire others through Brother’s words of wisdom, insights, faith in the Divine, health and healing and experiences of his worldwide travels with ‘healing through faith’ blessings,” says Jackie Van Dusen, owner of Light Soul Therapy. “Through the use of prayer and complete faith and acceptance of the wishes of Mother Mary, Brother Gregorio is guided by her to use his three gifts: sacred cupping, sacred opening or the sacred plates.” Cost is $150 per session. For a full explanation of Brother Gregorio’s abilities, visit For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 401-284-0363 or visit

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icensed Massage Therapist Deborah C. DeAngelis, of Massage Health & Healing Energies, LLC, has completed an additional 50 hours of training in Dr. Vodder’s Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) and is now certified in pre and post cosmetic Deborah C. DeAngelis surgery and medical spa applications of the gentle yet powerful treatment for cleansing the body. DeAngelis says that MLD helps in pain reduction and relaxation, improves the immune system and expedites recovery. “The benefits are vast for people suffering from acute or chronic illnesses, pre and post surgery conditions, as well as for anyone interested in health, wellness and beauty,” she notes. Massage Health & Healing Energies is located at 310 Maple Ave., Ste. L 05-B, in Barrington. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, call 401-437-1652, email Deb@ or visit For a referral list of all currently certified therapists, visit See ad on page 15.

Bamboo Tool America Launches Bamboo Snow Shovel


ank McCartin, owner of Bamboo Tool America, has invented the Snowfling, a snow shovel made of bamboo. Light, strong, and flexible, it turns the job of shoveling snow into a mild aerobic exercise without muscle strain. “The material is just right for snow and perhaps the ultimate in ‘green’ snow removal: sustainable material, biodegradable and not plastic. Also, its function is a big improvement on other designs,” he says. The handle, because of lighter bamboo, can be made longer, which allows an upright posture while shoveling, and lets individuals open up their shoulders and armpits. The action of shoveling then moves deeper into the structures of the skeletal system. The blade is triangular and flexible. The shape limits the weight of each load and relieves stresses on muscles, joints and cardiovascular function. A crossbar halfway down the blade provides stability for even the sloppiest slush. With each shovelful, the tines bend down then spring back when unloaded. The natural material is beautiful, as well as functional, as the Snowfling ‘s usefulness doesn’t end with winter. Individuals will find various uses for this tool around the yard and the house. For more information, email HMcCartin@BambooTool or visit

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ccording to the American Heart Association, about one in three American kids and teens is overweight or obese today, nearly triple the rate in 1963. A new report by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation advises that if adult obesity rates continue on their current trajectories, by 2030, 13 states could have rates above 60 percent; 39 states above 50 percent; and all 50 states above 44 percent. A study published in the International Journal of Obesity, based on research at 10 universities, points to the use of hormones in factory meat production as a major reason for this trend. Pesticides are another culprit; the average American is exposed to 10 to 13 different types each day via food, beverages and drinking water, and nine of the 10 most commonly used are endocrine disrupters linked to weight gain. Genetically modified U.S. food crops are also sprayed heavily with biocides. Findings presented at the 2007 annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science linked bisphenol A (BPA)—an industrial chemical contained in plastic soda, drinking and baby bottles—with abnormal estrogen function. To win the battle of the bulge, Americans need to eat balanced diets and exercise regularly, but additional steps can further help: choose organic, grass-fed meat instead of corn-fed; use glass instead of plastic containers for beverages and food storage; avoid canned food unless the label states BPA-free; and consume yogurt daily or take a high-quality probiotic to help restore healthy intestinal flora.

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hen replacing lost fluids during or after a workout, consider how beverage choices can affect the health of teeth. A recent study published in General Dentistry, the journal of the Academy of General Dentistry, found that increased consumption of sports and energy drinks is causing irreversible damage to teeth, especially among adolescents. A reported 30 to 50 percent of U.S. teens regularly imbibe energy drinks, and as many as 62 percent down at least one sports drink a day. “Young adults consume these drinks assuming that they will improve their sports performance and energy levels and that they are ‘better’ than soda,” says Associate Professor Poonam Jain, lead author of the study, who serves as director of community and preventive dentistry at the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine. “Most of these patients are shocked to learn that the drinks are essentially bathing their teeth with acid.” In testing the effect of acidity levels on samples of human tooth enamel immersed in 13 sports and nine energy beverages, researchers found that damage to enamel was evident after only five days of exposure. Moreover, energy drinks were twice as harmful as sports drinks. “These drinks erode or thin out the enamel of the teeth, leaving them more susceptible to decay and sensitivity,” says Jain.


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ew research by the nonprofit Consumers Union (CU), which publishes Consumer Reports, may cause us to reconsider what we place in our steamer or cookpot. Rice—a staple of many diets, vegetarian or not—is frequently contaminated with arsenic, a known carcinogen that is also believed to interfere with fetal development. Rice contains more arsenic than grains like oats or wheat because it is grown in water-flooded conditions, and so more readily absorbs the heavy metal from soil or water than most plants. Even most U.S.-grown rice comes from the south-central region, where crops such as cotton were heavily treated with arsenical pesticides for decades. Thus, some organically grown rice in the region is impacted, as well. CU analysis of more than 200 samples of both organic and conventionally grown rice and rice products on U.S. grocery shelves found that nearly all contained some level of arsenic; many with alarmingly high amounts. There is no federal standard for arsenic in food, but there is a limit of 10 parts per billion in drinking water, and CU researchers found that one serving of contaminated rice may have as much arsenic as an entire day’s worth of water. To reduce the risk of exposure, rinse rice grains thoroughly before cooking and follow the Asian practice of preparing it with extra water to absorb arsenic and/or pesticide residues; and then drain the excess water before serving. See CU’s chart of arsenic levels in tested rice products at ArsenicReport.

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our years ago, Dr. Zaheer Shah, a board certified internist, decided to go to law school. Becoming an attorney caused him to begin looking at healthcare from a new perspective—one that challenged the status quo. He knew there were many people who were being denied access to basic healthcare, basic preventative care. Ultimately, it inspired him to establish the Access Basic Care Initiative (ABC Initiative), a unique health membership program that may just be a renaissance in healthcare. “It’s a very forward thinking, ambitious answer to the healthcare crisis,” he explains. “We researched innovative health care solutions across the country and found nothing else like this anywhere.” He came up with the idea when he realized that many of his patients were turning down medical services and even skipping routine annual exams and tests because they couldn’t afford them. Some patients didn’t have insurance and others had insurance, but with high deductibles. “I saw people denying themselves basic primary care and I knew something had to be done,” notes Shah. He sat down and challenged his team to figure out how they could deliver those services at a $1.50 per day and provide access to affordable, basic healthcare delivered by board certified


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clinicians. It took about a year of planning, but in late 2012, the ABC Initiative was born. For a $90 enrollment fee and just $45 a month, ABC Initiative provides unlimited scheduled appointments, prompt urgent care, unlimited sick visits, a comprehensive annual physical exam, flu shots, extensive laboratory testing, x-rays and affordable prescriptions (he negotiated a generic drug price with Stop and Shop of just $10 on more than 200 prescription drugs).

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Facilities are located at Park Square Urgent Care, in North Smithfield, and Advanced Urgent Care, in Pawtucket. The clinics are staffed with highly trained, board certified physicians and experienced physician assistants and nurse practitioners. The facilities are open seven days a week. The ABC Initiative includes no limit on pre-existing conditions and

anyone aged 16 and older can enroll with a one-year commitment. And it’s not just helping individuals; it is also for employers who are unable to obtain affordable health insurance benefits or wish to supplement existing high deductible health plans for employees. Although the membership can’t be used for specialists or hospitalizations, the program does cover far more services than any of its kind. The collaborative relationships that Shah has formed with others in healthcare are one key element to the program’s affordability. In addition to the pharmacy, clinicians, radiologists and lab technicians have all been providing services at discounted rates. “We can’t magically make healthcare available for 30 million Americans, but we can provide a model for a way that we can drive down the cost of healthcare,” he explains. In fact, he hopes that as he expands the programs, others will see how low cost prevention saves money and keeps people with routine illnesses out of the emergency rooms, causing the program to be adopted in many other locations. “People do a lot of talking about prevention in this country, but it’s always an afterthought,” says Shah. “Individuals usually die of a completely preventable disease, such as a heart attack. I believe that logically and ethically the answers to our healthcare crisis should arise out of the healthcare community. We can come up with creative solutions.” He states that although this is a basic version (he believes the possibilities for the program are much larger), it is a start. “I see this as a way to begin the dialogue for change,” he states. “I’m not saying it’s the final answer, but it’s my voice in the dialogue and I’m very excited about it.” For more information, call Bruce Allan Moran at 401-235-9064 or 401-862-0155, e-mail or visit

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Stray dogs and feral cats in our cities may be supplanted by raccoons, foxes and coyotes if current trends continue. Even mountain lions and bears are unexpectedly showing up in urban landscapes. Evidence suggests that clashes between humans and other predators will increase and potentially intensify. Ohio State University Biologist Stan Gehrt stated, “The coyote is the test case for other animals,” at an EcoSummit 2012 conference in Columbus, Ohio. “We’re finding that these animals are much more flexible than we gave them credit for, and they’re adjusting to our cities.” Coyotes, commonplace around many metropolitan areas, don’t seem to mind the density, with some packs each confining themselves to a one-third-square-mile territory. Eradication efforts have sometimes faltered, partially because of public backlashes sympathetic to wild animals, plus a pattern in which new coyotes tend to quickly move into areas where other animals have been evicted. Gehrt poses the question, “Are we going to be able to adjust to them living with us or are we not going to be able to coexist?”

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School Lunches Improving Nationwide The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) 2012 School Lunch Report Card found that public school districts in Florida, Maryland, Tennessee and Nebraska rose above federal guidelines for serving healthy school lunches, with some in Georgia and Missouri also receiving good marks. But most schools nationwide can improve. PCRM dietitians analyzed elementary school meals at 22 districts participating in the National School Lunch Program. The average grade is now a B (84.4) compared with the national C+ average (78.7) in 2008. Schools delivering poor grades still offer chicken-fried steak fingers, breaded catfish, pork nuggets and other high-cholesterol menu items. To read the complete report, visit

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Restaurant Ambiance Affects Diners’ Appetites The mood in a restaurant can help diners enjoy their meals more and eat less, according to study results published in the journal Psychological Reports. After transforming part of a fast food Hardee’s restaurant in Illinois with milder music and lighting, researchers found that customers ate 18 percent fewer calories than diners in an unmodified seating area. Brian Wansink, Ph.D., a professor of marketing and consumer behavior at Cornell University, in New York, explains, “It didn’t change what people ordered, but what it did do was lead them to eat less and made them more satisfied and happier.” Wansink, author of Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think, asks, “If softer music and softer lighting seem to get people to eat less in a fast food situation, why not try the same thing at home?”

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: A New Way to Look at Cholesterol and Heart Disease by Timothy Sullivan, MBA


ccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death in America for both men and women. Many of these people could have lived longer lives had they heeded the signs that they were at risk for heart disease. Helping patients understand their risk factors has been a focus of health professionals over the years. A study conducted by the Danish Medical Research Council and published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology sheds some light on a new way to gauge a patient’s risk factors. Conventional wisdom regarding a patient’s risk of developing heart disease has been to characterize cholesterol using three measures and one ratio:

sum of LDL and HDL; this remaining cholesterol level is called the residual cholesterol (RC) level. The RC, which is also characterized as ugly cholesterol, is made up of remnants of LDL and HDL cholesterol in the blood stream. The study found that levels of RC alone and the ratio of RC to HDL were far more effective methods for gauging patients’ risk factors for heart disease than LDL alone. Calculating this ratio is simple: take the total cholesterol and then subtract LDL and HDL. Divide the result by HDL and you’ll get the ratio. Ischemic heart disease risk can be evaluated using the table below:

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2. High Density Lipoprotein (HDL)–as high as possible, ideally above 40 mg/dL

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4. The ratio between Total Cholesterol and HDL–as low as possible; ideally below 5:1

The study concludes with the statement that a 39 mm/dl increase in nonfasting remnant cholesterol is associated with a 2.8-fold causal risk for ischemic heart disease, independent of reduced HDL cholesterol.

The Danish study uses another measure of cholesterol that is often overlooked and comes up with a more effective way to calculate cardiac risk than the standard methods listed above. A careful analysis of blood cholesterol levels will show that there is a difference between total cholesterol and the


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RECYCLING EVERYDAY REFUSE What Happens after the Blue Bin is Emptied by Avery Mack


ach blue recycle bin filled with plastic, aluminum, glass, paper and cardboard helps the environment, because it reduces landfill, takes less energy to repurpose materials than to make new ones and gently reminds us that thoughtful consumption is healthier for people and the planet. But what do all those recyclables turn into?

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Plastic milk jugs turn into colorful playthings at Green Toys, of Mill Valley, California. Repurposing one pound of recycled milk jugs instead of making new plastic saves enough energy to run a computer for a month. All packaging is made from recycled content and printed with soy ink, so it can go into the blue bin again.’s online counter shows the number of containers recycled—more than 10 million to date. Fila Golf’s Principal Designer Nancy Robitaille says, “Recycled PET (polyethylene terephthalate), a core Fila cooling fabric, is used throughout our


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Transforming Aluminum and Glass

In 2012, Do partnered with Alcoa to challenge teens to recycle aluminum cans. For every 50 cans collected during a two-month period, they were awarded a chance to win a $5,000 scholarship. The sponsors note that recycling one can saves enough energy to light a 100-watt bulb for 20 hours. The final total was 1,152,569 cans kept out of landfills. “Aluminum can be recycled an infinite number of times,” says Beth Schmitt, director of recycling programs for Alcoa, which has centers

nationwide and cash-back programs for community fundraisers. “We remelt the collected cans, then roll out coils of new can sheets. This process can be repeated without any loss of strength—that’s why we call aluminum the ‘miracle metal.’ If every American recycled just one more can per week, we would remove 17 billion cans from landfills each year.” Wine bottles become designer drinking glasses at Rolf Glass, in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania. “Our designs give used bottles a second life,” says owner Rolf Poeting. Refresh Glass, of Phoenix, Arizona, salvages and preps the bottles. “Then, our glass cutting and diamond-wheel engraving technology transforms them into sophisticated Glacier Glass,” continues Poeting. “This seems to be a trend in many industries, to find additional uses for another company’s recycled products.”

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Purina’s Yesterday’s News and Second Nature litter for cats and dogs, respectively, is made from recycled paper and absorbs waste upward from the bottom of the litter box for easier cleaning. The unscented litter pellets are three times as absorbent as clay, non-toxic and nearly dust-free. Hedgehogs, mice, gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs and reptiles also like Yesterday’s News for bedding. On average, 44 million pounds of paper are annually recycled for these products. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the United States annually generates 11 million tons of asphalt shingle waste, mostly from re-roofing tear-offs and new installation scrap, comprising 8 percent of construction waste. Each recycled ton saves a barrel of oil. OFIC North America, of Fredericksburg, Virginia, creates its Ondura corrugated roofing from old newspapers or magazines and cardboard, made durable by infusing it with asphalt. It’s placed atop existing roofs, which means no discarded shingles. Each day, 40 to 50 tons of recycled paper goods find new life in Ondura products, available at

most home improvement stores. Sound inside Buick Lacrosse and Verano vehicles is dampened via a ceiling material made partly from reused cardboard shipping boxes. Paint sludge from General Motors’ Lansing, Michigan, Grand River assembly plant becomes durable plastic shipping containers for Chevrolet Volt and Cruze engine components. Some 200 miles of absorbent polypropylene sleeves, used to soak up a recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, were converted into air deflectors for the Volt, preventing 212,500 pounds of waste from entering landfills.

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Six Powerhouse Foods for Kids With Palate-Pleasing Tips by Susan Enfield Esrey


s parents, feeding children nourishing foods is one of our most important jobs. Although most new moms and dads start with impeccable intentions (homemade baby food, anyone?), maintaining high family standards can be a challenge when many easygoing babies become toddlers and school-age kids are picky about what’s on their plate. It’s unfortunate, because the stakes are high. According to the American Heart Association, about one in three American kids and teens today is overweight or obese, and thus at greater risk for Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. A recent Australian study by the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, in Perth, also has linked the “Western diet”—high in processed sugars, fats and starches, meats and salt, and low in fresh fruits and vegetables—to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adolescents. “When we looked at specific foods, having an ADHD diagnosis was associated with a diet high in takeaway foods, processed meats, red meat, high-fat dairy products and confectionary,” adds Professor Wendy Oddy, Ph.D., the


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nutritional epidemiologist who led the study. She notes that more research is needed to determine the specific nature of the relationship. The good news is that it’s never too late to introduce healthy foods to a child. Here are six nutritional powerhouses children might actually eat. Avocado: Loaded with healthy monounsaturated fats, potassium and folate, creamy avocados are a natural early-childhood favorite, says Pediatrician Dr. Robert Sears, author of HappyBaby: The Organic Guide to Baby’s First 24 Months. How to eat: Spoon it out straight from the rind. Mash into guacamole with garlic and cilantro if desired. Use the spread (instead of butter or mayo) on wholegrain toast or a sandwich. Or, blend avocado’s goodness with cocoa powder, agave nectar, vanilla and water for an irresistible dip for fruit. Berries: Antioxidants in blueberries, raspberries and blackberries are well-known aids in helping to prevent illness and improve brain function, says Sears. Choose organically grown berries to avoid pesticide residues. Nutritionally, frozen berries are just as good as fresh, although fresh tastes best. Also try

antioxidant-rich acaí berries (in powder form or frozen smoothie packs) and dried goji berries. How to eat: Eat berries plain or add them to cereal or oatmeal; leave them whole or purée to pour over whole-grain waffles. Blend any type of berry with yogurt and bananas for a deliciously healthy smoothie. Chia seeds: Relatively new to the U.S. market, this South American grain (the most researched variety is Salba seeds) may be the world’s healthiest, says Sears. He notes that it’s gluten-free; provides more omega-3 fatty acids than any other plant food; contains six times more calcium than milk; and is a rich source of vitamin C, protein, fiber, magnesium and iron. Other options include hemp and flax seeds. How to eat: Sprinkle chia, hemp seed or ground flaxseed onto cereal, salad greens or brown rice. Add chia to juice to make a chia fresca. Spread nutty-tasting hemp seed onto natural nut butter sandwiches on whole-grain bread or crackers. Quinoa and amaranth: Nutritionally, these grains—traditional foods in South America and Africa, respectively—trump typical North American grains by far. Both are gluten-free and contain more protein and calcium than wheat, oats, rice or rye. How to eat: Triple-wash quinoa, vigorously rubbing grains to remove the bitter outside coating—then cook either quinoa or amaranth like rice for 20 minutes. Cook in heated water, then stir in applesauce and cinnamon and serve as a cereal; or cook in broth and then stir in chopped, fresh herbs. Wild salmon: “Wild salmon is perhaps the healthiest fish source of omega-3 fats and protein, the two most important nutrients that kids need to grow,” advises Sears. Choose wild-caught salmon (fresh or frozen) over farmed fish to avoid possible contaminants. How to eat: Glaze roasted fillets with orange juice and teriyaki sauce, or a mix of maple syrup, grated ginger and rice vinegar. Make a salmon and goat cheese (or Neufchâtel) tortilla wrap; then cut into spirals and serve. Susan Enfield Esrey is the senior editor of Delicious Living magazine.

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The Endocrine SysteM and Its Role in Overall Health by Anna Scurry


any people find themselves suffering from low energy, weight loss resistance, brain fog and other uncomfortable symptoms, although they may follow a health-conscious lifestyle. Why does this happen? The truth is, it may not be their fault. They may be suffering from some sort of hormone dysregulation and/or a thyroid condition without even knowing it. If an individual’s thyroid labs come back normal and their physician tells them everything is in the normal range, why would the thyroid and hormones be struggling? To understand this we must understand our endocrine system and the fragility of our cellular terrain.

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and bodies to function optimally and work together in synergy. When this system is disrupted, our cells and hormone receptors begin speaking different languages and our health begins to suffer regardless of our diet and lifestyle. This does not mean that diet and lifestyle don’t play a part in our health. It plays an integral part, but in this world of toxic nanoparticles found in our food, products, air and water, our endocrine disruptors become more lethal and have evolved to bypass a healthy physical system. Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that may interfere with the production or activity of hormones in the human endocrine system. Chemicals that might be endocrine disruptors are commonplace in daily life. We can be exposed to endocrine disruptors by breathing, eating, drinking or touching them. Endocrine disruptors interfere with the production, release, transport, metabolism or elimination of the body’s natural hormones.

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mone disrupting chemicals. One of the best ways is to educate ourselves on which products contain these chemicals and find safe alternatives. We can also act in our communities to reduce the levels of harmful chemicals in our homes, schools, parks and workplaces. Next, get the proper testing done. Specific blood, cellular and biofeedback tests will check thyroid levels, autoimmune responses, hormones, heavy metal toxicity and other endocrine disruptors embedded in the cells. Sometimes a thyroid condition and/or symptoms are not because our thyroid is struggling. In fact, it is often caused from endocrine disrupting toxins that have been embedded in our cells for years. These toxins are not eliminated without proper cellular detoxification and cellular healing. The mitochondria (known as the powerhouses of the cell) are extremely sensitive—especially to toxins. Once our mitochondria are compromised, our cells become damaged and begin to die. This throws our entire endocrine system, especially the thyroid, into extreme stress and dysfunction causing the symptoms such as fatigue, low energy, hair loss, irritability, weight loss resistance and even autoimmune conditions. Unfortunately proper diet is not always enough. We must evolve in our treatments and standards of holistic health to include treating our bodies at the cellular level. This means going in and healing the mitochondria (known as the powerhouses of the cell), resetting cellular and hormone receptors, regenerating cell membranes and more within the cells and body. By restoring cells, we are regenerating our health from the inside out, thus addressing the root cause of issues, instead of only treating the symptoms. Proper knowledge allows for proper decision-making. It’s time to ditch outdated health information and get our lives back. Anna Scurry is co-director of The Alive Academy, 541 Pawtucket Ave, Ste. A101,in Pawtucket. For more information, call 401-305-3959 or visit

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Feeding Ourselves Well

Urban Gardening Takes Root

70 percent of these gardens are in urban or suburban areas. “We’re seeing a new crop of farmers that defy stereotypes,” observes David Tracey, owner of EcoUrbanist environmental design in Vancouver, Canada, and author of Urban Agriculture. “Some are office workers leaving unsatisfying jobs, techie types learning the trade in universities and back-to-theland folks that happen to live in cities. Others are activists taking on the industrial farm system, folks adopting trends or entrepreneurs that see opportunities in the rising prices of quality food and the proximity of millions of customers.”

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n just one-twelfth of an acre, including lots of paths and a compost heap, our family grows the vast majority of the fresh vegetables we need, plus a decent chunk of our fruits and berries,” says Erica Strauss. “It’s not a huge garden, but we still feel nearly overwhelmed with the harvest in late August.” Her family of four tends a diversity of edibles on their urban lot in a suburb of Seattle, Washington. Word has spread because Strauss writes about her experiences via Northwest Edible Life, a blog about food growing, cooking and urban homesteading. “Every kid on the block has picked an Asian pear off my espalier and munched on raw green beans,” she notes. “Even picky eaters seem pretty interested when they can pick tasty treats right from the tree or vine.” We don’t need to live in a rural area or on a farm to grow our own food. By the close of World War II, nearly 40 percent of all fruits and vegetables supplying Americans stateside were grown in victory gardens in the communities in which they were consumed.


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Today, these small plots are often termed kitchen gardens, comprising parts of household lawns, schoolyards, balconies, patios and rooftops. Fresh taste and the security of local food supplies in case of manmade or natural upheavals are drawing more people to gardening.

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“Urbanization, a major demographic trend, has implications for how we grow and consume food,” observes Roger Doiron, founder of Kitchen Gardeners International. “If we agree that feeding more people fresh, local foods is a priority, we’re going to need to landscape and, in many cases, retrofit urban and suburban areas for increased food production.” Millions of Americans now participate in growing mainstay foods. According to a 2009 study by the National Gardening Association, 31 percent of all U.S. households grew food for their families in 2008, and more have since the economic downturn. Bruce Butterfield, the association’s research director, estimates that nearly

Urban gardening has unexpected advantages in its use of organic waste like coffee grounds from a local coffee house and rainwater from area rooftops. Converting lawns at schools, churches and empty city lots into community gardens fosters community connections, improves access to affordable nutritious foods and creates employment opportunities. A widespread challenge to the trend is dealing with the quality of urban soil and testing for possible toxins. Often, urban soil must be improved using compost and other nutrients before plants can prosper. A nearby irrigation source is also required. “One potential problem for urban gardeners may be the community reaction to an edible landscape,” admits Strauss. “In some cities, edible gardens in the front yard or even the common parking strip are celebrated and even officially encouraged. But in communities where lawn is still king and city codes regarding vegetation are vague and open to interpretation, one complaint from an anonymous neighbor can become an exhausting political and legal fight.”

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Community gardens often transform vacant lots and other marginal land into green growing places. In Chicago, The Peterson Garden Project, an awardwinning nonprofit program, has been turning unsightly empty lots into raisedbeds in which residents learn to grow their own food since 2010. “Nationally, it’s been found that having a community garden on unused

land increases property values, decreases crime and promotes a sense of unity with neighbors and others,” explains LaManda Joy, president and founder of the project. “We work with property owners on the short-term use of their land to enhance the community in which they eventually plan to develop.” “Participating in a community garden serves up a lot of individual victories,” says Joy. “Improved health and nutrition, learning a new skill, teaching kids where food comes from, productive exercise, mental well-being, connecting with others and saving money—community gardens help make all of this possible.”

Being Prepared

“How many recalls have we seen because some food item has been contaminated and people have suffered or died as a result? I am concerned about the safety and security of our food supply,” says Wendy Brown, whose family tends a quarter-acre garden with raised and landscaped beds and containers wrapped around their home plus an onsite greenhouse in a beach resort suburb of Portland, Maine. “As a mother, it concerns me that I might feed my children something that will hurt them. High-fructose corn syrup, genetically engineered crops and BPA-lined cans are all making

headlines. It just seems smarter to grow it myself; that way, we have more control over what our family is eating.” Brown is one of more than 3 million Americans that are following FEMA recommendations in preparing for any event that might disrupt food supplies. Her book, Surviving the Apocalypse in the Suburbs, shares everything her family has done to safeguard themselves, including growing produce, caring for animals and canning, freezing, drying, cold storage or fermenting foods for later use. “For me, it’s more about being prepared for the everyday things that are happening, like increases in food and fuel prices or a loss of family income,” Brown says. “If we’re growing at least some of our own food, I have a lot less to worry about when such things happen.” The family also keeps rabbits and ducks, plus egg-laying and meat-providing chickens that can total 40 animals in the summer at their “nanofarm”. These also supply natural fertilizer for the crops. Nearby beehives provide 20 pounds of honey each year. Because the foods they produce are solely for their personal use, the Browns are exempt from regulatory restrictions. “Our neighbors love what we’re doing,” says Brown, whose house is close enough they can chat across their front porches. “One says our initiative

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“With some effort, urban gardeners can grow great vegetables anyplace that affords enough light and warmth,” advises Strauss, who gardens primarily in raised beds in her front and back yards. “I garden on the scale I do because I love it. It’s both relaxing and challenging, and we eat well.” Urban gardening methods are as diverse as the growing conditions, space limitations and financial resources of the gardener. “Lasagna” gardening—layering newspaper or cardboard and other organic materials on top—can be effective in urban areas because it involves no digging or tilling. Just as with making compost, alternate between brown and green layers. Once the materials break down, add plants to the newly created growing bed. Urban dwellers with limited space may employ square-foot gardening, intensively growing plants in raised beds using a growing medium of vermiculite,

peat moss and compost. This method can yield fewer weeds and is easier on the back. “It’s an easy concept to grasp for new gardeners,” remarks Joy. “We use it to both maximize output in a small area and ensure healthy, organic, contaminant-free soil.” Rooftop gardens are becoming more common as larger agricultural operations use them to grow income crops. The U.S. Department of Agriculture considers anyone that sells more than $1,000 of produce to neighbors or area restaurants a farmer, rather than a gardener, so regulations may apply. For renters, just a few tomato plants in a well-maintained container on a patio or deck can yield as much as 50 pounds of tomatoes by taking advantage of its microclimate, influenced by wind blocks, heated surfaces and reflected light from windows. Urban gardening is also thriving indoors in terrariums, window boxes and small greenhouses. Even partially lit rooms can support certain vegetables or herbs with grow lights. Aquaponic gardening, a closed-loop system that involves both fish and vegetables, expands the self-sufficient possibilities of a hydroponic system of growing plants fed by liquid nutrients.


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ctress Marlane Barnes recently made her feature film debut as Maggie of the Irish Coven, in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II, building on a growing résumé of films, TV and theater credits. A current resident of Los Angeles, she actively supports the nonprofit Best Friends Animal Society, a local no-kill facility, and serves as national spokesperson for Spay First. To date, her foster dogs include India, Birdie, Archie and Wally, with more to come.

Why is fostering rescue dogs important? Fostering is a good way to find the right dog for your personality and circumstances. Dogs aren’t accessories, chosen on looks alone. Fostering allows you to see what breed, size, temperament and activity level works best. When India, the first dog I fostered, was adopted, she went to a home that suited her nature and needs. Birdie, a 6-year-old golden retriever-beagle mix, came to me when her shelter time was up. After two months, Birdie was placed with a family that was willing to deal with an older dog’s health issues, and it’s worked out well for all parties.

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kids and take hikes; in these ways, I learn what the individual dog enjoys. It takes some of the guesswork out of the equation. Fostering is like a halfway house for dogs; after living with them, I can vouch for them, as well as voice any concerns about the family situation. I feel strongly that the dog must be treated as part of the family, whose schedule has to work with having a dog, and that dog in particular. It’s a matter of finding the right person for the animal. We want every adoption to be the best match possible.

How can caring people help? Donate money or items found on a shelter or rescue unit’s wish list. Walk a shelter dog to keep it social and active. Foster a dog to see if having a dog fits and enhances your life. The rescue group pays the bills, support is available and it’s a good way to explore the possibility of adoption. Once you know for sure, adopt. Also talk about the benefits of fostering and adopting dogs and the importance of affordable spay/neuter programs for dogs and cats in your community. Spread the word that it is not okay to buy a puppy or kitten in a store when we are discarding millions of shelter animals each year that desperately need homes. Puppies are cute, but older dogs already are what they’re going to be— what you see is what you happily get. For more information or to make a donation, visit Sandra Murphy is a regular contributor to Natural Awakenings magazines.

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Myth 4: Too Late to Start Many people feel they are too old or out-of-shape to even begin to exercise, or are intimidated by the idea of stepping into a yoga studio or gym. “Stop wasting time reading diet books and use that time to go for a walk,” advises Exercise Physiologist Jason Karp, Ph.D., author of Running for Women and Running a Marathon for Dummies. “In other words, get moving any way you can.”

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he U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has concluded that more than a third of Americans today are overweight. Yet it also reports that at least 30 percent of us don’t exercise at all, perhaps partly due to persistent fitness myths.

Myth 1: Lack of Opportunity Even the busiest person can fit in some exercise by making simple changes in their daily routine. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, do squats while watching television, deliver a message in person instead of via email, take a desk break to stretch or stand while talking on the phone. Even fidgeting is beneficial. The point is to be as active as possible during otherwise sedentary hours.

Myth 2: No Time The CDC recommends that each week, adults should exercise 150 minutes—the average duration of a movie—but not all at once. To make it easy, break it up into various exercise activities in daily, vigorous, 10-minute chunks.

Myth 3: Unaffordable Activities like walking, bicycling and even jumping rope can be done virtually anywhere, anytime. Individuals can create a basic home fitness center with a jump rope, set of dumbbells and not much more. Borrow an exercise video or DVD from the library or follow one of the many television fitness


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Myth 6: Must Break a Sweat Perspiring is related to the duration and intensity of the exercise, but some people just sweat more than others. “How much (or little) you sweat does not correlate with how many calories you are expending,” assures Jessica Matthews, an experienced registered yoga teacher and an exercise physiologist with the American Council on Exercise.

Myth 7: Dieting is Enough Women especially fall prey to the myth that they don’t need to exercise if they are a certain dress size. Even those at a healthy weight can be in greater danger of contracting disease and shortened lifespan than obese individuals that regularly participate in physical activity, according to a recent study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, in Bethesda, Maryland. Health experts recommend combining regular activity with consuming lean proteins, healthy fats, limited starches and no added sugars.

Myth 8: Stretch Before Exercising New research from the American Council on Exercise recommends stretching at the end of a workout. “It is safer and more effective to stretch muscles that are properly warmed and more pliable,” says Matthews, who also recommends beginning a workout with simple move-

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Myth 10: Women Using Weights Get Bulky The truth is that most weightlifting women won’t end up with a big, bulky physique because they have less testosterone, are smaller in size and have less muscle tissue than men, advises Matthews. “Any kind of strength training will help improve bone density, increase muscle mass and decrease body fat in both men and women.”

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Holistic is Best Natural Care for a Sick Pet by Dr. Shawn Messonnier


he best course of action for any pet that appears to be sick is to see a holistic vet early, before a disease can progress or before the pet has been made even more ill by improper conventional treatment.

Downsides of Conventional Treatment

Many sick pets brought to a holistic vet’s office may not have been formally diagnosed, even if they’ve been receiving medical treatment by a conventional doctor for weeks or months. In most cases, the standard blanket prescriptions of antibiotics and corticosteroids—regardless of the cause of illness—have failed to produce positive results. Worse, such drugs carry side effects that can make the pet even sicker; indiscriminate use of antibiotics, for example, has led to antibiotic resistance in bacteria, making it harder to treat serious infections when antibiotics are the only viable treatment option. So by the time the holistic doctor sees them, the condition of these pets may have worsened. The good news is that with precise diagnosis of the underlying issues, most sickly pets can be treated with good success. Because a holistic approach to

healthcare relies on individual factors, the exact treatment will vary according to the patient and situation. A cookiecutter treatment will not be very helpful.

Holistic Nutrition Therapy Helps

Owners can take several steps to provide relief for a suffering pet right away while awaiting the results of proper diagnostic tests. In my practice, three vet-supervised nutrition therapies have been shown to be effective in stabilizing a sick pet for the 24 to 48 hours needed to return test results before the appropriate treatment can be initiated. Ask the attending veterinarian for other safe, comforting measures he or she likes to recommend. First, most sick pets benefit from receiving fluid therapy (intravenous or subcutaneous) in a veterinary hospital. The fluids rehydrate and help detoxify the pet by causing increased urination that flushes out cellular toxins. Second, injectable vitamins C and B complex added to the fluids often have a temporary pick-me-up effect, reducing lethargy and improving appetite. Third, using supplements selected to restore homeostasis also helps make the pet feel better and encourages healthy eating. I like to use a natural immunity support I developed called Healthy

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Two recent cases illustrate the benefit of an informed holistic approach. Gus, a 7-year-old male standard poodle, had a history of inflammatory bowel disease and gastrointestinal cancer. He did well immediately following cancer surgery, but then became lethargic and showed a disinterest in food. So, we conducted a fecal analysis and complete blood profile. While awaiting test results, I prescribed the recommended nutrition therapies, along with a special diet. The next morning, the owner reported that Gus was feeling and acting much better, including showing more interest in eating. His owner was pleased with this rapid response and relieved to avoid unnecessary medication. A young Persian cat arrived in our office with a chronic herpes virus infection. Percy’s owner made an appointment because the feline had a congested nose and wasn’t eating as much as normal. Natural treatment for the herpes virus began with the amino acid lysine and the herb echinacea, both also helpful in preventing cold and flu. Supportive care for the general malaise and lack of appetite relied on the same recommended nutrition therapies and again resulted in overnight improvements in the pet’s attitude and appetite; the nasal congestion left during the following week. While antibiotics and corticosteroids can be helpful in properly diagnosed cases, using natural therapies can provide quick relief without the harmful side effects often seen from the use of conventional medications. Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, TX, is the award-winning author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats and Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets. Visit


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The Better Brain Diet Eat Right To Stay Sharp by Lisa Marshall


ith 5.4 million Americans already living with Alzheimer’s disease, one in five suffering from mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and the 2012 failure of several targeted pharmaceutical drug trials, many brain health experts are now focusing on food as a critical defense against dementia. “Over the past several years, there have been many well-designed scientific studies that show you are what you eat when it comes to preserving and improving memory,” says Dr. Richard Isaacson, associate professor of neurology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and author of The Alzheimer’s Diet.

In recent years, studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and Archives of Neurology have shown that people on a Mediterranean-type diet—high in antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, whole grains and fatty fish and low in refined carbohydrates and saturated fats—tend to fend off cognitive decline longer and be less prone to developing full-blown Alzheimer’s. Several small, but promising clinical trials further suggest that even people that have already begun to suffer memory loss may be able to slow or mildly reverse it via nutritional changes. Here’s how.

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nite the body, breath, mind and soul as the Rhode Island Yoga Festival brings together an eclectic mix of people, yoga teachers, styles and yoga related practices from right here in Southern New England, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., April 6, at the Smithfield Senior and Community Center. It’s the first event of its kind in Rhode Island, boasting eight yoga classes, a gong bath, a walking meditation, kirtan and the chance to experience henna and angel readings. Whole of the Moon Yoga’s owner Chris Belanger is the festival organizer and proud to showcase a diverse range of yoga styles during this one day long event. "This is an opportunity to experience classes with the region’s best of the best, all in one place," he says. "I was inspired to organize this event because there are so many great teachers in our area who deserve to be showcased. It’s time Rhode Island caught up with festivals that have been taking place in nearby Massachusetts and Connecticut." Each class will represent a different yoga technique, with an emphasis on gentle to moderate practice. The day will be beginner-friendly, offering a perfect way to begin exploring the world of yoga. Classes range from gentle and introspective with Kripalu, yin yoga and yoga nidra (often considered a yogic sleep) classes to active and uplifting kundalini, Vinyasa flow and even yoga-inspired dance. The day will be topped off with kirtan, an exhilarating session of call and response chanting. Included in the day’s admission is access to all classes, a light vegan lunch and a relaxation gift bag. Vendors include Henna by Heather, the RI Yoga & Pilates Passport and Heavenly Hugs, who will be available with angel readings, among others. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Tickets will not be available at the door and must be purchased in advance through the website.


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ew and seasoned yoga enthusiasts alike now have a new tool at their disposal to explore the growing number of yoga studios and classes throughout Rhode Island. It’s called the Yoga and Pilates Passport and it contains discounts to more than 200 yoga and Pilates classes throughout the state. According to Jennifer Spaziano, owner of Rhode to Wellness and co-founder of the Yoga and Pilates Passport, it’s oftentimes daunting —and expensive—to decide where to start, or grow, one’s practice. The Passport connects yoga enthusiasts with hundreds of hours of yoga and Pilates at numerous studios statewide at an affordable price. “As a yoga teacher, I’ve heard from students that the hardest class to attend is the first one,” explains Spaziano. “And with so many different styles and levels, it’s confusing to know what’s best for each individual. Our mission is to reduce those barriers—time, money and confusion—and get people to take the first step. Additionally, the Passport seeks to support the growing, yet fragile, wellness industry in the state.” Joining forces with another friend and yoga teacher, Jenn Thomas, the two embarked on the project to overcome these barriers while building camaraderie among local wellness businesses. “What we saw was an opportunity to create a platform that supports an individual’s personal ‘Rhode to Wellness,’” Thomas said, alluding to the parent company launching the Passport. “The Passport inspires people to explore all that yoga and Pilates has to offer locally—even for the current student who may be stuck in a rut and needs motivation to explore new styles and teachers.” Cost is $75. The Passport is available at

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First Friday Gong Healing Meditation – 7:309pm. Feel completely relaxed and peaceful as the healing sounds of the gongs and Tibetan singing bowls wash over and around you. Joy Quinn Blum. Gongs of Joy. $20. City Aiki, 200 Allens Ave, Providence. 401-258-3952.

Alcohol & Addiction Workshop – 10-11am. With Randy. Blue Water Vibrational Healing & PNB will begin offering a support group for anyone suffering from addiction or alcohol issues beginnings on Saturdays. Free, donations accepted. Positive New Beginnings Holistic Wellness, 877 Broadway, E Providence. 401-432-7195. Crystal Workshop with Randy – 11am-12pm. Learn the properties and benefits of Crystals and how they affect your health. Learn to use them with your healings. First Saturday of the month. $20. Positive New Beginnings Holistic Wellness, 877 Broadway, E Providence. 401-432-7195. World Dance for Moms & Babies – 12:45-2pm. Moms dance to Latin American and African rhythms with babies safely in a wrap. Babies experience the brain-maturing power of rhythmic movement while being close to mom. $16/ drop-in, 80 for 6 week series. Motion Center, 111 Chestnut St, Providence. 401-654-6650. 40-Day Vinyasa Bootcamp – 1-2pm. A transformational 40 days of consecutive yoga supported by healthy, whole food nutrition ideas and some meditation techniques geared to bring better balance to your world. $300. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. Little Yoga – 1-2pm. Week to week, the children are learning yoga poses that highlight the important practice of taking care of your whole body. Holistic Health Rhode Island, 5784 Post Rd, Ste 5, E Greenwich. To register: 401-300-9800, Little. Feng Shui with Alice (DragonFly) – 1-4pm. Come learn the basics of feng shui with Dragonfly. It really matters how items are placed and the lay out of your home or business. Come enjoy. $50. Positive New Beginnings Holistic Wellness, 877 Broadway, E Providence. 401-432-7195. SpiritDanceRI – 7-10pm. Monthly smoke- and alcohol-free barefoot community dance party. A positive alternative to the dance club scene. Great music. All profits go to charity. All are welcome. Sliding scale $8-12.

Celebrate Community & Natural Living – 3:308:30pm. Celebrate the 1 year anniversary of Community Ayurvedic Herbalist Center. Kirtan, psychic readings and friends. Free. 39 W Broad St, Parking in Rear of Building, Pawcatuck, CT. 401-323-4638.

How to Improve Your Digestive Health – 6:307:30pm. Do you have problems with your digestion? Bloated? Acid reflux? IBS? Other type of problems? Call to sign up to attend to learn how to fix them. RSVP by Mar 1. Free to attend. Cumberland Family Chiropractic LLC, 2333 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-334-0535. Shamanic Journey Group – 7-8:45pm. Deepen your journey practice and gain insight to your own guidance. Bring a journal, pen and something to lie on. Knowledge of how to journey is required. With Katharine Rossi. $10. Mill at Shady Lea, 215 Shady Lea Rd, Rm 204, N Kingstown. 401-924-0567.

Tuesday, March 5

Tong Ren Guinea Pig Class – 7-8:30pm. Need some energy work or to just relax? Come by, listen to soft music, get comfy while I lead a meditation and tap on the meridian points on an acupuncture model to relieve. With Shari Bitsis. Donations accepted. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249.

Wednesday, March 6 Divine Guidance Workshop – 9:30am-12pm. Learn how to recognize and receive divine guidance while building a personal relationship with archangels, guardian angels & the dearly departed for inner peace. $33. Heavenly Hugs – Gladys, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Guided Imagery Meditation – 7-8:30pm. For relaxation and focus, group meditation meets on 1st Wednesday of each month. $5. Path 2 Harmony, 133 Old Tower Hill Rd, Ste 3, Wakefield. For more info, Sharon: 401-742-2354, Group Manifesting with the Earth – 7-9pm. Join us as we set out to manifest with the Earth. Truly magical as we follow a meditative format and span the planet as a group. We are working with cleaning up the water. With Shari Bitsis. $10. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249.

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Thursday, March 7

Ananda Yoga & Meditation – 5:30-7:30pm. Relax your body, awaken energy, open heart in a blissful Ananda yoga class followed by meditation. Suggested donation $10. Join Kyle (401-789-1288) Thursdays at Grace Yoga, 35 Weaver Rd, Wickford. More info: Ananda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-524-4766. Literacy Tutor Meet and Greet – 6-9pm. All LVKC tutors, current and prospective, are invited to attend. Learn, support, discuss. Help others help themselves through LVKC’s literacy tutoring program. Literacy for life. $0. Literacy Volunteers of Kent County, Inc, 1672 Flat River Rd, Coventry. 401-822-9103.

Friday, March 8

Story Hour – 10-11am. Appropriate for toddlers, pre-school age children and their caregivers. Space is limited; email to register. Free. Meadowbrook Waldorf School, 300 Kingstown Rd, Richmond. 401-491-9570 x228. Brother Gregorio at Acorn Cottage – Mar 8-10. 10am-5pm. Light Soul Therapy again hosting this marvelous Pilipino healer. Brother Gregorio provides 45-min private sessions. See newsbrief for full information. $150/session. Light Soul Therapy, Jackie Van Dusen, Woodbine Rd, Wakefield. 401-284-0363. Fabulous French Dinner – 6-8:30pm. Gourmet French Dinner with Paris Ritz Escoffier Trained Chef, Ivet Wu. $20/students, $25/members, $30/public. International House of Rhode Island, 8 Stimson Ave, Providence. 401-421-7181. Robin Patino: Workshop, Book Signing – 6:308:30pm. Creating a New Now: Yin, yoga and meditation designed to open head, hips and heart. Discussion of the koshas with excerpts read from her book, Do you Think You Will Break?. $25, $35 with copy of the book. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081. Liao Fan’s Four Lessons –7-8:45pm. Discover how to combine the advice of this ancient Chinese text with meditation and the I-Ching to change your destiny through the action. 2 sessions, Mar 8 & 15. $25. Zen Cultural Center, 50 Dunnell St, Pawtucket. 401-213-9784.

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2013 RI Eckankar Regional Seminar – Mar 9 & 10. 9:30am-9:15pm, Sat; 8:15-11:45am, Sun. Workshops and talks include The Five Virtues: Keys to Fulfilling Your Spiritual Purpose; You are the Eternal Dreamer; Listening: Compassion in Expression, and much more. Guest speaker Anne Archer Butcher. Eckankar, Sheraton Providence Airport Hotel, 1850 Post Rd, Warwick. For pricing: 401-828-6973 or Integrated Energy Therapy®: Basic – 9:30am6pm. Energy Therapy Training with the Angels. One of the next generation, hands-on, power energy therapy systems that gets the “issues out of your tissues” for good. $195 includes Workbook & IET Certificate. Heavenly Hugs – Gladys, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451.

Usui Reiki Level I Workshop – 10am-4:30pm. Learn Reiki for healing and stress relief. You will be able to treat yourself, others and pets. Informative teaching, hands-on practice, Level I Attunement & Certificate. $135. The Light Within – Sylvia Collins, 286 Lake Shore Dr, Warwick. 401-921-4397. Spiritual Wisdom on Conquering Fear – 10:3011:30am. What if the antidote to fear lay within easy reach? Learn about the tools that can help you find a voice of comfort, wisdom and self-mastership within yourself. Free. Eckankar, Sheraton Providence Airport Hotel, 1850 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-828-6973. Transform Your Life Event – 12-4pm. Transform your body, mind and spirit in a special day of workshops, healings and past life regression. Entrance fee includes workshops, mini-healing, reading, past life regression and CD. $25.55. Sisters of Solace Holistic Healing Center, 700 American Legion Hwy, Westport, MA. 508-636-4668. World Dance for Moms & Babies – 12:45-2pm. Moms dance to Latin American and African rhythms with babies safely in a wrap. Babies experience the brain-maturing power of rhythmic movement while being close to mom. $16/ drop-in, 80 for 6 week series. Motion Center, 111 Chestnut St, Providence. 401-654-6650. Intro to Ayurveda – 1-4pm. Ayurveda, the sister science to yoga, offers deep insight into the caring of the body. Join Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist Jessica Ferrol for a basic introduction to this 5,000-year-old system of holistic health. $65. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

Sunday, March 10

Usui Reiki Master Practitioner III – 9:30am-6pm. You will learn advanced tools such as grounding, aura cleansing and Reiki healing meditations. Also receive 3rd Level Attunement, Reiki Master Symbol & Reiki Crystal Grid. $250. Heavenly Hugs – Gladys, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451.

Tuesday, March 12

Lunch Time Reiki Share – 12-1:15pm. Reiki practitioners of all levels welcome to give and receive healing. A time to be supported as you support others. Please contact Adriene if attending. $5. Angel Whispers Rhode Island, N Kingstown. 401-741-2278. Dream Circle – 7-9pm. Topic: Dream Theater. Explore your dreams, learn techniques to improve dream recall, work with dream guides, and assist others with their dreams. With David Barr & Katharine Rossi. $15. fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.

21-Day Detox and Elimination Diet – 7-9pm. Also Mar 20 & 27. 3-wk guided detoxification program to improve health and vitality through a restricted, yet nourishing, whole foods diet plus nutritional supplementation and herbs. $125. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. Group Manifesting with the Earth – 7-9pm. Join us as we set out to manifest with the Earth. Truly magical as we follow a meditative format & span the planet as a group. Working on animals, plants and minerals. With Shari Bitsis. $10. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249. Reiki/Energy Circle – 7-9pm. Information and energy sharing session for all that are interested in energy therapies. All levels and modalities are welcome. $5 donation. Path 2 Harmony, 133 Old Tower Hill Rd, Ste 3, Wakefield. For more info, Debi: 401-263-1107.

Thursday, March 14

Han Way Aha – 6-8pm. Yes, yes, yes this class is about finding your successful path to whatever it is you want. Every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. Yes you can, Yes you can, Yes you can. Free. Dharma Healing Center, 154 Waterman St, Providence. 401-237-0180. Intuitive Practitioner Gathering – 6-9pm. This gathering is open to all certified intuitive practitioners who’d like more practice with angel card readings, mediumship, angel readings, tarot, etc. $15. Heavenly Hugs – Gladys, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Heavenly-Hugs. com/Classes. Live Love Laugh Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Do you feel like you are blocked or frozen? Energy levels could be higher? Do you know that you could be better organized? Personalized healing meditation helps. $10. CreatIgo, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-793-0097.

Friday, March 15

Free Friday Chair Massage – 11am-2pm. Stop by for a free 15-minute chair massage. 1st come, 1st served. Get the kinks out for the weekend. Never had a massage before? This is a great way to start. Free. Massage Health & Healing Energies, LLC, 310 Maple Ave, Ste L 05-B, Barrington. 401-437-1652. Healing Meditation and Reiki – 7-8pm. This is a guided meditation with special focus on healing the emotional body. Find inner peace, harmony and complete relaxation with Reiki healing. $10. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd, Warwick. 401-921-5148.

Saturday, March 16 Wednesday, March 13

Santosha Swadhaya Book Group – 6:30-8:30pm. This month’s book is Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching. This will be a study circle in the fashion of a dharma discussion group. With Karina Lutz. Suggested donation $5-$10. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809.

Reiki Master Practitioner Certification – 9:30am4:30pm. In this class we will review the information taught in the previous class and be introduced to the Reiki master symbol. After your attunement you will receive your very own Reiki crystal grid. Angel Whispers Rhode Island, N Kingstown. 401-741-2278.

Fundamentals of Ayurveda: 35-Hour CLS – Mar 16, 30, Apr 13, 27 & May 11. 10am-5pm. An indepth introduction to Ayurvedic Medicine for persons working in the health industry or who want to learn how to apply these holistic concepts into their daily lives. $380. Community Ayurvedic Herbalist Center, 39 W Broad St, Parking in Rear of Building, Pawcatuck, CT. 401-323-4638. Reiki Level One – 10:30am-5pm. Learn to help heal your body and reduce stress with this unique healing modality. $150. Tranquility Day Spa & Wellness Center, 2227 Mineral Spring Ave, Ste 303, N Providence. 401-233-4544. Reiki Level 1 Certification Class – 11am-5pm. Learn the healing gift of Reiki to heal yourself and others. Includes history, attunement, hand placements and lots of practice time. Also, Japanese Reiki techniques. With Bobbie Schaeffer. $135. Pathways to Healing, Warwick. 401-287-4093. World Dance for Moms & Babies – 12:45-2pm. Moms dance to Latin American and African rhythms with babies safely in a wrap. Babies experience the brain-maturing power of rhythmic movement while being close to mom. $16/ drop-in, 80 for 6 week series. Motion Center, 111 Chestnut St, Providence. 401-654-6650. Introduction to Essential Oils – 1-3:30pm. Participants will start their journey to appreciate differences between using professional essential oils and commercialized aroma therapy. $50. CreatIgo, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-793-0097. More info: Ananda: Raja Yoga Energy Workshop – 1-4pm. Explore teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda on energy and energization. Discussion, meditation, practical exercises to awaken life force energy for body, mind, spirit and joy. $20 + piece of fruit. Ananda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-524-4766. Group Manifesting for You – 1-4pm. Join us as we visualize and play to group manifest goals. We will make vision boards, develop scripts filled with positive emotions and visualize as a group for each other. With Shari Bitsis. $25. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249.

Sunday, March 17

Family Equinox Hike to a Vernal Pool – 1-3pm. Discover the sights and sounds announcing spring as you hike to the vernal pool. Free. New Dawn Earth Center, 75 Wrentham Rd, Cumberland. 401-333-1341. Spring Equinox Drum Circle – 6-7pm. Join us to honor the season and focus on healing for the community and earth. Bring drums and rattles, some available to share. No experience necessary. All ages. With Katharine Rossi Donation appreciated. Bristol Wellness, 30 Bradford St, Bristol. 401-924-0567.

Monday, March 18

Traditional Thai Massage Class – Mar 18-20. 9am-5pm. 4-day class offers 32 NCBTMB CEs. Class size limited to 4 students. Thai lunch included. Additional class offering will be May 20-23. $600. Rolf Bodyworks, 321 Valley View Rd, Sterling, CT. 860-617-1234. To register:

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Drumming Meditation – 6:30-8pm. Come join our Drumming Circle as we meditate, journey, and send loving, healing energy out to the world. Bring your own drum. Please RSVP. Free. Massage Health & Healing Energies, LLC, 310 Maple Ave, Ste L 05-B, Barrington. 401-437-1652.

Korean Dinner/Cultural Presentation – 6-9pm. Contemporary Korean dinner prepared by Johnson and Wales University chefs. $20/students, $25/ members, $30/public. International House of Rhode Island, 8 Stimson Ave, Providence. 401-421-7181.

Tuesday, March 19

Usui Reiki Level II Workshop – 10am-4:30pm. Learn three powerful Usui symbols. Send Reiki long distance. Informative teaching, hands-on practice, take-home packet. Level II Attunement and Certificate. With Sylvia Collins. $175. The Light Within, 286 Lake Shore Dr, Warwick. 401-921-4397.

Shamanic Journey Group – 7-8:45pm. Deepen your journey practice and gain insight to your own guidance. Bring a journal, pen and something to lie on. Knowledge of how to journey is required. With Katharine Rossi. $10. fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.

Replenish Plus Skin Care Demo + 20% Off – 125pm. This 100% natural facial cream has become one of the most popular products in our store. Come meet the owner and founder, and find out what is really in your cosmetics. Free. Nature’s Goodness Natural Food Store, 510 E Main Rd, at Rte 138 & 138a, Middletown. 401-847-7480.

Law of Attraction #3 Creating Dreams – 7-9pm. Lessons and activities for attracting what you truly want into your Life. Manifesting your goals and dreams with clear intentions. $10. Path 2 Harmony, 133 Old Tower Hill Rd, Ste 3, Wakefield. Register with Debi: 401-263-1107.

World Dance for Moms & Babies – 12:45-2pm. Moms dance to Latin American and African rhythms with babies safely in a wrap. Babies experience the brain-maturing power of rhythmic movement while being close to mom. $16/ drop-in, 80 for 6 week series. Motion Center, 111 Chestnut St, Providence. 401-654-6650.

Thursday, March 28

Tong Ren Guinea Pig Class – 7-8:30pm. Need some energy work or to just relax? Come by, listen to soft music, get comfy while I lead a meditation and tap on the meridian points on a model to relieve blockages. With Shari Bitsis. Donations accepted. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249.

Wednesday, March 20

Pendulum Basics Workshop – 6-8:30pm. In this introductory workshop you will learn how to program, test and use a Pendulum for divine guidance in your everyday life. $44 (includes Quartz Pendulum). Heavenly Hugs – Gladys, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Group Manifesting with the Earth – 7-9pm. Join us as we set out to manifest with the Earth. Truly magical as we follow a meditative format and span the planet as a group. We are working on peace and diplomacy. With Shari Bitsis. $10. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249.

Thursday, March 21

Parent Visitor Day – 8:30-10:30am. Tour the school. Observe classes in session. Discover the Waldorf difference. Adults only; please email to register. Free. Meadowbrook Waldorf School, 300 Kingstown Rd, Richmond. 401-491-9570 x228. 5 Tips to 5-Minute Meditation – 6:30-7:30pm. Meditation tips to help you relax and de-stress. Free. Dharma Healing Center, 154 Waterman St, Providence. 401-237-0180. RI Holistic Healers Association – 6:30-9pm. Robin L. Tanguay, CHC, Authorized IIHS Instructor, author of The Willingness to Change: Twelve Steps to Transformation Through Your Handwriting, will be our presenter. Free. RI Holistic Healers Association, Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, E Providence. 401-432-7195. Sound Bath with Soundscapers – 7:30-9pm. Bring a mat, blanket, whatever you need for comfort. Sound via bowls, gong, drums and didgeridoo has been used for healing centuries in the East, and our ancestral past. $25, $20/members. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809.

Friday, March 22

Raw Reboot with Jeannette Bessinger – 12-1pm. Free info session. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra Teacher Training – 6-9pm. 40-hr training over two weekends. Learn how to lead your students and clients into deeper levels of freedom and health than they ever imagined possible. $675. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.


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Chakra Meditation/Chakra bracelet – 1-2:30pm. We will begin with a peaceful meditation on the 7 chakras to clear and open them. Then comes the fun of making your own chakra bracelet. Handouts and refreshments. With Bobbie Schaeffer. $20. Pathways to Healing, Warwick. 287-4093. An Introduction to Hypnotherapy and NLP – 1-4pm. Gain an overview of contemporary understanding of how hypnosis works. The principal ideas of NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming) will also be introduced and briefly examined. $35. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

Tuesday, March 26

Yoga for Beginners ~ – 6:30-7:30pm. This a gentle yoga practice. Learn how to calm the mind and body with using the breath. Learn how to meditate and find peace in the silence. Drop-ins are welcomed. $10. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd, Warwick. 401-921-5148.

Svaroopa® Yoga Teacher Training – 6:30-8pm. As a teacher, you give others the gift of yoga. It’s an amazing profession, doing what you love by sharing what you have learned. Find out what it’s all about. With Maria. Free. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. To reserve a spot: 401-305-5319.

Bliss Workshop – 9:30am-12:30pm. Bliss is your true nature. Spend three delicious hours basking in the bliss of your own being with Svaroopa® yoga poses to help you access this deep inner state. With Karobi Sachs, CSYT. $65, pre-registration required. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Intro to Svaroopa® Yoga Therapy – 6:30-8pm. Discover how yoga unlocks your healing potential through Svaroopa® Yoga Therapy sessions. Bring your aches and pains with you to find out what sessions might offer you. With Wendy Hickey. Free. Ferncrest Yoga Center, 90 Warwick Ave, Cranston. To reserve a spot: 401-463-7069. HPH Parents’ Grief Support Group – 7-9pm. Helping Parents Heal is a national organization offering support and healing for parents who have lost a child at any age from any cause. Led by Joy Quinn Blum. Free. Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, Providence. 401-258-3952. Yoga for Golfers – 7:30-9pm. Learn how yoga can improve your golf game. Yoga can increase your strength, flexibility, and range of motion. Join us. With Amy Hagan. $20 pre-registered, $25 drop-in. Focus Yoga, 63 Cedar Ave, Ste 10, E Greenwich.

Wednesday, March 27

Abraham-Hicks Discussion Group – 7:45-9pm. You activate a vibration in you. Law of Attraction responds with wanted or unwanted experience. Discuss these and more profound ideas about how we create our own reality. $5 suggested donation. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081.

Natural Ways to Manage Allergies – 6:307:30pm. Do you know there are supplements that help deal with allergies, congestion, sinus problems, cough, etc.? Call to attend the talk with nutritional consultant. RSVP by Mar 25. Free to attend. Cumberland Family Chiropractic LLC, 2333 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-334-0535.

Friday, March 29

Heart Openers: Half-Day Workshop – 9:30am12:30pm. Discover true heart opening. Learn Svaroopa® yoga poses to help you access the true fullness of your heart. For full program description see website. $65, pre-registration required. Karobi Sachs, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319.

Neck & Shoulders: Half-Day Workshop – 9:30am-12:30pm. Your neck and shoulder pain is just the tip of the iceberg. Address the cause of your neck and shoulder pain through deep core opening starting at your tailbone. With Natalie Schiffer. $65, pre-registration required. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-578-9182.

Introduction to Svaroopa® Yoga – 6-7:30pm. Learn about a user-friendly yoga that unravels the deepest tensions in your body: no strain, no sweat. Bring your questions and concerns to this free intro. With Natalie Schiffer. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-578-9182. Last Friday Gong Healing Meditation – 7:309pm. End your week with deep relaxation and peace as the healing sounds of the gongs and Tibetan singing bowls wash over and around you. Joy Quinn Blum of Gongs of Joy. $20. Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, E Providence. 401-258-3952.

Saturday, March 30

Midwifing the Great Turning – 10am-4pm. Work that reconnects. Paradigm-shifting, life-affirming experiential deep ecology workshop. Revive our interconnected passion for social and ecological healing. $50. Dance & Drum Ecological Awakening, 1 Hamlin St, Providence. 401-497-5968. Yin, Yoga & Meditation – 12:30-3:30pm. Miniretreat, incorporating gentle standing practice to find energy flow, and Yin floor work to deeply ground you in the body. For new students and long-time practitioners. $39. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081. World Dance for Moms & Babies – 12:45-2pm. Moms dance to Latin American and African rhythms with babies safely in a wrap. Babies experience the brain-maturing power of rhythmic movement while being close to mom. $16/ drop-in, 80 for 6 week series. Motion Center, 111 Chestnut St, Providence. 401-654-6650.

Sunday, March 31

Sunday Sound Bath & Meditation Group – 10am12pm. Discussion of metaphysical and holistic health topics followed by a period of meditation, and concluding with a gong bath. Led by Joy Quinn Blum of Gongs of Joy. Free. Be Healthy & Fit Studios, 1130 Ten Rod Rd, Bldg D, Ste 103, N Kingstown. 401-258-3952. Last Sunday Gong Healing Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Come relax and find peace within as the healing sounds of the gongs and Tibetan singing bowls wash over and around you. Joy Quinn Blum of Gongs of Joy. $20. Be Healthy & Fit Studios, 1130 Ten Rod Rd, Bldg D, Ste 103, N Kingstown. 401-258-3952.

Monday, April 1

Intro to Structural Bodywork – 9am-5pm. This 2-day class will teach you how to recognize patterns in your client’s structure and offer effective solutions using deep tissue, movement work and dialogue. 16 CEs. $300. Rolf Bodyworks, 321 Valley View Rd, Sterling, CT. 860-617-1234. Reiki + Food Energetics – 9:30am-4:30pm. Explore your natural healing ability. Join Reiki Master Myra Partyka and Health Coach Lynne Donahue for Reiki 1 training and exploration of healing foods. $150 full day including Reiki attunement. Fresh Plate Health, 660 Main St, E Greenwich. 401-884-1114.

Thursday, April 11

Sacred Stone Facial & Ayurvedic Beauty – Apr 11 & 12. 10am-5pm. Learn about heated and chilled stones, crystals, marma points, sacred oils and honey mask. Free stones during guided harvest. CEs available. $275. SAMA, 79 Thames St, Newport. 877-832-1372.

Saturday, April 13

Hypnotherapy Certification – 9am-6pm. Also Apr 14, 10am-6pm. 4 weekends. Intensive training, balancing lecture, demonstration and hands-on drills, you will learn the fundamentals of hypnosis and how to utilize it as a valuable adjunct to your existing skills. $1,550; $1,400 by Apr 2. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

Monday, April 15

Registered Ayurvedic Health Counselor Program – Apr 15-18. 10am-5pm. A 21-month Level 1 Program meeting the 3rd weekend (4 days) each month. Approved by the National Ayurvedic Medical Association. S.A.M.A. is a consciousness-based school inspired by the matrix of science and art, where ancient wisdom meets modern medicine. $290/month. SAMA, 79 Thames St, Newport. 877-832-1372.

Sunday, April 21

Purna Meditation – 1-3:30pm. Are you curious about meditation? Learn techniques to center the energy of the mind, awaken the heart center and surround the body with light and love. With Jude Monteserrato. $35 pre-registered, $40 drop-in. Focus Yoga, 63 Cedar Ave, Ste 10, E Greenwich.

Monday, April 22

Introduction to Marma Therapy – 10am5pm. Activating marma points allows light and prana into the body, transforming the biochemistry of the physiology. CEs available. $155. SAMA, 79 Thames St, Newport. 877-832-1372.



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Spring Women’s Discovery Weekend – Apr 2628. A full program designed to create a personal spiritual practice that supports your daily life. A beautiful weekend in a beautiful setting. See website for discounts. $399. Canonicus, Exeter. 401-286-5259.

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Sacred Stone Massage Therapy Certification – 10am-5pm. Also May 18 & 19. Includes stone layouts, gliding, spinning, edging and flipping techniques designed to anchor the first and second chakra and directing energy towards the “terminal ends” of the body. Free stones during guided harvest. $375. SAMA, 79 Thames St, Newport. 877-832-1372.

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Yoga for Peace at the Mediator – 9:30-10:30am. Eclectic melding of Kripalu, viniyoga, Vinyasa, restorative yoga and Buddhist meditation. Each class is different. Shake up your practice with new techniques. $10 donation suggested. Yoga for Peace, 50 Rounds Ave, Providence. Ananda: Sunday Satsang – 10am-12pm. Join us Sunday mornings for meditation, chanting, inspiration and satsang (fellowship) and veggie potluck lunch. Teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. All welcome. Be in joy. Donation. Ananda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-524-4766. Open Meditation – 10am-12pm. Weekly open sitting meditation with beginning chants, then sitting and walking meditation. Drop-in any time during session. Instruction offered at 10am. All welcome. Optional donation. Shambhala Meditation Center of Providence, 541 Pawtucket Ave, 2nd Fl, Pawtucket. 401-270-5443.


Now offering Reiki Treatments – 8am-4pm. Reiki is a non-invasive form of energy healing that treats the body, mind, spirit and emotions giving you an overall feeling of well-being. Reg $35, now 20% off with ad. $28 for 1 hr. Under The Sun Meditation Center, 31B Bridge St, Newport. 401-339-6092. Meditation for All – 11am-12pm. Meets every other Monday for beginners and others. Moving through basics to higher consciousness with breath and guided meditations. Connect to your inner self and feel peace. With Jackie Van Dusen. $10. Light Soul Therapy, Woodbine Rd, Wakefield. 401-284-0363. Spring Renewal: 7-Day Detox Program – 4:305pm. Try our simple detox program. Great way to break cravings and feel more energized as you put an extra “spring” into your step. Call for appointment. $49/phone consultation + detox instruct. Fresh Plate Health, 660 Main St, E Greenwich. For appt: 401-884-1114. Zumba – 6-7pm. No dance experience needed, just a willingness to move and have fun. $5. Stage Right Studio, 68 S Main St, Woonsocket.

Beginner Pilates Mat – 6:30-7:30pm. Classes offer a full-body workout utilizing all the fundamental movements and basic Pilates exercise principles. $14/drop-in, packages available to save. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, Rear parking lot of Lincoln Mall. 401-335-3099. Peace Circle – 6:30-7:30pm. Help heal our planet through prayer and love. Trans-denominational celebration. All are welcome to take part in personal and global transformation. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-580-5800. Heart of Recovery – 7-8:30pm. Weekly Mindfulness Meditation and 12-Step meeting and discussion. All recovery and meditation traditions, and beginners, are welcome to share experience, strength, hope. Optional donation. Shambhala Meditation Center of Providence, 541 Pawtucket Ave, 2nd Fl, Pawtucket. 401-270-5443. Providence. Deeksha Oneness Blessing – 7-9pm. 2nd & 4th Monday. Open the heart, heal relationships, quiet the chatter of the mind, and initiate a process of Awakening into Oneness where there is no longer a sense of separateness. Donation. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Pl, Providence. 401-270-5443.


Healthy U, Fitness + Nutrition – 8:30-9:30am. Trying to get into a steady fitness and weight management routine? Join our fun weekly class that includes fitness and nutrition consultations all in one program. $129 for 4. Fresh Plate Health, 660 Main St, E Greenwich. 401-884-1114. Fresh Connections Networking – 9-10:30am. Every other Tuesday. Using the power of womenonly networking to discover, reveal, focus and unleash the amazing strengths hidden within every women. With Susan Lataille. First 2 visits free. Tamarisk Assisted Living, 3 Shalom Dr, Warwick. 401-769-1325. Svaroopa Yoga Class – 4-5:30pm. Very gentle, deeply healing style. Focus is on releasing the tight muscles along the spinal column for a related release in the body and mind. Pre-registration necessary. $124/series of 8, $19/drop-in. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, N Providence. 401-742-8020.


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VBarre – 5-6pm. Designed to tone, trim, and transform the body with a fusion of ballet barre, Pilates and resistance training. This class provides calorieblasting cardio. $14/drop-in, packages available to save. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, Rear parking lot of Lincoln Mall. 401-335-3099. Zumba – 6-7pm. No dance experience needed, just a willingness to move and have fun. $5. Stage Right Studio, 68 S Main St, Woonsocket. Reiki Share Circle – 7-8:30pm. An evening of shared Reiki brings you to a place of peace and relaxation where the healing Reiki energy encourages you to let go, and bring about balance from within. $10. Village Wellness Center, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 941-2310. Providence Laughter Club – 7:30-8:30pm. 2nd & 4th Tuesdays. Explore, nourish and share intentional laughter as a means of cultivation wellness, healing, playfulness and connection in ourselves and our communities. Free; donations appreciated. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Pl, Providence. 401-270-5443.


Hatha Yoga – 9:15-10:30am. Class helps to develop balance, strength and flexibility and awaken your body awareness. Taught by a certified yoga teacher. $14/drop-in, packages available to save. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, Rear parking lot of Lincoln Mall. 401-335-3099. Yin & Yang Yoga – 3:45-5pm. A mixed-level, slow flowing Vinyasa class with deep attention to mindful alignments of body, mind and heart. With Jen Thomas. $15. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Pl, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443. RSVP: Wintertime Farmers’ Market – 4-7pm. Featuring a variety of locally produced goods, including vegetables, jams, jellies, artisan breads and pastries, breads, chocolates, and much more. Free. Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main St, Pawtucket. Kripalu Yoga – 4:30-5:30pm. Simple yoga for regular people. Improve your balance, strength, and flexibility without taking it too seriously. No outrageous poses. You will feel peaceful and energized. $14/drop-in, $20/2 new students. Village Wellness Center, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-941-2310.

Get Back in Your Skinny Jeans – 5:30-6:45pm. Holistic nutrition program. Learn to stop dieting and lose weight in a healthy, permanent manner, without giving up tasty foods. $75 for workshop, includes food demo. Fresh Plate Health, 660 Main St, E Greenwich. To register: 401-884-1114.


Individual and Small Group Yoga – 6:30-8pm. Yoga classes that feature gentle poses which release spinal tension and promote a sense of emotional wellbeing. Call or email to reserve your spot. $15 private, $12 group. Fresh Plate Health, 660 Main St, E Greenwich. 401-884-1114.

Zumba with Dr. Cathy – 6-7pm. No dance experience needed, just a willingness to move and have fun. $5. Stage Right Studio, 68 S Main St, Woonsocket. Rainbow Vinyasa – 6-7:30pm. This fluid and challenging yoga class in Kent’s unique style relieves stress and builds optimum health. LGBT students and allies with an established yoga practice welcome. $13/drop-in; $12/pre-paid online. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081. Svaroopa Yoga Class – 6-7:30pm. Very gentle, deeply healing style. Focus is on releasing the tight muscles along the spinal column for a related release in the body and mind. Pre-registration necessary. $124/series of 8, $19/drop-in. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, N Providence. 401-742-8020.

Thursday Svaroopa Yoga Class – 9:45-11:15am. Very gentle, deeply healing style. Focus is on releasing the tight muscles along the spinal column for a related release in the body and mind. Pre-registration necessary. $124/series of 8, $19/drop-in. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, N Providence. 401-742-8020. Fluid Fitness™ – 11am-12pm. Sedentary, rehabbing, or seeking gentle, effective “exercise?” Reclaim your birthright to move like water and enhance your health. Slow aging, “swim” on land, feel free. $12, $10/seniors. Soulistic Arts – Focus Yoga, 63 Cedar Ave, Ste 10, E Greenwich. 401-826-2020.

Group Energy Healing – 7-9pm. 2nd & 4th Fridays. Experience powerful healing energy from intuitive healer Kim Testa. Come experience why this is such a popular event. $20. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Pl, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443. RSVP: Basic Flow Shanti Yoga – 6-7:30pm. For beginner and advanced students. Liz explores breath, flexibility and range of motion so you experience a place of deep inner calm as you build a solid yoga foundation. $13/drop-in; $12/pre-paid online. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081. Medical Qigong – 6:15-7:15pm. Registration is open for the spring session of Medical Qigong classes with Master Wen-Ching Wu; coauthor of Qigong Empowerment. Learn to strengthen and balance your energy. $210/12 wks. The Way of The Dragon, 877 Waterman Ave, E Providence. 401-435-6502. Hatha Yoga – 7-8pm. Beginners always welcome to a gentle guided class which encourages you to breath, relax, and feel. Slow down the pace of life with this traditional relaxing practice. $14/drop-in, $20/2 new students. Village Wellness, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 941-2310. Zumba – 7-8pm. No dance experience needed, just a willingness to move and have fun. $5. Stage Right Studio, 68 S Main St, Woonsocket.

Fibromyalgia Informational class - 11:30am12pm. Also 5-5:30pm. Classes will cover fibromyalgia symptoms and treatments, nutrition, basic stretching, the role of stress management, headaches, appropriate supplementation and why.

Hatha Yoga – 7-8:15pm. Mixed levels, beginners always welcome. New student specials 2 for $20; $14/drop-in, $72/6. Village Wellness Center & Heart in Hand, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-941-2310.

Healers Group – 12:30-2:30pm. Weekly gathering of healers to share latest techniques and insights, to practice on or with each other and to help with distance healing cases. Brown bag lunch and circle. Free; donations appreciated. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Pl, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443.

Meditation Class – 7-8:15pm. Deepening Somatic Consciousness. Walking meditation in addition to guided experiences working with consciousness in the body, connecting with the earth and cultivating unconditional presence. $14, $70/prepaid for 6. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Pl, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443.


Create Your Own Meditation Group – 8-9am. Meditate together with your friends/family using guided breath control, sound and visualization. Minimum group size 4. Monday-Friday groups also available by appointment. With Robert Arnold. $10/person. Under The Sun Meditation Center, 31B Bridge St, Newport. 401-339-6092. Ananda: Meditation & Chanting – 9-10am. Start the weekend in the peace and joy of guided meditation and chanting. Join Kelly & Friends. All Welcome. Donation. Meet at: 494 Anaquatucket Rd, N Kingstown. 401-667-7315. More info: Ananda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-524-4766. Kripalu Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. Improve your balance, strength, and flexibility without taking it too seriously. No outrageous poses. You will feel both peaceful and energized in this guided practice. $14/drop-in, $20/2 new students. Village Wellness, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-941-2310. Zumba – 9:30-10:30am. No dance experience needed, just a willingness to move and have fun. $5. Stage Right Studio, 68 S Main St, Woonsocket. Wintertime Farmers’ Market – 10am-1pm. Featuring a variety of locally produced goods, including vegetables, jams, jellies, artisan breads and pastries, breads, chocolates, and much more. Free. Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main St, Pawtucket. Beginner Tai Chi – 12-1pm. Registration is now open for the beginning 24 Posture Tai Chi 12-week spring session. Flexible class times also include Thursday at 7:30pm and Wednesday at 1pm. $210/12 wks. The Way of The Dragon, 877 Waterman Ave, E Providence. 401-435-6502.

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Karyn Chabot, D.Ay., MS, LMT 79 Thames St., Newport, RI 877-832-1372 Ayurveda recognizes 4 stages of imbalance before a Western doctor can give a diagnosis. Using pulse analysis, Vedic astrology, and tongue analysis, I can gain insights about your constitution and current health conditions. This is a transformative, unique educational experience for people who are ready to create the life they were born to live. See ad on page 10.


Jessica Albernaz, MS, CAC Serving RI and MA 860-558-3988 Ayurveda is an ancient system of holistic medicine from India. It is completely natural, relying on diet, lifestyle, yoga and herbs to treat mental/physical imbalances. Achieving balance in body and mind strengthens immunity and activates the body’s natural healing power. As a Certified Ayurvedic Consultant, I can help you determine your own personal balance and provide natural treatments to help you achieve it.

Community Ayurvedic Herbalist

Jessica Ferrol, Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, PKS, E-RYT Community Ayurvedic Wellness & Education Center 39 Broad Street, Pawcatuck, CT Women and Infants Integrative Wellness Center 33 Valley Rd, Middletown, RI 401-323-4638 Our intention is to bring the natural healing wisdom of Ayurveda to  you, your loved ones and our communities. Through one-onone consultation, herbal supplements &  workshops,  our services are for anyone wanting to feel healthier, stronger and more content with life. Ayurvedic and Herbal Consultation services offered.


Dr. Belinda Mobley Briarwood Plaza 30 Olney St, Seekonk, MA 508-336-0408 Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. At Mobley Family Chiropractic we use gentle but specific chiropractic techniques to locate and remove the barriers to true health and have a variety of options to assist you on the Rd to better health and vitality. See ad on page 23.

New Horizon Chiropractic & Wellness Dr. Misty Kosciusko 934 East Main Rd Portsmouth, RI 401-683-6430 New Horizon Chiropractic & Wellness utilizes a whole body holistic approach to assist your healthcare needs! Dr. Kosciusko prides herself in educating her patients on the root cause of their physical ailments, at the same time providing exceptional quality of care to assist in pain relief with long standing results. See ad on page 37.

COLON HYDROTHERAPY Inner Health Colon Hydrotherapy Lori DeLang, I-ACT Certified Colon Hydrotherapist 450 Chauncy St, at Rtes. 95, 495 & 106 Mansfield, MA 508-261-1611 loridelang@comcaStnet

Cleanse your colon with privacy and dignity, using the premier Angel of Water system. The large intestine (colon) is cleansed by instilling purified water into the lower bowel through a disposable nozzle. The water initiates natural

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movement of the colon to eliminate waste. You remain in control of the flow of water at all times. Remember: The Rd to Good Health is Paved with Good Intestines! See ad on page 50.

COUNSELING THE HEART OF HEALING 81 Station St. Coventry, RI 401-828-5065

Making the decision to ask for help overcoming emotional problems and addiction can be a difficult one. Rachael Smith, RN, MA, CRC, LCMHC, and Certified Sex Addictions Therapist candidate helps clients by combing Eastern and Western modalities. She specializes in treating anxiety, grief, trauma and addiction. Rachael’s unique practice blends mind-body practices (yoga, bioenergetics, meditation, chakra psychology) and the creative arts with traditional talk therapy. A group for female partners of sex addicts is currently forming. See ad on page 18.

DEPTH HYPNOSIS fireseed center for transformation Katharine A. Rossi 194 Waterman Street, Providence, RI 401-924-0567

Holistic counseling using hypnosis to access root causes of imbalance and shamanic techniques to connect you to your own power. Depth hypnosis works with your inner wisdom to heal and create lasting change. Office and phone sessions available.

energy healing LIGHT SOUL THERAPY Wakefield, R. I. 401-284-0363

Working to release layers of disillusion, dis-content and dis-ease, using the deep healing energies of RECONNECTIVE HEALING* THE RECONNECTION*SACRED STONE THERAPY* CUPPING, private SELF MASTERY sessions and MEDITATION gatherings, the body/mind begins its transformation to heath and wholeness. Call today for a FREE 20 min. consult, I would love to speak with you. See website for more info.

Esthetician 360 FACE MIND BODY

Michelle Maynard 99 Frenchtown Rd, East Greenwich, RI 401-886-1936 • Offering facials and skin care products that are free of artificial fragrances, preservatives, parabens, sulfates, dyes, fillers and talc. 360 uses product lines with natural plant-based ingredients including Farmaesthetics and Jane Iredale Mineral makeup. Michelle is certified in Clinical Oncology Esthetics®, so she can provide safe, personalized spa treatments to individuals undergoing cancer treatment and those with health-challenged skin. See ad on page 13.

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Massage Envy Spa 1000 Division St East Greenwich, RI 401-336-2900

Christine McCullough, MA

Massage Envy Spa has partnered with Dr. Murad, of Murad International, to create four signature facials. Sun damage, acne blemishes, reducing signs of aging, or calming sensitive skin, we have a facial designed for you. Full consultation to ensure that you are receiving the treatment that is best suited for your skin care needs. Appointments are available 7 days a week, including evenings. See ad on page 3.

Newport, RI 401-847-6551 Let me help you move through times of transition and transformation in your life. I offer integrative, holistic insights and solutions customized to your needs. Holistic Tarot, Spiritual Astrology, Energy Healing, Reiki II, Body Talk, Ear Coning, Life Coach, Non-denominational Celebrant.

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Fresh Face Skincare Center @ Avalon

Debby Votta 1221 Reservoir Ave, Cranston, RI 401-944-4601 • My philosophy has always been that everyone should love and be proud of how their skin looks and feels. At the young age of 50, my skin has never looked so flawless and so fresh. I look forward to sharing my love and knowledge of the skin care profession to make that happen for YOU! See ad on page 13.

Resources for holistic daily living! Search the Chamber of Commerce Directory for holistic practitioners and merchants. Browse the Library articles and audios. Bookmark the Calendar for “must see” holistic events and more! Join today. It’s free. Own a business? Join the National Holistic Chamber of Commerce™ at

S.A.M.A. School for Allied Massage & Ayurveda Karyn Chabot, D.Ay., MS, LMT 79 Thames St., Newport, RI 877-832-1372

green cleaning eco-friendly cleaning service

by Ellen Champlin Residential Home & Office Cleaning North Kingstown and Surrounding Areas 401-742-1669 or 401-884-1295 Long term health concerns for your family and pets, along with environmental pollution are dramatically reduced with use of chemically free cleaning products. We are dedicated to helping protect you and your loved ones in your home, office and the environment by using non-toxic cleaning products. Chemical-free cleaning improves indoor air-quality by reducing harmful gases and the ill effects of conventional cleaning agents. Call or visit our website for more info.

health food store NATURE’S GOODNESS 510 East Main Rd Middletown, RI 401-847-7480

For 26 years we have been providing the finest quality Natural & Organic  Whole Foods, Nutritional Products, Body Care, Athletic Supplements, Natural Pet Care and Healthful Information in a fun, comfortable and inspirational environment.  We are open daily.  Please visit our website for a wealth of information. See ad on page 40.

Based on a Vedic form of astrology, numerology and sacred symbols, I can see very specific details of your past, present and future. Together, we can enliven your life’s purpose, understand why have met certain people, and determine events that may occur regarding career, money, love and health. Receive practical ideas for how to become healthier and more radiantly happy. See ad on page 10.

holistic wellness center Positive New Beginnings

877 BRdway East Providence, RI 401-432-7195

Reiki, Meditation, Spiritual Counseling, Law of Attraction Coaching, Angel Therapy, Crystal Healing, Yoga, Massage, Acupuncture, Theta Healing, Psychic Readings, Angel &Tarot Cards, Past Lives, Reflexology, Workshops, Magick Classes, Weddings, Moon Ceremonies, Psychic Parties, gifts, stones, herbs, Room Rentals. Sunday ~ First Spiritualist Church of RI -Come feel the positive vibe! See ad on page 30.


A wonderful resource for filling your workshops, seminars and other events.

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human potential center The Alive Academy 545 Pawtucet Ave 401-305-3959

The ALIVE Academy is New England's Only Human Potential Center located in Providence, Rhode Island. Specializing in: Biofeedback, Weight Loss, Thyroid, Hormones, Anti-Aging, Nutrition, Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Acupuncture Facelifts, Cellular Healing & all other Wellness needs! Call today to book your appointment 401-305-3959 or visit TheALIVEAcademy. com See ads on pages 2 & 17.


John Koenig, Board Certified Hypnotist 110 Jefferson Blvd Warwick, RI 401-374-1890

Need to lose weight and keep it off? Stop smoking? Learn to relax? Make other changes in the way you think, act or feel? Hypnosis can help. You will be amazed at how a few hypnosis sessions can make the impossible possible. Start by visitng my website. Then call for an appointment or to set up a free introductory consultation. And start turning possibilities into realities.

manual lymph drainage POLLY C. JIACOVELLI, LMT, CLT, LANA 120 Wayland Ave, Suite 6 Providence, RI 401-273-4448

Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD™)  can assist with cleansing and detoxifying via  the lymphatic system, and help support the immune system, reduce pain, swelling and, perhaps most importantly, relax the sympathetic nervous system. Polly Jiacovelli has been treating patients with MLD™ for over 20 years. Find out more how MLD can help Lymphedema, Lipedema and is said to be one of the best holistic beauty treatments. See ad on page 37.

meditation zen community center 50 Dunnell Ln Pawtucket, RI 02860 401-213-9784

Old and new meet under the guidance of a Reiki 4 Shihan. Gain immediate relief from anxiety, depression, grief, pain, loneliness, stress, anxiety and general distress. Discover meaning. Individual and group sessions available. Most feel relief after one session, 4 to 6 provide a firm foundation. Come discover your life.

naturopathic physicians Sheila M. Frodermann, MS, ND, DHANP, CCH

interfaith minister INTERFAITH MINISTER Rev. Natalia de Rezendes Slatersville, RI 401-766-8316

Create the Wedding ceremony of your heart’s desire with Rev. Natalia! Whether it be traditional or nontraditional or an Interfaith marriage. All types of love unions welcomed! Rev. Natalia co-creates ceremonies with you and enhances the beauty of your traditions: weddings, baby christenings and namings, seasonal healing rituals, memorials and funerals.

life & business coaching INSPIRED LIVING

The world needs you to be yourself. Are you looking for more meaning and purpose in your life? Let us help you live the life you were meant to.  Through honoring the whole (mind, body & spirit), we offer affordable coaching, education, inspiration, connection and creative exploration.  


Rhode Island Edition

Providence Wholistic Healthcare 144 Waterman St, Providence, RI 401-455-0546 • Holistic family health care providing diet, nutrition and lifestyle coaching, herbal & homeopathic medicines toward optimizing health and wellness naturally - for all. Naturopathic doctor - Certified Classical Homeopath - Bowen practitioner. See ad on page 23.

Keri Layton, N.D.

111 Chestnut St, Providence, RI Also at All That Matters, Wakefield, RI 401-536-4327 • Naturopathic medicine at its beSt Diet and nutrient therapy, herbal medicine, NAET, homeopathy. Safe and effective treatments for men, women and children of all ages.

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Nature Cures Naturopathic Clinic

Dr. Cathy Picard, N.D. 250 Eddie Dowling Hwy, North Smithfield, RI 401-597-0477 • Whole-person health care for the entire family using safe and effective natural medicines. Meeting your health care needs with homeopathy, herbal medicine, nutrition and biotherapeutic drainage. Focus includes pediatrics and childhood developmental issues including autism and ADHD.

organic HAIR SALON Elaine Hewitt

Master Colorist/Stylist Barrington, RI 401-273-7005 • Let your imagination go— naturally! A full service salon that’s Certified organic for hair color, straightening/relaxing, permanent wave. No Ammonia, parabens, plastics or Thioglycolates. Call today for an appointment! Like me on FB. 50% Off all new clients.

pet foods Pet Foods Plus 30 Gooding Ave Bristol, RI 401-253-2456 Toys, treats, shampoo, leashes, cat litter or food of all kinds, Pet Foods Plus has it. High quality customer service, offering a full supply of food and accessories for dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, rabbits, fish and even livestock. We also sell fish, small mammals, reptiles and birds. Stop by for quality products at affordable prices! See ad on page 50.

reiki Pathways to Healing Bobbie Schaeffer Warwick, RI 401-287-4093

Find loving guidance on your healing path with Reiki treatments and classes. Calm your spirit and achieve positive energy through group work in meditation and affirmations. Discover the answers you are seeking through Angel Card Messenger readings.


Paul A. DiSegna 401-736-6500 • Are you feeling stuck, stressed or disconnected? I will assist you in releasing energy blocks and guide you to experience the comfort and peace that comes with power and soul retrieval.  “My intension is to improve my client’s health and well being.” Call for your appointment today. See ad on page 18.

therapeutic massage Innisfree Body Works

18 Post Rd Pawtuxet Village, Warwick, RI 401-461-3788

classifieds Office Space. Room available Full or PartTime within a holistic health center in East Greenwich. Rent includes: wi-fi, utilities, web presence, some advertising and shared voicemail box. Call 401-398-2933, Jewel Sommerville, D,Ac., voicemail #1 for more information.

Founder of Innisfree, David Walsh has been practicing massage therapy for more than 14 years. His hands speak multiple languages, and still he feels it all comes down to instinct and touch. His spiritual intentions and focus in deep tissue create a love for giving thorough treatments. Gift Certificates available. Call for yours today!

Professional Rental Space Available. A must see in Johnston. Rent negotiable. Contact Cheryl @ 486-0033.

It’s Your Body’s Symphony

2051 Plainfield Pike Johnston, RI 401-464-6100

massage therapy Treatment room available for rent within an established chiropractic office. Quiet room, rest rooms available, on-site parking. Utilities included. Call for details 383-3400

From the moment you step in... You feel the difference Offering various therapeutic massage modalities, Reiki, Cupping, Facials. Your table is waiting for you! We are who you have been searching for all this time. See ad on page 51.

FOR sale Updated, mixed-use bldg in N. Prov. Unlimited poss! Bright, 2-level, easily accessible from all points; ample parking, central/ air, fireplace, Jacuzzi bath, large kitchen, hardwoods, open floor-plan. Great for live/work or rental income. Call Ted 401-286-4496.

Jane McGinn, BA, LMT

459 Sandy Ln, Warwick, RI 401-450-4172 Jane’s massage style incorporates relaxing Swedish strokes and deeper pressure as needed. Her techniques loosen tight muscles and bring about a sense of well being mentally, emotionally, physically. Her work has helped those new to massage as well as those familiar with massage, including therapists and practitioners. New clients are encouraged to experience Jane’s warm, friendly approach and excellent results.

cathryn moskow, lcmt

145 Waterman St, Providence, RI 401-808-0837 10,000+ massages of experience". Stress buster! "Best of Boston" Muscular therapy for pain relief, rehab/chronic restriction + movement work, age-related issues, injury work, your goals + aaahhh. Experience a blend of Deep Tissue, Swedish, Biodynamics, Reiki. Medicinal grade essential oils included FREE. Give a gift of a Gift Certificate. Call for an appointment.

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DISTRIBUTORS – Become an Acaiberri distributor. Health and nutrition interests preferred, but not required. Selling is also a plus. Potential distributors can contact Angelo at 401-497-0740, or email Visit for more information.

We provide much more than products, services and education. We provide the tools you need to optimize your health in a comfortable environment. We care. See ad on page 33.

R olf S tructural I ntegra tion, Therapeutic Bodywork, Thai massage, NCBTMB accredited Thai massage classes.  Located off Rte. 6 in Sterling, CT.  It’s worth the trip! 860-617-1234,


Distribution Site – Offer your patrons the opportunity to pick up their monthly copy of Natural Awakenings magazine at your business location, and promote your events for free with 2 calendars listings a month. Contact YOUR WISH IS YOUR COMMAND! Learn some Secrets to release YOUR own GENIE. Power to Create Money, Wealth, Health, Love Relationships, and MORE! For Your FREE CD - CALL 401-500-5845.

Real Estate Buying or selling real estate RI or MA? Ed Morris, a Realtor & Coach with 30 years experience, can guide you on your journey. Call for a free 1 hour consultation. Eaglemax Realtors, Cranston 401.474.9650 or

wanted WANTED: ORGANIC FARMLAND TO LEASE NOW Looking for 2 acres of organic farmland in RI to lease. Call Janice at 401-316-7522.

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Village Wellness Center Heart in Hand Massage Therapy 422 Post Rd, Warwick, RI 401-941-2310

A holistic wellness center featuring Yoga instruction therapeutic massage, skin care and hair removal, Reiki, Karate, Belly Dancing and Acupuncture. Located 5 minutes from the airport and Providence in Historic Pawtuxet Village. We believe in a hands-on approach to health. Our 9 massage therapists, acupuncturist, skin care professional and instructors will help you feel your beSt Online scheduling available at See ad on page 15.


Marie Bouvier-Newman 2374 Mendon Rd, Cumberland, RI 401-405-0819 •




Maria Sichel, RYT, CSYT 2155 Diamond Hill Rd Cumberland, RI 02864 401-305-5319 Specializes in Svaroopa® yoga, which is remarkably easy to do, and offers group classes and private yoga therapy. Through easy angles with lots of support, learn to release the deep tensions in your body.  If you have back issues, neck and shoulder problems, or are looking to foster a deep sense of well-being, try a series of private sessions tailored to your needs.

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make the green choice.

Choose from 45 yoga classes each week. Enjoy a variety of therapeutic health services. Experience workshops on yoga, meditation, self-care, selfdiscovery and the healing arts. See ad on page 43.


315 Main St • Wakefield, RI 401-782-2126

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