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his month marks the start of a new adventure for Natural Awakenings. For years, the Spartanburg area has been covered by the Upstate edition of the magazine. Readers of the area often found it difficult to consider local news briefs as relevant news. Businesses were often too far away for patrons to consider traveling to. Health and wellness resources were often found to be sparsely specific to the needs of readers in the area. Here and now, we are pleased to welcome you to the premier issue of Natural Awakenings Spartanburg edition. When Jim and I first published the Upstate edition of Natural Awakenings, our mission was to help awaken the Upstate. Instead, we were pleasantly surprised to find the Upstate awakened us. Building relationships with local businesses and getting to know the very people that kept the community alive helped us see that we are all a vital piece to one big universal puzzle. We are looking forward to experiencing these joyful moments of enlightenment as we come to know and love the people and businesses of Spartanburg. We chose to launch the magazine here because we strongly believe that the people of Spartanburg have a very different need than Greenville, Anderson or other cities in the Upstate. The website for the Spartanburg Convention & Visitors Bureau states that historically, “This one county once produced more peaches than the entire state of Georgia, and today, remains a center of farming whose products feed this fast growing region.” With our commitment to sustainability, eco-initiatives and stimulating the local economy—the natural choice to publish an additional magazine was Spartanburg. To our readers, advertisers and distributors who have supported Natural Awakenings from the very start, we thank you dearly. Without you, our vision would never have been made into a success. To those who are new to the magazine, sit back, relax and enjoy the rambunctious ride of healthy living lovers all across the nation.

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communitynews Abiada Healing Arts Welcomes New Partner


biada Healing Arts, a center for wellbeing in Spartanburg, welcomes the addition of their new business partner, Sherry Gory. Gory is a graduate of the Greenville Technical College Massage Therapy Program. She is passionate about easing aches, pains and stresses Laurie Babb, Sherry Gory, Jeane with customized aromatherapy massage, deep Gardner tissue massage and reflexology. Along with being a licensed massage therapist, Gory is also a certified polarity therapist. Polarity therapy is a natural health care system that works with the human energy field. Energy fields and currents exist everywhere in nature. Polarity therapy asserts that the flow and balance of energy in the human body is the foundation of good health. Abiada promotes the intimate connection between mind, body and spirit. The center uses a variety of modalities based on the practitioners’ assessment of the body’s current condition. With the addition of Gory to the office, the center now offers couples massage most evenings. Chair massage is also available. Gory joins two other therapists at the center, Jeane Gardner and Laurie Babb. Abiada Healing Arts is located at 187 N. Daniel Morgan Ave, Spartanburg. For more information, call 864-542-1123 or visit See ad, page 28.

Brain Test to Diagnose ADHD Approved by FDA


rainCore Therapy in Spartanburg is offering brain wave tests, as well as neurofeedback to help overcome many of the symptoms associated with brain wave imbalance. Dr. Cindy Gibbon states, “The brain wave test identifies unbalanced brain wave patterns that may be related to focus and attention issues while the neurofeedback is designed to teach children how to better regulate their brain wave patterns. We find that when a child learns how to do this, many of the issues improve; they become calmer, more focused and better able to concentrate.” According to Gibbon, neurofeedback has been shown to help other conditions such as insomnia, anxiety, chronic pain, headaches, and stress disorders. Dr. Cindy Gibbon The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the brain wave test to help diagnose attention deficit hyperactivity disorders (ADHD) in children. Christy Foreman, a director at the FDA, said in a statement that the protocol would help health care providers more accurately determine whether ADHD was the cause of a particular behavioral problem. Although this method has only recently been approved by the FDA, brain wave testing has been used by many health care providers all over the world for the past 30 years. In addition to identifying ADHD, brain wave testing also provides the basis for neurofeedback training, which can be used to help alleviate many of the symptoms associated with ADHD. Gibbon says this is a natural approach to help with many neurological symptoms. It is painless, drugless and permanent. BrainCore Therapy is located at 366 S. Pine St, Spartanburg. For more information, call 864-680-1042 or email 6

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Community Market Supports Local Economy


he Hub City Cooperative (Coop) is gaining momentum and making great steps toward opening a community market at 176 North Liberty Street, Downtown Spartanburg. The Co-op currently has 1,050 members of the community who have shown their support by purchasing an ownership, and that number continues to steadily climb. This past spring, the Co-op held an investment campaign and raised 1.8 million dollars toward the purchase and renovation of the building. In the fall, the Co-op will hold a fundraising campaign for the remainder of the funds needed, so that construction can begin in early 2014. To kick-off the fundraising campaign, an open house will be held at the building on September 19, October 17 and November 21. Downtown Spartanburg desperately needs a grocery store, especially one that will support local farmers and producers and allow the community more healthy options. The public can support the Co-op by becoming an owner and contributing to the fundraising campaign. The cost of a membership is $150 (a one-time fee). The fee can be spread out over three payments if needed. Hub City Cooperative is located at 176 N. Liberty St, Spartanburg. For more information, call 864-5792293 or visit

YOGAlicious Celebrates Seven Year Anniversary


n September 14 from 9am to 3pm, join YOGAlicious Studio in celebrating its seven year anniversary with a free yoga day. The celebration will allow attendees to try different types of yoga at no cost. Adrienne Ables, Monica Foster and Catherine Querin founded YOGAlicious Yoga Studio in September of 2006. Since then, the studio has flourished, boasting 16 teachers, a studio manager and nine work-trade staff on its current team. YOGAlicious is located in the heart of downtown Spartanburg. The studio is open seven days a week and offers a variety of classes. The teachers at YOGAlicious are all Yoga Alliance Certified, capable of leading an individual through yoga classes in a safe and nurturing environment. YOGAlicious Studio is located at 147 E. Main St, Spartanburg. For more information, call 864-515-0855 or visit

New Wellness Store Opens in Downtown Spartanburg


erb & Renewal recently opened in downtown Spartanburg, offering bulk herbs, in-house made tinctures and salves, and locallymade or sustainably created home goods and gifts. It is the only store in the Upstate that provides bulk herbs, tinctures and information classes on the “how to� of herbal medicine. Owners Angie Shuman and Anne Anderson say Herb & Renewal is a hub for wellness and social change in the city of Spartanburg. It provides affordable herbs and products, emphasizing healthy nutrition and lifestyle choices first. The store supports local and regional growers, farmers, artisans and plant communities and believes ecological and economic sustainability is best accomplished through bioregionalist practices. Herb & Renewal honors plants as teachers and upholds strict ethical standards regarding the harvest and use of herbs. The store serves as a community gathering space for workshops, meetings and events. Herb & Renewal is located at 147 E. Main St, Ste. F, Spartanburg. For more information, call 864-553-9393 or visit natural awakenings

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communitynews Zen-Studios Floats with AntiGravity® Yoga


en-Studios studio is the only studio in the Spartanburg area that offers AntiGravity yoga. AntiGravity yoga is a new kind of workout invented by aerial performer Christopher Harrison—a former gymnast and Broadway choreographer. It involves performing a series of exercises inspired by yoga, Pilates, calisthenics and aerial acrobatics in a hammocklike apparatus, in order to achieve a total-body workout. Anyone with back issues can benefit from this class as it helps to lengthen the spine and provide relief for backaches. As you become more body aware, it is a stress reliever. The studio is also hosting Xtend Barre training from September 12-15. Xtend Barre training is a great opportunity to get involved in an ever-popular fitness class. Zen-Studios is an eco-friendly studio and Eco-Chic boutique where clients come to have a profound health and wellness experience with their bodies. All of the regularly scheduled yoga teachers are at least RYT-200 or higher. In addition to health and wellness classes, the studio also offers workshops and teacher trainings, as well as therapeutic massage, Reiki and acupuncture services.  Zen-Studios is located at 1040 Fernwood-Glendale Rd, Ste. 58, Spartanburg. For more information, call 864-583-3335 or visit See ad, page 19.

Protect Your Rights to Compounded Medicine


ocal compounding pharmacist Russell Prescott III, R.Ph. of Shertech Compounding Pharmacy, recently attended Compounders on Capitol Hill, a meeting with members of Congress to explain how certain legislation can dramatically impact the ability to care for patients. Legislation (Senate bill S. 959) has been proposed that has the potential to restrict access to compounded mediRussell Prescott III, R.Ph. cations. Compounded medicine is an important treatment option for humans and animals when commercially available medicine is ineffective, intolerable or unavailable. This bill will have significant implications for patients that rely daily on compounded medicine if the bill passes and access is restricted. Prescott went to Compounders on Capitol Hill to advocate for you. Chances are you or someone you know has relied on a compounded medicine at some point. Prescott educated members of Congress to protect Shertech’s patients’ right to compounded medicine, with the patients’ best interest in mind. If the bill passes, there is the potential for restricted access to compounded medicine. This could include medicines used everyday such as prescriptions for bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. Vote is set for after Labor Day, and you can make a difference. Legislators need to hear from those who would be affected by any policy or law that doesn’t reflect the importance of personalized medicine. Contact South Carolina legislators Lindsey Graham at 202-224-5972 or Tim Scott at 202-224-6121 to express your concerns today. For more information, visit Shertech Pharmacy is located at 1360 Drayton Rd, Spartanburg. For more information, call 864-585-3850 or visit See ad, page 7. 8

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Awaken Your Heart, Mind, Body and Soul


ctober 18-20 will be a weekend to remember for guests of The Butterfly Retreat 4 in North Myrtle Beach. Topics include health and wellness, diet and exercise, overcoming fears and self -empowering, finding your true inner and outer beauty, healing yourself, and learning to make the best of your life. The event takes place at the oceanfront Beach Cove Resort. Every room has a private balcony with ocean view. Beginning Friday evening with an oceanfront dinner and continuing all weekend, guests will be enlightened by workshops, classes and guest speakers. Saturday’s activities include yoga, tai chi, wine glass painting, finding your inner beauty, vision board making, massage, and reiki, along with luncheon and a fashion show plus guided meditations. Sunday starts with a free upcycled accessory shopping spree, then coffee and networking. Later, guests will enjoy a gourmet brunch with featured speakers.  “I created this retreat to give you the opportunity to be exposed to new ideas and learn to make the rest of your life the best it can be,” says retreat creator Jennifer Lombardi. Past guest Sandra Michewa said, “I had the most amazing experience at The Butterfly Retreat. I was introduced to so many different things that I never thought I would be exposed to. More importantly, I learned so much about myself and met new lifelong friends. I left feeling like I was ready to start my next chapter in life.” For more information, call Jennifer Lombardi at 843-450-0637 or visit See ad, page 9.

Find Beauty in All Natural Products


oday’s beauty and health industry is overrun with product lines that claim to be all natural, healthy or chemical free. A quick glance at the long list of ingredients these products carry can easily discredit there claims. Andrew J. Suggs, CEO and president of Astronowyl, a family-owned and operated skin and hair treatment product line, believes everyone can experience the benefit of all natural ingredient products with a few simple and easy steps. Common non-natural ingredients found in leading brands include parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate, artificial colors and fragrances, and propylene gylcol. Consumers should look for these ingredients first to determine whether their product of choice is all natural or not. Other ingredients to avoid are Salicylic Acid, 1,4-DIOXANE, synthetic colors, BHA and BHT, Isopropanol/Isopropyl Alcohol and FD&C Yellow Aluminum Lake. Astronowyl understands that quality comes first. Before making your next cosmetic purchase, do your research and always choose products that will be gentle on your body, producing the most beautiful of results. Founded in 1970, Astronowyl seeks to change the health world through its all natural potent products, which contain no additives and no artificial byproducts. For more information, call 708-669-9563 or visit Â

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Jog or Walk to Live Longer


Global Glamour Natural Beauty Aids from India

The health and beauty aisle at Indian grocery stores includes several natural products in wide use among Indian women. Here are some popular ones available in America. Henna: Women mix powder from the henna plant with water to use as a natural hair dye and conditioner. Coconut oil: Indian women regularly massage a natural oil into their scalp before washing to keep their hair healthy and prevent the scalp from drying out and itching. “Coconut oil helps to grow hair long,” advises Bibya Malik, owner of Bibya Hair Design, a salon chain in Chicago. “It is probably the most widely used hair oil in the Indian subcontinent; amla oil, jasmine oil and other herbal oils are used, as well.” Rosewater: Most often used as a skin toner, some women also like to spray rosewater on their face as a refresher. Rosewater has a long history as a fragrance and as a flavoring in dessert recipes. Ubtan: This mixture of turmeric, gram (chickpea) flour and herbs is combined with milk or water as a beauty treatment. Indian brides scrub their skin with it in the days prior to their wedding. Source: Bibya Hair Design, research by Bushra Bajwa 10

slow jog around the block a few times a week can prolong life. The Copenhagen City Heart Study monitored 1,878 joggers for 30 years and found that 44 percent of these subjects are less likely to prematurely die from any cause than non-runners. Males and females that continued to jog regularly added 6.2 years and 5.6 years, respectively, to their average lifespans. It only takes 1.5 hours of slow-to-average-pace jogging a week to reap the longevity benefits. Walking is also beneficial; the National Institutes of Health says it can add up to 4.5 years to the average life expectancy. Seventy-five minutes of brisk walking a week can add 1.8 years to life expectancy after age 40, according to study results cited in PLOS Medicine.

School Lunches Minus the Meat


s the first school in the nation to go completely meatless, 400 students at New York City’s P.S. 244, the Active Learning Elementary School, are treated to eclectic fare that includes black bean and cheese quesadillas, falafels, and tofu in an Asian sesame sauce. “We’ve had a really great response from the kids, but they also understand it’s about healthy options,” says Principal Bob Groff. “Because we teach them to make healthy choices, they understand what is happening and believe in what we’re doing, too.” When the school opened in 2008, the cafeteria served vegetarian meals three days a week. “We started to try out recipes with small groups of students to see what they liked and didn’t like. It was a hit,” says Groff. All meals adhere to U.S. Department of Agriculture standards, so students get plenty of nutrient- and protein-dense vegetables. Students are also welcome to pack their own lunches, including meat.

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Yoga Relieves Back Pain


ould a simple yoga class ease chronic back pain? Yes, say researchers in two recent studies. Scientists at the University of Washington found that subjects reported a 61 percent decrease in back pain when practicing yoga in a 12-week period compared with doing simple stretching. The researchers attributed their findings, published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, to yoga’s physical and breathing exercises and how they increase awareness and relaxation. Another project, funded by Arthritis Research UK, showed that Britons with long-term back pain that took a 12-week yoga course reported 75 percent fewer sick days.

Hair to Dye For


hree-quarters of American women are interested in changing their hair color, particularly to cover gray, according to a Clairol study. But other studies show they should be wary of most traditional hair dyes and consider natural alternatives. A study from the University of Southern California published in the International Journal of Cancer, for example, identified women using permanent hair dyes at least once a month to be at the highest risk for bladder cancer. As early as 2007, the European Union banned 22 potentially dangerous chemicals in cosmetic and body care products, including hair dyes. In the journal Materials last year, British researchers warned of the increased cancer risk from toxic chemicals called secondary amines, found in European- and U.S.manufactured permanent hair dyes, because they remain on the hair for extended periods long after application and can penetrate skin. Meanwhile, increasing demand by consumers for safer products has expanded the market for natural hair dyes containing henna, oils and extracts from berries and other fruits, plus vegetables. Many are now available at pharmacies, organic salons and online, including do-it-yourself recipes.

Protein for Breakfast Curbs Food Cravings


kipping breakfast or eating sugary breakfast breads and cereals sets us up for increased appetite all day long, while protein-rich food effectively satiates us, according to a recent University of Missouri-Columbia study. Subjects were 20 overweight young women, ages 18 to 20, divided into three groups: those that skipped breakfast, ate cereal, or enjoyed a 350-calorie, high-protein breakfast of eggs and lean meat. Researchers tracking brain function concluded that those eating the high-protein breakfast were better able to control their eating throughout the day and evening. For people that don’t currently eat breakfast, lead researcher Heather Leidy, Ph.D., an assistant professor of nutrition and exercise physiology, says it only takes about three days to acclimate the body. Leidy suggests first trying plain Greek yogurt, cottage cheese or egg or meat burritos. Aim for 35 grams of protein in the morning for all-day control of food cravings. natural awakenings

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Natural Awakenings’

Yoga Guide

Zen Studios - Spartanburg

Zen Studios is an eco-friendly studio and Eco-Chic boutique where clients come to have a profound health and wellness experience with their bodies. Our clients feel confident knowing all of our teachers are at least RYT-200 or higher. We have 25+ classes per week, ranging from prenatal to power to YogaWall, (the only Great Yoga Wall in the Upstate!), and coming in September, you can fly with us in AntiGravity® and meet us at the Xtend Barre! At Zen Studios you are sure to find what you are looking for regardless of your fitness background. In addition to wellness classes, the studio offers therapeutic massage, acupuncture, Reiki, facials, and waxing services to enhance your experience. Zen Studios is a community that truly fosters and supports the overall mind-body connection.  Zen Studios,1040 Fernwood-Glendale Rd, Ste. 58, Spartanburg. 864-583-3335. See ad, page 19.


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Yoga Unique - The Upstate

Yoga Unique LLC, offers private yoga classes, yoga therapy and innovative yoga props in a variety of locations throughout the Upstate. They take the time to get to know their clients and create unique offerings catered to the individuals and companies they work with. Keri Rogers Marino, RYT, owner of Yoga Unique says, “We honor that every student that comes to us is working towards happiness and that we must all walk our own path in life.” Celebrate your uniqueness and your path to greater health and balance. Yoga is not meant to be a one size fits all practice. The props are colorful and lovable, and we hope they inspire you to do more restorative yoga. Yoga Unique. Various Locations in the Upstate, 864-430-1275.

“Row-ga!” is a unique fitness fusion of indoor rowing AND yoga offered at Greenville Indoor Rowing by Certified Indoor Rowing and Yoga Instructor, Laura Caylor. Staying in good physical shape is one thing, yet aging well is a huge concern for most. “Row-ga!” allows any body at any fitness level to discover the beauty of steady-state rowing, coupled with a smooth flowing yoga practice to get it all done. Come explore your potential with no concern of competition or comparison; simply accept “where you are” and allow your journey to move you forward into feeling great! Classes are limited to ensure that you get the hands-on attention you deserve. Greenville Indoor Rowing, 576-A Woodruff Rd, Greenville. 864-281-1505 or 864-901-3776.

Southern Om - Greenville


“Row-ga!” at Greenville Indoor Rowing Greenville

Partnering decades of experience in meditation and alternative health with an opportunity to honor his parents’ legacy, Greenville native Pace Beattie fulfilled his dream of opening a hot yoga studio in his hometown. Now celebrating its three year anniversary, Southern Om is a tranquil space open for our community to practice yoga and cultivate a peaceful mindset on and off the yoga mat. Amenities of the studio include a padded yoga room floor, soft chandelier lighting, fresh air ventilation, industrial humidifiers, locker rooms with showers, a clothing boutique, and a sitting area with a lending library of wellness-related books. A variety of class times are offered every day of the week from 6am to 7pm. Southern Om is located next to Whole Foods Market at 1140 Woodruff Rd. 864-329-1114 for more information. To view the weekly schedule and sign up for classes, visit

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It’s Yoga! Studio - Greenville

It’s Yoga! Studio helps you be inspired, evoke peace and bring you closer to your true self.  We guide you into inner energy reserves for vitality and health. Benefits are numerous: improve flexibility, deeper breathing, optimized health, mental clarity and inner calm, creating delayed aging and a remarkable zest for life. Our classes: Beginner, Gentle, Vinyasa and Dynamic Vinyasa Flow, Therapeutic, Prenatal and Restorative. Personal Sessions include Nutrition, Life Coaching, Reiki and Therapy. Take our Yoga Retreat to the hot springs of Ojo Caliente, New Mexico. Learn the indepth knowledge of yoga through our Teacher Training Institute Program. It’s Yoga! Studio, Halton Business Park, 120 Halton Rd, Ste. 1, Greenville. 864354-2882.

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The Purple Mat Clemson/Pendleton

The Purple Mat is the first and only yoga and wellness studio serving the Clemson and Pendleton area. Located on the historic square in Pendleton, The Purple Mat offers classes seven days a week for all experience levels. Founded in February 2013 by Erin Leftwich, RYT-200, The Purple Mat is dedicated to helping students achieve a happy, healthy lifestyle through yoga practice. Our well trained teachers draw from a diverse set of backgrounds offering a variety of classes such as Vinyasa, Alignment Based, Kripalu, hot flow and prenatal. Students will find the studio’s minimalist style welcoming and soothing. The Purple Mat regularly hosts workshops which provide students with additional time to explore and deepen their practice. Workshop topics include beginner fundamentals, arm balancing, yoga nidra, and meditation. The Purple Mat, Ltd, 102 E. Main St, Pendleton. 864-916-YOGA. Schedule and teacher bios can be found at 14

Rosalinda has taught yoga in Anderson, S.C. for 15 years. Now at Anmed’s Life Choice Gym, classes are every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30pm. Classes are small, ongoing, and everyone receives personal attention. Rosalinda’s love and practice of yoga spans four decades and several styles of yoga. Although the practice of yoga is a serious discipline, the classes are balanced with lots of fun. Continuous practice brings health, joy and well-being. Pranayama (science of breath) is taught to more advanced students and rounds out the classes. A quiet mind and steady breath bring calmness and balance in a fast paced world. All levels are welcome and you can begin where you are. Rosalinda McGarity, 864-313-3348. Email:

Integrative Yoga Therapy - Easley

A little about me... My intention is to offer a comfortable space in which people of all sizes, shapes, ages and fitness levels can comfortably explore the many facets of yoga. Many of us see limitations in ourselves and whether they are real or perceived, physical or psychological, these limitations get in the way of pursuing our interests. If yoga is your interest, the classes at IYT are designed to help you work past any limiting thoughts or conditions to develop a yoga practice that is right for your mind and body. With a wide range of classes and the option for private lessons, we will work together to determine the ideal starting point for you.  Integrative Yoga Therapy, 633 Saco Lowell Rd, Easley. 864-444-5523.

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DEEP-HEALING YOGA Release Trauma, Build Resilience by Sarah Todd


hen a woman separated from her husband last fall, she tried hard to shut down her emotions. A 30-year-old working mother of two young boys, she felt she couldn’t afford to be sad or angry, even as she contemplated divorce. But something shifted when she began taking yoga classes in her town in northern Michigan. “It was my one place to relax and let go,” says Emily, who asked that her real name stay private. “I used to go to class, get into a deep stretch and cry. It was like my muscles were connected with my heart. My instructor would warn us that certain poses would provide emotional releases, and sure enough, the tears would fall.” People suffering disruptive changes —from losing a loved one to coping with unemployment or striving for sobriety— often find yoga to be a healing force. Lola Remy, of yogaHOPE, a Boston and Seattle nonprofit that helps women navigate challenging transitions, attests that yoga makes them feel safe enough in their bodies to process difficult emotions. “The goal isn’t to make stressors go away, it’s to learn resilience,” Remy explains. “Irreparable harm isn’t necessarily the only result of experiencing stress. Even if I’m in a challenging position—like wobbling in the tree pose—I can see that I’m still okay.”

The object is to teach women that their bodies are strong and capable, giving them more confidence in their ability to weather obstacles off the mat.

Supporting Science

Research suggests that yoga can also be an effective therapy for people affected by some forms of severe traumatic stress. A study in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences that scanned the brains of trauma survivors after a reminder of the traumatic event revealed decreased activity in the prefrontal cortex—the part of the brain that helps make sense of raw emotions and bodily experiences. While shutting down the connection between body and mind can help in coping with dangerous experiences, it also makes recovery difficult. “You need to have a high-functioning prefrontal cortex to organize the thoughts that come up and know that you’re safe in the present moment,” advises David Emerson, director of yoga services at the Trauma Center, in Brookline, Massachusetts. “Otherwise, you’re assaulted by memory sensory information.” Yoga appears to rewire the brains of trauma survivors to stop reliving past distress. “You can’t talk your prefrontal cortex into functioning well again,” Em-

erson observes. “But you may be able to do it with your body.” The study found that eight female patients that participated in traumasensitive yoga saw significant decreases in the frequency and severity of their post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms. In a study at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Boston, co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense, military veterans enrolled in a 10-week yoga course also showed improvement in PTSD symptoms. A paper presented at a recent International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies conference studied 64 people that had experienced childhood abuse and neglect; those that participated in a trauma-sensitive yoga course had a 33 percent reduction in PTSD symptoms. Two months later, more than 50 percent in the yoga group experienced greater freedom and were no longer diagnosed as suffering from PTSD, compared to the control group’s 21 percent. Yoga can also transform traumatized lives in other ways. “For many traumatized people, being touched intimately can be a trigger,” Emerson remarks. “Yoga may let them feel ready for physical intimacy again. Others have mentioned victories such as being able to go to the grocery store and knowing exactly what foods their bodies crave.” Emerson notes that such programs emphasize choice and individual empowerment. “The beauty of yoga is that you reclaim your body as your own.”

Spreading the Word

Once largely concentrated on the East Coast, trauma-sensitive yoga programs are spreading. Jennifer Johnston, a research clinician and yoga instructor at Boston’s Mind Body Institute, sees programs like these enriching our culture’s understanding of the physical and mental health connection. “In a country where drugs and surgery are often the first go-to,” she says, “it’s important to remember that things like yoga can change our chemistry, too.” Sarah Todd is an East Coast-based writer and editor. Connect at

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WORKOUTS Moving the Body Opens the Door to Spirit by Lisa Marshall


“the flail.” As the World t’s the Sabbath, a day of “Exercise can Beat playlist picks up the prayer, and millions of be a powerful pace, Pierrat leads the people across America group through a funky, raveare quietly sitting or kneelgateway to like series of dance moves ing, humbly communing aimed at “opening up” the with a power greater than the spiritual.” hips and chest and somethemselves. thing less tangible deep But inside the Alchemy ~ Chantal Pierrat inside. By song five, the of Movement studio in Boulsweat is flowing and some are dancing der, Colorado, the Soul Sweat faithful unabashedly, eyes closed, lost in the are connecting with their higher power music. Others are smiling broadly, makin a different fashion. In bare feet, and ing eye contact in the mirror. wearing yoga pants and tank tops, they The sense of joy and interconnectfind a place before a wall-to-wall miredness in the room is palpable. “Exerror while a slow, Afro-Brazilian rhythm cise can be a powerful gateway to the vibrates the wooden floor. spiritual,” observes Pierrat, the founder At the urging of instructor Chantal of Soul Sweat, a highly choreographed, Pierrat, they let their arms and necks spiritually charged dance workout. go limp, shaking off the week’s stresses Twenty years after the yoga craze via a sensual, full-body writhe she calls


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introduced Westerners to the possibility that the two seemingly incongruous goals could be intertwined, the spirituality-fitness link has spread well beyond the yoga mat. It has spawned fusions ranging from Body Gospel, a Christian workout tape, and Jewish Yoga classes to triathlon programs rooted in Native American teachings and Buddhismbased running meditation workshops. In addition, creative instructors have been fusing body/mind/spirit classics like yoga and Pilates with hardcore cardio disciplines like spinning and boxing. Half of all U.S. fitness clubs now offer mind/body programming, according to the IDEA Health & Fitness Association, and the portion of classes dedicated to “mind/spirit” versus just “body” is on the rise. “The newer programming is balanced 50-50, rather than the 80-20 body-mind split of the past,” estimates Sandy Todd Webster, editor in chief of IDEA’s publications. At a time when, according to the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, the number of people that identify with “no organized religion” continues to grow (topping one-fifth of Americans and one-third of U.S. adults under 30), more people than ever are exploring exercise as a path to both flatter abs and deeper self-discovery. “We have spent so long focusing on the mind and the brain… but that is not the whole story,” says Pierrat. “The somatic, or physical, expression of spirituality is the future.”

In the Zone

The notion that intense dancing or a long run could spark what feels like a spiritual awakening makes sense to Philadelphia-based research neuroscientist and physician Andrew Newberg, author of How God Changes Your Brain. A pioneer in the field of integrative “neurotheology”, he has for years used brain imaging technologies to study the impact religious or spiritual practices like deep meditation, intense prayer and speaking in tongues have on the brain. Exercise, he says, provides many of the same effects. In addition to prompting a surge of feel-good endorphins, a highly strenuous workout is one of the few activities that can lead to simultaneous activation of both sympathetic (fight-or-flight) and

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parasympathetic (calming) nervous system reactions. “Normally, when one of these is active, the other one shuts down, but when people drive one or the other to a very heightened level of activity, there is some evidence that the other turns on too,” explains Newberg. That intense dual firing can paradoxically lead to an interruption in sensory information traveling to areas of the brain that control our sense of ourselves at any moment. “Not only do you have this great feeling of energy and calmness, but you tend to lose your sense of space and time,” he notes. Newberg’s own research also suggests that when people “surrender” themselves in a spiritual practice, the frontal lobe (the practical part of the brain that keeps our thoughts in check) quiets. He speculates that something similar may happen in the midst of, say, a marathon or intense dance, enabling out of the ordinary thoughts and feelings to surface. “It can allow for creativity— a blending of different, more intuitive ideas in ways you don’t normally mix things,” comments Newberg. So, is exercise able to only make us feel like we’re having a mystical experience, or is it somehow actually opening a channel to the divine? Newberg declines to go there, commenting that a brain scan tells what’s going on in the brain, not in the soul. Yet he has no doubt the two are inextricably linked. He says, “There are many well-known examples of intense experiences, like Sufi dancing, generating spiritual experiences for people.”


“God has created us with a body. Why aren’t we praying with our body?”

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Marcus Freed is one of those people. He grew up in a traditional Jewish family in London, England, and attended a rabbinical seminary in Israel. Still, he felt that something was missing in his spiritual life. “I thought, ‘God has created us with a body. Why aren’t we praying with our body?’”

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Freed says that Biblical text often references the body: King David, in the Book of Psalms, says, “Let all my bones praise the creator.” The Jewish Talmud refers to a rabbi that “stretched his spine with a prayer of gratitude.” Yet, Freed observes, the physical elements of daily spiritual practice have been largely forgotten over the centuries. When he discovered yoga, it filled a gap for him. “I found a way to draw upon this incredible spiritual literature but ground it in the body, so that experience is not just in the head, but also in the heart.” Thus, Freed founded Bibliyoga, which launches each class with a Hebrew or Kabbalistic teaching, followed by poses that incorporate its themes, as reflected in his book, The Kosher Sutras: The Jewish Way in Yoga and Meditation. The practice, now taught in cities around the United States and Europe, has prompted the birth of similarly religion-infused classes, including Christ Yoga, and the Jewish Yoga Network. “A lot of people separate things, saying they’ll get their spirituality from one place and their exercise from somewhere else,” says Freed. “I think they are missing out.”

Mindful Sports

The spirituality-exercise link likewise resonates through other traditionally solo pursuits such as triathlon activities and running, in which many athletes say a more mindful approach to training has infused their sport with more meaning, and in some cases, improved their performances. Ironman Marty Kibiloski, formerly a competitive marathoner and road racer, led what he terms a “high achievement, low contentment” life for years, measuring his self-worth by timed results that never quite satisfied him. In 2006, he attended a Running with the Mind of Meditation three-day workshop, based on Rinpoche Sakyong Mipham’s book of the same name. The retreat combined with his newfound interest in Buddhism, completely redefined running for him. Kibiloski prefers to steer clear of the word “spiritual” (which he sees as somewhat ambiguous) when 18

“Mobile meditation… trains you to have your mind

be still when your body is active, which is how you are in everyday life.” ~ Marty Kibiloski describing what he now experiences when running. Instead, he frames it as a vehicle for self-discovery, a mobile meditation that provides the intense focus and freedom from distraction that enables him to “awaken to how things really are.” He now leads the retreat that proved pivotal for him, drawing more than 100 runners each Labor Day weekend to the Shambhala Mountain Center, in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado. Participants learn to focus on the cadence of their footfalls, their breathing and their surroundings to, as he puts it, “move meditation beyond the cushion.” He remarks, “It trains you to have your mind be still when your body is active, which is how you are in everyday life.” Triathlete Mark Allen credits his work with Brant Secunda, a shaman and teacher in the Huichol Indian tradition of Mexico, for enabling him to overcome negative self-talk and physical stresses

and go on to win the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, six times in the late 1980s and early 90s. He notes, “In every one of my physical workouts, I also focused on training the spiritual aspect, so that when I got that chatter in my head, saying, ‘This is too hard’ or ‘I want to quit,’ I could go to a quiet place, rather than a negative one.” Based on their book, Fit Soul, Fit Body: Nine Keys to a Healthier, Happier You, the pair conduct workshops around the country on how to strengthen both soul and body by intertwining both. “Some people think you are only spiritual when you are praying, but when you are moving your body, that is an intensely spiritual experience, too,” says Allen. “It’s my way of saying, ‘Thank you for letting me be alive.’” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer near Boulder, CO. Connect at

FUSION WORKOUTS Pump Body, Charge Spirit

Drawing newcomers eager to break a sweat while staying true to their mind/body and spiritual roots is the aim of yoga, Pilates and tribal dance instructors that are busy introducing innovations. Here’s a quick look at just some of them. Aero boga: This approach to yoga-dance fusion is designed for older adults that follow the bhakti yoga philosophy. Buti: Teachers of this 90-minute, high-intensity workout that fuses yoga, tribal dance and plyometrics aim to unlock the shakti spiral and release the hips to help energy flow freely in the first and second chakras. Piloxing: Created by Swedish dancer and celebrity trainer Viveca

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Jensen, Piloxing blends Pilates and boxing with powerful principles of femininity. Soul Sweat: Highly choreographed, yet accessible to beginners, dance movements are set to World Beat, African, Latin, hip-hop and rave music to enhance coordination, tone muscles, enhance energy flow and awaken creativity. Vinyasa on the bike: Conscious pedaling on a stationary bike integrates yoga principles of breathing, flowing and paying attention to what is happening in the body. YoBata: Fast-paced classes intersperse Vinyasa (or flow) yoga with tabata brief sets of high-intensity, fat-burning bodyweight or cardio exercises).



Mindful Practices Enhance Any Routine by Casey McAnn When it comes to attaining fitness, several well-regarded recommendations increase the likelihood of success. Natural Awakenings canvassed online fitness sources for tips and techniques intended to keep workouts safe, fun and satisfying. Our favorites follow. Always stretch – Light stretching before and after workouts loosens muscles and increases circulation for quicker repair and healing. It can also help prevent injuries. It’s ideal to hold stretches for at least 30 seconds, breathing “into” the muscles that are being stretched and inviting a gentle release of tension on the exhalation. If any pain surfaces while stretching a certain area, stop. Start slowly – Begin and build workout routines slowly in order to avoid straining muscles and ligaments. Exercise at least twice a week, the bare minimum for staying physically fit. Be well rounded – Add leg and back exercises to crunches and bicep curls, and vary cardio routines to stay enthusiastic about workouts. Experiment with all the equipment available at a studio or gym, asking a trainer for guidance. Drink plenty of water – Drinking water helps to decrease appetite and eliminate cravings, while nourishing and hydrating the body. The goal is to drink half of one’s body weight number in ounces each day. Keep it regular – Making exercise a regularly scheduled part of the week eliminates excuses. Keep it on the calendar and show up as dutifully as for any other important appointment. Make up any days missed. Increase intensity – More intense workouts mean less time spent doing them while achieving the same level of benefits. It’s also important to keep endurance exercises in any routine, however, because they are vital for cardiovascular benefits and building stamina. Use weights – Adding muscle to the body increases strength, life expectancy and fat burning. To tone muscles, use a weight that works for eight to 12 lifts. For bulk, use a weight suited to four to six lifts. Practice a weight training routine two to three times a week, keeping sessions under 45 minutes. Add interval training – Sprinting for about 50 yards boosts metabolism and heart health. Return to the starting point by taking a slow walk. Repeat as many times as possible, making sure to warm up before the interval training and cool down afterwards. Dress up – Energize a workout session and boost confidence by wearing something snazzy. Donning an exercise “uniform” gets us in the mood, and a new piece of clothing or footwear can make us excited to get moving again. Be a safe runner – Every six weeks, cut running mile-

age and frequency in half for a week. This allows the body to recover from workouts and helps to prevent injury. Make it meaningful – While walking or running, recite prayers or a gratitude list, or listen to inspirational podcasts and downloads. Volunteer for fitness – Many volunteer tasks involve some form of physical movement. It feels good to burn calories while helping others. Bring workout buddies – Friends and pets need exercise, too, and they provide restorative companionship. Working out with a pal adds support and motivation, which are keys to success. Seek out a human buddy with similar fitness goals. Go green – Research from the University of Essex, in England, shows that exercising in nature produces additional physical and mental benefits. The researchers found that “green exercise” improves mood, self-esteem, enjoyment and motivation. Casey McAnn is a freelance writer in Boston, MA.

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Sugar Monster How Sweet It Isn’t by Kathleen Barnes

“Am I a sugar addict?” There’s an easy way to tell.


f you have to ask yourself, you are,” advises Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, a renowned integrative physician in Kona, Hawaii, and author of Beat Sugar Addiction Now! The dangers of excessive sugar consumption, especially of highfructose corn syrup (HFCS), are well known. Yet such cheap, corn-based sweeteners account for nearly 56 percent of all sweeteners, especially in beverages. The average American annually consumes 152 pounds of sugar, compared to 109 pounds in 1950, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. A large portion is ingested as sugary liquids, including juices and an average of 46 gallons of soft drinks a year— compared to 11 gallons 50 years ago.

Puts on Pounds

Certainly, high-calorie sugars trigger weight gain, but it may be news that calories from sugar act differently in the body than those from other foods. “Fat doesn’t make you fat. Sugar makes you fat,” states Dr. John Salerno, director of The Salerno Center for Complementary Medicine, in New York, Tokyo and Sao Paolo, Brazil. “Eating carbohydrates quickly raises blood sugar (glucose), prompting the release of insulin to transport the glucose not immediately needed for energy, to the cells,” Salerno explains in his new book, The Salerno Solution: An Ounce of Prevention, a Lifetime of Health. “If there is more glucose than you need, the remainder is stored in the liver and muscles as glycogen, and then converted to fat.”

Corn Syrup Hides in Processed Foods Most of us might suspect that highfructose corn syrup (HFCS) lurks in soft drinks, baked goods, candy and other sweets, but substantial amounts permeate many processed foods. Key culprits include: 4 Applesauce 4 Bottled steak and barbecue sauces 4 Breads 4 Breakfast cereals (including low-calorie ones) 4 Canned soups 4 Catsup 4 Canned vegetables 4 Cottage cheese 4 Flavored yogurt 4 Juice drinks 4 Salad dressings 4 Spaghetti sauce Notes: HFCS sometimes hides on labels as inulin, glucose-fructose syrup, isoglucose and fruit fructose, among others. Sources include several online publications and food product labels.

Killing Effect

While the negative effects of excess sugar consumption have been documented for decades, “Evidence is mounting that sugar is the primary cause of obesity, plus many chronic and lethal diseases,” says Osteopathic Physician Joseph Mercola, of Hoffman Estates, Illinois, who runs the highly popular natural health website,, and has authored books that include The No-Grain Diet and Sweet Deception. “Excessive fructose consumption leads to insulin resistance that appears to be the root of many, if not most, chronic diseases,” says Mercola. Beyond the obvious association with obesity, hyper20

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tension, Type 2 diabetes, liver and heart disease and Alzheimer’s have all been linked to sugar, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information at the National Institutes of Health. “Sugar, in excess, is a toxin, unrelated to its calories,” says Dr. Robert Lustig, an endocrinologist and professor of clinical pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. “The dose determines the poison. Like alcohol, a little sugar is fine, but a lot is not. And the food industry has put us way over our limit.” Sugar can be addictive, continues Lustig. “It has clear potential for abuse. Like tobacco and alcohol, sugar acts on the brain to encourage subsequent intake.”

Risky Substitutes

No-calorie artificial sweeteners can be equally dangerous by convincing us we are bypassing calories. The 5,000-participant San Antonio Heart Study, which followed subjects for seven to eight years, showed that adults consuming regular or diet soft drinks were likely to gain weight, but those that drank the diet versions were more likely to become obese. Participants in Massachusetts’ Framingham Heart Study further confirmed that soft drink lovers in general were 40 percent more likely than non soda-drinkers to develop metabolic syndrome, increasing the risk of diabetes and heart disease. Studies from Washington University School of Medicine, in St. Louis, Missouri; National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases; and Gunma University, in Maebashi, Japan, suggest that sucralose (marketed primarily under the brand name Splenda) can trigger the release of insulin as though sugar has been consumed; over time, this contributes to insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes. Aspartame and saccharin have also been associated with weight gain and suppressed satiety (fullness) response, effecting overeating and possibly even cancer. Such effects are supported by studies from at least seven countries, published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information. Finally, xylitol, another low-calorie sweetener that some claim to be natural, is actually highly processed and even a small amount can cause diarrhea.

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Stevia, a powdered extract of a South American plant, is the most popular natural sweetener, delivering no calories or blood sugar swings; 200 to 300 times sweeter than sugar, a little goes a long way. Look for a product with no additives. Sucanat—minimally processed, dehydrated cane sugar juice—is a reasonably healthy alternative, especially to substitute measure for measure in baking. Because it metabolizes like sugar, it too will cause blood sugar swings; also note that both agave and “raw” sugar, which is merely less refined table sugar, have similar effects.  Honey, while not calorie-free, is high in heart-healthy flavonoids and anti-allergens, and may even help lower cholesterol, according to a study from University Hospital Giessen and Marburg, in Germany. Maple syrup carries calories, but is also a rich source of polyphenol anti-inflammatory antioxidants. A University of Rhode Island, Kingston, study suggests that maple syrup may help manage Type 2 diabetes. Molasses, while not calorie-free, is a worthy alternative if weight isn’t an issue, since it’s a good source of minerals, especially iron. Raw monk fruit (avoid processed Nectresse), a small, sweet melon native to China and Southeast Asia known as luo han guo, has traditionally been used in herbal medicine. It is touted as being low in carbs and is 200 to 300 times sweeter than sugar. Coconut sugar is generating excitement largely because of its low glycemic index (35) and low carbohydrate qualities. This optimum option is a good source of potassium, magnesium, iron, boron, zinc, sulfur and copper. All fruit contains fructose, but in a natural state—not synthesized as a vegetable product like corn syrup. Fruit also comes loaded with health benefits, so eating it in moderation works, especially fruits and berries that are low on the glycemic index, a measure of carbohydrate effects on blood sugar levels. Kathleen Barnes has authored many natural health books. Connect at


Joe & Summer Fredette 127 N. Main St. 864-965-9030

We are proud to use local produce from Polecat Vegetable Farm, Bethel Trails Farm, Split Creek Farm, and other local farms when available.


824 Woods Crossing Rd. 864-284-9870

Greenville’s favorite deli offers gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan and dairyfree options every day. No high-fructose corn syrup or trans fats are ever in any of our food. Salad bar with many organic choices is also available.


730 S. Pleasantburg Dr, Ste. L (near Greenville Tech) 864-271-4334

“Change your diet into a Lifeit.” Organic, vegan, raw, living foods, smoothies, fresh juices, soups, sandwiches, desserts, gluten-free options, weekly meal plans, catering, classes, free wi-fi. Making healthy food taste good!

A foodie not only likes food but is deeply interested in it. Just as a student thirsts for knowledge, a foodie wants to learn about food. A foodie always knows the answer when asked “What are you eating?” You may be a foodie if you know what you like and why. You know why some foods are better than others and relish great tasting food at every meal. You might eat a hot dog and french fries at times, but you don’t fool yourself into believing that it’s a nutritionally balanced meal. You may not know the difference between a beefsteak tomato and an heirloom tomato but are interested in learning. You may not shop exclusively at farmers’ markets but still look for good, fresh produce. You may find some foods distasteful. You may like food that others consider “weird.” That’s OK — you’re no less a foodie. You like food, enjoy learning about food, and most importantly, relish eating food.

115 Pelham Rd. 864-271-0742

Organic food, the way nature intended. Fresh from the earth, wholesome and beautifully prepared entrees. Plenty of yummy, glutenfree and raw food options.


1855 E Main St. Specialty Row at Hillcrest 864-585-1021

Garner’s is a local family-owned health food store and deli with organic, gluten-free options, and indoor/outdoor seating. Hours: MonFri: 9am to 4pm, and Sat: 9am-3pm. See ad, page 21.


1450 WO Ezell Blvd. 864-574-0202

Spartanburg’s favorite deli offers gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan and dairy-free options every day. No high-fructose corn syrup or trans fats are ever in any of our food. Salad bar with many organic choices is also available.



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New Main Street soil-to-city restaurant features local, organic, and seasonal foods. Enjoy outdoor seating in NOMA Square, open kitchen with counter seating and open-air bar. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday Brunch.

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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 CLEMSON ORGANIC FARM Clemson University Calhoun Field Laboratory 190 Field Station Dr, Clemson University 864-656-6644 or 864-933-6742 (Wed. 3:30-6:30pm Spring to Fall)

BELUE FARMS 3773 Parris Bridge Rd. 864-578-0446•Boiling Springs (Open Mon.-Sat.- 8am-6pm)

HAPPY COW CREAMERY 330 McKelvey Rd. 864-243-9699•Pelzer (Mon.-Fri. - 9am-7pm, Sat. 9am-5pm)

GREENBRIER FARMS 772 Hester Store Rd. 864-855-9782•Easley (Onsite store, Friday’s 1-6pm, May-October)




708 Old Rutherford Rd 864-438-7147•Taylors

(Tues.11am-7pm, Thurs. & Sat 10am-2pm and by appointment.)

PARSON PRODUCE 404-452-4321•Clinton (Sat. Greenville Downtown Market May thru July) (3rd Wed. Earth Market, NoMa Square, 220 N. Main St, Greenville) (May 15- Sept. 18) (Holiday Markets, Nov 23 and Dec 14)

FARMS AND FARM TOURS BAREFOOT FARMS OF BELTON 293 Murphy Rd 864-380-2002 or 864-338-0010•Belton (Open 9am-7pm Daily)

220 Moores Mill Rd. 864-933-1343•Pelzer (Thurs.1-6pm, Fri. & Sat. 9am-6pm)

220 Hidden Hills Rd. 864-352-2014•Starr 864-617-5911 (Cell)

(See website for retail locations or for placing orders to pick-up at delivery locations.)


3806 Centerville Rd 864-287-3921•Anderson (Open Mon.-Sat. 9am-6pm, Sunday 2-5pm)


(@ Hopkins Farm) 3717 Fork Shoals Rd. 864-907-0529•Simpsonville (Saturday Egg Sales)

WALKER CENTURY FARMS 110 Walker Rd. 864-226-2668•Anderson

(Roadside market Fri. and Sat. 2-5pm, Opens May 18)


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FARMERS’ MARKETS FOUNTAIN INN FARMERS’ MARKET 105 Depot St. 864-275-8801•Fountain Inn (Sat. 8am-Noon – June 1- Sept. 28)

HUBCITY FARMERS’ MARKET 298 Magnolia St. 864-585-0905•Spartanburg

(Sat.11am-1pm-May 11-Nov.9 Morgan Square) (Wed.11am-1pm–June 5-Sept.25)


864-289-0103•Greenville (3rd Wednesday 3-7pm. May-September) (Holiday Markets, Nov 23 and Dec 14)


1140 Woodruff Rd. (Whole Foods Market parking lot) 864-335-2300•Greenville

(Tues.10am-2pm, May 7 thru Oct. 1)

Preventing Seizures Natural Dog Remedies Can Out-Do Drugs by Dr. Shawn Messonnier


eople often seek out a holistic veterinarian due to concerns about conventional medications. One new client recently inquired about her 3-year-old female poodle diagnosed with epilepsy last year. The traditional veterinarian’s prescription for phenobarbital was helping to control the seizures, but the owner questioned the long-term consequences of feeding her pet the drug for the rest of its life. Surely, she thought, there must be a natural alternative. There are many causes for canine seizures, with epilepsy being the most common. Epilepsy is the term used when the cause is unknown, so testing is needed to ensure other factors are not present. These might include toxicities, especially in younger dogs and puppies (may include vaccines); brain tumors, more common in older dogs and certain breeds such as boxers and Boston terriers; infections, as in meningitis, or immune disorders such as the neurologic disease granulomatous

meningoencephalitis, or GME; parasites, including aberrant heartworms; and regional diseases such as tickborne illnesses like Lyme or ehrlichiosis. Common testing includes a physical examination, food hypersensitivity and blood tests, tick serology, urine, fecal and cerebrospinal fluid analyses and a brain scan, which is usually a computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan. Not all tests are needed on all pets because the veterinarian will rule out issues during the process. If other causes are ruled out and the problem is labeled as epilepsy, phenobarbital can be helpful, although side effects can occur as a result, including liver disease. In every case, the animal should be examined at least two to four times a year for possible complications from the drug, starting with a blood profile and urinalysis. It’s always best to supplement

Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, TX, is the award-winning author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats and Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets. Visit

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such treatment with natural remedies to help protect the liver, including milk thistle and choline. Alternatively, natural therapies don’t usually lead to side effects or require the same intense regimen of regular evaluation. Patients have experienced good results with phosphatidylcholine, which works to stabilize brain cell membranes, and so reduce and prevent seizures, while also providing detoxification support for the liver. Phosphatidylcholine supplements are also used to prevent and treat another common neurological problem in pets—cognitive disorder (akin to Alzheimer’s in humans). Dimethylglycine supplementation aids in treating seizures, as well. It both supports the nervous system and provides energy to the body’s cells. Herbs, including valerian, passionflower, kava, gastrodia (tian ma), uncaria (gou teng), ostrea concha (mu li) and buthus martensi (quan xie), can also be helpful. Because they can be powerful natural medicines that could interact with each other and with prescription medicines, use them only under veterinary supervision. Homeopathic remedies are also widely incorporated into natural treatments of seizures such as tinctures of stramonium and belladonna. A twicedaily homeopathic detoxification treatment for pets experiencing seizures from any cause, using berberis, nux vomica and lymphomyosot, is recommended, as well. Due to the overwhelming success of using natural therapies for pets with epilepsy at our Paws & Claws Animal Hospital, most do not need to rely on medications for the problem. Those pets that arrive on a regiment of strong anticonvulsant drugs are slowly weaned off of them, resulting in improved health, lower vet bills and better control of recovery. Most never have another seizure, as long as they stay on the natural therapy protocol prescribed.




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besity, a severe and debilitating illness, is the most common nutritional disease in both animals and people. The latest survey of 121 veterinarians in 36 states by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) and corroborating American Veterinarian Medical Association data reveal we have 80 million fat cats and obese dogs; that’s more than 58 percent of dogs and 52 percent of domesticated cats. “Pet obesity remains the leading health threat to our nation’s pets,” says Dr. Ernie Ward, APOP’s founder, from the organization’s headquarters in Calabash, North Carolina. Current medical consensus states that an animal is obese if it weighs at least 15 percent more than its ideal weight. But looking at body composition is more accurate, based on measurements top-tobottom and side-to-side and depth to the ribs and spine. Animals aren’t born fat. Obesity results from too many calories in food, snacks and treats, paired with a lack of aerobic exercise. People may believe they are showing love

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by rewarding begging with treats, but they actually may be slowly killing their companions with kindness, putting them on a path toward painful and costly medical problems. These can include cancer, cardiac problems, complications from drug therapy, difficulty breathing, heat intolerance, hypertension, intervertebral disk disease, orthopedic conditions (including arthritis), lethargy and ruptured ligaments. Also, because excess body fat first deposits in the cavities of the chest and abdomen and under the skin, hypothyroidism and diabetes mellitus can develop, so screen overweight animals for these disorders prior to treatment for obesity. Tackling obesity involves restricting calories and increasing the metabolic rate with a controlled exercise program. Diet and exercise are the two most vital factors in fighting fat.

Eating Right

Simply switching to a store-bought “lite” pet food is inadequate because many are designed to maintain, not lose, weight. Also, many products contain chemicals, byproducts and unhealthy fillers that are contrary to a holistic program.

Supplement Options

Several natural therapies may be helpful for treating animal obesity. These include herbs such as cayenne, ginger and mustard; white bean extract; chromium; carnitine; hydroxycitric acid (HCA); epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG); and coenzyme Q10. All have been widely used with variable success,

Among owners of chubby pets, 45 percent believe their dog or cat is of a normal weight. ~ Association for Pet Obesity Prevention although not yet thoroughly researched or clinically proven. A supplement called Vetri-Lean appears promising. Based on a white bean extract, it has cut starch digestion by up to 75 percent in the company’s clinical tests. The formula also has EGCG from green tea extract to boost metabolism, inhibit carbohydratedigesting enzymes and help maintain normal blood insulin levels, all to help dissolve fat and control appetite. Chromium polynicotinate, another ingredient, also helps to curb appetite, build muscles and reduce fat.

Exercise is Key

As with humans, a regular program of supervised exercise is essential to pet health. Experience shows that it must be combined with a diet and supplement plan to achieve maximum results for overweight pets. Along with burning off excess calories, even mild exer-

cise works to reduce hunger, improve muscle strength and aerobic capacity and improve functioning of organs. Plus, as veterinarians further attest, the activity is mentally stimulating for both animals and guardians, while decreasing behavioral problems. There is no one best exercise program for every animal; a sensible plan must be personalized to needs and abilities. Consult a veterinarian to determine the best regimen. As always, prevention is better than a cure, so staying alert to signs of additional pounds and keeping an animal from becoming obese in the first place is optimum. Dr. Shawn Messonier has authored The Arthritis Solution for Dogs, 8 Weeks to a Healthy Dog, and the award-winning Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats. His Paws & Claws Animal Hospital is located in Plano, TX. Find helpful tips at

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A homemade restricted-calorie diet is the best choice for obese animals. The second is a processed “obesitymanagement” diet available through veterinarians, although many of these also contain chemicals, byproducts and fillers. Such diets can be used to attain the target weight, and then replaced with a homemade maintenance diet. Foods high in fiber work well for shedding pounds because they increase metabolism. Vegetable fiber decreases fat and glucose absorption. Fluctuating glucose levels cause greater insulin release that can lead to diabetes; because insulin is needed for fat storage, low, stable levels are preferred. Fiber also binds to fat in the intestinal tract and increases the movement of digested food through the intestines.

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Wednesday Lunch Market ─ 11am-1pm. Every Wednesday in September. Fresh produce, breads, pastries, artisans, bagged lunches and more. Free admission. Hub City Farmers’ Market, Dunbar St. between Church & Magnolia, Spartanburg. 585-0905.

Backcountry Wildlife, Past & Present ─ 7:309:30pm. Certified environmental educator talks about animals that used to live in our area and why many of these animals don’t live here anymore. Enjoy S’mores around a campfire; speaker begins at 8:30pm. Adults: $5; Ages 5-17: $3; 4 & under: Free. Price House, 1200 Oak View Farm Rd, Woodruff. 576-6546.


$160 for teams. Includes Mud Run t-shirt. USCUpstate Campus, 800 University Way, Spartanburg. 347-6958. Warrior Workshop ─ 2-4:30pm. Open to all levels of yoga practitioners. Will consist of asana (poses), contemplation and discussion. $35. $5 discount by registering before September 7. YOGAlicious Yoga Studio, 147 E. Main St, Ste. A, Spartanburg. 515-0855. Polarity Share ─ 3-5pm. Learn about Polarity Therapy from Certified Polarity Therapists and discover how it works with the human energy field. $10. Abiada Healing Arts, 187 N. Daniel Morgan Ave, Spartanburg. 542-1123.


Upstate Forever’s Preservation Ride ─ 8am. Upstate Forever’s Preservation Ride.$60 entry fee. Start and finish at Strawberry Hill USA, 3097 Hwy. 11, West Chesnee. 250-0500.

Understanding Fibromyalgia ─ 6-8pm. Lecture and Q and A that reviews the history, definitions and causes of Fibromyalgia, as well as various natural treatment options. Pre-registration required by Sept. 23rd. Presented by Natural Medicine Clinic. Free. Westside Library, 525 Oak Grove Rd, Spartanburg. 708-2567.




Saturday Market ─ 8am-noon. Every Saturday in September. Offering produce, plants and prepared goods. Variety of events including cooking demos, children’s activities, live music and more. Free admission. Hub City Farmers’ Market, 298 Magnolia St. at Old Train Depot, Downtown Spartanburg. 585-0905.

Understanding the Real Causes of Weight Gain, and Losing Weight ─ 6-8pm. Lecture and Q and A, that reviews the current trends in obesity, metabolic body types and what you can do about it. Pre-registration required by Sept. 16th. Presented by Natural Medicine Clinic. Free. Westside Library, 525 Oak Grove Rd, Spartanburg. 708-2567.

Harvest Day Festival ─ 9am-5pm. Artists, crafts people, storewide and sidewalk sales, food vendors, children’s activities, and entertainment throughout the day. Free. Downtown Inman, 20 S. Main St. 472-3654.

Stages of Labor Educational Class ─ 7-8pm. Meet the midwives and learn about the stages of labor from a Childbirth Educator. Free. Labors of Love Birth Center, LLC, 850 Floyd Rd. Ext, Spartanburg. 285-0574.

Tour de Paws Ride ─ 9am. 28 or 63 mile course. Hosted by Freewheelers of Spartanburg. Rider fees go to Spartanburg Humane Society. $30-Register by Sept 5 (includes dri-fit shirt); $35Day of event (no shirt). Start/finish at Tyger River Presbyterian, 5961 Reidville Rd, Moore. Register at

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 Energy Medicine 10 Class Series ─ 11:30am1:30pm or 7-9pm. Certified energy medicine practitioner provides self-help techniques for reducing stress, having more energy, strengthening immunity and decreasing pain, inflammation, and allergies. This first class is required to participate in class series. $35-first two classes. Synergize Wellness, 34 Parkway Commons Way, Greer. 907-0238.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 Energy Medicine 10 Class Series ─ 2nd class. See Tuesday, September 10 listing for details.


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 Hub City Cooperative Open House ─ 5-8pm. Enjoy food, refreshments, and meet local artists while touring the future site of the Hub City Co-op. Learn why it will be the perfect place for the new co-op. Free. Hub City Cooperative, 176 N. Liberty St, Spartanburg. 579-2293. Art Walk of Spartanburg ─ 5-9pm. Visit nine galleries on the tour. Self-guided map provided at each gallery. Free and open to the public. Carolina Gallery, 145 W. Main St, Spartanburg. 585-3335.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 25th Annual Lake Sweep ─ 8am-noon. Help keep Spartanburg’s waterways clean of debris. Teams of five will be organized. Each team member will receive a Lake Sweep t-shirt and free lunch. Free. Meet at boat landing near Lake Bowen Wardens’ office at 8am. 592-2240. 2nd Annual Upstate 5k Mud Run ─ 9am registration. Individual race starts at 10:30am; group of teams starts at 11:30am. All money raised goes to support Glenn Springs Academy. $45 for individuals;

Conquering Any Disease Food Healing Workshop ─ 3-5pm. Join certified instructors for the Conquering Any Disease Food Healing Workshop. Demonstration and tasting event. Advance reservations required; seating is limited. $20. Abiada Healing Arts, 187 N. Daniel Morgan Ave, Spartanburg. 542-1123.

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Women’s Weekend Retreat ─ YMCA Camp Greenville, located near Caesar’s Head, SC and Cedar Mountain, NC is hosting a Women’s Retreat. The weekend is an opportunity for relaxation, rejuvenation and adventure. A variety of physical activities will be offered including waterfall hikes, climbing experiences, zip line, crafts, yoga, massages and more! The weekend ends with a reflective visit to Pretty Place with a breathtaking view of the Appalachian Mountains. For more information, call 864836-3291, ext. 108 or GroupCamping@


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FRIDAY – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18-20 Butterfly Retreat 4 w/Jennifer Lombardi ─ Women’s retreat at North Myrtle Beach oceanfront resort. Wellness seminars and workshops, diet and nutrition, yoga, releasing fears, meditation, painting and wine, fashion and fun, beauty and boudoir photos too! Meals and entertainment. Be empowered, rejuvenated and ready to live your best life. $260 all inclusive, or daily rate. 843-450-0637.

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Hot Yoga ─ 7:15pm. Soul Flow Yoga Studio, 2811 Reidville Rd, Ste. 12, Spartanburg. 609-7689.

Yoga Bootcamp ─ 9:15-10:30am. Challenging vinyasa power style class to lengthen and strengthen your entire body. All levels welcome. $10 or $80/10 classes. Chapman Cultural Center, Dance Studio 4 of Ballet, 200 E. St. John St, Spartanburg. 612-8333.


Yoga ─ 11am-12pm. Class taught by certified instructor. Bring your own mat. Inclement weather: class will be held in the Pavilion. $5. Garden of Hope and Healing, Hatcher Garden, 820 John B. White Blvd, Spartanburg. 574-7724.

tuesday Zen Beginnings (Beginners/All Levels) ─ 8:309:30am. For the new student or a seasoned yoga student looking to learn alignment and proper technique. $15 for a single drop-in class. Zen Studios, 1040 Fernwood-Glendale Rd, Ste. 58, Spartanburg. 583-3335. Home School Elementary Nutrition Class ─ 1011am. Sept 3-May 6. Children (ages K-5th grade), will explore every system of the body, how to best care for it, and give it proper nutrition. $125; $25 discount for each additional child, $350 family max. Healing Springs, 220 Westgate Mall Dr, Spartanburg. 699-9448. Home School Middle/High School Anatomy Course ─ 11:15am-12:15pm. Students will study every system of the body, becoming familiar with bone structure, all organs, major diseases, prevention how nutrition plays in taking care of our bodies and experiment with recipes and sample super foods. $150; $25 off for each additional child, $400 family max. Healing Springs, 220 Westgate Mall Dr, Spartanburg. 699-9448.

Lunchtime Flow Yoga ─ 12:30pm. Soul Flow Yoga Studio. 2811 Reidville Rd, Ste. 12, Spartanburg. 609-7689. Zen Barre (All Levels) ─ 4:30-5:30pm. Redefine and reshape your body with a combination of weights, bands, balls, ballet and a bit of yoga to challenge your core strength and flexibility. $15 for a single drop-in class. Zen Studios, 1040 FernwoodGlendale Rd, Ste. 58, Spartanburg. 583-3335. Community Yoga ─ 5:45-6:45pm. Donation-based class open to all levels. YOGAlicious Yoga Studio, 147 E. Main St, Ste. A, Spartanburg. 515-0855. Beekeepers’ Association Meeting ─ 7-8:30pm. Second Thursday. Clemson ext. office, 142 S. Dean St, Spartanburg. (Old Evans High School Bldg.) 596-2993 ext 117.

friday Friends and Family Friday ─ 10am-6pm. Friends and family members get adjusted; only $25 per person. Hub City Health Studio, 115 W. Main St, Spartanburg. 583-0300. Lunchtime Bicycle Ride ─ 12–1pm. Join Partners for Active Living on the weekly lunchtime bicycle ride. Open to all levels of riders. Leaving from Mary Black Foundation, 349 E. Main St, Ste. 100, Spartanburg. 598-9638.

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.


Healing Foods Class ─ 6-8pm. Sept 10-Oct 15. Six week course on healing foods. Explore super foods, fermented foods, food allergies, juicing, sprouting, green smoothies, and much more. $100 (includes classes, workbook, recipe book, hand-outs, and food samples). Healing Springs, 220 Westgate Mall Dr, Spartanburg. 699-9448.

Saturday Market ─ 8am-noon. Every Saturday in September. Offering produce, plants and prepared goods. Variety of events including cooking demos, children’s activities, live music and more. Free admission. Hub City Farmers’ Market, 298 Magnolia St. at Old Train Depot, Downtown Spartanburg. 585-0905.

Mixed Level Yoga – Intermediate to Advanced ─ 7:15-8:30pm. Class is suitable for students with at least two years’ experience who want to explore more advanced poses. $12. YOGAlicious Yoga Studio, 147 E. Main St, Ste. A, Spartanburg. 515-0855.

Community Yoga ─ 9:30-10:30am. $6 drop in fee. Soul Flow Yoga, 2811 Reidville Rd, Ste. 12, Spartanburg. 609-7689.

wednesday Wednesday Lunch Market ─  11am-1pm. Every Wednesday in September. Fresh produce, breads, pastries, artisans, bagged lunches and more. Free admission. Hub City Farmers’ Market, Dunbar St. between Church & Magnolia, Spartanburg. 585-0905.

Power Zen Flow (Intermediate/Advanced) ─ 1011:15am. Vinyasa flow, power poses and inversions. Class is recommended for students with previous yoga experience, but optional modifications will be offered to allow students to find the place that is right for them. $15 for a single drop-in class. Zen Studios, 1040 Fernwood-Glendale Rd, Ste. 58, Spartanburg. 583-3335.

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Simon B. Cairns, L.Ac. 220 Freeman Farm Rd. 864-848-1548•Duncan

We provide symptom relief while treating the root cause of your health issue. Get results that turn you into an acupuncture advocate. See ad, page 13.


1360 Drayton Rd. 864-585-3850•Spartanburg

We customize medicines to meet your specific needs. Each prescription is “made from scratch,” including bio-identical hormone replacement for women and men, and thyroid medication to suit your body’s needs. We can help you get your body back into balance. Call us today! See ad, page 7.


HUB CITY HEALTH STUDIO 115 W. Main St. 864-583-0300•Spartanburg

With our gentle approach, we offer quality chiropractic care, customized whole-body massage and whole food nutrition programs for the entire family. Same day appointments at affordable rates. Call and ask us about our monthly wellness plans. See ad, page 27.


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We c u s t o m i z e medicines to meet patients’ specific needs. Each prescription is “made from scratch.” Speak to the pharmacist and tour our facility. Stop by and we’d be happy to answer any questions. See ad, page 7.



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Begin your journey to wellness. Initial consultation, Ph testing, weighin, measurements, health history review and action plan for only $65. Call today! See ad, page 11.


30+ Years of Wellness Experience 864-439-6443•Spartanburg

Specializing in women’s health, stress management and weight loss. New client special: Grocery store tour only $60 for you and a friend. Allow me to coach you towards the life you’ve always dreamed of! See ad, page 9.



1855 E Main St. Specialty Row at Hillcrest 864-585-1021•Spartanburg

Judson Powers, DVM 111 Ebenezer Rd. 864-234-4600•Greer

Garner’s is a local family-owned health food store and deli with indoor and outdoor seating. We are open 6 days a week 9am to 6pm. See ad, page 21.

Offering compassionate veterinary care, luxury boarding, grooming, dog training, doggie day camp, hypoallergenic nutritional supplements and veterinary Rx dog foods (including vegetarian formula), Dr. Judson Powers and his team enjoy helping pet parents in every step of caring for their furry friends.


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Achieve your goals to become healthier, reduce stress, exercise, concentrate on your studies and more, all through hypnosis in the comfort of your own home.

Dr. John Palmer 134 Milestone Way 864-879-6494•Greer

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


GARNER’S NATURAL FOODS 1855 E Main St. Specialty Row at Hillcrest 864-585-1021•Spartanburg

Garner’s is a local family-owned health food store and deli with indoor and outdoor seating. We are open 6 days a week 9am to 6pm. See ad, page 21.



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Eco-friendly studio and Eco-Chic boutique where clients come to have a profound health and wellness experience with their bodies. In addition to health and wellness classes, Zen Studios also offers workshops and teacher trainings as well as therapeutic massage, Reiki and acupuncture services. See ad, page 19.

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