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Just had one of the best trips I’ve ever had. About 25 years ago, Bill’s brother Ted and his wife Karen built a boat and started sailing. 10 years later they sailed it to New Zealand, got dual citizenship and stayed. They live on the trimaran, Sequester, moored in Opua, the Bay of Islands in one of the most beautiful spots on the bay. We had been talking about going the last several years. We just kept throwing the usual excuses at it – too expensive, too far, don’t have time and money and so on. With an extra motivator to go this year, we said the hell with all the excuses, lets just do it. I immediately went to the usual places of worry. Fortunately, I caught myself pretty quickly and decided to tell myself a different story. The right story, that this was the trip of a lifetime! I was going to New Zealand! I was going to see family that I love, and who were so thrilled that we were coming! It shifted my perspective. Guess what? None of the things I worried about happened. Yes it was a long flight, but thanks to some wonderful folks along the way starting with the ticket agent at Logan who found us the best seats on all of our flights. Family took care of finding our accommodations and made sure they were stocked with food. They even made travel and destination plans designed to have plenty of relaxing time while seeing all we could. There is hardly a way to describe how grateful we are we were able to do it and how wonderful it turned out. One of the best parts of travel is the reminder that there are over 7 billion people in the world, with lots of different beliefs and ways to live. A favorite part of this trip was meeting the family moored on the next boat. Husband and wife, four children, two dogs and a cat living on a catamaran that he had built. He homeschools the children while she works in town and they were just a joy to be with. They took us out for day trips on the boat twice and on the first trip we motored along for a while with a school of 20 to 30 dolphins zigging and zagging all around the boat. On another day we sailed on Sequester (T&Ks boat) to visit some friends of theirs that live on one of the many islands. Up until last year, the only way to get to them was by boat and they live totally off the grid. They were in a tiny house that they had built, a separate structure for the bathroom. They raised their children there living off the land. Our editorial theme this month is resolutions. We will have the usual ones to try to be better this year though we may look differently at dieting after reading “Weight Loss Saboteurs” in this issue. As we approach a new year, I’m resolving to travel more and tell myself a different story to enjoy the journey. Happy 2017!

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ate Siner, Ph.D., a personal and professional mentor and coach, author and speaker, invites individuals to take part in a supportive community of like-minded people that are called to a new path—a new way to live, work, create and share. “Life is a work of art to be masterfully made into the shape of your dreams,” she says. “LifeWork is for those who dare to live on the edge of what’s possible and actively seek out the tools to heal and transform themselves and the world around them while they achieve their dreams.” LifeWork is one part motivational training, one part transformational incubator and one part spiritual odyssey. It is designed as five, two-day-long Saturday and Sunday experiential intensives including art, rituals, powerful personal development experiences, modern esoteric teachings, singing, dancing, and more, all wrapped up together to facilitate deep transformation. It also includes monthly virtual group sessions, resources and assessments that will help participants stay on track with their transformation, writing, group reflection and guidance from Siner. “LifeWork provides a powerful environment for you to go deep, transform quickly and contribute to your life, family and community,” Siner says. For more information, email Admin@ KateSiner or visit See ad on page 11.

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uzi Nance, CHT,CI, will be teaching a National Guild of Hypnosis Training Course beginning February 18. Graduates of the course will gain both the expertise and the experience to either start their own successful hypnosis practice or to enhance their current career. Students will get hands-on experience using hypnosis to help with smoking cessation, weight control, stress management, self esteem, pain management, goal setting techniques, and much more. According to Nance, the demand for certified hypnotherapists is increasing as the field of alternative and complementary medicine continues to be the fastest growing segment of health care today. “Not only are we experiencing a rapid growth in individuals seeking hypnosis, we are finding many medical professionals referring patients to hypnotists,” she says. “They are sending their patients for issues from weight loss to quit smoking, reduce stress, sleep better, pain management and for improved post surgical recovery.” Cost: $2000, includes all books and materials as well as a year membership into The National Guild of Hypnosis. Location: 123 Bellevue Ave., Newport. For more information, call 401-835-1736 or visit NewportCenterForHypnotherapy. See ad on page 17.



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pend some time in Providence Institute’s beautiful, relaxing space during its Open House from 3 to 5 p.m., February 12. Director Sarah Whitehead and Assistant Director Denyse Dias will be sharing more about what they envision for the future. Wine, tea, spa water with cucumbers and delicious snacks will served. Providence Institute assists people in the greater Providence area of all ages and circumstances in profound relief of anxiety, stress and pain through universally accessible meditation practices and knowledge of mind/body consciousness. It offers meditation, herbs and nutrition, Buddhist studies, shamanic training, healing and massage. Whitehead works with individuals to address a wide variety of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs. Location: 18 Imperial Pl., Ste. 6A, Providence. To schedule a session, call 401-2705443. For time-sensitive matters, text (preferred) or call Sarah Whitehead on her cell at 401-464-1634. For more information, visit See ad on page 15.

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hode Island’s first all inclusive sip and paint studio, Paint the Town, will hold a Paint Night FUNdraiser from 6:45 to 9 p.m., January 27, benefiting the East Greenwich Animal Protection League. Participants will enjoy two complimentary beverages and snacks, while they relax and recreate the painting “Bike Ride” to support a great cause. Paint the Town offers a variety of classes where participants can relax and create their own custom works while raising funds for their organization. Want-to-be artists are provided step-bystep instruction by local talented artists, while they create their own pieces of art. In addition to fundraisers, paint events are perfect for girls night out, date nights, bachelorette parties, private nights, corporate events and much more. With classes ranging from painting wine glasses to recreating masterpieces, there is something for everyone. Plenty of free and safe parking is available. No painting experience needed, but pre-registration is required. Cost: $35. 1150 Oaklawn Ave., Cranston. For more information, call 401-440-8508 or visit See ad on page 5.


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ee Weber, a home funeral guide, advocate, writer and educator, will be offering a practicum and demonstrating how to navigate the Rhode Island home-vigil from 5:30 to 8 p.m., January 13, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., January 14, at a location to be determined based on numbers. A snow date is scheduled for January 20 and 21 Weber will demonstrate after death care of the body as well as teach how to support the dying and family members before and after death for individuals that wish to keep their loved one at home by performing a home funeral. She is president of the National Home Funeral Alliance, director of New Hampshire Funeral Resources, Education and Advocacy, and sits on the board of the Green Burial Council. Cost: $100. For more information and to register, call Ann Porto at 401-5292020 or visit html. See ad on page 33.

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clinical trial from the University of California-San Diego School of Medicine found that participants in a six-day, ayurvedic-based, well-being program showed metabolic improvements in blood tests for inflammation, cardiovascular disease risk (CDR) and cholesterol levels. Study participants consisted of 119 healthy men and women between the ages of 30 and 80. Sixty-five experienced a panchakarma program, a detox and rejuvenation protocol involving a vegetarian diet, meditation, yoga, massage, herbal therapy and other healing therapies. The other 54 served as a control group. Blood was analyzed before and after the test period. The researchers, led by Dr. Deepak Chopra, found measurable decreases in 12 phosphatidycholines (cell-membrane chemicals) associated with cholesterol, inflammation, CDR and Type 2 diabetes risk. They acknowledge that due to the short duration of the trial, the immediate changes were likely attributable to the vegetarian diet; more research is needed to determine the complementary role of the other therapies. “It appears that a one-week panchakarma program can significantly alter the metabolic profile of the person undergoing it,” remarks Chopra.

Early-to-Bed Kids at Less Risk of Obesity


esearch from the Ohio State University College of Public Health, in Columbus, suggests that the risk of childhood obesity, a growing concern in the U.S., can be reduced by putting children to bed before 8 p.m. The researchers examined reports from mothers of 977 4-and-a-half-year-old children born in 1991 regarding their typical weekday bedtimes. The answers were divided into three categories: 8 p.m. or earlier, between 8 and 9 p.m. and later. Responses were compared to the obesity levels of the same children at an average age of 15. Of the group with the earliest bedtime, comprising about 25 percent of the subjects, only one in 10 were obese, compared to 16 percent of those with childhood bedtimes between 8 and 9 p.m., representing 50 percent of the subjects. The youngsters that went to bed the latest reported a 23 percent obesity rate, the highest overall. Dr. Meena Khan, a sleep medicine specialist at the university’s Wexner Medical Study Center, comments about the challenge of maintaining proper bedtimes: “Kids do well with a schedule and a routine.”

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California lawmakers have enacted a bill that aims to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. It extends previous efforts such as the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 instituted to reduce emissions by 2020, along with another piece of legislation that vows to boost legislative oversight of climate change programs organized by the California Air Resources Board. Supporters say that emissions rules have created new jobs and led to billions of dollars of investment in California’s clean energy sector. Opponents argue that the strict targets have caused some job losses, particularly in oil manufacturing. The state, having the world’s eighth-largest economy, has further announced a goal of fighting climate change and improving air quality by putting 1.5 million zero-emission state cars on the road by 2025.

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Indian officials report that volunteers planted more than 49 million trees on a single day in 2016, surpassing the 2013 world record of 850,000 in Pakistan. An estimated 800,000 volunteers worked for 24 hours planting 80 species of saplings raised in local nurseries along roads, railways and other public land. The effort is part of the commitment India made at the Paris Climate Conference in December 2015. The country agreed to spend $6 billion to reforest 12 percent of its land and bring the total forest cover to 235 million acres by 2030, or about 29 percent of its territory. Trees sequester carbon dioxide from the air and reduce greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. India has experienced substantial loss of its forest cover in recent centuries as people cut down trees for firewood, pasture and development. Still, saplings need water and care and are susceptible to disease. Mortality rates can reach 40 percent after such massive tree plantings. Other countries are also replanting trees. Last December, African nations pledged to reforest 100 million hectares (386 square miles). A wide range of stakeholders from countries to companies also signed on to the non-binding New York Declaration of Forests that month, with the goal of halving deforestation by 2020 and ending it by 2030.

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Maryland Bans Bee-Killing Pesticides Maryland is the first state in the nation to pass strict restrictions on pesticides thought to be responsible for significant reductions in bee populations with enactment of its Pollinator Protection Act. Maryland lost more than 60 percent of its hives in 2015, each containing up to 20,000 honeybees, making it one of the states with the highest recorded declines. The national average is about 42 percent, yet across the country, farmers and gardeners are still using pesticides linked to colony collapse disorder. Globally, more than one-third of the world’s food supply could be at risk if these and other pollinators are lost. Neonicotinoids are one potent class of systemic pesticides introduced to agriculture in the 1990s that have been linked to bees’ demise. In recent years, pesticides such as Knockout Ready-to-Use Grub Killer, Ortho Bug B Gon, and AllIn-One Rose & Flower Care have been made available to consumers and beekeepers have noticed a corresponding increase in bee deaths. The Maryland law bans the use of neonicotinoids by everyday consumers that have been spraying home gardens and trees with these deadly pesticides. Farmers and professional gardeners are exempt from the law. A similar law is awaiting the governor’s signature in Connecticut. Although the U.S. Department of Agriculture has not officially recognized the well-researched link, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is reviewing it. Source:


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Urban Sweat Offers Bliss for the Body and Strength for the Soul by Wendy Lewis

It felt like the Sahara desert, but in a good way. I expected 180 degrees to be unbearable, but in Urban Sweat’s Finlandian sauna, the warmth felt like a soothing, full-body embrace.


he Finlandian sauna is one of many recent additions and upgrades to Urban Sweat, the active Relaxation Center of Raffa Yoga, in Cranston, and the only facility of its kind in New England. The facility has constantly evolved to meet clients’ needs since Raffa Yoga moved to its present location on Sharpe Drive in 2011 and opened Urban Sweat the following year. “People now are looking to bring more relaxation and steadiness into their lives,” says Christine Raffa, owner and operator. Urban Sweat, the “spa” side of Raffa Yoga, complements Raffa Yoga’s classes with services and amenities like the Finlandian sauna. “As the world becomes more chaotic,” Raffa says, people need to streamline and focus on what’s more important, with the crazy demands of hectic work lives, family and relationships.” Urban Sweat, Raffa says, is a local oasis where people can


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reclaim their tranquility and bring the benefits back to their daily lives. I heard the Finlandian sauna door open. “Wow, it’s hot in here!” another guest said, stepping into the heat. I smiled. I could swear the heat had reached my bones. “I just got out of the infrared sauna,” he said. “This is hotter, but I think you sweat more in there.” He only stayed a minute. The heat radiated from two large metal cylinders filled with rocks. I closed my eyes, enjoying the gentle pinging sound of the metal flexing in the heat. The snow flurries outside seemed very far away. The Finlandian sauna—now Urban Sweat’s hottest—offers an exceptional quality of heat due to its all-cedar structure and the creation of a deep, misty steam called “lola”, created when water is sprinkled over the rocks. Considered a “cleansing bath”, benefits of the sauna include increased circulation and metabolic rate, and a passive cardiovas-

cular workout. I tried the infrared sauna next. With a temperature range of 110 to 125 degrees, it did feel slightly cooler than the Finlandian but after only a few minutes, I left with an impressive pool of sweat on my towel. Some cultures, Raffa says, believe that arthritis and other ailments are the results of dampness in the joints, and that warming and “drying out” the joints brings relief, healing and illness prevention. “The neat thing about coming in here and using the saunas,” she says, “is that perpetual heat is sustainable heat. To have the opportunity to heat up, cool down, relax—and repeat—helps get us through the winter and each day.” Greeted by the refreshing scent of eucalyptus, I stepped past the Urban Hammam, its radiant-heated seating areas recently upgraded in marble, and a gently trickling Buddha fountain. I opened the glass door to the Eucalyptus Steam Room to find a womb-like, all-white acrylic enclosure of 140-degree heat and 100-percent humidity. Drops of water from the domed ceiling plopped gently on my head as LED lights cycled through the colors of the chakras. Raffa had said that an ozone filtration system now pulled air out of the room and drew fresh air in. The steam and eucalyptus felt wonderful Salt Grotto

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eer pressure and body consciousness are universal challenges facing teens and their parents. Experts find that by modeling healthy habits and maintaining open lines of communication, adults can help foster healthy independent thinking and responses to inevitable situations.

Respect Developing Capacities

Some teen struggles are literally all in their heads, according to Dr. Frances Jensen, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, in Philadelphia. “The brain is the last organ to mature, and isn’t fully complete until young people reach their late 20s. This allows the brain to adapt to its environment, which can be both good and bad,” says Jensen, author of The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults. Compounding the challenge, the frontal lobes, responsible for higher func-


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tions like insight, judgment, impulse control and empathy, fully mature last; it’s no coincidence that teens struggle in these areas, according to Jensen. The plasticity of the teenage brain is optimal for learning and adaption, but without the frontal lobe feedback, it’s a challenge for them to moderate the heightened emotions, novelty seeking and sexual impulses adolescents are also experiencing. “We expect teenagers to act rationally, but there are many reasons why their brains aren’t taking them there,” says Jensen. “Acknowledging this can lower frustration levels for everyone.”

Create a Safe Haven

Teens learn more from experience than lectures, so parents should facilitate positive experiences and influences at home, advises Carla Atherton, director of The Healthy Family Formula, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, which fosters family well-being by holistically addressing root causes of poor health. Such activities can include

regularly preparing meals together and going for family walks, rather than eating dinner in front of the TV. “Doing everything you can to connect with kids while they are in an environment you can control gives them a good foundation they can take into the world,” says Atherton, the mother of three teens. Parents have to give trust to gain kids’ trust stresses educator Naomi Katz, of Galilee, Israel, author of Beautiful: Being an Empowered Young Woman. “Create an environment where kids feel like they don’t have to hide or lie about anything,” Katz says. She also encourages parents to empower adolescents in decision making: Rather than telling them not to try drugs or alcohol “because I said so,” provide them real facts to help them draw their own conclusions.

Support Quiet Respites

In today’s hyper-connected world, Katz observes, “Social dynamics can get really confusing and painful and impact kids in far-reaching ways. We used to come home from school and be away from those issues until the next day; now that break doesn’t come because of social media and smartphones.” Katz recommends encouraging journaling or other forms of selfexpression to help teens unplug and reflect. Breathing exercises can help calm nerves and allow them to think more clearly in tough social situations before they react. Katz also suggests teens set aside time each week for a feel-good activity like playing sports or music, to give them a reliable source of pleasure and accomplishment, no matter what else is going on in their lives.

Stay Alert to Signs

Despite a parent’s best efforts, kids can and will make unhealthy choices, and parents need to be prepared to manage the consequences. If a child is suspected or found to be engaging in dangerous or addictive behaviors like self-harming or an eating disorder, it’s important to address these immediately, seeking professional help if needed, counsels Katz. Jensen remarks that it’s easier to learn unhealthy patterns when the brain is malleable, and addictive behaviors are harder to eliminate than if they are acquired as an adult.

The signs of unhealthy behaviors can be subtle, so it’s important to recognize cues without making flash judgments or placing blame, says Atherton, For example, a parent that notices her teen eating differently or obsessed with working out should consider initiating a conversation with him or her about body image. Talking to teens about images in the media can help them gain a more balanced and positive self-perspective. “You can tell your kids, ‘These advertising images are trying to sell you someone’s idea of a perfect look, but it’s not reality,’” says Atherton. For whatever issues teens are trying to cope with, parents need to cultivate their own sense of inner calm; to be the rock that they can cling to. “Caring adults need to give teens a periodic frontal lobe assist,” says Jensen. “It helps when we share more details and insights about how we organize our lives and make decisions. Modeling the rationality and empathy that teenagers may lack can be an effective counterbalance.”

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magine being outside on a sunny day, looking at a clear, blue sky. It’s natural to feel calm and wonderful while contemplating this expansive view. Then a solitary bird flies across our field of vision. Noticing it takes our attention away from the stillness of the sky to instead track its movement as it flies by. Then we start thinking about the bird: “I wonder where it’s coming from and going? Why is it alone? Has it lost its mate?” At that point, we are no longer feeling calm, but concerned. Inside of each of us, right now, there is a “big blue sky” of awareness with all kinds of “birds” flying around, including thoughts, emotions, physical sensations and anything in the external world that catches our attention.  Attaining a consistent inner calm is possible by learning to be more interested in and attentive to the conscious awareness that is calmly observing what’s going on in our thinking, emotions, bodily sensations and life. We can live permanently engaged with this awareness and the inner dominion it contains instead of being helplessly caught up in the content of our own or others’ thinking or emotion, which are often conditioned by the world to be more negative than positive. As we mature in this skill, we discover that such awareness is always still, silent, peaceful, powerful, unlimited and infinite. It reflects who we really are as opposed to who we think we are. Through practice, it becomes our natural way of being and we awake to an excellent way of living To experience this, try the Gently Alert Attention Wide Open (GAAWO) technique. Look at something that’s straight ahead while simultaneously letting the gaze gently open up wider, looking neither left nor right, using passive peripheral vision. Now do the same with up and down, so gentle alertness encompasses an even greater scope. As we do this, we will likely notice that our thoughts are stilled and we feel more present, calm and quiet than a moment earlier. This simple technique works for everyone. By playing with it regularly, we can discover that a sense of peace never leaves us; rather, we leave our innate, peaceful center when we focus on and feel the to and fro movements of our mind. Exchanging typical thinking for staying in a conscious state of awareness helps us to unchain our being from limiting views and perspectives, so that we live more freely.

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For generations, Christian communities have operated health care sharing ministries (HCSM) to collectively share the cost of each other’s medical bills as an alternative to outside insurance. Members are exempt from current Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA) mandates. Liberty HealthShare, a nonprofit HCSM chartered by the Mennonite church, believes that everyone has the right to practice religion as they see fit. Their members share a commitment to personal health and sharing in the burden of health expenses with others that have these values. “Many in the functional and integrative medical arenas also believe in these principles,” says Tom Blue, of Richmond, Virginia, a director with The Institute for Functional Medicine. “Cost sharing feels very familiar; you present your card to your provider, but there’s no set network of providers, which is favorable for those seeking more progressive forms of care.” Expanding upon this model, Blue worked with the company to create its Liberty Direct program ( Individuals pay an annual membership fee plus a monthly share amount. After fulfilling their annual unshared amount of out-of-pocket expenses (similar to a deductible), participants’ healthcare costs—including approved naturopathic and alternative treatments—can be submitted as expenses to be shared by the group. Liberty Direct provides financial advantages to DPC practitioners and patients by subsidizing membership fees; it favors nutrition over chronic prescription dependence by reimbursing physician-prescribed nutritional supplement and pharmaceutical expenses under the same terms. Members must be in good health with a lifestyle that helps sustain wellness, including good nutrition, exercise and abstinence from tobacco use and drug and alcohol abuse. The program also accepts approximately 7 percent of applicants on provisional terms when pre-existing conditions such as hypertension, obesity and diabetes can be improved

Complementary Care Alternatives to Insurance Cost Less by Meredith Montgomery


he latest National Health Interview Survey available, from 2012, shows an annual expenditure of $30.2 billion in out-of-pocket costs for complementary health approaches, benefiting 33 percent of adults and 12 percent of children, and representing about 10 percent of out-of-pocket U.S. healthcare costs. Insurance rarely covers complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in full. As provider networks shrink, premiums rise and the future of healthcare reform remains uncertain, health-conscious consumers yearn for innovative ways to afford this kind of care.

Membership-Based Care

When Dr. Chad Krisel worked at an urgent care center, he saw up to 55 patients a day. Since opening Integrative Family Medicine of Asheville (, in North Carolina, with Dr. Brian Lewis, he averages 12 patients a day. His team provides a membership-based practice in a payment model known as direct primary care (DPC). Endorsed by the American Academy of Family Physicians, DPC is broadly accessible. By applying simplicity, sustainability, quality and collaboration, their integrative practice provides comprehensive care for less than what many pay for phone service. “DPC removes traditional financial incentives and conflicts of interest because membership fees fund us. Our only incentive is to help and heal patients,” Krisel explains. Paying for memberships out-of-pocket (often electing high-deductible plans) or via a health-sharing plan, clients


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through lifestyle changes. They pay an extra fee per month to cover the cost of a health coach; when they achieve their goals, they become full members paying regular rates. “The economics are staggering,” says Blue, who used to pay $760 a month for insurance with a $12,400 deductible and now pays a monthly share of $449 with a family unshared amount of $1,500. HCSMs are affordable because of restricted overhead budgets. Plus, they appeal to naturalhealth conscious clients and can decline unsuitable applicants. “This concept of communal cost sharing works—Liberty’s share amounts decreased in 2013 and have not changed since,” comments Blue.

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Told she was past medical hope, Kari Gray, of Kahului, Hawaii, sought to heal from cancer using natural medicine. “When thousands of dollars spent for natural protocols were denied reimbursement by my insurance company, I saw that the system needs to change,” Gray recalls. CAM therapies still deemed “unproven” by traditional insurance companies gave Gray a second chance at life. Following remission, she began a 20-year search for alternative medicine insurance. Finding none, in 2014, she created GreenSurance ( Serving people that proactively care for their health and prefer natural medicine as primary care, GreenSurance developed an evidence-based and science-backed list of 40-plus covered CAM modalities, including thermography, energy therapy, biofeedback, essential oils and homeopathy. It also covers conventional medical and emergency care. Enrollees of the member-owned organization are supplied third-party payer information for provider direct billing once the member’s out-of-pocket amount is met. They use any state-licensed provider and the program is often more affordable than traditional insurance. GreenSurance is currently investing resources to broaden consumer access to the tax advantages of a health spending account (HSA). H.R. 1752 would allow enrollees in any healthcare-sharing program to open an HSA. “Simply, we’re a co-op whose members empower us to create an exempt program that protects members from ACA penalties and traditional health insurance,” says Gray. “More, we’re a grassroots movement for change.” Krisel notes, “Doctors too, are livid about the current status of America’s healthcare system. Be vocal about what’s important to you. The more voices heard in Washington, the more change we’ll see.” Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Gulf Coast Alabama/Mississippi (

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Gastrointestinal Problems Homeopathy Can Bring Desired Relief by Joy Pacitto igestive complaints such as are highly anxious but strive not to gas, abdominal bloating, show it. Others may develop symptoms constipation, cramping and when they are grieving from a loss or diarrhea can make one’s life miserable. because they are stuck in a state of Sufferers can also experience excess emotional turmoil. worry about their symptoms and in To address these concerns, a perconvenience. This cluster of symptoms son may use laxatives or fiber suppleis often referred to as Irritable Bowel ments to address the constipation or Syndrome (IBS). When other diagnodiarrhea. Another choice is to take ses have been ruled out, many people digestive enzymes to help the gas and “just live with it”. bloating. Some folks add herbal for According to the National Institutes mulas to help the anxiety. While these of Health, approximately 20 percent of solutions may provide welcomed relief, the population, mostly women, experithey address only one symptom at a ence IBS symptoms. The causes vary time. Homeopathy, on the other hand, from disordered bowel motility (bowels addresses not only the bowel symptoms move too fast or too slow), food intolerbut the mental and emotional sympances, fermentation in the gut following toms that present at the same time, medications, changes in diet or the after making homeopathic care a valuable effects of a stomach bug. and unique therapy. The bowel may also Each person has a special variety reflect emotional states such of symptoms that are unlike those as unresolved anger or anxiof anyone else’s. For example, ety. Some people develop when a client presents with IBS symptoms along with abdominal cramping the strong, persistent stress. For homeopath will want to example, a person may know ‘how’ they expebelieve it is necesrience cramping. Is sary to ambitiously the cramping overwork to be worse on valued or productive (workaholic types). They


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Detoxification Methods to Improve Health by Carol Stanton


ack of energy, depression, weight gain, brain fog, digestive disorders such as bloating or indigestion, fatigue, headaches and chemical sensitivities are signs that detoxification could be needed. There are many ways to detox, and some are more involved than others. One of the most beneficial ways to improve one’s health is to change one’s diet. Changing from a diet lacking in nutritious foods to a diet rich in wholesome foods can make a large impact in one’s health. However, even small changes in diet can lead to positive results. These changes can be as simple as cutting out sugar, wheat, or soda from one’s diet. A whole food, whole body cleanse requires more effort, but will have a greater impact on one’s overall health. A whole food cleanse can be the start of new eating habits for the new year, and can often break the cycle of poor eating habits. In many cases, individuals will have more energy and experience improved overall well-being. Another popular way to detox is through the use of a far infrared sauna. Sweating is a wonderful way to rid the body of toxins such as pesticides and heavy metals. Infrared saunas help to eliminate more toxins than a traditional sauna because the heat penetrates deeper. It also aids in decreasing muscle tension and promoting muscle relaxation. Additionally, the heat from a sauna increases the heart rate, which in turn speeds up metabolic rate, resulting in more calories burned. When the lymphatic system is sluggish, dry skin brushing can assist with detoxification. Another way to keep the lymphatic system healthy is with weekly Chi machine sessions. A weekly 10-minute Chi session promotes healthy lymphatic movement and total body relaxation. It is helpful to pinpoint specific toxins—heavy metals, pesticides, additives, or chemicals, in order to best detox the body. Electro Dermal screening can pinpoint specific frequencies to deal with these specific issues. Electro Dermal screening was developed by Dr. Reinhard Voll, a German medical doctor and engineer and is widely used throughout Europe by more than 25,000 medical practitioners. We live in a toxic world, where we suffer from daily exposure to pesticides, artificial colors, preservatives, chemicals in household products and a food supply that is laden with chemicals. Whether baby steps are taken or major changes are made to improve one’s health for the New Year, the important thing is to do something. Don’t wait until the body has toxic overload, which may manifest in severe health issues, to start improving one’s health today. Carol Stanton is a traditional naturopath and registered nurse who has worked in the health care field for more than 30 years. She is the Director of Nature’s Wisdom Wellness Association, located in Westerly, RI. For more information, visit See ad on page 31.

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Naturopathic Doctors by Sheila Frodermann


he Rhode Island Association of Naturopathic Physicians (RIANP) has been laying groundwork since 1998, working with state representatives, law makers, the health department and the RI Medical Society to find solutions and pass a law to regulate the practice of naturopathic medicine. There are six registered practicing naturopathic doctors in Rhode Island who offer complementary natural medical and alternative care for individuals seeking a more holistic approach to health and the prevention of disease.

What is Naturopathic Medicine? Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care profession, emphasizing prevention, treatment and optimal health through the use of therapeutic methods and substances that encourage individuals’ inherent self-healing process. The practice of naturopathic medicine includes modern, scientific and traditional methods. Naturopathic doctors combine the wisdom of nature with the rigors of modern science. Steeped in traditional healing methods, principles and practices, naturopathic medicine focuses on holistic, proactive prevention and comprehensive diagnosis and treatment. By using protocols that minimize the risk of harm, naturopathic doctors help facilitate the body’s inherent ability to restore and maintain optimal health. It is the naturopathic physician’s role to identify and remove barriers to good health by helping to create a healing internal and external environment. A licensed naturopathic doctor (ND) attends a four-year, graduate-level naturopathic medical school and is educated in all of the same basic sciences as an M.D., but also studies holistic and nontoxic approaches to therapy with a strong emphasis on disease prevention and optimizing wellness. In addition to a standard medical curriculum, the naturopathic doctor also studies clinical nutrition, homeopathic medicine, botanical medicine, psychology and counseling. A naturopathic doctor takes rigorous professional board exams so that he or she may be licensed by a state or jurisdiction as a primary care general practice doctor. Naturopathic doctors are trained to treat all medical conditions and can provide both individual and family health care. Among the most common ailments they treat are allergies, chronic pain, digestive issues, hormonal imbalances, obesity, respiratory conditions, heart disease, fertility problems, menopause, adrenal fatigue, cancer, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. NDs are trained to perform minor surgeries, such as


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removing cysts or stitching up superficial wounds. However, they do not practice major surgery. NDs are trained to utilize prescription drugs, although the emphasis of naturopathic medicine is the use of natural healing agents. In states which license naturopathic doctors, a naturopathic practice includes the following diagnostic and therapeutic modalities: clinical and laboratory diagnostic testing, nutritional medicine, botanical medicine, naturopathic physical medicine (including naturopathic manipulative therapy), public health measures, hygiene, counseling and homeopathy. Laws in some states include additional modalities such as minor surgery, acupuncture, prescription medication, intravenous and injection therapy, and naturopathic obstetrics (natural childbirth). The past 30 years has seen an extraordinary increase in consumer demand for safe, effective and cost-effective natural health care. Naturopathic medicine has emerged as the health-care profession best suited to meet this demand. Although it almost disappeared in the mid-20th century because of the popularity of drugs and surgery, naturopathic medicine now offers safe, effective natural therapies as a vital part of the healthcare systems of North America in the 21st century. Currently, 18 states, the District of Columbia, and the United States territories of Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands have licensing or regulation laws for naturopathic doctors. In these states, naturopathic doctors are required to graduate from an accredited four-year residential naturopathic medical school and pass an extensive postdoctoral board examination (NPLEX) in order to receive a license. Licensed naturopathic physicians must fulfill state-mandated continuing education requirements annually, and will have a specific scope of practice defined by their state’s law. Both Rhode Island and Massachusetts are actively working to pass bills to regulate and license NDs. States that currently have licensing laws for naturopathic physicians are: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, Washington, United States Territories: Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands. For additional information on naturopathic doctors in Rhode Island, visit Interest and support is welcomed and appreciated. Sign up for the RIANP’s free health e-newsletter on the website to stay informed about licensing efforts here in Rhode Island or “Like” the Rhode Island Association of Naturopathic Physicians on Facebook. Additional information on naturopathic schools and states that license naturopathic doctors can be found at Sheila M. Frodermann is a naturopathic doctor and certified classical homeopath. She is the current RIANP treasurer and past president. Her practice, Providence Wholistic, is located at 144 Waterman St., Ste. #3, Providence. For more information, call 401-455-0546 or visit See ad on page 27.

Principles of Naturopathic Medicine The following principles are the foundation of naturopathic medical practice: The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae): Naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent self-healing process in people that is ordered and intelligent. Naturopathic physicians act to identify and remove obstacles to healing and recovery, and to facilitate and augment this inherent self-healing process. Identify and Treat the Causes (Tolle Causam): The naturopathic physician seeks to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness rather than to merely eliminate or suppress symptoms. First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere): Naturopathic physicians follow three guidelines to avoid harming the patient: Utilize methods and medicinal substances which minimize the risk of harmful side effects, using the least force necessary to diagnose and treat; avoid when possible the harmful suppression of symptoms; and acknowledge, respect and work with individuals’ self-healing process. Doctor as Teacher (Docere): Naturopathic physicians educate their patients and encourage self-responsibility for health. They also recognize and employ the therapeutic potential of the doctorpatient relationship. Treat the Whole Person: Naturopathic physicians treat each patient by taking into account individual physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social and other factors. Since total health also includes spiritual health, naturopathic physicians encourage individuals to pursue their personal spiritual development. Prevention: Naturopathic physicians emphasize the prevention of disease by assessing risk factors, heredity and susceptibility to disease, and by making appropriate interventions in partnership with their patients to prevent illness.

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SABOTEURS Tackling Obesity’s Hidden Causes by Lisa Marshall


at less, move more. These words have been the cornerstone of diet advice for decades, leading millions of Americans to greet the new year with vows to cut calories and hit the gym. In all, one in five U.S. adults are dieting at any given time, according to the international market research firm The NPD Group, and 57 percent would like to lose 20 pounds or more. Yet few will reach that goal. One survey of 14,000 dieters published in the International Journal of Obesity found that only one in six had ever been able to lose 10 percent of their body weight and keep it off for a year. Another study, published in the last year in Obesity, followed up with 14 contestants from the 2009 TV reality show The Biggest Loser and found that despite efforts to keep their eating and exercise habits on track, 13 had regained significant weight since the competition. Four are heavier now than before participating on the show.


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Diet experts say the battle of the bulge has been exceedingly hard to win for one clear reason: We’re oversimplifying the solution and underestimating the saboteurs. “We’re learning that it’s not as simple as calories-in and calories-out,” says Dr. Pamela Wartian Smith, an Ann Arbor, Michigan, physician specializing in functional and nutritional medicine and author of Why You Can’t Lose Weight. Research reveals that everything from food allergies to hormone imbalances and disruptions in gut bacteria can subtly undermine the best-laid weight management plans. Working out too much or eating too little can also backfire. Even a mean boss or a cold workplace cubicle can factor in. Certainly, diet and exercise are key, experts emphasize. Yet, if we’re doing all the right things and still seeing disappointing numbers on the scale, there’s still more we can do. Here are some common weight-loss saboteurs and what to do about them.

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Bite into a food we’re sensitive to and our body switches into “fight-or-flight” mode. It stores fat and water, releases histamines that widen blood vessels and inflame tissue, and cranks out stress hormones like epinephrine and norepinephrine that make us want to eat more of that food. “You literally get a high so that you crave more,” says Smith. She notes that unlike true allergies, which can prompt an immediate reaction, food intolerances often manifest subtly over several days. When we are repeatedly exposed to a food we’re sensitive to, we feel bloated and sluggish, regardless of the calorie count. Allergy medications can also prompt weight gain, in part by boosting appetite. One study by Yale researchers found people that regularly ingested antihistamines like Zyrtec and Allegra were far more likely to be overweight than those not using them. What to do: First, cut out the most-craved foods. “If someone tells me they just cannot live without cheese, I assume they are allergic to it,” says Smith. Or, try an elimination diet. Ban common allergens like milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts and gluten (if possible, try sticking to only rice and lamb—two hypoallergenic foods—for four days). Then reintroduce other foods slowly and monitor the results. To combat seasonal allergies naturally, try vitamin C, quercetin and butterbur supplements.

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Underperforming Thyroid

The thyroid serves as a key metabolism regulator, dictating how efficiently the heart beats and muscles contract, how quickly the body turns nutrients into energy, and how well we burn off stored fat. When thyroid hormone production falls, metabolism can also decrease by as much as 40 percent. Yet as many as four in 13 women suffer from a thyroid hormone deficiency, says Toronto naturopathic doctor Natasha Turner, author of the new book The Hormone Boost. “You can diet and exercise until you are blue in the face, but if your thyroid is out of balance, you won’t achieve the body you’re looking for,” she says. “It’s a common cause of weight gain.” What to do: Get tested for levels of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) and, if possible, T4 (thyroxine) and T3 (triiodothyronine) also. TSH signals the thyroid to make more T4, the inactive form of thyroid hormone that is converted into T3, the form the body is able to use. Abnormal blood levels of any of these can impact metabolism adversely, and a TSH test alone may be unable to identify a problem, caution Smith and Turner. In some cases, medication may be required. Otherwise, move to embrace lifestyle habits that reduce stress levels, because the stress hormone cortisol can inhibit thyroid function. Get eight hours of sleep; sleep deprivation also impairs thyroid function. Eat lots of fiber, which helps the body eliminate excess estrogen and other thyroiddamaging metabolic byproducts. Also, stock up on foods containing tyrosine (almonds and avocadoes), and selenium (Brazil nuts). In some cases, if an iodine deficiency is at play, a doctor may suggest iodine supplements or iodine-rich foods like kelp and sea bass.

Imbalanced Gut

The trillions of microorganisms in our gut have a profound impact on our ability to maintain a healthy weight, says Dr. Raphael Kellman, a New York City physician practicing

functional medicine and author of The Microbiome Diet. “The gut bacteria are the gatekeepers of the calories that enter our body,” he explains. Research shows that certain species of bacteria aid in the metabolizing of carbohydrates, while others help break down fats and protein. Some turn on genes that fight inflammation; others influence how well the body responds to insulin. Diversity and balance of helpful bacteria species are keys to health. “If changes in the percentages of certain bacteria occur, the microbiome loses its ability to help us maintain a healthy weight,” says Kellman. In one landmark 21st-century study by University of Colorado researchers, swapping the gut bacteria of a skinny mouse with that of an obese one made the skinny mouse gain weight. What to do: Go easy on antibiotics, which can wipe out gut bacteria diversity. Load up on fermented foods like kim chi, sauerkraut, kefir and yogurt. Eat lots of inulin-containing plant fiber to give desirable bacteria something to chew on, and consider taking a probiotic supplement until weight loss and health goals are achieved.

Overdoing Diets

As The Biggest Loser contestants learned, losing too much weight too fast can bring metabolism to a screeching halt; the body, coaxed into starvation mode, moves to conserve fuel and store fat. “If you try to lose weight by drastically slashing calorie intake and going crazy on the cardio machines, you’ll do more harm than good,” says Turner. Performing intense cardiovascular exercise such as running, cycling or swimming for more than 45 minutes can make cortisol levels surge, accelerating muscle loss and impairing the immune system. That’s counter-

productive because muscles burn calories at rest, too. Consistent over-exercise can also prompt the stressed body to respond in a fight-or-flight fashion, storing more belly fat and leading to the “skinny but fat” body composition common among models and marathon runners, she says. Skipping meals can prompt the key thyroid hormone T3 to fall off too, further slowing metabolism. Plus, six weeks into a restrictive weight-loss program, levels of the feel-good hormones dopamine and serotonin also start to decline, killing motivation and fueling cravings. The result is a weight plateau or even weight gain. What to do: Unless walking, limit workouts to 40 minutes, advises Turner. Instead of slogging away at a steady pace on the treadmill, try intervals (short, high-intensity efforts separated by brief rest periods), which have been shown to boost both fat burning and cardiovascular fitness. For example: five-minute warm-up, one-minute run at fast pace, one-minute run at moderate pace, repeat 10 times, five-minute cool-down. Also, incorporate strength training into three workouts each week. Include some fat, protein and carbohydrates with every meal. If insisting on counting calories, shoot for 450 to 500 per meal and 150 per snack for women; 500 to 600 per meal and 200 to 300 per snack for men. Every week to 10 days, enjoy a carb-loaded “cheat meal” such as pancakes or pasta; it supports any languishing thyroid and feel-good hormones, gives associated neurotransmitters a jump-start and keeps us from feeling deprived.

Dark, Cold, Stressful Workplaces

Alan Hedge, Ph.D., a workplace design researcher with Cornell University, in New York, says women, who tend to have less muscle and body hair to provide natural warmth, are at particular risk of packing on pounds due to an overly cold environment. “When the body is cold, it adapts by laying down insulation, which is fat,” he says. Even without eating extra calories, if we’re constantly cold at work, as 31 percent of women are according to a recent Career-

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Builder survey, we tend to gain about a pound or two per year, says Hedge. Other research, conducted at Northwestern University, in Illinois, shows that workers exposed to more light in the morning weigh about 1.4 pounds less on average than those toiling in windowless cubicles. The suspected reason is that morning light triggers a cascade of hormones that positively impact appetite and metabolism. Another study, by Ohio State University researchers, found women that experienced a stressful event at work or elsewhere and then ate a fat- and calorie-laden meal the next day burned 100 fewer calories from that meal than non-stressed workers. What to do: At work, move the desk toward a window or at least take a walk every morning. Bring a space heater, extra sweater or hot tea fixings. After an ultra-stressful workday, eat especially healthfully that night.

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he average American will gain approximately five pounds over the holiday season, then start the New Year with a resolution to get in better shape and lose weight. Why is it that almost everybody fails to achieve this goal? Here are some of the most common hidden reasons for weight gain and the failure to lose it.

Zero-calorie foods and beverages

Most of these items are chock-full of artificial or alternative sweeteners. Sucralose, Stevia and others may not add calories to one’s daily intake, but the intense neurochemical effect of their hyper-sweetening stimulates the brain to generate intense hunger. Thus, shortly after drinking the zero-calorie beverage, individuals crave food.

Diet/low-fat foods

Frequently, low-fat foods have simply taken out the fat and replaced it with a carbohydrate. Carbohydrates are now known to be a primary driver of obesity, much more so than fats. A good example is low-fat yogurt. While lower in calories than the full-fat version, eating full-fat yogurt will leave individuals feeling satisfied for a longer period of time, making it a smarter choice.

Too much exercise

It turns out that there is a “sweet spot” regarding exercise. Interval training for approximately 30 minutes can be a minor benefit to weight loss, however, if exercise is extended, the body generates hormones that amplifies hunger, slows down metabolism, and ultimately causes weight gain. If prepping for a 10K road race,

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then continue to train at longer intervals, but, if exercising to lose weight, then limit cardiovascular activity to no greater than 30 minutes.

Any attempt to lose weight by ignoring hunger will always fail. Whenever the brain senses deprivation it will generate hormones that slow down metabolism and preserve fat. For better health and to shrink fat, frequent but smaller meals are far superior to long episodes of abstinence.

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A “diet” is nothing more than a temporary interruption intended to address a chronic problem. As such, they are all destined to fail. Remember, excess obesity is a persistent, chronic neurochemical and hormonal condition. It requires open-ended treatment, not a moment of altered eating behavior. Whatever is done to lose weight will need to be done for the rest of one’s life. Finally, be patient. Behavioral change is an incremental process. It requires consistent effort, episodes of failure and slow forward progress. Ultimately, the changes made toward a more healthy diet will be its own success, regardless of the amount of weight lost. Dr. Stephen Petteruti’s concierge medical practice, Intellectual Medicine, is located at 250 Centerville Rd., Bldg. E, Warwick. For more information, or to discuss weight loss options, call 401-921-5934 or visit See ad on page 9.

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Julia Schopick on Effective, Affordable Medicine by Randy Kambic

What are some of the most significant natural alternatives you report on in Honest Medicine? The ketogenic diet is one standout because it was the standard of care for children with epilepsy in the 1920s— until pharmaceutical companies began to produce lucrative anti-seizure


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medications; then its use diminished through a lack of proponents in the medical field. Its use was revived in the 1990s due to the efforts of Jim Abrahams, a Hollywood writer/director, father of a child with epilepsy and one of my heroes. I found small studies that proved that the ketogenic diet successfully stops children’s seizures nearly 70 percent of the time. This highly effective alternative has none of the negative side effects of antiseizure drugs. Most doctors aren’t in favor of the diet approach and instead often prescribe affected children up to three or four meds as an easier option. The diet follows Hippocrates’ dictum, “Let food be thy medicine.” Another standout is intravenous alpha lipoic acid, pioneered since the 1970s by Dr. Burt Berkson, who used it mainly for end-stage liver disease and diabetic neuropathy. He saved many people from needing liver transplants with infusions of this powerful, versatile antioxidant. photo by Keith Peterson


ollowing up on the success of her bestselling book Honest Medicine: Effective, Time-Tested, Inexpensive Treatments for LifeThreatening Diseases, Julia Schopick plans to spread awareness of the efficacy of low-dose naltrexone (LDN) in treating autoimmune and other ailments later this year with a new book coauthored with professional writer Don Schwartz. Her first book, endorsed by many leading integrative health practitioners, earned the top National Indie Excellence Award for Alternative Medicine. It taps into nearly 200 scientific studies, with her research into innovative treatments driven by a quest that she and her late husband both believed added 15 years to his life after a terminal prognosis at age 40. The former English teacher at Long Island University and Virginia State University, now an Oak Park, Illinois resident, has contributed to the American Medical Association publication AM News, writes online and print guest columns and shares her journey in media interviews.

Did anything surprise you? I chose to include effective treatments that are non-toxic and inexpensive. I didn’t realize that several of them were effective for many different conditions. For example, LDN has been used since the mid-1980s to treat autoimmune diseases, of which there are more than 100; it also treats some cancers and AIDS. Research shows good results for conditions as varied as multiple

sclerosis, lupus, Crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia and Parkinson’s, because all of them have an autoimmune component if they are not directly autoimmune diseases. Similarly, the ketogenic diet is now being studied as a treatment for cancers, especially brain tumors, brain injuries, autism, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Intravenous alpha lipoic acid is also used to address autoimmune diseases, some cancers and other conditions.

Are you finding that people are increasingly moving away from drugs and, if so, why? Yes. The norm used to be that patients followed their doctors’ orders without question, which routinely entailed prescription drugs. Today, people are realizing that drugs often come with horrendous side effects. Consider, for instance, that ads for some injectible treatments for autoimmune diseases caution against side effects of cancers, including lymphomas. A side effect of some multiple sclerosis drugs is a serious brain infection called progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, or PML. People are listening closely, reading and researching their health issues, and don’t want risky side effects, especially when safer options are available.

In dealing with chronic illnesses, how crucial is it for caregiver and patient to maintain a positive, optimistic attitude? Multiple studies, like those referenced in Mind Over Medicine, by Dr. Lissa Rankin, and Radical Remission, by Kelly Turner, Ph.D., show that a positive state of mind is crucial to healing. One of the benefits I report in my book is that patients and caregivers will do even more research looking for alternatives when doctors tell them nothing else can be done. And many find healing treatments; there are many such cases reported in my book. I like the African proverb, “When you pray, move your feet.” Randy Kambic is a freelance writer and editor in Estero, FL, and regular contributor to Natural Awakenings magazine.


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t’s that time of year when people set their New Year’s goals and then strive to achieve them. The health and wellness industry reaches its business peak now. Then time goes by and the resolve wanes with so many well-intentioned people, and their goals never become a reality as business goes back to usual. Why does energy and enthusiasm so commonly dissipate? Most of the lost resolve occurs because of self-limiting, negative self-talk. People simply talk themselves right out of what is in their own best interest.

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The most important things that contributes to success in achieving goals is attitude, knowledge and experience. While the rational mind is busy making excuses such as, “It’s just not the right time,” or “I’m really not the type of person to…”, the reality is this negative self-talk is just a way of making excuses for not moving past fears that lurk as stored defensive patterns readily tripped by a perceived obstacle that the subconscious mind feels must be defended against. And before the person realizes it, their old reliable, yet no longer useful pattern of submission to the status quo, has returned. The truth is, not everyone can do anything simply by setting their mind


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The Brain Can Be Rewired What the field of neuroscience has proven is that the wiring of the brain changes as new knowledge is learned and greater experience is acquired. Therefore, within reason, the goals that we set are completely achievable. Most negative self-talk is inaccurate and unrealistic, and leads to self-limiting

behavior. Negative self-talk is a voice that robs people of the possibilities that their lives offer. Powerful transformational tools such as hypnosis, coaching, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), among others, can however, create a shift. These services all help create a more reasoned voice within, a voice that will champion and fight for a person’s goals and put a halt to the negative self-talk. Through these types of services, performed by reputable professionals, individuals can begin to see what their capabilities truly are and feel more resolved when taking on new challenges. Professionals in these fields are experienced with helping people to alter those subconscious patterns that get tripped when obstacles are presented. Individuals begin to see more things as within their capabilities, and feel happier taking on new challenges. They often find themselves looking forward to situations that before might be avoided. Professionals can be found through organizations such as the National Guild of Hypnotists (, The Association for NLP ( and the International Coaching Federation (, to name a few. Rose Siple is the founder of Thought Alchemy’s Transformation Center and is a certified professional hypnotherapist, NLP practioner, coach and spiritual teacher. She works with clients privately and in small groups, as well as teaches a curriculum of studies that facilitate personal transformation. Thought Alchemy is located in Rehoboth, MA, and also offers on-line services. For more information, call 774-991-0574 or visit See ad on page 25.

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Body Sculpt with Kettlebells

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Kettlebell training promotes fat loss, toning of major muscle groups and greater functional strength, while requiring less time than its dumbbell counterpart.


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ettlebells can replace almost all other exercise equipment in providing an all-in-one workout, combining strength and cardio benefits,” explains Shelly Bumpus, an Athletics and Fitness Association of America-certified personal trainer and owner of the Studio Women’s Fitness Center, in Scott, Louisiana. Bumpus often uses kettlebells in strength and conditioning exercise classes to afford a balanced full-body workout that’s fun and engaging. “Consistent kettlebell training imitates and strengthens movements we use to function in daily life,” explains Athena Concannon, an American College of Sports Medicine-certified personal trainer and healthy lifestyle blogger at, in Boston. For example, actions like lifting grocery bags and standing up from a sitting position become easier.

She notes that the growing popularity of different kinds of functional training in the past decade has bolstered recognition of kettlebell benefits as people seek ways to move away from assisted weight machines toward natural body movements. Kettlebells now show up in circuit training, CrossFit and both functional fitness and step classes. People see results because, “It takes multiple small and large muscle groups to redirect movement while maintaining control with a kettlebell, requiring more muscle recruitment than with a traditional dumbbell; it’s because its shape provides unbalanced weight resistance that strengthens a multitude of different muscles,” explains Julie Joffrion, owner of All-Inclusive Health, in New Orleans. A kettlebell’s configuration requires exercisers to pay close attention to


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maintaining a neutral spinal posture and avoid locking knees and wrists to avoid pain or injury. By starting with a smaller weight and focusing on form first, exercisers build a foundation that allows them to more fully enjoy the benefits. Momentum training with kettlebells also compares favorably to traditional dumbbells or weighted bars. “The distinctive shape and weight distribution allows for a variety of exercises and grip positions that are not as comfortable and effective or even possible with a dumbbell,” says Joffrion. Although kettlebells have been popular with Russian athletes since the 1700s, they are a relatively new addition to U.S. fitness clubs. “I first learned about kettlebell fitness in 2005 when some gyms were purchasing them. However, because trainers didn’t yet know how to use or instruct on proper movement of the bells, they sat dormant for awhile. I started using them and fell in love. After a few months, I knew this would be something I’d stick with for a long time,” recalls Lorna Kleidman, an accomplished kettlebell champion who has earned gold awards in 17 national and international competitions. Now the founder of KettleX, a business focused on making kettlebell fitness available to everyone through DVDs, private sessions, online coaching and seminars, Kleidman says, “The beauty is that the bells keep you strong and looking great, no matter what your age or fitness experience. I’ve rarely met a person that didn’t get hooked after working out with the appropriate bells, be it a child or an 80-year-young client. “They are excellent for power, cardiovascular enhancement, endurance and physical symmetry, which is important for the health of the tissues and joints. At the same time, they create a healthful-looking physique, including toned arms, flat abs and a round, lifted butt,” she adds. Participants completing 20 minutes of a high-intensity kettlebell workout burned an average of 20 calories per minute in a study sponsored by the American Council of Exercise. The researchers compared this level to running a six-minute mile and credited the more intensive calorie burn as a

Learn more at KettlebellsFitnessStudy. result of challenging the total body, which quickly raises the heart rate when performed with speed. The study concluded that kettlebell training is especially beneficial for those that want to fit in a time-efficient, total body workout. Proponents go a step further, claiming that kettlebells can deliver increased benefits in half the time of traditional workouts. Bumpus advises, “If you’re solely interested in building strength and muscle power, stick with free weights, but if you’re looking for a way to burn fat while increasing muscular and cardiovascular endurance, kettlebells are a valuable option to incorporate into your training.” Taylor Geiger is a freelance writer in Phoenix, Arizona. Connect at

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antosha Yoga and Holistic Health Center, formerly at 14 Bartlett Avenue, in the Edgewood section of Cranston, has moved to a new location at 275 Reservoir Avenue, in the Reservoir Triangle section of Providence. Santosha’s schedule remains unchanged through springtime, with the same lineup of holistic practitioners. The new location offers greater accessibility, with a RIPTA bus stop in front of the new parking lot, and the entire studio is now on the ground level. Beginning in mid-March new classes will be offered, including chair yoga since clients no longer need to navigate any stairs at the studio. The new space will also enable Santosha to offer teacher trainings, beginning in June and August of 2017 with Yoga Therapy. Lastly, Santosha’s new location is in front of Mashpaug Pond, making for a relaxing view from two of the treatment rooms and from the back deck.

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appear to be healthy while specialized, noninvasive testing shows underlying issues that must be addressed if illness is to be prevented. Conventional medicine either doesn’t offer such testing or ignores minor abnormalities, placing the pet at risk for developing serious and potentially irreversible problems.

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The system of medicine practiced by most vets is geared toward acute care of a severe trauma or a climax in illness that necessitates urgent diagnosis and treatment. They typically apply specific, prescribed treatments such as drugs or perform surgery to treat the immediate problem or symptom. This approach works well for pets experiencing a crisis, but isn’t appropriate for restoring health when animals have chronic disor-


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ders. It also doesn’t help them to at least live comfortably with incurable problems without the side effects often caused by extensive administration of medications. Conventional veterinary science lacks the proper tools for preventing and treating complex, chronic disease. In most cases, it doesn’t take into account an individual’s unique genetic makeup or exposure to toxins such as too many vaccines, drugs or environmental chemicals. Functional medicine always focuses on the unique nature of the patient; there is no “one treatment fits all” mentality. Functional medicine vets are specifically trained to assess the underlying causes of complex, chronic disease and to apply strategies such as nutrition, diet and naturopathic remedies to both treat and prevent these illnesses. They can ably help the increasing number of pets suffering from complex, chronic health issues such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, allergies, arthritis, seizures, bowel and bladder problems and immune system disorders. Functional medicine best addresses these concerns because it involves understanding the origins, prevention and treatment of ailments and emphasizes customized care. The goal is to promote health as a positive force well beyond the absence of disease. It’s possible for many pets to Ermolaev Alexander/


any pet owners have chosen functional medicine for their own care, so they logically turn to it for their four-legged family members, as well. Most veterinarians are still unfamiliar with this approach to pet health care and may even discourage its use because they see it as being out of synch with conventional ideology. Functional medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging patients and doctors in a partnership designed to improve health. This evolved practice better addresses individual needs than a traditional approach that focuses on illness and treating disease rather than restoring overall health. By shifting from an allopathic platform to a more holistic, patient-centered one, functional medicine addresses the whole pet, not just a set of symptoms.

An integrative, science-based healthcare approach considers interactions in the pet’s history, physiology and lifestyle that might lead to problems. All of the diagnostic and treatment modalities are based upon proven scientific principles and follow evidence-based medicine to yield the best results in terms of total function. Functional medicine integrates traditional Western medical practices with what are sometimes considered “holistic” or “complementary” healing methods. The focus is on prevention through nutrition, diet and exercise; use of the latest laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques; and prescribed combinations of botanical medicines, supplements, therapeutic diets and detoxification programs, using drugs only when necessary as a last, rather than a first, resort. This whole-pet approach allows doctors to choose whichever therapies are best for each patient. Holistic vets see many patients for which conventional medicine has proven ineffective. Sometimes conventional doctors back away from offering treatment, either because the pet is “too old,” the treatment is “too expensive” or the results are unlikely to be “satisfactory.” Functional medicine can help many of these so-called hopeless cases, return pets to health and often heal disease after principles of functional medicine have been consistently applied to the pet’s everyday lifestyle. Finding a functional medicine vet is challenging, but worth the effort. Focusing on the individual needs of a pet ensures the optimum chance for achieving and sustaining proper health. Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, TX, is the author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats and Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets. For more information, visit



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TUESDAY, JANUARY 3 Resolutions, Goals & Health – 12-1pm. Learn how to avoid failure and plan for success to make 2017 your best year yet with Jeffrey Whittaker. Free; register on Eventbrite. The Empowerment Factory, 999 Main St, Studio 707, Pawtucket. 401-365-1010.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4 Paint a Pair of Bumble Bee Poppy Wine Glasses – 6:45-9pm. Come sip, paint, relax and create at Tiogue Tavern with us as you paint a pair of these beautiful, popular and usable wine glasses. No experience needed; pre-registration required. $35. Free and safe parking. Paint the Town Studios, at Tiogue Tavern, 446 Tiogue Ave, Coventry. 401-828-1700.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 5 21-Day Detox and Elimination Diet – 9:30-11am. Join Naturopathic Dr Erica LePore for a 4-wk guided detoxification program to improve health and vitality through a restricted, yet nourishing, whole foods diet. $149. All That Matters (SK), 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. Healthy Living As We Age – 2:30-4pm. A selfdirected women’s discussion group, all women welcome anytime the group meets. Connect with other women to laugh, talk and discuss issues of aging important to you. Free; donations appreciated. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200.

Singing Bowl Sound Healing – 3-4:30pm. Christine Johnston and Melissa Byrd facilitate. Sound healing is an effective modality using vibrational sound to reduce stress, creates a sense of peace and well being. $25. Beloved a Yoga Practice, 235 High St, 2nd Fl, Bristol. 401-787-8877. Mahasamadhi Celebration Sri Kripalu – 5:308pm. A devotional evening of kirtan with Jagdish Tom Buckland, readings of Bapuji’s writings and a puja ceremony to honor the life of Swami Sri Kripalvanand. By donation. Santosha Yoga Studio, 275 Reservoir Ave, Providence. 401-780-9809. Healing Sounds Session – 7-8:30pm. Join Joe Hayes of SoundScapers as he uses chant, drums, and other instruments to build a temple of therapeutic sound and tone in this group sound healing practice. $25/pre-registration, $30/at door. All That Matters (PVD), 1 Park Row, Providence. 401-782-2126. Overcoming Anxiety – 11am-12:45pm. Join Katherine Conte and Susanne Murtha for this yoga therapy clinic designed to help those that suffer from chronic stress, anxiety, GAD, Panic Disorder, and PTSD. $165. All That Matters (EG), 63 Cedar Ave, Ste 10, East Greenwich. 401-782-2126.

SATURDAY, JANUARY Reiki 2nd Degree – 10am-4pm. Receive next attunement and learn advanced techniques, 3 symbols and distant healing. Practice in safe space. Completion of level 2 allows for compensation for services. $250. Intuitive Therapy, 1300 Park Ave, Ste 2R, Woonsocket. 508-951-9828.

Crystal Bowl Chakra Yoga – 2:30-4pm. Join Christine and Amy for a unique experience combining a crystal bowl sound bath with a corresponding yoga practice using crystal bowls that resonate with each chakra. $25. Santosha Yoga Studio, 275 Reservoir Ave, Providence. 401-780-9809.

Homeopathy: Free 20-Minute Consults – 121pm. Thinking of homeopathy for yourself but you aren’t sure? Enjoy a private 20-min consultation to learn how homeopathy can assist your unique needs. Tell me your story. Joy Pacitto’s Homeopathic Office, 182 Gano St, Providence. To schedule: 860-529-8313.

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The Heronine’s Journey – 1-4pm. Empower the Divine Feminine within through contemplative exercises and analysis of your innate strengths and weaknesses with Jungian Therapist, Cathy Pagano. $20. Gather Herbs, 312 Broadway, Newport. 401-314-4014.

Insomnia: Alleviate with Homeopathy – 11am-12pm. You deserve 100% sound, nurturing and restful sleep. Stop struggling with anything less. Learn how homeopathy restores natural sleep. Free. Joy Pacitto’s Homeopathic Office, 182 Gano St, Providence. Reserve a space: 860-529-8313.


MONDAY, JANUARY 9 Proprioceptive Writing® Series – 6-7:30pm. Come alive to yourself and find your authentic voice. Learn to cultivate concentration, dissolve inhibitions, and build self-trust in this dynamic 6-wk series. $150. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. Shamanic Dream Circle – 7-9pm. Explore your night dreams, waking dreams and active dreams from the shamanic perspective of power and healing. Share your dreams to open your perception and insight. With Katharine Rossi. $10. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.

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Attract Your Perfect Client with Great Messaging – 12-1pm. Deliver the right message to the right audience the right way. Learn key element of effective and authentic marketing messages, how better messaging saves you time and money, and how to create an ideal client profile. Free, register on Eventbrite. The Empowerment Factory, 999 Main St, Studio 707, Pawtucket. 401-365-1010. Drum Healing – 6:30-8pm. 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 S Rose St, East Providence. Awakening Through Drum Healing – 6:308:30pm. Have you had a situation where you haven’t felt the same since? You may have experienced power and/or soul loss. Shamanic drum healing returns parts to self, removes energetic blocks and restores harmony. $35/person; group format. 1462 Park Ave, Cranston. To register: 401-944-4130 or

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11 Gong Bath Meditation – 8-9:15pm. Join Joy and A.Michelle at this unique center for the arts, and be immersed in healing sounds of gongs, singing bowls, drums, etc. $20. The Narrows Center for the Arts, 16 Anawan St, Fall River, MA. 401-258-3952. For tickets:

THURSDAY, JANUARY 12 Proprioceptive Writing® Series – 12-1:30pm. Come alive to yourself and find your authentic voice. Learn to cultivate concentration, dissolve inhibitions, and build self-trust in this dynamic 6-wk series. $150. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200.

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Steps to Transformation, Step 1 – 6-8pm. Step 1: Heart Linking with Your Angel. $25. Creatigo, Agawam Mill, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, W Warwick. 401-793-0097.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 13 Home Vigil Practicum: Reclaiming the Care of Our Deceased Loved Ones – Jan 13 & 14. 5:30-8pm, Fri; 8am-4pm, Sat. Demonstration and discussion of home vigil preparation, family support and assistance. Learn and discuss funeral and disposition laws in RI, legal paperwork, green practices, ceremony and ritual options. With Ann Porto and Lee Webster. $100. Cranston. Registration required, Ann Porto: 401 529-2020, Monthly World Compassion Evening – 6:308pm. Gathering for those who wish to participate in collective forgiveness work directed towards the suffering on the planet. Guided group meditation of loving-kindness. With Shari Bitsis. $10 donation to go to local charity. The Healing Journey Annex, 673 Main St, Warren. 401-465-4249. Second Friday Gong Bath Meditation – 7-8:30pm. End your work week with blissful stress release and face the weekend with renewed energy and vitality. Come listen to Joy and Shawn play gongs, singing bowls, drums and more. $20/pre-registered, $25/at door. Concordia Spiritual Center, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-226-6895. Full Moon Drumming and Healing Circle – 7-9pm. Lead by Tracy and Doug. Bring your own drum or rattle if you have one. Join us in the circle feeling the heartbeat of the drum. $20. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 14 Reiki 1 Certification – Jan 14 & 15. 10am-5pm. 2-day class to get certified to practice Reiki. $150. Creatigo, Agawam Mill, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, W Warwick. 401-793-0097. Children IET Workshop – 10:30am-1:30pm. Lead by Sheila Olson. Kids will learn how to focus angelic energy to wash their energy field clean, and how to use heart links. Using cartoon images and simple concepts, children are introduced to cellular memory and how to clear it with the angel wash technique. $50. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Holistic Tarot at Gather Herbs – 12-6pm. Holistic Tarot with Cris McCullough. Readings by appointment. Walk-ins welcome. 30-min and 1-hr sessions of integrative healing, insight and light. $35/30 min. Gather Herbs, 312 Broadway, Newport. 401-314-4014. Yin Yoga Retreat – 1-4pm. With Alicia Barry. Yin, a contemplative practice of mindfulness, which cultivates an internal atmosphere of inquiry, receptivity and compassion leading to a tranquil state. Long held poses soften and release connective tissue. $35/advance, $40/at door. Beloved a Yoga Practice, 235 High St, 2nd Fl, Bristol. 401-787-8877.

Guided Meditation to Meet with Loved One’s in Spirit – 5:30-7pm. With Jean Mandeville. Be lead through a series of guided imagery exercises that will release disharmonious energies that no longer serve the self, center us, and ultimately restore each individual, Everyone will have their auric field and chakras cleared. $30/RSVP; limited to first 15 people. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Paint Night: Winter Path – 6:45-9pm. Enjoy 2 complimentary beverages and snacks as you relax and paint your masterpiece “Winter Path.” No painting experience needed; pre-registration required. $35. Free and safe parking. Paint the Town Studios, 1150 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. 401-440-8508. The Akashic Records-Past Life Regression Workshop – 7:30-9pm. Here we will meet with a record keeper who upon request will retrieve a book, sit with us and share a lifetime where we will understand why we are experiencing something in this lifetime such as a certain illness, emotional or physical, presently. $30/RSVP; limited to first 15 people. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 15 5th Annual Ladies Spa Day – 10am-6pm. Book your 20-min holistic tarot reading with Cris McCullough as she joins other gifted healers in a day of reflection and relaxation at Acorn Cottage. $20/20 mins. LightSoul Therapy, Acorn Cottage, Wakefield. 401-284-0365.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 17 Group Hypnosis to Quit Smoking – 6:30-7:30pm. Ready to quit smoking for good? Hypnosis can help. Group session; limited space. $59. Newport Center for Hypnotherapy, Middletown Courtyard Marriott, 9 Commerce Dr, Middletown. 401-835-1736. The Yoga and Physics of Gratitude – 6:30-9pm. Physics shows that it is gratitude, cultivation of satisfaction with what is, that paves the way for more. Kartar Khalsa returns to RI to share powerful teachings and tools. $35/general, $28/members. Santosha Yoga Studio, 275 Reservoir Ave, Providence. 401-780-9809. 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. With Katharine Rossi. $10. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18 Gong Bath: Healing With Sound – 6:30-8pm. Come be immersed in the sound of gongs, Tibetan and crystal singing bowls, drums, flutes and other vibrational instruments, and find deep peace and greater clarity. $20/pre-registered, $25/at door. Mystic Organics and More, 35 E Williams Ave, Mystic, CT. 860-245-4135.

Mindful Connection: 40 Days – 7-8:15pm. Cultivate self-care while connecting with others to bring ease and joy to your everyday life. The deep healing benefits of regular practice restore vitality and energy. $295. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 19 Reiki Share – 7-9pm. With Sheila Olson. Practice reiki in a small group setting. Share experiences and help each other develop in a safe, fun environment. Wonderful, relaxing and rejuvenating experience. $5. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Providence. 401-741-5055.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 20 Reiki Share – 6-8pm. Open to all certified reiki practitioners (all levels) who wish to gather for group practice and collaboration. With Shari Bitsis. $5. Savvy Image Gift Shop, 657 Quarry St, Fall River, MA. RSVP: 401-465-4249,

SATURDAY, JANUARY 21 Reiki Level 1 Workshop – 10am-5:30pm. Learn about reiki and how to use it for self-healing and healing others. Be attuned to level 1 reiki and receive a certificate. Class size limited; register. $125. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Homeopathy Talk: Help for Insomnia – 10:3011:30am. You deserve 100% sound, nurturing and restful sleep. Stop struggling with anything less. Learn how homeopathy restores natural sleep. Free. Kingston Free Library, 2605 Kingstown Rd, Kingston. Reserve a space: 860-529-8313. Ayurvedic Abhyanga Massage Certification – Jan 21 & 2. 12-6pm. In this 2-day class expect to learn the basic concepts, theory and history of ayurveda. Hands-on class with a full Abhyanga demo and guided practice. $308. The Newport Massage School, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Ste A-8, Middletown. 877-832-1372. Paint Night: Northern Lights – 6:45-9pm. Sip, paint, relax in our stress-free, no judgement zone as you recreate “Northern Lights.” Enjoy 2 complimentary beverages along with snacks. No experience needed; pre-registration required. $35. Free and safe parking. Paint the Town Studios, 1150 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. 401-440-8508.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 22 Good Vibrations Sound Healing – 2:30-4pm. Christine Johnston and Melissa Byrd bring their unique brand of music and sound therapy to reduce stress, alter consciousness, and create a sense of peace and well-being. $25. Santosha Yoga Studio, 275 Reservoir Ave, Providence. 401-780-9809.

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 24 The Art of Speaking, Presenting and Persuading – 12-1pm. Learn to manage your existing communication strengths and vulnerabilities. Create a presentation that is concise, compelling and influential. Revise your existing skills for more confidence while increasing your comfort when presenting. Free; register on Eventbrite. The Empowerment Factory, 999 Main St, Studio 707, Pawtucket. 401-365-1010.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25 Meditation and Messages with Ernie – 7-9pm. Enjoy a guided meditation followed by a sharing of spirit messages. Come develop your own intuitive abilities. $10. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. 40-Day Revolution – 7:30-9:30pm. Experience your own personal health revolution. Commit to 40 days of yoga, eating well and meditation. Program also runs in Providence starting on Jan 26, 5:30pm. $295; discounts for grads and members. All That Matters (SK), 315 Main St, South Kingstown. 401-782-2126.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 26 Steps to Transformation, Step 2 – 6-8pm. Step 2: Activate Your 12-Strand DNA. $25. Creatigo, Agawam Mill, 1454 Main St 9B, W Warwick. 401-793-0097.

markyourcalendar Setting the Stage for a Great New Year – 6:307:30pm. Please join Susan De Lorenzo as she discusses clearing out what no longer serves us and how to design our life rather than operate on a default setting. Free. Mansfield Public Library, 255 Hope St, Mansfield, MA. 508-736-8844. Pendulum Workshop – 7-9pm. With Sheila Olson. Have you ever wondered how a pendulum works and would like to learn how to use it? This class is fun and will teach you how to use a pendulum. $20, includes pendulum. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 27 Awakening Through Drum Healing – 6:308:30pm. Have you had a situation where you haven’t felt the same since? You may have experienced power and/or soul loss. Shamanic drum healing returns parts to self, removes energetic blocks and restores harmony. $35/person; group format. 150 Adirondack Dr, East Greenwich. To register: 401-736-6500 or Paint Night FUNdraiser Bike Ride – 6:45-9pm. FUNdraiser benefiting the East Greenwich Animal Protection League. Enjoy 2 complimentary beverages and snacks as you relax and recreate “Bike Ride” and support a great cause. No painting experience needed; pre-registration required. $35. Free and safe parking. Paint the Town Studios, 1150 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. 401-440-8508.

Fourth Friday Healing Gong Bath – 7:30-9pm. Gongs of Joy, with guest Shawn Aceto, will help energize and balance each of your 7 energy centers through the deep vibration and resonance of the gongs, bowls and drums. $20/pre-registered, $25/at door. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Avenue, Pawtucket. 401-722-9876.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 28 Anatomy, Asana and Awe – Jan 28-29. 2:307:30pm, Sat; 2-6pm, Sun. Join Grace Jull for this 2-day workshop as she delivers a unique an inspired view of the body. Designed for yoga teachers and serious students. All are welcome. $99. All That Matters (SK), 315 Main St, South Kingstown. 401-782-2126.


markyourcalendar Providence Institute Open House – 3-5pm. Come spend some time in The Providence Institute’s beautiful, relaxing space and meet other wonderful people. There will be wine, tea, spa water (with cucumbers) and delicious snacks. $35. Free and safe parking. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Pl, Ste 6A, Providence. 401.270.5443. Sunday Afternoon Paint: Moonlit Blossoms – 4-6pm. Sip, paint, relax with the family in our no judgement zone as you recreate the popular “Moonlit Blossoms.” Enjoy 2 complimentary beverages along with snacks. No experience needed; pre-registration required. $35. Free and safe parking. Paint the Town Studios, 1150 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. 401-440-8508.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18 NGH Certified Hypnosis Training – 9am-5pm. Thinking of a new career? Or to enhance you current one? Think hypnosis. Course runs 4 alternate weekends. $2,200. Newport Center for Hypnotherapy, 123 Bellevue Ave, Newport. 401-835-1736.

SATURDAY, MARCH 4 2017 Fight For Air Climb: Providence – 9am-3pm. Race up 348 steps and support the American Lung Association. Lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer of women and we need your help in raising critical funds. Climb with us. $35 fee and $100 fundraising minimum. American Lung Association, 260 West Exchange St, Ste 102B, Providence. 401-533-5177.

ongoing calendar sunday Celebration of Life Service – 9:15-10:30am. Come, celebrate your spiritual magnificence with inspirational music, affirmative prayer, meditation, lessons in the Science of Mind, children’s program and child care. Teens meet last Sunday of each month. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552. Spiritualist Service – 10-11:30am. Come 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 S 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. Donation. Ananda Center Hopkinton, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-524-4766.

monday Gentle Yoga with Ananta Jyoti Yoga – 4:455:45pm. Class appropriate for all levels of fitness and experience. $12. Ananta Jyoti Yoga at USA Karate, 55 Douglas Pike, Ste 205, 2nd Fl, Smithfield. 774987-9007. USA Karate American Kenpo Karate – 6:157:15pm. Schedule a free week of lessons. USA Karate, 55 Douglas Pike, Ste 205, 2nd Fl, Smithfield. 401-349-5883. Restorative Yoga – 6:30-8pm. Calms the nervous system, quiets the mind and promotes healing. Restorative yoga is deeply relaxing. Next class is on Jan 9 (meets once a month). Small class. $15/ reserved ahead; $16/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Fl of Zen Center, Cumberland. 401-658-4802.


The Tai Chi Easy™ – 7-8pm. With Sheila Olson. The 5 movement form and the 9 movement integral form are carefully developed methods and approaches to tai chi that makes it easy, beneficial and fun right away. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

Discover You Wellness Expo – 10am-6pm. Connect and be inspired at this all-day wellness expo. 15+ workshops, over 60 mind, body spirit exhibitors. Keynote speaker Roland Comtois with Emcee Patricia Raskin. $10/advance, $15/door. Discover You Events, Crowne Plaza Hotel, 801 Greenwich Ave, Warwick.

Group Manifestation for You & Earth – 7-9:30pm. Every other Monday; Jan 2, 16, 30. We visualize and develop scripts filled with positive emotions in order to group manifest for each other and the planet. With Shari Bitsis. $15. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. RSVP: 401-465-4249,


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tuesday Barre Balance – 5:15-6:15pm. This fun class uses ballet barre-inspired dance movements, strength training, cardio conditioning and stretching. Burn calories, build lean muscles and feel energized. Pay what you can. Kinetic Expressions, 400 Reservoir Ave, Ste LL-O, Providence. 401-467-4325. Quonny Yoga – 5:30-7pm. With Gary Karten. Experience the precise cueing of poses influenced by hatha, Kest, Iyengar, Baptiste, Forrest and yin. Focus is on breathing and proper alignment. All levels. $15/drop-in; class cards available. Quonochontaug Grange, 5662 Post Rd, Charlestown. 401-266-1187. Kripalu & Yin Yoga: Cumberland – 6-7:15pm. Also meets Saturdays, 9:45am. All levels. Moderate posture flow, floor work for hips, low back and shoulders. Experienced and compassionate teacher. $12-$13/Flex Pass; $16/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Fl of Zen Center, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. A Course in Miracles Study Group – 7-9pm. Join us as we explore the text, workbook, manual, and other materials to discover a better way of living, loving, and forgiving. Free. It’s My Health, 1099 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-3585.

wednesday Meditation with Ann Porto – 8:30-9:30am. Meditation support and practice group. Come learn to tame your mind and reduce stress. Dropin. Donations to Friends of Maiti Nepal to end child sexual slavery. Laughing Elephant Yoga, 4372 Post Rd, East Greenwich. 401-398-2616. Kundalini Yoga – 6:30-7:45pm. Chant, do physical postures and meditate to heal physically, mentally and spiritually. $15/drop-in. It’s My Health, 1099 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-3585.

thursday Kripalu Yoga in the Morning – 9:45-11am. All level/beginners welcome. Practice the fundamentals of yoga, including postures, breathwork and mindfulness practice. Experienced and compassionate teachers. $96/8 wks; $16/drop-in or Flex Pass. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Fl of Zen Center, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Lunch Break Yoga: Providence – 12-12:45pm. Break free from routine and come energize your day. Our alignment-based, heart-centered yoga classes invite you to engage in your practice and focus your mind. Pay what you can. Kinetic Expressions, 400 Reservoir Ave, Ste LL-O, Providence. 401-467-4325.

Quonny Yoga – 5:30-7pm. With Gary Karten. Experience the precise cueing of poses influenced by hatha, Kest, Iyengar, Baptiste, Forrest and yin. Focus is on breathing and proper alignment. All levels. $15/drop-in; class cards available. Quonochontaug Grange, 5662 Post Rd, Charlestown. 401-266-1187. Practicing the Presence of God – 6-7:15pm. Join Kelly and friends weekly for an evening of chanting, yoga and meditation. No previous experience needed. Donation. Shanti House, 494 Anaquatucket Rd, N Kingstown. More info, Ananda Center Hopkinton: 401-524-4766. QiGong with Master Wu – 6:15-7:15pm. Enrollment is now open for the 2017 winter session of Medical and Therapeutic Qigong starting Jan 12. Learn to strengthen and balance your internal energy for better health. $210/12 wks. The Way of the Dragon, 373 Taunton Ave, East Providence. 401-435-6502. New: Slow Flow & Restorative Yoga – 6:307:45pm. A 50/50 blend of slow flowing posture work and restorative yoga to release deeply held tensions and quiet the mind. No prior experience needed. Experienced teacher. $12-$13/Flex Pass, $16/dropin. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Fl of Zen Center, Cumberland. 401658-4802. Woman’s Yoga – 7-8pm. With Christine Tripp. Combination of dance and kundalini yoga, which incorporates movement dynamic breathing techniques winding down to a meditation and reiki. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Buddhist Healing Meditation – 7-8:15pm. Learn calm abiding and clear seeing through sitting practice as well as guided experiences working with consciousness in the body, connecting with the earth and cultivating unconditional presence. $14, $70/ prepaid for 6. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Pl, Ste 6A, Providence. Register: 401-270-5443 or

friday Energy & Joy – 9-10am. Awaken your energy through breath and movement. Expand your joy through chanting and meditation. Invite peace to be your daily companion. No previous experience needed. Donation. Ananda Center Hopkinton, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-524-4766. Stretch, Breathe & Meditate – 9:15-11am. Enjoy a wonderful start to your day by joining Ananda Yoga Teacher, Kyle McDonald. Gentle, invigorating, peaceful. $10, Free/Y members. So County YMCA, 165 Broad Rock Rd, Peacedale. More info, Ananda Center Hopkinton: 401-524-4766. Edgar Cayce A.R.E. Study Group – 7-9pm. Learn to relate more fully to God and humanity, live more abundantly, and extend love and service to others. Based on Edgar Cayce’s teachings. Meeting January 13 & 27. $5. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence.

Group Healing – 7-9pm. 2nd Fridays. Powerful energy healing from master healer Kimberly D. Testa. Bring a pillow and blankets. Use back door. $20. It’s My Health, 1099 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-3585. Shamanic Group Healing – 7-9pm. 2nd Friday. Talking circle to establish intentions and join our spirits, possibly a guided meditation or shamanic journey, divination, and individual energy work for everyone. Space limited to 10 people, so please register ahead of time. $20. Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Pl, Ste 6A, Providence. 401.270.5443.

saturday Wake Up Yoga Flow – 8-9am. Join Trish Millan and start your day off right with meditation in motion. Mindful yoga flow for all levels. Class cards available. $10. Beloved a Yoga Practice, 235 High St, 2nd Fl, Bristol. 401-787-8877. Qigong – 8:30-9:30am. With Sheila Olson. Nice mixture of simple movements and gestures which are repeated often so you can benefit from the meditative quality of each movement. No experience necessary. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Barre Balance – 9-10am. This fun class uses ballet-barre inspired dance movements, strength training, cardio conditioning and stretching. Burn calories, build lean muscles and feel energized. Pay what you can. Kinetic Expressions, 400 Reservoir Ave, Ste LL-O, Providence. 401-467-4325. Parent & Me Yoga – 9-10am. Led by Christine Tripp. A combination of yoga mixed with dance and breathing exercises, with a twist of reiki at the end. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Gentle Amrit Yoga with Meditation – 9:3010:45am. Blend postures, breath techniques and awareness for a relaxing and stabilizing effect. Treat yourself to this morning practice and feel renewed. $15/drop in. It’s My Health, 1099 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-3585. Health & Wellness 101 – 10-11am. Lead by Jessica. Discuss the benefits of “clean eating,” the differences between organic, conventional and GMO. Learn how to use discernment with label reading, a juicing demonstration as well as the benefits of juicing. 10min Mindful Meditation exercise to end. $25. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Tai Chi for Beginners – 12-1pm. Registration is open for the winter session of the 24 Posture Tai Chi course starting Jan 7. Flexible class times include Wednesday, 1pm and Thursday, 7:30pm following qigong. $210/12 wks. The Way of the Dragon, 373 Taunton Ave, East Providence. 401-435-6502.

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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.

ANGEL CARD READINGS MEDIUM AND GUARDIAN ANGEL READER Lisa Ashton, R.N. Readings in person or by telephone Middletown, RI 401-500-1908

I specialize in mediumship readings, and connect to your loved ones, family and friends, that have passed. It brings such a sense of closure and peace to know they are safe and they are around you. You have the opportunity to speak to them as well. Meet your own guardian angels and speak to them about your career path, life, love, and future. I also do house harmonizations. Phone reading or in person.

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.

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JAHMEIR SKINCARE STUDIO 2928 Post Rd, Warwick RI 401-595-2851

DR. LORRI HABER-DIBONI 14 Cedar Swamp Road Smithfield, RI 02917 401-233-0200

Haber-DiBoni Chiropractic is a family focused practice, welcoming individuals of all ages. For the past 20 years we have successfully helped patients relieve pain and discomfort (without medication) and maintain their health and wellbeing.  In addition to being a Chiropractor, Dr. Haber-DiBoni is a Reiki practitioner promoting stress reduction and relaxation.


Dr. Victoria Malchar, DC, CCSP 33 College Hill Rd, Building 30C Warwick 401-826-7600 Dr. Victoria Malchar, DC. is the owner and lead physician at Malchar Chiropractic & Wellness Center in Warwick, RI. As a strong advocate for combining Chiropractic care and natural health care alternatives for a total wellness approach to the patient, she has been blazing the trail for combination care in New England for over 30 years. See ad on page 5.


My intention and holistic expertise is to provide innovative technology, high performance products and services to heal your skin. Combining vegan, organic and gluten free products with clinical personalized treatments the skin’s health, balance and radiance can be enhanced. Offering and using cutting edge procedures the skins transformation and harmony is the result. This philosophy can target, correct and benefit many sensitive unbalanced & unhealthy skin types. See ad on page 37.


Kerri Peterson Weaver, R-DMT, M.A. 400 Reservoir Avenue, Suite LL-O Providence, RI 02907 (located on the lower level of the Calart Tower) 401-467- HEAL • We provide an integrated therapeutic approach offering Expressive Art Therapies, holistic wellness and counseling. If you or your teen is struggling, let us hold a safe, creative and supportive space to find your personal way of healing and recreate connections to your whole-self: body, mind and spirit. See ad on page 41.


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.


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, reflexology, acupuncture, massage and herbalism. See ad on page 21.



Debby Votta 1221 Reservoir Ave, Cranston, RI 401-944-4601 With over 10 years of experience, Debby Votta, owner of Fresh Face Skincare Center, specializes in cutting-edge anti-aging skin treatments. She is consistently educating herself on the latest and best skincare products/treatments for her clients. She is certified in many of the latest hightech esthetic advances including microdermabrasion, micro current, led light therapy, chemical peels and much more. See ad on page 4.

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.

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SOUL WISDOM READINGS WITH CHRIS Chris McCullough 401-662-6642

Readings in Person or by phone by appointment. Bring a little magic to your next Home Parties or Fundraiser. Cris is Author of “Holistic Tarot: Soul Wisdom for a New Paradigm”, her integrative approach to reading merges numerology, spiritual astrology and connection with Divine Source to help you solve the problems in your life. Classes in Goddessing, Tarot and Shamanism forming now. Go to or for the latest news.


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.


250 Centerville Road, Building E Warwick, RI 401-921-5934 Dr. Petteruti is a triple-board certified physician designed to bring you the very best in anti-aging, concierge medicine, weight loss, hormones, and aesthetic services. The Drip Bar, which is located inside the Center, provides IV Vitamin Infusions for energy, immunity, cancer, Lyme, detox, and weight loss. See ad on page 9.



Counseling and group work for children and families, utilizing a holistic and intuitive approach to assist clients in coming back into alignment with their authentic selves. Through heart centered mindfulness based practices and creative selfexpression, clients strengthen their acceptance of themselves and others, cultivate empathy, awareness and self-love.



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.


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 session 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. See ad on page 17.


John Koenig, Board Certified Hypnotist Warwick Medical Center 400 Bald Hill Road Warwick, RI 401-374-1890 •

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


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 25.


Ron Ash 39 Carrington St. Ste 202, Lincoln, RI 02865 561-203-0228 • 347-537-GIFT Our management consultants provide strategic, unbiased and objective advisory services which assist organisations in improving productivity and overall performance. Advisory expertise covers areas such as change management, financial performance, marketing, business restructuring, and human resources, with an emphasis on managing risks and costs.  


Susan De Lorenzo is a transformational life coach who helps clients overcome adversity in order to move forward in their lives. Author of the upcoming book, Thank You, Cancer, Susan works with clients to release fear, doubt and worry, helping pave the way to design and take steps toward their dreams. See ad on page 23.


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 27.

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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.


Dr. Laura Bomback 293 Linden St, Fall River, MA 508-678-1233 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 17.



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

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 39.

ASCENSION NXT LLC 176 Main Street East Greenwich, RI 401-228-8348

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. 

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 an appointment today.




Gregory Knight, Ordained Teacher 220 Waterman Avenue East Providence, RI 401-724-8426 •

The Diamond Approach is a psychologically informed spiritual teaching. Learn a precise method of inquiry to penetrate your unconscious beliefs and reactivities. Realize and express the various aspects of your essential nature including true compassion, strength and peace. Greg Knight is an ordained Diamond Approach Teacher and Advanced Rolfing Practitioner.


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Wendy Lewis, ARCB Board Certified Reflexologist East Greenwich, RI 401-626-4171 Treat your feet! Experience reflexology, the ancient healing art that’s the remedy for modern life. Reduce stress and support wellness with reflexology’s uniquely deep relaxation. Pamper feet and hands, leave with a blissful body and mind. Visit to learn more about our services and Box of Bliss holiday gift certificate packages!

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 5.


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




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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.

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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 41.


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 24.


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


40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton, RI 401-524-4766 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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