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ust as spring in the Upstate has been a wild yet joyous ride with 30-degree shifts in temperatures from one day to the next, assuming the mantle of publisher of this thriving magazine has brought its share of new situations. When the weather shifts, we vary our wardrobe accordingly. When business shifts, grows and changes, we need to bring fresh knowledge, abilities and solutions to bear. I am thrilled to be part of the adventure that brings thought-provoking information on some of today’s most critical concerns to our Upstate readers. At the same time, I am daily aware of the steady uphill climb in honing my skills for proficiency in my stewardship of this unique and timely community resource, in which you all participate. I love working with readers, advertisers, contributors and other supporters to uncover new ideas to share on holistic ways of healing ourselves and caring for our environment. Each month, insightful and dedicated individuals teach us something new and of practical use. At our recent Healthy Living Expo celebrating the 5th anniversary of Upstate Natural Awakenings I attended the screening of May I Be Frank, a funny, touching, heart-warming documentary of one man’s path from addiction and illness to restored relationships and good health. The honest, emotionally charged audience discussion at the end of the film made my heart soar as we all talked about the healing value that love and forgiveness play in health and well-being. It’s a truth that has played out many times in my own life experience. As I walked the exhibit hall of 50 vendors busy with overflowing attendance, I reflected on how we are all teachers at this critical time in the world’s evolution. We come together seeking answers, looking for reassurance that we are following a good blueprint, walking the right path for a healthy and sustainable future. Being still enough to hear the intuitive voice within is the ultimate way to discern solid answers based on the inner wisdom we each possess. Linda Sechrist’s May feature article, “Trust Your Intuition: Listen to that Still, Small Voice and Let it Lead You,” offers a thoughtful commentary on how we all have access to this valuable go-to resource already speaking to us each and every moment if we will only listen. What would you like us to hear? I invite you to share your thoughts and suggestions by emailing me at I promise I will be listening. Peace and love,

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newsbriefs L.A. Yogi to Facilitate Popular Workshop at Zen Studios


en Studios presents Los Angeles based yoga instructor Leeann Carey, ERYT 500, author of Restorative Yoga Therapy & the Art of Being, as she leads a restorative yoga therapy training certification, Master Class, and book signing. The weekend course will benefit anyone who desires to learn how to teach restorative yoga therapy either as a style of its own, or to incorporate it into a current teaching style. It is a stand-alone, yoga teacher training focusing on restorative yoga therapy, or the BEING poses of the practice, which use props. While working strictly with BEING poses, it is common for yoga teachers-in-training to deepen their understanding of classical asanas and to foster a therapeutic outcome based on the unique needs of students. Students are invited to learn from one of America’s leading yogis during this rare opportunity. Carey has been teaching, writing, and practicing yoga for 30 years. She leads this training course throughout the U.S. and Canada. Zen Studios is a Leeann Carey Yoga (LCY) affiliate yoga studio and thus allows students to save over $250 for this valuable training and study. The Restorative Yoga Therapy Teacher Training will be held May 16-18: Friday, 12 noon-8 pm; Saturday, 9 am-6 pm; and Sunday, 9 am-6 pm. The cost is $395. The Master Class in the Yapana Way: Restorative Yoga Therapy and Leeann Carey book-signing will be held May 18, from 3pm-4:30 pm, at a cost of $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Books are available online, as well as in the studio. Zen Studios is located at Hillcrest Specialty Row, 1040 Fernwood-Glendale Rd., Ste. 58, Spartanburg. For more information, call 864-583-3335 or visit See ad, page 8.

Local Chiropractor Brings Alignment to Assisted Living


r. Rochelle J. Delain, owner of Healing Place Chiropractic and Wellness, will now be offering chiropractic services at the White Oak Estates Wellness Center. The services will be extended to all Wellness Center members, assistedliving residents and employees of White Oak Estates. “More and more people are not content just to live longer but are seeking natural ways to improve their quality Rochelle J. Delain, of life so that the so called ‘Golden Years’ really are golden. DC Having a balanced spine and nervous system through regular Chiropractic care can help the body to function better, thereby improving overall health and quality of life. As the Wellness Center at White Oak Estates is also about helping people aged 55+ to reach their health goals and to live life to the fullest, adding Chiropractic Care to their wellness team was a natural fit,” says Dr. Delain. White Oak Estates is an assisted-living community committed to an exemplary level of professionalism. The facility strives to enhance the dignity of its residents and to pursue excellence through its holistic approach, providing support with proven techniques that contribute to the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of all those entrusted to their care. White Oak Estates is located at 400 Webber Rd., Spartanburg. The Healing Place is located at 959 John B. White Sr. Blvd., Spartanburg. To reach Dr. Delain, call 864-764-1485 or visit See ad, page 8. 6

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Spartanburg Therapist to Present at National Conference


ary W. Underwood, LISW-CP, DCEP, owner of Awakening Energies, will be presenting a workshop at the 16th Annual International Mary W. Underwood, Energy Psychology Conference in LISW-CP, DCEP Chandler, Arizona. The workshop, entitled Storytime: Integrating Energy Psychology into Therapeutic Story Telling, will teach other energy therapists how to combine a long-standing play therapy technique with energy therapy. “The technique I will be teaching at the conference is one of my efforts to modify this powerful tool so it is more accessible to children. It is quite an honor to be selected to present at an international conference,” Underwood adds. The conference is from May 29th to June 3rd. Underwood’s presentation will be on May 30th. Energy therapy is powerfully effective for children, but most energy therapy workshops are geared toward treating adults. The theme of the conference is Talk is Not Enough: Activating Broader and Deeper Levels of Healing. It is sponsored by the Association of Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP). Underwood is one of a handful of therapists in the United States trained in Advanced Integrative Therapy, a powerful new energy therapy. She has years of experience and extensive training in helping people with a variety of concerns, including trauma, addictions, mood disorders, anxiety and life-altering events. Awakening Energies is located at 736 E Main St., Spartanburg. For more information, call 864-266-0634 or visit See ad, page 25.

Spartanburg Humane Society Celebrates 50 Years of Excellence in Animal Care


he Spartanburg Humane Society recently celebrated 50 years of excellence in animal service for the citizens of Spartanburg. The lobby of the facility was filled with the staff, the board of directors, many volunteers, and people who came to celebrate and spend time with the animals. Dozens of kids filled the halls of the Humane Society—some with cash donations in hand; a few brought large bags of the shelter’s favorite food, and others brought special toys and treats for the animals bought with their own money. “If we are successful in our efforts to provide quality ‘preventative care’ veterinary services, producing innovative education programs, and launching targeted spay/neuter programs in the most-needed areas of the county, the term “unwanted animals” would become a thing of the past. True success would be the day when all of our kennels are completely empty. Every animal would have a loving home and every home would be filled with animals,” offered Shail Radloff, executive director. “Adoptions are up nearly 30 percent from the previous year thanks to the dedicated staff, the tremendous partnerships that have been forged all over the United States, and the wonderful people of the Upstate who visit our campus to adopt and spread the word about the amazing animals there waiting to be loved,” says Darwin Simpson, board chairman. The Spartanburg Humane Society is located at 150 Dexter Rd, Spartanburg. For more information, call 864-5834805 or visit

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newsbriefs Spartanburg Gears Up for National Bicycle Month


id you know that May is national bicycle month? Spartanburg has been on the leading edge of southern U.S. cities trying to incorporate bicycles into every day life, and has made great progress with this through its Bike Town initiative, which earned the City of Spartanburg its national designation as a Bicycle Friendly Community. According to Partners for Active Living, which staffs the Bike Town initiative, it is a “community-wide collaboration dedicated to making the Spartanburg community the bicycling hub of the Southeast…” The purpose of the coalition is to “ensure communication and collaboration between organizations and businesses so that bicycling in Spartanburg County is as easy, safe, and accessible as possible.” With such a strong advocacy for bicycles, the city of Spartanburg is celebrating National Bicycle Month with multiple activities. Here are a few: Kicking off the month on Friday, May 2, Spartanburg hosts the Regional Healthcare System Criterium—a closedcircuit, multi-lap cycling race, and featured event in Spartanburg’s largest annual festival, Spring Fling. In addition, it will be included in the USA CRITS Speed Week series, which is guaranteed to draw top national racing teams and interna-


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tional racers. Festivities begin at 4 pm and end at 10 pm. The public is invited to watch the race from downtown, and there are children’s activities planned as well. From May 7 through May 14, select schools in Spartanburg County will participate in the national Bike to School Day event. Children and their parents are encouraged to bike to school to celebrate active transportation and remedying traffic congestion and polluted air around schools. On Monday, May 19, cyclists desiring longer rides can participate in the Annual Assaults on Mt. Mitchell and Marion. Participants can choose between a 72mile bike ride to the town of Marion, NC, or a 102-mile bike ride to the highest point east of the Mississippi River, or do both. According to the Partners for Active Living website, close to 2,000 bicyclists from around the country will test their endurance and abilities to complete this journey. Registration ends May 9, or for the Marion ride only, May 16. Policies and details for this event can be found at To read more about National Bicycle Week in Spartanburg or see more events for this month, go to Active-Living. org. Get on your bike and ride! The Bike Town Initiative is supported by Spartanburg Revolutionary. Partners in the initiative include local advocacy groups, retailers, bicycling and racing organizations and institutional entities. For more information on the initiative, go to

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Small, Simple, Sustainable Every couple wants their wedding to reflect their values. Concern for the environment prompts planning that supports eco-friendly local businesses and avoids generating the considerable waste and carbon footprints of traditional events. Veteran green wedding planner and environmentalist Kate Harrison, author of The Green Bride Guide, who blogs at, assists couples through the process. “I advise couples to look at simple substitutions in line with their style and budget,” says Harrison. “Every choice adds up.” By invitation only. Digital invitations cost just pennies apiece; options like offer the appearance of a paper invitation, arriving in an envelope that “opens” on the screen. Also consider elegant renditions of more conventional invitations made of recycled, upcycled or organic papers. For the invite that keeps on growing, try seed-studded paper creations that guests can plant in their backyards. Where the guests are. Selecting a location central to most of the guests minimizes the celebration’s carbon footprint, reduces travel expenses and maximizes attendance. “Consider picking a venue with natural beauty already present, such as a beautiful garden or ballroom,” advises Harrison. “You’ll cut down on the amount and cost of décor you’re buying just for the wedding.” Let them eat cake. Food and flowers are among the most costly components of a wedding, yet sustainable options can be just a worthy fraction more. A cake made with organic flour, a natural sweetener and local cage-free eggs, for example, can cost just $5 more. The key is finding a vendor willing to work with the couple’s values, says Harrison. Simple gifts. Americans spend an estimated $20 billion annually on wedding gifts, a high-impact opportunity to support local green economies. Harrison recommends establishing registries for experiences, charities and products (select sustainable options like recycled glass dishes or organic linens). Consider a local, seasonable wedding favor that guests can eat or reuse, such as maple syrup for a fall wedding in Vermont. Generally, keep all elements small, simple and local—and your own—for an occasion that truly cherishes both loved ones and our planet.

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Merciér Pelvic Massage Boosts Women’s Fertility


new, noninvasive infertility treatment has met with highly favorable results. In a recent study published in the journal Midwifery Today, 40 of 48 women between ages 28 and 42 that underwent two or more sessions of Merciér Therapy achieved pregnancy within the first year; 32 of those used the method alone (no other artificial fertilization/insemination techniques). The four-year study was presented at the 2013 World Congress of Low Back and Pelvic Pain. The Merciér Method was developed by Jennifer Merciér, a midwife and holistic women’s health practitioner. The regimen includes six hours of pelvic organ massage manipulation, along with a supplement program and continuous monitoring. She explains, “Our protocol is a gentle and noninvasive visceral manipulation of the female reproductive organs that helps to increase general organ mobility and blood flow, which enhances optimal function.” A documentary on the protocol, Fertility: The Shared Journey with Merciér Therapy, premieres this month (

Drinking Cow’s Milk While Nursing Linked to Infant Eczema


ew research has found that if a mother drinks cow’s milk during the period that she is breastfeeding, it raises her infant’s risk of experiencing skin allergies. The study, published in the Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand, followed 62 mothers and their infants from birth through 4 months of age. Researchers from Bangkok’s Mahidol University assembled the mothers and infants into two groups. Mothers in one group drank cow’s milk during the first four months of breastfeeding; the control group did not. Eight of the children with mothers drinking cow’s milk had skin allergies, versus two of the children in the control group. All of the mothers exclusively breastfed their infants throughout this period. An earlier study published in the British Medical Journal followed 124 mothers, 97 of which breastfed their babies. Of those that breastfed, 48 drank no milk or other dairy products and 49 drank milk. Infants in the milkdrinking group experienced 21 cases of eczema, while the no-milk group had only 11 cases. Overall, between the breastfed and non-breastfed infants, the breastfed infants had lower incidences of eczema regardless of the mother’s diet.


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Vitamin D No Help for Bone Mass or Hip Fractures


niversity of Pittsburgh researchers that followed 29,862 women for 11 years have found that supplementing calcium with vitamin D does not reduce hip fractures. The study, published in the Journal of Women’s Health, found that women taking calcium plus vitamin D had as many hip fractures as women taking a placebo. Women supplementing with more than 600 international units (IU) of vitamin D per day also had a 28 percent higher incidence of breast cancer. Because hip fractures are linked to a reduction in bone density, these findings are compounded by a review of research published in The Lancet, which established that vitamin D supplements typically taken with calcium did not increase bone density among elderly adults. The review analyzed 23 studies among 4,082 participants, 92 percent of whom were women.

Healthy Homemade Infant Food Reduces Kids’ Allergies


study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology reports that infants that were fed more homemade foods comprising a higher percentage of fruits and vegetables were less likely to develop food allergies. In assessing youngsters of the same age, researchers from the University of Southampton Medical College, in the UK, followed 41 children that had developed food allergies by the age of 2, alongside 82 non-allergic infants. After tracking the toddlers’ diets with food diaries and conducting allergy testing, the researchers found that infants fed more of the healthier homemade diet had a significantly lower incidence of food allergies as toddlers.

Roundup Toxin Accumulates in GM Soybeans


study published in the journal Food Chemistry tested soybeans grown from seeds that were genetically modified (GM) to be resistant to the herbicide Roundup. It compared these with organic soybeans and soybeans from non-GM seeds. The chemical and nutritional analysis of soybean samples from 31 different Iowa farms found the GM soy contained significantly higher levels of the toxin glyphosate, the central chemical in Roundup, than both the organic and the conventional non-GMO soybeans. The organic soybeans contained no glyphosate, plus significantly higher levels of protein and zinc, as well as lower levels of saturated fats.

Multivitamins with Selenium Counter HIV


study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that a daily multivitamin supplement with selenium significantly slows the advance of HIV among those with the virus. The researchers tested 878 asymptomatic, HIV-infected people over two years that had never taken antiretroviral medications. The test subjects were split into four groups, with members of each receiving separate medications—multivitamins, multivitamins plus selenium, selenium alone or a placebo—for five years. The multivitamins contained vitamins B, C and E. Those given multivitamins plus selenium experienced a 54 percent reduction in low counts of a critical immunity cell factor (called CD4) compared to the placebo group. This group also experienced a 44 percent reduction in other events known to accompany the progression of HIV, including AIDS-related deaths. The researchers concluded: “In antiviral, therapy-naive, HIV-infected adults, 24-month supplementation with a single supplement containing multivitamins and selenium was safe and significantly reduced the risk of immune decline and morbidity.”

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Treating Causes Not Conditions

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ant to be inspired to experience vibrant health and vitality? Dr. Connie Casebolt does just that! Dr. Casebolt, a board-certified Family Practice physician and a self-described “newly-minted” Functional Medicine practitioner, opened Greenville Functional Medicine in 2013 to provide medical care that treats the causes of illness, not the condition. With over 30 years of medical experience, Casebolt trained through the Institute for Functional Medicine in 2011. Functional Medicine is described as a medical practice or treatment that focuses on optimal functioning of the body and its organs, usually involving holistic or alternative medicine. “Transitioning to Functional Medicine has been heady and exciting,” says Casebolt. “I saw Functional Medicine doctors reversing conditions that I was trained could not be reversed. I now have the tools to have a profound impact on the quality of life of others,” shares Casebolt. 12

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Services offered include bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, Kondrot Eye Restoration Therapy, intravenous nutritional and immune support, and more. Casebolt explains that with aging comes hormone deprivation and many conditions such as osteoporosis, sexual dysfunction, mood disorders and weight gain caused by decreased hormone levels. ”It was a great relief to me to know that if you supply bio-identical hormones as opposed to chemical hormone replacement, you have minimal potential risk and better results, especially when hormones are administered correctly,” states Casebolt. Casebolt offers the Kondrot Eye Restoration Therapy, a program created by ophthalmologist Dr. Edward Kondrot to help reverse eye disorders such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and macular degeneration. This extensive program includes using Myers’ cocktail—an IV containing essential vitamins and minerals, ultraviolet blood irradiation (UVBI), and frequency-specific microcurrent. Patients are also tested for heavy metals and that treatment, if indicated, follows later. Additionally, ozone therapy is being added to the curriculum. “Dr. Kondrot is training physicians around the country, but I am the only one in this area offering this program,” notes Casebolt. Additional treatment may be continued at home. Syntonic light therapy is employed and specific supplements for eye health, along with ozone eye drops, are prescribed. UVBI is a technology Casebolt says has been around since 1928 and historically has been used to address a variety of illnesses, including sore throat, flu, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, hypertension and more. It destroys pathogens, detoxifies, and reduces inflammation. Chelation therapy for heavy metal removal is also offered, which helps to improve circulatory disorders and hypertension and supports anti-aging. Casebolt quips, “You’re only as young as your circulation.”  Casebolt has developed a new, individually-designed health program, “Metamorphosis.” Its goal is to support the individual in achieving maximum health and vibrancy. Heath-related lectures held every other week are open to the public. Potential patients are encouraged to call to reserve space at the lectures as seating is limited. Greenville Functional Health is located at 301 Halton Rd., Greenville. For more information, call 864-558-0200 or visit GreenvilleFunctionalMedicine. com. See ad, page 3. Michele Senac is a contributing editor for Natural Awakenings, a writer and author. She is certified in Interior Redesign, Home Staging and Feng Shui. Contact or AroundTheTableCookbook. com.



LIVE YOUR SONG It Keeps Us in Tune with Ourself by Jill Mattson


isten to a traditional West African Griot story: When a tribal woman knows she is pregnant, she goes into the wilderness with a few friends to pray and meditate until they hear the song of the child. They recognize that every soul has its own vibration that expresses its unique flavor and purpose. When the women attune to the song, they sing it out loud. Then they return and teach it to everyone else. When children are born into the tribe, the village community gathers and sings their song, one unique melody for each unique child. Later, when children begin their education, the village again gathers to chant each child’s song. They sing upon the initiation of adulthood and at the time of their marriage. If at any time someone commits a crime or aberrant social act, the villagers will circle the individual and chant their song, recognizing that the proper correction is love and the remembrance of identity, because when you recognize your own song you have no desire or need to do anything that would hurt another. Finally, when the soul is about to pass from this world, family and friends gather at the bedside, as they did at birth, and sing the person to the next life. In any culture, a friend is one that knows our song and sings it to us when we have forgotten it. Those that love us are not fooled by the mistakes we’ve made or the dark images we hold about ourself. They remember our beauty when we feel ugly; our wholeness

when we are broken; our innocence when we feel guilty; and our purpose when we are confused. Life always reminds us when we are and when we’re not in tune with ourself. When we feel good, we are matching our song. We may feel a little wobbly at times, but so have all the great singers. If we just keep singing, we’ll find our way home. In the end, we shall all recognize our song and sing it well. Modern pioneers in vibrational energy like Sharry Edwards (bioacoustic biology) and Donna Eden (energy medicine) have independently detected that each of us has a fundamental signature frequency that can be equated to our unique song that persists throughout life. We innately seek natural sounds that reinforce and strengthen our song such as the surf, wind or birds. Even the stars and heavens offer songs out of our hearing range that benefit cell-to-cell vibrations within that we intuitively feel as the magic of a midnight sky. At one with the universe, our song contributes its part in the infinite chorus of creation.

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When Shannon Kincaid was 2, her mother noticed that she liked to draw on whatever was handy—Zwieback toast, rocks, concrete or even charcoal briquettes. She was presented with a box of Crayolas, which she called, “craylolas,” and has been creating art ever since. Kincaid, who is also an accomplished singer and recording artist, has painted commissioned portraits of luminaries throughout the country that include Tom Landry, Mickey Mantle, Mary Kay Ash, Byron Nelson and June Lockhart. She frequently works with interior designers and businesses to create custom mosaics, murals and finishes for residential and commercial spaces. Kincaid’s oils, pastels and watercolors, whether representational or impressionistic, are imbued with a sense of serenity and joy, reflecting her belief in the healing power of art. One of her favorite quotes is by the author Henry James [1843-1916]: “It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance. And I know of no substitute whatever for the force and beauty of its process.”

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pushed Teague to take a leap of faith—close her psychotherapy practice and enroll in a filmmaking class. Teague recognizes that a deeper wisdom activated her response. She observes, “The individuals I was counseling about their restless desire for something better mirrored my own discontent, and my restlessness was an emotional response to what was emerging. “Today, I no longer concern myself with making the right decision. I trust that whatever the circumstances are, I need to listen, observe and reflect, because ‘now’ contains information for my next step,” she advises. Amanda Owen, counselor, coach and author of Born to Receive: 7 Powerful Steps Women Can Take Today to Reclaim Their Half of the Universe, has studied the state of receptivity that Teague references. Owen explains, “Receiving is a dynamic and productive state. When the body is relaxed and the mind and nervous system are calm, we become receptive and can feel and intuit subtle information contained in the energy received from external and internal environments. “Our parasympathetic nervous system is engaged when we’re in this listening state. In contrast, rushing through the

Trust Your Intuition

Listen to that Still, Small Voice and Let it Lead You by Linda Sechrist

What if you could consistently tap into answers to life’s problems when you need them, knowing deep down that you are on the right track and that the decisions and choices you are making are the correct ones?


ur body is a wellspring of priceless wisdom. Yet heeding our innate voice seems constantly tested as society distracts us with the busy acquisition of external knowledge and rewards more visible work. Those used to focusing outwardly over-stimulate their five senses and so tend to disconnect from their body’s deep innate intelligence—our sixth sense, also known as intuition. The resulting joylessness, discontent, isolation, depression and illness have sent millions in search of a real solution that discerning experts believe already exists within. Our ultimate guide to the fountain of personal health and happiness, they believe, could well be our own intuition.

Changing Directions

For years, Katie Teague, producer of the documentary film, Money & Life, lived with the consequence of sublimating her intuitive impulse. “I felt a restless itch in my soul,” relates Teague, who intuited that life was prompting her to change careers so she could use her talents in a more meaningful way. The vision of her 94-year-old self lying on her deathbed and faced with the question, “What are you not saying yes to?” 14

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day engages our ‘fight-or-flight’ sympathetic nervous system. Busyness and mind chatter drowns out the valuable information that intuition provides,” Owen notes. An intuitive energy therapist, Marilyn Eppolite strongly relies on intuitive guidance in her southern New Jersey practice, believing it emanates from her body’s intelligence. “I listen and it’s always present,” she says. Eppolite shares an example of a time she received a clear image and perceived the bodily sensations of a grieving small child from a female client that a psychotherapist had referred. “When I described what I was sensing, her tears flowed and she also connected to the feeling,” she says. “It provided the needed breakthrough she needed to access her feelings and move forward in therapy.” Eppolite is keenly aware when roadblocks—busyness, willfulness and a fearful, restless mind—create interference. “These feed each other and can rarely be separated. I can’t hear or feel my intuition when my energy and attention are willfully directed outward,” she observes. Abandoning the drive for personal control and surrendering to stillness is how Eppolite signals her body’s intelligence that she’s ready for whispers of guidance. “I sense that surrender as strength and trust that the information received is for my greatest good, even if I don’t fully understand it,” she remarks. “Discernment is necessary because deep wisdom frequently comes in segments that I must piece together and put into action before more of it bubbles up from within.” The teachings of Yogeshwari Kamini Desai, Ph.D., combine Western psychology and Eastern philosophy. As the director of education and lead teacher of the Amrit

in the Buddhist concept that mindfulness of the body alMethod of Yoga, at the facility in Silver Springs, Florida, lows us to love fully. She finds, “It brings healing, wisdom Desai instructs on listening to the voice of intuition identiand freedom.” fied as prana in yogic tradition, which she characterizes as She relates how she is led to direct a client’s attention “the energy that enlivens and carries out all balancing and to their own body’s intuition, which works best when she life-giving processes in nature. “It speaks through the body as sensations, impulses is following her instincts, rather than thinking. “After one and urges,” she says. “This ‘inner divining rod’ informs us session, my client, who had been silently experiencing what feelings, thoughts and actions numerous feelings in her stomach, are moving us into alignment with asked me why I had touched her our source and what is moving us abdomen. I was just intuitively led out of alignment.” to that part of her body.” Quieting the mind and strengthenDr. Mona Lisa Schulz, also a ing the directives of prana through mediPh.D., medical intuitive and co-autation, yoga and being in nature moves thor of All is Well, notes that everyus away from what we tell ourselves one has a connection to intuition. and back to directly responding to its “We get a gut feeling and sadness promptings. “Absorbed in the present in our heart from our inner intelmoment and bodily sensations, we conligence that we don’t know what nect with inner guidance,” explains Deto do with. While some individuals sai. “With practice, our mind becomes a consult a practitioner, others listen servant to inner intelligence. It can both to their body’s intuitive language direct our lives and make us sensitive to and reflect on their insights and early symptoms suggesting oncoming dreams—the language of soul,” says illness,” she adds. Schulz. “Intuition can speak softly “There is growing interest in through symptoms,” she observes. energy medicine and developing “Eventually, when disregarded, it a deeper connection to the body’s can become a full-blown illness.” intelligence through yoga and energy Biochemist and author of Sepractices like qigong and tai chi crets of Our Cells: Discovering Your because people are tired of taking Body’s Inner Intelligence, Sondra medications that don’t heal the root Barrett, Ph.D., is awed by the body’s Fearlessly following cause of health problems,” comcellular intelligence. “Our cells are ments Dr. Sue Morter, founder of invisible, so we don’t think of ourselves our intuition frees us to Morter Health Center, near Indianapas cellular beings. However, a deeper olis, Indiana, and the healing pheunderstanding of our constitution and fully live an authentic nomenon she terms Energy Codes. that our cells speak to each other and A regular practice of any one of collaborate harmoniously could inspire and satisfying life. these disciplines expands sensory us to befriend our body’s intelligence function to encompass internal recfor life,” she says. “We might shift from ognition and referencing of subtle wanting to fix an ache or pain to understanding that our cells information. are warning us of something.” Morter teaches how to awaken gut feelings, personal Sonia Choquette, a global consultant who recommends power and self-love to restore wholeness left behind in purwe rely on our sixth sense as our first sense, has authored suit of external sources of happiness. “Participants learn to several books on intuition. She finds, “With intuition, we trust their gut more than the opinions of others, which turns have a personal compass and an ally in discerning what is up the volume on the whispers of intuition,” she explains. authentic and true for us so that we won’t be tugged and After Pat Hall, a therapeutic bodyworker in Augusta, pulled in different directions when we make decisions.” Georgia, read Jill Bolte Taylor’s My Stroke of Insight, she was Laurie McCammon, co-author of Enough: The Rise of certain a habit of listening to mental chatter interfered with the Feminine and the Birth of the New Story, was relaxing feeling and interpreting her body’s helpful promptings. “Jill’s and reflecting with two friends when intuition graced her experience of her body as energy and her mind as silent with a message of information-laden energy: “I am enough. when the left lobe of her brain shut down due to a stroke was We are enough. I have enough. We have enough. Enough!” my ‘Aha!’ moment,” says Hall. For her, heeding inner guidance took practice and a commitment to dismantling reactive The experience inspired them to collaborate on an e-book celebrating the grassroots groundswell toward a major shift thought patterns and habits, plus discerning between intuin the world. “I believe intuition is an aspect of The Grand ition and distracting chatter. Plan, which always moves us toward greater expansion, “Mind chatter generally creates fear, negativity and inclusion and an ever more mature and loving response to pressure to do something,” she explains. “Intuitive guidance is gentle, expansive and undemanding.” Hall believes life,” says McCammon. natural awakenings

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Learning to trust our gut more than the opinions of others turns up the volume on whispers of intuition. Awakening to our gut feelings, personal power and self-love restores the wholeness left behind in pursuit of external sources of happiness. Ute Arnold, founder, director and teacher of the Unergi School of Body-Psychotherapy, in Point Pleasant, Pennsylvania, describes several physical signatures of body intelligence that can foster improved self-care. “You feel more expansive, available and receptive—with a sense of a longer spine, a wider and deeper body and feet rooted in the Earth’s powerful energy,” explains the author of Touchback: A Self-Healing Journey with Body, Art and Nature, who also has a master’s degree in fine arts. “Expanded into a condition of soft relaxation, your mind stops talking; you enter a mind-body state of energetic receptive listening, where emotional intelligence is accessible. “These feelings and sensations are indicative of wholeness. From it, we have access to the eternal place of the fully healed soul, which whispers intuitively, nudging us toward what can heal our life, body and mind.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Visit for the recorded interviews.

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Funny Tummy? Probiotic Foods Can Fix a Troubled Gut by Kathleen Barnes

Gas, bloating, stomach cramps, diarrhea and constipation—each of these digestive issues indicates an imbalance of “good” and “bad” intestinal bacteria.


hronic digestive discomfort is distressingly common. More than 60 million Americans suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), notes Dr. Mark Pimentel, director of the Gastrointestinal Motility Program at Cedars-Sinai Hospital, in Los Angeles, and author of A New IBS Solution. Many are too embarrassed to mention it to their doctor, so they suffer silently and learn to live with it.

Multiple Culprits While digestive distress can visit most of us occasionally, regular bouts have increased due to high-stress lifestyles and unhealthy diets, according to Dr. Dustin James, a St. Louis, Missouri, gastroenterologist and author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Digestive Health. “Getting home late after a stressful day, eating a high-fat meal and then going to bed is a recipe for problems,” he says. James advises a food-free interlude of four to six hours before bedtime and notes that prescription and over-thecounter heartburn medications can actually worsen the problem over time. Pimentel, citing his own research, also suggests that even a minor case of food poisoning may unbalance digestive bacteria enough to cause problems for years. “We think food poisoning leads to bacterial overgrowth,” says Pimentel. In his clinical experience, James says about 10 percent of IBS cases can be connected to the food poisoning theory. Although such cases are typically treated with an antibiotic, rifaximin, many experts ironically attribute bacterial overgrowth to the use of antibiotics. All antibiotics, taken 18

for any reason, indiscriminately kill both good and bad intestinal bacteria, ultimately creating unbalanced bacteria colonies in the digestive tract, says James. “There can be bad long-term effects,” he advises. James’ antibiotics theory is affirmed by a major Australian review of current research on the links between antibiotics and intestinal bacterial overgrowth. Sugar is another culprit as are antibiotics in dairy products and meats, which can also aggravate digestive problems. Sugar feeds the growth of unfriendly bacteria and yeast and antibiotics kill friendly bacteria, contributing to imbalances. The U.S. obesity epidemic has even been linked to digestive problems. In a study published in the journal Frontiers of Public Health, researchers at the University of CaliforniaBerkeley warn against long-

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Safe Digestive Relief In addition to fermented foods, these foods offer digestive relief. Ginger: Safe enough to quell the nausea of early pregnancy, ginger can offer relief from nausea, gas and even colic in babies. Peppermint Oil: A traditional remedy now validated by science, peppermint oil can relieve irritable bowels and heartburn. Consider enteric coated (acid resistant) capsules that can impact the small intestine, where relief is needed. Fennel: This mildly licorice-flavored seed hasn’t been extensively studied, but lovers of Indian cuisine have traditionally used it to promote smooth digestion after consuming curry-laden meals. Sources: American Botanical Council; Mayo Clinic, MN; Baylor University, TX; University of Michigan; University of Rochester, NY term exposure to antibiotics through their widespread use in the dairy and meat industries. One animal study from Washington University, in St. Louis, showed that intestinal bacteria tend to extract more nutrients—and more calories—from the same foods when eaten by obese animals than when ingested by thinner ones. This helps explain why obese people tend to stay obese without heroic measures.

Good Food Solutions There is considerable agreement that probiotics—live bacteria such as those contained in fermented foods like quality yogurt—help rebalance beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract and ease ailments that include IBS. Due to U.S. food regulations, yogurt is routinely pasteurized, which kills its probiotic benefits; conscientious suppliers then add active digestive microorganisms, like Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus, back into their products. “Check yogurt labels for specific names of the species and a certification that it contains live cultures,” counsels

Maria Marco, Ph.D., an assistant professor of food science at the University of California-Davis. Coconut yogurt may be preferred by those with dairy-free diets. Dairy is acid-forming and can be difficult to digest. Many fermented foods can provide the same probiotics to ease digestive woes and restore a healthy balance of the right bacteria. Sauerkraut, rich in Lactobacillus and other strains of healthy bacteria, is at the top of the list. It’s easy to make superhealthy sauerkraut at home with shredded organic cabbage and salt. Other fermented foods to put high on a natural probiotic list include: miso, kefir, tempeh, soft cheese, kimchi, sour pickles and sourdough bread. James recommends two daily servings of high-quality yogurt or other fermented foods to obtain the 2 to 5 billion live bacteria needed to restore gut health. “Every human is unique; try different products in search of what works,” he says. Probiotic supplements may be more effective for people with serious digestive distress that need higher bacterial counts and the product label may provide specifics of the bacteria and strains. “For example, Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG is a strain that has been proven to be effective against antibioticinduced diarrhea,” Marco explains. High-quality probiotics usually require refrigeration to keep the bacteria alive. In addition, there are many non-fermented foods, including certain juices, candies and energy bars, with specific strains of bacteria added that have probiotic effects. Kathleen Barnes is the author of a wide variety of natural health books including 8 Weeks to Vibrant Health, with Dr. Hyla Cass. Connect at

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Pain-Free Pooch Five Natural Therapies that Work by Jennifer Kachnic

Because dogs won’t always let us know when they’re hurting, some people assume they don’t experience pain the same way we do, but that’s not the case. Instincts retained from their wild heritage will generally prompt them to hide pain as it’s a sign of weakness.


he truth is that arthritis and muscle or joint injuries are just as uncomfortable for dogs as they are for us, and many canine illnesses generate significant pain. While conventional medications can ease discomfort, they’re not the only or even the best options in many cases. Alternative therapies can be helpful in managing and relieving pain and work best as part of a whole body wellness program designed for a dog’s individual needs. To that end, always consult with an integrative veterinarian before starting any new treatment. Together, practitioner and owner will note that some of the following modalities may be contraindicated in some situations—for example, massage should never be performed on or near a tumor. Canine Massage: Dogs love massage because they crave being touched. Physical contact from another being provides a calming effect and brings comfort. Skin, the largest sense organ in the body, is loaded with sensory receptors and nerve endings that register touch, temperature and pain, and send

information to the brain. Massage therapy relaxes muscles and also stimulates endorphins, increases circulation, elevates oxygen levels, flushes toxins, helps with inflammation, strengthens the immune system and accelerates healing. All of these benefits can contribute to effective pain management. Acupuncture and Acupressure: Both of these time-honored modalities are based on the concept of keeping vital energy flowing through the body and seek to stimulate key points along the energy meridians beneath the skin. Acupuncture involves the insertion of small needles at these points, while acupressure uses fingers to apply pressure to the same points. Both modalities are widely known to assist in managing pain and anxiety. Energy Healing: Here, the practitioner improves the flow of energy in an animal’s body using a range of gentle and powerful natural therapies. During a treatment, the trained healer sends subtle energy through the hands to promote physical and emotional balance and healing. While conventional medicine follows the belief that treatments

for disease or injury must be strictly biological, energy medicine works to restore the patient’s health by treating the mind, body and spirit in nonphysical ways. Energy healing modalities available for dogs include Reiki, qigong, Healing Touch and Tellington Touch. Cold Laser Therapy: Developed more than 20 years ago, cold laser therapy has become a popular alternative treatment around the world for aches and pains in dogs. It directs highly concentrated coherent light waves to muscles, tissues and organs, reducing inflammation and muscle spasms. It’s also applied to disc and other spine-related issues. Low-level cold laser therapy is painless, noninvasive and takes only minutes. The effects are similar to those provided by non-steroidal medications, with negligible negative side effects. Hydrotherapy: The benefits of swimming are renowned. When dogs swim, they feel a resistance to movement, which makes a vigorous fiveminute swim virtually equivalent in energy expended to a five-mile run. Some dogs like swimming even better than running. Hydrotherapy, which includes exercise on an underwater treadmill combined with swimming, is particularly helpful. The effect on senior dogs is especially dramatic, affording them a painless and enjoyable way to move about and exercise. Water’s natural buoyancy supports the dog, lessens stress on joints, facilitates greater movement and provides a safe and healthful form of exercise for those suffering injuries, disease or pain. The best choice of therapies for an individual animal will depend on the dog’s condition and recommendations by the family veterinarian. Selected and practiced properly, these complementary modalities can make a major impact in a canine’s physical and emotional well-being, while minimizing or even eliminating the need for medications. Jennifer Kachnic is the author of Your Dog’s Golden Years: Manual for Senior Dog Care Including Natural Remedies and Complementary Options. She is a certified canine massage therapist, animal Reiki practitioner and certified therapy dog handler with the American Humane Association. Learn more about this president of The Grey Muzzle Organization at

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n 1886, Dr. William Murrell stated in the British Medical Journal, “Massage is of such inestimable value in the treatment of many intractable diseases that it is regretted that so little is known about it in this country, and that it is so rarely employed as a therapeutic agent.” A 2013 survey by the American Massage Association (AMTA) showed that a majority of us are choosing massage therapy to treat such conditions as stress and pain management, according to Winona Bontrager, the association’s immediate past president. Of 1,007 adults surveyed, 75 percent opted for it within the previous year for stress or medical reasons, and 88 percent view massage as effective for pain relief. “A growing body of evidence shows that massage therapy can be effective for a variety of health conditions,” reports Bontrager, adding that massage is rapidly becoming recognized as an important part of health and wellness. Cody Landis, a licensed massage therapist and instructor at the Swedish Institute’s College of Health Sciences, in New York City, explains, “In the last few

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years, massage therapy research has been focusing more on the mechanisms by which the potential health benefits may be occurring—looking at the response of the brain, the immune system and the mechanisms of repair inside of muscle cells themselves.”

Relieves Stress

An AMTA survey reported that 32 percent of positive respondents used massage to relieve stress, and numerous recent studies have confirmed this. Research from Harvard Medical School shows that massage reduces pain and anxiety while increasing sleep and quality of life among metastatic cancer patients. Boston Medical Center researchers saw similar results among 60 cancer patients that underwent port placement surgery; 20-minute massages before and after surgery reduced participants’ stress and anxiety. Australian researchers reporting in the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery found that massage reduced pain, anxiety and muscle tension following heart surgery among 152 cardiac surgery patients. A study from Japan’s Toho University School of

Pharmaceutical Sciences showed that aromatherapy massage significantly reduced psychological stress among elderly nursing home residents.

Reduces Depression

A study from Nashville’s Meharry Medical College of 43 HIV patients revealed that Swedish massage reduced their symptoms of depression. Lead researcher Russell Poland, Ph.D., a professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences, observes, “When we designed the study, we didn’t expect to see such a large effect of massage. We remain surprised.” The benefit was echoed by a University of California-Los Angeles study of 95 volunteers that displayed increases in their production of oxytocin hormone simultaneous with reductions in adrenocorticotropin hormone. Oxytocin is linked to compassion, empathy, maternal affection and social connection, while lowered adrenocorticotropin effects less stress.

Relieves Pain

Researchers in the Gynecology and Obstetrics Department of Brazil’s University of Sao Paulo studied 46 birthing women and determined that lumbar massage during labor reduced pain by 27 percent. In another study at Beijing’s Chinese PLA General Hospital, deep massage brought relief to 64 patients suffering from chronic low back pain. Relief was reported by a third of 110 headache patients in a Turkish medical school study. Dhaka Medical College Hospital, in Bangladesh, found similar results in a study of 500 headache sufferers, many of which had

migraines. Research from the University of Miami’s School of Medicine showed that massage reduced arthritis pain and increased both grip strength and range of motion among 42 rheumatoid arthritis patients. Lead researcher Tiffany Field, Ph.D., director of Miami University’s Touch Research Institute, says, “We have known that massage therapy reduces substance P, [a neuropeptide] which causes pain, and that it increases serotonin, the body’s natural pain killer. We also know that deep sleep is critical to lowering substance P, increasing serotonin and reducing pain.”

Expands Acceptance

Lucy Liben, dean of massage therapy at the Swedish Institute, affirms the recent research as evidence documenting the numerous health benefits of massage therapy. “More and more consumers are seeking massage therapy for help with a variety of medical issues and conditions. Doctors are increasingly referring patients for such treatment and hospitals are enlisting more therapists to provide care for patients,” says Liben. “Perhaps most importantly,” she adds, “research is offering us guidance in our work as massage therapists in how to provide the most effective care for chronic pain or musculoskeletal problems, during cancer treatment, during the changes of pregnancy or for any number of other health-related issues.” Case Adams is a California naturopath and author of 25 books on natural healing. Learn more at

What Researchers Now Know Breast Cancer: A French study of 129 breast cancer patients found massage generally reduced lymphedema, a swelling of the lymphatic system, following treatments. The total reduction of lymphedema volume was 33 percent among those receiving massages, according to Gynecologic Oncology. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Thirty minutes of massage with trigger point reduced symptoms and improved function in a study of 21 carpal tunnel patients (Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies). Constipation: Massage therapy increased the average number of bowel movements among 33 hospitalized Korean children, as reported in the Journal of Korean Academy of Nursing. Dementia: Research from Spain’s Extremadura University on 120 institutionalized elderly adults diagnosed with dementia found massage therapy generally helped improve behavior and sleep. Migraines: Craniosacral massage reduced migraine occurrence in a study of 20 migraine sufferers from Iceland’s University of Akureyri, as published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice. Osteoporosis: A study of 48 postmenopausal women receiving traditional Thai massage showed increased bone formation after just four weeks. The massage group’s serum P1NP levels—which assesses bone formation—increased by 15 percent, while the control group saw no increases (BMC Complementary & Alternative Medicine). Stroke: Massage therapy tended to speed rehabilitation after strokes for 45 Russian patients in a study published in Vopr Kurortol Fizioter Lech Fiz Kult.

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Contraceptive Pill Chill Dangers Include Cancer, Strokes and Fatigue by Kathleen Barnes


or more than 50 years, women have appreciated the freedom that birth control pills offer. They simply take a little pill every day and rest easy, fairly assured that an unplanned pregnancy won’t occur. However, there’s actually a lot not to love about “The Pill”, especially its long-term side effects. “The sexual freedom that women have fought so hard to obtain has been won at a terrible price,” advises Naturopathic Doctor Sherrill Sellman, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, author of The Hormone Heresy: What Women Must Know about Their Hormones. That price includes blood clots and even death from heart attacks and strokes in young women. As early as 1963, an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association linked The Pill to venous thrombosis, or blood clots. By 1968, at least one cancer journal, CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, had linked cancer to the use of the steroid hormones contained in oral contraceptives. In 1973, Scandinavian researchers warned of the link between oral contraceptives and strokes. “In December 2002, the U.S. government published its biannual Report on Carcinogens that added all steroidal estrogens to the list of known human carcinogens,” says Sellman, “The gravity of this finding cannot be overstated: All estrogens used in HRT [hormone replacement therapy] and oral contra-


ceptives have now been proven unequivocally to cause cancer.” Yet, regardless of the many downsides, The Pill remains the most common method of birth control worldwide, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with usage by 16 percent of married American women. Elsewhere, users include 29 percent of British women and 40 percent of women in France and the Netherlands.

Filches Vitamins

However, he adds, women taking The Pill even as long as 10 years may not notice any obvious health problems. “Maybe she’ll first notice a lack of energy, but doesn’t connect the dots and realize that magnesium, B12 and numerous other nutrients involved in energy production are depleted,” he explains. The nutrient-depleting effects of The Pill were recognized as early as 1975 in a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, but it carried no recommendations for replacing them. Some of these nutrients are essential for the production of brain chemicals, called neurotransmitters, including mood-elevating dopamine. An affected woman can become depressed, a condition closely linked to the use of The Pill, according to a German study published in 2013 in the journal General Hospital Psychiatry. The Pill’s steroidal hormones also reduce the body’s natural accumulations of disease-preventing antioxidants, increasing vulnerability to diseases of aging, including cancer, diabetes and heart disease, according to Pelton. Women that decide to keep taking The Pill should add an array of speci-

“Birth control pills are vitamin robbers, and this is the source of the health risks that accompany the use of The Pill,” says Ross Pelton, a registered pharmacist, certified clinical nutritionist and author of The Pill Problem. Oral contraceptives deplete more bodily nutrients than any other class of drugs, says Pelton, who blogs regularly at

Nutrients Women on The Pill Need 4 BHRT* 4 Chrysin 4 Coenzyme Q10 4 DHEA 4 Folic acid 4 L-methlyfolate 4 Magnesium

4 Melatonin 4 Natural progesterone 4 Nettle root 4 Omega-3 oils 4 Probiotics 4 Selenium 4 Tyrosine

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Dangerous Downsides Mount  Birth defects  Blood clots  Cancer (breast, uterine and colon)  Cardiovascular disease  Decreased sexual desire

 Depression  Fatigue, low energy and anemia  Fluid retention and weight gain  Heart attack  High blood pressure  Migraine

 Osteoporosis  Sleep disorders  Stroke  Vaginal yeast infections  Weakened immune system

Sources: American Heart Association; University of Milan, Italy; Berlin Center for Epidemiology and Health Research, Germany; Women’s College Research Institute, Canada; Columbia University, NY; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; University of Parma, Italy; Wingate University, NC; Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, NJ; Institute of Health Sciences Research, Melbourne, Australia fied supplements to counterbalance the nutrient loss, advises Pelton. Replacing nutrients should, in the long term, neutralize the negative effects of The Pill, even cancer and blood clots, he assures. Better yet, say Sellman and Pelton, stop taking The Pill and switch to safer forms of contraception. It may take months or even years for the nutri-

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THURSDAY, MAY 1 Twilight in the Garden – 5:30-9pm. “Lowcountry in the Upcountry” 16th Annual Fundraiser. Annual fundraiser to help support the operation of the free, public garden. $75; tickets on sale through April 24. The Park at Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve, 820 John B. White Sr. Blvd., Spartanburg. To purchase tickets or for information:


HELP WANTED MASSAGE PRACTITIONERS ─ Are you under appreciated? Under paid? Want $25 or more per massage? Call 864-542-1123 for opportunities in Spartanburg.

Spartanburg Downtown Airport Day–10am4pm. Tour the airport, see demonstrations, take a flight around Spartanburg and adopt your next best friend. Sponsored by Spartanburg Humane Society, which will have dogs and cats there for adoption. Free/Love Offering: Pedigree Dog Food. Spartanburg Downtown Airport, 500 Ammons Road, Spartanburg. Beekeeping at Walnut Grove – 11am-4pm. Bees have played an important role in the food that people eat for centuries. Come learn about the history and practice of beekeeping at Walnut Grove Plantation! $4/Child, $6/Ages 18+ (SCHA Members receive $1 off each ticket). Presented by Spartanburg County Historical Association. Walnut Grove Plantation, 1200 Otts Shoals Rd., Roebuck.

Spartanburg Spring Fling – Friday through Sunday, May 2-4. Come to downtown Spartanburg and celebrate spring at the Spring Fling! Over 75 acts on four festival stages! Tons of great food, shopping in the arts & crafts marketplace, McDonald’s Family Fun Zone, The Underground for tweens and twentysomethings, two great car shows, and more! Free.


PetsMart National Adoption Weekend – Friday through Sunday, May 2-4, 10am-4pm. The Spartanburg Humane Society will be located at the PetsMart in Spartanburg with lots of wonderful cats and dogs for adoption. All animals will be spayed/neutered, micro chipped and vaccinated. What a great way to find your new best friend. Free. PetsMart, 150 East Blackstock Road, Spartanburg.

Spartanburg Spring Fling (Humane Society Booth) – noon-7pm. The Spartanburg Humane Society will show off their wonderful pets for adoption and inform the community about the myriad of services offered, and the education department will be there with fun games for the children. Free. The Spartanburg Humane Society booth will be located on Church St, downtown Spartanburg.

Kids Yoga Series – 3:15-4:15pm. May 2, 9, and 16. Kid’s yoga is designed for students K-5th. The class will focus on learning sun salutations, yoga postures, breath work, teamwork, and relaxation techniques. We will work on respect, listening, and cooperation through creative play. $10/class. Zen Studios, 1040 Fernwood-Glendale Rd. Ste. 58, Spartanburg. 583-3335.


Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System Criterium – 4-10pm. Come downtown and watch the Spartanburg Regional Classic cycling race! It will be included in the USA CRITS Speed Week series, which is guaranteed to draw top national racing teams and international racers. Children’s activities info at website. Free. Partners for Active Living. Jazz on the Square – 5:30pm-8pm. Do you love Jazz music? The City of Spartanburg brings you live Jazz concerts every Friday in April and May and then again in August & September. Free. Concerts are right by the fountain in Morgan Square, corner of East Main and Church St., Spartanburg.

SATURDAY, MAY 3 Spartanburg Spring Fling (Humane Society Booth) – 10am-7pm. The Spartanburg Humane Society will show off their wonderful pets for adoption and inform the community about the myriad of services offered, and the education department will be there with fun games for the children. Free. The Spartanburg Humane Society booth will be located on Church St, downtown Spartanburg.

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 St, Spartanburg.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 7 Bicycle to School Day – May 7 through May 14. Select schools in Spartanburg County will participate in the national Bike to School Day event. Children and their parents are encouraged to bike to school to celebrate active transportation and remedying traffic congestion and polluted air around schools. Partners for Active Living.

FRIDAY, MAY 9 Community Friday Rides – noon and 6pm. May 9. Take a ride around Spartanburg with your fellow community members. All rides are led by a community member. Free. Noon rides leave from Mary Black Foundation Henry St Trailhead. 6pm rides leave from Morgan Square. Spartanburg. Kids Yoga Series – 3:15-4:15pm. May 2, 9, and 16. Kid’s yoga is designed for students K-5th. The class will focus on learning sun salutations, yoga

WORK/TRADE STAFF ─ Zen Studios is looking for work/trade staff. These trade positions are a great way to get involved in the yoga community and meet like-minded people. Positions are unpaid, but the benefits of being a work/trade staff member are innumerable! Position requires at least 4 hours per week. Receive unlimited classes and a staff discount on events and retail purchases. To apply, please send resume to Info@ YOGA TEACHERS/SUBS ─ If you are at least an RYT 200 and you are looking to add to your yoga teaching schedule, Zen Studios is looking for subs as well as regularly scheduled positions. With all available positions, receive unlimited classes and a staff discount on events and retail purchases. To apply, please send resume to Info@

postures, breath work, teamwork, and relaxation techniques. We will work on respect, listening, and cooperation through creative play. $10/class. Zen Studios, 1040 Fernwood-Glendale Rd. Ste. 58, Spartanburg. 583-3335. Jazz on the Square – 5:30pm-8pm. Do you love Jazz music? The City of Spartanburg brings you live Jazz concerts every Friday in April and May and then again in August & September. Free. Concerts are right by the fountain in Morgan Square, corner of East Main and Church St., Spartanburg. Brews, Blues & BBQ – 7-10pm. Enjoy Upstate microbrews, live music by Craig Sorrells & Gypsy Souls, homemade ice cream, beer, wine, and a photo booth! Ticket includes all entertainment, food, beer, wine, and all other activities at the event, and each ticket sold provides one book per month to a child through Imagination Library Project. Sponsored by United Way of the Piedmont and Young Leaders Society. $30 in advance/$35 day of event. Camp Mary Elizabeth, 330 Scout Dr., Spartanburg. Visit

WEDNESDAY, MAY 14 Music Sandwiched In – 12:15-1pm. This concert will feature Cello Times Two, a cello duo. Feel free to 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. SpartanburgPhilharmonic. org/music-sandwich.

FRIDAY, MAY 16 Kids Yoga Series – 3:15-4:15pm. May 2, 9, and 16. Kid’s yoga is designed for students K-5th. The class will focus on learning sun salutations, yoga postures, breath work, teamwork, and relaxation techniques. We will work on respect, listening, and

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cooperation through creative play. $10/class. Zen Studios, 1040 Fernwood-Glendale Rd. Suite 58, Spartanburg. 583-3335. Jazz on the Square – 5:30pm-8pm. Do you love Jazz music? How about live Jazz music? The City of Spartanburg brings you Jazz concerts every Friday in April and May and then again in August & September. Free. Concerts are right by the fountain in Morgan Square, corner of East Main and Church St., Spartanburg.

SATURDAY, MAY 17 American Chestnut Recovery Member Field Trip – 10am-noon. Join us as Dr. James, a board member of the American Chestnut Foundation, walks us through his planting process and introduces us to surviving and growing trees on his farm. James’ work is unique because he is developing chestnut trees resistant to both blight and root rot. Dress for weather and bring water. $10/person; $20/family. Joe and Sandra James’ Chestnut Return Farm, 260 Steve Nix Road, Seneca. RSVP to Emily Neely at

SUNDAY, MAY 18 Restorative Yoga Therapy Master Class and Book Signing – 3-4:30pm. With Leeann Cary. The practice will focus on a specific sequence to simulate the relaxation response, resulting in a reduction of stress hormones, lower heart rate and blood pressure, and to soothe the nervous system and encourage a body/mind healing state of relaxation. $25 Members / $30 Non-Members. Zen Studios 1040 Fernwood-Glendale Rd. Ste. 58. Spartanburg. 583-3335.

Elvis: A Concert Experience – 3pm. For the ultimate Elvis concert experience, see and hear Jim Jinelli who will be on stage at Chapman Cultural Center. Jim will turn back the clock and you will witness the aura of Elvis come alive. $15. Chapman Cultural Center Theater, 200 East St John St, Spartanburg. 542-2787.

MONDAY, MAY 19 19th Annual Assaults on Mt Mitchell and Marion – 6:30am. The event starts with a 72-mile bike ride to the town of Marion, NC, and continues (if one wishes) with a 102-mile bike ride to the highest point east of the Mississippi River. Close to 2,000 bicyclists from around the country will test their endurance and abilities to complete this journey. Mt. Mitchell fee is $144; Marion fee is $44. Registration Ends May 9th. Freewheelers of Spartanburg.

FRIDAY, MAY 23 Jazz on the Square – 5:30pm-8pm. Do you love Jazz music? The City of Spartanburg brings you live Jazz concerts every Friday in April and May and then again in August & September. Free. Concerts are right by the fountain in Morgan Square, corner of East Main and Church St., Spartanburg.

SATURDAY, MAY 24 “Trotting Sally” Book Signing/Museum Book Sale – 10am-5pm. John Thomas Fowler will be signing copies of his new book, Trotting Sally. Get your book signed and talk with John about George Mullins, a Spartanburg musical and cultural legend. You can also peruse the museum’s selection of local

WEDNESDAY, MAY 28 Music Sandwiched In – 12:15-1pm. This concert will feature Strings of Choice in Swinging Strings. Feel free to 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.

FRIDAY, MAY 30 Jazz on the Square – 5:30pm-8pm. Do you love Jazz music? The City of Spartanburg brings you live Jazz concerts every Friday in April and May and then again in August & September. Free. Concerts are right by the fountain in Morgan Square, corner of East Main and Church St., Spartanburg.

SATURDAY, MAY 31 Free Yoga: Karma Community Class – 10-11am. This all-levels class is open to the public. Free/ donation-based (optional). Donations benefiting Birth Matters will be graciously accepted. Suggested donations: diapers, onesies, receiving blanket, and gentlyused baby clothes. Zen Studios, 1040 FernwoodGlendale Rd., Ste. 58, Spartanburg. 583-3335.

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Lunchtime Bicycle Ride – noon-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. Jazz on the Square – 5:30-8pm. Weekly, live music series. Morgan Square, 108 W. Main St, Spartanburg.



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.

Good Morning Yoga – 9-10am. Soul Flow Yoga Studio. See Tuesday 9am listing.


Lunchtime Flow Yoga – 12:30pm. Soul Flow Yoga Studio. 2811 Reidville Rd, Ste. 12, Spartanburg. 609-7689.

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

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.

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.

AntiGravity FUNdamentals – 11am-noon. Discover the power, excitement and pure joy of moving freely in all directions of open space. Limited availability/class sells out frequently. Preregistration is strongly recommended. $15 Single drop-in session; $30 for 30 days (new students only). Zen Studios, 1040 Fernwood-Glendale 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.

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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.

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! See ad, back cover.


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.


1360 Drayton Rd. 864-585-3850 • Spartanburg

We c u s t o m i z e 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 9.


CHIROPRACTOR HEALING PLACE CHIROPRACTIC & WELLNESS 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 8.


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 9.


134 Milestone Way 864-879-6494 • Greenville

We practice biological dentistry and adhere to the highest standards of biocompatible dentistry as defined by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT). One visit-crowns, laser-assisted periodontal therapy and ozone therapy; fluoride-free office since 1995. See ad, page 2.


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

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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.


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 16.

HEALTH FOOD STORES 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 19.

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 17.


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 11.

VETERINARY CARE 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 11.

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 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.

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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 17.

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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 17.

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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 8.

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