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Happy 2020!

Welcome to a new year and a new decade full of many wonderful opportunities for healthy living. We all know that hindsight is said to be 20/20, well, this year you will have the opportunity for 2020 reflection each and every day—a beautiful chance to consciously and intentionally make and evaluate your choices. What choices will you make that will lead to a healthier, happier you and a healthier, happiJessica Coffey, Publisher er planet? I have chosen to shift to a more plant-based diet, and we will be adding solar to our home and a beehive to our yard. I am excited about these changes. I encourage you to flip through the pages of this issue to learn about more ways you can focus on living well. And please visit the “green pages” in the back of our magazine—our Healthy Living Directory—chock full of businesses, practitioners, products and services to help you live a happier, healthier, more balanced life. Something else I will be focusing on in this new year is generosity. To find more and better ways to “live from the heart instead of the ego”. I invite you to join me…


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The Generous Heart: How Giving Transforms Us by Cindy Ricardo


ne of the ways we come into balance and connection with each other and with life is by giving from the heart. When we give to others, whether it’s an act of kindness, generosity or compassion, it helps us live from the heart instead of the ego. Living from the ego is painful and exhausting. It’s like feeding a hungry monster that’s never satisfied. Ego craves, pursues and clings to status, approval, material wealth and control. It views the world through the eyes of fear—constantly evaluating, judging and acting in ways that are self-centered, defensive and protective. Like with Scrooge, ego closes our heart and makes us small, fearful and contracted. By contrast, generosity requires that we open our hearts to the world and each other. We allow ourselves to be vulnerable. In doing this, we open ourselves fully to life, love and relationships. We let go of striving and pursuing things. When we stop striving, we begin to see, value and respond to what’s happening in the present moment in ways that are healthy and healing. Our priority shifts from acquiring things to appreciating what we have and being open to sharing with others. Generosity is a quality of kindness, of living from a place of abundance. We see the world through a clear lens that isn’t clouded by fear, wanting or clinging. When we interact with others, our connection is genuine.

We see people instead of judgments or labels. Being generous arises from the heart, not the wallet. We don’t need to have material wealth in order to be generous. The only requirement is a willingness to open our hearts, to see life as it is and to interact with others from a place of compassion and love. Some examples of generous acts are: n Doing a household chore without being asked. n Setting aside what we’re doing and listening to someone in need of emotional support. n Telling loved ones what we appreciate about them. n Listening to children and trying to see the world through their eyes before offering advice. n Smiling at a stranger. n When asking, “How are you?” looking into the person’s eyes and taking time to truly listen with an attitude of curiosity and compassion. Generosity awakens goodness in the heart, and this helps us open to life, love and relationships. Cindy Ricardo is a Coral Springs, Floridabased psychotherapist who blogs at ACaringCounselor.com.

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In-House Herbalist at Kultivate Wellness


ycol Chapman of Windblown Sister Botanicals has joined the team at Kultivate Wellness. As a community herbalist with a focus on mental health and chronic issues, she will be offering herbal support sessions to help clients awaken joy and vitality by reconnecting with ancestral plant allies and healing through nature. Chapman designs personalized, practical herbal protocols, tracks her clients’ progress and tweaks the remedies as needed. She is offering a new year’s special of a 20-minute quickie session plus an herbal preparation to take home for $20. Kultivate Wellness is the area’s first dedicated hemp, CBD and wellness boutique with 20 years of industry knowledge. In addition to Nycol Chapman CBD and hemp products, the boutique sells herbs, local CBD honey, teas, crystals and more. Kultivate Wellness also offers wellness classes, yoga therapy, workshops, lectures, films and food demos. Location: 13140 Midlothian Tpke. For more information about the herbal sessions, call 804-516-0900 or email Nycol@WindBlownSister.com. See ads on pages 13, 36 and 38.

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ecause heart disease is the number-one killer of both women and men in the United States, Lifestyle Designs and eLEEte Physicians are offering thermography services at special pricing during February’s Heart Health month. Thermography “maps” the temperature of the body and is one of the best tools to detect the inflammation that precedes many diseases. It is a safe, non-invasive, radiation-free screening tool that uses an infrared digital camera to detect temperature changes on the skin. Everyone can benefit from thermography— its many applications include breast health, thyroid, cardiac and dental issues and inflamed or injured tissue. Debbie Troxell, RN, MSNH, BA, Parish Nurse, Thermographer and Director of Lifestyle Designs, LLC, says, “Our images are read and interpreted by Dr. Matthew Lee, M.D., RPh, MS. His website, EleetePhysicians.com/thermography. php, contains studies and detailed information about thermography, as does our Infrared-Body app.” Location: 1404 Starling Dr., Ste. B. For more information and to make appointments, call 804-683-7774 or visit LifestyleDesignsWellness.com. See ads on pages 20 & 41. 8

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eise “Daisy” R. Russell, CHBP, CNBT, CBP and founder of Mind Fitness RVA, helps people struggling with stress enhance their mental focus, athletic performance and meditation skills by training their brains to be more resilient and flexible in order to reach their full potential. She utilizes NeurOptimal neurofeedback brain training sessions to increase the efficiency of the central nervous system and help clients relieve suffering, restore energy and enhance performance. Some of the initial shifts Russell’s clients experience are greater self-confidence, the capacity to let unimportant things go more easily and a greater ability to take necessary actions without procrastination. They also report thinking with greater clarity, sleeping better and feeling less stress than prior to brain training. Russell is a graduate of the Human Potential Institute, in California, and Kingdom College of Natural Health, a NeurOptimal Neurofeedback Advanced Brain Trainer and a biohacker. She became a certified Bioenergetics practitioner in early 2019 and dedicates a lot of her time to researching energy medicine. Location: 5540 Falmouth St., Ste. 307. For more information and to make appointments, call 804-690-7783 or visit MindFitnessRVA.com. See ads on pages 5 and 40.

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Therapeutically Focused Yoga Teacher Training


lenmore Yoga’s Therapeutically Focused 300-hour Teacher Training program will begin Saturday, January 25 and provides the practical skills and knowledge required to become a competent and effective therapeutically informed yoga instructor. Developing a therapeutic relationship with clients is the hallmark of therapeutically informed yoga. Graduates of the program will meet the requirements of Yoga Alliance (YA) 500-hour registration; a 500hour Glenmore instructor is an experienced yoga teacher with specialized skills and knowledge in the application of yoga in a therapeutic setting. The program is open to all yoga teachers holding at least a 200-hour teacher certification from an accredited program and consists of 14 training modules, accompanying readings and study guides, observations, design and completion of a supervised therapeutic practicum and project. The program must be completed within 24 months of the program start date.

Fees are $4,525 ($325 deposit with application plus seven payments of $600). Location: 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. For more information, call Kathleen Baker at 804-741-5267, email Info@GlenmoreYoga.com or visit GlenmoreYoga.com. See ads on pages 21, 39 and 42.

Get a Spiritual Makeover in 2020


he Innerwork Center’s popular deep-dive program, Spiritual Paths, has been reborn as Foundations of Innerwork. Around the holidays and the dawning of a new year, we come face-to-face with some really big questions, and it may be time for a spiritual makeover; a time to dig into life’s biggest, most intriguing questions guided by some of The Innerwork Center’s most respected and experienced facilitators. Participants in this intensive, eight-session program will gain inner authority during these uncertain times and a deeper sense of their own spirituality with an in-person and online community to support them going forward. The Foundations of Innerwork provides ample time for structured introspection and contemplation while leaving space for self-exploration and discovery. Classes are held from 5:30 to 8 p.m., January 28, February 11, February 18, February 25, March 3, March 10 and March 31, with a retreat on March 21. The guiding facilitator is Steve Matthews, with guest facilitators Philip Davidson, Vicki Saunders, Peggy Siegel, John Taylor and Martha Tyler. Cost is $485 for members/$695 for nonmembers. Scholarships are available. Register online at bit.ly/Innerwork2020. For more information, email Sherry@InnerworkCenter.org. See ads on pages 15 and 40. 10

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Kapunahele Wong

A Hawaiian Perspective on Healing Available in Henrico


ative Hawaiian Kapunahele Wong recently opened Inner Path, LLC, at 12097 Gayton Road, in the far west end near Short Pump. Having formally trained for 10 years with a native Hawaiian kahuna, she offers a deeply indigenous perspective on energetics and the concept of healing. She performs her work through the lens of native lomilomi and spirituality training in the family style of her kumu, or beloved teacher. Through ‘ike pono, or “correct seeing”, and ha ‘aha ‘a, “humility”, she shares the compassion of the aloha spirit so valued in Hawaiian culture. Kapunahele is also a certified aromatherapist, recognized by the National Holistic Aromatherapy Association, a reiki master/teacher in the Japanese style of the International House of Reiki, a certified crystal therapist and a traditional astrologer. Through these modalities, she uses plant medicine, energetics and native ways to provide a unique and deep path to inner healing. For appointments and more information, call 804-370-5825 or visit inner-path.com. See ads on pages 20 and 38.

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nne Wrinn, a Rapid Transformational Therapy (RTT) therapist, has opened a practice in the Richmond area. A combination of cognitive-based therapy, NeuroLinguistic Programming and hypnosis, RTT results occur after one to three sessions, compared to years of treatment using other forms of therapy. It is effective with medical, emotional and productivity issues. Wrinn conducts her sessions online and has worked with clients worldwide. She was trained by internationally Anne Wrinn awarded therapist Marisa Peer who developed RTT more than 30 years ago. RTT involves no drugs and sessions last approximately two hours. After the session, clients are provided with a customized sound file to listen to for 21 to 30 days to install the new ideas into their subconscious and Wrinn connects with them each week to monitor their progress. For more information, call 804-840-3656 or email amwrinn@gmail.com. See ads on pages 21 and 41.

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2020 Vegan72 Restaurant Challenge


egan Action will host Vegan72, Richmond’s third annual vegan restaurant challenge, from January 24 through 26 with local chefs creating exciting, unique vegan options. On Friday night, John Joseph, three-time Iron Man athlete, author and singer for the Cro-Mags band, will be speaking at The Camel. Vegan72 is an annual event aimed at increasing vegan options and sharing information in the Richmond community about choosing a vegan lifestyle. On Saturday, the big event from noon to 6 p.m. at The Hof will feature physician Dr. Neal Barnard; Lauren Ornelas, founder of the Food Empowerment Project; Jasmine Leyva, director of The Invisible Vegan documentary; Barbara J. King, professor of anthropology and author of six books including How Animals Grieve and Personalities on the Plate: The Lives and Minds of Animals We Eat and author and vlogger, Plant-Based Gabriel. There will also be a vegan bazaar with local crafts, wares and treats for purchase, as well as delicious vegan food. Sunday is Vegan Trivia Night at Sticky Rice at 10 p.m. For more information, visit Vegan.org. See ad on page 25.

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BOND Wellness Studios South and West


OND Wellness Studios owner and Licensed Massage Therapist with more than 16 years of experience, Michelle Geraci, is passionately dedicated and committed to her clients’ health and well-being. She is excited to announce the opening of her second location, BOND Wellness Studios SOUTH. The expansion is the result of Geraci’s desire to offer a multitude of modalities that complement massage. Both of her studios offer a collective wellness space where clients can receive quality, therapeutic, healing bodywork done in a safe, lovely and relaxing environment. The original practice, BOND Wellness Studios WEST, was formerly AbSOULute Massage, LLC. The rebrand came from Geraci’s desire to have her business represent that safe place where one’s mind and body can meet. The word BOND also comes from the letters that overlap in the words BODY and MIND and is a metaphor for the experience she’s had with her clients over the years, intuitively realizing that in order to heal, both body and mind need to be in alignment. Locations: BOND Wellness Studios SOUTH, 13354 Midlothian Tpke., Ste. 101; BOND Wellness Studios WEST, 8921 Three Chopt Rd., Ste. 100. For more information or to make appointments, call 804-601-0065 or visit BondWellnessStudios.com. See listings on pages 38 and 39.

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

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


Eat Garlic and Onion for Breast Health

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Eat Mushrooms to Lower Risk of Prostate Cancer Researchers followed more than 36,000 Japanese men older than 40 for an average of 13.2 years. They found that those that consumed culinary mushrooms three times a week had a 17 percent lower chance of developing prostate cancer compared to those that ate mushrooms less than once a week. Participants that ate mushrooms once or twice a week had an 8 percent lower risk. The trend was even greater for those men over the age of 50 and was unrelated to other dietary habits. 14

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Sixth-graders that received mindfulness training each day for eight weeks experienced lower stress levels, less depression and improved academic performance compared to their peers in a control group that studied computer coding, report Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers. In addition to that 100-student study, researchers surveyed 2,000 students in grades five through eight and found those that showed more mindfulness tended to have better grades and test scores. They also had fewer absences and suspensions.

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GOOD news RVA! GOOD news RVA! GOOD news RVA! Keep Virginia Cozy: Volunteers Needed by Julie Peterson


n Tuesday evenings, you’ll likely find Brian Bell, founder of Keep Virginia Cozy, at Väsen Brewing, having a beer with some old and new friends. It’s another Trashy Tuesday and they’ve all just finished picking up litter in Richmond. It’s a regular activity that Bell’s nonprofit created. In less than three years, Keep Virginia Cozy volunteers have removed about 45,000 pounds of litter from Virginia’s waterways, park systems, mountain trails and neighborhoods. There’s plenty more to do and more volunteers are always needed. Keep Virginia Cozy has partnerships with local businesses so that events are free for volunteers. Cost of supplies for picking up trash are covered, for example. Volunteers seem to love what’s going on as more show up every week. Bell says, “They’re the best kind of people: generous, altruistic, making the world a better place.” He likens the organization to a big family making great memories. Working with agencies in Shenandoah National

Park, the George Washington National Forest and Jefferson National Forest, volunteers maintain trail sections and perform beautification projects. These activities include family-friendly guided day hikes, overnight backpacking trips, invasive plant removal, trail restoration and outdoor education classes. “People of all ages can learn how to be comfortable outdoors, whether it’s camping or just reading a book under a tree,” Bell says. Wildlife Wednesdays teach about local plants and animals, in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. A popular topic is bats. Attendees build a bat house to take home. Bell believes that everyone can make a difference by volunteering, spreading the word about events or just following his mantra: “Be kind, smile at strangers, pick up litter.” For more information on how to volunteer or donate, email KeepVirginiaCozy@gmail.com. Keep up with (and share) events on Facebook @KeepVirginiaCozy and read more at KeepVirginiaCozy.org. Keep Virginia Cozy’s mission is to protect wilderness and inspire all Virginians to care for our wild places. The organization contributes to better protection, stewardship and restoration of our public lands, preserving our rich natural legacy for current and future generations.

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Repurposing Weeds

Rethinking Rice

Fast-growing lemna, or duckweed, a flowering green plant that blooms on the surface of still and slow-moving bodies of water that is often mistaken for algae, is finding new utility as a protein source. California-based Plantible Foods claims that duckweed, traditionally the enemy of pond owners, is superior to other alternative proteins like pea, wheat and soy. The unusual crop naturally contains higher amounts of the complete protein RuBisCo and is easier to digest than some other popular plant proteins. It can be used as a substitute for egg white, is free of the top eight allergens and has a neutral color and taste. Due to its rapid growth, duckweed is less vulnerable to climate change. Plantible Foods co-founder Tony Martens says that duckweed grows reliably and can typically be harvested daily, no matter what the weather may be.

Growing up in Gambia, Nfamara Badjie’s parents taught him it’s much healthier to eat food they grew rather than food bought in a store. Badjie, a well-known drummer who moved to the U.S. in 2005, bought a plot of marshy land in Ulster Park, New York, two hours north of New York City, and is learning how to adapt the rice-growing practices of his West African ethnic group, the Jola, to East Coast climates. Agronomists hope the innovative operation, Ever-Growing Family Farm, can provide a blueprint for other area farmers to introduce new crops due to the threat of climate change. Erika Styger, an agronomist from nearby Cornell University, says, “We can reinvent agriculture even today, and if we have that mindset, there is a lot that can be done. We shouldn’t get stuck in how we have done things, and we need to adapt to climate change.”

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Farmers Respond to Climate Change

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

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

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Keep the James River Comeback Alive


by Anna Killius

he James River, America’s founding river, was selected as the 2019 Thiess International Riverprize winner by the International River Foundation at the International Riversymposium, in Brisbane, Australia. This is the most coveted award in river management, recognizing remarkable outcomes for rivers, river basins and their communities. Virginians have long known that the James River is a treasure for our Commonwealth. It has provided nourishment to native American communities for thousands of years, a home to the first permanent English settlement in North America and training ground for many of our nation’s founders. Today, one out of every three Virginians rely on the James for safe drinking water, economic opportunity and quality of life. But for years, we took our river for granted, such that by 1975 it ranked among the nation’s most polluted, contaminated by the neurotoxin Kepone, industrial wastewater and sewage. In response, community members used their voices to change the James for the better. Over the last 40 years, we have witnessed a remarkable comeback, thanks to environmental protections like the Clean Water Act and the Chesapeake Bay Agreement, strong commitment from the Commonwealth and local governments, and

the hard work of farmers, businesses and communities. We should be proud to share this story of stewardship through hard work, cooperation and common ground, but we can’t lose sight of the fact that the story is not yet over; we must keep the comeback coming. This fall, the James River Association reported that the overall health of the river remained a B-minus, a sign of resilience in the face of record rainfall last year, but a slowdown of our overall progress. Fortunately, we know what we need to do to stay on track for a grade-A James. Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan sets out a path for restoring Chesapeake Bay tributaries, including the James River. It calls on everyone to pitch in and do their part to reduce pollution from wastewater, agricultural runoff and stormwater by 2025. Now we need Virginia’s Governor and General Assembly to pass a budget that fully funds the plan and invests in our localities, our farmers and our wastewater utilities as we all work together to restore clean water. We can keep the comeback coming by investing in a fully healthy James now and for the future. Anna Killius is a policy analyst with the James River Association. For more information, visit TheJamesRiver.org.

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Can you describe Qi? Qi is the electric life presence that beats the human heart and charges the air we breathe. The effects of Qi are profound for increasing circulation and improving endocrine imbalances. Qi is related to static electricity and can be harnessed with hand postures.

Qi Revolution is coming to Virginia Beach Convention Center March 7th - 9th. What is your higher vision for sharing this kind of healing with hundreds of people? We visit Virginia Beach every few years and transform a convention center into sacred space. Our intention is to experience the authentic healing and stressdissolving practices of Qigong in a strong group energy field. Sound, light and Qi graphics are used to improve learning so everyone can feel what is going on without any previous experience. Many people that attend heal old injuries and nearly everyone is strengthened by the energy. Our vision for this event is to uplift the group energy to the highest level to benefit all who attend.

giving bad news to patients, causing him to hold his breath a lot without even realizing it. After attending Qi Revolution and learning Qigong and the 9-breath method, our signature breathing technique, he now reports his stress has decreased dramatically. He has since become certified in both our Qigong and Food Healing programs.

I’ve seen a shift over the past few years where your focus has really honed in on food healing, especially in regards to food science. Why do you feel this is so important and how does it relate to one’s personal Qi? Food is key to excellent health, especially natural foods. Kiwi for example, has helped reverse asthma in hundreds of students I’ve counseled. Moreover, the medical journal Thorax indicates children who ate kiwi 3-5 times a week, versus those who didn’t eat any, had a much lower incidence of asthma. Food affects our Qi by becoming our blood and the cells that carry oxygen to our brain. I teach that eating red foods, high in carotenoids, are the best way to stop the oxidative processes responsible for heart disease and brain degeneration. We serve smoothies and sweet red pepper paste to all Qi Revolution attendees so they can taste for themselves how delicious natural foods can be prepared.

There are a number of healing routines within the Qi Revolution experience. Do you need to be fit to participate? Can one receive healing attributes if they are out of shape, ill or have other physical impairments? You perform a Global Healing Circle that is People of all ages can benefit from Qigong. Those with injuries legendary. Can you tell me more about it? often experience pain relief by doing Qigong in the first morning practices. We are okay with people practicing where their body is at and provide modified postures for those who need special assistance.

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The living electricity felt in the hands of the healing circle is unlike anything else we teach. After everyone is proficient in using the 9-breath method, we hold hands while doing it many times. The feeling is like an electric current going through everyone’s legs, arms and hands—it is powerful and amazing! During the Circle, we focus our minds to God and ask for the healing of people we love and send light to noble groups and nations worldwide. Qi Revolution will be held March 7 - 9, 2020 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. The cost is $199. 24 CEUs. Veterans may attend free of charge. For more information, call 800-298-8970 or visit QiRevolution.com. See ad on page 19.

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We know caloric restriction extends life. But no one wants to do it, because it’s no fun. ~Lori Taylor

Learning From the “Blue Zones”

In their search for secrets to longevity, investigators often look for lifestyle clues provided by long-lived populations. Those residing in what National Geographic Fellow and bestselling author Dan Buettner calls “Blue Zones”, for example, are more likely to celebrate their 100th birthday and escape chronic maladies such as heart disease and cancer—the two biggest killers in the U.S. Buettner has identified the “Power 9” lifestyle habits commonly practiced by centenarians living in the five designated Blue Zones—Sardinia, Italy; Okinawa, Japan; Ikaria, Greece; Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica; and the Seventh Day Adventist community in Loma Linda, California.

LIVING LONG & WELL Age-Defying Habits and the Fountain of Youth by Melinda Hemmelgarn


t age 29, Betty Holston Smith, of Rockville, Maryland, weighed more than 200 pounds, smoked cigarettes and ate processed junk food. Now, almost 79 years young, she is a vegan ultra-marathon runner and an inspiration to anyone wanting to age well. Smith’s story underscores the findings of researchers that have long pursued the keys to a long and healthy life. Some of these factors—heredity, for instance—are beyond our control. However, the most critical ingredient seems to be our daily habits. Although we’ve all likely heard or read about someone that lived into their 90s, ate bacon, drank whiskey and smoked a pack a day, these individuals are outliers: In truth, longevity is determined by a combination of genes, environment, lifestyle choices and luck. For example, some individuals may be born with genes that confer longevity, but be unlucky due to where they live. The National Center for Health Statistics reports that life expectancy varies by zip code. That’s because where we live influences how we live, predicting access to healthful food, clean air and water, safe neighborhoods and stress-relieving green spaces such as parks and gardens. Genes are important, but our social and physical environments play a greater role in predicting our “healthspan” —the essence of a long and healthy life. 22

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

Survival of the Fittest

Tom LaFontaine, Ph.D., a clinical exercise physiologist based in Columbia, Missouri, says, “Mounting evidence shows that engaging in regular aerobic and strength exercise offers robust defenses against life-threatening diseases such as heart disease and several cancers.” One important marker of long-term health, particularly among women, notes LaFontaine, is bone mineral density (BMD).

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According to researchers at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health, in New York City, even our first environment—the womb—can spawn diseases later in life if pregnant women are exposed to air pollutants, pesticides and the toxic stress of poverty.

After menopause, BMD decreases in women and can lead to osteopenia—low BMD—and osteoporosis—pathological loss of BMD. “Women with osteoporosis are particularly at risk for fractures, especially of the hip, which can lead to a reduced lifespan.” LaFontaine recommends weight-bearing exercises such as walking, jogging and high-intensity weight training to significantly improve BMD; and he’s proven that it works. “In 2012, we started a program called Older Women on Weights (OWOW), in which 40 post-menopausal women with an average age in the low 60s train with heavy weights. Some even participate in weightlifting competitions.” “We have observed women in this group move from osteopenia to normal BMD and from osteoporosis to osteopenia based on pre- and post-bone density DXA scans,” he says. What’s more, the women in LaFontaine’s program have formed new friendships, benefitting from a strong network of social support.

Finding Inspiration

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

Eating Well, but Not Too Much

Food is a major contributor to both quality of life and life extension. Global and national recommendations to eat more fiber-rich whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, and omega-3 fatty acids, while decreasing added sugars and sodium, all help reduce our risk for life-shortening diseases. The plant-based Mediterranean diet consistently rises to the top for its health-fortifying benefits. However, in contrast to our Western culture’s practice of eating until belt-busting full, Blue Zone Okinawans practice hara hachi bu—eating until one is no longer hungry, but stopping before feeling full.

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

The Sleep Connection

Michael Grandner, Ph.D., director of the Sleep and Health Research Program at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, says Americans tend to see sleep as unproductive time, but it’s a “biological requirement for life.” In fact, it is one of the three pillars of health, along with good nutrition and exercise, says Eve Van Cauter, Ph.D., former director of the Sleep, Metabolism and Health Center at the University of Chicago. “Studies in centenarians have suggested that people who live long and in good health have a regular lifestyle. They spend time in community, eat meals and go to bed at regular times, in sync with circadian rhythms.” No matter how long we live, we want to make the most of our time on Earth. Beyond diet and exercise, finding our personal passion, reducing stress and spending time in nature and with those we love can add years to our lives. Despite our virtual social networks, real human connection is vital for physical and mental health. According to a report in the journal Heart, loneliness is as dangerous as smoking for heart disease and stroke risk. So volunteer, join a club, sign up for a community garden plot, yoga or dance class, or host regular potlucks or game nights—these just might be among the best prescriptions for staying young. Melinda Hemmelgarn, the “Food Sleuth,” is an award-winning registered dietitian, writer and nationally syndicated radio show host based in Columbia, MO. Reach her at FoodSleuth@gmail.com.

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

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GUT CHECK Feeding the Immune System


by Julie Peterson

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

Ground Zero: The Gut

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

What Not to Eat

Plants and grains on grocery shelves today are typically processed into bread, cereal, pasta, desserts and snacks, abundant in added sugars, salt, detrimental fats and chemical additives. These altered foods slam the gut’s immune protection and increase the risk of chronic disease. A Czech Republic study on food additives found that gut microbes 24

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

Eat the Rainbow

Fruits and vegetables get their colors from phytochemicals, which provide the human microbiome with antioxidants, minerals and vitamins that keep the gut healthy and help the immune system combat cellular damage. National guidelines suggest Americans eat 10 servings of plants a day, ideally two each from the green, red, white, purple/blue and orange/yellow categories. But data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys show that eight out of 10 people in the U.S. don’t get enough of any color category. “A good strategy is to add one new vegetable a week to your grocery cart,” suggests Canadian nutritionist Lisa Richards, founder of TheCandidaDiet.com. “Blending fruits and vegetables into shakes or smoothies is also an effective way to eat the rainbow for those who are busy.” Whatever goes into the grocery cart should be certified organic, the only sure way to avoid ubiquitous genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the food chain, which animal studies have linked to immune system damage. Herbs are also helpful to boost the body’s inherent ability to protect itself. Poole-Kavana points to medicinal herbs like astragalus and reishi mushroom, which support immunity and balance gut bacteria; antimicrobial herbs like garlic, thyme and oregano; and elderberry, an anti-inflammatory fruit that boosts the body’s ability to identify and eliminate viruses and bacteria. “The single greatest thing anyone can do for their health is to eat whole foods, including organic vegetables, fruits, high-quality proteins, whole grains and healthy fats,” says Calimeris. Julie Peterson writes from rural Wisconsin and can be reached at JuliePeterson2222@gmail.com.


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IMMUNE-BOOSTING RECIPE Lentil Stew Most stews take hours to cook, but this restorative dish, perfect for dinner or lunch, cooks up in a hurry. The plant-based recipe takes advantage of canned lentils and is loaded with nutritious, antiinflammatory power foods.

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Yields: 4 to 6 servings 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 1 onion, chopped 3 carrots, peeled and sliced 8 Brussels sprouts, halved 1 large turnip, peeled, quartered and sliced 1 garlic clove, sliced 6 cups vegetable broth 1 (15-oz) can lentils, drained and rinsed 1 cup frozen corn 1 tsp salt ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper 1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley In a Dutch oven, heat the oil over high heat.

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

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ur first breath is instinctual and belly-deep, but as we grow into life, everyday stress and trauma can bring us into the shallows. Mindful breathing can help guide our breath back to its original, healthy rhythm. Both the brain and organs benefit from increased oxygen, and the vagus nerve that connects the two—prompted by changes in the body’s pH levels—releases acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter responsible for lowering heart rate. Breathwork can improve vagal tone, a major component in a wide range of conditions like depression, pain syndromes, sleep disturbances, anxiety disorders and chronic inflammation. A 2016 study by the Medical University of South Carolina published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine shows a lower number of proteins associated with inflammation in the saliva of participants that employed breathing exercises. A study that appeared in the journal Psychophysiology in 2015 found that 20 minutes of mindful breathing at bedtime fostered a good night’s rest for people with insomnia.


Breathing Breaks

From traditional rebirthing techniques using circular breathing to Middendorf Breath Work for somatic awareness, there are many styles of conscious breathing. The gentler approaches best suit everyday needs and taking a breathing break can actually provide more refreshment than one featuring coffee. “Many people have found that a regular breathing practice has helped them increase energy and decrease anxiety. It is a powerful tool to reset the nervous system when we’re overwhelmed and stressed,” says Somatic Breath Therapy (SBT) practitioner Rachael Walter, owner of Breathe-HereNow, in Keene, New Hampshire. Like many forms of breathwork, SBT bridges the chasm between mind and body. “Conscious breathing can also help people access and understand their emotions,” notes Walter. Pranayama, an ancient technique of yoga that focuses on breath control and employs alternate nostril breathing, can be performed while lying down, seated or on the yoga mat. Kundalini yoga teacher Melissa Crowder, owner of 4 States Yoga, in

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Joplin, Missouri, advises students to start out slowly, three to six minutes a day, and then work up to a longer practice. “Alternate nostril breathing is a great practice for everyone. As little as six minutes of yogic breathing, as needed, can make a profound difference in decreasing pain and stress,” she says.

and in turn, presses upon the stomach and helps to churn the gastric juices. For this reason, it can aid earlier stages of digestion.” When used in conjunction with other modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy, diaphragmatic breathing might be beneficial for irritable bowel syndrome.

Belly Benefits

Breathing Into Feelings

The American Lung Association recommends a variety of exercises, including diaphragmatic (belly) breathing, for conditions like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Engaging the diaphragm is key in breathing to fullest capacity. Walter explains, “An open, healthy breath is one in which we use the diaphragm to initiate the breath, followed by the belly expanding and the breath moving into the chest.” Most of us unconsciously fall into shallow and sometimes self-conscious breathing patterns at an early age. “During my training, I read that by age 6, we pick up on cues telling us to tuck in our tummies. This simple, bad habit begins a cascade of physiological responses. Upper chest breathing can create anxiety symptoms and poor digestion,” explains Colleen Breeckner, owner of Colleen Lila Yoga, in New York City. “Diaphragmatic breathing causes the diaphragm to become flat and wide,

The depth and quality of the breath can help us to become aware of emotional states that include “holding patterns”. “Conscious breathing is a doorway into deep meditation, which can help alleviate anger and insecurities. It can also be helpful in dropping addictions,” says Crowder. “Linking pranayama with physical movement [asanas] helps to release tension and emotions that can be held in the body’s soft tissues.” Breeckner agrees, “Developing this awareness can help us to move unpleasant and stuck emotions through the body.” Well-being can be just a breath away, says Walter. “When we open up our breath, we open ourselves to a fuller experience of being human. It has the capacity to bring us into the present moment to access our joy and our life’s purpose.” Marlaina Donato is an author and a composer. Connect at AutumnEmbersMusic.com.

Noteworthy Breathwork Styles Clarity Breathwork: Developed from the groundwork of Leonard Orr, with a focus on accessing the subconscious mind for self-awareness. Holotropic Breathwork: Developed by psychiatrist Stanislav Grof, M.D., and his wife Christina and employs deep, rapid breathing to initiate an altered state of consciousness; training in the Grof method is required. Integral Breath Therapy: Gentle technique for an altered state of consciousness that works with the body’s natural healing capacity. Middendorf Breath Work: Named after German-born Ilse Middendorf, a gentle technique that does not include forcing the breath to promote healing. Rebirthing Breathwork: Pioneering and well-known form of breathwork that was also developed by Orr with a focus on releasing unconscious energy blocks imprinted during the birth process. Shamanic Breathwork: Uses specific breathing methods, chakras or energy centers, music and movement to overcome emotional blocks for deep-level healing. Transformational Breath: Developed by Dr. Judith Kravitz using uninterrupted breathing, Kundalini yoga and other elements of physical and energetic healing; recommended by Dr. Christine Northrup and Dr. Deepak Chopra.

Go-to Breathing Exercises From Rachael Walter: The Three-Breath Sigh Place one hand on your lower belly and the other on your chest. Breathing in through your nose, let your breath start in the belly and move up to the chest. Then exhale through your mouth while making an audible sighing sound. Repeat two more times. The Four-Eight Relaxing Breath Place one hand on your lower belly and the other on your chest. Using a belly breath, inhale to the count of four and exhale to the count of eight, making your exhale twice as long as your inhale to facilitate relaxation. Feel free to play with how fast or slow you count to find a comfortable breathing pace. Repeat for six to 10 times as needed. Breath Walk This is an excellent exercise to do while at work, school or a public place to give your nervous system a break, even when the world is crazy-busy around you. Walk at a slightly slower pace than normal and breathe in for one step; breathe out for the next step, counting three or four for each breath/step. Continue as you walk, being mindful of your breath, counting and surroundings.

For further inquiry, Melissa Crowder recommends these Kundalini yoga breaths: Shabad Kriya for promoting deep restful sleep Sitali Pranayama for lowering a fever or cooling off a hot temper Breath of Fire for improved brain circulation, stimulating digestion and weight control Right nostril breathing for afternoon slumps Left nostril breathing to quiet mind chatter at bedtime January/February 2020


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


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

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

n Decreased activity: sleeping excessively, seeming withdrawn, lack of grooming, loss of interest in toys, people or food n Restlessness, anxiety or compulsiveness: waking often at night, whining or yowling, new fears, pacing or constantly licking n Attention seeking: wanting to be near humans and showing 28

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

Prevention on the Horizon

Because inflammation caused by an inappropriate diet is the underlying problem of most chronic diseases in pets, Thomas believes that prevention for CDS is possible. “Feeding a noninflammatory, species-specific, balanced diet that is fresh and not heat-processed is critical,” he says. In addition, he advises his patients get probiotics, digestive enzymes, omega-3s and antioxidant nutrients. Vaccinations, when necessary, should not contain heavy metal preservatives. “The goal is to keep the gut and immune systems healthy, avoid toxins that affect the nervous system and minimize environmental stress.” Julie Peterson writes from her home in rural Wisconsin. Contact her at JuliePeterson2222@gmail.com.

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Ale-N-Asana Free Yoga Class – 10am. All-levels, slow-flow class w/lots of options for beginners or advanced. Extra mats avail; first come/first serve. Free. Strangeways Brewing, 2277A Dabney Rd. Shannon@MobileOmWellness.com. Cultivate Your Intuition – 10am-1pm. Are you intuitive? The answer is yes. You don’t have to go anywhere special to access your intuition. Deep wisdom is with you all the time. Sue Agee, RN. $38/mbr, $75/non-mbr The Innerwork Center, 213 Roseneath Rd. 804-359-0384. InnerworkCenter.org.


New Year, New You! Arbonne30 – Join this 30-Day Clean Eating Program if you are looking for weight loss, increased energy and focus, metabolism reset, a decrease in sugar and carb cravings, flushing toxins and releasing trapped fat, removing physical signs of toxicity, improving sleep & more! Private Facebook support group offers a jump-start to a healthy lifestyle. Contact Fran Babashak at FVBabashak@gmail.com for more info.


Innerwork Essentials – 5:30-8pm. What do we mean by “innerwork” work anyway? Let’s define it, figure out what it means to you and discover more. Philip Davidson & Vicki Saunders. $32/mbr, $64/non-mbr. The Innerwork Center, 213 Roseneath Rd. 804-359-0384. InnerworkCenter.org. Thyroid Health – 6-7pm. Free. South River Compounding Pharmacy. West End location. Info: SouthRiverRx.com/Events.


Life is Sweet: Yoga of Recovery – Wed, 1/8-2/5. 6-8pm. Need help keeping those new year’s intentions? Learn how to sweeten your life through practices of yoga & Ayurveda. Billie Carroll. $108/5-wk series. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 102. SweetenYourLife.eventbrite.com.

SAVE THE DATE Sound Healing Certification Jan. 10 – 12 (5-9pm, Fri; 9am-5pm, Sat/Sun) Use the tools of healing sound to shift consciousness, raise vibration and create transformative states in yourself, clients and groups. $425

Stafford House of Yoga 971 Garrisonville Rd, Stafford 540-373-7011 HealingSoundImmersion.com/ Training FemFULL Moon Women’s Gathering – 6-9pm. Free monthly gathering w/ potluck, clothing swap, meditation & releasing ceremony. All ages & those who identify as female welcome. Kultivate Wellness, 13140 Midlothian Tpk, Midlo. Details: Shannon@MobileOmWellness.com.


SAVE THE DATE Reiki I & II Training Workshop Jan. 11 & 12, 9am-5pm 2-day certificate program Receive your certification for Reiki Levels I & II.

Aura Holistic Counseling 4050 Innslake Dr, Ste 165 Glen Allen 804-346-4304

SpiritMindBody Gathering & Psychic Fair – 11:44am-4:44pm. The Call of the Goddess. Portia Chan will share what she has learned at the crossroads of Jungian psychology, Tarot imagery and Goddess spirituality. After her talk she will offer sample readings from the Motherpeace and Shadowscapes Tarot decks. Practitioners will also offer private mini-sessions, $20/20 min. 1007 Peachtree Blvd. RichmondMindBodySpirit.com.


Feng Shui for the New Year – 3-5pm. Learn all about the Year of the Rat and Flying Star Feng Shui for 2020. Learn the basic fundamental approach to feng shui using the annual Flying Star method to pin point and activate the best energies coming in while depressing the worst energies. $30. True North Yoga and Wellness, 4025 MacArthur Ave. 804-678-8568. NityaLiving.com.


Mental Stimulation: Open University (Lifelong Learning) – Mon, 1/13-3/2. 9:45am1:20pm. 8-wk morning courses offered by the Open University of The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond. Courses on Modern Genocide; Biblical Biographical Sketches; Politics Plus; Stephen Sondheim; Mindfulness for Adult Learners; Memoir Writing; Genealogy; French, German and Spanish. $45/session, mbr; $75/session non-mbr. St. Luke Lutheran Church, 7757 Chippenham Pkwy. 804-355-7282. TSCOR.org.


Nourishing the Mind: Lunch and Life – Wed, 1/15-2/5. 12-1:20pm. Free series of 4 lunch speakers, starting w/Dr. Edward Ayers, president emeritus, Univ of Rich; author, historian on Southern Journey: The Migrations of the American South 1790-2020. Sponsored by the Open University of The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond. Free. St. Mary Catholic Church, 9505 Gayton Rd. 804-355-7282. TSCOR.org.


Mindfulness & Meditation Book Study – Thurs, 1/16-2/20. 8-8:0am. 6-wk mindfulness series is a weekly guided meditation and group discussion for all students on a path of exploration & self-discovery. Randi Weiss. $72/6-wk session. Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Ctr, 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-741-5267. GlenmoreYoga.com.


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Nourishing Body and Mind: Lifelong Learning – Thurs, 1/16-3/5. 9:45am-2:30pm. 8-wk morning classes offered by the Open University of The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond. Feldenkrais; Chair Yoga; Edgar Allan Poe’s Best Poems, The Judicial Legacy of Brown v Board of Education, Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth, Gateways to History through Burying Grounds; Richmond History; Charles Darwin; Winston Churchill; German, advanced Spanish; beginning French; Latin, Japanese & Russian. Lunch lectures at 12:30 pm. $45/session, mbr; $75/ session non-mbr. First Presbyterian Church, Rm 205, 4602 Cary St. 804-355-7282. TSCOR.org.


Kirtan – 6-7pm. Experience the bliss of sound vibration leading to meditation. No experience req. Offered monthly. Led by Integral Yoga Teachers or special guest. Donation: $10. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 102. 804-342-1061. YogaHelps.com. Health Yoga Anatomy – 7:15-9pm. Video of Dr Amrita McLanahan. Hatha yoga brings balance and vitality to all the body’s systems while stretching muscles, tendons & ligaments. $10 donation. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 102. 804-342-1061. YogaHelps.com.


Health Benefits of Yoga – 11am-1pm. Workshop w/Dr Amrita McLanahan, a nationally recognized authority on preventive medicine, nutrition and stress reduction. Lecture & experiential. $25. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 102. 804-342-1061. YogaHelps.com. Introduction to Aromatherapy 101 – 2-4pm. Learn how to safely & effectively include essential oils in your day. Caroline Hazel. $35. Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Ctr, 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-741-5267. GlenmoreYoga.com.


CBD – 6-7pm. Free. South River Compounding Pharmacy. West End location. Info: SouthRiverRx.com/Events.


Nourishing the Mind: Lunch and Life – Wed, 1/22-2/5. 12-1:20pm. Free series of 4 lunch speakers. Craig Cooley, criminal defense attorney on “Child Sniper: The Ongoing Saga of Lee Boyd Malvo.” Sponsored by the Open University of The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond. Free. St. Mary Catholic Church, 9505 Gayton Rd. 804-355-7282. TSCOR.org.

CBD – 6-7pm. Free. South River Compounding Pharmacy. Southside location. Info: SouthRiverRx.com/Events. Joseph Campbell Meet-Up – 6pm-9pm. Come join us for a lively discussion inspired by the teachings of Joseph Campbell. Campbell was a prolific author and lecturer on comparative mythology, examining the universal truths and myths in various cultures and throughout history. Free. Glen Allen Public Library, 10501 Staples Mill Rd. For more info, contact Terri McDowell: ElementalHealth@gmail.com.


Kabbalah Exploration & Channeling Session – 6:30-8pm. Clarify practical principals of Kabbalah, the ancient Jewish mystical interpretation of the Bible. Bring a written question or topic of interest. Norton Richman & Rabbi Anderson. $10, includes copy of book A Kabbalist in Spirit, A Family Friend. 4807 Hermitage Rd, Ste 204. 804-399-3353.


SAVE THE DATE Vegan72 January 24 – 26 RVA’s third annual 72-hour Plant-Powered Weekend! Visit area restaurants to enjoy unique vegan dishes. Friday’s event hosts speaker John Joseph. Saturday’s celebration includes an event with speakers, food and vendors.   Sunday is Vegan Trivia.

Visit Vegan.org for details. 


Total Nourishment – 11am-12:30pm. Nourishing your body, mind & spirit to restore your energy & quality of life can start w/ good food & good friends! Discover other simple secrets of self-care and nurture to deliver your best energy and being. $25, $15/adv. Health InSyncs, 9210 Forest Hill Ave, Ste B-3. 804-377-2222. Register: Info@HealthInSyncs.com. Moon Wreath Workshop – 3-5pm. Create your own beautiful crystal moon wreath made w/real preserved flowers & natural crystals. Amber Adaire of Arcane Ascents. $80. Kultivate Wellness, 13140 Midlothian Tpk, Midlo. KultivateWellness.com.


SAVE THE DATE Foundations of Innerwork Tuesdays, 1/28 - 3/31, 5:30-8pm Retreat day: 3/21 Dig into life’s biggest, most intriguing questions in a supportive community, guided by some of The Innerwork Center’s most respected & experienced facilitators. This intensive 8-session program will provide you with ample time for structured introspection while leaving space for exploration. $485/mbr, $95/non-mbr

The Innerwork Center 213 Roseneath Rd 804-359-0384 InnerworkCenter.org


Nourishing the Mind: Lunch and Life – Wed, 1/29-2/5. 12-1:20pm. Free series of 4 lunch speakers. TV news anchor Constance Jones on “My Life as a News Anchor and TV Reporter.” Sponsored by the Open University of The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond. Free. St. Mary Catholic Church, 9505 Gayton Rd. 804-355-7282. TSCOR.org.


Ale-N-Asana Free Yoga Class – 10am. See 1/4 listing. Strangeways Brewing, 2277A Dabney Rd. Shannon@MobileOmWellness.com. Spiritual Bypassing – 10am-12pm. “Shadow” is a word for the side of us that’s not always so pretty. This experiential program will look at spiritual bypassing, particularly as it relates to racism. What work is yours to do? Archana Pathak. $25/mbr, $50/nonmbr. The Innerwork Center, 213 Roseneath Rd. 804-359-0384. InnerworkCenter.org.


New Year, New You! Arbonne30 – 30-Day Clean Eating Program. See 1/6 listing. Private Facebook support group offers a jump-start to a healthy lifestyle. Contact Fran Babashak at fvbabashak@gmail.com for more info.


Hormones and Aging for Men and Women – 6-7pm. Free. South River Compounding Pharmacy. West End location. Info: SouthRiverRx.com/Events.

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Nourishing the Mind: Lunch and Life – Wed, 1/22-2/5. 12-1:20pm. Free series of 4 lunch speakers. Kathryn Whittington, historical researcher & master guide at the Valentine Museum, on “Byrd Park, the Carillon and the Canals.” Sponsored by the Open University of The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond. Free. St. Mary Catholic Church, 9505 Gayton Rd. 804-355-7282. TSCOR.org. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – Wed, 2/5-3/25. 12:30-2:45pm. Retreat day: 3/14. Learn to check in w/your body to identify what causes you stress, then use practical techniques to reduce your tension on a regular basis. 8-wk course. $330/ mbr, $492/non-mbr. The Innerwork Center, 213 Roseneath Rd. 804-359-0384. InnerworkCenter.org.


Sleep, Precious Sleep – 5:30-7pm. Do you wake up feeling tired, unrefreshed? Have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep? Inadequate sleep puts your function and your health at risk for Alzheimer’s, diabetes, accelerated aging and other degenerative diseases. $25, $15/adv. Health InSyncs, 9210 Forest Hill Ave, Ste B-3. 804-377-2222. Register: Info@HealthInSyncs.com.


Relax & Renew Retreat – 2/7-9. Winter weekend yoga & Nia retreat for women. A weekend of freedom to let loose and also the freedom to care for yourself. Nia, yoga, plus friends old and new coming together to relax, renew and recharge into the new year. Fun abounds. Starting at $309. SoulShine Studios at Sevenoaks Retreat Center, 403 Pathwork Way, Madison. 804-335-0593. SoulShineStudios.com. Kirtan– 6-7pm. See 1/17 listing. Donation: $10. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 102. 804-342-1061. YogaHelps.com.


SpiritMindBody Gathering & Psychic Fair – 11:44am-4:44pm. Root Causes for Autoimmune Diseases. Terri McDowell, licensed occupational therapist, integrative health & nutrition coach & founder of Elemental Health will focus on the root causes for autoimmune and chronic diseases as well as simple dietary and lifestyle solutions that everyone can apply to create big changes in their health. Talk free; $20/20min private sessions. 1007 Peachtree Blvd. RichmondMindBodySpirit.com.


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The Feng Shui of Yoga: Creating Harmonious Spaces – 2/29-3/1. Nitya Living’s workshop weaves together two ancient philosophies and lifestyle practices to create an incredible path for harmony, health, abundance and well-being. Learn how you can apply it to your own home and life for immediate results. Yogaville, Buckingham, VA. Register: Yogaville.org/Programs.

Ketogenics for Weightloss or Lifestyle – 6-7pm. Free. South River Compounding Pharmacy. West End location. Info: SouthRiverRx.com/Events.

Self-Compassion Essentials – 10am12pm. Slow down and put yourself first for a change, and learn why that’s so important. Learn tips for better self-care and mindfulness techniques. Lisa Halberstadt. $25/ mbr, $50/non-mbr. The Innerwork Center, 213 Roseneath Rd. 804-359-0384. InnerworkCenter.org.

Level 2 Healing Touch Class – 2/28, 2/29. Ramsey Memorial UMC, 5900 Hull St Rd. For details, contact Sherry Price: 804-920-8066, LoveAndLight2360@gmail.com.

All About CBD – 6-7pm. Free. South River Compounding Pharmacy. Southside location. Info: SouthRiverRx.com/Events.

Silent Retreat Spring 2020: Living a Life of Meaning – 2/28-3/1. Give yourself the ultimate gift of connecting by going w/in to explore the meaning & purpose of your life. Take a break from endless to-do lists & the rush & noise of daily living to enter a place of both reflective solitude & supportive community. $485/double room, $570/single room. Roslyn Retreat Center, 8727 River Rd. InnerworkCenter.org.




All About CBD – 6-7pm. Free. South River Compounding Pharmacy. West End location. Info: SouthRiverRx.com/Events.


SoulShine Studios’ Yoga Immersion – 2/21-23. 6:30-8pm, Fri; 12-6pm, Sat; 12:45-5:45pm, Sun. Nourish & energize your body, mind & spirit by immersing yourself in the study and practice of yoga. Niki Schemmel/Jessica Forsythe/Sue Chopin. CE credits available for yoga teachers. $575/ early bird; $650. SoulShine Studios, 9200 Stony Point Pkwy, Ste 111. 804-335-0593. SoulShineStudios.com.


FemFULL Moon Women’s Gathering – 5-8pm. See 1/10 listing. Kultivate Wellness, 13140 Midlothian Tpk, Midlo. Details: Shannon@MobileOmWellness.com.


Happy New Year!

Joseph Campbell Meet-Up — 6pm9pm. See 1/22 listing. Free. Glen Allen Public Library, 10501 Staples Mill Rd. For more info, contact Terri McDowell: ElementalHealth@gmail.com.


Your Adrenals: Stress, Anxiety, Sleep – 6-7pm. Free. South River Compounding Pharmacy Southside location Info: SouthRiverRx.com/Events.


Nitya Living Kids Yoga Teacher Training – 3/6-3/8. 6-9:30pm Sat; 8:30am-9pm, Sun. Learn the Nitya Living approach to teaching yoga and mindfulness to kids and young adults. Receive 50 hours of training and Yoga Alliance-approved CE credits for current RYTs. You don’t need to be a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance to take training. Limited to 12 people. 3 payments of $205. Hanover Yoga & Wellness. Register: VirginiaLovesYoga.com/Workshops.

ongoing events Email Jessica@NARichmond.com for guidelines and to submit entries.

DAILY Volunteers Needed – The Shepherd’s Ctr of Richmond (TSCOR) provides free transportation to doctors’ appointments or the grocery store for older citizens (60+) at no cost. Volunteer drivers needed. Handymen/ women also welcome. For more details or to sign up: 804-355-7282.

GlenmoreYoga.com. Healing Touch Ministry – 6:30 & 7:30pm. 4th. Energy-based, heart-centered healing session. Sherry Price. Free, by appt. Mt. Pisgah UMC, 1001 Mt Pisgah Dr, Midlo. 804920-8066. LoveAndLight2360@gmail.com.



Qigong – 9:30am. Phoebe Antrim. Donations. Round House/Byrd Park.

Overeaters Anonymous – 13 wkly mtgs. Is food a problem for you? No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins, no diets. 804-362-9400. RichmondOA.com.

Cancer Support Group – 9:30-11am. 1st & 3rd. You are not alone. Open to anyone touched by cancer. Free. Cancer Resource Ctr, Rm 1110, Mem Reg Med Ctr, 8260 Atlee Rd, Mechanicsville. Info: Ann Petersen, 804764-7201; Mary Baker, 804-893-8711. BonSecours.com/CancerSurvivorship.

Falun Gong Exercise Practice – 9am. Free. Deep Run Park, Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-747-1215. Richmond Zen – 9-10:20am, meditation; 10:30-11:30am, study group. Meditation instruction avail. 3411 Grove Ave. 804-366-5546. RichmondZen.org. Laughter Yoga – 10am. 3rd. Great physical, mental & emotional benefits. No experience necessary. Slash Coleman, Certified Laughter Yoga Leader. $10 donation. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 102. 804353-3799. LaughterYogaRVA@gmail.com. YogaHelps.com. Breast Cancer Support Meeting – 4:30pm. 3rd. Sisters Network Breast Cancer Survivors. SNCVA House, 105 E Clay St. 804-447-4027.

MONDAY Svaroopa Yoga – 9-10:30am & 6:30-8pm. Deeply restorative yoga classes for beg/ continuing levels. Deborah Woodward, RYT, CSYT700. $16, $116/8wks. 800 Blanton Ave. 804-338-1105. Art1Am@verizon.net. Mindfulness Yoga – 1/6-2/24. 6-7:30pm. For students w/some experience. Includes mindful yoga postures, breathing exercises, yoga nidra & meditation. Yoga philosophy applied to the mat. Nora Vimala Pozzi. $52/series; $156/3 mo (1 class free); $15/drop-in. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 102. 804-342-1061. YogaHelps.com. Restorative Yoga – 6-7:30pm. An introspective & quiet class held mostly on the floor, focusing on releasing tension in the body & mind. Mary Leffler/JoRoyce Robinson. $60/4 classes/mo, $110/8 classes/mo, $17/drop-in. Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Ctr, 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-741-5267.

Belle Aire Health Oils – 10-11am. Are you an entrepreneur who wants to work where you want, when you want? Do you want to learn how to make another stream of income in the red-hot CBD business? Register for a 1-hr free session. 313 E Broad St. Andrew: Acpitzer61@gmail.com. X-Gentle Yoga – 1/7-2/25. 10:4511:45am. Combines chair yoga w/yoga on the mat. For people w/some physical limitations or for those who enjoy a slow pace. Nora Vimala Pozzi. $195/13 wks, $17/dropin. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 102. 804-342-1061. YogaHelps.com. Cancer Caregiver Support Group – 2-3pm. 1st. Free. Cancer Resource Ctr, Rm 1110, Mem Reg Med Ctr, 8260 Atlee Rd, Mechanicsville. Info, Ann Petersen: 804-764-7201. BonSecours.com/CancerSurvivorship. Free Open Bereavement Support Group – 5:30-6:30pm. Weekly group for all kinds of loss: spouse, parent, friend, child & more. We order off-the-menu & support each other w/thoughtful discussion. Led by hospice bereavement coordinator, Alane Cameron Ford. Drop-ins welcome. Robin Inn Restaurant, 2601 Park Ave. 804-272-3300. Richmond Area Lymphedema Support Group – 5:30-6:30pm. 3rd. Free. Retreat Hospital Board Room. Angela Denny PT, CLT: 804-281-8473, Patty Donovan: 804-270-9071. Tai Chi Chuan – 6-7:15pm. Learn the 37-posture form taught by Grand Master Cheng Man-Ching. $165/10 wks. Battery Park Christian Church, 4201 Brook Rd. Floyd Herdrich: 804-698-0225; Sondra Sealine: 804690-9878. TaiChiRichmond@gmail.com.

Breast Cancer Support Group – 6-7:30pm 1st & 3rd. Join fellow survivors thru & beyond your cancer journey in a nurse-facilitated group. Free. 601 Watkins Ctr Pkwy, Ste 200. 804-594-3130. VinYin – 6:30-7:45pm. Combines the movement of a vinyasa flow followed by the long holds of a yin practice. Rodney Bradley/Kerry Shultz/Randi Weiss. $60/4 classes/mo, $110/8 classes/mo, $17/drop-in. Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Ctr, 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-741-5267. GlenmoreYoga.com. Falun Gong Book Study – 7pm. Free. 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-747-1215. Restore, Revive, Renew – 7-8:15pm. A blend of restorative, yin, gentle & meditative slow flow yoga for a peaceful & centered week. All levels. Pay what can. Project Yoga Richmond, 6517 Dickens Pl. ProjectYogaRichmond.org. Using the Violet Flame to Heal Your Chakras – 7:30pm. West End. Rosemary:  804-926-9127.

WEDNESDAY Chair Yoga – 1/8-2/26. 10:30-11:30am. Safe and effective extra gentle yoga for increased flexibility, range of motion, improved balance and mindfulness. $10/class in adv, $12/drop-in. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 102. 804-306-9584. LindaDunn@LongLifeYoga.com. YogaHelps.com. Moving to Heal – 12-1pm. Gentle movement class for everybody. Supports people looking for a gentle approach to Nia and for those dealing with a wide range of therapeutic issues. $16/drop-in; Class Passes available. SoulShine Studios, Rich. 804-335-0593. SoulShineStudios.com. Essentially Well with dōTERRA Essential Oils – 6pm. Looking to incorporate essential oils & natural solutions into your life? Join us for the basic what, why & how of these amazing oils. Suitable for individuals & practitioners alike. Lisa Cusano. Al mismo tiempo clase en español traducida Diego Cusano. Check our Facebook page Essentially Well RVA for DIY Workshop calendar. Gather Short Pump, 2400 Old Brick Rd, Glen Allen. RSVP required: 804-296-9284 or Info@EarthEssentialsRVA.com. Prenatal Yoga – 6pm. Mary Jo Lowery. St Mary’s Hospital. 804-814-7079. Y12SR: Yoga for 12-Step Recovery – 6-7:30pm. Combines the somatic approach of yoga w/the cognitive approach of the 12step recovery model. Open to anyone dealing w/their own addiction or affected by the addiction of others. Billie Carroll. Donation. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 102. BillieCarroll@verizon.net. Y12SR.com.

January/February 2020


Copper in new device stops cold and flu

had colds going round and round, but not me.” Some users say it also helps with sinuses. Attorney Donna Blight had a 2-day sinus headache. When her CopperZap arrived, she tried it. “I am shocked!” she said. “My head cleared, by Doug Cornell no more headache, no more congestion.” Some users say copper stops nighttime stuffiness if used just before cientists recently discovered bed. One man said, “Best sleep I’ve had time. He hasn’t had a single cold for 7 a way to kill viruses and in years.” years since. bacteria. Copper can also stop flu if used early He asked relatives and friends to try Now thousands of people are using it it. They said it worked for them, too, so and for several days. Lab technicians to stop colds and flu. placed 25 million live flu viruses on a he patented CopperZap™ and put it on Colds start CopperZap. No viruses were found alive the market. when cold viruses soon after. Soon hundreds get in your nose. Dr. Bill Keevil led one of the teams of people had Viruses multiply confirming the discovery. He placed tried it and given fast. If you don’t millions of disease germs on copper. feedback. Nearly stop them early, “They started to die literally as soon as 100% said the they spread and they touched the surface,” he said. copper stops colds cause misery. People have even used copper on if used within 3 In hundreds cold sores and say it can completely hours after the first of studies, EPA prevent outbreaks. sign. Even up to New research: Copper stops colds if used early. and university The handle is 2 days, if they researchers have confirmed that viruses curved and finely still get the cold it is milder than usual and bacteria die almost instantly when textured to improve and they feel better. touched by copper. contact. It kills germs Users wrote things like, “It stopped That’s why ancient Greeks and picked up on fingers my cold right away,” and “Is it Egyptians used copper to purify water and hands to protect supposed to work that fast?” and heal wounds. They didn’t know you and your family. “What a wonderful thing,” wrote about microbes, but now we do. Copper even kills Physician’s Assistant Julie. “No more Dr. Bill Keevil: Copper quickly kills deadly germs that Scientists say the high conductance colds for me!” cold viruses. of copper disrupts the electrical balance have become resistant Pat McAllister, 70, received one in a microbe cell and destroys the cell in for Christmas and called it “one of the to antibiotics. If you are near sick seconds. best presents ever. This little jewel really people, a moment of handling it may Tests by the EPA (Environmental keep serious infection away. It may even works.” Protection Agency) show germs die save a life. Now thousands of users have simply fast on copper. So some hospitals tried The EPA says copper still works stopped getting colds. copper for touch surfaces like faucets even when tarnished. It kills hundreds of People often use CopperZap and doorknobs. This cut the spread of preventively. Frequent flier Karen Gauci different disease germs so it can prevent MRSA and other illnesses by over half, serious or even fatal illness. used to get colds after crowded flights. and saved lives. CopperZap is made in America of Though skeptical, she tried it several The strong scientific evidence gave pure copper. It has a 90-day full money times a day on travel days for 2 months. inventor Doug Cornell an idea. When back guarantee. It is $69.95. “Sixteen flights and not a sniffle!” she he felt a cold about to start he fashioned Get $10 off each CopperZap with exclaimed. a smooth copper probe and rubbed it Businesswoman Rosaleen says when code NATA16. Go to www.CopperZap.com or call gently in his nose for 60 seconds. people are sick around her she uses “It worked!” he exclaimed. “The cold CopperZap morning and night. “It saved toll-free 1-888-411-6114. Buy once, use forever. never got going.” It worked again every me last holidays,” she said. “The kids ADVERTORIAL



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Suicide Support Group – 6:30-8pm. 3rd. Connect w/community mbrs suffering from suicide loss & receive emotional support. Peer-facilitated; no mental health professionals guide group. Safe grieving environment, free of stigma & judgment. Pusey House/First Baptist, 2705 Park Ave. SOSlRVA.wordpress.com.

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Tibetan Buddhist Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Traditional study & practice led by Lama Chodron Linda Jordan. All welcome. Free. Kagyu Shenpen Tharchin at Ekoji Buddhist Sangha, 3411 Grove Ave. 804-554-1162. Kagyu-Richmond.org.  VBAC Support Group – 7:30pm. 2nd. Mary Callender. Better Bodies Chiropractic, 1570 Early Settlers Rd, Chesterfield. 804-382-8222. VBACMom.CPM@gmail.com.

FRIDAY Chi Fit for Life Qigong Classes – 6:15pm. Learn a series of qigong exercises especially designed for the season. You don’t have to be fit or flexible. Sondra Sealine. Contact Sondra for specific dates. True North Yoga and Wellness, 4025 MacArthur Ave. 804-690-9878. ABalancedHealthyLife.com. SpiritMindBody-RVA Healing Circle – 6:308:30pm. 1st & 3rd. Healers working on healers through various modalities. Even if new to holistic healing, come & experience an alternative way to wholeness. Quantum touch, reiki, healing touch & emotion code. Donations. 1007 Peachtree Blvd. Info: Facebook.com/ smb.rva or Meetup.com/SpiritMindBody-RVA.

Fridays at PYR – 9:30-10:45am, Peaceful Flow; 6-7:15pm, Feel Good Friday Flow. All levels. Pay what can. Project Yoga Richmond, 6517 Dickens Pl. ProjectYogaRichmond.org. Embrace Birth & Parenting Circle – 10am12pm. 5th Fri. Laughter, love & judgmentfree support for all parents. Tell your birth story, swap parenting hacks, or vent your frustrations. Free. Embrace Midwifery Care & Birth Center, 130 Buford Rd, North Chesterfield. 804-596-2229. EmbraceBirthVa.com. Moving to Heal – 12-1pm. See Wed listing. SoulShine Studios, Rich. 804-335-0593. SoulShineStudios.com.

Richmond Zen – 7-8:20pm. Meditation. Instruction avail. 3411 Grove Ave. 804-366-5546. RichmondZen.org.

Falun Gong Exercise Practice – 12:301pm. Free. Capitol Grounds, downtown. 804-747-1215.


Caregiver Support Group – 2-3:30pm. 3rd. Free. Jewish Family Services, 6718 Patterson Ave. Register: 804-282-5644 x 254.

Vinyasa Flow – 9-10:30am. Utilize breathsynchronized movement, flowing smoothly into and out of poses, including ashtanga sequencing and asana. Randi Weiss. $60/4 classes/mo, $110/8 classes/mo, $17/ drop-in. Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Ctr, 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-741-5267. GlenmoreYoga.com. Ageless Gentle Yoga – 11am-12:15pm. Gentle yoga stretches, postures, breath awareness & relaxation improve flexibility, strength & energy; for those recovering from injuries, illness or inactivity. Carolyn Hazel/Christina Evans. $60/4 classes/mo, $110/8 classes/mo, $17/drop-in. Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Ctr, 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-741-5267. GlenmoreYoga.com. Mindfulness Yoga – 1/9-2/27. 6-7:15pm. See Mon listing. Uma Melinda Nolen. $40/series; $110/3 mos (1 class free); $12/drop-in. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 102. 804-342-1061. YogaHelps.com.

Laughter Yoga – 6pm. Last Fri. See Sun. listing. Slash Coleman, Certified Laughter Yoga Leader. $10 donation. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 102. 804-353-3799.LaughterYogaRVA@gmail.com. YogaHelps.com.

SATURDAY Mindfulness Yoga – 1/4-2/29. 9:3010:45am. See Mon listing. Anne Bhudevi Fletcher/IY Teacher Team. $50/series; $120/3 mos (1 class free); $12/drop-in. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 102. 804-342-1061. YogaHelps.com. Beginner Barre Series – 1/18-2/8. 10:3011:30am. Barre classes focus on the lower body, developing strength & flexibility. Lotus Barre. $44/series, $15/drop-in. Kultivate Wellness, 13140 Midlothian Tpk, Midlo. KultivateWellness.com.

Money Talks

Climate Change Increases Banks’ Financial Risks

A collection of 18 papers published by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco indicates that climate risks may cause home values to fall significantly; banks to stop lending to flood-prone communities; and towns to lose tax money needed to build seawalls and other protections. One recommendation is for regulators to penalize banks that lend money in areas that have been hit by disasters, yet have not taken steps to protect themselves against similar future disasters. Banks could also be rewarded by regulators for financing projects that leave communities less vulnerable to flooding or other hazards. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome H. Powell wrote that the Fed takes “severe weather events” into account in its role as a financial supervisor. The San Francisco branch of the Federal Reserve, responsible for banking oversight across a major swath of the American West, wrote in March that volatility related to climate change has become “increasingly relevant” as a consideration for the central bank. January/February 2020


2020 healthy living DIRECTORY


Ruiping Chi, L.Ac., MD (China) 3924 Springfield Rd, Glen Allen, VA 23060 804-308-3561; 804-387-7651 AcupunctureVirginia.com Trained and practiced in China since 1985. Specialties: pain management, allergies, fertility, gastro-intestinal disorders, insomnia, women’s health, emotional issues, chronic medical conditions and cosmetic acupuncture.


Floyd M. Herdrich, M.Ac., L.Ac., MAP™ 804-698-0225 WorsleyInstitute.org Family Practice Acupuncture, since 1985, now in Ginter Park. Complementary & Alternative treatment for medical conditions: overriding emphasis on Wellness, Body-Mind-Spirit and quality of life. See ad on page 20.


Oriental Medicine Specialists, PC 5500 Monument Ave, Ste R 804-358-7071 OrientalMedicineSpecialists.com Founder & Clinical Director of Richmond’s first & most trusted center for Holistic & Integrative Medicine, Dr. Bell is an internationally recognized expert in holistic medicine, a Board Certified & Licensed Acupuncturist with 20 years of clinical experience.

CHINESE ACUPUNCTURE & HERBS Xiaoyan Wang, L.Ac., MD (China) 3721 Westerre Pkwy, Ste C, 23233 804-301-1784 AcupuncturistWang.com

Trained and practicing in China since 1983 with extensive experience working as a doctor in Traditional Chinese Medicine hospitals. Specializing in pain management, acne, psoriasis, eczema, shingles, Bell’s Palsy, allergies, infertility, menstrual problems, menopause, endometriosis, anxiety, depression, insomnia and more.

BELLE AIRE HEALTH OILS (BAHO) PRO 313 East Broad Street, Suite 327 202-262-5676 acpitzer61@gmail.com bahopro.com

Belle Aire Health Oils (BAHO) Pro, LLC represents Zilis, the leader in hemp-derived CBD and wellness products. Zilis offers full-spectrum, third-party tested, and water-soluble oils and topical CBD with over 12hour bioavailability, as well as wellness supplements for weight management, sleep disorders, cognitive thinking and homeostasis. Call for pricing and info!


2024 Staples Mill Rd, Richmond 804-288-8361 BremoRx.com Bremo Pharmacy carries professional, pharmaceuticalgrade, hemp-based CBD oil products. Ananda Professional, Charlottes Web and Bremo Hemp Oil are all trusted brands that use strict organic growing and manufacturing processes to ensure safe, quality products. Our pharmacists are well-informed on CBD research and are available to safely advise which products are appropriate for each individual. See ad on page 9.


Inside Market Bazaar 10901 Hull Street Rd. Midlothian, VA 23112 804-405-4222 Hemp66.com Hemp 66 is your route to natural health! We offer quality CBD products for people & pets. Tinctures, gummies, soft gels, salve, energy drinks, hemp flower, pet treats, coffee & tea. Natural relief!

KULTIVATE WELLNESS 13140 Midlothian Turnpike 804-464-2238 KultivateWellness.com @KultivateWellness

Kultivate Wellness brings you the area’s first dedicated Hemp, CBD and Wellness boutique with 20 years of industry knowledge! Offering CBD products, hemp products, herbs, local CBD honey, teas, wellness classes, yoga therapy, crystals, workshops, lectures, films, food demos and more. See ad on page 13.


Richmond, Midlo, Short Pump, VCU 804-447-7995 KultureVA.com Serving RVA and Virginia since 1999 with four locations and an online store. Offering CBD oils, edibles, syrups, balms, cartridges, crumbles, hemp flowers and more. Products for pets, too.

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Serves as your local green pages — a handy reference tool to use when searching for businesses, practitioners, products and services to help you live a happier, healthier, more balanced life.


12230 Ironbridge Rd, Ste C, Chester 11934 W Broad St, Henrico Ph: 804-717-5000, Fax: 804-717-8300 Rx3Pharmacy.com RX3, Virginia’s First Nationally Accredited Compounding Pharmacy, offers physician-recommended, professional quality CBD products grown in the USA with verified certificates of analysis. Oil tinctures, gummies, topical balms, nighttime PM versions, full spectrum, broad spectrum, THC-free products - all available without a prescription. Trust the experts at RX3. See ad on page 11.

SOUTH RIVER COMPOUNDING PHARMACY 11420 W Huguenot Rd, Midlothian 3656 Mayland Ct, West End 804-897-6447 SouthRiverRx.com

We offer full-spectrum, professional-grade cannabinoid oil from Ananda Professional. Our research has lead us to this pure line of CBD due to their ongoing third party purity/potency testing, being grown and manufactured in the USA (Kentucky) and their “From Farm to Pharmacy” commitment. Our pharmacists recommend these full-spectrum cannabinoid oils that are available without a prescription. See ad on page 43.

CHIROPRACTOR ARIYA FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC CENTER Six locations in the Richmond area 804-526-7125 AriyaChiro.com

Ariya Family Chiropractic Center provides a natural path to wellness through chiropractic care, acupuncture and massage therapy. We take pride in the peaceful, nurturing environment we create to provide excellent care and outstanding service. See ads on page 5.

MONTPELIER FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC Dr. Theresa Neiss, DC 17212 Mountain Road, Montpelier 804-883-3000 MontpelierChiro.com

Offering chiropractic, nutritional healing, functional movement, massage, and recently adding NAET allergy elimination technique. We are honored to offer a caring environment for healing, helping you to meet your health and wellness goals.  

COACHING/ SPIRITUAL COUNSELING COACHING/SPIRITUAL COUNSELING/ MEDITATION Call Joyce for an Appointment 804-920-9809 Location: Midlothian/Bon Air

Licensed and ordained Unity minister with 25 years of experience coaching, offering spiritual counseling and teaching meditation. Focused on helping people find answers. Let me help you!

SPIRITUAL COUNSELING/SACRED SERVICES AND RITUALS Rev. Dr. Cathie Stivers 804-908-7456 IndigenousSoulRevival.com

Ordained Unitarian Universalist minister with PhD in Health Education offers guidance to adults on soul/inner-work journeys seeking spiritual growth, through 1-1 spiritual direction, ritual, and teaching/facilitating small groups. 30+ years combined experience in ministry, chaplaincy and teaching.


Dr. U. Mehta, LCSW, CST 4050 Innslake Dr., Ste #165, Glen Allen 804-346-4304 AuraHolisticCounseling.com

Psychotherapeutic Services for Individuals, Couples, and Families: Hypnotherapy, Reiki, EMDR, Energy Healing, Sex Therapy, Past Life Regression, Trauma Informed Counseling, Energy Clearing, Chakra Balancing, Spiritual Readings, Reiki Classes. By appointment only.

DENTISTRY DR. OLIVIA I. HART, DDS, ND 10446 Ridgefield Pkwy Near Short Pump 804-740-4485 RichmondFamilyDentistry.com

Accreditation with the International Academy of Oral Medical Toxicology. Member of International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology (IAMOT), Board Certified in Integrative Biologic Dental Medicine. Certified provider of Oral Cancer screening with Velscope. Mercury-free dental practice. Family and cosmetic dentistry. Sedation dentistry-certified practice. Teeth whitening. Invisalign braces. See ad on page 2.

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Emily Pels, BFA, CHTP, RScP, RoHun Doctor 804-740-0509, West End Richmond EPels@aol.com EmilyPels.com Working together to help you to remember what an awesome gift you are to this world. Experience a powerful healing restoring Joy, Balance, Harmony, Pain Release. Offering Healing Touch, Energy Medicine, RoHun, Crystal Healing, Past Life Regression, Mandala Art therapy, Soul Portraits.



Sherron Marquina, DC, PAK 9210 Forest Hill Ave B-3, Richmond 804-377-2222 HealthInSyncs.com

6289 River Road Hanover, VA 23069  Agriberry.com 804-537-0448 

Join our 2020 CSA program and eat healthier with a weekly box of nutritious, delicious berries & seasonal fruit from area family farms. Visit our weekly markets and enjoy a variety of farm-made fruit snacks and pantry items. See ad on page 25.




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Kapunahele Wong, CA, CAT 12097 Gayton Road. 804-370-5825 inner-path.com Native healer, Kapunahele, brings a unique indigenous perspective to energy work. Reiki Master/Teacher, Certified Clinical Aromatherapist, Certified Crystal Therapist, auric/chakra work, astrological consultations, and deep spiritual work. Come as you are. See ad on page 20.


Offering an all-local, fourseason diet of naturally grown/raised vegetables, fruits, dairy and meats since 2009. We are a veteran-owned business supporting local farmers. Ask about military discounts. Quick and easy sign-ups online. Support local! Eat at home! Sign up today!



Carey Phillips, LMT, EEMCP, NCTMB 3001 Hungary Spring Rd, Ste C 804-205-6531, West End WellIntoLife.com

804-678-8568, Richmond NityaLiving.com

Intuitive and integrative bodywork. Eden Energy Medicine Certified Practitioner, Structural Integration and massage therapies. Bringing balance and healing to body, mind and spirit. Empowering individuals to live more vibrant lives! See ad on page 13.

Are you ready for 2020? It is time to release energy blocks in your home so you can experience a healthier, more abundant and vibrant life!  Certified Traditional Feng Shui Consultant and Master Chinese Astrologer. Over 18 years of experience with hundreds of clients all over the U.S. Consultation for home or office. Free Astrology Reading with each consultation. Outstanding personal attention. Feng Shui for the New Year Workshop at True North Yoga, Sunday, Jan. 12, 3-5pm.


Belle Aire Health Oils (BAHO) Pro, LLC represents Zilis, the leader in hemp-derived CBD and wellness products. Zilis offers full-spectrum, third-party tested, and water-soluble oils and topical CBD with over 12hour bioavailability, as well as wellness supplements for weight management, sleep disorders, cognitive thinking and homeostasis. Call for pricing and info!


SOUTH: 13354 Midlothian Tpk, Ste 101 WEST: 8921 Three Chopt Rd, Ste 100 804-601-0065 BONDWellnessStudios.com BOND Wellness Studios SOUTH and WEST is a collective of expert wellness practitioners who provide you with intuitive, therapeutic massage and bodywork. You get to enjoy this healing work in a safe and beautiful environment.



Looking for alternatives? Find out why dōTERRA is committed to sharing the life-enhancing benefits of therapeutic-grade essential oils and essential oilenhanced wellness products with the world. Join the vibrant community of Wellness Advocates in the Greater Richmond area as we learn together. Weekly classes offered on all aspects of use. See ad on page 13.

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dōTERRA Wellness Advocate, 212455 804-296-9284 MyDoTerra.com/LisaCusano Facebook.com/EssentiallyWellRVA


Board-Certified Professional Applied Kinesiologist. Individualized care using functional diagnostics, gentle balancing methods, clinical nutrition, advanced therapies to solve difficult health problems or optimize your health. See ad on page 21.

13140 Midlothian Turnpike 804-464-2238 @KultivateWellness

Oriental Medicine Specialists, PC 5500 Monument Ave, Ste R 804-358-7071 OrientalMedicineSpecialists.com Dr. Bell is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work in fertility - Featured in TOP DOCs 2014 & the world’s 1st Integrative Fertility Symposium in 2015. Dr. Bell provides holistic pre-conception planning, integrative fertility enhancement, pregnancy support and more.

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Now open! Kultivate Wellness brings you the area’s first dedicated hemp and wellness boutique! Offering wellness classes, yoga, yoga therapy, CBD oil, hemp products, herbs, local honey, tea, crystals, workshops, lectures, films and more. See ad on page 13.



804-673-2936 1404 Starling Drive, Richmond TheWellnessVillage.com Your​ ​ Oasis​ ​ of​​ Health​,​ ​we​ ​are​ ​a​​ group​ ​of​ ​integrative​ ​practitioners​ ​under​ ​one​ ​roof, offering​ ​a​ ​holistic​ ​approach​ ​to​ ​wellness​ ​and​ ​health.​ ​Our​ ​services​​ include therapeutic​ ​massage,​ ​acupuncture,​ ​meditation, injury​​prevention​​for​​young​​athletes,​​infrared heat​ ​therapy,​ ​bioidentical​ ​hormone​ ​replacement,​ ​ breast​ ​thermography, hypnosis,​ ​colon​ ​ hydrotherapy,​ ​psychotherapy​ ​services ​and​ ​esthetics.


9210 Forest Hill Ave B-3, Richmond 804-377-2222 HealthInSyncs.com Laser therapy can reduce pain and swelling of strained muscles, tendonitis, irritated discs, inflamed nerves; can stimulate tissue repair and regeneration from old and new injuries. See our website for more information about laser therapy. See ad on page 21.

THRIVE: MIND, BODY, & SOUL 4200 Park Place Court Glen Allen, VA 23060 804-366-8404 Thriverve.com

Thrive: Mind, Body & Soul is an Oasis of Calm in a Hectic World. Way More than a Spa. Work. Create. Explore. Connect. Relax. Breathe. See ad on page 11.


8720 Stony Point Parkway #100 Richmond, VA 23235 804-560-5260 RichmondBHRT.com BHRT is a safe treatment that helps restore the natural balance of hormones within the body for regained vitality and improved quality of life. If you are suffering from negative effects of fluctuating or decreasing hormones, call us to learn more. See ad on page 3.


2008 Bremo Rd., Suite 111 Richmond, VA 23226 804-493-4060 QuenchIV.com Quench IV Bar is Richmond’s premier IV hydration bar! IV hydration is the most effective way of hydrating the body and provides 100% absorption of vitamins and minerals. Our customized IVs are designed to improve fatigue, immunity, athletic training recovery and more. See ad on page 3.


Far West End Location 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy, Henrico 804-741-5267 Info@GlenmoreYoga.com GlenmoreYoga.com Providing Therapeutic Massage for 30+ years. Tailored to your needs – Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Prenatal/Postpartum, Therapeutic, Hot Stone, Swedish, Sports, Chair, Couples and Infant Massage. Thai Massage, Reflexology, Healing Touch. Gift certificates available. See ad on page 21.


Stephen D. Saunders, M.Ed 804-405-5216, Richmond Cecilia B. Thomas, M.Ed, M.Ht 804-432-1109, Richmond TheMainChannel.net Gain more life balance in a relaxed, strictly confidential setting. Goal and results oriented. Free 30-minute consultation. Further information available on our website.

MASSAGE THERAPY ATTEVLÉ MASSAGE THERAPY, LLC Elvetta Wilkins Vasquez, LMT, CNA 2505 Pocoshock Pl, Ste 203 804-839-9290 Attevle.com

Attevlé Massage Therapy’s focus is to maximize the potential of caregivers and those they serve. Our space is fully ADA compliant, offering a haven for caregivers as well as those who typically aren’t able to experience massage. 


SOUTH: 13354 Midlothian Tpk, Ste 101 WEST: 8921 Three Chopt Rd, Ste 100 804-601-0065 BONDWellnessStudios.com BOND Wellness Studios SOUTH and WEST is a collective of expert wellness practitioners who provide you with intuitive, therapeutic massage and bodywork. You get to enjoy this healing work in a safe and beautiful environment.

STILL POINT MASSAGE THERAPY, LLC Martha B. Tyler, RN, LMT 5318 Patterson Ave, Ste E 804-350-7647 StillPointRichmond.com

Martha draws upon 20 years of experience as a nurse and educator to promote health and wellness through loving bodywork. Multiple modalities and flexible scheduling offered. Email: Martha@StillPointRichmond.com.

MIDWIFE/NURSE-MIDWIFE EMBRACE MIDWIFERY CARE & BIRTH CENTER 130 Buford Rd 804-596-BABY (2229) EmbraceBirthVA.com Info@EmbraceBirthVA.com

Embrace is RVA’s first free-standing, midwifeled birth center. Specializing in healthy women expecting healthy babies, we offer evidence-based prenatal, birth and postpartum care with an experienced, licensed midwife. Beautiful water birth suites and a deep belief in low-tech, high-touch options combine to make the birth of your new baby safe, gentle and affordable. We also offer preconception counseling, childbirth education, a doula internship program, and much more. Tours/“Meet-the-midwife” sessions Tuesdays at 1pm and Saturdays at 10am. Call for your consultation today!


804-213-2278 • rvamt.com rvamtbc@gmail.com • Facebook.com/rvamt Richmond Music Therapy, a private practice founded by Allie Longworth, MS, MT-BC, actively serves ages 11 to 104 with mental health and rehabilitative needs through a combination of talk and music with a board-certified music therapist. See ad on page 21.

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12230 Ironbridge Rd, Ste C, Chester 11934 W Broad St, Henrico Ph: 804-717-5000, Fax: 804-717-8300 Rx3Pharmacy.com


James River Myofascial Release 3924 Springfield Rd, Henrico 804-543-5261 JamesRiverMFR.MassageTherapy.com

5644 Brook Rd. 804-264-2956 BrookRunVisionCenter.com

James River MFR is a John F. Barnes Myofascial Release practice that helps Richmond, VA stay active and pain-free. MFR is the missing link in your healing journey!

Brook Run Vision Center is a complete eye & vision care provider offering natural, customized treatments for Dry Eye Syndrome. In addition, we offer comprehensive eye exams, contact lenses, glaucoma management and pre- and post-operative care. Our on-site Optical carries over 1,200 frames and can make glasses in one hour. Serving Richmond in the Brook Run Shopping Center since 1996. See ad on page 5.




Deise R. Russell 5540 Falmouth St., Suite #307 MindFitnessRVA.com MindFitnessRVA@MindFitnessRVA.com 804-690-7783


THE INNERWORK CENTER 213 Roseneath Road InnerworkCenter.org 804-359-0384

We help our clients experience personal transformation with NeurOptimal® Dynamical Neurofeedback Training. A drugfree and effortless brain training system for stressmanagement, optimal performance and general well-being. See ad on page 5.

RX3, Virginia’s First Nationally Accredited Compounding Pharmacy, has been an industry leader for 23+ years. Specialists in customized compounding,  bio-identical hormones, veterinary/equine compounding, traditional pharmacy, palliative care, professional quality supplements, CBD experts, Food Inflammation Testing, and more. See ad on page 11.

The Innerwork Center is a resource and learning center that explores the insights and practices of the world’s spiritual traditions, philosophies and contemporary sciences. The Innerwork Center encourages curiosity, compassion, community and the cultivation of skills so that we might act mindfully in the world. See ad on page 15.

2620 Gaskins Road, Henrico 804-396-6753 Ramky@RVAPhysicalTherapy.com RVAPhysicalTherapy.com

At RVA Physical Therapy, our mission is “Excellent Care, Exceptional Results”. We specialize in Dry Needling, Manual Therapy, Soft Tissue Mobilization, Myofascial Release, Vacuum Therapy and Sports Rehab. We accept all major insurances. See ad on page 3.



Oriental Medicine Specialists, P.C. 5500 Monument Ave, Ste R 804-358-7071; OMSPC.com OrientalMedicineSpecialists.com

South River Compounding Pharmacy 11420 W Huguenot Rd, Midlothian 3656 Mayland Ct, West End 804-897-6447; SouthRiverRx.com Richmond area residents have chosen South River to be their preferred provider of customized medications for 20+years. A compassionate experienced staff, paired with state of the art facilities and national ACHC accreditation, make us the true specialists in BHRT, Pain Management, Upper & Lower Respiratory, Topical Anti-Infective medications, and Veterinary compounded medication for pets. In addition we offer our patients the highest quality, pharmaceutical-grade nutritional supplements available. We also offer an affordable, wide range of comprehensive tests designed for individuals whose health insurance does See ad on page 43.

As a Certified Holistic Health Coach & Lifestyle Educator, Josh brings years of experience & unique insight to support & empower clients in achieving their goals, improving their health & living an inspired life.

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Our expert staff offers counseling for: Ketogenic Weight Loss, Nutrition, Diabetes, High Cholesterol, Stress, Pain Management, Autism, Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Sports Nutrition, Respiratory Conditions, Anti-Aging (Optimal Aging), Allergies, Skin Ailments, Auto-Immune disorders, GI issues, Chronic Disease (ie: CFS/FM, RA, MS, etc). We also offer ongoing free educational health seminars addressing the issues listed above. Just go to our website to view our complete seminar schedule and register for all that are of interest or applicable to you. See ad on page 43.




South River Compounding Pharmacy 11420 W Huguenot Rd, Midlothian 3656 Mayland Ct, West End 804-897-6447; SouthRiverRx.com

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Family Practice and Integrative Holistic Medicine Apex-MD 5310 Twin Hickory Rd, Glen Allen 804-273-0010 Apex-MD.com Trained and certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and Integrative Holistic Medicine. Specialties: Primary care and Chronic disease management by integrative holistic approach. Weight loss and medical nutrition counseling, skin care, IV nutrition, Ayurveda, BioIdentical Hormone Replacement Therapy. See ad on back cover.

MATTHEW C. LEE, M.D., RPH, MS 5700 Old Richmond Ave, Ste A-5 (Off Libbie, near St. Mary’s) 804-358-1492 eLEEtePhysicians.com

Integrative approach to medicine, optimizing a realistic plan for your health/disease management. As a pharmacist, I review your medications to determine which ones are needed. Implement alternative therapies. Web visits available for established patients. See ad on page 9.



River’s Way Healthcare of Virginia 5500 Monument Ave, Ste T 804-379-4560 RiversWayHealthcareVA.com RiversWayVA@gmail.com Offering expanded healing services in new location. Providing traditional primary care and alternative approaches to support the body’s ability to heal itself. Extensive study in the mindbody connection to achieve optimal health. Certified by the American Board of Scientific Medical Intuition.


Trained by Marisa Peer. Rapid Transformational Therapy (RTT) takes only 1-3 sessions to remove bad habits and cultivate an enhanced life. RTT incorporates Neuro Linguistic Programming, Cognitive Based Therapy and Hypnosis. Customized, effective. Helps improve medical issues, emotions, creativity and productivity. Online sessions. See RTT on YouTube. See ad on page 21.


Talia Moser, Reflexologist, IIR certified  By appt., TMoser8@verizon.net 804-399-3353, Richmond TaliaMoser.com

SPIRITUAL CENTERS UNITY OF BON AIR 923 Buford Road Richmond, VA 23235 804-320-5584 UnityBonAir.org

Unity of Bon Air is an inclusive and diverse spiritual community integrating practical Christianity with all walks of life and ways of being. Come visit! Our mission is to live and express unconditional love and acceptance.


Tai Chi Chuan Instructor Tuesday Evenings, 6-7:15pm 804-698-0225, Richmond At Battery Park Christian Church, Ginter Park. Classicalstyle Tai Chi Chuan, the 38-posture short form. Essential movements to strengthen/enhance health and develop spiritual practice. See ad on page 20.


Thermographer The Wellness Village 1404 Starling Dr, Richmond 804-683-7774 EleetePhysicians.com/thermography.php Safe, non-invasive, radiationfree imaging. Preserve your breast, heart health and much more. Live happier and healthier longer! Interpreted by Matthew Lee, MD, RPh. See ad on page 20.


Karen Wright Henderson, BCTMB, RCST®, SEP By appointment only; 804-448-9955 Karen@HolisticWellnessVA.com HolisticWellnessVA.com A Trauma Sensitive Holistic Wellness Practice that supports those who have experienced the pains of trauma. Karen integrates Somatic Experiencing, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Clinical Herbalism and other modalities to help release trauma from the body, thus supporting balance and wholeness.

VETERAN SERVICES VETERANS RESILIENCY HOLISTIC CLINIC VeteransResiliency.com 800 Blanton Avenue, Richmond Karen@VeteransResiliency.com 804-448-9955

The VRHC in Richmond is for Veterans and their families. Our clinic includes 10 alternative holistic modalities to help you relax your nervous system. Donation based. 4th Wednesday of the month. Visit the website for details.

WATERPROOFING & MOLD REMEDIATION BONE-DRY WATERPROOFING & FOUNDATION SYSTEMS 10375 Cedar Lane, Glen Allen 804-550-7717 Bone-DryWaterproofing.com

Bone-Dry will thoroughly assess and repair any existing moisture damage that can endanger your health, including mold and fungus remediation, structural repairs and indoor air quality studies. We can then restore the health of your foundation, crawlspace and basement. Call on us for fresh air systems, sump pumps, dehumidification, encapsulation, insulation and more. See ad on page 17.

Reflexology is a holistic healing art. Applying pressure to points on the feet and hands stimulates a healing response in glands, organs and systems, resulting in better circulation, vitality and peace. Hot stone massage with essential oil included at end renews tired feet. International Institute of Reflexology certified. Wheelchair accessible.

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Specializing in Yoga for Children 804-678-8568, Richmond NityaLiving.com


Dr. U. Mehta, LCSW, CST 4050 Innslake Dr., Ste #165, Glen Allen 804-346-4304 AuraHolisticCounseling.com

Psychotherapeutic Services for Individuals, Couples, and Families: Hypnotherapy, Reiki, EMDR, Energy Healing, Sex Therapy, Past Life Regression, Trauma Informed Counseling, Energy Clearing, Chakra Balancing, Spiritual Readings, Reiki Classes. By appointment only.


Far West End Location 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy, Henrico 804-741-5267 Info@GlenmoreYoga.com GlenmoreYoga.com Incorporate yoga into your life at Glenmore. 30 studentfocused, multi-level classes from Gentle and Ageless to Vinyasa Flow, Yin, Restorative, Prenatal, Meditation. Yoga Therapy. 200- and 300- Hour Teacher Training. Voted best Yoga Center. See ad on page 21.


Nitya Living™ specializes in kid’s yoga programs that engage the whole child plus mindfulness yoga programs, women’s retreats, private classes for adults, teens and children, kid’s yoga camps, workshops and teacher trainings. Enrolling now for the 14th Nitya Living Spring Break and Summer Camps for Kids and Teens. Nitya Living Kids Yoga Teacher Training at Hanover Yoga March 6-8.

of Richmond Nora Vimala Pozzi, E-RYT500, C-IAYT 213 Roseneath Rd.  804-342-1061 • YogaHelps.com 25+ years teaching Integral Yoga®; 18+ years offering Teacher Training & Yoga Therapy. An educational & training center with certified teachers offering classes in a safe, non-competitive environment with personalized attention, including Mindfulness and Raja Yoga—yoga philosophy—leading to transformative experiences and a more meaningful and peaceful life. Specialized classes and private sessions for those with physical limitations or emotional issues. Affiliated with Yogaville.

Training since 1999. Faculty from RVA & Yogaville. 6-month weekly course, Yoga Immersion Retreat, daily Soulwork to deepen spiritual practice & self-discovery, in-depth Sutra study w/ application to daily life. Opportunity to serve & heal. Limit 12 students.



6517 Dickens Place Richmond, VA 23230 ProjectYogaRichmond.org Info@ProjectYogaRichmond.org

Mobile OM Yoga & Wellness Shannon@MobileOMWellness.com MobileOMWellness.com 

Project Yoga Richmond is a 501 (c3) nonprofit organization based in Richmond, Virginia, that makes yoga instruction accessible and affordable to practitioners of all abilities and income levels through its pay-what-you-can studio classes and community partnership programs. Project Yoga Richmond partners with local groups, agencies, schools, and community centers to provide free and/​or low-cost yoga and mindfulness services throughout Greater Richmond. See ad on page 21.


9200 Stony Point Parkway, Ste 111 804-335-0593 Info@SoulShineStudio.com SoulShineStudios.com


Nora Vimala Pozzi, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, Director & Main Trainer 804-342-1061 YogaHelps.com

Award-winning boutique Nia and Yoga Studio: #1 Best Adult Dance Class, #2 Best New Local Business, #3 Best Boutique Fitness Studio. Our mission is to empower individuals and build community through transformative movement and mindfulness practices which nourish and energize body, mind and spirit. See ad on page 21.

Offering private and small group yoga therapy sessions in your home, office or INSIDE our 34ˊ converted RV. Yoga Therapy is a holistic approach to healing with evidence-based practices catered to your individual needs or ailments. We will look at all aspects of your life including diet & nutrition, sleep, relationships, past and present situations and injuries and more. Let us help you on your path to wellness by becoming the master of your own health and healing. Serving Midlothian and surrounding areas. Contact Shannon@MobileOMWellness.com for an appt.  See ad on page 21.

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