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am filled with excitement for the potential this magazine has to make a difference in this community courtesy of all of you: our readers, contributors, distributors and advertisers. Recently I returned from new publishers’ training at the Natural Awakenings franchise headquarters even more pumped up about embarking on this adventure together. Founding CEO and Publisher Sharon Bruckman launched the first community edition in 1994 in Naples, Florida. At the time she was a hypnotherapist who saw the need for a newsletter to help holistic health practitioners and like-minded people connect with one another. Today, nearly 100 Natural Awakenings magazines are serving communities around the U.S. and in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Sharon is sincerely committed to the mission and values the magazine represents and has engaged a devoted team of people to join in supporting local publishers in promoting natural health and well-being for people and the planet. It is not a typical corporation; doing good is the ultimate bottom line. During the training I made friends with other new publishers from as far away as Portland, Oregon, and as nearby as Charlotte, North Carolina. Although we have diverse backgrounds we discovered we have much in common. Most importantly, our motivation is in synch; we all want to make a positive difference in our communities by helping to educate and encourage everyone to make healthier choices. To do this well, I need your help. I’d like to hear from you about favorite natural products you can’t live without. Natural products are continually improving as a category and we want to know which ones are the most effective. I’m interested in hearing about your favorite organic cosmetics and personal care products, green household cleaners, best garden and yard care, organic clothing and bedding, etc. If you make your own products and are willing to share a recipe with others, please send it along. Trusted individuals will informally test all submitted products before they’re published here. I love hearing from real people about what works for them and bet you do, too. I also anticipate compiling both a Healthy Eating Guide and Healthy Living Guide in upcoming issues. If you have a restaurant that offers options for special diets, such as vegetarian, vegan, paleo, gluten free or dairy free, let me know. A free listing is available to any restaurant open to being a distribution point for the magazine. Ditto for a retail store that features green and truly natural products. Please send your information to I look forward to hearing from you. Enjoy this issue on Women’s Wellness. You’ll learn model Christie Brinkley’s tips for staying young, how to revive a sluggish thyroid, boost libido, reboot eating habits, cope with frizz and even enhance life’s adventure via a vision board. These pages are rich in articles on feeling and looking your best—naturally. Have a beautiful May!

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esearch presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists has found that magnesium reduces fevers during childbirth, as well as complications among newborns. The study followed 63,000 deliveries from Northwestern Memorial Hospital, in Chicago, between 2007 and 2014. Of these, 6,163 women developed fevers of at least 100.4° F during labor. Of the women that developed fevers, 2,190 received magnesium sulfate intravenously during their labor. Rates of fever at maternity dropped by half, to 4.3 percent, in women that received the magnesium, versus 9.9 percent in those that did not. The rate of newborn complications was also significantly lower among women given magnesium. The study, led by Dr. Elizabeth Lange, an attending physician at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, is the first of its kind to investigate the effect of magnesium on childbirth. “By reducing the incidence of maternal fever, magnesium sulfate therapy may also reduce the incidence of complications in newborns,” says Lange.

12-week study of 60 menopausal women in Denmark has found that red clover halted bone loss and bone mineral density reduction. The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled research, sponsored by the Aarhus University Medical School and Hospital, tested the women over a three-month period. Half were treated with 150 milliliters of red clover extract daily and the others were given a placebo. The red clover plant extract was standardized to 37 milligrams of isoflavones, including 34 milligrams of aglycones. The scientists measured changes in bone mineral density, bone mineral content and T-score, measured at the spine and femoral bone. They also monitored bone turnover markers. By the end of the study, 4/1the women in the placebo group hadSEI-Charleston continued to lose bone mass and bone mineral density. 540-1228-NA-Reach-PCMT-4 Those given the redNatural cloverAwakenings extract showed no such reductions during the 4.75 x 3.25 study period. In addition, the red clover PK group experienced3/3 no increase in inflammation or blood pressure.

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orean medical school scientists have found that those eating more legumes have a significantly reduced risk of colorectal cancer. Their research analyzed the diets of 3,740 people, including 901 colorectal cancer patients. A total of 106 different foods were graded and calculated to establish frequency of intake among the study participants. The group that consumed the highest amounts of legumes had more than a 50 percent drop in incidence of colorectal cancer. As legume consumption increased, colorectal cancer risk decreased. The researchers attributed the dramatic reduction in risk to the intake of isoflavones, contained in many nuts and beans. When intakes of total isoflavones were calculated, those with diets that contained the highest levels reduced their colorectal cancer risk, by 33 percent in men and 35 percent in women. The researchers reported, “The reduced risks for colorectal cancer among high-intake groups were most consistent for legumes and sprouts.”





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study of 9,050 people by researchers at Britain’s University College of London (UCL), Princeton University and Stony Brook University has determined that a sense of purpose and meaning in the lives of older individuals can significantly reduce the risk of earlier mortality. The researchers called this greater sense of purpose “evaluative well-being”. The study followed subjects that averaged 65 years old at the start for eight-anda-half years. During that period, 9 percent of those with the highest levels of wellbeing died. Among those with the lowest levels of well-being, 29 percent passed away during the same period—a 30 percent higher incidence of earlier mortality. The study was led by Professor Andrew Steptoe, director of the UCL Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care, who explains, “These analyses show that the meaningfulness and sense of purpose that older people have in their lives are also related to survival.” The mechanisms for this effect are still largely unknown. “There are several biological mechanisms that may link well-being to improved health, such as through hormonal changes or reduced blood pressure,” he says.

Cotton Hygiene Items Contaminated with Monsanto’s Glyphosate


recent study by researchers at the University of La Plata, in Argentina, has found that most of the cotton hygiene products on the market contain the chemical glyphosate, widely used in agriculture as an herbicide. According to a recent World Health Organization statement, glyphosate is a probable carcinogen to humans. The researchers purchased samples of cotton gauze, swabs, wipes and feminine care products including tampons and sanitary pads from stores in the La Plata area. Dr. Damian Marino, the study’s lead researcher, recounts the results: “Eighty-five percent of all samples tested positive for glyphosate and 62 percent for aminomethylphosphonic acid (AMPA), which is the environmental metabolite, but in the case of cotton and sterile cotton gauze, the figure was 100 percent.” Marino adds, “In terms of concentrations, we saw that in raw cotton, AMPA dominates, with 39 parts per billion (PPB), followed by 13 PPB of glyphosate. While AMPA is absent in the gauze, the material contained glyphosate at 17 PPB.” The research was presented at the 2015 national Congress of Doctors of Fumigated Towns, in Buenos Aires.

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ntidepressant drug use is on the rise, particularly among women. A report released by Medco Health Solutions analyzed prescription claims data from 2.5 million Americans between 2001 and 2010 and found that 25 percent of women take drugs for a mental health condition. Despite a mainstream medicine notion that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance, medications known by familiar names such as Zoloft and Prozac meant to counter symptoms of such an imbalance may instead be causing a host of known harmful side effects. “In six decades, not a single study has proven that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance,” asserts Dr. Kelly Brogan, an integrative physician, women’s health advocate and pioneer in holistic psychiatry. A study published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry in 2014 reviewed 10 randomized, placebo-controlled trials to assess the effectiveness of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) in adults with symptoms of depression. The researchers from Aarhus University, in Denmark, found that treating inflammation in patients helped decrease their symptoms. Brogan asserts that this approach is the best way to treat depression in women, advocating the use of a holistic anti-inflammation strategy instead of NSAIDs or antidepressants. “A more effective, drug-free approach is to recruit basic lifestyle changes that kick-start the body’s self-healing mechanisms, helping to curtail the symptoms of depression,” she claims. Her suggestions include dietary modification; simple breathing and meditation techniques; minimizing exposure to biology-disrupting toxins that include common over-the-counter drugs; sufficient sleep and exercise. “Medical literature has emphasized the role of inflammation in mental illness for more than 20 years, so if you think a chemical pill can save, cure or correct you, think again,” says Brogan. “Covering over symptoms is a missed opportunity to resolve the root cause of the problem.” For more information, visit

Staying Active Relates to Healthy Hearing


esearch from Johns Hopkins University has found that elderly persons that engage in frequent physical activity have a reduced incidence of hearing loss. The researchers tested 706 people of age 70 or older. The subjects responded to a questionnaire about their physical activity levels over the previous 30 days and wore accelerometers to measure their level of day-to-day physical activity. Subjects were categorized as inactive, insufficiently active or sufficiently active. After testing each participant’s hearing, the researchers found that those in the inactive category, according to the accelerometer data, were 70 percent more likely to suffer from significant hearing impairment. The data produced by the questionnaires alone suggested that individuals in the lowest category had a 59 percent increased incidence of hearing impairment.

Sending Blessings Lori Portka A former counselor and educator, fine artist Lori Portka delights in the favorite things that inspire her: nature, traveling, animals, yoga and friends. She lets her art pour out in boldly rendered images that burst from each canvas via saturated pastels, paints, chalks and inks to forge a visceral connection between artist and viewer. “I make artwork that is a reflection of gratitude and joy in the world,” says Portka, whose expressive works fulfill her mission of spreading happiness through art. A personal loss led Portka to begin painting again at 30-something for the first time since the tenth grade, a process she says has opened her heart even more deeply. Inspired by Australian photographer and filmmaker Hailey Bartholomew’s documentary, 365 Grateful, about living on the sunny side of life, Portka embarked upon her own project, A Hundred Thank-Yous, creating and giving away 100 paintings to 100 people that have touched her life, she says, “in a beautiful way.” “I feel like I am on the right path, doing what I am supposed to do,” she explains. “Art feels like home to me.” View the artist’s portfolio and follow her blog at natural awakenings

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Toxic GMO Pesticides Drift Near Athletic Fields In an Environmental Working Group (EWG) survey, more than 90 percent of athletic fields and parks in six sample states are within 1,000 feet of a corn or soybean field where two toxic weed killers, glyphosate and 2,4-D, are commonly sprayed on genetically modified (GMO) corn, soybeans and other crops, meaning that nearby athletes are likely to be exposed. More than 56 percent of the facilities in the study were within 200 feet of such farmland. Corn and soybean farmers in at least 15 states now have the option of planting GMO crops that can withstand repeated spraying with Monsanto’s glyphosate and the 2,4-D mixture sold by Dow AgroSciences under the brand name Enlist Duo. Sprayed herbicides readily drift through the air, potentially exposing people and the nearby environment. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved the use of Enlist Duo for GMO crops shortly before the World Health Organization concluded that glyphosate, the world’s most widely used herbicide, is “probably carcinogenic to humans.” Dow’s 2,4-D also possibly causes cancer, according to leading experts; exposure has also been linked to Parkinson’s disease, hypothyroidism and suppression of the human immune system. Source:

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A Chew Crew Gobbles Up Invasive Species The Historic Congressional Cemetery, permanent resting place of J. Edgar Hoover, John Philip Sousa and 68,000 others, is threatened by invasive species such as poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, kudzu and English ivy. “They are plants not native to Washington, D.C.,” says Paul Williams, president of the cemetery. “They climb and kill our trees, which then fall onto the cemetery, damaging our headstones.” Instead of using harmful herbicides that could become runoff into the nearby Anacostia River, managers have enlisted a herd of 30 goats to combat the problem. The arrangement lets the native plants grow to support pollinating insects. The University of Georgia’s Chew Crew, comprising 40 goats, is likewise tasked with getting rid of invasive species growing around urban streams on its campus, another example of the elegant, lowtech solution. Maintaining steep inclines and other hard-to-reach areas can be expensive when using toxic herbicides and physical labor. After seeing the success of the Chew Crew, Clemson University is now also using goats to naturally recover some of the more overgrown areas of its campus.

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Senate Vote Reflects Citizen Demands

The Deny Americans the Right to Know, or DARK Act, was defeated in the U.S. Senate in March, representing a major victory for consumers. The nonprofit Environmental Working Group (EWG) spearheaded the largescale citizen opposition to a bill that would have outlawed all state-level labeling laws of genetically modified (GMO) food ingredients nationwide; it was intended to keep consumers in the dark about the genetically engineered content of their food. Scott Faber, EWG senior vice president for government affairs, says, “Consumers have made their voices heard to their elected representatives in the Senate and they said clearly, ‘We want the right to know more about our food.’ We remain hopeful that congressional leaders can craft a national mandatory compromise that works for consumers and the food industry.” The development is evidence that the EWG Just Label It campaign is on the right track, and the group plans to support the recently introduced Biotechnology Food Labeling Uniformity Act targeting a national mandatory standard for GMO labeling. Jean Halloran, director of food policy initiatives for Consumers Union, explains, “This bill finds a way to set a national standard and avoid a patchwork of state labeling laws, while still giving consumers the information they want and deserve about what’s in their food.” Sources: Natural News, Environmental Working Group

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Feminists Redefine Senior Housing Fifteen years in the making, the Babayagas’ House—a feminist alternative to a retirement home—has opened in Paris. This self-managed social housing project is run by its community of inspired female senior citizens that want to maintain their independence. “To live long is a good thing, but to age well is better,” says 85-year-old Thérèse Clerc, who initially conceived the project as a means of combating the idea that growing old is an illness and that retirement homes are a kind of prison. “We want to change the way people see old age, and that means learning to live differently,” she says. The five-story building houses 25 apartments located at the center of Montreuil, just blocks away from shops, a movie theater and the metro. The project cost just under $4.4 million and was funded by eight public sources, including the city council. Two similar projects are now underway in Palaiseau and Bagneux.



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Man-Made Clatter Muffles Nature’s Chorus Kurt Fristrup, a senior scientist at the U.S. National Park Service, states that noise pollution is becoming so pervasive that people are tuning out the natural sounds around them. According to new research, when we leave home, we’re more likely to try ignoring man-made sounds than enjoying Mother Nature’s chorus. Fristrup observes, “We are conditioning ourselves to ignore the information coming into our ears.” The real loss, he believes, is for future generations. “If finding peace and quiet becomes difficult enough, many children will grow up without the experience, and I think it’s a very real problem.” He and National Park Service colleagues have monitored sound levels at more than 600 sites over the past 10 years and found that none were free of human noise pollution. The team’s model of merging data from more remote regions with urban areas gave them an overall sense of the noise pollution across the U.S. Based on their findings, the researchers believe that noise pollution will grow faster than the population, doubling every 30 years. View a map of sound pollution at

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rizzy hair has been an object of beauty fixation throughout the decades. In the ‘60s and ‘70s, people used frozen orange juice cans to straighten the hair, and some even ironed it—and we are not talking about a flat iron. Big hair was all the rage in the ‘80s; it was the golden era of frizz. The ‘90s saw the rise of the modern flat iron, and temporary smooth hair became achievable—until you stepped out the door into Charleston humidity, that is. BEFORE When keratin treatments came on the scene, frizzy headed people everywhere rejoiced. This method of frizz control lasted for months, even in Charleston humidity. By adding keratin—the protein that composes hair and nails—to the keratin in the hair, then sealing it in with the high heat of a flat iron, smooth, frizz-free hair resulted. As the old cliché goes, if it sounds too good to be true, it likely is. Keratin comes from either human or animal sources and has to be preserved with strong solutions of aldehydes. When these chemicals are met AFTER with the high heat of a 450-degree flat iron, gases are released that are toxic to the eyes, lungs, liver and skin. In closed spaces, people experienced dangerous reactions, including hospitalization, and in rare cases, death. Hairdressers performing many of these treatments in a day frequently suffered from burning eyes and headaches. Despite this, clients and hairdressers loved the results so much so that they buried their heads in the sand about these tiny details. However, repeated use of some of these products result in side effects other than breathing in the nasty fumes; they can change the structure of the outside of the hair and leave it with uneven texture. Due to reports about the toxic effect of these treatments, some companies rose to the occasion and started researching and formulating alternatives to give similar results, minus the toxic overload. Barbara Brant-Williams, owner of Your Grooming Guru, in Charleston, tried several of these different formulas and found that some work much better than others. After investing much time and money, she has found one that does a superior job—a formula by a company called Cezanne. “The active ingredient is sericin, a protein produced by silkworms. It also has aloe vera, keratin, glycolic acid, vitamins and botanical extracts,” explains Brant-Williams. “Cezanne contains ingredients that restore the health of the hair, rather than break it down.” This treatment controls extra curl and calms the frizz our southern weather is famous for producing, but leaves some body in the hair to allow it to be workable. “While these treatments can take several hours depending on the amount of hair,” Brant-Williams says, “for those who have struggled with their hair all their lives, this can truly be a game changer.” Source: Barbara Brant-Williams. Your Grooming Guru is located at 1319 Savannah Hwy., in Charleston. For more information and a consultation, call 843-813-1838 or visit See ad on this page.

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SPARK UP YOUR LOVE LIFE Natural Ways to Boost Libido by Lisa Marshall


nderlying health issues aside, a hectic schedule packed with work deadlines, kids’ sporting events and household chores can leave little time for intimacy. Letting that pattern go on too long can become a problem. “There’s a use-it-or-lose-it phenomenon that occurs,” says Dr. Anita Clayton, a University of Virginia psychiatry professor, neurologist and author of Satisfaction: Women, Sex, and the Quest for Intimacy. Despite what hyper-seductive female media stereotypes suggest we believe, in the real world, 39 percent of women feel they lack sex drive, and nearly half experience some kind of sexual dissatisfaction, according to a survey of 32,000 women published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. About one in eight women are significantly distressed about it. “The truth is, many of us don’t have great sex lives,” confirms Clayton. Sprout Pharmaceuticals introduced Addyi, aka filbanserin, last fall; the first prescription drug to address low libido in women. Some heralded the controversial medication as “the little pink pill,” seeing it as the female version of males’ blue Viagra pill, which a halfmillion men purchased in its first month on the market in 1998. Yet several


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months after its launch, only about 1,000 women had tried Addyi and many doctors declined to prescribe it, due to its lack of widespread efficacy and possible adverse side effects, including low blood pressure and fainting when combined with alcohol. “This is a complex problem that requires a complex solution,” says Honolulu-based naturopathic physician Laurie Steelsmith, author of Great Sex Naturally: Every Woman’s Guide to Enhancing Her Sexuality Through the Secrets of Natural Medicine. “For most women, drugs are not the answer.” She notes that for men, boosting libido is largely a matter of boosting circulation and blood flow to the penis. But for women, desire for lovemaking stems from an interplay of emotional, interpersonal, hormonal and anatomical drivers that make lack of desire harder to “treat”. The truth is that many simple, effective, non-drug approaches exist. As Boulder, Colorado, marriage therapist Michele Weiner Davis puts it, “There’s no reason why a woman wanting a more robust sex life cannot have one.”

Overall Health Check

The number one culprit for low libido in women is subpar physical health, says Steelsmith. “To be capable of fully

enjoying pleasure, you need a healthy body.” Carrying excess weight can both erode self-esteem and lead to reductions in a woman’s natural circulating testosterone, a critical hormone that helps ignite pleasure circuits in the female brain and increase sensitivity in the clitoris. Being underweight can result in fatigue and low sexual energy, diminished production of excitatory brain chemicals and low levels of estrogen, key for keeping a woman moist. Meanwhile, Steelsmith explains, excess stress can prompt the body to “steal” from libido-boosting hormones like progesterone in order to make more of the stress-hormone cortisol. High blood sugar can drive down testosterone, while high cholesterol can clog pelvic blood vessels, dulling sensation. Depression, diabetes and thyroid disorders are other major libido killers, says Clayton. “If you treat them effectively, you may see big improvements.” Women seeking to improve their sexual health should first try to achieve a healthy weight via diet and exercise, Steelsmith says. She recommends an organic diet rich in complex carbohydrates (which keep blood sugar balanced), lean protein (a precursor to desire-related neurotransmitters) and good fats (which help keep vulval tissues lubricated). Exercise—another circulation booster—is also key. Do it before a scheduled hot date for even better results. One 2014 study of 52 women found that those that worked out prior to an anticipated romantic encounter had significantly increased sexual desire.

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Many women avoid sexual encounters for fear of sparking a urinary tract or vaginal infection. This becomes more common after age 40, as estrogen wanes and pelvic tissue thins and dries, leaving it more vulnerable to microbial invaders. Because semen is alkaline, it changes a woman’s vaginal pH, allowing unfriendly bacteria to thrive, says Steelsmith. Her advice: Always go to the bathroom and urinate after intercourse, and use natural lubricants, like vitamin E. For some women, she also recommends low-dose, prescription estrogen cream or suppositories.

If an infection occurs, try to treat it naturally, avoiding antibiotics, which can spark yeast overgrowth. Instead, Steelsmith recommends using tea tree oil, goldenseal, or probiotic douches or suppositories, available online and at health food stores. Kegel exercises are a famous aid, involving clamping down as if interrupting urine flow, before releasing and repeating. This not only help fends off urinary incontinence and infection, it also strengthens and firms pelvic muscles, rendering enhanced enjoyment for both partners.

that’s not spontaneous enough,’” says Weiner Davis. “But even if you put it on the calendar, what you do with that time can still be spontaneous and playful.” While most women assume that they need to be in the mood first, research by University of British Columbia Psychiatrist Rosemary Basson suggests that in some women, desire only comes after physical arousal, especially by a loving partner that takes the time to meet her needs. “I wish I had a dollar for each time someone said to me, ‘I’m not in the mood, but once I get into it, I surprise myself, because I have a really good time,’” says Weiner Davis. She’s not advising women to make love when they really don’t want to, but rather to be open to it even when the circumstances aren’t ideal. “A lot of women feel like the house has to be clean, with the kids asleep and free of distracting noises,” she says. “Sometimes, just do it.”

Is Sex Essential? Make Time for Intimacy

Research has shown that over time, frequent lovemaking actually causes structural changes in certain areas of the brain as new connections form and sex-related regions grow stronger. Stop, and those areas atrophy, making physical intimacy feel awkward once it’s resurrected. A sexless relationship can also be emotionally devastating for the person, often the male, that wants more contact, says Weiner Davis, author of The Sex-Starved Marriage: Boosting Your Marriage Libido. “For the spouse yearning for touch, it is a huge deal,” she says. “It’s about feeling wanted, attractive and loved.” In her practice, she often sees couples that are mismatched in how they wish to demonstrate and receive love. Often, the woman wants to feel close emotionally before she can feel close physically. For the man, physical intimacy is a conduit for opening up emotionally. When both keep waiting to get what they want, the relationship suffers. She counsels couples to deliberately make time to address both partners’ needs. Schedule a long walk or intimate dinner to talk over feelings; also schedule sex. “Some people say, ‘Oh, but

Clayton points out that while 42 percent of women experience either low sex drive or satisfaction, fewer than 12 percent are really bothered by it. “Some women experience great grief and loss about this. They say, ‘It used to be a part of my life and now it’s gone.’” For some in this subset that are unable to find relief via lifestyle changes, she would recommend Addyi, said to boost desire by changing brain chemicals. On the other hand, many women don’t need to take any action at all. “If someone has low sex drive and it doesn’t matter to them or their partner, it’s not a problem.” That said, the benefits of attending to an affectionate, healthy sex life can go far beyond the bedroom, improving overall health and strengthening relationships, notes Steelsmith. Sex burns calories, increases circulation, releases calming and painkilling hormones like prolactin and prompts production of the “bonding hormones” vasopressin and oxytocin. “When you are in a loving relationship and you express that love through your body, physiological changes occur that can help you bond more deeply with your partner,” she says. “The more you make love, the more love you make.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at

Five Common Libido Killers Birth Control Pills: Oral contraceptives can boost levels of sex hormone-binding globulin, which attaches to desire-promoting testosterone, making it harder for the body to access it. Antidepressants: Numerous antidepressant medications have been shown to decrease libido, but leaving depression untreated can kill sex drive even more; consider natural alternatives. Smoking: It impairs circulation to genitals. Alcohol: Too much alcohol lowers sexual response. Caffeine: Excess caffeine can erode levels of testosterone, which is vital for driving desire. Sources: Laurie Steelsmith, ND, and research studies

Nature’s Libido-Enhancers L-arginine: Boosts blood flow to sexual organs. Can be taken in supplement form or applied topically. Chinese ginseng (Panax ginseng): Considered a sexual tonic in Chinese medicine for its ability to stabilize sexual energy over time; also used to address vaginal dryness. Epimedium (horny goat weed): Said to stimulate nerves in genitals, support adrenal glands and boost levels of feel-good brain chemicals. Phenylethylamine: Sometimes referred to as the “romance chemical”, this stimulant and mood elevator is naturally released in the brain when we have an orgasm, exercise or eat chocolate; also available in supplement form. Maca: A Peruvian root used for centuries in that country to promote sexual energy, Maca is said to boost production of libido-boosting hormones. Source: Laurie Steelsmith, ND natural awakenings

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Finding Thyroid Health Naturally by Regina K. Cannella


n natural health and healing, studying the physical symptoms of any illness is a necessary first step in restoring balance. Although getting an accurate diagnosis is helpful, it’s not always possible. According to Dana Trentini, health activist and founder of, most doctors generally do not order a full thyroid panel. Instead, they rely only on the thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) levels blood test, which leaves millions of individuals undiagnosed. The winner of two 2014 WEGO Health Activist awards, Trentini is a thyroid health advocate as a result of her experience with hypothyroidism and six years of intense research to find top thyroid health professionals that could help to restore her health. “It’s best to increase awareness about what symptoms are present and persistent, do personal research, and then choose natural products or practices that suit your needs,” she says. The WEGO Health Network is a social network for community leaders, bloggers and tweeters that are actively involved in building online awareness by using educational resources to raise awareness of health issues. The American Thyroid Association reports that although an estimated 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease, approximately 60 percent aren’t aware of their condition and suffer symptoms that can include anxi-

ety, brain fog, decreased sexual desire, heart palpitations, dry skin and hair, alternating constipation and diarrhea, irregular menstrual patterns, hypertension, unusual muscular pain, twinges or tingles and feeling too hot or cold.

Thyroid Hormones and The Role of Iodine

The thyroid, a small endocrine gland located in the front of the neck just below the larynx, plays a vital role in hormonal health for every cell in the body, as well as the regulation of metabolism. The main function of this gland is to procure iodine from food or supplements and to convert it into thyroid hormones, thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). Thyroid cells are the only cells in the body that can absorb iodine, which is why adequate amounts of this element are crucial for the thyroid gland to perform optimally. It is necessary to regularly supply the body with highiodine-containing foods and/or supplements such as kelp, a sea vegetable that contains about 2,000 mcg (micrograms) per tablespoon. With the highest iodine content on the planet, kelp can be purchased in granules, capsules or in powder form. Cranberries, yogurt, organic raw cheeses and organic potatoes are also among the many foods that contribute iodine to a diet.

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ally wins out over them, thus leaving the thyroid deficient of its necessary iodine stores.


Contributing greater health to an out-oftune thyroid gland is possible and takes consistent awareness as well as observation of symptoms, changes in diet and even lifestyle. The resulting benefits can supply increased energy, stabilization of bodily weight and a more evenkeeled and peaceful mood.


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Iodine supplements are helpful in obtaining the recommended daily allowance of 150 mcg for those 19 years or older. Many thyroid-balancing supplements, in addition to containing iodine and/or kelp in their ingredients, also contain selenium, zinc and copper.

Selenium supports efficient thyroid hormone production and metabolism. It also protects the thyroid gland from iodine overexposure.

Zinc regulates healthy thyroid hormones by starting a cascade of activity which begins with stimulating the release of thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH) from the hypothalamus, that stimulates the pituitary to excrete thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) which then releases thyroid hormones T3 and T4 for regulating a multitude of bodily functions.


Copper packs a punch in thyroid health, even though it is required only in minute amounts. Taking zinc singularly can deplete the body of copper. For example, when supplementing with zinc to address hypothyroidism, it’s crucial to also supplement with copper, which stimulates the thyroid and protects the body against too much thyroxin production.

Foods to Avoid

While natural supplementation to aid in thyroid health is valuable, avoiding foods and substances that prevent absorption of iodine is also essential. Soy-containing foods leech iodine from the body. Broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower all prevent iodine absorption unless they are wellcooked or fermented. Gluten also blocks iodine absorption. Many bread eaters are unaware that bromine, a chemical compound and iodine-inhibiting ingredient that retards thyroid function, is added to baked goods. Bromine competes with thyroid hormones for iodine and usu-

Thyroid Toxins to Avoid Fluorine/fluoride n Fluoridated toothpaste n Unfiltered municipal drinking water n Some bottled teas n Teflon pans n Mechanically deboned chicken Chlorine/chloride n Virtually all municipal water n Swimming pools, spas n Poultry chilled in chlorinated water to kill bacteria n Chlorine bleaches and other conventional household cleaners Bromine/bromide n Flour and flour products, except those labeled “unbrominated” n Soft drinks n Pesticides with methyl bromide n Plastics n Fire retardants in children’s nightwear and some furniture n Spa disinfectants Source: What Doctors Fail to Tell You About Iodine & Your Thyroid, by Dr. Robert Thompson. natural awakenings

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ravity takes its toll as years pass, and many women find themselves bemoaning crow’s feet, frown lines and turkey necks that make them look older than they feel. Experts point to the loss of “fat pads” in the cheeks, bone loss around the eye sockets and cheekbones and overall weak muscles as potential contributors to facial aging. Natural exercise programs designed to reverse these unpleasant signs of aging comprise a new fitness-for-beauty trend. “Face and neck muscles somehow have been left out of mainstream fitness programs,” observes Denver esthetician and massage therapist Grace Mosgeller, who addresses this void with her series of eight FaceFitnez audio and video exercises. “If you tone the muscles of your face and neck, the skin attached to those muscles firms and tones as well, creating a natural youthful look.” Muscular stress—the good kind—is at the core of facial fitness, says Mosgeller. She cite’s Wolff’s Law, a well-known medical theory that bone grows and remodels in response to the tension or muscle engagement put on it. “Regular facial exercise works the muscles to correct the loss of both muscle tone and bone density

and build collagen. It might be called the equivalent of push-ups, pull-ups and abdominal tucks for the face.” Carolyn Cleaves, owner of Carolyn’s Facial Fitness, in Seabeck, Washington, near Seattle, a former college professor, developed a facial exercise program for herself upon detecting early signs of aging. With the help of two primary care physicians, she designed a routine that includes 28 basic exercises that target all 57 facial muscles. “As we get older, we lose the underlying layer of fat just beneath the skin, and as a result, we look old and tired,” says Cleaves. She agrees that exercising the face actually helps rebuild lost bone, enlarges the muscles and also builds collagen. A study from the University of Rochester, in New York, confirms that loss of bone mass can start in women as early as age 40. It starts in men 16 to 25 years later. Mosgeller’s facial exercises work to fade wrinkles and lines and firm up sagging flesh, yielding visible results in as little as two weeks of dedicated training. She says, “Within six to nine months, it’s possible to look five to 10 years younger than when you started.” Her claims are verified by Dr. Carol Lipper, in Denver, who

states, “I’ve done the exercises and they work. The trouble is compliance. It’s a lot of work.” She confirms that she saw improvement in her droopy eyelids after just two or three weeks of adhering to Mosgeller’s workouts. “It seems that every three months or so, I see another leap in results and a younger look,” adds Cleaves of those using her program. Here are a few crucial areas to target, with just a few of these experts’ recommended remedies. Cleaves’ Crow’s Feet Eliminator: Place fingertips on top of the head, thumbs resting near the corners of the eyes. Shut eyes tightly and slide thumbs toward the temples for a count of five. Repeat 10 times. Mosgeller’s Rx for Droopy Eyelids: Place index finger on top of a closed eyelid, and then lift fingers up and slightly to the outside. Blink hard and hold. It’s preventive, as well as curative, says Mosgeller, so those over 45 should repeat this 100 times a day, while younger individuals should repeat 20 to 50 times a day. Mosgeller’s Frown Line Eraser: Pull brows apart with fingers and hold for two seconds. Repeat 50 to 100 times up to six times per week. This is meant to relax and tone the muscles, not build them. Cleaves’ Turkey Neck Buster: Tilt the head back slightly. With palm facing the neck, grasp under the chin with a wide-open hand and slowly slide hand down to the collarbone; hold there while counting to 10. Repeat five times daily. Kathleen Barnes is author and publisher of many natural health books. Connect at

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How to Reboot Your Eating Habits Small Shifts Can Drop Pounds and Gain Health

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by Judith Fertig


ur food habits are often just that—mindless, repetitious eating behaviors. Some serve us well; others, not so much. Natural Awakenings asked experts to serve up many doable small changes that can add up to big shifts. According to Brian Wansink, Ph.D., the John S. Dyson professor of marketing at Cornell University and author of Mindless Eating, changing just one lifestyle habit can eliminate two or more pounds each week. By changing up to three habits, we may lose more weight. At a minimum, we will likely improve the quality of the food we eat overall.

Buying Behaviors

Wansink advises that having the only food on our kitchen counter be fruit encourages healthy snacking. At work, he suggests lunching away from our desk to discourage mindless eating. At restaurants, order half-size entrees, and then add a maximum of two items, such as soup and bread, salad and side dish or an appetizer and dessert. He recommends using a food shopping strategy to fill the cart with better food. With hunger sated first, chew on a natural gum while shopping; it discourages buying junk food. Secondly, habitually fill the front of the cart with produce. “We eat what we see,” he says. 22

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pounds in two weeks,” she says, “and I didn’t feel like I was on a diet.” Eating a big salad for lunch is a habit that author Victoria Moran, host of the award-winning Main Street Vegan online radio show, has adopted in her New York City home. She fills a big bowl with leafy greens, in-season vegetables, avocado and a light dressing. “This will set you up for the rest of the day,” says Moran. Pam Anderson, a mainstream food blogger in Darien, Connecticut, agrees. Six years ago, she lost 50 pounds and credits having a big green salad for lunch—one of her many small food habit changes—with helping her maintain a healthy weight, despite frequently testing and sampling recipes.

Food Choices

Consider starting the day with a new coffee habit. Dave Asprey, of Los Angeles, author of The Bulletproof Diet, uses organic coffee, brews with filtered water and blends the hot coffee with a pat of unsalted, grass-fed butter, a fat high in vitamins and omega-3 essential fatty acids, and a small spoonful of a coconut oil that doesn’t congeal at room temperature. Unlike a drive-through latte with sugar and carbohydrates, he maintains that this type of coffee, “makes you feel energized, focused and full for hours.” Asprey takes a biohacker’s approach to natural biology-based ways to maximize physical and mental performance. New York City writer Chris Gayomali tried Asprey’s recipe for two weeks. Although it didn’t curb his appetite, he says he felt more alert and “ready for life.” Upgrading the foods we love is also possible, says David Wann, of Golden, Colorado, author of Simple Prosperity. “Too often, we economize on food when we should be buying the best quality, freshest organic food we can,” he says. Rebecca Miller, who lives near Kansas City, Missouri, took Wann’s advice and cut costs in other ways instead. To her delight, she found that the fresher, better-tasting food prompted her to eat less, but eat better. “I lost seven

Doing too much for other people and not enough for ourselves can make our internal voice whisper, “I need comfort,” a thought that can generate overeating. In The Perfect Recipe for Losing Weight and Eating Great, Anderson suggests we ask ourselves what other triggers are prompting poor food habits. Upon reflection, we can prioritize emotional and physical health with planned, smaller, varied, healthy, delicious meals; it’s a habit that works for her. Elizabeth Lombardo, Ph.D., a psychologist in Lake Forest, Illinois, and bestselling author of Better Than Perfect, assures, “If we fall off the healthy eating wagon, it’s not failure, it’s data.” She believes reaching for the chocolate chip cookies in the vending machine after a stressful morning should be viewed from a scientific standpoint, not via our inner finger-pointing judge. “What are the factors that influenced our decision: stress, hunger or a desire for distraction? That’s great information,” says Lombardo. She proposes that we can then prepare to counter a future snack attack with handy healthy bites, a mindfulness break, a quick walk outside or other naturally healthful stress-relievers. Changing our food habits, one at a time, can help us live better going forward.   Judith Fertig is the author of awardwinning cookbooks and blogs at from Overland Park, KS.

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Picture Your Future Creating a Vision Board Makes Dreams Real by Jayne Morris


ision boards, a powerful tool for transformation, comprise a collage of pictures, phrases, poems and quotes that visually represent what we would like to experience more of in life. Building one works to uncover hidden desires and inner guidance that help clarify the details of a roadmap to our future. Anyone can create one in a few hours. The layout may be intuitive, placing pieces where feelings direct; circles within circles like a mandala; or in titled, pie-shaped segments arranged in the form of a wheel. Board basics: Choose a large piece of poster board, corkboard or canvas the size of an unfolded newspaper. Gather pens, scissors, glue or pins, sticky tape and a current selfie. Gather 10 to 20 magazines ranging from women’s and men’s fashion, health and fitness to hobbies, house and garden and travel, including animals representing specific character traits. Pick topics that resonate, uplift and inspire, energize or bring relaxation. Beauty salons, libraries and community centers like to clear out old issues; an alternative is to assemble images by using a computer. Prepare a space: Find a quiet, relaxing spot, free of disturbances and distractions. Mindset magic: Let go of ought-tos, shoulds and musts. Rest assured that feeling the desire to be good, to do good or have something good in our life means we can make it happen, even if we do not yet know how. Flick, snip and stick: Have fun seeing what jumps out and catches your attention while riffling through the magazine pages. Clip and place these images in a pile, and then sort out those that feel really right.

Arrange: Experiment with the positioning and relationships of words and images until it feels good. Take a photograph as a reference. Affix pieces either so they can be repositioned or permanent, leaving spaces to symbolize an openness to receiving more ideas. Purpose Statement: Play with words that describe desired values and qualities to eventually shape an inspiring affirmation representing cherished personal aspirations for the year ahead. Place this next to the selfie and other key personal photos in the center of the board and reinforce its verity by daily repeating it. Pride of place: Prominently display the board where it will be visible throughout the day. The more time we spend with our board, the more movement we’ll make toward our goals and the faster they’ll become our reality. Activate: Sit with the board and connect with its opportunities. Visualize being, doing, having and experiencing everything shown, as if they are already an intimate part of daily life. This living, breathing idea grows with us, and a companion gratitude journal can support us in acknowledging our progress. Jayne Morris is the author of Burnout to Brilliance: Strategies for Sustainable Success, from which this was adapted. Learn more at

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n intergenerational programs throughout the U.S. and in Europe, thousands of “youngers” and “elders” are building bridges that were forged naturally before family members spread out and many retirees departed for warmer climes. Based on a U.S. adult population of 41 million people 65 years and older and 74 million youths up to the age of 17, the current generation gap is already unprecedented. By 2030, those numbers will increase to 72 million

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of others with dissimilar experiences that have led them to different assumptions and perspectives on life can be helpful. Broadening everyone’s relationship scope to include “May-December” friendships creates the potential for the kind of life-changing possibilities experienced by a troubled young man named Harold when he struck up a surprising friendship with a life-loving woman as old as his grandmother in the film Harold and Maude. In real life, “I had the blessing of growing up in an intergenerational family,” says Yvette McGlasson, director of port revenue for the PPI Group, in Pompano, Florida. The 17-year veteran of the cruise industry is a former Holland America cruise director whose career at sea launched her into work as a director of events for age-restricted (55-plus) gated communities such as Del Webb Lake Providence, near Nashville. “As a child, I was told I had to listen to my elders as a sign of respect. The many memorable times spent with my grandparents, my mother’s friends and a great aunt who lived to 101, soon turned my resignation into an active desire to spend time with my elders. Their experiences and wisdom were fascinating and I understood that their shared life lessons could prove invaluable to me,” says McGlasson. The experience inspired her to develop a multigenerational “grandparents at-large” partnership with an elementary school across the street from the Del Webb community. The school principal recognized that residents would be valuable mentors, able to fill an emotional void for the latchkey kids of working parents, plus foster a deeper appreciation for their elders among the children. “In this paradigm of mentorship, young people are mentoring their elders and elders are mentoring young people and together, we’re co-creating something new,” says Joshua Gorman, the founder of Generation Waking Up, based in Oakland, California.

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Since launching their first multigenerational initiative at the Shambhala Institute in 2004, partnering across age groups has been at the forefront of Juanita Brown and David Isaacs’ work as co-founders and hosts of the World Café global learn-

If you only talk to people like you, you’ll never learn anything new. ~Albert Einstein ing community. “We cultivate collaboration through conversations that matter in order to leverage the unique gifts of every generation in addressing humanity’s most critical issues,” says Brown. Such conversations—in which elders and young people give up the cultural and societal norms and habits that shape so much of their thinking—offer both groups opportunities to discern the possibilities inherent in mutual insight, innovation and action. When a young Clarissa Tufts, program coordinator and family liaison for the SelfDesign Learning Community, in British Columbia, was working on her master’s degree from the SelfDesign Graduate Institute, she sought out mentor Anne Adams, a faculty member in her 70s who worked with Tufts for 18 months. “Anne’s earliest statements, ‘I’m here to support you in being the best you can be’ and ‘I get energized by talking with young people and hearing their ideas,’ felt good and let me know that we were both benefitting from our relationship and building something together,” says Tufts. Stimulating cooperation and collaboration among generations evokes the vibrancy, energy and productivity that occur when people cross-pollinate ideas and perspectives. It can also provide a sense of purpose, improve confidence and social skills, create solutions to societal challenges, help resolve emotional and behavioral problems and lift depression, all enhancing productive engagement in life. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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Incredible natural and cultural history is right in your backyard at Caw Caw Interpretive Center. Explore colonial era rice fields, an early 20th century tea farm, and a significant Stono Rebellion site. As a wildlife preserve, with over 250 species of birds and 400 plants, every visit is a different adventure. Additional Attractions • 7 miles of walking trails and boardwalks • Guided bird walks on Wednesdays and Saturdays • Sheltered picnic area and bird and butterfly garden • Exhibit hall and museum store Tuesday - Sunday 9am - 5pm • Closed Mondays 5200 Savannah Highway (Hwy. 17S) Ravenel, SC 29470 843-762-8015 •

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undreds of dewdrops to greet the dawn,

Stressed-Out Pets Natural Ways to Calm Fear and Anxiety

Hundreds of bees in the purple clover,

by Sandra Murphy

Hundreds of butterflies on the lawn, But only one mother the wide world over. ~George Cooper Mothers Day May 8

The present time has one advantage over every other—it is our own. ~Charles Caleb Colton


hile most American pets live on easy street, with meals, treats, exercise outings and affection provided, the good life also poses challenges—dogs and cats can get stressed. “Basic stress is fearbased. Separation or isolation anxiety requires in-depth training,” says JennaLee Gallicchio, a certified separation anxiety trainer who uses scientific and hands-off techniques at her All Stars Dog Training, in Bedminster, New Jersey. She authors a bestselling series that was launched with The Secret to Getting Your Dog to Do What You Want. A drug like Reconcile, the pet version of Prozac, looks like a quick fix, but can bring many harmful side effects. Laurel Braitman, Ph.D., of Sausalito, California, bestselling author of Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves, estimates that 70 million U.S. dogs are given the same drugs their humans use for anxiety or depression. Considering the potential dangers, such drugs should only be used briefly as a last resort with veterinary supervision to ensure the proper dosage based on age, size and temperament. There are more natural and safer alternatives.

Common Stressors

Dogs hear sounds at four times the distance we do; cats hear even better. Thunderstorms, fireworks, traffic, TV, music and children can unnerve them. 26

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Add in a new home, baby, another pet or anticipation of car rides associated with fear of the veterinarian and even normally mellow pets can get upset. Irregular work hours undermine established routines. Pet or human health issues, plus household drama, add special reasons to fret. Pets separated from their litters too early can experience anxiety as adults.

Stress Less Strategies

“Let your dog have a space where he can retreat when he’s had enough,” advises Dr. Carol Osborne, owner of Ohio’s Chagrin Falls Veterinary Center & Pet Clinic. She recommends Bach’s Five Flower Formula, diluted chamomile essential oil or a pet-safe tincture of the Chinese herb skullcap for additional relief. Dogs like routine. “Regular exercise helps, including two, 20-minute daily walks. A tired pet is a happy pet,” Osborne says. “Walks can eliminate stress and anxiety by 50 percent for you both.” “Cats need exercise that mimics hunting; cats stare and plan, stalk or chase, pounce and grab,” says Marci Koski, certified by the Animal Behavior Institute and owner of Feline Behavior Solutions, in Vancouver, Washington. “An indoor cat’s prey drive can be met with interactive toys.” A place to climb or hide and a window with a view will help as will periodic playtime catching moving toys; with nothing to catch, a laser

pointer’s red dots are frustrating for a cat and a potential danger to its eyes. “Two of my large dogs were anxious during a three-day power outage,” says Kimberly Gauthier, a dog nutrition blogger at, in Marysville, Washington. “I add Ewegurt, a sheep’s milk yogurt, to their food to calm them when needed.” Clicker training rewards desired behaviors. “Ralphie, an Italian greyhound mix, was protective, but also fearful; before going outside, we’d practice sit, stay and come using a click/treat. Now he sees other dogs without reacting,” relates Katrina Wilhelm, a naturopathic physician and owner of, in Lake Oswego, Oregon. It works when someone knocks on the door, too. Soothing music covers the sounds of storms and fireworks, counsels Lisa Spector, an award-winning concert pianist in

Signs of Pet Stress 4 Aggression toward people or other animals 4 Digestive problems 4 Excessive barking/meowing 4 Forgetful of housetraining 4 Increased sleep 4 Isolation 4 Loss of appetite 4 Pacing 4 Pulling out fur

Half Moon Bay, California, who creates the Through a Dog’s Ear clinically tested music series to relieve pet anxiety, inclusive of cats. “Although many holistic animal lovers want natural stress relievers, few think of auditory options,” she says.

Getting kitty into her carrier to go to the vet isn’t always easy. London’s Simon Tofield, animator and cartoonist for Simon’s Cats videos and books, suggests making the crate comfy and leaving it out so the cat gets used to it; keeping it out of reach of curious dogs at the vet’s office; and only opening it upon arrival in the exam room. His local vet staff explains more at Tinyurl. com/CatVetProtocol.

New View

“Stressors for dogs and cats are different. As a veterinarian, I explain situations from the animal’s perspective,” says Jennifer Quammen, with the Grants Lick Veterinary Hospital, in Butler, Kentucky. “I say, ‘From the cat’s point of view…’ As the animal advocate, I feel it’s my professional obligation.” “We bring pets into our world and expect them to adjust. Dogs, in particular, try so hard,” says Spector. They need our attention, shared activities and most of all, our understanding. Connect with Sandra Murphy at

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Christie Brinkley Shares Her Secrets to Lasting Beauty Why She Still Looks Terrific After 40 Years as a Model by Gerry Strauss


upermodel extraordinaire Christie Brinkley looks as amazing in her 60s as she did when she first graced the cover of Sports Illustrated nearly 40 years ago. In a new book, Timeless Beauty, Brinkley reveals her anti-aging secrets, many of which involve reliance on healthful foods, a positive attitude, exercise and good skin care. Much of what she’s learned is reflected in her line of Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare. Here, she shares some highlights of how she keeps her mind and body healthy.

Why did you become a vegetarian at age 14?  When I was 13, I picked up a book from the nightstand in my parents’ bedroom called Miami and the Siege of Chicago by Norman Mailer. I happened to open to a page with a highly graphic description of Midwest slaughterhouses. What I read turned my stomach because I loved animals and wanted no part in this inhumane system. I swore at that moment I would never eat another piece of meat and have not done so since. For the past 49 years I have enjoyed the resulting good karma in the form of healthful benefits from avoiding the antibiotics, growth hormones and fats associated with a carnivorous diet.  28

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Was it tougher to maintain your natural standards as your career became filled with travel and tight schedules? After I first became a vegetarian kid living at home, I soon convinced my family to go vegetarian, too. I read a lot of books to learn how to replace meat protein with healthier choices. Through the early years, as I continued to learn about options, I tried many kinds of vegetarian, macrobiotic and vegan approaches. Once I started modeling in seashore locations, it seemed natural to me to add bits of fresh fish and some dairy; so for the most part I have been a lacto ichthyo variation of vegetarian. I raised my children as vegetarians, and recently my daughter, Sailor, and I took the next step to become mostly vegan. I allow myself a little mozzarella and an occasional salmon dish when my body is craving it, because I think we need to listen to what our body needs. After the environmental disasters of the BP oil spill in the Gulf, made worse by toxic dispersants, and the Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown that pumped radioactive isotopes into the Pacific, I am extra-cautious about the salmon I choose and don’t eat other

seafood. I’m lucky that as a model, my career has naturally kept me aware of the amount of sugar I consume, limiting its effects on skin and overall health as well as weight.

How much of anti-aging do you believe is tied to mental and emotional health? Growing old gracefully is all about the positive energy that you use to power through your day and project to others. Happiness is a youthful quality and a smile is always our best accessory; it’s also been proven to release feel-good endorphins. When you take good care of yourself by eating right and exercising, you naturally feel better about yourself. If we’re feeling down, stressed or depressed, we’re tempted to eliminate exercise, which is the very thing that could lift us up and make us feel better. The more we move, the merrier we are. 

Because you also recognize the importance of treating the body well from the outside as well as from the inside, what other practices do you apply? With everything we know about how the sun can damage our skin, it’s crucial to use a moisturizer with a broad ultraviolet spectrum blocker of both UVA and UVB rays to prevent wrinkles and hyperpigmented spots. I created my own skin care line that offers an SPF 30 broad-spectrum moisturizer that also defends against infrared rays [IR], which represent more than half of the sun’s damaging rays that reach Earth. IR emissions also come from manmade objects such as computers and cell phones. Beyond that, I wanted a product that takes advantage of our body’s own circadian rhythms, using special peptides that help the body build collagen and elastin as we sleep and repair. Using a gentle exfoliating scrub is also key, a step many people overlook; I’ve included it in my daily skin care routine for 30 years. Gerry Strauss is a freelance writer in Hamilton, NJ. Connect at

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


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, peak 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.

DRS. GINA & MICHAEL COURSON 3373 South Morgans Pt Rd, Ste 307 Mt Pleasant • 426 West Coleman Blvd, Ste D Mt Pleasant • 843-971-8814

Family practice providing fullservice health and wellness care. Many technologies including no twisting and cracking. Massage therapy, nutritional counseling, energy balance and detox. Insurance accepted. Free consultations. Open Saturdays.

CHURCHES Unity Church of Charleston Rev. Ed Kosak, Minister 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston 843-566-0600 •

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.

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Energy healing and Spiritual Life Coaching offer intuitive guidance and support to live your best life. I specialize in working with those in recovery or overcoming spiritual abuse. Group meditation, individual and corporate sessions available. Professional and confidential. Call today.


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Darlana Fiehtsam, MSW, PhD Folly Beach, SC 843-327-8848 Spiritual psychotherapy and energy healing, specializing in healing sexual problems, anxiety and PTSD. Blending intuitive gifts with professional training, Dr. Darlana, a certified medium, has a doctorate in transpersonal psychology.

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Clara Powell • 703-217-5269 CJ@wellness-wins-com Discover whole body balance and wellness through education and lifestyle changes. Focus: allergies, pain and digestive system problems. Providing testing, workshops, classes and family/individual consultation, free 15-minute consultation and monthly shopping tours available.


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.


Dreams Alive 843-830-3876 Specializing in helping divorced single moms of young children to reclaim their truth, re-discover their passions and take step by step actions so they can live an empowered life of fulfillment, meaning and success. Certified Life Mastery Institute Coach. Free intro session.

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Gisele Perez, RN Mount Pleasant • 804-868-8465 Reiki is a safe practice that supports and balances the body on every level, physically, emotionally and spiritually. It helps you cope with a wide range of medical conditions. Discover the power of reiki. Gisele is a Registered Nurse, Usui Reiki Master and Medical Reiki Master. Schedule your session today.

VITAMINS, SUPPLEMENTS & HERBS EUCALYPTUS WELLNESS CO. 280 W Coleman Blvd, Suite E Mt Pleasant • 843-388-4956

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105 Laurel Ave, Goose Creek 843-303-2014 GC Yoga of Goose Creek offers group yoga classes for all levels in a positive and unintimidating environment. Feel strong, calm, and get your stretch on.


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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 June issue must be received no later than May 10. Basic listings are a maximum of 35 words, not including the day/date, and cost $5/month. Highlighted events are $0.50/word plus $10/photo. Please email to:

SUNDAY, MAY 1 Unity Church Services – 11am. With Rev Kosak. 1870 Bowens Island Rd, Charleston. Rev Holland leads 10am service at Unity of Charleston, 2335 Leeds Ave, N Charleston. 843-566-0600. and 

Brahmavihara Meditation – 7:30am: Love; 8:30am: Compassion; 9:30am: Sympathetic Joy; 10:30am: Equanimity. 5-10 minute instruction followed by 45 minutes of silence each time period. First Saturday of each month. Love offering. Unity of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave. 843-566-0600. Healing Hara Massage & Wellness Open House – 10am-6pm. Meet the staff, find out what Healing Hara Massage & Wellness has to offer and how it can meet your needs. Receive discounts for the upcoming year. Sign up for future workshops and monthly newsletter. Door prizes. Gift certificates available for $40. 209 Stallsville Loop, Summerville. 843-810-5953. Crafting with Reiki – 2-4pm. With Anissa Russell, Usui/Holy Fire Reiki Master Teacher. Utilizing reiki to create with the purpose of healing. This month, dream catcher. $35. The Pink Dolphin, 301 E Richardson Ave, Summerville. Register: 843-297-2468.

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Holistic Practitioner Networking Meeting – 6:308pm. Meet like-minded practitioners, network and help plan a holistic health fair. $10/energy exchange.  Lime and Lotus Healing Arts Center, 925 Wappoo Rd, Ste F, Charleston. 843-214-2997.  Sacred Geometry Workshop – 7-9pm. $10/energy exchange. Lime and Lotus Healing Arts Center, 925 Wappoo Rd, Ste F, Charleston. 843-214-2997. 

Weight-Loss Workshop – 6:15pm. Lose 7-9 lbs in nine days. Learn how to achieve weight loss using nutritional cleansing. Free. Colucci Wellness Center, 1806 Old Trolley Rd, Summerville. Seating is limited. RSVP: 875-5700. Intuitive Cooking – 7:30-9pm. Explore how to cook instinctively without a recipe or plan. Bring three of your favorite ingredients to be combined with other’s contributions to create a unique feast the first Thursday of each month.  Free. Bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mount Pleasant.

Seasonal Essential Oils – 6:15pm. Make healthy choices for the summer months. Learn which oils help allergy sufferers and weight loss. Best insect repellents, oils for bug bites. Seating is limited. Free. Colucci Wellness Center, 1806 Old Trolley Rd, Summerville. RSVP: 843-875-5700.

Thursday, May 19




Usui/Holy Fire Reiki III ART/Master Class – May 11-13. 9am-6pm. With Usui/Karuna Reiki & ICRT licensed teacher Dianne Thomas. Step into Reiki Mastery, learn crystal grids, aura clearing, Master Attunement, Holy Fire Ignitions. Prerequisite: Reiki Level II. CEs available. $1025. The Pink Dolphin, 301 E Richardson Ave, Summerville. 843-297-2468.

Saturday, May 14 Charleston Divorce Workshop – 8:30am-noon. Workshop helps participants explore legal, financial and emotional issues of divorce with a family law attorney, financial professional and therapist. $45. Voigt Murphy Law Firm, 815 Savannah Hwy, Charleston. Usui/Holy Fire Reiki I and II Classes – May 14-15. 9am-6pm. With Usui/Karuna Reiki Master & ICRT licensed teacher Dianne Thomas. Healing with reiki energy for yourself and others. Includes the new Holy Fire Reiki. CEs for nurses/massage therapists.  $410. The Pink Dolphin, 301 E Richardson Ave, Summerville. 843-297-2468. Vision Workshop –  10am-noon.   Define, design and experience your dream. Receive the blueprint to turn your possibility into reality. Love offering. Healing Hara Massage and Wellness, 209 Stallsville Rd, Summerville. RSVP: 843-830-3876. Traditional Martial Arts Workshop – 1-2pm. Instructor: Curt Richards. Workshop designed for cultivating awareness and development for healing the body, mind, spirit. All ages. $5, free/under 12. Healing Hara Massage and Wellness, 209 Stallsville Rd, Summerville. 843-810-5953.

Prenatal Yoga Workshop – 3-6 pm. Learn modifications for each trimester. Includes gentle, candlelit yoga flow, guided meditation. Must be at least 12 weeks pregnant. $30. GC Yoga, 105 Laurel Ave, Goose Creek. 843-303-2014.

Sunday, May 22 Interfaith Service: Baha’I – 9:30 & 11:15am. Did you know that Baha’i is the second largest religion in South Carolina? Ms Carrie Murphy will speak for the faith. Love offering. Unity of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave. 843-566-0600. Iyengar Yoga Charleston’s Open House – 3-5pm. Light appetizers will be served. Everyone welcome. 716 S Shelmore Blvd, Ste 102, Mount Pleasant. 843-990-0212.

Wednesday, May 25 Client Attraction and Marketing 101 for Holistic Practitioners – 6:30-8:30pm. How to create your ideal practice. $35/energy exchange, $25/preregistered. Lime and Lotus Healing Arts Center, 925 Wappoo Rd, Ste F, Charleston. RSVP/register: 843-214-2997.

SATURDAY, MAY 28 Reiki Level I – May 28-29,10am-5pm. Practical hands-on class includes a Reiki history, in-depth discussion and practice of Reiki’s many uses, a comprehensive manual, Level I Attunement, and beautiful Level I certificate. Register by 5/25. 843-327-4761.

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Truth Talk – Wellness: Balancing the Needs of Body, Mind and Spirit – 1-3pm. With Marsha Kite, MS, professional psychologist/wellness coach. Tools to create more balance in our lives.  Love offering. Unity of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave. 843-566-0600.

Mystic/Medium Metaphysical Retreat – June 6-8. With celebrity Psychic Allison Hayes, The Rock Girl and Medium Jill M. Jackson. Gallery, workshops and private readings. Attend one day or all four for a discount. OM Sanctuary Holistic Center, Asheville, NC. 828-414-4765.

ongoingevents sunday Zen Meditation Group – 7:45-10:15am. Three half-hour rounds of sitting along with walking meditation. Newcomers asked to arrive at 8:15am for brief introduction to the practice. Free. Holy Cow Yoga, 10 Windermere Blvd, West Ashley. Info@ 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. Max Meditation System – 10-11am. Fusing five styles of meditation into one, guided by Carmen Gagnon. $10/door. Healing Oasis, 772 St Andrews Blvd, W Ashley. Info: 314-276-7772. 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.

monday Creative Arts – 10am-noon. Facilitator: Peggy Benton. Experiment with a variety of painting and mixed media techniques. Each week, try out one or more new techniques and observe the many innovative ways to apply or combine them. Primary focus is on acrylic painting but participants may use any art medium. Free. Bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mount Pleasant. Charleston Community Acupuncture New Extended Hours – 10am-1pm & 3-5:30pm. To celebrate, seniors will receive a 50 percent off treatment discount every Monday in May. May is also Nurse Month in the clinic. For the entire month, any nurse can receive one free treatment. 1307 Savannah Hwy, West Ashley. 843-763-7200. Complimentary Natural Female Hormone Balancing Consultations – 10am-4pm. With Dr Stephanie Zgraggen. Lime and Lotus, 925-F Wappoo Rd, West Ashley. 843-214-2997. Nia – 4-5pm. With Ashima Kahrs, Nia Blue Belt instructor. Lively movement class, energetic, embraces The Body’s Way/Nia Way. Hanahan Senior Center, 3102 Mabeline Rd (near Trident Tech off Rivers Ave). 843-813-2834.

tuesday Hatha Yoga – 12:15-1:00pm. Facilitator Jill Keefer, Yoga Alliance Certified. Postures and stretches in combination with breath used to develop flexibility, strength, balance and relaxation. All skill levels. Free. Bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mount Pleasant.

Church, 150 Meeting St, Charleston (classroom below Lance Hall). $10 or $5/students/seniors.

College of Charleston Center for Creative Retirement Weekly Lectures – 1pm. Weekly lectures on many topics. First time guests are free. St Joseph Family Life Center, 1695 Raoul Wallenberg Blvd, W Ashley. Info: David Barnard: 843-216-6640. 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, North Charleston. 843-364-5725.

wednesday Complimentary Natural Female Hormone Balancing Consultations – 10am-4pm. With Dr Stephanie Zgraggen. Lime and Lotus, 925-F Wappoo Rd, West Ashley. 843-214-2997. Kids Yoga – 4pm. Fun way to relax after school at this drop-in eco-friendly play space for ages 3-12. Play Garden, 320 West Coleman Blvd, Mt Pleasant. Complimentary Hydration Clinic – 6-7pm. 1st Wed. With Dr Marianne Rosen. Learn how to change your life for the best. 776 Daniel Ellis Dr, Ste 1A, James Island. 843-723-6529. Meditation Class – 6:30-7:30pm. Guided and silent meditation for beginners and advanced with Energy Healer and Spiritual Life Coach Jennifer Michaels. $10/class (drop-ins welcome). Center for Holistic Health, 1470 Ben Sawyers Blvd, Ste 7, Mount Pleasant. 843-514-2848.

thursday 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.

friday Nia – 11am-noon. With Ashima Kahrs, Nia Blue Belt instructor. Lively movement class, energetic, embraces The Body’s Way/Nia Way. Hanahan Senior Center, 3102 Mabeline Rd (near Trident Tech). 843-813-2834. Transmission Meditation – 6:30pm Very powerful work. Beneficial for humanity and self. Healing Oasis, 772 St Andrews, West Ashely. 843-743-5222. or


Kids Yoga Class – Noon-1pm. Utilizing yoga poses creatively tucked into activities, music, stories and more for ages 4-11. $8/child, $4/sibling. Simultaneous adult class also offered at 11am. GC Yoga, 105 Laurel Ave, Goose Creek.  843-303-2014.

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