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The Hidden Deficiency Having the proper amount of iodine in our system at all times is critical to overall health, yet the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition finds that iodine deficiency is increasing drastically in light of an increasingly anemic national diet of unpronounceable additives and secret, unlabeled ingredients. This deficit now affects nearly three-quarters of the population.

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Almost everyone is routinely exposed to iodine-depleting radiation

Low-Sodium Diets

Overuse of zero-nutrient salt substitutes in foods leads to iodine depletion

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A toxic chemical found in baked goods overrides iodine's ability to aid thyroid

Iodine-Depleted Soil Poor farming techniques have led to declined levels of iodine in soil

A Growing Epidemic Symptoms range from extreme fatigue and weight gain to depression, carpal tunnel syndrome, high blood pressure, fibrocystic breasts and skin and hair problems. This lack of essential iodine can also cause infertility, joint pain, heart disease and stroke. Low iodine levels also have been associated with breast and thyroid cancers; and in children, intellectual disability, deafness, attention deficient hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and impaired growth, according to studies by Boston University and the French National Academy of Medicine.

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’ve long recognized that there are many things in life we can’t control. For those things, we must have faith that they have a purpose. Our reaction to life is something we at least stand a chance of having control over. Since we are able to make some choices about ourselves, I’m going to choose happy over sad, grateful over greedy, and compassionate over angry because, at the end of the day, I like how those emotions make me feel. Life has enough challenges without looking for trouble. Of course, sometimes life has a different plan and can throw many obstacles in the way and it may be difficult to find a silver lining. I believe it comes from within us. We must have faith that the world is a good place, we must be secure in ourselves, and we must trust that those uncomfortable moments in our lives will be more building blocks for the people we become over a lifetime. There are a lot of reasons we are seeing so much more emphasis on happy these days. Joy is more than a feeling. It is a state of mind that we exude when we view ourselves and interact with others. People know when you are happy. They can feel it. If we choose happy, we are often amazed at how much more happiness will come to us. It is self-fulfilling. Happiness can be experienced in infinite ways. For me, the ability to spend some vacation time at the beach, recently, with my parents followed by a week with my daughter and her family brought me overwhelming joy. We did spend some time at Disney World with the grandchildren, and I have to admit it was an incredible amount of fun. I am not typically a fan of organized, expected fun but Disney sure does know how to do it. Spending the extra time with the grandchildren was just priceless, and after a few days at the madness of Disney we were more than ready to find our own fun at the beach. Children really don’t need all the extras to find their happy; some sand and water is often all that is needed. The beach is my happy place too; interesting how it seems to run in the family. But beyond those experiences, happiness can build up in you to almost explode at times. Just quietly reflecting on my incredible fortune in all things, reading a book, or loving nature and the things I learn every day all bring me great happiness. I know there are those that might spend time reflecting on all that is wrong. We just have to wonder, to what end? Think about it, if happiness attracts more happiness, what does pensive frustration and sadness attract? At the end of the day, the goal is for all of us to make increasingly better choices that will lead to experiencing more happiness. A good place to start is by taking the time to see the goodness already around us… and dance in the waves as often as possible!

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n May and June only, 360 Face Mind Body will be offering a series of four Rezenerate treatments at a special discounted price. Owner, Michelle Maynard, says that this enhanced facial treatment will increase the effective properties of applied anti-aging serums or acne serums (depending on the concern), giving clients an immediate glow and more youthful appearance. Two options are available: the Rezenerate Anti-Aging Facial or the Rezenerate Anti-Blemish Facial. The Rezenerate Anti-Aging Facial was designed to reduce the signs of aging by painlessly creating hundreds of thousands of microscopic permeations on the surface of the skin. This leads to an immediate plumpness of the skin for an amazing short term benefit and also allows for greater absorption of nutrients, thereby hydrating and re-energizing the skin’s natural beauty over the long term. The Rezenerate Anti-Blemish Facial is specifically designed to reduce signs of blemishes, while creating a smoother and clearer complexion. Blemishes are reduced and skin tone is evened out and dramatically improved, while the underlying causes of blemishes are neutralized to create long-lasting positive effects. This facial works on anything from an unexpected outbreak on a big day to cases of severe break outs and dark spots. Cost: $260 for series of 4 (a savings of $140). After June, $100 each. Location: 635 Arnold Rd., Coventry. Call 401-886-1938 to book a series. To learn more, visit See ad on page 9.


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o celebrate its fifth anniversary, the First Spiritualist Church of Rhode Island, in East Providence, is holding a fun and exciting Holistic Psychic Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 4. Over the course of the past five years, the church has undergone many changes, but the church’s mission has always remained the same: helping people to discover their true potential and serving people on their spiritual journeys. All are welcome to attend this event which will showcase many different modalities including mediumship, psychic readings, angel card readings, tarot readings, astrology, aura photography, reflexology, reiki, chair massage, a John of God Crystal Healing bed and vendors. Admittance is free, but attendees will be required to pay for modality experiences. Cost: Free. Location: 83 S. Rose St., East Providence. For more information, visit See ad on page 36.

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sychic, certified herbalist and reiki master Kathy Medeiros hosts a Healing Circle every second Thursday of the month at 7 p.m., at her home in Tiverton. Attunement or initiation in any modality is all that is required to participate. Medeiros has been reading Angel Cards for more than 10 years and in the last six months has been able to connect with loved ones that are in Heaven. Her schedule has expanded to include appearances in mediumship. Medeiros is also a reverend and performs weddings, funerals, baby blessing, baptisms and wiccanings. She is currently working on being fully attuned to the Magnified Healing Modality and will be offering this service as well. Visit for a full calendar of events that she will be in attendance.

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newsbriefs Spiritual and Humanitarian Leader Amma Returns to Boston in July


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orld-renowned humanitarian and spiritual leader Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, known as Amma, returns to the Boston area on July 5 and 6, offering free programs at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. on both days and a prayer ceremony for world peace. The event will take place at the Best Western Royal Trade Center, in Marlborough, and everyone is invited to receive a personal blessing and hug from Amma. “Amma has hugged over 34 million people worldwide, and many who’ve received her embrace express feeling unconditional love and total acceptance for the first time,” says Vino Gupta, publicity coordinator for the event. The free programs in Marlborough include inspirational music, meditation and spiritual discourse. Numbered tokens for individual blessings are distributed 90 minutes before each program. Amma has emerged as a leader in disaster relief, having deployed vast resources for the earthquakes in Nepal, Japan, Haiti and Gujarat, and cyclones and hurricanes in the Philippines, India and New Orleans. With official non-governmental organization status granted by the United Nations, Amma oversees a vast network of volunteer humanitarian activities including direct aid to the needy, educational institutions for the underprivileged and social programs serving society and the environment. These are summarized at Cost: Free. Location: Best Western Royal Trade Center, 181 Boston Post Rd. W., Marlborough, MA. For more information, call 716-226-6223 or visit See ad on page 9.

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rovidence welcomes a new dairy-free destination, Like No Udder’s store front on the Eastside of Providence. Located at 170 Ives Street, the shop is alongside other independently owned food and retail shops. The purple polka-dotted truck that locals have come to know has expanded into a store with a larger menu, including glutenfree options. “In addition to the soy-based soft serve we built our business on, we now serve 12 flavors of scooped ice cream that we make in house. The bases range from coconut to cashew and peanut. Our most popular flavors so far are Cookies and Cream and Thai Iced Tea,” says owner Karen Krinsky. The menu also includes shakes, sundaes, Unicorns (soft serve blended with mix-ins) and a small variety of baked goods. Stocked with some of LNU’s favorite vegan retail products, customers will discover meatless and dairy-free treats. The truck is still out on the streets for events but the shop is a welcome relief for many with a fixed location, ample street parking and little worries about the weather. For more information, visit See ad on page 14.

Adult Coloring Summer Fun with the Archangels


ladys Ellen, spiritual advisor and angel intuitive, will lead a summer coloring discussion group designed to enhance Gladys Ellen the quality of life while problem solving through creativity and play. Classes begin at 6:30 p.m. on June 6 and 21, July 7 and 27, and August 9 and 29 and will take place at Heavenly Hugs Holistic Healing Center, in Warwick. Topics of discussion will include Creativity with Archangel Gabriel, Love with Archangel Chamuel , Gratitude with Archangel Jophiel, Abundance with Archangel Raphael, Purpose with Archangel Ariel and Peace with Archangel Michael. A growing number of adults are rediscovering the childlike wonder of coloring. Coloring is a no-hassle hobby, a stress-reliever, and, in some cases, therapeutic. The practice generates wellness, inner peace and stimulates creativity. All supplies will be provided. Cost: $20 per class/$100 for entire series. Location: Heavenly Hugs Holistic Healing Center, 917 Warwick Ave., 2nd Flr., Warwick. Register (recommended) at See ad on page 21.

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newsbriefs Creative Writing Retreats on the South Shore


nrollment is now open for StudioWriting weekend retreats for adult writers of any experience level that wish to create and relax in a serene, pondside location in Little Compton. Led by Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) affiliate Elisabeth Carter, EdM, MFA, the retreats will take place from noon, on Fridays, to 4 p.m., on Sundays, July 22 to 24, August 5 to 7 and August 19 to 21. The AWA method generates a positive, safe, nurturing community, where people write to prompts then share if they wish by reading aloud. If sharing, writers receive comments from others only of what images or phrases stayed with them and what they liked; no criticism or questions. AWA is a great way to generate fresh work or clear out creative cobwebs, and is often healing for those with negative past writing class experiences. Each day, Carter will lead a two-hour writing session, usually with two distinct prompts and write-and-shares. The rest of the unstructured time at this peaceful oasis allows writers to continue working on these new pieces, or any other writings brought with them. Retreat goers may also opt to simply rest, daydream, read, nap or exercise. Yoga mats are available, a beach is nearby and walking trails are in the area. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own bike and kayak to explore the area. Enrollment and deposit deadline is June 30. Later enrollment accepted as space permits, but sessions will be cancelled if not adequately enrolled in June. Limited accommodations are available on a first-come basis. Cost: Inexpensive packages available. To request complete registration materials, visit

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idal Rescue is offering spring cleaning of carpets, upholstery and area rugs as low as $29 per room. June is also a good time to inspect for any damage done from the winter. Experts at Tidal Rescue will evaluate any situation, and using their proprietary eco-demo method, can perform roofing and flooring projects, bathroom and kitchen renovations, and all cleaning from janitorial work to pressure washing. As the mold spore count outside goes way up this month, now is the perfect time for a deep clean, six months prior to the next all-over house cleaning right before the holidays. Scheduling regular maintenance cleaning now is more affordable than paying for last minute jobs. Tidal Rescue offers house maintenance from as low as $89 per month. Cost: Free inspection and evaluation. Location: Servicing Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut border towns (25 miles inside CT border). For more information, call 844-EKO-DEMO or visit Tidal See ad on page 3.


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Seane Corn Weekend Yoga Workshop


eane Corn, an internationally celebrated yoga teacher known for her impassioned activism, unique selfexpression and inspirational style of teaching, will be hosting yoga workshops from 6:30 to 9 p.m., June 10, and 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 to 4:30 p.m., June 11, at Laughing Elephant Yoga, in East Greenwich. Sunday sessions are sold out. In 2005, Corn was named National Yoga Ambassador for YouthAIDS, and in 2013 was given the Global Green International Environmental Leadership Award. Since 2007, she has been training leaders of activism through her co-founded organization Off the Mat, Into the World. Corn has spent time in the U.S., India, Cambodia, Haiti and Africa teaching yoga, providing support for child labor and educating people about HIV/AIDS prevention. She is also cofounder of the Seva Challenge Humanitarian Tours, which have raised roughly $4.5 million since 2007. Her selfauthored dvds are available through Gaiam and Yoga Journal, as well as her most recent ground-breaking 3-dvd set The Yoga of Awakening through Sounds True. She is curSeane Corn rently working on her first book. Cost: Individual sessions $85 each. Payment is required with registration; full refund available for cancelations. Location: 4372 Post Rd., East Greenwich. For more information, call 401- 398-2616 or visit See ad on page 35.

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r. Sheila Frodermann and American Bowen Academy student-practitioner, Emily Deneault, will again be offering Bowenwork from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., June 25, at Providence Wholistic Healthcare, in Providence. Bowenwork is a system of touch that initiates a series of responses Dr. Sheila Frodermann through stimulation of the nervous, musculoskeletal and fascial systems and the energetic pathways. Practitioners perform a sequence of small movements on specific points on the body, interspersed with rest periods. Treatments will be offered on a firstcome basis in 20-minute sessions. Cost for new clients is $45, with subsequent visits and visits for established clients of Providence Wholistic Healthcare at $35. A twofor-one offer is available for children under 12 years of age. Dr. Sheila Frodermann is a naturopathic doctor, a homeopath, a 20-year Bowenwork practitioner and an Associate Bowenwork Instructor for the American Bowen Academy. Emily Deneault is a medical technician and a soon-to-be-graduate of the American Bowen Academy. Location: 144 Waterman St., Providence. For more information and to hold space, call 401-455-0546. See ad on page 33.

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hristine Johnston, a reiki master and sound therapist, joins Amy McPhee, Amrit yoga instructor, for a 90-minute chakra realignment workshop using crystal bowls and other instruments at 7 p.m., June 23, at It’s My Health Wellness Collaborative, in Cumberland. “Sound healing is an effective modality using vibrational sound to reduce stress, alter consciousness and create a sense of peace and well being”, says Johnston of Voices of Angels Holistic Wellness. Using breath work and poses in conjunction with powerful sound vibration, the student feels revitalized and balanced. Cost: $25 pre-register/$30 at the door. Location: 1099 Mendon Rd., Cumberland. For more information, call 401-305-3585 or visit See ad on page 37.

Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Offered at the Grace School 2016-17


he first advanced teacher immersion at Grace Yoga is a one-year program, beginning in August, to certify students and teachers who have already completed a 200-hour program. “This second stream is the fulfillment of the school’s endeavor,” says Judy McClain, director, “which is to train students in the art of being a yogi—rather than simply ‘doing yoga’. This program continues with the classical practices and studies the deeper wisdom and lore from the classical tradition.” The advanced training spans one full year, beginning and ending with two one-week intensives, in August of this year and July 2017, at the beautiful Ananda Center, an ashram on a horse farm in Hopkinton. “I wanted us to live and breathe together as we soak up the yoga. Yoga is a lifestyle, a way of being in the world. It’s not mere exercise,” says McClain. In addition to the two intensive weeks, trainees will attend four weekend sessions at Grace throughout the year. The program is highly individualized, says McClain. Modules include the theory and practice of yin yoga; a weekend with Chip Hartranft, studying the rise of Buddhism in India; and workshops in anatomy and physiology, the Upanishads, and yoga nidra. Most of all, however, “the program is about individual practice and apprehension of the yoga. Students will receive the yoga relative to their unique composition and devotion,” says McClain. The Grace School excels at depth-teaching, as McClain calls it. “Our community is composed of people who can really sit and breathe and receive layers and layers of wisdom. People who train at Grace want to walk in the world with clarity and truth. Our emphasis is on the philosophical foundations of yoga and an ability to quiet the mind.” Check our schedule online today! | 401 829 9903 35 Weaver Rd, North Kingstown RI 02852

Cost: $5000 tuition includes room and board at the ashram. For more information and to apply, call Judy at 401-829-9903. See ad on page 35.


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All That Matters Yoga on the Beach


oga on the Beach is back beginning June 25 through September 5, at South Kingstown Town Beach. All That Matters Yoga—a local yoga studio and health center with locations in Providence, East Greenwich and South Kingstown—will be hosting morning classes on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Weekday classes will take place from 8 to 9:15 a.m., and weekend classes 8:45 to 10 a.m. Advance registration online or through the All That Matters mobile app is strongly encouraged. Classes cost $16 each, or students can use their All That Matters yoga pass or membership.Parking at the beach is free for all yoga students during class. If it rains, class will be cancelled and can be made up by attending any yoga class at All That Matters. All That Matters will also be hosting special Full Moon Yoga classes with Coral Brown from 7:45 to 8:45 p.m., June 20, July 19 and August 18 at the beach. These classes cost $18 with preregistration or $20 at the beach. Additionally, the studio’s monthly Gong Bath will head to the beach for a Full Moon Gong Bath on July 16. Pre-registration for these workshops is strongly recommended. Location: South Kingstown Town Beach (Rte. 1 to Matunuck Beach Rd.) To learn more and register, call 401-782-2126 or visit See ad on page 35.

The newsbrief for CCRI’s Hospital-based Massage Therapy Training had the wrong phone number. The correct number should be 401-333-7282, not 433. The newsbrief for Mind Matters Hypnosis Certification Course advertised an incorrect price: The actual cost of the course is $2,489, and not $450.


he Great Love Project is a world-wide initiative beginning here in Rhode Island that encourages people to put attention on what’s important in their lives by sharing pictures, videos and words about what they love. “Mother Teresa was once invited to an anti-war rally and refused, however, she said if there was a pro-peace rally, she would attend,” says Glen Ambrose, a supporter of the Project. “Mother Teresa understood putting energy towards things expands them and she was intentional about where she put her energy.” To help expand love in the world, the project consists of people sharing pictures, videos or writing about things they love through their favorite social media sites using The Great Love Project logo (available at and/or using the hashtag #TheGreatLoveProject. “This project will connect us, one person at a time, in this worthy cause of expanding the love we so desperately need in this world,” says Ambrose. Share what is loved at See listing in Community Resource Guide.

kudos Greater Rhode Island Hypnosis Training is pleased to announce its first graduating class in its Hypnotist Certification program. Newly certified hypnotists are Karen Smith, Charles Snow, Angelica Barajas and Michael W. Parenteau, all of whom successfully completed a 15-week course that included theory as well as supervised practice. They are now certified as hypnotists by the National Guild of Hypnotists. The National Guild of Hypnotists is the world’s largest organization of professional hypnotists. It offers on-going training and requires adherence to a rigorous ethical standard. According to the National Guild of Hypnotists, certified hypnotists help “everyday people deal with everyday problems.” Certified hypnotists help people with weight control, smoking cessation, stress management, pain relief (under medical supervision) as well as dealing with relationship, career and other personal development issues. Applications are now being accepted for Greater Rhode Island Hypnosis’s fall certification class.

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You will gain a better understanding of the scope of the intrinsic factors involved with a medical facility by working directly with patients receiving chemotherapy or radiation, those staying in the hospital after treatment or surgery, and patients with other medical conditions. Massage therapist interns experience firsthand what it is like for an individual to go through a variety of medical treatment options. Aspects of the physiological changes this population experiences will be outlined in steps so that massage therapists can work safely and skillfully with this population. The knowledge acquired is easily transferred to your private practice for the benefit of your own clients. — Sessions will be offered starting in September at Roger Williams Medical Center in Providence and Saint Anne’s Hospital in Fall River, Massachusetts. — Learn more at an upcoming information session from 4 to 6 p.m. on June 23. The application period is underway. — Information sessions are open to any health care provider interested in learning more about working with individuals who have medical conditions. Call 401-333-7282 or email to register.

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wo related studies from the University of California, Berkeley, suggest that the act of admiring the beauty of nature with awe and wonder can decrease inflammation in the body. More than 200 adults reported their experiences of emotions on a particular day, including amusement, awe, compassion, joy, contentment and pride. Samples of the subjects’ gum and cheek tissues were analyzed for cytokines, and the researchers found those that cited emotions of awe, wonder and amazement had the lowest levels of the pro-inflammatory cytokine interleukin-6 (IL-6). UC Berkeley professor and co-author of the research Dacher Keltner, Ph.D., says, “That awe, wonder and beauty promote healthier levels of cytokines suggests that the things we do to experience these emotions—a walk in nature, losing oneself in music, beholding art—have a direct influence upon health and life expectancy.”

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ow testosterone levels can be problematic for men as they age. Fortunately, Mother Nature produces her own form of testosterone booster: the herb ashwagandha. Research published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition tested 57 men between the ages of 18 and 50. They were divided into two groups—one was given 300 milligrams of the herbal extract twice a day for eight weeks; the other ingested a placebo for the same period. Both groups underwent supervised muscle training programs for the duration of the study. The men that took the ashwagandha had significantly higher levels of circulating testosterone compared to the placebo group. The ashwagandha group also experienced an increase in muscle mass in the chest and arms, yielding an average arm muscle size of 8.6 centimeters, compared to the placebo group’s 5.3 centimeters. Those men in the ashwagandha group also exhibited faster reductions of creatine kinase, a marker for the type of muscle fiber injury that occurs during strenuous exercise, following workouts.

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Artificial Surfaces Pose Risks As of January, there have been 200 nationwide cases of cancers in young athletes that played on synthetic turf—many of them lymphoma, which is uncommon in the age group. In 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency withdrew earlier safety assurances and called for new, more comprehensive studies. A majority of professional and college athletes strongly prefer natural turf because those playing on synthetic turf suffer about 50 percent more knee and ankle injuries. Other playfields use “crumb rubber” infill made of ground-up used tires formerly considered hazardous waste. Thus, sports players may be exposed to dozens of chemical compounds, most of which have never been tested for health impact; some of those tested are believed to cause cancer, birth defects, developmental and reproductive disorders and infertility. Primary source:

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More Retailers Ban Bee-Toxic Products Amidst the growing pollinator crisis and due to public pressure, Aldi Süd, the German supermarket chain with stores in the U.S., has become the first major European retailer to ban pesticides toxic to bees, including the neonicotinoids imidacloprid, clothianidin and thiamethoxam, from fruits and vegetables produced for their stores. Starting in January, Aldi produce suppliers have had to ensure their cultivation practices exclude eight pesticides identified as toxic to bees. Other retailers in the U.S. and Europe are also beginning to shun bee-toxic pesticides. Home Depot will no longer use the class of pesticides known as neonics on 80 percent of its flowering plants; completing the phase-out in 2018. Lowe’s is ending the sale of products containing neonicotinoid pesticides within 48 months. Smaller retailers are also working on removing neonics and other toxic pesticides from their shelves. The science has become increasingly clear that pesticides, working individually or synergistically, play a critical role in the ongoing decline of honeybees and other pollinators. Bees in the U.S. and Europe have seen unprecedented losses over the last decade, and bee-toxic pesticides like neonicotinoids have consistently been implicated as a major contributing factor. Source:

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Mars and Others Abandoning Artificial Colors Mars Inc., the maker of many candies, chewing gum flavors and other food products, is phasing out artificial food dyes over the next five years. The decision came as a response to growing customer demand, says CEO Grant F. Reid. Nestlé, General Mills, Kraft and Kellogg’s have also started eliminating artificial dyes from their products due to calls for more natural ingredients. Common shades of red 40 and yellow 5 are presently ubiquitous, as per capita production of artificial coloring approved for use in food has increased more than five-fold since the 1950s. According to a study of supermarket labels by the Center for Science in Public Interest, an estimated 90 percent of childoriented candies, fruit snacks, drink mixes and powders contain artificial colors, and many parents are concerned about their potential impact on developing brains. Several studies have scrutinized dyes’ possible link to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other effects on children’s behavior. When a study by a group of British scientists suggested a link between the consumption of certain food dyes and hyperactivity in kids, Europe and the UK began requiring food with artificial dyes to carry warning labels. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration continues to maintain that no causal relationship exists between color additives and hyperactivity in children, and doesn’t require warning labels.

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More U.S. Cities Leaving the Grid Nassau, New York, a town of 5,000 outside Albany, plans to ramp up a combination of rooftop- and ground-mounted solar, wind turbine and landfill methane-capture technologies to generate 100 percent of its power from renewable sources by 2020. “If all goes as planned, within the next four years, all six of the town buildings will be disconnected from the grid,” says Nassau Supervisor Dave Fleming. The New York Department of Public Services wants this trend to grow through its Reforming Energy Vision (REV) initiative. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration is actively working to help municipalities, especially core towns and schools, move toward getting a significant portion of their power from renewable resources. Smaller, cleaner, power systems are less costly and cleaner alternatives to the traditional larger electrical stations. San Diego, California, recently committed to securing 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2035. It’s the largest American city to do so. Already, at least 13 U.S. cities, including San Francisco; Burlington, Vermont; and Aspen, Colorado, have committed to 100 percent clean energy. Las Vegas is among other major cities aiming to follow suit. Hawaii has pledged the same by 2045, the most ambitious standard set by a U.S. state to date.

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Warding off summertime mosquitoes and flies to maintain outdoor fun is especially important given the new disease potential of the mosquito-borne Zika and West Nile viruses. Here are some naturally protective measures. Remove stale, standing water outside the home—including swimming pool covers, clogged rain gutters and buckets—and turn over clay pots and plastic containers, as they all can be prime mosquito-breeding spots, suggests the Maryland Department of Agriculture. Alternatively, a toxin-free backyard pond or water garden can be stocked with mosquito fish like gambusia that feed on and consume large quantities of insect larvae. Source: Avoid applying potent perfumes, soaps and lotions prior to an outdoor event, because such scents attract insects. It always helps to wear light, long-sleeve If you obey all the rules you miss shirts and pants to protect more skin. all the fun. Grow with odors mosquiThank you for the support! Thank you to everyone whoplants made phone toes don’t like. suggests ~Katharine Hepburn calls, donated time and money, visited our tables, and rooted forhorsemint us this(aka year. citronella, bee balm), ageratum (floss flowers) and Together, we will get Naturopathic Doctors licensed in RImarigolds, in 2015! catnip. also likes lavender, thyme, lemongrass, anything in the mint family and even basil; rub fresh or dried leaves on the skin or apply lavender flowers or oil, especially on hot spots (neck, underarms or behind ears). Use a non-toxic, plastic-free insect-repelling band for kids. Avoid conventional insect repellents, as many contain diethyltoluamide (DEET), one of the top five contaminants of U.S. waterways. Chemicals rinse off into shower and bath drains during later wash-ups.

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hile working out and eating right are great ways for a man to maintain good health, adding an herbal protocol to his daily routine is one of the most important things a man can do to take care of himself. Some of the most important body systems to support in men’s health include: circulatory, reproductive, endocrine, muscular and skeletal system. Some herbs that help to tone and keep the heart healthy include hawthorne, cayenne, and violet. Hawthorne flowers are widely used as a heart tonic, and violet leaves are actually shaped like a heart. The aerial parts help to tone and strengthen the blood vessels. Drinking an infusion of hawthorne and violet is a great way to maintain heart health on a daily basis. Cayenne is a potent stimulant for the whole body. The fruit increases blood flow and tones the nervous system.  As men grow older, prostate support becomes more essential. Ashwagandha, an ayervedic herb used in ancient India, is a potent option to support male fertility. When tested, researchers found it significantly increased hormones that stimulate testosterone production. A 2013 study reported that ashwagandha stimulated enzyme activity and revitalized the balance of reproductive hormones in infertile men. And for a man, proper hormone levels promote healthy sexual function, encourage strength and muscle development, and sharpen cognitive function. Overall support of the endocrine system is vital for men’s health, as this body system is made up of the glands that secrete key hormones. Reishi mushrooms are reported to be one of the most important herbs for the endocrine system. Numerous tests and clinical studies demonstrate that reishi can help normalize blood pressure and cholesterol, support energy levels and stimulate circulation. The pancreas is also part of the endocrine system. Use herbs like cinnamon, peach leaf and dandelion to support pancreatic function.   Being physically active requires a lot of attention to proper nutrition and recovery. Herbs to help tone and adapt a man’s body after a stressful workout include ginseng and schizandra. These are most commonly taken in tincture form before a workout to help with energy and adrenal fatigue. Or, an infusion of horsetail, alfalfa and nettles makes a great recovery tea to help with muscle fatigue and building cartilage. Ultimately, whenever possible, a man should incorporate herbs into his daily life to feel greater energy, drive and confidence when he is in peak health. 

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TRESS STRESS Natural Ways to Prevent Hair Loss by Jody McCutcheon


ncient Egyptians sought to stem hair loss and stimulate hair growth with a cocktail of iron oxide, red lead, onions, alabaster, animal fats and honey. Today, we’re still deploying creative approaches. Men’s hair loss, specifically, is a billion-dollar industry, touting solutions ranging from chemically laced topical treatments and drugs to transplants and wigs. Yet hairloss science is imperfect; it’s riddled with misinformation that allows companies to sell products of varying efficacy. The average head holds about 120,000 to 150,000 strands of hair, and it’s normal for both men and women to

lose 50 to 100 strands daily. We lose hair for several reasons. Chiefly, aging weakens hair and makes it more brittle; it also decreases hormone production, slowing hair growth. According to a study published in the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine, anything that interrupts the normal hair cycle can trigger diffuse hair loss. Triggers include physiologic trauma and emotional stresses, nutritional deficiencies, endocrine imbalances and illness, as well as genetics, including pattern baldness. Even air and water pollutants and sunlight’s phototoxic aging effects may facilitate alopecia (sudden hair loss).

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While it’s impossible to completely stop natural hair loss catalyzed by aging and genes, the rate can be controlled and abnormal loss may be reversed while stimulating growth. Dietary Changes. The typical North American fat-, protein- and salt-rich diet fosters an acidic environment in the body which can lead to premature hair loss. Iron-rich foods like lean red meats and dark green veggies contribute to ferritin levels sufficient to increase the hair’s growth cycle. Iron also delivers oxygen to hair follicles, further inciting growth. In a review of related research, the journal Clinical and Experimental Dermatology reports that double-blind data confirmed the findings of a study in women with increased hair shedding in which a significant proportion responded to llysine and iron therapy. Because hair is made mostly of protein, and protein deficiency is thought to cause hair loss, it would seem that consuming more protein would stimulate growth, although moderation is the key. Too much protein may result in baldness, according to Dr. Michael Eades, who owns ProteinPower. com. The American Heart Association recommends against high-protein diets because most Americans already eat more protein than they need. Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, shellfish, nuts and seeds and their oils can facilitate the production and action of hormones and oily lubricants that effect a healthy scalp and follicles and bouncy, shiny hair. A-complex and B-complex vitamins also are said to promote vibrant, shiny hair; B12 to neutralize premature hair loss; vitamin C and zinc to help strengthen hair; biotin to avoid hair loss and premature graying; vitamin D to facilitate healthy follicular growth; and vitamin E to maintain a healthy, moisturized scalp. Eating whole foods like organic eggs, lentils, spinach, red meat, pumpkin seeds and salmon is ideal, including plenty of fruits and vegetables for vitamins and minerals. Most vegetable skins are also rich in silica, which helps strengthen hair. Drink More Tea. Green tea, saw palmetto (or its extract) and stinging

nettle tea contain ingredients that inhibit the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a compound that’s been linked to thinning hair and pattern baldness, according to Medical News Today. These products are used in battling some forms of alopecia and concentrated ingredients of these teas are available in pill form. Detox. Eliminating alcohol, tobacco and coffee can help. Excessive booze and caffeine lead to dehydration, which makes hair dry and brittle, and also dramatically depletes the body’s iron and zinc levels. Cigarette smoke contains toxins that accelerate hair loss, as well as premature graying. Chill Out. Stress is a widely known factor in hair loss, specifically of a condition called telogen effluvium (Principles of Dermatology, by James Marks and Jeffrey Miller). Meditation and exercise can relieve stress and create a better hormonal balance, thereby helping to prevent alopecia. Massage of body and scalp also

may be beneficial. Adding oils such as almond or coconut infuses the scalp with essential vitamins and minerals. A study by the Journal of Dermatology shows that applying onion juice can lead to hair growth. Treat hair gently, air-drying rather than rubbing it with a towel. Don’t Fake It. Using extensions and weaves or wearing tight wigs or hairpieces daily may damage hair follicles by stressing their anchor to the scalp, accelerating hair loss. Also, hair straighteners, tight pony tails, blow dryers and heated rollers may damage or break off follicles. Consider natural hair dyes. Eschew Shampoo. Most commercial shampoos contain sodium laurel sulphate (SLS) or sodium laureth sulphate because it’s inexpensive, lathers well and typically thickens hair via salt. SLS also corrodes follicles and impairs their ability to grow hair. Consider switching to organic shampoos and conditioners.

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How to be the Father Kids Need by Armin Brott


merican fatherhood has evolved considerably in the last 50 years. While dads used to be kept out of the delivery room, today, more than 90 percent of new fathers are present for their children’s birth, reflected in MenCare Advocacy’s State of the Worlds’ Fathers. However, being there early on does not necessarily define the scope of future involvement. Overcoming obstacles that might keep men from being the “high-five” dads they and their family need them to be is key. Involved fathers benefit children. Most research on child development has focused on how mothers influence their children, but in recent decades, society has “discovered” fathers. In many studies, pioneering Psychologist Ross Parke, Ph.D., professor emeritus of University of California, Riverside, and others have conclusively shown that children of more-involved dads are better at solving puzzles, score higher on cognitive skills tests, do better in school, are more likely to go to college, are more empathetic, manage their emotions better, have fewer behavior problems, are less likely to suffer from depression or mental illness and are less likely to break laws or become teen parents. Fathering tip: Never miss an opportunity to change a diaper, play with the kids, read stories together or simply ask them about their day.


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Equal workplace policies matter. The U.S. is the only economically advanced country that has no nationally mandated paid maternity leave policy and is absent a national paternity leave policy, paid or unpaid. When men don’t get time off to learn basic parenting skills, it’s harder for them to stay engaged later. In 1977, 41 percent of women and 35 percent of men in dual-earner couples reported work-family life conflicts. Today, the figures are 47 percent and 60 percent, respectively, according to the Families and Work Institute’s ongoing National Study of the Changing Workforce. Parenting tip: Advocate for national, paid parenting leave policies for men and women starting with local employers. It benefits both families and companies. Studies by Stanford University, the Families and Work Institute, Gallup, Inc. and others have found that companies with family-friendly benefits enjoy more loyal employees, better morale, lower turnover, fewer arbitrary sick days, higher levels of customer service and higher shareholder returns—all of which contribute to their bottom line. Both genders can be naturally nurturing. Certainly, women are biologically adapted for giving birth and breastfeeding, but Parke found that caring new dads typically cuddle, coo, giggle, rock and feed their babies just as much as new mothers. One hurdle men

face is that they usually have to return to work sooner, and their natural nurturing skills can get rusty, while moms’ get sharper. Opportunity and practice are the biggest predictors of meaningful connections with children. Fathering tip: Don’t assume that a partner knows more. Whatever a mother knows, she learned by making mistakes, and that’s the best way for fathers to learn, too. Be open to complementary expertise. A dad with a mate that praises and supports him will be far more confident and engaged with his child than one with a partner that criticizes him. Parenting tip: No one likes to feel incompetent, so when offering dad advice, do it in a nonthreatening way that supports and compliments his improving skills over time. It may mean adjusting personal standards a bit. Dad should take pride in practicing his unique rapport with offspring. Instead of letting mom pluck a crying or smelly baby from his arms, he can try, “Honey, I’ve got this.” End-running the legal system after divorce. For some 30 years, the default decision in divorce cases has been to award the mother primary physical custody, with limited visitation for the father. More states are now moving toward a presumption of 50-50 physical custody, but it’s not the norm. Therefore, many divorced dads may feel disconnected from their children and suppressed in their parenting role moving forward. Fathering tip: Never give up. Children need their dad in their life and vice-versa. It’s critical to stay in touch. In person is best; phone, email and Skype are decent fallbacks. Make time together feel meaningful as well as normal, instead of falling into a “Disneyland dad” syndrome of trying to make every moment a party. Practice harmonious communications with the ex. The biggest known predictor of children’s future mental and emotional health is how well their parents get along. Separated parents don’t have to be friends, but they do need to acknowledge both parents’ importance to the children and treat each other respectfully. Armin Brott is the author of eight bestselling books on fatherhood, including The Expectant Father and The New Father. Learn more at



or parents serving in the military, some of the biggest barriers to involvement are inevitable and often repeated deployments. Dads returning home often struggle to reestablish both their family role—which changed while they were away—and their relationships with children they haven’t seen for months and who may not even recognize them. Here are practical tips to counter any estrangement. Talk to your children before you leave and tell them, in age-appropriate terms, what’s happening and why. Record yourself reading a child’s favorite book and ask mom to play it every night. Their hearing your voice while you’re gone will make it easier for them to get used to having you home again. During deployment, communicate with home as much as possible by phone, Skype and email, taking into account time zone differences and military security. Don’t underestimate the power of snail mail. Little things—a dried leaf from a tree near the barracks, a film canister full of sand—let a child know Dad is thinking of them and provides tangible signs that he’s in a real place somewhere. Upon returning home, take it easy and don’t expect to be able to simply pick up where you were when you left. Everyone in the family has changed, and likely become stronger via the experience. Some things may never return to the pre-deployment normal, but the new normal can be just as good—or better. Source: The Military Father: A Hands-on Guide for Deployed Dads, by Armin Brott

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HAPPY ALL DAY Simple Daily Practices for a Happier Life by Judith Fertig

in the mind, he says, conscious selfobservation introduces a space between our perceptions and responses, allowing us to view our thoughts as separate from the person we really are. Complementary methods may include breathing techniques or body awareness that help shift us away from anxious, “What if?” speculations into the ever-present now. With just a few minutes of mindfulness a day—the first thing in the morning or at night before retiring—according to Verni, “We can shift our relationship to ourselves and our life experiences in a way that allows for greater spaciousness, acceptance and compassion, and in doing so, can dramatically improve the quality of our lives.”

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hroughout the past decade, success researchers and positive psychologists have sketched out in broad strokes the big picture of our elemental yearning for happiness. According to Martin Seligman, Ph.D., and his colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, inner happiness derives from four basic elements: positive emotion, relationships, meaning in life and accomplishment. What we want to know now is how to instill happiness into daily practices. In her latest book, Better Than Before: Mastering The Habits Of Our Everyday Lives, happiness expert Gretchen Rubin fleshes out the needed details. She maintains that the shift into a happier way of being can be as simple as changing our habits, which she terms the invisible architecture of daily life. Rubin found, “We repeat about 40 percent of our behavior almost daily, so our habits shape our existence and our future. If we change our habits, we change our lives.” We can start small in sometimes surprising ways that encourage personal, family, workplace and community well-being.

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854 students enroll in one of his pioneering classes on happiness in 2006, the highest enrollment for any class at the time. “Students explored ways to apply these ideas to their life experiences and communities,” he says. Today, he lectures and consults worldwide on the science of happiness, or “optimal being and functioning”. Ben-Shahar suggests we cultivate three personal habits. The first one is to simplify, saying, “We need to turn off our phones, email and other distractions at home, so we can fully be with the people we care about and that care about us. Time affluence—time to enjoy and appreciate—is a predictor of happiness.” The second is to exercise. “We were not meant to be sedentary,” he says. The third is to meditate. “Meditating helps us to develop extreme resilience to negative emotion.” Ken A.Verni, Psy.D., a clinical psychologist in Highland Park, New Jersey, endorses the importance of a mindfulness habit. In his new book, Happiness the Mindful Way: A Practical Guide, Verni outlines easy, step-by-step actions to form a new happiness habit that concurrently reduces stress and increases enlightenment. He starts with what he calls “compassionate attention”; being fully awake or present in our lives without judging what we’re thinking. When we view our thoughts as events

Another way to improve the quality of our life is to reverse one habit. Shonda Rhimes, creator of TV dramas that include Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, admits that she’s a driven, Type-A person in her new book, Year of Yes. A busy career in Los Angeles, three children and little leisure left her feeling unhappy, so instead of reciting her habitual, “No” to anything extraneous—like parties, eating chocolate chip cookies or spending a lazy afternoon chatting with an old friend—she decided to change that habit to, “Yes.” One of Rhimes’ most profound revelations occurred after she responded positively when her children asked her to play. She observes that kids don’t want that much from us and playtime rarely involves more than 15 minutes; when we give them access and attention, it makes everyone feel good. Rubin agrees that it’s the little things that can contribute to family happiness. As a New York City mother of two, she decided that she’d be happier if she knew she was creating family memories. She started regularly preparing “special occasion” family breakfasts, a relatively easy meal to customize. She says, “Studies show that family traditions support children’s social development and strengthen family cohesiveness. They provide the connection and predictability that people crave. I know that I enjoy a holiday more when I know exactly what we’re going to do and when we’re going to do it.”

Take the Secret Society of Happy People’s personal happiness inventory at DefiningOurHappiness provides an introduction. Home for Matthieu Ricard, a biochemist turned Buddhist monk, could be a Nepalese monastery or a seat at scientific conferences around the world. As the author of Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill, he defines happiness as a deep sense of flourishing that arises from an exceptionally healthy mind. “It’s not a mere pleasurable feeling, a fleeting emotion or a mood, but an optimal state of being,” he says. In order to nurture it, Ricard recommends taking some time each day for quiet reflection, noting, “The contemplative approach consists of rising above the whirlpool of our thoughts for a moment and looking calmly within, as if at an interior landscape, to find the embodiment of our deepest aspirations.” By cultivating attention and mindfulness, the cares of everyday life become less burdensome. Such a spiritual practice of just sitting quietly for 10 minutes a day, observing the thoughts that randomly cross our minds, and then gently shooing them away, can be enormously beneficial, he says, as it helps us put things in perspective and aim for continuous calm.

Flipping the Switch

Changing thought habits to focus on the good things in life is an approach that works for clients of Mary Lynn Ziemer, a life coach in Estero, Florida. Ziemer suggests we “flip the switch” from negative thinking and make a habit of starting our day being positive and grateful for 10 minutes. She recommends we start by doing deep breathing—four seconds breathing in, hold for seven seconds, eight seconds breathing out— repeated four times. Next, we ask ourselves how we feel in the moment and identify the emotion, and then ask what thoughts we can think to feel better. The last step of the exercise is to frame a positive outlook in an affirmation, such as, “I am so grateful that I

HAPPIER IN JUST MINUTES n Journaling for two minutes about one positive experience we’ve had over the past 24 hours allows our brain to relive it.

know I am doing the best I can and everything will work out. Everything is fine.” Ziemer adds, “Remember that happiness comes from love and takes you to a place of peace and calm. It is such emotions that beget success in relationships, health, supply, and clear purpose. Plus, it benefits everyone around you.”

Happiness Habits at Work

n Exercising, including 15 minutes of cardiovascular action a day, teaches our brain that our behavior matters and improves our mood.

Dallas happiness researcher Shawn Achor, founder of Goodthink, Inc., and author of The Happiness Advantage, applies the science of happiness to the workplace. His research echoes the personal positivity of Ziemer, Verni and Ben-Shahar’s approaches to nurturing happiness. “Happiness is such an incredible advantage in our lives,” says Achor. “When the human brain is positive, our intelligence rises and we stop diverting resources to think about anxiety.” The Harvard Business Review published his research results: “Creativity triples and productive energy rises by 31 percent. Sales rise by 37 percent and the likelihood of promotion rises by 40 percent.” Achor’s method is helping people rewrite the way they think by first looking for positives at work. Workers write down three highly specific, positive things about their workday for 21 consecutive days. Rather than just, “I love my job,” acknowledge, “I love my job because I get to help people every day.” Or, “I love my morning tea because it gets me going.” Achor reports that at the end of the period, “Their brain starts to retain a pattern of scanning the world not for the negative, but for the positive first.” Taking a work break for two minutes of mindfulness is also effective. “We did this at Google,” he says. “We had employees take their hands off their keyboards for two minutes a day to go from multitasking to simply focusing on their breathing. This drops their stress levels and raises accuracy rates. It improves levels of happiness

n Meditating for even a few minutes at a time relieves an overloaded brain and allows it to focus on one thing at a time. n Writing one quick email in the morning praising or thanking someone we work with or just to make them happy will make us feel a sense of social support, a great predictor of happiness. Source: The Happiness Advantage, by Shawn Achor and it takes just minutes.”

Happiness in the Community We can foster happiness habits at home, at work and in the community. Rubin suggests starting such a group, akin to a self-help book club or bridge group, but with extra benefits. She even offers a free starter kit for those that want to try it, available via Gretchen In addition to the happy exchange of ideas and success stories, happiness habits group members also have the benefit of being accountable to each other. Others can help us continue to color in the details supporting and forwarding the broad brushstrokes of positive emotions, relationships, meaning in life and accomplishments in a down-to-earth, fun way. Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFoodAnd from Overland Park, KS.

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people. Their warmth, openness and caring attitude leads others to regard them as more trustworthy. Set boundaries and assert a position. Although their friendly, open nature may make them appear as pushovers to some, people with high EI are able to set boundaries and assert themselves when necessary; they demonstrate politeness and consideration, yet stay firm. High EI people guard their time and commitments and know when they need to say no. They don’t make needless enemies. Their response to potentially volatile situations is measured, not inflated, and managed appropriately. They think before speaking, allowing themselves time to calm down if their emotions start to feel overwhelming.

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he role of emotional intelligence (EI) in helping to facilitate success and happiness in individual lives has become well accepted. People with high EI tend to share seven habits. Focus on the positive. While not ignoring bad news, EI people have made a conscious decision to not spend much time and energy focusing on problems. Rather, they look at what’s positive in a situation and seek solutions. They focus on what can be done and what’s within their control. Associate only with positive people. High EI people regard complainers and negative people as energy drains. They tend to avoid them to maintain their own vitality. Instead, they spend time with those that look on the bright side of life. They tend to smile and laugh and attract other positive

Practice forward thinking and willingness to let go of the past. People with high EI are too busy thinking of future possibilities to dwell upon things that didn’t work out in the past. They apply lessons learned from past missteps in taking future actions. They never see failure as permanent or a personal reflection of themselves. Look for ways to make life more fun, happy and interesting. At work, at home and with friends, high EI people know what makes them happy and look for opportunities to expand the enjoyment. They receive pleasure and satisfaction from seeing others happy and fulfilled, and do whatever they can to brighten someone else’s day. Expend energy wisely. High EI folks don’t hold onto anger over how others have treated them, but use the incident to create awareness of how to not let it happen again. While they move on and forgive, they don’t forget, and are unlikely to be taken advantage of again in the same set of circumstances. Always learn and grow. High EI people are lifelong learners, constantly growing and evolving. Being critical thinkers, they are open to changing their minds if someone presents a better idea. They trust themselves and their own judgment to make the best decision for themselves. Harvey Deutschendorf is an emotional intelligence expert, speaker and author of The Other Kind of Smart. Take the EI Quiz at

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MUNCHIES Tasty Homemade Alternatives to Junk Food by Judith Fertig


lanning ahead is an effective key to healthy eating and weight management. Having healthy snacks available, both savory and naturally sweet, helps us to conquer cravings and avoid a sugar rush—or slump. Between-meal nutritious and delicious snacks can be easy to make. Plus, unlike commercial foods, we know their ingredients. Here, Natural Awakenings has tapped two plant-based whole foods experts and cookbook authors for their best snack recipes and tips. “Healthy happens when we’re prepared,” says Elise Museles, of Washington, D.C., the mother of two sons who writes at KaleAndChocolate. com/blog and recently released Whole Food Energy: 200 All Natural Recipes to Help You Prepare, Refuel, and Recover. “Nutritious is delicious; healthy doesn’t have to be bland and boring.” she says. Nor does it take hours to make.

“I pick one day a week to do meal prep,” she explains. “After a visit to our Sunday farmers’ market, I work in the kitchen for a few hours so I’m ready to go on Monday and for the rest of the week.” Whenever hunger threatens to derail her from a whole-foods, nutrientdense diet, Museles is equipped with options like protein balls and carrot hummus. She’s also learned that having naturally sweet foods at hand helps divert cravings, realizing, “You just want a sweet thing more if you think you can’t have it. Plus, I think better when my blood sugar is stable.” Museles combines naturally sweet dried fruits such as goji berries and tropical coconut to make a handy snack mix. “Like blending smoothies, this basic trail mix can have many variations,” she says. She also suggests maintaining a well-stocked freezer. Museles freezes berries in season to pop in the blender

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for smoothies; pitted and peeled avocados to thaw and mash over gluten-free toast; and frozen banana slices to layer over nut butter.   Canadian Ella Leché, a mother of two daughters best known for her website, is the new author of Cut the Sugar, You’re Sweet Enough cookbook. She came to a plant-based lifestyle in 2008 after a whole foods diet helped her overcome a chronic illness. Her blog documents her journey to wellness—one healthy change at a time. Leché, a graphic designer and photographer in Mississauga, near Toronto, started an elimination diet four months after the birth of her first child, when she noticed puzzling symptoms. “I started to make small changes and slowly but surely, I began to recover,” she says. Today her diet is 90 percent vegan and gluten-free. “I had a sweet tooth, but I didn’t have the balance thing figured out,” Leché admits. Foregoing sugar was hard emotionally, even though her body had difficulties with sugar, which seemed correlated to frequent headaches and mood slumps. Slowly, she started emphasizing naturally sweet, pure foods like dates and fruits and found other ways to ease cravings. “Starting the day with a savory, healthy breakfast can cut sugar from your diet because the sweet taste on our tongue essentially sets the brain into craving sugar,” she says. Leché enjoys involving her children in making snacks like healthy turnip or kale chips. When she gets a hankering for something sweet, she chooses her special cranberry and chocolate protein balls, sweetened with dried fruit and bolstered with almonds and walnuts. They take minutes to make and keep in the refrigerator for a week or in the freezer for up to three months.   Having easy-to-prepare, whole food snacks on hand keeps families happily snacking on quick bites and on track with healthy eating. “It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle,” says Museles. “If you like recipes that are good for you, it’s a sustainable lifestyle.”  Judith Fertig is the author of the awardwinning Back in the Swing Cookbook and blogs at AlfrescoFoodAndLifestyle. from Overland Park, KS.

Natural Quick Snack Recipes Preheat the oven to 325° F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Slice the turnips and beets using a mandolin and place in a large bowl. Drizzle the oil over the vegetables, sprinkle with the salt and toss to fully coat. Bake for 15 minutes, turning over chips halfway through the baking time. Then lower the temperature to 200° F and bake for another 5 to 10 minutes, until golden. Source: Cut the Sugar, You’re Sweet Enough, by Ella Leché

Turnip and Beet Chips

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4 turnips, peeled 4 beets, peeled ¼ cup grapeseed oil or other neutral oil 1 tsp sea salt

Bunch of kale, stemmed 1 cup raw cashews, soaked in water for at least 2 hours ½ red or orange bell pepper

2 cloves garlic, peeled ¾ cup water Juice of ½ lemon 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast flakes ½ tsp sea salt Preheat the oven to 300° F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Make sure the kale leaves are thoroughly dry. Tear them into large pieces and place in a large bowl.

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Rinse and drain the cashews. In a food processor, process the cashews, bell pepper, garlic, water, lemon juice, yeast flakes and salt until a smooth paste forms. Toss the kale leaves in the paste to fully coat, and then place them on the baking sheet in a single layer; don’t overlap any. Bake for 15 minutes, then flip the leaves and bake another 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Turn off the processor, remove the blade and roll a teaspoon of the dough into a ball using the palms of the hands. Repeat with all the dough. Enjoy between meals or after a workout. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week, or in the freezer for up to three months. Source: Cut the Sugar, You’re Sweet Enough, by Ella Leché

Yields: 2 servings These take only about 5 minutes to make, and there are no rules when it comes to mixing and matching different nut butters and nutritional boosts.

Note: Alternatively, dehydrate the kale leaves in a food dehydrator for 8 hours on a high setting (no need to turn them over). Source: Cut the Sugar, You’re Sweet Enough, by Ella Leché

1 banana 2 Tbsp almond butter 1 tsp cacao nibs

Superfood Trail Mix Raw CranberryChocolate Protein Balls Yields: 20 servings 1½ cups raw walnuts 1 cup raw pecans ½ cup naturally sweetened dried cranberries 5 Medjool dates, pitted ¼ cup raw cacao powder 1 to 2 Tbsp chocolate or vanilla protein powder 1 to 2 tsp water 1 tsp vanilla extract 4 drops liquid stevia Process all of the ingredients in a food processor until a dough forms.

Frozen Banana Sandwiches with Almond Butter and Cacao Nibs

Yields: About 3 servings This trail mix is loaded with antioxidants. Pack up a mason jar and store it at the office or other work station or make individual serving packets to take along on hikes. ½ cup sunflower seeds 1 cup walnuts 1 cup goji berries ½ cup coconut flakes ¼ cup cacao nibs Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and store in an airtight container. Source: Whole Food Energy: 200 All Natural Recipes to Help You Prepare, Refuel, and Recover, by Elise Museles

Peel, then cut 1 banana in half lengthwise and then slice it in half horizontally. Arrange the quarters on a small baking sheet or freezer-safe plate and spread equal amounts of nut butter on the banana slices. Top with the cacao nibs for added crunch (optional), and then place two banana slices together to make two “sandwiches”. Freeze at least 3 to 4 hours until solid. Then, remove from the tray and store in the freezer in containers (for up to a month), or wrap individually for a graband-go option. Source: Whole Food Energy: 200 All Natural Recipes to Help You Prepare, Refuel, and Recover, by Elise Museles


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Buff and Balanced Bodybuilders Turn to Yoga by Aimee Hughes


e don’t typically envision iron-pumping bodybuilders also flowing and breathing through yoga postures, yet many are combining these complementary disciplines to realize huge benefits.

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Nicolina Sandstedt, a yoga teacher trainer and anatomy expert with the Yandara Yoga Institute, in Baja, Mexico, observes, “The body awareness and alignment focus that the practice of yoga asanas [positions] offers helps bodybuilders find correct posture. Yoga also teaches elegance in transitions that improve competitive posing.” Peter Nielsen, a bodybuilder, yoga practitioner and world-class fitness guru in Detroit, observes, “Most bodybuilders haven’t fine-tuned their presentation. They often grimace and look uncomfortable, with their veins popping out.” He points out, “Yoga helps teach bodybuilders how to slow down, breathe into each posture and ultimately win posing competitions because of the grace, elegance and body awareness that yoga provides.”

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magazine, in Kahuku, Hawaii, cites additional benefits: “Incorporating yoga into your workout routine improves your core, giving you overall body strength in specific targeted muscle groups. It also increases flexibility, stability and mobility, allowing greater range of motion. Most importantly, it will keep you from being sidelined with injuries.” “Stretching a muscle can make it more aesthetically pleasing,” remarks Sandstedt. “In yoga, we often hold postures for a relatively long period of time, in a more isometric endurance workout, than the short, repetitive movements performed in bodybuilding. Bodybuilding develops fast-twitch muscle fibers for power and speed, while yoga develops slow-twitch muscle fibers for endurance. Both are important for tissues to stay healthy while building muscle mass.” Nielsen notes, “Bodybuilding makes me feel stronger; I look better and have loads of endurance. Yoga makes me feel more centered; it softens me so I can hear and surrender to what my body

is telling me rather than me just telling it what to do.” Such listening is essential to preventing injuries that periodically plague bodybuilders. Slowing down into yoga’s present moment awareness teaches bodybuilders how to perform from a place of presence rather than on autopilot, which is when most injuries occur. “Yoga works all the muscles, even the smaller, intrinsic muscles often neglected in bodybuilding,” Sandstedt says. “In addition to facilitating healthy posture, these small muscles help support balanced joint alignment.” She explains that the explosive, repetitive movements used to build muscle mass in bodybuilding make the muscles less elastic, which also inhibits range of motion. Less elastic muscles may be more prone to injury, as daily activities require both strength and mobility.” 

Beginning Yogis

For bodybuilders that want to give yoga a shot, Nielsen advises trying a structured, 30-day yoga challenge. He sees how after the first month with his clients, the positive effects become apparent and most bodybuilders don’t want to go back to life before yoga. Sandstedt offers, “I advise newcomers to incorporate a light yoga routine into the beginning and end of each bodybuilding training session. Ending training sessions with a few yoga postures will help balance the body, bringing a sense of calm and equanimity to the workout experience.” “In my fitness career, I’ve found that yoga perfectly complements any strength training program as a form of stretching, flexibility and destressing,” says Nielsen. “Yoga focuses me, and helps me to isolate whatever muscle I choose. It helps me reach my fullest potential and simply makes me a better version of myself.” Aimee Hughes is a doctor of naturopathy and freelance writer in Kansas City, MO. Connect at



Stretches and lengthens muscles while relieving tension

Shortens and builds muscles while building tension

Moves prana (life force energy) throughout the body, boosting energy levels and mental sharpness after a session

Expends energy, sometimes ending in muscle fatigue and mental exhaustion

Improves oxygenation of the circulatory system, providing energy and invigoration

Improves muscle oxygenation, which helps growth and repair functions

Tones muscles gradually

Builds muscle strength rapidly and enhances the toning aspect of yoga

Involves the body, mind and spirit

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Hot Days Are Hard on Pets How to Prevent, Detect and Treat Heatstroke by Shawn Messonnier


s outdoor temperatures heat up, pets may suffer from the effects of increased ambient temperatures. While problems such as squamous cell carcinoma and moist dermatitis (skin hot spots) increase along with temperatures and amount of sun exposure, the most serious heat-related health issue is heatstroke. Holistic vets recommend some simple, commonsense steps that will help and also possibly save a pet’s life. Heat stroke in both people and pets develops when core body temperature rises and stays above a certain level. In dogs and cats, the tipping point tends to be a body temperature higher than 106 degrees Fahrenheit. This can happen more quickly in overheated dogs and cats because they don’t have the ability to sweat in order to cool off like people do; this is due to a lack of eccrine sweat glands over most of their body surface. Panting can reduce body temperature, but is inefficient and easily


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overwhelmed if their temperature rises quickly and a pet can’t remove itself from the surrounding warm environment. Dogs such as pugs and bulldogs that have a short, broad skull are especially at risk due to genetically impaired breathing structures; they can easily overheat even in mildly warm weather. Ferrets and rabbits are especially prone to heatstroke because they typically dwell in cooler temperatures. As a result, these small mammals do best when housed indoors rather than outside; outdoor time should be limited and supervised. Heatstroke in pets is usually easy to detect for a pet with a history of being in a hot environment from which it cannot escape to cool itself in shade or water or take a refreshing drink. Excess panting, dark red gums and a “hot feel” to the ears and hairless skin of the abdomen are clues. First-aid involves quickly cooling the animal and notifying the veterinarian that a pet suffering from heatstroke

is on the way. Wetting it will begin the process. Applying either ice packs or ice cubes in a plastic bag wrapped in a towel to avoid freezing the skin also helps. Recommended spots for the packs are on the back of the neck, armpits and groin, as these areas have large arteries and veins close to the surface. If possible, don’t spend much time on these actions, because getting the pet to the doctor quickly is the overriding goal. Administering homeopathic drops of arnica and hypericum via the mouth from a natural home first-aid kit while en route to the vet may assist healing. Treatment at the veterinary hospital involves continued cooling, including intravenous fluids and cool water enemas. Cooling the pet must be done quickly in order to restore enzyme systems to normal functioning. Hospitalization will likely be required to evaluate the patient for potential serious complications, including cardiac arrest, shock, septicemia, bloody diarrhea, and disseminated intravascular coagulation to ensure against a usually fatal disorder involving the pet’s blood-clotting mechanisms. With prompt assistance, most pets with heatstroke will recover, but treatment can be extensive and expensive. The most important aspect is initiating it early to prevent permanent organ and brain damage. Prevention is ideal and preferred over the need for treatment. Guard against leaving furred pets outdoors for extended periods of time during hot weather. Pets that must be outside need protection from the heat and sun in shaded areas with access to plenty of fresh cool water; provide several water bowls. Opinion is divided about whether longer-haired pets seem more comfortable and have fewer weather-related problems if their hair is cut short, but don’t cut it down to the skin, as that removes their protective coat and predisposes them to sunburn. A good rule of thumb is that if it’s too hot for the pet’s person, it’s too hot for the pet. Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, TX, is the award-winning author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats and Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets. For more information, visit


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Wednesday, June 1 Awakening Through Drum Healing – 6:308:30pm. Have you had a situation where you haven’t felt the same since? You may have experienced power and/or soul loss. Shamanic drum healing returns parts to self, removes. Energetic blocks and restore harmony. $35/per person, group format. To register: 401-944-4130 or email Gloria 1462 Park Ave, Cranston. Gong Bath Meditation – 8-9:15pm. Join Joy and A.Michelle at this unique center for the arts, and be immersed in healing sounds! Go to www.ticketfly. com for tickets. $20/advanced, $25/day of show. The Narrows Center for the Arts, 16 Anawan St, Fall River, MA. 401-258-3952.

Thursday, June 2 Vinyasa Flow – 8-9am. Enjoy the continuous flowing movement of this safe class. Breathing, balancing poses, sun salutations and more, set to enjoyable, soothing music. Experienced yogi’s. $10/ drop-in. The Quonochontaug Grange, 5662 Post Rd, Route 1, Charlestown. 401-266-1187. Kripalu Yoga Meditation in Motion – 9-10:30am. With Karen Moore Holliday, CYT-500, MA. $18/drop in or monthly fee. Westport Central Village Grange, 931 Main Rd, Westport, MA. 774-644-9977. Energy Workshop with Ed Douzanis – 6:308:30pm. Learn how the invisible world of energy impacts your world. Begin to manifest in more powerful ways and develop your abilities to sense the invisible world. $25. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 South Rose St, East Providence.

Friday, June 3 Summer Munay-Ki Series/Foundations – 6:309:30pm. Also June 4 - 10am-6pm. Receive Foundation series or review: 1st 4 rites, preparing a mesa, the Fire Ceremony, & journey to the Lower World. Held at the Yurt in Harmony. $150/$60 for reviewees. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809.

Saturday, June 4 Angel Card Readings – 9am-6pm. Connect with your Spirit or Angel Guides to answer questions you’re having trouble sorting through on your own. $35 – $45. Empathic Angel Readings. 401-500-1908.

savethedate Holistic Psychic Fair – 10am-4pm. Celebrating our 5-year anniversary! Mediums, Psychics, Card Readers, John of God Crystal Healing bed, Astrology, Reiki, Reflexology, Massage, Aura Photos, Vendors & more. Free Admission, pay per service. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 South Rose St, East Providence.

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Sea Vegetable Cooking Class – 11am-2pm. Delicious introduction to cooking with seaweeds. Learn the basics of identifying commonplace sea plants and how to incorporate them into your diet. $50/ per person, $90/per couple. Conscious Cuisine, Narragansett. Preregister with Brett: 401-580-6919.

Relax with Life Workshop – 1-4pm. Using mindful dance as well as stilling yoga techniques, Kenyon Ashwini Gatlin will be teaching instant stress reducing tools to learn how to relax & let go into life. $45/$35 before 5/31. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809.

Psychic Fair – 11:30am-5pm. This holistic fair will have various readers from the area that will be available as well as various items for sale. Come and find the answers you’ve been looking for. $20/20 minute readings. Dighton Intertribal Council Bldg, 1111 Somerset Ave, Dighton, MA.

Monday, June 6

Psychic Faire – 12-5pm. Come celebrate with Ascension Nxt for our 2nd Year Anniversary. $20/ Card Readings, $20/Reiki sessions, 30%/off all products. Bring friends and family for a fun day! Free. Ascension NXT, 1675 Cranston St, Cranston. 401-228-8348.

Tuesday, June 7

Break Through to the True You! – 1-6pm. Join Glenn Ambrose and Kerry Cudmore for a deep, experiential journey to develop clarity about your life’s journey and break through the what’s been holding you back. $100/person. Residence Inn by Marriott-West Greenwich, 725 Centre of New England Blvd., West Greenwich. 401-828-1170. Music to Awaken Super Consciousness – 2-5pm. Join us as we explore the Music of Ananda-songs and chants of Yogananda and Swami KriyanandaSing with ease and inspiration-stay for potluck dinner and evening Kirtan JOY. Suggested Donation $25. Ananda Center Hopkinton, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-524-4766. Medicinal Plant Walk at Farmacy – 3-4pm. Join Farmacy herbalists as they guide you around the gardens at Farmacy. We will discuss over 50 types of medicinal herbs that we grow here. Free. Farmacy Herbs, 28 Cemetery St, Providence. 401-270-5223. Music for the Soul - 8-10pm. Join us for a musical journey with acoustic folk artist Jan Luby and special guest Ken Richard. Jan’s songs are evocative, lyrical and infectious with personal stories from socially relevant to irreverent, heartbreaking to humorous. $8. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 West Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552.

Sunday, June 5 Eckankar Worship Service – 10-11:15am. The topic of this Worship service is “Overcome the Conditions of Destiny”. All are invited, love abounds here we do not discriminate. We are a spiritual center. Free. Eckankar, 2914 Post Rd #3, Warwick. Medium – Service – 10-11:30am. Talk and give Medium messages. Free. First Spiritualist Church of Brockton, Rte 44 & Hwy 118, white building, Rehoboth, MA.

Master Yoga Class with Gary Karten – 7-8:30pm. A vigorous Forrest Yoga Style class that is challenging and restorative. Props & adjustments provided. 90 minutes/heated studio. Call for more info. $15/ drop-in. Tree of Life, 77 Myrtle Ave, 2nd. Fl., Cranston. 401-266-1187. Kripalu Yoga Meditation in Motion – 8-9:30am. With Karen Moore Holliday, CYT-500, MA. $18/drop in or monthly fee. Westport Central Village Grange, 931 Main Rd, Westport, MA. 774-644-9977. Weed Identifying Walk – 6-7:30pm. During this 90 minute outdoor experience we will learn how to identify the tastiest edible nutritional weeds growing in the area. $10. Conscious Cuisine, Narragansett. . Call Brett to preregister: 401-580-6919. Healing Share – 6:30-8:30pm. Prerequisite of attunement or initiation of any modality. Shamballa, Magnified Healing, Reiki, IET, or any other modality welcome. Free, donations welcome. Kathy Medeiros at I Am Soul Sensational, Tower Mills, 657 Quarry St, Fall River, MA. 508-648-8021. Community HU Song – 7-7:30pm. Join together in community to chant HU, a love song to God. It is a way to connect with God, in love. Starts promptly, 7pm. We chant HU (pronounced “hue”) for 30 min. Free. Eckankar Center, 2914 Post R #3, Warwick. 738-4727.

Thursday, June 9 Healing Share – 7-9pm. Prerequisite of attunement or initiation of any modality. Shamballa, Magnified Healing, Reiki, IET, or any other modality welcome. Free. Kathy Medeiros, 23 Main Rd #2, Tiverton. 508-648-8021.

Friday, June 10 Munay-Ki Series/Daykeepers Rite – 6-9pm. The 5th rite of the Munay-Ki is the gift of holding sacred space and connecting to places we consider sacred. We will also connect to our personal Earth Star Chakra. $35. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809. Special Sound Healing Gong Bath – 7-8:30pm. Joy (Gongs of Joy), and A.Michelle (Drumsong) will play the gongs, bowls, drums, flutes, and other instruments to lull you into a state of deep peace. $20/pre-registered; $25/at the door. Life Essentials Wellness Center, 5 Railroad Ave, Westerly. 401-714-7337.

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Spiritual Cinema – 7-9pm. Movie: The LettersThe Untold Story of Mother Teresa. Told through personal letters, recounting her life’s work, political oppression, religious zeal & unbreakable spirit. $10/ person. Glenn Ambrose’s Life Enhancement Center, 2076 Nooseneck Hill Rd., Coventry. 401-380-6707.

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Shamanic Drum Healing – 7-9pm. Drum healings restore balance and bring us into alignment with our true nature through removal of blocks, returning lost power and soul parts. Bring a mat & blanket. $35. Katharine Rossi and Paul DiSegna, Beloved: a yoga practice; 235 High St., 2nd Fl, Bristol. 401-787-8877.

Saving Your Sight – 9-11am. Improve your eyesight and help prevent vision problems! Join Optometrist and Acupuncturist Marc Grossman to discover therapeutic exercises to improve your vision. $20. All That Matters SK, 315 Main St, South Kingstown. 401-782-2126 X 2.

Wild Foods Cooking Class – 5:30-8:30pm. Learn by helping us to prepare delicious healthful foods from wild foraged foods. Expect lively conversations too! $50/per person, $90/per couple. Conscious Cuisine, Narragansett. Preregister by calling Brett: 401-580-6919.

Angel Card Readings – 9am-6pm. Connect with your Spirit or Angel Guides to answer questions you’re having trouble sorting through on your own. $35 – $45. Empathic Angel Readings. 401-500-1908.

Reducing Stress through Meditation – 6:307:30pm. Scientific community has been exploring meditation as a healing method. Learn the effect it has on stress related illnesses. Improve concentration enhance equilibrium. Free. Tiverton Essex Library, 238 Highland Rd., Tiverton. 401-625-6796.

Saturday, June 11

savethedate Customer Appreciation Event Day – 11am3pm. Store wide Discounts, Demonstrations, Nutritional Advice, Free Samples. This event is to say “Thank You” to our many wonderful customers that support us all year long. Hope you can join us. Nature’s Goodness Natural Food Store, 510 East Main Rd, Middletown. 401-847-7480. Yoga and Meditation Half-Day Retreat – 1-4pm. Explore mindfulness meditation and yin yoga, and discover the richness in the quiet, still attention you cultivate through both movement and stationary practices. $45. All That Matters PVD, 1 Park Row, Providence. 401-782-2126 X 2.

Sunday, June 12 Relationship Between Diet & Disease – 2-3:30pm. Are you tired of being sick and feel you need healthier changes? Learn the relationship between disease and diet with certified Holistic Health Coach Raquel V. $30. Ascension NXT, 1675 Cranston St, Cranston. 401-228-8348. Good Vibrations Sound Healing – 4-6pm. Join Master Voice Instructor Christine Johnston & Singer/Songwriter Melissa Byrd, using vibrational sound to reduce stress, alter consciousness, & create a sense of peace. $25. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809.

Tuesday, June 14 Drum Healing with Karmle Conrad – 6:308:30pm. Join the Cape Cod Medium, Karmle Conrad, for a fun night of drum healing. Let the sound vibrations cleanse your energy field. If you have your own drum bring it with you. $15. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 South Rose St, East Providence. Dream Circle – 7-9pm. What are your dreams telling you? Join us to explore dreams in a supportive and fun group setting. Reconnect with your dreams and awaken to a whole new world. $15. David Barr and Katharine Rossi, Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.

Friday, June 17 Align with the Season Ceremony – 7-8:30pm. Join us for this shamanic ceremony to release blocks, open and align more fully to the energy of the Summer Solstice. Outside, weather permitting, bring a lawn chair. Free. Katharine Rossi and Paul DiSegna, Energy-N-Elements, 150 Adirondack Rd, East Greenwich. 401-736-6500.


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Reiki II – 10am-3pm. Usui/Tibetian lineage. Reiki 1 is a prerequisite, and must provide copy of certificate. Please see for more information. $200. Kathy Medeiros at I Am Soul Sensational, Tower Mills, 657 Quarry St, Fall River, MA. 508-567-3568. Revive the Roots Festival – 11am-10pm. An educational weed walk along with tastings and food sales at this 3rd annual Arts and Music Festival. Visit and our web site for details. Donation optional. Conscious Cuisine, Mowry Commons, 374 Farnum Pike, Smithfield. 401-580-6919.

Sunday, June 19 Eckankar Worship Service – 10-11:15am. The topic of this Worship service is “Moving One Step Closer to God”. All are invited, love abounds here. We do not discriminate, we are a spiritual center. Free. Eckankar, 2914 Post Rd #3, Warwick. Angel Readings on Patricia Raskin Radio– 3-4pm. One hour of Angel Card Readings on the syndicated talk show “ Patricia Raskin” at a special time on Father’s day on 630 WPRO talk radio. Free to call in for mini reading. Empathic Angel Readings. 401-500-1908. Special Sound Healing Gong Bath – 5-6:30pm. Joy (Gongs of Joy) and A.Michelle (Drumsong) bring you the the resonant vibrations of the gongs, singing bowls, drums & flutes to lull you into a state of deep peace. $30. The Stone Barn at Allens Pond, 786 Horseneck Rd, South Dartmouth, MA. 508-858-6786.

Monday, June 20 Full Moon Yoga on the Beach – 7:45-8:45pm. Join Coral Brown for Full Moon Yoga on the Beach at South Kingstown Town Beach in Matunuck. Bring a beach towel and bug spray, and dress with layers. $20. All That Matters SK at South Kingstown Town Beach, Matunuck, South Kingstown. 401-782-2126 X 2.

Tuesday, June 21 Shamanic Journey Group – 7-8:45pm. Journey to a live drum as you practice modern applications of this ancient technique. Gain insight and understanding about yourself, your relationships and the world. $10. Katharine Rossi, Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.

Meditation and Messages with Ernie – 7-9pm. Enjoy a guided meditation followed by a sharing of spirit messages. Come develop your own intuitive abilities. $10. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 South Rose St, East Providence.

Friday, June 24 Fourth Friday Healing Gong Bath – 7:30-9pm. Gongs of Joy with guest Shawn Aceto will help energize and balance each of your 7 energy centers through the deep vibration and resonance of the gongs and bowls. $20/pre-registered; $25/at the door. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave, Pawtucket. 401-722-9876.

Saturday, June 25 Wickford Artisans Fair – 10am-3pm. Wickford Artisans fair at the United Methodist Church. Three or Five card Angel card readings. Connect with your guardian angels. $30 – $45. Wickford Artisans Festival, 450 Boston Neck Rd, North Kingstown. 401-500-1908. Holy Fire II Karuna Reiki® Training – 10am6pm. 3 day workshop for Reiki Masters. This is Karuna 1, 2, and Master Classes. Sat, Sun, Mon. Learn 9 symbols. Receive ICRT Manual, Registered ICRT certificate. $875. Inner Love and Light, Warwick. 914-216-8660. A Study of Anatomy and Movement – 11:30am5:30pm. On Sat and Sun, join Dr. David Dwyer for an in-depth look at the anatomy of yoga postures. Muscle physiology, mechanics of breathing, how to modify yoga postures and more. $175. All That Matters EG, 63 Cedar Ave #10, East Greenwich. 401-782-2126 X 2. Fourth Saturday Healing Gong Bath – 7-8:30pm. Relax and allow yourself to find your blissful center of peace and harmony as Joy and A.Michelle surround you with resonant vibrations of gongs, bowls, drums, & flutes. $20/pre-registered; $25/at the door. First Spiritualist Church, 83 South Rose St, East Providence. 401-641-3516.

Sunday, June 26 Sea Vegetable Cooking Class – 1-4pm. Learn how to identify, locate, and prepare delicious highly nutritious dishes using the abundant sea weeds of the ocean. Lots of fun! Call Brett to preregister. $50/ per person; $90/per couple. Conscious Cuisine, Narragansett. 401-580-6919.

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Gemtree Sculpture Crafting Workshop – 2-4pm. All supplies & tools are provided. You’ll create your tree in class then it’ll be glued to a rock base. The trees are typically 4-6” tall. More info on website “Events”. $35. Glenn Ambrose’s Life Enhancement Center, 2076 Nooseneck Hill Rd., Coventry. 401-380-6707. Gong Bath – 7:30-8:30pm. One of the world’s oldest & most healing instruments. The gong vibrates at the same frequency as the body, allowing students to experience deep healing. $20. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave. Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200.

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Monday, June 27 Shamanic Drum Healing – 6:30-8:30pm. Drum healings restore balance and bring us into alignment with our true nature through removal of blocks, returning lost power and soul parts. Bring a mat & blanket. $35. Katharine Rossi and Paul DiSegna, The Soul Purpose, 1225 GAR Highway, Swansea, MA. 774-264-1329.

Tuesday, June 28 Ananda Meditation & Energy Workshop – 6-7:30pm. Meditation & Chanting for bliss-Energy Exercises for health and inner awareness. Ananda Center Hopkinton at West Shore Wellness, 459 Sandy Lane, Warwick. Suggested Donation $10. Jiavanna: 401-524-4766.

Friday, July 22 Creative Writing Retreat July 22-24 – 12-7pm. Check in Friday 12-5pm, ends Sunday 4pm. Creative writing retreat in scenic Little Compton. Daily AWA style workshops, lodging (4-6 people) & ample time for reading, writing, revising, recharging. Pondside, walk to ocean beach. Preregistration required. $250/residential; $150/commuter. Studiowriting, Little Compton, Call or visit to register and for more info: 781-775-9757,

FRIDAY, AUGUST 5 Creative Writing Retreat Aug 5-7 – 12-4pm. Check in Friday 12-5pm, ends Sunday 4pm. Creative writing retreat in scenic Little Compton. Daily AWA style workshops, lodging (4-6 people) & ample time for reading, writing, revising, recharging. Pondside, walk to ocean beach. Preregistration required. $250/residential; $150/commuter. Studiowriting, Little Compton, Call or visit to register and for more info: 781-775-9757,

FRIDAY, AUGUST 19 Creative Writing Retreat Aug 19-21 – 12-9pm. Check in Friday 12-5pm, ends Sunday 4pm. Creative writing retreat in scenic Little Compton. Daily AWA style workshops, lodging (4-6 people) & ample time for reading, writing, revising, recharging. Pondside, walk to ocean beach. Preregistration required. $250/residential; $150/commuter. Studiowriting, Little Compton, Call or visit to register and for more info: 781-775-9757,

Sunday, November 27 Mind Body Spirit Life Expo – 11am-5pm. A full one day event for those interested in enhancing all areas of their life Mind-Body&Spirit. Vendors, live presentations, speakers, demonstrations and product sales. $20 at door (Discount Tickets Available). Crowne Plaza Hotel, 801 Greenwich Ave, Warwick.

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Celebration of Life Service – 9:15-10:30am. Come, celebrate your spiritual magnificence with inspirational music, affirmative prayer, meditation, lessons in the Science of Mind – children’s program & child care. Teens meet last Sunday of each month. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 West Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552.

Roller Define & Release – 9:15-10:15am. Combine self-massage with a killer core workout in this class designed for all fitness levels. $22/drop in, packages available. Aull Pilates, 1077 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown. 401-619-4977. Svaroopa® Yoga Class in Cumberland – 11am12:30pm. Learn to release deeply held tension using guided awareness, yoga breathing, and slow moving yoga poses adapted to your body. Tangible benefits with little effort. New students $50/5 classes; $20/ series. Time For You Yoga – Maria Sichel, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Kripalu Yoga in Cumberland – 4:15-5:45pm. Experience breath work, simple stretches to warm the body and classical yoga poses that tone and strengthen, allowing the heart and body to release and open. New Students $50/5 classes; $15/series. Time For You Yoga – Susan McLaren, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Kripalu Yoga Meditation in Motion – 6-7:30pm. With Karen Moore Holliday, CYT-500, MA. $18/ drop in; Monthly fee available. Westport Central Village Grange, 931 Main Rd, Westport, MA. 774-644-9977. Fascial Fitness – 6:15-7:15pm. Fascia Fitness focuses on the connective tissue (“packing material”) of the body. $22/class; monthly packages available. Aull Pilates, 1077 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown. 401-619-4977. Meditation Group – 6:15-7:30pm. Learn skills to tame the mind and connect to the peace that is, “always right here”. Silent and guided meditation practice. All levels welcome. Closed Monday Holidays. $15/walk-in; $78/6 Sessions prepaid. Check or cash only. Laughing Elephant Yoga, Ann Porto, Psy.D., 4372 Post Rd, 1st Fl, East Greenwich. 401-529-2020.

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 South Rose St, East Providence. Sundays at Ananda – 10am-12pm. Curious about Ananda? Join us on Sundays weekly for MeditationChanting-Inspiration-Satsang- Veggie Potluck Lunch – Enjoy fellowship with friendly joyful spiritual people. Donation. Ananda Center Hopkinton, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-524-4766.

markyourcalendar Providence Flea - 10am-4pm. Juried, urban flea market. Unusual finds, art, fashion, local crafts, curiosities, furniture, food trucks and more. Free. Providence Flea, Across from 345 South Water St, Providence. Bliss Walk at Barrington Beach – 6:30-7:30pm. A Bliss Walk is a one hour guided walk in nature that incorporates guided meditation, mindfulness activities, and journaling. Please bring a pen and your journal or a notebook. $10. Bliss More, Stress Less, Barrington Beach, Barrington. 401-486-7970.

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Providence Meditation Group – 6-7pm. Ananda Chanting, meditation, and an inspirational reading. All welcome! Ananda Center Hopkinton at the at the Wayland Square office of David Craven, 105 Medway St, Providence. For more info call Erin 401-203-1825. Donation. 401-524-4766. Kripalu Yoga – Cumberland – 6-7:15pm. A gentle flow of postures designed to help you unwind from a busy day and move into a restful evening. Emphasis on mindfulness practice. All levels welcome. $1213/Flex Pass; $16/Drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd., 2nd Fl of Zen Center. 401-658-4802. Half Spin Half Mat – 6:30-7:30pm. 1st portion of the class is indoor cycling that provides a challenging cardiovascular workout with the 2nd portion having Pilates Mat work. $16/class; Package available. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, Rear of Lincoln Mall, behind Stop & Shop, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. Svaroopa® Yoga Class in Cumberland – 7-8:30pm. Learn to release deeply held tension using guided awareness, yoga breathing and slow moving yoga poses adapted to your body. Focus on basics: Beginners Welcome. New Students: $50/5 classes, $20/ series. Time For You Yoga – Pat Spencer, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319.

wednesday Meditation with Ann Porto – 8:30-9:30am. Meditation support and practice group. Come learn to tame your mind and reduce stress. Drop in! Donations to: Friends of Maiti Nepal to end child sexual slavery. Laughing Elephant Yoga, 4372 Post Rd, East Greenwich. 401-398-2616.

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Amrit/Kripalu Yoga in Cumberland – 9:30-11am. Experience breath work, meditation, and classical yoga poses that tone and strengthen, allowing the heart and body to release and open. Beginners welcome. New Students: $50/5 classes, $15/ series. Time For You Yoga – Amy McPhee, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Barre & Sculpt – 10-11am. Barre & Sculpt is a low impact class, utilizing mats, weights, bands, and a ballet barre to create a strong toned and graceful body. $16/class; packages Available. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, Rear of Lincoln Mall, behind Stop & Shop, Lincoln. 401-335-3099.

thursday Morning Yoga – Cumberland – 9:45-11am. Special summertime discount! A blend of Kripalu, Yin & Restorative Yoga for healing body, mind & soul. Mindfulness practice emphasized. All levels welcome. $88/8 classes; $16/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd., 2nd Fl of Zen Center. 401-658-4802. Medical Qigong With Master Wu – 11:45am12:45pm. Spring Qigong course ends June 30. Enroll now for summer Qigong classes starting Wed. July 6, 11:45 to 12:45. Learn how this ancient Chinese healing art can help you. $210/12 weeks. The Way of the Dragon, 373 Taunton Ave., East Providence. 435-6502.

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TRX Body Suspension Training – 5:30-6:30pm. TRX Classes offer a total body workout using your body weight as resistance. Challenging for any fitness level, beginner to advanced. $22/class; monthly packages available. Aull Pilates, 1077 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown. 401-619-4977.

Beach Yoga – 8:30-9:45am. Begins June 25 at Easton’s Beach in Newport. Stretch and breathe amid sea, sky and sand, take in the fresh air. A towel and water are all that’s needed. Parking free. $15/ drop in. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation at Easton’s Beach, 175 Memorial Blvd, Newport. 401-849-3200.

Restorative Yoga for Deep Relaxation – 6:307:45pm. This yoga calms the nervous system, promotes healing, & teaches you how to quiet the mind & deeply relax. No prior experience necessary. Teacher has advanced training. Summer special: $56/4, $16/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd., 2nd Fl of Zen Center. 401-658-4802.

Kripalu Yoga – Cumberland – 9:45-11am. Kripalu Yoga is a mindfulness-based yoga, emphasizing individual growth & healing of body, mind & soul. Peaceful setting. Experienced teacher. All levels welcome. $12-13/Flex Pass; $16/Drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd., 2nd Fl of Zen Center. 401-658-4802.

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The Power of NOW Workshop – 7-8:30pm. We’ll read part of Eckhart Tolle’s book & discuss the material. This month we view the Tolle/Oprah interview last class. Attend only 1 OR all classes. Every Thurs in June. $10/person. Glenn Ambrose’s Life Enhancement Center, 2076 Nooseneck Hill Rd., Coventry. 401-380-6707.

friday Pilates Mat – 12-1pm. Through the use of modifications, Mat class is appropriate for beginners while also being challenging to the most advanced student. No experience required. $22/class; monthly packages available. Aull Pilates, 1077 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown. 401-619-4977.

Pilates Mat & Ball – 10-11am. During this Pilates Mat class the stability ball is added to the workout to increase mind and body awareness, challenge core strength and improve balance and stability. $16/ class; package available. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, Rear of Lincoln Mall, behind Stop & Shop, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. Tai Chi for Beginners – 12-1pm. Enroll now for summer tai chi classes starting July 6 and 9. Learn Tai Chi Qigong & the 24 Posture Form. New students may try a trial class Sat 7/9 or Wed class 7/6 at 1. $210/12 weeks. The Way of the Dragon, 373 Taunton Ave., East Providence. 435-6502.

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communityresourceguide addiction specialist / holistic counselor Glenn Ambrose’s Life Enhancement Center

Glenn Ambrose 2076 Nooseneck Hill Rd. Coventry, RI 401-380-6707

Addiction takes many forms including alcohol/drugs, eating-disorders, shopping & relationships to name a few. Whatever the addiction is, recovery and adjusting to a life of balance, peace and happiness requires help. As a certified coach with 12 years experience in addiction and guiding clients to health, I’m confident that if you’re open to change I can help you achieve it.

angel card readings Empathic Angel Card Readings

Readings in person or by telephone Middletown, RI 401-500-1908

Romance, love, life path, or career questions?  Or do you just want to have the chance to hear what your guardian angels or spirit guides want to say to you about what is coming into your life.  Intuitive, empathic guidance with Lisa of Empathic Angel readings. Make your appointment now on the webpage or by phone!

chiropractic Dr. Richard Picard 342 Atwood Avenue Cranston, RI 401-942-6967

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

DEPTH HYPNOSIS fireseed center for transformation

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


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Michelle Maynard 635 Arnold Rd, Coventry, RI 401-886-1938

510 East Main Rd Middletown, RI 401-847-7480

Offering facials and skin care products that are free of artificial fragrances, preservatives, parabens, sulfates, dyes, fillers and talc. 360 uses product lines with natural plant-based ingredients including Farmaesthetics and Jane Iredale Mineral makeup. Michelle is certified in Clinical Oncology Esthetics®, so she can provide safe, personalized spa treatments to individuals undergoing cancer treatment and those with health-challenged skin. See ad on page 9.

Jahmeir Skincare Studio 2928 Post Rd, Warwick RI 401-595-2851

My intention and holistic expertise is to provide innovative technology, high performance products and services to heal your skin. Combining vegan, organic and gluten free products with clinical personalized treatments the skin’s health, balance and radiance can be enhanced. Offering and using cutting edge procedures the skins transformation and harmony is the result. This philosophy can target, correct and benefit many sensitive unbalanced & unhealthy skin types. See ad on page 21.

foot detox Lisa Indish

For 28 years we have been providing the finest quality Natural & Organic  Whole Foods, Nutritional Products, Body Care, Athletic Supplements, Natural Pet Care and Healthful Information in a fun, comfortable and inspirational environment.  We are open daily.  Please visit our website for a wealth of information.

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Resources for holistic daily living! Search the Chamber of Commerce Directory for holistic practitioners and merchants. Browse the Library articles and audios. Bookmark the Calendar for “must see” holistic events and more! Join today. It’s free. Own a business? Join the National Holistic Chamber of Commerce™ at

Soul Wisdom Healing @ The Womens Well

934 East Main Rd Portsmouth, RI 401-662-6642  or 401-847-6551

Get to the Heart of the matter with Integrative, holistic, intuitive guidance with Cris McCullough Holistic Tarot, Numerology and Spiritual Astrology, Body Talk, Master Reiki, Crystal Attunement. In person or by phone. Make your appointment now!

Healing in Harmony Wellness Center 185 Putnam Pike (Route 44) Chepachet, RI 401-949-5533 The ONLY place to receive the BEST Ionic Foot Detox Spa Sessions, uniquely created and designed by Lisa Indish, that truly are a Body, Mind, and Spirit “Experience”. You’ll feel balanced, invigorated, and rejuvenated to a healthier and happier YOU!

hair salon Flipp Hair Salon and Reflexology Center

38 Transit St Providence 401-274-1981 • Positive space aiming to interconnect art, wellness and all things beautiful to the eye and to the soul.  Offering hair, makeup,refexology,acupuncture,ma ssage and herbalism. See ad on page 21.

holistic medicine Integrative Center for Chronic Diseases Donna Zaken, RN, MSN, APRN 35 South Angell St, Providence, RI 401-585-7877

Donna Zaken is a Nurse Practitioner dually trained in Western and Holistic medicine, specializing in Lyme disease. She also excels at treating all symptoms/conditions, and is especially good with difficult-to-diagnose cases. By finding the root cause, healing is facilitated. Her safe and natural approach may eliminate your need for prescription and other medications.

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The Petteruti Center

250 Centerville Road, Building E Warwick, RI 401-921-5934 Dr. Petteruti is a triple-board certified physician designed to bring you the very best in anti-aging, concierge medicine, weight loss, hormones, and aesthetic services. The Drip Bar, which is located inside the Center, provides IV Vitamin Infusions for energy, immunity, cancer, Lyme, detox, and weight loss. See ad on page 11.

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interfaith minister INTERFAITH MINISTER

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

Intuitive Therapy

Melissa Hecht, MSW, LICSW 1300 Park Ave, Woonsocket, RI 508-951-9828 Holistic psychotherapy for individuals and couples, this unique approach brings about true and lasting healing with safe and nurturing support. Through personalized combinations of modalities clients receive treatment that best fits them. Also offering Reiki Healing sessions, Integrated Energy Therapy and workshops on: empowerment, healing, meditation and all levels of Reiki.

hypnotherapy Newport Center for Hypnotherapy and Hypnosis Training Suzi Nance, CHT, CI 123 Bellevue Avenue, Newport RI 401-835-1736 Ready for change? Using the power of your subconscious, hypnosis can make it happen!! Call now to schedule a sessions to get healthy, quit smoking, de-stress, rid yourself of limiting thoughts, fears and phobias or find your inner strength, passion or motivation. Thinking of a New Career? Think Hypnosis! We offer The National Guild of Hypnosis Certified Training Course, call for more information..

Thought Alchemy’s Transformation Center

Rose Siple, Certified Hypnotherapist 774-991-0574 • Transform yourself and achieve your goals through the trans-formative healing process of hypnotherapy! Aren’t you tired of talking about it and thinking about it? We specialize in Virtual Gastric Band Hypnosis for weight loss. Call today. See ad on page 17.

intuitive counseling The Carrington Agency

Ron Ash 39 Carrington Street, Suite 202 Lincoln, RI 561-203-0228 347-537-GIFT The best way to predict the future is to create it. An Intuitive Life Coach takes a Metaphysical approach to Intuitive Counseling; identifying root issues, accessing key problems and formulating a highly effective approach and resolution. Through proven Intuitive Coaching Techniques an Intuitive Life Coach can help you to move confidently in the direction of your dreams.

marriage consulting & couples therapy IMAGO Relationship Therapy & EcCT Therapy Hope Artiste Village 1005 Main St. Suite 1208 Pawtucket, RI 02860 401-782-7899 Paula is a Certified IMAGO Therapist, Teacher & Marriage Consultant. For over 10 years she has worked exclusively with couples helping them fulfill their wildest dreams for themselves, their relationship and their children. Paula recognizes that when couples are hurt they disconnect and heal again in connection. She helps couples reconnect again using a set of NEW guiding principals and rituals.

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naturopathic physicians Sheila M. Frodermann, MS, ND, DHANP, CCH

Providence Wholistic Healthcare 144 Waterman St, Providence, RI 401-455-0546 • Holistic family health care providing diet, nutrition and lifestyle coaching, herbal & homeopathic medicines toward optimizing health and wellness naturally - for all. Naturopathic doctor - Certified Classical Homeopath - Bowen practitioner. See ad on page 33.

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Farmacy Herbs Dr. Marcy Feibelman, ND 28 Cemetery St Providence, RI 508-343-0580 Marcy@ Holistic Medicine and individual patient care. Safe and effective natural solutions including nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy and hydrotherapy. Supporting you on your journey to health.

Nature Cures Naturopathic Clinic

Dr. Cathy Picard, N.D. 250 Eddie Dowling Hwy, North Smithfield, RI 401-597-0477 • Whole-person health care for the entire family using safe and effective natural medicines. Meeting your health care needs with homeopathy, herbal medicine, nutrition and biotherapeutic drainage. Focus includes pediatrics and childhood developmental issues including autism and ADHD.

nutrition response testing NATURAL HEALTH SOLUTIONS

Dr. Laura Bomback 293 Linden St, Fall River, MA 508-678-1233 Our mission at Natural Health Solutions is to improve the health of our community by providing natural options for most health issues and guidance toward the understanding that real solutions can be achieved with real nutrition. I have been helping people for close to 25 years achieve a higher level of health through both nutrition and chiropractic. See ad on page 27.

organic hair color Elaine Hewitt

Master Colorist/Stylist Barrington, RI 401-273-7005 • Let your imagination go— naturally! A full service salon that’s Certified organic for hair color, straightening/relaxing, permanent wave. No Ammonia, parabens, plastics or Thioglycolates. Call today for an appointment! Like me on FB. 50% Off all new clients only. See ad on page 21.

personal sobriety counselor Cindy Jones, MA/CRC, LMHC

Another Way Counseling Center 2797 Post Road, Warwick, RI 02886 750 East Avenue, Pawtucket, RI 02806 401-419-4001 Maintaining sobriety can be a difficult and lonely journey.  Not everyone is comfortable attending groups and some would like to maintain their privacy. Allow me to show you how to regain your self-respect, rebuild relationships with family and friends and enjoy the life you deserve. Most insurances accepted. 

psychological and spiritual inquiry Diamond Approach for Inner Realization

Gregory Knight, Ordained Teacher 220 Waterman Avenue East Providence, RI 401-724-8426

The Diamond Approach is a psychologically informed spiritual teaching. Learn a precise method of inquiry to penetrate your unconscious beliefs and reactivities. Realize and express the various aspects of your essential nature including true compassion, strength and peace. Greg Knight is an ordained Diamond Approach Teacher and Advanced Rolfing Practitioner.

reiki Inner Love and Light Nicole Casale RM/T Warwick, RI Cell Phone: 914-216-8660

We have been blessed with the loving energy of Holy Fire II Reiki. Nicole Casale Reiki Master/Teacher is certified in both Holy Fire II Karuna® and Usui Reiki. Reiki Healing Sessions and Certification Training Workshops are offered for all levels on a flexible schedule.

reiki / angel card readings Ascension Nxt LLC 1675 Cranston Street Cranston, RI 401-228-8348

Looking to release unwanted energies? Or maybe you would like to enhance your intuitive abilities? Ashley V. is an Usui and Lighterian Reiki Master , I.E.T. Master Teacher and Intuitive/Angel Card Reader that offers healings and one on one sessions to help you become more confident with your inner abilities. Call to book appointment today.


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Paul A. DiSegna 401-736-6500

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

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. See ad on page 23.

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 37.

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Grace Yoga

35 Weaver Rd, North Kingstown RI 401-829-9903 •


Joy Quinn Blum & A. Michelle 401-258-3952 • Sound therapy is an excellent holistic approach to relieve stress/pain, depression, fatigue, anger/hostility, fears/phobias and more. The vibrational overtones promote an overall state of peace, harmony and deep relaxation. Drumsinger A. Michelle channels Sacred Sound in harmony with a variety of indigenous instruments. Gongmaster Joy, sacred sound healing artist offers gong baths, private gong healing sessions, gong workshops, and other rituals.

therapeutic massage Jane McGinn, BA, LMT

459 Sandy Ln, Warwick, RI 401-450-4172 Jane’s massage style incorporates relaxing Swedish strokes and deeper pressure as needed. Her techniques loosen tight muscles and bring about a sense of well being mentally, emotionally, physically. Her work has helped those new to massage as well as those familiar with massage, including therapists and practitioners. New clients are encouraged to experience Jane’s warm, friendly approach and excellent results.

cathryn moskow, lcmt

120 Wayland Ave, Ste 6 Providence, RI 02906 401-808-0837 Over 10,000+ hours of restorative muscular therapy. “Best of Boston.” Feel better, live happier – Enjoy pain relief, rehab/chronic issues, easier range of motion, age related issues, injury work + “aaaahhh”. Accurate, gentle Deep Tissue blended w/Swedish, Biodynamics + Reiki. “She’s like finding the owner’s manual.” By appointment. RI Lic #MT01664.

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Grace school of yoga is a sacred center for peace and well-being, offering daily classes of all levels in classical yoga, breathing, and meditation. Join our classes any time. See ad on page 35.


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

yoga & holistic health center All That Matters

Providence, East Greenwich, South Kingstown 401-782-2126 • All That Matters, founded in 1995, offers more than 100 weekly yoga classes at three locations across the state. The South Kingstown center also offers an array of workshops, a retail store, and health services ranging from acupuncture and chiropractic to massage therapy. See ad on page 35.


40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton, RI 401-308-8745 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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