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ow fast summer flies by. Each spring, we can’t wait until school lets out; we have such high hopes of doing some fun family things. Then, in a snap, we’re preparing for the next school year all over again. As parents of school-aged children, come August 1, we’re already thinking “back to school.” Speaking of kids, this issue is our Children’s Health month, and it is a theme very near and dear to my heart as my own daughter, Tanner Nicole, began her life almost 16 years ago in the neo-natal unit for 22 days. We struggled for 7 years with chronic respiratory issues, and some permanent side effects from surgeries. How I wish I had the opportunity to read the article from Carolina WaterBirth on page 25 before my daughter was born. I woke up one day and thought to myself, ”There must be something else I can do instead of all these medicines and her suffering 3 weeks of the month coughing her lungs out.” That is where our journey began towards natural health—with just a few dips along the way. Things got better and better as we learned of all the wonderful natural remedies and modalities that were out there that really helped not only my daughter, but also my entire family. So, to anyone that says, “Oh that won’t work.” Give it time and give it a try. Mother Nature really does know what she’s doing. Keeping with the theme of children’s health, don’t miss “Calming Anxious Lives” on page 20, and our Healthy Kids feature “Connecting Kids to Community“ on page 26. We can always learn how to give our kids more opportunities to have happy childhoods and grow up to be confident, compassionate, and good citizens. This issue isn’t just about kids. There is an exciting event coming up for all the ladies: the Upstate Women’s Show is coming to the Carolina First Center from August 27 through August 29. Natural Awakenings will be there with samples from local farmers and even a speaker’s section to introduce all the natural health services out there for you to explore. We would enjoy meeting all of our readers— please stop by and say Hi! We hope everyone squeezes every last drop of summer into their days and enjoys reading our fifth issue (time is flying by!) as much as we have had creating it and pulling it all together! Stay Cool!
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Children’s Museum Opens In Greenville Massage Therapist he Children’s Museum of the Upstate is now open Completes T at 300 College Street at Heritage Green in downtown Greenville. Featuring eighteen indoor, interacAdvanced Brain tive exhibits and lots of educational programming, the museum will host children and families from all Therapy Program across the Upstate. The Children’s Museum is designed for children ages 6 to 11, but also features Grandma Betty’s Farm and a Toddler Lily Pond for those little
ones up to age 5. Exhibit highlights include: Talkin’ Trash which explores little ways you can save the environment in your daily life; BI-LO Market with lessons on nutrition and making healthy food choices; and Healthy Heroes which offers visitors challenges to keep your mind and body in top shape. The museum also boasts exhibits on Formula One racing, the principles of flight, lasers, and a realistic TV and animation studio. In addition to the indoor exhibits, the museum also has a café, birthday party rooms, and outdoor garden elements for further exploration and discovery. Admission is $12 for ages 1 and up, with discounts for groups of 15 or more. Annual memberships are also available. Monday – Saturday, 9am – 5pm. Sunday 1– 5pm. 864-233-7755. TCMGreenvilleSC.Org.
Mind, Body & Spirit Massage Therapy Opens in Simpsonville
ind, Body & Spirit Massage Therapy has opened their doors in Simpsonville. Kellyann Battista (LMBT - SC License #6131) is a licensed and nationally certified massage and bodywork therapist who offers Swedish, Therapeutic, NeuromusKellyann cular, Hot Lava Shell massage and Reiki. She is also certified Battista, LMBT in pregnancy and infant massage and offers massage sessions for moms-to-be before, during and after pregnancy; sessions for dads and individualized sessions for infants as well. Mind,Body And Spirit Massage Therapy is located inside the Essential Kneads Healing Center at 425 North Main St. in Simpsonville. 864-356-5901. MindBodySpiritHealing.MassageTherapy.com. Mention this article and your first 1-hour session is only $35. See ad, page 19.
Live Oak Farms Opens Store & Welcomes “Palmettovores”
he Farm Store at Live Oak Farms is now open and welcomes the public. Upstate consumers can become “Palmettovores” by purchasing truly local products such as local beef, pork, chicken, lamb, eggs, goat cheese, goat milk, Happy Cow products, raw milk, and dry goods. In addition to the livestock, Live Oak Farm also grows vegetables that are raised according to Certified Naturally Grown standards and sold at local farmer’s markets. During the academic year, the farm also conducts school field trips. The Wilson family looks forward to families coming out and having a great time down on the farm. Live Oak Farms is located at 230 Sam Davis Rd, Woodruff. Off I-26, 25 min. from Greenville. Hours are Wed & Sat 10am-4pm. 864-476-0656. See ad, page 2.
lga Toet-Savtsjenko, licensed massage & bodywork therapist, recently completed the final of four levels of the Advanced Brain Therapy Curriculum offered by the Upledger Institute, Inc., an innovative healthcare organization that offers continuing education courses to medical and bodywork professionals worldwide. The course was taught in Atlanta, Georgia by Bruno Chikly, MD, DO (hon.) who developed Advanced Brain Therapy and teaches the techniques internationally. The techniques introduced by Dr. Chikly are on the leading edge of complimentary healthcare. The Advanced Brain Therapy techniques address very specific structures, including the brain and spinal cord, along with pathologies related to the central nervous system, such as closed-head injuries, whiplash, headaches, dyslexia, cerebral palsy, cognitive behavioral dysfunctions, learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. “The techniques use light, noninvasive touch to release brain-centered restrictions as well as the damaging effects that these restrictions cause.” States Toet-Savtsjenko. “The therapy is successfully used in treating many neurological disorders. Patients diagnosed with mild Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) also experience positive effects.” She says. Olga Toet is a nationally certified licensed massage therapist, SC #3436, specializing in Advanced CranioSacral Therapy, and practices at A Better Way Wellness Center, located at 7C Brendan Way, Greenville. 864-905-0883.
newsbriefs Greenville HD Features Going Green and Health & Wellness Channels
reenvilleHD.com, is a new all-video community centric website launched recently in Greenville which features a Going Green channel dedicated to businesses and organizations that are committed to programs and products that conserve energy and protect the environment. The site also has a Health & Wellness channel that features natural healing videos on acupuncture, massage therapy and chiropractic. GreevnilleHD.com is part of the My City HD family, which has branded more than 250 cities across the country. “People can view natural healing methods and environmental efforts going on in Greenville, in high definition video, allowing them to make informed, educated decisions about natural health methods,” explains Reggie Williams, founder and President. “They can also learn more about local programs on clean water, clean air and protection of special places in the Upstate.” The website allows anyone with a broadband Internet connection to see community-generated content in full-screen High Definition video. The site features 19 channels that give viewers an unscripted, candid look at the everyday lives of those who live, work and play in the Greenville community. For more information, 864-283-0334. GreenvilleHD.com.
Sacred Space Therapeutic Massage Relocates to Simpsonville
n ever-growing number of people are seeking holistic centered lifestyles in the Upstate. In response, Sacred Space Therapeutic Massage has moved to Simpsonville after 3 years in the Woodruff area. Owner and Licensed Massage & Bodywork Therapist of Sacred Space, Gail Stephenson says “Coming to Simpsonville is an incredible opportunity for me.” Stephenson is also certified in Herbology, Aromatherapy, and is a Reiki Master. The center can provide detoxification body wraps and a new form of detoxification; massage cupping; a modern adaptation of the ancient art of cupping therapy. “By creating suction and negative pressure, cupping is used to drain excess fluids and toxins, loosen adhesions and lift conGail Stephenson, LMBT nective tissue, bring blood flow to stagnant skin and muscles and stimulate the peripheral nervous system,” states Stephenson. Sacred Space Therapeutic Massage is located at 109 S.E. Main St, Simpsonville. Hours are Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, 10am-5pm, and on Sat. 10am-2pm. 864-9094566. SacredSpaceTherapeuticMassage.com. Mention this article, and receive a ½ hour massage session free with the purchase of a 1-hour massage session. See ad, page 19.
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Organic Cameroon Boyo Coffee Returns to Spartanburg
special cup of coffee awaits at the Little River Roasting Co. Organic Cameroon BOYO coffee, from the Western Highlands in Cameroon, Africa, is now available. The characteristics of BOYO Coffee are the direct result of the nutrient rich, dark volcanic topsoil in the ideal climatic conditions of the Boyo region. After the rains bring nutrients down the slopes of the volcanic mountains; nourishing the coffee plants. The coffee berries start to ripen. The dry season begins and with the sunshine, allows the coffee berries to quickly become sweet. This is the secret of BOYO coffee’s distinct flavor. Farmers of the BOYO coffees region work from sun up to sun down year after year to ensure the consistency and quality of the coffee produced. Traditionally, the farmers would sell their coffee to exporters who were responsible for taking it to the world market. The profits from sales never filtered back to the farmers who, for the most part, live in abject poverty. Farmers Cooperative Initiative along with the BOYO coffee farmers have adopted a completely different approach. Now Boyo farmers retain ownership of their coffee, are not simply “exploited” farmers, but rather joint venture partners. Through cooperation and trust, both Farmers Cooperative Initiative and the farmers collectively assume the risk as well as the rewards of the free market place. Little River Roasting Co. is located at 460-B Marion Ave. in Spartanburg. Hours are Monday-Friday from 7:30am4:00pm. 864-582-7900.
Peace, Love & Soap Has a Home
f you’ve been to outdoor expos and farmer’s markets lately, Katie Williams, owner of Peace, Love & Soap, LLC most likely was there under a white tent displaying her local homemade soaps. Things are changing, as the soaps now have two homes; Garner’s Natural Life Health Food Store and the Mast General Store, both located in Greenville. Williams makes the soap right out of her kitchen from scratch. “Many of our farmer’s market customers wondered where they can find Katie Williams the soap once the market is finished or through the week.” Says Williams. “Now with the addition of these local retail locations, they can pick up natural homemade soap any day of the week.” Garner’s Natural Life Health Food Store is located at 27 S. Pleasantburg Dr, and Mast General Store at 111 N. Main St, Greenville. Contact Williams at 982-0630. PeaceLoveAndSoap@Live.com.
5th Annual SE Women’s Herbal Conference
he 5th annual Southeast Women’s Herbal Conference will take place October 2-4, 2009 in scenic Black Mountain, NC with special guest, author, and internationally renowned herbalist Susun Weed. The conference which has grown over the last five years to 400500 participants, offers women an opportunity to learn, connect, and deepen into the Wise Woman Tradition through herbal education, nourishing foods, empowerment, and community. The conference lineup includes more than 30 teachers from around the Southeast and 50 classes on topics such as: herb walks, tea blending, herbal skin care, herbal baths, menstrual health, menopause, women’s wellness, nutrition, phytochemicals, HPV, Shamanic breathwork, talking stick, self esteem, as well as art, dance, yoga, poetry, and more. Susun Weed, keynote for the 1st annual event in 2005, returns this year for the th 5 anniversary of the conference. Susun Weed is an extraordinary teacher. She is the voice of the Wise Woman Way, and an internationally renowned author of four books on herbs and women’s health: Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year; Healing Wise; NEW Menopausal Years the Wise Woman Way: Alternative Approaches for Women 30 - 90; and Breast Cancer? Breast Health!
During the conference weekend she will be officiating the opening and clos-
ing circles and offering the following classes:
The Seven Medicines: Informed Choices for Optimum Health (3.5 hour Intensive) Menopause Means Change (1.5 hour Class)
New Program Helps with IBS
ohn Burton, EdD, LPC, a certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and the author of two books, has developed a program to help children and adults suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Medical research reveals that learning self-hypnosis is the most effective treatment of IBS, as patients Dr. John Burton learn to relax the “smooth muscles,” or the muscles located in the upper and lower gastrointestinal tract. Burton, who suffered with IBS as a college student, has developed a new treatment program. He shows patients how to reduce stress, thus lessening spasms that accompany the intense pain. He is able to provide additional information or a free consultation over the phone. Irritable Bowel Syndrome, also known as IBS, has symptoms that include moderate to severe stomach or lower intestine pain, diarrhea and constipation. These debilitating symptoms can last for hours or occur each day. Children or adults can experience IBS. This syndrome often stems from stress, but a complete medical checkup for other possible sources is the proper starting point. Once ruling out physical causes, the treatment can begin. For more information, contact John Burton, EdD, LPC, at 864-467-1077. See ad, page 15.
Stories from Baba Yaga’s Bag (2 hour Evening event) Cost for the conference is $240 until August 20th and $275 thereafter with additional costs for meals, lodging, and intensives. The conference has applied for continuing education credits for nurses. For more information call 828-669-1014. Program@SEWiseWomen.com. See ad, page 9.
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newsbriefs Builder Earns Certified “Green Designation”
odd Usher, president of Addison Homes, LLC, has recently earned the Certified Green Professional designation from the National Association of Home Builders. The CGP program recognizes builders, remodelers, and other industry professionals who incorporate green building principles into homes without driving up the cost of construction. CGP coursework teaches residential homebuilders how Todd Usher to reduce environmental impact by incorporating appropriate green practices into their construction projects. “The certified green professional designation signifies within the home building industry a professional builder’s commitment to understanding the concepts of building green. I have always been passionate about staying abreast of the latest expertise, so that we can educate our clients on the variety of technologies and approaches available for constructing high performance, green homes,” said Usher. The CGP designation is the latest in a long list of certifications that indicate Addison Homes’ commitment to sustainable building. Usher holds numerous industry designations including South Carolina Master Builder, EarthCraft House™ Technical Advisor; National Green Building Program. Usher was honored as the 2008 Sustainable Communities Champion by Upstate Forever. He was also awarded the 2008 Individual Environmental Stewardship Award by the Upstate chapter of the US Green Building Council. Addison Homes, LLC is located at 12 Parkway Commons, Greer. 864-8482667. Addison-Homes.com.
Community Garden Turns into Farmer’s Market on Fridays
wo years in the making; the St. Francis Community Garden project has been up and running since April and now on Fridays, through the fall, it becomes a farmers market. Community gardens are known for helping to restore neighborhoods, promote physical, social and emotional wellbeing, foster neighborhood relationships and have been shown to reduce crime in some areas. The garden serves as a source of engagement for neighborhood residents, members of the community and hospital employees. Additionally, the garden is a resource for fresh produce, provides a visual benefit to the community and will be a basis for educational sessions on healthy living, nutrition and environmental sustainability. The Community Garden farmers market will be open on Fridays from 3-6pm, and located on the campus of St. Francis downtown, on the corner of Hwy 123 (Academy St) and Andrews St, in Greenville. 864-255-1328.
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Greer Chiropractor Offers Free Backpack Check-ups
ore schools are prohibiting the use of roller-bags. 74% of kids wearing a backpack report having back pain, and parents are concerned about their kids. One local chiropractor, Dr. Nina Kennedy, of Enhanced Living Chiropractic is offering free backpack check-ups. “The main problem is the load they carry,” says Dr. Nina Kennedy. The ConKennedy gress of Chiropractic State Associations recommends that children carry no more than 15% of their body weight. She adds, “prevention is the key to reducing back pain. Just like eating right or exercise should play a role in a person’s health, spinal health is not only a priority to reduce pain but also improve overall well being. The back bones protect the nervous system, and if the back is worn down, the communication from the brain to the nerves gets worn down.” A few simple tips to remember can go a long way when it comes to backpacks. Pack the heaviest items closer to the back. Carry only the needed school materials. Purchase a backpack with thick wide straps and back cushioning. Notice postural changes before and after wearing the backpack. Have your family chiropractor fit the backpack properly. This coming school year, local stores are teaming up with chiropractors, so getting your child’s backpack fitted is convenient. Dr. Kennedy is offering free “Backpack Check-ups” every Wednesday from 2-4 at her office. Enhanced Living Chiropractic is located at 140 Sage Creek Way in Greer. 864-848-0640. EnhancedLivingChiro.com.
The Beet Goes On
here may be more to blood-red beets than meets the eye. A recent study from St. Bartholemewâ€™s Hospital (Barts) and The London School of Medicine found that consuming two cups of beet juice a day can significantly improve cardiovascular health. The study monitored the blood pressure of 14 participants who drank two cups of either pure beet juice or water. Professor Amrita Ahluwalia and her team reported 10 millimeters of mercury (mmHg, the standard unit used to measure blood pressure) reductions in systolic blood pressure levels two and a half hours after consumption and 8 mmHg drops in diastolic pressure levels three hours after consumption. Researchers believe that the beneficial agent countering hypertension is the dietary nitrate found in beetroot, which is converted to nitric oxide, a compound that opens blood vessels in the body. Beet juice is available at most health food stores, but it is also easy to make. At the market, select beets that are small and firm, with deep maroon or burgundy coloring and unblemished skins. Remove the tops, boil the roots, cool, peel and juice, adding a little water or vegetable or fruit juice to dilute. Flavor by serving over ice, with a twist of mint or lime. Source: Queen Mary, University of London, 2008
Nature’s Prescription for ADHD
new study by the University of Illinois shows that a dose of nature—a simple and inexpensive remedy—can make a great difference in the lives of children who find it difficult to complete tasks that require focus and concentration, such as doing homework or taking a test. That’s good news for the up to 2.4 million youngsters that might have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), diagnosed or not. Researcher Faber Taylor explains. “From previous research, we know there might be a link between spending time in nature and reduced ADHD symptoms.” In 2008, he explored the idea by taking children on walks in different settings—one especially “green” and two less green. He found that after a walk in the park, children generally concentrated better than they did after a walk in the downtown area or the neighborhood area. Taylor concluded that the physical environment in which children play and spend time matters, and that the greener the space, the more their attention spans improve.
Hairspray and Birth Defects
Pregnant women who are exposed to hairspray containing phthalates have more than double the risk of a son being born with the genital birth defect hypospadias, which involves malformation of the uretha, says new research published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.
Most Medicated Population American children are about three times more likely to be prescribed psychotropic medication (altering perception, emotion or behavior) than European children. A new study led by Julie Zito of the University of Maryland’s School of Pharmacy suggests that regulatory practices and cultural beliefs about the role of medication in emotional and behavioral problems likely account for the difference. Source: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health, 2008
A Novel That Helps Kids Lose Weight
he first study to look at the impact of literature on obese adolescents, by Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center, produced surprising results. Researchers asked obese girls ages 9 to 13 who were enrolled in a comprehensive weight-loss program to read an age-appropriate novel called Lake Rescue. The book, crafted with the aid of pediatric experts, includes specific healthy lifestyle and weight management guidance, as well as positive messages and strong role models. Six months later, the girls who had read Lake Rescue experienced a significant decrease in their body mass index scores when compared with a control group in the program who had not read the novel. ~ Duke University Medical Center, 2008
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The Lowdown on Ad Glut A ban on fast food advertisements in the United States could reduce the number of overweight American children by up to 18 percent, according to a new report in The Journal of Law and Economics. Source: Lehigh University, 2008
Tea Helps Keep Teeth Healthy
ith refined sugars and citric acids found in sodas and some fruit juices permanently eating away our teeth’s protective enamel, an alternative drink is needed. Brewed tea, according to a recent report in the peer-reviewed journal of the Academy of General Dentistry, can help protect teeth. Apart from taste, tea has many health benefits, such as helping to decrease the risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. The authors of the study recommend green tea over black due to its higher content of antioxidants. Tea may be served hot or cold, as long as it’s home-brewed, simple and pure. The researchers recommend that we avoid adding milk, lemon or sugar, because these additives decrease the tea’s benefits. They further suggest that people stay away from prepackaged iced teas, because they usually contain citric acid and high amounts of sugar.
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The Homeschool Difference A
report by the National Center for Education Statistics cited concern about a school’s environment as motivation enough for parents to homeschool their children. Specifically, student safety, drugs, and negative peer pressure were the applicable reasons listed as most important by 85% of the 11,994 families studied, of which, 239 were homeschool families with children ages 5 through 17. Tonda Kelley is the Director of Homeschool for Exceptionalities in Greenville, “The option for parents to offer an alternative homeschool environment in the hopes of steering their teen clear of negative peer pressure has proven beneficial for both the student and society.” states Kelley. Psychology studies reveal that students often submit to negative peer pressure because they lack a clear understanding of who they are and what they believe. Freedom to teach a value-based curriculum is a beneficial option for the homeschool family. Teens provided with value-based curriculum develop sound decision making skills. Opportunities to build inner strength and self-confidence, and tools for resisting negative peer pressure are provided through successful decision making practiced in the non-threatening home environment. Another indicator of peer pressure is teenage rebellion. According to studies reported by Dr. Brian D. Ray of the National Home Education Research Institute, parents of homeschooled high school students report less teenage rebellion. Maturity is also a key factor in resisting peer pressure according to Dr. Ray. Teens from a homeschool environment typically exhibit a higher level of maturity as a result of positive role models within the family unit and their religious entity. Opportunities for community involvement expose the student to public awareness, and the needs and interests of others, broadening their understanding of life. Successfully homeschooled teens transition into college and society better capable of resisting peer pressure. Parents who offer their teen an alternative to negative peer pressure contribute to both the welfare of their student and society. Tonda Kelley is the Director of Homeschool for Exceptionalities in Greenville and has homeschooled all of her 9 children at one point or another of their schooling life. TKelleyRooms@aol.com Sources: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. The Condition of Education, 2005. NCES 2005-094. Ray, Brian D. A Quick Reference Worldwide Guide to Homeschooling: Facts and Stats on the Benefits of Homeschool, 2002/2003. Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman, Publ. Ray, Brian D. Strengths of Their Own—Homeschoolers Across America: Academic Achievement, Family Characteristics, and Longitudinal Traits, 1997. Salem, OR: National Home Education Research Institute.
Acupressure Calms Children Before Surgery
University of California anesthesiologists have found that applying an acupressure treatment to children undergoing anesthesia tends to lower their anxiety levels and reduce the stress of surgery for the young patients and their families. Source: University of California – Irvine, 2008
National Campaign Alerts Parents to Harmful Trend A survey by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy has found that one in five teens and one in three young adults aged 20 to 26 have sent nude or semi-nude pictures of themselves via phone or posted them online. The practice is known as “sexting.” Campaign spokesman Bill Albert says he believes those numbers are low because they were self-reported. A separate survey by WiredSafety.org, an Internet educational nonprofit, reported that 44 percent of teen boys said they have seen at least one naked picture of a female classmate. “A lot of the kids feel anonymous online, so they feel more comfortable doing inappropriate things because they think they won’t be linked back to them,” observes one 11th-grader who has advocated cyber-safety since the eighth grade. The campaign’s survey also found that the majority—66 percent of girls and 60 percent of boys—say they thought of sexting as “fun” or “flirtatious.” Yet, 70 percent recognized it could have serious, long-term consequences for their careers or social standing. Albert notes that despite a rising number of pornography court cases stemming from the phenomenon, “Legal consequences were low on their list of concerns.” Source: The Christian Science Monitor
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arlier generations recognized the amazing effects that walking has on health. G. M. Trevelyan, a noted English historian, wrote in the 1920s: “I have two doctors. My left leg and my right.” In those days, science had not yet documented how the traditional evening stroll exercises the heart, calms the mind and benefits one’s overall constitution. But today’s research shows that walking may be nothing short of a miracle cure. A recent study reported in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise shows that adults in their 50s and 60s who consistently walk are about 25 percent less likely to die in the next eight years than their sedentary counterparts. The University of Michigan Medical Center study further notes that, for smokers and others with high blood pressure or diabetes, the risk of death drops 45 percent. The myriad benefits of walking, as attested in studies published in The New England Journal of Medicine, The Journal of the American Medical Association and others, go beyond increasing bone density and improving mental acuity to lowering the risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Walking literally can make the difference between life and death. In our work with walking instructors and students around the country, we have found that applying some Tai
chi principles to walking movements boosts benefits and makes walking a mindful practice. As in Tai chi, Pilates and yoga, ChiWalking teaches you how to use the strong core muscles of your torso to walk, which helps prevent pain and fatigue. Learning and practicing ChiWalking connects you more deeply with your body as you listen and respond to its needs and rhythms. We call it “body sensing,” a centered awareness that allows you to align mind and body in a way that promotes healthy, effortless, steady and balanced movement. Eckhart Tolle, in A New Earth, writes of such awareness of the inner body as “anchoring you in the present moment.” Taking it a step further, we teach how projecting your energy forward to a point or object in the distance, with which you maintain a visual connection, leaves little room for distraction. Everything naturally falls into alignment, following the direction of the eyes. In Tai chi, this concentrated focus is called y’chi.
ChiWalking involves five mindful steps Get aligned. – First, create great posture. Then, walk by keeping the shoulders in front of the hips, leveraging the pull of gravity to assist in forward momentum. This reduces the impact to the lower back and legs. Watch a small
child walk, and you will see perfect walking form. Their upper body tilts forward and their legs go out the back. Engage the body’s core. – Engaging your core muscles connects your torso to your legs and stabilizes the pelvis during movement. It also strengthens these muscles over time. This allows you to walk with your whole body. An unstable pelvis increases vulnerability to a host of ailments, such as lower back pain, hip bursitis and iliotibial band syndrome, which affects thighs and knees. Create balance. – Most of us thrust our hips forward when we stand or walk. This is what throws the whole body out of alignment and increases impact on the knees and lower back. Leading with the shoulders in ChiWalking relieves pressure on the lower back and allows you to walk with slightly bent, relaxed knees. Practitioners of ChiWalking, as those of Tai chi, learn to create balance from back-to-front, sideto-side and upper body-to-lower body. A state of physical balance supports a state of emotional balance. Make a choice. – The first three steps that help establish a platform for making daily kinds of positive choices that profoundly affect health and well-being. Walking is a good way to enhance and manage your energy. You can choose to calm yourself if you’re tense, get energized if you are tired or get focused if you are feeling scattered.
ChiRunning Makes Running an Injury-free Joy by Katherine Dreyer “Humanity was born to run,” writes the Los Angeles Times, reporting a study by Harvard University and the University of Utah, in which scientists draw the stunning conclusion that, “The ability to run long distances was the driving force shaping the modern human anatomy.” Running does not hurt the body; it is the way that we run that causes the impact and injury for which running is infamous. When proper biomechanics are applied, running becomes a safe and healthy activity that can help us all stay fit and feel great. ChiRunning is based on the same principles as ChiWalking. This includes starting with good posture and leveraging gravity to make running easier and gentler on the body. As in the practice of Tai chi, the focus of ChiRunning is to move from your center, not solely from your legs. It’s learning how to use gravity to aid propulsion by relaxing your legs and gently falling forward in a steady cadence. Moving in this way turns running into a healthy, relaxing and safe form of exercise and adds a mindful element to the oldest sport in the world.
Move forward. – The final step asks you to move forward into your life and your walking by being consistent with your practice. It is as simple as putting one foot in front of the other, and as important as choosing healthy foods to nourish your body. Because a consistent practice of healthy movement is the key to good health and vibrant energy, it’s among the best preventive medicines in the world. Katherine and Danny Dreyer are founders of parent company ChiLiving, and co-authors of ChiWalking and ChiRunning, out in a new edition this year. For more information visit ChiWalking. com and ChiRunning.com.
POLITE LEASH WALKING by Erica Pytlovany
“Dogs don’t come speaking English, and they don’t read minds. Communicate less with your voice and more with your body (like dogs do), and your dog will understand you better.” ~ Patricia McConnell, Ph.D.
re you walking your dog, or is your dog walking you? A dog pulling on a leash is a common, but curable problem. You can teach your dog how to walk politely on a leash, using firm, positive approaches. Even 8-week-old puppies can learn; no special collar or tool is needed.
Methods If your dog pulls and you take one step forward, you have rewarded the pulling. The one consistent message your dog learns in all of the following approaches is that pulling does not get him where he wants to go. (Our trainers do not recommend employing leash pops and collar-jerking, because of the emotional fallout that sometimes accompanies these methods when performed improperly.) Be a Tree: When your dog pulls on the leash, stop, as though you are rooted in place. Do not take another step forward until the dog has released pressure on the leash. Your dog needs to learn that pulling equals stopping. Consistency and timing help a dog learn quickly. One variation on this technique is to use a word or phrase to signal your dog that he is pulling and you are going to stop. Speak in a happy voice, because you are not scolding; you are simply giving your dog information. Some use “whoops!” Others use “uh-oh!” If, when you stop walking, your dog dances around you in circles or runs to the end of his leash in every direction, gradually shorten the leash until there is nowhere interesting left to go. This makes the wrong choice (ignoring you) boring for the dog,
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and it is much easier for him to make the right choice, which is relaxing on the end of the leash, looking up at you. Penalty Yards: When your dog starts to pull toward something, stop movement in that direction and go backwards. Depending on the dog’s level of excitability, take two or three steps, or up to 20 feet, in the opposite direction. This is useful when your dog is pulling toward a specific target (another dog, a favorite bush, the swimming hole). You are letting the dog know that pulling gets him the opposite of what he wants. You also are increasing the distance between him and the exciting thing, which helps him gather his selfcontrol. Once he stops pulling, he gets to go see the dog or sniff the bush as a reward. Zigzag and Circling: When your dog begins to pull, start walking in a broad, zig-zag motion. Alternatively, curve off to the right or left, in a wide circle. This deflects some of the pulling into a sideways motion and reminds the dog that, smart as he is, he doesn’t know which way you’re going to go, so he’d better pay attention. Clicker and Treats: Using food can be a highly motivating way for a dog to learn polite leash walking. Carry a pouch of pea-sized treats and use a clicker (sold at local pet stores), or pick a consistent word to say, like “Yes!” Capture a moment that your dog is behaving the way you want and click or say “Yes!” After that, offer a treat. Your dog will associate the click or the word
“Yes” with getting a treat and begin to understand that the moment you click is the moment he earned the treat. Do not get the food out until after the click. The dog should be thinking about how to earn the reward, not trotting after the food. Initially, you will reward frequently, at least several times a minute. As the behavior becomes a habit, continue to praise the dog for good behavior, but phase out the treats.
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How Long It Takes Young or energetic dogs require more training than mature or calm dogs. Dogs that don’t get out of the house much require more training than dogs that see the world on a regular basis. To maintain the momentum of the learning process, make sure the animal gets plenty of exercise. Be consistent. Never allow the dog to get somewhere by pulling; all family members need to be on board with this. Above all, have patience. Some days it may feel like your dog will never learn, then suddenly, one day you will look back and have to think hard to remember how he or she used to pull. Erica Pytlovany is a certified pet dog trainer with WOOFS! Dog Training Center, in Arlington, VA. Learn more at WoofsDogTraining.com.
More Expert Advice Teach your dog not to pull while you are both standing still by holding the leash firmly with both hands and refusing to budge until your dog slackens the leash. Not a single step! Hold on tight and ignore every leash-lunge. As soon as he or she sits, say “Good dog,” offer a food treat, and then take one large step forward and stand still again. Repeat this sequence, advancing to two steps, then three steps, until your dog walks calmly forward on a loose leash and sits quickly when you stop and stand still. ~ Dr. Ian Dunbar, DogStarDaily.com
Using the proper leash and collar can help make your dog training successful. Most pet supply stores carry a wide selection. Following are the more common types of leashes and collars: • The common flat leash and buckle collar are available in leather, nylon and metal chain of various lengths. • A retractable leash, much like a fishing pole, lets a pet wander up to 20 feet ahead, while still under your control. Pushing the button takes up the slack. (It’s not a good choice when teaching an animal to “heel.”) • A head collar, also known as a head halter, looks like a kind of muzzle. Attached to a leash, its function is to stop pulling and keep a dog under gentle control via a loop around the mouth, as well as a collar around the neck. It doesn’t restrict the mouth; rather, it thwarts lunging by transferring the forward motion into a sideways head turn. This type of lead is especially effective on energetic or difficult-to-control dogs, but because of the noseband, it can’t be used on dogs with short snouts, such as pugs. • A harness, designed to stop pulling, wraps around the dog’s chest
and shoulders. The leash attaches to a ring on the front of the dog’s chest. As with the halter, the idea is that when the dog pulls, it will be turned to the side. Be careful when shopping for harnesses, as some attach to the leash on the dog’s back rather than the chest, which can exacerbate a pulling problem. • Choke and prong collars, when attached to leads, control dogs by tightening around the neck or jabbing the throat with spikes. You pinch and release for the corrective action and quick attention, not to choke the dog. These are not for novice handlers and can be dangerous in inexperienced hands. Many trainers don’t recommend them because they cause pain and can injure a dog’s windpipe, neck or spine. Should they get caught on something, or if the chain isn’t threaded through the rings correctly, the dog can choke to death, because the collar continues constricting even after you’ve released the tension on the leash. Check with an expert for instructions before using. Warning: Never use a choke collar on puppies; dogs without thick neck fur; dogs with a respiratory problem; or breeds with fragile windpipes, such as Chihuahuas or Yorkshire terriers, because you could easily injure your dog. Primary source: Iams.com
A Conversation with Loretta LaRoche Author, Stress Management Consultant and Humorist
Q. What advice do you have for families to create a home filled with joy rather than anxiety?
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oretta LaRoche, author, speaker and corporate stress management consultant, was the winner of the 2007 National Humor Treasure award. Her seven books reflect the lighter side of her life philosophy. This month, Lighten Up! joins her title hit parade that includes Life is Not a Stress Rehearsal and Life Is Short – Wear Your Party Pants. Q. Why does your message, “Life is not a stress rehearsal,” resonate with audiences? I have found that, in the last 30 years, Americans’ paradigm for living has become busyness and stress. We live as if every minute is stressful and define our lives that way. Some stress is essential to life; it excites us and moves us forward, signaling when to pay attention to that which gives us passion and happiness. It also helps us discern when we are in danger. What incapacitates many people is catastrophising and awfulizing, which leads to feeling they have no choices. Discovering how to find the “bless in the mess,” and living in appreciation encourages a more peaceful, rich and juicy life. Q. Your books and talks blend humor, common sense and values, like living in the moment and optimism, as a sure-
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When we are truly involved in the natural flow of our life, time and space disappear; we now live in the moment, we are at our best and feel oh, so good. Allow your children or grandchildren to lead you down the slippery slope to a place where you can act silly and be a child again. There, you will rediscover the simple pleasures that bring you happiness, joy and a pure sense of awe.
fire antidote to stress. How does this work? We all choose how to interpret the events in our lives. We can opt for humor, wisdom, compassion or the willingness to accept the situation for what it is. Many of us spend our time listing our weaknesses. Then we make the mistake of sharing them with other people who listen and help us add to them. We anticipate problems and practice misery. Optimists know that bad things can happen, but they don’t obsess over them. A true optimist wakes up thinking: “Anything can happen today and I can deal with it, as I have in the past.” We’ve all experienced difficult times in our lives, and for the most part we survive them and go on. It’s these bumps in the road that give us that can-do feeling. Q. Why do you believe that it’s never too late to have a happy childhood? Children are masters of living in the moment; but for most adults it takes some work. If we integrate some of what kids do we can approach each day with awe and look at everything with new eyes. We let go of a “been there, done that” attitude and really look around us. That creature on the floor is not just another bug, it’s a BUG!
Role modeling joyful, optimistic behavior ourselves is one of the best ways to create a happy family. Often, we have no clue how powerful our everyday conversations and body language are in influencing children’s behavior. I suggest doing simple things together, like eating dinner. Let everyone in the family have unstructured play time. And don’t waste your day worrying; instead pat yourself on the back for what you have done right. Don’t reserve fun for weekends, birthdays and holidays; pick a day and celebrate for no reason at all. Live life as if you only have a few moments left. Just break out the champagne and party pants and celebrate! Q. How can people maintain their joy during difficult times? Few can be joyful 24/7, but even in the darkest times, there can be humor and laughter. Laughter makes life easier; it allows us to see the absurdity of it all and gives our brains a vacation and a reality check. Being in good humor keeps life simpler, lighter and more humane. Let’s all have amazing lives, where you become the fun you are seeking—your own entertainment center. That way, wherever you go will be joyful, if you just show up. For more stress-busting fun, visit LorettaLaroche.com and watch for this month’s PBS special, Juicy Living, Juicy Aging. Also see her at Hay House’s Tampa, FL conference, Nov. 19-22; register at ICanDoIt.net. See ad on page??. Connect with freelance writer Gail Condrick of Sarasota, FL, at niavisions.com.
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Calming Anxious Lives A Holistic Parenting Approach by Lisa Marshall
For fourth-grader Skylar Shumate, a typical Tuesday looks like this. Rise at dawn for some toaster
waffles and juice before sprinting to the bus at 7:15 a.m. Study for spelling en route to school. Embark on a seven-hour school day, filled with classes and quizzes. Head to cheerleading at
3:15 p.m., hip-hop class at 5 p.m., then return home to practice piano and do homework before grabbing dinner and heading to bed.
In all, Skylar reports, she is a happy kid. “But sometimes, if I’m super stressed, I’ll go cry in my
room,” she confesses. “I sometimes just wish there wasn’t so much pressure.”
uch a statement from a child is particularly chilling. But, according to a growing body of research and legions of concerned child development experts, Skylar is not alone.
Troubling Trends According to a study by the Californiabased Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, up to 70 percent of parents report that their 9- to 13-yearold children experience moderate to high levels of stress. In a recent poll of high school students by Stanford University, 65 percent admitted they were often or always stressed out. According to the National Mental Health Information Center, anxiety disorders affect 13 out of every 100 children ages 9 to 17.
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Nationwide, healthcare providers report an increase in stress-related health problems like stomach aches, teeth grinding, sleep disorders and behavioral problems in children as young as preschool age. Some anxiety can be attributed to trouble at home, such as abuse or personal tragedy. But a more insidious culprit appears to have emerged: a culture of hyper-parenting, in which kids are overscheduled and academically overloaded, and adult role models—concerned about everything from terrorism to pandemics and the economy—are more stressed than ever. “We have stumbled into a unique moment in the history of childhood, a cocktail of cultural and historical trends
that have intersected to create a perfect storm,” says Carl Honoré, a 41-year-old father of two and author of Under Pressure: Rescuing our Children from the Culture of Hyper-Parenting. He notes how anxious parents are feeling the need to prepare their kids for a tough job market. They have money to afford extracurricular activities, and because they are becoming parents later in life and raising fewer children, they have a tendency to dote on them and expect great things. “Children are the target of more adult anxiety and intervention today than at any time in history,” says Honore. Most troubling is the realization that too much childhood stress can have lifelong health consequences.
According to a 2008 report by the Centers for Disease Control, chronic or severe childhood stress can disrupt the development of fragile brain circuitry, resulting in a “low threshold for stress,” throughout life. Excess stress hormones, like cortisol, can also damage the brain region responsible for learning and memory and impair the immune system, leaving kids vulnerable to asthma, allergies and other illness. The good news: Parents who take care to shield their children from excess stress and help them deal with inevitable stressors in a healthy way, can set them up for better long-term mental and physical health. “In a very real way, Mother Nature expects parents to be good parents,” says psychology professor Chris Coe, Ph.D., an immunology researcher at University of Wisconsin-Madison. “It helps to guide a child’s biology in the right direction.”
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Hyperactivity Can Signal Stress “We see a lot of kids and families who are in a perpetual state of fight or flight and sadly, the kids get wrongly diagnosed with learning and behavior disorders, such as ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder),” says Fay.
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The first key step, experts say, is for parents to learn to recognize when their kids are stressed out, and it can happen far earlier than many assume. “It starts to kick in around their first or second birthday,” says psychologist Charles Fay, Ph.D., president of the Golden, Colorado-based parenting organization, the Love and Logic Institute. Fay says toddlerhood (12 to 30 months) is particularly stressful, as kids go through potty training and learning to walk. For older preschoolers, changing schools, older siblings moving away or parents divorcing can all be stressful. While some stress can be beneficial, adults need to be vigilant about looking for signs that a child is experiencing too much stress, particularly if the child is too young to verbalize his or her feelings. Common signs include regression, temper tantrums, withdrawal and tummy, head or muscle aches.
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Another tip: Check your own stress level. “Kids take their emotional cues from the adults around them,” advises Fay. “A lot of high-achieving, perfectionist kids think mistakes are the end of the world, because they see their parents reacting that way.” He counsels parents to model positive reactions to stress. Take a moment to tell the kids a funny story about how you spilled coffee in your lap and had to run home to change—and the lesson learned. Instead of freaking out as you rush around the house looking for the car keys, say, “Oh well. It’s not the end of the world if I am a few minutes late.” Experts say overscheduling is another chronic source of stress, with many parents shuttling junior from story time to baby yoga to playdates. According to a 2001 study by University of Michigan researchers, children ages 3 to 5 have eight fewer hours per week of free play time than they did in 1981. Kids ages 6 to 8 enjoy 13 fewer hours of free time. An easy solution: “Remind yourself that it is okay for kids to be bored,” says Fay, noting that boredom fosters creativity and prepares kids for a “real life” that is not always action-packed. If you find yourself often eating in the car en route to endless pursuits, your child throws a fit or falls asleep on the way to a practice or he or she doesn’t talk much about an activity (a
sign of genuine interest), it could be a wake-up call. Ask your child to make a list of his or her favorite interests, in order of priority, Fay suggests, and trim off the bottom. On the flip side, Fay counsels that too little structure at home can be stressful for kids; they look to their parents to demonstrate assertiveness and provide the boundaries that make them feel safe. “If you have anxious kids, one question to ask is, ‘Am I setting enough limits and sticking to those limits?’”
School-age Solutions By far, the most common cause of school-age anxiety (particularly amid middle-to-upper-income suburban kids) is academic stress. Numerous studies show that adolescents place schoolwork above friend problems, bullying and trouble at home when ranking stressors. One recent Stanford University poll of 496 high school students in California’s Bay Area found that when students were asked to list what causes the most stress in their lives, 68 percent cited schoolwork. Nearly 78 percent reported having experienced stress-related physical problems like headaches, weight gain, insomnia or stomach problems. In some cases, excess stress turns to depression and tragedy can strike. “Kids are more stressed than in the past for a whole host of reasons, and it is a big problem,” confirms education researcher and Stanford lecturer, Denise Pope. “There is more emphasis on testing, and kids feel the pressure from their teachers. Homework levels have gone up significantly. They feel like they are the hope for the future, and the pressure is on.” Research supports Pope’s conclusion, including a 2004 University of Michigan survey of more than 2,900 students that found the time it takes kids to complete their homework has increased 51 percent since 1981. In response, Pope, a mother of three, founded the Stressed Out Students Project (now called Challenge Success) in 2007. The national organization teaches parents and teachers how to minimize academic stress. The first step, she says, is for parents to clearly define their own vision
Holistic Solutions to Stress by Lisa Marshall A bit of childhood stress is inevitable, and can even be motivating when taken in small doses, experts say. But parents can do much to help kids better manage it. Set aside relaxation time: “There is such a thing as preventative mental health,” says Lawrence Shapiro, Ph.D., author of The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook for Kids. “You wouldn’t let your kids go a day without brushing their teeth. Don’t let them go a day without relaxing.” He recommends that children of all ages carve out at least 15 minutes each day for focused relaxation. Put on soothing music, ask them to breathe deeply and close their eyes, and then leave them alone. Sleep: Sleep produces the calming, feelgood brain chemical serotonin, while lack of sleep results in too much of the “fight-or-flight” brain chemical, cortisol. A child who doesn’t get enough sleep won’t handle stress as well. According to the National Sleep Foundation, toddlers need 12 to 14 hours and preschoolers 11 to 13 hours. Kids ages 5 to 12 do well with 10 to 11 hours of sleep and teens with about 9 hours. Nutrients: Brandy Webb, a naturopathic doctor in Tacoma, Washington, and adjunct faculty member at Bastyr University, says certain nutrients can go a long way in counteracting the physical impacts of stress. Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fatty fish, flax seed, certain nuts and dietary supplements, can counteract the inflammatory response that comes with stress. This also helps fend off problems such as headaches and muscle aches, which can come with stressinduced inflammation. Stressed-out kids burn through critical nutrients, particularly calcium, so a balanced diet is critical. Magnesium supplements are known to help relieve anxiety and stress. Vitamins C and E boost immune function. Botanicals: Webb recommends calming herbal tinctures, such as catnip and pas-
sionflower, for quieting a child in the throes of a stressful moment. Lavender, in either a tea or a bath, can be effective in reducing anxiety. Better yet, brew some tea and allow your child to sit in the bath with it for 20 minutes, breathing in the lavender-laced steam. Exercise: Shapiro and Webb both recommend at least 30 minutes of free, outdoor play per day. Limit screen time: Never allow your child to have a TV or computer in their room, advises parenting expert Charles Fay, Ph.D. Also, keep screen time to an absolute minimum for youths under 2 years old. Keep the volume down (loud noises can aggravate stress) and be particularly wary of television if your child is already prone to hyperactivity. “If kids are predisposed to hyperactivity, too much TV will exacerbate that predisposition,” Shapiro notes. Also, overuse of electronic media— such as video games and Internet social groups—could be a warning sign that the child is stressed. “A lot of the most stressed-out kids I deal with gravitate toward those things as unhealthy coping mechanisms,” comments Webb. While social networking tools like Facebook, instant messaging and Internet chat rooms don’t necessarily cause stress, experts advise, a child who spends too much time with them may get behind on homework, adding to their stress. Worse yet, they’ll rob themselves of time spent playing face-to-face with friends outdoors in the fresh air. Watch any kid at play: There is no better stress reliever.
of “success” for their child. Is it really attendance at an Ivy League school? Or, is it participating in an enjoyable college environment that enriches their life? “People have this vision that their child has to get straight As and involve themselves in every extracurricular activity in order to get into a good college: Not true,” states Pope. “There is a college out there for every student who wants to go to college.” If a parent gets the sense that their child’s homework levels are excessive, they need to be proactive and call the teacher, says Pope.
As a general rule, kids should have no more than 10 minutes of homework per grade level (10 minutes for first-graders, 30 for third-graders, two hours for high school seniors, etc.). Pope asks her child’s teachers to send work home in advance in weekly packets, so they can distribute it over the week around other commitments. “I know kids who do different, multiple sports each season after school, then come home every day, eat dinner and start in on homework at 8 or 9. We are asking them to put in longer days than most adults do,” Pope remarks.
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Let Kids Be Kids Honoré, a London author who has made a living writing books about how to slow down and lead a less frenzied life, says he too, found himself falling into the “hyperparenting” trap. When his son’s art instructor suggested his 7-year-old might have a gift for art, he found himself sifting through catalogues, looking for just the right afterschool course or summer class to nurture his budding Picasso’s special talent. When his son got the news, he looked at his father, dumfounded, and asked, “Why do grownups have to take over everything?” “I realized I had lost my bearings as a parent,” Honoré says. He backed off and ended up writing a book about it. He now takes care to ask himself what his motives are before guiding his son toward an activity: Is it for me, or is it for him? Meanwhile, this grassroots researcher is optimistic that “The pendulum is beginning to swing back,” and that a backlash against hyper-parents and stressed-out kids is upon us. In 2008, Toronto became one of the first jurisdictions in North America to crack down on excess homework, all but eliminating it in elementary grades and banning it during weekends and holidays. Meanwhile, communities across the United States have begun to host “Ready, Set, Relax” days, where all homework and extracurricular activities are canceled. On a smaller scale, experts say the revolution toward less stressed-out kids can begin when parents look at their kids in a new light. As Pope puts it: “We need to love the kid before us, not the kid we want them to be.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance writer and mother of four in Colorado.
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child’s health begins before birth. Think of all the decisions parents make for their children: daycare, schools, parenting styles, extracurricular activities, dietary choices, etc. When a mother first finds out she is pregnant, those decisions seem so far away. There are important decisions that mothers need to make while they are pregnant, that will enhance the child’s health potential. Some of the most prudent choices are delayed cord cutting, non-medicated childbirth, prenatal care choices, and breastfeeding. These four categories also involve many other smaller choices. Delayed cord cutting has had some recent and fascinating studies. When a baby is born his umbilical cord and placenta continues to function for a brief time. Most people don’t realize that there is the option to wait to cut the umbilical cord and that there are extreme health benefits. According to Dr. George M. Morley, M.B., Ch. B., FACOG, delayed cord cutting produces healthier, stronger babies with higher APGAR’s (immediate vital signs score), and significantly reduces the potential for respiratory distress. Some studies show that the baby will receive 20 to 50 percent more blood volume from the placenta if time is allowed for the placenta and cord to nourish the baby after delivery. This blood protects the baby’s brain and respiratory efforts. Many complications have been associated with early cord cutting, such as learning disabilities, neurological disor-
ders, memory and behavior defects, asphyxia, cerebral palsy, and anemia. A premature baby is much more vulnerable to injury associated with early cord cutting. Midwives call delayed cord cutting a safety net. They place the baby on the mom’s chest and wait patiently for the placenta to finish its job; within five to fifteen minutes after birth, the cord is ready to be cut. Babies become pink quickly and breathe with very little distress. Dr. Morley’s paper written in 2002, called “How the Cord Clamp Injures Your Baby’s Brain,” states newborn nursery or intensive care is seldom needed when delayed cord cutting is used. Non-medicated childbirth is always a hot topic. Is it necessary? Can a mother really do it? Why would one want to decline medications? Nonmedicated childbirth takes determination, self-education, and preparation, but yes mothers can do it. The health benefits of natural childbirth to the mother and the baby are two-fold. Narcotics are often used with epidurals, and some of the medication passes to the baby. Natural childbirth obviously decreases the baby’s exposure to unhealthy medications, but it also reduces the need for a cesarean section, vaginal episiotomies, and the need for vaginal repair. Breastfeeding success rates are much higher in non-medicated births, and typically, natural childbirth moms recover faster and bleed less. Yes, non-medicated childbirth is a difficult decision to make and many women are afraid to refuse drugs in labor. That’s why it’s so important that families who decide to make this healthy decision also find a provider that will help them achieve their goal.
A prenatal care provider should focus on preventative or healthy care. It’s beneficial to have a provider that listens to individual needs and concerns before a problem arises. A quality provider talks to the mother frequently about her diet, exercise, pregnancy discomforts, and water intake, and seeks to find the cause of pregnancy discomforts and treat them naturally or with lifestyle changes instead of medications. Most people know that “breast is best,” but many new moms are frequently overwhelmed when they are given all the facts. Breastfeeding produces antibodies to protect the baby from illnesses like allergies, ear infections, respiratory ailments, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, and much more. Breastfeeding also greatly benefits the mother. It has been shown to reduce rates of breast and ovarian cancer, and helps the mother lose pregnancy weight by burning more calories. Breastfeeding releases the hormone Oxytocin, a mood enhancer, and causes the uterus to return to its pre-pregnancy size. It also helps with child spacing, because many nursing moms don’t ovulate until their baby is older. Of course, mothers always want to do what’s best for their babies and children. There is comfort in knowing there are many options available to make good choices; even before the baby is born. For more information about delayed cord cutting, non-medicated childbirth, breastfeeding, and prenatal care choices, visit the following websites: GivingBirthNaturally. com; LLLI.org; CFMidwife.org, or Google Grorge M. Morley for the complete article. Sandy Glenn is a licensed midwife, the mother of four boys, and the owner of Carolina WaterBirth Center. She was the first female midwife in South Carolina to deliver a baby in water. Carolina WaterBirth, 915-J South St, Simpsonville. 864-329-0010. CarolinaWaterBirth.com. See ad, page 12.
CONNECTING KIDS TO
COMMUNITY by Helen Coronato
his September, before scheduling after-school soccer practice or cheerleading, why not consider committing to a different kind of extracurricular activity: community outreach. Every community has specific needs, and stepping in to help fill those needs as a family brings extended benefits. From strengthening family bonds and making memories to being a role model for friends and neighbors, connecting kids with their own community proves a winning combination. By giving back to community, local organizations get the assistance they need, while children benefit personally and scholastically from a family team-building experience. Research from the Harvard Family Research Project shows a direct link between such parental involvement and a student’s success in school. Community outreach can be a formal affair, thanks to the efforts and organization of national programs, or it can be a hometown, do-it-yourself project, based on experience and ingenuity. Whichever route we choose, our efforts and energy are a precious and appreciated resource.
Established Organizations Coming up with ideas for how to enhance our local community can be daunting for some. Fortunately, many local and national organizations have programs in place that we
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can readily join. These are a great place to start: 1-800-Volunteer – 1-800-Volunteer.org Search the nation’s largest database of volunteer opportunities, events and organizations by location or interest. More than 117,000 volunteers are registered with the service nationwide. Special Olympics – SpecialOlympics.org Help people with intellectual disabilities. More than 30 recognized athletes and 750,000 volunteers participate in the 227 Special Olympics programs worldwide. Habitat for Humanity – HabitatForHumanity.org Habitat has built more than 300,000 houses around the world, providing safe housing for 1.5 million people. Builders must be older than 16. Other youngsters can contribute by making “Welcome Home” cards or toolboxes for the new homeowners. Red Cross – RedCross.org Each year, the Red Cross responds to more than 70,000 disasters, including as many as 150 home fires, every day. Project Smile – ProjectSmile.org This nonprofit organization collects like-new stuffed animals for firefighters and police to distribute to children experiencing a traumatic time in their lives.
Meals on Wheels – MOWaa.org This national network provides homedelivered meal services across the country. According to the organization, one out of nine seniors in America faces the threat of hunger, and at least four out of 10 local Meals on Wheels programs have seniors on a waiting list for the service.
Do-It-Yourself Projects Also consider giving some common group activities a community-minded twist. Here’s a new kind of book club. – Book club members can open up enrollment to invite mothers, daughters and grandmothers to join. Or, organize a community book club at a local senior center and bring together different generations of readers to share stories and companionship. Time to clean out the closet and toy chest? – Gather up outgrown toys and clothes and donate items to a local women’s shelter. Many mothers are
forced to leave everything behind, arriving at shelters with only the clothes on their back. Donations can provide a welcome and comforting item or a change of clothes. Repurpose old beach towels. – Collect worn beach towels and bedding and deliver them to veterinarians and animal shelters, where they are needed to comfort and care for pets. Ideas for do-it-yourself community projects are infinite. Many more than what are listed here are outlined at GreenGuideForKids.blogspot.com. Just because something good hasn’t been done before doesn’t mean it can’t be done right now. When our intention is to help others, there really is no wrong choice. Each of us, when we keep our eyes open for opportunity, can become the change we want to see. Helen Coronato is a mother, author, speaker and consultant. Her latest book, Eco-Friendly Families, is packed with concrete advice, useful tips and fun strategies. Visit HelenCoronato.com.
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Fun & Gives Back to Community
he 2nd Annual Upstate Women’s Show, held at the Carolina First Center in Greenville, SC this August 27-29th, will be packed full of shopping, entertainment, cooking, fashion, and more. There will be over 250 exhibitors with products and services ranging from jewelry and makeup to massage techniques and green cleaning products. The BILO Cooking Stage and the Entertainment Stage will be packed with constant entertainment all three days of the Show. Chef Richard Blais, runner-up from Top Chef: Chicago will be cooking up a storm on the Cooking Stage and sharing some of his celebrity tips and recipes. Local chefs from some of the Upstate’s premier restaurants will demonstrate the recipes that make their cooking styles unique. Other exciting features include do-it-yourself clinics by Home Depot, readings and book signings by local authors at The Writer’s Block, gardening tips from Master Gardeners, the Wine & Chocolate Frenzy nightly from 5-7pm, four fashion shows, money saving tips from the “Queen of the Penny Pinchers” Brandy Long,
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comedy by Café & Then Some, Belly Dancing, Zumba, and the list goes on! This year, one of the most exciting features of the show will be “The Green Life”, sponsored by Natural Awakenings and designed to be an area of the show which nourishes the mind, body, and spirit. Experts on a wide range of topics will be in this area speaking about concepts such as feng shui, tai chi, homeopathic healing techniques, natural health & beauty tips, and many other interesting and educational issues. Also, there will be a mini farmer’s market with samples of organically farmed foods from several local farms in the Upstate. With so many exciting features, it is important to remember the Upstate Women’s Show is more than just three days of relaxation and fun. It is also a way to give back to a community that so desperately needs our help. By attending the show, you can… Help feed families: Bring 5 canned goods to the show and receive $2 off adult admission. All food collected will go to Harvest Hope Food Bank. By the end of the show, we hope to have collected enough food to feed thousands of families! Attend a cooking class at the BI-LO
Cooking Stage and purchase a $5 “Family Emergency Food Box”, which will be distributed by Harvest Hope and can feed a family of 4 for 4 days. In this case, a little goes a long way! Also, when you donate to this cause, you’ll be entered to win a cookware set donated by The Cook’s Station. Help abused women: Bring gently used accessories to donate to My Girlfriend’s Closet, an accessory swap to benefit Safe Harbor, a domestic abuse shelter. This area will be filled with purses, jewelry, hats, belts, scarves, sunglasses, etc. By purchasing one of these items in My Girlfriend’s Closet, you’re making a donation to women who need your help. You can also drop off accessories prior to the show. Visit our website, UpstateWomensShow.com. for details on drop off locations. So, if you’re looking for three days of fun combined with a wonderful way to give back to the community, don’t miss the 2nd Annual Upstate Women’s Show! Hours: Thursday, August 27th: 12-7pm , Friday, August 28th: 10-7pm, Saturday, August 29th: 10-7pm, Tickets: $8 for Adults $4 Kids 12 & Under $5 after 5pm $2 OFF when you bring 5 canned goods! For More Information, please call 864-250-9713 or visit: UpstateWomensShow.com. See ad, on back cover.
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De-mystifying the Colonic
by Theresa Archer
ust the mention of a colonic brings a quizzical look to some people’s faces. What actually is a colonic? Upstate Colonics owner and certified Colon Hydrotherapist, Angela Toplovich, explains, “Colon Hydrotherapy is the extended and more complete form of an enema. It is a controlled, continual, bathing and releasing treatment used for cleansing and therapeutic purposes.” The benefits include: improved muscle tone, reduced stagnation, promotion of optimal health, and helps eliminate poisons from the body. The colon has often been referred to as “the sewer system” of the body. We all know what happens
when a septic system becomes clogged and is not in good working order. The same holds true for the colon—if it isn’t functioning at optimal levels it affects the entire body. Colon Hydrotherapy is nothing new. It was first recorded by the Egyptians in 1500 BC, and introduced to the United States by Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, yes, “Mr. Corn Flakes” himself. He reported in the 1917 Journal of American Medicine that in over 40,000 cases, as a result of diet, exercise and colon cleansing, “in all but 20 cases” he used no surgery for the treatment of gastrointestinal disease in his patients. Prior to opening Upstate Colonics in 2006, Angela Toplovich was in the
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medical field. She believed doctors and prescription drugs were the way to get well. That belief came to a screeching halt on August 16, 2004 when her husband died unexpectedly in his sleep. After waiting three and a half months on toxicology reports, the test confirmed it was his heart medication that had killed him. After sitting around for 9 months, facing the question of what she was supposed to do with the rest of her life and how she was going to raise two young boys alone, she was given the answer through a dear friend. Toplovich was introduced to Colon Hydrotherapy, and spent many hours researching and reading everything she could on the subject. “I made an appointment for my first colonic. Wow! I couldn’t believe how much better I felt after one session,” exclaims Toplovich. “When I got home, I got on the computer and enrolled at The Awareness Institute For Wellness in Atlanta. I was certified in March of 2006 and opened Upstate Colonics in August of 2006.” It is the goal of Upstate Colonics to teach and help maintain one’s health in a more natural way. Gentle cleansing and detoxing must take place in order to counteract the Standard American Diet (S.A.D.). Diet plays a huge part in colon health. The S.A.D lacks fiber and vital nutrients necessary for a properly function body. Not to mention that our water contains toxins and so does the air we breathe. “It is my opinion that we must be proactive in restoring and maintaining our health through cleansing and detoxing periodically,” states Toplovich. Toplovich envisions her location becoming a healing detox center. Upstate Colonics uses the FDA approved Colenz gravity systems. Warm water is gently released into the colon via a small rectal nozzle. It’s a safe cleansing therapy with the clients’ dignity and comfort a top priority. The environment is clean, warm, and friendly. They started with one system, and then added a second Colenz system last July. The Colenz system, which is very safe and gentle, allows the client the choice of having the therapist in the room, or to be left alone in privacy. Most clients report sleeping better, having less bloating, weight loss, and regular bowel movements. Joyce G., from Pickens, stated she hasn’t ended up in the ER several times a year for treatment of her painful spastic colon since beginning her sessions 9 months ago. Nicky V., of Mauldin, reports after going to the gym for a year and not losing weight, the pounds began to “melt off” and her varicose veins even became lighter and less noticeable after a few sessions. Many clients report immediately “feeling lighter” and “more energetic.” Susan T., of Mauldin, stated she slept the best she had in over 15 years. Some clients have come in with lower back pain, sinus discomfort, and headaches only to finish a session and comment that their pain was gone.
“I don’t feel my work is a ‘job’; it’s an Upstate Colonics is preparing for honor to help others feel better,” says their 3rd Anniversary Open House. The Toplovich. “I look forward to getting invitation goes out to the community up each day, going into the office and to celebrate this special occasion. Says helping others.” Toplovich, “I would like to take this Another detoxifyopportunity to thank each ing service offered by of our clients for making Upstate Colonics is the this journey possible. It Bio Mat. Discovered by is a wonderful privilege NASA to be the most to serve the Upstate beneficial natural light community and help wave. The Bio Mat has people achieve optimal been shown to remove health.” wastes and toxins, reUpstate Colonics lieves pain and joint 3rd Anniversary Open stiffness, increases blood House will be held on circulation, boosts the Monday, August 31, from immune system, reduces 1pm until 7pm. Meet stress, and boosts energy. the therapists, enjoy free “Our clients comment chair massages, $10 that it feels like a 30-60 footbaths, free Bio Mat minute “healing nap,” demos, and door prizes. says Toplovich. Other Light snacks and beveragdetox therapies include: Detoxing with ion footbath es will be served. Upstate Ion footbaths, massages Colonics is located at 607 and slimming/detox wraps. NE Main St, Simpsonville. There is also a dietitian consultant 864-963-4466. UpstateColonics.com. available by appointment. See ad, page 11.
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TUESDAY, AUGUST 4 Air: The Search for One Clean Breath – 7-8pm. Award-winning film about the history of air. Free. All ages welcome, refreshments provided. Greer Public Library, Jean M. Smith Branch, 505 Pennsylvania Ave, Greer. 527-9293.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5 True Water Sampling − 11am-5pm. First Wednesday each month. Sample alkalizing True Water. Sampling Special: Buy 1 gallon, get second gallon 15% off. All Natural Health & Beauty Center, 101 College St, Simpsonville. 963-2882. “Upcountry Music: Early Recordings” Lunch & Learn − 12-1pm. Presented by musician Lucy Allen, the program will cover the earliest recorded music of the Upcountry from the 1920’s & 1930’s. Free. Chick-fil-A bag lunches are available for purchase for $5. Advance registration required for lunches. Upcountry History Museum, Heritage Green, 540 Buncombe St, Greenville. 467-3100. Tranquil Yoga -7-8:30pm. Basic Yoga 101 with Robert Toet, RYT. Class will unify the body, mind and spirit, and find calmness and peace within. Objective is to feel energized, relieved of tension, and feeling great. Robert steps you through movement and breath, leaving you with a sense of well-being. Arrive10 minutes before class starts, and bring a mat. $10 per class. Earth Fare, Earth Fare Plaza, 3620 Pelham Rd, Greenville. 527-4220.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 7 Youth Lock-In – 8pm-8am. Send your child out for a night of games, swimming, arts and crafts, and a lot of fun. For ages 6-14. Members $20/non-Members $30. Eastside Family YMCA, 1250 Taylors Rd, Taylors. 292-2790.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 8 Family Fun at Roper Mountain – 9am-1pm. A day at Roper Mountain Science Center. Butterfly garden, heritage & herb garden, trails. Members free, adults/teens $5, children (6-12) & seniors (60 & 0ver) $4. Roper Mountain Science Center, 402 Roper Mountain Rd, Greenville. 355-8900. Reedy River Discovery Tours – 10am-12pm. Begins at Overlook Grill by the Liberty bridge. A tour leader will be available.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 9 Family Camp at YMCA’s Camp Greenville – August 9-14. A variety of outdoor activities for the entire family. Call Susan at 836-3291, ext. 106 or email shuter@ ymcagreenville.org for more information.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 11 Air: The Search for One Clean Breath – 7-8pm. Award-winning film about the history of air. Free. All ages welcome, refreshments provided. Berea Public Library, Sarah Dohey Jones Branch, 111 N. Hwy. 25, Greenville. 527-9293.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12 Tranquil Yoga -7-8:30pm. See August 5 listing for details.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 13 Milk Issues & Causes of Fibromyalgia – 7 pm. Join Dr. Jaynes as he discusses recent research involving the consumption of milk and various issues, as well as the causes of fibromyalgia. Earthfare, 3620 Pelham Road, Greenville. Call 2320082.
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FRIDAY, AUGUST 14 Family Night Out: Watermelon Walk – 6:307:30pm. An evening of walking and watermelon eating. Families will walk around the outdoor track and then enjoy watermelon slices. Possible seed spitting contest. Get healthy together and create a fun family memory. Free. Eastside Family YMCA, 1250 Taylors Rd, Taylors. 292-2790.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 15 Stay Cool...Identifying & Overcoming Anger – 2-4pm. Students cost $15 and seniors cost $10. North Main Yoga, 10 W. Stone Ave, Greenville. 803-256-0150. Music Hour at the Clock Tower –5:30-8:30pm. 5th Annual Summer Concert Series. Live music, food, arts & crafts and karaoke contest before each concert. Bring lawn chairs. Clock Tower, Main St, Simpsonville. 201-2148.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 18 Native Plant Society Meeting – 7pm. Tim Lee, Naturalist for the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area, presents “Sustaining Wildlife and Bringing Nature Home.” Greenville County Main Library, Meeting Room C, 25 Heritage Green Place. Call 242-5400 ext. 2. Air: The Search for One Clean Breath – 7-8pm. Award-winning film about the history of air. Free. All ages welcome, refreshments provided. Hughes Main Library, 25 Heritage Green Pl, Greenville. 527-9293.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19 Feng Shui Workshop – 6-8pm. With Daniela Loga Brueckner: Take care of your Front Door - The Chi mouth of your home. Kimah Healing Arts Center, 2112 Augusta St. Greenville. 232-3739. Tranquil Yoga -7-8:30pm. See August 5 listing for details.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 22 Eighth Annual Really Good, Really Big, Really Cheap Book Sale – Fundraiser for the Greenville Literacy Association. Donations accepted through August 7 at Whole Foods; bin near front of store. Whole Foods Market, 1140 Woodruff Rd, Greenville. 335-2300.
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Upstate Women’s Show – Thursday 12-7pm; Friday, Saturday 10 am-7 pm. Enjoy three days of fun combined with ways to give back to the community. Don’t miss the Upstate Women’s Show! Cost is $8 adults, $4 kids (12 and under), $5 after 5pm, $2 when you bring five canned goods. Carolina First Center, 1 Exposition Drive, Greenville. Call 250-9713 or visit UpstateWomensShow.com for more information.
markyourcalendar MONDAY, AUGUST 31 Third Anniversary Open House – 1-7pm. Celebrate Upstate Colonics’ Third Anniversary. Tour the center, meet and greet the therapists on staff, enjoy free chair massages and a $10 foot bath special. Detox specials and biomat demos will also be available. Light snacks and beverages will be served. Free. Upstate Colonics, 607 N.E. Main St., Simpsonville. For more information, call 963-4466.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 27 Free Allergen Testing – 12-7pm. August 28 & 29 10am - 7pm. Perfect Balance Natural Health will be offering Bioenergetic allergen testing for food items at the Upstate Women’s Show. Free. Carolina First Center, 1 Exposition Dr, Greenville. Call for appointment at 236-8072 or come by booth # 424 to sign up. Latte Art Hoedown – 6pm. Greenville’s locallyowned and ethically-focused specialty coffee bar Coffee & Crema is bringing the coffee drinking community together while raising money for local charity at the same time. Local area baristas compete for money, prizes and glory by free pouring artistic designs into lattes and the drinks are sold to the crowd, with all proceeds going to Meals on Wheels. Free to watch, $5 to enter, $1 for competition drinks (all of which is given to charity). Coffee & Crema, 27 S. Pleasantburg #130, Greenville. (same shopping center as the Fresh Market and Garner’s) 235-0051.
custom cocktails, microbrews, and scotch tastings; hand-rolled cigars; and great dance music from Whitney Walters and The Sound. Hartness Estate, 300 Smith Rd, Greenville. To purchase tickets and support Upstate Forever contact Kirbie Crowe at 250-0500 x21.
upcoming events TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 Healthy Living Class – 7pm. Bi-weekly presentations on nutrition, supplementation, relieving pain, spinal health and more. Free. Light refreshments will be served. Franz Family Spinal Care, 205 Bryce Ct, (off Woodruff Rd. in Woodruff Place) Simpsonville. Call for class topic and to reserve your seat. 967-5995.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4
Air: The Search for One Clean Breath – 7-8pm. Award-winning film about the history of air. Free. All ages welcome, refreshments provided. Travelers Rest Public Library-Sargent Branch, 17 Center St, Travelers Rest. 527-9293.
Labor Day Weekend Family Camp – Sept 4-7. A variety of outdoor activities for the entire family. YMCA Camp Greenville. Call Susan at 864-8363291, ext 106 or email shuter@ymcagreenville. org.
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Music Hour at the Clock Tower –5:30-8:30pm. 5th Annual Summer Concert Series. Live music, food, arts & crafts and karaoke contest before each concert. Bring lawn chairs. Clock Tower, Main St, Simpsonville. 201-2148.
CAPPA Certification Labor Doula Training – August 28 & 29. Train to become a Labor Doula serving pregnant women. Prices vary, call for cost of classes. Carolina WaterBirth, 915 South St, Simpsonville. For more information call 909-0042. CarynF@CarolinaWaterBirth.com.
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2009 Riverfest – 10am-2pm. Festivities that offers something for everyone of all ages. This event is Greenville’s only community celebration dedicated exclusively to the conservation and preservation of the Reedy River. Peace Center Amphitheatre, downtown Greenville. Contact Tom Keith for more information at: Director@FriendsOfTheReedyRiver.org.
Story Tellers Guild Meeting – 7pm. Clemson Area Story Tellers (CAST) welcomes storytellers of all ages. CAST promotes and celebrates the art of storytelling, from novice to professional, dedicated listeners, and all those with an interest in the oral tradition. Free. The Arts Center (formerly known as Morrison Annex), 212 Butler Rd, Clemson. 653-4932.
2009 Beach Ball – 7pm. The Beach Ball is an annual philanthropic gala that benefits a variety of worthy causes around the Upstate. This year’s beneficiaries are Miracle Hill Ministries Children’s Programs, The South Carolina Children’s Theater, and Communities in Schools. Attendees will enjoy a lovely night under the stars at the Hartness Estate, complete with culinary specialties from fine restaurants like Larkin’s on the River and the Brown Street Club;
Coffee Talk – 2-4pm. An informal Q&A about meditation, Free. Coffee Underground, 1 Coffee St, Greenville. 803-256-0150.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 Healthy Living Class – 7pm. See September 1 listing for Details. Franz Family Spinal Care.
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HELP WANTED FARMERS NEEDED − To participate in City of Easley’s Farmers’ Market. Cost is $5 per booth, per day. Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. In front of City Hall, 205 N. 1st. St., Easley. Beginning May 16 to the end of September. For more information, call Lisa Garrett at 864-855-7900, ext. 7200. COLLEGE INTERNS − Journalism/English majors to write/edit for Natural Awakenings magazine during fall/ spring semesters. Call 864-248-4910 for more information.
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Children’s Garden – Always open. Corner of Broad and River St, Greenville. 246-5508. Summer Food Drive – Simpsonville Family Chiropractic is conducting a food drive to help local food banks in the Golden Strip. We are attempting to raise community awareness and aide in collecting nonperishable food items throughout the months of July and August. Items most in need are canned meats and vegetables, pasta, peanut butter, canned soup, cereal, and toilet paper. All donations can be dropped off during business hours. Simpsonville Family Chiropractic, 655 Fairview Rd, Suite J, Simpsonville, in the Publix shopping center. 962-8800. Working With Children – Greg Spindler, LMT of Carolina Structural Energetic Therapy, will work with Autistic children (ages 9 & under) free of charge in between his regular clients daily (excluding Sundays and some Saturdays). A program designed to help children who have issues through gentle cranial decompression; health issues can be improved. Please call ahead to check available appointment schedule. Carolina Structural Energetic Therapy, 107 Memorial Dr, Greer. 877-3500. Paris Mountain State Park – 8am-6pm. Open daily. Fishing, canoe, kayak, and pedal boat rentals, seasonal availability, picnic areas and playground, interpretive hiking, and biking trails. Admission fee. Paris Mountain State Park, 2401 State Park Rd, Greenville. 244-5565. Jones Gap State Park – 9am-6pm. Open daily. Hiking, waterfalls, fishing, birding, and camping available. Pets allowed on leash. Admission fee. Jones Gap State Park, 303 Jones Gap Rd, Marietta. 836-3647.
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Upcountry History Museum – 10am-5pm WedSat; 1-5pm Sun; closed Mon; prearranged group tours only Tues. Common threads, uncommon stories. Heritage Green, 540 Buncombe St, Greenville. 467-3100. Farm Stand – 2-7pm. Tuesday – Saturday. Local all-natural produce from Carolina Buffalo Co. Five Forks area, behind the Regions Bank, Simpsonville. 325-1278.
Meditation in Action: Practices to Help Shift Your Inner State − 3:30-5pm. First Sunday each month. Especially for those who have trouble with, or can’t find time for seated, close-eyed meditation. $10. North Main Yoga, 10 W Stone Ave, Greenville. 241-0870. Yoga Classes − 8.30am, 10:30am, and 6:30pm. – Yoganize, a combination of yoga, Pilates, Qi gong and specialized toning exercises to prescriptively heal, balance and integrate mind, body and spirit. Classes held daily. All levels welcome. $80/10 classes. Yoganize, Hudson Corners shopping center, 2105 Old Spartanburg Rd, Greer. 325-6053.
Yoga – 9am. Basic Yoga posture to develop strength, balance and flexibility. Increases focus and releases tension. Eastside Family YMCA, 1250 Taylors Rd, Taylors. 292-2790. Body Balance Memory Reset – 12-5pm. Assist your body to true homeostasis and help reset your brain to remember the balance while relieving pain & stress. Free. The Wild Radish, 161 Verdin Rd, Greenville. 297-1105.
Nia Dance/Fitness Class – 5:30-6:30pm. Throw off your shoes and let’s dance. Nia is a joyful dance/fitness experience. $12 or 5/$50, first class free. Kimah Healing Arts Center, 2112 Augusta St, Greenville. 430-7469. Real Life Birth Classes – 7pm. Natural Childbirth Preparation. Call for cost. Carolina WaterBirth, 915 South St, Simpsonville. 329-0010. CarynF@ CarolinaWaterBirth.com.
Greenbrier Farms Day − 12-5:30pm. Local organic veggies, meats, and plants from Greenbrier Farms at Scratch, 1818 Augusta St, #106, Greenville. 370-9992. Children’s Story Time – 9am-10am. All ages welcome. Free character cookie. Coffee To A Tea, 54 Lois Ave, West Greenville. 350-6506. Yoga Classes − 9.30am, 12pm, 5:30pm and 7pm. – See Monday’s listing 8:30am for details. Yoganize. 325-6053. Farmers’ Market – 3-7pm. Fresh, local, and sustainably grown produce, meat, eggs, milk, flowers, and much more. Whole Foods Market parking lot nearest 1140 Woodruff Rd, Greenville. For more info: 335-2300. Sivananda Method Hatha Yoga – 6:30-8:15pm. Hatha Yoga taught in traditional style by Bruce Cable. $10 or donation. Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1135 State Park Rd, Greenville. 271-4883. Nia Dance/Fitness Class – 6:15-7:15pm. Throw off your shoes and let’s dance. Nia is a joyful dance/ fitness experience. Free intro class, Tuesday, August 4. $10 per class. Unity Church of Greenville, 207 E. Belvue Rd, Greenville. 430-7469. Migun 101: New Migun Bed Owner Class – 7pm. Second Tuesday each month. How to better use and maintain one’s Migun investment. Talk to the experts (and other new Migun owners) about how to get the most from a Migun bed. Migun of Greenville, 215 Pelham Rd, Ste B–104, Greenville. 242–1160. Stress Reduction Workshop – 7pm. Dr. Anita Wilton, DC, will host a workshop on reducing stress. Free. Synapse Chiropractic, 955 W.Wade Hampton Blvd, Greer. 848-0505.
Senior Day – Seniors 60 and above receive 10% off total purchase. Sale items excluded, not to be combined with coupons. The Wild Radish, 161 Verdin Rd, Greenville. 297-1105. Yoga Classes − 8.30am, 10:30am, and 6:30pm. – See Monday’s listing 8:30am for details. Community Acupuncture – 3-7pm. An economical group opportunity to benefit from this natural therapy. Plan for at least 30 minutes with needles and a little time before and after. $15. Be Natural, 300-G E. Blackstock Rd, Spartanburg. 574-5468. Hub City Farmer’s Market – 3:00pm-6:00pm. Open thru October 31. Local produce, fruits, herbs, meats, eggs, sauces, flowers, plants, lotions, organics. 7 registered vendors. Accepting senior vouchers, EBT cards, and WIC cash value checks. Downtown Spartanburg at Morgan Square, Spartanburg. 585-0905.
Ionic Foot Baths − 11am-3pm. Detox the body with an ionic foot bath by Jan King. $30 for first timers; walk-in or call for appointment. The Wild Radish, 161 Verdin Rd, Greenville. 313-2896 or 297-1105. True Water Sampling − 11am-5pm. First Wednesday each month. Sample alkalizing True Water. Sampling Special: Buy 1 gallon, get second gallon 15% off. All Natural Health & Beauty Center, 101 College St, Simpsonville. 963-2882.
5-Step Meat Demos – 3:30-5:30pm. Weekly tastings featuring samples from producers who are part of a new 5-step Humane Animal Treatment program.Whole Foods Market, 1140 Woodruff Rd, Greenville. 335–2300. Greenville Wednesday Walkers – 6pm. Walk one of 12 trails in the Upstate every Wednesday. $0.50 fee. Go to website for locations each week: Meetup. com/Hiking/Holistics-Weight Loss. Nia Dance/Fitness Class – 6-7pm. Throw off your shoes and let’s dance. Nia is a joyful dance/fitness experience. Six Week Session starts August 5, Free introductory class on August 5. $65 members/$85 non-members. Life Center, 875 W. Faris Rd, Greenville. 430-7469. Real Life Birth Classes – 7pm. See Monday’s listing for details. Carolina WaterBirth. 329-0010. CarynF@CarolinaWaterBirth.com.
Zumba – 10am and 7pm. Dance your way to fitness with this Latin-themed class. Eastside Family YMCA, 1250 Taylors Rd, Taylors. 292-2790. Thankful Thursdays – Bring in 2 non-perishable canned goods for local charity and receive 10% off total purchase. (excluding sale, and other offers.) The Wild Radish, 161 Verdin Rd. Greenville. 297-1105. Inman Farmers Markets – 3:00-6:00pm. Open thru October 31. Local produce, fruits, herbs, meats, eggs, sauces, flowers, plants, lotions, organics. 10 registered vendors. Accepting senior vouchers, EBT cards, and WIC cash value checks. Armory, 45 Park Rd, Inman. 585-0905. Downtown Alive – 5:30-8:30pm. Music series featuring local, regional, and national entertainers. Free. Piazza Bergamo, Main St, Greenville. 235–5525. Randy Blackwell Farm Stand – 6-8:30pm. Open thru August 6. Organically grown produce and herbs from the Furman farm. Student artwork will also be for sale. Cliffs Cottage at Furman University, 3300 Poinsett Hwy, Travelers Rest. 294-3655.
Carolina Buffalo Company. The Wild Radish, 161 Verdin Rd, Greenville. 297-1105. Fishy Friday – 3:30-5:30pm. Regular tastings of recipes, and learn how to prepare seafood dishes. Whole Foods Market, 1140 Woodruff Rd, Greenville. 335–2300. All Natural Hotdog Plates and Live Music – Hotdogs plates available at 11am and music begins at 5pm. $5 - 1 hotdog/$6 - 2 hotdogs (with the works) coleslaw, baked beans, and tea. Coffee To A Tea, 54 Lois Ave, West Greenville. 350-6506. Main Street Jazz – 5:30-9:30pm. Music series featuring blues, oldies, jazz, and soul music. Free admission. Hyatt Regency Plaza Deck, 220 N Main St, Greenville. 235–5525. Starry Nights – 7-10pm. Planetarium Shows 7:309:30pm, Observatory 8-10pm. $4 adults/teens, children (6-12)/seniors (60 & over) $3, RMSCA members free. Roper Mountain Science Center, 402 Roper Mountain Rd, Greenville. 355-8900.
Walk/Run Club – 7am. Led by Fitway fitness coaches. All levels of fitness welcome. Free. Meet at the Fitway parking lot, 103 Regency Commons Dr, Greer. 335-8811. Carolina First Saturday Market – 8am-Noon. Downtown local farmer’s market, every Saturday thru October 31. Main St.at McBee, Greenville. Hub City Farmer’s Market – 8am-Noon. Open thru October 31. Local in season produce, fruits, herbs, meats, eggs, sauces, flowers, plants, lotions, organics. 22 registered vendors. Accepting senior vouchers, EBT cards, and WIC cash value checks. The Train Depot, 298 Magnolia St, Spartanburg. 585-0905. Travelers Rest Community Farmers Market – 8am-Noon. Featuring locally produced foods and plants. Located behind Sunrift Adventures at the corner of 276 & Center St, Travelers Rest. 4141966. Easley Farmers Market – 9am-Noon. Garden fresh produce featuring produce, plants, and other goodies. Easley City Hall parking lot, 205 N. 1st St, Easley. 855-7900. Yoga – 9am. $10; 5 classes/$40; first class free. Unity Church of Greenville, 207 E. Belvue Rd, Greenville. 292–6499.
Indoor Rowing Classes − 7:30am and 9:15am. Unique way to get a full-body and cardio workout; any age and fitness level welcome. Rates vary; call for options. Greenville Indoor Rowing, 1901-D Laurens Rd, between Monterrey’s Mexican and Zaxby’s in Olde Town Ctr, Greenville. 281-1505 or 498-8608.
Coffee Cupping/Tasting Workshop – 1pm. Specialty coffee bar, Coffee & Crema is conducting coffee cuppings at Haywood Mall. Cupping is a method of evaluating the quality or defect of a coffee and is a process used by professionals and enthusiasts alike. No prior experience is needed since we’ll provide instructions and guide the cupping from start to finish. Just have an interest in coffee. Free. Belk 700 Haywood Rd, Greenville. (Inside Haywood Mall, at the lower entrance to the Belk department store) 678-9173 or 235-0051.
Furry Friends Day – Support a local animal organization by bringing in 2 cans of pet food and receive 10% off total purchase. Sale and other offers excluded. The Wild Radish, 161 Verdin Rd, Greenville. 297-1105.
Music in the Woods – 6pm. Every Saturday thru August 29. Solar-powered community event. Families, friends, and pets invited. Free with $2 park entrance fee. Paris Mountain State Park Amphitheater, 2401 State Park Rd, Greenville. 363-8666.
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