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My grandmother told me she wasn’t going to give me anymore birthday presents because I took them apart in no time at all. It was true. Me, with a screwdriver, from 5 years old and up, meant there would be a pile of bits and pieces, screws and parts everywhere, just as quickly as my dogs remove the squeakers out of their toys. Toys, clocks, telephones—anything that caught my interest—were all in danger. It was an unquenchable desire to know how and why—to uncover the story behind why it went “zoom” when it moved, “bop!” when it stopped, and “whr-r-r-r-r-r” when it stood still. I could not contain myself until I knew why, no matter how many times I was told that curiosity killed the cat. Fortunately for cats, they have no batteries or screws or I might have also tried taking one apart to see how it worked. I was the one who became furious when there was no answer as to why the sky is blue except “because I said so.” And asking repeatedly for an answer didn’t work very well. I learned that every answer I sought, I needed to find out myself, and eventually did. I still get angry with those who tell me I ask too many questions, usually doctors, lawyers, some religious leaders, and most politicians. There are curious people and there are those whom I call the “to incurious,” who are perfectly satisfied with “because I said so.” They follow along dutifully doing as they are told, never questioning. I respect doing things the “right way” as long as I know why it’s the right way, and can follow just as long as I’ve explored other routes and know that this, indeed, is the right and best path. However, I don’t understand the incurious at all. What’s worse, not only do the incurious never ask why, they don’t like anyone else to do so either or challenge their routine in any way. Just think how incredibly exciting it is that we can now examine the limits of the universe and creation itself by scanning echoes of the Big Bang and reflections of stellar light, looking at the results of shattering atoms and using mathematics to test the truth of what we dream. Everything in existence relates to and has an effect on everything else, and like a mathematical equation where both sides are equal, everything is in balance. This is the wholeness concept that is the clue to pressing questions about life, health and sustainability. Natural Awakenings is about understanding that wholeness and living wholistically in everyday life. What you know, what you believe and how you act on that knowledge matters, to life around you and the universe. See for yourself, ask questions, challenge authority, and look for the evidence. Remember that everything is a part of the whole; every action has a reaction, and the entire universe adapts in some manner to every change we make. Take your screwdriver and all of your tools and search until you find your own path. And perhaps someone at the edge of the universe may see the reflection of your stellar light.
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newsbriefs Springbank’s 50-Year Anniversary Party
esiding in a property that was once a plantation in the 1770s, Springbank has functioned for 50 years as an ecumenical center for retreats, hospitality, healing, Earth education, and the arts. Located on 80 acres in Kingstree, SC, Springbank is surrounded by a quiet, rural, wooded landscape, walking trails, ancient live oaks, magnolia trees, and flowering camellias. The natural sanctuary is home to a unique eco-system and a vast array of wildlife. To celebrate this half century milestone, the staff of Springbank is having a party and is inviting the public to join them. The 50th anniversary party will be held on Sunday, May 6, from 1 to 5 pm. Visitors can enjoy live music, food, poetry, painting and exhibits by local artists and other crafts persons. There is no charge to attend the party, so it is a great time to visit and see what Springbank looks and feels like, especially to those who have been curious to experience it. In other Springbank news, May 18 through 20 is the South Carolina Grandmother Oak Long Dance, a transformational ceremony for personal and planetary peace, to be held at Springbank Retreat Center. Lindsley Field, of Murrells Inlet, is leading the event and can provide info if you call at 843-651-1086. For more info about the anniversary party, contact Springbank Retreat for Eco-Spirituality and the Arts, 1345 Springbank Rd, Kingstree, at 843-382-9777, or visit SpringBankRetreat.org. See ad, page 21.
Eartha Gets Well by Kristi Falk Book Review
artha Gets Well, a picture book for young readers, features a young girl, Eartha, who is very strong-minded, especially about not wanting to eat her veggies. Her health has become poor because she is not ingesting enough necessary vitamins and minerals, and even the doctor’s medicines won’t help. One day, her mother puts her foot down and insists that she can’t leave the table without eating her veggies. Strong-minded Eartha sits at the table for hours and eventually falls asleep. In her dream, the veggies on her plate tell her their feelings are hurt because she doesn’t like them, and that they can help her feel better if she gives them 4
a try. When she wakes up, she is happy to eat her peas and carrots, and her illness goes away after eating more veggies and getting lots of exercise. In her travels, she learns about recycling, turning the lights off when she leaves the room and the importance of not littering. This is an excellent book to introduce to young readers that will teach them about the morals of staying healthy, staying active and taking care of the Earth. The pictures have beautiful vibrant colors, sure to catch even the most stubborn kid’s eye. Eartha Gets Well is available online, and The Wellness Council is planning on having a digital version available soon. One hundred percent of the net profits from the book are donated to The Wellness Council of South Carolina, a health-promoting nonprofit founded by Kristi Falk, writer and publisher of Eartha Gets Well. To order, visit Amazon.com or Shop.BoutiqueOfQualityBooks.com. For more info about The Wellness Council of South Carolina, call Kristi Falk at 843-995-3199 or visit WellnessCouncilSC.org.
Brammo Electric Motorcycles Nothing Like Grampa’s Hawg
rammo is proud to announce that it will be revealing the production version of the much-anticipated Brammo Empulse on May 8. The launch event for the media will take place in Los Angeles and will be webcast live to all preorder customers. Since the Empulse concept was first revealed, a vast amount of development and testing have taken place, and Brammo is confident that you will be delighted with its ground-breaking electric street racing motorcycle. Electric motorcycle racing is an integral part of Brammo, and its experience and championship record on the track have played a critical role in the evolution of the Empulse, from concept to production. Professional racers have had a hand in the development of the Empulse and they will be sharing their Empulse riding experiences and impressions at the reveal on May 8. These bikes boast a 100-mile range and 100 mph top speed with unparalleled acceleration. For more info, visit Brammo.com or email empulse@ brammo.com.
PlanetSolar World Tour Ends May 4 in Monaco
he MS Tûranor PlanetSolar, the world’s largest solar boat ever built at 114 feet from bow to stern, will complete its journey around the world with its crew of four on May 4 in the Hercule harbor of Monaco. A celebration weekend is organized to welcome the ship and its crew who has been traveling since September 2010.
The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar, built in Kiel, Germany, is a catamaran powered exclusively by solar energy. It is covered with 5,780 square feet of photovoltaic panels. After two years of design and construction, PlanetSolar advanced design and engineering in the field of composite manufacturing and storage of solar energy. After crossing the finish line, Raphaël Domjan, project founder, will tell the story of the adventure’s highlights. Part of the party, such as the Solar Light Show or the concert of the Swiss band Sonalp, will be powered by the energy of the boat’s batteries collected during more than 19 months of sunny navigation. Politicians, project partners, families of the crew, as well as the public and media will celebrate the success of this unique eco-adventure that has proven the huge potential of solar energy. The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar will have sailed more than 36,000 miles over all oceans with solar energy only. PlanetSolar is primarily funded by private partners, the Swiss watchmaker Candino and German specialist in energy management Immosolar, but also by public institutions, including the Swiss Confederation, with Présence Suisse. For more info, visit PlanetSolar.org.
The Sandhill Farmers’ Market Opens for the Season
tarting May 1, the Sandhill farmers’ market will be open for the season every Tuesday through Nov. 20, from 2 until 7 pm. It is located at the entrance to Clemson’s Sandhill Research and Education Center, at 900 Clemson Rd (across from Village at Sandhill) in northeast Columbia. Items for purchase include fresh local produce, meat, shrimp, eggs, milk, cheese and honey, as well as live plants, baked goods, homemade bread, boiled peanuts, yarn and knitted woolen items. Master gardeners are available to answer questions about your own home garden and the farm products grown locally. To round out the fun, there is live music for entertainment at this educational and family fun event every week. For more info, call 803-699-3190 or 803-788-5700, or visit www.Clemson.edu/Sandhill.
Learn to Can Your Own Fresh Foods
earn the basics of home canning and take home a jar of preserved foods you have canned yourself. Nancy Harrison, Clemson Extension agent, will teach canning classes Wednesday, June 6, and Saturday, June 9, from 10 am to 2 pm, at the Spring Valley Presbyterian Church, Potts Fellowship Hall on Sparkleberry Lane, Columbia, near the Spring Valley High School. Cost is $30. To reserve a space, send a check to Harrison, written to Clemson University. Indicate which class you would like to attend. She will be at the Sandhill farmers’ market on May 1
at 2 pm to take reservations. Class is limited to 25. For more info, contact Nancy Harrison, 803-874-2354 ext.113, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Windpower 2012 Expo June 3 to 6 in Atlanta
oin energy partners and attendees Clemson University, Coastal Carolina University, SC Energy Office, Coastal Conservation League and SC manufacturers, installers and vendors at the American Wind Energy Association’s national wind energy conference Windpower 2012 in Atlanta. The location of the expo is the Georgia World Congress Center, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW. This event will provide updates on the US wind industry and is the focal point for wind professionals to network with and learn from industry leaders and experts, and to discover the latest in industry products and services. Wind professionals convene to grow their companies, find solutions to their business challenges, and network with colleagues and friends. Registration opens on June 3 at 8 am. The final sessions end on June 6 at 3 pm. For more info, contact Rita Kilpatrick at 404-373-5832 or email email@example.com or visit Windpowerexpo.org.
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n May, all Natural Awakenings readers get 20 percent off their purchase price at Rosewood Market for four special discount days— Friday, May 4, Saturday, May 12, Monday, May 21, and Tuesday, May 29—throughout each day, from 8 am to 8 pm. To get your discount, all you need to do is mention Natural Awakenings at the checkout counter and 20 percent will be taken off your bill on the spot. Discounts don’t apply to deli purchases or to sale items already discounted. Take advantage of this opportunity to explore new recipes, new diets and better nutrition, while keeping the budget in check. Exceptional health begins with the best nutrition. Rosewood Market and Deli is located at 2803 Rosewood Dr in Columbia. For more info, call 803-530-3270 or visit RosewoodMarket.com. See ad, page 10.
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Eating Greens Can Change Genes
n international team of scientists led by researchers at McMaster and McGill universities, in Canada, were surprised to find that consuming generous amounts of fruit and raw vegetables modified a gene designated 9p21, the strongest marker for heart disease. In one of the largest gene-diet interaction studies ever conducted related to cardiovascular disease, the researchers analyzed more than 27,000 individuals from five ethnicities—Latin American, European, Chinese, South Asian and Arab—and the effect their diets had on the target gene. They discovered that men and women with the high-risk genotype who consumed a healthy diet with plenty of raw vegetables and fruits had a risk of heart attack similar to individuals carrying the low-risk genotype. “We know that 9p21 genetic variants increase the risk of heart disease for those that carry it,” says genetic epidemiologist Jamie Engert, joint principal investigator of the study, “but it was a surprise to find that a healthy diet could significantly weaken its effect.” Source: PLoS Medicine.
Cheese Is Better than Butter
espite traditional cautions against eating animal fats to keep cholesterol in check, Danish researchers have found that eating hard cheese is better for the arteries than consuming the equivalent number of calories in butter. According to their study, published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, when hard cheese accounted for 13 percent of participants’ daily calories, their LDL (bad cholesterol) did not increase. When the same individuals switched to consuming more butter, their LDL levels rose. The researchers were unsure what caused the results, but noted that cheese contains a lot of calcium, which can increase the amount of fat excreted by the digestive tract.
The Write Way to Lose Weight
ccording to a new study published in Psychological Science, the right kind of writing may facilitate losing weight. Participating women were given a list of significant values including creativity, religion, music and relationships, and asked to rank them in order of personal importance. Half the women were asked to write for 15 minutes about the value most important to them; the other half wrote about a value not among their most highly preferred but that might be important to someone else. The first group lost an average of 3.4 pounds during the next few months, while the second group gained an average of 2.8 pounds. Researchers think the weight loss may be due to increased selfesteem and strengthened resolve.
Acupuncture Cools Hot Flashes
small, yet intriguing study published in Acupuncture in Medicine found that traditional Chinese acupuncture curbed the severity of hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms. Fifty-three middle-aged, postmenopausal women were divided into two groups; one received such treatments twice weekly for 10 weeks, while the other experienced “sham” acupuncture with blunt needles that did not penetrate the skin. In both groups, levels of estrogen and other hormones were measured before the study began and before and after the last session. Menopausal symptoms—hot flashes, vaginal dryness, urinary tract infections and mood swings—were also measured before and after the treatments, using a five-point menopause rating scale (MRS) in order to assess their severity. At the end of the study, the women receiving Chinese acupuncture scored significantly lower on the MRS scale, with hot flashes seeing the sharpest decrease. The researchers explain that acupuncture boosts production of endorphins, which may stabilize the temperature control system of the body. They say that more investigation is needed because the study was small, but note that its results seem promising, suggesting that traditional Chinese acupuncture could be an alternative for women unable or unwilling to use hormone replacement therapy to relieve menopausal symptoms.
Sour News ABOUT Sweet Drinks
rinking sodas and other sugarsweetened beverages may increase a woman’s risk of heart disease and diabetes, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2011. Middleaged and older women who drank two or more such drinks per day were nearly four times as likely to develop high triglycerides and significantly more likely to develop impaired fasting glucose levels, plus increase their waist size. The study also noted that risk factors for heart disease and stroke developed even when the women didn’t gain weight.
Memory and the Pill
esearchers from the University of California, Irvine (UCI) report that while birth control pills don’t damage memory, they can alter it. Women who were not taking birth control pills were better at remembering details than their peers on the pill. The difference makes sense, says UCI graduate researcher Shawn Nielsen, because contraceptives suppress sex hormones such as estrogen and progesterone to prevent pregnancy. These hormones were previously linked to women’s strong left-brain memory by a UCI research group led by PhD neurobiologist Larry Cahill.
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Plastic Pollution Flows from Washday to the Sea
A study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology warns that microscopic plastic debris from washing clothes made of synthetic materials like polyester, acrylic and nylon is accumulating in the marine environment and could be entering the food chain. Concentrations were greatest near coastal urban areas. Up to 1,900 tiny fibers per garment were released with each wash during the study. Earlier research has shown that plastic particles smaller than one millimeter comprise 80 percent of environmental plastic and are being eaten by animals and getting into the food chain. Mark Browne, PhD, an ecologist based at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a member of the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, advises, “Once the plastics had been eaten, they transferred from the animals’ stomachs to their circulation system and actually accumulated in their cells.” The team took samples from 18 beaches around the globe, including sites in Australia, Britain, India, Japan, Oman, the Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa and the United States. They found no sample that did not contain pieces of the microplastic.
Honoring Elders’ Contributions to Community May spotlights Older Americans Month and the important role they play in sharing their experience, wisdom and understanding, and passing it all on to younger generations in meaningful ways. Youth who have significant relationships with a grandparent or another elder, for example, report that these relationships helped shape their values, goals and life choices, and gave them a sense of identity and roots. Many communities have increased their efforts to provide opportunities for older adults, many who remain physically and socially active through their 80s and beyond. Trends show that people over age 60 account for a growing percentage of participants in community service positions, faith-based organizations, online social networking groups, and arts and recreational activities. Lifelong participation in social, creative and physical activities has proven health benefits, including retention of mobility, increased muscle mass and improved cognitive abilities. The interactions of seniors with family, friends and neighbors across generations work to enrich the lives of all. Sources: Administration on Aging (aoa.gov) and ElderCare.gov.
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Great Days for Clean Air For nearly 100 years, discharges from two of Edison International’s coal plants have polluted the air over the city of Chicago, exposing area families to dangerous levels of chemicals while adding to the Earth’s greenhouse gases. But the people fought back and won, because the city has quit using coal. For more than 10 years, Chicago residents have been demanding their right to clean air and a safe climate. Now, the Fisk coal plant, in Pilsen, and the Crawford operation, in Little Village, will shut down in 2012 and 2014, respectively. Clean air activists in Ohio and Pennsylvania recently claimed similar victories. Utility provider GenOn will close seven coal plants in the two states, including one in Portland, PA, which has been deemed responsible for more than 500 asthma attacks and 54 heart attacks. “These victories are not only for the people of Chicago, Ohio and Pennsylvania, but for local activists all over the country who are working to shut down dirty coal plants in their communities,” says Kelly Mitchell, of Greenpeace, in celebrating the announcement.
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Natural Wealth Spreadsheet Proposal The British government is setting up a Natural Capital Committee that will describe the country’s wealth in terms of the quality of its air, water, wildlife and other natural resources. Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman intends to propose that all countries begin “green accounting” to audit the state of their rivers, forests and other landscapes. The United Nations Rio+20 Conference in Brazil this June is expected to unite the participating nations in protecting the world’s environment. Sustainable development goals under consideration include ensuring that all agriculture is sustainable, protecting oceans, setting up an international court on environmental crime, and appointing an ombudsperson to speak on behalf of future generations. The summit, to be attended by 190 nations, will also look at cutting subsidies for fossil fuels and low carbon energy for all. Spelman observes that businesses in Great Britain are already measuring the impact they are having on the environment. She states: “In the same way, governments can start to take account of damage to the environment in order to sustain resources like fresh water for fisheries, forests for clean air and green spaces for tourism. We want our own government to take account of natural capital and our statisticians to calculate the state of the nation more widely.”
There was no wheat, no corn, no Idaho potatoes, no rice, no pasta, no bread, and no milk chocolate! The point is our ancestral diet was nutrient dense, and rarely if ever resulted in spikes in our blood sugar. One commonality to just about any so-called staple food, processed food, and nearly all fast food is that it is very easy to digest and results in abnormal spikes in blood sugar. But sugar is brain food, so what is the problem?
Modern Failure of the Modern Diet by Peter Zvejnieks, MD
s a doctor, I see patients every day who are convinced that their metabolism has slowed down over time and that they absolutely cannot lose weight on their own. Despite rigorous adherence to healthy eating, draconian exercise regimens, and the elimination of fat from their diets, they tell me they can’t lose weight. They say its hormones, a hysterectomy, or just a sluggish metabolism. I hear tales of eating just very small meals, sometimes eating only once or twice a day, to no avail. Some became vegan, eating only whole grain, or eating no grain or dairy at all; but still my patients feel that their bodies have in some way betrayed them. In a sense, these folks feel that they have an illness that needs treatment. In a way, I must agree.
But it’s not your body that is betraying you.
You are being betrayed by what has come to pass as a modern, healthy diet. Our industrialized diet bears little resemblance to your own grandmother’s diet and no resemblance whatsoever to her ancestor of 50 generations before. Humans and our direct ancestors ate pretty much the same things (whole foods) for millions of years until
we developed agriculture. Humans are fantastically adaptable and that ability to survive on an omnivorous diet has been very helpful to our success as a species. But what is an ideal human diet, to not just survive, but to thrive? The answer is not something made in any factory, mill or chemical plant.
Species evolve to fit the world in which they inhabit.
It’s not the other way around. So, let’s look at the world in which humans lived for 99.9 percent of our existence. We lived in groups—because humans are ill-equipped to survive alone —and those groups survived by hunting and gathering. This took a fair amount of effort, so members of successful groups likely consumed on the order of 6,000 to 8,000 calories on average. Those calories came from nutrient-dense wild plants, tubers, insects, wild fruits, nuts and entirely organic meat. We know this because there was nothing else.
Anthropologists have learned that humans who lived 50,000 years ago and survived into adulthood were of tall stature, had good teeth, did not suffer from chronic diseases, and long lived. In contrast, the advent of widespread agriculture brought on shorter lifespan, short stature, tooth decay, and chronic diseases of older age from which many died early. Agriculture also brought on a host of horrific nutritional diseases whose antique names reflect the thousands of years it took us to figure out how to prevent the worst manifestations. Diseases like pellagra, beri beri, rickets, scurvy and most anemia result from consuming polished rice, wheat flour, sugar and other agricultural “staples” to the exclusion of fresh fruits, vegetables, real meats, and getting out in the sun. But back to the main point, our modern diet brings on most chronic disease, tooth decay and obesity because it induces insulin resistance and chronic inflammation.
What is insulin resistance?
Insulin resistance occurs over many years of frequently flooding your body with sugar. When blood sugar rises abruptly, the pancreas is forced to make insulin to bring that blood sugar down again. Over time, you become
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resistant to your own insulin just like you do to any drug or medication. The pancreas must make more and more insulin to keep your blood sugar in control. This is a years- to decades-long process that often eventuates in type 2 diabetes. Lab testing can easily track the progression of pre-diabetes (metabolic syndrome, PCOS, syndrome X), but the most common routine lab testing for glucose, HgA1c, and urine glucose will not become abnormal until you are nearing full-blown diabetes.
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Simple tests like the fasting insulin test can chart the progress of diabetes which is far easier to prevent, halt and reverse through dietary intervention alone. The progression of insulin resistance leads to a vicious cycle of weight gain, inflammation and chronic diseases often associated with getting older.
If you feel that you are having trouble with your weight, feel tired all the time, or just want to feel like you did 10 years ago, get inexpensive baseline labs to include a Vertical Auto Profile (VAP) test, fasting insulin, a complete blood count, and a complete metabolic profile. Then have a qualified physician review them with you. If your VAP test is abnormal, follow the recommended supplemental, dietary and exercise recommendations you are given. Be mindful of foods which will lead to insulin resistance, and eat them less often and exercise a little more.
The modern diet is literally killing us.
No need to become a rabbit or a saint.
In 20 years, by necessity or by enlightenment, I feel confident doctors will be trained to help people prevent disease with early simple lab testing and dietary and lifestyle counseling. Many foods we sell to our children today will become banned or stigmatized much like cigarettes in America today. It’s likely some kind of financial penalties
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Much as a cigarette won’t kill you, neither will a chili cheese bacon burger. But frequent insulin spikes from processed foods kill more Americans than smoking cigarettes do today. Poor eating habits, processed hyper-tasty foods, food manufacturers, drug companies, and government farm subsidies have (mostly unwittingly) created a perfect storm which kills most of us through heart disease, stroke, diabetes and the most common forms of cancer. Not to mention, the ongoing destruction of our economy through ever-increasing costs of treating, caring for, and medicating an ever-sicker, debilitated and depressed population.
I love a nice slice of pizza once in a while. Our grandchildren will, one way or another, make healthier choices and not miss trans-fat biscuits in the least. In fact, they will live longer, healthier, happier lives and feel very sorry for our generation confined to motorized scooters, popping pills, injecting the latest anti-diabetic drugs, confused, and keeling over from heart attacks. And our great grandchildren will have 20 percent of the economy freed from the burden of taking care of fat, grouchy baby boomers in longterm care facilities.
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will develop for burden of covering the cost of neglecting your health. Type 2 diabetics may be scrutinized for kidney transplants the way alcoholics are today for liver transplants. They may be turned down.
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HOW TO BE A SMART SHOPPER by Ed Begley Jr.
e may think we are protecting our family’s health and the Earth’s environment by buying eco-friendly products, but a second look at some so-called “green” products may reveal we’ve been led astray. When companies hurry to cash in with new product lines touting natural living products, too many of the changes are more cosmetic (new packaging, appealing earthy logos) than chemical; sometimes toxicity levels decrease in only minimal amounts. With green marketing campaigns in overdrive, how can we be sure that we truly are selecting a certified safe product?
Hijacking True Eco-Trends
Greenwashing occurs when more money or time is spent on advertising and labeling green characteristics than actually developing and implementing environmentally sound products and practices. Words such as natural, non-toxic and eco-safe are now widely misused. Although greenwashing has been
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around for nearly a quarter century, corporations today are committing to it at unprecedented levels as they go after the growing market for eco-friendly products. Companies have duly noted that even the average Jane is now interested in protecting the environment and is willing to pay a premium to help. When products and services are really green, everyone wins; but when they are suspect, everyone suffers from a false sense of stewardship. The hijacking of green by irresponsible corporations is aptly characterized by Jay Westerveld’s initial 1986 report on greenwashing, first used to describe the reuse of towels in the hotel industry. His research implied that in-room signage stating that “reusing the hotel towels helps save the environment” was more a ploy to increase reservations from patrons concerned about their environmental footprints than an actual credo of hotel management. One can hardly assert environ-
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mental responsibility based on laundry alone, but many hotels did, even though they were not participating in any other forms of resource conservation, recycling or waste reduction. The bottled water industry is a more recent example. Amid mounting negative publicity about their unsustainable practices, these companies aggressively overhauled label designs and switched to thinner plastic bottles. Yes, the new form is less wasteful, but drinking bottled water remains among the most environmentally unfriendly habits; plus, drinking from plastic, made with petrochemicals, is unhealthy, according to a Harvard School of Public Health study published in 2011 in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Health Perspectives. Thankfully, the tide is turning in many companies with integrity. For example, in the 20 years since Westerveld’s report, more hotels are starting to introduce genuine environmental reforms, but so much more progress is needed across the board in
business that the true pioneers stand out. Unfortunately, given the creativity of evolving greenwashing tactics, it is becoming more difficult to distinguish between authentic eco-alterations and mere overtures to green living. Buyer beware still applies.
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Here are some telltale signs of greenwashing. Fluffy or ambiguous language. Beware of terms such as all natural, true organic experience or free of [insert scary chemical name]. These terms are not government regulated, and mean nothing. Even the organic monicker has multiple definitions that are meaningless unless a product is certified organic by a respected institution that issues objective standards. Partial or nonexistent list of ingredients. The entire list should be on the label for 100 percent transparency. Unverified health claims. Many companies lie or outright fabricate
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claims or data. Demand to see supporting scientific studies. A questionable parent company. If a maker is owned by a company notorious for toxic outputs, chances are that the product’s formula has undergone only minimal changes from the original, non-green version. Consumers are not powerless. “Our research shows that while some consumers blindly trust green product claims, a growing number are doing research on product labels or going online,” says Kevin Tuerff, president of EnviroMedia and co-founder of the Greenwashing Index. “Unfortunately, the Federal Trade Commission is way behind in issuing new rules on green marketing that would protect consumers and help our environment.” GreenwashingIndex.com was launched in 2007 to help shoppers know how to identify vague or misleading claims and when they can be confident of product authenticity. The good news is that more companies today than ever are honestly working toward becoming more green. Smart shoppers will help them on their way by consistently making the right environmental choice, not just a marketing choice. Buyer be aware. Actor, author and pioneering environmental activist Ed Begley Jr., is a prominent figure in the green movement. Begley’s Earth Responsible Products of plant-based, sustainable and rapidly biodegradable ingredients equal or outperform their non-green counterparts (BegleysBest.com).
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The Hormone Balancing Act Natural Strategies for Feeling Better by Kathleen Barnes
ormones rule our lives; it’s a simple fact of biochemistry. In their role as the body’s chemical messengers, hormones affect every human biological system. Without them, nothing works correctly. Women’s hormonal systems are as complex as men’s, although vastly different. They govern reproduction, plus every aspect of health—including metabolizing food, proper immune function, physical and emotional responses to stress and the aging of cells.
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Puberty and the early reproductive years should be the physical peak of a young woman’s life; when she is physically active and full of energy and youthful health. It’s also the time when breasts develop, hips widen, pubic hair appears, menstruation begins, and she becomes capable of pregnancy. The good news is that several studies by the National Cancer Institute and the University of California, Los Angeles, have shown that regular exercise undertaken at this age results in lower estrogen levels throughout a woman’s life, greatly reducing her risk of breast cancer and other hormonal cancers. Yet, C.W. Randolph, Jr., a
leading bioidentical hormone physician and co-author of From Hormone Hell to Hormone Well, reports that the ideal hormonal balance is routinely upset today. Culprits are obesity among young American women and the everyday presence of toxic estrogenic chemicals in today’s dairy products and meat, personal care products, plastics, food containers, pesticides and herbicides, as well as car exhaust. “These compounds often have chemical structure similar to estrogen and can act like estrogen when introduced into the body,” Randolph explains. “Over time, these substances can increase estrogen in the body, potentially causing problems.” Categorized as xenoestrogens, these hormone disruptors can cause rapid growth in breast tissue and have been blamed for the appearance of breast tissue and even milk production in girls as young as 18 months and the early onset of puberty, particularly among African-American girls. They are also suspected in the rising incidence of breast cancer in younger women today.
Women in their reproductive years
often experience extreme stress in struggling to balance family, work, relationships and a need for personal growth, along with economic chal-
Ways to Avoid Manmade Estrogens d Choose organic milk and dairy products. d Eat organic meats and wild-caught fish. d Avoid canned foods and plastic water and soda bottles. d Do not use lawn or garden chemical pesticides or herbicides. d Shed outdoor shoes before entering the house. d Avoid furniture made from medium-density fiberboard and synthetic carpeting; these materials outgas toxic chemicals. d Use natural household-cleaning products, including baking soda and vinegar. d Choose natural personal care products, including shampoos, lotions and cosmetics.
lenges. Women’s health expert Dr. Christiane Northrup, author of The Wisdom of Menopause, blames the stress of modern lifestyles for hormone disruptions in women in their childbearing years. “The stress hormones cortisol and epinephrine can have long-term effects on all other hormones,” advises Northrup. Concurrently, many women sacrifice self-nurturance in order to nurture others. The first result is often premenstrual syndrome, which Northrup calls a “lifestyle disease.” “We know that this problem seems to worsen with each subsequent child. That made the connection for me,” she adds, “that with growing families and responsibilities, women no longer take care of themselves as well; no longer get the amount of exercise they once did. The body is quite forgiving in their 20s, much less so in their 30s.” Part of the result is the attempt to reduce stress levels by eating high-fat and high-sugar comfort foods. Weight gain, blood sugar imbalances and sex hormone imbalances follow. “Excess blood sugar changes the way estrogen, progesterone and testosterone are metabolized,” Northrup explains. “PMS and other problems of the reproductive years often go away when you get your blood sugar balanced, but—here’s the rub—you won’t get it rebalanced unless you are addressing the very real stressors in your life.” 16
Due to the presence of xenoestrogens and Americans’ general fondness for processed comfort foods, women in their childbearing years are also increasingly afflicted by polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a condition characterized by overproduction of testosterone and other male hormones. Insulite Laboratories, in Louisville, CO, reports that infertility and early onset type 2 diabetes, another hormonal imbalance problem, are closely connected to PCOS. The first priority for every woman at any age, counsels Northrup, is to get blood sugar (glucose) under control. “Get a glucometer. You don’t need a prescription. If your blood sugar level isn’t between 80 and 90 in the morning, you need to look at your diet and lifestyle. Getting this under control will create hormonal balance in the vast majority of women. It’s so simple.”
body is based on vitamins and minerals. If we compromise food and lifestyle choices, we are not getting the nutrients necessary to have a healthy endocrine system.” Weight gain is a particular concern during perimenopause. In their book, From Belly Fat to Belly Flat, Dr. Randolph and Genie James, cofounders of the Natural Hormone Institute, advocate a specific eating plan to override belly fat and related accumulating effects of excess estrogen. “In perimenopause, progesterone production usually declines rapidly, more than 120 times faster than estrogen or testosterone production. That’s what aggravates the symptoms,” Randolph notes. “Because women in perimenopause are usually still menstruating, they think their hormones are okay.” “The more body fat you have, the more estrogen tips the hormonal imbalance,” says Lucille. “Those fat cells hold on to toxins and place more Perimenopause burden on the liver, making it unable The next hormonal shift overlaps with to effectively metabolize those extra a woman’s reproductive years. Sympestrogens,” which are stored in body toms of perimenopause, or the start of fat and brought into menopause and body as xenoesthe end of childTo find a local compounding the trogens. “At the end bearing years, of the day, estrogen pharmacy for customized, typically show up is a messenger, and between the early its message is to bioidentical hormone blends, and late 30s. tell cells to grow These range as prescribed by a medical and proliferate. from hot flashes, what we don’t night sweats practitioner, visit iacprx.org. That’s want.” and insomnia to When estroweight gain, fuzzy gen becomes dominant, several things thinking and redistribution of hair on happen, including a more rapid release the body. Again, the presence of xenof insulin from the pancreas, which oestrogens and stress contribute. triggers sugar cravings. “It’s not a willWomen of other cultures rarely power problem,” Randolph assures. experience the intensity of perimeno“Too much estrogen causes you to pausal symptoms that Western women pack on the pounds in the belly area, report. So does that make perimenoand belly fat produces more estrogen. pause a lifestyle disease, as well? It’s a vicious cycle.” Emphatically yes, says Holly Lu Lucille considers perimenopause cille, a doctor of naturopathy, registered the opposite of puberty and counsels, nurse and past president of the Cali“While we are dealing with these fornia Naturopathic Doctors Associachanges, bringing some hormones on tion. “Diet and lifestyle are absolutely board for a short time can be a valuessential to a healthy hormonal sysable tool.” However, she cautions, tem,” which she explains in her book, replacing anything isn’t the issue. “You Creating and Maintaining Balance: A have to look at the big picture,” she Woman’s Guide to Safe, Natural Horavers. “Putting hormones into a toxic mone Health. “The biochemistry of the
body is like putting gas into a dirty gas tank. We have to restore function first.” Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) has been a boon for millions. Results of the Women’s Health Initiative, a national study of women’s health between 1991 and 2002, involving more than 160,000 postmenopausal women ages 50 to 79, sparked more widespread use early in the 21st century, when research began to show the dire consequences of synthetic hormone replacement. The Million Woman Study of British women also found that taking synthetic hormones at menopause doubled the risk of breast cancer for women. Northrup calls bioidenticals “nature’s ideal design,” due to the prescription of individually tailored doses, custom made by compounding pharmacies. Although these are rarely covered by insurance, estradiol-only patches may be; however, additional progesterone and testosterone may still be necessary, depending on test results, according to Northrup.
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If a woman has had no menstrual periods for 12 months, she is considered Revision 1 to be in menopause. However, Lucille asserts, “Menopause is not a disease.” Creative Proofer 1: Northrup touts menopause as the most Creative Proofer 2: creative and precious time of a woman’s life; it is often a time of spiritual awakening and self-fulfillment. “When the female brain passes menopause, the brain changes,” advises Northrup. “In a sense, we move from alternating current to direct current; I believe that this is the way the brain encodes wisdom.” “Yet there are women in their 60s that are still having hot flashes. What should they do?” queries Northrup. Natural alternatives exist that are safe and effective. “Many herbs have been used for millennia that have estrogen-like properties, but do not have estrogen’s side effects,” Northrup says. “There is huge confusion about this: Plant hormones have different structures than mammalian hormones and cannot act as growth hormones. If you have too much estrogen, these plant hormones can actually protect against excess stimulation.”
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5. Stress management, as well as adrenal support via an adrenal glandular supplement 6. Regular exercise 7. Bioidentical hormone replacement, if symptoms become too uncomfortable Source: Creating and Maintaining Balance: A Woman’s Guide to Safe, Natural, Hormone Health, by Dr. Holly Lucille
Her favorite is pueraria mirifica, which has helped relieve perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms in 80 percent of her patients within days. (Because the method of harvesting and processing supports effectiveness, Northrup likes Solgar brand PhytoGen.) She also uses maca, from Peru, for its phytoestrogens, vitex, black cohosh and omega-3 fatty acids such as those found in salmon for ongoing hot flashes. “Some women go through these years and truly take their place as women of wisdom and power. They don’t need any additional hormone support; they have enough life energy coming,” comments Northrup. “Others may need to take some kind of hormone support their entire lives. Either way, no one should suffer.” Kathleen Barnes is a natural health advocate, author and publisher. User’s Guide to Natural Hormone Replacement is among her many books. Visit KathleenBarnes.com.
Foods to Reduce Estrogen Dominance d Cruciferous vegetables and green leafy vegetables with indole-3carbinol to decrease xenoestrogens, including broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, spinach, celery and kale; two to three servings a day d Any citrus fruits, which have d-limonene to promote estrogen detoxification; one serving a day d Insoluble fiber as an estrogen binder, such as oats, berries, dried beans and apples; two servings a day d Lignans as estrogen binders, such as flaxseed, sesame seeds and flaxseed oil; two to three tablespoons a day Source: From Belly Fat to Belly Flat, by Dr. C.W. Randolph, Jr., and Genie James.
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Intimate Relationships and the Spiritual Path
by Marianne Williamson
he common wisdom goes like this: that the myth of “some enchanted evening,” when all is awash with the thrill of connection and the aliveness of new romance, is actually a delusion… a hormonally manufactured lie. That soon enough, reality will set in and lovers will awaken from their mutual projections, discover the psychological work involved in two people trying to reach across the chasm of real-life separateness, and come to terms at last with the mundane sorrows of human existence and intimate love. In this case, the common wisdom is a lie. From a spiritual perspective, the scenario above is upside down. From a spiritual perspective, the original high of a romantic connection is thrilling because it is true. It is in fact the opposite of delusion. For in a quick moment, a gift from the gods, we are likely to suspend our judgment of the other, not because we are temporarily insane, but because we are temporarily sane. We are having what you might call a minienlightenment experience. Enlightenment is not unreal; enlightenment—or pure love—is all that is real. Enlightenment is when we see not as through a glass darkly, but truly face-to-face. What is unreal is what comes after the initial high, when the personality self reasserts itself and the wounds and triggers of our human ego form a veil across the face of love. The initial romantic high is not something to outgrow, so much as something to
earn admittance back into—this time not as an unearned gift of Cupid’s arrows, but as a consequence of the real work of the psychological and spiritual journey. The romantic relationship is a spiritual assignment, presenting an opportunity for lovers and would-be lovers to burn through our own issues and forgive the other theirs, so together we can gain re-entrance to the joyful realms of our initial contact that turn out to have been real love after all. Our problem is that most of us rarely have a psychic container strong enough to stand the amount of light that pours into us when we have truly seen, if even for a moment, the deep beauty of another. The problem we have is not that in our romantic fervor we fall into a delusion of oneness; the problem is that we then fall into the delusion of separateness. And those are the romantic mysteries: the almost blinding light when we truly see each other, the desperate darkness of the ego’s blindness, and the sacred work of choosing the light of mutual innocence when the darkness of anger and guilt descend. Marianne Williamson is an internationally noted speaker, author of 10 books, Unity Church minister and a teacher and student of A Course in Miracles. Her most recent workshops focus on the topic of Enchanted Love: Building the Inner Temple of the Sacred and the Romantic.
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Mom-to-Mom WISDOM Calming Advice for More ‘Good Days’ with Fretful Kids by Beth Davis
arenting has more than its share of stressful challenges, and today’s moms are often frustrated by conflicting advice. As families search for answers to daily issues, a more wholistic and natural approach, known as conscious parenting, has been gaining momentum. According to Lori Petro, founder of TEACH through Love, a child advocacy group and educational resource for progressive parents, conscious parenting comprises the spirit of cooperation, instead of traditional models of discipline and control. “We want to teach our children how to live in the world, explore, be creative, compassionate, learn appropriate expressions of emotion and think for themselves,” she says. To help maximize the rewards for all, Natural Awakenings asked several forward-thinking moms for their best tips on how to handle some of parenting’s biggest challenges.
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As a certified Happiest Baby educator, mother of three and owner of Gummy Giggles Baby Boutique, in Yukon, OK, Lori Simmons provides parents with essential tools and knowledge to help calm unhappy babies. She notes that while dealing with a crying infant is simply part of being a parent, colic is a condition moms dread the most. Making the baby feel as if he or she is still in the womb is key, she advises. “People try to not make any noise, but the reality is, babies often cry because it’s too silent.” She recommends swaddling the baby, swaying and shushing quietly in the baby’s ear—all to mimic the comforts of the womb. The best advice that she gives any new parent is that it’s okay not to know everything. “Just listen to your instincts and understand that each child will learn and grow at his or her own pace,” she says. “Most importantly, relax and don’t sweat the small stuff.”
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Petro says we can better meet the challenges of these years—including temper tantrums, biting, toilet training and sleep problems—if we understand these situations in the context of a child’s development. During early growth, exploration and change, children typically have trouble expressing their thoughts and feelings, and that can prove overwhelming for everyone. So, what can adults do in the middle of a toddler meltdown? First, remember that it’s the rare parent that hasn’t had to deal with a tired, cranky, screaming toddler. Simmons admits to having handled her share of tantrums. “They don’t understand their own frustration, so it’s difficult for parents to understand the reason for outbursts,” she observes. Her strategy is to take the stressed child out of the situation. It helps to know that some hitting and biting is considered normal for toddlers, especially if they see it as an effective way to get what they want. Parents can put an end to it much the same way they deal with other inappropriate behavior, advises Petro. She suggests remaining calm, finding the root cause of the situation and acknowledging the child’s feelings and needs. Understanding why the child is doing it is crucial to making it stop. “Conscious parenting operates from the premise that all behavior is communication to meet a need,” she says.
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According to Certified Life Coach Clare Seffrin Bond, although the adolescent years can be difficult, there’s plenty that parents can do to nurture teens and encourage responsible behavior. “The best parenting advice I ever received was from my mom, who encouraged me to grow into parenthood—taking it day by day, without the expectation that I would be proficient simply through the act of giving birth,” says this mother of two, in Richmond, IN. Rewarding relationships come through accepting the notion that children are individuals living their own journey, rather than extensions of their parents. “What parents see or feel in a situation is not necessarily what the child is experiencing,” Bond explains. “Taking the time to recognize the fact of individual realities can be huge in rethinking one’s approach to discipline.” She recommends speaking to adolescents honestly— even when it’s painful—and listening to them, even when we may not want to hear, or believe, what they’re saying. “Stay in touch with the fact that your relationship with your children is absolutely huge in terms of their—and your—development as a happy and fulfilled person,” counsels Bond. “Work hard at remembering your own teen years, including the frustrations and disappointments. Empathy and respect are essential ingredients in successful human relationships at every age.” To connect with Lori Petro, visit Teach-Through-Love.com; for Lori Simmons, GummyGiggles.com; and Clare Seffrin Bond, TheRoadToClarity.com. Beth Davis is a contributing writer to Natural Awakenings.
Anti-Aging Skin Care Turn Back the Clock with New Treatments and Breakthroughs by Linda Sechrist
With aging still a largely mysterious process, current seekers of perpetual youth and beauty are urging scientists to find ways to slow or even reverse it. New tools to fight lines, wrinkles and sagging skin excite the imagination.
oday’s anti-aging toolbox is filled with promise. Tools range from at-home strengthening and refining creams to commercial treatment technologies such as cold laser, intense pulsed light, light-emitting diode, microdermabrasion, photofacials, and skin tightening and rejuvenating ultrasound. Acupuncture facelifts make use of ancient Chinese techniques. Then there are the more invasive injectables, fillers and chemical peels. How do we know what is best for us? Whatever one’s chosen tools, Hema Sundaram, author of Face Value: The Truth about Beauty—and a GuiltFree Guide to Finding It, believes that women at any age have every right to pursue the outward expression of their inner beauty. The Washington, DCbased medical doctor and board-certified dermatologist, who specializes in cosmetic surgery, supports a woman’s freedom to choose, without embarrassment or criticism. She emphasizes the positive effects of cosmetic procedures performed for the right reasons and
notes, “Restoring the balance between a woman’s inner and outer selves can transform her life.” An at-home anti-aging regimen aimed at retarding time’s telltales and enhancing beauty lays the foundation for an effective partnership with an esthetician or dermatologist. Performed consistently, do-it-yourself treatments can help to maintain cosmetic work performed by skin-care professionals. Popular, non-invasive techniques are explained here. Many take it a step further with a meditation practice designed to develop and project inner, spiritual beauty. Gua Sha. This Chinese technique (pronounced GWA SHA) uses a small medicinal board to gently massage, manipulate and stimulate energy points along the face. The objective is to promote a normal flow of energy, or qi (pronounced KEE), and blood circulation and to remove toxins. It also supports lymph drainage. Gua sha activates inner vitality by stimulating both the superficial
and deep muscles that control facial expression. Beauty benefits include a brighter complexion and a reduction in the appearance of wrinkles, dark under-eye circles and puffy eyes. It also lifts sagging at the neck and jaw. Hypnox. This 25-minute guided hypnotherapeutic audio recording is touted as a natural alternative to the neurotoxin Botox. Instead of paralyzing targeted facial muscles, which inhibits natural facial expression, Hypnox targets and retrains the same muscles to stop habitual frowning, lip puckering and squinting. The process is said to promote overall relaxation, allowing wrinkles to fade away. Facercize. Muscle resistance training helps tone and enliven the 30 muscles of the face to render more youthful-looking features. Muscle fibers literally smooth out, shorten and lift the attached skin on the face and neck. Enzyme Mask. A weekly exfoliating fruit enzyme mask gently dissolves dead surface cells and embedded impurities, while restoring hydration. Adding an organic, fruit-based peel of alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids supplies an ideal boost that can result in an even brighter complexion and firmer looking skin. Retinols. These naturally occurring forms of vitamin A are a gentler, overthe-counter version of retinoids. They likewise promote healthy cell renewal and collagen production. Gentle Microdermabrasion. Athome microdermabrasion kits work to reduce the visibility of pores and fine lines. Many come with battery-operated brushes, aluminum-free scrubs, balancing toners and moisturizing serums; look for natural ingredients. Microcurrent Facial Sculpting. “Electrical stimulation forces facial muscles to do sit-ups,” says Charlene Handel, owner of Skin Fitness, Etc., in Carlsbad, CA. Twenty years of experience with handheld commercial products have convinced this certified wholistic esthetician that if the current can’t be felt, it isn’t doing the job. Trained by Elina Fedotova, CEO of Elina Organics and founder of the Association of Holistic Skin Care Prac-
Body Contouring Primer by Linda Sechrist
he ability to gently melt away body fat lies largely in the hands of a physician certified to perform Food and Drug Administration-approved, non-invasive treatments. Here are three of the most common. Zerona. Developed by Santa Barbara Medical Innovations (SBMI), this cool laser technology targets the fat in isolated trouble spots, such as love handles and belly bulges. According to the company, Zerona targets adipose (fat) cells with specific, low-level wavelengths of light, causing the fat to seep out of the cells. The deflated cells result in a smaller, tighter contour. SBMI’s studies show that the fat is safely absorbed into the body’s lymphatic system and eventually metabolized by the liver. Zeltiq Coolsculpting. Used in Europe and Canada before coming to the United States, this FDA-approved approach is performed in a doctor’s office, typically under the supervision of a dermatologist or plastic surgeon; no anesthesia or recovery time is necessary. It employs a contained suction device to cool the skin, as well as the fat beneath it, to 40 degrees. Several days later, the cooled fat cells begin to shrink. Damaged fat cells are slowly digested by the body over several months and removed through the liver. VelaShape. This non-surgical treatment for reducing cellulite combines radio frequency energy, infrared light, mechanical rollers and vacuum suction to heat and massage the shallow layers of fat that contribute to cellulite. The handheld vacuum sucks at the fatty pocket, while the infrared light heats and shrinks fat cells.
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According to Dr. Brian S. Biesman, director of the Nashville Centre for Laser and Facial Surgery, where he specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive eyelid surgery, the ideal candidate for such treatments is near their ideal body weight and wants to remove unwanted fat in localized areas. He counsels, “It’s not an alternative to healthy diet or lifestyle.”
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803-233-3693 titioners, Handel cautions that techniques intended to move skin-care products beyond the outermost dermal layer—such as microcurrent, cold laser, ultrasound and LED—should be 100 percent natural and organic. “Read labels to find the USDA Organic seal and avoid subjecting skin to synthetic chemicals and ingredients that contain petroleum derivatives from crude oil; artificial fragrances, which frequently contain toxic chemicals; and synthetic preservatives such as parabens,” she advises. The ultimate responsibility for skin care is our own. When a healthy diet, sufficient sleep, exfoliation, hydration and natural topical treatments are no longer keeping gravity at bay, individuals of either gender need not hesitate to seek help from skin-care professionals. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings magazines.
Liquid Taste Treats Try These Healthy Green Drinks
by Jason Manheim
magine a diet that eliminates the need for calorie counting and never prompts a late-night rummage in search of foods possibly high in fat, sugar or processed ingredients; one that allows you to eat like you do now, except for one small change—the addition of a green drink or smoothie. A green drink isn’t a meal replacement; it’s a supplement (a starter or side dish) to the diet you already enjoy. Simply drink one prior to breakfast and if you are committed to optimal health, another before lunch and dinner. You can change the ingredients at will, according to taste. Fruits and vegetables are the most nutrient-rich foods on the planet, accepted as staples in just about every healthy diet imaginable. From vegetarian to omnivore to Weight Watchers diets, the green drink is welcome. After a week or so of drinking green, your body will begin to crave the rush of nutrients it receives and less healthy foods will simply lose their appeal. You will naturally gravitate toward foods that fuel your body, instead of foods that drag it down. Robert Young, PhD, author of The pH Miracle, has been in the forefront of promoting the fact that the body thrives when its pH levels are more alkaline than acidic. Diseasecausing bacteria and viruses, as well as other abnormalities, flourish in
an acid state, while the body’s natural defense mechanisms work best in an alkaline state. He writes, “Our glands and organs function properly in exact proportion to the amount of alkaline and acid levels in our system; eating a balance of 75 percent alkaline foods and 25 percent acidic foods is ideal.” Young reports that keeping your body in an alkaline state amplifies benefits such as immune system function, strength, stamina and weight loss. Fruits and vegetables, especially green leafy vegetables, are extremely alkaline, and drinking them is an easy way to consume more. According to the Institute of Medicine’s Dietary Reference Intakes for Energy, Carbohydrates, Fiber, Fat, Fatty Acids, Cholesterol, Protein and Amino Acids, the average adult needs about 50 grams of protein a day. Eating normal meals generally supplies that. Greens, despite the common misconception, also contain a good amount of protein when eaten in large quantities, which green drinks provide. Getting started requires only a blender or juicer, depending on the recipe. Juicing is great for a quick jolt of concentrated energy; the drink delivers maximum nutrient intake, and the absence of fiber enables near-
immediate absorption of vitamins and minerals. Juicing is also preferred by people with digestive issues or those looking to cleanse or heal their system. While blending a green smoothie reduces nutrient concentration through oxidation, by whipping air into the drink, it is ideal for people who need to keep their sugar in check. It’s the flip side of juicing, which can turn a five-pound bag of fruits and greens into a glass of concentrated fruit sugars, called fructose. Blending also delivers fiber, which helps keep the digestive tract in tip-top shape. It can even serve as a complete meal; you can add avocado or raw almond butter for healthy fats, and protein powder, raw chocolate and bee pollen for extra stamina and endurance—much more than what is possible using a juicer. In most cases, a typical blender will suffice. However, when blending fruits and vegetables with a harder consistency, such as carrots, pineapple hearts and apples, or waxy greens like kale, you will need more specialized equipment. Two professional blenders, Blendtec and Vitamix, are a good fit for home countertops. Spinach, chard and mixed greens make a perfect base for beginners. Just blend or juice them with a few sweet fruits and berries like banana, blueberries and apple to disguise the green taste. From there, you can experiment by adding more potent ingredients like kale, beet greens, mustard greens, arugula and watercress. Mint or other herbs add a refreshing twist. It helps newcomers to start with more fruits than greens, and then gradually shift the balance. For even more smoothie nutrition, try adding superfoods, such as puréed pumpkin, coconut milk or oil, nut and seed butters, avocado and even garlic. To assuage a sweet tooth, add a dash of honey or pitted dates to the blender. You don’t have to live like a strict dieter, athlete or nutritionist to be healthier and feel better. Just toss a few fruits and greens into a blender or juicer each day and drink to your health.
Jason Manheim is a health, fitness and green drink junkie in Los Angeles, CA. His educational website, HealthyGreen Drink.com, was the inspiration for his book, The Healthy Green Drink Diet: Advice and Recipes to Energize, Alkalize, Lose Weight, and Feel Great.
Great Green Drinks by Jason Manheim
This refreshing summer delight is perfect for parties by the pool, barbecues and picnics in the park. Broccoli’s cancer-fighting properties combat carcinogens introduced to meat by a smoky grill. Ginger works to settle stomachs and has long been a remedy for heartburn.
This tasty concoction begs to be poured into an ice-filled punch bowl and ladled into frosty glasses. You’ll never know your body is detoxifying as you gulp this tasty summer treat. For those who find it a bit too sour, add an apple or two. Green Clean not only has high amounts of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, it is one of the most aromatically appealing drinks around—crisp, clean and refreshing.
1 crown of broccoli ½ small red cabbage 2 carrots 1 lemon (peeled) 1 green apple Ginger to taste
1 lime 1 lemon 1 large cucumber 1 handful basil 1 handful mint 2 handfuls spinach Ginger to taste
Peel ginger root and juice all ingredients together. Serve over ice.
Combine ingredients and juice.
The good-for-you factor in salads is often diminished by introducing salad oils and dressings, sacrificing some health benefits for taste, but not so with this drink. The fiber-rich kale and the veritable powerhouse of vitamins in spinach pair with sweet carrots and a tart green apple, juiced to a harmonious balance of taste and nutrition. 3 leaves kale 1 bunch cilantro 1 cup spinach 1 cucumber 1–2 carrots 1 green apple Combine ingredients and juice.
Think of this drink as summertime in a glass. Though the name traditionally has a less-than-healthy connotation, this vitamin-rich twist on the theme will leave partakers refreshed and energized. Celery and mint make for a smooth and clean taste, while delivering essential nutrients and properties known to help lower blood pressure. Bottoms up! 1 stalk celery 1 handful mint leaves 2–3 handfuls spinach 1 apple Combine ingredients and juice.
Guavacado Guavas can be hard to come by and vary in size, shape and texture. Sort the seeds before dropping the ingredients into the blender, as some may be too hard to break up and should go into the composter. Also, some guava skin can be thick and bitter; test a bit of its zest before blending. 1 cup guava
1 avocado 1 cup mango 1 lemon (juice) Water Add all ingredients. Blend until smooth, adding water as needed.
This sweet treat is an easy way to introduce dark greens like collards into your diet. Collards have a strong, distinct flavor when cooked, but when blended raw among earthy-sweet and tropical flavors like kiwi and strawberry, they can add a spicy zing to a fruit smoothie. Mangoes enhance the health benefits with enzymes that aid digestion, glutamine for memory power, and heart-healthy antioxidants. 3 strawberries 1 mango 1 kiwi 3 large basil leaves 2 large collard leaves (remove stems) Water Fill blender with as much water as desired. Add collard greens and basil. Blend until smooth, and then add fruit. Pulse-blend to a desired consistency.
Before the new day starts, treat yourself to a flavorful getaway filled with rich vitamins. Bok choy, categorized as a negative calorie food, because it helps burn calories, nicely complements tropical elements. Garnish with a tiny umbrella and feel the sea breeze.
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2 bulbs bok choy 1 orange (peeled) 1 cup coconut water 1 cup pineapple 1 banana Combine the first three ingredients and blend until smooth. Add the other fruits. Pulse-blend to a desired consistency. Recipes courtesy of Jason Manheim, from The Healthy Green Drink Diet.
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TUESDAY, MAY 1 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 CarolinaReikiInstitute.com. Green Drinks–5:30-8pm. For all in green building, sales, conservation, recycling, nature & politics to gather for fun & shared enlightenment. This month Green Drinks will join the Annual Conservation Lobby Day after party, Seibels House, 1601 Richland St, Columbia. Check Facebook: Green Drinks Columbia or KeeptheMidlandsBeautiful.com
THURSDAY, MAY 3 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 CarolinaReikiInstitute.com.
FRIDAY, MAY 4 Natural Awakenings Discount at Rosewood– 8am-8pm. 20% off purchase price at Rosewood Market, Deli and other sale items not incl. 2803 Rosewood Dr in Columbia. RosewoodMarket. com, 803-530-3270.
SUNDAY, MAY 6 Men’s Spirituality Group at Unity−9:3010:30am. Discussion of The Twelve Powers of Man by Charles Filmore. Love offering. Unity of Columbia SEE Room, 1801 LeGrand Rd, Columbia, 803-736-5766 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Healing Circle at Unity–12:30-2pm. Discussion & education, map, prayers, peace “Letting Go of Fear”. Love offering. Unity of Columbia, 1801 LeGrand Rd, Columbia. Info: 803-530-6199 or email@example.com. Introduction to Jin Shin Jyutsu Workshop w/ Margaret Self, Reiki Master, Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner–2-4pm.. Learn basic self-help techniques for bringing about dramatic changes in physical and emotional health. Attendees will be eligible for a discount on the future two day class. $35 before 4/26, $50 after, if space is avail. Belladonnas Gift Shoppe, Ashland Park Shopping Center, St. Andrews Rd. Margaret Self 803- 551-1191. Mail payment: Carolina Reiki Institute, Inc. 112 Wexwood Ct. Columbia, 29210.
SUNDAY, MAY 6 Springbank’s 50-Year Anniversary Party– 1-5pm. Functioning for 50 years as an ecumenical center for retreats, hospitality, healing, Earth edu-
cation, and the arts on 80 acres of an old 1700’s plantation in in Kingstree. Springbank is having a party and the public is invited visit, tour and celebrate. Free. 1345 Springbank Rd, Kingstree. Info: 843-382-9777, SpringBankRetreat.org.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 9 Soul Light Healing Sessions w/Rev Olympia Freeman, CHT1:30-6:30pm. Be the person your soul calls you to be. Clear emotional and karmic issues. Release ancestral/family patterns, traumas. Connect with your higher self. Pioneering energy facilitator, 30 years experience. Relieve pain & stress with TRI-OM Touch Healing. Private sessions, limited, starting at $60. Center for Health Integration, 1204 Lexington Ave, Irmo. 828-226-0660, Olympia@ soulsmidwife.com, SoulsMidwife.com.
THURSDAY, MAY 10 Vegetarian Spring Cooking Class w/Gwen Preston–5:30 pm. Hands-on class, recipes that use the fresh fruits & vegetables of the season, a night of fun and flavor. $35 Columbia’s Cooking Kitchen, 915 Greene St, Ste 101 Columbia, 803-576-5636, firstname.lastname@example.org.
SATURDAY, MAY 12 Tour de Midlands Century Ride 102, 72, 30, & 15 mi cycling ride in the Midlands. Includes challenging terrain, a fun, safe experience, beautiful setting, Broadens community cooperation and participation in healthy events. Registration early or 6:15am. Tiered start 7am at Lexington High, 2463 Augusta Hwy. $40. Helmets Req. TourDeMidlands.org. Natural Awakenings Discount at Rosewood– 8am-8pm. 20% off purchase price at Rosewood Market, Deli and other sale items not incl. 2803 Rosewood Dr in Columbia. RosewoodMarket. com, 803-530-3270. Reiki Level I, Traditional Usui Reiki System w/Margaret Self, Reiki Master, NHD–9am-5pm. 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 5/2, $300 after, Carolina Reiki Institute, 112 Wexwood Ct, Cola. 803-551-1191 or CarolinaReikiInstitute.com.
SUNDAY, MAY 13 Columbia Eckankar Worship Service–10am. “Put Yourself on Sacred Ground” Free, all are welcome. 7 Oaks Park, 200 Leisure Lane. Info: Steve, 803-318-1887, ECK-SC.org, or Meetup. com/Columbia-spiritual-seekers/. Mother’s Day Blessing–11am. Holiday Service. Unity of Columbia, 1801 LeGrand Rd, Columbia. 803-530-6199, UnityColumbiaSC.org.
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, 803530-6199. UnityColumbiaSC.org.
THURSDAY, MAY 17 Strengthen Your Energy Field Workshop w/ Rev Olympia Freeman, CHT7-9:30pm. To live with purpose you have to invest in yourself. Learn spiritual techniques to build, experience and see your energy field. Understand how to control your energy to increase your field of potential. Center for Health Integration, 1204 Lexington Ave. Irmo. $30. Space limited. Prepaid reserve space by 5/15, 828-226-0660 Olympia@soulsmidwife.com, SoulsMidwife.com.
FRIDAY, MAY 18 & 19 May I Be Frank-the Movie w/Frank Ferrante –7pm Fri or 3pm Sat. Critically acclaimed documentary followed by a live Q&A with the film’s star. Obnoxious, overweight, addicted, pre-diabetic and fighting hep C, Ferrante is single, estranged from his daughter, and struggling with depression. The movie is about a 42 day journey in which Ferrante turns his life over to 3 twenty-something men from a raw food café committed to his healing, prepared to coach him physically, emotionally and spiritually. Unity of Greenville, 207 E. Belvue Rd, Taylors. Tickets are $12, available at MayIBeFrankMovie.com/current-screenings.
MAY 18-20 South Carolina Grandmother Oak Long Dance w/Lindsley Field. A transformational ceremony for personal and planetary peace, to be held at Springbank Retreat Center, 1345 Springbank Rd, Kingstree. Info: 843-651-1086, HYPERLINK “mailto:email@example.com” firstname.lastname@example.org, LindsleyField.com,
SUNDAY, MAY 20 Drumming Circle at Unity–12:30-1:30pm. We provide drums–just bring great rhythm. Unity of Columbia, 1801 LeGrand Rd, 803-530-6199. UnityColumbiaSC.org.
MONDAY, MAY 21 Natural Awakenings Discount at Rosewood– 8am-8pm. 20% off purchase price at Rosewood Market, Deli and other sale items not incl. 2803 Rosewood Dr in Columbia. RosewoodMarket. com, 803-530-3270.
Town of Lexington Farmers Market Kick-off– 9am-1pm. First day for summer market, for local farmers and artisans, and public education on the benefits of eating local, fresh produce SC Certified, and supporting local artists and economy. Will operate every Sat thru Oct 27. Info: Jennifer 803356-8238, email@example.com. Gluten Free Meeting w/Central SC Celiac Support Group–6:30pm. All welcome, including spouses & kids. No dues Lexington Medical Center’s North Tower, Classroom # 1. Info: 803 463-2321 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SATURDAY, MAY 26 Dirty Myrtle Mud Run–8am. A 3 mile run through mud and a variety of challenging obstacles. Kids run and adult course. $40 Waterbridge-Carolina Forest, 473 Starlit Way, Myrtle Beach, 843-7122618 DirtyMyrtleMudRun.com. Reiki Level II, Traditional Usui Reiki System w/Margaret Self, Reiki Master, NHD–9am-1pm. 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 5/16, $350 if paid after. Carolina Reiki Institute, 112 Wexwood Ct, Cola. Info: 551-1191, CarolinaReikiInstitute.com.
SUNDAY, MAY 27 Peace Prayer−11am. Special Service at Unity of Columbia, 1801 LeGrand Rd, 803-530-6199. UnityColumbiaSC.org. [Bordered]
MAY 27-JUNE 1 Wise Woman Herbal Immersion w/Corinna Wood. At Earthaven Eco-village near Asheville. Deepen your understanding of how to take health care into your own hands. Learn plant identification and “wild crafting”, and how to make tinctures, infusions, poultices, oils, salves and vinegars. Info: SEWiseWomen.com
TUESDAY, MAY 29 Natural Awakenings Discount at Rosewood– 8am-8pm. 20% off purchase price at Rosewood Market, Deli and other sale items not incl. 2803 Rosewood Dr in Columbia. RosewoodMarket. com, 803-530-3270.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 30 Soul Light Healing Sessions w/Rev Olympia Freeman, CHT1:30-6:30pm. Be the person your soul calls you to be. Clear emotional and karmic issues. Release ancestral/family patterns, traumas. Connect with your higher self. Pioneering energy facilitator, 30 years experience. Relieve pain & stress with TRI-OM Touch Healing. Private sessions, limited, starting at $60. Center for Health Integration, 1204 Lexington Ave, Irmo. 828-226-0660, Olympia@ soulsmidwife.com, SoulsMidwife.com.
lookingforward JUNE 3-6 Windpower 2012 Expo. Clemson, CCU, SC Energy Office, CCL and local manufacturers, installers and vendors of sustainable windpower systems meet at the American Wind Energy Association’s national conference in Atlanta, Georgia World Congress Center, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW. Registration 8am. Info: Rita Kilpatrick, 404-373-5832, email@example.com, Windpowerexpo.org.
TUESDAY, JUNE 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 CarolinaReikiInstitute.com.
JUNE 15-16 Reiki Level I, Traditional Usui Reiki System w/ Margaret Self, Reiki Master, NHD–5pm-9pm Fri, 9am-1pm Sat. 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 6/5, $300 after, Carolina Reiki Institute, 112 Wexwood Ct, Cola. 803-551-1191 or CarolinaReikiInstitute.com.
MONDAY, JUNE 18 Gluten Free Dining Out w/Central SC Celiac Support Group–6pm. At Five Guys in the Vista, Columbia. Info: 803 463-2321 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Green Drinks–5:30-8pm. For all in green building, sales, conservation, recycling, nature & politics to gather for fun & shared enlightenment. Check Facebook: Green Drinks Columbia. For the June location or visit KeeptheMidlandsBeautiful.com.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6 Canning Classes w/Nancy Harrison, Clemson Extension Agent–10am-2pm. Learn the basics of home canning and take home a jar you have canned. Spring Valley Presbyterian Church, Potts Fellowship Hall on Sparkleberry Ln, Columbia, near Spring Valley HS. $30. Seats limited. Taking reservations at Sandhill Farmer’s Market 5/1 at 2pm, or call 803-874-2354 ext.113, or email email@example.com.
THURSDAY JUNE 7 Reiki Clinic w/Margaret Self–5:30am-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 CarolinaReikiInstitute.com.
SATURDAY, JUNE 9 Canning Classes w/Nancy Harrison, Clemson Extension Agent–10am-2pm. Learn the basics of home canning and take home a jar you have canned. Spring Valley Presbyterian Church, Potts Fellowship Hall on Sparkleberry Ln, Columbia, near Spring Valley HS. $30. Seats limited. Taking reservations at Sandhill Farmer’s Market 5/1 at 2pm, or call 803-874-2354 ext.113, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUNDAY, JUNE 10 Community HU Sing–10am. HU (pronounced Hue) is a spiritual sound that connects us with the Holy Spirit (God’s Life Force). It is a love song to God and is very uplifting, especially in a group setting, sung for about 20 min. Refreshments follow. Free, all are welcome. 7 Oaks Park, 200 Leisure Lane. Info: Steve, 803-318-1887, ECK-SC.org, or Meetup.com/Columbia-spiritual-seekers/.
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ongoingevents 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, 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, ECK-SC.org, or meetup. com/columbia-spiritual-seekers/. Atom Smashing Power of Mind Book Study Class w/LaVoice Kallestad–9:30-10:30am (Sundays 5/6-6/24). In-depth book study by author Charles Filmore. Fillmore approaches the spiritual realm from the viewpoint of science, takes it apart, demystifies the “holiness” of our relationship to God and the universe and “remystifies” Jesus’ teachings as scientific theory. Love offering. Unity of Columbia, 1801 LeGrand Rd, 803-530-6199. UnityColumbiaSC.org. Christ Unity Celebration Service w/Rev Lisa Thorpe & guest speakers−11am. Prayer, meditation, song, messages & family. Bookstore open 9-11am, youth programs. Unity of Columbia, 1801 LeGrand Rd, Columbia, 803-530-6199. UnityColumbiaSC.org. Jubilee! Circle w Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge– 11am. A progressive, inclusive community influenced by Creation Spirituality, ecumenical, feminist, and traditional Christian theologies. No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you’re welcome. 1st Sun-Potluck and guided discussion, 2nd Sun-Celebration Service, 3rd Sun Faith on Film, 4th Sun-Celebration Service with Communion, 5th Sun-Jubilee! The Musical. Love offering, 2730 Millwood Ave, Columbia, JubileeCircleUCC.com.
Aikido w/James Patterson–7am. A martial art that truly strives for peace. Strengthen the spirit while exercising the body. Open to the entire human family. $10/month for non-UUCC members. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia, 2701 Heyward St, Columbia, 803-319-1438.
Healthy Carolina Farmers Market–10am-2pm. Locally grown produce, fresh seafood, boiled peanuts, kettle corn, freshly baked bread, and other goods including natural soaps and lotions. By Healthy Carolina, Parking Services, and the SC Dept of Ag. 1400 Greene St in front of the Russell House University Union, USC, Columbia. Info: sc.edu/healthycarolina/farmersmarket.html or email@example.com. Sandhill Farmers Market–2pm-7pm. Located at the entrance to Clemson’s Sandhill Research & Ed Center, 900 Clemson Rd (across from Vil-
lage at Sandhill), Columbia. Fresh local produce, meat, shrimp, eggs, milk, cheese and honey. Also plants, baked goods, homemade bread, boiled peanuts, yarn and woolen items. Live music and Master Gardeners available to answer questions. Info www.clemson.edu/sandhill, 803-699-3190, 803-788-5700. 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 ColumbiaTaiChiCenter.com/signup. 2910 Rosewood Dr. Info: Wes, 803-873-2100, or ColumbiaTaiChiCenter.com. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, nianow.com. Unity Prayer and Meditation Hour−7-8pm in the Unity SEE Library. Unity of Columbia, 1801 LeGrand Rd, Columbia, 803-530-6199. UnityColumbiaSC.org.
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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-on-one nutritional counseling, Reams pH testing, parasite programs, aqua-chi footbaths, far infrared sauna, weightloss 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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At Garner’s Natural Life we offer the purest, most innovative high-quality natural products. With more than 130 collective years of wellness experience, our expert staff provides the most unsurpassed customer service in our industry. We are proud to say that our knowledge allows us to encourage choices that will positively impact the heath and future of our community and environment. See ad, back page.
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