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

18 BE HAPPY RIGHT NOW 20 The Top Five Regrets of the Dying by Bronnie Ware

20 NEAR-DEATH

EXPERIENCES

Proof of Life after Death by Linda Sechrist

24 PEACE ON OUR PLATES Mindful Eating for a More Peaceful World

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by Judith Fertig

32 ‘TIS THE SEASON TO BE WISE

A Prime Time to Rejuvenate and Birth Creativity by Lane Vail

38 PET FIRST-AID KITS

All-Natural Home Health Care by Sandra Murphy

39 HUMANITY’S

ETERNAL QUEST

Eckhart Tolle on the Kingdom of Heaven Within

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by Eric Nelson

40 TOO MUCH

TOGETHERNESS?

Exercise Helps Keep Family Holidays Merry by Sarah Todd

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contact us Publishers Linda & Jim Craig Managing Editor Jeanette Watkins Contributing Editors Sharon Hadden - Michele Senac Advertising Dawn DeBoskey - Linda Craig Janet Krinke NAN Card Janet Krinke Design & Production / Ad Design Susan McCann - Wendy Wilson Distribution Jim Craig - Ed Wilmot To contact Natural Awakenings Upstate South Carolina Edition:

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nother successful year has passed us by. This month, we cover the touchy topic of near-death experiences. Are the depictions of death in film accurate? The classic, “Don’t look into the light,” or life flashing before your eyes—are they accurate accounts of someone facing death? We can’t be sure, but what we do know is people nearing death often experience regret. It is amazing the stories you could hear from someone prior to departing from this world. In the article, Be Happy Right Now: The Top Five Regrets of the Dying, page 18, patients were asked what they would have done differently before their death. The common themes that emerged were wishing they had allowed themselves to be happier or stayed in touch with their friends. Nearing death is not only possible in the literal sense, but imagine living life in uncertainty, constant upheaval and on edge. A companion animal could give you something to live for, someone to take care of and help you to live a life that you could never have dreamed. Saving Animals Saves People: Rescue You, Rescue Me, page 36, expresses how the lives of both rescued pets and pet owners change for the better. It explains that animals show up in your life for a reason and shares several stories of how people got their life back after being rescued by an animal in distress. If you’re fretting over what to give your loved ones this holiday season, set your worries aside. The healthy holiday gift guide beginning on page 42 has a little something for everyone, including massages, health screenings, fitness sessions, doggie day camps and more. The gift of giving doesn’t just stop there. Numerous products and services featured throughout our magazine give you plenty of options. Let’s end the year with a bang—love more, encourage others and live your life without regret. Joyfully!

CORRECTION: We apologize for an error in the previously published article, “Energy Healing Comes of Age.” Donna Eden founded the Energy Medicine Institute, not Energy Medicine University.

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communitynews Greenville Functional Medicine Opens New Office

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reenville Functional Medicine recently opened a new office on Halton Road in Greenville. Dr. Connie E. Casebolt is the medical doctor on staff. With over 30 years of experience in the medical field and a member of The Institute for Functional Medicine, Dr. Casebolt is excited to bring functional medicine to the Upstate. “Since 2011, I have immersed myself in the functional medicine community Connie E. Casebolt, M.D. attending numerous conferences to gain additional expertise in the realm of bioidentical hormones, detoxification strategies, GI health, autoimmune illness, energy issues and fibromyalgia,” says Casebolt. “My staff and I are committed to helping you return to a state of optimal health and wellness.” According to The Institute of Functional Medicine, functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their background history and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. Along with Casebolt, the office also includes a patient liaison, a registered and licensed dietician, a national certified counselor and office staff. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 6pm. Greenville Functional Medicine is located at 301 Halton Rd, Ste. A, Greenville. For more information, call 864-558-0200 or visit GreenvilleFunctionalMedicine.com. See ad, pages 2 and 3.

Holiday Savings From Garner’s Natural Life

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ounder and Owner of Garner’s Natural Life in Greenville, Candace Garner is offering an annual gift card special, just in time for holiday shopping. Give the gift of health by purchasing a $50 gift card for $40 or a $100 gift card for $75 during the week before Christmas, December 18 to 24. “It’s our way of saying ‘thank you’ for your business all year and to further encourage our customers to give the gift of health,” says Garner. A Garner’s gift card gives your loved one a chance to take their health somewhere it has never been. Garner’s Natural Life is a locallyowned small business serving the Upstate for over 42 years. Garner’s Natural Life is located at 27 S. Pleasantburg Dr, Ste. 20, Greenville. For more information, call 864-242-4856 or visit GarnersNaturalLife.com. See ad, back cover.

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communitynews Tortilla Maria Expands Staff and Hours

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ortilla Maria recently added new staff and expanded their hours of operation to accommodate their customers. They are now open from 11am to 9pm, Tuesday through Friday and noon to 9pm, on Saturday. The restaurant opened two years ago with one employee. They currently have 12 employees including two managers. “Our new managerial staff is more experienced, as they have worked in the restaurant business prior to working for us,” says owner Bahram Mehrabani. Tortilla Maria serves fresh, mostly organic foods, using local produce when possible. The restaurant also makes their own organic tortillas. No microwave ovens are used in the restaurant. Vegan and gluten-free options are available. Tortilla Maria is located at 115 Pelham Rd, Greenville. For more information, call 864-271-0742 or visit TortillaMaria.com.

Beacon Adds New Staff and Celebrates Anniversary

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eannie C. Turley, MSP, CCC-LSLP is celebrating 29 years of her specially designed speech-language pathology clinic and over six years of the Sensory Learning Program™ at Beacon. Three new staff members have been added to patient support to better assist patients and families. Beacon offers speech-language pathology services, the Sensory Learning Program™ and transformational life coaching. Beacon is located at 4501 Old Spartanburg Rd, Ste. 7 at Eastside Professional Ct, Greenville. For more information, call 864-292-5154 or visit Beaconslps.com. See ad, page 7.

Synergistic Nutrition Hosts Open House

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ynergistic Nutrition invites the public to come to their open house from 10am to 3pm on Saturday, December 14. Free samples, complimentary time on healing technologies, a lecture and networking opportunities will be available for local health enthusiasts. Synergistic Nutrition, home of One World Whey protein powder, has relocated to a three suite office and warehouse. Located just off of Batesville Road in Greer, local customers can now stop by to purchase product, have a personalized health consult with owner and Nutripath Stephen Heuer, and use their healing technologies. Heuer has been practicing and teaching nutrition for over 20 years. He has developed a growing company that provides products and services of quality and integrity. Heuer has an international following and is respected for his cutting-edge knowledge and products, including One World Whey, an unheated protein powder from grass-fed cows. Synergistic Nutrition is located at 213 Riverside Ct, Greer. For more information, call 864-895-6250 or visit SGN80.com. 10

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Life Coaching Institute Welcomes New Beginning

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ianne Greyerbiehl, PhD, PCC, announces big changes at Life Coaching Institute. Life Coaching Institute will be re-named InSight Transformation Life Coach Training effective January 1, 2014. InSight Transformation Life Coach Training teaches a specific, life-altering model of coaching that not only changes behavior, but also transforms the outlook of coaches and clients to sustain positive change. The program offers certification that takes 9 to 12 months to complete. All courses and certification programs can be completed as distance learning and are ICF (International Coach Federation) certified. InSight Transformation Life Coach Training begins a new entry-level course on January 10. The deadline for winter registration is December 15. InSight Transformation Life Coach Training will also form a new division, MeaningSight™, which is related to personal and spiritual growth and offers group coaching, retreats and workshops for individuals seeking self-discovery, inner wisdom and growth. MeaningSight will provide group coaching for individuals who want to explore life’s meaning and purpose and to define or to deepen their spirituality. Greyerbiehl along with Nita Harris will facilitate group coaching. MeaningSight group coaching is a six-week program that will meet on Mondays from January 6 to February 17. InSight Transformation Life Coach Training and MeaningSight™ are located at 25 Woods Lake Rd, Ste. 207, Greenville. For more information, call 864-282-8989 or visit LifeCoachingInstitute.net. See ad, page 46.


Wild Radish Celebrates Five Year Anniversary

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or five years, The Wild Radish Health Store has sought to enhance each customer’s wellness—naturally, effectively and with love. Owners Jody Harris and Gigi Perry strive to be Greenville’s most trusted provider of natural health products, specialty food items and relative workshops. On Wednesday, December 11 from 11:30am to 5pm, they will celebrate the store’s five year anniversary with a sampling of supplement products, food, drinks and other goodies. The first 25 customers will receive a free hand sanitizer. All attendees are eligible to register for door prizes. The Wild Radish values personal service, serving each customer like a friend by empowering people to pursue optimal health through natural means and healthy lifestyles. The staff consists of lifelong learners who value reliable information. They create helpful learning opportunities and strive to provide quality products from suppliers committed to the highest industry standards. The Wild Radish is located at 161 Verdin Rd, Greenville. For more information, call 864-297-1105 or visit TheWildRadish.com. See ad, page 8.

Natural Health Center Opens in Downtown Greenville

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ure on Main, a new natural health and wellness center in downtown Greenville, is having their grand opening from 2 to 8pm on Friday, December 6, with the ribbon-cutting scheduled for 3:30pm. Refreshments will be served. The public is invited to drop-in to see the center and meet the practitioners. Free chair massage will be available from 9am to 3pm. Discounts for services are available to guests who attend the open house. Owner and Advanced Certified Colon Hydrotherapist Betsy Exton opened Pure on Main to provide clients colon hydrotherapy, massage therapy, lymph drainage, nutritional counseling and all natural skin care and herbal products. Exton’s goal is to offer the kind of services and atmosphere that help release emotional stress so clients can unwind, let go and live well. She knows that taking time for yourself is vital for maintaining a happy, healthy life, especially for individuals who balance a very busy and demanding daily schedule. Pure on Main is located across the street from the newly redesigned Hyatt Regency. There is street parking as well as a parking garage behind the center. The center is open Monday through Friday from 10am to 6pm, and Saturday from 10am to 4pm. Pure on Main is located at 233 N. Main, Unit 105, Greenville. For more information, call 864-991-2726 or visit PureOnMain.com. See ad, page 43.

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ohn R. Voell, father, author and visionary co-founder of Natural Awakenings Publishing Corporation, has served as a mentor to our family of publishers for 15 years. During John’s time with us, the Universe responded to his faithful living of the principle to love God, one’s self and others by providing fertile soil for the big ideas he relished nurturing. His books, Cancer: How to Heal It—How to Prevent It and Cancer Report, as well as his latest development project, United We Can, were just a few of the ways that John allowed himself to be an instrument of the Divine in helping humankind. John was passionate about the success of our magazine, pleased and proud that the now 90-strong family of Natural Awakenings franchise publishers touch the lives of millions of readers each month. He’s known around here for saying, “I don’t know what your spiritual beliefs are, but I believe that when I leave this world, I’m going to somehow measure my success by those I’ve helped along the way.” Those who knew and worked with him would say that he more than succeeded—he soared.

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Doula Du Jour Therapist Receives Senior Expands in the Upstate Fitness Certification

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quilibrium Zen Gym is happy to announce that Ingrid Harris, LMT, who has trained under George Gantt in Tai chi, qigong and fitness, is now certified in senior fitness personal training, which combines Tai chi, qigong and personal training into one program. Harris received her certification from Expert Rating in October. “We would like to enhance the quality of life for seniors with our special training package,” says Harris. The gym has a December special offering 10 sessions of one-hour senior fitness personal training for $450 (reg. $700). The program is available to anyone 60 years or older. Group classes are offered at the gym on a weekly basis. Equilibrium Zen Gym is located at 207 W. Antrim Dr, next to Nearly New consignment shop. For more more information, call 864-430-3292 or visit EquilibriumZenGym.com.

Powdersville Wellness Spa Hosts Open House Powdersville Wellness Spa, the only natural day spa in Powdersville, is proud to announce their expansion to a spacious, new facility with an upscale atmosphere. Linda Allen, LMT, has created a spa experience that pampers the body and soothes the mind. The spa has affordable Swedish, hot stone, deep tissue, sports, prenatal and reflexology massages, which are therapeutic and relaxing. In addition to massage therapy, visitors can benefit from aromatherapy, weight loss body wraps, ear candling and many other services that will be announced at the beginning of the new year. The grand opening drop-in for the spa is on Saturday, December 7 from 11am to 4pm. Any visitor who attends will receive a $10 off coupon for any service. Specials, coupons and convenient online gift certificate information can be found on their website. Powdersville Wellness Spa is located at 215 Siloam Rd, Easley, next to Ingles on Hwy. 81. For more information, call 864-509-1159 or visit PowdersvilleSpa.com. See ad, page 42.

Lifeit Cafe Has New Hours

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ifeit Cafe has new hours, just in time for the winter months. They are now open Tuesday through Friday from 11am to 8pm, and Saturday from 11am to 4pm. They are closed on Sunday and Monday. Owner Latrice Folkes says, “There will be a happy hour and new dinner menu coming soon and private parties can be arranged upon request.” Lifeit Cafe is located at 730 S. Pleasantburg Dr, Ste. L, Greenville. For more information, call 864-271-4334 or visit LifeitCafe.com. 12

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oula Du Jour has expanded into most areas of Greenville, Anderson, Spartanburg and Laurens, as new doulas have entered the group. They have also added more childbirth classes and natural pain management techniques. A woman’s entire birth team is invited to the classes—not just mom and dad. If siblings or friends plan to be helpers at your birth, they are encouraged to attend the class. Doula Du Jour is also planning to have more events this year, such as “Meet the Doula” nights. “I get excited when I hear about a mom who has hired Doula Du Jour and attended their classes because I know that they are prepared,” says Sandy Glenn, Licensed Midwife at Carolina WaterBirth. Over the past decade “doula” has become a common word in maternity care. Doulas are professional labor helpers hired by families that are expecting to help navigate the sometimes scary paths of labor. They meet the family prenatally and come to the family’s home when regular contractions begin. They provide comfort, support and information. Unlike a nurse, midwife or a physician, the doula stays with the mom continuously if needed. “In my opinion, Doula Du Jour is the Cadillac of doula care,” says Glenn. Not only are doulas affordable, but they start at your home and travel to the place of your choice when active labor is in full swing. Their “shift” doula concept is what makes them unique and affordable. Doula Du Jour encourages an excellent birth class that focuses on pain management during the paths of labor so families are expertly equipped to handle early and false labor. Then, when good strong contractions begin, the doula’s shift begins. Doula Du Jour works in conjunction with Carolina WaterBirth, located at 915 South St, Simpsonville. For more information, call 864735-7270 or visit CarolinaWaterBirth.com/ DoulaDuJour.html. See ad, page 13.


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Sprinkle Cinnamon to Avert Alzheimer’s

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innamon is known as an excellent antioxidant that improves fasting blood sugar levels and prevents heart disease. Now new research offers yet another benefit and reason to add this potent spice to our daily diet. Researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara, have confirmed that cinnamon helps protect against Alzheimer’s disease. They found that the cinnamon compounds cinnamaldehyde and epicatechin help stop the formation of “tangles” of tau protein in the brain, hallmarks of the memoryrobbing neurodegenerative disease. The study, published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, says these powerful antioxidants that give cinnamon its potent flavor and scent defend mental function in a unique way. “Take, for example, sunburn, a form of oxidative damage,” explains Roshni Graves, of the university’s Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. “If you wore a hat, you could protect your face and head from oxidation. In a sense, this cinnamaldehyde is like a cap,” protecting against tau proteins. The findings suggest that sufficient cinnamon consumption might stop the progression of Alzheimer’s or even prevent it.

Cocoa Calms Inflammation

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ew can say no to a cup of hot cocoa on a cold winter’s night. “Enjoy!” say Penn State researchers. They have found that a little bit of cocoa may be a powerful diet aid in helping to control inflammation and ameliorate related diseases, including diabetes. Numerous current studies link obesity to inflammation in the body. Cocoa, although a common ingredient of chocolate, by itself has low-calorie, low-fat and high-fiber content. The researchers fed laboratory mice the human equivalent of 10 tablespoons of cocoa powder—about four or five cups of hot cocoa—along with a high-fat diet for 10 weeks. The control group ate the same diet without the cocoa. Lead researcher Joshua Lambert, Penn State associate professor of food science, says the study results surprised the team, which did not expect the “dramatic reduction of inflammation and fatty liver disease” associated with obesity. Although the animals lost no weight, the cocoa powder supplement reduced liver triglycerides by 32 percent and plasma insulin levels by 27 percent, indicating it might be a powerful obesityfighting tool. But there is a catch: Adding sugar, an inflammatory substance in itself, to healthy cocoa will likely neutralize the benefits. Try stevia as a sweetener instead; it’s been used for decades to lower blood sugar. 16

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Meditation Helps Heal Traumatized Veterans

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ranscendental Meditation (TM) has a dramatic healing effect on people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and can also result in lower blood pressure, according to two new studies. TM—a technique to avoid distracting thoughts, decrease stress and promote a state of relaxed awareness— reduced PTSD symptoms in combat veterans by as much as 50 percent in just eight weeks, according to a study from Georgetown University, in Washington, D.C., published in the journal Military Medicine. The veterans also reported decreased depression and improved quality of life, with a greater ability to come back to their civilian lives after returning from duty. Vietnam War vets randomly assigned to TM sessions at a Denver Veterans Center also experienced greater reductions in alcohol usage, insomnia and depression than those in conventional counseling. At the conclusion of a landmark three-month study, 70 percent of the meditating veterans felt they no longer required the services of the center. A separate American Heart Association report on the general U.S. population showed that the practice of TM generally reduced systolic blood pressure in subjects by five points and diastolic by three points, enough to put many of them into normal range. Previous clinical trials have shown that lower blood pressure through TM practice is associated with significantly lower rates of death, heart attack and stroke. TM is usually practiced for 15 to 20 minutes twice a day by sitting comfortably and focusing on an individually selected word or series of words.


Cranberries Support Healthy Circulation

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egularly drinking cranberry juice may help control blood pressure, according to new findings presented at the American Heart Association’s High Blood Pressure Research 2012 Scientific Sessions. Cranberry juice, the researchers note, is rich in antioxidants—naturally occurring molecules that have been associated with the blood pressure-lowering benefit. U.S. Department of Agriculture researchers discovered a moderate systolic pressure reduction—about three points—for people that drank two eight-ounce glasses of cranberry juice every day for eight weeks. Because of the sugar calories in juice, consider the alternative of a whole-food cranberry supplement.

Button Batteries Imperil Bambinos

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utton-type lithium batteries are all around us, powering remote controls, keyless entry devices for cars, flameless candles, watches, greeting cards and other devices. Parents should be aware that these batteries are attractive to small children and if swallowed, can dissolve and cause serious damage to the esophagus in as little as two hours. The National Safety Council reports that the number of children swallowing these batteries quadrupled between 2005 and 2010, to 3,400 cases, yet 62 percent of parents are unaware of the danger.

To Get More, Give More

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iving away money or spending it on others increases the giver’s sense of personal wealth, according to research by Michael Norton, of Harvard Business School, and co-author Elizabeth Dunn, of the University of British Columbia. The latest in a series of studies showed that people that support others, from helping with homework to shoveling a neighbor’s driveway, feel that they had more time in general and that giving time away relieved the sense of “not having enough time,” even more than gaining unexpected free time.

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Be Happy Right Now The Top Five Regrets of the Dying by Bronnie Ware

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eople grow a lot when faced with their own mortality. As a palliative caregiver for many years, I learned never to underestimate someone’s capacity for personal growth. After wrestling with a variety of intense emotions, every patient I saw found their peace before they departed. When questioned about regrets or what they would have done differently, five themes emerged. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me. This was the most common regret of all. When people realize that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honored even half of their dreams and died knowing that it was due to choices they had made or not made. Health brings a freedom very few realize until they no longer have it. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard. Every male patient that I nursed felt they had missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship. They deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence. Women also spoke of this regret, but because most were from an older generation, many had not been breadwinners. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings. Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace

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with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. As a result, many developed illnesses apparently related to the bitterness and resentment they carried. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends. Many were disappointed they had not truly realized the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks, and it was not always possible to track them down. Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip away. Many deeply regretted not giving important friendships the time and effort that they deserved. I wish that I had let myself be happier. Many did not understand until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called comfort of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others and to themselves that they were content, when deep within, they longed to laugh with gusto and cultivate some silliness in their life. Bronnie Ware is the author of The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing, a memoir of how people she cared for changed the way she lives. She blogs at InspirationAndChai.com.


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Oma’s Healing Garden

“Getting the Issues Out of the Tissues” by Michele Senac

that Reiki has helped them adjust to their treatments with few reactions. Sims is also certified in Integrative Energy Therapy® (IET). She explains that IET sessions help release emotional debris that many carry within. Using a process that stimulates trigger points at the cellular level, old negative thinking from past experiences is released. She describes the process as “getting the issues out of the tissues.” According to Sims, after one process the energy points stay open for seven days and releasing continues. The points can be reignited again, and imprinting and reintroducing positive aspects of self can be accomplished. Full body detoxification is offered using Ayurveda methods with hot oils and herbal packs. Sims explains that the treatment feels like a massage and the herbs and oils help push out the toxins. Treatment is also offered for rejuvenation and deep relaxation. All the remedies she uses are custom made. Additional therapies available are chakra balancing, aura cleansing, crystal therapy, and guided imagery meditation. Sims shares, “My goal when a client comes in is that they leave feeling great – feeling that this is the best thing that ever happened to them.” Each of the therapy sessions she offers takes 45-60 minutes. The fee is $50. Sims facilitates a Sunday evening Healing Circle from 6-7:30pm with meditation, discussion, mini individual healing, and group healing sessions. Oma’s Healing Garden Wellness Center is located at 7-C Brendan Way, Greenville. For more information, call 864-354-4505 or visit OmasLifeEssentials.com. See ad, page 49. Michele Senac is a contributing editor for Natural Awakenings and certified in Interior Redesign, Home Staging and Feng Shui. Call 864-631-9335 or visit FineRedesigns. com. See ad, page 18.

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matee Sims, owner of Oma’s Healing Garden Wellness Center, has an extensive knowledge of holistic healing. Born in Trinidad to parents of Indian heritage, Sims brings West Indian healing to her Greenville center. She learned about holistic healing from her mother, who taught her the value of herbs and oils and how to make healing salves and teas. Sims shares that when her daughter was born with allergies and experienced rashes that traditional medicine could not help, she turned to her culture’s healing ways and was able to heal her daughter. After that, others started coming to her with a variety of physical and emotional challenges. This prompted Sims to do more study and she became certified in herbology through the California School of Herbal Studies, a two-year intensive course. “I have been intuitive all my life and sensitive to my own body,” says Sims. She noted that this sensitivity transferred to other people. “When I am working on a client, I pick up things. I let them know if I see a block. We discuss this at the end of the session and I suggest remedies,” explains Sims. After a personal healing of fibroid tumors after receiving Reiki, Sims became a Usui and Karuna Reiki Master. She says that some of her Reiki clients are undergoing chemotherapy and natural awakenings

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Near Death Experiences Proof of Life after Death by Linda Sechrist

Through his research, he has identified numerous common elements that occur in NDEs—an out-of-body experience, the sensation of traveling through a tunnel, encountering a bright light (usually interpreted as God, Jesus or an angel), communicating with deceased relatives, feeling emotions such as profound peace, well-being and love, plus a flood of knowledge about life and the nature of the universe. Perhaps the most significant element he reports is the supremely conscious and superbly blissful state that exists beyond both limitations of the senses and intellect and the confines of space and time— the pure conscious form of each one’s truly real Self.

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he advice that the White Queen gave to young Alice in Lewis Carroll’s Through the LookingGlass might be some of the best to offer non-believers and skeptics that question the credibility of near-death experiences (NDE). When Alice protests, “One can’t believe impossible things,” the White Queen famously retorts, “I daresay you haven’t had much practice. When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

Glimpses of Grace

The majority of physicians and clinical researchers in the medical community continue to consider NDEs as impossible and merely pure fantasies generated by a surge of electrical activity as a dying brain runs out of oxygen. However, according to a Gallup poll, the 8 million Americans whose transcendental NDEs freed their consciousness to leave the body and enter into a wondrous reality that exists completely free of physicality, believe them to be real, meaningful and lifechanging experiences. Recently, the renowned NDE narratives of Anita Moorjani, author of Dying to Be Me: My Journey from 20

I was overwhelmed by the realization that God isn’t a being, but a state of being… and I am that state of being… pure consciousness. ~ Anita Moorjani Cancer to Near Death, to True Healing, and Dr. Eben Alexander, author of Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife, have sparked fresh public interest in NDEs, a word coined by Raymond Moody, Ph.D., in his 1975 classic, Life After Life. Moody, a psychiatrist and professor of philosophy who has spent nearly 50 years investigating what happens when people die, has interviewed thousands of individuals that have personally experienced an NDE. “Over the past 20 years there have been enormous strides in resuscitation technology. Defibrillators and public access defibrillation programs, as well as cardiopulmonary resuscitation, are major factors that allow modern medicine to bring people back from a state that 100 years ago would have been labeled death,” observes Moody.

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Rushed to the hospital in a coma, Moorjani, whose body had been devoured for four years by cancer of the lymphatic system, describes the real self that she discovered during her NDE. “There I was, without my body or any physical traits, yet my pure essence continued to exist. It was not a reduced element of my whole self; in fact, it felt far greater and more intense and expansive than my physical being. “I felt eternal, as if I’d always existed and always would, without a beginning or end. I was filled with the knowledge that I was simply magnificent,” explains Moorjani, whose cancer completely disappeared within five weeks after her release from the hospital. “Not only did I come back with a clean slate, I brought back one of my biggest lessons—to love myself and be an instrument of love. I also returned to life here with a sense of purpose—to fearlessly be as authentically me as I can be. This means,” she clarifies, “that in whatever I do, I am acting from my sense of passion and the sheer joy of doing it.” During Alexander’s seven-day coma in a hospital, brought about by antibiotic-resistant E. coli meningitis that attacked his brain, he left his mortal identity behind. “My brain wasn’t working at all,” he relates. “My entire neo-cortex, the part that makes us human, was entirely shut down. I had no language, emotions, logic or memories of who I was. Such an empty slate granted me full access to the true


cosmic being that I am, that we all are,” says Alexander. He further recalls that as his NDE unfolded, it occurred to him that he was being granted a grand overview of the invisible side of existence. He also had a lovely ethereal companion that floated along on a butterfly wing, telepathically teaching him to accept the universal truth that, “You are eternally loved and cherished, you have nothing to fear, and there is nothing you can do wrong.” “If I had to boil the whole message down to just one word, it would be Love—the incomprehensibly glorious truth of truths that lives and breathes at the core of everything that exists or will ever exist. No remotely accurate understanding of who we are and what we are can be achieved by anyone who does not know it and embody it in all their actions,” Alexander now understands. Prior to his life-threatening illness, this neurosurgeon’s sophisticated medical training had led him to dismiss the possibility of NDEs. Today, he works at returning to his NDE state of oneness and unconditional love by using meditation and sacred acoustics, as well as quantum mechanics, to explore the nature of consciousness and higher brain function. Like Moody, Alexander studies the ancient Greek philosophers Parmenides, Pythagoras and Plato, who took the notion of an afterlife seriously and questioned “what” survives

“We need to accept—at least hypothetically—that the brain itself doesn’t produce consciousness.” ~ Dr. Eben Alexander bodily death. Alexander’s consequent nonprofit organization, Eternea, fosters cooperation between science and spirituality by sponsoring research and education about spiritually transformative experiences and holistic consciousness beyond conventional definitions. “I had to learn a whole lot more about consciousness than I had to know about neuroscience,” quips Alexander, who now believes that the brain blocks access to knowledge of higher worlds. “We need to accept—at least hypothetically—that the brain itself doesn’t produce consciousness. That it is, instead, a kind of reducing valve or filter that dumbs down consciousness for the duration of our human experience. “Neuroscience can’t give you the first sentence about how the physical brain creates consciousness,” he states, while many are finding how science and spirituality strengthen each other. At age 37, a blood vessel exploded in the left hemisphere of Jill Bolte Taylor’s brain. A Ph.D. Harvard-trained scientist specializing in anatomy of the brain, she was fascinated to observe the breakdown

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“In touch with our wholeness, illness can’t remain—in ourselves, others or the planet.” ~Anita Moorjani

of her brain-related functions. As described in her book, My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey, she became the witness to her stroke, which initially left her unable to talk, walk, read, write or remember anything prior to that occurrence. As her left brain shut down, Taylor lost her ability to process all language; with her mind suspended in newfound silence, she experienced an unprecedented sense of deep peace. She also experienced an inability to visually distinguish edges and boundaries between herself and the outer world. Absent conventional orientation, “I could actually see that my skin was not my physical boundary. “As a result of such a glorious state of blissful realization that I am—as we all are—connected to everything and everyone around us, I no longer see myself as a single, solid entity, separate from other human beings,” advises Taylor. “Although my left mind still thinks of me as a fragile individual, capable of losing my life, my right mind realizes the essence of my being as eternal life.” She now understands that she is part of the cosmic flow of energy, which she characterizes as a tranquil sea of euphoria.

Present Possibility

In The Hidden Face of God: Science Reveals the Ultimate Truth, author Gerald L. Schroeder, Ph.D., suggests that each of us is a part of the universe seeking and finding itself. Could it be that without the mental filter and self-limiting beliefs, we are free to consciously know our higher state of wholeness and the truth of our magnificence? Upwards of 8 million people that have experienced their own NDE are trending the world toward a tipping point into the comforting awareness that anything is possible. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Visit ItsAllAboutWe. com for the recorded interviews. 22

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sked why she just my own en“I’ve become focused thought she ergy manifesting had cancer, on seeing the perfection of as cancer, because Anita Moorjani, my fears weren’t author of Dying to allowing me to exlife in this moment.” Be Me, sums up press myself as the her answer in one word: Fear. “I was magnificent force I was meant to be,” killing myself, and cancer saved me,” advises Moorjani. says Moorjani, whose book documents She hopes that her presentaher near-death experience (NDE) and tions to medical professionals and the higher realm she encountered public speaking will influence how when her body shut down. Allowed the health profession views cancer to identify with her true magnificence, and other diseases and illnesses. undistorted by the fear generated “Treatment needs to be about more by her own lifelong self-judgment, than medicine, because so much of self-criticism, worry and lack of selfdisease has to do with our emotions,” forgiveness, she returned with a vital, she imparts, “especially the ones we heartfelt message. direct toward ourselves.” “Everyone is an amazing, mag Through this life-enhancing expenificent being, with great capacity for rience, Moorjani came to understand health, happiness and joy. Although why she owes it to herself, everyone we’ve been conditioned to believe that she meets and life itself to always exwe need to pursue success and learn press her own unique essence. “Trying to improve ourselves to be happy, such to be anything or anyone else doesn’t steps are unnecessary, because we make me better—it just deprives me already are all we are trying to attain,” of my true self and keeps me from she says. interacting authentically with others,” “I’d spent a lifetime feeling she explains. inadequate, beating myself up for Moorjani now knows that all life not meeting my own expectations,” in the universe is one and our core she continues. Through the clarity is love. “I was overwhelmed by the of dwelling in the NDE realm, she realization that God isn’t a being, but understood that the cancer wasn’t a state of being… and I am that state a punishment for anything. “It was of being… pure consciousness.”

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newintention Lakota Advice for Life Friend do it this way—that is, whatever you do in life, do the very best you can with both your heart and mind. And if you do it that way, the Power Of The Universe will come to your assistance, if your heart and mind are in Unity. When one sits in the Hoop Of The People, one must be responsible because All of Creation is related. And the hurt of one is the hurt of all. And the honor of one is the honor of all. And whatever we do affects everything in the universe. If you do it that way—that is, if you truly join your heart and mind as One—whatever you ask for, that’s the Way It’s Going To Be. Source: Passed down from White Buffalo Calf Woman and Sapphyr.net.

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Peace on Our Plates Mindful Eating for a More Peaceful World by Judith Fertig

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s Earth’s population grows to a projected 9 billion people by 2050, can our global community keep eating flesh like we’ve been doing for centuries? No, according to a 2010 report by the United Nations Environment Programme, an international panel of sustainable resource management experts. Examining the food demands of a growing population and associated environmental and sustainability issues, Assessing the Environmental Impacts of Consumption and Production recommends “substantial worldwide diet change away from animal products.” Making the case for a holistic view, Will Tuttle, Ph.D., suggests in World Peace Diet: Eating for Spiritual Health

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and Social Harmony that we start to see the connections between our food choices and the health and well-being of ourselves, our families, communities and the world.

Web of Understanding

At the center of the web of life is the food we all share to sustain our bodies. Tuttle insists that we celebrate this and regard each meal as a feast. “Food preparation is the only art that allows us to literally incorporate what we create. It is also the only art that fully involves all five senses,” he says. We honor this wonderful activity most by sharing our cooking efforts with others, blessing the food and eating mindfully. The problem at the center of life,

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maintains Tuttle, is that we involve animals in our food chain, an act that “introduces suffering, whether physical, mental or emotional.” This is a truth we try to hide from, what he calls the ”cultural shadow”. “The worst examples include factory farming, but even the best methods ultimately involve killing other animals for food,” he says. One of Tuttle’s more controversial claims is that the herding culture—raising, dominating, selling, killing and owning animals—sets up a harmful physical, emotional and cultural dynamic, extolling domineering and aggressive behavior. “The herding culture requires male dominance and a mentality that might makes right,” observes Tuttle. “It also sees females as primarily breeders, not beings.” Based on contemporary research in anthropology, sociology and psychopathology, he maintains that the actions required to both dominate animals and eat their meat can lead to more aggressive and violent behavior. One recent study seems to support his claim. Dr. Neil Barnard, in his book, Foods That Fight Pain, remarks that, “Plantbased diets also help tame testosterone’s activity.” Barnard cites a Massachusetts male aging study of 1,552 men ages 40 to 70, which indicated that men eating more fruits and vegetables than meat were less domineering and aggressive, because the increased sex hormone-binding globulin produced by plants helps keep testosterone in check. “If we continue the meat-centric way of eating, we’re going to continue to have the problems that come with it,” says Tuttle. “The way forward is plant-based agriculture.”

Practicing a World Peace Diet The Tuttles shop for fresh, organic and non-GMO (genetically modified organism) foods and favor what they call “blueprint recipes”, that vary from day to day. Each outlines the makings of a dish and encourages cooks to be intuitive in how they fill in the details. For a typical breakfast, for example, Tuttle and his wife, Madeleine, will make a green smoothie that includes kale, banana, apple, grapes, ground flax, chia seeds, cinnamon and fresh ginger. “It’s a flexible drink,” says Tuttle. “We will swap out whatever organic fruits and vegetables we have so that we vary the flavor from time to time.” For example, they might use parsley, spinach, or chard leaves in place of kale, or citrus in place of grapes. Lunch is usually a wrap-type sandwich, sometimes using fresh leaf lettuce or a whole-wheat tortilla. One recent example of such a wrap combined tomatoes, peppers, sprouts, walnuts, tempeh and avocado. A dinnertime blueprint recipe involves a base of cooked rice, quinoa, pasta, mashed potatoes or polenta, topped with a vegetable ragout, cooked or raw. “You could live the rest of your life mixing and matching these ingredients and never have the same meal twice,” notes Tuttle. “We have been doing it for 30 years. If we all choose to eat like this, the world could feed everybody on a fraction of the land now consumed by agriculture.” Learn more at WorldPeaceDiet.org/articles.htm. Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood AndLifestyle.blogspot.com from Overland Park, KS.

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When sitting down to eat, look at what’s been created to nourish all those gathered. Enjoy the colors, smells, tastes and love that blesses the food. May the principle of Oneness govern all beings.

Green Smoothie

To start the day, use a high-powered Vitamix-type blender to reduce whole fruits and vegetables to a smooth juice. If using a regular blender, cut the fruits and vegetables into small pieces and strain the purée after blending. Yields two servings 1 banana, sliced 1 large apple, peeled, cored and chopped ½ cup seedless green grapes 1 cup chopped kale leaves 1 cup baby spinach leaves 1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger 1 Tbsp ground flax seeds ¼ cup ground chia seeds ¼ tsp ground cinnamon ¼ tsp ground cloves 1 cup purified water Place all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth. Strain, if necessary, to remove larger pieces; pour into two glasses and serve.

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Toast walnuts by placing them on a baking sheet in a 350-degree oven for 15 minutes. Cool, and then chop. Place the tortillas on a flat surface. In a small bowl, mix the Vegenaise and horseradish together. Spread the mixture on the tortillas. Top each tortilla with half the lettuce, sprouts, tomatoes, carrots, cucumber, avocado and walnuts. Roll each tortilla into a wrap and serve.

Raw Vegetable Ragout with Brown Rice Start dinner with a base of cooked rice, potatoes, quinoa or polenta and top it with a vegetable medley. Yields two servings Rice: 1 cup brown rice 2¼ cups water Raw Vegetable Ragout: 1 cup red bell pepper, cut into strips ½ cup finely chopped celery ½ cup pitted Kalamata olives, chopped ¼ cup finely chopped Italian parsley ¼ cup toasted, chopped walnuts 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 garlic clove, minced 1 Tbsp lemon juice 1 tsp coarse kosher or sea salt Bring the water to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Stir in the rice, reduce the heat and simmer covered until tender, about 40 minutes. While the rice is cooking, combine the red bell pepper, celery, Kalamata olives, Italian parsley and walnuts in a medium-sized bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, garlic, lemon juice and salt. Pour the dressing over the vegetables, stir until well blended, and then let rest until the rice is done. To serve, spoon the cooked rice onto each plate and top with the raw vegetable ragout. Source: Adapted from Intuitive Cooking, by Madeleine Tuttle (WorldPeaceDiet.org).


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Healthy World Shopping List by Madeleine W. Tuttle

Simplifying Gift Giving with the Four Gift Rule by Meredith Montgomery

Allow an hour to explore and buy the following basics to stock the pantry, always choosing organic and foods that have no genetically modified (GM or GMO) ingredients. In certain Asian traditions, only the most enlightened members of a monks’ community are allowed to cook food for their fellows, with good reason. The more love that goes into meal preparation, the better the outcome will be.

Staples Grains: rice, millet, whole-grain spaghetti or angel hair noodles, couscous, quinoa, buckwheat, wild rice, cornmeal Veggies: (in season) pumpkin/squash, leek, onions, garlic, kale, cabbage, ginger, horseradish, broccoli, peppers, mushrooms, carrots, lettuce/greens, sprouts, edamame, spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, celery, avocado, cilantro, peas (fresh or frozen), yams, potatoes Proteins: tofu, tempeh, seitan; lentils, split peas, beans and other legumes Dried herbs: peppermint, Italian seasoning mix, basil, dill, cilantro, paprika, cayenne, curry, turmeric, pepper, nutmeg powder, cumin seeds, rosemary, nutritional yeast Fruits: citrus, apples, bananas, grapes, berries, avocado and others

Additions Meat analogs: Gardein, Tofurkey, Field Roast, Beyond Meat, Sun Burger, Fakin’ Bacon Nuts and seeds: almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, pine nuts; raisins; flax, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds Oils and sauces: tahini (sesame butter), Vegenaise dressing, tomato sauce, olive oil, coconut oil, tamari or shoyu Sweeteners: Sucanat, stevia, coconut sugar, rice syrup, date syrup/sugar, agave nectar Dairy: plant-based milks (e.g., soy, rice, hemp, coconut, almond, oat, tapioca), cheeses, yogurts, and creams; and nut butters such as almond, cashew, and peanut butters and sesame tahini Others: spelt flour, Celtic salt, vanilla, cacao powder, shredded coconut 28

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veryone loves opening a great present or the gratification of giving a well-received gift. But too often, the meaning of family gift exchanges is watered down by sheer extravagance. It’s easy for parents to go overboard with holiday shopping when faced with extensive wish lists and tempted by copious toy aisles. For many, implementing the “four gift rule” can help rein in spending and refocus the whole family on the true spirit of the season. The philosophy is simple: in addition to Santa’s delivery, each child is given something to wear, something to read, something they want and something they need. The Knowles family, in Mobile, Alabama, turned to the four gift rule last year to focus more on family and giving to others during the holidays. When the concept was presented to her five children Kimberly Knowles expected to hear heavy sighs and moans of disapproval. She recalls, “We talked to them about the nature of giving and the spirit of Christmas. I presented the four gift rule as a poem to them to help them with their Christmas list and was pleasantly surprised by their favorable attitude toward simplifying Christmas and keeping the gift-giving to a minimum.” Because the four gift rule can greatly reduce the amount of gifts being given, parents might fear disappointment from their kids on Christmas morning. In the Knowles household, the approach made gift-giving more meaningful. Kimberly explains, “Not only had our children put a lot of thought into their Christmas lists, but we really focused on the individual needs and wants of each of our children. After all the gifts were opened, the kids exclaimed that the four gift rule was a great idea. The joy of what they had received was not about the quantity, but about the quality and thoughtfulness of the gift, something I definitely wanted to impart to my children.” Meredith Montgomery is the publisher of Natural Awakenings Mobile/Baldwin. Connect at HealthyLivingHealthyPlanet.com.


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or California acupuncturist Daniela Freda, counseling patients that grapple with low energy during winter is routine. “They’re often concerned something is wrong, since our society expects us to feel the same way year-round,” says Freda, who maintains a private practice in San Francisco. “But in fact,” she adds, “everything is right.” According to a study published in Psychiatry Research, only 4 to 6 percent of Americans suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), characterized by a predictable seasonal pattern of major depressive or bipolar disorder. For the vast majority of the population, a slight seasonal variance in mood and behavior is normal, confirms Kathryn Roecklein, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and prominent SAD researcher at Pennsylvania’s University of Pittsburg. Practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), like Freda, view decreased energy in nature’s wintertime as a reflection of the season’s energy. In this philosophy, rising (yang) and falling (yin) energies cycle as the seasons turn. Winter is governed by quiet, slow, introspective and creative yin energy. As winter yields to spring, the bright, fast, expansive and extroverted yang energy gains momentum to peak in summer. “Nature expresses universal energies in a big way,” says research psychologist and mind-body medicine expert

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Joseph Cardillo, Ph.D., author of The Five Seasons. Who can ignore a blossoming spring or an abundant autumn? “Those same energetic cycles,” says Cardillo, “are mirrored in the microcosmic human body and human experience.”

Chill Out

Although the December 21 winter solstice marks the shortest day of the year, temperatures in most of the U.S. continue to fall through February. Cardillo advises embracing winter’s chill because it diverts our attention from daily activities so that we pause to consider what’s important. “The effect is similar to splashing cold water on our face,” he remarks. As the cold draws animals into hibernation and plants into dormancy, it also beckons us to enjoy extra sleep, notes Freda, as we follow the sun’s path: Earlier to bed; later to rise. She encourages her clients to incorporate restorative activities into daily routines. “Intentionally set aside time to connect with the breath and quiet the mind,” she counsels. Try gentle yoga or t’ai chi, listen to relaxing music, curl up with a cozy book or take nature walks, flush with fresh sensory experiences. Cardillo explains that slowing down naturally creates space for the contemplative and creative qualities of yin energy to rise. Meditating, visualizing and journaling promote access to one’s inner


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beginnings, summer a time for growth, autumn for gathering abundance and winter for introspection. ~Joseph Cardillo wisdom. “Winter is a perfect time to examine the myriad ideas you’ve dreamt up and assemble them into a new you,” says Cardillo. “Now you are prepared to use the robust energy of spring to scatter those ideas abroad.”

Reflect on Water

In TCM, the element of water, symbolizing focus and purity, is closely associated with winter. Highly adaptable, water can be solid, liquid or formless vapor; it can flow over, under, around or through obstacles with ease; and it can be still and contained. Contemplating the power of water in any of its forms can help synchronize one’s consciousness with the season’s gifts. “When your mind is unstuck and flowing like water, your dreams start becoming real to you, simply because you’re in the flow, the present moment,” observes Cardillo, who also authored Be Like Water. He suggests looking to water for guidance in creating solutions, sharpening focus or moving effortlessly on to the next step.

Find Balance

Freda points out that within the strong yin energy of winter, “There are yang moments, celebratory moments, to keep us going.” An imbalance can occur when the slowness of winter is completely counteracted by too much high-energy socializing, working or rushing through the day. “An excess of yang during the winter,” counsels Freda, “rather than a glimpse of it, can deplete us,” contributing to stress, fatigue and depression. Conversely, for those with an already predominantly yin personality (quiet, introverted, low energy) that overindulge in the yin energy of winter, an attempt at restoration and quietude can lead to lethargy and isolation. “I see this clinically,” says Freda. “Instead of embracing a little extra rest and relaxation, some people become exhausted and lose their motivation altogether. They become stuck in the yin.” Cardillo recommends that such individuals engage in mood-brightening outdoor activities to help restore balance. Roecklein agrees, noting that SAD sufferers undergoing cognitive behavioral therapy (which emphasizes positive thinking and beneficial behaviors) likewise are encouraged to participate in physical and social activities that bring joy and meaning. Lane Vail is a freelance writer in South Carolina. Connect at WriterLane.com.

Rituals Reverse Winter’s Blues Unpleasant winter memories can affect one’s emotional experience of the season every year like clockwork, says Dr. John Sharp, a physician, psychiatrist and author of The Emotional Calendar. Fortunately, it is possible to take a personal inventory, be aware of such behaviors, innovate on traditions and create a new experience. Holistic Psychologist Joseph Cardillo goes further, suggesting that we create a “personal prescription” to mindfully manage difficult emotions during wintertime. He encourages activating the senses and combining two or more sensory experiences to amplify the effectiveness. Appealing options include: n Light scented candles or diffuse

essential oils (citrus brightens; lavender soothes) n Invite bright colors into living spaces

(reds excite; greens, blues and whites calm) n Nourish the palate with winter veg-

etable stews n Create a playlist of soothing nature

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Rocky Creek Veterinary Hospital and Pet Resort

Comprehensive and Compassionate Care by Michele Senac Rocky Creek Veterinary Hospital and Pet Resort, located in Greer, is an all-inclusive destination for comprehensive veterinary services. Veterinarians Dr. Judson Powers and Dr. Audrey Capra and their dedicated team of assistants, technicians, certified groomers, dog trainer, and office staff, work together to ensure high-quality care for dogs and cats.

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Dr. Powers, a graduate of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, moved to the Upstate to practice veterinary medicine in the corporate setting. In 2010, he went into private practice when an opportunity came along to purchase Rocky Creek Veterinary Hospital. Since that time, Powers has expanded the services provided. As a full service veterinary hospital, annual exams, vaccinations and preventive wellness care are offered, along with treatment for sick pets. This includes care for skin allergies, ear infections, diabetes, thyroid issues and more. A range of surgical services are available for both soft tissue and orthopedic conditions. “We are one of the only vets in the area that do ultrasound and orthopedic surgery,” shares Powers. Dental cleaning, digital X-ray, abdominal ultrasound, and in-house laboratory services are provided. Rocky Creek has a safe, on-site boarding facility with a back-up generator in case of loss of power, luxury boarding kennels, and large indoor and outdoor play areas. Artificial turf provides comfort as well as a clean surface on which pets can play and exercise. Two certified groomers and a professional dog trainer are on site for personalized service. Doggy Day Camp is open daily giving pets the advantage of being exercised and socialized with indoor and outdoor activities while their owners are at work. Nutritional counseling, prescription dog and cat foods, and vegetarian dog foods are offered. Diets can be customized to meet a pet’s individual needs and physical conditions, such as for joint or kidney issues. “Our main focus is on prevention,” Powers notes. He explains that adult wellness and senior wellness packages


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are available. “When an owner brings a pet in for an annual examination, this helps us detect underlying diseases before the pet is sick,” says Powers. The packages are age-specific and contain general blood testing with screening for heart worm, Lyme disease, tick-borne diseases and intestinal parasites. Additionally, senior pets are screened for thyroid and urinary tract dysfunction. Powers adds, “We focus on pets living a maximum life span, along with a good quality of life. We want them to be an active member of the family.” He invites new clients to stop by during regular business hours to tour the facility and meet the staff. Rocky Creek Veterinary Hospital and Pet Resort is located at 111 Ebenezer Rd, Greer. For more information, call 864-2344600 or visit RockyCreekVet.com. See ad, page 34. Michele Senac is a contributing editor for Natural Awakenings and certified in Interior Redesign, Home Staging and Feng Shui. For more information, call 864-6319335 or visit FineRedesigns.com. See ad, page 18.


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Saves People Rescue You, Rescue Me by Sandra Murphy

Like water, grace seeks its own level. In rescuing animals, the rescuer is often also rescued. Both lives change for the better.

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uster came to us for a reason,” says Amy Burkert. “My husband, Rod, and I were walking our Shar-Pei, Ty, in our Philadelphia neighborhood when a man warned us about ‘a big, black dog’ in the alley. The friendly fellow came home with us and after a fruitless search for his family, we decided to make him part of ours.” In 2009, when the couple encountered difficulty finding a vacation hotel that would accept their new 70-pound German shepherd as an overnight guest, they decided to launch GoPetFriendly.com, a website that assists in finding travel accommodations for families with dogs and other pets. Selling their house in Pennsylvania and hitting the road in a 24-foot-long RV, they’ve now traveled to 47 states to research and qualify content for the website; Rod works from “home” and Amy writes the weblog. Their travel schedule flexes, with most stops lasting one to three weeks. “It’s not the life two accountants were banking on, but we couldn’t be happier,” she says, “and we owe it all to Buster.” The site now lists more than 60,000 hotels, campgrounds, restaurants, beaches, dog parks and activities across the U.S. and Canada, plus a road trip planner. “I woke up one morning and thought, ‘I can’t find a husband, so I’ll get a dog,’” says BJ Gallagher, a sociologist and award-winning author. “I’d lived in my Los Angeles house for 16 years and knew none of the neighbors. Within six months of adopting Fannie from a shelter, I’d met them

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animals show up for a reason— most humans can use some rescuing, as well. all. Thanks to her, I’ve become a fullfledged member of my community.” Fannie’s Chinese heritage includes chow and Pekingese breeds. Transformations can come from more unusual pets, as well. Soon after Susan M. Tellem, a registered nurse in Malibu, California, gifted her husband, Marshall, with two tortoises for his birthday, the couple discovered there was no national protection program for the reptiles. They started American Tortoise Rescue (Tortoise.com), an organization that has been rescuing, rehabilitating and providing sanctuary to more than 3,000 water turtles and land tortoises since 1990. Their education and awareness initiatives for humane treatment have gone international, as well. It was a bird that rescued April Leffingwell. She had been dealing with a severe back injury that necessitated pain medication and kept her from regular work for six months when she and her husband visited a local Los Angeles pet store, “to get out of the house.” She was touched by seeing a large Moluccan cockatoo that was afflicted with a damaged claw. Her husband recognized how she related to the bird’s condition and brought Izzi home the next day. Now with just one leg, Izzi has learned to sleep while lying down to rest his other limb. “Izzi and I found each other when we were both broken,” she says. “We’ve become each other’s source of strength. If he can live with only one

leg, I can live through pain.” When members of the armed forces deploy, they often have to find alternate living arrangements for pets and may not always be successful. Kimberly Gauthier, a blogger at KeepTheTailWagging.com, and her ex-Army partner are securing funding and laying plans to foster dogs for deployed soldiers. Emailing updates and Skype visits will aim to boost the morale of both the dog and serviceman or woman. The couple lives on five acres in Marysville, Washington. An animal-enriched environment has proved to be helpful for author Kathy Rowe, a 20-year veteran retired from the military, and her husband, Scott, who also retired from Air Force service that included Special Forces duty. They have chosen to live on a 100-acre farm in Tyner, Kentucky.

Kathy believes their variety of resident rescued animals, including dogs, cats, chickens, turkeys and a potbelly pig, all help Scott in dealing with posttraumatic stress disorder. Riding, working with and grooming his horse, Quint, is particularly helpful. “My husband is less frustrated, has better focus, is less jumpy and has fewer flashbacks than he used to,” relates Rowe. “Knowing that our rescue dog, Lola, is guarding the farm, he feels he can sleep better because she has his back.” Humans rescue animals, but animals show up for a reason—most humans can use some rescuing, as well. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy of St. Louis, MO, at StLSandy@mindspring.com.

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Pet First-Aid Kits All-Natural Home Health Care by Sandra Murphy

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irst-aid is the first thing you can do to help an injured animal if you are prepared,” says Dr. Jason Nicholas, owner of The Preventive Vet, in Portland, Oregon. Attention in cases of injury or sudden illness can help a dog or cat stay more comfortable, stop bleeding and provide temporary relief. A pet first-aid kit can resemble a pantry more than a medicine cabinet. Natural components include: Cool water. Purified water kept in a spray bottle can cool overheated pets. For the fastest results, spray near the pulse points, the “armpits” and where fur is the thinnest. Further, a vet will assess if clinical hydration is needed beyond the water bowl. Saline solution. Versatile saline is available at the vet’s office or any pharmacy, and also easy and inexpensive to make at home. Use it to flush debris from eyes, clean wounds and promote healing from incisions. Two teaspoons of non-iodized salt in four cups of boiled water mimics body fluids. The Ohio State University Medical Center website provides a recipe for normal saline solution at Tinyurl.com/SalineRecipe. Vinegar. It acts as a drying agent, especially for floppyeared dogs taking a dip in a pool or natural waterway, which can leave the inner ear moist. “Don’t use vinegar if the skin is red or broken because it will be painful,” says Dr. Jules Benson, vice president of veterinary services

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at Petplan Pet Insurance, in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. Never use it more than twice a week. Honey. Apply this sweet unguent to gums to help counteract low blood sugar and shock, particularly when a diabetic pet’s insulin levels are off. Maple syrup is a good substitute. Sugar. Although not recommended in a regular pet diet, sugar can be a topical antibacterial for the short term. Sugar draws water from the wound and dehydrates bacteria, supporting growth of new tissue. Plain yogurt. Adding this healthy refrigerated topping to dry food will activate a sluggish appetite and supply needed cultures to help balance the digestive system. Cornstarch. This non-toxic remedy helps stop minor bleeding from cuts, scrapes and pedicure accidents. Calendula. Also known as pot marigold, calendula cream may be used as an anti-inflammatory. Bug bites, scrapes, sunburn and itching from allergies also benefit from its application. Aloe. Easily grown in a garden or pot and available in gel form, aloe sooths burns, prevents blisters and speeds healing. It also serves as canine Chapstick. “Older dogs often have cracked skin on their noses,” notes Benson. “Aloe helps to heal the skin and keeps the dog comfortable.” Rescue Remedy. Illness or injury brings stress, and one common solution is Rescue Remedy. To relieve fear or anxiety, rub it onto a paw, nose or ears or add the recommended number of drops to water, a treat

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or food. It helps dogs, cats, horses, birds, fish and even iguanas. Dosage relies on the extent of stress rather than weight or species. Clean cloths. For bee stings or insect bites on the body, cool compresses can reduce swelling and itching. Wet a washcloth with cold water or for larger welts, wrap an ice pack in a towel and apply for a few minutes at a time. For stings on the face or mouth, it’s best to go to the vet’s office immediately, so that airways don’t swell up and hinder breathing. Miscellaneous supplies. Keep on hand gauze, tape, small scissors, tweezers (for removing objects from the roof of the mouth or splinters), a small flashlight, clean socks to cover a bandage and disposable gloves to keep human germs out of open wounds. A dog in pain may bite without realizing it. Nicholas recommends a basket muzzle, so the dog can easily breathe and pant. When a pet eats or drinks non-food items or foods they shouldn’t, such as chocolate, grapes or onions, head to the local vet. Veterinarian Jeff Levy, in New York City, who is also a certified veterinary acupuncturist, counsels, “Always keep contact information for your vet, an emergency hospital and animal poison control center handy.” Also, find out where emergency services are located when traveling. Pets can go into shock just like humans. To prevent or reduce the impact, keep the animal warm and provide a deep massage of the ears, at the base, where ears meet the head. A couple of drops of lavender oil on a collar or bandana will help everyone relax. Do not put essential oils directly on the pet, especially cats, as it can be toxic. Just like children, pets may have accidents or get sick after office hours. Stay calm, head for the natural pet pantry and then call the family’s holistic veterinarian. Sandra Murphy is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect at StLSandyM@ yahoo.com.


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Humanity’s Eternal Quest Eckhart Tolle on the Kingdom of Heaven Within by Eric Nelson

there is only the present moment, with no more future to escape into mentally. The result is a lot less suffering. “That is the real spiritual awakening, when something emerges from within you that is deeper than who you thought you were,” says Tolle. “So, the person is still there, but one could almost say that something more powerful shines through the person.” The good news, according to Tolle, is that in order to experience this awakening, “You don’t have to wait for the diagnosis by the doctor or to be put in prison… nor do you have to do 30,000 hours of meditation or live in an ashram for 20 years. Once you get a glimpse of it, you can invite it into your daily life.” For a growing number of people, it’s this understanding of the always present “spiritual you” shining through that has led to significant improvements in their lives, not the least of which is better health. This would seem to indicate that these kinds of spiritual insights aren’t the least bit ethereal or elusive, but decidedly practical. “Spirituality and religion belong in the healing paradigm,” writes Airdre Grant, Ph.D., of Australia’s Southern Cross University, in a study published in the Journal of the Australian TraditionalMedicine Society. “They are determinants of health and they are factors in photo by David Ellingsen

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o listen to Eckhart Tolle is to be reminded that anything is possible— for anyone. We’re not talking about living a life of leisure, filled with expensive cars, beach homes and extravagant vacations, but an experience brimming with the kind of spiritual insights that make this life not only worth living, but decidedly more fulfilling. The problem is that when people hear the words “spiritual insight”, there’s often an assumption that it’s about something too ethereal to be practical or too elusive to be achieved in this lifetime. This is exactly the point that Tolle, one of the world’s most well-known spiritual teachers and authors, rebuffed during a talk earlier this year at California’s Stanford University. “Some people awaken spiritually without ever coming into contact with any meditation technique or any spiritual teaching,” he said. “They may awaken simply because they can’t stand the suffering anymore.” He went on to cite examples of those that have either been told they have a short time to live or have been given an exceptionally long prison sentence. In both cases, any thought of a future has been effectively dashed, forcing these individuals into what Tolle describes as an intense awareness that

recovery, well-being and longevity.” So where do these insights come from? Is it simply a matter of wishful thinking? Or is it perhaps something more reliable, more effective than that? “Jesus said, ‘The kingdom of heaven is within you,’” observes Tolle, implying that this health-inducing understanding may be a lot closer than we thought. “I think if he lived nowadays, instead of ‘kingdom’, he would have said, ‘dimension’. And ‘heaven’ refers to a sense of vastness or spaciousness. So if we retranslate the words of Jesus into modern terms, [it would be] ‘the dimension of spaciousness is within you.’” “And then Jesus said—when they asked him, ‘Where is the kingdom of heaven and when is it going to come?’— he said, ‘The kingdom of heaven does not come with signs to be perceived. You cannot say, ah, it’s over there or look, it’s over there, for I tell you the kingdom of heaven is within you.’” How comforting it is to be reminded that the proverbial “kingdom of heaven” we’ve been hearing about for at least two millennia—this “dimension of spaciousness”, or what might be characterized as the understanding of our true spiritual identity—is “within you.” It’s within us all, here and now. All that remains is the willingness— and the humility—to put this insight into practice. Eric Nelson is a Christian Science healing practitioner from Los Altos, CA, whose articles on the link between spiritual consciousness and health appear regularly in national online publications. Connect at norcalcs.org.

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Too Much Togetherness?

Exercise Helps Keep Family Holidays Merry by Sarah Todd

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iven family hopes and often unrealistic expectations that everything will go perfectly, holiday gatherings can sometimes be a recipe for untoward stress. One of the best ways to keep potential ’tisthe-season tensions under control is to carve out some time for exercise, a move supported by research findings at Princeton University. Other experts suggest that from practicing a favorite Eastern modality to taking a natural spin around the neighborhood, we all have instant access to foolproof tactics for staying relaxed, healthy and more even-keeled among kin this winter. To mend nerves frayed by debates at the dinner table, slip into a nearby bedroom for a calming yoga workout. Yoga’s emphasis on controlled breathing makes it ideal for treating family dynamics straight out of Silver Linings Playbook. The Mayo Clinic reports that deep breathing increases the flow of oxygen into the bloodstream, easing headaches, muscular tension and chest tightness. Yogic breathing patterns also are shown to lower resting heart rates, which helps practitioners stay composed in the face of any intra-family disagreements or other

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stressors. For a quick, relaxing yoga routine, begin with a few breathing exercises before moving into a sun salutation—a sequence of full-body poses, or asanas, performed in a smooth, continuous flow. Begin standing, palms pressed together in the tadasana, or mountain, pose. Then move through a series of motions that sweep the arms over the head, expanding the chest, before dipping into downward dog and plank poses, which help increase flexibility and strength. End lying down in the shavasana, or resting, pose with eyes closed and let the quiet settle in. Resistance-training exercises are another option. Release pent up tension by pushing against a wall. Stand about three feet away, lean in and push. Position feet at an angle so that a straight body line forms the hypotenuse of a triangle with the wall and floor. This activity drains the limbs of tightness and stretches out hamstrings and calf muscles, enabling us to walk away feeling light and

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limber. While some people can happily greet and maintain cheerfulness throughout holiday family times, others may feel a bit anxious. For a sure-fire endorphin boost, try a cardiovascular workout like running, which German researchers published in Cerebral Cortex confirm produces a flood of euphoria on cue. A quick jog or spirited walk outside helps elevate mood while strengthening the immune system, helping to keep feelings of melancholy at bay. Before heading for the door, those stretching their legs outside in colder climates need to dress as if it’s 20 degrees warmer than the thermometer reads. This helps prevent the body from overheating, especially after being sedentary for an extended period. To get the blood flowing beforehand, do some simple stretching or take a few trips up and down the stairs. Exercisers that prefer to stay sheltered from wintry weather entirely have a solid alternative; an indoor cardiovascular workout can mimic jogging’s mood-lifting effects. Try alternating 12 reps of jumping jacks, lunges, squats and crunches to get the heart pumping. Consider a second series for a higher intensity workout. All of it will give muscles that often go slack during holiday loafing a chance to flex. Because these moves don’t require any equipment, such electives are as portable as a travel hair dryer during holiday visits anywhere. After one or more of these solo workouts, many revelers may be ready to up the ante on family togetherness. For a healthy dose of quality time, round up the gang and enlist them in a high-energy outdoor activity like hiking, sledding or even Ultimate Frisbee. Participating in friendly family competition is healthy fun and gives everyone something else to talk about later. Sarah Todd is a freelance writer in Brooklyn, NY. Connect at SarahToddInk.com.


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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1 The Pearl of Great Price ─ 10:30am-12pm. Your life is not just this earth-plane event. There is more going on. Lift your mind up to the higher truth of consciousness. Free, love offering appreciated. Unity Spiritual Center of Clemson/Anderson, 7538 Hwy. 76, Pendleton. 646-6114.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3 Digestive Disease Support ─ 6:30pm. Group meets at Earth Fare, 3620 Pelham Rd, Greenville. For information, call 631-3451.

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14 Qigong as You’ve Never Experienced ─ 9am12pm; 2-4:30pm. Don’t miss the opportunity to work with one the Masters of Qigong. Morning session – Eight Pieces of Silk Brocade; afternoon session – Five Organ Qigong. CEUs are available. Pre-registration required. $55 morning; $45 afternoon; both $85 by December 7. Qi Works Studio, 404 N. Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville. 420-9839. Santa Paws Workshop at Animal Care ─ 11am6pm. Photos with Santa, bake sale, stocking stuffers for your pets and friends, Giving Tree alternative gifts to help our animals and more. Animal Care, 328 Furman Hall Rd, Greenville. For more info, sbufano@greenvillecounty.org

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The Still Small Voice ─ 10:30am-12pm. Divine consultations are available to each and every one of us. Recognize God’s messages through your intuition. Free, love offering appreciated. Unity Spiritual Center of Clemson/ Anderson, 7538 Hwy. 76, Pendleton. 646-6114.

God Through Others ─10:30am-12pm. Oneness Blessing after Service. There is much about life that’s a mystery. You may want to change the way you look at your life. Free; love offering appreciated. Unity Spiritual Center of Clemson/ Anderson, 7538 Hwy. 76, Pendleton. 646-6114.

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Holiday Networking Meeting ─ 6-8pm. Sustainable Greenville Network (SUN) Holiday meeting. Find out who in the Upstate is working on making our community more sustainable, green and healthy. Whole Foods Market is providing refreshments. Whole Foods Market, 1140 Woodruff Rd, Greenville. 313-2145.

The Birth of God Consciousness ─ 10:30am12pm. There is something true and important underneath the surface of all traditions and rituals. Celebrate Christmas in a universal and inclusive way. Free, love offering appreciated. Unity Spiritual Center of Clemson/Anderson, 7538 Hwy. 76, Pendleton. 646-6114.

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sunday Southern Flow Hot Yoga ─ 9am; 4pm and 6pm. Vigorous series of poses accessible to all levels. Packages available. Southern Om, 1140 Woodruff Rd, next to Whole Foods Market, Greenville. 329-1114. Healing Circle ─ 6-7:30pm. Dedicated to the principals of healing, prayer, spiritual growth and meditation. Free. Oma’s Healing Garden, 7-C Brendan Way, Greenville. 354-4505.

monday Southern Flow Hot Yoga ─ 6am, 10am, 12pm, 5pm and 7pm. See Sunday 9am listing for details. All Levels Yoga ─ 8:30-9:30am. Structured around learning how to focus on the breath throughout various yoga postures. $15. It’s Yoga! Studio Inc, 120 Halton Rd, Ste 1, Greenville. 354-2882 or 404-798-3442. Tai Chi for Arthritis ─ 9:30-10:30am. Reduces pain and stress, enhances balance, health, coordination and strength. First class free,1,4,8, or 16-class passes $12-$120. Qi Works Studio, 404 N. Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville. Must pre-register, 420-9839. Yoga Therapy Class ─ 11am-12pm. Learn poses and breath for releasing and healing issues of arthritis, neck pain, cancer care, injuries and overworked muscles. It’s Yoga! Studio, 120 Halton Rd, Ste 1, Greenville. 354-2882 or 908-0138. Intermediate Yoga Class ─ 12:15–1:15pm. For those that have the fundamentals of Yoga and are looking for a more intense practice. $13. Yoga East, 2105 Old Spartanburg Rd, Greer. 244-6478. Veggie Delights ─ 3-5pm. Each week a new vegetarian recipe to try. Easy and delicious. Whole Foods Market, 1140 Woodruff Rd, Greenville. 335-2300. Pre-Natal Yoga ─ 5:15pm. Poses and breathing specific for the Mother-to-be, relieving low back pain, swollen feet, insomnia and preparing for labor and delivery as well as recovery after the baby is born.$75 for 5 classes. It’s Yoga! Studio Inc, 120 Halton Rd, Ste 1, Greenville. 354-2882 or 908-0138.

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MeaningSight tm: Establishing Vision, Goals, Meaning and Spirit ─ 6:15-8:30pm. Second Monday of the month. Establish a life vision and goals for meaning, flourishing and spirit – 6 small group classes to bring more meaning and a deeper spirituality into your life. $150. Life Coaching Institute, 25 Woods Lake Rd, Ste. 207, Greenville. 282-8989. All Levels Yoga ─ 6:30-8pm. Relieve tired muscles and calm the stress of the day. $15 per class. It’s Yoga! Studio Inc, 120 Halton Rd, Ste 1, Greenville. 354-2882. Tai Chi with George Gantt ─ 6:30-7:30pm. Tension and stress reduction, soft, flowing movements that emphasize force, rather than strength. $15/ class, $65/5 classes, or included in Equilibrium Gym membership. Equilibrium Zen Gym, 207 W. Antrim Dr, Greenville. 419-2596. All Levels Yoganize® ─ 7pm. Unique combination of yoga, yoga therapy, pilates and specialized toning exercises to invigorate the mind, body and spirit. $13. Yoga East, 2105 Old Spartanburg Rd, Greer. 244-6478.

tuesday All Levels Yoganize® ─ 6am. See Monday 7pm listing for details. Southern Flow Hot Yoga ─ 6am, 8am, 10am, 12pm, 4pm, 5:30pm and 7:15pm. See Sunday 9am listing for details. Morning Stretch and Range of Motion Classes ─ 7:45am. Early morning stretch and range of motion classes. Free. Grace Wellness Centers, 623 N. Main St, Mauldin. 214-5899. Yoga for Cancer Survivors - Intermediate/Advanced ─ 9 and 10:30am. Gentle stretching and breathing exercises that relax and invigorate the body and mind. St. Francis Millennium Campus (near ICAR campus), Greenville. $7 per class. Call to register, 675-4656. All Levels Yoganize® ─ 9:15am. See Monday 7pm listing for details. Toning Class ─ 9:30-10:15am. Main goal of class get rid of belly fat and tone muscles. Great for new mothers. Combination of yoga, weights and qigong. First class free,1,4,8, or 16-class passes $12-$120. Qi Works Studio, 404 N. Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville. Must pre-register, 420-9839.

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VBAC Support Group Meeting ─ 10am. 2nd Tuesday’s. Share your experience about VBAC. Carolina WaterBirth, 915-J South St, Simpsonville. 329-0010 or 866-564-5554. All Levels Yoga ─ 11am. Recharge your day with this morning class, energizing, stretching, rejuvenating mind and body. $15 per class. It’s Yoga! Studio Inc, 120 Halton Rd, Ste 1, Greenville. 354-2882 or 908-0138. Beginner Yoga Class ─ 11am–12:15pm. Great class to start a practice. Learn basic Yoga poses and breathing techniques. $13. Yoga East, 2105 Old Spartanburg Rd, Greer. 244-6478. “Row-ga!” Fitness ─ 11am-12pm. A fusion of indoor rowing and yoga that strengthens the muscles of the body, improves cardiac function, flexibility and stamina through breathing, low intensity rowing and yoga postures. $10. Greenville Indoor Rowing, 576-A Woodruff Rd, Greenville. 281-1505. Yang Tai Chi Forms ─ 11am-12pm. Tai Chi builds muscle, enhances balance, mind-body connection, health, coordination, strength and reduces stress. First class free,1,4,8, or 16-class passes $12-$120. Qi Works Studio, 404 N. Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville. Must pre-register, 420-9839. Community Acupuncture ─ 12-9pm. Economical group opportunity to benefit from natural therapy. Plan at least 45 minutes for therapy. $45 initial, then $25. 3100 Grandview Dr, Simpsonville. 4063800. Free Essential Oils Classes ─ 12-1pm. New oils presented each week. Creative Health, 14 S. Main St, Greenville. Space is limited; must register, 233-4811. Dynamic Vinyasa Flow Yoga Class ─ 12:151:15pm. Follow the breath through poses to increase flexibility, develop core strength, strengthen and tone muscles. It’s Yoga! Studio, 120 Halton Rd, Ste 1, Greenville. 354-2882 or 908-0138. Chair Yoga ─ 4-5pm. Yoga with a chair assist, great for seniors, post surgery and people with chronic pain/injury. Integrative Yoga Therapy, 633 Saco Lowell Rd, Easley. 444-5523. Qigong ─ 5:30-6:30pm. Gentle exercise that heals the body, enhances balance, health, coordination, strength & reduces stress. Meditation forms included. First class free,1,4,8, or 16-class passes $12$120. Pre-registration required. Qi Works Studio, 404 N. Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville. 420-9839. Birthing Class ─ 6-9pm. Birthing classes first 4 Tuesdays in September. Carolina Waterbirth/Doula Du Jour, 915 South St, Simpsonville. 735-7270.


Flying Rainbow Tai Chi Fan ─ 6:30-7:30pm. Basic tai-chi & fan techniques. Enhance balance, health, coordination, strength and reduce stress. First class free,1,4,8, or 16-class passes $12-$120. Pre-registration required. Qi Works Studio, 404 N. Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville. 420-9839. Parent Talk at Brain Balance ─ 6:30-7:30pm. Learn about brain function and how to help a child struggling with ADHD, sensory issues, autism and learning differences. Free. Brain Balance, 2531 Woodruff Rd, Ste 113, Simpsonville. Space is limited, RSVP to 329-9933.

Senior Day ─ 10am-6pm. Seniors 60+ receive 10% off total purchase. Normal exclusions apply. The Wild Radish, 161 Verdin Rd, Greenville. 297-1105. All Levels Yoga ─ 11am. See Tuesday 11am listing for details.

All Levels Yoga ─ 9-10am. See Monday 8:30am listing for details. Balanced Life Yoga ─ 9-10:30am. Increase bone density, flexibility and stamina through yoga. $7/ class or $30 for 6 classes. St. Francis Millennium, Healthy Self, 2 Innovation Dr, Ste 200, Greenville. 675-4656.

Oxy-Ionic Water Sampling ─ 11am-5pm. First Wednesday. Sample alkalizing Oxy-Ionic. Buy 1 gallon, get 2nd gallon 15% off. All Natural Health & Beauty Center, 101 College St, Simpsonville. 963-2882.

Advanced Beginner / Intermediate Vinyasa Flow ─ 9:15am. Yoga movement synchronized to the breath. $13. Yoga East, 2105 Old Spartanburg Rd, Greer. 244-6478.

Dynamic Vinyasa Flow Yoga ─ 6:30-8pm. See Tuesday 9:15am listing for details.

“Row-ga!” Fitness ─ 11am-12pm. See Tuesday 11am listing for details.

Toning Class ─ 9:30-10:15am. See Tuesday 9:30am listing for details.

Aerial/Swing Yoga Class ─ 7:30-8:45pm. Take your yoga off the ground and experience familiar poses in a new way. $18 per class. Integrative Yoga Therapy, 633 Saco Lowell Rd, Easley. 444-5523.

All Levels Yoga ─ 6:30pm. A yoga routine of breath and postures. $15 per class. It’s Yoga! Studio Inc, 120 Halton Rd, Ste 1, Greenville. 354-2882.

Senior Yoga ─ 10-11am. Gentle stretching and strengthening class for anyone 55+. $2 per class. Mauldin Senior Center, Corn Rd at 699 Butler Rd, Mauldin. 419-4204.

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Dynamic Vinyasa Flow Yoga Class ─ 6:30-8pm. See Tuesday 12:15 listing for details.

Yoga for Cancer Survivors – Beginners ─ 10:30 and 11:45am. See Tuesday 9am listing for details.

Southern Flow Hot Yoga ─ 6am, 10am, 12pm, 5pm and 7pm. See Sunday 9am listing for details. Dynamic Vinyasa Flow Yoga Class ─ 8:30-9:30am. See Tuesday 12:15 listing for details. Tai Chi for Arthritis ─ 9:30-10:30am. See Monday 9:30am listing for details.

thursday All Levels Yoganize® ─ 6am. See Monday 7pm listing for details.

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All Levels Yoga ─ 11am. Class for energizing, stretching and rejuvenating mind and body. $15 per class. It’s Yoga! Studio Inc, 120 Halton Rd, Ste 1, Greenville. 354-2882. Beginner Yoga Class ─ 11am–12:15pm. See Tuesday 11am listing for details. “Row-ga!” Fitness ─ 11am-12pm. See Tuesday 11am listing for details.

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Yang Tai Chi Forms ─ 11am-12pm. See Tuesday 11am listing for details. Community Acupuncture ─ 12-9pm. See Tuesday 12pm listing for details. Family Dinner Night ─ 4-8pm. One adult spends $5 in the café and up to six kids eat free. Kids fill out their own healthy menu. Earth Fare, 3620 Pelham Rd, Greenville. 527-4220. Qigong ─ 5:30-6:30pm. See Tuesday 5:30pm listing for details. Yoga for Every Body ─ 5:45-7pm. Yoga class that is welcoming to all body shapes, sizes and fitness levels. $10. Integrative Yoga Therapy, 633 Saco Lowell Rd, Easley. 444-5523. All Levels Yoga ─ 6:30-8pm. See Monday 6:30pm listing for details. It’s Yoga! Studio Inc. Parent Talk on Children’s Brain Function ─ 7-8:30pm. Discussion on brain function in children struggling with AD/HD, Autism/Aspergers, Sensory Integration Disorder, Dyslexia, learning disabilities and the Brain Balance Program. Free. Brain Balance of Greenville, 2531 Woodruff Rd, Ste. 113, Simpsonville. 329-9933. Aerial/Swing Yoga Class ─ 7:30-8:45pm. See Tuesday 7:30pm listing for details.

friday Indoor Rowing Classes ─ 6am, 7:30am and 9:15am. Full-body and cardio workout; any age and fitness level. Rates vary. Greenville Indoor Rowing, 576-A Woodruff Rd, Greenville. 281-1505 or 901-3776. Toning Class ─ 6:45-7:30am. See Monday 6:45am listing for details. Tai Chi for Arthritis ─ 9:30-10:30am. See Monday 9:30am listing for details. Vinyasa Flow Class ─ 11am. Energize, increase flexibility and stamina. $15. It’s Yoga! Studio, 120 Halton Rd, Ste 1, Greenville. 354-2882. Yang Tai Chi Forms ─ 11am-12pm. See Tuesday 11am listing for details. Restorative Yoga Class ─ 12:15pm. Perform gentle poses before dropping into deep ontentment from the sequence of supported postures. It’s Yoga! Studio Inc, 120 Halton Rd, Ste 1, Greenville. 354-2882.

saturday Community Acupuncture ─ 8:30am-12pm. See Tuesday 12pm listing for details. “Full-on” Yoga ─ 10:45-12pm. Steady flow of Hatha/ Kripalu inspired yoga - no rowing involved. $10/class; discount class packages available. Greenville Indoor Rowing, 576-A Woodruff Rd, Greenville. 281-1505.

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Acupuncture of Greer

Hwang K. Lee, Ph.D., L.Ac. 26 Orchard Park Dr. 864-408-8270•Greenville

Ruth Kyle, L.Ac. 106 Memorial Dr. 864-877-0111•Greer

Great results with acute and chronic pain, migraines, frozen shoulder, sciatica, stress. Specializes in orthopedic issues and more in an educational tranquil environment. See ad, page 50.

AFFORDABLE ACUPUNCTURE

Joan Massey, L.Ac. 3100 Grandview Dr. 864-406-3800•Simpsonville

We offer affordable communitystyle acupuncture. Individual private sessions also available. See ad, page 60.

Korean Traditional Medicine helps to balance the energy flow in the entire body. We specialize in certain conditions, but have treated with success other health concerns such as allergy and skin, infertility, menopause, pain control, cardiovascular, urinary, digestive and sleep disorders.

ALLERGY/NUTRITION

Marina Ponton, D.A.O.M., L.Ac. 1901 Laurens Rd, Ste. E 864-370-1140•Greenville www.GreenvilleNaturalHealth.com

301 Halton Rd, Ste. A 864-558-0200•Greenville www.GreenvilleFunctionalMedicine.com

Consider our gluten genetic testing and consultation to identify and heal allergy and autoimmune reactions that is making your life miserable. See ad, pages 2 and 3.

TRINITY ALLERGY RELIEF & WELLNESS CENTER

Dr. Ponton specializes in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). She offers natural healing methods such as acupuncture, herbs, fertility and pain management, auricular therapy, gua sha, electrical stimulation, cupping and magnets to help you meet your health goals. See ad, page 55.

HONG ZHANG, L.Ac.

More than 23 years experience practicing acupuncture. Some conditions treated include joint pain, neck and/or back pain, fibromyalgia, stroke rehabilitation, infertility, and menstrual cramps.

EVERYDAY GLAMOUR GIRL SKIN CARE CLINIC

304-A N. Main St. 864-252-4212•Mauldin www.EverydayGlamourGirl.com

80% of aging is accelerated by sun damage. Reverse the signs of aging with our non invasive, pain-free and relaxing treatments. We offer microcurrent services to help stimulate, tighten and detoxify the skin. See ad, page 61.

AROMATHERAPY

GREENVILLE FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE

GREENVILLE NATURAL HEALTH CENTER

111 Doctors Dr. 864-797-7100•Greenville www.GHS.org/Acupuncture

ANTI-AGING

SAM HWA DANG ACUPUNCTURE & HERBS CLINIC

ACUPUNCTURE

110 Montgomery Dr. 864-760-1006•Anderson TrinityAllergyRelief.com

Guaranteed relief as sensitivities and intolerances are cleared from the body using a proven method known as BioEnergetic Intolerance Elimination (BIE) that literally clears annoying symptoms within minutes. No needles. No pain. No drugs. See ad, page 4.

GARNER’S NATURAL LIFE 27 S. Pleasantburg Dr. 864-242-4856•Greenville www.GarnersNaturalLife.com

Improve your level of stress, depression and mood with natural products from a locally-owned family business, supporting the community for over 40 years. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will guide you through the use of aromatherapy for pain and anxiety reduction, energy enhancement and much more. See ad, back cover.

GOOD TO GO

5000 Old Spartanburg Rd. Beside Pivotal Fitness 864-244-2733•Taylors www.GoodToGoJuiceBar.com

Take it all in and enhance your wellbeing. We carry G2™ 100% pure therapeutic essential oils in single and custom blends. See ad, page 29.

BIO-ENERGETIC TESTING

ANIMAL REHAB

Augusta Street Clinic

ANIMAL REHAB & CONDITIONING CENTER

Dr. Kennedy, DVM 109 Monroe St. 864-962-0101•Simpsonville www.AnimalRehabGreenville.com

Dr. Roger Jaynes, DC, DNBHE 1521 Augusta St. 864-232-0082•Greenville www.AugustaStClinic.com

Advanced training in pain management, canine rehabilitation, and acupuncture. ARCC has hydrotherapy, pulsed signal therapy, laser therapy along with a multitude of exercise equipment, including an underwater treadmill. See ad, page 36.

Bio-energetic testing shows energy imbalance, vitamin or mineral deficiency, and identifies environmental allergies. We use German manufactured drainage remedies and offer services at affordable rates. See ad, page 5.

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LIVING WELL INTEGRATIVE HEALTHCARE

BIO-IDENTICAL HORMONE THERAPY

Clif Caldwell, MD Cheryl Middleton, PA-C 838 Powdersville Rd, Ste. G 864-850-9988•Easley www.LivingWellHealthcare.com

BALANCED SOLUTIONS 420 The Parkway, Ste. N The Village at Thornblade 888-299-9300•Greer www.BalancedAgain.com

We help women and men who suffer symptoms of hormonal imbalance such as low libido, weight gain, hot flashes, fatigue and many other symptoms. Call for your personal consult today! See ad, page 49.

Don’t accept fatigue, weight gain, depression or low sex drive as NORMAL. Feel great again with Bio-identical Hormone Therapy. Complimentary Blood Analysis. ($250 value) Call today! See ad, page 14.

GREENVILLE FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE

301 Halton Rd, Ste. A 864-558-0200•Greenville www.GreenvilleFunctionalMedicine.com

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• ADD / ADHD / Focus & Memory Concerns • Autism / Asperger’s BRAIN TRAINING • Stroke / Parkinson’s / Alzheimer’s • Brain Injury BEACON • SensoryProfessional & Learning Concerns (Eastside Court) 4501 Old Spartanburg Rd, Ste. 7 • Speech-Language Disorders 864-292-5154•Greenville • Stress / Emotional / Behavioral Concerns www.BEACONslps.com • Athletic Performance / Wellness

30+ year private practice is celebrating five years of our sensory learnSENSORY LEARNING CENTER™ & SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY ing program. This intensive multi-sensory, foundational, non-cognitive approach has given hope to all ages with improvements in their quality of life. BEACON also offers Speech-Language Pathology, OT, and life coaching. See ad, page 7.

MAUI MEOW RESORT FOR CATS

Say “Goodbye” to fatigue, poor sleep, loss of sex drive, night sweats, poor memory, and depression. We are patient-specific, meaning each treatment is specifically designed for the individual. See ad, pages 2 and 3.

158 New Harrison Bridge Rd. 864-409-1011•Simpsonville www.MauiMeowResort.com

Exclusively for cats! Spacious 60x30 condos, quiet atmosphere, 14’x 21’ play area, panoramic views, and two kitty towers. Live-in owner; no extra fees for medications. See ad, page 37.

CHILDBIRTH SERVICES CAROLINA WATERBIRTH

915 South St. 864-329-0010•Simpsonville www.CarolinaWaterBirth.com

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Offering attentive, personal, one-on-one care for you and your family. Contracted with United Healthcare, Aetna, and most other health insurances. See ad, page 13.


DOULA DU JOUR

www.CarolinaWaterbirth.com/DoulaDuJour.html Doula Du Jour is your affordable on-call doula service for hospital, home and Carolina Waterbirth needs. See ad, page 13.

CHIROPRACTOR

205 Bryce Ct.

9 McKenna Commons Ct. E. North St. @ Mitchell Rd. 864-292-3291•Greenville www.GreenvilleChiropractors.net

(off Woodruff Rd in Woodruff Place) 864-987-5995•Simpsonville www.FranzFamilySpinalCare.com

A health and wellness center focusing on providing the NUCCA procedure for the whole family. Longterm relief with none of the cracking or popping; all adjustments done by hand. The only NUCCA practitioners in the Upstate. Also provides whole food supplementation, nutritional testing, weight loss programs, and more. See ad, page 9.

Serving the Upstate since 1983. Exceptional results! We offer state-of-the-art gentle techniques and therapies. NA Mag Reader Special - consultation, exam and scans for $30. See ad, page 35.

ENHANCED LIVING CHIROPRACTIC Nina Kennedy, DC 140 Sage Creek Way 864-848-0640•Greer www.EnhancedLivingChiro.com

AUGER FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC 1315 Haywood Rd. 864-322-2828•Greenville www.AugerChiro.com

FRANZ FAMILY SPINAL CARE

BOURG CHIROPRACTIC

915 South St. 864-735-7270•Simpsonville

It’s not normal to live with neck/ back pain, headaches, IBS, allergies, ADHD, insomnia, and more. Chiropractic care will get you back to normal. Call us now! See ad, page 4.

WICKISER FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC

We use a variety of unique treatments like Sacro-Occipital Technique (www.SORSI.com) to balance the body’s nervous system, exercise rehab to maintain that balance, and functional medicine to jump start sluggish systems. Free consultations and gentle care for your entire family. See ad, page 24.

122 E. Beltline Blvd. (Behind Grady’s Great Outdoors) 864-226-8868•Anderson www.WickiserFamilyChiro.com

Focusing on quality chiropractic care for the entire family. We also provide nutritional counseling, muscle and soft tissue rehabilitation, and Exercise With Oxygen Therapy (EWOT). See ad, page 21.

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COLON HYDROTHERAPY

COACHING

BRIDGE TO WELLNESS, LLC

LIFE COACHING INSTITUTE

Dianne Greyerbiehl and Certified Coaches 25 Woods Lake Rd, Ste. 207 864-282-8989•Greenville www.LifeCoachingInstitute.net Coaching creates easy, positive, powerful change from the inside out using proven tools and methods. Our certified life coaches help you discover the power to manage change in your life. See ad, page 46.

607 NE Main St. 864-963-4466•Simpsonville www.YourBridge2Wellness.com

Angela Toplovich, certified colon hydrotherapist offers detox services that include ionic footbath, thermotherapy (Bio Mat), and ear-candling. Lighten your toxic load! See ad, page 24.

INTERNAL FITNESS

117 Fairview Pointe Dr. 864-757-1269•Simpsonville www.Internal-Fitness.net

SMALL BUSINESS COACH ASSOCIATES

1000 W. Poinsett St. 864-241-0606•Greer www.SmallBusinessCoach.org

COMPOUNDING PHARMACY

We help small business owners make more $$ and work less. Free 1 hour consultation. Call today! See ad, page 33.

Phyllis is certified by I-ACT and has been assisting clients for over 9 yrs. The center uses the open system of colon hydrotherapy. Other services include ion foot detox, and infrared sauna. $55 colon cleanse with a 10 min. body vibration session when you mention this ad. New clients only. See ad, page 17.

CUSTOM-MED PHARMACY

John Holland, Pharm.D. 838 Powdersville Rd, Ste. D 864-855-2323•Easley

Specializing in custom compounding, including thyroid medication, bio-identical hormone replacement, pediatrics, and pets. Professional grade vitamin brands like Xymogen and Designs for Health also available. Serving the community since 2006. We are your problem-solving specialists. See ad, page 57.

Jim Greene, R. Ph. 406 W. Poinsett St. 864-879-2325•Greer www.SkripShoppePharmacy.com

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SKRIP SHOPPE

We compound (create) individualized medicines for your unique needs, perfectly suited to your body. We also offer natural medicines, vitamins and herbs. Locally owned and operated since 1982. Visit our website for a 10% off coupon. See ad, page 60.


CONCIERGE MEDICINE eDOCHOME

PALMER DISTINCTIVE DENTISTRY

864-406-2055 Web-based Business www.eDocHome.com

Talk to a doctor without leaving home. eDocHome introduces TELEHEALTH. Access to quality healthcare anytime, anywhere. Speak with a doctor via online video or telephone. Get a diagnosis and prescription if appropriate.

COUNSELING SERVICES BEYOND TALK THERAPY™

520-320-6366•Greenville www.BeyondTalkTherapy.com www.SleepApneaSolution.org

EYE NUTRITION

DENTISTRY Dr. John Palmer 134 Milestone Way 864-879-6494•Greenville www.PalmerDMD.com

GREENVILLE FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE

301 Halton Rd, Ste. A 864-558-0200•Greenville www.GreenvilleFunctionalMedicine.com

A holistic vision program that successfully treats eye conditions including macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma and more. This program is considered the standard in alternative therapies for the eye. See ad, pages 2 and 3.

We practice biological dentistry and adhere to the highest standards of biocompatible dentistry as defined by the (IAOMT) International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology. Onevisit-crowns, Laser-Assisted Periodontal Therapy, Ozone Therapy, fluoride-free office; amalgam-safe since 1995. See ad, page 15.

FACIALS/SKINCARE

PALMETTO PERIODONTICS

In 2-4 sessions, Dr. Damaris Drewry Ph.D. Psychology helps clients resolve difficult/longstanding symptoms of sleep apnea, depression, anxiety, emotional eating, chemical sensitivities, animal allergies, asthma, frozen shoulder, and other complex issues. Innovative, solution-focused alternatives to psychotherapy. Free 15-minute consultation.

Dr. William Bohlen 1130 E. Butler Rd. 864-987-9700•Greenville www.PalmettoPerio.com

EVERYDAY GLAMOUR GIRL SKIN CARE CLINIC

We can meet your total needs from treatment to recovery. We honestly and respectfully educate you, so that together, we can reach your optimal oral health. We offer exceptional service in a clean and modern facility. In our warm and calming environment, your comfort and care are our priority. See ad, page 46.

304-A N. Main St. 864-252-4212•Mauldin www.EverydayGlamourGirl.com

We specialize in Glamourous Skin Tightening, nonsurgical face and body lift that reclaims the natural contours of your face and body, all for less than 1% of the median cost of traditional plastic surgery. See ad, page 61.

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GREENVILLE NATURAL HEALTH CENTER

FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE

Lindsey Holder, Licensed Esthetician 1901 Laurens Rd. Ste. E 864-370-1140•Greenville www.GreenvilleNaturalHealth.com

GREENVILLE FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE

Lindsey brings her interest in organic products and passion for educating clients on proper skincare practicesto the GNHC team. Offerings include facials, body treatments, paraffin hand dip and face mask, and lip and eye treatments. New GNHC clients: Mention this ad, and your 1st Signature Facial is only $38! See ad, page 55.

FINE REDESIGNS

Michele Senac, CFSP Redesign/Feng Shui Certified 864-631-9335 www.FineRedesigns.com

Nancy L. Minix, MC, BS, RA – 20+yrs Exp. Operating in the Greer area 864-320-2359•Greer

More than hair care. Natural/ organic/ammonia-free color and products. Formaldehyde-free keratin treatments. Aromatherapy consultations and personalized products. ION footbath detox.

301 Halton Rd, Ste. A 864-558-0200•Greenville www.GreenvilleFunctionalMedicine.com

We identify the causes of disease rather than treating the symptoms and teach patients about the core principles of health maintenance and prevention. See ad, pages 2 and 3.

HAIR SALON/SPA FENG SHUI/ INTERIOR REDESIGN

NANCY LEE’S HAIR ART

ALL NATURAL HEALTH & BEAUTY CENTER

Alice Caston, Cosmetologist 101 College St. 864-963-2882•Simpsonville www.NaturalFarmacy.net

Have a whole new look for your home or business using what you already own. Have a home or business that reflects who you really are. Transform and love your space with Interior Redesign and Feng Shui. Experience a design transformation that you can see and feel. See ad, page 18.

Over 20 years experience in Licensed Cosmetology. We specialize in multicultural hair care, color, facials, and waxing services. We now offer a chemicalfree hair straightening program. Free consultations.

OXYGEN HAIR STUDIO

Marla Rosenberg, Owner/Stylist 1018 S. Batesville Rd. 864-968-0200•Greer

Chicago and European trained. Certified master colorist. Hair design, hair care, and creative consultation specialist. Natural, organic, and European hair products available. Open Tuesday thru Saturday. Credit cards accepted. See ad, page 49.

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Margaret Griffin 2801 Wade Hampton Blvd, Ste. 15 864-268-9255•Taylors

ALL NATURAL HEALTH & BEAUTY CENTER

Bobby Caston, Preventive Health Consultant 101 College St. 864-963-2882•Simpsonville www.NaturalFarmacy.net

We offer health/wellness programs and natural products that are effective. We also carry many namebrand vitamins and supplements at affordable prices. Exclusively, we offer Oxy-Ionic Water, an alkaline ionized water that supports wellness in many specific ways. Free consultations. See ad, page 21.

Earth Fare − The Healthy Supermarket 3620 Pelham Rd. 864-527-4220•Greenville www.EarthFare.com

WHOLE FOODS MARKET

Market For Life

HEALTH FOOD STORES

Earth Fare offers a fantastic selection of products including local organic produce, naturallyraised meats, seafood, supplements, natural beauty products, and an eat-in café, deli, and juice bar. Check out our event calendar for upcoming happenings.

Natural foods, bulk foods/ herbs, nutritional supplements, homeopathic remedies, books, health and beauty aids, pet supplies. We specialize in customer service! Special orders welcome.

The Wild Radish

Jody Harris & Gigi Perry 161 Verdin Rd. 864-297-1105•Greenville www.TheWildRadish.com

1140 Woodruff Rd. 864-335-2300•Greenville www.WholeFoodsMarket.com/Stores/ Greenville Imagine a farmers market, fresh produce, meats, a fish market, a gourmet shop, a European bakery, the corner grocery store, and eatin café, all rolled into one. Monthly calendar of events. We want to be your neighborhood supermarket.

MASSAGE/BODYWORK EQUILIBRIUM ZEN GYM

Vitamins and women’s products, raw goat’s milk, goat cheese, local, freerange eggs, Sami’s wheat/ gluten-free products, Webb’s chicken sausages, local, grass-fed ground beef, and monthly healthy living classes. See ad, page 8.

Ingrid Harris, LMT #5866 207 W. Antrim Dr. 864-430-3292•Greenville www.EquilibriumZenGym.com

Intuitive massage, massage cupping, face lifting and drainage with micro-cups. Cranial Touch, ionic foot detox, and paraffin wax. Manage your stress and pain, as well as rejuvenate your body with my services.

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GREENVILLE HOLISTIC MASSAGE

Tetiana Moise, LMBT #7688,  ES #73624 1312 E. Washington St.•Greenville www.GreenvilleHolisticMassages.com

$50 for 60 minutes sport massage. Best massage ever for athletes. Improves muscles tone and flexibility, and work out soreness from the last trip to the gym.

GREENVILLE NATURAL HEALTH CENTER

Massage Therapy 1901 Laurens Rd, Ste. E 864-370-1140•Greenville www.GreenvilleNaturalHealth.com

Suffer from pain? Massage is a proven treatment to help reduce the effects of chronic pain, such as low-back pain. Enjoy a Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone, aromatherapy, sports, prenatal or dry brush massage. New GNHC clients: Mention this ad, and your 1st massage is only $35! See ad, page 55.

RESTORATIVE & REHABILITATIVE MASSAGE 106 Memorial Dr. 864-634-3019•Greer June Lordi, SC Lic.# 4599

Pain and stress reduction and injury rehabilitation. Improve circulation, flexibility, athletic performance and posture. 30+ years’ experience. Member of AMTA & NCTMB. Located within Acupuncture of Greer.

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David Taylor, PT, CST, CMT 300 N. Main St. 864-469-9936•Greer www.NewDayPhysicalTherapy.com

Patients recover faster by utilizing a combination of conventional and alternative therapies. Alternative approaches include CranioSacral, Myofascial, Vestibular and Visceral Manipulation, drawing on the body’s self-healing properties. See ad, page 59.

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The Greatest Hits on Earth 864-509-1280•Greenville www.1033EarthFM.com

Listen to Love & Hudson in the morning at Earth FM 103.3, The Greatest Hits on Earth. See ad, page 54.

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REIKI-HEALING TOUCH OMA’S HEALING GARDEN WELLNESS CENTER Oma Sims 7-C Brendan Way 864-354-4505•Greenville www.OmasLifeEssentials.com

Oma is a renowned spiritual healer, intuitive and empath. She is a certified Usui and Karuna Reiki Master, Life Coach, and Integrated Energy Therapy (I.E.T.) practitioner. Over 25 years’ experience. Classes available. See ad, page 49.

SPIRITUAL CENTER UNITY CENTER OF CLEMSON/ANDERSON

7538 Highway 76 864-646-6114•Pendleton www.Unityofclemsonanderson.org

Unity is an inclusive, progressive spiritual community emphasizing personal growth and living consciously. We offer practical teachings that empower abundant and meaningful living. See ad, page 23.

TAI CHI/QIGONG QI WORKS STUDIO, LLC

Dr. Mary Powers, Instructor 404 N. Pleasantburg Dr. 864-420-9839•Greenville www.QiWorksStudio.com

Rebuild your body’s balance, flexibility, strength, memory and health with Tai Chi and Qigong exercises. Classes in Qigong, Tai Chi 24, and arthritis. Natural self-healing exercises. See ad, page 5.

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Dr. Lealand Fagan Michelle Fagan, CCT 900 E. Rutherford St. 864-457-2045•Landrum

Formulated natural health supplements intended for pain control, urinary health, preventive illness, virility, stress relief, weight control and other common conditions. See ad, inside back cover.

Thermography is an FDA approved, non-invasive breast screening with no radiation and no breast compression! It can help to detect very early physiological changes in your body. See ad, page 36.

CUSTOM-MED PHARMACY

John Holland, Pharm.D. 838 Powdersville Rd, Ste. D 864-855-2323•Easley

VETERINARY CARE

Vitamins and supplements compounded on-site. Professional grade vitamin brands like Xymogen and Designs for Health also available. Specializing in bio-identical hormone replacement and custom thyroid medication. Serving the community since 2006. We are your problem-solving specialists. See ad, page 57.

ALL ABOUT PETS

Jeanne Fowler, DVM 409 Old Buncombe Rd. 864-834-7334•Travelers Rest www.HolisticVetSC.com

Over 30 years’ experience offering holistic and conventional veterinary medicine, acupuncture, homeopathy, Chinese herbals, orthopedic manipulation, prolotherapy, laser and stem cell therapy and pet boarding too. See ad, page 37.

GARNER’S NATURAL LIFE 27 S. Pleasantburg Dr. 864-242-4856•Greenville www.GarnersNaturalLife.com

We have all of the natural products that keep you and your family healthy all year long with a friendly, knowledgable staff. Check out our immune boosting vitamins, pet products, our extensive line of natural cosmetics, and much more. Open 7 days a week for your convenience. See ad, back cover.

ROCKY CREEK VETERINARY HOSPITAL & PET RESORT Judson Powers, DVM 111 Ebenezer Rd. 864-234-4600•Greer www.RockyCreekVet.com

Offering compassionate veterinary care, luxury boarding, grooming, dog training, doggie day camp, hypoallergenic nutritional suppleWHOLE BODY VIBRATION ments and veterinary Rx dog foods (including vegetarian formula), Dr. get on • get active Judson Powers and his team enjoy CIRCULATION NATION™ helping pet parents in every step of 864-593-8217•Greenville/Greer caring for their furry friends. See ad, 864-558-4750•Simpsonville www.CirculationNation.com page 34. 10 Minutes = 1 Hour Workout Shake your way to better Experience Whole Body Vibration! health. Low impact, kind to joints, suitable for all ages, including seniors. Hydrate, vibrate, rejuvenate and try the easiest 10 minute workout indicates NAN (Natural Awakenings Network) Provider you’ll ever do! See ad, page 41. Our members agree it can help: Increase muscle strength Reduce effects of stress

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WHOLISTIC WELLNESS CENTER COMPLETE HEALING AND WELLNESS

Drs. Marylouise and Jack Wise, DC 24 E. Main St. 864-847-6020•Williamston www.CompleteHealing.net

Find many treatments under one roof. We offer chiropractic care, family medicine, massage therapy, p h y s i o t h e r a p y, cold laser therapy, HCG for weight loss, and help with peripheral neuropathy. See ad, page 50.

CUSTOM-MED PHARMACY

John Holland, Pharm.D. 838 Powdersville Rd, Ste. D 864-855-2323•Easley

Thyroid, perimenopausal or menopausal iss u e s ? We specialize in custom compounding including bioidentical hormone replacement, and custom thyroid medication. Serving the community since 2006. We are your problem-solving specialists. See ad, page 57.

YOGA/PILATES Kristi Ried Barton, E-RYT, MAYT 120 Halton Rd, Ste. 1 864-354-2882•Greenville www.ItsYogaStudio.com

GREENVILLE FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE

301 Halton Rd, Ste. A 864-558-0200•Greenville www.GreenvilleFunctionalMedicine.com

WOMEN’S HEALTH BALANCED SOLUTIONS 420 The Parkway Ste. N The Village at Thornblade 888-299-9300•Greer www.BalancedAgain.com

Don’t accept fatigue, weight gain, depression or low sex drive as NORMAL. Feel great again with Bio-identical Hormone Therapy. Complimentary Blood Analysis. ($250 value) Call today! See ad, page 14.

Say “Goodbye” to fatigue, poor sleep, loss of sex drive, night sweats, poor memory, and depression. We are patient-specific, meaning each treatment is specifically designed for the individual. See ad, pages 2 and 3.

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IT’S YOGA! STUDIO™ INC.

Check our website for events, classes, retreats and workshops. Call for personal trainer sessions, therapeutic yoga, teacher training, life coaching and nutrition. Yoga Alliance School. See ad, page 17.


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e all need iodine, yet most of us don’t get enough of it through our diet. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that iodine deficiency in the developed world has increased fourfold in the past 40 years and now affects nearly three-quarters of all adults. Numerous U.S. practicing physicians quoted widely in the media estimate that the incidence of hypothyroidism in our adult population may be between 30 and 70 percent. Thus, we can’t efficiently produce the thyroid hormones that serve as chemical messengers triggering nearly every bodily function. The presence or absence of iodine affects our every cell.

Be Aware of Hypothyroidism Symptoms Low thyroid function, or hypothyroidism, is the most recognized and obvious indicator of low iodine intake because the thyroid gland contains more concentrated iodine than other organs.

Symptoms can range from extreme fatigue and weight gain to depression, carpal tunnel syndrome, high blood pressure, fibrocystic breasts and a variety of skin and hair problems. Hypothyroidism can further cause infertility, joint pain, heart disease and stroke. Low iodine levels also have been associated with breast and thyroid cancers. In children, insufficient iodine has been strongly linked with mental retardation, deafness, attention deficient and hyperactivity disorder and impaired growth, according to studies by Boston University, China’s Jiao Tong University School of Medicine and France’s National Academy of Medicine. The answer is simple: Taking the right kind of iodine in the right dosage can rebalance thyroid function and restore health to the thyroid and the whole body.

A Few Drops Can Change Your Life! You could feel better, lose weight or increase energy and mental clarity with a few drops of Natural Awakenings DETOXIFIED IODINE daily in water or on your skin when used as directed. An essential component of the thyroid, iodine replacement has been reported to give relief from: • Depression • Fibromyalgia • Hypothyroidism • Radiation

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Natural Awakenings Detoxifed Iodine is 100 percent natural, raw iodine in an ethyl alcohol solution. We thank all those that are benefiting from this product and enthusiastically telling us their great results.  Available only at NAWebstore.com  My wife, who suffered from extreme fatigue and other symptoms, saw a dramatic increase in energy after just a few days of taking the natural iodine drops. Now if she misses a day, she’ll end up falling asleep in the middle of the afternoon, like she used to do before taking the iodine. It works! ~ Aaron My doctor told me that I had a hypothyroid condition, prescribed medication and was happy with the follow-up test results, yet I noticed no positive effects on my overall wellbeing. Within two weeks of using the Natural Awakenings Detoxified Iodine, I had more energy, felt more awake and enjoyed clearer thinking and greater peace of mind. People even comment that I look younger. I am a fan! ~ Larry

Reasons Behind Iodine Deficiency Radiation: Almost everyone is routinely exposed to iodine-depleting radiation emitted by cell phones, Wi-Fi, microwave ovens and other electronic devices. Iodized table salt: The human body cannot utilize the iodine added to this product. Low-sodium diets: Failure to use healthy salts to fulfill sodium requirements, plus overuse of zero-nutrient table salt in foods, leads to iodine depletion. Bromine: This toxic chemical overrides iodine’s abilities to nourish the thyroid, adrenal and other hormone-producing glands. A known carcinogen, it is used as an anticaking ingredient found in almost all baked goods, unless the ingredients specifically cite unbromated flour. Iodine-depleted soils: Due to poor farming techniques, iodine and other minerals in soil have declined, so most foods today are devoid of naturally occurring iodine. Proper iodine supplementation with a high-quality product like Natural Awakenings Detoxified Iodine can prevent harm by protecting the thyroid and other endocrine glands and restoring proper hormone production.


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<Bell Forza # 79 is a new formula packed with herbs, amino acids and other fantastic ingredients. <May also foster healthy circulation, virility and strength, thereby creating the proper conditions for a healthy erection.* <Epimedium extract (also known as “Horny goat weed”) and cowitch extract included in the formula may help to peak sexual interest.* <One of the many other ingredients Maca, is native to the high Andes mountain range in Peru and is historically known to balance natural hormonal processes. <Don’t settle for ho-hum performance. Enhance your love life and strive for excellence! Easy to take capsules. Ask for Bell Forza #79 at one of the many fine retailers listed below.* Women: Ask for Amora #80, a companion to #79 above. Help stimulate desire and passion.*

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Bell Supreme Immune Support (Bell Product#52) is made with pure Coriolus Versicolor mushroom extract consisting of 40% polysaccharides in vegetable capsules. For at least 5 millennia, traditional healers have used mushroom extracts to support good health and longevity. Keep your immune system strong, maintain healthy cell growth and provide healthy anti-oxidant protection. In 1965 a chemical engineer stumbled upon Coriolus Versicolor's powerful properties, when his curiosity was sparked by his neighbor's experience. His neighbor had been taking hot-water extracts of the mushroom and enjoyed excellent health. With the revitalizing force of this simple woodland mushroom, you can enjoy life to its fullest. <75-Year-old feels revitalized! After starting Bell Supreme Immune Support (Bell Product#52) I feel really revitalized like when I was 40. My first Bell product was Bell Ezee Flow Tea #4a. Pooran Gohan, 75, Queens, NY. <I was surprised! Last November I started taking Bell Supreme Immune Formula #52 and by the end of April I was shocked! This product works wonders! Derek Deluca, 49, Sudbury, ON <Helps in medical practice I’ve used it on my patients and test results indicated that within 30 days there was a 300% increase in macrophage white blood cells, T and B cells. Dr. Phil Chan, Winnipeg, MB. 100% Truthful testimonials with full name and towns. Real people wanting to tell everybody about their relief. No money is paid for testimonials. Many more testimonials on the Bell website. * These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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Men: Bell Ezee Flow Tea #4A is nature's nutritional support for urinary comfort, balance and ease. <Helps maintain urinary flow, frequency and comfort, with a good night’s sleep. <Guaranteed to make urine flow easier again.* Relief from dribbling, discomfort, burning, urgency, poor flow.* <Formulated using many herbs, such as chamomile, cranberry, willow flower, saw palmetto and many more. <We have had thousands of satisfied repeat customers. <Tastes great hot or cold! <I feel like another person with no more frustrations! It is phenomenal! It’s unbelievable. I'd like to thank Bell. I will get other Bell products. Thank you again! Richard Dorvilus, 55, Elmont, NY. <Ezee Flow tea gave back good sleep and health! I feel like I'm 30 years old. During the night I hardly have to go to the toilet anymore. What a feeling. Because I sleep well, I'm not tired anymore during the day. "Old age" was bearing down on me. Now I feel great again and healthy. Jerry H. Cole, 73, Lansing, IL. <I'm truly amazed and relieved. After just 2 weeks of drinking the Bell Ezee Flow Tea I no longer have to get up during the night. I'm enjoying a normal sex life. This product is so incredible. I enjoy drinking the tea. I hope that a lot of men with a pride issue give this a shot. It's difficult to express how delighted I am. Clarence A. Rehrig, 58, Allentown, PA.

Bell Bladder Control Tea for Women #4b

Satisfaction guaranteed (see box) for incontinence and control.* This inexpensive, pleasant tasting herbal combination tea is safe and effective. Put an end to embarrasments and discomfort. Support the bladder and urinary tract with these all natural ingredients. Tastes great hot or cold ! <I wish I had found this tea sooner! A family member told me that she used the Bell Tea for Women #4b with positive results. What a wonderful product. It also worked for me. Australia P. Rodriguez, Rego Park, NY. < Plan to keep taking it as long as I live! One of the clerks in my local health food store recommended the Bladder Control Tea #4b. I was very skeptical. What a surprise it worked! 5 days after starting the tea I noticed a major improvement and it is continually getting better each day. I plan keep taking it for as long as I live. Thank you!* Frances Baird, 87, Venice, FL. < Exercises didn’t help! After drinking the Bell Tea for Women #4b my life is far less stressful especially when I am at work. Thanks for such an amazing product! Marilyn Sallows, 53, Fort McMurray, AB <Tea represents truth in advertising! Being a skeptic, I ordered this Bladder Control Tea for Women as a more or less last resort, after trying everything else in the last 5 years. It worked better than I hoped for. Thank you for this great product, and above all, for truth in advertising. Marina Rosa, 57, Las Vegas, NV *

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