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I am fortunate enough to have memories of life on a Carolina family farm. We grew mainly tobacco, but also had extensive gardens that provided much of our food, which we picked and prepared ourselves. Those years, I was small enough to be the right height for picking peas and beans, reaching up as often as down; being short had certain advantages. I loved the smell of the soil, and often ate a portion of what I picked, raw, as I went along. Everyone should have the experience of growing what they eat, even if only a small share. In this month’s feature article on Urban Gardening, John Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist report that more than 30 percent of US households are now growing food for their families (page 15). Even apartment dwellers are finding creative ways to raise helpful quantities of produce on balconies, patios and rooftops. You don’t need a farm to grow your own fresh foods, or even soil, as hydroponic growers will attest. South Carolina has of late been enjoying a renaissance of the small family farm, which, according to Department of Agriculture statistics, has become smaller, producing a greater diversity of products, and increasingly free range or organic. Farmers’ markets have exploded, with dozens of choices in every town, providing not only locally produced seasonal foods, but crafts, local delicacies and economic stimulus. While quite the fashion of late, some see the farm as a return to family roots, others as a rebellion against industrialized farming, and others as an expression of sustainable living. A few years ago, the University of South Carolina hosted Vandana Shiva, PhD, an environmental activist and anti-globalization author, to speak about the global transformational movement defined in part by ecological balance, sustainability and innovation. According to Shiva, 75 percent of the biological devastation on the planet is caused by industrial agriculture, which destroys everything from water sources and area soils to people’s livelihoods. Invested interests assert that without widespread, or even universal, use of genetic crop modification and industrial agriculture, it’s impossible to grow enough food to feed the planet’s unprecedented population. In contrast, Shiva highlights the statistics: 80 percent of the domestic food on the planet comes from small farms, while only 2 percent of that grown by large agribusinesses goes to human consumption—most of it becomes animal feed. Shiva’s touchstone message is a simple one: “The best way to grow well-being is to grow a garden.” She delights in the explosion of gardens in cities across our nation, and sees it as evidence of a grassroots change that will create truly living cities. Take part in the renaissance by planting some sort of garden this year of your very own.

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newsbriefs Infant Massage Classes at Expecting Well


nfant massage helps to build parents’ self-confidence and helps them to understand their newborn better. For example, babies have been shown to sleep better and parents have become more in tune with their cues (like understanding the difference between a cry for attention and a cry for food). Infant Massage Class is taught at 6:15 pm on Mondays by Liana Marconyak, LMT, at Expecting Well Maternity Spa & Wellness Center, in four or five sessions, beginning March 18. Classes are a week apart so that parent and baby have time to become acclimated to this new form of nurturing touch. Class is based on the teachings from Vimala McClure and the International Association of Infant Massage. Parents and caregivers are educated on how to massage baby and how to interact with baby based on baby’s cues. Relaxation, parent empowerment, respect, bonding, why babies cry, body language, positioning, pressure, rate, rhythm, and length of massage are some of the topics discussed in class. Preregistration is required. For more info and to register, contact Liana Marconyak, LMT, at 803-386-7261, Expecting Well is located at 514 Gervais St, in Columbia, 803-661-8452. Visit ExpectingWell. com, and see ad, page 16.

SustainSC 2013 Green Building Expo in Myrtle Beach


he US Green Building Council South Carolina SustainSC 2013 Expo will be held in Myrtle Beach this year, April 24 through 26, at the Hilton Resort at 10000 Beach Club Dr, Myrtle Beach. This fifth annual green building and sustainable community conference and expo will draw hundreds of

professionals and industry leaders from across the state and around the Southeast region, highlighting the latest green building products and services. The conference offers 18 educational sessions offering GBCI, AIA and PDH continuing education credits that address a range of issues and topics pertinent to various levels of green building professionals and citizens. For more info, visit

Women’s Healing Weekend Land of 2 Sands, Lugoff, SC


he Land of 2 Sands Retreat in Lugoff is where white sands and red sands meet, creating a spirit-filled healing place. Director Rev. Walks-WithHorses chose this location for lodges and a retreat space to contact the Creator. On the weekend of May 18 through 19, a Women’s Healing weekend will be held, and with the mission of a woman’s focus, is open to women as well as “men with woman’s spirit,” and couples. There are wigwams and spaces for camping for those who wish to stay for the weekend, and some may choose to come for just a day. There will be fire circles, pipe circles, drum circles, medicine wheel life paths, vision quests, horse healings, Reiki healers, and other energy healers. There will also be a safely managed sweat lodge. Attendance is limited to 100, and a waiver is required, due to the animals on site. There is a small fee for the healers and food, depending on your requirements. For more info, details, costs and camping arrangements, contact the retreat at 803-233-4388 or visit Facebook: Land of 2 Sands.

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tarting March 6, Denby Beauchamp, certified HypnoBirthing® instructor and certified clinical hypnotist, will begin her next four-class HypnoBirthing® series. The class begins at 6:15 pm each Wednesday at Expecting Well Maternity Spa & Wellness Center. Don’t just learn to cope with labor. HypnoBirthing® techniques will help you achieve a calm, safe, gentle, relaxed birth. Learn how to eliminate the fear and tension associated with labor and childbirth through breathing and relaxation techniques. These methods can help shorten labor and help your body do what it was designed to do, thus helping you avoid potentially unnecessary medical interventions. The benefits of these techniques go beyond the labor room. They will help you transition into your new parenting role. You will be better equipped to manage your own life stressors as well as be able to model and teach your children a more balanced approach to life. For more info, contact Denby Beauchamp at 803-6671371,, Expecting Well is located at 514 Gervais St, in Columbia, 803661-8452. Visit, and see ad, page16.

Flower Essences with Margaret Self, Reiki Master


lower Essences are homeopathic remedies specifically used for assistance with emotional issues. As with most energy medicine, the effects can be subtle, yet very powerful. On March 24, from 2 to 4 pm, Margaret Self will offer a workshop covering the original 38 Bach Flowers and their benefits/usage. You will learn how to prepare essences from your own flowers, complete the self-assessment questionnaire supplied, and take home a bottle of essences combined to address your own personal issues. The workshop will be held at Belladonna’s Gift Shop, 612 St. Andrews Rd, in the Ashland Park Shopping Center, Columbia. For more info or to register, contact Carolina Reiki Institute Inc. at 803-551-1191 or mself@CarolinaReikiInstitute. com. See ad, page14.

Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness Event 2013 April 13 in Charlotte


he Blake Hotel, 555 S McDowell St, Charlotte, will be the site of the 2013 Gluten Free Expo—now expanded and renamed the Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness Event—

taking place from 10 am to 4 pm on April 13. In addition to the vendors and services on display at the Expo, there will be an impressive lineup of speakers, including Carol Kicinski, chef, food writer and founder/editor of Simply Gluten Free Magazine; Lisa Stimmer, lifestyle coach; Roben Ryberg, food writer; chef Peter Pollay; chef Peter Reinhart; and Dr. Akiba Green, chiropractic physician. For more info, visit


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Red Palm Oil For Heart Health


ed palm oil has been used for centuries in Africa as both food and medicine. It is incredibly nourishing and is an excellent natural source of vitamin E and carotenoids. It is also high in a potent form of vitamin E called tocotrienols. Tocotrienals are a group of molecules in the vitamin E family that are bio-available, or readily absorbed by the body, and are highly protective against oxidative damage, especially regarding typical damage to the arterial walls and heart that occurs with aging. Tocotrienals along with the many carotenes and other antioxidants make red palm oil a unique super antioxidant food. Red palm oil was recently recommended by Dr. Mehmet Oz for heart health and cholesterol. Used much like olive oil, he asserted that it can boost metabolism, reduce cholesterol and also reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. This difficult-to-find nutritional oil is available at Garner’s, at 4840 Forest Dr. For more info, contact Garner’s Natural Life, 803-4547700 or visit See ad, back page.

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ustainable Carolina’s semi-annual outdoor yoga event is back. Stacey Millner-Collins, of City Yoga, will be leading this hour-long session that caters to all levels of expertise. Celebrate the Spring Equinox by joining Sustainable Carolina for this free outdoor yoga session, Wednesday, March 20, at 8 am on Davis Field, outside the Russell House. Get geared up for the new season with a fresh start and a clear head. For more info, contact Renee Lebouef at Sustainable Carolina’s Greening the Mind Team at renee.lebouef@gmail. com.


re you hiding the beautiful outward expression of your inner spirit, your smile, because you’re concerned about stained teeth? Well, here are some natural ways to whiten your teeth so you can smile carefree. First, brush regularly. Look for natural whitening toothpastes that contain things like food-grade essential oils, hydrogen peroxide, or baking soda. And don’t forget to floss. It helps keep gums healthy and removes staining from between teeth. Be mindful of what you eat. Fruits and vegetables, like broccoli, carrots, strawberries and apples, naturally “brush” your teeth while you are eating, and contain things like malic acid, which is a natural whitening agent. Chew thoroughly. Pay attention to how you consume liquids. Using a straw can reduce discoloration from tea and wine, among other beverages. And, if you can’t use a straw, or feel silly doing so, be sure to brush as soon after drinking as possible. Lastly, try oil pulling. First thing in the morning, on an empty stomach, place about a tablespoon of whole, unrefined coconut oil in your mouth. It will quickly turn from solid to liquid. Begin pulling the oil slowly through your teeth, side to side, front to back. Don’t swish, instead slowly and gently pull the oil through your teeth. Not only will it whiten, but it removes bacteria and toxins as well. (Note: Do not spit out down the drain, as it will become solid again.) For more info, contact Dr. Rachel E. Hall, an integrative family physician at Expect Wellness, at 803-661-8452. Visit, and see ad, page 16.

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March 2013



Battle of the Bulge


ccording to the American Heart Association, about one in three American kids and teens is overweight or obese today, nearly triple the rate in 1963. A new report by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation advises that if adult obesity rates continue on their current trajectories, by 2030, 13 states could have rates above 60 percent; 39 states above 50 percent; and all 50 states above 44 percent. A study published in the International Journal of Obesity, based on research at 10 universities, points to the use of hormones in factory meat production as a major reason for this trend. Pesticides are another culprit; the average American is exposed to 10 to 13 different types each day via food, beverages and drinking water, and nine of the 10 most commonly used are endocrine disrupters linked to weight gain. Genetically modified US food crops are also sprayed heavily with biocides. Findings presented at the 2007 annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science linked bisphenol A (BPA)—an industrial chemical contained in plastic soda, drinking and baby bottles—with abnormal estrogen function. To win the battle of the bulge, Americans need to eat balanced diets and exercise regularly, but additional steps can further help: choose organic, grass-fed meat instead of corn-fed; use glass instead of plastic containers for beverages and food storage; avoid canned food unless the label states BPA-free; and consume yogurt daily or take a high-quality probiotic to help restore healthy intestinal flora.

Drinks Tied to Tooth Trouble


hen replacing lost fluids during or after a workout, consider how beverage choices can affect the health of teeth. A recent study published in General Dentistry, the journal of the Academy of General Dentistry, found that increased consumption of sports and energy drinks is causing irreversible damage to teeth, especially among adolescents. A reported 30 to 50 percent of US teens regularly imbibe energy drinks, and as many as 62 percent down at least one sports drink a day. “Young adults consume these drinks assuming that they will improve their sports performance and energy levels and that they are ‘better’ than soda,” says associate professor Poonam Jain, lead author of the study, who serves as director of community and preventive dentistry at the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine. “Most of these patients are shocked to learn that the drinks are essentially bathing their teeth with acid.” In testing the effect of acidity levels on samples of human tooth enamel immersed in 13 sports and nine energy beverages, researchers found that damage to enamel was evident after only five days of exposure. Moreover, energy drinks were twice as harmful as sports drinks. “These drinks erode or thin out the enamel of the teeth, leaving them more susceptible to decay and sensitivity,” says Jain.


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Why We Might Need More Vitamin C


esearchers at the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, a leading global authority on the role of vitamin C in optimum health, forward compelling evidence that the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of vitamin C should be raised to 200 milligrams per day for US adults, up from its current levels of 75 mg for women and 90 mg for men. The RDA of vitamin C is less than half of what it should be, scientists argue, because medical experts insist on evaluating this natural, but critical, nutrient in the same way they do for pharmaceutical drugs, and consequently reach faulty conclusions. The researchers base their recommendations on studies showing that higher levels of vitamin C could help reduce chronic health problems, including heart disease, stroke and cancer, as well as underlying causal issues, such as high blood pressure, chronic inflammation, poor immune response and atherosclerosis. Even at the current low RDA, US and Canadian studies have found that a quarter to a third of the total population is marginally deficient in vitamin C and up to a fifth of those in such groups as students, smokers and older adults are severely deficient in it.

Dining App for Special-Needs Diets


oodCare’s new EveryoneEat! Android and iPhone app allows anyone to make informed meal decisions at 180,000 restaurant locations nationwide, based on their nutrition needs and meal preferences. Users enter their basic information, such as age, gender, height, weight and activity level, plus any chronic health conditions and special dietary restrictions, at Instant analysis enables them to search for dishes at restaurants by type of cuisine or restaurant name. “People need to easily answer the basic question: ‘Does this dish meet my dietary guidelines?’ and if not, “What’s off and by how much?’” says CEO Ken Marshall. According to the US government’s Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, which monitors the use and cost of health care and insurance coverage, nearly half of Americans today are living with a nutrition-related chronic disease. The National Restaurant Association estimates that Americans order 47 percent of all of their meals from restaurants.

Yogurt Hinders Hypertension


ating yogurt could reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure, or hypertension, according to new research presented at the American Heart Association 2012 Scientific Sessions. During their 15-year study, researchers followed more than 2,000 volunteers who did not initially have high blood pressure and reported on their yogurt consumption at three intervals. Participants who routinely consumed at least one six-ounce cup of low-fat yogurt every three days were 31 percent less likely to develop hypertension.

Bad Fats Are Brain-Busters


ew research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, has found that consumption of “bad” saturated fats may be associated with a decline in cognitive function and memory in older women. The research team analyzed the BWH Women’s Health Study, focusing on four years of data from a subset of 6,000 women older than 65. Those that consumed the highest amounts of saturated fat, like that found in red meat and butter, exhibited worse overall cognition and memory than peers that ate the lowest amounts. Women that consumed mainly monounsaturated fats, such as olive oil, demonstrated better patterns of cognitive scores over time.

Not So Nice Rice


ew research by the nonprofit Consumers Union (CU), which publishes Consumer Reports, may cause us to reconsider what we place in our steamer or cookpot. Rice—a staple of many diets, vegetarian or not—is frequently contaminated with arsenic, a known carcinogen that is also believed to interfere with fetal development. Rice contains more arsenic than grains like oats or wheat because it is grown in water-flooded conditions, and so more readily absorbs the heavy metal from soil or water than most plants. Even most US-grown rice comes from the south-central region, where crops such as cotton were heavily treated with arsenical pesticides for decades. Thus, some organically grown rice in the region is impacted, as well. CU analysis of more than 200 samples of both organic and conventionally grown rice and rice products on U.S. grocery shelves found that nearly all contained some level of arsenic; many with alarmingly high amounts. There is no federal standard for arsenic in food, but there is a limit of 10 parts per billion in drinking water, and CU researchers found that one serving of contaminated rice may have as much arsenic as an entire day’s worth of water. To reduce the risk of exposure, rinse rice grains thoroughly before cooking and follow the Asian practice of preparing it with extra water to absorb arsenic and/or pesticide residues; and then drain the excess water before serving. See CU’s chart of arsenic levels in tested rice products at ArsenicReport.

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Windy Woes

Solving Wind Power’s Hidden Pollution Problem The US Department of Energy reports that although wind power accounts for just over 4 percent of domestic electrical generation, it comprises a third of all new electric capacity. Even with the freedom from coal or oil that wind power creates, a major component of the generating devices, the turbine blades, has its own carbon footprint that needs examining. Some of the blades are as long as a football field, and the metal, fiberglass or carbon composites must be mined, refined, manufactured and transported, all consuming energy and creating materials that are difficult to recycle when they reach the end of their usefulness and are replaced. Christopher Niezrecki, a member of the University of Massachusetts-Lowell Wind Energy Research Group, estimates the United States will have as many as 170,000 wind turbines by 2030, creating more than 34,000 discarded blades each year. The next generation of blade material may come from natural cellulose fibers and bio-based plastics derived from soybean, linseed and other vegetable oils, instead of oil-based polymers. A $1.9 million National Science Foundation grant is funding the research. Source:

Dishpan Plants

Waste Water Cuts Fertilizer Use The effluent created by household sinks, washing machines and showers, known as gray water, could provide a new, lowcost source of irrigation for landscape plants that cuts down on the amount of fertilizer required to maintain them. The nonprofit Water Environmental Research Foundation’s (WERF) new report shows that many plants used for landscaping benefit from the use of gray water ( The study looked at seven homes in Arizona, California, Colorado and Texas with new and longstanding gray water systems that recycle wastewater to irrigate outdoor plants. Although the soil irrigated with gray water showed higher levels of cleaners, antimicrobials and sodium compared with areas irrigated with fresh water, there was enough nitrogen present in gray water to reduce or eliminate the need for additional fertilizers. Not all plants responded positively, but WERF Communications Director Carrie Capuco says, “Gray water can be successfully used with the right plant choices.” Guidelines include heavily mulching the area where gray water is supplied to minimize contact with pets. 10

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Better Cafeterias


The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) 2012 School Lunch Report Card found that public school districts in Florida, Maryland, Tennessee and Nebraska rose above federal guidelines for serving healthy school lunches, with some in Georgia and Missouri also receiving good marks. But most schools nationwide can improve. PCRM dietitians analyzed elementary school meals at 22 districts participating in the National School Lunch Program. The average grade is now a B (84.4) compared with the national C+ average (78.7) in 2008. Schools delivering poor grades still offer chicken-fried steak fingers, breaded catfish, pork nuggets and other high-cholesterol menu items.

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Food Feelings

Restaurant Ambiance Affects Diners’ Appetites The mood in a restaurant can help diners enjoy their meals more and eat less, according to study results published in the journal Psychological Reports. After transforming part of a fast food Hardee’s restaurant in Illinois with milder music and lighting, researchers found that customers ate 18 percent fewer calories than diners in an unmodified seating area. Brian Wansink, PhD, a professor of marketing and consumer behavior at Cornell University, in New York, explains, “It didn’t change what people ordered, but what it did do was lead them to eat less and made them more satisfied and happier.” Wansink, author of Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think, asks, “If softer music and softer lighting seem to get people to eat less in a fast food situation, why not try the same thing at home?”

School Safeguard How to Build a Bike Train

In 1969, according to the National Center for Safe Routes to School, 48 percent of kids ages 5 to 14 regularly walked or biked to school. In 2009, it was just 13 percent. One major reason for the change is that parents don’t feel safe letting kids bicycle around town on their own. Bike trains—in which an adult chaperone rides a predetermined route, adding children along the way— can make it easier and safer for kids to get to school. To start a DIY bike train, find a group of interested parents through school and neighborhood message boards and newsletters; assess the area to create routes; distribute flyers and get feedback; determine bike train dates and times; host a community meeting; and post selected routes online. Source: Yes magazine.

Fertilizing Our Food with Human Waste Using sewage sludge as fertilizer on the land that grows our food and feeds our livestock is legal, but critics question the safety of the practice. United Sludge-Free Alliance founder Darree Sicher says, “Most people flush the toilet and assume the waste is being taken care of properly, but many times, the industry is simply performing a toxic transfer.” Everything that is flushed down the drains of residential and commercial properties combines at local water treatment plants, including chemicals, heavy metals, pharmaceuticals, pathogens and poisons. Water is then treated and the extracted pollutants are concentrated in the residual sludge that remains. The Environmental Protection Agency reports that more than 7 million tons of sludge (biosolids) are generated each year in the United States—half is applied to farms, parks, playgrounds, golf courses and forests in all 50 states. Biosolids are also sold as bagged fertilizer to homeowners. Until the use of biosolids as fertilizer is more strictly regulated and foods are labeled as sludge-free, consumers should consider buying organic foods. When buying from local growers, ask about the use of biosolids on their fields. Also, raise awareness among state and federal officials to outlaw such questionable practices and lobby local officials to continue the trend toward sludge-free public areas. A far safer use of waste is “poop to power” projects that harvest energy from sludge to produce heat, fuel and electricity, which Sicher reports have been widely used in Germany and Sweden for 30 years. For more information, including sludge-free fertilizer brands and downloadable brochures, call 610-8238258 or visit

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Stray dogs and feral cats in our cities may be supplanted by raccoons, foxes and coyotes if current trends continue. Even mountain lions and bears are unexpectedly showing up in urban landscapes. Evidence suggests that clashes between humans and other predators will increase and potentially intensify. Ohio State University biologist Stan Gehrt stated, “The coyote is the test case for other animals,” at an EcoSummit 2012 conference in Columbus, OH. “We’re finding that these animals are much more flexible than we gave them credit for, and they’re adjusting to our cities.” Coyotes, commonplace around many metropolitan areas, don’t seem to mind the density, with some packs each confining themselves to a one-thirdsquare-mile territory. Eradication efforts have sometimes faltered, partially because of public backlashes sympathetic to wild animals, plus a pattern in which new coyotes tend to quickly move into areas where other animals have been evicted. Gehrt poses the question, “Are we going to be able to adjust to them living with us or are we not going to be able to coexist?” Source: The Christian Science Monitor.

Superior Soil

Organic Farming Sustains Earth’s Richness Famed as the happiest country on Earth, the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan is now aiming to become 100 percent organic, phasing out artificial chemicals in farming in the next 10 years. Agence France-Presse reports that Bhutan currently sends rare mushrooms to Japan, vegetables to up-market hotels in Thailand, its highly prized apples to India and red rice to the United States. Jurmi Dorji, of southern Bhutan’s 103-member Daga Shingdrey Pshogpa farmers’ association, says their members are in favor of the policy. “More than a decade ago, people realized that the chemicals were not good for farming,” he says. “I cannot say everyone has stopped using chemicals, but almost 90 percent have.” An international metastudy published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science that analyzed 74 studies on soils in fields under organic or conventional farming practices has found that over time, the carbon content in the organic fields significantly increased. For farmers everywhere, that means organic agriculture results in a richer, more productive soil, with plenty of humus, which is conducive to higher yields. Peter Melchett, policy director at Britain’s Organic Soil Association, says a primary benefit of a country becoming 100 percent organic is an assurance of quality to consumers that creates both an international reputation and associated market advantage.


The Healing Power of Silence by Robert Rabbin


ne day I disappeared into Silence…

It was more than grace, an epiphany or a mystical union; it was my soul’s homecoming, my heart’s overflowing love, my mind’s eternal peace. In Silence, I experienced freedom, clarity and joy as my true self, felt my core identity and essential nature as a unity-in-love with all creation, and realized it is within this essence that we learn to embody healing in our world. This Silence belongs to us all—it is who and what we are. Selfless silence knows only the present moment, this incredible instant of pure life when time stops and we breathe the high-altitude air we call love. Let us explore Silence as a way of knowing and being, which we know, which we are. Silence is within. It is within our breath, like music between thoughts, the light in our eyes. It is felt in the high arc of birds, the rhythm of waves, the innocence of children, the heart’s deepest emotions that have no cause. It is seen in small kindnesses, the stillness of nights and peaceful early mornings. It is present when beholding a loved one, joined in spirit. In Silence, we open to life and life opens to us. It touches the center of our heart, where it breaks open to reveal another heart that knows how to meet life with open arms. Silence knows that thoughts about life are not life itself. If we touch life through Silence, life touches us back intimately and we become one with life itself. Then the mystery, wonder, beauty and sanctity becomes our life. Everything but wonderment falls away; anger, fear and violence disappear as if they never existed. Knowing Silence is knowing our self and our world for the first time. We only have to be still until that Silence comes forth from within to illuminate and embrace us, serving as the teacher, teaching and path, redeeming and restoring us in love. In this truth-filled moment, we enter our Self fully and deeply. We know our own beauty, power and magnificence. As the embodiment of Silence, we are perfection itself, a treasure that the world needs now. Right now the Universe

When I return from silence I am less than when I entered: less harried, fearful, anxious and egotistical. Whatever the gift of silence is, it is one of lessening, purifying, softening. The “I” that returns is more loving than the “I” who left. ~ Rabbi Rami Shapiro needs each of us to be our true Self, expressing the healing power of our heart, in Silence. As a lifelong mystic, Robert Rabbin is an innovative self-awareness teacher and author of The 5 Principles of Authentic Living. Connect at

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be the best match possible.

WALKING THE TALK Marlane Barnes Fosters Rescue Dogs by Sandra Murphy


ctress Marlane Barnes recently made her feature film debut as Maggie of the Irish Coven, in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II, building on a growing resume of films, TV and theater credits. A current resident of Los Angeles, she actively supports the nonprofit Best Friends Animal Society, a local no-kill facility, and serves as national spokesperson for Spay First. To date, her foster dogs include India, Birdie, Archie and Wally, with more to come.

Why is fostering rescue dogs important? Fostering is a good way to find the right dog for your personality and circumstances. Dogs aren’t accessories, chosen on looks alone. Fostering allows you to see what breed, size, temperament and activity level works best. When India, the first dog I fostered, was adopted, she went to a home that suited her nature and needs. Birdie, a 6-year-old golden retriever-beagle mix, came to me when her shelter time was

up. After two months, Birdie was placed with a family that was willing to deal with an older dog’s health issues, and it’s worked out well for all parties.

What do you try to teach the dogs to make them more adoptable? We take a lot of walks during our six to eight weeks together. Teaching them to sit, be petted, take treats gently and behave well on a leash all helps. I also expose them to new experiences. We visit the coffee shop, meet kids and take hikes; in these ways, I learn what the individual dog enjoys. It takes some of the guesswork out of the equation. Fostering is like a halfway house for dogs; after living with them, I can vouch for them, as well as voice any concerns about the family situation. I feel strongly that the dog must be treated as part of the family, whose schedule has to work with having a dog, and that dog in particular. It’s a matter of finding the right person for the animal. We want every adoption to

Who takes care of your foster dog when you are at work? I have a group of creative friends who jump in to help. It’s easy to ask them to help with a foster dog because it lets them be part of the rescue. That way, they are doing a favor more for the dog than for me.

How do spay/neuter programs benefit shelter animals? When I was 10, I volunteered at the Humane Society in Fort Smith, AR, so being the spokesperson for Spay First is a natural fit. High volume/low cost spay/neuter programs are the fastest way to reduce pet overpopulation and the number of animals ending up in shelters. Every year, taxpayers spend billions of dollars to house, euthanize and dispose of millions of animals. Spay/neuter is a commonsense way to permanently solve the problem. Spay First works to keep the cost less than $50, especially in rural and lower income areas, and actively campaigns to make this a community priority around the country.

How can caring people help? Donate money or items found on a shelter or rescue unit’s wish list. Walk a shelter dog to keep it social and active. Foster a dog to see if having a dog fits and enhances your life. The rescue group pays the bills, support is available and it’s a good way to explore the possibility of adoption. Once you know for sure, adopt. Also talk about the benefits of fostering and adopting dogs and the importance of affordable spay/neuter programs for dogs and cats in your community. Spread the word that it is not okay to buy a puppy or kitten in a store when we are discarding millions of shelter animals each year that desperately need homes. Puppies are cute, but older dogs already are what they’re going to be—what you see is what you happily get. For more info or to make a donation, visit Sandra Murphy is a regular contributor to Natural Awakenings magazines.


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Feeding Ourselves Well

Urban Gardening Takes Root

by John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist


n just one-twelfth of an acre, including lots of paths and a compost heap, our family grows the vast majority of the fresh vegetables we need, plus a decent chunk of our fruits and berries,” says Erica Strauss. “It’s not a huge garden, but we still feel nearly overwhelmed with the harvest in late August.” Her family of four tends a diversity of edibles on their urban lot in a suburb of Seattle, WA. Word has spread because Strauss writes about her experiences via Northwest Edible Life, a blog about food growing, cooking and urban homesteading. “Every kid on the block has picked an Asian pear off my espalier and munched on raw green beans,” she notes. “Even picky eaters seem pretty interested when they can pick tasty treats right from the tree or vine.” We don’t need to live in a rural area or on a farm to grow our own food. By the close of World War II, nearly 40 percent of all fruits and vegetables supplying Americans stateside were grown

in victory gardens in the communities in which they were consumed. Today, these small plots are often termed kitchen gardens, comprising parts of household lawns, schoolyards, balconies, patios and rooftops. Fresh taste and the security of local food

supplies in case of manmade or natural upheavals are drawing more people to gardening.

Garden Cities

“Urbanization, a major demographic trend, has implications for how we grow and consume food,” observes Roger Doiron, founder of Kitchen Gardeners International. “If we agree that feeding more people fresh, local foods is a priority, we’re going to need to landscape and, in many cases, retrofit urban and suburban areas for increased food production.” Millions of Americans now participate in growing mainstay foods. According to a 2009 study by the National Gardening Association, 31 percent of all US households grew food for their families in 2008, and more have since the economic downturn. Bruce Butterfield, the association’s research director, estimates that nearly 70 percent of these gardens are in urban or suburban areas. “We’re seeing a new crop of farmers that defy stereotypes,” observes David Tracey, owner of EcoUrbanist environmental design in Vancouver, Canada, and author of Urban Agriculture. “Some are office workers leaving unsatisfying jobs, techie types learning the trade in universities and back-to-theland folks that happen to live in cities. Others are activists taking on the industrial farm system, folks adopting trends

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or entrepreneurs that see opportunities in the rising prices of quality food and the proximity of millions of customers.”

Opportunities and Pitfalls

Urban gardening has unexpected advantages in its use of organic waste like coffee grounds from a local coffee house and rainwater from area rooftops. Converting lawns at schools, churches and empty city lots into community gardens fosters community connections, improves access to affordable nutritious foods and creates employment opportunities. A widespread challenge to the trend is dealing with the quality of urban soil and testing for possible toxins. Often, urban soil must be improved using compost and other nutrients before plants can prosper. A nearby irrigation source is also required. “One potential problem for urban gardeners may be the community reaction to an edible landscape,” admits Strauss. “In some cities, edible gardens in the front yard or even the common parking strip are celebrated and even officially encouraged. But in commu16

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nities where lawn is still king and city codes regarding vegetation are vague and open to interpretation, one complaint from an anonymous neighbor can become an exhausting political and legal fight.”

Feeding Community

Community gardens often transform vacant lots and other marginal land into green growing places. In Chicago, The Peterson Garden Project, an award-winning nonprofit program, has been turning unsightly empty lots into raised-beds in which residents learn to grow their own food since 2010. “Nationally, it’s been found that having a community garden on unused land increases property values, decreases crime and promotes a sense of unity with neighbors and others,” explains LaManda Joy, president and founder of the project. “We work with property owners on the short-term use of their land to enhance the community in which they eventually plan to develop.” “Participating in a community garden serves up a lot of individual

victories,” says Joy. “Improved health and nutrition, learning a new skill, teaching kids where food comes from, productive exercise, mental well-being, connecting with others and saving money—community gardens help make all of this possible.”

Being Prepared

“How many recalls have we seen because some food item has been contaminated and people have suffered or died as a result? I am concerned about the safety and security of our food supply,” says Wendy Brown, whose family tends a quarter-acre garden with raised and landscaped beds and containers wrapped around their home plus an onsite greenhouse in a beach resort suburb of Portland, ME. “As a mother, it concerns me that I might feed my children something that will hurt them. High-fructose corn syrup, genetically engineered crops and BPA-lined cans are all making headlines. It just seems smarter to grow it myself; that way, we have more control over what our family is eating.” Brown is one of more than 3 mil-

lion Americans who are following FEMA recommendations in preparing for any event that might disrupt food supplies. Her book, Surviving the Apocalypse in the Suburbs, shares everything her family has done to safeguard themselves, including growing produce, caring for animals and canning, freezing, drying, cold storage or fermenting foods for later use. “For me, it’s more about being prepared for the everyday things that are happening, like increases in food and fuel prices or a loss of family income,” Brown says. “If we’re growing at least some of our own food, I have a lot less to worry about when such things happen.” The family also keeps rabbits and ducks, plus egg-laying and meat-providing chickens that can total 40 animals in the summer at their “nanofarm.” These also supply natural fertilizer for the crops. Nearby beehives provide 20 pounds of honey each year. Because the foods they produce are solely for their personal use, the Browns are exempt from regulatory restrictions. “Our neighbors love what we’re doing,” says Brown, whose house is close enough they can chat across their front porches. “One says our initiative reminds him of growing up in Maine pretty much self-sufficient. The other tells friends and coworkers they aren’t worried if things really go bad because they have us as neighbors.”

Growing Green Thumbs

“With some effort, urban gardeners can grow great vegetables anyplace that affords enough light and warmth,” advises Strauss, who gardens primarily in raised beds in her front and back yards. “I garden on the scale I do because I love it. It’s both relaxing and challenging, and we eat well.” Urban gardening methods are as diverse as the growing conditions, space limitations and financial resources of the gardener. “Lasagna” gardening—layering newspaper or cardboard and other organic materials on top—can be effective in urban areas because it involves no digging or tilling. Just as with making compost, alternate between brown

Helpful Resources Green Restaurant Association, Kitchen Gardeners International, Northwest Edible Life, The Peterson Garden Project, Uncommon Ground, Urban Farm Online, Urban Garden Magazine, Urban Gardens,

and green layers. Once the materials break down, add plants to the newly created growing bed. Urban dwellers with limited space may employ square-foot gardening, intensively growing plants in raised beds using a growing medium of vermiculite, peat moss and compost. This method can yield fewer weeds and is easier on the back. “It’s an easy concept to grasp for new gardeners,” remarks Joy. “We use it to both maximize output in a small area and ensure healthy, organic, contaminant-free soil.” Rooftop gardens are becoming more common as larger agricultural operations use them to grow income crops. The US Department of Agriculture considers anyone who sells more than $1,000 of produce to neighbors or area restaurants a farmer, rather than a gardener, so regulations may apply. For renters, just a few tomato plants in a well-maintained container on a patio or deck can yield as much as 50 pounds of tomatoes by taking advantage of its microclimate, influenced by wind blocks, heated surfaces and reflected light from windows. Urban gardening is also thriving indoors in terrariums, window boxes and small greenhouses. Even partially lit rooms can support certain vegetables or herbs with grow lights. Aquaponic gardening, a closed-loop system that involves both fish and vegetables, expands the self-sufficient possibili-

ties of a hydroponic system of growing plants fed by liquid nutrients.

Feeding Ourselves

With more than 80 percent of Americans currently living in urban and suburban areas, the questionable nutrition of many mass-produced foods, increasing pesticide and herbicide use by non-organic farmers, greenhouse gas emissions from food transport and weather patterns altered by climate change, it’s past time to take back some control. Operating our own gardens and preparing our own meals turns us back into producers, not merely consumers. “For the most part, we’re just average suburbanites,” concludes Brown. “We just choose to have less lawn and more garden. A huge benefit is that we need less income because we’re buying less at the grocery store. Our goal is to semi-retire in our mid-50s— not because we’ve made a bunch of money, but because we’ve needed less money to live along the way.” John Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist, co-authors of Farmstead Chef (FarmsteadChef. com), ECOpreneuring and Rural Renaissance, operate the award-winning Inn Serendipity Bed & Breakfast, in Browntown, WI. They grow 70 percent of their organic food; the cost savings helped them become mortgage-free in their mid-40s.

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create a basic home fitness center with a jump rope, set of dumbbells and not much more. Borrow an exercise video or DVD from the library or follow one of the many television fitness shows. “People can save thousands of dollars by combining five to 10 exercises into a burst-training workout routine,” which will burn calories and increase muscle mass, says Joe Vennare, co-founder of the Hybrid Athlete, a fitness website.

Myth 4: Too Late to Start




he U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has concluded that more than a third of Americans today are overweight. Yet it also reports that at least 30 percent of us don’t exercise at all, perhaps partly due to persistent fitness myths.

Myth 1: Lack of Opportunity Even the busiest person can fit in some exercise by making simple changes in their daily routine. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, do squats while watching television, deliver a message in person instead of via email, take a desk break to stretch or stand while talking on the phone. Even fidgeting is beneficial. The point is to be as active as possible during otherwise sedentary hours.

Myth 2: No Time The CDC recommends that each week, adults should exercise 150 minutes—the average duration of a movie—but not all at once. To make it easy, break it up into various exercise activities in daily, vigorous, 10-minute chunks.

Many people feel they are too old or out-of-shape to even begin to exercise, or are intimidated by the idea of stepping into a yoga studio or gym. “Stop wasting time reading diet books and use that time to go for a walk,” advises exercise physiologist Jason Karp, PhD, author of Running for Women and Running a Marathon for Dummies. “In other words, get moving any way you can.”

Myth 5: No Pain, No Gain Suffering isn’t required. In fact, feeling pain can indicate possible injury or burnout. Still, consult a doctor before beginning any exercise program. “Do not hurt yourself,” says Charla McMillian, a certified strength and conditioning specialist, attorney and president of FitBoot – Basic Training for Professionals, in San Francisco. “Rather, aim for a point of gentle discomfort,” she advises.

Myth 6: Must Break a Sweat Perspiring is related to the duration and intensity of the exercise, but some people just sweat more than others. “How much (or little) you sweat does not correlate with how many calories you are expending,” assures Jessica Matthews, an experienced registered yoga teacher and an exercise physiologist with the American Council on Exercise.

Myth 7: Dieting is Enough Women especially fall prey to the myth that they don’t need to exercise if they are a certain dress size. Even those at a

It is easy to sit up and take notice; what is difficult is getting up and taking action. ~Honoré de Balzac

Myth 3: Unaffordable Activities like walking, bicycling and even jumping rope can be done virtually anywhere, anytime. Individuals can

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healthy weight can be in greater danger of contracting disease and shortened lifespan than obese individuals that regularly participate in physical activity, according to a recent study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, in Bethesda, MD. Health experts recommend combining regular activity with consuming lean proteins, healthy fats, limited starches and no added sugars.

Myth 8: Stretch Before Exercising New research from the American Council on Exercise recommends stretching at the end of a workout. “It is safer and more effective to stretch muscles that are properly warmed and more pliable,” says Matthews, who also recommends beginning a workout with simple movements such as arm circles and leg swings. She notes, “Stretching can help to improve posture and flexibility, plus reduce overall stress.”

Myth 9: Crunches Cut Belly Fat There’s no such thing as spot reducing. While crunches strengthen abdominal muscles, they will not shrink your waistline, says Karp. Instead, try exercises such as squats, lunges and yoga plank holds or kettlebell repetitions to lose stubborn belly fat.

Myth 10: Women Using Weights Get Bulky The truth is that most weightlifting women won’t end up with a big, bulky physique because they have less testosterone, are smaller in size and have less muscle tissue than men, advises Matthews. “Any kind of strength training will help improve bone density, increase muscle mass and decrease body fat in both men and women.”

Myth 11: Exercise is Hard Physical activity should be fun. It’s best to start simply, add a variety of physical activities and challenges and keep at it. Schedule time for exercise and treat it like any other daily appointment; don’t cancel it. Alexander Cortes, a nationally certified strength and conditioning coach with Ultimate Fighting Championship Gym, in Corona, CA, concludes, “When health is a priority, exercise is the most important appointment you can keep.” Lynda Bassett is a freelance writer near Boston, MA. Connect at

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The Better Brain Diet Eat Right To Stay Sharp by Lisa Marshall


ith 5.4 million Americans already living with Alzheimer’s disease, one in five suffering from mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and the 2012 failure of several targeted pharmaceutical drug trials, many brain health experts are now focusing on food as a critical defense against dementia. “Over the past several years, there have been many well-designed scientific studies that show you are what you eat when it comes to preserving and improving memory,” says Dr. Richard Isaacson, associate professor of neurology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and author of The Alzheimer’s Diet. In recent years, studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and Archives of Neurology have shown that people on a Mediterranean-type diet—high in antioxidantrich fruits and vegetables, whole grains and fatty fish and low in refined carbohydrates and saturated fats—tend to fend off cognitive decline longer and be less prone to developing full-blown Alzheimer’s. Several small, but promising clinical trials further suggest that even people who have already begun to suffer memory loss may be able to slow or mildly reverse it via nutritional changes. Here’s how.

Switch to slow-burning carbs: Mounting evidence indicates that the constant insulin spikes from eating refined carbohydrates like white bread or sugar-sweetened sodas can eventually impair the metabolization of sugar (similar to type 2 diabetes), effecting blood vessel damage and hastened aging. A high-carb diet has also been linked to increased levels of betaamyloid, a fibrous plaque that harms brain cells. A 2012 Mayo Clinic study of 1,230 people ages 70 to 89 found that those who ate the most carbs had four times the risk of developing MCI than those who ate the least. Inversely, a small study by University of Cincinnati researchers found that when adults with MCI were placed on a low-carb diet for six weeks, their memory improved. Isaacson recommends switching to slow-burning, low-glycemic index carbohydrates, which keep blood sugars at bay. Substitute whole grains and vegetables for white rice, pastas and sugary fruits. Water down juices or forego them altogether. Choose fats wisely: Arizona neurologist Dr. Marwan Sabbagh, co-author of The Alzheimer’s Prevention Cookbook,

points to numerous studies suggesting a link between saturated fat in butter, cooking oil, cheese and processed meats and increased risk of Alzheimer’s. “In animals, it seems to promote amyloid production in the brain,” he says. In contrast, those who eat more fatty fish such as herring, halibut and wild-caught salmon that are rich in the anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acid DHA, are at lower risk. Sabbagh notes that DHA, when it’s a steady part of the diet, plays a critical role in forming the protective “skin of the brain” known as the bilipid membrane, and may possibly offset production of plaque in the brain, thus slowing its progression during the earliest stages of dementia. Aim for three weekly servings of fatty fish. Vegetarians can alternatively consider supplementing meals with 1,000 to 1,500 milligrams daily of DHA, says Isaacson. Eat more berries and kale: In general, antioxidant-rich fruits (especially berries) and vegetables are major preventers of oxidative stress—the celldamaging process that occurs naturally in the brain as we age. One recent study published in the Annals of Neurology found that women eating high amounts of blueberries and strawberries were able to stave off cognitive decline 2.5 years longer than those who did not. Rich in antioxidant flavonoids, blueberries may even have what Sabbagh terms, “specific anti-Alzheimer’s and cell-saving properties.” Isaacson highlights the helpfulness of kale and green leafy vegetables, which are loaded with antioxidants and brain-boosting B vitamins. One recent University of Oxford study in the UK of 266 elderly people with mild cognitive impairment found that those taking a blend of vitamins B12, B6 and folate daily showed significantly less brain shrinkage over a two-year period than those who did not. Spice up: Sabbagh notes that India has some of the lowest worldwide rates of Alzheimer’s. One possible reason is the

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population’s love of curry. Curcumin, a compound found in the curry-flavoring spice turmeric, is another potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. He recommends sprinkling one teaspoon of curcumin on our food every day and cooking with antioxidantrich cloves, oregano, thyme, rosemary and cinnamon. A 2011 Israeli study at Tel Aviv University found that plaque deposits dissolved and memory and learning behaviors improved in animals given a potent cinnamon extract. Begin a brain-healthy diet as early as possible. “Brain changes can start 25 years before the onset of dementia symptoms,” says Sabbagh. “It’s the end result of a long process, so don’t wait. Start your prevention plan today.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer outside of Boulder, CO. Connect at


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Beyond Cholesterol

How Triglycerides Take a Toll by James Occhiogrosso


or many adults, an annual physical involves routine blood tests, followed by a discussion of cholesterol and blood pressure numbers, along with prescribed treatment ranging from improved nutrition and exercise to drugs. Triglycerides tend to be relegated to a minor mention—if they are discussed at all—yet regulating triglyceride levels can improve health.

associated with the narrowing of arteries and impaired blood flow associated with cardiovascular disease. (Impaired blood flow also affects male erectile function.) Several recent studies, including one in the Annals of Internal Medicine, also suggest these could instigate the metabolic syndrome associated with the onset of diabetes and atherosclerosis, which can lead to stroke and cardiovascular disease.

Why Triglycerides Count

What Creates Triglycerides?

“High triglyceride levels usually accompany low HDL (good) cholesterol levels and often accompany tendencies toward high blood pressure and central (abdominal) obesity. These are the markers of metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance, very common disorders underlying obesity and increased risks of heart disease and type 2 diabetes,” explains Dr. Andrew Weil on his website, While high triglyceride levels are not conclusively linked to the development of any specific disease, they are

Triglycerides, a normal component of blood, are introduced into the body by the fat in foods. Some are produced in the liver as the body’s response to a diet high in simple sugars or carbohydrates—especially hydrogenated oils and trans-fats. Evidence reported by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute suggests that very high intakes of carbohydrates are accompanied by a rise in triglycerides, noting, “Carbohydrate intakes should be limited to 60 percent of total calories.”

Many research scientists agree that the main cause for high triglyceride levels is the Standard American Diet, notoriously high in sugars and simple carbohydrates, trans-fats and saturated animal fats, and far too low in complex carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals; specifically, vitamins A, B, C, D and especially E, plus the minerals selenium, magnesium, silicon and chromium. Sugars added to soft drinks and food products, especially those containing high-fructose corn syrup, also raise triglyceride levels significantly. Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, author of From Fatigued to Fantastic! and national medical director of the Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers, observes, “The average American gets about 150 pounds of sugar added to his/her diet each year from processed food, causing fatigue, metabolic syndrome, diabetes and a host of other problems.” Animal fats, like those in farmraised red meats, typically contain a skewed ratio of the fats known as omega-3 and omega-6, with the latter dominating by nearly 20:1; a ratio also found in commercial packaged foods and baked goods. Many studies show such a high omega-6/omega-3 ratio tends to promote disease. Eating oily fish and healthy plant oils such as cold-pressed virgin olive and coconut oil, nuts, seeds and minimally prepared foods provides a more balanced ratio of omega fatty acids.

Garden as though you will live forever. ~William Kent

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Lowering Triglyceride Levels

Part of today’s medical paradigm focuses on lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol. As a result, many patients and doctors worry about cholesterol levels, but ignore triglycerides. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends a triglyceride level of 100 milligrams per deciliter or less; about one-third of the population currently exceeds this. While drugs can help, the AHA does not recommend drug therapy except for people who have severe levels (more than 500mg/dL), which can increase the risk of acute pancreatitis. For those with high, but not severe levels, dietary and other lifestyle changes can be effective in lowering triglyceride levels. Logically, reducing consumption of red meat and processed foods, especially those containing trans-fats, and increasing consumption of complex carbohydrates from whole grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts and legumes is recommended. AHA studies further show that daily supplementation of fish oil and full-spectrum vitamin E can reduce serum triglyceride levels significantly. In one study, fish oil containing at least 1,000 to 3,000 mg of omega-3 decreased such concentrations by 25 to 30 percent. In a 2009 study of a nationally representative group of 5,610 people published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, Dr. Earl S. Ford, of the US Centers for Disease Control, found that about one-third had triglyceride levels above 150 mg/dL—considered somewhat high—while almost another 20 percent had high levels of 200-plus mg/ dL. Always consult a knowledgeable health practitioner prior to beginning a new regimen. Just as with managing any aspect of health, care is required and knowledge is power. James Occhiogrosso, a natural health practitioner and master herbalist, specializes in salivary hormone testing and natural hormone balancing. His latest book is Your Prostate, Your Libido, Your Life. Find relevant articles at Connect at 239-498-1547 or DrJim@Healt 24

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Cultivating Qi and Higher Spiritual Teachings An Interview with Qigong Practitioner Jeff Primack by Tanya Storch Taoist practices of acupuncture and Qigong are said to store energy over time for enhanced longevity. Can you tell us about the concept of “storing qi in the dan tien”? Ancient Chinese medical texts, like the “Nan Ching,” say your belly button area, called the “dan tien,” is the primary location for vital energy in your body. It says breath reaches inside your abdomen to mix with qi, growing in light, and eventually qi becomes solid. This protects against evil or cold injuring the body. After doing the “9-Breath Method” for a few days, nearly all people feel qi pulsing very warm-tohot inside their abdomen. It is said all

acupuncture meridians meet in your navel center. Many effects are instantly noticeable, such as increased appetite, sexual performance, better bowel movements/digestion, and heightened awareness of hearing, vision, etc. How does qi influence bodily functions? And how does qi become solid? That is particularly interesting, since I’ve always understood qi to be a nonphysical force. Over years, a Qigong master can condense qi into a small area of his/ her body. Some can direct this “ball of qi” to the site of where a weapon will strike to deflect its energy. This light is packed over many years, creating a buildup of qi vapors that actually

begins to have physical density. Some ancient books describe it as a living seed or embryo in your navel. As for how qi affects bodily functions, Chinese medicine says, “Qi is the ‘leading force’ behind blood circulation.” I feel this is the best way to explain qi to the Western audience. It is a pulse that moves blood to vital organs, endocrine glands, etc. Your forehead will gently pulsate in a deep Qigong meditation. Qi is increased gently, like blowing the embers on a fire. Chinese medicine has 12 pulses, because each organ pulses according to how healthy its circulation is. Breathing techniques, especially ones that “hold breath,” are scientifically proven to increase blood

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to the frontal lobe of the brain. Bliss and higher states of consciousness are usually experienced within the first hour of doing the 9-Breath Method breathing technique. Once mastered, a full-body pulse of energy can be brought into the abdomen to keep warm in a cold environment. Are there published medical studies on Qigong’s effects? Could it help with the epidemic of circulatory diseases? Dr. Mehmet Oz, from the Oprah Winfrey Show, said, “If you want to live to be 100, do Qigong!” His endorsement has fueled more studies. Some research suggests that Qigong increases cytokine production, boosting immunity. Other studies show Qigong lowers cortisol when it is high. Cortisol is believed to be the most destructive hormone, known as the death hormone at longevity conferences around the country. If Qigong slows production of catabolic hormones and boosts immune-stimulating antibodies in our blood, I would say that Qigong has enough clinical evidence that it should be seriously investigated by the scientific community. Beyond science, I find that when practicing Qigong, my legs, calves and feet begin pulsating while I am in meditation, and I see the effects of circulation immediately. This fast-acting effect is more important than published studies to grow Qigong. People are impatient, and studies will not motivate society to practice Qigong, even if it is good for them. What makes people practice is getting addicted to feeling good and seeing fast changes. What is your motivation to train people four days for only $129, which seems low for a four-day program?

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I believe in the power of large groups. The more people who come for Qigong, the stronger the group energy field will be. Low price is obviously a key to our success, but it’s not the only secret. Some of our Qi Revolution events draw over 2,000 people for four days, and I can’t even describe to you what the energy is like when thousands of people all inhale at the same second in a coordinated and

precisely timed effort. There’s a huge “group energy effect” to Qigong. To reach an even larger group, we also have a nonprofit 501c3 branch to our organization called Supreme Science Qigong Foundation. Its focus is to get Qigong into the public school system. So far, we have done several successful programs in elementary schools. Sometimes we teach the school kids about food-based healing. I have personally received dozens of testimonials from people reversing diabetes using this knowledge. So many kids are getting obese and ending up with diabetes. It’s like, why don’t more people know about Qigong and food healing? Well, our job is to make sure more people do know about it. Professor Tanya Storch is head of religious studies at University of the Pacific and a highly respected scholar in the field of Taoist, Buddhist and Hindu religious studies. Jeff Primack teaches Qigong seminars to thousands of people each year and hosts Qigong. com. Qi Revolution comes to the TD Convention Center, in Greenville, SC, March 23 through26. Primack and 25 certified instructors teach four days of Qigong training for $129. For tickets and more info, call 800-298-8970 or visit See ad, page 2.

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2013 SC Organic Growing Conference–8am4:30pm. SC Organization for Organic Living (SCOOL) at Longleaf Middle School, 1160 Longgreen Pkwy, Columbia. Ticket includes locallysourced lunch (vegetarian options) and four classes or two morning classes and a workshop, depending on availability. Classes are taught by growers, farmers and other agricultural and food system experts. $20 student, $70 adult. Vendors offer books, seeds, agricultural products, and more.,

Reiki Clinic w/Margaret Self–5:30-8pm. Join us as we share Reiki treatments in a group. Open to all, no training necessary. Great intro to Reiki energy. $10, must preregister. Carolina Reiki Institute, 112 Wexwood Ct, Columbia. Info: 803-551-1191 or



Men’s Spirituality Group at Unity−9:3010:30am. The guys discuss “Eric Butterworth: His Life and Teaching.” Who was this living, breathing man behind some of the world’s most powerful metaphysical writings and radio broadcasts ? What was Eric Butterworth like as a man? Newcomers welcome. Love offering. Unity of Columbia SEE Room, 1801 LeGrand Rd, Columbia, 803-7365766, The Healing Circle at Unity w/Deborah King– 12:30-2pm. “Balance: The More One Yields, the More One Holds”. Newcomers welcome to enter the class at any time. Come and play with the energy which we all are. Love offering.. Unity of Columbia, 1801 LeGrand Rd., Columbia. Info: 803-736-5766,

TUESDAY, MARCH 5 Reiki Clinic w/Margaret Self–10:30am-12:30pm. Join us as we share Reiki treatments in a group. Open to all, no training necessary. Great intro to Reiki energy. $10, must preregister. Carolina Reiki Institute, 112 Wexwood Ct, Columbia. Info: 803551-1191 or Green Drinks–5:30-7pm. For all in green building, sales, conservation, recycling, nature & politics to gather for fun & shared enlightenment. Check Facebook: Green Drinks Columbia. March location: Publick House, 2307 Devine St, Columbia. The Healing Circle at Unity w/Deborah King– 6:30-8pm. “Balance: The More One Yields, the More One Holds”. Newcomers welcome to enter the class at any time. Come and play with the energy which we all are. Love offering.. Unity of Columbia, 1801 LeGrand Rd., Columbia. Info: 803-736-5766,

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6 HypnoBirthing w/Denby Beauchamp–6:15pm. Wed 4 class series starts, continues 3/13, 3/20, 3/27. Enjoy a calm, safe, shorter, easier, more comfortable birth through self-hypnosis, guided imagery, and breathing techniques. Expecting Well, 514-A Gervais. 803-667-1371,,

Open House w/Expecting Well–6-8pm. Free Essential Oils Class (starts at 7pm.) to learn about dōTERRA essential oils and how they can enhance your wellness. Expecting Well, 514-A Gervais, Columbia. 803-661-8452, Basil Days Discount at Rosewood–8am-8pm. 20% off purchase price at Rosewood Market, Deli and other sale items not incl. 2803 Rosewood Dr, Columbia., 803-530-3270.

SUNDAY, MARCH 10 Laughter Yoga for Health and Wellbeing w/ Dr. Delores Pluto–12:30-1:30pm. Laugh for no reason, without jokes, comedy, or humor. Laughter Yoga=laughter exercises+yoga breathing. Come as you are. No experience, special clothing, or equipment necessary. Donations accepted. Unity of Columbia, 1801 LeGrand Rd, Columbia, 803736-5766.

tion, discussion & practice time. Can be used in any situation to promote healing & wellness, on self & others. Manual included. Preregistration reqd. $250 before 3/6, $300 after, Carolina Reiki Institute, 112 Wexwood Ct, Cola. 803-551-1191 or

MONDAY, MARCH 18 Living to 100-Live a Long & Healthy Life w/ Columbia Family Chiropractic. Dinner at 6pm, workshop at 6:30pm. Centenarians share common lifestyle traits that can be done by anyone. Learn how choices you make now can increase the quality and longevity of your life.. Free, call to reserve. Columbia Family Chiropractic, A Maximized Living Health Center 224 O’Neil Court, Ste. 12, Columbia. 803-788-8831. Facebook: CFChiropractic. Infant Massage w/Liana Marconyak, LMT– 6:15pm. Mon 5 class series starts, continues 3/25, 4/1, 4/8, 4/15. Parents and caregivers are educated on how to massage the baby and how to interact with the baby based on the baby’s cues. Helps to build parents’ self confidence and to understand their infant better. 4-5 week series begins at Expecting Well, 514-A Gervais St, Columbia. Contact Liana to register at 803-386-7261,

Eckankar Worship Service “Put Yourself on Sacred Ground”–10am. Free, all are welcome. 7 Oaks Park, 200 Leisure Lane. Info: Steve, 803318-1887,, or

Gluten Free Meeting w/Central SC Celiac Support Group–6:30pm. Guest Speaker: Kaycee Boggs, registered Dietician. All welcome, including spouses & kids. No dues Lexington Medical Center’s North Tower, Classroom # 1. Info: 803 463-2321 or email,



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

The Healing Circle at Unity w/Deborah King– 6:30-8pm. “Balance: The More One Yields, the More One Holds”. Newcomers welcome to enter the class at any time. Come and play with the energy which we all are. Love offering.. Unity of Columbia, 1801 LeGrand Rd., Columbia. Info: 803-736-5766,

Sidewalk Farmers Market at Rosewood–4-7pm. Join us and meet your growers: Pee Dee Ranch, grass fed and pastured meats; Our Local Catch, fish shrimp, clams, live crabs, fillets and whole fish; Wil-Moore Farms, chicken, eggs and turkey sausage. City Roots Urban Farm; Trail Ridge Farm & Dairy, goat cheese; a lemonade stand and tie-dyed T-shirts. 2803 Rosewood Dr, Columbia., 803-530-3270.

SATURDAY, MARCH 16 Arm Balance Workshop w/Kimberly Baker– 3-5pm. All levels. Explore and demystify several arm balance postures. $25. Southern Sky Yoga, 10603-B Two Notch Rd, Columbia, 803-338-0348,

MARCH 16-17 Reiki Level I, Traditional Usui Reiki System w/Margaret Self, Reiki Master, NHD–9am-1pm. Entry-level class combines 4 attunements, instruc-

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20 Grass Roots Yoga w/Stacey Millner-Collins–8am. Sustainable Carolina’s semi-annual outdoor yoga event. Hour long session of yoga for all levels of expertise. Free, taking place on Davis Field, outside Russell House, USC campus. Info: renee.lebouef@

FRIDAY, MARCH 22, Basil Days Discount at Rosewood–8am-8pm. 20% off purchase price at Rosewood Market, Deli and other sale items not incl. 2803 Rosewood Dr, Columbia., 803-530-3270.

SUNDAY, MARCH 24 Fourth Sunday Friendship Feast at Unity–11am. Bring a friend to Unity’s Sunday Celebration at

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classifieds BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY Natural Awakening Magazine for sale, Columbia SC/Midlands regional franchise. Tremendous growth potential, training provided. 803-233-3693. Experienced Advertising Sales Rep wanted. 20% commission, no cap. Natural Awakenings green and wellness publication. Grand Strand and Pee Dee areas with National network advertising opportunity and six figure potential.

HEALTH SERVICES Holistically and Scientifically based stressreduction sessions. Introductory session price $25; includes computerized assessment. The personalized stress-reduction technique can be used discreetly at any time and under any circumstance. Please call or visit Sherri Jefferson; MA, LMT, NCC, LPC/I, 803-414-5652 or visit and share our bountiful buffet afterward at noon. Bring your favorite dish and sample the favorites of everyone. Pick up the “Columbia Unity Cookbook” at the Unity Bookstore and learn the recipes. Unity of Columbia, 1801 LeGrand Rd, Columbia, 803736-5766 or Flower Essences w/Margaret Self, Reiki Master– 2-4pm. Workshop covering the original 38 Bach Flower Essences, as homeopathic remedies, and their benefits/usage. Learn to prepare essences from your own flowers, complete the self-assessment questionnaire supplied and take home a bottle of essences combined to address your own personal issues. $35. Belladonnas Gift Shop, 612 St. Andrews Rd., Ashland Park Shopping Center, Columbia. Carolina Reiki Institute, 803-551-1191, mself@

MONDAY, MARCH 25 Wild Edibles Walk w/Matt Kip–5:30-7pm. We’ve forgotten the traditional knowledge and value of foraging. Take this tour through the Cayce Riverwalk with expert, identifying and describing different plants in the forest that are edible, tasty, and nutritious. Leave from the Green Quad Garden, USC Campus at 5pm and be back by 7pm, via carpooling &15-person van, or meet at Cayce Riverwalk before 5:30pm. Info: renee.lebouef@

THURSDAY, MARCH 28 Basil Days Discount at Rosewood–8am-8pm. 20% off purchase price at Rosewood Market, Deli and other sale items not incl. 2803 Rosewood Dr, Columbia., 803-530-3270. Sidewalk Farmers Market at Rosewood–4-7pm. Join us and meet your growers: Pee Dee Ranch, grass fed and pastured meats; Our Local Catch, fish shrimp, clams, live crabs, fillets and whole fish; WilMoore Farms, chicken, eggs and turkey sausage. City Roots Urban Farm; Trail Ridge Farm & Dairy, goat cheese; a lemonade stand and tie-dyed T-shirts. 2803 Rosewood Dr, Columbia. RosewoodMarket. com, 803-530-3270.


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Reiki Level II, Traditional Usui Reiki System w/Margaret Self, Reiki Master, NHD–5pm-9pm. 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 & manual included. Preregistration req. $300 before 3/18, $350 if paid after. Carolina Reiki Institute, 112 Wexwood Ct, Cola. Info: 551-1191,

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Reiki Clinic w/Margaret Self–10:30am-12:30pm. Join us as we share Reiki treatments in a group. Open to all, no training necessary. Great intro to Reiki energy. $10, must preregister. Carolina Reiki Institute, 112 Wexwood Ct, Columbia. Info: 803551-1191 or

THURSDAY, APRIL 4 Reiki Clinic w/Margaret Self–5:30pm-8:pm. Join us as we share Reiki treatments in a group. Open to all, no training necessary. Great intro to Reiki energy. $10, must preregister. Carolina Reiki Institute, 112 Wexwood Ct, Columbia. Info: 803-551-1191 or

APRIL 6-7 CFSA Midlands Farm Tour–1-5pm. Self-guided tour, via your own car, to 11 farms. $25 fee per carload (ticket in advance, Whole Foods or City Roots). In any order, 3-4 farms per day possible. Learn about local food and meet the farmers.

SATURDAY, APRIL 13 2013 Charlotte Gluten/Allergen Free Expo– 10am-4 m. $10 ticket gets you tote bag for samples from 50 vendors, plus lectures, cooking demos, and more. The Blake Hotel, 555 S McDowell St, Charlotte. Info:,

APRIL 24-26 SustainSC Expo. US Green Building Council SC hosts the 5th annual green building and sustainable community conference and expo at the Hilton in Myrtle Beach, 10000 Beach Club Dr. Professionals & industry leaders from SC and SE attend. Educational sessions offer CEU credits for architects, engineers and green building professionals, and info to professionals and citizens about the latest green building products and services.

APRIL 27-28 Reiki Level I, Traditional Usui Reiki System w/Margaret Self, Reiki Master, NHD–9am-1pm. Entry-level class combines 4 attunements, instruction, discussion & practice time. Can be used in any situation to promote healing & wellness, on self & others. Manual included. Preregistration reqd. $250 before 4/17, $300 after, Carolina Reiki Institute, 112 Wexwood Ct, Cola. 803-551-1191 or

MAY 18-19 Women’s Healing Weekend w/Rev Walks-with-

Horses & Dot Goodwin. Spiritual weekend with fire circles, pipe circles, drum circles, medicine wheel, life paths, vision quests, horse healings, Reiki healers, and energy healers. Event for women and for men that have women’s spirit. Safe sweatlodges. Limited to 100 attendees, must reserve spot. Single day or weekend. Camping spots and wigwams avail. Small fee for food and healers. At Land of 2 Sands Retreat, 1997 Fox Hill Rd, Lugoff. Info and details: Rev Walks-with-Horses, 803-233-4388. Facebook: LandOf2Sands.

ongoing events Have You Had a Spiritual Experience? Meet in a comfortable and informal setting where all Spiritual points of view are appreciated, non-dogmatic approach. Free, sponsored by Eckankar. Past discussion topics: Past Lives, God Realization, Dreams, and Coincidences. An important forum for all who love God who are serious about their Spiritual growth. Dates and times vary, see contact info for update. Steve at 803-318-1887,, or The Lazarus Blueprint - Ancient Secrets for Healing and Peace w/LaVoice Kallestad–9:1510:30am. (3/3, 3/10) Based on the book by Mary Alice & Richard Jafolla facilitated by Licensed Unity Teacher. A blueprint hidden in an ancient story reveals an entirely new approach to healing any major problem – physical, emotional or other. The “blueprint” adapts itself to any person and any type of problem. (Jan 13-Feb 24). Unity of Columbia, 1801 LeGrand Rd, Columbia. 803-736-5766 or Meditation Hour at Unity–9:30-10:30am. (3/17, 3/24, 3/31) Unity of Columbia, 1801 LeGrand Rd, Columbia, 803-736-5766, Mixed Level Yoga w/David–10:30am-11:45pm. All levels, this class includes basics but offers more advanced options to challenge practicing yogis and prepare them for Level II classes. $12 or class pass. Southern Sky Yoga, 10603-B Two Notch Rd, Columbia, 803-338-0348, Unity of Columbia 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, 803-736-5766, Yoga Light w/Cat–1-2pm. All levels, relaxed, gentle yoga experience. Focus on awareness in poses. $10 or class pass. Southern Sky Yoga, 10603-B Two Notch Rd, Columbia, 803-338-0348, Vinyasa Yoga with Cat–2:30-3:45pm. For practicing yogis who know basics, this class is less about instruction and more about practicing. Not for beginners. $12 or class pass. Southern Sky Yoga, 10603-B Two Notch Rd, Columbia, 803-338-0348,

Hatha Yoga I w/David–6:10-7:10pm. Basic yoga for both beginners and practicing yogis who aren’t quite ready for more advanced classes. $10 or class pass. Southern Sky Yoga, 10603-B Two Notch Rd, Columbia, 803-338-0348, Mixed Level Yoga w/Cat–7:30-8:30pm. Open to all levels, includes basics but offers more advanced options to challenge practicing yogis and prepare for Level II classes. $10 or class pass. Southern Sky Yoga, 10603-B Two Notch Rd, Columbia, 803-338-0348,

Aikido-Weapons & Empty Hand w/Walter Patterson–7:30-9am. A powerful martial art with non-violent philosophy. $30/month includes 2x/ week practice. Harbison Recreation Center, 106 Hillpine Rd, Columbia. Info: 803 319-1438. Prenatal Yoga w/Rachel Hall, MD, RYT200– 5:30pm-6:45pm. 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. 803-661-8452, Free Beginner’s Intro Tai Chi Class w/Wes Adams–6pm. Tai Chi—a beautiful art people fall in love with, both for the benefits & for the joy. Fitness, health, relaxation, clarity, energy, confidence, peace & balance. Sign up online at 2910 Rosewood Dr. Info: Wes, 803-873-2100, or Nia w/Nancy Whitlock−6pm. Nia teaches you to consciously move in gentler ways to bring greater comfort and ease into your life. It revitalizes your mind and body as it uplifts your spirit and emotions. Moves are adaptable for all ages and fitness levels. Still Hopes Wellness Center, West Columbia. Info: Nancy 803-779-8077,,

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

Aikido-Ukemi(falling) & Empty Hand w/Walter Patterson–7:30-9am. $30/month includes 2x/week practice. Harbison Recreation Center, 106 Hillpine Rd, Columbia. Info: 803 319-1438. Local Seafood and Fish Sidewalk Farmers Market at Rosewood–1-6pm. Our Local Catch provides fish shrimp, clams, live crabs, fillets and whole fish; 2803 Rosewood Dr, Columbia., 803-530-3270.

Prenatal Yoga w/Rachel Hall, MD, RYT200– 5:30pm-6:45pm. 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. 803-661-8452, ExpectingWell. com.

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Mommy/Baby Yoga w/Ashley Petty–9:3010:30am. For moms and pre-mobile infants. Expecting Well, 514-A Gervais. 1st class free. $10-14/class packages. 803-661-8452, Pre/Postnatal Yoga w/Shelley Jones RYT-200. Postpartum CORE class 12pm-12:15pm, joint prenatal and postpartum lunchtime yoga class continues from 12:15pm-1:15pm. Expecting Well, 514-A Gervais. 1st class free. $10-14/class packages. 803-661-8452, YogaWave w/Sunny–6-7:15pm. Yoga and free movement. Class begins with yoga, then transitions to free movement, for deeper yoga stretches and advanced poses. An opportunity for experienced yogis to deepen their practice and for everyone to move, sweat, breathe and stretch in a practice that encourages us to follow our own body needs and energy level. Not for beginners. $12 or class pass. Southern Sky Yoga, 10603-B Two Notch Rd, Columbia, 803-338-0348,

Prenatal Yoga w/Rachel Hall, MD, RYT200–(time varies week to week-check website). Prepare mind and body for labor, delivery & welcoming new life. 1st class free. $10-14/class packages. Expecting Well, 514-A Gervais, Columbia. 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, Breaking it Down w/Rikki–11am-12:30pm. Deconstruct, reconstruct, flow. This 90-minute class includes 60 minutes of flow, but begins with a detailed review of each pose, focusing on proper alignment, muscle engagement, lines of energy. etc. Then you’ll put it all together in a 60-minute practice. A yoga education and a workout all in one class. $12 or class pass. Southern Sky Yoga, 10603-B Two Notch Rd, Columbia, 803-338-0348, Hatha Yoga I w/Natalie–1-2pm. Basic yoga for beginners and practicing yogis who aren’t ready for more advanced classes. $10 or class pass. Southern Sky Yoga, 10603-B Two Notch Rd, Columbia, 803338-0348, Mixed Level Yoga w/Natalie–2:30-3:45pm. All levels, class includes basics but also offers more advanced options to challenge practicing yogis and prepare them for Level II classes. $12 or class pass. Southern Sky Yoga, 10603-B Two Notch Rd, Columbia, 803-338-0348,


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Sherri Jefferson, MA, LMT, NCC, LPC/I 803-414-5652 Sherri has 18 years of experience working within integrative health care. Each session is grounded in a safe and sacred space. This allows each person to embrace his or her own evolving life process. Sherri utilizes a variety of tools, including, but not limited to, Heart Math, Emotional Freedom Technique, NLP, Body Talk, and advanced kinesiology. You are invited to call for a 50% discount on your first counseling appointment. “Sherri helped me profoundly through my issues with grief and PTSD. She brought me back into the world of the living.” J.J., Columbia

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Wesley Adams, Owner/Instructor 2910 Rosewood Dr Columbia 803-873-2100 Wes Adams is dedicated to helping people live happier, healthier, more balanced lives by teaching traditional lineage Tai chi. In this day of “cardio Tai chi” workouts and one-day Tai chi instructor certification seminars, there is a strong need for authentic instruction in the complete art of Tai chi. Wes is a certified instructor under the American Center for Chinese Studies, NY. See ad, page 18.


10603 Two Notch Rd, Suite B (at Allstate) Elgin/Northeast Columbia Southern Sky Yoga serves Elgin and Northeast Columbia, offering classes, workshops and community events to enhance wellness in the body, mind and spirit. Visit our website for details.


Katz Delaney-Leija, MSW, EFT-CC, Psych-K Advanced, Energy Medicine 803-530-6199 Discover an alternative to conventional therapy that produces lasting results, quickly. Katz Delaney-Leija incorporates her therapy skills, insight, intuition and spiritual guidance to hone in on the issues that block self-healing and success. Specialties include health issues, stress, trauma, self-worth, sexual issues, service-related PTSD, and relationships. Call for a free assessment.


514-A Gervais St Columbia 803-661-8452 Find us on Facebook for great health tips 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


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Julie Bradshaw offers intuitive life readings, akashic record readings, and angel and spirit guide readings. She is a Reiki master and certified hypnotherapist who is also certified in Psych-K and NLP. Using various methods of energy psychology, she assists clients in releasing issues as they are identified during a reading. Julie has been studying and working with energy healing for more than 20 years.


Matrx Coaching: Assisting you through the Matrx of your mind to achieve your business and life goals “one pebble at a time.” At Matrx Coaching, we understand the thought systems and beliefs we have that sustain our patterns of production. These systems express themselves through goals, wants, desires and needs; and are so interconnected on a finite scale that they keep you in a spiral of non-achievement. To create change or embrace the change that is happening in your business and life, call now to set an appointment and learn more.


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THERMOGRAPHY ABOUT YOUR HEALTH INC. 120 Kaminer Way Pkwy, Ste J Columbia 803-798-8687

About Your Health Inc. is a small business whose main focus is health education and health-enhancing services. These services include, but are not limited to, one-onone nutritional counseling, Reams pH testing, parasite programs, aquachi footbaths, far infrared sauna, weight-loss programs, and thermography as featured on the health segment on WIS TV. We offer a full line of hard-to-find natural, organic, whole food nutritional supplements, and some specialty items that include raw foods and natural household items. See ad, page 10.


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Have you had a spiritual experience that you would like to share in a relaxed, non-dogmatic setting? Eckankar hosts open discussions (meetups), worship services and more at no charge. All are welcome. These are important forums for all who love God and who are serious about their spiritual growth.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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Here is proof that snoring can be corrupting your health and your marriage. Three out of 10 couples are considering divorce because of snoring says a major magazine article. You are not alone! An official survey says 48% of all people snore. 75% are affected, if you add non-snoring husbands that have snoring wives or vice versa. Snoring is caused by slack muscles in the throat. A common complaint is that people feel that they are not well rested in the morning. Many people wrote they are now sleeping like a babies. Their partners are delighted. This natural health product Sound Sleep #23 usually helps the first night. No side effects. <College professor had lack of good sleeps with many #23 interruptions for last 8 years that made her tired during the day. Within 3 days taking Bell Sound Sleep #23 the terrible snoring stopped. I wake up feeling refreshed and energized. I can concentrate in a focused, happy manner. I feel delighted with this natural product. Dr. Anele E. Heiges, 77, New York, NY < A life changing product. The very first night I took the capsules and every night after I had a restful and wonderful sleep. It has been a God send and blessing. I am by nature a skeptic. The money-back guarantee convinced me to try it. Jimmy Pay, 53, Gardendale, AC <3 Years on Bell Sound Sleep #23. My wife and I are entirely satisfied. Snoring episodes have completely disappeared. This has improved our lives enormously. Leo Fortin, 60, St-Georges, QC < Basically you saved my husband’s life. For the last 5 years my husband had very bad nights. Bell #23 was nothing short of a miracle. I have my husband back. No more snoring. No more napping during the day. I am telling all our friends. Bonnie Johnson, 64, Wichita, KS < My life changed. Sleep now 7-8 hours. I am a retired college professor and author of books. I have no more need to nap during the day. Nothing I tried helped until I started Bell Sound Sleep. I am so delighted with this product I would like to make motivational speeches to help others. Carmen V. Caruso, 66, Ann Arbor, MI On the Bell Website we list phone numbers or email addresses of actual users of this product and all other Bell products. Most are delighted to talk about their relief.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. <AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT SC IN: <GREENVILLE Garner’s Natural Life 27 Pleasantburg Dr.; Health & Harmony (Tienda Naturista) 2710 Whitehorse Rd., Suite 381.; The Wild Radish 161 Verdin Rd.<CHARLESTON Plantation Pharmacy 776 Daniel Ellis Dr.; Plantation Pharmacy 2 531 Wappoo Rd. <COLUMBIA Garner’s Natural Life 4845 Forest Dr.<WEST COLUMBIA Congaree Pharmacy 3907 Edmund HWY #D<TAYLORS Market for Life 2801 Wade Hampton Blvd. #15<SIMPSONVILLE All Natural Health & Beauty Center 101 E. College St.<IRMO Murraywood Health Foods 7001 St. Andrews Rd.<SUMTER B.J.'S Health Food Store 103 West Liberty Street <GOOSE CREEK Vitamins Plus 119 North Goose Creek Blvd.<SUMMERVILLE God's Green Acre Natural Foods 1240 C Central Ave.<MYRTLE BEACH<SURF SIDE BEACH Ocean Lakes Pharmacy 1415 HWY 17 N <CONWAY Nye’s Pharmacy 1600 10th Ave. (843)248-5015<ANDREWS Reynolds Drug Store 7 S Morgan Ave. (843)264-5454<FORT MILL Total Fitness Warehouse 334 Springhill Farm Rd.<FLORENCE Nature's Alternatives 1301 West Evans St. (843)669-4372<HARTSVILLE Hartsville Drug Co. 134 W. Carolina Ave.<BLUFFTON Berkeley Flowers & Gift 108 Buckwalter Pkwy. Suite 2-D <GREENWOOD Emerald Health Farms 409 Emerald Farm Rd.; Nature’s Remedy 422 Montague Ave Ste 2 <LAURENS Adair Apothecary 911 W main St.<COPE Earthen Treasures 4931 Cannon Bridge<NINETY SIX Family Pharmacy 206 North Cambridge St. <ESTILL Hanna’s Discount Pharmacy 26 E Railroad Ave. <AIKEN Medical Center Pharmacy Inc. 410 University Pkwy Suite 2800<CHESTERFIELD Wannamaker’s Drug Store 107 West Blvd.; Chesterfield Drug Co. 139 Main St.<CHERAW Vitality Health Food 151 Market St.<CAMDEN Value Pak Discount Drugs 1032 Broad St.<WALHALLA Ken’s Thriftee Pharmacy 112 E Main St.<BEAUFORT It’s Only Natural 110 Sea Island Parkway.

In other towns try your local health food stores first. If they don’t have it and don’t want to order it for you, order on our website or call us with Visa or Mastercard. S & H $9.95.

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