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It seems hard to believe, I’m not sure how to define my feelings. I’m filled with wonder, excitement and anticipation. It just feels like big things are going to happen in a year such as this. We all know it’s just another day but there is something about how we count the rotations around the sun, watch the seasons come and go, and see our incremental changes over the years that makes a new year, and this time a new decade seem sureal. This is the second beginning of a decade Rhode Island Natuarl Awakenings has seen. So many things have changed since we started and here we are embarking on 2020 and still, I have my wonderful Natural Awakenings family lifting me up and growing with me. OK 2020, let’s do this!

We should be able to turn over new leafs, start new programs and make resolutions at any time and, truth be told, we do. But there is something very enticing about doing it at the beginning of a new year. As if we were a clean slate just awaiting a piece of chalk to define our year, and ourselves. John Koenig’s article “Commit to Change” offers some very practical steps to help succeed with our resolutions. From getting real to working the plan one day at a time, there are lots of tips to help us improve our chances of success. People often joke about the failed resolutions of past years so this year, I’m going to focus on the many things I want to do better and the small incremental successes I can achieve. I attended a session a while back where we talked about new years goals. There were some of the standard ones; exercise more, eat better, loose weight. One of my favorites though, was to be less judgmental, and I immediately added that to my list. This process has me thinking: what I would like to accomplish in 2020, not just for my physical body, but my psychological self as well? It’s something to think about when making our list. Change is not just about how we look and feel physically, but where we are mentally. Are we nurturing our hearts, minds and souls? Will we commit to tending to those less tangible, yet no less important parts of ourselves as faithfully as we commit to working out? Being kinder, more helpful and thoughtful is a good place to start. That includes being kind to yourself if you slip on your resolutions. If we don’t keep trying, then we can never succeed. Welcome to 2020. I am focusing on the future and ushering in the New Year with grace and ease rather than 20/20 hind sight. I commit to allowing the changes to flow and believing in the adventures ahead.

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oin Elaine Blais Life Coaching for a vision workshop from 1 to 5 p.m., January 11, at Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, in Warwick. This workshop is a powerful creative process that will help participants get unstuck, get clear on what they truly desire, and leave with a visual tool to help stay focused on their dream life. Vision boards are a powerful technique for designing and manifesting the life we desire. It’s a collage created with images and words of things we want to be, do and have. It’s a process of intentionally defining the life we dream of and opening up the mind to the flow of inspiration towards that life. All materials provided. Dress comfortably and bring a water bottle to stay hydrated throughout the workshop. Cost: $45. Location: 292 West Shore Rd., Warwick. For more information, call 401-533-3820 or visit See ad on page 11.

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hloe Moers, founder of Magenta Sun Healing, is offering two classes this month. The first, her Animal Communication class, will be held from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., January 12, at Northern Lights Holistic, in Portsmouth. Participants will learn four different methods to communicate with animals as well as have real life practice. The cost is $50. In her Quantum Reiki Level 1 Certification class, taking place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., January 25, at Thrive Tribe RI, in East Providence, attendees will learn the basics of using light and life energy to heal others. Quantum reiki is the main branch in which all other forms of reiki are derived from. The cost is $150. Other services that Moers offers include animal reiki, animal communication, quantum reiki, channeling, past life regression readings and private lessons and group classes. She provides these services either long distance (through Zoom or phone call) or in person at Thrive Tribe RI, Spectrum India, Northern Lights Holistic or people’s homes (primarily for animal sessions). Her passion is connecting people to their essence as well as creating a deeper understanding and connection between the human species and the rest of the animal kingdom. For more information, call 401- 556-7199 or visit See listing in the Community Resource Guide.


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arly intervention educator Meredith Burkett will lead a training, Dramatic Play for Infants Through Preschool, from 6 to 8 p.m., January 15, at Meeting Street, a learning institution in Providence. Interested teachers of infants, toddlers and preschoolers will explore the importance of dramatic play and learn about the different skills that can be supported with quality pretend play. Participants will also be given examples of how to transform their dramatic play centers, troubleshoot common problems seen in dramatic play and share quality pretend play experiences with their peers. The training is approved by the Center for Early Learning Professionals.

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arth’s Hidden Treasures, a holistic store/ center in Assonet, Massachusetts, has several recommendations and services that can help with colds and flus this winter season. Halotherapy (salt therapy) treatments help to reduce phlegm and create an infertile ground for germs and viruses to multiply. Immun-A-Tea uses Chinese herbaceuticals to help strengthen the immune system to prevent illness. Copper has been shown to kill viruses and bacteria instantly when touched by copper. It disrupts the electrical balance in a microbe cell. Reiki energy has been used to alleviate a cold’s discomfort while promoting healing and recovery. It helps to balance the chakra system and revitalize the energetic field. Finally, crystal energy has been used for centuries to balance and infuse the aura with health and well-being. Some crystals that are recommended are carnelian (helps body absorb vitamins while removing congestion), fluorite (cleansing and purifying while removing toxins), aventurine (circulation and anti-inflammatory), citrine (supercharges the energy field), and bloodstone (balancing and cleansing the bloodstream). Location: 63 S Main St., Assonet, MA. For more information, call 508-644-7398 or visit See ad on page 18.

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Eating and drinking fermented probiotic dairy products such as yogurt, kefir, cheese and sour cream reduces the risk of heart disease for women, report researchers from the Netherlands that analyzed data from nearly 8,000 Australian women over a 15-year period. The effect was particularly strong for those that were obese and had Type 2 diabetes, according to the research. “In the process of dairy fermentation, beneficial compounds are released that have shown promise for improving glycemic control, blood lipids, cholesterol concentrations and blood pressure,” write the study authors.

Chomping on more nuts daily keeps the pounds at bay, according to research published in the journal BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health. Using records from three long-term longitudinal studies spanning 20 years and including nearly 300,000 health professionals, the report from Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that increasing nut intake by a half serving a day—about 12 almonds or seven walnut halves—was linked to lower instances of weight gain and obesity. Swapping out a serving of meats, refined grains or desserts for half a serving of nuts was associated with staving off weight gain of between 0.9 and 1.5 pounds in any four-year period. A consistently higher nut intake of at least half a serving a day was associated with a 23 percent lower risk of putting on 11 or more pounds and becoming obese in the same timeframe. No such links were found for eating more peanut butter. The researchers suggest the high fiber content of nuts can make a person feel full longer, and that that the fiber also binds well to fats in the gut, affecting a greater discharge of calories.

Eat Garlic and Onion for Breast Health Women eating more onions and garlic reduced their risk of breast cancer by 59 percent compared to those that ate less of these, according to a study in the journal Nutrition and Cancer. Researchers from the State University of New York at Buffalo and the University of Puerto Rico surveyed 660 women in Puerto Rico to measure their intake of onions and garlic, as well as sofrito, a local dish also cooked with bell peppers, tomatoes, cilantro and black pepper. Women that ate the onion- and garlic-rich sofrito sauce more than once a day slashed their risk of breast cancer by 67 percent compared to those that didn’t eat it. Both garlic and onions contain compounds with anticarcinogenic properties, and earlier studies have found a link between higher onion and garlic intake and fewer cancers of the lung, prostate and stomach. Puerto Rican women eat more onions and garlic than women in Europe and the U.S., mainly due to the popularity of those two ingredients in sofrito, and also have markedly lower breast cancer rates.

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According to researchers, each airline passenger produces about three pounds of trash per flight, from disposable headphones and plastic cutlery to food scraps and toilet waste. To increase mindfulness about the trash, British design firm PriestmanGoode has refashioned the economy meal tray, replacing plastic with renewable materials such as coffee grounds, banana leaves and coconut wood. Associate Strategy Director Jo Rowan says, “Onboard waste is a big issue. Knowing that you have 4 billion passengers per year, it all adds up very quickly.” The redesigned items are featured in an exhibit, “Get Onboard: Reduce.Reuse.Rethink.” at the Design Museum, in London. The biggest environmental issue with air travel is carbon emissions, which are growing at a faster rate than previously projected. But as air travel becomes increasingly accessible and more people fly, airlines have been making public pledges to curb their environmental footprint, including the plastic forks and leftovers their passengers leave behind.

Scientists warn that as the Earth gets hotter, sea turtle hatchlings worldwide are expected to trend dangerously female. The West African island of Cape Verde is home to a sixth of the planet’s total nesting loggerheads, and 84 percent of youngsters are now female, researchers from Britain’s University of Exeter stated in a July report. “Males here could vanish in two or three decades,” says Adolfo Marco, a Spanish researcher. “There will be no reproduction.” Sea turtle eggs that incubate in sand below 81.86 degrees Fahrenheit produce males, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, while nests in the mid-80s create a gender mix. Temperatures higher than 87.8 degrees effect 100 percent females. In Cape Verde, the sand temperature has risen about 2.3 degrees Fahrenheit since 1964. Populations in Florida and Australia are also showing dramatic sex imbalances, casting the shadow of extinction over the ancient species. Sea turtles can live for 100 years and lay more than 1,000 eggs. They are polyamorous, and one male can fertilize dozens of females.

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Three cows turned up at Cape Lookout National Seashore on the Outer Banks of North Carolina months after being swept out to sea by Hurricane Dorian. Local resident Paula D. O’Mally wrote on social media, “The cows are wild and have survived for decades without human intervention. They’re pretty tough that way.” A massive wave swept away nearly all 20 of the cows and 28 wild horses that were on private land on Cedar Island. The cows’ caretaker has identified them, and a group is formulating a plan to get the cattle back home. The rest, and all of the horses, are believed to have perished in the storm. 16

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JANUARY 2020 by Karyn Mahrie Chabot, M.Ay, LMT, RYT

By the Light of the Moon The Full Moon on January 10 will oc-

cur in sidereal Gemini in the lunar star of Punarvasu. This is a lunar eclipse, where it is said that Rahu swallows the Sun. This is a chance to start afresh with infinite possibilities. Punarvasu is aligned with the divine mother Aditi, giving rise to purity, aristocracy, beauty and boundlessness. These attributes may slowly take shape over your life during the next six months until the next eclipse. During the actual eclipse, the molecules in the air are sticky, heavy and feisty, causing everyone to feel more sensitive, need more sleep and challenge immunity if we don’t take proper rest. On January 10 and about one week following, eat green, clean, vegan, organic foods, get a massage, meditate, sleep in, indulge in steams or saunas, be inward, and stay home to recharge your battery as much as possible. An eclipse is not a time to start a new job, new love, sign contracts, get married or make any major decisions. Be prepared for the possibility of global and personal secrets and mysteries to be unveiled.

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occur in sidereal Capricorn in the lunar star of Uttarashadha, whose attributes are gentle, humble and grateful. You may find yourself being socially applauded and admired this month. Capricorn has initia-

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the change. Research shows that going into a personal change expecting it to be difficult will give us a greater chance for success than if we tell our self it will be a walk in the park.

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ing it. To be successful, our resolutions aking and then breaking New must reflect our true desires not someone Year’s resolutions is an Amerielse’s wishes for us. can tradition. Each year, more than half of us say we will make important changes in the coming 12 months. Often STEP TWO – Keep goals reasonable and specific with the best of intentions, we declare things like, this will be the year I will: get Avoid general New Year’s declarations like, healthy, stop smoking, find a great job, “I will lose weight.” It is far more motivatget in/out of a relationship, write the great ing to set a specific date and weight target. American novel, cut down my Also, avoid being too ambiPersonal tious. An 800-calorie a day drinking, stop overspending, change occurs a diet might work theoretically, start saving, or a thousand variations on these themes. day-at-a-time. but practically, how long will we exist on celery and protein What happens after a shakes before we throw in the person solemnly makes a New towel? Furthermore, tackle one big resoluYear’s resolution? Typically, not much. Most New Year’s resolutions fail within tion at a time instead of trying to change three months. Some don’t make it through everything overnight and hoping for the New Year’s Day. We get discouraged when best. things don’t go easily. We put off our STEP THREE – Develop a plan resolutions to a better time. Then we even Supporting the change we want begins with forget we had firmly committed to change establishing short-term objectives. The in the first place. To greatly improve the chances of suc- clearer we are about how we intend to carry out our resolutions, the better our chance cessfully making resolutions that stick this of success. year, follow these five simple steps: Get smart about what you want to STEP ONE – Get real accomplish. Do some homework and find Look carefully at your values and challengout what the best strategies are to achieve es. Know what you really want before you this goal. Avoid using techniques that have declare you will spend the next year achiev- failed in the past. Be prepared to work at

Plan to share your resolutions with at least one other person. Once your resolutions are out in the open, they assume a life of their own. Breaking a promise to a spouse or friend is more difficult than breaking a secret commitment to yourself alone. Many people find it helpful to have an accountability partner, such as a professional therapist or coach, but it can also be a buddy that either has the same issue or simply has our best interests at heart.

STEP FIVE – Work the plan one day at a time

Personal change occurs a day at a time. Maybe your Day One will be January 1, or maybe you will decide to make your 2020 resolution right now. Whether we wait until the Times Square ball falls at midnight or decide to start right now, making a change a day at a time means today, not tomorrow. People that stay stuck in problems also live one day time, but the day they focus on is tomorrow or, worse still, yesterday. People that succeed at making personal changes stop thinking about changing one day and start thinking that today is that day and take the appropriate actions. This shift makes all the difference in their world. John Koenig is a National Guild of Hypnotists board certified hypnotist and instructor. His next certified hypnotist training starts January 25, in Barrington. Visit for details. For private sessions at his Warwick Medical Building office, email See ad in the Community Resource Guide.

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Science Journalism at Metcalf Institute Building Bridges of Understanding by Wendy Fachon

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ince 1997, Metcalf Institute at URI has sought to expand accurate environmental news coverage by providing innovative training and resources for journalists, researchers and other science communicators to engage the public in conversations about science and the environment. Metcalf Institute is part of the University of Rhode Island College of the Environment and Life Sciences (CELS). With a community of approximately 100 faculty members and 2,200 students, CELS is a leader in the environmental and life sciences, environmental economics and management, marine policy and informal environmental education. Sunshine Menezes, executive director of Metcalf Institute, describes environmental communication as “an ecosystem of 20

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scientists, engineers, journalists, nonprofits, government agencies and citizens.” She emphasizes the importance of giving people access to research information that is both accessible and understandable, and of facilitating dialogue about science that is inclusive and equitable in order to engage all people in these important conversations about environmental challenges and solutions. Metcalf Institute explains: “We live in a time of contradictions. We are surrounded by conflicting information yet attracted to perspectives that confirm our own views. We have achieved astounding scientific understanding yet struggle to implement policies that reflect scientific and socioeconomic realities. We live in a multicultural society, yet we often view one another through one-dimensional, rather

than intersectional, lenses.” In 2018, Metcalf Institute launched the first InclusiveSciComm Symposium, as a gathering place for people that are interested in science communications. Journalists, scholars, educators and funders, working across many disciplines and sectors involving science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM), discuss practical approaches for advancing an inclusive approach to science communication and public engagement with science. The symposium provides opportunities to learn, share research results, ask questions, discuss issues and share ideas. While dialogue is meaningful and life changing, the added engagement of public audiences helps to make issues personally relevant. For example, CELS’s Watershed Watch program recruits and trains volunteers to conduct local water sampling tests and report their findings. Such experiences lead to even more inclusive and informed conversations. Within environmental journalism there can be lots of conflicting information. One challenge is to help people to discern facts from spin. Another challenge is overcoming the barriers of politics. Dialogue can help sort through the information and build bridges of understanding by focusing on shared values. Menezes comments, “Most of us want the same things, such as equal access to clean water and air. Agreement changes the nature of the conversation. The conversation is about substance and what we value.” To this end, Metcalf Institute conducts science training for journalists and communication training for scientists, and it facilitates public dialogue. The intersection of science, policy and public engagement is as important as it has ever been. Menezes states what has been on many people’s minds, “Journalism is an important aspect of the public conversation, and if we lose our news watch dogs, we will find ourselves in trouble.”

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RAISING ENVIRONMENTALISTS Teachers Prep Kids for the Future by Yvette C. Hammett


ducators have switched from preaching to kids about environmental degradation to using hands-on lessons to get K-12 students not only interested in the world’s environmental priorities, but also actively participating in solutions, maybe even seeking out related careers. “You hope students can translate passion into intellectual curiosity on these subjects and develop the expertise so they can go beyond being an activist to being an advocate,” says Kenneth Walz, Ph.D., who works on the Wisconsin K-12 Energy

Education Program at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Walz, who teaches chemistry, engineering and renewable energy at Madison Area Technical College, also serves as its director of the Center for Renewable Energy Advanced Technological Education. While K-12 environmental education still has no specific niche in curriculum, according to a case study of The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, numerous groups and educators are working to ensure the next generation

is prepared for the environmental challenges it will certainly face. Today’s educators believe hands-on learning will prepare Generation Z and those that follow to look for solutions and even seek active roles to implement them. Aaron Baker, a Sussex, New Jersey, advanced placement environmental science instructor and a two-time winner of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 2 Presidential Innovation Award, says the key to getting through to the next generation is showing them a problem that’s close to home that they can touch and feel, and then relating it to a global issue. “A major part of my philosophy for environmental education is to try to engage students in environmental issues in our own community,” Baker says. “We collaborate with the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group to restore riparian areas and increase biological diversity.” The high school students have planted more than 750 trees in the last three years along the creek that runs right below their school. “This type of hands-on work not only has a direct relationship to their lives here in Sussex County, but is also relevant to similar issues on a global scale.” The 30-year-old National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) no longer sends speakers to schools. Instead, it encourages teachers to get the students outside working with partners like the National Park Service or the U.S. Forest Service to learn about real world problems near their homes, says Robert Sendrey, program director of environmental education.

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We emphasize the well-being of people, which is directly related to the health of the environment. ~Robert Sendrey Motivation and inspiration are key, he says. “We were created to help make the environment more accessible, relatable, relevant and more connected to the average American’s life.” Rather than focusing on the negative aspects of climate change and the challenges ahead, NEEF promotes a healthy lifestyle and emphasizes the need for clean air and water. “We emphasize the well-being of people, which is directly related to the health of the environment,” Sendrey says. Success starts with a change in attitude and awareness, and ultimately needs to culminate with action, he says. For example, NEEF teamed up with zoos and aquariums for the Skip the Straw campaign, educating the public about the environmental harm caused by single-use plastics. The University of Wisconsin K-12 education program focuses on environmental impacts of the energy sector—especially on air and water quality. “If you are burning coal to produce electricity, it creates all kinds of atmospheric pollution—acid rain and soot that causes respiratory illness,” says Walz. “If we weren’t burning fossil fuels, urban smog wouldn’t even be a thing.” The energy curriculum for students includes content on biofuels and electric transportation. “For them, it is more thinking about the types of transportation they use, whether they are driving, riding a bike or taking a bus.” They

don’t get to choose what kind of fuel the bus runs on, but they can be educated to be good future consumers, he notes. “I think they appreciate the issue,” Walz says of the students. “Middle schoolers bring the passion. That sort of raw, emotional angst is something we left be-

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During a site visit to Save the Bay in October, the students collected data on the benthic (bottom) and planktonic (upper) zones of Narragansett Bay while out on the ship Allana Morris. tional text on a weather phenomenon and pondered their own ability to help alleviate climate change. Upcoming studies will consider life cycles and habitats with an emphasis on local environments.

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his past fall, third grade students in Gretchen Proulx’s class at Mary Fogarty Elementary School, in Providence, were immersed in environmental studies. From working in the school garden and around school grounds to a Save the Bay site visit, the students developed a deeper understanding of weather and climate and how it effects our local environment. The school garden provided many fall delights including seed collection, mint harvesting and science lessons on leaf classification. Working in partnership with Providence Neighborhood Planting Program and the Providence city forester, the students participated in a neighborhood tree planting designed to reduce the local summer heat index. Seventeen trees were planted directly

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t The Greene School, in West Greenwich, students are given opportunities to take part in hands-on learning with experts in the environmental industry for the purpose of research and problem solving. Grade 12 fieldwork has consisted of working with Save the Bay in exploring marsh ecosystems and the implications of climate change and sea level rise. The students had the opportunity to meet with marine biologists, oceanographers, geologists and historians on Block Island to “learn naturally” outside of the classroom as a kickoff immersion into the expedition titled Our Place by the Sea. These firsthand experiences provide the foundation needed to more deeply investigate compelling real-world topics. Students are often pushed outside of their comfort zones when changing learning environments and getting their hands dirty, which fosters a greater responsibility for learning. The students’ final products will be presented at the University of Rhode Island’s Coastal Institute, using student designed scientific posters that outline their research and data highlighting the indicators of ecosystem health and sustainability. The Greene School mission is to develop citizens and leaders engaged in finding peaceful and sustainable solutions to local and global challenges through a hands-on approach to learning. Save the Bay is now celebrating 50 years of protecting and improving Narragansett Bay. To learn about bringing Save the Bay’s environmental education programs into your schools, call 401 272-3540 X133 or visit Josh Laplante is head of school and Owen Jones is a student in grade 12 at The Greene School. Location: 94 John Potter Road, Unit #3, West Greenwich, RI 02817. To learn more contact Josh Laplante at 401-397-8600 or

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t age 29, Betty Holston Smith, of Rockville, Maryland, weighed more than 200 pounds, smoked cigarettes and ate processed junk food. Now, almost 79 years young, she is a vegan ultra-marathon runner and an inspiration to anyone wanting to age well. Smith’s story underscores the findings of researchers that have long pursued the keys to a long and healthy life. Some of these factors—heredity, for instance—are beyond our control. However, the most critical ingredient seems to be our daily habits. Although we’ve all likely heard or read about someone that lived into their 90s, ate bacon, drank whiskey and smoked a pack a day, these individuals are outliers: In truth, longevity is determined by a combination of genes, environment, lifestyle choices and luck. 26

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For example, some individuals may be born with genes that confer longevity, but be unlucky due to where they live. The National Center for Health Statistics reports that life expectancy varies by zip code. That’s because where we live influences how we live, predicting access to healthful food, clean air and water, safe neighborhoods and stress-relieving green spaces such as parks and gardens. Genes are important, but our social and physical environments play a greater role in predicting our “healthspan” —the essence of a long and healthy life. According to researchers at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health, in New York City, even our first environment—the womb—can spawn diseases later in life if pregnant women are exposed to air pollutants, pesticides and the toxic stress of poverty.

Regardless of genetics, the following behaviors can help anyone slow the aging process and improve quality of life: n Eat a plant-based diet. n Stop eating when 80 percent full. n Practice stress reduction techniques. n Find a sense of purpose. n Engage in physical activity throughout the day. n Consume moderate amounts of alcohol with food and friends. n Join a faith community, regardless of denomination. n Belong to a social network that engages in healthy behaviors. n Share love and time with children, parents and partners.

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Tom LaFontaine, Ph.D., a clinical exercise physiologist based in Columbia, Missouri, says, “Mounting evidence shows that engaging in regular aerobic and strength exercise offers robust defenses against life-threatening diseases such as heart disease and several cancers.” One important marker of long-term health, particularly among women, notes LaFontaine, is bone mineral density (BMD). After menopause, BMD decreases in women and can lead to osteopenia—low BMD—and osteoporosis—pathological loss of BMD. “Women with osteoporosis are particularly at risk for fractures, especially of the hip, which can lead to a reduced lifespan.” LaFontaine recommends weightbearing exercises such as walking, jogging and high-intensity weight training to significantly improve BMD; and he’s proven that it works. “In 2012, we started a program called Older Women on Weights (OWOW), in which 40 post-menopausal women with an average age in the low 60s train with heavy weights. Some even participate in weightlifting competitions.” “We have observed women in this group move from osteopenia to normal BMD and from osteoporosis to osteope-

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Studies in centenarians have suggested that people who live long and in good health have a regular lifestyle. They spend time in community, eat meals and go to bed at regular times, in sync with circadian rhythms. ~Eve Van Cauter nia based on pre- and post-bone density DXA scans,” he says. What’s more, the women in LaFontaine’s program have formed new friendships, benefitting from a strong network of social support.

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Smith, the septuagenarian marathoner, was inspired to make a change nearly 50 years ago when her 3-year-old daughter teased, “You can’t catch me!” during an innocent game of tag. She knew she had to make a change. She tried diet pills, fad diets and other quick fixes, but realized they were worthless. However, each evening Smith tuned in to Gabe Mirkin, a physician who hosted a national radio program about health and fitness. Following his advice, Smith began eating a diet rich in organic fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds, and says today she doesn’t want to put anything in her body that interferes with her lifestyle. She outlines the steps to her transformation in the book, Lifestyle by Nature: One Woman’s Break from the Unhealthy Herd to Roam Forever Healthy in Nature’s Lifestyle Change Herd. The first step—finding internal strength—is the most important, she says. “Most people have something in their lives they can point to for strength.” In addition to running 60 to 100 miles each week, Smith practices tai chi, meditates and enjoys camaraderie with her running mates. She also has an upbeat attitude, believing in the importance of passion, perseverance and “taking negative experiences and making them positive.” According to a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association Network, this spirit of optimism is protective against heart disease and other causes of death.

Eating Well, but Not Too Much

Food is a major contributor to both quality of life and life extension. Global and national recommendations to eat more fiber-rich whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, and omega-3 fatty acids, while decreasing added sugars and sodium, all help reduce our risk for life-shortening diseases. The plant-based Mediterranean diet consistently rises to the top for its health-fortifying benefits. However, in contrast to our Western culture’s practice of eating until belt-bustJanuary 2020


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ing full, Blue Zone Okinawans practice hara hachi bu—eating until one is no longer hungry, but stopping before feeling full. “We know caloric restriction extends life,” says Lori Taylor, clinical dietitian and Core Faculty of Integrative and Functional Nutrition at Saybrook University, in Pasadena. “But no one wants to do it, because it’s no fun.” Instead, Taylor recommends intermittent fasting, eating only during a set window of 10 or 12 hours each day to reduce caloric intake. Similarly, Dorothy Sears, Ph.D., a professor of nutrition at the Arizona State University College of Health Solutions, has researched the impacts of both intermittent fasting and circadian rhythm on how our bodies handle calories. She recommends a “prolonged nightly fast” of 12 to 13 hours, as well as reducing caloric intake after 6 to 8 p.m. to help maintain a healthy weight and stave off such diseases as Type 2 diabetes and obesity-related cancers. Most significantly, she found that a 13-hour nightly fast reduced breast cancer recurrence by 36 percent among 2,300 breast cancer survivors in the Women’s Healthy Eating and Living study. Both improving diet quality and restricting calories appear to help slow the rate of aging at the genetic level, in part by preserving the length of our telomeres— the structures at the end of chromosomes that protect our DNA. The Mediterranean diet, with its abundance of protective antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients such as vitamins C and E, polyphenols and omega-3 fatty acids, help prevent age-associated telomere shortening.

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Michael Grandner, Ph.D., director of the Sleep and Health Research Program at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, says Americans tend to see sleep as unproductive time, but it’s a “biological requirement for life.” In fact, it is one of the three pillars of health, along with good nutrition and exercise, says Eve Van Cauter, Ph.D., former director of the Sleep, Metabolism and Health Center at the University of Chicago. “Studies

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Most people have something in their lives they can point to for strength. ~Betty Holston Smith in centenarians have suggested that people who live long and in good health have a regular lifestyle. They spend time in community, eat meals and go to bed at regular times, in sync with circadian rhythms.” No matter how long we live, we want to make the most of our time on Earth. Beyond diet and exercise, finding our personal passion, reducing stress and spending time in nature and with those we love can add years to our lives. Despite our virtual social networks, real human connection is vital for physical and mental health. According to a report in the journal Heart, loneliness is as dangerous as smoking for heart disease and stroke risk. So volunteer, join a club, sign up for a community garden plot, yoga or dance class, or host regular potlucks or game nights—these just might be among the best prescriptions for staying young. Melinda Hemmelgarn, the “Food Sleuth,” is an award-winning registered dietitian, writer and nationally syndicated radio show host based in Columbia, MO. Reach her at


The Power of the Whole Plant


by Vandana Pitke

emmotherapy, derived from the Latin gemmae meaning plant bud and precious stone, is a branch of phyto-therapy, a form of herbal medicine that uses freshly harvested embryonic tissues of various parts of the plants. In 1970, Dr. Pol Henry, a Belgian doctor who first developed this medical branch, published the results of his research and clinical trials that used fresh, young, developing buds and young shoots of trees and shrubs to prepare medicines in a mixture of water, alcohol and glycerine. He called this new therapy phyto-embryotherapy. Later, a French homeopath, Dr. Max Tétau, further developed and adapted it after extensive clinical research and renamed it gemmotherapy. The buds and young shoots are composed of embryonic tissues which contain all the genetic information of that whole plant. It contains the properties of rootlets, sapwood, leaves, flowers and fruits of that plant. It not only has vitamins, oligo-elements and minerals, but are richer in nucleic acids and growth hormones. They also contain other useful active substances, such as auxins and gibberellins which disappear slowly after a plant starts growing fully. As these growing embryonic tissues contain the whole power of the whole plant, they are a real energy and vitality concentrate that help to heal the body. These remedies regenerate and oxygenate cells, balance electrolytes and improve electrical potential. Having cleansing effects on the cells, gemmos drain toxins and metabolic waste from the organs and ultimately improve immunity. Gemmos can be used for any age group from newborn to older people, with high amounts of antioxidants, hormones, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, trace elements, and amino acids helping to nourish the body. Used in acute and chronic illnesses, gemmotherapy remedies improve overall function of the organs as different plants have affinity for particular organs or tissues of the body. For optimum results

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Black Currant (Ribes nigrum): Acute upper respiratory in-

fections, chronic respiratory conditions, cold and flu and prevention from common winter diseases. Also for stress and chronic fatigue.

Red Spruce (Abies pectinata): Sore throat, tonsillitis, recur-

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European Hornbean (Carpinus betula): Sinusitis, bron-

chitis, coughs.

European Alder (Alnus glutinosa): Beginning of colds, early onset (ear, nose, throat and sinus), beginning of inflammation of digestive tract (gastritis, colitis), and urinary tract infections (cystitis) Common Birch (Betula pubescens): For immune system,

especially for adults. Detoxifies liver, useful for allergies, chronic fatigue. Betula pubescens stimulates the immune system, the liver, lymph nodes and spleen to monitor and destroy invading germs.

Planatus Orientalis Oriental Planetree (bud): Helps boost immunity against the threat of allergies and bacteria


Choose the one that is most suitable to the symptoms. The remedies can be used in combination with one another. They can also be taken with homeopathic remedies and other medicines. Gemmos can be taken in water, or directly under the tongue. If you are taking more than one, ideally they should be taken separately. The dosage for infants is 5 to 8 drops, children 3 to 8 years old, 15 to 20 drops, and adults and older children, 25 to 50 drops. The remedies can be used as often as two to three times per day during acute illness. Vandana Pitke is a certified classical homeopath. In her more than 15 years of experience, she has treated and cured many chronic cases, including chronic pain syndrome, with classical homeopathy. She incorporates Ayurvedic nutrition and mudra meditation in her homeopathy practice. To learn more, visit See It’s My Health ad on this page.

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The level of germ-fighting activity your immune system is able to maintain after a sugary meal decreases for a number of hours.

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GUT CHECK Feeding the Immune System


by Julie Peterson

educing stress, sleeping enough, exercising and getting sunlight are all known strategies for improving the body’s ability to protect itself from harm. However, the most important factor in building a rock-star immune system is nutrition. Here is a guide to the care and feeding of the inner fortifications that fight off disease, supporting long-term wellness.

Ground Zero: The Gut

About 70 percent of the immune system resides in the gastrointestinal tract—home to a microbiome that contains trillions of bacteria. It works as a complex ecosystem in which the good bacteria prevent the bad bacteria from taking hold and causing illness or disease. Eating plants promotes the robust growth of that good bacteria. “The GI microbiome evolved closely with our immune systems and under the influence of the plants our ancestors ingested,” says Holly Poole-Kavana, who practices herbal medicine in Washington, D.C. Yet about 90 percent of Americans don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The consequent weakening of the microbiome is a double-edged sword, because the processed foods Americans commonly consume promote the growth of harmful microbes. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans indicates that added sugars, saturated fats and sodium eaten by most Americans are far above recommended amounts. This tipping of the scales causes weight gain, toxin buildup and immune system dysfunction.

What Not to Eat

Plants and grains on grocery shelves today are typically processed into bread, cereal, pasta, desserts and snacks, abundant in added sugars, salt, detrimental fats and chemical additives. These altered foods slam the gut’s immune protection and increase the risk of chronic disease. A Czech Republic study on food additives found that gut microbes 30

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that fought inflammation were harmed by additives. According to the research, “Permanent exposure of human gut microbiota to even low levels of additives may modify the composition and function of gut microbiota, and thus influence the host’s immune system.” And of course, be wary of sugars. Anything that turns into sugar in the system—think carbs like refined bread products and pasta, not just sweets—is an immune-depressing culprit, says Heather Tynan, a naturopathic doctor at Evergreen Naturopathic, in San Diego. “The level of germ-fighting activity your immune system is able to maintain after a sugary meal decreases for a number of hours.” Saturated fats also alter immune cells, disrupting their functions and triggering inflammation. Getting away from processed food cravings can be a challenge, because the foods provide a temporary energy boost. Dorothy Calimeris, of Oakland, California, a certified health coach and author of three anti-inflammatory cookbooks, suggests that cravings mean the body needs something, but it may be rest or water. “By focusing on eating higher-quality nutrients, we can limit and eventually eliminate the cravings.”

Eat the Rainbow

Fruits and vegetables get their colors from phytochemicals, which provide the human microbiome with antioxidants, minerals and vitamins that keep the gut healthy and help the immune system combat cellular damage. National guidelines suggest Americans eat 10 servings of plants a day, ideally two each from the green, red, white, purple/blue and orange/yellow categories. But data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys show that eight out of 10 people in the U.S. don’t get enough of any color category. “A good strategy is to add one new vegetable a week to your grocery cart,” suggests Canadian nutritionist Lisa Richards, founder of “Blending fruits and vegetables into shakes or smoothies is also an effective way to eat the rainbow for those who are busy.” Whatever goes into the grocery cart should be certified organic, the only sure way to avoid ubiquitous genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the food chain, which animal studies have linked to immune system damage. Herbs are also helpful to boost the body’s inherent ability to protect itself. Poole-Kavana points to medicinal herbs like astragalus and reishi mushroom, which support immunity and balance gut bacteria; antimicrobial herbs like garlic, thyme and oregano; and elderberry, an anti-inflammatory fruit that boosts the body’s ability to identify and eliminate viruses and bacteria. “The single greatest thing anyone can do for their health is to eat whole foods, including organic vegetables, fruits, high-quality proteins, whole grains and healthy fats,” says Calimeris. Julie Peterson writes from rural Wisconsin and can be reached at


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IMMUNE-BOOSTING RECIPES Add the cauliflower, garlic, ginger, turmeric, salt, pepper and cumin, and sauté to lightly toast the spices, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the broth and bring to a boil.

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Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until the cauliflower is tender, about 5 minutes. Using an immersion blender, purée the soup in the pot until smooth. Stir in the coconut milk and cilantro, heat through, and serve. Total cooking time is about 15 minutes.

Creamy Turmeric Cauliflower Soup Turmeric is the darling of the anti-inflammatory spices. For best absorption, it should be combined with pepper. This soup gets its creamy texture from coconut milk, but other nondairy milk can be used instead.

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Yields: 4 servings 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil or coconut oil 1 leek, white part only, thinly sliced 3 cups cauliflower florets 1 garlic clove, peeled 1¼-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced 1½ tsp turmeric ½ tsp salt ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper ¼ tsp ground cumin 3 cups vegetable broth 1 cup full-fat coconut milk ¼ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro In a large pot, heat the oil over high heat. Add the leek, and sauté until it just begins to brown, 3 to 4 minutes.

Excerpted from the book The Complete Anti-Inflammatory Diet for Beginners: A No-Stress Meal Plan with Easy Recipes to Heal the Immune System, by Dorothy Calimeris and Lulu Cook.

Lentil Stew Most stews take hours to cook, but this restorative dish, perfect for dinner or lunch, cooks up in a hurry. The plant-based recipe takes advantage of canned lentils and is loaded with nutritious, anti-inflammatory power foods. Yields: 4 to 6 servings 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 1 onion, chopped 3 carrots, peeled and sliced 8 Brussels sprouts, halved 1 large turnip, peeled, quartered and sliced 1 garlic clove, sliced 6 cups vegetable broth 1 (15-oz) can lentils, drained and rinsed 1 cup frozen corn 1 tsp salt ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper 1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley

In a Dutch oven, heat the oil over high heat. Add the onion and sauté until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the carrots, Brussels sprouts, turnip and garlic, and sauté for an additional 3 minutes. Add the broth and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. Add the lentils, corn, salt, pepper and parsley, and cook for an additional minute to heat the lentils and corn. Total cooking time is about 15 minutes. Serve hot. Another tip: This soup is as versatile as it is simple. Feel free to use any kinds of beans or vegetables you have—it’s a great way to use up leftover vegetables at the end of the week. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator for a week, or in the freezer for longer. Nutritional information per serving (4 portions): calories: 240; total fat: 4g; total carbohydrates: 42g; sugar: 11g; fiber: 12g; protein: 10g; sodium: 870mg Excerpted from the book The Anti-Inflammatory Diet One-Pot Cookbook: 100 Easy All-in-One Meals, by Dorothy Calimeris and Ana Reisdorf. Also visit

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When Workouts Don’t Work

Why Less Is Sometimes More by Marlaina Donato


xercise is a proven deprived, overworked The key is to not component in and doing intense overtrain and to losing weight and workouts but not seeing do just enough to preventing cardiovascular weight-loss results, that’s disease and diabetes, but adequately stimulate a signal that cortisol is not all exercise regimens potentially too high and the system. yield the same results for needs to be addressed.” ~Beth Shaw everyone, especially when Fat-burning, highdaily stress is a factor. intensity interval training While workouts are often intended to (HIIT)—bursts of exercise with minimal reduce the body’s physiological response periods of rest in between—raises levels to mental and emotional stress, exercise of cortisol. These tend to decrease after a itself can serve as a physical stressor that workout, but can remain on overdrive if exacerbates the problem. This delicate HIIT is not balanced with low-intensity balance revolves around the stress hormovement. Add jam-packed schedules to mone cortisol. the mix, and the side effects of chronical While cortisol is needed to kickly elevated cortisol result not only in lonstart metabolism and burn fat, too much ger recovery time, but insomnia, fatigue, of it can increase the body’s fat stores. low immunity and failure to lose weight, Stephanie Mansour, host of Step It Up especially around the midsection—a With Steph, a weekly TV fitness program phenomenon that has earned cortisol the in Chicago, sees this correlation in her nickname “the belly fat hormone”. private practice for women. “Aggressive Balancing HIIT with yoga, Pilates, workouts definitely perpetuate stress, and elliptical training, swimming or walking aren’t always necessary for weight loss. If can help to reset the nervous system and one of my clients is stressed-out, sleepbring the rest of the body back up to speed.


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Mansour works with a naturopath that analyzes her clients’ cortisol and other hormone levels. “One of the first things we focus on is helping the body move into the parasympathetic nervous system and out of the fight-or-flight stress response. One way we do this is by shifting into more relaxed workouts—gentle yoga, beginners’ Pilates class, light cardio or light strength training.” Fitness expert Beth Shaw chose a zealous approach in her own exercise regimen until high cortisol levels unraveled her health. The founder of YogaFit, a yoga teacher training program headquartered in Toronto, she emphasizes moderation. “The key is to not overtrain and to do just enough to adequately stimulate the system.” She recommends 30-to 45-minute cardio sessions and no longer than 45 minutes for weights. “Endorphin release from these two types of exercises should offset any release in cortisol.” When we exercise may be as important to achieving weight loss and enhancing overall energy as the type of workout we choose, a factor based on circadian rhythm—the body’s biological clock. There are some schools of thought that cortisol is higher in the morning, and therefore this is the best time to exercise, says Mansour, while others believe we should target the mid-afternoon slump. “I advise my clients to pick a time that simply feels good to them.”

Mixing It Up

Hopping on a bike, going for a brisk walk or catching the waves on a surfboard can provide a great low-intensity, steady-state (LISS) cardiovascular workout, which aims for a low level of exertion for a long, continuous period. Repetitive motion for 30 to 45 minutes not only helps to balance cortisol levels, but according to a 2014 Australian study published in the Journal of Obesity, it evens out fat distribution in overweight individuals. LISS also nudges the body to use fat as fuel, rather than taking valuable glycogen from the muscles. Yoga and Pilates classes, though distinctly different, offer valuable benefits. “If cortisol backlash is an issue, you definitely want to work with someone who knows the anatomy and physiology of breath-


Cortisol-Conscious Workouts

Aggressive workouts definitely perpetuate stress, and aren’t always necessary for weight loss.



~Stephanie Mansour ing,” says Tori Brown, owner of The Pilates Room & Antigravity Studio, in Ithaca, New York. “By learning proper breathing techniques, practitioners are able to downregulate the nervous system into a more parasympathetic state, which leads to better focus, lower heart rate, better digestion, more optimal cortisol levels and improved sleep patterns. All of this leads to more focused workouts that build muscle while creating less stress on the nervous system.” Mansour suggests simple walking for stress-busting alternative cardio. “Brisk walking three times a week for 20 to 30 minutes is great to help reduce stress.” Marlaina Donato is an author and composer. Connect at

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WHEN OLDER PETS GET QUIRKY Dealing With Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome by Julie Peterson


s dogs and cats get older, they may slow down or have other physical issues. Some experience cognitive decline which resembles Alzheimer’s disease in humans. It presents differently in every pet and can include numerous symptoms that begin gradually, sometimes just seeming like quirky behavior instead of a disease. Cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CDS) can affect dogs or cats, and there is currently no known cause or prevention. Progress has been made on Alzheimer’s research in humans, with neurologists discovering that plaque buildup in the brain does not cause the disease: That is the immune system’s response to the disease. Necropsies on dogs with CDS have shown similar plaque buildup in the brain. “Unfortunately, little research has been done regarding this condition, so we can only hope to use human studies to gather information that will help our affected pets,” says Dennis W. Thomas, DVM, a holistic veterinarian in Spokane, Washington, and author of Whole-Pet Healing: A Heart-to-Heart Guide to Connecting with and Caring for Your Animal Companion. With no test available for CDS, pets are diagnosed by excluding medical and behavioral problems that can resemble having the ailment.

Signs to Watch For Issues that could point to CDS include: n Confusion or disorientation: standing in a corner, difficulty walking through doorways, walking in circles or trouble following familiar routes

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While CDS will continue to alter brain and nerve function, there is some hope for pet lovers faced with the diagnosis in the early stages. Thomas recommends a natural approach that includes diet modification, filtered water, vitamin and herbal supplements, and eliminating stress. Diffusing calming essential oils can be helpful for dogs (and humans), but is not recommended for cats. Kathryn Sarpong, DVM, a veterinarian at Metro Paws Animal Hospital, in Dallas, also recommends dietary changes to her patients. “Recent studies have shown that medium-chain triglycerides may be helpful, and they are in some senior pet foods. Supplementation of melatonin may help with sleep-wake cycles.” Anxiety often becomes part of the animal’s new normal, but pet parents can help cats and dogs with this by keeping them as active as possible, introducing new toys and interacting. “Keep your dog’s mind active by providing games and opportunities for play. Daily walks provide not only exercise, but also mental stimulation,” says Lisa Lunghofer, Ph.D., executive director of The Grey Muzzle Organization, in Washington, D.C. Pets with anxiety or pain may benefit from cannabidiol (CBD) products. Clarissa Valdes, a homemaker in Homestead, Florida, has a 15-year-old cat with CDS. Minini would wander around in the house, looking lost. Then, the all-night howling sessions began. “We started to worry that she was in pain,” says Valdes. However, a veterinarian diagnosed CDS. “The vet suggested medication, but I wanted to go in a natural direction,” says Valdes, who started Minini on CBD oil. The cat finally slept through the night. A month in, Minini is doing better overall. With time, CDS patients may lose hearing or sight in addition to experiencing a progression of symptoms. “Make sure your home is predictable and safe,” says Lunghofer. Use gates to close off stairs or move furniture or other items that could be hazardous.

Prevention on the Horizon

Because inflammation caused by an inappropriate diet is the underlying problem of most chronic diseases in pets, Thomas believes that prevention for CDS is possible. “Feeding a noninflammatory, species-specific, balanced diet that is fresh and not heat-processed is critical,” he says. In addition, he advises his patients get probiotics, digestive enzymes, omega-3s and antioxidant nutrients. Vaccinations, when necessary, should not contain heavy metal preservatives. “The goal is to keep the gut and immune systems healthy, avoid toxins that affect the nervous system and minimize environmental stress.” Julie Peterson writes from her home in rural Wisconsin. Contact her at

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2020 Frozen Clam Dip & Obstaplunge – 11am1pm. Join MENTOR Rhode Island and Laidback Fitness for the 9th annual Frozen Clam Dip and Obstaplunge, the world’s only New Year’s Day plunge featuring an obstacle course. Free/ ages 10 & under, $30-$40 to participate. Goddard Memorial State Park Beach, Warwick.

Spiritual and Mediumship Development Circle – 7-8:30pm. Are you interested in a Spiritual Development Circle? Jean Mandeville is teaching this new class. Looking for those students looking to learn and be committed to attend. Learn about billets, psychometry, protection and more. $25, $100/5 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or

Healing the Soul – 3-4:30pm . Start the new year off with healing of the soul though meditation for the mind and body. Follow up with the sounds of the crystal singing bowls. This hour and half will help set the tone for a more peaceful and relaxing year. $35-$40/at door. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or

SATURDAY JANUARY 4 New Year Vision Workshop – 1-3pm. Join Life Coach Susan De Lorenzo for an inspiring and dream-building workshop. Stop hitting the default button and learn to consciously create a life that lights you up. $40 The Woods Yoga, 1525 Old Louisquisset Pk, Lincoln. 508-736-8844.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8 New Patient Orientation Class – 11:30am12:30pm. All medical marijuana cardholders are welcome. 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. 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 requested. Balance Personal Fitness Studio, 99 Frenchtown Rd, East Greenwich. 401-258-3952. Complementary Reiki – 4-7pm. 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. Donations gladly accepted. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or Monthly BioMed Gathering: Back to Balance – 4:30-6pm. Start the new year (new decade) off with the BioMed Center at our Monthly BioMed Gathering. This month we focus on ways you can do to get yourself back into balance after the holiday season. Free. BioMed Center New England, 111 Chestnut St, Providence. 833-824-6633.


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Reiki Share – 7-9pm. Reiki shares are a way for practitioners to practice on one another and 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

FRIDAY, JANUARY 10 Gong Bath: Healing with Sound – 6:308pm. Join Joy (Gongs of Joy) and A.Michelle (Drumsinger) to experience the resonant sounds of gongs, singing bowls, drums, flutes and other instruments to bring you to a state of deep relaxation and bliss. $25/pre-registered, $30/at door. It’s My Health, 1099 Mendon Rd, Cumberland 401-305-3585. Wolf Full Moon Sound Bath – 7-8:30pm. Join Sounds of Blessings for a meditation and sound bath celebrating the Wolf Full Moon of January. They will use instruments including gong, chimes and singing bowls. $20/advance, $25/at door. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or


MARK YOUR CALENDAR Marconics Ascension Energy Healing Course - 9:30am-4:30pm. Also 1/12/20. In this 2 day class you will learn the origins of the shift, healing through the multi dimensional holographic body, activation of 144-strand DNA, and much more. To register, call 203-533-9633, email or visit www. $450. Southern New England Marconics, at Thrive Tribe, 172 Taunton Ave, East Providence.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 11 Creating Awareness around Stress, Burn-out & Compassion Fatigue – 10-11:30am. Marie Mechtaly is a Certified Professional Co-active Coach, trained and certified through the prominent Coaching & Leadership School, The Co-active Training Institute. Marie’s approach to coaching is a “whole person approach” that merges one’s being qualities with inspired action. Free. East Providence Public Library/Weaver, 41 Grove Ave, East Providence. 401-434-2453.

Tax Planning for Entrepreneurs – 11am-1pm. Should I be an LLC or S-Corp? What is a self-employment tax and how can it be minimized? How should I keep records (hint: you should)? Rich Streitfeld has been a CPA and partner at ALSD for over 2 decades. $25/member, $50/nonmember. Urban Greens Co-Op, 93 Cranston St, Providence. 401-273-0362. The Magic of Manifesting – 1-3pm. Curious how you can influence the new year with the power of manifesting? Feel like you are not moving forward? Feeling stuck? This class will focus on all the tools you need to get into the habit of manifesting what you want to bring into your life. $45. Earth’s Hidden Treasures, 63 S Main St, Assonet, MA. 508-644-7398. Create Your 2020 Vision Board – 1-4pm. What better way to prepare for the new year than to create your vision board for 2020. Come have fun. There will be markers, magazines and poster board. Learn what is a vision board, how to make it and most importantly how to use it. $40. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or Dare to Dream: 2020 Vision Board Workshop – 1-5pm. Vision boards are a powerful technique for designing and manifesting the life you desire. It’s collage you create with images and words of things you want to be, do, and have and so much more. $45 includes all materials. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-533-3820.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 12 Usui Reiki Level II Certification Course – 10am3pm. Learn Reiki II symbols, distance healing, clearing of spaces and crystals. Receive a manual, 2nd Degree Usui Reiki attunement and practitioner certificate. $50 non-refundable deposit required; $250. Live It Love It Wellness, Warwick. 401-323-7199. Enter the Flow – 1-3pm. When was the last time you gave yourself a hug? Join Erica Nunnally for an exploration of self healing. Designed to specifically support your body’s natural ability to heal, this journey will include 1 hr of slow and deep vinyasa and 1 hr of reiki supported restorative yoga. $35. Jala Studio: Yoga & Art, 285 S Main St, Providence 508-566-2524.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 14 Drumming Circle with Doug – 6:30-8:30pm. 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. Women’s Circle: New Year Changes and Visions – 7:15-8:45pm. In the circle, women share your resolutions and/or goals for the coming year. Start to build a bond with other women and share and support one another. Donation gladly accepted. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15 Crystal Singing Bowls Bath – 9-10am. A sound bath of crystal bowls that will bathe you with the vibrational sound waves. A wonderful way to relax. Anti-gravity chair (a few) available for those unable to lay down. $20. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or Veterans’ Benefits Counseling – 12-1pm. All medical marijuana cardholders welcome. Free. Summit Medical Compassion Center, 380 Jefferson Blvd, Warwick. 401-889-3990. Meeting Street Training Institute Hosts Dramatic Play Workshop – 6-8pm. The Training Institute at Meeting Street will host a dramatic play for infants through preschool workshop. Teachers of infants, toddlers and preschoolers interested will explore the importance of dramatic play. Free/families, $25/professionals. Meeting Street, 1000 Eddy St, Providence.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 17 Crystal Singing Bowls Bath – 7-8pm. A sound bath of crystal bowls that will bathe you with the vibrational sound waves. A wonderful way to relax. Anti-gravity chair (a few) available for those unable to lay down. $20. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or

SATURDAY, JANUARY 18 Usui Reiki Level I Certification Course – 10am4pm. Learn about reiki history, ethics, hand positions, the aura and the chakras. Receive a manual, First Degree Usui Reiki attunement and practitioner certificate. $50 non-refundable deposit required, $150. Live It Love It Wellness, Warwick. 401-323-7199. Mind, Body and Soul Retreat – 11am-1pm. Replenish your well and start 2020 with a new mindset with you at the foreground. Retreat designed for women and includes a blend of holistic practices for healing and recharging the inner you. $59. Sundance Massage and Wellness, 410 Main St, East Greenwich. 401-268-7225. Mediumship Gallery – 1-2:15pm. With Jean Mandeville. You are invited to attend a group style gallery reading. Loved one’s who have transitioned over, as well as spirit guides will come forward to offer messages of comfort and support to those present. $40. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or Free Intro to Salt Therapy aka Halotherapy – 2-3pm. Learn more about the history and benefits of salt therapy. The salt booth infiltrates pure pharmaceutical grade salt into the air to breathe while harmonizing the body. Earth’s Hidden Treasures, 64 S Main St, Assonet, MA. 508-644-7398. Past Life Regression – 2:15-3:45pm. With Jean Mandeville. Here we will meet with a record keeper who upon request will retrieve a book, sit with us and share a lifetime where we will understand why we are experiencing something in this lifetime such as a certain illness, emotional or physical presently. $30/advance, 35/at door. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or

Gong Bath and Drum Healing – 6:30-8pm. Experience sound healing with A. Michelle. The vibrational overtones promote healing, clarity, inspiration and creativity. Bring mat, pillow and blanket. $15. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 84 S Rose St, East Providence. Drumming Circle – 7-8:30pm. Join us for a drumming circle. There will be drumming and meditation. 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, JANUARY 19 Reiki I Certification Course – 9am-4:30pm. The first degree opens the energy channel and permits you to channel reiki. After this training, you will be able to give reiki to yourself and others. $175. Integrative Wellness RI, 915 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-268-7225. IET Certification Basic Level – 9:30am-5pm. Even though we call this class a basic level it provides you with everything you need to do a powerful Integrated Energy Therapy session on yourself or on another person (either in person or absentee). $215; deposit required. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Must register: 401-741-5055 or Complementary Reiki – 10:30-11:30am. 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. Donations gladly accepted. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or Reiki Share – 2-4pm. Reiki shares are a way for practitioners to practice on one another and 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 Gong Bath Meditation – 6-7:15pm. Join Joy (Gongs of Joy) & Subhadra Newton for a gong event that will bring you to a state of deep peace, relaxation and healing with the resonance of the gongs, singing bowls, bells, chimes and more. $25. Jala Studio: Yoga & Art, 285 S Main St, Providence. 508-566-2524.

TUEDAY, JANUARY 21 Coloring for Grief – 6:30-8:30pm. Class is for all who are experiencing grief, including those who lost a pet or ended a relationship. Using colored pencil and crayon we will relax and focus on coloring pictures with inspirational sayings. $10. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 85 S Rose St, East Providence. Learn How to Cleanse and Clear Your Space – 7:15-8:45pm. Learn a variety of techniques for clearing yourself and your space. You will have an opportunity to practice, and ask questions. $30. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22 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 requested. Balance Personal Fitness Studio, 99 Frenchtown Rd, East Greenwich. 401-258-3952. Food as Medicine for Heart Health – 6-8pm, Join Dr. Kazantzis to learn how naturopathic medicine can help support a healthy heart. Will discuss various heart conditions including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stroke, heart attacks, heart disease and more. $5/member, $10/ nonmember. Urban Greens Co-Op, 93 Cranston St, Providence. Sacred Heart Attunement – 6:30-8:30pm. The Sacred Heart Attunement is the process of igniting the heart flame and bringing it to awareness. By being aware and exercising it much like a muscle for healing, it becomes a powerful healing tool for your spiritual tool box. $20. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 86 S Rose St, East Providence.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 23 Green Tenderfoot Refill Station – 5-8pm. Green Tenderfoot Refill Station is back to help us reduce our use of plastic and harsh chemicals by switching to re-usables and all-natural products. There will be a variety of zero-waste lifestyle products. Free. Urban Greens Co-Op, 93 Cranston St, Providence. New Patient Orientation Class – 6-7pm. All medical marijuana cardholders are welcome. 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.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 24 Fourth Friday Gong Bath – 7:30-9pm. Gongs of Joy, with Subhadra Newton, will energize and balance each of your 7 energy centers through the deep vibration and resonance of the gongs, bowls, drums and more. $25. Deans List Academy, 25 Esten St, Providence. 401-258-3952.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25 Yin Yoga Workshop – 1-3pm. Yin yoga restores and supports you in greater stillness and letting go. Join Eve Carey for a workshop designed to bring you to deeper levels of awareness and relaxation. Accessible to all levels. $30. Jala Studio: Yoga & Art, 285 S Main St, Providence. 508-566-2524. All about Crystals – 3:30-4:30pm. How to work with crystal/stone energy and learn which crystals work to balance our different chakras. Meditate with crystals. Learn which crystals help to balance mental, physical emotional and spiritual energies. $25. Earth’s Hidden Treasures, 65 S Main St, Assonet, MA. 508-644-7398.

Think with your whole body. ~Taisen Deshimaru January 2020


on going events SUNDAY Guided Meditation – 8:30-9:30am. Be guided through imagery to help the mind relax. The purpose is to achieve mental, emotional and physical healing and stress relief. A great way to start the day. $15/class, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or Sunday Celebration Service – 9:30-10:30am. Change your thinking and change your life through an hour of uplifting music, affirmative prayer, meditation and an inspiring message. All welcome. Love offering. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick.

Crystal Singing Bowls Bath – 4-5pm. A sound bath of crystal bowls that will bathe you with the vibrational sound waves. This is a wonderful way to relax. Anti-gravity chair (a few) available for those unable to lay down. $20. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or New Moon Sounds of Harmony Meditation – 5-6:30pm. Join us to attune and harmonize our vibrations with gongs and other resonant instruments as we gather to honor the beginning of the next moon cycle. $20 UUCSC, 27 North Rd, Wakefield. 401-339-0840.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 26 Reiki II Certification Course – 9am-4:30pm. In the second degree reiki initiation, the central channel is opened up to a greater level, and the amount of energy that can be channeled increases. $150. Integrative Wellness RI, 915 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-268-7225. Drumming Circle – 4-5:30pm. There will be drumming and meditation.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 Special Gong Bath Event – 6:30-8pm. Join Joy (Gongs of Joy) & A.Michelle (Drumsinger) for a gong event that will bring you to a state of deep peace, relaxation and healing with the resonance of the gongs, singing bowls, drums, bells, chimes and more. $25. Falmouth Hot Room, 180 Teaticket Hwy, East Falmouth, MA. 508-540-0089.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 30 Don’t Be Hangry: How Food and Nutrition Impact Mood and Energy – 6-7pm. Workshop addresses the impact of different foods and combinations of foods on energy and mood. Participants will work together to create balanced meals and snacks that will fit their own lives. $5/member, $10/nonmember. Urban Greens Co-Op, 93 Cranston St, Providence.


Rhode Island Edition

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. 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 RI Yoga Center, 99 Fortin Rd, South Kingstown. 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 n dreaming, rejuvenate for optimal health. $15/class, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or

MONDAY Tai Chi Easy – 9-10am. A Chinese healing art involving meditation, controlled breathing and movement exercises. Class taught so that it is fitting for all. $ $15/class, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or Svaroopa® Yoga with Maria – 10:30am-12pm. Dissolve your stress and pain with a deeply relaxing class. Poses are adapted to your body using blankets as props along with gentle alignment. Find your peace, health and vitality. New students: $55/5 classes. Time for You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Tai Chi Easy – 6-7pm. A Chinese healing art involving meditation, controlled breathing and movement exercises. Class taught so that it is fitting for all. $15/class, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or

All-Levels Vinyasa Flow – 6-7:15pm. Come explore the postures with Julie Casey Monday & Wednesday. Each class is uniquely designed for the yogi to become stronger, more flexible and balanced, while practicing being present in the moment. $10/ Cash or Zelle at door. Cosmic Yoga Center, 1145 Reservoir Ave, Cranston. Flow Yoga with Justine – 6:30-7:30pm. Come check out this flow yoga. It is meant for all, beginners to advanced. $15/class, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or Shamanic Meditation: By Love Donation– 7:308:30pm. A 3-part meditation which includes a mini-guided meditation, energy exchange, then a semi-guided meditation journey. A drum is used as part of this meditation. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or

TUESDAY Introduction to Ashtanga – 7:30-8:30am. A vigorous, vinyasa practice where students move progressively through a set series of postures. Class guided by the teacher and is meant to serve as an introduction to ashtanga. $16/drop-in; packages available. Jala Studio: Yoga & Art, 285 S Main St, Providence. 508-566-5824. Mindful Fusion – 9:30-10:30am. Move mindfully through a series of stretches to strengthen your body and focus your mind. At the end of class, we relax into a gentle meditation. $18. Integrative Wellness RI, 915 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-268-7225. Svaroopa Yoga with Janice – 9:30-11am. Dissolve your stress and pain with a deeply relaxing class. Poses are adapted to your body using blankets and gentle alignments. Find ease in your body and a quieter mind. New students: $55/5 classes. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Wisdom Healing Qigong – 10-11:30am. An ancient and integrated system that combines mindful movements, meditations, sounds and visualizations into a powerful system of healing on all levels of being. $50/4 classes; $15/drop-in. Little Compton Wellness Center, 115 E Main Rd, Little Compton. 617-921-4832. Integrative Stretching – 12-1pm. Calm your mind and connect with your body with this mindfulness-based therapeutic stretching class led by a Certified Exercise Physiologist. All levels welcome. 5 person max. $18. Integrative Wellness RI, 915 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-268-7225. Svaroopa Yoga Class – 4-5:30pm. Very gentle, deeply healing style. Focus is on releasing the tight muscles along the spinal column for a related release in the body and mind. Preregistration necessary. $10/ first class, $18.50/class/8-wk session. Blissful Moment Yoga, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, North Providence. 401-742-8020. Qigong – 6-7pm. An ancient Chinese exercise and healing technique that involves meditation, controlled breathing and movement exercises. $15/ class, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or

WEDNESDAY Wisdom Healing Qigong – 10:30am-12pm. An ancient and integrated system that combines mindful movements, meditations, sounds and visualizations into a powerful system of healing on all levels of being. $50/4 classes; $15/drop-in. Little Compton Wellness Center, 115 E Main Rd, Little Compton. 617-921-4832.

Svaroopa Yoga with Janice – 9:30-11am. Dissolve your stress and pain with a deeply relaxing class. Poses are adapted to your body using blankets and gentle alignments. Find ease in your body and a quieter mind. New students: $55/5 classes. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319.


All-Levels Vinyasa Flow – 6-7:15pm. Come explore the postures with Julie Casey. Each class is uniquely designed for the yogi to become stronger, more flexible and balanced, while practicing being present in the moment. $10/Cash or Zelle at the door. Cosmic Yoga Center, 1145 Reservoir Ave, Cranston.

Fluid Movement – 9:30-10:30am. Seeking a gentle alternative to exercise? Tired of linear, repetitive motion? Ready to feel more comfortable in your own skin from the inside out? Fluid movement classes are set to oceanic music with a gentle pace. $10. Soulstice Arts at Studio Exhale, 1263 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. 401-588-2762.

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/ first class, $18.50/class/8-wk session. Blissful Moment Yoga, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, North Providence. 401-742-8020.

All-Levels Flow and Vinyasa Yoga– 10-11am. Monday & Tuesday, 6-7pm. All-levels flow yoga class made up of flowing dynamic poses. Each move is intentionally synchronized to breath. Movement through the poses will deepen the connection between your mind, body and spirit. $12. Earth’s Hidden Treasure, 63 S Main St, Assonet, MA. 508-644-7398.

Mindfulness Meditation Sitting Group – 6:307:30pm. 2nd & 4th Wednesdays. Bring more mindfulness into your life. Come sit with us for technique instruction, guided practice, silent sitting and Q&A. Open to all and appropriate for all levels of practitioners. Love offerings appreciated. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552. Shamanic Meditation – 7-8pm. A 3-part meditation which includes a mini-guided meditation, energy exchange, then a semi-guided meditation journey. A drum is used as part of this meditation. $15/class, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or

Mindfulness Practice Series– 5:30-6:30pm Come join us to help learn techniques for entering in the flow of time, savoring each present moment and stopping the stream of worries from derailing you from your best life. Learn the benefits of a mindfulness practice. $12/class, $40/4. Soulshine Center for Yoga and Healing, 1020 Putnam Pk, Chepachet. Tai Chi Easy – 6-7pm. A Chinese healing art involving meditation, controlled breathing, and movement exercises. Class taught so that it is fitting for all. $15/class, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or



Integrative Stretching – 6-7pm. Calm your mind and connect with your body with this mindfulness-based therapeutic stretching class led by a Certified Exercise Physiologist. All levels welcome. 5 person max. $18. Integrative Wellness RI, 915 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-268-7225.

Introduction to Ashtanga – 8:30-9:45am. A vigorous, vinyasa practice where students move progressively through a set series of postures. Class guided by the teacher and is meant to serve as an introduction to ashtanga. $16/drop-in; packages available. Jala Studio: Yoga & Art, 285 S Main St, Providence. 508-566-2524.

Reiki + Meditation Class – 7-8pm. Take a holistic approach to stress reduction, self-healing and more. Be guided through a deep, relaxing meditation while receiving reiki energy healing from an Usui Holy Fire III Reiki Master. Class ends with an oracle card reading. $15. Integrative Wellness RI, 915 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-268-7225.

Community Yoga – 9-10am. All welcome. As an expression of our appreciation for all that we have received and for all who come, we offer a gentle/ moderate level class of yoga, deep relaxation and a short meditation. $5 suggested donation. Ananda Meditation & Yoga Center, 714 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown. 401-524-4766.

Shamanic Meditation – 7-8pm. A 3-part meditation which includes a mini-guided meditation, energy exchange, then a semi-guided meditation journey. A drum is used as part of this meditation. Free though donations accepted. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or

Yoga with Mindful Awareness – 9:30-11am. Hatha yoga postures and flows emphasizing mindful awareness of body, breath and energy. Class will energize you and bring you to your calm center. Experienced teacher. Beautiful and spacious studio. $12-$13/Flex Pass; $16/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of Blackstone River Valley, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland.

Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right. ~Oprah Winfrey

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Svaroopa Yoga with Suzanne – 9:45-11:15am. Dissolve your stress and pain with a deeply relaxing class. Poses are adapted to your body using blankets and gentle alignment. Find ease in your body and a quieter mind. Beginners welcome. New students: $55/5 classes. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Qigong – 10-11am. An ancient Chinese exercise and healing technique that involves meditation, controlled breathing and movement exercises. $15/class, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or Awakening the Power of the Chakras – 1011:30am. A series of 8 classes which will take you on a personal journey through the chakra system. In each session we combine music, yoga, guided imagery and essential oils to support you. $30. Integrative Wellness RI, at Life Breath Wellness Center, 378 Main St, East Greenwich.

January 2020


community resource guide AKASHIC RECORDS MEGHAN GREER

Phone Readings 401-378-4234 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.


Animal Reiki, Animal Communication 401-556-7199 Chloe, Quantum Reiki Grand Master and Usui Reiki Master, works with all animals, long distance and in person, to provide pain relief, aid with trauma and help build relationship bonds. She also teaches private and group lessons. Her practice includes mediumship, channeling and past life regression readings.


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

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


Dr. Jesse Steinberg 201 Waterman Ave East Providence, R! 401-284-8278 Dr. Jesse is a gentle, holistic Chiropractor with a Reiki Master’s touch. His passion is helping children and families be their brightest, happiest, healthiest selves. His calling and purpose is to release the interference to the expression of our infinite potential. He serves with Love, Joy, wit and wisdom.


Dr. Thomas Rocco, MD Krystle MacDonald 2845 Post Road, Suite 103, Warwick RI 02866 401 678-6420 BAK 2 Basics CBD Medical Consultants are educated medical professionals who strive to educate the proper and safe use of CBD therapy based on each individual’s medical needs. Education on Hemp/CBD products is very important, as they are not all made equally. Call for a free office consultation with Dr. Thomas Rocco and Krystle MacDonald. See ad on page 13.


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



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 15.


Rhode Island Edition

ENERGY WORKER AND TEACHER Christal Rae Nichols 401-793-6762

I am a Usui Reiki master teacher, Reiki Drumwave practitioner, and Integrated Energy Therapy master instructor. My intention is to empower and connect people more fully with the Oneness energy and their own inner selves so they can reach their wellness goals.  Let’s release those “issues from your tissues!”


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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.


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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 29.

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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.


The New Seminary, NYC 2009 401-323-7664 Facebook: Slatersville RI Center for Spiritual Living Teaching Chapter @OneVoice Visit us at our new website so that you may know of services rendered here in Slatersville . Toltec Wisdom Teaching, The Four Agreements, CSL course curriculum, virtual and on location, personalized wedding officiant services (trilingual Portuguese, Spanish and English,), small wedding venue, seasonal healing rituals, memorials, funerals, spiritual growth workshops, private spiritual support sessions, Zentangle classes, Vintage Vocal coaching MM NEC ‘78.


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 25.

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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


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 25.

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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. 


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

Susan De Lorenzo is an inspirational speaker, author and life coach who specializes in helping people overcome adversity to design a life they love. Susan is working on her book, From Adversity to Awesome, where she shares tools and mindsets to help others through troubled times and create life anew. Please find details to work with Susan on her website. See ad on page 9.

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.




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.


Certified Reflexologist Facebook: A New Moon Reiki  Call/text 901-619-2712 Help rid your body of toxins that create dis-ease and discomfort physically, emotionally and spiritually. Reflexology helps to normalize bodily functions naturally that will help you to live a happy, healthy and overall better life. Relaxing and healing hand, foot and facial treatments infused with Reiki energy available. Offering treatment packages. 

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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.


459 Sandy Lane Warwick, RI  02889 401-450-4172 Jane is a highly skilled, intuitive massage therapist with 15 years’ experience in the field. She listens well and tailors the massage to your needs, whether it is digging out old knots or using calming techniques to help you feel grounded, restored and at peace. RI License#MT01136.


173 Waterman St, Providence, RI 02906 401-808-0837

AMY ELIZABETH SCHENCK, RN, HNB-BC Certified Holistic Nurse & Reiki Master 401-662-6922

I work with kids and adults, and offer wellness appointments and reiki healing. Wellness appointments include a variety of modalities to help you set and achieve goals and live your best life. Distance appointments available.

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.


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.



Alyssa Knapp, MS, CEP, TTS Usui Holy Fire III Reiki Master Teacher Warwick, RI 401-268-7225 Are you ready to take a new approach to achieving wellness? Our services integrate physical activity, mindfulness, meditation, and Reiki energy therapy to promote healing in a holistic way. We offer private sessions, group classes, workshops, and certification trainings.


Joy Quinn Blum 401-258-3952

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

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.

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 29.

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Evolve Nutrition & Vitality; Wig Boutique Cranston-Johnston, RI 401-578-5879 Certified in Functional Nutrition. Boutique has a full line of wigs and accessories to help with hair loss, health and wellness products, an 8-wk “Power to Feel your Best” class based on each individual’s needs, essential oils classes and “make and take” essential oil parties. Free consultation by appointment!


At Soulshine, we are committed to providing a safe and comfortable atmosphere that allows for exploration of mind, body and spirit. We are dedicated to building a community that grows and evolves together. Morning and evening yoga classes, children’s yoga, mindfulness classes, and private reiki appointments. We also offer discounted class rates for those who qualify.


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.

YOGA & MEDITATION 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.

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