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After ruling out his initial career choices of paleontologist, zoologist, baseball player and Good Humor ice cream man, Jerry LoFaro parlayed his lifetime interest in dinosaurs and other animals, fantasy, art history and literature into a successful career as an illustrator. His art—always striking and often humorous—has been featured on book covers for major publishers and in advertising and promotional campaigns for clients including Nike, Disney, National Geographic, The Discovery Channel and TIME magazine. Celestial Seasonings has commissioned LoFaro to create tea, coffee and seasonings package designs, even entrusting him to update the company’s famous icon, Sleepytime Bear. Among his many awards is the Gold Medal he was honored with from the Society of Illustrators in 2009. Recently, he was commissioned to create the official Earth Day 2013 Poster on the theme of big cat conservation. “Superficially, I’d describe my work as realism,” says LoFaro. “However, much of what I’ve done in content is conceptual, with surreal flourishes.” Prior to 2002, he worked primarily with acrylics; now, he uses Photoshop to create digital art. LoFaro also treasures the rural beauty of his New Hampshire surroundings and confides, “My life revolves around walking out to my studio in the woods, listening to great music and being creative.” View the artist’s portfolio and online store at


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e all need iodine, yet most of us don’t get enough of it through our diet. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that iodine deficiency in the developed world has increased fourfold in the past 40 years and now affects nearly three-quarters of all adults. Numerous U.S. practicing physicians quoted widely in the media estimate that the incidence of hypothyroidism in our adult population may be between 30 and 70 percent. Thus, we can’t efficiently produce the thyroid hormones that serve as chemical messengers triggering nearly every bodily function. The presence or absence of iodine affects our every cell. Natural Awakenings Detoxifed Iodine is 100 percent natural, raw iodine in an ethyl alcohol solution. We thank all those that are benefiting from this product and enthusiastically telling us their great results.  Available only at  My wife, who suffered from extreme fatigue and other symptoms, saw a dramatic increase in energy after just a few days of taking the natural iodine drops. Now if she misses a day, she’ll end up falling asleep in the middle of the afternoon, like she used to do before taking the iodine. It works! ~ Aaron My doctor told me that I had a hypothyroid condition, prescribed medication and was happy with the follow-up test results, yet I noticed no positive effects on my overall wellbeing. Within two weeks of using the Natural Awakenings Detoxified Iodine, I had more energy, felt more awake and enjoyed clearer thinking and greater peace of mind. People even comment that I look younger. I am a fan! ~ Larry

Be Aware of Hypothyroidism Symptoms Low thyroid function, or hypothyroidism, is the most recognized and obvious indicator of low iodine intake because the thyroid gland contains more concentrated iodine than other organs. Symptoms can range from extreme fatigue and weight gain to depression, carpal tunnel syndrome, high blood pressure, fibrocystic breasts and a variety of skin and hair problems. Hypothyroidism can further cause infertility, joint pain, heart disease and stroke. Low iodine levels also have been associated with breast and thyroid cancers. In children, insufficient iodine has been strongly linked with mental retardation,

deafness, attention deficient and hyperactivity disorder and impaired growth, according to studies by Boston University, China’s Jiao Tong University School of Medicine and France’s National Academy of Medicine. The answer is simple: Taking the right kind of iodine in the right dosage can rebalance thyroid function and restore health to the thyroid and the whole body.

Reasons Behind Iodine Deficiency Radiation: Almost everyone is routinely exposed to iodine-depleting radiation emitted by cell phones, Wi-Fi, microwave ovens and other electronic devices. Iodized table salt: The human body cannot utilize the iodine added to this product. Low-sodium diets: Failure to use healthy salts to fulfill sodium requirements, plus over-

use of zero-nutrient table salt in foods, leads to iodine depletion. Bromine: This toxic chemical overrides iodine’s abilities to nourish the thyroid, adrenal and other hormone-producing glands. A known carcinogen, it is used as an anticaking ingredient found in almost all baked goods, unless the ingredients specifically cite unbromated flour. Iodine-depleted soils: Due to poor farming techniques, iodine and other minerals in soil have declined, so most foods today are devoid of naturally occurring iodine. Proper iodine supplementation with a high-quality product like Natural Awakenings Detoxified Iodine can prevent harm by protecting the thyroid and other endocrine glands and restoring proper hormone production.

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contents Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue, readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.


CHRONIC HEADACHES Now Reaching Epidemic Proportions by Gregory J Wych, DDS



AND PROPANE Green Is Good For

Business in Columbia


The Right Steps Now Can Avert the Worst of It by Christine MacDonald


IN THE WORLD Transforming Anxiety into Artistry


by Marney K. Makridakis


A Lighter Shade of Paleo

by Sayer Ji and Tania Melkonian



A Historic Milestone in Complementary Medicine by Linda Sechrist

24 STARRY-EYED KIDS Clear Skies, Cool Nights Open Vast Vistas by Randy Kambic


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When I was a little girl, I remember seeing a TV commercial depicting a Native American man standing stoically by a river, observing the water flowing by, his face a picture of sorrow as he stared at the trash and debris floating by. Even then, I was keenly aware of what I believed to be the reason for his painful sadness: A precious resource critical to everyone’s well-being was being treated poorly and without regard to potential consequences. Do you remember it too? My grandfather, a Native American passed on about the time the commercial aired; I don’t know if he saw it, but that 30-second ad campaign has stayed with me. It helped shape my larger view of life, clarifying the vital role we each must play in the area of environmental stewardship. Ever since, I have been passionate about pollution of our home planet, especially littering, and the part I can play in preserving our most precious gift: Earth. Through the years, I have invested much time, effort and energy teaching my three children the caretaking values and sense of responsibility I hold dear. I have encouraged them to be observant of their surroundings, and wherever they encounter litter along their journey, to see to its proper disposal or recycling. Anytime you take a minute and look, you’ll see debris; it’s all around us. When I walk a popular pedestrian-friendly site, which I do regularly, I never fail to encounter many discarded cigarette butts, beverage cans and other trash likely generated by the heavy daily vehicle traffic along the route. It’s particularly concerning because the area is considered one of our state’s most-frequented recreational sites. Recently, a friend and I were discussing this issue and its broader implications. We agreed that one of the probably driving forces for such litter and specifically cigarette butts, is the lack of ashtrays in newer vehicle designs. I know that there are many complex factors to be considered, and the solutions for this growing problem will not be reached without conscious effort; however, I am convinced that respect for the health of our environment starts with developing a sense of personal care, concern and responsibility. One realized and passed on from individual to individual. Natural Awakenings’ October environment theme focuses on several critical global issues and the crucial role that we each play as stewards and positive change agents on behalf of Mother Earth. It opens our eyes to appreciate all that we have been entrusted with and the possibilities for preserving good—much like that early native seer. Then we are prompted to move beyond mere emotional concern to join together in actively striving to turn problems around. Think about the large difference we can collectively make by paying it forward in daily steps, cleaning up the world and leading following generations in building on a better legacy. In good health,

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newsbriefs Rocky Branch Bash


ocky Branch and its tributaries wind through the center of the city of Columbia, flowing through three city parks, the Five Points business district, the University of South Carolina and many neighborhoods. It flows into the Congaree River, taking with it pollution and debris from yards, parking lots and surrounding streets. This creates some water quality concerns. The first annual Rocky Branch Bash aims to help raise awareness about these concerns and will take place from noon to 6 p.m., October 20, at Martin Luther King Park, in Five Points. Attendees will enjoy a duck race, educational activities, geo-caching, a photo booth, nature tours, bike tune-ups, music, local food, beer, wine and more. This is a free event. Location: 2300 Greene St., Columbia. For more information, visit

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Lexington County Continues Recycling Enhancement


exington County Solid Waste Management is continuing the enhancement of the county’s recycling program by beginning phase II of the new approach to curbside recycling in the unincorporated areas of the county. This phase expands the placement of 96-gallon recycling carts into franchise area 3 of Lexington County, including the Waste Industries curbside service customers. Customers currently recycling and utilizing the 18-gallon recycle bins will receive new 96-gallon roll carts for recyclables. The new roll carts are green with black lids and include a permanent description of acceptable items on the lid. The increased capacity should reduce litter from spillovers and the shift to every-other-week pickup will help reduce truck traffic within the community. Dave Eger, director of solid waste management, says, “It is Lexington County’s hope that enhancing efficiency for residents with additional capacity roll carts and consolidated schedules will encourage more residents to increase their participation in the recycling program.” For more information, call Amanda H. Edwards at 803-7853340 or visit


iverbanks Zoo and Garden, in Columbia, will host its annual Boo at the Zoo from 6 to 9 p.m., October 18 through 30. Children ages 12 and under can dress up in their costumes and enjoy safe, family-friendly fun. Attractions include the trick-or-treat trail, Moonlight Magic with Ray, costume parade, marshmallow roast, Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, mysterious maze, Mummy’s Eeky Freaky Dance Party, haunted carousel, Spooky Spots and Stripes Railroad and the Witches Cauldron Climbing Wall. Cost: $7 for members or $9 for non-members. Location: 500 Wildlife Pkwy., Columbia. For more information, call 803-779-8717 or visit natural awakenings

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newsbriefs Palmetto Health Foundation Walk for Life


he 23rd annual Palmetto Health Foundation Walk for Life will be held on October 5, at Finlay Park, in downtown Columbia. Registration commences at 7:15 a.m., the 10K race begins at 8:15 a.m. and the 5K starts at 8:30 a.m. An awards ceremony will follow the race. A collaborative effort among dedicated sponsors, teams, individual walkers, contributors, healthcare professionals, volunteers and breast cancer survivors, last year’s walk included more than 6,700 participants and raised more than $550,000 for the Palmetto Health Breast Center. Location: Corner of Taylor and Gadsden St., Columbia. For more information, call 803-434-7275 or visit WalkForLife

Gardening Fun for Everyone


lanned Parks and Recreation, along with Richland County First Steps, will present a Let’s Move community garden workshop at 10 a.m., October 19, at Hyatt Park, in Columbia. This free workshop gives early childcare workers and parents the tools they need to start a garden and tips to make gardening fun, educational and a tool for teaching children. Location: 950 Jackson Ave., Columbia. For more information, visit

Project Learning Tree Training


roject Learning Tree (PLT) is an award-winning environmental education program that uses the forest as a window into natural and built environments. A PLT training session will be presented from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., October 12, at the Learning Center for Sustainable Futures, on the University of South Carolina campus. Workshop participants will receive hands-on training for activities correlated to state and national curriculum standards in science, social studies, language arts and math, along with the 474-page PreK-8 PLT Activity Guide, featuring more than 96 hands-on, minds-on activities to teach critical thinking and problem-solving skills. At the end of the workshop, participants will become certified PLT educators. The workshop is sponsored by Sustainable Carolina, the Richland Countywide Stormwater Consortium and the Richland Soil and Water Conservation District.  Cost: $20. Free for university students. For more information, call Charlie Fisher at 803-576-2080, email FisherC@ or visit

Carolina Reiki Opens a New Location


he new office of Carolina Reiki Institute is now open inside Belladonna’s Shoppe in the Ashland Park Shopping Center at 612 St. Andrews Road, Suite 1, in Columbia. With plenty of parking and handicapped accessibility, Carolina Reiki Institute offers jin shin jyutsu therapies, aqua chi ionic detox footbaths, parasite zapping and raindrop treatments. Reiki clinics are limited to six participants per session and will be held on the first and third weeks of each month. Reiki certification classes and a variety of workshops will also be offered. For more information, call Margaret Self at 803-551-1191 or visit


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USMC Ultimate ChallengeMud Run


he Greater Columbia Marine Foundation will host its fall USMC Ultimate Challenge Mud Run at 7:30 a.m., October 12, in Sandy Run. One of the most difficult mud races in the nation, the Ultimate Challenge Mud Run was designed by Marines, for Marines, and includes teams of four running a 5.2mile muddy obstacle course. The event raises money to support Marines and their families from the Columbia area that have been wounded or killed while serving on active duty. Profits from the race are also used to support several local college scholarships named after Marines killed serving their country, as well as local events that promote the Corps in the community. For more information, call 803-4511197, email or visit

2013 Great American Cleanup


he Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup is the nation’s largest annual community improvement program, harnessing the power of more than 4 million volunteers to build vibrant communities. Each year, more than 1,200 affiliates and participating organizations engage volunteers to take action in their communities through programs that deliver positive and lasting impact, with events focused on waste reduction, recycling, beautification and community greening. Keep the Midlands Beautiful will provide individuals interested in participating in this project with trash bags, gloves, vests and grabbers, as well as help with recruiting volunteers and arranging for trash pick-up.


Enjoy Nutrient-Rich Root Vegetables


he roots of any plant are its anchor and foundation, the essential parts that support and nourish the plant. Root vegetables lend these properties to the individuals that consume them, grounding them physically and mentally and increasing stability, stamina and endurance. Roots are a rich source of nutritious complex carbohydrates, providing a steady source of necessary sugars to the body. Instead of upsetting blood sugar levels like refined sweet foods, root vegetables help regulate them. Because they absorb, assimilate and supply plants with vital nutrients, roots likewise increase absorption and assimilation in the digestive tract, according to the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Long roots, like burdock, carrots, parsnips and daikon radish, are excellent blood purifiers and can help improve circulation in the body and increase mental clarity. Round roots, such as turnips, radishes, beets and rutabagas, are nourishing to the stomach, spleen, pancreas and reproductive organs, and can help regulate blood sugar and moods and alleviate cravings. Sweet potatoes are one of the more popular root vegetables, and can serve as a nutritious substitute for traditional French fries. Here’s a quick and easy recipe for sweet potato fries.

Sweet Potato Fries Recipe: Remove the skin from two to three medium-sized sweet potatoes and cut them into wedges. Place potatoes in a bowl and coat with olive oil, crushed garlic, crushed red pepper and sea salt. Spread on a baking sheet and bake at 425 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes. Enjoy! Source: Kathy Cooper, Institute of Integrative Nutrition Web.

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Acupuncture’s Growing Acceptance


ne in 10 American adults has received acupuncture at least once and nearly half of them say they are “extremely” or “very” satisfied with their treatment, according to a survey sponsored by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Sixty percent of survey respondents readily accepted the idea of acupuncture as a treatment option, and 20 percent have used other forms of Oriental medicine, including herbs and Chinese bodywork. Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day is observed on Oct. 24. For more information, visit

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Dulse Seaweed a Heart Health Powerhouse


ulse (palmaria palmata), a proteinrich red seaweed, could become a new protein source to compete with current protein crops like soybeans, according to scientists at Ireland’s Teagasc Food Research Centre. Dulse harvested from October to January usually has the highest protein content. This functional food also contributes levels of essential amino acids such as leucine, valine and methionine, similar to those contained in legumes like peas or beans. It may even help protect against cardiovascular disease. The Agriculture and Food Development Authority reports that for the first time, researchers have identified a renininhibitory peptide in dulse that helps to reduce high blood pressure, like ACE-1 inhibitors commonly used in drug therapy.

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M Grapes Grapple with Metabolic Syndrome


t’s high season for grapes, and consuming any variety of this sweet fruit—red, green or black—may help protect against organ damage associated with the progression of metabolic syndrome, according to new research presented at the 2013 Experimental Biology Conference, in Boston. Natural components in grapes, known as polyphenols, are thought to be responsible for this benefit. Metabolic syndrome comprises a cluster of conditions—increased blood pressure, high blood sugar level, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels—that occur together, increasing the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Working with lab animals, researchers found that three months of a grape-enriched diet significantly reduced inflammatory markers throughout the body, most significantly in the liver and abdominal fat tissue. The diet also reduced the fat weight of the animals’ liver, kidneys and abdomen compared with those that were on a control diet. The grape intake also increased markers of antioxidant defense, particularly in the liver and kidneys. “Our study suggests that a grapeenriched diet may play a critical role in protecting against metabolic syndrome and the toll it takes on the body and its organs,” says lead investigator E. Mitchell Seymour, Ph.D., of the University of Michigan Health System. “Both inflammation and oxidative stress play a role in cardiovascular disease progression and organ dysfunction in Type 2 diabetes.”

any owners of middle-aged and older dogs worry about their pets’ declining eyesight. Cloudy eyes are of particular concern, but that is not necessarily a sign that a dog is going blind, advises Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, Texas. “While cataracts strike many older dogs, a more common condition is lenticular or nuclear sclerosis, a thickening of the lens of the eye,” says Messonnier. He explains that this normal change causes the eye to appear somewhat cloudy or gray, similar to a cataract. However, unlike a cataract, this type of sclerosis does not interfere with the pet’s vision. “Veterinarians can easily tell the difference between these conditions,” he says. “No treatment is necessary for lenticular sclerosis; cataracts are often treated with carnosine drops or with surgery.” For prevention, Messonnier suggests minimizing toxins that can cause inflammation throughout an animal’s body, not just the eyes. This means using blood titer testing instead of annual vaccinations, reducing the use of flea and tick chemicals, using natural pet foods and minimizing the use of conventional medications. He also recommends feeding a pet nutrients that contribute to health and reduce inflammation and cellular damage, including fish oil, probiotics and antioxidants like bilberry, which supports eye health.

Mercury RAISES Risk of Diabetes AND Heart Attacks


xposure to mercury in young adulthood can trigger serious health issues later in life, according to two recent studies. New Indiana University research confirmed a link between mercury exposure and diabetes in young adults ages 20 to 32 at the beginning of the study in 1987, and was periodically reassessed six times through 2005. Those with high mercury levels at the beginning of the study were 65 percent more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes as they aged. Also, Swedish researchers report that high mercury levels from eating contaminated fish leads to a higher risk for heart attacks in men. However, eating clean coldwater fish high in healthy omega-3 fatty acids, like salmon, countered the increased risk from the mercury exposure, according to conclusions published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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Eco-Power Tower

Meet the World’s Greenest Office Building

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Even on cloudy days, the photovoltaic-paneled roof of the Bullitt Center, in Seattle, Washington, generates all the electricity the six-story structure requires. Inside, commercial office space is equipped with composting toilets, rainwater showers and a glassenclosed stairway to encourage climbing exercise over riding the elevator. The Bullitt Foundation, founded in 1952, has focused since the 1990s on helping cities function more like ecosystems. Seattle’s new building not only provides space for eco-conscious tenants, but also functions as a learning center, demonstrating how people and businesses can coexist more in harmony with nature. The Bullitt Center was constructed according to a demanding green building certification program called the Living Building Challenge, which lists zero net use of energy and water among its many requirements. The standards far surpass those of the better-known Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. Founder Jason McLennan says the challenge is to encourage others to build more enjoyable, sustainable and affordable structures around the world. Source: Yes! magazine

Fossil-Fuel Freedom

New York State Could Achieve It by 2050 A new study lays out how New York State’s entire demand for end-use power could be provided by wind (50 percent), solar (38 percent) and geothermal (5 percent), plus wave and tidal energy sources. This ambitious goal could be achieved by 2050, when all conventional fossil fuel generation would be completely phased out. The plan also generates a large net increase in jobs. Mark Jacobson, a co-author of the study and professor of civil and environmental engineering at California’s Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, analyzes how energy technologies impact the atmosphere and how society can transition rapidly to clean and renewable energy sources if we integrate production and energy use in a systems perspective. Robert Howarth, Ph.D., the senior co-author and a professor of ecology and environmental biology at Cornell University, in New York, has been tackling climate change and its consequences since the 1970s. He says, “Many pundits tell us that solar, wind, etc., are great conceptually, but that it will take many decades to start to make these technologies economically feasible.” However, “New York is one of the larger economies in the world, and New York City is the most energyefficient city in the U.S.”


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Pivot Point

Solar Panels Almost Breaking Even At current growth rates, solar energy could be harnessed to produce 10 percent of the world’s electricity by 2020. But the greater benefit of clean solar power relies on first realizing an efficient initial payback for all the energy needed to produce the panels. To make polysilicon, the basic building block of most solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, silica rock must be melted at 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, using electricity from mostly coal-fired power plants. Stanford University researchers believe that a tipping point when clean electricity from installed solar panels surpasses the energy going into the industry’s continued growth will occur by 2015. As the industry has advanced, it’s required ever less energy and silicon to manufacture and install solar PV panels, along with less wasted silicon, according to Stanford University’s Global Climate & Energy Project. Advances in solar cell efficiency requires fewer panels, and new thin-film solar panels leave out silicon altogether. Source: Sustainable Business News

Course Correction Climate Science Curriculum Update

Millions of young Americans are beginning to learn about climate change and associated science in the classroom. Next Generation Science Standards (, which have been adopted by 26 states and are under consideration by 15 more, teach how and why fossil fuel emissions are a causal factor in overheating the world. The previous federal science teaching standards, published in 1996, avoided the issues of evolution and climate change. Scientists and educators jointly developed the new standards with states’ input to help students distinguish between scientific fact, religious beliefs and political opinion. Source:

Krill Kill

Core Marine Food Source Faces Depletion Small, shrimp-like creatures that inhabit the world’s oceans, krill are one of the planet’s largest and least contaminated biomasses. The tiny crustaceans are the primary food source for a variety of fish, whales, penguins and seabird species. Krill are also used to make feed for livestock, poultry and farmed fish and in nutritional supplements—krill oil is a rich source of omega-3 essential fatty acids and less likely than fish oil to be contaminated with mercury or heavy metals. Recent studies cited by National Geographic suggest that since the 1970s, Antarctic krill stocks may have dropped by up to 80 percent. Environmental groups and scientists worry that new fishing technologies, coupled with climate warming that removes ice algae, the crustaceans’ primary food source, could deplete krill populations and potentially devastate the Antarctic’s ecosystem. Denzil Miller, Ph.D., former executive secretary of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, advises, “There are a whole lot of dominoes that follow afterwards that just look too horrendous to contemplate.” Concerned consumers can opt to avoid farm-raised fish; choose organic, non-grain-fed meat and poultry; and substitute algae-derived omega-3 supplements for fish or krill oil capsules. Source: Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (

Garbage Galore

A Swirling Southern Patch of Plastic Trash The Great Pacific Garbage Patch and North Atlantic Garbage Patch have already been well documented, and the trashy family is growing. The South Pacific Gyre is an accumulation zone of plastic pollution floating off the coast of Chile. Scientists at the 5 Gyres Institute, which tracks plastic pollution in swirling subtropical gyres (vortices), discovered this latest mass of plastic by examining ocean currents. A new study published in the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin marks the first documentation of a defined oceanic garbage patch in the Southern Hemisphere, where sparse research on marine plastic pollution previously existed. View a map and find more information at

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Tree-mendous Acts Grow Quality of Life Volunteers will emulate Johnny Appleseed to expand and restore local urban green spaces and improve their quality of life and environment as part of October’s ninth annual National NeighborWoods Month program. Last year, local organizations and governments coordinated the planting of more than 45,000 trees by as many as 23,000 volunteers in hundreds of communities nationwide. In Massachusetts, Boston Parks & Recreation Department workers joined TD Bank employees and public volunteers to revitalize the East Boston Greenway with 50 new trees. In Goleta, California, 80 new trees took root via 12 planting and care events, and more than 500 elementary school students took a cellular-level look at tree leaves during three science nights. “Their shouts upon seeing the hair-like edges of some leaves that serve to absorb water and control evaporation were terrific,” says Ken Knight, executive director of Goleta Valley Beautiful. “We impress on them that they will act as stewards—what we plant will also be their children’s trees and onward.” The Alliance for Community Trees (ACTrees), the national nonprofit program coordinator, estimates last year’s efforts will capture 23.1 million gallons of stormwater, dispose of 660 tons of air pollutants and save participating cities and towns nearly $600,000 in water management and air pollution costs each year. Other tree-mendous benefits include beautifying the landscape, improving home property values, providing a natural habitat and reducing home air conditioning costs by supplying more shade. To date, ACTrees member organizations have planted and cared for more than 15 million trees in neighborhoods nationwide, involving 5 million-plus volunteers. Executive Director Carrie Gallagher remarks, “People understand instinctively that trees are vital to creating safe and successful communities, and a livable, sustainable future.” For more information and to participate, visit or natural awakenings

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hronic headaches can severely disable an otherwise healthy individual. They can lower a person’s activity level, drain energy, cause irritability and depression and in so doing, negatively affect personal and professional relationships. Chronic headache pain is one of the United States’ most prevalent health problems. According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, 157 million days of work and school were lost in 2012 due to debilitating chronic headache pain. The number of sufferers is estimated at more than 45 million annually. There are four types of persistent head pain: tension, traction, inflammatory and vascular. Pain experienced in the head, neck or face is referred to broadly as a headache, regardless of its type. The web of connected nerves in the face, head and neck experience sensation through a nerve root called the trigeminal nucleus. Because this nerve root collects all the sensory information from the head/neck/mouth area of the body, it is often an underlying condition somewhere within these areas that causes chronic, severe headaches. It’s not uncommon for those with recurrent headache pain to lose hope and feel that they’ll never experience life without headaches, especially after undergoing extensive testing by different specialists without finding a lasting pain-relieving solution. Although recommendations to manage their stress and change their diet can be beneficial to overall health, doing so may not target the cause of their painful symptoms. Chronic headache pain sufferers are often left taking a cocktail of over-the-counter or prescription drugs

or worse, told their pain is “all in their heads,” leaving them feeling defeated. This is not good, given that a key factor in pain management and treatment is a positive attitude. A system called TruDenta promises lasting relief from chronic headache pain by correcting the nerve and imbalanced muscle function without invasive procedures, injections or drugs. Instead, the system uses a combination of techniques that have been successful in sports medicine to speed an athlete’s recovery by targeting the improper muscle forces in the head, neck and jaw area that cause painful conditions. Objective, computer-assisted imaging is used to evaluate and pinpoint a patient’s issues. Based on the findings, in-office treatment involves a personalized program that employs gentle laser light therapy, electrical stimulation, muscle manipulation and a customized orthotic device worn inside the mouth. Patients also follow a specific at-home continuing care program, which includes information and exercises to be done between treatments. These combined therapies are believed to relieve severe and chronic headache pain by retraining the muscles and nerves connected by the trigeminal nucleus to function properly, thus restoring comfort. Dr. Gregory Wych has practiced dentistry in Irmo for more than 25 years and is the owner of The Art of Dentistry, He practices general and cosmetic dentistry in both Irmo and Columbia. Location: 7505 St. Andrews Rd., Irmo. For more information, call 803-781-1600, email or visit

According to conference director Mary Pat Baldauf, this year’s event was quite a success, and plans are already underway for a bigger and even better event next year.

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id you know that as climate change continues to warm the Earth we will see an increase in pollen and poison ivy? Nearly 400 people learned this and more about sustainability and the environment at the seventh annual Green Is Good for Business Conference, held September 10 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Jim Gandy, chief meteorologist at WLTX News 19, delivered a keynote address about climate change and its possible impacts on the Palmetto State. “We’re burning fossil fuels, which is putting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year—and the thing is that plants use that carbon dioxide to grow bigger, faster and to produce more pollen,” he warned. Since 2009, Gandy has been working with the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University in a partnership that’s led to his Climate Matters segment at WLTX. The 90-second segments have been featured in newscasts, and he explores the issues in more depth on the station’s website,, and his own blog,

Throughout the day, attendees heard from other experts on such topics as recycling, air quality, alternative fuels, environmental regulations and environmental entrepreneurship. A second keynote speaker, Dr. Andrew Spicer, from the Darla Moore School of Business, discussed the lessons that businesses can learn from the sustainability program used by Walmart. The safari-themed Green Business Expo, Expedition: Sustainability, was perhaps the most popular destination. Nearly 50 vendors, representing sustainability-related products, services and organizations, provided attendees with valuable information and green giveaways. Booths featured locally produced food, green publications and even an electric vehicle. Propane-fueled vehicles were also featured in a Propane Road Show, coordinated by the Palmetto State Clean Fuels Coalition. Attendees enjoyed seeing these vehicles up close and learning about them from people that actually operated them. According to conference director Mary Pat Baldauf, this year’s event was quite a success, and plans are already underway for a bigger and even better event next year. “If you missed this year’s conference, plan on joining us next September,” says Baldauf, who is also the sustainability facilitator for the city of Columbia. The Green Is Good for Business Conference is coordinated by the city of Columbia as part of its Climate Protection Action Campaign. This year’s conference was supported by many partners, including Allen University, Natural Awakenings magazine, Lexington and Richland counties, the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce and the South Carolina departments of Commerce and Health and Environmental Control. Sponsors included Pratt Recycling, Sonoco Recycling and Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A. For more information, visit

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believe that we can still reverse the dangerous current course. “These next few years are going to tell the tale about the next 10,000 years,” says well-known global environmental activist Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet. “We’re not going to stop global warming; it’s too late for that. But we can keep it from getting as bad as it could possibly get.”

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proach, a leisurely enowned “We’re not going to stop descent from the climate sciglobal warming; it’s too ubiquitous use of entist Richard climate-changing Somerville, Ph.D., late for that. But we can fossil fuels. Unfortuuses simple lankeep it from getting as bad nately, greenhouse guage and sports gases would have analogies to help as it could possibly get.” had to peak two us understand cliyears ago and now ~ Bill McKibben mate change and be in decline in orthe risks ahead. der to take the easy A distinguished professor emeriway out. Instead, the amount of carbon tus, researcher at California’s Scripps dioxide in the atmosphere shot past 400 Institution of Oceanography and parts per million last May, a level that author of The Forgiving Air, he likens most scientists agree the planet hasn’t greenhouse gases to a scandal that’s experienced since long before the arrocked major league baseball in rival of modern humans. recent years. “Greenhouse gases are “Science tells you, you can put the steroids of the climate system,” this much carbon dioxide into the he says. Although we can’t link them atmosphere, but no more,” without to any single weather event, we can changing the planet’s climate too see them in the statistics at the end dramatically, Somerville says. “Mother of the season, Somerville says. With Nature tells you, you cannot wait 50 the bases loaded, “Look out, because or 100 years to solve this. You have to Mother Nature bats last.” do it in five to 10 years. There’s been To explain how we could confront a general failure to connect the dots.” the problem, he turns to another sport, The bit of good news is that time has skiing. If we were serious about avoidnot yet completely run out. He and ing a worst-case scenario, we would other pioneering thought leaders have opted for the “bunny slope” ap-


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On the Water Front

Sandra Postel agrees. “Water, energy and food production: These things are tightly linked, and all are affected by climate change.” From Los Lunas, New

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McKibben’s grassroots group, 350. org, opposes the planned Keystone XL pipeline that, if built, is expected to transport Canadian tar sands oil across the United States to refineries along the Gulf of Mexico. Bill McKibben Increasing fossil fuel infrastructure, he says, is impractical, and we’d be better off investing in clean and renewable energies such as wind, solar and geothermal. It’s a theme also sounded by Frances Beinecke, president of the New York City-based Natural Resources Defense Council and author of Clean Energy Common Sense. With the failure of the U.S. Congress to Frances Beinecke enact climate legislation, her group, encompassing 1.4 million online members and activists, is pressing the Obama administration to live up to its pledge to regulate the carbon dioxide emitted by power plants. The leading culprits for climate-changing gases, they contribute 40 percent of the country’s carbon emissions. “It’s time to act, and we have to act now,” Beinecke says.

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“Tell politicians that you care about this. We’ve got to get countering climate change high on the priority list.” ~ Richard Somerville Mexico, she leads the Global Water Policy Project, a group also focused on the climate conundrum, as well as National Geographic’s Change the Course national freshwater conservation and restoraSandra Postel tion campaign. Competition for water is increasing in several parts of the country, she says, and will only get worse as dry conditions increase demands on groundwater. Endangered sources detailed in her extensive related writings include the Ogallala Aquifer, vital to agricultural operations across much of the Great Plains, and California’s Central Valley, the nation’s fruit and vegetable bowl. In the Colorado River Basin, which provides drinking water to some 30 million people, water demands already exceed the available supply—and that gap is expected to widen with changes in the region’s climate. In other regions, the problem is too much water from storms, hurricanes and flooding, a trend that Postel and other experts say will also worsen as the world continues to warm and fuel weather extremes. Beyond the loss of lives and property damage, this “new normal” holds stark implications for communities. “We’ve built our bridges, dams and other infrastructure based on 100-year records of what’s happened in the past,” advises Postel. “In a lot of ways, how we experience climate change is going to be through changes in the water cycle. If the past isn’t a good guide to the future anymore, we’ll have to change our water management.” (See water/readiness by city and state.)

On the Ocean Front

The world’s oceans are being transformed by climate change in ways we are only beginning to understand. Since the Industrial Revolution, oceans have absorbed a significant portion of the carbon dioxide generated, experiencing a 30 percent rise in acidity; that’s expected to reach 100 to 150 percent above pre-industrial levels by the end of this century, according to the nonprofit National Academy of Science (NAS), in Washington, D.C. “Thank goodness for the oceans, but they are paying a tremendous price,” says oceanographer Dawn Wright, Ph.D. She’s chief scientist of Esri, in Redlands, California, that analyzes geographic Dawn Wright system relationships, patterns and trends. The higher acidity levels are “taking a toll on shellfish such as oysters, clams and sea urchins, as well as coral reefs, where much aquatic life is spawned,” Wright explains. Climate change may have other devastating impacts on the ocean food chain—and eventually us—that scientists are only beginning to discern. As just one of myriad impacts: Ocean acidification threatens the country’s $3.7 billion annual wild fish and shellfish industry and the $9.6 billion slice of the global tourism business that caters to scuba divers and snorkelers, according to a recent NAS study.

The Way Forward

Your children will see what you’re all about by what you live rather than what you say. ~Wayne Dyer

We can be grateful for some hopeful developments in the call to act. Wright, who has advised President Obama’s National Ocean Council, is overseeing her company’s ocean initiative, which includes building an ocean basemap of unparalleled detail. While less than 10 percent of the world’s oceans’ underwater realms are mapped today, Esri is compiling authoritative bathymetric data to build a comprehensive map of the ocean natural awakenings

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“Water, energy and food production: These things are tightly linked, and all are affected by climate change.” ~ Sandra Postel floor. Public and private sector planners, researchers, businesses and nonprofits are already using this map and analysis tools to, among other things, conduct risk assessments and provide greater understanding of how onshore development impacts oceans’ natural systems. Municipalities are also taking action. New York City plans to restore natural buffers to future hurricanes, while Philadelphia and other cities are restoring watersheds, replanting trees in riparian areas, adding rain gardens, laying permeable pavement and revamping roofs and parking lots to reduce stormwater runoff. Investing in such “green infrastructure” is less costly than expanding “grey infrastructure” such as underground sewer systems and water purification plants. Increasingly, local authorities are relocating communities out of flood

zones to allow rivers to reclaim wetlands, an effort which also creates new recreation and tourism spots. Floodplains buffer against extreme flooding and drought, plus filter stormwater runoff, removing farm and lawn fertilizers and other chemicals that otherwise enter waterways, creating deoxygenated “dead zones” where aquatic life can’t survive, as exemplified by parts of Lake Erie, Chesapeake Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. “These solutions are unfolding here and there,” Postel notes, while also remarking that too many locales are rebuilding levees at their peril and allowing people to return to areas that flood repeatedly. “An amount of climate change is already locked in. We will have to adapt, as well as mitigate, simultaneously.” Somerville, who helped write the 2007 assessment by the Nobel Prizewinning International Panel on Climate Change, labels it “baloney” when politicians say there’s not enough time or it’s too expensive to address the problem. “It’s very doable,” he maintains. “First, inform yourself. Second, tell politicians that you care about this. Then raise hell with those who don’t agree. We’ve got to get countering climate change high on the priority list.”

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“Thank goodness for the oceans, but they are paying a tremendous price.” ~ Dawn Wright McKibben recommends that the country gets serious about putting a price on carbon emissions. Meanwhile, he’s encouraged by the peoplepowered regional successes in blocking fracking, a controversial method of extracting natural gas, and credits grassroots groups for holding the Keystone pipeline project at bay. “We’re cutting it super-close” and need to change the trajectory of climate change, according to McKibben, who says we can still have good lives powered by wind and solar, but will have to learn to live more simply. “I don’t know where it will all end and won’t see it in my lifetime. But if we can stop the combustion of fossil fuels and endless consumption, then there’s some chance for the next generation to figure out what the landing is going to be.” Christine MacDonald is a freelance journalist in Washington, D.C., who specializes in health, science and environmental issues. Learn more at


All the Time in the World Transforming Anxiety into Artistry by Marney K. Makridakis


sk American adults if they’re anxious about time and they’ll likely say yes. Our society even deems it expected, acceptable and normal to experience such stress, but is it necessary? It’s helpful to explore what is at the root of our problems with time and why we believe we benefit from worrying and complaining about it. Both are good first steps to releasing ourselves from the drama of getting caught up in and blaming time as a convenient catchall. Which of the following rationales apply to us personally? “If I can complain about being busy, I don’t have to examine other areas in my life.” “My schedule is wrapped up with my self-esteem; being ‘too busy’ means that I’m successful.” “Worrying about time gives me something to talk about.” “I don’t plan things I might enjoy because it can be too demanding or even scary—it just feels easier and safer to be bored.” “Worrying about time is a convenient excuse for not following my dreams.” Once we identify the perceived payoffs from worrying about time, we can see them for what they are: illusions that keep us from living our true potential. Awareness allows us to make a different choice and to partner with

time, instead of working against it. Einstein proved that time is subjective, illustrated every time we compare an hour in a dentist’s chair to an hour in the company of a loved one. Time behaves and feels differently based on many variables, like emotion, engagement, flow, desire, interest, pain and pleasure. Our perspective counts. With capricious factors dancing around in our every moment, we can see why time isn’t constant. Happily, we can use the relative nature of time to our advantage and choose what our relationship with it will be. Consider that with each instance we choose how we talk about, measure and experience time, we are actually creating a new paradigm of time for ourselves. We can relinquish general views and limitations of time that hinder us and emerge into the possibilities of time as anything but a defined line. It can be a vibrant, completely moldable, layered, multifaceted work of art that we may adapt as we wish, to custom design each and every day. Marney K. Makridakis of Dallas, TX, is the author of Creating Time: Using Creativity to Reinvent the Clock and Reclaim Your Life. She founded Artella magazine, the ARTbundance philosophy and the community. natural awakenings

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Ancestral Diets A Lighter Shade of Paleo by Sayer Ji and Tania Melkonian


egetarian Awarefoods, sugar and salt. ness Month Today’s updated verprovides a timely sion might comprise Paleo Specials opportunity to realize foods naturally availthat a plant-focused diet able and/or abundant du Jour does not derive exclubefore the cultivation Curried carrot soup with sively from plants. Just of food in gardens, buckwheat crackers and as a carnivore does not crops and livestock. goat cheese subsist on meat alone, Loren CorKale wraps with julienne the same applies to a dain, Ph.D., author of grass-fed strip loin, vegetarian. of The Paleo Diet bell peppers and avocado What can we learn and Nutritionist Nora Butter-grilled pineapple from our Paleolithic, or Gedgaudas, author of rounds served with Stone Age, ancestors? Primal Body, Primal dollop of vanilla-scented The recent trend toward Mind, each contest heavy cream recreating a Paleo-era the premise perpetudiet emphasizes the ated by many in the importance of vegetable weight-loss industry nutrition to prehistoric that fat, especially naturally communities, correcting the mispersaturated fat, is unhealthy. Those same ception that they were primarily meatproponents that maintain low-fat/ eaters. non-fat food is a panacea for modern The original Paleo diet, before illnesses also purport that cholesterol the advent of agriculture, reflected the is the chief cause of heart ailments. hunting and gathering of lean meats, Gedgaudas writes that the diets of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, and hunter-gatherers inhabiting varied landwas absent of grains, dairy, starchy scapes, from the Inuit of the north to


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tropical forest hominids, included large amounts of fat and cholesterol, which is essential to maintaining cell membranes and regulating hormones. She points out that obtaining cholesterol from food is necessary to augment the liver’s function of creating cholesterol internally. Cordain agrees that even saturated fats in meats can be beneficial, providing the animals are grass-fed, lean and live in clean surroundings. He emphasizes, however, that when our prehistoric ancestors ate fat, they did not also eat grain carbohydrates, sugar and salt, and contends that it is these components, not meat, that can be detrimental to the body. Doctor of naturopathy Maureen Horne-Paul adds that organic, lean and game meats are exempt from the acidity inherent in corn-based animal feed. Plus, “When an animal is insensitively confined and killed, stress hormones are released that result in acidity. So, we are changing our pH from a healthy alkaline state to a more acidic condition when we consume meat from conventionally raised animals.” Scientific studies published in the Journal of Gluten Sensitivity, Medical Hypotheses and by the Mercola group attest to key problems related to human consumption of grains. Anti-nutrients such as phytic acid in grains lead to the poor absorption of minerals and related deficiencies. Improper absorption of dietary protein caused in part by enzyme inhibitors in grains also tends to damage the pancreas. Individual sensitivities to proteins in specific grains can further interfere with functioning of the neuroendocrine system and subsequent emotional difficulties like addiction and depression may arise. All of these difficulties have been exacerbated by irresponsible prenatal diets that have made younger generations extra-sensitive to the challenges posed by grains to the human system. While Cordain doesn’t recommend dairy, Gedgaudas suggests organic or raw milk products, provided they retain their full fat content and come from grass-fed cows. She reasons that the presence of the anti-carcinogenic fatty acid conjugated linolenic acid and the

Wulzen factor anti-stiffness agent in the fat benefit joint lubrication. Experts suggest that the dietary formula established by our prehistoric ancestors can be the foundation for a modern-day, healthy, non-confining, creative eating experience. We can exchange grains for quinoa, amaranth and buckwheat (not technically grains

at all), and include tubers and legumes, due to their folate and protein content. Blue and sweet potatoes also contain high levels of anthocyanins and potassium. Nearly every category of food, in the proper amounts, can be part of such a balanced diet. When we explore what makes sense and eat clean and natural foods,

we have a good chance of finding our body’s own sweet spot. Sayer Ji is the founder of and an advisory board member of the National Health Federation. Tania Melkonian is a certified nutritionist and healthy culinary arts educator. Learn more at

Paleo Menu Recipes by Tania Melkonian

Remove basket from heat and lay out leaves on a clean work surface, lined up vertically. Stack 1 slice meat, 1 slice avocado and 2 slices pepper horizontally near the edge of a leaf. Add cumin and chili flakes and roll leaf away from the cook into a wrap. Repeat with all leaves.

Curried Carrot Soup Kale Wraps 1 head kale (suggest cavolo nero or dino kale) 1 bell pepper, sliced into julienned strips 1 avocado, julienned 3 oz grass-fed sirloin, grilled to medium and julienned Chili flakes and cumin to taste Wash and dry kale. Hold the blade of a long chef’s knife along the rib of the kale leaf and pull the leaf away from the rib. Repeat on the other side of the leaf to produce two long flat wraps. Set aside the ribs for stock. Bring a pot filled with 2 cups of water to a rolling boil. Lower the heat to simmer and set a metal colander inside as a steamer basket so it sits on top of the water, not immersed. Line the colander/basket with the kale “wrap” leaves. Cover and steam for 3 minutes until the leaves are just wilted.

Remove from heat, cool and then remove leaves and stalk; blend soup until smooth. Return soup blend to pot, add peppers and the rest of the carrots and then simmer on low heat for 40 minutes.

Grilled Pineapple with Cream 1 organic pineapple, cut into rounds 2 Tbsp grass-fed, organic butter ¼ cup organic cream 1 vanilla bean or ½ tsp organic vanilla extract

2 Tbsp ground turmeric 1 tsp ground cumin 1 cup diced onions 3 Tbsp curry paste 2 cups coconut milk 2 cups vegetable broth 1 Tbsp coconut oil 1 stalk lemon grass 3 leaves Kaffir lime 1 cup diced carrots 1 cup finely chopped red pepper

Heat butter in a sauté pan until melted and bubbling (not brown). Place pineapple rounds in the pan and grill for 2 minutes each side.

Set a heavy-bottomed pot on medium heat. Add turmeric and cumin, to toast. Add oil and stir to combine with spices. Add onions; sweat to cook until translucent, but not browned.

Slice vanilla bean pod lengthwise to scrape out vanilla granules. Mix granules with cream until incorporated. Serve pineapple rounds warm with a drizzle of vanilla-scented cream.

Add curry paste and stir. Add coconut milk and vegetable broth and bring to a boil. With the back of a knife, bruise the lime leaves and lemongrass stalk. When the stock comes to a boil, reduce to medium heat and add leaves, add half of the carrots and stalk. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. natural awakenings

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s recently as 2010, it would have been unimaginable for an annual medical conference including allopathic physicians to hold a meeting themed Illuminating the Energy Spectrum. Yet it happened at the sold-out Institute of Functional Medicine 2013 annual international conference. Workshop topics ranged from bodily energy regulation to presentations by grand Qigong master Ou, Wen Wei, the originator of Pangu Shengong, and medical anthropologist and psychologist Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D., whose Four Winds Light Body School offers a two-year program on the luminous light body, also known as a local energy field, aura, life force, qi/ chi or prana. The energy medicine practiced by acupuncturists and other health practitioners that offer any one of the 60-plus hands-on and hands-off mo-

dalities described in The Encyclopedia of Energy Medicine, by Linnie Thomas, operates on the belief that changes in the body’s life force can affect health and healing. The therapeutic use of any of them begins with an assessment of the body’s electromagnetic field. Then, a treatment specifically designed to correct energy disturbances helps recreate a healthy balance in its multilayered energy field, comprised of pathways, known as meridians, and energy centers (chakras) that correspond to related nerve centers, endocrine glands, internal organ systems and the circulatory system. The objective for energy medicine practitioners is to uncover the root causes of imbalances—often from emotional stress or physical trauma— and harmonize them at a bioenergetic level before aberrations completely solidify and manifest as illness.

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James Oschman, Ph.D., an academic scientist and international authority in Dover, New Hampshire, has conducted decades of research into the science of bioenergetics—the flow and transformation of energy between living organisms and their environment. He explores the basis of the energetic exchanges that manifest via complementary and alternative therapies in his book, Energy Medicine: The Scientific Basis. According to Oschman, there is now enough high-quality research in leading peer-reviewed biomedical journals to provide energy medicine the credence to transform from a littleknown, alternative healthcare modality into a conventional form of medicine. The progression to more widespread acceptance is similar to that experienced by acupuncture and massage.

Eden. “Energy medicine is invaluable because anyone can learn how to understand their body as an energy system and how to use techniques to restore energies that have become weak, disturbed or unbalanced.” Her teaching tools include her classic book, Energy Medicine, and Energy Medicine University, which she founded in 2006 in Sausalito, California. In a 2009 talk at the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, Oschman predicted that energy medicine will become prominent in anti-aging medicine. “When I review the history of medicine, there are periods in which things stay pretty much the same, and then there are great breakthroughs. I think that with the advent of energy medicine, another milestone is upon us.” Learn more at, the International Society for Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine website. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Visit ItsAllAbout for the recorded interviews.

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For more than 35 years, pioneers of energy medicine like Barbara Ann Brennan, founder of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing; John F. Thie, founder of Touch for Health; and Donna Eden, founder of Eden Energy Medicine, have delved beyond conventional models of healing to confirm that our sensory experience of the world is as limited as our vocabulary to describe it. New language for new concepts is required, such as: nature’s drive for wholeness, resonance, a new band of frequencies, restructuring DNA, local fields and the non-local field, encoding, entrainment, strings, strands, attunement, evolutionary healing and vibration. Eden, who has had a lifelong ability to make intuitive health assessments later confirmed by medical tests, can look at an individual’s body, see and feel where the energy flow is interrupted, out of balance or not in harmony, and then work to correct the problem. “Very little of the natural world that human beings evolved in still exists. In addition, our bodies haven’t adapted to modern stressors or the electromagnetic energies associated with technologies that occupy our living and working environments,” says

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STARRY-EYED KIDS Clear Skies, Cool Nights Open Vast Vistas by Randy Kambic


Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. ~Albert Camus


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The magical night sky is a perfect playground for a child’s imagination.

ishing upon a star is an iconic activity steeped in everyone’s childhood desire to attain happiness and fulfillment. Actual stargazing can help make parents’ dreams for their children’s well-being come true, as well. Children are exposed to imagining the larger celestial realm through popular films, science fiction literature and pop songs, plus more tangibly via current sky events. Consider news of the meteoroid that exploded over Russia in February and the latest images from the surface of Mars beamed to us by the NASA rover Curiosity. Experiencing the excitement of early knowledge can bolster academics while fostering a calming sense of the order of nature’s rhythms. “Astronomy ties into every educational domain—physics, geometry, algebra, history and ecology,” advises former elementary school teacher Hiram Bertoch, of West Valley City, Utah, owner of the KidsKnowIt Network, which maintains 10 free children’s learning websites, including KidsAstronomy. com. Standing in awe at the wonders of the universe can also instill a centering

sense of humility in the face of such grandeur. Autumn is one of the best times for channeling youngsters’ intrigue in constellations, given the clearer skies and comfortably cool nights. This year, families can anticipate a special viewing of the Comet ISON, which is expected to be visible from much of the United States in late November.

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Sky & Telescope magazine’s online guide, Getting Started in Astronomy, offers easy steps for parents to put stars in kids’ eyes. Check out its This Week’s Sky at a Glance link. Find an open space like a park or wooded clearing to reduce ambient light and use sky maps in hobby publications or astronomy books from the library as guides. Binoculars are the best tool to start getting familiar with the night sky— they augment the naked eye enough to identify many Moon craters, Jupiter’s moons and the crescent phases of Venus. Planetariums, science and children’s museums, nature centers and astronomy clubs often hold public family events that include access to telescopes; some loan or rent them

out. (Find local clubs and facilities at organizations.) Other opportunities include NASA’s Night Sky Network of astronomy clubs, Astronomy magazine’s youth programs, and programs. Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops offer astronomy merit badges. When a family’s interest continues sufficiently to buy a telescope, test preferred models at many potential settings before finalizing a purchase. According to the online guide, a first telescope should provide highquality optics that limit diffraction (the spreading of light as it passes through the lens system to the eye) and a sturdy, smooth-working mount. More advanced telescopes have built-in computers and motors that can be programmed to point at specific spots in the sky. Whether early steps lead to a later career or as a heavenly hobby, helping to convert a child’s, “What’s that?” to a happy, “I know what that is,” becomes worth encouraging. As Bertoch observes, “Kids have an innate excitement about what’s out there.” Revision 1

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1 Reiki Clinic – 10:30am-12:30pm. With Margaret Self. Open to all; no training necessary. Great intro to Reiki energy. $10, must preregister. Carolina Reiki Institute, 617 St. Andrews Rd., Columbia. Info: 803-551-1191 or

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3 Reiki Clinic – 5:30-8pm. With Margaret. Self Open to all; no training necessary. Great intro to Reiki energy. $10, must preregister. Carolina Reiki Institute, 617 St. Andrews Rd., Columbia. Info: 803-551-1191 or

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5 Basil Days Discount at Rosewood – 8am-8pm. 20% off purchase price at Rosewood Market; Deli and other sale items not included. 2803 Rosewood Dr, Columbia. 803-530-3270. Spirit Connections – 7 - 9pm. Spirit Connections w/Val Ryan, Psychic/Medium. Contact passed loved ones, spirit guides & past lives. I will answer questions helping you to connect on your own. $40, Belladonnas, 612 St. Andrews Rd Suite 1, Ashland Park Shopping Center. 803-750-7117.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6 Men’s Spirituality Group - 9:30-10:30am. “Exploring the Gender Gap in Spiritual Growth” by Craig Hamilton” is our topic. The men of Unity are putting our spirituality into action by outreach through worthy causes in Columbia. Celebration & Meditation. 11am. LaVoice Kallestad, Interim Spiritual Leader is our speaker. LaVoice’s talk is titled “Celebrate Yourself”. We meet at Unity of Columbia, SEE Room, 1801 LeGrand Rd. Columbia. 803-736-5766 or October 6, October 13, and October 20 - 9:1510:30am. A series of classes continues on “Trusting the Process of Change” based on the book title, “ Finding Yourself in Transition” by Robert Brummet. All of us experience change, yet change often feels threatening due to uncertainty of the unknown. Unity of Columbia, LeGrand Rd., Columbia. 803736-5766 or

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10 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.


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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12 Certified Reiki Practitioner Program: Reiki Level I – Oct 12-13. 9am-2pm. Levels II & III will be held in December & February, graduation in April. Late registration is $1,000 and covers all three classes. Transfer students may be accepted at the discretion of the instructor. For details, Margaret Self: 803-551-1191 or

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13 Eckankar Community HU Chant – 10am. All welcome. HU is a spiritual sound that connects us with God’s creative life force. It is an expression of Soul’s love for God. It is very uplifting, especially in a group setting. Free. 7 Oaks Recreation Center, 200 Leisure Ln. For info, Steve: 803-318-1887, or Celebration & Meditation – 11am. LaVoice Kallestad, Interim Spiritual Leader is our speaker. LaVoice’s talk is titled “The Power of Amen.” 12:30-1:30pm - Laughter Yoga for Health and Well Being with Dr. Delores Pluto and Kristie Norwood. No experience, special clothing or equipment necessary. Donations accepted. Unity of Columbia, 1801 LeGrand Rd., Columbia, 803-736-5766 or

MONDAY, OCTOBER 14 Basil Days Discount at Rosewood – 8am-8pm. 20% off purchase price at Rosewood Market; Deli and other sale items not included. 2803 Rosewood Dr, Columbia. 803-530-3270.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15 Reiki Clinic – 10:30am-12:30pm. With Margaret Self. Open to all; no training necessary. Great intro to Reiki energy. $10, must preregister. Carolina Reiki Institute, 617 St. Andrews Rd., Columbia. Info: 803-551-1191 or

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17 Reiki Clinic – 5:30-8pm. With Margaret. Self Open to all; no training necessary. Great intro to Reiki energy. $10, must preregister. Carolina Reiki Institute, 617 St. Andrews Rd., Columbia. Info: 803-551-1191 or

Maximize Your Brain For Peace & Energy- 6:30 - 8pm. Dr. Olympia Freeman. Understand basic brain information concerning stress, trauma, past programs, how affects your energy levels, chemical reactions in body, and what you can do about it. Unleash positive ripple with easy meditation exercise. Space is limited, Reservations requested. Love Offering, CHI, 6136 Old Bush River Rd. Columbia, SC. 803-749-1576.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19 The Alpha Brain Workshop - 1:30- 4pm with Olympia Freeman. “If you can manage your mind, you can manage your energy for greater reserves for living.” Learn to navigate family/health crisis, work pressure, stress, critical brain messages, safely with increased tolerance. Grow with compassion and peace. Rewire Brain for new personal reality. Space limited. Preregistration. $70. 803-749-1576. CHI, 6136 Old Bush River Rd. Columbia, SC.

SATURDAY/SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19-20 Reiki I & II Classes – 9am-6pm each day. You are the Light of the World - turn it up with Reiki! Learn the art of healing with Reiki energy for yourself & others, CEs for Nurses/Massage therapists. $350 Columbia Usui Reiki Master, ICRT Certified Teacher Dianne Thomas, 843-297-2468 or

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20 Special Speaker – 11am. Matt Jones. Matt’s talk inspires individuals to create their brightest future through his miraculous story of conquering cancer three times when doctors did not think he would live, going through a bone marrow transplant, having to relearn how to walk, and running marathons around the world including San Diego, Rome, Tokyo, and Peru. In his talk, Matt will share the Three Causes that lead to the creation of one’s brightest future. Unity of Columbia, 1801 LeGrand Rd, Columbia, 803-736-5766 or

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

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24 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.

favorite dish and sample the favorites of everyone else! Unity of Columbia, 1801 LeGrand Rd, Columbia, 803-736-5766 or

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30 Basil Days Discount at Rosewood – 8am-8pm. 20% off purchase price at Rosewood Market; Deli and other sale items not included. 2803 Rosewood Dr, Columbia. 803-530-3270.

plan ahead TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5 Reiki Clinic – 10:30am-12:30pm. With Margaret Self. Open to all; no training necessary. Great intro to Reiki energy. $10, must preregister. Carolina Reiki Institute, 617 St. Andrews Rd., Columbia. Info: 803-551-1191 or

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7 Reiki Clinic – 5:30-8pm. With Margaret. Self Open to all; no training necessary. Great intro to Reiki energy. $10, must preregister. Carolina Reiki Institute, 617 St. Andrews Rd., Columbia. Info: 803-551-1191 or

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16 Reiki Level I, Traditional Usui Reiki System – 10am-5pm. With Margaret Self, Reiki Master, NHD. Entry-level class combines 4 attunements, instruction, discussion and practice time. Manual included. Preregistration required. $250 before Nov. 6, $300 after. Carolina Reiki Institute. 803551-1191.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19 Reiki Clinic – 10:30am-12:30pm. With Margaret Self. Open to all; no training necessary. Great intro to Reiki energy. $10, must preregister. Carolina Reiki Institute, 617 St. Andrews Rd., Columbia. Info: 803-551-1191 or

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21 Reiki Clinic – 5:30-8pm. With Margaret. Self Open to all; no training necessary. Great intro to Reiki energy. $10, must preregister. Carolina Reiki Institute, 617 St. Andrews Rd., Columbia. Info: 803-551-1191 or

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26 Reiki Level II, Traditional Usui Reiki System – 10am-2pm. With Margaret Self, Reiki Master, NHD. Attunement connects student to a higher, more focused vibration of the Reiki energy. Techniques for distance healing. Healing of spiritual/ emotional issues taught. Discussion, practice time and manual included. Preregistration required. $300 before Nov 18, $350 if paid after. Carolina Reiki Institute, Info: 551-1191,

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27 Celebration & Meditation – 11am. LaVoice Kallestad, Interim Spiritual Leader is our speaker. LaVoice’s talk is titled “The Divine Equation.” 4th Sunday Feast. 12pm. Bring a friend to Unity’s Sunday Celebration and meditation at 11am and share our bountiful buffet afterward. Bring your


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ongoingevents sunday Have You Had a Spiritual Experience – Dates & times vary. Meet in a comfortable and informal setting. Sponsored by Eckankar, a non-dogmatic approach. Discussion topics: dreams, coincidences, God realization, more. Free. For info, Steve: 803318-1887,,

Farmers’ Market – 2:30-7pm. Locally grown produce, music, demonstrations, entertainment, kids’ events and more. Market Park in Town Center, Lake Carolina, NE Columbia. Prenatal Yoga – 5:30-6:45pm. With Rachel Hall, MD, RYT-200. Open to all students. Prepare mind and body for labor and more. 1st class free. $10$14/class packages. Expecting Well, 514-A Gervais St, Columbia. 803-661-8452.

Meditation Hour at Unity – 9:30-10:30am. Unity of Columbia, 1801 LeGrand Rd, Columbia. 803736-5766. Sunday Celebration Service − 11am. Spiritual bookstore open 9-11am. Prayer, meditation, great music and a series of uplifting messages. Unitots and Unikids, Unity of Columbia, 1801 LeGrand Rd, Columbia. 803-736-5766. UnityColumbia.

monday Green Quad Yoga − 4:30pm. Join Kevin Landers with some much needed stretching. Classes are donation-based. Free for USC students. Learning Center for Sustainable Futures, 1216 Wheat St, Green Quad Bldg D.

tuesday Women’s Empowerment Group – Step into the authentic power that is within. Learn to say no when positive boundaries are needed. $25. For details, Sherri Jefferson, Integrative Counseling Services, 803-414-5652. Yin Yoga - 9-10am. You don’t need to be flexible to benefit from the quite stillness of Yin Yoga. Composed of a series of slow and relaxing floor poses, Yin Yoga focuses on gently stretching connective tissue around the hips, pelvis, and lower spine. The results are less tension in the body, enhanced range of motion, and a quieter mind! Beginner friendly. First class is free. Adult Activity Center, 7494 Parklane Rd., Columbia. Helen Summer, RYT. 803-386-1441. Healthy Carolina Farmers’ Market – 10am2pm. Locally grown produce, fresh seafood, baked bread, and other goods. By Healthy Carolina, Park-

ing Services, and the SC Dept of Ag, 1400 Greene St, USC, Columbia. Info: Marti448@mailbox., Sandhill Farmers’ Market – 2-7pm. Local produce, honey, plants,and baked goods. “Ask a Master Gardener” booth, live music and healthy lifestyle demonstrations. Clemson University’s Sandhill Research and Education Center, 900 Clemson Rd, Columbia. 803-699-3187, Prenatal Yoga – 5:30-6:45pm. With Emily, MD. Prepare mind and body for labor and more. 1st class free. $10-14/class packages. Expecting Well, 514-A Gervais St, Columbia. 803-661-8452. Tai Chi – Discover a natural technique to help rejuvenate the body and get rid of joint pain and muscle stiffness. Tai Chi. 2910 Rosewood Dr, Info/register, Wes Adams, 803-873-2100,

wednesday Relax & Restore Yoga – 12-1pm. This is a Restorative Yoga practice of undoing, of letting go, and of surrender. In this practice, the nervous system is gently reminded to relax. Other benefits include slower heart rate, improved circulation, lower blood pressure, and reduced muscle tension. Amsa Yoga and Mindfulness Practice Center, 140 Pelham Drive, Columbia. Helen Summer, RYT. 803-3861441. Forest Acres Farmers’ Market – 3-6pm. Local produce, crafts and more. Senior Checks, WIC, Vouchers, Midtown at Forest Acres. Info: Mark Williams, 803-782-9475, Multi-Level Yoga – 5:30-6:45pm. Robin Pawlina RN creates an environment that allows the student to manage stress with a relaxed and supportive style. $15/class; $66/6-wk session. About Your Health, 120 Kaminer Way Pkwy, Ste J, Columbia. Info & register, Robin: 803-926-0895.

thursday Living In Process Group – Learn to respond instead of react to stressful situations and feel emotions in a positive way. $30. Sherri Jefferson, Integrative Counseling Services, 803-414 5652.


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Farmers’ Market: Shoppes at the Flight Dec – 10am-2pm. Child-friendly and proceeds benefits the Meals on Wheel Program, 109 Old Chapin Rd, Lexington. Senior Checks, WIC Vouchers. Info: Heidi Black, 803-957-3602, Info@FaithfulFoods. com. Farmers Market at the Flight Deck.

Green Quad Yoga – 4:30pm. Join Ashley Meador for weekly yoga session. Open to all levels. Classes are donation-based. Free for USC students. Learning Center for Sustainable Futures, 1216 Wheat St, Green Quad Bldg D.

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

saturday Prenatal Yoga – Time varies each week. With Rachel Hall, MD, prepare mind and body for labor, delivery and welcoming new life. Open to all students. 1st class free. $10-$14/class packages. Expecting Well, 514-A Gervais St, Columbia. 803661-8452. For times: 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, Farmers’ Market – 9am-1pm. Indoor Market at 206 N Church St, Lexington. Info: Jennifer Dowden, Market Manager: 803-356-8238, The Vista Marketplace – 9am-1pm. Local farmers and small SC businesses sell gourmet and baked goods, body care products, clothing items and milled products. 701 Whaley St, Columbia. Vista.

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William D. Skelton, D.Ac. 620 Sims Ave, Columbia 803-256-1000 •

Dr. Skelton is dedicated to helping people live happier, healthier active lives with safe, gentle and effective acupuncture techniques. Call to schedule a consultation.


Chiropractic Wellness Center Inc. 5209 Forest Dr, Ste C, Columbia 803-771-9990 •

Dr. Jones provides family chiropractic health information and wellness resources to support the body’s natural ability to heal, feel better and enjoy living an active lifestyle.


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Sherri has 18 years of experience working within integrative health care. Embrace an evolving life process. 50% discount on first counseling appointment.

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Dedicated to sharing, teaching and educating others in the uses and common applications of doTERRA’s Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils.William offers biological surveys and is available for personal consultations and teaching classes. Call for consultation.


Wesley Adams, Owner/Instructor 2910 Rosewood Dr, Columbia 803-873-2100 •

Live free from the typical body aches and stiffness that prevent maintaining an active lifestyle. Columbia Tai Chi Center is the answer for staying active and pain-free the natural way.

HEALTH/PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COACHING Kathy O’Keeffe, MS, RD/LD, CDE KOK Consulting & Coaching 803-261-2998 •

Kathy O’Keeffe offers a unique perspective to enable individuals to achieve their goals. She’s a Registered & Licensed Dietitian with 15+ years of business sales experience. Receive free consultation to begin a successful journey.

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Kathy Cooper 803-546-4464 •

Kathy Cooper is passionate about helping women live a healthy, balanced life. Individual and group health coaching programs as well as health and nutrition workshops and cooking classes.


Linda Salyer 120 Kaminer Way Pkwy, Ste H, Columbia 803-361-2620 •

All disease begins in the colon. A colonic will help to rid these problems. Colonics promote good digestion, help speed metabolism, helps lower cholesterol and helps relieve joint pain. Special pricing every third week of the month. Call for an appointment.


Pamila Lorentz – MSW, BSN, RN, LMBT NCBTMB 6136 Old Bush River Rd, Columbia 803-749-1576 •

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin. ~William Shakespeare

Pamila Lorentz engages a wholistic body/mind/spirit approach to healing that provides relief for chronic pain, stress, nd more through innovative bodywork therapies.


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 issues that block self-healing and success. Call for free assessment.

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Dr. Rachel Hall is board certified in both family medicine and integrative holistic medicine. Call for a consult To achieve balance.In-house diagnostic labs and therapies.

Beauty Salon – Haircuts $7.50 (reg. $15). Color, highlights, perms starting at $35. Waxing $8. Open 7 days. 803-359-1379.

Help wanted PT-CURVES – World’s largest fitness organization, looking for circuit coach. If you are energetic, self-motivated, have an outgoing personality and love to work with people, send resume to Perfect opportunity for someone returning to the workforce. QUALIFIED HAIRDRESSERS – Irmo’s finest Salon and Day Spa is seeking a few more quality Hairdressers. Become a part of our team. Enjoy the ability to have your clients relax in a high - end salon and spa. They will be spoiled with our unique Massaging Shampoo Chairs and you will be spoiled with your very own Electric Styling Chair. Located at the Gold’s Gym Complex, Call The Retreat Salon and Day Spa today :803-732-0360. Spa Manager – Columbia’s only non-toxic spa that specializes in maternity-safe spa services, is looking to hire a spa manager. Management and marketing experience a must. Healthcare experience a bonus skill. We are looking for a wellness minded, outgoing team leader. If you or someone you know would be right for this position, please email resume to


Julie Bradshaw specializes in helping people to receive guidance from their Higher Self as well as guides and angels. She offers spiritual counseling and can assist with many life issues.


At Matrx Coaching, we understand the thought systems and beliefs that sustain patterns of production. To create change or embrace the change that is happening in your business and life, call now to set an appointment and learn more.

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

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The ReStore is a retail store that accepts donations of new and gently used furniture, building materials, appliances, and other household items from individuals and businesses in the community.


Eckankar hosts open discussions, worship services and more. These are important forums for spiritual growth. Free. Call ahead: times and dates may vary.


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 healthenhancing services.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 2.


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