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ealth care costs continue to climb, both on an

    individual and national level, yet people just keep getting sicker. According to the Centers for Disease Control, cancer rates have tripled—let that sink in—tripled since 1950. They also report that 100 million Americans have diabetes or prediabetes, one in three adults is clinically obese and the obesity rates in children and adolescents have also tripled since the 1970s. While conventional medicine definitely has its place and we all need to be grateful for the life-saving procedures and medications it provides, the rates of these chronic diseases are not going down. Clearly, we need more than the traditional disease management approach. This month, our focus is on Natural and Personalized Medicine, a holistic approach that addresses root causes, as opposed to treating or masking symptoms. While South Carolina lags behind in this area, you will find a number of practitioners who embrace the approach here in our Natural Awakenings community. They do that by examining diet, lifestyle, gut bacteria, hormones, environmental toxins and more. Prescribing a medication is rarely the first course of action. They recognize the need for conventional medicine when appropriate, but work with the individual on identifying what they can do naturally before prescribing a pill with a list of potential negative side effects. One of the most fulfilling experiences I have had as a Natural Awakenings publisher is meeting people who tell me they found someone or learned something from the magazine that made a difference in their health and in their life. Just this month, I spoke with a man who survived stage IV cancer and is considered a miracle in the medical community. He attributes this largely to the power of prayer, a positive attitude and a healthy diet. He told me he loves our magazine because these are the types of topics we cover every month. I have met others who found a practitioner in these pages that finally helped them overcome a chronic condition when they had lost all hope. My plea to you is never, ever lose hope. These readers are living proof that healing is possible, and it may not necessarily come in the form of a pill. If you or someone you love struggles with a chronic condition, I encourage you to spend some time reading the articles and reviewing the services described in the advertisements and Community Resource Guide listings in this magazine. Relief may be closer than you think. I also want to wish everyone a very happy Mother’s Day! This month’s cover is a tribute to all the moms out there, those raising little ones, those in another stage of parenthood and those no longer with us here on the physical plane, but forever part of us. I saw the painting last fall, fell in love with it and immediately knew I wanted to feature it on our May cover. Learn more about local artist Beki Crowell on page 6. Better yet, go see her beautiful work and clothing (wearable art) for yourself at Utopia, on Broad Street, in downtown Charleston.

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Photo by: Joanna Crowell

eki Crowell is an artist and vibrational healer who channels the divine. She offers a path to vibrational alignment through the synergetic blending of Bach Flower Essences, reiki healing, soul portraits and Soul Art while accessing the field of divine love and infinite possibilities within the Akashic record of the soul. This creative approach offers deep insight and healing during the session, along with a tailor-made flower essence remedy prepared to remove the energetic, mental and emotional patterns of thought that hinder healing and expansion. In her own Akashic records, Crowell received the guidance and direction to create Soul Portraits for clients to support their healing and spiritual evolution. She channels their Akashic record, resulting in a visual expression of the person’s soul. This image holds unique frequencies for aligning with the divine self through color, light, energy, symbols and form. She states, “It is my greatest desire and joy to support people on their healing journey to awakening.” Crowell is the owner and artist of UTOPIA, a women’s boutique and gallery in Charleston’s downtown historic district, open since 1991, and has written a forthcoming spiritual memoir, Bare Beauty; My Journey of Awakening.

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Yoga Alliance-approved 200-hour international yoga teacher certification program begins in June at Shanti Yoga Studio, in Myrtle Beach. Onsite classes will run from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., June 16 and 17, July 21 and 22, August 18 and 19, September 15 and 16, October 20 and 21, November 17 and 18, and December 15 and16. Swami Ambikanada (Dawn Yager) has owned Shanti Yoga Studio for 10 years. She travels the east coast teaching workshops and speaking about multifaceted areas of yoga and mindfulness and is on staff at the Temple of Kriya Yoga, in Chicago. Areas of study include sadhana, tarka. symbolism, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, yoga sutras, karma, hatha yoga, yoga philosophy, meditation, mantra, and energetic and physical body anatomy. Hours are fulfilled by a combination of contact hours in lecture, practice and student teaching, and non-contact hours in home practice, study and essays. Prerequisites for the training include a well-developed practice and a sincere desire to learn the teachings of yoga through study, contemplation, meditation and experience. The fee is $2,800. Location: 7901 N. Ocean Blvd., Ste. 5, Myrtle Beach. For more information, call 843-467-5444 or email See ad, page 11.

New Organic Salon in Mount Pleasant


helle’s Organic Hair Salon has opened inside Sola Salon Studios at the Belle Hall Shopping Center, 648-A Long Point Road, in Mt. Pleasant. Owner and stylist Chelle Swofford recently moved from Raleigh, North Carolina, and opened her salon in February. She is taking new customers with convenient appointment times. Swofford says, “The color is ammonia-free and the healthiest organic and natural hair color on the market. The products are sodium-free, sulfate-free, paraben- and gluten-free, with no plastics and no fragrances. There is no animal testing.” She has been certified by Organic Colour Systems and attends annual education events all over the country. Swofford began her cosmetology career in 1993 in Wilmington, North Carolina. She is passionate about staying up-to-date with the art and science of hair care products. For appointments, call 919-427-9582. For more information, visit See ad, page 21.

Healing Tree Holistic Health and Yoga Moves to Mount Pleasant


ealing Tree Holistic Heath and Yoga has relocated to the Center for Holistic Health at 1470 Ben Sawyer Boulevard, Suite 7, in Mount Pleasant. Drop-in and package deals are available. Grand Opening specials are available on a variety of services and classes. Owner Moira Duggan is offering a new variety of yoga classes and private appointments for reiki healing therapy, intuitive counseling, holistic health coaching, energy medicine, guided meditation and yoga instruction. Duggan is an experienced yoga instructor, meditation instructor, holistic health practitioner, reiki master, energy medicine practitioner, aromatherapist and gifted intuitive counselor. For appointments and a free consultation, call 781-353-1553. For more information, visit See listing, page 36.

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Connie Numbers Retreat on Growing as a Person


onnie Numbers, Psy.D., will facilitate a retreat, Knowing Yourself on a Deeper Level: Finding the next step in your growth as a human and your evolvement as a soul, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., June 22, and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 23, at the Sophia Institute 
She will help participants gain new insights and ideas that awaken them to increased happiness, health, intuition, selflove and general well-being. Numbers states, “When you know yourself more deeply, you are able to assert more control over your life, have a greater sense of what truly matters, minimize your fears, boost your courage, and pursue your dreams. Having an increased knowledge of who you are, emotionally and spiritually, enables you to know the ‘other’ and realize that there is no separation. This is how you evolve as a soul, a beautiful being of light who has come forth into this human experience to remember who you are while living in human form and impacting the world.” Numbers is the author of The Dear One Letters: A Path to Growing as a Human and Evolving as a Soul. Cost of Fri. lecture is $25 in advance/$35 at the door. The full retreat is $195 early bird/$250 after May 10. Location: Lance Hall, 150 Meeting St., Charleston. For reservations, call 843720-8528, email or visit See ad, page 20.

May Event Highlights 2 - 6

North Charleston Arts Fest 5-day event includes live performances, art exhibits, kids’ activities.


Race the Helix Lowcountry 5K and 1 mile run/walk benefits the Greenwood Genetic Center Foundation


Dragon Boat Charleston Festival 250-meter paddling races and party to celebrate cancer survivors


Lowcountry Shrimp Festival & Blessing of the Fleet Live bands, art, kids’ corner, lots of shrimp and other food - benefits Cape Romain Environmental Education School

A Weekend of Soul Exploration at Sophia Institute


Soul Saturation retreat with Sera Beak from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., July 6, and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., July 7, at the Sophia Institute, will guide the souls of participants toward more authentic experiences and expressions of life and love through fiery meditation, meaningful ritual, intuitive journaling, provocative dialogue and conscious movement. It is an intimate, dynamic and radically real experience of the soul within a group setting. Beak states, “This retreat focuses on soul and celebrates the importance of immanence, embodiment and our distinct divine identity. When you saturate in your soul, you don’t just believe; you know, in every cell of your magnificent body, that you are the one you’ve been looking for all along.” Beak is a Harvard-trained scholar of mysticism and comparative religion and the author of The Red Book: A Deliciously Unorthodox Approach to Igniting Your Divine Spark. She is a board member of REVEAL Conference: Young Women Defining the Divine. Cost of Fri. lecture is $25 in advance/$35 at the door. 
The full retreat is $195 early bird/$250 after May 24. Location: Lance Hall, 
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Charleston. For reservations, call 843-720-8528, email or visit 
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There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age. ~Sophia Loren 8

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11 - 13 Charleston Greek Festival Celebrating Greek culture with food, wine tasting, church tours, and entertainment - benefits local charities 19

Walk to Cure Arthritis Benefits the Arthritis Foundation

25 - 31 Spoleto Festival USA 17-day international festival for performing and visual arts 25 – JUNE 10 Piccolo Spoleto 17-day local visual and performing arts events at various venues

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health briefs

New guidelines that change the criteria for healthy blood pressure mean that nearly half of U.S. adults are now considered to have high blood pressure. The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association have redefined the condition as being 130/80 instead of 140/90, a change considered by critics as overly beneficial to pharmaceutical companies. This criteria includes 80 percent of people over 65, triples the diagnosis for men under 45 and doubles it for women younger than 45. The revised guidelines encourage adopting lifestyle strategies in early stages of rising blood pressure like exercise, diet, weight loss and smoking cessation. Evidence-based alternative methods noted in a Canadian study include coenzyme Q10, dark chocolate, qigong, slow breathing, Transcendental Meditation and vitamin D. 10

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In a survey of 171 midlife American women, more than 80 percent reported using complementary and alternative medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine researchers discovered. The most common choice was herbal teas, followed by women’s vitamins, flaxseed, glucosamine and soy supplements. Only 34 percent of the non-Hispanic white women and 14 percent of the Hispanic women discussed it with their doctors.


New Guidelines Lower the Bar for Risky Blood Pressure

U.S. Midlife Women Choosing Natural Health Care

Young Women Outdo Male Peers in Oxygen Uptake Young women process oxygen about 30 percent faster and more efficiently than men when they begin exercising, according to a new study from Canada’s University of Waterloo. The ability to extract oxygen from the blood is an important fitness marker, which the researchers tested by having 18 young men and women exercise on treadmills. The women’s superior results indicate they are naturally less prone to muscle fatigue and poor performance. “The findings are contrary to the popular assumption that men’s bodies are more naturally athletic,” observes lead author Thomas Beltrame, Ph.D. Previous research had found that older men and male children tend to have faster oxygen uptake than women.

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When an adult looks into the eyes of a baby, a synchronization of brain waves occurs that could indicate an intention to communicate, concludes a Cambridge University study of 36 infants. This coordinating supports the baby’s early learning and communication skills, according to the researchers. The effect, which researchers measured via electroencephalogram (EEG)-wired skullcaps, was strongest with eye-to-eye contact and weaker when the adult’s head was turned away. The more vocalizations—little sounds—the baby made, the greater their brainwaves synchronized with the adult.

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Eye Contact Syncs Baby and Adult Brainwaves


Acetaminophen Linked to Delayed Language Skills

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Girls born to 754 Swedish mothers that used acetaminophen during pregnancy showed less ability in acquiring early language skills at 30 months of age, report Mount Sinai Health System study researchers. If the mothers took acetaminophen more than six times in early pregnancy, their daughters (but not their sons) were nearly six times more likely to have language delays than girls born to mothers that didn’t take the drug. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 65 percent of pregnant women in this country use acetaminophen, which is marketed for pain and fever relief in Tylenol and Excedrin, and included in many over-the-counter formulations such as NyQuil and Robitussin.

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Seniors Eating Mediterranean Diet Retain Independence Seniors that ate a Mediterranean diet high in vegetables, fruit, whole grains, nuts and legumes were able to live independently longer, had fewer falls and fractures, and were less frail, according to recent research. In a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society, University College London researchers analyzed the eating habits and health data of 5,789 participants in studies in France, Spain, Italy and China. “People that followed the Mediterranean diet the most were overall less than half as likely to become frail over a nearly four-year period compared with those that followed it the least,” says lead author Katy Walters, Ph.D. The researchers also noted that the plant-based diet may help older people maintain muscle strength, activity, weight and energy levels.

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Yoga Soothes the Blues Taking a 90-minute hatha yoga class twice a week for eight weeks steadily lowered symptoms of depression in all 20 men and women with mild to moderate forms of clinical depression that participated in a recent University of California, San Francisco, study. Another 18 depressed adults attending an attention control class for the same period of time, afterwards had somewhat lower depression scores overall, but less than half the improvement, plus they showed greater mood fluctuation.

• Sadhana • Tarka • Symbolism • Upanishads • Bhagavad Gita • Yoga Sutras • Karma • Hatha Yoga • Yoga Philosophy • Meditation • Mantra • Energetic & Physical body anatomy This training is designed for yogis who feel a call to serve others through the path of yoga. By a process of asana practice, meditation and study of the self the student will learn to find their authentic teaching platform. and asana. Hours are fulfilled by a combination of contact hours in lecture, practice and student teaching and non-contact hours in home practice, study, and essays. Prerequisites: A well-developed practice and a sincere desire to learn the teachings of yoga through study, contemplation, meditation, and experience. Requirements for completion: Complete all assignments, tests and study questions. Have a dedicated, consistent practice that includes mantra, meditation, pranayama

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Everyday Headaches Are Not Normal

Listen When the Dogs are Barking

by Amanda McNabb, DC, LCC

by Gail Azain Talton

Pain is the body’s way of telling us that something is wrong. When it comes to headaches, as many as 150 types have been reported; these are four most common. Migraines typically encompass sensitivity to light and sound, may have an aura—a series of sensory disturbances that range from seeing sparks, bright dots and zig-zags to tingling on one side of the body or an inability to speak clearly—and don’t always include head pain. A sinus headache occurs when the small holes in the bones of the face fill with gunk that leads to increased pressure, creating a deep and constant pain in the cheekbones, forehead or bridge of the nose. This pain usually intensifies with sudden head movement. Cluster headaches come on suddenly, typically only occur on one side of the head, and are most commonly felt near the eye. Tension headaches, which afflict 80 percent of the population, are caused by tight muscles that may develop due to poor posture, which puts additional strain on the neck, back and shoulders. Each type of headache has a different trigger, and properly finding and addressing it is key to the treatment. A customized solution may include a combination of stress reduction methods, breathing exercises, massage, physical therapy, posture correction and chiropractic adjustment. Medications may ameliorate the symptoms, but can also inflict collateral damage upon the gut. Prevention means disabling or avoiding the trigger.

Our feet may be trying to tell us about problems or issues elsewhere in the body. In fact, Ida Rolf, the founder of Rolfing, called the feet the “tattletalers” of the body. Reflexology is a powerful form of preventative medicine for healthy clients and an effective therapy for those with chronic health issues, including fatigue, stress, pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia, constipation, headaches, insomnia, urinary issues and skin disorders. Reflexology is a science and an art, based on the principle that reflex areas in the feet, hands and ears correspond to every part of the body, including organs and glands. Reflexologists use their hands to massage these specific pressure points on the feet to create homeostasis, or balance, so everything is working together at its best. Even without considering the health benefits of reflexology, it provides a wonderful and relaxing foot massage. Ancient cultures connected the health of the feet to the health of the body. In recent times, zones on the feet have been found to stimulate corresponding locations. Eunice Ingham developed a comprehensive approach to zone therapy and is considered the “grandmother” of modernday reflexology. Her books Stories the Feet Can Tell and Stories the Feet Have Told are considered classics. Ingham’s system of reflexology continues to be practiced at the International Institute of Reflexology, in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Amanda McNabb, DC, LCC, is a chiropractor in practice at Charleston Health, located at 318 N. Cedar, Ste. B, in Summerville. See ad, page 9 and listing, page 36.

Gail Azain Talton is a certified integrative reflexologist. She sees clients at Indigo Health, on Seabrook Island. For appointments, call 843-303-9335.

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Helping Hands

Waterborne Drugs

Meds in Urban Streams Drive Microbial Resistance

A new study published in the journal Ecosphere confirms that in urban streams, persistent pharmaceutical pollution can cause aquatic microbial communities to become resistant to drugs. Researchers evaluated the presence of pharmaceuticals, including painkillers, stimulants, antihistamines and antibiotics, in four streams in Baltimore, Maryland. Then they measured the microbial response to drug exposure. Selected study sites represented a gradient of development from suburban to urban. Emma Rosi, an aquatic ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and lead author on the study, explains, “Wastewater treatment facilities are not equipped to remove many pharmaceutical compounds. We were interested in how stream microorganisms, which perform key ecosystem services like removing nutrients and breaking down leaf litter, respond to pharmaceutical pollution. When we expose streams to pharmaceutical pollution, we are unwittingly altering their microbial communities, yet little is known about what this means for ecological function and water quality.”

Recycled Plastic Transforms into Prosthetics The emerging technology of three-dimensional (3-D) printing can benefit the world in many ways. Re:Purpose for Good, in Australia, creates robotically 3-D printed prosthetic devices from recycled plastic and e-waste. It’s difficult to customize prosthetics, so more invasive surgery is often needed to make standard sizes fit the patient. Other companies produce 3-D printed prosthetic hands and arms, but Re:Purpose for Good customizes both hands and feet at a much lower cost. The company’s robotics and prosthetics engineer Gerardo Montoya, who had been working on 3-D printing prosthetics for children in Mexico, merged the idea with a desire to do something about the 8 million tons of plastic entering the oceans. Along with plastic waste, they also use e-waste such as discarded smartphones that have all the circuitry and microprocessors needed for advanced features. The company even plans to teach their prosthetic-making process to children as part of their science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) curriculum, so they can learn 3-D printing skills. They’re making it open source so more people can get involved without patent restrictions.

Women Warriors

Africans Unite to Save Rhinos

The Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit aims not only to protect rhinoceroses in South Africa by patrolling the Balule Nature Reserve, in Greater Kruger National Park, but to also be a role model in their communities. It’s the first majority-female, anti-poaching unit in the country. Founded in 2013 by Transfrontier Africa NPC to protect the Olifants West Region of Balule, the Black Mambas were invited within a year to expand into other regions, and now protect all boundaries of the reserve. These 32 young women and two men want their communities to understand that the benefits are greater through rhino conservation rather than poaching, as they address the local social and moral decay that results from poaching. Their concern is also for their children’s sake because the sham economy has corrupted morals and brought narcotics into their communities. To make a donation, visit May 2018


The British supermarket chain Iceland is planning to eliminate or drastically reduce plastic packaging for more than 1,000 of its house-label products by the end of 2023, switching to paper-based trays instead. Nigel Broadhurst, joint managing director of Iceland, explains that the typical ready meal was packaged in a particularly bad way. “It is currently in a black plastic tray. That black plastic is the worst possible option in terms of toxins going into the ground and the ability to recycle that product.” He also notes that instead of the usual plastic bag, grocers could put netting around a bunch of apples the same as with oranges. Iceland’s research found that 80 percent of shoppers would endorse a supermarket’s move to go plastic-free.

Love Rocks

Inspiring Messages that Surprise

Artistically decorated rocks featuring inspirational messages are turning up in Mobile, Alabama, and along the Gulf of Mexico shoreline as part of The Kindness Rocks Project (TheKindnessRocksProject. com). Anyone can paint rocks and “plant” them for someone else to discover. Likewise, everyone is invited to hunt for kindness rocks. Those that find a rock are free to take it, plant it somewhere else or leave it for someone else to find. The grassroots movement was created to spread inspiration and motivation for unsuspecting recipients through the random placement of the rocks in public spaces. The goal is to encourage others to find creative ways to reach out and brighten someone else’s day unexpectedly, whether it’s through kindness rocks, love notes or random acts of generosity.

Temporary Protection

Locals Prevail Against Bristol Bay Mine

Alaskan mining critics cheered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency decision to maintain an existing policy not to permit the Northern Dynasty Minerals’ Pebble copper and gold mine in Bristol Bay. They maintain that the project’s toxic byproducts would threaten fisheries and other natural resources. Alannah Hurley, with United Tribes of Bristol Bay, a group opposing the mine, has said that members of the tribes she represents are willing to lie down in front of bulldozers to protect the waters. She notes, “Ideally, we would like these [protections] finalized, and the battle to protect Bristol Bay from the Pebble Mine and mines like Pebble is far from over. But the fact that these protections remain in place and can be used within the process is a very positive step in the effort to protect the Bristol Bay watershed for generations to come.” 14

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All That Glitters Sparkly Microbeads Face Ban

Scientists have called for glitter to be prohibited due to the threat it poses to wildlife. The glistening, decorative, plastic microbead powder may seem harmless, but environmental researchers report it’s a dangerous pollutant, particularly in oceans. Trisia Farrelly, Ph.D., of New Zealand’s Massey University, notes, “Their diminutive size and sparkling appearance make them appealing to animals, which will eat them.” Seven U.S. states now restrict the use and sale of products with microbeads; California was the first in 2015. The British government will ban rinse-off microbeads—plastics of less than one millimeter in length—found in exfoliating scrubs, shower gels, toothpaste and even on greeting cards. Plastics are found in a third of all fish caught in Great Britain, according to a study by Richard Thompson, Ph.D., professor of marine biology at Plymouth University. He says of shower gel with glitter particles, “That stuff is going to escape down the plughole and potentially enter the environment.”

We are braver and wiser because they existed, those strong women and strong men... We are who we are because they were who they were. It’s wise to know where you come from, who called your name. ~Maya Angelou

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arbara BrantWilliams, a hairdresser for more than 43 years, a holistic hair care expert for many of those years and the owner of Your Grooming Guru, explains what inspired her to make the switch to organic hair color and products. “For most of my career, I worked for other people,” she says. “For years, I breathed in ammonia and it took its toll. I used organic products on myself, but seven years ago, I was able to go out on my own and select the products that were better for my clients and for me.” Now, Brant-Williams gets more requests for non-toxic hair color, perms and smoothing treatments due to an increased number of allergic reactions and sensitivities showing up. “Our bodies are overloaded with toxins and are shouting, ‘No more!’ We are at a tipping point,” she declares. “People are starting to pay more attention to reading labels. They are very concerned about what they put in their body, but I find they get confused and need more help with understanding the ingredients in personal care products.” Customers loyal to their own hairdressers may find it difficult to question the products their technicians use, but Brant-Williams notes, “First, I would say thank you for being loyal! I appreciate that, and I think all practitioners do. I would also say talk to your hairdresser, barber or esthetician and ask questions regarding the ingredients. Ask them if they are open to exploring more holistic methods and non-toxic products. I know I had requests from clients and that corroborated the research that I had been doing for many years and solidified

my decision to use a cleaner, more gentle approach. Hopefully, they might surprise you,” she says. As a hairdresser, Brant-Williams appreciates not having to breathe in toxic fumes. “It required a shift in my thinking, and I expect others would feel the same,” she offers. “I know I feel better since I’ve made the switch. It requires time and a willingness to educate ourselves, but hairdressers are consumers, too.” For those interested in upgrading to less toxic options, Brant-Williams advises, “I like to make it fun by throwing parties that teach consumers and colleagues about non-toxic products.” People can contact her to request a party. “Provide the space and refreshments, then have a few friends bring their current makeup and hair products. We will review the ingredients and discuss healthy alternatives. This is purely educational. The only cost is for my time. I am there to make recommendations, not sales. I will also refer them to great resources, both local and online, to help make the transition to clean cosmetics and personal care products.”

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Farming for the Future by Ana Haugsoen


resh Future Farm leverages unused city assets to create food and job opportunities that will transform the current food desert into a more self-reliant and robust community. It is a grassroots nonprofit farm that employs a multipronged strategy to address health, wealth and quality of life issues in an underserved area. CEO Germaine Jenkins and CharlestonGOOD founder Todd Chas had discussed social entrepreneurship as a tool for years, and they took the information Jenkins gleaned from workshops on commercial urban agriculture with Growing Power, in Milwaukee, and NxLevel Business Planning at Clemson University to create Fresh Future Farm three years ago. “Thanks to the city of North Charleston, the farm found a home near schools, main streets and the local bus system in the middle of a residential neighborhood

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in the Chicora-Cherokee community,” says Jenkins. “The plan started slowly and was underfunded, but one by one, regular folk gifted their time and talent to achieve our goal of transformation.” Her family helped with operations in the beginning. “The farm and store have grown thanks to a feisty, multi-ethnic, intergenerational group of family, staff, interns and volunteers who transcend regular nonprofit status to become the rich, loving extended family farm and neighborhood grocery store you see today. We empower people to eat and live better, starting with each other.” Whether it is wood chips, an unused modular building or a vacant city lot, Fresh Future Farm reclaims these assets to create a business that grows and sells fresh produce, basic and specialty groceries. Along with the farm and grocery store, Fresh Future Farm plans to add a pavilion and mobile kitchen to expand products, services, entrepreneurial and economic opportunities. “In addition to the farm and store, we offer gardening classes, school tours and camps. We also manage a nearby community garden. To keep dollars circulating in the community, 88 percent of our employees live on the southern end of North Charleston; half of those in the Chicora-

Cherokee community,” notes Jenkins. From 9 a.m. to noon on the third Saturday of each month, Karen Latsbaugh coordinates farm volunteers. She started Cities + Shovels, which focuses on engaging kids to get outside in their schools and communities to explore, grow and learn about the different foods and plants that come from the gardens they help to cultivate. Latsbaugh says, “We welcome all skill levels. A novice can pull weeds, spread mulch or dig up potatoes. Gardeners and green thumbs can show off pruning and planting. You’ll work with volunteers from area schools, scout troops, service organizations and other families who make working the farm a frequent activity.” The three-year impact of Fresh Future Farm includes one ton of produce sold and/ or distributed; more than 50 volunteer hours from area schools, businesses and state colleges; and more than 50 North Charleston school students participating in farm tours, camps, internships and volunteering. Fresh Future Farm is located at 2008 Success St., in North Charleston. For more information, call 843-804-9091, email or visit

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HEALING THE HARD STUFF Natural Approaches Resolve Major Illnesses by Linda Sechrist


lthough natural health enthusiasts may recognize alternative healing modalities as a preferred approach to treatment, in the face of major health issues, even they tend to join the crowd that’s turning first to conventional medicine. Thus, many gentler modalities described in The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, co-authored by doctors of naturopathy Michael T. Murray and Joseph Pizzorno, remain largely untapped resources. Ignored because they are unsupported by traditional sciencebased medicine, holistic measures such as acupuncture, energy medicine, essential oils, herbs, detoxification, health-promoting diets, homeopathy, prayer and meditation, supplementation, yoga, massage and naturopathy are sacrificed in favor of often painful medical procedures and prescription drugs which can’t claim to permanently cure anything and can have many harmful side effects. 18

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Lack of Awareness

“A patient that dabbles in holistic medicine for minor health issues such as indigestion, headache or insomnia often turns to conventional methods after receiving a serious diagnosis such as diabetes, heart disease or cancer because they are scared,” observes holistic physician Dr. Wendy Warner, medical director of Medicine in Balance, in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. The co-author of Boosting Your Immunity for Dummies suggests that relatively few people turn to natural solutions for both preventive and therapeutic measures because they’re unaware they exist. Integrative oncologists and endocrinologists that are aware of the benefits of natural complementary methods are scarce. Relatively few conventional doctors are educated in functional medicine. “Yet complementary modalities such as acupuncture, massage and some essential oils can support the immune system and help an individual deal with stress experienced from coping with their illness,” says Warner.

Rob Wergin, an experienced energy medicine practitioner, speaks from experience regarding clients that consult him for lifethreatening diagnoses. “When I see them, they’re desperate and have exhausted all conventional methods. I’m their lastditch effort,” remarks Wergin. The most frequent reason he hears is, “My family, friends and doctor told me not to waste my money on charlatans.” “People find it challenging to put faith in natural methods and are nervous about going against a doctor’s advice until they feel or see positive results; even these may not provide sufficient motivation to continue with alternative treatments,” he says. “I believe this is the result of the influence of pharmaceutical ads promising results, the medical community’s belief in proof solely through clinical trials, websites like Quackwatch. com and well-meaning friends insisting that the conventional route is the only way to go. It’s sad to see the gravity of these influences pulling clients back into solely believing in the Western model of medicine,” says Wergin. Ann Lee, a doctor of naturopathy, acupuncturist and founder of the Health for Life Clinic, Inc., in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, notes, “This mindset continues to get reinforced by insurance companies that do not cover alternatives. Paying out of pocket for medical expenses also influences a patient’s choices.” Kelly Noonan-Gores and Adam Schomer, director and producer, respectively, of the documentary film HEAL, suggest that unconscious conditioning plays the biggest role in an individual’s choices. “We are deeply conditioned to view medical specialists and prestigious medical institutions as the ones with all the answers. Sometimes they do and sometimes they


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don’t,” says NoonanGores, who intends to have her film awaken viewers to the possibilities of alternative paths of healing. As just one other example noted in the film, thousands have used the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), tapping on their body to help release the trauma and stress often associated with illness.

Resistance to Change

“The conventional medical community wants to maintain the model in which they have heavily invested centuries of time, energy and money. Patients that investigate integrative and complementary medicine may resist hearing that in order to get well, they might need to change their worldview and lifestyle, take a leave of absence from their job, develop a spiritual practice, exercise or maybe even leave a toxic relationship,” says Schomer. “Conventional medicine says take this pill and keep living your life the same way,” says Schomer. “We are not demonizing doctors, pharmaceuticals or the medical system. We simply believe that individuals are more empowered to heal when they take control of their health.” Eva Lee, a resident of Los Angeles featured in the documentary, suffers from a rare and unpredictable form of blistering skin inflammation. “I’ve tested negative for faulty genes and all sorts of rare viruses and bacteria, which helped point me towards holistic methods. So far, following the directives of Dr. Mark Emerson, a chiropractor specializing in nutrition, in Maui, Hawaii, who I met while filming, has helped my body become healthier and deal with inflammation levels that rapidly reduced as soon as I detoxed and eliminated meat and dairy from my diet,” says Lee. Still, it’s hard for her to accept that her condition could be due to the type of stress and suppressed emotions that Anthony William explores in his book

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Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal. “Before, I wasn’t familiar with EFT, which I continue to use and benefit from. However, despite everything I’ve learned, I can’t give up on all Western medicine, put my faith in alternatives and let my intuition and faith guide me to healing. It’s easier to be skeptical than to have faith,” Lee says.

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Sheila Tucker, a resident of Navarre, Florida, has been a registered nurse for 20 years, practicing in hospital settings such as critical care, emergency and administration. “I know and understand doctors, surgeries and pharmaceutical treatments and hospitals,” says Tucker, who recalls that throughout her life she was taught to believe in a system that suddenly stopped working for her. “In 2014, I was dying from a rare autoimmune condition, requiring full-time care, and planning my funeral. Doctors had tried everything, yet my health continued to decline. When I saw a friend’s Facebook posts about her use of essential oils, I was curious, but reluctant to reach out, and didn’t want anyone to know that I called her for advice,” recalls Tucker. “Shortly after my friend arrived with her oils, my husband came home with our daughter, who had strep throat and a fever. She made us promise to use selected oils through the night and prayed with us.” Tucker attributes the miracle of her daughter’s turnaround the next morning to shifting her paradigm and opening her up to believing in the healing power of essential oils. Thanks to her friend and role model, Tucker learned how to use therapeuticgrade oils, supplements and a healthy diet to cleanse her body of the heavy toxic load accumulated from several years of expensive drug treatments. Today, she is a healthy and enthusiastic advocate, and her personal results opened the eyes of her physician to the point where she also shifted her own philosophy of healing.

Tucker now offers educational classes in her office and online through her website that reaches hundreds of individuals worldwide. She advises, “Reach out to people that you see are having positive results with a different healing system than yours. Ask them to show, help and teach you. I’ve seen many people restored to health by using methods that science is only beginning to understand.”

It’s a Marathon

“Outside of any dominant paradigm, it’s easier to cast suspicion than to make curious inquiry and, over time, working within a dominant worldview creates polarity, the antithesis of ‘wholism’. An inclusive approach integrates all medical and complementary approaches, as well as interaction with the natural world,” says Patrick Hanaway, a family physician and founder of Family to Family Medicine, in Asheville, North Carolina. Hanaway, the former director of medical education for the Institute for Functional Medicine and the first medical director at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, explains, “Doctors have a rigorous job filled with responsibility. Change is difficult and investigating vastly different ways of practicing medicine requires a degree of curiosity and openness. I am heartened by thought leaders and heads of top medical schools who are presently opening up to functional medicine, natural medicine and complementary approaches.” “The paradigm shift we are ushering in has been 50 years in the making,” assesses Hanaway. “Some medical professionals are immersed in a polar view of right and wrong, offering personal attacks and disparaging comments to maintain control of the dialogue. This is not appreciated by patients who look to the doctor as a teacher—the Latin docere means to teach. “The movement to change medicine and the cultural paradigm of healing is a marathon, not a sprint, and those of us involved are prepared to stay the course.”

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Functional Medicine Leads the Way by Linda Sechrist

Historical Overview

New Standard of Care

During the last 25 years, a less drug-based grassroots model for dealing with chronic illnesses in the U.S. has emerged. First labeled holistic, the movement gained momentum as alternative approaches morphed into being considered complementary to conventional medicine, warranting studies by the National Institutes of Health. Responding to public interest, an integrative model of care that focuses on the whole person has taken root in medical institutions such as the Cleveland Clinic, in Ohio. The latest evolution to a systemsoriented, patient-focused clinical model of functional medicine, which seeks to address causes of illness, rather than simply treat symptoms, has been garnering increasing interest by the public and pioneering medical professionals. It’s now maturing into personalized functional medicine.

One of the best-prepared, traditionally trained medical professionals in explaining this approach is Jeffrey S. Bland, Ph.D., recognized as the father of functional medicine, and author of The Disease Delusion: Conquering the Causes of Chronic Illness for a Healthier, Longer and Happier Life. He co-founded, with his wife, Susan, the Institute for Functional Medicine, in Washington, which provides a system geared to understanding the complexity of chronic illness and design individualized programs for more effective healing. “Medical science didn’t have the advanced technology 25 years ago to perform the research that now helps us better understand the complexity of chronic illness, as well as our present ecological view of the body. Today we’re examining how all the networks of our biology intersect in a dynamic process that creates health when

in balance or disease when out of balance,” attests Bland, whose career has focused on searching for a unifying principle behind all healing that can be used to discern the best possible therapy for specific individuals. Incorporating what he learned from Linus Pauling, Ph.D., two-time Nobel Prize laureate, and Lee Hood, M.D., Ph.D., as well as systems biology and practicing lifestyle medicine, Bland founded the nonprofit Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute ( in 2012. Seeking to transform the entire medical approach to chronic illness, the Seattle-based organization is a virtual and onsite hub for health professionals, researchers, educators and the public to share ideas and converse about how personalized functional medicine can be delivered to everyone as an improved standard of care.

Role of Genetics The National Human Genome Research Institute, in Bethesda, Maryland, maintains that an evolved approach to medicine starts with using an individual’s genetic profile to determine the best path to preventing, diagnosing and treating diseases. By 2003, scientists had delivered the first essentially complete sequence and map of all the genes in the human body. Three decades ago, the medical fraternity had few reliable explanations for the origins of chronic health issues. Today, accepted factors include predispositions for a specific disease related to an individual’s genome, along with contemporary epigenetic influences such as nutrition, environment and lifestyle.

None of these elements, however, necessarily define our destiny. “This genomic personalized medicine approach is creating friends among all healing arts practitioners because it facilitates our using information to design a less-toxic environment, lifestyle, diet and treatment to meet an individual’s specific needs and particular circumstances that led to a disease,” says Bland. “Diseases are only names assigned to a collection of symptoms,” says Bland. “They don’t indicate how the individual became afflicted. If 10 patients with Type 2 diabetes each had epigenetic variations that triggered getting the condition, it would be unwise to treat them all the same; it’s far better to treat those factors that specifically led to the disease.” Addressing the concern that genetic test results might be used to deny someone health insurance, Bland notes, “This is a significant misunderstanding about genetic testing. Our genes don’t tell us how we are going to die. They tell us how we should live. Understanding how our genes can help us live to 100 is a model of enlightenment. Those that practice this systems biology approach are counting on functional personalized medicine becoming the updated standard of care.” Physicians often offer genetic testing services. At-home DNA testing can be done using a saliva collection kit mailed to a laboratory, offering both ancestry and health information that must be interpreted by an informed professional. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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ransitioning through menopause and the years of perimenopausal hormone fluctuation leading up to the finale can be physically and emotionally challenging for many women. Consistently following a healthy diet and positive lifestyle are important, and health researchers, doctors and midlife women can attest to the multidimensional benefits of exercise. Perks may include reduction of menopausal discomfort, better brain function, stronger bones and reversal of estrogen dominance syndrome that can set the stage for fibroids, cystic breasts, cancer, migraines and weight gain.

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Studies of 3,500 women in South and Central America have shown that a more active life reduces hot flashes and night sweats. The results, published in Menopause, the journal of the North American Menopause Society, reveal that sedentary individuals often experience increased intensity of related symptoms like insomnia and irritability. Aerobic exercise such as regular walking, hiking, swimming or biking might also help the brain produce neurochemicals that are compromised when estrogen levels drop. Sue Markovitch, author and owner of Clear Rock Fitness, in Columbus, Ohio, recommends aerobic exercise. “I believe our bodies were made to move. One of the amazing gifts of fitness is it’s truly never too late. When we incorporate daily movement in our lives, all the other systems in the body will work more according to plan. Simply taking a daily walk helps balance brain chemistry,” says Markovitch, who specializes in improving fitness levels for women over 40. “Walking is fitness magic, whether it’s on a treadmill, outside or in the pool. Get your heart rate into an aerobic zone, preferably for 30 to 45 minutes. I’ve heard testimony

after testimony of improved sleep, less back or joint pain and better mood.” She also suggests adding a few weekly sessions of resistance training to daily walks. Most health professionals agree that balance is the key. Jeanne D. Andrus, a menopause expert and author of I Just Want to Be ME Again, in Covington, Louisiana, recommends cardio, resistance training and exercise that increases flexibility and core strength. “For a beginner, this may include two to four days of walking, one to three days of strength training and one to three days of yoga or Pilates, with the goal being three and a half hours of activity per week.” Of course, all of these need to be at appropriate levels for the woman’s condition and goals,” advises Andrus. According to studies led by Helen Jones, Ph.D., from the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University, UK, three, 30-to-45-minute aerobic sessions a week reduced hot flashes and yielded the most significant results.

Go Easy

While some conventional approaches suggest vigorous exercise, many holistic professionals caution against extremes. “It’s important to individualize, and in my ongoing research it’s clear that the high-intensity strength and sculpting approach so often promoted and perceived as necessary to maintain shape, weight and health is a myth,” says Dr. Eden Fromberg, an obstetrician, gynecologist and founder of Holistic Gynecology New York, in Manhattan. Instead, Fromberg recommends an integrated approach to exercise that supports connective tissue and joints. While some forms of exercise including yoga are perceived as gentler than others, she warns against an all-or-nothing strategy, noting, “Intense, deep stretching and joint-straining may cause injury more easily during hormonal transition.” Andrus concurs, “If high cortisol levels are involved and accompanied by insomnia, stress placed on the body by rigorous exercise will increase these levels and actually lower available energy.” She also advises adopting a non-aggressive approach for osteoporosis. “Weight-bearing exercise is a must, but if bone loss is already present, start much more gradually to ensure that bones are protected.”

Lighten Up

Exercise can be more enjoyable than doing chores. Recreational activities such as dancing, biking or hopping on the swings at the playground are fun ways to do something good for both body and spirit. Menopause can be a time for personal expansion and an invitation for self-care that might have been neglected or postponed. Fromberg believes we can all revitalize our resources at any stage of life, and the years surrounding menopause call for us to tune into ourselves even more. “What seems like a disruption is an opportunity to listen deeply and reimagine and reorganize one’s life on physical, emotional and spiritual levels.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at

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udley Evenson didn’t set out to devise a strategy to foster constructive, nurturing communications between parents and their offspring. Yet as she and her husband, Dean, raised their three children decades ago, timeless guiding principles emerged. “We were like other parents—learning and growing along with our children,” says Evenson, a certified professional life coach, musician and co-founder of the instrumental recording label Soundings of the Planet (, in Bellingham, Washington. “Then, in the early 1980s,

I met Joshua Halpern, who wanted to include our perspectives and techniques in his book, Children of the Dawn: Visions of the New Family.” So she shared her way of cultivating kind, caring and empathetic youngsters that has worked for two generations of her family: “Our role is not to impose our beliefs on children and grandchildren, but to guide and help them develop their dreams, visions, paths and passions.” Other experts agree.

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Be Consistent. Evenson maintains, “Mom and Dad or the primary parental figures should try to establish a unified, mutually supportive program.” “Consistency is one of the cornerstones of effective parenting,” says Dana Cooley-Keith, with 20 years of experience working with families in crisis in Northwest Georgia. “Even if it’s hard, it’s particularly important for divorced parents to be consistent and on the same page. Otherwise, it creates stress for the entire family, adding more confusion to a child’s life when the noncustodial parent allows something the custodial parent doesn’t.” Be positive, honest, flexible, reasonable and understanding. “It

is key to explain things to children and to listen to them,” says Evenson’s daughter, Cristen Olsen, of Seattle, who raised her daughter using her family’s guiding principles, and now uses them as a nanny. “It helps them learn how to process situations and find their own resolutions to difficult problems.” Olsen says she becomes a mediator when the siblings she cares for don’t agree. “We solve the problem together by hearing all sides, talking through the issues and reaching for understanding. Many times,

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Accept their point of view. Evenson always encouraged her children to voice their opinions. “This is a great point,” says Hogin. “For children to learn to have opinions and speak out, we must value what they say. We don’t have to agree with everything they say, but should listen and encourage them to find their voice and use their words.”

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Maintain good habits. Evenson emphasizes the character strength that comes from observing and practicing good habits and healthy lifestyles that avoids gossip and incorporates creative exploration of life. This includes “Doing everything in love,” she notes. Such all-encompassing love balances love for our own children with love for all children and respect for all life. Be patient with yourself. “No one is perfect,” Evenson remarks. “Just do your best. Guide, console and discipline while keeping a sense of humor.” Connect with the freelance writer at

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Loneliness is never a problem with a cat around. “Cats need to be fed, have litter changed and be brushed,” says Lisa Bahar, a therapist and clinical counselor at Lisa Bahar Marriage and Family Therapy, in Newport Beach, California. “Being comforted by a cat helps with depression and isolation.” While at Indiana University Bloomington Media School, Jessica Gall Myrick, Ph.D., now associate professor at Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications at Pennsylvania State University, in University Park, discovered watching cat videos isn’t just fun, but a way to feel more energetic and positive. With some 94 million YouTube tales of cat adventures online, there’s no lack of available mood boosters.

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Improved Health Talking to kitty can make a bad day better. A lap cat prompts enforced timeouts and excuses to nap. Petting reduces tension and stress. Aimee Gilbreath, executive director of the Michelson Found Animals Foundation, in Los Angeles, points to a study from Life Sciences Research Institute, in Pretoria, South Africa, showing, “Simply petting a cat can reduce stress-related cortisol, while increasing serotonin and oxytocin.” The Second National Health and Nutrition Examination Study Mortality Follow-up concluded that having a cat lowers risk of myocardial infarction (heart attack) and cardiovascular disease including strokes, making cats a novel path to a healthier heart. When researchers reporting

in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America measured the purring sound of domestic cat purrs, they discovered these resonate at 25 and 50 Hertz (Hz), the two low frequencies that best promote bone growth and fracture healing. Purrs also have a strong harmonic near 100 Hz, a level some orthopedic doctors and physical therapists use for ultrasound therapy. A child under a year old living with a cat is only half as likely to develop allergies to pets, ragweed, grass and dust mites, much as inoculations guard against disease and boost immune systems. The study, published in Clinical & Experimental Allergy, followed children from infancy to age 18. French researchers discovered autistic children age 5 and older that had a cat were more willing to share, offer comfort to others and show empathy. Sharing cat responsibilities tightened family bonds. Cats like routine, especially for meals, making them good pets for Alzheimer’s patients that may lose track of time. Many people like the added warmth of a nearby sleeping cat at night. Fifteen minutes of exercise, followed by a snack, will put kitty on the owner’s sleep schedule.

Cats are Low-Maintenance Overall, cats are self-sufficient animals, requiring only love, food and a spotless litter box. Self-cleaning, most cats don’t require regular trips to the groomer for haircuts and a bath. Scratching posts keep nails short. A snack, playtime or welcoming puddle of sunshine persuades kitty that it’s naptime. “In rescue, we say dogs are toddlers and cats are teenagers. Cats live without constant oversight,” says jme Thomas, co-founder of Motley Zoo Animal Rescue, in Redmond, Washington. “They’re good pets for busy people. Adopt two at the same time so they bond and aren’t lonely.”

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Cannabidiol Hemp Oil And Tasting Lunch and Learn –12:30-1:30pm. Learn about our EndoCannabinoid System, phyto-cannabinoids and hemp oil. There is research on over 250 conditions and cannabidiols. Hemp oil might be the most important supplement you add to your health regimen. Distribution opportunity will also be presented for those interested in the “Green Rush.” Free. Ampersand, 1965 Riviera Dr, Ste 1, Mt Pleasant. 843-3240489. Bloom1.

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Fire Tribe – 4:30-7pm. Now accepting applicants for the Fire Tribe: building connection, communication and collaboration between you and your teens. Free phone consultations every Tues from 4:30-7pm with Ayurvedic Health Coach, Melody Rogers. Free. 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. 843343-6726. SeedOfLifeWellnessCollective@gmail. com.

Spice Up Your Life with Herbs – 10am-12pm. Discover fun, tasty and easy ways you can improve your health and wellbeing with herbs, many of which are already in your spice cabinet. Sample teas and a few other handmade goodies. Facilitator: Lisa Dunleavy. Free. 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant.

wednesday, may 2 GreenWay Fit Challenge Prep Class – 1011:30am. This functional fitness training class involves exercising the body and mind to be prepared for everyday life. Join Health Coach, Andrew Dean, every Mon and Wed at 10am until 5/9 on the West Ashley Greenway. $15 jump in. Seed of Life Collective, 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. 843-3436726. 4-Week Fit Challenge – 6-7:30pm. Build stamina and strength through progressions that enhance mobility for everyday activities to athletic performance. Each class is a new adventure with a familiar twist on each movement. Every Mon and Wed at 6pm until 5/16. New round begins 5/28. $15 jump in. 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. 843-3436726. Reiki and Meditation Group – 6-7:30pm. Join us for an evening of Reiki, meditation and a question/ answer session. Socialize with like-minded friends during this uplifting and inspiring event. Open to all Reiki practitioners and those interested in Reiki. $20. 772 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-3274761.

thursday, may 3 Yin and Yoga Nidra – 6:30-8pm. Gentle yin yoga followed by deeply relaxing yoga nidra meditation experience. Candlelight, eye pillows, soothing tones from singing bowls and deep inner awareness. Join us for this amazing experience. Open to all levels. Space is limited to 15 participants, register early. $15. Center for Holistic Health, 1470 Ben Sawyer Blvd, #7, Mt Pleasant. 781-353-1553. Essential Oils 101 Class – 7-8pm. If you are new to essential oils or want to learn more about the basics, make sure to get to this class. RSVP to Tiffany: 843452-2867. Free. Center for Holistic Health, 1470 Ben Sawyer Blvd, Mt Pleasant. TiffMurray08@


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Reiki Level 2 – 10am-5pm. May 5-6. Join Maureen on a deeper exploration of Reiki as we dive into the Level II symbols, Distant Healing and the Chakra System. Class includes a comprehensive manual, Level II Attunement and beautiful certificate. Prerequisite Level I. 12 CEU class. Register by 5/2. $355. 772 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843327-4761.

sunday, may 6 The 5 Elemental Energies of Ayurveda of the Soulforce and Our Relationships – 3-4:30pm. How do the 5 Elemental Energies of Fire, Water, Air, Space, and Earth manifest from our soulforce or spirit? What do they look like in and out of balance? How do we use them to build the strong relationships we want and employ spiritual connections? $30. 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. 843-3436726.

monday, may 7 GreenWay Fit Challenge Prep Class – 1011:30am. This functional fitness training class involves exercising the body and mind to be prepared for everyday life. Join Health Coach, Andrew Dean, every Mon and Wed at 10am until 5/9 on the West Ashley Greenway. $15 jump in. 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. 843-343-6726. SeedOfLifeWellness 4-Week Fit Challenge – 6-7:30pm. Build stamina and strength through progressions that enhance mobility for everyday activities to athletic performance. Each class is a new adventure with a familiar twist on each movement. This is the last week before the new round starts. Visit website for dates. $15 jump in. 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. 843-343-6726. SeedOfLifeWellnessCollective@

tuesday, may 8 Unleash Your Body’s Potential – 7-8:30pm. Learn some of the principles like how to let go of guilt, shame and perfection when it comes to your body image. You can make a simple mindset shift toward a balanced and healthy lifestyle. Also offered on 5/15. Facilitator: Nelly Strelnikova. Free. 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. Nelly@

4-Week Fit Challenge – 6-7:30pm. Build stamina and strength through progressions that enhance mobility for everyday activities to athletic performance. Each class is a new adventure with a familiar twist on each movement. This is the last day of the current round. Visit website for the next round. $15 jump in. 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. 843-343-6726. SeedOfLifeWellnessCollective@ Essential Oils 101 – 7-10pm. Learn how to properly care for and safely use essential oils. Explore techniques for application, effects of their fragrant influences and medical properties. Topics include: “Essential Oil Use with Pets and Children,” as well as “Chemical-Free Cleaning.” Facilitator: Sarah Oberdier. Free. 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. FunHealthyOils@gmail. com.

thursday, may 10 Taste and See – 6-8:30pm. Experience hands-on cooking techniques combined with healthy choices for you and your family. Nourishing our bodies is a large part of living an abundantly whole life. Join us to learn how to choose, cook, and eat healthy and deliciously simple. Facilitator: Carrie Boan. Free. 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. Info@ Yin and Yoga Nidra – 6:30-8pm. Gentle yin yoga followed by deeply relaxing yoga nidra meditation experience. Candlelight, eye pillows, soothing tones from singing bowls and deep inner awareness. Join us for this amazing experience. Open to all levels. Space is limited to 15 participants, register early. $15. Center for Holistic Health, 1470 Ben Sawyer Blvd, #7, Mt Pleasant. 781-3531553.

friday, may 11 Beginning 2-Day Ortho-Bionomy Class in Charleston – 9am-5pm. May 11-12. Open to all, 14 credits NCBTMB. Laypeople, bodyworkers, yoga, Pilates instructors anyone wishing to cultivate deeper knowledge of body awareness, resilience and understanding through self-corrective reflexes. This class focus is on structural releases for the extremities. $345. Unity Church, 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston. 505-660-8321. Info@AshevilleHappy

saturday, may 12 GreenWay Fit Challenge – 10-11:30am. Join us for the GreenWay Fit Challenge at The Seed of Life. A fun and fit guided workout and short run through the West Ashley Greenway. Join us after at the Feel Good Festival at 12pm. $20 registration. 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. 843-343-6726.

Feel Good Festival – 12-4pm. Health, fitness and fun. Let’s explore feeling good in our added sunshine with local music, food, practitioners, vendors and interactive fun. RSVP to enter to win a free giveaway prize. Free. 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. 843-343-6726. SeedOfLifeWellnessCollective@

monday, may 14 Healing Properties of Cannabis and Hemp Oil...History, Research and Uses – 6-7pm. Learn about our Endo-Cannabinoid System, phytocannabinoids and hemp oil. There is research on over 250 conditions and cannabidiol. Hemp oil might be the most important supplement you add to your health regimen. We will discuss cannabis and those who would like can sample it. Free. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. 843-324-0489.

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What The Locals Know/Mingle – 9:30-11:30am. Meet local, knowledgeable folks who answer fast paced and fun questions. There will be coffee and tea as well as good conversation. Here you can make friends and discuss whatever is on your mind. Casual, relaxed environment so come as you are. Facilitator: Di Johnson. Free. 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant.

360 Fit Challenge – 6-7pm. Are you ready to compete against your own time and work capacity over this 2-week intense workout? This 40-minute timed workout includes the 8 fundamental movements of exercise in progressing reps that add up to 360 reps per workout. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 6pm. $80, 2 free educational classes included. 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. 843-3436726.

Dances of Universal Peace – 7-8:30pm. Unity of Charleston meditation in movement, using mantras from many of the world religions. Easy-to-do spiritual circle dances with live music guitar, violin and flute. We celebrate the unity across world religions through an embodied practice of prayer in dance and song. No experience needed. Donation. 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston. 843-566-0600. UnityCharleston@

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sunday, may 20

Chakra Balancing Crystal Bowl Yoga Experience – 6:30-8pm. This is a special class devoted to working through our chakra energy. Experience the opening and healing of your chakra energy centers through an immersion experience of movement, sound, color and energy. Only 15 spots available, register early. $20. Center for Holistic Health, 1470 Ben Sawyer Blvd, #7, Mt Pleasant. 781353-1553.

Unity of Charleston African Market – 1-4pm. The African Market and Festival is a celebration of African culture with African art, crafts, clothing, jewelry, dancers, drummers, skin care and more. There will be a variety of vendors; enjoy an authentic African meal. Add to the atmosphere wearing your colorful African clothing. Donation. 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston. 843-566-0600.

Healing Properties of Cannabis and Hemp Oil... History, Research and Uses at The Salt Oasis – 6:30-8pm. Learn about our Endo-Cannabinoid System, phyto-cannabinoids and hemp oil. There is research on over 250 conditions and cannabidiols. Hemp oil might be the most important supplement you add to your health regimen. Distribution opportunity will also be presented on the extraordinary “Green Rush.” Free. Salt Oasis Spa & Wellness Center, 103 Harth Pl, Ste B, Summerville. 843-324-0489.

friday, may 18 The Gift of Deepening and The Radiance in All Things with Mark Nepo – May 18-20. 6:308:30pm, Fri; 9:30am-5pm, Sat; 9:30am-12:30pm, Sun. Mark will open a heart space through which participants can understand their relationship to the gift of deepening and the radiance in all things. $25-$295. The Sophia Institute, 150 Meeting St, Charleston.

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monday, may 21 Natural and Clay-Based Interior Construction Methods – May 21-25. 9am, Mon thru 5pm, Fri. A 5-day intensive course (facilitated by American College of Building Arts) where participants will work on a Rammed Earth construction site practicing interior finishing methods: clay paints and plasters, cob sculpting, earthen floors and more. Discover the health benefits of natural diy finishing methods. Root Down Designs LLC, 357 Howle Ave, Charleston. 843-696-1007. 360 Fit Challenge – 6-7pm. Are you ready to compete against your own time and work capacity over this 2-week intense workout? This 40-minute timed workout includes the 8 fundamental movements of exercise in progressing reps that add up to 360 reps per workout. $80, 2 free educational classes included. 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. 843-3436726.

thursday, may 24 MUSC Center on Aging Senior Expo – 9am-2pm. All seniors, caregivers and senior service providers welcome to attend for free health screenings, exhibits and more. Free. MUSC Center on Aging, 176 Patriots Point St, Mt Pleasant. Dillonk@musc. edu. Healing Properties of Cannabis and Hemp Oil...History, Research and Uses at Ampersand – 6-7:30pm. Learn about our Endo-Cannabinoid System, phyto-cannabinoids and hemp oil. There is research on over 250 conditions and cannabidiols. Hemp oil might be the most important supplement you add to your health regimen. Distribution opportunity will also be presented on the extraordinary “Green Rush.” Free. Ampersand, 1965 Riviera Dr, Ste 1, Mt Pleasant. 843-324-0489. PrimeAnd Sound Bath Immersion – 6:30-7:30pm. Experience the deep relaxation of sound bath immersion meditation. Linda LaShay will delight us with an evening of complete sound healing. This ancient practice encourages you to fully relax and focus on a collection of frequencies and tones used to encourage meditation and relaxation. $20. Center for Holistic Health, 1470 Ben Sawyer Blvd, #7, Mt Pleasant. 781-353-1553. Chi Gong with Mark Patterson – 6:30-8pm. Learn how to get in touch with and cultivate your energy with Chi Gong. A gentle, mindful practice that increases fluid movement (blood, synovial and lymph) and builds awareness of how the body moves through space. All are welcome. Facilitator: Mark Patterson. $15. Center for Holistic Health, 1470 Ben Sawyer Blvd, #7, Mt Pleasant. 781353-1553.


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monday, may 28

360 Fit Challenge – 6-7:30pm. Are you ready to compete against your own time and work capacity over this 2-week intense workout? This 40-minute timed workout includes the 8 fundamental movements of exercise in progressing reps that add up to 360 reps per workout. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 6pm. $80, 2 free educational classes included. 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. 843-3436726.

360 Fit Challenge – 6-7pm. Are you ready to compete against your own time and work capacity over this 2-week intense workout? This 40-minute timed workout includes the 8 fundamental movements of exercise in progressing reps that add up to 360 reps per workout. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 6pm. $15 jump in. 2 free educational classes included. 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. 843343-6726. SeedOfLifeWellnessCollective@gmail. com.

saturday, may 26

Kirtana – 7-8:30pm. Join us for an uplifting evening of Kirtan with special guest, Sunita Hira. Kirtan is a traditional call and response sing along of devotional chant and story telling in Sanskrit. Participating in Kirtan is calming, meditative, unifying and uplifting. Come see what it’s about. $5 love donation. Center for Holistic Health, 1470 Ben Sawyer Blvd, #7, Mt Pleasant. 781353-1553.

Chas Theosophical Study Center Metaphysical Study Group – 4-5:50pm. We meet the last Saturday of each month to study subjects, such as Reincarnation, Karma and Life After Death. Free, study book available. Otranto Regional Library, 2216 Otranto Rd, Auditorium, N Charleston. 843899-0619.

sunday, may 27 Date Night with Your Higher Self – 1-2:30pm. Unity of Charleston Workshop with Celia Filla, High Consciousness Spiritual Healer. Experience energy of unconditional love. Learn how to heal yourself to be free to be all you came here to be. Deepen your faith, rise to higher consciousness and create the life of your dreams. $25; bring a friend for $37.50. 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston. 843-5660600.

wednesday, may 30 360 Fit Challenge – 6-7pm. Are you ready to compete against your own time and work capacity over this 2-week intense workout? This 40-minute timed workout includes the 8 fundamental movements of exercise in progressing reps that add up to 360 reps per workout. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 6pm. $15 jump in. 2 free educational classes included. 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. 843343-6726. SeedOfLifeWellnessCollective@gmail. com.

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Charleston Holistic Nursing and Health Care Practitioner Meeting – 6:30-8:30pm. Join us for our second meeting to network, learn more on membership opportunities in the American Holistic Nurses Association, understand board certification in holistic nursing, and incorporate integrative medicine knowledge into your practice. Monthly speaker: acupuncture. Free. Heritage Trust Community Room, 847 Coleman Blvd, Mt Pleasant.

plan ahead FRIDAY, JUNE 1 360 Fit Challenge – 6-7pm. Are you ready to compete against your own time and work capacity over this 2-week intense workout? This 40-minute timed workout includes the 8 fundamental movements of exercise in progressing reps that add up to 360 reps per workout. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 6pm. $15 jump in. 2 free educational classes included. 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. 843343-6726. SeedOfLifeWellnessCollective@gmail. com.

SATURDAY, JUNE 2 Reiki Level 1: Save The Date – Give yourself a strong platform to start using Reiki in your life. This life-changing yet accessible class includes a Reiki history, lots of practice time, a comprehensive manual, Level I Attunement and beautiful certificate. 12 CEU class. Register by 5/30. $255. 772 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-327-4761.

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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. 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 of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston. 843-566-0600. Unity of Mt Pleasant – 10-11am. Unity is a Positive Path for Spiritual Living. We lovingly welcome people of all faiths and inspire them to live with Passion. Free. Unity of Mt Pleasant, 3100 Tradition Cir, 2nd Floor, Somerby at Park West, Mt Pleasant. 843-814-1322. New Spirit Books & Gifts – 10:30am-1pm. Spiritual, metaphysical and inspirational books, crystals, incense, tarot/oracle cards. Unity of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston. 843-566-0600.

monday Complimentary Natural Female Hormone Balancing Consultations – 10am-4pm. With Dr. Stephanie Zgraggen. Lime and Lotus, 925-F Wappoo Rd, West Ashley. Call to schedule: 843-2142997. THRIVE Domestic Violence Support Group – 12:30-1:30pm. Connect in a safe, confidential forum with others who are experiencing or have experienced violence in their relationships. In an atmosphere of respect, safety and empathy, draw comfort and empowerment from those who understand. Facilitator: Leigh Wildt. Free. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. 843-345-7061. Leigh@Thrivesc.Life. Easeful Yoga – 5:00-6:00pm. If you’ve been intrigued by yoga, but we’re intimated by large studios teaching strenuous vinyasa flows, or if you’re a seasoned yogi looking for a fresh perspective, Retreat Studio will ease you into the practice with our intimate space, allowing more personable experience. $10. 1617 Ashely River Road, Suite B, West Ashley. (843) 872-6184. Beginners Yoga – 6-7pm. Join us with Cassie Branning in our tranquil yoga room. Since our classes are smaller than most, you get to really understand how the poses are preformed correctly and Cassie is able to lay healing hands on each Yogi. Come learn to flow and stretch. $12. Charleston Holistic Center, 2366 Ashley River Rd, Ste 8, Charleston. 843-225-2024. Info@CharlestonHolisticCenter. com. Vinyasa Yoga Flow – 6-7pm. This is a perfect class for those looking for mindful flowing practice. Learn to explore your edges, accept yourself as you are in the present moment. Come with an open mind, leave your limitations at the door. Only 15 spaces

available. Register early! $15 drop in. Center for Holistic Health 1470 Ben Sawyer Blvd., #7 Mount Pleasant. 781-353-1553. moira@HealingTree Zen Fusion – 6-7pm. Searching for Simplicity a Path To Enlightenment by incorporating Meditation, Loving Kindness, Contemplation, Buddhist Psychology, and Devine Centering Prayer. We encourage you to go within to experience this search (quest) for meaning, simplicity and a wise heart in our troubled conflicted world. Facilitator: Tommie Williams. Free. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. 843-345-7061. islandtommie52

tuesday Homemade Soup, Warm Bread, & Camaraderie – 1:10-2:30pm. Join us for camaraderie, homemade soup & fresh bread after Hatha Yoga with Jill Keefer. Need to get back to work quickly after Jill’s Yoga class? We have you covered with to-go containers for soup you can take with you. Free. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. 843-345-7061. Free Monthly Essential Oils Class – 6-7pm. 1st Tues of the month. Learn Healthy Habits, use Essential oils, Make ‘N’ Take items to use or give away to loved ones, Refreshments served, Recipes and RAFFLES! Free. 1164 Northbridge Rd (West Ashley), Charleston. 843-270-9913. ChiroAnn@ Yoga – 6-7pm. Join us in a small yoga room where you are guided through the right poses for your body by a compassionate instructor. The space can only hold 6 yogis, so please sign up through our website. $12, $10 for new yogis. Charleston Holistic Center, 2366 Ashley River Rd, Ste 8, Charleston. 843-225-2024. Info@CharlestonHolisticCenter. com. 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 of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave, 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. Call to schedule: 843-2142997. Weekly 12-Step Support Group – 2-4pm. We hear you. We’ve been there. We care. No RSVP needed. Drop-ins welcome. Cross talk permitted. Dan Gannon and Marsha Blyth lead this group using the Al Anon Workbook and support group dynamics. The workbook can be purchased at bliss or on Amazon. Free. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant.

thursday Reiki for Vets –1-2pm. Free drop-in Reiki clinic for veterans and their spouse or caregiver. VAapproved volunteers will provide free 15-minute Reiki sessions to any disabled vet receiving services through the VA. No appointment necessary! Call or visit website for more information. Free. Naval Nuclear Power Training Command, 101 Naval Nuclear Power Training Command Cir, Goose Creek. 843-425-4906. THRIVE Domestic Violence Support Group – 6-7pm. Connect in a safe, confidential forum with others who are experiencing or have experienced violence in their relationships. In an atmosphere of respect, safety and empathy, draw comfort and empowerment from those who understand. Facilitator: Leigh Wildt. Free. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. 843-345-7061. Leigh@ThriveSC.Life.

friday Weekly Course in Miracles – 10:30am-12pm. This is a self-study course that is spiritual rather than religious in its perspective. The Course combines aspects of Buddhism and Christianity to teach a non-dualistic thought system dealing with universal spiritual themes. Please join us at 10am for an optional Guided Meditation before class. Free. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. 843-345-7061. JanetHerron98@gmail. com. Contra Dance – 7:30-10:30pm. First and third Fridays. Fun for all ages. Beginner lesson begins promptly at 7:30. The caller will explain everything. Next dances are 5/4 (free), 5/18, and 6/1 at Park Circle. The 6/15 dance will take place at Advent Lutheran. $8; Supervised Children under 13, $4, Under 5, Free, 4800 Park Circle, N Charleston.

saturday Compost Daze – 10am-2pm. Compost Rangers Compost Daze volunteer monthly workday every 2nd Sat of the month. Location will vary, so follow Compost Rangers on Facebook or visit and sign up for email reminders. Simply Meditate – 10:30am-12pm. 2nd and 4th Saturdays. 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.

May 2018


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Connecting you to the leaders in natural health care and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide, email





1307 Savannah Hwy, West 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).

ALTERNATIVE HOLISTIC MEDICINE DR. PATRICK S. LOVEGROVE Merge Medical Center Mt Pleasant • 843-469-1001

AMA board-certified MD specializing in family medicine, holistic internal medicine, Antiaging, Chinese medicine, naturopathy. Merge Medical Center … where modern thinking meets natural healing. Services include Primary Care, Weight Loss, Fatigue management, Bioidentical hormones, Colonics, Acupuncture, Massage, Reiki, Chiropractic, IV vitamins, and Bemer therapy.

Jennifer Byrne, MPH, NAMA-Certified Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor 232A Ashley Ave, Charleston • 843-743-8373 Ayurveda is a 5,000-year-old system of health and longevity. An Ayurvedic consultation can help you understand your unique constitution and identify how your system manifests imbalances. Individualized dietary, lifestyle and herbal recommendations are tailored to address any current imbalances. Call/email for scheduling. See ad, page 23.

SEED OF LIFE COLLECTIVE Melody Rogers 843-343-6726

Want more Energy? Deeper Rest? Better Focus? Ayurvedic Lifestyle Medicine and Personalized Health Coaching can Help You! Text or email about your Free Consultation today! See ad, page 9.

beauty consultant YOUR GROOMING GURU


Charleston 845-802-6111 • Consultations, Spiritual Coaching and Counseling with a primary focus on a client’s gifts and talents, illuminating natural cycles and phases of growth for individuals and couples. Alexander’s training in Body Centered Gestalt Counseling and Art Therapy, coupled with his Astrological/ Intuitive training powerfully help clients achieve clarity of goal and purpose.

1319 Savannah Hwy, Ste C Charleston (in Artisans Inc Salon) 843-813-1838 Your Grooming Guru, Barbara Brant-Williams, is an experienced hair-stylist, 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. See ad, page 16.

beauty & sKIN cARE Seed Of Life Alternative Health Collective Ashley Kramer 621 Wappoo Road, Charleston (843)566-4422

Brazilian waxing, Full body waxing, Threading, Facials, and Microdermabrasion. 10 years of experience. Men are welcome. Please Book Yo u r A p p o i n t m e n t s a t


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Mt Pleasant/Charleston 843-732-0293 • BioMagnetic Therapy can help create balance, restore vitality within the body and facilitate clearing of viral, bacterial, fungal, parasitic infections; allergies; ADD; autism; autoimmune issues; heavy metal and other toxicity; chronic pain; infertility; herpes; MS; among other conditions.


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. See ad, page 23.

DANICA TODD, CERTIFIED DOULA, MASSAGE THERAPIST 720 Magnolia Rd, Ste 15, Charleston 843-826-0660

Avondale’s premier massage therapy and advanced Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® practice. Learn more about my journey at

CBD OIL, PRODUCTS EUCALYPTUS WELLNESS & ELIXIR BAR 280 W Coleman Blvd, Ste E Mt Pleasant • 843-388-4956

We offer the largest selection of CBD Oil products in the Lowcountry. Our staff is trained to answer any of your CBD questions. Store hours Monday thru Saturday 9am-7pm, Sunday 12-5pm.


3373 S Morgans Point Rd, Ste 307 Mt Pleasant 843-971-8814 Holistic Family Care practice, offering a variety of techniques and therapies to help improve overall health and wellness. Proudly serving the Charleston area for 17 years.


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; bio-identical hormones; sugar detox; stress testing; chiropractic; peripheral neuropathy; detox footbaths; emotional (TBM/NET) and wellness care.

Dr. Ann Jenkins, Not Your Ordinary Chiropractor


North Charleston 843-743-9488 Transformational Coach and Shamanic Healer. Break through unconscious barriers to fully LIVE the LIFE you desire! Monthly Meditation/Shamanic Healing, Moon Ceremonies and Healing



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.


Neda Smith 250 Mathis Ferry Rd, Ste 101, Mt Pleasant 843-469-1001

1164 Northbridge Dr, Charleston (West Ashley) 843-270-9913

Exclusive to the area: Whole Body Magnetic Therapy. Mention Natural Awakenings for a free onehour session. Holistic family care. Relief of neck, back and emotional pain. Homeopathy and essential oils. See ad, page 15.

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.


A holistic consultant/psychotherapist, Dr, Strong performs Vibrational Psychic Surgery on mental, emotional and physical blocks in the subconscious for fast and deep healing. You feel confident; calm with new knowledge.


Increase energy and concentration, improve digestion, eliminate constipation, jumpstart weight loss, detox and hydrate the body! If we take good care of the bowel, we can have better health. Call for more information and to schedule an

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 2.


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Angel Muehlenkamp, MA Professional Counseling Summerville 843-327-1440 • We are here to live in the fullness of who and what we truly are. Angel uses her unique ability to Connect to Source to assist you in moving beyond daily limitations. Open to a brand new way of living. Talk, Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy; Quantum-Touch; Reiki; Intuitive Counseling; Art of God; Life Coaching; and Spiritual Counseling.


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.

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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 26.

JAMES SEXTON, DMD, MAGD 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 12.


HEALTH SLEEP BETTER SOUTH CAROLINA Dr. Dana Blalock 210 Seven Farms Dr, Ste 103 Daniel Island 843-881-4545 •

Our passion is to improve the quality of life for those suffering with snoring or sleep apnea with a comfortable, custom-fitted oral appliance. See ad, page 19.

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 Monday thru Saturday 9am-7pm, Sunday 12-5pm.

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.



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.


Curious about essential oils? I would love to share Young Living with you! I offer classes on family wellness, chemical-free cleaning, business opportunities and more!


Andrew Dean, ISFTA Certified Personal Fitness Trainer and Exercise Therapist 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston • 843-475-2156 Specialized in the Fundamental Movements of the Body and the Natural Laws in Nutrition. Interested in the 8 Fundamental Movements of Exercise and the Natural Laws of Nutrition? Classes and Programs available now! Call Today!


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.

HEMP OIL PrimeMyBody Hemp Oil 843-324-0489



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Animal reiki, crystal therapy and aromatherapy, Grounding/Earthing, Alpha-Stim (FDA-approved unit for stress relief, pain management, trauma recovery).


Dr. Amanda McNabb and Dr. Karyn Meadows 318 N Cedar St, Ste B Summerville 843-879-8224 •

See ad, page 9.

Healthy people are happy people. Unwanted weight, indigestion, pain, depression or stress? Offering hair/saliva testing, bioidentical nutrition, essential oils, and chiropractic. Where AWESOME happens!


Moira Duggan 1261 Caperton Way, Charleston 781-353-1553 • Holistic Healing through Mind~Body~Spirit Reconnection. Offering: Reiki Healing Therapy, Energy Medicine, Yoga and Meditation, Mindful Nutrition, Intuitive Counseling, Soul Realignment, Sacred Oils, Workshops and Private Sessions.


Dr. Seth Strauss 757 Long Point Rd, Ste C Mt Pleasant 843-352-9966 We are a unique state-of-the art facility where we help families improve their quality of life when other solutions have failed. See ad, page 7.


Charleston Holistic Center 2366 Ashley River Rd, Bldg 8, Charleston 843-225-2024 Licensed, full-service counselor specializing in all aspects of anxiety. Certified in Hypnotherapy, EMDR, E F T, P a s t - L i f e R e g r e s s i o n , Mindfulness and Dream Analysis. Whatever you’re experiencing, we can help you find your way to a happier life. See ad, page 25.


Adam Hall 588 Old Mt Holly Rd Goose Creek 843-203-8313 Back2Health Physical Medicine is a multi-specialty practice with a unique approach to pain. Our goal is to successfully restore your quality of life to its maximum potential. See ad, page 3.


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

life coach Victoria Hargis 843-284-6810

Eliminate emotional barriers and live life free! PTSD intervention, anxiety and trauma release. Leadership Coach. Fast and permanent results. Master Coach Certified. NLP, brain retraining, PSTEC. Services pro-vided in HIPPA compliant platform online or in person.

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.


Gail D. Azain, RN, MS, MSN, FNP 2052 Sterling Marsh Ln Seabrook Island 864-351-8787 • Ms. Azain, a nurse practitioner, is a distributor of Shaklee Products— nutrition, beauty and household products for a healthier home and you!


Pam Olivier 3226 2B Maybank Hwy Johns Island 843-708-8923 • A simple place for a sophisticated massage. Whether dealing with disgruntled muscles from stress or injury from an accident, we will design the correct massage for you. Techniques used include sports massage, neuromuscular, Thai yoga massage, and manual lymph drainage. Look for the addition of Watsu (water massage) this spring.

NATURAL HEALTH ECOHEALTH WELLNESS CENTER & DETOX SPA Tiffany Jackson 1051 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, Ste B Mt Pleasant • 843-884-4466

Tiffany Jackson specializes in chronic GI disorders, correcting nutritional deficiencies, personalized diet plans and detoxification. EcoHealth offers Infrared Saunas, Migun Massage and Alkaline Water. See ad, page 2.


Symmetry provides neurofeedback for individuals and families at our Centers, makes it easy for schools and professionals to implement neuro-pt, and now provides systems for safe use at home. Brain training to address negative characteristics of ADHD, autism, anxiety, depression, insomnia, migraines, memory, improving performance and more.


Mt Pleasant/Charleston 843-801-4686 Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator with over 25 years of experience. Private consultations, grocery store tours, public speaking. Owner of Carolina Green Living LLC, which focuses on teaching clients about avoiding toxins and other environmental factors that can impact health.


2671 Ft 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 21.


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.

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Maureen Donohue 772 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston 843-327-4761 • Client-focused, heart-centered joti reiki therapeutic Reiki, Medical Reiki and


Charleston Holistic Center 2366 Ashley River Rd, Bldg 8, Charleston 843-452-7996 Transform your life from the ordinary to the extraordinary by understanding how the aspects of your being interact and block your progress. Together, we can heal your past and find your true future. See ad, page 29.

Distant Reiki Sessions. Maureen is a Usui Reiki/Master Teacher in practice since 2003. She offers NCBTMB-Approved Workshops Treatments - Classes throughout the U.S. 843-327-4761

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Dr. Wendy M. Perrell, Certified Soul Coach and Shaman 907-317-2483 • Meetup: Charleston~Align with Your Soul’s Purpose


Shanna Rivera 877-315-7226, ext 447

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.


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Early detection and alternative prevention. Thermography: radiation-free full body and breast cancer screening. See what you need to work on now to potentially avoid future health issues. See ad, page 22.


Johnny Zecopoulos, BSME 843-327-3726 • Johnny@ (for filtration) (for Kangen ionizers) Your one-stop source for cleaner water through NSF/WQA certified filtration and/or healthier water through life-altering devices known as Kangen Water ionizers.

WOMEN’S HEALTH LIME AND LOTUS – HEALING ARTS CENTER Stephanie Zgraggen 925 Wappoo Rd, Ste F, Charleston 843-214-2997 •

Painful periods? Hot flashes? Fatigue? Weight gain? Dr. Stephanie takes a holistic, individualized approach toward natural female hormone balance with natural effective therapies.

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