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hether it is simply aging or that there are just too many inputs, it appears that many of us now freely admit to being forgetful. Often referred to as a senior moment, our definition of “senior” seems to be expanding. I just heard someone I admire greatly mention, “With my memory, the more times I’m reminded of something, the better.” Last week as I stood in the aisle at the grocery store searching the database in my brain to determine a dinner menu, a clerk asked if they could help me find something. I laughed and said, “Only if you can locate the information in my brain!” Apparently, I was the second person that day to say something to that effect. I will admit, there is a certain comfort in knowing others share my same human experiences.

Because I know I can be forgetful, I recently had a neuropsychological exam performed. It seemed like a good idea to get a baseline. To help create the illusion of order in my chaotic and potentially forgetful life, I have an endless assortment of coping skills that have been developed over the years. One is that I don’t carry a pocketbook. After one-too-many times of leaving it in a restaurant, or shopping cart, or some other place, it seemed a good idea to eliminate that stressful scenario from my life once and for all. On the rare times I do carry a pocketbook, I make sure the car keys are in it; I’m can’t go far without those! I’m a huge fan of Evernote, one of the many apps available to help remember important things. I can make lists from my phone or computer, personal or business, and even take pictures and name them so they are searchable later. I also keep scads of paper lists, since recording electronically can be like reaching for a shiny object, and before long, what I wanted to make note of is long forgotten. Google Calendar is my friend. I try to always hang my keys up when I walk in the door, and I wish the “Find my iPhone” concept was available for the rest of the things in my life that I can’t find. Simple steps to that can help eliminate any unnecessary stress is sometimes the best we can do, and that is ok. What brings all of this to mind is June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. In our feature article on page 22, Melinda Hemmelgarn adds some smart strategies for preventing dementia in the first place. She makes the connection between how we take care of the rest of our body and the impact on our brain. Most of the suggestions are things we have heard before on eating right, paying attention to our gut, proper sleep and exercise in order to be healthy. Now we have yet another reason to continue to make good decisions—for the health of our brain. As we enter the lazy days of summer, when fathers are remembered and kids are free from school, we hope that you will enjoy this issue and all the season has to offer.

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Plant-Based Food Hall Opening Mid-June on South Water Street


atthew Kenney Cuisine, founded by chef, author and wellness entrepreneur Matthew Kenney, will open Plant City, an entirely plant-based food hall, in Providence, in mid-June this year. The spacious, two-story building will offer multiple consumer options, including quick-serve, take-out and full-service dining, as well as an extensive retail com- Chef Matthew Kenney ponent. The 10,000-square-foot space can accommodate roughly 225 seats between its upper and lower levels, as well as a large outdoor patio. A portion of the lower level hosts Plant City’s retail component, which includes a curated selection of both perishable and nonperishable products, fermented nut cheeses, plant-based desserts, boutique packaged goods, cookbooks and to-go foods and juices. As for dining, options include: New Burger, a casual bar and bistro serving healthy renditions of American comfort food; Make Out, serving all-day options with counter service and communal seating; Bar Verde, Kenney’s NYC-based Mexican restaurant specializing in Latin-influenced cuisine, including a variation of guacamoles, ceviches and tacos; and Double Zero, featuring an array of specialty pizzas from the menu of its NYC flagship location. Also, Plant City Cellar is available for like-minded groups to rent space for pop-ups, yoga, meditation, plant-based courses, meet-ups, cooking classes, kid’s offerings, mindfulness, movie nights, book clubs and more. It seeks to offer the community a full schedule of opportunities to learn, share, grow and connect. Location: 334 South Water St., Providence. For more information, call 401-580-1916 or visit

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elebrate Fetch RI’s fifth year in business from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 23, for free giveaways, raffle prizes, demos, fun and more. Fetch RI is a holistic shop for dogs and cats owned by a certified canine and feline pet nutritionist. “We wanted to thank all our wonderful pet parents that have allowed us to help them and their pets with this celebration” says owner, Certified Canine & Feline Pet Nutritionist Johnna Deveraux. The event is free to attend, and both pet and human treats will be available. Those interested are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite Super Pet to enter the grand prize contest. Cost: Free. Location: 91 Kingstown Rd., Richmond. For more information, call 401-539-8080, email or visit See ad on page 39.

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he Tuesday Club of Assonet will hold the 32nd Annual Strawberry Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 16. Attendees will enjoy homemade food, live music from Backroads Band Country Band, a book sale, crafters and a raffle. All proceeds from the event will be used to provide scholarships to students from Freetown, Massachusetts. Location: South Main St., Assonet, MA. For more information, call 508-644-2459 or visit

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enjamin B. Blackett, a certified DreamBuilding coach and life mastery consultant, will be hosting a DreamBuilding Visioning workshop from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., June 17, at the Southern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, in Wakefield. Learn three essential keys for tuning into your purpose, what wealthy people do that creates sustained success, how to stay motivated and keep from losing steam along with a proven method for dissolving resistance you may have to prosperity so you can attract higher levels of results and abundance. In 1853, Henry David Thoreau wrote a famous essay called Walden which contains a hidden code for prosperous living. During this dynamic vision workshop, attendees will unlock this code so that they can harness their life’s purpose and the prosperity they deserve.


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ummit Medical Compassion Center now offers classes for new medical cannabis patients. In the new patient class, attendees learn about the body’s endocannabinoid system, methods of delivery (e.g. tinctures, capsules, patches, vapes, edibles, topicals, etc.), and dosing. The class will also explain CBD and THC which are compounds within the cannabis plant that work perfectly with the body’s endocannabinoid system, providing health benefits and relieving symptoms such as seizures, anxiety, inflammation, migraines, pain and insomnia, among others. Summit Medical Compassion Center offers the new patient orientation class twice per month. This class is not only for the new cannabis patient; all medical marijuana cardholder patients are welcome. Class size is small in order to thoroughly answer all questions. Participation and discussion are welcome. Cost: Free. For more information on class schedules or to reserve a seat, call 401-889-3990 or visit, for qualifying conditions. See ad on page 19.

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learPoint Builders has been given the Platinum LEED Award by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and the award is the top award given recognizing environmental performance of a residential building that also encourages market transformation towards sustainable design. The home, located at 509 Wayland Avenue on the East Side of Providence, involved the full gutting of a more than 110-year-old home, incorporating all facets of green construction, from a permeable driveway to water conservation systems, including environmentally sound plantings and landscape. In accepting the award, Richard Rodi, LEED AP BD+C: Homes Green Rater, said “I’ve incorporated LEED principles into how I build now, so I will always have an eye out for ways to build in a more conservationist way with attention to the environment and footprint of a home.” ClearPoint Builders is based in Cranston. For more information, visit

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rom 1 to 5 p.m., June 8, Blue Dragonfly Wellness, in North Kingstown, will host an open house with practitioners on hand to answer questions and provide mini sessions in various modalities, including massage, reiki and readings. Attendees will be able to tour the center, stroll in the gardens, browse the gift shop for unique gifts and learn about the various classes offered such as Tai Chi Easy, qi gong, yoga, meditation and more. Regardless of age or physical limitations, there is a class for everyone, as well as workshops and special events. The classes at Blue Dragonfly Wellness are small and welcoming. Yoga comes in many flavors, and Blue Dragonfly Wellness’ newest offerings are Yoga Nidra, sometimes called sleep yoga, and prenatal yoga. Yoga Nidra allows for conscious deep relaxation, where students lay down, rest and are guided to the place between waking and dreaming. The result is rejuvenation for optimal health and well-being. Similar to other childbirth preparation classes, prenatal yoga is a multifaceted approach to exercise that encourages stretching, mental centering and focused breathing. It is good for both the mother and baby and can improve one’s sleep. Cost: Free attendance; 15-minute minisessions are $20. Location: 6828 Post Rd., 2E, North Kingstown. For more information, visit See ad on page 27.

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Spirit Festival Coming to Connecticut Riverfront


ickets are now available for Spirit Festival, a celebration of wellness, yoga, music and dance, which will be held September 13 to 15, along the Connecticut River in Hartford. Through beneficial and inspirational traditions of yoga, dance and music, Spirit Festival illustrates the Balinese Hindu concept of Tri Hita Karana: living in harmony with our spiritual, social and natural environments. Produced in affiliation with BaliSpirit Festival and Riverfront Recapture, the event will provide a safe and moving space for discovering new paths to harmony, healing, creativity and community. Spirit Festival will feature a diverse array of offerings from conscious teachers, practitioners, performers and artists, including: a kirtan and chanting workshop with internationally celebrated yogi-musician Girish; an immersive sound bath with integrative sound therapist Daniel Lauter; an opportunity to talk and practice with Maya Breuer, founder of the Yoga Retreat for Women of Color at Kripalu; a “get real” workshop with the author of the indie spiritualist, Chris Grosso; a grounding workshop for creating a spiritual life with Dr. Brandon Nappi; a participantdriven and technology-infused installation by New Media artist Balam Soto; an introduction to the practice of ashtanga yoga with Randolph Osgood; a high energy experience of Caribbean style SocaRobix with trainer and coach Wasine Mark; children and family yoga instruction with Dragonfly Studios; and an opportunity to turn trash into instruments with ethnomusicologist Dennis Waring. For more information, visit Location: Riverside Park & Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford. See ad on page 3.

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The Embodiment of Love Personified Returns to New England


orld-renowned humanitarian and spiritual leader Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, better known as Amma, returns to the Boston area from July 8 to 9, at the Best Western Royal Trade Center, in Marlborough. Everyone is invited to attend and experience her unconditional love in the form of Amma’s embrace and personal blessing. Amma has hugged more than 38 million people all over the world. “When people come to see me, I understand how much they are suffering,” explains Amma. “When I see them crying, I wipe their tears. My main goal is to console them and help them experience peace and love.” The free programs are at 7:30 p.m., July 8, and 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., July 9, and include inspirational music, meditation and spiritual discourse. Numbered tokens for individual blessings are distributed 90 minutes before each program. Cost: Free. Location: Best Western Royal Trade Center, 181 Boston Post Rd. W., Marlborough. For more information, call 716-226-6223 or visit See ad on page 7.

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Find a Green Space and Make a Friend Integrating green spaces among living areas increases trust among strangers, according to a study from Canada’s University of Waterloo. Participants in walking tours of a Vancouver neighborhood were asked to complete a smartphone questionnaire at six stops, including at a rainbow-painted crosswalk and both wild and manicured community gardens. Researchers found that colorful design elements and green spaces were linked to higher levels of happiness, plus greater trust of strangers and environmental stewardship. “The urban design interventions we studied are relatively simple and low cost, but show great potential to improve individuals’ emotional and social lives,” says Hanna Negami, lead author. 14

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Take Magnesium to Optimize Vitamin D Magnesium seems to optimize vitamin D, increasing the vitamin’s utilization for those with insufficient levels and decreasing it in those with excessive amounts. In a randomized trial of 250 people between ages 50 and 85 that were considered at risk for colorectal cancer, researchers at the VanderbiltIngram Cancer Center found that changes in blood levels of vitamin D were significantly affected by the intake of magnesium—a mineral in which 80 percent of Americans are deficient. In addition to supplements, magnesiumrich foods include dark leafy greens, beans, whole grains, dark chocolate, nuts, avocados and fatty fish such as salmon.

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Regardless of the type of protein consumed, low-carb diets significantly increase the risk of atrial fibrillation (AFib), according to a study presented at the latest annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology. Analyzing the records of almost 14,000 people over a 20-year period, researchers found that diets such as Atkins, ketogenic and paleo, which emphasize protein instead of fruits, vegetables and grains, boosted the risk of AFib by 18 percent compared to diets with moderate carb intake. Researchers theorize that consuming less produce and fewer grains may aggravate inflammation, while eating high amounts of protein and fat may increase oxidative stress. Both conditions are linked to AFib, in which the heart beats irregularly, potentially causing palpitations, dizziness and fatigue. It’s also linked to a five-fold increase in strokes.

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Eat Med Diet to Boost Performance What we consume can boost our body even in the short term, a new study from St. Louis University shows. After eating the Mediterranean diet for just four days, athletes ran faster than after eating a Western diet. In the study, published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, seven women and four men ate one of two diets for four days: the Mediterranean, with its emphasis on whole fruits and vegetables, nuts, olive oil and whole grains, or the Western, high in trans and saturated fats, dairy, refined sugars, refined and highly processed vegetable oils, sodium and processed foods. After a nine-to-16-day break, they followed the other diet. The athletes exercised on a treadmill for five kilometers after each diet and were found to have run 6 percent faster after following the Mediterranean diet, despite similar heart rates and perceived levels of exertion.


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In Norway, up to 97 percent of the country’s plastic bottles are recycled, and other countries are taking note. The government’s environmental taxes reward companies that are eco-friendly. If a company recycles more than 95 percent of its plastic, then its tax is dropped. Customers pay a deposit on each bottled product they buy. To get back their money, they must return their used bottles to one of the 3,700 machines found in the country’s supermarkets and convenience stores. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation estimates that if current global trends continue, plastic trash in the ocean will outweigh fish by 2050.

The scientific boundary between Earth’s atmosphere and space is the Kármán line, 62 miles high. But a team of astronomers have published evidence in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics that the geocorona, a tenuous cloud of neutral hydrogen in the outermost region of the Earth’s atmosphere that glows in far-ultraviolet light, extends much farther than the moon. The discovery means that telescopes positioned in the geocorona will need to have some of their settings adjusted for deepspace observations.

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China, one of the world’s main importers of recyclable waste, is rejecting shipments that are more than 0.5 percent impure, so loads contaminated by a greasy pizza box, disposable coffee cups and the odd plastic bag could end up in the local landfill instead. Most single-use cups, for instance, are lined with a fine film of polyethylene, which makes the cups liquidproof, but also difficult and expensive to reprocess. Most waste management facilities will treat the cups as trash. Since China banned impure plastics, many U.S. municipalities no longer accept plastics numbered 3 to 7, which can include yogurt cups, butter tubs and vegetable oil bottles. Another contamination culprit is food residue. Washing out food scraps from recyclables can be just as important as putting the appropriate item in the recycling bin. 16

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Researcher Giuseppe Scionti, owner of Nova Meat, in Barcelona, Spain, has developed a synthetic meat substitute using vegetable proteins that imitate protein complexes found in real meat. Produced using a 3-D printer, it can mimic the texture of beef or chicken. The specialist in biomedicine and tissue engineering has been working for 10 years on bioprinting different synthetic tissues such as artificial corneas, skin and ears.

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Endangered Frogs Keep Millions of Acres as Habitat

A federal court has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the protected status of 1.8 million acres of critical California mountain habitat for the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frogs and the mountain yellow-legged frogs, species that have declined by 90 percent, and Yosemite toads. In 2017, a year after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designated the land as protected under the Endangered Species Act, the California Cattlemen’s Association challenged the decision. U.S. District Court Judge Trevor McFadden stated the group had failed to establish that any of its members suffered injury from the designation.

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lipp Salon/Apothecary owner Jo-Anna Cassino, a stylist, herbalist and musician, created the space on Transit Street, in Providence, almost nine years ago with a vision of melding all her passions together. The salon/apothecary offers a wide range of holistic and organic aesthetic and wellness services such as hair, skin and body/energy work, with six stylists, an aesthetician, reiki master and two herbalists on staff. The fully stocked apothecary is where custom haircare, skincare and internal remedies in the form of teas, infusions, tinctures and bitters are created. The studio is also a gallery for local artists and musicians to exhibit their work. Flipp provides all of this in an aesthetically beautiful environment which is both relaxing to the mind and stimulating to the soul. “We feel it is important to offer not just a service, but an experience to our clients,” says Cassino. Recently, Cassino rebranded her in-house product line and made the line available to other like-minded boutiques, salons and aestheticians. The line is called Botanic Providence and encompasses a full range of skincare, haircare and internal therapies such as teas, infusions, tinctures and a wide range of CBD products. She continues to custom blend some items, especially the tea line along with some custom skincare, especially for targeted therapy. Currently, six Botanic Providence tea blends are on the menu at Bywater in Warren. Booking appointments is simple and can be done online through the website, Facebook, Instagram or through Schedulicity. Flipp encourages people to follow its social media or sign up for its mailing list to receive a monthly newsletter to stay informed on new product launches, music and art shows at the salon and other fun events. Cassino will soon be travelling to Crete where she will host a live Facebook event, taking viewers on a botanical walk to learn about indigenous plants and their uses, and setting up shop and cutting hair for some of the locals in a lovely courtyard. She invites anyone interested to follow her on Facebook for updates. Location: 38 Transit St., Providence. For more information, call 401-274-1981 or visit See ad on this page.


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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and

Medical Cannabis by Lori Engustian


n 2016, the Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Act added PostTraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to its list of approved qualifying, debilitating medical conditions. PTSD is a trauma and stress-related disorder that may develop after directly experiencing or witnessing an event or ordeal in which death or severe physical/ emotional harm occurred or was threatened. PTSD affects about 8 million Americans, including veterans, rescue workers and survivors of shootings, bombings, serious accidents, natural disasters, childhood abuse, violence and rape. It is more common in women, who are twice as likely as men to have it. PTSD is characterized by four classes of symptoms: re-experiencing, avoidance, mood/thought changes, and hyper-arousal which include intrusive memories/flashbacks, nightmares/sleep disturbances, social isolation, emotional numbness, dissociative experiences, intense guilt, depression, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, irritability, anger outbursts, intense physical sensations when triggered, startled reactions and hypervigilance, among others. Up until recently, treatment options involved medication (antidepressants/SSRIs and SNRIs, benzodiazepines, Prazosin, and sometimes anti-psychotics) as well as various forms of therapy such as cognitive behavioral, group and pet. Often the

medications have adverse side effects, potential for addiction, and aren’t very effective for severe symptoms. Medical cannabis has emerged as another potentially safer way to help PTSD patients cope and achieve a better quality of life. Cannabinoids (e.g. CBD and THC) are chemical compounds in cannabis that have versatile therapeutic effects, providing relief for various symptoms such as pain, insomnia, nausea, inflammation, seizures and anxiety. Our body has an endocannabinoid system which was discovered in the 1990s; in short, it is responsible for maintaining homeostasis, internal stability and health of the organism. Deficiencies in this system lead to adverse symptoms and physical complications. Research has shown that people with PTSD have lower levels of the neurotransmitter anandamide, an endogenous cannabinoid (natural occurring) which plays a role in pain, memory, mood, appetite, and cell regulation. Phytocannabinoids from the cannabis plant mimic the body’s own endocannabinoids and bind to receptor sites in the brain and throughout the body, thus correcting deficiencies in the system. Research (Bitencourt & Takahashi, 2018) has shown that the cannabinoids in cannabis (there are more than 100) play an integral role in helping PTSD by preventing the retrieval of the underlying trauma(s), disturbing memories and nightmares, while improving emotional well-being through modulation of neurotransmitters. CBD, which is not intoxicating, prevents the quick breakdown of anandamide by inhibiting the enzyme FAAH, thus allowing it to remain in the body longer. CBD also helps mitigate some of the potentially undesirable effects of THC. Clearly, more research needs to be done. Fortunately, in 2017, the FDA approved a controlled clinical study of the effects of medical marijuana on veterans with PTSD. It is the first government approved research of its kind and was just completed this March; results will be published later this year. Medical cannabis is now offering hope as a promising treatment for a very debilitating condition. Lori Engustian is the director of human resources and administration at Summit Medical Compassion Center located at 380 Jefferson Blvd, Warwick. For more information, call 401-889-3990 or visit See ad on page 19.

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W BrainCore Therapy RE-WIRING THE BRAIN “Once we learn something it becomes a permanent part of our behavior.”


he goal of neurofeedback is to cal School, states that “Neurofeedback transform an unhealthy, dysregulat- should play a major therapeutic role in ed brainwave pattern into a normal, many different areas. In my opinion, if any healthy, organized pattern. Neurofeedback medication had demonstrated such a wide is based upon the spectrum of efficacy, Forgive principle that there it would be univerSelf-Examine is a normal patsally accepted and Own tern of brainwave widely used.” activity and that ADD/ADHD Learn Accountability the brain regulates and anxiety are neuLoop itself based upon rological dysregulaTake Action Recognize this pattern. More tion syndromes of than 60 years of the brain. There are Event Choice peer-reviewed, seven different types university-based reof ADHD which is Hide Ignore search has demonwhy some children/ Resist strated the efficacy adults don’t respond Victim Loop of neurofeedback, to medication. The Deny a drugless, non-inAmerican Academy Rationalize vasive approach to of Pediatrics pubtreating neurologilished that neuroBlame cal dysregulation feedback is the Level syndromes, such as ADD/ADHD, anxiety, 1 Best Support for attention and hyperacinsomnia, depression, chronic Lyme distivity behaviors. ease and much more. Neurofeedback trains the brain into Dr. Frank H. Duffy, a professor and normal patterns creating neuroplasticity, pediatric neurologist at Harvard Mediwhich refers to the brain’s lifelong capacity

ith FDA-approved BrainCore Therapy, practitioners first determine if individuals are a candidate for neurofeedback training by performing a quantitative electroencephalography (QEEG). During a typical training session, sensors are placed on the sculp and brainwave activity is monitored by a computer as the patient relaxes and watches Netflix. If the correct brainwaves are produced, the movie will play; if the mind wanders, the computer detects the changes and the movie will pause. This protocol is repeated with video games, puzzles and tactile stimulation. As the brain learns, it becomes “rewired”. Once the change takes place, the effects are permanent. And best of all, there are no drugs and no side effects.

to open new neural pathways in response to the demands placed upon it, allowing for more efficient lines of communication to be created and a permanent change in these patterns to take place. Therefore, the behaviors that the ADD/ADHD/ anxiety patient may be displaying due to the dysregulatory patterns will disappear and regulate allowing them to make better decisions. Location: The Chiropractic Center of West Greenwich, 16 A Nooseneck Hill Rd., West Greenwich. To learn more, call 401-397-9948 or visit See ad on page 25.

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Brain-Savers Smart Strategies for Preventing Dementia


by Melinda Hemmelgarn

ith 5.8 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease, there’s no shortage of advice on how to enhance, preserve and restore brain function. Judging from the assortment of brain training games and apps to the multitude of books promising ways to avoid or even reverse dementia, a growing number of aging Americans want to know the best strategies for preventing and treating cognitive decline and memory loss.

Prevention: A ‘No-Brainer’

As with any disease, prevention throughout the life cycle is key, but especially important for Alzheimer’s—the leading cause of dementia worldwide. According to the 22

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Alzheimer’s Association, the illness is considered a slowly progressive brain disease that begins well before symptoms emerge. Despite predictions that the number of afflicted Americans will reach nearly 14 million by 2050, there are no drug cures. David Perlmutter, M.D., a board-certified neurologist based in Naples, Florida, and an editorial board member of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, summarizes a recent study evaluating the effectiveness of currently available Alzheimer’s medications. “Not only were Alzheimer’s patients who were taking these drugs not gaining any benefit, but their rate of cognitive decline was worsened when they were on the Alzheimer’s medications,” thus making lifestyle risk reduction even more critical.

Food as Medicine

Martha Clare Morris, Sc.D., a nutritional epidemiologist at the Rush University Medical Center, in Chicago, and author of Diet for the MIND: The Latest Science on What to Eat to Prevent Alzheimer’s and Cognitive Decline, says, “Given that Alzheimer’s disease is known as an oxidative-inflammatory disease, there has to be a dietary influence.”

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Dale Bredesen, M.D., a professor in the UCLA Department of Neurology and author of The End of Alzheimer’s: The First Program to Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline, has studied the disease’s neurobiology for decades. He believes drug therapies have failed because scientists neglected to focus on why individuals develop the disease in the first place. He emphasizes, “Alzheimer’s is not a single disease,” even if the symptoms appear to be the same. Bredesen says it’s the result of the brain trying to protect itself from multiple metabolic and toxic threats. Bredesen developed the ReCODE (reversal of cognitive decline) protocol, an ambitious, comprehensive and personalized therapeutic program that includes genetic, cognitive and blood testing, plus supplements and lifestyle improvements, including stress reduction, improved sleep, diet and exercise. With the goal of identifying and treating the individual’s pathway to disease, ReCODE addresses fixing five key areas he believes form the underlying origins and progression of Alzheimer’s disease: insulin resistance; inflammation/infections; hormone, nutrient and nerve growth factors; toxins; and dysfunctional nerve synapses. The Lancet International Commission on Dementia Prevention, Intervention and Care also advocates multiple points of action. By addressing nine “potentially modifiable risk factors” throughout the lifespan, the commission says, “More than one-third of global dementia cases may be preventable.” These factors include maximizing education in early life; controlling hypertension, obesity and hearing loss in mid-life; and in later life, managing depression and diabetes, increasing physical activity and social contact, and not smoking.


From two decades of research involving more than 10,000 people, Morris developed the MIND diet, which stands for “Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay”. It’s a hybrid of the Mediterranean and DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diets, modified to include specific components from each that offer the most protection against dementia. Morris identifies 10 brain-healthy dietary components: leafy greens, vegetables, berries, whole grains, nuts, seafood, poultry, beans and legumes, olive oil, and one glass of wine per day; plus five unhealthy components to limit: sweets and pastries, red meats, fried and fast foods, whole-fat cheese and butter or margarine containing trans fat. Morris found those individuals that most closely followed the dietary recommendations lowered their risk for Alzheimer’s disease by as much as 53 percent, while those following the diet moderately well showed a reduction of about 35 percent. Morris acknowledges a number of common aging-related, yet treatable, conditions that can cause “dementialike symptoms,” including low thyroid hormones and vitamin B12 deficiency. She also identifies specific brain-protective compounds including vitamins E, B12,

folate and niacin, plus lutein, omega-3 fatty acids, beta carotene and flavonoids found in colorful fruits and vegetables, tea and nuts. She is currently testing the MIND diet, plus a mild calorie restriction on 600 individuals 65 to 84 years old living in Boston and Chicago; results are expected in 2021. The Alzheimer’s Association is also recruiting individuals for a new lifestyle intervention study. Aarti Batavia, a registered dietitian based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and a certified practitioner of functional medicine trained in the ReCODE protocol, says, “Diets that are good for the heart are good for the brain.” But she also warns that many common medications such as statins, antihistamines, some antidepressants and proton pump inhibitors (that reduce stomach acid, which is required for absorbing vitamin B12) can increase the risk for dementia.

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As we continue to discover how genetics, environment and lifestyle factors intersect, take the following smart steps to promote longevity and vibrant brain health:


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n The Alzheimer’s Association diet study: n Beyond Pesticides: n Blue Zones: n Brain Health Education and Research Institute: n assesses effectiveness and safety of supplements conducive to brain health. n Glycemic index and load: n Integrative Environmental Medicine, edited by Aly Cohen, M.D., and Frederick vom Saal, Ph.D. n Food Sleuth Radio interviews: Aarti Batavia: to be posted on Food Sleuth site this month Brenda Davis:, Brenda Davy: Teresa Martin:, Martha Clare Morris: David Perlmutter: to be posted on Food Sleuth site this month Dorothy Sears:

About Wheat and Other Grains When considering whether to restrict or include grain in one’s diet, consider the following: n Individuals with celiac or non-celiac gluten sensitivity should avoid wheat and other gluten-containing grains such as barley and rye. n According to nutritional epidemiologist Martha Clare Morris, diets rich in high-fiber whole grains, including wheat, decrease inflammation and oxidative stress, and improve cognition. She says, “Diets higher in fiber are linked to lower rates of diabetes and heart disease,” both of which increase risk of dementia. n Author Brenda Davis’ “grain hierarchy” promotes whole, intact grains as key in controlling blood sugar. n Whole grains are high in vitamins E and B, which protect against cognitive decline. n Dr. David Perlmutter, who supports high-fiber diets, but advocates avoiding gluten, warns against shopping in the gluten-free aisle. Foods there might not have gluten, he says, but they’re going to “powerfully raise your blood sugar.” n Choose organic grains to avoid exposure to pesticide residues. June 2019


the risk for dementia. Brenda Davis, a registered dietitian in Vancouver, British Columbia, and author of The Kick Diabetes Cookbook: An Action Plan and Recipes for Defeating Diabetes, advises reducing the glycemic load of the diet by limiting refined carbohydrates and sugars, and eating a high-fiber, plant-based diet. Dorothy Sears, Ph.D., a member of the executive committee of the Center for Circadian Biology at the University of California, San Diego, says it’s not just what we eat that matters, but when. She discovered multiple metabolic benefits, including reduced blood sugar, with prolonged nightly fasting—13 hours between the last meal at night and the first meal in the morning. Brenda Davy, Ph.D., a registered dietitian and researcher at Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg, says hydration can influence blood sugar, weight and cognition, especially among middle-aged and older populations. She recommends drinking two cups of water prior to meals to moderate food intake.


Focus on ‘good’ fats: Olive oil,

nuts, avocados, and omega-3 fatty acids found in fatty, cold-water fish protect both the heart and brain. Michael Lewis, M.D., based in Potomac, Maryland, recommends an “omega-3 protocol” to help his patients recover from traumatic brain injury, which can increase risk for dementia.


Spice up your diet: Batavia recom-

mends cooking with brain-protecting herbs and spices such as turmeric, cinnamon, thyme and rosemary, which can help reduce inflammation and risk for dementia.

a hormone called brain-derived neurotrophic factor, which is responsible for stimulating neuron growth and protecting against cognitive decline.


Mind your gut: Western medicine



Prioritize sleep: All brain (and gut)


has historically separated the brain from the rest of the body. But research on the “gut-brain axis” shows there’s communication between our gut microbes and brain, plus direct links to neurodevelopmental disorders and dementia. “What goes on in the gut influences every manner of activity within the brain: the health of the brain, the functionality of the brain, the brain’s resistance to disease process and even mood,” says Perlmutter. Both Perlmutter and Teresa Martin, a registered dietitian in Bend, Oregon, emphasize the importance of high-fiber plant foods that gut microbes need to produce beneficial, short-chain fatty acids to protect against inflammation, insulin resistance and “leaky gut”.

experts recommend adequate sleep— seven to eight hours each night—to restore body and mind.


Exercise: Both Morris and Perlmutter recommend aerobic activities in particular, like walking, swimming and cycling, to improve blood circulation to the brain and increase the production of

Avoid environmental toxins:

Exposure to pesticides, pollutants and heavy metals such as lead, mercury and arsenic can increase the risk of neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Choosing organic food both reduces exposure to toxins and protects water quality and farmworker health. Virginia Rauh, Ph.D., deputy director of the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health, in New York City, spoke at the National Pesticide Forum in Manhattan in April. She explains that of the 5,000 new chemicals introduced each year, “at least 25 percent are neurotoxic,” and even very low-level exposure can harm children’s neurodevelopment.

Socialize: In studies of “Blue Zone”

populations that enjoy longevity with low rates of dementia, social engagement appears to be the secret sauce for quality of life. Melinda Hemmelgarn, the “Food Sleuth”, is an award-winning registered dietitian, writer and nationally syndicated radio host based in Columbia, MO. Reach her at

Protecting and Nourishing Gut Microbiota

n Strive to eat a wide variety of plant species and at least 30 grams of fiber every day (some cooked and some raw). n Limit “microbial assassins”, including refined carbohydrates and added sugar (no more than 25 grams or six teaspoons of added sugar per day); sugar substitutes; food additives such as polysorbate-80 and carboxymethylcellulose; smoking and vaping; chronic stress; antimicrobial soaps and sanitizers; antibiotics; proton pump inhibitors; high-fat diets; and processed meats. n Move every day for at least 30 minutes; don’t sit for more than 30 minutes and get outside. n Relax with yoga, meditation or mindfulness. n Sleep seven to eight hours each night. 24

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and not just the disease, considering an individualized and holistic approach of treatment. The potentized medicines give boosts to the healing power which we all have within and the mistunement (dis-ease) is brought back to balance (ease). A few examples of medicines used for different brain-related conditions in homeopathy are listed here, though the treatment is tailored according to every individual’s underlying cause and his/ her susceptibility, so a homeopath should be consulted. Concussion: arnica, hypericum, natrum sulphuricum

Homeopathy for a Healthy Brain

Headaches and Migraines: natrum muriaticum, belladonna, glonoinum, snguinaria, iris, sepia, lachesis Parkinson’s: agaricus, belladonna, magnesium phosphoricum, rhus tox, zincum metallicum Alzheimers: baryta carb, alumina, hyoscamus

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Insomnia: kali phos, coffea cruda, nux vomica, chamomila, cocculus

he brain is the boss of the physical body and controls all the functions of each organ. Brain health refers to the ability to remember, learn, play, focus and concentrate; maintain clear, active, creative thoughts; and make appropriate decisions using cognition and conscience. Adequate sleep, good nutrition, exercise and meditation are norms for staying healthy, which includes the brain, too. But when a hectic and stressful lifestyle, lack of good nutrition and a toxic environment takes a toll on our health, we need to rebalance our health with medicines. With a collection of more than 4,000 remedies derived from different plants, minerals and animals, homeopathy has numerous medicines for the treatment of brain-related issues, including head injury, epilepsy, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, insomnia, restless legs, autism, ADHD, addictions, anxiety, depression and others. Homeopathy is a natural system of medicine which is safe even for babies and during pregnancy, is non-toxic as it’s diluted many times, and has no side effects. It treats the diseased person

Seizures and epilepsy: baryta carbonica, cicuta, belladonna, stramonium and hyoscyamus


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ne of the capital organs of our body, the brain relies solely on a great vascularization to be provided with oxygen and nutrients. Constitutional hydrotherapy, an ancient healing modality provided by naturopathic doctors, is a masterpiece in sustaining healing and health. Constitutional hydrotherapy is a special technique that greatly improves recovery from many illnesses, both acute and chronic. It helps to normalize circulation, sooth the nervous system, stimulate detoxifying and eliminative processes, strengthen and heal the digestive system, and stimulate

the immune system and vital force. It has been used for years to detoxify heavy metal exposure, pesticide/herbicide toxicity, and the daily toxic buildup of improper diet and lifestyle. Individuals can rebuild their metabolism and regenerate their health. This simplistic therapy utilizes alternating hot and cold towel application to the chest and back with a series of sine wave or diathermy current, supporting the treatment for acute infections such as sinusitis, whooping cough, pneumonia as well as chronic conditions such as asthma, psoriasis, irritable bowel, Crohn’s disease, or arthritis.Constitutional hydrotherapy is

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uring nearly two decades with CNN, Dr. Sanjay Gupta has covered wars, natural disasters and the aftermath of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Along the way, the Westerntrained, practicing neurosurgeon has explored myriad health topics, including the science of alternative medicine and the benefits of medical cannabis, the subject of his CNN docuseries, Weed. He’s written three books: Chasing Life: New Discoveries in the Search for Immortality to Help You Age Less Today, Cheating Death: The Doctors and Medical Miracles that Are Saving Lives Against All Odds and a novel-turned-TV series, Monday Mornings. CNN’s chief medical correspondent recently found himself in Japan, soaking in a scalding bath—a form of stress relief practiced there—along with owl cafés and forest bathing. The visit was part of a sixcountry, immersive journey in some of the happiest and healthiest places on Earth— including India, Bolivia, Norway, Italy and Turkey—to explore ancient traditions and modern practices that lead to a healthy and meaningful life. The result: Chasing Life, a new docuseries that aired in April and May, is now available on demand via cable/satellite systems, the CNNgo streaming platform and CNN mobile apps. 28

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What inspired your interest in exploring holistic and alternative healing?

On a very basic level, a lot of people are surprised to hear that U.S. life expectancy has dropped three years in a row and the cost of health care is more than $3.5 trillion a year. Yet there are places around the world where people are living happier, healthier lives for a lot less, and longer. They must be doing something that’s beneficial, and we wanted to find out what that might be: What do places around the world have to teach us?

To what do you attribute the reemergence of traditional Indian healing practices?

Ayurvedic medicine is widely practiced in India among the healthiest people in that part of the world. It’s stood the test of time, so it’s worth exploring. In the U.S., we have an amazing medical system for people who are sick, but they aren’t doing as well as expected [which is why] there’s an open-mindedness that’s happening about one of the oldest medical traditions.

What role might ancient traditions play in reshaping 21st-century health care?

If you look at chronic disease in the U.S.,

one could make the argument that 70 to 80 percent of it is entirely preventable—most of it related to our food. When you look at the Ayurvedic diet, how does a culture come up with a way of eating going back thousands of years? In the U.S., most of our diet is based on palate. With Ayurveda, it is more about the function of food: Every morsel must have some function. The type of food, the timing and the temperature at which it is cooked is also important. If we really are a little more thoughtful about how we view the calories we’re consuming, it can make a big difference in our health. When we say food is our medicine, what does that really mean? In India, they’re showing us what it means. It’s not that taste is sacrificed; it’s just that Ayurveda was driven by function and palate came after.

What was the most surprising discovery you made on this journey?

There were a lot of surprises along the way. If you look at the U.S. and life expectancy, there are a lot of countries that are pretty similar in terms of economics, labor force and other things. But what is happening in the U.S. is pretty unique in a lot of ways. In the U.S., this notion of rugged individualism is a marker for success. We’ve seen high rates of social isolation and loneliness—and the toxicity of that. Italy is one of the healthiest places in the world, and a lot of that has to do with social fabric. That this social cohesion could be so protective, even without paying attention to things like diet and exercise—I think the power of that surprised me.

What is an important takeaway for you from this experience? There is a long-held belief that wealth will buy health. In Bolivia, there is an indigenous tribe that has virtually no evidence of heart disease and they don’t even have a healthcare system. We shouldn’t automatically equate health to wealth. There are a lot of things we can do in our lives that can help—right now. Jan Hollingsworth is the national editor for Natural Awakenings.

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Reframing Failure

Quieting Critics

FOR SUCCESS Susan De Lorenzo

“When we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change.” – Wayne Dyer


This takes a new homas Edison lens of perception to rid made 1,000 ourselves of the pracunsuccessful tice of assigning fear, attempts at inventing the shame and humiliation light bulb before finally to our failed efforts. We succeeding. He didn’t see must be willing to risk it as failing 1,000 times, greatly in the interest instead the light bulb was of our vision, and this an invention with 1,000 requires connecting steps. Most of us cannot with our passion for our imagine keeping at one goal—the original spark goal for more than 20 atthat ignited our idea and tempts, let alone 1,000. Yet, the excitement at the each attempt to follow prospect of delivering it has the lessons of the to the world. prior attempts incorpoThe passion for our rated into its plan and vision is our “why.” By execution. As we model a Susan De Lorenzo connecting to it daily, we new way of approaching place ourselves in the picture of a successour desires and goals, we create a new lens ful outcome. In this heightened vibration of through which to look at risking failure. feeling and thought, the ideas and inspira Most of us have been conditioned to tions for our next steps are more at hand. feel frightened and potentially ashamed While in this state, take notes and serve the and humiliated at the prospect of failing. Yet, what if we could see our failed attempts ones that have “zing” to them. More than a mental activity, our heart and gut comes in at something bold as feedback? To truly pursue our dreams and ambitions, we must to guide us, as well. The more we practice connecting in this way, the more we can embrace our imperfection and risk failure work on trusting the ideas that come to us. in order to learn.

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When we go after our dreams, we will most likely come up against critics. Our loved ones, however well-meaning, may want to protect us from the pain they perceive in failure, so they try to dissuade us. Others, because of their own fears, will second-guess us with criticism. Motivational speaker, Les Brown, puts it this way: “No one has ever built a statue of a critic!” It’s easy to be on the sidelines and criticize others’ failures and flops; it’s another thing altogether to dive into the fray and serve one’s vision. Stay vigilant and don’t let others dissuade you from the pursuit of your dreams. If failure is merely feedback, discernment is key in determining next steps to take. It may be that the idea needs refinement through more research and consultation, or a step back is needed, but it doesn’t necessarily mean to quit. It just may be that a shift in our original thinking is necessary. When facing a frustrating roadblock, it can be helpful to say, “I didn’t come this far to only get this far.” Take a step away for clearing disappointment and then come back and serve your vision again with new insights and ideas. Susan De Lorenzo is an author, speaker and certified transformational life coach, specializing in helping those recovering from setbacks such as cancer, divorce, and job loss. For more information, visit See ad on page 21.


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hen Denaye Barahona, of New York City, became a parent, she felt compelled to buy everything for her son. “We are inundated as a culture with so many products for our kids that it’s hard to differentiate what we need; it really wears us down,” she says. While working on her Ph.D. in child development, Barahona discovered—both in research and personal experience—that kids actually thrive with less stuff. And so she began her journey toward minimalism by purging toys and clothes, eventually founding Cary Fortin and Kyle Quilici, of San Francisco, believe time is better spent experiencing life with people than managing, organizing, cleaning and buying things. Their book New Minimalism: Decluttering and Design for Sustainable, Intentional Living is a call to adopt a more mindful life. Fortin says, “You decide first what you value, how you want to spend your days, how you want to feel, and then reflect these values in your physical space.” “Minimalism is not about living in a tiny home and never owning more than

100 things; it’s about figuring out what brings value and purpose to your life and letting go of the rest,” says Atlanta’s Zoë Kim, author of Minimalism for Families: Practical Minimalist Living Strategies to Simplify Your Home and Life.

The Benefits

Time is precious, especially for parents. More free time is gained when a toy collection is significantly reduced, but other benefits result, as well. A 2018 University of Toledo study published in Infant Behavior and Development suggests toddlers engage in more focused and creative play when faced with fewer choices. “Kids who previously tore through bins or who didn’t care about their belongings immediately begin engaging with toys more appropriately and for longer periods of time,” says Barahona, the author of Simple Happy Parenting: The Secret of Less for Calmer Parents and Happier Kids. Research also indicates that our limited stores of willpower are depleted more quickly when we are flooded with decisions. “When you have less stuff in a

room and less choices to running late and then sudBecause kids are make, your mental state so much more easily denly we’re yelling at our actually improves—you kids. Simplifying so we can stimulated, they have more clarity and can prevent these scenarios feel the impact of a positively impacts our focus better,” she says. “Because kids are so much chaotic room even mood and our ability to be more easily stimulated, present with our kids.” more than adults. they feel the impact of a Although the declut~Denaye Barahona chaotic room even more tering process starts with than adults.” the parents, children should Minimalism also arms children with be involved as much as possible, and in a self-reflection tools and introduces them positive light. “Kids don’t like cleaning up, to the process of letting go and donating. but with ongoing conversations and small “They learn to ask ‘Am I enjoying this? consistent shifts, children see how less stuff Could I repurpose it?’ while understanding can lead to more time for enjoyable activithat some things we can mend and enjoy ties,” says Kim. for long periods of time, and other things Minimalist strategies can be applied we outgrow—which we can then give away,” across many realms of life, such as scalsays Fortin. ing back the family calendar and hovering less as a parent. “Family life always seems Where to Start to speed up, but we can break the cycle Experts agree that in family households, the of busy by scheduling blank time. Being shift toward minimalism should begin with intentional with time goes hand-in-hand the adults. “It gives them time to underwith minimalism,” says Quilici. stand how the process feels and models the To stay inspired, find social media behavior for their children,” says Fortin. pages and websites to follow for ideas. Barahona streamlines her home by “You’re going to hit roadblocks, so it’s imfocusing on active spaces. “Active items portant to surround yourself with inspiraare the things you use regularly, such as tion,” Kim says. “Now that I’ve let go of the your two favorite pairs of jeans—not the lifestyle I thought I needed, it’s nice to have 13 pairs you rarely wear.” When active less, but it’s even better to want less.” and storage items accumulate in the same space, the need to sort through extra Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural “stuff ” wastes time and energy, she says. Awakenings of Gulf Coast Alabama/Missis“We’ve all lost our keys when we’re already sippi (

How to Keep the Clutter Out Set Physical Boundaries

Establish rules for what can be stored, where and how much. Childhood keepsakes, artwork, craft supplies and school papers can accumulate quickly. Limit how much can be kept by designating a box for toys or a wall to display art. Digital photos allow the memories to be kept without taking up physical space.


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Less Pain, More Flexibility

JUST ADD WATER Aquatic Workouts for Him


by Marlaina Donato

hen it comes to chiseling muscles, recovering from injury or reducing stress, men are finding that hitting the pool might even surpass hitting the gym. “Water aerobics is a great form of exercise for men looking to sculpt their bodies, because water offers multidirectional drag resistance that assists in developing muscle balance within the body,” says Denver aquatic fitness trainer Sean Sullivan. Pool workouts offer men and women of all ages and condition a low-impact, energizing way to get fit and burn calories. From specialized classes for patients with Parkinson’s disease to relief from the pain of arthritis and fibromyalgia, water aerobics harbors benefits for everyone. The Mayo Clinic adds improved cardiovascular health to the reasons why more men are joining classes that were previously considered to be a women’s domain. A recent meta-analysis of 14 studies published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology found that aquatic exercise can significantly lower blood pressure. Another study published in the Asian Journal of


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Sports Medicine reached a similar conclusion when men that underwent 55 minutes of aquatic exercise three times a week exhibited marked reductions in hypertension.

Go Vertical for Stronger Muscles

Water aerobics classes, which don’t involve swimming, are conducted in waist-high water. These vertical workouts provide 75 percent more resistance than land-based exercise. “When you perform a bicep curl in the water with no equipment, not only do you exercise the bicep muscle on the way up, but because of drag resistance, you’re also exercising your triceps muscle on the way down, for a balanced workout,” says Sullivan. Exercise physiologist Clinton Maclin, of the Piedmont Atlanta Fitness Center, in Georgia, concurs. “Aqua aerobics helps all muscle groups benefit from increased endurance, resistance and range of motion.” For optimum fitness, Maclin recommends getting wet for a minimum of two-and-ahalf hours per week to stay in condition. The heart is also a muscle that benefits

A number of recent studies have shown that aquatic exercise can ease pain in conditions such as fibromyalgia and also improve flexibility in joints. It’s recommended by both the Osteoarthritis Research Society International and by the American College of Rheumatology. In the water, older individuals can exercise without the risk of falling. “The water creates buoyancy, making it less likely to make sudden movements. The low impact of the water allows longer participation time, mobility and stability,” says Maclin. “Seniors can participate in higher-intensity movements and perform more activities, even while injured.” Aqua aerobics helps improve balance and is also a boon to soft tissue. “Warm water provides a tremendous benefit to tendons and ligaments, adding mobility, flexibility and well-being,” notes instructor and fitness trainer Márcia Wilken, in Shawano, Wisconsin. “Seniors can benefit most from water exercise at least twice a week. It can also improve cognitive thinking and helps to promote a better sleep pattern.”

Rehabilitation, Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis Aquatic therapy in warm water helps to facilitate recovery after joint surgery and injuries, including anterior cruciate ligament tears in the knee. “Warm pools are a great environment for young athletes recovering from sports-related injuries. Hydrostatic pressure reduces swelling of the injured area, allowing for greater range of motion. Buoyancy reduces the load placed upon the injured area and reduces pain,” says Sullivan. “The properties of water allow injured athletes to begin the recovery process sooner.” For individuals with Parkinson’s, the American Parkinson Disease Association recommends aquatic exercise for improved


greatly from aquatic fitness. “Hydrostatic pressure is a property of water that aids in blood flow return to the heart, which may lead to a reduction in heart rate,” says Sullivan. “It’s a physiological benefit from simply immersing oneself in water.”

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ime for You Yoga is hosting a free Introduction to Svaroopa Yoga Therapy class from 1 to 2:30 p.m., June 8, in Cumberland. Participants are encouraged to bring their aches and pains as the class will include an explanation of how yoga therapy approaches individual needs. Attendees will learn the difference between a yoga class and yoga therapy, as demonstrated in a real yoga therapy session with a volunteer from those in attendance. The program is free, but space is limited, and registration is required. The program is offered by Maria Sichel, a certified Svaroopa yoga teacher. She is specially trained in yoga therapy for treating pain, neck and shoulders, spine, knees and feet. Svaroopa yoga (Swa-roo-pa) means “bliss yoga.” It’s a slow style of yoga with careful alignment that’s customized to a person’s specific needs. Cost: Free. Location: 2155 Diamond Hill Rd., Cumberland. For more information, call Maria Sichel at 401-305-5319 or visit balance and pain reduction. In 2014, the European Journal of Experimental Biology published an eight-week Iranian study involving 60 men with multiple sclerosis that concluded it improved balance. Water resistance does a body good, but the experts suggest one-on-one attention for best results. “I strongly recommend finding an aquatic fitness and rehabilitation specialist, because not all exercises are beneficial for everyone,” says Sullivan. Wilken agrees. “A trainer can teach technique and different ways to move in the water, as well as proper breathing and good body alignment. It will double the benefits.” Marlaina Donato is the author of several books on spirituality and clinical aromatherapy. She is also a composer. Connect at


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MEDICINAL MUSHROOMS Beyond Buttons and Portabellas by April Thompson


handful of mushrooms a day just might keep the doctor at bay, according to a mounting body of research providing powerful evidence of the fungal kingdom’s abilities to promote health and fight disease. “Mushrooms are pretty spectacular. All edible species benefit the immune system and together, support just about every system in the human body,” says Stepfanie Romine, an Asheville, North Carolina, health coach and author of Cooking With Healing Mushrooms: 150 Delicious Adaptogen-Rich Recipes that Boost Immunity, Reduce Inflammation and Promote Whole Body Health. When Robert Beelman started doing nutritional research on mushrooms 20 years ago, they were touted for what they didn’t have: fat, calories, sugar, gluten and cholesterol. “Today, we can talk about all the good things they contain: fiber, protein, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other important micronutrients,” says the director of the Center for Plant and Mushroom Foods for Health at Penn State University. Beelman’s research has focused on several micronutrients that are bountiful in mushrooms, including the amino acid ergothioneine, an antioxidant not found in significant amounts in any other plant-based food source. Ergothioneine levels decrease with age, and larger drops are associated with cognitive impairment, he says. Several large epidemiological studies in Japan and Singapore have significantly correlated higher mushroom consumption with decreased rates of dementia. Countries where residents eat larger amounts of mushrooms also enjoy a higher average life expectancy, even after controlling for other variables, says Beelman. Lion’s mane is one variety known to protect cognitive health; it 34

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Cordyceps and reishi mushrooms are also adaptogens—botanicals used for centuries in Asian medicine to help the body adapt to stresses, regulate bodily functions and support the immune and adrenal systems, according to Romine. Turkey tail is one such medicinal mushroom, a longtime treatment for cancer and other diseases in Asia. The tree-based fungus contains polysaccharide-K (PSK), that is believed to inhibit cancer cell growth and repair immune cell damage after chemotherapy. “Medicinal mushrooms have been approved adjuncts to standard cancer treatments in Japan and China for more than 30 years and have an extensive clinical history of safe use”, either alone or combined with radiation or chemotherapy, according to a literature review published by the National Institutes of Health National Cancer Institute. Oyster mushrooms, another fungal superstar, contain cholesterol-lowering lovastatin, plentiful B vitamins and up to 30 percent protein, according to Paul Stamets, one of the world’s leading mushroom authorities. Oysters are also the most easily digestible mushroom, according to mycologist and herbalist Christopher Hobbs, author of Medicinal Mushrooms: An Exploration of Tradition, Healing & Culture. Hobbs’ 2017 article in HerbalGram, the peer-reviewed journal of the American Botanical Council, cites 122 different studies supporting the safety and efficacy of medicinal mushrooms such as oysters.

More Than a Pizza Topping There are myriad creative ways to incorporate mushrooms into a diet, says Romine, who recommends aiming for a half-cup daily cooked serving. “Mushrooms are nature’s sponges, and will take on the flavor of any sauce, so start simply and add sauces sparingly.” She suggests sautéing mushrooms with a neutral oil, then adding wine or sherry and finishing with fresh herbs. Cooking with wine can help unlock the beneficial compounds the fungi contain, says Romine. Fresh or dried culinary mushrooms like oysters, shiitakes or maitakes can also be great additions to morning meals like savory oatmeal or tofu scrambles. Powdered mushroom extracts, available online or in health stores, are an easy way to infuse meals with fungi’s beneficial properties. They mix well into everything from raw desserts and baked goods to teas and smoothies. Whole mushrooms that are tough, like reishi and chaga, can be boiled to extract the healthful elements and consumed

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Countries where residents eat larger amounts of mushrooms also enjoy a higher average life expectancy as a tea or used for soup broth. Romine says raw mushrooms are not as flavorful, digestible or nutritional as cooked. While a mushroom-rich diet can help protect and promote health, Romine cautions that they are not a cure-all or a substitute for a healthy lifestyle. To address specific health concerns, she recommends working with a dietician or clinical herbalist to develop appropriate and effective ways to incorporate mushrooms into a health regimen. April Thompson is a freelance writer in Washington, D.C. Contact her at

Know Your Fungi Many beneficial mushrooms are available in the wild, and some exclusively so. Foraging for them can be rewarding, but proceed with caution; some edible mushrooms may have deadly lookalikes, so only forage with the help of a trained expert. Health food stores and online vendors are good sources of mushroom powders or extracts, which have a long shelf life. Look for a manufacturer of 100 percent organic mushroom extracts and supplements. Many farmers’ markets also carry specialty mushrooms like king oysters, lion’s mane or others not easily found in grocery stores. Not all mushrooms are created equal. Button mushrooms and others in the Agaricus family are lowest in micronutrients like ergothioneine, with porcinis in the Boletus family yielding the highest, according to Robert Beelman, director of the Center for Plant and Mushroom Foods for Health at Penn State University. Don’t expect magic from mushrooms, cautions author Stepfanie Romine; like most lifestyle changes or holistic treatments, it can take some months to yield results.

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Clean Ocean Access

Thousands of RI Volunteers Take Action


by Wendy Fachon

lean Ocean Access (COA) in Middletown, RI, is dedicated to eliminating marine debris, improving coastal water quality and preserving public access to the shoreline, so that future generations can enjoy ocean activities, such as swimming, fishing and kayaking. It has three core programs which are the basis for its name. Each program goal is clear, simple in design, and has a multi-dimensional approach to achieve its vision. With the help of citizen scientist volunteers and community partners, the organization tackles ocean pollution at its root—on land.


One major project, Healthy Soils, Healthy Seas RI (HSHSRI), brings together composting efforts in partnership with existing food-waste-diversion groups: The Compost Plant, Rhodeside Revival and the Aquidneck Community Table. The three partners serve as the boots-on-the-ground team that will manage all commercial and residential composting collection and processing with an initial focus on Aquidneck Island. Approximately 32 percent of the total municipal disposal is residential food waste. A head of lettuce takes 25 years to decompose in a landfill. Food waste is the waste category with the largest potential for increased diversion to composting and/or aerobic or anaerobic digesters. 36

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Citizens participating in the HSHSRI project collect data on the amount of material leaving their homes —compost, recyclables and landfill trash. The project encourages people to think critically about their waste footprints and empowers them to reevaluate the need for low-and-no value materials, such as single use plastics (unrecyclable food wrappers, chip bags, styrofoam trays), that enter the landfill, or worse, end up polluting the ocean.

Eliminating Marine Debris

The CLEAN program exists to educate, inspire and empower the community to solve the problem of marine debris through activities that eliminate marine debris from the shoreline, improve habitat and promote environmental stewardship. COA has been coordinating two coastal cleanup events per month, from September through April,

Marine debris is a time-sensitive issue impacting ocean health and is a solvable problem that starts with smart choices on land. along the entire shoreline of Aquidneck Island. It also organizes coastal cleanup events for neighboring Jamestown and Little Compton. In addition, COA provides all materials for small groups to do flexible schedule cleanups on a regular basis. Data collection plays a major role in advancing community-based, datadriven advocacy efforts. COA’s tally sheet is modeled after one created by the Ocean Conservancy. It is divided into six categories. As an example, one category is Smoking-Related Activities. In a 2013-2018 period, COA reports the collection of 1,301

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lean Ocean Access (COA) will host the 3rd Annual World Oceans Day fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m., June 6, at Easton’s Beach, in Newport. The event will include live music, catered dinner and drinks sponsored by Whole Foods Market and Flat Waves Food Shack, as well as a silent auction and the presentation of the third “CLEAN OCEAN ACCESS MISSION2.OCEAN AWARD” to an outstanding COA volunteer. Prior to the event, there will be a cleanup at Easton’s (First) Beach from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The cleanup and fundraiser are both in celebration of the international World Oceans Day event and help bring awareness to COA’s goals of eliminating marine debris, improving coastal water quality and protecting and preserving shoreline access. Cost: $60 for fundraiser; cleanup is free. Location: 175 Memorial Blvd, Newport. For more information, visit

Whether it is eliminating single-use materials, composting, recycling right, or ensuring no trash ends up as litter—each one of us in the Ocean State can take action today so that we become the role model for environmental stewardship. lighters, 3,623 cigar tips, 3,676 pieces of tobacco packaging and 80,200 cigarette butts and filters (Clean Ocean Access 2018 Clean Report). Ninety-five percent of cigarette filters are made of tightly packed cellulose acetate (plastic) fibers, thinner than sewing thread. This makes up some of the plastic debris ingested by fish. As a result of the data collected by thousands of volunteers, Clean Ocean Access successfully advocated for an island-wide ordinance prohibiting smoking at public beaches, parks, recreation areas and the famed Cliff Walk. COA’s massive amounts of data are used to influence change, and the success of these efforts is made possible by the 12,665 local citizen science volunteers that have invested more than 22,000 hours to address the global problem of marine debris. In 2016, COA launched the Southeast New England Marina Trash Skimmer program and has since successfully operated four trash skimmers that have removed 20,615 pounds of comingled debris and more than 27,000 individual items of debris from the Aquidneck Island shoreline over the course of 166 site visits. On April 19, COA launched the Providence River Marina Trash Skimmer with an event at the Hot Club, making Providence the first state capital in the nation to streamline the elimination of marine debris. COA is advancing and expanding the awareness, scalability and effectiveness of this technology with grants for three more Trash Skimmers; the program will be expanding to New Bedford, Massachusetts.

Improving Coastal Water Quality

The OCEAN program is about monitoring water quality, especially during September through May, when many people use the ocean, but state monitoring is not performed. Rooftops, driveways, roads, expansive lawns, residential and commercial activities can lead to storm water runoff or combined sewage overflows that wreak havoc on coastal water quality. Citizen scientists can get involved with activities such as water sampling. COA collects 20 samples per week, identifies problems and provides timely remediation.

Preserving Shoreline Access

Limited access to the shoreline is how the organization started in 2006 and is its most important issue. The ACCESS program started to remove barriers and evolved into an effort that includes topics such as erosion, sea-level rise, invasive species and long-term shoreline planning. Rhode Island has roughly 400 miles of coastline and 227 “rights of way,” which are listed on the RI Coastal Resource Management Council (CRMC) website ( html). Citizens can help preserve shoreline access by reporting on their use and on barriers that arise at local access points. Learn more about all these programs, projects and events at Donate, volunteer and advocate to help preserve the state’s ocean, bay and coastal environments.

World Oceans Day is June 8


hode Islanders can plan to celebrate World Oceans Day by organizing local community shoreline clean-ups that include collecting data on marine debris. COA hosted its first beach cleanup in September 2006, as part of the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC). Since then, the organization’s achievements have helped beautify the coastline, improve local habitat and build social capital—friendships, positive energy and environmentally responsible behavior. In addition to beach cleanup activism, COA seeks volunteers to help with photography, table events, attend city council meetings and participate in fundraising events like Paddle for Access and Swim to Skim in August. Clean Ocean Access Executive Director, Dave McLaughlin, reports, “Marine debris is a time-sensitive issue impacting ocean health and is a solvable problem that starts with smart choices on land. Combining four marina trash skimmers with our existing year-round shoreline cleanup efforts, and education and outreach efforts, it positions us to successfully inspire, educate and empower the community to make better choices on land. Whether it is eliminating singleuse material from our daily lives, composting our food scraps, recycling right, or increasing our level of responsibility to ensure no trash ends up as litter—each one of us in the Ocean State can take action today so that we become the role model for environmental stewardship.” He adds, “Think about your choices, and never expect change if you don’t do it yourself. Start with yourself; start today.” June 2019


manifests as eye damage and thyroid, urinary and reproductive conditions. Feline gastrointestinal distress is also a consequence, and even indoor cats are at risk from contaminants brought into the home. “Anything that goes on your lawn goes into your pet’s body. Pets walk through it, roll in it and then groom themselves,” says Michele Yasson, DVM, of Holistic Veterinary Services, in St. Augustine, Florida. “Max, one of my canine patients, developed acute, life-threatening pancreatitis just hours after his yard had been treated by a commercial lawncare service.”

NONTOXIC LAWN CARE Protecting Pets and the Planet by Marlaina Donato


armer weather Anything that goes on the toxic chemicals at an has arrived, your lawn goes into alarming rate. and so begins your pet’s body. many homeowners’ annual Pets at Risk quest for a well-nourished, ~Michele Yasson, DVM Chemicals routinely used weed-free lawn. However, in lawn care are especially the grass isn’t always greener—or healthier— problematic for the family dog or cat. “Aniusing conventional approaches. mals are close to the ground, and their feet Turf grass covers up to 50 million touch the ground, so every substance you acres of American land, and according to choose to allow in your home and yard will affect them,” says Ashley Geoghegan, DVM, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, of VetNaturally, in Mandeville, Louisiana. about 60 million pounds of synthetic A study conducted by the Departpesticides are used each year in yards and ment of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at gardens, in addition to tens of millions more pounds applied in parks, schoolyards Purdue University concludes that comand other public spaces. mon lawn chemicals like glyphosate, 2, Americans spend billions of dollars 4-D and permethrin are linked to canine growing and maintaining manicured bladder cancer. A six-year study by the lawns resulting in a high price for pets, Foster Hospital for Small Animals at the people and wildlife. Nitrogen from Tufts University Cummings School of fertilizers seeps into surface water and Veterinary Medicine reveals that exposure groundwater, contaminating wells and to professionally applied lawn pesticides and herbicides increased the risk for canine spawning harmful algae blooms; pestimalignant lymphoma by 70 percent. cides kill off more than 70 million birds In pets, chronic or sub-chronic expoeach year in the U.S. alone; and bees and other pollinators are also succumbing to sure to conventional lawncare chemicals 38

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Opting for a toxin-free lawn helps grass roots to anchor deeply into the earth, making them less likely to fall victim to weeds, disease and drought. An organic lawn has beneficial microbes; helpful insects like ladybugs and lacewings thrive, while pesty insects decline. Instead of chemical fertilizers and “natural” alternatives like borax, vinegar, garlic, essential oils and cocoa mulch, which can also be toxic to pets, try using grass clippings, seaweed, corn gluten meal, single-ingredient bone meal, diatomaceous earth or Bacillus thuringiensis (BT); all are better options. Redefining beauty and working with nature can also have a positive impact. “Set a goal to gradually reduce the area of your yard devoted to grass, and begin to establish plants like butterfly bush or bee balm that support pollinators such as bees,” recommends Sandy Long, of Greeley, Pennsylvania, a knowledgeable pet parent and executive director of the nonprofit environmental education organization SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support).

Simple Precautions

Simple precautions like removing shoes before entering the house, storing lawn products out of reach of pets and avoiding conventionally treated areas for at least 48 hours after application are paramount. Also: 4 Close windows during application. 4 Increase frequency of pet baths during spring and fall, when chemical application is highest. 4 Eliminate accumulation of water on lawns where pets might drink.

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4 Leash pets during walks to keep them away from treated areas. 4 Wipe paws with a damp cloth after being outside. After weighing alternatives, dog trainer Rebecca Porter, owner of Rosy Dogs, in Stoughton, Wisconsin, settled on prescribed burns, mowing and hand re-

moval of invasive plants. “It works, and now my dog gallops safely through the waisthigh grasslands. As for my yard, I enjoy the volunteer plants. It’s a decision all landowners can make.” Marlaina Donato is the author of several books and a composer. Connect at



owadays, many people are re-evaluating the products and services they use and seeking to replace them with all-natural substitutes. Though many seek out allnatural foods, drinks, cleaning supplies and bath products over the highly processed, chemical-laden products that line the shelves of most stores, most people don’t consider seeking an all-natural solution to pest control. David Jones, founder of Bio Tech Pest Controls, saw the need for an all-natural pest control company in the Ocean State. After seeing the damage that traditional pest controls have on both animals and humans, he decided to open a pest control service that was safe, all-natural and effective. Now, Bio Tech has been helping customers enjoy pest-free homes for 18 years. Unlike some all-natural companies, which create “green” solutions to everyday problems as a marketing ploy designed to tap into a growing population of ecominded consumers, Bio Tech was founded out of real concerns about the impact that traditional, toxic pest control products were having on the natural world. “They are used everywhere to kill everything,” says Jones of traditional pest control products. A native of the United Kingdom, Jones has come to love the wildlife of New England but has also seen its decline. “Coming from Wales, we never

had fireflies. To come to the United States 40 years ago it was a real treat to see fireflies. Now, I don’t see any,” he observes. He attributes this change to the widespread use of mosquito-killing chemicals that kill any and all insects. Besides seeking to preserve the natural world, Bio Tech’s all-natural pest control services are also mindful of humans and their pets. For example, its rat control system involves the use of secured boxes placed outside the home, ensuring that pets cannot access the products. Similarly, because its products are safe and non-toxic, they won’t hurt children or affect fetal development. “Unlike others, the materials we use are not life threatening to mammals. Our clients can live in a safe, healthy environment,” says Jones. Bio Tech offers safe, environmentally friendly and humane pest control for ants, bees, wasps and hornets, spiders, beetles, cockroaches, flies, fleas and ticks, grubs, slugs and snails, mosquitoes, pantry pests, termites, mold and fungus, wildlife and more. It also offers organic lawn, shrub and tree feeding, and medicating and pruning services. Bio Tech Pest Controls is based in Westerly. For more information, call 401-315-2400 or visit See ad on page 11.

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Beach Yoga Narragansett Town Beach – 8-9am. June 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16 then 7 days a week, June 22-Sept 2. All ages and levels welcome. $16. Park Free West Lot Narragansett Beach, in sand by chair 4. More info, Natural Fitness: 401-783-9229 or

New Patient Orientation Class – 11:30am12:30pm. All medical marijuana cardholders are welcome. This class is a great introduction for the newly licensed patient to learn about cannabis strains and health benefits. Free. Summit Medical Compassion Center, 380 Jefferson Blvd, Warwick. 401-889-3990.

SUNDAY, JUNE 2 Laughter Yoga – 2:45-3:45pm. Fun, easy and really good for you. Improves mood, oxygenates the body, releases endorphins. Donation. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Pl, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-575-8002. RSVP, Larry O’Brien:


Yoga Nidra: Sunday Slowdown – 7-8:30pm. Yoga Nidra (aka yogic sleep) is a relaxation technique and a form of guided meditation that results in deep relaxation and really good sleep. $25. Island Heron Yoga, 34 Narragansett Ave, Jamestown. 401-560-0411.

MONDAY, JUNE 3 June 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. Wonderful talking circles. $20 suggested donation. The Providence Institute 1, Little Compton. RSVP, text: 401-464-1634.

TUESDAY, JUNE 4 Mindfulness Meditation – 6:30-7:45pm. Join John LaCross to focus your awareness on breathing and encourage a positive attitude, achieving a healthy and balanced mental state. Bring a blanket, mat and pillow. $15. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. New Moon Manifestation & Meditation – 6:308pm. Learn about the new moon and how you can use its power to manifest your desires. Manifestation is a very powerful tool. 60-min class; 30-min meditation in the Cave. $50. Saltitude Himalayan Salt Cave, 204 Front St, Lincoln. Registration required: 401-359-7937 or


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Cayce Search for God Study Group – 2-4pm. This group meets bi-weekly to study the metaphysical readings of Edgar Cayce in the Search for God books in order to grow spiritually and to meditate together. Free, but donations welcome. Balance Personal Fitness Studio, 99 Frenchtown Rd, East Greenwich. 401-258-3952. Meditation for Brain Health – 6:30-7:30pm. Meditation benefits brain health, helps prevent many illness, reduces stress, reduces anxiety and decreases depression. Come learn a simple effective meditation technique. Free. Tiverton Essex Library, 34 Roosevelt Ave, Tiverton. 401-625-6796.

Folded Book Art Workshop – 6:30-7:30pm. Ever wondered what to do with your old books that are collecting dust on your bookshelf? Well, ponder no longer. Join us to learn how to recycle your old books into art. Free. Washington Park Library, 1316 Broad St, Providence. 401-781-3136.

FRIDAY, JUNE 7 Reiki Drum Wave Certification – June 6 & 7. 6-9pm, Friday; 9am-5pm, Saturday. Learn how to use the vibrational sound waves of the drum and the power of reiki to enhance your reiki practice. Open to Reiki II +. With Diana Young. $330 includes drum and materials. Fireseed: Center for Transformation, 194 Waterman St, Ste 9, Providence. 401-924-0567. Abraham-Hicks Workshop – 6:30-8:30pm. Sharing the wisdom of Abraham, through questions, answers and lively discussion about how the Laws of the Universe operate in, as and through each one of us. Suggested love offering $10. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. RSVP, Mary Broomall: 860-810-8874.

SATURDAY, JUNE 8 Basic Natural Perfumery Class – 12-2:15pm. Create your own all-natural perfume with an awardwinning botanical perfumer. Space limited and classes often sell out. $100. Providence Perfume Co, 13 S Angell St, Providence. 401-455-2325. Register: Free Intro to Svaroopa® Yoga Therapy – 1-2:30pm. Bring your aches and pains with you. We’ll explain how yoga therapy approaches your needs. Observe a short demo with a volunteer. See how it works for your self. Free. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. Registration required: 401-305-5319 or Yoga Intensive with Drumming – 1-3:45pm. Come for an in-depth tune-up of your hatha yoga practice. Also an opportunity to experience the healing vibration of the drum. $35; discount available until week prior. Quonny Yoga, 5662 Post Rd, Rte 1, Charlestown. 401-266-1187.

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savethedate Open House Blue Dragonfly Wellness – 1-5pm. Stop by for our open house. Meet some of the practitioners, signup for a reading, reiki or massage $20/15-mins. Visit the center, and walk the gardens. Free admission, but costs for services. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Guided Meditation – 2-4pm. Join in a special guided meditation that will incorporate the 12 chakras. Meditation is a great way to quiet the mind, reduce stress, relax and become centered. $10. Bev’s Healing Sanctuary, North Providence. RSVP: 401-231-8222 or

SUNDAY, JUNE 9 Qigong Workshop – 1-3pm. Learn about what qigong is, some history and benefits. We will also be practicing qigong so when the workshop is done you will have a foundation. $25/advance, $30/at door. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or Crystal Singing Bowls Healing Meditation – 3-4pm. With the vibrational sounds of Tibetan and crystal singing bowls will alter your individual energy footprint based on the healing that your soul needs. $20. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or

MONDAY, JUNE 10 Exploring Spiritual Healing – 6:30-8:30pm. Come explore the wonderful healing energies of Spirit. You can take part in the experience or just sit back and see what you feel. All welcome. Free; donations accepted. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence.

TUESDAY, JUNE 11 Drumming Circle with Doug – 6:30-8:30pm. Join us and participate in a fun, powerful drumming circle. Let the sound vibrations cleanse your energy field. If you have your own drum bring it with you. $5. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12 Meditation for Brain Health – 6:30-7:30pm. Meditation benefits brain health, helps prevent many illness, reduces stress, reduces anxiety and decreases depression. Come learn a simple effective meditation technique. Free. Lincoln Public Library, 145 Old River Rd, Lincoln. 401-333-2422.

FRIDAY, JUNE 14 Ear Candling – 6:30-9pm. Come explore ear candling and see how it can be an effective and relaxing way to keep your ears clean. Carolyn and Cheryl are both certified with 20 years experience. $25. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence.

Drumming Circle – 7-8:30pm. Join us for a drumming circle. There will be meditation and healing. The vibrations from the drums penetrates the body and helps with healing. $10. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or

SATURDAY, JUNE 15 Usui/Holy Fire II Reiki Level II Certification Course – 9:30am-4:30pm. Learn how to draw and when to use the 3 Sacred Reiki Symbols and TAMA-RA-SHA to strengthen the energy and how to send reiki through time and space. $195. Bev’s Healing Sanctuary, North Providence. RSVP: 401-231-8222 or DIY Foaming Soap and Bug Spray – 1-2:30pm. Learn to make your own foaming soap and bug spray using essential oils. Take home a few bottles of soap and some bug spray. $25/advance, $30/at door. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Must register: 401-741-5055 or Meditation & Near Death Experiences – 2-3pm. Learn about the people who have had NDEs, learn about their experiences, the transformative effect it had on their lives, and how spirituality and meditation emerge. Free. South Kingstown Public Library, 1057 Kingstown Rd, Peace Dale. 401-789-1555. Strawberry Moon Celebration – 7-9:30pm. Celebration begins with a potluck (if you plan to attend bring something to share). Celebration with meditation/bowls and more. Free; donations accepted. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or

SUNDAY, JUNE 16 Gong Bath at the Stone Barn – 5-6:30pm. Join Joy (Gongs of Joy) and Shawn (Sound Healer) as you experience the resonant vibrations of the gongs, singing bowls, drums, chimes, bells and other instruments. $35. The Stone Barn, Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary, 786 Horseneck Rd, South Dartmouth, MA. 508-525-3927.

MONDAY, JUNE 17 Dream Building Visioning Workshop – 4:305:30pm. Learn 3 essential keys for tuning into your purpose, what wealthy people do that creates sustained success, how to stay motivated and keep from losing steam and so much more. Free /SRI Chamber & BNI, $20/nonmember. Benjamin B Blackett, Southern RI Chamber of Commerce, 230 Old Tower Hill Rd, Wakefield. RSVP: 401-855-2008 or BenjaminBlackett.

TUESDAY, JUNE 18 Crystal Singing Bowls Healing Meditation – 9:3010:30am. With the vibrational sounds of Tibetan and crystal singing bowls will alter your individual energy footprint based on the healing that your soul needs. $15. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Must register: 401-741-5055 or Women’s Circle – 7-8pm. A place for women to gather in a sacred space to share ideas, use their voices and be seen and heard. Come join in this group and share. Free; donations accepted. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or 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, Ste 9, Providence. 401-924-0567.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19 Veterans’ Benefits Counseling – 12-1pm. All medical marijuana cardholders welcome. Free. Summit Medical Compassion Center, 380 Jefferson Blvd, Warwick. 401-889-3990. Cayce Search for God Study Group – 2-4pm. This group meets bi-weekly to study the metaphysical readings of Edgar Cayce in the Search for God books in order to grow spiritually and to meditate together. Free; donations welcome. Balance Personal Fitness Studio, 99 Frenchtown Rd, East Greenwich. 401-258-3952. Reiki Share – 6:30-8pm. Join Beverly and other practitioners to channel positive energy to each other, to hone their skills while receiving healing for themselves. $5. Bev’s Healing Sanctuary, North Providence. RSVP: 401-231-8222 or

THURSDAY, JUNE 20 New Patient Orientation Class – 11:30am12:30pm. All medical marijuana cardholders welcome. This class is a great introduction for the newly licensed patient to learn about cannabis strains, modes of delivery, onset and duration and health benefits. Free. Summit Medical Compassion Center, 380 Jefferson Blvd, Warwick. 401-889-3990.

June Full Strawberry 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. RSVP, text: 401-464-1634.


Wild Self Action Figures – 7-9pm. Connect with your wild self, the part of you who deeply embodies nature, and create an action figure of your wild self in this fun and interactive workshop. With Katharine Rossi. $30 plus $8 material fee. Fireseed: Center for Transformation, 194 Waterman St, Ste 9, Providence. 401-924-0567.

Deep Relaxation – 6-7:15pm. Join Kyle McDonald, C-IATT Yoga Therapist, for an evening of pranayama, bija mantra & yoga nidra bringing deep peace, harmony and rejuvenation to body, mindand soul. Suggested donation $10. Ananda Meditation & Yoga Center, 714 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown. 401-524-4766.

Summer Solstice Celebration – 5-9pm. Includes great yoga classes, a community pot luck dinner and a bonfire with drum circle. $20-$30. The Sacred Center at St. Mary’s Church, 324 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. 860-965-9995. Register:

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Gong Bath: Healing with Sound – 6:30-8pm. Join Joy (Gongs of Joy) and A.Michelle (Drumsong) to experience the resonant sounds of gongs, singing bowls, drums, flutes and more to bring you to a state of relaxation. $25/advance, $30/at door. It’s My Health, 1099 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-3585. Summer Solstice: A Guided Meditation – 7-8:15pm. With Judyth Blacquier, who has traveled the world studying with healers and teachers of the Wisdom Traditions. A journey to connect with Universal Life Force Energy. $25. Island Heron Yoga, 34 Narragansett Ave, Jamestown. 401-560-0411. Summer Solstice Celebration – 7-8:30pm. Our 1st Annual Summer Solstice. Come join in the celebration summer and the longest day of the year. Weather permitting the celebration will be outside. $15. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Must register: 401-741-5055 or Summer Solstice Fire Ceremony – 7-9pm. Family event, will be held outdoors/weather permitting, so please bring a lawn chair, drums, bells, shakers or rattles, and something sacred to place on the alter (optional). Love offerings appreciated. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick.

SATURDAY, JUNE 22 Spiritual Intuitive Development Circle – 4-5:30pm. 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 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or

SUNDAY, JUNE 23 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. Community Reiki: Free Mini-Session – 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; donations accepted. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or

savethedate Calling All Super Pets! – 11am-3pm. Fetch RI is turning 5 and we’re having a party! Join us for free giveaways, raffle prizes, fun and so much more. Come dressed as your favorite Super Pet to enter the grand prize contest. Free. Fetch RI, 91 Kingstown Rd, Richmond. 401-539-8080. Details:


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Lunch & Learn: Ayurveda for Health – 121:30pm. Join Ayurvedic Health Counselor, Elyse Wilkie, for this afternoon of instruction, cooking and eating; learn summertime tools for wellbeing. $30. The Sacred Center at St. Mary’s Church, 324 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. 860-965-9995. Registration required: Reiki Share – 2-4pm. A way for practitioners to practice on one another a 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 Laughter Yoga – 2:45-3:45pm. Fun, easy and really good for you. Improves mood, oxygenates the body, releases endorphins. Free; donation appreciated. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Pl, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-464-1634. RSVP, Larry O’Brien: Gong Bath – 6:30-7:30pm. The gong creates a deep relaxation and a state of meditation, enabling us to access our deeper subconscious and super subconscious, which are key states for healing. $22. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown. 401-849-3200. Crystal Singing Bowls Healing Meditation – 7-8pm. With the vibrational sounds of Tibetan and crystal singing bowls will alter your individual energy footprint based on the healing that your soul needs. $20. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or

TUESDAY, JUNE 25 Wild Self Action Figures – 6:30-8:30pm. Connect with your wild self, the part of you who deeply embodies nature and create an action figure of your wild self in this fun and interactive workshop with Katharine. $40. Saltitude Himalayan Salt Cave, 204 Front St, Lincoln. Reservations required: 401-359-7937.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26 Aura Energy 101 – 6:30-8:30pm. With Mandy McLaughlin. Receive 8x 10photo of your aura and personalized energy graph. As a group, discuss all of the colors represented and explore each others energy. Limited space. $40. Saltitude Himalayan Salt Cave, 204 Front St, Lincoln. Reservations required: 401-359-7937.

THURSDAY, JUNE 27 Adult Coloring Club for Relaxation – 6:307:30pm. Join us for our monthly Coloring Club for adults and discover the stress-relieving benefits of coloring. All materials provided. Enjoy some soothing music and tea too. Free. Washington Park Library, 1316 Broad St, Providence. 401-781-3136.

FRIDAY, JUNE 28 Fourth Friday Healing Gong Bath – 7:30-9pm. Gongs of Joy, with Subhadra Newton, will help energize and balance each of your 7 energy centers through the deep vibration and resonance of the gongs, bowls and drums. $25. Dean’s List Academy, 25 Esten Ave, Pawtucket. 401-258-3952.

SATURDAY, JUNE 29 Working Through Nightmares – 10am-12pm. Learn techniques you can use with nightmares as we discuss why they occur, what to do about them, and how working through them can create powerful shifts in your life. With David Barr. $25. Fireseed: Center for Transformation, 194 Waterman St, Ste 9, Providence. 401-924-0567. Drumming Circle – 4-5pm. Join us for a drumming circle. There will be meditation and healing. The vibrations from the drums penetrates the body and helps with healing. $10. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or

SUNDAY, JUNE 30 Reiki II Certification Course – 10am-3pm. Learn Reiki II symbols, distance healing, clearing of spaces and crystals. Receive a manual, 2nd Degree Usui Reiki attunement, practitioner certificate. 2 student limit. $250. Live It Love It Wellness, 2845 Post Rd, Ste 104, Warwick. 401-323-7199. Adult Coloring Night – 3-4:30pm. Self-care is important, and coloring allows the mind to be creative, and the body to relax. Honor yourself and come color. Coloring needs and snacks and water/ coffee included. $10. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or


savethedate Awakening to Your Sacred Sexuality: Divine Feminine 2-Day Workshop – July 13 & 14. 9am-4pm. Release trauma and abuse from your body to awaken your life force energy. If you haven’t addressed your sexual healing, you may not be experiencing financial abundance, healthy relationships and the ability to make an impact on the world and live your soul’s purpose. $250. Pat Hastings-Burns, West Greenwich. 401-862-8859. SacredAwakeningAndHealing.

savethedate Peace in the Park – 9am-6pm. Performances, yoga, sound bath, dance party with DJ Tara Ma and more. Peace in the Park performance showcase at 12pm, followed by a drum circle and gong bath. Bring a pot luck dish to share, grill, play games, hang out all day and have fun. Host: Chris G; Producer: Jessie Jewels. Free. Goddard Park, Site G, 1095 Ives Rd, East Greenwich. Facebook. com/events/goddard-memorial-state-park.


savethedate Spirit Festival – Sept 13-15. Experience a celebration of wellness, yoga, music and dance in affiliation with Riverfront Recapture and BaliSpirit Festival. Riverside Park & Mortensen, Riverfront Plaza, Hartford.

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sunday Celebration of Life Service – 9:15-10:30am. Come, celebrate your spiritual magnificence with inspirational music, affirmative prayer, meditation, lessons in the Science of Mind. Children’s program and child care. Teens meet last Sunday of the month. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552. Spiritualist Service – 10-11:30am. Come experience the First Spiritualist Church of RI every Sunday. Service includes healing, a guided meditation, and our guest medium giving a talk and spirit messages. Free. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. Yin Yoga – 10:30-11:45am. Yin yoga restores and supports you in greater stillness and letting go. Accessible to all levels, this slower class increases flexibility and decreases stress. $16/drop-in. Jala Studio: Yoga & Art, 285 S Main St, Providence. 508-566-2524. 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, ethnic backgrounds from all walks of life. Love offering. Center for Spiritual Living Southern RI, at South Kingston Office Park, Conference Room Lower Level Building B, 24 Salt Pond Rd, South Kingston. Kundalini Maha Yoga – 1-2:30pm. Yoga class with a focus on the 3 limbs or branches of yoga: asana (stretching and poses) pranayama (breathwork) and dhyan (meditation). Free parking in lot across from building entrance, dial 611 to be buzzed into building. With Dr Jason Bergman. By donation; pay what can. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Pl, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-523-3253. Group Acupuncture – 4-7pm. Receive acupuncture treatment in a tranquil, “communitystyle” setting. Drop-in (please arrive at least 45 mins prior to closing). Free parking in the lot across from building entrance. Dial 611 to be buzzed into the building. With Dr Jason Bergman. By donation; pay what can. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Pl, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-523-3253. Yoga Nidra with Kara – 6-7pm. Experience the many benefits of yoga nidra; conscious deep relaxation. Lay down, rest and be guided to the place between waking and dreaming, rejuvenate for optimal health. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or



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. $15, $72/ 6classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or

Svaroopa® Yoga with Janice – 9:30-11am. Dissolve your stress and pain with a deeply relaxing class where poses are adapted to your body using props and gentle alignment. Find ease in your body and quiet your mind. New students: $55/5, $21/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319.

Yoga, Reiki & Salt Therapy in the Cave –1011:30am. 1st Monday. With Tami. Reservations required; space limited. $48. Saltitude Himalayan Salt Cave, 204 Front St, Lincoln. 401-359-7937.

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 & mind. Preregistration is necessary. $10/1st class, $18.50/class/8 classes. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, North Providence. 401-742-8020.

Svaroopa® Yoga with Maria – 10:30am-12pm. Dissolve your stress and pain with a deeply relaxing class where poses are adapted to your body using props and gentle alignment. Find ease in your body and quiet your mind. New students: $55/5, $21/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Meditation & Book Study – 5:15-7:15pm. Experience peace and joy in guided meditation and chanting, 5:20-6pm. Explore Paramhansa Yogananda’s classic book, Autobiography of a Yogi, 6-7:15pm. Come for either or both. Donation appreciated. Ananda Meditation & Yoga Center, 714 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown. 401-524-4766. Meditation Class – 5:30-6pm. Join us for a 30min guided meditation class. Experienced meditation instructor George Peterson leads the session. $8/drop-in. Jala Studio: Yoga & Art, 285 S Main St, Providence. 508-566-2524. Chair Yoga with Poyee – 6-7pm. 1st Monday. Reservations required; space limited. $13. Saltitude Himalayan Salt Cave, 204 Front St, Lincoln. 401-359-7937. Drop-In Social Group for LGBTQQIA Youth – 6-7:30pm. 2nd & 4th Mondays. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County hosts LGBTQQIA youth ages 13-18. Free. 27 North Rd, Peace Dale. 401-783-4170. For more info, Rev DL Helfer: Tai Chi Easy – 6:30-7:30pm. Learn Tai Chi Easy to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, increase balance and coordination. Increase sleep quality; improve blood pressure, etc $15, $72/6classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or Free Shamanic Guided Meditation – 7-8pm. Join Rodney in this Shamanic meditation. You will find this a great way to quiet the mind, relax, and become centered. Free; donations accepted. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or Qigong – 7-8:30pm. Ancient Chinese System of movements, breathwork and meditation to cultivate and circulate qi energy. Qigong practice increases physical health and mental peace. Free parking in the lot across from building entrance. Must dial 611 to be buzzed into the building. With Dr Jason Bergman. By donation, pay what can. At The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Pl, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-523-3253. TaoAcuStudio@

Qigong – 6-7pm. A Chinese healing art involving meditation, controlled breathing and movement exercises. Class taught while seated and is fitting for all. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or Mixed-Level Yoga Class – 6-7:15pm. With Wendy Wahl. Yoga postures for strength, balance, flexibility and higher awareness. Relax body and mind through deep relaxation. $12/class, 5 class card $50/5-class card. Ananda Meditation & Yoga Center, 714 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown. 401-524-4766. Yoga with Mindful Awareness – 6-7:15pm. Postures and yoga flows in the kripalu style emphasizing mindful awareness of sensations of body/ breath/energy. Class will energize you and bring you to your calm center. $12-$13/Flex Pass, $16/ drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Fl of Zen Center, Cumberland.

wednesday Meditation with Ann Porto – 8:30-9:15am. 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, 816 Middle Rd, Unit 4, East Greenwich. 401-398-2616. Guided Meditation: Shamanic – 9-10am. Join Rodney in this Shamanic meditation. 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. Register: 401-741-5055 or Qigong – 9-10am. A Chinese healing art involving meditation, controlled breathing and movement exercises. Class taught while seated, and is fitting for all. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or

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FOR RENT 500 – 1,000 SQUARE FEET AVAILABLE TO SUBLET in artist studio at Hope Artist Village. Space can be modified depending on your needs. Call Gail at 401-365-1010 for more information.

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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. Preregistration necessary. $10/1st class, $18.50/class/series of 8. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, North Providence. 401-742-8020.

Tai Chi Easy – 6-7pm. 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. Register: 401-741-5055 or

Flow Yoga with Justine – 6:30-7:30pm. Flow yoga is a style of yoga where the practitioner moves gracefully from one pose. Designed for all levels. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or


Guided Meditation: Shamanic – 7-8pm. Join Rodney in this Shamanic meditation. 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. Register: 401-741-5055 or org


Quonny Dance – 9-10am. Come experience the joy moving to music brings. This class is not about learning how to dance, it’s about bringing out the movement we all have inside us. For all levels. $16/ drop-in; purchase card for discount. Quonny Yoga, 5662 Post Rd, Rte 1, Charlestown. 860-881-3222. Svaroopa Yoga Class – 9:45-11:15am. 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. Preregistration necessary. $10/1st class, $18.50/class/series of 8. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, North Providence. 401-742-8020. Flow & Restore Yoga Class – 6:15-7:30pm. We’ll begin with a slow flow to move and revitalize the body. This will be followed by deep relaxation in a handful of supported restorative postures. $16/ drop-in. Jala Studio: Yoga & Art, 285 S Main St, Providence. 508-566-2524. Guided Meditation: Shamanic – 7-8pm. Join Rodney in this Shamanic meditation. 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. Register: 401-741-5055 or

friday Jivamukti Yoga Class – 5:15-6:30pm. Jivamukti yoga is a vigorous and creative style of vinyasa yoga. The jivamukti method is a physically and intellectually stimulating practice emphasizing spiritual awareness. $16/drop-in. Jala Studio: Yoga & Art, 285 S Main St, Providence. 508-566-2524.

Beach Yoga – 8:30-9:30am. Begins June 22. Bring a towel (not your yoga mat) and a water bottle. All levels. Join us in front of the Pavilion on First Beach to awaken body, mind and spirit. $15/dropin, $50/5 classes. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown. 401-849-3200. Coastal Growers Farmers’ Market – 8:30am12:30pm. Large outdoor farmers’ market offering high quality locally grown and produced goods, produce and food. Rain or shine. Beautiful location, lots to do, see and taste. Free. Casey Farm, 2325 Boston Neck Rd, Saunderstown. Community Tai Chi for East Bay – 9-10am. Every other Saturday. Learn breathing, postures, stretching and healing from a practitioner of Emei and Wudang styles in a relaxed session. Classes include warm-up and discussions on the art of tai chi and Daoist culture. Free. White Monkey TaiChi & Qigong, at Bay Spring Community Center, 170 Narragansett St, Barrington. 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. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or Yoga with Mindful Awareness – 9:30-10:45am. Postures and yoga flows in the kripalu style emphasizing mindful awareness of sensations of body/breath/energy. Class will energize you and bring you to your calm center. $12-$13/Flex Pass, $16/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Fl of Zen Center, Cumberland. Svaroopa® Yoga with Suzanne – 9:45-11:15am. Dissolve your stress and pain with a deeply relaxing class where poses are adapted to your body using props and gentle alignment. Find ease in your body and quiet your mind. New students: $55/5, $21/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Energization Workshop – 10:15am-12:15pm. Awaken awareness of the source of energy within you through Yogananda’s energization exercises. Use your will to release tension that blocks the flow of energy to you. $15. Ananda Meditation & Yoga Center, 714 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown. 401-524-4766.

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community resource guide AKASHIC RECORDS MEGHAN GREER

Northern Lights-Clock Tower Square Portsmouth401-378-4234 The Akashic Records contain the history of your soul, who are now and what you may become in the future. A reading provides information to guide you. Open to your Record keepers to receive information for your highest good.

CHIROPRACTIC DR. RICHARD PICARD 342 Atwood Avenue Cranston, RI 401-942-6967

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


Patricia Hogan-Casey, DC Wholistic Chiropractic Center 215 Cottage St, Pawtucket 401-725-4380 • 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 10.


Katharine A. Rossi 194 Waterman Street Providence, RI 401-924-0567 • Holistic counseling using hypnosis to access root causes of imbalance and shamanic techniques to connect you to your own power. Depth hypnosis works with your inner wisdom to heal and create lasting change. Office and phone sessions available.



510 East Main Rd, Middletown, RI 401-847-7480 Since 1984 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 9:30-6:30, Sat 9:305:30, Sun 11-4. View our web site and Facebook for upcoming events and educational information.

HOLISTIC GUIDANCE SOUL WISDOM READINGS WITH CHRIS Chris McCullough 204b Clock Tower Square, Portsmouth, RI 401-662-6642

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


Om Homeopathy, It’s My Health, Cumberland Above All Holistic, Cranston 401-573-3757 • With 12+ yrs experience in classical Homeopathy Vandana Pitke has helped many clients restore and achieve health. Vandana is a certified classical homeopath. She looks at the symptoms from a holistic perspective focusing on mind and body. She also incorporates ayurvedic nutrition and Mudra meditation in her practice, which makes healing faster, better and from within when combined with homeopathy. Go to or join Facebook group My Holistic Health. See ad on page 18.


John Koenig, Certified Instructor 401-374-1890 Help people change and earn income as a Certified Hypnotist. 100 Hour National Guild of Hypnotists Certifications Course next class starts January 2020, get on the waiting list today. $400, early enrollment discount. Call today to see if this is the right course for you.


Rev. Natalia de Rezendes Slatersville, RI 401-766-8316 • • Create the Wedding ceremony of your heart’s desire with Rev. Natalia! Whether it be traditional or non-traditional or an Interfaith marriage. All types of love unions welcomed! Rev. Natalia co-creates ceremonies with you and enhances the beauty of your traditions: weddings, baby christenings and namings, seasonal healing rituals, memorials and funerals.


Northern Lights Holistic Portsmouth 401-781-8133 401-293-5655 Tarot readings and healings have become an important tool in my life and those around me, providing guidance and healing. Answers questions about Love, good fortune, health, money and career. Phone readings available. See ad on page 19.

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Providence Wholistic Healthcare 144 Waterman St, Providence, RI 401-455-0546 Over twenty years of private practice experience in holistic natural family healthcare - providing individualized diet, nutrition & lifestyle counseling, homeopathy, and herbal medicines towards optimizing one’s health and wellness. Naturopathic Physician - Classical Homeopath Bowenwork practitioner. See ad on page 13.


At Providence Wholistic Healthcare 144 Waterman St, Providence, RI 401-455-0546 Licensed Naturopathic Physician, Clinical Nutritionist and Reiki practitioner. Specializes in digestive disorders, thyroid dysfunction, diabetes, Lyme disease, weight issues and chronic pain. Addressing these conditions by treating the underlying cause through herbal medicine, nutraceuticals, homeopathy, guided nutrition and lifestyle counseling. Book an appointment to start your journey to optimal health. See ad on page 13.


at Sage Healing Collaborative 201 Waterman Avenue East Providence, RI 02914 508-343-0580 practitioners/m-feibelman-nd

Licensed Naturopathic Doctor with a passion for energy work, counseling, and botanical medicine. Respectfully and compassionately meets you where you are at. Also, offers Craniosacral therapy. Queer and Trans friendly.


Lisa Ashton RN Northern Lights Holistic LLC 204 Clock Tower Square Portsmouth, RI 02871 401-500-1908


Susan De Lorenzo is an inspirational speaker and life coach who helps clients leverage adversity to create a life they’d love. Author of the upcoming book, Thank You, Cancer and co-host of Life Design Radio with Susan De Lorenzo, please find details and invitations to work with Susan on her website. See ad on page 21.

MEDITATION LIGHT MEGHAN GREER - LIGHT ATTENDANT Northern Lights Holistic 204 b Clock Tower Square, Portsmouth 401-378-4234

LUCIA No3 a wide spectrum solid light with variable flickering white light, combined activates the pineal gland. Reported benefits include wonder, clarity, inner peace, relaxation and increased intuition. Provided music allows you to reconnect to your Divine radiance!


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Lisa Ashton, R.N. The Psychic RN 204b Clock Tower Square, Portsmouth, RI 401-500-1908

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


Dr. Laura Bomback 293 Linden St, Fall River, MA 508-678-1233 • Our mission at Natural Health Solutions is to improve the health of our community by providing natural options for most health issues and guidance toward the understanding that real solutions can be achieved with real nutrition. I have been helping people for close to 25 years achieve a higher level of health through both nutrition and chiropractic. See ad on page 13.


Teacher/Psychic Medium Somerset Mass 508-259-1231 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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Lisa is a Certified Life coach and Guidance Mentor. Get direction and guidance to live your highest and best life! Single session or packages of sessions available. Life and Spiritual guidance available, call today for appointment.



ORGANIC SALON FLIPP SALON AND APOTHECARY 38 Transit St, Providence 401-274-1981

Offering Organic hair, skincare, & cosmetic services. Fully stocked Apothecary with 2 Herbalists on staff, custom blends available. Reflexology, acupuncture, massages therapy available, connecting art and wellness. See ad on page 17.


Scott Fertik DDS John Broderick DMD, MS 167 Gano St Providence, RI Integrative periodontal care by a compassionate dental team led by Scott Fertik DDS and John Broderick DMD. The oldest periodontal practice in Rhode Island continues to deliver excellence in implant dentistry and all of your gums’ surgical needs.

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781-820-5396 Text DNAKit to 26786 Are you taking supplements not knowing what’s right for your body? Blind nutrition is no longer the answer. Discover personalized compounded supplementation based on genetic testing of your DNA. Lab is HIPPA and CLIA compliant. Vegan. Non-GMO. Gluten free. Proven track record.


A strong positive mental attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug. ~Patricia Neal


Holy Fire II Karuna Reiki® Master Teacher Usui Reiki Master Teacher North Providence, RI 401-231-8222 With 20+ years’ experience Beverly has helped many clients and instructed many students. Classes are offered in Usui Reiki, Holy Fire Reiki II & III, Karuna Reiki®, Levels 1 through Master and Teacher. Private sessions in reiki, chakra balancing, meditation, distance healing, Animal reiki and Theta Healing.


Michele Barchi, Reiki Master/Teacher/ Intuitive Crystal Healer East Providence/Riverside, RI 401-314-0680 Reiki is a relaxing technique that reduces stress, helps manage pain, and promotes healing. Make your appointment today and leave feeling like a Rock Star. FREE crystal healing included. Animal Reiki healing, Reiki / Crystal healing Classes, Angelic Healing sessions, Tarot Readings.

SOUND HEALING Joy Quinn Blum 401-258-3952 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.

ENERGY-N-ELEMENTS Paul A. DiSegna 401-736-6500

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


Deborah DeMarino Certified prenatal instructor Blue Dragonfly Wellness 6828 Post Rd, North Kingston 401-884-7202 Learn relaxation skills, stretch, tone and strengthen you body with prenatal yoga. Prepare mind body and spirit for your childbirth experience. Prenatal yoga classes @ Blue Dragonfly Wellness..401-741-5055. Please visit for additional info. Thank you. See ad on page 27.



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

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



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 18.



Marie Bouvier-Newman 1099 Mendon Road, Cumberland, RI 401-305-3585 •

Kathy Bjorge Owner and Business Manager The Warren Handkerchief Factory Building Suite #114 Warren, RI, 02885 508-971-1213 (cell) Offering a co-working space providing community, support and a place to gather for artists’ groups, college student groups, and fitness/health groups. Classes and workshops, see website for details. See ad page 35.

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

Find joy, love, and peace with Ananda through ancient and effective techniques of meditation, spiritually oriented Hatha Yoga, kirtan, Kriya Yoga and more. Deepen your own spiritual journey in the company of friends who support your inner growth. Ananda is based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, and was founded by Yogananda’s direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda.

When you fish for love, bait with your heart, not your brain. ~Mark Twain June 2019


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