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his month’s theme is about chronic pain. On the one hand, I am conflicted with talking about it since my personality is one that thinks if you deny it, it doesn’t exist. On the other hand, chronic pain is very real and many people struggle with ways to manage it. A staggering 25 percent are suffering from chronic pain while many are dealing with severe levels of it. I hope you are not one of them, but if you are, I think you might really appreciate our thoughts and possible solutions here.

According to the National Institutes of Health, chronic pain is defined as any persistent pain lasting more than 12 weeks. It may start with an initial injury, such as a back sprain, or there may be an ongoing cause, such as illness. There could also be no clear cause at all. Of course, one thing seems to lead to another, and unfortunately other health problems such as fatigue, sleep disturbance, decreased appetite and mood changes often accompany chronic pain. Over time, pain may limit a person’s movements, which can reduce flexibility, strength and stamina; it becomes more difficult to carry out responsibilities, which can lead to disability and despair. All this pain and associated symptoms has brought us the opioid epidemic. With 76.2 million suffering from pain, it isn’t surprising that with slick advertising, ease of availability and low costs, so many have turned to prescription drugs. From there, it’s an easy path to dependency and addiction. I expect we all know someone that has fallen victim to this downward spiral; it does not discriminate. With over 200 million annual prescriptions for opioids it’s a global problem that is impacting our families, work and economies. The good news is that there are many effective, natural treatments. Our feature article, “Break Free of Chronic Pain”, offers a multitude of options. We also have local articles on how chiropractic, acupuncture, homeopathy, hypnosis and medical marijuana can all help. One of the many things I love about working with this magazine is that I get to hear stories of people that had suffered for years with chronic pain and its ravaging effects on the body, who then discover one day a particular holistic treatment resonated with them and voila; they are not only healed, but hooked on learning more about how to lead a naturally healthy lifestyle for ongoing well-being. Now that’s the kind of addiction I can get on board with! No one has to endure chronic pain. We are blessed to live in a time where so many options and experts are available to help. Which one will be your “golden ticket” to a pain-free life? Talk to people in the Natural Awakenings community as they appear across these pages and see if you can’t find some relief, naturally.


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usan De Lorenzo will be at the Grand Re-Opening of Wicked Good Chiropractic and Wellness Center, located at 77 West Street, in Mansfield, Massachusetts, from 6 to 8 p.m., June 6. De Lorenzo will join local businesses to welcome Dr. Sarah Corcoran and her staff to the new location. DeLorenzo is an author and certified transformation life coach. She specializes in working with survivors of cancer, or any adversity, in moving forward with the life of their dreams. Her book, Thank You, Cancer—The Hidden Gems from Adversity, details her Susan De Lorenzo own cancer journey and offers help for troubled times. In addition to discussing De Lorenzo’s concept of full spectrum living, attendees can enter a raffle for a chance to win life coaching sessions with De Lorenzo and mini therapeutic services from the Wicked Good staff. All proceeds from the raffle benefit the local food pantry. Additional raffles and door prizes are featured, along with delicious food by Cibo Matto. Cost: Free. For more information, call 508-851-9101 or visit See ad on page 15.

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earn how we have the power to heal through connecting our minds and bodies at a free screening of the powerful documentary, The Connection, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., June 6, at the North Kingstown Free Library. After being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, journalist and filmmaker Shannon Harvey travelled the world in search of the missing link in health care. From interviewing world-leading scientists to meeting people with remarkable stories of recovery from severe back pain, heart disease, infertility, cancer and multiple sclerosis, this documentary delves into the link between the mind and body. The film features a line-up of internationally recognized experts including cutting edge scientists Dr. Herbert Benson, the father of modern mind body medicine, and Dr. Dean Ornish, one of the 50 most influential members of his generation. It includes integrative medical experts like Dr. Andrew Weil, one of America’s most trusted M.D.s, and renowned meditation teacher Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, credited for bringing mindfulness to the west. The event is organized by SimplaFYI, founded to advance personal health and well-being while reducing healthcare costs. It is a technology and services company that partners with practitioners of acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, bodywork, meditation, mindfulness, nutrition-based wellness coaches and yoga. Its vetted practitioners provide preferred pricing to members of SimplaFYI. The company works with employers and primary care offices to expand healing and well-being naturally. Cost: Free. Location: 100 Boone St., North Kingstown. For more information, call 401-374-9000 or visit


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reatigo Center for Holistic Healing and Learning will be holding a Summer Solstice Healing event from 6:30 to 8 p.m., June 21, at Agawam Mills, in West Warwick. For $30, attendees will receive several 20-minute healing and reading sessions from local readers and healers for such services as Integrated Energy Therapy (IET), reiki, Akashic records, Theta Healing and intuitive readings. Sessions will be booked on a first-come, first-serve basis that night.    Then on June 24, Creatigo will host its free Summer Open House from noon to 6 p.m. Co-Directors Debbee Radcliff and Greg Bonin invite people to learn about Creatigo’s offerings, including playshops for all ages, certifications in various modalities and private healing sessions. Free five-minute IET angelic empowerment sessions will be offered as well as light refreshments.    Location: Agawam Mills, 1454 Main St., Ste. 9B, West Warwick. For more information, call Debbee at 401-7930097 or Greg at 401-441-4777, or visit See ad on page 35.

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newsbriefs The Providence Flea Returns for Fifth Summer Season


he Providence Flea returns for 15 Sundays this summer, beginning with Opening Day on June 4, on the Providence River Greenway, and every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., through September 10, rain or shine. The first Flea of “Summer Season 5” will feature 70 local vintage vendors, artisans and makers, food purveyors, featured nonprofit Providence Community Library appearing with their mobile book library, local musicians Elly & the Bear, and a fleet of food trucks. The Flea has fast become the capital city’s favorite weekly treasure hunt, the summer’s go-to location for  unusual and upcycled finds, vintage fashion and accessories, antiques, art, collectibles, furniture, plants, a collection of works by local artisans and makers, and more. It isn’t a typical flea market; it’s a juried market with an application process. Founder and Market Manager Maria Tocco describes the Flea as a vintage and artisan/maker market, similar to the fleas in Brooklyn, Cleveland and Washington, D.C. “For vendors who are small- and micro-businesses, the Flea serves as an incubator/launch pad to put their product or service out there, meet their customers to gain feedback, and hopefully, move on to the next level. Many vendors have outgrown the Flea, and that’s just fine with us. In fact, we’re rooting for them,” Tocco says. The site is easily accessible by public transportation and offers plenty of free, on-street parking on Sundays. Now accepting vendor applications on the website and throughout the summer on a rolling basis, space permitting.    For more information, featured vendors and daily updates, follow The Providence Flea on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest or LinkedIn, and at See ad on page 11.

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hode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (Resource Recovery) has launched a new, redesigned version of its website, Built with the busy Rhode Islander in mind, Resource Recovery’s new site features a modern and simplified design, easier navigation and mobile optimization for easy viewing on any device. The site upgrades will provide a better overall user experience and enhance Resource Recovery’s well-established tradition of superb customer service. The goal of the redesign was to create a visually stunning website that puts high demand resources only a few clicks away. The new homepage features a content block that highlights real-time social media posts, upcoming events and press releases.   With the redesign of the website, Resource Recovery also unveiled new recycling guidelines. Much like the website, the new guidelines are simple, clean and easily translated. When Rhode Islanders follow the basic guidelines they will produce quality recycling without having to master every nitty-gritty detail.    To learn more, visit


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enator Joseph McNamara has introduced 2017 “Right to Try” legislation, which gives terminally ill patients the right to try investigational medicines that have not yet received full FDA approval. Only 3 percent of people seeking entry into clinical trials are accepted. Unfortunately, FDA red tape and government regulations restrict access to promising new treatments that might give hope to the other 97 percent. Many potentially life-saving treatments awaiting approval in the U.S. are already available overseas, and have been for years. Sadly, most Americans cannot afford to seek treatment abroad. “Right to Try” legislation is already law in 33 states to help overcome such hurdles. On April 13, the proposed H5676 “Right to Try” bill was passed unanimously by the Rhode Island House of Representatives. The next step is to get H5676 on the schedule for a hearing in the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services. Learn how to support these efforts by visiting

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annabis is one of the oldest plants documented in the history of human use in natural remedies. Today, thousands of studies show the positive effects of cannabis on a multitude of conditions and diseases. A large number of patients use cannabis to treat one of the most popular qualifying conditions: chronic pain. In fact, many have significantly reduced or completely weaned off the opiates they once used to get themselves through the day. In a nutshell, opiates involve the brainstem, the part of the brain responsible for the respiratory system. Overdoses are at an all time high and an obvious problem in the United States. The U.S. is comprised of only 5 percent of the world’s population yet it consumes 80 percent of the world’s opiates. Cannabis, however, does not affect the involuntary respiratory system or the brain stem, and therefore cannot result in death. The endocannabinoid system, which was only discovered a couple of decades ago, is made up of CB1 and CB2 receptors: CB1 being located mostly within the brain and CB2 located throughout the immune system and some organs in the body. Cannabis binds to these receptors like a key fitting into a lock. This system modulates bodies to stay in balance, or homeostasis. The future of cannabis is evolving at a rapid rate as new discoveries are happening at a very fast pace. The medicine in the plant, which is mostly contained within the resin glands or trichomes, contain the terpenes and cannabinoid profiles which vary strain to strain, some of which provide no psychoactive affects. The stigma of smoking a joint is fading away as new technologies emerge and delivery methods advance to offer other options that are gaining popularity, such as salves, edibles, tinctures, capsules, teas and more, especially with the older population and aging baby boomers. Patients now have a choice, which includes a natural, safer alternative than its conventional counterparts.

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esearchers from the University of Rhode Island, in Kingston, have studied the rapid increase in Lyme disease in the northern U.S. Only 11 cases of the disease, which annually impacts about 300,000 Americans, were reported in 2015 in Alabama, a state of approximately 5 million residents. Meanwhile, there were 491 confirmed cases in Vermont, with a population of less than 700,000. The researchers studied the life cycle, metabolism and behavior of black-legged ticks, collecting larvae from several eastern areas. They discovered that ticks live longer in cooler temperatures with higher levels of humidity, making northeastern climates ideal, because longer lives mean increased chance of contact. Southern ticks stay hidden underfoot in layers of leaves to stay cool and damp, making them less likely to find a human host than their northern counterparts, which reside on leaves and trees. “There has been a lot of research aimed at finding out what makes blacklegged ticks more efficient hosts for Lyme disease in the north than in the south,” explains Roger LeBrun, an entomology professor at the University of Rhode Island and co-author of the study. “People have looked at everything from the effects of temperature on tick life cycles to the types of animals the ticks feed on. Probably all of these factors play roles, but our results suggest that evolutionary pressure to conserve moisture by staying under the leaf litter surface is a critical factor.”


Healthy Eating Can Improve Bone Density in Women


he importance of calcium for bone health in women is widely known. Now a new study suggests that a diet of foods considered low-inflammatory, such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains, may help reduce bone loss and fracture risk. Researchers from Ohio State University calculated the dietary inflammatory index (DII) of 160,191 participants using data from the Women’s Health Initiative clinical trials’ baseline food frequency questionnaires. Comparative DII data were then recorded three and six years later among 10,290 study participants to determine any changes in their individual scores. Results were also compared with the number of hip fractures reported annually for the subjects, along with bone mineral density levels from the subgroup. Women with lower DII scores had less bone loss in their hips after six years.

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esearch from the University of Medical Sciences and Technology, in Khartoum, Sudan, tested the efficacy of ginger, cinnamon and a combination of both in reducing root canal infections. The study tested infections associated with 50 teeth involved in root canals. They were divided into five groups. One was treated with a paste of extract of ginger, another of cinnamon, and another with both of them. The final two groups were divided into a positive control group treated with calcium hydroxide with iodoform paste, and a negative control group was left untreated. The researchers recorded the number of colony forming units (CFU) of bacteria—individual bacteria units capable of growing into a colony—before and after the treatments. The extract of ginger group showed the most effectiveness, with a reduction from 83 CFUs to 26.5, suggesting that ginger may help treat or prevent root canal infections. The cinnamon group saw their status reduced slightly, to 77.8 CFUs, and the combination caused a decrease to 49.7.

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Fresno County Superior Court Judge Kristi Kapetan has ruled that the state of California will require Monsanto to place a cancer warning label on the company’s Roundup weed killer. The ruling is the first of its kind in the U.S. and comes after a branch of the World Health Organization labeled the product’s primary ingredient, glyphosate, as a “probable human carcinogen.” Glyphosate, an odorless and tasteless toxin, has been manufactured by Monsanto for more than 40 years and sold in more than 160 countries. Monsanto will have one year to affix the warning label to all relevant products.

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etting off the couch and just moving may help slow the aging process in women that do not lead active lifestyles. Researchers from the University of California at San Diego measured the telomere lengths of white blood cells in 1,481 women between the ages of 64 and 95. Telomere lengths are a measure of aging within genes. After adjusting for other health and lifestyle factors, the researchers found that the women with less physical activity had shorter telomere lengths than those with more active lifestyles.

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study from McMaster University, in Hamilton, Ontario, has found that high-intensity interval training (HIIT) makes working out more enjoyable for individuals that struggle with regular exercise. Jennifer Heisz, lead author and assistant professor in the kinesiology department, observes, “Enjoyment during the first weeks of adopting a new exercise program may be especially important for preventing dropouts.” Researchers divided 40 sedentary, healthy adults into two groups. One participated in HIIT, which consists of short bursts of intense exercises, followed by lowerintensity recovery periods, for six weeks; the other group performed ongoing moderate exercises. The researchers discovered that while both groups started out with equal enjoyment levels, the HIIT group enjoyed their workouts more as they gained strength, while the moderate group reported unchanged or decreased enjoyment levels.



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Clarity for Expiration Dates on Food Many Americans have been confused by the “Sell By” labels on groceries for 40 years. Now, the Food Marketing Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the two largest industry trade groups, are adopting voluntary standardized regulations to clarify. Instead of using up to 10 different phrases to communicate safety, they have settled on just two: “Use By”, a safety designation to indicate when perishable foods are no longer good; and “Best if Used By”, an estimate of when the manufacturer thinks the product should be consumed for peak flavor. Studies show that consumers generally believe the current labels all signal whether a product is safe to eat, and that it will still be okay well after its so-called expiration date. At the same time, prematurely tossed groceries dominate landfills and produce greenhouse gas emissions. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and a coalition of environmental groups have been urging the industry to clear this up. The change is scheduled to take hold in July 2018. SpeedKingz/

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Last year, the United Nations International Year of Pulses recognized dry peas, lentils and chickpeas because they are affordable, nutritious and have a low eco-footprint. New, innovative, plant-based proteins will extend the options. The Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition reported that vegetarians can save at least $750 annually over meat eaters by reducing or replacing consumption of animal products and switching to sources that adhere to higher animal welfare standards. The Impossible Burger simulates the sizzle, the smell and the juicy first bite of the real thing to rave reviews. The similar Beyond Burger is a hit at Whole Foods Markets. Tyson Foods is investing in the protein alternative company, Beyond Meat, and launching a $150 million venture capital fund to support plant-based foods. Some large German meat producers are also seeking to diversify with plant-based versions of traditional meaty favorites.


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Governments worldwide are taking control of a pollution problem with bans on different forms of plastic, including shopping bags. The Indian state of Karnataka has completely banned the use of plastic. No wholesale dealer, retailer or trader can now use or sell plastic carrier bags, plates, cups, spoons, cling film or even microbeads. San Francisco became the first U.S. city to ban plastic shopping bags in 2007, and in 2014 it banned plastic water bottles on city properties. Since then, they have included Styrofoam and thermocol (polystyrene). Hawaii introduced a ban on single-use plastic bags in 2015. Coles Bay, Tasmania, was the first town in Australia to ban disposable plastic bags in 2003, using 350,000 fewer than in 2002. Ethiopia, France and Morocco have followed suit. It’s all part of a global movement to protect the life of oceans and other bodies of water. Take the Greenpeace Plastic Pledge at

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fter 25 of years experience in medical practice and research, Dr. Hannah Hershoff decided to leave her lucrative medical doctor career to create healing jewelry. A phone chat with a cousin who took a trip from China totally changed Dr. Hannah Hershoff’s life. She learned that mystical stones from a remote area of Southeast China near her hometown have incredible spiritual healing properties. After extensive research, Hannah discovered that the key element of the stones is a mineral, JDZ Kaolin, formed millions of years ago. During a long process using local water and fire in a special kiln, the stones not only permanently formed their gorgeous colors and shine but also gained their five natural elements. This information excited Hannah enormously, leading to her decision to test the spiritual healing effects of the stones. She created her bracelets with these stones and gifted or sold to people with various levels of spirituality. A few weeks after wearing these eye-catching bracelets, three out of four individuals reported they gained confidence, improved their self-image, sensed more connections to loved ones and experienced a noticeable reduction in anxiety. A year later, Hannah and her husband started a company and named their JDZ kaolin comprised pieces, Sara Yo Stones. Dr. Hannah Hershoff says, “I am so glad I have made this career change decision, as each day I learn more about how Sara Yo helps people feel better. I am so fortunate to do something I am extremely passionate about!” Currently, the Sara Yo team provides complimentary email healing services based on Chinese Tao philosophy. Their weekly healing messages guide their customers step by step to meditate with Sara Yo stones and help transform their lives to new levels. For more information, visit

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Rockin’ to a Healthy Beat Unity Concert and Free Health Fair to Promote Wellness in Rhode Island by Wendy Lewis

Happiness in Perpetuity by Paul Bond Paul Bond’s magic realism art illuminates a dreamlike world where anything is possible, as he deftly juxtaposes and rearranges common elements to convey universal spiritual or metaphysical ideas. Sometimes, his paintings are simply uplifting illusions, expressing the whimsical, surreal and fantastic side of life. They are always soothing, visual meditations that delight the imagination and stir the soul. Rearranging familiar objects gives Bond the visual symbols he uses as a language to reflect an emotion or thought he’s entertaining at the moment. “Often, a painting is born from something randomly seen from a car window or a line in a novel or a song,” he explains. “If it stirs my curiosity, it finds its way into my work.” About Happiness in Perpetuity, he says, “We create our experience and physical environment based on our beliefs and thoughts. Those who wait for outer experiences to make them happy are at a disadvantage—happiness is simply a choice, based on our desire for it.” View the artist’s portfolio at


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usic enriches our lives, lifts our spirits and feeds our souls. But the artists who create the music we love often face unhealthy life journeys and special health challenges. Some of musical history’s most legendary artists died too young from drug use or years of unhealthy habits, and other professional musicians often face hearing loss, repetitive stress injuries and limited access to health care. Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame Advisory Board member and inductee Don Culp and other Rhode Island musicians are working to change that. Culp, a lifelong martial artist and musician, believes health and music are intrinsically linked. “So many people in my life told me I’d have to choose either one, but the merging of the two seemed natural for me since they both involve rhythm and movement.” Culp became active in music and martial arts in his teens and has since built careers as both an accomplished drummer/percussionist and martial arts instructor. Culp has toured the country as a percussionist, plays and records with his band, Longshot Voodoo, and is an active member of the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame. Since 2011, he has also run his own martial arts dojo, Don Culp’s Karate Studio and Whole Arts Training Center, in North Kingstown, where he teaches Shizen-Do Karate, an

art he created that combines the best aspects of several styles with the philosophies of Zen. Several years ago, Culp and Co-Chair Russell Gusetti banded together to create Tune In & Tune Up, a health initiative for Rhode Island musicians and industry professionals. On June 11, the now-full committee, in partnership with The Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame, will present Feeling Alright: A Health Fair and Unity Concert at the Hall of Fame Museum and Met Café in Pawtucket. The Health Fair, from 1 to 4 p.m., is free to the public and will feature a wide variety of traditional and holistic health exhibits, presentations and question-and-answer sessions with doctors, holistic providers, bodyworkers and wellness practitioners. “I’m really thrilled that we’re connecting the scientific and holistic communities because sometimes there’s a little bit of a gap between those two,” says Culp. “We’re going to have information about diet, hydration, exercise, and all the different aspects of health we can possibly cover.” There will be many free giveaways and the first 250 attendees will also receive a free gift bag. A concert will follow from 4 to 9 p.m., featuring the musical artistry of more than 20 performers, with all musicians volunteering their time and talents. The Rock’n Docs, a band com-

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FAMILY SCREEN TIME How to Set Boundaries in the Digital Era by April Thompson


inecraft. Pokemon. Snapchat. Digital media dominates childhood. That time youngsters used to spend playing with friends, being with family or sleeping has been zapped. According to a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 8-to-10-year-olds are daily exposed to nearly eight hours of onscreen media and heavy media users are twice as likely to report poor grades. Conscientious and concerned parents are setting limits on screen time and reclaiming family time. Experts, too, are working to define a “new healthy” at a time when many activities, from homework to shopping, are moving online.   “How can you begin to limit kids’ screen time when teachers are increasingly using media?” queries Pediatrician Corinn Cross, who practices in Los Angeles. “It’s hard. None of us grew up with this level of technology, and it’s moving faster than any advice can.”  

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dated digital media guidelines, which shifted from strict time limits to greater flexibility for and within different age groups. For children under 18 months, the recommendation is to avoid media altogether outside of video chats with loved ones. In the older age ranges, the guidelines are less prescriptive and more about setting individual limits that ensure getting enough sleep and physical activity along with achieving other developmental needs. Cross believes excessive screen time is particularly detrimental for younger kids that have fewer waking hours and more developing to do. “Toddlers don’t learn well from screens, so you will have limited return from using screens for education,” she observes.   Kathy Marrocco, an Oakland Township, Michigan, blogger with, initially worried about her kids’ potential adverse exposure to radiation from cell phone use. Her concern soon turned to other big impacts of digital media encroaching on their lives. She cites a study of 3,000 parents of

grade-school-aged kids, which found that nearly two-thirds of the children are using their devices at night instead of sleeping, with a corresponding drop in concentration, memory and energy. Marrocco maintains firm boundaries with her daughter, 13, and son, 18, prohibiting the use of electronics at the kitchen table and in their rooms at night, in line with AAP recommendations. “They can only have devices in their room at night if they are in offline ‘airplane mode’ so they won’t be tempted to check or respond to incoming messages,” she says.   Kids don’t sleep well next to their phones, agrees Cross, a mother of three, ages 4, 6 and 8. “They have trouble falling and staying asleep.” She also doesn’t let her children use e-readers instead of books.  

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Psychotherapist Nicholas Kardaras, Ph.D., an addiction expert and executive director of The Dunes, a rehab clinic in East Hampton, New York, is even firmer about screen time, having seen some kids go off the digital deep end. Delaying the onset of screen exposure is the most critical step a parent can take, suggests Kardaras. “There’s no evidence to suggest media exposure is beneficial to child development. Most tech geniuses, including the founders of Google, Amazon and Apple, were not exposed to it until adolescence. “Treating digital addiction is challenging because you can’t be digitally abstinent in this society,” he continues. “Prevention is the key.” Digital media abuse can have lasting developmental impacts, according to Kardaras, author of Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction is Hijacking our Kids and How to Break the Trance. cites numerous studies on the effects of such intensive use, from increased prevalence of attention deficit disorder to higher rates of depression. Brain imaging studies from institutions such as the medical schools at Indiana University and University of Utah have shown how heavy exposure to digital media has effects on the brain similar to substance addiction, reports Kardaras, affecting areas of the brain linked with functions like impulse control, brain

Media and screens are best used purposefully, to achieve a specified goal. ~Corinn Cross connectivity and processing speed. In his practice, red flags for potential digital addiction include strong reactions when devices are taken away, disinterest in “offline” activities, worsening of interpersonal relationships and dropping grades. Modeling good practices is as important as monitoring kids’ behavior, suggests Cross. In her household, all electronic tablets and cell phones are kept in a drawer when not in use. “If I have work to do or have to take a phone call, I’ll go to another room, then come back and be present with the kids,” she says. “Quality, face-toface time is important.”   Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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Homeopathy for Joint Injury and Pain Six Remedies for Relief by Shawn Messonnier


oint disease, specifically arthritis, is a common problem in dogs and cats, especially as they age. The causes are many and include obesity, inflammation, immune dysfunction and normal wear and tear in joints. Conventional therapies include steroids, non-steroidal medications, analgesic medications to control pain and surgery, when applicable. Clinical signs of arthritis include joint stiffness, pain, difficulty getting up and down, a pet’s decreased desire to walk or exercise and increased aggression due to pain. Keep in mind that other causes may be misdiagnosed as “arthritis”, but are related to another disease. Many natural therapies for joint disease include acupuncture, chiropractic, cold laser treatment, physical therapy, Chinese and Western herbal therapies, nutrition and diet, homotoxicology and homeopathy. Several key homeopathic remedies recommended for human relief in osteoarthritic knee, hip

and finger joints by Dr. Vikas Sharma, of Chandigarh, India, may also be helpful for pets with joint injury and pain, according to The Arthritis Solution for Dogs & Cats (PetCareNaturally. com). Consult a holistic veterinarian for individual treatment options.

Arnica This is a mainstay of homeopathy, as noted in the New World Veterinary Repertory, and applies to anything related to bones and joints. It is useful for chronic arthritis, especially if the painful parts of the body seem to worsen when moved or touched.

Bryonia Alba It’s especially helpful for pets showing signs of stiffness and inflammation with pain made worse as the pet moves, especially when rising and lying down. Offset cold dry weather with warmth and humidification. Discomfort is aggravated when the

affected body part is touched, bumped or moved about, which may spur aggressive behavior, so show tender care and respect. Relief typically comes when the pet rests the affected part.

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Calcarea carbonica This remedy may ease deeply aching arthritis, particularly if bony or fibrous tissue has formed around joints. Avoid cold and dampness. Signs alerting a veterinarian to the problem may include muscle weakness, fatigue from exertion and a feeling of chilliness or sluggishness (these pets may also be hypothyroid).

Kali carbonicum Pets with advanced arthritis showing joints that are thickened or deformed may benefit from kali. Stiffness and pain are typically worse in the morning from cold, damp weather, so that’s an ideal time for applying prescribed treatment.

Rhus toxicodendron This is useful for many arthritic pets and especially those with rheumatoid arthritis, which is rare. The remedy is also beneficial for pets that start the day stiff and in pain, but improve with continued movement. Protect them from cold, wet weather conditions.


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A majority of Americans feel pain on a daily basis.

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Such statistics expose the magnitude of the problem of chronic pain. “It’s daunting, but there are many natural ways to address it that are inexpensive, effective and with what I call side benefits rather than negative side effects,” says Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, of Kona, Hawaii, author of the smartphone app Cures A-Z. Complementary, integrative or functional medicine, all names for a holistic approach to health care, offer a comforting wealth of gentle ways to address chronic pain, most of which the vast majority of conventional medical doctors are unaware, says Daniel Cherkin, Ph.D., senior investigator emeritus with the Group Health Research Institute, at the University of Washington, in Seattle.   “Effective natural treatments include

CHRONIC PAIN Natural Ways to Feel Much Better by Kathleen Barnes


ccording to the National Center for Health Statistics, 25 percent of Americans, or 76.2 million, are suffering from pain that lasts more than 24 hours at this very moment: Ouch! Lower back pain alone keeps Americans from going to work a total of 149 million days each year, costing the U.S. economy $100 to $200 billion, reports the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Other common types of chronic pain affect musculoskeletal tissues, knees, hips or the neck. Migraines and severe headaches plague 16.6 percent of adults over 18, per a National Health and Nutrition Survey. Neurological discomfort can reach as high as 12.4 percent, estimates a study from the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota. Even visceral or organ pain associated with heart disease, cancer and pelvic diseases occur in at least 20 percent of the global population, according to the International Association for the


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Study of Pain, in Seattle. If chronic pain is affecting you, you feel it and want relief—right now.  

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Unfortunately, conventional medicine often has little to offer most pain patients. Even for something as pervasive as back pain, surgery and steroid injections are usually an unsatisfactory first line of defense, having mixed results at best, seconded by prescriptions for addictive opioid painkillers. Dr. Nora D. Vokov, director of the National Institute of Drug Abuse, told the U.S. Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control in 2014 that there were an estimated 2.1 million people in the U.S. suffering from substance abuse disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers in 2012. The problem is worsening. Every day, 1,000 people are treated in emergency rooms for misusing prescription opioids, according to

yoga, acupuncture, chiropractic, meditation, lifestyle changes and exercise,” notes Cherkin. “But since they’re not in most doctors’ medical training or learned repertoire for pain relief, patients aren’t offered the opportunity to try them.”

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Here are just some of the many natural and affordable forms of pain relief.

Try the Yass method: Mitchell Yass, Ph.D., of St. John’s, Florida, author of The Pain Cure Rx, is busting the myth that musculoskeletal pain is often caused by osteoarthritis. “Arthritis or joint deterioration is rarely the cause of joint pain,” says Yass. He points out that 90 percent of people over 60 have herniated discs, but no associated pain. Yass treats patients based on his observation that in up to 98 percent of the cases he sees, weak muscles are the underlying cause of joint pain, and strengthening them provides relief. He says his prescribed exercises are usually


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effective in days or a few weeks. “Pain is an indication of tissue in distress. For example, pain in the shoulder area is often an impingement of the bicep,” he says. His prescription is strengthening exercises using hand weights for the trapezoid, tricep and serratus anterior muscles. His book suggests a detailed self-diagnosis program and the necessary exercises to strengthen muscles and relieve joint pain (more at Address underlying trauma: Osteopath Maud Nerman, of Novato, California, author of Healing Pain and Injury, has broad experience in treating neurological problems and brain injuries and often focuses on physical and emotional trauma as an underlying cause of chronic pain. She explains that the autonomic nervous system that directs unconscious body functions like breathing, digestion and heartbeat is interrupted by such trauma.   “Trauma literally shocks the nervous system,” she says. “The body cannot turn off the ‘fight-or-flight’ reaction, causing a firestorm of inflammation that can lead to a variety of serious diseases, overwhelming the body’s ability to manage its own healing.” Her work has showed how readjusting the body, restoring breathing and reactivating the autonomic nervous system can provide relief in short order.

Consider lifestyle, diet and supplements: “Pain is like the ‘check oil’ light on a car’s dashboard. It signals that something needs attention,” says Teitelbaum, author of Pain Free 1-23. “If the oil light goes on, putting a Band-Aid over it or smashing it with a hammer won’t help.” Teitelbaum recommends an energy optimization approach he dubs SHINE that addresses underlying causes of chronic pain that has worked for 91 percent of the people he’s treated for fibromyalgia and muscle pain. Sleep—Eight to nine hours a night helps replenish energy and heal muscles.

Hormones—Treat hormone imbalances even if lab tests are “normal”.

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timizing nutritional support, especially B vitamins, vitamin D, ribose, coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) and magnesium, was helpful. A healthy, high protein, low sugar diet is effectively complemented by a variety of herbs and nutrients, primarily curcumin, boswellia, willow bark and fish oil, nutrients that widespread studies show stop pain better than pharmaceuticals. He’s also a strong proponent of eliminating sugar entirely because it causes inflammation.

Exercise—Daily exercise speeds the

healing process and after 10 weeks following the first four SHINE steps, will increase the capacity to exercise. For migraines, Teitelbaum advocates vitamin B2 (riboflavin). Numerous studies support the effectiveness of dosages of 400 milligrams per day to prevent migraines. After just six weeks of use, a German study published in the European Journal of Neurology shows thats taking a daily riboflavin supplement cut the number of migraine days in half for participants and significantly reduced the amount of migraine medication needed.

Tap for Relief: Also known as the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Tapping Solutions founder Nick Ortner, of Newtown, Connecticut, says “Tapping sends a calming signal to the amygdala in the brain, turning off the fight or flight stress response and allowing the body to heal.” The physical tapping opens up the body’s energy meridians and allows them to relax so the natural healing process can take place, Ortner explains. EFT combines tapping on specific body points while repeating appropriate affirmative statements such as: “Even though I have this [pain], I love, accept and forgive myself.” He recalls a woman that arrived at a seminar he led with a toothache that had lasted for years. Doctors had done X-rays, seen an infection and prescribed antibiotics to no good effect. He asked her if she recalled when the pain began; without hesitation, she answered, “When my mother passed away unexpectedly.” “So we started working together and the pain reduced significantly right away and eventually disappeared completely,”

says Ortner. A follow-up with her dentist showed no sign of the former problem. Up to now, the EFT research is positive. One study from the Energy Medicine University, in Mill Valley, California, found it helped people with chronic pain (some coping with severe fatigue and fibromyalgia) feel physically and emotionally better in as little as a month; another from the Foundation for Epigenetic Medicine, in Santa Rosa, California, showed substantially reduced trauma in institutionalized abused teenagers after just one EFT session. Meditation vs. Medication: Meditation may not resolve the underlying cause of chronic pain, but research from the University of Alabama demonstrates it can interrupt pain signals to the brain. It’s at least as effective as opioid painkillers in relieving chronic pain, according to a study led by Cherkin at the University of Washington. His team’s 342 subjects that had experienced back pain weekly for at least a year were offered either eight meditation and yoga classes, eight cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) sessions or just keeping up their own regular daily routines that did not include yoga and meditation. The results, recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, confirm what numerous other studies have reported: 44 percent experienced a “meaningful reduction” in pain within six months of the meditation or CBT sessions, equal to results reported by people taking addictive opioid pharmaceuticals. More, the pain relief continued for up to two years, even if the subjects stopped doing actual sitting meditation. “Meditation changes the way people think about pain and how they develop skills to keep it from becoming a major focus in their lives,” observes Cherkin. Regardless of the mechanism, experts in a holistic approach to chronic pain relief agree that encouraging self-control, self-determination and self-empowerment makes a huge difference in patients’ abilities to control pain more naturally and effectively. Kathleen Barnes is author of numerous natural health books, including Our Toxic World: A Survivor’s Guide. Connect at

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Tip of the Iceberg Chiropractic Care for Pain by Richard Picard


clichéd but useful saying about pain being the “tip of the iceberg” equates the mass below the surface of the water as the source of the problem, often a correctable dysfunction of joints and muscles. Clichés aside, explaining pain as a symptom of a bigger problem is an eye opener for many people. Treating pain to correct a problem is a lot like blowing one’s nose to cure a cold. The symptom goes away only when the source of the problem is corrected. Overall, the body is pretty resilient; however as injury or poor health develop under the surface, pain can emerge and become a persistent shadow over everything we do. The rampant use of prescription medications in the United States has been going on for years, but few people are aware of just how big the problem really is. According to a New York Times article published on January 6, 2017 entitled “Inside a Killer Drug Epidemic: A Look at America’s Opioid Crisis”, opioid addiction is America’s 50-state drug epi-

demic. Public health officials have called the current opioid epidemic the worst drug crisis in American history, killing more than 33,000 people in 2015. Back pain is one of the most common reasons why patients seek medical care, with an estimated 50 percent or more of people experiencing significant back pain in their lifetime. According to an article in the British Medical Journal more than half of regular opioid users report back pain. Furthermore, opioids do not seem to expedite return to work in injured workers or improve functional outcomes of acute back pain in primary care. Use of opioids to manage chronic pain is also associated with gastrointestinal and kidney problems as well as the risk of dependency. Chiropractic care uses natural treatment methods to help reduce pain. A recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association states spinal manipulation modestly improves pain and function in acute low back pain with statistically significant benefit in both pain and function. In some cases, patients


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receiving chiropractic care and medical management with prescription drugs do extremely well. Often these patients can taper off opioids or succeed on a lower dose. This requires co-management of chronic pain as a collaboration between mainstream medicine and chiropractic. It will take greater awareness before this approach can fully emerge as the “go to” method of treating pain. The wonderful thing about chiropractic care is that there are no drug interactions or side effects and it is extremely safe. Chiropractors not only work on the spine but they also can manage other areas of pain such as knee, hip, shoulder and wrist pain to name a few. The core philosophy of chiropractic is to look at the entire picture of why certain areas in the body are dysfunctional and causing pain to emerge. Chiropractors work to make the entire body function at its best, not only the area of pain, and ensure there are no underlying problems that may be further contributing to the painful area. Patients usually feel better in a short period of time and can often get back to their lives without living in constant pain.


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hronic pain conditions are the top reason patients seek care, the most common reason for disability and addiction, and the biggest driver of healthcare costs. Their treatment costs more than cancer, heart disease, dementia and diabetes care. Many people experience pain syndromes that range from acute to chronic. Homeopathy can offer safe nonaddicting pain relief, when symptoms and medicine are correctly matched. Homeopathy is practiced on a foundation of patient-centered evaluation and observation. It includes careful historytaking, direct and objective observation and physical examination. Physical pathology and disease classification are of limited use to the homeopath who prescribes on the basis of observable disturbances of an individual’s health. The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat chronic pain syndrome but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several remedies are available to treat chronic pain syndrome that can be selected on the basis of cause, sensations and

modalities of the complaints. So, in homeopathy, each person is regarded as a sum of one’s symptoms and one’s innermost feeling regarding the disease. Since the aim is to understand each person as an individual, the homeopath looks for things that are most individualistic of people. With chronic pain cases, homeopaths ask about the location of pain, the sensation/character of pain (or how one describes the pain), and most importantly the emotional aspect in general as well as how the person is expressing one’s emotions and feelings in relation with the pain. For example, while explaining their backache some will say, “I feel as if I am stabbed,” while others might say, “I feel I am not supported,” or “I feel heavy/ burdened general aches and soreness.” Many times people feel relaxed or relieved during the process of case taking itself, and after taking a thorough case, homeopaths analyze the case and select the remedy in a best suitable potency for that particular case. Some homeopathic medicines used in pain syndromes include arnica, aconite, bryonia, rhus tox, eupatorium, colocynth, hepar sulph, hypericum and staphysagria. Other modalities are often used in conjunction with the medicines, and include:

Mudras/Hand Gestures – The hands are particularly blessed with virtues of wellness. The four fingers and the thumb represent the five major building blocks or the ‘panchamahabhootas’ of which the entire universe is made: sky (ether), air, fire, water and earth. In the theory of Mudras/hand gestures, disease is nothing but a limitation that emerges in the continuity and balance of these five elements. When specific fingers are held in specific positions, these elements can be balanced in the body and can eliminate the pain, relax the mind and body as well. Diet – Food is a powerful healer, too. Nutrition experts in Ayurveda swear by following a vata-pacifying diet of warm, moist, mildly spiced, nourishing foods for a month and see if it makes a difference. The sweet, salty and sour tastes are all vata pacifying—just make sure to find natural, healthy sources of sweets (like ripe plums, pears or dates) and don’t overdo. Overeating aggravates vata. Herbs – Turmeric and ginger help

reduce inflammatory pain, while valerian, kava kava, chamomile, skullcap, passionflower, hops and jatamansi (the “Indian valerian”) help combat tensionrelated pain. And since chronic pain is often a combination of inflammation and tension, ingesting both kinds of herbs can create best results. Vandana Pitke is a certified classical homeopath. In her more than 12 years of experience, she has treated and cured many chronic cases including chronic pain syndrome, with classical homeopathy. She incorporates Ayurvedic nutrition and mudra meditation in her homeopathy practice. To learn more, visit See ad in the Community Resource Guide.

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stay elevated which can cause detrimental stress changes in the body. The cycle continues as this can exacerbate discomfort and increase pain. How each person experiences pain depends on many factors such as the location of the pain, one’s age, emotional state, memories of previous pain along with attitudes towards the pain. There is no denying that pain is physical, but there is always a psychological element to the experience of pain, and once one’s perception of pain changes, the experience of the way the brain receives the pain message and processes it emotionally also changes. There are five ways hypnosis decreases pain levels:


for Better Pain Relief by Cheryl Reynolds Hypnosis has been around for centuries as a safe, effective drug-free alternative in reducing and eliminating chronic pain.


ack in the 1800s, a form of hypnosis called “hypo-anesthesia” was used to perform surgeries such as amputations, tooth extractions, mastectomies and resetting of broken limbs. Since hypnosis is actually a natural anesthesia, they still use hypnosis in conjunction with modern medicine for dental procedures, childbirth and minor procedures to lessen the use of anesthesia. Beyond surgery, hypnosis can decrease or alleviate chronic pain including back pain, neuropathy, headaches, fibromyalgia, cancer pain, orthopedic pain and much more. A meta-analysis in 2000 of 18 published studies showed that 75 percent of clinical and experimental participants with different types of pain obtained substantial pain relief from hypnotic techniques. There is a thought that “until the brain registers pain, there is none.” When people have acute pain,


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their sensory receptors send a message via nerve fibers to the spinal cord and brain to protect the body by increasing our heart rate, blood pressure and respiratory rate and by flooding in chemicals to decrease the pain. This is all to remind us that something is wrong. However, when individuals suffer with chronic pain, these pain messages are no longer useful and for some people can become even more sensitive to pain. Ongoing chronic pain can result in cellular memory of the unpleasant sensation and even cause anticipatory pain. Anticipatory pain is a pain reaction created by one’s thoughts that doing a certain task or moving a certain way will cause pain. This not only amplifies the perception of pain, it also heightens anxiety levels. Hypnosis is very helping in reducing anticipatory pain. Long term pain is exhausting to the mind and body. Pain can also cause cortisol levels (the stress hormone) to

Distraction – We focus our attention away from the pain to a positive mental thought by using guided imagery, metaphors or direct suggestions. Because the mind is in a hypnotic trance, distraction is easily achieved. Positive ‘triggers’ can also be created that can be used anytime to decrease pain levels. In Biology Today, a study based on high-resolution spinal MRI showed that as people experienced painful levels of heat, mental distractions actually inhibit the response to incoming pain signals. Christian Sprenger of the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf reports, “The results demonstrate that this phenomenon is not just a psychological phenomenon, but an active neuronal mechanism reducing the amount of pain signals ascending from the spinal cord.” Basically, distraction works.

Reframing – This is when we take the feeling of pain and change it into something different. There are many ways to reframe; a few examples are changing the pain from a hot burning sensation to a cool liquid sensation or sufferers can use a “dial down” technique, as they decrease the pain to a manageable level. Try a variation of this at home. Get comfortable, close your eyes, take in a few slow deep breathes. Visualize the pain as a large ball, knot, or any other image that represents the pain. As you count down slowly from 10 to 1, see this ball shrinking; smaller, and small-

er…less and less uncomfortable. The ball, which was the size of a grapefruit, could now be the size of a baseball, or even a marble or a pea. Continue this daily, as the more one practices, the stronger the association gets.

Numbing – This creates an anesthesia

effect on the painful area. Everyone has fallen asleep on their arm, so knows what numbness feels like. From that association a similar effect is created with “glove anesthesia.” Suggestions are given to create a numbing sensation in the hand and then that sensation is moved or transfered to the area of discomfort to decrease the pain. Past associations for pain control can also be used, like when Novocain is received to numb an area. Once the brain has “felt” the sensation, it can be repeated.

Dissociation – Since hypnosis is a state of relaxed, yet heightened concentration, the imagination becomes more focused and powerful. Guided imagery can be created so one can naturally and safely dissociate from the body; like in a daydream. When we vividly imagine our favorite vacation spot, or travel to distance place, we can find relaxation and comfort. This also incorporates distraction as well.

ment. Being more present and aware of one’s body can bring better awareness and understanding of how to relate to pain differently. From that point, the accompanying stress levels, cortisol levels and anticipatory pain can be reduced. Hypnosis is a complementary practice and in order to give safe hypnosis, it is necessary for hynotherapists to know for certain that the pain is not masking anything serious; therefore, a medical referral from a doctor is necessary.

which can drastically improve their quality of life. Cheryl Reynolds is a registered nurse with more than 25 year’s experience, a spiritual adviser plus she was trained in hypnosis by world renowned Hypnosis Instructor Tom Nicoli, BCH, CI, CPC out of New England Institute of Hypnosis. She is a certified member of the National Guild of Hypnotists, a certified life coach with specialization in burnout, stress reduction and mindfulness. She is also certified in pain management. She can be reached at 401-3014426 or See ad on page 21.

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A Natural Solution to Pain by Jewel Sommerville, D.Ac.


ain chronically disrupts American life. From the workplace to an individual’s personal and professional goals, chronic pain is interrupting people’s joy and potential; but it doesn’t have to. New guidelines published in the Annals of Internal Medicine from the American College of Physicians support the use of natural and psychological therapies over medications for acute and chronic lower back pain. Therapies recommended include acupuncture, exercise, heat, massage, spinal manipulation and mindfulness stress reduction techniques. Additionally, a 2016 evidence-based study by Kligler, Teets and Quick found acupuncture to be effective in treating chronic low back pain. An evidence-based review, by Macpherson, et al. included 18,000 patients and examined the role of acupuncture for chronic pain related to the neck and low back, osteoarthritis of the knee, and headache and migraine pain. Acupuncture proved to be significantly more effective at pain reduction than both sham acupuncture and the usual care of such conditions. The use of acupuncture for patients suffering simultaneously from pain and depression was also examined in

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this study. Acupuncture with counseling proved to be clinically effective for depression and pain. In addition, the cost-effectiveness of acupuncture was noted for all conditions. An additional benefit of choosing acupuncture over a medication is its effectiveness to relieve the source of the pain; truly treating the root of the problem. Most medications, over-the-counter or prescription, merely mask the problem allowing a patient to further injure him/herself. A second study led by Macpherson

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supported the long-term effectiveness of acupuncture for chronic pain relief. This study, involving 17,922 patients and 29 trials, found “90 percent of the benefit of acupuncture relative to controls would be sustained for 12 months.” This demonstrates acupuncture is not only effective for chronic pain relief but that, after a course of acupuncture treatment, chronic pain relief is sustained for the next 12 months. Other studies have shown a potentially important role for acupuncture as an effective treatment for migraines, tension-type headaches and several other types of chronic headache disorders and in the prevention of episodic migraines. These studies confirm the use of acupuncture for chronic pain stemming from multiple sources in the body as well as its use for psychological concerns. East Asian medicine, including acupuncture, originated more than 5,000 years ago. Considering its continued use today as a medical practice makes one logically believe in its effectiveness; however, modern research further confirming its effectiveness with conditions ranging from fertility to chronic pain supports the choice of acupuncture as a safe, practical, natural solution to chronic disorders and chronic pain. Jewel Sommerville, doctor of acupuncture, is the founder of Holistic Health Rhode Island, Ltd., established in Rhode Island, in 2002, at 990 Main St., East Greenwich. The center is dedicated to treating the source of the problem to regain one’s health and well-being. For more information, call 401-398-2933 or visit See ad on page 29.




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The entire world benefits when we choose to build our lives with these tools, however, it takes practice to bring love, compassion and truth to each situation. Buddha says, “Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.” Love is the most powerful, world-changing tool we have. It takes a high degree of awareness and sophistication to experience negativity and move beyond it into a place of love. In order to do so, we must cultivate love inside ourselves by hunting down the barriers to love that live within us more ferociously than we hunt down barriers to love in the world outside us. This does not mean that we turn hatred toward these parts of our-

selves. It means we see them, accept them and let them go.


Truthfulness is a timehonored and respected trait. To be truthful is to be honest and trustworthy. It requires a commitment to speaking and acknowledging the truth, and to acting with integrity. When we have our truth, we also have our respect and love. There is a paradox to truth, though: truth does not make anything untrue. Whenever we negate something, a lie is present. Truthfulness allows for multiple perspectives in a way that honors each of those perspectives.  


“No man is a true believer unless he desireth for his brother that which he desireth for himself,” asserts Muhammad. To be compassionate is to open one’s heart to the suffering of others. Compassion is a healing action; when we offer compassion to ourselves or others we are healing ourselves or others. When we practice tending to our own pain and suffering, we gain an ability to give love to others when they experience hardship of their own.

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hat is being a father? It’s, at least in part, about beginning. It is rejuvenating to locate ourself near the start of a child’s life. There are so many chances to get it right. The thought that we might also get it wrong flits across our mind, but it’s gone before we can even shiver at its presence. It’s also about returning to that question again and again, each time failing to acquire additional insight. “What isn’t being a father?” is a better question. Being a father isn’t indifference, but neither is it a steady stream of calm wisdom or a place of consistent self-control or a clearly delineated set of exercises engineered to help produce self-knowledge in offspring. Bridges are engineered. We stare into our little one’s eyes, beaming thoughts that we hope are received, translated and appreciated, waiting for a beam to come back to us. Child rearing is worked toward, clumsily, imperfectly, with a deep and near religious faith in trial and error. Children are refined over time with the assistance of many imperfect philosophies. When our second child opted in, my wife and I compared baby pictures of the two boys. “They look different,” I said. “That’s not why I’m looking at them,” she said. “I want to remember this.” I remember looking at the pictures with her only because she has told me about it. If, in part, fatherhood is remembering things that did not exactly happen, it is also forgetting things that did happen, some transformative to a degree

that I could not have imagined five seconds before they occurred. Afterwards, I knew I would never be the same again. But I was. As children grow, they are not the same again. Parenting boys instead of babies is already a grand departure from everything I have learned up until now and I am just coming to see that it will always be this way. Recently, in trying to figure out when a man that is not a father becomes a man that is a father, I remarked to my sons, “Even though I know being a father has changed me forever, I remember certain things that happened, but not as many as I would have thought.” My older son explained, “Maybe it’s because you are thinking of us more than yourself. Maybe you want time to pass so we can get to the next thing in our lives.” My younger son zeroed in, “The problem is that you think it’s parenting when really it’s childing.” He’s right. What is being a father? It’s letting someone else be a child. It’s suffering through certain kinds of abstract pain so that they don’t. It’s bearing the brunt of disappointments so that they can go on feeling invincible. It’s teaching how to forget as much as it is teaching how to remember… but it is still very near the beginning. Ben Greenman is a widely published author and journalist in Greater New York. Connect at



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Meet the New “Pickleball” You may not have heard of it yet, but pickleball is a mixture of tennis, squash and table tennis, and it’s one of the fastestgrowing sports in the country. The USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) at estimates that 2.5 million players are active now, with the number expected to multiply to 8 million by next year. Regulation tennis courts especially marked for pickleball facilitate its smaller, 20-by-44-foot playing area. The need for less running about appeals to older players and others, as does the distinctive thud when the hard paddle hits the plastic ball. (Sample video at PickleballShot.) Christine Barksdale, 48, of Vancouver, Washington, USAPA’s managing director of competition and athlete services, played league tennis from childhood into adulthood until she transferred her passion to pickleball. She assesses that half of participants are “totally focused on pickleball,” while the rest see it as a way to improve their volleying skills for tennis. “It definitely improves reflexes. It’s easy for beginners to pick it up and have fun.” It also introduces kids to racquet sports.


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Stretching the shoulders before playing is advised by licensed sports massage therapist Brian Horner, who works with athletes at pickleball, tennis, racquetball and beach volleyball tournaments in Arizona, California and elsewhere. The shoulder is like the handle of a whip in these sports, says Horner, who authored the new ebook Complete Guide to Winning Pickleball ( “If it isn’t operating normally, when more pressure is applied it can strain the elbow and wrist.” Swimming, especially backstrokes, is advised because therapists regard water as a friend of shoulders. “Sixty to 70 percent of the people that play [here] are retired,” says Steve Munro, owner of the West View Tennis Center, in Morgantown, West Virginia. He also sees the sport as a nice transition for older tennis players. Pickleball was invented in Washington’s Bainbridge Island in 1965 by then Congressman Joel Pritchard and businessman Bill Bell. Along with the Pacific Northwest, some other major pockets of popularity include Chicago, Phoenix, southern Utah, Orange County, California; and Collier, Lee and Miami-Dade counties, in Florida.

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Participants of Cardio Tennis, a Tennis Industry Association program, benefit from high-intensity, aerobic, interval training, using functional movement to run to return shots and move around the court in preparatory footwork drills. It also increases stamina and endurance, which enhances both regular tennis performance and overall fitness. According to (which includes a sample video), men can burn between 500 and 1,000 calories in one, hour-long class; women, between 300 and 500. Estimates put the number of players currently engaging in such clinics at 1.82 million nationwide. “Tennis is a chief component of Cardio Tennis, but it’s much more. It’s a group fitness activity, a major workout that increases the heart rate,” says Chris Ojakian, a global Cardio Tennis trainer and executive director of racquet sports with Elite Racquet Sports, of Marina del Rey, California. They manage and operate tennis programs at facilities nationwide. A session often consists of a five-to-seven-minute dynamic warm-up including stretching, tossing tennis balls and light tennis play; more tennis lasting 10 to 12 minutes, including “cardio blast” sideline activities like quick footwork drills and jumping jacks when changing sides; 30 minutes of point-based tennis games with constant rotation of players and more cardio blasts; and a five-to10-minute cool down. “Participants are moving during the times they’d be waiting their turn to hit the ball in regular tennis clinics, and it works on the kind of quick footwork that’s done in competition,” explains Ojakian, the 2011 U.S. Professional Tennis Association California Pro of the Year. Sessions, which also include party music and heart rate monitors, are “so fast paced and fun, people often can’t believe when they’re over,” he enthuses. “It accomplishes so

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ala Studio is offering a monthly 90-minute Jivamukti yoga class with live music, a vigorous Vinyasa style of yoga, taught by Dutzi King, a Providence based teacher with more than 10 years of yoga teaching experience. Local musician and artist Antonio Forte plays relaxing and meditative electronic music on a keyboard throughout the class. The live music yoga class takes place once a month, on the final Wednesday night of the month, and is a transcendent and nourishing class, simultaneously deeply relaxing and energizing.

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hode Island Hot Yoga (formerly East Bay Bikram Yoga) is opening a second location in Providence on June 3. The new studio, located at 166 Valley Street, will offer a full schedule of heated Bikram yoga classes seven days a week, as well as various workshops and special events. The Grand Opening will feature a day of free classes, with Bikram yoga classes at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., noon and 4 p.m. There will also be refreshments served and yoga apparel for sale. Visit to reserve a space for a free class. Bikram yoga is a heated style of yoga designed to balance every system in the body and produce optimal health and wellness. The class is designed with beginners in mind—no flexibility or experience required, just a willingness to sweat. RI Hot Yoga’s friendly instructors will guide students through the practice step-by-step and give them all the tools needed to succeed.

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rica Nunnally, yoga and Usui reiki master teacher, of Cumberland, has launched Sacred Directions, a dualaccess “way-finding school” for people that wish to deepen their personal practice of yoga and self healing but aren’t looking to become yoga teachers. Nunnally defines dual-access as an offering that is available both online for distant learners and in-person for local students. “It’s an incredible way to bring together like minded wisdom warriors from the four directions and build community,” says the veteran yogi. Nunnally is offering Sacred Directions’ premier program, The Year of the Yogi, designed to ignite positive transformation by learning to apply the ancient practices and philosophies to a modern lifestyle. It’s a journey that encourages delving into one’s own inner healing as the deeper lessons of yoga are uncovered. To learn more visit, Sacred-Directions.


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THURSDAY, JUNE 1 Pelvic Power – 10-11am. Pilates mat class perfect for all women looking to increase their pelvic strength and stability. $22. Aull Pilates, 1077 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown. 401-619-4977. Strength & Core – 5:30-7pm. Forrest yoga inspired sequencing and core strengthening poses. Adaptations given to those with injuries. Challenging, All levels. $15/drop-in. Quonny Yoga, 5662 Post Rd, Rte 1, Charlestown. 401-266-1187. Author Presentation and Book Signing – 6:307:30pm. Join Mary Catherine Volk for an inspiring uplifting talk highlighting her book, Believe in Forever: How to Recognize Signs from Departed Loved Ones. Do you know the 7 most common signs? Book available for purchase and signing. Cumberland Library, 1464 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-333-2552. 7 Steps to Getting Organized – 7-8pm. We warmly welcome Marilyn Cruickshank to host this free workshop on 7 Steps to Getting Organized. Want to get organized? You are not alone. Free. Mansfield Public Library, 255 Hope St, Mansfield, MA. 508-261-7380. Register:

SATURDAY, JUNE 3 Providence Studio Grand Opening – 7:30am6pm. Help us launch our new bikram yoga studio in Providence with a day of free yoga. Join one of several free classes, meet the staff, and see our beautiful new space. Free. Rhode Island Hot Yoga, 166 Valley St, Ste 201, Providence. 401-217-9010. John of God Crystal Healing Bed – 10am-5pm. Experience a session on the John of God crystal healing bed. It is an intuitive opening and healing like no other. $30. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. To schedule an appt, Ernie: 401-641-3516. Youth Workshop with Zandra – 10:30am-12pm. Interactive workshop using deep breathing, meditation, and an expressive arts activity/play. This allows the participants to gain mindfulness and self-expression. $25. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Community Drum Circle – 3-5pm. All ages are welcome at this community promoted, family oriented, live musical gathering. All forms and types of musical instrumentation and dancers are welcome too. $5 suggested donation. Santosha Yoga and Holistic Health Center, 275 Reservoir Ave, Providence. 401-780-9809.

SUNDAY, JUNE 4 Yin Yoga – 8-9:30am. Seated poses held for 3-5 minutes stretch connective tissue around joints. Focus is on hips, pelvis and lower spine. Great for beginners and seasoned practitioners. $15/drop-in. Quonny Yoga, 5662 Post Rd, Rte 1, Charlestown. 401-266-1187.


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Journey Dance – 1-3pm. Join Elizabeth Robinson, Kripalu-trained Journey Dance facilitator for this heart-opening conscious dance form designed to inspire more joy and passion in your life. $20. All That Matters PVD, 128 N Main St, Providence. 401-782-2126. Sound Bath with Singing Bowls – 3-4pm. Sound penetrates the body not only via the ears but also by subtle, energetic means. It has long been used as a healing tool and believed to help balance the chakras. $15. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Gong Bath Healing Meditation – 6:30-8pm. Join Gongs of Joy for this harmonic journey using gongs, singing bowls, drums and more to help you melt into a state of profound relaxation and spontaneous healing. $20/pre-registered, $25/at door. Bikram Yoga Falmouth, 180 Teaticket Hwy, Falmouth, MA. 508-540-0089.

MONDAY, JUNE 5 Exploring Spiritual Healing – 6:30-9pm. Come explore the wonderful healing energies of Spirit. You can take part in the experience or just sit back and see what you feel. All are welcome to attend. Free; donations accepted. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. Kickboxing: Muay Thai Kickboxing – 7-8pm. Muay Thai Kickboxing appropriate for all levels of experience and fitness including beginners. Classes also available on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Plenty of free parking. $6. USA Karate, 55 Douglas Pike, Ste 205 (2nd Fl), Smithfield. 401-349-5883.

TUESDAY, JUNE 6 Laugh Yoga Session – 7:30-8:30pm. On the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays we laugh for the physical and mental health benefits. No jokes, just laughs. Try it, you never know. Free. Southside Yoga Center, 19 Elmwood Ave, Providence. 401-575-8002.

THURSDAY, JUNE 8 Shamanic Journey Circle – 1-2:30pm. Journey to a live drum, share insights and lively discussions as we connect with helping spirits to heal, grow and learn. With Katharine Rossi. $10. Beloved: a yoga practice, 235 High St, 2nd Fl, Reynolds Bldg, Bristol. 401-924-0567.

FRIDAY, JUNE 9 Gong Bath: Healing with Sound – 6:30-8pm. Join Joy (Gongs of Joy) and A.Michelle (Drumsong) to experience the resonant sounds of gongs, singing bowls, drums, flutes and more to bring you to a state of relaxation. $25/pre-registered, $30/at door. It’s My Health Wellcare Collaborative, 1099 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-3585.

Yoga, Embodiment & Transformation – 6:308:30pm. Courtnay Meletta is a yoga teacher, bodycentered psychotherapist and PhD student in mindbody medicine. Learn through lecture and practice how to transform your self. $45. The Island Heron, 34 Narragansett Ave, Jamestown. 401-560-0411. Shamanic Drum Healing – 7-9pm. Drum healings restore balance and bring us into alignment with our true nature through removal of blocks, returning lost power and soul parts. Bring a mat and blanket. With Katharine Rossi and Paul Disegna. $35. Beloved: a yoga practice, 235 High St, 2nd Fl, Reynolds Bldg, Bristol. 401-787-8877.

SATURDAY, JUNE 10 Reiki II Class and Certification – 9:30am-5:30pm. Receive Reiki II attunement and manual. Learn and practice reiki symbols and distance healing. This is a full day, bring lunch. Must be Reiki I. Instructor Cheryl Markey. $150. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Angel Intuitive Certification – June 10 & 11. 9:30am-6:30pm. This 2-day training unlocks your ability to see, hear and speak with the Angelic realm. Learn how to connect with your Angels and awaken your intuitive gifts. With Gladys Ellen. $300. White Light Books, 1468 Park Ave (classroom space), Cranston. 401-935-8451. Free Genetic Screening for Women – 10am-12pm. Free genetic screening for women seeking pregnancy or already pregnant for the MTHFR, MTRR and MTR mutations. To sign up, email Info@DrGayBenTre. com and type “Goldilocks Solution” in the email subject line. Free. Dr Gay Ben Tre, 2 Richmond Sq, Ste 105, Providence. 401-207-4670. Yin Yoga Through the Chakras – 10am-12pm. Spring clean energetically. Ascend and clear each chakra while sustaining a yin pose using visualization and breath. Descending you’re guided through a manifestation. With Nicole Downing and Mary Kate Jordan. $30. Beloved: a yoga practice, 235 High St, 2nd Fl, Bristol. 401-787-8877. Youth Workshop with Zandra – 10:30am-12pm. Interactive workshop using deep breathing, meditation, and an expressive arts activity/play. This allows the participants to gain mindfulness and self expression. $25. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Learn to Stand on Your Own Two Hands – 1-4pm. Join instructor, Tara Beaulieu, for this step by step approach to handstands that supports you to develop a courageous and playful attitude towards going upside down. $45. All That Matters (SK), 315 Main St, South Kingstown. 401-782-2126. Good Vibrations Sound Healing – 2:30-4pm. This sound therapy healing, presented by master musicians, will help you enter a deep state of relaxation and well being. $25. Santosha Yoga and Holistic Health Center, 275 Reservoir Ave, Providence. 401-780-9809. Pet Communication with Kelly – 5-7pm. This class will guide you on how to intuitively communicate with animals that live with us on the earth plain and also ones that exist in spirit. Bring pet picture with you. $25. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

Gong Bath & Drum Healing – 6:30-8pm. Experience sound healing with A. Michelle and Russell Kramer. The vibrational overtones promote healing, clarity, inspiration and creativity. Bring mat, pillow and blanket. $25/door, $20/pre-register. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. 401-641-3516.

Validating the Afterlife with Roland Comtois – 6:30-8:30pm. An intimate gathering with medium Roland Comtois featuring his signature Purple Papers. Random audience readings; pre-registration required. Roland Comtois, at Yoga East, 43 Race Point Rd, Provincetown, MA. Tickets & info:


Validating the Afterlife with Roland Comtois – 6:30-8:30pm. An intimate gathering with medium Roland Comtois featuring his signature Purple Papers. Random audience readings; pre-registration required. Roland Comtois, at Yoga East, 43 Race Point Rd, Provincetown, MA. Tickets & info:


Align with the Season Ceremony – 7-8:30pm. Join us for shamanic ceremony to release blocks, open and align more fully to the energy of the Spring Equinox. Bring drum, rattle, item for the altar (returns with you). With Katharine Rossi and Paul Disegna. Free. Energy-N-Elements, 150 Adirondack Rd, East Greenwich. 401-736-6500.

Sacred Healing Drum Circle – 7-9pm. Come and join Doug and Tracy for an evening of healing and releasing. We will drum with our spirit guides, ancestors as well as our animal guides, and harness the energy. $10. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

SUNDAY, JUNE 11 Long Chant, Deep Meditation – 1-2pm. Chanting opens the heart, transforms and uplifts the soul. We chant for an extended time leading into meditation. Check website for location; may be moving in June. Donation appreciated. Ananda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-524-4766. Yoga and Meditation Half-Day Retreat – 1-4pm. Explore mindfulness meditation and yin yoga with Jenn Thomas, and discover the richness in the quiet attention you cultivate through both movement and stationary practice. $49. All That Matters (PVD), 128 N Main St, Providence. 401-782-2126. Build your own Fairy House – 1-4pm. Build your own Fairy House. Learn what fairies like and use your imagination. Supplies provided, but you can bring some of your own. Children welcome with adult. $35 includes materials. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

markyourcalendar Feeling Alright: Health Fair & Unity Concert – 1-4pm. Tune In & Tune Up in partnership with the RI Music Hall of Fame. The Health Fair will be made up of local business that promote healthy living through health care, diet, exercise, mindfulness and wellness. Free. Tune In & Tune Up, Hope Artist Village, Music Hall of Fame, 999 Main St, Pawtucket. Feeling Alright: Unity Concert – 4-9pm. “Feeling Alright” will feature a Unity Concert made up of prominent musicians and bands from the local area. Well known musicians such as John Cafferty, James Montgomery, Michael Antunes, Duke Robillard, Steve Smith, Mark Cutler and more. $20. RI Music Hall of Fame, Met Cafe, Hope Artist Village, 999 Main St, Pawtucket. Gongs at Feeling Alright Health Fair – 1-4pm. Join Joy and A.Michelle at this health fair for an afternoon of gong demo sessions and a presentation on the ability of vibration to create profound healing. Free. RI Music Hall of Fame Museum, Hope Artiste Village, 999 Main St, Ste 100, Pawtucket. 401-258-3952.

Essential Oils Class – 6:30-7:30pm. Join Josiah & Melissa Precourt as they host this free class on essential oils. Embark on a journey of health. Learn how to use essentials safely and effectively. Free. Mansfield Public Library, 255 Hope St, Mansfield, MA. 508-261-7380. Register: Weed, Seed and Feed Your Gut – 6:30-7:30pm. Do you have any kind of digestive issues/conditions? Come to learn about what can be done naturally to help heal your intestinal tract and be able to enjoy foods more. Free to attend. Cumblerland Family Chiropractic LLC, 2333 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-334-0535. Guided Meditation Night – 6:30-8pm. “Quiet the mind and the soul will speak.” Join Gladys Ellen for a meditation designed to increase relaxation by creating joyful, positive images for the mind. $10. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. 401-935-8451.

TUESDAY, JUNE 13 Drumming Circle with Karmle Conrad – 6:308:30pm. Join the Cape Cod Psychic, 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.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14 Paint and Express – 9-11:30am. Enjoy a morning of self-expression, awareness and a little creativity. Using some exercises as you tap into your conscious and subconscious to explore your self. $45 includes materials. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Guided Meditation – 7-8pm. Meditation is easier than you think. Come and relax your mind and body and decompress from the day. Making meditation part of our day is wonderful for your overall health. $10, $48/6 sessions. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Mindfulness Teacher Training Online – 7:158:45pm. If you feel drawn to share the difference mindfulness has made in your own life with others, join Erin Sharaf, for this 10-wk Mindfulness Teacher Training online. $595-$1,260. All That Matters: 401-782-2126. Details:

THURSDAY, JUNE 15 Reiki Share – 7-9pm. Join us for an evening of reiki share for all reiki practitioners. This is a great a way to practice as well as receive energy healing. There is a limit of 10 people. $5. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

Validating the Afterlife with Roland Comtois – 6:30-8:30pm. An intimate gathering with medium Roland Comtois featuring his signature Purple Papers. Random audience readings; pre-registration required. Mohegan Sun, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd, Uncasville, CT. Tickets & info:


markyourcalendar Greening the Sphere Festival – 11am-5pm. Community sustainability festival features workshops, demonstrations, fun activities and delicious food, outdoor vendor booths, children’s activities and green exhibits. Free. Hope and Main, Shari Bitsis, 691 Main St, Warren. 401-465-4249. HeartWorks Awaken Heart Intelligence – 2-5pm. This workshop will help you to align your mind and body with the deep wisdom of the heart center using heart-opening kundalini postures, breath work and meditations. $40. Santosha Yoga and Holistic Health Center, 275 Reservoir Ave, Providence. 401-780-9809.

SUNDAY, JUNE 18 Men’s Healing Meditation – 1-2:30pm. With Father’s Day upon us, what better way to celebrate the day than with a men’s healing meditation. $15. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Sound Healing Gong Bath – 5-6:30pm. Join Joy (Gongs of Joy) and Shawn (crystal bowls) and host Yoga on Union to experience the resonant vibrations of the gongs, singing bowls, drums and more to find deep peace and relaxation. $30. The Stone Barn, Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary, 786 Horseneck Rd, South Dartmouth, MA. 508-858-6786.

TUESDAY, JUNE 20 Pendulums 101 – 7-8pm. Are you interested in learning about pendulums, and how they can be used? This class is for you. Learn to clear, program and use a pendulum. Pendulums available to use. $10/class. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. 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: Center for Transformation, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21 Summer Solstice Ceremony – 7-9pm. As the summer solstice begins, let us join together to celebrate the season. This is the longest day of the year. This will be fun. $10. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Yoga Therapy Training – 7-9pm. The Amrit Yoga Method of Body Psychology: Immersion training runs from June 21-25; certification training runs Aug 16-20. for more information. See website for cost and time details. Santosha Yoga and Holistic Health Center, 275 Reservoir Ave, Providence. 401-780-9809.

THURSDAY, JUNE 22 Community Reiki Clinic – 7-8pm. Reiki Clinic is designed so individuals can drop-in for reiki energy healing once a month and is by donation. We want to share this energy healing practice with community. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.


markyourcalendar Trilingual Celebration – 6:45-9pm. Honoring the “Father” in New Thought, Music and Movement based on the works of Rev. Louise Hay and Rev Cynthia James with special guest Ogla Silva from Puerto Rico. Incorporating music, new thought and movement, this multi-language celebration will include Spanish, Portuguese, Brazilian, American and Indigenous cultures. By donation. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. Fourth Friday Healing Gong Bath – 7:30-9pm. Gongs of Joy, with 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 Ave, Pawtucket. 401-722-9876.

SATURDAY, JUNE 24 Free Genetic Screening for Women – 10am-12pm. Free genetic screening for women seeking pregnancy or already pregnant for the MTHFR, MTRR and MTR mutations. To sign up, email Info@ and type “Goldilocks Solution in the email subject line. Free. Dr Gay Ben Tre, 2 Richmond Sq, Ste 105, Providence. 401-207-4670. Youth Workshop with Zandra – 10:30am-12pm. Interactive workshop using deep breathing, meditation, and an expressive arts activity/play. This allows the participants to gain mindfulness and self expression. $25. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

Relax, Restore, Renew – 4-6pm. Replenish your body, mind and spirit with a practice of gentle movement followed by deeply supported poses accompanied by soothing breathwork, guided relaxation and mantra. $25. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. Summer Solstice New Moon Event – 4-8pm. Join us for a gathering. Beginning with an opening intro of zodiac, and Moon-Earth energies. Followed by Chakradance, and ending with a sacred healing drumming circle. $35. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Sacred Healing Drum Circle – 6-8pm. Come and join Doug and Tracy for an evening of healing and releasing. We will drum with our spirit guides, ancestors as well as our animal guides, and harness the energy. $10. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Freedom Dance – 6:30-7:30pm. Dive inside and respond to the requests of your being in this free-style dance class. Witness your movement as it evolves into a personal meditation in motion. $15. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200.

SUNDAY, JUNE 25 Integrated Energy Therapy: Basic – 9:30am-5pm. Learn Basic IET, about 12 strand DNA and working with Ariel and the healing angels. You will learn how to use IET and receive a certificate upon completion of the course. $195. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

markyourcalendar Healing the Self Image – 11am-12pm. Workshop with Rev. Ogla Silva from Puerto Rico following the Celebration of Life Service at 9:30am. Work with letting go of personal obstacles and awakening to ones full potential and possibilities. Donation appreciated. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552. Meditation and the Power of Breath – 4-6pm. Join Sohini Livewell as you learn basic breathwork techniques, as well as experience sound healing of Pyrenean chimes to reduce stress and promote wellbeing. $35. All That Matters (PVD), 128 N Main St, Providence. 401-782-2126.

MONDAY, JUNE 26 Shamanic Drum Healing – 6:30-8:30pm. Drum healings restore balance and bring us into alignment with our true nature through removal of blocks, returning lost power and soul parts. Bring a mat and blanket. With Katharine Rossi and Paul Disegna. $35. The Soul Purpose, 1225 GAR Hwy, Swansea, MA. 774-264-1329.

Pet Healing Clinic – 2-4pm. Kelly will be doing a pet healing clinic with Metatronic Healing, which is a high vibrational energy. Please come by with your pets. We have a nice garden outside. $25. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.


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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28 Jivamukti Yoga with Live Music – 6:15-7:45pm. A vigorous 90-min Jivamukti yoga class accompanied by the live music of Antonio Forte. Enjoy flowing yoga practice perfectly balanced with calming, thoughtful music. $15/drop-in or use a class pass. Jala Studio: Yoga and Art, 285 S Main St, Providence. 508-566-2524.

FRIDAY, JUNE 30 Validating the Afterlife with Roland Comtois – 6:30-9pm. 20th Anniversary of Mediumship events. 6:30-8pm, Channeling/Messages; 8-8:30pm, questions from audience; 8:30-9pm, Purple Paper Discussion. $40. Roland Comtois, at Hilton Garden Inn, 1 Thurber St, Warwick. Tickets: Gallery Reading with Jean Mandeville – 7-9pm. You are invited to attend a group style gallery reading. Loved one’s who have transitioned over, as well as spirit guides will come forward to offer messages of comfort. $35. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.


markyourcalendar Intensive Shamanic Retreat with Chamalu – July 1 & 2. 9am-6pm. The sage of the Andes. A journey of personal Transformation. Shamanic Energy medicine, ancient wisdom teaching. Couple and sacred sexuality, male and female energies. Shamanic healing and shamanic rituals. The Eagle and the Condor flying together. Tawa meditation. Awakening to your highest potential. $395. Rolf Bodywork, 321 Valley View Rd, Sterling, CT. For more info & to register: 860-774-7477 or

MONDAY, JULY 3 Janaspacha Medicine Woman – 9am-6pm. Through July 9. Inka Lecumberry will be visiting us from Norway offering the most complete energy readings, Shamanic healing sessions and Condor Feather’s Diagnostic and energy cleansing. Rolf Bodywork, 321 Valley View Rd, Sterling, CT. For more info & to register: 860-774-7477 or

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 Foster Perry & Kristos 2-Day Healing – Sept 23 & 24. 10am-8pm. An amazingly transformative experience to get to the bottom of your issues, and know the direction and purpose of your life. Each receives reading and healing in group setting. $365 for 2 days. The Island Heron, 34 Narragansett Ave, Jamestown. 401-560-0411.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4 Pawtuxet Valley Wellness Day – 9am-5pm. Seeking health and wellness advocates to become vendors at the event. Register before June 1 and receive a $10 discount off of your total registration. Packages start at $100 a booth. TMW Productions, LLC, PO Box 1052, East Greenwich. 401-589-1321.

ongoingcalendar sunday Early Morning Qigong – 8-9am. Increase your flexibility, strength and immune system; quiet the mind and reduce stress. Anyone can do it. Dress comfortably. $15; $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. 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 3rd Sunday. We may be moving in June, please check website for location. Donation appreciated. Ananda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-524-4766.

Svaroopa Yoga Class – 5:30-7pm. Very gentle, deeply healing style. Focus is on releasing the tight muscles along the spinal column for a related release in the body and mind. Pre-registration necessary. $148/series of 8 classes; $22/drop-in. Blissful Moment Yoga, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, North Providence. 401-742-8020. Fascial Fitness – 6:15-7:15pm. Focuses on the connective tissue of the body. Using reband elasticity, fascial stretch, fascial release and sensory refinement we playfully explore our fascial network. $22/class; monthly packages available. Aull Pilates, 1077 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown. 401-619-4977. Tai Chi – 7-8pm. Learn Tai Chi Easy to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, increase balance and coordination. Increase sleep quality, improve blood pressure, etc. Dress comfortably. $15; $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

tuesday Yoga Express – 12-12:30pm. This is a 1/2-hr yoga class designed for those with limited time at lunch, but still want to learn or practice yoga. $8. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

The Providence Flea - 10am-4pm. Juried, urban flea market. Unusual finds, art, fashion, local crafts, curiosities, furniture, food trucks and more. Free. The Providence Flea, Providene River Greenway, South Water St, Providence.

Svaroopa Yoga Class – 4-5:30pm. Very gentle, deeply healing style. Focus is on releasing the tight muscles along the spinal column for a related release in the body and mind. Pre-registration necessary. $148/series of 8 classes; $22/ drop in. Blissful Moment Yoga, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, North Providence. 401-742-8020.

Deep Stretch (For Everyone) – 10:45am-12pm. Also Thursdays, 4-5:15pm. A fun, laid back stretch class. Develop flexibility, range of motion, alignment and more. Great for both men and women. Come try. With Dr. Wayne Clairborne. Five classes for $40 Intro Special. Body Kneads Yoga, 1145 Reservoir Ave, Cranston. 401-632-0878. BodyKneads.Yoga.

Moving into a Restful Evening – Yoga – 6-7:15pm. All levels welcome. Moderate posture flow and slow and deep floor work that will wring out the stress of your day. Learn mindfulness practice for stress management. $12-$13/Flex Pass; $16/dropin. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Fl of Zen Center, Cumberland. 401-658-4802.

monday Svaroopa Yoga Class for Beginners – 11am12:30pm. Easy paced yoga class that releases deep tension. Poses are adapted to your body with blankets and props. Enjoy relaxation, health and vitality. New students welcome. With Maria Sichel. New students: $50/5 classes; $20/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Kripalu Yoga – 4:15-5:45pm. Experience breath work, simple stretches to warm the body and yoga poses that tone and strengthen, allowing your heart and body to release and open. Beginners welcome. With Susan McLaren. New students: $50/5 classes; $15/ series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319.

Svaroopa® Yoga Class for Beginners – 7-8:30pm. Easy paced yoga class that releases deep tension. Poses are adapted to your body with blankets and props. Enjoy relaxation, health and vitality. New students welcome. With Pat Spencer. New students: $50/5 classes; $20/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319.

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.

7 Keys to Freedom – 9-10am. 3 Wednesdays a month June 7, 21, 28. This is an hr-long chakradance called the 7 keys to freedom. It is a combination of meditation and dance, Rhythm for the soul. $20. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Amrit/Kripalu Yoga with Amy – 9:30-11am. Enjoy breath work, meditation, and classical yoga poses that tone and strengthen, allowing your heart and body to release and open. Beginners welcome. With Amy McPhee. New students: $50/5 classes; $15/ series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Fascial Fitness – 10-11am. Focuses on the connective tissue of the body. Using reband elasticity, fascial stretch, fascial release and sensory refinement we playfully explore our fascial network. $22/class; monthly packages available. Aull Pilates, 1077 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown. 401-619-4977. Medical Qigong with Master Wu – 11:45am12:45pm. Summer qigong course, starting June 28, is conveniently scheduled for your lunch time break from work. Learn to relax, and strengthen and balance your internal energy. $225/12 wks. The Way of the Dragon, 373 Taunton Ave, East Providence. 401-435-6502. Yoga Express – 12-12:30pm. This is a 1/2-hr yoga class designed for those with limited time at lunch, but still want to learn or practice yoga. $8. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Ananda Noon Meditation: Wickford – 121pm. Join Kelly for meditation, uplifting chants and inspirational readings. Beginners welcome. Donation. Ananda Center at Shanti House, 494 Anaquatucket Rd, N Kingstown. 401- 667-7315. Tai Chi for Beginners – 1-2pm. Learn the 24 Posture Form starting June 28 and Saturday. July 1 at 12pm. You will learn tai chi principles, and with practice, improve balance and coordination. Try a trial class. $225/12 wks. The Way of the Dragon, 373 Taunton Ave, East Providence. 401-435-6502. Svaroopa Yoga Class – 6-7:30pm. Very gentle, deeply healing style. Focus is on releasing the tight muscles along the spinal column for a related release in the body and mind. Pre-registration necessary. $148/series of 8 classes; $22/drop-in. Blissful Moment Yoga, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, North Providence. 401-742-8020.

thursday Morning Yoga with Christine Tripp – 9-10am. Hatha yoga blends balance, strength, improving flexibility linking breath and movement. June Monthly Special for Yoga $10 or $60/6 classes. Reg. $15 or $72/6 classes. $10. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Morning Yoga: Cumberland – 9:45-11am. All levels. A blend of kripalu, yin, & restorative yoga for healing body, mind and soul. Mindfulness practice emphasized. Small class in a peaceful setting. $12-$13/Flex Pass; $16/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Fl of Zen Center, Cumberland. 401-658-4802.

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HELP WANTED DON CULP’S WHOLE ARTS TRAINING CENTER is seeking experienced certified Personal Trainers and Rehab Specialists for a positive business opportunity. Private, high-end state of the art training facility founded in 1981 in N Kingstown. Looking to bring in motivated trainers dedicated to the healing and strengthening of their clients mind, body and spirit through controlled training. More information: Contact Don Culp at 401.885.9774 or HEALING HANDS MASSAGE THERAPY – Hiring massage therapist and chair massage tech. 401-640-0925. PRACTITIONERS WANTED – Northern Lights, a new holistic practitioner center for healing will be opening it’s doors soon!  Searching for a few practitioners who may be interested in coming in on the ground floor, right at the start!  If you are a life coach, meditation teacher, massage therapist, IET instructor or any other healing modality contact us to get more information. A few spaces remain. Call 401-500-1908.

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Afternoon Tune-Up Christine Tripp – 12-1pm. Energize while building strength and flexibility. Connecting breath with the postures cultivating awareness of inner stillness that prepares one for deeper meditation. June Special: $10; $60/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Reiki Sessions Available – 1:15-5:15pm. Reiki sessions available by the 1/2 hr or hour. Relax and enjoy this energy healing. June special: $15 for 1/2 hr. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. To schedule, Christine:401-601-8109. Weaver Library Farmers’ Market – 4-7pm. Opens June 22. Enjoy buying fresh and local foods, listen to live music, and relax on the beautiful library lawn. Free. Weaver Library, 41 Grove Ave, East Providence. 401-434-2453. Self-Care Workshop – 5:30-6:30pm. Focuses on linking breath with movement for proper alignment to create stability and ease in the body. The breath and the mind melting tension creating selfawareness. June Special: $10; $60/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Svaroopa® Yoga with Janice – 6:30-8pm. Easy paced yoga class that releases deep tension. Poses are adapted to your body with blankets and props. Enjoy relaxation, health and vitality. Beginners welcome. With Janice O’Brien. New students: $50/5 classes; $20/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Woman’s Yoga with Christine – 7-8pm. Hatha yoga blends balance, strength, improving flexibility, linking breath and movement. This class also adds dance to warm up and reiki for deeper experience in meditation. June Special: $10; $60/6 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. To register: 401-270-5443.

friday Pilates Mat & Foam Roller – 9-10am. A perfect class for anyone, combines the benefits of foam roller (release tight fascia, increase blood flow, etc) while strengthening the core during the mat class. $22/class; monthly packages available. Aull Pilates, 1077 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown. 401-619-4977.


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Ananda Yoga & Meditation – 9:15-11am. Enjoy a wonderful start to your day. Gentle, invigorating, peaceful. With Ananda Yoga Teacher, Kyle McDonald. $10/non-Y members. SO County YMCA, 165 Broad Rock Rd, Peacedale. Yoga Express – 12-12:30pm. This is n 1/2-hr yoga class designed for those with limited time at lunch, but still want to learn or practice yoga. $8. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Ananta Jyoti Yoga: Gentle Yoga – 5-6pm. Appropriate for all levels of fitness and experience. Easy access and plenty of free parking we are right over the N Providence and Lincoln town lines. $12. Ananta Jyoti Yoga, 55 Douglas Pike, Ste 205, Smithfield. 774-987-9007. Kirtan Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Through June 16. Kirtan is a form of devotional chanting with roots going back many centuries in India. The singing is accompanied by musical instruments and the audience is encouraged to participate by chanting, clapping or just enjoying the rhythmic sacred sounds. Love offering appreciated. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552.

saturday Yoga on the Beach – 8:30-9:30am. Begins June 17. Join us in front of the Pavilion to awaken your body and mind. Bring a towel (not your yoga mat) and a water bottle. All levels. $15/drop-in. Easton’s Beach/First Beach, Newport. 401-849-3200. Parent and Me Yoga – 9-10am. Led by Christine Tripp. This is a combination of yoga mixed with dance and breathing exercises, with a twist of reiki at the end. Great quality time for parent and child. June special: $12 for adult & child, additional child $1. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Saturday Morning Yoga: Cumberland – 9:4511am. All levels welcome. Join us for a blend of kripalu, yin and restorative yoga for healing body, mind and soul. Learn mindfulness practice for ongoing stress management. $12-$13/Flex Pass; $16/ drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Fl of Zen Center, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Southern Rhode Island Center for Spiritual Living Study Group – 9:45am-12pm. Meets the 2nd Saturday at Linda Broadhead’s office. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, Linda Broadhead, 1220 Kingstown Rd, Wakefield. For more info, Rev. Celeste M. Warner: 508-904-0437. Health and Nutrition 101 – 10-11am. Discuss the benefits of clean eating, differences between organic, conventional and GMO. Other topics include bioindividuality, primary and secondary foods and much more. $15. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. A Search for God Study Group – 11am-1pm. RI’s only Edgar Cayce A Search for God Study Group. Dates vary on Saturdays. Currently using Book 1. Must provide own book.Requested donation $5. Riverside Public Library, 475 Bullocks Point Ave, 1st room on left inside main entrance, Riverside. For dates: 401-246-3204 or

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Glenn Ambrose 284 Phillips Hill Rd. Coventry, RI 02816 401-380-6707

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

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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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 26.



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.

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

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 22.


Another Way Counseling Center 2797 Post Road, Warwick, RI 02886 750 East Avenue, Pawtucket, RI 02806 401-419-4001 How was your 2016 performance review? Are your demeanor or communication skills with your coworkers or boss holding you back from the advancement that you deserve? I would be happy to meet with you and teach you the communication skills and behavior management techniques that will help you become a more effective, collaborative employee so that people will listen and interact cooperatively with you.


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 11.

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

For 28 years we have been providing the finest quality Natural & Organic  Whole Foods, Nutritional Products, Body Care, Athletic Supplements, Natural Pet Care and Healthful Information in a fun, comfortable and inspirational environment.  We are open daily.  Please visit our website for a wealth of information.


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

SOUL WISDOM 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.


Om Homeopathy at It’s My Health 1099 Mendon Rd Cumberland, RI 401-573-3757 With 12+ yrs experience in classical Homeopathy Vandana Pitke has helped many clients restore and achieve health. Vandana is a certified classical homeopath. She looks at the symptoms from a holistic perspective focusing on mind and body. She also incorporates ayurvedic nutrition and Mudra meditation in her practice, which makes healing faster, better and from within when combined with homeopathy. Go to or join Facebook group My Holistic Health. See ad on page 4.



Cheryl Reynolds RN,CH 4372 Post Road, E-Greenwich RI 02818 401-301-4426 Frustrated? Overwhelmed? Banging your head against the wall only burns 120 calories. There IS a better way. Personalized Hypnosis for stress, overactive thinking, weight management, low-self-esteem, negative emotions, fears/phobias plus much more. Re-discover happiness, confidence and inner calm as you easily take back your life today. Call Now! See ad on page 21.

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.


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 15.



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 15.


Gallery sessions and Speaking Engagements. 401-741-3478 Are you interested or curious about receiving messages from your departed loved one? Have you ever felt their presence or received a sign? You can’t fake a goose bump. Our loved ones send us signs to let us know that death is not the end - just a transition!  Inspirational and uplifting. Best-selling author of “Believe in Forever - How to Recognize Signs from Your Departed Loved Ones”.


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 33.



Jackie Van Dusen 401-284-0363 Offering Indoor/Outdoor Space in South County. For Classes, Workshops, Ceremony.

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.


Leaves of Change Natural Medicine at Sage Healing Collaborative 201 Waterman Street East Providence, RI 02914 508-343-0580

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.

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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 19.


Master Colorist/Stylist Barrington, RI 401-273-7005 • Let your imagination go— naturally! A full service salon that’s Certified organic for hair color, straightening/relaxing, permanent wave. No Ammonia, parabens, plastics or Thioglycolates. Call today for an appointment! Like me on FB. 50% Off all new clients only. See ad on page 31.


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.


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!


Another Way Counseling Center 2797 Post Road, Warwick, RI 02886 750 East Avenue, Pawtucket, RI 02806 401-419-4001 Learn to maintain a stronger connection and less conflict in your relationships or marriage. Effective communication is the basis for any successful relationship. I can teach you the language skills that will allow you to speak respectfully, openly and honestly with your partner eliminating unnecessary fights and hurt feelings. Come with your partner or come on your own and see how quickly a few simple changes can repair the love and understanding in any relationship.


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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 4.


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.




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


120 Wayland Ave, Ste 6 Providence, RI 02906 401-808-0837 Over 10,000+ hours of restorative muscular therapy. “Best of Boston.” Feel better, live happier – Enjoy pain relief, rehab/chronic issues, easier range of motion, age related issues, injury work + “aaaahhh”. Accurate, gentle Deep Tissue blended w/Swedish, Biodynamics + Reiki. “She’s like finding the owner’s manual.” By appointment. RI Lic #MT01664.

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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.


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 37.


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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