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HEALTHY LIVING EXPO Natural Awakenings Celebrates Five Years in the Upstate

Special Edition


Save Money and the Planet

Mushroom Power They Nourish, Heal, Protect and Taste Great!

Celebrate Earth Day

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contact us Publisher Roberta Bolduc Managing Editor Jeanette Watkins Contributing Editors Lauren Hanson - Michele Senac Barbara Bolduc Advertising / NAN Card Roberta Bolduc Design & Production / Ad Design Susan McCann - Wendy Wilson Distribution Wayne Vollentine To contact Natural Awakenings Spartanburg Edition:

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elcome Earth Day! Spring has finally made its appearance in the Upstate and we are rejoicing in its blessings. The Bradford pear trees spread their bridal veil of blossoms across our neighborhood with yellow daffodils and early purple crocuses splashing the landscape as we eagerly enter a vibrantly fresh season. April is full of events designed to get us active again after weeks of being indoors avoiding an unusually cold winter. Our Healthy Living Expo on April 12 celebrates Upstate Natural Awakenings fifth anniversary. Many local exhibitors will be there to answer your questions and share expert information on topics ranging from healthy eating to functional medicine and energy healing. We all look forward to meeting you. Special viewings of two films, The Grounded and May I Be Frank will explore the health benefits of Earthing and the story of an intriguing man named Frank and how he moved from addiction and dysfunction to healing and wellness. You’ll find more expo details on pages 16 and 17. Choices exist in almost every area of health care today. Compounding pharmacies exemplify how a health regimen can be tailored to individual needs. Registered Pharmacist Russell Prescott, co-owner and manager of Shertech Pharmacy explains how it’s done in this month’s Community Spotlight. I’m intrigued by the information on how compounded medications are prepared to allow flexibility in dosage, strength and administration suited to a person’s body chemistry. In sync with Earth Day, author Crissy Trask shares practical advice on how to live green and save money in April’s Green Living feature article, “Live Green, Save Big.” Whether it’s choosing a home, upgrading to a highly fuelefficient car, or shopping for used items rather than new ones, we can all learn to make healthier choices for ourselves and the planet. Consignment shops are a great place to pick up needed household items and inexpensive gently used clothing. The Upstate hosts a varied selection of consignment stores and boutiques. Shopping for a great buy is one of my favorite pastimes; walking out with exciting bargains and exchanging them for your own going-to-consignment items is the best retail therapy around.

Enjoy all the Earth Day fun and activities,

Roberta Bolduc, Publisher

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ay Barefield, LMT, owner of The Healing Touch, will be offering free workshops this spring at her downtown practice. The workshops will focus on adding more Zen into the participants’ lives. Barefield describes creating more Zen as making, “more time for you, less stress and drama, and making a space for living a life you truly love. Changing some habits—small things like time management, and big things like learning to set boundaries in Gay Barefield, LMT your life—will add more Zen. I think it is so important for people, especially women, to be able to see that they can make time for doing what they truly want to do with their lives, regardless of all of the responsibilities they have now. It is about embracing self-care, finding support from friends and working toward the life they truly want to live. Everyone is looking for a way to slow down and simplify their lives, and sometimes they don’t know where to turn. Small changes can lead to big benefits once you have the tools and resources to do it.” In addition to being a licensed massage therapist for 21 years and small-business owner, Banfield enjoys writing for her blog, Zen Chick, which offers ways to help people slow down, simplify and truly live a life they love. If any participant wants to take the workshops one step further afterwards, Barefield offers one-on-one sessions, and organizes group ‘Living Room Sessions’ as well. A tentative date of April 27 has been set for the first workshop. Space is limited. The Healing Touch is located at 103 Hilton St., Spartanburg. For more information call 864-342-0037 or visit

Intuitive Counselor Opens Practice in Boiling Springs


irginia “Jenny” Bell, RN, Lightworker, Intuitive Counselor and Alternative Health practitioner, has opened for business in Boiling Springs. Bell will be providing energy balancing and healing, both remotely and in a home-office setting. “We are at an amazing time in our lives where a pull to reach for something more is calling many to seek a deeper experience than is felt in day-to-day life. Gifts of love and peace Virginia “Jenny” are available in a way that we cannot imagine as we begin to Bell, RN respond to the call inside ourselves,” explains Bell. “Change can be extremely hard. Often, we do not even know what we want to change. Transformation begins with a breakthrough that is very personal for the individuals involved. From this point, opening to a more expansive set of possibilities allows our experience to shift and become more—in every sense of the word. Energy fuels the transformation.” Bell has been a registered nurse since 1973, and a resident of the Upstate since 2005, having moved to South Carolina after Hurricane Katrina. In addition to nursing professionally, she has worked in home health and hospice, as well as administrative positions in nursing and healthcare quality and safety. She has provided consultation for large healthcare systems in patient safety, and contributed to the development of national databases to promote advancement of patient quality and safety across the United States. Bell’s services include chakra clearing, quantum touch and golden ray healing. She also facilitates Wholeness Blessing sessions. For more information on Jenny Bell and her services, please call or visit her website. For more information, call 864-384-6049 or visit


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Discover the Earth’s Healing Power in The Grounded


new documentary film, The Grounded, from veteran National Geographic filmmaker and naturalist Steve Kroschel, will be screened on Saturday, April 12, at 3:30 p.m. in Green- Laura Koniver, M.D. ville at the University Center auditorium, located at McAlister Square. The screening will be in conjunction with the Healthy Living Expo presented by Natural Awakenings of the Upstate from 10 4 p.m. There is no charge to attend the expo or film screening. New research has confirmed that the surface of the Earth has healing power, like a gigantic treatment table, and Kroschel takes a personal journey to test an outrageously simple and “too good to be true” healing concept: that bare-skin contact with the Earth has profound curative effects. The film features Apollo 14 astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell, Canadian science broadcaster Dr. David Suzuki and popular holistic advocate Dr. Joseph Mercola, with special appearances by Dr. Stephen Sinatra, Dr. James Oschman and Clint Ober. A special Q&A after the film will be conducted by Kroschel. Dr. Laura Koniver, who was also featured in the film, will be at the screening. Dr. Koniver created the DVD cover and is the author of a children’s book about grounding. Those who attend the screening will have an opportunity to win door prizes. For more information about the Healthy Living Expo and the film screening, visit Visit for the film’s website.

Star of May I Be Frank Returns to the Upstate


rank Ferrante, the star of the documentary, May I Be Frank, Gratitude, an organic and vegan restaurant with an extensive will be returning to Greenville on Saturday, April 12. menu of raw foods, and begins to patronize the café reguFerrante came to Greenville in 2012 larly, eventually becoming friends with for two screenings of May I Be Frank. the staff. On one such visit, Ferrante is The film will be shown again at the asked by Ryland Engelhart, one of the University Center auditorium at McAlservers, “What is one thing you want to ister Square in Greenville on Saturday, do before you die?” Ferrante replies, “I April 12 at 1 p.m. The screening is in want to fall in love one more time, but conjunction with Natural Awakenno one will love me looking the way I ing’s Healthy Living Expo, presented do.” by Natural Awakenings of the Upstate Inspired to help him, Engelhart refrom 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The screening cruits his brother Cary Mosier and best will be followed by a live Q&A with friend Conor Gaffney to assist in a transFerrante. Ferrante will be available at formational experiment. What follows Synergistic Nutrition’s booth at various is a 42-day journey in which Ferrante times during the expo to meet attendturns his life over to three 20-something ees. There is no charge to attend the young men committed to his healing expo or film screening. and prepared to coach him physically, In the film, Ferrante starts out as emotionally and spiritually. obnoxious, extremely overweight, addicted to drugs, pre-diabetic, and For more information about the Healthy fighting hepatitis C. He is single, esLiving Expo and the film screening, visit tranged from his daughter, and Visit MayIBeFrankgling with depression. Until one day for the film’s website. Frank Ferrante when he unwittingly walks into Café

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Environmentally Conscious Pest Control Service Offers Quarterly Services


ntegrated Pest Management, Inc. provides quality pest control to customers while considering the environment, health and safety. They are offering quarterly pest elimination services for Upstate —including Greenville, Spartanburg and the surrounding areas. The services offered include eliminating roaches, rodents, ants, spiders and other common pests found in and around the home. The company focuses on methods that are environmentally safe and less toxic, using target-specific products. Owner and operator Shane Faulkner notes, “Everyone should be concerned about their environment and their health. Unfortunately, when pests enter your home or place of business, measures must be taken to eliminate and exclude them. Spring is around the corner and many pests are beginning to emerge.” Faulkner adds, “All of our services are guaranteed. We pride ourselves on our excellent customer service and satisfaction. We focus on pest elimination—not control. We have been providing a complete pest elimination program for residential, commercial, industrial, nursing, office and small business throughout North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia since 1998.” He also notes that the familyowned-and-operated business has over 50 years’ worth of experience in the pest-management industry. Integrated Pest Management is located at 3146 Stone Station Rd., Spartanburg. For more information, call 864371-6860, email info@IPMServicesInc. com or visit the company’s website at


Expo Celebrates 5 Years

of Natural Awakenings in the Upstate by Barbara Bolduc


atural Awakenings is celebrating its 5th year in the Upstate with a free Healthy Living Expo! The expo will be held at McAlister Square on Saturday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The idea of an expo focused on green and healthy living was conceived by Linda Craig, former publisher of Natural Awakenings magazine. The expo is her way of celebrating the 5th year anniversary of the magazine in the Upstate of South Carolina, and of introducing the new publisher, Roberta Bolduc, to the community. At the expo you will find a range of exhibitors, from those practicing/teaching the natural healing ways of nutrition, chiropractic care, massage therapy, meditation, yoga, aromatherapy, energy healing, essential oils and functional medicine, to providers of natural and organic foods, herbs, grounding products, skin care and plant-based vitamins, to those focused on the spiritual aspects of balance. There will be information on sensory learning programs, healthy cooking classes and life coaching, as well as chair massages, food samples, door prizes

and speakers on a variety of subjects. Two documentaries will be shown at the expo: May I Be Frank and The Grounded. The first is a film about the personal interactions that help a man named Frank heal a past filled with addiction and family dysfunction. Frank Ferrante, the star, will be at the screening and expo to answer questions after the screening. The film The Grounded explores the therapy of Earthing, a “new” (but ancient) way of healing by connecting our bodies to the earth’s energy. Throughout history, humans walked barefoot and slept on the ground. But modern lifestyle, including the widespread use of insulative rubber- or plastic-soled shoes, has disconnected us from the earth’s energy, and we no longer sleep on the ground. Fascinating new research has raised the possibility that this disconnect may actually contribute to chronic pain, fatigue, and poor sleep that plague so many people. Earthing, or grounding, is believed to draw negative ions directly from the earth, either by direct connection (sitting, walking barefoot, gardening) or through new grounding products, which facilitate this balance. There will be a Q & A afterwards with the filmmaker, Steven Kroschel. Laura Koniver, M.D., an intuitive physician and participator in the film, will also be at the screening. Sharon Whiteley, CEO of pluggz™, an expo speaker, exhibitor and sponsor, commented, “We are particularly excited about participating in the expo, as the theme of health and wellness—as well as the debut of the documentary film The Grounded—is aligned with our company’s vision. The caliber of the program and the enthusiastic leaders of this expo made it a ‘must do’ event for us.” Whiteley also mentioned that pluggz grounding footwear—which was created to be an alternative to shoes with synthetic soles that disrupt our connection to the earth— will premiere at the expo. Roberta Bolduc, the new publisher, is excited about the expo and society’s movement toward a more natural, harmonious relationship with the earth. She is thrilled to be publishing Natural Awakenings in the Upstate. “In just the few months I’ve been at the helm, I’ve heard from many loyal readers who tell me they appreciate and savor each issue. I am grateful to our advertisers who offer their unique and timely services to the Upstate community,” says Bolduc. Come out and feel the energy of those focused on living and healing in ways in tune with the earth and with our natural selves! Healthy lunch and drinks will be available for purchase. The Healthy Living Expo will be held at McAlister Square, 225 S. Pleasantburg Dr., Greenville. The film screenings will be held in the University Center auditorium at McAlister Square. The May I Be Frank film screening is scheduled for 1pm. The Grounded film screening will begin at 3:30pm. For more information, call 864-569-8631 or visit HealthyLiving5. com. See ad, page 2 and exhibitor/ speaker list, pages 16 and 17. natural awakenings

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Home Renovations Aggravate Childhood Asthma


ew research suggests that renovation planning should involve more than just picking the right colors and styles; doing it right may help prevent childhood respiratory conditions. Researchers from St. Louis University, in Missouri, linked home renovations with increased wheezing, asthma and chronic coughing among children living in the home. The study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, followed 31,049 children between the ages of 2 and 14 years old from seven Chinese cities over a two-year period. Previous research has also reached a similar conclusion, identifying some specific materials responsible for increased childhood respiratory disorders. A Russian study of 5,951 children ages 8 to 12 found that increased asthma and wheezing were related to recently completed painting, as well as the installation of new linoleum flooring, synthetic carpets, particleboard and wall coverings. That study, published in the same journal states, “Exposure levels are the highest during and shortly after painting, but low levels of exposure may remain for several months. Wooden furniture, as well as painted or varnished and new furniture, is likely to emit chemical substances.” A 2002 study of New York children published in the Journal of Urban Health found similar results.

Ventilation and Cleaning Hinder Indoor Pollutants


roperly ventilating and frequently cleaning our homes and offices are both important to our health, concludes a new European study published in the Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Researchers analyzed bacterial and fungal counts and suspended particulate matter in indoor air samples of 40 homes and offices. They determined that 45 percent had indoor pollution levels greater than that recommended by the current European Concerted Action Report on air quality standards. An analysis of a Canadian government Health Measures Survey discovered 47 different indoor volatile organic compounds (VOC) among more than half of the 3,857 households surveyed throughout Canada. Most of the VOCs identified there have also been present in separate European and U.S. studies. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), VOCs are carbon chemical compounds that can evaporate under normal indoor atmospheric conditions. The concern with indoor VOCs is their potential to react with indoor ozone to produce harmful byproducts that may be associated with adverse health effects in sensitive populations. Benzene, trichloroethylene, tetrachloroethylene and xylene top the list of common VOCs inside U.S. households, according to an EPA report. Typical sources comprise common household chemicals, furnishings and décor, as well as indoor activities such as unventilated cooking, heating and smoking.


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Orange Oil Calms Kids in Dental Chairs


or centuries, aromatherapy using orange oil has been heralded in traditional herbalism for its ability to alleviate anxiety. Research published in the journal Advanced Biomedical Research now finds that aromatherapy using the same ingredient can significantly reduce a child’s anxiety at the dentist’s office. The study, conducted at Iran’s Isfahan University of Medical Sciences and published in the peer-reviewed journal Advanced Biomedical Research, tested 10 boys and 20 girls between 6 and 9 years old. In this crossover design study, participants were assigned randomly into two groups. Half the children were treated with water instead of any essential oil (control) initially and received orange aroma in the second session (intervention). Another 15 children received treatment under orange aroma in the first encounter (intervention) and were treated without any aroma the second time (control). When the children were given orange oil aromatherapy, they experienced significantly reduced heart rates and lower salivary cortisol levels compared with those not receiving it. The results corroborate findings from a 2000 study from the University of Vienna, in Austria, published in Physiology and Behavior.

Supplements Could Save $70 Billion in Medical Costs


n a Frost & Sullivan study report authored by Christopher Shanahan and Robert de Lorimier, Ph.D., the use of dietary supplements, including B vitamins, phytosterols and dietary fiber, could reduce the cost of treating coronary artery disease in the U.S. by nearly $50 billion over the next seven years. In addition, healthcare costs related to diabetes, vision problems and osteoporosis could be reduced by nearly $20 billion collectively with the use of certain supplements. The projections were based on costbenefit analysis comparing a series of scenarios to assess the effect on overall disease management costs if an identified high-risk population were to avoid costly medical events by increasing their intake of dietary supplements purchased out-of-pocket versus no supplement usage. “The healthcare system spends a tremendous amount of money treating chronic disease, but has failed to focus on ways to reduce those costs through prevention,� says Steve Mister, president of the Council for Responsible Nutrition Foundation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 3 percent of U.S. healthcare costs are spent on the prevention of chronic diseases.

Air Conditioning Cleans Up Indoor Air A

ir conditioning does more than keep us cool. A study of 300 adults and homes concludes that central air conditioning removes significant levels of volatile organic compounds and pollution particulates from indoor air. The research, published in the journal Science of the Total Environment, finds that using air conditioning with windows closed reduced indoor air pollution the most. One caveat, however, is that the research was conducted in Taipei, China—notable for its extreme outdoor pollution. Another recent study published in Environmental Science confirms the general premise. A research team in Zhejiang, China, found that air conditioning reduced the presence of potent atmospheric pollutants known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAC) by 23 percent. PACs contain compounds that are carcinogenic, mutagenic and teratogenic (damaging to fetuses).

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A Fresh Look at Furnishings that Last Why not expand on the spring tradition of home cleaning by appraising existing home furnishings and décor to see how rearrangements can freshen the whole presentation? Employing a few basic creative strategies will yield long-lasting beauty, cost savings, health benefits and utility, all adding up to enhanced sustainability. Secondhand items readily spruce up interiors when they are thoughtfully selected. Look for gently used, new-to-you items—ranging from furniture and lamps to accent pieces like pottery and wall art—at antique and thrift shops, yard and estate sales or via online forums such as and Seeking out fair trade items helps support a fair wage for artisans around the world. Plants enliven and beautify any space while cleaning indoor air, according to a recent study by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and Associated Landscape Contractors of America. Plants cited as especially effective in removing formaldehyde, benzene and carbon monoxide from the air include bamboo palm, Chinese evergreen, English ivy, gerbera (African) daisy, chrysanthemum and peace lily. Pot them in used jars or other repurposed containers to conserve materials and add character and more personality to home décor. Overall balance is key. “An imbalanced room has large furniture grouped together at one end and lightweight furniture and bare walls at the other,” says professional designer Norma Lehmeier Hartie, author of Harmonious Environment: Beautify, Detoxify & Energize Your Life, Your Home & Your Planet. “The effect is like being on a tilting boat in a storm.” Furniture arrangements are best when they allow light to flow through spaces with ample allowance for moving about the room. The ideal setup facilitates worktable projects and smallgroup conversations. Round tables help make everyone feel like they belong, according to green living expert Annie Bond. Sustainable kitchen wares are often the classiest. Sturdy pots, pans and kettles, like Le Creuset and Picquot Ware, may offer replacement parts and lifetime guarantees; Bialetti and Bodum coffee makers and Littala glassware are durable and long-lasting. While some may cost more upfront, their longevity saves money over time. Then there’s always grandma’s iron skillet. Additional sources: and 12

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Shertech Pharmacy

Patient, Physician and Pharmacist Working Together by Michele Senac


hertech Pharmacy is a state-of-the-art specialty pharmacy providing pharmaceutical compounding and nuclear pharmacy. Local residents, Richard Sheriff, RPh, and Karen Sheriff, opened Shertech-Spartanburg in 1995. Russell Prescott III, RPh, joined the operation in 1999 as manager and co-owner and soon expanded the focus into specialty compounding. Prescott, whose father was a pharmacist, is a graduate of the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy. He became interested in nuclear pharmacy as a college student and, upon graduation, trained at Purdue University to be an authorized user for nuclear pharmacy. Two years later, Prescott completed additional compounding training through the Professional Compounding Centers of America (PCCA) in Houston. By 2001, Shertech was offering both sterile and non-sterile compounding services for men, women and pets. Prescott shares that Shertech has the distinction of being the only compounding pharmacy in South Carolina to be accredited by the PCAB (Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board), a national standard-setting body. “We are committed to customer service and we’ve gone the extra mile to be accredited. We’re constantly evaluating our services making sure we are compliant. We are confident that we are providing quality to

our clients,” says Prescott. Prescott explains that in early 2000, Shertech began offering compounded bio-identical hormone replacement for women and men. He and staff, Jonathan Babb, Pharm. D., Marie Elam, RPh, and Jody Stedman, certified pharmacy technician, emphasize the triad relationship of patient, physician and pharmacist working together. This shared relationship accomplishes the goal of customizing medications to meet the patients’ unique needs in a form and strength that improves compliance. Shertech offers saliva testing to determine hormone levels, and interacts closely with the patient and the patient’s physician to balance hormone levels through compounded medications. Additionally, compounding is used for a variety of medical conditions, including dermatologic, pain management, diabetes, hospice care, long-term care, and much more. It allows flexibility in dosage, strength, and route of administration, and is customized to the patient’s specific body chemistry. Prescott notes, “With compounding you get tailored relief to a specific area of the body without as many systemic side effects.” Compounding services are also available for pets, including dogs, cats, ferrets and birds. “At Shertech we’re here to fill a need that you can’t find somewhere else,” says Prescott. He adds, “If you have an issue that’s unique to you, we’re here to help you out. We try to be a resource, not just a provider.” Shertech Pharmacy is located at 1360 Drayton Rd., Spartanburg. For more information, call 864-585-3850 or visit See ad, page 23. Michele Senac is a contributing editor for Natural Awakenings, a writer and author. She is certified in iInterior Redesign, Home Staging and feng shui. Contact or

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Securing a much smaller dwelling than what we originally had designs on can lead to a lifetime of savings. With less space to furnish, heat, cool, light, clean and maintain, we can enjoy greater financial freedom, less stress and more time for fun.

2. Deciding Where to Live


SAVE BIG Five Eco-Friendly Life Decisions that Can Actually Save Us Money by Crissy Trask


very pivotal life decision, from choosing where we live to eating healthier, can support our best interests environmentally, as well. The good news is that it is possible to afford a sustainable way of life. Eco-friendly choices for housing, vehicles and food— generally perceived as expensive for the average individual or family—often are not only attainable when pursued in a thoughtful way, but can actually save us money compared to maintaining the status quo.

1. Buying a Home

When considering a move to a new place, we often find out how much house we can manage and then proceed to invest to the hilt. But if hitting our spending limit will leave a deficit in the amount of green and healthy home features and furnishings we can achieve, we could end up with a residence that makes neither financial nor ecological sense, and isn’t good for our 14

health. A solution is to scale back on costly square footage. Spending 25 to 40 percent less than we think we can on a smaller home provides more possibilities when planning the renovation budget, enabling us to create a home that is more deeply satisfying. Nicole Alvarez, an architectural designer with Ellen Cassilly Architect, in Durham, North Carolina, who blogs at, says that if we value quality over quantity, place over space and living more intentionally in every aspect of our lives, we are ready for a small home. Occupying less space has profoundly influenced her daily life and happiness. Alvarez has found, “When space is limited, everything has a function and a purpose. Everything has to be intentional. Over time, as you grow in the home, you make small modifications to personalize it more to adjust to your routine. You grow a strong bond with your home.”

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Urban, suburban or rural, where we live incurs long-term repercussions on the natural environment. Choosing an established community within or close to an urban center tends to be more protective of air, water and land quality than living in a distant, car-dependent suburb, yet many families feel either drawn to or resigned to the suburbs for the lower housing prices. But as Ilana Preuss, vice president at Washington, D.C.-based Smart Growth America, explains, “There is more to housing affordability than how much rent or mortgage we pay. Transportation costs are the second-biggest budget item for most families. In locations with access to few transportation choices, the combined cost of housing and transportation can be more than 60 percent of the total household budget. For families with access to a range of transportation choices, the combined cost can be less than 40 percent.” In most suburbs, where the only practical transportation choice is a personal vehicle, dependency on a car takes a toll on us financially and physically. Driving a personal vehicle 15,000 miles a year can cost about $9,122 annually in ownership and operating expenses, according to AAA’s 2013 Your Driving Costs report, and hours spent daily sitting behind the wheel being sedentary is eroding our health. Lack of transportation options is a leading detriment to the nation’s collective wellness, according to the federal agency Healthy People. Sustainable cities provide many transportation options, including public buses and trains, car-sharing services and all forms of ride sharing; and perhaps most importantly, they are bike- and pedestrian-friendly. Choosing communities that make it possible to reduce driving and even go car-free much of the time can save us money, reduce stress and improve our health.

price of $28,431, the category has been around long enough to create a market in previously owned vehicles. A used hybrid that is just two years old can cost up to 25 percent less than a new one.

The newest hybrids have been

4. Buying American Eco-friendly choices for housing, vehicles and food— generally perceived as expensive for the average individual or family—often are not only attainable when pursued in a thoughtful way, but can actually save us money compared to maintaining the status quo.

3. Choosing a Car

We know two primary facts about cars: They are expensive and those with internal combustion engines pollute during operation. Still, many of us need one. Reducing the total impact and burden of owning a car can be as simple as prioritizing fuel efficiency. It helps that fuel-sippers now come in more sizes than just small, yet small subcompacts remain a good place to start our research because of their budget-friendly prices and high fuel economy. A subcompact that averages 32 miles per gallon (mpg) and has a sticker price below $15,000 can save us so much money compared with a top-selling compact SUV—upwards of $16,000 over five years, according to—that if we need a larger vehicle on occasion, we can more easily afford to rent one. Hybrid electric vehicles (HEV), both small and midsized, can be an even better choice, averaging 41 mpg. Cost comparisons show that an HEV can save a heavily travelling city driver nearly $1,000 in fuel costs annually versus a comparably sized conventional gasolinepowered car. Although a 2014 midsized HEV has an average suggested retail

According to Consumer Reports, many shoppers prefer to buy products made in the USA, but with more than 60 percent of all consumer goods now produced overseas, finding American goods is not always easy. The good news is that buying American doesn’t mean only buying American made. We back the U.S. economy and jobs when we purchase used items that have been renewed or repurposed by enterprising citizens. Creative reuse supports new and existing businesses that collect, clean, sort, recondition, refurbish, remanufacture, update, refinish, reupholster, repair, tailor, distribute and sell used parts, materials and finished goods. Sarah Baird, director of outreach and communications of the Center for a New American Dream, an organization working to shift consumption away from wasteful trends, loves the history of used items. She says, “An item that has already lived one life has a story to tell, and is infinitely more interesting than anything newly manufactured.” Another reward is the big savings afforded by previously owned durable goods; not even America’s big-box discount retailers can beat these genuine bargains. Of course, not everything is available in the used marketplace, but when it makes sense, we can proudly know that our purchases support American ingenuity and workers.

5. Getting Healthy

Going green is healthy in innumerable ways. In addition to driving less, banning toxic products from our household cupboards and dinner plates is another solid place to start on the road to improved well-being for ourselves and the planet. Toxic consumer products pollute the planet, from manufacture through use and disposal. They aren’t doing us any favors. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that the average human body now contains an estimated 700 industrial compounds, pollutants

around for more than a decade, and the batteries have held up extremely well, lasting 150,000 to 200,000 miles in some cases. ~ and other chemicals due to exposure to toxic consumer products and industrial chemicals. After researching proper local disposal of such hazards, replace them on future shopping forays with safer choices. It’s an investment in our health that can save untold pain and money and pay off big time in avoiding health problems ranging from cancer, asthma and chronic diseases to impaired fertility, birth defects and learning disabilities according to the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Coalition. To reduce exposure to the toxins that are commonly sprayed on conventional crops, select sustainable and organic versions of foods to prepare at home whenever possible. Such choices help keep both our bodies and the environment healthy and can be surprisingly affordable compared with eating out and consuming prepackaged convenience foods. By substituting whole foods for prepared foods, cooking more meals at home and practicing good eating habits—like eating less meat and downsizing portions—the average person can enjoy high-quality food for $7 to $11 per day. This matches or falls below what the average American daily spends on food, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Considering that diet-related diseases can cost afflicted families thousands of dollars a year, better food choices can make us not only healthier, but wealthier, too. Crissy Trask is the author of Go Green, Spend Less, Live Better. Connect at

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Culinary Mushroom Magic Delicate Powerhouses of Nutrition and Medicine by Case Adams


ushrooms have played a remarkable role in human history. Egyptian hieroglyphics dating back 4,500 years linked mushrooms to immortality. The famous 5,300-yearold “iceman” found frozen in 1991 in the Tyrolean Alps carried a sachet containing the mushroom species Piptoporus betulinus—the birch polypore. Greek writings of Hippocrates, Pliny, Dioscorides, Galen and others regarded the mushroom Fomitopsis officinalis (agarikon) as a panacea.

While enthusiasm later waned in Europe, with John Farley characterizing mushrooms in his 1784 book, The London Art of Cookery, as “treacherous gratifications,” Native American Indians used varieties such as puffballs (Calvatia and Lycoperdon species) for rheumatism, congested organs and other diseased conditions. Yet, modernday culinary connoisseurs owe the recent surge in interest in fungal delicacies more to Japanese and Chinese traditions, which have consistently

advanced mushrooms’ nutritional and medicinal uses. Ancient Chinese medical texts, including the Hanshu (82 CE) even refer to the famed reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum) as the “mushroom of immortality”. Today, fungi cuisine in the West is typically limited to Agaracus bisporus— the relatively mild button mushroom, which matures into the acclaimed portobello. But digging deeper into available options reveals chanterelle (Cantharellus sp.), oyster (Pleurotus ostreatus), morel (Morchella sp.) and shiitake (Lentinula edodes) species. These culinary mushrooms provide a virtuosity of delicate flavors harboring nutritional and medicinal benefits, according to those that study them. University of California-Berkeley research scientist and Mycologist Christopher Hobbs, Ph.D., explains that shiitake and oyster mushrooms follow the button as the most widely cultivated around the world. “They come in many colors, varieties and species and are typically the most easily digested and utilized of all mushrooms,” he notes. “Mushrooms are an amazing health food,” says Hobbs. “Most edible fungi are high in fiber, good-quality protein, key vitamins, micronutrients, phosphorous and potassium, and low in fat and calories. It’s one of nature’s perfect diet foods.” As protein powerhouses, portobello and other button mushrooms, shiitake and oyster varieties all deliver between 30 and 35 percent protein by weight. The fiber content can range from 20 grams per 100 grams (about 3.5 ounces) in the case of portobello to a lofty 48 grams per 100 grams in the Phoenix oyster mushroom. Licensed Massage & Bodywork Therapists 187 N Daniel Morgan Ave

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Mushrooms also supply potent B vitamins. One hundred grams (about 3.5 ounces) of portobello contains more than four milligrams (mg) of riboflavin (B2), 69 mg niacin (B3) and 12 mg pantothenic acid (B5). Shiitake’s comparable numbers are three, 106 and 17 while pink oyster delivers 2.45, 66 and 33 mg of the three nutrients. Thus, they deliver significantly more than recommended daily allowances (RDA)—for example, niacin’s adult RDA ranges from 14 to 16 mg and riboflavin’s is just 1.1 to 1.3 mg. Mushrooms also present one of the few food sources of vitamin D—primarily D2—but some also contain small amounts of vitamin D3, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture research. Also, their D2 levels spike dramatically when sun-dried spore-side-up, confirmed in research by internationally recognized Mycologist Paul Stamets. Mushrooms contain important minerals, too. Portobello contains 4,500 mg, oyster 4,500 mg and shiitake 2,700 mg of potassium per 100 grams, all with low sodium levels. Plus, they deliver usable amounts of copper, zinc and selenium. Beyond the nutrient numbers lies mushrooms’ bonus round: They contain special complex polysaccharides—longchain molecules within cell walls—that have been the subject of intense research at leading institutions around the world, including Harvard, Yale and the University of California. Mushrooms’ (1-3)-beta-glucan complexes have been shown to inhibit many cancers and suggest potential solutions for diabetes, heart disease and immune-related conditions. Stamets explains that mushrooms also contain sterols, shown to benefit cardiovascular health. “Shiitake and other mushrooms like reishi have cholesterol-normalizing effects,” adds Hobbs. Can we take these benefits back to the kitchen? “Most mushrooms have to be cooked to release their health-giving benefits,” explains Hobbs. Stamets concurs: “Cooking liberates mushroom nutrients from their matrix of cells. They are tenderized upon heating, making their nutrients bioavailable for digestion.” Thankfully, finding these tasty superfood delicacies has become easier as entrepreneurial fresh-mushroom growers have emerged throughout the United States in recent years. Case Adams is a California naturopath and author of 25 books on natural healing. Learn more at

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Mushrooms are so versatile we can eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They add a note of delicious creativity to diverse dishes. Plus they deliver protein, vitamins and protective compounds. Fresh is always best and just-picked is better, although dried can work in a pinch.

¼ cup sesame seeds 1 cup corn 1 chopped sweet pepper (add hot peppers if desired) 1 small handful of chopped olives 4 shakes of soy sauce 1 Tbsp spiced hot chocolate 2 Tbsp chili powder 1 Tbsp ground cumin ¼ cup nutritional yeast 2 cloves of chopped garlic 1 cup broth or water Sauté mushrooms, protein and onions until crispy (uncrowded in the pan). Then add remaining ingredients and braise on low heat. Allow mixture to cook down to desired consistency.

Hot & Sour Cauliflower Mushroom Soup

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by Loni Jean Ronnebaum Makes a healthy filling for tacos and enchiladas, or crumble as a topper on deluxe nachos. They taste as good as they smell, and like chili they taste almost better as leftovers. Fills 12 large tacos, or more paired with fillings such as chopped leafy lettuce or guacamole. 1-2 cups of chopped stropharia, shiitake or maitake mushrooms 1 cup crumbled tempeh or other healthful protein source ¼ cup chopped onions ½ cup sunflower seeds or chopped almonds

This rare mushroom has a unique firmness reminiscent of noodles and can be soaked and rinsed to clean, and then cut into cauliflower-like chunks. Slow cook overnight for best results. Yields 8 servings 2-4 lb fresh cauliflower mushrooms 16 oz kimchi ½ cup peas 1 20-oz can crushed pineapple 1 32-oz vegetable broth 1 egg or ¼ cup egg substitute Chili paste, black pepper, garlic powder, ginger and soy sauce to taste

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Combine ingredients (except egg) in a pot and bring to a boil. Add beaten egg to the boiling soup while gently stirring. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer overnight.

Mushroom Pâté by Andrew Lenzer Present a perfect appetizer for dinner with friends. The savory quality of mushrooms—what the Japanese call umami—make them a welcome alternative to meat-based pâtés. Approx 4 cups whole fresh shiitake mushrooms (2 cups after chopping) Approx 4 cups whole fresh maitake mushrooms (2 cups after chopping) 12 oz cream cheese or rice-based cream cheese substitute 2 cloves garlic 2 cups dry roasted hazelnuts 2 sprigs parsley Soy sauce Olive oil Sesame oil Salt and pepper to taste Finely chop the hazelnuts in a food processor and set aside. Coarsely chop the shiitake (including the stems) and maitake mushrooms in a food processor. Coat the surface of a wok in olive oil and sauté mushrooms in 1-cup batches over medium-high-to-high heat, adding soy sauce as needed to keep the mixture from burning, for approximately 10 minutes per batch. Add a touch of sesame oil just before removing each batch. Place hazelnuts, mushrooms, cream cheese, garlic, salt and pepper in the food processor and blend until smooth but still slightly grainy. Add parsley and blend until parsley is finely chopped and evenly distributed throughout the mixture. Serve with crackers or fresh crusty bread. Recipes courtesy of employees of Fungi Perfecti, LLC; photos courtesy of Paul Stamets.


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A great selection of homemade prepared soups, casseroles, and desserts for busy Moms to bring home for dinner. Specialty organic and gluten-free products, as well as health conscious flours, pastas and wheat grains. We also carry raw milk, local free-range chicken eggs, and local grass-fed beef.


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We specialize in healthy salads, soups and sandwiches with a Middle-Eastern touch. Many of our items are organic and we use local ingredients. Open Mon-Sun: 11am-5pm for lunch. Tu-Sat: 5:30pm-close for dinner. Breakfast coming soon! Located downtown, west side.


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Castile soap in liquid or bar form serves as a biodegradable, vegetable-based surfactant and all-around cleaner (avoid mixing with vinegar, which neutralizes its cleansing properties). Baking soda cleans, whitens, neutralizes odors and softens water. It’s an excellent scrubbing agent for bathrooms, refrigerators and ovens.

HOMEMADE ECO-CLEANERS DIY Recipes Keep Your Home Naturally Clean by Lane Vail


mericans use 35 million pounds of toxic household cleaning products annually. According to the Children’s Health Environmental Coalition, in Los Angeles, traces of cleaning chemicals can be found throughout the human body within seconds of exposure, posing risks like asthma, allergies, cancer, reproductive toxicity, hormone disruption, neurotoxicity and death. Equally sobering is the decades of research suggesting a relationship between the overuse of powerful disinfectants and the rise of antibiotic-resistant super bacteria like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), as well as concerns over these toxins entering

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water supplies and wildlife food chains. Cleaning product labels lack transparency, says Johanna Congleton, Ph.D., a senior scientist for the Environmental Working Group, because “manufacturers aren’t required to specify ingredients.” One approach to assure safe ingredients is do-it-yourself (DIY) products. For Matt and Betsy Jabs, the authors of DIY Natural Household Cleaners who blog at, creating homemade cleaners is a rewarding exercise in sustainability and simplicity. “We’re cutting through all the marketing and getting back to basics,” says Matt. Affordability is another benefit: The Jabs’ homemade laundry detergent costs five cents per load, compared with 21 cents for a store brand. Annie B. Bond, a bestselling author and pioneering editor of the award-winning Green Guide, dispels a DIY myth: “What’s time-consuming isn’t making the cleaners; it’s making the decision to switch and figuring it all out,” she says.

Borax, a natural mineral, improves the effectiveness of laundry soap. Although classified (as is salt) as a low-level health hazard that should be kept away from children and animals, borax is non-carcinogenic and isn’t absorbed through skin. Washing soda, a caustic chemical cousin of baking soda, softens water and removes stains. Bond advises, “It’s a heavy duty cleaner as powerful as any toxic solvent,” so wear gloves. Hydrogen peroxide is considered an effective disinfectant and bleach alternative by the Environmental Protection Agency. Use it to whiten grout and remove stains. Essential oils derived from plants infuse cleaners with fragrance and boost germ-fighting power. Tea tree, eucalyptus and lavender oils all boast antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. The Jabs advise that although they can be pricy, “The investment will pay for itself many times over.” Lemon juice or citric acid cuts through grease, removes mold and bacteria and leaves dishes streak-free. Coarse kosher salt helps soften dishwasher water and acts as a scouring agent.

Home Formulas

All-purpose cleaner: Homemade Cleaners: Quick-and-Easy Toxin-Free Recipes, by Mandy O’Brien and Dionna Ford, suggests combining one cup of vinegar, one cup of water and 15 drops of lemon oil in a spray bottle. Use it anywhere, including glass and mirrors. For serious disinfecting, follow with a hydrogen peroxide spray.

Find these multitasking ingredients in local groceries and health stores or online.

Foaming hand/dish soap: Shake one cup of water, a quarter-cup of castile soap and 15 drops of essential oil in a foaming dispenser. Use in bathrooms and kitchens.

White vinegar effectively cleans, deodorizes, cuts grease and disinfects against bacteria, viruses and mold.

Dishwashing detergent: DIYNatural recommends mixing one cup of borax, one cup of washing soda, a half-cup of citric acid and a half-cup of coarse

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kosher salt. Leave it uncovered for several days, stirring often to prevent clumping. Cover and refrigerate. Use one tablespoon per load with a half-cup of citric acid in the rinse to combat streaks. Laundry detergent: Combine one cup of borax, one cup of washing soda and one 14-ounce bar of grated castile soap. Use one tablespoon per load, adding a half-cup of lemon juice to the rinse cycle. Prior to washing, use hydrogen peroxide as a stain remover (test first; it may lift color). Bathroom soft scrub: Bond recommends creating a thick paste with liquid castile soap and a half-cup of baking soda. Scour tubs, showers and stainless steel surfaces with a sponge, and then rinse. Toilet bowl cleaner: Sprinkle one cup of borax into the toilet at bedtime and then clean the loosened grime with a brush the next morning, advises Bond. Wipe outer surfaces with the allpurpose spray. Wood polish: Bond recommends mixing a quarter-cup of vinegar or lemon juice with a few drops of olive and lemon oil. Hard floor cleaner: Environmental Working Group’s DIY Cleaning Guide suggests combining a half-gallon of hot water with one cup of white vinegar in a bucket to mop. Carpet cleaner: Freshen rugs by sprinkling baking soda at night and vacuuming in the morning, suggests Bond. For deeper cleaning, combine one cup of vinegar and two-and-a-half gallons of water in a steam cleaner. Lane Vail is a freelance writer in South Carolina. Connect at

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Ice Chaser

James Balog’s Dramatic Images Document Climate Change by Christine MacDonald


ational Geographic photographer James Balog says he was skeptical about climate change until he saw it happening firsthand. Watching once-towering glaciers falling into the sea inspired his most challenging assignment in a storied 30-year career— finding a way to photograph climate change. In exploring Balog’s Extreme Ice Survey, a breathtaking photographic record of vanishing glaciers, and his award-winning documentary, Chasing Ice, Natural Awakenings asked about the challenges he faced to bring this dramatic evidence of climate change to a world audience.

How did seeing glaciers shrink “before your eyes” move you to endure sometimes lifethreatening conditions to get these images on record? I fell in love with ice decades ago as a young mountaineer and scientist. I loved to get up before dawn and hike out on a glacier in Mount Rainier or one in the Alps, watch the light come up and hear the crunch of the frozen ice underfoot. On a trip to Iceland early in the project, I was looking at these little diamonds of ice that were left behind on the beach after the glaciers broke up. The surf had polished them into incredible shapes and textures. Walking the beach, you’d realize each one was a unique natural sculpture that 24

existed only for that moment before the return of high tide stole it away. Nobody would ever see it again. That was an amazing aesthetic and metaphysical experience. I realized that I wanted people to share this experience, to see the glaciers disappearing. This visual manifestation and evidence of climate change is here, happening right before our eyes. It is undeniable.

Why do these photos and videos help us grasp the scale of Planet Earth’s climate changes already underway? When people encounter Extreme Ice Survey images, their response is typically immediate and dramatic. It is the first step toward caring about a distant landscape most will never experience in person, enabling them to connect the dots between what happens far away and the rising sea levels, extreme weather events and other climaterelated issues closer to home.

What can an everyday person do to help underscore the global scientific consensus and urgency of addressing global warming? Lobbyists and pundits seek confusion and controversy, because ignorance seeks to hide within a noise cloud of false information. As long as the public thinks climate change isn’t real or that science is still debating it, fossil fuel industries protect their profits. Without

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social clarity, the political leaders financially beholden to fossil fuel industries have no motivation to act. Market signals don’t help us make correct decisions when the military, health and environmental costs of fossil fuels that spread throughout the economic system don’t show up in today’s gasoline prices and electricity bills. Science and art seek clarity and vision. Clear perception is the key to changing the impact we’re having on our home planet. With social clarity, the policy, economic and technological solutions to wise energy use and countering climate change can be widely implemented. The path forward is being traveled by individuals committed to improving their own lives and communities; by school children who can’t stand the inaction of their elders; by innovative entrepreneurs and corporations eager to make or save money; by military generals seeking to protect their country and their soldiers; and by political leaders of courage and vision. We are all complicit with action or skeptical inaction; we can all participate in solutions to climate change.

What’s next on the horizon for you? We will continue to keep the Extreme Ice Survey cameras alive. This project doesn’t end just because the film came out. We plan to keep observing the world indefinitely. We’ll install more cameras in Antarctica; funding permitting, we also hope to expand into South America. I intend to continue looking at human-caused changes in the natural world, which is what I’ve been photographing for 30 years. I’m developing a couple of other big ideas for conveying innovative, artistic and compelling interpretations of the world as it’s changing around us. I will continue doing self-directed educational projects through our new nonprofit, Earth Vision Trust. Overall, I feel a great obligation to preserve a pictorial memory of vanishing landscapes for the people of the future. Christine MacDonald is a freelance journalist in Washington, D.C., whose specialties include health and science. Visit

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TUESDAY, APRIL 1 Energy Team Lobby Day – 11am-3pm. Join Upstate Forever staff as we join forces with other Conservation Common Agenda partner organizations to lobby legislators on energy issues. Times approximate, full details available soon. Transportation can be provided; participants pay for their own lunch. State House, Columbia. Email Nancy Fitzer at nfitzer@ if interested. upstate-forever-events-calendar.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2 Music Sandwiched In – 12:15-1pm. Concert featuring John Hoppe: Jazz Trio. Bring your own lunch and enjoy it while listening to beautiful music! Free. Presented by Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra. Spartanburg Public Library Headquarters, Barrett Room, 151 South Church St., downtown Spartanburg.

THURSDAY, APRIL 3 First to Know: Theatre Season Revealed – 7pm Cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres, 8:30pm Season Reveal Presentation. Join us as the Spartanburg Little Theatre announces our 2014-2015 season. Performances from all of the upcoming season’s musicals and plays. Presented by The Spartanburg Little Theatre. $40/ ticket. Chapman Cultural Center Theater, 200 East St John Street, Spartanburg. 585-8278.

FRIDAY, APRIL 4 Wellness Health Fair – 9am-2pm. Chapman Cultural Center will host a community health fair co-sponsored by The Source and La Nueva radio stations, Davidson Media Group and Honeybaked. Many local healthcare professionals on hand to answer questions and showcase their offerings. Free. Chapman Cultural Center, 200 East St John Street, Spartanburg.

TUESDAY, APRIL 8 Land Team Lobby Day – 11am-3pm. Join Upstate Forever staff as we join forces with other Conservation Common Agenda partner organizations to lobby legislators on land conservation issues. Times ap-

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9 Water Team Lobby Day – 11am-3pm. Join Upstate Forever staff as we join forces with other Conservation Common Agenda partner organizations to lobby legislators on water issues. Times approximate, full details available soon. Transportation can be provided; participants pay for their own lunch. State House, Columbia. Email Nancy Fitzer at if interested.

THURSDAY, APRIL 10 Parkinson’s Patients Dance Class – 1:30pm. Held 2nd and 4th Thursdays. Dance therapy uses movement and music to treat social, emotional, cognitive and physical problems of Parkinson’s, such as mobility freeze or doing two things at once. This class followed by monthly meeting of the Spartanburg Parkinson’s Association. Free. Sponsored by Ballet Spartanburg. Ballet studios, Montgomery Bldg., Chapman Cultural Center, 200 East St John Street, Spartanburg.

SATURDAY, APRIL 12 Healthy Living Expo — Natural Awakenings Upstate Anniversary! – 10am-4pm. Come celebrate the 5 year anniversary of Natural Awakenings in the Upstate! Meet the new Upstate publisher! Lots of exhibitors, two movie screenings, multiple speakers, door prizes, free chair massages, food samples and more! See the Healthy Living Expo Spotlight in this issue for more info. Free. McAlister Square, 225 S. Pleasantburg Dr., Greenville. May I Be Frank Documentary Screening & Q&A – 1-3:15pm. This true story documents Frank Ferrante’s transformation as he stumbles into a vegan cafe, and over 42 days, begins a life-changing journey during which he is coached physically, emotionally and spiritually. Free. Film star appearing. McAlister Square, University Center auditorium, 225 S. Pleasantburg Dr., Greenville. 517-6939.

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The Grounded Documentary Screening & Q&A – 3:30pm-5:15pm. The true story of an Alaskan wildlife filmmaker’s persistent curiosity and quest to test claims of what appears to be an outrageously simple and “too good to be true” healing concept— physical, bare skin contact with the Earth. Film stars appearing. Free. McAlister Square, University Center auditorium, 225 S. Pleasantburg Dr., Greenville. 517-6939.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16 Music Sandwiched In – 12:15-1pm. This concert will feature the Reedy River Trio, a trio of brass musicians. Feel free to bring your own lunch and enjoy the performance! Free. Presented by Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra. Spartanburg Public Library Headquarters, Barrett Room, 151 South Church St., downtown Spartanburg. SpartanburgPhilharmonic. org/music-sandwich.

THURSDAY, APRIL 24 Parkinson’s Patients Dance Class – 1:30pm. Held 2nd and 4th Thursdays. Dance therapy uses movement and music to treat social, emotional, cognitive and physical problems of Parkinson’s, such as mobility freeze or doing two things at once. Free. Sponsored by Ballet Spartanburg, whose Artistic Director attended Dance for Parkinson’s Disease Workshop in NYC. Ballet studios, Montgomery Bldg., Chapman Cultural Center, 200 East St John Street, Spartanburg.

SATURDAY, APRIL 26 Free Yoga: Karma Community Class – 10-11am. No other classes this day. All proceeds go to Safe Home Rape Crisis. This class is perfect for beginners and experienced yogis. Free/donation-based (optional). Suggested donation: Undergarments for girls and boys from toddler to adult size. 1040 Fernwood-Glendale Rd., Suite 58, Spartanburg. 583.3335.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30 Music Sandwiched In – 12:15-1pm. This concert will feature John Shain in Acoustical Blues/Folk. Feel free to bring your own lunch and enjoy the performance! Free. Presented by Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra. Spartanburg Public Library Headquarters, Barrett Room, 151 South Church St., downtown Spartanburg. SpartanburgPhilharmonic. org/music-sandwich.

plan ahead TUESDAY, MAY 6 Web of Water Book Launch/Upstate Forever Anniversary – 5-7pm. Launch of the Web of Water book in author’s hometown. All photographers on hand to autograph books purchased. Also celebrating 10 years of Upstate Forever in Spartanburg! Special displays related to work in Spartanburg over past 10 years. Indigo Hall, Ezell Street, Spartanburg.

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Note: Dates are subject to change. Please use contact information to confirm dates and times of events. How to submit: All listings must be received by the 10th of the month prior to publication. Please help by following the format as seen below and email listings to Non-advertiser calendar entries are subject to availability and are $15 per each submission.

monday 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- noon. 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. Stress-Free Class – 6:45pm. A fusion of stretching, yoga, Pilates, breathing techniques, prayer, visualization, guided imagery, acupressure, essential oils and self-exploration to overcome stress. Free. 500 Evangel Rd, Spartanburg. 439-6443.


session. Zen Studios, 1040 Fernwood-Glendale Rd, Ste. 58, Spartanburg. 583-3335. Lunchtime Flow Yoga – 12:30pm. Soul Flow Yoga Studio. 2811 Reidville Rd, Ste. 12, Spartanburg. 609-7689. 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.

friday 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.

Community Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. $6 drop in fee. Soul Flow Yoga, 2811 Reidville Rd, Ste. 12, Spartanburg. 609-7689. AntiGravity FUNdamentals 1 & 2 – 11am-noon. Discover the power, excitement and pure joy of moving freely in all directions of open space. Limited availability. Late cancellation charges may apply. Preregistration is strongly recommended. $15 Single drop-in. Zen Studios, 1040 FernwoodGlendale Rd, Ste. 58, Spartanburg. 583-3335.

sunday AntiGravity Aerial Yoga – 1-2pm. Yoga in 3-dimensional space! This body/mind/spirit class provides a safe and challenging Aerial Yoga class to students of all levels. Limited space. Pre-registration recommended! Students must attend 5 antigravity fundamental classes before registering for Aerial. $15 single drop-in. Zen Studios, 1040 FernwoodGlendale Rd, Ste. 58, Spartanburg. 583-3335.

tuesday Good Morning Yoga – 9–10am. Greet the new day with an all-levels yoga class. Soul Flow Yoga Studio, 2811 Reidville Rd, Ste. 12, Spartanburg. 609-7689. 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. Mixed Level Yoga – Intermediate to Advanced – 7:15-8:30pm. Ready to take your practice to the next level? This 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.

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

thursday Good Morning Yoga – 9-10am. Soul Flow Yoga Studio. See Tuesday 9am listing. Zen Beginnings with Maryanne – 9:45am. For the new student looking to learn alignment and proper technique. Even a seasoned yoga student can benefit from this class by mindfully getting reacquainted with the poses. This class teaches basic pranayama (breathing) techniques to calm the mind and center the body. $15 for a single drop-in

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communityresourceguide Connecting you to the leaders in natural healthcare and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide, email to request our media kit. ALLERGY/NUTRITION GREENVILLE FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE

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

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


1360 Drayton Rd. 864-585-3850•Spartanburg

We c u s t o m ize 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 23.

CHIROPRACTOR BIO-IDENTICAL HORMONE THERAPY BALANCED SOLUTIONS 420 The Parkway, Ste. J The Village at Thornblade 864-343-8352•Greer

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


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

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


959 John B. White Blvd. 864-764-1485•Spartanburg

Dr. Rochelle J. Delain provides affordable chiropractic care for the entire family and will tailor a  specific plan to meet your goals. Over 20 years’ experience. See ad, page 23.


1360 Drayton Rd. 864-585-3850•Spartanburg

We c u s t o m ize 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 23.


Mary W. Underwood, MSW, LISW-CP 736 E. Main St, Ste. 201 864-266-0634•Spartanburg

Certified Advanced Integrative Therapist and trained in Emotional Freedom Technique, Mary helps people with a host of issues including trauma, addictions, mood disorders, anxiety, and life-altering events. See ad, page 25.


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

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


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

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


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

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


2375 E. Main St, Ste. A-200 864-612-6462•Spartanburg

Begin your journey to wellness. Initial consultation, pH testing, weigh-in, measurements, health history review and action plan for only $65. Call today! See ad, page 19.


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

Garner’s is a local familyowned health food store and deli with indoor and outdoor seating. We are open 6 days a week 9am to 6pm. See ad, page 12.

MASSAGE/BODYWORK ABIADA HEALING ARTS 187 N. Daniel Morgan Ave. 864-542-1123•Spartanburg

We put our clients’ needs first and tailor the bodywork to the individual. We use a variety of modalities including massage. Chair massage is also available at our office or yours. See ad, page 18.


Shari Cudd, DVM 2920 Reidville Rd. 864-574-6200•Spartanburg

Offering routine services as well as chiropractic and massage therapy and boarding. We also do onsite X-rays for general health, dentistry and chiropractic needs. Dr. Cudd is a loving veterinarian whose healing touch and quiet ways will make your pet feel right at home. See ad, page 18.

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

Garner’s is a local familyowned health food store and deli with indoor and outdoor seating. We are open 6 days a week 9am to 6pm. See ad, page 12.


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

Patients recover faster by utilizing a combination of conventional and alternative therapies. Alternative approaches include CranioSacral, Myofascial, Vestibular and Visceral Manipulation, drawing on the body’s self-healing properties. See ad, page 19.


Mary W. Underwood, MSW, LISW-CP 736 E. Main St, Ste. 201 864-266-0634•Spartanburg

Mary uses therapeutic methods including Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), which have been shown to help people heal and move to greater peace and contentment. See ad, page 25.


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

Thermography is an FDA approved, non-invasive breast screening with no radiation and no breast compression! It can help to detect very early physiological changes in your body. See ad, page 7.

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187 N. Daniel Morgan Ave. 864-542-1123•Spartanburg

We put our clients’ needs first and tailor the bodywork to the individual. We use a variety of modalities including massage. Chair massage is also available at our office or yours. See ad, page 18.


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

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


1040 Fernwood-Glendale Rd., Ste. 58 864-583-3335•Spartanburg

Eco-friendly studio and EcoChic 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 7.

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