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Carolina Reiki Institute, Inc., is now accepting course registration for the Spring 2014 Certified Reiki Practitioner Program. This is a six-month program with a more indepth course of instruction than the individual classes. It includes Usui Reiki levels I through III (master), clinicals, ethics and business practice set up information. Reiki has been practiced in the mainland United States since the early 1970s, but still remains relatively unknown. It is not taught in the traditional sense of instruction, but is transferred to the student during the Reiki class. The Reiki master passes the ability to connect and tap directly into the source of this unlimited supply of “life-force energy” by way of “attunements.”  No specific intellectual capacity is required, nor is it dependent upon one’s spiritual development. Once attuned, the ability to connect to the energy is never lost. Reiki classes have traditionally been divided into “levels,” or “degrees,” each initiating the student into a higher level, or vibration, of the Reiki energy. Reiki IV is an additional course available as an internship for those that wish to become Reiki teachers. Cost: $950/paid registration before February 15/$1,000 after. Transfer students may be accepted at the discretion of the instructor. Location: Carolina Reiki Institute, Inc., 612 St. Andrews Rd. #1. Dates: March 15, May 17 and July 26, with clinical at each level of training and graduation in September. For more information, call Margaret Self at 803-5511191 or email

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ichland County Solid Waste and Recycling is continuing its efforts to distribute new recycling roll carts to households that have curbside collection service. Kicking off the beginning of the year, more than 16,000 roll carts were delivered the first week of January. The 95-gallon, bright green recycling roll carts replace 18-gallon red recycling bins the county previously used. “Changing to bigger roll carts allows our residents to recycle more items, and hopefully encourages more residents to recycle across the county,” says Interim Solid Waste Director Rudy Curtis. Another change coming to those households receiving the new roll carts is that materials for recycling will be picked up every two weeks, as opposed to once a week. Regular garbage collection, however, will continue to be picked up weekly. Affected customers will be notified by postcard. This is the second year the county has distributed new roll carts. In 2013, about 19,000 customers in north-central Richland County and neighborhoods bordering Garner’s Ferry Road received the new recycling carts. Plans call for all county customers to have the new bigger roll carts by 2015. Residents that receive the new roll carts are encouraged to keep the old recycling bin for personal use, or they can put it inside the new roll cart so it can be recycled. For more information, visit CHOSEN BY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVELER AS “ONE OF THE 100 BEST WORLDWIDE VACATIONS TO ENRICH YOUR LIFE.”

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n Tuesday, February 4, from 6 to 7 p.m., BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina will host a seminar titled “Health Care Reform & You.” You’ve likely heard words like marketplace, subsidy, metal plans, but do you know what they mean? If you want to learn more about how healthcare reform will impact you, register for this seminar. BLUE will teach you its impact on individuals, small businesses and large businesses so you can be prepared for the upcoming changes.

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he Junior League of Columbia will host Clean Sweep—its annual one-day rummage sale at the Cantey Building (located at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds) on Saturday, February 1, kicking off at 8 a.m. Celebrating its seventeenth year, Clean Sweep features new and used items donated by league members, citizens and local businesses at affordable prices. Items include handbags, jewelry, books, music, games, children’s toys and clothing, maternity clothing, furniture, home and garden, housewares, appliances and electronics, linens and sporting goods. The Clean Sweep sale is an exciting fundraiser that raises the necessary funds to support the Junior League of Columbia’s mission and community projects. This is a cash-only sale event. Cost: $3 adults, children 12 and under are free. For more information, call 803252-0805 or visit

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oin other Midlands socialites and come out to raise your glass at the Party Animals Mardi Gras Festival hosted at City Roots Farm on Saturday, March 1, from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. This wild and crazy benefit will feature food, fun, parade, music and much more! All proceeds generated will benefit The Animal Mission of the Midlands. For more information, call 803-238-7438 or email

Babywearers Starts Midlands Area Group


abywearers of the Midlands is a newly formed local group dedicated to helping parents and their children connect through baby-wearing. Meetings have rotating topics, demonstrations, a Q&A period, access to the lending library (a great way to try out different options before buying), and time for hands-on help. Children are welcome! Time: Saturday, February 8, 10 a.m. Location: Expecting Well, 514 Gervais St., Columbia. Time: Thursday, February 27, 10 a.m. Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 7449 Broad River Rd., Irmo. For more information, visit and on Facebook at


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oin other Midlands residents for a Farm to Table Dinner at City Roots Farm on Monday, February 10, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., hosted by the Farm to Table Event Company. The dinner features resident chefs Kristian Niemi and Travis Rayle. Ticket includes opening cocktails, wine pairings and four courses. Gratuity not included. The Farm to Table Event Company continues the dinner tradition by bringing the community together over local fresh food and highlighting the culinary talents that reside in South Carolina. Other Farm to Table events include the Harvest Dinner Series, Nose-to-Tail Dinners, Harvest and Art, the Local Underground, Farm-to-Trunk, the Bartender Challenge, Adventure Dinners and music events. Cost: $60. Location: City Roots, 1005 Airport Blvd., Columbia. For more information, visit

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n Saturday, February 22, bring the kids out to Edventure Children’s Museum and enjoy an evening learning how to stay healthy with your favorite furry friend as the patient. Learn how to stay healthy by checking your teddy’s pulse, listening to its heartbeat, checking its vision and other health indicators. Learn how to create tasty treats in our new Taste Buds cooking lab and discover how to create a candy model of your DNA. Meet in the Bioinvestigators lab and create your very own toothpaste followed by dinner, music, and arts and crafts. Pre-registration is required.

Cost: $12 adults/$18 children (dinner admission included in ticket price). Additional discount available for Edventure members. Location: Edventure, 211 Gervais St., Columbia. Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, call Tricia Havenstein at 803-400-1157 or email Visit

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Tradition for 31 years, the annual Craftsmen’s Spring Classic Art & Craft Festival, sponsored by Gilmore Shows, will be held at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds the week of March 7 through 9. The festival features original designs and work from hundreds of talented artists and craftsmen from across the nation with thousands of choices from traditional to contemporary, functional to whimsical and decorative to fun and funky. See the creative process in action as many exhibitors demonstrate throughout the weekend. Attendees can visit with the actual artisans browsing the many booths highlighting their work. The cost of admission covers all three days, with a free return pass from the show desk. Location: S.C. State Fairgrounds, 1200 Rosewood Dr., Columbia. Times: Friday, March 7, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, March 8, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, March 9, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 336-2825550 or email

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omen may worry more about breast cancer, but in reality, heart disease is the top killer of American women, claiming 300,000 lives a year, 7.5 times the number that die of breast cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although heart disease is more often perceived as a men’s issue, since 1984 more women have died of heart disease than men. Part of the reason may be that women’s heart attacks can differ from men’s and the American Heart Association (AHA) warns that women often fail to recognize the symptoms, ranging from torso aches and pains and nausea to anxiety, shortness of breath, dizziness and extreme fatigue. They may experience subtle symptoms for months and write them off as byproducts of menopause, heartburn or effects of aging. The National Institutes of Health states that 43 percent of women that have heart attacks experience no chest pain. The difference between the more subtle signs of a heart attack in women and the more dramatic signs in men may help explain why 75 percent of men, prompted to act quickly, survive a first heart attack, while only 62 percent of women do, according to the AHA. “Research shows that women may not be diagnosed or treated as aggressively as men,” notes the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.


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FDA Moves to Ban Trans Fats


eart-clogging trans fatty acids may soon be a thing of the past. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken the first step to remove trans fats from its GRAS (generally recognized as safe) list, effectively banning their use in food products. Trans fats, also known as hydrogenated vegetable oils, can be found in many processed foods, including baked goods, microwave popcorn, peanut butter, frozen pizza, margarine and coffee creamers. Created by adding hydrogen to liquid oils to turn them into a solid form, trans fats have been used to improve the texture, shelf life or flavor of foods. For more than a decade, numerous scientific studies have documented that trans fats raise dangerous LDL cholesterol and lower good HDL cholesterol. The FDA’s proposed ban would require the food industry to gradually phase out all trans fats, likely over several months or years, noting their threat to health. Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said the move could prevent 20,000 heart attacks a year and 7,000 deaths. Many food manufacturers have already phased out trans fats since new nutrition labeling requirements were introduced by the FDA in 2006; plus an increasing number of local laws have banned them.

Zinc Orchestrates Immune Response


any have heard that zinc can stop a cold in its tracks, and new research from Ohio State University tells us why; it turns out that zinc gently taps the brakes on immune responses, slowing them down and preventing inflammation from spiraling out of control. The researchers’ work with human cells and animals found that zinc serves to balance the immune response within the cells so that the consequences of insufficient zinc at the time of an infection include excessive inflammation. Of all the zinc contained in our bodies, only about 10 percent of it is readily accessible to help fight off an infection, notes Daren Knoell, professor of pharmacy and internal medicine and lead author of the study, published in Cell Reports. The research team suggests that proper zinc balance is especially important in battling serious and potentially deadly infections. Zinc deficiency affects about 2 billion people worldwide, including an estimated 40 percent of the U.S. elderly.

Happy Marriage, Healthier Lives


University of Missouri expert says that people in happy marriages are more likely to rate their health better than their peers as they age. Evidently, engaging with one’s spouse builds a strong relationship that can improve spirits, promote feelings of well-being and lower stress. Analyzing data from 707 continuously married adults that participated in the Marital Instability Over the Life Course panel study, a 20-year nationwide research project begun in 1980, researchers found that married people have better mental and physical health and are less likely to develop chronic conditions than their unmarried, widowed or divorced peers. Thus, researchers recommended involving spouses and families in treatment for any illness. They further suggested that in cases of a strained marital relationship, improving marital harmony would also improve health.

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Small Retailers Gaining Force While online mega-shopping malls have decimated many types of small businesses around the country, the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies notes that independent bookstores are doing surprisingly well. For the last four years, their number and total sales have grown, despite the recent recession. In 2009, citizens patronized 1,651 independent bookstores in the United States; today their number exceeds 1,900. In addition, local coffee shops have grown faster than the largest chain’s storefronts. Bakers and specialty food purveyors, independent pharmacies and pet, fabric and stationery stores are growing, too. One reason for the good news is the “buy local” ethic promoted by groups such as the American Independent Business Alliance. Last year, sales at independent businesses in cities benefitting from these campaigns grew 8.6 percent; those without them still increased 3.4 percent. Independents are winning customer loyalty in part by hosting and sponsoring events that enrich the community. The public is realizing that buying local supports area families, keeps more dollars circulating locally and strengthens a healthy sense of community that benefits everyone. Source:



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Many Animals Mate for Life Humans like to think of themselves as unique when it comes to taking vows of togetherness. But a surprising number of other species in the animal kingdom provide sterling examples of fidelity, monogamy and lifelong pairing. Gibbons, of the ape family, are the nearest relatives to humans that mate for life. They form extremely strong pairings and both sexes are on relatively equal footing in their relationships. Bald eagles, our national emblem, typically mate for life, except in the event of a partner’s inability to procreate. Wolves, often portrayed as tricksters in folklore, conduct a family life more loyal than many human relationships. Wolf packs typically comprise a male, a female and their offspring, making them akin to a human nuclear family. Swans form monogamous pair bonds that last for many years or even for life. Their loyalty is so storied that the image of two swans swimming with their necks entwined in the shape of a heart has become a universal symbol of true love. French angelfish are seldom found far from their mate, because they live, travel and even hunt in pairs. The fish form monogamous relationships that often last as long as both individuals are alive. In fact, they act as a team to vigorously defend their territory against neighboring pairs. Other examples include albatrosses, African antelopes, black vultures, Malagasy giant rats, prairie voles, sandhill cranes, termites and, of course, turtle doves. To view images, visit and MatesSlideshow.

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Shop Class Teaches Sustainability According to a report in The Boston Globe, some American schools regret that they replaced woodshops with high-tech educational forums in the 1990s. Shop class is valuable for students that may underperform in traditional academic settings and empowers them to learn and produce tangible results. Doug Stowe, a woodworker and teacher in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, writes in “Our society has inadvertently created a dependent generation of young people that don’t know how to fix things and lack even the most basic manual competence. Putting girls and boys into shop class would challenge rampant consumerism because a person is less inclined to throw out a piece of furniture and buy a replacement if they know how to fix it. “With so many cheap imports flooding stores, it’s difficult for students to gain perspective on the resources and time required to create a piece of furniture, so shop class can teach students to appreciate long-lasting quality and its accompanying fair price tag. In this way, shop class is linked to sustainability.” Source:

Online Radio Emphasizes Role of Natural Health Care


special Rethinking Health Matters online radio show, hosted by Natural Awakenings National Editor Linda Sechrist from 3 to 4:30 p.m. EST, February 7, will highlight the importance of independent media in informing the public about natural healthcare options. Guests will include several Natural Awakenings publishers and Scott Tips, president of Natural Health Federation, an international educational nonprofit that protects access to healthy food and supplements and alternative therapies without government restrictions. Additional guests are Joanne Quinn, Ph.D., executive director of the Foundation for Alternative and Integrative Medicine, which collects clinical data to advance nontoxic, cost-effective therapies, plus international research consultant Ferdinando Pisani Massamormile. Also participating are Dr. James Forleo, author of Health Is Simple, Disease Is Complicated; Dr. Constance Casebolt, owner of South Carolina’s Greenville Functional Medicine; and Sayer Ji, founder of, the world’s foremost open-access, natural medicine database. To listen, visit Rethinking Health Matters at

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RETHINKING HEART HEALTH Pioneering Doctors and Patients Reinvent Cardio Care by Linda Sechrist


n 1977, Dr. Dean Ornish began to think beyond an allopathic medicine paradigm that defined the reversal of cardiovascular disease, including coronary heart disease (CHD) and the hypertensive diseases, such as heart failure and stroke, as physiologically implausible. Undaunted by the challenge of funding his research, he pushed forward. Results of his foundational 1986 to 1992 Lifestyle Heart Trial, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, proved that individuals with preexisting coronary atherosclerosis that make intensive, integrated lifestyle changes can begin to experience improvements in their condition after as little as one year without using lipid-lowering drugs. Based on his 30-plus years of clinical research, Ornish and his colleagues further showed that five years of follow-


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ing proper nutrition, fitness and stress management—which must include love and support—can reduce symptoms of CHD and other chronic conditions. He remarks in Love & Survival: 8 Pathways to Intimacy and Health that despite numerous studies showing a medical basis for its occurrence, the reason why CHD is reversible is still the subject of debate. Ornish’s work has paved the way for a growing corps of pioneering integrative physicians successfully collaborating with patients to reduce the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States.

Plaque the Culprit

The cause of cardiovascular disease is arterial plaque, a fine layer of fatty material that forms within the arteries and blocks blood flow. It is largely the result of food and activity choices, plus

the degree of inflammation in the arteries. Dr. Steven Masley’s three keys to improving heart health highlighted in his book, The 30-Day Heart Tune-Up, and an upcoming PBS special, concern lifestyle factors capable of shrinking plaque, improving circulation and strengthening the heartbeat. “Abnormal plaque growth is preventable 90 percent of the time,” states the president of Masley Optimal Health Center, in St. Petersburg, Florida. While conducting research on the heart health of nearly 1,000 patients over a period of 20 years, Masley suspected that the traditional assessment approach of measuring cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure didn’t effectively address the biochemistry within arteries. Testing intima-media thickness (IMT) using a simple 10-minute external ultrasound confirmed it. The test bounces high-frequency sound waves to measure the thickness of the carotid arteries’ innermost two layers on either side of the neck. “This valuable tool allows for an estimate of arterial age. A healthy, young cardiovascular system has less plaque and an unhealthy, old one has more,” advises Masley. IMT, a useful tool for preventing future heart attacks and strokes, differs from standard carotid Doppler ultrasound, which looks for artery obstructions suggesting surgery. A practitioner of functional medicine, Masley explains heart-related diagnoses differently than his allopathic counterparts. “Rather than diagnosing high blood pressure as hypertension, I categorize it as not enough exercise, not enough fruits and vegetables, high emotional stress and excessive body fat.” To optimize heart health, Masley employs a broad, holistic matrix of options that enhance the cardiovascular system—the interactions among diet, activity level, weight, environmental toxins, hormones, stress and bio-chemical factors such as blood sugar control and inflammation levels. He prescribes heart-healing foods that simultaneously help to manage the aging process, following a customized, heart-friendly supplement plan; engaging in exercise that strengthens

Love and intimacy are at the root of what makes us sick and what makes us well, what causes sadness and what brings happiness, what makes us suffer and what leads to healing. ~ Dr. Dean Ornish, Love & Survival the heart and arteries; and learning how to better manage stress. He contends that cardiovascular events remain the top cause of death because individuals are largely unaware of treatment options before they get into trouble. More, “Most people falsely assume that their condition has been fixed with a medical procedure and/or drugs, and that a lifestyle change isn’t necessary.”

Cholesterol’s Bad Rap

Dr. Stephen Sinatra, an integrative cardiologist, anti-aging specialist and bioenergetics psychotherapist in Manchester, Connecticut, has also shifted his heart health paradigm. He now prescribes a combination of conventional medicine, food, supplements, mind/body strategies and natural healing methods. His book, Heartbreak and Heart Disease: A Mind/Body Prescription for Healing the Heart, relates many inspiring case histories that address the psycho-emotional component of heart health and illustrate how to repair and reopen a broken heart by releasing long-repressed emotions. Following two years of Gestalt psychotherapy training and seven years of bioenergetics training, Sinatra likewise realized that heartbreak was one of the major causes of heart disease. An expert in the field of natural cardiology, he had once believed that cholesterol and fat were the primary causes before 40 years of treatment research taught him otherwise. “Cholesterol is not the reason for heart disease,” advises Sinatra, founder of and author of The Great Cholesterol Myth. “The body produces and needs cholesterol to convert sunlight to vitamin D, to make sex hormones, vital semipermeable membranes for the body’s trillions of cells, plus bile salts for digestion. Even your brain makes and

uses cholesterol to build connections between the neurons that facilitate learning and memory.”

Real Perpetrators

Sinatra names the real perpetrators of heart disease—stress, inflammation and overeating sugar and processed foods containing saturated fat. He counsels that the heart benefits less from a low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet than one low in carbohydrates and higher in healthy fats, overturning widespread medical mantras. Also, a high-fructose, high-grain carbohydrate diet raises triglycerides, increases the risk of metabolic syndrome and contributes to insulin resistance, causing the liver to produce more cholesterol, as well as more inflammatory, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL) particles, all of which increase the risk for CHD, diabetes and stroke. The American Heart Association (AHA) estimates that metabolic syndrome, which affects nearly 35 percent of American adults, may overtake smoking as the leading risk factor for CHD. The AHA currently is focused on increasing awareness that heart disease is the number one killer of women. Its Go Red for Women campaign emphasizes the vital need to take preventive basic actions, including adopting an exercise routine, healthier diet and doctor visits for appropriate non-invasive tests.

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Dr. James Forleo, a chiropractor in Durango, Colorado, with 30-plus years of clinical experience, maintains that health is simple, disease is complicated (also the title of his book). He counsels patients, “If mental stress is present in your life, you owe it to your cardiovascular system to change to a healthier lifestyle. Your life may depend on it.” natural awakenings

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It is no coincidence that we address our physical and emotional heart by the same name. Our physical heart usually reflects the state of our emotional heart, and vice versa. ~ Dr. James Forleo Forleo has recognized that an individual’s state of mind can be a big help or hindrance in maintaining a healthy heart. “The heart represents a different realm of experience entirely, one that cannot be explained by logic and reason,” comments Forleo. He champions the link between maintaining normal spinal function and healthy heart function, along with supporting the inner presence of Spirit, which he calls the healthy heart’s ultimate elixir. “Its essence relaxes the heart, opens the mind to possibilities greater than itself and provides the perspective that the heart and the mind are complementary,” he observes. He explains that when our emotions get bottled up, something in our heart or circulation has to give. “If you or someone you know experiences heart problems, chances are that unresolved emotions lie directly below the surface,” he says. “There are exceptions, and genetic problems can explain many heart defects, but heart problems don’t usually show up unless


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emotions are involved.” Forleo’s concept is supported by the work of Rollin McCraty, Ph.D., executive vice president and director of research at California’s Institute of HeartMath. His research papers include The Energetic Heart: Bioelectromagnetic Interactions Within and Between People. “Today, evidence suggests that the heart may play a particularly important role in emotional experience. Research in the relatively new discipline of neurocardiology has confirmed that the heart is a sensory organ and acts as a sophisticated information encoding and processing center that learns, remembers and makes independent functional decisions that don’t involve the cerebral cortex,” advises McCraty.

To Happy Hearts

Pioneering integrative medical doctors Masley, Sinatra, Forleo and Mona Lisa Schultz, who also holds a Ph.D. in behavioral neuroscience, agree that in matters of heart disease, emotions take

center stage. Schultz, who recently co-authored All is Well: Heal Your Body with Medicine, Affirmations and Intuition, with Louise L. Hay, a leading founder of the self-help movement, applies her 25 years of experience as a medical intuitive with the best of Western clinical science, brain research and energy medicine.

When our emotions get bottled up, something in our heart or circulation has to give. There are exceptions… but heart problems don’t usually show up unless emotions are involved. ~ Dr. James Forleo Shultz observes: “Every illness has an emotional component, which tells us intuitively that something or someone in our life or environment is out of balance and needs to be addressed. Our use of language—such as frustration makes our heart race, anger boils our blood—and our common sense are telling us what we don’t need more studies to confirm. If we can’t deal with our anger in a timely fashion, name our feelings, respond effectively and release them, we increase our chance of illness, ranging from hypertension to cardiovascular events.” According to the American Journal of Cardiology, the U.S. spends 10 percent of all healthcare dollars for cardiovascular disease prevention and medical management versus 90 percent on medical treatment procedures and hospital care. For individuals interested in taking charge of their heart health, working with a physician that embraces the emerging paradigm of integrative lifestyle changes and prevention can be a drug-free, life-saving decision. Linda Sechrist is the senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Visit for full interviews. natural awakenings

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Golden Mean:

by Sherri Jefferson

Once someone walks into About Your Health, it is easy to understand why this business has experienced expansive growth despite a challenging economy. The atmosphere, while professional, is very dynamic and nurturing. About Your Health is a non-medical clinic that offers services and information designed to help people gain health and lifestyle balance.


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ears ago, owner Lois Bradley experienced her own personal health crisis; and as a registered nurse and family nurse practitioner, Bradley, first, turned to her own professional field of medicine for answers. She eventually realized that if she was truly going to heal, she needed to look elsewhere. Bradley turned to complementary healthcare systems. Bradley states, “Engaging in therapies to allow the body to heal itself was a life-changing event for me.” She felt that she had found another aspect of her calling, and with that, Bradley made a commitment to continue using these new changes for, both, her and others. Now, she is a certified nutrition consultant continually looking for and researching new holistic technolo-


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gies. Bradley continues to work in the medical community part-time, sharing her knowledge both as a nurse and a nutrition consultant. Bradley adds, “My biggest passion is helping people take charge of their own health so that they may understand the true source of power within.” Bradley wants the people coming to About Your Health to have an educational experience while receiving the proper health services. Yvonne Lucas, the clinic manager, is a very wise certified nutrition consultant and natural health professional. Lucas is appreciative of the opportunities granted to work for and with some of Columbia’s best natural teachers. Lucas’ experiences growing up in a military family, seeing different places and meeting many people has produced a natural path toward the kind of teaching and nurturing that this clinic is known for. Lucas adds, “I am thankful every day for the chance to change lives through education, planning and achievement of natural health.” Jennifer Skubic is another important member of the team. Skubic works as a community liaison engaging in community outreach. She also manages the website, print materials and com-

pany advertising. She is committed to sharing the company’s mission with the local community and with each person that calls or walks in the door. Skubic states, “I am thrilled about my continued path of learning in the field that I work in.” It is important that each of us understands the impact of our lifestyle choices. About Your Health offers a variety of options to help maintain and achieve health and lifestyle goals. Some of the methods include Thermography (Digital Thermal Imaging), live and dried blood cell analysis and ph testing. An effective and affordable threeweek purification cleanse is offered, as well. It consists of two important components: necessary dietary supplements and shakes, and the use of detoxifying technology and equipment. Each week day of the three-week cleanse, a client may choose to come in and use a number of other supportive options, to include the aqua chi foot bath, the Noblerex K1 (a whole-body vibration workout) or the cold light laser. In addition, the hyperbaric chamber and the infrared sauna are options that may be used twice a week during the cleanse process. The clinic has a beautiful room where practitioners can teach classes, and it carries quality herbs and supplements made from whole foods with a high degree of quality control. Lucas adds, “About Your Health carries all of the supplements that might be needed for a successful cleansing program.” There is a painting behind the front desk at the clinic that also serves as the company logo. It is the geometric symbol for the Fibonnaci sequence, or the golden mean. In philosophy and in most religions, the golden mean is the desirable middle between two extremes—one of excess and the other of deficiency. It is also found in the theories of traditional medicine, Chinese culture and ayurvedic medicine—and how fitting that this artful logo represents a clinic whose purpose is to assist, educate and empower its clients in finding their own individual golden mean in the pursuit of a personal path toward a successful, meaningful and healthy life! See ad, page 3.



Katherine Woodward Thomas on Drawing True Love Our Way by Debra Melani


fter years of experiencing love going sour, Katherine Woodward Thomas set a goal: She would marry her soul mate within a year. Her quest inspired a surprising awakening that spurred her to look deep inside for the key that would unblock love. Thomas realized the transformation that enabled her success involved clear steps that could help anyone. Today, the licensed psychotherapist and relationship expert has guided thousands toward successful relationships via her national bestseller, Calling in “The One”: 7 Weeks to Attract the Love of Your Life, and subsequent books and seminars.

What catalyzed your Calling in “The One” professional journey? I was 41, a card-carrying member of one of America’s largest-growing groups—the never-marrieds. I had bought into the cultural belief that a woman my age had little chance of finding a great husband. I felt anxious and resigned, trying to come to terms with it, but sad inside. Fortunately, at the time, I was part of a small group supportive of each other’s intentions. So I set the outrageous intention that I would be engaged by my next birthday. I also recognized my longstanding pattern of attracting unavailable men who were engaged, married or alcoholics. A woman in the group said, “Katherine, I will hold that intention with you if you

permit me to hold you accountable to be the woman you would need to be in order to fulfill it.” Her wake-up call turned my focus from running out to find love to going within to discover the barriers I had against it. Thus I began what became the Calling in “The One” process.

How does it differ from other approaches to finding love? Many approaches focus on the external reasons love is elusive, such as all the good men are taken, men don’t like powerful women or just not having met the right person. This approach focuses more on the internal reasons—going within to discover and release one’s own conscious and unconscious barriers. For most of us, a gap exists between how much we think we want love and how much we are actually open and ready to receive it. Until we bridge that gap, we will covertly keep love at bay, and won’t even realize we are doing it.

What are the most common hidden barriers to love? One hidden barrier is resentment. We only resent people to the extent that we’ve given our power away to them. Uncover your role in what happened. Even if it was 97 percent their fault and 3 percent yours, zero in on that 3 percent, because you’ll only be able to trust yourself to love again once you’ve taken that responsibility. If you still feel resentful, you have not yet evolved beyond the person you were before.

Another centers on old agreements—the spoken and unspoken, agreements we make, usually in an emotional time—such as “I’m never going to let myself get hurt again” or “I’ll never love anyone the way I love you.” Such agreements live in our lives as intentions. They may no longer be conscious, yet still set our course. Another has to do with toxic relational dynamics. To find the best partnership, you need to be your best self. Maintaining a toxic dynamic drains personal power, making it hard to move forward in life. It’s vital to evolve out of this debilitating dynamic so you are in the center of your power everywhere in life. The fourth area, and probably the most important, revolves around the core beliefs you hold about both yourself and others. You might have a reasonably clear sense of yourself around money, career and friendship, but your core love identity might cause you to believe yourself unworthy of a quality partner. Identifying and challenging these beliefs is critical in learning how to break free from them, helping to raise your value in your own eyes and thus in others.

You believe the best way to find a needle in a haystack is to become magnetic and allow that needle to find you. How does one become magnetic to love? Being centered in the truth of your own value and the real possibilities you hold for true love is wildly attractive. Love yearns to embrace us, but can’t come to us if it can’t come through us. When we shift into this place of possibility, we can become profoundly magnetic to love. Learn more at, or Explore the qualities possible in an enlightened mate at NaturalAwakenings Freelance journalist Debra Melani is from Lyons, CO. Connect at

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CHOCOLATE AS HEALTH FOOD Boosting Diets and Heart Health by Judith Fertig


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esearch tells us that 14 out of any 10 individuals like chocolate,” quips cartoonist Sandra Boynton. American chocolate lovers buy 58 million-plus pounds around Valentine’s Day, according to Nielsen Research. Ideally, the dark treat would be as healthy as a salad or an apple. Fortunately, accumulating research is on the way to giving plantbased chocolate superfood status. All chocolate starts with cacao beans, seeds from the pods of the tropical cacao tree that thrives only in hot, rainy climates in Africa, Indonesia and South America. Local soil and climate conditions determine flavor characteristics, much as with grapes. Harvested beans are fermented to create the chocolate taste and then dried. Afterwards, chocolate makers add brand-specific ingredients to the cacao solids. “The percentage number on a bar’s wrapper represents the weight that actually comes from the cacao bean content,” says Robert L. Wolke, professor emeritus of chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh and author of What Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen

Science Explained. “The higher the number, the lower the percentage of sugar and the less sweet, more bitter and complex the flavor.” This is significant because dark chocolate contains higher levels of antioxidants which can help reduce cell damage, according to the Integrative Medicine Department at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor. Alex Whitmore, founder of Taza Chocolate, in Somerville, Massachusetts, recently had one of its bars lab tested for antioxidant levels, called ORAC, or oxygen radical absorption capacity; the higher the value, the more antioxidants. Taza Chocolate’s 80% Dark Bar had a 65 percent higher ORAC than Himalayan goji berries, famed for being a superfood. “This is very high for a chocolate bar,” notes Whitmore. Cocoa also serves as a superfood for cardiovascular and metabolic health, report two recent studies from separate teams of Harvard School of Public Health researchers. A 2012 meta-analysis of clinical trials published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition concluded that consuming dark, unsweetened cocoa powder and dark chocolate can improve

blood pressure, vascular dilation and cholesterol levels, plus reduce metabolic precursors like diabetes that can lead to heart disease. In 2011, Eric Ding, Ph.D., a Harvard School of Public Health epidemiologist and nutrition scientist, reviewed short-term trials of subjects ingesting 400 to 500 mg per day of flavonoid-rich cocoa, which he equates to 33 bars of milk chocolate or eight bars of dark chocolate. While Ding feels this is an unreasonable amount to eat because of the extra calories from sugar and fat, he states: “Supplements with concentrated cocoa flavonoids may perhaps be helpful for garnering the benefits discovered. The key is getting the benefits for heart disease while avoiding the calories, and for that, chocolate bars are not likely the best solution.” Another observational study published in Nutrition shows that eating dark chocolate might help keep the pounds off for teenagers. Researchers with the Healthy Lifestyle in Europe by Nutrition in Adolescence program at the University of Zaragoza, in Spain, knew that chocolate consumption in adults already had been linked to lower body mass index. They found that chocolate consumption was also associated with lower total and midsection fat in European adolescents, reports Sayer Ji, founder of, a natural health research database. “The quality and cocoa content they used in their research is probably much higher than in America,” says Ji. “From my perspective, it appears that even when researchers don’t control for type, the results across the board are rather startling. Even American subjects, presumably eating common milk chocolate bars, see benefits.” So, this Valentine’s Day—and every day—we can happily relish that one-ounce piece of artisan dark chocolate melting slowly in our mouth and know we’re doing it for pleasure and for health. Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFoodAnd from Overland Park, KS.

Chocolate Cookery Vegan Chocolate Pie

Serve this with fresh raspberries and enjoy a little romance. Yields 8 servings Chocolate Wafer Crust 6½ oz dairy-free chocolate wafer cookies, crushed into fine crumbs 1 Tbsp maple or date sugar 3 oz vegan buttery stick (such as Earth Balance), melted and slightly cooled Chocolate Filling 13 oz dairy-free semisweet chocolate chips (such as Ghirardelli) 1 /3 cup strong brewed coffee 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 lb silken tofu, drained 1 Tbsp agave 1 (9-in) prepared chocolate wafer crust Preheat the oven to 350° F. For the crust, combine the cookie crumbs, sugar and melted vegan buttery stick. Press this mixture firmly and evenly into the bottom, up the sides and just over the lip of a 9-inch metal pie pan. Bake on the middle rack of the oven until the crust is set and appears dry, 18 to 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool completely, about 1 hour.

For the filling, melt the chocolate chips with the coffee and vanilla in a medium metal bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water, stirring often with a spatula. Combine the tofu, melted chocolate mixture and agave in a blender or food processor until smooth, about 1 minute. Pour the filling into the crust and refrigerate for 2 hours or until the filling becomes firm.

Vegan Hot Chocolate

A comforting way to enjoy the benefits of chocolate on a cold day. Yields 4 servings 2½ cups plain rice milk 3 Tbsp maple or date sugar 3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder ½ tsp salt ½ tsp vanilla extract 1 pinch ground cinnamon 1 pinch cayenne pepper Bring the rice milk, sugar, cocoa powder, salt, vanilla extract, cinnamon and cayenne pepper to a simmer in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Remove from the heat and whisk until frothy. Serve immediately. Source: Recipes courtesy of Judith Fertig

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omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids simply refer to where the carboncarbon double bonds are positioned in the molecules. Supplementing with fish oil may also reduce the occurrence of atherosclerosis, thrombosis, coronary heart disease, arrhythmias, heart failure and sudden cardiac death by decreasing inflammation throughout the body, including in the heart.

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Cardiac Care for Pets How to Keep Little Hearts Humming by Dr. Shawn Messonnier


ymptoms that suggest a dog or cat’s heart is not pumping effectively include coughing and fatigue from light exercise. Before the signs are evident, it is far better to check for heart disease during regular twice-yearly visits to the veterinarian. Using a stethoscope, a skilled doctor can pick up telltale heart murmurs during the examination. A fairly common problem with cats, heart disease tends to occur as cardiomyopathy, an issue with the heart muscle. In most dogs, where cardiomyopathy is rare, it usually involves damaged heart valves, resulting in “leaks” that allow blood to flow in both directions. Upon an initial diagnosis of heart disease, one of two mistakes in treatment routinely occur: Either a doctor prescribes strong cardiac medications to “prevent” heart failure from happening (even though no medication has been shown to prevent heart failure), or he takes a wait-and-see approach, only intervening when the disease progresses to irreversible heart failure. The better approach is to do further testing and evaluation at the first sign of a murmur, including chest X-rays, an electrocardiogram (EKG) and a cardiac ultrasound to classify


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the stage of the disease and determine if conventional medications can help. Follow-up visits every six months allow the doctor to identify the point at which heart disease has progressed toward impending heart failure. In general, pets with either a diseased or failing heart can benefit from supplements. Individual regimens vary, based on the nature of the patient’s case.


Fish oil contains beneficial docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) unsaturated omega-3 fatty acids. The principle metabolites derived from the metabolism of EPA and DHA tend to be anti-inflammatory. Contrariwise, omega-6 fatty acids, which are found in warm-weather vegetable oils, produce pro-inflammatory mediators. Because omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids compete with each other to be converted to active metabolites (pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory) in the body, decreasing the intake of omega-6 fatty acids and/or increasing dietary omega-3 fatty acid levels, available through fish oil, is generally considered beneficial. The differing numbers identifying

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), also known as ubiquinol or ubiquinone, is a naturally occurring antioxidant synthesized in most tissues in the body. The highest concentrations are in the heart, kidneys, liver and pancreas. In the diet, CoQ10 is found in foods such as organ meats, poultry, fish, meat, nuts, soybean oil, fruits, vegetables, eggs and dairy products. The Professional’s Handbook of Complementary & Alternative Medicines explains that CoQ10 is used in electron transport in mitochondria— small organelles inside cells that convert carbohydrates and fats into energy. It reports that studies in people with hypertension showed a reduction in systolic blood pressure through CoQ10 supplementation. Benefits of such therapy studied in people with a heart that has failed in its pumping ability showed increased improved heart function and proper dilation of the blood vessels for improved circulation. It is proving to be one of the best nutrients to help an ailing heart.


The herb hawthorn is highly regarded for its suitability in the treatment of heart disease due to its flavonoid and other antioxidant content. It

provides several beneficial effects for the heart—helping to maintain a normal heart rhythm with decreased risk of arrhythmias; bolstering the force of heart muscle contraction; increasing coronary blood flow; and decreasing the organ’s energy demands. It acts like angiotensin-1-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors such as the medicine Enalapril, used to help regulate blood pressure and reduce the workload of a failing heart. While other therapies can be used to help pet heart patients, these three are a sound starting point. In some cases, they may be suitable instead of medications that can cause side effects to the kidney and liver, or at least allow for smaller doses. Natural remedies provide a gentler alternative. Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, TX, is the award-winning author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats and Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets. For more information, visit

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Bill Skelton is dedicated to helping people live happier, healthier, active lives with safe, gentle and effective techniques. He has 38 years’ experience and trained in the Republic of China. Call to schedule an appointment. See ad, page 9.



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Would you like to experience long-term changes in your internal and external life? Are you ready to do some powerful work with positive support? Sessions focus on your goals and desired outcome. Please call for a complimentary 30-minute session.




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Dr. Dover provides comprehensive, conscientious, compassionate dental care. BPAand Bis-GMA-free composites, BPA-free occlusal guards, natural periodontal therapy, fluoride-alternatives for tooth remineralization, and mercury-filling removal following IAOMT standards using supplemental oxygen, special filters and amalgam separators to keep toxic metals out of our waterways. See ad, page 3.

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It is our mission to provide the community with the highest quality chiropractic care possible. Exceeding your expectations in a caring, modern and positive environment. Restoring the body’s natural healing process. A holistic approach to health utilizing chiropractic, massage therapy, exercise therapy, nutrition, weight management and homeopathy.

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Kathy O’Keeffe offers a unique perspective to enable individuals to achieve their goals, personal or business. She’s a Registered and Licensed Dietitian with 15+ years of business sales experience. Kathy has developed her effective style to empower those who are really ready to change! Call KOK C&C for a free consultation. See ad, page 25.


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Kathy Cooper is passionate about helping women live a healthy, balanced life. Each health coaching program is personalized to help improve your mind, body and spirit. Kathy offers individual and group health coaching programs, as well as health and nutrition workshops and cooking classes.


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All disease begins in the colon. Constipation; slow, sluggish bowel; gas and bloating? A colonic will help to rid you of these problems. Colonics promote good digestion, help speed metabolism, help lower cholesterol and help relieve joint pain. Linda Salyer is IACN certified and a retired nurse. Special pricing every third week of the month.


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Pamila Lorentz engages a holistic body/mind/spirit approach to healing that provides relief for chronic pain, stress, insomnia, anxiety, depression and more through her innovative bodywork therapies. Her services include integrative massage, craniosacral therapy and energy healing modalities.

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KATZ integrates her therapy skills, insight, intuition and spiritual guidance to identify emotional issues blocking selfhealing. She incorporates her medical intuitive skills with Contact Reflex Analysis (CRA) to identify preclinical health issues impeding holistic wellness physically and emotionally.


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Integrative/Holistic medicine consults for anyone wanting to approach their health more naturally. Dr. Rachel Hall is board certified in both family medicine and integrative holistic medicine. Together we will focus on finding the root of the problem, not just treating symptoms. Call today for a consult if you are looking to achieve balance. In-house diagnostic labs and therapies. See ad, page 2.


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Julie Bradshaw specializes in helping people to receive guidance from their Higher Self as well as their guides and angels. She offers spiritual counseling and can assist you with relationship, financial, career and health-related matters.


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Eckankar hosts open discussions (meetups), worship services and more at no charge. All are welcome. Topics include understanding past lives, dreams, coincidences, God’s creative life force, and more. Call ahead: time and date may vary.


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Dogs get many of the same illnesses that humans do. If your dog gets urinary tract infections or bladder infections, one of the best ways to treat them is to give a vitamin C capsule twice a day for two/three weeks; then once a day as a preventative method.  To determine what milligram, approximately 250 mg for smaller dogs and 500 mg for larger dogs.   


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The ReStore is a retail store that accepts donations of new and gently used furniture, building materials, appliances and other household items then sells at a reduced cost. Proceeds go toward building Habitat homes for low-income families. The ReStore is a Green business that keeps materials out of landfills and reduces the amount of non-renewable resources being consumed.


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February 2014


editorial calendar


health & wellness

plus: health coaches FEBRUARY

rethinking heart health plus: stress relief MARCH

food & garden

plus: gluten-free foods APRIL

green living

plus: healthy home MAY

women’s wellness plus: bodywork JUNE

calendarofevents NOTE: All calendar listings must be received by February 10 (for March issue) and adhere to our guidelines. Submit calendar entries and check for calendar guidelines, updates and cancellations online at ALWAYS CALL AHEAD BEFORE ATTENDING EVENTS TO AVOID LATE CANCELLATIONS AND CHANGES.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1 Basil Days Discount at Rosewood – 8am-8pm. 20% off purchase price at Rosewood Market; deli and other sale items not included. 2803 Rosewood Dr, Columbia. Info: 803-530-3270,

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2 Celebration and Meditation – 11am. “Coming Home to Our Higher Self” is the lesson of the day with LaVoice Kallestad, spiritual leader. Unity of Columbia, 1801 LeGrand Rd. Info: 803-736-5766,


inspired living

plus: men’s wellness JULY

food watch

plus: natural medicine cabinet AUGUST

transformative education plus: children’s health SEPTEMBER

conscious caretaking

Reiki Clinic – 10:30am-12:30pm – w/Margaret Self. Open to all; no training necessary. Great intro to Reiki energy. $10, must preregister. Carolina Reiki Institute, 612 St. Andrews Rd, Ste 1, Columbia. Info: 803-551-1191, Essential Oils Class – 7pm. Join Shelly Daugherty, Lisa Byrd and Dr. Rachel for a FREE essential oils class on how to use essential oils to spice up your lovelife. Just in time for Valentine’s Day! This event is for women only. Expecting Well, 514A Gervais St, Columbia. Info: 803-661-8452. Preregister at

plus: yoga



Biergarten at Gardener’s Outpost – 5:307:30pm. Live entertainment, refreshments. Browse our unique garden gifts. 709 Woodrow St, Columbia. Info: 803-252-0041,

sustainable communities plus: chiropractic and acupuncture NOVEMBER

personal empowerment plus: beauty


awakening humanity plus: holiday themes

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6 Reiki Clinic – 5:30-7:30pm – w/Margaret Self. Open to all; no training necessary. Great intro to Reiki energy. $10, must pre-register. Carolina Reiki Institute, 612 St. Andrews Rd, Ste 1, Columbia. Info: 803-551-1191,

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7 Basil Days Discount at Rosewood – 8am-8pm. 20% off purchase price at Rosewood Market; deli and other sale items not included. 2803 Rosewood Dr, Columbia. Info: 803-530-3270,

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8 Project # 2 – Making an Herbal Cough Syrup/A Year of Good Medicine – 2-4pm – w/Margaret Self, NHD, master herbalist; herbal preparations for internal use; teas, tinctures, syrups, etc. Cost: $35, pre-registration required. Carolina Reiki Institute, 612 St. Andrews Rd, Ste 1, Columbia. Info: 803551-1191,


Columbia Edition

How to Receive Communication from Your Guides and Angels – 9am-6pm. Powerful, fun class! $119, pre-registration required. Contact Julie at 803-800-9211 or email Author Book Signing – 3-5pm – w/ Jessica Baptiste. Recent Book, Your Play Pretty Is Over, along with her previous books. Light refreshments. Seven Rays Book Store, 3701 N Main St. Info: 803-404-4519. Spirit Connections – 7-9pm – w/ Val Ryan, psychic medium. Contact passed loved ones, spirit guides and past lives. I’ll answer your questions. $40 ($30 by 2/5). Belladonnas Gift Shoppe, 612 St. Andrews Rd, Ste 1, 803-750-7117, Info:,

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9 Celebration & Meditation – 11am. “Realization of Oneness” is the lesson of the day with LaVoice Kallestad, spiritual leader. Laughter Yoga for Health and Well-Being – 12:30-1:30pm – w/Dr. Delores Pluto and Kristie Norwood. Laughter Yoga=laughter exercises+yoga breathing. Donations accepted. Unity of Columbia, 1801 LeGrand Rd. Info: 803-736-5766, Community HU Chant – 10am. Free. All are welcome. HU (pronounced hue) is a spiritual sound that connects us with the Holy Spirit (God’s life force). It is a love song to God and is very uplifting. Refreshments follow. 7 Oaks Park Rec. Center, 200 Leisure Ln. Info:, or Meetup. com/Columbia-Spiritual-Seekers. Call Steve at 803-318-1887.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10 Health & Hydration Presentation – 6:30-8pm. This educational demonstration will be enlightening. Come learn about the benefits of drinking alkaline, antioxidant, micro-clustered water. 6911 N Trenholm Rd. Info: 803-404-1329.

TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 11-12 Reiki Level I, Traditional Usui Reiki System – 1-5pm – w/Margaret Self, Reiki master, NHD. Entry-level class combines four attunements, instruction, discussion and practice time. Manual included. Pre-registration required. $250 before Feb. 1, $300 after. Carolina Reiki Institute. Info: 803-551-1191,

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13 Sidewalk Farmers’ Market at Rosewood – 4-7pm. Meet your growers. 2803 Rosewood Dr, Columbia. Info: 803-530-3270,

Basil Days Discount at Rosewood – 8am-8pm. 20% off purchase price at Rosewood Market; deli and other sale items not included. 2803 Rosewood Dr, Columbia. Info: 803-530-3270,

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16 Celebration & Meditation – 11am. “Christ Consciousness” is the lesson of the day with LaVoice Kallestad. Unity of Columbia, 1801 LeGrand Rd. Info: 803-736-5766,

SUNDAYS FEBRUARY 16-MARCH 20 Book study of “Realization of Oneness” – 9:1510:30.m. The Practice of Spiritual Healing, by Joel Goldsmith. This definitive work explains the healing principles. Goldsmith has been known internationally as a spiritual leader. Facilitated by LaVoice Kallestad, licensed Unity teacher. Unity of Columbia, 1801 LeGrand Rd. Info: 803-736-5766,

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18 Reiki Clinic – 10:30am-12:30pm – w/Margaret Self. Open to all; no training necessary. Great intro to Reiki energy. $10, must preregister. Carolina Reiki Institute, 612 St. Andrews Rd, Ste 1, Columbia. Info: 803-551-1191,

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19 Basil Days Discount at Rosewood – 8am-8pm. 20% off purchase price at Rosewood Market; deli and other sale items not included. 2803 Rosewood Dr, Columbia. Info: 803-530-3270,

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20 Reiki Clinic – 5:30-7:30pm – w/Margaret Self. Open to all; no training necessary. Great intro to Reiki energy. $10, must pre-register. Carolina Reiki Institute, 612 St. Andrews Rd, Ste 1, Columbia. Info: 803-551-1191,

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22 Raw Foods Class – w/ Saa Shalom – 10am-1pm. Raw Foods Training Academy class held at About Your Health. In this class, you will make several delicious everyday raw food dishes, a dessert and a beverage. Cost: $45. Must register at About Your Health. Info: 803-798-8687.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23 Celebration & Meditation – 11am. “What Would Love Do?” is the lesson of the day with LaVoice Kallestad, spiritual leader. Teddy bears donated by congregants blessed and presented to their new home during our Celebration Service. “Creating a Vision Board” Workshop – 12:45pm – w/Jada Willis. All supplies will be furnished. Optimal love offerings accepted. Unity of Columbia, 1801 LeGrand Rd. Info: 803-736-5766,

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24 Health & Hydration Presentation – 6:30-8pm. This educational demonstration will be enlightening. Come learn about the benefits of drinking

alkaline, antioxidant, micro-clustered water. 6911 N Trenholm Rd. Info: 803-404-1329.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25 Basil Days Discount at Rosewood – 8am-8pm. 20% off purchase price at Rosewood Market; deli and other sale items not included. 2803 Rosewood Dr, Columbia. Info: 803-530-3270,

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27 Sidewalk Farmers’ Market at Rosewood – 4-7pm. Meet your growers. 2803 Rosewood Dr, Columbia. Info: 803-530-3270,

plan ahead TUESDAY, MARCH 4 Reiki Clinic – 10:30am-12:30pm – w/Margaret Self. Open to all; no training necessary. Great intro to Reiki energy. $10, must preregister. Carolina Reiki Institute, 612 St. Andrews Rd, Ste 1, Columbia. Info: 803-551-1191,

classifieds $10 for 25 words per month. Additional .50 per word over 25 words. To place classified listing, email content of listing to or mail with payment to Natural Awakenings, P.O. Box 2812, Columbia, SC, 29202. Please Include billing contact information. Deadline is the 12th of the month prior. Hair Salon Haircuts-$5 (reg. $15) color, hi-lites, perms starting at $35. wax $8. Mens’ cut & color $39. Open 7 days. 803-359-1379.

Help wanted Expect Wellness needs a nurse skilled in IVs.  Some patients are difficult sticks. Please see ad on page 22. Submit cover letter & resume:

Pet Groomer:

THURSDAY, MARCH 6 Reiki Clinic – 5:30-7:30pm – w/Margaret Self. Open to all; no training necessary. Great intro to Reiki energy. $10, must pre-register. Carolina Reiki Institute, 612 St. Andrews Rd, Ste 1, Columbia. Info: 803-551-1191,

SATURDAY, MARCH 8 Project # 3-Making a Salve/A Year of Good Medicine – 2-4pm – w/Margaret Self, NHD, Master Herbalist; herbal preparations for external use; salves, poultices, lotions, etc. Cost $35. Preregistration required. Carolina Reiki Institute, 612 St. Andrews Rd, Ste 1, Columbia. Info: 803-5511191,

SUNDAY, MARCH 9 Eckankar Worship Service – 10am. Free. Panel discussions about the subtle ways that God touches our lives. 7 Oaks Park Rec. Center, 200 Leisure Ln. Info: E HYPERLINK “” \o “blocked::”, or Call Steve at 803-318-1887.

Robin’s Full Service Pet Grooming now open in Irmo! I love your baby like you do!! Tue-Fri 8 to 5 and Sat 9 to 2. 803-407-4045

SERVICES INTEGRATIVE HEALTH CLINIC – Experience multiple modalities at your church or community organization. Call Pamila, 803-749-1576.

SATURDAY, MARCH 22 Reiki Level II, Traditional Usui Reiki System – 10am-2pm – w/Margaret Self, Reiki master, NHD. Attunement connects student to a higher, more focused vibration of the Reiki energy. Techniques for distance healing. Healing of spiritual/emotional issues taught. Discussion, practice time and manual included. Pre-registration required. $300 before March 13, $350 if paid after. Carolina Reiki Institute, 612 St. Andrews Rd, Ste 1, Columbia. Info: 803-551-1191,

TUESDAY, MARCH 18 Reiki Clinic – 10:30am-12:30pm – w/Margaret Self. Open to all; no training necessary. Great intro to Reiki energy. $10, must pre-register. Carolina Reiki Institute, 612 St. Andrews Rd, Ste 1, Columbia. Info: 803-551-1191,

THURSDAY, MARCH 20 Reiki Clinic – 5:30-7:30pm – w/Margaret Self. Open to all; no training necessary. Great intro to Reiki energy. $10, must pre-register. Carolina Reiki Institute, 612 St. Andrews Rd, Ste 1, Columbia. Info: 803-551-1191,

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February 2014


ongoingevents sunday


Have You Had a Spiritual Experience? – Dates and times vary. Meet in a comfortable and informal setting where all spiritual points of view are appreciated. Sponsored by Eckankar, a nondogmatic approach. Discussion topics: dreams, coincidences, God realization, past lives and more. Free. Info: Steve: 803-318-1887,,

Green Quad Yoga − 4:30pm – w/Kevin Landers. Kick off the week with some much-needed stretching. It’s guaranteed to cure those Monday blues. Classes are donation-based and open to the public. Free for USC students. University of South Carolina—Learning Center for Sustainable Futures, 1216 Wheat St, Green Quad Bldg D, Columbia.

Meditation Hour at Unity – 9:30-10:30am. Unity of Columbia, 1801 LeGrand Rd, Columbia. Info: 803-736-5766, Unity Sunday Celebration Service − 11am. Prayer, meditation, great music and a series of uplifting messages from a variety of interesting speakers. Unitots and Unikids spiritual bookstore open 9-11am. Unity of Columbia, 1801 LeGrand Rd, Columbia. Info: 803-736-5766, “Your Body Believes Every Word You Say” − 9:15-10:30am. Barbara Levine’s 15-year struggle with a then-inoperable brain tumor led her to discover “seed thoughts” and “core beliefs” that link one’s mind and body. She traced common phrases like “that breaks my heart” and “it’s a pain in the butt” to the underlying beliefs on which they are based and the symptoms they cause. Unity of Columbia, 1801 LeGrand Rd, Columbia. Info: 803-736-5766,

tuesday Abraham Study Group − 6:30pm. Presenting the teachings as taught by Jerry and Esther Hicks. Cost: Donation-based. 7 Rays Book Store, 3701 N Main St. Info: 803-404-4519. Prenatal Yoga – 5:30-6:45pm – w/Emily, MD, RYT200. Open to all students. Prepare mind and body for labor and more. 1st class free, $10-14/class packages. Expecting Well, 514-A Gervais, Columbia. Info: 803-661-8452, Tai Chi − You can start feeling younger again right now. Ready to feel stronger and more vital than you may have in a long time? Discover a natural technique to help rejuvenate your body and get rid of joint pain and muscle stiffness. Dates and times vary. Columbia Tai Chi Center, 2910 Rosewood Dr, Columbia. Info/register, Wes Adams: 803-8732100,



Multi-Level Yoga – 5:30-6:45pm, w/Robin Pawlina, RN, CYI. She has taught yoga for more than 20 years and creates an environment that allows the student to manage stress with a relaxed and supportive style. All welcome. $15/class, $66/6wk session. About Your Health, 120 Kaminer Way Pkwy, Ste J, Columbia. Info/register, Robin: 803-926-0895.

Mommy/Baby Yoga – 9:30-10:30am – w/Ashley, RYT-200. For moms and pre-mobile infants. 1st class free, $10-$14/class packages. Expecting Well, 514-A Gervais St, Columbia. Info: 803-661-8452,


701 Whaley The Vista Marketplace – 9am-1pm. Local farmers and small SC businesses sell their goods, such as gourmet foods, meats, cheeses, baked goods, soaps and other body-care products, candles, handmade jewelry, clothing items and milled products. 701 Whaley St, Columbia. Info:

Green Drinks- 5:30-7pm. Every 2nd Thursday. For all in “green” building, sales, conservation, recycling, nature and politics to gather for fun and shared enlightenment. Sponsored by Keep The Midlands Beautiful, Sierra Club and Columbia Natural Awakenings. Join the Green Drinks community at Jakes on Devine, 2112 Devine St, Columbia. Green Quad Yoga – 4:30pm – w/Ashley Meador. A powerful weekly yoga session that is open to all levels. Classes are donation-based and open to the public. Free for USC students. University of South Carolina—Learning Center for Sustainable Futures, 1216 Wheat St, Green Quad Bldg D, Columbia. Prenatal Yoga – 5:30-6:45pm – w/Rachel Hall, MD, RYT-200. Open to all students. Prepare mind and body for labor and more. 1st class free, $10-$14/ class packages. Expecting Well, 514-A Gervais St, Columbia. Info: 803-661-8452,


Columbia Edition

Babywearers of the Midlands – 10am. Every 4th Thursday. 7449 Broad River Rd, Irmo. Info: and on Facebook at Facebook. com/Groups/BabywearersoftheMidlands.


Prenatal Yoga – Time varies each week – w/Rachel Hall, MD, RYT-200. Prepare mind and body for labor, delivery and welcoming new life. Open to all students. 1st class free, $10-$14/class packages. Expecting Well, 514-A Gervais St, Columbia. Info: 803-661-8452, Soda City Farmers’ Market – 8am-12pm. Producer-only farmers’ market offering fresh, local food straight from South Carolina farmers. 1500 block Main St, Columbia. Info: 803-250-5801, Babywearers of the Midlands – 10am. Every 2nd Saturday. Expecting Well, 514 Gervais St, Columbia. Info: and on Facebook at

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