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When intently focusing on being everything to everyone, it’s probable that we are neglecting to attend to our own needs. Though we inherently understand that when we take care of ourselves we are better equipped to take better care of others, we (women) don’t often top our own priority list. We’re all familiar with the instructions from airline attendants to first put on our own oxygen mask, and then help children or elders with theirs; yes, we need to ensure a flow of oxygen to ourselves first, before we can help others. Many women believe they can shortchange this message of self-care and power through, regardless of the consequences. In the short term we feel fulfilled and energized from serving others, which is beneficial to us as well. But long-term, combined with relentless busyness just to keep our lives going can be devastating to our health. Opportunities to fill our days with need to’s and want to’s seem limitless but doing ever more without pausing to rest and reflect is a slippery slope. We can better ensure we have the stamina and capacity to be at our best when we consistently care for our own mind, body and spirit. The state of our health is impacted by countless factors ranging from food and environment to the technology around us. Some of the warning signals we need to watch out for include inflammation, thyroid functioning, hormonal imbalance and loss in the pleasure in life. Our May issue is filled with articles from local health practitioners and national authors well-versed in natural ways to enhance our health and vitality. This year I have had the opportunity to refocus on myself some after a very crazy fall and early winter. I am thankful to have all of the resources that come with being associated with Natural Awakenings. Other publishers, advertisers and readers alike continue to fill my spirit with gratitude. Now we get to start fresh with a new spring season. I have always loved the feel of May, and not just because it is the month of my birth, although that helps! Something about everything growing and blooming, people getting back outside, with the sun just a little bit warmer with the promise of summer just around the corner never fails to fill my heart.

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lant lovers from around the state celebrate the start of the growing season each May by the return of Southside Community Land Trust’s (SCLT) Rare & Unusual Plant Sale. This two-day event held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., May 14 and 15, attracts on average 2,000 gardeners and takes place at City Farm, a lush oasis at the corner of West Clifford and Dudley Streets on Providence’s South Side. SCLT members will be allowed early entry on Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. Members also save 10 percent on their purchases. Hundreds of varieties of sustainably grown annuals, perennials, and fruit and vegetable plant starts—roughly 20,000 in all—are sold. Growers use only seeds from high-quality, trusted sources, and every year select several that are hard (or even impossible) to find at local nurseries. Experts will also be on hand to answer any questions. The Sale is a community event and a community effort. The Plant Sale accepts SNAP and EBT benefits, and all proceeds support SCLT’s education and outreach programs. In addition, plants left over after the event are donated to more than 30 local nonprofits. Volunteers are needed to help set up and break down tents and tables, as well as to check memberships and to help carry flats of plants to cars. Coffee, snacks and lunch are provided to the volunteers, but note they will be required to stand the entire shift. For more information, contact Michelle Walker at 401-273-9419 ext. 100, or visit


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he belief that eating well, movement and selfreflection can be transformative led to the creation of All That Matters’ signature 40 Day (R)EVOLUTION program,Experience which kicks off thisown month to help people your start their own personal health revolution. personal health revolution! The 40 Day (R)EVOLUTION will be hosted at starts 4th of May locations. at all 3 studios all three Allweek That Matters’ A free informational talk will be held from 4 to 5 p.m., May 15 at the Providence location, 6 to 7 p.m., May 18 at the South yoga + holistic health centers Kingstown location, and 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., May 19 Providence / E. Greenwich / S. Kingstown at the East Greenwich location. 401-782-2126 Whether practicing a long time or new to yoga, 40 days—guided and supported by a yoga studio and in a community—can transform one’s approach to health. During the program, participants will take part in a weekly group meeting and will have unlimited access to yoga classes. Meeting days and times vary at each location. Working with a team of experienced teachers, participants will transform old habits into new healthy choices for lasting change, learn how to meditate, understand the best way to practice yoga for their body and gain new insights into eating patterns. Dwyer adds, “Maintaining our health and vitality is not a one and done occurrence. Health and wellness is a lifelong endeavor. As the season changes, jobs change and we age, we need to adjust our diets, exercise and habits. Good habits will stick if you give them time and attention.”

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r. Eva Ligeri, a chiropractic physician, holistic health counselor and graduate of The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, will host an informative magnesium diet cooking class from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., May 21 and June 11, in Rehoboth, Massachusetts. Recent studies show that a large percentage of the U.S. population is deficient in this very important vital mineral. Magnesium helps control more than 300 metabolic functions in the human body. Low levels can manifest in any number of unexpected ways affecting blood pressure, muscle relaxation, bone strength, immune system and heart and brain function. The trend of people eating more processed foods and less fruit, vegetables and whole grains has given rise to deficiencies that lead to compromised health. Eating a nutrient-rich, plant-based whole foods diet improves the chances of good health and helps to avoid illness. Ligeri will teach simple but critical preparation techniques to show how individuals can add delicious arugula, kale, parsley, rabe, watercress, brown rice, buckwheat and quinoa to their daily diet right away. Cost: $50. Location: 39 Wheaton Ave., Rehoboth, MA. To register, call 401-261-8999 or email See ad on page 19.


r. Gay Ben Tré, D.Ac.,R.N., will discuss leading-edge health topics and how they work together to influence our health so that inherited genes do not have to determine our story. The presentation will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m., May 18, at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island Medical Staff Auditorium, in Pawtucket. Ben Tré will address a variety of conditions including miscarriage, heart disease and cancer and how nutrigenomics can be used to achieve the following health goals: enhance athletic and intellectual performance; create resilience from mental, emotional and physical stress, including environmental toxin exposure; counter the negative side effects of medications; postpone aging and bypass the negative effects of heredity by boosting cellular growth and repair and lowering risk factors; Gay Ben Tré, D.Ac.,R.N. balance mood and mental states by calming anxiety, focusing concentration, and relieving depression and insomnia; balance hormone levels, enhance fertility and correct reproductive organ function; and protect the brain and prevent degeneration caused by heredity, inflammation and aging. She will also discuss how attendees can impact the progression and reverse effects of chronic diseases that are influenced by diet including: autoimmune, cardiovascular and neurological disorders, thyroid dysfunction, chronic infections, allergies, arthritis, leaky gut, sleep disorders, anxiety, skin conditions and fatigue. Ben Tré is a doctor of acupuncture, a master of Chinese herbal medicine and a registered nurse at Thrive Health Solutions, in Providence. For more than three decades, she has specialized in supporting the health of adults and children in all aspects of their lives. She bridges conventional Western with alternative and complementary medicine to create a truly holistic approach to meeting the unique healthcare needs of her clients. Cost: Free. Location: 111 Brewster St., Pawtucket. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 401-207-4670, email or visit See ad on page 13.

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You will gain a better understanding of the scope of the intrinsic factors involved with a medical facility by working directly with patients receiving chemotherapy or radiation, those staying in the hospital after treatment or surgery, and patients with other medical conditions. Massage therapist interns experience firsthand what it is like for an individual to go through a variety of medical treatment options. Aspects of the physiological changes this population experiences will be outlined in steps so that massage therapists can work safely and skillfully with this population. The knowledge acquired is easily transferred to your private practice for the benefit of your own clients. — Sessions will be offered starting in September at Roger Williams Medical Center in Providence and Saint Anne’s Hospital in Fall River, Massachusetts. — Learn more at an upcoming information session from 4 to 6 p.m. on May 26 and June 23. The application period is underway. — Information sessions are open to any health care provider interested in learning more about working with individuals who have medical conditions. Call 401-333-7282 or email to register.

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earn to stop dieting and rebuild a healthy relationship with food at a free event sponsored by the Rhode Island Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Whole Foods from 6 to 7:30 p.m., May 25 at the University of Rhode Island Kingston Campus. The speaker, Adriana Brayman, a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified intuitive counselor of Unconditional Nutrition, will provide insight into mindful and intuitive eating. Parking passes not needed, as classes will not be in session. Look for signs pointing the way. Cost: Free. Location: 25 West Independence Way, Kingston Independence Sq., Rm. 195, Kingston. For more information, visit

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he Providence Flea opens for its fourth year on June 5, on the Providence River Greenway, across from 345 South Water Street, and every Sunday through September 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine.  With more than 200 vendors having rotated through the Flea over the course of three previous seasons, excitement is building for the capital city’s weekly Sunday treasure hunt. Featuring unusual and upcycled finds, vintage fashion and accessories, antiques, art, collectibles, furniture, plants, prints and photographs, and a collection of one-of-a-kind works by local artisans and makers, the Flea offers something different each week for every taste and style.  To satisfy Flea foodies, a major attraction returning to the market is the rotating line-up of the state’s favorite food trucks and carts participating throughout the summer. The Flea also features local musicians that play acoustic tunes on the scenic boardwalk along the Greenway, and a featured community non-profit at each market.   The site is easily accessible by public transportation and offers plenty of free, on-street parking on Sundays. Now accepting vendor applications on the web site at and throughout the summer on a rolling basis, space permitting.    For more information, featured vendors and daily updates, follow The Providence Flea on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest, and on the blog at See ad on page 23.

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ind Matters Hypnosis Centers is offering a hypnosis certification course June 18 through June 25 in North Branford, Connecticut. Registration for this session closes May 15. During eight full days of in-person training (plus home and group study), Lisa Zaccheo, MA, BCH, BCI, will teach attendees how to successfully hypnotize themselves and others. The course will cover the science behind hypnosis, who can and cannot be hypnotized, what it can be used for and exactly how to use this technique that gives people access to the other 90 percent of the mind’s power. Becoming a certified hypnotist or hypnotherapist is an opportunity to start a new and fulfilling career for any that are feeling bored or unfulfilled in their current job. Mind Matters also offers hypnosis sessions at each of its three locations. Because the mind controls virtually everything in our lives, including perceptions, emotions, habits and behaviors, hypnosis has been proven highly effective at resolving many emotional and behavioral issues in adults and children. These include low selfconfidence, stress, attention disorders, insomnia, pain management, phobias, and negative habits such as overeating, smoking, nail biting and much more. Cost: $450. Mind Matters Hypnosis Centers has locations in Avon, Rocky Hill and Guilford. For more information, call Lisa at 860-693-6448 or visit

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atural Awakenings Magazine, DiscoverYou Events and Simplafyi have partnered to bring a new kind of event to Rhode Island this spring. The Mind Body Connection event will include a viewing of the feature documentary film, The Connection, which reveals groundbreaking research by the world’s leading experts in mind-body medicine and true stories of recovery. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 15, at West Warwick High School and will also include an expo along with 20 mind-body and personal growth workshops throughout the day. Screenings of the movie will be held at 11 a.m. with a second opportunity at 1:30 p.m. Join Brian Beneduce in his workshop Conversations with Brian, Sandra Musial, M.D., on how An Apple a Day Does Keep the Doctor Away, Gail Ahlers on Choosing Happiness, Michael Gottfried, DC, on 7 Keys to a Long/Healthy Life and more. More than 40 vendors supporting the mind-body connection mission will provide opportunities for attendees to gain knowledge. “We felt the movie has such a powerful insight on the extraordinary link between your mind, body and health that we wanted to bring it to Rhode Island,” says Maureen Cary, publisher of Natural Awakenings “After watching such a compelling film, it’s only natural to want to learn more about what you can do for yourself in your own neighborhood. We’ve brought that together,” she says. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the door. See sneak preview on page 47 and ad on back cover.

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our Elements Salon & Spa is excited to introduce the first halotherapy salt cave in the South Coast region at its new location at 632 State Road, in Westport, Massachusetts. Since 2011, spas across the country have opened halotherapy caves to support overall wellness and offer relief from respiratory ailments, skin irritation, depression, stress and a host of other health concerns. After researching the benefits of halotherapy, owner Kathy Quinlan decided to build the salt cave under the direction of Dr. Margaret Smiechowski, a leader in the halotherapy movement in the United States. A well-designed salt cave replicates the microclimates found in the subterranean salt caves of Eastern Europe. The cave is lined with salt crystals imported from the Himalayan region and features a halogenerator that circulates salt through the air during therapy sessions. A visit to the halotherapy cave offers a calming, peaceful environment while promoting respiratory and overall wellness. For more information, call Four Elements at 508-672-3111 or visit

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ntidepressant drug use is on the rise, particularly among women. A report released by Medco Health Solutions analyzed prescription claims data from 2.5 million Americans between 2001 and 2010 and found that 25 percent of women take drugs for a mental health condition. Despite a mainstream medicine notion that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance, medications known by familiar names such as Zoloft and Prozac meant to counter symptoms of such an imbalance may instead be causing a host of known harmful side effects. “In six decades, not a single study has proven that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance,” asserts Dr. Kelly Brogan, an integrative physician, women’s health advocate and pioneer in holistic psychiatry. A study published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry in 2014 reviewed 10 randomized, placebo-controlled trials to assess the effectiveness of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) in adults with symptoms of depression. The researchers from Aarhus University, in Denmark, found that treating inflammation in patients helped decrease their symptoms. Brogan asserts that this approach is the best way to treat depression in women, advocating the use of a holistic anti-inflammation strategy instead of NSAIDs or antidepressants. “A more effective, drug-free approach is to recruit basic lifestyle changes that kick-start the body’s self-healing mechanisms, helping to curtail the symptoms of depression,” she claims. Her suggestions include dietary modification; simple breathing and meditation techniques; minimizing exposure to biology-disrupting toxins that include common over-the-counter drugs; sufficient sleep and exercise. “Medical literature has emphasized the role of inflammation in mental illness for more than 20 years, so if you think a chemical pill can save, cure or correct you, think again,” says Brogan. “Covering over symptoms is a missed opportunity to resolve the root cause of the problem.” For more information, visit




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study of 9,050 people by researchers at Britain’s University College of London (UCL), Princeton University and Stony Brook University has determined that a sense of purpose and meaning in the lives of older individuals can significantly reduce the risk of earlier mortality. The researchers called this greater sense of purpose “evaluative well-being”. The study followed subjects that averaged 65 years old at the start for eight-and-a-half years. During that period, 9 percent of those with the highest levels of well-being died. Among those with the lowest levels of well-being, 29 percent passed away during the same period—a 30 percent higher incidence of earlier mortality. The study was led by Professor Andrew Steptoe, director of the UCL Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care, who explains, “These analyses show that the meaningfulness and sense of purpose that older people have in their lives are also related to survival.” The mechanisms for this effect are still largely unknown. “There are several biological mechanisms that may link well-being to improved health, such as through hormonal changes or reduced blood pressure,” he says.


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ccording to a recent report in the journal Interventional Neuroradiology, dental practice and research in Europe has determined that ozone therapy can be used to slow the growth of tooth and gum infections. Clinicians are also finding that targeted exposure to ozonated water, gas and oils helps to manage viral and fungal infections, including oral herpes infections. Approximately a quarter of lesions treated with ozone do not reappear. These treatments have also been used successfully on sinus infections and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction. Using ozone offers advantages over the use of antibiotics, which contribute to antibiotic resistance, according to the report. In addition, ozone gas has been shown effective in eliminating Enterococcus faecalis, one of the central bacteria involved in root canal infections, which can become increasingly resistant to the central antimicrobial treatment used in root canal therapy, sodium hypochlorite, and can thus decrease the risk of continued infection. “Additionally, the bone at the end of the roots is often shown to harbor pathogenic bacteria for many years after traditional root canal therapy has been completed. Ozone can eliminate those bacteria that infest this region and remove toxic waste products that effectively prevent complete healing of the osseous structures,” writes study author and Doctor of Dental Medicine William Domb, director of the Inland Institute of Aesthetic Dentistry, in Upland, California.

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a recent World Health Organization statement, glyphosate is a probable carcinogen to humans. The researchers purchased samples of cotton gauze, swabs, wipes and feminine care products including tampons and sanitary pads from stores in the La Plata area. Dr. Damian Marino, the study’s lead researcher, recounts the results: “Eightyfive percent of all samples tested positive for glyphosate and 62 percent for aminomethylphosphonic acid (AMPA), which is the environmental metabolite, but in the case of cotton and sterile cotton gauze, the figure was 100 percent.” Marino adds, “In terms of concentrations, we saw that in raw cotton, AMPA dominates, with 39 parts per billion (PPB), followed by 13 PPB of glyphosate. While AMPA is absent in the gauze, the material contained glyphosate at 17 PPB.” The research was presented at the 2015 national Congress of Doctors of Fumigated Towns, in Buenos Aires.

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The Historic Congressional Cemetery, permanent resting place of J. Edgar Hoover, John Philip Sousa and 68,000 others, is threatened by invasive species such as poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, kudzu and English ivy. “They are plants not native to Washington, D.C.,” says Paul Williams, president of the cemetery. “They climb and kill our trees, which then fall onto the cemetery, damaging our headstones.” Instead of using harmful herbicides that could become runoff into the nearby Anacostia River, managers have enlisted a herd of 30 goats to combat the problem. The arrangement lets the native plants grow to support pollinating insects. The University of Georgia’s Chew Crew, comprising 40 goats, is likewise tasked with getting rid of invasive species growing around urban streams on its campus, another example of the elegant, low-tech solution. Maintaining steep inclines and other hard-to-reach areas can be expensive when using toxic herbicides and physical labor. After seeing the success of the Chew Crew, Clemson University is now also using goats to naturally recover some of the more overgrown areas of its campus. Source: CNN

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Fifteen years in the making, the Babayagas’ House—a feminist alternative to a retirement home—has opened in Paris. This self-managed social housing project is run by its community of inspired female senior citizens that want to maintain their independence. “To live long is a good thing, but to age well is better,” says 85-year-old Thérèse Clerc, who initially conceived the project as a means of combating the idea that growing old is an illness and that retirement homes are a kind of prison. “We want to change the way people see old age, and that means learning to live differently,” she says. The five-story building houses 25 apartments located at the center of Montreuil, just blocks away from shops, a movie theater and the metro. The project cost just under $4.4 million and was funded by eight public sources, including the city council. Two similar projects are now underway in Palaiseau and Bagneux. Source:

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ne way for all women to easily support their health with herbs is by drinking a daily herbal tonic (tea). Herbal tonics are high in vitamins and minerals (which are water soluble) and help to strengthen and tone the body’s tissues and organs. Nutritive tonics are fabulous for women’s health, especially ones that are high in silica, which maintains healthy hair and nails. Nettle is high in vitamins and minerals, especially iron and silicia. Horsetail is another herb that is high in silica that can be drank every day to support the health of hair, nails and skin. Astringent herbs are also very useful for women’s health. Some astringents have a specific constituent called tannins, which help to tighten tissues. Raspberry leaf, ladies mantle and shepard’s purse are wonderful herbs to support women’s health and to tone the uterus and pelvic muscles. Astringents can also help to stop heavy menstrual flow. Raspberry leaf is a wonderful uterine tonic, and is typically recommended to use during all nine months of pregnancy. Rose and witch hazel are other amazing astringents, which are used topically, helping to tighten the skin and reduce wrinkles. Herbs that balance hormones are helpful for women (and men). These herbs support natural estrogen and testosterone levels. Red clover is a fantastic herb to use daily. Full of vitamins and minerals such as vitamins A, B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), vitamin C, calcium, potassium, and magnesium, it helps support the body in producing estrogen. Red clover has been used to manage premenstrual syndrome (PMS), support breast health and reduce hot flashes in menopausal women. Also, it helps to support a woman’s body throughout pregnancy. Ashwaganda helps to enhance energy, support the aging process and increase vitality. It has also been used to reduce menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, anxiety and mood. For those that may have low libido, ashwaganda is a powerful aphrodisiac helping to stimulate sex drive. Motherwort is a terrific herb that helps with the physical and emotional effects of women’s monthly friend. Due to the antispasmodic properties, motherwart helps to ease uterine contractions. Working wonders on the nervous system, it helps ease the stress and tension that comes with PMS. This powerful herb is not recommended during pregnancy, but wonderful for toning and strengthening the uterus after childbirth. Mary Blue is a community herbalist and educator, author of Herbal Foundations, and owner of Farmacy Herbs, located at 28 Cemetery St., Providence. Learn more at 401-270-5223 or See ad on this page.

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Beautiful at Any Age Skin as a Mirror of Our Health by Natural Awakenings Staff


t is not easy to fight the aging process as the skin begins to lose its tone, firmness and radiance, says Anna Golub, an award-winning skin care specialist with more than 20 years of study, research and professional experience in holistic esthetics. With a background in nutrition, biology and medical technology, she has developed her own, chemical-free, skin care line called Vitana, and believes in a strong connection between healthy skin and proper nutrition. “I’ve been studying the aging process in the human body for decades and strongly believe that we all have an ability to slow down aging,” says Golub. “Regeneration is possible, and many scientists are working on restoration of DNA and repairing the damage,” she adds. Golub’s goal is not only to relax her clients, but to educate, advise and guide them in their skin care decisions. Using a strong evidence-based approach, Golub respects the powers of plant materials in esthetics and also relies on the newest novel strategies of scientific research and studies in longevity and youth preservation. In her opinion, two of the strongest weapons in skin restoration are enzymatic exfoliation and transdermal nourishment.

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According to Golub, enzymatic exfoliation has lately become more popular than traditional chemical peels. This treatment is a plant-based therapy that uses mostly fruits like pineapple, papaya and pumpkin to exfoliate the skin, a necessity, says Golub, to stimulate the cell turnover process and remove


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the dry, superficial, dull skin cells by digesting the proteins and preventing build-up. “Enzymes can work more gently than acids in breaking down the bonds which hold shedding skin cells together and accelerate the skin’s natural exfoliation process,” she explains. “They can prevent the increased keratinization around follicles, which block sebum flow and create blackheads in acne.” Regular exfoliation produces a smooth and radiant complexion, achieves an immense hydrating and antibacterial effect, and promotes better absorption of skin care products. Golub says that scientific studies confirm the application of enzymes improves epidermal and dermal firmness and thickness. Enzymatic exfoliation is beneficial

for resilient skin types, where evenly removing the shedding top layer of skin leads to lighter and more radiant skin with a smooth, more uniformed texture.

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After the skin has been broken down following corrective treatments, it needs to be rebuilt and nourished. Some of the most vital nutrients include peptides, essential fatty acids, growth factors, amino acids and antioxidants. “These nutrients are energy weapons for cell, collagen and elastin activators,” says Golub. “The nourishing process detoxifies skin tissues, supporting deep transdermal rejuvenation.” The topical application of a proper nutrition with boosting antioxidants, amino acids and essential fatty acids results in visibly firmer, more defined and younger-looking skin. Topical nourishing formulas easily absorbed by the skin allow for the optimum delivery of all nutrients to the deeper skin cells to tone. “Homecare is a most important part of any skin care program,” advises Golub, “because it regenerates the skin and the cells by active substances 24/7. Everyone, regardless of age, wants to see healthy, glowing skin in the mirror.” When clients see what little effect aging has had on Golub’s own skin, they realize that a skin care specialist that designs an anti-aging program specific to one’s skin is the best way to protect it from undesirable age factors. Adding nutrient-rich, essential topical compounds into a daily skin care regimen is a great multi-factorial defense against the loss of youthful-looking skin.   Anna Golub is a specialist in the antiaging sciences, including the effects of nutrition, hormonal changes and lifestyle on the skin. She is the owner of Renaissance Clinique located at 145 Waterman St., Providence, as well as author of publications Skin as a Mirror of Our Health. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 401-521-0762 or visit See ad on page 21.     

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FACIAL FITNESS Exercises to Tone Your Face and Neck by Kathleen Barnes


ravity takes its toll as years pass, and many women find themselves bemoaning crow’s feet, frown lines and turkey necks that make them look older than they feel. Experts point to the loss of “fat pads” in the cheeks, bone loss around the eye sockets and cheekbones and overall weak muscles as potential contributors to facial aging. Natural exercise programs designed to reverse these unpleasant signs of aging comprise a new fitnessfor-beauty trend. “Face and neck muscles somehow have been left out of mainstream fitness programs,” observes Denver esthetician and massage therapist Grace Mosgeller, who addresses this void with her series

of eight FaceFitnez audio and video exercises. “If you tone the muscles of your face and neck, the skin attached to those muscles firms and tones as well, creating a natural youthful look.” Muscular stress—the good kind— is at the core of facial fitness, says Mosgeller. She cite’s Wolff’s Law, a wellknown medical theory that bone grows and remodels in response to the tension or muscle engagement put on it. “Regular facial exercise works the muscles to correct the loss of both muscle tone and bone density and build collagen. It might be called the equivalent of pushups, pull-ups and abdominal tucks for the face.” Carolyn Cleaves, owner of Carolyn’s


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Facial Fitness, in Seabeck, Washington, near Seattle, a former college professor, developed a facial exercise program for herself upon detecting early signs of aging. With the help of two primary care physicians, she designed a routine that includes 28 basic exercises that target all 57 facial muscles. “As we get older, we lose the underlying layer of fat just beneath the skin, and as a result, we look old and tired,” says Cleaves. She agrees that exercising the face actually helps rebuild lost bone, enlarges the muscles and also builds collagen. A study from the University of Rochester, in New York, confirms that loss of bone mass can start in women as early as age 40. It starts in men 16 to 25 years later. Mosgeller’s facial exercises work to fade wrinkles and lines and firm up sagging flesh, yielding visible results in as little as two weeks of dedicated training. She says, “Within six to nine months, it’s possible to look five to 10 years younger than when you started.” Her claims are verified by Dr. Carol Lipper, in Denver, who states, “I’ve done the exercises and they work. The trouble is compliance. It’s a lot of work.” She confirms that she saw improvement in her droopy eyelids after just two or three weeks of adhering to Mosgeller’s workouts. “It seems that every three months or so, I see another leap in results and a younger look,” adds Cleaves of those using her program. Here are a few crucial areas to target, with just a few of these experts’ recommended remedies.

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Mosgeller’s Rx for Droopy Eyelids: Place index finger on top of a closed eyelid, and then lift fingers up and slightly to the outside. Blink hard and hold. It’s preventive, as well as curative, says Mosgeller, so those over 45 should repeat this 100 times a day, while younger individuals should repeat 20 to 50 times a day. Mosgeller’s Frown Line Eraser: Pull brows apart with fingers and hold for two seconds. Repeat 50 to 100 times up to six times per week. This is meant to relax and tone the muscles, not build them. Cleaves’ Turkey Neck Buster: Tilt the head back slightly. With palm facing the neck, grasp under the chin with a wide-open hand and slowly slide hand down to the collarbone; hold there while counting to 10. Repeat five times daily.


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Seniors, Teens and Tykes Enriching Programs Unite the Generations

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n intergenerational programs throughout the U.S. and in Europe, thousands of “youngers” and “elders” are building bridges that were forged naturally before family members spread out and many retirees departed for warmer climes. Based on a U.S. adult population of 41 million people 65 years and older and 74 million youths up to the age of 17, the current generation gap is already unprecedented. By 2030, those numbers will increase to 72 million and 80 million, respectively, according to the international nonprofit Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Along with Generation Waking Up, Wiser Together and others, it’s working to foster better social cohesion in ways that help individuals of all ages lead richer and more rewarding lives.

Two-Way Mentoring

Providing nurturing opportunities for individuals to look at life through the eyes of others with dissimilar experiences that have led them to different assumptions and perspectives on life can be helpful. Broadening everyone’s relation-


life lessons could prove invaluable to me,” says McGlasson. The experience inspired her to develop a multigenerational “grandparents at-large” partnership with an elementary school across the street from the Del Webb community. The school principal recognized that residents would be valuable mentors, able to fill an emotional void for the latchkey kids of working parents, plus foster a deeper appreciation for their elders among the children. “In this paradigm of mentorship, young people are mentoring their elders and elders are mentoring young people and together, we’re co-creating something new,” says Joshua Gorman, the founder of Generation Waking Up, based in Oakland, California.

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ship scope to include “May-December” friendships creates the potential for the kind of life-changing possibilities experienced by a troubled young man named Harold when he struck up a surprising friendship with a life-loving woman as old as his grandmother in the film Harold and Maude. In real life, “I had the blessing of growing up in an intergenerational family,” says Yvette McGlasson, director of port revenue for the PPI Group, in Pompano, Florida. The 17-year veteran of the cruise industry is a former Holland America cruise director whose career at sea launched her into work as a director of events for age-restricted (55-plus) gated communities such as Del Webb Lake Providence, near Nashville. “As a child, I was told I had to listen to my elders as a sign of respect. The many memorable times spent with my grandparents, my mother’s friends and a great aunt who lived to 101, soon turned my resignation into an active desire to spend time with my elders. Their experiences and wisdom were fascinating and I understood that their shared


aving regular positive interactions with family and friends and being involved in several different social networks can help older adults be healthier, according to recent research published by the American Psychological Association. This fact inspired the intergenerational living model embodied by Cleveland’s Judson Manor retirement community. Resident students attending the Cleveland Institutes of Art and Music teach older residents how to use computers for email, social media and Skype, with unlimited personal access included among the amenities associated with the affordable housing. These neighbors from different generations also join in art projects and attend movies together. This innovative approach helps solve the housing crisis faced by many cities while addressing social issues of isolation as the young people spontaneously converse with seniors about their studies, activities and other happenings in the outside world.

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Facilitating Connections

Since launching their first multigenerational initiative at the Shambhala Institute in 2004, partnering across age groups has been at the forefront of Juanita Brown and David Isaacs’ work as co-founders and hosts of the World Café global learning community. “We cultivate collaboration through conversations that matter in order to leverage the unique gifts of every generation in addressing humanity’s most critical issues,” says Brown. Such conversations—in which elders and young people give up the cultural and societal norms and habits that shape so much of their thinking—offer both groups opportunities to discern the possibilities inherent in mutual insight, innovation and action. When a young Clarissa Tufts, program coordinator and family liaison for the SelfDesign Learning Community, in British Columbia, was working on her master’s degree from the SelfDesign Graduate Institute, she sought out mentor Anne Adams, a faculty member in her 70s who worked with Tufts for 18 months. “Anne’s earliest statements, ‘I’m here to support you in being the best you can be’ and ‘I get energized by talking with young people and hearing their ideas,’ felt good and let me know that we were both benefitting from our relationship and building something together,” says Tufts. Stimulating cooperation and collaboration among generations evokes the vibrancy, energy and productivity that occur when people cross-pollinate ideas and perspectives. It can also provide a sense of purpose, improve confidence and social skills, create solutions to societal challenges, help resolve emotional and behavioral problems and lift depression, all enhancing productive engagement in life. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at


child leaves a series of half finished projects and forgotten chores in his wake while simultaneously throwing a sock on, grabbing his backpack, running back to grab lunch money only then to turn and ask his parent why they didn’t do something for them. Parents familiar with this scene often find themselves asking, “When is my child going to take responsibility?” While children with ADHD are often listing reason after reason about why they forgot, left behind, or didn’t do something, they may not necessarily be trying to avoid taking responsibility. After all, the 15-year-old doesn’t really think it is their parents’ responsibility to remind them about their homework. Most of the time what they are really saying is, “if it was so important that you were going to get this mad, why didn’t you remind me about it?” While this may seem like ridiculous rationale, teenagers tend to act irrationally from time to time. Many times, children already accept the responsibility. They are often just explaining that they aren’t as much of a screw up as their recent screw up makes them seem. It really doesn’t matter who we are or what we have, every one of us has a reason for what we do and why we do it a particular way. These “excuses” are often simply a description of the method to our madness. When adults and coaches take the time to listen to these “excuses” as “explanations”, they can often uncover a magical world of solutions to a child’s most frustrating challenges. “It fell out of my bag,” is perhaps the world’s most common explanation for forgotten schoolwork. This generally

is followed by a power struggle about how easy it is to actually put something inside the folder instead of throwing it in. One of the most common excuses for not actually putting something in the pocket of a folder is a lack of time or being “in a rush.” In this scenario, it important to take a moment to listen to a student’s complete rationale and then find a more efficient method. It is common for the ADHD student to be too impulsive and in too much of a hurry to take that simple extra step. A good rule is, “Accept the situation for what it is; don’t fight it!” If a student won’t take a step, no matter how small it seems, they simply will not take it. Work around it. While it may never be possible to minimize the frequency of the power struggles or the ongoing “excuses vs. explanations” debate, parents, teachers and other caregivers can, however, always make them more productive. While all children must be held accountable, remember there is a method to their madness. If it isn’t working, then learn to understand their perspective and then help them discover different steps toward improvement. Teresa Bairos holds a bachelor’s of science degree in child and family studies as well as a master’s of arts degree in marriage and family therapy. Her work and coaching practice integrates clinical principles to help families break through the patterns of conflict faced by families struggling with ADHD. For more information, call 401- 400-4973 or visit See ad on page 17.

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Solutions for a Sluggish Thyroid

to absorb iodine, explains Thompson. “They’re everywhere, in our air, water and food. It’s nearly impossible to avoid them,” reports Shames, a longtime advocate in the movement against the common practice of adding fluoride (a derivative of fluorine) and chlorine to municipal water. Fluoride is also added to many brands of toothpaste. Bromide is part of almost all commercial flour and flour products, as well as soft drinks. Shames offers an historic insight. “Fluoride was once used to slow down an overactive thyroid, as recommended by the physicians’ bible, the Merck Manuals. Now we’re putting it in the water supply and wondering why we have a mushrooming epidemic of low thyroid incidence.”

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t seems that a common mineral supplement that costs just pennies per day can stimulate an underactive thyroid, restore metabolism to normal levels, curb excess appetite, banish fatigue and generally improve everyone’s health. Mounting scientific evidence shows that iodine may be an answer to many such health woes, especially for women. “The thyroid acts as a throttle, the gas pedal for all metabolic functions in the human body,” says Dr. Richard Shames, of San Rafael, California, author of Thyroid Mind Power. If the thyroid is a driving force of human physiology, then iodine is its key fuel, says Dr. Robert Thompson, of Soldotna, Alaska, author of What Doctors Fail to Tell You About Iodine & Your Thyroid. “Every single cell in your body depends on thyroid hormone, and the thyroid depends on iodine for proper functioning.” “Without sufficient thyroid hormone, we have low energy, slower metabolism, lower immunity to illness and impaired repair and maintenance of bones and joints,” explains Shames. After testing thousands of patients in his practice, Thompson estimates that 90 percent of North Americans are iodine deficient, citing what he calls


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“epidemic proportions” of hypothyroidism (low thyroid function) with symptoms comprising obesity, fatigue, brain fog, irregular or absent menstrual periods, hair loss and heat and cold intolerance.

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Estrogen: Hypothyroidism is overwhelmingly a women’s disease, with women five to eight times more likely to suffer from it than men, according to the American Thyroid Association. “Estrogen inhibits the body’s natural ability to absorb and utilize iodine,” says Dr. Jorge Flechas, of Hendersonville, North Carolina, who specializes in thyroid disorders. “We find three periods in life when women need more iodine: at puberty and during both pregnancy and perimenopause or menopause. It’s because estrogen levels tend to fluctuate wildly at those times, neutralizing the ability of iodine gained through select foods to balance thyroid and other hormones.” Flechas prescribes iodine supplements for most women at all three stages of life. Toxic halogens: Iodine belongs to a group of halogens that includes chlorine, bromine and fluorine, three chemicals that are both toxic to the human body and block its ability

Thyroid Toxins to Avoid Fluorine/fluoride n Fluoridated toothpaste n Unfiltered municipal drinking water n Some bottled teas n Teflon pans n Mechanically deboned chicken Chlorine/chloride n Virtually all municipal water n Swimming pools, spas n Poultry chilled in chlorinated water to kill bacteria n Chlorine bleaches and other conventional household cleaners Bromine/bromide n Flour and flour products, except those labeled “unbrominated” n Soft drinks n Pesticides with methyl bromide n Plastics n Fire retardants in children’s nightwear and some furniture n Spa disinfectants Source: What Doctors Fail to Tell You About Iodine & Your Thyroid, by Dr. Robert Thompson.

Food: “So-called lots of seaweed and 9 in 10 North ‘iodized’ salt doesn’t saltwater fish, says Americans may be Shames. Other food contain much usable iodine, and neither does sources are shellfish, iodine deficient. pink Himalyan sea salt,” turkey, cheese, yogurt, ~ Dr. Robert Thompson milk, eggs, legumes, Shames cautions. We’ve known that cranberries and strawour soil is deficient in essential minerberries. als such as iodine since at least 1936, There is little agreement about the when a special U.S. Senate report optimal levels of iodine people need. concluded that our soil was already The U.S. Department of Agriculture severely depleted. “This simply means maintains that we need 150 microthat when we grow produce, the plants grams a day, but iodine advocates are cannot extract these vital nutrients from quick to point out that a person eating the soil for us—including iodine—if a typical Japanese diet (where hypothythose nutrients aren’t there in the first roidism, or low thyroid activity, is rare) place,” says Thompson. If anything, ingests 12.5 milligrams of iodine each he adds, U.S. soils have become even day—83 times the amount recommendmore sterile in the 80 years since the ed by the government. report and, “Factory farming and the Shames recommends getting use of genetically modified (GMO) an iodine lab test (available without crops, Roundup herbicide and synthetic a prescription at to chemical fertilizers have undoubtedly determine exact needs. Thompson recworsened the situation.” ommends potassium iodide and sodium iodide supplements for thyroid health.

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Healing the Thyroid at Natural Health Solutions


ccording to Dr. Laura Bomback of Natural Health Solutions, in Fall River, Massachusetts, many people that have a blood test to check their thyroid (TSH levels) are told it is fine, but still feel bad, with fatigue, weight changes, hair loss, anxiety/depression, fogginess, and a host of other symptoms. Often at this point, a traditional medical doctor will prescribe medication to control the symptoms. “And, that is what medication does, Dr. Laura Bomback controls it,” she says, “rather than help the thyroid heal and return to normal.” Bomback suggests iodine is what the thyroid needs, “But, if the thyroid is too tired or sick,” she says, “you will be ‘whipping a tired horse’ by taking it before you give the thyroid a chance to start healing.” When Bomback works with a client, she first determines whether some sort of stressor is contributing to the failing gland. Some examples are heavy metals, chemicals such as chlorine, certain foods, or immune challenges. Scars are another type of stressor, with those most common to women being ones from an episiotomy or Csection. Bomback says these scars can inhibit the energy pathway to the thyroid affecting its proper function. At Natural Health Solutions, Bomback uses a noninvasive method of analysis called Nutrition Response Testing to find the cause of ill-health, and then finds the specific nutrition the body needs to restore it to more optimum health. “If it is the thyroid that is causing your symptoms we look to see why, then we address its specific nutritional needs,” Bomback explains. One of her Hashimoto patients shares, “My M.D. was concerned with the growth of my thyroid. My TSH levels were under control but my thyroid antibodies were 977 (< 35 is normal). He gave me three months; I made some lifestyle changes and began a nutrition program with Dr. Bomback and my M.D. was surprised to see a dramatic drop in my antibodies (319).” Another reports similar results: “I have done blood work for my thyroid three times and my doctor keeps lowering my thyroid medication. I can’t wait to stop taking it all together. That day will come. I’m so happy I’m in a program that works.” Natural Health Solutions is located at 293 Linden St., Fall River, MA. For more information, call 508-678-1233 or visit See ad on page 29.


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HPV Vaccine Mandate

What Are the Options? by Aimee Gardiner


n July 2014, Rhode Island became the third place in the U.S. to mandate the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccination. The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is the only Department of Health in the nation that has full authority to mandate vaccines, with no accountability or legislative oversight. Vaccination requirements are decided without public debate or knowledge. In the summer of 2015, hundreds of parents came together to speak out against this mandate required of seventh grade students. With the formation of Rhode Islanders Against Mandated HPV Vaccinations (#NOHPVmandateRI), great strides have been made. Currently five bills have been introduced this session to support what the group advocates for: informed consent and the reversal of the RIDOH’s decision of July 2014. #NOHPVmandateRI is not against the vaccine; they are against the mandate.

Cervical Cancer Prevention in Question

RIDOH is marketing the vaccine as cervical cancer prevention. It also boasts that making vaccines mandatory allows for more to children to acquire the vaccine via the federally funded Vaccine For Children (VFC) free vaccine program in Rhode Island. However, Merck & Co., the maker of Gardasil (HPV vaccine used in Rhode Island), says the vaccine will not protect everyone. Merck also does not know how long any immunity lasts; tests to determine the duration of immunity were carried out for an average of three years. Nowhere on Merck’s website does it say the vaccine will prevent females from getting cervical cancer. The average age of a cervical cancer patient’s diagnosis comes in her mid 50s. Gardasil has not been around long enough to know if this cancer prevention claim will be valid. Cervical cancer is also one of the most treatable cancers when caught early. Pap smears are essential to this process and still recommended even if a woman has received the vaccine. According to the World Health Organization, less than two

percent of all people exposed to any high-risk strain of HPV will ever develop cervical cancer. As federally funded program, The VFC program is defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC determines which vaccines are included in the program, not RIDOH or mandated schedules. The HPV vaccine is currently on that list; therefore, a mandate does not increase the availability of the vaccine for children that qualify for the program. Instead, the mandate does increase the percentage of young people vaccinated because many parents believe they must or their children can not attend school. Furthermore, if a pediatric office does not maintain a certain percentage rate of vaccinated clients, they will be removed from the list of practices allowed to administer vaccines under the VFC program.

Facts about HPV and Gardisal Vaccine

HPV is not transmitted by casual contact; it is sexually transmitted. The vaccine has no effect on those already infected with the HPV strains, and no testing is planned in Rhode Island before administering the vaccine for those that are already sexually active. The American College of Pediatricians (ACP) states that approximately 90 percent of HPV infections will clear themselves within two years. In three years, only 10 percent of women will have an HPV infection, half of which will have developed into a pre-cancerous legion. The American College of Pediatricians (ACP) released a statement earlier this year expressing concerns about Gardasil and its correlation to premature ovarian failure, also known as premature menopause. The ACP also questioned the validity of Merck’s prelicensure Gardasil clinical trials testing the vaccine’s safety because Merck did not use a true inactive placebo but, instead, used a bioactive “placebo” that contained two of the vaccine’s ingredients, one of which was aluminum. HPV has not been shown to cause cervical cancer on its own. In fact, according to the U.S. Surgeon General, other factors, such as smoking cigarettes, have been identified as being strongly

associated with cervical cancer.

What does all this mean?

RIDOH is mandating a vaccine for a virus that is not spread in a classroom, and the explanations for the mandate are not based entirely in truth. The same year this decision to mandate HPV was made, the CDC was brought to question for fraud. In August 2014, 17-year CDC veteran, Dr. William Thompson, invoked whistleblower protection, and turned extensive agency files over to Congress. He says that for the past decade his superiors have pressured him and his fellow scientists to lie and manipulate data about the safety of the mercury based preservative, thimerosal, used in vaccines. The full investigation into the CDC has not been completed. HPV vaccine is currently required for all Rhode Island incoming seventh graders to have one dose, all eighth graders have two doses, and all ninth graders complete the series with three doses. At the same time this was put into effect, the flu shot became required for all preschool children, and the meningococcal vaccine was mandated for high school students.

What are the options?

One option parents have is to exercise their religious exemption, no matter what belief system they have. In Rhode Island, religion is defined by “any strongly held personal belief” and no one can question those beliefs in regards to a religious exemption form. Even if a

student has received the first dose of the three part series, a religious exemption can be used. A form allows for a parent to be exempted from one, a few, or all vaccines. Only the parent’s signature is required on the form. All school nurses should have blank forms in their office. Band together with others who stand for our rights and help create change. Bills S2292, S2295, H7475, H7476 and H7899 all are in support of this effort to reverse the HPV vaccine mandate and to advocate for informed consent in Rhode Island. Citizens can contact their state legislators and inform them of their support of these bills. Contact congress, representatives and senators, and let them know you want them to push forward with reading the CDC whistleblower documents and investigating the CDC fraud. Sign the petition in support of this movement and get updates at Locate state representatives and congress members at The Religious Exemption form and Rhode Island HPV information pack can be downloaded from NOHPVMandateRI. Aimee Gardiner is the Director of Rhode Islanders Against Mandated HPV Vaccinations (#NOHPVmandateRI). Follow on Twitter @MyRightsRI and Email Aimee Gardiner at

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SPARK UP YOUR LOVE LIFE Natural Ways to Boost Libido by Lisa Marshall


nderlying health issues aside, a hectic schedule packed with work deadlines, kids’ sporting events and household chores can leave little time for intimacy. Letting that pattern go on too long can become a problem. “There’s a use-it-or-lose-it phenomenon that occurs,” says Dr. Anita Clayton, a University of Virginia psychiatry professor, neurologist and author of Satisfaction: Women, Sex, and the Quest for Intimacy. Despite what hyper-seductive female media stereotypes suggest we believe, in the real world, 39 percent of women feel they lack sex drive, and nearly half experience some kind of sexual dissatisfaction, according to a survey of 32,000 women published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. About one in eight women are significantly distressed about it. “The truth is, many of us don’t have great sex lives,” confirms Clayton. Sprout Pharmaceuticals introduced Addyi, aka filbanserin, last fall; the first prescription drug to address low libido in women. Some heralded the controversial medication as “the little pink pill,” seeing it as the female version of males’ blue Viagra pill, which a halfmillion men purchased in its first month on the market in 1998. Yet several


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months after its launch, only about 1,000 women had tried Addyi and many doctors declined to prescribe it, due to its lack of widespread efficacy and possible adverse side effects, including low blood pressure and fainting when combined with alcohol. “This is a complex problem that requires a complex solution,” says Honolulu-based naturopathic physician Laurie Steelsmith, author of Great Sex Naturally: Every Woman’s Guide to Enhancing Her Sexuality Through the Secrets of Natural Medicine. “For most women, drugs are not the answer.” She notes that for men, boosting libido is largely a matter of boosting circulation and blood flow to the penis. But for women, desire for lovemaking stems from an interplay of emotional, interpersonal, hormonal and anatomical drivers that make lack of desire harder to “treat”. The truth is that many simple, effective, non-drug approaches exist. As Boulder, Colorado, marriage therapist Michele Weiner Davis puts it, “There’s no reason why a woman wanting a more robust sex life cannot have one.”

Overall Health Check

The number one culprit for low libido in women is subpar physical health, says Steelsmith. “To be capable of fully enjoying pleasure, you need a healthy

body.” Carrying excess weight can both erode self-esteem and lead to reductions in a woman’s natural circulating testosterone, a critical hormone that helps ignite pleasure circuits in the female brain and increase sensitivity in the clitoris. Being underweight can result in fatigue and low sexual energy, diminished production of excitatory brain chemicals and low levels of estrogen, key for keeping a woman moist. Meanwhile, Steelsmith explains, excess stress can prompt the body to “steal” from libido-boosting hormones like progesterone in order to make more of the stress-hormone cortisol. High blood sugar can drive down testosterone, while high cholesterol can clog pelvic blood vessels, dulling sensation. Depression, diabetes and thyroid disorders are other major libido killers, says Clayton. “If you treat them effectively, you may see big improvements.” Women seeking to improve their sexual health should first try to achieve a healthy weight via diet and exercise, Steelsmith says. She recommends an organic diet rich in complex carbohydrates (which keep blood sugar balanced), lean protein (a precursor to desire-related neurotransmitters) and good fats (which help keep vulval tissues lubricated). Exercise—another circulation booster—is also key. Do it before a scheduled hot date for even better results. One 2014 study of 52 women found that those that worked out prior to an anticipated romantic encounter had significantly increased sexual desire.

Pamper Femaleness

Many women avoid sexual encounters for fear of sparking a urinary tract or vaginal infection. This becomes more common after age 40, as estrogen wanes and pelvic tissue thins and dries, leaving it more vulnerable to microbial invaders. Because semen is alkaline, it changes a woman’s vaginal pH, allowing unfriendly bacteria to thrive, says Steelsmith. Her advice: Always go to the bathroom and urinate after intercourse, and use natural lubricants, like vitamin E. For some women, she also recommends low-dose, prescription estrogen cream or suppositories. If an infection occurs, try to treat it

naturally, avoiding antibiotics, which can spark yeast overgrowth. Instead, Steelsmith recommends using tea tree oil, goldenseal, or probiotic douches or suppositories, available online and at health food stores. Kegel exercises are a famous aid, involving clamping down as if interrupting urine flow, before releasing and repeating. This not only help fends off urinary incontinence and infection, it also strengthens and firms pelvic muscles, rendering enhanced enjoyment for both partners.

Weiner Davis. “But even if you put it on the calendar, what you do with that time can still be spontaneous and playful.” While most women assume that they need to be in the mood first, research by University of British Columbia Psychiatrist Rosemary Basson suggests that in some women, desire only comes after physical arousal, especially by a loving partner that takes the time to meet her needs. “I wish I had a dollar for each time someone said to me, ‘I’m not in the mood, but once I get into it, I surprise myself, because I have a really good time,’” says Weiner Davis. She’s not advising women to make love when they really don’t want to, but rather to be open to it even when the circumstances aren’t ideal. “A lot of women feel like the house has to be clean, with the kids asleep and free of distracting noises,” she says. “Sometimes, just do it.”

Is Sex Essential? Make Time for Intimacy

Research has shown that over time, frequent lovemaking actually causes structural changes in certain areas of the brain as new connections form and sex-related regions grow stronger. Stop, and those areas atrophy, making physical intimacy feel awkward once it’s resurrected. A sexless relationship can also be emotionally devastating for the person, often the male, that wants more contact, says Weiner Davis, author of The Sex-Starved Marriage: Boosting Your Marriage Libido. “For the spouse yearning for touch, it is a huge deal,” she says. “It’s about feeling wanted, attractive and loved.” In her practice, she often sees couples that are mismatched in how they wish to demonstrate and receive love. Often, the woman wants to feel close emotionally before she can feel close physically. For the man, physical intimacy is a conduit for opening up emotionally. When both keep waiting to get what they want, the relationship suffers. She counsels couples to deliberately make time to address both partners’ needs. Schedule a long walk or intimate dinner to talk over feelings; also schedule sex. “Some people say, ‘Oh, but that’s not spontaneous enough,’” says

Clayton points out that while 42 percent of women experience either low sex drive or satisfaction, fewer than 12 percent are really bothered by it. “Some women experience great grief and loss about this. They say, ‘It used to be a part of my life and now it’s gone.’” For some in this subset that are unable to find relief via lifestyle changes, she would recommend Addyi, said to boost desire by changing brain chemicals. On the other hand, many women don’t need to take any action at all. “If someone has low sex drive and it doesn’t matter to them or their partner, it’s not a problem.” That said, the benefits of attending to an affectionate, healthy sex life can go far beyond the bedroom, improving overall health and strengthening relationships, notes Steelsmith. Sex burns calories, increases circulation, releases calming and painkilling hormones like prolactin and prompts production of the “bonding hormones” vasopressin and oxytocin. “When you are in a loving relationship and you express that love through your body, physiological changes occur that can help you bond more deeply with your partner,” she says. “The more you make love, the more love you make.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at

Five Common Libido Killers Birth Control Pills: Oral contraceptives can boost levels of sex hormone-binding globulin, which attaches to desire-promoting testosterone, making it harder for the body to access it. Antidepressants: Numerous antidepressant medications have been shown to decrease libido, but leaving depression untreated can kill sex drive even more; consider natural alternatives. Smoking: It impairs circulation to genitals. Alcohol: Too much alcohol lowers sexual response. Caffeine: Excess caffeine can erode levels of testosterone, which is vital for driving desire. Sources: Laurie Steelsmith, ND, and research studies

Nature’s Libido-Enhancers L-arginine: Boosts blood flow to sexual organs. Can be taken in supplement form or applied topically. Chinese ginseng (Panax ginseng): Considered a sexual tonic in Chinese medicine for its ability to stabilize sexual energy over time; also used to address vaginal dryness. Epimedium (horny goat weed): Said to stimulate nerves in genitals, support adrenal glands and boost levels of feel-good brain chemicals. Phenylethylamine: Sometimes referred to as the “romance chemical”, this stimulant and mood elevator is naturally released in the brain when we have an orgasm, exercise or eat chocolate; also available in supplement form. Maca: A Peruvian root used for centuries in that country to promote sexual energy, Maca is said to boost production of libido-boosting hormones. Source: Laurie Steelsmith, ND

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Small Shifts Can Drop Pounds and Gain Health

pounds in two weeks,” she says, “and I didn’t feel like I was on a diet.” Eating a big salad for lunch is a habit that author Victoria Moran, host of the award-winning Main Street Vegan online radio show, has adopted in her New York City home. She fills a big bowl with leafy greens, in-season vegetables, avocado and a light dressing. “This will set you up for the rest of the day,” says Moran. Pam Anderson, a mainstream food blogger in Darien, Connecticut, agrees. Six years ago, she lost 50 pounds and credits having a big green salad for lunch—one of her many small food habit changes—with helping her maintain a healthy weight, despite frequently testing and sampling recipes.

by Judith Fertig

Food Thought Habits

How to Reboot Your Eating Habits


ur food habits are often just that—mindless, repetitious eating behaviors. Some serve us well; others, not so much. Natural Awakenings asked experts to serve up many doable small changes that can add up to big shifts. According to Brian Wansink, Ph.D., the John S. Dyson professor of marketing at Cornell University and author of Mindless Eating, changing just one lifestyle habit can eliminate two or more pounds each week. By changing up to three habits, we may lose more weight. At a minimum, we will likely improve the quality of the food we eat overall.

Buying Behaviors

Wansink advises that having the only food on our kitchen counter be fruit encourages healthy snacking. At work, he suggests lunching away from our desk to discourage mindless eating. At restaurants, order half-size entrees, and then add a maximum of two items, such as soup and bread, salad and side dish or an appetizer and dessert. He recommends using a food shopping strategy to fill the cart with better food. With hunger sated first, chew on a natural gum while shopping; it discourages buying junk food. Secondly, habitually fill the front of the cart with produce. “We eat what we see,” he says.


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Food Choices

Consider starting the day with a new coffee habit. Dave Asprey, of Los Angeles, author of The Bulletproof Diet, uses organic coffee, brews with filtered water and blends the hot coffee with a pat of unsalted, grass-fed butter, a fat high in vitamins and omega-3 essential fatty acids, and a small spoonful of a coconut oil that doesn’t congeal at room temperature. Unlike a drive-through latte with sugar and carbohydrates, he maintains that this type of coffee, “makes you feel energized, focused and full for hours.” Asprey takes a biohacker’s approach to natural biology-based ways to maximize physical and mental performance. New York City writer Chris Gayomali tried Asprey’s recipe for two weeks. Although it didn’t curb his appetite, he says he felt more alert and “ready for life.” Upgrading the foods we love is also possible, says David Wann, of Golden, Colorado, author of Simple Prosperity. “Too often, we economize on food when we should be buying the best quality, freshest organic food we can,” he says. Rebecca Miller, who lives near Kansas City, Missouri, took Wann’s advice and cut costs in other ways instead. To her delight, she found that the fresher, better-tasting food prompted her to eat less, but eat better. “I lost seven

Doing too much for other people and not enough for ourselves can make our internal voice whisper, “I need comfort,” a thought that can generate overeating. In The Perfect Recipe for Losing Weight and Eating Great, Anderson suggests we ask ourselves what other triggers are prompting poor food habits. Upon reflection, we can prioritize emotional and physical health with planned, smaller, varied, healthy, delicious meals; it’s a habit that works for her. Elizabeth Lombardo, Ph.D., a psychologist in Lake Forest, Illinois, and bestselling author of Better Than Perfect, assures, “If we fall off the healthy eating wagon, it’s not failure, it’s data.” She believes reaching for the chocolate chip cookies in the vending machine after a stressful morning should be viewed from a scientific standpoint, not via our inner finger-pointing judge. “What are the factors that influenced our decision: stress, hunger or a desire for distraction? That’s great information,” says Lombardo. She proposes that we can then prepare to counter a future snack attack with handy healthy bites, a mindfulness break, a quick walk outside or other naturally healthful stress-relievers. Changing our food habits, one at a time, can help us live better going forward.   Judith Fertig is the author of awardwinning cookbooks and blogs at from Overland Park, KS.

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Tips for the Best Yard Sale Ever How to Profitably Give Unwanted Stuff a New Life by Sarah Tarver-Wahlquist


ach American discards an average of 4.4 pounds of personal garbage a day according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Half of what we toss can be recycled. A yard sale can both clear out the clutter and keep reusable items in circulation.

Assemble Merchandise

In assembling merchandise from all around the house, make it a family affair, with everyone contributing things to consider together. Before putting any item in the “keep” pile, ask: How long have I lived with this? How often did I need it? How often will I use it now and in the future? Check with neighbors and friends to see if they want to join in a multifamily sale likely to draw more potential buyers.


Getting the word out is essential. Place a yard sale listing in a local newspaper, either for free or a small fee. Free online posting is available at and Also, post flyers (on recycled paper) seven to 10 days before the sale along busy streets in the community.


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On the event day, make sure that large, bright signs in the neighborhood lead buyers to the sale. Reuse cardboard from old boxes to save money and recycle signs and flyers afterwards. Cindy Skrzynecki, of Minneapolis, who has monitored the phenomenon, notes, “Shoppers tend to equate the size of a sign with the size of a sale, so a few large, well-placed signs may draw more people to you than several smaller signs.” Skrzynecki says that holiday weekends or weekends that coincide with popular local events are excellent because, “You’ll provide a fun activity for people that stay in town.”

Set Up

How items are displayed is important. Here’s how to make old stuff as attractive as possible to buyers. The cleaner the better. Make sure all items are presentable. Make items visible. Arrange a display that’s catchy and organized. Use tabletops and bookcases; even improvised surfaces can work, such as plywood atop buckets. Show clothing effectively. Hangers are better than folded piles that get messy.

Does this thing work? Have an extension cord handy so people can test electrical devices, and provide a measuring tape for furniture and other large items. Have batteries on hand for testing items like flashlights or electronic games. Label things that don’t work and price accordingly for those that know how to fix things or strip parts. Ensure the price is right. All items should be clearly priced via a small sticker; buyers quickly tire of asking and sellers may not recall earlier answers. For multiple sellers, use a different colored sticker for each, remove the stickers as items sell, and use the totals from the stickers to divide profits at day’s end. Use creative labeling. Provide buyers with uses for odd items. Sunny Wicka, author of Garage Sale Shopper, says, “Sales can be made solely by suggesting a novel use.” Also spark the shopper’s imagination by combining art supplies—like old magazines, papers, markers, paints and knickknacks—on a table labeled “Great for Art!” or group household items, crates and blankets labeled “Going Away to College?” Prepare for early birds. Yard sale pros arrive early to scour sales for the best deals. Be prepared to bargain or else make it clear that prices are fixed via a few friendly signs. After the initial rush, consider accepting bargain offers. During the final hour, consider cutting prices in half.

Ready, Set, Sell

Summer and early fall are good times for yard sales. Make it exceptional, a place where people will have fun and want to hang around (more browsing time often means more purchases). Play upbeat music, set up a children’s play area and maybe a kids’ lemonade stand as cool drinks help keep shoppers refreshed and cheerful. Consider sharing the fruits of family hobbies such as homemade items, plant cuttings or herbs in hand-painted clay pots and cut flowers. Shoppers appreciate such personal touches.

Arrange for the Aftermath

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Stressed-Out Pets Natural Ways to Calm Fear and Anxiety by Sandra Murphy


hile most American pets live on easy street, with meals, treats, exercise outings and affection provided, the good life also poses challenges—dogs and cats can get stressed. “Basic stress is fearbased. Separation or isolation anxiety requires in-depth training,” says JennaLee Gallicchio, a certified separation anxiety trainer who uses scientific and hands-off techniques at her All Stars Dog Training, in Bedminster, New Jersey. She authors a bestselling series that was launched with The Secret to Getting Your Dog to Do What You Want. A drug like Reconcile, the pet version of Prozac, looks like a quick fix, but can bring many harmful side effects. Laurel Braitman, Ph.D., of Sausalito, California, bestselling author of Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves, estimates that 70 million U.S. dogs are given the same drugs their humans use for anxiety or depression. Considering the potential dangers, such drugs should only be used briefly as a last resort with veterinary supervision to ensure the proper dosage based on age, size and temperament. There are more natural and safer alternatives.

Common Stressors

Dogs hear sounds at four times the distance we do; cats hear even better. Thunderstorms, fireworks, traffic, TV, music and children can unnerve them. Add in a new home, baby, another


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pet or anticipation of car rides associated with fear of the veterinarian and even normally mellow pets can get upset. Irregular work hours undermine established routines. Pet or human health issues, plus household drama, add special reasons to fret. Pets separated from their litters too early can experience anxiety as adults.

Stress Less Strategies

“Let your dog have a space where he can retreat when he’s had enough,” advises Dr. Carol Osborne, owner of Ohio’s Chagrin Falls Veterinary Center & Pet Clinic. She recommends Bach’s Five Flower Formula, diluted chamomile essential oil or a pet-safe tincture of the Chinese herb skullcap for additional relief. Dogs like routine. “Regular exercise helps, including two, 20-minute daily walks. A tired pet is a happy pet,” Osborne says. “Walks can eliminate stress and anxiety by 50 percent for you both.” “Cats need exercise that mimics hunting; cats stare and plan, stalk or chase, pounce and grab,” says Marci Koski, certified by the Animal Behavior Institute and owner of Feline Behavior Solutions, in Vancouver, Washington. “An indoor cat’s prey drive can be met with interactive toys.” A place to climb or hide and a window with a view will help as will periodic playtime catching moving toys; with nothing to catch, a laser pointer’s red dots are frustrating for a cat and a potential danger to its eyes.

“Two of my large dogs were anxious during a three-day power outage,” says Kimberly Gauthier, a dog nutrition blogger at, in Marysville, Washington. “I add Ewegurt, a sheep’s milk yogurt, to their food to calm them when needed.” Clicker training rewards desired behaviors. “Ralphie, an Italian greyhound mix, was protective, but also fearful; before going outside, we’d practice sit, stay and come using a click/treat. Now he sees other dogs without reacting,” relates Katrina Wilhelm, a naturopathic physician and owner of, in Lake Oswego, Oregon. It works when someone knocks on the door, too. Soothing music covers the sounds of storms and fireworks, counsels Lisa Spector, an award-winning concert pianist in Half Moon Bay, California, who creates the Through a Dog’s Ear clinically tested music series to relieve pet anxiety, inclusive of cats. “Although many holistic animal lovers want natural stress relievers, few think of auditory options,” she says. Getting kitty into her carrier to go to the vet isn’t always easy. London’s Simon Tofield, animator and cartoonist for Simon’s Cats videos and books, suggests making the crate comfy and leaving it out so the cat gets used to it; keeping it out of reach of curious dogs at the vet’s office; and only opening it upon arrival in the exam room. His local vet staff explains more at Tinyurl. com/CatVetProtocol.

New View

“Stressors for dogs and cats are different. As a veterinarian, I explain situations from the animal’s perspective,” says Jennifer Quammen, with the Grants Lick Veterinary Hospital, in Butler, Kentucky. “I say, ‘From the cat’s point of view…’ As the animal advocate, I feel it’s my professional obligation.” “We bring pets into our world and expect them to adjust. Dogs, in particular, try so hard,” says Spector. They need our attention, shared activities and most of all, our understanding. Connect with Sandra Murphy at


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Friday, April 29 Women’s Wilderness Weekend – April 29, 6pm thru May 1, 1pm. Self-development experience for women with indoor and outdoor experiences in a beautiful natural setting. Variety of courses that will educate, entertain, and challenge participants. $264/includes lodging and food. Women’s Wilderness of RI, URI Alton Jones Campus, West Greenwich. For more information and to RSVP:

Sunday, May 1 Eckankar Worship Service – 10-11am. The service consists of a short introduction to the Spiritual theme by Eckankar Clergy, Singing HU, an open discussion of the spiritual theme and fellowship. Free. The Eckankar Center, 2914 Post Rd #3, Warwick. 401-738-4727.

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your session is complete, enjoy some time in our relaxation area. $15/20-25 minute session. Reiki Support and Share. Appointment required. Beloved: a yoga practice, 235 High St, 2nd Fl, Reynolds Building, Bristol. 401-924-0567. Eckankar Free Open Discussion – 7-8:30pm. Have you had a spiritual experience? This is an opportunity to share your experiences with like minded souls, free from judgment in an open minded atmosphere. Free. Warwick Public Library, 600 Sandy Ln, Warwick. 738-4727.

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Monday, May 2

Heal Chronic Symptoms with Real Food – 6-8pm. Join local author and nutritionist, Kathleen DiChiara, as she discusses how she cured her family of multiple ailments, including autism, with clean, wholesome food. Free. Louttit Library, 274 Victory Hwy, West Greenwich. 401-397-3434.

Group Manifestation/Waning Moon Burn – 7-9:30pm. Join us as we release what we no longer need in preparation for the new moon and visualize what our hearts long for. Guided meditation format. $15. Spirit of Agape Session 2 – Shari Bitsis, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. Call for exact location and to RSVP. 401-465-4249.

Yoga of Un-Doing – 6:30-8pm. Taught in the supportive, hands-on, spinal opening style of Svaroopa® yoga. Learn how to practice poses safely with awareness and ease. Certified, experienced teacher. $20/Series, $22/Drop-In. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, entrance in rear of building, Cumberland. 401-578-9182.

Tuesday, May 3 Community HU Song – 7-7:30pm. Join together in community to sing HU, a love song to God. HU is an ancient name for God. It is a way to worship God with love. Free. The Eckankar Center, 2914 Post Rd #3, Warwick. 738-4727.

Energy Workshop with Ed Douzanis – 6:308:30pm. This is an ongoing class where shaman Ed Douzanis teaches you how to control and cleanse your energy field, allowing you to heal and greatly expand along your spiritual path. $25. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 South Rose St, East Providence.

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Friday, May 6

Yoga of Un-Doing – 5:30-7pm. Taught in the supportive, hands-on, spinal opening style of Svaroopa® yoga. Learn how to practice poses safely with awareness and ease. Certified, experienced teacher. $16 Series ,$19/Drop-In. Ferncrest Yoga & Wellness, 90 Warwick Ave, Cranston. Parking on Ferncrest St. 401-578-9182.

New Moon Crystal Grid Meditation – 6-7pm. Ashley will be hosting a guided meditation with the intention of manifesting. We will be working with a large crystal grid to cleanse and energize love and creativity. $15. Ascension NXT, 1675 Cranston St, Cranston. 401-228-8348.

Reiki Healing Clinic – 6:30-8:30pm. Experience the benefits of Reiki and receive a healing session with an emphasis on the chakras. When

Saturday, May 7 Ayurveda and Living a Balanced Life – 11:30am5:30pm. Join Lynn Goodwin, Ayurvedic Health

Educator & Co-Founder of Farm to Gold for a two-day workshop on Ayurvedic philosophy. 5 element theory, nutrition, yoga & more. $175. All That Matters EG, 63 Cedar Ave, #10, East Greenwich. 401-782-2126 x 2.

savethedate Myseries of the Awakening Spirit - 2-9pm. We are bringing the best of the best healers, readers and vendors from 3 states to Santosha Yoga! Add the patrons, one mind with one love can levitate the roof. Admission $5/Adults, Children 12 & Under Free. Sessions additional at $20 for each reading/Energy Worker Session. Santosha Yoga & Holistic Healing Center, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. Music for the Soul – 8-10pm. Join us for a night of soulful musical exploration with Kim Trusty, a powerful and diverse vocalist, songwriter, guitarist and actress who draws on jazz, rhythm ‘n’ blues, vocal improvisation, roots, rock and undemanding lyrics. Special guest Jay Brunell. $8. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 West Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552.

Tuesday, May 10 Enhance Health with Essential Oils – 6-8pm. Whether you have prior experience or are brand new to essential oils, leave feeling and smelling good with knowledge of how and when to use essential oils in your life. $29. All That Matters SK, 315 Main St, South Kingstown. 401-782-2126 x2. Drum Healing with Karmle Conrad – 6:308:30pm. Join the Cape Cod Medium, Karmle Conrad, for a fun night of drum healing. Let the sound vibrations cleanse your energy field. If you have your own drum, bring it with you. $15. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 South Rose St, East Providence. Dream Circle – 7-9pm. What are your dreams telling you? Join us to explore dreams in a supportive and fun group setting. Reconnect with your dreams and awaken to a whole new world. $15. David Barr and Katharine Rossi, Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.


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Wednesday, May 11 Guided Meditation Night – 6:30-8pm. Join us for a meditation designed to relax your mind, body and spirit. Relax, renew and energize. $10. Gladys Ellen, Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-935-8451.

Thursday, May 12 Stressed Out? Improve Mental Health – 6-8pm. Join local Neuro-Psychiatry and Functional Medicine practitioners Achina Stein, DO and Sally Davidson, NP as they discuss treating mental health with nutrition and lifestyle. Free. Louttit Library, 274 Victory Hwy, West Greenwich. 401-397-3434.

Friday, May 13 Ananda Kirtan – 6-7pm. Experience the peace and joy of Kirtan. Kirtan chanting has the power to open the heart and uplift the soul. Donation. Ananda Center Hopkinton, at West Shore Wellness, 459 Sandy Ln, Warwick. 401-450-4172. Women’s Yoga Circle – 6:30-8:30pm. Join Melissa Carvalho for this class that encompasses yoga, dance, meditation and journaling to uplift, restore and reconnect to your Self. Beginner’s welcome. $18. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809. Spiritual Cinema – 7-9pm. Viewing Illusion starring Kirk Douglas. An ailing film producer faces his past with a visit from a ghostly colleague who takes him through the Akashic Records. $10/person. Glenn Ambrose’s Life Enhancement Center, 2076 Nooseneck Hill Rd, Coventry. 401-380-6707.

Saturday, May 14 Spring Plant Sale – 9am-12pm. The Quononoquott Garden Club will be holding a spring plant sale. Nice selection of colorful geraniums, annuals, vegetables, herbs and hardy perennials native to our area. Visit us for great bargains at our new location. Free. Quononoquott Garden Club, Ft. Getty Pavilion, Jamestown. 401-423-0208. Thai for Two – 1-4pm. Spend the afternoon with a partner or a friend and experience the art of Thai Yoga Bodywork, a deeply satisfying treatment that anyone can learn. $39. All That Matters PVD, 1 Park Row, Providence. 401-782-2126 x 2. Cultivating a Healing Heart – 1-4pm. Santosha is privileged to present Kundalini teacher Kartar Singh Khalsa in this unique workshop “To See the Faults in Others and Then to Unsee Them.” $45/$35 members. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809. Yin Yoga with Drums – 2-4pm. Experience the deep practice of Yin enriched by the power of the drum. Drumbeat creates a support to drop you more fully into your body while both modes stimulate chi. $30. Join Nicole Downing of Beloved and Katharine Rossi of Fireseed. Beloved: a yoga practice, 235 High St., Bristol. 401-787-8877.

Sunday, May 15 Eckankar Worship Service – 10-11am. The service consists of a short introduction to the spiritual theme, singing HU, an open discussion of the spiritual theme, and fellowship after the service. Free. The Eckankar Center, 2914 Post Rd #3, Warwick. 738-4727.


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savethedate Mind-Body Connection Event – 10am-5pm. Watch, learn and connect at this all day event. Two screenings of the movie The Connection: 11am and 1:30pm, together with 20 Mind- Body and Personal Growth workshops throughout the day and over 40 exhibitors. $10/advance, $15/ door. Natural Awakenings Magazine, Discover You Events, and Simplafyi. West Warwick High School, 1 Webster Knight Dr, West Warwick. 401-919-4944. Get Certified – Reiki I Practitioner – 10:30am4:30pm. Learn about the loving, healing energy of Usui Holy Fire Reiki. Heal yourself and others. Receive manual/certificate/Lineage/Reiki I attunement. Call Nicole Casale RM/T. $135. Inner Love and Light, Warwick. 914-216-8660.

Monday, May 16 The Connection – Jane Pickens Theater – 7-9pm. A film about how frontier research is proving the direct connection between your mind and your health. $10. Tickets can be purchased at Innerlight Center for Yoga and Meditation at Jane Pickens Theater, 49 Touro St, Newport 401-849-3200.

Tuesday, May 17 Shamanic Journey Group – 7-8:45pm. Journey to a live drum as you practice modern applications of this ancient technique. Gain insight and understanding about yourself, your relationships and the world. $10. Katharine Rossi, Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.

Wednesday, May 18 Learn About Healing Crystals – 6:30-8pm. Want to know more about crystals and how they work? This is a great class for anyone who is curious about the power of crystal energies. Call to reserve space. $30. Ascension NXT, 1675 Cranston St, Cranston. 401-228-8348.

Thursday, May 19 Table Tipping – 7-9pm. Experience physical mediumship with this unique form of spirit communication. Receive messages from loved ones as the table tips and moves under your fingers. $10. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 South Rose St, East Providence.

Friday, May 20 Sonic Sound Bath – 7-8pm. Sam “plays” 9 quartz and metal crystal bowls, each tuned to different notes to resonate with each Chakra. This moves our personal energy and helps lift us vibrationally. $20/ per person, $30/2. Glenn Ambrose’s Life Enhancement Center, 2076 Nooseneck Hill Rd, Coventry. 401-380-6707.

Saturday, May 21 Reflexology Certification Free Talk – 9:3010:15am. Interested in becoming a certified reflexologist? Whether you have a current practice or wish to begin one, learn what’s required to make reflexology part of your career. Free. All That Matters SK, 315 Main St, South Kingstown. 401-782-2126 x2.

Ananda Joy of Meditation Class – 10:30am-12pm. Meditation is a natural process: easier than you think; very joyful and peaceful. We start from the beginning, no previous experience necessary. Suggested Donation $10. Ananda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-524-4766. Monthly World Compassion Day – 11am12:30pm. Gathering for those who wish to participate in collective forgiveness, work directed towards the suffering on the planet. Guided group meditation of loving kindness. $10/donation to local charity. The Healing Journey Annex, Shari Bitsis, 673 Main St, Warren. RSVP: ShariBitsis@gmail. com or 401-465-4249. Magnesium Diet Cooking Class – 11am-2pm. Arugula, kale, parsley, rabe, watercress, brown rice, buckwheat, quinoa. Learn simple preparation techniques and recipes with samples that will allow you to add these foods to your daily diet right away. $50. Dr Eva Ligeri, 39 Wheaton Ave, Rehoboth, MA. Call or email to register: 401-261-8999 or Easy to Grow Herbs in the Garden – 3-4pm. Join Farmacy herbalists as they discuss medicinal herbs that are easy to grow in your garden. Seating is first come, first serve. No registration required. Free. Farmacy Herbs, 28 Cemetery St, Providence. 401-270-5223. Full Moon Ceremony – 6-9pm. Potluck starts at 6pm, annual “Flower Moon Ceremony” honoring Mother earth in May and our Divine connection with all that is starts at 7pm. Song, meditation, dance and drumming. Bring drums, bells, shakers and intentions. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 West Shore Rd, Warwick. For more information. or 401-732-1552 Angel Meditation with Mini Readings – 6:157:30pm. Come receive some guided Angel messages followed by an amazing journey mediation. Hosted by Ashley V., Psychic/Angel Card Reader. Call to reserve space. $25. Ascension NXT, 1675 Cranston St, Cranston. 401-228-8348.

Sunday, May 22 Reiki II Practitioner Certification – 10:30am4:30pm. Discover the divine love of Usui Holy Fire Reiki. A very detailed class that will teach/attune/ certify you in Reiki II. Certificate/Lineage included. Call Nicole Casale RM/T. $175. Inner Love and Light, Warwick. 914-216-8660. 17th Annual Pet Fest and Walk for Animals – 11am-3pm. Two mile walk, great prizes, contests, demonstrations, food, music and more. Visit website for more information and to download registration forms. 100% of all proceeds goes directly to fund programs. The Coalition for Animals, Buttonwood Park, 745 Rockdale Ave, New Bedford, MA. Breathe! Pray! Love! with Lisa Jones – 4-6:30pm. Still your mind; clear emotions; connect with yourself and deeply relax. Find relief from stress and pain. Create awareness. Free the “monkey mind”. Breathe in sacred community. $40. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-864-5411.

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Wednesday, May 25 Reiki and Reflexology – 7-9pm. Everyone needs a little R and R in their life. Join Ashley, Reiki Master and Cindy, Reflexology Teacher, to learn about the benefits of these healing modalities. Free Product. $40. Ascension NXT, 1675 Cranston St, Cranston. 401-228-8348. Meditation and Messages with Ernie – 7-9pm. Enjoy a guided meditation followed by a sharing of spirit messages at the First Spiritualist Church of RI. Develop your own intuitive abilities. $10. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 South Rose St, East Providence.

Thursday, May 26

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Are you still looking for a school in Providence? We still have a few openings at The Grace School. Schedule a visit to learn more about our state-of the-art facility, our small size classrooms, and our innovative curriculum that combines rigorous academics with a culture of compassion for children in Kindergarten through Grade 7 (adding Grade 8 in 2017). Each classroom has an average of 15 students, and boasts two highly credentialed educators. Please call us to schedule a visit at 401-533-9100 or visit Free Service for Parents and Caregivers – Concerned about your child’s development? Experts from Meeting Street will come to your home to see if your child - 0 to 3 years - is eligible for services. If needed, a team of professionals from Meeting Street will work with your family and give strategies to use during the normal daily routine. Please call 401-533-9104. Healing in Harmony Wellness Center, Chepachet, RI, offers unique Ionic Foot Detox Spa “Experience”. To learn more or reserve a session, call 401-949-5533 or visit

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Do You Need to Detox? Yes! – 6-8pm. Join local Naturopathic Doctor and Detox Expert, Erica LePore, ND as she shares how to avoid toxins in your food and environment. Free. Louttit Library, 274 Victory Hwy, West Greenwich. 401-397-3434.

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Sound Activation with Brandon Burns – 7-9pm. Experience the healing magic of sound. In sacred space with Brandon Burns, find inner tranquility as an environment of sounds envelops you. Find Oneness and Self Love. Sacred Exchange by Donation. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-864-5411.

Get Certified -Reiki I Practitioner – 10:30am4:30pm. Learn about the loving healing energy of Usui Holy Fire Reiki. Heal yourself and others. Receive manual/certificate/Lineage/Reiki I attunement. Call Nicole Casale RM/T. $135. Inner Love and Light, Warwick. 914-216-8660.

Reiki for Animals – 9am-5pm. Learn specific Reiki techniques and applications for animals. Leave with tools to provide Reiki healing for yourself and your pets. $125. All That Matters SK, 315 Main St, South Kingstown. 401-782-2126 x 2.

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ongoingcalendar sunday Celebration of Life Service – 9:15-10:30am. Celebrate your spiritual magnificence with inspirational music, affirmative prayer, meditation and lessons in the Science of Mind. Children’s program and childcare. Teens meet last Sunday of each month. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 West Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552. Spiritualist Service – 10-11:30am. Experience the First Spiritualist Church of RI every Sunday. Service includes healing, a guided meditation and our guest medium giving a talk and spirit messages. Free. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 South Rose St, East Providence Sundays at Ananda – 10am-12pm. Join us weekly for Meditation-Chanting-Inspiration-Satsang. Veggie Potluck Lunch. Healing Prayer Circle after lunch on 2nd Sunday. Paramhansa Yogananda’s Teachings JOY2U. Free, donation appreciated. Ananda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton 401-524-4766.

monday Kundalini Yoga – 7:30-8:45am. Begins May 16th. No experience is required. This is an all levels and no levels class as taught by Yogi Bhajan. This is a dynamic, powerful form of yoga. $16/drop in or class card. Innerlight Center for Yoga and Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave. Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. Quonny Yoga – 10-11:30am. Experience the professional and friendly style of a world traveled instructor who shares the correct alignment of poses and proper use of breath. All levels. Also Wednesday and Friday. $10/drop-in. Quonnie Grange, 5662 Post Rd, Rte. 1, Charlestown. 401-266-1187. Svaroopa® Yoga Class for Beginners – 1112:30am. Svaroopa® is a slow moving yoga that you can do. Learn poses that adapt to your body with blankets as props. Release deeply held tension. Find peace and calm. $50/new students 5 classes, $20/ series. Time For You Yoga, Maria Sichel, CSYT, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Afternoon Yoga – 3:30-4:45pm. A combination of Kripalu, Yin and Restorative Yoga. This class will nurture body, mind and soul. Peaceful setting. Experienced teacher. All levels welcome. $12-$13/Flex Pass, $16/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of Blackstone River Valley, 99 Pound Rd, The Zen Center, 2nd Fl. Cumberland. 401-658-4802.

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 is necessary. $148/series of 8; $22/drop in. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, #10A, North Providence. 401-742-8020. An Introduction to Meditation – 6-7pm. 4-week series is focused on new and beginning meditators and those who are interested in jump-starting their practice. Emphasis on mindfulness or insight meditation. $16/drop-in; $40/4 weeks. Innerlight Center for Yoga and Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave. Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. Yoga Nidra: Divine Sleep Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. Mondays except 5/2. A non physical practice of completely guided relaxation/meditation designed to unleash the great healer within. Enhance inner peace, health and sleep quality. $5/donation. Sport & Spine Physical Therapy, 328 Cowesett Ave, Suite 7 (back of building), West Warwick. 401-823-8856. Evening Yoga – 7-8:30pm. Get the best sleep you’ve ever had after taking this all levels class. Focus will be on proper alignment and the breath. Heated. Come and finally let go. Also Wednesday. $15/drop-in. Tree of Life, 77 Myrtle Av, 2nd. Fl, Cranston. 401-266-1187. Group Manifestation for You and Earth – 7-9:30pm. Join us as we visualize, play and develop scripts filled with joy in order to group manifest for each other and the planet. Guided meditation format. Note address change. $15. Spirit of Agape, Shari Bitsis, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249.

tuesday 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 is necessary. $148/series of 8; $22/drop in. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, #10A, North Providence. 401-742-8020. Nia Dance with Sandra Fontana – 6-7pm. Cardiodance practice. Cool music. Unleash your potential. Engage your senses. Tune into your body. Tone your mind. Leave feeling balanced with energy, no stress and a clear mind. $60/6-wk series; $12/dropin. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-864-5411.

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Half Spin/Half Mat – 6:30-7:30pm. The first half of the class is indoor cycling that provides a fun and challenging cardiovascular workout. The 2nd half offers a full body workout using Pilates mat exercises. $16/class; package available. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, rear of Mall, behind Stop & Shop, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. The Four Agreements Book Study – 6:308:30pm. A Toltec tale by Don Miguel Ruiz, this book is a practical guide to personal freedom. By embracing the agreements in our every day life, we create a life of joy, peace and harmony. $50/5 weeks. Liv’in The Life, 14 Haywood St, Cranston. 401-486-9650. Meditation Night in Warren – 6:30-8:30pm. Mindfulness focus with hour discourse on topics to include methods, challenges and benefits followed by group meditation. Note address change. $10/ class,$30/4 classes. The Healing Journey Annex, Shari Bitsis, 673 Main St, Warren. RSVP: or 401-465-4249. Svaroopa® Yoga Class for Beginners – 7-8:30pm. Learn to release deeply held tension using guided awareness, yoga breathing and slow moving yoga poses, adapted to your body. Tangible benefits with little efforts. New students $50/5 classes, $20/series. Time For You Yoga, Pat Spencer, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Heaven and Earth Series – 7-8:30pm. Explore your energetic landscape with alternating biweekly practices: lushly deep Yin yoga (1st & 3rd) and intro into a prana led yoga through the Conscious Crossover (2nd & 4th). $15 or membership. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809.

wednesday Meditation with Ann Porto – 8:30-9:30am. Meditation support and practice group. Learn to tame your mind and reduce stress. Drop in. Donations to: Friends of Maiti Nepal to end child sexual slavery. Laughing Elephant Yoga, 4372 Post Rd, East Greenwich. 401-398-2616. Ananda Noon Meditation Wickford – 12-1pm. For inspirational readings, uplifting chants and meditation. Beginners welcome. Donation. Group meets weekly at Shanti House, 494 Anaquatucket Rd, N. Kingstown. 401- 667-7315. Ananda Center, 401-524-4766.

Kripalu Yoga with Susan – 4:15-5:45pm. Experience breath work; simple stretches to warm the body and yoga poses that tone and strengthen, allowing the heart and body to release and open. Beginners welcome. New students $50/5 classes; $15/series. Time For You Yoga, Susan McLaren, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319.


Kripalu, Yin and Restorative Yoga – 6-7:15pm. This class emphasizes a gentle flow of postures designed to help you unwind from a busy day and move into a restful evening. Experienced teacher. All levels welcome. $12-13/flex pass; $16 drop-in. The Yoga Studio of Blackstone River Valley, 99 Pound Rd, The Zen Center, 2nd Fl, Cumberland. 401-658-4802.

Svaroopa Yoga Class – 6-7:30pm. Very gentle, deeply healing style. Focus is on releasing the tight muscles along the spinal column for a related release in the body and mind. Pre-registration is necessary. $148/series of 8; $22/drop in. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, #10A, North Providence. 401-742-8020.

thursday Barre & Ball – 5:30-6:30pm. This class combines the challenge of a Pilates mat workout utilizing the stability ball with a half hour of work at our ballet barre. $16/class; packages available. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, rear of Mall, behind Stop & Shop, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. Qigong with Master Wen-Ching Wu – 6:157:15pm. Spring Qigong session just started 4/14. Join Master Wu for Medical and Therapeutic Qigong. Learn to strengthen and balance your internal energy to attain better health. $210/12 weeks. The Way of the Dragon, 373 Taunton Ave, East Providence. Meditation and Spiritual Conversation – 6:307:30pm. Looking for a space to honor yourself and release stress? Join us every Thursday night as we explore different styles of meditation and have a spiritual conversation. Free. North Providence Library, Mineral Spring Ave, North Providence. 401-486-9650. Restorative Yoga for Deep Relaxation – 6:307:45pm. This yoga calms the nervous system, promotes healing and teaches you how to quiet the mind and deeply relax. There is no prior experience necessary. $15/space reserved, $16/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of Blackstone River Valley, 99 Pound Rd, The Zen Center, 2nd Fl, Cumberland. 401-658-4802.

Svaroopa® Yoga Class: Cumberland – 6:30-8pm. Svaroopa® is a slow moving yoga that you can do. Learn poses that adapt to your body with blankets as props. Release deeply held tension. Find your peace and calm. New students $50/5 clases, $20/ series. Time For You Yoga, Natalie Schiffer, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319.

Mindfulness and Loving Kindness Series – 6:308:30pm. 4 week series. Using meditation, play and focus, learn how compassion and mindful presence can transform your life. May 6, 13, 20 and June 3. No class May 27. $80. Fireseed Center, Shari Bitsis, 194 Waterman St, Providence. RSVP: or 401-465-4249.

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


The Power of Now Workshop – 7-8:30pm. We will read a chapter of Eckhart Tolle’s book and discuss understanding and practical applications for the material. Attend only 1 or all classes. $10/ person. Glenn Ambrose’s Life Enhancement Center, 2076 Nooseneck Hill Rd, Coventry. 401-380-6707.


Pilates Mat and Ball – 10-11am. During this Pilates Mat class, the stability ball is added to the workout to increase mind and body awareness, challenge core strength and improve balance and stability. $16/class; packages available. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, rear of Mall, behind Stop & Shop, Lincoln. 401-335-3099.

Pilates Mat – 10-11am. Pilates Mat classes offer a full body workout utilizing all the fundamental movements and basic Pilates exercise principles. $16/class; packages available. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, rear of Mall, behind Stop & Shop, Lincoln. 401-335-3099.

Kung Fu for Kids – 10-11am. Ages 6+ Saturday at 10am. Monday and Wednesday classes 4:45-5:45. Ages 3-5 Saturday at 11:00am. Adult Kung Fu Monday and Wednesday 6:00-7:25pm; Friday and Saturday at 1:10pm. New students may do a trial class. $210/12 weeks. The Way of the Dragon, 373 Taunton Ave, East Providence.

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Kripalu Yoga, All Levels – Cumberland – 9:4511am. Kripalu Yoga is a mindfulness-based yoga, emphasizing individual growth and the healing of body, mind, and soul. Peaceful setting. Experienced teacher. $12-$13/Flex Pass, $16 Drop-in. The Yoga Studio of Blackstone River Valley, 99 Pound Rd, The Zen Center, 2nd Fl, Cumberland. 401-658-4802.

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communityresourceguide addiction specialist / holistic counselor Glenn Ambrose’s Life Enhancement Center

Glenn Ambrose 2076 Nooseneck Hill Rd. Coventry, RI 401-380-6707

Addiction takes many forms including alcohol/drugs, eating-disorders, shopping & relationships to name a few. Whatever the addiction is, recovery and adjusting to a life of balance, peace and happiness requires help. As a certified coach with 12 years experience in addiction and guiding clients to health, I’m confident that if you’re open to change I can help you achieve it.

chiropractic Dr. Richard Picard 342 Atwood Avenue Cranston, RI 401-942-6967

With 25 years of experience, Dr. Picard has helped thousands of patients recover from various health challenges with chiropractic care. Dr. Picard is unique; he looks at the body from a holistic perspective and focuses on wellness.  He provides traditional nutrition and natural medicine to help heal the tissues of the body that are in need of repair.  This in combination with chiropractic care creates a dynamic healing response within the body.  Don’t deal with your pain and health challenges alone, call someone who cares.

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.

Esthetician 360 FACE MIND BODY

Michelle Maynard 635 Arnold Rd, Coventry, RI 401-886-1938 Offering facials and skin care products that are free of artificial fragrances, preservatives, parabens, sulfates, dyes, fillers and talc. 360 uses product lines with natural plant-based ingredients including Farmaesthetics and Jane Iredale Mineral makeup. Michelle is certified in Clinical Oncology Esthetics®, so she can provide safe, personalized spa treatments to individuals undergoing cancer treatment and those with health-challenged skin. See ad on page 13.


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foot detox Lisa Indish

Healing in Harmony Wellness Center 185 Putnam Pike (Route 44) Chepachet, RI 401-949-5533 The ONLY place to receive the BEST Ionic Foot Detox Spa Sessions, uniquely created and designed by Lisa Indish, that truly are a Body, Mind, and Spirit “Experience”. You’ll feel balanced, invigorated, and rejuvenated to a healthier and happier YOU!

hair salon Flipp Hair Salon and Reflexology Center

38 Transit St Providence 401-274-1981 • 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 23.

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

For 28 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.

holistic guidance My Holistic Village

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

Soul Wisdom Healing @ The Womens Well

934 East Main Rd Portsmouth, RI 401-662-6642  or 401-847-6551

Get to the Heart of the matter with Integrative, holistic, intuitive guidance with Cris McCullough Holistic Tarot, Numerology and Spiritual Astrology, Body Talk, Master Reiki, Crystal Attunement. In person or by phone. Make your appointment now!

holistic medicine Integrative Center for Chronic Diseases Donna Zaken, RN, MSN, APRN 35 South Angell St, Providence, RI 401-585-7877

Donna Zaken is a Nurse Practitioner dually trained in Western and Holistic medicine, specializing in Lyme disease. She also excels at treating all symptoms/conditions, and is especially good with difficult-to-diagnose cases. By finding the root cause, healing is facilitated. Her safe and natural approach may eliminate your need for prescription and other medications.

holistic psychotherapy Intuitive Therapy

Melissa Hecht, MSW, LICSW 1300 Park Ave, Woonsocket, RI 508-951-9828 Holistic psychotherapy for individuals and couples, this unique approach brings about true and lasting healing with safe and nurturing support. Through personalized combinations of modalities clients receive treatment that best fits them. Also offering Reiki Healing sessions, Integrated Energy Therapy and workshops on: empowerment, healing, meditation and all levels of Reiki.

hypnotherapy Newport Center for Hypnotherapy and Hypnosis Training Suzi Nance, CHT, CI 123 Bellevue Avenue, Newport RI 401-835-1736 Ready for change? Using the power of your subconscious, hypnosis can make it happen!! Call now to schedule a sessions to get healthy, quit smoking, de-stress, rid yourself of limiting thoughts, fears and phobias or find your inner strength, passion or motivation. Thinking of a New Career? Think Hypnosis! We offer The National Guild of Hypnosis Certified Training Course, call for more information..

Thought Alchemy’s Transformation Center

Rose Siple, Certified Hypnotherapist 774-991-0574 • Transform yourself and achieve your goals through the trans-formative healing process of hypnotherapy! Aren’t you tired of talking about it and thinking about it? We specialize in Virtual Gastric Band Hypnosis for weight loss. Call today. See ad on page 33.

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 non-traditional 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.

marriage consulting & couples therapy IMAGO Relationship Therapy & EcCT Therapy Hope Artiste Village 1005 Main St. Suite 1208 Pawtucket, RI 02860 401-782-7899 Paula is a Certified IMAGO Therapist, Teacher & Marriage Consultant. For over 10 years she has worked exclusively with couples helping them fulfill their wildest dreams for themselves, their relationship and their children. Paula recognizes that when couples are hurt they disconnect and heal again in connection. She helps couples reconnect again using a set of NEW guiding principals and rituals.

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 37.

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Farmacy Herbs Dr. Marcy Feibelman, ND 28 Cemetery St Providence, RI 508-343-0580 Marcy@ Holistic Medicine and individual patient care. Safe and effective natural solutions including nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy and hydrotherapy. Supporting you on your journey to health.

Nature Cures Naturopathic Clinic

personal sobriety counselor

Dr. Cathy Picard, N.D. 250 Eddie Dowling Hwy, North Smithfield, RI 401-597-0477 •

Cindy Jones, MA/CRC, LMHC

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.

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Dr. Laura Bomback 293 Linden St, Fall River, MA 508-678-1233

Maintaining sobriety can be a difficult and lonely journey.  Not everyone is comfortable attending groups and some would like to maintain their privacy. Allow me to show you how to regain your self-respect, rebuild relationships with family and friends and enjoy the life you deserve. Most insurances accepted. 

reiki Inner Love and Light

Our mission at Natural Health Solutions is to improve the health of our community by providing natural options for most health issues and guidance toward the understanding that real solutions can be achieved with real nutrition. I have been helping people for close to 25 years achieve a higher level of health through both nutrition and chiropractic. See ad on page 29.

organic hair color Elaine Hewitt

Master Colorist/Stylist Barrington, RI 401-273-7005 • Let your imagination go— naturally! A full service salon that’s Certified organic for hair color, straightening/relaxing, permanent wave. No Ammonia, parabens, plastics or Thioglycolates. Call today for an appointment! Like me on FB. 50% Off all new clients only. See ad on page 21.


Jenny and Company 230 Waseca Ave, Barrington, RI 401-935-4978 Original and Mineral Organic hair color. Jen offers all hair services including keratin-smoothing treatments. Ammonia-, resorcinol- and PPD-free products. Removing harsh chemicals wherever possible including natural extracts and active minerals that deliver real benefits. Healthy hair begins when it’s free from stress. Call or text to schedule an appointment for morning, afternoon or evening.


Another Way Counseling Center 2797 Post Road, Warwick, RI 02886 750 East Avenue, Pawtucket, RI 02806 401-419-4001

Nicole Casale RM/T Warwick, RI Cell Phone: 914-216-8660

We have been blessed with the loving energy of Holy Fire II Reiki. Nicole Casale Reiki Master/Teacher is certified in both Holy Fire II Karuna® and Usui Reiki. Reiki Healing Sessions and Certification Training Workshops are offered for all levels on a flexible schedule.

reiki / angel card readings Ascension Nxt LLC 1675 Cranston Street Cranston, RI 401-228-8348

Looking to release unwanted energies? Or maybe you would like to enhance your intuitive abilities? Ashley V. is an Usui and Lighterian Reiki Master , I.E.T. Master Teacher and Intuitive/Angel Card Reader that offers healings and one on one sessions to help you become more confident with your inner abilities. Call to book appointment today.

SHAMANIC PRACTITIONER energy-n-elements 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 21.

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Grace Yoga

35 Weaver Rd, North Kingstown RI 401-829-9903 •

Joy Quinn Blum & A. Michelle 401-258-3952 •

Grace school of yoga is a sacred center for peace and well-being, offering daily classes of all levels in classical yoga, breathing, and meditation. Join our classes any time. See ad on page 35.

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.


Maria Sichel, RYT, CSYT 2155 Diamond Hill Rd Cumberland, RI 02864 401-305-5319

therapeutic massage Jane McGinn, BA, LMT

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

I offer private Svaroopa® 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 flexibility, and a deep sense of peace.

yoga & holistic health center All That Matters

cathryn moskow, lcmt

120 Wayland Ave, Ste 6 Providence, RI 02906 401-808-0837

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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 like finding the owner’s manual.” By appointment. RI Lic #MT01664.

Providence, East Greenwich, South Kingstown 401-782-2126 • All That Matters, founded in 1995, offers more than 100 weekly yoga classes at three locations across the state. The South Kingstown center also offers an array of workshops, a retail store, and health services ranging from acupuncture and chiropractic to massage therapy. See ad on page 35.


40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton, RI 401-308-8745

wellness center IT’S MY HEALTH

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 41.

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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Mind-Body Connection

Sunday, May 15th, K SNEAK 10am-5pm E PE West Warwick High School, 1 Webster Knight Drive 40+ Exhibitors

20 Mind-Body & Personal Growth Workshops

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Bhavnaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wellness Group

Nerium International

PUREhaven Essentials


Rhode Island Vegan Awareness

Dancing The Dream Productions

Sacred Essense


The Empowerment Factory

Jahmu PBC

Wellness Within

Lotus Life Designs

Yoga for Happiness Academy

Massage Envy

Medi-Weightloss Warwick

Liberate Yoga for Mind-Body Happiness: 10 Story-Based Steps to Deepen Your Yoga Practice and Dissolve Your Negative Karma

Motivate For Success


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Conversations With Brian

Mercier Therapy of RI

Brian Beneduce

Gail Ahlers Choosing Happiness

Laurie Wheeler

How Homeopathy and Holistic Medicine Works for You

Sandra Musial MD

An Apple a Day (and some kale, butternut squash and blueberries) Does Keep the Doctor Away: Food Is Medicine

Betsy Coverdale AND Lori Delfosse Living About the Wellness Line with Essential Oils3

Bob Baxter

High Touch Jin Shin and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

Young Living Essential Oils AND Lori, RN

Bhavana Srivastava

Stressful Relationships and Karmas

Michael Gottfried, DC

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Mind-Body Connection Presented by:


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— mind your body — Brian Beneduce Sandra Musial, MD

Michael Gottfried, DC

Bob Baxter


Mind-Body & Personal Growth Workshops All-Inclusive Tickets: $10 in Advance $15 at the Door

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West Warwick High School - 1 Webster Knight Drive

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