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Tuesday, November 7th, 7 pm, Southside Midlothian • Thursday, November 9th, 7 pm, West End Henrico These are the remaining 2017 Seminars in our on-going free educational series sponsored by Baylor Rice RPh, FIACP and South River Compounding Pharmacy. If you are just beginning your pursuit of better health, have been deeply involved in your health decisions or somewhere in between, this educational series will be of great benefit to you!

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Ahhh… summer! And what a summer it is—for my family, it’s the last summer before Davis heads off to college so there is a good deal of bittersweetness. I know it’s all right and good, but I will miss his regular presence. And I’m sure Sy is probably not looking forward to getting all of our attention! So, we will savor these last few weeks of togetherness and enjoy some warm, happy RVA summer days. Getting outside as much as we can to enjoy all of the natural wonder we have at our fingertips—the river, hiking and biking trails, beautiful parks and gardens and more (have you found any RVARocks! when you’ve been out walking? It’s so much fun – And going inward, spending quiet moments with our own thoughts and dreams to help refocus and determine what our innermost goals and desires are, what we hope to accomplish once September arrives and the business of back-to-school (and end-of-summer) begins. A friend of mine at Chrysalis recently shared this poem by Lao Tzu about going inward, and I found it very meaningful…

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Rather abide at the center of your being; For the more you leave it the less you learn. Search your heart and see, the way to do is to be. “…the way to do is to be.” It seems so easy, but I think it’s something many of us struggle with—being present, listening, trusting our intuition… I have found that I have an easier time doing these things when I am making healthy choices for my body, mind and spirit through healthy eating, exercise, sleep, meditation, connection and service. This issue features an article on lifestyle detox, presenting natural ways to cleanse body and mind. There is also an article about organic farming which serves as a great reminder of the importance of making local, organic, sustainable and ethical food choices. The 2017 Local Farmers’ Markets are still in full swing—they are listed online at (scroll down under Local Features). Happy Reading! Jessica Coffey, Publisher

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newsbriefs Apex MD Introduces CoolAdvantage


pex MD now offers CoolAdvantage, a powerful, non-surgical, non-invasive technique to reduce unwanted bulges around the waist, buttocks, thighs and chin. CoolAdvantage delivers the same amazing results as CoolSculpting with several key advantages—it is nearly 50 percent faster (one treatment only takes about 35 minutes), it offers the same high level of efficacy (up to 20 percent reduction of fatty tissue), the treatment is provided in a more comfortable work station and there are no scalpels, injections, anesthesia, incisions or traumatic suction. Like CoolSculpting, CoolAdvantage safely, comfortably and conveniently utilizes the power of cold to target unwanted pockets of fatty tissue in traditional “problem zones” that tend to be especially resistant to reduction through diet and exercise alone. Through a process called cryolipolysis, CoolAdvantage freezes targeted fat cells until they burst and die, allowing them to be gently and naturally reabsorbed by the body. Because CoolAdvantage relies on the body’s reabsorption of unwanted fat cells, most patients begin to see results within three weeks of treatment, while maximum results are usually visible within two to four months. Location: 5310 Twin Hickory Rd., Glen Allen. For more information or to make appointments, call 804-273-1066 or visit See ads, pages 44 and back cover.

Ceramic Crown and Implant Options Now Available at Richmond Family Dentistry


r. Olivia Hart, owner of Richmond Family Dentistry, has added Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics (CEREC) technology to offer her patients an alternative to metal crowns. CEREC uses computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) for the construction and production of same-day ceramic restorations. A dental crown restores the shape and function of a tooth damaged by decay or trauma, protecting it from further damage. In the past, that meant two appointments and an interim crown for several weeks. With CEREC, a milling machine creates a color-matched ceramic restoration from 3-D digital impressions of the patient’s mouth. Dr. Hart then utilizes a meticulous staining and firing method for a perfect blend with the patient’s natural dentition, and the crown is cemented into place and polished. In one visit, your smile is restored! Dr. Hart is also pleased to now offer zirconia implants, a metal-free implant option. With the white ceramic zirconia material, there is no risk of metal allergy and no gray line at the gum margin. Zirconia is strong, reliable, biocompatible and natural-looking. Dr. Hart is board certified in Integrative Medicine. Richmond Family Dentistry offers dentistry with a natural touch, including a holistic approach to dental wellness, an eco-friendly office that utilizes biocompatible materials and guidance in metal compatibility and metal toxicity testing. Location: 10446 Ridgefield Pkwy. For more information or to make anappointment, call 804-404-8196 or visit See ad, page 2.


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GLUTEN- Living Without Gluten


he first Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest in the Richmond area will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., August 26 and 27, at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. The event will offer a weekend full of food, presenters and live cooking demonstrations, sponsored by Gluten-Free & More magazine. Attendees will receive a goodie bag full of giveaways and samples. The Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest is a celebration for the gluten-sensitive community. The nationwide series has expanded to six cities throughout the U.S. There will be food tasting and education by a wide range of local and national exhibitors, and information about celiac disease, gluten sensitivity and the gluten-free diet.



Admission: one-day adult, $15; two-day adult, $25; one-day military and seniors, $12; children, $5; 5 and under, free. Location: 403 N. 3rd St., Richmond. For more information, visit See ad, page 29.


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Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation Holds Annual SpeakUp5k


he Cameron K. Gallagher (CKG) Foundation and Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU will conduct the fourth annual Dominion Payroll SpeakUp5k on September 9 at Byrd Park to raise awareness about stigmas associated with anxiety, stress and depression, especially in teens. Complete with silly string, a rave tent and positive quotes placed throughout the course, this 5k is unlike any other. Participants can walk, cartwheel, run, dance or crawl to the finish line, and everyone finishes with a smile. According to Executive Director Grace GallaghA SpeakUp5k Participant is all er, CKG celebrates the whole person and lets those suffering know they are not alone. The group helps smiles during last year’s race. by starting conversations, providing support and resources that include powerful programming in area schools and offering teens a safe place to just be. The SpeakUp5k lets those suffering with mental illness know that it is okay to speak up about their challenges. For more information or to sign up for the race, visit

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newsbriefs Revisit Asian History with Local Author


arole Louie is the author of the recently released book, Conversations of a Hungry Ghost: Memoir of a Reluctant Medium, a true story about overcoming her fear of ghosts in order to talk with her father’s spirit and learn about her Chinese heritage. Louie will appear at a book signing at the United States Chinese Peoples Friendship Association (USCPFA) Summer Picnic on July 8 and at the USCPFA Hungry Ghost Festival on September 2. She states, “This book was written in memory of my father, Louie Hung On, my grandfather, Louie Mow and my great-grandfather, Louie Fat. As merchants, they were more fortunate than many Chinese who came to America. However, when I read the documents from the National Archives, I witnessed how they were treated. One hundred thirty-six years after my great-grandfather came to this country, I remember.” For more information, visit See listing, page 43.

Acupuncture Clinic of Richmond Moves to New Location


eborah Farley, L. Ac., CHHC, DOM (FL), owner of Acupuncture Clinic of Richmond, LLC is joining the team at Lakeside Wellness beginning August 1. Lakeside Wellness is a new wellness center, located at 6924 Lakeside Dr., Ste. 306, dedicated to providing Richmond’s best alternative and wellness practitioners.  Farley will offer the same level of care to her clients, just in a new location. Deborah Farley Her services include acupuncture, herbs, nutritional consultations and nutritional supplementation. As a raw food chef, coach and teacher she also offers guidance to those wishing to incorporate more raw foods into their diets, which may include juicing. Trained as a primary care provider, Farley also uses lab results to monitor patient progress.  

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Self-Realization Retreat in Short Pump


r. Marilyn A. Scott and Judy Richards are hosting a retreat, Creating the Amazing You, from October 13 through 15, at Hyatt House Richmond West. Scott says, “During your two-and-a-half-day journey, we will explore through special events and activities ways to help you find your amazing you! Join our group of like-minded individuals as you bring your biggest dreams into reality. Leave your fear and insecurities at the door—throughout this retreat, you will be encouraged, motivated and enlightened to newer heights as you find the real you!” Location: 11800 W. Broad St. For more information or to register, call 804-350-0034 or 770-853-6468 or visit See ad, page 31.

Save the Date for the RVA Peace Festival


he 13th annual RVA Peace Festival will be held on October 1 (location to be determined). With an emphasis on “Peace begins at home”, festival organizers believe peace occurs through education about other faiths, beliefs, races and cultural traditions. A major goal for 2017 is to delve deeper into the festival’s mission to help the community understand other cultures, religions and races. Now more than ever, creating a truly diverse and safe community is needed in the Richmond area. The RVA Peace Festival strives to bring awareness and education around issues of racism, xenophobia and other forms of prejudice. For more information and event details, visit

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Lovelight Yoga and Arts Festival Celebrates Enlightenment and The Arts 



oodstock ’69 Festival producer Michael Lang brings The Lovelight Yoga and Arts Festival to Maryland, a family-friendly transformational gathering that will take place from August 18 through August 21 at Camp Ramblewood in Darlington, Maryland.     Headlined by Kirtan rockstar Krishna Das, yoga pioneer Dharma Mittra, Matisyahu, Trevor Hall, MC YOGI and Integral Yoga president Swami Asokananda, the Lovelight Festival features over 100 workshops, concerts and classes for all ages.     The lineup is designed to celebrate the evolution of yoga and spirituality—from the grassroots of 1960’s counterculture, to modern yoga and the emerging Transformational Arts movement. Instead of alcohol, the Lovelight Festival offers musical performances, yoga classes, theme camps, drum circles, unique vendors, art installations, workshops, IDM DJs and high vibrations to keep the mood elevated.     For more information or to purchase tickets, visit For event updates: LovelightFestival. 

Positivity on Parade


he hit television show Light, Love & Positivity, formerly known as Fit, Fun & Fab-U-Losity, will be aired from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., June 27 through August 1, on the Richmond Community Access Network, Comcast 95 and Verizon 36. With executive producer Yemaja Jubilee and producer L. Roi Boyd III, the program focuses on inspiring, motivating and empowering people to lead extraordinary lives and be of service to their families and their communities. Cutting-edge information from local visionaries in the RVA area will provide a road map to being a “light” and radiating love, peace and joy in all affairs.

hirteen new teachers graduated on May 6 at Yogaville from a six-month Integral Yoga Center of Richmond (IYCoR) training program. Nora Vimala Pozzi, is the director of IYCoR and lead trainer. Congratulations go to Anne Anandaprema Young, Deborah Devika Griffin, Emily Ishwari Wallace, Ivy Divya Brotherton, Jillian Chitra Edwards, Karen Subhadra Hawkins, Martha Devalila Tyler, Megan Dakshina Neal, Nancy Darshani Middleton, Natalie Padmasri Turley, Dr. Patricia Aramati Reams, Shanna Praneshwari Latia Thronton, and Traci Mahalakshmi Bhagat. The next IYCoR Teacher Training program will begin in October. The first free orientation meeting will be held at 4 p.m. on July 21 with additional meetings to be held in August and September. Location: 213 Roseneath Rd. For more information, call 804-342-1061 or visit See ads, pages 23 and 46.


usan Sandlin, a licensed acupuncturist and registered yoga instructor, has joined Back in Action Health Resource Center. Formerly with West End Eastern Medicine, Sandlin brings two decades of acupuncture and oriental medicine experience to enhance the current team of doctors and therapists. She uses acupuncture, Chinese herbs and other Asian healing arts to work with musculoskeletal, neurological and Susan Sandlin internal disorders. The practice, owned by Dr. David A. Berv, CCSP, was recently voted Best Massage Therapy, Best Alternative Health Services and Best Doctor in Style Weekly magazine’s Best of 2017. Location: 4911 Augusta Ave. For more information and appointments, call 804-254-0200 or visit

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he nonprofit Cameron K. Gallagher (CKG) Foundation reports that more than 14,000 teens were helped since last spring 2016. Their goal for 2017 is 20,000 teens. CKG is dedicated to spreading positivity, erasing stigmas and providing education and awareness of issues such as stress, anxiety and depression in teens. They deliver programs in schools, onsite at their office in the West End and during community events. Programs range from coordinating social interaction and providing professional young adult speakers that give presentations and testimonials about their own teenage struggles to offering small group workshops about using mindfulness and other tools to improve mental health and general well-being.

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esearchers in Milan, Italy, have found that individuals with Type 1 diabetes display a unique inflammatory signature and microbiome in their digestive tract. The study examined biopsies from 54 patients that underwent endoscopies at the city’s San Raffaele Hospital between 2009 and 2015. The samples came from each patient’s duodenum, the upper part of the small intestine, and allowed scientists to directly assess the bacteria in the digestive tract, rather than relying on stool samples. The results of the samples were compared to gut bacteria from a control group of healthy individuals without Type 1 diabetes and others with celiac disease. Researchers found that the diabetes group showed more signs of gut inflammation than the other groups, and it was linked to 10 specific genes, also marking them as having a unique combination of bacteria. “By exploring this, we may be able to find new ways to treat the disease by targeting the unique gastrointestinal characteristics of individuals with Type 1 diabetes,” explains the study’s senior author, Dr. Lorenzo Piemonti, with the hospital’s Diabetes Research Institute.

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Post-Stroke Exercise Improves Brain Function


esearch from the University of Pittsburgh, in Pennsylvania, has established that structured physical activity following a stroke can significantly improve cognitive function in survivors. The study used data from 13 clinical trials that included 735 participants to analyze general cognitive improvement, executive function, attention and working memory, as well as the impact of different types of physical activity. Researchers found that exercise following a stroke produced cognitive improvements in both attention and speed in processing information. They further discovered that a combination of aerobic exercise and strength training produced the maximum cognitive improvements. “We found that a program as short as 12 weeks is effective at improving cognition, and even patients with chronic stroke can experience improvements in their cognition with an exercise intervention,” says lead author Lauren E. Oberlin, a graduate student at the university. 14

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Colicky Babies Respond to Acupuncture


esearch from Sweden has found that acupuncture helps reduce the crying of colicky babies. The study monitored 147 babies between the ages of 2 and 8 weeks with colic at four separate Swedish public child health centers. The babies were divided into three groups; each visited the clinic twice a week for two weeks. One group received “gold standard” care plus five minutes of minimal acupuncture, one group received standard care plus five minutes of acupuncture and one group received standard care only. After two weeks, both acupuncture groups showed a reduction in crying time by the second week and at a later follow-up. More babies dropped to less than three hours of crying per day in the acupuncture groups than the control group, removing them from the colic category altogether. No adverse effects were recorded.

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study of distance runners by Texas A&M University, in College Station, determined that short-term supplementation of dried tart cherry powder improved running times, decreased inflammation and increased muscle metabolism and immunity. The researchers divided 27 endurance-trained young adult athletes into two groups. Eleven participants were given a daily powdered tart cherry supplement for 10 days, and 16 were given a rice flour placebo. All completed a half-marathon near the end of the 10-day trial. The researchers tested fasting blood samples and a quadriceps muscle soreness rating prior to the run, 60 minutes after the run and 24 and 48 hours post-run. The tart cherry group reported 13 percent faster average running times, as well as significantly lower inflammatory markers. They also reported 34 percent lower quadriceps soreness prior to the run. Tart cherry supplementation also increased immunity and resulted in better muscle metabolism.



study from the University of Florida, in Gainesville, has found that the probiotic combination of lactobacilli and bifidobacteria (sold as Kyo-Dophilus) helps relieve the symptoms of seasonal allergies. Researchers split 173 healthy adults with mild seasonal allergies into two groups during the height of the spring allergy season. The first group was given the probiotic combination, while the other group received a placebo. The subjects filled out a weekly online survey for eight weeks about their allergy symptoms and discomfort levels. The probiotic combination resulted in fewer allergyrelated nasal symptoms plus quality-of-life improvements.

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Beverage Battle

Water Overtakes Sweet Sodas

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After decades of strong growth, bottled water consumption has outpaced carbonated soft drinks to become the largest beverage category by volume in the United States. Michael Bellas, chairman and chief executive at Beverage Marketing Corp. says, “When Perrier first entered the country in the 1970s, few would have predicted the heights to which bottled water would eventually climb.” In 2015, U.S. bottled water consumption totaled 39.3 gallons per capita, while carbonated soft drinks fell to 38.5 gallons. Bad publicity about the health effects of sugary beverages is at the root of the trend, with some states considering making them off-limits to food stamp purchasers and cities voting for soda taxes to combat diet-related diseases like obesity and diabetes.

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Vegetarian Protein Options on the Rise


Last year, the United Nations International Year of Pulses recognized dry peas, lentils and chickpeas because they are affordable, nutritious and have a low eco-footprint. New, innovative, plant-based proteins will extend the options. The Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition reported that vegetarians can save at least $750 annually over meat eaters by reducing or replacing consumption of animal products and switching to sources that adhere to higher animal welfare standards. The Impossible Burger simulates the sizzle, the smell and the juicy first bite of the real thing to rave reviews. The similar Beyond Burger is a hit at Whole Foods Markets. Tyson Foods is investing in the protein alternative company, Beyond Meat, and launching a $150 million venture capital fund to support plant-based foods. Some large German meat producers are also seeking to diversify with plant-based versions of traditional meaty favorites.


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Endangered Species Protection Act May Go Extinct The federal Endangered Species Act (ESA), passed in 1973, strengthened earlier federal protections for animals that had been nearly wiped out by humans. The act faces opposition from those that believe it both unfairly protects animals that poach livestock and restricts land use. At a recent hearing titled Modernizing the Endangered Species Act, Republican Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming, head of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said the ESA is not working anymore. Natural Resources Committee Chairman Republican Congressman Rob Bishop of Utah opines that the act has never been used for the rehabilitation of species and instead has been controlling the land, saying, “It has been hijacked.” Yet Daniel M. Ashe, president and chief executive of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, says, “The Endangered Species Act is the world’s ‘gold standard’ for conservation and protection of animals.” According to many experts, the world’s flora and fauna are experiencing a global extinction crisis caused by human activity, but we have also learned how to protect species and help them recover. Eight species that would probably have disappeared already were it not for the ESA include the black-footed ferret, humpback whale, bald eagle, American alligator, grizzly bear, Florida manatee, California condor and gray wolf.

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Mr. Trash Wheel and Professor Trash Wheel, the solar- and hydro-powered trash interceptors cleaning up Baltimore’s inner harbor, have the ability to suck up plastic bags, Styrofoam containers, cigarette butts and other debris. The waste is burned to generate electricity, and plans exist to increase recycling capabilities in the future. The brainchild of engineer John Kellett, who gained the support of the Water Partnership of Baltimore, a nonprofit that supports environmental legislation, the inventions are designed to make the area a green, safe and friendly destination for people and marine life.

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Driverless Cars Promise Safety and Savings

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Hyundai demonstrated its Ioniq autonomous, or driverless, hybrid car concept at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show, demonstrating that such vehicles— equipped with sophisticated sensors, GPS and computers—could be for sale within five to seven years. Safety is paramount. Estimates for the U.S., based on a 2013 Eco Center for Transportation study, projected that if 90 percent of vehicles were autonomous, the number of driving-related deaths would plummet from an annual 32,400 to approximately 11,300. “Drivers are excited that driverless cars will offer 90 percent fewer U.S. traffic accidents, 40 percent lower insurance costs, the end of drunk driving accidents and newfound freedom for seniors and people with disabilities,” says Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association. Its 2016 report Self-Driving Vehicles: Consumer Sentiments found that nearly 75 percent of consumers surveyed like the proffered benefits. In Driverless, authors Hod Lipson and Melba Kurman highlight significant ecological benefits, including McKinsey research findings that driverless cars will yield up to 20 percent fuel savings, and a corresponding reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. Their smoother driving also extends a vehicle’s life. Ford intends to deliver a fully autonomous vehicle for ride sharing in 2021, according to Mark Fields, Ford Motor Company president and CEO. Companies such as Uber and Lyft already are testing driverless vehicles in pilot cities.

Animals that Are No More Every year, more species reach the brink of extinction and only inhabit the annals of natural history. Species that have officially disappeared forever as of 2016 include the Bramble Cay melomys, Nulllarbor dwarf bettong, Capricorn rabbit-rat, Pinta Island tortoise, western black rhinoceros, Rabb’s fringe-limbed treefrog, San Cristóbal vermilion flycatcher and Formosan clouded leopard. These are just a handful of the animals threatened and wiped out annually. Thirteen bird species alone were confirmed as extinct in 2016, mostly due to invasive predators. More of these animals are bound to die off unless humans make a concerted effort to preserve them.

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ith a master’s degree in physical therapy from Loma Linda University, in California, and a number of additional professional certifications, board-certified physical therapist Ramakrishnan “Ramky” Kavaserry, owner of RVA Physical Therapy, has two goals for his patients—one is to heal and the other is to become pain-free, using natural approaches and techniques. These techniques include dry needling, cupping, manual therapy and the use of spinal nerves. Each one encourages the body’s natural healing properties. “With dry needling, needles are strategically placed around the injured area,” he explains. “The increased blood flow starts the healing process.” Cupping is similar. The practitioner places small suction cups around the injured area which lift the muscle up and cause a fresh, healing blood supply to rush in to start repair of damaged or irritated tissue. “With spinal nerves, the idea is to trace the pain pathway to its source, which can be in the spine.

He often uses manual therapy after dry needling or cupping to speed up the healing process. Compared to more conventional approaches to physical therapy, where practitioners often prescribe steroid shots and physical therapists provide an exercise regimen early on in treatment, Kavaserry and his staff believe patients need to become pain-free first in a natural way, and then build strength with exercise later. Kavaserry states, “The human body is brilliant and is naturally drawn to function in a state of well-being and balance. If I am going to do this, I am going to do it right.” Kavaserry experienced pain in his legs during adolescence, became aware of the mechanics of his growing frame and found relief in natural methods like simple stretching. He is passionate about continuing to learn from leaders in his field, at one point waiting two years until a spot opened in a specialty class in dry needling techniques.  

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Certain stimulation techniques in the nerves can send healing messages to the painful area,” notes Kavaserry. “Tennis elbow can resolve quickly and naturally with the use of spinal nerves.”

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Take Toxins Out of Your Life by Meredith Montgomery


he term “detox” has been gaining traction in health circles, but cleansing practices have existed for millennia, ranging from Egyptian hydrotherapy to Medieval Lenten practices and Native American fasting, smudging and sweat lodges. The truth is that we need cleansing now more than ever—to rid our bodies of chemical overload and our minds of negative thinking. The Environmental Defense Fund has counted more than 100 chemicals produced in the U.S. that are present in everyday products and hazardous to humans and the environment. “Our body is a natural detoxifier, ridding itself of toxins through pooping, peeing, sweating and shedding skin. But in our current toxic overload situation, it’s not always an efficient process,” observes Deanna Minich, Ph.D., an author and functional nutritionist in Washington state. Some experts believe many commercial detoxification programs are unsafe, extreme and ineffective. “Psychologically, a short-term cleanse can act as a stepping stone if you’re eating fast food and donuts every day,” says


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Dr. Michael Greger, a Washington, D.C., physician specializing in clinical nutrition and author of How Not to Die. “What matters more is longterm—what you’re eating a decade from now. No quick fix is going to do it, it’s a lifestyle change.”

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When the microbiome becomes depleted, overall health is affected. Dr. Robynne Chutkan, a gastroenterologist at Georgetown University Hospital, founder of the Digestive Center for Wellness, in Washington, D.C., and author of Gutbliss and The Microbiome Solution,

We’re all exposed to toxins, but if our inner terrain is healthy, our body can flush them out, so we won’t get sick. ~Robynne Chutkan

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“Health and wealth have become associated with cleanliness, yet the opposite is probably true,” assesses Chutkan. “Kids come in from the playground to use hand sanitizers and eat processed snacks. Instead, discard the microbiome-disrupting sanitizer and provide fresh vegetables for them to eat outside. We don’t want kids exposed to any serious pathogens, but


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explains, “The GI tract is the body’s engine, and microbes are the worker bees that operate the machinery so that digestion and toxin removal can happen.” She recommends switching to a plant-filled diet to effectively repopulate the microbiome and be aware of how food is grown. “Much store-bought produce, even organic options, is grown in depleted soil. Seek out biodynamic farmers that prioritize nutrientrich soil to foster microbes,” Chutkan says. Even planting a couple of herbs or microgreens on the kitchen windowsill can make a difference. “Just picking those herbs and getting your hands in healthy dirt increases your exposure to health-promoting microbes.”

getting a little dirty is essential.” Studies have found that children with pets are more likely to have fewer allergies and infections and take fewer antibiotics than those living in pet-free households (Clinical & Experimental Allergy and Kuopio University Hospital, Finland). Pets that venture outdoors bring healthy microbes inside; so does fresh air, which purifies poorer quality indoor air. Chutkan also warns of excessive bathing. “When we scrub ourselves, we rub off microbes and naturally occurring oils; unless we’re filthy, we just need to gently rinse.” Marketers convince consumers that products with toxic ingredients are necessities, but coconut oil, apple cider vinegar and honey can effectively replace many toiletries.

he recommends stimulating fat metabolism with a cleanse that starts each morning with melted ghee followed by a simple nonfat diet throughout the day. According to research published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, ghee, a clarified butter, has been proven to remove environmental toxins by attaching to toxic fats. Kitchari, the staple of the meal plan, is a nourishing and easy-to-digest, porridge-like blend of beans, rice and Indian spices. “When you eat a mono diet of just kitchari, your body can transfer the energy that normally goes toward digestion into cleansing and healing other systems,” says Douillard. For those not

Reboot with a Quick Cleanse

To stimulate the body’s natural ability to burn fat, Douillard recommends a four-day, at-home detox cleanse. “The digestive system is responsible for delivering nutrients and escorting dangerous toxins out of your body; if you can’t digest well, you can’t detoxify well,” he says. Unlike drastic fasts and juice cleanses, which can deplete nutrients,

Few Snacks, More Water

Work toward eating three meals a day—a light breakfast, big lunch and light and early dinner—without snacking in-between, and fasting for 13 hours each night. Douillard notes, “This regimen should be maintained beyond the cleanse because it gives the body a chance to use up its carbohydrates—its normal, go-to fuel—and switch to its calmer, more stable, detoxifying fuel— body fat.”

5 Ways to Detox Every Day

Burn Fat Cells

According to ayurveda, burning fat fuels detoxification because toxins from preservatives, pollutants, pesticides and other damaging chemicals are stored in our fat cells. When fat is metabolized and used as an energy source, the toxins are released, ready to be flushed out. “When we’re not burning fat, toxins can accumulate, cause congestion in the lymphatic channels, overwhelm the liver and ultimately be deposited back into fat cells or stored in the arteries, heart and brain,” comments Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner Dr. John Douillard, of Boulder, Colorado. He’s the author of Eat Wheat and a former director of player development and nutrition advisor for the New Jersey Nets professional basketball team.

ready to maintain such a limited diet, he recommends a polydiet with the option to add seasonal steamed vegetables, oatmeal and other gluten-free grains.

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s soon as we start eating healthier diets, our body is able to detoxify more efficiently and diseases begin to be reversed,” says Dr. Michael Greger, a physician and creator of Follow these tips to enhance the detoxification process at mealtimes.


Eat broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables raw or chop them at least 40 minutes before cooking to maximize intake of the phytonutrient sulforaphane, which boosts detoxifying enzymes in the liver. For the time-crunched, Greger suggests adding a small amount of any type of raw cruciferous vegetables to the cooked ones.


Always choose colorful produce, with the exception of white mushrooms and cauliflower. “White foods are stripped of nutrition,” says Greger. Pigment indicates the richness of antioxidants that keep the body functioning efficiently. He likes adding shreds of economical and long-lasting red cabbage as an everyday garnish.


Follow the seasons, because nature provides the ideal harvest for each season—heavier, denser foods in winter, like wheat, dairy, roots, nuts and seeds; and cooling, high-energy fruits and vegetables in summer. Dr. John Douillard, creator of the 3-Season Diet Challenge, remarks that research suggests that gut microbes are meant to change with local seasonal foods to optimize digestion, mood and immunity.


Avoid plastics by limiting intake of foods stored or cooked in plastic, especially cling wrap, which is made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), a known carcinogen, according to the World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer. Also avoid canned goods unless labeled bisphenol A (BPA)-free. “A lot of toxins enter our bodies through processed, overcooked and fried foods,” observes Deanna Minich, Ph.D. “As we replace these foods with nourishing options, we need to also minimize plastic packaging.”


Filter water because, “We are primarily made of water, so if we’re drinking and bathing in contaminated water, it impacts health,” says Minich who recommends using a national testing laboratory to assess home tap water. The results can then be coupled with the Environmental Working Group’s buying guide ( to determine the most appropriate water filter to deal with the contaminants that may be present. natural awakenings

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Adapt the cleanse to avoid strain, because when under stress, the lymphatic system shuts down and the body stores fat and toxins. “If three meals a day with no snacks is not possible yet, have a nonfat high-protein snack and plan to eat more protein at your next meal,” suggests Douillard. “Or start with four meals, and work your way down to three.” Aim to drink half your healthiest body weight in ounces of room-temperature water every day, while also sipping warm-to-hot water—believed to soften the intestinal tract, move the lymph and hydrate the cells more effectively than cold water—every 10 to 15 minutes for two weeks. Plain water has a hydrating effect that not even lemon water can replicate.

“Toxins are best understood less as poisons than as barriers—obstacles to the life and health we truly want,” says Minich. As a functional medicine nutritionist, she believes that food as medicine is only one aspect of full-spectrum health. Her approach revolves around clusters of nutritional, anatomical, psychological and spiritual life issues that can be jointly detoxified, supported and healed. “Good eating alone will not necessarily solve our emotional woes or stop our limiting beliefs and toxic self-talk,” she explains in Whole Detox, a book based on a whole-life, whole-systems, whole-foods approach to detoxification. “We need to remove all the barriers that impede our growth. Limiting thoughts, as well as heavy metals and pesticides, are toxic barriers that weigh us down, sapping energy that might be used for better things.” Her 21-day program is designed to establish long-term lifestyle changes with simple habits. She recommends monitoring our emotions and tracking thoughts with daily writing exercises. “Look at yourself like you’re examining a food label to get to the root of limiting patterns,” she says, encouraging questions such as, “Is this thought healthy for me?” or, “Do I want this thought in my being?” Be mindful of speech as well; swearing, exaggerating and interrupting can have deleterious effects,


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while uplifting affirmations can inspire positive actions. She attests that visualization can help prevent the creative self from shutting down, another aspect of toxicity. “Be intuitive and imaginative; allow creative expression to flow. Before you can manifest what you want in life, you have to envision it.” Minich wants patients to invite introspection by taking a few minutes each day to be in solitude and silence, allowing meaning and purpose to surface. Daily stress relief practices such as meditation, yoga, self-massage and mindful breathing can foster stress reduction. “Life shouldn’t feel like an emergency. We need to navigate around stress so we’re not inundated by it,” counsels Douillard. By extracting toxins through sweat and circulating nutrients, physical activity is equally important for detoxification, but it’s also a form of self-love. “It expands your sense of possibilities, freeing you to go where you will and to carry burdens lightly,” Minich says. In this age of personalized medicine, Minich encourages patients to focus on the parts of a detox program that they need most, whether it’s diet, exercise, massage, emotional wellbeing or spirituality. She reminds us that the desire and need to cleanse is universal.“Detox is as old as humankind.” Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Gulf Coast Alabama/Mississippi (HealthyLiving


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Garden Clubs Help Beautify Roads Displays of flowers populating highway meridians, road embankments and adjacent green spaces are often due to the efforts of garden clubs working with state departments of transportation (DOT). Some of these pioneers also inspire other clubs to pursue similar collaborations, often with public support. “The people of Texas have joined wholeheartedly in what Lady Bird Johnson started,” says Linda Love, roadside beautification chairperson of the Texas Garden Clubs, Inc. (, headquartered in Fort Worth. Their committee recognizes planting projects on state and county highways assisted by 320 local clubs encompassing about 10,000 members. She points to particularly attractive areas along highways 75 in Richardson, plus highways 45 and 35 extending south of Dallas, where concentrations of blue bonnets “look like lakes,” says Love. Other planted native flower patches include Indian paintbrush and gaillardia. She notes that the state prohibits mowing of blue bonnets until after they’ve bloomed and dropped their seeds; picking rules preserve their beauty. Gail Hill, chair of The Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc.’s ( roadside beautification committee, based in Winter Park, reports the Ella P. Wood Paths of Sunshine Award Program that partners with the Florida Wildflower Foundation ( recognizes the efforts of state DOT maintenance crews in establishing and maintaining roadside wildflowers. “The department has run a strong program for decades,” she says. Local clubs are encouraged to petition elected officials for new resolutions to develop roadside wildflower projects. “About half of Florida’s counties have passed resolutions, including most recently, Santa Rosa and Escambia counties,” says Hill. This year, the Raleigh-based The Garden Club of North Carolina, Inc. (, with more than 200 chapters, is working with the state DOT to commemorate the centennial of America’s entry into World War I by planting red poppies and bachelor buttons. Roadside Development Chairperson Pat Cashwell reports that about 1,500 acres of wildflowers, including cosmos, are planted annually on state and county highways each summer and fall, largely funded by the sale of special license plates, with awards to highway department crews. “We get letters from people after they drive through the state commenting on the floral beauty,” she enthuses. Many garden clubs also establish flowers in parks, schoolyards, church properties and other public locations.

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FAMILY SCREEN TIME How to Set Boundaries in the Digital Era by April Thompson


inecraft. Pokemon. Snapchat. Digital media dominates childhood. That time youngsters used to spend playing with friends, being with family or sleeping has been zapped. According to a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 8-to-10-year-olds are daily exposed to nearly eight hours of onscreen media and heavy media users are twice as likely to report poor grades. Conscientious and concerned parents are setting limits on screen time and reclaiming family time. Experts, too, are working to define a “new healthy” at a time when many activities, from homework to shopping, are moving online.   “How can you begin to limit kids’ screen time when teachers are increasingly using media?” queries Pediatrician Corinn Cross, who practices in Los Angeles. “It’s hard. None of us grew up with this level of technology, and it’s moving faster than any advice can.”  

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shifted from strict time limits to greater flexibility for and within different age groups. For children under 18 months, the recommendation is to avoid media altogether outside of video chats with loved ones. In the older age ranges, the guidelines are less prescriptive and more about setting individual limits that ensure getting enough sleep and physical activity along with achieving other developmental needs. Cross believes excessive screen time is particularly detrimental for younger kids that have fewer waking hours and more developing to do. “Toddlers don’t learn well from screens, so you will have limited return from using screens for education,” she observes.   Kathy Marrocco, an Oakland Township, Michigan, blogger with, initially worried about her kids’ potential adverse exposure to radiation from cell phone use. Her concern soon turned to other big impacts of digital media encroaching on their lives. She cites a study of 3,000 parents of grade-school-aged kids, which found that nearly two-thirds of the children are using

their devices at night instead of sleeping, with a corresponding drop in concentration, memory and energy. Marrocco maintains firm boundaries with her daughter, 13, and son, 18, prohibiting the use of electronics at the kitchen table and in their rooms at night, in line with AAP recommendations. “They can only have devices in their room at night if they are in offline ‘airplane mode’ so they won’t be tempted to check or respond to incoming messages,” she says.   Kids don’t sleep well next to their phones, agrees Cross, a mother of three, ages 4, 6 and 8. “They have trouble falling and staying asleep.” She also doesn’t let her children use e-readers instead of books.  

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Psychotherapist Nicholas Kardaras, Ph.D., an addiction expert and executive director of The Dunes, a rehab clinic in East Hampton, New York, is even firmer about screen time, having seen some kids go off the digital deep end. Delaying the onset of screen exposure is the most critical step a parent can take, suggests Kardaras. “There’s no evidence to suggest media exposure is beneficial to child development. Most tech geniuses, including the founders of Google, Amazon and Apple, were not exposed to it until adolescence. “Treating digital addiction is challenging because you can’t be digitally abstinent in this society,” he continues. “Prevention is the key.” Digital media abuse can have lasting developmental impacts, according to Kardaras, author of Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction is Hijacking our Kids and How to Break the Trance. cites numerous studies on the effects of such intensive use, from increased prevalence of attention deficit disorder to higher rates of depression. Brain imaging studies from institutions such as the medical schools at Indiana University and University of Utah have shown how heavy exposure to digital media has effects on the brain similar to substance addiction, reports Kardaras, affecting areas of the brain linked with functions like impulse control, brain connectivity and processing speed. In his practice, red flags for po-

Media and screens are best used purposefully, to achieve a specified goal. ~Corinn Cross tential digital addiction include strong reactions when devices are taken away, disinterest in “offline” activities, worsening of interpersonal relationships and dropping grades. Modeling good practices is as important as monitoring kids’ behavior, suggests Cross. In her household, all electronic tablets and cell phones are kept in a drawer when not in use. “If I have work to do or have to take a phone call, I’ll go to another room, then come back and be present with the kids,” she says. “Quality, face-toface time is important.”   Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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tell them to put their devices away,” advises Pediatrician Corinn Cross. offers a free interactive online tool to create a personalized family media use plan. If kids don’t comply with rules, Kathy Marrocco suggests turning the Wi-Fi off at night or taking away devices altogether. But don’t leave a void, cautions Cross. Substitute fun, fulfilling activities.


eeping the family in sync about the amount of digital media use is challenging. Here are some expert tips on maintaining a healthy balance.


Decide the ground rules — “Determine rules that make sense for everyone, and it’ll be much easier to get your kids on board, as they won’t see it as arbitrary when you


Be wary of even “good” screen time — Test educational apps before approving them for kids to ensure their quality and so parents can help reinforce the learning, says Cross. She likes CommonSenseMedia. org for parental reviews and information to filter media of all kinds, from apps and games to TV shows. Consider advocating for limiting screen time in local schools. “I asked

my boys’ elementary school not to give them portable devices until they were 10,” says Nicholas Kardaras, the father of 9-year-old twins.


Watch out for rewards — Some screen time is more mesmerizing for kids than others, according to Kardaras, who treats such addictions. Most video games are designed on a variable reward schedule, similar to slot machines, which intentionally stimulates players to chase future rewards. Consider stricter limits on such media.


Play first in the real world — Because it reduces overall exercise, screen overuse can contribute to obesity. Cross recommends prioritizing exercising before daily allotted screen time; after being online, it’s more difficult to engage kids in physical activity.

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Backyard Pizza Party Grill Scrumptious Pizzas and Flatbreads by Claire O’Neil


ummer is high season for grilling when just about anything sizzled over high heat tastes great. Grill masters Karen Adler and Judith Fertig recently put this theory to the test when they fired up their grills—gas and charcoal—to cook bruschetta, panini, flatbreads and pizzas. The results tasted so good that they created a cookbook: Patio Pizzeria: Artisan Pizza and Flatbreads on the Grill. Here are a few pointers using a backyard charcoal-style approach, with toxin-free hardwood lump charcoal, or

a barbecue gas grill. Grill grates can be plain or fancy, from a pizza stone to a high-heat pizza oven—all can bring out that charcoal earthiness.

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“No patio pizzeria repertoire is complete without a signature grilled bread. It’s one of the easiest and most flavorful appetizers ever,” says Adler. This dish starts with good whole grain bread, liberally brushed with extra-virgin olive oil on both sides, and then grilled and topped with any number of vegetable


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Another variation is to step up from flatbread to small, individual pizzas, or pizzettes. For this, use the same fresh pizza dough, but roll it into four perfect rounds. One by one, the rounds go on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and brushed with olive oil. “Placing the dough on the oiled parchment paper first and then flipping it upside-down on the grill grates helps keep the dough’s shape better than placing it directly on the grates by

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mixtures, from fresh sliced tomatoes to sautéed bell peppers or broccoli rabe and garlic. “The bread slices should be big enough to manage on the grill grates with long-handled grill tongs,” she says. “Simply cook on each side until the bread has good grill marks, then add toppings.” For flatbread, Fertig suggests starting with a pound of fresh pizza dough—healthy grain, if preferred— cut into four pieces. Pat each piece into an oval on a floured surface. “The good thing about flatbread is that it can be just about any shape, so the pressure is off to make it perfectly round.” Brush each oval with olive oil before transferring it directly onto the hot grill grate. When the dough bubbles up like a pancake, turn it with grill tongs and cook the other side. Then top the grilled flatbread with mixtures like honey, pistachios and chive blossoms or freshly chopped herbs and grated pecorino cheese. “Grilled flatbread can go vegan, vegetarian or ‘omnivore-ean’,” she says.  

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hand. This quick flip-and-peel motion is easy once you do it a time or two. Keeping the pizzas small also makes them easier to maneuver on the grill,” advises Adler. After each pizzette bubbles up like a pancake, it needs to be turned and moved to the indirect, or no-heat, side of the grill. There, it gets pizza toppings and can sit for a

while with the grill lid closed, so the toppings melt. Served with a fresh salad or summer fruit, a flatbread or pizzette makes for a perfect summer meal on the grill. Claire O’Neil is a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO.

Pizzeria Recipes

Baby Arugula, Ricotta, Sea Salt and Olive Oil Pizzas Yields: 4 (6-to-8-inch) pizza servings Fresh baby arugula on top gives this pizza a fresh first bite, with creamy, tangy, salty and grill-icious to follow.   1 cup ricotta cheese ¼ tsp dried red pepper flakes 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil ¼ tsp coarse sea salt Freshly ground black pepper 1 lb prepared pizza dough, garlic and herb-flavored, if possible; whole wheat, natural grain or gluten-free if preferred Unbleached all-purpose or gluten-free flour for rolling out and dusting Extra-virgin olive oil for brushing ¼ cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese 4 cups baby arugula (about 6 oz)  

Stir together the ricotta, red pepper flakes and olive oil in a small bowl and adjust the seasonings to taste. Set aside. Prepare an indirect medium-hot fire in the grill, with heat on one side and no heat on the other.   Divide the dough into four portions. On a floured surface, pat or roll each portion into a 6-to-8-inchdiameter circle.   Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Brush olive oil into a circle that’s a little larger than a pizza, and then place a pizza on the oiled circle. Brush the top of the pizza with olive oil.   Lift the pizza by holding the ends of the parchment paper. At a height of about 6 inches above the grill, flip the circle of dough onto the hot side of the grill grates. Quickly peel off the parchment and close the lid. Grill the pizza for 2 to 3 minutes, or until it has good grill marks.   Turn the pizza with tongs and move it to the indirect side. Spread the pizza with one-quarter of the ricotta and sprinkle with one-quarter of the Pecorino Romano. Cover and grill for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the cheese has melted. Repeat the process with the other pizzas. To serve, top each pizza with 1 cup of arugula.

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Broccoli Rabe and Garlic Bruschetta Yields: 8 servings Hearty greens such as broccoli rabe, kale, Swiss chard and spinach are interchangeable here. A quick sauté until greens are wilted keeps dark colors brilliant. Pile the greens, still dripping with olive oil, atop the toasted bread for an appetizer or delicious side with pasta or pizza.   For the sautéed broccoli rabe: 8 oz broccoli rabe, chopped 1 large garlic clove, thinly sliced 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 1 /8 tsp kosher or sea salt Pinch of red pepper flakes (less than 1/8 tsp)   For the bruschetta: 8 slices (½-inch-thick) of Italian country (or gluten-free) bread 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil   For the sautéed broccoli rabe, in a large skillet on the stovetop, heat 2 tablespoons of water and add the broccoli rabe and garlic. Cook until soft, 6 to 8 minutes. Drizzle with the olive oil and season with the red pepper flakes and salt. Adjust the seasonings to taste.   For the bruschetta, prepare a medium-hot fire in the grill. Brush each slice with the olive oil and grill 1 to 2 minutes per side, or until it has good grill marks.   Spoon a heaping tablespoon of the wilted broccoli rabe on each bruschetta and serve warm.

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Maria Rodale Helps Organic Farmers Succeed by Randy Kambic


uthor, gardener and corporate executive Maria Rodale continues to add luster to an unparalleled family commitment to organic food, sustainability and healthy living covering three-quarters of a century. As CEO and chairman of Rodale Inc., she oversees the publishing of books (An Inconvenient Truth; The South Beach Diet; Eat This, Not That!), magazines (Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Prevention and Organic Gardening) and naturally healthy living websites. Her grandfather, J. I. Rodale, pioneered the American organic movement in 1942 by launching Organic Farming and Gardening magazine. In 1947, he founded the Soil and Health Association, which later became the Rodale Institute, a nonprofit educational and advocacy organization, of which Maria is a board member. The influence of her 2011 book Organic Manifesto: How Organic Farming Can Heal Our Planet, Feed the World, and Keep Us Safe remains strong.

What is the status of the organic farming industry? As a whole, it has seen great growth, in large part due to increasing demand resulting from consumer awareness. In 2015, organic was a $43 billion industry in the U.S., with Millennial householders leading the way. Still, only 5 percent of all food consumed in the U.S. is organic [produce 13 percent], while less than 1 percent of our farmland is certified organic, which spurs imports. So the opportunity to help encourage new organic farmers and transition conventional farmers is significant. The Rodale Institute invests as much time on education and outreach as on research to help organic farmers be profitable.

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diseases and weeds. Growing organic isn’t solely about what you don’t do, such as using pesticides and genetically modified seeds. It also proactively focuses on benefiting soil health by using compost, cover crops, crop rotations and reduced tillage. As we refine these “regenerative agriculture” methods, we share them with farmers so they can increase their productivity and success. We are expanding our research in nutrient density. The Institute works to understand the difference in nutrient levels, such as proteins, vitamins and minerals, in organic and conventional foods and how farmers can grow nutrient-packed food.

What new programs or initiatives are particularly exciting? Launched in 1981, our Farming Systems Trial is the longest-running North American research project comparing organic versus conventional grains such as corn and soybeans; it has allowed us to compare yields, water and energy use, soil organic matter, nutrient density, profitability and other factors. In 2016, we introduced our Vegetable Systems Trial, a side-by-side comparison for organic versus conventional produce. We expect organic management practices that improve soil health can enhance nutrient density in vegetables and so benefit farmers’ lives and eating habits worldwide. In 2016, we launched the Organic Farmers Association (OrganicFarmers, creating a valuable information exchange and unified voice for domestic certified organic producers. This national membership organization focuses on policy issues, including the Farm Bill, subsidy programs, animal welfare standards and contamination from conventional farm fields.

Can the public provide input to the 2018 Farm Bill? President Trump’s proposed “skinny” budget seeks to gut many federal programs, including those designed to protect the environment, so we need to urge elected representatives to stand up for organic farmers as the new bill develops. Historically, heavily funded commodity crop interests fight against

assistance programs that encourage low-income people to buy healthy foods. Organic agriculture made strides in the 2014 Farm Bill, which provided increased support for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program, crop insurance, organic research and organic certification cost-sharing programs. To help meet surging demand for organics, it’s important to support initiatives like the Conservation Reserve and Transition Initiatives programs that provide resources for farmers to move from synthetic chemical farming to organic methods.

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Besides healthier food, what other benefits of organic farming have convinced late adopters to convert? Healthy soil, full of billions of beneficial microorganisms, is a major byproduct of regenerative organic farming. Organic farming creates diverse, healthy ecosystems that protect wildlife. However, any agricultural model that’s fixated on yields at the expense of soil health will incur a steep price as those farms won’t remain productive for future generations. Regenerative organic farming facilitates storage of carbon in the ground, making it integral to addressing the climate crisis. Organic Manifesto makes the case plain; to optimize your own and the planet’s health—buy, grow and eat organic food.

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octors, health experts and fitness gurus tell us that we should break a sweat every day—and for good reason. Sweat not only activates a host of benefits tied to healthboosting exercise, perspiring itself is curative. Whether sitting in a sauna, walking on a warm day or working out, sweating is a necessary bodily function with powerful healing effects. By clearing out a range of toxins, sweat plays an essential role in the body’s natural detoxifying function. Here are some of the toxins it helps eliminate:

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A clinical study of 20 participants published in BioMed Research International found that their sweat samples contained a range of toxins, including pesticides DDT/DDE, endosulfan, methoxychlor and endrin. Nearly all parent compounds of these pesticides were evident, demonstrating that sweating is an effective way of excreting and diminishing the body’s toxic burden. One sweat sample contained some pesticides not present in the subject’s blood or urine samples, suggesting that some pesticides are only mobilized and eliminated through sweating.

2 Phthalate (plasticizer):

Phthalate, found in plastic products, is also removed through sweat. Research published in the Scientific World Journal evaluated blood, sweat and urine samples from 20 individuals and discovered that all of them contained the common mono-2-ethylhexyl phthalate (MEHP). The concentrations of this toxin in sweat were more than twice as high as those in the urine, showing that sweating may be the best way of ridding the body of this endocrine-disrupting compound.

3 Heavy metals:

Another study of 20 patients reported in the Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology found that subjects’ sweat contained about 24 times more cadmium, 19 times more nickel, 16 times more lead and almost three times more aluminum than their urine. Overall, sweat proved more effective than urine at removing 14 of the 18 heavy metals studied. It also contained and, therefore, expelled larger quantities of 16 of the 18 metals than the blood samples did. Of all the metals, aluminum was found at the highest concentrations in sweat, with zinc, copper and nickel also occurring at relatively high levels.

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Researchers reporting in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health examined the blood, urine and sweat of 20 participants for BPA, an endocrine-disrupting toxin found in canned foods, plastic water bottles and other items. Of the 20 sweat samples collected, 16 contained BPA, while only 14 urine and 2 blood samples tested positive for the toxin. This reveals that sweat is the most effective way of removing BPA build-up in the body; just as vital, it demonstrates that testing blood or urine for toxicity levels may not present the whole picture.

A wide range of activities, including exercising and engaging in sports, can help us break a sweat. A low-impact option is spending time in a sauna. Notably, in a focused study, the sweat from an infrared sauna expelled more bismuth, cadmium, chromium, mercury and uranium than that produced by a steam sauna. The steam sauna caused higher levels of arsenic, aluminum, cobalt, copper, manganese, nickel, lead, tin, thallium and zinc to be excreted (Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology). Hydration is essential in maximizing all these health benefits. Failure to hydrate properly during and after sweating can lead to other health problems. An easy rehydration practice is to step on the scales right before and after sweating; the weight lost is the optimum amount of water to drink afterwards (Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine). For reference, one pound of water is slightly less than a one-half liter. Sweat contains minerals essential for optimal functioning of the whole body. Following excessive sweating, it’s important to replace the minerals lost, especially zinc, copper, selenium, chromium and potassium. Coconut water is a good source of potassium; nuts, seafood, whole grains and legumes generally contain relatively high doses of zinc, copper, selenium and chromium. The next time the couch and air conditioning beckon, think of all the “sweaty” benefits about to be sacrificed. Breaking a sweat might seem like an effort, but it keeps internal detox systems healthy and optimally functioning. Deanna Minich, Ph.D., is an author, teacher and researcher, as well as founder of Food & Spirit, a framework to integrate ancient healing traditions with modern science. She leads online detox programs as part of her whole-self approach to health. Connect at

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Homeopathy for Joint Injury and Pain Six Remedies for Relief by Shawn Messonnier


oint disease, specifically arthritis, is a common problem in dogs and cats, especially as they age. The causes are many and include obesity, inflammation, immune dysfunction and normal wear and tear in joints. Conventional therapies include steroids, non-steroidal medications, analgesic medications to control pain and surgery, when applicable. Clinical signs of arthritis include joint stiffness, pain, difficulty getting up and down, a pet’s decreased desire

to walk or exercise and increased aggression due to pain. Keep in mind that other causes may be misdiagnosed as “arthritis”, but are related to another disease. Many natural therapies for joint disease include acupuncture, chiropractic, cold laser treatment, physical therapy, Chinese and Western herbal therapies, nutrition and diet, homotoxicology and homeopathy. Several key homeopathic remedies recommended for human relief in osteoarthritic knee, hip

and finger joints by Dr. Vikas Sharma, of Chandigarh, India, may also be helpful for pets with joint injury and pain, according to The Arthritis Solution for Dogs & Cats (PetCareNaturally. com). Consult a holistic veterinarian for individual treatment options.

Arnica This is a mainstay of homeopathy, as noted in the New World Veterinary Repertory, and applies to anything related to bones and joints. It is useful for chronic arthritis, especially if the painful parts of the body seem to worsen when moved or touched.

Bryonia Alba It’s especially helpful for pets showing signs of stiffness and inflammation with pain made worse as the pet moves, especially when rising and lying down. Offset cold dry weather with warmth and humidification. Discomfort is aggravated when the affected body part is touched, bumped or moved about, which may spur aggressive behavior, so show tender care and respect. Relief typically comes when the pet rests the affected part.

Calcarea carbonica This remedy may ease deeply aching arthritis, particularly if bony or fibrous tissue has formed around joints. Avoid cold and dampness. Signs alerting a veterinarian to the problem may include muscle weakness, fatigue from exertion and a feeling of chilliness or sluggishness (these pets may also be hypothyroid).

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Kali carbonicum Pets with advanced arthritis showing joints that are thickened or deformed may benefit from kali. Stiffness and pain are typically worse in the morning from cold, damp weather, so that’s an ideal time for applying prescribed treatment.


Rhus toxicodendron This is useful for many arthritic pets and especially those with rheumatoid arthritis, which is rare. The remedy is also beneficial for pets that start the day stiff and in pain, but improve with continued movement. Protect them from cold, wet weather conditions.


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Ruta graveolens Another widely recognized arthritis remedy, ruta grav is for pets whose symptoms may be exacerbated by cold and damp and exertion. It may be prescribed for affected and damaged tendons and capsules of the joints, when arthritis may have developed from overuse, repeated wear and tear and associated chronic inflammation. The practice of functional medicine teaches combinations of complementary therapies suited to the individual pet’s needs. Homeopathics can be a beneficial element in treating animals suffering from a variety of joint disorders. Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, TX, is the author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats and Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets.

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e live in polarized times. The current polarization of the American electorate and federal government is rooted in “the polarized mind”, a fixation by individuals on one point of view that excludes differing views and provokes intolerance. Complex issues become black and white, and those with differing views or lifestyles are demonized. Beyond politics, this is seen in gun violence and terrorism, corporate abuses of health and safety, and religious and ethnic strife—affecting major aspects of our daily lives. An antidote to polarization is awe—the wonder of being alive; living life with hope, respect, humility, wonder and a deep reverence for the adventure of living. Psychology experiments at Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley, have shown those that practice awe are better able to see outside their own experiences and appreciate other points of view, which can transcend the tunnel vision and pettiness of a polarized atmosphere. Here are some basic steps toward cultivating a sense of awe: n Appreciate the passing nature of time and life. Even while doing some-

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Restorative Yoga & Meditation – 9-10:30am. A practice of letting go & rejuvenation. By supporting our bodies w/props & relaxing into positions for minutes at a time, we engage in a mindfully active practice of non-doing by surrendering to deeply passive asana (postures). Leigh Kresge. $17/drop-in or class pkg. Ashtanga Yoga Richmond, 2902 W Cary St.

TUESDAY, JULY 4 CarMax Free Fourth of July – All visitors to the Garden will receive free admission including entrance to Butterflies LIVE! & Wild Art, plus enjoy activities in the Children’s Garden. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave. 804-262-9887. 4th of July Symbiotic Flow Yoga – 10-11:30am. Join Leigh Kresge in this unique experience that explores our existence as organic beings navigating an electronic world. An Ashtanga Improv class set to the live vibrations of blended electronic & natural sounds. $25 by 6/27; $35 after. Ashtanga Yoga Richmond, 2902 W Cary St.

TUESDAY, JULY 11 Cellular Inflammation: The Cause & Cure of Chronic Disease – 7-8:30pm. Learn what you can do daily to reduce inflammation & how to reduce stress on your system by avoiding various toxins & irritants. Dr. Wild of GetN2Balance. Free. The Beet Cafe at Ellwood Thompson’s, 4 N Thompson St. 804-359-7525. Chakra Balancing & Aura Cleansing w/the Crystal Skulls – 7-8:30pm. Kerstin Overath. $22. Resonance Float and Sound, 1312 Sycamore Sq, Midlo. 804-405-3194.



X-Gentle Yoga – 6-7pm. Combines chair yoga w/yoga on the mat. For people w/some physical limitations or for those who enjoy a slow pace. Pat Aramati Reams. $135 (or sliding scale)/9 wks. $17/ drop-in. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061.

Thursday Yoga in the Garden – 6-wk session. 10-11:30am. Learn yoga’s calming rhythms of breathing, movement & posture. Small class sizes enable instructor Jacqueline Gooding to offer indiv pointers & address mult levels of experience. $75/ mbrs, $153/nonmbrs,  pre-registration req.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave.  804-262-9887.

Journaling – 7-8:30pm. A monthly evening of reflection for new journal keepers & experienced writers. Elaine Kiziah, PhD. $10 suggested donation. Chrysalis Institute, 3527 Ellwood Ave. 804-359-0384.

THURSDAY, JULY 6 Uncovering and Embracing Soul Power – 7-9pm. SoulTranSync, a unifying practice of self-inquiry, meditation & Ho’oponopono. Discover what you can do to put an end to the habitual thoughts & emotions that limit your freedom. Edward Miller. Love offering. Unity of Bon Air, 923 Buford Rd. 804-320-5584.

SATURDAY, JULY 8 Richmond MindBodySpirit Gathering – Recessed for July. Facebook/Meetup: Richmond MindBodySpirit. Yoga for Birth: A Couples Workshop – 1-3pm. Join other couples in this fun & informative workshop that sets the foundation to cultivate awareness in your birthing body & connect w/your partner. Hilary Scribner. $60. Ashtanga Yoga Richmond, 2902 W Cary St.

Energy Medicine in the Operating Room: A Journey of the Heart – 7-9pm. 8 years ago, Margaretta McIlvaine accompanied a client to open heart surgery at UVA hospital. What she experienced there was profound & life changing. Love offering. Unity of Bon Air, 923 Buford Rd. 804-320-5584.

FRIDAY, JULY 14 Yoga, Mindfulness & Neuroscience: Tools for Healing – Weekend or 5-Day Retreat. Explore scientific ways to rewire the brain to release old patterns. Experience powerful hands-on healing methods designed to help overcome emotional & mental issues. M. Mala Cunningham, PhD. $240/ workshop, $295/retreat. Add 2 or 4 nights accom. Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville, Buckingham. 800-858-9642. Richmond Wellness Professionals Job Fair – 12-2pm. Sharing resources and job openings and building community. Sponsored by Affordable Spa Services. The Comm Room, Scott’s Addition. Info: 804-525-4038,

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OmRun: Yoga at the Diamond – 9-10:15am. Join us for a family-friendly yoga practice on the home field of the Flying Squirrels. Michelle Landon. Come back in the evening to see the Flying Squirrels host the Harrisburg Senators at 6:05pm & enjoy Fitness Night. Ticket includes yoga class and general admission for game. $15 via Richmond Flying Squirrels website. IONS (Inst of Noetic Science) – 10am-12pm. “Using Numerology to Find Your Purpose in Life.” Shay Martin, Richmond Numerologist and Intuitive. Potluck lunch follows. Free. River Rd Baptist Church, NW Corner River & Ridge Rds. Donna: 804-690-3310.

SUNDAY, JULY 16 Qigong Movement & Meditation – 10:3011:30am. Get grounded & enjoy 30 mins of qigong movement, followed by a relaxing guided meditation. All levels. Joy Black. $40. Energy Medicine Center, 4100 Brook Rd, Ste A2. 804-931-0979. EnergyMedicine.Center. Life, Motherhood, & the Pursuit of Sanity – 4-6pm. Join Erin Mahone, wonderful guestfacilitators & other supportive participants on this monthly journey to find your light & let it shine. $10 recommended donation. Chrysalis Institute, 3527 Ellwood Ave. 804-359-0384.

MONDAY, JULY 17 Hands Off My Food! Book Club Discussion & Signing – 6:30-7:30pm. Join Dr. McCullough to discuss her recently launched book, Hands Off My Food!: How Government and Industry Have Corrupted Our Food and Easy Ways to Fight Back. The Beet Cafe at Ellwood Thompson’s, 4 N Thompson St. 804-359-7525.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 19 New Art Exhibit by Virginia Collage Society – 7/19-9/6. Viewable Mon-Fri, 9am-3pm. Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Ctr, 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-741-5267.

THURSDAY, JULY 20 Teacher Training Informational Afternoon – 1:30-5:30pm.  Learn more about upcoming 200-hr/300-hr teacher training programs w/Glenmore instructors. Free. Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Ctr, 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-741-5267. Teen Yoga Series – Thurs, 7/20-8/10. 5-6:15pm. Develop strength & flexibility, improve concentration, build confidence & a healthy self-image. Rachel Baker, RYT 200. Ages 12-18.  $60/4 classes, $17/ drop-in.  Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Ctr, 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-741-5267. Healing Meditation w/the Crystal Skulls – 7-8:30pm. Receive a wonderful healing thru the crystal skull energy. Kerstin Overath. $22. Sage Connection, 1519 Huguenot Rd, Ste 100, Midlo. 804-405-3194. Awaken Your Masterful Self – 7-9pm. Mastery Systems has discovered a new Conscious Human Operating System fostering powerful upgrades in personal & organizational life thru a series of expanding octaves structured for continuous improvement. Robert Tennyson Stevens. Love offering. Unity of Bon Air, 923 Buford Rd.  804-320-5584.

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FRIDAY, JULY 21 How to Ignite Your Yoga Practice: A Workshop for Beginners – 7/21-23. Looking to start a yoga practice but not exactly sure where to begin? For beginners & regular practitioners. Journaling, discussion, literature, hatha yoga & more. Chelsea Jackson, PhD, ERYT, RCYT. $260. Add 2 nights accom. Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville, Buckingham. 800-858-9642. Free Integral Yoga Teacher Training Informational Meeting – 4-5:30pm. Learn about the 6-mo Yoga Alliance 200-hr approved program, syllabus, staff & 4-day retreat at Yogaville. Meet director & lead instructor, Nora Vimala Pozzi, mentors & alumni. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061. Kirtan – 6-7pm. Different chant leaders & kirtan chanters each mo. No prev experience required. Bring percussion instrument. Pay what you can; sug $10. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061.

Continuing/Mixed Level Yoga – 4:30-5:45pm. Integral yoga class for students w/some experience. Mindful yoga postures, breathing exercises, yoga nidra & meditation. Nora Vimala Pozzi. $78/6 wks, $15/drop-in. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061. Autism, ADD, ADHD Seminar – 7pm. South River Compounding Pharmacy. 11420 W Huguenot Rd, Southside. 804-897-6447.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 26 Richmond MindBodySpirit Workshop – 6-8pm. Spiritual Prosperity Consciousness: Creating Abundance in a New Paradigm. Discover new ways to tap into your spiritual prosperity consciousness w/Carole Louie, Meditation Teacher, Medium, Past Life Regression Therapist. $20. Archstone Counseling & Treatment Center, 1007 Peachtree Blvd. Facebook/ Meetup: Richmond MindBodySpirit.

Shamanic Drum Circle – 7:15-9:15pm. Participate in rituals & ceremonies that celebrate the seasons and life cycles. Polly Lazaron, principal of Energy Arts, LLC & co-facilitator of the Shamanic Circle. $10 recommended donation. Chrysalis Institute, 3527 Ellwood Ave. 804-359-0384.

Anxiety & Depression: Natural Solutions to a Modern Epidemic – 6:30-8pm. Learn how depression & anxiety can be a form of physical illness that results in brain inflammation & functional alterations in the brain’s ability to work correctly, which can then manifest as a myriad of brain symptoms. Dr. Mark Smith. $5 donation. The Beet Cafe at Ellwood Thompson’s, 4 N Thompson St. 804-359-7525.



Themed Garden Walk: Hydrangeas – Garden Guide and hydrangea enthusiast Rich Waiton leads tours of the Garden’s collections of these favorite summer shrubs. Tours are timed throughout peak bloom time. $17/nonmbrs, free/mbrs; pre-reg required. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave. 804-262-9887. Zentangles for Beginners – 10am-3pm. Learn about the simple, easy art form of making patterns into art. All levels. Instructor Susan Singer. VisArts, 1812 W Main St. Register: Fluidity & Fascia Workshop – 3-6pm. Learn to collaborate w/, rather than fight, your fascia. Learn to nourish your practice w/practical fascia-freeing steps. All levels. Dr. Ariele Foster. $45/advance, $50/day of. Project Yoga Richmond, 6517 Dickens Pl.

MONDAY, JULY 24 Feng Shui Demystified – 6-7pm. Robyn Bentley demystifies this ancient Chinese practice of working w/energies & energy flow. Admission: donation to the Baby Girl Project ( baby-girl-project). Aquarian Crystal Gallery Classroom, 3531 Ellwood Ave. Register: 804-241-1685 or Continuing Yoga – 6-7:30pm. Integral yoga class for students w/some experience. Mindful yoga postures, breathing exercises, yoga nidra & meditation. Nora Vimala Pozzi. $78/6 wks, $15/drop-in. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061.

TUESDAY, JULY 25 X-Gentle Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. 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. $90/6 wks, $17/drop-in. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061.


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Yoga for Grief and Loss: Strengthening Your Container – 7/27-30. Learn ways to establish your own personal practice & a path to self-care to more deeply understand how yoga can help you bear grief, loss & trauma. Movement, meditation, self-inquiry, chanting, journaling & time w/nature. Karla Helbert, LPC, ERYT 200, YACEP. $280. Add 3 nights accom. Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville, Buckingham. 800-858-9642. Autism, ADD, ADHD Seminar – 7pm. South River Compounding Pharmacy. 3656 Mayland Ct, West End. 804-897-6447. Honoring the Empathic: Tapping into the Gifts of Sensitivity – 7-9pm. Explore the different types of empaths, dispel shaming myths of being too thin-skinned & learn ways to honor and care for ourselves w/out having to tone down our receptivity. Laura Lee. Private session w/Laura on Fri. Love offering. Unity of Bon Air, 923 Buford Rd. 804-320-5584.

FRIDAY, JULY 28 Summer Music Series: Basics w/Beats – 5:306:30pm. Find out what the ashtanga practice is all about. All levels. Jill Wiedemann. $10 community class w/live music. Ashtanga Yoga Richmond, 2902 W Cary St.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 1 Help Senior Citizens – The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond invites you to be a summer volunteer. Help older persons (60+) by taking them to medical appts or grocery shopping. No cost to the senior citizen. Volunteer handyman services also welcome. For more info or to volunteer: 804-355-7282. Introduction to Qigong: Why Learn Qigong? – 6-7:30pm. The gentle, rhythmic movements of qigong reduce stress, build stamina, increase vitality, improve flexibility & balance & enhance the immune system. Anyone can benefit. Joy Black. $45. Resonance Float & Sound, 1312 Sycamore Sq, Midlo. Register: 804-971-7135.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 3 The Wisdom of Tarot – 7-9pm. Learn about where tarot cards come from and how to read them. Explore this fabulous world of tarot as a divination tool that will enhance your spiritual growth & self-discovery. Ellen Valentine Laperriere.  Private session Fri & Sat by calling 941-224-9684. Love offering. Unity of Bon Air, 923 Buford Rd. 804-320-5584.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 5 Create Your Own Visual Journal – 8/5-6. 10am4pm, Sat; 1-5, Sun. Make a gorgeous 128-pg book from start to finish w/fabulous embellishments & personal touches. All levels. Susan Singer. $175 includes some materials. 3440 Northridge Rd. 804-267-3455.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 10 Getting to Know EVE: Effortless Vertical Equipoise – 7-9pm. By design, our ankles, knees, hips, shoulders & head should line up in vertical and horizontal lines. Do our bodies come to that place easily & effortlessly? How does this effect our health, energy & well-being? What can we do to remind our bodies to return to this original design? Mackie Boblette. Love offering. Unity of Bon Air, 923 Buford Rd. 804-320-5584.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 11 Yoga and Kayaking – 8/11-13. Combine your love of yoga w/the joy of the outdoors during this weekend of kayaking down the peaceful James River. Morning meditation, hatha yoga & a hearty breakfast. Beg & intermed kayakers. Bhaskar Deva & staff. $295. Add 2 nights accom. Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville, Buckingham. 800-858-9642. Filipino Festival – 8/11-12. 5-10pm, Fri; 10am10pm, Sat. Trademark Filipino food, beer & wine, colorful entertainment, live bands, line dancing, vendors, 5K race, games & crafts for the kids. Fun for all ages. Proceeds support charities. Free admission. Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 8200 Woodman Rd, Henrico. 804-240-1832.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 12 Richmond MindBodySpirit Gathering – 11:44am4:44pm. Speaker, 12pm: Shining in the Shadows: Mining the Treasure of Your Inner Landscape w/Beth Hedquist, certified Pathwork Helper and Teacher. Discover how we can identify & transform the hidden obstacles to our personal & spiritual unfoldment & liberate the gifts we are here to offer the world. Readers, healers, practitioners & vendors. Donations. Archstone Counseling & Treatment Ctr, 1007 Peachtree Blvd. Facebook/Meetup: Richmond MindBodySpirit.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 15 RVA Death Cafe – 6:30-8:30pm. A casual environment to discuss death & dying in our community & our culture. All welcome (not a support group).  Facilitated by Shelby Kirillin (supported by Chrysalis Institute). Free; donations accepted. Perk! Coffee and Lunchbox, 2620 Buford Rd. More info: or



Roll Back: Treating Myofascial Trigger Points – 7-9pm. Interactive class covering the anatomy of trigger points. Learn easy self-myofascial release solutions designed to reduce discomfort & pain. Bring yoga mat, wear yoga/athletic clothing.  Samantha Anderson. Love offering. Unity of Bon Air, 923 Buford Rd. 804-320-5584.

Thursday Yoga in the Garden – 10-11:30am. See  7/13  listing.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave. 804-262-9887.


Your Gut, Your Mind: The Co-Dependent Couple – 7-9pm. The direct connections betw your brain & gut. The bugs in your gut that determine your brain health, mood, mental competence.  5 keys for choosing your  bugs wisely. Dr. Sherron Marquina. Love offering. Unity of Bon Air, 923 Buford Rd. 804-320-5584.

Less Is More: Make Room for Peace – 8/18-20. Offering you a pathway out of material & lifestyle clutter & guiding you towards a simpler & more focused life. Working w/2 concepts from Raja yoga, explore how the things you own can own you, identify the clutter in your life & learn strategies for letting go. Swami Divyananda Ma, RYT 500. $235. Add 2 nights accom. Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville, Buckingham. 800-858-9642. Summer Music Series: Basics w/Beats – 5:306:30pm. See 7/28 listing. Ashtanga Yoga Richmond, 2902 W Cary St. Kirtan – 6-7pm. See 7/21 listing. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 19 IONS (Inst of Noetic Science) – 10am-12pm. Speaker: Jim Tucker, MD, Psychiatrist, Reincarnation Researcher, Director UVA Division of Perceptual Studies. Potluck lunch follows. Free. River Rd Baptist Church, NW Corner River & Ridge Rds. Donna: 804-690-3310. Relax Your Neck & Shoulders – 2-4pm. Relaxation techniques for the shoulder girdle. Neuro-muscular reeducation addresses tension & chronic pain while fostering function & health. Space limited. $15. 9018 Hidden Nest Dr, Midlo. Rie Monique Cherie: 804-382-5306.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 20 Qigong Movement & Meditation – 10:3011:30am. Get grounded & enjoy 30 mins of qigong movement, followed up w/a relaxing guided meditation. All levels. Joy Black. $40. Energy Medicine Center, 4100 Brook Rd, Ste A2. 804-931-0979. EnergyMedicine.Center.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 22 Clearing Channels & Working w/the Crystal Skulls – Work w/the crystal skull energy. Cleansing your channels, deeply connecting w/your spirit guides. Kerstin Overath. $22. Resonance Float and Sound, 1312 Sycamore Sq, Midlo. 804-405-3194. Feng Shui for Children’s Rooms – 6-7pm. A child’s environment affects their well-being & behavior. Take home simple & effective tips for better sleep, better behavior & academic success. Admission: donation to the Baby Girl Project ( Aquarian Crystal Gallery Classroom, 3531 Ellwood Ave. To register: 804-241-1685 or Thyroid and Adrenals: “The Balancing Act” – 7pm. South River Compounding Pharmacy. 11420 W Huguenot Rd, Southside. 804-897-6447.

Thyroid and Adrenals: “The Balancing Act” – 7pm. South River Compounding Pharmacy. 3656 Mayland Ct, West End. 804-897-6447.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 25 Yoga and the Subtle Bodies: Working Through the Koshas – 8/25-27. By understanding the 5 koshas (physical, energetic, emotional, intelligence & bliss layers of the self), you can use them as a practical & profound tool to design a deeper yoga practice. Work thru the koshas w/postures, breath work & perennial yoga wisdom. Swami Vidyananda, ERYT 500. $235. Add 2 nights accom. Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville, Buckingham. 800-858-9642.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 26 Late Summ er L a w n Pa rt y a t Hist o ric Bloemendaal – 8/26-27. Ragtime music & historical bicycle displays & demos. Relax as a barbershop quartet strolls & serenades, try out a summer lawn game & step inside the Bloemendaal House for informal tours recalling the late 19th-century bicycling craze. $13/adults, $8/kids 3-12, free/under 3, mbrs. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave. 804-262-9887.

Heartfest – 10am-5pm. Free wellness holistic event in a wooded tranquil setting. Offering yoga, meditation, Tai chi, qigong, healing sessions, cooking demos, kids activities, live music, food trucks & fitness assessments from local doctors, chiropractors & fitness experts. 2230 E Parham Rd. Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest – 8/26 & 27. 10am4pm. Learn from leading experts, solve gluten-free cooking challenges, meet the Gluten Free & More editorial staff, discover delicious allergy-free foods, free samples & more. Greater Richmond Convention Center, 403 N 3rd St. Awaken Your Creative Spirit – 2-5pm. A healing & creative, hands-on workshop. Connect w/Spirit to create spiritually guided artwork. Break thru creative blocks in your life. Emily Pels/Healing Creations. $35. Studio D Yoga, 1811 Huguenot Rd, Midlo.  804-740-0509.

markyourcalendar 4th Annual SpeakUp5K Signature event of the Cameron K. Gallagher Memorial Foundation whose mission is to cultivate awareness & understanding for those suffering from teenage depression & anxiety.

September 9 • 9am Carillon/Byrd Park.

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daily Butterflies LIVE! – Thru 10/15. 9am-5pm. Get up close and personal as hundreds of tropical butterflies feed, flutter & take flight all around you. Explore their origins, preferred habitats & life-cycles. $13/adults, $8/ages 3-12, free/under age 3, mbrs. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave. Wild Art: A Journey Off-Canvas – Thru 10/1. 9am-5pm. Explore as works by regional artists come alive in displays using live plants & natural materials throughout the Garden’s 50 acres of cultivated landscape. Design own masterpieces in Creation Stations. $13/adults, $8/ages 3-12, free/under age 3, mbrs. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave.

sunday Svaroopa Yoga – Daily, indiv sessions. Meeting your body where it is w/poses selected for you. Improve flexibility, ease in movement, balance; build strength & stamina. All levels, incl recovery from injury/surgery. Anita Snellings, Cert. Peaceful Body Yoga, mult locations. 804-356-7477. Overeaters Anonymous – 13 wkly mtgs. Is food a problem for you? No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins, no diets. 804-933-0480. Falun Gong Exercise Practice – 9am. Free. Deep Run Park, Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-747-1215. Richmond Zen – 9-10:20am, meditation; 10:3011:30am, study group. Meditation instruction avail. 3411 Grove Ave. 804-366-5546. Preteen Yoga Class – 1pm. Ages 9-13. Basic yoga postures, breath awareness & a deep relaxation adapted to preteens. Natalie Padmasri Turley. Preregistration highly recommended. $10 suggested donation. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061. Richmond Lotus Sangha – 1-2pm. Mindfulness Meditation group in tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. Sitting, walking meditation, discussion. McKenzie Casad. Free. 1312 W Main St. 757-553-2780. Prenatal Yoga – 1:30pm. Prepare your body and mind for the birth of your child. 8 classes/$112, $17/ class. Ashtanga Yoga Richmond, 2902 W Cary St.

Pop-Up Yoga: Mixed Level Yoga – 7/2, 9, 16; 8/13; 9/3. 7-8:15pm. For students w/some or no experience. Mindful yoga postures, breathing exercises, 15-min yoga nidra. Nitya Lydia Griffith. Donation based; sug $12. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061.

monday Ayurvedic Health or Lifestyle Consultations – Do you need support for health issues or are you simply curious about ayurveda? Schedule a health-focused or lifestyle-focused appt to learn how ayurveda can support you. More info, Kay Franz, Ayurvedic Health Counselor: Digestive Health Consultations – Daily; mrng/eve/ wknd. Improve digestion, absorption, assimilation & elimination. Identify nutritional deficiencies/stress affecting health, restore homeostasis for optimal health w/the use of diet and nutrition. Anita Snellings, Digestive Health Professional. Multi Prof Offices. 804-356-7477. 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. Devotion in Motion – 9:30-10:45am. All levels. Gentle hatha flow class w/focus on breath. Ends w/ seated, still meditation. Michele Nierle. Pay what you can. Project Yoga Richmond, 6517 Dickens Pl. Tai Chi – 10am, Beg; 11am, Intermed. Yang 24 Form & Sun 31 Form taught in each class. Sun 31 = restorative form to help alleviate probs assoc w/ arthritis, diabetes, ortho concerns/rehab & other physical challenges. Jenny Barone. $10. First Baptist Church, 2709 Monument Ave. 804-382-8103 or 804-355-8637. Open Studio Art – 10am-12:30pm. Bring your own art projects to Susan Singer’s studio to create w/Susan’s instruction & support. $35/ session. 3440 Northridge Rd. 804-267-3455. Gentle/Beginner Yoga – 4-5:15pm. Yoga for everyone. Props to increase flexibility & strength, breathing instruction, deep relaxation. Kirsten Hale, CSYT500. $16 (discount for series). Bon Air Yoga, 2703 Tinsley Dr, Ste 204. 804-519-7471.

Mom & Baby Yoga – 3pm. Restore and relax while taking time to connect w/your baby. Focus on rebuilding strength in abdomen, back & pelvic muscles, opening the chest & releasing tension throughout the body. 4 classes/$60;  8 classes/$112;  $17/ class. Ashtanga Yoga Richmond, 2902 W Cary St. Breast Cancer Support Meeting – 4:30pm. 3rd. Sisters Network Breast Cancer Survivors. SNCVA House, 105 E Clay St. 804-447-4027.


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Mindfulness Mondays – 6-6:30pm. A mindfulness practice to start your week. Chrysalis Institute, 3527 Ellwood Ave. 804-359-0384. Healing Touch Clinic – 6:30 & 7:30pm. 4th. Energy therapy to reduce stress & pain, speed up healing & give a sense of well-being. Sherry Price. Free, by appt. Mt. Pisgah UMC, 1001 Mt Pisgah Dr, Midlothian. Ginger Ripley: 804-378-8175. Healing Circle for Those in Need – 7:45-8:40pm. Chanting 108 Healing Mantra repetitions. Call or email for more info & to let us know you are coming. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061.

tuesday Ayurvedic Health or Lifestyle Consultations – See Mon listing. More info, Kay Franz, Ayurvedic Health Counselor: Ongoing Dream Groups – Mornings. 8401 Patterson Ave, Ste 204. Time & cost info, Cassandra: 804-901-4583, Walk w/Certified Instructor – Mornings & afternoons (times vary). Free for Humana & other Healthways (SilverSneaker)-eligible Medicare recipients. Details & locations, Vanessa: 804-350-6721. Qigong – 9:30am. Free. Round House/Byrd Park. Phoebe Antrim. Register: 804-358-1772. Yoga for Vibrant Aging – 9:30-10:30am. Mindful yoga practice for older adults. Focused on gentle poses that help to build strength, flexibility & balance. Kay Franz. St. Stephen’s Church, Grove & Three Chopt. Details: 804-305-6374 or 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: 804-764-7201; Mary Baker: 804-893-8711. SilverSneakers Group X – 10 & 11:30am. Strength & balance classes. Free for Humana & other Healthways (SilverSneaker)-eligible Medicare recipients. Details & locations, Vanessa: 804-350-6721. Sun Style 73 Movements Tai Chi – 7/11-8/29; not on 7/25. 1-2pm. Tai chi using gentle movements that improve physical strength, flexibility, balance & wellbeing. Jo Ann Widner, RN, Tai Chi for Health Inst. $10, $48/6-wk series. Church of the Redeemer, 8275 Meadowbridge Rd, Mechanicsville. 804-370-3906. Cancer Caregiver Support Group – 2-3pm. 1 st . Free. Cancer Resource Ctr, Rm 1110, Mem Reg Med Ctr, 8260 Atlee Rd, Mechanicsville. Info, Ann Petersen: 804-764-7201. Free Open Bereavement Support Group – 5:306:30pm. Open to all. Please come at least 3 times to benefit; no commitment req. Alane Cameron Miles, MDiv, Hospice Chaplain & Bereavement Care Coord. Metro Community Church, 2501 Park Ave. 804-353-9477.

Prenatal Yoga – 6pm. Mary Jo Lowery. St Mary’s Hospital. 804-814-7079.

Prenatal Yoga – 5:45pm. See Sun listing. Ashtanga Yoga Richmond, 2902 W Cary St. 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: 804-690-9878. Breast Cancer Support Group – 6-7:30pm. 1 & 3rd. Join fellow survivors thru & beyond your cancer journey in a nurse-facilitated group. Free. 601 Watkins Ctr Pkwy, Ste 200. 804-594-3130. st

Yoga Moves – 6:30-7:45pm. A flowing hatha yoga practice w/tai chi, core & more, set to fun & inspiring music. Rodney Bradley. $60/4 classes/mo, $110/8 classes/mo, $17/drop-in. Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Ctr, 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-741-5267. Richmond Area Lymphedema Support Group – 6:30-8pm. 3rd. Free. Retreat Hospital Boardroom. Does not meet Nov/Dec/Jan. Contact: Angela Denny PT, CLT, 804-281-8473/Patty Donovan, 804-270-9071. Diversity Richmond Fitness – 7pm. Bi-weekly. Full-body workout class. Peak Physique facilitators. Free. Diversity Richmond, 1407 Sherwood Ave, Entrance 3. 804-622-4242 x203. DiversityRichmond. org. Falun Gong Book Study – 7pm. Free. 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-747-1215. Insight Meditation – 7-8:30pm. 40-min meditation followed by recorded dharma talk & discussion. Ekoji Buddhist Sangha, 3411 Grove Ave. 804-852-2976. Using the Violet Flame to Heal Your Chakras – 7:30pm. West End. Rosemary: 804-926-9127.

wednesday Assisted Explorations of the Inner Self – Use journeying, dreamwork & journaling to explore & understand your life’s purpose & journey. Linda Anson. $30/90-min. 8401 Patterson Ave, Ste 204. For spaces & dates: 804-337-5197. Ayurvedic Health or Lifestyle Consultations – See Mon listing. More info, Kay Franz, Ayurvedic Health Counselor: Walk w/Certified Instructor – See Tues listing. Details/locations, Vanessa: 804-350-6721. Ageless Level 1 & 2 Yoga – 9-10:15am. Focus on shoulders, back, hips, front body & lower torso, always connecting w/breath. Mary Lou Bean & Kim Leibowitz. $60/4 classes/mo, $110/8 classes/ mo; senior discount: $90/8 classes/mo, $17/dropin. Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Ctr, 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-741-5267. 


Richmond MindBodySpirit Healing Circle – 6-8pm. 1st & 3rd. Healers working on healers thru various modalities. Even if new to holistic healing, come & experience an alt way to wholeness. Quantum touch, reiki, healing touch & emotion code. Donations. Archstone Counseling & Treatment Ctr, 1007 Peachtree Blvd. Facebook/Meetup: Richmond MindBodySpirit.

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Prenatal Yoga – 6:30-7:45pm. Allows moms-to-be to practice yoga safely throughout pregnancy. Christina Evans. $17, $60/4 classes/mo, $110/8 classes/ mo. Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Ctr, 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-741-5267.

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Tai Chi – 6:30-7:45pm. Warm-ups & meditation (w/short 13-movement form). Lili Just Simons, Divine Therapy. $20, $60/mo. Humphrey Calder Comm Ctr, 414 N Thompson St. 804-257-5573. Richmond Zen – 7-8:20pm. Meditation. Instruction avail. 3411 Grove Ave. 804-366-5546. Adyashanti Gathering – 7-9pm. 30-min meditation followed by recorded Adyashanti talk & discussion. Info: Beginners Yoga – 7:15-8:30pm. Mindful yoga postures, breathing exercises & 15-min yoga nidra. Emily Ishwari. Pay what can; sug $12. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061. English Country Dancing – 7:30-9:30pm. Colonial Dance Club. Belmont Rec Ctr, 1600 Hilliard Rd. 804-744-3264.

thursday Embodyment Yoga Therapy – Indiv sessions. Mrng/eve/wknd. Melts through layers of tension more easily & quickly than yoga poses alone. Rest in relaxation pose while therapist works w/key areas of your spine. Deeply restorative. Experience the difference in your 1st session. Anita Snellings, Cert. Peaceful Body Yoga, mult locations. 804-356-7477. SoulCollage Group – 2x/mo. Come to any or all sessions. $25/session incl supplies. Cassandra Matt. 8401 Patterson Ave, Ste 204. For schedule/reserve space: 804-901-4583, WomanSpeak Circle – 1st & 3rd. Learn the art & soul of public speaking in a supportive, fun circle of women committed to unleashing their brilliance. Midlo. Membership info: SilverSneakers Group X – 10 & 11:30am. See Tues listing. Details & locations, Vanessa: 804-350-6721. Zentangles Galore! – 10am-12:30pm. Ongoing group exploring & learning  about the ever-fascinating art form, Zentangles. $35/session. Instructor Susan Singer. 3440 Northridge Rd. 804-267-3455. Mom & Baby Yoga – 11:30am. See Sun listing. Ashtanga Yoga Richmond, 2902 W Cary St.


SERVICES OFFERED PERSONAL GUIDING CATALYST. A John of God healing transformational experience in Brazil. Go within and be a co-creator in your healing destiny.  Contact: Trenka w/Bodycosmos,, 804-201-9944. RELAX, REHABILITATE AND REJUVENATE. Accepting clients and students, privates, classes and workshops. Franklin Method, Tai Chi, Yoga. Rie Monique Cherie, FME, ERYT.  804-382-5306. Flowers After 5 – 7/6-8/31. 5-9pm. Stroll thru the gardens; enjoy live music, wine & beer, dining & shopping. Garden partners w/Richmond SPCA on 2nd & 4th Thurs of each month & allows leashed pets (Fidos After 5). $13/adults, $8/kids 3-12, free/ under 3, mbrs. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave. 804-262-9887. Sun-Style Tai Chi for Health and Arthritis – 7/6-8/31; not on 7/20, 27. 6-7pm. Tai chi using gentle movements that improve physical strength, flexibility, balance & well-being. Jo Ann Widner, RN, Tai Chi for Health Inst.  Class meets by demand. Call same day if you’d like to attend. $10/ class. Covenant Woods Fitness Ctr, 7090 Covenant Woods Dr, Mechanicsville. 804-370-3906. Beginners/Mixed Level Yoga – 6-7:15pm. Posture, breathing techniques & 15-min yoga nidra. Melinda Uma Nolen. Pay what can; sug $12. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061. 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. Essential Oils Education – 7pm. Learn more about using dōTERRA oils in the home. Lisa Cusano. RSVP: FB page: Earth Essentials RVA. Tibetan Buddhist Meditation – 7-8:30pm. 1st. Traditional Tibetan Buddhist instruction and practice led by Lama Chodron. All welcome. Free. Kagyu Shenpen Tharchin at Ekoji Buddhist Sangha, 3411 Grove Ave. 804-554-1162. VBAC Support Group – 7:30pm. 2nd. Mary Callender. Better Bodies Chiropractic, 1570 Early Settlers Rd, Chesterfield. 804-382-8222. VBACMom.

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friday Ongoing Dream Groups – Mornings. Cassandra Matt. 8401 Patterson Ave, Ste 204. Time & cost info: 804-901-4583, Mindfulness & Progressive Relaxation – 121:30pm. Includes simple stretches. Sandy Goolsby, LCSW. $18. Bon Air Yoga, 2703 Tinsley Dr, Ste 204. 804-836-8680. Falun Gong Exercise Practice – 12:30-1pm. 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. Insight Meditation – 5:45-7:30pm. See Tues listing. Ekoji Buddhist Sangha, 3411 Grove Ave. 804-852-2976. Mom’s Healing Circle –7-9:30pm. 3rd. Creating space to witness our stories & emotions intentionally thru Council Share & Toning Circle w/vocalization & energetic healing. Open to all mothers (preconception to grandmother). Pam Karthik. Free. Heart of Yoga, 1903 Manakin Rd, Manakin. 804-551-1615. FB: Mom’s Healing Circle.

saturday Saturday Salutations at the VMFA – 7/8, 22, 8/5, 19. 9-10am. Open to all levels, beginner appropriate, family-friendly & support PYR’s yoga and mindfulness outreach programs. Pay what you can via website; cannot pay at event. VMFA Belvedere Deck, 200 N Blvd. M o m m y & B a b y Yo g a – 1 0 a m . M o k sha Yoga/Midwives For Haiti. $10. Bon Secours. Earth Yoga – 10:30am-12pm. A moving meditation to connect us to our life source while connecting to our infinite universal source. Beginners/mixed. Personal attention. Anne Bhudevi Fletcher. Pay what can; sug $12. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061. Prenatal Yoga – 11:15am. Moksha Yoga/Midwives For Haiti. $10. Bon Secours. PrenatalYoga@


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Prenatal Yoga – 12:30pm. Learn how yoga can make your pregnancy more comfortable & your birth calmer. Embrace Maternal & Baby Wellness Collective, 124 Buford Rd. Jessica Turner: Contra Dance – 7-11pm. 2nd & 4th. $7. Contra Dance Group. Lewis Ginter Rec Ctr. 804-247-9247; Linda Salter: 804-266-7355.



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Health Offerings, Inc. Richmond 804-497-8860 Nationally certified in Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture. Since 1998, I offer individualized, constitutional health care using Western and Chinese herbs, diet and food therapy, cupping and moxibustion.


Floyd M. Herdrich, M.Ac., L.Ac., MAP™ 804-698-0225 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, page 22.


105 Berrington Court 804-201-3166 Discover integrative bodywork and movement therapy. This is my 30th year helping clients improve their quality of life. I specialize in The Alexander Technique, CranioSacral Therapy and The Trager® Approach.


Cathy S. Phillips, CTT 13354 Midlothian Tpke, Ste 100 804-748-7401 Breast Thermography uses infrared sensors to detect heat and increased blood flow around abnormal tissue. An abnormal thermogram indicates a future risk of breast disease. Interpreted by Jeanne Stryker, BoardCertified Radiologist.


Six locations in the Richmond area 804-526-7125 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 ad, page 26.


Elizabeth Sexton, MA, MS, RMT 1727 West Main Street, Richmond 804-677-4539 • Offering a complete Wellness Center to support your overall well-being. Integrated therapies include: reiki, Healing Touch, Chakra Balancing, Life Coaching, and Intuitive Advising. Holistic Products include: Nature’s Sunshine supplements, essential oils, custom soaps and lotions. 

PEGGY SIEGEL, MS DOMINION CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC Bradley Richmond, DC Elliot S. Eisenberg, DC 3904 Meadowdale Blvd, Richmond 804-271-7920

Chiropractic, massage, spinal/postural rehabilitation and nutritional consulting. Providing pain relief to wellness care for all ages; individualized care programs since 1984. Voted Richmond’s Top Chiropractor in Richmond Magazine’s annual survey. See ad, page 9.


10446 Ridgefield Pkwy Near Short Pump 804-740-4485 Accreditation with the International Academy of Oral Medical Toxicology. Member of International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology (IAMOT). 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, page 2.


Charlene Dortch, CH, CHTP, ATP® Richmond 804-839-3123 Clear blocks and restore balance to your life. Services include Spiritual Response Therapy, Hypnosis, Healing Touch, Reiki, ThetaHealingTM Emotional Freedom Techniques, life coaching, ATP®. See ad, page 5.

5318 Patterson Ave, Richmond 804-291-7785 Unique combination of intuitive mentoring and energy healing with a focus on living with intention. Offering energetic support and grounded guidance for healing and transformation. In private practice in Richmond since 1998.


Carey Phillips, LMT, EEMCP, NCTMB 3001 Hungary Spring Rd, Ste C, West End 804-205-6531 • 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, page 19.


doTERRA Wellness Advocate, 212455 804-296-9284 Looking for alternatives? Find out why dōTERRA is committed to sharing the life-enhancing benefits of therapeutic-grade essential oils and essential oil-enhanced 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, page 31.

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FARM / CSA AGRIBERRY FARM & CSA 6289 River Road Hanover, VA 23069 804-314-7517 

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Parham Henrico Doctor’s - MOB I 7660 E. Parham Road, Ste 104A 804-592-0853 Satori provides individualized and patient-centered treatments to enhance, improve and maintain fertility and pregnancies. She has experience treating recurring miscarriages, “unexplained infertility,” irregular cycles and assisting women as they proceed through various ART treatments.


Robyn Bentley 804-241-1685 Make your home or business a positive place that works with you, not against you. Certified, professional Feng Shui consultations by Robyn Bentley can be done on site or remotely. Let’s talk about what you need and what’s standing in your way. Contact me today!


Richmond 804-678-8568 Outstanding personal attention. Open up the energy in your home to flow for improved health, work, relationships and money!  Certified Traditional Feng Shui Consultant and Master Chinese Astrologer. Over 14 years of experience with hundreds of clients all over the U.S. Free Astrology Readings with every home or office consultation.


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


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9210 Forest Hill Ave B-3, Richmond 804-377-2222 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, page 9.


Sherron Marquina, DC, PAK 9210 Forest Hill Ave B-3, Richmond 804-377-2222 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, page 9.


201 North Robinson Street Richmond, VA 23220 804-353-1733 A vibrant, environmentally friendly salon located in the heart of Richmond’s Fan district. We work together with our clients to find effective ways for them to join in our journey of healing the planet one head at a time. See ad, page 19.


Located at The Wellness Village 1404 Starling Drive, Richmond 804-673-2936 We specialize in bodywork for pain relief, relaxation, wellness, and injury prevention. We work with our clients to help diminish their chronic physical pain, mental exhaustion, and stress through therapeutic massage and infrared heat therapy treatments.


Empowerment & Sacred Money Archetype Coach 804-539-8048 Fortune favors the Bold! I guide women like you who are ready to: stop settling & take command of their lives; powerfully express their wisdom in the world; and create successful relationships, businesses and finances.


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


Elvetta Wilkins Vasquez, LMT, CNA 2505 Pocoshock Pl, Ste 203 804-839-9290 • 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. 


Far West End Location 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy, Henrico 804-741-5267 Providing Therapeutic Massage for 30+ years. Tailored to your needs – Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Prenatal/Postpartum, Therapeutic, Hot Stone, Swedish, Sports, Couples and Infant Massage. Thai Yoga Massage, Reflexology, Reiki. Gift certificates available. Member BBB. See ad, page 33.


Martha B. Tyler, RN, LMT 5318 Patterson Ave, Ste E 804-350-7647 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:


Laura Alberg, CNM, WHNP-BC 13700 St Francis Blvd, MOB Ste 510 Midlothian 804-423-8462 MyBonSecoursBaby/ Laura received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University, and went on to complete her postmaster’s certificate in nurse midwifery from Frontier Nursing University.


Jean Curtacci, RN, CNM 13700 St Francis Blvd, MOB Ste 510 Midlothian 804-423-8462 MyBonSecoursBaby/ As a certified nurse-midwife, Jean provides holistic care for women through all life stages. Jean has over 10 years of experience in women’s health care and is a strong proponent of disease prevention and wellness, patient education, informed decision making, and practicing evidence-based health care.


Brenda Radford, CNM 13700 St Francis Blvd, MOB Ste 510 Midlothian 804-423-8462 MyBonSecoursBaby/ Brenda received her Masters of Science in Nursing from Old Dominion University and a Certificate in Nurse-Midwifery from Shenandoah University. In addition, Brenda is a board-certified lactation consultant.


James River Myofascial Release 8550 Mayland Drive, Ste 208 Henrico, VA 23294 804-543-5261 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!


Kimberly Caylor, CNM, MSN 13700 St Francis Blvd, MOB Ste 510 Midlothian 804-423-8462 MyBonSecoursBaby/ Kimberly received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Bowling Green State University in Huron, Ohio, and obtained her Master of Science in Nursing-midwifery from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

Derek S. Metzler, MPT 211-A N 18th St, Richmond 804-644-1221 • Our Physical therapy practice focuses on healing and well-being. Trained in Jone’s Institute Fascial Strain-Counter-Strain, John F. Barnes method of Myofascial Release, we treat the whole body to resolve complex issues.


South River Compounding Pharmacy 11420 W Huguenot Rd, Midlothian 3656 Mayland Ct, West End 804-897-6447 • Our expert staff offers Counseling for: Weight Loss, Nutrition, Diabetes, High Cholesterol, Stress, Pain Management, Autism, BioIdentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Sports Nutrition, Respiratory Conditions, Anti-Aging (Optimal Aging), Allergies, Skin Ailments, Auto-immune disorders, GI Issues, Chronic Disease (i.e.: CFS/FM, RA, MS, etc.)… call today. We can help you get back on track. We also offer workshops, group and corporate programs. See ad, page 3.


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


Certified Past Life Regression Therapy 804-481-5555 Carole Louie integrates her gift as a medium with training in Past Life  Regression Therapy (Brian Weiss and Carol Bowman) to help you heal the past, explore your life purpose, and promote your spiritual growth.


3527 Ellwood Ave, Carytown Chrysalis Institute is a resource and learning center that explores the insights and practices of the world’s spiritual traditions, philosophies, and contemporary sciences. Chrysalis encourages curiosity, compassion, community and the cultivation of skills so that we might act mindfully in the world. See ad, page 15.

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South River Compounding Pharmacy 11420 W Huguenot Rd, Midlothian 3656 Mayland Ct, West End 804-897-6447 • Richmond area residents have chosen South River to be their preferred provider of customized medications for 17+ 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, and Topical Anti-Infective medications. In addition, we offer our patients the highest quality, pharmaceutical-grade nutritional supplements available. See ad, page 3.


Family Practice and Integrative Holistic Medicine Apex-MD 5310 Twin Hickory Rd, Glen Allen 804-273-0010 • 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, Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy. See ad, back cover.

12230 Ironbridge Rd, Ste C, Chester 11934 W Broad St, Henrico 804-717-5000 • Fax: 804-717-8300 Virginia’s First Nationally Accredited Compounding Pharmacy. RX3 is an industry leader for innovation and quality or over 20 years.  Our specialties include: bio-identical hormone replacement, pain management, sterile and veterinary preparations, supplements, and traditional pharmacy services. See ad, page 13.


5388 Twin Hickory Rd 804-396-6753 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, page 7.

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Talia Moser, Reflexologist, IIR certified  By appt., Richmond 804-399-3353 • Reflexology is a holistic healing art. Applying pressure on points on the feet and hands stimulates a healing response in glands, organs and systems, resulting in better circulation, vitality and peace. International Institute of Reflexology certified. Wheelchair accessible.




5700 Old Richmond Ave, Ste A-5 (Off Libbie, near St. Mary’s) 804-358-1492 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, page 19.

Tai Chi Chuan Instructor Richmond Tuesday Evenings, 6-7:15pm 804-698-0225 At Battery Park Christian Church, Ginter Park. Classical-style Tai Chi Chuan, the 38 posture short form. Essential movements to strengthen/enhance health and develop spiritual practice. See ad, page 22.



River’s Way Healthcare of Virginia, PLLC 1791 Cambridge Dr, Ste 203, Richmond 804-658-0435 Providing traditional and alternative approaches to support the body’s ability to heal itself. Health assessments, management of health problems through a functional approach.

Thermographer The Wellness Village 1404 Starling Dr, Richmond 804-683-7774 Safe, non-invasive, radiation-free image screening. Preserve your breast, heart health and much more. Live happier and healthier longer! Interpreted by Matthew Lee, MD, RPh. See ad, page 33.


Qigong & Mind-Body Practice Healthcare Practitioner & Qigong Instructor 804-971-7135 • Qigong means to have skill at balancing your life energy. It is an ancient Chinese healthcare system. Learn movement forms and meditations to release stress/emotional buildup, strengthen internal organs, increase energy flow, achieve mind-body balance and feel better. Improve sleep, digestion, relaxation, flexibility and strength.


5322 Patterson Ave, Richmond 804-288-7387 Betty Baugh’s Animal Clinic offers traditional as well as holistic and herbal remedies. Please see our website for information on all services offered.

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Far West End Location 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy, Henrico 804-741-5267 Incorporate yoga into your life at Glenmore with 30 student-focused, multi-level classes from Gentle and Ageless to Vinyasa Flow, Yin, Restorative and Prenatal. 200- and 300-Hour Teacher Training. Voted best Richmond Yoga Center. See ad, page 9.



Specializing in Yoga for Children Richmond 804-678-8568 Locally renowned yoga instructor offering classes and private instruction for children; Yoga with Nitya  DVD;  children’s book,  A Child’s Journey into Yoga; and the newly released,  Yoga with Nitya Cookbook. Enrolling now for Yoga with Nitya Summer Camp for Kids ages 5 - 13 – see details online.


Nora Vimala Pozzi, E-RYT 500, PRYT 213 Roseneath Rd. (behind Temple Beth-El) 804-342-1061 • Teaching since 1992. Training since 1999. Yoga for balancing life challenges + experiencing peace. Expert in Yoga Philosophy, Cancer, Arthritis, Anxiety, PTSD + other health conditions. On faculty at Yogaville, national/international speaker. Classes include asanas, breathing, chanting, meditation, relaxation, philosophy. Personalized attention. See ad, page 15.

13565 Midlothian Tnpk, Midlothian 804-423-8600 Offering a diverse selection of classes to suit any style—hatha yoga, vinyasa yoga, prenatal yoga, kid and tween yoga, gentle yoga, yin yoga, kundalini yoga and meditation classes. Check the schedule for our current listing of classes, workshops & teacher trainings. Ask about our community outreach offerings, corporate classes & private instruction.

320 Libbie Ave. 804-282-9642 Richmond’s Premiere Yoga Studio and Clothing Boutique located in Libbie & Grove Neighborhood, with 35+ classes/week including Beginner, Vinyasa, Kids, Teens, 200- and 300-hour Teacher Training, as well as Annual Wellness Retreats.


6517 Dickens Place Richmond, VA 23230 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 outreach 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, page 9.


Buckingham, VA 1-800-858-YOGA (9642) Serene Yoga Center in rolling Virginia Woodlands. Integral Yoga Teacher Trainings. Silent and Individual Retreats. Workshops. Yoga classes. Meditation. Guest Stays. Welcome Weekends. Vegetarian Meals. See ad, page 15.


13354 Midlothian Tpke, Ste 201 804-909-0955 Yoga in Midlothian! Join Sonja Stoeckli and her certified, experienced staff for all levels and styles of yoga classes in a safe and friendly studio environment. Vinyasa, Hatha, and Prenatal yoga plus meditation and more.


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