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his month’s issue is focused on empowering our youth and creativity, both important and fun topics! The photo below is a perfect embodiment of both concepts. This is Amelia and her response after the tragedy in Orlando. Amelia responded in the best possible way, by bringing more light into the world through her creative expression. Thank you Amelia for sharing your voice, your art and your light! Seeing your beautiful message on the Folly boat lifted the spirits of many during a difficult time. Never have we needed your message more. Amelia’s parents are doing a great job empowering her to use her voice and encouraging her creativity. They are helping create the foundation for a successful life. According to Fast Company magazine, creativity is the most important quality in an effective CEO. Check out some of our local organizations working to empower youth through creativity on page 31. This month, we also have the story of local Katie Stagliano, founder of Katie’s Krops, in the national Natural Awakenings article “Growing Up Empowered, Helping Kids Step into Their Best Selves.” Katie’s idea of growing food to feed the hungry here in this community led to more than 50 gardens being created across the country for that purpose. Way to grow Katie! (Sorry, couldn’t help myself.) You may have noticed that this issue feels and looks a little different. We have added eight more pages, and, instead of newsprint, all the pages are now “white, bright.” Hopefully, you will notice brighter colors and a better look overall. We will remain “always green, never glossy.” The additional pages give us more room for local content, a goal central to the mission of this publication. We have added a Reader Snapshot section. Each issue, we will feature a Natural Awakenings reader, so we can get to know more of our like-minded neighbors. This month, we meet Alli Plyler. Despite her being a newcomer, I learned about a local farm I need to check out from her. Thanks Alli, and welcome! We have added a calendar of all area farmers markets (see page 24). Did you know that there are farmers markets going on every day in the lowcountry? Just another reason to be grateful for living here! I hope this will be a helpful resource for you. Being creative is not the exclusive right of the gifted few—the talented artists, writers and musicians. We are all born to be creators, with our own unique perspective. Your life will be richer, healthier and more fun if you express that perspective. I hope this issue empowers and inspires you, like Amelia and Katie, to express yourself, share your light and spread love. Love and light,

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s a member of the National Association of Senior Move Managers, Organize Senior Moves tackles the details related to transition and relocation issues affecting older adults. Organize Senior Moves recently welcomed Pam Paciaroni as its newest franchisee here in Charleston. As a senior move manager with Organize Senior Moves, Paciaroni will be working with local elderly residents in need of assistance when transitioning from one home to another. Paciaroni, who has been a Charleston resident for 20 years, has experience in event planning and management (including weddings and catering) as well as nonprofit work. In choosing to franchise with Organize Senior Moves, she is following her long-held desire to work in the senior community. According to Paciaroni: “There is no greater feeling than knowing that you are helping someone with an important event in their life. Planning a special event is very much like planning a big move: exciting, stressful and crazy all wrapped in one.” Paciaroni will assist with the process of downsizing and moving clients to a new residence, ensuring a smooth transition in a professional, compassionate and affordable manner. She will also create and enact an “age in place plan” to ensure the safety of clients that choose to stay in their homes. For more information, call 843-3671438 or email osmCharleston@gmail. com. See ad on this page.

Healthy Food in Schools Bill


he Healthy Food in Schools bill (S. 484) was signed into law in June. This is a step in the right direction for South Carolina, which has the second-highest obesity rate in the nation for youth ages 10 to 17. South Carolina schools must now meet U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines for nutritional standards. The bill ensures that all students will have equal access to healthy food and helps prevent disparities among regions. Schools are now required to report on their compliance in their school health improvement plans. Making this information public fosters parental and community involvement to make sure children are nourished and ready to learn. Some school districts have already risen to the challenge. The Spartanburg school district will be offering meals cooked from scratch instead of precooked, processed food. The district secured grant funding to have chefs train staff on creating healthy, delicious meals using fresh, local produce. In addition to benefitting the health of the children, this will also boost the local economy—a win-win scenario.

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dults and families enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) can now use their electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards at the Johns Island Farmers Market to purchase fruits, vegetables, plant starts, meat, dairy, bread, honey and other eligible foods. SNAP clients take their cards to the information booth at the farmers’ market and receive tokens to purchase food from vendors. As an incentive for healthy eating, they will receive $10 free in Healthy Bucks tokens for fresh fruits and vegetables when they spend at least $5 on their EBT cards, as a part of the Double Your Healthy Bucks program. Photo by Sylvia Barnhill Hunger is a persistent issue on the Sea Islands and in other parts of Charleston County. More than 47,000 men, women and children rely on SNAP benefits each month. Despite this nutrition assistance, many people still cannot afford healthy fresh food—SNAP benefits generally cover less than half the cost of an average meal. The Healthy Bucks incentive program helps lowincome shoppers stretch their benefits and put more fresh fruits and vegetables on their families’ tables. It also attracts new customers to the market that otherwise might not consider shopping there. In addition to providing a source of affordable, healthy, local food to lowincome community members, the Johns Island Farmers Market bolsters local economies, improves community health, and brings diverse groups of people together through a shared social space, further strengthening local growers, businesses and entrepreneurs. Johns Island Farmers Market is open year round every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June through August and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. September through May. Location: 3546 Maybank Hwy. (near the intersection of Maybank and Main roads), Johns Island. For more information, visit or

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ach spring and fall at Springbank Retreat, sabbaticals offer time for rest and renewal. The four-, eight- or 12-week programs can provide both physical and spiritual transformation in a healing and supportive environment. Located near Kingstree in a quiet, rural setting, Springbank has been an ecumenical center for retreats, hospitality, healing, Earth education and the arts for more than 50 years. Earlier this year, women from diverse cultures around the world—New Zealand, South Africa, Zambia, the Philippines, Haiti and Canada—came together with women from the U.S. states of Texas, Colorado, Wisconsin and Louisiana to take advantage of the restful environment at Springbank and its programs. “They came to know one another and themselves on a deeper level and bonded as a loving, caring community,” says Trina McCormick, Springbank director. The theme of the sabbatical is “Rest the body, Renew the spirit, and Refresh the mind.” Depending on their personal needs, sabbatical participants can design their own time at Springbank, participating in the programs being offered or focusing on various forms of spirituality, ecology and art. Spiritual direction, massage and healing bodywork are also available. Art is considered to be “soul work” at Springbank. Participants can work with pottery, basketry, painting, native crafts, healing remedies from the natural world, music and photography. Eco-spirituality, a spirituality rooted in the sacredness of Earth, provides participants with a sense of ecological belonging. They can also participate in programs about Native wisdom, dreamwork and tai chi chih, which is based on an ancient Chinese form of movement and breathing. Sabbatical fees include lodging and meals and are based on the length of the participant’s stay. Location: 1345 Springbank Rd., Kingstree. For more information, call 843-382-9777, email Springbank@ or visit See ad on this page.

New Shoreline Learn About Southeastern Institute Management Law Programs at Open House Institute will host its fourth annual Strongest Protection Southeastern Open House and Community Appreciation for S.C. Beaches in event for prospective students seeking a new path to a better and brighter future, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., August 6. The general public and 25 Years community partners will be able to learn more about many of the programs offered.


horeline Management Bill S. 139 was signed into law in June. Peter McCoy, state representative for House District 115, which includes Kiawah and Seabrook Islands, said: “It has been an honor to stand up and fight for the shoreline protection bill. Preserving South Carolina coastal sanctuaries like Captain Sams Spit must remain a priority to the S.C. legislature.” The Coastal Conservation League has worked on improving shoreline management laws for nearly a decade, and league members sent thousands of emails to their legislators in Columbia in support of these changes. Josh Eagle, a University of South Carolina law professor and a Blue Ribbon Commission member, approves of S. 139. “This bill includes language that reflects the most important recommendation of our state’s Blue Ribbon Committee on Shoreline Management: that we ought not to build on oceanfront property when there is a very high risk of future erosion at that location. While it is tempting to think of risky building as a matter that should be left to the property owner and the market, it is well-documented that the collision of erosion and beachfront homes results in substantial costs to S.C. taxpayers, from replacing damaged infrastructure to subsidizing insurance to providing disaster relief. S. 139 embodies the idea that we ought to avoid these costs when we can.”

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Delayed Kindergarten Reduces Attention Deficit


elaying kindergarten enrollment for one year shows significant mental health benefits for children, according to a Stanford University study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research. Reviewing results from a mental health survey completed by more than 35,000 Danish parents, the researchers saw that youngsters held back from kindergarten for as little as one year showed a 73 percent reduction in inattentiveness and hyperactivity for an average child at age 11, compared to children enrolled the year earlier. Measuring inattentiveness and hyperactivity reflect a child’s ability to selfregulate. The generally accepted theory is that young people that are able to stay focused, sit still and pay attention longer tend to do much better in school. “This is some of the most convincing evidence we’ve seen to support what U.S. parents and policymakers have already been doing—choosing to delay entry into kindergarten,” says Stanford Graduate School of Education Professor Thomas S. Dee. In addition to improved mental health, children with later kindergarten enrollment dates also exhibited superior emotional and social skills. The number of U.S. children entering kindergarten at age 6 instead of 5 has progressively increased to about 20 percent, according to the study. Many parents are opting to delay kindergarten enrollment for a year to give their children a leg up in physical and emotional maturity and social skills.

Grape Juice Boosts Memory and Driving Skills


esearch from the UK University of Leeds has confirmed that drinking just one glass of grape juice a day increases spatial memory and driving abilities. The researchers attribute the brain boosting benefits to the polyphenols in the grapes. The study followed 25 healthy mothers between the ages of 40 and 50. Each had young children and worked more than 30 hours a week. The mothers drank 12 ounces of Concord grape juice every day for 12 weeks and had their driving skills tested before and after the study period using a computer simulator. Louise Dye, Ph.D., a professor at the University of Leeds and senior author of the study, notes, “This research is very promising, as it suggests that the cognitive benefits associated with Concord grape juice are not exclusive to adults with early memory decline. We saw these benefits even after the grape juice was no longer being consumed, suggesting a long-term effect of dietary flavonoids.” 10

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Breastfed Babies Have Fewer Colds and Ear Infections


study from the University of Texas has found that increased breastfeeding decreases ear infections among nursing children. The researchers followed 367 babies between 1 and 12 months old from 2008 through 2014. The scientists analyzed family history traits of smoking, ear infections, breastfeeding and formula feeding. Nose and throat mucosal samples were taken throughout the study period to identify infections, and parents informed the researchers whenever the baby experienced an infection. The study was led by Dr. Tasnee Chonmaitree, a pediatrics professor from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. “We clearly showed that frequent upper respiratory infections, carriage of bacteria in the nose and lack of breastfeeding are major risk factors for ear infections,” he states. “Prolonged breastfeeding was associated with significant reductions in both colds and ear infections, a common complication of colds.”

Aromatherapy Soothes Allergies


esearch from Korea’s Chung-Ang University has found that inhaling aromatherapy infusions comprising a combination of sandalwood, frankincense and ravensara for five minutes twice daily significantly reduces symptoms of allergies after seven days. The researchers tested 54 men and women, half of which were tested using a placebo of almond oil. Total nasal symptom score (TNSS) and rhinoconjunctivitis quality of life questionnaire (RQLQ) results were both significantly lower in the aromatherapy group. TNSS scores decreased by more than half and RQLQ scores decreased by more than 60 percent. Scores for fatigue and sleep quality also improved in the aromatherapy group. “These findings indicate that inhalation of certain aromatherapy oils help relieve perennial allergic rhinitis symptoms, improve rhinitis-specific quality of life and reduce fatigue in patients with perennial allergic rhinitis,” Chung-Ang University’s Seo Yeon Choi and Kyungsook Park explain in their paper.

Prenatal Sun Exposure Lowers Asthma Risk


esearch has shown that children with mothers that live in sunnier locations during their second trimester are significantly less likely to have asthma than other children. A consortium of researchers from the University of Kansas, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology analyzed data from both hospitals and national surveys to determine sunlight exposure for the mothers. Increased exposure to sunlight increases levels of natural vitamin D. “We’re not looking at sunny places versus nonsunny places,” clarifies David Slusky, a University of Kansas assistant professor of economics. “We looked at the relative differences of the level of sunlight at a particular place at a particular time of year.”


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Young Adult Insomnia Linked to Chronic Pain


esearch from the University of Groningen, in The Netherlands, has found that young adults between 19 and 22 years old that don’t sleep well may have more chronic pain later in life. The researchers followed 1,750 people for three years. About 50 percent of the participants that had sleep problems at the beginning of the study still had them at the end of the study. Roughly 38 percent of those reported chronic pain after three years. This compares to 14 percent of those that didn’t have sleep problems at the start of the research, but reported chronic pain at its conclusion. Overall, the study found that sleep problems were associated with more musculoskeletal pains, headaches and abdominal pain. The relationship occurred in both men and women, but was stronger among women.


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Scrambling Species

Climate Change Favors Some Birds over Others Decades of data show that climate change is manipulating the way avian species move across continents. For instance, the orchard oriole is losing prime habitat in the South, but gaining more up north. Thousands of species worldwide face the same dilemma. Specific birds need a particular habitat, such as open spaces or groves of trees, and some of their traditionally preferred spots are becoming unlivable. England’s Durham University ecologist Phillip Stephens, along with researchers from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and the U.S. Geological Survey, have compiled nearly half a century’s worth of occurrence data from thousands of citizen scientists. Birders submitted their observations to the PanEuropean Common Birds Monitoring Scheme and the North American Breeding Bird Survey for 145 terrestrial bird species native to Europe and 380 species native to the United States. “We used that information to generate a prior expectation for whether the species would’ve been advantaged or disadvantaged by climate change,” says Stephens. The predictions were compared with actual bird abundance data from 1980 through 2010, and the populations that were expected to lose suitable habitat declined, while those expected to find their habitats improve increased. He states, “Recent climate change has already favored one set of species over another.” Read the report at


Hope for a New Generation Despite being less confident than their elders, a new study by, in Montreal, reveals that Millennials (those born between 1980 and 2000) are an ambitious and tenacious generation that continues to prove potential critics wrong. Labeled by some as self-entitled, arrogant and immature from being coddled by hovering parents, the company’s research says that Millennials are not afraid to push themselves to achieve lofty goals, work hard or take on difficult challenges. Collecting data from 1,035 people that took their Ambition Test, the researchers looked at the differences between Millennials, Generation X (born between 1960 and 1980) and Baby Boomers (born between 1946 and 1960) in terms of their levels of aspiration, persistence and sense of self-efficacy. The study reveals that while Millennials lagged a little behind the other two generations on some factors related to ambition, the potential of these young adults should not be underestimated. “One can argue that Millennials’ hopeful and determined nature is a case of idealism,” explains Ilona Jerabek, Ph.D., president of PsychTests. “Some have just started out in the workforce, so they’re eager to prove themselves, which could also mean that at some point they’ll be blindsided by the reality of what it’s like to be out there in the real world.” 12

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Low-Cost Jewelry May Harbor Cadmium In recent years, the European Commission has banned cadmium in all jewelry sold in Europe, but those shopping for low-cost jewelry in North America from popular fashion chains may be wearing products made with cadmium, a heavy metal that can be particularly toxic for kids. There are no known risks for people that wear contaminated jewelry, but swallowing or chewing on a piece containing high concentrations of the toxic metal could allow it to seep into the body. James Van Loon, director of risk management at Health Canada’s consumer product safety branch, says that children’s bodies more readily absorb the toxic metal, and because they are more likely to put things in their mouths, jewelry that is marketed to those under 15 should contain virtually no cadmium. Dr. Gérald Zagury, who performed tests and has published several studies on heavy metals in jewelry, says one sample contained the highest amount of cadmium ever reported in Canada for such a product. “It’s pretty close to pure cadmium,” he says. According to Health Canada, cadmium is cheap and melts at a lower point than more commonly used zinc, lowering energy costs for product makers. According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, cadmium is a known carcinogen that can also lead to kidney failure, bone loss and other complications in those that are chronically exposed over time. Source:

Good Reads

Fiction Readers Have More Empathy The love of books may begin at any age, but for most, it starts in childhood. Now, scientists are studying the effects of reading on the brain with MRIs, polls, surveys and experiments. The results indicate that readers of fiction are more empathetic toward others. By engaging with a story, they are temporarily placing themselves in a character’s shoes, thus fostering empathy in real life, and literary reading amplifies this effect. According to a Stanford University study, reading a challenging book also helps us become smarter, as well as more empathetic. By attempting to tackle harder books, we create new connections in our minds that we might not have done otherwise. Neuroscientist Bob Dougherty remarks, “The right patterns of ink on a page can create vivid mental imagery and instill powerful emotions.” David Comer Kidd, author of another related study, observes, “Like opening a window to let fresh air into our home, literature opens up our minds to the myriad ideas that we wouldn’t be able to experience on our own. We can pause to analyze the experiences depicted as if they were our own, expanding our experience of the world.”

Show Stopper

Circuses Cease Exotic Animal Acts The Ringling Brothers Circus made good on a promise to retire their last contingent of performing elephants to the Center for Elephant Conservation, in Polk City, Florida, with the last such show streamed worldwide in May. While Ringling will retain the services of tigers, lions, leopards, horses, camels, dogs and kangaroos, the Mexican Congress has voted to prohibit exotic animals under big tops across their country. That means no more tigers jumping through hoops, elephants used as props or monkeys dressed in tiny outfits. The bill requires circuses to report the wildlife they own, which would then be made available to interested zoos.

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Reflux Revolution Exposing the hidden dangers of using antacids as therapy

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ntacids have become commonplace in our society. Commercials depict them coming in a variety of flavors and people eat them like candy. Sixty percent of Americans use antacids at least once a year, and 14 percent take them regularly. What many don’t know is that antacids should not be used long term. Taking them any longer than a few weeks can cause serious damage to the vascular, endocrine and neurological systems. Unfortunately, antacids are very easy to get over the counter (OTC), even though 70 percent of the time they are not appropriate at all. The antacid business is an $8.5 billion industry, so of course pharmaceutical companies will downplay these serious risks. Even the media has too much to gain financially by running the pharmaceutical industry’s pro-antacid ads. One of the most common types of antacids now available without a prescription are proton-pump inhibitors, or PPIs, which cause blood vessel damage. Specifically, they age the inside walls of the blood vessels, causing them to become sticky. This creates blocks in the

vessels, leading to artery and vascular problems. Also, the cells’ lysosomes lose some of their ability to perform their duty of waste management in the cell. Without that acidity, waste builds up and ages the blood vessel even further. This explains why extended use of antacids can cause heart attacks, dementia, kidney failure, osteoporosis and many vitamin deficiencies. These are just a few of the side effects listed on the packet insert that comes with the medicine that too few people bother to read. Research at the Houston Methodist Research Institute and Stanford show a 16 to 21 percent increased risk for heart attacks in people that regularly take antacids. Half of the time in these reflux cases, there has been an overproduction of acid from food putrefaction in the stomach as a result of poor digestion and poor gastric emptying. In some cases, the problem can actually be too little acid in the stomach at the start of the meal, as opposed to too much. Acid in the stomach is essential to break down the food microscopically to macronutrients and vitamins, as well as

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ranioSacral Therapy is a noninvasive holistic approach that uses 5 grams of pressure to release restrictions that may be found in the body. It enhances the body’s ability to self-correct by releasing issues blocking pathways. This therapy helps an adult or child’s ability to operate normally on all levels. The craniosacral system is a semiclosed hydraulic system for our cerebrospinal fluid, which produces a continuous rise and fall of fluid pressure. It is a functioning physiological system that has a powerful influence over the nervous, endocrine and immune systems, as well as a total body effect. Imagine sitting on the beach and watching the waves; notice how the ebb and flow of the waves is consistent and smooth. In general, this is how our craniosacral system flows—consistent and smooth, producing a peaceful regulation. Now imagine a storm on the beach and how the waves slam with ferocity. When the craniosacral system is influenced by sensory deregulation or dysfunction, it shows that kind of ferocity, resulting in a child’s inability to think or move muscles correctly. Back to our beach scenario. Now imagine swimming in the ocean where the pull of the current can drag

a person under. In the craniosacral system, when a current pulls a child in one direction, it results in the child not being able to transition from one activity to another, or crying and whining with change. Now imagine a huge tree is blocking the waves. The waves crash on it and around it. In short, the tree interrupts the natural ebb and flow. This is comparable to a site of restriction in the craniosacral system. These sites affect muscle movement, coordination, focus, eye movement, and so much more. CranioSacral Therapy can be integrated with general pediatric care, and has proven to be an exceptional method for treating specific childhood illnesses and dysfunctions, including disorders of the brain, nervous system, respiratory system, emotions and learning challenges. Advanced CranioSacral Therapy for both children and adults is available at Healing Oasis LLC, located at 772 St. Andrews Blvd., Charleston. For more information, visit HealingOasisllc. com. See ad on this page.


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Learning Difficulties! What to Do? by Mirjam Veldkamp


he summer will soon be over and with that the start of another school year. For some children, this will be an exciting adventure and an opportunity to absorb more knowledge, but for others it will prove to be a scene straight out of a horror movie—a time filled with trepidation and anxiety. There are many reasons why a child may be reluctant to go back to school. Maybe he or she has been bullied, suffers from performance anxiety or social anxiety, or is struggling to keep up with academic requirements. The latter category of students very often suffers from some sort of learning disability. “Learning difficulties,” a common term in today’s society, manifests in different ways and can cause various challenges in daily life. For one individual it might be lack of attention, while for another it might be struggling to read fluently. If a child struggles with a learning disorder, parents will want to do everything in their power to help that child operate at his or her full potential. Unfortunately, helping

usually means therapy and/or medication, and these drugs often have very negative side effects. A growing number of people are looking into alternatives, such as neurofeedback, a noninvasive, drug-free, cutting-edge technology that uses information about the brain’s electrical energy, or brainwaves, measured by a qEEG (quantitative electroencephalogram). A qEEG brain map enables professionals to see the unique pattern of mental strengths and weaknesses—areas of the brain where there is too little or too much activity and areas that are not coordinating their activity as well they should. Many children with learning disabilities are simply “stuck” in the wrong brainwave patterns; but through neurofeedback, their brains may be able to be taught to operate on an entirely new level. Research in this field is very promising. In one study, researchers tested the effectiveness of neurofeedback therapy for children diagnosed with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). One hundred and two children, ages 8 to 12, were randomly assigned into two groups. One of the groups received computerized attention skills training in two four-week segments, while the other participated in 36 neurofeedback training sessions. Pre-training, intermediate and post-training assessment encompassed several behavior rating scales, including the German ADHD rating scale (FBBHKS), completed by the children’s parents and teachers. After the neurofeedback training, there was a significant decrease in ADHD symptomatology according to the behavior ratings. The research team concluded that although more studies are needed, “Our results indicate that neurofeedback may be considered as a clinically effective module in the treatment of children with ADHD.” To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, visit Mirjam Veldkamp was born in the Netherlands, where she received a nursing degree at Slotervaart Hospital School of Nursing and a master’s degree in medical anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. She now works as a neurofeedback technician for BrainCore of the Lowcountry.


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GROWING UP EMPOWERED Helping Kids Step into Their Best Selves by Judith Fertig


he plugged-in, stressed-out world that challenges adults can be even more difficult for teens in the throes of hormones, peer pressure and a selfie culture. Parents can help their children thrive and become empowered individuals by nurturing desirable character traits such as resourcefulness, resilience, perseverance, self-reliance, independence, empathy and social competence. Child psychologist Michele Borba, Ed.D., of Palm Springs, California, is a former classroom teacher and the mother of three grown children who dispenses advice at Her main parenting focus is character education, as reflected in her latest book, Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World. “Tune in to what your kids love,” advises Borba. “Then find learning experiences that help them develop traits they need to be happy, productive adults.” 18

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This positive parenting approach—accentuating youthful desires and strengths, instead of deficiencies and weaknesses—helps young people develop a secure footing in life. “Kids are driven by their hearts,” observes Borba. “A positive parent doesn’t do the cookie-cutter approach, as in, ‘That’s what worked for other kids in the neighborhood,’ nor even reference what the parent did as a teen.” Teens also impose upon themselves, thinking that being trendy, beautiful, rich and famous are valuable life goals. “The positive parent looks at each child as an individual, listens to what really makes them light up, and then supports that.”

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and greatness. Corporate leaders praise its programs for helping participants relate, communicate and perform well. Josselyne Herman-Saccio, a Landmark program leader in New York City, remarks, “Every one of us has a dream, yet too many of us choose our path with fear, disguised as practicality. Our kids might get the message that, ‘You don’t do your dream as your career.’” That thought can leave anyone feeling like something is missing. After putting off her own career as a singer and ultimately deciding to go for it, Herman-Saccio recorded That’s What Love Can Do with her group Boy Krazy. The song rose to the top of the pop charts in 1993. That empowering experience helped her decide to help others—including her own three children—fulfill their dreams. Today, Herman-Saccio leads the Landmark Forum for adults, and the company also offers a version of the course for 13-to-17-year-olds, an interactive, three-day program in cities across the U.S. It helps teens first understand their existing patterns of thoughts and behaviors and then move forward to create new possibilities and face new challenges and discover a new level of power, freedom, self-expression and peace of mind. For a teen to register, a parent or legal guardian must register for or have completed the organization’s adult forum and provide permission. Teens planning for life after high school get help identifying their career passion at schools such as Upland Hills School, in Oxford, Michigan. Its emphasis on experiential learning culminates in a senior project the teen produces, whether it’s writing a novel, building a storage shed or volunteering at the local senior citizen center. Each must someway contribute to the community. Beginning with the student’s dream, they must work their way through obstacles, setbacks and all the steps required to bring a dream to reality.

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Sometimes parents need to address a teen’s longing for friends and social connections. For youths that especially need to nurture their social skills, such

as high-functioning kids with autism or Asperger’s syndrome, film school might be an answer. At the Joey Travolta Film School and summer camp, in Lafayette, California, kids work together to make a movie; they start with a script, create sets, operate the camera, act and direct. At the Hunter School, in Romney, New Hampshire, kids dealing with attention challenges can nurture mindbody awareness, energetic mindfulness and sensory integration. It all helps them get to know themselves and relate better to others. Outdoor skills can help teens develop healthy risk-taking behaviors, as well as teach resilience, perseverance and self-reliance. SheJumps (, in Salt Lake City, offers young women 6 to 18 years old an opportunity to master outdoor living skills, boost confidence and encourage leadership via collaborating with strong female role models. Fun activities include mountain biking, skiing and trailblazing.


Over time, experiential learning can help youths develop leadership skills. Lander, Wyoming’s National Outdoor Leadership School, a gap-year program for high school graduates taking a year off before college, offers courses lasting two weeks, several months or even a full year. Activities include sea kayaking, Alaskan mountain and glacier climbing and wilderness medicine. Teens already on track and wanting to develop additional leadership skills can tap into motivational speaker and self-help author Tony Robbins’ annual Unleash the Power Within youth leadership program event. Groups of youths

14 to 17 years old collectively participate to create individual breakthroughs, move beyond fears and limiting beliefs, accomplish goals and realize true desires. Application requirements include a good academic record, at least 20 hours of community service and a guidance counselor’s recommendation. Robbins maintains, “Grow and give is what life is all about.”

Service to Others

A way for youngsters 5 to 19 years old to become empowered is by joining a 4-H group in urban, suburban or rural areas. If we envision a farm kid raising a calf to show at the state fair, that’s still one facet of today’s 4-H, but far from the entire scope. Founded in 1902, 4-H is a global nonprofit dedicated to learning by doing; specialties now range from computer science and graphic design to leadership, healthy living and the performing arts. Positive mentoring by adults and developing community spirit ground 4-H clubs, camps and programs. Research by Tufts University’s Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development and America’s land-grant colleges and universities shows that people with a 4-H background are more likely to give back to their communities than others (see Tinyurl. com/YouthDevelopmentStudy). For Grammy-winner Jennifer Nettles, of Nashville, 4-H meant learning to perform at an early age, even flying to Chicago to do it. “I don’t know that I would be where I am today without 4-H,” she says. “Mentors there help you. They helped me with the skills of performing and learning about being on stage; they also taught me the importance of giving back.”

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Growing food for themselves and others can be a great adventure for teens, while fostering resourcefulness, perseverance and ecological awareness. Seventeenyear-old Katie Stagliano launched Katie’s Krops, in Summerville, South Carolina, several years ago based on her desire to fight hunger by growing food for people that need it. Today, the enterprise offers grants for youth in any area to start and maintain a local garden, provided they give away the produce to the hungry.

The initiative has grown to more than 50 gardens around the U.S. Both Mobile Urban Growers, in Mobile, Alabama, and Closer to Earth, in Oklahoma City, empower youth through exercising organic gardening skills, environmental and food justice advocacy and personal mentorship. Empowering experiences for teens don’t have to cost a lot or involve travel. “Dream big, but start small. Look around your own backyard, in your community,” says Borba. “Teens can learn to pay it forward in all kinds of ways. They can get together with their peers and take on a doable project to help others. They may even need to start by learning to self-regulate and manage stress by getting away from their phones and instead being outside getting exercise.” Casual family activities can provide opportunities for conversations about what teens want in life or what they’re worried about, and that opens the door for adults to step up to help mentor and empower their children. “Boys are more likely to talk while they’re doing something, like shooting baskets with you in the driveway,” observes Borba. “Girls are more likely to talk if it’s one-on-one.” Positive parents actively listen and then clarify what they heard from their teens, says Herman-Saccio. This information helps point the way forward, to more interactive dialogue, brainstorming, problem-solving, helpful experiences and eventually, youth empowerment. Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood from Overland Park, KS.

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Salt Air in the City Salt Rooms Soothe Allergies and Skin Conditions by Avery Mack


ccording to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, as many as 50 million Americans are affected by seasonal or year-round nasal allergies. Additionally, 56 million suffer from eczema, psoriasis or rosacea. Prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs may help, but aren’t a cure. Salt therapy can be a gentler, all-natural solution for easing associated symptoms. While eating too much salt is bad for the body, breathing it is a healthy activity. The Greek word for salt is halos, and halotherapy provides a welcome alternative to conventional pills, sprays and injections.

In the mid-1800s, after salt mine workers in Poland were found to have a low rate of respiratory illness, the Wieliczka Salt Mine Health Spa was established on the site of a mine to treat clinic patients for asthma and allergies. That pioneering facility is still in operation. “In the beginning, I think salt therapy was seen as a time-consuming novelty. Now, holistically minded people are more supportive,” says Clay Juracsik, owner of the St. Louis Salt Room, in Maplewood, Missouri. The room’s walls are covered in salt, with blocks of backlit Himalayan pink salt at floor level. Clients wear dis-

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posable booties to walk through inchesdeep, loose, mineral-rich Dead Sea salt to reclining chairs. The lights dim, soft music plays and salt, rich in negative ions, infuses the air for a 45-minute session. “We have a second, smaller room where the walls and floor are not salted, so a child and parent can move around or play without disturbing others. Our youngest client was 2 weeks old,” says Juracsik. With the help of specially designed machines and software, microscopic salt particles one to five microns in size are circulated through the air to be deeply inhaled. As a natural anti-inflammatory agent, salt helps reduce swelling of throat tissues and nasal passages, making breathing easier for individuals suffering from such respiratory ailments as allergies, asthma, bronchitis and sinusitis. “True halotherapy is based on using 99 percent pure sodium chloride in the halogenerator,” says Leo Tonkin, co-founder of the Salt Therapy Association, in Boca Raton, Florida. “Dead Sea, Himalayan or other salts can be used as décor.” “My husband, Gary, had three sinus surgeries before he discovered a salt room during a trip to London and had a eureka moment,” relates Ellen Patrick, owner of four Breathe Easy salt rooms in New York City and nearby Westchester County. “A client’s 4-year-old son tells Mom when he needs a treatment to ‘make his nose work better,’” reports Lisa Cobb, owner of Luxury on Lovers, in Dallas, Texas. “He uses a salt bed similar in style to a tanning bed and large enough for his mother to be with him for a 20-minute treatment. Pilots and flight attendants like salt rooms to counteract the recirculated air on planes. Athletes use them to increase lung capacity. A treatment works like a visit to the ocean.” A recent pilot study conducted at The Salt Room, in Orlando, Florida, and published in the International Journal of Respiratory and Pulmonary Medicine, concluded, “Halotherapy is associated with improvement in symptoms of sinus disease in cystic fibrosis and should be explored as an adjunct treatment.” Salt’s anti-inflammatory, antifungal

For a list of U.S. salt rooms, see SaltSpaLocations. and antibacterial properties may also reduce skin swelling and itchiness, and even acne, without drying the skin. Increased lung capacity aids blood circulation, which also helps improve skin health. Salt room operators note that frequent treatments are needed during early stages of therapy or during acute outbreaks of conditions, but can be reduced to a maintenance level over time. Juracsik remarks, “The best success I’ve seen is with respiratory ailments like bronchitis and pneumonia. We don’t need a new, fancy pill for every illness. Salt is historically proven to be a natural and effective way to improve respiratory health.” Options go beyond basic treatments. “Meditating in the salt room allows double relaxation,” comments Patrick. “Salty yoga is one of my favorite therapies because clients can exercise and breathe easier at the same time. Another option comprises a sound bath, during which crystal bowl music creates a vibration similar to piano notes to quiet and focus the mind during a salt session.” Salt treatments can be experienced regularly, seasonally or as needed. For those free of respiratory issues, a salt room visit provides a refreshing way to relax, sit, chill and breathe. Patrick views it as a form of stress management to increase well-being. Connect with the freelance writer via

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A GOOD FOOD FIGHT Keeping Food Out of the Trash Bin by April Thompson

Work/mission: I have been a stay-at-home mom for the last four years. Before that I was a bartender for a long time. My life’s mission is to help anyone I can, especially women, to realize their self-worth and to find their inner God/goddess. Anytime I feel like I can make someone’s light shine brighter, to me that is the best feeling in the world. Passions: I love gardening. I love to dance. Dancing is my greatest soul release! I recently tried painting, and I am totally in love! Favorite quote: One of my favorites is “Stars can’t shine without the darkness.” Favorite thing about Natural Awakenings: I don’t even know where to start on my favorite thing about Natural Awakenings. I absolutely love the magazine and have since the first time I found one about two years ago in Charlotte, North Carolina, where I just moved from. The magazine has opened so many avenues for me and for people like me who love to be involved in the natural community. And I love the fact that I can go to the calendar and know all of the different things that are going on around me. Not to mention the fact that I just moved and had no idea where to start and that as soon as I found Natural Awakenings, I was able to find all of the resources I needed for living in a new place! Favorite thing about living here: Charleston is such a beautiful city and has so much to offer. I’m very impressed with the size of the natural community down here and how many resources there are. Not to mention all of the wonderful history and amazing beauty that I see daily! Most frequented healthy food places: Farmers markets and organic farms. I recently found Rooting Down Farms here and it’s great! I also love Earth Fare and Whole Foods because they have a lot of choices for my boys that have very severe food allergies. I am in the process of helping my family become fully holistic, and Natural Awakenings magazine has literally given me everything I need to make that happen! 22

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s much as 40 percent of food produced in the U.S. is wasted, even as one in six Americans goes hungry. Instead of feeding people better, we are feeding the city dump. Of all types of trash, food consumes the most space in our municipal landfills, followed by plastic and paper. Rotting food then releases harmful methane, a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide. While food waste is a big problem, social entrepreneurs see a big opportunity. Around the country, they are working to reduce, recover and rethink discarded food valued at more than $160 billion a year. In the process, they are not only cutting food costs, but also creating jobs and fighting climate change. University of Maryland College Park alumna Cam Pascual co-founded the nonprofit Food Recovery Network (FRN) after watching hundreds of pounds of food hit the trash in her campus dining hall every night. Pascual and her colleagues mobilized a volunteer network to shuttle leftovers from the university to soup kitchens, donating 200 meals a night to feed the hungry. In the last five years, FRN has recovered more than 1 million pounds of food from 184 campuses in 42 states, proving that ingenuity and philanthropy can together fight the food waste travesty. “There are two major barriers to recovering leftover food; one is awareness, like helping businesses to understand the laws that protect them from liability,” says Pascual, the organization’s current director of innovation and operations. “The other is the labor involved. Universities are the perfect ecosystem for food recovery because college students have flexible schedules and are community service-minded, offering a ready supply of volunteers.”

Food waste reduction can be engineered in ways less noticeable to consumers, such as doing away with dining hall trays or using smaller plates. ~Cam Pascual The latest FRN initiative is a certification program to verify that farms and restaurants are engaging in food recovery that includes creating a toolkit to help restaurants safely recover leftover meals. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture recently set a goal of slashing food waste in half by 2030, with several supporting bills approaching the floor in Congress. The EPA food recovery hierarchy calls for reducing food waste first and foremost, with recovering food to feed people or animals as a fallback and utilizing landfills only as a last resort. “It’s one thing to set goals, but to realize those reductions in food waste, we have to change our behavior,” says Jonathan Bloom, author of American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half of Its Food (and What We Can Do About It). Farms and households are the two largest generators of food waste, according to Bloom, whose blog at offers dozens of beneficial tips for keeping food out of the trash bin. Fighting food waste starts before we go to the grocery. Bloom recommends consumers organize cupboards to know what’s already in stock, plan meals and stick to the shopping list. Post-purchase, easy tips include serving smaller portions, freezing leftovers and sharing surplus with friends and neighbors. Bloom’s website fans contribute more ideas like mixing veggie scraps into pet food or making them into soup stock. Using a smaller refrigerator keeps shoppers from bulking up while saving energy costs. The battle against wasted food needs to start at home, where small steps add up to big change. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at


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onathan Bloom speaks to college students around the U.S. explaining how fighting food waste requires changing beliefs and behaviors about food. “Recognize that taste should trump appearance, and don’t be so concerned with superficialities,” is a leading message. He cites replicable countermeasures like Hungry Harvest and Imperfect Produce, both predicated upon giving “ugly produce” a second chance. Based in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco’s Bay Area, respectively, these businesses offer low-cost home delivery of surplus produce, much of which is rejected for not meeting grocery stores’ high cosmetic standards. Here are more examples of the community pioneers working to divert food from overstuffed landfills to people. Daily Table ( purchases excess food from growers, manufacturers and supermarkets to provide healthy food at fast-food prices for populations in need. The Dorchester, Massachusetts, retail grocery store offers fresh produce and grocery items, plus ready-to-cook and grab-n-go prepared meals. Fruitcycle ( makes healthy dried snacks from produce that would otherwise be tossed. The Washington, D.C.-area business also provides jobs for formerly incarcerated, homeless or otherwise disadvantaged women. Food Cowboy ( reroutes food rejected by distributors. Truck drivers use a mobile app to communicate availability of such produce and find a charity or compost site to accept it. Re-Nuble ( transforms food waste into affordable, organic fertilizer for hydroponic growing, thus contributing a solution to hunger. BluApple ( makes a plastic, fruitshaped device that can triple the shelf life of refrigerated food. It absorbs ethylene, a naturally occurring gas that accelerates spoilage.

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Farmers Market Calendar


ick any day of the week and there’s a farmers market taking place in the Charleston metro area. Farmers markets are a great place to purchase fresh, local produce that is better for people, better for the planet and better for the local economy. They give those in the community an opportunity to meet the farmers and artisans that work hard to provide food and products for area families. From seasonal fruits and vegetables to locally raised meat to arts and crafts, Charleston area farmers markets have it all. They are also a lot of fun, a great place to see neighbors, and sometimes there is even live music. And, of course, there is always a smorgasbord of delicious food! We hope this calendar makes it easy to find farmers markets in the area. SUNDAY


Awendaw Farmers and Crafters Market 4765 N Hwy 17, Awendaw April 17 - Dec 18 • 11am - 3pm

North Mt Pleasant Farmers Market (at Rusty Rudder) 3563 N Hwy 17, Mt Pleasant 11am - 3pm north-mt-pleasant-farmers-market

Sunday Brunch Farmers Market 1977 Maybank Hwy, James Island (behind the Pour House) Seasonal, beginning in March 11am - 3pm MONDAY

Freshfields Village Farmers Market

165 Village Green Ln (Crossroads of Kiawah, Seabrook and Johns Islands) June - Aug • 4 - 8pm TUESDAY

Colleton Farmers Market

506 E Washington St, Walterboro May – Oct Tues 2 - 6pm; Sat 10am – 2pm

Mt Pleasant Farmers Market 645 Coleman Blvd, Mt Pleasant 3:30 – 7pm


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Carnes Crossroads Farmers Market (at the Green Barn) 513 Wodin Pl, Summerville May – Aug • 3 – 6pm farmers-market-at-the-green-barn

Folly Beach Farmers Market

Folly River Park Center St, Folly Beach March – Nov • 6 – 9pm

James Island Presbyterian Church Farmers Market 1632 Ft Johnson Rd, James Island Seasonal • Wed 1 – 6pm; Fri 1 – 6pm; and Sat 9am – 6pm special-services/farmers-market THURSDAY

Daniel Island Farmers Market

161 Seven Farms Dr (in front of Volvo Car Stadium), Daniel Island May 5 – Sept 1 • 3 – 6pm danielislandfarmersmarket

Moncks Corner Farmers Market 418 E Main St, Moncks Corner April 7 – Dec 16 • 3 – 7pm

North Charleston/Park Circle Farmers Market

4800 Park Cir, N Charleston Seasonal • Noon – 7pm special-events/farmers-market.aspx

1921 I’On Ave (in front of Poe Library), Sullivan’s Island April – June • 2:30 – 7pm FRIDAY

James Island Presbyterian Church Farmers Market

1632 Ft Johnson Rd, James Island Seasonal Wed 1 – 6pm; Fri 1 – 6pm; and Sat 9am – 6pm special-services/farmers-market

MUSC Farmers Market

171 Ashley Ave, Charleston Year-round • 7am – 3:30pm SATURDAY

Charleston Farmers Market 329 Meeting St, Charleston (Marion Square) April 9 – Nov 26 • 8am – 2pm

Colleton Farmers Market

506 E Washington St, Walterboro May – October Tues 2 – 6pm; Sat 10am – 2pm

Goose Creek Farmers Market

150 Howe Hall Rd, Goose Creek Seasonal • 8am – 2pm info/?tab=page_info

James Island Presbyterian Church Farmers Market

1632 Ft Johnson Rd, James Island Seasonal Wed 1 – 6pm; Fri 1 – 6pm; and Sat 9am – 6pm special-services/farmers-market

Johns Island “Homegrown” Sustainable Farmers Market

3546 Maybank Hwy, Johns Island Year-round • 10am – 2pm

John Wesley United Methodist Church - Seeds of Hope Farmers Market 626 Savannah Hwy, Charleston June – Oct

Mixson Farmers Market

4338 McCarthy St, N Charleston April – July Second Sat of month, 10am – 2pm

Summerville Farmers Market

200 S Main St, Summerville April – Dec • 8am – 1pm


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ven mainstream media have picked up on the many physical and mental benefits of walking, including weight loss, reduced stress, increased energy and better sleep, and that’s only the beginning. These additional compelling effects may well catalyze us to consistently step out for a daily walk, understanding that cumulative steps count, too. For more inspiration, check out this month’s race walking at the Summer Olympics. Walking helps heart health and diabetes. According to the U.S. Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Walking program launched last fall, the risk of heart disease and diabetes can be significantly reduced via an average of 22 minutes a day of brisk walking. “Physical activity has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, certain cancers, osteoporosis, cognitive decline and even depression,” says Dr. JoAnn Manson, chief of the division of preventive medicine at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. “Can you imagine if there was a pill that could simultaneously have all those benefits? Everyone would be clamoring for it.” Walking reduces anxiety and clears thinking. The results of a national survey of nearly 3,000 women between

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( A metareview of 26 studies found that using the device raised physical activity levels by nearly 27 percent, adding about 2,500 steps per day. Most stores that sell exercise equipment offer inexpensive pedometers, while smartphone users can download an app such as Moves, Breeze or Pedometer++. Apple’s iOS includes the free app Health. Walking leads to meaningful exchanges. Social connections and honest conversations between two people can be aided by walking outside instead of sitting inside. Clay Cockrell, a licensed clinical social worker in New York City, began walking with clients 12 years ago. He notes that casual venues like parks have been especially helpful for men. “They sometimes have a more difficult time making eye contact in sessions. Outside, they are looking where they are going, looking at nature, other people—the pressure is less. My own health has improved, as well,” he says. He shares ideas with the public and other therapists at to maximize the benefits. He sees moving the body forward along a path as a metaphor for moving forward in life. Adds Habash, “We believe that engaging in health should be simple and fun, like putting one foot in front of the other at every opportunity.” Randy Kambic is an Estero, FL, freelance writer and editor who regularly contributes to Natural Awakenings.

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t age 6, climate change activist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez gave his first speech to a packed crowd in his hometown of Boulder, Colorado. Raised in the Aztec tradition, he was taught that as indigenous people, they are descendants of the land and inherit a duty to protect it. “I felt such sadness that my generation inherited this crisis to clean up. That night, I saw that those emotions could be channeled into action and my voice could make a difference,” says Martinez, founder and youth director of the nonprofit Earth Guardians. Ten years later, his impassioned message has sparked a global movement. More than 2,000 “youth crews” from Bhutan to Brazil are fighting climate change and improving their communities in other ways. These activists aren’t yet old enough to vote, but are still making their voices heard by global policymakers. On their behalf, Martinez delivered a plea to representatives from 192 countries at the United Nations General Assembly meeting on climate change last year, asking for stronger measures to protect both the planet and its people. He particularly pointed to the ever-increasing “climate refugees” that have lost their homes to rising oceans and other havoc caused by Earth’s warming trend. Although Martinez serves on President Obama’s youth council, he

and 20 other young plaintiffs filed a landmark lawsuit earlier this year against the federal government for failing to protect its citizens from climate change. The plaintiffs are seeking a court order requiring America’s president to establish a national plan to decrease atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide to “safe” levels by 2100. At home, Martinez is working with Boulder County community and environmental organizations to locally eliminate pesticides from parks, charge for plastic bags at retail, regulate coal ash emissions and ban fracking. offers many ways anyone can plug into the movement, whether taking individual actions to lighten our carbon footprint, creating school gardens or signing its Silence into Action pledge, inspired by Martinez’s younger brother Itzcuauhtli’s 45-day silence strike for climate action. “The most important thing you can do is educate yourself. Whatever makes you come alive, use that passion to make a difference,” says Martinez, whose performances as a pianist and hip-hop artist inform and enliven music festivals worldwide. “Together, we can create a legacy we can be proud to pass on to the next generation.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at

of time to complete work in an order of their choosing, and they are given leadership opportunities in the form of schoolwide or community-based internships and chances to lead meetings for their peers. Some of the main aims of the Montessori middle school are to simulate real life, celebrate students’ growth, and empower their individualism.

Empowering Adolescents Through Soul-Centered Education by Jennifer Iamele Savage


wkwardness, mood swings, selfies and hashtags—today’s adolescent culture is one that many do not understand. In fact, adolescence has long been a misunderstood stage of development. Bridging the period from childhood to adulthood, adolescents undergo so much physical growth that many assume they have experienced mental and emotional growth as well; however, their brains have not caught up with their big bodies. Children have not seen this much growth since their first year of life, and, in many ways, their actions and reactions can be equated with that of toddlers. Ask any parent of a teen, tantrums very much exist at this stage. They are testing limits, and while they crave their independence, they are also looking for boundaries to help them define their identity.

Secondary Montessori Philosophy Dr. Maria Montessori compared the onset of adolescence to a sort of rebirth. Even though they are experiencing extensive growth much like toddlers, they should never be infantilized. She said: “The adolescent must never be treated as a child, for that is a stage of life that he has surpassed. It is better to treat an adolescent as if he had greater value than he actually shows than as if he had less and let him feel that his merits and self-respect are disregarded.” Montessori’s words from the early 20th century could not be truer today. In this technology-crazed, selfie-obsessed society, adolescents need a place where they can develop their soul while not crushing their spirit.

Soul-Centered Education Soul, spirit, peace and love are not words that are typically associated with secondary schools and yet arguably now more

than ever, these words should not be absent from any organization, especially education. Montessori schools seem to attract what author Chick Moormon refers to as “spirit whisperers” and help develop what the late founder of the Passage Works Institute, Rachael Kessler, called “the soul of education.” Montessorians believe in developing the whole child and respecting their physical, emotional and spiritual needs. This type of environment empowers children and fosters autonomy.

Montessori Middle School Model Many Americans believe that Montessori schools are just for early childhood. Nowadays, it is more common to see Montessori schools run through sixth grade, but the middle school model is still a fairly new concept. Although she had created the theory behind secondary schools, Montessori never lived to see their existence. Dr. Betsy Coe, director of the Houston Montessori Center and principal of School of the Woods in Houston, has devoted the latter part of her life to studying this period and creating a program that is developmentally appropriate for today’s adolescents while maintaining the integrity of Montessori’s philosophy. The middle school Montessori model builds off of the previous Montessori years but allows for the significance of adolescents’ developmental transition. Students are organized into multi-aged cohorts (seventh and eighth grades) that function as a community, and Montessori schools promote peace through mindfulness training, personal reflection opportunities, and service learning. All curricular work is organized thematically and in an interdisciplinary way to mirror the interconnectedness of real life. Students are given long blocks

Supporting Adolescent Development: Understanding Is Key Whether or not a child has access or a desire to attend a Montessori school, there are still many ways to support adolescent development. Adolescents cannot be truly supported until they are understood. Dr. Maurice Elias, a professor of psychology and the director of the Social-Emotional and Character Development Lab at Rutgers University, has many suggestions in this area. Adapting Kessler’s work, he believes that anyone that interacts with adolescents should understand their basic needs for a positive sense of belonging; silence, solitude and time for reflection; joyful play and creative expression; a sense of how they fit into the larger world and society; and a chance to process and celebrate their rites of passage. Specific ways to honor these needs are to provide teens with a space to be themselves and to open up a dialogue with them. Helping them understand the significance of their rites of passage and creating opportunities for them to reflect as well as respecting their desire for “alone time” are other ways one can support this impressionable period of development. Ultimately, they need strong mentors and allies that believe in them and encourage them to believe in themselves. For more information on the Montessori middle school model in the Charleston County school district, email Ladene Conroy at Ladene_Conroy@charleston. Receiving her training from the Houston Montessori Center, Jennifer Iamele Savage is a secondary Montessori teacher in Charleston County. She is also a trained life coach who specializes in transitions.

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healthykids drop in original thinking that happens as students move into early adolescence,” reports Daniel Pink, author of A Whole New Mind. Creativity isn’t only child’s play; parents also could do well to infuse their own lives with its discoveries and delights. “Through creativity, parents can reawaken a sense of wonder and joy, and nurture characteristics like patience,” says Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way for Parents: Raising Creative Children.



Ways to Spark a Child’s Creativity by April Thompson


hether it’s playing dress-up, making forts from sofa cushions or drawing pictures, creative moments can define and distinguish a happy childhood. Yet it’s not all just fun and games, according to experts. Childhood creativity, nurtured both in the classroom and at home, is crucial for developing qualities such as sound decision-making, flexible thinking and mental resiliency. Analyzing more than 150 studies across the fields of psychology, neuroscience, education and business management, the Center for Childhood Creativity, in Sausalito, California, found many important life skills are affiliated with a creative upbringing. The resulting white paper, Inspiring a Generation to Create, underscores that rather than simply being an innate trait, creativity can be taught. “Creativity should be an integral part of every child’s education. The research shows that we can avoid the


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Cameron wrote the book in part to guide her own daughter, actress and film director Domenica Cameron-Scorsese, in her creative journey through motherhood. While many such works focus on art projects for kids, Cameron’s book emphasizes activities that put creative fuel in the parental tank. For example, she recommends parents take up the ritual of “morning pages”; writing three pages of stream-of-consciousness thoughts the first thing each morning. Jean Van’t Hul, author of The Artful Parent, started a daily sketchbook practice for herself and to set an example for her kids. “I like that the kids see me creating regularly and they’ve joined in a couple times. I also want to get over my self-limited belief that I’m not a good artist,” remarks Van’t Hul, who blogs at

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A family ritual, like a bedtime story or relationship with a pet, can be re-imagined to inspire household members to co-create together. “Instead of always reading to my kids, we take turns making up stories by ‘giving’ each other three things, like an airplane, a shovel and a pair of pants, which we have to use in a story,” says Nicole Corey Rada, a working mother of two in Richmond, Virginia. “Sometimes, we pretend our pets are having conversations, and use different voices and accents to express what they might be saying, given their

Every child and parent is creative. Exercising our creativity is an act of faith. ~ Julia Cameron circumstance at the time. This is a family favorite; we laugh constantly.” Mark Runco, Ph.D., a University of Georgia professor of gifted and creative education, founder of the Creativity Research Journal and advisor to the Center for Childhood Creativity, notes the importance of balancing unstructured and structured activities, creating space for both individual expression and creative collaboration. To foster the former, Van’t Hul encourages “strewing”, which she refers to as “the art of casually yet strategically leaving invitations for learning and creativity out for kids to discover on their own.” Invitations to play could be a basket of non-toxic blocks, a recycled-paper sketchpad opened to a blank page or some nature finds from a walk in the woods. As an example of the latter, Cameron suggests that parents lead kids on a weekly creative expedition, allowing the kids to choose a new place to aimlessly explore such as a park, bookstore, pet shop or museum. According to the author, that sense of shared adventure, fostered in a safe space, naturally nurtures the creative process, both for now and the future. “If you make art the center, insisting that kids be creative, they may feel a sense of pressure,” advises Cameron. “If you make inspiration the center, it spills over into art.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at

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Charleston! by Jennifer Iamele Savage


ich in history and vibrancy, Charleston encompasses a wonderful community for discovering the inner artist and voice. In addition to checking events at local county libraries and museums, here are a few organizations that strive to empower youth through creativity.

Engaging Creative Minds (ECM): Its mission is to inspire the creative and innovative potential of all students to achieve academically and become imaginative, adaptable and productive adults. This goal is to strengthen communities and create an increasingly competitive South Carolina workforce. ECM works directly with students and schools in Charleston and Berkeley counties as well as through outreach events in the community, such as First Day Festival and OPEN Expo. Although ECM works directly with school districts, local families are encouraged to work with ECM’s artistic partners. A list of creative community partners can be found on ECM’s website:

impact their communities. For more information, visit

conNECKted is an art-in-community project organized by the Charleston Rhizome Collective and Jemagwga (artists Gwylene Gallimard and Jen-Maria Mauclet). It was designed to use the arts to amplify the voices of challenged neighborhoods and to oppose the planned displacement of minorities and the poor. The conNECKted team’s belief is that belonging means celebrating all histories to build a future together. They aim to promote this unity in Charleston through empowerment and art. Content is often created collaboratively at

the intersection of art, education and activism. Their youth program began at James Simons Elementary, and they launched a summer program at Sanders Clyde Elementary. The conNECKted team will exhibit works in 2017 at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park, among other sites. They are working to connect local artists with young people to collaborate in the quest for empowerment. Artists interested in the conNECKted project should email conNECKted22@

Enough Pie is a nonprofit organization that promotes community engagement and creative collaboration in the upper peninsula area of Charleston. It is providing the first indigo dye space in South Carolina at its Vat Shack, where community members can come and tie-dye while they learn about the history and process. Community dye days are the first and third Saturday of the month at the Joseph Floyd Manor Park, at 2106 Mt. Pleasant Street, in Charleston. For more information, visit

Girls Rock Charleston is a grassroots nonprofit that uses music as a vehicle for social change and empowerment for girls and trans youth in Charleston. Girls Rock offers an after-school program and a summer program for ages 13 to 18 with creative workshops, political education, leadership development and music education. During the program, “Rockers” collaborate in their bands and write original music together about issues that they want to amplify. In addition, Girls Rock’s teen leader program provides an opportunity for select youth to build valuable leadership skills as they organize to address issues that directly

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Heal Body and Spirit by Sandra Murphy

I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. ~John Muir Renew

Since ancient times, gardens have been employed as a place of healing for body and spirit. Japanese healthcare providers prescribe shinrin-yoku, meaning, “walking in forests to promote health” or “forest bathing”. Its intent is to use sight, sound and smell to connect with nature through stress-reducing, meditative walks. Based on a program created by the Morikami Japanese Gardens, in Delray Beach, Florida, Washington state’s Bloedel Reserve, on Bainbridge Island, conducts Strolls for Well-Being. Participants sign up for a free, 10-week session of 12 self-guided walks and three group meetings. A companion workbook is provided to encourage journaling on themes such as forgiveness, gratitude and joy. “Public gardens are a safe place where people can focus and do the work,” says Erin Jennings, with Bloedel. “We see people that wish to reflect and refuel or simply be more aware and intentional in life.” With 150 acres of natural woodlands and landscaped areas, ranging from a moss garden to a bird marsh, participants can take as much time as they need. 32

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Bees are an integral part of any flowering garden, and Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary, in Floyd, Virginia, sustainably hosts 30 hives on six acres adjacent to a field planted with buckwheat, mustard, sunflowers and clover for its biodynamic beekeeping. An orchard on the property dovetails with an organic farm next door. Tours, talks, plant sales, food and music enhance the hospitality. Hope Hill Lavender Farm, in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, adds lavender to soap, sugar scrubs, lotion and essential oil. “It takes 11 pounds of hand-picked fresh blossoms to make one ounce of essential oil,” says Troy Jochems, coowner with his wife, Wendy. A member of the mint family, lavender adds distinctive flavor and fragrance to both sweet and savory dishes (find recipes at Visit the farm on summer weekends through mid-August and plan to partake of the annual lavender festival next June. In Glen Allen, Virginia, visitors enjoy a cool serving of lavender lemonade or honey ice cream at Lavender Fields Herb Farm after a stroll through

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Tea Wellness classes and tastings of fair trade heirloom varieties are a big draw at Light of Day Organics, in Traverse City, Michigan. They’re taught by founder and horticulturist Angela Macke, a registered nurse. It’s the only dual-certified organic and Demeter Biodynamic commercial grower of tea plants in North America. The Boiron Medicinal Garden at the Rodale Institute, in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, emphasizes the importance of plants in homeopathy. Maggie Saska, plant production specialist with the research farm, explains, “Walking tours with educational signage in the garden let visitors know which species to look for when planting their own organic healing garden. Plants from a store may not be organically grown or of the correct species,” although a nursery may afford more options. Christophe Merville, D.Pharm., Boiron USA director of education and pharmacy development, attests that many familiar plants can offer benefits beyond beauty, such as reducing stress, promoting healing or easing congestion. He cautions, “People think plants are naturally safe, but they can be dangerous. St. John’s wort extract, for example, can relieve mild depression, but interacts with prescription medicines. It also reacts to light, so users may experience rashes from sun exposure. “Lemon balm can be made into an antioxidant tea. It can be grown in a garden, on a balcony or indoors, and combines well with chamomile or lavender. We like it for helping to relieve anxiety or to improve mental performance.” Merville suggests steeping German chamomile tea for relaxing sleep. He says breathing in the steam helps a stuffy nose. When used as a compress, it can relieve pain and itch from rashes. “Don’t drink too much or make it too concentrated,” he warns,

because of its blood-thinning properties. Saska and Merville recommend that enthusiasts take classes, work with an herbalist and find a good reference book. Merville prefers Rodale’s 21st Century Herbal for beginners. Vicki Nowicki, founder of Liberty Gardens, in Downers Grove, Illinois, observes, “The world is seeing the first generations that don’t have a relationship with the land or know how to grow their own food.” Its seed-lending library, classes and tours, along with other healing gardens throughout the country, aim to get everyone back to basics including going outside. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@

Americans’ Inside Story n Only 12 percent of U.S. adults go outside nearly every day, 8 percent several times a week and 6 percent only once or twice a week. Two percent never venture outside. n When U.S. adults take time out of doors, just under a third spend more than an hour there and almost a quarter spend at least 30 minutes while the rest average five to 10 minutes or less. n Thirty-eight percent of Americans 55 years and over invest at least an hour outside each day, compared to 25 percent of those under 35. Source: National Recreation and Park Association


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hen encountering a bird or animal that appears to be abandoned, take only minimal steps to help. “People mean well but a lot of rescues we see, didn’t need help,” says Lacy Campbell, wildlife care center operations manager for the Audubon Society of Portland, Oregon. Make sure the animal is away from traffic or predators, and then call a local wildlife rehabilitator before taking further action, especially if the animal is injured.

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Baby squirrels can fall out of the nest. “Leave him at the base of the tree,” says Jennifer Keats Curtis, author of the children’s book Squirrel Rescue. “Mom will rebuild the nest before coming to get her baby. If it’s cold, put it in a box with a towel. Once squirrels have been treated as a pet, they can’t be released.” Tiny, not-yet-feathered nestlings should be returned home; it’s a myth that human scent poses a problem. If the nest is out of reach or can’t be located, make one with a box and soft cloth. Put it in the tree, so the parents can resume feeding. Leave the area so 34

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as not to frighten them. “After young robins, scrub jays, crows and owls leave the nest, they typically spend up to a week on the ground before they can fly,” says Campbell. “At night, the parents will escort the fully feathered fledglings to safety beneath a bush.” In parks, ducks and geese may nest away from the water. Mama will lead her babies to the pond, even across busy streets. If it’s safe, stop the car to halt traffic, act as their crossing guard, and then resume driving. A box turtle operates on innate GPS. “It lives in an area the size of a football field,” explains Curtis. “It will go onward, no matter how many times people try to redirect it. If injured by a car or lawn mower, the shell can be mended by a rehab center.” Bunnies eat at dusk and dawn. Inbetween, the nest may look abandoned. “Wild baby rabbits are difficult to keep alive if injured,” says Curtis. “At sundown, see if mom returns; if not, they need a wildlife rehab expert.” A lone, young raccoon is either old enough to climb a tree by itself or the mother will carry it. If we feed

a raccoon, it will become a beggar. Opossums are dramatic actors. When cornered, they hiss and fall over and play dead in a coma-like state for up to four hours. Check back later. If a mother possum has been killed by a car, call a rehab official to check her pouch for potential babies. “If you find a young deer fawn or moose calf, leave it. The mother comes back several times each day to nurse,” advises Amanda Nicholson, director of outreach for the Wildlife Center of Virginia, in Waynesboro. “Its coloring helps it remain undetected by predators.”

Other Unexpected Encounters “Don’t feed wild animals or leave out food or accessible comestible trash. Bobcats, wolves, bears and coyotes will avoid people unless food is involved,” cautions Jennifer Place, program associate for Born Free USA, a nonprofit in Washington, D.C. “Wild animals protect their space, food and young, so stay on marked trails when hiking and never turn your back on them.” For unexpected meetings, stay calm. “Make sure there’s an escape route for the animal,” says Place. “With foxes or coyotes, throw sticks or small rocks, but don’t hit the animal. Make yourself look large and yell.” With snakes, sidestep away slowly for more than six feet before walking in the other direction. Bears require a different response. “Speak in a low voice so the bear realizes you are not prey. Never climb a tree,” says Place. “Bears know the terrain, can run faster than a horse and can climb trees, too. Sidestep away, remaining carefully upright, calm and unthreatening. If the bear moves toward you, keep talking until he moves away. Running kicks in its prey drive.” Yellowstone Park regulations require visitors to stay 25 yards away from most wildlife and 100 yards away from bears and wolves. Selfie photos

with animals can result in injury or death for humans and animals through carelessness; safety depends on good judgement, respect and common sense. Friends of wildlife know beforehand how to contact local rehabilitators if there’s an emergency, observe before taking action, and protect pets. “Always leash dogs when going into the yard at night and keep cats indoors,” says Place. “Peaceful co-existence allows for the safety of both people and animals, domestic and wild.” Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@

Wildlife Transport Tips If a wild animal is injured, wear heavy gloves in its vicinity to avoid being bitten or scratched. Completely cover the animal with a blanket so it stays relatively calm, and place it in a carrier for transport to a rehabilitation facility. A warm hot water bottle can help ward off shock. Do not give the animal water, milk or food. Time is of the essence to ward off dangers of stress. Wild animals can carry disease without appearing to be ill. Fleas, ticks and mites are likely, so keep injured wildlife away from pets and children.




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Wednesday, August 3 Love Addiction – 7-8:30 pm. With Diana Deaver. Always starved for affection, love addicts seem to attract those who love them less than they need. Share wisdom around love addiction and walk away with a better understanding. Free. Bliss Spiritual Co-op. 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. BlissSpiritualCo-op. com.,

Reiki Level II –10am-5pm Aug 21. Join Maureen on a deeper exploration of Reiki as we dive into the Level II symbols, Distant Healing and the Chakra System. Class includes a comprehensive manual, Level II Attunement and beautiful certificate. 792 Folly Rd, Charleston. Register by 8/17. 843-3274761.

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

Unity of Charleston Truth Talks – 1 pm. Lucid Dreaming, East and West, with Chris Cunniffe. Explore the science and spirituality of lucid dreaming. Promote creativity, resolve recurring nightmares, achieve greater self-integration. Love offering. 2535 Leeds Ave, 843-566-0600, UnityCharleston@msn. com.

Saturday, August 13 The MELT Method – 12:15-1:15pm. With Louise Petkov, triple-certified MELT Method instructor. A self-treatment technique that helps prevent pain, heal injury and erase the negative effects of aging by enhancing body awareness, rehydrating connective tissue and quieting the nervous system. Free. Bliss Spiritual Co-op. 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant.

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

Wednesday August 17 Facebook 101 for Holistic Practitioners – 6:308:30pm Create your business Facebook page. Step by step live tutorial. $35, Pre-registration $25. 925 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. Register: 843-214-2997,

Saturday, august 20 Women’s Defense Workshop – 11:30 am. With Curt Rogers. Renshin’s Dojo and Healing Hara present our 1st Annual Women’s Defense Seminar. Includes presentations on the topics of prevention of domestic violence, rape and basic self-defense techniques. $30. Healing Hara Massage & Wellness Center, 209 Stallsville Loop Road, Summerville. 843-810-5953.

Tuesday August 23 Intro to Detoxification – 6-7pm With Dr Stephanie Zgraggen,DC,CCN. Discover the secrets to natural body detox and weight loss! Free. Lime and Lotus, 925-F Wappoo Rd. Register 843-214-2997,

Saturday, August 27 The MELT Method – 12:15-1:15pm. With Louise Petkov, triple-certified MELT Method instructor. A self-treatment technique that helps prevent pain, heal injury and erase the negative effects of aging by enhancing body awareness, rehydrating connective tissue and quieting the nervous system. Free. Bliss Spiritual Co-op. 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. Dances of Universal Peace – 7:00 pm. Experience of mantra meditation in movement. Easy to do circle dances with music. No experience necessary. Fun and energizing. Love offering. 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston. 843-566-0600, UnityCharleston@msn. com.

Sunday August 28 Interfaith Service – 9:30 and 11:15am Exploring the diversity of religious experiences in Judaism. Representative from the KKBE Synagogue in Charleston will speak. Love offering. Service at Unity of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston. 843-566-0600,

Monday, August 29 Natural Family Medicine Cabinet – 1:00 pm With Adrienne Leeds. Go back to school strong & healthy. Learn strategies to stay vibrant during the year. $20 per family. Healing Hara Massage & Wellness Center, 209 Stallsville Loop Road, Summerville. 843-810-5953.

Art Therapy – 11:00 am. With Michelle Hamel, Intuitive Artist and Energy Healer. Experience healing with art therapy as you express what’s in your heart. Release your discomfort. Raise your vibration. Splatter, spray and slap paint onto a canvas, garment or a new friend. Let go of your frustrations through color and art. $40 materials included. Private residence near Folly Beach. 843-696-4016. Dude, It’s a Labyrinth – 6:30 pm. With Holly Bendz. Want a positive way to handle unwanted stress and frustration that comes your way? Learn how to design a labyrinth on tile or fabric to take with you to release, re-connect and re-energize whenever you want. $25, materials included. Private residence near Folly Beach. 843-425-9181. Contemplative Retreat & T’ai Chi Chih – 7 pm - 1 pm Sunday, 9/18. Centering Prayer an T’ai Chi Chih movement in 80 acres of natural beauty. No experience necessary. $275 fee includes lodging & meals. Springbank Retreat for Eco-Spirituality & the Arts, 1345 Springbank Rd., Kingstree. 843382-9777.,

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 Dude, It’s a Labyrinth – 10 am. With Holly Bendz. Want a positive way to handle unwanted stress & frustration that comes your way? Learn how to design a labyrinth on tile or fabric to take with you to release, re-connect and re-energize whenever you want. $25 materials included. Private residence near Folly Beach. 843-425-9181. Lost in Play – 1:00 pm. With Michelle Hamel, Intuitive Artist and Energy Healer. Shift your energy through play! Let your worries fade away through color and art therapy. Tie-dye, body paint, finger paint. No rules, just tons of playful fun! $25 materials included. Private residence near Folly Beach. 843-696-4016 Leave It On the Labyrinth – 3:30 PM. Create a temporary labyrinth to release fears and stress, help you speak your truth and strengthen your spiritual connection. Spend time with a specially activated crystal as you receive insight into next steps. $25 includes crystal. Private residence near Folly Beach. 843-425-9181.

Sunday, september 18 Open the Door to Labyrinth Play – 10 am-11:30 am. With Holly Bendz, The Heart-Centered Labyrinth Co. Bring your children ages five+ for a labyrinth walk that incorporates intuitive music, dance and FUN! This is a celebration of family introducing your children to the labyrinth in a way that speaks to them, and you. $10 per family. Private residence near Folly Beach. 843-425-9181. Color Therapy – 1:00 pm. With Michelle Hamel, Intuitive Artist and Energy Healer. Colors have vibrations that affect you mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally. Use color therapy to create a harmonious mind-body-spirit connection. Change your color, change your mood, change your vibration. Change your life! $20. Private residence near Folly Beach. 843-696-4016 lunatuna1045@

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 Making Sense of Myself: Three Keys Workshop – 10 am-4:30 pm Thursday, 9/29. The 3 Keys model provides a personality map of the whole self, offering direction and a tool for the journey home to the land of your soul. $400 fee includes lodging & meals. Springbank Retreat for Eco-Spirituality & the Arts, 1345 Springbank Rd., Kingstree. 843382-9777.,

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 12-Step Women’s Retreat – 7 pm - 1 pm. Sunday10/2. Exploration of Native Spirituality including sage blessings, prayer lodge, drumming, & sacred pipe. $195 fee includes lodging & meals. Springbank Retreat for Eco-Spirituality & the Arts, 1345 Springbank Rd., Kingstree. 843-382-9777, Springbank@,

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. or Unity of Charleston Services – 9:30 & 11:15am. Are you more spiritual than religious? So are we! Do you believe in many paths to God? Then join us. Unity Church of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave. 843-566-0600. New Spirit Books & Gifts – 10:30am-1pm. Spiritual, metaphysical and inspirational books, crystals, incense, tarot/oracle cards. Unity Church of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave. 843-566-0600.

monday Slow Flow and Meditation – 9am. With Teresa Bulford. The perfect opportunity to take your time moving through a beautifully sequenced flow infused with mindfulness and meditation practices. $15 per class or $85 unlimited monthly pass. Healing Hara Massage & Wellness Center, 209 Stallsville Loop Rd, Summerville. 843-810-5953. Charleston Community Acupuncture – 10am-1pm & 3-5:30pm (new extended hours). 1307 Savannah Hwy, Charleston. 843-763-7200. Complimentary Natural Female Hormone Balancing Consultations – 10am-4pm. With Dr Stephanie Zgraggen. Lime and Lotus, 925-F Wappoo Rd, West Ashley. Call to schedule: 843-214-2997. Senior Yoga – 2:30 pm. With Joe Vinciguerra. Offering a variety of approaches to meet the needs of all seniors. These classes incorporate gentle yoga poses, gradual stretching and correct breathing. Chairs incorporated to support your yoga practice. $15 per class or $85


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unlimited monthly pass. Healing Hara Massage & Wellness Center, 209 Stallsville Loop Rd, Summerville. 843-810-5953. Body, Mind & Spirit Renewal – With Molly Valerio. Balance all 4 aspects of your being for heightened self-awareness, healing and peace. Unlock trauma using your authentic body flow, visualization, meditations, and the spoken-written word. Bring a notebook and wear comfortable clothing. Free. Bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant.

tuesday Yoga for EveryBody – 9:30am. With Sam Meehan. This gentle traditional meditative approach to yoga is guaranteed to reduce stress while increasing your strength, flexibility and stamina. Each class iIncludes postures, breathing techniques, deep relaxation and meditation. $15 per class or $85 unlimited monthly pass. Healing Hara Massage & Wellness Center, 209 Stallsville Loop Rd, Summerville. 843810-5953. Your Power Hour – 5:30pm. A progressive class that offers challenging aspects for everyone. With an emphasis on core strength, this class combines traditional yoga postures with strong, energetic movement. $15 per class or $85 unlimited monthly pass. Healing Hara Massage & Wellness Center, 209 Stallsville Loop Rd, Summerville. 843-810-5953. Hara Flow Yoga – 7pm. With Joe Vinciguerra. A fully awakening practice of breath and movement. Students will learn to flow through various yoga poses with emphasis on breath work and proper alignment. $15 per class or $85 unlimited monthly pass. Healing Hara Massage & Wellness Center, 209 Stallsville Loop Rd, Summerville. 843-810-5953. The Reiki Connection – 7pm. With Chrys Franks, Reiki Master/Teacher. Guided meditation followed by mini reiki sessions by certified practitioners. Love offering. (1st Tues for practitioners only). Unity Church, 2535 Leeds Ave, N Charleston. 843-364-5725.

wednesday Complimentary Natural Female Hormone Balancing Consultations – 10am-4pm. With Dr Stephanie Zgraggen. Lime and Lotus, 925-F Wappoo Rd, West Ashley. Call to schedule: 843-214-2997. Yoga for All – 11am. With Marlene Glaser. Connect breath awareness, mindfulness and fluid movement as you practice both gentle and active yoga asanas. Allow yoga to help foster relaxation, balance and healthier body and mind. $15 per class or $85 monthly unlimited pass. Healing Hara Massage & Wellness Center, 209 Stallsville Loop Rd, Summerville. 843-810-5953. Beginner to Intermediate Guitar Workshop – 6-7pm. Facilitator: Jason Thompson with 30 years of experience playing and performing, 13 years teaching guitar, piano and voice lessons. Bring your own guitar or practice using one provided by Bliss. Free. Bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. or

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

thursday Senior Yoga – 2:30pm. With Joe Vinciguerra. Offered in a variety of approaches to meet the needs of all seniors. These classes incorporate gentle yoga poses, gradual stretching and correct breathing. Healing Hara Massage & Wellness Center, 209 Stallsville Loop Rd, Summerville. 843-810-5953. HealingHara@ Slow Flow and Meditation – 6pm. With Marlene Glaser. This class interweaves learning true insight meditation and pranayama (breathing) techniques as well as conscious, flowing asanas that help build strength and stability. Leave class feeling grounded, relaxed and rejuvenated. $15 per class or $85 unlimited monthly pass. Healing Hara Massage & Wellness Center, 209 Stallsville Loop Rd, Summerville. 843810-5953. Introduction to Meditation – 7-8:15pm. Open to public. Learn different types of meditation and how to apply them in daily life. $10 or $5/students/ seniors. Unity Church of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave.

friday Yin Yang Yoga – 9am. With Marlene Glaser. Increase your flexibility with yin yoga as well as the yang aspects of the practice that focus on increasing core strength and joint stability. Slow and deep exploration of mind and body. $15 per class or $85 unlimited monthly pass. Healing Hara Massage & Wellness Center, 209 Stallsville Loop Rd, Summerville. 843-810-5953. Transmission Meditation – 6:30pm Very powerful work. Beneficial for humanity and self. Healing Oasis, 772 St Andrews, West Ashely. 843-743-5222. or

saturday Gentle Yoga – 10am. Providing the opportunity to relax and renew the body with restful yoga postures. Practicing gentle yoga can teach you to relax, rest deeply and completely. $15 per class or $85 unlimited monthly pass Healing Hara Massage & Wellness Center, 209 Stallsville Loop Rd, Summerville. 843810-5953. Simply Meditate – 10:30am-noon. 2nd Sat. Drop-in classes with guided meditations, suitable for beginners and experienced alike. Circular Church, 150 Meeting St, Charleston (classroom below Lance Hall). $10 or $5/students/seniors. Kids Yoga Class – Noon-1pm. Utilizing yoga poses creatively tucked into activities, music, stories and more for ages 4-11. $8/child, $4/sibling. Simultaneous adult class also offered at 11am GC Yoga, 105 Laurel Ave, Goose Creek 843-303-2014.

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


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).

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

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


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


772 Saint Andrews Blvd, Charleston 843-743-5222 Visit Healing Oasis and experience powerful healing vibrations. Services: Advanced CranioSacral Therapy, with more than a decade of experience; Energy Healing; Chakra Balancing; Aura Photography; SoulCollage Workshops; Ionic Detox Foot Bath; Far-Infrared Sauna. See ad, page 15.


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


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

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

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

beauty consultant YOUR GROOMING GURU 1319 Savannah Hwy, Ste C Charleston (in Artisans Inc Salon) 843-813-1838


Pam Olivier 3226 2B Maybank Highway, John’s 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, Tthai 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.


Your Grooming Guru, Barbara BrantWilliams, is an experienced hairstylist, 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.

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

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

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


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.

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

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

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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.

Rocío Delgadillo, MD Terapeuta Arcangelica/Coach de vidas Charleston • 843-367-5618

Experimenta la presencia de los ángeles en tu vida a través de sus mensajes de amor y su luz sanadora. Terapia Arcangelica-Geometría Sagrada-Cristaloterapia.


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.

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 5.

Jennifer E. Michaels

Energy Healer & Spiritual Life Coach Coleman Blvd, Mt Pleasant 843-514-2848 • Are you ready to upgrade your energy, heal on a cellular/DNA level and live in Divine Alignment? Certified Master Healer, Teacher and Ordained Minister with 25 years of experience. Heal 100%; co-create a life you love! Mention Natural Awakenings for 10% off first session.


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.


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 23.


Holistic, preventive dentistry. Safe removal of mercury fillings since 1975, following IAOMT protocol. Offering anti-aging dentistry and biocompatible materials. See ad, page 14.

ABOVE & BEYOND CLEANING LLC Kimberly Henderson • 843-901-4779

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

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Preventive and personalized health care with over 75 years of combined medical practice. Board-certified Environmental, Functional and Integrative Medicine. We get to the root cause of your illness. Allergy testing, autoimmune diseases, women’s health. See ads, pages 2 and 44.


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CENTER FOR OCCUPATIONAL & ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE Drs. Lieberman, Weirs, & Herbert 843-572-1600 •

Please call for appointment: Mt Pleasant • 843-881-1418 Myrtle Beach • 843-293-6700




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.


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


Gerry Schmidt, PhD 843-588-9286 • Reverse aging in just eight minutes, two times a day with BEMER—reduces inflammation, pain, digestive issues, improves sleep and energy/vitality, plus more. Used by NASA and Olympic teams, in 42 countries for 15 years. Try it free.


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


Clara Powell 703-217-5269 CJ@Wellness-Wins-com Discover whole-body balance and wellness through education and lifestyle changes. Focus: allergies, pain and digestive system problems. Providing testing, workshops, classes and family/individual consultation, free 15-minute consultation and monthly shopping tours available.


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

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

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

Jennifer Iamele Savage, MED Certified Life Coach 508-942-0402

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


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

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

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


2671 Fort Trenholm Rd, Johns Island 843-266-3619 Relax and renew your mind, body and soul while enjoying our luxurious services. All treatments are tailored just for you using the finest all-natural products. See ad, page 17.


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


J Salon is passionate about healthy hair and overall wellness of the human body. We strive to give the best customer service and build long lasting relationships with our clients. See ad, page 7.


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.

Dr. Wendy M. Perrell, Certified Soul Coach and Shaman 907-317-2483 • Meetup: Charleston~Mastering Alignment 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. Mention this ad to receive $25 off first session.

THERMOGRAPHY BREAST THERMOGRAPHY INTL. Shanna Schulze 877-315-7226, ext 447

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


Dr. Bettina Herbert, MD, has 25 years of osteopathic experience and is board certified in Physical Medicine. Treatment uses gentle manipulation primarily using cranial osteopathy to relieve pain, improve performance and promote healing. See ads, pages 2 and 44.

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 13.

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


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

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


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


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natural awakenings

August 2016


Every Day Can Be A Day Without Pain!

Natural Awakenings Topical Pain Relief Plus


cute pain from an accident, burn or insect bite may cramp your style at the family picnic, but the kind of pain that recurs every day and every night can make us miss out on the best times of our lives. Lost opportunities like playing with our children and grandchildren, participating in sports and other healthy activities like dancing do not give you a second chance for fun. Natural Awakenings Topical Pain Relief Plus relieves pain, strains and sprains while substantially reducing recovery time.

include certified, refined emu oil, whole leaf aloe vera, MSM glucosamine and chondroitin, in a proprietary blend of essential oils, Oriental herbs, botanical extracts and complex vitamins/ antioxidants. MSM acts as an analgesic and antiinflammator y agent, inhibits muscle spasm and increases blood flow while aloe vera, the only known vegetable source of vitamin B12, Emu oil allows the other ingredients to immediately begin to reduce pain, inflammation and swelling.

Unique Ingredients are How it Works Natural Awakenings Topical Pain Relief Plus works by penetrating deep into skin and muscle tissue. Key ingredients

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Emu oil, an allnatural food byproduct that contains high levels of linoleic acid, known to relieve arthritic pain, is obtained from the fat of the flightless emu bird, and a series of processes refine, sterilize and deodorize it. But not all emu oil sold is of the quality used in Natural Awakenings Topical Pain Relief Plus; some is simply rendered, using added ingredients that pollute the natural oil. As an added benefit, emu oil increases skin layer thickness by up to 56 percent, decreasing wrinkles and age spots.

Follow the Directions For optimum relief, apply a generous amount of Natural Awakenings Topical Pain Relief Plus directly onto the area of pain or discomfort, allowing it to be absorbed for two to three minutes. Don’t wipe away any that is not absorbed; massage it into the surrounding areas, and use it as often as needed— there are no side effects! Using Natural Awakenings Topical Pain Relief Plus three times daily is ideal—depending on your level of pain—when you wake up, at mid-day or after work and just before bedtime. Regular use will continue to alleviate pain and help keep it from returning as often or as intensely.

Natural Awakenings Lowcountry August 2016 issue  
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