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hope you and your family were left unscathed by Hurricane Matthew. I am so thankful that my family and friends all came through without major incident or damage. I know that this is not the case for a lot of folks in our community, and for so many suffering in Haiti and elsewhere in the Caribbean, as well as in North Carolina. My thoughts and prayers go out to all who are undergoing hardship in the wake of this devastating storm. Confronting the stress of the storm took us all out of our everyday routines, and if you are anything like me it made me stop and give thanks for what I sometimes take for granted, namely electricity, hot showers, an abundance of food in the fridge, open stores and restaurants. The threat of a natural disaster can certainly shake us out of our complacency. I try to start and end my days with gratitude. When I do this, I find more things to be grateful for throughout the day. This month we celebrate Thanksgiving, and this issue focuses on mental health. You may be wondering what the connection is. Science has shown that gratitude and mental health are in fact linked. Our bodies produce biochemicals that give us a sense of well-being when we are thankful. This results in a stronger immune system, and greater physical and mental health. Being present in the moment, also referred to as mindfulness, is another key to happiness. This month, we feature an article on how mindfulness and meditation are growing in acceptance in the workplace. That’s a great trend, but it is not always easy to stay in the present moment in our modern world. Local Master Life Coach Gerry Schmidt provides simple exercises to increase our mindful moments and decrease our stress in his article, “Taming the Monkey Mind.” Most people have known someone who suffered from dementia. It is a heartbreaking and scary disease. My own mother suffered from it, so, naturally, I want to do whatever I can to prevent it. “Stay Sharp, Powerful Ways to Avoid Mental Decline” shares encouraging research and practical prevention steps. Have you heard of the brain-gut connection? What you eat can affect your mood, and your mood can definitely affect what you eat. I can testify to that! Naomi May’s article, “Nourish Your Brain for Happiness,” has great tips on foods to eat to keep our minds and bodies in balance. This issue also features natural beauty and pampering. A little self-care goes a long way when it comes to being happy! Read Jody Lemmon’s article to learn about healthier hair-color options and what all those terms we hear tossed around actually mean, like balayage and shadow roots. Expressing yourself creatively also contributes to well-being. This month’s Reader Snapshot features local energy artist Michelle Hamel, who explains how art has been therapeutic for her and how she shares those therapeutic benefits with others through her artwork and her “playshops.” This Thanksgiving, I get to add being your Natural Awakenings publisher to my long list of what I have to be grateful for. I love what I do. I love this magazine and its mission to educate and inspire. I love the advertisers who offer their products and services to help people in our community live healthier and happier lives, and without whom this free publication would not be possible. (So please support them, and tell them where you learned about them!) I love my team that works hard to bring you this magazine every month. I love this community of readers. THANK YOU for reading!

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he first annual iGoddess Fair will be held at the Gaillard Center on December 3 from noon to 7 p.m. The event is the brainchild of Suzie Webster, who also founded the local Green Fair in 2008. Webster and her daughter, Reese, made national news recently when a teacher chided Reese over the length of her skirt, even though it met the school’s requirements for length. Webster’s defense of her daughter on Facebook went viral. The story appeared on and TodayShow. com, among many other sites, and the two appeared on T.D. Jakes’ talk show. This started a campaign to stop the shaming and blaming of school girls everywhere. Empowering girls and women is a central theme of the iGoddess Fair. Webster partnered with Mackie Krawcheck Moore, of Thrive SC, in organizing this event. Thrive SC works with victims of domestic violence to help them build a new life by providing transitional housing and holistic resources. A portion of all proceeds of iGoddess Fair will go to Thrive SC. Webster says iGoddess Fair pays tribute to survivors of domestic violence and is a celebration of music, entertainment and enlightenment. “iGoddess Fair welcomes everyone and offers community members an opportunity to find their passion, discover women-owned businesses, and learn new ways to find inspiration and balance in their busy lives. iGoddess Fair will feature speakers, local authors, interactive workshops, fashion shows, a holiday gift fair, food vendors, live music and more. There are activities for all ages and all walks of life.” For more information or to purchase tickets, visit See ad, page 29.


ridge to Avalon is in the process of building a gift shop called Gaia’s Gifts, which will be filled with crystals, greeting cards, statues for the home and altar, inspiring prints and artwork by local artists, handmade jewelry, books, candles, incense, sage and many more items to support spiritual work and growth. The wellness center is also launching a new collaborative business model for therapists, healers and wellness practitioners. This new model allows a greater amount of flexibility in developing and growing a healing business. Simultaneously, its modern-day ashram has been created to be a support structure for deep spiritual growth for all who work with or visit there, according to owner and director Jeannine Clemens. “I want Bridge to Avalon to be the place that I could have gone a decade ago to find the support structure that I needed to help me navigate the fear of following my heart,” shares Clemens. As a transformational healing center, Bridge to Avalon supports healing through change. As a co-working environment, Bridge to Avalon supports conscious community leaders and seekers on their path to personal wisdom and empowerment. Oliver Wendell Holmes said, “Most people go to their graves with their music still inside of them.” According to Clemens, Bridge to Avalon’s mission is to help as many people as possible find their “music” and live it! Bridge to Avalon is located at 757 St. Andrews Blvd., in Charleston. For more information, call 843-974-5676 or visit See ad, page 5.

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he Healing Arts Center (HAC) is now open off of Clements Ferry Road, two miles from Daniel Island. The center offers massage therapy, energy work, meditations, group healing, and education as part of its menu of holistic services. Three therapists joined the team recently, and there is still space for more. Its group space is also available for rent for a nominal fee. Gudrun Strmic and Allison Kirk say they are passionate about empowering the individual when it comes to wellness. “Our mission is to reconnect our clients with their own bodies, teaching them to trust their body’s ability to heal and to cultivate a lifestyle that supports great health with tools they can use every day,” says Strmic. They both approach healing from a deep-rooted holistic angle, by marrying modern science and ancient schools of thought that recognize the human body as being comprised of many layers, including the physical, mental, emotional, energetic and spiritual. “We address all these layers with our clients because we have seen true wellness springs from alignment between them all; they all work together to support the body,” says Kirk. “Our clients are part of the HAC family. They know we truly care about their health. We partner with exceptional therapists to provide the best care, and we make ourselves available to our clients beyond treatment sessions. Our clients feel empowered about their wellness; trust in their ability to make health-related decisions; and enjoy deep, lasting healing in many areas of their lives.” HAC is located at 480 Jessen Rd., Ste. C, in Charleston. HAC offers a 10 percent discount for all Boeing employees. New promotions pop up continually and can be found on the center’s website at See listing, page 38.

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atural Awakenings Publishing Corporation’s family of 95 magazines bid a fond farewell to company President Larry Levine, with many joining in on a call and sending notes, prayers and good thoughts prior to his passing on September 23. Levine enthusiastically contributed his all with a host of talents focused on forwarding our collective mission of providing publishers and readers with the tools needed to help us all create a healthier, more sustainable world together. Founder and CEO Sharon Bruckman honors her partner, saying, “Our home office and publishers are truly saddened to lose the beautifully loving, guiding light that Larry generously shared with us throughout the past 12 years. His impact on our lives and Natural Awakenings‘ success will continue to bless our readers. We will miss him dearly.” Publisher’s Note: “While I did not know Larry long, having met him in person only once, I am grateful to have had the opportunity. He was a truly positive, kind man who cared about making a difference in the lives of our readers. Meeting him reinforced my decision to publish this magazine. He will truly be missed.”

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mall business is the backbone of our local and national economy. On November 26, between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses nationwide. Sponsored by American Express, FedEx and Clear Channel Communications, the event mobilizes over 100 million people to Shop Small in their communities. Customers will find special offers at many small business locations throughout the lowcountry. Whether you’re a small business owner or a customer, encouraging friends and family to spread the word and shop at small business helps boost the local economy. When the community “shops small”, more of their money stays in the community. By choosing healthy and green local products, our welfare and environment also benefits. Business owners can visit where they can download free marketing materials, qualify for free online advertising and read small business success stories.



he human brain does not function optimally in society’s noise-filled environment. The brain, like the body, needs rest to function, and that comes with silence. A recent study in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience discovered that the brain is able to integrate both internal and external information into a “conscious workspace” when resting. Constant distractions and noises can detract from the brain’s ability to process critical information. Noise also elevates stress hormone levels within the brain. Research published earlier in Psychological Science examined the effects that the relocation of the main Munich airport, in Germany, had on children’s health and cognition. Gary W. Evans, researcher and professor of human ecology at Cornell University, notes that when exposed to constant noise, children develop a stress response that causes them to ignore it. The study’s subjects tuned out both harmful sounds and stimuli that they should be paying attention to, including speech. Silence has the opposite effect, releasing tension in brain and body. Exposure to chronic noise can also hinder children’s cognitive development, according to a study from the World Health Organization and the European Commission Joint Research Centre; this includes language skills and reading ability. To help counter modern noise pollution, attention restoration theory suggests that individuals placed in environments with lower levels of sensory input can recover some of the cognitive abilities they have lost.

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study published in the Journal for Bone and Mineral Research this summer suggests that excessive TV watching during childhood may be associated with lower bone mineral content in young adulthood. The researchers followed 1,181 children over time and measured their weekly hours of TV watching at ages 5, 8, 10, 14, 17 and 20. The bone mineral content (BMC) of each was measured at age 20. The study found that individuals that routinely watched more than 14 hours a week had lower BMC for their whole body and in their arms than those that watched less. Higher BMC helps protect the body against osteoporosis later in life. While all screen time should be monitored in children, TV appears to be the most harmful medium. A report published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine studied 111 children between the ages of 3 and 8 and measured their TV viewing and other screen time, as well as their blood pressure levels. The study linked higher blood pressure with excessive TV viewing, but did not find the same link between the condition and computer usage.


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recent study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology reports that regular exercise during pregnancy can reduce the rate of Cesarean deliveries. Conducted by Thomas Jefferson University Medical College researchers, the study followed more than 2,000 pregnant women split into two randomized groups. Half of them exercised 35 to 90 minutes, three to four times a week, while the others did not. Just under 18 percent of the women in the exercise group ended up having Cesarean deliveries versus 22 percent in the non-exercising group. Exercising during pregnancy also appears to improve gestational health. The study participants that worked out regularly experienced a lower incidence of both hypertensive disorders and diabetes mellitus.


istening to music during a workout or any extended, physically demanding activity can reduce fatigue and improve performance. New research published in Psychophysiology shows that as individuals work out, their attention gradually shifts from the activity around them to internal sensations. Over an extended period, this attention shift creates a sense of exertion. Listening to music while exercising can help shift focus away from the internal fatigue and back to the external world. Researchers from the UK’s Brunel University and University of London tested 19 healthy adults that performed two physical exertion tests while listening to either music or silence. The scientists monitored brain activity using EEG and measured task performance. While listening to music, participants showed both reduced fatigue and decreased stressrelated brainwaves. They also performed their tasks more effectively than they did when music wasn’t being played.

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reast cancer survivors are often plagued by chronic fatigue that lasts long after their treatment is finished. They have few options to relieve the condition, but acupressure shows promise. A study published this summer in the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that acupressure can significantly improve two symptoms of fatigue experienced by breast cancer survivors: sleep quality and quality of life. The researchers tested 424 women that had completed cancer treatments at least a year prior to the study. They were divided into three groups—one self-administered relaxing acupressure and another stimulating acupressure, while the control group followed a conventional care plan. After six weeks, fatigue was reduced from 70 percent to 43 percent among those receiving acupressure, with two-thirds of the women in the acupressure groups reaching levels of fatigue considered normal. The relaxing acupressure group showed substantial improvements in sleep quality compared with the conventional care group at week six, but the two groups reached parity at week 10. The relaxing acupressure group was the only one that showed improvements in quality of life, making it a reasonable, low-cost option for managing fatigue symptoms. coka/


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The Kroger grocery chain, with nearly 2,500 U.S. stores, including subsidiaries Ralphs, Fry’s, King Soopers and Food 4 Less, has decided to go all in on the organic food market as a follow-up to the 2012 release of its Simple Truth brand of organic foods. Kroger President Michael Ellis says, “We’re really just answering the customer’s call for more and better,” giving Whole Foods Market more competition. Walmart has also begun to satisfy the growing health concerns of its shoppers by integrating organic options in its supermarkets. Now the challenge is for organic farming—which intentionally works to minimize agricultural impacts on the health of people and the planet—to meet the greater demand nationwide for healthier foods. Although implementation will vary depending on climate, experts advise that it begins with farms adopting healthy soil practices. It’s up to consumers to keep the momentum going.

Turkeys and Thanksgiving go together for 88 percent of Americans surveyed by the National Turkey Federation. Each year, more than 46 million turkeys provide the entrée for gatherings, yielding leftovers for sandwiches, stew, chili, casseroles and turkey burgers. In 2011, 736 million pounds of turkey were consumed in the U.S., while a few lucky birds avoided the chopping block. The pardoning of a White House turkey began in 1863 when President Lincoln’s son, Tad, interceded on behalf of the bird and its life was spared. Now a tradition, two dressed birds and one live turkey are delivered to the White House each year. The live bird is “pardoned” and lives out its life on a historical farm. At the Farm Sanctuary, turkeys get sponsored or adopted instead of eaten. “Turkeys are friendly and follow you around like puppy dogs. They’ll try to sit on your lap to be petted,” says Gene Baur, president and co-founder of the sanctuary’s New York and two California locations. “At our Celebration for the Turkeys, we feed them cranberries, pumpkin pie and squash. People visit to see them enjoy it. Guests’ snacks are vegan.” Hundreds of turkeys have been adopted and given a lifelong home since 9/1 the program’s inception in 1986. More than 8,000 people pledged to sponsor SEI-Charleston a turkey living at the sanctuary in a recent year, proving it’s540-1234-NA-NewDirection-m not necessary to Natural Awakenings be a president to pardon a turkey. photo courtesy of the Farm Sanctuary

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Record carbon dioxide levels will surpass the symbolic threshold of 400 parts per million (ppm) this year and will likely never fall below it again in our lifetimes, according to a new study published recently in the journal Nature Climate Change. The findings highlight urgent concerns about global efforts to curb climate change as outlined in the Paris agreement negotiated last December and signed in April by nearly 170 nations. Carbon concentrations have passed the 400 ppm limit before, but never permanently. The authors state, “In the longer term, a reduction in CO2 concentration would require substantial and sustained cuts in anthropogenic [humanly influenced] emissions to near zero.” The determined safe level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is a maximum of around 350 ppm, according to climate advocates.

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The 140-year-old zoo in Buenos Aires is shutting down to give the animals a better life. Mayor Horacio Rodríguez Larreta agrees with activists that keeping wild animals in captivity and on display is degrading, so the zoo’s 2,500 animals will be moved to more suitable living environments in nature reserves around the country. Older animals and those too sick to be relocated will remain in their current home, but not displayed. The 45-acre zoo will be transformed into an eco-park to give children a place to learn how to take care of and relate with the different species. It also will provide refuge and rehabilitation for animals rescued from illegal trafficking.


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The German government has ruled to ban the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for shale gas in the country, but will allow test drilling in certain circumstances, reports Reuters. The industry has lobbied to continue fracking, which involves blasting chemicals and water into underground rock formations to release trapped gas, but strong opposition has persisted throughout the nation, with a powerful green lobby warning of possible risks to drinking water. Germany follows France and Bulgaria, which have already permanently banned fracking.


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The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act is a new federal law that restricts animal testing and requires regulators to develop technology-based alternatives. It updates the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976, which insisted non-animal tests be used whenever possible and established a precedent for developing animal-free testing, including vitro and silico (computer simulation) methods. Earlier this year, the John Hopkins University School of Medicine made strides in removing the use of animals from medical training and cosmetic testing. Now all new chemicals will have to meet specific safety standards. Clothing, couches and cleaning products, among many other consumer goods, contain chemicals linked to cancer, Parkinson’s and other serious health problems, but are not routinely tested for safety. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will now have new authority to require testing with a legal mandate to review existing chemicals on the market. Along with updating rules for tens of thousands of everyday chemicals, the law specifically sets safety standards for dangerous chemicals like formaldehyde, asbestos and styrene. It aims to standardize on the national level what is currently a jumble of state rules governing an $800-billion-ayear industry.

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As of June, half of the states and the District of Columbia have legalized the use of medical marijuana for humans. People wonder if it’s also suited for pets, too, and need to investigate the parameters and consequences carefully. “It’s not legal in any state for veterinarians to prescribe or recommend medical marijuana,” says Dr. Carol Osborne, owner of Ohio’s Chagrin Falls Veterinary Center & Pet Clinic. “Done properly, it could have applications, but it’s not standardized, dosage amounts are unknown and without U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulation, there’s no guarantee what you think you’re buying is what you get. “Dogs that get into the stash or sneak-eat marijuana-laced food can experience wobbling when walking, trembling and potential seizures,” Osborne notes. “I haven’t heard of any cases of death, but as with any prescription drug, practice responsible ownership by keeping it out of the reach of curious children and pets.” “THC [tetrahydrocannabinol] in marijuana produces the high,” explains Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Robert Silver, author of Medical Marijuana & Your Pet: The Definitive Guide. “Dogs are extremely sensitive to THC, much more so than any other species studied.” Silver believes there are uses for cannabinoid oil, derived from hemp, which has very low levels of THC; pet owners in an end-of-life situation with no hope of recovery have used it to ease pain, stimulate appetite and add quality to final days. Reference: MarijuanaGuide

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Quality Clothes are Planet-Friendly The temptation to buy inexpensive clothes whispers, “It’s smart to trend with the latest fad,” or “Disposable wear can be tossed if it gets stained,” or “I can wear this outfit only once for a special event.” The lure to buy future throwaways seems especially prevalent during the holiday season of gifting and gatherings. Consumers can fall into the cycle of buying from inexpensive chain stores, wearing items a few times and then discarding them during spring cleaning purges. According to The Atlantic magazine, Americans now buy five times as much clothing annually as they did in 1980, yet recycle or donate only 15 percent of it. They simply discard 10 million tons as waste, reports the Huffington Post. Conscious consumers consider the extended consequences of their purchases. The production and transporting of an average shirt, for example, can deliver about nine pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, reports Eve Andrews, culture editor for She offers five tips: buy less; shop smarter and only for what’s truly needed; look for durability and design that won’t fall apart or look dated in a few months; decrease frequency of laundering to increase the life of the garment; and donate what no longer works. Buying items that are durable, timeless and made under fair labor conditions from selected organic, resale and outlet stores that sell high-end clothing that lasts at reduced prices will save money over time and reduce resource abuse and waste. Five top outlet chains for superior and lasting value per a 2016 Consumer Reports readers survey are Bon Worth, L.L. Bean, Haggar, OshKosh B’gosh and Izod. Quality labels are welcomed by consignment stores, so the wearer can even retrieve some of the purchase price for gently-used classics. Giving used threads to thrift shops, churches, The Salvation Army and Goodwill Industries is another way to extend the life of items, help others and save landfill space. Another option is to cut up portions of clothing earmarked for disposal so they can live on as cleaning rags for home and vehicles.

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Articles on mindfulness and being in the present moment seem to be everywhere. Why? This is THE key to a happier life. Harvard psychologist Matt Killingsworth presented a TED Talk describing the results of his study that used an iPhone app to poll more than 15,000 people at random times during their day. He found that most people feel more pleasure, contentment and happiness when doing only one thing at a time.

Mindfulness is having a single focus, with no judgment about thoughts or feelings that might surface. In this state, the mind becomes more present, relaxed and happy.

Instead, most of us live with our “monkey minds” jumping about, agitated and carrying on nonstop. Our untamed thoughts manipulate us to create impossible to-do lists, judge others or ourselves, remember past hurts, and make us anxious about the future. Monkey minds keep us out of the calm present moment.

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minds have served us well in an evolutionary sense. When facing hostile tribes and hungry beasts looking for dinner, early man’s very survival depended on the flood of hormones released during the fight-or-flight response. Most of us do not face those types of life-or-death situations on a daily basis, but modern stress triggers us to respond in similar ways. Some of us live in constant states of fight or flight. Mindfulness practices develop a different relationship with the chattering mind and reduce the stress response. Silencing our minds completely is impossible and unnecessary. Moments of silence and feelings of awe, however wonderful, would be problematic if continued indefinitely. After all, our minds are also excellent for earning a paycheck, getting to the grocery and coming home to make dinner. It’s when the planning, thinking, problem-solving part of the mind becomes an agitated monkey that we lose our happiness. Fighting the monkeys is useless. So, how do we calm them down, reduce the stress response and make life better? Try one of these three simple exercises: Look around. Feel the immediate environment. What do you see? What do

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you hear? Just notice, without judgment. Focus on the breath. How is the air coming in? How does it go out? Think, “In breath one ... out breath one. In breath two ... out breath two,” etc. What body sensations arise in this moment? How do you feel? With no attachment to the answers, simply allow the thoughts to pass through your mind. No matter the method, your mind might begin to wander. Without judgment or frustration, gently bring your attention back to the moment. This is similar to what some call meditating, where you sit with your eyes closed; but the power of this exercise comes from learning to do it anywhere and anytime. Standing in line is a good place to get present. This is also the case with washing dishes, walking the dog or enjoying dinner with family.

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When we are hurt, we might say something like, “My arm is injured” rather than “I am injured.” But when dealing with emotions, monkey minds want to judge everything by how things make us feel. In the middle of the emotion, we believe that the fear, anger or sadness is going to last forever. But feelings are fleeting. And the sooner we accept that we are not our feelings, the more fully present we can become. So, practice changing the conversations in your head. When thoughts come up like, “I am feeling so anxious,” instead say, “I’m noticing anxiety moving through.” The assumption that it’s moving through will help it do so. These practices seem simple, but they are not easy. The monkeys will begin the warning screams again. Want to transform them for a happier life? Then combat the multitasking, alwayson, electronically connected lifestyle by deliberately choosing moments of peace. Go into a mindful state by noticing your breathing in the next checkout line. Since this is an ongoing practice, consistency is the key. Any time spent practicing mindfulness is better than none. And a little bit every day is better than a lot now and then. Gerry Schmidt, Ph.D., is a master life coach in Charleston. Find a range of tips for practicing mindfulness on his blog at See display ad, page 17 and listing, page 41.

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utritious foods are essential for brain health. Certain foods promote clear and effective thinking while minimizing our risks of mood disorders, such as depression, anxiety and attention deficit disorders. Unfortunately, mood sometimes gets in the way of selecting nourishing foods. For example, do you crave sweets after a stressful day? Perhaps you gravitate toward crunchy, salty foods when frustrated or anxious. Do you grab coffee to “wake up” or alcohol in the evening to “wind down”? There is a strong connection between our brain and our belly. Beyond food cravings associated with mood, our stomachs often respond to feelings of anxiety or stress. Dr. Michael Gershon, the chairman of the department of anatomy and cell biology at Columbia University, calls the enteric nervous system in our gut “the second brain” because of this direct brain-gut connection. While the occasional sweet snack or glass of wine is okay, it is important to select nutritious foods to keep «both brains» happy. Try introducing these six foods into your diet regularly to reduce the risk of both gut and mood disorders.  A variety of dark green and leafy vegetables, such as spinach, kale, red lettuce, Swiss chard and broccoli, should be eaten daily to provide powerful mood-enhancing vitamins, including magnesium and vitamin C. Omega-3 fatty acids are very important for our brain, which is composed of about 60 percent fat! Eat wild fatty fish, such as salmon, sardines and albacore tuna, at least two times per week. Avocado is a source of healthy fats and folate. It pairs well with salads or as a snack with a sprinkle of salt and cumin. Pumpkin seeds are rich in many minerals, such as magnesium and zinc. Enjoy a handful as a snack or sprinkle

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slow descent into dementia seemed inevitable for a 66-yearold man that had been misplacing his keys, missing appointments and struggling at work. He failed doctor-administered cognitive quizzes and tested positive for a gene variant linked to an exponentially higher risk of Alzheimer’s disease. A brain scan revealed scattered clusters of sticky, amyloid plaque—a hallmark of the disease. His hippocampus, or memory center, had shrunk to rank in the lowest 17 percent of men his age. Told there wasn’t much that could be done, he sought the help of University of California, Los Angeles Alzheimer’s researcher Dale Bredesen, a neurologist and founding president of the independent Buck Institute for Research on Aging. He recommended a personalized, 36-point plan, including a high-fat/low-carb diet, intermittent

fasting, strict sleep schedule, select dietary supplements and other lifestyle changes. Within three months, family members reported marked improvements in his memory. At 10 months, brain scans revealed his hippocampus had grown 12 percent. “Such improvements are unprecedented,” says Bredesen, who described this and nine other hopeful cases in a provocative paper published in June in the journal Aging. “These are the first examples of a reversal of cognitive decline in pre- and early Alzheimer’s patients.”

Addressing the Sources

Bredesen is among a small but growing group of researchers, physicians, caregivers and patients challenging the conventional wisdom that the road to dementia goes one way, with no cure or repair of damage done. They argue that the key to both prevention and

Lifestyle changes can prevent and slow cognitive decline. Some say they also reverse it. reversal, at least in early stages, is to pinpoint its numerous drivers—from nutritional and hormonal deficiencies and exposure to infection to environmental toxins and harmful drugs—and attack them simultaneously. It’s a stark departure from the classic, often unsuccessful, one-pill treatment approach. Of the 244 clinical trials for Alzheimer’s drugs between 2002 and 2012, all but one failed. “Imagine having a roof with 36 holes in it, and your drug patched one hole. You still have 35 leaks,” says Bredesen, who believes his synergistic approach—the Bredesen Protocol—can likely make Alzheimer’s drugs work better or render them unnecessary. Skeptical colleagues point out that Bredesen’s paper described only 10 case studies, not a clinical trial. “It is intriguing, but not enough to make recommendations to physicians or patients,” says Keith Fargo, Ph.D., director of scientific programs and outreach for the Chicagobased Alzheimer’s Association. “The current consensus in the scientific community is that we do not have a way to reverse dementia.” While agreeing that a larger study is needed, Neurologist David Perlmutter, of Naples, Florida, whose bestsellers Brain Maker and Grain Brain promote nutritional changes for supporting brain health, considers Bredesen’s study revolutionary. “To reverse Alzheimer’s in one patient is monumental, much less 10,” says Perlmutter. They recently presented together at a conference organized by Sharp Again Naturally, a New York nonprofit that educates patients and caregivers about natural means of slowing and reversing cognitive decline. After losing her mother to Alzheimer’s, the nonprofit’s co-founder, Jacqui Bishop, 74, stopped her own frightening decline by changing her diet and getting her thyroid hormone levels under control via supplements. Now she’s helping others do the same. She says, “We are trying to change the conversation from one of despair to one of hope.”

Mending Body and Brain

Key to Bredesen’s approach is the notion that instead of being one disease, Alzheimer’s consists of three sub-types with distinct drivers: inflammation or infection; harmful environmental exposures; and/or lack of neuron-nurturing hormones. To determine which one to target, he tests patients for blood-sugar, inflammation and hormone levels, heavy metals and critical nutrients such as D and B vitamins. Then he crafts a personalized plan. He notes that the 10 years it can take to progress from subtle decline to full-blown Alzheimer’s provides a huge opportunity. “Ideally, we want people to come in when they have mild impairment or are asymptomatic,” says Bredesen, advising that tests be done for the APOE4, or “Alzheimer’s gene” in one’s 40s. “People have not wanted to know in the past because they’ve been told there is nothing they can do about it. We completely disagree.” One way to stay cognitively sharp is to eat fewer carbs (which boost blood sugar) and eat more fat, says Perlmutter. “There is a clear relationship between elevated levels of blood sugar and increased risk of Alzheimer’s.” One study, published in 2013 in the New England Journal of Medicine, tracked 2,067 healthy adults for seven years and found that the higher their average glucose level, even if they weren’t diabetic, the more likely they were to develop dementia. For instance, those with a level of 115 milligrams per deciliter were 18 percent more at risk than those measuring 100 milligrams per deciliter. A 2012 study published in Neurology followed 266 adults for four years and found that those with higher blood sugar saw certain areas of the brain shrink 6 to 10 percent more than those with lower blood sugar. Gluten can also be problematic, advises Perlmutter, when it’s inflammatory and driving brain degeneration. In contrast, good fat, like that in avocados, fatty fish, coconut oil and walnuts, serves as a foundation for

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neurons and an efficient, clean-burning fuel source for the brain. This is particularly helpful in someone with early-stage Alzheimer’s, says Bredesen, because the disease can make it harder for the brain to use sugar for fuel. In some cases, both doctors recommend an extremely low-carb, or “ketogenic” diet (fewer than 60 grams of carbs per day). Starved of carbohydrates, the liver produces fat-like compounds called ketones, a brain-fuel source shown to stimulate growth of new neural networks. Bredesen also recommends 12 hours of fasting each night, with zero food intake within three hours of going to sleep. Fasting promotes a process called autophagy, by which the brain essentially cleans itself of damaged cellular material. Eight hours of sleep is also vital. According to University of Rochester research, the space between brain cells opens up during sleep, allowing cleansing channels of fluid to flow more freely. “If you were operating your house 24/7 with no time to rest or clean, it would be disastrous,” says Bredesen. “The same is true of your brain.” Also, they say, keep teeth clean because bacterial infections, including those in the gums, have been shown to hasten formation of neuron-killing plaque. Also critically examine the prescription drugs being ingested. A recent study of 74,000 people published in JAMA Neurology found that regular use of heartburn drugs like Prilosec and Nexium increased dementia risk by 42 to 52 percent. Meanwhile, anticholinergic drugs like Benadryl and statin drugs prescribed to manage cholesterol have also been linked to increased dementia. “We see ‘statin brain’ all the time,” observes Perlmutter, who says once patients go off the drugs, they tend to get better.

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Fargo says researchers are keenly interested in many of the ideas in Bredesen’s paper. Although it’s too early to endorse them, numerous studies are underway. But he wonders if some patients that assert that they’ve reversed dementia actually suffered from something else, like sleep apnea or depression. Bredesen stands by his research, asserting that the 10 patients in his paper had all been formally diagnosed

with Alzheimer’s or its precursors. One 69-year-old entrepreneur that was planning to close his business after 11 years of mental decline is now expanding it. A 49-year-old woman that scored poorly on neuropsychological tests showed no signs of cognitive decline when she was tested again nine months later. In all, more than 100 people have participated in the program. “We have people that are fourand-a-half years out and doing very well,” he says, noting that such strategies aren’t likely to work for someone with advanced Alzheimer’s. In some cases, the results may be more subtle, but for those caring for a sick loved one, any positive progress means a lot. Paul Tramontozzi knows. After his father, then 75, was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia, the New York City financial advisor attended a Sharp Again Naturally meeting seeking advice. “I was skeptical, but when the answer you get from everyone else is, ‘There’s nothing you can do,’ you become more willing to listen.” He took his father off his cholesterol medication, fed him spoonfuls of coconut oil daily and put him on a specific supplement regimen. His balance improved and he could participate in family outings again. “If you had told me a few years ago we’d be able to take Dad to a restaurant for his 80th birthday, I would have said, ‘No way.’ But we did.” Tramontozzi says his father isn’t cured, but the advice he obtained facilitated more time together and insights on how to avoid a similar fate. “These are all things a healthy 37-year-old should be doing right now anyway. I just wish we’d found out earlier.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at

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he workplace can be filled with stress, egos and distractions that challenge the productive and happy atmosphere we desire. Both employees and employers are adopting mindfulness to help cope and transform both themselves and their work environment. Rooted in Eastern philosophies like Buddhism, most workplace mindfulness programs have stripped the techniques to a secular form more appealing to skeptics or adherents of other religions. The key practice—simply known as “sitting” or meditation—involves focusing our attention on our thoughts, breathing, emotions or bodily sensations for a set time period, while the term mindfulness refers to the ability to be aware of the present moment, whether meditating or in a business meeting. While Fortune 500 companies like Procter & Gamble, Aetna and General Mills have instituted formal mindfulness programs, Michael Carroll, meditation teacher, executive coach and the author of Awake at Work, says that the mindfulness revolution has been largely seeded from the ground up. It’s emerged through people exploring the practices in their personal lives, and then bringing them to work.

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a week and occasionally participates in 10-day retreats. Whitcraft doesn’t offer meditation to employees, but Gallo says mindfulness enables her to be available to her staff and solve problems without getting “swept off my feet so easily by all the desires, agendas and emotions confronted at work.” Carroll cautions that it’s not about trying to eliminate our own or others’ emotional agendas or personal biases at work; rather, individuals use mindfulness to become more conscious of and relaxed about them. “Meditation helps develop agility in viewing… to self-regulate, drop fixed mindsets, become self-aware,” explains Carroll, who has coached university presidents, CEOs and nonprofit executives in mindful leadership techniques. “You learn things from a competitor’s perspective or pick up on social cues you may miss if you instead had a fixed lens on a situation.”

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While meditation may be on the upswing in the workplace, it was a battle to legitimize it, according to Tara Healey, program director for mindfulness-based learning at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (HPHC). A longtime meditation practitioner, Healey started the Mind the Moment program a decade ago while serving as an organizational capacity building consultant. Surveys had shown that employees were overwhelmed and dissatisfied, but lacked the skills to rectify their situation. “The leadership said, ‘Great, let’s do it, but not tell anyone,’” relates Healey. She notes that meditation, a core component of her multifaceted mindfulness course covering everything from workplace stress to mindful listening, wasn’t accepted in the workplace at that point. Today, 30 percent of her company’s 1,050 employees have completed a six-week class introducing them to the

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power of mindfulness; some go on to participate in a guided monthly group meditation practice or use company meditation rooms for individual practice. The health services company also offers the course to its member companies throughout New England. To date, more than 12,350 people in 174 companies have participated, encompassing varied fields from higher education and health to finance and technology. A survey of employees showed that initially 99 percent felt it was a good use of their time; another taken six months later found that 87 percent were still using the techniques. HPHC informatics analyst Stephanie Oddleifson, who took the course nearly 10 years ago, says it transformed her way of thinking and behaving in the workplace and furnished a set of practices she uses every day. In times of conflict, “I was so quick to make up stories in my head and jump to conclusions previously,” she says. “Now I’m able to pause before responding and observe my thoughts without getting caught up in them. I can diffuse tense situations with humor and not take things personally.” Additional research substantiates the anecdotal evidence for meditation’s workplace benefits. In 2015, scientists from Canada’s University of British Columbia and Germany’s Chemnitz University of Technology compiled data from 20-plus neurology studies, finding significant correlations between meditation and areas of the brain related to capacities for self-regulation, introspection and complex thinking. A Rice University study specifically found a positive relationship between workplace mindfulness, job performance and employee retention. While workplace mindfulness programs vary and may incorporate helpful talks, encouraging readings and group discussions, Healey and Carroll both caution that reading or talking about mindfulness or meditation is no substitute for the practice itself, which many find challenging. “You won’t taste the benefits just reading about it,” remarks Healey. “The practice will come into play come showtime.” Connect with April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at

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et out of bed at 5 a.m. before the kids are awake, rush to the closet to get our favorite sweatabsorbing workout gear, put on our running shoes, and slip out the back door ready to get some exercise. Got to keep the heart healthy! Then return to get the kids off to school, get ready for work, grab a healthy lunch and rush out the door to start the workday. Most people would feel that they were on top of their game if they started their days like this. But what happens when even the most health conscious are caught off guard when it comes time to review their blood work at their doctor’s office? They are doing everything right, and on the surface, things look great. Yet, when a prevention-minded doctor digs deeper and orders more specific tests for the heart, problems that are considered “silent but deadly” predictors of heart disease are often identified. These markers can exist in the presence of normal blood pressure, weight, cholesterol and insulin. These tests are especially critical when someone has a history of heart disease in his or her family. Specialized cardiac tests, such as C-reactive protein, fibrinogen, myeloperoxidase, lipoproteins, Lp-PLA2, asymmetric dimethylarginine, symmetric dimethylarginine and homo-

cysteine, can explain why more than 50 percent of people who have heart attacks were told they had “normal” levels, including those treated with medications such as “statins.” These tests are not routinely part of the yearly testing that the average person gets at the doctor’s office. Although cholesterol levels may be normal, the cholesterol could be oxidized causing it to stick together, clog arteries, and thus be dangerous. This same inflammation could make the blood prone to excessive clotting. Certain blood tests, such as the patented SpectraCell micronutrient testing, can identify deficiencies of intracellular vitamins and antioxidants that need to be added to a patient’s treatment to overcome the inflammation. So, when someone tests for nutritional deficiencies while eating a healthy diet high in vegetables and quality fats and protein, what gives? The person could have compromised digestion even though there are no traditional digestive symptoms. Just because a food is eaten does not mean that it breaks down properly and gets into the blood system. Low levels in certain nutrients directly impact cardiovascular health. This is why we should assume nothing and use advanced testing to leave nothing to chance. Fortunately, there are compre-

hensive and natural solutions to these health concerns. Often, antioxidant supplements—such as vitamin C, liposomal glutathione, R-alpha lipoic acid, and herbs, such as hawthorn, turmeric and garlic—combined with dietary changes can address the root cause of issues successfully and be the key to avoiding prescription medications. Yes, exercise is important for heart health—a lack of exercise is one of the greatest contributors to heart disease. Surprisingly, few people know that it is possible to over exercise, resulting in excessive free radical damage and thus a greater need to have an antioxidant level measured. Like most things in life, finding balance is the best approach. Running some specialized blood tests that screen for “silent but deadly inflammation” can help provide clear direction on how to avoid cardiovascular problems. All hearts deserve a little extra TLC! Patrick Lovegrove, DO, is a board-certified medical doctor and the founder of Merge Medical Center, a holistic medical center located in Mount Pleasant, where he practices holistic internal medicine along with other natural health practitioners. For more information, call 843-469-1001 or visit See listing, page 38.

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Meet Michelle Hamel, Summerville resident, Energy artist and art therapy “playshop” facilitator.

Tell our readers a little about yourself: I grew up in a small town in Massachusetts. I’ve lived in almost every U.S. time zone (one more to go!). One of my core philosophies is that the world is such a vast land just waiting to be explored, so I want to do my part and discover more of the planet. No matter where I plant my roots, there will always be one common nutrient: my art. It’s part of my DNA. It is my peace and joy. It is me! Work/mission: I attended a small art college in Georgia where I was first introduced to spirituality. I learned about my soul’s purpose many years ago. It involves spirituality… and art. I channel words, pictures and patterns that I receive through meditation and prayer and then transform them into energy art that helps people heal themselves physically and emotionally, increase their spiritual awareness and raise their vibrations. Through my own experience, I have found creating art to be a healing process and an enjoyable way to release the hurt and pain that so many of us hold inside. The artwork pictured here is from my Chakra Healing Energy Art series—a set of seven works (for the seven major chakras in our bodies), with each focusing on pulling the “ickies” out of you (fear of attracting money, physical pain, lack of confidence, etc.) and replacing them with feelings of serenity and peace as you allow your“I See” (Third Eye)

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et Helpers has been bringing people and companion animals together since 1978. Its mission is “to end the euthanasia of all adoptable cats and dogs by keeping all animals until adopted; providing low-cost spay/ neuter surgeries; offering humane education programs; pursuing animalcruelty prosecution; and initiating animal-welfare legislation.” According to Kim Almstedt, Director of Development & Marketing of Pet Helpers: “Every single animal that walks through our doors becomes an instant member of the Pet Helpers family. We treat them as we would our own pets, healing their wounds, nurturing their spirit and loving them unconditionally. From time to time, we

find a cat or dog that needs more. They have been abandoned, abused; they’ve been forgotten and they retreat into themselves. We never give up hope on these special souls. We know they can be saved and we will keep them safe at Pet Helpers until that day comes. And so they wait patiently, day in and day out, knowing what we know—that somewhere there is a special someone waiting for them as well.” In addition to the adoption center and veterinary clinic, Pet Helpers hosts a number of programs designed to help pets and their owners, including a pet food pantry that offers a monthly food supply for families in need. A group of Pet Helpers volunteers founded Unchain Charleston to spread

awareness about the plight of chained dogs and to build fences for chained dogs in the lowcountry. Chained dogs are more likely to run away when given any opportunity. By providing an alternative to chaining, Unchain Charleston keeps dogs out of the shelter system and in loving homes. These are just a couple of the programs that fall under the Pet Helpers umbrella of services. Those wishing to help can do so by adopting a new furry member for their family, donating time as a volunteer, donating money, and by donating pet food and supplies. People can also help, and have a great time doing so, by attending the Pet Helpers’ annual Fur Ball on December 2 at the Gaillard Center, featuring entertainment by Plain Jane. Pet Helpers is located at 1447 Folly Rd., in Charleston. For more information, call 843795-1110 or visit See ad, this page, for the Fur Ball.

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chemistry in their brains, boosting confidence on many levels. Pilates is recognized as a highly effective way to improve posture.


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ith 11,000 studios across the U.S., “Pilates continues to grow because an increasingly wide spectrum of people are discovering how it can benefit them,” says Elizabeth Anderson, executive director of the Pilates Method Alliance, in Miami. Pilates instructor Amanda January, who works at The Carriage Club, in Kansas City, eventually became an instructor because, “I love the challenge of it. I had always been a dancer, and found Pilates provides the movement therapy that my dance classes lack.” Current trends are combining Pilates not only with yoga, but also dance and even boxing. “My favorite fusion Pilates class is barre,” says Halley Willcox, a certified Pilates teacher originally from Austin, Texas, now a grad student at the University of Arizona, in Tucson. Barre classes mix classical ballet exercises with yoga and Pilates (see The boxing variation, called piloxing, incorporates pugilistic moves and


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barefoot interval training. “No prior experience is necessary; the possibilities are endless,” comments Willcox. Anderson believes, “The growth we’re observing is due to the fact that Pilates addresses fitness across the entire body, rather than parts. It creates a wonderful feeling of overall well-being; the exercise is done in a balanced manner on all planes and is coordinated with conscious breathing. Plus, it doesn’t cause injuries, it prevents them.”

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“Through focus and breath awareness, Pilates, not unlike meditation and yoga, helps you become more aware of your body, which makes you more comfortable in your own skin,” says January. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy’s TED talk, “Change Your Posture, Grow Your Confidence, Follow Your Dreams,” shares the results of her Harvard University research, which demonstrates how people that assume what she calls “power postures” actually change the

Many dancers and professional athletes access the therapeutic qualities of Pilates to help them recover from injuries and enhance balance and coordination. Anderson remarks, “With a qualified teacher, Pilates can be applied as a post-rehabilitation modality once postsurgery physical therapy is completed, to further strengthen the body. Elite athletes such as professional dancers, baseball and football players, ice skaters and equestrians are also finding ways that Pilates can strengthen and assist them with their performances, wellbeing and injury prevention.” One of the ways that Pilates helps is by affecting body fascia. “Muscles work together, not individually, within the fascia, and the best way to change the muscle is through resistance,” says January. “It’s why Pilates uses spring tension, resistance bands and even jumping. Pilates improves balance and coordination because all the muscles work together. The entire body is learning how to dance in unison with itself.”

Boosts Immunity “The more I committed to a regular Pilates practice, the more I noticed I wasn’t getting sick as often,” says January. “Pilates helps boost the immune system through reducing stress, a well-known contributor to disease. It’s accessible to people of all ages. You don’t have to be flexible or strong to begin, just willing.” She offers this advice to beginners. “Check out all the local studios to see what they offer. It’s best to start out taking classes twice a week with a certified teacher for two to three months. That’s easy to commit to. Then you can see if Pilates is right for you.” Aimee Hughes, a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO, is a doctor of naturopathy on the faculty of the Yandara Yoga Institute. Connect at

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The Art of Blessing Sanctifying Everyday Life by Dennis Merritt Jones


ost blessings are done quietly, in the silence of one’s own mind and heart; most often others don’t even know about it. How

a blessing is done is not as important as the fact that it’s done mindfully. There is nothing magical or mystical about conferring a blessing—it’s simply

Springbank Retreat for Eco-Spirituality and the Arts 1-, 2-, & 3-month sabbaticals, Sept. 14-Dec. 7 Painting for Non-Painters, Nov. 1-4 Know Thyself, Nov. 4-6 Native Spirituality, Nov. 7 Basketry: Weaving Balance & Beauty, Nov. 9-12 All Beings Confluence, Nov. 16-20 Enjoy 80 acres of quiet beauty.

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confirming the presence of God, divine Spirit, at the center of that which is being blessed. Masters, teachers, sages and saints from every spiritual tradition have used blessings as a way to consecrate, sanctify, purify and heal. Wedding ceremonies, memorial services, christenings and everything in-between have at one time or another been blessed. Anyone can offer a blessing. Ernest Holmes, author of Science of Mind, defined a blessing as constructive thought directed toward anyone or any condition. He says, “You bless a man when you recognize the divinity in him.” When things are good, it can seem easy to neglect the practice of blessing ourselves and others. Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote: “Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful; for beauty is God’s handwriting—a wayside sacrament. Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every fair flower and thank God for it as a cup of blessing.” We can always bless what’s good in our lives, but blessings can become even more meaningful if we remember to bless the bad times as well, when we most need to remember the truth that good is present then and there, too. Getting in the habit of embracing daily blessings is a good spiritual practice as we evolve and go forth and bless our world as we have been blessed. It’s a matter of remembering that the real blessing has already been bestowed; the gift of life itself. Take a moment to contemplate this and seal it in consciousness by silently affirming, “I am blessed and I am a blessing.” I Am is a name of God. In the words of Mary Baker Eddy in introducing her seminal work, Science & Health, “To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, today is big with blessings.” Dennis Merritt Jones, D.D., of St. Petersburg Beach, FL, is the author of Your (Re)Defining Moments, The Art of Uncertainty and The Art of Being, the source of this essay. He has contributed to the human potential movement and field of spirituality for 30 years (

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Healthier Hair Color Options by Jody Lemmon


he season is changing and so should one’s organic hair-coloring routine. Terms are thrown around on social media like balayage, shadow roots, highlights, lowlights, henna and organic hair color, which can leave the average person wondering what exactly it is he or she wants in a color service. First, let’s tackle the hair-coloring techniques: balayage, shadow roots, highlights and lowlights. Balayage is the French word for sweep or paint. The stylist hand paints the hair with a sweeping motion. This technique will give a more natural, softer and less noticeable regrowth line. Shadow roots is a newer technique where roots will be a different color than the rest of the hair. Highlights create lighter pieces of hair that are separated by foils or balayaged. Lowlights are darker pieces of hair placed into foils or balayaged. There are many factors that come into play when choosing appropriate color. Skin tone, eye color, natural hair color, and percentage of gray are all important for a stylist to consider when creating a custom hair-color formula. Next, a little bit about organic hair color. Synthetic hair color that claims to be organic typically means that it is NOT created with materials that could create sensitivities in people. Those looking for hair color that does not contain sulfates; gluten; parabens; form-

aldehyde; PPD, MEA or DEA; triclosans; propylene glycol; carcinogens; phthalates; toxic materials; heavy metals; pesticides; fungicides; or herbicides can still have their hair colored. The only hair color that is completely organic is henna. Henna is an all-natural plantbased alternative to synthetic hair color. Henna literally stains the hair and typically fades in eight to 12 weeks. One serious consideration is once henna is applied,

synthetic hair color can’t be applied on top of it. It will not give predictable results. A thorough consultation with a stylist about sensitivities should clear up any concerns about using synthetic hair color. Also during a consultation, show the stylist a few photos of appealing hairstyles and hair colors. Those images will speak volumes and can be used as a springboard to create a beautiful new shade using a new technique. Jody Lemmon is the owner of J Salon. To set up your complimentary consultation, call Lemmon at 843-810-5015 or visit See ad this page and listing, page 40


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While busy people tend to put off selfcare, there are treats to suit any schedule or budget—from getting a quick manicure or pedicure at a neighborhood eco-nail salon to visiting a yoga or wellness center. For a quick, healthy pick-me-up, visit an organic juice bar. Opt for businesses that feature fresh, whole ingredients rather than pre-mixed powders or sugar-laden juices; to give the immune system an extra lift, add a natural booster shot of ginger or turmeric. Most grocery stores now carry cold-pressed juices that can pack as much as six pounds of produce into a single bottle. An honored ritual that continues to restore spent spirits is drinking a cup of tea. Whether sipped at home, as part of a British high tea featuring Earl Grey or as part of a traditional Japanese green tea ceremony steeped in Zen, tea time allows us to slow down and savor the moment along with the aromas in our cup. Also, antioxidant-rich tea is fortifying. Salt room visits, another healthy pleasure that has spread throughout the U.S., dates back 150 years to an indigenous Polish practice. Research indicates that salt therapy, or halotherapy, can help improve conditions such as asthma and allergies and support the immune, nervous and lymphatic systems (see Tinyurl. com/SaltRoomPampering). Universally restful salt rooms also offer a unique sensory experience. Another highly accessible way to treat body and mind is to move in a joyful way. Consider taking up a playful new class for de-stressing and stretching such as trapeze yoga, conscious dance or any other dance. Aerial yoga, using suspended trapeze-like supports, helps lengthen the spine and strengthen muscles in ways not easily achieved on the ground. Dance delivers health and fitness bonuses in the midst of having fun. If we’re not in the habit of pampering ourselves, it’s time to stretch our beliefs about what we deserve. We’ll find bliss is an attainable luxury. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at

Make Home a Spa Zone by April Thompson etween professional spa visits, a doit-yourself spa day at home can be a rewarding and economical treat. “You can create a full day of home spa treatments using ingredients most people have in their kitchen,” advises Lise Andersen, an expert in nature-based cosmetics from Copenhagen, Denmark, and the owner of, offering custom skin and hair care products, individualized formulations and beginnerfriendly DIY kits. One of Andersen’s home skincare favorites is simple raw honey, used as a cleanser and face mask. “You can use it alone or in conjunction with an added ingredient like almond meal or ground oats. It rinses off beautifully and both softens and cleanses,” she says. A “facial tea” made with herbs like chamomile, lavender and elder blossom is another of the Scandina-



vian’s at-home favorites. Simply boil water and pour it into a bowl with a handful of herbs, drape a towel over the head, embracing the face and breathe deeply. “It smells wonderful while opening the pores and hydrating the skin,” Andersen says.

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Dry brushing with a mitt made with a natural fiber like sisal or jute serves as a quick, everyday pick-meup. It stimulates and exfoliates the body and helps boost circulation. For beautiful cuticles, Andersen suggests a handmade scrub made from raw brown sugar or Himalayan salt combined with a carrier oil like almond or grapeseed. It exfoliates and hydrates, leaving hands feeling silky smooth. To get the most out of a home spa day, prep materials in advance and let family members know that it requires absolute solitude. Complete the spa-like atmosphere with relaxing music and naturally scented beeswax candles. Visit for more home spa treatment tips.

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Tasty Holiday Recipes

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Truffle Spiced Popcorn



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Spiced Pepitas These crunchy pumpkin seeds are lemony, salty, spicy and zesty, all at the same time. A handful of these toasted tidbits whets the appetite. Yields: 2 cups 2 cups raw pumpkin seeds 1 Tbsp grated lemon zest 1 Tbsp lemon juice 2 tsp salt 1 tsp ground cumin ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper ½ tsp ground coriander ½ tsp ancho chile powder ½ tsp cayenne pepper ¼ tsp garlic powder ¼ tsp sugar (optional)


Preheat the oven to 375° F.

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In a medium bowl, toss together the pumpkin seeds, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, cumin, pepper, coriander, chile powder, cayenne and garlic powder. Spread the mixture on a baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and shake to redistribute the seeds, and then bake for another 3 minutes. Pull it out to shake the pan again. Then finish baking for 1 to 2 minutes or until the pumpkin seeds are crispy and golden without burning them. Transfer to a cool baking sheet and cool completely before storing in an airtight container. Courtesy of Sandra A. Gutierrez,; author of Empanadas: The Hand-Held Pies of Latin America.

This wicked, fresh, piping-hot popcorn is kissed with a simple blend of rosemary, onion and truffle oil.   Yields: 9 cups 2½ Tbsp grapeseed oil A bit less than ½ cup popcorn kernels 1 Tbsp truffle oil 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast ½ Tbsp onion granules ½ tsp fresh rosemary, minced Sea salt to taste   On medium heat, warm the oil in a large saucepan with a lid. Remove from the stove and add all kernels in an even layer on the bottom of the pan. Cover for 20 seconds to allow all the kernels to become coated and reach equal temperature so they all pop at once. Place the covered pan back on the heat and shake it while it’s on the burner. The kernels will slowly begin to pop; once they start, crack the lid slightly to let out a bit of steam. Continue shaking the pan over heat until the popping stops. Remove from the stovetop immediately and pour all popcorn into a large bowl. Drizzle with truffle oil, nutritional yeast, onion granules, minced rosemary and sea salt. Shake and mix well before serving. Courtesy of Chad and Derek Sarno,; Chad is co-author of Crazy Sexy Kitchen: 150 Plant-Empowered Recipes to Ignite a Mouthwatering Revolution.

Cocoa ½ to ¾ cup unsweetened baking cocoa or cacao powder ¼ to ½ cup date paste 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp vanilla extract Dash Himalayan pink salt For the pistachio milk, soak the nuts overnight in a bowl of water.

Beer-Miso-Sriracha Roasted Chickpeas Any favorite beer will work. Yields: 2 to 4 servings 1 (15½ oz) can chickpeas or garbanzo beans, drained and set aside 1 Tbsp sriracha 1 Tbsp organic miso paste (any color) 1 /3 bottle of beer Black and white sesame seeds Dried chili to taste Smoked salt for garnish to taste Preheat the oven to 375° F. Whisk wet ingredients until mixed well. Toss mixture with chickpeas. Place mixture on baking pan and roast for 20 to 30 minutes, shaking and stirring periodically until mixture is evaporated and chickpeas begin to get color; beware of burning. Garnish with sesame seeds and dried chili, maybe a little smoked salt. Courtesy of Chad and Derek Sarno,; Derek is the former global executive chef for Whole Foods Market.

Frothy Hot Chocolate with Pistachio Milk

Rinse before placing them into a highspeed blender with the 2 cups of water. Blend until the mixture is completely puréed and milky. Strain mixture through a nut milk bag or cheesecloth; then add the nut milk back into the blender. Add all other ingredients and blend at a high speed until thick. Note: If using a regular, slower blender, re-warm the hot chocolate on the stove top. It may not be as thick and frothy but will taste good. Courtesy of Sophia DeSantis, who blogs her recipes at


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Cozy up and indulge in this thick, creamy and rich hot chocolate made with whole food ingredients.

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Yields: 2 servings

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Special Gifts by Maureen Healy

It is primarily parenting that decides whether the expression of sensitivity will be an advantage or a source of anxiety. ~Elaine Aron


ighly sensitive children need extra nurturing care so that they can learn to see their sensitivity as a strength and begin empowering themselves with tools to tap into their positive traits such as insight, creativity and empathy, while simultaneously learning how to manage their rich emotional lives. Elaine Aron, Ph.D., a practicing psychotherapist in Mill Valley, California, who studies sensitivity using functional magnetic resonance imaging, advises, “A highly sensitive child is among the 15 to 20 percent born with a nervous system that’s highly aware and quick to react to everything.” She offers a free online questionnaire to help assess a child’s level of sensitivity at highly-sensitive-child-test. Highly sensitive children are incredibly responsive to their environments, from sounds and smells to the overall mood of people they encounter. Other indicators may range from a preference for quiet play to noticing details or asking many questions. With a sharpened sense of awareness, they are often gifted intellectually, creatively and emotionally, demonstrating genuine compassion early on.

The downside is that these intensely perceptive children can also be easily overwhelmed by crowds, noises, new situations or sudden changes. Criticism, defeat and the distress of others deeply affect them. Parenting a highly sensitive child can be highly rewarding, but some parents find it exhausting. Special skills help in gracefully raising a healthy, happy and well-adjusted sensitive child without wearing ourselves out. Accept, rather than seek to change them. Embracing a child as being highly sensitive is step one. No one can change them into less sensitive, more traditional kids. Accept their specialness as part of the family’s shared journey. See it as a gift. It’s easy to get frustrated or angry with a child if they continually cry, withdraw and shy away from social situations. Instead of viewing these behaviors as flaws, see them as providing the child a special gift. Sensitivity often characterizes artists, innovators, prodigies and great thinkers. Partner up. Sensitive children respond far better to requests for desired behaviors when acting in partnership with the adults in their life. Harsh discipline can elicit emotional meltdowns

and outbursts of energy in temper tantrums, crying or yelling. Partnering with a child includes learning to avoid their triggers and giving them ready tools to use when they feel overwhelmed, such as breathing exercises. Professional counselors can help shape the relationship. Focus on strengths. Remembering that a highly sensitive child may be incredibly talented is essential when they are acting out. Training ourselves to see a child’s strengths first—such as their incredible creativity, perceptiveness and keen intellect—helps us accept their challenges, such as being overwhelmed, highly emotional, introverted at times, shy, picky about clothes and other preferences, or overly active. Create calmness. It’s worth taking the time to create spaces that match a child’s sensibilities. Create a “peace corner” at home designed to deliver the serenity that highly sensitive children crave by using just the right lighting, colors, sounds and surroundings; elements might include headphones, favorite plush toys and coloring markers. Instill inner discipline. Establishing gentle structure and clear limits with respect goes a long way. Reasonable reminders of what’s needed now and why yield better results than shouting and warnings of consequences. Connect with peers. Like everyone else, highly sensitive children are drawn to other “birds of a feather”, and getting these kids together to nurture each other’s strengths is good. It may mean some extra effort by parents to help a child find kids that get along together and make play dates. A highly sensitive child can be steered in a helpful emotional direction by well-adjusted, happy and healthy sensitive adults. Sensitive children need especially good role models because they are learning how to use their incredible gifts in a world that sometimes doesn’t value their inherent worth. Maureen Healy, of Santa Barbara, CA, runs a mentoring program for highly sensitive children based on her social and emotional learning curriculum for K-8 students, child psychology training and current scientific research. She is the author of Growing Happy Kids and The Energetic Keys to Indigo Kids (

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calendarofevents Our calendar is filled with classes, workshops and events that feed your mind/body/ spirit and promote a healthy lifestyle. All submissions for the December issue must be received no later than November 10. Basic listings are a maximum of 40 words, not including the day/date, and cost $5/month. Highlighted events are $0.50/word plus $10/photo. Submit calendar entries at



Holiday Cooking Recipes using Young Living Essential Oils – 6-7pm. Products for Health and Home. Time to order for holiday gift giving, Refreshments served. Prize drawings! Free. Dr. Ann Jenkins, 1164 Northbridge Drive (West Ashley). Limited Seating. RSVP 843-270-9913.

Native Spirituality –10am-4:30pm. Led by Sister Joanne Schuster. $50. Springbank Retreat for EcoSpirituality and the Arts, 1345 Springbank Rd, Kingstree. 843-382-9777.

Abraham Hicks Law of Attraction Meetup – 7-8:30 pm. Join us for a reality creation sharing session. What interesting manifestations have you attracted into your reality this month? We’ll encourage volunteers and play around with the virtual reality visualization process. Facilitator: Chris Cunniffe. Free. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Drive. 843-345-7061.,


Usui Reiki Level III

Master/Practitioner Nov 4-6 Fri 5-8pm, Sat/Sun 10-5pm. Enhance your capacity to transmit Reiki.

Learn the final symbol. Receive the opportunity to open more completely to the limitless potential of Reiki. Develop qualities contained in the Reiki energy. Includes the class manual and Certificate. Prerequisite Reiki I, II. $499. Bodhi Tree Charleston. 843-327-4761.

Know Thyself – 7pm through Sunday, 1 pm. What is the true self? How can we approach & embrace it, especially in the area of holistic spirituality? Workshop will look at our fundamental connectedness, universal consciousness, broadening of human awareness, & effects our intentionality has on the universe. $275 include lodging & meals. Springbank Retreat for Eco-Spirituality and the Arts, 1345 Springbank Rd, Kingstree. 843-382-9777.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5 bliss Fall Festival & Fish Fry – 5-9pm. through Sunday. Fall Fun; Fish Fry, Live Music, Bonfire, Chili Cook-off Throw down, Corn Hole Championship, Silent Auction, 50/50 Raffle, Beer, Wine & Bliss Herbal Teas. Feel good, all proceeds benefit the FREE programs that you love!!! $20. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt. Pleasant. 843-345-7061.


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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9 Basketry: Weaving Balance & Beauty – 7pm through 5pm Saturday, November 12. Come & enjoy the contemplative art of basketry. Woven into the schedule will be time for personal reflection & communal prayer. No experience necessary. Materials furnished. $325 include lodging & meals. Springbank Retreat for Eco-Spirituality and the Arts, 1345 Springbank Rd, Kingstree. 843382-9777.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12 Mediumship Development Workshop – 9am-4pm. This interactive workshop will include instruction, discussion, helpful tips, and fun exercises to help you recognize and grow your mediumistic abilities. To register, visit MediumshipDevelopment.Eventbrite.Com. $125. 815 Savannah Hwy, Charleston. 843-324-6460. Self-Care Pain Relief Workshops for Headaches and Low Back Pain – 10am-12pm Headaches 1pm-3pm Low Back. A magical combination of healing disciplines will be shared with you in this hands-on Self Treat Workshop! Presented by Local Certified Myokinesthetic Practitioners, Gudrun Strmic & Melody Rogers, & Founder of Zen Blends Essential Oils, Alli Kirk! $95 for one Session, $155 for both Sessions. Seed of Life Collective, 621 Wappoo Road, Charleston. 843-343-6726. seedoflifecollective. Reiki Level 1 & 2 – 10am-5pm. Through November 13. In the Holy Fire Reiki I Level class the student is given a Usui/level I attunement which opens the student to channeling the Reiki energy to self and others. In the Holy Fire Reiki Level II class the student explores the symbols of healing. $410. 232 A Ashley Ave, Charleston. 310-889-4825. rhonda@ Autumn Garden Alchemy – 10-11:30am. In this hands on workshop participants learn the basics of creative garden remedies, seasonal harvest ideas, and self-care tips. $25. Harold’s Cabin. 843-7249807.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13 Reincarnation, Mediumship, and Clairvoyance – 1-2:30pm. Join Donna Ester professional intuitive, medium, and past-life regressionist to understand relationships and patterns from your past. She is skilled in psychometry and the metaphysical. Donation. 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston. 843-566-0600. Messages From Heaven with Carol Cottrell, Karissa Eve and Lindsay Marino – 4-6pm. Connection to our passed loved ones through a medium can be a very healing experience. During this event, three mediums will connect random audience members with their loved ones in spirit to provide evidence & messages. Online: $50 / At Door: $60. Unitarian Church in Charleston, 4 Archdale Street, Charleston. 843-324-6460. Gratitude Meditation & Ayurvedic Yoga – 6-7:30pm. For What Are You Grateful? With the Winds of Change, we invite you to turn inward with the 5 Observable Elements of Ayurveda to Direct your Intention of Gratitude & Allow the Abundance of Life to Show. $15. Seed of Life Collective 621 Wappoo Road, Charleston. 843-343-6726. facebook. com/seedoflifecollective.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14 Simple Healthy Cooking – 6-7:30pm. Explore self-love, learn & sample exciting new ways to enjoy ordinary food, & shatter some myths along the way about food health. Facilitator: Geri Zatcoff, Certified Nutritionist, binge-eating disorder, traumatic injury & cancer survivor. Free. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt. Pleasant. 843-345-7061. ish@blissSpiritualCo-op. org. Arvigo Therapy for Women: Hormone Balance for All Ages – 7-8:30pm. Did you know if a woman’s uterus is out of balance so is she? Don Elijio Panti Arvigo Therapy for Women’s Wellness Monday Tea+Talk will be on hormone balance for all life cycles: childhood, adolescence, pregnancy, adulthood and beyond! $5. 232 A Ashley Avenue. 843-727-3274.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15 Soaking Prayer – 7-7:30pm. Door of Connection. Take 30 minutes from your busy life to soak with music centering in the power and presence of Jesus. Relax & receive silent prayer & written prophetic words of encouragement. Facilitator: Tessa Early & friends. FREE. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt. Pleasant. 843-345-7061. tish@

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16 All Being Confluence – 7pm through Sunday, Nov. 20, 4pm. Expressing a human/earth relationship of reverence & reciprocity in our world, participants create long panels depicting a life form or species, honoring its place in the web of life. Panels will be hung in the chapel. Materials furnished.$450 includes lodging & meals. Springbank Retreat for Eco-Spirituality and the Arts, 1345 Springbank Rd, Kingstree. 843-382-9777.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17 Meditation Challenge: The Blue Door to SelfDiscovery – 6:30-8pm. A visualization & guided meditation class designed to help heal core wounds by confronting the womb “door” with forgiveness, love, and compassion. (men and women can attend). Introduction, 30min Meditation, & Tea +Talk. Lead by Arvigo Therapy Practitioner Abigail McClam. Free. 232 A Ashley Avenue, Charleston. 843-7249807. lotuscharleston. com.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19 Not the Jesus I Once Knew through the Lens of Aramaic Language – 2:30-5pm. Presented by Elizabeth Reed, ordained minister. Pot luck 5:30pm. Dances Universal Peace 7pm. Suggested Donation $35. 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston. 843-566-0600.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27 Interfaith Service Yoruba African Spiritual Tradition – 9:30 and 11:15am. Presenters Dr. Amenti Sujai and Dr. Daniel Hembree from Columbia. Donation. 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston. 843-5660600.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30 Vaginal Steaming 101 (Ancient Wisdom for the Modern Womb) – 6:30pm-8pm. Women’s Wellness Wednesday. Come discover healing practices of Bajos to help your uterus reach its most optimum level of health and wellness. Q&A, Booklet & Home Care Kits Available for Purchase. $10. 232 A Ashley Avenue, Charleston. 843-724-9807. Abigail@

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Pet Helpers 12th Annual Fur Ball Fri, Dec 2 • 6-11pm at The Gaillard Center.

Our community will be gathering to celebrate, honor and raise funds for the animals at Pet Helpers. Cocktail hour and silent auction begin at 6pm. Don’t miss the live auction and Plane Jane Entertainment! Visit and buy your Fur Ball tickets or table today! Each ticket supports 1 animal for approximately 1 week giving them a second chance at life and love.

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iGoddess Fair Sat, Dec 3 • 12-7pm at The Gaillard Center. Inspirational speakers, interactive workshops, themed demonstrations, fashion show, holiday gift fair, food vendors, live music and much more. Proceeds benefit Thrive SC in their work to help domestic violence victims build better lives. Buy your ticket today at

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6 Keep Your Family, Not their Germs! – 6-7pm. Featuring Young Living Essential Oils. Refreshments served. Free. Dr. Ann Jenkins, 1164 Northbridge Drive (West Ashley). Limited Seating. RSVP 843-270-9913.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17 New Beginnings Angel Workshop – 1-4pm. Get a jump start on the new year! 2017 is all about fresh starts and new beginnings! This angelic workshop will connect you with Archangels and Guardian Angels to help you receive Divine Guidance! $129. Shepard Integrative Dermatology, 912 Old Georgetown Rd. 843-514-2848.

JANUARY 10 Manifest Your Best Life – 6:30-8:30pm. Six-month coaching group meeting twice per month. Overcome blocks to success in career, weight loss, relationships or life purpose to create a happy and healthy life. Limit 5. Facilitated by Jennifer Miller, MS, former therapist and certified holistic life coach. $65 per month. 843-352-2983. Charmed, 217 Lucas Street, Suite E, Mt. Pleasant. CharmedOnShemCreek@ com.

sunday Zen Meditation Group – 8:15am. Three half-hour rounds of sitting along with walking meditation. Email to find out the best time for you to arrive. Free. Holy Cow Yoga, 10 Windermere Blvd, West Ashley. or Unity of Charleston Services – 9:30 & 11:15am. Are you more spiritual than religious? So are we! Do you believe in many paths to God? Then join us. Unity Church of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave. 843-566-0600. New Spirit Books & Gifts – 10:30am-1pm. Spiritual, metaphysical and inspirational books, crystals, incense, tarot/oracle cards. Unity Church of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave. 843-566-0600. Martial Arts – 2-5pm. $50 per month. Healing Hara Massage & Wellness Center, 209 Stallsville Loop Rd, Summerville. 843-810-5953.

monday Slow Flow and Meditation – 9am. With Teresa Bulford. The perfect opportunity to take your time moving through a beautifully sequenced flow infused with mindfulness and meditation practices. $15 per class or $85 unlimited monthly pass. Healing Hara Massage & Wellness Center, 209 Stallsville Loop Rd, Summerville. 843-810-5953. Charleston Community Acupuncture – 10am-1pm & 3-5:30pm (new extended hours). 1307 Savannah Hwy, Charleston. 843-763-7200. Complimentary Natural Female Hormone Balancing Consultations – 10am-4pm. With Dr Stephanie Zgraggen. Lime and Lotus, 925-F Wappoo Rd, West Ashley. Call to schedule: 843-214-2997. Senior Yoga – 2:30pm. With Joe Vinciguerra. Offering a variety of approaches to meet the needs of all seniors. These classes incorporate gentle yoga poses, gradual stretching and correct breathing. Chairs incorporated to support your yoga practice. $15 per class or $85 unlimited monthly pass. Healing Hara Massage & Wellness Center, 209 Stallsville Loop Rd, Summerville. 843-810-5953. Functional Fitness Circuit Training – 6pm-7pm. Get a Full Body Workout for $10! Functional movement exercises create more stability for everyday life activities while improving your overall health and body. Enjoy circuit station format with interval training by Andrew Dean, Holistic Health Trainer. $10. Seed of Life Collective: Beauty, Strength, & Wisdom! 621 Wappoo Road, Charleston. 843475-2156.

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Martial Arts Training – 6pm. Martial Arts training from beginning to advanced. Free trial lesson for evaluation. An Ancient Okinawan Martial Art for enhancement on all levels of Awareness, on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual self. $75/month, family rates $135. Natsu Mura Karate & Kobudo, 125 South Main Street, Summerville. 843-875-4543. info@

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Yoga for All – 11am. With Marlene Glaser. Connect breath awareness, mindfulness and fluid movement as you practice both gentle and active yoga asanas. Allow yoga to help foster relaxation, balance and healthier body and mind. $15 per class or $85 monthly unlimited pass. Healing Hara Massage & Wellness Center, 209 Stallsville Loop Rd, Summerville. 843-810-5953.

Yoga for EveryBody – 9:30am. With Sam Meehan. This gentle traditional meditative approach to yoga is guaranteed to reduce stress while increasing your strength, flexibility and stamina. Each class includes postures, breathing techniques, deep relaxation and meditation. $15 per class or $85 unlimited monthly pass. Healing Hara Massage & Wellness Center, 209 Stallsville Loop Rd, Summerville. 843-810-5953. Chair Yoga – 11:15 am. This class is designed to lead those who need or prefer to use a chair in place of a mat. If you or someone you know feels uncomfortable on the floor, we suggest this class for disorders and disabilities. $85/unltd, $50/5class, $15/1class. Healing Hara Massage & Wellness 209 Stallsville Loop, Summerville. 843-810-5953. Your Power Hour – 5:30pm. A progressive class that offers challenging aspects for everyone. With an emphasis on core strength, this class combines traditional yoga postures with strong, energetic movement. $15 per class or $85 unlimited monthly pass. Healing Hara Massage & Wellness Center, 209 Stallsville Loop Rd, Summerville. 843-810-5953. Hara Flow Yoga – 7pm. With Joe Vinciguerra. A fully awakening practice of breath and movement. Students will learn to flow through various yoga poses with emphasis on breath work and proper alignment. $15 per class or $85 unlimited monthly pass. Healing Hara Massage & Wellness Center, 209 Stallsville Loop Rd, Summerville. 843-810-5953. The Reiki Connection – 7pm. With Chrys Franks, Reiki Master/Teacher. Guided meditation followed by mini reiki sessions by certified practitioners. Love offering. (1st Tues for practitioners only). Unity Church, 2535 Leeds Ave, N Charleston. 843-364-5725. Living Qigong – 6pm-7pm. Qigong for health is designed for all ages and all abilities. This Ancient Healing Art creates health for the body, mind and spirit. $5/session, first time free. Natsu Mura Karate, 125 S. Main Street, Summerville. 843-875-4543.

wednesday Hara Yoga – 7:30-8:30am. This class will focus on the Hara the Solar Plexus in the region of the abdomen where the internal organs are housed. Various types of pressure may be exerted here through deep diaphragmatic , strong poses and deep twists. Ignite the fire! $85. Unlimited monthly pass. Healing Hara


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Complimentary Natural Female Hormone Balancing Consultations – 10am-4pm. With Dr Stephanie Zgraggen. Lime and Lotus, 925-F Wappoo Rd, West Ashley. Call to schedule: 843-214-2997.

Martial Arts Training – 6pm. Martial Arts training from beginning to advanced. Free trial lesson for evaluation. An Ancient Okinawan Martial Art for enhancement on all levels of Awareness, on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual self. $75/month, family rates $135. Natsu Mura Karate & Kobudo, 125 South Main Street, Summerville. 843-875-4543. Functional Fitness Circuit Training – 6-7pm. Get a Full Body Workout for $10! Functional movement exercises create more stability for everyday life activities while improving your overall health and body. Enjoy circuit station format with interval training by Andrew Dean, Holistic Health Trainer. $10. Seed of Life Collective: Beauty, Strength, & Wisdom! 621 Wappoo Road, Charleston. 843475-2156. Martial Arts – 6-8pm. $50 per month. Healing Hara Massage & Wellness Center, 209 Stallsville Loop Rd, Summerville. 843-810-5953. HealingHara@ Meditation Class – 6:30-7:30pm. With Jennifer Michaels - Energy Healer and Spiritual Life Coach. Guided & silent meditation. Beginners and advanced. $15/Class; Shepard Integrative Dermatology, 912 Old Georgetown Rd, Mt. Pleasant. (843) 514-2848 WiseWomen Meetup – 7-8:30 pm. Come explore with us a variety of spiritual topics, meet other seeking women and meet your tribe. Donation optional. Serenity Center - 820 Central Ave, Summerville. 314-276-7772.

thursday Senior Yoga – 2:30pm. With Joe Vinciguerra. Offered in a variety of approaches to meet the needs of all seniors. These classes incorporate gentle yoga poses, gradual stretching and correct breathing. Healing Hara Massage & Wellness Center, 209 Stallsville Loop Rd, Summerville. 843-810-5953. Slow Flow and Meditation – 6pm. With Marlene Glaser. This class interweaves learning true insight meditation and pranayama (breathing) techniques as well as conscious, flowing asanas that help build strength and stability. Leave class feeling grounded,

relaxed and rejuvenated. $15 per class or $85 unlimited monthly pass. Healing Hara Massage & Wellness Center, 209 Stallsville Loop Rd, Summerville. 843-810-5953. Introduction to Meditation – 7-8:15pm. Open to public. Learn different types of meditation and how to apply them in daily life. $10 or $5/students/ seniors. Unity Church of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave. Living Qigong – 6pm-7pm. Qigong for health is designed for all ages and all abilities. This Ancient Healing Art creates health for the body, mind and spirit. $5/session, first time free. Natsu Mura Karate, 125 S. Main Street, Summerville. 843-875-4543.

friday Yin Yang Yoga – 9am. With Marlene Glaser. Increase your flexibility with yin yoga as well as the yang aspects of the practice that focus on increasing core strength and joint stability. Slow and deep exploration of mind and body. $15 per class or $85 unlimited monthly pass. Healing Hara Massage & Wellness Center, 209 Stallsville Loop Rd, Summerville. 843810-5953. Friday Flow – 5:30pm. Start the weekend off right w/ this 75min practice! We begin class building heat by flowing through a mindful vinyasa series and top off with soothing, longer held poses to relax body and mind! $85 monthly unlimited pass. $50/5classes, $15/class. Healing Hara Massage & Wellness, 209 Stallsville Loop, Summerville. 843-810-5953. Transmission Meditation – 6:30pm Very powerful work. Beneficial for humanity and self. Healing Oasis, 772 St Andrews, West Ashley. 843-743-5222. or Vinyasa to Yin Yoga – 12:15 pm. With Christy Boaman. Light Vinyasa Flow to longer held deep stretches. Great for all levels. Sign up online at Eventbrite! $10. Seed of Life Collective Beauty, Strength, & Wisdom! 621 Wappoo Road, Charleston, SC 29407. 843-343-6726.

saturday Mat Pilates – 9:30am-10:30am. Standing & floor work to promote balance, coordination, and challenge for muscular development through progressive movement using body weight. Facilitator: Kerry Blackburn, personal trainer for 20 years, 610 5855842. Free. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Drive. Mount Pleasant. 843-345-7061. tish@ Compost Daze – 10am-2pm. Compost Rangers Compost Daze volunteer monthly workday every 2nd Saturday of the month. Location will vary so follow Compost Rangers on Facebook or go to and sign up for email reminders.

Gentle Yoga – 10am. Providing the opportunity to relax and renew the body with restful yoga postures. Practicing gentle yoga can teach you to relax, rest deeply and completely. $15 per class or $85 unlimited monthly pass Healing Hara Massage & Wellness Center, 209 Stallsville Loop Rd, Summerville. 843810-5953. Simply Meditate – 10:30am-noon. 2nd Sat. Drop-in classes with guided meditations, suitable for beginners and experienced alike. Circular Church, 150 Meeting St, Charleston (classroom below Lance Hall). $10 or $5/students/seniors. Martial Arts Training – 11am. Martial Arts training from beginning to advanced. Free trial lesson for evaluation. An Ancient Okinawan Martial Art for enhancement on all levels of Awareness, on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual self. $75/month, family rates $135. Natsu Mura Karate & Kobudo, 125 South Main Street, Summerville. 843-875-4543. Mat Pilates – 9:30am-10:30am. (Nov 5, 12) Standing & floor work to promote balance, coordination, and challenge for muscular development through progressive movement using body weight. Facilitator: Kerry Blackburn, personal trainer for 20 years, 610 585-5842. Free. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Drive. Mount Pleasant. 843-345-7061.

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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



Merge Medical Center Mt Pleasant • 843-469-1001

CHARLESTON COMMUNITY ACUPUNCTURE 1307 Savannah Hwy, W Ashley 843-763-7200

Voted best acupuncturist three years running. We treat most ailments including; stress, pain management, autoimmune issues, infertility, migraines, fatigue, allergies, diabetes and much more. Sliding scale payment option $20-$40 (return visits).


1731 N Main St, Ste H Summerville (Sangaree Center) 843-810-1225 Bring us your headaches, back pain, tennis elbow, indigestion or whatever else is bothering you. Affordable acupuncture between $15-$45 plus a $10 paperwork fee for new patients. $5 PTSD treatments for veterans. Appointments or walk-ins welcome.

YOUR GROOMING GURU 1319 Savannah Hwy, Ste C Charleston (in Artisans Inc Salon) 843-813-1838 Your Grooming Guru, Barbara BrantWilliams, is an experienced hairstylist, makeup artist and certified Organic Color Specialist practicing out of the Artisans Salon. Charleston’s go-to source for hair, makeup and beauty product knowledge.



Allison Kirk & Gudrun Strmic 480 Jessen Ln, Charleston 843-631-6422 •

David Lucas, LMT 772 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston 843-743-5222 • Visit Healing Oasis and experience powerful healing vibrations. Services: Advanced CranioSacral Therapy, with more than a decade of experience; Energy Healing; Chakra Balancing; Massage Therapy, Aura Photography; SoulCollage Workshops; Ionic Detox Foot Bath; Far-Infrared Sauna. See ad, page 14.


Each therapist has a varied and unique background and provides a tailored treatment for every client. Massage. Energy. Meditation. Aromatherapy. MyoKinesthetic. Workshops. Reiki.

Knight Wellness and Therapy Bethany Knight, LMT 107 W 7th North St, Summerville 843-518-0692

Services: Clinical Nutrition, Chiropractic, Massage Therapy, Holistic Mental Health, Natural Female Hormone Balancing, Detoxification. Natural Skin Care. Sessions and workshops for mind, body and spirit.


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Abigail McClam, BA, LMBT 232A Ashley Ave, Charleston 843-724-9807

Licensed holistic massage and integrative bodywork practitioner offering massage, aromatherapy, energy healing and breathing techniques to help individuals nurture health, restore balance, manage pain, trauma and injury as they learn to embrace their own body/mind wisdom.


Susan Popiel, RN, CST 1037-D Chuck Dawley Blvd, Ste 206, Mt Pleasant 843-834-4168 • With a background in nursing, Popiel offers treatments that naturally support your greater health and wellbeing. Acupressure (no needles utilized), CranioSacral Therapy, Zero Balancing, surgery preparation.

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Healing Arts Center 925 Wappoo Rd, Ste F, Charleston 843-214-2997 •

AMA board-certified medical doctor specializing in alternative/ integrative medicine, holistic nutrition, weight loss, fatigue and pain management. Services include acupuncture, bioidentical hormones, anti-aging, nutra-ceuticals, detoxification, Chinese/ayurvedic medicine, naturopathy, reiki, and blood/saliva/urine/hair/stool Functional Medicine lab analysis for treatment of chronic disease.


Busy lives require working bodies. Bethany will assess your aches and pains and help get you back in working order. Certified in Cupping, ART (lower extremity), Neuromuscular massage and more.


Pam Olivier 3226 2B Maybank Hwy, Johns Island 843-708-8923 • A unique massage formulated specifically to meet your needs. Several different massage modalities are used, including sports, neuromuscular, trigger point, lomi lomi, Thai yoga massage and manual lymph drainage. Conditions addressed include migraines, sciatica, whiplash, stress, anxiety and good old tight shoulders.


990 Lake Hunter Cir, Ste 212, Mt Pleasant 844-BRAIN-ON (272-4666) Specializing in brain training, an effective, drug-free treatment for ADHD, autism, anxiety, depression, insomnia, migraines, memory, improving performance and more. No side effects. Permanent changes.

CHIROPRACTOR COLUCCI CHIROPRACTIC AND WELLNESS CENTER Dr. Gina Colucci 1806 Trolley Rd, Summerville 843-875-5700

Serving the Summerville area for 29 years. Specializing in holistic care; weight loss and nutritional cleansing; pain management; bioidentical hormones; sugar detox; stress testing; chiropractic; peripheral neuropathy; detox footbaths; emotional (TBM/NET) and wellness care.



Unity Church of Charleston

Drs. Joe Palmer and Daniel Knause 134 Milestone Way, Greenville, SC 864-501-5891 •

Sunday Services: 9:30 and 11:15am. Are you more spiritual than religious? Do you believe in many paths to God? Then please join us.

Biological Dentistry using 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. See ad, page 43.

Rev. Ed Kosak, Minister 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston 843-566-0600 •


Grass Roots Health Care Since 1991 843-769-6848 • Therapeutic Massage, Colon Hydrotherapy, Detox Foot Baths. Healthy Food Choice Coaching, NBCTH-certified and I-ACT members. Offering people a vehicle to help improve their quality of life. Specializing in probiotic education.

CONSCIOUS LIVING THE FOURTH WAY & AWAKENING Open Talks About the System Peter Ingle 843-566-4637

A series of informal talks about the knowledge and methods of special schools dedicated to the development of consciousness, as taught by G.I. Gurdjieff and P.D. Ouspensky.



Joyce Stech 125 S Main St, Summerville Summerville • 843-870-4462 • Joyce Stech (maMJAH), founder of Royal Gems Matrix Healing System, Martial Artist (Kyoshi, 7th dan), author, Metaphysician, Spiritual CEO of Taoist-Yogi Christ Lineage International. Private sessions, classes, online programs.



Please call for appointment: Mt Pleasant • 843-881-1418 Myrtle Beach • 843-293-6700


Holistic, preventive dentistry. Safe removal of mercury fillings since 1975, following IAOMT protocol. Offering anti-aging dentistry and biocompatible materials. See ad, page 22.

Holistic Care Center: Beauty, Strength, & Wisdom Andrew Dean, Holistic Health Trainer 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston 843-475-2156 Personal, Couples and Group Fitness Training. Looking for a new Date Night? Get fit with the one you love! Andrew Dean has transformed the lives of couples and individuals throughout the area with his dynamic & supportive training.

eco cleaning ABOVE & BEYOND CLEANING LLC Kimberly Henderson • 843-901-4779

Healthy living starts with an ecoclean home or office. Health and wholeness are our top priorities by providing our clients with a “green” clean by using natural and botanical cleaning products.


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Dr. Hayan Lee & Dr. Young Kim 320 Midland Pkwy, Ste A, Summerville 843-486-2022 • Stop being a cavity victim. Dental health is more than just brushing and flossing two times a day. See the dental revolution of a compassionate, holistic office. Call and ask for current promotion.

I SMILE MATHIS FERRY DENTISTRY Wendy S. Haefner, DDS 1571 Mathis Ferry Rd, Mt Pleasant 843-884-1215 •

Biological dentistry using IAOMT protocol. Natural products free of BPA and mercury. Mercury-safe filling removal. Now offering ozone therapy! See ad, page 4.


924 Tall Pine Rd, Mt Pleasant 843-884-0701 • BPA and bis-GMA free dental fillings and BPA-free night guards. Mercury free, mercury safe. Accepting new patients and emergency appointments. Please call for consultation. See ad, page 7.

ENERGY HEALING HEALING THERAPY EN ESPAÑOL Rocío Delgadillo, MD Terapeuta Arcangelica/Coach de vidas Charleston • 843-367-5618

Experimenta la presencia de los ángeles en tu vida a través de sus mensajes de amor y su luz sanadora. Terapia Arcangelica-Geometría Sagrada-Cristaloterapia. Reprogramación de ADN.


Energy Healer & Soul Coach Artist, Author & Speaker Mt Pleasant • 843-514-2848 • Overcome emotional, mental, physical and spiritual issues with Energy Healing and Soul Coaching. Remove blocks and move forward with grace and ease. Holy-land oils, John of God crystals, angel therapy, past-life regressions, inner-child wellness & more. Raise vibration and feel amazing!

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No Wheat, No Eggs, No Dairy, No Soy! Chocolate Chip and Classic Oatmeal Raisin Available at Eucalyptus Wellness in Mount Pleasant. GOT LOCAL EVENTS? We’d love to cater your next event. Birthdays, Weddings, Office and


Preventive and personalized health care with over 75 years of combined medical practice. Board-certified Environmental, Functional and Integrative Medicine. We get to the root cause of your illness. Allergy testing, autoimmune diseases, women’s health. See ads, pages 2 and 44.

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HEALTH FOOD STORES EUCALYPTUS WELLNESS & ELIXIR BAR 280 W Coleman Blvd, Ste E Mt Pleasant • 843-388-4956

Vitamins and supplements, CBD oil, bulk herbs, Wyndmere and doTerra essential oils, alkaline ionized water, facial and body care. New Elixir Bar! Herbal elixirs, blended drinks and fresh raw juices. Open Mon-Fri, 7am-7pm. Saturdays 8am-7pm, Sundays, 11am-5pm.



By appointment only 815 Savannah Hwy, W Ashley 843-324-6460 •

Your doorway to total health. Serving Summerville for over 40 years. Natural and gluten-free products. Probiotics, organic oils, vitamins and supplements, essential oils and more.


Herbs and Health Foods 119 N Goose Creek Blvd, Ste K Goose Creek • 843-797-3200 Best selection of herbs in South Carolina. Organic teas, spices, supplements, essential oils, wheat-free and gluten-free products. 10am-7pm; Mon-Sat; closed Sunday.


Lisa Caplinger, Intuitive Healer & Holistic Nutritionist By appointment only 843-469-4487 Connect with your Masters, Teachers, Loved Ones and Guides for information about your health, wellness, life purpose and healing. Discover and remove blocks, delve into the root cause of disease or emotional issues and learn to heal! Sessions in person, phone or Skype.

life coach ALEKA THORVALSON, CPC, PCC Aloha Healing Arts Life Strategies Coaching & Hypnosis 843-870-7455 •

Gerry Schmidt, PhD 843-588-9286 •

LIVERANI LIFE COACHING Steve Liverani, BCC 440-476-6928

Supportive, collaborative guidance designed to help you unlock your potential. Tapping into your inner strength will provide the clarity and direction you desire for living a meaningful and successful life. See ad, page 20.


Change your water, change your life! Thomas P Meletis, Distributor 843-729-7837 • Water is the single most important element that goes in our body. Drinking the right type of water may be the single most important piece in achieving and maintaining optimal health. Visit KangenDemo. com to see a comparison. View all eight machines at Financing at zero interest.


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Naomi May, MS, RDN, LD 843-608-0849

Personalized nutrition solutions by Naomi May, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, specializing in irritable bowel and hormonal imbalances. Claim your complimentary 20-minute assessment today by calling or emailing Naomi.


Ellen J. Matheson, MS, CNS, LMT 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston 843-410-8567 • Certified Nutrition Specialist offering holistic, evidence based, functional nutrition therapies for prevention and resolution of inflammation. headaches, chronic pain, allergies, autoimmune dysfunction, diabetes, infertility, more.


2671 Fort Trenholm Rd, Johns Island 843-266-3619 Relax and renew your mind, body and soul while enjoying our luxurious services. All treatments are tailored just for you using the finest all-natural products. See ad, page 15.

Achieve lasting transformation that awakens the whole self. Release blocks, gain clarity, purpose, inspiration and motivation. Individuals—Couples—Families. Professionally credentialed coach with the International Coach Federation.


Reverse aging in just eight minutes, two times a day with BEMER—reduces inflammation, pain, digestive issues, improves sleep and energy/vitality, plus more. Used by NASA and Olympic teams, in 42 countries for 15 years. Try it free.


Connect with passed loved ones to experience healing, love and guidance. Individual or group readings available in-person or via Skype. Mediumship classes also available.


1240-C Central Ave, Summerville 843-873-3953



Jennifer Iamele Savage, MED Certified Life Coach 508-942-0402

A trained Montessori educator and intuitive life coach, specializing in transitions and soul purpose coaching. Eliminate blocks, work through transitions, and discover your purpose. Courses on the use of essential oils for healing, journaling and vision boards to manifest your dreams.


Jody Lemmon 615 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, Ste 101 Mt Pleasant 843-882-5015 • J Salon is passionate about healthy hair and overall wellness of the human body. We strive to give the best customer service and build long lasting relationships with our clients. See ad, page 27.


732 S Shelmore Blvd, Ste 100 Mt Pleasant (Shelmore Village) 843-991-6835 Our experienced team of hairstylists and skin care specialist use 100 percent-certified organic products. We specialize in haircutting, coloring and make-up application. We sell All Nutrient™, Moroccan Oils, Dr. Hauschka™, 100% Pure™, iLike™ and many other boutique items.


Dr. Bettina Herbert, MD, has 25 years of osteopathic experience and is board certified in Physical Medicine. Treatment uses gentle manipulation primarily using cranial osteopathy to relieve pain, improve performance and promote healing. See ads, pages 2 and 44.

reiki BODHI TREE CHARLESTON Maureen Donohue, LMT #3231 792 Folly Rd, James Island 843-327-4761

Client-focused, heart-centered, therapeutic reiki and massage. Maureen Donohue is a Usui Reiki Master/Teacher, massage therapist and Medical Reiki Master™. Teaching reiki classes throughout the Southeast, approved by NCBTMB as a CEU provider.

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WE EMPOWER CONSCIOUSNESS LLC Dr. Wendy M. Perrell, Certified Soul Coach and Shaman 907-317-2483 • Meetup: Charleston~Mastering Alignment with Your Soul’s Purpose

Your Soul speaks to me! I channel Archangel Raphael to help you heal fear, guilt, shame, unworthiness, and unlovable energy that holds you back from your Soul’s purpose. We provide spiritual tools and practices that enlighten and empower you to enjoy love, wealth, health, joy and balance. Mention this ad to receive $25 off first session.


Master Coach Central location • 843-478-4090 Awaken to who you really are. Get unstuck, empowered, implement your vision. Never let fear decide your fate. Get results. Individuals, families, group sessions. Complimentary intro session. See ad, page 17.

THERMOGRAPHY BREAST THERMOGRAPHY INTL. Shanna Schulze 877-315-7226, ext 447

Radiation-free cancer and inflammation screening. Locations in South Florida, West Florida and South Carolina. Injury documentation, determine origination of pain, evaluate nerve pathology and monitor progress of current treatments.


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