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FOODS Respecting Our Bodies and Our Planet

Gluten-Free On The Go Ideas for Work, Play or Anywhere

Superherbs Four Plants That Fight Off Disease

7 Signs of Food Sensitivities Action Plan for Parents

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What if food were simple, fresh and contained only a few food ingredients, and not the multitude of additives to color, preserve, texturize, flavor and otherwise cover up poor quality? What if livestock raised for food was healthy, due to the proper and ethical care of the animals, and not simply made fat using drugs and chemicals in a diseased environment? It would seem like an impossible dream to some of us. It can be very disheartening when legislation to require labeling of products, like recent efforts toward GMO labeling, is soundly defeated, and, instead, we end up with legislation that jails whistleblowers or anyone revealing cruel or dangerous practices in a food facility or factory farm. It has become illegal in our own country to tell the truth about a product or operation if it harms the profits of a powerful corporation. But in the more egalitarian European Union, many food additives are banned, GMO foods are labeled, and farm animals are not given growth hormones or medically unnecessary antibiotics. Achieving this kind of market standard in the U.S. is unlikely at best, since our belief that the right to the profit of a very few trumps the right to health, a clean environment and the well-being of the natural environment for the rest of us. The alignment of a wealthy few with the power of the government that was once meant to be of and by and for all of us has become a danger to our health. The European Union has many of the same foods we do, made by the same companies, with comparable quality, but without the additives. Clearly it’s possible, and costs only pennies more to the shopper but millions more in the scale of multinational corporations. If money is all that some see or hear, perhaps that is how we all should speak if we want that very small percentage to take notice. If we choose to only buy those foods or food products we know are healthy, and withhold buying unhealthy foods, perhaps we can make the marketplace change without legislation. If we only buy pasture-raised, ethically managed animal products from local farms maybe we can make a change. If we reject the status quo American health business and the pharmaceutical industry for a state of fitness and wellness, perhaps they will hear us. Will it work? Of course it will. It already is working. The profits of companies that make corn syrup and chemical-sweetened carbonated water, with no nutritional value whatsoever, are down, and investors have taken notice. Fast food restaurants have begun announcing the elimination of some of the unnecessary additives to their foods, like Subway, Pizza Hut, Chic-Fil-A and others. Major processed food producers are reducing salts, colors, preservatives, and added sugars and fats because consumers are choosing to buy healthier products. Health food stores aren’t the mom and pop corner store now, they are the mass market supermarkets. And they’re very successful selling the better foods we’re looking for. Until we can regain control of a government that serves the people and not just corporations, the best power we have to make change is with our wallets. Buy carefully, buy better, and buy locally from vendors you know and trust. This month is our Food and Garden Issue, and I hope it offers a little joy and a little useful information that will bring the life in your garden into the life in your kitchen. Be well.

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4 newsbriefs

7 healthbriefs

9 globalbriefs

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.


11 POWERHOUSE HERBS Four Backyard Plants Protect Against Disease by Kathleen Barnes

11 healingways 13 consciouseating

13 GLUTEN-FREE ON THE GO Safe Eating Away from Home

by Judith Fertig


22 inspiration 24 calendar 26 classifieds

14 14 The Body Heals Itself Natural Healing Center of Myrtle Beach


29 resourceguide

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Natural Trailblazers in Sustainable Eating by Melinda Hemmelgarn




Seven Signs of Food Sensitivities by Pamela Bond


SPIRITUAL PRACTICE Cycles of Growth Cultivate Our Divinity by April Thompson


23 The Zone Diet

for Balanced Nutrition by Michelle Angelo, DPT

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newsbriefs Emotional Eating— a Relationship with Food


e learn at a very early age that food can bring comfort when we feel out of control or emotionally overwhelmed. We associate our feelings with food and our food becomes a distraction for us. The battle of “eating our feelings” instead of “expressing our feelings” is a losing battle when it comes to weight control and disease prevention. Depression, boredom, loneliness, anger, anxiety, frustration, stress and problems with interpersonal relationships can cause us to overeat, which, in turn, creates unwanted weight gain and a path to an unhealthy lifestyle. There are many triggers that can cause us to eat our feelings, and the first step in changing our behaviors is by becoming aware that we have a problem. If you would like to learn more about emotional eating and how your relationship with food affects your life, then please join Holistic Health Coach Leslie O’Neill on March 3, at 7 p.m., or March 6, at 11 a.m., at the Holistic Health and Healing Center, Myrtle Beach, at 1601 Oak Street, Unit 303. There will be a $1 charge per person for this Meet Up discussion, and you can sign up by calling O’Neill at 843-360-1140 or emailing For more information, visit See ad, page 15.

Yoga: The Next Level—

300-Hour Advanced Teacher Training


eryl Bender Birch, director of The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute, and Maribeth MacKenkzie, director of Inlet Yoga, announce the launch of their 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program at Inlet Yoga, in Murrells Inlet. The program will be offered in a year-long format beginning in June and running one weekend a month through May of 2015. The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute is a Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance at both 200- and advanced 300hour levels. After graduation from the program, teachers are certified at the 500-hour level through The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute and eligible for registry with Yoga Alliance, one of the most highly respected programs in the country. If you are a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher, this training offers you a perfect opportunity to take your own teaching and practice to the next level. Yoga teachers are increasingly being called upon by students for help in exploring the more subtle aspects of the yoga practices, like pranayama and meditation. Many teachers are teaching asana, but very few are teaching an integral vision of the complete eight-limbed path of classical (raja) yoga, the “royal” path. This training offers you not only a comprehensive study of several different modalities of asana, including assists, adjustments, modifications and alignment, plus the more subtle and refined practices of pranayama and pratyahara, but an in-depth exploration


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of the “inner limbs” of the eight-limbed path—dharana, dhyana and samadhi. Additionally, this program incorporates yoga therapeutics, which will continue to be a primary vehicle for integrative wellness programs of the future. Inlet Yoga is located at 637D Bellamy Ave., in Murrells Inlet. For more information, call 843-655-6272 or visit

Holistic Health and Healing Center, Myrtle Beach Assembles Practitioner Team


ebekah Ward announced a major expansion to the professional team at Holistic Health and Healing Center, Myrtle Beach. In addition to Kristi Garbrecht, Jill Fieldman and Ward leading the team of licensed massage therapists, Mona Lee with hypnotherapy, Diane Lauer covering acupuncture and Tom Payla providing body talk therapy, a tidal wave of unique wellness experts will be working from the Holistic Health offices to serve the community. For the new experts, introductions are in order. Lindsley Field, a provider and teacher of Trager bodywork, is also offering CEU courses for bodyworkers and other professionals; Debb Yocum offers craniosacral therapy; Lynne Starke is a veteran qigong expert; Denise Fassbender, LMT, is an integrated energy practitioner and master instructor; Leslie O’Neill is a holistic health coach; and Carrie Chapman leads yoga classes. On the personal growth and intuitive realm, Rev. Renee Lewis, Cathy Cartisano Andrews, Jeanne Porter Ashley, Deborah Smith, Anissa Russell, Stefanina Campione, Annie Kaufman, Ann Martin-McAllen, Ph.D., and others fill the roster. Visiting experts, such as Larry Green and Arlene Green, from US Kniesiology Institute, schedule classes for continuing education. The Holistic Health and Healing Center, Myrtle Beach is located at 1601 Oak Street, Unit 303, in the Myrtle Offices Complex. For more information on the new offerings and certified continuing education classes for professional licensing, call 843-267-9979 or visit See ad, page 18.

Life in Balance Psychic Fair Now All Weekend


he Life in Balance Center’s monthly Psychic Fair in Little River is the only event of its kind in Horry County, and, as such, has seen a steady growth in attendance since opening more than two years ago. The decision was made to expand the fair to a full weekend event monthly, since this one day just wasn’t enough time for those seeking energy work or guidance from their angels, spirit guides or loved ones from the other side. Also, with a two-day event, space for more than 20 of the area’s most gifted professional psychics, mediums, readers and wellness practitioners will be

available. And, one of the fair’s most popular offerings, aura photography, is back. The Psychic Fair is Saturday and Sunday, March 15 and 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you need smudge, incense, a crystal, prayer flag or essential oil, the gift shop will be open with 15 percent off regular prices. For more information, call Life in Balance at 843-421-6717 or visit See ad, page 10.

Herbs 101

Low Country Herb Society


t’s time to plant the gardens, and Low Country Herb Society (LCHS) member Erynn Benjamin will present a program on selecting and growing herbs, along with information on spring herb garden planting at the next LCHS meeting, 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 11, at St. Paul's Waccamaw United Methodist Church, in Litchfield. The members are also preparing for the Spring Festival and Herb Sale, April 15, at Inlet Culinary Gardens, in Murrells Inlet. Membership in LCHS is open to all residents of the area and no experience is necessary. Meetings are from September through May, and annual dues are $20. For more information, visit or visit Facebook: Low Country Herb Society.

New Membership Program with Maximized Mind Hypnosis


aximized Mind Hypnosis has a new plan to support you in your commitment to change your life. You can find the power within to overcome obstacles and accomplish your dreams with the support of Maximized Mind Hypnosis. This continuing coaching comes in the form of an ongoing monthly program for you to quit smoking, lose weight, keep up exercise, study better, find success in business or work, or whatever your goal. Gold membership consists of a monthly telephone session, a personalized hypnotic recording embedded with neuro-linguistic programming and subliminal messaging specifically catered to your goals and preference, a subliminal recording to use throughout your day, and the very popular sleep learning series personalized to your goals. Platinum membership consists of a monthly one-on-one hypnosis session, a subliminal recording to use throughout your day, and the sleep learning series personalized to your goals as well. Both membership options give you maximum support all day every day so that you are sure to stay on the path toward your dream with effective tools and services. By introducing a new program each month, you will be able to maximize your results and reach your smaller and larger overall goals. Gold monthly membership is $149.95, while a platinum monthly membership is $169.95. For more information and details, call Mike Oglesbee at 843957-6926 or visit See ad, page 17.

The Big Yes—

a Lightshop with Susan Boles


he ‘Big Yes’ is a sincere, heartfelt ‘Yes’ that invites Divine Presence, in which we live, move and have our being, to be in charge of our lives,” says lightshop facilitator Susan Boles. As Boles reflects on her long life, she is discovering there are key moments that awakened her to a deep, personal connection with the Divine. “We all have that connection,” says Boles. “We’ve all had those moments, but too often have denied or forgotten them.” Boles will share some of her defining moments with the hope they will trigger your own intimate moments with the Divine. In addition, by using a variety of techniques, Boles will lead you to remembering these positive memories. “It is these that give you courage to step into the Big Yes, because they guarantee your safety and success,” adds Boles. “It’s a glorious adventure we’re all in together.” Boles is a licensed Unity teacher, intuitive spiritual counselor and Awakened Oneness Blessing Giver. Her long life journey has taken her to sacred sites on six continents, and she has experienced and practiced a variety of spiritual/ religious modalities. The lightshop takes place Sunday, March 30, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Unity Myrtle Beach. A $20 love offering is requested. If you attend the 11 a.m. service before the event and stay for the lightshop, bring a sandwich; drinks will be provided. Unity Christ Church of Myrtle Beach is located at 1270 Surfside Industrial Park Dr., in Surfside Beach. For more information and to register, call 843-238-8516 or visit See ad, page 17.

Eating the Right Foods at the Right Time


ow are your resolutions going? “Eat right” is good advice, but easier said than done. To make the right choices and also to eat at the right times of the day can be a challenge, to say the least. However, to keep your mind and body properly fueled, there are certain times that are best to eat. Right after exercise: The best time to refuel is 30 to 45 minutes after you finish. Your muscles are looking for healthy carbohydrates, like fruits, vegetables or whole grains, with a shot of protein. Right after waking up: within 30 to 40 minutes of waking. Your breakfast will dictate the types of foods you will crave the rest of the day. Skipping breakfast triggers the cravings for poor food choices. Eating every three hours will keep your blood sugar levels even, give you more energy, and keep away the cravings. A protein shake with some milk and fruit makes a good meal when you might be tempted to skip. Healthy choices includes looking to healthy fats, such as olive oil, tree nuts and fish, which are also great companions to fresh greens and vegetables. Inlet Nutrition is offering spring nutritional checkups to natural awakenings

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newsbriefs help you stick to your resolutions to get your fitness back in gear. For March, the first 10 appointments, receive complimentary smoothie, herbal tea and aloe samples For more information, call Inlet Nutrition at 843-424-9586 or email See ad, page 12.

Niona Perfume

Fragrance Made Naturally


randy Thurman had a dream to create her own natural fragrance. In 2009, she began researching and found the information she needed to begin the process, but learned that the most difficult part was formulating the scent. The pursuit of her dream was both a challenge and a joy. In 2011, Niona Perfume was launched, and is now sold through online distribution channels, such as Amazon. com and, the Niona Perfume website,, and Facebook page, as well as in some local boutiques and salons. Niona appears this spring in Natural Awakenings, as it begins the path into national retail distribution. “As a licensed massage and bodywork therapist, I am always mixing essential oils, and the idea of creating my own perfume originated from my profession,” says Thurman. “I have been massaging since 2004. The name ‘Niona’ came to me out of the blue.” Thurman, a writer as well as bodyworker, considers herself an advocate for self-development, personal happiness and wellness. Thurman believes in a mind-body-spirit balance, and concludes: “I believe we all have a dream, and through that dream we should create.” For more information, visit and its page on Facebook. See ad, page 16.

Springbank Retreat March Programs


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Program fees include lodging and meals. Check the Calendar section for dates. For more information, contact Springbank Retreat for Eco-Spirituality and the Arts, 1345 Springbank Rd., Kingstree, at 843-382-9777 or visit See ad, page 31.

Heart-Centered Metaphysics Class at Unity

uring March at Springbank Retreat, workshops and retreats will focus on ways to deepen one’s experience of the natural world, spirituality and creativity. Located near Kingstree in a quiet, rural setting, Springbank has been an ecumenical center for retreats, hospitality, healing, Earth education, and the arts for more than 50 years. The Springbank staff will present Pottery and Native Spirituality. Participants will share the ancient wisdom of Native Americans and experience Prayer Lodge and Spirit Quest, while learning ways of relating to the natural world with greater reverence. They will create unique earthen vessels for ritual using a hand-building technique and a primitive firing process with leaves, pine straw and sawdust. Spirit Quest is a deeply prayerful and insightful experience. Being open and receptive to the Spirit is the focus of this seven-hour quest led by Grandmother June Perry and Betsy Bowman. Perry travels across the country sharing her Native wisdom, culture and spirituality.


Native American-style flute player Cerantha Corley will lead Awakening the Spirit Within: Learning to Play the Native Flute. Participants will find out how a Native Americanstyle flute can express their inner song. They will be able to let their souls speak through flute-playing and expressive painting. A writer and painter, Corley uses flute playing for balance and healing. Springbank staff member Theresa Linehan will lead Drum-Making. Participants will share in the ancient wisdom of our Native sisters and brothers by creating and shaping a hand-held drum in the Native tradition. Drums will be blessed and awakened at the end of the class to give voice to the drum. Author and lecturer Barbara Fiand will explore Radiant Splendor: The Interface of Science and Spirituality. This retreat looks at depth issues of faith, especially a transformation of consciousness that speaks to a conversion of the heart. This spirit of God within invites participants to a new vision that will transform and re-energize them. Awareness Through Writing: Expressing from the Heart will help participants awaken to a deeper awareness of their inner lives through expressive writing. It will be led by Mary Catherine Harris. “Take time to notice the daily revelations of the Divine through nature and prayerful reflection,” she says. “Identify and express in writing–both through poetry and prose–what your heart holds.” Basketmaker Linda Szocik will lead Basketry: Weaving Balance. She will show participants how to enjoy the contemplative art of basket-making. No experience is necessary, and materials are furnished.


ev. Margaret Hiller, spiritual leader at Unity Myrtle Beach, continues her class based on the book HeartCentered Metaphysics on Thursdays, from 5 to 7 p.m., through March 27. The class is a deeper look at Unity teachings. It explores key spiritual and philosophical issues surrounding existence. Going beyond beliefs, the aim is to discern fundamental truths that ring true for every human being, regardless of time, place, circumstance and religion. Topics explored are Metaphysics and Truth, Life as Consciousness, Self-Knowledge, Spiritual Evolution, Building Consciousness, Our Purpose, Divine Will, Divine Plan, Divine Guidance, The Silence, Meditation, Prayer, and Praying with Others. Unity Christ Church of Myrtle Beach is located at 1270 Surfside Industrial Park Dr., in Surfside Beach. For more information and to register, call 843-238-8516 or visit See ad, page 17.


Chemicals DIY Projects Keep Seniors Moving Harm Pets, Too T T he British Journal of Sports Medicine reports that a generally active daily life that includes do-it-yourself activities and projects like gardening and car maintenance can cut the risks of heart attacks and strokes by as much as 30 percent and prolong life among adults 60 and over. These routine activities may be as beneficial as exercising for older adults because they decrease total sedentary time, the researchers say. Scientists in Stockholm, Sweden, tracked more than 4,000 men and women for an average of 12.5 years, starting at age 60. At the start of the study, regardless of exercise habits, high levels of other physical activity were associated with smaller waists and lower levels of potentially harmful blood fats in both sexes, and lower levels of glucose, insulin and clotting factor levels in men. Those with higher levels of other physical activity were also significantly less likely to experience metabolic syndrome, a first cardiovascular disease event, and early mortality from any cause. The same was true for individuals that undertook high levels of formal exercise, even if it wasn’t routine. Participants that both exercised regularly and were often physically active in their daily life had the lowest risk profile of all.

Coconut Oil Manages Cholesterol, Shrinks Waistlines


educed physical activity and increased consumption of carbohydrates and saturated fats fuel increased rates of obesity, cardiovascular disease and insulin resistance, plus abnormal lipid content in the blood. Although coconut oil is a saturated fat, its chemical composition appears to prevent it from generating negative effects on lipid profiles, according to a growing body of research. In an earlier study published in Lipids, women that exhibited abdominal obesity consumed supplements of either coconut oil or soybean oil. Throughout the 12-week trial, both groups followed the same weight-loss diet. At the end, the coconut oil group presented a higher level of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or protective cholesterol, and smaller waistlines, while the soybean oil group showed lower HDL levels and an increase in total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) plus a less desirable LDL-to-HDL ratio. In a later study published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, consumption of coconut oil was again associated with a beneficial lipid profile in pre-menopausal women. Researchers that conducted a concurrent pilot study with male and female subjects found that men also experienced shrinking waistlines when supplementing with coconut oil. They explain that coconut oil contains mainly medium-chain fatty acids, which rapidly convert into energy, thereby circumventing the cycle that makes cholesterol and stores fat (Pharmacology).

he nationwide health epidemic of chronic diseases afflicting the human population is also showing up among companion animals. According to a report by the Environmental Working Group, pets, like a canary in a coal mine, may be the environmental sentinels that are now signaling a clear connection between disease and manmade chemicals. In a study that analyzed blood samples of dogs and cats, 48 of 70 industrial chemicals and pollutants were traced, many recording levels that were substantially higher than previously reported in national studies of humans. Dogs displayed double the concentration of perfluorochemicals (used in stain-proof and grease-proof coatings); cats evidenced 23 times the concentration of polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) fire retardants and 5.4 times the amount of mercury. PBDE levels in hyperthyroid cats have been linked to eating canned cat food and to the increased use of PBDEs in consumer products during the past 30 years. In humans, high levels of flameretardant chemicals are implicated in endocrine disruption, Type 2 diabetes and thyroid disease. Suggestions for minimizing exposure include avoiding chemicalladen household cleaners, furnishings and carpet; drinking carbon-filtered water; steering clear of food and beverage containers made from or lined with plastic (including cans); and eating organic produce and free-range meat.

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Vitamin E Hope for Cancer Care


lusive anti-cancer elements of vitamin E, natural tocopherols, have been identified by researchers at Ohio State University as being able to deactivate an enzyme essential for cancer cell survival. Although both alpha and gamma forms of natural tocopherols worked, the gamma was the most potent in shutting down the troublesome enzyme. Through manipulating the structure of the gamma molecule, the scientists were able to create an agent 20 times more effective than the original vitamin. In mice, this agent reduced the size of prostate cancer tumors. Over-the-counter vitamin E supplements are limited because many use synthetic forms that do not contain the natural gamma tocopherols. The study’s authors, led by Ching-Shih Chen, Ph.D., note that the human body cannot absorb the high dosages of natural vitamin E required to achieve the anti-cancer effect; their goal is to develop a safe pill that could be taken daily for cancer prevention.

Legumes Improve Blood Sugar, Blood Pressure


cup of beans a day may keep the doctor away. In a randomized trial published in the Archives of Internal Medicine of 121 participants diagnosed with diabetes mellitus, daily consumption of approximately one cup of legumes (peas and beans) was found to improve glycemic control and reduce systolic blood pressure and heart rate, thereby reducing participants’ calculated risk score for coronary heart disease (CHD). Body weight, waist circumference and fasting blood glucose and triglyceride levels also decreased on the legume diet. Legumes appear to make dietary carbohydrates digest more slowly and with a lower glycemic index, which has been associated with reduced hypertension and fewer CHD events in pre-diabetic individuals.

Superfoods Defend Against Radiation


wo superfoods show promise for protecting people from radiation damage—cruciferous vegetables and miso, a food paste made from fermented soybeans. Scientists have identified a specific chemical byproduct, 3,3’diindolylmethane (DIM), derived from the digestion of cruciferous vegetables and especially concentrated in broccoli, that is responsible for the defensive effect. The source of miso’s beneficial properties needs further investigation, but appears to stem from the fermentation process. Research led by Gary Firestone, Ph.D., of the University of CaliforniaBerkley, and physician Eliot Rosen, Ph.D., of Georgetown University, in Washington, D.C., concluded that administering supplemental DIM before or immediately following lethal levels of radiation exposure protected rats from immediate death. If clinical trials with humans are successful, the compound could be used to minimize acute radiation sickness. A comprehensive research review published in the Journal of Toxicologic Pathology lends credence to miso’s shielding power. Mice that ate miso a week before irradiation appeared to be protected from radiation injury.

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learning, learning, learning. That’s the fun. You’re always learning. ~Helen Mirren 8

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globalbriefs News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all.


Mercury Mystery

America’s Best Community Garden Cities We don’t have to live in a rural area or even the suburbs to be a farmer these days. According to the Trust for Public Land, the 10 best cities for homegrown veggies from urban gardens are Seattle, Washington (a P-Patch program provides 68 gardens for residents throughout the city); Portland, Oregon (its Produce for People program donates fresh produce to local hunger agencies); Long Beach, California (growing anything from sugar cane and lemongrass to sunflowers and tomatoes); St. Paul, Minnesota (17 community gardens—half run by nonprofits and half open to rent); Honolulu, Hawaii (1,254 plots for public use); San Jose, California (19 community gardens on 35 acres); Baltimore, Maryland (community gardens cover 11 acres throughout the city); Washington, D.C. (a Master Peace Farm program tends area gardens and mentors budding veggie growers at an adjoining middle school); Anchorage, Alaska (a city goal is enabling residents to work together in harmony); and Louisville, Kentucky (Brightside’s community garden program, established 19 years ago, currently manages 10 of Louisville’s 16 gardens). These gardens not only extol the virtues of fresh, local and often organic foods, they also bring communities together. Some produce food for those in need, others have youth programs and some have even been credited with reducing local crime rates. Many community gardens accept new members in the fall; visit to find one nearby and reserve a space. Source:

Homegrown Access

Creative Paths for Local Food Sourcing Entrepreneurs are creating novel ways to circumvent the commercial food system that ships food, in or out of season, for hundreds or thousands of miles at the cost of quality and too often, accountability. Re:farm Denver, in Colorado, for example, supplies families with everything they need for backyard gardens, from irrigation systems to seeds. In 2013, 200 families participated. Cottage food laws allow artisans to sell breads, jams, candy and other foods made in home kitchens. While specific restrictions vary, 42 states have some type of cottage law. Beth-Ann Betz, who bakes sweets in her New Hampshire kitchen, says, “It gives me the option to be independent and self-employed at 66.” At the Community Thanksgiving Potluck, in Laguna Beach, California, dinner is shared, not served. For 25 years, those with homes and without, single people, families, city council members and the jobless have gathered to share food and community for the holiday. “It’s a wonderful chaos,” says Dawn Price, executive director of the nonprofit Friendship Shelter. At Bottles Liquor, in West Oakland, California, a banner reads “Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Available Here.” Bottles is a member of the Healthy Neighborhood Store Alliance, an effort of the nonprofit Mandela Marketplace to bring pesticidefree produce to corner stores throughout the neighborhood.

How Sinking Organic Matter Plagues Fish University of Michigan and University of Hawaii researchers claim to have solved a long-standing scientific mystery of how mercury gets into open-water fish. Based on their study findings, published in the journal Nature Geoscience, they also project that mercury levels in Pacific fish will rise in the coming years. The researchers discovered that up to 80 percent of the toxic form of mercury, methylmercury, is generated deep in the ocean, most likely by bacteria attached to sinking pieces of organic matter. Mercury found in Pacific fish near Hawaii likely traveled thousands of miles through the air before being deposited in the ocean, the team concludes, blaming industrial nations such as China and India that rely on coal-burning power plants. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration notes that large fish have the highest levels of methylmercury because they live longer and have more time to accumulate it.

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FDA Wakens to Local Needs Small farms, farmers’ markets, local food processors and community food banks have been given a reprieve, because on December 19, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decided to take a second look at proposed new laws that would have put many of them out of business. The new rules, proposed under the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA), came under fire from consumers, farmers and others with voices that were heard. The FDA said its “thinking has evolved,” and “…significant changes will be needed in key provisions of the two proposed rules affecting small and large farmers. These provisions include water quality standards and testing, standards for using raw manure and compost, certain provisions affecting mixed-use facilities and procedures for withdrawing the qualified exemption for certain farms.” Source:

Looming Law

International Pact Could Lower Food Protections The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is the largest global trade pact to be negotiated since the inception of the World Trade Organization. Many details remain a mystery and negotiations are being conducted in secret. Leaked drafts of its provisions indicate that the TPP would give multinational corporations the power to sue countries, states, counties or cities in order to negate laws specifically designed to protect citizens, such as bans on growing genetically modified organisms (GMO). Corporations would be allowed to resolve trade disputes in special international tribunals, effectively wiping out hundreds of domestic and international food sovereignty laws. The TPP would require countries to accept food that meets only the lowest safety standards of the collective participants. If enacted, consumers could soon be eating imported seafood, beef or chicken products that don’t meet basic U.S. food safety standards, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration would be powerless to stop imports of such unsafe foods or ingredients. Plus, the labeling of products as fair trade, organic, country-of-origin, animal welfare-approved or GMO-free could be challenged as barriers to trade. Opposition has grown, thanks to petitions by members of the Organic Consumers Association and other groups. More than 400 organizations, representing 15 million Americans, have petitioned Congress to do away with accelerated acceptance of the measure without full debate. For more information, visit and search TPP.


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Powerhouse Herbs Four Backyard Plants Protect Against Disease by Kathleen Barnes

Mother Nature’s most potent healing herbs are already on most spice racks or growing nearby, often right outside the door.


erbs, respected for their healing properties for millennia, have been widely used by traditional healers with great success. Now clinical science supports their medicinal qualities. Pharmaceutical companies routinely extract active ingredients from herbs for common medications, including the potent pain reliever codeine, derived from Papaver somniferum; the head-clearing antihistamines ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, from Ephedra sinica; and taxol, the chemotherapy drug commonly used to treat several types of cancer, including breast cancer, from Taxus brevifolia. These are among the findings according to Leslie Taylor, a naturopath and herbalist headquartered in Milam County, Texas, and author of The Healing Power of Rainforest Herbs. Even among an abundance of healing herbs, some stand out as nature’s “superherbs” that provide an ar-

ray of medical properties, according to Rosemary Gladstar, of Barre, Vermont, the renowned author of Herbal Remedies for Vibrant Health and related works. Two of these, she notes, are widely considered nuisance weeds. Plantain (Plantago major): Commonly used externally for poultices, open wounds, blood poisoning and bee stings, it also helps relieve a wider variety of skin irritations. According to a study published in the Indian Journal of Pharmacology, this common “weed” fortifies the liver and reduces inflammation, which may reduce the risk for many kinds of chronic diseases. At least one study, published in the journal Planta Medica, suggests that plantain can enhance the immune system to help fight cancer and infectious diseases. “Plantain is considered a survival herb because of its high nutritional value,” advises Gladstar, who founded the California School of Herbal Studies, in Sonoma County, in 1978. A new study

published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry confirms it’s an excellent source of alpha-tocopherol, a natural form of vitamin E and beta carotene that can be used in salads for those that don’t mind its bitter taste. Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale): Like plantain, dandelion is one of the most powerful medicinal herbs on the planet. “Dandelion is revered wherever you travel, except in the United States, where it is considered noxious,” observes Gladstar. Americans should reconsider their obsession with eradication. Dandelion root is an effective treatment against several types of cancer, including often-fatal pancreatic and colorectal cancers and melanoma, even those that have proven resistant to chemotherapy and other conventional treatments, according to several studies from the University of Windsor, in England. Traditionally part of a detoxification diet, it’s also used to treat digestive ailments, reduce swelling and inflammation and stop internal and external bleeding. Turmeric (Curcuma longa): Turmeric gives curry powder its vibrant yellow color. “Curcumin, turmeric’s most important active ingredient, is a wealth of health, backed by substantial scientific evidence that upholds its benefits,” says Jan McBarron, a medical and naturopathic doctor in Columbus, Georgia, author of Curcumin: The 21st Century Cure and co-host of the Duke and the Doctor radio show. Several human and animal studies have shown that curcumin can be an effective treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, both in prevention and to slow or even stop its progress. One Australian study showed that curcumin helps rid the body of heavy metals that may be an underlying cause of the memory-robbing disease. Scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles, found that curcumin helped dissolve the plaques and tangles of brain material characteristic to Alzheimer’s. Curcumin is also known to be effective in lessening depression and preventing heart disease, some types of cancer and diabetes, says McBarron. Ginger (Zingiber officinale):

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Primarily used for its considerable anti-inflammatory properties, ginger makes a delicious and healing tea and an enticing spice in a variety of dishes. This herbal powerhouse has at least 477 active ingredients, according to Beyond Aspirin, by Thomas M. Newmark and Paul Schulick. Considerable research confirms ginger’s effectiveness against a variety of digestive problems, including nausea from both morning sickness and chemotherapy. Research from Florida’s University of Miami also confirms its usefulness in reducing knee pain. “Ginger is a good-tasting herb to treat any type of bacterial, fungal or viral infection,” says Linda Mix, a retired registered nurse in Rogersville, Tennesse, and author of Herbs for Life! The health benefits of these four vital herbs are easily accessed by growing them in a home garden or pot or via extracted supplements. Kathleen Barnes is the author of Rx from the Garden: 101 Food Cures You Can Easily Grow. Connect at Note: For referenced studies, check the National Center for Biotechnology Information.

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ON THE GO Safe Eating Away from Home by Judith Fertig


lthough following a diet without gluten has become easier due to increased availability and labeling of gluten-free foods, we still need to know how to make sure which foods strictly qualify. We always have more control in our own kitchen, yet we’re not always eating at home. Natural Awakenings asked experts to comment on reasons for the demand and offer practical tips and tactics for healthy eating on the go. According to the Center for Celiac Research & Treatment, 18 million Americans are now gluten sensitive, 3 million more suffer from celiac disease, and the numbers continue to skyrocket, says Dr. David Perlmutter, a neurologist and author of Grain Brain. Gluten, a naturally occurring protein in wheat, barley and rye, is prevalent in the modern American diet. Perlmutter points to new wheat hybrids and increasing amounts of gluten in processed foods as exacerbating the problem. He particularly cites today’s overuse of antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medications as contribu-

tors to “inappropriate and excessive reactions to what might otherwise have represented a non-threatening protein like gluten.”

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Jules Shepard, a mother of two in Washington, D.C., and author of Free for All Cooking: 150 Easy Gluten-Free, Allergy-Friendly Recipes the Whole Family Can Enjoy who also shares recipes at, remembers when going out for a gluten-free lunch was difficult. “The friendly lunch spots my coworkers and I used to enjoy on a weekly and sometimes even daily basis were no longer friendly for me,” she says. “There was nothing on the menu I could eat, and it seemed better for everyone if I simply stayed in the office. But it isolated me socially from my colleagues and deprived me of a much-needed midday break that had been such an enjoyable part of my routine.” Attending catered breakfasts or lunches for office meetings also presented difficulties. Shepard learned that it’s best to be prepared and pack something, even if it’s only a snack. “Some of my favorites include fresh fruit, like apples or bananas with peanut or almond butter, washed berries, applesauce, coconut yogurt, hummus and red peppers, trail mix, dry cereals like granola, and nutrition bars. I keep a variety of these bars in my purse and car year-round, so I’m never bored with my choices.” “Gluten-free instant oatmeal is a staple in my life,” advises Shepard. She never leaves home without it, regard-

less of the length of the trip. “All you need is a cup or a bowl and some boiling water. Be sure to buy certified gluten-free oats, because regular oats can be contaminated with gluten grains.” Shepard also recommends avoiding pre-sweetened varieties. Kate Chan, a teacher and mother of two in suburban Seattle, Washington, who has been following a glutenfree diet since 2000, has solved the problem of eating healthy at work another way: The family cooks extra the night before. “While cleaning up the kitchen, I just pack the leftovers for lunch. I like to vary the side dishes a bit if I pack side dishes at all, and toss in fruit and more vegetables,” she says. Chan likes to use a bento-style lunch box with several compartments, plus thermal containers, so she can enjoy a variety of gluten-free lunch options.

On the Road In Los Angeles, California, Kristine Kidd, former food editor at Bon Appétit, has recently returned to glutenfree eating. On her menu-planning and recipe blog,, and in her cookbook, Weeknight Gluten Free, she recommends whole, fresh foods from farmers’ markets that are naturally gluten-free. When she and her husband hike the Sierra Mountains, she carries homemade, high-fiber, gluten-free cookies to eat on the way up and packs gluten-free soups such as butternut squash and black bean, corn tortillas with fresh fillings, and fruit for a delicious lunch upon reaching the peak. Some gluten-free snacks can contain as many empty calories as other types of junk food, notes Registered Dietitian Katharine Tallmadge. “Many ‘gluten-free’ products are made with refined, unenriched grains and starches, which contain plenty of calories, but few vitamins or minerals.” She agrees with Kidd and others that choosing whole, natural, fresh foods, which are naturally gluten-free, makes for healthy eating wherever we go. Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFoodAnd from Overland Park, KS.

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The Body Heals Itself Natural Healing Center of Myrtle Beach


e are natural biological beings, evolved of our earthly environment. Our internal and external parts, down to the cellular levels, are of natural, complex organic systems and substances. Via the immune and cellular repair system, the body, by nature, is designed to heal itself automatically and will do so if left to its own natural processes. Our cells do two things: reproduce and repair or die and shed. This continuous process takes place daily without a thought throughout our body. Take, for example, something as simple as a scratch on the back of your hand. It may hurt a little at first, but eventually, even within a few hours, that pain will have lessened. Because the body is in a constant state of repair, the wound would have actually begun healing the very moment you scratched yourself. You couldn't see this with your naked eyes, but the healing process would have actually been taking place on the spot, cell by cell. If you could view a scratch wound under a microscope, you would witness cell reproduction and healing right before your eyes. The more perfect the new cells produced to replace failing and damaged cells, the healthier the result. This process occurs naturally and functions at an optimum level unless hindered by foreign or unnatural elements that interfere with the process or inhibit proper immune reaction. Optimal healing takes place when toxins in the body are at a bare minimum and proper nutrition is consistently at its peak. When conditions are ideal, you rarely get sick, need a doctor or require pharmaceuticals.

Fuel for Healing

The foods you put in your body, assuming they are ideal, are the most important medicines you need. A good diet builds and strengthens healing cells, while toxins and certain drugs can weaken and injure them. Long-term consumption or exposure to toxins and unhealthy, processed or “junk” foods creates illness and vulnerability to disease. Optimum nutrition helps you eliminate waste and toxins and allows your cells to repair and heal as intended, naturally, which should be your goal. A diet of organic whole foods is best, but which of those whole foods to choose may be different for each of us. While different people function best on slightly divergent diets based on their body type, activity level, cultural heritage, blood type or genetics, described as their “genotype”, everyone should avoid processed foods, genetically modified (GMO) foods and added sugars. While certain foods might 14

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digestively “disagree” with us, there are subtle differences in the balance of foods that may be more or less ideal for your health and healing. Consult with a qualified holistic nutritionist for guidance.

What to Avoid?

While nutrition, by far, is key, avoiding toxins is also vital. Toxins and harmful chemicals can turn up in tap water and processed or prepared foods. Packaged foods often have chemical colors and texturizers; artificial flavors, sweeteners and fats; and chemical vitamins and supplements that don’t support health. Conventional fruits and vegetables may carry excess pesticides, colors and waxes, and packaged meats may contain antibiotics and artificial hormones. Even packaging can leach harmful chemicals into the food products inside. At home, cleaning products and stain- or fire-resistant coatings can affect our health and healing on a cellular level. Fresh air, filtered water, nontoxic cleaners and products, natural materials and surfaces, and unadulterated heirloom organic foods when available are the best choices for reducing toxic burden to healing and wellness.

Keep Moving

The final key factor to support health and healing is maintaining an active lifestyle by engaging in light workouts, walking, aerobics, dancing, yoga, martial arts, and/or sports. It keeps your heart rate up, increases blood flow and oxygen to the brain, promotes good metabolism, increases energy level, reduces excess body fat, and contributes to a sense of wellness and overall positive outlook. It even helps you sweat out and rid yourself of toxins and waste.

Be Proactive

Imagine feeling great, almost never being ill, and not needing to see your doctor for chronic issues. You can have a brand new life of health and wellness and can start that journey right now, if you decide. Choose your foods wisely, keep your environment clean, keep active, and search out expert advice on how to heal and be well naturally. For more information and articles on natural health, wellness and nutrition, contact Dr. Jin Li Dong or Dr. Brian Brown at Natural Healing Center of Myrtle Beach, 4810 North Kings Hwy., at 843-839-9996 or visit NaturalHealingCenterMB. com. See ad, page 16.

Fresh Food Trends Natural Trailblazers in Sustainable Eating by Melinda Hemmelgarn

Food experts have listed local, regional and sustainable foods among the top food trends for 2014. Consumers’ heightened environmental awareness and their love for fresh flavors are responsible.


here’s even a new term, “hyperlocal”, to describe produce harvested fresh from onsite gardens at restaurants, schools, supermarkets and hospitals—all designed for sourcing tasty, nutrient-rich foods minus the fuel-guzzling transportation costs. Adding emphasis to the need to preserve vital local food sources, the United Nations has designated 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming. Here are four thriving food trends resulting from shifts in Americans’ thinking and our growing love for all things local.


What could be more entertaining and economical than searching for and gathering wild foods in their natural habitat? From paw paws and persimmons in Missouri to palmetto berries in Florida and seaweed in California, Mother Nature provides a feast at her children’s feet. Commonly foraged foods include nuts, mushrooms, greens,

getting to know about mushrooms before venturing forth to pick them. She recommends the book Mushrooms Demystified, by David Arora, as a learning tool, and checking with local mycological associations for safe mushroom identification. She also likes the advice of “Wildman” Steve Brill, of New York City, who publishes educational articles at “He knows more about wild foods than anyone I know,” she says. Vermont wildcrafter Nova Kim teaches her students not only how to identify wild edibles, but also how to harvest them sustainably. It’s critical to make sure wild foods will be available for future generations.


Kefir, kimchi, kombucha and sauerkraut all owe their unique flavors to fermentation. Sandor Katz, author of The Art of Fermentation: An In-Depth Exploration of Essential Concepts and Processes From Around the World, is a self-described “fermentation revivalist”. He explains how microorganisms, such as lactic acid bacteria that are univer-

herbs, fruits and even shellfish. To learn how to identify regional native wild foods and cash in on some “free” nutritious meals, foragers need to know where and when to harvest their bounty. Conservation departments and state and national parks often offer helpful field guides and recipes. Jill Nussinow, also known as The Veggie Queen, a registered dietitian and cookbook author in Santa Rosa, California, characterizes foraging as “nature’s treasure hunt.” Nussinow says she forages for the thrill of it and because, “It puts you very much in touch with the seasons.” On her typical foraging excursions through forests and on beaches, Nussinow notes, “You never know what you might find: mushrooms, berries, miner’s lettuce, mustard pods or sea vegetables. It’s free food, there for the picking.” However, she warns, “You have to know what you are doing. Some wild foods can be harmful.” For example, Nussinow advises natural awakenings

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sally present on raw vegetables and in milk, transform fresh food into preserved sustenance. Katz recalls how his boyhood love for sour pickles grew to an “obsession with all things fermented.” An abundant garden crop of cabbage left him wondering, “What are we going to do with all that cabbage?” The answer came naturally: “Let’s make sauerkraut.” Subsequently, Katz has become an international expert on the art and science of fermentation from wine to brine and beyond, collecting recipes and wisdom from past generations (WildFermentation. com). He observes, “Every single culture

enjoys fermented foods.” Increasing respect and reverence for fermented foods and related communities of beneficial microorganisms is a new frontier in nutrition and medical sciences. For example, several researchers at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics annual meeting last fall in Houston, Texas, described the connections between the trillions of bacteria living in the human gut, known as the “microbiota”, and mental and physical health. Kelly Tappenden, Ph.D., a professor of nutrition and gastrointestinal physiology with the University of Illinois at

Urbana-Champaign, explained that gut bacteria play a variety of roles, including assisting in the digestion and absorption of nutrients; influencing gene expression; supporting the immune system; and affecting body weight and susceptibility to chronic disease.

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10 Farm/estate-branded items Source: omega-3 fatty acids compared to conventional, or non-organic, whole milk. The striking difference is accounted for by the fact that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s national organic program legally requires that organic cows have access to pasture throughout the grazing season. The more time cows spend on high-quality pasture, which includes grass, legumes and hay, the more beneficial the fats will be in their milk. On the other hand, when ruminant animals, designed to graze on pasture, are fed a steady diet of corn and soy, both their milk and meat contain less beneficial fat. According to Captain Joseph Hibbeln, a lipid biochemist and physician at the National Institutes of Health, American diets have become deficient in omega-3 fatty acids over the past 100 years, largely because of industrial agriculture. Hibbeln believes that consuming more omega-3s may be one of the most important dietary changes Americans can make to reduce the risk of chronic diseases, improve mental health and enhance children’s brain and eye development, including boosting their IQs. Coldwater fish such as salmon, mackerel, tuna and sardines provide excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acnatural awakenings

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ids. Plus, dairy and meat from animals raised on pasture can improve our intake, as well.


How might eating with the “creation” in mind influence food and agriculture trends? Barbara Ross, director of social services for Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri, believes, “People’s common denominator is that we are all part of and integral to the creation.” She considers how “Food, agriculture, environment and economy are bound together in a way that requires we think, plan and act for the dignity of each person and the common good of the human family.” Ross explains that the choices we make in these vital areas affect the richness of our soils, the purity of our air and water and the health of all living things. Marie George, Ph.D., a professor of philosophy at St. John’s University, in Queens, New York, agrees, “The serious ecological crises we see today stem from the way we think,” and “reveal an urgent moral need for a new solidarity” to be better stewards of the


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Earth and its creatures. For example, George sees it as contrary to human dignity to cause animals to suffer; that’s why she opposes gestation crates and the push for cheap food that exploits animals and the environment in the process. Kelly Moltzen, a registered dietitian in Bronx, New York, shares a passion for addressing food justice and sustainability from her faith-based perspective of Franciscan spirituality. She believes that, “When we connect our spirituality with the daily act of eating, we can eat in a way that leads to a right relationship with our Creator.” By bridging spirituality with nutrition and the food system, Moltzen hopes to raise awareness of how people can care for their body as a temple and live in right relationship with the Earth, which she perceives as “the larger house of God.” Fred Bahnson, director of the Food, Faith and Religious Leadership Initiative at Wake Forest University’s School of Divinity, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is the author of Soil and Sacrament: A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith. His book takes the reader on a

journey to four different faith communities—Catholic, Protestant, Pentecostal and Jewish—to explore connections between spiritual nourishment and the cultivation of food. Bahnson speaks about sacred soil and the communities of mystical microorganisms that lie within and create the foundation for sustenance. He also describes the special power of communal gardens, which welcome all and provide nourishing food, yet come to satisfy more than physical hunger. Regardless of religious denomination, Amanda Archibald, a registered dietitian in Boulder, Colorado, believes, “We are in a new era of food— one that embraces and honors food producers and food systems that respect soil, environment and humanity itself.” Melinda Hemmelgarn, aka the “food sleuth”, is a registered dietitian and award-winning writer and radio host at, in Columbia, MO ( She advocates for organic farmers at


Action Plan for Parents

Seven Signs of Food Sensitivities by Pamela Bond


what he calls nutrient deficit disorder without resorting to drugs. Increasingly, kids are developing formerly adultonset diseases, such as Type 2 diabetes, obesity, depression, cardiovascular disease and acid reflux, he says. If it seems that a child is having a dietary reaction, first look for clues. “A lot of parents already suspect the answer,” says Kelly Dorfman, a licensed nutritionist dietitian and author of What’s Eating Your Child? Become a “nutrition detective”, she suggests. Here’s how to assess conditions and find solutions.

Spitting Up

n recent years, Pediatrician William Sears has seen many more cases of asthma and eczema in his San Clemente, California, office. Dairy and wheat remain the biggest culprits, but experts believe new factors may be contributing to the rise in food sensitivities, including synthetic additives like partially hydrogenated oils, artificial colors and flavors and sweeteners, plus genetically modified ingredients. Often undiagnosed and untreated, food intolerances can cause long-term tissue damage, warns Sears, author of The NDD Book, which addresses

Suspects: Intolerance to casein—a protein prevalent in dairy cow milk different from its form in breast milk that can get into mothers’ milk or formula— tends to irritate an infant’s gut lining, causing gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and then chronic ear infections or constipation, says Dorfman. Action: Remove dairy from the baby’s and nursing mom’s diet for at least a week. For formula feeding, choose a brand made with predigested casein or whey. To heal baby’s damaged intestinal

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has shown that 90 percent of kids with recurring ear infections or ear fluid have food reactions, corroborated by Dorfman’s patients.

Chronic Diarrhea

Action: Quit dairy and soy for several months to verify a correlation. Dorfman recommends eliminating soy milk, soy yogurt and tofu, adding that ultrasensitive individuals may need to avoid processed foods that contain soy byproducts.

Action: When possible, buy organic foods certified to contain no artificial colors. Otherwise, scrutinize food labels for the nine petroleum-based synthetic dyes in U.S. foods: Blue 1 and 2, Citrus Red 2, Green 3, Orange B, Red 3 and 40, Yellow 5 and 6. Avoid ingredients like high-fructose corn syrup, sucrose, glucose, fructose, cane sugar and syrup—all added sugars.

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Suspects: Intolerance to gluten (a protein in wheat and other grains) or lactose (dairy sugar). Diarrhea, the gastrointestinal tract’s way of eliminating problematic substances, plus gas and bloating, often accompany these intolerances. Lactose intolerance is usually a root cause and is present in nearly everyone that’s gluten intolerant, Dorfman says. Action: Get a blood test to check for celiac disease, then eliminate gluten for at least a month. Although the diarrhea could end within a week, “You need a few weeks to see a trend,” counsels Dorfman. Consume fermented dairy products like cheese and yogurt, which have low lactose levels; cream dairy products may also test OK.

Chronic Ear Infections

Suspects: Dairy intolerance and for many, soy sensitivity. Some research

Suspects: Reaction to gluten, casein (in dairy products) and eggs plus oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, lemons, strawberries and pineapple. Action: Because itchiness can suggest a histamine response, ask an allergist for an IgE radioallergosorbent (RAST) blood test to detect food sensitivities.


Suspects: Sensitivity to artificial colors or sugar. According to Sears, children’s underdeveloped blood-brain barrier increases vulnerability to the neurotoxic effects of chemical food additives, including artificial colors and monosodium glutamate (MSG).




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Suspects: Gluten sensitivity is traditionally associated exclusively with digestive disturbances, but some recent studies have linked it to neurological symptoms, from moodiness and chronic headaches to ADHD and coordination loss. Action: Eliminate gluten for a month to assess a potential connection between mood and food, possibly signaled by excessive eating of a certain food.

Stunted Growth

Suspects: Gluten sensitivity or zinc deficiency. Because gluten intolerance interferes with nutrient absorption, suffering kids often fail to thrive. “Small size—height or weight—is a classic symptom of celiac disease,” Dorfman advises. Zinc could be another factor; it normalizes appetite and through its relationship with growth hormones, helps the body develop. If levels are too low, growth will be abnormally stunted. In such cases, a child may rarely be hungry, be a picky eater or complain that food smells or tastes funny, Dorfman says. Action: Eliminate gluten consumption for a month. A blood test by a pediatrician can determine serum zinc levels, or buy a zinc sulfate taste test online. After sipping a zinc sulfate solution, the child will report either tasting nothing (indicating deficiency) or a bad flavor (no deficiency). Zinc-rich foods include beef, chicken, beans, pumpkin seeds, cashews and chickpeas. To counter a deficiency, ask a family healthcare provider for an age-appropriate supplement dose. Pamela Bond is the managing editor of Natural Foods Merchandiser.

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ardening is not about having or taking; it’s about giving,” says Connecticut psychotherapist Gunilla Norris, author of A Mystic Garden: Working with Soil, Attending to Soul. “And in giving, the garden gives back to you.” She deems the art of practicing gratitude in the garden as an intentional path for cultivating spirituality.“Every day, go out and thank the ground. Life is burgeoning all around us, all the time,” she continues. “If we can just appreciate that, it’s a big deal.” It’s hard not to be humbled and awed by the miracle of life when we see a seedling push its tiny green head above ground, lean toward the sun and unfurl its first set of leaves. Each bit of plant life is simply fulfilling its mission to grow and be. “Gardening enhances our relationship to the Earth. Through gardening, we are helping to heal the planet, which is part of the work we are all called to do,” remarks Al Fritsch, a Jesuit priest in Ravenna, Kentucky, and author of the e-book, Spiritual Growth Through Domestic Gardening (free at Over his lifetime, Fritsch has helped turn a parking lot, a section of church lawn, and overgrown bottomland all into thriving gardens. In his view, “It gives us a sense of home, roots us in place.”

We can even discover our personal calling through cultivating a garden while gleaning endless spiritual lessons: Here dwells patience and an appreciation for the natural order of things; no fertilizer can force a flower to bloom before its time. Here resides mindfulness as we learn to notice changes in the plants under our care and discern what they need to thrive. Here abides interdependence; we wouldn’t have carrots, corn or cherries without the bats, birds, and bees playing in the pollen. In a garden, we naturally accept the cycle of life, death and rebirth as we bid adieu to the joy of seasonal colors and let flowerbeds rest in peace, anticipating their budding and blooming again. Just as the fruits of growing a garden exceed the doing—the weeding and seeding and countless other tasks—so do the riches of tending a spiritual life surpass the striving. We do well to rejoice in the sacred space created, cherishing every spiritual quality nurtured within and reflected in the Divine handiwork. Breathing in the floral perfume carried by the breeze and reveling in the multi-hued textures of living artistry, we celebrate the fact that we too, are playing our part of the natural miracle of life. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson at

The Zone Diet for Balanced Nutrition by Michelle Angelo, DPT

I was introduced to the Zone Diet back in 2011 after joining CrossFit Myrtle Beach. I had bounced around from different styles of eating, like vegan, when I was in college, to only eating raw foods in graduate school, and then a gradual move back to vegan. I felt as though I was eating a well-balanced diet, filled with carbohydrates, protein and fat, until I decided to embark on a nine-week challenge using The Zone method of eating, held at CrossFit Myrtle Beach. I quickly discovered I needed to rethink my daily diet.


he Zone Diet, by Dr. Barry Sears, was designed with the concept that if you create balance in the foods you eat, you will achieve balance in your body, which will lead to a longer and healthier life. The way the Zone Diet creates balance in the body is through control of your hormones. It’s a diet balanced in protein, carbohydrates and fat. At every meal or snack, you need to eat a mixture of protein and carbohydrates to maintain steady insulin levels. When I first began eating according to The Zone, my protein was coming from powdered protein supplements and processed soy products. I really lacked variety there. I have since transitioned to eating seafood, which has given me more variety, more nutrition and helped my athletic performance significantly. Initially, the hardest part of incorporating live foods into my diet was accepting that I was harming another living thing, but I truly felt as if my body

needed a more sustainable source of protein. The best fat sources are natural ones, like avocados, nuts and seeds, and olive oil. The Zone Diet taught me the importance of eating a small amount of added fat at every meal or snack. I previously found myself grabbing a handful of almonds. After educating myself with the Zone Diet, I realized that my body only needed a few almonds to be satisfied. Portion control was a major lesson learned when beginning to live a life of eating in The Zone. The most favorable carbohydrate choices are raw or cooked vegetables and fruits that are lower in natural sugar, like berries and apples. We are very fortunate to have a large supply of locally grown produce, some of which is even certified organic, here on the Grand Strand. I encourage growing your own garden or taking advantage of as much local produce as possible. Wouldn’t you rather eat something grown in your backyard than something that was picked in California two weeks ago and has been riding on a truck to your local supermarket? I find it very rewarding to walk out the back door and pick something that I grew in my own soil. The Waccamaw Market Cooperative holds farmers’ markets in four different locations throughout Horry County. In addition, the city of Myrtle Beach’s Myrtle’s Market, on 10th Avenue, is open three days a week, offering seasonal fruits and vegetables that are locally grown. The Local Table is an online farmers’ market that delivers to your home from Myrtle Beach area farmers that value sustainable, organic and humane farming practices. As a doctor of physical therapy, I often have patients say they know they need to lose weight because it would also help ease their back or knee pain. Most often they don’t know where to turn for help because there are so many different theories on the best way to lose weight. I frequently talk to them about the Zone Diet because it teaches portion size, balanced meals, and the importance of eating frequently. I want them to understand they are making a change in their lifestyle, not just starting a temporary diet program. While following the Zone Diet, you are still able to eat normal foods in proper portions to meet your body’s needs. You will learn that if you make more intelligent food choices, like eating broccoli for carbohydrates instead of pasta, you can eat a larger portion, allowing you to feel fuller and not want second servings. As a CrossFit instructor, I encourage athletes that are looking for weight loss to not only exercise, but to look at how they are fueling their bodies. I personally have seen and felt the difference in performance when eating according to the Zone Diet. In the beginning as you start transiting to a new lifestyle, don’t be too hard on yourself. Try to stick to the plan 90 percent of the time and you will be well on your way to a healthier, happier you. Michelle Angelo, DPT, works at NextStep Physical Therapy, in Carolina Forest, and as a Level 1 certified CrossFit instructor at CrossFit Myrtle Beach. See ad, page 18. natural awakenings

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SATURDAY, MARCH 1 Vi s u a l i z e : C re a t e Yo u r L i f e w / A n n i e Kaufman−1pm-3pm. We create as we live, and our life is our story. Create what you want using a vision board as a tool; tell your story. $35 or bring a friend, $30 each. Pre-registration req. Holistic Health & Healing Center of MB, 1601 Oak St, #303, 636-524-9188,,

SUNDAY, MARCH 2 Celebration Service “The Silence” w/Rev. Margaret Hiller−11am. Community Potluck right after service. Vegan/Vegetarian appreciated. All are welcome. Love Offering. Unity Christ Church of MB, 1270 Surfside Industrial Park Dr, Surfside, 843-238-8516, Music Yoga Session w/Jennifer Robancho & Philip Pennington−3-5pm. Live music, yoga, & kirtan by visiting artists from Wilmington. Reconnects you to peace and joyful motion. Jennifer leads yoga while Philip plays classical guitar. Session ends with kirtan. All levels. By donation: $35 value. Yoga in Common, 3062 Deville St, Market Common, 843-839-9636,

MONDAY, MARCH 3 Emotional Eaters Meetup w/Leslie O’Neil, Holistic Health Coach−7pm. Are you and emotional eater looking for better health? Explore the effects of emotional eating on our health and well being. RSVP, Leslie: 843-360-1140, space limited. Holistic Health & Healing Center of Myrtle Beach, 1601 Oak St, #303.

TUESDAY, MARCH 4 Tools for Your Spiritual Journey-Monthly Meetup w/Sandra Walter, Cht, & Mary Roberts, Reiki Master & Intuitive−10:30am-Noon. Discover where you are in your spiritual journey. Mary specializes in Angel messaging, outer realm visions for your future and Reiki. Sandra specializes in past life retrieval, intuitive messages and kinetic healing. Attendees receive an Angel and soul card pull. $20. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. 843-421-6717, Meditation Circle w/Galina Ross, Sacred Heart Healer/Teacher, IHAI−6-8pm. Share love & support, and feel that we are together in the ascension. Galina is an Energy Attunement, Reiki, Sacred Heart and Sound Healing Teacher/Healer, certified Hypnotherapist, co-founder of the Intl Healing Art Inst. Bring a blanket & pillow. $5. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. 843-421-6717, Universal Laws: Law of Attraction w/Annie Kaufman−6:30-8:30pm. Through understanding how the Law of Attraction works, look at how we create our lives to be the way they are and how we can do it differently. $35 or bring a friend: $30 each.


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Pre-registration req. Holistic Health & Healing Center of MB, 1601 Oak St, #303, 636-524-9188,, Open Door Reiki Share w/Eileen Foose, RN & Reiki masters−7-9pm. (1st Tues) A gathering of like minds for mini Reiki treatments and a sharing circle. Come and enjoy the energy work at Unity. Free will love offering to assist the Care Team of Unity. Unity Christ Church of MB, 1270 Surfside Industrial Park Dr, Surfside, 843 238-8516,

MARCH 4-14 Pottery & Native Spirituality w/Springbank staff. Experience Prayer Lodge and Vision Quest. Create unique earthen vessels for ritual using a handbuilding technique and a primitive firing process with leaves, pine straw, and sawdust. No art experience req. Springbank Retreat for Eco-Spirituality and the Arts, 1345 Springbank Rd., Kingstree. $790 fee includes lodging and meals. 843-382-9777 or

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5 Hay Time Monthly Meetup w/ Kristi Thompson, Certified Heal Your Life® Facilitator−10am-Noon. (1st Wed) A discussion group based on a variety of metaphysical topics by Hay House Publishing authors. Info:, Kristi, 843-4248317, $10. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. 843-421-6717, Free Hypnosis Seminar−6-7pm. Learn how hypnosis works and how the subconscious mind can create success or sabotage. Tap into the power of the subconscious mind in order to create real and lasting change and understand your behaviors better. Learn why you encounter struggles and difficulties when trying to change habits or reach goals. Must preregister. The Yoga Room & Healing Center, 196B Stonebridge Dr. MB. 843-957-6926, Reiki Professional Development Monthly Meetup w/Kristi Thompson−6-8pm. Join Reiki Master/ Teacher Kristi for this professional development Meetup for all Certified Reiki Practitioners of all levels and experience. Will meet once a month to come together and learn about techniques and topics regarding Reiki. Will explore a different topic. $10. Kristi Thompson, Usui Reiki Master/Teacher, Dir of Operations, 843-421-6717. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. Unity Healing & Prayer Service w/Olivia Rose−6:30-7:30pm. Meditation, prayer, hands-onhealing. Love offering. Unity Peace Chapel, Unity Christ Church of MB, 1270 Surfside Industrial Park Dr, Surfside, 843 238-8516, Success 101 w/Mike Oglesbee−7:30-8:30pm. Debut of Success 101 classes, 4 wks with ea session

building from the previous; must attend 1st class. 5 group hypnosis sessions to program you with the qualities and characteristics needed succeed in your life. From the foundational program utilized throughout the southeast. Only 8 seats avail. Must preregister. The Yoga Room and Healing Arts Co-op. 196B Stonebridge Dr, MB. 843-957-6926,

THURSDAY, MARCH 6 Emotional Eaters Meetup w/Leslie O’Neil, Holistic Health Coach−11am. Are you and emotional eater looking for better health? Explore the effects of emotional eating on health and well being. Holistic Health & Healing Center of Myrtle Beach 1601 Oak St, #303. Space limited, RSVP Leslie: 843360-1140.

FRIDAY, MARCH 7 Start, Grow or Expand Your Business Series w/ Psychic Lisa Ann−7-9pm. Just starting your business, growing, re-creating, building clients? Need a lot of money for marketing? Success is knocking at your door. Monthly class designed to give you all the tools you need to help you make your business the best. 17 years of exp. $20. Yoga Room & Healing Art Co-Op, 196 Stonebridge Dr, MB. 845-355-8022,

MARCH 7-9 Spirit Quest w/Grandmother June Perry & Betsy Bowman. A prayerful and insightful experience. Be open and receptive to the Spirit and listen in the quiet of the natural world-the focus of this seven hour quest. Prayer Lodge is an integral part. Springbank Retreat for Eco-Spirituality and the Arts, 1345 Springbank Rd., Kingstree. $200 fee includes lodging and meals. 843-382-9777 or

SATURDAY, MARCH 8 Meditation Workshop w/Tricia Reich−9:3011:30am. J Bryan Floyd Community Center, 1030 Possum Trot Rd, North Myrtle Beach. $20 advance registration $25 the day of. Info: 843-485-3632, The Healing Way to Abundance Workshop: Releasing 5th Chakra Energies w focus on Prosperity & Success w/Annie Kaufman−1-4pm. Identifying woundings, conflicts and vows in your 5th chakra then using a multi-discipline approach to healing and releasing blocks to being your most authentic self. $40/workshop Pre-registration req. Holistic Health & Healing Center of MB, 1601 Oak St, #303, 636-524-9188,, Yoga Workshop w/Didier Razon−7-9:30pm. Led by a Master Guru of Yoga, featured in the movie Eat Pray Love, join Didier for an all levels asana practice followed by chai and snacks and discussion of the Siddha yoga philosophy. Signed certificate

of participation. $40. Preregister. Anaerobic Studio, Myrtle Beach Mall, 10177 N. Kings Hwy, MB. Ana Silvia Mincey, 843-272-0229,

MARCH 9-10 Touch for Health II w/Larry Green. (Level 1 prereq). Learn 14 new muscle tests and addl corrections esp helpful for back pain, strengthening the core muscles, assessing the legs and neck. The Five Elements theory and Midday/Midnight law from acupuncture will be applied through a process for muscle and meridian corrections. 3 self balancing techniques will be taught with pain control skills and short cuts to improve efficiency. $275 (15 CEU's avail for LMT's, Nurses, Acupuncturists) Info: U.S. Kinesiology Institute, 919-933-9299, Class at Holistic Health & Healing Center of Myrtle Beach 1601 Oak St, #303.

TUESDAY, MARCH 11 Develop Your Intuition w/Annie Kaufman−6:308:30pm. Use intuition exercises to develop ability to read others and use medium-ship. Learn to receive and interpret info, and learn telepathy. $35, or bring a friend: $30 each. Pre-registration req. Holistic Health & Healing Center of MB, 1601 Oak St, #303. 636-524-9188,, Spring Clean Eating Webinar w/Leslie O’Neil, Holistic Health Coach−8:30-9:15pm. Reboot and shake off the winter blues with great nutrition. Clean up your diet and get ready for summer. $5, donated to the SC Wellness Council. Info: Leslie, or register at

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12 Smoking Cessation Hypnosis Seminar w/Mike Oglesbee−5-6:30pm. Utilizing hypnosis and re-association, Maximized Mind has developed a system with an extremely high success rate. Reprogramming your life as a non smoker in an easier and natural way without going through the harsh withdrawals of quitting smoking. Attendees can return for future group sessions free. $85. Must preregister. Only 8 seats avail. Yoga Room and Healing Art Co-op. 196B Stonebridge Dr. MB. 843-957-6926, Law of Attraction Monthly Meetup w/Dr Janet Hosmer & Dr Stan Gravely−7-9pm. Law of Attraction & teachings of Abraham-Hicks with Certified Law of Attraction Practitioner, Exec Dir of Life in Balance. Welcoming back regular LOA speaker, Dr. Stan Gravely, PhD, a spirit, mind and body consultant with 20 years exp helping himself and others to be healthy, wealthy, happy, and free. Drop in, $1. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. 843-421-6717,

$85 for all 4. Call to register and for follow-up dates. (6 CEU’s for Bodyworkers & LMT’s). Holistic Health & Healing Center, 1601 Oak St., Unit 303, Myrtle Beach. Lindsley, 843-651-1086, Mindful Parents w/Sheena Bounsanga, RRPr−7:30-9pm. Mindfulness workshop to reverse the effects of stress and anxiety, empowering parents to empower their children through mindfulness. Creates calm, confident children and families. Taught by owner of Blue Bamboo Holistics, Ontario CN. $35 or $60 per couple. Yoga in Common, 3062 Deville St, Market Common, 843-839-9636,

MARCH 14-15 Quantum Reiki Level 2: Healing for the Age of Aquarius w/Lindsley Field−Fri, 6:30-9pm & Sat, 10am-5:30pm. , Karuna® & Usui Reiki Master, teaching since 1998. Hands-on, experiential class, contemporizing Reiki principles and ancient sutras; focuses on emotional and mental transformation and distant healing. Learn the Ascension Symbol, origin, purpose and a variety of practical applications of each symbol taught, along with self-care and energetic cleansing protocols, two attunements. Pre-req: Reiki 1. $250 includes manual and certificate. $50 deposit reserves space. (10 CEU’s for Bodyworkers & LMT’s). In Murrells Inlet. Lindsley 843-651-1086,

MARCH 14-16 Awakening the Spirit Within: Learning to Play the Flute w/Cerantha Corley. Find out how a Native American-style flute can express your inner song. Let your soul speak to you through flute-playing and expressive painting. Springbank Retreat for Eco-Spirituality and the Arts, 1345 Springbank Rd., Kingstree. $275 fee includes lodging and meals. 843-382-9777 or HYPERLINK "http://www."

SATURDAY, MARCH 15 Top Ten Pain Releasers,Part 1 w/Arlene Green. Learn techniques to relieve stress and pain. Quality muscle testing taught along with kinesiology, polarity, acupressure reflexes, and energy healing. $140 (8 CEU's avail for LMT's, Nurses, Acupuncturists). Info: U.S. Kinesiology Institute, 919-9339299 Class at Holistic Health & Healing Center of Myrtle Beach 1601 Oak St, #303. Growing Healthy w/Rebecca Turk−9:30am-2pm. Moore Farms Botanical Garden teaches how to start veggie and herb garden early, from seed. Sow seeds to take home. Will discuss different cultivars and how to grow them. Class registration limited to the first 25. All materials are included, including lunch- call for any special diet-needs. $25. 100 New Zion Rd, Lake City. Info: Rebecca Turk at rturk@,


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Moving Meditations: Trager® & Mentastics® w/Lindsley Field, certified Trager Tutor−6:30-8:30 pm. (1st of 4wk series) Our brains and bodies hold tension patterns and conditioned responses. Be-friend your body, listen to its signals, increase self-awareness, and learn how to transform tension patterns, restriction, stiffness and pain. Wear loose clothing, socks and bring 2 pillows. $25/week or

2 Day Psychic Fair–10am-4pm. Mediums, Psychics, Medical Intuitives, energy healing, Tarot Cards, Angel Cards, past life readings, essential oil candles, Reiki & more. Aura Photography. Great new exotic & rare gemstones. Find unusual incense, smudging supplies, crystals, gemstones & artwork. 15% off gift shop items. Free admission. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347

Big Barn Dr, Little River. 843-421-6717, Mindful Kids–Mindful Educators w/Sheena Bounsanga, RRPr−Sat, 11-Noon, Sun, 4-5:30pm. Sat session empowers children 4-12+to better cope by incorporating mindfulness techniques. Sun session is aimed to provide teachers with proven calming tools and strategies they can use in the classroom to make the learning environment a better place for students and teachers. Taught by owner of Blue Bamboo Holistics, Ontario, CN. Kids Sat session: $25 or $40 for two siblings. Sun session $45 per educator/adult. Yoga in Common, 3062 Deville St, Market Common, 843-839-9636,

SUNDAY, MARCH 16 Top Ten Pain Releasers Part 2 w/Arlene Green. Learn meridian and energy balancing techniques for stress and pain relief. Figure Eight Energy, Meridian Walking, Acu Point Pain Tapping, Food and Environmental Testing, Sound balancing and Gait corrections. $140 (8 CEU's avail for LMT's, Nurses, Acupuncturists) Info: U.S. Kinesiology Institute, 919-933-9299 Class at Holistic Health & Healing Center of Myrtle Beach 1601 Oak St, #303. Yin Yoga with Relaxation w/Laura−6-8pm. Yin practice that will focus on releasing tension deep within the spine. Pranayama and meditation will relax the nervous system and prepare for sleep. All levels $20 pre-registration req. Shanti Yoga Studio MB, 3901 N Kings Hwy, MB. Info: 843-467-5444,

TUESDAY, MARCH 18 Universal Laws: Law of Deliberate Creation w/Annie Kaufman−6:30-8:30pm. Take Law of Attraction further and learn to create consciously and deliberately, how to live your life with the Law of Deliberate Creation. $35, or bring a friend: $30 each. Pre-registration req. Holistic Health & Healing Center of MB, 1601 Oak St, #303. 636524-9188,,

MARCH 18-19 Drum Making w/Theresa Linehan. Share in the ancient wisdom of our native sisters and brothers by creating and crafting a hand-held drum in the native tradition. Drums blessed and awakened at the end of the class to give voice. Materials fee: $100. Springbank Retreat for Eco-Spirituality and the Arts, 1345 Springbank Rd., Kingstree. $200 fee includes lodging and meals. 843-382-9777 or HYPERLINK "http://www.SpringbankRetreat. org"

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19 Past Life Regression Hypnosis Seminar w w/ Mike Oglesbee−5:30-7pm. To explore your past lives for fun, curiosity, or to enhance your life by tapping into hidden potentials that are lurking within. Gides you through a deep state of hypnosis allowing you to explore many different past lives lived. $35. Only 8 seats avail. Must preregister. Yoga Room and Healing Arts Co-op. 196B Stonebridge Dr, MB. 843-957-6926, MaximizedMind. com.

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classifieds BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY FITNESS & GROUP CLASS SPACE AVAIL. Yoga, Gigong, Tai Chi, Martial Arts, classes and seminars. Floors, mirrors, sound system, and desk and facilities support in new wellness building. Great location, high visibility, reasonable rates, brand new. Run your own program. Sky Fitness 24/7 Gym, 4828 Hwy 17 Bypass S, Myrtle Beach. 843-293-3488, ask for Will. FURNISHED SPACES for rent by hour, week or month for LMT’s, Health Professionals, or those that need space to work with clients, treat clients, meet. Larger yoga studio is also available for lease for events, workshops, classes and trainings and meetings. Reasonable rates. Join the Yoga Room Healing Arts Co-op, 196C Stonebridge Dr, MB. Photos and info at Call 843-450-9402. NUTRITION COACH ORIENTATION Every Tues. night 6:15pm. take a look at our business opportunity that is suitable for everyone. PT/FT. Our marketing plan is the best in the Industry. Come see for yourself. RSVP: Linda: 843-424-9586 or

MARCH 19-20 Reiki Level II Certification w/Kristi Thompson−69pm ea day. Usui Reiki is an ancient Japanese art utilizing energy that promotes healing. Level II provides deeper understanding and meaning. A combination of lecture, discussion, meditation, experience and Attunements. 6 hours of training, attunements, & manual from the International Center for Reiki Training (if you didn’t receive it in Level I), certificate of completion and followup support. $160. Info & register: Kristi Thompson, Usui Reiki Master/Teacher, Dir of Operations, 843-424-8317, 843-421-6717, kthompson@ Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River.

MARCH 21-23 Radiant Splendor: The Interface of Science & Spirituality w/Barbara Fiand. Explores issues of faith, especially a transformation of consciousness that speaks to a conversion of the heart. This spirit of God within invites participants to a new vision that will transform and re-energize them. Springbank Retreat for Eco-Spirituality and the Arts, 1345 Springbank Rd., Kingstree. $275 fee includes lodging and meals. 843-382-9777 or

SATURDAY, MARCH 22 Aromatherapy: Ancient Medicine for Modern Times w/Lindsley Field−10am-4pm. Experiential class; learn the basics of therapeutic grade oils, their chemistry, history and how to use them safely at home. Audiovisuals and handouts for take away protocols. Scientific facts that will surprise and empower you. $85, must preregister. (5 CEU’s for Bodyworkers & LMT’s). Holistic Health & Healing Center of Myrtle Beach, 1601 Oak St., #303. 843-651-1086,


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Get Unstuck: Finding Motivation & Building Good Habits w/The Ganden Kadampa Buddhist Center−1-4pm. Not satisfied with how things are, yet unable to make a change, we get stuck. Understanding the methods for moving towards growth, we get unstuck and find deeper happiness. Half day meditation course, no exp req. $15 members, $20 non-members. Inlet Yoga, 637D Bellamy Ave, Murrells Inlet. 843-655-6272, The Healing Way to Abundance Workshop: Releasing 6th Chakra Energies w focus on Prosperity & Success w/Annie Kaufman−1-4pm. Identifying woundings, conflicts and vows in your 6th chakra then using a multi-discipline approach to healing and releasing blocks to seeing the world & yourself through clarity. $40/workshop. Pre-registration req. Holistic Health & Healing Center of MB, 1601 Oak St, #303, 636-524-9188,,

TUESDAY, MARCH 25 Learn the Power of Your Breath w/Annie Kaufman−6:30-8:30pm. Breathing techniques that will help your physical body function more effectively, bringing relaxation and peace, as well as techniques for healing on mental, physical, emotional and spiritual levels. $35, or bring a friend: $30 each. Pre-registration req. Holistic Health & Healing Center of MB, 1601 Oak St, #303. 636-524-9188,,

MARCH 25 & 26 Awareness through Writing: Expressing from the Heart w/Mary Catherine Harris. Awaken to a deeper awareness of your inner life through expressive writing. Notice the daily revelations of the Divine through nature and prayerful reflection. Identify and express in writing–through both poetry and prose–what your heart holds. Springbank Retreat for Eco-Spirituality and the Arts, 1345 Springbank Rd., Kingstree. $200 fee includes lodging and meals. 843-382-9777 or

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26 Weight Loss 101 w/Mike Oglesbee−5-6:30pm. Beginning of 6 wk series with maintenance sessions, replica of 1 year program. The subconscious is the most powerful influence in weight loss and important to utilize to create permanent change in your weight. The food portion of the diet is based on The Best Life Diet by Bob Greene, as seen on Oprah. Only 8 seats avail. Must preregister. Yoga Room and Healing Arts Co-op. 196B Stonebridge Dr, MB. 843-957-6926, Women’s Community Gathering w/Carol Dovi O’Dwyer−7:15-8:30pm. A safe and fun environment for women to explore topics: honoring our worth, framing change, telling the truth to ourselves, seeing our lives through gratitude, exploring our perspective on money, and other topics. $5 Info: Carol 843-650-5987. Yoga in Common, 3062 Deville St, Market Common, 843-839-9636,

THURSDAY, MARCH 27 Public Reiki Share–7-9pm. Open to all. For new and experienced practitioners to participate in giving and receiving Reiki in an atmosphere of friendship and love to each other and to attendees. Participating in a share is a beneficial way of

honoring one another as healers. Just drop in. $5 min donation. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. 843-4216717,

SATURDAY, MARCH 29 Change Your Vibration-Change Your Life w/ Psychic Lisa Ann−1-3pm. Learn what is keeping you from living your dream life, the “retreat, reflect and release” technique, how to not allow negativity to lower your vibration, simple & effective techniques to raise your vibration and how to finally create the life you want. $25, pre-registration req. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. 845-355-8022, Assists and Adjusts Workshop for Yoga Teachers w/ Maribeth MacKenzie, ERTY500 & Mimi Rose RYT200−1-7:30pm. Yoga Alliance registered yoga school teaches hands on assists and verbal cueing. Focus will be on the exploration of physical adjustments to help deepen the student's understandings of the asanas, as well as discussion of typical misalignments seen in class and how to remedy them through verbal and physical cue. Learn tools to confidently assist your students to go deeper into their practice. (6 Yoga Alliance CEUs avail). Inlet Yoga, 637D Bellamy Ave, Murrells Inlet. 843-6556272, Divine Mamas w/Jessica Kerridge 1-2:30pm. A 3-part yoga series for mothers. $20 for one workshop, or all 3 for $50. Yoga in Common, 3062 Deville St, Market Common, 843-839-9636, Experience Healing Through Sound w/Annie Kaufman−1-4pm. Music therapy works with illnesses, promotes healing, manages stress,& alleviates pain. Explore sound healing and learn to heal yourself. $40, or bring a friend: $30 each. Pre-registration req. Holistic Health & Healing Center of MB, 1601 Oak St, #303. 636-524-9188,, Message Circle (Connecting the Other Side) w/ Psychic Lisa Ann−7-9pm. Begin with meditation, and connect with your loved ones/guides/angels. Lisa Ann will connect with the other side and deliver a personal message to each member of the group. Participants allowed to ask a question each. Past, present, future and/or messages from your loved ones/guides/angels. $35. Seating limited, reservations req. Yoga Room and Healing Art Co-Op, 196 Stonebridge Dr, MB. 845-355-8022, Monthly North End Drum Circle w/Mary Roberts & Shaman Craig Talbot−7-9pm. Bring your drums, tambourines, noise makers, or whatever you have that makes noise. Share rhythm and get in tune with each other; form a group consciousness; entrain and resonate and to become one. $5 min donation. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. 843-4216717,

SUNDAY, MARCH 30 Life in Balance Thanks-Giving Day w/LIB Registered Practitioners−11am-1pm. A morning of grateful sharing with kindred spirits. Practitioners will begin with a meditation or chant to open sacred space, and follow with short presentations, minicard pull readings, energy relaxation, Q&A sessions

and more. Followed by Angel Light blessings. Free, and refreshments provided. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. 843-421-6717, The Wonder of Yes w/Susan Boles-11am. Sunday Service Speaker is a Licensed Unity Teacher, Intuitive Spiritual Counselor and Awakened Oneness Blessing Giver. After the service, stay after for special workshop: Lightshop: How to Step into the Big Yes w/Susan Boles. $20 suggested love offering. Unity Christ Church of MB, 1270 Surfside Industrial Park Dr, Surfside, 843-238-8516, Kundalini Yoga Workshop–Transitions w/Nicki Anahata Musick−4-5:30pm. Preparing for the spring equinox: the rise of earth energy and the budding of our aspirations for the solar year. Build, fortify and direct your energy for your creative ventures in occupation and relationships. Guest instructor Anahata, from Columbia. $15 per person, $25 for two. Yoga in Common, 3062 Deville St, Market Common, 843-839-9636,

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Open Door Reiki Share w/Eileen Foose, RN & other area Reiki masters−7-9pm. (1st Tues) A gathering of like minds for mini Reiki treatments and a sharing circle. Come and enjoy the energy work at Unity. Free will love offering to assist the Care Team of Unity Christ Church. Unity Christ Church of MB, 1270 Surfside Industrial Park Dr, Surfside, 843 238-8516,

APRIL 4-6 Healing Remedies: Self Care w/Louise McCormick & Cindy Barkei. Participants relax, experience, and learn therapies for self care. Includes experiences in aromatherapy, healing touch, herbals, nutrition, mindfulness techniques, guided imagery, and more. Will create herbal tinctures and aromatherapy combinations. Materials fee: $35. Springbank Retreat for Eco-Spirituality and the Arts, 1345 Springbank Rd., Kingstree. $275 fee includes lodging and meals. 843-382-9777 or

APRIL 5-6 Art in the Park at Chapin Park w/Waccamaw Arts and Crafts Guild−10am-4pm. 42nd Year. Over 60 artists from the East Coast with about 20 from our local area. Paintings, woodworking, photography, jewelry, fabric, glass, metal, pottery and stone. 1400 N. Kings Hwy. MB. Free admission. Child and pet friendly. JoAnne Utterback 843 446-3830,

APRIL 8-15 Icon Painting as Prayer w/Christopher Marie Wagner. Enter into the deep prayer time of Lent through the writing of the icon of the Mother of Tenderness (Vladimir Madonna). Learn the basic techniques of iconography and the symbolism and spirituality of the icon and complete an icon using acrylics and gold leaf. No exp req. Materials fee: $40; class limited to 10. Springbank Retreat for Eco-Spirituality and the Arts, 1345 Springbank Rd., Kingstree. $675 fee includes lodging and meals. 843-382-9777 or

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Spring Cleaning Juice Cleanse Weekend at Inlet Yoga. When you drink juice, concentrated vitamins, minerals and enzymes enter the bloodstream giving your digestive organs a much-needed rest. Juice & Yoga Workshop, support system and more all included in this amazing transformational weekend. Inlet Yoga, 637D Bellamy Ave, Murrells Inlet. 843655-6272,

Art in the Park at Valor Park w/Waccamaw Arts and Crafts Guild−10am-4pm. 42nd Year. Over 60 artists from the East Coast with about 20 from our local area. Paintings, woodworking, photography, jewelry, fabric, glass, metal, pottery and stone. 1120 Farrow Pkwy, Market Common, MB. Free admission. Child and pet friendly. JoAnne Utterback 843 446-3830,

ongoingevents sunday Unity Christ Church Sunday Morning Circle w/Susan Boles, LUT & Lesta Sue Hardee–9:3010:30am. Metaphysical Studies, Spiritual DVDs with dialog. Current Book: The Way of Liberation by Adyashanti. Unity Christ Church, 1270 Surfside Industrial Pk Dr., Surfside, 843-238-8516, Unity Christ Church Celebration Service w/Rev. Margaret Hiller & Guests–11am service. Prayer, meditation, song, messages & family. Music by the Unity Band. Youth programs ea Sun, Bookstore open 10am-1pm. Unity Christ Church, 1270 Surfside Industrial Pk Dr., Surfside, 843-238-8516, Oneness Blessing w/Unity Blessing Givers– 12:20pm. In Peace Chapel after the regular service. Unity Christ Church, 1270 Surfside Industrial Pk Dr., Surfside, 843-238-8516, UnityMyrtleBeach. org. Seated Meditation w/Jay Kennedy, Scott Pomicter or Joanna Ducey–5:45pm. A healing meditation for everyone, no exp req. Love offering. Yoga in Common, 3062 Deville St, Market Common, MB. Register at 843-839-9636,

monday Forrest Yoga w/Joanna Ducey–6am-7am. Built upon four pillars: Breath, Strength, Integrity and Spirit. Allows connection to and movement from your core, release neck, shoulder and back tightness, and build flexibility and strength throughout the whole body. For those without physical restrictions. $12 walk-in, 10 class pass $96, 4 wk unlimited $60.Yoga DiVita, 4340 Big Barn Dr. #108 Little River, 843-283-2827, dmdivita@yogadivita. com, Vinyasa/Yin/Restorative w/Laura Klem–6:308pm. Sun salutations and standing poses, followed by yin poses to get deep into the hips. Practice concludes with restorative poses and relaxation. Walk-ins welcome, $15 drop in, or class pass. 3901 N Kings Hwy, MB, 843-467-5444, Kripalu Yoga w/Penny–7-8:15pm. Gentle stretching & Restorative yoga, with breathing techniques, warm-ups, postures, meditation & relaxation. Kripalu teacher. Suggested $10 love offering. Unity Christ Church, 1270 Surfside Industrial Pk Dr. Surfside. 843-902-1416, Buddhist Study Group−7:30pm. Myrtle Beach

Karma Kagyu Tibetan Buddhist study group offers a 7 wk course, “Intro to Buddhism”. Group meditation & meditation instruction. Free, donations accepted, not req. Forestbrook Area, MB. 843-655-8056,, Psychic Development and Meditation w/Psychic Lisa Ann–7:30-9pm (not 3/17). For beginners and pro’s alike. We’re all psychic/intuitive; the gift is learning how to fine tune your psychic abilities in order to better your life. $15. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. 845-355-8022,

tuesday Weight Loss Challenge w/Inlet Nutrition. AM & PM classes avail. Weekly prizes, coaching support, nutritional topics, free metabolism test and more. $35 fee to join. Cash prizes awarded at the end of the challenge. Ongoing classes and registr. Rules in place for accountability. Murrells Inlet. Linda: 843-424-9586. Vinyasa w/Dawn Yager–6-7am. One hour practice, good for all levels. Modifications given for new students. Sun salutations, standing poses, back bending and inversions get you ready for your day. Walk-ins welcome, $15 drop in, or class pass. 3901 N Kings Hwy, MB, 843-467-5444, Ashtanga Primary Series w/Lyndsay Bahn Trimble−9-10:45am. Breathwork and a powered up, traditional flow of postures linking mind and body together for a mindful moving meditation. All levels with knowledge of sun salutations. Prepare to sweat and detoxify. $15 or class passes. 417 79th Ave N, Ste E, MB., 843-333-2656, Awareness Through Movement, Feldenkrais® Method w/Heidi McGovern PT GCFP−10-11am. To feel better, move easier, look younger & release stress. Scientifically based non-habitual movements capitalize on the brain’s capacity to change. $10 per class or pay by month for $10 discount. Bring a mat. Possum Trot Rec Center in NMB. 843-361-8436,, Qi Gong for Health w/ Lynne Starke–11:3012:30pm. (Thru Mar) Qi Gong is a gentle form of exercise that helps improve health and overall being. Its gentle movements will: stretch and strengthen muscles, improve balance and flexibility, reduce inflammation in joints. $6/class, with certified instructor. Holistic Health & Healing Center of MB, 1601 Oak St, #303, Myrtle Offices Complex.

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RSVP & info: 843-293-0125. World Peace Diet Book Study Group: w/ Bonnie Scrudato−4pm-5:30pm. (Series: thru 3/25). The World Peace Diet, Eating for Spiritual Health and Social Harmony, by Dr. Will Tuttle. Based on the interconnectedness of all life and how our daily choices impact the world in which we live. Bonnie is a World Peace Diet Facilitator, Reiki master, artist and universe whisperer. Vegan/Plant Based snacks welcomed. Info: 843-455-4048. Love Offering. Unity Christ Church of MB, 1270 Surfside Industrial Park Dr, Surfside, 843 238-8516, Nutrition Coach Orientation w/Linda Sacchetti−6:15pm. Take a look at a business opportunity suitable for everyone. PT/FT. Marketing plan is the best in the industry, see for yourself. RSVP: Linda: 843-424-9586 or lindasacchetti@ It’s Your Turn! Meditation & More w/Psychic Lisa Ann−7:30-9pm. (No class 3/17) Each week is a different topic designed to inspire you to create the life you want, give you the tools to make those changes, and provide you with the support you need to make your dreams happen. $15. The Yoga Room and Healing Art Co-Op, 196 Stonebridge Dr, MB. 845-355-8022,

wednesday Free Metabolism Test w/Linda Sacchetti. Find out your body fat %, pounds of body fat, lean body weight & what your targets should be, by individual appt in MI. Info: Linda, 843-424-9586. Revitalize Your Beauty Free Spa Beauty Facial w/Linda Sacchetti. Defy aging for younger looking skin with antioxidants, aloe vera, and glucosamine. Includes a light weight clay mask to improve texture, tone, and firming. By individual appt in Murrells Inlet and MB. Info: Linda, 843-424-9586. Zumbini w/Ana Silvia Mincey–9am-9:45am. Zumba program geared for children 0 to 3 years. Early fitness education and habits for children, fun for children and moms together. Lead by certified and licensed instructor, studio owner. 3/15 thru 5/14. Register by 3/5. Anaerobic Studio, Myrtle Beach Mall, 10177 N Kings Hwy. 843-272-0229, Bookstore for the Miracle Minded–11am-4pm. Books on healing, spirituality, personal growth, wellness; metaphysics as well as beautiful, unique gift items. Unity Christ Church, 1270 Surfside Industrial Pk Dr., Surfside, 843-238-8616, Free Skin Wellness Evaluation & Facial w/ Inlet Nutrition−11:30am-1pm. Refresh, replenish, rejuvenate, pamper yourself & bring a friend to receive a gift. Brand new skincare line including B3, C, E, & Aloe. Inlet Nutrition, 3556B Old Kings Hwy, Murrells Inlet, Seating limited. RSVP with Linda, 843-424-9586. Brown Bag Lunch & Book Group w/Rev. Margaret Hiller & Friends–12:30-1:45 pm. Based on Daring Greatly by Brene Brown. Love Offering. Unity Christ Church, 1270 Surfside Industrial Pk Dr., Surfside, 843-238-8516, Contemplative Mid-Week Unity Service–5:306:30pm. Meditative Music, Silence, Brief Read-


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ings, Meditation. Unity Christ Church, 1270 Surfside Industrial Pk Dr. Seated Meditation w/Jay Kennedy, Scott Pomicter or Joanna Ducey–5:45pm. A healing meditation for everyone, no exp req. Love offering. Yoga in Common, 3062 Deville St, Market Common, MB. Register at 843-839-9636, Candlelight Vinyasa at Shanti–6:30-8pm. For all levels or practitioners. Modifications available for new students. Well rounded and challenging practice. Walk in welcome $15 drop in, or class pass. 3901 N Kings Hwy, MB, 843-467-5444, Oneness Blessing–6:30pm. (Except 1st Wed), Unity Peace Chapel, Love Offering. Unity Christ Church, 1270 Surfside Industrial Pk Dr. 843-238-8516,

thursday Gentle Morning Yoga w/Penny–9-10:15am. For all levels & all bodies by certified Kripalu Yoga teacher. Variations on postures for those with medical problems. Suggested love offering $5. Unity Christ Church, 1270 Surfside Industrial Pk Dr., Surfside. Penny, 843-902-1416, pennyoga@aol. com, Asana Clinic at Shanti–Noon-1pm. Learn poses in depth in one hour class. Will highlight a different pose each week. Walk ins welcome. $15 drop in, or class pass. 3901 N Kings Hwy, MB, 843-467-5444, Heart Centered Metaphysics w/Rev. Margaret Hiller–5-7pm. (Series 2/27-3/26) Book study workshop based on book by same title. Love Offering. Unity Christ Church, 1270 Surfside Industrial Pk Dr., Surfside, 843-238-8616, Yoga Hour - Kundalini Inspired w/Dawn DiVita–5:30-6:30pm. Chakra-energy based class, warming you from the inner core out, possibly holding longer or moving quickly with breath. Opens heart, stills mind, and balances energy. For those without physical restrictions. $12 walk-in, 10 class pass $96, 4 wk unlimited $60.Yoga DiVita, 4340 Big Barn Dr. #108 Little River, 843-283-2827,, A Course in Miracles w/Marc Breines–6:30-8pm. Brienes helped with the first printing of The Course in Miracles and established the first groups worldwide for CIM. Love Offering. Unity Christ Church, 1270 Surfside Industrial Pk Dr. Info: 704-309-2415. Doterra Oil Class at Modern Cleansing−6:30pm8pm. Learn how to use essential oils to ward off colds, earaches, and bring down a fever in 5 minutes. RSVP by 4pm Monday or call for info: 843-828-4665. Modern Cleansing Wellness, 6371 Dick Pond Rd, MB. Yoga Meditation for Stress Relief w/Paula Kenion, MS–6:30-7:30pm. Learn easy Yoga meditation and breathing to de-stress for healthy mind, body, and soul. All are welcome. (We meditate in chairs for comfort, or blankets provided for floor.) $10 per class or discount passes avail. The Yoga Room, 196 C Stonebridge Dr, MB 843-450-9402, $5 Multi Level Yoga Class w/Tricia Reich–7:308:30pm. Class is taught so beginners can follow along easily yet offers options for those looking for a more challenging class. Led by 200 RYT, ACE

Personal Trainer/Group Fitness Instructor. Cost $5. J Bryan Floyd Community Center, 1030 Possom Trot Rd, NMB. Tricia Reich, 843-485-3632, tricia., Facebook: YogaByTricia.

friday $5 Chair Yoga w/Tricia Reich–8:30-9:30am. If you have difficulty getting up and down off the floor, Chair Yoga is for you. 200 RYT, ACE Personal Trainer/Group Fitness Instructor lead class. Cost $5, J Bryan Floyd Community Center, 1030 Possom Trot Rd, NMB. Tricia, 843-485-3632, tricia.reich@, Facebook: YogaByTricia. Ashtanga Primary Series w/Lyndsay Bahn Trimble−9-10:45am. Breath work and a powered up, traditional flow of postures linking mind and body together for a mindful moving meditation. All levels with knowledge of sun salutations. Prepare to sweat and detoxify. $15 or class passes accepted. 417 79th Ave N, Ste E, MB.; 843-333-2656, Ashtanga Primary Series w/Dawn Yager–9:3011am. Practicing this specific series for over 10 years. Although strenuous, the primary series can be modified for all levels. Walk-ins welcome. $15 drop in, or class pass. 3901 N Kings Hwy, MB, 843-467-5444, Qi Gong for Health w/ Lynne Starke–11:3012:30pm. (Thru Mar) Qi Gong is a gentle form of exercise that helps improve health and overall being. Gentle movement: stretch & strengthen muscles, improve balance & flexibility, reduce inflammation in joints. $6/class, with certified instructor. Holistic Health & Healing Center of MB, 1601 Oak St, #303. RSVP & info: 843-293-0125. Fridays with Anna-Sound Therapy w/Anna Barnett−2-4pm. Led by certified sound therapist, critical care nurse with degree in social work. As an RN, she saw patients being treated by symptom. This led her to Sound Therapy approach and holistic health. $20 for ½ hour session. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. 843-421-6717,

saturday Zumbini w/Ana Silvia Mincey–9am-9:45am. Zumba program geared for children 0 to 3 years. Early fitness education and habits for children, fun for children and moms together. Lead by certified and licensed instructor, studio owner. 3/15 thru 5/14. Register by 3/5. Anaerobic Studio, Myrtle Beach Mall, 10177 N Kings Hwy. 843 272-0229, Saturday Specials for Readings & Healings– 10am-4pm. Life in Balance Registered Spiritual Practitioners. No appointment necessary. Walk-ins welcomed. Psychic & Card Readings, Reiki, Past Life Readings & Angel Massages. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Drive, Little River. 843-421-6717, Belly Dance w/Ana Silvia Mincey–5-6pm. Dance that is fun, contemporary, and great fitness for the abs. $10. Led by studio owner. Anaerobic Studio, Myrtle Beach Mall, 10177 N Kings Hwy. 843 2720229,

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ACUPUNCTURE ALTERNATIVE HEALTH CLINIC Suzanne Swearengen, DOM, AP 4810 N Kings Hwy, MB 843-692-9243

Suzanne Swearengen, AP, Dipl.OM (NCCAOM), is a licensed acupuncture physician and is board certified in both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. In her work, she strives to provide compassionate care for individuals seeking holistic solutions for ailments, illnesses and maintenance of good health. Additional modalities include, but are not limited to, craniosacral therapy, homeopathic medicine and cold laser. Over the course of 15 years, she has developed her professional skills through credited courses and seminars in order to best serve her patients.

BODY TALK HOLISTIC HEALTH AND HEALING CENTER 1601 Oak St, Ste #303, MB Tom Palya, PT, CSCS, CBP 724-366-9813

Body Talk is based on the premise that the body can heal itself as long as the internal lines of communication within us are intact. Stress can cause these internal lines of communication circuits to become disrupted and compromised. Over time, this will lead to a decline in physical, emotional and mental well-being as well as DIS-EASE (disease) within the body. A Body Talk practitioner will use a subtle form of neuromuscular biofeedback to quickly locate, balance and repair these areas of stress to allow for the fastest possible healing to occur. Body Talk is a comprehensive healthcare system based on energy medicine that looks to re-synchronize the body’s energy systems to restore optimal health, harmony and vitality. Body Talk will stimulate the body’s innate ability to heal itself on all levels of the body, mind and spirit.



reaches 44,000 readers monthly for as little as $10


teaches certification classes for Reiki and Chios and is available for workshops and private sessions or readings. Meets at Life in Balance Wellness Center, in Little River; Secret Lotus Yoga, in Myrtle Beach; and The Yoga Room, in Socastee.

CHIROPRACTIC ALTERNATIVE HEALTH CLINIC Dr. Jeannine Rummel 4810 N Kings Hwy, MB 843-692-9243


Since graduating Life University in 2011, Dr. Jeannine Rummel has been practicing in the Myrtle Beach area. Her patients include newborns to the elderly and all ages in between. It is her goal as a chiropractor to serve and educate her community on what it truly means to be healthy. Rummel's approach is to use comprehensive judgment to make the best choices to create an abundant life .

COUNSELING DR. STAN GRAVELY, PhD Life Science Minister North Myrtle Beach 276-618-8486

Dr. Stan offers spiritual guidance and assistance for gay, bi and heterosexual people. Sex and sexuality are sacred, and religion and politics should be left out. Dr. Stan can help you overcome past hang-ups and guide you into true love and peace in your love life. Civil marriage and non-civil Spiritual ceremonies are conducted by Dr. Stan regardless of one’s sexual orientation.

ENERGY HEALING & AURA READING REV. RENÉE LEWIS, B. Msc, CCMT, CRMT, RT(R)(M)(MR) Bio-Energy Field Therapist Aura Photography Chios Master Teacher Reiki Master Teacher Crystal Therapy Ordained Minister 843-241-0609


Eat Well, Live Well, Be Well Leslie O'Neill 843-360-1140

Leslie O'Neill is a professional Health Coach with more than 15 years’ experience in the Health and Wellness Industry. As a Holistic professional, her approach is to look at how all areas of your life are connected and to help you achieve your health goals through practicing great nutrition and self-care. She works with her clients to create a happy, healthy lifestyle in a way that is flexible, fun and rewarding. Her coaching programs are personalized for you, and together you both will bring balance back into your life. See ad, page 15.


Mike Oglesbee, CAH, MPNLP 843-957-6926

Mike Oglesbee has developed the most powerful and effective system to boost you to success. Mike utilizes hypnosis, NLP, life coaching, and other traditional psychology methods to provide immediate, positive change within the 90% of the mind known as the subconscious where the root of problems actually exist. Success begins within. Call Mike for a free consultation, or visit for more information. See ad, page 17.

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Renée Lewis brings new modalities to the Grand Strand area with the introduction of Chios Energy Field Healing and Aura Photography Readings. Renée is also a Reiki Master and member of the International Center for Reiki Training. She specializes in crystals with her energy work and utilizes her medical background in her teaching by incorporating physics and biology for easier comprehension. She

is landscape painting. ~William Kent

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4347 Big Barn Center Little River 843-421-6717


Life in Balance is a nonprofit educational center where you can find spiritual and metaphysical books and DVDs, meditation or mantra CDs, Josephine Wall greeting cards, Essential Oils, exotic incense, smudging products, candles and beautiful gemstone and chakra jewelry. They now also carry crystals and gemstones, along with spiritual artwork by Bill Strydesky and Sharon Willick of Gifu Art Xchange. The Center also provides a 500-title Metaphysical Library, offers more than 20 educational and practical workshops each month, has a monthly Psychic Fair, and is honored to work with a family of psychics and healers ready to help you move forward on your path, enhance your life experience and facilitate your growth. See ad, page 10.


Pat Burrell, RN, CD, (DONA), WCBE, CLC,  CHT 843-213-1393

Beach Baby’s provides services to assist families throughout pregnancy, as well as assistance with caring for baby after birth. It provides doula services and baby nurses in Horry, Georgetown and Marion counties. Its services also include rebirthing, wholistic childbirth education and massage. See ad, page 31.


Digestive Health Specialist Natures Naturals Wellness 817 2nd Ave N, North Myrtle Beach 843-249-4444

The human body’s starting point is a state of natural health, or homeostasis, and the body will always attempt to maintain this natural balance. Symptoms arise when the body cannot maintain homeostasis and yet a disease process is not yet present. As a certified nutritionist and natural health professional, Dale Hicks works with a proven system of identifying the source of her client’s problems (stress)—not just the effects (symptoms)—and provides suggestions on how to reduce or eliminate the stress, nourish the involved tissues, and improve waste elimination, which allows the body to restore its normal functions. Her practice includes the use of specialty food enzymes (essential nutrients approved by the FDA as food supplements for more than 50 years) to aid and complement food digestion, absorption and


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elimination, which also includes supplemental natural herbs, vitamins and minerals for healing the stressed organs and tissues of the body. Hicks also incorporates live and dried blood cell analysis, natural detoxification processes, hatha yoga, and practical dietary changes in her practice.


Alternative Health Clinic 4810 N Kings Hwy, MB 843-712-2330

Dr. Lux works with individuals and couples. His approach focuses on trauma resolution. And by trauma he does not mean only major blows and abuses, but also lesser personal shocks, such as humiliations and embarrassments, especially if these have occurred in one’s earlier years. From a spiritual perspective, he also tries to bring the idea of karma into the picture, and calls this karma sensitive psychotherapy. He uses a natural conversational approach that is not based on what is referred to as the medical model with its categories of diseases or illnesses, and has little or no need for psych drugs. Call for a free phone consultation.

WEDDING CEREMONIES REV. LINDSLEY H. FIELD Weddings of the Heart Murrells Inlet 843-651-1086

Lindsley is a licensed, all-faith minister since 2004 who helps partners create personalized wedding ceremonies. She will work closely with the couple to help them design the ceremony that beautifully expresses and reflects their beliefs, faith, heritage and wishes. A traditional, non-traditional or a unique blend, creating a contemporary ritual. Her gift and love of ceremony offers the service of their dreams. A wedding that touches your heart, changes your life and is unforgettable. One couple's recent comment, "We never imagined our wedding would be so perfect and moving."


Personal Wellness Coach Murrells Inlet 843-424-9586 or 843-651-9350

As a personal wellness coach, Linda Sacchetti has served the Grand Strand for seven years. Her mission is teaching nutrition to promote health and well-being. She provides many services: weight-loss challenge facilitating, wellness evaluations, free metabolism tests, healthy breakfast in-services for businesses, and free personal 1-1 coaching for weight loss or weight gain. Join the team! Training provided. See ad, page 12.


1601 Oak St # 303 Myrtle Offices Complex Myrtle Beach 843-267-9979

Holistic Health and Healing Center is offering yoga and qigong classes, including Therapeutic Hatha Yoga and Restorative, featuring Carrie Chapman, with a supplemental Reiki and Restorative special yoga/healing class. Qigong is led by veteran expert Lynne Starke. Check the website for schedule updates. See ad, page 18.

INLET YOGA STUDIO 637 D Bellamy Rd Murrells Inlet 843-655-6272

Inlet Yoga Studio is dedicated to serving students at every level of their personal practice, offering classes for the beginner to the advanced. Classes include Ashtanga, Hatha, Gentle, Hot Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative and YinYasa. The $5 Community classes are on Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m. Saturday's Community Class proceeds benefit the Coastal Animal Rescue Center located in Murrells Inlet. Join them Saturdays at noon for free guided meditation. Come breathe, empower and transform yourself at Inlet Yoga.


Karyl Tych, Certified Iyengar Teacher 9904A N Kings Hwy, MB 843-340-YOGA (9642)

Come to Live Oak Yoga Studio to study Iyengar yoga, known for its emphasis on clear methodical instruction, correct alignment, and the use of props. You’ll receive individual attention in each class. The studio is fully equipped including a rope wall. Karyl Tych, a certified Iyengar yoga teacher, has studied with B.K.S. Iyengar in India.


417 79th Avenue N, Ste E (upstairs) Myrtle Beach 843-333-2656

Secret Lotus offers Ashtanga Vinyasa for all levels and body types ranging from beginner to advanced, challenging the breath, mind and body to connect in a powerful union. Brand new or experienced practitioners welcome! In addition to Ashtanga classes, they offer Ashtanga-influenced prenatal, gentle and Mommy & Me yoga. Also offering massage and Reiki. Mention this ad, and your first class is free.


3901 N Kings Hwy, Ste 20-A Myrtle Beach 843-467-5444

Shanti Yoga offers Ashtanga (led and mysore), Vinyasa and Hot yoga classes. Free community class every Sunday; all donations benefit h.e.a.r.t. of Myrtle Beach. Each class explores breath, movement and perception. Emphasis on both theory and practice provides students with the necessary foundation to expand in a personal and profound way. See ad, page 9.


4340 Big Barn Dr, #108 Little River 843-283-2827

Yo g a D i Vi t a i s a w a r m , welcoming environment for all to come together. A place to be with ease, breathe with clarity, and move with grace. The multidisciplinary studio is the home of certified teachers in many forms of yoga: Hatha, Anusara, Warm Vinyasa, Restorative, Yin and more. Classes held Monday through Saturday, mornings and evenings, ages 13 and wiser.


3062 Deville St The Market Common, MB 843-839-9636, 843-385-6176

YOGA in COMMON offers classes during a wide variety of hours, seven days per week. They welcome all students—new or those returning to yoga. Their schedule is also great for those that want to practice daily. Visit their website or follow them on Facebook to keep up with their wellness gatherings and special events.


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