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h, what a winter it has been. As I sit here writing this, it is snowing yet again. I do enjoy my snow days, they can be cozy, as long as I don’t have to leave the house anyway, but I feel for those that do. I also feel for those whose lives are disrupted by all the school cancelations, clients rescheduling and the general mess the weather can leave in its wake. I generally enjoy the winter, and don’t mind some snow but this has gotten a little ridiculous. Seems every time I look at my phone there is yet another winter weather advisory. And it hasn’t just been the snow! I heard someone the other day refer to the temperature, at 27 degrees, as “not that cold”. Brrrr! The good news is that the days are getting longer, spring will be here soon and this will all be a distant memory. This month’s magazine is about food, from the fresh, local food trends to food sensitivities. We take a look at the impact this life-sustaining ingredient has on so between what I ate and how I felt, it was truly life changing. I only wish I had done many things different. I am so grateful she is doing such a better job raising my grandchildren with organic foods and natural alternatives, and that she turned out okay despite my ignorance! I strongly recommend reading ”Seven Signs of Food Sensitivities” on page 26. Many common ailments children have can be connected to what they are eating. have a different, and not always obvious, reaction. Our world is changing with chemicals to make them something they are not. A recent article I read said the military is developing a pizza that has a three year shelf life. Yikes! Much like the fuel we put in our cars, the quality of the food we put in our mouths impacts how we run. Think about it. As spring comes ever closer, keep an eye on our calendar listings. There are lots of ways you can get closer to nature and closer to your true you too. Like a lion, March roars in.

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heila M. Frodermann, a naturopathic doctor and classical homeopath will present the community lecture, An Introduction to Homeopathy, from 6 to 8 p.m., March 6, at Providence Wholistic Healthcare. Learn about the mystery, the history and the science of homeopathy, as well as how to use it for home remedies. Frodermann will discuss health and healing and the difference between treating disease and treating the whole person.

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ongs of Joy (Joy Quinn Blum) and Drumsong (A. Michelle) will be participating in two holistic events this spring. On Sunday, March 23, they will be opening the England Holistic Health and Wellness Expo at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick, and then playing individual minigong baths for attendees at their booth throughout the day. Then on Saturday, April 5 at the 2nd Annual RI Yoga Festival in the Bishop Middle School on the East Side of Providence, they will be closing the day’s events at 5 p.m. with a healing gong bath session. During a gong bath, Blum creates harmonic resonance by playing the gongs, metal and crystal singing bowls, rattles, drums and other vibrational healing instruments to help bring people to a state of relaxation, harmony and peace. A. Michelle channels sacred sound and chants in combination with a variety of indigIt has been well over a year since Blum has played regularly in Providence, but at 7 p.m. on March 18, she will return to the city with A. Michelle to offer a regular third Tuesday gong bath at the First Unitarian Church on the East Side. They are also changing the location of their monthly Sunday morning group from North Kingstown to the Village Wellness Center at 422 Post Road in Warwick as of March 9. The group meets on the second Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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resh Face Skin Care Center @ Avalon has announced its newest anti aging treatment—The Ultimate Anti-Aging Trio. According to owner Debby Votta, the three treatments have been proven to reduce the signs of aging anywhere between 5 to 7 years. any skin care treatment because it takes off the layers of dead skin, which preps wrinkles, acne scars and sun spots. The second treatment is Micro Current/RF, one of the most popular treatments for a non-surgical facial enhancement because it

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and wrinkles, stimulates collagen and elastin and energizes and repairs damaged cells. “All of these treatments combined gets the skin back to its youthful look,” explains Votta. “They are painless and relaxing and you have no down time so it’s great to have done before a special occasion for an instant lift. It’s a wonderful alternative to injections and/or surgery.” Fresh Face Skincare Center @ Avalon is located at 1221 Reservoir Ave., in Cranston. For more information, call 401-944-4601, email or visit See ad on page 43. 10

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Absolute Fitness Hosts Health Day

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ocally owned Dr. Kate Inc. is expanding their services of business and personal development mentoring to include four yearly LifeWork personal growth retreats set in idyllic New England locations. Development of this program comes from a clientdriven need for a holistic approach to selfwell as deep transformative programming while minimizing time commitments. The upcoming LifeWork Retreat is being held March 28 to March 30 at the Hotel Viking in Newport. This retreat is focused on the topic background in transpersonal psychology and core energetics, as well as coaching and group practices to allow participants to live more centered and effectively. A psychologist, speaker, author and educator, Siner has been called a true visionary who advocates for a much-needed shift in the world today. She has dedicated her career to helpby connecting to their true selves and taking powerful action. She has a Ph.D. in psychology from Saybrook University in San Francisco, and has provided world-class training in entrepreneurial and personal development for more than a decade. Her business, Dr. Kate Inc. provides mentoring, retreats, virtual classes and more to help highly motivated individuals change the world for the better by transforming themselves. For more information, email or visit See ad on page 4.


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bsolute Fitness will host a health day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., March 8. Those in attendance learn about health and can try out everything from learning their body mass index (BMI) to pool exercise, hands on. To make the day even more dynamic, Absolute Fitness is hosting other local groups with The day will consist of a series of themes, which include Fitness, About You, Togethercize and Let’s Get Wet. Fitness offers people the opportunity to try out some of the unique the few locations in New England to feature this adaptable equipment to every body type and range of motion. In personalized for them, what they should be doing nutritionon resting pulse, blood pressure and body mass index. This theme also includes neighboring businesses with expertise in everything from body alignment to whizzing up a healthy smoothie. Togethercize features activities that involve group ness in the water (at Absolute Fitness’s indoor 87-degree salt pool). Participants try out various activities, rotate through the class or exercise option and potentially win rewards. The Absolute Fitness is located at 2727 South County Trail in East Greenwich. For more information, please call 401-884-0330, email or visit See ad on page 41.

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ewport artists/illustrators and siblings, Rhiannon and Peter McCullough, have released their original and unique tarot decks, The Mask Tarot and The Steam Punk Tarot. The pair has enjoyed a successful response to their offerings at the recent Temple Con and Boston Comic Book conventions. The decks are based on the traditional 78-card tarot. Each card is a separate and unique work of art, hand drawn and digitally colored and printed professionally on heavy coated card stock. Illustrator Peter McCullough is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art. Rhiannon is both an illustrator and actor and a graduate of The University of Hawaii. Both siblings also collaborate on a series of graphic novels. The siblings come to their exposure and interest in tarot honestly. Their mom is well-known Rhode Island tarot reader and teacher Cris McCullough. The Mask Tarot and The Steam Punk Tarot are available for sale at The Women’s Well, 934 East Main Rd., in Portsmouth, or online at Wholesale prices can be arranged by contacting See ad on page 43.

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he Civility Mentors at the University of Rhode Island (URI) will hold How to Feel Good Naked, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 25 in the Memorial Union ballroom on the campus of URI. The event is open to all students, faculty and staff, as well as the community. The purpose is to bring awareness to both men and women on the effects of having a negative body image and providing ways for them to live with a positive view of their body.

ment, student bullying, disruptive students and related situations with the goal of generating a cultural shift towards increased community civility and interpersonal responsibility. The Civility Mentors are trained undergraduate and graduate students who model and teach bystander responsibility in regard to issues of civility. Civility Mentors provide educational programs and facilitate proactive related programs for the campus community. “How to Feel Good Naked is a body image expo for men and women that is necessary due to the issues of negative body image and related health problems civility education.

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Therapy will host the Women’s Ayurvedic Retreat Day for women of all ages, from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 9. Joa Agnello Traista, ayurvedic practitioner and licensed massage therapist (LMT), and Beth Jezek, LMT and herbalist, will lead the retreat, helping individuals to relax and explore the concept of Ayurveda. Participants will learn how we can stay beautiful as we age by using ancient and natural ayurvedic secrets and how Ayurveda can become an important part of personal beauty and health care. sound healing using crystal bowls. Cost: $75, lunch is included. Reserve no later than March 6. A $20 non-refundable deposit is required. For information and reservations, call 401-284-0363 or email

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yoga therapist, Karen Moore Holliday focuses on building the capacity to listen, translate and move or shift energy patterns. Gaining mastery of our energetic patterns and experiences moves us to the very core of who and what we are—our own unique energetic signature for this lifetime. Whether Karen Moore Holliday working with individuals, in groups or through the courses, the central theme in whatever she teaches is energy, with the body as the messenger and energy as the language. “Everything is energy,” she says. “We are energy beings vibrating through this physical body. We are having energy experiences all of the time. We experience them through the body, then frame and name them through our own ‘lifeilluminating, depending on how we track and translate our energetic experiences. We come into this life with our own unique energetic signature. Our responsibility then is to uncover, sort out and discover who and what that is.” Holliday offers individual sessions in Little Compton, Rhode Island, as well as classes and course offerings in Westport, Massachusetts at the Sisters of Solace Holistic Center. Upcoming events include DreamWeaving: Living Your Dreams Journey II: Removing Obstacles. Ongoing yoga classes are held at the Westport Central Village Grange on Mondays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8 to 9:30 a.m. Community yoga takes place the second Sunday of each month from 10 to 11:30 a.m. with local teachers, by donation. For more information, call 774-644-9977. See ad on page 45.

LEY Hosts Fundraiser to Benefit Best Buddies


aughing Elephant Yoga (LEY) will host a fundraiser for Best Buddies at 6:15 p.m., March 20. The public is invited to come and work up a sweat doing 108 fun, joyful and core-loving sun salutations. Debbie Valois is leading the 108 Debbie Valois to funky tunes while she places coins in a jar signifying participant donations to Best Buddies and the completion of a salutation. Best Buddies is a mentorship program focused on oneto-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. LEY is a joyful, learning and loving yoga community offering all types and levels of yoga instruction, including private classes and community workshops. The studio’s comas well as general yoga instruction. LEY happily serves their community of members and their diverse interests. Throughout the year, LEY teachers volunteer their time to support Best Buddies, the studio has supported Amos House, provided holiday gift giving for those in need and contributed to scholarship programs. Laughing Elephant Yoga is located at 4372 Post Rd., in East Greenwich. For more information, visit For more about Best Buddies, visit See ad on page 17.

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Group Manifesting for YOU Classes at Boheme Art Space

Holistic Margarida Offering Hypnosis Weight Loss Course



olistic Margarida, located in East Greenwich, is offering a six-week weight management course for a small group, beginning at 10 a.m., March 16 through April 15. The course is comprised of 90-minute sessions, including one hour of hypnotherapy. In order to familiarize participants with the process and The program will focus on six components of weight management and is designed for those seeking an effective new approach to jumpstart new eating habits and get rid of excess weight permanently. The theme is ing exercise. The group will then discuss how to create a of history and expectations for the program. Participants will learn one easy yoga position that focuses on weight loss so they can easily will focus on weight loss motivation. Week two allows participants to check in with successes and any challenges encountered, as well as setting weekly goals relating to healthy eating, weight be taught, as well as a hypnosis session focused on portion control. Week three is a follow up on progress of goals and more, followed by a hypnosis session on boredom eating. Week four’s hypnosis session emphasizes how to stop comfort

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est Shore Wellness will host Awakening the Presence Within Us Through Releasement Breathwork, an innovative workshop for anyone on a path to living their full potential, from noon to 4 p.m., March 30. Led by Kelly Doyle and Sarah Daigle, the workshop will include the process of releasement breathwork, a guided meditation, live music and a sharing circle. The unique, one-day workshop is designed to improve and uplift one’s entire psyche. Doyle and Daigle will explain how, through releasement breathwork, one’s fears and suppressed emotions can be released, leaving us with a greater feeling of peacefulness than when we started. They will then guide the group throughout the breathing portion and remain present if anyone needs individual assistance. This process can be repeated over time in order to enter into a greater feeling of centered awareness and joy.

group manifest for each other during a guided meditation—lots of fun!” Cost: $20 per class or $90 for six weeks. Location: 504 Main Street, Warren. Please RSVP to Shari Bitsis at 401-465-4249 or email at See ad on page 19.


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and attract the magic that is needed to manifest joy and abundance. Spirit of Agape’s Shari Bitsis is offering Group Manifestation for YOU classes every Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Boheme Artspace, in Warren. Owner Karen Valcourt has created a derful gift items, and offers a variety of unique classes ranging from belly dancing to acting classes. “Come join us as we engage the magic through play and laughter,” says Bitsis. “We will learn about the laws that govern manifestation, connect with our hearts through gratitude and write

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March. Amanda de Rezendes, a Reiki Master Teacher who has previously held classes at wellness centers in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts, will teach the classes. “In the classes, you will learn how to give Reiki treatments to yourself and others and as you go up the levels you receive tools to enhance your sessions,� she says. “Many healing and empowering experiences.� “I believe that there are many ways of healing mentally, emotionally and physically,� explains Natalia. “I have spent many years coaching singers and have wit-

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beyond the training of the singing voice. Now I am excited to be offering Reiki and Reconnective Healing at One Voice that I sonally. We hope to expand our offerings in the near future.� Also beginning in March, One Voice will hold another semester of the voice class performance program taught by Natalia and college music graduates Michelle Karn and Shanna Laferriere-Keegan. This fun and instructive program for middle school and high school age students will include nine classes and three local performance opportunities in therapeutic settings. Students will learn a wide repertoire of songs to develop their true voice and technique in various singing styles.


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Raffa Yoga A Catalyst for Change by Beth Davis

havior can lead to big steps for change. “Imagine if everybody that came to Raffa Yoga started recycling. What an impact that would have on Rhode Island.” Speaking of impact, the juice and raw food bar can be produce a strong effect on health. It features a full stock of fruits and vegetables to replenish and feed the body and mind. One- and tion and healthy nutrition. Raffa’s stateof-the-art greenhouse, monitored and controlled to be 100 percent organic, grows its own wheatgrass, sprouts and micro greens to infuse health in every bite or sip. Sustainable farming methodology, composting, worm casing and the psychology of plants is proudly used to “grow the best.” Inspiration for the greenhouse came from Christine Raffa’s grandfather, Edgar Theodore Pritchard, who introduced her to the passion for gardening. “One of my deepest world sorrows is that he did not live long enough to see all I have become, and for me to express my deepest gratitude to him for

Since opening its doors to the New England communities in May 2000, Raffa Yoga has continually inspired people to live more fully by explains. Keeping it green extends beyond providing a safe, compassionate, instructional and educational space the walls of the facility. Balise Toyota with seemingly endless options to achieve health and wellness. recently donated a charging station to


he studio expanded and relocated in 2010 to include Urban Sweat, an active relaxation facility. By doing so, owner Christine Raffa created an industry leading, green-built yoga studios, 21 massage and therapeutic treatment rooms, six heat therapy relaxation rooms, a raw juice and food bar, along with a stylish boutique with yoga fashions, equipment and body care items. However, Raffa hasn’t stopped there. The studio—and its impact on the community—just keeps growing with the addition of more classes and more efforts toward sustainability. “We are determined to help something needs to change,” notes Raffa. “Education is a fundamental step toward change. Most people want to


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do the right thing, but they don’t always know what that is. “We live in a society of convenience,” she continues. “We don’t always consider how harmful our actions may be in the long run. If consumers stand up, we can make a difference and commit to a more sustainable way of living.” With that in mind, Raffa is making great leaps toward practicing what they preach. They’ve begun a large recycling effort, which includes the use of Mason jars at the juice and raw food bar. “We have really high quality juice,” says Raffa. “We don’t want the next step to pollute our community. We serve drinks in jars and ask that people return them so that they can be washed, sterilized and used again and again.” She said it’s something individuals get really excited about and making small steps in be-

Raffa Yoga so customers can charge their cars while practicing yoga or relaxing at Urban Sweat. Christine parks her own electric Prius outside of the business and is grateful to offer others the convenience of “charging their mind, body and spirit, as well as their car.” She says partnering with Balise was an easy decision since taking care of the community is a focus for both businesses. “They were very generous to donate the charging station to raise awareness to the community about electric cars. I think for them it’s beand helping the community.” Another new offering for which Raffa is particularly excited is the addition of a yoga stretch class, led by Stefany Reed. Yoga Stretch is designed for those who wish to journey a bit deeper into the connective tissues of the body while balancing their practice with therapeutic

assisted stretching. Whether managing chronic connective tissue diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, renewing strength balance, this core practice suits a wide range of individuals. “This class is just knocking it out of the park,” advises Raffa. “Our numbers keep growing because it is a great springboard into practice and helps you stay on track.” For those in search of a bodyweight exercise that develone workout, the TRX Suspension training workout system— also new to the facility—is a great complement to a mature yoga practice. Using customized suspension aspartates, this training is done in the anti-gravity studio, as mirrors help Because the system uses gravity and one’s bodyweight to perform hundreds of exercises, Raffa says anyone at any level As for the future of Raffa Yoga, Christine says she will continue efforts toward responsibility. “We all have a level of obligation to support local businesses, recycle, take a walk and to clean up Rhode Island. I’m grateful to have the opportunities that I do and especially grateful to this wonderful community.” Raffa Yoga/Urban Sweat is located at 19 Sharpe Dr., in Cranston. For more information, call 401-463-3335 or visit See ad on page 9.

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The Beauty-Food Connection

Cleansing for Beauty by Anna Golub

“In order to become younger, many of one’s habits must be changed.” —Dr. Normal Walker The connection between food and beauty is extremely powerful. With some simple changes, we can completely change the way we look and feel. We all know that beauty is the body is a beautiful body, and our skin functions like a mirror of internal organs and systems. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, our intestines are key to how we look and feel. It’s no secret that bumpy skin, dull and dry complexion, cystic acne and rashes, as well as deep lines, are a straight indication of sluggish digestion, clogged lymphatic system and inner toxicity from improper food and environmental damages. For example, breakouts on the jaw/chin and deep nasolabial lines indicate colon congestion and overloaded liver. Food is a medicinal and a powerful tool for achieving healthy, vibrant beauty. Proper food and knowledge of how to pair foods are the fundamental principles of optimal health and a clean body without obsessive calorie counting and restricted diets. The skin will become radiant and glowing from balancing the diet through overall internal cleansing. It’s simple: if we can learn how to eat the right food in the right way, we would consistently cleanse our bodies and absorb all the necessary nutrients, resulting in high, long-lasting energy. It is not about how much we eat, but how many nutrients our body is able to absorb. By making this a lifestyle, instead


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of a short-term resolution, we can look years younger. Aging is a natural process, but it’s possible to look beautiful even in our late 60s if we all understand the real cause of aging. Internal toxic waste from unhealthy, processed foods, preservatives, medications and pesticides starts to build the sludge in the body that hardens over time, depleting the absorption of essential nutrients. Vitamins, minerals and other nutrients changing our appearance, improving the skin color and texture and reducing Healing pioneer Arnold Ehret, Ph.D. says, “The body must be cleansed, freed from waste and foreign matter, from mucus and toxemias accumulated since childhood.” While struggling with calorie counting and portion sizes, we still feel hungry because our bodies do not fully absorb the nutrients and fully metabolize the food since tiny villi that are responsible for nutrient absorption are too clogged by the waste products— foods, as well as excessive yeasts and fungus. With the exception of an energy when our villi are clogged. However, what we don’t realize is that our body is starved of minerals, vitamins, and protein. It is also important to note that frequent bowel movements are not nec-

Follow these basic rules for a beauty detox. Start the day with a full glass of lemon and honey water to eliminate the old sludge and increase the energy. Begin each meal with alkaline foods, such as fruit, raw vegetables and salads. Fruits should be eaten only on an empty stomach. Fruits are the most beautifying, purifying and cleansing food on a planet. Fresh, organic, nourishing produce promotes a strong, beautiful body. Eating light to heavy through the days promotes the beauty energy and stabilizes weight loss. Eat animal protein no more than two to three times a week and try to increase your consumption of plantbased protein. Build bones, skin and muscles from plant protein, taking an example from the largest, most muscular animals like gorillas, horses and cows that are only vegetarians. Completely avoid acidic, clogging and mucus-producing dairy products that deplete our beauty and calcium needs with plant foods, such as dark greens and vegetables. Starting with small changes in our diets and cleansing our bodies naturally, we can achieve the highest level of health and beauty, making a huge difference in our appearance. The skin will be more radiant and glowing, our hair shinier and thicker, eyes will be brighter and energy levels will increase—creating a truly younger version of us. Anna Golub is an award-winning skin care specialist, nutritionist and herbalist with a background in biology and medical technology. As an innovator and proponent of organic skin care, she has accumulated more than 20 years of study, research and professional experience in paramedical esthetic, as well as anti-aging and holistic skin care. She is the owner of Renaissance Clinique and formulator of Vitana skin care. For more information, call 401-521-0762 or visit See ad on page 23.


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educed physical activity and increased consumption of carbohydrates and saturated fats fuel increased rates of obesity, cardiovascular disease and insulin resistance, plus abnormal lipid content in the blood. Although coconut oil is a saturated fat, its chemical composition appears to prevent it to a growing body of research. In an earlier study published in Lipids, women who exhibited abdominal obesity consumed supplements of either coconut oil or soybean oil. Throughout the 12-week trial, both groups followed the same weight-loss diet. At the end, the coconut oil group presented a higher level of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or protective cholesterol, and smaller waistlines, while the soybean oil group showed lower HDL levels and an increase in total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein

Researchers who conducted a concurrent pilot study with male and female subjects found that men also experienced shrinking waistlines when supplementing with coconut oil. They explain that coconut oil contains mainly medium-chain fatty acids, which rapidly convert into energy, thereby circumventing the cycle that makes cholesterol and stores fat (Pharmacology).

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carotene that can be used in salads for those that don’t mind its bitter taste. Dandelion ( ): Like plantain, dandelion is one of the most powerful medicinal herbs on the planet. “Dandelion is revered wherever you travel, except in the United States, where it is considered noxious,” observes Gladstar. Americans should reconsider their obsession with eradication. Dandelion root is an effective treatment against several types of cancer, including oftenfatal pancreatic and colorectal cancers and melanoma, even those that have proven resistant to chemotherapy and other conventional treatments, according to several studies from the University of Windsor, in England.

Superherbs Four Plants That Fight Off Disease by Kathleen Barnes

Mother Nature’s most potent healing herbs are already on most spice racks or growing nearby, often right outside the door.


erbs, respected for their healing properties for millennia, have been widely used by traditional healers with great success. Now clinical science supports their medicinal qualities. Pharmaceutical companies routinely extract active ingredients from herbs for common medications, including the potent pain reliever codeine, derived from Papaver somniferum; the head-clearing antihistamines ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, from Ephedra sinica; and taxol, the chemotherapy drug commonly used to treat several types of cancer, including breast cancer, from Taxus brevifolia. These are among the

Remedies for Vibrant Health and related works. Two of these, she notes, are widely considered nuisance weeds. Plantain (Plantago major): Commonly used externally for poultices, open wounds, blood poisoning and bee stings, it also helps relieve a wider variety of skin irritations. According to a study published in the Indian Journal of Pharmacology, this common “weed” mation, which may reduce the risk for many kinds of chronic diseases. At least one study, published in the journal Planta Medica, suggests that plantain can enhance the immune system to help

naturopath and herbalist headquartered in Milam County, Texas, and author of The Healing Power of Rainforest Herbs. Even among an abundance of healing herbs, some stand out as nature’s “superherbs” that provide an array of medical properties, according to Rosemary Gladstar, of Barre, Vermont, the renowned author of Herbal

“Plantain is considered a survival herb because of its high nutritional value,” advises Gladstar, who founded the California School of Herbal Studies, in Sonoma County, in 1978. A new study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry excellent source of alpha-tocopherol, a natural form of vitamin E and beta


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diet, it’s also used to treat digestive ailand stop internal and external bleeding. Turmeric (Curcuma longa): Turmeric gives curry powder its vibrant yellow color. “Curcumin, turmeric’s most important active ingredient, is a wealth of health, backed by substanand naturopathic doctor in Columbus, Georgia, author of Curcumin: The 21st Century Cure and co-host of the Duke and the Doctor radio show. Several human and animal studies have shown that curcumin can be an effective treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, both in prevention and to slow or even stop its progress. One Australian study showed that curcumin helps rid the body of heavy metals that may be an underlying cause of the memory-robbing disease. Scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles, found that curcumin helped dissolve the plaques and tangles of brain material characteristic to Alzheimer’s. Curcumin is also known to be effective in lessening depression and preventing heart disease, some types of cancer and diabetes, says McBarron. Ginger ( ): Primarily used for its considerable antidelicious and healing tea and an enticing spice in a variety of dishes. This herbal powerhouse has at least 477 active ingredients, according to Beyond Aspirin, by

Herb: A plant or a part of a plant that is used as medicine or to give flavor to food. ~ Merriam Webster Thomas M. Newmark and Paul Schulick. ginger’s effectiveness against a variety of digestive problems, including nausea from both morning sickness and chemotherapy. Research from Florida’s usefulness in reducing knee pain. “Ginger is a good-tasting herb to treat any type of bacterial, fungal or viral infection,” says Linda Mix, a retired registered nurse in Rogersville, Tennesse, and author of Herbs for Life! vital herbs are easily accessed by growing them in a home garden or pot or via extracted supplements. Kathleen Barnes is the author of Rx from the Garden: 101 Food Cures You Can Easily Grow. Connect at Note: For referenced studies, check the National Center for Biotechnology Information.

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Action Plan for Parents

Seven Signs of Food Sensitivities by Pamela Bond


n recent years, Pediatrician William Sears has seen many more cases of asthma and eczema in his San

wheat remain the biggest culprits, but experts believe new factors may be contributing to the rise in food sensitivities, including synthetic additives like

If it seems that a child is having a of parents already suspect the answer,” says Kelly Dorfman, a licensed nutritionist dietitian and author of What’s Eating Your Child? Become a “nutrition detective”, she suggests. Here’s how to assess

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Suspects: Intolerance to casein—a protein prevalent in dairy cow milk different from its form in breast milk that can get into mothers’ milk or formula— tends to irritate an infant’s gut lining, (GERD) and then chronic ear infections or constipation, says Dorfman. Action: Remove dairy from the baby’s and nursing mom’s diet for at least a week. For formula feeding, choose a brand made with predigested casein or whey. To heal baby’s damaged intestinal lining, give 10 billion CFU (colony forming units) daily of probiotic bacteria, mixed in a bottle or sprinkled on food.

Chronic Diarrhea

Suspects: Intolerance to gluten (a protein in wheat and other grains) or lactose (dairy sugar). Diarrhea, the gastrointestinal tract’s way of eliminating problematic substances, plus gas and bloating, often accompany these intolerances. Lactose intolerance is usually a root cause and is present in nearly everyone that’s gluten intolerant, Dorfman says.

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Action: Get a blood test to check for celiac disease, then eliminate gluten for at least a month. Although the diarrhea could end within a week, “You need a few weeks to see a trend,” counsels Dorfman. Consume fermented dairy products like cheese and yogurt, which products may also test OK.

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Suspects: Dairy intolerance and for many, soy sensitivity. Some research has shown that 90 percent of kids with have food reactions, corroborated by Dorfman’s patients. Action: Quit dairy and soy for several months to verify a correlation. Dorfman recommends eliminating soy milk, soy yogurt and tofu, adding that ultrasensitive individuals may need to avoid processed foods that contain soy byproducts.

Itchy Skin

Suspects: Reaction to gluten, casein (in dairy products) and eggs plus oranges,

grapefruit, tangerines, lemons, strawberries and pineapple. Action: Because itchiness can suggest a histamine response, ask an allergist for an IgE radioallergosorbent (RAST) blood test to detect food sensitivities.


Suspects: ing to Sears, children’s underdeveloped blood-brain barrier increases vulnerability to the neurotoxic effects of chemical

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Suspects: Gluten sensitivity is traditionally associated exclusively with digestive disturbances, but some recent studies have linked it to neurological symptoms, from moodiness and chronic headaches to ADHD and coordination loss. Action: Eliminate gluten for a month to assess a potential connection between mood and food, possibly signaled by excessive eating of a certain food.

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Fresh Food Trends Natural Trailblazers in Sustainable Eating by Melinda Hemmelgarn

Food experts have listed local, regional and sustainable foods among the top food trends for 2014. Consumers’ heightened environmental


here’s even a new term, “hyperlocal”, to describe produce harvested fresh from onsite gardens at restaurants, schools, supermarkets and hospitals—all designed for sourcing tasty, nutrient-rich foods minus the fuelguzzling transportation costs. Adding emphasis to the need to preserve vital local food sources, the United Nations has designated 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming. Here are four thriving food trends resulting from shifts in Americans’ thinking and our growing love for all things local.


What could be more entertaining and economical than searching for and gathering wild foods in their natural habitat? From paw paws and persimmons in Missouri to palmetto berries in Florida and seaweed in California, Mother Nature provides a feast at her children’s feet. Commonly foraged foods include nuts,


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mushrooms, greens, herbs, fruits and regional native wild foods and cash in on some “free” nutritious meals, foragers need to know where and when to harvest their bounty. Conservation departments and state and national parks often Jill Nussinow, also known as The Veggie Queen, a registered dietitian and cookbook author in Santa Rosa, California, characterizes foraging as “nature’s treasure hunt.” Nussinow says she forages for the thrill of it and because, “It puts you very much in touch with the seasons.” On her typical foraging excursions through forests and on beaches, Nussinow notes, “You never know what you lettuce, mustard pods or sea vegetables. It’s free food, there for the picking.” However, she warns, “You have to know what you are doing. Some wild foods can be harmful.”

For example, Nussinow advises getting to know about mushrooms before venturing forth to pick them. She recommends the book Mushrooms Demysti, by David Arora, as a learning tool, and checking with local mycological cation. She also likes the advice of “Wildman” Steve Brill, of New York City, who publishes educational articles at Wildman “He knows more about wild foods than anyone I know,” she says. Vermont wildcrafter Nova Kim teaches her students not only how to identify wild edibles, but also how to harvest them sustainably. It’s critical to make sure wild foods will be available for future generations.

Fermentation tion. Sandor Katz, author of The Art of Fermentation: An In-Depth Exploration of Essential Concepts and Processes From Around the World, is a self-described “fermentation revivalist”. He explains how microorganisms, such as lactic acid bacteria that are universally present on raw vegetables and in milk, transform fresh food into preserved sustenance. Katz recalls how his boyhood love for sour pickles grew to an “obsession with all things fermented.” An

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The popular adage, “We are what we eat,” applies to animals, as well. New research from Washington State University shows that organic whole milk from pasture-fed cows contains 62 percent higher levels of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids compared to conventional, or non-organic, whole milk. The striking difference is accounted for by the fact that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s national organic program legally requires that organic cows have access to pasture throughout the grazing season. The more time cows spend on highquality pasture, which includes grass, lefats will be in their milk. On the other hand, when ruminant animals, designed to graze on pasture, are fed a steady diet of corn and soy, both their milk and According to Captain Joseph Hibbeln, a lipid biochemist and physician at the National Institutes of Health, in omega-3 fatty acids over the past 100 years, largely because of industrial agriculture. Hibbeln believes that consuming more omega-3s may be one of the most important dietary changes Americans can make to reduce the risk of chronic diseases, improve mental health and enhance children’s brain and eye development, including boosting their IQs. mackerel, tuna and sardines provide

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How might eating with the “creation” ture trends? Barbara Ross, director of social services for Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri, believes, “People’s common denominator is that we are all part of and integral to the creation.” She considers how “Food, agriculture, environment and economy are bound together in a way that requires we think, plan and act for the dignity of each person and the common good of the human family.” Ross explains that the choices we make in these vital areas affect the richness of our soils, the purity of our air and water and the health of all living things. Marie George, Ph.D., a professor of philosophy at St. John’s University, in Queens, New York, agrees, “The serious ecological crises we see today stem

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from the way we think,” and “reveal an urgent moral need for a new solidarity” to be better stewards of the Earth and its creatures. For example, George sees it as contrary to human dignity to cause poses gestation crates and the push for cheap food that exploits animals and the environment in the process. Kelly Moltzen, a registered dietitian in Bronx, New York, shares a passion for addressing food justice and sustainability from her faith-based perspective of Franciscan spirituality. She believes that, “When we connect our spirituality with the daily act of eating, we can eat in a way that leads to a right relationship with our Creator.” By bridging spirituality with nutrition and the food system, Moltzen hopes to raise awareness of how people can care for their body as a temple and live in right relationship with the Earth, which she perceives as “the larger house of God.” Fred Bahnson, director of the Food, Faith and Religious Leadership Initiative at Wake Forest University’s School of Divinity, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is the author of Soil and Sacrament: A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith. His book takes the reader on a journey to four different faith communities— Catholic, Protestant, Pentecostal and Jewish—to explore connections between spiritual nourishment and the cultivation of food. Bahnson speaks about sacred soil and the communities of mystical microorganisms that lie within and create the foundation for sustenance. He also describes the special power of communal gardens, which welcome all and provide nourishing food, yet come to satisfy more than physical hunger. Regardless of religious denomination, Amanda Archibald, a registered dietitian in Boulder, Colorado, believes, “We are in a new era of food—one that embraces and honors food producers and food systems that respect soil, environment and humanity itself.” Melinda Hemmelgarn, aka the “food sleuth”, is a registered dietitian and award-winning writer and radio host at, in Columbia, MO ( She advocates for organic farmers at

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re you or someone you love suffering from digestive disorders? Bloating, gas, abdominal pain, chronic diarrhea? Have more serious disorders been ruled out by colonoscopy, endoscopy or by a medical doctor? Still feeling sick? Are you losing hope? Don’t give up! Though the reasons for such disorders can vary greatly, there are solutions. Chronic digestive issues can be the result of parasites, food sensitivities, Parasites are real. Although most are microscopic, they can cause many digestive and health issues. Symptoms of parasite infestation may be: bloating, gas, pain in the navel, anal itching, mucus in stools, itching in ears, cramps and loose stools. How are we exposed to parasites? Through undercooked food, cross contamination, pets, water and poor hygiene of those preparing our food. Many herbal formulas are available to combat parasites, but it can take months to rid the body of the organisms. Professional supervision is key to safety. Food sensitivities are also the cause of many health issues, including digescomplaints from friends or family saying, “When I eat oranges I get diarrhea,” or “My joints ache after eating tomatoes.” Natural phenolics, or phenols, in healthy foods—such as apples, oranges, tomatoes, plums, prunes, cucumbers and more—can often be the culprit. Bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation and abdominal pain are just a few of the symptoms that phenolics may cause. weight because of food sensitivities. Another common reason for food sensitivities is candida or leaky gut. Probiotics and a good gut restoration program can put intestinal health back on track.

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Food for the Soul by Joy Quinn Blum


n recent times, we have begun to rediscover how important sound vibration and harmonics, including music, are in maintaining and improving our physical and mental health. The term “rediscover” is used because the ancients knew well how important the balance and harmony of our body/mind/spirit is to our health and well-being. Modern science now supports the ancient belief that all matter emanates from vibration or sound. Quantum physics has shown that up of vibrating energy. When that energy is out of balance in a person, animal or plant, a blockage or dis-ease may be created. Just as everyone needs good food to nourish and renew the physical body, we all need the beauty of sound and vibration to nourish and nurture our souls. Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, a prominent oncologist in New York City, advocates the use of sound and music with metal singings bowls and crystal bowls as a vital complement to his cancer treatment protocols for all his patients, and strongly suggests that each patient buy him/herself a singing bowl to use in meditation each day. “If we accept that sound is vibration and we know that vibration touches every part of our physical being, then we understand that sound is heard not only through our ears but through every cell in our bodies,” says Gaynor. “One reason sound heals on a physical level is because it so deeply touches and transforms us on the emotional and spiritual planes. Sound can redress imbalances on every level of physiologic functioning and can play a positive role in the treatment of virtually any medical disorder.” Sound has been used for thousands of years to access deep states of consciousness, expand awareness and help create healing. Also known as vibrational medicine, the practice employs the vibrations of the human voice, as well as objects


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that create resonance—tuning forks, gongs, Tibetan singing bowls, crystal bowls—to go beyond relaxation and stimulate healing. The ancients knew that the healing power of sound could gently restore and harmonize the body, mind and spirit. The existence of the gong dates back to the Bronze Age, around 3500 B.C. Myth has it that sacred gongs included pieces of meteorites that fell from the heavens. The gong’s ancient use was as an initiation tool for enlightenment, etheric projection and exorcism of negative spirits. It has also been used for centuries by Tibetan monks and the Chinese in their temples as an aid to meditation. In recent decades people have relaxed and meditated to soothing sounds, including recordings of waves lapping, desktop waterfalls and wind chimes. In the past few years, the whole concept of sound therapy has begun to take hold among those searching for increased enlightenment, relief of pain, decreased muscle tension, lowering of blood pressure, increased immunity to disease and overall relaxation. The latest brain research teaches us to understand the role sound plays in our lives for good or ill, and the means by which we can have sound health. In a gong bath meditation, people can choose to either idea is to get into a state of complete relaxation so that the vibrational tones of the gongs and Tibetan singing bowls can wash over and through one and release any blockages in the meridian and nerve pathways. “Gong therapy is bathing in total sound,” explains Gongmaster Don Conreaux. “In other words, the sound erases all other sounds around you and you are just in this ocean of rolling waves and layers and layers of tones. And the tones go right through the body. They affect you on a mental level, an emotional level, a spiritual level and they cleanse you as or cares, and often any obstacles that stand in your way of clarity and creativity. We call it the Music of Wholeness.” Gong therapy can be done one-on-one with a practitioner or in a group situation. People who come to gong bath meditations often say they like it because it is noninvasive and relaxing. Some fall asleep while others fall into a deep state of relaxation in which they lose awareness of the body and connect with their deep inner selves. After the gong meditations, most of the gong-bathers report feeling relaxed, renewed, energized, released from physical and emotional pain and enjoying a feeling of well-being. This energy and relaxation can often last for days. Joy Quinn Blum (Gongs of Joy) and her sound therapy partner A.Michelle (Drumsong) play the gongs, Tibetan and ing instruments at various yoga studios, health centers, and churches in the RI and nearby MA areas. For more information, call 401-258-3952 or visit See ad on page 10.


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ON THE GO Safe Eating Away from Home by Judith Fertig


lthough following a diet without gluten has become easier due to increased availability and labeling of gluten-free foods, we still need to know how to make sure which foods strictly qualify. We always have more control in our own kitchen, yet we’re not always eating at home. Natural Awakenings asked experts to comment on reasons for the demand and offer practical tips and tactics for healthy eating on the go. According to the Center for Celiac Research & Treatment, 18 million Americans are now gluten sensitive, 3 million more suffer from celiac disease, and the numbers continue to skyrocket, says Dr. David Perlmutter, a neurologist and author of Grain Brain. Gluten, a naturally occurring protein in wheat, barley and rye, is prevalent in the modern American diet. Perlmutter points to new wheat hybrids and increasing amounts of gluten in processed foods as exacerbating the problem. He particularly cites today’s overuse of antibiotics as contributors to “inappropriate and excessive reactions to what might otherwise have represented a non-threatening protein like gluten.”

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lunch spots my coworkers and I used to enjoy on a weekly and sometimes even daily basis were no longer friendly for me,” she says. “There was nothing on the menu I could eat, and it seemed better for everyone if I simply stayed in from my colleagues and deprived me of a much-needed midday break that had been such an enjoyable part of my routine.” Attending catered breakfasts meetings also presented difShepard learned that it’s best to be prepared and pack something, even if it’s only a snack. “Some of my favorites include fresh fruit, like apples or bananas with peanut or almond butter, washed berries, applesauce, coconut yogurt, hummus and red peppers, trail mix, dry cereals like granola, and nutrition bars. I keep a variety of these bars in my purse and car year-round, so I’m never bored with my choices.”

You Can Take It with You by Judith Fertig Our experts suggest delicious, nutritious choices for gluten-free eating at work, play or anywhere we wander. For food safety, keep foods that need to be kept hot and cold in separate thermal containers. Asian stir-fry with rice Baked egg frittata or baked Baked falafel Baked polenta “fries” Baked sweet potato chips oatmeal, unsweetened Cheese on rice crackers with olive tapenade (purée) Fresh fruits Fresh salads, dressing on the side Gluten-free granola or granola bars Nori (seaweed) wraps Precooked quinoa with dried fruit and rice milk Raw vegetables with hummus Sandwiches made with whole-grain, gluten-free bread Stew, gumbo or vegetable sautés packed with cooked rice on top Vegetable soups with beans or rice Vietnamese pho (soup) with rice stick noodles

“Gluten-free instant oatmeal is a staple in my life,” advises Shepard. She never leaves home without it, regardless of the length of the trip. “All you need is a cup or a bowl and some boiling free oats, because regular oats can be contaminated with gluten grains.” Shepard also recommends avoiding pre-sweetened varieties. Kate Chan, a teacher and mother of two in suburban Seattle, Washington, who has been following a gluten-free diet since 2000, has solved the problem of eating healthy at work another way: The family cooks extra the night before. “While cleaning up the kitchen, I just pack the leftovers for lunch. I like to vary the side dishes a bit if I pack side dishes at all, and toss in fruit and more vegetables,” she says. Chan likes to use a bento-style lunch box with several compartments, plus thermal containers, so she can enjoy a variety of gluten-free lunch options.

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recently returned to gluten-free eating. On her menu-planning and recipe blog,, and in her cookbook, Weeknight Gluten Free, she recommends whole, fresh foods from farmers’ markets that are naturally gluten-free. When she and her husband hike the Sierra Mountains, she carries homeeat on the way up and packs gluten-free soups such as butternut squash and ings, and fruit for a delicious lunch upon reaching the peak. Some gluten-free snacks can contain as many empty calories as other types of junk food, notes Registered Dietitian Katharine Tallmadge. “Many ‘gluten-free’ products are made with which contain plenty of calories, but few vitamins or minerals.” She agrees with Kidd and others that choosing whole, natural, fresh foods, which are naturally gluten-free, makes for healthy eating wherever we go. Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFoodAnd from Overland Park, KS.

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Scouts, badges, troops and summer camp—they’re not just for kids anymore. Dog Scouts of America is a new twist on tradition that is fun for all ages.

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training is based on positive behavior and reinforcement on everyone’s part. “We don’t want dogs to be an are part of the family, and a lot of fun, besides,” explains Dog Scouts president Chris Puls, of Brookville, Indiana. “As communicate with another species.” Most members engage in scout activities with more than one dog. Requirements for operating a troop are year is recommended. Meetings don’t have to be formal—a group hike in the woods counts. Other activities may include backpacking, biking, camping and treasure hunts like letterboxing and geocaching. (timed relay races with balls) or treibball (urban herding of Pilates balls), but has no opportunity for these pursuits on his home turf, summer camp is a good

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pet earns the basic Dog Scout ticipate, as long as he’s well-behaved. To qualify for the initial badge, he must be able to heel without pulling, greet a person calmly, meet another animal without overreacting and to see food and leave it alone. The test criteria are similar to that used for the Canine Good

oped for purebred sighthound breeds). Handlers can also earn badges in canine

for the U.S. Department of Defense, in Columbus, Ohio. “I take six dogs with me and each has his or her favorite activity, which I like, because it’s too much for one dog to go from early morning until late at night. New members often say they come to camp just for the fun and camaraderie, but they usually end up collecting badges like the rest of us. It’s a great reminder of what you and your dog did at camp together.” One of Holloway’s dog scouts has special needs. Lottie Moon is a double merle, all-white, Australian shepherd that doesn’t let being deaf or blind slow her down. Last year she surprised her owner by earning an agility badge at camp. “I think she sees shadows and movements. I place a dowel rod in front of the jump and she knows that when she touches it, it’s time to go airborne,” says Holloway. “Lottie inspires and motivates me.” Holloway received the Dog Scout’s 2013 Excellence in Writing Award for her blog at Lottie-SeeingInto

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Many Dog Scout troops serve their communities to show how dogs can and should be integrated into daily life. In Wyoming Valley, near Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Phyllis on recent activities conducted by Troop 221. “We’ve doemergency services. We raise funds to buy them and also have oxygen mask angels that donate the price of a mask in memory of a pet. One third grade class raised enough money to purchase two masks after we visited and did a bite prevention class.” The Dog Scouts of America Hike-a-Thon, in May, is the one willing to ask friends and family members to pledge funds for distances walked. It’s a good way to partner with the dog for quality outdoor time, spread the word about Dog Scouts and enjoy the spring weather. Learn more and join with others for a troop experience at Connect with Sandra Murphy at

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umans are inherently social creatures. Most of us enjoy the company of others and spend much of our waking time engaging in social interactions with colleagues, friends and family. People that spend a lot of time together often adopt one another’s eating and exercise habits—sometimes for the better, but often for the worse. At least one positive side to wishing to conform socially is unexpected. Finding the right circle of friends—our own personal support group—can make sticking to an exercise schedule or diet easier. It’s a key factor in the popularity of organized weight-loss groups and exercise classes. Studies published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology and the Journal of Obesity demonstrate

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The Keys to Creating a Successful Program When it comes to establishing a school garden, the most important ingredient is building a dedicated team of

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ver 90 percent of Rhode Island’s population lives in urban areas, and most children in urban schools have no idea where food actually comes from. Many children have never planted anything, let alone watched something grow from seed to fruition. How have the principles of nature –upon which all life is based—become so foreign? We have grown increasingly disconnected from nature. So the answer to the title’s rhetorical question is a resounding, “Yes!” School gardens can ground children’s awareness in the circle of life and

gardens can promote hands-on, lifelong learning, fostering essential awareness that ties into nutrition, biology, chemistry, physics, ecology and much more.

A Garden at Every School Imagine a program to promote gardening at every school in our state. With this vision in mind, the Children’s Garden Network was founded seven years ago. Increasingly, gardens have become an exciting platform for learning in many schools, and many teachers have discovered how gardens provide a living context for learning in ways that “chalk talks” and books can never replicate. According to Stu Nunnery, one of the founders of the Children’s Garden


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Network, “Having children grow plants and even produce food with their own hands teaches far more than gardening and imparts knowledge about life. If math and science are critical to our children’s future, it will be gardens that provide tone and texture to their studies. We should regard schoolyards as growing landscapes and use gardening to enhance the learning experience of all children, from pre-school to high school.” Urban school landscapes— typically barren—can be transformed with raised beds, container gardens and the addition of a few trees—some of them even fruit bearing. Classrooms can be enhanced with hanging plants, sprouting trays and terrariums.

Purposeful Learning, Practical Living While our culture has migrated away from farming, private sector jobs relating to the environment will present ever-increasing opportunities. It’s no secret we face many environmental challenges—water shortages, radioactive contamination, overuse of toxic pesticides, the vanishing of honey bees—yet adversity leads to opportunity and farming can help reclaim and regrow Rhode Island’s economy. This is already beginning to happen, with growth in the organic farming and consumable product sectors being some of the highlights in an otherwise sluggish economy.

gardening is a year-round community commitment and that there is room on the team for experts and novices. With limited funding, resourcefulness is also critical. Fourth graders studying a plant unit at Fallon Memorial School used their own two hands to plant pine saplings in milk cartons saved from lunch. The saplings were donated by a local paperboard and packaging company that offered to help teach about recycling and replanting for replacing harvested trees. Business executives gave a classroom media presentation and facilitated the planting project outdoors under the shade of a full-grown maple tree, using only 40 minutes of class time. The subject of gardening poses a tremendous opportunity for teaching resourcefulness.

Year-Round Activity Knowing how a vegetable garden requires space in a well-protected sunny location with healthy soil, a school can identify this space in the late summer. During the fall, students can collect seeds from farm fresh vegetables like beans, cucumbers or pumpkin, which they can dry and then store and catalog in envelopes. They can also stake out a safe area for a bulb garden and plant garlic, onion and chive bulbs. During the winter, students can do indoor activities, such as conducting composting experiments to make healthy soil, growing edible sprouts in plastic salad containers and planting herbs like sage, rosemary and thyme in milk cartons, while keeping science journals. They can also read books and articles about organic gardening methods and begin to plan their outdoor garden. In the spring, seeds collected during the fall can be planted directly into the garden soil or in large recycled containers. Potato plants can be started from pieces of potato that have started growing “eyes”. Throughout the summer, the garden will need to be tended, weeded, debugged, watered and harvested as

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experiencing the four seasons and a complete plant life cycle, students will be eager to experiment with new plant varieties and alternative methods. Real education reform and environmental sustainability is starting to sprout with school gardens across Rhode Island, Education catches on to this trend and promotes the integration of a garden into every school. Imagine the possibilities. Wendy Nadherny Fachon, MBA, is a health economist, writer and an afterschool educator for Child Opportunity Zone programs around Rhode Island. Read more about her work with children at, and

School Garden Resources Many local and national organizations provide training, books, videos and project ideas for school gardens, which show how to integrate the hands-on process with academic goals. Here are some ideas of where to start: The Children’s Garden Network website provides organizational guidance and shares a list of ninety schools across Rhode Island that have implemented garden programs. Visit University of Rhode Island’s Outreach Center offers program assistance, as well as free seeds in February and early

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Self Healing with Jin Shin Jyutsu

Receiving Your Breath

Monthly Meditation

Svaroopa速 Yoga: Healing Yoga


Sunday Gong Bath & Discussion Group

Fresh Connections Networking Mardis Gras 2014 Festival Ayurveda Self Care with Lynn Goodwin


Kundalini Yoga


Svaroopa速 Yoga: Healing Yoga

Intro to the Archangels

Drawing Inspiration from Dreams

Morning Sickness Got You Down?


Fundamentals of Ayurveda

Holistic Health & Trans* Experience Monthly Meeting of the Healthy Villi

TUESDAY, MARCH 4 How to Stay Healthy in the Winter

Tong Ren Guinea Pig Class

DreamWeaving: Living Our Dreams Group Manifesting with the Earth 21-Day Detox and Elimination Diet

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5 When Wolves Called the Highlands


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Dream Circle

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12 Windows into Waldorf

All gardening is landscape painting.

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Proof the Spirit Dimension Exists

Tong Ren Guinea Pig Class

Partner Yoga

Shamanic Journey Group

Group Sound Energy Healing


THURSDAY, MARCH 13 Free Orientation for Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

Visiting the Owl Clan

FRIDAY, MARCH 14 Community Drum Circle

Second Friday Gong Bath



Divine Love with Coral Brown

Parent Visitor Day

Fresh Connections Networking The Angel Heart Book Launch

SATURDAY, MARCH 15 The Way of the Shaman:


108 Sun Salutations for Best Buddies

Drumming Meditation Story Hour

Gay Men’s Meditation Group

TUESDAY, MARCH 18 Usui Reiki Level Two

What to do for Allergies this Spring

FRIDAY, MARCH 21 Free Friday Chair Massage Arm Balances and Inversions

Reiki Circle

Third Tuesday Gong Bath

Third Friday Gong Bath

Celtic Spirituality

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Sacred Sound Bath

Fourth Saturday Gong Bath

TUESDAY, MARCH 25 Morning Sickness Got You Down?

SATURDAY, MARCH 22 2nd Degree Usui Reiki

SUNDAY, MARCH 23 IET速: Advanced Training

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26 Chakras Alive

Loose Weight Eating Real Food

Integrated Energy Therapy速 (IET) Special Gong Bath

THURSDAY, MARCH 27 The Zodiac in the Quilted Attic

Pendulum Basics Workshop

markyourcalendar Southern New England Holistic Living & Wellness Expo

Touch, Caring and Cancer: Part 1

FRIDAY, MARCH 28 Angel Whispers Practitioner Class

STRONG Emotion InMotion Workshop Empower Your Life


Astrology 101 Touch, Caring and Cancer, Part 2

Sound Healing with Brandon Burns

Vedic Bodymask & Hot Towel Therapy at SAMA

Self Actualization Workshop

Relax & Restore: Slow Yoga & Qigong

The Law of Attraction 101


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MONDAY, MARCH 24 Lose Weight Eating Real Food

Healthy Living: Welcome to All That Matters

Talking to the Other Side Messages From the Masters with Pamela



MONDAY, APRIL 7 Healing Current Mediation

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Eyelash Extension Training Class


TUESDAY, APRIL 8 Healthy Villi Monthly Meeting LARGE BEAUTIFUL OFFICE SPACE IN CRANSTON. Healthy Ways of Wise Women



Introduction to Marma Therapy Class Regaining Perspective: Yoga Workshop

OFFICE SPACE Living From Our Ideal

MONDAY, MARCH 31 Tong Ren Guinea Pig Class OFFICE SPACE EAST GREENWICH 25th Anniversary Open House OFFICE SPACE- East Side.


markyourcalendar 2nd Annual Rhode Island Yoga Festival

Touch, Caring and Cancer




The Women’s Well Community Wholistic Center

Special Gong Bath

Healing with the Five Great Elements


Introduction to Yoga Therapy




HELP WANTED Wise Earth Ayurveda:

Removing Obstacles to Our Ideal

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Tuesday Ananda Morning Yoga



Sadhana Yoga Basics

Kripalu Yoga Class

Yoga Baby

Children’s Jiu Jitsu Classes Celebration of Life Services Hatha Express

Heart of Recovery Gentle Yoga

Community Yoga


Learn Pranayama

Hatha Yoga

The Art & Science of Meditation Yoga Dance

Spiritualist Service

Evening of Healing Bellydance Open Meditation

Cosmic Connections JourneyDance for Women Sunday Satsang at Ananda Hopkinton Providence Laughter Club Adult Jiu Jitsu Zumba with Rupa’s Bollywood Fusion

Wednesday Deeksha Oneness Blessing Sundays at Ananda Providence


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Kripalu Yoga Class

Ananda Yoga & Meditation

Chakra Balancing

You are one of a kind and unique. Never forget that.

Friday Kirtan Bliss & Yoga

Free Community Yoga Class

—Richard Simmons Meditation is More Than You Think

Group Energy Healing Piloxing

Pre-Natal Yoga


Beginner’s Yoga Series II

Intuitive Flow for Women

Meditation and Messages Kripalu Yoga

Women’s Jiu Jitsu

Group Manifesting for You Adult Jiu Jitsu

Meditation Class

Holistic Cancer Circle

Abraham-Hicks Sharing Circle Love Your Body Yoga

Sunday Celebration Service 9:15—10:30 am


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Dr. Jason Bergman, DaC 541 Pawtucket Ave, Suite A101 Pawtucket RI 401-305-3959 We specialize in Cosmetic Acupuncture, including the Acupuncture Facelift and Acupuncture Tummy Lift in addition to Medical Acupuncture. We are patient-centered and results driven, determining which points and treatments you need through a detailed consultation and intake on your initial treatment. Rejuvenate your life, mind and body from the inside out. See ad on back cover.


Jo-Ann Sarro, D.Ac., Dipl.Ac., M.Ac. 655 Main Street, Suite 214, East Greenwich, RI 443-831-2347 As a Five Element Acupuncturist I work with each patient to identify and treat individual concerns in Body, Mind and Spirit. Energy balancing equals better overall health. Here we honor your personal journey and provide treatments that support the natural workings of your body to improve functioning that can be seen in the relief of symptoms, and a better, healthier you.


Gladys Ellen, RMT 917 Warwick Avenue, 2nd Floor Warwick, RI 401-935-8451

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.

ASTROLOGY DEBI FOX, ASTROLOGER 58A High St Westerly, RI 401-315-2450

In-depth insight on Navigating Key Life Passages, Relationships, Lunar Phases/Returns, Women’s Issues, Asteroids/Midpoints. Consultations available by Phone, Mail or in Person.


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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 determine your own personal balance and provide natural treatments to help you achieve it.


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.

S.A.M.A. SEASIDE ACADEMY FOR MASSAGE & AYURVEDA Karyn Chabot, D.Ay., MS, LMT 128 Long Wharf, Newport, RI 401-847-0831 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 ads on pages 5 & 43.


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 a disposable nozzle. The water initiates natural movement of the colon to eliminate waste. You remember: The Rd to Good Health is Paved with Good Intestines! See ad on page 23.


Katharine A. Rossi 194 Waterman Street Providence, RI tGJSFTFFEDFOUFSDPN

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

ENERGY THERAPY TRAINING HEAVENLY HUGS HOLISTIC HEALING CENTER Gladys Ellen, RMT 917 Warwick Avenue, 2nd Floor, Warwick, RI 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 TherapyÂŽ HealingÂŽ and Spiritual Guidance Workshops. Programs are suited for Individuals, Therapists, Health Professionals, and Personal Development Coaches looking to enhance their own healing practice.


Debby Votta 1221 Reservoir Ave, Cranston, RI t'SFTI'BDF4LJO$BSFOFU 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 ward to sharing my love and knowledge of the skin care profession to make that happen for YOU! See ad on page 43.


10 Nate Whipple Highway Cumberland, RI 401-316-5504 Optimum Health Coaching specializes in comprehensive customizable fat loss programs that are designed to the client’s personality, goals, commitment level and budget. You see no one diet works for everyone, which is why Mike has several lifeto anyone. See ad on page 27.



Joy Quinn Blum, M.A., M.Div., H.C. 401-258-3952 Are you hungry for better health? Joy helps people who want a better way to eat and live by creating an individual program that focuses on the best nutrients to feed the body, mind and soul with unique and satisfying choices. Issues addressed: depression/anxiety, digestive disorders, blood sugar issues, anti-aging concerns, acid/alkaline imbalances, and nutrition in cancer treatment/prevention. Free 1-hour health history consultation! See ad on page 10.


138 Central Ave Seekonk, MA 508-399-7333 Celebrating 25 years, offering GlutenFree Foods, Herbs, Homeopathy & Vitamins, Natural Body Care and more. Our staff is caring, experienced and available to


need for a happy, healthy life, and a good meal! See ad on page 26.

Welcome to Rive Gauche, formerly Shear Flair. For many years, we have offered a classy and soothing atmosphere while providing the highest quality services at affordable prices. Services include hair, manicures, pedicures, facials and massages. All ages welcome, refreshments and snacks available. See ad on page 13.


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 ad on back cover.



Positive space aiming to interconnect art, wellness and all things beautiful to the eye and to the soul. Offering hair, makeup,refexology,acupuncture,ma ssage and herbalism. See ad on page 21.

273 Social St Woonsocket, RI 401-765-2480


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

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.


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 seeâ€? holistic events and more! Join today. It’s free. Own a business? Join the National Holistic Chamber of Commerce™ at


Reiki, Meditation, Spiritual Counseling, Law of Attraction Coaching, Angel Therapy, Crystal Healing, Yoga, Massage, Acupuncture, Theta Healing, Psychic ogy, 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 25.


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 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 42.




Margarida Renzi, MA, LCDP, RYT 58 Main St., 2nd floor East Greenwich, RI 401-480-5938

Providence Wholistic Healthcare 144 Waterman St, Providence, RI t1SPWJEFODF8IPMJTUJDDPN Holistic family health care providing diet, nutrition and lifestyle coaching, herbal & homeopathic medicines toward optimizing health and wellness naturally for all. Naturopathic doctor -

Feeling Stuck? I can help. Most of our behavior We are born with a couple of fears such as fear of being dropped, but everything else is learned nonsense and it can be unlearned. Hypnotherapy is helpful in overcoming negative patterns in your life, e.g. weight loss, smoking, addiction, anxiety, phobias, and fears. See ad on page 31.

Bowen practitioner. See ad on page 7.

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182 Gano 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.


Dr. Cathy Picard, N.D. 250 Eddie Dowling Hwy, North Smithfield, RI t%S$BUIZ1JDBSEDPN 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 Anna believes in targeted solutions and nutrition position. Specializes in helping people with: antiaging, 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 back cover.



Joy Quinn Blum & A. Michelle 401-258-3952 Sound therapy is an excellent holistic approach to relieve stress/pain, depression, fatigue, anger/hostility, fears/phobias and more. The vibrational overtones promote an overall state of peace, harmony and deep relaxation. Drumsinger A. Michelle channels Sacred Sound in harmony with a variety of indigenous instruments. Gongmaster Joy, sacred sound healing artist offers gong baths, private gong healing sessions, gong workshops, and other rituals. See ad on page 10.


Certified Advanced RolferŽ 10 Elmgrove Ave, Providence, RI 401-725-4783 A Rolfer since 1998, Simone LukasJogl helps people with chronic and recurring aches and pains (back, knee, shoulder,...), overall tightness and motion restrictions and general feelings of discomfort in the body. Her work improves alignment and athletic performance, helps prevent injuries and aids in emotional healing. Safe and effective for people of all ages, tailored to each client’s individual needs. Free consultations.


Judy Antonelli, LMT, NCBTMB Licenses: RI #MT00308 & MA #9906 Oncology Massage Practitioner at The Miriam Hospital and for The Michael H. Flanagan Foundation 74 Riverside Dr, Riverside, RI 02915 t+VEZ!"5PVDI0G)FBMUI3*DPN

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 25.

Offering Oncology, Swedish, therapeutic touch/massage, neuromuscular, infant/child, pregnancy/postpartum, breathwork, visualization, body-mind-spirit work. Specializing in symptom relief for cancer patients, survivors, anyone with a life threatening illness, and care-partners/givers. Teaches “Touch, Caring and Cancer� workshops


minimizing cancer effects by the use of massage for family and friends. See ad on page 27.


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professional Massage Therapists offering many healing modalities for physical wellness and well being. Each Therapist has their own personal hands on experience and continuing education in the healing arts. Kay Krieger, Diane Myers and Beverly Peirson welcome you.


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2051 Plainfield Pike Johnston, RI 401-464-6100 ItsYourBodysSymphony.comÂ

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 42.


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


120 Wayland Ave, Ste 4B Providence, RI 02906 401-808-0837 Over 10,000+ hours of restorative 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. “She’s RI Lic #MT01664.


Marie Bouvier-Newman 1099 Mendon Road, Cumberland, RI 401-305-3585 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 27.


700 American Legion Highway (Rte.177) Westport, MA 508-636-4668 “The tree of Life for Everyone...Discover Your Tree.� Yoga,Tai Chi, Spiritual Cirlce,Spiritual book club and Spirit Art Classes. Reiki, Massages, Facials, Waxing and Ear Candling. There’s angel card reading and Tarot and Past life readings. See ad page 8.


934 East Main Rd, Portsmouth, RI Info@TheWomen’ t5IF8PNFOT8FMMPSH Massage & Bodywork, Intuitive Movement, Yoga, Fitness, and Nutrition with Kerri Maroney, BS, LMT, 269-8788. Holistic Tarot, Astrology, Shamanic Counseling, and Reiki with Cris McCullough, MA, 662-6642.Treatment rooms & loft space available for classes, workshops, train-

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2243 Highland Ave, Fall River, MA 02720 508-689-4633 Focus is on better eating habits and food. You will gain energy and experience overall happiness in your life while achieving your ideal weight and health goals. See ad on page 29.


Maria Sichel, RYT, CSYT 2155 Diamond Hill Rd Cumberland, RIÂ 02864 401-305-5319 I offer private SvaroopaÂŽ yoga therapy sessions tailored to meet your needs. I am specially trained in treating pain - including back pain and neck and shoulder issues. Yoga Therapy is more powerful than weekly yoga classes and moves you more quickly toward health and well being. My students experience pain relief, greater mobility, improved sleep, easier breathing, deep relaxation, increased

SANTOSHA YOGA &Â HOLISTIC HEALTH CENTER 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston RI 401-780-9809 Helping you integrate body, mind, heart and Spirit is our intention at Santosha Yoga & Holistic Health Center. Accessible to all body types and personalities we offer Yoga Classes, Workshops and Holistic Health Services that will support you in Uplifting your soul and healing your body and mind. Call us for a Complementary Wellness Consultation & Yoga class. See ad on page 16.


593 Charles St, Providence, RI 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton, RI 401-308-8745 Find joy, love, and peace with Ananda through ancient and effective techniques of meditation, spiritually oriented Hatha Yoga, kirtan, Kriya Yoga and more. Deepen your own spiritual journey in the company of friends who support your inner growth. Ananda is based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, and was founded by Yogananda’s direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda.


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The Hollywood Secret to Beautiful Skin Offered in Rhode Island

The Acupuncture Facelift is a favorite of Celebrities, like Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna and Sandra Bullock, who get them regularly for

Radiant, Glowing, Youthful Skin! How would you like to look years younger without painful surgery? And through an all-natural approach that also boosts overall health!

Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Calvin Lee has put down the knife and replaced it with needles, getting, as he calls it, “a Botox effect from Acupuncture”.

t Lifts Sagging Skin t Reduces & Eliminates Age Spots t Lifts Cheeks & Eyebrows t Stimulates Collagen t Improves the Tone of the Jaw Line t Reduces Puffy Eyes t Reduces Crows Feet t Weight Loss t Hormones and Thyroid t Detoxification t Anxiety/Depression


AFTER 10 Treatments

“With Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture, we can actually lift the skin straight up. What we’re doing is eventually forming a little scar formation and that scar will actually keep the lift. Smaller needles tackle fine lines around the eyes and mouth. Those lines are so fine even filler can’t fill them.” — Dr. Calvin Lee

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