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Annual Spa Day Returns to The Meeting Nest at Acorn Cottage


eet up with old friends or make new ones for a day of relaxation, rejuvenation and recommendations for the New Year at the 6th Annual Spa Day, held on January 14, at The Meeting Nest at Acorn Cottage, in Wakefield. Guests pre-book reflexology and BioMat sessions, angel, tarot, astrology and dreams readings, sound meditations, Soul Sketches and a few other surprises, then arrive at times that work for them. Each session is $20 for 20 minutes, with the exception of the Soul Sketch which tends to take longer and costs $30. “It’s all just a relaxing way to say, ‘Thank you,’ to all the women who have just survived another round of the holidays,” says organizer Jackie Van Dusen. Contact Jackie Van Dusen at 401-284-0363 or empowermentace@gmail.com for a full list of services offered and to reserve appointment times.

Sample Services at Integrative Care Discovery Event


implaFYI and The Island Heron Yoga Studio, a SimplaFYI community practitioner, will co-host an event from 6 to 8 p.m., January 31, for attendees to sample services and discover how integrative care can advance their health and well-being. SimplaFYI is a health and well-being company that partners with practitioners of acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, bodywork, meditation, mindfulness, nutrition and yoga. Food will be served. Cost: Free. Location: Heron Yoga Studio, 34 Narragansett Ave., Jamestown. For more information, email Kathleen at KRepoli@SimplaFYI.com or Heidi at Heidi@TheIslandHeron.com, or visit SimplaFYI.com or IslandHeron.com.

Join Other Women at Awaken the Divine Feminine Yoga and Coaching Retreat


oin Katie Pelkey and Justine Miller for seven days and six nights at the all-women’s yoga and meditation retreat from March 11 to 17. Hosted at the luxurious Sansara Surf and Yoga Resort on the Pacific ocean in stunning Cambutal, Panama, retreat goers will spend their days soaking in the fresh air, sun, earth and water, while sharing their experience with a vibrant community of like-minded sisters. Through experiential exercises and ritual, attendees will dive into their inner wisdom, embody their inner goddess, commune in nature, learn about Ayurveda, and take time to simply be, while feeding the body and soul with fresh, seasonal nourishing food tailored to individual dietary needs. In addition, the days will be filled with yoga, meditation, adventure, workshops and relaxation. A wide array of activities will be available, including surfing, SUP, kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, bike riding and exploring all that the quaint little beach town of Cambutal, Panama has to offer. Miller predicts attendees will, “walk away rejuvenated and empowered to make a positive impact on the world around them and leave with the clarity to live a vibrant life in a self-sustaining way.” The intimate group, no larger than 27 women, will provide plenty of space to find individual growth. For more information, visit AwakenTheDivineFeminine.com. 8

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powerful, dynamic Transformational Breath group session will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m., January 27, at West Shore Wellness, in Warwick. Transformational Breath is a simple, yet powerful technique that uses conscious, connected breathing patterns to activate the body’s natural healing response. Developed by Dr. Judith Kravitz, a leading breathwork expert, Transformational Breath interweaves a deep knowledge and understanding of our breath as our life Jane McGinn with multi-disciplinary experiences to facilitate greater wellness and self-empowerment. “Anyone can learn Transformational Breath, and everyone can benefit from this extraordinary process,” says Jane McGinn, LMT and certified Transformational Breath therapist. According to McGinn, most people begin to restrict their breathing at a very young age. Restrictive breath patterns correspond to restrictive life patterns, which make individuals more vulnerable to pain, disorders and disease. Shallow breathing has been linked to a host of physical and emotional disorders. Correcting restrictive breathing patterns brings us back to our natural state of peace and well-being. Practicing Transformational Breath aids in this process. “This powerful, yet amazingly simple technique relieves anxiety and stress, improves health and vitality, integrates repressed emotions, and clears the way to experiencing greater clarity, presence and joy,” McGinn maintains. Cost: $50. Location: 459 Sandy Lane, (Adjacent to Sandy Lane Market). Warwick. WestShoreWellness.com. Individual sessions are also available. To register, call Jane at 401-450-4172.

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n January 13, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., following the Wintertime Farmers Market at Hope Artiste Village, The Empowerment Factory, in Pawtucket, will host a free, indoor community walk to bring people together to launch a new initiative to organize walking clubs for seniors, professionals and students. The walking route will meander through the extensive hallways of the Hope Artiste Village, a renovated historic mill building. The mill is now a bustling community that includes retail shops, art studios and galleries, a bakery, a coffee roaster, the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame, an old-fashioned bowling alley and many other unique local businesses. At the end of the stroll, enjoy a cup of farm fresh soup. Then on January 17, from 6 to 8 p.m., a jewelry-making workshop will be led by artist Gail Ahlers, who will show participants how to stamp letters and other simple shapes into metal in order to design a unique pair of earrings and a matching pendant. Customized metal jewelry makes a wonderful gift for celebrating a friendship, a birthday, an anniversary, or Valentine’s Day. This is a fun, skill-building activity for a family or a group of friends. The cost of the workshop will help fund the organization’s mission to empower atrisk youth with creativity, self-esteem, and civic pride. Cost: Walk, free; jewelry-making, $20. Location: Hope Artiste Village, 999 Main St., #707, Pawtucket. See ad on page 3.



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Writing Course Leads to Self-Inquiry and Discovery


ain confidence, clarity and insight in a six-week Proprioceptive Writing (PW) mindfulness practice at Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation. The course will be offered from 6 to 8 p.m., Mondays, beginning January 8, and from 1 to 3 p.m., Wednesdays, beginning January 10. Despite its cumbersome name, the practice is simple and easy to learn. Practiced in 20- to 25-minute sessions, Proprioceptive Writing cultivates concentration, liberates creative energy and reconnects people to their own voice in a way that develops self-trust. PW is a mindfulness practice, a process of self-inquiry and discovery, that over time allows individuals to think about old stories in brand new, sometimes surprising ways. According to course teacher Kim Chandler, “The mind is freed from anxiety and you are left feeling refreshed, energized and restored to your natural state of vibrant aliveness.” PW is a powerful tool that can be used to awaken the senses and emotions, unburden the mind, resolve emotional conflicts and connect more deeply with our spiritual self. With coaching and guidance from Chandler, participants gain confidence as they practice together in class and at home between classes. Cost: $150 for six-week course. Location: 850 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown Commons, Middletown. For more information, call 401-849-3200 or visit InnerlightYoga.com.

New Offerings at Day Spa in Somerset


ivine Images & Sanctuary Day Spa, in Somerset, Massachusetts, is introducing clinical peels from Glo Skin Beauty. These peels can be used alone, or in conjunction with any of the spa’s many signature facials. Perfect for anti-aging, hyper-pigmentation clarity, acne and more, these restorative facials are designed to bring healthy balance to the skin. “We wanted to be able to have a wider variety of offerings for our guests to have cleaner, brighter skin,” says owner Mary Perry. The spa is offering a 50 percent discount for a clinical peel with the purchase of any facial. Additionally, 50 percent off of a Halotherapy Salt Chamber treatment is standard with the purchase of any service. A full service salon and day spa, Divine Images’ offerings include holistic healing from the inside out, transforming the total look and feel of the skin, body and mind. In addition to facials, the salon and spa offers a wide variety of hair, massage, bridal services, BioMat and Halotherapy Salt sessions. Their highly skilled and licensed estheticians, massage therapist and cosmetologist average more than 40 years in total experience and want every client to feel they have discovered a piece of heaven.

Holistic Healing Center Looking to Expand Practitioner Base


orthern Lights, a holistic practitioner center for healing, in Portsmouth, is interviewing for new practitioners to join its collaborative team of 20 practitioners that specialize in different healing modalities. Interested life coaches, meditation teachers, massage therapists, integrative energy therapy instructors or any other healing modality practitioners should call 401-293-5655. Location: 204b Clock Tower Sq, Portsmouth. For more information visit NorthernLights.one. See ad on page 21.

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The New Enough Companion Guidebook is Released


aurie McCammon, author of Enough: How to Liberate Yourself and Remake the World with Just One Word and The Enough Companion Guidebook, believes that readers need activities and exercises to help them embody her message that we are ‘enough’, inseparable from the universe and its infinite ability to create plenty. “An innate pathway to plentitude has always been available to us as our own true nature, but it’s been obscured by the ‘never enough’ paradigm, a seriously distorted rogue worldview narrowly fixated on lack,” says McCammon. “The guidebook’s 100-plus hands-on activities for individuals and groups are a collaborative effort with eight co-authors, including Natural Awakenings senior staff writer Linda Sechrist. Humanity’s millennia-long, upside-down relationship with the word ‘enough’ is a group delusion that’s the root of all dysfunction, from personal to planetary,” notes McCammon.

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Hypnosis Training Available in Rhode Island


ttend a free, exploratory evening with board-certified hypnotist and certified hypnotist instructor John Koenig from 7 to 8:30 p.m., January 4, at the Barrington Public Library, to find out about the profession of hypnotism. Topics discussed include what hypnotism is and isn’t; hypnotism’s applications for habit change and personal development; the profession of hypnotism in Rhode Island and Massachusetts; and how the National Guild of Hypnotists supports the independent profession of hypnotism through its certification program and on-going local training. In addition, Koenig will run a 15-week Hypnotist Certification Course, in Warwick, starting March 12. The course will be held fom 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Mondays, at the Richmond Square John Koenig Technology Center, in Providence, with four full Saturdays for supervised practice. Successful completion of the 75-hour course will result in certification as a consulting hypnotist with the National Guild of Hypnotists, the world’s largest professional hypnotist association, with one year’s prepaid membership. Enroll by January 31, for $300 off full tuition. Location: 281 County Rd., Barrington. If interested, call 401-374-1890 or email John.Koenig.Hypnotist@live.com.

Feedback Wanted at Public Transportation Workshops


eedback received at three September public workshops has assisted the Rhode Island Division of Planning at the Department of the Administration in developing the Rhode Island Long Range Transportation Plan, titled Rhode Island Moving Forward. This plan also includes completion of a Statewide Bicycle Mobility Plan focused on cycling needs. The next series of public workshops will be held on January 23, at Neighborhood Guild, in South Kingstown; January 24, at West End Community Center, in Providence; and January 31, at the Edward King House, in Newport. Transportation influences Rhode Island in a variety of ways such as supporting neighborhood retail, small business, travel, tourism, jobs, the environment and health. The goal of the plan is to create a vision as well as goals and actions to address transportation needs over 20 years. By identifying future needs, informed decisions can be made on how to close gaps, resolve critical issues and set priorities for transportation spending in future years that will address the needs of Rhode Islanders. To reach the project team, email PlanRI2040@gmail.com or visit PlanRI.com. Connect at Facebook: Rhode Island Moving Forward and Twitter @RIMovingForward.

Post-Holiday Pampering


resh Face Skin Care Center @ Avalon is offering two exclusive treatments to refresh and rejuvenate the skin, along with some well-deserved post-holiday pampering that includes a heated table, beautiful music and some “me” time to relax. The Anti-Aging Trio combines microdermabrasion, microcurrent and LED light therapy, three of the most innovative and proven machines to lessen the aging process by five to 10 years. The F.I.T treatment (Facial Infusion Therapy) incorporates steam, exfoliation, extractions and microdermabrasion with an infusion of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid via a facial ultrasound and masque to set. “Consider it a yoga/Pilates for your face,” says owner Deborah Votta. “If we can train our body muscles to be firm and tighter, we definitely can retrain our small face muscles to be firm and tighter.” She adds, “LED red light therapy is very relaxing, firms and tightens the skin and stimulates the collagen and elastin.” Location: 1221 Reservoir Ave., Cranston. For more information, visit FreshFaceSkinCare.net. See ad on page 5.

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Hemp Oil Cuts Seizure Frequency in Half

As the debate rages between health officials and vaccine critics about possible links to autism, mercury seems to be a specific bone of contention. It has long been present in the form of thimerisol, a preservative that inhibits bacterial contamination. Under government pressure, amounts have been reduced by the pharmaceutical industry to trace levels or eliminated, except in commonly recommended flu vaccines, some of which contain the food emulsifier polysorbate 80, which disrupts the blood-brain barrier and helps create an extremely effective delivery system for escorting neurotoxic ethylmercury and other heavy metals straight to the brain. The U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences reports that ethylmercury, in particular, gets metabolized into even more toxic inorganic mercury and remains in the brain for years.

Research from the New York University Langone Comprehensive Epilepsy Center has found that cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive extract of hemp oil, significantly reduces seizure rates in epileptics. Scientists there tested 120 children and young adults with epilepsy and found that the cannabidiol group’s number of seizures per month decreased from 12.4 to 5.9 compared to a statistically insignificant change in the placebo group.



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RED WINE LESS TOXIC THAN WHITE Alcohol has been linked with cancer in about 3.6 percent of cases worldwide, due to the presence of acetaldehyde, which damages DNA and prevents it from repairing itself. A study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention that involved 200,000 people found a distinct connection between white wine in particular and melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer. Sun exposure is a well-known cancer risk, but this and other studies have found that subjects often develop melanoma primarily on the trunks of their bodies, which are usually covered by clothing, and it is almost always curable if the cancer is caught early.

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A Swiss study gave volunteers $25 a week for four weeks, and told half of them to spend the money on themselves and the others to spend it to benefit others. Subsequent brain scans revealed a link between the altruistic acts and feelings of contentment, activating neurons in the ventral striatum associated with happiness. Even the intention alone to be more generous was enough to create these changes, and the amount spent did not influence the increase in levels of well-being. The discovery sheds fresh light on why many people feel gratified when giving, even when it costs them something. 14

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City Greenery Boosts Public Health

Urban trees help reduce obesity and depression, improve productivity, boost educational outcomes and reduce incidences of asthma and heart disease for residents, yet according to The Nature Conservancy, American cities spend less than a third of 1 percent of municipal budgets on tree planting and maintenance. As a result, U.S. cities are losing 4 million trees per year. Each summer, thousands of unnecessary deaths result from heat waves in urban areas. Studies have shown that trees are a cost-effective solution. Too often, the presence or absence of urban nature and its associated benefits is tied to a neighborhood’s income level, resulting in dramatic health inequities. In some American cities, life expectancies in different neighborhoods located just a few miles apart can differ by as much as a decade. Not all of this health disparity is connected to the tree cover, but researchers are increasingly finding that neighborhoods with fewer trees have worse health outcomes, so inequality in access to urban nature can lead to worse health inequities. To read the white paper, visit Tinyurl.com/FundingTreesForHealth.

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Glyphosate Found in Breakfast Foods

Of 24 breakfast food samples tested by the Alliance for Natural Health USA, 10 showed the presence of glyphosate. Executive and Legal Director Gretchen DuBeau states, “We expected that trace amounts would show up in foods containing large amounts of corn and soy. However, we were unprepared for just how invasive this poison has been to our entire food chain.” In the study, the chemical, now revealed to be a probable carcinogen by the World Health Organization, was found in oatmeal, bagels, eggs, potatoes and non-GMO soy coffee creamer. The presence of glyphosate in dairy products may be due to bioaccumulation in the tissue of animals. DuBeau adds, “Glyphosate has been linked to increases in levels of breast, thyroid, kidney, pancreatic, liver and bladder cancers, and is being served for breakfast, lunch and dinner worldwide. The fact that it is showing up in foods like eggs and coffee creamers, which don’t directly contact the herbicide, proves that it’s being passed on by animals that ingest it in their feed. This is contrary to everything that regulators and industry scientists have been telling the public.”

The 2017 Chicken Marketing Summit in North Carolina involved hundreds of leaders from fast-food chains, marketing agencies and poultry production companies discussing the fact that Americans are eating less poultry—and what to do about it. Richard Kottmeyer, a senior managing partner at Fork to Farm Advisory Services, explained that Millennials need to be “inspired and coached” to consume more animal products, according to an article published on WattAgNet.com, an industry website. “Compared to their parents, Millennials are more likely to believe in evolution and accept that climate change is occurring. They seek out facts and science to better understand a complex world, but the poultry industry doesn’t have any fact-based information to defend its cruel, unsanitary practices,” states animal rights advocate Nathan Runkle via EcoWatch.com. The majority of chickens raised for meat have been bred to grow so large so quickly that they collapse under their own unnatural weight. North Carolina has enacted an “ag-gag” bill, making it illegal to photograph or videotape animal abuse.

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Rhode Island center with a new approach to treating stress, Beachwood Center for Wellbeing, specializes in interactive equine therapy to treat a wide range of stress-related conditions from anxiety and depression to cancer and autoimmune disorders. What sets Beachwood apart from other centers across the country is its focus on harnessing the intuitive and energy healing abilities of its horses. Subtle energetic interaction with horses is proving to be an especially effective method for helping individuals with behavioral health issues, including those that have suffered a loss, trauma, abuse, or are experiencing some other stress-related illness. The center was established by its Executive Director, Rev. Lynne Bryan Phipps, MDiv, who has 20 years of experience as an ordained minister and a competitive equestrian. She works closely with Assistant Director, Craig Conover, MS, LMHC, a psychotherapist with certification and15

years of experience as a school and rehabilitation counselor. The therapists at Beachwood are certified by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.), a nonprofit formed in 1969 to promote equine-assisted activities and therapies for individuals with special needs. Equine therapy’s success was first observed with populations that were physically, emotionally or mentally challenged. Traditional equine assisted-activities involve care-related interactions, such as the grooming, feeding, haltering and leading. Beachwood therapists do additional certification on top of PATH certification to be able to facilitate the energy work. This newer form of therapy can benefit anyone suffering from physical, emotional or mental stress, and no prior experience with horses is required. As the outcomes were noteworthy, Patti Risica of Brown University’s department of Public Health took an interest and developed research protocols

to collect data so that we could understand better what was happening. Now, clients take a self-assessment when they start, again half way through their sessions to measure improvement, and then again approximately three weeks after their time with the horses to record the lasting effects. Referrals have been primarily by word of mouth, as well as from physicians, nurse practitioners and behavioral health professionals. The early results of this pioneering energy work have been significant. Phipps explains, “If you’ve had a traumatic experience, therapy with horses may offer powerful results in less time than conventional approaches.” The number of sessions required to achieve results will depend on the individual and the imbalance exhibited.

How is equine energy facilitated? Generally, the client is led by the therapist out into the field to meet and interact with one of the horses. The horse will approach its subject and begin to read the subject’s energy and emotions. The client may touch the horse, while the therapist guides him or her through visualization to connect heart to heart and mind to mind with the horse. After this, the therapist will guide the client in grounding, breathing, relaxing and releasing negative energy, while the horse assists by connecting and carrying away the burden. In this way, the horses help to relieve underlying issues that are placing stress on the body and support the individual in the healing process. Each of Beachwood’s five equine partners has a unique story and a unique personality. They were all bred for dressage, a sport that requires a deep connection between horse and human. The horses are keenly aware of their higher purpose. They are able and willing to serve people that want to move beyond grief and through trauma, and heal from illness. Beachwood is located in South County. To learn more about interactive equine therapy, call Beachwood at 401 788-9110 or email Lynne at Info@BeachwoodRI.com.

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fter 25 years experience in medical practice and research, Dr. Hannah Hershoff decided to leave her lucrative medical doctor career to create healing jewelry. A phone chat with a cousin who took a trip from China totally changed Dr. Hannah’s life. Dr. Hannah learned that the mystical stones from a remote area of Southeast China near her hometown have incredible

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How They Differ from Health Store Supplements by Linda Sechrist

Savvy consumers seeking products that might help them achieve and maintain good health may be noticing two new categories: medical food and nutraceuticals.


edicalized terminology is now being used to describe certain products we may already have been buying from brand-name dietary supplement companies and retailers, and they have a higher price tag. One common example: powdered protein meal-replacement shakes that can cost up to $16 more than a retail store brand, as nutraceutical and medical food purveyors want to differentiate their products as having clinical research and development behind them. This raises the bar on the quality of contents and assures consumers of third-party testing for proof of ingredients. Although both are regulated under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994, there is no legal distinction between dietary

supplements and nutraceuticals, yet each serves different purposes. Dietary supplements, comprising vitamins, minerals and/ or herbs and botanicals, are intended to enhance wellness among healthy adults. Nutraceuticals encompass nutrients, foods or parts of foods used as medicine to provide health benefits beyond nutrition and combat chronic disease. Some of the most popular formulations involve botanicals like ginseng, ginkgo biloba, St. John’s wort and echinacea. “Medical foods, formulated for dietary management of a specific medical condition for which nutritional needs are unmet by a normal diet, are regulated under the Orphan Drug Act of 1983,” explains Bill Shaddle, senior director of medical education at Metagenics, Inc. “Our nutraceuticals

and medical foods are supported by verifiable science that provides solid evidence regarding the therapeutic benefits produced by ingredients in our products.” The word nutraceutical, blending nutrition and pharmaceutics, was coined in 1989 by Stephen L. DeFelice, the founder and chairman of the nonprofit Foundation for Innovation in Medicine, in Mountainside, New Jersey, which promotes clinical research and development of dietary supplements and foods specifically for their health benefits. Reputable companies that manufacture private-label nutraceuticals, such as Metagenics and Xymogen, among others, research and develop products for functional nutrition and quality. While such products are solely distributed through partnerships with healthcare professionals such as medical doctors, nutritionists and pharmacists, some of the evidence-based, professional-grade formulas are available through online physician websites. Metagenics and Xymogen collaborate with institutions such as the Cleveland Clinic, Bastyr University and National College of Natural Medicine in conducting clinical research that demonstrates how their formulas impact healthy aging, cognitive function and overall health.

Federal Regulations Medical foods and nutraceuticals, orally administered dietary products formulated to support the management of conditions such as compromised gut function, age-related muscle loss, metabolic syndrome, Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, are subject to standard food and safety labeling requirements of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. Although they may be used under medical supervision, patients don’t need a prescription. Many healthcare practitioners, including dietitians, currently recommend them under a physician’s direction. Unlike pharmaceuticals, which are accountable to the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, patent-protected and supported by expensive testing documentation, nutraceu-

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ticals are not. However, many manufacturers do choose to undergo costly testing. Like all dietary supplements, the majority of which do not undergo third-party testing, they are regulated by DSHEA, which defines and regulates labeling and claims of benefits related to classic nutrient-deficiency diseases.

Private Quality Control Xymogen is strictly a physician’s line of nutraceuticals, explains Cheryl Burdette, a doctor of naturopathy and director of clinical research and outreach for the company. “In our manufacturing process, to avoid contamination and validate ingredients, every batch is third-party assayed by an independent laboratory, whereas some companies only do this for every fifth or 20th lot. Xymogen’s validation extends to packaging and controlling the level of humidity because it affects how ingredients oxidize,” says Burdette. Gary Kracoff, a registered pharmacist and naturopathic doctor at Johnson Compounding & Wellness, in Waltham, Massachusetts, researches the nutraceuticals that he carries and recommends for his clients. “I like professional-grade nutraceuticals because their formulas are researched and science-based. They are excellent products for specific purposes. Individuals that take the medical foods come to appreciate their disease-modifying therapeutic results. While pricier, they include healthier sources of carbohydrates and fats, as well as natural, rather than synthetic nutrients to provide what the body needs to return to a state of balance,” says Kracoff. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings who blogs at LindaSechrist.com.

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DIAL DOWN STRESS How to Stay Calm and Cool by Lisa Marshall


hether from natural disasters, divisive politics, unmanageable workloads or a smartphone culture that makes it tough to unplug, U.S. adults are feeling more strain now than they have at any other time in the past decade, according to the American Psychological Association’s 2017 Stress in America Survey. One in three say their stress has increased in the past year and one in five rate the level at eight or more on a scale of one to 10. About three in five, or 59 percent, say they believe this is “the lowest point in the nation’s history” and nearly two-thirds say concerns about our nation’s future (including its health care, economy and international relations) are key sources of their stress. “We’re seeing significant stress transcending party lines,” notes Arthur C. Evans Jr., Ph.D., the association’s CEO. All that stress is having a powerful impact on health, with as many as 80 percent of visits to primary care physicians characterized as stress-related, according to the American Medical Association. 22

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Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one. ~Hans Selye Workplace stress accounts for 120,000 deaths a year—more than influenza, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease combined—according to a 2015 Stanford University study. Yet, empowering news has emerged amid this epidemic of anxiety-related illness. Research shows that by eating right, exercising and changing our mindset about stress itself, we can buffer our bodies from many health hazards. “Unfortunately, you can’t always avoid the things that stress you out. But you can control how you respond to stress before it takes over your life,” says Melanie Greenberg, Ph.D., a Mill Valley, California, psychologist and author of the recent book The Stress-Proof Brain: Master Your Emotional Response to Stress Using Mindfulness and Neuroplasticity.


Our Brain on Stress

Whether it’s an urgent email from the boss or a rude motorist driving unsafely, tense situations elicit a physiological response remarkably similar to what might occur if we were chased by a lion. Deep inside an almond-shaped region of the brain called the amygdala, an alarm goes off, signaling the release of hormones like adrenaline and cortisol that boost heart rate, usher extra blood to muscles, hasten breathing and spike blood sugar to provide more fuel for the brain to react. Evolutionarily, this response was key to early human survival, providing the energy boost needed to flee predators. Even today, it has its upside, says Greenberg. “In the short term, stress can be exciting and even beneficial, revving you up so you can put your passion and energy into something.” But chronic excess can lead to high blood pressure and blood sugar, inflammation, cognitive problems and a hair-trigger response to stress, in which our body overreacts even to mild annoyances. It can also, research suggests, accelerate aging by

eroding the protective caps on our chromosomes, called telomeres. “Think of the stress response as an elastic band,” says Dr. Mithu Storoni, a Hong Kong physician and author of the new book Stress Proof: The Scientific Solution to Protect Your Brain and Body — and Be More Resilient Every Day. “If you pull it and it snaps back immediately, that’s fine. But if you pull it too intensely or too frequently, it doesn’t snap back, and there are lots of downstream consequences.”

Stress-Proofing Our Body

Eating right can better protect our bodies, says New York City Registered Dietitian Malina Malkani. She recommends loading up on nutrient-dense, high-fiber foods like leafy greens, beans and lentils, nuts and seeds during stressful times, because they can slow our rate of digestion and minimize unhealthy dips and spikes in blood sugar. Beneficial, bacteria-rich foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut and kimchi are other foundational foods for stressresilience, says Storoni, because they can dampen bodily inflammation that arises from chronic tension. They can also replenish bacterial strains like lactobacillus and bifidobacteria which, according to studies of college students, tend to decrease when we feel pushed beyond our limits to handle what’s coming at us. One 2016 study of 171 volunteers, published in the Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, found that those that ate yogurt containing lactobacillus plantarum daily for two months had fewer markers of stress in their blood. Another study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2007 found that when 132 adults drank a probiotic-infused milk drink daily for three weeks and were then subjected to an anxietyprone situation, their brains reacted more calmly than those of a control group. “Probably the most important thing you can do to make your body stress-resilient is to maintain a healthy ecosystem of bacteria in your gut,” advises Malkani, who recommends exchanging dessert for lowsugar yogurt every day and taking probiotic supplements as well as steering clear of sweetened beverages and refined carbohydrates. The spice turmeric is also a good

Seven Ways to Banish Stress by Lisa Marshall


e can take charge and do even more things to keep stress at bay in the first place, says Christine Carter, Ph.D., a University of California, Berkeley, sociologist and author of The Sweet Spot: How to Accomplish More by Doing Less. “I’m all about prevention,” she says. “There are many ways to set up your life to be less stressful.”


Multitask less, monotask more:

“The brain was not evolved to multitask and it can be stressful when we try to do so,” says Carter, referencing a Stanford University study. “At the end of the day, we end up feeling fried.” She recommends setting up a “fortress against interruption” for an hour or two each day when we feel most alert. Put the phone on mute, don noisecanceling headphones and ask coworkers or family members to not interrupt your focus on an important priority.


Don’t be a chronic media checker: Eighty-six percent of

Americans say they constantly or often check their email, texts or social media accounts, according to the latest Stress in America Survey. Half of U.S. workers say they respond to every email within a half-hour. Carter recommends instead scheduling a block of time at the beginning and end of each day for the task. During weekends and evenings, disable email and social media notifications. Research shows the more often we check, the more stressed we are. One recent study of British office workers found that checking email almost immediately boosts heart rate, blood pressure and cortisol levels, while refraining causes the stress response to subside.


Limit choices: Making decisions can

be stressful, and we are all faced with an increasing number of them every day. To limit a personal decision-making load, get boring. Devise a meal plan that doesn’t vary from week to week (unless it’s a happy creative outlet). Stock the wardrobe with favorite styles of shirts and shoes in different

colors. Select and stick with one brand of natural toothpaste or granola.


Don’t overthink things: Ruminating on past events and relationship problems can be a great source of stress in the present moment. If there’s nothing that can be done about it, stop thinking about it. Literally visualize a stop sign when the thought bubbles up.


Daydream: Idle times, like standing

in line, sitting in traffic or showering can allow our brain to rest and recover from hassles. Embrace such opportunities and don’t clutter them up with technology; leave the phone and radio off.


Meditate: Invest 10 minutes daily to

sit still, focus on breathing, visualize an image or stare at an object and try to keep thoughts from drifting. Brain imaging studies published in the Brain Research Bulletin show that “Through [such] meditation, it’s possible to rewire your brain to create a new, stronger circuit that keeps your emotional reactivity under control,” says Dr. Mithu Storoni, who has published a book on the topic.


Heighten spirituality: Whether it’s regularly attending religious services, yoga meditation sessions or quiet walks in the woods, a spiritual practice can be a powerfully effective means of coping with stress and mitigating its health impacts. Duke University research shows that people regularly engaged in a spiritual practice are more likely to survive heart surgery, recover better from stroke, have shorter hospital stays and become depressed and stressed less often. “Spirituality connects you to the broader world, which in turn enables you to stop trying to control things all by yourself,” explains Dr. Roberta Lee, an integrative physician, in her book The SuperStress Solution. “When you feel part of a greater whole, it’s easy to understand that you aren’t responsible for everything that happens in life.” January 2018



stress-buster due to its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to help normalize blood sugar, Storoni notes. Despite our natural craving for comfort food, it’s a good idea to go easy on saturated fats in the immediate aftermath of a traumatic situation, because stress slows fat metabolism. In one recent study, Ohio State University researchers asked 58 women about their previous day’s stressors, and then fed them the fat-loaded equivalent of a double cheeseburger and fries; the stressedout women burned 104 fewer calories. “If a woman had a stressful day at work every day and ate a meal like this, she could easily gain seven to 11 pounds in a year,” says study author Jan Kiecolt-Glaser, a professor of psychiatry and psychology and director of the university’s Institute for Behavioral Medicine. Exercise, too, can help combat stressrelated illness. But Storoni attests that not all exercise is created equal. One recent study in the Journal of Physiology found that in animals daily moderate exercise (the equivalent of a light jog) can boost levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a critical brain protein diminished by stress and sleep deprivation, significantly more than weight training or intense exercise. On the flip side, excess strenuous exercise (laps around the track or an intense gym workout) can boost inflammation, whither brain cells, and aggravate the physical impacts of stress, says Storoni. “If you want to exercise to relieve the stress you just experienced, keep it at low intensity,” counsels Storoni. If possible, work out in the morning, as it can boost melatonin levels at night, helping you get to sleep faster, she notes.

People with a stress-hardy mindset may temper stress as an “excite-and-delight” challenge in adventurous situations. Others “tendand-befriend”, reaching out to help and comfort in times of tragedy. Studies show that when participants are told, “You’re the kind of person whose performance improves under pressure,” it does—by as much as one-third. ~Harvard Medical School Healthbeat Stress-Proofing Our Mindset

While diet and exercise can buffer our body from the impacts of chronic stress, a shift in mindset can keep it from becoming chronic in the first place, says Greenberg.“The goal

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is not to eliminate stress, but to put it in its place—to use its energizing and motivating aspects to take care of what needs to be done, and then relax,” and stop paying attention to it. This, she says, requires being mindful of what’s happening in the present moment. “When you feel your heart racing at the sight of another urgent demand at home or work, stop what you are doing, take a deep breath and tune into what’s happening in your body,” advises Greenberg. She notes that when the highly reactive amygdala “hijacks the brain”, we often say and do things in the heat of the moment that we later regret. Waiting just a moment (like counting to 10) allows the more rational part of our brain (the prefrontal cortex) to kick in. “It allows you to go from panic to, ‘I’ve got this.’” Greenberg observes that we often feel most stressed when we feel out of control. When faced with a daunting task, it may help to make a list of the things we have control over and a list of the things we can’t control—then make a plan to act on the manageable one and let the others go. “Mindfulness is also about keeping our self-judging and ruminating mind at bay, which may keep repeating, ‘I’m not doing enough,’” she says. “Realize that you do not have to listen to every thought that comes into your head. Ask yourself, ‘What is the most important thing for me to focus on right now?’” Greenberg also says it’s important to aim to broaden and brighten our view in tough times, explaining, “Feeling stress biases your brain to think in terms of avoiding threat and loss, rather than what you can gain or learn from the situation.” Start by jotting down three ways this challenging situation may be beneficial in the long run; also make a list of things and people we are grateful for, she suggests. “Practicing gratitude helps you realize that you have a choice about what to focus your attention on and you don’t have to let stressors take all the joy out of life,” according to Greenberg. As an added bonus, “You’re less likely to take your stress out on loved ones when you think about what they mean to you and how they have helped you,” she says. Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at LisaAnnMarshall.com.

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e have become a society that can find “a pill” for just about anything. Instead of adding another prescription to the mix, get back to some basics to manage life’s stress. Some of the techniques worth taking a look at include meditation, yoga, exercise and most importantly, spending time with loved ones. While these are all modalities that can contribute to a healthy, positive lifestyle, sometimes it is not enough. Research has shown that clinical depression is an endocannabinoid deficiency disease. Everyone’s endocannabinoid levels vary, and sensitivities that factor into how one responds to stress are individualized as well. For example, alcohol impacts our endocannabinoid system. So does lack of exercise, a diet laden with corn syrup and artificial sweeteners, or processed foods. Many people have shown to benefit from cannabidiol or CBD, which is one of the more popular cannabinoids from the cannabis plant. It is popular because it does not cause any of the psychoactive effects that many wish not to experience. Keep in mind if you are currently taking an anti-depressant it is important to seek medical advice if planning to taper off of them. It can be extremely dangerous to stop taking any drug cold turkey. Keeping our bodies in a constant state of homeostasis is a full-time job in itself and is directly correlated to how our bodies respond to illness and disease. Consider exploring all types of suggestions that can make a positive impact in your daily life. Summit Medical Compassion Center is dedicated to educating the community about the benefits of medical marijuana and ridding the stigma that was placed on this plant decades ago. For free specials and workshops, visit SummitRI.org. To learn more about qualifying for a medical marijuana card in the State of Rhode Island or to see the list of qualifying conditions, visit Health.RI.gov/healthcare/medicalmarijuana/for/patients/. See ad on page 29.

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anxiety reduction, but or most people, patients report acupuncsleep is a sacred ture as a surprisingly and treasured painless and relaxing part of life. However, process. Not only does for too many, it can also the treatment itself probe a struggle. Accordvide an opportunity for ing to the Centers for peaceful relaxation, but Disease Control and research has shown that Prevention, whether acupuncture can result intermittently or in a measurable reducchronically, more than tion in stress, as well as one-third of the popuimproved quality and lation reports difficulty quantity of sleep. getting enough regular, The Hamilton high-quality sleep. Dr. Charlotte King Anxiety Rating Scale is The holiday an extensive survey used by psychologists season, while hopefully enjoyable, is often a to evaluate the severity of a patient’s anxitime where many of us take on a great deal of extra responsibility and stress that carries ety symptoms. A study out of Brazil’s ABC Foundation School of Medicine showed over to the New Year. Even for those lucky significant improvement in patient-reportenough to enjoy harmonious family relaed anxiety using the Hamilton Scale after tionships, the increase in financial, travel four weeks of acupuncture treatment. and domestic obligations leave many of us Additionally, a Georgetown University sleepless, stressed and racked with anxiety. study conducted on rats showed signifiBoth prescription and over-the-counter cantly decreased amounts of the stress sleep aids or anti-anxiety medications can hormones ACTH and CRH in rats being have undesired side effects. treated with acupuncture and exposed to Acupuncture, however, is a great stressful environmental factors, than the option for both stress management and insomnia (intermittent or chronic). Needles animals not treated and exposed to the same conditions. The neurological and hormay seem counter-intuitive for stress and

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monal indicators of stress between humans and rats are strikingly similar. Upon the study’s conclusion, its author, Ladan Eshkevari, Ph.D., states, “Our growing body of evidence points to acupuncture’s protective effect against the stress response.” Often related to stress and anxiety, insomnia is another ailment which has proven to respond well to acupuncture treatment. A 2009 Beijing University of Chinese Medicine systematic review of acupuncture studies concluded that acupuncture not only enhances the performance of prescription sleep medications but, on its own, can actually increase the average duration of sleep better than medication, with no adverse side effects. Furthermore, a Canadian study conducted in 2004 found that after five weeks of acupuncture treatment, patients that experienced symptoms of anxiety and insomnia saw a significant increase in nocturnal melatonin production. This resulted in a decrease in the time it took patients to fall asleep, fewer instances of waking and nighttime arousal, increased total sleep time and an overall decrease in anxiety. These results are promising for those that experience occasional stress-related insomnia, as well as those with more long-standing and stubborn conditions. Acupuncture is still working its way into mainstream acceptance within our western medical system, as well as our culture. However, it is clinically proven to regulate the endogenous factors that contribute to many disorders and diseases, without the unwanted side effects that come with most medications. It is also a relaxing and enjoyable way to provide respite from a stressful schedule. Anxiety and insomnia are common and can be detrimental to living a healthy, happy life. Luckily, acupuncture provides a great treatment option in conquering these depleting conditions. Charlotte King, doctor of acupuncture, practices at Holistic Health Rhode Island, Ltd. at 990 Main St., East Greenwich. The center is dedicated to treating the source of the problem to regain one’s health and wellbeing. For more information, call 401-3982933 or visit HolisticHealthRI.com. See ad on page 15.

Natural Stress Relief by Victoria Leyden


veryday stressful situations and chronic stress can contribute to health related illnesses as it lowers the immune system. Overtime we must adapt to relieve stress in healthful ways in order to maintain our happiest and healthiest selves. Changing our routine to regulate sleeping and eating patterns, exercising, limiting screen time, taking vacations, laughing and finally, adding in supplements, can reduce our stress levels and help to deal with the inevitable stresses of life. Think back to childhood days, loving life and free from stress. Besides the lack of responsibility, children’s stress-free existence is in part due to their daily routines. Keeping a regular sleep, wake, and eat regime will help to balance one’s mood and make it easier to deal with the fluctuations of life that amp up our stress levels. Getting enough sleep is imperative for the body to regenerate from all of its hard work, but sometimes we struggle to fall and/or stay asleep. Exercise not only helps people fall asleep faster at night, but

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it reduces stress levels by breaking down catecholamines also known as our stress hormones. Limiting screen time (phones, televisions and computers), especially at night, will also decrease stress levels and increase one’s ability to fall asleep. Finally, eating a well-balanced meal helps the body work less to digest a meal and, therefore, the internal system will feel more at ease and less stressed. If a good daily routine is already in place, yet unwanted stress is building up at work and home, take a few moments to unwind. Focus on breathing, specifically deep breathing, which helps clear and calm the mind in the moment before it becomes too much to bear. Dream of and plan an upcoming vacation, and increase your positive mentality and decrease stress. If regular vacations are not possible, laughter can be just as good. Surrounding ourselves with people who make us laugh, or watching a comedy will boost our mindset and melt stress away. Natural supplements can also be an

easy way to keep our stress under control. Ashwagandha is an herb known for its calming effects on the central nervous system. This herb can be found in capsules or powdered form. Capsules can be taken daily, whereas powder can be sprinkled in a smoothie or calming tea such as chamomile and peppermint. Another supplement for stress relief is magnesium, a commonly depleted mineral in the body. Taken in capsule form and used in oil, it is known for stabilizing the nervous system, creating a calming effect. Magnesium oil can be rubbed into tense or sore areas of the body or used for a foot rub before bed to help feel refreshed in the morning. In capsule form the most absorbable type of magnesium is magnesium glycinate. Supplement with magnesium slowly, as too much magnesium can have a laxative effect and create loose stools. Flower essences like lavender and eucalyptus essential oil can be added to lotions, soaps and an essential oil diffuser to help relax the mind and body. Rescue remedy is a well-known flower essence that is sold in stores and can be used on pets as well as humans for a quick and easy dose of calm. Ring in the New Year by making a resolution to combat stress naturally. Managing stress levels could be as easy as making adjustments to your everyday, your seasonal routine, or adding in some new supplements. Victoria Leyden is studying to become a naturopathic doctor in Rhode Island. She enjoys helping people live healthier and happier lives.


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he New York University Langone Medical Center recently reported that 74 percent of Americans experience some form of digestive distress, a quarter are obese and more than 100 million U.S. adults are pre-diabetic and don’t know it. While many blame such problems on eating wheat, some food scientists disagree, including those citing two major studies by Harvard researchers; following more than 100,000 people for 25 years, they concluded that those eating the most wheat compared to low-gluten folks had a 13 percent lower diabetes risk and no greater risk of heart disease. While the standard American diet, which includes highly processed wheat, is likely responsible for many of these health concerns, plenty of science links a diet rich in whole grains, including whole wheat, to weight loss, better digestion and lower blood sugar. The Mediterranean Diet, replete with whole grains and wheat, is still revered as one of the healthiest-known diets. Centenarians that live in the famed “blue zones”, recognized for their longevityenhancing environment and lifestyles, eat a non-processed, whole-food diet rich in whole grains and wheat.


Many Americans that are gluten-sensitive today digested wheat fine when they were young. At some point, our ability to digest foods that are a bit harder to digest, like wheat and dairy, became compromised. It’s possible to reboot.

Delete Processed Foods

The first step toward reestablishing digestive strength is avoiding all processed foods. A study in the journal Diabetes Care linked a processed food diet to a 141 percent increase in belly fat, high blood sugar and high cholesterol. It further showed that a diet of whole grains, including wheat, reduced the risk of these health concerns by 38 percent. Monitor these ingredients to achieve a healthier diet. n Avoid all added sugars or artificial sweeteners. Allow nothing more than six grams of naturally occurring sugar per serving. n Avoid fried foods and baked goods made with refined cooking oils used to preserve them like bread, muffins, cookies, energy bars, most packaged foods and chips. n Eat bread that’s only made of organic whole wheat, salt water and starter.

Restore Liver and Gallbladder Function

Highly processed vegetable oils are used as preservatives in most packaged foods, including bread. Processing these oils renders them indigestible. Linked to congestion of the liver and gallbladder, they disable liver bile so it can’t break down either good or bad fats, also making it insufficient to buffer stomach acids. Without adequate bile production to neutralize stomach acid, the stomach won’t produce the needed acid to digest proteins like gluten and the casein in dairy. This malady has effected a huge spike in gallbladder surgeries and epidemic levels of obesity, high blood sugar and food intolerances. To boost bile flow, enjoy these foods daily: n Eat one red beet and one apple a day— either raw, cooked, juiced or blended. Add celery and make a bile-flow smoothie. n Consume one teaspoon of both coconut oil and high-quality olive oil per day. n Eat more artichokes, bitter roots and leafy greens. n Drink fennel and fenugreek tea with meals.

Strengthen Stomach Fire

Instead of taking digestive enzymes or a hydrochloric acid-based stomach acid pill, stimulate the stomach to make its own acid and the small intestine and pancreas to produce digestive enzymes. This is best done regularly with the following five spices:

n Use ginger, cumin, coriander, cardamom and fennel. Studies published in journals such as Molecular Nutrition & Food Research and the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry suggest that when these five spices are used together —as a supplement, in cooking or to flavor food—they act as a total upper digestive reset. These five-star spices: 4 Stimulate digestion 4 Increase bile flow, pancreatic and small intestine enzyme activity, and fat and sugar metabolism 4 Decrease H. pylori, an opportunistic acid-producing microbe, from adhering to the stomach 4 Decrease gas and bloating 4 Support optimal weight, microbiology health, growth of good gut bacteria and elimination 4 Act as powerful free-radical scavengers Following these simple steps of nutrition will set gluten sufferers on the right path to retraining the body to digest and enjoy wheat again. John Douillard, a Boulder, CO, doctor of chiropractic and creator of the wellness website LifeSpa.com, is the former director of player development and nutrition advisor to the New Jersey Nets NBA team. He is author of the book Eat Wheat: A Scientific and Clinically-Proven Approach to Safely Bringing Wheat and Dairy Back into Your Diet. Learn more at EatWheatBook.com.


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Small changes in daily eating routines translate into healthier weight for America’s kids.


n 2010, President Obama and Michelle Obama launched Let’s Move! as their signature initiative to tackle epidemic levels of U.S. childhood obesity. While modest progress has been made, it remains a public health crisis. A brief by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the obesity rate remained fairly stable at nearly 17 percent

between 2011 and 2014 for children 2 to 19 years old. Caused mainly by inadequate physical activity, unhealthy diets and rare genetic factors, obesity increases the risk of significant health problems, including high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes, plus joint and breathing issues. “We must launch our own family

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anti-obesity campaigns,” urges pediatrician Ricardo Riesco, co-owner of Peds Care, in Dalton, Georgia. “Along with increasing activity levels, we can encourage healthier eating habits at home and lead by example.”

Portions Matter In today’s “supersize-me” climate, teaching youngsters about appropriate portion sizes is imperative in fostering healthy eating habits. “It’s often hard for parents to find time to cook a meal at home,” Riesco acknowledges. “Too often, parents will pick up fast food for dinner, which is typically higher in calories and fat, plus the portion sizes are far too large.” When parents can’t prepare a meal from scratch, a frozen, boxed meal can be a better alternative than fast food. “The portions are more appropriate, so there’s more control of how much a child eats.” Tasty frozen organic meals are now available at many grocers.

Rethinking Family Plates “A large part of the obesity problem stems from children consuming sodas and refined, processed, junk and fried foods,” says Daemon “Dr. Dae” Jones, a Washington, D.C., naturopathic physician and author of Eat More Plants. “They are low in nutrients, and high in sugars and calories that pack on the pounds.” Jones says the best way to combat obesity and form healthy eating habits is to replace processed foods with a whole foods diet plentiful in colorful fruits and vegetables, with sides of whole grains, nuts and seeds, and beans and legumes. “These foods

are high in vitamins, nutrients, fiber, proteins and healthy fats. Lean meats, chicken and fish are good choices for protein, as well.”

Breakfast and Snacks

Breakfast provides fuel for the body and helps young minds concentrate and learn, so experts warn against skipping or skimping on it. “I tell parents to, ‘Get out of the box,’” says Doctor of Naturopathy JoAnn Yanez, executive director of the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges. “Offer them a balance of fats, proteins and complex carbohydrates.” She suggests making a batch of pancakes using an extra egg or almond meal for protein, served with fresh fruit and nitrate-free sausage. “I also recommend steel cut oats,” she says. “I make them in advance, and in the morning add in all sorts of good stuff such as fresh fruit, almond meal and almond milk.” “Although almost everything can be enjoyed in moderation, decreasing or eliminating high-calorie, high-fat, lownutrient treats can also help children develop healthy eating habits for life and prevent obesity,” says Registered Dietitian Wendy Palmer, manager of child wellness and a certified health education specialist at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. “A

medium-sized apple or banana, or a cup of baby carrots with hummus, is a nutrientrich snack for kids. Avoid snacks that have no nutritional value or are coated in sugar.” For more good ideas, see Tinyurl.com/ HealthySnackingOptions.

No Sugary Drinks “There’s a strong correlation between sugary drinks and overweight, obese children,” observes Palmer. “I recommend that parents remove all sugary sodas, sports drinks and juice boxes from their children’s diets. Water and unsweetened seltzer water are great alternatives.” Palmer notes that many eating patterns are set before a child turns 3, so limiting all sugary drinks, including juices, is an important component of teaching young children healthier eating habits that will last a lifetime. Studies suggest a strong link between obese children and obese adults, so for parents concerned that their child’s cute baby fat has turned into something more, the time to act is now. Amber Lanier Nagle is a freelance writer in Northwest Georgia (AmberNagle.com).

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e have become a nation of couch potatoes. The average American takes only 5,900 steps a day, somewhat better than the sedentary Brits that average less than 4,000. The notion that overall we need to take 10,000 steps a day to be physically fit started with manpo-kei, a 1960s Japanese marketing tool to sell pedometers. While the 10,000 steps concept lacks specific supporting science, it’s widely acknowledged that we are healthier the more that we move. Affixing a target number to it helped spread the notion of the benefits of walking, says Catrine Tudor-Locke, Ph.D., a walking behavior researcher at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Tudor-Locke is a proponent of the walking goal, although she readily admits the real objective is to get people moving more. “Any opportunity to walk more, more frequently and farther, wherever that is—it all adds up,” she says.

Making 10,000 Steps Possible For those already physically fit and physically active, 10,000 steps is a no-brainer. However, it’s never too late to start for those with exercise programs that have been supplanted by a too-busy-toworkout lifestyle. There’s probably no easier exercise than walking, says Dr. Melina Jampolis, the Los Angeles author of The Doctor on Demand Diet. “Walking is the number one exercise I recommend to most of my patients, because it is exceptionally easy to do, requires only a supportive pair of quality sneakers and 32

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has tremendous mental and physical benefits that increase just by getting outside in the fresh air.” The biggest bang for the increased effort is the first 3,000 to 4,000 steps between the sedentary baseline and 10,000 steps, Tudor-Locke explains. “Still, 10,000 steps is the magic number for the average American,” says Dr. Michael Roizen, chief wellness officer at the Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. “That specific number of steps seems to help break down insulin resistance, an underlying cause of Type 2 diabetes. We’re not exactly sure how this happens, but we know that this amount of exercise takes the glucose from the blood where it is a hazard to the cells, so that it becomes less hazardous.”

Exponential Health Benefits Many more well-documented health benefits of a walking program include: 4 increased heart health 4 lower blood pressure 4 stronger muscles 4 improved balance 4 weight control 4 natural stress relief Several studies from places like Harvard Medical School’s affiliate Brigham and Women’s Hospital also show that a brisk walking program nearly cut in half the risk of early death in breast cancer patients. Most exercise experts note that a walking pace that leaves the walker only slightly out of breath reaps the greatest rewards. “One hundred steps a minute is a good cadence,” advises Tudor-Locke. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends at least 150 minutes of exercise weekly, or 30 minutes five days a week, for virtually everyone. Many experts don’t believe it’s necessary to move for 30 minutes straight. Ten-minute increments work fine; so a quick morning walk around the block, another outing during the lunch hour and a refreshing walk with the dog after work can do the trick. Some evidence from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion suggests that varying walking speed is even more effective in overcoming insulin resistance and burning calories.

Counting Up Roizen recommends wearing a pedometer or using a free iPhone app (no need for a fitness band), mainly to keep up awareness of our daily step count. There’s no age when we don’t need to walk anymore. If a consistent 10,000 steps does wonders for health, some ask if more would be better. “Ten thousand is the answer for health and longevity, but 12,000 or more makes a difference for fitness and calorie burning, so go for it!” Roizen says. Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous books on natural health, including Our Toxic World: A Survivor’s Guide. Connect at KathleenBarnes.com.

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per day, many students get fewer than 15 minutes due to academic schedules. After-school clubs formed to serve elementary schools provide a perfect opportunity for teenagers, particularly those not committed to a team sport, to get involved in a fun and productive activity, where they can gain leadership experience and engage in a public service that helps build a stronger portfolio/resume. Adult leaders mentor the teens in leading activities with small teams of younger students and help all the students develop soft skills that are vital to success in life.

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alking is an easy physical activity that allows people to engage in uninterrupted exercise and uninterrupted conversation at the same time. Walking clubs can help retired seniors, working professionals and aspiring youth build community within their own age group. Inter-generational walking clubs, however, have tremendous potential to positively transform an entire local community. After considering the physical, social and emotional needs that arise in each phase of life, and considering the larger picture, one can imagine how the needs of a particular age group might help satisfy the needs of the other groups. Retirees, widows and widowers often become isolated, sedentary and depressed, which can cause health challenges. When seniors can identify a new purpose for their lives that fits with their interests, this has a positive impact on their mental health and consequently upon their physical and spiritual health. Walking clubs organized within a senior community can provide the elderly with the motivation to exercise, socialize, make new friends, share past experiences and explore options for new hobbies

or interests. Retirees are fortunate to find themselves with a flexible daytime schedule—morning, noon, and afternoon—where they can get out and enjoy life with others. Working professionals, that spend a lot of time sitting in an office or in a car, tend to develop a sedentary lifestyle. A 15- to 30-minute walk with colleagues after lunch will help all co-workers to reduce weight, manage blood sugar levels and re-energize for afternoon tasks. Beyond the sedentary nature of certain jobs, many professionals may be stressed with a heavy load of multiple responsibilities. Effective management of a walking program, one that integrates interdepartmental communication, can help workers identify ways to ease loads and collaborate to resolve many other organizational challenges. Aspiring youth benefit from school community walking clubs that are facilitated by adult leaders trained in youth development and learning enrichment. Health is an important aspect of youth development. While it is generally recommended that students get 60 minutes of physical activity

Inter-generational walking clubs are about bringing high school students together with both retired seniors and working professionals to share stories and wisdom that may help youth explore a variety of career options. A college and a chamber of commerce might partner to create a walking club that connects college students with working professionals, that are often seeking interns or volunteers to mentor in exchange for assistance with day-to-day operations or special projects. A senior living community might partner with a middle school to create a walking club that gives retirees an opportunity to help students develop listening and conversation skills while exploring interesting topics. The Empowerment Factory is a community learning space in Pawtucket that is seeking to create greater well-being and build community by organizing walking programs for seniors, professionals and students. On Saturday, January 13 from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. following the Wintertime Farmers Market at Hope Artist Village, the Empowerment Factory will be hosting an indoor community walk to bring people together to launch this new initiative. For more details on Empowerment Factory walking program, visit EmpowermentFactory.org.

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rocery bags, bottles, cups and straws comprise much of the 9.1 billion tons of plastic manufactured worldwide in the past 65 years. Once discarded, 79 percent resides in landfills and litters the environment, with more created daily. Annually, the equivalent of five grocery bags of trash for every foot of coastline worldwide enters the oceans, killing 100,000 marine animals. A 2016 World Economic Forum report says that by 2050, the world’s seas could contain more plastic than fish. At the 2017 Our Ocean Conference, the Ocean Conservancy and its partners announced a $150 million preventive plan. “This is a major breakthrough for trash-free seas,” says Susan Ruffo, the conservancy’s managing director of international initiatives. “Our research found improved waste management in Southeast Asian countries [Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and China] can halve plastic going in the ocean by 2025.” When the United Nations launched

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Lacking space, technology and equipment to transform waste into reusable materials, U.S. municipalities typically ship it to a sorter for processing elsewhere; often to China, where new regulations restrict what’s accepted, leaving trash haulers scrambling. Although recyclable, these are the worst plastics: #3, Polyvinyl chloride, used in plastic wrap, toys, squeeze bottles and packaging for peanut butter, contains lead and phthalate esters (chemical compounds) that affect development of testosterone, according to a study by the National Institute of Child

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Health and Human Development. #6, Polystyrene, in Styrofoam, plastic utensils and disposable or carryout containers, is toxic to our brain and nervous system; ask what restaurants use. #7, Polycarbonate, found in the lining of canned foods, sports drinks, juice drinks, ketchup bottles and clear sippy cups, contains bisphenol A (BPA), a proven endocrine disruptor.

Small Changes Make a Difference Recycling weakens plastic grocery bags, necessitating double-bagging to avoid spills. Average families annually accumulate about 1,500 plastic bags, with 99 percent ending in landfills, as litter or stuffed in the pantry, according to the Center for Biological Diversity. Worldwide, many countries ban or tax bags. “Annually, 50 billion water bottles are sold globally, including 30 billion in the U.S. That’s 1,500 individual water bottles thrown away per second,” says Deanna Latson, co-founder of ARIIX, which makes water purification systems, in Bountiful, Utah. “One filter can purify the equivalent of thousands of them a year.” The U.S. annual bottle recycling rate is 23 percent. Beth Terry, of Oakland, California, author of Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too, offers 100 tips at MyPlasticFreeLife.com, including this planet-saving advice: 4 Opt for bar soap instead of liquid, soap nuts in lieu of plastic-packaged powders, and baking soda and lemon or vinegar rather than sprays to clean. 4 Ask the butcher to wrap meat in paper, forgoing trays and plastic wrap. 4 Buy fruit and vegetables at farmers’ markets; return containers for reuse. 4 Turn out-of-fashion garments into cleaning rags; skip plastic scrubbers. 4 Carry reusable water bottles and cloth shopping bags.

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4 Avoid over-packaged frozen foods. 4 Use glass jars for leftovers and storage. 4 Buy kitty litter packaged in paper. 4 Choose stainless steel pet food and water bowls. As a substitute, glass is endlessly recyclable, but facilities are few. Find resource centers at gpi.org/glass-resource-locator. “Plastic innovations stop at invention and don’t follow through to end-oflife solutions,” says Tom Szaky, CEO and founder of TerraCycle, in Trenton, New Jersey. It accepts both basic and difficultto-recycle waste including pens, laboratory waste, cigarette butts, art supplies, small auto parts, bathroom cleaning waste, toys, candy wrappers and coffee pods (TerraCycle.com).

Contact Influencers

Tell companies when products have excessive or harmful packaging. In Delray Beach, Florida, Saltwater Brewery created biodegradable, safely edible wheat and barley six-pack rings to replace traditional plastic rings that are hazardous to wildlife. Restaurants routinely provide fresh plastic straws with refills. BYOS (bring your own straw), whether plastic, stainless steel or paper, and let management know why. Americans daily discard 500 million plastic straws (StrawlessOcean.org/alternatives). “Consumers are willing to change if options are available,” observes Szaky. “Manufacturers need to offer high-quality, reusable products designed for reuse equal or superior in value to single-use, disposable items.” Connect with the freelance writer via AveryMack@mindspring.com.



by David Jones

lthough they are a nuisance, bed bugs do not transmit diseases. The real concern is the long-term effects of the chemicals used to kill them. We are being told that we need toxic pesticides, but we are not being told the risks to our children, other family members and our pets by using these toxic chemicals. Bedbugs may enter our home undetected through luggage, clothing, used beds and couches, and other items. Their flattened bodies make it possible for them to fit into tiny spaces, about the width of a credit card. Bedbugs do not have nests like ants or bees, but tend to live in groups in hiding places. Their initial hiding places are typically in mattresses, box springs, bed frames and headboards where they have easy access to people to bite in the night. Waking up with itchy areas that didn’t exist the night before could be the first sign of bedbugs, particularly if a used bed or other used furniture was brought into the home around the time the bites started. Other signs include blood stains or

dark or rusty spots of bedbug excrement on sheets, pillowcases and mattresses. An offensive, musty odor from the bugs’ scent glands can sometimes be detected. Many safe, natural, plant oil pesticides are available to kill bed bugs more effectively than the toxic chemicals that the mainline pest control companies want to use. It is strongly advised that everyone make their pest control companies tell them the risks of using chemicals in their homes. Ask for the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). If they can’t show it, show them the door. If a bed bug problem is suspected, don’t expose your family to unnecessary risks. There are safe, effective alternatives. David Jones works at Bio Tech Pest Controls, located at 18 Granite St., Westerly. For more information or questions, call 401-315-2400, email David@BioTechPestControls.com or visit BioTechPestControls. com. See ad on this page.

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Monthly Psychic Development Circle – 6:308:30pm. Learn how to develop and expand your own intuition and psychic skills. We will also practice Sitting in Your Power meditation to help us remain centered and balanced. With Debbie McBride. $30. Northern Lights Holistic, 204 Clock Tower Sq, Portsmouth. 774-266-6199. Debsocean@comcast.net.



New Year’s Intention + Yoga Nidra – 2-4pm. In the practice of yoga, we use an intention (naming what we are moving toward) rather than a resolution. Join us for this interactive workshop to create your intention. $35; $25/members & staff. Santosha Yoga & Holistic Health Center, 275 Reservoir Ave, Providence. 401-780-9809. YogaAtSantosha.com.

Special New Year IET Energy Share – 2-4pm. Start 2018 right by creating a vision board, calling in support from soul buddies, adding goals in blessing bowl and receiving reattunements. Success in on its way. Free. Creatigo, Agawam Mills, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick. 401-793-0097. Creatigo.org.


Monday Morning Soul Meditation – 9-10am. Meditation is a practice of concentrated focus upon a sound, object, visualization, the breath, movement or attention. Being in the moment. With Debbie McBride. $10. Northern Lights Holistic, 204 Clock Tower Sq, Portsmouth. 774-266-6199. Debsocean@comcast.net.

Yoga Buff – 9-10am. Slow Flow Vinyasa class with hand and ankle weights for toning. All the bliss of yoga plus some buff. $10. The Sacred Center, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 324 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. 860-965-9995. Sacred-Center.org. Booty Barre – 6-7pm. An energetic, fun workout that fuses dance, Pilates and yoga, and will tone, define and sculpt the entire body. A great combo of exercises. Aull Pilates & Movement Studio, 1077 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown. For info: 401-619-4977. AullPilates.com. Law of Attraction with Vision Board – 6:30-9pm. Create a vision board while learning about the Law of Attraction. This is a fun class yet information on how to make Law of Attraction work for you. Perfect for the New Year. $40 includes materials. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. RSVP: 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 4 Make Clean Living & Eating a Reality – 6:307:30pm. With Tina Kanter. Her goal is to have fun, help people create a good relationship to food and navigate options. Free. Mansfield Public Library, 255 Hope St, Mansfield, MA. 508-261-7380. MansfieldLibraryMA.com. Angel Meet with Dottie – 6:30-8pm. We share messages from the angel cards followed with a meditation. It is a wonderful group of positive loving people and you leave feeling a better outlook. $10. Positive New Beginnings Holistic and Wellness, 222 Warren Ave, East Providence. 401-432-7195. DotsAngels@yahoo.com.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 6 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. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. For an appt, Ernie: 401-641-3516. SpiritualistChurchRI.com. Transformational Full-Day Workshop – 10am6pm. Come tap into your power to release all of your subconscious blocks and start living a truly fulfilling life. $175. Paradigm Shift, LLC, 1395 Atwood Ave, Sue 201, Johnston. 401-383-7633. For full details & to register: ParadigmShiftRI.com.


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Proprioceptive Writing® – 6-8pm. Gain confidence, clarity and insight in this 6-wk mindfulness practice. Or join us Wednesday, 1-3pm. Learn through your practice of this simple method as well as Kim’s coaching. $150/6 wks. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. InnerlightYoga.com. Salsa Dance Class – 6:30-7:30pm. Free salsa dance lesson presented by Lois Meinhardt. No experience necessary. Enjoy yourself and lighten up your Monday mood with an evening of dancing. Free. Mansfield Public Library, 255 Hope St, Mansfield, MA. Register: 508-261-7380. MansfieldLibraryMA.com. Mindful Meditation with Elisa – 6:30-8pm. Relax to a mindful meditation whether you are a veteran or new to meditation. Meditation adds years to your body as well as relaxes your mind for a better week. $10. Positive New Beginnings Holistic and Wellness, 222 Warren Ave, East Providence. 401-432-7195. DotsAngels@yahoo.com. Muay Thai Kickboxing – 7-8pm. Kickboxing class appropriate for all levels of fitness/experience. Visit website for complete schedule of classes. Special 1 free month karate for new students. $6. USA Karate, 55 Douglas Pike, Ste 205, Smithfield. 401-349-5883. SullivansUSAKarate.com.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 9 Yoga Buff – 9-10am. A creative flow class that incorporates hand and ankle weights for toning. All the bliss of yoga plus some buff. This is an intermediate level class. $10. The Sacred Center, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 324 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. 860-965-9995. Sacred-Center.org. Awakening Through Drum Healing – 6:308:30pm. Have you had a situation where you haven’t felt the same since? You may have experienced power and/or soul loss. Shamanic drum healing returns parts to self, removes energetic blocks and restores harmony. $35/person; group format. 1300 Park Ave, Ste 2R, Woonsocket. To register: 401-736-6500 or Paul@Energy-N-Elements.com. Intuitive-Therapy.com.


THURSDAY, JANUARY 11 Shamanic Journey Circle – 1-2:30pm. Journey to a live drum, share insights and lively discussion as we connect with helping spirits to heal, grow and learn. With Katharine Rossi. $10. Beloved: A Yoga Practice, 235 High St, 2nd Fl, Reynolds Bldg, Bristol. 401-787-8877. BelovedAYogaPractice@ gmail.com. Mediumship Development Class – 6:30-8:30pm. We welcome those who have a desire to learn and experience their own gifts of mediumship. My goal is to help and guide you in practice to strengthen your own talents. With Debbie McBride. $30. Northern Lights Holistic, 204 Clock Tower Square, Portsmouth. 774-266-6199. Debsocean@ comcast.net.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 12 Awakening Through Drum Healing – 6:308:30pm. Have you had a situation where you haven’t felt the same since? You may have experienced power and/or soul loss. Shamanic drum healing returns parts to self, removes energetic blocks and restores harmony. $35/person; group format. 222 Warren Ave, East Providence. To register: 401-432-7195 or DotsAngels@yahoo.com.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 13 Yin Yoga Retreat with Drum Healing – 10am12pm. Experience the power of the drum as it releases blocks and aids energy flow in yin yoga postures, activating meridians and relaxing the bodies connective tissue. With Nicole Downing and Katharine Rossi. $30. Beloved: A Yoga Practice, 235 High St, 2nd Fl, Reynolds Bldg, Bristol. 401-787-8877. BelovedYogaRI.com. Reiki I Certification Course – 10am-4pm. Learn the history of reiki, ethics, hand positions, aura, chakras. Receive a manual, 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. LiveItLoveItWellness.com. What is Kriya Yoga Workshop – 10:30am12:30pm. Join us in exploring the Path of Kriya Yoga as taught by Paramhansa Yogananda. What is this ancient technique? How does one learn it? What are the benefits? Is it for me? Donation. Ananda Meditation & Yoga Center, 714 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown. 401-524-4766. AnandaRhodeIsland.org. Reiki Level 1 Training – 11am-5pm. Join Master Teacher Jo-Ann Lemay for training in Usui Reiki. Includes attunement, level 1 symbol, introduction to your reiki spiritual guide, lunch and more. $150. Santosha Yoga & Holistic Health Center, 275 Reservoir Ave, Providence. 401-780-9809. YogaAtSantosha.com.

Year Ahead Readings with Nelia – 2-6pm. Nelia will be doing year ahead readings which will aid in planning what is coming. The read lasts about an hour and much information is given. $70. Positive New Beginnings Holistic and Wellness, 1086 Smith St, Providence. 401-432-7195. DotsAngels@yahoo.com. Mediumship and Psychic Readings – 6-8pm. I will be offering telephone intuitive psychic readings and/ or mediumship readings or a combination of both. $60/30 mins, $100/hr. Northern Lights Holistic, 204 Clock Tower Sq, Portsmouth. 401-500-1908. NorthernLights.one. 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. SpiritualistChurchRI.com.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 14 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course Begins – 12:30-3:30pm. 8-wk MBSR course as developed by The Center for Mindfulness at UMass Medical Center. Sliding scale available. The Island Heron, 34 Narragansett Ave, Jamestown. 401-560-0411. More info: IslandHeron.com. Create Abundance: Vision Boards – 6-8pm. Come and talk about creating abundance through affirmations and then create your own vision board to take home with you. Vision boards are known to create abundance. $50. Northern Lights Holistic, 204 Clock Tower Sq, Portsmouth. 401-293-5655. NorthernLights.one.

MONDAY, JANUARY 15 Eyelash Extension Training Class - 11am-7pm. What is holding you back from earning top dollar as a Eyelash Artist? Lash Artistry is the #1 area in the Beauty Industry. Learn from professional Eyelash experts. With a professional eyelash extension kit and certification upon completion of 2 clients. Please call. Diane’s Permanent Makeup & Eyelashes, 101 West Natick Rd, Accross from Warwick Mall, Warwick. 401-855-4333. DianesMakeup.com. Writer’s Group with Christine – 6-8pm. Join your fellow writers who want to enhance their writers skills in a relaxed and friendly place. Held every other week. $5. Positive New Beginnings Holistic and Wellness, 222 Warren Ave, Providence. 401-432-7195. DotsAngels@yahoo.com.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 16 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. FireseedCenter.com.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17 Gentle Yoga – 6-7pm. Come experience slow-paced, gentle movement blended with meditation and inspired readings. This class will help you release physical tension and mental stress. $10. The Sacred Center, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 324 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. 860-965-9995. Sacred-Center.org.

markyourcalendar Empowerment Jewelry Making Workshop – 6-8pm. Artist Gail Ahlers will show participants how to stamp letters and other simple shapes into metal in order to design a unique pair of earrings and a matching pendant. Wonderful gift for celebrating a friendship, a birthday, an anniversary or Valentine’s Day. $20. The Empowerment Factory, 999 Main St, Ste 707, Pawtucket. RSVP: 401-365-1010. TheEmpowermentFactory.org. Self-Acupressure – 6-8pm. Acupressure is a method of sending a signal to the body through fingertip pressure. This is a beginner class for those interested in self healing. $30. Northern Lights Holistic, 204B Clock Tower Sq, Portsmouth. 401-293-5655. Healinglightlp@gmail.com. Deepen Your Relationship with Guides – 6:308:30pm. Come on a targeted journey to your spirit guides, to get support and deepen your relationship. Feel them and request their assistance and guidance any time. $15. Creatigo, Agawam Mills, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick. 401-793-0097. Creatigo.org.


markyourcalendar Overcome Adversity and Create a Life You Love – 6:30-7:30pm. Join Certified DreamBuilder Coach and author Susan DeLorenzo as she talks about overcoming adversity to live a life you love. The Empowerment Factory, 999 Main St, Ste 707, Pawtucket. 508-736-8844. Group Past Life Regression Night – 6:30-8:30pm. Heal the present through the past. Explore your past lives during a Group Guided Past Life Regression Meditation led by Gladys Ellen. $40. Faerie Haven, 2362 W Shore Rd, Unit A, Warwick. 401-954-4655. Register: GladysEllen.com. RIHHA is Back: 1st Meeting of 2018 – 6:308:30pm. New location: Come see FloatRI.com. Learn how to grow your practice with presenters Patricia Raskin and Susan Lataille. Doors open at 6:30pm; meeting begins at 7pm. Free. Float RI, 2258 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-921-5100. rihha.org.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 19 Drumming Circle with Doug – 7-9pm. Come experience a Shamanic Healing Drum Circle. Doug will guide you in a peaceful meditative drum session which promotes overall healing. Drums are available for your use. $10. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 20 The Four Agreements Book Study – 10am-12pm. Jan 20, Feb 3, 17, Mar 3 and 31; 5 sessions. Presented by Concordia Center for Spiritual Living. $100/5 wks. Concordia CSL, North Smithfield. To register: 401-323-7664 or 401-486-3215. 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 includes material. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com.

Candlelight Restorative – 5:30-7:30pm. Connect with the light during these dark days of winter. Release tension and unwind both mind and body with gentle movement, guided meditation and connection. Grow warmth inside. $25. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. InnerlightYoga.com.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 21 Making 2018 Your Best Year – 9am-12pm. With Maria. Every New Year you promise yourself it will be different. Don’t live yet another year with the best intentions that you never get to live out. This is your year. $39. Blue Dragonfly Wellness 2, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. RSVP: 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Basic Integrated Energy Therapy (IET) – 9:30am-4pm. The next generation, hands-on power energy therapy system. IET supports you safely and gently releasing limiting energy patterns working with the healing angels. $175. Creatigo, Agawam Mills, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick. 401-793-0097. Creatigo.org. Community Reiki – 1-3pm. Give reiki a try. Stop in for a 10-15-min session. Call ahead to set up a time. Reiki is a wonderful energy technique to reduce stress, relaxation and more. By donation. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Vision Board with Zandra – 1-3pm. Create a vision board for the coming year. Great follow-up after Maria’s talk about Making 2018 Your Best Year Yet. $10. Blue Dragonfly Wellness 2, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. RSVP: 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Beyond Limits Class – 3-6pm. Class offers teens age 14-19 an exploration of an expanded and empowered life. Every Sunday for 10 wks. $120. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-486-3215. ConcordiaCSL.com. Cord Cutting with Archangel Michael – 6-8pm. Come and experience a guided meditation during which we will call in Archangel Michael to help cut the cords between you and any negative energy. A healing experience. $40. Northern Lights Holistic, 204 Clock Tower Sq, Portsmouth. 401-293-5655. NorthernLights.one.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24 Journey to a Future Lifetime – 6:30-8:30pm. Journey to a future lifetime where you are living your soul’s ultimate perfect expression. Creates a paradigm shift to live our life’s full potential now. $25. Creatigo, Agawam Mills, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick. 401-793-0097. Creatigo.org. Sitting in The Power Meditation – 6:30-8:30pm. Sitting in the Power meditation is a way of opening your awareness to the energy of who you are. We touch the power that is within us; the ability to see, hear and feel. With Debbie McBride. $25. Northern Lights Holistic, 204 Clock Tower Sq, Portsmouth. 774-266-6199. Debsocean@comcast.net. Young at Heart – 6:30-8:30pm. A class for kids and adults to expand their sensitivity and mediumistic abilities, creating deeper connections to one’s higher self and Spirit. $20. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. SpiritualistChurchRI.com.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 25 Spirit Inspired Entrepreneur Intro – 6:308:30pm. Learn how co-creating with the spirit of an idea brings you into deeper connection as you partner with spirit to develop/grow your project thru the manifestation process. With Katharine Rossi. $30. Fireseed: Center for Transformation, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567. FireseedCenter.com.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 26 Intro to ChakraDance with Zandra – 7-8:30pm. Chakradance is a dance practice for body and soul. The full course will run for 8 wks starting the Feb 9. $25. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, North Kingstown. RSVP: 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Fourth Friday Healing Gong Bath – 7:30-9pm. Gongs of Joy, with Shawn Aceto, will help energize and balance each of your 7 energy centers through the deep vibration and resonance of the gongs, bowls and drums. $20/advance, $25/at door. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave, Pawtucket. 401-722-9876. Joy@GongsOfJoy.com.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 27 Creative Class: Kindness Rocks – 10am-12pm. Painting rocks. Theme will be sharing love, hope and kindness to start the year in a positive way. Sending love rippling out to others. All ages welcome. $5. Creatigo, Agawam Mills, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick. 401-793-0097. Creatigo.org.

markyourcalendar Astrology Workshop: Astrology & You – 123pm. Have you ever wondered what your personal stars say about you? Join this group astrology reading to find out. Use your own birth (Natal) chart and learn the principles of astrology and upcoming 2018 trends. Discover your purpose, challenges and talents. With Linda Nugent. $50. It’s My Health, 1099 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 781-264-6929. AquarianBodywork.com.

Transformational Breath® – 1-3:30pm. Experience the benefits of a full, deep, connected breath. Eliminate restrictive breathing patterns. Heal yourself physically, mentally, emotionally. $50. West Shore Wellness, 459 Sandy Ln, adjacent to Sandy Lane Market, Warwick. 401-450-4172. WestShoreWellness.com.

Connect with your Guardian Angels – 6-8pm. This is your chance to meet your own Guardian Angels. You will be guided in a meditation where you will have the chance to meet your guides and guardian angels. $40. Northern Lights Holistic, 204 Clock Tower Sq, Portsmouth. 401-293-5655. NorthernLights.one.

Gallery Reading with Jean Mandeville – 6-7:30pm. You are invited to attend a group style gallery reading. Loved one’s who have transitioned over, as well as spirit guides will come forward to offer messages of comfort. $40. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, North Kingstown. RSVP: 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com.

Conscious Creation – 6:30-8:30pm. Experience a channeled class where we unravel the mysteries of consciousness and how we create the experiences that surround us. Ask the questions you seek answers for. $20. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. SpiritualistChurchRI.com.

Inspirational and Automatic Writing – 7:458:45pm. Learn the difference between inspirational and automatic writing and a few simple techniques to help you begin your abilities. With Jean Mandeville. $25. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 28 Basic IET – 9:30am-5pm. Would you like to learn Integrated Energy Therapy? This is the first of 3. Become attuned and learn how to do self-treatment working with Angel Ariel and the Healing Angels. $195 Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Must pre-register: 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Crystal Singing Bowls – 2-3pm. With the vibrational sounds of Tibetan and crystal singing bowls will alter your individual energy footprint based on the healing that your soul needs. It is so good. $20. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Sound Healing with Good Vibrations – 3-4:30pm. Christine Johnston and Melissa Byrd facilitate. Sound healing is an effective modality using vibrational sound to reduce stress, creates a sense of peace and well being. $25. Beloved: A Yoga Practice, 235 High St, 2nd Fl, Bristol. 401-787-8877. BelovedYogaRI.com.

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31 Discover SimplaFYI at Island Heron – 6-8pm. Free raffles, nourishing food, sample acupuncture, massage, yoga and meet our community. Free. The Island Heron, 34 Narragansett Ave, Jamestown. 401-560-0411. IslandHeron.com. Learn more: Simplafyi.com. Tuning into Your Energy – 6:30-8pm. This is a class for those who wish to master their personal energy field. You will learn how to work with the chakras and auras, how to ground, clear your field & more. $25. Northern Lights Holistic, 204B Clock Tower Sq, Portsmouth. 401-293-5655. Healinglightlp@gmail.com. Reiki Practitioner Share – 7:30-9pm. Welcome reiki practitioners of any level. Practice your skills in a safe and welcoming environment while sharing and supporting one another. $10. Intuitive Therapy, 1300 Park Ave, Ste 2R, Woonsocket. 508-951-9828. Intuitive-Therapy.com.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2 Intro to ChakraDance with Zandra – 7-8:30pm. Chakradance is a dance practice for body and soul. The full course will run for 8 wks starting the Feb 9. $25. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, North Kingstown. RSVP: 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17 Manifestation Magick – 10am-1pm. A 3-part series that will guide you through each step of the manifestation process focusing on a specific goal. Use creative expression to call in your dreams. $97. SHE Rises, South Kingstown. 401-451-4104. SheRises.weebly.com.

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Paint and Express with Zandra – 7-9:30pm. Fun time of self-expression, awareness, and a little creativity. Using exercises as you tap into your conscious and subconscious to explore yourself and expressing it. $45 incudes materials. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com.

We invite you to join and experience a truly conscious, loving, dating environment with amazing members. Winter is here; be proactive by joining today. Your natural match is waiting to meet you!

Basics of Perfumery Class – 12-2:15pm. Would you like to 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. $75. Providence Perfume Co, 13 S Angell St, Providence. To register: 401-455-2325 or ProvidencePerfume.com.

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Art Exhibit – 5-8pm. Entrepreneur and artist, Jessica Irey, will be showcasing her art at Pass The Glass Studios. Artwork includes abstract pieces, Black Light and glow in the dark art. Prints and pieces are available for purchase. Free admission. Pass the Glass Studios, 93 Kingstown Rd, Richmond. 401-944-0880. JessicaIrey.wix.com/sacredeye.

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sunday Celebration of Life Service – 9:15-10:30am. Come, celebrate your spiritual magnificence with inspirational music, affirmative prayer, meditation, lessons in the Science of Mind. Children’s program and child care. Teens meet last Sunday of each month. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552. ConcordiaCSL.com. 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. SpiritualistChurchRI.com. Sundays at Ananda – 10am-12pm. Join us for meditation, chanting, inspiration, Festival of Light Ceremony, refreshments Healing Prayer Circle 2nd Sunday, 1pm; Paramhansa Yogananda’s teachings. Donation appreciated. Ananda Meditation & Yoga Center, 714 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown. 401-524-4766. AnandaRhodeIsland.org. Unity Radiant Light Sunday Service – 10:30am12pm. Please join us for inspiring messages, beautiful music, meditation and fellowship in an atmosphere of unconditional love and acceptance. Free. Unity Radiant Light, 155 Douglas Ave, Providence. 401-486-2708. UnityRadiantLight.org. Deep Stretch (for Everyone) – 10:45am-12pm. A fun, laid back stretch class. Develop flexibility, range of motion, alignment and more. Great for both men and women. Also held Thursdays, 4-5:15pm. With Dr. Wayne Clairborne. $40/5classes for Intro Special. Body Kneads Yoga, 1145 Reservoir Ave, Cranston. 401-632-0878. BodyKneads.Yoga.

monday Chi Core Fusion – 9-10am. A class that incorporate the mind and body to control movements and breathing; generating internal energy while also working the core. Aull Pilates & Movement Studio, 1077 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown. For info: 401-619-4977. AullPilates.com. Tai Chi Easy – 9-10am. Learn tai chi to reduce stress, anxiety and depression, increase balance and coordination. Increase sleep quality, improve blood pressure, etc. Dress comfortably. $15. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Gentle Yoga at Ananta Jyoti Yoga – 4-5pm. Beginners welcome. Gentle yoga appropriate for all levels of experience/fitness. Class also on Mondays, 4pm. Please visit website to sign-up for class and more info. $13. Ananta Jyoti Yoga, 55 Douglas Pike, Ste 205, at USA Karate Studio, Smithfield. 774-987-9007. More info & to register: AnantajJotiYoga.com.

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. TimeForYouYoga.com. Svaroopa Yoga Class – 5:30-7pm. Very gentle, deeply healing style. Focus is on releasing the tight muscles along the spinal column for a related release in the body and mind. Pre-registration necessary. $148/series of 8 classes, $22/dropin. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, North Providence. 401-742-8020. BlissfulMomentYoga.com. Yoga Class with Cinthya Esquea – 6:30-7:30pm. Fun and lighthearted vinyasa flow class, harmonizing breath and movement to give strength, grace and freedom. See more classes online. Call or text for special pricing. Above All Holistic Health & Wellness, 245 Phenix Ave, Parking & Entrance in Rear, Cranston. 401-301-8041. aahhw.com. Tai Chi Easy – 7-8pm. Learn tai chi to reduce stress, anxiety and depression, increase balance and coordination. Increase sleep quality, improve blood pressure, etc. Dress comfortably. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com.

tuesday Chair Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. This class delivers the deep benefits of gentle stretching and breathing exercises for those challenged by getting up and down from the floor. $15/drop-in. Santosha Yoga & Holistic Health Center, 275 Reservoir Ave, Providence. 401-780-9809. YogaAtSantosha.com. Mid-Day Yoga with Kara – 12-1pm. Class designed for those who want to re-energize after the morning; those just wanting to practice or learn. All levels. $12, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2 E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Svaroopa Yoga Class – 4-5:30pm. Very gentle, deeply healing style. Focus is on releasing the tight muscles along the spinal column for a related release in the body and mind. Pre-registration necessary. $148/series of 8 classes, $22/dropin. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, North Providence. 401-742-8020. BlissfulMomentYoga.com. All Level Yoga – 6-7:15pm. Moderate posture flow, emphasizing breath and alignment technique. Join experienced teacher, Mary Shiel-L’Esperance, for this joyful, upbeat class. $12-$13/Flex Pass; $16/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. TheYogaStudioBRV.com. Ananda Yoga Tuesday Night – 6-7:30pm. Release stress, relax body, mind, and awaken the energy within you. With Kitty Hanson. Postures, breathing, chanting and meditation. $12/drop-in. Ananda Meditation & Yoga Center, 714 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown. 401-524-4766. AnandaRhodeIsland.org.

Meditation with Rodney – 6:30-7:30pm. Guided meditation that occurs in 3 parts that will allow you to relax. Great way to begin or end your day, or just learn how to meditate. No class on Jan 2 or 9. By donation. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. A Gathering of Souls Meditation – 6:30-8pm. 4 wks, starting Jan 9. Through meditation we uncover our own personal, individual path to our inner Being. There we will find that love, peace, joy, kindness, wellness, wholeness lies inside. Love offering appreciated. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552. ConcordiaCSL.com.

wednesday Meditation with Ann Porto – 8:30-9:30am. Meditation support and practice group. Come learn to tame your mind and reduce stress. Dropin. Donations to Friends of Maiti Nepal to end child sexual slavery. Laughing Elephant Yoga, 4372 Post Rd, East Greenwich. 401-398-2616. LaughingElephantYoga.com. Meditation with Rodney – 9:30-10:30am. Guided meditation that occurs in 3 parts that will allow you to relax. Great way to begin or end your day, or just learn how to meditate. No class on Jan 3 or 10. $10. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. 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. TimeForYouYoga.com. Weight Loss Consulting with Denise – 3:306:30pm. Join for one month, get one month free. Customize your personal nutrition plan, set your goals and get motivated. First month $50, second month free. Above All Holistic Health & Wellness, 245 Phenix Ave, Parking & Entrance in Rear, Cranston. Text Denise for appt: 401-301-8041. aahhw.com. Building Bones & Balance 4-Wk Intro – 5:306:45pm. It’s never too late or too early to take care of your bones. A chair and props are provided to assist you with the special weight bearing poses to rebuild bone density. $40/4 wks, $16/drop-in. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. InnerlightYoga.com. Svaroopa Yoga Class – 6-7:30pm. Very gentle, deeply healing style. Focus is on releasing the tight muscles along the spinal column for a related release in the body and mind. Pre-registration necessary. $148/series of 8 classes, $22/dropin. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, North Providence. 401-742-8020. BlissfulMomentYoga.com. Pilates Class with Rhonda – 6:15-7:15pm. Designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, posture and enhance mental awareness. Call, text or email to reserve a spot. $12; special pricing available. Above All Holistic Health & Wellness, 245 Phenix Ave, Parking & Entrance in Rear, Cranston. 401-301-8041. aahhw.com.

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HELP WANTED MEDICAL RECEPTIONIST If you love interacting with people and you have an open mind and caring heart, you may be the perfect receptionist for our holistic clinic. Work experience in the field as a medical receptionist and knowledge of Quick Books a plus. Please send your resume and a Two (2)-paragraph statement as to why you would be the perfect candidate. Part time 20-30 hours per week starting at $13 per hour. Please send info to acuwoman@hotmail.com.

LICENSED PSYCHOTHERAPIST Therapy Services available. Most insurances, Sliding scale. Home Visits depending upon schedules. Excellent results. James P. Pereira, M.A. C.A.G.S, L.M.H.C 774-473-0067.

OPPORTUNITIES DISTRIBUTION SITE – Offer your patrons the opportunity to pick up their monthly copy of Natural Awakenings magazine at your business location, and promote your events for free with 2 calendars listings a month. Contact Classifieds@RINaturalAwakenings.com. PAIN RELIEF TREATMENT WITHOUT DRUGS – Get back your health and live life! Call now and save on your first visit! 401-884-8687. BreidingChiropractic.com.

SPACE WANTED CONFERENCE ROOM NEEDED WARWICK, Cranston to Providence or East Bay to run wellness seminars. 10-20 participants. Established practitioner. Call John 401-556-1289.

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Meditation with Rodney – 6:30-7:30pm. Guided meditation that occurs in 3 parts that will allow you to relax. Great way to begin or end your day, or just learn how to meditate. No class on Jan 3 or 10. $10. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. org


Hypnosis Quit Smoking or Lose Weight – 8am5pm. Gain control now, make a change in the New Year. Gift certificates also available. Appointments available on other days. Free. Above All Holistic Health & Wellness, 245 Phenix Ave, Rear Entrance 2nd fl, Cranston. 401-474-3360. aahhw.com. Yoga Fusion with Christine – 9-10am. Energize you while helping you balance your energy. Fusion blends dance to warm-up body and open heart. Yoga to build and strengthen flexibility, reiki at end to relax. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Svaroopa® “Bliss” Yoga Class – 9:30-11am. Slow yoga, with careful alignments, customized to your body’s needs. If you have pain or a crazy-busy mind, you need this approach to yoga’s poses and breathing practices. With Maria Sichel. New students: $50/5 classes; $20/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. TimeForYouYoga.com. Coffee Hour for Veterans – 10:30am-12pm. 3rd Thursday. Opportunity for veterans to gather with like-minded individuals in a safe, comfortable environment. Must be a RI Medical Marijuana patient. Limited seating. Summit Medical Compassion Center, 380 Jefferson Blvd, Warwick. To register: 401-889-3990. SummitRI.org. Yoga Fusion with Christine – 12-1pm. Energize you while helping you balance your energy. Fusion blends dance to warm-up body and open heart. Yoga to build and strengthen flexibility, reiki at end to relax. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Start Fresh After-School Yoga Class – 4:155:30pm. Set aside some time for self-care. Relax and recharge with Amrit Yoga, designed to help quiet your thoughts and stimulate a flow of physical energy. Beginners welcome. $15/drop-in. Santosha Yoga & Holistic Health Center, 275 Reservoir Ave, Providence. 401-780-9809. YogaAtSantosha.com. Kids Glow Yoga – 4:30-5:30pm. Using blacklights and glow sticks to increase fun. Fusion blends dance to warm-up body and open heart. Yoga to build and strengthen, increase flexibility, reiki to relax. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Yoga Fusion with Christine – 6-7pm. Energize you while helping you balance your energy. Fusion blends dance to warm-up body and open heart. Yoga to build and strengthen flexibility, reiki at end to relax. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Ananda Thursday Night Yoga – 6-7:30pm. Chakra Balance Restorative Yoga mix is a meditative practice consisting of chanting, pranayama, yoga postures and deep relaxation. All levels welcome. With


Kyle McDonald. $12/drop-in. Ananda Meditation & Yoga Center, 714 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown. 401-524-4766. AnandaRhodeIsland.org. Qigong with Master Wu – 6:15-7:15pm. Qigong is a healing Chinese art that strengthens and balances internal energy (chi), so one may attain better health. New students may try trial class. Enrollment now open. $225/12 wks. The Way of the Dragon, 373 Taunton Ave, East Providence. 401-435-6502. WayDragon.com. Meditation with Ann Porto – 6:30-7:30pm. Meditation support and practice group. Come learn to calm the mind and reduce stress. Drop-ins are welcome. Learn proper alignment for breath and meditation. $12. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Woman’s Yoga Fusion – 7-8pm. Energize you while helping you balance your energy. Fusion blends dance to warm-up body and open heart. Yoga to build and strengthen flexibility, reiki at end to relax. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Svaroopa® “Bliss” Yoga Class – 7-8:30pm. Slow yoga, with careful alignments, customized to your body’s needs. This class releases tensions in the deepest layers of your body. Come give it a try. With Janice O’Brien. New students: $50/5 classes; $20/ series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. TimeForYouYoga.com.

friday Early Meditation – 7:30-8:30am. Guided meditation that occurs in 3 parts that will allow you to relax. Great way to begin or end your day, or just learn how to meditate. No class on Jan 5 or 13. $10. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Morning Meditation – 8:30-9:30am. Guided meditation that occurs in 3 parts that will allow you to relax. Great way to begin or end your day, or just learn how to meditate. No class on Jan 5 or 13. $10. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Reiki Special: Buy One, Get One Free – 9am-3pm. Ease tension and stress and can help support the body to facilitate an environment for healing on all levels physical, mental, emotional. 60-min session. $40 buy one, get one free. Above All Holistic Health & Wellness, 245 Phenix Ave, Parking & Entrance in Rear, Cranston. 401-323-0783. aahhw.com. Mid-Day Yoga with Kara – 12-1pm. Class designed for those who want to re-energize after the morning; those just wanting to practice or learn. All levels. $12, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2 E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Tai Chi Easy – 6-7pm. Learn tai chi to reduce stress, anxiety and depression, increase balance and coordination. Increase sleep quality, improve blood pressure, etc. No class Jan 5 and 12. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com.

saturday TRX Body Suspension Training – 8:30-9:30am. TRX class offers a total body workout using your body weight as resistance. Challenging for any fitness level: beginner to advanced. It will provide strength on many levels. Aull Pilates & Movement Studio, 1077 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown. For info: 401-619-4977. AullPilates.com. Community Tai Chi for East Bay – 9-10am. Every other Saturday. Learn breathing, postures, stretching and healing from a practitioner of Emei and Wudang styles in a relaxed session. Classes include warm-up and discussions on the art of Tai chi and daoist culture. Free. White Monkey Tai-Chi & Qigong, 9 Promenade St, Riverside. WhiteMonkeyTaiChi@live.com. 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. Parent pays/child free. $15 parent/child, additional child $5. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Saturday Morning Yoga: Cumberland – 9:30-10:45am. All level yoga with Mary ShielL’Esperance. Mary emphasizes breath, alignment, and the joy of movement. $12-$13/Flex Pass, $16/ drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. TheYogaStudioBRV.com. Svaroopa® Yoga Class for Beginners – 9:4511:15am. Slow yoga, with careful alignments, customized to your body’s needs. This class releases tensions in the deepest layers of your body. Come give it a try. With Suzanne Lincoln. New students: $50/5 classes; $20/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. TimeForYouYoga.com. Southern Rhode Island Center for Spiritual Living Study Group – 9:45am-12pm. Meets the 2nd 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. ConcordiaCSL.com. Kids Glow Yoga – 10-11am. Blacklights and glow sticks. Fusion blends dance to warm-up body and open heart. Yoga to build and strengthen flexibility, reiki at end to relax. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com.


Natural device stops a cold before it starts

New research: Copper stops colds if used early.


ew research shows you can stop a cold in its tracks if you take one simple step with a new device when you first feel a cold coming on. Colds start when cold viruses get in your nose. Viruses multiply fast. If you don’t stop them early, they spread in your airways and cause misery. But scientists have found a quick way to stop a virus. Touch it with copper. Researchers at labs and universities worldwide agree — copper is “antimicrobial.” It kills microbes, such as viruses and bacteria, just by touch. Four thousand years ago ancient Greeks and Egyptians used copper to purify water and heal wounds. Now we know why it worked so well. Researchers say a tiny electric charge in microbe cells gets short-circuited by the high conductance of copper. This destroys the cell in seconds. Tests by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) show germs die fast on copper. So some hospitals switched to copper touch surfaces, like faucets and doorknobs. This cut the spread of MRSA and other illnesses by over half, and saved lives. The strong scientific evidence gave inventor Doug Cornell an idea. When he felt a cold coming on he fashioned a smooth copper probe and rubbed it gently in his nose for 60 seconds. “It worked!” he exclaimed. “The cold went away completely.” It worked

again every time he felt a cold coming on. He reports he has never had a cold since. He asked relatives and friends to try it. They said it worked for them, too. So he patented CopperZap™ and put it on the market. Soon hundreds of people had tried it and given feedback. Nearly 100 percent said the copper stops their colds if used within 3 hours of the first sign. Even up to 2 days after the first sign, if they still get the cold it is milder and they feel better. Users wrote things like, “It stopped my cold right away,” and “Is it supposed to work that fast?” Pat McAllister, age 70, received one as a gift and called it “one of the best presents ever. This little jewel really works.” Sinus trouble, stuffiness, cold sores. People often use CopperZap Copper may even help stop flu if for prevention, before cold signs apused early and for several days. In a pear. Karen Gauci, who flies often for her job, used to get colds after crowded lab test, scientists placed 25 million live flu viruses on a CopperZap. No viruses flights. Though skeptical, she tried it were found alive soon after. several times a day on travel days for The EPA says the natural color 2 months. “Sixteen flights and not a change of copper does not reduce its sniffle!” she exclaimed. ability to kill germs. Businesswoman Rosaleen says CopperZap is made in the U.S. of when people are sick around her she pure copper. It carries a 90-day full uses CopperZap morning and night. money back guarantee and is available “It saved me last holidays,” she said. for $49.95 at CopperZap.com or toll“The kids had colds going around and free 1-888-411-6114. around, but not me.” ADVERTORIAL

Plant Medicine – 10-11am. Learn about food as medicine, herbs as medicine, as well as the benefits of CBD oils and the Endocanniboid system from Jessica Irey an Integrative Health & Wellness Coach. $25. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2 E, North Kingstown. More info: 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Beginning Tai Chi – 12-1pm. Enrollment is now open for the new 24 Posture Tai Chi course. New students are invited to attend a trial class. Flexible class times include Wednesday, 1pm and Thursday, 7:30pm. $225/12 wks. The Way of the Dragon, 373 Taunton Ave, East Providence. 401435-6502. WayDragon.com.

Some users say it also helps with sinuses. Attorney Donna Blight had a 2-day sinus headache. When her CopperZap arrived, she tried it. “I am shocked!” she said. “My head cleared, no more headache, no more congestion.” Some users say copper stops nighttime stuffiness if they use it just before bed. One man said, “Best sleep I’ve had in years.” Users also report success in stopping cold sores when used at the first sign of a tingle in the lip. One woman said, “I tried every product on the market over 20 years. Some helped a little, but this stopped it from happening in the first place.” The handle is sculptured to fit the hand and finely textured to improve contact. Tests show it kills harmful microbes on the fingers to help prevent the spread of illness.

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

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Are you interested in the concept of ascension? Are you tired of being stressed, overwhelmed or feeling lost? Ascended Healing sessions raise your vibration out of the fear and reaction state and into a calm, peaceful state of being. Energy mastery sessions and classes empower you to achieve this state of being on your own.


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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 11.


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



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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 31.


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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 MyHolisticVillage.com.

SOUL WISDOM READINGS WITH CHRIS Chris McCullough 204b Clock Tower Square, Portsmouth, RI 401-662-6642 crismcholistic@gmail.com SoulWisdomTarot.com

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 SoulWisdomTarot.com or facebook.com/HolisticTarot for the latest news.


Toni-Ann Laprade Women’s Holistic Health/Life Coach 245 Phenix Avenue, Cranston, RI (Rear Entrance) 401-474-3360 • ToniAnnLaprade@gmail.com AAHHW.com Are you looking to make some changes? Toni-Ann offers a free consultation to explore how she can help you reach your goals and to make holistic health or lifestyle choices towards happiness and optimal health. Toni-Ann is degreed in Complementary and Alternative Medicine and is also a Board Certified Hypnotherapist.


Om Homeopathy at It’s My Health 1099 Mendon Rd Cumberland, RI omhomeopathy.com 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 omhomeopathy.com or join Facebook group My Holistic Health. See ad on page 4.

HOSTING SPACE THE MEETING NEST AT ACORN COTTAGE Jackie Van Dusen 401-284-0363 LightsoulTherapy@verizon.net LightSoulTherapy.com

Offering Indoor/Outdoor Space in South County. For Classes, Workshops, Ceremony.



Rose Siple, Certified Hypnotherapist ThoughtAlchemy.guru 774-991-0574 • info@thoughtalchemy.guru

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John Koenig, Certified Instructor 401-374-1890 John.Koenig.Hypnotist@live.com GreaterRhodeIslandHypnosisTraining.com Help people change and earn income as a Certified Hypnotist. 100 Hour National Guild of Hypnotists Certification Course. March - June 2018. $300 early enrollment discount. Call today to see if this course is right for you.


Rev. Natalia de Rezendes Slatersville, RI 401-766-8316 • nathalia47@aol.com GatheringGuide.com • OneVoiceCentral.com 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.




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 4.

Permanent makeup artist, Diane Slinko specializes in permanent eyebrows, eyeliner and lips. She works with each client to personalize the colors and shapes to enhance their face. Permanent makeup can take years off your age, give you more confidence and has a natural appearance! We also specialize in natural healthy eyelash extensions to complete the look! The end result... a more beautiful YOU! See ad on page 25.

Cheryl Reynolds RN,CH 4372 Post Road, E-Greenwich RI 02818 401-301-4426 MIndfullivinghypnosis.com

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SPIRITUAL TEACHER/PSYCHIC MEDIUM Debbie McBride 204 Clock Tower Square Portsmouth, RI 774-266-6199 debmcbride.net


Blue Dragonfly Wellness Center 6828 Post Rd North Kingston, RI 02852 401-529-2020. BlueDragonflyRI.com SacredSoulJourns.com Enjoy a relaxing guided meditation for healing and enhanced awareness. With over 35 yrs of experience as a psychologist, meditation practitioner and energy worker, Ann leads a weekly (Thurs evening) meditation group and by appointment Buddhist-based 1:1 deepening meditation consultation, individual and family end-of-life care support, therapeutic touch treatments. Call for a free consultation. See ad on page 27.


Gallery sessions and Speaking Engagements. 401-741-3478 Maryvolk8@gmail.com Believeinforever.today 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”.


Teacher/Psychic Medium Somerset Mass 508-259-1231 Juneedward.com Angel card, Destiny Card, Akashic record readings, energy healing. Connect to loved ones on the other side. I specialize in career and relationship issues, twin flames, clearing past lives, home clearing, working with Angels, Home parties and phone readings available.


Lisa Ashton, R.N. Readings in person or by phone 204b Clock Tower Square, Portsmouth, RI 401-500-1908 LisaAshtonMedium.com NorthernLights.one 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.

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Providence Wholistic Healthcare 144 Waterman St, Providence, RI 401-455-0546 ProvidenceWholistic.com 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 11.


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

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.



Private Readings in Psychic/Mediumship, Angel Cards, Akashic Records & Energy Healing. I offer all levels of Mediumship Classes, Psychic Development Circles, Akashic Record (Soul) Reading and Table Tipping. Phone readings are welcomed.


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




Master Colorist/Stylist Barrington, RI 401-273-7005 • ElaineHewitt.com 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.


Edmund Dalo 49 Cedar Swamp Rd, Smithfield 401-280-4540 edmundjdalo@gmail.com My style of training is best described as progressive and holistic (engaging the whole person). Proper exercise, nutrition and hydration are the key components in supporting one’s mental and physical well-being. Together we will identify limiting factors and behaviors that are getting in the way of accomplishing health goals.


Wendy Lewis, ARCB Board Certified Reflexologist East Greenwich, RI 401-626-4171 PranaReflexology.com 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 PranaReflexology.com to learn more about our services.


Reiki Practitioner 154 Waterman St. Providence, RI 315-569-3641 ReikiBalanced.com Sarah is a Usui/Tibetan Reiki Master who uses energy healing, crystal therapy, and traditional Chinese techniques to address pain on the deepest level. Use Reiki to treat physical, emotional, and spiritual imbalances, and leave feeling relaxed and invigorated! To learn more or book an appointment, call or visit ReikiBalanced.com.

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Reiki Master/Teacher of Usui Reiki 204B Clock Tower Sq, Portsmouth Cell: 508-971-6508 mayzie32@yahoo.com Donna is a reiki practitioner who works intuitively with crystals to achieve the most powerful healing possible. Her passion for helping people heal themselves is her constant motivation to help clients discover their innate healing abilities. Her warm, heart-centered approach provides a nurturing context for clients to take their next step toward self-love and inner peace.


Reiki Practitioner & Tattoo Artist 30 Phenix Ave. Cranston, RI 401-944-0880 PhoenixTattooandWellnessCenter.com Afraid of needles but want a tattoo?! Come see Jessica Irey, Reiki Practitioner and Tattoo artist at Phoenix Tattoo and Wellness Center. Jessica uses Reiki while doing tattoos to help calm her clients for a more enjoyable experience! For $30 extra, receive 15 minutes of Reiki before and after your Tattoo. Receive complimentary Reiki during the Tattoo. Reiki is an excellent approach for relieving stress, anxiety, pain, depression and various other ailments while promoting a sense of wellbeing and tranquility. To schedule a full session of Reiki with Jessica or to get a tattoo, call or visit www.PhoenixTattooAndWellness.com.

SHAMANIC PRACTITIONER ENERGY-N-ELEMENTS Paul A. DiSegna 401-736-6500 Energy-N-Elements.com

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.


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


Renumi Massage at Northern Lights Holistic 204B Clock Tower Square, Portsmouth, RI 401-293-5655 Northernlights.one May I have your TENSION, please? De- stress your holidays with a therapeutic full-body massage! My intuitive touch will guide you on a virtual getaway to help you relax your mind, reconnect your body, and renew your holiday spirit. Practicing Mondays and Wednesdays. Gift certificates available. RI Lic# MT02217.


Marie Bouvier-Newman 1099 Mendon Road, Cumberland, RI 401-305-3585 • Its-My-Health.com We provide much more than products, services and education. We provide the tools you need to optimize your health in a comfortable environment. We care. See ad on page 4.



459 Sandy Ln, Warwick, RI 401-450-4172 WestShoreWellness.com 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.

Your Wellness Resource info@mindkey.me mindKEY.me facebook.com/MindKeyProject Everyone has their own unique path to health and happiness. Mind Key connects you with the information, vetted professionals, products and events that are a match for you. Whether seeking guidance in health, businesses or life-at-large, a free consult can guide you toward your goals. Contact us today to learn how.


173 Waterman St, Providence, RI 02906 401-808-0837 catmoskow.massagetherapy.com 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.


ThetaHealing® Practitioner/Instructor MoniqueLaCroix.ml@gmail.com ThetaHealing.com/moniquelacroix ThetaHealing Technique is a meditation training technique utilizing a spiritual philosophy for improvement and evolvement of mind, body and spirit. Monique’s divine life purpose is to help bring healing to this world one person at a time. Contact her to set up a ThetaHealing Skype Session. See website for more information and upcoming classes.

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

YOGA & MEDITATION ANANDA MEDITATION AND YOGA CENTER 714 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown, RI 401-524-4766 AnandaRhodeIsland.org

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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