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19 LIVING LIFE WITH,
INSTEAD OF AGAINST CHRONIC PAIN
An Interview with Abigail McClam
20 BREAK FREE OF CHRONIC PAIN
Natural Ways to Feel Much Better by Kathleen Barnes
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am very happy to have our second cover by a local artist! I found out about Will Cotton’s work through a mutual friend who is one of Will’s fellow teachers at Fort Dorchester High School. I reached out to Will and told him of my interest in local artwork for our covers in my ongoing quest to “localize” the magazine. I fell in love with the piece we feature, Blue Crab #1, and the way it looks like stained glass. Will IS a local as far as I am concerned. Although he grew up in Michigan, he spent summers in the Pawleys Island/Sunset Beach area. I have family on Pawleys and spend a good deal of time up there myself. Will says locals may ask: “What does this Yankee know about the lowcountry?” His response is simple: “What is there not to know of this area? Good food, friendly people, and easy days in the sun sipping a beverage. I know coke is a soda and not a ‘pop’; Folly is a chill town and not a comical mishap; and Murrells Inlet is a drinking town with a fishing problem.” I couldn’t agree more, Will! Learn more about him and his work in the Artist Bio on page 10. This month’s theme focuses on natural approaches to chronic pain. We have all seen the statistics about the rise in opioid addiction and the senseless deaths that have ensued. This issue offers hope and alternatives to prescriptions. Breathing techniques, tapping, nutrition and meditation are just some of the techniques shared in our feature article, “Break Free of Chronic Pain,” on page 20. I was fortunate to spend some time with Abigail McClam, owner of Lotus Healing Centre, who shared her own story of chronic pain with me (see page 19). You can’t help but be inspired by Abigail’s wisdom and grace. The techniques shared in this issue, as well as Abigail’s story, prove there is hope for those living with chronic pain. As Abigail says, pain can be our “wisest teacher of self, limits and life.” If you are struggling with chronic pain, please know you are not alone. There is hope and there is help. Abigail will be offering a Chronic Pain Resilience Workshop starting on June 9. Read more about this on page 36. I can’t imagine a better teacher or example than Abigail. Summertime is here and the living is good! Time to get out and enjoy the water, but make sure the water is safe by checking with Charleston Waterkeeper first. Read about its water monitoring program on page 7. Sipping on a cold drink on a hot summer day is always a good thing, but join me and Charleston Surfrider in ditching the straws as part of its Strawless Summer Challenge. Let’s cut the plastic pollution harming our marine life. Read about it on page 8. How about a healthy pizza at a backyard barbecue? Check out the recipes on page 26. This is just some of the great local and national content we have for you in this June issue. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads and congrats to all the graduates! Happy June to us all!
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he Charleston Waterkeeper’s Recreational Water Quality Monitoring Program tests the water at 15 sites in and around the harbor every week from May to October. Samples are collected weekly and analyzed for the amount of Enterococcus bacteria present. Testing results are published as soon as they are available, so residents can make informed decisions about when and where to swim, stand-up paddleboard, kayak and sail. All data is collected and generated under a DHEC (Department of Health and Environmental Control)-approved Quality Assurance Project Plan. Samples are analyzed at the College of Charleston’s Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences’ Hydrochemistry Research Laboratory, which is certified by DHEC to test for Enterococcus bacteria. People can sign up for a weekly email, follow Charleston Waterkeeper on Facebook, or visit these websites for the latest reports: CharlestonWaterKeeper.org/ what-we-do/programs/water-quality-monitoring and TheSwimGuide.org. Swim Guide also offers a mobile app. Charleston Waterkeeper’s mission is to protect, promote and restore the quality of Charleston’s waterways while ensuring the public’s right to swimmable, drinkable, fishable water.
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Gotcha Bike Launches Official Charleston Bike Share Promoting Healthy Lifestyles for a Healthy Planet
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otcha Bike will launch the first Charleston official city bike share program, titled Holy Spokes, May 30 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate support from the city of Charleston, aka the Holy City, and title partner, MUSC Health. Holy Spokes has more than a dozen bike corrals located across the peninsula, and offers pricing plans for locals, visitors and students with options to pay annually, monthly or as you go. The locally assembled bikes dispatched across the peninsula are the nation’s smartest, thanks to company partner, Social Bicycles, and its proprietary GPS technology that allows users to locate and activate the bikes through a smartphone or computer. The integrated technology and flashing safety lights are powered through a built-in solar panel and dynamo hub, giving riders real-time data from each bike ride. Sean Flood, CEO of Gotcha Bike, explains how the nation’s smartest bikes promote a healthy lifestyle: “Holy Spokes is committed to a healthier community, and the technology helps us get there by tracking calories burned, reducing carbon dioxide emissions, and saving money in the process.” Since 2015, the 20 collective Gotcha Bike programs across the U.S. have biked off 3.9 million calories and reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 85,000 pounds.
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hile the traditional Indian medical science of ayurveda has been helping people to live longer, healthier lives for more than 5,000 years, ayurveda Jennifer Byrne is only starting to become a household name here in the West. Ayurveda’s soaring popularity in recent years may be linked to its close relationship with yoga (also of Vedic origin) as well as its simple dietary, lifestyle and herbal therapeutics approach to improved health and longevity. NAMA-Certified Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor Jennifer Byrne wants more Charlestonians to learn about the healing possibilities of ayurveda (NAMA stands for the National Ayurvedic Medical Association). She is offering a free monthly Q&A session on ayurveda to share its unique offerings with the community and to answer any questions people have about how this ancient yet dynamic system of health and healing can help them. These Q&A sessions will be offered on different days and times each month so that everyone interested can participate. This month’s Q&A session will take place on Monday, June 5, from 6 to 7 p.m. Check the Natural Awakenings calendar monthly for the date and time. Location: Lotus Healing Centre, 232A Ashley Ave., Charleston. For more information, call 843-743-8373, or visit EarthenApothecary.com or Facebook. com/theearthenapothecary. See ad, page 3, and listing, page 39. 8
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Charleston Natural Health Introduces New Integrative Health Services
tefanie DeWysockie is a board-certified naturopath and experienced yoga instructor specializing in metabolic health, nutritional balancing, supplementation, life coaching, skin care formulation, and yoga therapy. Charleston Natural Health offers an array of integrative health services for all one’s health and wellness needs, including coaching for health, fitness, lifestyle, skin care, yoga therapy, life coaching, as well as courses, workshops, hair tissue mineral analysis, pH testing, reflexology and personalized skin care products. Stefanie DeWysockie Appointments are available at the Charleston office, located at Bridge to Avalon (757 St. Andrews Boulevard) or online via VSee. For more information, call 609-781-6623, email CharlestonNaturalHealth@gmail. com or visit CharlestonNaturalHealth.com.
Go Strawless This Summer!
onsumers order beverages and either ask for a straw, or are given one without asking, with little thought about what happens to it once they finish their beverage. But that straw doesn’t just disappear. It ends up in a landfill, or worse, in the environment or the ocean where it can be detrimental to our marine life. Every single day, 500 million straws are used and discarded in the U.S. That’s a total of 175 billion straws per year! In Charleston alone, during litter sweeps, the Surfrider Foundation Charleston Chapter picked up close to one thousand plastic straws along our beaches and waterways. Those straws are non-recyclable, can’t be washed in a dishwasher, and some contain the harmful chemical BPA (bisphenol A). Compostable straws are just as concerning. They have to be in an industrial compost facility to properly degrade. In the ocean, they will only photodegrade into smaller pieces. Any small plastic can be ingested by marine and land animals and get into our food chain. This summer, a group of likeminded organizations is taking on the plastic straw problem in the lowcountry. The Charleston Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, along with the 5 Gyres Institute, the Charleston Restaurant Association and the U.S. Bartenders’ Guild Charleston Chapter, is challenging restaurants and bars to take the #StrawlessSummer Challenge. Bars and restaurants will be challenged to only provide straws to patrons when asked—ultimately cutting down on the number distributed. Consumers can get in on the challenge, too! When out and about and getting a drink, be sure to tell the waiter or waitress, “No straw please!” The #StrawlessSummer Challenge will officially kick off at Redux Contemporary Art Center at its new location on 1056 King Street at 6 p.m. on June 20. Restaurants and bars, along with consumers, are invited to the center for a complimentary screening of Jack Johnson’s Smog of the Sea. The 30-minute film documents a weeklong expedition through the Sargasso Sea, of the North Atlantic, to explore the problem of plastic pollution in the ocean. Attendees will learn more about the plastic pollution epidemic, learn ways to curb their plastic habits, and enjoy drinks from Cathead Vodka and bites from local restaurants. For more information on the #StrawlessSummer Challenge Kickoff Party, visit Facebook.com/charlestonsurfrider.
International Spiritual Teacher Mirabai Devi Visits Charleston
irabai Devi, international spiritual teacher, facilitator for healing, author and mentor, will visit Charleston from June 7 to 14. Her visit includes a free public event at Bridge to Avalon on Saturday, June 10, at 7 p.m. Devi will also be offering private sessions during her visit in Charleston. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Devi is the founder of the Mirabai Devi Foundation, a nonprofit 501c3 organization dedicated to raising global consciousness through the awakening and healing of humanity. Devi tours North America, Europe and Africa sharing her programs, which include spiritual teachings, guided meditations, peacemaking and forgiveness practices, individual and group Divine Light healing, devotional music, and transmission of Divine Light. She encourages all who attend her events to focus on the Divine Light within in order to directly experience their own divine nature. Her programs and group healings have transformed the lives of thousands of people around the world. For more information about Mirabai Devi, her events, and all that she offers, visit MirabaiDevi.org. See ad, page 12.
Local Offshore Drilling Opposition
he mayors of Charleston, Beaufort, Edisto, Isle of Palms, Myrtle Beach, Port Royal and Sullivan’s Island all agree, it is not a good idea to invest in seismic testing and offshore oil drilling. In fact, all but one of the state’s coastal municipalities have passed resolutions opposing offshore oil activity. President Donald Trump reversed the previous administration’s decision and ordered a review of the closing of offshore drilling and testing. The same day the mayors shared why their communities oppose this action and the impacts that would follow. Among the impacts listed as concerns were lack of land for necessary refineries and the risk to tourism and its economic engine as well as to our coastal ecosystem.
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R Will Cotton Will Cotton grew up in Portage, Michigan, but spent the summers in the Pawleys Island/Surfside Beach area, where he fished and shrimped and would lose the occasional shoe in the pluff mud catching crabs. The lowcountry made an impact on Cotton, and he knew he had to return here after graduating from college. He moved here in 1999. As an artist, Cotton is drawn to mediums that are not the “norm.” He loves when people look at his artwork with confusion and say, “What did you use?” Cotton uses linoleum, encaustic and mixed media. Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, offers many levels of translucent/transparent pigments, similar to looking through various levels of colored glass. He works with the wax by manipulating it with torches, heat guns, hot irons and wood-burning tools, and does so quickly, knowing that as soon as the brush is loaded the wax starts cooling and complete control is not possible. “I have to let go of the absolute intention of a stroke and allow myself to be open for the natural or happy accident of the medium,” says Cotton. Cotton’s passion for coastal living and encaustics melded together. The relaxed atmosphere of a day playing in the sun sparked his interest in his series of blue crabs, with rhythmic abstracts of blues and browns. He also draws inspiration from his students at Fort Dorchester High School, where he teaches 3D and International Baccalaureate Art. For more information or to contact Will Cotton, call 843-442-9631 or visit CottonsFineArt.org. 10
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High-Intensity Workouts May Keep People Coming Back
study from McMaster University, in Hamilton, Ontario, has found that high-intensity interval training (HIIT) makes working out more enjoyable for individuals that struggle with regular exercise. Jennifer Heisz, lead author and assistant professor in the kinesiology department, observes, “Enjoyment during the first weeks of adopting a new exercise program may be especially important for preventing dropouts.” Researchers divided 40 sedentary, healthy adults into two groups. One participated in HIIT, which consists of short bursts of intense exercises, followed by lowerintensity recovery periods, for six weeks; the other group performed ongoing moderate exercises. The researchers discovered that while both groups started out with equal enjoyment levels, the HIIT group enjoyed their workouts more as they gained strength, while the moderate group reported unchanged or decreased enjoyment levels.
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esearch from the University of Medical Sciences and Technology, in Khartoum, Sudan, tested the efficacy of ginger, cinnamon and a combination of both in reducing root canal infections. The study tested infections associated with 50 teeth involved in root canals. They were divided into five groups. One was treated with a paste of extract of ginger, another of cinnamon, and another with both of them. The final two groups were divided into a positive control group treated with calcium hydroxide with iodoform paste, and a negative control group was left untreated. The researchers recorded the number of colony forming units (CFU) of bacteria—individual bacteria units capable of growing into a colony—before and after the treatments. The extract of ginger group showed the most effectiveness, with a reduction from 83 CFUs to 26.5, suggesting that ginger may help treat or prevent root canal infections. The cinnamon group saw their status reduced slightly, to 77.8 CFUs, and the combination caused a decrease to 49.7.
Ginger Relieves Infected Root Canals
Why Lyme Disease Ticks Thrive in the North
esearchers from the University of Rhode Island, in Kingston, have studied the rapid increase in Lyme disease in the northern U.S. Only 11 cases of the disease, which annually impacts about 300,000 Americans, were reported in 2015 in Alabama, a state of approximately 5 million residents. Meanwhile, there were 491 confirmed cases in Vermont, with a population of less than 700,000. The researchers studied the life cycle, metabolism and behavior of black-legged ticks, collecting larvae from several eastern areas. They discovered that ticks live longer in cooler temperatures with higher levels of humidity, making northeastern climates ideal, because longer lives mean increased chance of contact. Southern ticks stay hidden underfoot in layers of leaves to stay cool and damp, making them less likely to find a human host than their northern counterparts, which reside on leaves and trees. “There has been a lot of research aimed at finding out what makes blacklegged ticks more efficient hosts for Lyme disease in the north than in the south,” explains Roger LeBrun, an entomology professor at the University of Rhode Island and co-author of the study. “People have looked at everything from the effects of temperature on tick life cycles to the types of animals the ticks feed on. Probably all of these factors play roles, but our results suggest that evolutionary pressure to conserve moisture by staying under the leaf litter surface is a critical factor.”
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esearchers from McGill University, in Montreal, Canada, have discovered a connection between vitamin D supplementation during infancy and a healthier ratio of muscle and fat in toddlers. “We were very intrigued by the higher lean mass and the possibility that vitamin D can help infants to grow both healthy skeletons and amounts of muscle, yet less fat,” says Hope Weiler, one of the study’s authors and director of the Mary Emily Clinical Nutrition Research Unit at the university. The original 2013 study, which followed 132 infants given one of four different dosages of vitamin D daily during their first years, confirmed the connection with strong bones. The 2016 study used the same data to explore the impact of vitamin D supplementation on the toddlers’ body fat levels. The researchers found that children given more than 400 international units per day during the first year of life had an average of 450 less grams of body fat at age 3. They also found a correlation between the supplementation and lean muscle mass in the youngsters during their first three years.
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etting off the couch and just moving may help slow the aging process in women that do not lead active lifestyles. Researchers from the University of California at San Diego measured the telomere lengths of white blood cells in 1,481 women between the ages of 64 and 95. Telomere lengths are a measure of aging within genes. After adjusting for other health and lifestyle factors, the researchers found that the women with less physical activity had shorter telomere lengths than those with more active lifestyles.
Healthy Eating Can Improve Bone Density in Women
he importance of calcium for bone health in women is widely known. Now a new study suggests that a diet of foods considered low-inflammatory, such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains, may help reduce bone loss and fracture risk. Researchers from Ohio State University calculated the dietary inflammatory index (DII) of 160,191 participants using data from the Womenâ€™s Health Initiative clinical trialsâ€™ baseline food frequency questionnaires. Comparative DII data were then recorded three and six years later among 10,290 study participants to determine any changes in their individual scores. Results were also compared with the number of hip fractures reported annually for the subjects, along with bone mineral density levels from the subgroup. Women with lower DII scores had less bone loss in their hips after six years.
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teins will extend the options. The Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition reported that vegetarians can save at least $750 annually over meat eaters by reducing or replacing consumption of animal products and switching to sources that adhere to higher animal welfare standards. The Impossible Burger simulates the sizzle, the smell and the juicy first bite of the real thing to rave reviews. The similar Beyond Burger is a hit at Whole Foods Markets. Tyson Foods is investing in the protein alternative company, Beyond Meat, and launching a $150 million venture capital fund to support plant-based foods. Some large German meat producers are also seeking to diversify with plant-based versions of traditional meaty favorites.
Many Americans have been confused by the “Sell By” labels on groceries for 40 years. Now, the Food Marketing Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the two largest industry trade groups, are adopting voluntary standardized regulations to clarify. Instead of using up to 10 different phrases to communicate safety, they have settled on just two: “Use By”, a safety designation to indicate when perishable foods are no longer good; and “Best if Used By”, an estimate of when the manufacturer thinks the product should be consumed for peak flavor. Studies show that consumers generally believe the current labels all signal whether a product is safe to eat, and that it will still be okay well after its so-called expiration date. At the same time, prematurely tossed groceries dominate landfills and produce greenhouse gas emissions. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and a coalition of environmental groups have been urging the industry to clear this up. The change is scheduled to take hold in July 2018. SpeedKingz/Shutterstock.com
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An amendment to a law that governs the cosmetology industry in Illinois recognizes that the relationship between hairdressers and their customers may help curb domestic abuse and sexual assault. Salon workers are required to take one hour of training every two years to know the signs and provide resources to help clients. Without the training, cosmetologists, hairstylists, nail technicians and aestheticians will not be able to renew their licenses. Angela Smith, a Chicago hairstylist, has heard many whispers of mistreatment by spouses or partners, of being choked, chased or emotionally abused. “Everybody doesn’t talk, but once you build a relationship, it comes up,” she says. The law does not require salon workers to act on their suspicions, but helps them to recognize warning signs and be equipped to pass along helpful information. Available support includes hotlines, safe houses, restraining orders and access to legal professionals.
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Under the Obama administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found in its first rigorous nationwide analysis of the effects of pesticides on endangered species, that 97 percent of the 1,800-plus animals and plants protected under the Endangered Species Act are likely to be harmed by malathion and chlorpyrifos, two commonly used pesticides; another 78 percent are likely to be For more information, visit ChicagoSaysNoMore.org. hurt by another, diazinon. But now the new EPA administration under President Trump has declined to ban chloripyrifos; the decision may be challenged in court. Banning Bags Is Making a Difference All three pesticides are organoGovernments worldwide are taking control phosphates widely used on crops such of a pollution problem with bans on different as corn, watermelon and wheat. Last forms of plastic, including shopping bags. year, the World Health Organization The Indian state of Karnataka has completely announced that malathion and diazinon banned the use of plastic. No wholesale dealer, retailer or trader can now use or are probable carcinogens. Based on the sell plastic carrier bags, plates, cups, spoons, cling film or even microbeads. EPA’s conclusions, the U.S. Fish and San Francisco became the first U.S. city to ban plastic shopping bags in 2007, Wildlife Service and the National Marine and in 2014 it banned plastic water bottles on city properties. Since then, they Fisheries Service will issue biological have included Styrofoam and thermocol (polystyrene). Hawaii introduced a ban opinions to identify mitigation measures on single-use plastic bags in 2015. ed nt theandSechanges a to pesticide use to ensure l P Coles Bay, Tasmania, was the first town in Australia to ban disposable plastic that targeted products will no longer pobags in 2003, using 350,000 fewer than in 2002. Ethiopia, France and Morocco tentially harm any endangered species. have followed suit. It’s all part of a global movement to protect the life of oceans As part of a legal settlement with the and other bodies of water. Buy into your Center for Biological Diversity, the biocommunity logical opinions … are due by December. Take the Greenpeace Plastic Pledge at Tinyurl.com/TakeThePlasticPledge. Support our advertisers Gajus/Shutterstock.com
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Robot Parks Vehicles in China Lot A robotic, laser-guided, fully automated vehicle, manufactured by Shenzhen-based Yeefung Automation Technology Co. Ltd., has been installed in the Chinese city of Nanking. Called GETA (get a car), the robot slides under a vehicle, picks it up, and places it in a parking spot in even the tightest of spaces in about two minutes. Yeefung General Manager Wu Hao says that the company developed the robot in response to limited parking in big cities worldwide, increasing efficiency by 20 to 40 percent. China has about 172 million vehicles on the road and projects that number to increase to 250 million by 2020. Source: Reuters
Driverless Cars Promise Safety and Savings Hyundai demonstrated its Ioniq autonomous, or driverless, hybrid car concept at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show, demonstrating that such vehicles— equipped with sophisticated sensors, GPS and computers—could be for sale within five to seven years. Safety is paramount. Estimates for the U.S., based on a 2013 Eco Center for Transportation study, projected that if 90 percent of vehicles were autonomous, the number of driving-related deaths would plummet from an annual 32,400 to approximately 11,300. “Drivers are excited that driverless cars will offer 90 percent fewer U.S. traffic accidents, 40 percent lower insurance costs, the end of drunk driving accidents and newfound freedom for seniors and people with disabilities,” says Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association. Its 2016 report Self-Driving Vehicles: Consumer Sentiments found that nearly 75 percent of consumers surveyed like the proffered benefits. In Driverless, authors Hod Lipson and Melba Kurman highlight significant ecological benefits, including McKinsey research findings that driverless cars will yield up to 20 percent fuel savings, and a corresponding reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. Their smoother driving also extends a vehicle’s life. Ford intends to deliver a fully autonomous vehicle for ride sharing in 2021, according to Mark Fields, Ford Motor Company president and CEO. Companies such as Uber and Lyft already are testing driverless vehicles in pilot cities. natural awakenings
communityspotlight Fueling a Generation One “Food Hug” at a Time: an Interview with 12-Year-Old Jackson Silverman, Founder of I Heart Hungry Kids by Jennifer Iamele Savage
How did your organization get started? Jackson: When I was really little, I helped my church pack bags of food for kids and I loved it. When I was 7, I heard about two incredible middle school girls who started a nonprofit to help homeless people. I thought, “I can do that” and decided to start my own nonprofit to help hungry kids. I called it I Heart Hungry Kids because even though I don’t know them, I love them with my heart and want them to have a better life. The Lowcountry Food Bank has a program that gives kids who get free lunch during the week a bag of food for the weekend, but they only wanted volunteers 14 and older. I believe that kids have a lot to contribute, so I talked with the Food Bank CEO and she agreed to let us come as a test. My mom helped me write a grant, and I designed a logo and put it on a T-shirt to raise money. We had our first I Heart Hungry Kids packing party in April 2013. It started off small, with my awesome brothers, Gabe and Riley, and some of our friends, and it just kept growing! The Lowcountry Food Bank is the best partner. Since we started four years ago, over 4,000 kid volunteers have packed more than 40,000 bags 16
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or-treating as you walk down the line and fill up your bag. We also make cards so they get a note from someone who cares. My DJ dad plays great music, and we have snacks from MUSC/Sodexo, and it feels like a fun party. It’s amazing to think that the bag you pack with your own hands will be opened by a kid who desperately needs it. So your hard work is really worth it. If you know a kid who wants to help or a company that wants to sponsor a line, we start back up in September. Go to our website at IHeartHungryKids.org or our Facebook page at I Heart Hungry Kids to learn more and to register. It’s open to all kids who want to change the world!
How has your organization grown over the past four years?
of food, which means over 155,000 meals for local kids in need. I’m not going to stop until every kid is fed!
How do you serve the lowcountry? Jackson: Every kid gets hungry, but not every kid gets fed. I’m always hungry, but I’m lucky because I know that I have plenty to eat. But not every kid is so lucky. Did you know that 1 in 4 kids go hungry in our community? That’s over 16,000 kids in Charleston alone! Hunger affects a kid’s life a lot. When someone is starving all the time, they are probably not going to get good grades or get a good job and might struggle to feed their own families someday. Hungry kids need a “food hug,” which is love and food combined into one. Feeding hungry kids solves one problem before it turns into bigger problems.
What volunteer opportunities do you have for the public? Jackson: Every month during the school year, 180 kids ages 2 to 18 get together to pack 2,500 bags of food. It’s like trick-
Jackson: I don’t think most kids even know about fierce hunger because they haven’t experienced it. When I tell kids about how bad the problem really is, they listen because it’s another kid talking to them instead of a grown-up, and they immediately want to be part of the solution. Then those kids tell more kids, and it starts an awesome chain reaction. Thousands of kids’ lives were changed when they received our food, but I think the lives of all our kid volunteers were changed, too. It’s a really direct way to change the life of someone your own age, and it makes you feel really, really happy. I hope that these kids keep volunteering for the rest of their lives. I have learned that the power of one person is not everything, but it is something. Sometimes, you have to stand up for what you think is the right thing to do and then get others to stand up, too. It takes everyone working together with our hands and our hearts to accomplish truly great things. Kids helping kids, that’s how we change the world! Jennifer Iamele Savage is a transitional life coach and a secondary Montessori educator. Her latest project, the Mindfull Mamas Project, aims to coach women who are struggling with the identity of motherhood and help them uncover their creative voice so they can step into their purpose and rediscover who they are. Connect with her at InspirationAndBliss.com.
readersnapshot Who’s a Natural Awakenings Reader? Meet Michael Daly—Singer, Actor, Canine Massage Therapist Tell our readers a little about yourself:
I was born in Long Island, New York, and moved to Charleston when I was 8. After high school, I moved to New York for college. When I graduated, I moved to Los Angeles and lived there for 10 years. I moved back to Charleston seven years ago.
All my life, I have had a connection with animals. When I first moved to Charleston, I had a hard time making friends, so the dogs in my neighborhood became friends. When I moved to Los Angeles, I did not want to be a typical waiter/actor, so I decided to become a veterinary technician. During the 13 years I was a vet tech, many veterinarians told me I had a way with animals and that they seemed to calm down when I touched them. After moving back to Charleston, I decided to research and see if canine massage was a practice that was available, and it was. I immediately started the process to get certified. After my certification, I started working as a technician at Sun Dog Cat Moon Vet Clinic, where I learned about holistic medicine and saw a new way of treating animals, including acupuncture, laser therapy and food therapy. After five years there, I am now doing canine massage full time. It is the most amazing job ever, and there is so much gratification in meeting a dog who has so much discomfort, then seeing them light up with happiness and energy after I work on them.
I have been an actor/singer/dancer since I was 6, and I have always known it was my calling. After graduating high school, I studied musical theater in New York City. From there, I moved to Los Angeles, where I did a lot of theater and commercials. I had the opportunity to work with many people who are now on Broadway; I workshopped two original musicals; and was part of a song and dance trio for three years. I decided to move back to Charleston after 10 years and give acting a break for a year. During that year, I felt so out of place. I knew it was because I was not living the life I was supposed to be, so I went back to acting. I am now with Coastal Talent and have had the opportunity to do a lot of local commercials. I am extremely proud to be a part of the local indie film community, where I have had the opportunity to play multiple characters in feature films, shorts and web series that have been in film festivals throughout the country.
Are you working on any projects now?
The latest project I am working on is an original musical version of a 1960s B movie called The Brain That
Wouldn’t Die. This is a fantastically outrageous musical that is a mix of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Young Frankenstein. I play Dr. Morty Cortner, an ingenious scientist who has invented a formula to reanimate human body parts. After a car crash kills his fiancée, he brings her head back to life, resulting in often hilarious lessons about morality, life and love. It has a full cast of Charlestonians along with some of New York City’s best talent. It should not be missed.
What do you like most about Natural Awakenings?
I am a reader of Natural Awakenings because it speaks to me in terms of a life that I want to live. Having worked five years in a holistic animal practice, I have seen the amazing things that things like herbs, acupuncture and better eating can do for animals. I am in recovery from addictions and had to find a more spiritual way of living that has helped me to become the person I am meant to be. I feel this magazine educates people on what is out there and helps the local community that shares these interests connect. The Brain That Wouldn’t Die will be at the Charleston Music Hall from June 22 to June 25, see ad, page 33. Michael Daly can be reached for canine massage at 843-324-2870 or RexsRelief@gmail.com.
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Smile Mathis Ferry Dentistry is a family-run and family-focused holistic dental practice. The family feel is evident as soon as one enters their Mt. Pleasant office. There is a warmth and friendliness that put one at ease, always a good thing when visiting the dentist! Dr. Wendy Haefner works with her husband, Andrew Haefner, who is the business manager at the office. The two met in the summer when Dr. Wendy was an undergrad at Case Western Reserve University, in Ohio. They both are originally from Rochester, New York. Andrew was a tennis pro and that is what brought them to Charleston. Dr. Wendy joined him after graduating, but then left for dental school at the University of Buffalo, where she graduated cum laude in June of 2007. She returned after completion and worked for different dental offices in the lowcountry before starting iSmile Mathis Ferry Dentistry five years ago. They love the Charleston area for the sunshine and the quality of life, and are happy to be raising their two boys— Dylan, 6, and Hudson, 3—here. They are likely to be found playing tennis, riding bikes or working in the garden during their off time.
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Dr. Wendy is very meticulous and takes obvious pride in what she does. She thoroughly researches every material and technique before offering them to her patients. She loves continuing education and keeps up with all the advances in her field. Dr. Wendy says she treats the mouth and oral cavity, but it is always with the whole person in mind. “We work to get beyond the symptom and address the cause.” As a holistic practice, they offer only mercury-safe removal following all protocol with the IAOMT (International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology) and use only biocompatible materials. They offer BPAfree composite fillings. These fillings are made of silicon oxide, which is free of BPA (bisphenol A) and mercury. They treat the whole family and have an affinity for working with kids. “We work to make the visits fun,” says Dr. Wendy. Children are asked about their favorite things, and if a filling is needed they might just end up with a princess or Pokémon filling. They offer quick ap-
pointments to make it easier on the kids. iSmile has state-of-the-art equipment in the office. They offer ozone therapy, CEREC same-day crowns and the newest X-ray machine that offers low radiation exposure. Ozone therapy has several applications. Ozonated water is used in all procedures and all rooms. They have successfully treated sinus issues with ozone gas. Ozone therapy has been successful in fighting gum disease since it gets under the gums to kill the bacteria. It also helps regulate the immune system and decrease inflammation. They also offer sleep apnea appliances for patients. The SnorNoMor appliance has had good results with reducing and eliminating snoring and mild-to-moderate sleep apnea. SnorNoMor is a great noninvasive, Food and Drug Administration-approved option to help those who snore (and their spouses) to get a good night’s sleep. Some signs of sleep apnea include loud snoring, feeling tired during the day and high blood pressure. Very few people even realize they have it. iSmile Mathis Ferry Dentistry will start offering Healthy Start devices later this summer. These are appliances children wear at night to help develop their airway, aid in jaw development, potentially prevent the need for braces and help alleviate allergies. They may also help with several issues related to the inability to sleep and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Dr. Wendy and iSmile Mathis Ferry Dentistry take pride in providing dental needs to the whole family.
iSmile Mathis Ferry Dentistry is located at 1571 Mathis Ferry Rd., in Mt. Pleasant. For more information or to make an appointment, call 843-884-1215 or visit MathisFerryDentistry.com. See ad, page 4.
Living Life With, Instead Of Against Chronic Pain: an Interview with Abigail McClam, Owner of Lotus Healing Centre by Toni Conover, publisher What started your journey with chronic pain? McClam: As a triplet, I was born at 28 weeks and contracted MRSA (a staff infection) in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit). It destroyed my right hip and growth plates in my legs. As a result, I dealt with over 18 surgeries to help repair the damage. Many of the doctors believed I would never walk again. My experience with medicalized trauma due to surgery and chronic pain through my childhood and most of my adult life has been transformational. In my early 20s at Elon University, I was up to six pain medications per day while receiving treatment from Duke University Pain Clinic with nerve blocks, spinal blocks, physical therapy and other treatments. I reached a cold, hard wall in the Western system. I was told there was nothing else they could do to treat my condition. Leg pain affected every aspect of my life—I was stuck in my body without skills to navigate how I was feeling emotionally or physically. What led you to the holistic approach that you now embrace and offer at Lotus Healing Centre? McClam: I had an acupuncture treatment during a visit to Asheville, North Carolina, with my mother. I remember the feeling still today—relief—as if someone turned the volume down on my pain. I was intrigued, inspired and ready to explore other alternative approaches to pain management. Call it intuition or luck, that experience changed the trajectory of my life. Have the holistic approaches you use eliminated your pain? McClam: No, absolutely not. I would say, however, I have more insight and
control over my pain cycles than ever before. The resilience created from 30 years of pain has taught me how to dance instead of fight against my body pain. Self-care is a priority—no longer a maybe next week option—because I know now how important it is to pain management. I am realistic, there are good days and bad. I strive for less pain and more ease in my body and mind. Pain no longer defines my life. It is part of who I am and is my wisest teacher of self, limits and life. You mentioned acupuncture. What other holistic methods do you use? McClam: Meditation; Ayurvedic selfcare massage; fresh local foods; lots of sleep; walking my dogs; mindful movement, such as yoga; and connecting to nature at the beach or in my garden are all methods I use daily. I am lucky to work with great practitioners at Lotus, and take advantage of their services, too, in our Lotus co-op. I am also proud to be part of City Roots urban organic farm, in Columbia, South Carolina, as a family member, lover of microgreens and local produce. What services are offered at Lotus Healing Centre? McClam: As a co-operative wellness center, we work together to offer professional services that help individuals who are in pain, struggling with stress or other issues move toward their optimal wellness. After nine years as an LMT (licensed massage therapist), I consider myself a life-long learner and continue to broaden my scope of practice. I am a Certified Arvigo® Therapy Practitioner of the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®. These techniques help men, women and children at all stages of life connect to their
body—specifically their core, womb or center—so that they have an embodied experience of their digestive system, reproductive system, and vital functions of their abdominal cavity, such as breathing and blood circulation. I teach each client how to do self-massage on their abdominal area—excellent for chronic digestive conditions, fertility and healing trauma. I am an infant massage instructor and advanced pediatric massage therapist, focusing on educating parents and children on the importance of massage and nurturing touch. I integrate a holistic approach to all of my massage sessions—from creating handcrafted organic oils based on my extensive studies in herbal medicine that treat a client’s specific needs; to treating complex chronic pain conditions, post-op joint recovery; to nurturing clients to decompress and let go of stress. You will find that our practitioners at Lotus often co-treat, meaning that many of our clients see one or all four of us! Brian Hoke offers Thai yoga, table massage, and cupping therapy. Jennifer Byrne is a NAMA-certified Ayurvedic wellness counselor, and she offers Ayurveda, nutrition and herbal medicine consultations. Laura Jarrait offers Akashic record readings and BodyTalk therapy as well as therapeutic yoga. The Lotus Learning Community offers therapeutic yoga and meditation, and programs specifically designed to help those learning to cope with chronic pain or discover mindful ways to live a healthier life. My hope as a practitioner and holistic health center owner is to offer those suffering and struggling with chronic pain (emotional or physical) a place to go to that embraces the complexities of pain, shares professional advice and services, integrates different modalities, and focuses on self-care strategies to change the conversation around chronic pain. I want people to know they are not alone in this and share with them what methods have made a difference for me and so many others in pain. Lotus Healing Centre is located at 232A Ashley Ave., in Charleston. For more information, call 843-724-9807 or visit LotusCharleston.com. See ad, page 3.
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Such statistics expose the magnitude of the problem of chronic pain. “It’s daunting, but there are many natural ways to address it that are inexpensive, effective and with what I call side benefits rather than negative side effects,” says Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, of Kona, Hawaii, author of the smartphone app Cures A-Z. Complementary, integrative or functional medicine, all names for a holistic approach to health care, offer a comforting wealth of gentle ways to address chronic pain, most of which the vast majority of conventional medical doctors are unaware, says Daniel Cherkin, Ph.D., senior investigator emeritus with the Group Health Research Institute, at the University of Washington, in Seattle. “Effective natural treatments include yoga, acupuncture, chiropractic,
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ccording to the National Center for Health Statistics, 25 percent of Americans, or 76.2 million, are suffering from pain that lasts more than 24 hours at this very moment: Ouch! Lower back pain alone keeps Americans from going to work a total of 149 million days each year, costing the U.S. economy $100 to $200 billion, reports the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Other common types of chronic pain affect musculoskeletal tissues, knees, hips or the neck. Migraines and severe headaches plague 16.6 percent of adults over 18, per a National Health and Nutrition Survey. Neurological discomfort can reach as high as 12.4 percent, estimates a study from the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota. Even visceral or organ pain associated with heart disease, cancer and pelvic diseases occur in at least 20 percent of the global population, according to the International Association for the Study of Pain, in Seattle.
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If chronic pain is affecting you, you feel it and want relief—right now.
Watch Out for Opioids
Unfortunately, conventional medicine often has little to offer most pain patients. Even for something as pervasive as back pain, surgery and steroid injections are usually an unsatisfactory first line of defense, having mixed results at best, seconded by prescriptions for addictive opioid painkillers. Dr. Nora D. Vokov, director of the National Institute of Drug Abuse, told the U.S. Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control in 2014 that there were an estimated 2.1 million people in the U.S. suffering from substance abuse disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers in 2012. The problem is worsening. Every day, 1,000 people are treated in emergency rooms for misusing prescription opioids, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
meditation, lifestyle changes and exercise,” notes Cherkin. “But since they’re not in most doctors’ medical training or learned repertoire for pain relief, patients aren’t offered the opportunity to try them.”
What Helps Relieve Pain
Here are just some of the many natural and affordable forms of pain relief.
Try the Yass method: Mitchell Yass, Ph.D., of St. John’s, Florida, author of The Pain Cure Rx, is busting the myth that musculoskeletal pain is often caused by osteoarthritis. “Arthritis or joint deterioration is rarely the cause of joint pain,” says Yass. He points out that 90 percent of people over 60 have herniated discs, but no associated pain. Yass treats patients based on his observation that in up to 98 percent of the cases he sees, weak muscles are the underlying cause of joint pain, and strengthening them provides relief. He says his prescribed exercises are usually effective in days or a few weeks. “Pain is an indication of tissue
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A majority of Americans feel pain on a daily basis.
in distress. For example, pain in the shoulder area is often an impingement of the bicep,” he says. His prescription is strengthening exercises using hand weights for the trapezoid, tricep and serratus anterior muscles. His book suggests a detailed self-diagnosis program and the necessary exercises to strengthen muscles and relieve joint pain (more at Tinyurl.com/YassIntroInfo). Address underlying trauma: Osteopath Maud Nerman, of Novato, California, author of Healing Pain and Injury, has broad experience in treating neurological problems and brain injuries and often focuses on physical and emotional trauma as an underlying cause of chronic pain. She explains that the autonomic nervous system that directs unconscious body functions like breathing, digestion and heartbeat is interrupted by such trauma. “Trauma literally shocks the nervous system,” she says. “The body cannot turn off the ‘fight-or-flight’ reaction, causing a firestorm of inflammation that can lead to a variety of serious diseases, overwhelming the body’s ability to manage its own healing.” Her work has showed how readjusting the body, restoring breathing and reactivating the autonomic nervous system can provide relief in short order.
Consider lifestyle, diet and supplements: “Pain is like the ‘check oil’ light on a car’s dashboard. It signals that something needs attention,” says Teitelbaum, author of Pain Free 1-23. “If the oil light goes on, putting a Band-Aid over it or smashing it with a hammer won’t help.” Teitelbaum recommends an energy optimization approach he dubs SHINE that addresses underlying causes of chronic pain that has worked for 91 percent of the people he’s treated for fibromyalgia and muscle pain. Sleep—Eight to nine hours a night helps replenish energy and heal muscles.
Hormones—Treat hormone imbalances even if lab tests are “normal”.
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Nutrition—In Teitelbaum’s studies, op-
timizing nutritional support, especially B vitamins, vitamin D, ribose, coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) and magnesium, was helpful. A healthy, high protein, low sugar diet is effectively complemented by a variety of herbs and nutrients, primarily curcumin, boswellia, willow bark and fish oil, nutrients that widespread studies show stop pain better than pharmaceuticals. He’s also a strong proponent of eliminating sugar entirely because it causes inflammation.
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Exercise—Daily exercise speeds the healing process and after 10 weeks following the first four SHINE steps, will increase the capacity to exercise. For migraines, Teitelbaum advocates vitamin B2 (riboflavin). Numerous studies support the effectiveness of dosages of 400 milligrams per day to prevent migraines. After just six weeks of use, a German study published in the European Journal of Neurology shows thats taking a daily riboflavin supplement cut the number of migraine days in half for participants and significantly reduced the amount of migraine medication needed.
Tap for Relief: Also known as the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Tapping Solutions founder Nick Ortner, of Newtown, Connecticut, says “Tapping sends a calming signal to the amygdala in the brain, turning off the fight or flight stress response and allowing the body to heal.” The physical tapping opens up the body’s energy meridians and allows them to relax so the natural healing process can take place, Ortner explains. EFT combines tapping on specific body points while repeating appropriate affirmative statements such as: “Even though I have this [pain], I love, accept and forgive myself.” He recalls a woman that arrived at a seminar he led with a toothache that had lasted for years. Doctors had done X-rays, seen an infection and prescribed antibiotics to no good effect. He asked her if she recalled when the pain began; without hesitation, she answered, “When my mother passed away unexpectedly.” “So we started working together and the pain reduced significantly right away and eventually disappeared completely,”
love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you. ~Frank Lloyd Wright
How to Tap Away Pain
apping, or Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), soothes the body by turning off the “fight or flight” stress response that can cause inflammation and worsen pain, according to Tapping Solutions founder Nick Ortner, of Newtown, Connecticut. Here’s how to do it:
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Identify the problem (e.g., pain in back of neck). Rate the intensity of feelings about the problem on a scale of one to 10.
says Ortner. A follow-up with her dentist showed no sign of the former problem. Up to now, the EFT research is positive. One study from the Energy Medicine University, in Mill Valley, California, found it helped people with chronic pain (some coping with severe fatigue and fibromyalgia) feel physically and emotionally better in as little as a month; another from the Foundation for Epigenetic Medicine, in Santa Rosa, California, showed substantially reduced trauma in institutionalized abused teenagers after just one EFT session.
Meditation vs. Medication: Meditation may not resolve the underlying cause of chronic pain, but research from the University of Alabama demonstrates it can interrupt pain signals to the Using one or two fingers on one brain. It’s at least as effective as opioid hand, tap the “karate chop” area on painkillers in relieving chronic pain, acthe outer edge of the other hand while cording to a study led by Cherkin at the * chin repeating the statement three times. University of Washington. * inner collarbone His team’s 342 subjects that had exWhile repeating, e.g., “intense neck * under arm perienced back pain weekly for at least a pain,” using firm, but gentle pressure, * top of head year were offered either eight meditation use either two or four fingers to tap and yoga classes, eight cognitive behavRefocus on the original problem and these areas, on either side, five to seven ior therapy (CBT) sessions or just keeping rate its intensity. Restate what you’re times in sequences as follows: up their own regular daily routines that feeling, as needed. did not include yoga and meditation. The * side of eyebrow April Solution for Pain Source: The Tapping results, recently published in the Journal * side of eye SEI-Columbia Relief, by Nick Ortner; instructional video of the American Medical Association, * under eye 540-1240-NA-Hands-On/PCMT-4x3 at Tinyurl.com/JessicaOrtnerTapping. confirm what numerous other studies * under nose Natural Awakenings have reported: 44 percent experienced a 4.75 x 3.25 “meaningful reduction” in pain within six PK months of the meditation or CBT sessions, equal to results reported by people taking addictive opioid pharmaceuticals. More, the pain relief continued for up to two years, even if the subjects stopped doing actual sitting meditation. “Meditation changes the way people think about pain and how they develop skills to keep it from becoming a major focus in their lives,” observes Cherkin. Regardless of the mechanism, experts in a holistic approach to chronic pain relief agree that encouraging self-control, self-determination and Southeastern Institute self-empowerment makes a huge differOFFERS HANDS-ON TRAINING IN ence in patients’ abilities to control pain PROFESSIONAL CLINICAL MASSAGE THERAPY more naturally and effectively. Compose a statement about it (e.g., “Even though I have intense neck pain today, I deeply and completely accept myself”).
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ne in three people will develop shingles (Herpes zoster) during their lifetime. Although the painful skin eruptions last only a few weeks, chronic pain can persist for several months and seriously impair quality of life long after the red rash marks disappear. Also concerning is that the rate of shingles is on the rise, according to a multidisciplinary review of relevant literature by PLOS, a nonprofit openaccess science publisher. The cause may be widespread use of the chickenpox vaccine. A decade-long Australian study published in the Medical Journal of Australia showed that as its use rose, so did the incidence of shingles. Shingles is acknowledged as being far more serious than chicken pox. Dr. Joseph Mercola, founder of the healthcare website Mercola.com, reports shingles can also lead to neuropathy, meningitis, hearing loss and blindness. Fortunately, there are six safe and effective drug- and vaccine-free ways to prevent shingles or ease symptoms.
Vitamin C Therapy: According to Dr. Thomas E. Levy, vitamin C has been successfully used in treating shinglesâ€™ skin rash and blisters. In one study by Dr. Frederick Klenner, eight such patients received 2,000 to 3,000 milligrams (mg) of vitamin C by injection every 12 hours, supplemented by 1,000 mg in fruit juice every two hours. Seven reported complete pain relief within two hours of the first of five to seven injections. As early as the mid-20th century, a study by Dr. Mohammed Zureick of 327 shingles patients demonstrated that vitamin C injections effected complete resolution of the outbreaks in all of them within 72 hours.
Fruits and Vegetables: Diets low in micronutrients including vitamins, minerals and antioxidants can increase the risk by depressing the immune system. In a British community-based study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, researchers followed
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243 shingles patients in 22 general practices in London with a control group of 483 individuals with no history of the ailment. Those eating less than one piece of fruit a week had more than three times the risk of herpes zoster versus those eating more than three a day. The same pattern occurred when they looked at combined fruit and vegetable intake.
Capsaicin: Postherpetic neuralgia is a complication of shingles that can last long after initial symptoms disappear. Topical capsaicin, the spicy compound in hot peppers, may be an effective treatment. In a double-blind study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 32 elderly patients with chronic postherpetic neuralgia were treated with either capsaicin cream or a placebo. After six weeks, almost 80 percent of capsaicin-treated patients experienced relief. The researchers noted that because capsaicin avoids problems with drug interactions and systemic toxicity, it should be considered a first choice in management. A study of 143 Canadian patients in Clinical Therapeutics yielded similar results. Then, in a two-year followup of 77 of the patients, 86 percent showed continued benefits from the single six-week trial with no serious adverse effects.
Acupuncture: In a Chinese study of acute shingles cases in the journal Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, 72 patients were randomly divided into two groups. One received acupuncture around the margins of the outbreak. The others received acupuncture plus moxibustion—a traditional Chinese therapy that burns dried mugwort near the skin—of the area around the needling. The acupuncture group had a relief rate of 85.3 percent, with the cessation of herpes eruptions, quicker scab healing and reduced residual neuralgia. Moxibustion-treated patients were cured within three days with a rate of 97.4 percent.
Tai Chi: A study in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society found that tai chi boosts immunity to the varicella zoster virus. In a randomized trial of 112 healthy adults, one group did tai chi for 25 weeks while another received health education. After 16 weeks all were vaccinated with VARIVAX, the live, attenuated Oka/ Merck varicella zoster virus vaccine. Results showed the tai chi group had nearly twice the levels of cell-mediated immunity to the virus compared to the control group; tai chi alone increased immunity about as much as the shingles vaccine plus yielded significant improvements in physical functioning, bodily pain, vitality and mental health.
In a University of California-Los Angeles study, 36 men and women over 60 were assigned either to a tai chi or control group. For 15 weeks, the tai chi practitioners received three, 45-minute instruction classes a week; their cellmediated immunity to the varicella zoster virus rose 50 percent plus they experienced significant improvements in physical functioning.
Light Therapy: In a study published in Photodermatology, Photoimmunology & Photomedicine, 25 patients with severe pain in the first week of zoster rash were divided into a prevention group (receiving the drug acyclovir for 10 days, plus UVB light therapy three times a week until pain relief was reached or a maximum of 15 sessions); a control group received just the drug. After one month, 58.3 percent of the light therapy patients were painfree, compared to 38.5 percent of the drug group. At three months, the ratios rose to 83.3 percent versus 53.8. The researchers concluded that UVB phototherapy in the acute stage of shingles might reduce the incidence and severity of lingering neuralgia. Margie King was a corporate attorney for 20 years before becoming a health writer in Lower Gwynedd, PA. Connect at IntegrativeMenopause.com.
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On Fatherhood The Lifelong Lessons of Being a Dad by Ben Greenman
hat is being a father? It’s, at least in part, about beginning. It is rejuvenating to locate ourself near the start of a child’s life. There are so many chances to get it right. The thought that we might also get it wrong flits across our mind, but it’s gone before we can even shiver at its presence. It’s also about returning to that question again and again, each time failing to acquire additional insight. “What isn’t being a father?” is a better question. Being a father isn’t indifference, but neither is it a steady stream of calm wisdom or a place of consistent self-control or a clearly delineated set of exercises engineered to help produce self-knowledge in offspring. Bridges are engineered. We stare into our little one’s eyes, beaming thoughts that we hope are received, translated and appreciated, waiting for a beam to come back to us. Child rearing is worked toward, clumsily, imperfectly, with a deep and near religious faith in trial and error. Children are refined over time with the assistance of many imperfect philosophies. When our second child opted in, my wife and I compared baby pictures of the two boys. “They look different,” I said. “That’s not why I’m looking at them,” she said. “I want to remember this.” I remember looking at the pictures with her only because she has told me about it.
If, in part, fatherhood is remembering things that did not exactly happen, it is also forgetting things that did happen, some transformative to a degree that I could not have imagined five seconds before they occurred. Afterwards, I knew I would never be the same again. But I was. As children grow, they are not the same again. Parenting boys instead of babies is already a grand departure from everything I have learned up until now and I am just coming to see that it will always be this way. Recently, in trying
to figure out when a man that is not a father becomes a man that is a father, I remarked to my sons, “Even though I know being a father has changed me forever, I remember certain things that happened, but not as many as I would have thought.” My older son explained, “Maybe it’s because you are thinking of us more than yourself. Maybe you want time to pass so we can get to the next thing in our lives.” My younger son zeroed in, “The problem is that you think it’s parenting when really it’s childing.” He’s right. What is being a father? It’s letting someone else be a child. It’s suffering through certain kinds of abstract pain so that they don’t. It’s bearing the brunt of disappointments so that they can go on feeling invincible. It’s teaching how to forget as much as it is teaching how to remember… but it is still very near the beginning. Ben Greenman is a widely published author and journalist in Greater New York. Connect at BGreenman.com.
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ummer is high season for grilling when just about anything sizzled over high heat tastes great. Grill masters Karen Adler and Judith Fertig recently put this theory to the test when they fired up their grills—gas and charcoal—to cook bruschetta, panini, flatbreads and pizzas. The results tasted so good that they created a cookbook: Patio Pizzeria: Artisan Pizza and Flatbreads on the Grill. Here are a few pointers using a backyard charcoal-style approach, with toxin-free hardwood lump charcoal, or a barbecue gas grill. Grill grates can be plain or fancy, from a pizza stone to a high-heat pizza oven—all can bring out that charcoal earthiness.
Great Grilled Breads
“No patio pizzeria repertoire is complete without a signature grilled bread. It’s one of the easiest and most flavorful appetizers ever,” says Adler. This dish starts with good whole grain bread, liberally brushed with extra-virgin olive oil on both sides, and then grilled and topped with any number of vegetable mixtures, from fresh sliced tomatoes to sautéed bell peppers or broccoli rabe
and garlic. “The bread slices should be big enough to manage on the grill grates with long-handled grill tongs,” she says. “Simply cook on each side until the bread has good grill marks, then add toppings.” For flatbread, Fertig suggests starting with a pound of fresh pizza dough—healthy grain, if preferred— cut into four pieces. Pat each piece into an oval on a floured surface. “The good thing about flatbread is that it can be just about any shape, so the pressure is off to make it perfectly round.” Brush each oval with olive oil before transferring it directly onto the hot grill grate. When the dough bubbles up like a pancake, turn it with grill tongs and cook the other side. Then top the grilled flatbread with mixtures like honey, pistachios and chive blossoms or freshly chopped herbs and grated pecorino cheese. “Grilled flatbread can go vegan, vegetarian or ‘omnivore-ean’,” she says.
Tiny Pizzas with Big Flavor
Another variation is to step up from flatbread to small, individual pizzas, or pizzettes. For this, use the same
fresh pizza dough, but roll it into four perfect rounds. One by one, the rounds go on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and brushed with olive oil. “Placing the dough on the oiled parchment paper first and then flipping it upside-down on the grill grates helps keep the dough’s shape better than placing it directly on the grates by hand. This quick flip-and-peel motion is easy once you do it a time or two. Keeping the pizzas small also makes them easier to maneuver on the grill,”
advises Adler. After each pizzette bubbles up like a pancake, it needs to be turned and moved to the indirect, or no-heat, side of the grill. There, it gets pizza toppings and can sit for a while with the grill lid closed, so the toppings melt. Served with a fresh salad or summer fruit, a flatbread or pizzette makes for a perfect summer meal on the grill. Claire O’Neil is a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO.
Broccoli Rabe and Garlic Bruschetta
Baby Arugula, Ricotta, Sea Salt and Olive Oil Pizzas Yields: 4 (6-to-8-inch) pizza servings Fresh baby arugula on top gives this pizza a fresh first bite, with creamy, tangy, salty and grill-icious to follow. 1 cup ricotta cheese ¼ tsp dried red pepper flakes 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil ¼ tsp coarse sea salt Freshly ground black pepper 1 lb prepared pizza dough, garlic and herb-flavored, if possible; whole wheat, natural grain or gluten-free if preferred Unbleached all-purpose or gluten-free flour for rolling out and dusting Extra-virgin olive oil for brushing ¼ cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese 4 cups baby arugula (about 6 oz)
Stir together the ricotta, red pepper flakes and olive oil in a small bowl and adjust the seasonings to taste. Set aside. Prepare an indirect medium-hot fire in the grill, with heat on one side and no heat on the other. Divide the dough into four portions. On a floured surface, pat or roll each portion into a 6-to-8-inchdiameter circle. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Brush olive oil into a circle that’s a little larger than a pizza, and then place a pizza on the oiled circle. Brush the top of the pizza with olive oil. Lift the pizza by holding the ends of the parchment paper. At a height of about 6 inches above the grill, flip the circle of dough onto the hot side of the grill grates. Quickly peel off the parchment and close the lid. Grill the pizza for 2 to 3 minutes, or until it has good grill marks. Turn the pizza with tongs and move it to the indirect side. Spread the pizza with one-quarter of the ricotta and sprinkle with one-quarter of the Pecorino Romano. Cover and grill for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the cheese has melted. Repeat the process with the other pizzas. To serve, top each pizza with 1 cup of arugula.
Yields: 8 servings Hearty greens such as broccoli rabe, kale, Swiss chard and spinach are interchangeable here. A quick sauté until greens are wilted keeps dark colors brilliant. Pile the greens, still dripping with olive oil, atop the toasted bread for an appetizer or delicious side with pasta or pizza. For the sautéed broccoli rabe: 8 oz broccoli rabe, chopped 1 large garlic clove, thinly sliced 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 1 /8 tsp kosher or sea salt Pinch of red pepper flakes (less than 1/8 tsp) For the bruschetta: 8 slices (½-inch-thick) of Italian country (or gluten-free) bread 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil For the sautéed broccoli rabe, in a large skillet on the stovetop, heat 2 tablespoons of water and add the broccoli rabe and garlic. Cook until soft, 6 to 8 minutes. Drizzle with the olive oil and season with the red pepper flakes and salt. Adjust the seasonings to taste. For the bruschetta, prepare a medium-hot fire in the grill. Brush each slice with the olive oil and grill 1 to 2 minutes per side, or until it has good grill marks. Spoon a heaping tablespoon of the wilted broccoli rabe on each bruschetta and serve warm.
the circle of dough onto the hot side of the grill grates. Quickly peel off the parchment and close the lid. Grill the pizza base for 2 to 3 minutes, or until it has good grill marks. Turn the pizza with tongs and move it to the indirect heat side. Spread the pizza with one-quarter of the green curry coconut sauce. Cover and grill for an additional 2 to 3 minutes, or until the topping has melted. Repeat the process with the other pizzas. To serve, top each pizza with grilled shrimp and cilantro. Source: Patio Pizzeria, by Karen Adler and Judith Fertig; adapted, with the permission of Running Press.
Thai Shrimp Pizzettes with Coconut and Chiles Yields: 4 (6-to-8-inch) pizza servings Green curry paste, available in the Asian section of the grocery, contains green chiles, lemongrass and other tasty seasonings. Ingredients include enough shrimp for nibbling before scattering the bulk of them on the pizzettes. For the green curry coconut sauce: 1 cup fresh or canned coconut milk, well shaken 2 tsp green curry paste Juice of 1 lime (about 1 Tbsp) For the shrimp pizzettes: 1 lb large shrimp (31 to 35), peeled and deveined Extra-virgin olive oil for brushing 1 lb prepared pizza dough, whole wheat, natural grain or gluten-free if preferred Unbleached all-purpose flour or gluten-free flour for rolling out and dusting ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro For the green curry coconut sauce, stir together the coconut milk, green curry paste and lime juice in small bowl. Set aside. For the shrimp pizzettes, soak 8 (12inch) bamboo skewers in water for at least 30 minutes. Prepare an indirect medium-hot fire in the grill, with heat on one side and no heat on the other.
Thread the shrimp onto the prepared skewers and brush with olive oil. Grill shrimp over direct heat for 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until firm, opaque and pink. Divide the dough into four portions. On a floured surface, pat or roll each portion into a 6-to-8-inch-diameter circle. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Brush olive oil into a circle that’s a little larger than a pizza, and then place a pizza on the oiled circle. Brush the top of the pizza with olive oil. Lift the pizza by holding the ends of the parchment paper. At a height of about 6 inches above the grill, flip
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tion, memory and energy. Marrocco maintains firm boundaries with her daughter, 13, and son, 18, prohibiting the use of electronics at the kitchen table and in their rooms at night, in line with AAP recommendations. “They can only have devices in their room at night if they are in offline ‘airplane mode’ so they won’t be tempted to check or respond to incoming messages,” she says. Kids don’t sleep well next to their phones, agrees Cross, a mother of three, ages 4, 6 and 8. “They have trouble falling and staying asleep.” She also doesn’t let her children use e-readers instead of books.
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FAMILY SCREEN TIME How to Set Boundaries in the Digital Era by April Thompson
inecraft. Pokemon. Snapchat. Digital media dominates childhood. That time youngsters used to spend playing with friends, being with family or sleeping has been zapped. According to a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 8-to-10-year-olds are daily exposed to nearly eight hours of onscreen media and heavy media users are twice as likely to report poor grades. Conscientious and concerned parents are setting limits on screen time and reclaiming family time. Experts, too, are working to define a “new healthy” at a time when many activities, from homework to shopping, are moving online. “How can you begin to limit kids’ screen time when teachers are increasingly using media?” queries Pediatrician Corinn Cross, who practices in Los Angeles. “It’s hard. None of us grew up with this level of technology, and it’s moving faster than any advice can.”
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Cross co-authored the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) recently updated digital media guidelines, which shifted from strict time limits to greater 30
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flexibility for and within different age groups. For children under 18 months, the recommendation is to avoid media altogether outside of video chats with loved ones. In the older age ranges, the guidelines are less prescriptive and more about setting individual limits that ensure getting enough sleep and physical activity along with achieving other developmental needs. Cross believes excessive screen time is particularly detrimental for younger kids that have fewer waking hours and more developing to do. “Toddlers don’t learn well from screens, so you will have limited return from using screens for education,” she observes. Kathy Marrocco, an Oakland Township, Michigan, blogger with YourOrganicChild.com, initially worried about her kids’ potential adverse exposure to radiation from cell phone use. Her concern soon turned to other big impacts of digital media encroaching on their lives. She cites a study of 3,000 parents of grade-school-aged kids, which found that nearly two-thirds of the children are using their devices at night instead of sleeping, with a corresponding drop in concentra-
Psychotherapist Nicholas Kardaras, Ph.D., an addiction expert and executive director of The Dunes, a rehab clinic in East Hampton, New York, is even firmer about screen time, having seen some kids go off the digital deep end. Delaying the onset of screen exposure is the most critical step a parent can take, suggests Kardaras. “There’s no
Media and screens are best used purposefully, to achieve a specified goal. ~Corinn Cross evidence to suggest media exposure is beneficial to child development. Most tech geniuses, including the founders of Google, Amazon and Apple, were not exposed to it until adolescence. “Treating digital addiction is challenging because you can’t be digitally abstinent in this society,” he continues. “Prevention is the key.” Digital media abuse can have lasting developmental impacts, according to Kardaras, author of Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction is Hijacking our Kids and How to Break the Trance. DrKardaras.com cites numerous studies on the effects of such intensive use, from increased prevalence of attention deficit disorder to higher rates of depression. Brain imaging studies from institutions such as the medical schools at Indiana University and University of Utah have shown how heavy exposure to digital
media has effects on the brain similar to substance addiction, reports Kardaras, affecting areas of the brain linked with functions like impulse control, brain connectivity and processing speed. In his practice, red flags for potential digital addiction include strong reactions when devices are taken away, disinterest in “offline” activities, worsening of interpersonal relationships and dropping grades. Modeling good practices is as important as monitoring kids’ behavior, suggests Cross. In her household, all electronic tablets and cell phones are kept in a drawer when not in use. “If I have work to do or have to take a phone call, I’ll go to another room, then come back and be present with the kids,” she says. “Quality, face-to-face time is important.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.
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eeping the family in sync about the amount of digital media use is challenging. Here are some expert tips on maintaining a healthy balance.
Decide the ground rules — “Determine rules that make sense for everyone, and it’ll be much easier to get your kids on board, as they won’t see it as arbitrary when you tell them to put their devices away,” advises Pediatrician Corinn Cross. HealthyChildren.org/MediaUsePlan offers a free interactive online tool to create a personalized family media use plan. If kids don’t comply with rules, Kathy Marrocco suggests turning the Wi-Fi off at night or taking away devices altogether. But don’t leave a void, cautions Cross. Substitute fun, fulfilling activities.
Be wary of even “good” screen time — Test educational apps before approving them for kids to ensure their quality and so parents can help reinforce the learning, says Cross. She likes CommonSenseMedia.org for parental reviews and information to filter media of all kinds, from apps and games to TV shows. Consider advocating for limiting screen time in local schools. “I asked my boys’ elementary school not to give them portable devices until they were 10,” says Nicholas Kardaras, the father of 9-year-old twins.
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Watch out for rewards — Some screen time is more mesmerizing for kids than others, according to Kardaras, who treats such addictions. Most video games are designed on a variable reward schedule, similar to slot machines, which intentionally stimulates players to chase future rewards. Consider stricter limits on such media.
Play first in the real world — Because it reduces overall exercise, screen overuse can contribute to obesity. Cross recommends prioritizing exercising before daily allotted screen time; after being online, it’s more difficult to engage kids in physical activity. natural awakenings
Green Car Buying Tips Fuel Economy Plus Sales Incentives Equal Big Savings by Jim Motavalli
hile some carmakers are filling showrooms with everlarger gas-guzzling sport utility vehicles (SUV) thanks to lower gas prices, some car buyers want to do just the opposite and go greener with their wheels. Fortunately, more eco-friendly options exist than ever before—many of which come with surprising personal benefits in addition to a cleaner, greener planet. The green share of the U.S. auto market, combining battery electrics, hybrids and plug-in hybrids, peaked at 3.8 percent in 2013, according to the Automotive News Data Center. Despite a record 59 models available now, the share was just 2.87 percent in 2016. As Millennials—the generation that could be buying 40 percent of all new vehicles by 2020—fully emerge into the marketplace, eco-car numbers could zoom, although some think it’s possible they’ll by shunning car purchases for car-sharing services. “The market has continued to shift to crossovers and big SUVs, and there aren’t many hybrid models available in those categories,” says Sam 32
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Abuelsamid, senior research analyst at Navigant Research. “We expect that to change in the next couple of years, when vehicles like the hybrid Ford Explorer reach the public.” Navigant projects only 3.4 percent annual compounded growth in hybrid sales by 2025, but a much more robust 31 percent rise in battery-run electrics. “Conventional hybrids without a plug no longer have the halo they once had,” says Bradley Berman, founder of HybridCars.com. “The cutting edge has moved to electric cars with ever-bigger battery packs and longer electric range. With gas prices at relatively low levels, the green car market remains a small niche.”
Getting a Green Bargain
Many of the greener choices are now a tremendous bargain for consumers. The federal government currently offers a tax credit of up to $4,500 for electrified vehicles, and many states kick in with added subsidies. Highlights include maximums available for electric vehicles (EV) with big batteries: California, $1,500 in rebates, plus single-occupant use of the
high-occupancy vehicle lanes; Colorado, $5,000; Connecticut, $3,000; Delaware, $2,200; Maryland, $3,000; Massachusetts, $2,500; Michigan, $2,500; Pennsylvania, $2,000; Rhode Island, $2,500; Texas, $2,500; and Utah, $750. The Prius Prime is a prime example of the savings available. The acclaimed plug-in hybrid, with an electric range of 25 miles, starts at $27,100, before subsidies (starting prices are before destination costs). In California, it would be $21,100. This means this well-equipped plug-in hybrid is, for state purchasers, approximately $3,585 less than a base Prius liftback hybrid ($24,685). It’s a buyer’s market for green cars, as manufacturers incentivize them to meet federal and California fuel economy averages. Buyers are encouraged to act now before subsidies disappear. Hyundai is taking an interesting approach with its green Ioniq line, offering, beginning this year, affordable battery electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of the same midsized car platform. “This is about freedom for the customer—they can choose the level of electrification that fits them,” says Mike O’Brien, Hyundai vice president of corporate and product planning.
Great Green Choices
Here are some more good choices.
Battery electric: Chevrolet Bolt
With the Bolt—GM’s first battery electric since the EV1—the buyer can get from zero to 60 miles per hour (mph) in 6.5 seconds from its 200-horsepower motor plus attain 238 miles of range from its huge, 60-kilowatt-hour battery, winning it 2017 Motor Trend Car of the Year, Green Car Journal’s 2017 Green Car of the Year and 2017 North American Car of the Year from a jury of automotive journalists. Prices start at $36,620, but subsidies can top $10,000.
Audi A3 e-tron
Plug-in hybrid: Audi A3 e-tron
The power (204 horsepower) and zeroto-60 mph time capability is similar to the Bolt, but the A3 offers a more sumptuous cabin and Audiâ€™s celebrated driving dynamics. The electric range is a mere 16 miles, but 380 miles total using the 1.4-liter, four-cylinder gas engine. Prices start at $38,900, but it qualifies for a $4,500 federal tax credit and some state subsidies, too.
Hybrid car: Toyota Highlander
Mildly updated for 2017, the Highlander is the only three-row hybrid SUV currently available, making it worth considering. Good news includes a power increase in the 3.5-liter V-6 (to 306 horsepower), although thereâ€™s a small fueleconomy penalty. The hybrid is rated at 30 miles per gallon in the city, 28 highway and 29 combined. The bottom line cost starts at $36,270 without subsidies. Other worthy cars: The fuel cellpowered Honda Clarity, Toyota Mirai and Hyundai Tucson (for southern Californians); any of the Ioniqs; the versatile plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt; and the quick BMW i3 and i8 and Tesla Model S if the budget allows. Jim Motavalli is an author, freelance journalist and speaker specializing in clean automotive and other environmental topics. He lives in Fairfield, CT. Connect at JimMotavalli.com.
Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold. ~Zelda Fitzgerald
Molly Hagan on Eco-Living:
START SMALL AND STAY COMMITTED by April Thompson
orn and raised in the Midwest, actress Molly Hagan moved west in the 1980s to pursue her dream of an acting career. Her childhood home was located alongside farmland that ended up being sold and quarried for limestone. “They kept buying more acreage and infringing on our life and landscape. It was hideous, and led me to want to conserve and protect the land and its beauty,” says Hagan. Committed to realizing her professional goals, she’s also dedicated to living eco-consciously and furthering conservation causes. Hagan lives with her partner, archaeologist Richard Guttenberg, in an energy-efficient home below the San Gabriel mountains in Altadena, California. During her 30-plus-year acting career, Hagan has appeared in more than 30 films, including the classics Code of Silence, Some Kind of Wonderful, Sully and Election. Her many TV episode credits include Star Trek Deep Space Nine, Columbo, Friends, Seinfeld, The Golden Girls, Grey’s Anatomy and Bones; she was a regular on the popular Herman’s Head and beloved Unfabulous.
With so many dimensions to sustainability, what issue most moves you to make green lifestyle choices? My chief concern is overpopulation. The most conscious environmental decision I ever made was not to have 34
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children; my decision is in no way a judgment on those that do. But I believe the warming world is grossly overpopulated, causing resources to become precious, and we must make ever wiser choices.
What are some of the conservation steps you have taken in your home and garden? When I had the means, I bought bigticket items to conserve electricity, like a Sun Frost refrigerator. When money was tight, I focused more on little things, like energy-efficient light bulbs, composting and recycling. When we bought our small home in sunny Southern California three years ago, we tore out the lawn and irrigation system and planted mostly native plants that require little to no watering. We have an organic vegetable garden, which we hand water using rainwater captured in rain barrels. We also capture our shower water and use it to water plants in summer and flush toilets in winter. Our house had no heating or cooling system, so we invested in ductless split-system heat pumps that cool and heat very efficiently. We knew we needed to do more, so we met with a home energy consultant. We followed through with doable improvements like chimney balloons, painting our flat roof with a reflective coating and weatherproofing windows and doors, while we saved toward doing
more big things. Last year, we were able to take the plunge and installed recessed LED lighting, upgraded all our windows and doors and insulated our home’s ceilings and floors. We also repurposed material saved from my former yoga studio for the flooring. The insulation has reduced our air conditioning use by 70 percent; despite living in the scorching San Gabriel Valley with little shade cover, we rarely have to turn it on. Our winter electricity bill is down 40 percent, so we’re already seeing a return on our investments, in addition to reducing our carbon footprint. We know we can still do more. We dream of going solar and adding a water reuse system. Next, we want to get everyone involved in planting trees in our neighborhood.
Because living in a sprawling city or suburb can raise our everyday transportation footprint, how do you minimize your driving? It’s tough to have a small transportation footprint in Los Angeles. I took the bus a couple of times when I moved here, but it was difficult to make timesensitive shoots and auditions. Luckily, nearly everything I need is near our home, and I try not to travel far unless I’m auditioning. I’ve always bought small cars to save gas. I bought the first electric hybrid made by Honda, their futuristiclooking Insight. My last three cars have been a hybrid Toyota Prius.
Do you try to use your public profile to advocate for change? I’ve always focused on what I can do in my life to live simply and cleanly. The choices I’ve made come from my heart. I don’t carry statistics in my head, can’t quote experts and don’t consider myself an activist. I read up on eco-issues, get a visceral sense of what is right, and then try to lead by example. For example, after we tore out our water- and chemical-hungry lawn, our neighbors on both sides tore out theirs. It’s a simple, but powerful act. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.
affected body part is touched, bumped or moved about, which may spur aggressive behavior, so show tender care and respect. Relief typically comes when the pet rests the affected part.
Calcarea carbonica This remedy may ease deeply aching arthritis, particularly if bony or fibrous tissue has formed around joints. Avoid cold and dampness. Signs alerting a veterinarian to the problem may include muscle weakness, fatigue from exertion and a feeling of chilliness or sluggishness (these pets may also be hypothyroid).
Kali carbonicum Pets with advanced arthritis showing joints that are thickened or deformed may benefit from kali. Stiffness and pain are typically worse in the morning from cold, damp weather, so that’s an ideal time for applying prescribed treatment.
Homeopathy for Joint Injury and Pain
Six Remedies for Relief by Shawn Messonnier
oint disease, specifically arthritis, is a common problem in dogs and cats, especially as they age. The causes are many and include obesity, inflammation, immune dysfunction and normal wear and tear in joints. Conventional therapies include steroids, non-steroidal medications, analgesic medications to control pain and surgery, when applicable. Clinical signs of arthritis include joint stiffness, pain, difficulty getting up and down, a pet’s decreased desire to walk or exercise and increased aggression due to pain. Keep in mind that other causes may be misdiagnosed as “arthritis”, but are related to another disease. Many natural therapies for joint disease include acupuncture, chiropractic, cold laser treatment, physical therapy, Chinese and Western herbal therapies, nutrition and diet, homotoxicology and homeopathy. Several key homeopathic remedies recommended for human relief in osteoarthritic knee, hip
and finger joints by Dr. Vikas Sharma, of Chandigarh, India, may also be helpful for pets with joint injury and pain, according to The Arthritis Solution for Dogs & Cats (PetCareNaturally. com). Consult a holistic veterinarian for individual treatment options.
This is useful for many arthritic pets and especially those with rheumatoid arthritis, which is rare. The remedy is also beneficial for pets that start the day stiff and in pain, but improve with continued movement. Protect them from cold, wet weather conditions.
Another widely recognized arthritis remedy, ruta grav is for pets whose symptoms may be exacerbated by cold and damp and exertion. It may be prescribed for affected and damaged tendons and capsules of the joints, when arthritis may have developed from overuse, repeated wear and tear and associated chronic inflammation. The practice of functional medicine teaches combinations of complementary therapies suited to the individual pet’s needs. Homeopathics can be a beneficial element in treating animals suffering from a variety of joint disorders.
It’s especially helpful for pets showing signs of stiffness and inflammation with pain made worse as the pet moves, especially when rising and lying down. Offset cold dry weather with warmth and humidification. Discomfort is aggravated when the
Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, TX, is the author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats and Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets.
Arnica This is a mainstay of homeopathy, as noted in the New World Veterinary Repertory, and applies to anything related to bones and joints. It is useful for chronic arthritis, especially if the painful parts of the body seem to worsen when moved or touched.
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FRIDAY, JUNE 2
Meditation and Introduction for Reiki I and II with Erin Sirona – 7-8:15pm. Connect with and get to know Erin Sirona and your classmates over herbal tea. We will also join together in a meditation to set individual and collective intentions for the weekend. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. Jeannine@BridgeToAvalon.com. BridgeToAvalon.com.
SATURDAY, JUNE 3
Reiki Level 1 and II Certification Part One with Erin Sirona – June 3-4. 10am-5pm. Saturday, Level 1. This is a sacred and interactive experience. You will learn about Reiki, engage in group exercises and sharing, receive an attunement, and give and receive Reiki. The collective energy of every class is beautiful and unique. Please bring your lunch. $197 or $497 for both levels. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. Jeannine@BridgeToAvalon.com. BridgeToAvalon.com. Reiki I and II Workshop Part Two with Erin Sirona – 10am-5pm. We will learn about the sacred Reiki symbols as well as application. This experience will also include an attunement, group exercises, sharing and practice in giving and receiving Reiki with the symbols. Please bring a lunch. $297 or $497 for both days. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. Jeannine@BridgeToAvalon.com. BridgeToAvalon.com.
MONDAY, JUNE 5
Free Monthly Ayurveda Q&A – 6-7pm. Join NAMA-certified Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor Jennifer Byrne, MPH, for a free monthly drop-in on the basics of this 5,000-year-old traditional medical system and discover how understanding your Ayurvedic constitution can help you live a longer, healthier and happier life. Free. Lotus Healing Centre, 232A Ashley Ave, Charleston. 843-743-8373. Jennifer@ EarthenApothecary.com. EarthenApothecary.com.
THURSDAY, JUNE 8
Awaken Your Ability. An Introduction to Mediumship – 7-9pm. Thursdays in June, June 8-June 29. This 4-part introduction to mediumship class will build the foundation and provide tools to help further develop your abilities. You’ll learn the difference between psychic and mediumistic connections; connection with guides; tips to communicate with Spirit; and much more. $375. 815 Savannah Hwy, Ste 101, Charleston. 843-324-6460. Carol@CCottrell.com. AwakenYourAbilitySummer2017.Eventzilla.net. Pain-Resilience Program – June 9-11. 6-7:30pm, Fri; 1-3pm, Sat; 11am-1pm, Sun. Mindful Pain Management Course with Abigail McClam (see interview page 19). $250. Includes take-home workbook. Lotus Healing Centre, 232A Ashley Ave, Charleston. Lotus@LotusCharleston.com. LotusCharleston.com. Imani Milele Choir – 6-9pm. Over 30 Ugandan orphans will be performing in song and dance at a private home and enjoying a shared meal with
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Introduction to Oracle Card Reading with James Mitchell – 7-8:30pm. Tarot and Certified Angel Card Reader James Himm Mitchell will be sharing his techniques to help you develop a more personal connection with your decks in this interactive presentation. Bring a favorite deck or purchase one here in Gaia’s Gifts. $27. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. Jeannine @BridgeToAvalon.com. BridgeToAvalon.com.
SATURDAY, JUNE 10 Blue Gardenia, School of Esoteric Mysteries June Workshops
Saturdays/Sundays 2-4pm. $55.
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us. Bring a beach chair and an extra-large double yummy portion potluck dish to share. Questions? Contact email@example.com. Cost: One ExtraLarge Potluck Dish. Hidden Lakes Subdivision, 1341 Topsail Ct, Mt Pleasant. 843-345-7061. Tish@ blissSpiritualCo-op.org. blissSpiritualCo-op.org.
June 10 - Qigong - Martial Arts for the Non-Martial Artist - Joyce Stech, Kyoshi June 17 - Munay Ki, Rites of the Shaman’s Path Patti Newman, Arjuna, Terry Mellot
Tuesdays 6:30-8pm June 13 - Munay Ki, Initiation Seers Rite - Patti Newman, Arjuna, Terry Mellot June 20 - Playing With Energy Night - Joyce Stech June 27 - Music Night with Arjuna - Arjuna Location: Natsu Mura Karate & Kobudo, 125 S Main Street, Summerville. 843-875-4543. Resources Unlimited1.com Usui Reiki Level II – June 10-11. 10am-5pm Sat & Sun. 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. Register by 6/7. Prerequisite Level I. 12 CEU. $299. Bodhi Tree Charleston, 772 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-327-4761. Maureen@BodhiTreeCharleston.com. BodhiTreeCharleston.com. Qigong – the Intelligent Exercise – 2-4pm.Qigong is a martial art designed for wellness of the body, mind, and spirit. Qigong “intelligently” knows the dance and weave of your meridians and energies allowing for integration into your energetic body. $55. 125 S. Main St, Summerville. 843-875-4543. Joyce@Royal. Gems.org. ResourcesUnlimited1.com. JP Sears Book Signing Party – 7-9pm. JP shares how humor cultivates a creative mindset, defeats self-sabotage, and serves as a connector for diverse beliefs. Hang out, receive a signed book, and enjoy refreshments at the friendliest place in town with our local and lovable guru. $25 (includes signed book). bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. 843-345-7061. Tish@blissSpiritualCo-op. org. blissSpiritualCo-op.org. Mirabai Devi – 7pm. Join Mirabai Devi, international spiritual teacher, facilitator for healing, author, mentor, and Founder of the Mirabai Devi
Foundation, for this Free Public Event that includes a special group healing! Free. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 760-216-1029. Info@ MirabaiDevi.org. MirabaiDevi.org.
MONDAY, JUNE 12
Your Throat Chakra: Speak Your Truth – 7-8:15pm. Using modern meditation tools, learn how magical color and shape energy could help you to speak and express your authentic truth without lies or regrets. Hands-on, interactive learning environment. Free drawing for a signed piece of Chakra energy art. $20. Spa Seven, 102 Wappoo Creek Dr, Ste 7, Charleston. 843-696-4016. VibraSoulArt@ gmail.com. VibraSoulArt.TicketLeap.com.
TUESDAY, JUNE 13
OM Chanting – 6-7pm. Group practice that uses the transformational power of OM to activate the self-healing potential of participants, transform negativity into positive energy, purify the local environment, and support physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. All Welcome. Facilitator: Aleksandra. FREE. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. 843-345-7061. Tish@ blissSpiritualCo-op.org. blissSpiritualCo-op.org.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14
Community Reiki Clinic – 6:30-8:30pm. The clinic is open to Reiki Practitioners and those who would like to receive. We begin with a Centering Circle followed by 15-20-min sessions. Reiki students this is for you. A great opportunity to gain experience. Love Donations accepted. Bodhi Tree Charleston, 772 St Andrews Blvd (inside Healing Oasis). Street parking or park next door at dentist. 843-327-4761. Maureen@BodhiTreeCharleston. com. BodhiTreeCharleston.com. Essential Oils Make and Take – 7-8:30pm. Explore techniques for application, believed effects, fragrant influences and medical properties of essential oils at this fun make-and-take workshop. Facilitator: Sarah Oberdier, Independent Distributor of Young Living. FunHealthyOils@gmail.com. FREE. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. 843-345-7061. Tish@blissSpiritualCo-op.org. blissSpiritualCo-op.org.
THURSDAY, JUNE 15
Shamanic Dream Circle with Erin Sirona – 7-9pm. Immersed in powerful collective energy, we will journey deeply through Shamanic meditation. There will be an opportunity for feedback from others as well as time to share your “takeaway” at the end. $27. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. Jeannine@ BridgeToAvalon.com. BridgeToAvalon.com.
FRIDAY, JUNE 16
Sovereignty and Empowerment Now – 7-8:30pm. What is sovereignty, why do you need it, and how can you find yours? Join Reconnective Healing practitioner Carmen Nash as she guides us through exercises and meditations designed to help us understand, embrace and declare our Sovereignty. $27. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. Jeannine@BridgeToAvalon.com. BridgeToAvalon.com.
SATURDAY, JUNE 17
Trunk Show of Peruvian Tapestries and Accessories – 11am-4pm. A beautiful variety! Tapestries are handwoven by the hands of Shipibo Medicine Women. To the Shipibo, medicinal plants are our greatest doctors and teachers. The tapestries are the stories and songs of various Amazonian plants
recorded onto the cloth. Free. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. Jeannine@BridgeToAvalon.com. BridgeToAvalon.com. Inner-Child Workshop – 1:30-4:30 pm. Connect and heal the Divine Inner-Child in a loving and safe environment. Gain understanding about your life experiences and find greater joy and peace. With Jennifer Michaels, Master Life Coach, Energy Healer. $129 with early registration. Sheperd Dermatology, 912 Old Georgetown Rd. Mt. Pleasant. (843) 5142848. www.jemichaels.com. Munay-Ki Initiations/Workshop – 2-4pm. The Munay-Ki are the Rites of the Shaman’s Path of the Q’ero nation, the indigenous people of the Andes in Peru. The class includes understanding the Rites/ Rituals of the Munay-Ki and being able to pass the rites on to others. $55. Natsu Mura Karate, 125 S Main St, Summerville. 843-875-4543. Joyce@ RoyalGems.org. ResourcesUnlimited1.com.
TUESDAY, JUNE 20
Strawless Summer Challenge Kickoff Event – 6pm. Join us for this exciting event as we begin the Strawless Summer Challenge in an effort to help promote awareness about plastic pollution. A free screening of Jack Johnson’s 30-minute film The Smog of the Sea will be included. Free. Redux Contemporary Art Center, 1056 King St, Charleston. 843-801-4686. Chair@Charleston.Surfrider.org. Facebook.com/charlestonsurfrider.
FRIDAY, JUNE 23
Becoming Fearless: Feeling Safe within Yourself and in the World – June 23-24. 6:30-8:30pm, Fri; 9:30am-5pm, Sat. Attending to our fears is the greatest piece of work we can ever undertake in our lifetime. It leads us to our joy, which is the conscious remembrance of who we are as a spiritual being. Join us. $25 Friday night only, $250 full retreat. Lance Hall, 150 Meeting St, Charleston. 843-720-8528. Info@TheSophiaInstitute.org. TheSophiaInstitute. org/events/becoming-fearless-feeling-safe-withinyourself-and-world. Practitioner Reiki Healing Energy Circle – 7-8:30pm. We are on a mission to create a powerful community of conscious healers devoted to awakening the greatest of human potential and to provide a supportive path for the spiritual growth of our community. $10. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. Jeannine@BridgeToAvalon.com. BridgeToAvalon.com. The Emotional Route of Chronic Pain – 7-8:30pm. Join our in-house acupuncturist Tatiana Sorrentino for an empowering discussion on the emotional root of chronic pain. She will explain the energetic route emotions often take in the body and how this is treated by Acupuncture and lifestyle changes. $27. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. Jeannine@BridgeToAvalon.com. BridgeToAvalon.com.
SATURDAY, JUNE 24
Dances of Universal Peace – 7pm. 4th Sat each month. Mantra meditation in movement. Easy circle dances with spiritual music from many of the world religions. Fun and energizing. Donation. Unity of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston. 843-5660600. UnityCharleston@msn.com. Unitychs.org. Spiritual Cinema Night – 7-10pm. Do you like movies with a spiritual theme or message? Do you like movies of this genre that make you think? Do you like to discuss them with others of like mind? Please join us and bring your own bowl. $10. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. Jeannine@BridgeToAvalon.com. BridgeToAvalon.com.
SUNDAY, JUNE 25
Truth Talk “Psychosis or Spiritual Experience” – 1pm. Dr. Mary Newton had a shattering altered consciousness experience. Spiritual emergence or mental illness? How does someone determine which it is? Donation. Unity of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston. 843-566-0600. UnityCharleston@ msn.com. Unitychs.org. Ayurveda 101 – 2-3:30pm. Part I of a 4-part series meeting monthly through September. An Introduction to the Energies of Fire, Earth, Air, Water and Space. $20 in advance, $25 at door. $70 for series. Seed of Life Collective, 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. 843-343-6726. SeedOfLifeWellness Collective@gmail.com. SeedOfLifeCollective.com.
MONDAY, JUNE 26
Your Throat Chakra: Speak your Truth – 7-8:15pm. Using modern meditation tools, learn how magical color and shape energy could help you to speak and express your authentic truth without lies or regrets. Hands-on, interactive learning environment. Free drawing for a signed piece of Chakra energy art. $20. Spa Seven, 102 Wappoo Creek Dr, Ste 7, Charleston. 843-696-4016. VibraSoulArt@ gmail.com. VibraSoulArt.ticketleap.com.
TUESDAY, JUNE 27
Music Night with Arjuna – 6:30-8pm. Would you like to connect with the Spirit Within You – Through Music? Join us in a Celebration of Spirit through mantras and chants with acoustic guitar and Native American flute. Come Discover or REDiscover how music can touch your soul. $22 suggested donation. 125 S Main St, Summerville. 843-875-4543. ArjunaBlueTiger@icloud.com. ResourcesUnlimted1.com.
THURSDAY, JUNE 29
Book Celebration - The Shark Club with Ann Kidd Taylor – 6:30-8:30pm. The Sophia Institute is happy to celebrate Ann Kidd Taylor and her first novel, The Shark Club. We welcome Sue Monk Kidd, who will make a special introduction of her daughter, Ann Kidd Taylor. Free. Lance Hall, 150 Meeting St, Charleston. 843-720-8528. Info@TheSophiaInstitute.org. TheSophiaInstitute.org/events/ book-celebration-shark-club-ann-kidd-taylor.
FRIDAY, JUNE 30
Clearing for Freedom with Betty Galaher – 7-8:30pm. Join Psychic Betty Galaher for the best clearing ever! She will lead both a discussion and meditation that will remove soul contracts, vows and karmic agreements. These energies may be blocking you from living your highest vision. $27. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. Jeannine@BridgeToAvalon.com. BridgeToAvalon.com.
plan ahead SUNDAY, JULY 2 Sound of the Inner Voice Workshop with Monica Fuquen 2 to 8pm Experience the restoration of your mind, body, spirit and emotion through the Power of Pure Sound. Receive an Initiation into Power of Pure Sound during this workshop, as Monica works with you and the group personally through the Power of Her Voice to Connect You to the Sound of Your Inner Voice. Through the use of the ancient technology of sound, music and speech, Monica transverses your chakra systems to free you from limiting life circumstances and patterns. Workshop participants report deep waves of peace, increased connection to Self, and the ability to Initiate and Heal all areas of their lives, thus shifting your immediate reality and the reality of nature, the Collective, and all of mankind alike. Please bring a pillow, blanket or yoga mat. $165 cash or check payable at the door. Preregistration Required. Contact MonicaF.Charleston@gmail.com or 843-327-1440 to register. Personal Sessions Available upon request. Unity of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave, North Charleston. See ad, page 2.
FRIDAY, JULY 21
Mindful Advocacy for Personal and Community Resilience with Heather Lyn Mann– July 21-22. 6:30-8:30pm, Fri; 9:30am-4pm, Sat. Mindful Advocacy is a real-world, socially engaged contemplative way of being and doing that transforms suffering into joyous, compassionate action. Resilience Inquiry is a systematic approach to stopping or avoiding harm or adapting to inevitable change. Choose $50, $100 or $200 tuition level. Lance Hall, 150 Meeting St, Charleston. 843-720-8528. Info@ TheSophiaInstitute.org. TheSophiaInstitute.org/ events/mindful-advocacy-personal-and-communityresilience.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
CONNECTED Retreat – Sept 21-24. Whether you’re single or in a romantic relationship, with or without a significant other in attendance, this retreat is intended for you. CONNECTED focuses on examining and repairing the places in which we feel lonely, misunderstood, wounded and abandoned. $990. W Ashley Ave, Folly Beach. 843-209-8869. EmotionalHealthCoaching.com/connected-retreat. DianaDeaver@gmail.com.
Concert – Connecting to Your Soul’s Essence with Monica Fuquen June 30 – 7-9pm. Enjoy the Angelic voice of Monica Fuquen, 2015 Latino Grammy Nominee, as she soothes your soul through two hours of deep meditative states of peace and unification. Experience the Essence of Your Being through the Power of Pure Sound as it allows your energetic expression to release hindering circumstances from your life. Monica uses energy, sound and language to soothe your soul into a never-ending wave of expansion of love. This is a concert not to be missed. $35 cash or check per person at the door. Contact MonicaF.Charleston@gmail.com or 843-327-1440 for Registration. 60-Minute Personal Sessions Available upon request. See ad, page 2. Location: Unity of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave, North Charleston
your cards, several possible interpretations of their meaning and different card layout techniques, and support for building intuition also offered. $397. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. Jeannine@BridgeToAvalon.com. BridgeToAvalon.com.
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. Info@CharlestonZen.org. CharlestonZen.org.
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. LimeAndLotus.com.
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. Unitychs.org. 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. firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. NewSpiritbg@gmail.com. Meditation Group – 5-6pm. Need some place to practice and discuss meditation? This is the group for you. Discussion time followed by a group meditation. Please bring a meditation cushion— some chairs available. $5. Charleston Holistic Center, 2366 Ashley River Rd, Bldg 8, Charleston. 843-452-7996. DrLaura.Coach@gmail.com. CharlestonHolisticCenter.com.
All-Instrument Jam – 6-7pm. Harmonize and cocreate music within a group of diverse levels just for the fun of the experience. Learn from some, teach others. Bring your instrument and add your voice to our collaborative efforts. Facilitator: Jason Thompson. Jason@jtgigs.com. jtgigs.com. FREE. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. 843-345-7061. Tish@blissSpiritualCo-op. org. blissSpiritualCo-op.org. Functional Fitness HIIT Class – 6-7pm. When learning the skills of exercise, health and fitness, start with the Fundamental Principles of all Movements in these focused HIIT classes. Coached for varied Fitness Levels. 55 minutes. Limited Space. Preregistration is highly recommended. Seed of Life Collective, 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. 843-475-2156. SeedOfLifeWellnessCollective@gmail.com. SeedOfLifeCollective.com. Guided Meditations – 6:30-7:15pm. Through visually guided meditations, together, we will raise our vibrational frequencies. Weekly sessions are 45 minutes, beginning with a Spirit-channeled visualization/meditation. Upon completion, everyone will have an opportunity to share visions, insights, breakthroughs and more. $10 donation. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, West Ashley. 843-974-5676. Jeannine@BridgeToAvalon.com. BridgeToAvalon.com.
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. LimeAndLotus.com.
Meditation Class – 6:30-7:30pm. With Jennifer Michaels, Energy Healer and Spiritual Life Coach. Guided and silent meditation. Beginners and advanced. $15 per class. Shepard Integrative Dermatology, 912 Old Georgetown Rd, Mt Pleasant. 843-514-2848. JEMichaels.com.
Performing Arts – 7-8:30pm. An adult troupe of players forming to grow together in skill using theater games, creative improv and skits with a goal to perform the play Scrooge by December. No prior experience necessary. Facilitator: Pamela Ward, PamelaWard8@icloud.com. FREE. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. 843-345-7061. Tish@blissSpiritualCo-op. org. blissSpiritualCo-op.org.
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@ yahoo.com. DrAnnJenkins.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. 843-3645725. Unitychs.org. Deepening Your Intuitive Relationship with Oracle Cards: 6-Week Class Series with James Himm Mitchell – 7-8:30pm. Tuesdays, June 13, 20 and 27, and July 11, 18 and 25. In this series, Tarot and Certified Angel Card Reader James Himm Mitchell will teach how to create a relationship with
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WiseWomen Meetup – 7-8:30pm. Come explore with us a variety of spiritual topics, meet other seeking women, and meet your tribe. Donation optional. Serenity Center, 820 Central Ave, Summerville. 314-276-7772. SerenitySC.com.
thursday Natural Health Consultations with Dr. Dean – 10am-6pm. Dr. Dean uses various modalities to treat the root cause of illnesses, including nutrition, herbs, flower remedies, energy work and overall
healthy living. Please call for an initial consultation. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. Jeannine@BridgeToAvalon.com. BridgeToAvalon.com. Martial Arts Training – 6:30-8:30pm. Martial Arts training from beginning to advanced. Free trial lesson for evaluation. An Ancient Okinawan Martial Art for enhancement on all levels of Awareness—on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual self. $90 per month, $165/family rates. Natsu Mura Karate & Kobudo, 125 S Main St, Summerville. 843-875-4543. NatsuMura.com.
friday Transmission Meditation – 6:30pm. Very powerful work. Beneficial for humanity and self. Healing Oasis, 772 St Andrews Blvd, West Ashely. 843-743-5222. HealingOasisllc.com. TransmissionMeditation.org.
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 CompostRangers.org and sign up for email reminders. Martial Arts Training – 9:30am-12pm. Martial Arts training from beginning to advanced. Free trial lesson for evaluation. An Ancient Okinawan Martial Art for enhancement on all levels of Awareness—on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual self. $90 per month, $165/month family rates. Natsu Mura Karate & Kobudo, 125 S Main St, Summerville. 843-875-4543. NatsuMura.com. 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. MeditationInSouthCarolina.org.
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ACUPUNCTURE CHARLESTON COMMUNITY ACUPUNCTURE
1307 Savannah Hwy, West Ashley 843-763-7200 FeelGreatCharleston.com 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).
SUMMERVILLE COMMUNITY ACUPUNCTURE
1731 N Main St, Ste H Summerville 843-810-1225 SummervilleCommunityAcupuncture.com Bring us your headaches, back pain, tennis elbow, indigestion or whatever else is bothering you. Affordable acupuncture between $15-$45 plus a $10 paperwork fee for new patients. $5 PTSD treatments for veterans. Appointments or walk-ins welcome.
Ayurveda EARTHEN APOTHECARY
Jennifer Byrne, MPH, NAMA-Certified Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor 232A Ashley Ave, Charleston 843-743-8373 Jennifer@EarthenApothecary.com EarthenApothecary.com 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 3.
SEED OF LIFE COLLECTIVE
Melody Rogers, Ayurvedic Lifestyle Coach and Educator 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston 843-343-6726 SeedOfLifeWellnessCollective@gmail.com SeedOfLifeCollective.com
DR. PATRICK S. LOVEGROVE Merge Medical Center Mt Pleasant • 843-469-1001 MergeMedicalCenter.com
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.
DANICA TODD, CERTIFIED DOULA, MASSAGE THERAPIST 720 Magnolia Rd, Ste 15, Charleston 843-826-0660 CharlestonMassageTherapies.com
Avondale’s premier massage therapy and advanced Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® practice. Learn more about my journey at DanicaTodd.com. See ad, page 21.
WORLD OF WELLNESS
Pam Olivier 3226 2B Maybank Hwy, Johns Island 843-708-8923 • PamOlivier.com
Ayurveda is the Science of Balance and Longevity in Life. Call today for your Free Consultation and learn how Ayurveda can help you!
HEALING OASIS LLC
Visit Healing Oasis and experience powerful healing vibrations. Services: Advanced CranioSacral Therapy, with more than a decade of experience; Energy Healing; Chakra Balancing; Massage Therapy; Aura Photography; SoulCollage Workshops; Ionic Detox Foot Bath; Far-Infrared Sauna.
Abigail McClam, BA, LMBT 232A Ashley Ave, Charleston 843-724-9807 Abigail@LotusCharleston.com LotusCharleston.com
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 3.
ALTERNATIVE HOLISTIC MEDICINE Beverly Lucas, LMT, CST David Lucas, LMT 772 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston 843-743-5222 HealingOasisllc.com
LOTUS HOLISTIC MASSAGE
A unique massage formulated specifically to meet your needs. Several different massage modalities are used, including sports, neuromuscular, trigger point, lomi lomi, Thai yoga massage and manual lymph drainage. Conditions addressed include migraines, sciatica, whiplash, stress, anxiety and good old tight shoulders.
YOUR GROOMING GURU
1319 Savannah Hwy, Ste C Charleston (in Artisans Inc Salon) 843-813-1838 YourGroomingGuru.com
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 26.
990 Lake Hunter Cir, Ste 212, Mt Pleasant 844-BRAIN-ON (272-4666) BrainCore.Dianne@gmail.com Specializing in brain training, an effective, drug-free treatment for ADHD, autism, anxiety, depression, insomnia, migraines, memory, improving performance and more. No side effects. Permanent changes.
COLUCCI CHIROPRACTIC AND WELLNESS CENTER
Knight Wellness and Therapy
Dr. Gina Colucci 1806 Trolley Rd, Summerville 843-875-5700 • ColucciChiropractic.com
Bethany Knight, LMT 225 S Cedar St, Summerville 843-518-0692 KnightWellnessAndTherapy.com
Busy lives require working bodies. Bethany will assess your aches and pains and help get you back in working order. Certified in Cupping, ART (lower extremity), Neuromuscular massage and more.
Serving the Summerville area for 29 years. Specializing in holistic care; weight loss and nutritional cleansing; pain management; bioidentical hormones; sugar detox; stress testing; chiropractic; peripheral neuropathy; detox footbaths; emotional (TBM/NET) and wellness care.
Dr. Ann Jenkins, Not Your Ordinary Chiropractor
1164 Northbridge Dr, Charleston (West Ashley) 843-270-9913 DrAnnJenkins.com
HOLISTIC YOU COUNSELING
Exclusive to the area: Whole Body Magnetic Therapy. Mention Natural Awakenings for a free one-hour session. Holistic family care. Relief of neck, back and emotional pain. Homeopathy and essential oils. See ad, page 12.
CHURCHES Unity Church of Charleston Rev. Ed Kosak, Minister 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston 843-566-0600 • Unitychs.org
Angel Muehlenkamp, MA Professional Counseling Summerville 843-327-1440 • LivingAngel777@gmail.com UniquelyuNow.com 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.
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.
Dr. Hayan Lee & Dr. Young Kim 320 Midland Pkwy, Ste A, Summerville 843-486-2022 • DeliteDental.net 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.
COLON HEALTH A CENTER FOR WELL-BEING
Grass Roots Health Care Since 1991 843-769-6848 • ACenterForWellbeing.com 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.
I SMILE MATHIS FERRY DENTISTRY Wendy S. Haefner, DDS 1571 Mathis Ferry Rd, Mt Pleasant 843-884-1215 • MathisFerryDentistry.com
Biological dentistry using IAOMT protocol. Natural products free of BPA and mercury. Mercury-safe filling removal. Now offering ozone therapy! See ad, page 4.
Neda Smith 250 Mathis Ferry Rd, Ste 101, Mt Pleasant 843-469-1001
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
JULIE OBENCHAIN, DDS
924 Tall Pine Rd, Mt Pleasant 843-884-0701 • PleasantSmilesCFD.com 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 13.
COSMETICS BE KISS PROOF
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JAMES SEXTON, DMD, MAGD
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Holistic, preventive dentistry. Safe removal of mercury fillings since 1975, following IAOMT protocol. Offering anti-aging dentistry and biocompatible materials. See ad, page 31.
eco-cleaning ABOVE & BEYOND CLEANING LLC Kimberly Henderson • 843-901-4779 AboveAndBeyondCleaningllc.com
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.
EMOTIONAL HEALTH LIFE COACHINg DIANA DEAVER
Emotional Health Life Coaching 843-209-8869 Working with a life coach is an intimidating but rewarding personal experience that involves quality one-on-one time and deep, meaningful inquiry. Diana’s coaching process focuses on healing painful emotional wounds, resolving self-sabotaging patterns, and creating a gentler attitude toward self.
ENERGY HEALING JENNIFER E. MICHAELS
Energy Healer and Soul Coach Artist, Author and Speaker Mt Pleasant • 843-514-2848 Jennifer@JEMichaels.com • JEMichaels.com Overcome emotional, mental, physical and spiritual issues with Energy Healing and Soul Coaching. Remove blocks and move forward with grace and ease. Holy-land oils, John of God crystals, angel therapy, past-life regressions, inner-child wellness and more. Raise vibration and feel amazing!
Joyce Stech 125 S Main St, Summerville Summerville • 843-870-4462 ResourcesUnlimited1.com • RoyalGems.org Joyce Stech (maMJAH), founder of Royal Gems Matrix Healing System, Martial Artist (Kyoshi, 7th dan), author, Metaphysician, Spiritual CEO of Taoist-Yogi Christ Lineage International. Private sessions, classes, online programs.
ESSENTIAL OILS YOUNG LIVING
Roberta Philbrick 843-826-4086 • RLPhilbr13@aol.com YoungLiving.com ID#3441572 As a Team Leader and Independent Distributor for Young Living, I specialize in Longevity and Wellness. Essential oils are the natural way to clean up your home and environment. Let me share with you how they can also benefit your mental and physical well-being. Call to schedule individual or group classes.
FITNESS SEED OF LIFE COLLECTIVE
Andrew Dean, ISFTA Certified Personal Fitness Trainer and Exercise Therapist 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston 843-475-2156 TransformUniversalFitness@yahoo.com HolisticHealthTrainer.com 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!
HEALTH FOOD STORES EUCALYPTUS WELLNESS & ELIXIR BAR 280 W Coleman Blvd, Ste E Mt Pleasant • 843-388-4956 EucalyptusWellness.com
Vitamins and supplements, CBD oil, bulk herbs, Wyndmere and doTerra essential oils, alkaline ionized water, facial and body care. New Elixir Bar! Herbal elixirs, blended drinks and fresh raw juices. Open Mon-Fri, 7am-7pm. Saturdays 8am-7pm, Sundays, 11am-5pm.
GOD’S GREEN ACRE
1240-C Central Ave, Summerville 843-873-3953 GodsGreenAcreOnline.com Your doorway to total health. Serving Summerville for over 40 years. Natural and gluten-free products. Probiotics, organic oils, vitamins and supplements, essential oils and more.
Herbs and Health Foods 119 N Goose Creek Blvd, Ste K Goose Creek • 843-797-3200 Best selection of herbs in South Carolina. Organic teas, spices, supplements, essential oils, wheat-free and gluten-free products. 10am-7pm Mon-Sat; closed Sunday.
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Gerry Schmidt, PhD 843-588-9286 • HelpCirculation.com Gerry.Lee.Schmidt@gmail.com Reverse aging in just eight minutes, two times a day with BEMER—reduces inflammation, pain, digestive issues, improves sleep and energy/vitality, plus more. Used by NASA and Olympic teams in 42 countries for 15 years. Try it free.
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.
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ORGANIC SALON & BOUTIQUE COTTAGE AROMA BELLA DAY SPA
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Charleston Holistic Center 2366 Ashley River Rd, Bldg 8, Charleston 843-225-2024 CharlestonHolisticCenter.com Eicensed, 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 31.
Relax and renew your mind, body and soul while enjoying our luxurious services. All treatments are tailored just for you using the finest all-natural products. See ad, page 15.
Jody Lemmon 615 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, Ste 101 Mt Pleasant 843-882-5015 • JodyLemmon.com
INTUITIVE GUIDANCE CAROL COTTRELL, INTUITIVE MEDIUM
By appointment only 815 Savannah Hwy, West Ashley 843-324-6460 • Carol@CCottrell.com CCottrell.com 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 VictoriaHargis.com
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.
J Salon is passionate about healthy hair and overall wellness of the human body. We strive to give the best customer service and build long-lasting relationships with our clients. See ad, page 25.
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.
PREGNANCY SUPPORT PROFESSIONAL DOULAS OF CHARLESTON CharlestonDoulas.com
Emotional, physical and educational support for women during pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and the postpartum.
Natural Detox Options
reiki Maureen Donohue, LMT #3231 772 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston 843-327-4761 • BodhiTreeCharleston.com
July articles include: Benefits of Natural Detoxing Dog Diet Detox Your Relationship with Money and so much more!
Client-focused, heart-centered, therapeutic reiki and massage. Maureen Donohue is a Usui Reiki Master/Teacher, massage therapist and Medical Reiki Master, teaching reiki classes throughout the Southeast, approved by NCBTMB as a CEU provider.
RIVER OF LIFE
Eileen Ayers Mino, RN, Reiki Holy Fire Master Teacher • Reiki and Past-Life Recall 301 E Richardson Ave, Summerville 860-857-4815 Usui HF Reiki Treatments and classes—Reiki I to Master. Reiki works on all levels of Body, Mind and Spirit. Past-Life Recall— explore your past; tap into your subconscious.
SPIRITUAL LIFE COACH LAURA GRIFFITH GARLAND
Charleston Holistic Center 2366 Ashley River Rd, Bldg 8, Charleston 843-452-7996 • DrLaura.Coach@gmail.com CharlestonReikiAndTarot.com 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 24.
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Dr. Wendy M. Perrell, Certified Soul Coach and Shaman 907-317-2483 • email@example.com Meetup: Charleston~Align with Your Soul’s Purpose Your Soul speaks to me! I channel Archangel Raphael to help you heal fear, guilt, shame, unworthiness and unlovable energy that holds you back from your Soul’s purpose. We provide spiritual tools and practices that enlighten and empower you to enjoy love, wealth, health, joy and balance.
Transformational Coach GERRY SCHMIDT, PhD
Master Coach Central location • 843-478-4090 GerrySchmidt.com Awaken to who you really are. Get unstuck, empowered, implement your vision. Never let fear decide your fate. Get results. Individuals, families, group sessions. Complimentary intro session. See ad, page 7.
Transformational RELATIONSHIP Coach GLENN S. COHEN
845 Lowcountry Blvd, Ste C, Mt Pleasant 843-852-9828 • Glenn@GlennSCohen.com GlennSCohen.com Coaching both individuals and couples through an innovative process to challenge you to transform old programing, move beyond your fears, and step into living and loving as your heart desires.
WOMEN’S HEALTH DR. STEPHANIE ZGRAGGEN, DC, MS, CNS, CCN
Lime and Lotus LLC Healing Arts Center 925 Wappoo Rd, Ste F, Charleston 843-214-2997 • Hello@DrZgraggen.com HealYourHormonesNow.com Painful periods? Hot flashes? Fatigue? Weight gain? Let us help you balance your hormones naturally with the use of food and herbs.
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