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f you are active on social media, chances are you have come across flower- and headband-wearing, “Ultra Spiritual” JP Sears. That is him paddle boarding with a goat on this month’s cover (now that is a sentence I never imagined I would write!). If you are not familiar with JP, do yourself a favor and look him up. My first exposure to him was his Yoga Photos for Instagram video. In it he addresses his photographer: “All I need from you in this shoot is to capture the shocking strength of my kundalini, the radiance of my vibes, and the magnificent decalcification of my pineal gland.” Then I checked out his other videos. All were funny—all gently poking fun at a lot of the topics we cover on these pages. I quickly became a fan. I assumed he was from California or New York, but it never occurred to me that he might live in Charleston. So it was more than a little surprising to run into him at bliss Spiritual Co-op, in Mt. Pleasant. He is indeed a local and has been for three years. He says it is a common reaction. People regularly ask him what he is doing here, assuming he is from somewhere else. His popularity has skyrocketed in these last three years, with more than a million followers on Facebook and YouTube. He regularly travels around the world and has appeared with some big names, like Tony Robbins Preparing to interview JP was unlike any interview I have ever attempted. I told friends the only thing I could compare it to would be what it must have been like preparing to interview Stephen Colbert during his Colbert Report days on Comedy Central. Do I interview the Ultra Spiritual JP, or do I interview the “real” JP who is an emotional healing coach, and, as this interview shows, can be both insightful and wise? I shared this with JP and he said, “Well, the joke’s on you; you are going to get both!” I turned to readers for questions to ask JP, and then I thought, “What would Oprah ask?” I decided we would ask JP the questions Oprah poses at the end of every Super Soul Sunday episode. Ana Haugsoen (account manager here at Natural Awakenings) and I conducted the interview together with JP, and we had a blast. JP also turned out to be even wiser than I imagined. At one point I exclaimed, as Oprah often does when one of her guests says something profound: “Tweet, tweet! Now, that is a tweetable moment!” This guy is funny, but there is so much more to him than the headband and flower. Enjoy the interview, and prepare to laugh and maybe even think a little (see page 27). My spiritual life is important to me, but Ultra Spiritual JP reminds me not to take everything so seriously all the time, especially myself. Sometimes we just need to lighten up and perhaps get away from it all. Take a look at “Transformative Travel,” on page 19, for some tips. Do you think chiropractors are just for achy backs? Think again. Check out how to find the right chiropractor for you on page 23. Learn about local chiropractors and their services on page 24, and discover some of the many services offered at Biokare, in Mt. Pleasant, on page 25. Enjoy your October, wherever it may take you.

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newsbriefs SEA CHANGE at The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art


he Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston presents SEA CHANGE, a series of exhibitions and programs presented in collaboration with the South Carolina Aquarium, the Coastal Conservation League, and the Office of Sustainability at the College of Charleston to raise awareness of our enormous plastic waste problem and the detrimental effects on our planet. SEA CHANGE features the exhibitions Chris Jordan: Midway and Aurora Robson: The Tide Is High at the Halsey Institute. Jordan’s breathtaking photographs help us recognize the monumental effects of plastic waste on distant ecosystems, and Robson’s work highlights strategies for intercepting the waste stream and upcycling discarded plastics into new objects. Robson will also have a piece exhibited at the S.C. Aquarium. The exhibitions will be on view from October 20 through December 9. Along with their respective exhibitions, Robson and Jordan will be giving public lectures about their work, and Jordan’s film ALBATROSS will premiere at the Charleston Music Hall. Robson will also work with College of Charleston students to reclaim materials from a local beach cleanup led by Surfrider Foundation Charleston to create works of art. With SEA CHANGE, the Halsey

Institute hopes to engage Charleston and the lowcountry in actively recognizing and mitigating our enormous plastic waste problem. A large number of local environmental activism organizations are involved in developing resources for exhibition visitors. For more information about the artwork and correlating programs, visit Halsey.

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newsbriefs New Look for Natural Awakenings Magazine


atural Awakenings magazine is sporting a new look. After being unveiled in Florida’s Collier/ Lee edition that serves Naples and Fort Myers—the first of a family of magazines that has grown to encompass 85 U.S. cities, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic—in July, the new logo and cover design will appear in all editions starting in October. Other design elements are expected to be refreshed in the near future to align with the evolution of the national content already underway. The plans were announced at the Natural Awakenings’ Publishers Conference in Orlando in May. “We’ve kept up with new, cutting-edge trends and developments in all areas of sustainable, healthy living through the years, so it’s only natural for our look to also evolve,” says Sharon Bruckman, CEO and founder of Natural Awakenings Publishing Corporation. “The new cover format enables us to highlight more of the content offered inside the issue. The changes also reflect the success of our mission in supporting the presence and growth of the natural living movement to the point where it’s beneficially influencing mainstream media content.” Launched by Bruckman with a single magazine in 1994, Natural Awakenings is now one of the largest, free, local, healthy lifestyle publications worldwide, serving approximately 3.5 million readers. For more information, visit See ad, page 35.

Hurricane Irma Imperils Healing Horses


lying Change Equine Therapy, in Atlanta, is an internationally recognized program that partners rescued horses in therapy with children, teens, adults and families healing from traumas like childhood neglect and abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault, natural disasters and the trauma of war and combat. In a study of their services, 82 percent of teens improved more in just five, one-hour sessions of equine assisted psychotherapy than they had in two years of traditional talk psychotherapy. Hurricane Irma’s winds hit the farm full force, leaving behind a minimum of $20,000 in damages to the covered therapy barn and arena. The organization needs immediate help in any form—volunteers to help repair and rebuild, donations of building materials and cash donations. It is important to mention that many of those in need of Flying Change’s services are least able to afford treatment. The program has never turned away a client they believed they could help based on the inability to pay. Flying Change relies on the support and generosity of the community and needs assistance now more than ever. Location: 4680 Polo Lane SE, Atlanta GA. To donate, visit 8

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Sirona Launches New Website and Expands Services Offered Through Bridge to Avalon


rin Sirona is expanding her energy healing services to include nutritional counseling, and has launched a new website that bridges both aspects of these services. Sirona is certified as a nutritional coach through the Integrative Institute of Nutrition and Columbia Teachers College. She also has a vast background in energy healing work, including a reiki master certification, multiple shamanic certifications, an RYT designation as a yoga teacher, and experience with several other energy medicine modalities. She feels that an invigorating diet and regular practice of a selection of energy medicine techniques go a long way in empowering the individual and cultivating vibrant health. Sirona supports individuals in living from a place of empowerment and passion. She advocates whole-being wellness—not only a healthy physical body but also a balanced mind, balanced emotions and a vibrant spirit. She believes in cultivating a fulfilling and fun journey; the foundation of which is the food that we eat. What we eat literally becomes us. Erin Sirona Healing offers individual nutritional consultations and programs, as well as cooking and nutrition classes. The focus is on bio-individuality and a holistic approach to a delicious and healthy diet. Classes include topics such as Seasonal Cleansing, The Food Mood Connection, Easy and Healthy Meals for Kids, Superfood Integration, and more! Clients can work with Sirona at Bridge to Avalon or via Skype. Connect with Erin Sirona at Erin@ or through her website at Bridge to Avalon is located at 757 St. Andrews Blvd., in West Ashley. See ad, page 5.

SpeakOut Charleston to Be Held November 9


wo local business owners, Ashley Dangerfield and Jon Clark, are hosting an event that they know will create an ongoing impact throughout the community for years to come. On November 9, from 5 to 9 p.m., SpeakOut Charleston will be presenting 15 dynamic speakers at the Scottish Rite Center. SpeakOut Charleston is a platform where local leaders, celebrities and unsung heroes speak on topics that are designed to increase awareness on local issues, inspire action toward positive change in your life and in the lives of others, and leave the audience with a renewed and uplifting passion for life. This type of presentation style has become a popular way of sharing information that impacts our lives on a daily basis and empowers others to take what they hear back to the community. Both hosts say the reason they created this platform for sharing is all too often people turn to ineffective places like social media for information on important topics and speakers turn to the same outlets to share. Imagine a safe, fun place for people to connect and take away valuable inspiration and be entertained. That is what SpeakOut is about! “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak out, but courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen,” says Dangerfield, who will also serve as an emcee in addition to being one of the hosts.

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Natural Awakenings Lowcountry Welcomes New EcoHealth Launching New Natural Medicine Account Manager atural AwakenNow University and Website


iffany Jackson, ND, of EcoHealth Wellness Center and Detox Spa, in Mt. Pleasant, will launch her new Natural Medicine Now website along with Natural Medicine Now University on October 24. Concerned by the vast amount of misinformation on the internet when it comes to health and nutrition, Jackson saw a real need for a convenient and affordable way for people to access the right information to heal their bodies. Jackson specializes in helping patients with chronic gastrointestinal disorders, immune dysfunction (autoimmune disorders, chronic illness) and detoxification. She has consulted with patients for more than 10 years and found that most are confused and overwhelmed by the sheer amount of health and diet information available today. She created 35 video webinars to streamline the junk information most people are receiving and provide a convenient and affordable way to educate people with the right information to heal the body. It took two years to complete the project. “If I could sit and talk with you for 15 hours, Natural Medicine Now contains everything I would want you to know to prevent disease and heal your body with natural approaches,” says Jackson. Fifteen webinars are available on the site free of charge! These cover everything from Brain Health and Heart Health to Natural Approaches to Anxiety to Toxic Products that Mess with Hormones. For those ready to learn more and take their well-being to another level, premium webinars are available for purchase, either individually or as a package. Natural Awakenings readers use promo code NA50 to get half off enrollment in the Natural Medicine Now University Premium Program at NaturalMedicineNow. com. See ad, page 2.

Pet Helpers’ Annual Fur Ball


he 13th annual Fur Ball will be held on Saturday, October 28, in the Crystal Ballroom at the Charleston Marriott Hotel. Come out for an exciting night of dining, dancing, live and silent auctions, open bar, and signature entertainment! The Fur Ball is Pet Helpers’ largest fundraiser. Their goal is to raise $175,000 this year. Be a part of their lifesaving efforts on behalf of the abandoned animals they save every day in the Charleston area. Location: 170 Lockwood Blvd., Charleston. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit See ad, page 34. 10

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ings is pleased to welcome another addition to our team. Gail Azain, RN, MS, MSN, FNP, is a nurse practitioner with more than 30 years of clinical experience. In addition to her master’s degree in nursing, Azain has a master’s degree in gerontology. She has been an advocate of healthy aging for many years. Azain started her wellness journey 40 years ago by adopting a plant-based diet along with a regular exercise regimen. She and her husband, Phil, now live on Seabrook Island and are avid bikers and hikers, taking long daily walks with their two dogs, Wiley and Hampton. Azain recently started a yoga practice, taking classes at Studio 33, in Freshfields Village. She is also studying to become a certified reflexology practitioner. Azain is devoted to health advocacy. This involves assisting people in understanding their medical issues, explaining diagnostics and teaching about medication. The medical system can be very confusing, and Azain describes her advocacy as “making sense of the insensible.” Upon request, she will accompany her clients to medical appointments to provide an extra set of ears and eyes. Advances in electronic devices allow her to work remotely with clients and participate in medical appointments. Azain also serves as a distributor for Shaklee products, having used the products for 40 years and having personally experienced their benefits. Azain looks forward to assisting health and wellness providers and businesses on Johns, Kiawah and Seabrook islands to connect with clients through Natural Awakenings.


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esveratrol is a natural substance found in grapes, peanuts, blueberries and other foods that’s known for its heartprotective nature. Researchers believe it may also help promote eye health, including prevention of glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration, but not much is known about its presence in the eyes. Scientists from Tongji Medical College, in China, set out to measure the concentration of trans-resveratrol in the eyes after oral supplementation. Three daily doses of Longevinex, an oral trans-resveratrol-based capsule supplement, was administered to 35 adults prior to eye surgery on one of their eyes, and tissue samples of the conjunctiva, aqueous humor and vitreous humor were taken. Researchers measured the tissues for resveratrol concentration to determine how much of the supplement penetrated the eyes. Resveratrol metabolites were detected in the conjunctiva of 25 of the eyes, indicating that the beneficial substance does pass through the brain.

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esearchers from the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, in New York City, studied the impact of music therapy on 60 patients that had undergone spinal fusion surgery. Half received a 30-minute music therapy session, along with standard postoperative care, within 72 hours of surgery. The other half received only standard care. The scientists used the visual analog scale to measure pain before and after music therapy in both groups concurrently. The patients receiving music therapy experienced average pain level reductions from 6.2 to 5.09, while the control group averaged slight increases in pain, from 5.2 to 5.87. “The degree of change in the music group is notable for having been achieved by non-pharmacologic means, with little chance of adverse effects,” explains Center Director and study co-author Joanne Loewy. “Pain is subjective and personal, and warrants an individualized approach to care. Certified, licensed music therapists can tailor treatment to each patient’s musical preferences and address their pain level.”

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esearchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Boston, followed 108,630 U.S. women enrolled in the Nurses’ Health Study between 2000 and 2008, comparing their mortality rates with the amount of vegetation around their homes. The researchers also accounted for related risk factors such as age, socioeconomic status, race and ethnicity, and smoking behaviors. They concluded that subjects living in the greenest areas had a 12 percent lower mortality rate than those living in the least lush areas during the study period.


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leven counties in New York instituted restrictions on trans fatty acids in restaurants in 2007. Researchers from Yale University School of Medicine used data from the New York State Department of Health statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System and U.S. Census population estimates to determine the impact of these restrictions on the health of the community; they compared the 11 counties that had the restrictions to 25 counties without them. The scientists concluded that hospital heart attack admissions were significantly lower for the 11 counties with the restrictions.

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esearchers from the Creighton University School of Nursing, in Omaha, Nebraska, studied 2,303 healthy postmenopausal women to determine whether a link between vitamin D and cancer existed. The treatment group comprised 1,156 women receiving 2,000 International Units (IU) of vitamin D3 and 1,500 milligrams of calcium per day for four years. The 1,147 women in the control group received placebos for the same duration. Within the study timeframe, 64 women from the placebo group were diagnosed with some form of cancer, while only 49 subjects from the treatment group faced a cancer diagnosis. This represents a small, but significant reduction in the cancer rate for those taking vitamin D3. Further analyses of the levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D in the blood revealed that the women that developed cancer had substantially lower levels of this vitamin than the subjects that remained healthy.

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pirulina platensis, a single-celled blue-green algae used in supplements, is often taken for the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases. A new study from Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, in Iran, tested the efficacy of spirulina supplementation on the body mass index (BMI), weight and cholesterol levels of 64 obese adults between the ages of 20 and 50. Subjects were divided into intervention and placebo groups. The intervention group took twice-daily supplements of Spirulina platensis for 12 weeks. BMI, fasting blood samples and lipid profiles were assessed at the beginning and end of the study, and food intake and appetite were reported daily. The scientists found more than double the reductions in both body weight and BMI in the spirulina group, compared to the control group. In addition, reductions in both total cholesterol and appetite were found in the intervention group.

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Many people feel that Christopher Columbus is partly responsible for the genocide of Native Americans, and bestowing him a day of celebration adds insult to injury. In a progressive move, the Anadarko City Council, in Oklahoma, unanimously voted to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day—observed this year on October 9. City employees get the holiday off, and other municipalities in Oklahoma have followed suit.

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Toddlers Routinely Reach for French Fries A collaborative study published in the journal Pediatrics concludes that toddlers under the age of 2 are more likely to eat French fries than vegetables on any given day; one in four 6-to-11-month-olds and one in five 1-year-olds consumed no vegetables at all. This concerning downward trend began more than a decade ago. The percentage of babies and toddlers eating canned or frozen fruits and vegetables declined by 10 percent between 2005 and 2012, and the consumption of dark, leafy greens among those under 2 has halved since 2005. Dr. Annemarie Stroustrup, an associate professor with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, in New York City, says, “You often have to offer a new food to a toddler up to 10 times before they will eat it.”


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Wind turbines make cleaner energy, but are dangerous to birds and bats. According to a study in the Wildlife Society Bulletin, approximately 573,000 birds and 888,000 bats are killed annually by wind turbines, which are providing increased wind power capacity nationwide. At one solar power plant in California, an estimated 3,500 birds died in just the plant’s first year of operation. What would help most is offshore turbines and knowledge about migration routes. The safest place for wind turbines is in the ocean, because songbirds and bats don’t migrate over such waters. On land, many songbirds fly at night and can’t see the wind turbines until it’s too late. Once they’ve discovered the unsafe area, they avoid it. Because migration routes are based on availability of food, water and resting areas, birds are forced to fly around the turbines, adding miles to their trip and the burning of more calories. Estimates of just how many bats are dying each year range from the tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands. Radar installations help to keep bats away from the deadly blades. Other remedies include slowing the blades at night to reduce collisions, which has proved to reduce overall wildlife deaths by 73 percent. In 2016 the American Wind Energy Association announced voluntary guidelines to halt turbines during low wind speeds, when bats are most active, to reduce bat fatalities by 30 percent. With two more industry changes, bat fatalities could drop 90 percent: feathering, or turning the blades parallel to the wind so the turbines don’t rotate; and higher cut-in speeds so they don’t rotate in light winds. Take action at

Forests Shift West with Climate Change The consequences of climate change are impacting plant species in unanticipated, but logical ways; for instance, conifers and other needle trees are moving northward because they are more sensitive to temperature than flowering, deciduous trees. They already populate the boreal forest of eastern North America, so they’re well-adapted to expand into colder, drier conditions. Individual trees can’t move, but populations can shift over time as saplings expand into a new region while older growth dies in another. A new study published in Science Advances also shows that about three-quarters of tree species common to eastern American forests, including white oaks, sugar maples and American holly, have shifted their population centers westward since 1980 due to drier conditions in the East. Global warming has significantly altered rainfall totals. Songlin Fei, a professor of forestry at Purdue University, in West Lafayette, Indiana, and one of the study authors, observes, “Different species are responding to climate change differently. Most of the broadleaf species of deciduous trees are following moisture that’s moving westward.” Changes in land use, conservation efforts, wildfire frequency and the arrival of pests and blights all play parts in shifting populations. Forest ecosystems are defined as much by the mix of species and the interaction between them as by the simple presence of many trees. If different species migrate in different directions, then ecological communities could eventually collapse.

Concrete and steel allow us to build immense houses, skyscrapers and dams, but in 2012, the U.S. Energy Information Administration determined that cement manufacturing uses more energy than any other industry. A new substitute process of growing biodegradable bricks via millions of bacteriadepositing chemicals, similar to the way coral grows, is now coming into use. The bacteria are injected into a brick mold with an aggregate material such as sand. After a short time, the bacteria turn it into a solid brick. Not only is this a renewable resource, it uses relatively little energy and is a viable option for future methods of construction, including terraforming other planets ( BuildingMaterials).

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nwelcome water problems create heartache, health problems, and financial hardship. Knowing how to protect yourself and recover from water intrusion can keep a bad situation from getting worse. Step 1: Remove any standing water. It is a health hazard anywhere in the building. Step 2: Remove moisture. This can include a combination of extraction, drying and dehumidification to remove the trapped moisture. What are the health risks of mold? Weeks to months after flooding occurs, serious health problems can arise from improper or incomplete restoration. The longer people are exposed to hazards such as mold, the higher the risk of health problems. Allergies, neural and respiratory diseases, as well as other serious health threats can result from mold growth. Molds can even trigger chronic conditions, like asthma, neurological issues, or eye infections. Bacteria, mold and fungi can be found on every surface of a home or office, including hidden surfaces, such as carpet padding. Flowing water drives organic pollutants into every recess and cavity, depositing bacteria from sewage, which is another serious health hazard. What happens to my possessions after a flood? The quicker a property is dried out, the more materials and contents can be saved. Any porous or consumable item that has come into contact with floodwater will need to be disposed of properly. This includes cardboard; carpet; padding; stuffed animals; upholstered furnishings; mattresses; box springs; and paper products, including books and magazines. Food and clothing items that have been in contact or stored in areas with contaminated water or mold should be thrown away. Materials that have a solid surface, such as plastic, glass or metal, should be cleaned and disinfected. Soap and water is a simple yet effective cleaning method. Do not use bleach, as the mold will only grow back stronger! Appliances that have been exposed to water or mold will need to be replaced. Appliances that have mold exposure but have not been under water may be saved with a professional cleaning. Forced air furnaces can distribute mold through an entire home. HVAC systems should be cleaned as a part of any professional mold remediation process. Approximately 80 percent of mold spores are nonvisible. If a potential mold problem is suspected, contact a certified professional to inspect for potential mold sources as well as to test the air in your home or office. Lastly, any handling of moldcontaminated materials should be done with personal protective equipment, such as gloves, eye protection, and masks.

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tical, real world skills, which support the vision of Dr. Maria Montessori.

What volunteer opportunities do you have for the public?

Growing From the Heart:

We need assistance on the farm, in the garden, cooking at the schools, building structures at the schools, craft projects for our kids’ market, and fundraising to help our organization exist. Volunteer opportunities can be found at

have been some of the A Closer Look at Earth Heart Growers in What greatest successes of your an Interview with Founder Liz Ramirez organization? by Jennifer Iamele Savage

How did Earth Heart Growers (EHG) get started?


n 2015, Hursey Elementary School, a Title 1 public Montessori school located in North Charleston, had an opening for a garden teacher position. I allowed my heart to guide me, as I saw so much potential for community-consciousness building and environmental caring. At that point, I had finished my Montessori training and had been working in the classroom for 12 years. I was happy, but I knew there was something still missing; as an artist and spiritual person, I was ready to explore and expand my creativity to create a positive and bigger impact in the community. I started focusing my free time in building a garden curriculum that was aligned with the S.C. standards and the Montessori principles. I asked for additional time and space to make the programs happen in the school—just to see if the vision I had could go somewhere, and it did. The project started thanks to the support of many people, including small donations from the school’s PTA and a LOWE’s grant; my dear friend and EHG’s co-founder and farm liaison Alexandra Seaman; the open hearts of Helen and Joseph Fields; and the approval and constant support of the Charleston County School District (CCSD), administrators and teachers.

What is the mission of your organization? EHG is a nonprofit organization created to support our Charleston public school children’s well-being. The curriculum

offers in-school gardening, cooking, baking, onsite farm education and a schoolwide CSA (community supported agriculture) program: The Healthy Basket. We also help students to understand the importance of sustainability and to develop a healthy lifestyle and relationship with food. EHG connects the CCSD, Montessori schools and families with a local organic farm: Joseph Fields Farm. The pinnacle of our program is taking the middle schools, from different Charleston public Montessori schools, out to the farm for agricultural education, practice growing and cooking, and an opportunity to develop entrepreneurial skills.

How do you serve the lowcountry? The merging of the school garden and a local farm creates a unique opportunity for our students to be immersed in a healthy learning environment. The program encourages our students to grow, prepare and cook food, as well as to understand the importance of agriculture, business and nutritional education. As students invest time and energy into the garden, they are gaining knowledge in various scientific studies, and conducting experiments and investigations at their grade level. The program provides hands-on curriculum-based lessons for advancing interdisciplinary learning in math, science, reading and language arts while providing opportunities for adolescents to experience an authentic farming and business experience. Students gain prac-

Everything has been a success, from the gardening at the school, the cooking, CSA, and everything in between. The connection between Joseph Fields Farm and the school district’s Montessori middle school program is probably the highlight of what we do.

In addition to volunteering, how can people get involved? We offer private group farm field trips to Joseph Fields. This is an authentic EHG experience on the farm. (A percentage of the total fee will support EHG.) We also offer private group lessons in cooking, baking and crafting from recycled materials. (Eighty percent of the profit goes to EHG.) Enrolling in Joseph Fields Farm’s CSA is another way to help. Individuals, corporations and neighborhoods can get organic local produce while supporting the farmer and EHG. The Healthy Basket CSA for schools will also support our efforts. (A percentage of the CSA sales will go to EHG.) EHG sponsorship packages are available online or by request. Other donations are greatly appreciated and can be made by calling 843-906-6084 or online at Jennifer Iamele Savage is a transitional life coach and a secondary Montessori educator. Her latest project, the Mindfull Mamas Project, aims to coach women who are struggling with the identity of motherhood and help them uncover their creative voice so they can step into their purpose and rediscover who they are. Connect with her at

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Meet Emilie Costikyan—Entrepreneur, Integrative Wellness Coach, Great Boss by Victoria Hargis

Tell the readers a little about yourself:

A big part of being passionate about health and wellness is taking care of myself. I exercise regularly, I eat well, I prioritize sleep, and I play and laugh. I have practiced yoga for over 35 years and I have a deep meditation practice. As well as being still and quiet, I love to move my body, too, and I am pretty active. I enjoy hiking, biking, walking, HIIT, weight lifting, and especially dancing. I absolutely love to dance. My mother was a dancer, so she started me off with ballet and modern dance lessons when I was but a wee child. I’ve never stopped dancing. My family is fantastic! I have two wondrous teenage boys who always make me laugh! I have a boyfriend and three furry friends. I also have a wonderful family of human friends, too! I am so blessed!


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TRAVEL Outer Adventures, Inner Journeys by April Thompson

An open-hearted journey can take unexpected paths. More travelers today are searching for deep and lasting changes in their view of themselves and the world.

Declare Your Intentions

Part of the intention setting is clarifying what we hope to accomplish through making a journey, suggests Nathaniel Boyle, creator of The Travelers podcast and the travel platform Holocene that facilitates community among transformation-seeking travelers. It might be climbing a mountain with our spouse to strengthen a marriage, or taking a cooking class in Italy or a basket weaving workshop in Indonesia to rekindle a sense of fresh input and creative expression.

Cousineau suggests that travelers prepare to open their thinking by reading about the history, culture and geography of a place, and then continue to learn en route by talking to locals for insight rather than relying only on a guidebook. “Make yourself vulnerable. Ask questions and be humble. Talk to your waiter or cab driver about their lives and conditions in their country. Those that become most delighted and transformed by their experiences are the most curious,” observes Cousineau. Anna Pollock, of London, England, founder of Conscious Travel and a sustainable travel expert, elaborates on potential results. “Travelers may see the world and their part in it differently or feel greater clarity, peace, freedom or hope. For some, it’s about insights into their personal purpose. Others may return with a deeper sense of connectedness or feeling of mastery that comes from trying something completely new.” Jake Haupert, of Seattle, owner of Evergreen Escapes International, co-founded the Transformational Travel Council to help people embark on such life-altering journeys, and translate “Aha!” moments on the road into meaningful changes back home. He has witnessed individuals undergo radical shifts from changing careers to becoming parents. One couple was so moved by their experiences on an African safari that they adopted their first child from Kenya.


Attention and intention are the main ingredients for transformative travel for Phil Cousineau, acclaimed author of The Art of Pilgrimage. “Ask yourself what is motivating the journey: Are you going just to check something off your bucket list because you read about it or are you going because your grandma told you how magical her visit there was in the 1920s? Are you going because you’re at a crossroads in your life, marriage or work?” queries Cousineau. Naming your intention helps open up the heart and psyche for transformation. Cousineau recommends sharing our choice beforehand with a friend or even a casual acquaintance. Writing it down can also unpack those yearnings and understand the pull to a place.

Stay Open

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Move Beyond Comfort

If we truly want to know the secret of soulful traveling, we need to believe there is something sacred waiting to be discovered in virtually every journey. ~Phil Cousineau


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“Travel can serve as a vehicle for expansive personal growth. Through it, we learn to explore the world and ourselves,” Boyle observes. “When you venture outside the controlled environment of prepackaged trips for tourists to face difficult decisions and confusing and chaotic situations that require problem solving, that’s where real change can occur,” says Haupert. “My 12,000-mile journey from Washington, D.C., to Antarctica was transformative in so many ways,” says journalist Andrew Evans, author of The Black Penguin memoir. “I’m a geographer by training and spent four years studying maps, but I never understood the true size of the world until I traveled across it on a Greyhound bus. I now see the world as much smaller and much more accessible. The trip made me a stronger, more confident person, and less afraid of what other people think of me; it also made me want to keep traveling.” “Travel comes from the word

travail, to labor, and trip from tripalium, Latin for a medieval torture rack. Metaphorically, travel can feel like torture at times, and some travelers feel unhappy, unprepared, bored or disappointed,” remarks Cousineau. “But the flip side is that travels can stretch us, just like a medieval rack.” If you have stretch goals, you can build them into an itinerary, advises Haupert, whether it’s getting up the courage to skydive or negotiating a purchase in a foreign street market.

Do Less, Experience More

To heighten experiential awareness while traveling, build fewer to-dos into an itinerary, the experts recommend. “Immerse yourself in a place. Leave time for unplanned explorations, rather than bouncing between destinations without space for spontaneity and restful reflection,” says Haupert. “Also build in time for meditation, yoga, simple relaxation or other intentionally restorative moments in-between the high-intensity peak experiences.” Haupert suggests staging a

Journey Jump-Offs Here’s a short list of resources to inspire transformative adventuring. n The blog at explores Cambodia’s sacred Buddhist sites.   n Evergreen Escapes at Evergreen specializes in unforgettable locales tailored to the traveler’s inner calling.   n “The Travelers” podcast via features stories and advice from 200-plus changemakers on topics ranging from creativity, fear and gratitude to travel-related careers.   n Muddy Shoe Adventures at offers small-group trips that challenge participants with combinations of physical activities and cultural experiences.   n connects people through shared spiritual adventures like mind-body healing and immersion in nature.   n Phil Cousineau ( hosts writer’s retreats, literary tours and pilgrimages to historic sacred sites.   n Responsible Travel at Responsible offers socially and environmentally conscious tours to all seven continents, including small-ship cruises to more authentic, lesserknown ports of call.   n Transformational Travel Council’s website conveys uplifting stories, a travelers’ forum and other tools for changeseekers.                                                                                 n World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms ( links volunteers with organic farmers to help build a sustainable global community.

ceremonial start to a journey, such as a special dinner or bike ride upon arrival. Similarly, Cousineau recommends starting a new journal on every journey, to ceremoniously start anew in one’s thinking. Engaging in ritual can also help awaken the traveler, says Cousineau. He suggests walking in silence as we approach a sacred site, or physically engaging with it, as pilgrims might do when they palm the feet of a Buddha statue or press their forehead to the Wailing Wall. Sacred sites are fertile ground for transformative experiences, says Lori Erickson, an Episcopal deacon, travel writer and author of Holy Rover: Journeys in Search of Mystery, Miracles, and God, a memoir of her trips to a

dozen of the world’s holy sites. “So many people have prayed and opened their hearts in a holy place that you can feel the energy,” she says. Erickson suggests that travelers seek out hallowed ground from different traditions, which can help heal divides among people of divergent faiths. “The art and architecture of holy sites are beautiful manifestations of spiritual longing and human creativity. These places have the power to move you, regardless of your own spiritual background.”

Lasting Travel Gifts

When you give while traveling, you often get back even more, says Cousineau. “A pilgrim never travels empty-handed. Bring gifts; even postcards from home can make a

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Drive Home Transformation

Starting with a moment of reflection before departing a place, take advantage of a trip’s afterglow to recall insights learned, gel memories, share insights and move to make changes stick. Haupert sees this as a good time to develop an action plan to “express gratitude for the journey and create a framework for your homecoming.” Then, take a day to reflect upon returning home before jumping back into work or other obligations, internalizing your experience and integrating your “traveler self” back into normalcy. It might involve a trip to the spa, an afternoon of journaling or organizing trip photos, suggests Haupert. “Resist the urge to check emails the minute the plane touches down or start planning the next trip. Take time to remember the journey and see your home turf with fresh eyes,” adds Cousineau. The returned pilgrim has a responsibility to memorialize the journey, an ancient tradition of Judeo-Christian and

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meaningful connection.” He recently brought baseball equipment along on a group tour he led to give to kids in baseball-crazed Cuba. Giving appreciation is as important as tangible mementos, he notes. “Gratitude makes transformation possible; that’s what modern people are longing for, to be touched.” Boyle suggests that finding ways to give back can unlock unique opportunities. Quinn Vanderberg and Jonathon Button, guests on Boyle’s podcast, left stable lives and jobs in California for Nicaragua in 2012 with only their travel bags and a shared dream. Brainstorming a vision for a new life together, the 25-year-old pair had realized, “We wanted life to be filled with travel, culture and people, and to make an impact along the way,” says Vanderburg. “We went knowing we wanted to create a social venture, but first wanted to see what was really needed by the community.” They went on to partner with local educational nonprofits and artisans to launch Life Out of the Box, a line of clothing and accessories modeled after Toms’ “Buy one, give one” business model. For every product sold, the entrepreneurs donate school supplies to a child in need. Since 2012, the

Adventure travelers named transformation and an expanded worldview as top motives for their explorations. ~Adventure Travel Trade Association Islamic faiths, advises Cousineau. The San Francisco writer traveled with a group on foot from Louisville, Kentucky, to Thomas Merton’s Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani, near Bardstown, Kentucky, to celebrate the legacy of Merton and Mahatma Gandhi. One of the women inked a footprint from each of 100-plus travelers, sewing them into a quilt to commemorate the pilgrimage. Chronicling the journey can be as simple as a dinner party with friends to share what we have learned, says Cousineau, but suggests that travelers engage attendees to also contribute their own stories and reflections. “We have a choice upon returning; do nothing and just let that experience fade or own it for ourselves,” concurs Boyle. “It’s incumbent to extract the meaning of our experiences and find a way to express them, whether through a photo series, article, painting or video. The traveler’s ‘third act’ of creativity after preparation and execution is how we process change.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at



Choosing a Chiropractor How to Find the Best One by Marlaina Donato


hiropractic medicine is known for its non-surgical approach to chronic pain and other musculoskeletal conditions, but also has much more to offer. However, finding the right doctor can be as daunting as shopping for a comfortable pair of shoes. Here, three reputable practitioners talk about securing individualized care and getting the most out of chiropractic.

Address Specific Needs

Clarifying the desired outcome is helpful, because some clients are just looking for a quick fix to reduce pain, while others may be seeking overall better health, lasting wellness and an improved quality of life. “Due to insurance issues, we’ve become known as pain doctors, but that’s not the full extent of chiropractic,” explains Dr. Michelle Robin, owner of Your Wellness Connection and the educational website, in Shawnee, Kansas. “Also, you can see more than one chiropractor, as each has their own strength.” Dr. Michael Aho, of Crosstown Chiropractic, in Chicago, agrees. “Chiropractic care encompasses many

styles, so one of the biggest variables is the type of treatment the doctor uses. Most offices commonly treat neck, mid-back and low back pain. If you have a specific shoulder, knee or foot problem, you may want to find a doctor that frequently treats those issues. If you are pregnant, choose a chiropractor that has experience working with pregnant women.” “There are more than 140 different chiropractic techniques. Some are light touch, while others are aggressive. Some are hands-on and some use instruments for adjusting. It’s important that the doctor’s approach resonates with your nature,” advises Dr. Jackie St.Cyr of the Innate Chiropractic Healing Arts Center, in Houston. Robin advises that sitting in a doctor’s reception room to just observe and trusting our intuition is helpful before moving forward with a consultation.

Ask Questions

First, find out if a chiropractor has embraced either a conventional medical or holistic model, and then delve more deeply to find the right approach and level of care. “Ask how long a doctor

has practiced and their governing philosophy. Do they treat the full spine or focus on the point of pain, and what range of techniques do they apply? You want them to know your spine before they adjust it; make sure they conduct a new patient exam,” suggests St.Cyr. An exam may include a thermography scan and X-rays. Helpful questions include what to expect during the initial visit, recommended frequency of treatment, the desired doctor’s office hours and how treatment might benefit a particular condition. Because most chiropractic offices offer compatible treatments, also ask about complementary modalities such as acupuncture, massage therapy, heat therapy, and interferential current therapy using minute electrical pulses for deep tissue pain relief.

Be Consistent

“You shouldn’t expect instant results,” says Aho. “You’ll benefit the most if you don’t wait too long after first experiencing symptoms of a problem before starting treatment, and are consistent with your treatment.” Being proactive can foster good results. St.Cyr concurs, stating, “When patients follow their chiropractor’s recommended routine of regular corrective care, they get the best results. Be consistent with visits and do your customized spinal exercises; they’ve been proven to work.” Robin expounds that not following through with homecare is a common pitfall for patients. “Like dental care, you always need to do something for your spine every day, be it stretching, other exercise or good nutrition.” She notes that everyone’s response to chiropractic is different. “Be realistic. If you’ve experienced injuries or accidents, it will take longer, and your healing might look different from that of someone else that is free of injuries and follows a healthier diet. Sometimes people give up on chiropractic instead of finding a chiropractor that is good for them. You wouldn’t give up going to the dentist, and the same should apply to chiropractic care.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at

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practitionerprofiles Charleston Health | Drs. Amanda McNabb and Karyn Meadows Jenkins Family Care

Dr. Amanda McNabb’s Story Along with eating vegetables and visiting the dentist, I grew up seeing a chiropractor as part of a healthy lifestyle. I made the decision to become a chiropractor myself at the age of 19, having received over a decade of personal benefit from chiropractic care. I have contin(l-r) Dr. Amanda McNabb ued my education, to include a degree in naturopathy, and Dr. Karyn Meadows and training in functional medicine and acupuncture. Chiropractic is a holistic healing art and science. When you see us, we may have X-rays or lab reports to look at, but our best tool in solving the puzzle of you, is you. You know yourself better than anyone else, and we look at the patterns of symptoms to figure out how all the pieces fit. One of the things that makes chiropractic stand out from other areas of health care is that we practice on each other before we ever practice on the public. We know what it feels like to have areas that hurt, and we know what each technique feels like when someone works on you. This past year, Dr. Karyn Meadows has started working under the same roof with me. Her passion is essential oils and chiropractic. She is also a provider with Blue Cross, and DOT certified. Together we care for those who have been injured in automobile accidents, as well as those who are looking for a higher level of health. Our office helps all people, in all conditions, function as optimally as possible. Charleston Health is located at 318 N. Cedar St., Ste. B, in Summerville. For more information, call 843-879-8224, email or visit See ad, page 5, and listing, page 41.

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Vitality ChiroSpa focuses on niche therapies ideal for revitalizing the body, mind and soul. Whether recovering from sports or motor vehicle injuries or concussions, or coping with pregnancy, scoliosis, autism or serious chronic healthrelated issues, a custom wellness plan is designed to address your specific needs. Their proven methods of concussion chiropractic therapy, Medi-Cupping/VacuTherapies, gene expression nutrition, and far infrared (FIR) sauna are ideal for all ages and types of medical conditions. As a faith-based practice, they think outside the box. This is the only practice offering the combined services of concussion therapy, Medi-Cupping, gene expression nutrition, and FIR sauna. Concussion chiropractic therapy is vital for safely and quickly eliminating post-concussive symptoms, the health of the brain, and nervous system and neuroplasticity, so the individual may safely return to sport and academic responsibilities. Medi-Cupping/VacuTherapies bodywork produces profound levels of healing through increasing oxygen and blood circulation to tissues, and loosening adhesions and congested lymph. This results in pain reduction, joint mobilization, cellulite reduction, lymph drainage, scar reduction, shortened post-operative recovery time, post-mastectomy healing, enhanced surgical results, and enhanced athletic performance. Gene expression nutrition targets youth gene clusters to “feel young” through cellular energy production and purification, targeting ultimate sources of aging, inflammation and mitochondrial function. The answer has been inside of us the entire time—our genes influencing the way we age in every way. Ask about their gene expression product “Vitality,” in a bottle, which helps physical, mental and sexual vigor, or the genetic-based fat-loss system. FIR sauna is an ideal 30-minute escape with guided meditation. Healing the body with heat is a proven method and revitalizing sanctuary. With warmth and compassion, you’ll receive preventive and restorative wellness here. Vitality ChiroSpa is located at 454 W. Coleman Blvd., Ste. 2A, in Mt. Pleasant. To Book your next appointment online See ad, page 9. 24

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Dr. Ann Stuart Jenkins, “Not Your Ordinary Chiropractor”

My name is Dr. Ann Stuart Jenkins. I’m “Not Your Ordinary Chiropractor.” In high school, I suffered with constant headaches, medical doctors and prescriptions (usually antibiotics). Then I received a chiropractic adjustment, and the relief was immediate!! Your body has the ability to heal itself if given the proper care and nutrition. But somehow we’ve managed to lose our health. Chiropractic is the only profession that strives to eliminate the cause starting with the nervous system. Chiropractors find the problem by touching the spine and correcting the problem.​In addition to chiropractic care, I educate patients to help heal themselves with the use of emotional care (Neuro-Emotional Technique), nutrition, magnetic resonance therapy with the Magnesphere HALO ( and exercises. I am involved in several groups that work with children and am an active member and speaker of several community groups. Our specialties include chiropractic care for children, sports medicine, occupational health, car accident recovery, neck pain, chiropractic care during pregnancy, and helping diagnose existing disorders.   If you are feeling any of the following—joint pain, neck pain, headaches, lower back pain—or need nutrition counseling and further rehabilitation following an injury, we can help. Call us today to schedule an appointment at our Charleston or Edisto Island office, and let’s get you feeling good again! Jenkins Family Care is located at 1164 Northbridge Dr., in Charleston, and at 806 Oyster Park, Edisto Island. For more information, call 843-2709913 or visit See ad, page 13 and listing, page 40. ​


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Biokare Health and Wellness Center by Toni Owen Conover, Publisher


and sister of Doctor of Chiropractic ucked away in a quaint renoJesse Ross. They have been working vated home in the Old Village on together in the Charleston area for 23 Pitt Street, you will find Biokare Health and Wellness Center. The charm years, the last three in their Pitt Street location. She has an obvious pride and on the outside reminds us of simpler affection for her brother, and it is clear times, but inside is a state-of-the art he feels the same about her. facility. Family is the foundation of Bio A general recommendation when kare, and family is what originally selecting a practitioner is to get a inspired Ross to pursue his mission feel for their practice by observing in health care. He the interactions in the speaks admiringly of reception room. You his father, an intellican learn a lot while gent and hard-working you wait. Biokare has man who was told a family feel as soon he had six months as you walk in the to live when he was door. Denise Rossdiagnosed with a heart Hiott greets everyone condition in his 50s. who enters and has an His own father had easy rapport with the died around that age. patients. It is obvious Ross’ father chose not she knows a lot about to believe the progtheir lives and families Denise Ross-Hiott nosis and took matand that she genuinely ters into his own hands. He changed cares about them. Patients exchange his diet, began exercising, and started stories on how much better they feel seeing a chiropractor. He lived 18 years since they started coming here. past that six-month prognosis. Ross’ The family feel is there for a rea“Eat well, think well, move well” phison. Ross-Hiott is the office manager

losophy mirrors his father’s approach. Ross offers a free consultation followed by a comprehensive assessment to get to the root of an individual’s issues. He works with the patient on a custom program designed to balance the mind, body and emotions, combining modern innovation with the body’s innate ability to heal. Therapies provided include:

Chiropractic Care Therapeutic and Rehabilitative Exercises Nutritional and Lifestyle Counseling Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF)—PEMF helps repair

damaged cells, making it among the most advanced injury-repair and painelimination technologies available. Patients report that it helps alleviate pain, expedites healing, improves sleep, increases energy, and restores clarity and focus. It is one of the few modalities that helps bones heal faster, and patients with osteoporosis have reported improvements. PEMF is achieved by applying a pulsed electromagnetic field to the body that produces an increase in cellular energy, resulting in a stronger cell. In the same way that physical exercise stimulates our muscles to make them stronger, a pulsed magnetic field stimulates our cells to create more energy, thereby

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making them “stronger.” PEMF technology has been studied for more than 50 years all around the world, and has been unanimously recognized as being extremely safe and helpful in increasing cellular energy. Biological Preference Scanning—Biocommunication is an exchange of information between a computer and the body; it’s like the computer is asking questions and the body is answering them. The technology sends the body an energetic pulse or signature called a virtual stimulus item (VSI). VSIs are representative of physical items, including nutritional supplements, drugs, body functions, and organs. As each VSI is sent, the body’s response is measured and recorded. The way the body responds is energetic; it’s called galvanic skin response or GSR. The technology Biokare uses, measures complex GSR patterns and determines shifts in energy. These shifts, either negative or positive, identify biological preferences. This information is used to make better decisions and customize recommendations to improve an individual’s health. The interface between the body and the biocommunication software is a Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-registered hand cradle. The hand rests on the contacts while the computer sends digital stimulus and gathers the body’s response data. The scan takes a few minutes to complete and is safe for adults and children. Deep Tissue Laser Therapy is a noninvasive technique to help reduce pain and inflammation.

The laser is FDA cleared and offers patients an alternative to drugs and surgery. The treatment only takes a few minutes, but the therapeutic effects continue to soothe and heal long after the session. The technology works by flooding the tissues with photons, energizing the damaged cells, and increasing circulation to the painful area. This produces a cascade of healing, thereby reducing, or even eliminating pain. Conditions addressed include: Low Back Strain Bulging, Fused or Slipped Discs Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Tennis Elbow Temporomandibular Joint Disorder Arthritic Conditions Post-Surgical Recovery Headaches, Including Migraines Sports Injuries   (Pulled Hamstrings, Calves, Etc.) Plantar Fasciitis This is just a small sample of the services offered at Biokare Health and Wellness Center. Ross is a knowledgeable and caring practitioner who combines the latest in technology with a core belief in the body’s own intelligence and healing capacity. Biokare Health and Wellness Center is located at 123 Pitt St., in Mt. Pleasant. For more information, call 843-7664444 or visit See ad, page 3.

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Super Soulful Questions with the Ultra Spiritual JP Sears by Toni Owen Conover, Publisher, with Ana Haugsoen


reparing to interview JP Sears was unlike preparing for any other interview. Would we get comic JP in purple shirt, headband and flower, or would we get the JP fewer are familiar with—emotional health coach JP? We got both—and then some. The interview was even more fun AND thought provoking than expected. We had turned to our readers on Facebook for questions they would like to ask JP, and to Oprah for the questions she asks at the end of every Super Soul Sunday episode. We told JP it would give him the opportunity to practice for his turn on her show. JP is known for YouTube videos like Yoga Photos for Instagram, How to Be Ultra Spiritual, How to be Gluten Intolerant, and many more that poke fun at topics we frequently cover in this magazine. He has garnered more than 1 million followers on social media and has appeared with Tony Robbins and other celebrities in the world of self-improvement and spirituality. JP has also called Charleston home for more than three years. He recently published his first book, How to Be Ultra Spiritual: 12 ½ Steps to Spiritual Superiority.

From reader Alison Lauren: If you could ask God only one question what would it be? JP shouts: What do you want from me!?! [We snicker a bit but realize he is being serious and that it is the perfect question to ask God.] I am being serious. What purpose would you like to have live through me in this life? How can I best be of service to you and humanity? From reader Lori Peddle: If you could tell your younger self one thing, what would it be? You don’t have to have it all figured out. You don’t have it all figured out—despite what you think, and it’s ok. It’s ok not to have it all figured out.

From reader Lori Gunn: How can someone make sure they don’t have a silly animal guide? Disregard any genuine information you are given and pick an animal that would gratify your ego the most.

Have you ever been star struck? Who inspires you? The only one that made me feel a little star struck was Tony Robbins. It was a thrill to meet him, to have him invite me. I haven’t been star struck by anyone else, really, although I have met awesome people doing amazing work. I haven’t been star struck because I value myself and respect my own work. Who inspires me? Tony Robbins is a huge inspiration. Anyone unapologetically voicing their unique true self is an inspiration. What is the difference between spirituality and religion? From my delusional perspective, spirituality is the direct connection to whatever is greater than you, whether you call it God, the universe, nature, source. Religion is the middle man between God and you. What is the soul? Who we really are. What happens when we die? I definitely don’t know, but if I was pretending to know I would say it is probably exactly what happens when we are born. When we are dying, maybe we come out the other side. Maybe it’s like the birth canal. The fetus probably feels it is going to a certain death and comes out into this world. Maybe we will come through to a life bigger than what we have now. What does the world need more of? Self-acceptance and creativity. Agreed. I think the need for more self-acceptance is self-explanatory, but could you talk a little more about the

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need for creativity? Creativity fills us up on the inside. It does it in a way that can’t be done from the outside. What we acquire, what we drive, what’s in our bank accounts, none of that fulfills us for long. Creativity is a dimension that fills us up from within as we tap into something greater than ourselves. Creativity is the umbilical cord connecting us to our greater selves. Creativity unkinks the umbilical cord to our Source. People go nuts when disconnected from Source and enveloped in separation. When we feel connected our lives have more meaning—more play than seriousness, more peace than conflict. What do you know for sure? Good question, but it’s a trap. I know for sure that I don’t know anything for sure. Although I don’t really know that I don’t know anything for sure. Ana: This is a question from my daughter: How do you like your eggs? I like my eggs to come from chickens, certified humane of course. Then I pretend they are apples, an egg-based substitute for apples. I pretend they are vegan. Anything else you would like to leave Natural Awakenings readers with? I invite you to consider this consideration: Can you have the courage to aim for realizing who you are—not who you think you are, not who you want to be, but who you really are? Amen brother.

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The Seed of Life Collective oozes with motivation and education on fitness, nutrition, body mechanics, and the ancient teachings of ayurveda and yoga. Our apologies to Tricia Hughey for a mistake in her Yoga Profile in the September issue. It should have said her practice and teaching combines elements of “Ashtanga Vinyasa, Universal and Iyengar yoga” instead of “ashtanga, vinyasa.” We regret the error.

Bra-Free for Healthy Breasts by Shana Rivera


reast health is a hot topic in the public and in the scientific community. PubMed alone offers more than 340,000 studies related to the breast and cancer. The topic brings fear and anxiety to almost every woman. So much of the media attention on breasts is about cancer and not necessarily about breast health. There are a variety of lifestyle changes we can employ for our overall health, but what about breast health? Something most women do every day specific to the breast is wearing a bra, but does this practice support breast health? A 1991 study conducted at Harvard University showed premenopausal women who do not wear bras had half the risk of breast cancer compared with bra users. Then in 1995, medical anthropologist Sydney Ross Singer and his wife, Soma Grismaijer, conducted an epidemiological study with 5,000 women and wrote their findings in a book called Dressed to Kill: The Link Between Breast Cancer and Bras. Their

research showed breast cancer risk dramatically increased in women who wore their bras more than 12 hours a day. Important to note, this was an epidemiological study and therefore only shows a correlation, not causation. A Chinese study in 2009 revealed that sleeping without a bra dropped a woman’s risk of breast cancer by 60 percent. In 2011, a study in Venezuela found bras that left indentations or red marks on the body, especially underwire and pushup bras, were a risk, particularly in fibrocystic breast disease. In 2015, another study in Africa, where a segment of the population wears bras only on important occasions, found a significant correlation between cancer and tight-fitting bras and duration of wear. Later that year, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) performed its own research in the U.S. and concluded no relationship. This study only included women 55 and older, all of whom wore bras; therefore, the study did not have a good control group to compare the data. NCI

and Susan G. Komen reference this one study when they deny the link between bra wearing and cancer. Even the most skeptical would not jump to a conclusion so quickly based on only one study. While we wait for more research, it is a good idea to take a look at the breast physiology to understand it. Wearing bras, especially tight bras, will restrict circulation in the breast area. The breast tissue is normally flushed by clear lymph fluid into large clusters of lymph nodes residing in the armpits and upper chest. Lymphatic vessels are very thin and therefore sensitive to pressure. By compressing them with bras, less oxygen and fewer nutrients are delivered to the cells, while waste products are not able to be flushed out, which can lead to inflammation in the area. Therefore, it is good practice not to restrict this area for long periods of the day, and especially at night. Shana Rivera has seen proof of the relationship between wearing tight bras and inflammation in her thermography practice. Thermography is a safe screening tool used to assess heat signatures and inflammation in the body. It may lead to possible early cancer detection, and early detection can save lives. Shana Rivera is a certified thermographic technician and owner of Flow Well. For more information, call 877-315-7226, ext. 447, or visit (click “prevention” tab). See ad, page 12.

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Fermented Foods Revival Rediscover Probiotic-Rich Foods by Judith Fertig

Colorful jars of fermented Korean kimchee, Indian chutney, German sauerkraut and bottles of kombucha line many grocery store shelves today. We’re in the midst of a fermented food revival.

Grassroots Groundswell

“I grew up in New York City as the grandson of immigrants from Belarus, and sauerkraut and pickles were common foods I always loved, but neither my grandparents nor anyone else I knew made them,” says Sandor Katz. This Woodbury, Tennessee, writer who travels the world giving related workshops is credited with bringing fermented foods back into the limelight. He explains, “I am self-taught and learned to ferment by experimentation. It was that first successful batch of sauerkraut that sparked my obsession. I also love eating cheese, beer, chocolate, coffee, yogurt and many other products of fermentation.” Kirsten and Christopher Shockey, the authors of Fermented Vegetables: Creative Recipes for Fermenting 64 Vegetables & Herbs in Krauts, Kimchis, Brined Pickles, Chutneys, Relishes & Pastes, homestead in Oregon’s Jackson Valley. “A fateful Christmas gift—a ceramic crock full of bubbling, fermenting cabbage under the tree, funky fermenty smell and all,” first piqued their interest, Kirsten recalls. “Eventually, we started

our own small farmstead fermentation company.” Christopher explains that the combination of salt and shredded or chopped vegetables can launch the production of probiotic lactic acid bacteria that preserves the food and drives off “bad bacteria”. Jennifer McGruther, who lives in the Pacific Northwest, is the author of The Nourished Kitchen cookbook, an offshoot of her blog of the same name. Her first batch of fermented food was yogurt. Now she visits her local farmers’ market every Saturday before spending Sunday prepping foods for the rest of the week. “Traditional foods like fermented vegetables, yogurt or kombucha don’t take long to prepare; they take time to culture, but it’s so rewarding,” she says.

How Much Is Enough?

Fermented foods offer a variety of positive effects on health. “If you’re consuming a diet rich in fermented foods, you’re essentially bathing your GI tract in healthy, food-related organisms,” says food research scientist Robert Hutkins, Ph.D., a professor at the University of

Natural Awakenings recommends using organic, non-GMO (genetically modified) and non-bromated ingredients whenever possible.

Nebraska-Lincoln. Fermented foods with live probiotics can also improve brain function, according to a study in the journal Gastroenterology. Fermented foods are meant to be eaten as condiments, not consumed in large quantities. Overdoing such intake might cause bloating, cramping and other digestion problems. Dr. Leonard Smith, a gastrointestinal and vascular surgeon and medical advisor for the University of Miami Department of Integrative Medicine, recommends “a half-cup of cultured vegetables or two ounces of your favorite probiotic liquid per day to start.” He says it’s possible to eventually work up to having a serving of cultured vegetables and probiotic liquids at every meal, or possibly as a between-meal snack. Christopher Shockey adds, “We don’t see these foods as a ‘medicine’ to be eaten daily because you have to force yourself; instead, we see it as a fun, delicious, easy, healthful addition to mealtime.” Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

Homemade EcoHealth Kimchi Recipe Kimchi (aka kimchee or gimchi) is a traditional fermented Korean main dish made of vegetables with a variety of seasonings. It is often described as spicy and sour. There are hundreds of varieties of kimchi made from napa cabbage, radish, scallion or cucumber as a main ingredient. In traditional preparation, kimchi is fermented in jars stored underground for months. Brine: For each cup of vegetables, use 1 Tbsp raw vinegar and/or freshsqueezed lemon and enough water to cover the vegetables. Try turnips, okra, beans, eggplant or other favorite vegetables that are in season. 1 daikon radish or a few red radishes,   sliced into half moons

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2 carrots, sliced into half moons 2 green tomatoes or tomatillos, chopped 1 medium onion (leeks, scallions or shallots may be   substituted, to taste) 6 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped 2 medium-size chili peppers (jalapeno for mild heat,   habanero for more kick), chopped 3 Tbsp freshly grated ginger 1 Tbsp any brand Himalayan pink salt Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. “Massage” the mixture with your hands, grabbing handfuls and squeezing repeatedly until vegetables are wilted and excess water is squeezed out. Spoon kimchi mixture into a quart-size jar with a wide mouth. Pack tightly, pressing hard until brine rises; the vegetables must be submerged to avoid mold forming. Loosely cover jar with a lid. Allow kimchi to ferment at room temperature for about a week. Each day, press the mixture down to keep vegetables submerged in the brine. The longer it ferments, the more sour it becomes. When kimchi has fermented to your taste, store in the refrigerator.  Recipe courtesy of Tiffany Jackson, ND, of EcoHealth Wellness Center and Detox Spa, in Mt. Pleasant.

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FELINE WORKFORCE Why a Job is the Cat’s Meow by Sandra Murphy


ome cats started their careers in barns with minimal job opportunities. With updated skills, they now boost office morale, encourage reading, promote products and provide therapy. Community cats even work in private security.

In the Office

Millennials, now comprising a third of this country’s stressed-out labor force, according to the Pew Research Center and American Psychological Association, are among those that can benefit from having

a cat around. Lowered blood pressure is one result, according to research by psychologist Karen Allen, Ph.D., conducted at the University at Buffalo. Even when comfort breaks are hard to schedule, insistent cats cannot be ignored. “Pompous Albert, a rejected show cat, works at SafeWise, in Salt Lake City,” relates Sage Singleton, who handles Albert’s Instagram account. “He boosts morale, reduces stress and provides entertainment.” Carlos, a former rescue kitten, greets employees at PetNovations, in Norristown, Pennsylvania, each morning. He’s the star of the corporate Instagram account and blog, and promotes the company’s eco-friendly Cat Genie litterless cat box. Smith’s Ace Hardware and Housewares, in Princeton, New Jersey, has Dusty patrol its 18,000-square-foot facility, often escorting customers along the aisles. At St. Augustine Health Ministries, in Cleveland, the furry receptionist is Oreo. This black-and-white stray claimed the job by installing herself at the front desk to welcome guests and visit with residents that miss having their own pet.

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Therapists At the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco, Duke Ellington Morris visits with patients while nurses check vital signs; he’s part of an animal-assisted therapy program through the city’s Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. With the help of his humans, Jessica and Eric Hagan, of Pennsylvania’s Wolf Creek Township, Draven was certified through a local Love on a Leash chapter that qualifies pet-provided therapy animals. He showed My Cat From Hell host Jackson Galaxy his hospital routine for a segment called “My Cat From Heaven.” Draven regularly visits the Grove City Medical Center, in Pine Township, local nursing homes and service groups.

notes founder and headmistress Shawn Simons. “In Southern California, working cats are employed as assistants to brewmasters at the Monkish Brewery to protect the grain and hops and at Saluti Cellars as vintner support in charge of gopher population control,” says Simons. “More traditionally, cats at the Portuguese Bend Riding Club barn discourage mice and make friends with horses and riders.” The school’s Working Cat Program partners with area recycling centers, golf courses, warehouses and industrial parks

Literacy Aids “At 18, Cleo, my small, gray cat, retired from therapy visits and missed the attention,” says Michelle Cardosi, a retail clerk in Silt, Colorado. “Kids reading to her at the school library provided a solution that satisfied everyone.” In 2010, the public library in White Settlement, Texas, adopted Browser to remedy a rodent problem. Five years later, the city council cited pending renovations and a potential impact on allergies in backing a motion to oust Browser. Supporters, pointing out that the cat brought children through the doors, successfully petitioned to keep the four-legged employee.

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that could otherwise lose hundreds of millions of dollars annually due to vermin-related structural damage, including gnawed wiring and other potential fire hazards. “Businesses get an all-natural, safe and effective way to control pests and cats live life naturally,” says Simons. Working cats of many stripes are becoming increasingly common. For a business, it’s a money-saver; for a cat, it’s a lifesaver. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@

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Reiki I Class – 11am-5pm. The ability to learn Reiki is a healing treasure. It does not take years of practice. Reiki is a pure form of healing that is passed from teacher to student. Reiki allows you to help holistically heal yourself, family, friends, even pets. $200. Charleston Holistic Center, 2366 Ashley River Rd, #8, Charleston. 843259-8349.


4-Week Fit Challenge – Next Round Begins! Featuring the 8 Fundamental Movements of strength, stamina and mobility on Mondays and Wednesdays! $120 after October 2, $80 before! $15 to Jump in any! Seed of Life Alternative Health Collective, 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. 843-343-6726.,


Indigenous Wisdom and Clay – Oct 3-6. 10am, Tues-1pm, Fri. Share ancient wisdom. Relate to nature with greater reverence. Includes Prayer Lodge and Spirit Quest. Create hand-built clay vessels. Art experience not needed. $895. Springbank Retreat, 1345 Springbank Rd, Kingstree. 843-382-9777.


Cocktails and Cameras – 5:30-7pm. Join us for gem elixir cocktails and learn to take more impactful pictures using just a smartphone! Create a photo vignette that embodies your essence using crystals and totems. $35/person, $60/couple. Charmed, 217E Lucas St, Mt Pleasant. Registration: theklcreative. com/events.


DANCE YOGA! – 6-7pm. Combination yoga, Zumba and dance party! A fun departure from the typical alignment-based asana. We build a flow of energy using mindful movement, motion and music. So much fun you won’t notice the workout in this expressive, cardio and strengthening jam. All levels. $15. Preregister online. Private Shala in Seaside Plantation, James Island. 781353-1553.


Neurolife Brain Health Workshop – 12-1:30pm. Explore the Biological, Psychological, Spiritual and Social components of mental fitness. Learn to combine each to create a sound mind and body to interact with loved ones, society and life. Facilitator: Carrie A Boan. Free. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. Exploring Your True Self – 7-8:30pm. Join spiritual mentor and Founder of Bridge to Avalon Jeannine Clemens in a discussion about what blocks us from taking action when it comes to love for self, and how we can embody this every day. $22. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676.


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12-Step Retreat for Women – Oct 6-8. 7pm, Fri-1pm, Sun. Exploring Native Spirituality is one of the many ways to connect with our higher power. Experiences include sage blessings, prayer lodge, drumming and sacred pipe. Led by Kathy McGrogan and Dot Goodwin. $195. Springbank Retreat, 1345 Springbank Rd, Kingstree. 843382-9777.


ELEVATE – Hands-on Intuitive Workshop – 9am-3pm. 6 Speakers. Topics Include: Medical Intuition, Palmistry, Astrology, Mediumship, Oracle Cards, Spirit Guides, Meditation. $197. Lunch and snacks included. The Woolfe Street Playhouse, 34 Woolfe St, Charleston. Shamanic Reiki – 10am-5pm. If you are a Reiki practitioner interested in learning additional techniques and symbols to work with Life Force Energy (and curious about Shamanic techniques), this class is for you! Erin Sirona is both a Reiki Master Teacher and Shamanic Practitioner. $147. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. Nutrition Workshop – 1-3pm. We are bombarded with nutritional information every day, and so much of it is incorrect. In this public education class with board-certified Nutrition Specialist Ellen Matheson, you will receive the accurate information and strategies you need to go far beyond survive and optimally thrive! $25. Charleston Holistic Center, 2366 Ashley River Rd, #8, Charleston. 843-259-8349. Info@ What Is Hemp CBD Oil – 5-7pm. Hemp Oil is changing people’s lives who suffer from multiple health and mental issues. Please come learn about the amazing product and equally amazing business that goes along with it. Free. 1965 Riviera Dr, #1, Mt Pleasant. 843-847-1927. AnaHaugsoen@msn. com.


Free Monthly Ayurveda Q&A – 4-5pm. Join NAMA-certified Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor Jennifer Byrne, MPH, for a free monthly drop-in on the basics of this 5,000-year-old traditional medical system and discover how understanding your Ayurvedic constitution can help you live a longer, healthier and happier life. FREE. Lotus Healing Centre, 232-A Ashley Ave, Charleston. 843-743-8373. Jennifer@


Energy Medicine Yoga – 12-1pm. This is a slow mindful class, practicing energy medicine techniques to release blocks, stuck energy, increase flow, ease and awareness, combined with basic asana. No experience necessary. Walk away with techniques you can use every day to increase vitality and facilitate healing. $15. Preregister online. Private Shala in Seaside Plantation, James Island. 781-353-1553. Moira@HealingTreeCharleston. com.

Tick Tock Sleep Clock – 6-7:30pm. Sleeping and not sleeping. True Rest. Part of the Blind Life Ayurveda Applied Workshop Series with Ayurvedic Educator Melody Rogers at the Seed of Life Alternative Health Collective. 10% off 2+ classes. $25. Seed of Life Alternative Health Collective, 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. 843-3436726. Holistic Health and Green Business Networking Meetup – 6:15-7:45pm. Entrepreneurship as a Spiritual Journey. An interactive workshop and networking with fellow holistic health and green business owners. Speaker Jennifer Santoro is a professional certified coach, coaching fellow entrepreneurs into their own greatness. She is also the co-founder of a video technology company. Free but online donations for the Meetup Group are accepted. Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun St, Charleston. Register at


Let Thy Food Be Thy Medicine – 6:30-8pm. Foods, Nutrients and the Digestive System. What is your Gut telling you? With Naturopath and Yoga Instructor Stefanie DeWyoskie. Class 2 of a 5-part series. $25 in advance, $30 at door. Seed of Life Alternative Health Collective, 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. 843-343-6726. Tarot – 6:30-8pm. This is a 6-week class that includes: understanding the Major Arcana as the Fool’s Journey, understanding each suit in context, using 1-card, 3-card and Celtic Cross spreads, plus a “decision spread.” You will learn how to interpret cards in context, not just a “book” definition. $150. Charleston Holistic Center, 2366 Ashley River Rd, #8, Charleston. 843-259-8349. Info@CharlestonHolisticCenter. com.


Drop-in Massage Times – 2-6:30pm. Charleston Holistic Center will be offering drop-in massage times. You may come by anytime from 2-6:30pm and get either a 60Mins or 90Mins massage. To inquire ahead of time, please call or email Charleston Holistic Center. 2366 Ashley River Rd, #8, Charleston. 843-259-8349. Info@CharlestonHolisticCenter. com. From Change and Chaos to Alignment and Harmony – 7-8:30pm. Learn how you can take control of your life and fill it with peace, harmony and joy. Come and explore the underlying meaning of today’s changes as they are demystified by vibrational astrologer Linda DeVito. $22. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. Spirit Quest – Oct 13-15. 7pm, Fri-1pm, Sun. Deeply prayerful, insightful experience. Being open and receptive to the Spirit and listening in the profound quiet of the natural world is the focus of the 7-hour quest. Prayer is integral part. Led by Richard Guess. Springbank Retreat, 1345 Springbank Rd, Kingstree. 843-382-9777. Springbank@SpringbankRetreat. org.


Fall Yard Sale and bliss Boutique – HUGE Community sale. Have fun filling up your $5 paper grocery bag! Everything MUST GO, and we are not attached to anything! Come rummage for unique treasures through hundreds of highly

desirable donated BARGAINS! $5 per bag. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. Women’s Holistic Health Symposium – 9am-3pm. Topics: Women’s Health, Wealth, Career, Soul Nurturing, Relationships and Sacred Sexuality. $197. Lunch and snacks included. Vinyasa Flow for all Levels – 10-11am (beginners welcome!). Connect with nature and your inner compass practicing vinyasa flow yoga at this beautiful oasis by the creek (or our private indoor studio, depending on weather). Loving, judgement-free yoga for all. Please RSVP online. Max 15 participants. $12. Private Shala in Seaside Plantation, James Island. 781-353-1553.


Reiki – 11am-5pm. Learn the skills you need to practice Reiki at a higher level. Reiki II is considered the “professional” level of Reiki. You will learn basic Reiki symbols and deepen your understanding of Reiki and how to utilize it in your life. Charleston Holistic Center, 2366 Ashley River Rd, #8, Charleston. 843-259-8349. Info@CharlestonHolisticCenter. com. Easy Clearing for Creation – 12-2pm. Katherine Smith of Alternative Healing will present practical tools for releasing energy blocks and allowing your creation to manifest. $37. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. Jeannine Psychedelic Integration with Katherine MacLean, PHD – 4-6pm. If you have had a personal psychedelic experience, whether it was intensely positive or challenging and confusing, this is a fantastic opportunity to share your story and learn from others. $20. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676.


Basketry: Weaving Balance and Beauty – Oct 18-21. 7pm, Wed-1pm, Sat. Enjoy the contemplative art of basketry. Woven into the schedule is time for personal reflection and communal prayer. No experience necessary; materials furnished. Led by Linda Szocik. $375. Springbank Retreat, 1345 Springbank Rd, Kingstree. 843-382-9777. Springbank@


Benefits of Newborn Massage – 6pm. Beyond the joy of spending quality time bonding with a new baby, infant massage has been shown to provide many benefits to the baby, the parents, and to the rest of the family. $10. 720 Magnolia Rd, Ste 15, Charleston. 843-826-0660. Danica@DanicaTodd. com. Info/reservation: The Magic Water Game – 6pm. When is water not just water? Is your water Optimizing your Health or making you Sick? Free to Join the Conversation. Bring a Friend for a chance to win! Seed of Life Alternative Health Collective, 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. 843-343-6726.


Nutrition Workshop – 10am-12pm. We are bombarded with nutritional information every day, and so much of it is incorrect. In this public education class with board-certified Nutrition Specialist Ellen Matheson, you will receive the accurate information

and strategies you need to go far beyond survive and optimally thrive! $25. Charleston Holistic Center, 2366 Ashley River Rd, #8, Charleston. 843-259-8349. Info@CharlestonHolisticCenter. com. Unity of Charleston Dances of Universal Peace – 7-8:30pm. Mantra meditation in movement. Easy circle dances with spiritual music from many of the world religions. Fun and energizing. Next Dances will be Dec 9 at 7pm. Donation. Unity of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston. 843-566-0600.


Reiki 1 at Biokare Health – 12-6pm. Learn to recognize your unique gifts, listen to your intuition, understand how to use this energy in your everyday life. This class is open to everyone and also a certification class for Reiki 2 and 3. $200. Biokare Health and Wellness Center, 123 Pitt St, Mt Pleasant. 713-825-3409. Unity of Charleston Truth Talk: Your Mind Is a Magnet: Shifting Your Reality with the Law of Attraction – 1-2:30pm. Chris Cunniffe, of Lucid Coaching LLC, explores the most powerful law in the Universe with intuition, wisdom and creativity. Discussion includes Abraham material (channeled by Esther Hicks). Unity of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston. 843-566-0600. UnityCharleston@ Ayurveda 101 Series Begins Again! – 2-3:30pm. Class 1: An Introduction to the 5 Elemental Energies Fire, Water, Air, Earth and Space with Ayurvedic Educator Melody Rogers. $70 for the 4-part series by October 15 or $25 per class. Seed of Life Alternative Health Collective, 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. 843-343-6726. SeedOfLifeWellnessCollective@ Shamanic Dream Circle and Potluck with Erin Sirona – 5-7:30pm. Immersed in powerful collective energy, we will journey deeply through Shamanic meditation. There will be an opportunity for feedback from others. Please bring a snack to share for the potluck break in between. $20. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. BridgeToAvalon. com.


Everyday Shamanism – 7-9pm. 4-week series. Basic techniques of everyday Shamanism will be covered as well as a foundation for a personal practice. You will explore healing via messages from your guides and being grounded in nature and the body. $297. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. Jeannine@

Holistic Center. 2366 Ashley River Rd, #8, Charleston. 843-259-8349. Info@CharlestonHolisticCenter. com. Dream of the Earth: Great Work of Our Time – Oct 27-29. 7pm, Fri-1pm, Sun. Celebrate a healing vision to see sky, rivers, trees and earth with new eyes, venturing into a future that is ours to create. Led by Marya Grathwohl and Jim Conlon. $275. Springbank Retreat, 1345 Springbank Rd, Kingstree. 843-382-9777. Springbank@SpringbankRetreat. org. Messages from Heaven – 7-9pm. An Evening of Spirit Communication with Priscilla Keresey. This special event provides an opportunity for you to witness evidential mediumship and receive specific messages from loved ones in the Afterlife. $20. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676.


Halloween Psychic Fair – 11am-5:40pm. Work with master intuitives offering you clarity, new perspectives and empowerment on your journey! You receive three 20-minute sessions per ticket with practitioners of your choice. Tickets are limited, register in advance to make your selections. Tickets are $97. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. Jeannine@ Charleston Theosophical Study Center – 4-5:50pm. Studies include metaphysical subjects like reincarnation and karma. Everyone is welcome. Otranto Public Library, 2261 Otranto Rd, N Charleston. 843-899-0619. Spiritual Cinema Night – 7-10pm. Do you like movies with a spiritual theme or message? Do you like to discuss them with others of like mind? Please join us and bring your own bowl for popcorn, which will be provided! Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676.


Halloween Psychic Fair – 11am-5:40pm. Work with master intuitives offering you clarity, new perspectives and empowerment on your journey! You receive three 20-minute sessions per ticket with practitioners of your choice. Tickets are limited, register in advance to make your selections. Tickets are $97. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. Jeannine@

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Conscious Dying Series – Hospice: A HeartCentered Perspective – 7-9pm. Join Paige Heatherington in an exploration of the issues, decisions and experiences that arise in relation to Hospice. Information to support and inform will be offered. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676.

Incluza-Palooza – 6:30-8:30pm. An exciting night of comedy, music, dance and spoken word! Our mission is “Unity Through Entertainment and Action.” Part of Global Awareness Week at Trident Technical College (TTC). Proceeds go to the Charleston Clemente Course at TTC. $5, Free with Student ID. TTC Palmer Campus, 66 Columbus St, Charleston.



Drop-in Massage Times – 9am-2:30pm. Charleston Holistic Center will be offering drop-in massage times. You may come by anytime from 9am-2:30pm and get either a 60Mins or 90Mins massage. To inquire ahead of time, please call or email Charleston

Speak Out Charleston – 5-9pm. Watch as 15 dynamic speakers take you on an empowering journey of redesigning life! $37. Scottish Rite Center, 1051 Sam Rittenberg Blvd, Charleston. 843-469-0210.

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


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

monday Complimentary Natural Female Hormone Balancing Consultations – 10am-4pm. With Dr. Stephanie Zgraggen. Lime and Lotus, 925-F Wappoo Rd, West Ashley. Call to schedule: 843-2142997. THRIVE Domestic Violence Support Group – 12:30-1:30pm. Connect in a safe, confidential forum with others who are experiencing or have experienced violence in their relationships. In an atmosphere of respect, safety and empathy, draw comfort and empowerment from those who understand. Facilitator: Leigh Wildt. Free. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. 843-345-7061.

tuesday Free Monthly Essential Oils Class – 6-7pm. 1st Tues of the month. Learn Healthy Habits, use Essential oils, Make ‘N’ Take items to use or give away to loved ones, Refreshments served, Recipes and RAFFLES! Free. 1164 Northbridge Rd (West Ashley), Charleston. 843-270-9913. ChiroAnn@


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Complimentary Natural Female Hormone Balancing Consultations – 10am-4pm. With Dr. Stephanie Zgraggen. Lime and Lotus, 925-F Wappoo Rd, West Ashley. Call to schedule: 843-2142997. Guided Meditations – 6:30-7:15pm. Through visually guided meditations, together, we will raise our vibrational frequencies. Weekly sessions are 45 minutes, beginning with a Spirit-channeled visualization/meditation. Upon completion, everyone will have an opportunity to share visions, insights, breakthroughs and more. $10 donation. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, West Ashley. 843-974-5676. Learn How to Go on Shamanic Journeys for Yourself – 6:30-8pm. Find your power animal(s), and explore the lower world, the upper world, and the middle world. Learn to find answers for yourself as you explore the other realms. This is a 6-week class beginning November 1. $150. Charleston Holistic Center, 2366 Ashley River Rd, # 8, Charleston. 843-259-8349. Charleston.Holistic.Center@gmail. com. Martial Arts Training – 6:30-8:30pm. Martial Arts training from beginning to advanced. Free trial lesson for evaluation. An Ancient Okinawan Martial Art for enhancement on all levels of Awareness—on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual self. $90 per month, $165/family rates. Natsu Mura Karate & Kobudo, 125 S Main St, Summerville. 843-875-4543. Meditation Class – 6:30-7:30pm. With Jennifer Michaels, Energy Healer and Spiritual Life Coach. Guided and silent meditation. Beginners and advanced. $15 per class. Shepard Integrative Dermatology, 912 Old Georgetown Rd, Mt Pleasant. 843-514-2848.

thursday Reiki for Vets –1-2pm. Free drop-in Reiki clinic for veterans and their spouse or caregiver. VAapproved volunteers will provide free 15-minute Reiki sessions to any disabled vet receiving services through the VA. No appointment necessary! Call or visit website for more information. Free. Naval Nuclear Power Training Command, 101 Naval Nuclear Power Training Command Cir, Goose Creek. 843-425-4906. THRIVE Domestic Violence Support Group – 6-7pm. Connect in a safe, confidential forum with others who are experiencing or have experienced violence in their relationships. In an atmosphere of respect, safety and empathy, draw comfort and empowerment from those who understand. Facilitator: Leigh Wildt. Free. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. 843-345-7061. Leigh@

friday A Course in Miracles Study Group – 10:30am12pm. Explore with a supportive group a course with a spiritual rather than religious perspective. It combines some aspects of Buddhism and Christianity to teach a unique non-dualistic thought system dealing with universal spiritual themes. Facilitator: Janet Herron. FREE. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. 843-345-7061. blissSpiritualCo-op. org. Vinyasa Flow Yoga – 11am-12pm. Return to a conscious awareness of our divine nature by focusing on breathing, strengthening the body, and opening your heart. FREE. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. 843-345-7061. Tish@

saturday Martial Arts Training – 9:30am-12pm. Martial Arts training from beginning to advanced. Free trial lesson for evaluation. An Ancient Okinawan Martial Art for enhancement on all levels of Awareness—on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual self. $90 per month, $165/month family rates. Natsu Mura Karate & Kobudo, 125 S Main St, Summerville. 843-875-4543. Compost Daze – 10am-2pm. Compost Rangers Compost Daze volunteer monthly workday every 2nd Sat of the month. Location will vary, so follow Compost Rangers on Facebook or visit and sign up for email reminders. Simply Meditate – 10:30am-12pm. 2nd and 4th Saturdays. Drop-in classes with guided meditations, suitable for beginners and experienced alike. Circular Church, 150 Meeting St, Charleston (classroom below Lance Hall). $10 or $5/students/seniors. Functional Wellness Solutions for the Happiestand-Healthiest Holiday Season – 1-3pm. For many of us, the joy of the holidays can be obscured by stress. With this class you will receive accurate information and strategies you need to go far beyond survive and actually THRIVE! $25. Charleston Holistic Center, 2366 Ashley River Rd, #8, Charleston. 843-259-8349. Charleston.Holistic.Center@gmail. com.

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


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


Andrea Geiger 635 E Bay St, Ste A, Charleston 843-737-3767 • We help you experience exceptional health. Our treatments work to heal your physical, mental and emotional body so you feel terrific and can enjoy life.

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

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


Joe Lange 1000 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, #103-164 Mt Pleasant 843-608-1425 • Nontoxic mold solutions that transform your living and work areas into healthy environments. We safely render mold non-allergenic. Even dead mold spores can be allergenic! See ad, page 2.

bIOMAGNETIC THERAPY Mt. Pleasant/Charleston 843-732-0293 •


Charleston 845-802-6111 • Consultations, Spiritual Coaching and Counseling with a primary focus on a client’s gifts and talents, illuminating natural cycles and phases of growth for individuals and couples. Alexander’s training in Body Centered Gestalt Counseling and Art Therapy, coupled with his Astrological/ Intuitive training powerfully help clients achieve clarity of goal and purpose.


Jennifer Byrne, MPH, NAMA-Certified Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor 232A Ashley Ave, Charleston • 843-743-8373 Ayurveda is a 5,000-year-old system of health and longevity. An Ayurvedic consultation can help you understand your unique constitution and identify how your system manifests imbalances. Individualized dietary, lifestyle and herbal recommendations are tailored to address any current imbalances. Call/email for scheduling. See ad, page 43.


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

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

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

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

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

Licensed holistic massage and integrative bodywork practitioner offering massage, aromatherapy, energy healing and breathing techniques to help individuals nurture health, restore balance, manage pain, trauma and injury as they learn to embrace their own body/mind wisdom. See ad, page 43.

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

Avondale’s premier massage therapy and advanced Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® practice. Learn more about my journey at See ad, page 12.


1319 Savannah Hwy, Ste C Charleston (in Artisans Inc Salon) 843-813-1838 Your Grooming Guru, Barbara Brant-Williams, is an experienced hair-stylist, makeup artist and certified Organic Color Specialist practicing out of the Artisans Salon. Charleston’s go-to source for hair, makeup and beauty product knowledge. See ad, page 9.

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Pam Olivier 3226 2B Maybank Hwy, Johns Island 843-708-8923 •


A unique massage formulated specifically to meet your needs. Several different massage modalities are used, including sports, neuromuscular, trigger point, lomi lomi, Thai yoga massage and manual lymph drainage. Conditions addressed include migraines, sciatica, whiplash, stress, anxiety and good old tight shoulders.


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.


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


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.


COACHING VibraSoul Art

Ellie Alasantra Summerville 843-696-4016 •


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

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.

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

Exclusive to the area: Whole Body Magnetic Therapy. Mention Natural Awakenings for a free one-hour session. Holistic family care. Relief of neck, back and emotional pain. Homeopathy and essential oils. See ad, page 13.


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


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


Dr. Hayan Lee & Dr. Young Kim 320 Midland Pkwy, Ste A, Summerville 843-486-2022 •

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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Wendy S. Haefner, DDS 1571 Mathis Ferry Rd, Mt Pleasant 843-884-1215 •

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


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 18.

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

Holistic, preventive dentistry. Safe removal of mercury fillings since 1975, following IAOMT protocol. Offering anti-aging dentistry and biocompatible materials. See ad, page 32.

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Angel Muehlenkamp, MA Professional Counseling Summerville 843-327-1440 •

Dr. Ann Jenkins, Not Your Ordinary Chiropractor


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


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.

Mt Pleasant/Charleston 843-801-4686 Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator with over 25 years of experience. Private consultations, grocery store tours, public speaking. Owner of Carolina Green Living LLC, which focuses on teaching clients about avoiding toxins and other environmental factors that can impact health.

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






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

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


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

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Naturopathy for the Spirit, Mind and Body. Where Western medicine meets Eastern Healing! Call today for your free 20-minute consultation and discover your path to health and vitality. See ad, page 11.


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Charleston Holistic Center 2366 Ashley River Rd, Bldg 8, Charleston 843-225-2024 • Licensed, full-service counselor specializing in all aspects of anxiety. Certified in Hypnotherapy, EMDR, E F T, P a s t - L i f e R e g r e s s i o n , Mindfulness and Dream Analysis. Whatever you’re experiencing, we can help you find your way to a happier life. See ad, page 16.


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


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

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Early detection and alternative prevention. Thermography: radiationfree full body and breast cancer screening. See what you need to work on now to potentially avoid future health issues. See ad, page 12.


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

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Charleston’s Voices of Change Event November 9, 2017 | 5 PM - 9 PM 1051 Sam Rittenberg Blvd Charleston, SC 29407 General Admission Tickets: $37 Tickets Go Live: September 15 Charleston is the host city for this year’s SpeakOut Event: one that you will surely see make a big impact today and in the future. Speak up and Speak Out Charleston, everyone’s listening! Watch and learn the stories, challenges, successes and words of wisdom behind 15 dynamic speakers as they take you on an empowering journey of re-designing life!

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