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The Hidden Deficiency Having the proper amount of iodine in our system at all times is critical to overall health, yet the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition finds that iodine deficiency is increasing drastically in light of an increasingly anemic national diet of unpronounceable additives and secret, unlabeled ingredients. This deficit now affects nearly three-quarters of the population.

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Almost everyone is routinely exposed to iodine-depleting radiation

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Overuse of zero-nutrient salt substitutes in foods leads to iodine depletion

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Iodine-Depleted Soil Poor farming techniques have led to declined levels of iodine in soil

A Growing Epidemic Symptoms range from extreme fatigue and weight gain to depression, carpal tunnel syndrome, high blood pressure, fibrocystic breasts and skin and hair problems. This lack of essential iodine can also cause infertility, joint pain, heart disease and stroke. Low iodine levels also have been associated with breast and thyroid cancers; and in children, intellectual disability, deafness, attention deficient hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and impaired growth, according to studies by Boston University and the French National Academy of Medicine.

What to Do The easy solution is taking the right kind of iodine in the right dosage to rebalance thyroid function and restore health to the whole body.



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just returned home from my first beach day of the year. The weather was perfect, and I enjoyed the company of one of my favorite people; my sister-in-law of 37 years. It is easy to be happy on a day like today.    I once read that life has some good days, some tough days and a bunch of ordinary days in between. I believe that happiness is a choice we get to make every day. This choice can make the good days more joyful and turn the ordinary days into good ones. It can also help us weather the difficult days with more grace. I’m choosing happiness more often lately as I learn to be more fully present and consistently practice gratitude. On my trip to North Litchfield Beach from Mount Pleasant, I made it a game to see how many beautiful and interesting things I could spot along the way. I think that’s a great approach to life in general. I discovered so much that I would have missed had I zoned out on the drive. One of my favorite finds was bunches of water lilies in the ditches alongside the road. Beauty shows up in all sorts of unexpected places if we look for it. Happiness is a theme this month and you’ll find doable tips in Judith Fertig’s feature article, “Happy All Day: Simple Practices for a Happier Life.” One of her story sources, Shawn Achor, has an online TED Talk, “The Happiness Advantage,” that I highly recommend. All of our experts’ advice is offered to help you make your days happier. We also explore the theme of Balanced Man, scheduled to coincide with Father’s Day, in celebration of good men everywhere. I’m grateful to be the daughter of a brave, sweet and funny man. Dad’s army career spanned from World War II through the Vietnam War. I was very young when he was away, but I remember walking to the mailbox each day hoping for a letter, and my great joy upon his return home from overseas. Armin Brott shares insights in “Dear Deployed Dad” to help military families both cope with separations and adjust to being reunited. Our thanks to all military members and their families for the sacrifices they make for our country every day. My dad was active in body and mind right up until he passed away in 1995, constantly working on his impeccable yard or attempting to fix something. My dad was smart, but let’s just say it is a good thing he didn’t try to make a living as a handyman. You had to admire his tenacity though, and the pleasure he took in figuring things out. He left us with happy memories and loving gratitude for the man he was. Every child deserves a devoted father and Brott’s article, “Dad Matters, How to be the Father Kids Need” shows the way. We all have important men in our lives. Let’s send them good wishes wherever they are, and let those with us now know how much we value and appreciate them this Father’s Day and always. To choosing health and happiness,

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16 HAPPY ALL DAY Simple Daily Practices for a Happier Life by Judith Fertig


Treating the Mind, Body and Soul by Gisele Perez

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newsbriefs New Boutique Charmed Opens in Mount Pleasant


olistic boutique Charmed—offering tools and resources for healing the mind, body and spirit—recently opened at 217-E Lucas Street, in Mount Pleasant, in the Commons. The boutique carries home and gift items from India, Bali and Thailand, a variety of crystals, reiki candles, spiritual books, teas and herbal remedies. Owner Jennifer Miller is a certified holistic health coach and former therapist. She served as a curriculum coordinator for the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City before opening Charmed. “Currently, the shop is slanted toward spiritual growth,” says Miller. “I’m expanding into products for the body and mind. Achieving balance leads to more joy and motivation to fulfil our life’s purpose. This is why I opened Charmed.” Reiki Master and certified Angel Card reader Sylvia Barnhill will offer energy sessions, card readings and private meditation sessions at Charmed on Mondays, by appointment. Barnhill, a reiki practitioner for 13 years, finds joy in helping others tap into their healing ability. Charmed is now offering rental space for practitioners on Sundays and renting floor space for quality organic products such as skin care and beauty lines, tonics and elixirs and products aimed at achieving a healthy mind, body and spirit. The store is open from noon to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

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newsbriefs Dental Ozone Therapy at i smile Mathis Ferry Dentistry


r. Wendy Haefner, of i smile Mathis Ferry Dentistry, is one of the only dentists in the area offering ozone dental therapy—using high energy oxygen without added chemicals—which has no side effects or medical contraindications. Haefner has been thoroughly trained to utilize ozone gas, water and oil for use in procedures including cleanings, fillings and mercury amalgam filling removal. There is no pain and it is minimally invasive. Ozone has the ability to kill bacteria, increase the body’s ability to heal itself by stimulating circulation and oxygenation, aid in eliminating and preventing infection, treat oral abscesses and ulcerations, reduce periodontal disease or infection, increase the body’s immune response and create a healthy environment for the production of antioxidants. There are numerous additional applications where ozone therapy has been shown to be beneficial, including ear and sinus infections.

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Lime and Lotus Organics Releases All-Natural Daily Face Cream


ocal company Lime and Lotus Organics has recently launched its chemical-free, allnatural skin care line. The first product released is their Signature Bulgarian Rose Daily Face Cream, created by Charleston resident and president of Lime and Lotus, Dr. Stephanie Zgraggen. “Today’s consumers are more aware of the chemicals found in traditional skin care products and are desiring options that are not only chemical free, but also produce visible results,” says Zgraggen. “Throughout our company, we are striving to give our customers the best products that not only work effectively, but also meet our strict eco-friendly guidelines.” The daily face cream uses shea butter, evening primrose oil and virgin coconut oil to hydrate and soothe skin, while ingredients like organic jojoba oil, vitamin E oil, and Bulgarian Damask Rose Wax help reduce wrinkles, age spots and laugh lines. The products are vegan and free of gluten, artificial dyes, fragrances and chemicals, and are never tested on animals. Zgraggen says that customers have reported improvements not only in skin hydration and overall appearance, but also in the appearance of damaged skin, fine lines and wrinkles, dry and cracked skin and acne. For more information, visit See listing, page 31.

Delite Dental, Spa-Like Dentistry, Opens in Summerville


aura Jarrait, trained by Jodi Lovoi of The Akashic Connection, has been reading her Akashic records and the records of others since 2009. She will be teaching a class, Learn How to Access Your Akashic Records, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., June 11 and 12, at Lotus Healing Centre, in downtown Charleston. Jarrait is also offering individual consultations at a reduced rate through June 10. Akasha is the Sanskrit word for ether, and the Akashic records are said to be an impression of the soul’s journey. Just as we leave footprints on the sand while walking, all of our actions, thoughts, words, intentions and interactions are said to leave an energetic impression and record of our path. Through learning to access and work with Akashic records, people have said they were able to gain insight into patterns in their lives that helped them with healing, clarity, greater intuition and increased creativity. Jarrait has used the insight and healing from the records in her own life to assist in navigating major life decisions and understanding her work in the world, both professionally and in relationships. Clients have found her readings to be beneficial in gaining a deep understanding of their life, seeing situations and people from new and unexpected perspectives and taking very practical actions.


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r. Hayan Lee and Dr. Young Kim, of Delite Dental, in Summerville, carefully designed their office to lower anxiety and improve the clients’ dental experiences, with a clean, spa-like atmosphere. Both born and raised in South Korea, the dentists are committed to a holistic approach to dentistry and how it affects the whole body. Delite Dental offers a low-dose, panoramic X-ray machine that takes both the panoramic and bite wing X-rays all at the same time, so there is no need for multiple pictures with the large sensor placed in the mouth. This gives off 80 percent less radiation and is more comfortable than traditional bite wing X-rays. The practice also boasts an open sterilization room, where they show clients how they keep all their instruments sterilized, with zero chance of cross-contamination. Lee was drawn to dentistry because it combined her two passions of art and science. Kim, who had a phobia about going to the dentist when he was younger, was motivated to make the dental experience as relaxing and stress-free as possible—including aromatherapy, cozy blankets, neck pillows and more.


Omega-3s May Increase Risk of Prostate Cancer


esearch published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute has confirmed that high blood levels of DHA, EPA and DPA—three omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil supplements—are linked to prostate cancer. The study from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center tested 834 men with prostate cancer and 1,393 healthy men; they found that such high concentrations were associated with a 71 percent increased risk of more serious prostate cancer and a 44 percent increase in the risk of less serious prostate cancer. The overall increased risk in all prostate cancers was 43 percent. The findings of this study confirm similar research in 2011 and another large European study. “What’s important is that we have been able to replicate our findings from 2011,” says one of the more recent study’s authors, Theodore Brasky, Ph.D.

Awe and Wonder Prime Physical Health


wo related studies from the University of California, Berkeley, suggest that the act of admiring the beauty of nature with awe and wonder can decrease inflammation in the body. More than 200 adults reported their experiences of emotions on a particular day, including amusement, awe, compassion, joy, contentment and pride. Samples of the subjects’ gum and cheek tissues were analyzed for cytokines, and the researchers found those that cited emotions of awe, wonder and amazement had the lowest levels of the pro-inflammatory cytokine interleukin-6 (IL-6). UC Berkeley professor and co-author of the research Dacher Keltner, Ph.D., says, “That awe, wonder and beauty promote healthier levels of cytokines suggests that the things we do to experience these emotions—a walk in nature, losing oneself in music, beholding art—have a direct influence upon health and life expectancy.”

Ashwagandha Pumps Up Testosterone


ow testosterone levels can be problematic for men as they age. Fortunately, Mother Nature produces her own form of testosterone booster: the herb ashwagandha. Research published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition tested 57 men between the ages of 18 and 50. They were divided into two groups—one was given 300 milligrams of the herbal extract twice a day for eight weeks; the other ingested a placebo for the same period. Both groups underwent supervised muscle training programs for the duration of the study. The men that took the ashwagandha had significantly higher levels of circulating testosterone compared to the placebo group. The ashwagandha group also experienced an increase in muscle mass in the chest and arms, yielding an average arm muscle size of 8.6 centimeters, compared to the placebo group’s 5.3 centimeters. Those men in the ashwagandha group also exhibited faster reductions of creatine kinase, a marker for the type of muscle fiber injury that occurs during strenuous exercise, following workouts.

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Live Comedy Evokes Trust and Empathy


esearch from the UK University of Surrey has found that witnessing live comedy increases emotional interaction and bonding between the spectators and performer and enhances a general feeling of trust and intimacy among participants through the shared experience. Published in the journal Comedy Studies, the study was conducted by doctoral candidate Tim Miles, who analyzed surveys and interviews of audience members, as well as comedians, including some well-known performers. Miles found that comics and audiences connected through sharing of admiration and empathy. Bonds also formed as the audience began to identify with the observations and experiences of the comic. “Comedy has often been seen to be a bit frivolous, but it’s actually something really important. My work looking at comedians and comedy audiences has shown how live, stand-up comedy fulfills a need for feelings of truth, trust, empathy and intimacy between people, which is really important in a society where many people often complain about feeling isolated,” says Miles.

Early Cancer Detection with Thermography—Not Just for Breasts


edical thermography, infrared imaging that shows the temperatures on the surface of the body, is widely known for its use in detecting breast cancer, but it can detect heat imbalances anywhere in the body. Shanna Schulze, a Certified Thermography Technician and member of Breast Thermography International, receives calls from people each week asking about the benefits of medical thermography. “Thermography is 97 percent sensitive for detecting breast cancer, while mammography is 83.3 percent sensitive,” says Schulze. Heat abnormalities can be found eight to 10 years before they show up through anatomical testing as a malignant tumor. With thermography, there is no radiation or compression, and it is ideal at any age. Early detection of abnormal findings helps people address issues sooner and prevent future issues, such as cancer and other diseases. Thermography can be used for early detection to save lives, but it is also ideal for prevention. Schulze is on a quest to help her patients improve thermographically and in turn, improve their health. She recently recommended a lymphatic massage therapist to a patient, who then encouraged the massage therapist to get a scan herself. The massage therapist’s scan showed an area of concern and a biopsy was recommended, which revealed that she had stage 2 breast cancer. An overall very healthy person, she was in shock at the diagnosis. She credits Schulze with saving her life and now recommends thermography screening to everyone. For more information, call 877-315-7226 x447 or visit See listing, page 33.


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E-Cigarettes Produce Free Radicals


lectronic cigarette use, or vaping, is on the rise as many consider it a healthier alternative to smoking. However, in a study published in the American Chemical Society journal Chemical Research in Toxicology, researchers from the Penn State University College of Medicine report that e-cigarettes produce considerable levels of reactive free radicals created by the high-temperature heating coils that warm up the nicotine solution. Dr. John Richie, a professor at Penn State and senior author of the research, says, “The identification of these radicals in the aerosols means that we can’t just say e-cigarettes are safe because they don’t contain tobacco. They are potentially harmful.” The researchers found that levels of free radicals in e-cigarettes are between 100 to 1,000 times less than the levels produced by tobacco cigarettes, still making them a better choice than traditional cigarettes although they still carry risk. Richie explains, “The levels of radicals that we’re seeing are more than what you might get from a heavily air-polluted area, but less than what you might find in cigarette smoke.” Previous research has found that e-cigarette smoke also contains aldehydes that can potentially cause cellular and tissue damage.


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More U.S. Cities Leaving the Grid Nassau, New York, a town of 5,000 outside Albany, plans to ramp up a combination of rooftop- and ground-mounted solar, wind turbine and landfill methane-capture technologies to generate 100 percent of its power from renewable sources by 2020. “If all goes as planned, within the next four years, all six of the town buildings will be disconnected from the grid,” says Nassau Supervisor Dave Fleming. The New York Department of Public Services wants this trend to grow through its Reforming Energy Vision (REV) initiative. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration is actively working to help municipalities, especially core towns and schools, move toward getting a significant portion of their power from renewable resources. Smaller, cleaner, power systems are less costly and cleaner alternatives to the traditional larger electrical stations. San Diego, California, recently committed to securing 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2035. It’s the largest American city to do so. Already, at least 13 U.S. cities, including San Francisco; Burlington, Vermont; and Aspen, Colorado, have committed to 100 percent clean energy. Las Vegas is among other major cities aiming to follow suit. Hawaii has pledged the same by 2045, the most ambitious standard set by a U.S. state to date. Source:

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More Retailers Ban Bee-Toxic Products Amidst the growing pollinator crisis and due to public pressure, Aldi Süd, the German supermarket chain with stores in the U.S., has become the first major European retailer to ban pesticides toxic to bees, including the neonicotinoids imidacloprid, clothianidin and thiamethoxam, from fruits and vegetables produced for their stores. Starting in January, Aldi produce suppliers have had to ensure their cultivation practices exclude eight pesticides identified as toxic to bees. Other retailers in the U.S. and Europe are also beginning to shun bee-toxic pesticides. Home Depot will no longer use the class of pesticides known as neonics on 80 percent of its flowering plants; completing the phase-out in 2018. Lowe’s is ending the sale of products containing neonicotinoid pesticides within 48 months. Smaller retailers are also working on removing neonics and other toxic pesticides from their shelves. The science has become increasingly clear that pesticides, working individually or synergistically, play a critical role in the ongoing decline of honeybees and other pollinators. Bees in the U.S. and Europe have seen unprecedented losses over the last decade, and bee-toxic pesticides like neonicotinoids have consistently been implicated as a major contributing factor. Source:

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Six-Hour Workday Reaps Benefits Many Americans work 50 hours a week or more because they think they’ll get more done and reap the benefits later. However, according to a metastudy published in The Lancet, people that clock a 55-hour week have a 33 percent greater risk of stroke and 13 percent higher risk of developing coronary heart disease than those that maintain a 35- to 40-hour work week. Data from 25 studies that monitored the health of 600,000 people from the U.S., Europe and Australia for up to 8.5 years were analyzed. Paul Kelley, of Oxford University’s Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute, notes that even a traditional nine-to-five workday is at odds with peoples’ internal body clocks, contributing to sleep deprivation. Now Sweden is moving toward a standard six-hour workday, with some businesses having already implemented the change. Linus Feldt, CEO of Stockholm app developer Filimundus, reports that the shift has maintained productivity while decreasing staff conflicts, because people are happier and better rested. Several Toyota service centers in Gothenburg that switched to a six-hour day 13 years ago also report happier staff, a lower turnover rate and increased ease in enticing new hires. A Swedish retirement home has embarked on a yearlong experiment to compare the costs and benefits of a shorter working day. Source:

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Bye-Bye Dye

Mars and Others Abandoning Artificial Colors Mars Inc., the maker of many candies, chewing gum flavors and other food products, is phasing out artificial food dyes over the next five years. The decision came as a response to growing customer demand, says CEO Grant F. Reid. Nestlé, General Mills, Kraft and Kellogg’s have also started eliminating artificial dyes from their products due to calls for more natural ingredients. Common shades of red 40 and yellow 5 are presently ubiquitous, as per capita production of artificial coloring approved for use in food has increased more than five-fold since the 1950s. According to a study of supermarket labels by the Center for Science in Public Interest, an estimated 90 percent of childoriented candies, fruit snacks, drink mixes and powders contain artificial colors, and many parents are concerned about their potential impact on developing brains. Several studies have scrutinized dyes’ possible link to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other effects on children’s behavior. When a study by a group of British scientists suggested a link between the consumption of certain food dyes and hyperactivity in kids, Europe and the UK began requiring food with artificial dyes to carry warning labels. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration continues to maintain that no causal relationship exists between color additives and hyperactivity in children, and doesn’t require warning labels.

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Safely Keep Winged Visitors Away from Outdoor Events Warding off summertime mosquitoes and flies to maintain outdoor fun is especially important given the new disease potential of the mosquito-borne Zika and West Nile viruses. Here are some naturally protective measures. Remove stale, standing water outside the home—including swimming pool covers, clogged rain gutters and buckets—and turn over clay pots and plastic containers, as they all can be prime mosquito-breeding spots, suggests the Maryland Department of Agriculture. Alternatively, a toxin-free backyard pond or water garden can be stocked with mosquito fish like gambusia that feed on and consume large quantities of insect larvae. Avoid applying potent perfumes, soaps and lotions prior to an outdoor event, because such scents attract insects. It always helps to wear light, long-sleeve shirts and pants to protect more skin. Grow plants with odors mosquitoes don’t like. suggests citronella, horsemint (aka bee balm), marigolds, ageratum (floss flowers) and catnip. also likes lavender, thyme, lemongrass, anything in the mint family and even basil; rub fresh or dried leaves on the skin or apply lavender flowers or oil, especially on hot spots (neck, underarms or behind ears). Use a non-toxic, plastic-free insect-repelling band for kids. Avoid conventional insect repellents, as many contain diethyltoluamide (DEET), one of the top five contaminants of U.S. waterways. Chemicals rinse off into shower and bath drains during later wash-ups.

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radiation and most synthetic pesticides and fertilizers is prohibited from organic production.” For animal products like meat, eggs and dairy to be labeled organic, they have to be sourced from non-cloned animals that are not treated with antibiotics or growth hormones. The science is still out on whether organic foods are healthier for us, but the U.K.’s Food Standards Agency lists a few reasons to choose them: They’re generally considered better for the environment, animal welfare and for reducing human intake of pesticide residues and additives. Organic designations are tiered, with “100 percent organic” being the pinnacle of food purity, and various partially-organic categories—“organic”, “made with organic ingredients” and “less than 70 percent organic ingredients”—falling beneath it. However, it’s not a perfect system. Just because something is organic doesn’t mean it hasn’t been exposed to any pesticides, as farmers are able to use some approved synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. Like natural, organic doesn’t necessarily mean healthy. There are plenty of cookies, ice cream, chips and other not-super-nutritious foods produced organically. The best way to know the health benefits of a product is still just to look at the ingredients. Organic is not perfect, but at least we can look it up and get a fairly good idea of how that food is produced. The same cannot be said of natural. But the more curious and discerning we become, the more likely we’ll be able to steer our carts toward products worthy of our trust.

The food industry can’t be as slaphappy with “organic” as they are with “natural” because it requires third-party certification—meaning the seller actually has to do something to use the term. According to the California Certified Organic Farmers, “the use of sewage sludge, bioengineering (GMOs), ionizing

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he grocery run. What was once a simple matter of crossing items off a hurriedly jotted list, has become real brain work. Walking into a grocery store has become a more difficult task, as our eyes are blitzed with so many different options, buzzwords and labels, disguising the guiltless choice from the poor decision. Frankly, it can be a little overwhelming—especially for those looking to eat healthy. Let’s consider two of the most common terms that we see on the shelves: “natural” and “organic”. Both words appear to be loaded with wholesome goodness, but when it comes to our food and other products, they couldn’t be more different.


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Most people have bought food marked “natural” thinking they were making a healthy choice. According to The Washington Post, “natural” is the second most money-making label on the market, helping sell over $40 billion of food annually in the U.S. But here’s the thing: the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has no clear definition for the word natural on food labeling. Contrary to popular belief, food companies aren’t held to any verifiable standards before printing it on their packaging. Not only are you likely to find processed foods that are “no longer the product of the earth” carrying the label, says the FDA, but Consumer Reports explains that these foods are often produced with genetically modified organisms (GMOs), artificial chemicals and toxic pesticides.

ward off viruses, harmful bacteria and germs. Regular infrared sauna therapy has proven to be one of the fastest and most efficient methods for ridding the human body of heavy metals, acids and hazardous toxin waste accumulated over time from polluted air, water and food.

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ar infrared light waves work through a process called direct light conversion, meaning that light energy enters the body, penetrating up to three inches deep, and is converted to heat. This action is also called radiant heat, because it heats the body directly—not the air around the body. Exposing the body to radiant heat increases the body’s natural homeostatic responses, which include: accelerated peripheral blood flow and improved circulation; vasodilation of blood vessels; oxygenation; and toxin removal from muscle and fatty tissue. This anabolic response triggers the autonomic nervous system to nourish, heal and regenerate both physical and emotional health conditions. Below, read some specific examples, adapted from Dr. Sasaki Kyuo’s article, “The Scientific Basis and Therapeutic Benefits of Far Infrared Ray Therapy.” n Increased blood flow and vasodilation brings needed nutrients, hormones and healing oxygen to the damaged areas, while draining off cellular waste products. Damaged cells which cause pain have a negative electrical charge. Far infrared energy reverses the electrical polarity of the affected cells very quickly and pain sensations are noticeably reduced. n Infrared heat causes tissue expansion in the damaged area, which relieves pressure on the affected area, thereby reducing pain. As the muscles relax from the heat, tension subsides and a soothing, relaxed feeling results. n Radiant infrared heat rebalances and nourishes the enzymes in synovial joint fluid, which helps keep joints healthy, flexible and properly lubricated. n Far infrared energy activates arginine in the body to create an increased





supply of nitric oxide in the blood, which has a multitude of benefits, including: regulation of blood pressure due to the relaxation of artery walls and expansion of blood vessels and capillaries; lowering of serum cholesterol and prevention of “bad” LDL from oxidizing and becoming worse; the stimulation of the release of human growth hormone—a key to longevity. Ischemia (localized tissue anemia due to lack of arterial blood flow) manifests itself in chronic knotty muscles and muscle spasms. Infrared hyperthermia causes blood vessel vasodilation and increased blood flow to difficult areas, reducing pain, expanding constricted tissue and relaxing muscle areas and eliminating muscle spasms at the source. Radiant infrared heat eliminates pain sensation via direct cause and effect on free nerve endings, tangled nerve ganglia and peripheral nerves. Infrared hyperthermia increases endorphin production, which negates pain signals sent from the nerves in the spinal column. Remarkable results for acne conditions are achieved through purging the acne-causing bacteria and excess skin oils through rigorous sweating. Facial lines begin to diminish and crow’s feet begin to fade; pores are unclogged; enlarged pores become smaller; age spots fade and eventually disappear; and dark circles and bags under the eyes clear. The complexion takes on a distinctive, healthy glow and the face and hands become smooth and soft. As the body is detoxified through infrared-induced expulsion of toxins via sweating, kidney and bowels, the immune system is noticeably strengthened. Increased white blood cell production helps

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hroughout the past decade, success researchers and positive psychologists have sketched out in broad strokes the big picture of our elemental yearning for happiness. According to Martin Seligman, Ph.D., and his colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, inner happiness derives from four basic elements: positive emotion, relationships, meaning in life and accomplishment. What we want to know now is how to instill happiness into daily practices. In her latest book, Better Than Before: Mastering The Habits Of Our Everyday Lives, happiness expert Gretchen Rubin fleshes out the needed details. She maintains that the shift into a happier way of being can be as simple as changing our habits, which she terms the invisible architecture of daily life. Rubin found, “We repeat about 40 percent of our behavior almost daily, so our habits shape our existence and our future. If we change our habits, we change our lives.” We can start small in sometimes surprising ways that encourage personal, family, workplace and community well-being.

Simplify—Exercise—Meditate Israeli-born Tal Ben-Shahar, Ph.D., a former Harvard lecturer and author of the bestselling Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment, had

854 students enroll in one of his pioneering classes on happiness in 2006, the highest enrollment for any class at the time. “Students explored ways to apply these ideas to their life experiences and communities,” he says. Today, he lectures and consults worldwide on the science of happiness, or “optimal being and functioning”. Ben-Shahar suggests we cultivate three personal habits. The first one is to simplify, saying, “We need to turn off our phones, email and other distractions at home, so we can fully be with the people we care about and that care about us. Time affluence—time to enjoy and appreciate—is a predictor of happiness.” The second is to exercise. “We were not meant to be sedentary,” he says. The third is to meditate. “Meditating helps us to develop extreme resilience to negative emotion.” Ken A.Verni, Psy.D., a clinical psychologist in Highland Park, New Jersey, endorses the importance of a mindfulness habit. In his new book, Happiness the Mindful Way: A Practical Guide, Verni outlines easy, step-by-step actions to form a new happiness habit that concurrently reduces stress and increases enlightenment. He starts with what he calls “compassionate attention”; being fully awake or present in our lives without judging what we’re thinking. When we view our thoughts as events

Take the Secret Society of Happy People’s personal happiness inventory at DefiningOurHappiness provides an introduction. in the mind, he says, conscious selfobservation introduces a space between our perceptions and responses, allowing us to view our thoughts as separate from the person we really are. Complementary methods may include breathing techniques or body awareness that help shift us away from anxious, “What if?” speculations into the ever-present now. With just a few minutes of mindfulness a day—the first thing in the morning or at night before retiring—according to Verni, “We can shift our relationship to ourselves and our life experiences in a way that allows for greater spaciousness, acceptance and compassion, and in doing so, can dramatically improve the quality of our lives.”

Daily Joy at Home Another way to improve the quality of our life is to reverse one habit. Shonda Rhimes, creator of TV dramas that include Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, admits that she’s a driven, Type-A person in her new book, Year of Yes. A busy career in Los Angeles, three children and little leisure left her feeling unhappy, so instead of reciting her habitual, “No” to anything extraneous—like parties, eating chocolate chip cookies or spending a lazy afternoon chatting with an old friend—she decided to change that habit to, “Yes.” One of Rhimes’ most profound revelations occurred after she responded positively when her children asked her to play. She observes that kids don’t want that much from us and playtime rarely involves more than 15 minutes; when we give them access and attention, it makes everyone feel good. Rubin agrees that it’s the little things that can contribute to family happiness. As a New York City mother of two, she decided that she’d be happier if she knew she was creating family memories. She started regularly preparing “special occasion” family breakfasts, a relatively easy meal to customize. She

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says, “Studies show that family traditions support children’s social development and strengthen family cohesiveness. They provide the connection and predictability that people crave. I know that I enjoy a holiday more when I know exactly what we’re going to do and when we’re going to do it.” Home for Matthieu Ricard, a biochemist turned Buddhist monk, could be a Nepalese monastery or a seat at scientific conferences around the world. As the author of Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill, he defines happiness as a deep sense of flourishing that arises from an exceptionally healthy mind. “It’s not a mere pleasurable feeling, a fleeting emotion or a mood, but an optimal state of being,” he says. In order to nurture it, Ricard recommends taking some time each day for quiet reflection, noting, “The contemplative approach consists of rising above the whirlpool of our thoughts for a moment and looking calmly within, as if at an interior landscape, to find the embodiment of our deepest aspirations.” By cultivating attention and mindfulness, the cares of everyday life become less burdensome. Such a spiritual practice of just sitting quietly for 10 minutes a day, observing the thoughts that randomly cross our minds, and then gently shooing them away, can be enormously beneficial, he says, as it helps us put things in perspective and aim for continuous calm.

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Changing thought habits to focus on the good things in life is an approach that works for clients of Mary Lynn Ziemer, a life coach in Estero, Florida. Ziemer suggests we “flip the switch” from negative thinking and make a habit of starting our day being positive and grateful for 10 minutes. She recommends we start by doing deep breathing—four seconds breathing in, hold for seven seconds, eight seconds breathing out—

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I have chosen to be happy because it is good for my health. ~Voltaire repeated four times. Next, we ask ourselves how we feel in the moment and identify the emotion, and then ask what thoughts we can think to feel better. The last step of the exercise is to frame a positive outlook in an affirmation, such as, “I am so grateful that I know I am doing the best I can and everything will work out. Everything is fine.” Ziemer adds, “Remember that happiness comes from love and takes you to a place of peace and calm. It is such emotions that beget success in relationships, health, supply, and clear purpose. Plus, it benefits everyone around you.”

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Dallas happiness researcher Shawn Achor, founder of Goodthink, Inc., and author of The Happiness Advantage, applies the science of happiness to the workplace. His research echoes the

personal positivity of Ziemer, Verni and Ben-Shahar’s approaches to nurturing happiness. “Happiness is such an incredible advantage in our lives,” says Achor. “When the human brain is positive, our intelligence rises and we stop diverting resources to think about anxiety.” The Harvard Business Review published his research results: “Creativity triples and productive energy rises by 31 percent. Sales rise by 37 percent and the likelihood of promotion rises by 40 percent.” Achor’s method is helping people rewrite the way they think by first looking for positives at work. Workers write down three highly specific, positive things about their workday for 21 consecutive days. Rather than just, “I love my job,” acknowledge, “I love my job because I get to help people every day.” Or, “I love my morning tea because it gets me going.” Achor reports that at the end of the period, “Their brain starts to retain a pattern of scanning the world not for the negative, but for the positive first.” Taking a work break for two minutes of mindfulness is also effective. “We did this at Google,” he says. “We had employees take their hands off their keyboards for two minutes a

day to go from multitasking to simply focusing on their breathing. This drops their stress levels and raises accuracy rates. It improves levels of happiness and it takes just minutes.”

Happiness in the Community We can foster happiness habits at home, at work and in the community. Rubin suggests starting such a group, akin to a self-help book club or bridge group, but with extra benefits. She even offers a free starter kit for those that want to try it, available via Gretchen In addition to the happy exchange of ideas and success stories, happiness habits group members also have the benefit of being accountable to each other. Others can help us continue to color in the details supporting and forwarding the broad brushstrokes of positive emotions, relationships, meaning in life and accomplishments in a down-to-earth, fun way. Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFoodAnd from Overland Park, KS.



appy people don’t find happiness like you’d find a penny on the ground; they make it happen, with action. Cultivating happiness habits can make a marked difference in your life. 4 Be deliberately optimistic. Optimism is imperative to emotional wellness. 4 Prioritize mindfully. Consistently align choices, intentions and actions with the top priorities of love, happiness and health.

ful meaning in all areas of life. Let life move you to possibility, opportunity and gratitude. 4 Don’t make things personal. Absolutely nothing others say or do is about you, ever. 4 Examine the worst that can happen. Many of the limitations you’re placing on yourself aren’t real—they’re illusions.

4 Keep uplifting resources on hand. A few surefire mood-lifters may include a green smoothie, mani-pedi and solo dance party to at least one get-your-feetmoving song by a favorite artist. 4 Put yourself first. It’s the best way to bring your A game to everyone else. 4 Be a prolific seeker. Seek beauty, joy, adventure, pleasure, growth and power18

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4 Practice loving-kindness. Making this a habit changes the vibration of your life and the lives of those around you. Plus it feels great. 4 Be aware of your energy. Tune in to surrounding energy, as well as the energy you’re emitting and notice what needs to be adjusted or abandoned. 4 Be wary of media consumption. Limit messages in everything from email and news to books and music that take you away from the calm, open space within that revels in joy and wonder. Conversations count, too. Kristi Ling is the author of Operation Happiness: The 3-Step Plan to Creating a Life of Lasting Joy, Abundant Energy, and Radical Bliss. The life and business coach shares more at operationhappinessresources.

Reiki: Treating the Mind, Body and Soul by Gisele Perez


ne of the energy medicine modalities, reiki is the practice of transmitting energy through the hands. The word reiki is composed of two Japanese words: “Rei”, the higher intelligence that guides the creation and functioning of the universe, and “Ki”, the non-physical energy that animates all living things. According to William Rand, if the flow of Ki is disrupted, the physical organs and tissues will be adversely affected. Therefore, it is a disruption in the flow of Ki that is the main cause of illness. “Reiki can be defined as a non-physical healing energy made up of life force energy that is guided by the higher intelligence, or spiritually guided life force energy,” explains Rand, in Reiki Energy. “As reiki flows through a sick or unhealthy area, it breaks up and washes away any negative thoughts or feelings lodged in the unconscious mind/body, thus allowing a normal healthy flow of Ki to resume. As this happens, the unhealthy physical organs and tissues become properly nourished with Ki and begin functioning in a balanced, healthy way, thus replacing illness with health.” Reiki’s origins are found in the Tibetan sutras, ancient records of cosmology and philosophy. It was rediscovered by Dr. Mikao Usui Sensei, who founded the Reiki Ryoho (healing art or method) in 1922. This healing art is a powerful adjunct to therapeutic modalities, fuels the body’s innate

mechanisms of homeostasis, and therefore assists the body in the restoration of balance on the physical, mental and emotional level. Reiki therapy has been explored in a variety of populations including cancer patients, veterans, surgical patients, persons in chronic pain and those with depression, PTSD and more. Reiki empowers the client to allow the body to do the healing that needs to be done for the body, mind and spirit. The reiki treatment is done with the practitioner’s hands placed lightly on or just above the head and torso. The client is fully clothed and the treatment can last anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes. Through inducing relaxation, reiki encourages the body’s healing systems by enhancing the body’s normal functioning. Reiki is a safe practice and will not interfere with any medical care the patient is receiving. Reiki promotes total wellness. It addresses how people feel about their illness or disease, especially when standard medicine has exhausted all options. Reiki is practiced at many hospitals and institutions around the country and internationally. According to the Center for Reiki Research, “The popularity of reiki in hospitals has been largely driven by requests from patients and by nurses and doctors who have experienced its value. They report that reiki reduces stress, decreases the amount of pain medication required, improves sleep and appetite and

accelerates the healing process. It has also been reported to reduce many of the unwanted side effects of radiation and drugs, including chemotherapy.” As the reiki energy floods the body, Ki is restored and the body automatically begins its healing process. Stress is relieved and inner balance is restored. When administered during surgery, it can help maintain a steady blood pressure, minimize bleeding and decrease the need for pain medication during the post-operative period. According to the article “A Systematic Review of the Use of Reiki in Health Care,” from the February 2008 edition of Alternative and Complementary Therapies, “In patients with advanced cancer, reiki reduced pain over a fourday period, as well as improving quality of life over a seven-day period.” The use of reiki during the dying process offers the client a sense of peace and relaxation during this sacred passage. It helps the client manage pain and deal with any fears and anxiety about dying. Teaching clients self-reiki practice provides them with the autonomy to participate in the passage from this life. Reiki also helps family and friends by offering nurturing and support during this difficult time. Energy medicine is a practice whose time has come. As research continues, its effectiveness is not determined by our understanding of how reiki works. Reiki, by its own power, facilitates the body to heal itself. Dramatic healing shifts have occurred when reiki is a part of self-practice or incorporated with a conventional medical treatment plan. When reiki is used consciously with the intention driven from love and compassion, transformation occurs, placing more emphasis in allowing and receiving than doing. Reiki can be used to nurture ourselves and others and promotes harmony and balance in our world. Gisele Perez, RN, MRM, is a Certified Level III Reiki Practitioner, Medical Reiki Master Practitioner and member of the International Association of Reiki Professionals. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call 804-8688465 or email HealingLight3@yahoo. com. See listing, page 33.

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merican fatherhood has evolved considerably in the last 50 years. While dads used to be kept out of the delivery room, today, more than 90 percent of new fathers are present for their children’s birth, reflected inMenCare Advocacy’s State of the Worlds’ Fathers. However, being there early on does not necessarily define the scope of future involvement. Overcoming obstacles that might keep men from being the “high-five” dads they and their family need them to be is key. Involved fathers benefit children. Most research on child development has focused on how mothers influence their children, but in recent decades, society has “discovered” fathers. In many studies, pioneering Psychologist Ross Parke, Ph.D., professor emeritus of University of California, Riverside, and others have conclusively shown that children of more-involved dads are better at solving puzzles, score higher on cognitive skills tests, do better in school, are more likely to go to college, are more empathetic, manage their emotions better, have fewer behavior problems, are less likely to suffer from depression or mental illness and are less likely to break laws or become teen parents. Fathering tip: Never miss an opportunity to change a diaper, play with the kids, read stories together or simply ask them about their day. Equal workplace policies matter. The U.S. is the only economically advanced country that has no nationally mandated paid maternity leave policy and is absent a national paternity leave policy, paid or unpaid. When men don’t get time off to learn basic parenting skills, it’s harder for them to stay engaged later. In 1977, 41 percent of women and 35 percent of men in

dual-earner couples reported work-family life conflicts. Today, the figures are 47 percent and 60 percent, respectively, according to the Families and Work Institute’s ongoing National Study of the Changing Workforce. Parenting tip: Advocate for national, paid parenting leave policies for men and women starting with local employers. It benefits both families and companies. Studies by Stanford University, the Families and Work Institute, Gallup, Inc. and others have found that companies with family-friendly benefits enjoy more loyal employees, better morale, lower turnover, fewer arbitrary sick days, higher levels of customer service and higher shareholder returns—all of which contribute to their bottom line. Both genders can be naturally nurturing. Certainly, women are biologically adapted for giving birth and breastfeeding, but Parke found that caring new dads typically cuddle, coo, giggle, rock and feed their babies just as much as new mothers. One hurdle men face is that they usually have to return to work sooner, and their natural nurturing skills can get rusty, while moms’ get sharper. Opportunity and practice are the biggest predictors of meaningful connections with children. Fathering tip: Don’t assume that a partner knows more. Whatever a mother knows, she learned by making mistakes, and that’s the best way for fathers to learn, too. Be open to complementary expertise. A dad with a mate that praises and supports him will be far more confident and engaged with his child than one with a partner that criticizes him. Parenting tip: No one likes to feel incompetent, so when offering dad advice, do it in a nonthreatening way that supports and compliments his improving skills over time. It may mean adjusting personal standards a bit. Dad should take pride in practicing his unique rapport with offspring. Instead of letting mom pluck a crying or smelly baby from his arms, he can try, “Honey, I’ve got this.” End-running the legal system after divorce. For some 30 years, the default decision in divorce cases has been to award the mother primary physical custody, with limited visitation for the father. More states are now moving toward a presumption of 50-50 physical custody, but it’s not the norm. Therefore, many divorced dads may feel disconnected from their children and suppressed in their parenting role moving forward. Fathering tip: Never give up. Children need their dad in their life and vice-versa. It’s critical to stay in touch. In person is best; phone, email and Skype are decent fallbacks. Make time together feel meaningful as well as normal, instead of falling into a “Disneyland dad” syndrome of trying to make every moment a party. Practice harmonious communications with the ex. The biggest known predictor of children’s future mental and emotional health is how well their parents get along. Separated parents don’t have to be friends, but they do need to acknowledge both parents’ importance to the children and treat each other respectfully. Armin Brott is the author of eight bestselling books on fatherhood, including The Expectant Father and The New Father. Learn more at



or parents serving in the military, some of the biggest barriers to involvement are inevitable and often repeated deployments. Dads returning home often struggle to reestablish both their family role— which changed while they were away—and their relationships with children they haven’t seen for months and who may not even recognize them. Here are practical tips to counter any estrangement. Talk to your children before you leave and tell them, in age-appropriate terms, what’s happening and why. Record yourself reading a child’s favorite book and ask mom to play it every night. Their hearing your voice while you’re gone will make it easier for them to get used to having you home again. During deployment, communicate with home as much as possible by phone, Skype and email, taking into account time zone differences and military security. Don’t underestimate the power of snail mail. Little things—a dried leaf from a tree near the barracks, a film canister full of sand—let a child know Dad is thinking of them and provides tangible signs that he’s in a real place somewhere. Upon returning home, take it easy and don’t expect to be able to simply pick up where you were when you left. Everyone in the family has changed, and likely become stronger via the experience. Some things may never return to the pre-deployment normal, but the new normal can be just as good—or better. Source: The Military Father: A Hands-on Guide for Deployed Dads, by Armin Brott

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e don’t typically envision iron-pumping bodybuilders also flowing and breathing through yoga postures, yet many are combining these complementary disciplines to realize huge benefits.

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Nicolina Sandstedt, a yoga teacher trainer and anatomy expert with the Yandara Yoga Institute, in Baja, Mexico, observes, “The body awareness and alignment focus that the practice of yoga asanas [positions] offers helps bodybuilders find correct posture. Yoga also teaches elegance in transitions that improve competitive posing.” Peter Nielsen, a bodybuilder, yoga practitioner and world-class fitness guru in Detroit, observes, “Most bodybuilders haven’t fine-tuned their presentation. They often grimace and look uncomfortable, with their veins popping out.” He points out, “Yoga helps teach bodybuilders how to slow down, breathe into each posture and ultimately win posing competitions because of the grace, elegance and

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Joseph Grassadonia, bodybuilder, yoga enthusiast and founder of On Fitness magazine, in Kahuku, Hawaii, cites additional benefits: “Incorporating yoga into your workout routine improves your core, giving you overall body strength in specific targeted muscle groups. It also increases flexibility, stability and mobility, allowing greater range of motion. Most importantly, it will keep you from being sidelined with injuries.” “Stretching a muscle can make it more aesthetically pleasing,” remarks Sandstedt. “In yoga, we often hold postures for a relatively long period of time, in a more isometric endurance workout, than the short, repetitive movements performed in bodybuilding. Bodybuilding develops fast-twitch muscle fibers for power and speed, while yoga develops slow-twitch muscle fibers for endurance. Both are important for tissues to stay healthy while building muscle mass.” Nielsen notes, “Bodybuilding makes me feel stronger; I look better and have loads of endurance. Yoga makes me feel more centered; it softens me so I can hear and surrender to what my body is telling me rather than me just telling it what to do.” Such listening is essential to preventing injuries that periodically plague bodybuilders. Slowing down into yoga’s present moment awareness teaches bodybuilders how to perform from a place of presence rather than on autopilot, which is when most injuries occur. “Yoga works all the muscles, even the smaller, intrinsic muscles often neglected in bodybuilding,” Sandstedt says. “In addition to facilitating healthy posture, these small muscles help support balanced joint alignment.” She explains that the explosive, repetitive movements used to build muscle mass in bodybuilding make the muscles less elastic, which also inhibits range of motion. Less elastic muscles may be more prone to injury, as daily activities require both strength and mobility.” 

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Sandstedt offers, “I advise newcomers to incorporate a light yoga routine into the beginning and end of each bodybuilding training session. Ending training sessions with a few yoga postures will help balance the body, bringing a sense of calm and equanimity to the workout experience.” “In my fitness career, I’ve found that yoga perfectly complements any strength training program as a form of stretching, flexibility and de-stressing,” says Nielsen. “Yoga focuses me, and helps me to isolate whatever muscle I choose. It helps me reach my fullest potential and simply makes me a better version of myself.” Aimee Hughes is a doctor of naturopathy and freelance writer in Kansas City, MO. Connect at

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Shortens and builds muscles while building tension

Moves prana (life force energy) throughout the body, boosting energy levels and mental sharpness after a session

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Improves muscle oxygenation, which helps growth and repair functions

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Involves the body, mind and spirit

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lanning ahead is an effective key to healthy eating and weight management. Having healthy snacks available, both savory and naturally sweet, helps us to conquer cravings and avoid a sugar rush—or slump. Between-meal nutritious and delicious snacks can be easy to make. Plus, unlike commercial foods, we know their ingredients. Here, Natural Awakenings has tapped two plant-based whole foods experts and cookbook authors for their best snack recipes and tips. “Healthy happens when we’re prepared,” says Elise Museles, of Washington, D.C., the mother of two sons who writes at KaleAndChocolate. com/blog and recently released Whole Food Energy: 200 All Natural Recipes to Help You Prepare, Refuel, and Recover. “Nutritious is delicious; healthy doesn’t have to be bland and boring.” she says. Nor does it take hours to make. “I pick one day a week to do meal prep,” she explains. “After a visit to our Sunday farmers’ market, I work in the kitchen for a few hours so I’m ready to go on Monday and for the rest of the week.” Whenever hunger threatens to

derail her from a whole-foods, nutrientdense diet, Museles is equipped with options like protein balls and carrot hummus. She’s also learned that having naturally sweet foods at hand helps divert cravings, realizing, “You just want a sweet thing more if you think you can’t have it. Plus, I think better when my blood sugar is stable.” Museles combines naturally sweet dried fruits such as goji berries and tropical coconut to make a handy snack mix. “Like blending smoothies, this basic trail mix can have many variations,” she says. She also suggests maintaining a well-stocked freezer. Museles freezes berries in season to pop in the blender for smoothies; pitted and peeled avocados to thaw and mash over gluten-free toast; and frozen banana slices to layer over nut butter.   Canadian Ella Leché, a mother of two daughters best known for her website, is the new author of Cut the Sugar, You’re Sweet Enough cookbook. She came to a plant-based lifestyle in 2008 after a whole foods diet helped her overcome

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a chronic illness. Her blog documents her journey to wellness—one healthy change at a time. Leché, a graphic designer and photographer in Mississauga, near Toronto, started an elimination diet four months after the birth of her first child, when she noticed puzzling symptoms. “I started to make small changes and slowly but surely, I began to recover,” she says. Today her diet is 90 percent vegan and gluten-free. “I had a sweet tooth, but I didn’t have the balance thing figured out,” Leché admits. Foregoing sugar was hard emotionally, even though her body had difficulties with sugar, which seemed correlated to frequent headaches and mood slumps. Slowly, she started emphasizing naturally sweet, pure foods like dates and fruits and found other ways to ease cravings. “Starting the day with a savory, healthy breakfast can cut sugar from your diet because the sweet taste on our tongue essentially sets the brain into craving sugar,” she says. Leché enjoys involving her children in making snacks like healthy turnip or kale chips. When she gets a hankering for something sweet, she chooses her special cranberry and chocolate protein balls, sweetened with dried fruit and bolstered with almonds and walnuts. They take minutes to make and keep in the refrigerator for a week or in the freezer for up to three months. Having easy-to-prepare, whole food snacks on hand keeps families happily snacking on quick bites and on track with healthy eating. “It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle,” says Museles. “If you like recipes that are good for you, it’s a sustainable lifestyle.”

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Turn off the processor, remove the blade and roll a teaspoon of the dough into a ball using the palms of the hands. Repeat with all the dough. Enjoy between meals or after a workout. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week, or in the freezer for up to three months.

Bake for 15 minutes, turning over chips halfway through the baking time. Then lower the temperature to 200° F and bake for another 5 to 10 minutes, until golden. Source: Cut the Sugar, You’re Sweet Enough, by Ella Leché

Source: Cut the Sugar, You’re Sweet Enough, by Ella Leché

Raw Cheesy Kale Chips Yields: 2 servings Bunch of kale, stemmed 1 cup raw cashews, soaked in water for at least 2 hours ½ red or orange bell pepper 2 cloves garlic, peeled ¾ cup water Juice of ½ lemon 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast flakes ½ tsp sea salt Preheat the oven to 300° F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Make sure the kale leaves are thoroughly dry. Tear them into large pieces and place in a large bowl. Rinse and drain the cashews. In a food processor, process the cashews, bell pepper, garlic, water, lemon juice, yeast flakes and salt until a smooth paste forms.

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Toss the kale leaves in the paste to fully coat, and then place them on the baking sheet in a single layer; don’t overlap any. Bake for 15 minutes, then flip the leaves and bake another 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool for 5 minutes before serving. Note: Alternatively, dehydrate the kale leaves in a food dehydrator for 8 hours on a high setting (no need to turn them over). Source: Cut the Sugar, You’re Sweet Enough, by Ella Leché

Raw CranberryChocolate Protein Balls Yields: 20 servings 1½ cups raw walnuts 1 cup raw pecans ½ cup naturally sweetened dried cranberries 5 Medjool dates, pitted ¼ cup raw cacao powder 1 to 2 Tbsp chocolate or vanilla protein powder 1 to 2 tsp water 1 tsp vanilla extract 4 drops liquid stevia Process all of the ingredients in a food processor until a dough forms.

This trail mix is loaded with antioxidants. Pack up a mason jar and store it at the office or other work station or make individual serving packets to take along on hikes. ½ cup sunflower seeds 1 cup walnuts 1 cup goji berries ½ cup coconut flakes ¼ cup cacao nibs Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and store in an airtight container. Source: Whole Food Energy: 200 All Natural Recipes to Help You Prepare, Refuel, and Recover, by Elise Museles


Gay Hendricks on Nurturing Love in Midlife Why Growing Up Can Mean Loving Better

new way to communicate a whirl or taking a walk together instead of watching TV. Ultimately, relationships only thrive when both people make an ongoing commitment to investing time and energy to explore their own creative nature. One may elect to learn to play a musical instrument, while the other might take up gardening. The only requirement is that we take on new activities that have the capacity to surprise us.

by S. Alison Chabonais


Probably the biggest ay Hendricks factor is that people and his wife, in the second half of Kathlyn, have life tend to be open to discovered through learning and trying new working on their own things, such as adopting relationship and counour practice of schedulseling hundreds of other ing two, 10-minute concouples that the time versations a week to take from midlife onward ofcare of relationship busifers the greatest opporness: one covers “stuff tunity of any other petalk”, the other is “heart riod to grow love. At a talk”. Often, it only takes mutual low point, they a few minutes of trying made the life-changing out a brand-new activity decision to rebirth their Gay Hendricks and to spark a major rebirth marriage, tapping into his wife, Kathlyn of intimacy. a new source of energy and rejuvenation that’s producing How pivotal is self-love, a tough extensive and surprising benefits. concept for many, in securing The Ojai, California-based couple, a healthy relationship? both with Ph.D. degrees, co-authored their first trailblazing bestseller, Conscious You can only love another person to Loving, more than 20 years ago and have the extent that you love yourself. After published 30 other books, including their we take people through a process delatest, Conscious Loving Ever After. The signed to give them a clear experience Hendricks Institute that they founded of loving themselves unconditionally, annually offers workshops and seminars they often tell us that the experience in North America, Europe and Asia. Their changed everything in their relationnonprofit Foundation for Conscious Livship. It’s powerful because so many of ing funds research, films and scholarships us enter a relationship in an attempt to related to relationship well-being. get the other person to love some part of ourselves that we don’t know how to love, which never works. Learning to Why do you say the best relalove ourselves is an inside job. tionships are possible in the

second half of life, including the greatest sex?

Childrearing responsibilities often decrease in our 40s and 50s, affording more time and resources to invest in the quality of the relationship. Psychological and spiritual maturity also comes into play—the more deeply we know ourselves, the more able we are to communicate meaningfully with our partner.

What would you say is the biggest challenge for midlife couples in a longterm relationship? It’s vital to get out of the rut of recycling conflicts and predictable routines in order to liberate a new creativity. Creativity doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. It might be a matter of giving a

What tips do you have for those that are single during the second half of their life? Enjoy your singularity! Singlehood affords great opportunities. You can choose whether or not you wish to invest time and energy manifesting a mate. No law requires that everyone has to have an intimate relationship, but if you’d like to, go about the process consciously. First, work on learning to love yourself, because it’s wise not to depend on anyone else to do it for us. Second, figure out what we call your Three Absolute Yesses and Nos, the three most important qualities you want in a mate, and equally important, the three most important things you don’t want in a mate. It’s a good way to avoid mistakes.

Why do you call blame “the crack cocaine of relationships”? When you blame another person for something, you fire up adrenaline both in yourself and the other person. Adrenaline is manufactured by our bodies and is highly addictive. Blame also typically produces a defensive reaction, causing a harmful cycle of two-way criticism and defensiveness that can go on for years. One couple we counseled had been having essentially the same argument since their honeymoon 29 years earlier—so addicted to the adrenalized “cocaine” of blame that it had become a permanent feature of their relationship. The answer is for each person to take healthy responsibility for issues in the relationship and together seek ways to both break unhealthy habits and replace them with mutually satisfying ways of relating. S. Alison Chabonais orchestrates national editorial content for Natural Awakenings magazines.

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

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Reiki Level II – June 4-5. 10am-5pm. Join Maureen Donohue for Level II symbols, the chakra system and distant healing. Comprehensive manual, Level II attunement, and certificate. Register by 6/1. Prerequisite: Reiki Level I. 792 Folly Rd, Charleston. 843-327-4761.

Charleston Lucid Dreamers – 7-8:30pm. Explore informal sharing of dream experiences with facilitator Chris Cunniffe and others interested in developing or enhancing their ability to experience lucidity in the dream state. Free. Bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant.

Emotional Health Meetup – 7-8:30pm. Facilitator: Diana Deaver. 1st Wed of month. Explore boundaries used to protect ourselves and how setting a protective boundary is an act of self-love. Free. Bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant.

SATURDAY, JUNE 4 Usui/Holy Fire Reiki I and II Classes – June 4-5. 9am-6pm. With Usui/Karuna Reiki Master and ICRT licensed teacher Dianne Thomas. Healing with reiki energy for yourself and others. $410. The Pink Dolphin, 301 E Richardson Ave, Summerville. 843-297-2468. Re-Ignite Your Life and Vision – 7:30pm. Sacred new moon fire ceremony with sound atonement, blessing and anointed living well elixirs. Free. Healing Hara Massage and Wellness, 209 Stallsville Rd, Summerville. RSVP by text: Stephanie Pannell: 843-830-3876 or Michelle Copeland: 765-418-0776.

MONDAY, JUNE 6 Mystic/Medium Metaphysical Retreat – June 6-8. With celebrity Psychic Allison Hayes, The Rock Girl and Medium Jill M. Jackson. Gallery, workshops and private readings. Attend one day or all three for a discount. OM Sanctuary Holistic Center, Asheville, NC. 828-414-4765. The Artists Way – 7-9pm. With Donna Ester. Ten-week series on Monday nights. $300 energy exchange. 925 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. Preregister: 843-214-2997 or

tuesdaY, JUNE 7 Usui/Holy Fire Reiki I and II Classes – June 7-8. 9am-6pm. With Usui/Holy Fire Reiki Master Eileen Ayers. Healing with reiki energy for yourself and others. CEs for nurses/massage therapists. $410. The Pink Dolphin, 301 E Richardson Ave, Summerville. 860-857-4815. Book Study – 7-8:30pm. 2nd Tues every month. Facilitator: Nancy Sienknecht. Seven Thousand Ways to Listen, by Mark Nepo. Book helps lead us toward a life of wakefulness, integrity and wonder. Free. Bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant.


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THURSDAY, JUNE 9 Messages from Heaven – 7-9pm. Intuitive Medium Carol Cottrell relays messages from passed loved ones in an intimate setting limited to eight guests. These events are filled with healing, love and laughter. $50. 1165 Chuck Dawley Blvd, Mt Pleasant.

FRIday, June 10

Connecting to the Source Session with Abdy Electriciteh Friday, June 10 • 7-9pm Abdy has an ancient gift to allow one to open to and align to your own divine self. In doing so, one begins to live life from the depths of their own divine purpose. Life then becomes effortless. $50; payable via cash/check at the door. Unity of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave N. Contact Angel at or 843-327-1440 to register. Fundamentals of Therapeutic Breathwork – 7-9:30pm. With Tara Nieves. Workshop includes breath awareness exercises, lecture, facilitated breathwork sessions and debrief/Q&A time. $70/ early bird rate thru 6/4; $85/thereafter. Lotus Healing Centre, 132A Ashley Ave, Charleston. Register:

Saturday, June 11 Fundamentals of Therapeutic Breathwork – 9:30am-noon. With Tara Nieves. Workshop includes breath awareness exercises, lecture, facilitated breathwork sessions and debrief/Q&A time. $70/ early bird rate thru 6/4; $85/thereafter. Lotus Healing Centre, 132A Ashley Ave, Charleston. Register: Chios Energy Healing Level I – 10am-1pm. This class focuses on self-healing skills to promote recovery from illnesses, creating healthy lifestyles and learning a simple technique of energy healing. $50. Hanahan. Register: 843-475-5617.

Self-Alignment Day with Abdy Electriciteh Sat., June 11 • 9am-4:30pm Spend a day with Abdy as he deepens your connection to your divine source. During the event, Abdy activates and deepens your ability to connect your divine light and gifts to support the harmony of your life and the universe. Connecting more deeply to divine light will allow you to move more freely in the world assisting, healing and lifting humanity to more love, compassion, and unison. Bring a pillow and a yoga mat or blanket to lie comfortably on the floor. $200; payable via cash /check at the door. Unity Church of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave N, Charleston. Contact Angel at 843-327-1440 or to register. Detox Your Life – 10:30-noon. Facilitator: Dr Linda Sparks, Naturopathic Doctor from Asheville, NC. Leave with valuable tips on how to detoxify naturally every day. Free. Bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. Learn to Access Your Akashic Records – June 11-12. 1:30-4:30pm. Gain insights into patterns in your life in order to bring about healing, clarity and change. Access intuition, creative capacity. $200. Lotus Healing Centre, 132A Ashley Ave, Charleston. Register: AkashicRecords.

Sunday, June 12 Truth Talks: Archetypal Energies: What Lies Within Us Is Untapped Potential – 1-2:30pm. With Carol Coronis, certified archetypal counselor and dream analyst. Explore relationships, beliefs, values and life purpose. Love offering. Unity of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave, N Charleston. 843-566-0600. 

TUESDAY, JUNE 14 Vegan Spirituality Gathering – 6:15-7:15pm. Meeting for vegans to support spirituality; welcome to all, and those with no religious affiliations. Free. Charleston County Main Library, meeting room A, 68 Calhoun St, Charleston. Grace: 804-214-8250.

THURSDAY, JUNE 16 Lyme Disease – 6-8pm. In one class, learn alternative healing methods to assist your body in recovering from Lyme disease. The facilitator healed and so can you. $25. Hanahan. Register: 843-475-5617.

SATURDAY, JUNE 18 Vision Workshop – Noon-2pm.  Define, design and experience your dream.  Receive the blueprint for how to turn your greatest possibility into your reality and more. Love offering. Healing Hara Massage and Wellness,  209 Stallsville Rd, Summerville.  RSVP: Stephanie Pannell: 843-830-3876.

Namaste Meditation Sat Sang Saturday, June 18 • 4-6pm Facilitator: Lynn Greca, Counselor, Peace Ambassador, Protector of Sacred Space. A beautiful process of connecting with others. Meet new people, dance, share many playful activities that will lead you naturally into silence and meditation. Free. Venue: Healing Hara 209 Stallsville Loop Rd, Summerville. 843-771-9323. Dances of Universal Peace – 7pm. Meditation through music, movement and sacred mantras. Simple steps to world spiritual and religious music. Love offering. Unity of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave, N Charleston. 843-566-0600 or

SUNDAY, JUNE 19 Reiki Clinic – 2-4pm. With Usui/Karuna Reiki Master and ICRT licensed teacher Dianne Thomas. Public invited for free 20-minute reiki session. All lineage reiki practitioners are welcome to give and receive reiki. The Pink Dolphin, 301 E Richardson Ave, Summerville. 843-297-2468.

Summer Solstice Full Moon Fire Ceremony

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Prenatal Truth Circle with Gervase Kolmos – founder of Shiny. Happy. Human.

Interfaith Service – 9:30 & 11:15am. Exploring the diversity of religious traditions with Priscilla Shumway of the Unitarian Universalist Church. Service at Unity of Charleston. Love offering. 2535 Leeds Ave, N Charleston.

Saturday, June 25th • 2:30-5pm

Exploring Yoga’s Roots – 6-8pm. With advanced yoga instructor Amber Allen. Candlelit yoga practice for people of all ages, sizes and experience levels. $18. Healing Hara Massage and Wellness Center, 209 Stallsville Loop Rd, Summerville. Space is limited; RSVP: 843-810-5953.

A workshop for expecting mothers wanting to connect with other women in the same season of life. Certified Life Coach for Mamas, Gervase Kolmos, will lead real and truthful discussions around pregnancy, while also teaching strategies to mentally and emotionally prepare for the transition into motherhood with grace and confidence. Curriculum will cover Mommy Truths, Sustainable Self-Care, Relationships and Identity and Lifestyle Shifts. Emphasis will be on group discussion, support and sisterhood.

Monday, June 27 Energy Clinic – 5-8pm. Reiki, Healing Touch, Tuning Forks and Reconnective Healing are a few of the modalities offered. Experience a 15-minute intro to these techniques for stress reduction and relaxation. 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant.

Gervase celebrates the shiny, happy and human moments of motherhood at She is trained at leading safe and effective group discussions.

plan ahead Saturday, July 16 Wellness Circle – 3-6pm. Guided meditation, pranic healing with Will. Hear Tonte, the soul- filled comedian. Living Well Elixirs and PURE Essential Oils presented by Michelle. Door prizes. $20. Location to be announced- Summerville. Reservations required: 843-771-9323.

$35 Healing Hara Massage and Wellness Center, 209 Stallsville Loop Rd, Summerville. For questions or to register, email

Monday, June 20th • 7:30pm A powerful ritual to release, cast out and unburden yourself in order to create a new identity, behaviors and relationships. Drum circle. Love offering. Healing Hara Massage and Wellness Center, 209 Stallsville Loop Rd, Summerville. 843-771-9323.

TUESDAY, JUNE 21 International Yoga Day – 6:30-8:30pm. Join for a fun, free class to celebrate International Yoga Day. Everyone welcome. 716 Shelmore Blvd, Ste 102, Mt Pleasant. 843-990-0212.

Wednesday, June 22 Healing from Trauma – 6:30-8pm. Stress reduction coach and yoga instructor Jeannine Despeaux provides tools and support for healing from trauma. Bring a journal. Free. Charmed, 217 Lucas St, Mt Pleasant. RSVP: Charleston/LoveYourselfMeetUp.

FRIDAY, JUNE 24 Holy Fire Karuna Reiki Class – June 24-26. With Usui/Karuna Reiki Master and ICRT licensed teacher Dianne Thomas. Karuna brings high ascension frequencies for self and others. Requires Reiki III Master level.  $1025. The Pink Dolphin, 301 E Richardson Ave, Summerville. 843-297-2468.

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Zen Meditation Group – 7:45-10:15am. Three half-hour rounds of sitting along with walking meditation. Newcomers asked to arrive at 8:15am for brief introduction to the practice. Free. Holy Cow Yoga, 10 Windermere Blvd, West Ashley. or

Creative Arts – 10am-noon. Facilitator: Peggy Benton. Experiment with a variety of painting and mixed media techniques. Each week, try out one or more new techniques and observe the many innovative ways to apply or combine them. Primary focus is on acrylic painting but participants may use any art medium. Free. Bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mount Pleasant.

Unity of Charleston Services – 9:30 & 11:15am. Are you more spiritual than religious? So are we! Do you believe in many paths to God? Then join us. Unity Church of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave. 843-566-0600. New Spirit Books & Gifts – 10:30am-1pm. Spiritual, metaphysical and inspirational books, crystals, incense, tarot/oracle cards. Unity Church of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave. 843-566-0600. Martial Arts – 1-4pm. A time-tested traditional Aikijujutsu and Kempo martial art system. $50/ month, per person. Healing Hara Massage & Wellness Center, 209 Stallsville Loop Rd, Summerville. RSVP: Curt Rogers: 843-364-7501.

Charleston Community Acupuncture – New Extended Hours! 10am-1pm & 3-5:30pm. 1307 Savannah Hwy, Charleston. 843-763- 7200. Complimentary Natural Female Hormone Balancing Consultations – 10am-4pm. With Dr Stephanie Zgraggen. Lime and Lotus, 925-F Wappoo Rd, West Ashley. 843-214-2997. Senior Yoga – 1pm. With Joe Vinciguerra. Offering a variety of approaches to meet the needs of all seniors. These classes incorporate gentle yoga poses, gradual stretching and correct breathing. Healing Hara Massage Wellness Center, 209 Stallsville Loop Rd, Summerville. 843-810-5953.

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Kids Yoga – 3pm. With Joe Vinciguerra. Kids yoga helps children of all ages learn while having fun. Playful and challenging yoga poses teach kids how to move their bodies. Breathing exercise to learn to listen to their breath. Healing Hara Massage & Wellness Center, 209 Stallsville Loop Rd, Summerville. 843-810-5953.

Meditation Class – 6:30-7:30pm. Guided and silent meditation for beginners and advanced with Energy Healer and Spiritual Life Coach Jennifer Michaels. $10/class (drop-ins welcome). Center for Holistic Health, 1470 Ben Sawyers Blvd, Ste 7, Mount Pleasant. 843-514-2848.

Nia – 4-5pm. With Ashima Kahrs, Nia Blue Belt instructor. Lively movement class, energetic, embraces The Body’s Way/Nia Way. Hanahan Senior Center, 3102 Mabeline Rd (near Trident Tech off Rivers Ave). 843-813-2834.


tuesday Hatha Yoga – 12:15-1:00pm. Facilitator Jill Keefer, Yoga Alliance Certified. Postures and stretches in combination with breath used to develop flexibility, strength, balance and relaxation. All skill levels. Free. Bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mount Pleasant. College of Charleston Center for Creative Retirement Weekly Lectures – 1pm. Weekly lectures on many topics. First time guests are free. St Joseph Family Life Center, 1695 Raoul Wallenberg Blvd, W Ashley. Info: David Barnard: 843-216-6640. Broga Yoga – 6pm. With Joe Vinciguerra. A progressive class that offers challenging aspects for everyone. With an emphasis on core strength, this class combines traditional yoga postures with strong, energetic movement. Healing Hara Massage & Wellness Center, 209 Stallsville Loop Rd, Summerville. 843-810-5953. The Reiki Connection – 7pm. With Chrys Franks, Reiki Master/Teacher. Guided meditation followed by mini reiki sessions by certified practitioners. Love offering. (1st Tues for practitioners only). Unity Church, 2535 Leeds Ave, North Charleston. 843-364-5725.

Senior Yoga – 1pm. With Joe Vinciguerra. Offered in a variety of approaches to meet the needs of all seniors. These classes incorporate gentle yoga poses, gradual stretching and correct breathing. Healing Hara Massage & Wellness Center, 209 Stallsville Loop Rd, Summerville. 843-810-5953. Kids Yoga – 3pm. With Joe Vinciguerra. Kids yoga helps children of all ages learn while having fun. Playful and challenging yoga poses teach kids how to move their bodies. Breathing exercise to learn to listen to their breath. Healing Hara Massage & Wellness Center, 209 Stallsville Loop Rd, Summerville. 843-810-5953. Introduction to Meditation – 7-8:15pm. Open to public. Learn different types of meditation and how to apply them in daily life. $10 or $5/students/ seniors. Unity Church of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave.

friday Nia – 11am-noon. With Ashima Kahrs, Nia Blue Belt instructor. Lively movement class, energetic, embraces The Body’s Way/Nia Way. Hanahan Senior Center, 3102 Mabeline Rd (near Trident Tech). 843-813-2834.

Hara Flow Yoga –7:30pm. With Joe Vinciguerra. A fully awakening practice of breath and movement. Students will learn to flow through various yoga poses with emphasis on breath work and proper alignment. Healing Hara Massage & Wellness Center, 209 Stallsville Loop Rd, Summerville. 843810-5953.

Transmission Meditation – 6:30pm Very powerful work. Beneficial for humanity and self. Healing Oasis, 772 St Andrews, West Ashely. 843-743-5222. or


Gentle Yoga – 10 am. With Joe Vinciguerra. Providing the opportunity to relax and renew the body with restful yoga postures. Practicing gentle yoga can teach you to relax, rest deeply and completely. Healing Hara Massage & Wellness Center, 209 Stallsville Loop Rd, Summerville. 843-810-5953.

Complimentary Natural Female Hormone Balancing Consultations – 10am-4pm. With Dr Stephanie Zgraggen. Lime and Lotus, 925-F Wappoo Rd, West Ashley. 843-214-2997. Kids Yoga – 4pm. Fun way to relax after school at this drop-in eco-friendly play space for ages 3-12. Play Garden, 320 West Coleman Blvd, Mt Pleasant. Complimentary Hydration Clinic – 6-7pm. 1st Wed. With Dr Marianne Rosen. Learn how to change your life for the best. 776 Daniel Ellis Dr, Ste 1A, James Island. 843-723-6529. Martial Arts – 6-8pm. A time-tested traditional Aikijujutsu and Kempo martial art system. $50/ month, per person. Healing Hara Massage & Wellness Center, 209 Stallsville Loop Rd, Summerville. RSVP: Curt Rogers: 843-364-7501.


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classifieds Have a job to fill or a space to rent? Advertise in our classifieds section. Information is due by June 10 for the July issue. Cost is $25/month for 30 words, additional words are $0.50 each. Must be prepaid. Email to wanted FOSTER PARENTS NEEDED – In Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties. South Carolina MENTOR is seeking families/individuals willing to foster a child in need of a home. Must be 21, have a spare bedroom, driver’s license, vehicle, high school diploma/GED. Up to $930 monthly stipend. For more information, call 843-329-7614 or 843-817-0837 or visit HEALTHY RESTAURANTS/STORES – Natural Awakenings is looking for restaurants and stores that offer healthy options on their menus and in their inventory. Be a part of our upcoming Lowcountry Healthy Dining Guide and Lowcountry Healthy Living Guide. Do you cater to special dietary needs like gluten- and/ or dairy-free, vegetarian, vegan, paleo? Let our readers know about it! Do you offer healthy, organic products or services? Our readers are health conscious and they are looking for you! Email for more information. Free listing for magazine distribution points and advertisers. NATURAL AWAKENINGS LOWCOUNTRY SEEKS PART-TIME DISTRIBUTORS – Do you love our magazine? If you have a few hours each month during weekday hours to help distribute our magazine in the Charleston Metropolitan area, call Toni at 843-821-7404. Personal transportation required. Excellent for retirees wanting to earn some extra cash.


Simply Meditate – 10:30am-noon. 4th Sat. Drop-in classes with guided meditations, suitable for beginners and experienced alike. Circular Church, 150 Meeting St, Charleston (classroom below Lance Hall). $10 or $5/students/seniors. Kids Yoga Class – Noon-1pm. Utilizing yoga poses creatively tucked into activities, music, stories and more for ages 4-11. $8/child, $4/sibling. Simultaneous adult class also offered at 11am.  GC Yoga, 105 Laurel Ave, Goose Creek.  843-303-2014.

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1307 Savannah Hwy, West Ashley 843-763-7200 Voted best acupuncturist three years running. We treat most ailments including; stress, pain management, autoimmune, infertility, migraines, fatigue, allergies, diabetes and much more. Sliding scale payment option $20-40 (return visits).

COLBY M. CHRISTY, L.Ac. Five Element Acupuncture 125 Spring St, Charleston 843-442-4566

Colby Christy, Master Acupuncturist, offers 20 years experience integrating traditional acupuncture, plant medicine and education to help individuals improve their wholehearted health.


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


772 Saint Andrews Blvd, Charleston 843-743-5222 Visit Healing Oasis and experience powerful healing vibrations. Services: Advanced CranioSacral Therapy, with more than a decade of experience, Energy Healing, Chakra Balancing, Aura P h o t o g r a p h y, S o u l C o l l a g e Workshops, Ionic Detox Foot Bath, Far-Infrared Sauna. See ad, page 15.


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


Healing Arts Center 925 Wappoo Rd, Ste F, Charleston 843-214-2997 • Services: Clinical Nutrition, Chiropractic, Massage Therapy, Holistic Mental Health, Natural Female Hormone Balancing, Detoxification. Individual sessions and group workshops available for mind, body and spirit.

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

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

bodywork JOYOUS LIVING THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE (JLTM) Ashima Kahrs, CMT Mt Pleasant & Goose Creek 843-813-2834

Authorized Continuum Teacher, Certified Wellspring Practitioner, Certified Watsu Practitioner, Fluid Integration Therapy, Cranio-Sacral/ Sacred Spaces Massage, Chakra Dialog/Tissue Awareness Therapy, Lymph Drainage Therapy, Myofascial Release, Raindrop/Aromatherapy Treatment, Nia Blue Belt Instructor (group/private) and primary facilitator for NCBTMB-approved workshops through JLTM. Visit for details. See ad, page 22.

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


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

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

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

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

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

CHURCHES Unity Church of Charleston

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.

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

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

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

Kimberly Henderson 843-901-4779



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Healthy living starts with an eco-clean 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.


Dr. Hayan Lee & Dr. Young Kim 320 Midland Parkway, Ste A, Summerville 843-486-2022 Stop being a cavity victim! Dental health is more than just brushing & flossing 2x’s/day. See the dental revolution of a compassionate, HOLISTIC office! Call & ask for current promotion!

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

Biological dentistry using IAOMT protocol. Natural products free of BPA and mercury. Mercury-safe filling removal. Now offering ozone therapy! See ad, page 20.


924 Tall Pine Rd, Mt Pleasant 843-884-0701 BPA and bis-GMA free dental fillings and BPA-free night guards. Mercury free, mercury safe. Accepting new patients and emergency appointments. Please call for consultation. See ad, page 9.


314-276-7772 Offering Life/DNA activation accessing your highest potential and purpose. Energetic rebalancing of chakras, elementals and core. Crystal energy healing for your mind-body-spirit.

Jennifer E. Michaels

Energy Healer & Spiritual Life Coach Coleman Blvd, Mt Pleasant 843-514-2848 Energy healing and Spiritual Life Coaching offer intuitive guidance and support to live your best life. I specialize in working with those in recovery or overcoming spiritual abuse. Group meditation, individual and corporate sessions available. Professional and confidential. Call today.


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

JAMES SEXTON, DMD, MAGD Please call for appointment: Mt Pleasant • 843-881-1418 Myrtle Beach • 843-293-6700

Holistic, preventive dentistry. Safe removal of mercury fillings since 1975, following IAOMT protocol. Offering anti-aging dentistry and biocompatible materials. See ad, page 23.


Joyce Stech 125 South Main St Summerville 843-870-4462 • Joyce Stech (maMJAH), founder 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.


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Preventative and personalized health care with over 75 years of combined medical practice. Board-certified Environmental, Functional and Integrative Medicine. We get to the root cause of your illness. Allergy testing, autoimmune diseases, women’s health. See ads, pages 5 and 35.


1240-C Central Ave, Summerville 843-873-3953 Your doorway to total health. Serving Summerville over 40 years. Natural and gluten-free products. Probiotics, organic oils, vitamins and supplements, essential oils and more.


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


Gerry Schmidt, PhD 843-588-9286 • Reverse aging in just eight minutes, 2X/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.


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


Clara Powell • 703-217-5269 CJ@Wellness-Wins-com



732 South Shelmore Blvd, Ste 100 Mt Pleasant (Shelmore Village) 843-991-6835


Discover whole-body balance and wellness through education and lifestyle changes. Focus: allergies, pain and digestive system problems. Providing testing, workshops, classes and family/individual consultation, free 15-minute consultation and monthly shopping tours available.

Our experienced team of hairstylists and skincare 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.




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


Dreams Alive 843-830-3876 Specializing in helping divorced single moms create a loving, nurturing and healing home environment, while making peace with the past and actively pursuing a future they have only dared to dream. Certified Life Mastery Institute Coach. Free intro session.

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

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



Shanna Schulze 877-315-7226, ext 447

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

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Dr. Bettina Herbert 843-572-1600 •


Dr. Bettina Herbert, MD, has 25 years of osteopathic experience and is board certified in Physical Medicine. Treatment uses gentle manipulation primarily using cranial osteopathy to relieve pain, improve performance and promote healing. See ads, pages 5 and 35.


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


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


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


Gisele Perez, RN Mount Pleasant • 804-868-8465

280 W Coleman Blvd, Suite E Mt Pleasant • 843-388-4956

Offering an extensive line of allnatural products including vitamins, supplements, herbs, aromatherapy, body care and more. Visit our store and shop the wide selection of products and meet our dedicated, knowledgeable staff. Open MonSat, 10am-7pm. Sundays 12-5pm.


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

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

2671 Fort Trenholm Rd, Johns Island 843-266-3619 Relax and renew your mind, body and soul while enjoying our luxurious services. All treatments are tailored just for you using the finest all-natural products. See ad, page 7.

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