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love starting my summer mornings with a walk on the beach. I plan to go every day it isn’t raining for the remainder of the summer, and even through winter— unless it’s just too cold or windy. I head over to the beach on the IOP Connector, and the first sight of the ocean still makes me happy, even after living here for 23 years. Sometimes a good friend is with me, and sometimes I’m on my own; but either way, I always leave the beach feeling better than when I came.

I like to leave my flip flops near the entrance and walk barefoot along the shoreline. They say walking barefoot is one of the best ways to ground yourself, and “grounding” or “earthing” has all kinds of health benefits. When you connect with the earth, there is a transfer of free electrons from the earth to your body, and these electrons are considered some of the best antioxidants around. Ocean water is a great conductor, so walking along the shoreline is considered the ideal place for grounding.

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I just know the sand feels good between my toes, and splashing in the water as I walk makes me feel like a kid again. I never tire of the beauty of the sun sparkling on the water or the occasional appearance of a dolphin or two. How fortunate we are to have one of the very best methods of detoxing in our own backyards, and it’s free! For me, the detox is just as much mental as it is physical. Unplugging, getting outside into nature and connecting to what is real all help clean out mental debris from the information overload we deal with daily.

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This issue is packed with tips on how to cleanse the body and mind of the toxins that are so prevalent today. It’s not only the chemicals we breathe, touch and ingest in everything from personal care and household products to carpeting and clothing, it’s the lawn chemicals our pets track into the house, air pollution, hidden toxins in our food, and more. We can inform ourselves and make good choices as much as possible, but we can’t completely eliminate exposure to some of these toxins. For example, my hairdresser uses organic products on me, but she can’t completely protect me from fumes from the business next door. Unless you live in a bubble, living in the modern world means being exposed to some of these toxins, but that doesn’t mean it’s hopeless. That is where regular detoxification comes in. “Natural Ways to Cleanse Body & Mind,” on page 21, can jump-start your detoxing journey. We also feature local experts who can help us on this path to cleaner, healthier living, starting with the air we breathe. See page 13 to learn how Green Home Solutions can rid your home of mold and improve your air quality. Next to air, water is the substance most necessary for life, but how many of us really know about the quality of the water we are drinking? Read Margaret Blalock’s remarkable story of recovery, on page 24, to learn what a difference water can make. This month’s business spotlight features EcoHealth Detox & Wellness Spa. Owner Tiffany Jackson, ND, is an expert at getting to the root of perplexing physical issues and customizing plans to resolve them. These plans include nutrition and a variety of services and products designed for detoxification and bringing the body back into balance. Read about them starting on page 20. We hope you enjoy this issue of Natural Awakenings Lowcountry and try out some of the recommendations and services our authors present. I also hope you’ll put those toes in the sand and splash in the water every once in a while. Have a safe and happy 4th, and enjoy your July!

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aula McGuire has been a practitioner of the healing arts for more than 25 years. A Charleston area native, she is currently based in Oakland, California. She will be in the Charleston area July 8 through 21, and monthly thereafter, to offer BioMagnetic Therapy and Energy Psychology Workshops in Charleston and Mt. Pleasant. The first workshop, titled ThetaHealing SoulMates, is designed to help participants learn how to “call in” their most compatible romantic soul mate. McGuire says tools shared in the workshop can be used to manifest anything the heart desires, and describes the workshop as a great introduction to ThetaHealing. It takes place Saturday, July 15, from noon to 5 p.m., at Seed of Life Collective, located at 621 Wappoo Road, in Charleston. For more information, contact Paula McGuire at 843-732-0293 or Paula@ireinst. com, or visit See listing, page 39.

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motional Health Coach Diana Deaver is pleased to announce the third annual Emotional Healing Retreat called CONNECTED, which will be held September 21 through 24 at an oceanfront villa on Folly Beach. This relationship-focused retreat will examine and repair feelings of loneliness, as well as feelings of being misunderstood, wounded or abandoned. The retreat is open to those who are single or in a romantic relationship, whether or not their significant other attends. CONNECTED will include group emotional healing work and three chef-prepared organic meals daily. Participants will leave feeling more connected, loving and at peace in all their relationships. For more information, call 843-209-8869 or visit See listing, page 40.

Nontoxic Nail Care Now Available at Mylkbar in Mt. Pleasant


ylkbar is the Charleston area’s only nontoxic nail studio dedicated to the pursuit of eco-friendly nail and self-care. It is located in the Gwynn’s shopping center at 920 Houston Northcutt Boulevard, in Mt. Pleasant. Mylkbar is a fume-free salon and does not offer acrylics or chemicalladen polishes. Its pedicure bowls are unplumbed, which leads to a much cleaner experience for clients. All polishes used are “6 free” or better, meaning they contain no dibutyl phthalate, toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, camphor or parabens. Mylkbar’s nail technicians are licensed and accredited in the state of South Carolina. The studio also goes above and beyond board regulations when it comes to sanitation practices; all disposables (files, buffs, callus removers) are disposed of and metal instruments are sterilized in an autoclave. For more information, visit Mylk.Bar. Appointments can be booked through the website or by calling 843-388-5877.

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otally Fit, a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, is a diverse group of women of all ages and stages of life who believe that God designed us all for more abundant lives. They connect, educate and inspire women to become whole: spirit, soul and body. They believe that transformation happens best in community. Totally Fit provides a variety of programs designed to increase spiritual health, improve physical fitness, and encourage better nutrition. Events benefit women, their families and the community. Linda Howard, Totally Fit’s executive director and founder, began her personal journey of health after realizing, in her words, “that the Creator’s plan for her body was wholeness: spirit, soul and body.” This began a quest for transformation. Women came alongside her, and a community began to form, creating the organization now known as Totally Fit. Members find it rewarding to be part of a community that supports one another in every area of life and where all are welcome to join the journey. Howard is now ready to pass the baton on to a successor. She will continue spreading the message of whole health, as well as being part of the Totally Fit community. This summer, they will be discussing Totally Fit’s future. Howard says one thing is certain: “Our community is strong and women will continue to connect, educate and inspire each other!”


very September, Natural Awakenings has a special yoga issue honoring National Yoga Month. This year, we want to pay homage to the local yoga community by having local instructors appear on our cover! Award-winning local photographer Diana Deaver will take a group photo in an iconic outdoor lowcountry location. This opportunity is open to any yoga instructor in the area and no ad purchase is necessary to participate. We want a large gathering to show the strength and cohesiveness of the Charleston area yoga community! The photo shoot will take place in late July. Individual photos and instructor profiles to be included in the September yoga issue will also be available for purchase. For more information, contact Publisher Toni Owen Conover at 843-821-7404 or See ad, page 17.

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N, used by Natural Awakenings readers to meet conscious soul mates, twin flames, life partners and friends since 2013 in partnership with the Conscious Dating Network, has been upgraded with a new contemporary layout suited to all platforms and devices, including smartphones and tablets. The site also features a dynamic search function so members can edit and view search results on the same page in real time, plus the ability to save and edit favorite searches more easily. Other new developments include Match Questions, providing a more in-depth way of determining compatibility that replaces the Compatibility Test and Sexual IQ. There are eight categories—Dating, Eco-Consciousness, Spirituality, Lifestyle & Personality, Sexuality, Diet & Exercise, Ethics, and Just for Fun—with many pertinent multiplechoice questions. Members answer for themselves, and also select which answers are “acceptable” to them relating to a potential partner’s answers. Match percentages between members are calculated via an algorithm and displayed on profiles. Some of the answers are humorous and entertaining which makes answering the questions more fun, and members can express themselves more deeply with the optional personal comments to go along with each answer. Upcoming new features will include live video chats, a “stealth” profile viewing mode option and a classified ad section. For more information, visit See ad, page 32.


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new natural health and green business meetup has formed in the Charleston area, sponsored by Natural Awakenings magazine. The intent of the meetup is to bring like-minded businesses together to support and learn from one another. All businesses devoted to the health and happiness of people, pets or the planet are invited to attend the first meeting scheduled for Tuesday, August 8, at 6 p.m., location TBA. Light refreshments will be served. The first half of the meeting will include a speed networking event to encourage individual connections, followed by a meeting discussing what members hope to get out of, or accomplish in, future meetings. This is an excellent opportunity to get referrals from and give referrals to other businesses devoted to wellness. The more cohesive the wellness community, the better for all members of the community—both for businesses and consumers. Natural Awakenings is committed to building the wellness community in the Charleston area and believes this group can be instrumental in achieving that growth. For more information or to register, visit Attendees must register by Aug. 1.

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Unique Inflamed Gut Linked to Type 1 Diabetes


esearchers in Milan, Italy, have found that individuals with Type 1 diabetes display a unique inflammatory signature and microbiome in their digestive tract. The study examined biopsies from 54 patients that underwent endoscopies at the city’s San Raffaele Hospital between 2009 and 2015. The samples came from each patient’s duodenum, the upper part of the small intestine, and allowed scientists to directly assess the bacteria in the digestive tract, rather than relying on stool samples. The results of the samples were compared to gut bacteria from a control group of healthy individuals without Type 1 diabetes and others with celiac disease. Researchers found that the diabetes group showed more signs of gut inflammation than the other groups, and it was linked to 10 specific genes, also marking them as having a unique combination of bacteria. “By exploring this, we may be able to find new ways to treat the disease by targeting the unique gastrointestinal characteristics of individuals with Type 1 diabetes,” explains the study’s senior author, Dr. Lorenzo Piemonti, with the hospital’s Diabetes Research Institute.

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he province of Ontario began a complete phase-out of its coal-fired power plants in 2005, with all of them having closed by 2015. While the costly measure was expected to produce minor air quality improvements, officials predicted that the resulting health benefits would accrue $3 billion in annual healthcare savings for the community. Realized savings can be seen in the drastic reduction of smog days in Ontario, down to just one since 2014. “Let’s compare that to 2005, when residents of the Greater Toronto Area suffered through 53 smog days while coal, with its toxic emissions, provided 19 percent of the province’s power,” says Vanessa Foran, president and CEO of The Asthma Society of Canada. “It’s obvious that shutting Ontario’s coal plants has helped clean the air; it’s also given a new lease on life to millions that suffer with asthma.” More proof of the medical benefits come from an assessment conducted by Toronto Public Health in 2014. It reported a 23 percent reduction in air pollution-related premature deaths in the city between 2000 and 2011, as well as a 41 percent reduction in related hospital admissions during the same period.




Tax and Pricing Policies Spur Healthier Eating


meta-study from Tufts University, in Medford, Massachusetts, documents a revealing relationship between diet and food prices. The researchers found that taxation of unhealthy foods and price reductions of healthy foods help shift consumers to healthier purchases. They reviewed data from 11 studies on the impact of adding tariffs to unhealthy foods that lead to higher prices and 19 studies that examined the effects on the demand of reducing the prices of healthy foods. They discovered that consumers purchased 14 percent more fruits and vegetables when prices were reduced by 10 percent. Other healthy food price reductions produced similar results, with a 16 percent increase in consumption with each 10 percent price drop. The researchers examined the impact of increases in the price of sugary drinks and fast foods. Following 10 percent price hikes, consumption of these items decreased by 7 percent and 3 percent, respectively. “The global food system is exacting a staggering toll on human health, and this is very costly, both in terms of real healthcare expenses and lost productivity,” says Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, senior author of the meta-study and dean of the university’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. “Our findings suggest that subsidies and taxes are a highly effective tool for normalizing the price of foods toward their true societal cost. This will both prevent disease and reduce spiraling healthcare costs, which are causing a tremendous strain on both private businesses and government budgets.”

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esearch from the University of Pittsburgh, in Pennsylvania, has established that structured physical activity following a stroke can significantly improve cognitive function in survivors. The study used data from 13 clinical trials that included 735 participants to analyze general cognitive improvement, executive function, attention and working memory, as well as the impact of different types of physical activity. Researchers found that exercise following a stroke produced cognitive improvements in both attention and speed in processing information. They further discovered that a combination of aerobic exercise and strength training produced the maximum cognitive improvements. “We found that a program as short as 12 weeks is effective at improving cognition, and even patients with chronic stroke can experience improvements in their cognition with an exercise intervention,” says lead author Lauren E. Oberlin, a graduate student at the university.


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study of distance runners by Texas A&M University, in College Station, determined that short-term supplementation of dried tart cherry powder improved running times, decreased inflammation and increased muscle metabolism and immunity. The researchers divided 27 endurance-trained young adult athletes into two groups. Eleven participants were given a daily powdered tart cherry supplement for 10 days, and 16 were given a rice flour placebo. All completed a half-marathon near the end of the 10-day trial. The researchers tested fasting blood samples and a quadriceps muscle soreness rating prior to the run, 60 minutes after the run and 24 and 48 hours post-run. The tart cherry group reported 13 percent faster average running times, as well as significantly lower inflammatory markers. They also reported 34 percent lower quadriceps soreness prior to the run. Tart cherry supplementation also increased immunity and resulted in better muscle metabolism.


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esearch from Sweden has found that acupuncture helps reduce the crying of colicky babies. The study monitored 147 babies between the ages of 2 and 8 weeks with colic at four separate Swedish public child health centers. The babies were divided into three groups; each visited the clinic twice a week for two weeks. One group received “gold standard” care plus five minutes of minimal acupuncture, one group received standard care plus five minutes of acupuncture and one group received standard care only. After two weeks, both acupuncture groups showed a reduction in crying time by the second week and at a later follow-up. More babies dropped to less than three hours of crying per day in the acupuncture groups than the control group, removing them from the colic category altogether. No adverse effects were recorded.


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ur health is affected by more than food and water, exercise, sleep and stress. The air we breathe also has a profound effect on our well-being. Indoor pollutants include biological contaminants, such as mold and mildews, which release disease-causing toxins. Inhalation of these toxins can lead to a variety of health issues, including hay fever-type symptoms, breathing difficulty, headaches, lethargy, fever and digestive problems. In addition, immuno-suppressed individuals and those with lung disease are at increased risk for infection from molds. Some people turn to bleach to kill mold, but bleach doesn’t work on porous materials like drywall and wood. Fumes from bleach pollute the air and are harmful to people and pets. Chlorine bleach generates a byproduct called dioxin, which is linked to cancer. Use over time builds up these pollutants in the home. The Charleston area is a mecca for mold, according to Joe Lange, of Green Home Solutions of Charleston. “Fifty percent of Charleston-area homes have some form of mold, and 80 percent of that mold is invisible to the eye.” Green Home Solutions offers an eco-friendly way to eliminate mold and restore air quality without the use of toxic chemicals. Since more than 1,000 types of mold could be growing in a home, Green Home Solutions starts with a mold inspection, followed by inde-

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A study in the journal Nature Communications examined wild bee populations relative to the use of controversial neonic (neonicotinoid) pesticides from 1994 to 2011, and discovered that extinction rates paralleled their use on plants throughout the country. The 34 species analyzed experienced a 10 percent population drop across the board, with five of the species seeing a decrease of 20 percent or more, and the most-impacted group declining by 30 percent. Researchers say this indicates that up to half of the population decline could be attributed to the use of neonics. “It contributes, but there is a bigger picture,” says Jeffrey Pettis, an entomologist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Beltsville Bee Laboratory, in Maryland. Other factors are thought to include parasites such as varroa mites and nosema fungus (a bacterial disease known as foulbrood) plus viruses, drought and loss of habitat. Meanwhile, the Friends of the Earth (FOE) environmental group has launched a petition calling on the Ace and True Value hardware companies to follow Lowe’s and Home Depot’s example of phasing out the pesticides. FOE says, “If these garden retailers don’t act fast, they’ll lose customers. A new poll shows that 66 percent of Americans prefer to shop at Lowe’s and Home Depot because they’ve committed to stop selling bee-killing pesticides.”


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Proponents of GMO (genetically modified) food may argue that the technique is necessary because the world is running out of resources. However, agricultural startup Sundrop Farms, with offices in the UK and Australia, has developed high-tech greenhouse facilities that apply solutions to grow crops with less reliance on finite natural resources than conventional greenhouse production. In 2010, Sundrop Farms opened a pilot facility in Port Augusta, South Australia, that is combining seawater and sunlight to grow food in the middle of the desert, unaffected by climate change, biotech land grabs, drought, floods and pestilence. They are using coconut husks, 23,000 mirrors to reflect solar power and desalinated seawater on a hydroponic farm of just under 50 acres to grow 17,000 metric tons of non-GMO food every year. Built at a reported cost of $200 million, the facility has a year-round growing season. In winter, its greenhouse operates with the help of 39 megawatts of clean energy from solar power. Coles Supermarkets has signed a 10-year contract for the exclusive right to sell the company’s produce. 14

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Endangered Species Protection Act May Go Extinct The federal Endangered Species Act (ESA), passed in 1973, strengthened earlier federal protections for animals that had been nearly wiped out by humans. The act faces opposition from those that believe it both unfairly protects animals that poach livestock and restricts land use. At a recent hearing titled Modernizing the Endangered Species Act, Republican Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming, head of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said the ESA is not working anymore. Natural Resources Committee Chairman Republican Congressman Rob Bishop of Utah opines that the act has never been used for the rehabilitation of species and instead has been controlling the land, saying, “It has been hijacked.” Yet Daniel M. Ashe, president and chief executive of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, says, “The Endangered Species Act is the world’s ‘gold standard’ for conservation and protection of animals.” According to many experts, the world’s flora and fauna are experiencing a global extinction crisis caused by human activity, but we have also learned how to protect species and help them recover. Eight species that would probably have disappeared already were it not for the ESA include the black-footed ferret, humpback whale, bald eagle, American alligator, grizzly bear, Florida manatee, California condor and gray wolf.

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Every year, more species reach the brink of extinction and only inhabit the annals of natural history. Species that have officially disappeared forever as of 2016 include the Bramble Cay melomys, Nulllarbor dwarf bettong, Capricorn rabbit-rat, Pinta Island tortoise, western black rhinoceros, Rabb’s fringe-limbed treefrog, San Cristóbal vermilion flycatcher and Formosan clouded leopard. These are just a handful of the animals threatened and wiped out annually. Thirteen bird species alone were confirmed as extinct in 2016, mostly due to invasive predators. More of these animals are bound to die off unless humans make a concerted effort to preserve them.

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The W. Atlee Burpee home gardening company and the Burpee Foundation have contributed $2.5 million to the National Park Foundation to maintain the White House garden, founded in 2009 by former First Lady Michelle Obama, for at least 17 years. The garden is a powerful symbol of Obama’s effort to promote healthy eating and lifestyles for America’s children. During an eight-year span, she added beehives, a compost system and a pollinator garden to attract birds and butterflies as the garden nearly tripled in size to 2,800 square feet.

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An article published by the journal PLOS One reflects the opinion of researchers affiliated with France’s National Institute for Agricultural Research that a large portion of studies on genetically modified (GM/GMO) crops are rife with conflicts of interest. They state that many have been tainted because someone that worked on a study was also an employee of a company producing them. The study investigated direct financial conflicts of interest, but not other factors such as authors being members of advisory boards, co-holders of patents or consultants to GM companies. Out of 579 published studies analyzed, some 40 percent showed a possible conflict of interest. The authors noted that the suspect studies had a much higher likelihood of presenting a favorable outcome for GMOs compared to others. The majority of these studies (404) were American; 83 were Chinese.

Beverage Battle

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Water Overtakes Sweet Sodas After decades of strong growth, bottled water consumption has outpaced carbonated soft drinks to become the largest beverage category by volume in the United States. Michael Bellas, chairman and chief executive at Beverage Marketing Corp. says, “When Perrier first entered the country in the 1970s, few would have predicted the heights to which bottled water would eventually climb.” In 2015, U.S. bottled water consumption totaled 39.3 gallons per capita, while carbonated soft drinks fell to 38.5 gallons. Bad publicity about the health effects of sugary beverages is at the root of the trend, with some states considering making them off-limits to food stamp purchasers and cities voting for soda taxes to combat diet-related diseases like obesity and diabetes. 16

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Displays of flowers populating highway meridians, road embankments and adjacent green spaces are often due to the efforts of garden clubs working with state departments of transportation (DOT). Some of these pioneers also inspire other clubs to pursue similar collaborations, often with public support. “The people of Texas have joined wholeheartedly in what Lady Bird Johnson started,” says Linda Love, roadside beautification chairperson of the Texas Garden Clubs, Inc. (, headquartered in Fort Worth. Their committee recognizes planting projects on state and county highways assisted by 320 local clubs encompassing about 10,000 members. She points to particularly attractive areas along highways 75 in Richardson, plus highways 45 and 35 extending south of Dallas, where concentrations of blue bonnets “look like lakes,” says Love. Other planted native flower patches include Indian paintbrush and gaillardia. She notes that the state prohibits mowing of blue bonnets until after they’ve bloomed and dropped their seeds; picking rules preserve their beauty. Gail Hill, chair of The Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc.’s ( roadside beautification committee, based in Winter Park, reports the Ella P. Wood Paths of Sunshine Award Program that partners with the Florida Wildflower Foundation ( recognizes the efforts of state DOT maintenance crews in establishing and maintaining roadside wildflowers. “The department has run a strong program for decades,” she says. Local clubs are encouraged to petition elected officials for new resolutions to develop roadside wildflower projects. “About half of Florida’s counties have passed resolutions, including most recently, Santa Rosa and Escambia counties,” says Hill. This year, the Raleigh-based The Garden Club of North Carolina, Inc. (, with more than 200 chapters, is working with the state DOT to commemorate the centennial of America’s entry into World War I by planting red poppies and bachelor buttons. Roadside Development Chairperson Pat Cashwell reports that about 1,500 acres of wildflowers, including cosmos, are planted annually on state and county highways each summer and fall, largely funded by the sale of special license plates, with awards to highway department crews. “We get letters from people after they drive through the state commenting on the floral beauty,” she enthuses. Many garden clubs also establish flowers in parks, schoolyards, church properties and other public locations.



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Zimmerman: Charleston Moves was formed in the How do you mid-1990s as the Charlesserve the ton Bicycle Advisory lowcountry? Group (CBAG) with the Zimmerman: We are goal of bike and pedesa nonprofit organizatrian accommodation tion working toward on the Ravenel Bridge to safer, more conveconnect Mt. Pleasant and nient walking and downtown Charleston. biking in Charleston At the time, the bridge County. We work to design did not include be at the table with a bicycle or pedestrian developers and mupath. A collaboration of nicipal planners and citizens got together and campaigned for a bicycle An example of a portrait from engineers, ensuring and pedestrian path. the Bridge Equity campaign safe and connected There was quite a bit of to get the Legare Bridge lane bicycle and pedesconverted for bike/ped use trian infrastructure is opposition to the idea included in designs. among decision makers. We are strengthening our outreach to One S.C. legislator quipped that if we and grassroots support from Charlesgot a bicycle and pedestrian lane, next ton’s citizenry. We also have a signature Charlestonians would want a lane for project called Battery to Beach (B2B), horse carriages. with the goal of having a connected CBAG launched a campaign of bicycle and pedestrian route extending Can’t Wait to Bike the Bridge with Tfrom Isle of Palms to Sullivan’s through shirts, bumper stickers and postcards. Mt. Pleasant, over to the peninsula to The postcards inundated the offices West Ashley and James Island, and of the S.C. Department of Transportafinally to Folly Beach. tion (SCDOT) and the mayors of Mt. Pleasant and Charleston. The mayors relented and both helped convince the What volunteer opportunities SCDOT to include a bike/ped path. do you have for the public? Since then, Wonders’ Way has Zimmerman: We recently kicked undoubtedly become the best bike off our Neighborhood Ambassadors and pedestrian facility in the state and program during National Bike Month remains Charleston’s most democratic (May). This program is an opportunity public space. CBAG changed its name for citizens to assess their neighborand adopted pedestrian advocacy into hood and take an active leadership role its mission after its successful campaign to improve bicycle and walking conand formed what is now Charleston nections or safety. Anyone interested Moves. Charleston Moves provides in volunteering for the program can advocacy and community leadership contact


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The first roll of the city’s new bike share program members for a vote. To sign up, visit CharlestonMoves.us2.list-manage. com/subscribe?u=023763f407f4c50 e39daaf363&id=61d97717d8. We always love for folks to volunteer to help us with events. We host many events throughout the year, and these events are ways for people to connect with the biking and walking community in Charleston, to learn about the benefits of biking and walking, and to have fun. Bike to Work Day ride, with Mayor Tecklenburg, Councilman Shahid, and Councilman Seekings (not in the picture)

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What have been some of the greatest successes of your organization? Zimmerman: Our greatest success has been Wonders’ Way. The Charleston area since then has been increasing in population and development, without investing in bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. The only way to address traffic congestion will be to reduce the amount of vehicular traffic on the road. This will come in the forms of mass transit, bicycle use, and pedestrians. In addition, providing safe and connected bike/ped infrastructure is a step toward environmental conservation, improved equity and health, and economic savings. We also know that more people want to be able to bike and walk when it is safe. So we now have the people power to achieve success. We need to help our elected officials understand that their constituents expect to be able to bike and walk. Jennifer Iamele Savage is a transitional life coach and a secondary Montessori educator. Her latest project, the Mindfull Mamas Project, aims to coach women who are struggling with the identity of motherhood and help them uncover their creative voice so they can step into their purpose and rediscover who they are. Connect with her at


I’ve recently started to work with my friend and mentor John Farrelly, a local songwriter, writing and performing original songs. We also co-facilitate an All Instrument Jam at bliss Spiritual Co-op every Wednesday from 6-7 p.m. One of the things that interests me is learning to work in conjunction with the universe. I didn’t even know such a thing existed until I took my first course, The Winner’s Image, by Bob Proctor. This helped to open my eyes to start doing things differently. It whet my appetite to see what I could accomplish if I just get out of my own way.

Who’s a Natural Awakenings Reader? Meet Jason Thompson—Spiritual and Musical Renaissance Man by Victoria Hargis

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I was born and raised in Kemptown, Maryland, where I lived for 26 years until I went to school in Tennessee and then back to Maryland to finish up an AA in music education. I studied jazz performance for guitar in South Florida, gigged all around, and eventually, I moved to Charleston three years ago and absolutely love it! The people here are amazing, and I am constantly meeting like minds. At the age of 10, I was at a friend’s house who played the guitar. I picked it up and the rest was history. I was thirsty for more, learning everything I could; I guess you would call it an obsession. I’ve been playing now for 36 years, and, to this day, I still love everything about it. I love working on guitars, the look of the instrument, how it feels in my hands, and the different sounds and emotions you can pull from it as well as how the music expresses my feelings. My earliest music influences were Lynyrd Skynyrd, Led Zeppelin, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Black Crowes and Jimi Hendrix. Although I have studied jazz and classical music, I’m a rock ’n’ roller at heart.

tenance and a construction company. I did all of this because I didn’t know I could actually support myself doing what I love: music. I currently teach guitar, bass, vocals, ukulele and drums at Black Tie Music Academy, on Daniel Island, and I come alive performing around town playing my guitar and singing. Some of the places I have played at, but not limited to, are Awendaw Green, Ristorante LIDI, 3 Matadors Tequileria, Grand Bohemian Hotel, as well as regularly performing for charity events at bliss Spiritual Co-op helping to raise money for local needs. My mission is to perform full time and travel around the world sharing my gifts with anyone I can. I am the happiest when I am performing before a crowd realizing what effect I can have on people.

This magazine is a great source to find out what’s happening in the community in a positive useful format with intriguing articles that explore mental, physical and spiritual health. It is a must read for me every month. To connect with Jason Thompson, call 301-646-2750 or email jtgigs@gmail. com. Also visit

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I like to work with wood, creating small projects. Some of my favorites include a jewelry music box, and a pendulum clock that my dad still has. I am currently working on an adjustable timer that doesn’t need electricity.

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essica had suffered from stomach issues since she was 17. Her condition declined further after the birth of her daughter. The doctor ordered a colonoscopy but found nothing. Next he gave her a prescription, which only made matters worse. Leigh’s 3-year-old daughter suffered from chronic ear infections. She improved for a while after ear tubes were put in. Unfortunately, this did not last long, and Leigh felt like there had to be something she could do to help her child feel better. Fiona was tired and bloated, and found she was getting sick more and more often. She lived a fairly healthy life but felt like there had to be a way to improve her energy and health. Though their issues varied, all three of these women credit Tiffany Jackson, ND, and EcoHealth Wellness Center & Detox Spa for resolving their health concerns. Jessica’s 10-year history of stomach issues was completely resolved after three months of following Jackson’s plan. Leigh’s daughter stopped having ear infections, her skin cleared up and her behavior improved. Fiona lost the bloat (and 20 pounds!), regained her energy, and her immune system improved. Jackson is a naturopathic doctor who sees herself as a health detective. She turned to natural medicine for answers when both of her parents were diagnosed with cancer. Her training and experience have helped her identify imbalances and toxicities in the body and the diseases they create, as well as formulate plans that restore balance and health. Jackson says she coined the term “EcoHealth” because “the body is an 20

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Far infrared waves penetrate deep into the skin and dissolve harmful substances accumulated in the body. The deep heat activates the sweat glands. The skin is the largest organ in the human body and is a very good means for elimination of toxins. The infrared rays also vitalize cells and the metabolism.

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ecosystem, and in order for health to be maintained, the microbes that make up the ecosystem in the GI tract must be in the proper balance. EcoHealth also implies that the increase of chemical exposures in our environment play a significant role in the epidemic of disease and illness in our country.” Jackson provides one-on-one consultations, which include a comprehensive health, lifestyle and dietary assessment. Based on this assessment, she creates a plan to support optimal health. Her customized approach combines nutrition, herbal medicine, and supplements, along with complementary therapies, like skin care, Migun massage, Kangen water, and infrared sauna, which are all available at EcoHealth Wellness Center & Detox Spa.

Migun Massage A Migun massage bed combines infrared heat and automated jade massage stones to create a one-of-a-kind deep, healing massage. Infrared heat is projected through the jade massage stones that travel up and down the spine, neck, head and legs. Jade stones are said to contain healing properties that hold heat and prompt the body to release, relax and detox. Release of stress is further enhanced when the stones apply stimulation to acupuncture and pressure points. The massage beds work on five basic principles: chiropractic, massage, acupressure, acupuncture and heat therapy. Benefits include increased circulation and metabolism; reduction

To optimize liver function, EcoHealth recommends doing a detox program a couple of times a year. The EcoCleanse is a comprehensive, science-based nutritional program designed to support safe and effective detoxification. Everything is consolidated into packets to make the program easy to follow. Just take one drink mix packet combined with water and one capsule packet twice per day. Add the simple food plan from the guide book and look forward to increased energy and a long list of health benefits, including weight loss, healthier skin and hair, better sleep, clearer thinking, and happier mood. Fiona admitted she was a bit apprehensive about doing a detox, but she found it easier than expected due to the support of the team at EcoHealth. She believes the detox program took her health to the next level.

Teaching Kitchen Jackson and staff offer classes that teach reading and understanding food labels; how to incorporate superfoods into a daily routine; and how to make quick, delicious, nutrient-dense meals and snacks. Jessica, Leigh and Fiona are just a few of the many clients who have benefitted from the programs at EcoHealth Wellness Center & Detox Spa. All three highly recommend Jackson and EcoHealth to anyone who wants to get to the root of a health concern, restore balance and feel his or her very best. EcoHealth Wellness Center & Detox Spa is located at 1051 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Ste. B, in Mt. Pleasant. For more information, call 843-884-4466 or visit See ad, page 3.

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he term “detox” has been gaining traction in health circles, but cleansing practices have existed for millennia, ranging from Egyptian hydrotherapy to Medieval Lenten practices and Native American fasting, smudging and sweat lodges. The truth is that we need cleansing now more than ever—to rid our bodies of chemical overload and our minds of negative thinking. The Environmental Defense Fund has counted more than 100 chemicals produced in the U.S. that are present in everyday products and hazardous to humans and the environment. “Our body is a natural detoxifier, ridding itself of toxins through pooping, peeing, sweating and shedding skin. But in our current toxic overload situation, it’s not always an efficient process,” observes Deanna Minich, Ph.D., an author and functional nutritionist in Washington state. Some experts believe many commercial detoxification programs are unsafe, extreme and ineffective. “Psychologically, a short-term cleanse can act as a stepping stone if you’re eating fast food and donuts every day,” says Dr. Michael Greger, a Washington,

D.C., physician specializing in clinical nutrition and author of How Not to Die. “What matters more is longterm—what you’re eating a decade from now. No quick fix is going to do it, it’s a lifestyle change.”

Feed Your Microbiome

When the microbiome becomes depleted, overall health is affected. Dr. Robynne Chutkan, a gastroenterologist at Georgetown University Hospital, founder of the Digestive Center for Wellness, in Washington, D.C., and author of Gutbliss and The Microbiome Solution, explains, “The GI tract is the body’s engine, and microbes are the worker

“Health and wealth have become associated with cleanliness, yet the opposite is probably true,” assesses Chutkan. “Kids come in from the playground to use hand sanitizers and eat processed snacks. Instead, discard the microbiome-disrupting sanitizer and provide fresh vegetables for them to eat outside. We don’t want kids exposed to any serious pathogens, but getting a little dirty is essential.” Studies have found that children

We’re all exposed to toxins, but if our inner terrain is healthy, our body can flush them out, so we won’t get sick. ~Robynne Chutkan

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Take Toxins Out of Your Life

bees that operate the machinery so that digestion and toxin removal can happen.” She recommends switching to a plant-filled diet to effectively repopulate the microbiome and be aware of how food is grown. “Much store-bought produce, even organic options, is grown in depleted soil. Seek out biodynamic farmers that prioritize nutrientrich soil to foster microbes,” Chutkan says. Even planting a couple of herbs or microgreens on the kitchen windowsill can make a difference. “Just picking those herbs and getting your hands in healthy dirt increases your exposure to health-promoting microbes.”

with pets are more likely to have fewer allergies and infections and take fewer antibiotics than those living in pet-free households (Clinical & Experimental Allergy and Kuopio University Hospital, Finland). Pets that venture outdoors bring healthy microbes inside; so does fresh air, which purifies poorer quality indoor air. Chutkan also warns of excessive bathing. “When we scrub ourselves, we rub off microbes and naturally occurring oils; unless we’re filthy, we just need to gently rinse.” Marketers convince consumers that products with toxic ingredients are necessities, but coconut oil, apple cider vinegar and honey can effectively replace many toiletries.

tabolism with a cleanse that starts each morning with melted ghee followed by a simple nonfat diet throughout the day. According to research published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, ghee, a clarified butter, has been proven to remove environmental toxins by attaching to toxic fats. Kitchari, the staple of the meal plan, is a nourishing and easy-to-digest, porridge-like blend of beans, rice and Indian spices. “When you eat a mono diet of just kitchari, your body can transfer the energy that normally goes toward digestion into cleansing and healing other systems,” says Douillard. For those not ready to maintain such a limited diet, he

Burn Fat Cells

According to ayurveda, burning fat fuels detoxification because toxins from preservatives, pollutants, pesticides and other damaging chemicals are stored in our fat cells. When fat is metabolized and used as an energy source, the toxins are released, ready to be flushed out. “When we’re not burning fat, toxins can accumulate, cause congestion in the lymphatic channels, overwhelm the liver and ultimately be deposited back into fat cells or stored in the arteries, heart and brain,” comments Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner Dr. John Douillard, of Boulder, Colorado. He’s the author of Eat Wheat and a former director of player development and nutrition advisor for the New Jersey Nets professional basketball team.

Reboot with a Quick Cleanse

To stimulate the body’s natural ability to burn fat, Douillard recommends a four-day, at-home detox cleanse. “The digestive system is responsible for delivering nutrients and escorting dangerous toxins out of your body; if you can’t digest well, you can’t detoxify well,” he says. Unlike drastic fasts and juice cleanses, which can deplete nutrients, he recommends stimulating fat me-


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recommends a polydiet with the option to add seasonal steamed vegetables, oatmeal and other gluten-free grains.

Few Snacks, More Water

Work toward eating three meals a day—a light breakfast, big lunch and light and early dinner—without snacking in-between, and fasting for 13 hours each night. Douillard notes, “This regimen should be maintained beyond the cleanse because it gives the body a chance to use up its carbohydrates—its normal, go-to fuel—and switch to its calmer, more stable, detoxifying fuel— body fat.”

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s soon as we start eating healthier diets, our body is able to detoxify more efficiently and diseases begin to be reversed,” says Dr. Michael Greger, a physician and creator of Follow these tips to enhance the detoxification process at mealtimes.


Eat broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables raw or chop them at least 40 minutes before cooking to maximize intake of the phytonutrient sulforaphane, which boosts detoxifying enzymes in the liver. For the time-crunched, Greger suggests adding a small amount of any type of raw cruciferous vegetables to the cooked ones.


Always choose colorful produce, with the exception of white mushrooms and cauliflower. “White foods are stripped of nutrition,” says Greger. Pigment indicates the richness of antioxidants that keep the body functioning efficiently. He likes adding shreds of economical and long-lasting red cabbage as an everyday garnish.


Follow the seasons, because nature provides the ideal harvest for each season—heavier, denser foods in winter, like wheat, dairy, roots, nuts and seeds; and cooling, high-energy fruits and vegetables in summer. Dr. John Douillard, creator of the 3-Season Diet Challenge, remarks that research suggests that gut microbes are meant to change with local seasonal foods to optimize digestion, mood and immunity.


Avoid plastics by limiting intake of foods stored or cooked in plastic, especially cling wrap, which is made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), a known carcinogen, according to the World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer. Also avoid canned goods unless labeled bisphenol A (BPA)-free. “A lot of toxins enter our bodies through processed, overcooked and fried foods,” observes Deanna Minich, Ph.D. “As we replace these foods with nourishing options, we need to also minimize plastic packaging.”


Filter water because, “We are primarily made of water, so if we’re drinking and bathing in contaminated water, it impacts health,” says Minich who recommends using a national testing laboratory to assess home tap water. The results can then be coupled with the Environmental Working Group’s buying guide ( to determine the most appropriate water filter to deal with the contaminants that may be present.

Emotional Release

“Toxins are best understood less as poisons than as barriers—obstacles to the life and health we truly want,” says Minich. As a functional medicine nutritionist, she believes that food as medicine is only one aspect of full-spectrum health. Her approach revolves around clusters of nutritional, anatomical, psychological and spiritual life issues that can be jointly detoxified, supported and healed. “Good eating alone will not necessarily solve our emotional woes or stop our limiting beliefs and toxic self-talk,” she explains in Whole Detox, a book based on a whole-life, whole-systems, whole-foods approach to detoxification. “We need to remove all the barriers that impede our growth. Limiting thoughts, as well as heavy metals and pesticides, are toxic barriers that weigh us down, sapping energy that might be used for better things.” Her 21-day program is designed to establish long-term lifestyle changes with simple habits. She recommends monitoring our emotions and tracking thoughts with daily writing exercises. “Look at yourself like you’re examining a food label to get to the root of limiting patterns,” she says, encouraging questions such as, “Is this thought healthy for me?” or, “Do I want this thought in my being?” Be mindful of speech as well; swearing, exaggerating and interrupting can have deleterious effects,


Adapt the cleanse to avoid strain, because when under stress, the lymphatic system shuts down and the body stores fat and toxins. “If three meals a day with no snacks is not possible yet, have a nonfat high-protein snack and plan to eat more protein at your next meal,” suggests Douillard. “Or start with four meals, and work your way down to three.” Aim to drink half your healthiest body weight in ounces of room-temperature water every day, while also sipping warm-to-hot water—believed to soften the intestinal tract, move the lymph and hydrate the cells more effectively than cold water—every 10 to 15 minutes for two weeks. Plain water has a hydrating effect that not even lemon water can replicate.

while uplifting affirmations can inspire positive actions. She attests that visualization can help prevent the creative self from shutting down, another aspect of toxicity. “Be intuitive and imaginative; allow creative expression to flow. Before you can manifest what you want in life, you have to envision it.” Minich wants patients to invite introspection by taking a few minutes each day to be in solitude and silence, allowing meaning and purpose to surface. Daily stress relief practices such as meditation, yoga, self-massage and mindful breathing can foster stress reduction. “Life shouldn’t feel like an emergency. We need to navigate around stress so we’re not inundated by it,” counsels Douillard. By extracting toxins through sweat and circulating nutrients, physical activity is equally important for detoxification, but it’s also a form of self-love. “It expands your sense of possibilities, freeing you to go where you will and to carry burdens lightly,” Minich says. In this age of personalized medicine, Minich encourages patients to focus on the parts of a detox program that they need most, whether it’s diet, exercise, massage, emotional wellbeing or spirituality. She reminds us that the desire and need to cleanse is universal.“Detox is as old as humankind.” Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Gulf Coast Alabama/Mississippi (HealthyLiving

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good bowel movement is the ultimate detox, eliminating toxins, unwanted bacteria, cells that have outlived their usefulness and other waste that has to go. Stools provide an index of health, so turn around and take a look at them for feedback for improving digestive and overall health. One key way to assess a stool is by its color. Use the following guide: 4 Pale, chalky stool can be a sign of liver disease or clogged bile ducts, and is often accompanied by dark urine because the bile gets excreted through the kidneys instead of the digestive tract. 4 Yellow stool may mean a parasite like Giardia or excess fat because of a pancreas that’s not secreting enough enzymes. 4 Green stool can be the result of a Clostridium difficile infection or antibiotics. 4 Red stool occurs with bleeding from the colon, but can also be caused by eating beets. 4 Black stool usually signifies bleeding from higher in the gastrointestinal tract or from an iron supplement. 4 Lighter brown stool may mean insufficient deeply pigmented leafy greens in the diet. 4 Blue stool can be from bluecolored food. 4 Dark brown is the color of stool nirvana. Bile and bilirubin pigment, formed in the liver from dead red blood cells, give healthy stools this chocolate color. Learn more at DigestiveCenterFor

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argaret Blalocks’s car was broken down on the Ravenel Bridge one February afternoon in 2008 as cars flew by her at dizzying speeds. She was terrified that a car might not see her in time to avoid hitting her—so terrified that she had already dialed 911 when a truck barreled into her. Luckily, rescue vehicles and a doctor soon arrived on the scene. This was the beginning of many years of pain and frustration for Margaret. Her neck was broken. Her fifth cervical vertebra had collided with her spinal cord and splintered into hundreds of fragments. If those fragments had severed the spinal cord, she would have been paralyzed for life. Her doctors said it was miraculous that this did not happen. The impact resulted in a bruised spinal cord, a traumatic brain injury, and severe nervous system disruption. She spent 10 days in the hospital and months in rehab. She left rehab with 17 prescription medications. There were multiple surgeries and her recovery was slow. She continued to suffer unimaginable pain and had difficulty concentrating, or even having a conversation. She could not hold down a job or function as she once had. This lasted for years. Margaret tried everything to feel better. She ate a healthy diet; meditated and exercised daily; had physical and occupational therapy, chiropractic care, acupuncture, ultrasound, cupping, infrared sauna, hydrotherapy and cryotherapy; and tried ice, heat and massage therapy. She used an at-home traction device, an inversion table, a TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) unit, all kinds of massage devices, and wore compression garments to help settle her nerves. All of these approaches helped, but she continued to struggle and remained highly medicated. In October 2014, the pain had escalated, and she went to see her surgeon who called for an MRI. When they reviewed the MRI, the surgeon explained that the bone spur at the base of the metal plate that had been inserted in one of her surgeries had grown larger and she had developed spinal stenosis. There was so much pressure on her nerves that it was debilitating, and surgery was her only option. The surgeon planned to remove the spur and extra bone and told her it would grow back in time. He offered no solution for the stenosis. Margaret needed to be available to her mother

who was also scheduled for surgery, so she asked how long she could postpone the surgery. He said she could postpone it to December or January at the latest. Margaret heard about Kangen water from two of her fellow Totally Fit members who talked about how much better they felt drinking it. She had a friend who shared the water with her. She would pick up the water twice per week. Margaret was still on eight medications and was dependent on a pain patch. On the ninth day of drinking the water, she completely forgot to put her pain patch on at 2 p.m. This had never happened before. After drinking the water for three months, she was drug free, after being totally dependent for seven years. And she never had that surgery. On February 10, 2015, Margaret was rear ended in another car accident, and had another MRI. That MRI revealed that no lasting damage occurred in the latest accident but found there was additional spacing between the two vertebrae above her metal plate. The disc between them was once again plump and had pushed the two vertebrae apart. Margaret believes the increased absorbability of the water helped hydrate the disc and restore it to health. The water was the one variable she changed in her already healthy lifestyle. It has been two and a half years since the surgeon told her that surgery was her only option, and she remains symptom and medication free. Kangen water is electrolytically reduced, hydrogen-rich water that is said to restore the body to a more alkaline state. It is said to be more readily absorbed by the body and to be an antioxidant free radical scavenger. When it comes to detoxification, water is the universal solvent that our bodies rely on for flushing toxins and waste products from the body. Margaret is grateful for the difference that Kangen water has made in her life, and has made it her mission to share her story, and the water, with as many people as possible. For more information visit or call 843-647-8885. See ad, page 2.

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What Is TRE?

Shake off Tension, Stress and Trauma with TRE by Gerry Schmidt


e are all living with a more constant level of stress and tension than ever before. It has been estimated that 75 to 90 percent of all visits to primary care physicians are for stress-related problems. Like other toxins, tension, stress and trauma build up and store in our body, which can eventually lead to medical and psychological issues. Conditions like chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia, tight muscles, high blood pressure, fatigue, depression, cardiovascular disease, migraines, stress and tension headaches, temporomandibular joint syndrome and irritable bowel syndrome are all associated with stress. When something stressful happens, our body goes into fight-or-flight mode. Our sympathetic nervous system gears up, increasing heart rate, blood pressure and adrenaline, which allows us to flee or to stand our ground in the presence of a perceived threat. Historically, once the battle was over, or we caught our dinner (or were killed), our body relaxed and we rested. This response is encoded in our biology and has served us well in our evolution. Today, however, we often stay in this mode for too long, which has negative consequences. 26

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The good news is our body has built within it the very mechanism to deal with such stressors, tension and trauma. We just haven’t known how to access it. Now we do, thanks to David Berceli, Ph.D., who discovered this natural ability and developed it into TRE. He was working in Africa and the Middle East with people subjected to war trauma. During mortar attacks, the adults would move to a bomb shelter and hold the young children in their laps. When the bombing stopped, Berceli noticed that the children would shake, all bodies tremoring gently. Afterward, they would go off and play. He could feel his body “wanting to tremor” but felt like he should be “strong” for the benefit of the children. Berceli began to research this phenomenon and found that all mammals have this neurogenic tremor. In most of the medical and psychological literature, however, it was considered pathological in humans. He realized it wasn’t a sign of sickness, but rather the body’s inherent wisdom for releasing trauma. The gentle shaking was the physiological mechanism to naturally let go of tension and trauma by initiating the relaxation response.

TRE stands for tension- and traumareleasing exercises. The method teaches us to retrain our body to access this natural reflex mechanism of shaking or vibrating, which releases muscular tension and calms down the nervous system. As a result, past and present stress, tension, and even severe trauma (even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)) can be relaxed and released effectively and naturally out of the body, bringing us back to a state of balance. Since the method does not require discussing, or even remembering the traumatic event, it is especially effective for PTSD and other severe trauma. TRE’s reflexive muscle vibrations generally feel pleasant and soothing. After doing TRE, many people report feelings of peace and well-being. Over time, there is usually greater internal awareness, better self-regulation and resilience. In a world with lots of stressors, it’s a great benefit to embody practices that reduce stress, build a stable nervous system and strengthen resourcefulness.

Who Benefits? Whether a parent or spouse seeking more patience with the family, a victim of violence or an accident, a soldier suffering with PTSD, an athlete, or simply a person wanting to become more resilient and just feel better about life, almost anyone can benefit from learning TRE. The TRE exercises can be learned quickly, and once mastered, can be practiced safely alone. A typical session involves 10 to 15 minutes of the movements to induce the gentle tremor, then 10 minutes of letting it do its work. Repeated two to three times a week, people report not only a reduction in tension, stress and trauma but also a greater resilience to life’s daily stressors. When bad things happen, it’s possible to literally “shake it off.” Gerry Schmidt, Ph.D., is a master coach in Charleston and offers TRE classes and life coaching. For more information, visit and GerrySchmidt. com. See ad, page 7 and listing, page 42.

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Four Reasons to Break a Sweat The Fast Path to Flushing Toxins

Heavy metals: Another study of 20 patients reported in the Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology found that subjects’ sweat contained about 24 times more cadmium, 19 times more nickel, 16 times more lead and almost three times more aluminum than their urine. Overall, sweat proved more effective than urine at removing 14 of the 18 heavy metals studied. It also contained and, therefore, expelled larger quantities of 16 of the 18 metals than the blood samples did. Of all the metals, aluminum was found at the highest concentrations in sweat, with zinc, copper and nickel also occurring at relatively high levels.


Bisphenol A (BPA): Researchers reporting in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health examined the blood, urine and sweat of 20 participants for BPA, an endocrine-disrupting toxin found in canned foods, plastic water bottles and other items. Of the 20 sweat samples collected, 16 contained BPA, while only 14 urine and 2 blood samples tested positive for the toxin. This reveals that sweat is the most effective way of removing BPA build-up in the body; just as vital, it demonstrates that testing blood or urine for toxicity levels may not present the whole picture.

by Deanna Minich


octors, health experts and fitness gurus tell us that we should break a sweat every day—and for good reason. Sweat not only activates a host of benefits tied to healthboosting exercise, perspiring itself is curative. Whether sitting in a sauna, walking on a warm day or working out, sweating is a necessary bodily function with powerful healing effects. By clearing out a range of toxins, sweat plays an essential role in the body’s natural detoxifying function. Here are some of the toxins it helps eliminate:




organic pollutants (solvents, fumigants and insecticides): A clinical study of

20 participants published in BioMed Research International found that their sweat samples contained a range of toxins, including pesticides DDT/DDE, endosulfan, methoxychlor and endrin. Nearly all parent compounds of these pesticides were evident, demonstrating that sweating is an effective way of excreting and diminishing the body’s toxic burden. One sweat sample contained some pesticides not present in the subject’s blood or urine samples, suggesting that some pesticides are only mobilized and eliminated through sweating.

Phthalate (plasticizer): Phthalate, found in plastic products, is also removed through sweat. Research published in the Scientific World Journal evaluated blood, sweat and urine samples from 20 individuals and discovered that all of them contained the common mono2-ethylhexyl phthalate (MEHP). The concentrations of this toxin in sweat were more than twice as high as those in the urine, showing that sweating may be the best way of ridding the body of this endocrine-disrupting compound.

A wide range of activities, including exercising and engaging in sports, can help us break a sweat. A low-impact option is spending time in a sauna. Notably, in a focused study, the sweat from an infrared sauna expelled more bismuth, cadmium, chromium, mercury and uranium than that produced by a steam sauna. The steam sauna caused higher levels of arsenic, aluminum, cobalt, copper, manganese, nickel, lead, tin, thallium and zinc to be excreted (Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology). Hydration is essential in maximizing all these health benefits. Failure to hydrate properly during and after sweating can lead to other health problems. An easy rehydration practice is to step on the scales right before and after sweating; the weight lost is the optimum amount of water to drink afterwards (Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine). For reference, one pound of water is slightly less than a one-half liter. Sweat contains minerals essential for optimal functioning of the whole body. Following excessive sweating, it’s important to replace the minerals lost, especially zinc, copper, selenium, chromium and potassium. Coconut water is a good source of potassium; nuts, seafood, whole grains and legumes generally contain relatively high doses of zinc, copper, selenium and chromium. The next time the couch and air conditioning beckon, think of all the “sweaty” benefits about to be sacrificed. Breaking a sweat might seem like an effort, but it keeps internal detox systems healthy and optimally functioning. Deanna Minich, Ph.D., is an author, teacher and researcher, as well as founder of Food & Spirit, a framework to integrate ancient healing traditions with modern science. She leads online detox programs as part of her whole-self approach to health. Connect at natural awakenings

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Enlightening Ideas about Money

Think Independence, Intimacy, Integrity by April Thompson


oney influences our choice of job or home, and sense of security, worth and power; it can also make life more or less convenient. Yet, despite its essential importance, money is often a forbidden topic among family members.

Money Talk Taboo “We are not taught how to have a relationship with money on a psychological or spiritual level; it isn’t part of our culture,” explains Bari Tessler, a Boulder,

Colorado, financial therapist and author of The Art of Money. “The majority of our parents and grandparents didn’t receive a financial education, so they don’t understand emotions that relate to money or how to talk about it.” Tessler works with individuals, couples and creative entrepreneurs to help them “claim their worth in the world and bring their skills and values into she says. Money is a frequent source of tension among couples, but Tessler notes it wasn’t even talked about in her graduate-level psychology training. “Money is emotional territory for people. You can’t just go to a financial planner, plot a budget and be on your merry way,” she observes.

Shifting Our Perceptions To change our relationship with money, Tessler says we need to understand our “money stories” that include the ways in which our personal experiences, together with subconsciously inherited familial and cultural attitudes, shape how we think about money. “The first step to changing our money habits is being willing to deal with the tough issues,” says Mayuri Onerheim, author of Money Spirituality Consciousness, a retired accountant and spiritual teacher of the Diamond Approach of self-realization, in Larkspur, California. “There is no change without some discomfort. It’s part of

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the spiritual journey.” Self-care, forgiveness and acceptance are important throughout this process, advises Tessler, because many people bring feelings of guilt and shame to their relationship with money. She recommends doing a “body check-in” to become aware of our physical reaction to related issues, whether it’s going on a reckless spending spree or bracing to ask for a raise. This stage paves the way for the practical work of learning to manage our money in alignment with our values, goals and dreams. It begins with developing practices to track, review and reflect upon spending and earning patterns.

Tactical Tools Tessler recommends utilizing one of many free financial tracking tools like, or MoneyMinder She also suggests we rename their preloaded budget categories to reflect our personal relationships to the areas of spending (e.g., “sanctuary” rather than mortgage; “my dream vacation” for savings targeted for time off;

or “life happens” for late fees). For an enlightened view of cash flows, Onerheim suggests translating what was spent on something into the hours it took to earn the money. “This perspective can transform how we allocate resources and what we’re willing to spend money on,” she says. Vicki Robin, co-author of the bestseller Your Money or Your Life, espouses a similar approach: thinking of money in terms of hours of life energy. “Continually asking yourself whether you actually got fulfillment in proportion to life energy spent in each subcategory awakens the natural sense of knowing when enough is enough,” she writes. Tessler and Onerheim both encourage rethinking the idea that all earning is good and all spending is bad: “It’s about balancing needs and wants, and we need joy in life. It’s not about saving every penny and not enjoying yourself,” says Onerheim.

A Rewarding Journey Becoming financially conscious ultimately helps us fulfill our responsibility

to be a good steward of the planet’s resources, according to Onerheim. “Money is a representation of myself in the world, so I want to take responsibility for where my money goes.” “Financial integrity is achieved by learning the true impact of your earning and spending, both on your immediate family and on the planet,” agrees Robin. “It is knowing what is enough money and material goods to keep you at the peak of fulfillment—and what is just excess and clutter.” All call for celebrating progress on the journey to financial well-being and know-how. “Take baby steps and reward yourself along the way,” counsels Tessler. “This is a lifelong journey.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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An Awesome Antidote to Polarization by Kirk J. Schneider


e live in polarized times. The current polarization of the American electorate and federal government is rooted in “the polarized mind”, a fixation by individuals on one point of view that excludes differing views and provokes intolerance. Complex issues become black and white, and those with differing views or lifestyles are demonized. Beyond politics, this is seen in gun violence and terrorism, corporate abuses of health and safety, and religious and ethnic strife—affecting major aspects of our daily lives. An antidote to polarization is awe—the wonder of being alive; living life with hope, respect, humility, wonder and a deep reverence for the adventure of living. Psychology experiments at Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley, have shown those that practice awe are better able to see outside their own experiences and appreciate other points of view, which can transcend the tunnel vision and pettiness of a polarized atmosphere. Here are some basic steps toward cultivating a sense of awe: n Appreciate the passing nature of time and life. Even while doing some-

thing disagreeable, slowing down and affirming the preciousness of the moment can sometimes render alternative perspectives. n Be open to discovery and surprise. This is especially helpful if we are constantly locked in by assumptions about people or things. Think how politicians might benefit by being open to the possibility of discovery or surprise during delicate negotiations. The same principle can hold true with family and friends. n Step outside the box of personal judgments and consider the bigger picture of life. Replace the prison of self-criticism often stemming from comparing ourselves with idealized media images with appreciation of the many facets of who we are and what we can become.   Psychologist Kirk J. Schneider, Ph.D., is past editor of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology, president-elect of the Existential-Humanistic Institute and adjunct faculty at Saybrook and Columbia universities, in New York City. His books include Awakening to Awe, The Polarized Mind and The Spirituality of Awe: Challenges to the Robotic Revolution. Visit

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Dogs Need Detoxing Too


Ways to Detox Your Dog

by Patricia Jordan

Good nutrient sources to add to doggie meals include:

Vitamin A: liver, yellow and orange fruits and vegetables, dark leafy greens, eggs Vitamin C: berries, citrus, red bell peppers (or berry powder supplements; one-half teaspoon per 25 pounds of weight) Vitamin E: grains, seeds and their oils, wheat germ oil Vitamin D: liver, eggs, oily fish like sardines, mackerel, salmon B vitamins: liver, venison (or moringa leaf powder supplement, one-half teaspoon per 25 pounds) Zinc: red meat, poultry Magnesium: dark leafy greens, seeds, fish Selenium: oily fish, grass-fed beef and beef liver, free-range chicken, egg Turmeric: a powerful supplement to help treat and prevent gene damage caused by heavy metals and glyphosate (one-eighth to one-quarter teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight per day, combined with a healthy fat like coconut oil and some freshly ground black pepper for better absorption).


ou know that mercury is bad for people. John Moore, a prominent 20th-century mercury and dental health researcher, regarded mercury as a ubiquitous contaminant of everything from plastics to concrete and medicine. But what about your dog? Pets also routinely encounter mercury and other toxic metals like aluminum and lead. For humans, eating whole, organic and even biodynamic food has become imperative to avoid heavy metals. That’s also true for canines. A species-appropriate raw diet including veggies is often recommended. And any raw meaty bones should be the joints and not the long bones unless purchased from a company that tests for heavy metals. Here are some preventive and remedial steps.


Heal leaky gut first. Like humans, pets with

leaky gut will have food allergies. Remove causes like vaccines and processed foods; support the liver; rebalance with prebiotics, probiotics and digestive enzymes; replenish with a healthy whole foods diet, along with aloe, slippery elm and marshmallow root; and restore with homeopathic remedies. Follow up with fermented veggies as part of the diet. Consult a naturopathic veterinarian for treatment.

Mountain spring water is ideal.

Boost nutrients. Nutrient deficiencies

that can arise in conjunction with mercury poisoning include antioxidant vitamins A, C, E and vitamin D, plus the complex of B vitamins, zinc, magnesium and selenium. These also help treat potential post-vaccination immunity issues.


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candida as it can release 60-plus toxic substances, including ethanols and the heavy metals it eats. Eliminate all carbs, sugar and grains from the dog’s diet.

Greens, minerals and herbs. The use of juvenile

grasses is detoxifying and provides necessary magnesium during a detox. Sea vegetables can supply calcium, iodine and trace minerals. Herbs like curcumin, ginger and cayenne are potent antioxidants; ginger and turmeric help with DNA repair. Nutrients from green leafy vegetables like spinach and broccoli can enter cells and reduce inflammation; broccoli sprouts also apply, with the most effective delivery method via a concentrated powder. Blend or lightly steam veggies to enhance digestion, then add one tablespoon for smaller dogs, or three to four for larger dogs.

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No fake food or vitamins. Be wary of synthetic

vitamins. Whole foods may be properly supplemented with gentle chelators like open cell wall chlorella and super foods like spirulina.

Probiotics plus. Probiotics help restore healthy gut bacteria, repair genes, synthesize nutrients and help remove mercury from the body. Cultivating a gut garden of beneficial bugs boosts health. Add a teaspoon or two of kefir or fermented veggies to the dinner of small dogs, up to a tablespoon or two for larger animals. A high-quality refrigerated probiotic supplement is an option; if it’s made for animals, follow the package directions; for human products, assume the dose is for a 150-pound person and adjust for the dog’s weight. Amino acids, the primary building blocks of proteins, are integral to detoxification; feeding a dog a variety of meats, along with fish and eggs, will provide these. Digestive enzymes also support health; a supplement should include many kinds. Cellulase, a plant enzyme that helps digest plant material, also extracts mercury, which destroys naturally occurring enzymes.


Plan meals with prebiotics. Prebiotics occur naturally in common high-fiber foods including cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts and spinach. Carrots, beets and spirulina also benefit the gut. Establishing a healthy gut restores the body’s natural detoxification function, plus its ability to assimilate critical nutrients. Add a teaspoon or two for small dogs; one to three tablespoons for larger dogs.


Raw food for detox. Discard commercially processed

foods and chemical synthetic vitamins. Go for raw and whole foods, add fermented foods and supplement intelligently with whole food-based supplements. Organic sources, grass-fed animals and even biodynamic food sources are ideal.


Organ meats. A dog should have organ meats from clean animals at least once a week or as 10 percent of its diet.

As the body detoxifies, symptoms and discharges may occur. These are less common for dogs with raw, speciesappropriate diets and minimal vaccinations. Visible results include old dogs displaying more energy and sharper cognitive function and awareness. Eyes are clearer. Fatty tissues shrink down, coats fill out and become shinier and skin becomes healthier. As the largest organ, skin reflects the state of the immune system as a whole. A concentrated detox to overturn health issues relies on doctor protocols and individualized treatment. An everyday gentle detox generally keeps pets healthier. Patricia Jordan is a naturopathic veterinarian in Cape Carteret, NC. Learn more at

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SATURDAY, JULY 1 Creating with Crystals I – 10am-12pm. Learn about the energetic qualities of crystals, along with meditation techniques and programming basics. Crystal toolkit and manual provided. $75 for one class or $120 for I & II. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676.

Your Third Eye Chakra – 7-8:15pm. Say goodbye to your monkey brain. Say hello to infinite wisdom, knowledge, clarity and intuition. Hands-on, learning environment using chakra-enhancement tools. Free drawing ($50 value). $20. Spa Seven, 102 Wappoo Creek Dr, Ste 7, Charleston. 843-696-4016.

Creating with Crystals II – 1-3pm. Discuss and create crystal grids, layouts and mandalas to express yourself as love. Crystal toolkit and manual provided. $75 for one class or $120 for I & II. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676.


SUNDAY, JULY 2 Sound of the Inner Voice Workshop with Monica Fuquen – 2-8pm. Experience the Power of Sound as you Connect to the Song of Your Soul in this workshop of full day of activations. Experience your deepest truth, your Heart. $165 payable at door, cash or check. Unity of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston. 843-327-1440.

SATURDAY, JULY 8 Singing the Medicine: Harness Healing Through Sound – 12-4pm. This journey will support you in uncovering your sound healing skill set. Our authentic voice allows us the ability to become more whole. $97. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. Holistic Health and Green Business Meetup – 6pm. The intent of the meetup is to bring likeminded businesses together to support and learn from one another. All businesses devoted to the health and happiness of people, pets or the planet are invited to attend. Location TBA. $10. Register by 8/1 at

Sunday, July 9 Free Monthly Ayurveda Q&A – 4-5pm. Curious about Ayurveda and want to know more? Join NAMA-certified Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor, Jennifer Byrne, MPH, for a free monthly drop-in on the basics of this 5000-year old traditional medical system, and discover how understanding your Ayurvedic constitution can help you to live a longer, healthier and happier life. Lotus Healing Centre, 232 Ashley Ave., Charleston. 843-743-8373. Jennifer@

Building the Bridge – 10-11:30am. Join Jeannine Clemens and Erin Sirona over tea and snacks for a spiritual think tank. What is your heart’s work? This is a monthly gathering intended to support each other in cultivating this in the local community. FREE. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 12 Community Reiki Clinic – 6:30-8:30pm. The clinic is open to Reiki Practitioners and those who would like to receive. We begin with a Centering Circle, followed by 15-20-min sessions. Reiki students this is for you. A great opportunity to gain experience. Love Donations accepted. Bodhi Tree Charleston, 772 St Andrews Blvd (inside Healing Oasis). Street parking or park next door at dentist. 843-327-4761. Maureen@BodhiTreeCharleston. com. Naturopathic Workshop – 7-8:30pm. If you are one of the 10 million Americans who are consistently tired, come explore the social and physical reasons for fatigue, learn how to improve your health and raise your energy level. Facilitator: Linda Sparks, ND. FREE. bliss Spiritual Co-op. 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant blissSpiritualCo-op. org.

THURSDAY, JULY 13 Yoga & Aromatherapy Workshop – 6-8pm. Learn the basics of essential oils and how to combine them with asanas to customize your yoga experience. Bring home your own customized aromatherapy spray! $45. Seed of Life Collective, 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. courses-workshops.

FRIDAY, JULY 14 As Within So Without: The Mirror of Our Relationships – 7-8:30pm. The quality of our relationships is a direct reflection of our relationship within. Join Life Coach Jessica Reugar in an empowering discussion. $27. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676.

SATURDAY, JULY 15 Reiki Level I – July 15-16. 10am-5pm Sat & Sun. Practical hands-on class includes a Reiki history, in-depth discussion and practices of Reiki’s many uses, a comprehensive manual, Level I Attunement and beautiful Certificate. 12 CEU class. Register by 7/12. Bodhi Tree Charleston, 772 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-327-4761.


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ThetaHealing SoulMates Class – 12-5pm. Join this lively class to call in your most compatible romantic SoulMate. Includes process to manifest anything your heart desires. $170. Seed of Life Collective, 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. 843-732-0293. Paula@ Psychic Circle – 12:30-2pm. Practice interactive exercises that sharpen your intuition in a safe, nurturing environment. Facilitator: Joanna McAtee. FREE. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. Munay-Ki DayKeepers Rite Workshop – 2-4pm. The class includes understanding the Rites/Rituals of the Munay-Ki and being able to pass the rites on to others. $55. Natsu Mura Karate, 125 S Main St, Summerville. 843-875-4543. Joyce@RoyalGems. org.

MONDAY, JULY 17 4-Week Seed-Fit Challenge! – 6pm. Mondays and Wednesdays. With Health Coach and Fitness Trainer Andrew Dean. Planting the Seeds to Look, Feel and Be Your Best! 4 weeks of hard work, determination and evaluation through the 8 Fundamental Movements of Exercise at your own Starting Level! $120, but first four to register, pay $80. Seed of Life Collective, 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. 843-4752156.

THURSDAY, JULY 20 Awakening the Illuminated Heart: Teachings of Drunvalo Melchizedek – July 20-23. ThursSat 10am-6pm. Join us in a powerful journey of remembering and awakening. An amazingly transformative 4-day program. $444. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. Speed Oiling Event – 6:30pm. A fun, free and fast-paced evening learning about essential oils with refreshments and giveaways. Zytoscans are available for $10. Interested in learning more about the business? Speed business chat: 8:30-9pm. RSVP. Master the Art of Working with Angels Class – 7-8:30pm. Thursdays July 20, 27, Aug 3, 10, & 17. This is an online 6-week course that teaches you how to communicate, sense and see signs from your Angelic team. Your Angels are speaking to you, are you listening? Register at Shamanic Dream Circle with Erin Sirona – 7-9pm. Immersed in powerful collective energy, we will journey deeply through Shamanic meditation. There will be an opportunity for feedback from others as well as time to share your “takeaway.” $27. Contact Bridge to Avalon for location. 843974-5676.



Accessing the Akashic Records with Crystals – 7-8:30pm. Reiki Master Teacher and Healer Chrys Franks will lead us in a discussion about the Akashic Records. Accessing the records with crystals is a powerful approach that we will explore. $27. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843974-5676.

Trust Your Gut: What Signals Is Your Body Sending You – 11am-2pm. Come debunk nutrition beliefs with Holistic nutritionist and Chef Amy Khan. We will prepare a smoothie, main course and dessert. $127. Bridge to Avalon, 757 Saint Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676.

Mindful Advocacy for Personal and Community Resilience with Heather Lyn Mann – July 21-22. 6:30-8:30pm, Fri; 9:30am-4pm, Sat. Mindful Advocacy is a real-world, socially engaged contemplative way of being and doing that transforms suffering into joyous, compassionate action. Resilience Inquiry is a systematic approach to stopping or avoiding harm or adapting to inevitable change. Choose $50, $100 or $200 tuition level. Lance Hall, 150 Meeting St, Charleston. 843-720-8528. Info@ events/mindful-advocacy-personal-and-communityresilience.

SATURDAY, JULY 22 OM Chanting – 2pm. Connecting our hearts through OM, we will release emotions, transform negativity, heal mother Earth and support emotional and spiritual well-being. Facilitator: Sherry Kachanis. FREE. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. 843-743-9488. SherryKachanis@ Dances of Universal Peace – 7pm. Mantra meditation in movement. Easy circle dances with spiritual music from many of the world religions. Fun and energizing. Donation. Unity of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston. 843-566-0600. UnityCharleston@

TUESDAY, JULY 25 Essential Oils Make & Take – 5:30-7pm. The cost of the class will be free, but the make and take will range from $10-$20 depending on the theme of the class. Center for Holistic Health, 1470 Ben Sawyer Blvd, Ste 7, Mt Pleasant. mpessentialoils101/events/240343768.

THURSDAY, JULY 27 The Power of Breath Yoga – 6-8pm. We’ll discuss and practice 4 types of breathing exercises you can integrate into your yoga practice and everyday life. We’ll discuss the dynamics of breathing, anatomy, physiology, and how to connect breath with movement. $45. Seed of Life Collective, 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. 843-475-2156.

FRIDAY, JULY 28 Bridge to the Beyond: Green Burials – 7-8:30pm. Join us for a presentation of the options we have for after-death care. From eco-friendly burials to home funerals, we will explore alternatives available for planning after-death care. $27. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. Practitioner Reiki Healing Energy Circle – 7-8:30pm. We are on a mission to create a community of healers devoted to awakening the greatest of human potential and to provide a supportive path for the spiritual growth of our community. $10. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843974-5676.

Theosophical Society – 4-6pm. Metaphysical study group meets the last Saturday of each month. Studies on Reincarnation, Karma, Life After Death, etc. Everyone is welcome. No charge. Otranto Library, 2261 Otranto Rd, N Charleston. For more info, call Joan Haye at 843-899-0619. Spiritual Cinema Night – 7-10pm. Do you like movies with a spiritual theme or message? Do you like to discuss them with others of like mind? Please join us and bring your own bowl for popcorn, which will be provided! $10. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676.

plan ahead MONDAY, AUGUST 14 Find Your Health Balance Workshop – 10amnoon. Facilitated by Shannon Rupert. Learn how to use your own body to discover the sources of issues—chronic fatigue, headaches, achy joints—and learn effective action steps. Preregistration/$25. Lime and Lotus, 925 Wappoo Rd, Ste F, Charleston. 843-214-2997.


Coming Next Month Rethinking Cancer Plus: Reframing Autism

August articles include: Preventing Cancer Natural Solutions to Sleep Apnea Preparing Autistic Children for Adulthood and so much more!

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16 Client Attraction & Marketing 101 for Holistic Practitioners – 6-8pm. How to brand yourself in the community effectively. Preregistration/$35, at door/$45. Lime and Lotus, 925 Wappoo Rd, Ste F, Charleston. 843-214-2997.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 Client Attraction & Marketing 101 ADVANCED Workshop – 9am-2pm. How to brand yourself in the community effectively. Preregistration/$150, at door/$200. Lunch is included. Lime and Lotus, 925 Wappoo Rd, Ste F, Charleston. 843-214-2997.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 Intro to Detoxification and Natural Weight Loss with Dr. Stephanie Zgraggen, DC, CCN – 6-7pm. Learn: Why we are TOXIC and what to do about it—increase your energy, improve sleep, and lose weight! $5. Lime and Lotus, 925 Wappoo Rd, Ste F, Charleston. 843-214-2997.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 CONNECTED Retreat – Sept 21-24. Whether you’re single or in a romantic relationship, with or without a significant other in attendance, this retreat is intended for you. CONNECTED focuses on examining and repairing the places in which we feel lonely, misunderstood, wounded and abandoned. $990. W Ashley Ave, Folly Beach. 843-209-8869.

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ongoing events sunday Zen Meditation Group – 8:15am. Three half-hour rounds of sitting along with walking meditation. Email to find out the best time for you to arrive. Free. Holy Cow Yoga, 10 Windermere Blvd, West Ashley. Unity of Charleston Services – 9:30 & 11:15am. Are you more spiritual than religious? So are we! Do you believe in many paths to God? Then join us. Unity of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston. 843-566-0600. Unity of Mt Pleasant – 10-11am. Unity is a Positive Path for Spiritual Living. We lovingly welcome people of all faiths and inspire them to live with Passion. Free. Unity of Mt Pleasant, 3100 Tradition Cir, 2nd Floor, Somerby at Park West, Mt Pleasant. 843-814-1322. New Spirit Books & Gifts – 10:30am-1pm. Spiritual, metaphysical and inspirational books, crystals, incense, tarot/oracle cards. Unity of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston. 843-566-0600. Meditation Group – 5-6pm. Need some place to practice and discuss meditation? This is the group for you. Discussion time followed by a group meditation. Please bring a meditation cushion— some chairs available. $5. Charleston Holistic Center, 2366 Ashley River Rd, Bldg 8, Charleston. 843-452-7996.


Deepening Your Intuitive Relationship with Oracle Cards: 6-Week Class Series with James Himm Mitchell – 7-8:30pm. July 11, 18 and 25. In this series, Tarot and Certified Angel Card Reader James Himm Mitchell will teach how to create a relationship with your cards, several possible interpretations of their meaning and different card layout techniques, and support for building intuition also offered. $397. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. Jeannine@

wednesday Body Balance – 12:15-1:15pm. For participants with special needs, chronic pain, or who fear injury—w/Susan King, PT. FREE. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. 843345-7061. 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. All-Instrument Jam – 6-7pm. Harmonize and cocreate music within a group of diverse levels just for the fun of the experience. Learn from some, teach others. Bring your instrument and add your voice to our collaborative efforts. Facilitator: Jason Thompson. FREE. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. 843-345-7061. Tish@blissSpiritualCo-op. org. Guided Meditations – 6:30-7:15pm. Through visually guided meditations, together, we will raise our vibrational frequencies. Weekly sessions are 45 minutes, beginning with a Spirit-channeled visualization/meditation. Upon completion, everyone will have an opportunity to share visions, insights, breakthroughs and more. $10 donation. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, West Ashley. 843-974-5676.

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.

Meditation Class – 6:30-7:30pm. With Jennifer Michaels, Energy Healer and Spiritual Life Coach. Guided and silent meditation. Beginners and advanced. $15 per class. Shepard Integrative Dermatology, 912 Old Georgetown Rd, Mt Pleasant. 843-514-2848.


Performing Arts – 7-8:30pm. An adult troupe of players forming to grow together in skill using theater games, creative improv and skits with a goal to perform the play Scrooge by December. No prior experience necessary. Facilitator: Pamela Ward, FREE. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. 843-345-7061. Tish@blissSpiritualCo-op. org.

Free Monthly Essential Oils Class – 6-7pm. 1st Tues of the month. Learn Healthy Habits, use Essential oils, Make ‘N’ Take items to use or give away to loved ones, Refreshments served, Recipes and RAFFLES! Free. 1164 Northbridge Rd (West Ashley), Charleston. 843-270-9913. ChiroAnn@ Jivamukti – 6pm. Yoga postures, spiritual experience, translations of ancient yoga texts. Facilitator: Mark Knowles. FREE. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. 843-345-7061.

WiseWomen Meetup – 7-8:30pm. Come explore with us a variety of spiritual topics, meet other seeking women, and meet your tribe. Donation optional. Serenity Center, 820 Central Ave, Summerville. 314-276-7772.

The Reiki Connection – 7pm. With Chrys Franks, Reiki Master/Teacher. Guided meditation followed by mini reiki sessions by certified practitioners. Love offering. (1st Tues for practitioners only.) Unity of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston. 843-3645725.


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thursday Natural Health Consultations with Dr. Dean – 10am-6pm. Dr. Dean uses various modalities to treat the root cause of illnesses, including nutrition, herbs, flower remedies, energy work and overall healthy living. Please call for an initial consultation. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. Martial Arts Training – 6:30-8:30pm. Martial Arts training from beginning to advanced. Free trial lesson for evaluation. An Ancient Okinawan Martial Art for enhancement on all levels of Awareness—on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual self. $90 per month, $165/family rates. Natsu Mura Karate & Kobudo, 125 S Main St, Summerville. 843-875-4543. Essential Oils for YOU – 8-9:30pm. Learn how Certified Therapeutic Grade essential oils can enhance all aspects of your life. FREE. Online or in person.

saturday Compost Daze – 10am-2pm. Compost Rangers Compost Daze volunteer monthly workday every 2nd Sat of the month. Location will vary, so follow Compost Rangers on Facebook or visit and sign up for email reminders. Martial Arts Training – 9:30am-12pm. Martial Arts training from beginning to advanced. Free trial lesson for evaluation. An Ancient Okinawan Martial Art for enhancement on all levels of Awareness—on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual self. $90 per month, $165/month family rates. Natsu Mura Karate & Kobudo, 125 S Main St, Summerville. 843-875-4543. Simply Meditate – 10:30am-12pm. 2nd and 4th Saturdays. Drop-in classes with guided meditations, suitable for beginners and experienced alike. Circular Church, 150 Meeting St, Charleston (classroom below Lance Hall). $10 or $5/students/seniors.

classifieds OPPORTUNITIES Looking for – Massage Therapists, Estheticians, Energy Workers, Personal Trainers, Fitness Instructors, Yoga Instructors, Artists, Educators, Speakers, & anyone Seeking Change in our world to join us in our West Ashley 2500 sq. ft. Alternative Health & Wellness Center! For more info, email us!

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


1731 N Main St, Ste H Summerville 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.


Jennifer Byrne, MPH, NAMA-Certified Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor 232A Ashley Ave, Charleston 843-743-8373 Ayurveda is a 5,000-year-old system of health and longevity. An Ayurvedic consultation can help you understand your unique constitution and identify how your system manifests imbalances. Individualized dietary, lifestyle and herbal recommendations are tailored to address any current imbalances. Call/email for scheduling. See ad, page 2.


Melody Rogers, Ayurvedic Lifestyle Coach and Educator 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston 843-343-6726 Ayurveda is the Science of Balance and Longevity in Life. Call today for your Free Consultation and learn how Ayurveda can help you!

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

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

beauty consultant YOUR GROOMING GURU

1319 Savannah Hwy, Ste C Charleston (in Artisans Inc Salon) 843-813-1838 Your Grooming Guru, Barbara Brant-Williams, is an experienced hair-stylist, makeup artist and certified Organic Color Specialist practicing out of the Artisans Salon. Charleston’s go-to source for hair, makeup and beauty product knowledge. See ad, page 25.


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

bodywork Knight Wellness and Therapy Bethany Knight, LMT 225 S Cedar St, Summerville 843-518-0692

Busy lives require working bodies. Bethany will assess your aches and pains and help get you back in working order. Certified in Cupping, ART (lower extremity), Neuromuscular massage and more.

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. See ad, page 2.

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

Avondale’s premier massage therapy and advanced Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® practice. Learn more about my journey at See ad, page 11.


Pam Olivier 3226 2B Maybank Hwy, 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.

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Dr. Gina Colucci 1806 Trolley Rd, Summerville 843-875-5700 •

Ellie Alasantra Summerville 843-696-4016 •

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.

Using the energy of colors and shapes found in Chakraenhancement tools, I help facilitate healing of your past emotional wounds to raise your vibration/ spirits.


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

Exclusive to the area: Whole Body Magnetic Therapy. Mention Natural Awakenings for a free one-hour session. Holistic family care. Relief of neck, back and emotional pain. Homeopathy and essential oils. See ad, page 12.

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

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


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


Dr. Hayan Lee & Dr. Young Kim 320 Midland Pkwy, Ste A, Summerville 843-486-2022 • Stop being a cavity victim. Dental health is more than just brushing and flossing two times a day. See the dental revolution of a compassionate, holistic office. Call and ask for current promotion.


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

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

Biological dentistry using IAOMT protocol. Natural products free of BPA and mercury. Mercury-safe filling removal. Now offering ozone therapy! See ad, page 4.


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



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

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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 24.



Dr. Ann Jenkins, Not Your Ordinary Chiropractor



924 Tall Pine Rd, Mt Pleasant 843-884-0701 •

BPA and bis-GMA free dental fillings and BPA-free night guards. Mercury free, mercury safe. Accepting new patients and emergency appointments. Please call for consultation. See ad, page 9.

Kimberly Henderson • 843-901-4779

Healthy living starts with an ecoclean home or office. Health and wholeness are our top priorities by providing our clients with a “green” clean by using natural and botanical cleaning products.


Emotional Health Life Coaching 843-209-8869 Working with a life coach is an intimidating but rewarding personal experience that involves quality one-on-one time and deep, meaningful inquiry. Diana’s coaching process focuses on healing painful emotional wounds, resolving self-sabotaging patterns, and creating a gentler attitude toward self.


Energy Healer and Soul Coach Artist, Author and Speaker Mt Pleasant • 843-514-2848 • Overcome emotional, mental, physical and spiritual issues with Energy Healing and Soul Coaching. Remove blocks and move forward with grace and ease. Holy-land oils, John of God crystals, angel therapy, past-life regressions, inner-child wellness and more. Raise vibration and feel amazing!


Joyce Stech 125 S Main St, Summerville Summerville • 843-870-4462 • 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.


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

HEALTH FOOD STORES EUCALYPTUS WELLNESS & ELIXIR BAR 280 W Coleman Blvd, Ste E Mt Pleasant • 843-388-4956

Vitamins and supplements, CBD oil, bulk herbs, Wyndmere and doTerra essential oils, alkaline ionized water, facial and body care. New Elixir Bar! Herbal elixirs, blended drinks and fresh raw juices. Open Mon-Fri, 7am-7pm. Saturdays 8am-7pm, Sundays, 11am-5pm.


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


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Charleston Holistic Center 2366 Ashley River Rd, Bldg 8, Charleston 843-225-2024 Eicensed, full-service counselor specializing in all aspects of anxiety. Certified in Hypnotherapy, EMDR, E F T, P a s t - L i f e R e g r e s s i o n , Mindfulness and Dream Analysis. Whatever you’re experiencing, we can help you find your way to a happier life. See ad, page 5.


By appointment only 815 Savannah Hwy, West Ashley 843-324-6460 • Connect with passed loved ones to experience healing, love and guidance. Individual or group readings available in person or via Skype. Mediumship classes also available.

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A trained Montessori educator and intuitive life coach, specializing in transitions and soul purpose coaching. Eliminate blocks, work through transitions, and discover your purpose. Courses on the use of essential oils for healing, journaling and vision boards to manifest your dreams.


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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



Maureen Donohue, LMT #3231 772 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston 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.


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Charleston Holistic Center 2366 Ashley River Rd, Bldg 8, Charleston 843-452-7996 • Transform your life from the ordinary to the extraordinary by understanding how the aspects of your being interact and block your progress. Together, we can heal your past and find your true future. See ad, page 28.



2671 Ft Trenholm Rd, Johns Island 843-266-3619 Relax and renew your mind, body and soul while enjoying our luxurious services. All treatments are tailored just for you using the finest all-natural products. See ad, page 9.


Jody Lemmon 615 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, Ste 101 Mt Pleasant 843-882-5015 •

Dr. Wendy M. Perrell, Certified Soul Coach and Shaman 907-317-2483 • Meetup: Charleston~Align with Your Soul’s Purpose Your Soul speaks to me! I channel Archangel Raphael to help you heal fear, guilt, shame, unworthiness and unlovable energy that holds you back from your Soul’s purpose. We provide spiritual tools and practices that enlighten and empower you to enjoy love, wealth, health, joy and balance.

J Salon is passionate about healthy hair and overall wellness of the human body. We strive to give the best customer service and build long-lasting relationships with our clients. See ad, page 13.


732 S Shelmore Blvd, Ste 100 Mt Pleasant (Shelmore Village) 843-991-6835 Our experienced team of hairstylists and skin care specialist use 100 percent-certified organic products. We specialize in haircutting, coloring and make-up application. We sell All Nutrient™, Moroccan Oils, Dr. Hauschka™, 100% Pure™, iLike™ and many other boutique items.


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Shanna Rivera 877-315-7226, ext 447 Early detection and alternative prevention. Thermography: radiationfree full body and breast cancer screening. See what you need to work on now to potentially avoid future health issues. See ad, page 11.

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 7.

Transformational RELATIONSHIP Coach GLENN S. COHEN

845 Lowcountry Blvd, Ste C, Mt Pleasant 843-852-9828 • Coaching both individuals and couples through an innovative process to challenge you to transform old programing, move beyond your fears, and step into living and loving as your heart desires.


Lime and Lotus LLC Healing Arts Center 925 Wappoo Rd, Ste F, Charleston 843-214-2997 • Painful periods? Hot flashes? Fatigue? Weight gain? Let us help you balance your hormones naturally with the use of food and herbs.


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