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contents Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.


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30 FEAST IN THE FIELDS The Rise of Pop-Up Organic Dining

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NIGHT’S SLEEP Five Solutions for Sleep Apnea by Lloyd Jenkins

36 DOGS AT WORK Finding the Right Dog for the Job

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n this month’s feature article, Linda Sechrist takes a look at some natural ways to not only prevent cancer, but heal it as well. It can be inspiring to hear the stories of people who were able to make remarkable recoveries using all-natural methods. I particularly like the recognition of a whole systems approach that brings in lifestyle considerations and the addition of supplements to one’s daily health regimen. I’ve heard stories like this about multiple sclerosis as well, and while I recognize and respect these many inspiring stories of healing, at the end of the day I do still rely on Western medicine and take a little pill every day. I balance it with eating right, exercise and meditation, but at the end of the day, that little pill gives me a great deal of mental comfort that it is keeping my immune system from attacking my brain.   Even within the believers of natural approaches, varying opinions abound. We are all individuals; different approaches will work for different people, sometimes even at different times. Chemotherapy and radiation can have devastating effects on the body, but they can also kill cancer cells. When faced with a health challenge like cancer, it is important to consider the numerous traditional and holistic options, be our own advocate and trust what is best for our bodies.   Introducing our readers to some of the many ways to prevent cancer in the first place is what we had in mind when putting this issue together. In “Cannabis as Medicine” on page 27, we learn that not only has it been shown to kill cancer cells, it helps with side effects of treatment, too. I hope you’ll pay close attention to how food can be medicine in “Anticancer Kitchen” on page 28. Here you will discover foods to keep on hand to defend your body from the invasion of cancer and keep it strong and healthy.   Please take time to b-r-e-a-t-h-e this summer. Enjoy a beautiful Rhode Island sunset, dig your toes into the sand, even skip and sing. Stop at a roadside stand and eat some fresh fruit and vegetables. Do what feeds your soul and allows you to let go and exchange stressors for a calm balance and a healthy life. This is the best prevention of all.

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hrine Studio happily serves up free Yoga by the Sea from 7 to 8 a.m., Sundays, at Warren Town Beach, on Water Street, and Sunset Yoga on the Lawn, behind its Historic Barn, twice a week at 7:15 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays (regular class rates apply). Patrick Cleary, manager of The Salon at Shrine points out that all the outdoor fun and activities can really create summer-thirsty hair. “No fear,” he says. “Summer hair care requires mindfulness. It’s all about the moisture balance of your tresses.” He recommends switching from one’s typical care regimen into summer mode, adding extra nourishing products, such as Aveda’s Dry Remedy line or All Nutrient’s sulfate-free color care line. Stop in for a studio tour; the salon offers complimentary consultations by appointment. Location: 384 Market St., Warren. For more information, call 401-247-2628 or visit See ad on this page.

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egistration is open for the new class of Dr. Kate Siner’s transformational LifeWork Community program. This program is one part motivational training, one part transformational incubator and one part spiritual odyssey. It includes five, two-day experiential intensives, monthly virtual group sessions and access to extensive resources and assessments from Siner for support throughout the journey. A place where individuals can be seen, celebrated and go deep within their core, LifeWork Community is a supportive community of like-minded people that are called to a new path—a new way to live, work, create and Dr. Kate Siners share. It is designed for people that want to create positive change in the world, starting with themselves. Participants that have taken the next step towards deep, true and lasting transformation have experienced unimaginable positive change in their lives, and are living happier and more meaningful lives each and every day. For inquiries or to register, email Natalie at For more information, visit See ad on page 9.

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essica Irey, a practitioner at Blue Dragonfly Wellness, in North Kingstown, who teaches a health and nutrition class on Saturdays, is planning an outdoor market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., August 27. Irey, who is also owner of Green Goddess Farmacy, a holistic farm project seeking to provide wholesome food and educational programs to the local community, will be bringing vegetables from her organic farm to Blue Dragonfly Wellness. “It is our objective to inspire people to become curious about what we put into our bodies and how it effects not only our physical state but also our mental and spiritual wellbeing,” says Sheila Olsen, owner of Blue Dragonfly Wellness. Through workshops, demonstrations and community conversations, knowledge around the medicinal properties of organically grown produce will be shared, as well as best practices on growing and maintaining a garden of one’s own. Cost: Free. Location: Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd., North Kingstown. For more information, call 401-741-5055 or visit See ad on this page.

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newsbriefs Vision Board Workshop to Help Early Bird All Ages Imagine Their Future Registration Still oin Life Coach Susan De Lorenzo for an evening of Open for the Rhode JMansfield vision board creation at 6:30 p.m., August 17, at the Island Massage Public Library. Materials will be supplied, but feel free to bring magazines to cut up and paste onto Therapy Convention poster board. In addition, markers and paper will be on hand to embellish with or to create other expressions, such as mandalas, of the life individuals want to be living. This is a fun activity for all ages, individuals, couples or families. “Summer is a great time to dream. The long, sunny days give rise to our imagination as we appreciate the good things in our life and consider what would make things even more wonderful,” says De Lorenzo. Location: 255 Hope St., Mansfield, MA. For more information, call Amy Rosa at the reference desk at 508- 261-7830. See ad on page 23.

Spiritual Book Study Group Meets Weekly in Cumberland


oin Cherie Ruffo, spiritual leader of Unity Radiant Light, and all other seekers for an inspiring and ongoing weekly spiritual book study. The group meets every Monday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at It’s My Health, in Cumberland, to study spiritual principles, followed by a short meditation. When one book ends another begins. This group has studied more than 30 books from well-known and not-so-well-known authors such as Deepak Chopra, Eric Butterworth, Jim Rosemergy, Pam Grout, Ellen Debenport, Mary-Alice and Richard Jafolla, and so many more. Topics studied are prayer, prosperity, inspiration, the 12 powers, and healing, among others. All that is needed is the desire to grow spiritually. Location: It’s My Health, 1099 Mendon Rd., Cumberland. Cost: Love offering is taken at the end of each class. For more information, call 401-305-3585 or visit See ad on page 5.

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pecial group rate pricing is available until August 31 for the Rhode Island Massage Therapy Convention scheduled for October 27 to 29, at the Crowne Plaza, in Warwick. Full registration includes up to 20 continuing education credits, admittance to numerous workshops and presentations, and all meals, including a Friday night cocktail reception in the exhibit hall and a banquet dinner Saturday with dancing until midnight. Top presenters include James Waslaski, Doug Nelson, Greg Hurd and Howard Rontal. The mission of the American Massage Therapy Association is to serve its members while advancing the art, science and practice of massage therapy. The Rhode Island Chapter’s core values include a diverse and nurturing community working with integrity, honesty and dignity. The nonprofit, member-driven organization of ethical professionals embraces excellence in education, service and leadership, endorses professional standards and supports fair regulation of massage therapy.


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atural Awakenings Rhode Island will celebrate nine years of publishing at its annual Anniversary Natural Networking event next month. Hosted by Massage Envy at its Providence/Wayland Square location, the event will take place from 5 to 7 p.m., September 7. Attendees will not only find the usual mingling with like-minded individuals, but will enjoy a complementary chair massage, skin analysis and mini facials with a licensed esthetician, aromatherapy bar, sugar foot scrub and assisted stretch services, as well as free wine tasting and appetizers. Cost: Free. Location: 229 Waterman St., Providence. For more information, call 401-709-2473 or email MCary@

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he Compass School, in Kingston, is hosting its Scramblin’ Back to School Golf Outing at 1 p.m., September 22, at Meadow Brook Golf Club, in Richmond. The fundraiser event will include a four-player scramble format, contests, raffles, prizes and dinner. Interested golfers can sign up per foursome or per player. Hole sponsorships are also available for $100. All funds raised will go to the Compass School. The Compass School is a charter school consisting of a multi-age learning community that fosters a passion for learning in all students so they can reach their full potential. The school utilizes a project-based curriculum integrating academic disciplines, emphasizing social responsibility and environmental sustainability, in small classroom settings to prepare each graduate to be a responsible citizen in the global community. Cost: $440 per foursome/$110 per player. Location: Meadow Brook Golf Club, 163 Kingstown Rd., Richmond. For more information or to register, call Brian Renzi at 401-447-3704, email or visit Facebook: The Compass School Golf Outing.

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njoy a day of free entertainment, activities, workshops and games at the 11th Annual Green Festival taking place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., September 9, at the Stillwater Mill Center, in Harrisville. Bags packed with energy saving information, recycling tips and much more will be given to the first 500 attendees. Rain date is scheduled for September 23. Vendors at this event help promote and educate residents in northern Rhode Island on topics such as energy conservation, renewable energy, recycling, the environment and sustainable living practices. There are no registration fees for vendors; instead, vendors are asked to donate an item or gift card to the raffle. All proceeds from the raffle are donated to a local charity. The deadline for vendor registration is August 7. 
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sunlit, high-ceilinged mill building studio is the new home of Kindred Community Acupuncture, a sliding scale acupuncture clinic opening its doors in Pawtucket’s historic Woodlawn neighborhood. The spacious, comfortable and communal clinic offers people a place to receive treatment in a group setting to keep treatments affordable as well as create a more comfortable, relaxing environment. The clinic is a project of founder and acupuncturist, Korben Perry, started with the help of staff Ash Trull and Gayle Rodgers who are both acupuncture patients and have experience working in community acupuncture clinics. Perry has been practicing for 15 years, doing community acupuncture for 10, after having started one of the first successful, large-scale community clinics in the country in Philadelphia in 2007. “I absolutely love my work because I get to see lots more people over a long period of time since the low cost allows people with normal incomes to receive regular and frequent treatments. I also love getting to work in the soothing, sanctuary-like space we’ve created and that we get to treat family and friends together in the same room,” says Perry. Location: 545 Pawtucket Ave., Pawtucket. For more information, call 401-7532485 or visit

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elcome the August full moon with Joy Quinn Blum and her Gongs of Joy and Shawn Aceto, crystal bowl healer, at 6:30 p.m., August 6, as they play the gongs, crystal and Tibetan singing bowls and drums beneath the stars and moon on the lovely property around Acorn Cottage, in Wakefield. Bring a lounge chair or blanket and pillow to lie on the ground as the resonance of the vibrational instruments carries you to a place of deep relaxation and inner peace. Carpooling is encouraged as this event draws many people. The following week at 1 p.m., August 13, a Croning Ceremony will take place to honor the wisdom of older women. Organizer Jackie Van Dusen says, “There once was a time in our history when women were valued as they aged and considered to be the wise woman of the family. She would be sought after for her sage counsel, for her abilities to heal and to love everyone equally.” This is a free event and welcome to all women that have reached menopause or have stopped menstruating. Attend and be reminded of the personal value these women have in society. Individuals need to RSVP and are encouraged to invite friends and family to support them in this transitional ceremony. The newly croned are also asked to bring a dish to offer to the guests in a shared meal afterwards. Cost for full moon event: $25 pre-registration/$30 at the event; Croning Ceremony is free. Contact Jackie Van Dusen to RSVP and for exact directions at 401-284-0363 or email See ad in the Community Resource Guide.


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he Tomorrow Fund is a local nonprofit organization that provides daily financial and emotional support to families and children with cancer that are treated in The Tomorrow Fund Clinic at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, in Providence. Kids can come from anywhere in the world, however, they must be treated in the pediatric oncology program at Hasbro to receive the support services. To date, more than 2,000 children and their families have received financial and emotional support from The Tomorrow Fund. When one parent must take a leave of absence from work to care full-time for their child, family financial matters become an extra challenge above and beyond the challenges directly associated with the cancer diagnosis. The Tomorrow Fund helps ease the burden with daily monetary stipends for in-patient families, free hospital parking passes, financial support for monthly household expenses and other assistance. The organization provides emotional support through consultation services and programs for patients, parents and survivors. Every summer, The Tomorrow Fund facilitates Camp Dotty, a summer program for pediatric cancer patients. This year, Camp Dotty takes place August 7 to 11. The Tomorrow Fund’s services are made possible through charitable giving. The organization accepts online donations and puts on a variety of fundraising events throughout the year. On November 4, the fund celebrates the 30th year of hosting the annual Fantasy Ball, an elegant evening of dinner and dancing that includes a live and silent auction to raise funds that help to support programs for children with cancer and their families. This year’s theme, Celebrate the Night in White, honors The Tomorrow Fund kids that represent purity, innocence, encouragement, empowerment, hope and strength.

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esearchers from Indiana University-Purdue University, in Indianapolis, set out to find out if massage therapy—typically an out-of-pocket expense not covered under most insurance plans—can provide effective treatment for individuals suffering with chronic back pain. The study followed 76 primary care patients with chronic back pain for 24 weeks. The researchers measured pain, disability and quality of life at the beginning of the study, after 12 weeks and again after 24 weeks of massage therapy. Each patient was referred to a licensed massage therapist for 10 no-cost sessions in a real-world environment during the initial 12 weeks. More than half of the patients that completed the core study reported clinically meaningful improvements for physical and mental measures. For bodily pain, 40 percent were clinically improved. Older adults and Baby Boomers reported the highest percentage of changes. Plus, the study found that sufferers that avoided taking painkillers were twice as likely to experience reduced pain than those using opioids.

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Researchers from the University of Rhode Island have discovered that pure maple syrup contains inulin, a complex carbohydrate that serves as a prebiotic. It encourages growth of beneficial gut bacteria and extends the lengthy list of beneficial vitamins and minerals contained in this natural sweet. Consume it in moderation, limited to a few times a week.


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cientists from the University of California at San Francisco, and Harvard Medical School, in Boston, tested the effect of vacations and meditation on the genes of 64 women between the ages of 30 and 60 that were novice meditators. They all spent six days at the same resort in California. Half participated in a meditation program that included yoga, self-reflection exercises and mantra meditation; the other half did not engage in onsite meditation. The researchers also studied a group of 30 experienced meditators already participating in the resort’s meditation program. Blood sample tests and surveys from all 94 women were conducted at intervals: once right before their stay, once right after, a third one month post-vacation and then 10 months after the trip. All the women displayed significant changes to their molecular network pattern after the six days, with the most substantial genetic changes related to immune function and stress response. One month after the resort experience, all groups continued to display improvements. However, the novice meditators showed fewer symptoms of depression and stress for a significantly longer period than the women not participating in the meditation exercise.

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ustralian scientists have launched a project to bury tens of thousands of teabags in wetlands around the world to discover how efficient different kinds of wetlands are at capturing and storing carbon dioxide. Already, more than 500 citizen scientists are involved on every continent but Antarctica. The bags will be monitored over a three-year period, and then dug up and measured at intervals of three months, six months and each year after that. Wetlands are important for carbon capture and storage, a process known as carbon sequestration, holding up to 50 times as much carbon as a comparable area in a rainforest; some are better than others. There are hundreds of thousands of wetlands around the world, and a standardized technique for monitoring the carbon sink is needed for accurate comparison—but monitoring devices can be expensive to install. Faster decay of the tea inside the bag means more carbon is being released into the atmosphere, while a slower rate means the soil is holding the carbon. Once researchers can establish which wetlands are most effective at carbon sequestration, work can begin on protecting and restoring them, and ensuring they are not disrupted. Volunteers that contact BlueCarbonLab. org will receive a kit containing teabags and information on how to bury them.



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Due to customer requests and petitions, more stores are beginning to stock the one in five pieces of produce that never made the cut before due to quirky shapes or other blemishes. Often, these are displayed next to their better-looking, more expensive counterparts to give consumers an eco-friendly choice. The 133 billion pounds worth of misshapen or scarred fruits and vegetables annually plowed under, buried in a landfill or fed to livestock is sharply at odds with the reality that 48 million Americans face food insecurity. Whole Foods Market created a pilot program in some of its California stores, testing sales in April 2016 with Imperfect Produce (ImperfectProduce. com), a service that delivers to homes. Walmart brought weather-blemished apples to 300 of its Florida stores to kick off their imperfect role in the movement. Five Pittsburgh Giant Eagle stores call their program Produce with Personality, and focus on navel oranges, russet potatoes, peppers and apples. Fourteen Hannaford stores in Albany, New York, offer the Misfits line, while donating unsold produce to local nonprofits. Hy-Vee’s 242 stores, located in eight central states, rolled out the Misfits last December. For more information, visit

Tiny Robots Seen as Tech Fix for Reduced Bee Population Harvard University researchers led by engineering professor Robert Wood have introduced the first RoboBees— bee-sized robots that can ascend and hover in midair while tethered to a power supply. The project is a breakthrough in the field of micro-aerial vehicles. It has previously been impossible to pack all the components onto such a tiny workable robot framework and keep it lightweight enough to fly. The researchers believe that within 10 years, RoboBees could artificially pollinate a field of crops, a critical development if the commercial pollination industry cannot recover from the severe bee losses of the past decade.


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Lower Mercury Levels Tied to Drop in Coal Emissions Levels of highly toxic mercury contamination in Atlantic bluefin tuna are rapidly declining, a trend that has been linked to reduced mercury emissions in North America, according to a new study published in Environmental Science & Technology. Average mercury concentrations dropped by more than 2 percent per year, for a total decline of 19 percent between 2004 and 2012. Scientists believe that most of that reduction has occurred because of a shift away from coal, the major source of mercury emissions, to natural gas and renewable fuels. Pollution control requirements imposed by the federal government have also cut mercury emissions, but these have been rolled back or eliminated by President Trump’s commitment to “bring back coal.”

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Fresh Looks at Autism Focusing on a Child’s Optimal Potential

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new paradigm shift regarding autism spectrum disorder (ASD) centers on evolving beliefs about the possibilities for those living with autism, as well as the unimagined brilliance they possess and their need for supportive help. Everyone can benefit from the results of hands-on research and experience by parents and caregivers that are finding nontraditional ways to help special needs children deal with issues related to emotional and cognitive detachment and isolation. Momentum for this major shift in perspective is fueled by young adults that are telling their encouraging stories online and in books such as Carly Fleishman’s Carly’s Voice.

Parents of the one in 45 children diagnosed with ASD know that their lifetime commitment requires extraordinary courage, perseverance, patience, determination, emotional strength, outside-the-box thinking and unconditional love. These parental characteristics are most cited by those that have mastered related developmental disorders, which they now regard as gifts, because they are thriving. Dr. Andrea Libutti, author of Awakened by Autism: Embracing Autism, Self, and Hope for a New World, offers her insights for understanding the multifaceted nature of autism and the need for a personalized plan for healing. Janice Vedrode, a special needs coach, con-

sultant and child advocate in Saginaw, Michigan, founded Spectrum Speaks and writes at to inform parents about numerous issues regarding ASD. “Because I live in a town that didn’t have an existing support group for parents with ASD children, I took it upon myself to get the ball rolling and advise parents that they need to build a dream team—doctors, therapists, special needs teachers, spiritual community, friends and family—that will make sure their child succeeds and lives a happy and successful life,” says Vedrode. Wanting to help both their own two sons with developmental disabilities and others, Boaz and Minerva Santiago, residents of Pembroke Pines, Florida, became early trailblazers ushering in the self-employment movement for special needs individuals. Their Picasso Einstein online educational platform at has launched the #JobCreators Bootcamp Training for parents and professionals and the #JobCreators Integration Program that collaborates with organizations, financial institutions and government agencies. “If you focus on pursuing a business for your child for the sake of their independence, you won’t get caught up in only the business and money aspects. Self-employment allows even greatly impaired individuals the maximum opportunity to experience independence, not just in the present, but for the rest of their lives,” explains Boaz.




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a time that described living in a mind and body afflicted with this condition. Still nonverbal, she hosts a YouTube radio show on which she interviews celebrities via a device that turns keystrokes into verbal language. Kerry Magro, with Autism Speaks, a research and advocacy organization, answered the question, “What Happens to Children with Autism When They Become Adults?” in his TEDx talk, one of his many media ventures. Chris Varney, an “I can” advocate for children’s rights, won rave reviews for his TEDx talk, “My Unstoppable Mother Proved the Experts Wrong.” Such powerful stories specifically relate how parents, grandparents and helpful friends forged networks that freed them and their afflicted children of the inhibiting stigma of autism and enabled them to realize their fullest potential. A bedrock philosophy in supporting ASD and other special needs children is to assume they are competent and learn to see them through God’s lens, rather than the lens of the world. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at


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body’s innate healing capacity. These remedies may be used to treat certain systems in the body, or the whole person. Homeopathy is safe for patients of all ages and does not interact with other medications.

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utism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) currently affect one in 68 families in the U.S. according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which also states, “There are no medications that can cure ASD or treat the core symptoms.” While this is true, when obstacles are identified and targeted support is given, there is hope for healing. Autism is a systemic inflammatory disorder that manifests as a result of combined factors that create nervous system dysfunction, developmental delay and behavioral concerns. Contributing factors include toxic or infectious exposure in utero and early childhood, genetic variances, intestinal inflammation and immune imbalance. These all affect the nervous system during a period sensitive for brain development. When stressed and dysfunctional body systems are brought back into balance using natural therapies, symptoms of ASD improve and in some cases, disappear completely. Types of treatment that a naturopathic doctor may employ in the treatment of children with ASD include:

Diet and Nutrition

Ensuring a clean, well-balanced diet reduces exposure to hormones, antibiotics and nervous system-disrupting chemicals. When food sensitivities are identified and removed, gut inflammation is reduced. This often results in the reduction of associated anxiety, restlessness and agitation. Gluten from wheat and other grains, as well as casein from dairy, are two proteins that are aggravating factors in the diets of patients with ASD. Numerous families report marked improvement with the elimination of these foods. Often times the food(s) that


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a child craves or eats daily can be an irritant as well.

Nutrient and Herbal Therapy

When genetic variations in metabolism, detoxification capacity and neurotransmitter function are identified, targeted nutrient therapy can correct imbalances. Kids with ASD are often deficient in B complex vitamins, vitamin D, magnesium and zinc. Individual issues in the gastrointestinal tract may be targeted with probiotics, herbal antifungals or antimicrobials and gut healing nutrients. It is important to use quality products to ensure efficacy. Many natural products sold over the counter are contaminated and contain additives or the wrong forms of nutrients. Internet sites are rife with nutrient fraud. One way to be sure of getting a quality product is to get it from the office of a naturopathic doctor with a medical education.


Homeopathic remedies are gentle forms of medicine that use tiny amounts of a natural substance to stimulate the

Drainage is a system of energetic medicine wherein complex remedy compounds formulated to stimulate particular organ systems are used to prompt the body to eliminate stored toxicity so that it may self-regulate and heal. The Brain Protocol uses drainage remedies to gently retrain the nervous system. The brain develops in phases, and if there is an interruption in any one phase, future development is compromised. The remedies used in the Brain Protocol re-stimulate areas of the brain to allow each developmental stage to be completed in sequence. The Brain Protocol is useful in healing from ASD as well as other nervous system and developmental challenges. Every child is as unique as their healing path. Many children with autism from families that have been told there is no treatment for their child have made great gains in communication and learning. They have left pharmacueticals behind, and some are now even considered “neurotypical”. A team-based approach as early as possible often leads to the greatest gains. Other complimentary treatments to consider include craniosacral therapy, biofeedback, whole brain learning activities and other functional therapies. There is always hope for healing. Cathy A. Picard is a naturopathic doctor in private practice at Nature Cures Naturopathic Clinic, in North Smithfield. She has been working with kids on the autism spectrum since 2002 and wrote her doctoral thesis on the naturopathic treatment of autism. She has had ongoing training from the Autism Research Institute and Autism One, and is a certified biotherapeutic drainage practitioner, board-certified in integrative pediatrics and a member of the Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians. For more information, call 401-597-0477 or visit See ad on page 17.


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ictorious warriors against cancer are speaking to other patients about their journeys of recovery and healing. Two who regularly speak to physicians, as well, are Glenn Sabin, author of n of 1: One Man’s Harvarddocumented Remission of Incurable Cancer Using Only Natural Methods, and Kathy Mydlach-Bero, author of EAT: An Unconventional Decade in the Life of a Cancer Patient. Their stories demonstrate the healing effectiveness of healthy lifestyle measures still widely categorized as prevention.

Whole Life Triumphs

Determined to become free of the chronic lymphocytic leukemia that had defined his life for 20 years, Sabin, who lives near Washington, D.C., appointed himself the subject of his own research experiment. He subsequently became a poster child for the remedial synergy of biological individuality, a whole systems approach to integrative oncology and self-induced healing through lifestyle and supplement interventions. Sabin now


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dedicates his business development firm, FON Consulting, to advancing integrative medicine as the new standard of care. His mission is to open minds to the idea that knowledge, empowerment and self-efficacy are our best allies against a life-limiting diagnosis, and we can do much to help the healing process. Writing to Joe Biden regarding the vice president’s Cancer Moonshot initiative, he candidly describes America’s present cancer-friendly environment. “The public has become conditioned to existing in a broken food chain that remains in disrepair due to misguided farming subsidies [and] untested or otherwise questionable chemicals (many of which are banned in other countries) that are present in the water we drink, the air we breathe, food we consume and products we use. Current therapies or those in the drug pipeline won’t improve the 50/50 odds of developing cancer. What will have the greatest impact are consumer education toward powerful lifestyle changes and access to the building blocks of basic health.”

combat harmful growth of new blood cells, and the benefits of growing and eating foods containing angiogenesisinhibiting compounds that oppose such growth and so work to prevent, improve and avert recurrences of chronic disease. “Cancer hijacks the angiogenesis process triggered by inflammation and keeps it permanently activated to ensure that cancerous cells receive a dedicated, uninterrupted blood supply,” explains Mydlach-Bero. For three years, she largely consumed only items from the list of angiogenesis-inhibiting foods now posted at These include green tea, strawberries, blackberries, red tart cherries, raspberries, blueberries, apples, grapefruit, lemons, tomatoes, cinnamon, purple potatoes, kale, grape seed oil and pomegranate. In 2008, she completely replaced both the drugs to combat the side effects of chemo and radiation and a long-term medication for preventing recurrence with healthful foods. Her physicians were admittedly uncomfortable with her decision to combine chemotherapy and radiation treatments with “food as medicine”, reiki, prayer, meditation, mindfulness


Mydlach-Bero made her remarkable recovery from rare and unrelated aggressive Stage 4 inflammatory breast cancer and a high-grade tumor in her head and neck. To tell her story, the resident of Delafield, Wisconsin, relied on her 18 journals as a surrogate memory to chronicle a 10-year journey of courageous exploration, self-evolution, self-advocacy and self-transformation that connected her with her healing potential. Then the mother of two young daughters, Mydlach-Bero rejected a 21-month prognosis in 2005, along with the notion that disease and medicine would determine her fate. Defying the odds, she applied what she learned from research regarding Avastin, a pharmaceutical created to

and supplement intervention. But that didn’t deter her. To awaken others to the practicality of food as medicine, she founded NuGenesis Farm, in Pewaukee, a nonprofit modeled after her home practice.

Prevention is Paramount

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Pioneering physicians and researchers agree with Sabin and Myldach-Bero that comprehensive prevention, the key to solving the cancer epidemic, is missing from conventional medicine. Leading voices include Dr. Andrew Weil, founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the College of Medicine, University of Arizona (AzCIM), in Tucson; Dr. Carlos M. Garcia, founder of Utopia Wellness, near Tampa, Florida; advocate Susan Silberstein, Ph.D., founder of, in Richboro, Pennsylvania; and Ajay Goel, Ph.D., director of the Center for Epigenetics, Cancer Prevention and Cancer Genomics at Baylor University Medical Center’s Research Institute, in Dallas. Weil pioneered the earliest efforts to develop a comprehensive curriculum in evidence-based integrative medicine and the field of integrative oncology. “We’ve known for nearly 15 years that inflammation is the root cause of many chronic diseases. Since 2012 scientific evidence has proven

We’ve known for nearly 15 years that inflammation is the root cause of many chronic diseases. ~Andrew Weil

that a healthy lifestyle and an antiinflammatory diet can influence various cancers,” says Weil. His curriculum for health professionals and the general public was the first to cite the role of a nutrient-rich, anti-inflammatory diet in cancer prevention and treatment. “Health professionals graduate armed with a better understanding of the complex interactions between cancer, gut microbiome and nutrition,” advises Weil, whose paradigm inspires his chain of True Food Kitchen restaurants. It includes lots of fruits and vegetables, moderate amounts of whole or cracked grains, al dente pasta, healthy

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fats and plant-based proteins from legumes, nuts and seafood as well as poultry and lean, antibiotic-free grassfed meats, cheese and eggs. Plus, he likes white, green and oolong teas, fresh herbs and spices, up to two glasses of red wine a day (less for women; possibly none for those at high-risk for breast cancer), and dark chocolate for antioxidant polyphenols. Integrative Oncology, authored by Weil and Dr. Donald I. Abrams, an integrative oncologist, is mandatory reading for AzCIM students that learn to use complementary interventions in prevention and conventional cancer care. Subjects such as antioxidants, cannabinoids, energy medicine, mindbody medicine, music and expressive art therapies are covered, as well as naturopathic oncology, plus the roles that community and spirituality play in prevention and treatment. Goel’s 20-year career in cancer prevention research has produced a wealth of related articles. Among his findings, he advises, “Curcumin, a yellow compound extracted from turmeric, has become a gold standard for prevention and the natural treatment of many chronic health conditions, including colon cancer. It targets cancer stem cells, disrupts cancer cell communication, triggers cancer cell death and helps to prevent cancerous mutations to cells. It’s also been shown to improve the efficacy of conventional treatments including fewer adverse effects.” He recommends only taking turmeric products with BCM-95 percent active curcuminoids.

Customized Protocols

Considering each individual’s biological individuality as a Petri dish, Garcia’s studies help achieve an anti-cancer life. He advises, “There is no ‘one size fits all’ medical protocol box for cancer treatment. Customized modifications to life-

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style and diet are required because food nutrients directly impact the mechanisms by which cancer cells grow and spread. The right nutrition can reverse a compromised immune system, which research shows is a major contributor to the development of cancer.” Whether for improvement or prevention, Garcia’s patient protocols always begin with a comprehensive evaluation appointment to learn about the individual he is treating. For cancer patients, his two-phase, eight-week program involves immune-enhancing therapies followed by immunotherapy aimed to de-cloak the camouflaged protein coating of wily cancer cells so the body’s immune system can identify and destroy them.

Mind/Body Detox

To maintain good health, Judy Seeger, a doctor of naturopathy near Fort Lauderdale, Florida, recommends a regular detoxification regimen to cleanse environmental and product toxins and toxic emotions. Through experience, she has learned that individuals living with cancer need to substantially support their abnormally functioning elimination system to rid it of dead proteins from destroyed cancer cells and chemotherapy drugs that are overtaxing the immune system. “Clearing out toxic, stressful emotions that produce acid, weaken the immune system and create an environment for cancer to propagate is essential,” says Seeger. “Fulfilling the body’s requirement for an ongoing healthy nutritional plan that maintains a healing alkaline environment reduces both the risk of a cancer as well as recurrence.” She has observed that when an individual’s

healing process has stalled despite their doing all the right things to improve their biochemistry, it’s frequently because they haven’t done an emotional detox and lack feeling a spiritual connection to something larger than themselves. Silberstein categorizes cancer as epidemic. She speaks regularly regarding preventing cancer and its recurrence at medical and nursing schools, continuing oncology nursing education programs and universities. “What is needed more than new treatment research is public education regarding the true causes of cancer and continuing education credits in lifestyle training for medical professionals,” she says. Silberstein’s nonprofit organization provides online holistic cancer coach training for health professionals as well as research-based education and counseling on how to prevent, cope with and beat cancer through immune-boosting holistic approaches. The list of books authored by cancer survivors continues to grow, offering helpful insight into how individuals are negotiating the challenges of their healing journey. Two recent books, Surviving the Storm: A Workbook for Telling Your Cancer Story, by Psychotherapist Cheryl Krauter, and Cancer Survivorship Coping Tools: We’ll Get You Through This, by

Barbara Tako, are particularly helpful regarding the onslaught of toxic feelings and emotions that stress the mind and body—fear, anger, isolation, anxiety, depression and uncertainty, as well as loss and grief. Emphasizing the need for individuals diagnosed with cancer to tell their stories, the authors encourage keeping a journal. The act of getting thoughts and experiences out of the mind and onto paper supports emotional cleansing. “It’s important to share the real story of the emotional storm that is cancer, as well as the ravages of its treatments and invisible, but lingering side effects; to tell the tale of the cancer survivor who is moving from patient to person; and to explore and discover who you are after having faced down your mortality,” Krauter counsels.

Changed Paradigm

Results of the Human Genome Project, as well as the work of Bruce Lipton, Ph.D., stem cell biologist and author of The Biology of Belief, and other epigenetic researchers support the point that “environmental signals” that directly affect our DNA expression include our thoughts, emotions, belief system, exposure to sunlight, exercise and everything we put into our body. Such new science shatters the idea that we are victims of our genes and environment. It shines light on the fact that we have tremendous power to shape and direct our own physical health. Our entire lifestyle is pivotal. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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ccording to the National Institute of Health, cannabis has been shown to kill cancer cells in mice. Additionally, evidence has shown apoptosis (cell death) in cancer cells after cannabis administration while leaving healthy cells alone. Unfortunately, cannabis is currently assigned to the Food and Drug Administration’s Schedule I category (no known medical benefits and high potential for abuse), which means testing and research that can be done in human clinical trials is very limited. Treatments for cancer offered today, such as chemotherapy, not only kill off deadly cancer cells, but also ultimately do more harm than good to our healthy cells. These harsh treatments impact our immune system, which is working con-

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here are many delicious, satisfying and nutritious foods that help defend the body against the invasion of cancer by reducing inflammation, detoxifying, boosting the immune system, inhibiting tumor growth and/or promoting the destruction of cancer cells. Complex Carbohydrates – Cells require carbohydrates for energy production, for sure, however, carbs are better derived from complex carbohydrates (whole grains, whole fruits and whole vegetables) rather than simple carbohydrates. Complex carbohydrates take longer to absorb into the body and help stabilize blood sugar. This balancing of blood sugar helps moderate the secretion of insulin and insulin-like growth factor (IGF), both of which can cause inflammation and cancer cell growth. Fresh whole grains, whole fruits and whole vegetables contain fiber, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that promote healthy cell growth and body functioning. Refined sugar and other simple carbohydrates, on the other hand, can sabotage an otherwise wholesome diet. David Servan-Schreiber, M.D., Ph.D. states, “Today, Western surveys of nutrition reveal that 56 percent of our calories come from three sources that were nonexistent when our genes were developing: refined sugars (cane and beet sugar,


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corn syrup, etc.); bleached flour (white bread, white pasta, etc.); and vegetable oils (soybean, sunflower, corn, trans fats). It so happens that these three sources contain none of the proteins, vitamins, minerals or omega-3 fatty acids needed to keep our bodies functioning. Instead, they directly fuel the growth of cancer.” Proteins – The only category of food that provides nitrogen is protein. Nitrogen is essential to life; therefore, cells require protein to function. If there is a deficiency of protein, cancer cells will steal it from muscle. Wasting muscle accounts for a large part of the weight loss in cancer patients. It is important for cancer patients to consult with a nutritionist or naturopath to determine an adequate amount and type of protein to address the patient’s age, metabolism, body type and type of cancer. Processed meats are best avoided, as they contain nitrates and other chemical preservatives that are tied to colon cancer. Oils – Every kitchen should be stocked with healthy oils, and every cook should know how to use them properly. Extra virgin olive oil, which has been shown to decrease the risk for colon and bowel cancer, is a good oil for cooking because it has a fairly high smoke point (405 degrees Fahrenheit) relative to other oils. Fat that has exceeded its smoke

point is no longer good for consumption. It is believed that smoking creates a large quantity of free radicals which contribute to the risk of cancer. Corn and sunflower oils, in particular, release toxic concentrations of chemicals called aldehydes during cooking, and leading scientists have linked frying with these vegetable oils to cancer. Flaxseed oil has a nice fatty acid balance of Omega-3, Omega-6 and Omega-9, although cooking with such an oil is not recommended. Oils high in essential fatty acids are better used in salads or added to dishes after cooking. Flaxseed oil, and especially the seeds, has lignans, which have a protective effect against cancer, especially breast, uterine and prostate. The well-known Budwig Diet carefully blends flaxseed oil with cottage cheese to improve the body’s assimilation of the oil in treating cancer. Coconut oil contains lauric acid, which being antimicrobial, antibacterial and antiviral, helps to support a cancer patient’s immune system. Dr. Joseph Mercola recommends avocado fat, which can wipe out the leukemia stem cells while leaving healthy cells unharmed. Avocados are also rich in cancer-fighting carotenoids, and avocado oil has the highest smoke point of any oil, making it the safest oil for high heat cooking. Oils can be added to complex carbohydrates such as cooked whole grains or cooked vegetables to enhance flavor, while also providing anticancer nutrition. Whole Grains – Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., CNS, recommends oats, which are high in soluble fiber and contain avenanthramide, an antioxidant believed to have anti-inflammatory properties. Oatmeal has the highest protein content of any popular cereal, 8½ grams of protein in 2 /3 cups of oats. Bowden also recommends quinoa, another high-protein seed, which contains more iron, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, copper, manganese and zinc than wheat, barley or corn. Many of the phenolic substances identified in quinoa have the ability to inhibit angiogenesis (formation of new blood vessels from pre-existing blood vessels) and suppress the proliferation of cancer cells. Whole Fruits – Berries contain ellagic acid and many other anti-cancer poly-

phenols. Peaches, plums and nectarines are also rich in anticancer elements. Organically raised fruits are preferred to conventionally produced, in order to avoid pesticide and herbicide toxicity. Strawberries, peaches and nectarines, in particular, are highly treated with pesticides, and it is best to buy them organic when possible. Whole Vegetables – Cruciform vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower contain sulforaphane and indole-3-carbinols, which detoxify, prevent precancerous cells from developing into malignant tumors, promote apoptosis (programmed cell death) and block angiogenesis. Light steaming or quick stir frying are recommended to avoid destroying the anti-cancer phytonutrients. Cauliflower can be riced and topped with seasoned vegetables. Orange vegetables, such as carrots, sweet potatoes and pumpkin contain vitamin A and lycopene, which inhibits the growth of cells in brain gliomas and other cancers. Other phytonutrients in these types of vegetables stimulate the growth of immune cells and improve their ability to attack tumor cells. Servan-Schreiber lists dark green vegetables, especially kale and spinach, as strong inhibitors of cancer cell growth. Green juice drinks are a key component of the well-known Gerson Therapy nutritional program for cancer patients. This requires a juicer appliance, which will extract the nutrientrich juice from a blend of leafy greens and fruits. For example, a flavorful juice can be derived from a blend of dandelion greens, spinach, cilantro, celery, cucumber and anti-inflammatory lemon, pineapple and ginger. Vegetable Protein – Legumes are a good source of vegetable protein, and legumes have the ability to envelope tumor cells and prevent their growth. Peas, lentils or beans can be added to quinoa dishes or soups. Liquid Protein – Bone broth is a good source of protein, nutrients, and minerals, including calcium, magnesium, silicon, phosphorus, sulfur, marrow and collagen, and bone broth supports a healthy immune system. Cancer patients that undergo surgery, chemotherapy and

radiation often experience a range of issues that impact eating. Bone broth is easy to swallow and easily digested. A warm cup of broth is very comforting. Broth can be used as a base for a soup of cancer-fighting vegetables and enhanced with herbs and spices for flavor and additional benefits. Making bone broth is a multi-step process that can be timeconsuming. There are some excellent powdered bone broth products. Epigenetics GMO-free chicken “Bone Broth Protein” concentrate provides more than 22 grams of protein in one scoop, which makes one 12-ounce cup of broth and is available for purchase online. Anticancer Seasonings – Current cancer prevention research targets non-toxic agents, such as herbs and spices, that can prevent or suppress the growth of cancer cells. Turmeric is considered the most powerful anti-inflammatory for countering cancer. It also stimulates apoptosis in cancer cells and inhibits angiogenesis. It’s imperative that turmeric be mixed with black pepper to be assimilated by the body. A combination of ¼ teaspoon of turmeric powder, 1 1/2 teaspoons of olive oil and a generous pinch of black pepper can be tossed with vegetables, grain dishes or salads of baby kale or spinach. Ginger is another powerful anti-inflammatory and inhibitor of angiogenesis. Fresh grated ginger can be combined with sesame oil to make a marinade for pasture-raised meat. Cayenne (red) pepper contains capsaicin, a main constituent of hot chili peppers that has drawn a great deal of attention as a chemo-preventive agent against cancer. Investigators have shown that capsaicin modulates key signaling molecules in pathways tied to stress, cell

For people that want to learn more, here are three highly recommended books offering valuable information about anticancer foods: Anticancer: A New Way of Life by David Servan-Schreiber, M.D., Ph.D. Beating Cancer with Nutrition by Patrick Quillin, Ph.D., RD, CNS The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth by Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., CNS

cycle and mitochondrial dysfunction. Garlic is one of the oldest medicinal herbs. Garlic, onions and leeks promote apoptosis and regulate blood sugar levels, reducing insulin secretion. Garlic is more easily assimilated if crushed and combined with some oil. Cinnamon has become a subject of cancer research. Two professors at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy recently completed a study in which they proved that adding cinnamaldehyde, the compound that gives cinnamon its distinctive flavor and smell, to the diet of mice protected the mice against colorectal cancer. Responding to cinnamaldehyde, the cells had acquired detoxification and repair abilities that proved protective against exposure to a carcinogen. Teas – Research studies have revealed green tea to be one of the best anticancer beverages. Green tea contains a polyphenol called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) that blocks angiogenesis. Lemon tea made by steeping lemon slices in hot water with a dash of cayenne pepper, and consumed a half hour before each meal, is also said to provide anticancer benefits. A ginger infusion helps alleviate nausea from chemotherapy or radiotherapy. Herbalists can recommend and provide tea blends to help support the immune, endocrine, adrenal, blood, lymphatic and nervous systems throughout the cancer treatment process. A basic knowledge of anticancer nutrition strategies can empower people to boost immunity and improve resistance to the disease. Caregivers can combine anticancer ingredients in limitless ways to create meals that can be thoroughly enjoyed and perhaps improve the outcomes of conventional therapies. Friends who want to offer help to a family caring for a cancer patient can prepare a healthy soup and a salad, and arrange to deliver the meal at a convenient time. Wendy Fachon is an experienced caregiver, an environmental educator and founder of Rhode Island Netwalking, which helps facilitate innovative walking programs for youth to improve their health and well-being. Learn more at See ad on page 33.

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years ago to create unique experiences that connect people to the places their food is grown and the people that grow them,” says Monica Walch, whose popup dinners are served picnic-style for friends and families that bring their own tableware. Her company’s Midwest events, usually offered on Minnesota and Wisconsin farms, always feature local chefs, food ingredients and breweries ( “There’s nothing like being comfortably seated in the field where your food is growing and having the opportunity to enjoy it just hours after it’s been picked. Then, add in one-on-one conversations with your chef, brewer and farmer, as well as like-minded community members,” observes Walch, who grew up on an organic dairy farm in Minnesota.

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he flip side of enjoying farm to table is taking the table to the farm. Socalled “pop-up feasts” are booming at farms throughout the country during growing and harvest seasons. While the format varies, dinners are typically hosted on working rural or urban farms, last about three hours and include aperitifs and a tour before the meal. Wine pairings or beer tastings and live music may be among the enticing activities offered. Gabriele Marewski, owner of Paradise Farms, near Miami, Florida, was a pioneering forerunner of the trend. For 10 years prior to retirement,

she hosted more than 50 chefs, served thousands of guests an organic Dinner in Paradise and raised more than $50,000 for area charities. Periodic onsite dinners continue ( “Many chefs are active in farm-totable dinners on the West Coast. We also see participation among wineries, orchards, cheese makers and breweries,” says A.K. Crump, CEO of TasteTV, in San Francisco, which also supervises “People like to meet the meal maker and know more about the origin of what they eat.” “I started Dinner on the Farm nine

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Setting the bar for high-end, white tablecloth, adults-only communal events, Outstanding in the Field tours the country to offer a taste of fresh, local cuisine prepared by top regional chefs. They’re known for serving meals on long tables set up in fields on prairie ranches, in olive groves or fruit orchards, as well as at urban rooftop farms or near vegetable row crops. “Our mission is to get folks out to the farm and honor the people whose good work brings nourishment to the table,” says organization founder and chef/artist Jim Denevan. More than 90, five-hour events that include appetizers and a guided farm tour are being held all the way through November in more than a dozen states (see

Pizza on the Farm event at Dream Acres, served by a waiter on stilts, in Rogers, Minnesota.

“Some of our most popular events feature farmers of the sea, and are set alongside the ocean or other bodies of water,” adds Lisa Supple, publicist for the company. “They feature local fisher

people and oyster and abalone farmers.” “Epicurean San Diego offers popup farm dinner events at Dickinson Farm, in National City, California,” explains owner Stephanie Parker (Epicurean “We strive to completely source our produce from the farm.” The veteran-owned, certified organic Dickinson Farm features heirloom fruits, vegetables and herbs grown on a large city lot. “We have focused on urban farms to inspire more people to grow their own food and to show that you don’t have to live on a huge piece of property in the countryside,” Parker notes. Some pop-up feasts are managed directly by local farmers in partnership with lead chefs. Others serve as annual fundraising events, like The Foodshed Alliance’s Farm to Fork Dinner and Wine Tasting, now in its seventh year ( It’s held at the Alba Vineyard, in Milford, New Jersey, which practices renewable viticulture. “We already have eight chefs lined up to prepare an eight-course, locally sourced, wine-pairing dinner

served among the vines,” explains Kendrya Close, executive director of the alliance. Expert winemakers select each course’s pairing. “We’re proud to be the hardworking roadies that set the stage for America’s rock star farmers,” says Denevan. John Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist, co-authors of ECOpreneuring and Farmstead Chef, operate the Inn Serendipity, in Browntown, WI.

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Get a Good Night’s Sleep Five Solutions for Sleep Apnea by Lloyd Jenkins


n estimated 18 million people in the U.S. suffer from some form of sleep apnea. From the Greek expression for “want of breath,” sleep apnea causes cessation of breathing during the night. Bouts usually last from 10 to 30 seconds and can occur from just a few times to several hundred. The main cause is the throat muscles becoming too relaxed during sleep and constricting the airway. Two out of four people with the condition do not even realize they are sleep deprived due to apnea, and thus are at greater risk of suffering from both short-term ailments such as migraines or extreme fatigue, and long-term effects that include stroke and heart disease.


Lose Weight via Diet and Exercise Most people find the problem clears up or is greatly improved when they lose weight. One of the easiest and healthiest ways is eating only fruit from morning until noon, and then eating healthy, nutritious meals for lunch and dinner. Avoid processed, sugar-laden and deep-fried foods. Exercise at least four times a week. Doing moderate exercise for just 40 minutes has been shown to significantly reduce sleep apnea (Sleep journal). Use a


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medicine ball to follow a trainer tutorial at A mini-trampoline also offers a safe and effective workout. A brisk 20-to-30-minute daily walk is a must for better sleep.


Sleep on Either Side Lying on the back encourages throat muscles to close up and the tongue to fall toward the back of the throat. Shifting onto one side reduces this discomfort and potential apnea episodes. Using one pillow beneath the head allows the neck to rest at a more natural angle, rather than pushing the chin toward the chest, which restricts the airway.


Vitamins D and C Almost everyone is deficient in vitamin D, even many in sunny regions, reports Dr. Joseph Mercola in his report, The Amazing Wonder Nutrient. Wisely managed sun exposure supplies vitamin D—no more than 20 minutes a day, 10 minutes on each side—without suntan lotion. Alternatively, a high-dose of a quality vitamin D supplement measuring 5,000 international units is adequate, but always take it along with vitamin K2, which helps the body process calcium properly to avoid overdose problems.

Our body does not store vitamin C, so we need at least 2,000 milligrams daily to maintain good health. A study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine found that vitamin C can reduce damage caused by sleep apnea. High-content foods include bell peppers, dark leafy greens, kiwi fruit, broccoli, berries, citrus fruits, tomatoes, peas and papayas.


Magnesium, the Master Mineral From 70 to 80 percent of mankind is deficient in magnesium, which has been connected with prevention of degenerative diseases and mental health and is often the missing mineral in an individual’s wellness equation, according to Enviromedica’s Ancient Minerals. It also regulates muscle function, including those in the upper throat involved with apnea. Organic foods and farmers’ market offerings may have higher levels of magnesium, especially those packed with green chlorophyll. Liquid chlorophyll is available in most health stores. Start by drinking one glass (250 milliliters) per day for a week, and then take two tablespoons daily. Spinach, chard, pumpkin seeds, yogurt, kefir, almonds, black beans, avocados, figs, bananas and dark chocolate (avoid brands with white sugar) are good sources.


Helpful Natural Medicines n Just before bedtime, consume one teaspoon of olive oil (or organic honey) combined with three drops of lavender essential oil. n Supplement with serotonin precursor 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan), which complements magnesium. n One of the best pure sources of omega-3—a top remedy for sleep apnea by protecting cells from stress—is krill oil (Alternative Medicine Review). Sleep apnea causes long-term oxidative stress and puts severe demands on the body, which is thought to deplete omega-3 levels. Lloyd Jenkins is a certified naturopath native to Canada and owner of the Budwig Cancer Clinic, in Malaga, Spain. He’s the author of seven books and many articles on treating common diseases using natural therapies.

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he right natural pillow is a key component to restful sleep. In fact, pillow comfort and support are as critical to good sleep as the proper mattress. According to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) (, 91 percent of Americans say that a good pillow is key to their sleep quality. Investing in a high-quality, supportive pillow can be transformative, both personally and professionally. The RAND Corporation calculates that poor sleep among U.S. workers annually costs the U.S. economy some $411 billion. Replace old, worn-out pillows. Pillows can harbor dust mites and their excrement, dead skin cells and bacteria that can exacerbate allergy symptoms. If a pillow is clumping, losing support or yellowing, replace it, says Michelle Fishberg, co-founder of sleep wellness company Slumbr ( “Quality, properly sourced, down and feather pillows can be comfortable for those that like classic, soft pillows. Buckwheat and natural latex pillows each have unique qualities promoting better sleep. Buckwheat is therapeutic for back pain, all-natural and hypoallergenic, and reduces snoring for some,” advises Fishberg.

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Pillow care. The NSF suggests using pillow as well as mattress protectors; PureCare mattress ( is their official source including a range of down pillows and its MiteTight protector. Organic cotton covers are kind to people and the planet. likewise advises using a protective cover to extend pillow life. Don’t dry clean pillows, because chemicals and heat can do damage. A down pillow can be washed, but it’s best to have it professionally cleaned by a down specialist every three to four years. Or wash them at home no more than twice a year on the delicate cycle, alone in a large or commercial washing machine, to avoid breaking down the down’s natural oils and structure. Latex pillows can be occasionally hand-washed with mild detergent and air-dried flat. Don’t wash buckwheat pillows—if the hulls get wet, pour them into a fine mesh bag and air-dry them in the sun.

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haman Foster Perry will speak on our collective futures, how to find balance and meaning in the days ahead, and the spiritual purpose of these challenging times from 7 to 8:30 p.m., September 22, at the Island Heron Yoga Studio, in Jamestown. Foster is deeply connected to the higher realm and always brings a profound and far-reaching perspective to the events happening in the world and our individual lives. Then, on September 23 and 24, Perry and Kristos Tsompanelis-Perry will lead a two-day healing workshop from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. In a group setting, each participant will receive their own practical, informative and regenerative spiritual reading. A clairvoyant medical reading is also included in order to learn about what is going on in the body and to find peace through healing on all levels—physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. This transformaShaman Foster Perry tive experience will help individuals get to the bottom of their issues and gain better direction and purpose of one’s life. Cost: $40 (speaking engagement)/$365 (healing workshop). Location: 34 Narragansett Ave., Jamestown, RI. For more information and to register, call 401-560-0411 or visit




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articipate in a day of yoga, meditation and music at the 2017 Firefly Yoga Festival, taking place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., September 16, at Glen Park, in Portsmouth. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.; a portion of the proceeds will support the work done by the Women’s Resource Center of Newport. The Firefly Yoga Festival started when organizer Meredith Brower photographed Newport county yogis in unique locations, which were featured in the 2017 Firefly Yoga Calendar. What started as a small event to release the calendar quickly evolved into a festival celebration. The second festival will take place this September. Yoga classes will start at 10 a.m. and continue throughout the afternoon. Teachers will co-lead each class, incorporating their own style of yoga. Smaller, focused workshops will be offered this year, such as a handstand clinic, a meditation/walk workshop and workshops covering mindfulness and Ayurveda. Live local musicians will be playing all day, and Wolf Moon’s Fire will be providing tarot card readings, dream interpretations and Ruin readings. Numerous vendors will be on site, and Newport Community Yoga will be providing a Healing Grove, featuring meditation, massage services and slacklining. Acacia café, based in Tiverton, will provide a menu of vegan and vegetarian dishes. Cost: $25 (includes parking, admission to all yoga classes and demonstrations)/$15 non-yoga ticket/Free for kids 14 and younger. Location: Glen Park, Glen Rd., Portsmouth. For more information, call 401-474-1064 or visit FireflyYogaFest. See ad on page 21.

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Shamanic Drum Healing – 7-9pm. Drum healing restores 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 Paul DiSegna and Katharine Rossi. $35. Beloved: a yoga practice, 235 High St, 2nd Fl, Bristol. 401-787-8877.



Make Your Own Fairy Garden – 4-5pm. Connect with the elementals. Make your own miniature fairy garden in a planter. What theme will you chose? Variety of materials available $20. Creatigo, Agawam Mill, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick. Pre-registration requested: 401-793-0097 or

Certification in Holistic Tarot – 6-9pm. Take your psychic skills to the next level in this 4-part series (8/7, 21, 9/11, 18). Learn the Major & Minor Arcana, the interface of numbers and astrology and more. $75/session. Northern Lights Holistic Campus, 204B Clock Tower Sq, Portsmouth. 401-662-6642.

Coloring Club for Relaxation – 5-6:30pm. There is a new growing trend of coloring for relaxation. Adults are rediscovering the stress-relieving benefits of coloring. The library provides all materials. Free. Mansfield Public Library, 255 Hope St, Mansfield, MA. 508-261-7380.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 4 Mindful Journaling – 4-5:15pm. Join us at Northern Lights every Friday afternoon from 4-5:30pm. A guided meditation to open your mind, then a thought to help you journal. $25. Northern Lights Holistic, 204B Clock Tower Sq, Portsmouth. 401-293-5655.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 5 John of God Crystal Healing Bed – 10am-4pm. Experience a session on the John of God crystal healing bed. It is an intuitive opening and healing like no other. $30/hr. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. For 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. BlueDragonflyRI.Com.

markyourcalendar Afternoon of Evidential Mediumship – 3-4:30pm. Dee Grewal, international medium from the UK, will be bringing forth evidence that love lives on as she connects with your deceased family, friends and pets. $50. The Meeting Nest at Acorn Cottage, Wakefield. Location given at time of registration: 401-284-0363 or

SUNDAY, AUGUST 6 Full Moon Gongs and Bowls – 7-8:30pm. August full moon with Joy Quinn Blum and Shawn Aceto as they play the gongs, crystal and Tibetan singing bowls, drums, etc, beneath the stars and moon at Acorn Cottage. $25/pre-registration, $30 /at door. The Meeting Nest at Acorn Cottage, Wakefield. Location given at time of registration: 401-284-0363 or

Full Moon Yoga on the Beach – 7:45-8:45pm. Join All That Matters yoga instructor, Coral Brown for full moon yoga on the beach. Bring a beach towel and bug spray, and dress with layers. You won’t want to miss it. $18/pre-registration, $20/at beach. South Kingstown Town Beach at Matunuck, Matunuck Beach Rd, South Kingstown. 401-782-2126.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 8 Kundalini Workshop with Kartar Singh – 6:308:30pm. Join us for the return of one of our favorite presenters, with a kundalini workshop to help restore our inner light. $35/general admission, $28/members. Santosha Yoga and Holistic Health Center, 275 Reservoir Ave, Providence. 401-780-9809. Laughter Yoga – 7:30-8:30pm. Laughter yoga improves mood and brings more laughter and joy to life, Decreases physical, mental and emotional stress, oxygenates body and supports immune system, is fun. Free. Southside Yoga Center, 19 Elmwood Ave, Providence. 401-575-8002.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9 Know Your Spirit Guides and Teachers – 6:309:30pm. You have a team of spirit guides waiting to support you. Deepen your relationships with your spirit guides, I will support you and teach you how in this class. $15. Creatigo, Agawam Mill, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick. 401-793-0097.

Community Class – 8-9:15am. Expressing our gratitude. Trish Millan leads a melty, sweet, slow flow; while other instructors assist throughout the class. Free, donations will be accepted for charity. Free. Nicole Downing, Roberta Neves, Lisa, Labollita; Beloved: a yoga practice, 235 High St, 2nd Fl, Bristol. 401-787-8877. Magical Wand Making for Kids – 10am-12pm. Bring your child to WLB for the intuitive kid group for crystal wand creation. Kids will be guided to use natural materials to create their own magical tool and care for it. $20. White Light Books, 1464 Park Ave, Cranston. 401-793-0097. Intro to Qigong: The Pulse of Nature – 10am-1pm. Join Robert Van Horn as he guides you through a gentle qigong practice to help reduce stress, enhance vitality, foster mental tranquility, and offer harmony with nature. $30. All That Matters SK, 315 Main St, South Kingstown. 401-782-2126. 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. $20. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 13 Carefree Cardio – 10-11am. This mindful, Nia technique-style class will have you smiling while moving to the music. Get a great cardio workout. For men and women; no experience necessary. Free. Quonny Yoga, 5662 Post Rd, Rte 1, Charlestown. 401-266-1187.


5th Annual Croning Ceremony – 1-4pm. In our ceremony we honor that part of you that is a wise woman, reminding you of your personal value in a throw away society. The Sistarhood arrives at 2pm to hold space. Free. Light Soul Therapy, 102 Woodbine Rd, Wakefield. 401-284-0363.

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

Reiki Training: Usui Reiki Level I – 1-4pm. Learn how to heal yourself and others. Manual and certificate included. See website for Reiki II training date. $120. Ananta Jyoti Yoga & Reiki, address given upon registration, North Providence. 774-987-9007.



Group Healing – 6:30-8pm. Group healing is a fascinating journey into healing. Greg and Debb use a dynamic blend of various healing methods and techniques. Bring a blanket or pillow to ensure comfort. $20. Creatigo, Agawam Mill, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick. 401-793-0097.

Reiki I Certification – Aug 14 & 15. 6-9pm. Reiki I certification. These two nights will allow you to become certified in Reiki I. Reiki II will then start shortly after this certification. $150/certification. Northern Lights Holistic, 204B Clock Tower Sq, Portsmouth. 401-293-5655.

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Youth Workshop with Zandra – 11:30am-1pm. 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. BlueDragonflyRI.Com.

Empath Group – 6:30-8:30pm. What kind of empath are you? Tools, tips and support during this highly charged time. $25. Creatigo, Agawam Mill, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick. 401-793-0097.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 15 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.


markyourcalendar Vision Board Workshop – 6:30-8pm. Summer is a great time to dream. Join Life Coach Susan De Lorenzo for an evening of vision board creation. A fun activity for all ages. Please register. Free. Mansfield Public Library, 255 Hope St, Mansfield, MA. 508-261-7380. Astrology 101 with Steve – 6:30-8:30pm. Building blocks of astrology: basic gist of what astrology is, why we use it, and what we can use it for. Descriptions of sets of the planets, the signs, and the house. $20. Creatigo, Agawam Mill, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick. 401-793-0097. Reiki Share – 7-8:30pm. Come and practice your reiki by giving and receiving. You must be at least Reiki I certified. This is in a calm, relaxing atmosphere. $5. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5186.

Hip Hop Your Vinyasa – 7-8:30pm. Join Laura Sarlitto to amp up your flow and get in the groove with a fun and upbeat playlist that follows the flow of class and is sure to encourage movement. $20. All That Matters PVD, 128 N Main St, Providence. 401-782-2126.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 20 Integrated Energy Therapy: Basic – 9am-5:30pm. Learn basic IET, about 12 strand DNA and working with Ariel and the healing angels. 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. Basic Intergrated Energy Therapy-IET – 9:30am6pm. IET supports you to safely and gently release limiting energy patterns working with the healing angels including Arch Angels Ariel, Michael, Raphael, Gabriel and others. $175. Creatigo, Agawam Mill, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick. 401-793-0097. IET Basic Level Training – 9:30am-6:30pm. This is one of the next generation, hands-on, power energy therapy systems that gets the “issues out of your tissues” for good using the Angelic energy of Compassion. With Gladys Ellen. $205 includes workbook & IET certificate. White Light Books, 1468 Park Ave, Classroom Space, Cranston. 401-935-8451. Law of Attraction: Create Vision Board – 4-7pm. Come and discuss the ways you might be blocking abundance in your life, then create your own vision board. All materials included. $50. Northern Lights Holistic, 204B Clock Tower Sq, Portsmouth. 401-293-5655.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 22 Message Gallery with Kathy Archambaut – 6:30-8:30pm. Join medium, Kathy Archambault, for a fun night of messages from your loved ones, angels and guides. An amazing night that proves life exists beyond death. $20. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. Spiritual Awakening & Understanding – 7:309pm. Seminar includes practical techniques for connecting more clearly with one’s own team of Angels and gaining a deeper feeling of trust and vision for these tools. Lecture $20 Aug 22; Workshop $40 Aug 23. Shriners Imperial, 1 Rhodes Plaza, Cranston. 1-800-336-8008.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23 Tai Chi Chih – 6:30-7:30pm. A series of 19 movements and 1 pose that make up a moving meditation to balance our Chi energy. An introductory class. Everyone welcome. $15. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. Fire Starter Sessions Introduction – 7-9pm. Imagine living your life in alignment with your true nature. Begin the steps to create success on your own terms working with Danielle LaPorte’s Fire Starter Sessions. $20. Katharine Rossi, Fireseed: Center for Transformation, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 24 Reiki Share in Fall River – 6-8pm. Open to all certified reiki practitioners (all levels) who wish to gather for group practice and collaboration. Sponsored by Spirit of Agape & Savvy Image. $5. Savvy Image Gift Shop, 657 Quarry St, Fall River, MA. RSVP: 401-465-4249 or Community Reiki Clinic – 7-9pm. The community is invited to experience mini-reiki sessions. Reiki energy assists your own natural healing, relieve pain and alleviate fear and anxiety. By donation. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5186.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 18 7 Keys to Freedom (chakradance) – 7-8pm. A combination of meditation and dance, and rhythm for the soul. Facilitator, Zandra Matthews. $20 includes materials. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 19 Reiki Master: 12-Wk Program – 9:30am-5pm. With Cheryl Markey. 12-wk program, off Labor Day weekend. Includes instruction, clinical and case studies. Reserve your spot. $800/12-wk course. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Reiki I Certification Course – 10am-4pm. Learn history, ethics, hand positions of reiki. Learn about the aura and chakras. Receive First Degree Usui Reiki Attunement and practitioner certificate. 2 student limit. $150. Live It Love It Wellness, 2845 Post Rd, Ste 104, Warwick. 401-323-7199.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 25 Cord Cutting with Archangel Michael – 6-8pm. Cord cutting and healing with Archangel Michael. Detach those unhealthy cords from yourself, so that you can move on to have full enriching relationships. So helpful. $40. Northern Lights Holistic, 204B Clock Tower Sq, Portsmouth. 401-293-5655. Reiki Second Degree – 6-9pm. Join Reiki Master, Myra Partyka, to explore reiki in greater depth and further expand your healing capabilities. Reiki I certificate required. 2-day workshop: Aug 25 and 27. $250; $150/repeat students. All That Matters SK, 315 Main St, South Kingstown. 401-782-2126.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 26 Youth Workshop with Zandra – 11:30am-1pm. 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 2 E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.Com. Freedom Dance – 6:30-7:30pm. Dive inside and respond to the requests of your being in this one hour free-style dance class. $15. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. Paint and Express with Zandra – 6:30-9pm. Come join a night of self expression, awareness, and a little creativity. We will use some exercises as you tap into your conscious and subconscious and express in paint. $45 includes materials. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 27 Farmers’ Market and Health Wellness Fair – 10am-2pm. Join us for a farmers’ market, green goddess farmacy, and other vendors will be onsite. other Vendors, Card Readers, etc will be available. Inside only if it rains. Free admission. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

Gita Parayama: Bhagavad Gita Study – 12-1pm. Join Bhakti Prem for this illuminating program to recite selected verses, explore concepts presented, and investigate incorporation of the Gita’s dharma into your life. $15. All That Matters EG, 63 Cedar Ave, East Greenwich. 401-782-2126. Energy Share – 2-5pm. Shares allow energy healers of all levels to come together and share their healing abilities. Build your skills and confidence in a safe and supportive space. Free. Creatigo, Agawam Mill, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick. 401-793-0097.

MONDAY, AUGUST 28 Reading Share – 6:30-8:30pm. Give and get at least one reading. Confirm messages, develop and refine your skills in this safe supportive community. Drop-in. Donation accepted. Free. Creatigo, Agawam Mill, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick. 401-793-0097. Reiki II Certification – 6:30-9:30pm. The next step in attaining healing mastery. Become attuned to ancient Japanese healing symbols. Reiki II allows you to become a practitioner. Two sessions, Aug 28 & 29. $200. Northern Lights Holistic Campus, 204B Clock Tower Pl, Portsmouth. 401-662-6642.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 31 7 Keys to Freedom (Chakradance) – 7-8pm. A combination of meditation and dance and rhythm for the soul. Facilitator Zandra Matthews. $20 includes materials. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Intro to ChakraDance: Awakening – 6:30-8pm. An 8-wk program. This intro works through all the chakras and an integration. It is rhythm for the soul. Includes meditation, dance and mandala work. $25. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

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Basics of Perfumery Class – 1-3:15pm. Learn more about the basics of perfumery and create a chemical free perfume that you make and take home. This fun introductory class is for you and your friends. $85. Providence Perfume Co, 13 S Angell St, Providence. 401-455-2325. Register:

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 Firefly Yoga Fest – 9:30am-2pm. Family-friend yoga event. Featuring Wolf Moon’s Fire, tarot card readers, The Healing Grove, massage, reiki, cranial massage, sound healing, henna and of course yoga. $25 includes parking, admission to all yoga classes, demonstrations and music. $15/non-yoga ticket, free/14 & under. Glen Park, Glen Rd, Portsmouth. Tickets:

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 Advanced Perfumery Methods – 10am-5pm. Also September 24, 10:30am-2pm. Refining fragrance formulation and accord building for students who have already taken intermediate level courses in natural perfumery. $550. Providence Perfume Co, 13 S Angell St, Providence. 401-455-2325. Register:

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 Basic Solid Perfume Class – 1-3:30pm. Learn the basics of perfumery. Create 2 chemical-free solid perfume that you can make and take home. $90. Providence Perfume Co, 13 S Angell St, Providence. 401-455-2325. Register:

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14 Weekend Natural Perfumery Intensive Course – 10am-8pm. Oct 15, 10am -2pm. Workshops: introduction to natural perfumery, creating solid perfumes using exotic waxes and butters, marketing/branding/ sourcing/promotion. $875. Providence Perfume Co, 13 S Angell St, Providence. 401-455-2325. Register:

Pawtuxet Valley Wellness Day – 9am-5pm. Seeking health and wellness advocates to become vendors at the event. Deadline to register is Aug 1. Packages start at $100 a booth. TMW Productions LLC, PO Box 1052, East Greenwich. 401-589-1321.

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ongoingcalendar sunday Early Morning Qi Gong – 8-9am. Increase your flexibility, strength and immune system; quite 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. BlueDragonflyRI.Com. Yin Yoga – 8-9:30am. A must for any athletes, yoga students or anyone with a busy lifestyle. Holding easy to do poses, stretch your fascia and connective tissue. No experience necessary. $15. Quonny Yoga, 5662 Post Rd, Rte 1, Charlestown. 401-266-1187.

Tai Chi Easy – 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. 401-741-5186. Group Manifestation for You & Earth – 7-9:30pm. Every other Monday (Aug 7 & 21). We visualize and develop scripts filled with positive emotions in order to group manifest for each other and the planet. With Shari Bitsis. $15. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. RSVP: 401-465-4249 or


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.

Express Yoga with Kara – 12-12:30pm. 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. 401-741-5186.

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.

Ananda Meditation in Hope Valley – 6:30-7:15pm. With Ananda Meditation teacher, Jane Green. Relax and enjoy the peace. All are welcome. Free. Ananda Center Hopkinton at Langworthy Public Library, 24 Spring St, Hope Valley. 401-524-4766.

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 August, check website for new location. Donation appreciated. Ananda Center Hopkinton, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-524-4766.

Meditation – 7-8pm. Meditation is a great way to calm the mind. Open to all. If you have never done it, you will be taught how to meditate. By donation. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5186.

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, Providence River Greenway, S Water St, Providence.


monday Tai Chi Easy: Morning Session – 9-10am. 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. 401-741-5186. Kripalu Yoga with Susan – 4:15-5:45pm. Enjoy breath work and classical yoga poses that tone and strengthen, allowing your heart and body to release and open. Finish with yoga nidra and deep relaxation. With Susan McLaren. New students: $50/5 classes; $15/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Kickboxing: Muay Thai Kickboxing – 7-8pm. Appropriate for all levels of fitness/experience. Special 1 free month of karate for new students. Visit website for schedule of all classes. $6. USA Karate, 55 Douglas Pike, Ste 205, Smithfield. 401-349-5883.

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. Amrit/Kripalu Yoga with Amy – 9:30-11am. Enjoy breath work and classical yoga poses that tone and strengthen, allowing your heart and body to release and open. Amrit offers a focus on meditation. With Amy McPhee. New students: $50/5 classes; $15/ series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319.

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Express Yoga with Kara – 12-12:30pm. A 1/2hr 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. 401-741-5186. Ananda Noon Meditation – 12-1pm. Join Kelly weekly at Shanti House for meditation, uplifting chants and inspirational readings. Beginners welcome. Free; donation appreciated. Ananda Center Hopkinton at 494 Anaquatucket Rd, N Kingstown 401-667-7315. 401-524-4766.


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Shaolin Kung Fu for Men and Women – 6-7:30pm. Strengthen the body for physical fitness and self-defense. Flexible class times include Monday, 6pm; Friday and Saturday, 1:10-2:30pm. Women’s Kung Fu: Saturday, 9am. Try a trial class. $225/12 wks. The Way of the Dragon, 373 Taunton Ave, East Providence. 401-435-6502. Amrit Yoga/Yoga Nidra – 7:30-8:45pm. In this class for all levels (beginner to advanced), we combine the two major tools of amrit yoga: asanas (postures) and yoga nidra (guided meditation in shavasana). $15/drop-in; $30/30 days new students. Santosha Yoga and Holistic Health Center, 275 Reservoir Ave, Providence. 401-780-9809.

thursday Morning Yoga – 9-10am. Hatha yoga blends balance, strength, improving flexibility, linking breath and movement. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.Com. Afternoon Tune-up – 12-1pm. Energize while building strength and flexibility. Connecting breath with the postures cultivating awareness of inner stillness that prepares one for deeper meditation. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.Com. 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. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.Com. Svaroopa Yoga with Janice – 6:30-8pm. Enjoy a deeply relaxing, slow-paced class. With easy poses and lots of support, release tension and stress. Find your peace and calm. 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.

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Woman’s Yoga – 7-8pm. Hatha yoga blends balance, strength, improving flexibility, linking breath and movement. Class also adds dance to warm up and reiki for deeper experience in meditation. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.Com. Buddhist Healing Meditation – 7-8:15pm. Learn calm abiding and clear seeing through sitting practice as well as guided experiences working with consciousness in the body, connecting with the earth and cultivating unconditional presence. $14, $70/ prepaid for 6. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Pl, Ste 6A, Providence. Register: 401-270-5443 or

Ananda Yoga & Meditation – 9:15-11am. Enjoy a wonderful start to your day. Join Ananda Yoga Teacher, Kyle McDonald for a gentle, invigorating, peaceful class. $10/non-YMCA members. Ananda Center Hopkinton at So County YMCA, 165 Broad Rock Rd, Peacedale. 401-524-4766. Express Yoga with Kara – 12-12:30pm. A 1/2hr 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. 401-741-5186.

saturday Yoga at First Beach – 8:30-9:30am. Join us for yoga on the beach, in front of the Pavilion to awaken body, mind and spirit amidst sea, sky and sand. Also held Sunday, 8:30-9:30am; Wednesday, 7-8pm. $15. Easton’s Beach/First Beach, Newport. 401-849-3200. Parent and Me Yoga – 9-10am. 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. $15, $72/6 classes. 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, ad restorative yoga for healing body, mind and soul. Learn mindfulness practice for on-going stress management. $12-$13/Flex Pass; $16/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of Blackstone River Valley, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Svaroopa Yoga with Pat – 9:45-11:15am. Enjoy a deeply relaxing, slow-paced class. With well supported poses, learn to release tension and stress. Find your peace and calm. Feel at ease and energized. With Pat Spencer. New students: $50/5 classes; $20/ series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Southern Rhode Island Center for Spiritual Living Study Group – 9:45am-12pm. Meets the second Saturday of every month 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. Kindergarten Kung Fu – 11-11:45am. Kids ages 3-5 have fun while doing activities to develop focus and coordination, confidence, self-esteem and respect. Parents, your kids are invited to do a trial class. $225/12 wks. The Way of the Dragon, 373 Taunton Ave, East Providence. 401-435-6502.

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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.


Lisa Ashton, R.N. Readings in person or by telephone 204b Clock Tower Square, Portsmouth, 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.

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 27.


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.

DAY SPA DIVINE IMAGES & SANCTUARY DAY SPA 285 Slade’s Ferry Blvd, Unit 2 Somerset, MA. 02726 508-673-0900 •

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Our company is based on Ayurvedic & holistic principles.  Working with Aveda, Eminence, Glo-Minerals, & Ouidad, presents every one of us with the opportunity to create positive effects. Treating the whole person leads to greater balance & well being. Come experience exceptional treatments with extraordinary products! See ad on page 13.


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.


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 9.

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 12.


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 23.

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

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


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 204b Clock Tower Square, Portsmouth, RI 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 HolisticTarot for the latest news.



Rose Siple, Certified Hypnotherapist 774-991-0574 •


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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 19.

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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 33.

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.

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.


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


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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 5.

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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 17.





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 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.



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.


Dr. Laura Bomback 293 Linden St, Fall River, MA 508-678-1233 Our mission at Natural Health Solutions is to improve the health of our community by providing natural options for most health issues and guidance toward the understanding that real solutions can be achieved with real nutrition. I have been helping people for close to 25 years achieve a higher level of health through both nutrition and chiropractic. See ad on page 17.

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


Are you feeling stuck, stressed or disconnected? I will assist you in releasing energy blocks and guide you to experience the comfort and peace that comes with power and soul retrieval.  “My intension is to improve my client’s health and well being.” Call for your appointment today. See ad on page 5.

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


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.


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 5.

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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 35.


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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