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n the morning of June 13 most of us woke to the tragic news of the Orlando nightclub massacre. This same week also marked the one-year anniversary of our tragedy here in Charleston at Mother Emanuel AME Church. Our community will never forget the horror of learning nine innocent lives were taken from us while attending a prayer service at this historic church. Our hearts still ache over the loss, and now they ache for Orlando.

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The bigotry, intolerance and hatred behind these events sickens and saddens me. The news seems to be full of that kind of hatred these days. Despite this, I still believe good people will always outnumber the bad. I hope we will work to address the core issues, spread love instead of fear and hate, and open our hearts and minds with the intention of achieving true and mutual progress. This Fourth of July we can celebrate the fact that we live in a free country where we have the right to disagree. Let us have more empathy and thoughtful debate and less divisiveness and “us versus them” thinking. While we have increased access to more sources of information than ever before, it has become increasingly difficult to sort through and find what is truthful and unbiased. This month Linda Sechrist explores how a growing breed of media sources are giving us in-depth coverage beyond the control of the six corporate media giants in “Real News that Matters: Independent Media Tell Us the Truth.” Let us learn from the remarkable grace and courage displayed by the families of those lost at Mother Emanuel as they faced the hate-filled killer in court. If they could find it in their hearts to forgive someone who stole the lives of their precious loved ones, perhaps we can learn to at least listen to one another and show more tolerance and understanding.

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Charleston residents came together in the face of crisis and I pray Orlando residents find the strength to do the same. Whether or not racial understanding has improved here is debatable, but we did not respond to violence with more violence. It seems to me that the best tribute we can pay to those no longer with us is to work together to make sure all people, regardless of race, who they love, gender, country of origin or religion, are treated fairly and equally. We can start by listening to one another and working to unify our community and country. To living in grace,

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newsbriefs Group Works to Eliminate Plastic Bag Use in Charleston and Mount Pleasant


group of citizens is working with local governments and organizations in the Charles Towne Montessori School cleaning up the Charleston Greenway in June. They metropolifound 294 plastic items. tan area to reduce or eliminate plastic bag use. This group includes Charleston Water Keeper, The Coastal Conservation League, Lowcountry Local First, the Chamber of Commerce and others. Last year, the Isle of Palms became the first city in South Carolina to ban the distribution of single-use plastic bags by retailers to consumers. The group is working to enact a similar ordinance in the City of Charleston and the town of Mount Pleasant. The group is concerned about the profound impact that plastic bags have on our environment and health. Plastics do not biodegrade, but instead break down into small particles that persist in the ocean, absorb toxins and enter our food chain through fish, sea birds and other marine life. Plastic is the most common type of marine litter worldwide. An estimated 5 to 13 million tons of plastic enter our oceans each year from landbased sources. Fifty to 80 percent of dead sea turtles have ingested plastic. Some grocery stores have led the way in this effort and do not offer plastic bags. These include Aldi, Costco, Earth Fare, Whole Foods Market and Trader Joe’s.

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newsbriefs Your Nutrition Roots Offers Integrative and Functional Medical Nutrition Therapy


Strawberry Jerry LoFaro After ruling out his initial career choices of paleontologist, zoologist, baseball player and Good Humor ice cream man, Jerry LoFaro parlayed his lifetime interest in dinosaurs and other animals, fantasy, art history and literature into a successful career as an illustrator. His art—always striking and often humorous—has been featured on book covers for major publishers and in advertising and promotional campaigns for clients including Nike, Disney, National Geographic, The Discovery Channel and TIME magazine. Celestial Seasonings has commissioned LoFaro to create tea, coffee and seasonings package designs, even entrusting him to update the company’s famous icon, Sleepytime Bear. Recently, he was honored with a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators. “Superficially, I’d describe my work as realism,” says LoFaro. “However, much of what I’ve done in content is conceptual, with surreal flourishes.” Prior to 2002, he worked primarily with acrylics; now, he uses Photoshop to create digital art. LoFaro also treasures the rural beauty of his New Hampshire surroundings and confides, “My life revolves around walking out to my studio in the woods, listening to great music and being creative.” View the artist’s portfolio at 8

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aomi May, MS, RDN, LD, recently launched Your Nutrition Roots, LLC. May has master’s level specialty training in integrative and functional medical nutrition therapy and is now available to clients by phone, Skype, FaceTime or in person at Healing Hara Massage and Wellness Center, in Summerville. Naomi May May has an extensive background in nutritional solutions for chronic health concerns including heart disease, pre-diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, thyroid disorders, gastrointestinal disorders and pre-natal wellness. She addresses the root cause of symptoms by using personalized nutrition intervention techniques such as a nutrition focused physical, comprehensive lifestyle assessment and an evidence-based symptoms questionnaire. “Symptoms such as high cholesterol, adrenal fatigue, high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, etc. are merely our body’s way of communicating that something needs to change,” says May. “I help identify the root causes of symptoms and promote healing of the body.” Growing up on a farm, along with her own personal experience with aggravating symptoms, has given May a unique perspective on food, nutrition and health. She has been pursuing her passion to learn more about the power of food in healing health conditions for over 10 years. For more information, call 843-608-0849, email or visit See listing, page 33.

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eeting Street Productions and Uptone Pictures have joined together to create a first-of-its-kind global network called P3TV, for “Powerfully Positive Programming”, which will be available online (L-R) Tenille Bentley, Wendy and eventually on Roku, Apple TV and other venues. Perrell and Jody Only P3TV’s goal is to enlighten, encourage, uplift, transfilming an interview for the form and promote self-awareness and mindfulness. show The Connection. The network was established by Lowcountry local Jody Only and Australian Tenille Bentley, an internationally known transformational speaker, author, business leader and digital consciousness coach. Only comes from a background in television and broadcasting, working for several years here with WLCN-TV and as the host of Lowcountry Livelyhood. Tenille has been recognized by the Australian Prime Minister with the Australian Leadership Award presented to only 20 people in the country, among numerous other awards. The network plans to offer a variety of programming—everything from positive news programs, documentaries and game shows to reality shows—“all the types of programming that you might find on a traditional network, but with a focus on higher consciousness.” One of the first shows to be offered will be The Connection, hosted by Only and local Kimberly Henderson, owner of eco-friendly Above and Beyond Cleaning. The first interviews of The Connection were filmed in the Charleston area in June, including interviews with local personal empowerment coach and shaman Wendy Perrell; Bliss Spiritual Co-op founder Tish Voit; and founder of Wake Magazine and Listening to Smile, sound healer and recording artist Ian Morris. The show is described as a hybrid reality and international talk show. Learn more: Above and Beyond Cleaning, page 33,, Bliss Spiritual Co-op, page 24; Wendy Perrell at; Ian Morris at free-guided-meditations/.


Energy Drinks Harm the Heart


n addition to alertness, energy drinks may also trigger abnormal heart rhythms and increased blood pressure. Researchers from the School of Pharmacy at the University of the Pacific, in Stockton, California, tested 27 healthy adults. The volunteers were split into three groups—one drank two cans of an energy drink per day, another consumed the same amount of a drink with Panax ginseng and the third a similar-tasting placebo beverage. The subjects were given cardiovascular testing before and after the trial. After three weeks, the group imbibing the energy drinks had a significant increase in abnormal heart rhythms and higher blood pressure. The ginseng and placebo groups saw no change in their heart conditions. Sachin A. Shah, a doctor of pharmacy and professor at Pacific’s School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, says, “Our findings suggest that certain energy drinks may increase the risk of having an abnormal heart rhythm when consumed in high volumes. While we wait for more data, some consumers should exercise caution and not blindly follow the buzz.” The Center for Science in Public Interest, a consumer health advocacy group, has reported that as of June 2014, 34 deaths have been associated with energy drinks.

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ADHD Meds Weaken Kids’ Bones

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esearch published in the British medical journal The Lancet has newly identified six neurotoxins: manganese, fluoride, chlorpyrifos, dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT), tetrachloroethylene (perchloroethylene or PERC) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE). Manganese exposure is found in welding and high-octane gas fumes, among other sources; fluoride is used in many municipal water supplies, glass etching and chrome cleaners. Chlorpyrifos is an organophosphate contained in many pesticides, including Dursban and Lorsban. While DDT has been banned from insecticides within the U.S., it is still contained in other agents, including petroleum distillates. DDT is also still used in some areas to spray for mosquitoes. PERC has often been used in dry cleaning and for degreasing metals. PBDEs appear as flame retardants and to make electronics, household goods, building materials, polyurethane foams, plastics and more. The same researchers previously identified lead, methylmercury, polychlorinated biphenyls, arsenic and toluene as neurotoxins. The neurotoxin label means they affect the nervous system and can cause neurodevelopmental conditions such as autism, attention deficit disorders, dyslexia and others.


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new study announced at the 2016 annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons shows that drugs prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can weaken bones in children during a time of critical growth. This study tested 5,315 kids between 8 and 17 years old and compared the results to a subgroup of 1,967. Each child was given a bone mineral density scan on the femur, femoral neck and lumbar spine. The children taking ADHD medications of Ritalin, Focalin, Dexedrine, Strattera and Vyvanese had lower bone mineral density in the femur, femoral neck and lumbar spine. At least 25 percent of the youngsters taking these medications were categorized as having osteopenia. According to a 2014 Express Scripts study, prescriptions of ADHD medications to children in the U.S. grew by 36 percent between 2008 and 2012.

Osteopathy Alleviates Low Back Pain


ore than 600,000 people undergo surgery for back pain every year, yet back surgery is often unsuccessful. Safer manual therapies provide a viable alternative, according to recent research. A study of 455 people with low back pain found that osteopathic manipulation therapy (OMT) helped with their symptoms. The research, published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, gave each patient six osteopathic manual therapy sessions or a placebo treatment over a two-month period. Patients were tested before and a month afterward to assess the success of the treatments, using pain severity and mobility as the main criteria. The research showed that those that started with higher disability scores of 17 or more prior to therapy had significantly less pain and more mobility. Patients with scores of seven or greater also improved, but not to the same degree. Lead researcher and Osteopath Dr. John Licciardone says, “Subgrouping patients according to chronic low back pain intensity and function appears to be a simple strategy for identifying patients that can attain substantial improvement with OMT. From a cost and safety perspective, it should be considered before progressing to more costly or invasive interventions.”

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New Numbers Confirm Global Overfishing The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization has been collecting reports for decades on how many fish are caught in the oceans annually. However, those numbers don’t take into account smallscale, recreational and illegal fishing or the bycatch that’s discarded before boats return to harbors. A study published in Nature Communications increases the actual total world catch from 1950 to 2010 by 50 percent. Daniel Pauly, author of the University of British Columbia study, states, “The world is withdrawing from a joint bank account of fish without knowing what has been withdrawn or the remaining balance. Better estimates for the amount we’re taking out can help ensure there’s enough fish to sustain us in the future.” Based on official counts, global catches peaked in 1996 and have declined modestly each year. The decline isn’t due to less fishing or restrictions on certain fish, though. “It’s due to the countries fishing too much and having exhausted one fish after the other,” says Pauly. The findings also emphasize the value of fisheries to low-income people in developing countries. The next steps will require well-informed action to preserve this critical resource for people and for the planet. Source:

Moth Misery

Bright Lights Drive Them to Extinction National Moth Week, held from July 23 to 31 (visit for podcast), has prompted the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) to encourage cities to install motion-sensitive dimming streetlights and is working to designate dark-sky parks that could provide a refuge for nocturnal species. The giant silk moth and other insects pollinate 80 percent of our food crops. In turn, their bodies sustain innumerable birds, rodents and bats. Entire ecosystems rest on their delicate, powdery wings. Only two species of moths are protected under the Endangered Species Act, and three others have gone extinct in the past decade. Many populations are seeing declines of up to 99 percent. Between monoculture crops, pesticides, changing climate, urbanization and decreasing darkness due to artificial lighting, the future of night-flying moths is uncertain. Their only goal is to reproduce, guided to suitable nesting grounds by the shadow of the moon; many moth species do not even have mouths. However, cities now glow brighter than a full moon, and ambient light pollution radiating from urban areas draws moths to their deaths. IDA Program Manager John Barentine says, “Every time a person turns off and shields a porch light on their house, they’re helping.” Source: Sierra Club


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Facts About Plastic The amount of plastic produced from 2000 to 2010 exceeds the amount produced during the entire last century. Plastics do not biodegrade, but instead break down into small particles that persist in the ocean, absorb toxins and enter our food chain through fish, sea birds and other marine life.

Plastic Bags. It is estimated that Americans go through about 100 billion plastic bags a year, or about 360 bags per year for every man, woman and child in the country. In 2010, about 690,000 tons of plastic bags, sacks, and wraps were generated in the U.S., but only 4.3 percent of this total was recycled. Plastics in the Ocean

n Plastic is the most common type of marine litter worldwide, comprising up to 90 percent of floating marine debris. n Up to 80 percent of the plastic in our oceans comes from land-based sources—an estimated 5 to 13 million tons of plastic each year. At least 5.25 trillion plastic particles, weighing 268,940 tons, are currently floating at sea. n Researchers who analyzed sea salt sold in China found between 550 and 681 microplastics particles per kilogram of sea salt.

Impacts to Marine Wildlife

n About 50 to 80 percent of dead sea turtles have ingested plastic. Plastic bags, which resemble jellyfish, are the most commonly found item in sea turtles’ stomachs. n Impacts of marine debris have been reported for 663 marine wildlife species. Over half of these reports documented entanglement in and ingestion of marine debris. Over 80 percent of the impacts were associated with plastic debris. Adapted from Above_Plastics_Facts_and_Figures by Jim Anthony. Check out the Plastics Solutions Briefing Booklet prepared by Surfrider Foundation and UCLA’s Frank G. Wells Environmental Law Clinic available on the site. 12

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globalbriefs Toxic Teflon

Scientists Increasingly Find It Dangerous According to a new meta-analysis of previous studies, Philippe Grandjean, of Harvard, and Richard Clapp, of the University of Massachusetts, concluded that DuPont Teflon, used for 50 years to make frictionless cookware, is much more dangerous than previously thought, causing cancer, birth defects and heart disease, and weakening the immune system. Even though Teflon’s harmful perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) is no longer produced or used, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found it in the blood of more than 99 percent of Americans studied, because it can be passed from mother to unborn child in the womb. The researchers say that the federal government’s recommended “safe” level, set in 2009, is as much as 1,000 times too high to fully protect people’s health. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has yet to set a legal allowable limit for its presence in drinking water. Source:


Fresh Veggies Come Direct to Offices Pioneering employers are now offering fresh vegetables to help employees improve their diet—and their health. Tech companies are even hiring professional chefs to prepare healthful lunches and snacks. In Texas, the Farm to Work program is making it easy and affordable for workers to pick up baskets of local produce at the office. Participants aren’t required to pay an initial lump sum or commit to buying every week. Instead, they can sign up to receive produce in any given week. Other groups around the country are also looking into workplace produce delivery programs, and while many use the traditional community supported agriculture (CSA) model, others are experimenting with different procedures. The Farm Fresh Program, in Bellingham, Washington, connects local farmers to employers interested in receiving weekly deliveries. Meanwhile, Farm2Work, in Arkansas, links local purveyors of produce, meat, eggs, dairy, pies, jams and jellies to area employers. New York’s Adirondack Harvest, a branch of the Cornell Cooperative Extension, started by helping a single farmer link to area employers. The next step, says Teresa Whalen, the group’s southern chapter representative, is working to persuade insurance companies to subsidize workplace CSAs in the same way they’re starting to subsidize gym memberships. Source:

Grassroots Effort to Reduce Carbon Emissions

by Mark Gould


he old stories say we were placed in a garden. That garden is the whole biosphere—land, water, atmosphere, microorganisms, plants and animals. The atmosphere serves as a greenhouse, sheltering the earth from cold, empty space. Plants take in carbon dioxide and, using the energy of sunlight, provide animals with food (mostly made of carbon), and with oxygen. Animals use the oxygen and obtain energy from the plant-based food, exhaling carbon dioxide. The balance of plant and animal life leaves a trace of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which blocks heat from escaping into space. Reduce the concentration a little, and the earth becomes a frozen wasteland; increase it a little too much, and global temperatures rise, as we are seeing now. Humans and our civilizations grew up in this garden, where carbon dioxide and global temperatures have varied little since the end of the last ice age. There had always been floods and famines, and life was hard, but the global climate was stable. Then, we started burning coal widely 200 years ago,

followed more recently by oil and gas. Suddenly, we had vastly more energy than we could get from plants and animals. Now, we cannot imagine living without the comfort, leisure, mobility, abundant food and long life brought about the fossil fuel revolution. This energy comes from burning carbon that had been buried and out of circulation for ages, releasing more carbon dioxide than plants can use. The carbon dioxide concentration that held steady at around 280 parts per million (ppm) for thousands of years increased to 310 by 1960, and is now over 400 ppm. This is alarming because climate models predict significant climate upsets if the concentration reaches 450 ppm. This could happen in a few decades. Global temperatures that remained within a narrow range for thousands of years are now 1 degree Celsius higher than that normal range. This doesn’t sound like much, but the last time the global average temperature was this high was 140,000 years ago—before the last ice age. The consequences are becoming apparent: rising sea levels, hotter

days, bigger storms, more droughts and desertification, and an increased range of tropical diseases and pests. In April, the nations of the world gathered in Paris to make commitments to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by reducing fossil fuel consumption and by other measures, such as preserving and expanding forests. What can an individual do to help? Certainly, we can reduce our personal carbon footprint by eating less meat, driving less and recycling more, but we need to protect our global garden as well. Policy experts are coming to agreement on the solution: a tax on the carbon content of fossil fuel that will increase each year, reflecting the true environmental cost of fossil energy. The higher cost of fossil fuel will encourage investors and decision makers to switch from coal and oil to gas, which has less carbon, and to wind, solar and other non-fossil sources. Already, wind and solar energy are becoming competitive with fossil fuel energy, and there are more gains to be made in energy storage and conservation. We can slow down the rate of climate change if we convince our elected representatives to pass the right legislation. Visit to learn about a carbon fee that returns all money to the American taxpayers. To lend your name or a hand to the grassroots effort locally, email CharlestonSC@ Mark Gould is a retired air pollution specialist, teacher, Charleston coordinator for Citizens Climate Lobby, grandfather and a yoga beginner.

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bles and meats do not have confusing labels to decipher and are less processed, making them more nutritious. • Fill half of the basket or cart with a rainbow of fresh produce. Buy in-season fruits and vegetables for increased nutrient value that is easy on the wallet. Don’t forget to check Cheer Up With These Six Simple Tips out nearby farmers’ markets. • Learn the label. Forget about the nutrition facts panel and by Naomi May focus on ingredients. Look for foods that have no more than rocery shopping getting you down? Most of us feel five ingredients. Make sure everything on the list is recogniztired, overwhelmed and just plain defeated at the able. Don’t know what Calcium Disodium EDTA does in the thought of a grocery store run. It’s not surprising, body? Don’t buy it. considering the average store is 46,000 square feet and carries • Skip the sugar. Avoid products with sugar as the first 42,214 items. This means at least 40,000 labels to decode. So ingredient. Remember, sugar may hide under names such as how do we get nourishing foods into our carts and onto the dextrose, cane syrup, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, dinner table? Here are a few tips to help navigate the store sucrose, barley malt, maltose, rice syrup and 53 other names. more efficiently, with less stress, while staying on budget. The next time grocery shopping is on the to-do list, ref• Avoid going hungry. This will help limit last-minute buys erence these tips for a more budget-friendly, time saving and that tend to be more expensive and less nourishing. enjoyable shopping trip. • Take a grocery list that is organized into categories. Lists save time and prevent retracing of steps. No more walking Naomi May, MS, RDN, LD, uses integrative and functional by that tempting food twice. Additionally, lists ensure we get medical nutrition therapy to help individuals heal from home with everything needed for dinner, reducing restaurant physical and emotional concerns. For more information or to meals and cost. schedule an appointment, call 843-608-0849 or visit • Stick with the perimeter of the store. Fresh fruits,


“Humane” Food Labeling by Tracey Narayani Glover


eciphering the significance of food labels can be daunting, particularly when seeking to understand what they mean for animal welfare. Legally, there is no definition of humane, which means that industry organizations are left to define this and other terms themselves. Certified organic animals and free-range birds must be allowed outdoor access, yet these standards do not define the amount, duration or quality of access required. The Cage-Free label indicates that eggs came from hens that were never confined to a cage and have had unlimited access to food, water and the freedom to roam. The reality is that most cage-free hens spend their entire lives in a shed where, due to overcrowding, they have barely more space than caged birds. Also, under all labels, it’s standard industry practice to kill the male chicks born to the egg industry. The Cage-Free label is particularly misleading when placed on anything other than egg cartons, because chickens raised for meat are never caged. Under most of the common labels, including Certified Organic, Cage-Free and Free-Range, physical mutilations such as horn removal, tail docking, debeaking and castration are permitted, and in most cases, providing pain relief is not required during these procedures. Animals form strong bonds with their young, yet the routine practice of separating mothers from their young is standard under all labels. Whether an animal is raised for meat or for other products such as dairy or eggs, most agricultural animals will eventually be slaughtered at a fraction of their natural lifespan. Animals such as dairy cows and egg-laying hens are killed when their production declines. Veal (the meat of a baby cow) is considered to be a byproduct of the dairy industry, and the 14

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U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that 2,000 calves are slaughtered each day in the U.S. Be wary of the unregulated Humanely Raised label and the American Humane Certified label, which offer little improvement over the standard factory farming practices that many consumers abhor. The Certified Humane label, a program of Humane Farm Animal Care, and the Global Animal Partnership (GAP) label, which uses a five-tier rating system for products, are more stringent about living conditions and have some limitations on physical mutilations. Both labels also go beyond the protections of the Humane Slaughter Act, requiring the butchery of cattle, pigs and sheep to comply with certain standards developed in partnership with Temple Grandin and the North American Meat Institute. The Animal Welfare Approved label likely offers the greatest independent protection of any label. It’s the only label to require pasture access for all animals, prohibit beak trimming of birds and tail docking of pigs, and mandate audited slaughter practices of most farmed animals. Despite the perplexing state of food labeling, it’s still possible to eat compassionately. Visit local farms and ask questions or do what many conscientious consumers around the world are doing to ensure that their food choices reflect their values—stick to a plant-based diet, thus leaving animals and animal byproducts off our plates entirely. Tracey Narayani Glover, J.D., is an animal advocate, writer, owner and chef of The Pure Vegan, and yoga and meditation teacher in Mobile, AL. Connect at and

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hough we do all that we can to stay well, there may be times during our life that surgery or medical treatments are necessary. Usually, this brings a mix of emotions. First, there is relief to know that a condition or symptoms may be relieved or reduced by the procedure, allowing a return to previous activities. It brings a sense of hope. Unfortunately, this may also be a time of fear or anxiety about the procedure, anesthesia and the recovery phase. Susan Popiel, registered nurse, craniosacral therapist and founder of Popiel Holistic Therapy, in Mount Pleasant, helps with this process. By addressing concerns related to the surgery or treatment and using mind-body techniques, she helps those headed for surgery feel more prepared physically, mentally and emotionally. Individuals utilizing this process also experience less pain post-operatively and heal quicker. The mind-body techniques used to prepare for surgery have been recommended by psychologist and Harvard graduate, Dr. Peggy Huddleston. For years, she has studied and researched the use of techniques that reduce anxiety and promote healing. Ideally, two or more consultation/ treatment sessions are scheduled with Popiel to prepare for surgery. Through following the five steps of progressive relaxation, guided imagery, visualization, positive affirmations and prayer or reflection, the participant is able to experience a greater sense of calm and peace prior to surgery or treatment. In order to increase the effective-

ness of the process, it is recommended that the individual continues to use a brief relaxation exercise daily until the procedure. This results in participants having less pain and needing less pain medication after surgery. Patients are frequently discharged earlier, show accelerated wound healing and have a shorter recovery time. More restful sleep is also a common benefit. The positive outcomes are great for all involved: the patient, family and healthcare team. Earlier this year, one of Popiel’s clients was scheduled for knee replacement surgery. The client knew many people who had needed this procedure and frequently heard about their challenges. The client felt very confident with the skills

of her surgeon, yet had some anxiety about having anesthesia, the post-op pain and the recovery process. Popiel and the client agreed to work together to make it a positive healing experience. They reviewed the steps to prepare for surgery and the progressive relaxation program during their two sessions. The client continued to use the daily relaxation exercise in the weeks leading up to the surgery. Prior to and during her surgery, family and friends became part of her support group by holding her in prayer, love and light. The nurse anesthetist also agreed to use healing statements and affirmations while the client was under sedation. The surgery was successful and the client was able to return home with the assistance of family members. She expressed that she had minimal pain and progressed much quicker than average in strength and range of motion. The client remarked, “I’ve done so well that my physical therapist says that I’m like a poster child. Everybody is so impressed with my progress, including my surgeon.” After completing her therapy, and planting her spring garden, the client was looking forward to a European 7/1 vacation with her husband. SEI-Charleston 540-1229-NA-ReachPCMT-Char-4 Popiel Holistic Therapy is located at Natural Awakenings 1037-D Chuck Dawley Blvd., Ste. 206, 4.75 x 3.25 Mount Pleasant. Contact Susan Popiel PK for more information at 843-834-4168 6/10 or




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REAL NEWS THAT MATTERS Independent Media Tell Us the Truth by Linda Sechrist


n virtually all aspects of life, we are influenced consciously or subconsciously by mainstream media messages. Today, six media giants—Comcast, The Walt Disney Company, Twenty-First Century Fox, Time Warner, Viacom and DirecTV—control the vast majority of what we watch on TV and in movies, listen to on the radio and read in books, newspapers and magazines. According to Ben Bagdikian, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of The New Media Monopoly, this handful of conglomerates form a cartel that wields enough influence to affect U.S. politics and define social values. Thirty years ago, before many mergers and acquisitions, 50 corporations owned nearly all of American media. Today’s infotainment and rhetoric, misrepresented as news, is leading millions to conclude that these colossal powers do not exist to objectively report the truth.

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New York City holistic psychiatrist Dr. Kelly Brogan’s A Mind of Your Own: The Truth About Depression and How Women Can Heal Their Bodies to Reclaim Their Lives. They were shocked when the book was boycotted. “The New York Times, Dr. Oz and Good Morning America refused to schedule author interviews or write book reviews. There wasn’t a whisper anywhere on mainstream media about my evidenced-based book on how women can holistically recover from depression without a single prescription. HarperCollins was baffled. I was their first credentialed author who spoke out against pharmaceuticals,” says Brogan. So Brogan turned to independent outlets, including print, online and social media, her own website, newsletter lists and word-of-mouth. Her work soon broke through into three of the top bestselling book lists: USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly and The New York Times. That example serves as clear proof of the importance and power of independent media to furnish the public helpful and in-depth information on wide-ranging topics that mainstream broadcast media typically only cover in 30- to 60-second blurbs or not at all.

Dr. Mark Hyman, chair of the Institute of Functional Medicine and director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, learned Brogan’s lesson early on. “Independent media have been crucial in disseminating my life’s work. Given the misinformation being spread by regular news and government channels about weight and health, we deserve to hear the truth about what’s in our food, toxins in our environment and how we can truly heal our bodies,” says Hyman, a nine-time bestselling author.

Independent Voices

Today’s independent media landscape shifts at warp speed. With 24/7 Internet access to websites, both groundbreaking journalism and grassroots perspectives appear in original articles and blogs. Outlets include independent online radio, TV shows, newspapers, filmmakers and “citizen journalists” armed with smart phones instantly transmitting images and updates via YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. From a growing recognition that such media play a vital role in shaping a more informed and engaged citizenry, more attention is again being paid to the need for real news that matters. Breaking the reign of junk food news generators is the mission of, a media research program at California’s Sonoma State University. Billions of dollars are spent annually on webinars, podcasts and e-books exploring health and healing, self-help, spiritual enlightenment and creativity, indicating a reading audience with a hunger for deeper wisdom. Since 1973, New Dimensions Radio, co-founded and hosted by Justine Willis Toms, has featured many of the world’s most respected wisdom keepers. “Guests exclaim how refreshing it is to speak in-depth and at length. Mainstream, commercially based media consistently present sound bites on how things are breaking down and not working, without opening thought to constructive visions for a future that benefits all life and the planet,” says Toms. “Independent media have broken away from dependence on the moneyed interests holding tight reins on the news and information they publish. Because we’re listener-supported, public radio is

free to explore a wide range of timely and timeless topics,” he says. Leaning away from one-sided views gives independent media space to expand people’s perspectives and positive expectations for the future. The seven-time Pulitzer Prize-winning Christian Science Monitor international news organization was established in Boston over a century ago to till human thought and thereby improve human lives via an uplifted journalistic standard. “Its quiet insistence for human rights and against tyranny; for generosity and against selfishness; for intelligence, charity, courage, integrity and most of all, for progress and hope—surely that has helped,” remarks John Yemma, current columnist and former editor. “We work to uncover where progress is occurring, even though headlines proclaim the contrary. There are always two sides to a story,” says Susan Hackney, a senior director with the Monitor, which consistently resists the sensational in favor of the meaningful. Magazines such as Natural Awakenings, Mother Jones, The Optimist and Yes! are likewise stirring up conversations on meaningful issues via larger perspectives with a focus on tangible solutions. They address such areas as the damaging health and environmental effects of genetically engineered food, championed by Jeffrey Smith, founder of the Institute for Responsible Technology. “Europe could kick genetically modified ingredients (GMO) out of their food supply because their mainstream media covered the health dangers, while U.S. mainstream media ignored them and kept Americans in the dark. Independent media in the U.S. enable democracy and consumer-inspired transformations of all kinds. Knowledge has organizing power,” advises Smith.

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With Fran Korten at its helm, the adfree, subscription-supported, nonprofit Yes! is helping to reframe our biggest issues. “Mainstream media, dependent upon advertisers that would have us believe that we can buy happiness, celebrate stories of the rich and powerful, leaving everyone else feeling small and powerless. Independents can help resist such ways of seeing the world, help people see a different path to suc-

We in America are the best entertained and least informed society in the world. ~Neil Postman, media theorist and educator cess and happiness and perceive themselves as change agents. Together, we share engaging stories of how people are carving out new ways of living that hold the hope of a world more in balance with the living Earth and where everyone’s inherent worth and dignity are recognized,” says Korten. Allan Savory, founder of the Savory Institute and originator of a holistic land management systems approach to recover and preserve sustainable resources, underscores the need for change leaders and independent thinkers. “As we ponder who they might be, we realize it’s not those that discover new, counterintuitive insights, but those that spread the knowledge. The groundbreakers are pioneers like writers, poets, artists, speakers and social networkers. After 50 years of trying to understand the intense institutional resistance to and ridiculing of my work of managing complexity in a simple manner, holistic management is now quickly spreading globally. This is only due to social networking, independent writers and my TED talk that went viral,” observes Savory. Laurie McCammon, change leader and author of Enough! How to Liberate Yourself and Remake the World with Just One Word, contracted with independent publisher Red Wheel Weiser to get her message out. “It’s been building awareness of forbidden knowledge—that we each have unrealized potential to affect reality by changing our thoughts. We can nurture a shift in global culture away from an existing way of life that has bred fear, lack and a belief in scarcity,” explains McCammon. She suggests that to preview a new vision of, “I am enough and have enough,” and, “We are enough and have enough,” we should look to the fertile fringes; small communities of intentional and conscious people actively reinvent-

ing society. “Look at what independent media are reporting on; as well as their unprecedented use of new terms such as organic, wellness, sustainability, permaculture, transition town, sharing economy, social responsibility, biomimicry and the butterfly effect,” says McCammon. The existing worldview, with all of its core assumptions and rules, aims to restrain awakening individual and collective consciousness. McCammon observes, “As long as the ‘old story’ was told repeatedly by mainstream media with conviction, it could command our attention and make us doubt our inner story. Trusting that the outer world had our own best interests in mind meant that there was no need to turn within. This is changing. Thanks to farseeing, courageous and strong enough independent media, there’s been an overturning to a more wholesome story of mind-body-spirit, abundance, innovation, collaboration and cooperation.” Mainstream and independent media coexist like two sides of a coin. Mainstream media’s talking heads tell us how to act and think while independent media invite us to engage, educate and think for ourselves, dig deeper and take action. Without independent media, we would know little about the benefits of the ever-evolving grassroots movement of holistic, alternative, complementary, integrative and functional medicine. Nor would we know the truth about climate change; the health advantages of plant-based diets and community gardens; food deserts and nutrition-related illnesses; the prevalence of environmental toxins; signs of spiritual progress; alternative education; and the benefits of eco-villages to people and the planet. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at natural awakenings

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ere’s something to add to our to-do list: nothing. Americans today work more hours than ever before, foregoing hardearned vacation days and spending more time with electronic devices than with friends and family. The temptation and pressure to do more at the expense of needed rest are great, but failing to take time out to recharge our minds and bodies can have serious consequences, according to experts. Downtime is most acutely needed in the workplace. In a survey of nearly 20,000 workers, The Energy Project and Harvard Business Review found that 59 percent of them were physically exhausted, emotionally drained, distracted and lacking purpose. Headquartered in Yonkers, New York, with offices in Europe and Australia, The Energy Project has helped hundreds of businesses, including Fortune 500 companies, create healthier, happier and higher-performing workplaces. The company takes its cues from

elite athletes that carefully build rest and recovery periods into their training schedules. “Just as your body needs sleep and food to function optimally, so does your mind and spirit,” says Annie Perrin, an executive vice president with the project. There’s a mounting body of neurological research to buttress the analogy. Important assimilation of learning and “meaning making” occurs in the resting brain, according to Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, Ed.D., associate professor of education, psychology and neuroscience at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and author of Emotions, Learning, and the Brain. When our minds are allowed to wander, they engage a network of interacting brain regions that together are thought to play a key role in building our ability for inward reflection and recollection, known as the default mode network. Immordino-Yang’s research suggests that such activation during

restful moments is positively associated with the recalling of memories, envisioning the future and even developing a moral foundation. “This network seems to be more engaged when we aren’t actively gathering information or working on an external goal,” remarks ImmordinoYang. Zoning out on TV or video games doesn’t produce the same brain benefit because, “It’s about looking inward rather than outward,” she says. The default network does engage when introspection occurs during nurturing social interaction, such as while enjoying a reflective conversation with friends or family. She recommends banning technology and other distractions during periods spent in activities that bring joy and meaning so that we are present in a mindful way. The Energy Project ushers clients through a comprehensive energy audit, using exercises to expose specific personal habits that lead to diminishing returns in both work and play time. In one exercise, workers are asked to rank current incoming emails from one to five, with the highest number equating to, “I need to respond immediately.” Most rate nearly no fives, says Perrin, a realization that has helped many people change their email habits. While change can be hard, Perrin suggests creating new, healthy rituals through repetition, which taps into the brain’s desire for automaticity. For example, she advises workers to schedule “renewal breaks” every 90 minutes after completing a block of high-priority tasks. “If you’ve been sitting, move; if

the mind has been active, do something to quiet it, like meditating or simply closing your eyes.” She also suggests finding workers to buddy up with and schedule mutual breaks to help support and hold each other accountable. Immordino-Yang suggests that another practice to maximize the value of downtime is to combine it with exercise. “A walk can be rejuvenating,” she says. “While the body is engaged, the mind is free to wander.” The Energy Project calls on managers to model these downtime activities for their employees. Some companies have instituted policies that limit sending email from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m., as well as during weekends and vacations, so staffers don’t feel compelled to read and respond to keep up with work. Setting limits is even more crucial for young people with minds and habits that are especially malleable. “I see teenagers taking their phones into the bathroom or bed to text in the middle of the night. Parents need to put a stop to this,” counsels Immordino-Yang. “The brain needs uninterrupted rest to work at its best.” Learning that being a productive employee or an emotionally available parent requires giving ourselves a break and gives us permission to rest. We find that downtime is not just good for ourselves, but also for our families and workplaces. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at

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remember the moment I had what I call my ‘golf game epiphany,’” recalls Steve Hughes, a passionate golfer from Richmond, Missouri. “I realized that my main obstacles were in my head, and from that day on, my golf game changed.” In any athletic or fitness endeavor, the pursuit of excellence unfolds an array of challenges. While golf presents some of the toughest hurdles to improvement, any links enthusiast can better their game by acquiring a champion’s mindset. Applying a few Zen techniques and disciplines adapted from the Buddhist tradition of mindful awareness—which teaches that the mind is everything—can work wonders. Zen Golf master and performance psychologist Joe Parent, Ph.D., of Ojai, California, advises: “The key is finding a way to let the ‘thinking’ mind do all the preliminaries to physical performance—selecting a target, judging the lie, gauging weather influences, etc.—and then letting our ‘intuitive’ mind take over, enabling our body to make a swing that’s free from second-guessing ourselves.” He calls the optimal playing mentality, “Not too tight, not too loose.” It’s the sweet spot that allows us to perform via our best self. Some key techniques

prepare us to find and reside in this just-right Goldilocks place of being not too hot and not too cold. Developing mental fortitude takes us even further than we can imagine. Mastery is born from discipline, focused attention and a deep core desire to adopt habits and behaviors that will upgrade our mindset. Author of Zen Golf: Mastering the Mental Game, Parent teaches his students to enter a state that he calls “trusting versus trying.” He teaches a “one stroke at a time” approach, which emphasizes awareness of being in the present moment, as many contemplative spiritual traditions do. When the golfer is deeply engaged in the present moment with just the right level of emotional intensity, free of distractions and worries about future swings, they become integrated with what’s taking place on the course in the here and now to the point of total absorption. In yoga, pranayama, or breathing techniques, are employed to promote relaxation in the mind and body. The Zen approach to golf uses breath work to allow body and mind to make the most fluid and powerful golf swing possible for the player. “The single factor that sets apart the top performers

in any athletic discipline from the rest of us is their state of mind,” says Craig Perkins, a yoga master and founder of the Yandara Yoga Institute, in Baja California, Mexico. “From all my years of yogic study, there’s one teaching that always sticks with me: If we want to master our game, whether it’s golf, yoga or chess, we must first and foremost master our mind.” Practitioners maintain that, meditation can take our mental game to its optimal level and Perkins believes, “Meditation is the number one practice for cultivating self-trust.” Positive visualization, which can be supported by meditation, is another method champion golfers leverage to improve their performance levels. Parent teaches his students, “Establish a clear image in your mind’s eye, and the body will follow.” Repeating this technique with every shot helps the golfer cultivate the habit of positive visualization by seeing the results. Physical prowess is of little consequence if our mental game is off. Under the intense pressure of a golf match, execution suffers when performance anxiety isn’t kept under control. While many golfers have what it takes to succeed—the requisite native ability, experience, technique and talent—mental hang-ups can cause them to call it a day. Detrimental habits can undermine our self-confidence, as well as our score. The solution lies in pinpointing what’s behind them and applying pertinent Zen techniques to either gradually alleviate or winningly work with them. Hughes, who makes his home overlooking the greens of Shirkey Golf Course, says, “It’s about getting out of your own way. When you’re at one with the game as it presents itself, you know your game will be much better than when your mind is racing off to work issues, family dramas and all the other usual life stuff. When I learned how to establish myself in this present moment awareness, not only did my golf game change for the better, so did the rest of my life.” Aimee Hughes, a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO, is a doctor of naturopathy on the faculty of the Yandara Yoga Institute. Connect at ChezAimee@



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Why is it vital to introduce organic food during a youngster’s early development?

America’s food supply is loaded with more chemicals and GMOs [genetically modified organisms] than ever before. I believe, as many others do, that the rapid rise of food allergies in children is a direct result. Many chemical pesticides and artificial flavors and colors are known to contain carcinogens, suspected hormone disruptors and neurotoxins. It is widely believed that even small doses of these common pesticides can have lasting negative effects on a child’s How did becoming a parent health. I believe that teaching our kids boost your relationship with about the importance of fresh, organic organic foods and health? food and the potential dangers of a conI was raised on a diet of mostly fresh, homemade, food and knew it was some- ventionally processed diet helps set the stage for a lifetime of healthy choices. thing I wanted for my own children. At that point, I knew the basics; that it was How do homemade organics healthier and tasted better than storeand packaged organics differ? bought baby food. The more I learned, Store-bought baby food, organic or the more I became fascinated by how not, is processed to have a long shelf switching to an organic diet positively life of up to two years. So much of affects our health.

the nutrientcontent is lost during processing that most manufacturers artificially add it back in, but aren’t obligated to inform consumers. The added nutrients are synthetic and aren’t absorbed by the body the same way as naturally occurring nutrients. The taste, color and aroma of commercial baby food isn’t as appealing. By feeding your baby a steady tasty diet of fresh, homemade, organic baby food, you greatly reduce the risk they’ll grow into a picky eater. Plus, making your own baby food is three to five times less expensive than what is store-bought. Homemade food has a far smaller impact on the environment compared with commercial manufacturing, transportation and packaging. By the time a baby turns 1, they will have eaten from nearly 700 jars or pouches of store-bought baby food that generally end up in landfills, because little is recycled.

Which favorite foods do you love to make for your babies and why? I focus on whole foods. Great first foods include bananas, apples, butternut squash, pears, avocados, peas and sweet potatoes. Once a baby has successfully tried a couple of these, start mixing them together. Banana and avocado, apple and butternut squash, and peas and sweet potato are good combos. They’re loaded with nutrients and antioxidants, easy to make and yummy. Avocados’ healthy fat is also essential to brain development.

What key lessons learned from your mother have you carried forward with your young family? Two lessons really stick with me: “Stay open and leave room for life to surprise you,” and “You can have it all… just not all at the same time.” In my teens and 20s, I was a meticulous planner, disappointed if things didn’t go exactly as I wanted. Amazing things happened after taking Mom’s advice to leave myself open to wonder. Growing up, I saw my mom have an amazing career, yet also be a fantastic wife and mother. Her secret, and now mine, is to prioritize and focus on one thing at a time, whether it’s work, kids or my husband. This way, everything in your life gets 100 percent of your attention some of the time, rather than trying to do everything at the same time, which rarely works.

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nvision walking the supermarket aisles and picking up a favorite pasta sauce and breakfast cereal, then adding favorite fruits and vegetables to the cart. When we think about the grocery brands we buy or our go-to recipes, they tend to begin with one common thread—the influence of our mothers—our first teach-

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Moms can change the world by teaching their kids healthy cooking lessons at home and planting an organic garden together.

act of planting, growing and harvesting. Knowing where everything on the plate comes from makes us more mindful of the energy it takes to grow food, and kids will naturally eat what they help grow. Moms can change the world— right in their own yard or patio—with the power of a traditional or urban garden. Just one square foot of organic gardening space can yield half a pound of fresh fruits and vegetables. A 300-square-foot garden can produce 150 pounds each summer; plus it provides a good workout. In 2011, I started a teaching garden at our local supermarket as a means of showing kids how to grow their own food, with the hope that it would also inspire their families. The goal was to plant the seeds for healthier habits that would last a lifetime. During its first four years, 52 percent of the students’ parents noted a more positive attitude about fruits and vegetables exhibited by their own children. After participating in the program, one mother shared her young daughter’s noteworthy query, “Mom, could you go to the store and get me some Swiss chard?” By planting gardens and creating kitchen counter cooking schools at home throughout America, our country could become victorious in ensuring that families are healthier. They will be eating healthier foods, working out in the garden and learning about food in a whole new way, all while connecting in a family activity.

Voices of Experience Tips from Registered Dietitian Moms “It’s not going to be a Norman Rockwell-like experience. It’s going to be messy, and everything associated with it might take 10 times longer than anticipated. It’s not about the outcome, it’s about the journey. “Allow your children to participate in the cooking process by giving them age-appropriate duties in the kitchen. We’re talking about rinsing produce in the colander, ‘looking’ at cookbooks, stirring, scooping, squeezing and setting the table. As they grow older, give them more to do.” ~Robin Plotkin, Dallas “Every other Wednesday, each child had to cook dinner. I gave them a piece of paper with fill-in-the-blanks. Every Sunday, they had to turn in their menu so I could go grocery shopping. Now, both my kids cook really healthy meals.” ~Chere Bork, near Minneapolis-St. Paul “Have kids look through kid-friendly cookbooks and scroll through their favorite recipe app. My girls regularly pick out recipes they would like to try for our next meal.” ~Suzanne Farrell, Denver “Giving them choices makes them feel like they’re contributing, and lets them put their own twist on a recipe.” ~Naomi May, Charleston, South Carolina

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“Teaching someone else solidifies your own knowledge; I knew if her brothers taught my 8-year-old daughter, it would boost their own confidence, too. I always start by teaching about some food they are excited to make on their own. Then I start asking them to help with meal prep. Pretty soon, they have an arsenal of skills and can prepare a meal by themselves.” ~Niki Strealy, Portland, Oregon “Let your kids experiment in the kitchen. My first couple dozen creations didn’t taste good, but I eventually developed a sense of what did and didn’t work. Giving this freedom nurtures a sense of creativity in the kitchen. It’s much easier when spatulas and rolling pins are childsize, like those at” ~Amy Gorin, near New York City “We watch videos together that demonstrate proper techniques. Everyone is designated an ‘official taste tester’.” ~ Jillian O’Neil, New York City Primary Source: Adapted from

I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day. ~Vincent Van Gogh


SOIL SISTERS Female Farmers Come of Age by Lisa Kivirist

undervalued perspectives. The wakeup call for Denise O’Brien, an organic vegetable farmer and owner of Rolling Hills Acres, near Atlantic, Iowa, came during the farm economic crisis of the preceding decade. Although still considered “just” farm wives, “It was the women on the farms that had foreseen where things were heading, because they often kept the accounting books, though nobody took their voices seriously,” O’Brien recalls.  This launched O’Brien’s agriculture activism: balancing farming, raising children and serving as a national advocate and spokeswoman for women in agriculture in an ecological and just food system. In 1997, she launched the Women, Food and More women are becoming farmers, bringing with them a passion for producing organic and sustainably raised fare and transforming America’s food system. The U.S. Census of Agriculture reports that their numbers rose by more than 20 percent between 2002 and 2012, to 288,264.

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ore women are becoming farmers, bringing with them a passion for producing organic and sustainably raised fare and transforming America’s food system. The U.S. Census of Agriculture reports that their numbers rose by more than 20 percent between 2002 and 2012, to 288,264.

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“Women have played an integral role in farming for centuries, but in the last 100 years they’ve started to self-organize and be recognized for their important work,” says University of California garden historian Rose Hayden-Smith, Ph.D., author of Sowing the Seeds of Victory: American Gardening Programs of World War I and editor of the UC Food Observer. “During that war, the Women’s Land Army of America, a female-led initiative, recruited nearly 20,000 mostly middleclass urban and suburban women to enter the agricultural sector as wage laborers at farms, dairies and canneries, often in rural areas, where farmers urgently needed help while the male labor force was off fighting.”  Women also helped feed Ameri-

cans during the Victory Garden era of World War II. “It’s also estimated that more than 40 percent of fruits and vegetables consumed on the American home front then were grown in school, home, community and workplace gardens,” says Hayden-Smith, possibly resulting in America’s highest period of produce consumption ever. When the commercial organic industry launched in the 1990s, women organized to provide overlooked and

“Women have played an integral role in farming for centuries, but in the last 100 years they’ve started to self-organize and be recognized for their important work,” says University of California garden historian Rose Hayden-Smith, Ph.D., author of Sowing the Seeds of Victory: American Gardening Programs of World War I and editor of the UC Food Observer. “During that war, the Women’s Land Army of America, a female-led initiative, recruited nearly 20,000 mostly middleclass urban and suburban women to

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enter the agricultural sector as wage laborers at farms, dairies and canneries, often in rural areas, where farmers urgently needed help while the male labor force was off fighting.”  Women also helped feed Americans during the Victory Garden era of World War II. “It’s also estimated that more than 40 percent of fruits and vegetables consumed on the American home front then were grown in school, home, community and workplace gardens,” says Hayden-Smith, possibly resulting in America’s highest period of produce consumption ever. When the commercial organic industry launched in the 1990s, women organized to provide overlooked and undervalued perspectives. The wakeup call for Denise O’Brien, an organic vegetable farmer and owner of Rolling Hills Acres, near Atlantic, Iowa, came during the farm economic crisis of the preceding decade. Although still considered “just” farm wives, “It was the women on the farms that had foreseen where things were heading, because they often kept the accounting books, though nobody took their voices seriously,” O’Brien recalls.  This launched O’Brien’s agriculture activism: balancing farming, raising children and serving as a national advocate and spokeswoman for women in agriculture in an ecological and just food system. In 1997, she launched the Women, Food and Ag Network to collectively advocate for a stronger voice. “Throughout history, women in agriculture have been relegated to providing assistance, rather than making decisions,” O’Brien explains. “It’s up to us as women to collaboratively support each other while challenging the system.”

Cultivating Change

For her 50th birthday, Paula Foreman gave her life a new chapter. She launched her midlife “second act” in 2007 with Encore Farm, a name that serves as a rallying mantra for her peers. “The name is a tribute declaring that fresh starts and new beginnings can happen at any age,” explains Foreman, now an urban farmer in St. Paul, Minnesota. Embodying this business moxie, she chose to spe-

cialize, producing one thing very well: organic dried beans. Relinda Walker, of Walker Organic Farms, outside Savannah, Georgia,  represents a cadre of “boomerang” farmers; women that return to the land to continue a family farm with a commitment to organics. Like many farm kids, after college, Walker left to pursue a corporate career in the city. Then the 9/11 terror attack shifted her priorities. “All roads led me to coming back home and growing food,” she says. Launched in 2005, Walker’s farm was one of southern Georgia’s first organic operations, yielding specialty varieties like rainbow carrots in vivid shades of purple, orange and red.

Future Femme Power

Young women in their 20s and 30s are adding energy, diversity, vibrancy and fresh outlooks to the female farming movement. Lindsey Morris Carpenter runs Grassroots Farm, in Monroe, Wisconsin, a diversified operation of certified organic vegetables and pastured livestock, in partnership with her mother, Gail Carpenter.    “A crucial key to farming happiness is being a good neighbor,” she shares. “I call around when I see livestock and pets outside of fences; maintain my fences; share my garlic and potato seed; and always invite neighbors to parties and events, even though they may not attend. Even if others’ personal lifestyle and farming philosophies are radical opposites, we still have our physical location and appreciation of nature in common, and that’s big.” “The women farmer movement is just a toddler,” sums up O’Brien. “We’ve come a long way, but we’re not there yet, especially with representation on the national leadership platform.” It’s easy to support female growers at local farmers’ markets. Cultivating change can be rewarding—and tasty. Lisa Kivirist is the author of the new book Soil Sisters: A Toolkit for Women Farmers and a senior fellow at the University of Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture. Her family runs the energyindependent Inn Serendipity Farm and B&B, in southwestern Wisconsin.


Bliss Spiritual Co-op. 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant.

Our calendar is filled with classes, workshops and events that feed your mind/ body/spirit and promote a healthy lifestyle. All submissions for the August issue must be received no later than July 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:

Alternative Methods of Healing – 6:30-8pm. Workshop by Guest Speaker Dr. Cary DeSmidt from Your Charleston Health. Bring a journal. Free. Charmed, 217 Lucas Street, Mount Pleasant SC 29464. RSVP 843-352-2983.

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Saturday, July 30 Wednesday July 6 Essential Oils 101 – 6:30-8pm. Learn about the healing powers of essential oils to promote health of mind, body, and spirit. Make and take an essential oil. Bring a notebook or journal. $10. Charmed, 217 Lucas Street, Mount Pleasant. RSVP 508-942-0402.

Monday, July 11 81 Goddesses – 6-7pm. With Sarah FamilarRagsdale, Life Coach, Reiki-Master, Priestess. A chanted call and response meditation utilizing prayer beads, drawing from a list of teachers from 9 spiritual and cultural traditions to offer praise and thanksgiving to the divine feminine. Bliss Spiritual Co-op. 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant.

Saturday, July 9 Women’s Defense Workshop – 10am-2pm. With Curt Rogers. Renshin’s Dojo and Healing Hara present our 1st Annual Women’s Defense Seminar. Includes presentations on the topics of prevention of domestic violence, rape and basic self-defense techniques. $30. Healing Hara Massage & Wellness Center, 209 Stallsville Loop Road, Summerville. 843-810-5953.

Sunday, July 10 Vision Workshop – 1-3pm. With Stephanie Pannell. Achieve fulfillmet, success, abundance through strategies and techniques to develop clarity and harmony. StephaniePannell.DreamBuilderCoach. com. Unity of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston. Register by text or phone: 843-566-0600.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 13 Summer Brain Training Program – 7/13 - 8/10. Daily, weekdays. 30-minute neurofeedback sessions while watching your favorite show. Receive a qEEG brain map before and after the series. Register by 7/1. $1,797. BrainCore of the Lowcountry. 990 Lake Hunter Cir, Ste 212 Mt Pleasant. 844-272-4666.

saturday, July 16 Reiki Level I – July 16-17. 10am-5pm. Practical hands-on class includes a reiki history, in-depth discussion and practice of reiki’s many uses, a comprehensive manual, Level I attunement, and beautiful certificate. 792 Folly Rd, Charleston. Register by 7/13: 843-327-4761. Reiki Clinic – 2-4pm. With Eileen Ayers. Reiki is a Japanese healing technique that releases stress, creates relaxation and raises our vibrational energy allowing our bodies to heal. $20/15 minute session. Healing Hara Massage & Wellness Center, 209 Stallsville Loop Road, Summerville. 843-810-5953. 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. Reservations required: 843-771-9323.

Sunday, July 17 Truth Talks: Reincarnation in America: Past and Present – 1-2:30pm. With Lee Irwin, Religious Studies Professor at College of Charleston. New Religious Movements, Christianity, and contemporary research. Donation. Unity of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston, 843-566-0600.

Wednesday July 20 Essential Oils 201 – 6:30-8pm. For those with basic knowledge looking to expand their repertoire. Make and take an essential oil roller. Bring a notebook or journal. $10. Charmed, 217 Lucas Street, Mount Pleasant SC 29464. RSVP 508-942-0402.

Saturday, July 23 Mindfulness Meditation for Easy Living – 2-5pm. With Marlene Glaser. In this interactive, joyful and informative workshop you’ll explore the physical and mental benefits of meditation and practice several different techniques. $35. Healing Hara Massage & Wellness Center, 209 Stallsville Loop Road, Summerville. 843-810-5953. The MELT Method – 12:15-1:15pm. With Louise Petkov, triple-certified MELT Method instructor. A self-treatment technique that helps prevent pain, heal injury and erase the negative effects of aging by enhancing body awareness, rehydrating connective tissue and quieting the nervous system.

Your Garden Abounds Workshop – 9:30-11:30 am. With David Collins. Hands on workshop planting in raised beds using a no till method. Discuss companion planting and weed and pest management without chemicals. $20. Healing Hara Massage & Wellness Center, 209 Stallsville Loop Road, Summerville. 843-810-5953

Sunday, July 31 Interfaith Services – 9:30 and 11:15am. With Holli Emore, Director of the Cherry Hill Seminary, Columbia, SC. Exploring the diversity of religious experiences. Introducing the Pagan tradition. Unity of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave., Charleston, 843566-0600.

plan ahead Sunday, August 14 Unity of Charleston Church Services – 9:30 and 11:15am. With Ester Nicholson, author of Soul Recovery – 12 Keys to Healing Dependence. 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston. 843-566-0600, Healing Addiction: Forgiveness – 1-3pm. With Ester Nicholson, Author of Soul Recovery – 12 Keys to Healing Dependence. $35, Unity Church, 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston. 843-566-0600,

ongoing events sunday monday 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 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, m e t a p h y si c a l a n d i n sp i r a t i o n al 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.

Creative Arts – 10am-noon. Facilitator: Peggy Benton. Begins July 11. 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, Mt Pleasant. Charleston Community Acupuncture – 10am1pm & 3-5:30pm (new extended hours). 1307 Savannah Hwy, Charleston. 843-763-7200. Complimentary Natural Female Hormone Balancing Consultations – 10am-4pm. With Dr Stephanie Zgraggen. Lime and Lotus, 925-F Wappoo Rd, West Ashley. Call to schedule. 843-2142997. Contemplative Prayer – 1:30-2:30pm. Begins July 11. Facilitator: Lola Reilly. The opening of mind and heart to God beyond thoughts, words and emotions. 1:30pm, encouraging instruction with Thomas Keat-

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ing/Richard Rohr DVD. 2pm, 20 minutes of centering prayer. Free. Bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. 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. Chairs incorporated to support your yoga practice. Healing Hara Massage Wellness Center, 209 Stallsville Loop Rd, Summerville. 843-810-5953. 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 Yoga for EveryBody – 9:30am. With Sam Meehan. This gentle traditional meditative approach to yoga is guaranteed to reduce stress while increasing your strength, flexibility and stamina. Each class includes postures, breathing techniques, deep relaxation and meditation. Healing Hara Massage & Wellness Center, 209 Stallsville Loop Rd, Summerville. 843810-5953. Hatha Yoga – 12:15-1pm. Facilitator Jill Keefer, Yoga Alliance Certified. Begins July 12. 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, Mt Pleasant. Broga Yoga – 5:30pm. 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. Hara Flow Yoga –7pm. With Joe Vinciguerra. A fully awakening practice of breath and movement. Students will learn to flow through various yoga poses with emphasis on breath work and proper alignment. Healing Hara Massage & Wellness Center, 209 Stallsville Loop Rd, Summerville. 843810-5953. The Reiki Connection – 7pm. With Chrys Franks, Reiki Master/Teacher. Guided meditation followed by mini reiki sessions by certified practitioners. Love offering. (1st Tues for practitioners only). Unity Church, 2535 Leeds Ave, N Charleston. 843-364-5725. Series: The Wizard of Us, Transformational Lessons from Oz, by Jean Houston – July 12 - Aug 9.7-8:30pm. Facilitator: Renee Orth, Certified Holistic Wellness Coach, yoga instructor, student of Eastern spiritual philosophy, attorney and entrepreneur. Are you committed to bringing the focus, perspective, skills, dedication and fresh vision of the artist to the human arena? Come claim your power and be a force for positive transformation in our community. Free. Bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. BlissSpiritualCo-Op. com.

wednesday Complimentary Natural Female Hormone Balancing Consultations – 10am-4pm. With Dr Stephanie Zgraggen. Lime and Lotus, 925-F Wap-


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nior Center, 3102 Mabeline Rd (near Trident Tech). 843-813-2834.

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

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

Kids Yoga – 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. Beginner to Intermediate Guitar Workshop – 6-7pm. Begins July 13. Facilitator: Jason Thompson with 30 years of experience playing and performing, 13 years teaching guitar, piano and voice lessons. Bring your own guitar or practice using one provided by Bliss. Free. Bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. or 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. 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, Mt Pleasant. 843-5142848.

thursday Senior Yoga – 2:30pm. With Joe Vinciguerra. Offered in a variety of approaches to meet the needs of all seniors. These classes incorporate gentle yoga poses, gradual stretching and correct breathing. Healing Hara Massage & Wellness Center, 209 Stallsville Loop Rd, Summerville. 843-810-5953. Slow Flow & Meditation – 6pm. With Marlene Glaser. This class interweaves learning true insight meditation and pranayama (breathing) techniques as well as conscious, flowing asanas that help build strength and stability. Leave class feeling grounded, relaxed and rejuvenated. 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 Yin Yang Yoga – 9am. With Marlene Glaser. Increase your flexibility with yin yoga as well as the yang aspects of the practice that focus on increasing core strength and joint stability. Slow and deep exploration of mind and body. Healing Hara Massage & Wellness Center, 209 Stallsville Loop Rd, Summerville. 843-810-5953. Nia – 11am-noon. With Ashima Kahrs, Nia Blue Belt instructor. Lively movement class, energetic, embraces The Body’s Way/Nia Way. Hanahan Se-

saturday Gentle Yoga – 10am. 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. Simply Meditate – 10:30am-noon. 2nd Sat. Drop-in classes with guided meditations, suitable for beginners and experienced alike. Circular Church, 150 Meeting St, Charleston (classroom below Lance Hall). $10 or $5/students/seniors. 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.

classifieds Have a job to fill or a space to rent? Advertise in our classifieds section. Information is due by July 10 for the August issue. Cost is $25/month for 30 words, additional words are $0.50 each. Must be prepaid. Email to wanted 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. LOCAL WRITERS, PHOTOGRAPHERS, ARTISTS AND ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS – Natural Awakenings is interested in great local content! Email Editor@ to receive editorial guidelines and more information. ROOMS FOR LEASE – Two rooms (10 by 12) for lease at Healing Oasis, 772 Saint Andrews Blvd. Large workshop area also available. Call 843-743-5222 for details.

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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 19.


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 JoyousLiving for details. See ad, page 23.

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

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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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Biological dentistry using IAOMT protocol. Natural products free of BPA and mercury. Mercury-safe filling removal. Now offering ozone therapy! See ad, page 2.

ENERGY HEALING 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. Fiehtsam, a certified medium, has a doctorate in transpersonal psychology.


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 13.


Joyce Stech 125 South Main St Summerville 843-870-4462 •

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 25.


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Joyce Stech (maMJAH), founder of Royal Gems Matrix Healing System, Martial Artist (Kyoshi, 7th dan), author, Metaphysician, Spiritual CEO of Taoist-Yogi Christ Lineage International. Private sessions, classes, online programs.


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 36.


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


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 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.


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.


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

life coach 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.


Dreams Alive 843-830-3876 Specializing in helping women who are struggling with self-judgement, confusion and fear of expressing who they authentically are to embrace all parts of themselves with love. Learn to share your truth with confidence, own your unique talents and power, and passionately pursue a future you have only dared to dream. Free intro session.

nutrition YOUR NUTRITION ROOTS, LLC Naomi May, MS, RDN, LD 843-608-0849

Personalized nutrition solutions by a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist trained in integrative and functional nutrition. Encouraging your body’s natural healing abilities with step-bystep targeted nutritional therapy.


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



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


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

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.

Transformational Coach GERRY SCHMIDT, PhD

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 20.


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 36.

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

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

VITAMINS, SUPPLEMENTS & HERBS EUCALYPTUS WELLNESS CO. 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.


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

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