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this month, and at Natural Awakenings, our editorial team has been focused on matters of the heart—the one that keeps us alive and well. What does your heart good? As I thought about that question, the standard responses of exercise, diet and regular check-ups first came to mind. Then, I started thinking about the positive emotional influences, which suggests a different prescription for health, such as communing with nature, connection with others, optimism and, of course, love in its infinite manifestations. Valentine’s Day can be a gentle reminder to revisit how well we are loving our self and others. Maureen Cary, Publisher
In “Sacred Vessels: The Lifeblood of Heart Health,” writer Julie Peterson examines the crucial role of the vascular system and how simple, natural lifestyle choices can prevent or remediate damage that can result in a heart attack, stroke, vision loss and cognitive decline. In “Good Hearts Start Young: Boosting Kids’ Cardiovascular Health,” Ronica A. O’Hara underscores why it is never too early to embark on the path to cardio fitness—beginning in the uterus where maternal choices can set the stage for conditions like high blood pressure in their offspring by the time they’re in grade school. As good as my intentions are to pursue healthy heart activities on all fronts, I find myself challenged by society’s frantic energy that seems to catch most of us. I’ve heard that we take in as much information in one day as our ancestors absorbed in one year in the 1500s. It’s doubtful that the human capacity for input has grown at the same rate. I’ve also learned that a healthy state requires that output balance input—in quality if not quantity— all of which keeps us busy. I don’t wish to go backwards and surrender the benefits of progress (where it’s truly beneficial), including the wonders of technology. Yet, it’s healthy not to let technology shift us away from the heart of life, the necessary activities that satisfy our essential humanity, ranging from face-to-face communication and thoughtful gestures to eating the right foods. So here we are, February 2020! Love it with all your heart.
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ime for You Yoga will host a free Yoga Pain Clinic from 2 to 4:30 p.m., February 29, at its studio in Cumberland. Time for You Yoga specializes in Svaroopa yoga (Swa-roo-pa), meaning “bliss yoga.” It’s a slow style of yoga with careful alignment that’s customized to each body’s needs. Participants learn to release tension and experience a deep relaxation, ease and well-being. The program is offered by Swami Shrutananda, Vidyadevi Stillman. Svaroopa yoga’s premier teacher trainer, Shrutananda has been studying and teaching directly with Svaroopa yoga originator Swami Nirmalananda for 19 years. Her experience with students on several continents and direct support from Nirmalananda imbues her teaching with vast experience. She travels extensively to lead retreats and trainings in both yoga and meditation, and she is skilled in merging depth, clarity, lightness and humor. Cost: Free. Location: 2155 Diamond Hill Rd., Cumberland. For more information, call Maria Sichel at 401-305-5319 or visit TimeForYouYoga.com. See listing in the Community Resource Guide.
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he Rhode Island Association of Naturopathic Physicians (RIANP) is currently working hard with their lobbyist to go to the state house in the spring to acquire insurance coverage. Since acquiring licensure in 2017, nine naturopathic physicians are now practicing in Rhode Island. The goal for 2020 is to acquire health insurance coverage to increase accessibility to all citizens of Rhode Island. Supporters can help in two ways: 1) Sign the insurance petition. The goal is to get 500 and more signatures. 2) Donate to the cause. Any donation, small or large will help support lobbying efforts and be able to continue this effort.
Concordia Center for Spiritual Living Welcomes the Return of David Roth
ward-winning singer, songwriter and musician David Roth returns to Concordia Center for Spiritual Living on February 9, to lead a sermon in song at 9:30 a.m., followed with a concert at noon. His songs have found their way to Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, several Chicken Soup for the Soul books, the Kennedy Center, NASA’s Space Shuttle “Atlantis”, Peter, Paul & Mary and Kingston Trio CDs (and 15 of his own), five Positive Music Awards, the Rise Up Singing and Rise Again songbooks, and countless venues in this and other countries for three decades. Poignant to improbable, holistic to hilarious, the Chicago native (now living on Cape Cod) keeps Warwick in his ongoing world tour. Learn more about him and his work at DavidRothMusic.com. Cost: Generous love offering accepted. Location: 292 West Shore Rd., Warwick. For more information call 401-732-1552 or visit ConcordiaCSL.com. See ad on page 15.
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eiki By The Sea, a center for healing therapies, is expanding its services to now include Newport/Aquidneck Island and the surrounding areas. The Newport office is located on the second level of Rob Michael Salon Spa, at 84 William Street, in Newport. After more than 20 years of serving the public in Boston and Cape Cod, owner and board certified holistic nurse and health and wellness coach, Maxine Bornstein, RN, MS, will offer services to include relaxation and stress reduction techniques incorporating reiki, meditation, imagery, holistic nursing and energy assessments and health and wellness coaching. Join Bornstein for a special event between 4 to 6 p.m., February 25, at Rob Michael Salon Spa to see the new space, ask questions, try a relaxing mini reiki experience, as well as meet the salon staff and hear about some of the exciting new services that are being offered. Cost: Free. To reserve a place for this evening or make an appointment, call Maxine at 508-292-5258 or Rob Michael Salon Spa at 401-846-9777. See ad on page 15.
Taste of the Town Event Supports Children
he Kiwanis Club of Greater Seekonk will be sponsoring its 24th Taste of the Town from 6 to 9 p.m., March 3, in the Grand Rose Ballroom at the Clarion Inn, in Seekonk. Attendees will have the opportunity to taste food from local restaurants and sample beer and wine, as well as take part in a 50/50 cash raffle and an auction. Raffles will start promptly at 8 p.m. All proceeds help children in the community. Seekonk Kiwanis helps communities and children everywhere, encourages community service and adds fun and purpose to everyone’s life. It focuses on changing the world by serving children, one child and one community at a time. Cost: Donation is $30.00. Location: 940 Fall River Ave. (route 114A), Seekonk. For more information, call President Susan Chaisty at 508-557-1363 or email Sue52525@comcast.net.
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n partnership with the Sage Healing Collaborative, in East Providence, where Renew Family Wellness is located, Dr. Jesse Steinberg offers his unique, gentle chiropractic care with a reiki master’s touch. He specializes in pediatric care, and also works with people of all ages. His gift is to see the interconnection of the parts or systems of the body, as well as emotional and soul aspects, and facilitate deep Dr. Jesse Steinberg integration and healing. His practice is accepting members. Out of abundance, he is proud to be able to offer a unique gift of the first three adjustments for babies and infants free of charge. “Whether we are young or old, and wherever we are in our health journey, being witnessed at our deepest essence with touch is powerful and nurturing to the core,” he shares. Location: 201 Waterman Ave., 3rd Fl., East Providence. For more information, call 401-284-8278 or visit RenewFamilyWellness.janeapp.com. See listing in the Community Resource Guide.
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Bone loss leading to increased fracture risk occurs in half of postmenopausal women, but new research from Sweden offers a deterrent: a combination of three Lactobacillus probiotic strains. A total of 249 healthy, early postmenopausal women over the age of 50 that took the probiotics for a year suffered no significant bone loss in the lumbar spine compared to a placebo group, report researchers at Gothenburg University. They had slight reductions in bone loss at the neck and no changes at the hip or upper femur. In a British Medical Journal-published study on probiotics that spanned 10 years and involved nearly 1,000 at-risk babies, researchers from the UK’s Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital found that newborns with gut infections were twice as likely to recover when given probiotics as part of their treatment in intensive care units, with sepsis rates reduced from 22.6 percent to 11.5 percent. The strains used were L. acidophilus, Bifidobacterium bifidum and B. longum subspecies infantis. The babies were suffering from necrotizing enterocolitis, a rare infection and inflammation of the intestines which can affect low-birthweight babies.
Try Mind-Body Options to Reduce Opioid-Treated Pain People suffering from acute pain often turn to addictive opioid treatments, but research from the University of Utah School of Social Work published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine concluded that certain mind-body therapies significantly reduce pain and the use of opioids. Reviewing 60 randomized, controlled, published clinical trials with more than 6,400 participants, researchers found that meditation/ mindfulness, therapeutic suggestion and cognitive behavioral therapy all significantly reduced pain severity along with opioid use and misuse. Hypnosis also helped lower pain. Mind-body therapies proved effective at reducing short-term, acute pain from medical procedures, as well as chronic pain. Lead author and Associate Dean for Research Eric Garland pointed out that 82,000 Americans are projected to die from opioid overdoses in the next five years and noted, “If all of us—doctors, nurses, social workers, policymakers, insurance companies and patients—use this evidence as we make decisions, we can help stem the tide of the opioid epidemic.”
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Marrying forestry to technology, the startup Flash Forest, in Toronto, is using aerial drones to plant trees 10 times faster than human planters with a goal of 1 billion trees by 2028. Since testing prototype devices last year, it has already planted several thousand trees across Ontario using pregerminated seed pods containing a mixture of species. The drones are capable of planting trees at just 50 cents per pod, or a quarter of the cost of typical planting methods. Funded partly by a Kickstarter campaign, the group will start planting trees in April, with at least 150,000 in the ground by the end of this year. At full capacity, one drone operator will be able to plant 100,000 seed pods per day. Flash Forest spokesperson Angelique Ahlstrom says, “Our goals are to have a significant and measurable impact on mitigating climate change in the next decade, while combatting deforestation and biodiversity loss on a global scale. We feel we are one of the only ways that the federal government will be able to fulfill its pledge to plant 2 billion trees in the next 10 years.”
A new Climate Neutral product label is joining others like Fair Trade, 100% Organic and Made in America, and is closing in on a Kickstarter (Tinyurl.com/CarbonNeutralKickstarter) funding goal to raise $100,000. The idea for the label was hatched by the founders of San Francisco-based backpack and camera equipment maker Peak Design and Brooklyn-based Biolite, which sells sustainable energy products. Participating companies start by establishing baseline emissions, evaluating such factors as raw materials, the energy costs at their facilities, the amount that employees travel, and how and where their products are shipped. They work to reduce and balance them through greener strategies, switching to renewable power and investing in carbon offsets before they can display the label on their products. According to Climate Neutral, it only costs 12 cents to offset the carbon emissions required to produce a $120 running shoe. More than 40 brands have already signed up.
Scientists have discovered that some trees raise and lower their branches several times in the course of the night, indicating a cycle of water and sugar transportation, but they didn’t know why. Plants need water to photosynthesize glucose, the basic building block from which their more complex molecules are formed. For trees, this entails drawing water from the roots to the leaves. Dr. András Zlinszky, at Aarhus University, Denmark, used a laser scanning technique to measure the exact location of branches and leaves of 22 tree and shrub species, and published his observations of substantial unexpected movement cycles. He says, “We detected a previously unknown periodic movement of up to 0.4 inches in cycles of two to six hours. The movement has to be connected to variations in water pressure within the plants, and this effectively means that the tree is pumping. Water transport is not just a steady-state flow, as we previously assumed.” Some might call that pumping action a heartbeat.
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In 1969, there were only 100 South American fur seals and sea lions along the coastline of Lima, the capitol of Peru, but that has increased to more than 8,000 today, thanks to local fishermen that have realized over the intervening years that a balanced ecosystem benefits all. Once hunted almost to the point of no return for their pelts and because they ate so many fish, the sea mammals have slowly rebounded since Peru established its first marine protection area there in 1979, the Paracas Marine Reserve. Today, the Fishermen’s Union has defined these areas, in which each local fishing collective is dependent economically, and has assigned responsibility to that group for protecting those marine resources. Impetus for species protection is also being driven by the rise of tourism and artisanal fisheries. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature, which maintains a “Red List” database of species and the degree to which they are threatened with extinction, has also been involved. It also compiles a “Green List” to recognize global best practices for area-based conservation, a program working with marine reserves along the Pacific coast.
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by David Jones Beginning February and March, many people will be polluting the environment without even know they are doing so. They will be doing this by applying chemical fertilizer to their lawns before the soil is warm enough. Microbes in the soil must become active to make the transfer of nutrients from soil to plants so they can grow. Most plants don’t have a direct access to artificially applied chemicals, therefore, if the soil microbes are not active then the nutrients can’t be processed and fed to the plants. In order for this to occur, soil temperature needs to be above 50 degrees. Chemicals are generally water soluble and can be easily washed away, so, when chemical fertilizers are applied before the soil warms up when they can be absorbed, people are literally washing unused fertilizer into our water system without doing anything useful for the growth of plants and lawns. Organic fertilizers and nutrients, on the other hand, are not water soluble and need to be broken down by natural processes. Our streams, rivers, lakes and oceans are continually under attack from bloom-causing chemicals. We can help stop the damage by using natural materials to do natural functions. Next time someone applies chemicals, politely ask them, “What temperature is the soil?” They probably won’t know. David Jones works at Bio Tech Pest Controls, 18 Granite St., Westerly. For more information and advice, call 401-596-5800, email David@BioTechPestControls.com or visit BioTechPestControls.com. See ad on page 5.
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he Paws Watch Community Cat Center (CCC) is Rhode Island’s only facility dedicated to providing the best care for Rhode Island’s freeroaming cats. The Paws Watch objective is to reduce the number of outside cats in the state. This is accomplished through the trap, neuter and release (TNR) of feral cats, taking in friendly cats and socializing kittens. The center is especially busy during the kitten season, which begins in early April and runs through November. Foster homes are needed to socialize kittens, and two well-equipped playrooms offer space to host adoptions for friendly cats and kittens. Over the past 22 years, this all-volunteer organization has trapped, neutered and released some 22,000 cats, helping people of every economic and cultural background alleviate the overpopulation of homeless cats in their neighborhood. This past year, with the support of PawsWatch, Scruffy Paws Animal Rescue and Grieco Automotive Group, the organization opened an innovative new facility in Johnston. The new space provides the services of intake, post-operative TNR medical care, socialization, adoption and community engagement all under one roof. CCC provides volunteers with complete instructions for trapping. One volunteer, having recently trapped six cats in a local colony, delivered them to the center. An internal volunteer had prepared crates with the comforts of bedding, food, 18
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water and privacy. Co-Director Dianne LaPointe describes the Center as “the Ritz for Cats, where we treat them with respect and dignity.” The new arrivals were skillfully transferred from their traps into their temporary accommodations, and LaPointe herself examined each new arrival, lavishing it with love and compassion. The rescue organization is always seeking more volunteers to clean litter boxes and crates, handle feeding, help with socialization, provide foster homes, build outdoor shelters, do carpentry projects, lend technical assistance, organize fundraising events, help with social media and other functions. There is an immediate volunteer need for an electrician willing to donate time installing light switches and making the building’s electric system more efficient.
Co-Director Pam Fisette states that above all, there is a need for communities across the state to recognize the feral cat population problem and organize volunteers to trap and bring the cats to local veterinarians willing to provide spaying and neutering services at a reduced cost. Community volunteers can also help by delivering friendly cats and kittens to local rescue shelters for home placement. Fisette asserts, “In a perfect world, all homes would have a cat, and all cats would have a home.” Since CCC opened its new facility in May 2019, it has treated and released 138 cats, transferred 98 to other shelters, arranged 218 adoptions and completed 19 barn placements. Kittens and friendly cats are prepared for adoptions, then placed in forever homes through Pat-A-Cat Place and CCC’s adoption partners. Barn placement provides farmers with a natural and nontoxic method of rodent pest control. The center’s capacity is limited, however, so it is encouraging people to volunteer to take responsibility within their communities. The Paws Watch Community Cat Center is located at 39 Putnam Pike, Johnston. To volunteer, donate or learn more about TNR, visit CommunityCatCenter.com or email CommunityCatCareCenter@gmail.com. Wendy Fachon is a regular contributor to the magazine and host of the Story Walking Radio Hour on the Dream Visions 7 Radio Network. Learn more at StoryWalking.com. arn more at www.netwalkri.com.
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FEBRUARY 2020 by Karyn Mahrie Chabot, M.Ay, LMT, RYT
The Full Moon on February 8, will oc-
cur in sidereal Cancer in the lunar star of Ashlesha, symbolized by the coiled serpent. The serpent represents our kundalini or life force at the base of our spines, as well as healing with herbs or suffering from poisons that alter the state of mind. The zodiac sign of Cancer brings these matters home, as well as in the global waters of foreign affairs. Be sure to drink only the best filtered water and beverages this month. With Saturn’s gaze, beware of the tendencies for rigidity in your personal lives as well as government dogma and righteousness which can lead to conflict. Ashlesha can be sneaky, but by the light of this particular full moon, thieves, cheaters and liars of all kinds will suddenly become public and held accountable. With Venus exalted in the 6th house of litigation, we can expect some wonky arguments based on exaggerations and a sense of entitlement both personally and globally. Stay in your own lane and practice kindness. A Cancer moon is very strong because she’s in her proverbial home, purifying all the cobwebs that were once hidden in the basement of our lives. Pay attention to matters of motherhood and family by being extra kind and forgiving to your own mother or mother-like women in your orbit and your own children this month. May the Divine Mother (Moon), shine her light on the dark corners of our world and bring world peace.
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occur in sidereal Aquarius, the lunar star of Shatabisha, represented by an empty circle and the cosmic and terrestrial waters. Symbolic of all things aquatic, Shatabisha can cause watery and emotional upheaval which can give rise to new beginnings as this lunar star will wash away emotional situations that no longer serve us. As moon shares her home with mercury while he’s in retrograde this month, it can cause feelings of lunacy, misunderstandings, delays, feelings of heightened intuition and sensitivity or both. Use your sensitivity for compassion and know that this too shall pass. It’s a grand time to begin a new career or launch a new idea or book. This is a time of sacred and purposeful reflection and a chance to reinvent yourself at any age. Remember, we are all in this together and all is well in the Universe. The difference between the tropical zodiac and the sidereal zodiac is about 23 degrees. Both systems have value. Sidereal astrologers believe the qualities of the signs are not related to the seasons, but rather to the specific portions of the ecliptic as measured against the fixed lunar stars.
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by Julie Peterson
hen people think about heart health, what generally comes to mind is the fist-sized muscle that pumps and oxygenates the body’s lifeblood. However, the heart of the matter is not the pump itself, but the vascular system— the network of veins, arteries and capillaries that distributes blood to every cell in the body, delivering nutrients and eliminating waste. Each human adult harbors an astonishing 60,000 miles of blood vessels— enough to wrap around the planet twice. Keeping these hard-working vessels supple and open is the key not only to avoiding disease, but also to ensuring a long and healthy life. The alternative—arteriosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries—can slowly and silently bring on cardiovascular disease (CVD), which can result in a heart attack, stroke, vision loss and cognitive decline. CVD is the leading cause of death in the U.S., killing one in four Americans,
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according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). By 2035, nearly half the population—45 percent—is predicted to have some form of the disease. “A hundred years ago, we were farming the back 40 with a team of horses, eating what we grew. Kids don’t get out and ride bikes; they’re playing video games and eating crap. There’s very little doubt how we got to this problem,” says John Osborne, M.D., director of cardiology at State of the Heart Cardiology, near Dallas. Yet, the nation’s number one killer, which can fester for decades without symptoms, is largely preventable and reversible. Only 15 percent of CVD is related to genetics; the rest is attributed to lifestyle, and the right choices can make all the difference. The key is to adopt heart-healthy habits before the body delivers a potentially fatal warning. “The initial presentation of heart disease can be an acute catastrophic event that results in death in half the men and two-thirds of the women. That’s not treatable,” warns Osborne.
Know the Risk Factors
The first step toward cardiovascular health is awareness. Important indicators of CVD risk include: 4 High blood pressure (over 140/90) 4 High cholesterol (over 240 mg/dL) 4 High triglycerides (over 200 mg/dL) 4 High blood glucose (over 140 mg/dL) 4 Obesity (BMI over 30) 4 Inflammation (hsCRP test above 2 ml/dL) 4 Physical inactivity (less than 30 minutes a day) 4 Smoking or vaping (any at all) 4 Chronic stress 4 Loneliness
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Any of these factors can increase the risk of CVD, but possessing a cluster of the first five comprises a condition called metabolic syndrome, which significantly increases the potential for heart disease and Type 2 diabetes—itself a significant risk factor that can damage blood vessels, as well as the organs they support. “While diabetes is the seventh-leading cause of death in the United States, this figure belies the fact that most people with diabetes die of heart disease, kidney failure and other complications,” says Brenda Davis, RD, of Alberta, Canada, author of Kick Diabetes Essentials: The Diet and Lifestyle Guide. Metabolic syndrome, like CVD, has few obvious symptoms and is on the rise: Nearly one-third of adults in the U.S. have it, according to the CDC. The one distinct marker for the condition is an accumulation of fat around the waistline, characterized by a measurement of over 35 inches for women and 40 for men.
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“When a disease is lifestyle-induced, the only thing that can reverse it is a dramatic change in diet and lifestyle,” says Davis. “We’ve seen over and over again that it works.”
n Know the Numbers
CVD flies under the radar even though it’s increasingly common at younger ages. The Journal of the American Medical Association released a study in December 2019 stating that about one in four young adults in the U.S. have pre-diabetes, putting them at increased risk for Type 2 diabetes and CVD. Lisa McDowell, director of clinical nutrition and wellness at St. Joseph’s Mercy Health System, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and team dietitian for the Detroit Red Wings, works with elite athletes of all ages and notes that they more likely know their favorite player’s jersey number than their own health numbers. “Learn what your blood pressure is, know your body mass index, get your cholesterol levels and triglycerides and your [hemoglobin] A1C.
There’s not an excess of blueberries in the American diet; there’s an excess of relatively inexpensive, highly processed junk foods in large containers. ~Lisa McDowell Know these numbers early on and, if there’s a problem, fix it,” she advises. While simple blood tests help monitor indicators for CVD, more sophisticated tests can be even more revealing. In 2018, the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association (AHA) jointly issued new guidelines for patients over age 50 to get a computerized tomography (CT) scan to determine their calcium score. The procedure checks for hardening of the arteries and predicts the risk of a 10year future cardiovascular event. “This identifies people who have preclinical atherosclerosis, regardless of risk factors,” says Osborne. “It also helps people modify behaviors, because they are faced with a diagnosis.” Yale R. Smith, a Melbourne, Florida, M.D., who specializes in metabolic and functional medicine, utilizes the U.S. Food & Drug Administration-approved protein unstable lesion signature (PULS) blood test. Recommended for patients in their 40s, it measures inflammatory biomarkers for the body’s immune system response to arterial injury and provides a chronological heart age and risk of a CVD event. “If you can show someone the future, it’s a wake-up call to make lifestyle changes to increase longevity,” Smith says.
n Eat for Heart Health
Perhaps the single most important change that people can make is diet. “But a lot of people don’t want lifestyle medicine—they’d rather take a statin with their Big Mac,” says McDowell. Preventing or reversing CVD requires diligence, but it’s largely about eating real, whole food—and mostly plants.
This means avoiding processed foods and consuming less salt, trans fats, saturated fat and cholesterol; and more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds. “There’s not an excess of blueberries in the American diet; there’s an excess of relatively inexpensive, highly processed junk foods in large containers,” says McDowell. Overcoming the urge to grab fast and easy foods requires education. “Everyone needs to learn how to read a food label and avoid foods linked to vascular disease,” she adds. Vegans have healthier cholesterol levels in their blood compared to vegetarians, which in turn have better levels than meateaters. Study-verified diets that lower CVD indicators also include the Mediterranean diet, as well as two developed by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet and the Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) diet, which also addresses exercise and weight control. “I don’t believe that one diet fits everybody, but there’s a preponderance of evidence that the more plant compounds you get, the better off you are,” says McDowell.
Some cardiovascular boosters:
Leafy greens flush out excess sodium and magnesium, and reduce inflammation. Berries improve circulation by boosting nitric oxide, which expands blood vessels. Pomegranate juice lowers blood pressure and reduces plaque formation. Walnuts, peanuts and almonds lower LDL, the “bad cholesterol”. Oily fish, chia and flax seeds with omega-3 fatty acids lower triglycerides. Soy with anti-inflammatory isoflavones helps dilate blood vessels. “We could eat tofu, tempeh, miso, edamame, soy beans or even organic soy ‘veggie meats’ in place of red meat,” says Davis. Yogurt, kefir and other fermented probiotic dairy products help improve glycemic control, blood lipids, cholesterol and blood pressure. Supplements can be very helpful: Red yeast rice extract, much like a statin, significantly lowers total cholesterol and LDL. February 2020
n Move It
Sitting all day and then briefly exercising doesn’t provide the same benefit as moving periodically throughout the day. Take more frequent breaks from sitting, get up to move around for a couple of minutes every 30 minutes. Exercise strengthens the endothelium, the innermost of an artery’s three layers, and produces nitric oxide, which helps
keep arteries open and healthy. Getting the blood moving lowers cholesterol and blood pressure, and increases oxygen and nutrients to the body. Exercising outdoors provides additional benefits. Research from the Barcelona Institute for Global Health found that exposure to green spaces helped prevent metabolic syndrome.
n Stress Less, Socialize More
Spending even 20 minutes outdoors in nature can do wonders for high blood pressure and cortisol levels, studies show. Walking or talking with a friend deepens social engagement, a key factor in lowering CVD risk: “Having the right tribe is crucial,” says McDowell. “If you’re with people who support you and make you laugh, you feel less stress.” Walking a dog outdoors gets three cardiovascular pluses—exercise, nature and
sociability, as dogs tend to be tail-wagging ice-breakers. Further, merely stroking a pet lowers blood pressure. Apps like Headspace and Insight Timer make it easy to do meditation, which studies suggest may reduce overall CVD risk.
n Don’t Smoke
Not starting to smoke or vape at all is ideal for cardiovascular health, but quitting allows the body to begin to heal, reducing the risk of coronary heart disease after one year by 50 percent, reports the AHA; 14 years later, the risk is the same as a non-smoker’s. “It’s not intuitively easy to make healthy decisions,” says McDowell. “We have to learn how to make good choices.” Julie Peterson writes from rural Wisconsin. Connect at JuliePeterson2222@gmail.com.
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Coenzyme Q10, a powerful antioxidant, lowers blood pressure and combats the side effects of statins. Omega-3s in fish oil supplements reduce heart risk in healthy people and those already diagnosed with CVD risk. Nicotinamide riboside improves blood pressure and arterial health in those with mild hypertension. Garlic, fresh or in capsules, can lower cholesterol and blood pressure.
Open Your Heart
Sharing Kindness is Good for Our Health by Donna Ouellette
howing love is healthy for our hearts. The act of helping others activates the part of our brain that makes us feel pleasure. It also releases a hormone called oxytocin that helps modulate social interactions and emotion—the higher our oxytocin levels, the more generous we may be. When our body releases oxytocin, the feel-good hormone, it has the power to reduce stress hormones and lower blood pressure. Take some time this Valentine’s Day to share the love with others. Here are some suggestions for making the world a better place to live by passing along some loving kindness. n Bake some cookies for a neighbor n Compliment a stranger. Everyone loves compliments. n Keep Ziploc bags in car with clean socks, Kind bars and water for the homeless. n Pay the person before you in line grocery bill when they are short of money. n Smile at someone. Smiles are contagious. n Reach out to someone who is grieving from the loss of a loved one in 2019. n Send a handwritten letter or card to a loved one you haven’t been in touch with for a while. n Start a conversation with someone who looks a little sad. It’s sure to brighten their day.
n Call someone whom you haven’t spoken to in a while. n Give a gift…anonymously. n Volunteer to do something helpful for your parents or grandparents. They’ll be grateful for one less task or chore to do. n Give the gift of time. Volunteer to sit with an elderly neighbor or to babysit for a single parent. n Hug someone. Sometimes a hug is just what someone needs to feel better while releasing oxytocin. n Offer encouraging words to someone who’s discouraged. You never know when your words will help motivate a person who feels like no one cares about them. Research shows having a positive outlook on life can protect against cardiovascular disease. Researchers defined the “positive affect” as feeling joy, happiness, excitement, enthusiasm and contentment, all of which stem from being loved and showing love to others in many different ways. Donna Ouellette, of Evolve Nutrition & Vitality, is a cancer survivor certified in functional nutrition. Her wellness boutique has a full line of health and wellness products and wigs and accessories to help with hair loss. She offers an eight-week Power to Feel your Best class based on an individual’s needs. Free consultation by appointment. For more information call 401-578-5879 or visit Evolve-Nutrition-Vitality.com. See listing in the Community Resource Guide. February 2020
GOOD HEARTS START YOUNG
Boosting Kids’ Cardiovascular Health
by Ronica A. O’Hara
e don’t often think of children as having cardiovascular problems, but evidence is mounting that many youngsters today—because of scant exercise, poor eating habits and excessive screen time—are on track to experiencing serious heart and circulatory problems later in life. “Instead of taking a wait-and-see approach by treating disease later in adulthood, we should help children maintain the standards of ideal cardiovascular health that most children are born with,” reports Julia Steinberger, M.D., director of pediatric cardiology at the University of Minnesota Medical School, in Minneapolis, and lead author of a 2016 scientific statement on children’s cardiovascular health from the American Heart Association (AHA). In a March 2019 update, the AHA noted that fewer than 1 percent of children meet all seven criteria, or metrics, for ideal cardiovascular health; half of all children meet merely half the measures, which include physical activity, 24
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healthy eating, not smoking, attaining ideal body mass index (BMI), total cholesterol, blood pressure and glucose readings. Poor metrics in a child are linked to such adverse outcomes as heart attacks, heart failure and stroke in adulthood, advises Elaine Urbina, M.D., director of preventive cardiology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, adding that poor metrics in teens are linked to fatty buildup in the neck arteries and arterial stiffness later in life. But starting in utero, crucial strategies can promote strong cardiovascular systems in kids. Children born to mothers with low vitamin D levels have about a 60 per-
Get them moving. Children should be physically active at least 60 minutes a day, the AHA recommends, but among kids 6 to 11, only half of the boys and a third of the girls meet that guideline; by ages 16 to 19, merely one in 10 boys and one in 20 girls do. A review of 50 fitness studies in 28 countries involving 25 million children concluded that American kids today are about a minute and a half slower running a mile than their peers 30 years ago. “Aerobic exercises like running, swimming and cycling use the big muscles of the body and are excellent ways of stressing and strengthening the heart and lungs,” says study author Grant Tomkinson, Ph.D., professor of education, health and behavior studies at the University of North Dakota. Even simply walking to school in the morning for 10 minutes reduces stress in kids and curbs heart rate and blood pressure increases, a University of Buffalo study found. Feed them well. About 91
percent of U.S. children have what is classified as a “poor” diet that’s heavy in simple carbs like desserts and sugary drinks, the AHA reported. It recommends feeding kids a diet heavy in fruits, vegetables, fish and whole grains and low in sodium and sugary foods and drinks. A 2016 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study of 2,142 children found that nine of 10 kids exceeded recommended sodium levels. A Cleveland Clinic study found that obese children eating a low-fat, plant-based vegan diet for
cent higher risk of elevated systolic blood pressure between ages 6 and 18, reports a Boston Medical Center study in the journal Hypertension; vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy may head that off. Other important strategies include:
Instead of taking a wait-and-see approach by treating disease later in adulthood, we should help children maintain the standards of ideal cardiovascular health that most children are born with. ~Julia Steinberger
four weeks began lowering their risk of heart disease by improving their weight, blood pressure, BMI, cholesterol levels and insulin sensitivity.
Don’t smoke or vape. The risk of a child developing carotid plaque in adulthood was four times higher if one or both parents smoked without taking care to limit the child’s exposure; when they did take care, the risk was still almost two times higher, according to an Australian study in the journal Circulation. Discouraging a teen from vaping is also critical to future health: New research from the University of Kansas School of Medicine shows that adults that vape are significantly more likely to have a heart attack, coronary artery disease and depression compared with those that don’t vape or use any tobacco products. Restrict screen time. Australian
6-year-olds that spent the most time in front of TVs, computers and video games had narrower arteries in the back of their eyes—a marker of future cardiovascular risk—reported a study in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular. A study from Canada’s McMaster University found that kids with video game addictions sleep less, which in turn elevates blood pressure, lowers helpful HDL cholesterol and raises triglycerides.
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A Feast for All Seasons Embracing the Rainbow Year Round
by April Thompson
o matter where we live, eating seasonally in winter doesn’t have to be boring or limiting; a culinary adventure awaits the home chef that’s willing to leave avocados and asparagus to their rightful seasons and embrace the winter rainbow of bitter greens, sweet potatoes, sunny citrus and fuchsia beets, among other timely delicacies. “Sometimes people think of winter foods as brown and soft and boring, and it’s absolutely not the case. Winter brings bright things like pomegranates, beets and citrus, which offer color and acidity,” says Brigit Binns, the Paso Robles, California author of 30 cookbooks, including Cooking in Season: 100 Recipes for Eating Fresh. Eating seasonally is especially important in winter, says Shannon Stonger of Texas, author of Simple Food for Winter: 30 Grain-Free Recipes to Get You Through the Dark Days. “Winter foods like fermented vegetables, root vegetables, squashes and hardy greens are especially helpful in the colder, darker months, when our bodies are in need of comfort foods as well as pre- and probiotic foods,” says Stonger, a homesteader and founder of the blog NourishingDays.com. There are plenty of other reasons to stick to a seasonal diet in winter, adds Binns. “Food always tastes better in the season
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it was intended to be eaten in. Seasonal foods are naturally ripened, rather than harvested early and trucked in. In addition to enhanced flavor, eating seasonally helps minimize use of fossil fuels to bring our food to us, and is likely to be less expensive.”
Winterizing the Kitchen
Much of the fall harvest, particularly root vegetables, stores well through the winter (hence the idea of a root cellar), extending produce across seasons, according to Steven Satterfield, chef and author of Root to Leaf: A Southern Chef Cooks Through the Seasons. There are lots of root vegetables beyond just carrots and potatoes to be enjoyed in winter, including sunchokes, parsnips and turnips, which can be used creatively rather than “boiled to death,” says Satterfield. For example, the Atlanta restaurateur incorporates parsnips into an upside-down cake with winter spices like nutmeg, black pepper and ginger. Binns likes to add texture to winter dishes with nuts, color with herbs, and crunch with a winter vegetable like fennel. Warming soups are always comforting during the coldest season, but she also likes warm salads, like a beet and escarole salad drizzled with a warm sherry vinaigrette. Satterfield suggests that specialty citrus like blood oranges, Meyer lemons
and cross-hybridized varieties such as tangelos and pomelos are fun to intersperse with winter vegetables to maximize brightness and freshness. A lot of winter produce can be great in raw form as well, he adds, including Brussels sprouts, rutabaga or daikon radish, shaved thinly or julienned into a salad. Winter squash is a favorite staple of the Stonger family in the cooler months. “It is easy to grow, easy to store and so deliciously sweet and rich. We roast it as a side dish, mash it as a sort of breakfast porridge or make soups and curries from it,” says Stonger. Satterfield suggests using all the parts of winter vegetables to maximize the harvest and minimize food waste. For example, the seeds of winter squashes can be roasted with herbs and spices and eaten as is, churned into other dishes such as a squash seed granola or blended and strained into a homemade broth to add some texture, fat and flavor. After roasting carrots with Moroccan spices, Satterfield suggests taking the leafy carrot tops and chopping them with cilantro and garlic to make a green sauce to crown the carrots. Swiss chard stems can also be chopped and cooked into Portuguese bread soup, with leftover stale bread made into olive oil croutons and egg whites stirred in at the end.
Winter Health Boosters
Beyond selecting seasonal produce, chefs recommend a few key dietary tweaks in winter, such as stepping up vitamin D consumption. “Since you’re not seeing a lot of sun this time of year, it’s more important to get it through colorful vegetables like carrots, cabbage or radicchio. Watermelon radishes are another winter vegetable full of vitamins,” says Binns. “You can grow your own sprouts throughout the winter as a great microgreen option. Sprouts are incredibly high in enzymes, something often lacking in other winter dishes,” suggests Stonger. “Fermented vegetables and other fermented foods can make up the difference in winter.” April Thompson is a freelance writer in Washington, D.C. Connect at AprilWrites.com.
Winter Salad Wonders For the vinaigrette: Fresh orange juice or as needed 1 Tbsp champagne vinegar ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
photo by Ray Kachatorian
Cut the celery in half lengthwise. Using a serrated vegetable peeler or a mandoline, shave the celery into thin strips lengthwise down the ribs. Cut the strips in half crosswise and place in a bowl of water. Set aside. Separate the mâche leaves and transfer to a shallow serving bowl. Working on a plate to capture all the juices, use a serrated knife to cut a thick slice off the top and bottom of each citrus fruit. Working with one fruit at a time, stand it upright and, following the contour of the fruit, carefully slice downward to remove the peel, pith and membrane. Set the fruit on its side and cut crosswise into slices about ⅜-inch thick, discarding any seeds. Transfer the slices to the bowl with the mâche, reserving the juices for the vinaigrette.
Mixed Citrus Salad With Mâche, Fennel and Celery Winter is the height of citrus season, with an appealing display of oranges, mandarins, tangerines, tangelos, pomelos and more in the best-stocked markets. Use a varied mixture of sweet-tart types for the prettiest, tastiest salad.
photo by Ray Kachatorian
Yields: 4 servings 2 ribs celery 2 bunches mâche 2 lb mixed citrus fruits, such as navel oranges, blood oranges, tangerines, mandarins and pomelos ½ fennel bulb, trimmed 8 kumquats ¼ cup sliced almonds, toasted
Cut the fennel lengthwise in half. Using a mandoline or a sharp knife, cut the fennel crosswise into very thin slices and tuck among the citrus slices. Drain the celery and distribute evenly over the salad. Using the serrated knife, cut each kumquat crosswise into very thin slices, discarding any seeds. Scatter the kumquat slices evenly over the salad, then sprinkle the almonds over the top.
You can grow your own sprouts throughout the winter as a great microgreen option. ~Shannon Stonger
Chard and Squash Salad 1 small winter squash, such as sweet dumpling, acorn or golden 2 small beets, trimmed 1 Tbsp olive oil 1 bunch Swiss chard, tough ribs removed and leaves torn Red wine vinaigrette or vinaigrette of choice Sea salt and freshly ground pepper Cut the winter squash into wedges and remove the seeds, if desired. Transfer the wedges to a baking dish. Halve the beets and add to the dish. Drizzle with the oil and toss to coat. Bake in a preheated 450° F oven, stirring once, until tender and lightly browned, 20 to 40 minutes. Let cool. Peel and slice the beets. Place the chard in a bowl, drizzle with some of the vinaigrette. Toss to coat. Add the squash and beets, drizzle with the remaining vinaigrette, and season to taste with salt and pepper. From Cooking in Season: 100 Recipes for Eating Fresh, by Brigit Binns
To make the vinaigrette, pour the reserved citrus juices into a measuring cup. Add enough additional orange juice to measure ½ cup then add the vinegar. Whisking constantly, slowly add the olive oil and whisk until well combined. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Drizzle the vinaigrette over the salad, toss gently to coat, and serve. From Cooking in Season: 100 Recipes for Eating Fresh, by Brigit Binns
Natural Awakenings recommends using organic, non-GMO (genetically modified) and non-bromated ingredients whenever possible. February 2020
Eating for a Healthy Heart by Chrysanthi Kazantzis
ccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. One person dies every 37 seconds in the U.S. from cardiovascular disease. One in four deaths are from heart disease each year. High blood pressure, high cholesterol as well as diabetes, obesity, smoking and alcohol are all risk factors for heart disease. The best way to mitigate this chronic disease is eating your way to a healthy heart. Certain foods can influence blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides, blood sugar and inflammation. Here are seven top foods and four top supplements to focus on to improve heart health. Leafy green vegetables: Spinach, kale, collard greens, arugula, swiss chard are all a great source of vitamin K and magnesium which help reduce blood pressure, improve artery function and proper blood clotting. Berries: Blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and raspberries are all rich in antioxidants called anthocyanins which protect against inflammation and oxidative stress that contributes to heart disease. Anthocyanins also improve the function of the endothelial cells which are the cells that line the blood vessels and control blood pressure. Avocados: Avocados are a great source of monounsaturated fats that are known to decrease cholesterol and risk of heart disease. They are also high in potassium which can help reduce blood pressure. Fatty fish: Sources like salmon, sardines, tuna, anchovies and mackerel are high in Omega-3 fatty acids which help lower total cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure and blood sugar. Aim for one to two servings per week. Garlic: Garlic is high in a compound called allicin which helps reduce total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol. It also 28
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decreases blood pressure and blood clot formation. Walnuts: Walnuts are high in fiber, alpha linolenic acid and minerals like magnesium, manganese and copper. They have been shown to decrease LDL and blood pressure and overall risk for heart disease. Olive oil: This oil is a staple in the Mediterranean diet which is considered the top diet to follow for cardiovascular disease. It is high in monounsaturated fatty acids and antioxidants which decrease blood pressure and risk of heart disease. Use this at room temperature by drizzling it over salads or cooked dishes.
Supplements to Consider Fish oil: Helps to decrease high cholesterol and triglycerides. A naturopathic doctor can test the Omega-3 index to show the amount of omega fatty acids in the body. Vitamin D: Testing vitamin D levels is important as a deficiency in vitamin D can increase blood pressure. CoQ10: This is the number one antioxidant for the heart to keep the heart muscle healthy and strong. Electrolytes: Maintaining electrolyte balance of sodium, potassium and magnesium keeps blood pressure stable and the heart muscle functioning well. It is important to discuss taking supplements with your naturopathic physician to determine the proper dosing, quality of the product and any potential interaction with other medications. Chrysanthi Kazantzis â€œDr. Kazâ€? is a naturopathic physician and a clinical nutritionist. She is the President of RIANP and practices at Providence Wholistic Healthcare where she is accepting new patients. Call 401-455-0546 to make an appointment. See ad on page 15.
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The Path to Vascular Fitness by Marlaina Donato
t is wellknown that exercise combats cardiovascular disease by balancing blood pressure and managing blood sugar, but aerobic exercise, not resistance training, takes the prize for keeping the body’s thousands of miles of blood vessels more supple. A 2017 study published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise shows that allextremity exercise like brisk walking improves arterial flexibility in older individuals; even those with a sedentary history. Moving the body regularly also lowers stress hormones like cortisol that can ignite damaging vascular inflammation. A West Virginia University study presented at the 2016 Experimental Biology meeting in San Diego showed that aerobic exercise fosters healthy blood vessels in rats exposed to chronic stress. Combining aerobic exercise with good diet and paying attention to triglyceride levels all help to keep us young from the inside-out.
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According to a 2015 study by the University of Missouri School of Medicine published in Experimental Physiology, walking just 10 minutes after prolonged sitting can restore blood flow in the legs and improve impaired vascular function. Results like these are another reason to get up and move. Walking, running, swimming, cycling, jumping rope and playing tennis are all excellent options. “For blood vessel flexibility, any sort of sustained aerobic exercise helps. Find some30
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thing you enjoy so that you’ll keep doing it in the long term,” says Alex Hutchinson, New York Times bestselling author of Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights? Fitness Myths, Training Truths, and Other Surprising Discoveries from the Science of Exercise. The Toronto-based, Outside magazine science columnist underscores that treadmills and walking outside foster equal benefits by increasing the heart rate. The American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes per week of
For blood vessel flexibility, any sort of sustained aerobic exercise helps. Find something you enjoy so that you’ll keep doing it in the long term. ~Alex Hutchinson moderate aerobic exercise. Dr. Regina Druz, a board-certified cardiologist and medical director of the Integrative Cardiology Center of Long Island, explains, “This translates into 30 minutes a day, five times a week. A specific exercise program may be helpful for those with a medical condition, but for overall vascular health, any physical activity like walking or taking the stairs will do.” Druz also highlights the role of nitric oxide: “One of the most studied mediators of vascular health is [nitric oxide], which makes arteries flexible.” Research findings published in 2018 in the journal Hypertension spotlight the correlation between the number of daily steps and arterial plasticity through a technique called pulse wave velocity, which measures how fast blood travels from the heart to the feet. The evidence suggests that 1,000 extra steps a day foster significant vascular improvement.
Judy Heller, a walking coach and founder of Wonders of Walking, a fitness program in Portland, Oregon, concurs: “Moving throughout the day, not just once a day, is most important.” Heller is a firm believer in consistency. “My aunt lived to 107 and remained in her three-story house. Her words to me were, ‘Judy, don’t ever stop walking.’ Small changes yield greater rewards over time. We’re meant to move.”
Superfoods and Supplements
Nitric oxide, responsible for the dilation and contraction of blood vessels, is produced by exercising and helps to protect the smooth interior lining of the arteries from excessive plaque accumulation. Adding nitric oxide-boosting foods to an already healthy diet can give us an extra edge over vascular conditions like stroke and peripheral artery disease. “Beets, arugula, spinach and rhubarb are all good sources of dietary nitrate. They’re not miracle supplements, but if you make these foods a regular part of your diet, you’ll have a positive effect on your arteries,” says Hutchinson. Research by Florida State University published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics reveals that a one-cup daily serving of blueberries helps to protect the arteries from stiffness. Watermelon, rich in the nonessential amino acid L-citrulline, also packs a nitric oxide punch. Full-spectrum vitamin E is another good option, especially for addressing peripheral artery disease and reducing serum triglyceride levels that are often seen as secondary to “bad” cholesterol levels, but which low levels are vital to cardiovascular health. Druz cautions against using supplements as substitutes for healthy nutrition and exercise, and underscores the importance of dialing down stress, “I advise my patients to build stress resiliency, which involves recognizing and practicing stress response. This, along with nutrition and consistent exercise, will lower inflammation and help build stress resiliency.” Marlaina Donato is an author and composer. Connect at AutumnEmbersMusic.com.
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Disrupting Disposables The Drive to Banish Single-Use Plastics
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niversities, sports There is momentum, gested by humans. Because arenas, restaubut it is challenging. plastics are made from perants and other troleum, their production businesses are taking up ~Eric DesRoberts also adds to greenhouse the call to “disrupt disposgases that contribute to the ables” as part of a global effort to dramaticlimate crisis. cally cut down on single-use plastics. The Two-pronged efforts by businesses environmental problems caused by those and individuals to divert plastics from ubiquitous throwaways have become a the waste system and replacing them mainstay of news reporting, and studies on with Earth-friendly alternatives will how best to reduce them through public eventually pay off, experts say, but it will policy abound. A recent Canadian research be a long and slow process. However, paper in the Marine Pollution Bulletin momentum is building, spurred by conexplores strategies such as bans, tax levies sumer demand and a growing number and education. Experts agree that it is not of enterprising businesses, organizations just a litter problem, but a sobering matter and academic institutions. of human and planetary health. At Penn State University, agricul As these plastics wind up in the ture and biological engineering profesoceans and landfills worldwide, they can sor Judd Michael is working with sports languish virtually intact for up to 1,000 facilities to lower both plastics use and years, entangling and choking marine littering; the initiative is working so well mammals and terrestrial wildlife. Or, they that their approaches may be taken up by break into toxic microplastics that enter other schools across the nation. “One of drinking water supplies, eventually inmy projects is with NASCAR’s Pocono
Raceway [also in Pennsylvania], where the owners of the track wanted to continue to make the venue more green,” he says. “There is zero waste in suites for that track, and they are initiating a comprehensive recycling program. They try to get tailgaters to participate, as well.” On campus, Penn State provides bags of different colors for tailgaters with instructions for fans to separate recyclables in one bag and everything else in the other. That program was exported to Pocono. Michael is also working with PepsiCo, which owns Frito-Lay, to develop alternative packaging. The University of Florida’s efforts began in 2012, when the campus freed itself from plastic bags, getting buy-in from Chick-Fil-A, Subway and other eateries that agreed to switch to alternatives. “We’ve been Styrofoam-free since 2012, as well,” says Allison Vitt, outreach and communications coordinator for the UF Office of Sustainability. “At the end of 2018, we officially switched over all to compostable straws.”
A lot of local folks have really changed their perspective. We see a lot more customers coming in and saying they appreciate that we are using compostable cups and compostable straws. ~Dana Honn They feel like plastic, but are certified compostable, she says. UF has engaged with Cupanion, a company that developed an app that has a “fill it forward” program, distributing money to clean-water charities worldwide. “Since 2016, we’ve been working with them to reduce single-use plastic, rewarding people for reusing their bottles,” says Vitt. Interested students, staff and faculty are given a barcode sticker to scan on their phone each time a bottle is refilled at a
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by Wendy Fachon
he Donovan Dining Center at Rhode Island College (RIC) has eliminated singleuse, petroleum-based plastic products from its dining service, while other initiatives have reduced plastic waste elsewhere across the campus. Paper straws and brown paper bags have replaced plastic ones. Paper plates and coffee cups are compostable. Cutlery and drinking cups are made from a corn-based biodegradable material. The cafe in the Student Union offers a credit to students and staff that bring their own coffee mug or thermos, because this eliminates the expense of a disposable coffee cup. Entering first year students receive a reusable plastic water bottle that they can refill at bottle filling stations located around campus. This program helps introduce and promote a sustainable habit. Over the past three years, RIC has phased in new filling stations equipped with counters, in order to monitor water bottle use. The college’s Sustainability Coordinator, Jim Murphy commented, “So far, we have prevented almost 1 million plastic bottles from entering the waste stream. The program has been well-accepted by students, staff and faculty, and it has been cost effective for the college.” All of these strategies for reducing single-use plastic can be readily adapted by hospital cafeterias and other institutional food services. Murphy chairs the annual meeting for the Rhode Island Environmental Education Association (RIEEA). This year’s Annual Summit will be held from 8 a.m. to noon, February 8, in the Donovan Dining Center. The event includes breakfast, breakout sessions led by a variety of respected leaders, a raffle to support professional development scholarships and a keynote address by Hannah Pickard, Network Manager at the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation. RIEEA welcomes anyone interested in supporting environmental education in Rhode Island— administrators, legislators, teachers, students, environmental educators and citizens. Register at RIEEA.org/summit-Feb8. Wendy Fachon is a regular contributor to the magazine and host of the Story Walking Radio Hour on the Dream Visions 7 Radio Network. Learn more at netwalkri.com. February 2020
very being has a soul, a spirit and an essence. The bird, the cat, the bug, the plant, the river, the rock, the human; all have something to share and teach the inhabitants of this world. When we close our eyes and open our hearts, we can understand the universal language that connects all consciousness. As humans, we are a part of the natural world. We are not machines. We are humans who feel, experience and exist. We naturally fit into the world ecosystem, but sadly, in the current state of the world, “Humanity is suffering from a great separation sickness, a real disconnect from nature,” says Anna Breytenbach, interspecies communicator, animal activist, conservationist and public speaker. Listen to the advice of those that inhabit the planet alongside us:
Butterfly: Once I was a caterpillar and I loved it. Now I am a
butterfly and I love it.
Dog: Just your love is enough. Dragonfly: Fly. Always fly. And, when you need rest, do not lose your wings.
The secret of happiness from a yellow bellied bird:
Feel the music of nature. Feel the rhythm of being alive. Dance, fly, be the heartbeat. Be present and aware. From there you will know happiness. You don’t have to struggle or fight, just be.
Animals Have a Voice to be Heard by Chloe Moers
A heron sharing their knowledge on balance: I am here to bring a message of calmness and tranquility. You can balance perfectly and nothing has the power to tip you over. Some humans have learned how to do this. Learn how to balance and be in harmony with yourself and your surroundings. Once you do this, nothing can knock you down. A message from a frog collective: Observe us and we will observe you. Every time you meditate allow a new perspective to come. For unless you are focussed on the past, each meditation shall be different. If you get bored, then you are not truly in the present moment.
What is it like to be a frog? There is not a lot of fear as we accept what is happening in the present moment. We feel very alive, warm and comfortable. We are not scared of humans but, instead we react to their energy and their intentions. If you are calm, relaxed and full of love we will be attracted to you and not want to hide. We are not capable of feeling fear but we have instincts and thus know when to hide or get away. We do experience other emotions and we can feel content, happy or in pain. For the most part we do not like being touched. You may sit with us when you’re not hostile but, please leave us be. We will be happy to speak with you. As humans, we sometimes get lost in our busy life, our emotions, and where to go next on our journey. It is time to come back to our roots and find help from a special friend that has a voice. All we have to do is open ourselves to it. Chloe Moers is a quantum reiki grand master animal communicator and animal reiki master channeler teacher. For more information, call 401-556-7199 or visit MagentaSunHealing.com.
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New Patient Orientation Class – 11:30am 12:30pm. All medical marijuana cardholders are welcome. This class is a great introduction for the newly licensed patient to learn about cannabis strains, modes of delivery, onset and duration and health benefits. Free. Summit Medical Compassion Center, 380 Jefferson Blvd, Warwick. 401-889-3990. SummitRI.org.
Kidding Around Yoga: Valentine Love Theme – 11am-12pm. Get your children singing, dancing, skipping, marching, jogging shaking, laughing, hopping, limbo-ing and storytelling all while practicing yoga to original KAY music. For grades K-4. $10. Soulshine Center for Yoga and Healing, 1020 Putnam Pk, Chepachet. SoulShineRI.com. Learn Holistic Tarot – 2-5pm. Deepen your understanding of tarot and how it can empower you to make the best choices for your life. Learn how to pull back the veils between the worlds and uncover the future. Elements and the Court Cards and more. $30/class, $100/series. Northern Lights Holistic, 204 B Clock Tower Sq, Portsmouth. 401-293-5655. SoulWisdomTarot.com. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction – Saturdays, Feb 1-Mar 28. 2-5pm. With Nancy Bennett. Help deepen your capacity to be more present and work effectively with the stressors and challenges in your life. Flexible pricing available. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown. More info & to register: InnerlightYoga.com. The Best Inversion Workshop Ever – 2-5pm. With Abbe Ciulla. Not only are inversions a fun transitional tool to add to your practice toolkit, they are also important to finding a balanced asana practice. 5 CEUs available. $36. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown. 401-849-3200. InnerlightYoga.com. Transforming through Sound with Sonic Field – 6-8pm. Begins with Sonic Field, plant the seeds of your intentions and allow the vibrational and tonal sounds to wash over you. A wide variety of sound healing instruments will be utilized, followed by a spirit guided group toning. Closes by gathering to play a 36” Gathering Drum. $35. Earth’s Hidden Treasures, 65 S Main St, Assonet. EarthsHiddenTreasure.com.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2 Animal Reiki/Animal Communication Level 2 Certification – 10am-4:30pm. In this level 2 course reiki symbols, long distance healing techniques and advanced ways to communicate with animals will be taught. $150. Thrive Tribe RI, 172 Taunton Ave, East Providence. To register: 401-556-7199. MagentaSunHealing.com.
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Complementary Reiki – 5-7:30pm. Give reiki a try. Stop in for a 10-15-min session. Call ahead to set up a time. Reiki is a wonderful energy technique to reduce stress, relaxation and more. Free. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Herbs for Healing the Heart – 5:30-7pm. With Dr. Courtney. Learn about herbs that are helpful for the heart both physically and emotionally with a touch on how to soothe specific concerns, such as high blood pressure topic. Donation. Urban Greens Co-Op, 93 Cranston St, Providence. 401-273-0362. UrbanGreens.com.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7 Free Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Orientation – 6-7:30pm. Learn about this course that includes guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices, gentle stretching, mindful yoga and group dialogue and discussions. Consists of 8 weekly classes and one full-day retreat. Adults only. Free. Studio Exhale, 1263 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. 401-234-9410. IHealthRI.com. Reiki Share – 7-9pm. Reiki shares are a way for practitioners to practice on one another, to hone their skills and receive healing themselves. $10. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Drumming Circle – 7:30-9pm. Join us for a drumming circle. There will be drumming and meditation. The vibrations from the drums penetrates the body and helps with healing. You may bring your own drum if you like. $10. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9 David Roth Returns – 9:30am. Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician David Roth will be offering us a sermon in song, “Rising in Love, to be followed with a concert at noon. Love offering. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-580-5800. ConcordiaCSL.com.
Channeling/Speaking to Beings – 10am-2pm. How to channel write and channel speak will be taught along with how to speak to higher selves, spirits guides, spirits and other beings. $80. Thrive Tribe RI, 172 Taunton Ave, East Providence. Call to register: 401-556-7199. MagentaSunHealing.com. Usui Reiki Level 1 Certification Course – 10am-4pm. Learn about reiki history, ethics, hand positions, the aura and the chakras. Receive a manual, First Degree Usui Reiki attunement and practitioner certificate. A $50 non-refundable deposit required; 2-student limit. $150. Live It Love It Wellness, 2845 Post Rd, Ste 104, Warwick. 401-323-7199. LiveItLoveItWellness.com. Chronic Illness Management in English – 11am1pm. Workshop will focus on empowering you to craft a personal plan that minimizes the impact of chronic illness on your quality of life. With Isabel Ramirez Burnett and IIN certified health coach. Donation. Urban Greens Co-Op, 93 Cranston St, Providence. 401-273-0362. UrbanGreens.com. Qigong Informational – 1-3pm. Qigong entails breath work, meditation and movement and can be done by anyone, including those that are disabled or bed-ridden. It can be done sitting, standing, walking or lying down. Free. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Chronic Illness Management in Spanish – 2-4pm. Workshop will focus on empowering you to craft a personal plan that minimizes the impact of chronic illness on your quality of life. With Isabel Ramirez Burnett and IIN certified health coach. Donation. Urban Greens Co-Op, 93 Cranston St, Providence. 401-273-0362. UrbanGreens.com. Winter Yin – 2-4pm. With Rebecca Polan. Practice breath work, meditation and explore the classic yin yoga poses, rejuvenating your body and your energy reserves in the process. Bring your journal to integrate at the conclusion of class. All levels welcome. $25. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown. 401-849-3200. InnerlightYoga.com. Snow Full Moon Sound Bath – 7-8:30pm. Join Sounds of Blessings for a meditation and sound bath celebrating the Snow Full Moon of February. They will use instruments including gong, chimes and singing bowls. $20/advance, $25/door. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10 Holistic Healing Ministry – 5:30-7:30pm. Explore the wonderful healing energies of Spirit. Sit in a chair while church healers send you positive energy. All welcome. Free; donations accepted. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. SpiritualistChurchRI.com.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11 Tarot for Therapists – 6-8:30pm. Tarot can be a form of art therapy as well as a safe place for the revelation of deep-seated issues. Discover how tarot symbolism is connected to Jungian archetypes and how it can widen and deepen your connection to the millennial generation. $25. Northern Lights Holistic, 204 Clock Tower Sq, Portsmouth. 401-293-5655. SoulWisdomTarot.com.
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. Everyone welcome. $5. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. SpiritualistChurchRI.com. Women’s Circle: Love and Our Heart – 7:158:45pm. February is the month of love, but sometimes we may be hurt and our love does not shine, other times we are a beacon for others. Come share with your sisters and see how each handles situations around the heart. Free; donations accepted. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12 Your 20/20 Vision Workshop – 4:30-5:30pm. Learn 3 tools to help you achieve your goals faster with greater clarity on your goals and dreams. Feel more confident in your ability and much more. Free/SRI Chamber & BNI, $20/others. With Benjamin Blackett at Southern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, 230 Old Tower Hill Rd, Wakefield. More info & to register: 401-855-2008. Spiritual and Mediumship Development Circle – 7-8:30pm. With Jean Mandeville. Learn about billets, psychometry, protection and much more. A series of 5 classes. All welcome. $25/class, $100/ series (paid upfront). Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15 Minimalist Local Meetup – 10am-12pm. Join Minimalist Providence to discuss ideas, challenges and solutions for a low-impact lifestyle. Free. Urban Greens Co-Op, 93 Cranston St, Providence. 401-273-0362. UrbanGreens.com. Romance Readings with Soul – 11:30am-4:30pm. Romance lies in your future. Holistic divination reveals compatibility between you and that significant other. Tarot can predict the who, what, where and how of your next encounter. $20/15 min, $35/30 min, $50/45 min. Sundance Wellness Studio, 410 Main St, East Greenwich. 401-398-6786. SundanceRI.com.
SUNDAY, FEBURARY 16 Spirit Animal Workshop – 10am-5pm. Connect to your inner self and knowing, uncover self-imposed beliefs, learn about the Shamanic lower world, what animal guides are, and journey through guided meditations with drumming. Discover which spirit animal(s) are with you. $100/before Feb 11, $115/ after Feb 11. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Must register by Feb 14: 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Complementary Reiki – 10:30am-12:30pm. Give reiki a try. Stop in for a 10-15-min session. Call ahead to set up a time. Reiki is a wonderful energy technique to reduce stress, relaxation, and more. Free. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Move into Your Magnificence – 11:15am. Science of Success Workshop. Success isn’t about hard work, and it isn’t about luck. Success is about science. Come learn the 3 fundamental principles that every successful person can and must control. $30 suggested donation. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-580-5800. ConcordiaCSL.com.
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Reiki Share – 2-4pm. Reiki shares are a way for practitioners to practice on one another, to hone their skills and receive healing themselves. $10. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17 Let the Music Move You – 6:30-8pm. Come have fun, release and let go in this no judgment dance night. Let your free spirit soar. $10. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. SpiritualistChurchRI.com.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18 Polka Dot Powerhouse Dinner Meeting – 6-8pm. Join us at our monthly meetings to connect with like-minded women looking for a drama-free, pressure-free, comfortable atmosphere. $22. Tavalo Wine Bar and Tuscan Grille, 2099 Post Rd, Warwick. PolkaDotPowerhouse.com/link-tochapters/174-central-ri.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19 Polka Dot Powerhouse Lunch Meeting – 11:30am-1:30pm. Join us at our monthly meetings to connect with like-minded women looking for a drama-free, pressure-free, comfortable atmosphere. $22. Tavalo Wine Bar and Tuscan Grille, 2099 Post Rd, Warwick. PolkaDotPowerhouse. com/link-to-chapters/174-central-ri. Veterans’ Benefits Counseling – 12-1pm. All medical marijuana cardholders welcome. Free. Summit Medical Compassion Center, 380 Jefferson Blvd, Warwick, 401.889-3990. SummitRI.org. Cayce Search for God Study Group – 2-4pm. This group studies the metaphysical reading of Edgar Cayce in the Search for God books in order to grow spiritually and to meditate together. Free. Balance Personal Fitness Studio, 99 Frenchtown Rd, East Greenwich. 401-258-3952. BalancePerosnalFitness.com.
Manifesting with Malas and Mantras Workshop – 12:30-3:30pm. Materialize your intentions by creating your own mala, a string of 108 beads that are used as a tool to help the mind focus on meditation. Learn how a mala meditation will support your everyday practice of mindfulness. $65. Life Breath Wellness Center, 378 Main St, 2nd Fl, East Greenwich. 401-268-7225. IntegrativeWellnessRI.com. Crystal Singing Bows Bath – 3-4pm. Join us for 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, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Crystals for the Chakras – 3-4:30pm. Will talk about the various crystals used for each energy center (chakra). Mediation with the crystals on our chakras to have a nice treatment of alignment. Receive a free stone for coming. Register by Feb 18. $25. Earth’s Hidden Treasures, 65 S Main St, Assonet. EarthsHiddenTreasure.com.
SUNDAY, FEBRURARY 23 IET Certification Intermediate Level – 9:30am5pm. Expands upon both the depth and the breadth of the basic level techniques through the intermediate attunement (which opens you to clear mental and karmic imprints) and through the special Integrated Energy Therapy® pullout-release technique. Pre-registration required with deposit. $220. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Re-Connect with Your Self: A Women’s Meditative Writing Day – 10am-5pm. Learn a simple writing process for self-inquiry, self-discovery, self-connection. The Proprioceptive Writing method is easy to learn and a pleasure to practice. $150. Alayne White, 11 Constitution St, Bristol. 401-849-3200. InnerLightYoga.com.
Learning Essential Oils – 6-7:30pm. Learn all about the amazing qualities of essential oils and how they can improve your life. There are many benefits to using essential oils and they can help you to sustain a healthy lifestyle. Starter kits available to purchase. Free. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. SpiritualistChurchRI.com.
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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. Dean’s List Academy, 25 Esten St, Providence. 401-258-3952. GongsOfJoy.com.
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. SummitRI.org.
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. Pre-requisite: Reiki I certification for at least 3 mos. A $50 non-refundable deposit required; 2-student limit. $250. Live It Love It Wellness, 2845 Post Rd, Ste 104, Warwick. 401323-7199. LiveItLoveItWellness.com.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22
Intro to Salt Therapy aka Halotherapy – 2-3pm. Halotherapy has been an effective tool used for many centuries for sinus issues, lung issues and allergies. The salt booth infiltrates pure pharmaceutical grade salt into the air to breathe while harmonizing the body. 15-min salt therapy session included. Free. Earth’s Hidden Treasures, 65 S Main St, Assonet. EarthsHiddenTreasure.com.
Winter Elixer: Wild Foraged Cough Remedy – 10am-3pm. Learn to identify and then create an effective wild foraged cold and flu remedy. Handson workshop. Take home a completed product. A wild-crafted lunch included. Pre-registration by Feb 18 required. $65 includes lunch. 401-662-6642. SoulWisdomHealing.com.
Free Yoga Pain Clinic – 2-4:30pm. Learn what is going on from yoga’s perspective and experience a few ode-friendly yoga poses selected specifically for those in attendance. At the end of the program, you will know if classes or private therapy sessions will be likely to help you. Space limited; registration required. Free. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. TimeForYouYoga.com.
FRIDAY, MARCH 6
MARK YOUR CALENDAR Motherhood, Poetry and Tea – 10-11:30am. During this intimate gathering, you will have an opportunity to connect with other women and reflect on your own motherhood experience. Local author of Hardship and Bliss: Reflections for Mothers Who Seek Connection, Magdalena Sabatino, will alternate between reciting her poems and inviting participants to share their stories. Grab a cup of tea and relax. $15. Magdalena Sabatino LLC, 2 Linden Rd, Narragansett. More info: 401-829-9554 or MagdaSabatino@gmail. com. Register: MagealenaSabatino.com.
SUNDAY, MARCH 22
MARK YOUR CALENDAR Healthy Living Expo - 10am-4pm. Featuring the following Keynote presentations: Shining a Light on Grief; Susan Lataille , Signs of Spirit; Roland M. Comtois, Crystal Bowl Healing; Rhys Thomas. Expo admission includes Susan Lataille and Rhys Thomas to the first 100 sign-ups. $20 Fee To Attend Roland’s Special Event includes admission to expo. $7/Advance; $12/door. Crowne Plaza, 801 Greenwich Ave, Warwick.
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MARK YOUR CALENDAR Marconics Level 1 Practitioner Certification Training Class – Mar 28 & 29. 9:30am-5pm, Sat; 9:30am-4:30pm, Sun. Begin your journey back to Source. Whether you decide to become a healer or practice Marconics healing protocols, or simply harness Marconics frequencies to further your own personal Spiritual journey. You will be forever transformed by this class. $450. The Center for Healing Therapies, 83 Boston Post Rd, Waterford. More info, Julie Oakes: 203-533-9633 or SNETeachers@Marconics.com. Register: Marconics.com/Level_1_Waterford.html.
on going events SUNDAY 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. ConcordiaCSL.com. Facebook.com/ConcordiaCSL. Spiritualist Service – 10-11:30am. Come experience the First Spiritualist Church of RI every Sunday. Service includes healing, a guided meditation, and our guest medium giving a talk and spirit messages. Free. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. SpiritualistChurchRI.com. Harmony Circle of Spiritualists Service – 10:30am-12pm. 1st Sunday. Enjoy upbeat music, inspirational reading and an energy healing, if you choose to participate. The medium of the day will also be giving readings for a half hour towards the end of service. Love offering. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. 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. CSLSRI.com. Healing Circle – 1-2pm. 2nd Sunday. Explore the divine will healing techniques of Paramhansa Yogananda. The circle opens with prayer, short meditation and chanting, creating a space for devotion and deep inner peace. Guided prayers, affirmations, visualizations and healing techniques follow. All welcome. Free. Ananda Meditation & Yoga Center, 714 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown. 401-524-4766. AnandaRhodeIsland.org. 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 BlueDragonflyRI.com.
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 BlueDragonflyRI.com.
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Hatha Flow – 9:30-10:45pm. Also Wednesday. Include asanas (poses) for both stretching and strengthening the body and incorporates breathing and meditative techniques along with flow sequences. Classes encourage inner exploration and present moment awareness. $15/class, $65/5, $120/10. Soulshine Center for Yoga and Healing, 1020 Putnam Pk, Chepachet. SoulShineRI.com.
Meditation & Book Study – 5-7:15pm. Starts with a guided meditation to release the stress of the day. Followed by a discussion of Paramhansa Yogananda’s classic book, Autobiography of a Yogi. It is full of depth, gentle humor, lively stores and practical common sense. Donation appreciated. Ananda Meditation & Yoga Center, 714 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown. 401-524-4766. AnandaRhodeIsland.org. Peace Circle – 6-7pm. 1st Monday. Help heal our planet through prayer and love. Join us as we explore different aspects of peace through music, meditation and poetry and how to put it into practice within yourself, relationships, community and the world. A trans denominational gathering for peace. All welcome. Love offering. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-580-5800. ConcordiaCSL.com. 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 BlueDragonflyRI.com. All-Levels Vinyasa Flow – 6-7:15pm. Come explore the postures with Julie Casey Monday and 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. YogaJewelsRI.com. 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 BlueDragonflyRI.com. Shamanic Meditation: Donation – 7:30-8:30pm. 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 BlueDragonflyRI.com.
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. Jala-Studio.com. Morning Yoga with Kelly – 9-10am. Also Wednesday & Thursday. Release stress, relax your body, your mind, and awaken the energy within you. Enjoy a blissful Ananda Yoga class with Kelly Doyle; postures, breathing, chanting and meditation. $12/drop-in, reduced rate for 5-class card & seniors. Ananda Meditation & Yoga Center, 714 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown. 401-524-4766. AnandaRhodeIsland.org. 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. IntegrativeWellnessRI.com.
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Viniyoga Plus – 9:30-10:45am. Karina leads yoga in an eclectic melding of kripalu, viniyoga, vinyasa, yoga therapy, and restorative yoga and Buddhist meditation. Each class is different, and will shake up your practice with new techniques, offering practices appropriate for dynamic unfolding. $15/class, $65/5, $120/10. Soulshine Center for Yoga and Healing, 1020 Putnam Pk, Chepachet. SoulShineRI.com. 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. TimeForYouYoga.com. 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. AwakeningEnerqi@gmail.com. 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. IntegrativeWellnessRI.com. Svaroopa Yoga Class – 4-5:30pm. Very gentle, deeply healing style. Focus is on releasing the tight muscles along the spinal column for a related release in the body and mind. Preregistration necessary. $10/first class, $18.50/class/8-wk session. Blissful Moment Yoga, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, North Providence. 401-742-8020. BlissfulMomentYoga.com. Healthy Eating for Successful Living in Older Adults – 5:30-7:30pm. 6-wk workshop. Learn to make healthier food choices, tips for improving portion control, ways to add physical activity to your day and more. Free. Urban Greens CoOp, 93 Cranston St, Providence. 401-273-0362. UrbanGreens.com. 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 BlueDragonflyRI.com. Exploring the Goddesses – 7:15-8:45pm. 4th Tuesday. Learn about the different Goddesses each month. February’s Goddess is Aphrodite. Handouts given. At the beginning of each class a short meditation will be done. $30/class, $150/6 classes (must be purchased at first class). Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com.
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. AwakeningEnerqi@gmail.com.
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All-Levels Flow – 6-7pm. Class made up of flowing dynamic poses. Each move 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. EarthsHiddenTreasure.com. All-Levels Vinyasa Flow – 6-7:15pm. Also Monday. 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. YogaJewelsRI.com. Svaroopa Yoga Class – 6-7:30pm. Very gentle, deeply healing style. Focus is on releasing the tight muscles along the spinal column for a related release in the body and mind. Preregistration necessary. $10/first class, $18.50/class/8-wk session. Blissful Moment Yoga, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, North Providence. 401-742-8020. BlissfulMomentYoga.com. Community Visioning –6:30-7:30pm. 3rd Wednesday. Come together for community visioning. Love offering. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552. ConcordiaCSL.com. Mid-Week Meditation – 6:30-7:30pm. 2nd & 4th Wednesday. 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. ConcordiaCSL.com. 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 BlueDragonflyRI.com.
THURSDAY Svaroopa Yoga with Maria – 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. TimeForYouYoga.com. Gentle Yoga – 5:45-7pm. Be guided through a mixed-level class suitable for beginners as well as those with experience practicing yoga. Class focuses on stress release by using basic yoga postures, breath and relaxation. $15/class, $65/5, $120/10. Soulshine Center for Yoga and Healing, 1020 Putnam Pk, Chepachet. SoulShineRI.com. 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. IntegrativeWellnessRI.com.
Happy Valentine’s Day! Puzzle Time for Adults – 6:30-7:30pm. 2nd Thursday. Join us for our new monthly puzzle time for adults. The library will provide the puzzles, soothing music and delicious tea. Drop-in anytime during the hour. No registration required. Free. Washington Park Library, 1216 Broad St, Providence. 401-781-3136. ProvComLib.org. 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. IntegrativeWellnessRI.com. 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 BlueDragonflyRI.com.
FRIDAY 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. SoulisticArts.com. All-Levels Flow and Vinyasa Yoga – 10-11am. Also 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. EarthsHiddenTreasure.com. 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 BlueDragonflyRI.com. Angels of the Month –7:30-9pm. 4th Friday. Learn about the different Angels and or Archangels each month. February’s Archangel is Raphael. Handouts given. At the beginning of each class a short meditation will be done. $30/class, $150/6 (must purchase at first class). Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com.
SATURDAY Vinyasa Yoga – 8-9am. Each move in 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. EarthsHiddenTreasure.com.
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. AnandaRhodeIsland.org. 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. TheYogaStudioBRV.com.
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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. TimeForYouYoga.com. 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 BlueDragonflyRI.com. Yoga Class – Thru Feb 15. 2-3pm. A beinner’s class about the fundamentals of yoga. Build muscles, find balance, and be aware of your body. Some of the things you’ll learn: Savasana, staff pose, plank pose, cobra pose, mountain pose, sun salutation sequence. Free. Mount Plesant Library, 315 Academy Ave, Providence. Register: 857-719-4864. ProvComLib.org. Monthly Mind/Body/Soul Recharge – 3-4:30pm. A meditation for the mind and body/soul, and exchange of energy. Follow up with the sounds of the crystal singing bowls. Drums are also used. Class will help recharge you for the coming month. $35/advance, $40/ at door, $120/4 pack. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. BlueDrangflyRI.com. SPA Yoga – 4-5:15pm. SPA Yoga® is a slowflow, floor-based, whole-body sensory experience based on Fluid Yoga® sequencing. Aligns practitioners with the inner wisdom of deep relaxation. $15/class, $65/5, $120/20. Soulshine Center for Yoga and Healing, 1020 Putnam Pk, Chepachet. SoulShineRI.com. Ananda Kirtan –6-7:15pm. 4th Saturday. Sing many beautiful chants in English as well as some Indian chants accompanied by harmonium and the delicate sounds of kirtals, which are small cymbals played by tapping or sliding them against each other. $10 suggested donation. Ananda Meditation & Yoga Center, 714 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown. 401-524-4766. AnandaRhodeIsland.org.
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community resource guide AKASHIC RECORDS MEGHAN GREER
Phone Readings 401-378-4234 firstname.lastname@example.org Empresshealing.me 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 WELLNESS CHLOE MOERS
Animal Reiki, Animal Communication 401-556-7199 email@example.com magentasunhealing.com 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.
CBD BAK 2 BASICS CBD MEDICAL CONSULTANTS
ENERGY WORK DR. RICHARD PICARD 342 Atwood Avenue Cranston, RI 401-942-6967 DrRichardPicard.com
With 25 years of experience, Dr. Picard has helped thousands of patients recover from various health challenges with chiropractic care. Dr. Picard is unique; he looks at the body from a holistic perspective and focuses on wellness. He provides traditional nutrition and natural medicine to help heal the tissues of the body that are in need of repair. This in combination with chiropractic care creates a dynamic healing response within the body. Don’t deal with your pain and health challenges alone, call someone who cares.
RENEW FAMILY WELLNESS
Dr. Jesse Steinberg 201 Waterman Ave East Providence, R! 401-284-8278 RenewFamilyWellness.janeapp.com 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 BAK2Basicsllc.com 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 12.
FIRESEED CENTER FOR TRANSFORMATION
Katharine A. Rossi 194 Waterman Street Providence, RI 401-924-0567 • fireseedcenter.com 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.
HEALTH FOOD STORE NATURE’S GOODNESS
CHIROPRACTIC NETWORK SPINAL ANALYSIS
Patricia Hogan-Casey, DC Wholistic Chiropractic Center 215 Cottage St, Pawtucket 401-725-4380 • DrPatOnTheBack.com Dr. Patricia Hogan-Casey, using Network Spinal Analysis, has witnessed profound effects on the physical, emotional and spiritual levels of her patients. The gentle precise touches to the spine initiate the removal of interference to the nervous system’s tension and function—essentially cueing the brain to develop new strategies to experience greater wellbeing. See ad on page 11.
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ENERGY WORKER AND TEACHER Christal Rae Nichols 401-793-6762 Northernlights.one
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!”
EMF HARMONIZERS CONSCIOUS TECHNOLOGIES Ross Newkirk 401-244-8283 ConsciousTechnologiesLLC.com
Our EMF protection does not block but rather transmutes the EMF signals given off by wireless devices. We developed a composite material with embedded geometries that changes the man-made spinfield from the corrupted left-handed to a harmonious right-handed spin. See ad on page 29.
HOLISTIC GUIDANCE SOUL WISDOM READINGS WITH CHRIS Chris McCullough 204b Clock Tower Square, Portsmouth, RI 401-662-6642 firstname.lastname@example.org SoulWisdomTarot.com
Readings in Person or by phone by appointment. Bring a little magic to your next Home Parties or Fundraiser. Cris is Author of “Holistic Tarot: Soul Wisdom for a New Paradigm”, her integrative approach to reading merges numerology, spiritual astrology and connection with Divine Source to help you solve the problems in your life. Classes in Goddessing, Tarot and Shamanism forming now. Go to SoulWisdomTarot.com or facebook.com/HolisticTarot for the latest news.
510 East Main Rd, Middletown, RI 401-847-7480 facebook.com/naturesgoodness NaturesGoodnessRI.com
Since 1984 we have been providing the finest quality Natural & Organic Whole Foods including many Gluten Free products, Natural Body Care, Athletic Supplements & Protein Powders, Incense, Smudging Supplies and Candles made with Essential Oils, Natural Pet Care Food & Supplements and Healthful Information in a fun, comfortable and inspirational environment. Open Daily M-F 9:30-6:30, Sat 9:305:30, Sun 11-4. View our web site and Facebook for upcoming events and educational information.
With 12+ yrs experience in classical Homeopathy Vandana Pitke has helped many clients restore and achieve health. Vandana is a certified classical homeopath. She looks at the symptoms from a holistic perspective focusing on mind and body. She also incorporates ayurvedic nutrition and Mudra meditation in her practice, which makes healing faster, better and from within when combined with homeopathy. Go to omhomeopathy.com or join Facebook group My Holistic Health. See ad on page 5.
Om Homeopathy, It’s My Health, Cumberland Above All Holistic, Cranston 401-573-3757 • omhomeopathy.com
HYPNOSIS TRAINING GREATER RHODE ISLAND HYPNOSIS TRAINING
John Koenig, Certified Instructor 401-374-1890 John.Koenig.Hypnotist@live.com GreaterRhodeIslandHypnosisTraining.com Help people change and earn income as a Certified Hypnotist. 100 Hour National Guild of Hypnotists Certifications Course next class starts January 2020, get on the waiting list today. $400, early enrollment discount. Call today to see if this is the right course for you.
INTERFAITH MINISTER REV. NATALIA DEREZENDES, RSCP
The New Seminary, NYC 2009 401-323-7664 NataliadeRezendes@gmail.com Facebook: Slatersville RI Center for Spiritual Living Teaching Chapter @OneVoice Slatersvillericsl.com 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.
LICENSED NATUROPATHIC PHYSICIANS SHEILA M. FRODERMANN, MS, ND, DHANP, CCH
Providence Wholistic Healthcare 144 Waterman St, Providence, RI 401-455-0546 • ProvidenceWholistic.com 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 15.
DR. CHRYSANTHI KAZANTZIS (DR. KAZ) ND, MS
At Providence Wholistic Healthcare 144 Waterman St, Providence, RI 401-455-0546 ProvidenceWholistic.com 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
NUTRITION RESPONSE TESTING NATURAL HEALTH SOLUTIONS
Dr. Laura Bomback 293 Linden St, Fall River, MA 508-678-1233 • DrBomback.com Our mission at Natural Health Solutions is to improve the health of our community by providing natural options for most health issues and guidance toward the understanding that real solutions can be achieved with real nutrition. I have been helping people for close to 25 years achieve a higher level of health through both nutrition and chiropractic. See ad on page 25.
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ORGANIC SALON DR. M FEIBELMAN, ND
at Sage Healing Collaborative 201 Waterman Avenue East Providence, RI 02914 508-343-0580 SageHealingCollaborative.com/ 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 FlippSalon.com
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.
LIFE COACH LIFE DESIGN COACHING WITH SUSAN DE LORENZO 508-736-8844 Susan@SusanDeLorenzo.com SusanDeLorenzo.com
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 29.
MEDIUMSHIP MEDIUM AND INTUITIVE PSYCHIC READER
Lisa Ashton, R.N. The Psychic RN 204b Clock Tower Square, Portsmouth, RI 401-500-1908 LisaAshtonMedium.com NorthernLights.one
I specialize in mediumship readings, and connect to your loved ones, family and friends, that have passed. It brings such a sense of closure and peace to know they are safe and they are around you. You have the opportunity to speak to them as well. Meet your own guardian angels and speak to them about your career path, life, love, and future. I also do house harmonizations. Phone reading or in person.
Master Colorist/Stylist Riverside, RI 401-273-7005 ElayneOrganic@gmail.com Let your imagination go—naturally! A full service salon that’s Certified organic for hair color, straightening/relaxing, permanent wave. No Ammonia, parabens, plastics or Thioglycolates. Call today for an appointment! 50% Off all new clients only.
PERIODONTICS PERIODONTICS INC
Scott Fertik DDS John Broderick DMD, MS 167 Gano St Providence, RI 401-274-2600 PeriodonticsRI.com office@periodonticsRI.com 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.
BEV’S HEALING SANCTUARY
Holy Fire II Karuna Reiki® Master Teacher Usui Reiki Master Teacher North Providence, RI 401-231-8222 email@example.com 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.
JANE MCGINN, LCMT
459 Sandy Lane Warwick, RI 02889 401-450-4172 WestShoreWellness.com 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.
CATHRYN MOSKOW, LCMT
173 Waterman St, Providence, RI 02906 401-808-0837 catmoskow.massagetherapy.com
AMY ELIZABETH SCHENCK, RN, HNB-BC Certified Holistic Nurse & Reiki Master 401-662-6922 AmySchenck@aol.com
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.
WELLNESS CENTER SHAMANIC PRACTITIONER ENERGY-N-ELEMENTS Paul A. DiSegna 401-736-6500 Energy-N-Elements.com
Are you feeling stuck, stressed or disconnected? I will assist you in releasing energy blocks and guide you to experience the comfort and peace that comes with power and soul retrieval. “My intension is to improve my client’s health and well being.” Call for your appointment today.
SOUND HEALING GONGS OF JOY
Joy Quinn Blum 401-258-3952 Joy@GongsOfJoy.com GongsOfJoy.com Sound therapy creates vibrational overtones to help relieve stress, pain, fatigue, fears or phobias, and promote an overall state of peace and deep relaxation. Gongmaster Joy plays gongs at yoga studios, healing centers and other venues. She also offers private gong healing sessions, sound workshops and more. Contact to find out how sacred sound therapy can help you overcome physical challenges and emotional stress.
INTEGRATIVE WELLNESS RI
Alyssa Knapp, MS, CEP, TTS Usui Holy Fire III Reiki Master Teacher 78 Main St, 2nd Floor, East Greenwich, RI 401-268-7225 IntegrativeWellnessRI@gmail.com IntegrativeWellnessRI.com 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.
IT’S MY HEALTH
Marie Bouvier-Newman 1099 Mendon Road, Cumberland, RI 401-305-3585 • Its-My-Health.com We provide much more than products, services and education. We provide the tools you need to optimize your health in a comfortable environment. We care. See ad on page 5.
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Evolve Nutrition & Vitality; Wig Boutique Cranston-Johnston, RI 401-578-5879 Evolve-Nutrition-Vitality.com 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!
YOGA SOULSHINE CENTER FOR YOGA AND HEALING Kaleena Roch 1020 Putnam Pike Chepachet RI SoulshineRI.com
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.
TIME FOR YOU YOGA
Maria Sichel, RYT, CSYT 2155 Diamond Hill Rd Cumberland, RI 02864 401-305-5319 Maria@TimeForYouYoga.com TimeForYouYoga.com I offer private Svaroopa® yoga therapy sessions tailored to meet your needs. I am specially trained in treating pain - including back pain and neck and shoulder issues. Yoga Therapy is more powerful than weekly yoga classes and moves you more quickly toward health and well being. My students experience pain relief, greater mobility, improved sleep, easier breathing, deep relaxation, increased flexibility, and a deep sense of peace.
YOGA & MEDITATION ANANDA MEDITATION AND YOGA CENTER 714 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown, RI 401-524-4766 AnandaRhodeIsland.org
Find joy, love, and peace with Ananda through ancient and effective techniques of meditation, spiritually oriented Hatha Yoga, kirtan, Kriya Yoga and more. Deepen your own spiritual journey in the company of friends who support your inner growth. Ananda is based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, and was founded by Yogananda’s direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda.
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