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really enjoy starting my day with a walk, letting my mind wander in so many random thoughts. Today I was thinking about the evolution of electronics. I remember how excited I was with my first Walkman (carried in a fanny pack no less!) to the wonders of my whole library of music on my iPod. And now? I Just use Pandora on my phone and can have different endless genres to support my mood. While I really enjoy music when I walk, I also enjoy walking and chatting with Bill when we can and I also like the quiet sometimes, listening to the birds and, if I’m lucky, the donkey in the neighborhood will say hi too. Mostly I like being. That is such a powerful thing I’ll say it again. I like being, and walking outside, and experiencing everything.
As much as I love nature and being outdoors, caring for the yard has just never been my thing. I’ve tended toward the traditional gender roles where I’d be inside doing laundry and cleaning, while the lawn was being mowed or holes dug for planting outside. That traditional partnership has served us well over the years. I’d do my part and he would do his so when we’re done, the house was clean and there was food to eat and the lawn was mowed. Up until last month that is. I used to be able to say that I had never mowed a lawn in 55 years. Due to a crazy set of circumstances in our very full life, we recently purchased a lawn mower and I can no longer say that I have never mowed a lawn. Not being a natural with motors, I carefully wrote down all the directions, took a picture of it with my phone so when I’m on the lawn I can refer to my notes. Takes a little longer, and I try not to have to go in reverse very often (oh, you didn’t think it was a push mower did you? Ha!) but it gets done! I was also left with the responsibility for some grass seed we planted as well as the vegetable garden. So far, everything is coming along. I’ve already harvested some lettuce and I can’t wait to have fresh tomatoes and walk barefoot in the new grass. Turns out I’ve been enjoying the yard time too (especially the bunnies). I expect that I’ll continue once Bill returns. We’ll just have to go out for dinner when it’s done since I won’t be inside cooking! Happy July. I hope you enjoy all that summer in Rhode Island has to offer.
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ow open for visitors through late October, Solair Recreation League, in Woodstock, Connecticut is a family-oriented resort and campground where people of all ages can relax and discover the freedom of recreation without clothing. Nudists (also known as naturists) have long held that nudism offers significant psychological benefits, such as improved body acceptance and confidence. Now a scientific study in the Journal of Happiness Studies has demonstrated measurably that “individuals do experience increases in positive body-image, self-esteem and life satisfaction after participating in real naturist activities.” The key, it was found, is getting naked around strangers—that is, social nudity. Located on 360 secluded acres in Woodstock, Solair has been continuously owned and run by its members since 1934. Facilities include a solar-heated pool, pond with sandy beach, café, pickleball and volleyball courts, a pavilion and community center with activities every weekend, children’s events and more. Accommodations include rental cottages and tenting and RV sites. Solair is an inclusive community of people from all walks of life and of all shapes and sizes. In its safe, non-judgmental and wholesome environment, all are welcome to visit and experience clothing-free relaxation and recreation. First-time visitors are encouraged to come on weekends if possible. All visitors must provide picture identification and agree to sexual and criminal background checks. For more information and rates, call 860-928-9174, email Info@SolairRL.com or visit SolairRL.com. Location: 65 Ide Perrin Rd., Woodstock. See ad on page 9.
Annual RI Herb Festival in West Greenwich
armacy Herbs will be hosting the 4th Annual RI Herb Festival on July 21 and 22, in West Greenwich. Activities will include presentations, workshops, tastings, walks, community meals and a number of kid-oriented activities, including an Herb Olympics. With more than 20 scheduled speakers, the festival will prove informative for beginning and seasoned herbalists alike. Organizers have kept social justice and health justice principles in mind and strive to make the space safe, comfortable and accessible for everyone that is interested in learning about herbalism. Farmacy Herbs is also holding a number of camps for both children and adults throughout the summer. Details can be found on the Farmacy Herbs website. Cost: $120 adult full-weekend pass; prices reduced for children and single-day passes. Location: West Greenwich, details disclosed upon registration. For more information or to register, call 401-270-5223 or visit FarmacyHerbs.com/Seasonal-Festivals. See ad on page 29.
Live It Love It Wellness Celebrates Two Years
ive It Love It Wellness, in Warwick, is celebrating its two-year anniversary by giving a free gift to anyone that books an appointment or home event in the month of July. Owned and operated by Alicia Mastrangelo, Live It Love It Wellness offers several products and services, including reiki (in-person sessions and distance reiki), reiki certifications for new reiki practitioners, oracle card readings, reikiinfused crystal bracelets, and It Works! plant-based health and wellness products. Online appointment booking is available at LiveItLoveItWellness.com Cost: Gifts are free with each booking. Location: 2845 Post Rd., Ste. 104, Warwick. For more information, call 401-323-7199, email Alicia.Mastrangelo@gmail.com or visit LiveItLoveItWellness.com. See ad on page 32.
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Delmyra Country Club for Cats and Dogs
oung or old, big or small, we love them all!” is the guiding principle behind Delmyra Country Club for Cats and Dogs, in Exeter. Owned and managed by Scott and Ruth Gordon, Delmyra has provided a loving boarding and grooming facility for the Ocean State’s four-legged friends for 60 years. No detail has been spared in the creation of Delmyra. Pets receive expert grooming, top-of-the-line food, a temperature controlled living environment and consistent monitoring. Facility tours are available and the Gordons are always happy to meet new pets. Prospective clients are encouraged to call or visit. Location: 191 Ten Rod Rd., Exeter. For more information, call 401-294-3247 or visit Delmyra.com. See ad on page 37.
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MobileQuest Tuesday Night STEAM at the Empowerment Factory
obileQuest is hosting STEAM-inspired sessions from 6 to 8 p.m., every Tuesday, from July 10 to August 7, at the Empowerment Factory, in Pawtucket. These sessions are fun, hands-on enrichment classes for students grades K-8. MobileQuest’s mission is to deliver STEAM content in a fun and engaging way. Participants will be transported into the middle of a challenge where they will have to use their quick wit and skills to succeed. Session topics include: Coding with Dash and Dot, Green Screen – The Magic of Movie Making, Circuits and Electricity, Silly Science, and Art in Motion. MobileQuest adventures are carried out by highly-trained professional staff using high-tech gadgets to deliver hands-on Next Generation Science Standards aligned programming. Cost: $15 per session; $60 for all five sessions. Location: 999 Main St. #707, Pawtucket. For more information or to register, call 401-533-4297, email Brian@MobileQuestAdventures.com, or visit MobileQuestAdventures.com/new-events.
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kin brushing is an ancient beauty method that has been around for centuries and still exists today to reveal smoother, healthier, glowing skin. The removal of dry, dull skin with a face or body brush allows for better product absorption, and helps to maintain the health and well-being of the skin. The effects are even better when using a brush, like the OctoVie Skincare Brush for face and body. The 265 fingerlike nubs cleanse and exfoliate away dead skin cells for softer, cleaner, healthier skin. According to Pamela Auger, esthetician, nurse and developer of OctiVie, a detoxifying massage with a brush stimulates collagen production, smooths appearance of fine lines and wrinkles to improve tone and texture by helping unclog pores, and improves circulation to clear the tissues of toxins for a more youthful appearance. Neglected areas such as neck, décolletage, breast, underarm and stomach hold many of the body’s lymph nodes. Brushing helps kick start the lymphatic system to aid in natural detoxification and removal of metabolic waste by clearing the tissues of infective organisms and toxins from face to toes. Product is available at Whole Foods or on Amazon. For more information, call 508-812-0714 or visit OctovieSkinBrush.com. See ad on page 18.
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The Power of Series at Fireseed
ireseed: Center for Transformation is offering a four part “The Power of…” series of workshops. Each class will be held from 7 to 9 p.m., and is designed to access authentic power in ways that are fun and inspiring. The series begins July 16 with The Power of You, facilitated by Katharine Rossi, owner of Fireseed, and includes exercises to discover where one’s true power lies. On July 30, The Power of Dreaming will be led by David Barr, certified dream teacher through the Robert Moss School of Active Dreaming. He has been studying and working with dreams for more than a decade and will teach how participants can work with dreams to access vital information, healing and resources to live a full and adventurous life. The series continues on August 16 with The Power of Handwriting, led by Robin Tanguay, LMT, wellness practitioner and author. Learn how the letter of our first name holds a key to understanding ourselves and how to inscribe it to bring about positive shifts in our life. Rounding out the series on August 27 is The Power of Story. Led by Colleen Kelley, Appalachian healing arts practitioner, this workshop will allow individuals to explore their personal mythology, dream world and the imagined realm through exercises, story sharing, creative prompts and guided imagery. Each class stands alone and taken together provides a strong foundation for accessing the everyday power in one’s personal life. “When we turn inward, we see where true power lies,” says Rossi, “This is something that is available to everyone and an interesting way to live.” Cost: $25 per workshop, $20 for Circle the Sun Members. Location: 194 Waterman St., 3rd Flr., Providence. For more information, call 401-924-0567 or visit FireseedCenter. com. See ad in the Community Resource Guide.
Men’s Spiritual Study Group in Portsmouth
piritual guide and author, Ken Gaus has formed an on-going men’s spiritual study group at Northern Lights Holistic, in Portsmouth. Men of all ages are welcome to gather in community to address some of life’s most serious questions. The group’s introductory program was held on June 29, but there is still time to join this extraordinary program. Gaus has more than 15 years of experience leading spiritual discussion groups in a wide range of topics. He has recently given seminars on Why Meditate and Listening to Your Inner Voice. His book, The Soul’s Journey, explores the concept of spiritual communication. Gaus is currently a practitioner at Northern Lights Holistic offering counseling guidance from the heart. Cost: $10 donation suggested. Location: 204 Clock Tower Sq., Portsmouth. For more information, call 401-293-5655.
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Exercise Benefits Cancer Survivors Moderate-to-vigorous physical activity increases cognitive function and reduces fatigue in breast cancer survivors, concludes a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne study. The 299 participants that had undergone chemotherapy an average of eight years earlier wore an accelerometer for a week to measure their average daily minutes of exercise and completed a set of questionnaires and neuropsychological tests. The findings suggest that those regularly performing this level of exercise benefit through improved attention, memory and multitasking abilities. Also, in a recent Portuguese study of 15 women being treated for advanced breast cancer, eight women performed two, one-hour sessions a week of aerobic, strength-training and arm exercises. After 12 weeks, they experienced significantly less fatigue and pain, improved cardiovascular fitness, better emotional well-being and a greater ability to perform daily tasks, compared to the control group. 12
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Eating Apples and Tomatoes Repairs Lungs Eating lots of fresh tomatoes and fruit, especially apples, helps heal damaged lungs of ex-smokers, reports Johns Hopkins University research published in the European Respiratory Journal. The study, which followed more than 650 people between 2002 and 2012, also found that those that ate more than two tomatoes or more than three portions of fresh fruit daily experienced markedly less of the natural decline of lung function that typically occurs after age 30.
As Earthâ€™s climate becomes warmer, sleepless nights will increase for many, predicts a study from the University of California, San Diego. The research links sleep data on 765,000 Americans collected by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with climate models that predict warming trends. Rising temperatures could cause six additional nights of poor sleep per 100 people by 2050 and 14 by 2099. Seniors, which have difficulty regulating body temperature, and low-income people without air conditioning, are likely to be the most affected.
Bee venom and its toxic component, melittin, can reduce the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi that causes Lyme disease more effectively than standard therapy using antibiotics such as doxycycline, cefoperazone and daptomycin. The laboratory findings come from the Lyme Disease Research Group at the University of New Haven, in Connecticut.
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Fast Food Giants Finally Address Plastic Pollution
In a win for the health of the world’s oceans, McDonald’s says it will end the use of harmful polystyrene foam packaging globally by year’s end. Rarely recycled, the material used in beverage cups and takeout containers is a frequent component of beach litter, degrading into indigestible pellets that marine animals mistake for food, resulting in injury or death. The company says, “The environmental impact of our packaging is a top priority.” The International Agency for Research on Cancer has determined that styrene, used in the production of polystyrene, is also a possible human carcinogen. Dunkin’ Donuts is also phasing out its polystyrene foam cups in favor of paper cups. A planned worldwide project completion by 2020 will prevent nearly 1 billion foam cups from entering the waste stream each year. Customers may still opt for the restaurant’s mugs or bring their own thermos. The foam cups will be replaced with double-walled paper cups made with paperboard certified to Sustainable Forestry Initiative standards.
Laboratory Food to Hit Pet Food Market
As we race toward a future full of high-tech, lab-grown meats in place of the environmentally unsound animal protein industry, a new startup wants to extend this offering to our furry friends, too. Aiming to make the most sustainable, transparent and organic product possible, Rich Kelleman, owner of Bond Pet Foods, started growing it in a petri dish from animal cells, free of the environmental and ethical dilemmas caused by traditional animal farming. Lab-grown meat slashes land use by 99 percent, produces 90 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions and may be a more economically viable way to feed the growing global population. “Pet food has always been quick to follow human food trends,” says pet food industry consultant Ryan Yamka, who is working with the startup. “If you walked down the aisles this year at the trade shows, you already saw people talking about humanely raised and sustainable pet food.” 14
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Dutch designers Eric Klarenbeek and Maartje Dros have been cultivating live algae and processing it into material that can be used for 3-D printing. This algae polymer can be turned into everyday items from shampoo bottles to bowls and trash bins. They hope it could replace petroleum-based plastics to help alleviate our unsustainable consumption of fossil fuels. They have also experimented with other biopolymers such as mycelium (fungi), potato starch and cocoa bean shells. The pair now operate a research and algae production lab at the Luma Foundation, in Arles, France. They point out that their creations do more than just replace plastic—algae can also suck up carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas driver of global climate change. They explain, “The algae grow by absorbing the carbon and producing a starch that can be used as a raw material for bioplastics or binding agents. The waste product is oxygen—clean air.”
The Amazon Region Protected Areas Program (ARPA), a joint venture between the World Wildlife Fund and the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment, has reached the goal of protecting a network of conservation units comprising more than 231,000 square miles in the Amazon River basin, or about 15 percent of the biome’s territory in Brazil. The program is now present in 117 conservation units—including in national and state parks, ecological stations, and biological and sustainable development reserves in the states of Amapá, Amazonas, Maranhão, Mato Grosso, Pará, Rondônia, Roraima and Tocantins—that are home to more than 8,800 species. ARPA works with local communities to create, expand, strengthen and maintain these units by ensuring resources and promoting sustainable development in the regions. They benefit from goods, projects and service contracts, such as the establishment of councils, management plans, land surveys and inspection, reaching 30 protected areas so far. ARPA is the largest strategy in place on the planet for conservation and sustainable use of tropical forests.
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hronic pain affects 100 million Americans, with annual treatment costs reaching $635 billion, according to the Institute of Medicine. Worse, opiate-derived pain medications, conventional medicine’s go-to treatment for chronic pain, are addictive and deadly. The Annals of Internal Medicine reports that an estimated 2 million Americans suffered from opioid use disorder involving prescription drugs as of 2016 while 12 million admitted to misusing them. Legal and illegal opioids killed 64,070 Americans in 2016, 21 percent more than the previous year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some opioid addiction stems from use of illegal recreational drugs like heroin and cocaine, but the National Institute of Drug Abuse testified to the U.S. Senate that as of 2014 more than four times as many Americans were addicted to prescription opioids (2.1 million) than heroin (467,000). Natural approaches, less harmful in relieving pain and thereby preventing drug addictions, are addressing and ameliorating long-term back or neck, nerve and
even cancer pain, and saving lives. The first step in preventing dependency is to avoid opioids completely, says Fadel Zeidan, Ph.D., assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomy at the Wake Forest School of Medicine, in WinstonSalem, North Carolina: “Opioids don’t work for chronic pain. They may be effective for acute pain, such as right after an injury or surgery, but they are ineffective and addictive in the long run.” Here are several better ways to feel better. Mindfulness meditation: Zeidan recommends mindfulness meditation and cites a University of Massachusetts study of people with chronic pain in which pain lessened by at least 65 percent after 10 weeks of this practice. “Mindfulness meditation is about discipline and regulating one’s attention. It appears to shut down the thalamus, the brain’s gatekeeper, and the brain’s ability to register pain,” explains Zeidan. Yoga: Strongly positive effects have been reported in several studies, including one
To enroll in a new study on mindfulness meditation and chronic back pain, email ZeidanLab@WakeHealth.edu. For information on ongoing studies, visit ZeidanLab.com. on 150 veterans with chronic low back pain from the Veterans Administration San Diego Healthcare System. It showed that 12 weeks of yoga classes reduced pain and opioid use, and improved functionality of participants; many of them had suffered back pain for more than 15 years. Acupuncture: The ancient Chinese modality that’s been used to treat all types of pain for millennia has become such a mainstream treatment that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends that healthcare providers learn more about it to help patients avoid prescription opioids. “All pain starts with imbalance,” says Terri Evans, a doctor of Oriental medicine in Naples, Florida. “Acupuncture is about creating balance in the body and in releasing the fascia, where pain patterns get locked.”
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from San Francisco General Hospital published in the journal Neurology, researchers found that smoking the first cannabis cigarette reduced pain by 72 percent in a group of patients with painful neuropathy. The body’s endocannabinoid system, found in the brain, organs, connective tissues and immune cells, is one of its natural pain-coping mechanisms, and is most affected by cannabis. Mitch Earleywine, Ph.D., associate professor of clinical psychology at the State University of New York at Albany, author of Understanding Marijuana: A New Look at the Scientific Evidence and a member of the advisory board of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, is an advocate of medical marijuana. While regarding it as helpful for chronic pain with little risk of addiction, he concludes it’s “great for a small handful of conditions, but it’s not the cure-all that some are suggesting.” CBD oil: Dr. Hyla Cass, of Marina del Rey, California, an integrative physician expert in psychiatry and addiction recovery, and author of The Addicted Brain and How to Break Free, is more comfortable with CBD (cannabidiol) oil. It’s a hemp product legal in 45 states, provided it qualifies in non-addictive levels of THC, the component of cannabis that induces euphoria (see TheCannabis Industry.org/state-marijuana-policies-map). Some CBD oils contain trace amounts of THC, not enough to induce a “high” or contribute to addiction, but there are also products that contain no
Let the Sunshine In Just getting a little natural sunlight can have a strong effect on chronic pain, according to a study published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine. Hospital patients fortunate enough to have beds on the sunny side of the building cut their need for opioid-based pain meds by 22 percent just one hour after spine surgery. THC at all. By definition, hemp’s THC content is less than 0.3 percent versus marijuana’s 5 to 35 percent. “CBD oil won’t make you high,” says Cass. “In and of itself, CBD oil is very potent. You don’t need the THC for pain relief. There’s no need to go down the slippery slope of using an illegal substance.” In addition to CBD oil’s pain-relieving effects on the endocannabinoid system, says Cass, it’s a powerful anti-inflammatory, which contributes to its effectiveness in addressing the underlying causes of chronic pain, confirmed by University of South Carolina research. Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous books on natural health, including Food is Medicine. Connect at KathleenBarnes.com.
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or those that suffer with chronic pain and choose not to use opioids, a highly proven technique that has been around for nearly 80 years can be used to gain relief; it is called autogenic training (AT). Autogenic means to selfgenerate or self-regulate, and it’s a way to talk to the body with fixed attention so it self-produces what we ask it to do. We actually create a real psycho-physiological response with our focused self-suggestions. AT was first introduced in 1932 by a German psychiatrist Johannes Heinrich Schultz when he noticed that his clients would tend to feel heaviness and a warm sensation in their body when they deeply relaxed. By using autogenic training, individuals can diminish or alleviate acute and chronic pain, anxiety, stress, fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, insomnia, digestion disturbances and more. According to the Autogenic Training Institute, NASA astronauts and pilots used AT for motion sickness and to improve psychomotor performance. In another publication, Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain states, “Tension headache can be reduced in the first month of learning AT, while migraine headache frequency reduces after three months with medication use decreased as well.” Autogenic training works through a series of self-statements about heaviness and warmth in different parts of the body which works on the autonomic nervous system. This system has two divisions: parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) and the sympathetic nervous system (SNS). Usually when we feel good our PNS, which is known to be the “rest and digest” activation, is in control, but when we are stressed we activate our SNS which increases our flight/fight response. 20
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decreases our anticipatory pain response. Anticipatory pain is the fear about getting the pain which causes us to avoid any activity that might cause pain. It is noted in the American Journal of Nursing, “Chronic and acute pain is reduced, and chronic pain patients reduce their physician visits by 36 percent.” By using AT, individuals are able to decrease their brain waves to that of a state of relaxation like in hypnosis or the pre-sleep state of relaxation before drifting off into slumber. The process consists of six standard exercises that make the body feel warm, heavy and relaxed. The technique consists of relaxing the large muscle groups causing heaviness and warmth in the limbs, then bringing focus to the heartbeat, breathing, abdominal warmth and coolness in the forehead. Practice is usually three to five minutes a day, three times a day, and most people can see changes in two weeks. Autogenic training is not for everyone. Children under 5 should not use AT, and those with a severe emotional disorder could find an increase in anxiety. Since AT can lower blood pressure, it is advisable to talk to a physician before starting any new alternative modality.
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By using AT on a routine basis, we can easily bring our PNS back in control which not only makes us feel better, we also become more aware, calm-minded, focused and able to take better control of our body. For pain control, autogenic training works with our body-brain communication center to alleviate pain. The hippocampus in the brain (storehouse of memory, including pain memory) communicates with the nerve center of the body to activate the pain response. By using AT, this activation is significantly slowed down, which not only decreases pain, it also
The process should take less than 10 minutes. Start off slow, and increase to at least three to five times a day. A strong auditory suggestion reinforces the process, so either talk to yourself out loud or repeat the words in your mind. In AT, the word “heavy” is used, but some people feel lightness or tingling or some other sensation. The terminology is not as important as the experience and the results it gives you. If you don’t like the sensation of warmth because of a medical condition (neuropathy, menopause, etc.) or preference, just use the word heavy. u Find a quiet place, rest your hands on your lap or chair, take in a few deep breaths, close your eyes and state, “I feel comfortable and relaxed.” Now bring your focus and attention to your arms, repeating to yourself slowly, my left arm is heavy x3. My right arm is heavy x3. My arms are
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hen we think of scientists as men and women in lab coats peering into microscopes, what’s missing is farmers. Our society doesn’t tend to equate the two, yet farmers are active field scientists. How they choose to grow and produce food greatly impacts our shared environment of soil, water and air quality, as well as the nutritional content of food, and therefore, public health. The best field- and lab-based scientists share key traits: they’re curious, keen observers and systems thinkers that learn by trial and error. Both formulate and test hypotheses, collect data, take measurements, assess results and draw conclusions.
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results—then careful re-planning based on those results.” Dyer and her husband, Dick, started farming after long careers in traditional health care, where the focus was on treating people after they got sick. Through their farm work, they wanted to focus on prevention. “Growing healthy food in healthy soil, our goal was to create and nourish a healthy community from the ground up. Communicating the multiple benefits of healthy soils and ecosystems has been at the core of our vision and responsibility from day one,” she says. The Dyers believe that flavor is key to eating and enjoying truly nourishing foods, and based on their professional health backgrounds and farming experience, they connect healthy soil with higherquality, better-tasting food. In Havre, Montana, Doug Crabtree, and his wife, Anna, manage Vilicus Farms, featured in the book Lentil Underground: Renegade Farmers and the Future of Food in America, by Liz Carlisle. The Crabtrees
grow organic heirloom and specialty grains, pulses and oilseed crops such as emmer, kamut, black beluga lentils and flax. Asked if he considers himself a scientist, Crabtree first defines the term as “a person who is studying or has expert knowledge of one or more of the natural or physical sciences.” Then he replies, “Given this definition, how could any farmer not be a scientist? An organic farmer is a lifelong student of nature, seeking to emulate her wisdom and processes as we refine our production systems. Organic production isn’t just growing food without toxic chemical inputs, it’s a system that requires conscientiously improving soil, water and associated resources while producing safe and healthy food for America’s growing population of informed consumers.”
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new Vegetable Systems Trial, a long-term, side-by-side comparison of both biologically organic and chemically based conventional vegetable production. An organic farmer with a Ph.D. in molecular ecology from Drexel University, in Philadelphia, Smith studies how soil quality and crop-growing conditions influence the nutrient density and health-protecting properties of specific vegetables. “Over the past 70 years, there’s been a decline in the nutritional value of our foods,” reports Smith. “During this time, industrial agriculture, with its pesticides and synthetic fertilizers, increased yields and size of crops, but the tradeoff was a decline in nutrient content, known as the ‘dilution effect’.” In addition, Smith explains, greater levels of nitrogen fertilizer, typical of conventional production methods, may also increase a plant’s susceptibility to insects and disease. Smith’s research will give fellow farmers, healthcare providers and consumers a better understanding of how crop production practices influence soil quality and therefore, food quality. For example, research of organic crops shows higher levels of vitamin C; higher-quality protein; plus more disease-fighting compounds called secondary plant metabolites such as lyco-
pene, polyphenols and anthocyanin, the plant pigment responsible for the red, blue and purple colors in fruits and vegetables, as reported in a meta-analysis published in the British Journal of Nutrition. The Rodale Institute has formed partnerships with nutrition and medical researchers at Pennsylvania State University, in University Park. Of particular interest, for example, are extracts from purple potatoes that show promise in helping to kill colon cancer cells. Smith looks forward to identifying growing methods that boost levels of anthocyanin, as well as other health-protecting compounds in crops. The new Regenerative Health Institute, a global research and education center linking soil health to human health, will also be housed at the Rodale Institute. It’s a collaboration between Rodale staff and the Plantrician Project, a nonprofit organization in New Canaan, Connecticut, that promotes whole food and plant-based nutrition, and helps healthcare providers embrace food as medicine as the foundation of their practices. Jeff Moyer, a renowned international authority in organic agriculture and executive director of the Rodale Institute, explains, “It’s not only what you eat that’s
Quality Food Science Resources Allegheny Mountain Institute: AlleghenyMountainInstitute.org Beyond Pesticides Annual Forum presentations: BeyondPesticides.org Food Sleuth Radio current interviews with Andrew Smith and Sue Erhardt: prx.org/series/32432-food-sleuth-radio Food Sleuth Radio past interviews with Jim Riddle and David Montgomery: beta.prx.org/stories/214702; beta.prx.org/stories/220278 Grassmilk: Tinyurl.com/FattyAcidsCowsMilkStudy History of soil and human health: Tinyurl.com/WilliamAlbrechtPapers Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service: MosesOrganic.org; Tinyurl.com/HealthySeedTechniques Regenerative Health Institute: Tinyurl.com/RHIVideo Rodale Institute: RodaleInstitute.org “Sustaining Life: From Soil Microbiota to Gut Microbiome,” by David Montgomery: Tinyurl.com/HealthySoilSustainsLife U.S. Food Sovereignty Alliance: USFoodSovereigntyAlliance.org Vilicus Farms: VilicusFarms.com
important, but how what you eat was produced. Ultimately, our personal health is linked to the health of the soil.” David Montgomery, a professor of geomorphology at the University of Washington, in Seattle, has visited farms worldwide, witnessing how farmers use regenerative farming practices to bring degraded soil back to life. He learned that grazing animals, cover-cropping and no-till farming free of synthetic chemical fertilizers and pesticides protects and enriches the soil microbiome, which contributes to the nutrient density of plants and human health.
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Along with our well-being, livestock farming methods impact our environment, too. A growing body of research including a new study published in Food Science & Nutrition shows that meat and dairy products from animals raised mostly on grass or pasture—as nature intended—contain
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More hospitals nationwide are investing in farms and farmers’ markets to boost patient, employee and community health by increasing access to nutrient-dense, fresh, healthful food. One exceptional example is the new partnership between Virginia’s Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) and Augusta Health, an independent, community-owned nonprofit hospital in Augusta County, Virginia. The AMI Fellowship program prepares individuals to become farmers, teachers and ambassadors for healthpromoting food systems. “Both AMI and Augusta Health believe that access to excellent health care includes access to healthy food,” explains Sue Erhardt, the institute’s executive director.
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The AMI Farm at Augusta Health initiative will create an onsite production farm and a community venue for food, nutrition and gardening education. Their goal is to tackle three major local health issues: poor nutrition, low physical activity and overweight; diabetes; and mental health. A Food Farmacy program for those with or at risk for Type 2 diabetes will provide fresh produce prescriptions at an onsite farmstand, as well as cooking classes. Erhardt recalls her life-changing experience as a teen, hearing American labor leader Cesar Chavez speak about farm worker exposure to pesticides and related cancer clusters. She’s proud to say, “The farm project will exemplify sustainable practices for growing vegetables, including organic fourseason crops and companion planting, while promoting soil health. “We believe this project will promote a better quality of life for staff, patients and community members.” That’s the power of farming when it’s dedicated to optimum health. Melinda Hemmelgarn is a registered dietitian, writer and Food Sleuth Radio host with KOPN.org, in Columbia, MO. Connect at FoodSleuth@gmail.com.
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ermicomposting is the process of using worms and micro-organisms to turn food waste into nutrientrich humus. The industry term for vermicomposting is worm castings. According to the Worm Ladies of Charlestown, castings contain a highly active biological mixture of bacteria, enzymes and remnants of plant matter. They are rich in water-soluble plant nutrients and contain 50 percent more humus than normally found in topsoil. Castings contain a high concentration of nitrates, phosphorous, magnesium, potassium and minerals such as manganese, copper, zinc, cobalt, borax, iron, carbon and nitrogen—all in natural proportions. The Worm Ladies sell red wiggler worms by the pound, worm castings, indoor and outdoor worm bins, books on worm composting and other accessories. Learn more at WormLadies.com. Vermicomposts provide many benefits over chemical fertilizers. The beneficial nutrients found in castings are absorbed easily and immediately by plants, unlike chemical fertilizers and manure. While chemical fertilizers don’t improve soil quality and simply salinate and firm the soil, vermicompost prevents soil firming, improves soil structure and restores microbial life. A study published in the Agricultural
Sciences journal showed vermicomposts can promote growth 30 to 40 percent over chemical fertilizers at a price-point 50 to 70 percent below them. Moreover, chemical fertilizers are often washed away and must be reapplied while vermicompost, due to high levels of organic matter, remains in the soil, giving plants continued access to the supplied nutrients. Modern synthetic chemical agriculture can kill beneficial microorganisms, while vermiculture supports them. Finally, vermiculture returns plant matter, and the carbon it sequesters, back to the soil, retaining biomass and nutrients. This benefits the overall environment. Earthly is a Providence-based social enterprise that produces high-quality worm castings from food waste collected from local establishments. The company’s mission is to improve the way society deals with the 40 percent of all food produced that ultimately goes to waste. While most commercially available worm castings are made using uniform types of feed such as grain or cardboard pulp, Earthly’s red wiggler worms are fed a carefully balanced mix of pre-consumer food waste obtained directly from juicing bars and coffee shops. This ensures an extremely high quality diet for the worms that in turn produces
Vermicomposting provides wonderful STEM learning opportunities for children. Clear-sided composting bins can be maintained and observed in the classroom. Students can observe what types of food waste are most attractive to worms. Students can mix different proportions of worm castings with soil in sprouting trays and compare how seedlings grow with vermicompost versus without vermicompost. Then students can use this information to determine how best to use their vermicompost in the school’s outdoor vegetable garden. Perhaps some of these students will become future leaders in the vermicomposting industry.
equally high quality castings. Earthly avoids sealing castings in plastic to prevent the suffocation of the beneficial microbes living inside the vermicompost. The company is constantly working to improve eco-friendly packaging options so that the castings can continue to breathe until the grower is ready to work with them. The fresher the castings are when applied, the better. Currently, Earthly sells primarily to the cannibis market, however, it also provides vermicompost and consulting to organic gardeners and farmers. Earthly supports the no-till method, recommending the layering of straw over freshly applied vermicompost at the end of each growing season. Earthly co-founder Frank Mastrobouno states, “This process requires a lot of work upfront, however, it will lower garden maintenance required through the following growing season.” Learn more at GrowEarthly.com. Wendy Fachon is a regular contributor to Natural Awakenings. July 2018
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We need to do everything possible to cut back on greenhouse gas emissions, but that’s not going to stop rising sea levels anytime soon. We need to start adapting right away. We can elevate structures, but that’s limited. Historically, we’ve used armoring, including seawalls, levees and rock revetments, which work for awhile, but have endpoints. Ultimately, it’s going to take relocation, or what we call “planned retreat”, moving back when the sea nears our front yard. The more we reduce or mitigate the emission of greenhouse gases, the less adaptation will be needed to cope with climate change.
Why are coral reefs so vital to the global ecosystem?
In the tropical latitudes, coral reef ecosystems have formed the basic biological, geological, economic and cultural framework of area coastlines and island nations for centuries. Today, fisheries and tourism anchor those economies. Millions of people depend on these local ecosystems for their protein supply. About 50 percent of coral reefs are in poor or fair condition, and most are in decline. Whether from pollution, dredging, filling or overfishing, virtually all of those reefs are under significant threat.
Have researchers seen any overfished species rebound?
A 2013 report by the Natural Resources Defense Council found that about twothirds of U.S. commercial fish species that
had been seriously depleted had made significant recoveries—28 of 44 fish stocks, including Atlantic bluefish, flounder and black sea bass—primarily due to better management practices. We now have fisheries restrictions and marine-protected areas in place. To realize some long-term success, we need to limit fisheries in certain areas and for certain species. California’s Monterey Bay Aquarium publishes a Seafood Watch Consumer Guide card specific to regions; it color codes which species are safe to eat and which ones no longer can provide a sustainable harvest, so we know which ones to ask for at grocers and restaurants.
What might mitigate the environmental impact of what you term “coastal megacities”? Eight of the largest metropolitan areas worldwide—Shanghai, Mumbai, Karachi, Tokyo, Dhaka, Jakarta, New York/New Jersey and Los Angeles—are along shorelines. Coasts in Crisis looks at the hazards of hurricanes, cyclones, typhoons and tsunamis that their residents are exposed to—along with long-term sea level rise. These incredible concentrations of people not only fish heavily, they discharge large volumes of waste and wastewater. You can’t put 10 million people on a shoreline and not expect impacts. We need to get all of these discharges cleaned up and under control. Shorelines are very delicate biological environments. We also must get global population under control to make a much softer footprint on the planet. It would take four planet Earths to support the present global population if everyone indulged in America’s current consumption habits (FootprintNetwork.org). Sustainability is what we must work toward, whether it’s food, water or energy. Currently, we’re mining the planet for all its resources, which can’t go on for much longer. We need to recognize this and return to equilibrium with what the planet can supply. Freelance writer and editor Randy Kambic, in Estero, FL, is a frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings.
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hildren benefit from a close connection with nature, and there’s no better place to learn about plants and soil than a garden. Families don’t need lots of space, as even a small collection of potted plants holds fascination for youngsters. The first step is to understand a garden as seen by a child that may be more interested in creative play than in making things grow. Whitney Cohen, education director at Life Lab, a nonprofit that promotes garden-based education in Santa Cruz, California, thinks kids benefit most from what she calls “dirt time”—spent outdoors interacting with plants, animals, soil and everything else. “When a child plants a seed, tends it over time and ultimately pulls a carrot out of the soil and eats it, they begin to know down in their bones that food comes from plants; that healthy food is delicious; and that we are part of a vast and beautiful web of life,” Cohen says. This learning process may not match a parent’s idea of a lovely garden. “Children don’t make neat rows. They water leaves and flower petals rather than the roots.
They accidentally step on young seedlings. Gardening with children is messy and chaotic, but there is always learning going on beneath the surface, just out of sight,” says Catherine Koons-Hubbard, nature preschool director at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Growing nutritious vegetables like cherry tomatoes allows kids to see, touch and possibly smash a food as they get to know it, increasing the likelihood that they will eventually eat it.
Incorporate Play Spaces “Children might rather be playing than following instructions,” Koons-Hubbard counsels, but it’s easy to incorporate space for free play in the garden. Depending on a child’s imagination and which toys are used, a spot of diggable soil in the shade might morph into a dinosaur refuge, pony farm or secret place for fairies. Kids are also attracted to stepping stones, which encourage hopping, stretching and even counting. Don’t be surprised if kids turn some of them into a stage or a place to stack rocks or leaves.
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Remove the worry from gardening with kids by minimizing safety risks. Replace poisonous or prickly plants with vegetables, herbs or edible flowers and teach kids of all ages not to eat plants unless they have first been checked by an adult. Insects can be both interesting and threatening, and flying insects often are attracted to bright colors. Dress kids in light, neutral colors to avoid unwanted attention from bugs. Avoid chemical fertilizers and sprays, and opt for organic solutions.
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Children love mixing soil and water together into mud. When given a bucket of clay, soil and water, kids quickly discover they can use mud to paint, sculpt or make fantasy pies decorated with leaves, sticks or flowers. “Playing in mud fully engages the senses, and there are studies that show it can benefit the immune system and make us happier,” says Leigh MacDonald-Rizzo, education director at the Ithaca Children’s Garden, in New York. References include the University of Bristol, UK, University of Colorado Boulder and University of California, Los Angeles. “Mud isn’t anything, really, and that open-ended quality lends itself to joyously creative play that helps children develop a relationship with the natural world,” she says.
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Flavorful Ways to Lower Disease Risk
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ny time our bodies sense an “invader”—a microbe, virus, plant pollen or unwelcome chemical— they go into high alert, producing white blood cells to fight it off. Once the danger has been thwarted, normal functioning returns. If we continue to expose ourselves to these threats, then the high-alert process, known as inflammation, becomes chronic. This disturbance of natural equilibrium can lead to cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, depression and pain. It can also mask or worsen autoimmune diseases. Eating
foods with natural anti-inflammatory properties can help the body function better.
“Many experimental studies have shown that components of foods or beverages may have anti-inflammatory effects,” says Dr. Frank Hu, also a Ph.D. and professor of nutrition and epidemiology in the department of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. “A healthy diet is beneficial not only for reducing the risk of chronic diseases, but also for
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improving mood and overall quality of life.” Hu, Josh Axe, a chiropractor and doctor of natural medicine, in Nashville, Tennessee, and Dr. Andrew Weil, director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, in Tucson, promote anti-inflammatory foods, backed by recent studies, on their websites. “Small, gradual changes are typically more sustainable and easier for the body to adapt to,” writes Axe. “So rather than emptying your pantry and sailing off to the Mediterranean, you can pursue an anti-inflammatory diet one step at a time.” That’s what Andrea Adams Britt did. A professional wedding cake baker from Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Britt experienced bewildering symptoms, including digestion issues, depression, migraines, weight gain and skin irritation. In 2015, she eliminated flour and sugar from her diet, and then added more organic leafy green vegetables, coconut oil and wild-caught salmon. Her symptoms went away one at a time, and by last January, she had also lost 100 pounds. The solution for her was to create flavorful dishes that she enjoyed eating, so she did not feel deprived. Weil advises, “The best foods are those that offer disease-preventive benefits such as anti-inflammatory effects and delectable flavor. When I eat such foods, I feel as though I’ve hit a grand slam homerun— the sensory pleasure is heightened by the fact that each bite contributes to my overall well-being.” His take on an Anti-Inflammatory Food Pyramid at Tinyurl.com/AndrewWeil-Food-Pyramid offers a broad sample of these foods in an easy, downloadable graphic. Reducing inflammation in her body has also led to better mental and emotional health for Britt. “I am a happier person,” Britt says. “I can control my emotions, focus my thoughts and am more at peace.”
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Inflammation-Causing Foods Dr. Frank Hu, of the Harvard School of Public Health, suggests limiting these foods that inflame, all found in a typical fast food meal. 1. Refined carbs, such as bread buns and sugars
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Green tea is best enjoyed hot with a little squeeze of lemon; it may reduce cholesterol levels, ultimately assisting in lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease, per Weil.
Virgin coconut oil has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, according to a study published in Pharmaceutical Biology. Britt eats a total of one-and-a-half tablespoons a day in hot drinks, salads or soups.
Tomatoes are an easy-to-use and a tasty anti-inflammatory food, says Axe. He notes, “They are a rich source of lycopene, betacarotene, folate, potassium, vitamin C, flavonoids and vitamin E.”
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nsomnia plagues millions of Americans, and finding a solution can be difficult when the condition is chronic. Prolonged lack of quality sleep compromises health and sets the stage for depression, high blood pressure, obesity, inflammation, poor memory and even serious risk of heart attack. The good news is that natural alternatives, especially regular exercise, offer relief. Northwestern University research published in the journal Sleep Medicine even confirms better results from exercise than other natural approaches.
Timing is Everything
Circadian rhythm, the body’s internal clock, governs physiological patterns involving sleep and hunger, and is cued by temperature and sunlight, so timing our exercise is important. Other studies at Northwestern reveal that workouts earlier in the day yield better results because muscles also have their own rhythm (internal clocks) that help them perform more efficiently due to the presence of daylight, and function optimally then. According to the National Sleep Foundation, a decrease in body temperature after an initial increase during physical activity initiates sleep, which also suggests that exercising later in the day, but not before bed, is helpful, as well. Research from Princeton University further shows that exercise can help the brain process stress, helping to minimize anxiety which often accompanies or fosters insomnia. Long Beach, California, holistic podiatrist Don Kim, creator of The Walking Cure Program, affirms, “The first thing to address is the circadian rhythm—what I call the body’s highest peak and lowest valley. The entire system needs to get used to slowing down.” Kim’s life changed for the better, including his struggles
with insomnia, when he made walking a priority after an incapacitating back injury. “Walking is synchronized motion and induces meditative brain waves,” says Kim, who teaches others how to walk for better physical and mental health.
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The more oxygen the brain receives, the lower the levels of cortisol that trigger racing thoughts. Other forms of moderate aerobic exercise involving cardio machines, spinning, cross-country skiing, swimming and dancing are also beneficial ways to increase oxygen intake. Chicago fitness expert Stephanie Mansour explains, “Improving circulation helps to increase the body’s energy during the day and helps you wind down at night.” It’s a common misconception that rushing through the day is the same as engaging in exercise. Mansour elaborates: “Exercising is different than just being busy or working outside, because it’s a time where you connect your mind, body and breath. You’re forced to be present. It’s difficult to think about your to-do list when you’re physically engaged.” According to Sleep.org, just 10 minutes of regular aerobic activity anytime improves sleep quality significantly. Plus, it abates the likelihood of sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome that sedentary lifestyles can cause or exacerbate.
Restorative yoga instructor Naima Merella, manager of Studio 34, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, says, “We’re not taught to value rest, and conditions like feeling overwhelmed and insomnia are the result. Most people in our culture suffer from an overactive fight-or-flight response, so engaging our parasympathetic nervous system, or relaxation response, can balance this.” Merella advocates yoga, breath work and certain qigong exercises. “One option is to do a more active yoga practice to burn off excess nervous energy, and then end with restorative poses to engage the relaxation response. It all depends on a person’s schedule and what they’re able to do. Ideally, I would suggest doing at least 30 minutes of restorative yoga and breath work before bed, but even a few minutes of a restorative pose or breathing technique can be helpful. I’ve found the kundalini yoga meditation,
Shabad Kriya, most helpful for sleeping.” Renowned yogi Janice Gates, of Marin County, California, also advises physical practice, as well as understanding the foundational teachings. “It’s important to remember that you’re not your anxiety. It’s easy to identify with suffering and conditions that cause it. Yoga supports us to be free of that conditioning. Keep in mind that an issue can be more mental at times and more physiological at other times, so we want to address both with asanas early in the day to balance the nervous system and mindful breathing at bedtime.” Whichever form of exercise we choose, we should be gentle with ourselves. As Merella reminds us, “The best thing we can do is send ourselves compassion and love.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at MarlainaDonato.com.
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The Wisdom of Yoga Applications for Emotional Well-Being by Kristen Acciari
he physical benefits of practicing yoga—from improving posture to lowering blood pressure, and beyond—are well documented. What seems less understood, particularly in Western culture, is the incredible depth of yoga philosophy and the emotional benefits of applying yogic wisdom to how we live our daily lives.
Yoga is much more than the physical postures (called asanas) and the practice has much to teach us if we are willing to look beyond the surface. The word yoga means union. Yoga philosophy refers to the breath as prana, or life force energy. There is an understanding that our breath is that which gives us life and animates our physical body, and so the breath is linked to our spirit. Therefore, when we are
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GMO Toxins Permeate Pet Foods by Jeffrey Smith
n the late 1990s, the nationally syndicated newspaper columnist, “animal doctor” Michael Fox received many letters about dogs and cats with diarrhea, itchy skin and other persistent disorders. He advised all inquirers to immediately remove foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMO). Dozens of follow-up thank-you notes verified that his recommendation worked. “One of the main reasons I came to the conclusion of blaming GMOs in pet foods for this cluster of health problems is that essentially, nothing else in the health background of these animals had been changing,” says Fox. Many vets have also reported a rise in pet obesity, skin conditions, inflammation, degenerative disk disease, cancer and even shorter lifespans since late 1996, when GMOs and associated poisons entered America’s food supply. For example, most GMOs like soy, corn and canola are designed by Monsanto to tolerate high doses of its Roundup herbicide. Corn is also engineered to produce an insect-killing 36
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poison called Bt-toxin. Together with pesticides sprayed on or produced inside GMO crops, the side effects from genetic engineering create dangers. Monsanto’s “Roundup-ready” corn has higher levels of putrescine and cadaverine, compounds responsible for dead body odor. They promote bad breath and also can enhance the risk of allergic reactions and cancer.
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Cancer rates among our country’s 185 million pets are skyrocketing, especially among dogs. Canines have the highest cancer rate of all mammals; in America, about half are struck with the disease. In 2015, the World Health Organization classified Roundup’s active ingredient,
glyphosate, as a “probable human carcinogen.” Insufficient human studies exist, but a goodly number of animal studies confirm that it causes cancer. Preliminary tests commissioned by the Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT), an educational nonprofit, on the dangers of GMOs, revealed that six popular dog and cat foods contained more glyphosate residues than most human foods. Possibly because pets are exposed to Roundup from spraying both foods and lawns, a pilot study by Health Research Institute Laboratories, which tests glyphosate levels in food and environments, found the levels in dogs’ urine were 50 times higher than the average in humans.
Numerous veterinarians see good results when pets switch to non-GMO food that’s free of synthetic pesticides. Veterinarian Barbara Royal, owner of The Royal Treatment Veterinary Center, in Chicago and author of The Royal Treatment: A Natural Approach to Wildly Healthy Pets, says, “Allergies, gastrointestinal problems, autoimmune diseases, behavioral problems [and other conditions] improve when we take the animals off of these GMO-laden, glyphosate-ridden foods, and put them on something that’s more organic and natural. It’s a dramatic change.” In a survey conducted by IRT, 3,256 people that adopted a non-GMO and largely organic diet reported improvements in 28 health conditions, many of which have increased in the U.S. parallel with the growing prevalence of GMOs and Roundup. Further, 80 pet owners cited improvements in status for eight health issues, including digestion, allergies and skin conditions, when their pet’s food was changed. Plausible explanations include that glyphosate is patented as an antibiotic,
Pet owners that notice benefits from changing a pet’s diet can share their story via PetsAndGMOs.com or Pets@ResponsibleTechnology.org. The sooner we realize the hidden dangers, the quicker the market must respond with healthier ingredients.
and so easily kills beneficial bacteria in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This could possibly interfere with digestion, detoxification and immunity. According to integrative veterinarian Karen Becker, in Chicago, the Healthy Pets expert for Mercola.com, “We know now that animals consuming genetically modified foods… can change the terrain of their GI tract.” Most notably, glyphosate and Bt-toxin are linked to leaky gut—unnatural holes or gaps created in intestine walls. Veterinarian Marlene Siegel, owner of the Pasco Veterinary Medical Center, in Lutz, Florida, says, “We know that the root cause of most disease is inflammation; and that inflammation is coming from the leaky gut.”
Organic Surpasses Non-GMO
GMOs are not the only crops drenched with Roundup. It’s also sprayed on other foods to dry them, often just a few days before harvest, including wheat, oats, barley and other cereals. It’s also used on lentils, citrus orchards, sunflowers, potato fields and vineyards. Organic growers and processors are not allowed to use GMOs, Roundup or other synthetic toxins. It’s safest to choose
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organic; if unavailable, at least buy verified non-GMO. Jeffrey M. Smith is founder of the Institute for Responsible Technology and its campaign, Protect Pets from GMOs and Pesticides, at PetsAndGMOs.com. Author of the bestseller Seeds of Deception: Exposing Industry and Government Lies About the Safety of the Genetically Engineered Foods You’re Eating and Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods, his upcoming film, Secret Ingredients, interviews many that recovered from disease after switching to organic food. Also visit NonGMOsImproveHealth.com.
Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one, is a life diminished. ~Dean Koontz
Percent of Respondents Reporting Improved Health Conditions After Humans and Pets Switched to a Non-GMO and Mostly Organic Diet Joint Pain
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Better digestion is the top reported benefit for humans and pets that switched to non-GMO and largely organic foods. All conditions that improved in pets also improved in humans. July 2018
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1. Connect with the inner voice.
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Uncovering authenticity comes from within. We learn to discern and heed the inner voice of wisdom through daily silence, a still space that allows messages to resonate. This ever-present guidance system is always spot on. The key is to connect often. Be grateful for the fruits of quiet moments. Maybe they occur during prayer and meditation, in the shower, walking in solitude without earphones or driving with the radio off. Breathe deeply, cherishing an open heart. Gut feelings often presage inner knowing.
2. Realize the difference between soul and ego.
Connected with our soul—the seat of everything positive, the venue of all potential and light—we experience spaciousness, unconditional love and complete support. If accusations, blame or heavy judgment arise, it’s just the ego trying to maintain the status quo. By dismissing its raging, it dissipates.
3. Reconnect with authentic selfhood.
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We must banish every misconception and lie we tell about ourselves. Falsehoods define us just like the things that are true. Take a good, long look in the mirror and ask, “Who is this person? What has
made me who I am today? What experiences have created this unique divine work? Are my eyes alight or dim? What am I feeling? Am I weighed down by burdens, exhausted by current choices?” Simply ask the questions; don’t look for answers, but be wary of the ego’s vote for falsehoods.
4. Find some crazy joy.
Beginning today, do one new thing daily that brings joy. Temporary happiness builds and reinforces joy, but soul-deep joy weaves a base of strength within. It’s an attitude—an outlook. When we are flourishing spiritually, emotionally and physically, it evokes joy in how we live and feel. Move out of familiar comfort zones and do something unexpected. Pursue a heartfelt desire long delayed. Watch a comedy with friends. Take a dance class. Call an old friend. Volunteer somewhere nurturing. Be in this moment. Understand that this is what life will feel like when living authentically, free of masks and pretense— when each day is meaningful and suffused with joy. Remember, authentic living is about the journey, not the destination. Jan Desai is a wife, mother, entrepreneur and visionary who transformed her life at age 50 by breaking with conventions. She shares her lifetime of learning at JanDesai.com.
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MONDAY, JULY 2 Svaroopa Yoga Class – 5:30-7pm. Very gentle, deeply healing style. Focus is on releasing the tight muscles along the spinal column for a related release in the body and mind. Pre-registration necessary. $148/series of 8 classes, $22/drop-in. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, North Providence. 401-742-8020. BlissfulMomentYoga.com. Charleston Dance Lesson – 6:30-7:30pm. Join us for a Charleston Dance lesson presented by Lois Meinhardt. No experience necessary. Lighten up your Monday mood with an evening of dancing. Please register. Free. Mansfield Public Library, 255 Hope St, Mansfield, MA. 508-261-7380. MansfieldLibraryMA.com.
TUESDAY, JULY 3 Yoga at North Kingstown Town Beach – 7-8am. Every Tuesday and Thrursday, July 3-31. Alllevels kripalu yoga including pranayama, seated and standing poses to aid balance, flexibility and strength ending with reiki and aromatherapy. $100/9 classes, 15/drop-in. Kathryn Ford Richter, 10 Beach St, North Kingstown. 857-498-1499. KathrynFordRichter.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/drop-in. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, North Providence. 401-742-8020. BlissfulMomentYoga.com. Spiritual Intuitive Development Circle – 7-8:30pm. Have you wanted to develop your mediumship abilities, as well as grow spiritually. This class is for you. Learn about billets, flame cards, psychometry and much more. $25, $100/5. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com.
FRIDAY, JULY 6 Beachside Yoga – 6-7pm. Practice gentle yoga. Class meets every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday weather permitting, and every Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday morning at 7:30am. For schedule/weather updates visit website. $10. The Sacred Center, Third Beach, 3rd Beach Rd, Middletown. 860-965-9995. Sacred-Center.org.
SATURDAY, JULY 7 SUNDAY, JULY 8 Young Naturists Weekend and 3rd Annual Solair Brewfest – Fun, games, and competition. Saturday Brewfest, Pizza Party, and dancing to Heavy Rescue Band. All-day activities include pool, sandy pond, paddleboards, volleyball, pickleball, hiking trails. Naked Turtle Cafe. Solair Recreation League - Family Nudist Camp, 65 Ide Perrin Road, Woodstock, CT. 860-928-9174. Check website for details and times. SolairRL.com.
SATURDAY, JULY 7 Yoga on Bristol Town Beach – 9-10:15am. Join Jane Viscolosi for free outdoor vinyasa yoga classes on Saturdays July 7-28. Weather permitting. Bring family. Bristol Parks and Recreation, Town Beach and Sports Complex, 50 Asylum Rd, Bristol. 401-578-9973. Bristolri.us/154/Parks-Recreation.
markyourcalendar Unicorn Rising Workshop – 10am-1pm. UK’s spiritual author, teacher and founder of Unicorn Healing, Calista will present workshop to explore the unicorn realm and connect you with your personal unicorn guide. $40. Creatigo Holistic Development, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick. 401-287-2781. Creatigo.org. Seven Year Celebration & Open House – 10am2pm. Celebrating 7 years of serving the community. Join us. Meet our practitioners and teachers, enjoy free reiki sample treatments and take advantage of special discounts. Free. A Reiki World, 1080 Kingstown Rd, Building 8 (Peace Dale), Wakefield. 401-741-6789. areikiworld.com. Tuning Fork Therapy – 10am-4pm. Book a 1-hr session to receive powerful tuning fork therapy. Their sound vibrations will help you to align your energy and begin healing. $30/hr. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. Book session: 401-641-3516. SpiritualistChurchRI.com. Mid-Summer Island Retreat for All Ages – 2:308:30pm. Outdoor activities for all including farm games, yoga, dance, meditation, historic tours, potluck dinner, bonfire, singing, storytelling, outdoor worship. Free, donation appreciated. St Mary’s Church & The Sacred Center, 324 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. 860-965-9995.
SUNDAY, JULY 8 JourneyDance with Rosa – 10:30am-12pm. We dance barefoot to connect to the energy of Mother Earth. We release heavy energy from our body and replace it with love and light. There are no steps to learn. $15/preregister, $20/at door. Sandywoods Center for the Arts, 43 Muse Way, Tiverton. 401-297-9115. Sandywoods.org.
STEAM with MobileQuest – 6-8pm. Grades K-8. Coding with Dash and Dot. Join us for hands-on science, friends and fun. $15. MobileQuest, at The Empowerment Factory, 999 Main St, Ste 707, Pawtucket. 401-533-4297. MobileQuestAdventures.com. 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. 1464 Park Ave, Cranston. To register, Gloria: 401-944-4130 or WhiteLight1462@aol.com.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 11 Svaroopa Yoga Class – 6-7:30pm. Very gentle, deeply healing style. Focus is on releasing the tight muscles along the spinal column for a related release in the body and mind. Pre-registration necessary. $148/series of 8 classes, $22/drop-in. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, North Providence. 401-742-8020. BlissfulMomentYoga.com. Yoga for Stress & Anxiety Workshop – 6:308:30pm. Attendees will learn ways to work with stress and anxiety as they present across mental, emotional, physical and spiritual layers of experience. $40. The Holistic Heart, 659 Sandy Ln, Warwick. 401-441-8449. HolisticHeartRI.com.
THURSDAY, JULY 12 Shamanic Journey Circle – 1-2:45pm. 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. 401-924-0567. FireseedCenter.com. July New Moon – 7-9pm. Ceremony provides the opportunity to let go of obstacles and hindrances, heal illness and ease suffering, awaken your intuition. We make offerings, do healing rituals, talking circles. $20 suggested donation. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Pl, Ste 6A, Providence. Text to RSVP: 401-464-1634. TheProvidenceInstitute.org.
FRIDAY, JULY 13 Breastfeeding Support Group – 10-11:30am. Great opportunity to come in and meet one of our nurses/ lactation consultants and other new mothers, weigh your baby and get your questions answered. No registration required; formula/bottle feeding mothers welcome. Free. Healthy Babies Happy Moms, 4512 Post Rd, East Greenwich. 401-884-8273. HealthyBabiesHappyMoms.com.
TUESDAY, JULY 10
Awakening Through Drum Healing – 6:458:45pm. 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. 197 Pascoag Main St, Pascoag. To register: 401-568-2800 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Akashic Record Reading & Healing – 6-8pm. Come release what needs to be healed so you can walk your soul’s path more easily. After healing and clearing you will leave feeling lighter, freer, and more peaceful. $25. Creatigo Holistic Development, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick. 401-287-2781. Creatigo.org.
Drumming Circle – 7:30-9pm. 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 LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com.
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Jingle Bell Rock & Christmas in July – Turkey shoot, crafts, snow/sandman contest. Great Hill Mountain Band 8pm. All-day activities include pool, sandy pond, paddleboards, volleyball, pickleball, hiking trails. Naked Turtle Cafe. Solair Recreation League - Family Nudist Camp, 65 Ide Perrin Road, Woodstock, CT. 860-928-9174. Check website for details and times. SolairRL.com.
STEAM with MobileQuest – 6-8pm. Grades K-8. Green Screen: The Magic of Movie Making. Join us for hands-on science, friends and fun. $15. MobileQuest, at The Empowerment Factory, 999 Main St, Ste 707, Pawtucket. 401-533-4297. MobileQuestAdventures.com.
Breastfeeding Class – 9-10:30am. Learn steps for successful breastfeeding. Benefits, prenatal assessment, anatomy and physiology of breastfeeding, proper positioning of baby and breast support and more. $50/couple. Healthy Babies Happy Moms, 4512 Post Rd, East Greenwich. 401-884-8273. HealthyBabiesHappyMoms.com.
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.
FRIDAY, JULY 20
Journey to the Core – 9:30-11:30am. In this master class enhance your overall fitness & develop deeper flexibility, more physical strength, a stronger core & deeper breathing. Yoga basics preferred. $35; pre-register to save $10. Quonny Yoga, 5662 Post Rd, Rte 1, Charlestown. 401-266-1187. QuonnyYoga.com.
Twisted Art Jewelry Workshop – 3-4:30pm. Join Gene Jacobs as he teachers you how to make a Twisted Art necklace or ornament to take home. Open to ages 10 and up. Space limited; please register online. Free. Mansfield Public Library, 255 Hope St, Mansfield, MA. 508-261-7380. MansfieldLibraryMA.com.
Newborn Care Class – 11am-12:30pm. Learn what to expect during those first weeks and how to take care of your newborn. Holding baby/ baby bath, cord care, circumcision, newborn screening, infant car seat safety and so much more. $50/couple. Healthy Babies Happy Moms, 4512 Post Rd, East Greenwich. 401-884-5421. HealthyBabiesHappyMoms.com.
SATURDAY, JULY 21
SUNDAY, JULY 15 IET Basic Certification: Level 1 – 10am-6pm. See full description and register through website. $175. Tracy Calapai, 35 East Ave, Harrisville. TracyCalapai.com. Community Reiki – 10:30am-12:30pm. 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. Free though donations are accepted. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Health Fair – 1-3pm – free massage, blood-pressure check, samples, natural beauty and crafts, and more. All-day activities include pool, sandy pond, paddleboards, volleyball, pickleball, hiking trails. Naked Turtle Cafe. Solair Recreation League - Family Nudist Camp, 65 Ide Perrin Road, Woodstock, CT. 860-928-9174. Please confirm times on website. SolairRL.com. Crystal Singing Bowls Healing Medita – 2-3pm. With the vibrational sounds of Tibetan and crystal singing bowls will alter your individual enery footprint based on the healing that your soul needs. It is so good. $20. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com.
MONDAY, JULY 16 The Power of You – 7-9pm. Explore your relationship to your authentic power, where it resides and where it is missing. Connect, embrace and integrate natural power to live with passion and vitality. With Katharine Rossi. $25. Fireseed: Center for Transformation, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567. FireseedCenter.com.
Key West Duval Street Parade – All-day activities plus dancing with acclaimed Shaded Soul Band, 8pm. Pool, sandy pond, paddleboards, volleyball, pickleball, hiking trails. Naked Turtle Cafe. .Solair Recreation League - Family Nudist Camp, 65 Ide Perrin Road, Woodstock, CT. 860-928-9174. Check website for details and times. SolairRL.com.
markyourcalendar Hands-On Gardening – 9-11am. Weeding techniques, garlic harvest and curing, last succession seeding, how to tell when vegetables are ready to harvest. $28. Earth Care Farm, 89A Country Dr, Charlestown. 401-364-9930. EarthCareFarm.com. Basic Integrated Energy Therapy (IET) – 9:30am-5:30pm. IET supports you to safely and gently release limiting energy patterns working with the healing angels including Archangels Ariel, Michael, Raphael, Gabriel and others. $200. Creatigo Holistic Development, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick. 401-793-0097. Creatigo.org.
markyourcalendar 1-Year Anniversary Open House – 10am4pm. Come meet the practitioners at Northern Lights as they celebrate their 1-yr anniversary. Mini-readings, healing and more. Celebrate with us. Free. Northern Lights Holistic, 204 Clock Tower Sq, Portsmouth. 401-293-5655. NorthernLightsHolistic.com.
SUNDAY, JULY 22 Chakra Balancing – 11:30am-1:30pm. Explore the intricacies of the subtle body and the chakra system. Use asana, chanting and meditation to open the chakras in this Jivamukti Yoga workshop. $30. Jala Studio: Yoga & Art, 285 S Main St, Providence. 508-566-2524. Jala-Studio.com.
Soul Entrainment Group Class – 12-1pm. Your soul knows everything about you. The answers are within. I will guide you to experience the amazing connection and reveal your truths about healing, guidance and blocks. $30. Creatigo Holistic Development, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick. 401-287-2781. Creatigo.org.
MONDAY, JULY 23 Discover your Personal Soul Map with Holistic Tarot – 6-9pm. What does the universe want you to accomplish as you navigate? What is your soul purpose and your soul shadow? Holistic tarot answers these questions and more. With Cris McCullough. $45. Northern Lights Holistic, 204 Clock Tower Plaza, Portsmouth. Register: 401-293-5655. SoulWisdomTarot.com.
TUESDAY, JULY 24 Soul Wisdom Tarot – 4-9pm. Join Cris McCullough as she unfolds the pattern of your life’s journey with Soul Wisdom Tarot. Questions answered. Problems solved. Reserve your session. $30/25 mins. Maddie’s Restaurant, 2706 S County Trail, East Greenwich. 401-885-8100. SoulWisdomTarot.com. STEAM with MobileQuest – 6-8pm. Grades K-8. Circuits and Electricity. Join us for hands-on science, friends and fun. $15. MobileQuest, at The Empowerment Factory, 999 Main St, Ste 707, Pawtucket. 401-533-4297. MobileQuestAdventures.com.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 25 Restorative Yoga & Self-Reflexology – 6-8:30pm. A unique workshop designed to provide a supportive, healing experience as well as provide attendees with take-away techniques for ongoing self-care. $45. The Holistic Heart, 659 Sandy Ln, Warwick. 401-441-8449. HolisticHeartRI.com. Jivamukti Yoga with Live Music – 6:15-7:45pm. Join advanced-certified Jivamukti teacher Bristol Maryott for yoga accompanied by the live music of mellow electronica artist Antonio Forte. $15. Jala Studio: Yoga & Art, 285 S Main St, Providence. 508-566-2524. Jala-Studio.com. A Night of Insight – 6:30-8:30pm. Join medium Kathy Archambault and learn to tap into your own spiritual energy. A fun way to learn about your innate spiritual gifts. Everyone who comes will get a reading. $20. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. SpiritualistChurchRI.com. Full Moon JourneyDance – 7-8:30pm. With Rosa. Full moon fire ceremony and JourneyDance closing with a sacred sound meditation with gong, tibetan and crystal singing bowls, chimes. Release, renew and transform. $15/preregister on website, $20/at door. Sandywoods Center for the Arts, 43 Muse Way, Tiverton. 401-297-9115. Sandywoods.org. Sleep Class with Kathy Moren – 7-8:30pm. Learn about sleep theories, sleep goals, babies natural circadian rhythm, normal sleep problems and much more. $50; registration required by July 22. Healthy Babies Happy Moms, 4512 Post Rd, East Greenwich. 401-884-5421. HealthyBabiesHappyMoms.com.
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Jin Shin Jyutsu – 11:30am-1pm. Mara Prentice, DC, will teach you Jin Shin Jyutsu, a Japanese Harmonizing Art, self-care techniques that when used help bring balance, harmony and greater self awareness. $15. Beloved: A Yoga Practice, 235 High St, Ste 2, Bristol. 401-787-8877. BelovedYogaRI.com.
Soul Readings – 6:30-8pm. New starting this month. With Debbee and Michelle. Come see what your soul wants you to know; it’s in the cards. $20. Creatigo Holistic Development, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick. 401-287-2781. Creatigo.org.
FRIDAY, JULY 27 Full Moon Fire Ceremony – 6:30-8:30pm. Connect with Mother Earth and through ritual, song, dance and drumming, plant our seeds of intentions for what we seek to manifest in our lives. Love offering appreciated. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552. Concordiacsl.com. July Full Moon – 7-9pm. Ceremony provides the opportunity to let go of obstacles and hindrances, heal illness and ease suffering, awaken your intuition. We make offerings, do healing rituals, talking circles. $20 suggested donation. The Providence Institute, Little Compton. Text 401-464-1634 to RSVP. TheProvidenceInstitute.org.
SATURDAY, JULY 28 Welcome to the Jungle – Floatopia Raft Regatta. Live Reptile Show. Themed dinner 6pm with Tarzan and Jane costume DJ dance 8pm. All-day activities include pool, sandy pond, paddleboards, volleyball, pickleball, hiking trails. Naked Turtle Cafe. Solair Recreation League - Family Nudist Camp, 65 Ide Perrin Road, Woodstock, CT. 860-928-9174. Check website for details and times. SolairRL.com. Reiki I Certification Course – 10am-4pm. Learn about reiki history, 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. Sacred Chamber of the Heart – 6-8pm. Join Emma Phaneuf for a night of chanting, singing bowls and healing. A crystal grid will create a sacred safe place to heal emotional, physical and spiritual pain. $25. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. SpiritualistChurchRI.com.
SUNDAY, JULY 29 Proprioceptive Writing Retreat – July 29-Aug 3. Kim Chandler and Ann Mullen lead this 5-day immersion in the Berkshires. Wisdom House is a peaceful, contemplative setting with nutritious meals, a labyrinth and swimming pool. $1,250. Wisdom House, 229 E Litchfield Rd, Litchfield, CT. 401-849-3200. InnerlightYoga.com. Reiki Share – 2-3:30pm. Reiki shares are a way for practitioners to practice on one another to hone their skills and receive healing themselves. $10. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com. Men’s Spiritual Study Group – 6:30-8:30pm. The goal of this study group is to offer men a means to address some of life’s most serious questions: Who am I? Why am I here? Where am I going? Led by author and spiritual guide Ken Gaus. $10 donation suggested. Northern Lights Holistic, 204 Clock Tower Sq, Portsmouth. 401-293-5655. NorthernLightsHolistic.com.
The Power of Dreams – 7-9pm. Learn how to access the power of your dreams in this interactive workshop. Topics include dream incubation, dream journal and lightning dreamwork. Bring a dream to share. With David Barr. $25. Fireseed: Center for Transformation, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Flr, Providence. 401-924-0567. FireseedCenter.com.
TUESDAY, JULY 31 STEAM with MobileQuest – 6-8pm. Grades K-8. Silly Science. Join us for hands-on science, friends and fun. $15. The Empowerment Factory, at The Empowerment Factory, 999 Main St, Ste 707, Pawtucket. 401-533-4297. MobileQuestAdventures.com. Conscious Creation – 6:30-9pm. 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.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 4 Free Kids Glow Yoga – 11am-12pm. With Zandra. Great way for kids to exercise and have fun using black lights and glow bracelets. Yoga helps in meditation, strengthening and balancing among others. Free. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Must register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 5 Reiki Level 2 Certification – 10am-6pm. See website for full description and to register. $250. Tracy Calapai, 35 East Ave, Harrisville. 401-567-4700. TracyCalapai.com. Paint and Express – 2-4:30pm. With Zandra. A workshop where you enter a meditative state guided on a healing meditation journey. You will be painting and reflecting on your journey. $45 including materials. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Must register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 7 STEAM with MobileQuest – 6-8pm. Grades K-8. Art in Motion. Join us for hands-on science, friends and fun. $15. MobileQuest, at The Empowerment Factory, 999 Main St, Ste 707, Pawtucket. 401-533-4297. MobileQuestAdventures.com.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 18 Hands-On Gardening – 9-11am. Garlic sorting and storage preparation, vegetable harvesting, weeding, discuss pests and diseases. $28. Earth Care Farm, 89A Country Dr, Charlestown. 401-364-9930. EarthCareFarm.com.
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MONDAY, OCTOBER 29 Retreat to Basunti, North India – Oct 29-Nov 9. Join Advanced-certified Jivamukti teacher Bristol Maryott for 12 magical days of yoga in North India. Travel to the source and practice yoga in the shadow of the Himalayas. $2,150 excluding transportation. Jala Studio: Yoga & Art, 285 S Main St, Providence. 508-566-2524. Jala-Studio.com.
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sunday Kripalu Yoga – 7-8:15am. Yoga poses, breath work and meditation with encouragement to fine-tune for the self. Poses are created from the ground up, allowing space to go as light or as deep as needed. First class free. Beloved: A Yoga Practice, 235 High St, Ste 2, Bristol. 401-787-8877. BelovedYogaRI.com. Chair Qigong – 9-10am. Begins July 15. 7-wk cycle. Qigong is a Chinese healing art involving meditation, controlled breathing and movement exercises. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Register: BlueDragonflyRI.com. Mindful Flow and Meditation – 9-10:15am. Moderate-level class blending mindfulness discussions, gentle pranayama (breath) and flowing asanas (poses). $10. Hayloft at Sandywoods Center for the Arts, 73 Muse Way, Tiverton. 401-816-5600. SandywoodsMusic.com. Celebration of Life Service –10-11:15am. July 1-Sept 2. Come celebrate your spiritual magnificence with inspirational music, affirmative prayer, meditation, and lessons in the Science of Mind. 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. The Providence Flea – 10am-4pm. Artisans, makers, vintage vendors, community non-profits, live music, food trucks. Visit website for more information and vendor application. Free. The Providence Flea, Providence River Greenway, across from 345 S Water St, Providence. ProvidenceFlea.com. Unity Sunday Service – 10:30am-12pm. 1st Sunday. Please join us each Sunday for an inspirational lesson, beautiful music, meditation and fellowship. Unity healing. Free. Unity Radiant Light, 155 Douglas Ave, Providence. 401-486-2708. UnityRadiantLight.org. Aerial Yoga – 10:45-11:45am. What could be better than hanging in a hammock on a summer morning? Practicing yoga in one. Come hang with us, you’ll love it. $20; second class free. Laughing Elephant Yoga, 4372 Post Rd, East Greenwich. 561-707-5954. SayYesYoga.com. 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. Come try. With Dr. Wayne Clairborne. Intro special: $40/5 classes. Body Kneads Yoga, 1145 Reservoir Ave, Cranston. 401-632-0878. BodyKneads.Yoga.
Sunday Celebration Service Center for Spiritual Living Southern RI – 11:30am-12:30pm. Doors open at 11:20am. We are a loving all-inclusive community welcoming people of all faiths, sexual orientations, and ethnic backgrounds from all walks of life. We meet them wherever they are on their spiritual path. Love offering. Center for Spiritual Living Southern RI, at RI Yoga Center, 99 Fortin Rd, South Kingston. cslsri.com. Sunset Kundalini Yoga & Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Let’s do some yoga on our back deck (weather permitting). This practice meets you where you are, so the class is suitable for all levels, beginners included. $15/drop-in. Santosha Yoga & Holistic Health Center, 275 Reservoir Ave, Providence. 401-780-9809. YogaAtSantosha.com.
monday Tai Chi Easy – 9-10am. Learn Tai Chi Easy to reduce stress, anxiety and depression, increase balance and coordination. Increase sleep quality, improve blood pressure, etc. Dress comfortably. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Register: BlueDragonflyRI.com. Yoga for Healthy Hips and Back – 10:15-11:30am. A gentle, therapeutic class that helps release tension, increase freedom of movement and create strength and stability in the hips and backs. All levels welcome. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Register: BlueDragonflyRI.com. Kripalu Yoga with Susan – 4:15-5:45pm. Enjoy breath work, simple stretches to warm the body and classical yoga poses that tone and strengthen, allowing the body and heart to release and open. Beginners welcome. New students: $50/5 classes; $16/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. TimefForYouYoga.com. Free Shamanic Meditation – 5:30-6:30pm. With Rodney. You will find this a great way to quiet the mind, relax and become centered. Free though donations accepted. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Register: BlueDragonflyRI.com. Gentle Flow Yoga – 6:15-7:15pm. Yoga basics, emphasizing alignment and adjustments to get the most for your body. Great class for new beginners and those seeking a more gentle class. Experienced teacher. New students: $40/4 classes; $16/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Fl of Zen Center, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. TheYogaStudioBRV.com. Tai Chi Easy – 7-8pm. No class July 2. Learn Tai Chi Easy to reduce stress, anxiety and depression, increase balance and coordination. Increase sleep quality, improve blood pressure, etc. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Register: BlueDragonflyRI.com.
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tuesday Aerial Fit – 9:30-10:30am. Flying, fun and fitness in an aerial swing. $20; second class free. Laughing Elephant Yoga, 4372 Post Rd, East Greenwich. 561-707-5954. SayYesYoga.com. Chair Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. Chair yoga is perfect if you’re new to yoga, if it’s hard for you to move to the floor, or if you want to try a gentle class with the benefits of movement and breathing. $15/ drop-in. Santosha Yoga & Holistic Health Center, 275 Reservoir Ave, Providence. 401-780-9809. YogaAtSantosha.com. Svaroopa® Yoga with Janice – 9:30-11am. Enjoy a deeply relaxing, slow-paced class. With support from blankets and props, learn to release tension with no strain. Find an inner ease and calm. Beginners welcome. New students: $50/5 classes; $21/ series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. TimeForYouYoga.com. Mid-Day Yoga with Kara – 12-1pm. A hatha yoga class designed for those wanting to practice at lunch. This is great for all levels, from those just learning to those who practice yoga. $12. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. All Level Yoga – 6-7:15pm. A joyful, upbeat yoga class with experienced teacher, Mary ShielL’Esperance. Moderate posture flow emphasizing breath and alignment technique. Serene studio space. New student: $40/4 classes; $16 drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Fl of Zen Center, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. TheYogaStudioBRV.com. STEAM with MobileQuest – July 10-Aug 7. 6-8pm. Grades K-8. Join us for hands-on science, friends and fun. $15. MobileQuest, at The Empowerment Factory, 999 Main St, Ste 707, Pawtucket. 401-533-4297. MobileQuestAdventures.com.
wednesday Meditation with Ann Porto – 8:30-9:30am. Meditation support and practice group. Come learn to tame your mind and reduce stress. Drop-in. Donations to Friends of Maiti Nepal to end child sexual slavery. Laughing Elephant Yoga, 4372 Post Rd, East Greenwich. 401-398-2616. LaughingElephantYoga.com. Guided Meditation: Shamanic – 9:30-10:30am. With Rodney. You will find this a great way to quiet the mind, relax and become centered. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Register: BlueDragonflyRI.com. Amrit/Kripalu Yoga with Amy – 9:30-11am. Enjoy breath work, simple stretches to warm the body, classical yoga poses that tone and strengthen and meditation, allowing the body and heart release and open. New students: $50/5 classes; $16/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. TimeForYouYoga.com. All Levels Yoga – 6-7:15pm. This class is a complete body, breath, mind, and spirit practice that is an integrative approach for revelation and transcendence. $15/drop-in. Santosha Yoga & Holistic Health Center, 275 Reservoir Ave, Providence. 401-780-9809. YogaAtSantosha.com.
Guided Meditation: Shamanic – 6:30-7:30pm. No class July 4. With Rodney. You will find this a great way to quiet the mind, relax and become centered. Please call or signup online. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Register: BlueDragonflyRI.com. Yoga at Easton’s Beach – 7-8pm. Join us for beach yoga, in front of the Pavilion on First Beach to awaken body, mind and spirit amidst sea, sky and sand. Please bring water and a beach towel. Free parking. $15/drop-in or class card. Easton’s Beach, 175 Memorial Blvd, Newport. 401-849-3200. InnerlightYoga.com. Yoga Fusion with Christine – 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 LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Register: BlueDragonflyRI.com. org
Coffee Hour for Veterans (Cana Vets) – 10:30am12pm. 3rd Thursday. Coffee hour for veterans to share a cup of coffee, a donuts and comradery. Please join us and hear what else we may have to offer. Must be a RI Medical Marijuana patient. Summit Medical Compassion Center, 380 Jefferson Blvd, Warwick. Limited seating; register: 401-889-3990. SummitRI.org. Kids Glow Yoga: 4 Yrs+ – 3-4pm & 4:30-5:30pm. Great way for kids to exercise and have fun using black lights and glow bracelets. Yoga helps in meditation, strengthening and balancing among others. Please signup. Summer Special please call. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Register: BlueDragonflyRI.com. Aerial Yoga – 5:15-6:15pm. Come hang with us in an aerial swing while deepening traditional poses and inversions. Improve circulation, flexibility and balance. $20; second class free. Laughing Elephant Yoga, 4372 Post Rd, East Greenwich. 561-707-5954. SayYesYoga.com. Quonny Yoga – 5:30-7pm. A challenging class for strength building and deeper flexibility. Sun salutations, forward and back bends, twists and correct alignment of poses will be included. $15/drop-in. Quonny Yoga, 5662 Post Rd, Rte 1, Charlestown. 401-266-1187. QuonnyYoga.com. Kids Glow Yoga: 13+ Yrs – 6-7pm. Great way for kids to exercise and have fun using black lights and glow bracelets. Yoga helps in meditation, strengthening and balancing among others. Summer Special please call. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Register: BlueDragonflyRI.com.
friday Guided Meditation: Shamanic – 8:30-9:30am. With Rodney. You will find this a great way to quiet the mind, relax and become centered. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Register: BlueDragonflyRI.com. Jivamukti Yoga – 8:30-9:45am. Join us for a vigorous, morning yoga class incorporating yoga asanas, chanting and meditation. This vinyasa class is suitable for all levels, and is a great start to the day. $15. Jala Studio: Yoga & Art, 285 S Main St, Providence. 508-566-2524. Jala-Studio.com. Aerial Yoga – 11am-12pm. A fun and relaxing way to further your yoga poses in a silk hammock with supported inversions to improve balance, coordination and circulation. Come hang with us. $20; second class free. Laughing Elephant Yoga, 4372 Post Rd, East Greenwich. 561-707-5954. SayYesYoga.com. Mid-Day Yoga with Kara – 12-1pm. A hatha yoga class designed for those wanting to practice at lunch. This is great for all levels, from those just learning to those who practice yoga. $12. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Register: BlueDragonflyRI.com. Level 1 Amrit Yoga Sequence Class – 5:457:15pm. In this class, students practice the entire Level I Amrit Yoga 26-posture sequence. Intentionally repeating this sequence becomes a meditation, like chanting a mantra. $15/drop-in. Santosha Yoga & Holistic Health Center, 275 Reservoir Ave, Providence. 401-780-9809. YogaAtSantosha.com. Chakradance: 1 Hr Freedom Cycle – 6-7pm. A class that consist of movement, meditation and mandala art. Your focus for the class: July 6, sacral chakra; July 20, solar plexus; July 27, heart. No class on July 13. Must be 16+. $15, $12/students. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Register: BlueDragonflyRI.com.
saturday Yoga at Easton’s Beach – 8:30-9:30am. Join us for beach yoga, in front of the Pavilion on First Beach to awaken body, mind and spirit amidst sea, sky and sand. Please bring water and a beach towel. Free parking. $15/drop-in or class card. Easton’s Beach, 175 Memorial Blvd, Newport. 401-849-3200. InnerlightYoga.com.
Chakradance: 1 Hr Freedom Cycle – 9-10am. A class that consist of movement, meditation and mandala art. Your focus for the class: July 7, sacral chakra; July 14, solar plexus; July 21, heart. July 28, throat. Must be 16+. $15, $12/students. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Register: BlueDragonflyRI.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 warmup and discussions on the art of Tai Chi and Daoist culture. Free. White Monkey Tai-Chi & Qigong, at Bay Spring Community Center, 170 Narragansett St, Barrington. WhiteMonkeyTaiChi@live.com. Aerial Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. Guaranteed fun while practicing yoga in a silk swing. What could be better on a summer morning? Supported safe poses and inversions. Let’s fly. $20; second class free. Laughing Elephant Yoga, 4372 Post Rd, East Greenwich. 561-707-5954. SayYesYoga.com. Saturday Morning Yoga: Cumberland – 9:3010:45am. All levels welcome. Yoga postures and flows to energize you and bring you to your calm center. We offer friendly classes, a quiet studio, and experienced teachers. New students: $40/4 classes, $16/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Fl of Zen Center, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. TheYogaStudioBRV.com. Svaroopa® Yoga with Suzanne – 9:45-11:15am. Enjoy a deeply relaxing, slow-paced class. With support from blankets and props, learn to release tension with no strain. Find an inner ease and calm. Beginners welcome. New students $50/5 classes; $21/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. TimeForYouYoga.com. Farm Tour – 10-11am. First Saturday. Guided tour, learn about composting techniques for your home. See how rich soil supports a variety of plant life. $5. Earth Care Farm, 89A Country Dr, Charlestown. 401-364-9930. EarthCareFarm.com. Free Kids Glow Yoga with Zandra – 11am-12pm. Great way for kids to exercise and have fun using black lights and glow bracelets. Yoga helps in meditation, strengthening and balancing among others. No class July 7. Free. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Must register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com.
Flow Yoga: Level 2 – 6:30-7:45pm. A yoga flow to both energize you and to bring you to your calm center. Deep relaxation at the end of class. Experienced teacher: Ashley Rose-Mello. New students: $40/4 classes; $16/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Fl of Zen Center, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. TheYogaStudioBRV.com.
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HEALTH FOOD STORE NATURE’S GOODNESS
BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT HEALTHY BABIES, HAPPY MOMS 4512 Post Road East Greenwich, RI 401-884-8273 HealthyBabiesHappyMoms.com
DEPTH HYPNOSIS FIRESEED CENTER FOR TRANSFORMATION
Katharine A. Rossi 194 Waterman Street Providence, RI 401-924-0567 • fireseedcenter.com
We are RI’s only home nursing health agency specializing in breastfeeding support. We help mothers achieve success in their goals by providing them with the information and support they need to confidently breastfeed and care for their children. We offer classes and consults in our office or your home.
Holistic counseling using hypnosis to access root causes of imbalance and shamanic techniques to connect you to your own power. Depth hypnosis works with your inner wisdom to heal and create lasting change. Office and phone sessions available.
EDEN ENERGY MEDICINE
510 East Main Rd, Middletown, RI 401-847-7480 facebook.com/naturesgoodness NaturesGoodnessRI.com For 33 years we have been providing the finest quality Natural & Organic Whole Foods including many Gluten Free products, Natural Body Care, Athletic Supplements & Protein Powders, Incense, Smudging Supplies and Candles made with Essential Oils, Natural Pet Care Food & Supplements and Healthful Information in a fun, comfortable and inspirational environment. Open Daily M-F 9:30-7, Sat 9:30-6, Sun 11-4. View our web site and Facebook for upcoming events and educational information.
CHILDBIRTH SERVICES ONE LOVE CHILDBIRTH
Emily Pavidis, CH 508-783-2530 onelovechildbirth.com pinterest.com/onelovebirth At One Love we provide mindbody fertility and birth support and education to women and their partners. We utilize powerful and effective holistic wellness modalities like hypnosis, visualization and guided meditation to do so. HypnoFertility, Blissborn and custom sessions available. Visit us online to learn more! See ad on page 16.
CHIROPRACTIC 342 Atwood Avenue Cranston, RI 401-942-6967 DrRichardPicard.com
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.
NETWORK SPINAL ANALYSIS
Patricia Hogan-Casey, DC Wholistic Chiropractic Center 215 Cottage St, Pawtucket 401-725-4380 • DrPatOnTheBack.com Dr. Patricia Hogan-Casey, using Network Spinal Analysis, has witnessed profound effects on the physical, emotional and spiritual levels of her patients. The gentle precise touches to the spine initiate the removal of interference to the nervous system’s tension and function—essentially cueing the brain to develop new strategies to experience greater wellbeing. See ad on page 23.
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Carmen Smith, EEMCP 204B Clock Tower Sq Portsmouth, RI 401-714-2429 Carmen@StarPointWellness.com NorthernLights.one
Kenneth Demers 204 Clock Tower Square Portsmouth RI 401-728-3559 NorthernLights.one Ken offers a spiritual healing that brings together a perfect balance of divine God force and earth mother healing energies, custom created for the person being healed. The benefits of a session with Ken for a migraine or TMJ are instantaneous; other ailments may take longer. Call for more information.
HAIR SALON FLIPP HAIR SALON AND REFLEXOLOGY CENTER
38 Transit St Providence 401-274-1981 • FlippSalon.com Positive space aiming to interconnect art, wellness and all things beautiful to the eye and to the soul. Offering hair, makeup, reflexology, acupuncture, massage and herbalism. See ad on page 31.
SOUL WISDOM READINGS WITH CHRIS Chris McCullough 204b Clock Tower Square, Portsmouth, RI 401-662-6642 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
HOMEOPATHY VANDANA PITKE
Om Homeopathy at It’s My Health 1099 Mendon Rd Cumberland, RI 401-573-3757 omhomeopathy.com 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.
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HYPNOSIS MINDFUL LIVING HYPNOSIS
Cheryl Reynolds RN,CH 4372 Post Road, E-Greenwich RI 02818 401-301-4426 MIndfullivinghypnosis.com 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 32.
MEDITATION & CONSULTATION ANN M. PORTO, PSYD, MS, QTTP Blue Dragonfly Wellness Center 6828 Post Rd North Kingston, RI 02852 401-529-2020. BlueDragonflyRI.com SacredSoulJourns.com
Dr Porto, a retired clinical psychologist, artist, teacher, budding spiritual medium, energy medicine and sound healing practitioner has studied and practiced mediation since the late 1970’s. Join her meditation group to learn concentration and insight mediation and deepen your practice. Call for more information.
HYPNOSIS TRAINING GREATER RHODE ISLAND HYPNOSIS TRAINING
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 Certifications Course next class starts February 2019, get on the waiting list today. $400, early enrollment discount. Call today to see if this is the right course for you.
MEDIUM / AUTHOR MARY CATHERINE VOLK
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”.
Rev. Natalia de Rezendes Slatersville, RI 401-766-8316 • email@example.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.
MEDIUMSHIP JUNE EDWARD
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.
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JOURNEY DANCE™ JOURNEYDANCE™ WITH ROSA
Sandywoods Center for the Arts 43 Muse Rd Tiverton, RI 401-297-9115 Call or Text Sandywoods.org meetup.com/Journey-DanceMeetup-SouthCoast-RI-and-MA/ We dance barefoot to connect to the energy of Mother Earth. We release heavy energy from our body and replace it with love and light. There are no steps to learn! I would be honored to share this amazing experience with Free First Class. $15 Preregister at above websites.
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.
SPIRITUAL TEACHER/PSYCHIC MEDIUM Debbie McBride 204 Clock Tower Square Portsmouth, RI 774-266-6199 debmcbride.net
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.
MENTAL HEALTH & WELLNESS CENTR THE HOLISTIC HEART
659 Sandy Ln, Warwick RI 401-441-8449 HolisticHeartRI.com A whole-person approach to mental and emotional wellness through a unique combination of Holistic Counseling, Yoga, and Meditation to support mind, body, and spirit.
NATUROPATHIC PHYSICIANS SHEILA M. FRODERMANN, MS, ND, DHANP, CCH
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 19.
DR. M FEIBELMAN, ND
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.
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PET PSYCHIC BEWITCHED OF SCITUATE 180 183 Danielson Pike Scituate RI 401-300-9109 BewitchedofScituate.com
NATURAL HEALTH SOLUTIONS
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.
I’m a psychic medium, pet psychic medium, Reiki Master Teacher, witch and an artist. I use many different healing modalities that I have learned to help people and animals heal. My shop called, Bewitched of Scituate, brings my Salem, MA roots to this beautiful town of Scituate, RI. Come by or call for appointments. Blessed Be.
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REIKI AND TATTOO ARTIST JESSICA IREY
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.Phoenix TattooAndWellness.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.
SOUND HEALING GONGS OF JOY
Joy Quinn Blum 401-258-3952 Joy@GongsOfJoy.com GongsOfJoy.com Sound therapy creates vibrational overtones to help relieve stress, pain, fatigue, fears or phobias, and promote an overall state of peace and deep relaxation. Gongmaster Joy plays gongs at yoga studios, healing centers and other venues. She also offers private gong healing sessions, sound workshops and more. Contact to find out how sacred sound therapy can help you overcome physical challenges and emotional stress.
THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE JANIS KNIGHT, LMT
a. Salon Galleria, Coventry 401-821-0400 Living Chi Massage, Warwick 401-738-3948 Northern Lights Holistic, Portsmouth 401-293-5655 May I have your TENSION, please? De- stress yourself with a relaxing, therapeutic massage on a heated table! Release your tension, relax your mind, reconnect your body, and renew your spirit with a Swedish or Hot Stone massage, Cupping, Reflexology, and/or Reiki. RI Lic# MT02217 • Member AMTA.
JANE MCGINN, BA, LMT
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.
CATHRYN MOSKOW, LCMT
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.
WELLNESS CENTER IT’S MY HEALTH
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.
YOGA TIME FOR YOU YOGA
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.
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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.
YOGA NIDRA WELLNESS RESOURCE MIND KEY
Your Wellness Resource firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
MICHELLE ANN BLANDING
Amrit Yoga Nidra certified Gifted Psychic Medium Card Reader 204B clock tower square Portsmouth , Rhode Island Cell 401-573-4360 Michelle is a long time gifted psychic empathic medium who can help adults and children. Come set a Sankulpa or intention to bring in miraculous changes or let go of something like an addiction with Amrit yoga nidra and or a tarot, past life , angel card reading. Mondays and Fridays at Northern Lights Holistic Portsmouth and 2nd and fourth Sundays 3 pm Heart Center yoga and Wellness 123 Boon street Narragansett RI. Experienced!
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