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ne of my favorite things about the summer when I was younger had always been lying in the sun. Whether at the ocean, lake, pool or on a boat, the feeling of warm sun on my skin, a good book, and a soft breeze in the air has long been my idea of paradise. These days, the setting and the warmth of the sun may be the same, but gone is the desire to have the sun directly on my skin. I put chemical free sunscreen on before I even leave the house and wear a hat to further protect my eyes and face from the sun. Where once my friends and I would lie in the dunes at Horseneck Beach covered in baby oil, we now sit around in the shade, compare sun-damaged spots, and share stories about trips to the dermatologist. While sunscreen has been around since the 1960’s, it did not seem to carry anywhere near the importance it does today. Thankfully, there is a much better understanding and education on the subject of how the sun can damage our skin and the risks of skin cancer. There are so many options in sunscreen and sunblock that it can boggle the mind. Because of the impact on our national heath, the FDA has continued to put stricter rules in place for these products. It’s hard to match the healthy look of smooth bronze skin even though it may not really be healthy. For a better way to get that look naturally, see the “Recipe for a Natural Sun-Kissed Glow” on page 26. In our feature editorial “Rethinking Cancer” on page 16, we take a look at some of the alternative approaches to dealing with this scary disease. Reading this article reminded me again of the power of a naturally healthy lifestyle. Regularly nurturing our spiritual and emotional health is just as important as nourishing our body’s health. Together it all helps to prevent disease and position us to live long and happy lives. It’s exciting to see how mainstream western medicine is changing for the better and embracing many of these alternative and integrated approaches. It is a goal that the Natural Awakenings’ holistic community and others have been patiently supporting for more than 20 years as we keep growing and connecting around the world in an expanding force for our collective good. Be well and carry our message.

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imone Lukas-Jogl, a Certified Advanced Rolfer in Providence, attended the 2013 Conference of the European Rolfing Association in Munich, Germany. Conference topics included “The Structural Patterns that Age Us” and “Rolfing Structural Integration as a Process for Identity Formation and Transformation.” Aging typically comes hand in hand with losses in mobilSimone Lukas-Jogl ity, balance and perception. “As we get older, we often lose a certain ‘juiciness’ of life as we get more occupied with little (or big) aches and pains and a general ‘creakiness’ of body and spirit,” says Lukas-Jogl. “But aging is not set in stone. How we age (and how quickly we age) is a very individual process, which we can influence.” Studies have shown that people who are more agile and quick in their movements have a longer life expectancy. Dynamics of gait (variability of stride and speed) is a predictor of well-being and longevity. In her Rolfing practice, Lukas-Jogl works hands-on to release patterns of aging that are embedded in the myofascial system. This restores the body to a more youthful structural state. With subtle movement cues and embodiment activities, which she tailors to each individual client, she helps people improve their balance, develop flexible patterns of perception and orientation and rejuvenate their movement and their appearance. Location: The Motion Center, located at 10 Elmgrove Ave., in Providence. For more information, call 401-725-4783 or visit See ad on page 28.

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ast Greenwich will host the third annual East Greenwich Art Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., August 31 and September 1, at the new NE Tech campus located on Division Road in East Greenwich. The art festival will feature over 140 contemporary American arts and crafts artists along with strolling entertainment, including Rhode Island’s own the Big Nazo. The festival will feature items big and small including jewelry, ceramics, paintings, mixed media, sculpture and home accessories along with festive food and live music. In addition to the juried art and crafts for sale, Festival Fete donates 10 booth spaces to young artists, grades one through 12, to show their work; creates a sculpture with the community at the festival and then donates it back to a local establishment; and has a Creation Station available for children to make crafts for a donation to Art is Smart. “We believe that an art festival should be a family day filled with art, music, creativity and fun,” says Jennifer Neuguth owner of Festival Fete. Their mission is to offer a platform for local artists of various mediums and levels to show their work. In collaboration with community talent, volunteers and sponsors, Festival Fete creates profitable platforms that celebrate locally grown art, food and merriment. Still to come this year is The Wakefield Art Festival on October 8 and The Holiday Market on December 7 and 8. For more information, visit See ad on back cover.

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ew York Times bestselling author and neurosurgeon Dr. Eben Alexander will lead a thought-provoking discussion about afterlife and science at the Watch Hill Chapel from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., August 13, followed by a cocktail recepDr. Eben Alexander tion and book signing at nearby Ocean House. The summer evening fundraiser benefits Literacy Volunteers of Washington County as part of its Joyce S. Ahern Author Series. The acclaimed author writes about his life-changing experience while in a week-long coma beset by a brain infection. His book, Proof of Heaven, has taken him on a national book tour, including appearances on well-known stages with personalities such as Oprah Winfrey. “For many who read Eben Alexander’s Proof of Heaven, it can be a life changing experience,” says Literacy Volunteers executive director, Ruth Tureckova. “For me, the book’s messages were that we are all loved, we are all okay and we need to help each other. The mission of Literacy Volunteers is completely in line with these messages.” The Ocean House in Watch Hill and Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty are partnering with Literacy Volunteers of Washington County to make the evening possible. Cost: $50 for the presentation and an additional $75 for the reception (reception tickets are only available with a presentation ticket). Reservations are required and seating is limited. For more information, call 401-596-9411 or email: To purchase tickets, visit

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team of researchers at the Yale School of Medicine, in New Haven, Connecticut, has found that vaginal birth triggers the expression of a protein, UCP2 (mitochondrial uncoupling protein 2), in the brains of newborns that improves brain development and function in adulthood. It influences neurons and circuits in the hippocampus, the area responsible for memory. The protein is also involved in the cellular metabolism of fat, a key component of breast milk, suggesting that induction of UCP2 by natural birth may aid the transition to breastfeeding. The researchers also found that this protein expression is impaired in the brains of babies delivered by Caesarean section. These results suggest, “The increasing prevalence of Csections, driven by convenience rather than medical necessity, may have a previously unsuspected lasting effect on brain development and function in humans,” observes Tamas Horvath, chair of Yale’s Department of Comparative Medicine.

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ratitude gifts teens with better mental health, according to researchers at California State University. Thankful teens are more apt to be happy and less likely to abuse drugs and alcohol or have behavior problems at school than their less grateful peers. The researchers asked 700 students, ages 10 to 14, to complete questionnaires initially, and again four years later. Teens that reported practicing the most gratitude at the end of the study enjoyed a 15 percent greater sense of meaning in life, became 15 percent more satisfied with their life overall (at home, at school and with their neighborhood, friends and themselves) and grew 17 percent more happy and hopeful about their lives, plus experienced 13 and 15 percent drops in negative emotions and depressive symptoms, respectively. “These findings suggest that gratitude may be strongly linked with life skills such as cooperation, purpose, creativity and persistence,” making it “a vital resource that parents, teachers and others that work with young people should help youth build up as they grow up,” says lead author Giacomo Bono, Ph.D., a psychology professor at California State UniversityDominguez Hills. “More gratitude may be precisely what our society needs to raise a generation that is ready to make a difference in the world.” Source: American Psychological Association’s 120th annual convention


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he Manchester Guardian reports that childbirth experts in the United Kingdom are urging the National Health Service (NHS) to reverse its policy on early clamping and cutting of a newborn’s umbilical cord. A recent Swedish study of 400 full-term infants from low-risk pregnancies published in the British Medical Journal found that delayed cord-clamping at birth resulted in infants being 5 percent less likely of being anemic two days later or iron deficient four months later. The latter problem has been associated with impaired brain development. The practice of separating infants from the placenta within 10 seconds of delivery has been commonplace since the 1960s, as supported by the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, which advises the NHS. However, several doctors, medical organizations and the nonprofit National Childbirth Trust (NCT), plus the World Health Organization, disagree; they advocate leaving the placenta untouched for at least 30 seconds up to whenever it stops pulsating naturally (usually between two to five minutes). Exceptions would be if the baby’s or mother’s health necessitates medical intervention. “At birth, about a third of the baby’s blood is still in his or her cord and placenta,” explains Belinda Phipps, NCT chief executive. Unfortunately, “It is still accepted practice to deprive the baby of this blood.”

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dolescent angst, formerly vented in private “Dear diary” entries, is now shared with others in blogs— with positive effect. According to a recent study published in the journal Psychological Services, interactively engaging with an online community is an effective way for teens to relieve social distress. Researchers recruited 161 teenagers that exhibited some level of social anxiety or stress and asked them to blog, with one group opening their posts to comments. Bloggers that wrote about their problems and allowed readers to respond reported the greatest improvement in mood. The comments on blogs were overwhelmingly positive, offering constructive support.

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staple at amusement parks, fast-food restaurants and kids’ backyard parties, inflatable bounce houses look and sound like a lot of fun—yet can cause problems. “I was surprised by the number of injuries, especially by the rapid increase,” says Dr. Gary A. Smith, lead author of a recent study by the Center for Injury Research and Policy that he founded at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital, in Columbus, Ohio. From fewer than 1,000 injuries sending kids 17 and under to emergency rooms in 1995, the number skyrocketed to nearly 11,000 in 2010. Most injuries result from falls or collisions within the bounce houses or from falling out of them; only 3 percent required a hospital stay. Bounce house injuries are similar to those associated with trampolines, and more than a third of the study injuries involved children 5 and younger. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends against letting children younger than 6 use full-size trampolines, and Smith says barring that age group from even smaller, home-use bounce houses makes sense. In addition, the commission recommends limiting use to fewer bouncers at a time and not allowing younger children to participate at the same time as older kids.

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CANCER A Brave New World of Effective Natural Therapies by Linda Sechrist


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from her headquarters in Richboro, Pennsylvania. The nonprofit organization provides research-based education and counseling on how to prevent, cope with and beat cancer through immune-boosting holistic approaches. Since 1977, it has helped nearly 30,000 cancer patients and more than 50,000 prevention seekers. “Early detection is better than late detection, but it’s not prevention,” says Silberstein, who taught the psychology of health and disease at Pennsylvania’s Immaculata University. “We focus on building up patients—minimizing treatment side effects, enhancing immune system function, improving nutritional status and addressing the reasons for sickness in the first place.” “Conventional medicine never addresses the cause, which is a process that needs to be understood so the individual can turn it off,” elaborates Massachusetts Institute of Technology-trained scientist Raymond Francis, author of Never Fear Cancer Again: How to Prevent and Reverse Cancer. Based on his experience beating cancer and research into cellular biochemistry and molecular biology, he concluded that the disease is a

biological process that affects the entire body, not something that can be cut out, killed or poisoned. “Central to healing and prevention is the elimination of things that fuel the growth of cancer cells, such as sugar, toxins, heavy metals, nutrient-deficient processed foods and an acidic environment in the body,” observes Francis. “Regular exercise, a daily, high-quality multivitamin and detoxification are equally crucial to restoring the body’s biological terrain.” Doctor of Naturopathy Judy Seeger, founder of and host of CancerAnswers. TV and Cancer Winner Radio, recommends both a regular detoxification regimen and ongoing healthy nutritional plan to help maintain a healing alkaline environment. While this helps cleanse the body of environmental toxins, the toxic emotions and stress that produce acid, weaken the immune system and create an environment for cancer to propagate, must also be dealt with. Experts generally agree on a range of basic, commonsense preventive measures that include a low-fat, plant-based diet; aerobic, flexibility and strength exercises; healthy sleep habits; and other stress-reducing activities. “These are basic ingredients for maintaining sound health, and can be crucial toward improving the health of an individual with cancer,” says Dr. Keith Block, the “father of integrative oncology,” and author of Life Over Cancer. He founded The Block Center for Integrative Cancer Treatment, in Skokie, Illinois, that customizes care plans based on each person’s medical, biochemical, physical, nutritional and psychosocial needs.

Nourish Biochemistry

Thousands of cancer patients have outlived their “medical expiration date” by using alternative nontoxic treatments and approaches, many of which are documented in Outsmart Your Cancer, by Tanya Harter Pierce. Lou Dina, a cancer survivor who like Francis, underwent a journey of intensive research, became a patient advocate and authored Cancer: A Rational Approach to Long-Term Recovery. Dina

“When it comes to one’s lifetime risk of cancer, healthy diet and lifestyle choices can make all the difference.” ~ Susan Silberstein, Ph.D., founder and president of the Center for Advancement in Cancer Education speaks at conventions hosted by the Foundation for Advancement in Cancer Therapy (FACT), founded in 1971 by Ruth Sackman. He also appears with other survivors in the FACT documentary based on Sackman’s book, Rethinking Cancer: Non-Traditional Approaches to the Theories, Treatments and Prevention of Cancer. From decades of findings by international clinicians, FACT educates practitioners and patients to view chronic degenerative diseases as systematic malfunctions caused by breakdowns in the balance of body chemistry that are subject to bio-repair. However manifested, they are viewed as correctable and controllable via an individualized program that includes a balanced diet of whole, unprocessed, organic foods—spurred by Gerson therapy that floods the body with organically grown nutrients—supplementation and detoxification. Other key measures involve body temperature therapy, cellular and stem cell therapies and the use of botanicals. “Nutrients in food directly impact the mechanisms by which cancer cells grow and spread,” explains Block. “They also indirectly impact cancer by changing the surrounding biochemical conditions that either promote or inhibit the progression of malignant disease. This is why targeting only tumors is not enough to quash cancer. Conventional cancer therapies almost inevitably leave behind at least a small number of malignant cells. Your internal biochemical terrain plays an integral role in determining whether a tumor will regain a foothold after treatment, metastasize to distant sites or stay where it is without posing a threat.” Block notes that a healthy biochemistry can help prevent unpleasant and possibly life-threatening, complications. An anti-cancer biochemical terrain will even boost a patient’s overall quality of life. At the Block Center, detailed assessments identify disrup-

tions in six defining features of patients’ biochemical terrain—oxidation, inflammation, immunity, blood coagulation, glycemia and stress chemistry. Cancer thrives on terrain disruptions, which also can impair treatment.

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Kathy Bero, founder of NuGenesis Inc., in Stone Bank, Wisconsin, asks, “How many other lives could be saved if doctors prescribed a diet primarily focused on plant-based, angiogenic-inhibiting foods for all cancer patients?” Angiogenesis is the development of new blood vessels. Cancer turns the body against itself by hijacking the angiogenesis process and keeping it permanently activated, ensuring that cancerous cells receive a dedicated, uninterrupted blood supply. “To effectively prevent cancer, inflammation and angio-

genesis need to be controlled before a tumor can get a foothold,” advises Bero. Bero has personally beaten back two unrelated aggressive forms of cancer and credits the angiogenic-inhibiting foods in clinical research at the Medical College of Wisconsin, in Milwaukee, and the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha. Examples include green tea, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, apples, grapefruit, lemons, tomatoes, cinnamon, kale, grape seed oil and pomegranate. “These foods also played a significant role in strengthening my immune system and restoring my overall health, which was radically affected by many rounds of chemotherapy and radiation,” remarks Bero.

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ment approach to create a synergistic response. Teaming up to reduce the tumor burden without harming the patient, re-regulate the cancer to normal healthy tissue and nourish the patient’s recuperative powers is far better than any one approach,” says Quillin. He maintains that restrained medical interventions, appropriate nutrition and naturopathic approaches can bolster nonspecific natural defense mechanisms to reverse the underlying cause of the disease. “Nutrition and traditional oncology treatments are synergistic, not antagonistic, as many oncologists believe,” advises Quillin. Glenn Sabin, founder of FON Therapeutics, similarly suggests that multi-interventional, outcome-based studies, akin to Dr. Dean Ornish’s approach to prostate cancer, could greatly benefit conventional oncology. Sabin recounts his Harvard Medical School-documented remission of advanced leukemia in his upcoming book, N-of-1: How One Man’s Triumph Over Terminal Cancer is Changing the Medical Establishment. Sabin turned to therapeutic nutrition, neutraceuticals, stress reduction and exercise to become a 22-year cancer “thriver” without the aid of conventional therapies. He also emphasizes the importance of the psychological and psychosocial aspects of healing with the cancer patients he coaches. “If you don’t have your head in the game, it’s hard to make anything else work for you,” counsels Sabin.

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Chinese psychiatrist and author of the Secret to Healing Cancer; Dr. Jingduan Yang, a board-certified psychiatrist and founder and medical director of the Tao Institute of Mind & Body Medicine; and Seeger, believe that the mind and spirit play a significant role in healing. “Cancer begins in the spirit and ends up in the body, which is why I recommend that anyone positively diagnosed read the Cancer Report,” remarks Silberstein. Cancer Report, co-written by John R. Voell and Cynthia A. Chatfield, discusses psychoneuroimmunology and the powerful role that the mind, emotions and spirit play in contributing to or resisting disease and healing even the most terminal of cancers ( VoellCancerReport). Yang and Hsu, who also use

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Integrative Naturopathic Oncology: What Is It and How Do Patients Benefit? by Dr. Jody E. Noé

The current model of healthcare is changing when it comes to cancer treatment and healing. Hospitals and facilities are striving for a new standard of care. The Integrative Care Model, an approach that consists of conventional medicine, as well as complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) modalities, is being explored both in research and clinical applications. Care team members collaborate by sharing essential details and collectively determining the best conventional and complementary therapies for an individual’s treatment. This concept also involves patient empowered medicine, an innovative approach that offers patients the power of choice by giving them the information and tools needed to actively participate in their care. Patients are considered central to the process and are encouraged to be fully engaged in decisions concerning their health.

Integrative Care Model

Integrative means to make a whole by bringing all parts together—to unify. Those involved with integrative medicine treat the whole person—mind, body and spirit—which is also the fundamental premise of naturopathic medical education and practice. The application of this concept of medicine, uncommon in the current model, centers around patient education and empowerment. Docere, or doctor as teacher, is one of the fundamental philosophical tenets of naturopathic medicine. An integrative approach to treatment in cancer care may include: nutrition, medical herbalism, counsel-


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ing and physical therapies. All of these are specific to the patient’s diagnosis and chosen in accordance with their current conventional treatment.

Outcomes of the Integrative Model

Integrative partnerships between conventional medical doctors and licensed naturopathic doctors, acupuncturists and other healthcare workers are becoming more available. Such cooperation ensures that the most effective range of therapies is available, while also increasing patient involvement and satisfaction with their healthcare provider relationships. Integrative strategies

are utilized for helping those cancer patients who are undergoing active treatments to fight their cancer, as well as reducing or preventing side effects from the chemo/radiation therapies. The integrative model continues even after the patient has completed their conventional treatments in order to ensure restorative and ongoing wellness.

Integrative Care Model and Cancer Treatment

The assimilation of naturopathic cancer treatment protocols is specific to the patient and the type of cancer diagnosis and in alignment with the current conventional treatment. As previously mentioned, this specificity is not only to assist the patient’s own ability to ward off the cancer, but also to enhance the effect of the conventional treatment while simultaneously reducing any potential side effects. In this model the oncologist works collaboratively with patients and CAM practitioners as part of the standard of care. The many treatments offered can include: Chemotherapy, Radiation, Surgery Naturopathic Medicine Acupuncture Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy Nutrition Pastoral/Spiritual Care PNI (psychoneuroimmunology)

Fundamentals of Cancer Integrative Strategies

Cancer is not a single disease. It is a group of many diseases all characterized by uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells. For cancer to occur, it requires multiple mutations over time: rapid reproduction or hyperplasia; abnormal architecture or dysplasia; changes within the cell (carcinoma in situ); loss of intracellular communication (invasive cancer); or loss of cell adhesion (metastasis). Cancer treatment using an integrative approach involves employing several naturopathic strategies toward the goal of eradicating this disease. The nutritional recommendations (both

dietary and supplemental), medical herbalism, counseling (that encompasses spiritual as well as practical issues) and physical therapies are first line interventions incorporated to optimize patient outcomes in cancer treatment. Naturopathic cancer therapeutics are designed for each specific patient and their particular type of cancer diagnosis and then used in alignment with the conventional treatment protocols. By significantly reducing side effects while enhancing the ability to destroy the cancer, the patient can experience higher quality of life during conventional treatment, as well as improved prognosis and reoccurrence rates.

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How can a medical model empower patients? With a simple promise: Each individual’s healing needs are the focus of a team-centered approach that delivers compassionate and integrative care for mind, body and spirit combined with thorough, clear information about all treatment options. This occurs in a context that honors and respects the patient and their choices and decisions, thereby enabling and empowering individuals. Hospitals and treatment facilities are increasingly seeing the benefits of agreements between each patient and his or her care team. Additionally, they recognize that creating a healing environment with a more home-like atmosphere, compassionate staff and patient-focused treatments helps patients guide their own healing process and healthfulness even long after their medical treatment or hospital stay has ended. Dr. Jody E. Noé joined the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2006 as a full-time faculty member, teaching in academic and clinical settings. She has a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Old Dominion University and a doctorate in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University. Noé currently has a private naturopathic medicine practice in Connecticut and lectures nationally on the topics of herbal medicine and integrative naturopathic cancer treatment. She recently authored The Textbook of Naturopathic Integrative Oncology, available through her website. For more information, visit

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Kid-Smart Supplements The Right Choices Help Children Thrive by Pamela Bond


s youngsters head back to the classroom, parents can get their children off to a smart start by giving them key supplements. Here are some experts’ top picks.

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Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Because the brain’s nerve cell membranes are made of fat, ingesting a healthy fat— DHA—helps them stay lithe and limber enough to successfully fire off neurotransmitters, sharpening kids’ mental abilities. “Attention, focus, processing efficiency, memory—they’re all dependent on cells working effectively, and DHA will help,” says Randall Neustaedter, a doctor of Oriental medicine and author of The Holistic Baby Guide. A contemporary study published in Clinical Pediatrics found that 4-yearolds that ingested 400 mg a day of DHA for four months showed improvement in listening comprehension and vocabulary acquisition skills. Because finding an effective dose of pure DHA (at least 300 mg a day) can be difficult, Dr. Robert Rountree, co-author of Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child, recommends administering liquid fish oil in a daily child’s dose of 800 to 1,500 mg at a ratio of 60 percent eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) to 40 percent DHA. “Anti-inflammatory EPA can help allergies and inflammation from colds and other viruses kids get,” explains Neustaedter. Algae can be a vegetarian substitute for fish oil, Neustaedter continues, but it contains only DHA, not EPA. Another vegetarian option, echium oil, internally converts to EPA at a one-to-


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one level, but not to DHA. Flaxseed oil is mostly alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which converts to DHA and EPA at a rate of only 3 to 7 percent. Phosphatydylserine (PS). This form of fat facilitates communication among brain cells. “It’s a natural substance your brain makes,” notes Neustaedter. Already highly regarded for its ability to enhance memory performance in older adults, it may also improve attention, concentration, learning, behavior and school performance in youngsters. PS is found in small amounts in foods like eggs and soy. Therefore, Neustaedter recommends dietary supplementation of 100 mg a day for children that could use a brain booster. The best PS supplements are made from soy.

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Vitamin D. “It’s my top immune supplement choice for most children,” says Rountree. The vitamin is crucial for triggering the body’s natural immune system to react to and fight off infections. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that daily 1,200 international unit (IU) supplements of vitamin D3 reduced cases of seasonal flu in schoolchildren by more than 40 percent. Neustaedter recommends that school-aged children supplement with 2,000 IU of vitamin D3 a day. Unlike D2, D3 is natural and nontoxic, he says. Probiotics. These “friendly” bacteria help reestablish beneficial intestinal flora to both assist digestion and immunity. “Eighty percent of the immune system is produced in the small intestine,” says Neustaedter. “Having

a healthy small intestine will lead to a healthy immune system. Probiotics will go a long way to accomplishing that.” Rountree recommends children receive a mixture of lactobacilli and bifidobacteria—at least 15 billion colony-forming units a day. A study by an international team published in Pediatrics showed that probiotic supplements may reduce the incidence of fevers, coughs, runny noses and other infections in young children. Elderberry. “If kids get frequent colds, elderberry can be helpful,” notes Neustaedter, who suggests that children take such extracts according to label instructions for acute sickness during the cold and flu season. He considers it a worthy antiviral and immune system stimulant. Elderberry’s immune-boosting potential may be due to its ability to enhance antioxidant activity. Several studies, including one issued by the National Institutes of Health, have shown that black elderberry extract may shorten the duration of a bout of flu.

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Magnesium. “If kids have a hard time turning their minds off and going to sleep, calcium and magnesium will help,” Neustaedter advises. As a calming mineral, magnesium trumps calcium; because kids tend to need more calcium for their bones, the two nutrients are usually given together, adds Rountree. He recommends that children take 100 to 300 mg of magnesium daily, depending on their age and weight. Lemon balm (melissa officinalis). To soothe anxiety, Rountree points to lemon balm as safe and gentle, yet effective. St. Mary’s Hospital, in Madison, Wisconsin, reports that researchers have found that lemon balm, in combination with other herbs like valerian, may ease restlessness, anxiety and sleep disorders. Kids can drink one to two cups of freshly brewed tea daily. For a tasty and convenient option, substitute glycerites; tinctures that use glycerin to extract the active constituents from herbs. Pamela Bond is the managing editor of Natural Foods Merchandiser and former editor-in-chief of Delicious Living magazine.

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Good Food on a Tight Budget Tips to Get Top Value from Each Dollar by Kathleen Barnes


or many, the recent economic downturn has affected the way we shop for food. Even families that cook dinner at home most nights are struggling to afford the ingredients to make healthy meals, says Laura Seman, a senior manager for Cooking Matters, a national program that educates families in need about reaping the most from local food resources. “Putting good food on the family

table on a five-or-six-dollar-a-day per person budget is tough, but it’s possible,” advises Nutritionist Dawn Undurraga, a registered dietitian and coauthor of the Environmental Working Group’s online publication, Good Food on a Tight Budget. “Even eating for one is doable for under $200 a month. When you fill your cart with the foods listed, you’re building health, lowering exposure to agricultural chemicals, protecting the environment and cutting grocery bills.” In considering how consumers can maximize nutritional value in their spending, researchers examined 1,200 foods to help people get beyond the common perception that eating healthy is expensive. “We looked at food prices, nutrients, pesticides, environmental pollutants and artificial ingredients,” says Undurraga. “Then we chose the top 100 or so, based on balancing all of those factors.”

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Tracie McMillan, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, author of the bestselling book, The American Way of Eating, learned how to eat on a tight budget as an undercover journalist. She had to budget for food based on wages working on a farm in California, in the produce department of a Michigan superstore and in a New York City restaurant kitchen. The task was even more difficult because she was determined to eat as healthy as possible. “Time and energy are key ingredients when cooking from scratch,” says McMillan. “I was exhausted after a day spent working these physically demanding jobs and quickly became more apathetic about healthy food than I generally am.”

Without disposable funds for the fast-food route, cooking from scratch was mandatory. She learned how to soak beans overnight, cook a large pot of them and freeze helpings to reheat later. The cost was about 50 cents a meal, compared with $3 for two or three servings from a can. Eggs, brown rice and sweet potatoes became an important—and healthy—part of her weekly diet. McMillan also gained a lasting affection for roasted vegetables, both as part of meals and as snacks. “I just cut up a couple of sweet potatoes, add some

broccoli or beans or whatever is cheap at the supermarket or farmers’ market, toss in a tablespoon of olive oil and I’m set for two or three days,” she says. Also, “I learned to use meat more as a seasoning than as a main course.” Find more tips and pages of recipes at Kathleen Barnes has authored many books on natural health, including Rx from the Garden: 101 Food Cures You Can Easily Grow. Connect at

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e know nothing compares to the sun’s gentle kiss on the skin, that bronze glow we get from spending summer days at the beach. But, sometimes it’s hard to get out of the office long enough to achieve that in the summer. Tanning beds cause premature aging (unless they are infrared tanning beds) and it can be difficult finding the perfect self-tanner. Try this recipe for homemade self-tanner, which utilizes allnatural ingredients and the nourishment of cacao to get a natural bronze glow that makes it look like one has spent days at the beach soaking up some vitamin D. INGREDIENTS: 4 black tea bags 2 cups boiling water Sponge or spray bottle Natural organic body lotion (or pure cacao butter, shea butter or other) Pure cacoa powder INSTRUCTIONS: Bring water to a boil. Add the tea bags to steep. Leave in for 10 to 15 minutes, or until tea is dark and cool enough to touch. In the meantime, take a shower and exfoliate to ensure your skin is oil- and sweat-free. Afterward, make sure skin is completely dry. Stand on something that can get dirty. If using a sponge, drench it in the tea and wipe all over the body. If using a spray bottle, fill it with tea and spray evenly. Let skin air-dry and apply another coat for a deeper shade. Then, mix with cacao powder and a natural organic lotion for a nourishing golden glow to top it off.

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Tea will stain clothes if wet, so make sure the skin is completely dry before dressing. The tan should last three to four days. Anna Scurry is co-director of The Alive Academy, in Pawtucket. For more information, call 401-305-3959 or visit See ads on pages 2 and 15.

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GMOs Threaten Wheat Exports America lags behind the world in limiting, banning or even labeling genetically modified (GE, GM or GMO) crops, and now Japan has suspended some imports from the United States because of the discovery of unapproved GM wheat in Oregon. The European Union is weighing similar action. Serious economic implications stem from the fact that many countries will not accept imports of genetically modified foods, and the U.S. exports about half of its annual wheat crop. The Washington Post reports the presence of GMO wheat on an 80-acre field in Oregon as a mystery. Monsanto tested a similar strain in Oregon between 1994 and 2005, but the product was never approved for commercial use. The strain was identified in the state when a farmer tried clearing a field using Monsanto’s herbicide and discovered that the wheat could not be killed. Blake Rowe, CEO of the Oregon Wheat Commission, says that reductions in Northwest wheat sales would affect farmers in Idaho and Washington as well as Oregon, because the wheat is blended together. Oregon sold $492 million of wheat in 2011; 90 percent of it went overseas.

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Skin as a Mirror of Our Health Stress ➤ Inflammation ➤ Aging by Anna Golub

As a skin care professional, it’s not uncommon to see patients with once beautiful skin battling redness and swelling, often as a result of prolonged emotional and/or physical stress. Inflammation is typically a normal immune response.


t is very important for any skin care specialist to recognize that stress affects the skin and may set off many conditions that we see on a daily basis. For example, a common skin condition like rosacea can be impacted, resulting in a flare-up. When stress affects the immune system, it lowers the body’s white blood cells, making us more susceptible to disease. Other skin diseases like eczema, psoriasis, cold sores and dermatitis could easy to flare up as well. Acne symptoms may also be magnified by stress, particularly in the case of adult acne and especially in premenopausal women. Another sign of stress on the skin is lack of skin tone, dull color and dehydration. Recent studies show that


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chronic stress can lead to an accelerated aging process, dryness and dullness of the skin. This is because it compromises the natural barrier that seals moisture into the skin, decreasing the production of oil and hyaluronic acid that are so essential for the skin’s lubrication. It happens because the body has less ability to repair the collagen and slows the cell turnover process when compromised by stress. When the epidermal barrier is weak, the skin irritants like pollution, allergens and chemicals could easily create the problem and the client could complain of sudden itchiness or severe sensitivity. We have to remember that as a reflection of internal health, skin is trying to warn us by giving these signals—alert-

ing us to deeper problems that we actually don’t see. By ignoring these messages, we can compromise our general health. We can manage the stress in many ways, including yoga, breathing, meditation, massage and acupuncture. Individuals have to choose what is best for them. If the damage is done and the skin needs some help, a comprehensive, multifactorial skin care program with nutrient-dense ingredients in a product, together with natural healing supplements, may be designed by a skincare provider for skin regeneration. Education is also important. Individuals should be well informed about their skin condition and develop a stressmanagement plan. Relaxation therapies are crucial if a client shows particular signs of stress on the skin. Oxidative stress is a key culprit in accelerating the aging process due to its impact on cells and systems. A greater prevention of excessive inflammation in biological aging is the awareness that lifestyle, nutrition and daily choices could enhance our overall health. Anna Golub is an award-winning clinical aesthetician, herbalist, nutritionist and owner of Renaissance Clinique, in Providence. She is a formulator of Vitana, a natural skincare line, and takes a holistic approach to dramatic skin transformation and result-oriented treatments. She presents education for advanced aesthetic technology including microcurrent, needlefree messotherapy and cold laser, and is a specialist in the anti-aging sciences. For more information, call 401-521-0762 or visit or See ad on page 7.

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he adage that a family that plays together stays together is more valid than ever. Yes, healthy individual sports are good, but recreational activities that involve the whole family deliver bonus benefits—from more exercise for more people to fierce, yet fun bonding that affords fresh opportunities and makes memories worth revisiting.

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Baseball expands the father-andson tradition of tossing a ball back and forth and turns a yard or local park into the family’s own Field of Dreams. Go inclusive and offer mitts to other family members, as well. Anyone not into throwing and catching can still participate by running around those that are passing the ball. Basketball hoop shooting can be as loose or structured as participants like. A game known as Horse provides fun for family and friends. When someone scores a basket, others take their shot from the same spot on the court; those that miss are assigned a “pen-

alty” letter of the word. In consecutive rounds, each player that reaches the complete word is eliminated until only one (that day’s winner) remains. Bicycling beats a drive around town; it’s heart-friendly in more ways than one. Pedaling sustains satisfying group interaction, joyful aerobic exercise and a healthier planet. Local club rides and charity events add zest. For bicycle-friendly states, user tips, events and information on local clubs, check, USA and Disc golf moves the recreational pastime of Frisbee-tossing to an intriguing level of competitive accuracy and wholebody exercise. Participants toss a flying disc toward and eventually into a raised basket at the end of each “hole” at a special course; the player with the fewest total tosses (like a golfer with the fewest total strokes) after nine or 18 holes wins. Backyard putters practice getting closest to the pin and in. For more information, including local courses for this fast-growing sport, visit

Tennis for four is perfect for Mom, Dad and two offspring to strengthen skills and relationships via doubles play. Strategizing between partners engages teamwork and laughter. Many nearby public parks or school courts are open in the summer. For tips or updates on local leagues, visit

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According to Make Physical Activity a Family Event, a recent study sponsored by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, “Participating in family physical activities helps children gain life skills, as well as health benefits,” such as learning teamwork, leadership skills and quality decision-making. Other positive aspects cited include appreciating sportsmanship, positive role modeling and strengthening intrafamily relationships. The study further recommends noncompetitive family activities to round out the potential for wholefamily benefits. Working in the yard, group scavenger hunts, early morning calisthenics before work and school, walking the dog and volunteering at a local shelter all make the grade.

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Since establishing its first stroller fitness franchise in San Francisco 12 years ago, Baby Boot Camp (, headquartered in Sarasota, Florida, has been maximizing and expanding moms’ predilection for taking their newborn out for a walk or light run. One-hour classes led by nationally certified fitness experts prompt group stroller power walks, as well as strength- and interval-training sessions, predominantly at malls and

recreation centers. “It’s not just about reducing weight. We inspire mothers to know that it’s possible for them to become even stronger and fitter after having a child than they were before,” says founder and CEO Kristen Horler. “It also provides a larger sense of community, a glue that holds them together and keeps them coming back.” Recently, many of the 150-plus franchises in 25 states, (especially prevalent in California, Florida, New York and Texas), began offering free Saturday sessions for dads. Yoga facilities are also engaging extended family members. One example is Bloom Retreat; originally founded as a mother-and-child community center in Walnut Creek, California, it now offers couples yoga. “Practicing yoga together offers another way to physically play and communicate,” observes founder and owner Michelle Long. In family sessions, poses include all family members holding hands while balancing on one foot, and touching knees during sitting poses. “Some children are a little threatened by competitive sports, even though others feed on it. When they see this is different, they find a calmer center within themselves. They also see another interesting side of their parents,” remarks Long. Kids’ yoga birthday parties are also on the upswing. Overall, when it comes to ways for eliciting healthy family recreation, the more, the merrier. Randy Kambic, a freelance editor and writer in Estero, FL, regularly contributes to Natural Awakenings.


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Preventing Seizures Natural Dog Remedies Can Out-Do Drugs by Dr. Shawn Messonnier


eople often seek out a holistic veterinarian due to concerns about conventional medications. One new client recently inquired about her 3-year-old female poodle diagnosed with epilepsy last year. The traditional veterinarian’s prescription for phenobarbital was helping to control the seizures, but the owner questioned the long-term consequences of feeding her pet the drug for the rest of its life. Surely, she thought, there must be a natural alternative.

There are many causes for canine seizures, with epilepsy being the most common. Epilepsy is the term used when the cause is unknown, so testing is needed to ensure other factors are not present. These might include toxicities, especially in younger dogs and puppies (may include vaccines); brain tumors, more common in older dogs and certain breeds such as boxers and Boston terriers; infections, as in meningitis, or immune disorders such as the

neurologic disease granulomatous meningoencephalitis, or GME; parasites, including aberrant heartworms; and regional diseases such as tick-borne illnesses like Lyme or ehrlichiosis. Common testing includes a physical examination, food hypersensitivity and blood tests, tick serology, urine, fecal and cerebrospinal fluid analyses and a brain scan, which is usually a computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan. Not all tests are needed on all pets because the veterinarian will rule out issues during the process. If other causes are ruled out and the problem is labeled as epilepsy, phenobarbital can be helpful, although side effects can occur as a result, including liver disease. In every case, the animal should be examined at least two to four times a year for possible complications from the drug, starting with a blood profile and urinalysis. It’s always best to supplement such treatment with natural remedies to help protect the liver, including milk thistle and choline. Alternatively, natural therapies don’t usually lead to side effects or require the same intense regimen of regular evaluation. Patients have experienced good results with phosphatidylcholine, which works to stabilize brain cell membranes, and so reduce and prevent seizures, while also providing detoxification support for the liver. Phosphatidylcholine supplements are also used to prevent and treat another common neurological problem in pets—cognitive disorder (akin to Alzheimer’s in humans). Dimethylglycine supplementation aids in treating seizures, as well. It both supports the nervous system and

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esides the custom“The biggest ing plastic-free ever since. ary food and product made a game of it; a lesson since fun, “Icreative, packaging, plus store step-by-step bags, consider all the nooks I started is the challenge,” she advises. and crannies of our lives can’t go through the joy of less—of “You that plastic now permeates: house and think you can eating utensils; baby and pet buying less stuff get rid of all plastic immetoys; computer keyboards As items get used and making do diately. and accessories; pens; eyeup, you’ll find alternaglasses; athletic footwear; tives.” Once we are in the with what I backpacks; lighters; beauty of staying alert to already have.” habit care and pill containers; the plastic scourge, we’ll household cleaning bottles; naturally spot opportunities ~ Beth Terry ice cube trays; shaving for healthy change-ups. razors; tool handles; hairbrushes and toothbrushes—even some facial scrubs, Science Sounds the Alarm shampoos and chewing gum. In 2011, Harvard School of Public Beth Terry, author of Plastic Free: Health researchers made news by How I Kicked the Habit and How You discovering that consuming one serving Can Too, points out compelling reaof canned food daily for five days led sons to take personal action. In 2007, to significantly elevated urinary levels this Oakland, California, resident saw of bisphenol-A (BPA). This plastic and a photo of the decomposed carcass of epoxy resin ingredient is found in the a Laysan albatross riddled with plastic liners of many food and drink cans and bits in an article on water pollution. sometimes in plastic bottles. It’s known “For several seconds, I could not to be a serious endocrine disrupter. breathe,” she writes. This seminal mo Cardiovascular disease, diabetes, ment led her to further research, by altered functions of reproductive organs which she realized, “This plague of and other ailments have been linked to plastic chemicals is harming everyone, high BPA levels in several studies, inand especially the most vulnerable cluding one cited in Endocrine Reviews members of our planet—children and journal. The Manchester Guardian animals—and that is both unacceptable also recently reported that the French and unfair.” She’s been working on goAgency for Food, Environmental and

Milo Cress, of Burlington, Vermont, launched the national Be Straw Free campaign at age 10, when he realized that restaurants routinely give customers a plastic straw whether they want it or not. Occupational Health Safety has stated that an unborn baby’s exposure to BPA through the mother could be linked to many health problems, including breast cancer later in life. When plastics are subjected to stress—like heat, light or age—undisclosed additives used in their production for strength, flexibility and color can leach out and even contaminate lab results, as the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry found. Such chemicals can migrate into our digestive systems and through our skin; they can also off-gas into the air, according to a recent study by Weber State University’s Energy & Sustainability Office, in Ogden, Utah. Plus, unrecycled plastic materials can enter waterways and kill marine life through ingestion or entanglement (ocean garbage patches are major examples). Reducing our own plastic footprint can both safeguard family health and prove that we are serious about pressuring industry to produce less of it. The key, according to Terry, is not to be intimidated or overwhelmed by plastic overload, but persist in taking baby steps (see

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As a starting point, Terry notes that plastic enables the longdistance food distribution system. Reducing food miles associated with our meals helps cut down on the use of plastic. In the kitchen, use airtight stainless steel containers or glass jars or simply refrigerate a bowl of food with a saucer on top to hold leftovers for the next day. Compost food waste. Reuse empty plastic food bags and line garbage cans with old newspapers instead of plastic bags. Terry cautions, “People assume everything that carries the triangular symbol is accepted at all recycling facilities. This is not the case. What isn’t accepted is landfilled or even incinerated.” Also, according to the city of Oakland’s Waste Management Department, she learned that “Much of what we put out for recycling goes to China, and their processing standards are not as strong as ours.” In Plastic Free, the author provides scores of tips for borrowing, renting and sharing products; buying used plastic equipment if it’s a necessity; and avoiding disposable packaging and paper products. Areas for improvement range from personal care and household cleaning products to bags, bottles, grocery shopping, takeout food, portable leftovers and lunches, plus durable goods. Activists will move on to also participate in area cleanups, donate to green organizations and write their legislators. Randy Kambic, a freelance editor and writer in Estero, Florida, regularly contributes to Natural Awakenings.

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Ayurveda with Jessica Ferrol – 4-9pm. Also 8/3 and 8/4 8am to 5pm Learn basic ayurvedic principles relative to yoga sadhana (practice) - enhance and deepen your yoga on and off the mat. $275 for weekend module. Laughing Elephant Yoga, 4372 Post Rd, East Greenwich. 401-398-2616.

Saturday, August 3

Yoga and Meditation Half-Day Retreat – 9am12pm. With Jenn Thomas. Come befriend your body, heart and mind. Explore mindfulness meditation and yin yoga, and discover the richness in the quiet, still attention you cultivate through both movement and stationary practices. $45. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. Ananda Harmonium Workshop – 1-4pm. Explore basic harmonium skills with Michelle Dossett. Learn to play simple chants of Paramhansa Yogananda. Bring your harmonium or use one of ours. Must preregister. Suggested donation $35. Ananda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-524-4766.

Sunday, August 4

Sunday Gong Bath & Meditation Group – 10am1pm. 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; donation requested but optional. Be Healthy and Fit Studios, 1130 Ten Rod Rd, Bldg D, Ste 103, North Kingstown. 401-258-3952. Intoduction to Marma Therapy – 10am-5pm. 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. RIVA’s 12th Annual Veggique Picnic – 12-5pm. Annual Summer Vegan Picnic. Catered meal: choice of vegan frankfurter, sausage or steak & cheese includes chips and drink and watermelon. Live music/games. Rain date Aug 25. $10/person. Colt State Park, Site 30, Bristol.

Tuesday, August 6

Making Peace with Food and Your Body– 6-9pm. Join Barbara Holtzman, MSW, LICSW, author of Conscious Eating, Conscious Living, to develop a healthier, more intuitive relationship with food and learn how to find your body’s natural weight without dieting. $55. Barbara Holtzman, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. Tong Ren Guinea Pig Class – 7-8:30pm. Need some energy work or just relax? Come by, listen to soft music, get comfy as Shari Bitsis leads a meditation and tap on the acupuncture points on a model to relieve blockages. Donations accepted. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249.


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Wellness Wednesday’s – 6:30-8pm. Join us on the first Wednesday of every month for a variety of topics within the healing practices of Ayurveda and yoga. Gain the tools and understanding of living radiantly. With Jessica Ferrol. $15. 39 W Broad St, Pawcatuck, CT. 401-323-4638. Shamanic Drum Healing – 6:30-8:30pm. Experience the power of the circle and the rhythm of the drum to connect with helping spirits to release energy blocks, promote healing and gain insight. With Katharine Rossi & Paul DiSegna. $35. The Soul Purpose, 1225 GAR Hwy, Swansea, MA. 774-264-1329. Meditation – 7-8pm. We invite you to join us in a “Deep Inner Meditative Experience.” Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552.

Thursday, August 8

Atma Immersion with Saul David Raye – 3-6pm. Join the inspiring Saul David Raye as he leads us through a heart-centered yoga immersion. He will teach an all levels class that will be sure to resonate with you. $75; pre-register on website. Laughing Elephant Yoga, 4372 Post Rd, East Greenwich. 401-398-2616.

Friday, August 9

Yoga on the Beach: Goddard Park – 6:30-7:30pm. Everyone welcome. Join us for a gentle yoga class. Embrace nature’s gift of warm sun and an ocean breeze. Weather permitting. $10. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd, Warwick. To register: 401-921-5148.

Saturday, August 10

The Women’s Well Community Gathering and Open House – 10am-5pm. Join Kerri Maroney, LMT, and Cris McCullough, MA to celebrate the opening of their new healing space. Special performance/blessing by Gong with Joy and Drumsong, and more. Free. The Women’s Well & Soul Wisdom Healing, 934 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. 401-662-6642. Creative Writing Workshop: Adults – 10:30am3pm. Also Aug 11. Studio Writing creative writing (all genres) retreat. Includes 1 lunch. Nurturing, supportive workshop in private home by the water. Led by AWA affiliate, MFA. $125. Little Compton. 781-209-2505.

Tuesday, August 13

Dream Circle – 7-9pm. Reconnect with your dreams and awaken to a new world. Join us to explore your dreams, learn dream techniques, help others with their dreams in a fun and supportive space. $15. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd fl, Providence. 401-626-7088.

Thursday, August 15

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

Friday, August 16

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.

Saturday, August 17

Group Manifesting for the Earth Hike – 10am12pm. Join us for a hike in the woods as we group manifest for the planet. With Shari Bitsis. Email to RSVP & for directions. $15. Will meet at Attleboro Springs Wildlife Sanctuary at LaSalette. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249. Free Bollywood Dance Class – 12-1pm. Learn how to dance like a Bollywood star. Suitable for beginners. This is a free demo class by Nita Trivedi. Registration required. Free. The Rhody Center, 172 Exchange St, Ste 201, Pawtucket. 401-475-5955. Essential Oils – 1-3pm. Combine powerful healing from the Earth and the sun. Participants will be learning how to combine essential oils for use in their daily life. $40. CreatIgo, 194 Washington St, 3rd fl, Providence. To reserve spot: 401-793-0097. Debbie Bourque: Meridian Yoga – 1-3:30pm. Explore the fire element which directly connects to the energy of summer. Meridian yoga teaches how the organs connect energetically to the changing seasons. All levels. $25 advance; $30 at door. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081.

Sunday, August 18

Empowering Extraordinary Kids – 1-3pm. Mindful playshop for children 3-6 yrs. Topics include managing energy, meditating, exercise and angels; price includes child and parent. $40. CreatIgo, 194 Waterman St, 3rd fl, Providence. To reserve: 401-793-0097. Gong Bath at The Farmer’s Daughter – 5-6:30pm. An outdoor gong bath in the beautiful ceremonial space at The Farmer’s Daughter. Bring a blanket and pillow to lie on, or a folding chair to sit in. With Gongs of Joy. $20. A Reiki World, The Farmer’s Daughter Farm, 716 Mooresfield Rd, South Kingstown. 401-258-3952.

16. Free. Cumberland Family Chiropractic LLC, 2333 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-334-0535. Drumming Meditation – 6:30-8pm. 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.

Tuesday, August 20

Wellness Event – 6pm. Learn a 5 minute stretching routine you an do at work, a 3 minute desk exercise drill and introduction to foam rolling. All are welcome, bring a friend! Free, McArdle Chiropractic and Wellness Center, 2220 Plainfield Pike, Cranston. 401-383-3400 Tong Ren Guinea Pig Class – 7-8:30pm. Need some energy work or just relax? Come by, listen to soft music, get comfy as Shari Bitsis leads a meditation and tap on the acupuncture points on a model to relieve blockages. Donations accepted. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249.

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Saturday, August 24

Angel Oracle Card Workshop – 9am-12:30pm. In this introductory workshop, learn how to connect with, clear and store your decks; get daily guidance; and give yourself a reading with different spreads. With Gladys Ellen. $35. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Usui Reiki Level I Workshop – 10am-5pm. Learn Reiki for healing and stress relief. You can heal yourself, others, also pets. Informative teaching, hands-on practice. Level I Attunement, manual and certificate. With Sylvia Collins. $135. The Light Within, 286 Lake Shore Dr, Warwick. 401-921-4397.

Full Moon Yoga on the Beach – 7:45-8:45pm. Join Coral for Full Moon Yoga on the beach. Bring a beach towel, bug spray, and dress with layers. If it is actively raining at the beach at the time of class, it will be held the next evening. $15. All That Matters, S Kingstown Town Beach, Matunuck. 401-782-2126.

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Wednesday, August 21

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

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Tuesday, August 27

Free Community Yoga Class – 6:30-7:45pm. This class is Karma Yoga and reflects our desire to promote individual health and world peace. This is an all-level class, suitable for any body at any point in their life. Free. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081.

Bereaved Parents USA: RI Chapter – 7-9pm. Bereaved parents discussion and support group for those who have lost a child, grandchild or sibling at any age from any cause. With Joy Quinn Blum. Free. Kingston Congregational Church, 2610 Kingstown Rd, Kingston. 401-258-3952.

Shamanic Journey Group – 7-8:45pm. Practice modern applications of this ancient technique to deepen your journey practice, gain insight and understanding. Bring a journal, pen, eye cover. $10. fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd fl, Providence. 401-924-0567. CommUnity Yoga – 6-7pm. Taught by a rotation of teachers, this monthly class could consist of yoga asana (postures), yoga nidra, pranayama or perhaps a surprise combination. Share in our Sangha. By donation. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-789-9809.

Intro to the Archangels – 9-11:30am. Gladys Ellen has developed her own method of connecting with the Archangels. Come learn about these beautiful beings of Light and how they can bless your life daily. $30. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451.

Adult Indigo & Light Worker Gathering – 6:308pm. Be with like-minded individuals to talk about your interests and ideas. Discuss what you see going with you personally and in the world. Share, support and network. Donations accepted. CreatIgo, 194 Waterman St, 3rd fl, Providence. 401-793-0097.

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Community Fellowship immediately following. Youth Program ages 5 & up 9:15—10:30 am. Childcare provided for children under 5.

Monday, August 19

Archangels and Energy Therapy – 6-8:30pm. A class for Reiki practitioners, massage therapists, reflexologists, etc, who would like to incorporate the energy of the Archangels in your healing sessions. With Gladys Ellen. $35. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451.

Full Moon Paddleboard and Yoga – 7-9pm. Meet at the Kayak Centre, hop on the boards and paddle through the sunset to Ryan Park. We have a lunar yoga practice under the full moon and then paddle back. $35/rental board, $25/own board. Laughing Elephant Yoga, Kayak Center, 9 Phillips St, Wickford. 401-398-2616.

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Thursday, August 29

Abraham-Hicks Discussion Group – 8-9:15pm. 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.

Friday, August 30

Reiki Healing, Guided Meditation – 7-8pm. This is an open Reiki circle/meditation. Reiki will help release blocks of energy from the body. You will feel complete relaxation and peace. Essential oils will be used. $10. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd, Warwick. 401-921-5148. Last Friday Gong Bath – 7-8:30pm. End your week with deep relaxation and peace as the sounds of the gongs, Tibetan singing bowls and drums wash over and around you. With Joy Quinn Blum & A. Michelle. $20. Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, East Providence. 401-258-3952.

Saturday, August 31

IET 1, 2 & 3 – Sept 14-16. 9am-5:30pm. All 3 levels help you become an energy intuitive. Joy, love and peace are the benefits you will experience with this work. Suitable for newcomers and all holistic fields. $500. White Light Books, 1464 Park Ave, Cranston. 401-944-4130.

Friday, September 20

LVKC Wine Tasting Fundraiser – 6-9pm. Join Literacy Volunteers of Kent County, Inc. (LVKC) and the Coventry Library Foundation. Support literacy in RI while having fun. $25 advance, $30 at door. Shelalara Vineyards and Winery, 21-B Reservoir Rd, Coventry. Info: 401-822-9103. 401-623-8606.


Registered Ayurvedic Health Counselor Program – 10am-5pm. A 21-month Level 1 Program meeting the 3rd weekend (4 days) each month. Approved by the National Ayurvedic Medical Association. Students can study at our Newport, campus or in their homes via live-webinar technology. $290/month. SAMA, 79 Thames St, Newport. 877-832-1372.

Thursday, September 26

Five Elements: Earth – 7:30-9pm. Explore in words and movement Earth, the element of late summer. Learn how Earth influences your health, moods and energy with a guided meridian yoga sequence. $20 pre-registered, $25 day of. Focus Yoga, 63 Cedar Ave, Ste 10, East Greenwich. 401-354-9112.

Usui Reiki Level II Workshop – 10am-5pm. Learn three powerful Usui symbols. Send Reiki long distance. Informative teaching, hands-on practice. Level II Attunement, manual and certificate. With Sylvia Collins. $175. The Light Within, 286 Lake Shore Dr, Warwick. 401-921-4397.


Last Saturday Gong Bath – 7-8:30pm. Let the resonant sounds of the gongs, Tibetan singing bowls and drums surround you as you melt into a state of complete relaxation and peace. With Gongs of Joy & Drumsong. $20. Natures! The Rock Shop, 1782 Main Rd, Tiverton. 401-258-3952.

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Touch, Caring and Cancer - 10am-3pm. Class is free to all care-partners and their loved one with cancer. Together, learn detailed instructions in safe and simple touch techniques that can help reduce the harsh effects of cancer and cancer treatments including pain, anxiety, fatigue, depression and nausea. Free, Pre-registration is a required. A Touch of Health, Hurvitz Board Rm @ The Miriam Hospital, 164 Summit Ave, Providence. 401-247-2220.

Group Manifesting for the Earth Hike – 10am12pm. Join us for a hike in the woods and to group manifest for the planet. With Shari Bitsis. Please email to RSVP & for directions. $15. Will meet at Lincoln Woods, Lincoln. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249.

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Sacred Stone Facial & Ayurvedic Beauty – Sept 27 & 28. 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.

Sunday, September 29

Yoga Tune Up®, Full Body – 1-2:30pm. Explore all the micro-regions of your body with Yoga Tune Up® therapy balls to excavate tension from your neck, shoulders, upper and lower back. $30 pre-registered, $35 drop-in. Focus Yoga, 63 Cedar Ave, Ste 10, East Greenwich. 401-354-9112.


2013 Harvest Johnny Cake Festival - 10am-5pm. Sample a variety of autumn fare from over 100 local vendors, tour the historic grist mill, experience a colonial encampment, listen to live music and much more. Fun for the whole family. $3/Adults, Free/5 and under. Kenyon’s Grist Mill, parking off-site at Washington County Fairgrounds, 78 Richmond Townhouse Rd, Richmond with free shuttle. 401-742-2778.

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Yoga on the Beach – 8:45-10am. Parking is free for the duration of the class. Also Monday and Wednesday 8-9:15am; Saturday and Sunday 8:4510am.  $15 cash or Yoga Pass. South Kingstown Beach, Matunuck Beach Rd. More info: All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. Ananda Sunday Satsang – 10am-12pm. Joy is within you. Weekly meditation, chanting, inspiration, satsang and veggie potluck lunch. Yogananda’s teachings. Healing Prayer Circle after lunch on 4th Sunday. 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. Sadhana Yoga Basics – 6:30-7:45pm. Build a foundation toward mind-body awareness. Sadhana Yoga Basics will help each student understand the basic relationship between breath and movement. $8/dropin; Enrollment Cards available. The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio, 187 Plymouth Ave, Fall River, MA. 774-365-4016.


Reiki Healing Treatments – 8am-4pm. Come experience Reiki healing, a non-invasive form of energy healing that treats the body, mind, spirit and emotions giving you an overall feeling of well-being. $35/hr. Under the Sun Meditation Center, 31B Bridge St, Newport. 401-339-6092. Vbarre – 9:15-10:15am. Designed to tone, trim, and transform the body with a fusion of ballet barre, Pilates and resistance training. Class provides calorie-blasting cardio. $14/class, packages available to save. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. Kripalu Yoga Class – 4:15-5:45pm. Enjoy breath work, simple stretches to warm the body and classical yoga poses that tone and strengthen. Welcoming beginners and new students. With Paula Levesque. New students $40/4; Series $14. Time for You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland.

strength, hope. Optional donation. Shambhala Meditation Center of Providence, 541 Pawtucket Ave, 2nd Fl, Pawtucket. 401-270-5443. Providence.

Children’s Jiu Jitsu Classes – 5-6pm. Children learn the highly effective art of Jiu Jitsu, gain more self confidence, respect, teamwork, character building and much more. $60/month. Inner Strengths Jiu Jitsu, 311 Washington Ave, Providence. 774-488-6940. Zumba – 5-6pm. Class combines slow and fast dance movements to create a fun and effective cardiovascular workout. A great class to burn calories and is open to all levels. $8/class. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. Svaroopa Yoga Class – 5:30-7pm. 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. $136/series of 8 classes, $20/drop-in. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, North Providence. 401-742-8020. Beach Yoga – 6-7pm. Awaken body, mind and spirit amidst sea, sky and sand. All-levels yoga in the fresh air, just bring a towel and water. Held when foggy and wet, but not in steady rain. $15/ drop-in, $60/5 classes. Easton’s Beach, Newport. Kung Fu – 6-7:30pm. Adult and teen multi-level classes for fitness and self-defense. Suitable for beginners and experienced. Flexible class times also include Wednesday at 6pm, and Saturday at 1:10pm. $210/12 wks. The Way Of The Dragon, 877 Waterman Ave, East Providence. 401-435-6502. Gentle Yoga & Stretching – 6:30-7:45pm. Gently ease into yoga postures giving and learn new movements. Warm-ups, stretching, simple postures, breathing techniques for relaxation. $8/drop-in; Enrollment Cards available. The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio, 187 Plymouth Ave, Fall River, MA. 774-365-4016. Prenatal Svaroopa® Yoga – 6:45-8:15pm. Designed to support you before, during and after your pregnancy. Poses tailored to help with the changes of pregnancy and promote an easier delivery and recovery. New students $40/4; Series $18. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 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,

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Intro to Therapeutic Riding – 7:30-8:30pm. Come find out what therapeutic riding can do for whatever ails you whether it is physical, emotional or psychological. Meet the horse therapists. $5. Rainbow’s End Riding, 12 Jarvis Ln, North Attleboro, MA. 508-643-9871.


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. $136/series of 8 classes, $20/drop-in. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, North Providence. 401-742-8020. Viniyoga Therapy for Back Care – 5:45-7pm. Got backache? Get relief with the right kind of yoga for your pain: therapeutic viniyoga, scientifically proven to help. Strengthen, lengthen and relax. $147/8 wks. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave, Pawtucket. 401-421-9876.


Beach Yoga – 8-9am. Awaken body, mind and spirit amidst sea, sky and sand. All-levels yoga in the fresh air, just bring a towel and water. Held when foggy and wet, but not in steady rain. $15/ drop-in, $60/5 classes. Easton’s Beach, Newport. Kripalu Yoga Class – 9:30-11am. Enjoy breath work, simple stretches to warm the body and classical yoga poses that tone and strengthen. Welcoming new students and beginners. New students $40/4; Series $14. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. Barre (Open Level) – 5-6pm. Conditioning class incorporates basic ballet technique, floor barre, and core exercises. Increase body-mind awareness, flexibility and strength. All levels welcome. $8/drop-in; Enrollment Cards available. The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio, 187 Plymouth Ave, Fall River, MA. 774-365-4016. Chakra Balancing Meditation Group – 5-6pm. Come balance your chakras, which are energies in us that affect our communication, emotions, will power, relationships, thoughts, intuition and the ability to feel secure. $20/person. Under the Sun Meditation Center, 31B Bridge St, Newport. 401-339-6092.

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Children’s Jiu Jitsu Classes – 5-6pm. Children learn the highly effective art of Jiu Jitsu, gain more self confidence, respect, teamwork, character building and much more. $60/month. Inner Strengths Jiu Jitsu, 311 Washington Ave, Providence. 774-488-6940. Piloxing – 5:30-6:30pm. Piloxing blends the power, speed and agility of boxing with the beautiful sculpting and flexibility of Pilates in a fun and challenging way. $14/drop-in, packages available to save. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. Kent Stetson’s Rainbow Vinyasa – 6-7:30pm. For anyone with an established yoga practice, Kent’s fluid and challenging yoga class relieves stress and builds optimum health. $13/drop-in, $12/pre-paid online. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081. Women’s Jiu Jitsu – 6-8pm. Jiu Jitsu is a great way to get in shape, stay toned while building confidence and self awareness. Classes are designed especially for women. You can set your own pace, no prior experience needed. $10. Inner Strengths Jiu Jitsu, 311 Washington Ave, Providence. 774-488-6940.


Tranquil Yoga – 7-8:15am. Wake up, energize the body, mind and spirit before going to work. Class is designed for those seeking a gentle but focused experience in their practice. $15 or membership. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-789-9809. Svaroopa Yoga Class – 9:45am-11:15pm. 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. $136/series of 8 classes, $20/drop-in. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, North Providence. 401-742-8020. FluidlyFit™ – 11am-12pm. Looking for a gentle form of “exercise?” Seeking innovative ways to move? Want more flow in your body? Join FluidlyFit™ and reclaim your birthright to move like water. $12, $10/seniors. Soulistic Arts – Focus Yoga, 63

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Rhode Island Pilates Studio, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. Gentle Yoga & Guided Meditation – 6-7:45pm. Gently ease into yoga postures giving the body an opportunity to relax, and learn new movements. Followed by a jhana/calm guided meditation at 7:30pm. $8/drop-in; Enrollment Cards available. The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio, 187 Plymouth Ave, Fall River, MA. 774-365-4016. Yoga for Curvy Ladies – 7:15-8:45pm. Experience the full benefits of yoga by learning adaptations specific to the curvy body in a supportive community. Gain confidence in this introduction designed for you. $90/6 classes. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave, Pawtucket. 401-421-9876.


Beach Yoga – 8:30-9:30am. Awaken body, mind and spirit amidst sea, sky and sand. All-levels yoga in the fresh air, just bring a towel and water. Held when foggy and wet, but not in steady rain. $15/ drop-in, $60/5 classes. Easton’s Beach, Newport. Svaroopa® Yoga Class – 9:30-11am. Enjoy a deeply relaxing, slow-paced class. Release tension and stress with poses tailored for your body’s needs. Welcoming beginners and new students. With Pat Spencer. New students $40/4; Series $18. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. Kindergarten Kung Fu – 11-11:45am. For boys and girls ages 3-5 only at The Way of the Dragon. Classes for boys and girls ages 6-12 offered on Saturday, 10am; Monday and Wednesday, 4:455:45pm. $210/12 wks. The Way Of The Dragon, 877 Waterman Ave, East Providence. 401-435-6502. Learn To Meditate Workshop – 1-4pm. 2nd Saturday. Meditation brings balance, calm, and a growing sense of inner peace. Learn Yogananda’s meditation techniques through Ananda and experience the joy within you. Suggested donation $20 + piece of fruit. Ananda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-524-4766.


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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.

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Traditionally heralded as God’s messengers, Angels have come to represent protection and spiritual guidance. These non-denominational intuitive readings are both empowering and uplifting. During an hour session, one may receive divine guidance about their life from the Archangels or the Dearly Departed to bring forth inner peace and spiritual growth. Sessions are digitally recorded and includes CD.

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 29.


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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.

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Are you suffering from Sleep Disturbances, Anxiety, Fatigue, Depression, Low Energy, Low Libido, PMS, Hot Flashes, Night Sweats, Focus and Memory loss? We will work with yur doctor. For Men and Women. Consultations available Monday through Friday 10am-5pm with Rene StLaurent Rph/certified clinical nutritionist and hormone consultant.

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Dr. Megan Istok, DC 541 Pawtucket Ave, Suite A101 Pawtucket RI 401-305-3959 Specializing in Pre-Natal & infant care, Dr. Maegan Istok also helps people overcome their headaches, fatigue, anxiety, weight loss resistance, thyroid/hormone issues, pain, with cutting edge & individualized care that combines a nutritional approach with traditional Chiropractic care to free up nerve function & rid the body of the interferences both nutritionally & spine related that contribute to your health conditions. Dr. Istok has been featured in "The Boston Globe" & in peer reviewed journals for her breakthrough approaches to health. See ads on pages 2 & 5.


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 19.

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 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 29.

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.

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August 2013


energy therapy training Heavenly Hugs Holistic Healing Center Gladys Ellen, RMT 917 Warwick Avenue, 2nd Floor Warwick, RI 02888 401-935-8451

Programs are designed to teach students hands-on energy healing modalities, professional business practices, and assist those seeking personal development and spiritual awareness. Training includes Integrated Energy Therapy®, Usui System of Reiki, Magnified Healing®, Mediumship, Angel Intuitive Certifications, and Spiritual Guidance Workshops. Programs are suited for Individuals, Therapists, Health Professionals, and Personal Development Coaches looking to enhance their own healing practice.

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 23.

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

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 back coverpage 19.

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 51, 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 26.


Rhode Island Edition

My Holistic Village

Kimberly Gumkowski Massage Envy Spa 1000 Chapel View Blvd Cranston RI

Rejuvenate your skin with a Murad Healthy Skin Facial customized exclusively for Massage Envy Spa. A knowledgable Esthetician will analyze your skin. Then, Relax and experience the therapeutic benefits of Murad›s Three Step signature treatment along with a personalized home care regime designed to meet your skin care goals. Spring is the time to put your Best Face Forward. Facial appointments available 7 days week.

human and wellness center The Alive Academy

541 Pawtucket Ave, Suite A101 Pawtucket, RI 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 See ads on pages 2 & 15.

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 26.

holistic guidance Christine McCullough, MA

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.

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 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 29.

holistic wellness center Positive New Beginnings 877 Broadway 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 6.

hypnotherapy and life coaching Optimistic Insight Holistic Healing Center

Offering New Solutions to Old Problems Linda J. Cole C.H 845 Oaklawn Ave Cranston, RI 02920 401-369-7600 Office • 401-339-3942 Direct Linda is a retired teacher/guidance counselor that has dedicated her life to helping and healing humanity through her various methodology and innovative holistic approaches. Linda is a NGH Certified Hypnotherapist, Certified Life Coach, Certified NLP Practitioner and a Certified Reiki Practitioner with a Bachelor of Arts/Social Science and Masters in Education/Counseling.

Family, nature and health all go together. ~ Olivia Newton-John

hypnotherapy and life/business coaching Optimistic Insight Holistic Healing Center

Offering New Solutions to Old Problems Kurtis Lee Thomas C.H 845 Oaklawn Ave Cranston, RI 02920 401-369-7600 Office • 401-651-2626 Direct Kurtis is an Author, Motivational Speaker, Certified Life/Business Coach, as well as an NGH Certified Hypnotherapist, Certified NLP Practitioner, Certified Reiki Master and Certified ISSA Fitness Professional/Personal Trainer. Kurtis is known for helping transform people’s lives and is often referred to as the human “Happy Pill”. Call Kurtis today for your FREE consultation! 

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.  

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.

Diane's Permanent Makeup & Eyelash Extensions

99 W. Natick Rd., Warwick, RI 401-855-4333

Permanent makeup artist, Diane Slinko specializes in permanent eyebrows, eyeliner and lips. She works with each client to personalize the colors and shapes to enhance their face. Permanent makeup can take years off your age, give you more confidence and has a natural appearance! We also specialize in natural healthy eyelash extensions to complete the look! The end result... a more beautiful YOU! See ad on page 29.

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.


Anna Scurry, CNC 541 Pawtucket Ave, Suite A101 Pawtucket, RI 401-305-3959

meditation dragon mountain zen community and cultural 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.

Anna believes in targeted solutions and nutrition specific to each individual’s needs and body composition. Specializes in helping people with: anti-aging, thyroid and autoimmune conditions, hormonal imbalances, chemical sensitivity, weight loss resistance, digestive disorders, cellular healing and epigenetics. She overcame her own health conditions naturally in 2009 and has worked many others to help them reclaim their life and heal themselves naturally. See ad on pages 2 & 15.

organic HAIR SALON Elaine Hewitt

Master Colorist/Stylist Barrington, RI 401-273-7005 •

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

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 17.

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 only. See ad on page 7.

pet foods Pet Foods Plus 30 Gooding Ave Bristol, RI 401-253-2456

Keri Layton, N.D.

makeup and beauty

Nature Cures Naturopathic Clinic

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.

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 34.

Modern medicine, for all of its advances, knows less than 10 percent of what your body knows instinctively. ~ Deepak Chopra natural awakenings

August 2013



Rhode Island Edition


wellness center

Jane McGinn, BA, LMT

The Light Within

Sylvia Collins Reiki Master & Teacher Warwick, RI 401-921-4397

I am a Certified Usui Reiki Master/Teacher who combines Chakra balancing with Crystal Healing in my Reiki practice, along with Spiritual Counseling and Angel Card reading. I possess a true desire to allow you to become a self-healer and develop genuine self-empowerment. Combining my spiritual intuition and life experience, I provide you with clarity and a deeper understanding of the steps required for your soul’s growth and healing.


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 41.

therapeutic massage Innisfree Body Works

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

It’s Your Body’s Symphony

2051 Plainfield Pike Johnston, RI 401-464-6100

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 21.

459 Sandy Ln, Warwick, RI 401-450-4172

Village Wellness Center Heart in Hand Massage Therapy

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

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 30.

145 Waterman St, LL Providence, RI 02906 401-808-0837 Over 10,000+ hours of clinical muscular therapy. “Best of Boston.” Feel better, live happier – Enjoy pain relief, rehab/chronic issues, easier range of motion, age related issues, injury work + “aaaahhh”. Accurate, gentle Deep Tissue blended w/Swedish, Biodynamics + Reiki. Gift certificates. “She’s like finding the owner’s manual.” By appointment.


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.


166 Bay Spring Ave, Barrington, RI 401-855-4792 Massage therapy is a great tool for healing, regrouping and balancing the demands that life places on your body. Take advantage of these benefits, come in reclaim your spirit and relax with a massage tailored to your specific needs. There are no extra fees for deep tissue or specific muscular therapy work, just a wonderful massage for a simple, straightforward rate. See ad on page 41.

wellcare collaborative IT’S MY HEALTH

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

yoga and holistic health center ALL THAT MATTERS

315 Main St • Wakefield, RI 401-782-2126 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 33.

yoga and meditation

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 5.

Cancer is not the boss of me.


Optimistic Insights Holistic Healing Center

Offering New Solutions to Old Problems

Cinthya Esquea Esquea Yoga 845 Oaklawn Ave Cranston, RI 02920 401-369-7600 Office 401-481-8875 Direct

Learn to relax, achieve more flexibility, physical strength and quiet the mind at the same time while enjoying the experience of yoga. Cinthya Esquea is a qualified Yoga Alliance teacher and founder of Esquea Yoga, Therapy and Fitness. Inc. For more classes and yoga events check out her website. 

—Fran Drescher natural awakenings

August 2013


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Rethinking Cancer

2013 08 rina  

Rethinking Cancer