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A Conversation with Qigong Practitioner Jeff Primack by Guy Spiro
n Western terms, the Chinese word “qi” (pronounced “chi”) is often seen as synonymous with “energy flow.” Qigong is the art of harnessing qi. GS Jeff, I know you teach Qigong seminars to thousands each year and also host www.Qigong.com. What did you come through to get where you are now? JP I began training in 1996. I was at the University of Florida getting dual degrees in Eastern philosophy and in business. During that time I studied two years with my first true teacher, a Siberian shaman and Zen master who had spent years in a Taoist monastery. However, like all great teachers, at some point, they send you off with, “Now use what I’ve taught you.” I craved further knowledge. I read hundreds of books, but it wasn’t the same. I went on a quest to find masters of Qigong, flying experienced teachers from China, Canada, Europe, all over the world, to Florida, arranging two day seminars with them. I’d get 70 to 80 people together and we’d all learn Qigong together. I taught my first class after completing five years of training. After intensive study with these masters, I designed my own form of Qigong. GS Who were you most influenced by? JP Paul Dong is author of Empty Force. He showed me how we could move our bodies (and others), through the use
of qi. I use this concept in our Qigong push hands exercise. Another respected teacher is Master Weizhao Wu. I studied with him and arranged many of his workshops. I practiced Qigong everyday, learning how qi-energy works. Through daily practice I could feel qi as magnetism in my hands … pulsation of blood, heat and incredible vibration in the abdomen. Each year the energy grew stronger; the blend of exercises affected me on a profound energetic level. I sought to develop my own, deeper, ‘hybrid’ Qigong forms. My practice centered on breathing techniques (pranayama) from India’s yoga tradition, Dao-Yin slow movement Qigong and special alchemy meditations from Chinese Taoist masters. Most of the exercises I’ve taught remain audience favorites; like the 9-breath method. GS What was it like when you first began teaching Qigong? Was it well received? JP The first workshop was in my parent’s living room in 2003. Only twelve people came but the response was ecstatic and I knew I was onto something big. After two years of increasing turnouts and larger hotel venues, a major shift occurred. In 2005, I charged under a hundred dollars for a four-day ‘Qi Revolution’ seminar and 200 came. More than 15,000 people have now taken the seminar. We teach breathing techniques, like nine-breath method, a technique that can give the user a full-body vibration within 45 seconds. We’ve received testimonials from people who had been doing energy work for 30-years before taking our seminar, telling us the Nine-breath method was the strongest energy of their lives. Supreme Science Qigong is an experience combining many types of Qigong distilled into a simple format that Western audiences can run with. GS So, keep it theoretical and learn in-
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tellectually, but eventually you’ve got to get down and do it. Give us a working definition for Qigong. JP It is a special type of exercise that makes people ‘pulse’. Imagine if you could circulate as much blood flow as from jogging two miles while standing or sitting, effortlessly practicing Qigong. You pulse with stronger blood flow from specialized movements, breathing techniques and meditation practices. This increased blood flow is immediately palpable and many even report it helps take away pain. Qigong is the art of harnessing qi. It directly affects blood flow, digestion and the body’s metabolic energy. High metabolism can also be described as high qi vibration. The practice of Qigong exercise can result in healthier bowel movements; higher energy; greater strength; increased metabolism, improved sex drive, etc. High profile personalities are speaking out about the healing power of Qigong. Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of The Dr. Oz Show and a regular guest on Oprah Winfrey says “If you want to live to be 100, do Qigong!” Many qualified authorities are even saying Qigong is the ideal practice for people fighting diseases of the immune system.
Part 2 of this interview will appear next month. “Qi Revolution” comes to Asheville’s Crown Plaza Resort JUNE 11-14. Practitioner Jeff Primack and 100 instructors teach 4-days of Qigong Training for $99. Call 800-298-8970 or visit www.Qigong.com. See ad, page 3.
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ur theme this month is women’s wellness. With spring in full bloom and Mother’s Day approaching, we are reminded of the women who gave birth to us, either physically or symbolically, living or passed. This is a perfect time to acknowledge all women, as well as the feminine energy that is a part of each of us. With so many unsettling events happening in the world, especially in Japan and Africa, Mother’s Day also serves as a call to honor the feminine, mother earth energy, allowing balance and harmony to return. It is a time to acknowledge our own mothers, both living and passed, in Michele ways that show appreciation, understanding and love. This is the first Mother’s Day of my life without my mother, who passed away a few months ago. Even though she is not here physically, the opportunity is still available to remember her presence and the gifts she brought to the world. Last week, I heard Dr. Christiane Northrup, renowned physician and expert in women’s health, say of the recent worldwide events that we are each, individually, going through our own personal tsunamis and earthquakes. They are calling us to make changes that support who we truly are. She encouraged all of us, male and female, to take care of ourselves physically and emotionally and to greet the fullness of ourselves and others each day. To find out ways to take care of ourselves physically, check out “Natural Beauty Head to Toe,” on page 26. This article provides easy, effective ways to enhance physical beauty using natural, safe alternative products and treatments while increasing a sense of well being. To experience the fullness of ourselves and to discover the blissful benefits of massage, see page 24 for “Restorative Rubdowns.” Numerous positive aspects of therapeutic massage that contribute to physical and emotional health and wellness are explained. As we experience the rebirth of spring, let us join together this month in celebrating the many women who have touched our lives. Let us honor them and ourselves by greeting the fullness of life and embracing the abundant, healthy choices available to us. My appreciation is extended to Linda and Jim Craig, the amazing publishers of this dynamic publication, for the special opportunity to write this letter from the editor.
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communitynews Dentist Now Providing Alternative to Braces
healthy, straight smile can be achieved without the use of traditional braces. Beatriz T. Dennis, DMD of Waterstone Dentistry provides this service. Using the innovative technology of Invisalign treatment, known as “the clear alternative to braces,” teeth are straightened virtually invisibly without bands, brackets, or wire. A series of clear, removable aligners are changed about every two weeks. Invisalign gradually moves teeth into a healthy and aesthetically pleasing position. The aligners are removable, enabling patients to continue to eat their favorite foods while brushing and flossing as normal. This is a healthier option than traditional braces offer. The hygienic benefits of straighter teeth are healthier gums, easier cleanings and decreased risk of abnormal wear. The average treatment time is approximately one year. Dennis addresses the health and happiness of the whole patient and incorporates complimentary therapeutic massage and relaxation techniques into traditional dental services. Waterstone Dentistry is located at 905 E. Washington St., Greenville. For more information call 864-232-0440 or visit WaterstoneDentistry.com.
Annual Tour of Homes to Benefit At-Risk Youth The second annual Tour of Homes benefitting Zest Quest will be hosted by the Clemson neighborhood community of Patrick Square on May 6 and 7. Zest Quest is a Clemson-native program designed to educate children about healthy lifestyle choices. Proceeds will be used to send at-risk, underprivileged youth to a week-long summer wellness camp where they will learn healthy life choices and the skills needed to change daily habits. The tour will showcase five uniquely designed and eco-friendly homes of various sizes at Patrick Square. Patrick Square is a traditional neighborhood development with homes connected to a vibrant Town Center with corner stores, shops, restaurants and entertainment. A variety of activities are scheduled during the two day tour. On Friday, there will be a preview of the City of Clemson Farmers Market. On Saturday, choirs from local schools will perform throughout the day. Green building seminars will take place throughout the weekend. Games and activities for children will be provided by Zest Quest to allow parents to tour the homes freely. Food will be available for purchase. The Tour of Homes is Friday, May 6 from 2:00pm-7:00pm and Saturday, May 7 from 10:00am-5:00pm. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door and children under 12 are free. To purchase tickets visit Patrick Square, 578 Issaqueena Trail, Clemson, or call Smoak Public Relations at 864-235-8330, or at the door.
New Options for Yoga Training at Yoganize®
oganize®, a joyful and healing environment where one can simply be, is now a Registered Yoga Alliance School. Registration is currently open for the first Yoganize® Teacher Training August 2011 through April 2012. This is a unique opportunity to learn more about one’s self and body, along with how to stay well and happy, even if teaching is not a main goal. Yoganize® is a unique combination of various styles of yoga, including Pilates, Qi Gong, movement therapy and various energy healing modalities to invigorate, balance and heal mind, body, and spirit. Students learn about meridians, meditation and chakra balancing while finding a deeper understanding of the alignment principles involved. Anatomy and physiology are emphasized in order to maintain strength, balance and flexibility. Yoganize’s training is in-depth and varied. It is a journey inward to self love. Future potential teachers will be equipped with knowledge and skills to teach all levels of a yoga class with confidence. Karen Noonan (E-RYT 500), Yoganize®Owner /Instructor, explains, “Many think that they need to be super-flexible or strong to practice yoga or that it is very slow and boring. Yoganize® teachers will learn to foster a love of self, that we are always in the right place at the right time, and that this body now is already perfect. We learn when to stop and listen to the needs of the body, heart and mind. We move progressively forward on a lifetime journey to self. It is truly only in learning to love self that we are able to give others the gift of love and compassion.” There are only 15 openings still available. Yoganize is located at 2105 Old Spartanburg Rd., Greer. For more information visit Yoganize.com or call 864-325-6053. See ad, pages 2 and 35.
communitynews Massage Therapist Brings Specialized Asian Singing Therapies to the Upstate Bowls Therapy Demonstration icardo Cuevas is a SC and NY Licensed Integrative Orthopedic Massage
Therapist. With 18 years experience, Cuevas has a successful history of effectively treating chronic orthopedic conditions and injuries. He has worked with well-known athletes and celebrities and has been the official massage therapist at the Del Mar/ Outback Series of Champions Tennis Tournament and the Harvard Swim Team at the Ivy League Swim Championships. Trained and licensed in 1992 on the Big Island of Hawaii, Cuevas grew a 14-year private practice on Long Island, NY. Most recently he enjoyed a four year private practice in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Some of the treatments offered include active and passive isolated stretching, Amma therapy, intrinsic joint mobilization, Lomi Lomi massage, Ricardo Cuevas myofascial release, neuromuscular activation, soft tissue release technique and trigger point therapy. Cuevas came to Greenville in June, 2010 and is in associative practice with Cynthia Horner, D.C. He also provides service at the Cliffs communities. Cuevas says, “Subconscious body states of postural and gait pattern distortions are the source of so much musculoskeletal dysfunction and often precipitate injury. Making that conscious connection while engaging a more functional kinesthetic sense of being in a gravitational field is what I believe creates lasting results.” Call 864-320-9276 or visit RicardoCuevas.com for more information.
Doulas Educate Expectant Families at Carolina WaterBirth
ach month on the second Tuesday at 6pm, the doulas at Carolina WaterBirth gather to meet with expectant families to discuss a birth-related topic. The public is welcome to attend. A doula is a uniquely trained professional who attends to women during labor, birth, and postpartum. Doula is a Greek word meaning “woman’s servant” or “trusted servant.” Ways to make labor go more smoothly, take less time, reduce interventions and experience natural pain relief during labor and birth are goals that a doula may be able to help women achieve. Women have supported other women during birth for millennia. A doula continues this tradition in modern society. Numerous studies have shown that having a doula results in fewer medical interventions, including cesarean section and forceps/ vacuum extraction. Women who use the services of a doula require less pain relief medication and often report an easier and more pleasant birth experience. Families supported by doulas show greater confidence in the weeks following the birth. Doula du Jour is an on-call doula program serving the Upstate with trained and experienced doulas on rotating shifts who can accompany a mother wherever she chooses to deliver her baby, allowing excellent doula support at a more affordable cost. For more information contact Doula du Jour at 864-735-7240 or MyDouladujour@gmail.com. See ad, page 38. 8
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en Thousand Villages of Greenville welcomes Justine Dunnavant as she demonstrates singing bowls from their collection on Saturday, May 7 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm. Dunnavant is a boardcertified music therapist and a Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery. She provides music therapy services for a wide range of populations in clinical, corporate and educational settings. Dunnavant began a private music therapy practice, AriaRustic, in Greenville in 2006. She remains active with Turning Point and Atlantic Institute for Consciousness and Music training events and workshops in Virginia. Singing bowls were traditionally used throughout Asia. The tradition of making sound with bronze bowls goes back 3,000 years to the Bronze Age. Today, singing bowls are used worldwide within and without spiritual traditions for meditation, music, relaxation, personal well-being and religious practice. Singing bowls are used in health care by oncologists, psychotherapists, massage therapists, recovery, stress and meditation specialists. They are popular in classrooms to help facilitate group activities and focus students’ attention. Additionally, singing bowls have been used for pain relief, stress-related conditions and for altering one’s consciousness. They are an integral part of healing the effects of chemotherapy and help reduce pain and discomfort from fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and depression. Many clients experience improved memory, clarity, vitality and the ability to take action. Ten Thousand Villages is located at 2 West Lewis Plaza, Greenville. For more information visit AriaRustic.com or call 864-239-4120.
Safe, Effective Solution Takes the Stress Out of Treating Head Lice
pstate parents now have a sure solution for their children with head lice. Pediatric Hair Solutions of Greenville has secured the Lousebuster® which is considered the safest and most effective lice treatment on the market. In the past, parents and families have had few options to turn to for the problem of head lice, such as using potentially toxic pesticides on their child’s head or to spend hours over a three week period “nit picking” only to see the lice return in a few weeks. Fortunately for families of the Upstate, Maureen Rable has opened Greenville’s first mobile treatment company using the Lousebuster®. It kills live lice and their eggs using a scientifically developed delivery of warm air at a high rate of flow. The device essentially dehydrates or desiccates the eggs leaving them unviable. The scientific evidence of this treatment’s superiority was recently published in Time magazine and featured on Good Morning America and the Today Show. The Lousebuster® is FDA cleared and only available in Greenville exclusively through Maureen Rable of Pediatric Hair Solutions. Treatment times are made by appointment with flexible hours including evening and weekends. For more information or to make an appointment visit PediatricHairSolutions. com or call 864-918-4527.
Drive Me to Wellness to Hit a Homerun for Health
he County of Greenville is presenting its inaugural Drive Me to Wellness event on Sunday, May 15 at Flour Field. This body and mind event will highlight food tastings and cooking demonstrations by BI-LO, fitness activities for the whole family by the YMCA, bike safety education and promotion by The Great Escape, Bikeville, and Lucky Bike, walking/running safety demonstration and proper shoe fittings by Fleet Feet, health and wellness exhibits by The Children’s Museum of the Upstate and many more local health and wellness organizations, exhibitors and vendors. Guests can pick up a 30-day challenge sheet at a local BI-LO store or the county offices. Completed challenge sheets will be entered in to win great prizes. City of Greenville’s Bikeville program is also providing Bike Valet services on the day of the event to encourage attendees to take the trek down the Swamp Rabbit Trail, which provides great access to Flour Field. This event is free with the purchase of a Greenville Drive ticket and will conclude as the Greenville Drive takes on the Charleston RiverDogs at 4:00pm. All are encouraged to stay for more health and wellness events, activities, and prizes as the event continues during the baseball game. Drive Me to Wellness will be held Flour Field at the West End on Sunday, May 15 from 12:30 to 3:00pm. It is made possible with the partnership of BI-LO, Michelin, Bon Secours St. Francis, City of Greenville, Rosenfeld Einstein, Greenville Drive, Heritage Federal Credit Union, YMCA, The Children’s Museum of the Upstate, Fabri-Kal, and Natural Awakenings Magazine. For more information visit GreenvilleCounty.org/announcements/DriveMeWellness.asp or email email@example.com. See ad, this page. natural awakenings
communitynews Fellowship and Peace at Dances of Universal Peace
ances of Universal Peace circle dances are a joyful method of both spiritual practice and peace-making. They are based on sacred phrases from the earth’s many traditions using simple folk dance steps. An opportunity to experience peace through simple body prayers is available at Unity Church of Greenville on Saturday, May 21 from 5:00pm to 6:30pm, followed by a potluck until 8:00pm. No dance experience is necessary and participants are asked to bring a dish to share. Suggested love offering is $5. Unity Church of Greenville is located at 207 East Belvue, Taylors. For more information visit DancesofUniversalPeace.org or contact Dove Pettit at 864-201-5725.
Free Pain Relief Consultations by Greer Chiropractic Center
r. Kennedy, DC and Dr. Nicholas, DC of Enhanced Living Chiropractic are now providing free spinal decompression consultations. The doctors are combining their expertise and technology to provide advanced healing to their patients with a new spinal decompression unit for treating cervical and/or lumbar disc herniation. The unit works by decreasing pressure on the disc, relieving pain and numbness in arms and legs as well as pain in neck and low back. Kennedy says, “Your relief is most important to us. Chiropractic is not only good for back pain and posture, but it is also good for your life. Surgery can be effective when conservative measures have been exhausted, but the spinal decompression unit is an alternative with successful results.” Enhanced Living Chiropractic is located at 140 Sage Creek Way, Greer. For more information visit EnhancedLivingChiro.com or call 864-848-0640.
Wellness Center Provides Weight Loss and Addiction Solutions
nyone looking to quick-start their weight loss or quit smoking can find assistance at Complete Healing & Wellness Center. The center has recently added a get healthy program for their patients--a medically supervised HCG diet plan and a stop smoking plan. The HCG diet plan can promote patients weight loss and reset the center in the brain for metabolism without side effects with the use of HCG injections or drops, B12 injections, a weight loss manual, and diet coaching. Participants typically loose one to two pounds per day. The stop smoking plan involves using a cold laser on acupuncture points to stimulate the body’s own natural endorphin chemical to break the addiction. The center boasts a 98% success rate for smoking cessation. Complete Healing & Wellness Center is offering a special 50% off savings on the stop smoking program, The HCG weight loss special is $200 for the month of May. Sessions take place every Tuesday and Friday during May. Complete Healing & Wellness Center is located at 24 East Main St, in Williamston. For more information visit CompleteHealing.net or call 864-847-6020. See ad, page 39.
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Life Coaching Institute Earns Accreditation
ife Coaching Institute (LCI) offers life coaching services and a complete life coaching certification training program. It has just finished the full accreditation process with International Coach Federation (ICF). Life Coaching Institute is the only coaching school in South Carolina with ICF accreditation. All students who have already completed the LCI coaching certification program, as well as all current and future students, are now eligible for ICF designation of Associate Certified Coach (ACC) certification status. After completing the accreditation process, even LCI was surprised to learn that the LCI training program is so thorough and robust that many students are only a few coaching hours away from Professional Certified Coach (PCC) status with ICF. It took three years of dedication along with graduating 19 students from the program to gain this prestigious status. LCI founder and pioneer in the coaching field, Dianne Greyerbiehl, PhD, is thrilled to be able to focus on expanding the reach of the Institute’s school. Greyerbiehl explains, “This program certification affirms the validity and quality of our program for training transformational life coaches who use evidenced based cutting edge tools to achieve a powerful positive mindset in clients. The result is optimal ways of living and thinking that create meaning, purpose and happiness from the inside out.” The next new coaching courses will begin September 2011. For more information, call 864-282-8989 or visit LifeCoachingInstitute.net. See ad, page 34.
New Women’s Health Office at Acupuncture of Greer
omen now have the unique privilege of receiving care for their special needs at of one of the Upstate’s most trusted acupuncture and massage therapy practices. Jackie Robins, CNM, MSN Nurse Midwife and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, is offering a variety of services at her new office located at Acupuncture of Greer with Ruth Kyle, Licensed Acupuncture Physician. Robins provides in-depth, personal consultations and individualized natural treatment plans for wellness, pregnancy, illness, weight loss and more. Working in collaboration with Connie Godenick, MD and Jim Greene, Compounding Pharmacist at the Skrip Shoppe PharJackie Robins, CNM, MSN macy, Robins offers alternative therapies for women suffering from hormonal imbalances that cause PMS, peri-menopause, menopause, PCOS, insomnia, and infertility. Most women’s care services including well-woman visits, primary care, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, prenatal and postpartum care, birth referrals and OB/GYN healthcare for all women and girls throughout their lives is now offered in a comfortable and convenient location at Acupuncture of Greer. Acupuncture of Greer is located at 106 Memorial Dr, Greer. For more information visit UpstateWomensHealth.com, or for an appointment call 864-642-7672. See ad, page 53.
Natural Awakenings’ Family of Franchises Keeps Growing
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Hot Flashes Signal Good News
omen who have experienced hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms may have as much as a 50 percent lower risk of developing the most common forms of breast cancer than postmenopausal women who have never had such symptoms, according to a new study by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Commenting on the study, breast cancer Oncologist Dr. Stefan Gluck, of the University of Miami’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, observes that the reduction in risk evidently linked to a natural decrease in estrogen is substantial. “At age 50, a woman has on average, a 2 percent risk of getting breast cancer; so if she experiences menopausal symptoms, the risk is suddenly only 1 percent,” he says.
MoRe ReASoNS to See A DeNtISt ReGUlARly
study led by a University of California researcher gives women an extra incentive to visit their dentist regularly. Data collected from nearly 7,000 participants suggests that women who receive regular dental care reduce their risk of heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular problems by at least one-third. The findings, published in the journal Health Economics, compared people who visited the dentist during the last two years with those who did not.
Whole Grains Dispose of Body Fat
ere’s yet another reason to switch completely from refined flour products to whole grains. In a new study by the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, at Tufts University, adults who ate three servings of whole grains a day while also eating less than one serving a day of commercially enriched flour products had less of a type of fat tissue that is thought to play a key role in triggering diseases. The fat is known as visceral adipose tissue, or VAT, which surrounds internal organs. The researchers examined 2,834 participants, ages 32 to 83, and VAT volume was approximately 10 percent lower in the healthy eating group. However, lead study author Nicola McKeown, Ph.D., explains that, “Whole grain consumption did not appear to improve VAT volume if refined grain intake exceeded four or more servings per day. This result infers that it is important to make substitutions in the diet, rather than simply adding whole grain foods. For example, choosing to cook with brown rice instead of white, or making a sandwich with whole grain bread instead of white bread.”
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How Laser Heat Fights Wrinkles
aser treatments have long been widely used by beauticians and dermatologists to smooth wrinkles; now research reveals why the treatments work. Susanna Dams, Ph.D., describes the process in her biomedical engineering doctoral dissertation for Eindhoven University of Technology. The principle of laser therapy involves introducing heat under the skin with precision. Dams first tested the effect of heat on cell cultures by giving them heat shocks of 113 degrees and 140 degrees Fahrenheit without a laser, to exclude possible effects generated by the laser light. Next, she conducted similar tests on pieces of excised human skin. Finally, she heated pieces of skin with a laser. The results showed that the heat shocks led to increased production of collagen—a crucial factor in natural skin rejuvenation that declines after the age of 25, causing wrinkles to form and skin to sag. The best rejuvenation effect in Dams’ research resulted from a heat shock of 113 degrees lasting eight to 10 seconds; her work further showed that just two seconds at the higher temperature damages skin cells.
ccording to a new study from the University of California–San Francisco, the bodies of virtually all U.S. pregnant women carry multiple manmade chemicals. Some of those counted are found in flame retardants now banned in many states; some were used in the DDT pesticide that was banned nationwide in 1972. Other chemicals of concern continue to be used in non-stick cookware, packaging of processed foods such as metal cans, and personal care products. Because chemicals can cross from the mother through the placenta and enter the fetus, exposure during fetal development is problematic. The researchers note that prior studies have shown that such exposure increases the risk of preterm birth, birth defects and childhood morbidity, as well as adult diseases and earlier mortality. The new study marks the first time that the number of chemicals that pregnant women are exposed to has been counted; it analyzed for a total of 163 possible chemicals.
Video Games Boost Daddy-Daughter Bonds
esearchers from Brigham Young University have found that the time that dads and their adolescent daughters spend playing ageappropriate video games has positive outcomes. Girls who co-played with a parent (it’s usually the dad), felt a stronger connection to their families, exhibited less aggressive behavior and showed signs of stronger mental health, such as less depression and anxiety, compared with female peers. The parents likewise described an enhanced feeling of connectedness. However, lead study author Sarah Coyne, Ph.D., notes, “When girls played inappropriate games (rated M for Mature), their reported family-connection levels fell.” Popular age-appropriate videos include Wii Sports, Rock Band, Mario Kart, Mario Party and Super Mario Bros. Surprisingly, the results discerned with girls ages 11 through 16 do not apply to adolescent boys. The researchers surmise that this may be because boys tend to play video games more often than girls, mostly without a parent present, so a few more hours with a parent has less of an impact. Other studies have shown that boys also tend to play more violent games than girls. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that kids should be allowed no more than two hours of non-schoolrelated screen time a day, and get at least 60 minutes of daily physical activity. Source: Rodale News
Why Do You Still Have Thyroid Symptoms?
n a new book, “Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? When My Lab Tests are Normal,” Dr. Datis Kharrazian presents a revolutionary breakthrough in the management of the thyroid. With an estimated 27 million Americans, the majority of them women, suffering from thyroid-related illnesses, this book offers a complete overview of the thyroid. Kharrazian covers the seven causes of hypothyroidism. They are: Hashimoto’s autoimmune thyroid disease, hypothyroidism, primary hypothyroidism, under-conversion or overconversion to active thyroid hormone, too many proteins that bind to the thyroid hormone so it can’t get inside cells and cells that become resistant to thyroid hormone. He provides real answers for those suffering from hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s disease. Kharrazian explains why thyroid hormones are often ineffective in treating hypothyroidism. He addresses what the real culprit of most cases of hypothyroidism is and how to address it, why a thyroid problem won’t show up on lab tests, why the thyroid gland is often the wrong target and why eating certain foods will interfere with improving thyroid function. In simple terms, Kharrazian reviews the basics of the thyroid gland and the thyroid metabolic pathway. He explains how the thyroid is connected to many functions of the body including gastrointestinal function, adrenal hormone metabolism, stomach acid production, brain chemistry and liver detoxification. He also emphasizes that the immune system must be supported along with supporting the thyroid. Since most practitioners only offer thyroid hormone supplementation, most only test the TSH, according to Kharrazian. He believes that as a practitioner gains understanding of labs tests as well as the interconnectedness of the thyroid to the whole body, a practitioner can determine up to 24 health patterns causing thyroid dysfunction. Kharrazian offers training in these areas so that each pattern can be supported by different protocols to accomplish greater thyroid support. Barbara Morris, of Perfect Balance Natural Health in Greenville, has completed Kharrazian’s training. Additionally, Morris offers energetic testing of the body to help simplify the process. To make an appointment for a whole body energetic evaluation with a focus on thyroid care, contact Barbara Morris at Perfect Balance Natural Health at 864236-8072. See ad, page 14. natural awakenings May 2011 13
globalbriefs News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all.
May is National Bike Month Bikeway networks are emerging along urban, lowtraffic streets as residents employ increasing pedal power in cities like Cambridge, Massachusetts; New York City; Portland, Oregon; and San Francisco. Tourism and transportation trend watchers note that the amount of on-street bicycle parking provides a ready gauge to how rider-friendly a city is. Still, according to the findings of a National Household Travel Survey that 40 percent of all trips we make are two miles or less, the International Bicycle Fund (IBF) reports that Americans choose a bike over a car for only 11 percent of these trips. In Europe, which favors walkable cities, Amsterdam commuters lead the way by choosing their bikes 28 percent of the time, followed by 20 percent in Denmark, 10 percent in Germany, 8 percent in the United Kingdom and 5 percent in both France and Italy (versus 1 percent by U.S. city commuters). According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, at least a quarter of Americans age 16 and older will likely ride a bicycle sometime this summer. The National Survey of Pedestrian and Bicyclist Attitudes notes that 26 percent of American bicyclists ride for recreation, and 24 percent for health. Additional reasons include getting home (14 percent), errands (14 percent), visiting (10 percent), commuting to school or work (5 percent) and “other.” BikeLeague.org, the official website for Bike-to-Work Week, May 16-20, hosts a searchable database of bike clubs and ride resources.
Which States Have the Happiest People? A telephone survey conducted from January 1 through December 31, 2010, randomly sampling the views of more than 350,000 U.S. adults, shows that Hawaii ranks in first place in terms of residents’ happiness, earning a rating of 71 on a 100-point scale. Other winners in the Top 10 happiness sweepstakes are Wyoming, North Dakota, Alaska, Colorado, Minnesota, South Dakota, Utah, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Even West Virginia, which ranked last, earned 61.7 points. South Carolina came in 35th with a respectable score of 65.3. The survey, conducted by the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, looked at six categories of well-being. These included life evaluation (self-evaluation about one’s present life situation and what is anticipated in five years); emotional health; work environment (such as job satisfaction); physical health; healthy behavior; and basic access to services like health care, a safe place to walk, and community. “When human beings give you an answer on a numerical scale about how satisfied they are with their lives, it is best to pay attention,” comments Andrew Oswald of the University of Warwick, UK, based on his 2008 findings from a similar survey of 1.3 million Americans. “Their answers are reliable.” For the rankings of all 50 states, see tinyurl.com/ 4lre9tk. For the daily national happiness index, see Well-BeingIndex.com. 14
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Breast-feeding Benefits Now Recognized by the IRS Until its 2011 decision for the 2010 tax year, the Internal Revenue Service did not classify breast-feeding supplies as tax deductible because it viewed them as nutritional benefits, instead of medical care expenses. Now, under a new ruling, nursing mothers can write off breast-feeding equipment if they have flexible spending accounts or if their total medical expenses exceed 7.5 percent of their adjusted gross income. U.S. Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin has issued a call to action to support breast-feeding, stating that it can protect babies from infections and illnesses, including pneumonia and diarrhea. Breast-fed babies are also less likely to develop asthma and to become obese, according to the report. First Lady Michelle Obama has declared her support for breast-feeding as part of her campaign against child obesity. The American Academy of 463U; Pediatrics has spent years trying to roll back the push for infant formula, trumpeting the benefits of breastfeeding exclusively for the first383U; six months of life (the World Health Organization promotes breast-feeding for two years). A recent Harvard 5523U Medical School study published in the journal Pediatrics estimated that if 90 percent of American women breast-fed, 900 premature, infant 4625U; deaths would be prevented and patients and hospitals would see savings of $13 billion in lost wages and 385U saved health care costs.
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Local Produce & Farm Tour Resources Treat your locavore palate to garden-fresh produce at any of these local markets, join a CSA, or visit area farms to see who grows your food and where it comes from.
(Community Supported Agriculture) GREENBRIER FARMS 772 Hester Store Rd. 864-855-9782•Easley www.GreenbrierFarms.com (visit us at the Greenville Downtown Market-May thru October)
PARSON PRODUCE Bush River Farm 404-452-4321•Clinton www.ParsonProduce.com
FARMS AND FARM TOURS 3AAA FARMS 2581 Hwy. 92 864-684-0467•Gray Court APComptonJR@charter.net (Call for availability. Season runs end of May thru end of Dec, or Fountain Inn Farmers’ Market on Sat.)
BAREFOOT FARMS 293 Murphy Rd. 864-380-2002•Belton www.BarefootOrganic.com (Pre-order chickens-May/Jun. Oct/Nov. Eggs available, $1 a lb. Okra-July-Frost)
BELUE FARMS 3773 Parris Bridge Rd. 864-578-0446•Boiling Springs www.BelueFarms.com (Open M-S 8am-6pm)
BILLY’S GOAT HILL 130 Timber Trl. 864-710-3703•Westminster www.BillysBoerMeatGoatFarm.com (Available year-round)
MILKY WAY FARM (raw milk)
864-553-5500•Simpsonville www.BuffaloFarms.com (Simpsonville Farmer’s Market, Thurs. 3-6pm May-Oct)
220 Hidden Hills Rd. 864-352-2014•Starr www.SCMilkyWayFarm.com (place order, delivery only)
CAROLINA GRASSFED BEEF & FREE-RANGE EGGS
PUTNEY FARM HERBS & EGGS
3456 Hwy. 187 S. 864-226-5937•Anderson www.CarolinaGrassfedBeef.com
EVERGREEN FARMS OF TRAVELERS REST
864-901-2692 PutneyFarm@aol.com www.Putneyfarm.LocallyGrown.net (wholesale and retail, place order, delivery only)
RED FERN FARM
63 Tammy Trl. 864-303-3001•Travelers Rest www.EvergreenFarmsOfTR.com (TR Farmers’ Sat. Market-May-Oct.)
2031 Harris Grove Ch. Rd. 864-876-2392•Gray Court www.RedFernFarms.com (Visit us at the Carolina First Mkt on Sat. May-Oct)
SPLIT CREEK FARM
104 S. Staunton Ct. 864-325-3355•Moore www.GardenDelights-SC.com
HAPPY COW CREAMERY 330 McKelvey Rd. 864-243-9699•Pelzer www.HappyCowCreamery.com (M-F - 9am-7pm, Sat. 9am-5pm)
HURRICANE CREEK FARMS 220 Moores Mill Rd. 864-933-1343•Pelzer www.HurricaneCreekfarms.com (Thurs.1-6pm, Fri & Sat. 9-6pm)
LIVE OAK FARMS 230 Sam Davis Rd. 864-991-9839•Woodruff www.LiveOakfarmsLLC.com (Mon. Wed & Fri. 10-6pm Tues. Thurs. & Sat. 10-4pm)
M & M DAIRY (raw milk) 460 Dairy Farm Rd. 864-710-1663•Westminster www.MandMDairy.com (Call for directions)
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3806 Centerville Rd. 864-287-3921•Anderson www.SplitCreek.com (Mon-Sat. 9am-6pm, Sun. 2-5pm)
THE HAPPY BERRY 510 Gap Hill Rd, Six Mile 864-350-9345 or 864-868-2946 www.TheHappyBerry.com (Pick your own June 1-Oct. 1 M-F- 8am-dark, Sat. 8am-6pm Sun. noon-dark)
FARMERS’ MARKETS CITY OF CLEMSON FARMERS’ MARKET 578 Issaqueena Trl. (Corner of issaqueena Trl. & Chapman Hill Rd.) 864-653-2050•Clemson www.ClemsonFarmerMarket.org (Fri-3:30-6:30pm, June 3 – Nov 18)
CLEMSON ORGANIC FARM (Located on CLL Campus at Calhoun Field Laboratory follow signage) 864-656-6644•Clemson www.Clemson.edu/sustainableag (Wed. 3:30-6:30pm, late May to early fall)
EASLEY FARMERS’ MARKET 205 N. First St. 864-855-7900•Easley www.EasleyFarmersMarket.com (Sat. 8am-noon-Apr. 9-Oct. 1)
FOUNTAIN INN FARMERS’ MARKET 105 Depot St. 864-275-8801•Fountain Inn www.FountainInn.org (Sat. 8am-noon – May 14-Sept 24)
HUBCITY FARMERS’ MARKET 298 Magnolia St. 864-585-0905•Spartanburg www.HubCityFM.org (Saturdays 8am-noon-May 14-Nov.12, and Wednesdays12-2pm–Jun.1-Sept.28)
ROLLING GREEN VILLAGE FRESH MARKET (The Marketplace @ Rolling Green Village) 1 Hoke Smith Blvd. 864-987-4612•Greenville RuthWood@RollingGreenVillage.com (Tuesdays 5-7pm, April 26-June 7)
TRAVELERS REST COMMUNITY FARMERS’ MARKET (Behind Sunrift, corner of Geer Hwy. and Center St.)•TR www.TRFarmersMarket.org (Sat. 9am-noon, May 7-September)
UPSTATESC.LOCALLYGROWN.NET 864-901-2692•Web-based/Serving the Upstate PutneyFarm@aol.com www.Clemson.LocallyGrown.net www.Greenwood.LocallyGrown.net
WHOLE FOODS LOCAL FARMERS’ MARKET 1140 Woodruff Rd. (Whole Foods Market parking lot) 864-335-2300•Greenville www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/greenville (Tuesdays 10am-2pm, May 3 thru October 25)
INto CoMMUNIty teNNIS Double Your Fitness & Fun by Randy Kambic
ennis participation topped 30 million players for the first time in two decades in 2009 and continues to climb, according to the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) and the Tennis Industry Association. Their study reflects the sport’s revival in popularity, due to its accessibility in neighborhood parks and schools, as well as its cardiovascular benefits. Plus, it’s just great overall exercise. If one is a neophyte or gave up tennis years ago for less demanding activities and feels intimidated watching players hit fast serves or slice or drop shots, playing doubles can be a good way to enter the action. Playing with a partner isn’t as physically demanding as going solo. “In doubles, you don’t have to cover as much of the court as in singles,” says David Schobel, USTA director of competitive play, in White Plains, New York. “It’s great for beginners, if someone’s been away from the game for awhile, or as you get older.” More, it brings the bonus of social ca18
maraderie regardless of age or competitive levels. As with any invigorating activity, planning ahead and preparing for contingencies can keep you swinging. EAT WISELY. Diet provides a solid foundation. As a general rule, avoid eating, a meal within two hours of playing in order to avoid indigestion or stomach cramps. The best pre-play meals feature complex, slow-releasing carbohydrates to provide energy over time. Mark Kovacs, head of sports science, USTA Player Development, in Boca Raton, Florida, offers these examples: Oatmeal, berries, a banana, whole wheat toast or eggs for breakfast. For lunch or dinner, a lean-meat sandwich on whole wheat and rice; soup, to store up on sodium in case of heavy perspiration; or pasta. When it comes to consuming fluids, the operative guideline is to drink a lot, especially during a hot summer. “During high intensity activity sweating
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is what our bodies do for dissipating heat.” advises Ray Frazier, head pro and owner of Riverside Tennis Club in Greer, South Carolina. He goes on to say, Athletes must replace fluids to avoid dehydration, as it will effect your performance on court. To keep from becoming dehydrated it is recommended that you start consuming water and electrolytes two hours before playing and also keep your fluid intake on court a balance of water and sports drink. Electrolytes consist of sodium and potassium, avoid high sugar content. TENNIS ELBOW, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is an inflammation of the wrist extensor tendons. The USTA estimates that about half of all players will encounter this overuse injury at some point. Treatment includes icing the area, rest, and stretching and strengthening of the forearm muscles. Prevention is based on sound playing technique, as well as building up the strength and flexibility of forearm muscles. Confer with a teaching pro to evaluate your personal technique and equipment if tennis elbow remains a problem. CALF CARE means preparing calf muscles for sudden movements toward the ball from the ready position, which is facing the net with weight slightly forward. Pros recommend doing toe raises and leg stretches before a game. GENERALLY WARM UP. “All warmups should be dynamic movement,” says assistant tennis professional, Barry Quinn also of Riverside Tennis Club, in Greer, South Carolina. “A dynamic warm-up involves stretching with movement to help prepare the body for the tennis game. A dynamic warm-up increases body temperature so muscles work more effectively.” GO SOFT. If there is a choice, play on clay, instead of hard courts. Clay is also easier on the knees and joints. Hard surfaces absorb and then radiate heat into one’s feet, which can sap energy. PLACES TO SWING are plentiful in our area. There is the Holly Tree Country
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Club, in Simpsonville, and the Carolina Golf & Tennis Club in Greenville. In Greer, there is the Riverside Tennis Club, and in Anderson, there is the Carolina Racquet Club just to name a few. Check out the action at many public parks and schools. Local parks and recreation departments can point players to neighborhood resources. The USTA offers leagues and programs for many ages and ability levels; they also provide a Find-A-Partner service via usta.com. Tennis clubs often allow members to host guests. The Handbook of Tennis, by Paul Douglas, is another good place to start when considering the possibilities. With so many opportunities, thereâ€™s no excuse not to get on the court and realize the health and fitness benefits of this lifetime sport. Randy Kambic, an avid tennis player, is a freelance editor and writer based in Estero, FL, and a copyeditor for Natural Awakenings. natural awakenings
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Addressing Adrenal Fatigue and Stress… Naturally by Michele Senac
r. Maria Cayelli, of AnMed Health, Anderson Family Medicine, in Anderson, SC is a skilled Family Medicine/Integrative Medicine physician. After graduating from medical school in 1995, Cayelli began medical residency and was introduced to Integrative Medicine by her resident director. Once in Family Medicine practice, Cayelli’s interest in Integrative Medicine peaked when patients asked questions about alternative and healing therapies. This led to a two year Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona with the renowned physician, Dr. Andrew Weil, which Cayelli completed in 2007. Integrative Medicine is defined by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine as “combining mainstream medical therapies and complementary alternative medical therapies for which there is some high-quality scientific evidence of safety and effectiveness.” Cayelli practices this patient-centered approach. “I look and listen to my patients closely to see what they want to get out of their treatment. My patients seem happier because I listen.” Cayelli cares for patients from infancy to geriatrics. One area of interest is adrenal fatigue and stress, which predominately occurs in women. A new patient is asked to complete an intake form with questions regarding goals for the visit, major areas of stress, diet, medications, supplements, lifestyle, medical and family history. The initial appointment includes a head-to-toe physical assessment, including examination of the skin and nails and the mouth for mercury fillings. A discussion occurs about lifestyle and contributing stressors, diet, supplements, liquid intake, symptoms, sleep habits, spiritual beliefs, times when they are most happy, along with what things they would like to change in their lives if they could. Cayelli shares that since adrenal fatigue is hard to quantify in the way science sees it, the American Endocrine Society doesn’t recognize it is a real disease. She explains that Integrative Medicine has determined that if alternative lab tests are done, such as testing salivary hormones and 22
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Dr. Maria Cayelli cortisol levels, along with regular blood tests, a diagnosis can accurately be made. Once the diagnosis is made, a treatment plan is started with the patient’s active involvement. The following three areas are addressed: 1. Lifestyle – After determining what the patient enjoys, Cayelli advises those who have never exercised before to start slowly and work up to a 30 minute exercise program per day. She explains that exercise helps release hormones, helps with sleep and supports the heart. 2. Diet – Determine if there are food sensitivities and begin eliminating any of those foods from the diet. Cayelli encourages a diet of fruits, vegetables, lean meats and no processed foods. She encourages patients to be aware of
the food choices they make when dining out. Supplements are recommended as indicated. 3. Stress Response – Cayelli helps patients explore how they respond to stress and gives suggestions regarding modifying those responses. Cayelli states, “Everyone has stress. Stress isn’t bad. The important thing is how we respond to it.” She further says, “We need some stress to help us become stronger and help us to evolve, but we don’t want to get bogged down. When we become bogged down is when adrenal fatigue sets in.” Sometimes the causes of stress cannot be removed, as is the case for many women who have jobs, children, spouses, households, and may be caring for aging parents. Cayelli’s additional recommendations for stress relief are meditation and breathing exercises. She explains that the beauty of each of these is that they are free and quick (less than 3 minutes a day) and make a huge difference. With meditation, Cayelli says it can be in whatever form the patient desires. Just sitting quietly or reading something
inspiring for a few minutes can help. The breathing exercise recommended is “The 4-7-8 or Relaxing Breath Exercise.” This is done by exhaling completely through the mouth, then closing the mouth and inhaling through the nose to a mental count of four. Hold the breath for a count of seven, then exhale completely to the count of eight. Cayelli recommends that this be done two or three times daily. Cayelli’s practices patient-centered care. She encourages and empowers her patients to discover what is best for them and to change what is not
working. She advises them, “Be kind to yourself. Forgive yourself. Treat yourself like you would your best friend.” Anderson Family Medicine and Maria Cayelli, MD, is a division of An Med Health, and is accepting new patients interested in the Integrative Medicine approach. For more information, call 864-512-4446. See ad, page 21. Michele Senac is a freelance writer in the Upstate of South Carolina. She is certified in Interior Redesign & Feng Shui. For more information go to www. FineRedesigns.com or call 864-6319335. See ad, page 15.
RESTORATIVE RUBDOWNS The Blissful Benefits of Massage by Linda Sechrist
Other than a silent retreat or a loving and comforting embrace of a friend, child or another family member, few actions are as multi-beneficial to body, mind and spirit as massage.
nce considered primarily a pampering experience for the wealthy, massage and its counterpart, bodywork, is today acknowledged by the larger medical community for its therapeutic value. The U.S. Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health provides the largest source of published up-to-date research on the subject, including substantiation for claims citing the many positive effects of massage. Among the reported improvements is an individual’s ability to relax and sleep better following therapeutic massage treatment. Recipients also tend to enjoy a better immune system response, fostering the relief of fatigue, pain, anxiety and nausea. On this basis, some large U.S. cancer centers, such as the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, in Houston, now integrate massage therapy into conventional settings.
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Judy Stahl, past president of the American Massage Therapy Association, is a strong, longtime advocate for acceptance of the therapeutic benefits, including some that haven’t yet made it into the annals of conventional medicine. She became a professional massage therapist in 1987, and today continues the research she initiated for her master’s thesis in counseling and psychology: Touch Therapy in Enhancing Psychological Outcomes. It’s become her life’s work. “I regularly see practical evidence that supports research on the powerful and critical role that touch plays in the state of a person’s mind-body health,” Stahl says. Her years of patient/client sessions also provide her with a wealth of evidence that combining touch and talk therapy is far more effective than talk therapy alone.
Beyond the Massage Table
What a difference 60 minutes on a massage table can make. The first rule of massage—to feel, rather than think— transforms the therapeutic stroking, rubbing, wringing, tapping, kneading and squeezing of muscles into deeply satisfying human contact. Concentrating on the practitioner’s touch, while listening to relaxing music playing in the background and breathing in soothing aromatherapy scents, helps turn the mind off and focus attention on the moment. Such a restful state of mindfulness is key to successful meditation.
A Natural Sleep Aid
It makes sense that a good night’s sleep is essential to health. A study published in the American Journal of Critical Care showed that patients receiving a sixminute massage slept better than those in the control group, which participated in a teaching session on relaxation followed by a bedtime audiotape comprising muscle-relaxation supported by imagery and music.
Easing Pain and Anxiety
While massage isn’t meant as a replace-
ment for regular medical care, it is being increasingly used in the allopathic community to help manage chronic pain. The results of a study by the Royal College of Nursing Research Institute, at the University of Warwick, in the UK, demonstrated that massage provides effective short-term relief for moderate to severe chronic pain. Patients receiving massage therapy reported significantly less pain immediately as well as one hour after treatment. They also experienced a significantly reduced level of anxiety. Six years ago, when integrative family physician Fred Morgan discovered that massage helped to alleviate the back pain he had suffered from for 11 years, he began recommending it to his patients. “The first time I went to a massage therapist, the pain went away for a week,” says the co-owner of Pleasanton Family Wellness Center, in California, which combines allopathic, complementary and alternative medicine.
Stroking Blood Pressure in the Right Direction
Not only does massage help to lower
blood pressure, it also helps ease stress levels. One study published in Heart and Lung: the Journal of Acute and Critical Care noted that patients that had massage after heart surgery showed a lower level of postoperative blood pressure. Another study of patients that underwent twice weekly, 30-minute massage sessions demonstrated decreases in blood pressure and cortisol (a stress hormone), as well as depression, anxiety and hostility.
More is Better
Who wouldn’t want to have a massage twice a week? The ongoing research of Dr. Maria Hernandez-Reif, of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami, and Tiffany Field, Ph.D., the institute’s director, demonstrates that while an individual can benefit from even small doses of massage (15 minutes of chair massage or a half-hour table session), longer bodywork, performed two to three times a week, compounds the positive effects. Linda Sechrist is a senior writer and editor for Natural Awakenings.
Natural Beauty — HEAD TO TOE A Holistic Guide to Looking Your Best by Frances Lefkowitz
healthy fats, such as olive oil. As for key foods, helpful antioxidants are found in berries and brightly colored fruits; Tannis especially likes kiwis and raspberries. Seeds and nuts have well-known anti-inflammatory properties, as well as minerals that form the building blocks of healthy skin and hair. Studies in the British Journal of Nutrition and elsewhere indicate that omega-3 oil, from borage, flaxseed, or fatty, saltwater fish like salmon can help hydrate the skin and reduce puffiness. According to research from the University of Brussels, silica—present in cucumbers, rhubarb, bean sprouts and other veggies—seems to play a role in skin hydration, as well as the formation of healthy nails and hair. Because skin, nails and hair all need a range of nutrients to grow, repair, and rejuvenate, Tannis also suggests a good multivitamin supplement. Finally, drinking plenty of water is vital to keeping skin hydrated from the inside out.
s it true that, You’re only as pretty as you feel? Yes, says Alan Dattner, a New York medical doctor and pioneer in holistic dermatology. “The most important thing that people can do for beauty,” he says, “is to come from peace, joy, appreciation and happiness inside, and let that radiate out on their faces.” Many experts agree: The secret to true beauty is to work from the inside out, as well as the outside in, reducing exposure to toxins of all sorts, including stress, and watching what we put in the body, as well as what we put on it. Here’s how Natural Awakenings’ panel of beauty professionals answered when asked how we can take good care of skin, hair and nails, and look our best, naturally.
SKIN How do I keep my skin resilient, clear and looking youthful? “Lifestyle issues, including stress, have a huge impact on skin,” advises Allison Tannis, a registered holistic nutritionist and author of Feed Your Skin, Starve Your Wrinkles. Before spending money on creams and treatments, look at your eating, sleeping, working, playing and exercising habits. “Stress, whether environmental or internal, increases the body’s production of free radicals, which leads to damage of cells, including skin cells,” Tannis explains. So, anti-stress activities, and just relaxing, boost your appearance. Adequate sleep is also crucial for cellular rejuvenation, which is why signs of sleep deprivation show up in the face immediately, ranging from pimples and puffiness to 26
creases and dark, under-eye circles. A healthy skin diet is high in antiinflammatory foods and antioxidants that fight free radicals. Tannis notes that, “Inflammation disorganizes the skin’s complex infrastructure that keeps it tight and strong.” Basically, a diet that’s good for the body is great for the skin, as well, and comprises vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean proteins and
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HAIR Labels on my hair care products show a long list of unpronounceable ingredients. Is it possible to get great hair without dumping all these chemicals on it? It’s smart to be concerned about the ingredients in hair care and skincare products, because they are subject to little official regulation and may include ingredients that are not only ineffective, but harmful to health and damaging to hair and skin. That’s why green living expert Renée Loux, author
While the European Union has banned 1,100 chemicals from cosmetics, the United States has banned just 10. Only 11 percent of chemicals used in cosmetics in the United States have been assessed for health and safety. ~ The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (SafeCosmetics.org) of Easy Green Living, makes environmentally friendly choices. “If it’s toxic for the Earth, it’s probably toxic for our bodies, too,” she believes. Complex ingredient lists often make it hard to know what we’re applying. Fortunately, consumer advocates like Loux (ReneeLoux.com) and the Environmental Working Group (ewg. org) have done our homework for us. When choosing products, Loux’s rule of thumb is, “plants over petroleum.” In other words, if the primary ingredients—listed in descending order by percentage in a shampoo, conditioner, gel, serum or mousse—are botanical or plant-derived ingredients, you and the planet are probably safe. Petroleum and petrochemicals—which are commonly used in many hair care products and are derived from a non-renewable resource—don’t break down well into natural components in the environment and may be harmful to human health. Loux also pays special attention to the, last few ingredients listed on the label because this is where innocuoussounding toxins often hide, perhaps as a fragrance or colorant. In the shampoo category, Loux likes low-sudsing versions, because suds are typically created by syntheticfoaming agents called sulfates (sodium lauryl sulfate is common) that may irritate skin and poison the environment. With hair color, look for a stylist that uses low-ammonia dyes, or buy them yourself in health food stores and natural pharmacies; temporary colorants are safer than permanent dyes. “The deeper the color, the more important it is to look at the ingredients,” counsels Loux. natural awakenings
Each day, the average woman uses a dozen products containing 160 chemicals, while men apply about 80 chemicals to their bodies. However, 64 percent of beauty product users say they use at least some “natural” items. ~ Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry, by Stacy Malkan
FACE With so many products and spa treatments to choose from, I’m confused about what my skin really needs to look its best. What are the basic necessities for a natural skincare routine? Cleansing (morning and night for oily skin, just at bedtime for dry skin) and moisturizing (all skin types) are the basics of daily skincare, according to dermatology physician Jeanette Jacknin, author of Smart Medicine for Your Skin and founder of the J.J.M.D. Botanical Dermatology skincare line. She says that soaps are generally too harsh and drying for facial skin, so use a non-soap cleanser instead, preferably one that is pH balanced. Oily skin will need a toner after washing to control oil secretion, and then a moisturizer, while dry skin can go straight to the moisturizer. “Men’s skin is actually thicker, rougher, and more oily and sweaty than women’s skin,” notes Jacknin. “Also, men have the special challenges of a beard. So, while a man may borrow his wife’s or girlfriend’s lotion, he may also want to find a skincare line made especially for him.” The next two steps in Jacknin’s natural skincare routine are exfoliation, to remove dead skin cells from the skin surface, and facial masks, which deep-clean, nourish and revitalize skin. These steps should be done once or twice a week, depending on skin type 28
and the strength of the exfoliator or mask. Exfoliates come in two forms: abrasives, which physically rub off the dead skin cells; and chemical, which dissolve or peel away the surface skin layer. Natural abrasives include oatmeal and sugar granules, while fruit sugars and fruit acids, from pumpkin, apple or papaya, for example, provide natural chemical peels. Look for products with fruit-derived exfoliates or make your own (Jacknin recommends Skin-Care-Recipes-and-Remedies.com). Take advantage of professional exfoliation and facial treatments by estheticians and spas that use professional product lines with plant-based ingredients. The final step in any skincare routine is sun protection. Wearing essential clothing, including hats, sunglasses and long sleeves, and staying out of the midday sun are dermatologist Dattner’s first choices for protecting skin from rays that can age and damage it. When in the sun, wear a mineral-based sun block such as zinc oxide, which stays on top of the skin, rather than getting absorbed, and forms a physical barrier to both UVA and UVB ultraviolet rays. Also, watch out for nano-minerals; these have been broken into particles small enough to be absorbed by the skin during the manufacturing process, with possibly harmful results, according to Dattner, Loux and other experts. Unfortunately, the
U.S. government does not require that nano-minerals be listed on labels, so consumers must do their own research. What about makeup? As Loux points out, the skin absorbs 60 percent of what goes on it, and many cosmetics are full of unregulated, untested petrochemicals. Does that mean you shouldn’t wear any makeup? Not at all. Makeup artist Jessa Blades, of Blades Natural Beauty (BladesNatural Beauty.com), says that switching over to natural, safe, mineral- and plantbased cosmetics is easy, as long as you
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are realistic. In general, the fewer ingredients used, the safer the product. “Give natural products a bit of time, and don’t be so hard on them,” she suggests. Her natural eyeliner requires reapplying a few times a day, she says. “But I’m willing to do that for my health.” Her tips for making the transition: 1) Switch slowly; don’t dump all your old favorites all at once; 2) Go natural on the products you use every day, such as concealer and lipstick, which gets absorbed directly into the bloodstream when you eat or lick your lips; 3) Change your expectations, as natural makeup is not as long-lasting, inexpensive or easy-to-find as the more common, but toxic, stuff. The good news is when it comes time to remove it, all you need is raw coconut or sweet almond oil and a cotton ball. “Natural makeup just slides right off,” says Blades.
HANDS The smell at the nail salon is noxious; should I be worried about what’s going onto my fingernails? “If your eyes are watering, your nose is twitching and your lungs are seizing up, you should listen to your body,” says Loux. It is hard to get colors—especially bright, deep, rich, shimmering ones—to stick to nails; consequently, of all cosmetics, nail polishes tend to contain the most toxins. “Nail polish is one of the
Naturally safe alternatives to commercial chemical deodorants may be made with lavender, cypress or geranium essential oils, beeswax, baking soda or rock crystal salts. ~ ehow.com
Getting a good night’s rest is not only healthful, it induces others who see our well-rested faces to perceive us as more healthy and attractive than those who are sleep-deprived, according to research by the Karolinska Institutet, in Sweden. The study is the first to demonstrate that the objective of getting our “beauty sleep” is the right thing to do.
Even better, achieve a smooth, clear shine without any polish using a nail buffer. It’s a quick, inexpensive way for men and women to sustain a natural, finished look.
FEET What can I do to get my winter-weary feet ready for sandals? In a word, exfoliate. Rub away calluses and thickened, cracked skin with an emery board, and then relax while soaking feet in Epsom salts to soften skin, and rub gently with a luffa or pumice stone.
Foot scrubs containing salt or sugar granules invigorate and increase circulation, especially if they include peppermint, rosemary or tea tree oil within a moisturizing Shea butter or organic foot oil. Exfoliating creams, similar to facial exfoliates, but stronger, also help peel away withered winter skin. Always be sure to apply a moisturizer to protect the newly exposed skin. Remember to soften elbows and knees, too. Frances Lefkowitz’s new book, To Have Not, was named one of five Best Memoirs of 2010 by SheKnows.com. Connect at FrancesLefkowitz.net.
~ British Medical Journal tougher products to find for someone who’s looking to go natural,” says Loux. But she points out that some brands are eliminating toluene, a petroleumbased solvent that the Environmental Protection Agency has linked to mild to severe problems with respiratory and nervous systems as well as kidney and liver functions. These less toxic polishes require more benign removers than conventional noxious-smelling acetones. Always apply them outside or near an open window.
WHAT TO WATCH OUT FOR Avoid Unpronounceable Toxic Ingredients
he Environmental Working Group is a great resource for evaluating ingredients in beauty products and translating the gobbledygook into plain English. Check out the researchers’ latest findings at CosmeticsDatabase.com. To start, steer clear of these ingredients, identified as most toxic:
Parabens or any ingredient that ends with this word – affects hormones
Polyethylene glycol (PEG) – toxic
Sodium lauryl, or laureth, sulfate – contaminant that may cause skin damage
Triclosan and triclocarban antibacterials – present potential
Triethanolamine (TEA) – contaminant that may trigger allergies
Dimethylol Dimethyl (DMDM) hydantoin and Imidazolidinyl urea – preservatives that release
Fragrance and dyes – may cause allergies or cancer and affect the nervous system
Methylchloroisothiazolinone and Methylisothiazolinone –
preservatives that may cause allergies and affect the nervous system
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Foods for Ageless Beauty Nourishing Skin from Inside and Out Using naturally effective skincare products and eating foods that fortify and foster healthy cells works to renew, repair and rejuvenate skin for lasting beauty. by Renée Loux
any authorities have good reason to champion the fact that food nutrients such as antioxidants, anti-inflammatory compounds and omega oils are now showing up in personal care products. According to studies published in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, Food and Chemical Toxicology and Environmental Health Perspectives, skin can absorb up to 60 percent of what we apply to it. So, feeding skin high-quality ingredients may be as critical as the food we eat. It’s common knowledge that drinking a sufficient amount of pure water is essential for overall health and radiant skin. Here is a look at how other recommended foods contribute to ageless beauty. Avocados: Avocados are abundant in skin-beautifying goodies: omega-3 fatty acids, which support healthy, flexible, strong cell membranes to ensure that nutrients can enter cells and waste can be removed; antioxidant vitamins A and E; fortifying B-complex vitamins; lecithin, to protect and strengthen cell walls; and potassium, to support new cell growth. They also host a portfolio of antioxidant and antiinflammatory compounds—including phytosterols, carotenoids, flavonoids, 32
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zinc and folate—that fight free radicals and repair, soothe and renew skin and tissue on a cellular level. Blueberries: The Tufts University Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging reports that blueberries contain some of the highest antioxidant levels of any food, especially when fully ripe, and teem with skin-healing, anti-inflammatory properties. The deep, purple-blue color of these morsels is a reflection of the pigment-rich antioxidant phytonutrients, called anthocynanins, shown to improve the integrity of collagen in skin and inhibit photoaging (sun damage), according to a study in the Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. Cruciferous Vegetables: The crucifer family—including cabbage, broccoli, kale and radishes— is loaded with skin-beautifying compounds. According to studies by the National Academy of Sciences, its sulfurcontaining phytonutrients boost the body’s natural detoxification enzymes to combat and repair damage to skin. Low in calories, these mineral-dense and antioxidant-rich veggies are packed with carotenoid antioxidants, which help neutralize carcinogens and oxidative stress on skin, reduce inflammation and bolster immune response. They also contain isothiacyanates, which research published by The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows, specifically guard against breast cancer. Dark Leafy Greens: Dark leafy vegetables, such as collard greens, parsley, spinach and Swiss chard, offer more nutrients with fewer calories than any other food. Like cruciferous veggies, they’re packed with carotenoid antioxidants. Green veggies are also an excellent source of vitamins A and C, which the body needs to produce and regulate the sebum in our skin and hair follicles for healthy, well-conditioned skin and a supple complexion.
Green Tea: Green tea is infused with a potent portfolio of age-defying antioxidants. Because green tea is minimally processed, of all the teas, it offers the most antioxidant polyphenols, including a specific catechin believed to inhibit cancer and also beautify the skin. Macro-algae: Ocean-growing seaweed (macro-algae) contains more minerals and trace minerals than any other food, according to research published by Food Chemistry—10 to 20 times more than many land vegetables. Long prized for their beautifying effects on skin and hair, sea vegetables are an abundant source of antioxidant vitamins A, C and E, as well as B-complex vitamins, including B12, for glowing skin; plus they have the unique ergosterol, which converts into vitamin D2 in the body to support healthy skin cell metabolism and growth. Look for sea veggies arame, dulse, hijiki, nori and wakame for a concentrated source of age-defying nutrition. Omega Oils: Healthy oils, including omega fatty acids, grow and nourish healthy, glowing skin, strong nails and lustrous hair. They act as a conditioner for skin, maintaining and supporting healthy, flexible, strong cell membranes to ensure that nutrients can enter cells and waste can be removed. Uncooked oils offer many beautifying benefits; because many nutrients are damaged and destroyed by heat— the fresher and less refined the oil, the better. Foods rich in omegas include flax seed and oil; olives and olive oil; pumpkin seed and oil; walnuts; and winter squash. So, eat and drink up! Renée Loux is a celebrated green expert, organic chef, restaurateur and media personality and the co-founder of Andalou Naturals. She has authored four books, including Easy Green Living and The Balanced Plate. Visit ReneeLoux.com.
Recipes for Ageless Beauty by Renée Loux Beautify your body and skin from the inside out with these recipes that pair agedefying nutrients and nourishing ingredients with incredible taste and texture.
Chocolate-Avocado Parfait with Blueberries & Mint Chocolate and avocado may sound like an unusual couple, but when these antioxidant- and omega-rich champions get together, the results are scrumptious. Yields: 4-8 servings 2 cups diced avocado ½ cup plus 2 Tbsp maple syrup 2-4 Tbsp organic evaporated cane juice or sugar (optional) 2 Tbsp coconut oil (optional; look for a mild aroma) 1-2 tsp alcohol-free vanilla extract 1 tsp balsamic vinegar (aged is best) ½ tsp shoyu (organic soy sauce) 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 pint blueberries Handful of fresh mint leaves 1. In a food processor, blend avocado, maple syrup, organic sugar, coconut oil, vanilla extract, balsamic and shoyu until smooth and creamy. 2. Sift the cocoa powder to remove lumps, using a simple metal strainer. Add cocoa powder to the avocado mixture and blend until very smooth. If time allows, let the mixture rest, covered in the fridge for an hour, for flavors to marry and develop. 3. Serve slightly chilled or at room temperature. Place a few blueberries in the bottom of a wine, parfait or martini glass.
Top with a generous dollop of chocolateavocado mixture and garnish with more blueberries and chopped mint.
Green Tea Chai Frappé Green tea and chai spices blend together for a delicious boost of antioxidants and liquid nourishment. Fresh almond milk is easy to make, calcium-rich and highly digestible; just blend soaked almonds with water and strain. In a pinch, raw almond butter may be used. Blend with ice to make a frozen frappé or warm gently on a cool, crisp day. Yields: 2-4 servings 2 green tea bags 2 cups hot filtered water 1 cup raw almonds, soaked eight hours in filtered water, drained and rinsed or 3 Tbsp raw almond butter 2 cups filtered water 1-1½ Tbsp chopped ginger 1 tsp ground cinnamon ¼ tsp ground nutmeg Pinch of ground cloves Pinch of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 2 Tbsp maple syrup to taste 2 Tbsp agave nectar or raw honey to taste Beforehand: If using raw almonds, soak them for eight hours in filtered water, drain and rinse. 1. Steep green tea bags in hot water for 3 to 5 minutes. Remove and squeeze to extract as much liquid as possible. Cool tea in the fridge or freezer (or drop in an ice cube to speed the cooling process), unless served warm. 2. In a blender, add cooled tea,
drained almonds or almond butter, ginger, spices, maple, and agave or honey and blend all until super-smooth. Start with less sweeteners and add more to taste. 3. Pour through a strainer or sieve to separate pulp. Press with the back of a large spoon to extract as much liquid as possible. 4. Return to blender and blend with ice for a frosty frappé, or warm over low heat to warm the spirit.
Massaged Greens Leafy greens respond well to a good rubbing with oil, with a pinch of salt and seasoning. Fresh herbs always taste great. Keep it simple or add green onion, garlic and ginger for a tasty variation. Yields: 2-4 servings 6 cups chopped greens: any type of kale, spinach, chard or mixture 2 Tbsp olive oil 1 Tbsp flax oil or additional olive oil 1 Tbsp umeboshi plum vinegar or lemon juice 2 tsp shoyu 1 tsp agave nectar or maple syrup (optional) 2-3 green onions, chopped (optional) 1-2 cloves garlic, pressed (optional) 2-3 tsp ginger, finely grated (optional) Sea salt to taste 1½ cups or more of chopped basil or parsley Pinch of fresh oregano, thyme or marjoram (optional) 1. Wash the greens and remove any tough stems. 2. Chop finely and toss with olive oil, flax oil, umeboshi plum vinegar and/ or lemon, shoyu, agave or maple, green onion, garlic and ginger. 3. Use freshly cleaned hands to massage with love, paying attention to tougher parts. 4. Allow to stand and marinate, rubbing now and again for an hour or two. 5. Toss in herbs and allow to stand 10 minutes to absorb flavors; stores well for a day or two. Recipes are courtesy of Renée Loux. For more recipes, visit ReneeLoux.com. 34
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Honey Avocado Masque (for normal to dry skin)
Honey and avocado are a luscious blend to nourish skin. As an emollient, avocado is rich in oils, vitamins and minerals, and the honey supplies antioxidants and enzymes. Lemon juice is a natural source of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) for skin renewal. Together, they yield velvety skin. 1 avocado 1Â˝ Tbsp raw honey 1 Tbsp lemon juice 1. Mash avocado and blend with honey and lemon juice in a small food processor or blender until smooth. 2. Cleanse the face. 3. Steam face to open pores over a hot pot of water; or drench a washcloth with steaming hot water, wring out, let cool to a comfortable touch and cover cleaned face with it for two minutes. 4. Apply avocado honey mixture evenly over all parts of the face, avoiding the eyes. Let stand for 15 minutes. 5. Wash off with warm water, followed by a cool water rinse. Apply natural toner or face spray and moisturizer. Variations on the theme Exfoliation for dry skin: Mix 2 Tbsp rice flour thoroughly with the avocado and honey. Apply as directed. Exfoliation for oily skin: Mix 2 Tbsp ground oatmeal thoroughly with the avocado and honey. Apply as directed. For both, wash off gently with warm water and a cloth, being mindful not to rub too hard, followed by a cool water rinse. Recipe courtesy of RenĂŠe Loux. For more recipes, visit ReneeLoux.com. natural awakenings
BABY ON BOARD PREPARING FOR PREGNANCY & MOTHERHOOD
by Jessica Iclisoy
It’s vital for a woman of any age to physically prepare for pregnancy and motherhood, for the health of both the mother and the baby. Start by speaking with a trusted medical practitioner, and then consider the following practical advice, geared to keep everyone healthy and happy through every stage of the childbirth process. Getting Ready for Pregnancy Stop taking birth control pills. If you’ve been using a hormonal method of birth control, your doctor may want you to take several months off before trying to conceive. Doing so allows your cycles to regulate and clears your body of any lingering manmade hormones; use another form of non-hormonal birth control during this time. 36
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Get your body in shape. According to Mairi Breen Rothman, a certified nurse-midwife with the M.A.M.A.S., Inc. home birth practice, in Takoma Park, Maryland, being in shape ensures a healthier pregnancy. “Pregnancy is hard work, and the more strength you have, especially in your core, back and legs, the better you’ll feel during pregnancy,” she advises. Being in good physical shape before pregnancy can also make it easier to stay fit during the nine months that follow. Start eating better. A balanced, organic diet provides the nutrients needed to raise a healthy developing baby. “During pregnancy, the baby is very much a part of its mother’s body,” says Rothman. “That means eating toxin-free foods, which cuts back on chemicals found in the mom’s body, will also limit chemical exposure to the baby.” Also remember to take a prenatal vitamin; a study by the MRC Epidemiology Resource Centre, at the University of Southampton, in the UK, found that only 5.5 percent of the 238 pregnant women monitored had taken the recommended 400 micrograms of folic acid each day prior to becoming pregnant. Take care of chronic medical conditions. If you have diabetes, high blood pressure or asthma, for example, get it under control before becoming pregnant. Apprise your healthcare professional of any family health problems, so he or she can plan ahead once you conceive.
Having a Healthy Pregnancy Take prenatal yoga. “Prenatal yoga not only promotes long, lean and supple muscles, it also helps with breathing, which is important during labor and delivery,” counsels Rothman. Yoga also helps open the hip and pelvic joints and eases the aches and pains of pregnancy. The cat-cow pose, in particular, benefits the lower back, promotes circulation and even helps move the baby into the proper birth position. Limit exposure to toxins. Examine the labels of products you regularly use—especially skincare and cleaning products—and banish anything that contains a toxic soup of chemicals; if you can’t pronounce an ingredient, it’s probably not good for you or your growing baby. Research from leading institutions such as the University of California– Berkeley and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health has linked personal care and cleaning product ingredients to endocrine disruption, neurotoxicity, developmental and reproductive disorders and cancer. There are now plenty of easy-to-find, toxin-free product alternatives. Green cleaners are available at most grocery stores and CosmeticsDatabase.com offers helpful guidance on safe beauty products suggested by the nonprofit Environmental Working Group. Research alternative therapies. Taking drugs for common medical problems such as headaches, colds and muscle pain isn’t always the best approach. Speak with your midwife or obstetrician about options like acupuncture, massage and homeopathy. According to a study published in Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, Swedish researchers found acupuncture to be effective in relieving back and pelvic pain during pregnancy; of the 1,500 pregnant participants, 60 percent of those who tried acupuncture reported substantial pain relief.
Natural Mothering Strategies Breast is best. Although breast-feeding isn’t super easy, it’s the healthiest option. “Human milk is meant for human babies, so it’s exactly formulated to be just what babies need and what they can easily digest,” notes Rothman. Breastfeeding gives babies an immunity boost, so that they tend to get sick less often and receive just the right nutrition; it also provides a sense of comfort, warmth and security that bottle feeding can’t match. Use natural remedies for illness. Aromatherapy and homeopathy remedies work to reduce mothers’ and babies’ exposure to over-the-counter drugs. For instance, eucalyptus makes a good natural decongestant; simply add a few drops into the bath, a diffuser or even onto a cotton ball that can be placed on a bedside table, for a soothing scent. Be sure to talk with your doctor about any natural measures that you are taking to support family health. Jessica Iclisoy, a holistic mother and founder of California Baby natural baby care products, writes about natural living from Beverly Hills, CA. Connect at Jessica@CaliforniaBaby.com. natural awakenings
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Salons Strive to Become More Environmentally Friendly by Sharon Hadden
s the nation continues to become increasingly aware of environmental issues, many salons and spas are using chemical-free products and services. Brazilian blow-out treatments have become a healthy alternative to chemical straighteners; colorists are pioneering chemical free hair color; and stylists are using organic hair-sprays and mousses as styling aids. Several companies in the Upstate have developed and re-branded natural product lines to reflect the health and beauty industry’s growing need to contribute to the well-being of industry professionals, clients and the environment. Organic Salon Systems, a vegan and animal-cruelty free company, distributes earth-friendly packaged, organic professional salon products. Their mission, found on their company website, “to provide professional hairdressers with high performance hair products which maximize the use of gentle, nourishing and natural ingredients while minimizing the necessity for harsh or damaging chemicals additives,” is emulated through the distribution of chemical free retexturizers, hair-color and hair-care systems.
Hair colorist Susan McAlister, of Headquarters Day Spa in Greenville, uses Organic Systems hair color, texture waves and straightening. The hair color, known as Organic Color Systems, offers chemical-free, temporary, permanent and even highlighting hair color options. “It has been my mission to get rid of ammonias. We’ve had it for two years, and we absolutely love it. It gives true color and lasts just as long as regular hair color,” says McAlister. Head & Shoulders, Knees and Toes salon in Spartanburg also uses Organic Salon systems to ensure its clients receive hair services and products made with certified organic ingredients. Owner, stylist and massage therapist Kari Bailey says she loves to make people look and feel great. A keratin treatment, also known as a “Brazilian hair straightening,” is a protein based treatment that loosens tight curls and smoothes frizzy strands, allowing easier manageability of the hair. When keratin treatments were first released, there were concerns regarding its use of high-levels of formaldehyde. Treatments in the United States, using formaldehyde as a bonding agent, have reformulated its straightening systems, but many still cause irritation to professionals and clients that would normally have a reaction to formaldehyde. This is because the substituted bonding agent is closely related to formaldehyde. Global Keratin is one of few keratin treatments that contain only natural keratin and botanical extracts. It is formaldehyde free as well as free of any relative chemical bonding agents. It can be used to reduce frizz and maintain the curl of the hair or to achieve varied levels of straightness, making it the most versatile product on the market. “Many people mistake it for a chemical treatment because it says straightening. It is a protein treatment to give strength to the hair,” says Alice Caston, a 20 year licensed cosmetologist from All Natural Health & Beauty Center in Simpsonville, “And all hair needs protein.” Another effective keratin treatment is DKA, or Dikson Keratin Action. It is infused with organic, bio-active keratin which reconstructs the hair inside and out. Nancy Minix of Nancy Lee’s Hair
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Art in Greer, uses this formaldehydefree treatment to reduce frizz and make her clients’ hair soft, shiny and full of body. Minix also has been using the Organic Coloring Systems since 2006. “This is a wonderful product that allows myself and my clients to be confident that we are not breathing in dangerous chemicals as well as having them on their scalp.” Day spas are also lending a hand to detoxifying the health and beauty industry. Nu Aura Skin Spa and Salon in Greenville uses the most natural spa and hair care products available, proven to deliver outstanding results. Its services focus on skin care, offering clients facials, microdermabrasion and body treatments, as well as Jane Iredale Mineral Makeup and Pevonia skin care products. Allyson Inks from Piedmont, says, “I decided to try Nu Aura Day Spa and cancel a dermatologist appointment I had in Charlotte. I was definitely impressed with Katherine’s professional and courteous treatment. The product lines that she uses, Pevonia and Jane Iredale, are not only natural but safe and very effective.” Whether its hair care, skin care or health care, consumers are steadily becoming more conscious of what they put onto their bodies, in addition to what they put into their bodies. By using chemical-free products and services such as formaldehyde free straightening systems, hair colorants free from ammonia and natural, and organic styling aids and cosmetics, salons and spas have recognized this change in the industry, and made every effort to deliver the environmentally friendly products and services clients and consumers demand. Sharon Hadden, owner and creator of Singing Goddess, an allnatural handmade bath product line, is a “naturalpreneur”. As a licensed cosmetologist, she developed a love for natural, organic products and remedies. Sharon is a senior mass communications major at Claflin University in Orangeburg, and continually strives to fulfill her passion for writing and educating others as an editorial intern for Upstate Natural Awakenings magazine.
Dr. Kenneth P. Orbeck
Hor mo n es Making “the Change” Easier by Judi Burton
bandoned diet pill bottles are filling up your medicine cabinet. You stopped eating pre-made foods. You take yoga classes three times a week and have a healthy addiction to organic
fresh produce. You allow yourself a little piece of dark chocolate every other night and you gave up soda and beer six months ago. On top of all that, you don’t eat meat every day and your favorite snacks are dried fruits and nuts. Yet, you still have that spare tire across your midsection and your underarms flap around like bat wings when you wave goodbye. Your doctor keeps looking at you like you’re lying when you tell him you’ve been good, and the hot flashes, insomnia and irritability sure don’t help. Sometimes, you just feel like giving up and eating a gallon of ice cream in your Snuggie and never leaving the house again. Sound familiar? Stop stressing; you’re making yourself fat! Menopause and andropause (the male menopause) make it extremely hard to lose weight and feel healthy. Symptoms for menopause include insomnia, irritability, hot flashes, weight gain in the hips and thighs, and vaginal dryness. For men, testosterone levels decline at a slower rate, but can lead to loss of mental sharpness, muscle tone, sex drive and energy, only to be replaced by a beer gut and an overwhelming urge to buy a fire engine red Corvette in order to counter act the chemical imbalance. All of these symptoms for both menopause and andropause are caused by hormone imbalances. But there is good news: Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) — and, if needed, B12 lipotropic injections —has become a godsend to many in their midlife. Dr. Kenneth P. Orbeck, of Body Logic MD, in Myrtle Beach and Greenville, uses BHRT with his patients as his specialty. He explained that bioidentical hormones “have the identical chemical structure that your body would nor-
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mally make. There is a master key that fits the lock. Synthetic hormones might go in the lock, but may not open the proper channels to do what the body needs to do.” Orbeck, who has been a physician for 20 years, decided to go into functional medicine in the last five because he was not seeing his patients’ health improve. “Functional medicine in and of itself cannot be done in a mass form. When I see my patients, my encounter with them is quite lengthy.” Hormone decline is becoming a problem for those who are not middle aged. Orbeck’s youngest patient is 17 and is battling severe weight issues due to toxicity problems and is pre-diabetic. “Now, I’m seeing hormones decline faster due to certain environmental variables such as pesticides, BPA plasticizers shedding from plastic containers, and steroids in our foods. They all interfere with our natural hormone production. In addition to that, in today’s environment, we are really inundated with stress.” Orbeck explained that when your body is exposed to stress, it produces cortisol in the adrenal glands. As our body makes cortisol, it reduces sex hormones and affects insulin and blood sugar balance. Orbeck works with his patients to discover which hormones are deficient by testing their blood, saliva and metabolites in the urine. Then, he teaches them eating habits that will be conducive to the treatment, such as organic fresh foods and non-pre-made products. He takes a look at the gut to make sure it’s clean and healthy, and then helps the patient detox if there are harmful agents that are reducing the body’s hormone production. If applicable, the patient will receive a vitamin and amino acid cocktail as well as a B12 lipotropic injection, which will help
to reset the hypothalamus. This gland is located in the brain and is responsible for many functions, one being the appetite. It tells you when you are hungry and when you are full. If you reset your hypothalamus, you can trick your brain into thinking you are a thin person and not in need of so much food. The injection also helps process your excess fat through your liver and produces new, healthy blood cells, which increase energy. Once Orbeck has found the hormonal deficiency, he will work with a compounding pharmacy to custom make your bioidentical hormones. The compounding pharmacy is different from a regular pharmacy, because it is able to make your prescription in store instead of having it sent out to a lab. Orbeck monitors his patients carefully for about eight weeks, and usually sees about 30 pounds of initial weight loss. This is often enough to jumpstart the body into losing more weight, but sometimes a patient might need further assistance. There is a lot of debate about whether bioidentical hormones are better than synthetic ones. The quarrel is often associated with the fact that the compounding pharmacy has made the hormone in-house as opposed to a regulated “Big Box” pharmacy that is under the FDA’s watchful eye. Also, some are more trusting of the neighborhood pharmacy and shy away from a word like “synthetic,” when it comes to their health. The FDA states that the risks and rewards are the same in both synthetic and bioidentical, so until the FDA changes their opinion, it is up to the patient to decide what they are more comfortable with. There are many variables as to why you can’t lose weight and be happy, and most often, it’s not your fault. Going through “the change” is very scary for millions on the planet. It is that one step closer to finishing your time here on earth. Some struggle and claw their way through it with intermittent awkward moments and life-changing arguments with loved ones, while others pass through it gracefully with a glowing beauty and a knowing smile. Which one will you be? “It’s all about the quality of life that we have when we’re here,” said Orbeck. For more info, contact Body Logic MD, 1240 21st Ave N, Myrtle Beach, at 877- 749-8832, or visit BodyLogicMD. com. See ad, page 54.
he first annual Urban Farm Tour of Greenville, hosted by the Greenville Organic Foods Organization (GOFO) is on Saturday, May 7th, 2011. Greenville’s very first Urban Farm Tour will feature examples of city residents who are growing food in the urban setting and implementing energy efficiency solutions. These residents are making city living more sustainable and are willing to teach others to do the same. The urban farm movement is exploding across the nation as consumers choose to grow their own produce and buy locally as a way of ensuring healthier food and endorsing higher environmental standards. The event is a self-guided tour of over 25 sites including urban farms, edible gardens and energy efficiency techniques that promote healthy living and conserve natural resources. The tour showcases vegetable and herb gardens, water catchment, backyard chickens, beekeeping, compost, alternative energy, container and rooftop gardens, orchards, recycling systems and community gardens, all located in a 10 mile radius of downtown Greenville. Sites include urban farms (like Clements Urban Farm and Urban Acre Farm), school gardens (A.J. Whittenberg Elementary and Furman University), family homesteads (like the Brickner and Weber families), municipal gardens (the city of Greenville’s Children’s Garden), community gardens (like the St. Francis Community Garden), church gardens (like St. Peter’s Church), and even non-garden sites (like the Craftsman Court House). These are just a few of the many sites to be featured on the tour. Eight workshops will also be offered throughout the day, focused on backyard chickens, integrative pest management, fresh foods cooking demonstration, building raised beds, composting/vermicompost, home energy efficiency, organic garden care, and putting up fresh food and canning. For more information on the sites and workshops visit http:// www.GreenvilleUFT.com The event begins at 9:00am and runs until 5:00pm. After purchasing the entrance fee participants may claim their ticket and tour map at the GOFO headquarter located in Crescent Studios (1040 West Washington St, Greenville). Next participants may select the tour route and start and end time. While on the tour GOFO encourages people to commit to sustainable transportation practices such as bicycling, walking, taking the GreenLink or carpooling to the sites. With limited time, remember to select those sites that you wish to learn from. The event is rain or shine. Pets are not allowed in the tour sites. There will be street signage identifying the sites and volunteers will be at each site to assist the public in any way they can. Anyone interested in participating in the tour can visit the GOFO headquarters on 1040 West Washington St. in Greenville. Tickets will be available the day of the event, or in advance by online purchasing and at the GOFO office, May 2-6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Adult tickets are $7, children under 12 are free. Groups of 4 or more are $5 per person. Advanced purchases online, visit: GreenvilleUFT.com. See ad, page 17. natural awakenings
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SUNDAY, MAY 1 Intenders Circle - 2-4pm. Listen, learn, chat, snack and support one another in our intentions. Bring a snack to share. $5. Bella Haven, Spartanburg. RSVP. 439-0565.
TUESDAY, MAY 3 Honey Makes the World Go Round - 6:30-8pm. Environmental look at the roles of bees in the life of vegetation and the ecosystem. Hughes Main Library, Meeting Room A. 527-9293.
SATURDAY, MAY 7 GOFO Urban Farm Tour - 9am-5pm. Greenville’s first annual showcase of urban farms, edible gardens and energy efficiency. Over 25 sites to visit. For information: www.greenvilleuft.com. Inside Out: Empowerment, Meaning and Spirit - 10am-4pm. Workshop to help you define a meaningful vision for achieving empowerment, finding meaning and accessing the sacred from the inside out. Experiential activities plus tools to live your vision. $75. Life Coaching Institute, 211 Century Dr, Ste 215A, Greenville. 282-8989. Homemade Honey Swap - 1-3pm. Enjoy refreshments and early sixties music as you trade honeymade crafts. Bring your desserts, beauty products and candles for a friendly trade of items and ideas. Great outing for mom. Taylors (Burdette) Branch. Call 527-9293 to register.
Women’s Issues - 7pm. See Tuesday, May 3 for details.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 25 Meditation-Intuitive Development - 10am12pm. See Wednesday May 11, for details.
Health Starts Here Cooking Class - 6:30-8pm. A culinary expert will teach you basic knife skills and water sautéing. Discussion, techniques and tips on healthy cooking and eating. Whole Foods Market, 1140 Woodruff Rd, Greenville. 335-2300.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 11
Get In Synch & Stay In Synch Wellness Day Learn about the role of positivity and learn to do a Qi Gong Flow. Carolina First Center. Call for details. 244-6778.
Herbal Healing Circle - 7-9pm. See Tuesday May 10, for details.
Herbal Healing Circle - 7-9pm. Experiment, taste and learn the many uses of herbs for food and medicinal uses. $10. Bella Haven, Spartanburg. RSVP. 439-0565.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 4
Mexican Dinner Party Cooking Class - 6-8pm. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Menu: guacamole, sopes with shrimp and vegetables, Tacos al Pastor with pico slaw, and tres leches cake with fruit. $40 per person. The Cook’s Station, 659 S. Main St, Greenville. 250-0091.
Create Beauty and Harmony in Your Home 6:45-8:30pm. Explore aspects that are essential for beauty and harmony in your space. Clearing clutter, healthy home-happy home, positive energy flow, and many more will be discussed. Lite Supper offered. Free. RSVP: The Wild Radish, 161 Verdin Rd, Greenville. 297-1105.
THURSDAY, MAY 26
Meditation-Intuitive Development - 10am-12pm. $10. Bella Haven, Spartanburg. Pre-register. 4390565.
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TUESDAY, MAY 10
Women’s Issues - 7pm. Discuss secrets to help the common issues that plague all women from migraine headaches to hot flashes and much more. Free. Bourg Chiropractic, 9 McKenna Commons Ct, Greenville. 292-3291.
Reiki Share Evening - 7pm. Provide and share the energies. $10. Bella Haven, Spartanburg. RSVP. 439-0565.
blender makes healthy and delicious whole fruit and vegetable juices, soups and ice cream. Whole Foods Market, 1140 Woodruff Rd, Greenville. 335-2300.
SATURDAY, MAY 14
Healing Foods - 2-5pm. Learn simple ways to use “food for healing” with results by balancing, and combining foods to fuel the body. $15. Bella Haven, Spartanburg. Pre-register. 439-0565.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 18 Vitamix Road Show - May 18-22. 11am-7pm. The Vitamix Road Show visits Greenville. The Vitamix
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AD/HD, Autism, LD: Brain Balance Open House - 10:30-11am. Open House, 10:30am-12:00pm, Parent Talk. Parents gain great understanding of their child and learn about the exciting Brain Balance Program. See our center and find out how to help your child now. Free. Brain Balance, 2531 Woodruff Rd, Simpsonville. RSVP 329-9933.
upcomingevents TUESDAY, JUNE 14 2nd Annual Farm to Fork - 7pm. Local food is prepared by local chefs. Chefs compete in five categories: appetizer, salad, entrée, dessert and cocktail. You get to sample it all and vote. Proceeds to benefit a Buy Local Anderson Campaign. $50. Carriage House, 151 E. Church St, Anderson. 934-1552.
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Southern Flow Hot Yoga – 8-9:30am.Vigorous series of sun salutes, lunges, twists, balance postures, backbends, core strengthening, hip openers and inversions; accessible to all levels. Packages available. Southern Om. Next to Whole Foods Market, Greenville. 329-1114.
Jazzercise Class – 5:30 and 8:30am, 4:30 and 5:45pm. Dance-based group fitness class with strength training and stretching. $10 per class or membership packages available. Jazzercise on North Main, 1830 N Main St, Greenville. Lindsey at 423-5468 or Jennifer at 346-4671.
3 Ways to Save Demo - 2-4pm. The best ways to shop and save for the things you need. Whole Foods Market, 1140 Woodruff Rd, Greenville. 335–2300.
Southern 26 Hot Yoga – 6:15-7:30am and 5-6:15pm. Classic series of 26 poses held and repeated, accessible to all levels; great for beginners. Packages available. Southern Om. Next to Whole Foods Market. 329-1114.
Intenders Circle and Potluck - 2-4pm. How to plan and implement your intentions. Bring a dish to share. $5 suggested donation. Pre-register. Bella Haven, Spartanburg. 439-0565. Ballet Body by Jazzercise - 2:45pm (30 minutes) and 4:30pm (60 minutes). Ballet Body will lengthen and strengthen muscles while developing grace and enhancing posture and balance. Walk-in $15 and $12 respectively. Jazzercise 4893G Wade Hampton Blvd., Taylors. 968-0309. Kripala Yoga – 3-4:30pm. Group yoga for all levels. Improve balance, coordination and well-being. $12/class, $85/series 10, $99 monthly unlimited. Yoganize, 2105 Old Spartanburg Rd, Greer. 3256053.
Ladies’ Day – 9am-5pm. Manicure/Chair Massage offered with any service. Free. Breakaway Honda, 330 Woodruff Rd, Greenville. 234-6632. Service dept. Yoga – 9am. Basic Yoga posture to develop strength, balance and flexibility. Increases focus and releases tension. Eastside Family YMCA, 1250 Taylors Rd, Taylors. 292-2790. Yoga Bootcamp – 9:15-10:30am. Challenging vinyasa power style class to lengthen and strengthen your entire body while releasing stress and tension. All levels welcome. $10 or $80/10 classes. Chapman Cultural Center, Dance Studio 4 of Ballet, E. St John St., Spartanburg. 612-8333.
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Less Stress Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. Beginner to intermediate class for all fitness levels. Stretch, breathe and relax. CenterStage Dance and Performance Company, 413 SE Main St, Simpsonville. First class free. 419-4204. Healing Yoga Therapy - 10:30-11:45am. Therapeutic class, suitable for seniors and anyone with physical issues. $12, $85/series of 10, $99 monthly unlimited. Yoganize, 2105 Old Spartanburg Rd, Greer. 325-6053. Stress Relief Day - 11am-4pm. Bask in the light of cold lasers while reducing your stress and pain. FDA approved. $15/1/2 hr. sessions. Acorn Integrative Health, Hwy 101, Greer. 848-5291. Yin Yoga – 12-1pm. Yin Yoga activates and harmonizes the flow of life energy within you. Poses are held for 2-5 minutes. $10 per class. YOGAlicious, 123 Dunbar St, Spartanburg. 515-0855. Imagine Life with Less Stress – 3-6pm. 1st and 3rd Mondays. Bask in the light of cold lasers while reducing your stress and pain. FDA approved. $15 for 30 minutes. Acorn Integrative Health, 419 New Woodruff Rd, Greer. 848-5291. After School Jr. Chinese Language Class – 3:305pm. Mon-Thurs. Kids can learn the language of China. $50/week. Four Seasons Restaurant, 208 N. Main St, Mauldin. 297-5097. 20-20-20 – 4:15-5:15pm. High intensity workout for arms, legs and abs. First session free. Pricing varies. The Westside Club, 501 Willis Rd, Spartanburg. 587-7106 ext. 0. Pre-Natal Yoga – 5:15pm. Restore energy while calming mind and body. $15 per class. It’s Yoga! Studio Inc, 1440 Pelham Rd, Greenville. 3542882.
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Pilates Jumpboard – 5:30-6pm. Increase your leg strength, create definition, and improve endurance on the Reformer jumpboard doing plyometric jumps with resistance. Cost: $12, $100/series of 10. Pivotal Fitness Center, 5000 Old Spartanburg Rd, Taylors. 320-3806. Zumba at MuvE Fitness in Motion – 5:306:30pm. Latin rhythms and easy to follow moves create a dynamic fitness program. Ditch the routine. $10 per class. Special package pricing available. 787 E. Butler Rd, Mauldin. 881-1557.
Pilates with Props – 7-8pm. Props class uses small apparatuses including fitness rings, stability and medicine balls. First class free. Pivotal Fitness Center, 5000 Old Spartanburg Rd, Taylors. 3203806 or 292-8873.
Dancing for Birth – 11am. Babies in slings welcome also. Belly dance and other types to prepare body and baby for easier and quicker delivery. Dianna’s School of Dance, 7601 White Horse Rd, Greenville. 836-8982. Pain and Arthritis Management – 11am-4pm. FDA approved Scalar Wave Laser provides energy to cells for improved function and wellbeing. $30 ½ hr. session. Abiada Healing Arts, 187 N Daniel Morgan Ave, Spartanburg. 542-1123.
Boot Camp – 6-7pm. Full body workout with core emphasis for those stubborn abdominals. $130 for 12 sessions. Right Jab Fitness, 3400 Anderson Rd, Greenville. 363-3923.
Yoga for Cancer Survivors – 9-10am. Gentle stretching and breathing exercises that relax and invigorate the body and mind, stimulating the natural healing process. St. Francis Millennium Campus (near ICAR campus), Greenville. $5 per class. Call to register, 675-4656.
Weight Loss Information Session – 6:15pm. Discuss the tools needed to lose weight and keep it off. Tour the facility and meet the staff. Free. Nutrition Solutions, 2104 Woodruff Rd. Greenville. 676-1248.
Pilates – 9:15-10:15am. All levels and ages. Increase your flexibility and promote healthier body composition. First session free. Packages available. The Westside Club, 501 Willis Rd, Spartanburg. 587-7106 ext 0.
All Levels Yoga – 6:30pm. Relieve tired muscles and calm the stress of the day. $15 per class. It’s Yoga! Studio Inc, 1440 Pelham Rd, Greenville. 354-2882.
Children’s Story Time – 9:30am. All ages welcome. Free character cookie. Coffee To A Tea, 1 Augusta St, Ste. 101, Greenville. 350-6506.
Pre-Natal Yoga – 11:30am-12:30pm. Relax and connect with your baby. $10/class. Spartanburg Regional Center for Women, 101 E. Wood St, Spartanburg. Pre-register. 560-6000.
Gentle Yoga for Beginners – 9:30-10:45am. Gentle class suitable for the beginner or for a more relaxing practice. $12, $80/series of 10. Yoganize, 2105 Old Spartanburg Rd, Greer. 325-6053.
TRX/Kettlebell Training –11:45am-12:30pm. Improve strength, balance and flexibility. Creative, fun with results. $139.00/8 sessions. Greer Athletic Club, 905 N. Main St, Greer. 864-877-4647.
Powered by Pilates – 9:30-10:30am. Strengthen your muscles in a mat-based interval training class. $12. MuvE Fitness Studio at 4Balance Fitness, 787 E. Butler Rd, Mauldin. 288-8532.
Community Acupuncture – 12-6pm. Economical group opportunity to benefit from natural therapy. Plan at least 45 minutes for therapy. $45 initial, then $25. Carolina Health Innovations, (inside Sportsclub), 712 Congaree Rd, Greenville. 331-2522.
Toddler’s Table Time –10-11:30am. Time for moms to bring in their toddlers for tactile art experiences, and moms don’t have to clean up $10. Creating Artists for Tomorrow, 1711 Old Spartanburg Rd, Greer. 244-0616.
Natural Living Lunch & Learn – 12:30-1:30 pm. Content-rich and practical hour-long sessions. $10.00/class. Prepay for four workshops and get one free. GROW. Call for locations. 593-4207.
Nia Dance/Fitness – 6:30-7:30pm. Throw off your shoes and dance. $10 per class, non-members welcome. Riverside Tennis Club, 435 Hammett Bridge Rd, Greer. 848-0918. Imagine Life with Less Stress – 6:30-7:30pm. Wand your pain away at a demonstration of our amazing new products to reduce and eliminate pain. Free. RSVP Acorn Integrative Health, Hwy 101, Greer. 848-5291. 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, 2110 Augusta St, Greenville. 419-2596.
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, 1440 Pelham Rd, Greenville. 354-2882.
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Yoga – 11am-12pm. For ages 55+. Hatha Yoga is a class of various postures, one flowing into the next while also working on breathing techniques. No experience necessary. Small membership fee required. Senior Action, 50 Directors Dr. Greenville. 467-3660. Zumba – 11:15am. Dance your way to fitness with this Latin-themed class. Eastside Family YMCA, 1250 Taylors Rd, Taylors. 292-2790.
Tai Chi for Arthritis – 1:30-2:30pm. Includes Tai Chi for Arthritis and Osteoporosis, supported by the National Arthritis Foundation and based on Dr. Paul Lam’s program. 25% off students, faculty and staff from GTCHS and GTC. 20% off seniors. $50/6 wks ($40 seniors) Qi Works, TBA(new location) Greenville. 420-9839.
Qi Gong-Five Animal Sports Pt 1 – 4-5pm. Based on animal movements-part 1 is tiger and deer. Improves balance, health and mental calmness. 25% off students, faculty and staff from GTCHS and GTC. 20% off seniors. Pre-requisite Eight Pieces of Brocade. $72/8wks. Qi Works, TBA (new location) Greenville. 420-9839. All Levels Yoga – 5:30pm. Slow the stress of your day with a yoga routine of breath and postures to balance and detoxify the body. $15 per class. It’s Yoga! Studio Inc, 1440 Pelham Rd, Greenville. 354-2882. Yoga Classes in Anderson – 5:30-6:30pm. Therapeutic and breath work classes available. $85 for two months of classes (1 per wk) or $110 for two months of classes (2 per wk). Single classes are $15 each. Rosalinda Yoga, AnMed Life Choice Gym on Hwy 81, in Anderson. 313-3348. AD/HD, Autism Spectrum, Learning Disabilities Info.Meeting - 6:30-8pm. Parents gain great understanding of their child and learn about the Brain Balance program. Learn about research and brain function in children struggling with neurobehavioral disorders. Free. Brain Balance, 2531 Woodruff Rd, Simpsonville. Space is limited, RSVP to 329-9933. Peripheral Neuropathy Workshop - 6:30-8pm. Discover 3 early warning signs that you never would have guessed were associated with peripheral neuropathy. Why everyday foods may be the hidden culprit damaging your nerves. Free. Enhanced Living Chiropractic, 140 Sage Creek Way, Greer. 848-0640. Tai Chi Basics and Simplified Yang 24 Forms – 7-8pm. Improves muscular strength, balance, flexibility and mental calmness. 25% off students, faculty & staff from GTCHS and GTC. Pre-requisite basics class prior to Form. $40/mth or $110 for entire Form class. GTCHS, multipurpose room, bldg. 120, 506 S. Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville. 420-9839. Tai Chi Basics/Yang 24 Forms - 7:20-8:20pm. Begins May 31 (16 wks) Improves muscular strength, balance, flexibility & mental calmness.
Students, Faculty & Staff from GTCHS and GTC 25% off. Pay monthly $40 for 4 months or $145 full 16 weeks. Greenville Technical Charter High School, S.Pleasantburg Dr. Building 120, multipurpose room bottom floor, Greenville. 420-9839. Pre-Natal Yoga – 6-7pm. 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. Bring your own mat, two pillows and water bottle. Free. Carolina Waterbirth, 915-J South St, Simpsonville. 329-0010. Qigong – Eight Pieces of Brocade – 6:10pm7:10pm. (Begins May 31- 4-wks) Improves balance, health and mental calmness. Students, Faculty & Staff from GTCHS/GTC 25% off. Seniors 20% off. $40/4 weeks. Greenville Technical Charter High School, S. Pleasantburg Dr. Bldg. 120, multipurpose room bottom floor, Greenville. 4209839. Half Hour to Health – 6:30-7pm. Discuss topics related to health, wellness, and spinal care. Free. Bourg Chiropractic, 9 McKenna Commons Ct, Greenville. 292-3291. Tai Chi Aerobics – 6:30-7:30pm. Combines music and an upbeat pace with time-honored Tai Chi movements. $15/class, $65/5 classes, or included in gym membership. Equilibrium Zen Gym, 2110 Augusta St, Greenville. 419-2596. Sivananda Method Hatha Yoga – 6:30-8:15pm. Hatha Yoga taught in traditional style. $10 or donation. Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1135 State Park Rd, Greenville. 271-4883. Does Cancer Run in Your Family? Lecture – 7-9pm. Remove your fears of cancer and other health related conditions. 20 year nutritional veteran and Nutripath. Free. Cocoon Nutrition, 160 Dewey Rd, Greer. Call to reserve your space, 8956250. Hepatitis C Support Group – 7-8pm. Third Tuesday of each month. Support group offering information, natural alternatives, recipes, wellness programs, and other resources. Free. Donations accepted. Chapman House Community Center, 38 Main St, (Hwy 8) West Pelzer. 906-7660.
Meditation Class – 7pm. Learn to meditate. $15 per class. It’s Yoga! Studio Inc, 1440 Pelham Rd, Greenville. 354-2882. Pancreas Protocol/Weight Loss Group Sessions – 7-9pm. Group sessions for weight loss, with options of acupuncture and coaching for $15. Carolina Health Innovations, 712 Congaree Rd. (inside Sportsclub) Greenville. No appt. necessary, 35-45 min sessions. 331-2522. Zumba at MuvE Fitness in Motion – 7:308:30pm. See Monday 5:30pm listing for details. TRX-Suspension Training – by appt. 30-min. workout increases strength, core stability, and balance. $16 per class. Greer Athletic Club, 905 N. Main St, Greer. 877-4647.
Jazzercise Class – 5:30am. Additional times available. See Monday 5:30am listing for details. Yoga Bootcamp – 9:15-10:30am. See Monday 9:15am listing for details. Live Oak Farm Store – 10am-6pm. Local farm products including grass-fed beef, pork, chicken, lamb and turkey. Majority of products bear the Certified South Carolina grown seal including pastureraised eggs and organic produce. Live Oak Farms, 230 Sam Davis Rd, Woodruff. 991-9839. Senior Day – 10am-6pm. Seniors 60+ receive 10% off total purchase. Normal exclusions apply. The Wild Radish, 161 Verdin Rd, Greenville. 2971105. Toddler’s Table Time –10-11:30am. See Tuesday 10am listing for details. Healing Yoga Therapy - 10:30-11:45am. See Monday 10:30am listing for details. Yoganize.
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5 Step Animal Welfare Rating Program Demo – 11-1pm. Learn more about our outstanding chicken, beef and pork producers and their achievements in animal welfare practices and try delicious recipes too. Whole Foods Market, 1140 Woodruff Rd, Greenville. 335–2300. Biofeedback and Stress Management – 11am4pm. Biofeedback provides support to overstressed body systems encouraging the body to move toward balance. $75session. Abiada Healing Arts, 187 N. Daniel Morgan Ave, Spartanburg. 542-1123. Free Cooking Demo and Food Tasting – 11am1pm. Demonstration on how to prepare new recipes in our kitchen. Watch demo, taste test and take home recipes. Free. The Cook’s Station, 659 South Main St, Greenville. 250-0091. True Water Sampling - 11am-5pm. First Wednesday. Sample alkalizing True Water. Sampling Special: Buy 1 gallon, get second gallon 15% off. All Natural Health & Beauty Center, 101 College St, Simpsonville. 963-2882. “Row-ga” Fitness – 4-5pm. 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, at the Mall Connector. Greenville. 281-1505. Yoganize – All Levels – 4:45-6pm. Energize, revitalize and harmonize mind, body and spirit. Experience peace and a more joyful practice in a welcoming environment. $12/class, $85/series 10, $99 monthly unlimited. 2105 Old Spartanburg Rd, Greer. 325-6053.
Pilates with Props – 5-6p.m. Uses small apparatuses to challenge core muscles, increase flexibility, and improve balance with mat Pilates exercises. $12, $100/series of 10. Pivotal Fitness Center, 5000 Old Spartanburg Rd, Taylors. 320-3806. Zumba at MuvE Fitness in Motion – See Monday 5:30pm listing for details. Body Wrapping Party – 6-8pm. 1st & 3rd Wednesdays. Reduce unsightly fat and cellulite, tone, tighten and firm skin. $20. Acorn Integrative Health, 419 New Woodruff Rd, Greer. 848-5291. Boot Camp – See Monday 6pm listing for details. All Levels Yoga – 6:30pm. A yoga routine of breath and postures. $15 per class. It’s Yoga! Studio Inc, 1440 Pelham Rd, Greenville. 354-2882. Medical QiGong – 6:30-8:15pm. Boosts the immune response against certain viruses. $15/class, $65/5 classes, or included in Equilibrium Gym membership. Equilibrium Zen Gym, 2110 Augusta St, Greenville. 419-2596. Green Screen Film Series – 7pm. Series of documentary films designed to get us thinking about living healthier lives in a healthier community. After movie discussion to bring local focus to the films. Free. Hub-Bub Showroom, 149 S. Daniel Morgan Ave, Spartanburg. 582-0056. Life and Breath Training –7pm. Discover the healing power of conscious breathing and change your life. $25. Wise Resources for Holistic Health, Spartanburg. RSVP for location. 316-9811.
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Group Power – 9:30am, 4:45 & 7:05pm. Weight training program designed to condition all major muscle groups. $10 per class. Free w/membership. Greer Athletic Club, 905 North Main St, Greer. 877-4647. Pilates Jumpboard – 9:30-10a.m. See Monday 5:30pm listing for details. Yoganize – All Levels – 9:30am, 5:30pm, 7pm. Combination of yoga, yoga therapy, Pilates and healing prescriptive movement. Develop balance, coordination and build self-esteem. $12, $80/series of 10. Yoganize, 2105 Old Spartanburg Rd, Greer. 325-6053. Live Oak Farm Store – 10am-4pm. See Wednesday 10am listing for details. 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. Zumba – 10am and 7:30pm. See Tuesday 11:15am listing for details. YMCA-Eastside. Yoga for Cancer Survivors – 10:30am-12pm. See Tuesday 9am listing for details. All Levels Yoga – 11am. A morning class for energizing, stretching and rejuvenating mind and body. $15 per class. It’s Yoga! Studio Inc, 1440 Pelham Rd, Greenville. 354-2882.
“Row-ga” Fitness – 11am-12pm. See Wednesday 4pm listing for details. Healing Yoga Therapy – 11:30am-12:45pm. See Monday 10:30am listing for details. TRX/Kettlebell Training –11:45am-12:30pm. See Tuesday 11:45am for details. Community Acupuncture – 12-6pm. See Tuesday 12pm listing for details. Tai Chi Chih – 1-2pm for intermediates and 2:30-3:15pm for beginners. For ages 55+. A set of movements completely focused on the development of energy called chi. Small membership fee required. Senior Action, 50 Directors Dr, Greenville. 467-3660. Health Starts Here Demonstration – 3-5pm. Try easy and delicious recipes that are based on the 4 pillars of Health Starts Here: whole food, plant-strong, nutrient dense and healthy fat. Whole Foods Market, 1140 Woodruff Rd, Greenville. 335–2300. Qi Gong-Eight Pieces of Brocade - 4-5pm. Popular exercise that promotes balance, health and mental calmness. 25% off students, faculty and staff from GTCHS and GTC. 20% off seniors. $36/3 wks. Qi Works, TBA (new location) Greenville. 420-9839. Tai Chi Basics & Simplified Yang 24 Forms – 5-6pm. Class sequence is based on Yang style. Improves muscular strength, balance, flexibility and mental calmness. 25% off students, faculty and staff from GTCHS and GTC. Pre-requisite basics class prior to Form. $40/mth or $110 for entire Form class. Qi Works, TBA (new location) Greenville. 420-9839.
Art Walk-Spartanburg – 5-9pm. 3rd Thursday of the month. Stroll thru art galleries that range from non-profit institutions to commercial art galleries. Most located in downtown Spartanburg. Free. Carolina Gallery, 145 W. Main St, Spartanburg. 585-3335. Ladies Night Out – 5-8pm. Bring some wine, and an ounce of creativity, CAT’s will provide the rest. Pricing begins at $35 and can be shared with friends. Creating Artists for Tomorrow, 1711 Old Spartanburg Rd, Greer. 244-0616. Yoga Classes in Anderson – 5:30-6:30pm. See Tuesday 5:30pm listing for details. NIA Dance/Fitness – 6-7pm. See Wednesday 9:30am listing for details. Simplified Yang Style Tai Chi 48 Forms – 6-7pm. Class sequence is based on Yang style. Improves muscular strength, balance, flexibility and mental calmness. 25% off students, faculty and staff from GTCHS and GTC. Pre-requisite 24 Form. $40/mth or $145 for entire Form class. (16 wks) Qi Works, GTCHS, multipurpose room, building 120, 506 S Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville. 420-9839. Upstate Babywearing Group – 6pm. 2nd Thursday. Monthly meeting to support moms and dads in attachment parenting by teaching how to safely and comfortably wear their baby. Bring your sling, wrap, mei-tai or try out one of ours. Free. Natural Baby, 11 College St, Downtown Greenville. 2548392.
AD/HD, Autism Spectrum, Learning Disabilities Discussion – 6:30-8pm. Parents will gain greater understanding of their child. Learn about research and brain function in children struggling with neurobehavioral disorders. Free. Brain Balance, 2531 Woodruff Rd, Simpsonville. 329-9933. Space is limited, RSVP. All Levels Yoga – 6:30pm. See Monday 6:30pm listing for details. It’s Yoga! Studio Inc. Tai Chi Aerobics – 6:30pm. See Tuesday 6:30pm listing for details. Beekeeper’s Association Meeting – 7-8:30pm. Second Thursday. Clemson Ext. Office, 142 S. Dean St, Spartanburg. (Old Evans High School Bldg.) 596-2993 ext 117. Detox to the Rescue – 7pm. Cleanse and heal yourself using proven, natural, holistic methods. $25. Wise Resources for Holistic Health, Spartanburg. RSVP for location. 316-9811. Flexibility Training (Yoga Basics) – 7-8pm. Increase flexibility through various stretches and yoga movements. Students, faculty and staff from GTCHS and GTC 50% off. $40 per month or $108 per quarter. Discounts for spouses. Multipurpose room, Building 120, GTCHS, Barton Campus, 506 S. Pleasantburg Dr., Greenville. 420-9839. HCG Diet Support Group – 7-8:30pm. Weekly support group for HCG diet program. Free. Limited seating, RSVP: The Wild Radish, 161 Verdin Rd, Greenville. 297-1105.
Pancreas Protocol/Weight Loss Group Sessions – 7pm. See Tuesday 7pm listing for details. 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. Wellness Home Preview – 7-8pm. Improve your quality of life with water, air and sleep. Arrange for a magnetic massage. Free. Courtyard by Marriott on the Parkway, 115 Parkway, Greenville. 979-5611. Zumba at MuvE Fitness in Motion – 7:30-8:30pm. See Monday 5:30pm listing for details. TRX-Suspension Training – See Tuesdays listing for details.
Jazzercise Class – 5:30am. Additional times available. See Monday 5:30am listing for details. Indoor Rowing Classes - 7:30am and 9:15am. Fullbody and cardio workout; any age and fitness level. Rates vary. Greenville Indoor Rowing, 576-A Woodruff Rd, Greenville. 281-1505 or 498-8608. Snow Fest – 9-11am. Preschoolers and parents can glide, slide and ride. $10 per child, adults are free. The Pavilion, 400 Scottswood Rd, Taylors. 322-7529. Less Stress Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. See Monday 9:30am listing for details. Less Stress Yoga. Friends and Family Friday – 10am-6pm. Friends & family members get adjusted and it’s only $25 for each of you. Hub City Health Studio, 115 W. Main St, downtown Spartanburg. 583-0300. Live Oak Farm Store – 10am-6pm. See Wednesday 10am listing for details. Potter’s Wheel Lessons – 10am-6pm. Lessons are $10 with the purchase of a small clay package. Creating Artists for Tomorrow, 1711 Old Spartanburg Rd, Greer. 244-0616. Healing Yoga Therapy - 10:30-11:45am. See Monday 10:30am listing for details. Yoganize. Yoganize - Intermediate Level - 12-1:30pm. Energize, revitalize and harmonize mind, body and spirit. Experience peace and a more joyful practice in a welcoming environment. $12/class, 85/series 10, $99 monthly unlimited. 2105 Old Spartanburg Rd, Greer. 325-6053. Restorative Yoga Class - 12:15pm. Perform gentle poses before dropping into deep contentment, feeling nourished and well-rested from the sequence of supported postures. It’s Yoga! Studio Inc, 1440 Pelham Rd, Greenville. 354-2882. Chinese Cooking Class for the Diabetic – 3:30-5pm. Eat the healthy meal you create. Private lessons available. $15 per class. Four Seasons Restaurant, 208 N. Main St, Mauldin. Call 297-5097. Boot Camp – 6-7pm. See Monday 6pm listing for details. Kid’s Climb Night – 6-9pm. Kids can climb up indoor climbing walls while you get some down time. Children must be 6 years old to be left without a parent. $15 per child, $10 per additional sibling. Glendale Outdoor
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Yoga – 9am. $10; 5 classes/$40; first class free. Unity Church of Greenville, 207 E. Belvue Rd, Greenville. 292–6499.
Why is This Happening to Me Again? – 7pm. Learn practical tools to heal and change your future. $20. Wise Resources for Holistic Health, Spartanburg. RSVP for location. 316-9811.
Pilates with Props – 9:20-10:20am. See Wednesday 5pm listing for details. Clay Works – 10am-6pm. Create some art. Clay packages start at $35, and leftover can be used for an additional studio visit. Creating Artists for Tomorrow, 1711 Old Spartanburg Rd, Greer. 2440616.
Ballet Body by Jazzercise – 7:30am. See Sunday 2:45pm listings for details.
Live Oak Farm Store – 10am-4pm. See Wednesday 10am listing for details.
Body Sculpt Class – 8:15 and 9:15am. $10 per class or membership packages available. Jazzercise on North Main, 1830 N Main St, Greenville. Lindsey at 423-5468 or Jennifer at 346-4671.
Yoganize – All Levels – 10-11:30am. See Thursday 9:30am listing for details.
Community Acupuncture – 8:30am-Noon. See Tuesday 12pm listing for details. Group Power – 8:30 and 10:30am. See Thursday 9:30am listing for details. Pilates Jumpboard – 8:45-9:15am. See Monday 5:30pm listing for details. Less Stress Yoga – 9-10am. See Monday 7:30pm listing for details. Saturday Morning Market “Buy Local, Benefit Local” – 9am-12pm. December – May. Purchase locally-grown produce, baked goods, eggs, honey, pottery, jewelry, paintings and more. The Phoenix, 174 E Main St, Spartanburg. 278-8088.
Zumba Fitness – 11am. The big dance/aerobic craze. $10 per class. Arthur Murray Dance Studio, 1054 E. Butler Rd, Greenville. 254-9126. Tai Chi Basics/Yang 24 Forms –11:30am12:30pm. Preliminary movements and exercises aiding in learning Yang24 sequence. Improves muscular strength, balance, flexibility and mental calmness. Sixteen weeks. Students, Faculty and Staff from GTCHS and GTC 25% off. Pay monthly $40 for 4 months or $145 full 16 weeks. Greenville Technical Charter High School, S. Pleasantburg Dr., Bldg. 120, Multipurpose room bottom floor, Greenville. 420-9839. Health Starts Here Demo for Kids – 12-2pm. Try easy and delicious recipes that are based on the 4 pillars of Health Starts Here: whole food, plant-strong, nutrient dense and healthy fat. Whole Foods Market, 1140 Woodruff Rd, Greenville. 335–2300.
Pancreas Protocol/Weight Loss Group Sessions – Noon-2pm. See Tuesday 7pm listing for details. What is True Aromatherapy - 12-2pm. First Saturday of every month. Discussion on benefits of essential oils and how they are used safely and effectively. Free. Earth Fare, 3620 Pelham Rd, Greenville. 877-8450. Blessingways – 2pm. 4th Saturday. Hear a local mom share her positive birth story and a guest speaker share mindful information on pregnancy, birth, or parenting. Children are welcome. Free Natural Baby, 11 College St, Greenville. 2548392. Tai Chi for Arthritis – 2-3pm. Includes Tai Chi for Arthritis and Osteoporosis, supported by the National Arthritis Foundation and based on Dr. Paul Lam’s program. 25% off students, faculty and staff from GTCHS and GTC. 20% off seniors. $50/6 wks ($40 seniors) Qi Works, GTCHS, multipurpose room, building 120, 506 S Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville. 420-9839. Community Acupuncture – 2-5pm. 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month. Economical group opportunity to benefit from natural therapy. Plan at least 1 hour for therapy. $15. Bridge to Wellness, 607 NE Main St, Simpsonville. 963-4466. Chinese Cooking Class for the Diabetic – 2:304pm. See Friday 3:30pm listing for details. Hoop Dancing – 3-5pm. The renovated return of Hula Hooping. Not just for kids anymore, this practice incorporates dance, yoga and tai-chi movements. $20 a person or $10 if you buy a hoop. Equilibrium Zen Gym, 2110 Augusta St, Greenville. 553-9273.
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230 Sam Davis Rd. 864-991-9839•Woodruff www.LiveOakFarmsLLC.com Certified Naturally Grown 80-acre farm specializing in heritage breeds. Animals and vegetables raised according to Certified Naturally Grown standards. No growth hormones or antibiotics. See ad, inside back cover.
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Michele Senac, CFSP Redesign/Feng Shui Certified 864-631-9335 www.FineRedesigns.com Have a beautiful home or office without spending a lot! Using your existing furniture, artwork & accessories, I can create a harmonious space through the art of Interior Redesign & Feng Shui. See ad, page 15.
GIFTS & TOYS LIVE SIMPLY CARDS & GIFTS
(Web-based Business Only) www.LiveSimplyCardsAndGifts.com Send out a personalized and memorable card and gift without leaving home. Save gas, time and money with as little as $2.99 a card and it includes the postage. Our convenient system lets you send that special card and gift without the hassle of pen, paper, stamps, envelopes, packaging or mailboxes. We do it all for you, sending a card has never been so easy! See ad, page 27.
HAIR SALON/SPA ALL NATURAL HEALTH & BEAUTY CENTER
Alice Caston, Cosmetologist 101 College St. 864-963-2882•Simpsonville www.NaturalFarmacy.net Over 20 years experience in Licensed Cosmetology. We specialize in multicultural hair care, color, facials, and waxing services. We now offer a chemical-free hair straightening program. Free consultations.
FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE BODYLOGICMD
Dr. Kenneth Orbeck 300 Executive Center Dr. 877-749-8832•Greenville www.BodyLogicMD.com Dr. Kenneth Orbeck practices integrative and functional medicine and dedicates his practice to helping women and men find relief from hormone imbalances such as menopause, andropause (the male menopause), adrenal fatigue and thyroid disorders. He uses a three-tiered approach to wellness by customizing nutrition, fitness regimes, and bioidentical hormone therapy. See ad, page 54.
GARDENING/FARMING GROW NATURALLY
AnnD & Mac Leineweber 864-616-4569 – Serving the Upstate www.GrowNaturallySC.com GROW your garden, naturally, in your very own yard! Specializing in gardens designed to fit your family, your budget and your space. We use organically grown plant materials and methods to install herb and vegetable gardens.
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HEAD & SHOULDERS, KNEES AND TOES SALON
2811 Reidville Road, Ste. 13 &14 864-587-5500•Spartanburg www.HeadAndShouldersSalon.com Our organic hair color and product line is made with certified organic ingredients. It is 100% vegan friendly and is not harmful to the environment. See ad, page 27.
HEADQUARTERS DAY SPA AND SALON
3 East Park Avenue 864-233-1891•Greenville www.HeadquartersDaySpa.com Offering Organic Hair Services using the Organic Systems hair color, texture waves, and straightening. Our retail organic hair care products help our clients maintain the services they have received. We also offer pre-planned and custom spa package services. See ad, page 29.
NANCY LEE’S HAIR ART
Nancy L. Minix, MC, BS, RA – 20+yrs Exp. Operating at 3318 Brushy Creek Rd. 864-320-2359•Greer More than hair care. Natural/ Organic/Ammonia-free color and products. Formalyhyde-free Keratin treatments. Aromatherapy consulations & personalized products. ION Footbath detox. See ad, page 19.
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.
HEALTH FOOD STORES 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, and carry many name brand vitamins and supplements at affordable prices. Exclusively, we offer True Water, an alkaline ionized water, that supports wellness in many specific ways. Free consultations. See ad, page 49.
Earth Fare − The Healthy Supermarket 3620 Pelham Rd. 864-527-4220•Greenville www.EarthFare.com
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.
Market For Life
Margaret Griffin 2801 Wade Hampton Blvd, #15 864-268-9255•Taylors Natural foods, bulk foods/ herbs, nutritional supplements, herbs, 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 Vitamins and women’s products, goat’s milk and cheeses, raw juice & smoothie bar, Sami’s wheat/gluten-free products, vegan/spelt and sugar-free baked goods, pet wellness, monthly healthy living classes. See ad, page 15.
MIND, BODY & SPIRIT MASSAGE THERAPY
WHOLE FOODS MARKET 1140 Woodruff Rd. 864-335-2300•Greenville
Imagine a farmers market: fresh produce, meats, a fish market, a gourmet shop, a European bakery, the corner grocery store, and eat-in café, all rolled into one. Monthly calendar of events. We want to be your neighborhood supermarket. See ad, page 57.
Kellyann Battista, LMBT #6131 425 North Main St. Ste. C 864-356-5901•Simpsonville www.MindBodySpiritHealing.MassageTherapy.com
Looking to release muscle tightness? Stressed out or anxious? Stress doesn’t go away, it accumulates. Relief is just a phone call away! Your first one hour session is only $35. See ad, page 42.
HOMESCHOOL – FINE ARTS ARTIOS ACADEMIES
864-420-5179•Serving the Upstate MYasi@ArtiosAcademies.com www.ArtiosAcademies.com A quality fine arts option for homeschoolers designed to educate, equip and elevate students through a Biblicallybased fine arts program.
HOSPICE CARE SOLARIS HOSPICE
129 Straight Dr. 864-225-3139•Anderson www.MySolarisHospice.com Care is our business. Using a wholistic approach, our team helps patients and families embrace the natural changes during the final stages of life. Patient wishes are always the focus of our care. See ad, page 20.
Kathie Hamilton, LMBT #1202 (15 yrs exp) 405 N. Fant St. (2 blks from AnMed Ctr) 864-222-1748•Anderson www.PeaceOfMindWellnessCenter.com Specializing in Medical, Reiki, and Cranio Sacral massage. Aromatherapy body salt glow, seaweed body wrap, ear candling, and ion foot bath also offered. $5 off when you bring in my ad. See ad, page 21.
R & R MASSAGE THERAPY
Rita Cunningham, LMT #5999 106 Memorial Dr. (inside Acupuncture of Greer) 864-451-9295•Greer Rest and relieve pain with a therapeutic massage. 1 hour$45. Rejuvenate with foot reflexology or an ionic foot bath. Restore calm with stress reducing massage with acupuncture. See ad, page 47.
LIFE COACHING INSTITUTE
864-282-8989•Greenville Dianne@LifeCoachingInstitute.net www.LifeCoachingInstitute.net Our neuropsychological approach, Insight Transformation, trains thoughts and emotions from the inside out for happiness and optimal outcomes in life, work, health and relationships. See ad, page 34.
MASSAGE/BODYWORK GREENVILLE NATURAL HEALTH CENTER
PEACE OF MIND THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE
864-320-9276•Greenville www.RicardoCuevas.com Lic.#'s 6369 SC & 007438 NY Specializing in treating the source of myofascial dysfunction and chronic pain. Complimentary 30 minutes added to your first visit.
VALENCIA LITTLEJOHN, LMT#5804
Starr Williams-Altop, LMT #3520 1901 Laurens Rd. 864-370-1140•Greenville www.GreenvilleNaturalHealth.com Do you suffer from pain or stress? There are solutions. Massage is one of the best preventative modalities to help promote greater health and wellbeing. New clients, mention this and your 1st massage is only $35! See ad, page 34.
103 D. Regency Commons Dr. 864-630-0031•Greer PoshJewelryOnline.com/massage Experiencing migraines, carpel tunnel, neck/back/hip pain, numb or tingling fingers? I can help. Experienced Therapist with your comfort and wellbeing in mind. Receive an additional 30 minutes FREE with a 1 hour service of your choice. Call Today! See ad, page 47.
MENTAL FITNESS QUICKWITZ
Q u i c k Wi t z i s a unique brain training program for the 55+ population. Using hands-on activities and games, QuickWitz will help you get sharp and stay sharp.
NUTRITIONAL COUNSELING COCOON NUTRITION
Stephen Heuer B.S. 864-895-6250•Greer CocoonNutrition.com
Understand the cause(s) of what ails you and activate your body’s ability to eliminate allergies, arthritis, constipation, cardiovascular challenges, cancer, depression, fatigue, sleep challenges. See ad, page 50.
REIKI-HEALING TOUCH SYNCHRONICITY, LLC
Wendy Van Duyne, RM BCIH 850-C Wade Hampton Blvd. Ste. 1-D 864-244-6778•Greenville www.SynchronicityHeals.com Achieve wholeness of mind, body and spirit through Reiki and an integrative natural approach to wellness. Relax, rejuvenate and revive! See ad, page 24.
THERMOGRAPHY CORE MEDICAL THERMOGRAPHY
Janet A. Krinke, CTT/Charla Bloomer, RN 864-423-6256 www.CoreMedicalThermography.com Thermograms are Infrared Thermal Imaging viable for all ages, COR OR E Medical Thermography histories, and even �- Full Body - Breast� women with breast implants. As part of a multimodal approach, 95% of cancers are detected early. See ad, page 37.
VITAMINS & SUPPLEMENTS APPLE A DAY AND BEYOND
864-239-0542 877-277-5357 www.AppleADayAndBeyond.com Boost your energy, recharge your metabolism, and support your immune system with our mineral supplements. Up to 50% off Garden of Life products. Upstate orders receive next day delivery! See ad, page 31.
BELL LIFESTYLE PRODUCTS
1-800-333-7995 ext. #2294 www.BellLifestyle.com Formulated natural health supplements intended for pain control, urinary health, preventive illness, virility, stress relief, weight control and other common conditions. Visit www.BellLifeStyle.com for information! See ad, page 41.
RESTAURANT BAVARIAN PRETZEL FACTORY
Linda Gschnitzer 1106 Woodruff Rd. 864-283-6266•Greenville www.BavarianPretzelFactory.com Authentic German bakery/deli specializing in artisan breads and pastries.
TAI CHI/QIGONG QI WORKS STUDIO, LLC
Dr. Mary Powers, Instructor 864-420-9839•Greenville www.QiWorksStudio.com Rebuild your body’s balance, flexibility, strength, memory & health with Tai Chi & Qigong exercises. Classes in Qigong, Tai Chi 24, & for Arthritis. Natural self-healing exercises. See ad, page 30.
John Holland, Pharm.D. 838 Powdersville Rd. Ste. D 864-855-2323•Easley
Vitamins and supplements compounded on-site. Professional grade vitamin brands like Xymogen and Designs for Health also available. Specializing in bioidentical hormone replacement and custom thyroid medication. Serving the community since 2006 your problem solving specialists. See ad, page 51.
WHOLISTIC WELLNESS CENTER
WOMEN’S HEALTH CUSTOM-MED PHARMACY John Holland, Pharm.D. 838 Powdersville Rd. Ste. D 864-855-2323•Easley
Thyroid, perimenopausal or menopausal issues? We specialize in custom compounding including, bio-identical hormone replacement, and custom thyroid medication. Serving the community since 2006 - your problemsolving specialists. See ad, page 51.
YOGA/PILATES IT’S YOGA! STUDIO™ INC.
Kristi Ried Barton, E-RYT, MAYT 1440 Pelham Rd. Ste. G 864-354-2882•Greenville www.ItsYogaStudio.com 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 52.
2105 Old Spartanburg Rd. 864-325-6053•Greer www.Yoganize.com Energize, revitalize, harmonize. A variety of all level classes Monday – Saturdays. $7-$12 per 1 1/2 hour class; specialized instruction. $99 monthly unlimited classes special. See ad, page 2 and 35..
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EQUILIBRIUM ZEN GYM
2110 Augusta St (lower level) 864-419-2596•Greenville www.EquilibriumZenGym.com Bring balance to your life with the following services: Acupuncture, acutapping, cranial touch. massage, foot detox, medical Qigong, nutritional counseling, reflexology, pariffin wax treatment, and Reiki. See ad, page 23.
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