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am not going to sugarcoat it—it’s been a tough couple of months. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria; the Las Vegas mass shooting; the deadly California wildfires. So much devastation. It’s hard to take it all in. Tragedy struck close to home for our Natural Awakenings family. Our publishers in Puerto Rico, Luis Mendez and Waleska Sallaberry—the couple on this month’s cover—lost all their possessions to Hurricane Maria. Luis is still there trying to help their beautiful surfing village recover and eventually rebuild. Waleska and their children moved back to the States so the kids could enroll in school and Waleska could try to earn some money with the help of clean water, electricity and reliable phone coverage. All the practitioners in their wellness community lost their homes and businesses too, and it will take time to rebuild. Please see the brief on page 26 and ad page, 33 to see how you can help. We also lost Tom Petty. Who didn’t love Tom Petty? He was like the Tom Hanks of music. Petty described the time an arsonist set his home on fire—with him in it— during a National Public Radio interview. Someone wanted to kill him; he lost all his possessions except the clothes on his back, yet this was his response: “I’m sure it had a great effect on the music I did, because I came back with this very positive, happy kind of music. I didn’t want to go into any dark corner or anything like that. I was just so glad to be alive and to have escaped something like that.” Just this past weekend, Waleska was a houseguest at our Long Island Publisher Kelly Martinsen’s home. Kelly lost her home to a terrible fire that night. She posted on Facebook: “We had a fire and I know that there is word out there that we ‘lost everything.’ I want to assure everyone that this is not the case. While our house may be totaled, ‘everything’ I need was found the morning after the fire as I held my kids (all three!) [her son, daughter and dog] and my husband in my driveway. For now, we have no needs.” She then went on to thank Waleska, who woke her in time to get everyone out of the house. Despite all she has been through and lost to Hurricane Maria, and despite undergoing yet another trauma in watching her friend’s home burn to the ground, Waleska recently posted a photo of her new 2018 planner. It reads “Best year ever” in beautiful script on the cover. To quote fellow Gulf Coast Publisher Meredith Montgomery: “As headlines are flooded with reports of hurricanes, fires, shootings and the untimely passing of familiar faces, these stories shine a bright light on the power of perspective. What if we all lived with such unattachment to material things and maintained a peaceful sense of trust in what lies ahead? “Thanksgiving arrives this month as a reminder to feel gratitude for all that we have—especially those things that can’t be bought or burned down. Whether it’s a beautiful sunset, a compliment from a stranger or the embrace of a loved one, those are the things that ultimately make us feel the richest.” I am counting my blessings for family and friends, for this beautiful area and community, and for my work family—comprised of some of the wisest, kindest and most inspirational people I have ever known. With gratitude,

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he South Carolina Environmental Law Project (SCELP) is a public interest law firm devoted to environmental protection and conservation, inspired by the successful community mobilization against a proposed siting of an oil refinery in Winyah Bay, more than 30 years ago. Headquartered in Georgetown, they have operated as the grassroots champion of environmental laws and healthy communities all over the state ever since. Since its settlement, South Carolina has been revered and exploited for its natural beauty and resources. It takes constant vigilance to ensure their sustainable use and enjoyment. With government resources and environmental ethos at historic lows and development pressures at historic highs, natural resources need advocates and legal protection. SCELP relies on the support of individuals, businesses and foundations that share their love and reverence for the natural environment. In 2010, they created their annual fundraiser, Wild Side. It has since become a wildly popular community gathering and remains a vital source of financial support of their work. The eighth annual Wild Side will be held on November 4 at Hobcaw Barony, overlooking Winyah Bay, in Georgetown. The special guest and featured speaker is Rudy Mancke, iconic naturalist and host of NatureNotes on S.C. ETV and Public Radio. The event includes a full lineup of activities and entertainment, including boat tours, nature walks, food and beverages, live music and a silent auction. Gates open and events start at 2 p.m., including nature walks with

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ircular Congregational Church is pleased to announce the publication of The Edible Gospel, Recipes and Reflections from Circular Congregational Church (UCC). Curated by the editorial team of Barbara BrantWilliams, Linda Chinnis, Lucille Keller and Carolyn Thiedke, this Charleston cookbook includes essays by Stephanie Hunt, artwork by Debra Stokes, and a tempting collection of more than 180 recipes from the sea, the farm, the farmers market and the dessert table. Hunt is a freelance writer for numerous regional and national publications and has a master’s degree in theological studies from Vanderbilt Divinity School. Illustrator Stokes is an attorney and is the 2017 president of Circular Church and member of the S.C. Watermedia Society. Stokes’ work has been shown in Piccolo Spoleto and featured in Skirt! Magazine. With a commitment to supporting sustainable living through our food choices, to supporting the community by eating locally and seasonally, and to supporting each other through deep and open hospitality, the book was composed in a spirit of joy, simplicity and caring. In The Edible Gospel, essayist Hunt reflects on the link between food and faith, explaining how “The Edible Gospel is grounded in an understanding that spiritual and physical nourishment go hand in hand. The Edible Gospel teaches that love tastes good, and forgiveness is rich and filling.” Also included is a poem celebrating the natural abundance of lowcountry foods by S.C. Poet Laureate Marjory Wentworth and a covered dish blessing by Rev. Dr. Jeremy Rutledge. Proceeds will support two organizations that promote access to fresh and local foods in communities where this is otherwise difficult: Sweetgrass Garden Co-op and Fresh Future Farm. Sweetgrass Garden provides free, fresh, naturally grown local produce to charitable food distribution agencies in S.C., particularly the Sea Islands. Fresh Future Farm’s mission is to improve access to high-quality foods in at-risk communities.   For more information or to purchase a copy of The Edible Gospel, visit See listing for Barbara Brant-Williams, page 39.


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Seed of Life Healthy Holiday Bazaar and Bridge to Avalon Yule Log December 9


s we enter what ayurvedic science calls “kapha season,” or the “binding time,” we welcome the magical movement from the changing fall to the regrowth of spring. This season heralds both the death of the world before, and the birth of the world to come, embodied in nourishment, connection, love, care, comfort, warmth and appreciation. It allows the shedding of the old to create the new. To honor this sacred season, the Seed of Life Alternative Health Collective—located at 621 Wappoo Road, in Charleston—will host a supportive community event and vendor market on December 9, from noon until 5 p.m., to increase awareness of spiritual and holistic health providers in the area while also providing an opportunity for attendees to invest in health, lifestyle changes, and self-care that can truly nurture in a new world. This Healthy Holiday Bazaar is a vibrant alternative to the veiled commercialized version that has overshadowed this sacred time. Join in the kapha magic with free talks on health by Seed of Life Co-founders Andrew Dean and Melody Rogers, local entertainment, vendors, music, and arts and games for the whole family. Directly following, Bridge to Avalon will host a Yule Log spiritual event at 757 Saint Andrews Boulevard, in Charleston. For more information about the Healthy Holiday Bazaar, call 843-343-6726 or visit For more information about the Yule Log event, call 843-974-5676 or visit See ads, pages 5 and 27.

J Salon Joins Sustainability Initiative to Keep the Planet More Beautiful 63,180 lbs. of hair clippings; 42,122lbs. of hair color; 109,512 lbs. of foil and color tubes; and 206,392 lbs. of wastepaper, salon bottles, and other paper and plastic items—that’s the amount of waste being tossed out by hair salons across North America EVERY SINGLE DAY; that’s a whopping total of 421,206 lbs.! As a newly Green Circle Certified Salon, J Salon is now part of a comprehensive recycling and sustainability program that sets out to significantly reduce the industry’s environmental impact on the planet. Through their partnership with Green Circle Salons (GCS), J Salon is now redirecting what was once considered garbage out of water streams and landfills to be repurposed into in-

novative green solutions. All hair clippings, extensions, any excess color and developer, papers and plastics, foils, aerosol cans and color tubes from J Salon are now being collected by GCS—effectively cutting down the salon’s total waste, literally overnight, by 85 to 95 percent! J Salon wants to give their customers a genuinely more responsible and greener choice when it comes to looking and feeling beautiful. As a member of the GCS network, J Salon empowers customers with the ability to vote with their dollars for positive change. By supporting the salon, their customers have the peace of mind knowing they are taking meaningful steps to keep the community and environment healthy. J Salon is an eco-conscious hair salon featuring organic hair color and products. For more information, call 843-882-5015 or visit For more information about Green Circle Salons, visit See ad, page 17, and listing, page 42.

Holiday Festival of Lights Fun Run and Walk November 8 and 9


unners and walkers of all experience levels are invited to come see the magic of the Holiday Festival of Lights up close on November 8 and 9 at the festival’s Fun Run and Walk. It’s the best way to get a sneak peek of this year’s event at James Island County Park. 1017This 2-mile, noncompetitive event is offered on two

nights before the festival’s opening—Wednesday, November 8, and Thursday, November 9. Featuring an estimated 2 million shimmering lights, Charleston’s most popular holiday event opens on November 10 and will run nightly through January 1, 2018.  The Holiday Festival of Lights is normally seen from a vehicle, so the Fun Run and Walk is a unique way to see the entire light show up close. Attendees will get a preview of the festival’s 700-plus illuminated displays and amenities, including gift shops, marshmallow roasting, train and carousel rides, and much more. Advance registration is required. There will be no onsite ticket sales. Race fees are $12 but will increase to $15 after November 7. Move It Pass holders get a discounted rate of $10, and ages 2 and under are free but will still need a ticket to get into the park. This is a wheelchair- and stroller-friendly course. Socialized dogs are welcomed on short, non-retractable leashes.  James Island County Park will close to traffic at 6:30 p.m. for the start of the event, so participants are encouraged to arrive early. This event is presented by Boeing and Charleston County Parks. Location: 871 Riverland Dr., Charleston. For more information or to register (by 3 p.m. on Nov. 8), call 843-795-4386 or visit

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esearch from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, has found that the cell walls of cranberries contain xyloglucan, a complex sugar that feeds the beneficial, naturally occurring bifidobacteria, enhancing the body’s microbiome. “A lot of plant cell walls are indigestible, just like we can’t digest the special sugars found in xyloglucans,” explains nutritional microbiologist and researcher David Sela, Ph.D. “But when we eat cranberries, the xyloglucans enter our intestines, where beneficial bacteria can break them down into useful molecules and compounds.” Sela emphasizes the importance of prebiotics. “With probiotics, we are taking extra doses of beneficial bacteria that may or may not help our gut health,” he says. “But with prebiotics, we already know that we have the beneficial guys in our guts, so let’s feed them with more nutrients and things that they like.”

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allow glucose to enter and be used for fuel by our cells. This evidence suggests that exposure to EDCs may be a risk factor for Type 2 diabetes. EDCs are found in everyday products, such as plastics, metal cans, toys, cosmetics, pesticides and thermal paper receipts. They are also used in processed foods. To avoid BPA and phthalates in food, choose fresh foods over frozen and canned. Don’t purchase frozen “steamer” bags. Remove frozen food items and cook in a dish or pot. Never heat food in plastic or use plastic crockpot liners. “Microwave safe” plastic containers only mean a product won’t melt. It has not undergone any food safety testing. When using canned items, look for “BPA-free” lining. Also, store food in glass or food-grade stainless steel containers. Avoid plastic foam

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Monsanto’s toxic Roundup herbicide glyphosate has been found in all 10 California vintages tested, including organic wines. While glyphosate isn’t sprayed directly onto grapes because it would kill the vines, it’s often used to spray the ground in the vineyard to be absorbed via the roots. Sometimes, glyphosate drifts from conventional vineyards into nearby organic and biodynamic vineyards. Other times, the toxin remains in the soil after a conventional farm has been converted to organic; the chemical may persist onsite for more than 20 years. Glyphosate is patented as an antibiotic. Designed to kill bacteria, it harms both soils and human health, and has been cited as a human carcinogen by the World Health Organization.

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Sweden Dumps its Dumps Landfills generate environmental problems such as the greenhouse gas methane that warms the atmosphere and toxic chemicals from household cleaning products that pollute soil and groundwater. Installations are smelly, noisy and can breed disease-transmitting vermin, as well as harm wildlife. Recycling helps cut the volume of waste, but the bulk of all trash continues to fill these dumps. Sweden produces about the same amount of waste as other European nations, but less than 1 percent of its household refuse ends up in landfills. Thirty-two waste-to-energy (WTE) plants that have been operating across the country for years incinerate more than 2 million tons of trash annually—almost 50 percent of all waste. The country still recycles, but anything else normally ends up in the WTE incinerators, creating steam to generate electricity distributed on the grid. This system heats close to a million homes and powers more than a quarter-million, thus reducing Sweden’s reliance on fossil fuels. Sweden also helps to clean up other countries in the European Union by importing their trash and burning it. Because specific products contain materials that cannot be recycled or incinerated, some landfills are still necessary.

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Artificial Intelligence Helps Locate People and Wildlife Artificial intelligence (AI) is helping doctors and scientists worldwide do their jobs better. In wildlife preservation, many researchers want to know how many animals there are and where they live, but Tanya Berger-Wolf, a professor of computer science at the University of Illinois at Chicago, states, “Scientists do not have the capacity to do this, and there are not enough GPS collars or satellite tracks in the world.” At AI-driven, photos are uploaded by experts and the public and analyzed for species, age and even gender. One massive Kenyan study in 2015 prompted officials to alter their lion management program. Also, the locations of stranded victims of floods, earthquakes or other disasters can be determined via computer programmers writing basic algorithms that examine extensive footage. In flooded areas, AI technology can also find debris that harbors trapped people. AI techniques can even monitor social media sites to find out more about missing people and disasters.

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globalbriefs Humpback Holler Humpback whales are famous for their prodigious leaps from the water. A recent paper published in Marine Mammal Science proposes that breaching the surface and making a big splash serves as an acoustic telegram to communicate with far-off pods. The phenomenon may be compared to a distant drumbeat, which probably carries farther than the whales’ signature songs. Former University of Queensland marine biologist Ailbhe S. Kavanagh, Ph.D., and her colleagues observed 76 humpback groups off the coast of Australia for 200 hours between 2010 and 2011 and found that breaching is much more common when pods are at least 2.5 miles apart, with more local slapping of fins and flukes when fellow whales are nearby.

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Window Pain

One night earlier this year, nearly 400 birds migrating north from Central and South America died in the midst of a storm from slamming into the 23-story American National Insurance Company skyscraper in Galveston, Texas. Among the victims were Nashville warblers, yellow warblers and ovenbirds. The American Bird Conservancy estimates as many as 1 billion birds die annually from colliding with glass in the U.S. as they see and therefore fly into the reflection of landscapes and the sky or inside vegetation. The exterior of the Galveston building, previously lit by large floodlights, is now illuminated only by green lights on its top level for air travel safety considerations. Other widely available means to protect birds include products to make residential and commercial windows less attractive to them. Specially placed tape or mullions creating stripes or patterns can help birds identify glass and avoid deadly crashes. Awnings, shutters and outside screens can also reduce bird collisions with buildings.

Get Outside

Black Friday Alternative


This year, all REI outdoor outfitter stores will close on Black Friday and join hundreds of national and local organizations and like-minded brands to ask, “Will You Go Out with Us?” For the third year, the REI #OptOutside initiative will mobilize Americans to firmly establish a new tradition of choosing trails over sales on Black Friday, including camping under the stars instead of camping out at malls. For helpful ideas, visit 16

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Birds Die Flying Into Reflective Glass

Conventional street lights collectively emit more than 100 million tons of carbon dioxide annually. The city of Las Vegas, a leader in municipal sustainability, has contracted with EnGoPlanet, a New York City clean tech startup, to install the world’s first Smart Street Lights powered by pedestrians’ footsteps via kinetic energy pads and solar energy. When someone steps on a kinetic tile, energy is created and goes directly to a battery. Petar Mirovic, CEO of EnGoPlanet, says, “Clean and free energy is all around us. Urban cities have to build the smart infrastructures of tomorrow that will be able to harvest all of that energy. This project is a small but important step in that direction.” Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman says, “Through our LEED-certified buildings, solar projects, water reclamation, alternativefueled vehicles and sustainable streetlights, Las Vegas continues to lead the way.” The company also cites Smart Street Light projects in Chicago, Detroit, Auburn Hills (Michigan), Asbury Park (New Jersey) and at stadiums such as the MercedesBenz Superdome, in New Orleans. View an illustrative video at Tinyurl. com/SmartStreetLights.


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Who’s a Natural Awakenings Reader? Meet Katie Konner—Journeyer and Dogwear Designer Who Is Take’n Her Sweetgrass Time by Victoria Hargis

Tell the readers a little about yourself:

I am passionate about life and learning. I have discovered the importance of my inner journey to discover more about myself and others I meet.  Whether I was born with shovels for hands or I developed them through trauma, I compulsively dig and dig and dig, looking for answers. Life has been a struggle for me and I want to understand why. I’ve purchased so many self-help books that I feel like I single-handedly have been keeping the self-improvement industry afloat. I’m digging into my past to understand my present. I used to believe it was Me against the World, and it was a big awakening to learn that I am creating my reality. What a responsibility! So who am I? I am a wild, sexual, unpredictable, loving, warm, nurturing, intelligent, creative, caring and kind woman who often hears that she is “too much.” My mom was a single mom, so I was left unsupervised far too often and learned to entertain myself. As a result, I have developed a severe allergy to boredom. My mom did her best as a single mom, but was often overwhelmed and exhausted. I am artistic and creative. I am intelligent and gifted. I am athletic and coordinated. Only I didn’t “know” any of this until last year—the year I turned 37. Only through my constant digging was I able to discover that.


I’m a graphic designer professionally. I work on websites and create printed pieces. I am also an illustrator. I love to design and illustrate. I want to design the world a more beautiful place. During the recession, I lost two consecutive design jobs. Both companies went bankrupt.

Unable to immediately find a job and being allergic to boredom, I decided to make a pair of dog pajamas for my greyhound. That pair of pajamas was followed by a winter jacket, rain slicker, collars and leashes. I began receiving requests from other pet parents wanting dog coats for their dogs. I launched Fetching Dogwear. Soon, half my business was going to Japan and Singapore, whose buyers appreciate quality and are willing to pay a premium price. I’ve been making custom designer dogwear ever since. Making dogwear led me to a job in Charleston as a designer for a dog product company. Leaving work one evening, shortly after moving here, I was cut off in traffic. Then they immediately slowed down in front of me. In my head I said, “Just take your sweetgrass time, why don’t you?” I’ve now launched my third business, Sweetgrass Time. I call it a “cultural brand” of cheeky gifts and apparel based off my trademarked catchphrase, “Take’n my sweetgrass time.”


My interests and passions are vast. I especially love dogs. I love adventure. I love to try new things. I love books and learning. I love connecting. What I don’t do is just as important. I don’t enjoy mainstream entertainment, e.g., television, politics, religion, sports, news, radio or shopping. I intentionally live under a huge rock that keeps me away from the fear and panicinciting media. Also, I’m divorced and am trying to navigate “modern relationshipping.” I am learning about life in my own sweetgrass time.

What do you like most about Natural Awakenings?

I started reading Natural Awakenings while living in Greenville, South Carolina. It was the only magazine I’d pick up and take under my rock. Its articles celebrate beauty, love, family, mental and physical health, and wellness. It remains one of the only local publications I continue to read.

How can people get in touch with you?

You can reach me at any of the following emails:,, Brains@ Victoria Hargis is an author; speaker; and post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and grief coach. Connect with her at






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What volunteer opportunities do you have for the public?

Healing from the Heart: An Interview with Reiki for Vets Co-founder Allison Brown

RFV has been such a success in the Charleston area that the VA has asked us to expand into Myrtle Beach and Savannah. We are seeking qualified reiki practitioners (holding at least a level two certificate) who would be willing to volunteer in those areas. We encourage all potential volunteers to apply on our website. Members of the public who are not reiki practitioners but would still like to support RFV may donate to the organization through our website. RFV has no paid employees and very low overhead. Donations are used to offset advertising costs, as well as to provide reiki training to interested veterans and their spouses.

by Jennifer Iamele Savage

Left to right: Carrie Bossinger, Tina Clarke, Ron Roy, Kathleen Hanson, Nozomi Garcia, Terry Mellott, Patti Newman, Lisa Helmly, Will Brown, Allison Brown knew it was our calling to provide reiki to disabled vets to help restore their health and well-being. y husband, With a bit of trepidaWill, and tion (not knowing how I are both amenable they were to veterans. Because holistic services), we we understand the contacted the Charleston unique needs and Veterans Administration struggles of our fel(VA). To our delight, they low service members, were not only thrilled to we have always had hear from us, they had a deep desire to give actually been looking to back to those who add reiki to their holistic have sacrificed for Will and Allison Brown services toolbox! Reiki our country. for Vets (RFV) was founded in 2016 and While stationed in Texas during the has been steadily growing ever since. At late 1990s, I received a distinct mespresent, 12 dedicated volunteers provide sage from God—the kind of message reiki to Charleston-area veterans. that is sensed in the heart, rather than

How did your organization get started?


the head. I was being called to establish a hands-on healing team at my church. When I approached my pastor with this information, to my shock and amazement, he said he had received the same message! That was the point at which I discovered my gift of healing. Once we moved to South Carolina, I became reiki certified, which strengthened my healing ability and provided me with a formal protocol in which to work. Naturally, I practiced this new technique on my husband. The positive impact was swift and significant. It didn’t take long before he, too, felt led to become certified. Will and I 18

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How do you serve the lowcountry? RFV offers two free walk-in reiki clinics in the tri-county area. Sessions last 15 to 20 minutes and no appointment is necessary. Spouses and/or caregivers are also encouraged to attend! All volunteers have been vetted through the VA, to include a fingerprint and background check. In addition to the free clinics, RFV offers complimentary reiki level one training to interested disabled veterans and their spouses, giving them the ability to self-treat.

What have been some of the greatest successes of your organization? The overwhelming majority of veterans we have worked with have become “repeat customers,” reporting a profound sense of peace and relaxation. Many have mentioned a reduction in pain and a general uptick in their overall well-being. Traditionally, the “warrior culture” prevents veterans from reaching out for help, a characteristic that is even more evident in veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. With that in mind, we consider every veteran we work with a success story, because they have stepped outside of their comfort zone and entrusted us with their physical, emotional and spiritual health. Will and I remain humbled by the positive response that RFV has received and the dedication of our awesome clients, volunteers and VA representatives. For more information about services and volunteer opportunities, visit 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

Preventing, Reversing and Managing Diabetes Naturally by Linda Sechrist



ore health practitioners today are recognizing both the mind-body connection, as well as energetic and metaphysical insights into preventing and reversing illnesses. As a result, those facing diabetes and other health challenges are accessing contemporary resources such as Louise L. Hay’s explanation of the emotional roots of disease in You Can Heal Your Life, and the medical science and natural methods explained by health researcher and author Gary Null, Ph.D., in No More Diabetes: A Complete Guide to Preventing, Treating, and Overcoming Diabetes.      Applying a “both” rather than an “either” approach illuminates the importance of recognizing the ways our thoughts, emotions and lifestyle choices can impact chronic illness and long-term health.

Two Perspectives

Hay suggests that this metabolic disorder may be rooted in a feeling of being deprived of life’s sweetness and longing for what might have been, accompanied by a great need to control deep sorrow. Such chronic unease can show up as Type 1, or insulin-dependent, diabetes; Type 2, or non-insulindependent diabetes; latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA), a slowly progressing variation of Type 1; or gestational diabetes, which occurs during pregnancy.

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Naturally Control Blood Sugar

Glucose, the human body’s key source of cellular energy, is the end product of the digestive system breaking down carbohydrates, proteins and fats for absorption in the intestines. From there, it passes into the bloodstream. Glucose also supplies energy for the brain. Normal blood glucose levels vary throughout the day. For healthy individuals, a fasting blood sugar level upon awakening is less than 100 milligrams (mg) per deciliter (dl) of blood. Before meals, normal levels are 70 to 99 mg/dl; otherwise, 100 to 125. Consistent readings above 126 indicate that lifestyle changes are needed to avoid eventual progression into full Type 2 diabetes. When there’s an inability to efficiently transport glucose from the blood into cells, cells don’t receive the energy they need to function properly. “Elevated glucose levels contribute to blood vessel damage, high blood pressure and inflammation among other issues. High glucose causes insulin levels to spike in an effort to draw the glucose into cells. This stresses the pancreas and causes a sugar crash, called hypoglycemia, which can lead individuals to make impulsive, poor food choices,” advises Marcy 20

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processed foods, have a higher risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. Iankowitz’s effective, patientcentered practice follows a practical, four-month healing plan that includes tracking foods, moods, blood pressure, sleeping habits and exercise, all necessary to manage or reverse Type 2 diabetes.

Effective Diet Choices

Nourishing myself is a joyful experience, and I am worth the time spent on my healing. ~Louise L. Hay Kirshenbaum, a board-certified clinical nutritionist and owner of Enhance Nutrition, in Northbrook, Illinois. She notes, “Elevated sugar and insulin levels raise triglycerides, a fat that circulates in the blood, and cholesterol, specifically the LDL (low-density lipoprotein) levels. Triglycerides and cholesterol are important measures of heart health. Triglyceride levels of 150 mg/dl in fasting blood is a risk factor for a stroke or heart attack.”

Early Heads-Up

According to the American Diabetes Association, 8.1 million of the 29.1 million individuals diagnosed with diabetes were previously unaware of any early symptoms such as dry mouth, excessive thirst, frequent urination, constant hunger (even after meals), unusual weight gain or loss and lack of energy. “Many individuals only learn of their condition from a doctor-ordered routine blood test such as the A1C glycated hemoglobin procedure, which reads blood sugar levels over a three-month period,” advises Dr. Nancy Iankowitz, a boardcertified family nurse practitioner and founding director of Holistic and Integrative Healing, in Holmes, New York. Individuals that consume large amounts of simple carbohydrates and sugars, are overweight or are exceedingly sedentary and eat unhealthy

Making the highest-impact food choices is critical in the earliest stages of diabetes. That’s why nutritionist and holistic integrative health practitioner Saskia Kleinert, an independent practitioner who also serves as director of the Emeryville Health & Wellness Center, in California, helps patients integrate dietary changes into everyday life. “Patient education includes the necessity of eating low-glycemic index foods and reducing blood glucose levels, while increasing healthy fats with nuts, avocado and olive oil,” advises Kleinert. She notes that antioxidant-rich plant foods are another key component of an effective dietary plan for all age groups. The role of exercise is also vital for those needing to reverse pre-diabetes or managing diabetes aided by insulin injections. “Exercise increases the muscle cell’s demand for glucose, moving it out of the blood into muscle cells that use it as fuel, and so lowering insulin levels,” explains Jamie Coughlan, a naturopathic doctor who practices in Pleasanton and Pleasant Hill, California. Dr. Angelo Baccellieri, owner of Westchester Wellness Medicine, in Harrison, New York, introduces patients to intermittent fasting, an eating pattern that helps treat insulin resistance and control blood sugar. “The concept is predicated on going 14 to 16 hours without food, replicating how our primitive ancestors ate. They feasted when food was available and fasted during famines, sometimes going several days without eating,” advises Baccellieri, who notes that intermittent fasting can be done one day a week. “Our biochemistry actually does very well with this approach, which isn’t hard to do when your last meal is at 7 p.m. and you skip breakfast and delay lunch the next day until 1 p.m. You can drink water with lemon, teas

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Eavesdropping on our repetitive inner mind chatter and observing its impact on outer experiences can reveal faulty thinking that disrupts the mindbody connection. Hay, a firm believer in the power of affirmations to send a message to the subconscious mind, recommends them to aid healing. For diabetes, she suggests, “This moment is filled with joy. I now choose to experience the sweetness of today.” Null cites medical evidence that explains how the physical causes of diabetes are related to the pancreatic production of the hormone insulin and the body’s use of it, together with rollercoaster blood sugar levels determined by food selections, stress, sleeplessness, insufficient rest and lack of exercise. His approach for preventing, reversing or managing this debilitating condition is to raise awareness of the physical, behavioral and mental causes that lead to its emergence, and making healthy lifestyle choices that regulate blood sugar levels.

and black coffee throughout. By 1 p.m., the body has been 18 hours without protein and carbohydrates, allowing insulin levels to remain at a low level. Excess insulin from too much sugar shifts the body into a storage mode. Having no sugar stores available, the body can then switch into a ketogenic state that allows the body to burn fat for fuel,” explains Baccellieri. Herbs such as turmeric reduce inflammation. Berberine can help cells use glucose efficiently. Supplements such as vitamin C, B-complex, resveratrol and pycnogenol (pine bark extract) can raise antioxidant levels, in which most pre-diabetic and diabetic individuals are deficient, according to a study published in PubMed. Cautious health professionals tailor supplement recommendations to each patient.

12-week Why WAIT (Weight Achievement and Intensive Treatment) program offered at the Joslin Diabetes Center, affiliated with Harvard Medical School, in Boston. WAIT allows participants to reach their weight and blood glucose goals, along with improvements in blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and liver and kidney function. The program’s success is due to doable increases in exercising that put greater emphasis on strengthening muscles; effective ways to change bad habits; successful portion control; healthy alternatives to favorite foods; carbohydrate counting; and meals composed of the right balance of complex carbohydrates and antioxidantrich plant foods, protein and fat, all to achieve optimum body weight and diabetes control.

Helpful Weight Loss

No Quick Fix

In The Diabetes Breakthrough, based on a scientifically tested way to reverse diabetes through weight loss, Dr. Osama Hamdy and Sheri R. Colberg, Ph.D., explain a home-based version of the

Restoration of health begins with the most important lifestyle changes. n Replace processed and sugary foods in meals and snacks with nutrient dense, whole foods.

n Determine possible food sensitivities with an elimination diet. n Eat some protein with every meal. n Eliminate environmental toxins. n Perform some form of cardiovascular exercise and resistance training at least three to five times a week. n Add stress-relieving practices such as yoga, tai chi or qigong. According to Hamdy, “On average, diabetes has the potential to rob you of more than 12 years of life, while dramatically reducing the quality of life for more than 20 years through chronic pain, loss of mobility, blindness, chronic dialysis and heart disease.” Such serious consequences also include stroke, hearing impairment and Alzheimer’s, he adds. All provide good reasons to live responsibly every day, cherishing longterm goals of laying claim to the best possible health. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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Try Some Stretches Four Ways to Flex Our Muscles by Marlaina Donato


hether working out at the gym or taking to the trails, stretching is sometimes an overlooked asset to any exercise regimen. Eliminating stretches or not doing them properly increases the risk of injury and deprives muscles of what they need for optimum performance. “Just because you are in shape doesn’t always mean you have good flexibility,” notes LaReine Chabut, a Los Angeles fitness expert and author of Stretching for Dummies. “If you do plenty of strength training and cardio, but you don’t do any stretching, you’re creating an imbalance in your body. Flexibility plays a big part in overall fitness.” Loosening up correctly not only fosters flexibility, but also improves muscle endurance and coordination. “Everyone should be stretching, especially as you age, to maintain range of motion and balance,” advises fitness trainer Ben Wegman, of The Fhitting Room, in New York City. “A personal workout regime can be enhanced with stretching, which also increases mobility, improves posture and performance, and reduces stress levels.”

Four Categories, Many Variations “Different types of stretches access different muscles and different types of flexibility, but together, can benefit everyone,” says Wegman. There are many ways to stretch, but knowing what to do and when to do it can be key to optimum results 22

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and injury prevention. Warming up to different types of stretches can be a little daunting, but the basic four (sometimes combined in terminology) are passive, static, active and dynamic. In the past, ballistic stretching was common and included potentially harmful bouncing techniques, but today dynamic stretching has become a favorite among trainers, consisting of specific, controlled movements that prepare the body for the demands of both engaging in sports and an average workout. “Stretches can be confusing, so as a rule of thumb, I suggest dynamic stretching for any workout that involves movement and passive stretching for cooling down after a workout to release the muscles,” says Chabut. Stretching also plays an important role in yoga, which generally complements different stretches by adding a mind-body connection. “Breath is the key difference between yoga and regular stretching,” notes Chabut. “The use of breath allows you to get deeper into the muscle. Yoga also places particular emphasis on core muscles: the abdominals, lower back and spinal muscles. Through focus and deep breathing, yoga allows you to move beyond stretching into a deeper physical experience that both strengthens and focuses your body.”

Injury Prevention and Recovery

Nancy Whelan, a physical therapist and owner of The Physical Therapy Center, in West Palm Beach, Florida, emphasizes the importance of proper technique for clients to avoid further injury, especially individuals that had a torn Achilles tendon. “Stretching is important when doing any exercise, and especially important following surgery or injury, because the body’s reaction to either one is to contract, which can cause secondary problems,” explains Whelan. “I think the body has an intelligence we must listen to. We must acknowledge our limitations and the signals our body sends us to let us know that something is harmful or painful,” she notes. “When you take responsibility to take care of your body, it will take care of you.” For injury prevention, dynamic stretching offers many benefits. “It’s the best because it ensures that all major joints have full range of motion and sufficient muscle length,” says Wegman. She advises never to stretch an injured muscle or stretch too forcefully. “Introduce low-intensity stretching back into a regime only under a doctor’s supervision,” she cautions.

Daily Moderation

For Chabut, moderation is everything. “Gently warm up the body before moving into deeper stretches. Build heat in the muscles slowly to avoid potential injury,” she advises. Proper stretching is beneficial, but not doing so can foster bad habits and cause muscle or tendon tears. “Stretching cold muscles or using improper techniques such as bouncing when holding a stretch position are common mistakes,” observes Whelan. Stretching doesn’t have to be reserved for workouts, and with a little discipline, its benefits can easily be attained at home or the office. “Take 10 minutes during your favorite TV program and perform a couple of stretches,” suggests Wegman. “Make it a point to get up every half-hour and stretch for five minutes before resuming work. If you aren’t being pushed or pushing



yourself, you won’t see results or make improvements. If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at

Stretching Guide at a Glance STATIC What it is: Hold a stretch in a challenging, but not painful position, for 10 to 30 seconds until feeling discomfort; once this is felt, the muscle then releases and relaxes.

individual remains passive. The targeted muscles are not actively engaged. Examples include postworkout stretches applying pressure with a body part, towel or other prop or piece of equipment.

Benefit: Improves flexibility.

Benefit: Increases range of motion, decreases muscle tension (spasm) and reduces post-workout soreness and fatigue.

ACTIVE (aka Static Active) What it is: Engage and contract the muscle group opposite the one being stretched to initiate the stretch; repeat. Many yoga poses are examples of active stretching. Benefit: Increases flexibility in the muscles being stretched and increases strength in the opposing muscles. PASSIVE What it is: Employ an outside force such as a stretching device, strap or another’s body weight such as a trainer, physical therapist or massage therapist, which assists the stretch while the

DYNAMIC What it is: Use controlled, gradual movements and stretches that involve repeated range of motion moves, especially in relation to a specific activity or sport that will follow the warm-up. Benefit: Prepares the body for activity and warms the muscles; especially advantageous after static stretches. Builds strength. Primary sources: Fitness Science; Scott White, a power trainer in Scottsdale, AZ.

Helpful Resources ONLINE VIDEOS (range of stretches specific to martial arts styles and body parts) (free yoga videos for all levels) (highly detailed instruction tailored to seniors) (videos from the PBS series Classical Stretch) stretching-videos (instruction specific to sports and muscle groups) StudioSweatOnDemand. com/classes/feature/goodfor-beginners (select stretching videos)

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Silent Retreats at Mepkin Abbey


SACRED SILENCE Discover the Benefits of Quiet at a Silent Retreat

by Katherine Blanchet


Location: 1098 Mepkin Abbey Rd., Moncks Corner. For more information, call 843-761-8509. To book a silent retreat, visit and click on the Retreats/Lectures tab. Katherine Blanchet is a third-year student at the College of Charleston, studying sociology and political science. She enjoys reading, writing and has recently begun practicing guitar in her spare time. A devout student and learner, she is expanding her writing skills through writing for local organizations, such as Natural Awakenings. 24

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epkin Abbey is a Roman Catholic monastery near Moncks Corner that offers silent retreats year round to those of all faiths. Father Guerric Heckel has served as a mentor at Mepkin Abbey for 23 years. He says silent retreats are an “opportunity for an individual to create their own experience.” During a silent retreat, participants are able to practice connecting with God at their own pace. Adds Heckel, “The beauty of a silent retreat, in comparison to a conference or themed retreat, is one’s ability to be where one is with God’s first language, silence.” Participants are free to spend their time as they would like—engaged in such activities as prayer; reflection on their lives; reading; and, if they choose, being mentored by monks. Silent retreats are held Monday through Friday, or Friday through Monday, and have a 12-person limit. The cost for a weekday retreat is a $250 donation, and $200 for a weekend retreat.


ndividuals seeking to escape life’s ceaseless distractions, deepen their personal spiritual practice, enhance well-being and gain fresh perspective, are patronizing silent retreats in rising numbers. “Retreats are a special opportunity to enter a healing space where your natural energy, insight, intelligence and wisdom can arise,” says Linda Mary Peacock, known as Thanissara, a former Buddhist nun, cofounder of South Africa’s Dharmagiri Hermitage and Outreach and a retreat leader at the Spirit Rock Insight Meditation Center, in Woodacre, California. Sheila Russ, of Richmond, Virginia, has participated in several retreats with silent components, hosted by spiritual traditions spanning Baptist to Benedictine. “People of different faiths all have the same need to reach inside and listen. If we don’t slow down and get quiet, we can’t hear what’s going on with us,” says Russ. “Spending time in contemplation is cleansing and freeing; I feel like mentally and spiritually I can breathe.”

Scientific Support

Attaining heightened well-being after a retreat may have a neurological basis, according to research from Thomas Jefferson University’s Marcus Institute of Integrative Health, in Philadelphia.

Silent retreats appear to raise the brain’s levels of mood-boosting chemicals, according to Dr. Andrew Newberg, director of research there. Newberg’s team tested the brains of retreat participants before and one week after an Ignatian-based retreat, finding significant changes in their serotonin and dopamine systems. “Whether through prayers, walks or meditations, the single-minded ritualistic aspect of retreats seems to predispose the brain for peak spiritual experience,” he observes.

What to Expect

Formats vary, but most silent retreats entail extended periods of sitting meditation or prayer, often alternating with walking meditation or other mindful movement. Some may also entail a work detail, like sweeping the meditation hall or helping prepare meals. “Work tasks help bring mindfulness into everyday life,” says Chas DiCapua, a resident teacher for the Insight Meditation Society’s flagship retreat center in Barre, Massachusetts, who has led silent retreats teaching Buddhist practices for 20 years. “The community aspect is equally important; being surrounded by people that support your spiritual practice can encourage you on what can be a lonely path.”

Silence doesn’t mean being static and somber or not thinking, counsels David Harshada Wagner, of Ojai, California, whose meditation retreats draw from the Indian mystical traditions of yoga, vedanta and tantra. “Silence is more than the absence of talking; it’s a powerful energy,” says Wagner. “Silent retreats are the loudest, as the energy is roaring within. It should be a joyous practice.” Yet retreats aren’t a cakewalk. Los Angeles author and mindfulness facilitator Jennifer Howd chronicles the challenges of her first nine-day silent retreat in Joshua Tree, California, in her memoir Sit, Walk, Don’t Talk. Seven retreats later, Howd says that although the journey isn’t always easy, she always gains insights about herself and the nature of the mind.

Choosing a Retreat

Retreat leaders caution that while it’s good to jettison expectations and approach the experience with an open mind, choose a retreat that fits individual needs. The level of personal attention at retreats can vary greatly, remarks Thanis-

The deliberate, conscientious practices of my first silent retreat made me appreciate each moment: the gifts, blessings, music, stretching, meditation, prayers and practice of stillness. ~Unity retreat feedback sara. “Some may host 100 or more people, relying largely on taped instruction without much interaction with group leaders. A small group might be better for a first retreat,” she suggests. Thanissara recommends an upfront review of instructor credentials and starting with a weekend retreat before embarking on one of longer duration. Regardless of length, retreats aren’t always for everyone. “If you’re going

through emotional or psychological difficulties, it’s best to discuss your circumstances with a teacher at the retreat center before deciding to attend. If you’re in therapy, talk with your therapist,” counsels DiCapua.

Retreat Back to Everyday Life

Afterwards, ease back into the daily routine; don’t rush back into old patterns of media and food consumption, recommends Howd. “Try to build-in a day or two of down time. You may still be processing things emotionally.” DiCapua suggests finding a local community of a kindred practice to keep the momentum going, and not expect to keep it up as earnestly at home as at the retreat. Attending daylong maintenance retreats on Saturdays or Sundays can also help sustain individual practice. Above all, “Appreciate yourself for having thought to go on a retreat and follow it through,” says DiCapua. “It can be a radical thing.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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uis Mendez and Waleska Sallaberry, the publishers of Natural Awakenings Puerto Rico (PR) edition for the past 15 years, have a simple request: “Please help us rebuild.” Mendez and Sallaberry are remarkable community leaders, having not only launched what is now PR’s number one health and wellness publication, but also having originated and managed the most important annual health and wellness expo in PR and the Caribbean, created a natural health network of discounted services with more than 1,000 providers and 250,000 members, and founded an alternative eco-school to serve PR’s western coast. Natural Awakenings publishers have created a GoFundMe account to support their efforts to rebuild PR’s holistic health and wellness community at a time when healing services are desperately needed. Mendez and Sallaberry will be trustees of this fund and will disseminate the proceeds to the people and organizations in PR at their discretion. Natural Awakenings Publishing Corporation CEO Sharon Bruckman says, “Through this campaign, we are offering a way to directly affect the natural health community in Puerto Rico, allowing for continued sustenance in the months to come.” For more information and to make a donation, visit GoFundMe. com/NaturalAwakeningsPRfundraiser. See ad, page 33.


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Thanksgiving inspires a season of appreciation for what sustains us and gives meaning to life. Share Good Food “I think true sustenance is when our hunger for connection and belonging meet,” says Sarah Ban Breathnach, the Los Angeles author of The Simple Abundance Journal of Gratitude. “When my daughter was small, we would purchase a complete Thanksgiving dinner for the local food pantry when we shopped for our own, saying, ‘One for us, one for them.’” Nourishment of our emotional and spiritual selves often begins with choosing simple, whole food. Rocco DiSpirito, a New York City celebrity chef and author of Rocco’s Healthy + Delicious, reminds us, “Eat real food! Return to the basics of eating what’s produced by Mother Nature. You’ll become a better partner, parent and person.” Cooking is more enjoyable when shared; beyond partaking together, partnering in meal preparation is a fun way to nurture bonds with others any time of the year.

Share Life’s Happiness Common interests lessen the chasm between our to-do lists and nurturing camaraderie. Anna Maria Caldara, of Bangor, Pennsylvania, has opened her doors for intimate community events through the years. “My former home, a converted church, was a perfect space for organizing and a way to give back,” says Caldara, who has hosted gatherings

on local environmental issues, music performances, literary nights and annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations. Small living spaces can be just as welcoming and facilitate simple conversation, a valuable gesture. “The art of listening is such a beautiful, but rare act of kindness. I love technology, but there’s no denying that our devices have made us poor listeners,” says Michael J. Chase, of southern Maine, the founder of The Kindness Center, whose books include Am I Being Kind and Off: A Memoir of Darkness, a Manual of Hope. Each month, Chase makes it a point to visit friends and send some handwritten notes instead of using social media.

Practice Kindness Sharing our time or talent will be remembered long after the holiday feasting. Author Nicole J. Phillips, of Athens, Ohio, author of Kindness is Contagious, observes, “We are literally created to be kind; it’s well known that feel-good endorphins are released when we do an act of kindness. I think we often hold back because we predetermine that our resources are limited. Know your talents and gifts, and build your acts of kindness accordingly.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist (

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hanksgiving side dishes continue to evolve, even though traditional entrées still hold pride of place. New, lighter alternatives to time-honored stuffing maximize flavorful dried fruits, herbs and nuts. Healthy options may use gluten-free bread or black rice, cauliflower, chestnuts or pecans for flavor,

bulk and color. A stuffing can also fill a halved acorn squash or cored apple. According to renowned health authority Dr. Joseph Mercola, pecans contain more than 19 vitamins and minerals, including anti-inflammatory magnesium, heart-healthy oleic acid, phenolic antioxidants and immune-

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

Celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito, of New York City, salutes his Italian heritage with chestnuts and embraces healthy living with millet and mushrooms in his special stuffing. His new book Rocco’s Healthy + Delicious includes healthy takes on Thanksgiving dishes such as a sugar-free cranberry sauce. Sonnet Lauberth, a certified holistic health coach, blogger and cookbook author in Seattle, created a healthy stuffing she loves. “My GrainFree Sage and Pecan Dressing is one of my favorite dishes to bring to gatherings because it works with a variety of diets,” she says. “It’s gluten-, dairy- and grain-free, paleo and vegan. The pecans can be omitted for a nut-free version.” Riced cauliflower is the base, which is available prepackaged at some groceries, but can be made at home simply by chopping the florets into rice-kernelsize pieces. “Cauliflower is the perfect base for this recipe, as it adds a nice texture in place of bread and provides extra fiber,” she says. Laurie Gauguin, a personal chef in the San Francisco Bay area, specializes in gluten-free dishes that she prepares in clients’ homes. “Anything that will

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hold its shape and not crumble too much can work as a stuffing base,” she says. “Gluten-free, somewhat sticky grains, like short grain brown rice, Chinese black rice, millet or soft-cooked quinoa work well.” “Choose a mixture that contrasts with the texture and color of the food you’re stuffing,” advises Gauguin. “I created a stuffing that has crunchy

pecans, tender black rice and chewy, dried cranberries to contrast with the creaminess of the cored squash entrée. The black rice looks striking against the golden squash.” A stuffing that everyone can eat is ideal for a holiday gathering, either to serve or bring. Lauberth observes, “While not always possible, it’s nice if the host can accommodate various

dietary concerns and preferences. Bring your own hearty side dish or two so that you have enough to make a meal for yourself if needed.” Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

Healthy Holiday Stuffing Recipes cook for seven to 10 minutes, until the rice is tender.

Rice: 1 Tbsp olive oil ¾ cup finely diced onion 1 cup Chinese black rice (also called Forbidden Black Rice) ½ tsp sea salt ¼ tsp ground cinnamon ¼ tsp ground coriander 2 cups water 4 oz tempeh, crumbled

Add additional salt and pepper if desired. Toss with parsley and serve hot.

1 cup pecans 1 Tbsp coconut oil 1 medium yellow onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 3 stalks celery, diced 4 cups raw cauliflower rice (prepackaged or via a grater or food processor shredding blade) 1 Tbsp fresh sage, chopped 2 tsp fresh thyme, chopped ½ tsp kosher or sea salt ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper ¼ cup chopped fresh Italian parsley

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Roasted Pecans and Cranberries: 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans 1 tsp minced ginger root 4 tsp olive oil 1 tsp ground coriander ¼ tsp ground nutmeg ¼ tsp sea salt 10 large sage leaves, chopped 1 cup dried cranberries 2 Tbsp maple syrup Preheat oven to 375° F. photo by Stephen Blancett

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Preheat oven to 250˚ F. Spread pecans on a baking sheet and place in the oven until lightly toasted, about five minutes. Monitor to ensure the nuts don’t burn. Remove pecans from the oven and place in a food processor. Coarsely chop and set aside. Heat coconut oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add onions, garlic and celery and cook until onions are translucent, about five minutes. Add the pecans, cauliflower rice, sage, thyme, salt and pepper and 30

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Roasted Acorn Squash Stuffed With Black Rice, Pecans, Dried Cranberries and Tempeh

Cut squashes in half lengthwise, then scoop out the seeds. Brush the interior, plus the cut sides of the squashes with the 4 teaspoons oil, then sprinkle with ½ teaspoon sea salt. Arrange squash halves on a baking sheet, cut side down.

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Roast for 40 to 50 minutes on the upper middle rack of the oven until tender when pierced with a fork.

Squash: 4 acorn squashes (1½ lb each) 4 tsp olive oil ½ tsp sea salt

While the squash is roasting, place a medium, heavy saucepan over medium heat and pour in one tablespoon of olive oil.

Stir in the rice, salt, cinnamon and coriander. Cook and stir for 30 seconds. Pour in the water and bring to a boil, then cover and simmer over very low heat for 30 to 60 minutes, until rice is tender. Scatter crumbled tempeh over the cooked rice. Cover the pan, then take it off the stove and let it rest for 10 minutes. While the rice is cooking, combine pecans, ginger, four teaspoons olive oil, one teaspoon coriander, nutmeg and ¼ teaspoon salt.

Arrange squash halves, cut side up, on a serving platter. Combine rice with the pecan mixture and divide among the squash halves, pressing gently so the stuffing stays put. If made one day ahead, cover and reheat in a 350˚ F oven until heated through. Recipe courtesy of Laurie Gauguin,

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Add the onion and sauté for two to three minutes, until the onion begins to soften.

Yields: 4 Servings

Pour this mixture into an eight-by-eightinch baking pan; roast at 375° F for 15 minutes on the bottom middle oven rack, stirring halfway through.

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What common signs indicate that fear is affecting our health? When people are sick, there is almost always an element of fear. Many of us have “ridden shotgun” at one time or another with a health diagnosis, and that’s scary, so even if it’s not predisposing the illness itself, it can stimulate fear. Studies from institutions such as the Harvard School of Public Health and Carnegie Mellon University have discovered strong correlations between fear, stress and anxiety and health issues. When fear is predisposing us to illness, addressing the root cause of the issue is preventive medicine. Whether triggered by something trivial or real, fear activates the “fight-or-flight” stress response in the brain. The body has natural self-healing mechanisms, but these only operate when our nervous system is relaxed, so effectively dealing with fear is foundationally critical to wellness.

How can we distinguish between true and false fear? True fear is an actual threat to physical survival, like being approached by someone wielding a gun. However, most

fear is generated by a story we make up in our minds. Our wild imaginations, the source of beautiful creativity, can be a destructive force, too, as we envision all kinds of worst-case scenarios, most of which will not come true. Modern-day humans average more than 50 stress responses a day, which indicates we’re way off track in our relationship to fear. The mind constantly strategizes how to get what it wants and avoid what it doesn’t. A spiritual practice can help interrupt the “monkey mind” constantly ruminating on what could go wrong. Paying attention to fear around practical issues like not being able to pay bills is helpful because it can keep us from being reckless, such as buying an unneeded luxury item although our mortgage payment looms. But letting false fear prevent us from following a dream, ending an unhealthy relationship or leaving a toxic job can predispose us to illness. Fear is the emotional equivalent of pain in the body. Attend to it when it arises; try to understand what it is telling you and see what’s in need of healing.

What are some effective ways to defang false fear? Ultimately, we need to come into the right relationship with uncertainty; it’s the gateway to possibility. People often think that fear provides protection, when our intuition, which typically requires a relaxed state of mind, is a far more effective protector. There have been studies about doctors following their hunches to a patient’s underlying condition, leading to life-saving diagnoses.

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How can we cultivate courage, curiosity and resilience, rather than feed our fears? Cultivating a spiritual practice such as mindfulness helps put a pause between a feeling like fear and the reaction that might ensue. You learn to sit with uncomfortable feelings and recognize the story you are spinning in your mind about what’s happening. It also means letting go of expectations when things don’t go as planned. Fear is my cue to activate a practice of surrender; to turn something over to the universe. I will also ask for help to calm my heart and let go of attachments. For me, this life-changing practice means I now trust the mystery more than my mind. I trust the unknown more than science and logic. The latter may be useful tools when doing taxes or a research paper, but I don’t trust them to be the best navigation system of my life or help me in a crisis. Psychology isn’t enough to address fear, which comes with the territory if you think that we are just flesh robots programmed to maximize self-interest, alone in a hostile universe. Once you learn to see the possibilities and hand over the wheel to a greater, benign organizing intelligence, something unwinds in the nervous system and we relax into the wonder of mystery. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson at AprilWrites. com. natural awakenings

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any pet parents check their kitchen cabinets first when treating their canine companion’s minor health issues. Three helpful basics are canned, 100 percent pumpkin, povidone iodine antiseptic and 3 percent hydrogen peroxide, plus apple cider vinegar and coconut oil.


Constipation, Diarrhea and Other Minor Digestive Issues Solution: Canned pumpkin. For occasional mild tummy upsets, give a teaspoon of pumpkin for every 10 pounds of body weight, one to two times a day, either in food or as a treat, for non-allergic dogs. Pumpkin’s soluble fiber can ease diarrhea and constipation.


Minor Skin Abrasions, Cuts, Infections or Hot Spots Solution: Povidone iodine. The gentle Betadine brand can allay staph, yeast and most common bacteria. It’s safe if a pet licks it. Dilute the povidone iodine until it looks like iced tea, soak a clean cloth and gently wipe infected skin areas. Rinse the cloth, wipe the skin, and then pat dry. Repeat twice daily for a minor issue.

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Itchy, Irritated Paws Solution: Footbaths. About 50 percent of a dog’s foot licking and chewing can be alleviated by simply rinsing off allergens and other irritants

from its paws. For large dogs, soak one foot at a time in a bucket. Stand small dogs in a sink or tub, or dunk one paw at a time in a small container of solution. Dilute povidone iodine to the color of iced tea and add to the footbath. Swish it around while the dog stands in it for two to five minutes. Talk soothingly and offer treats as needed.


Fleas Solution: Apple cider vinegar (ACV). It doesn’t kill fleas, but helps deter them. Put a solution of equal parts raw, organic ACV and water in a spray bottle and spritz the pet before they head outdoors plus dog bedding. Consider adding it to a dog’s food as well; one teaspoon for every 20 pounds of pooch.


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During baths, pour diluted ACV of one cup of vinegar to one gallon of water over a freshly bathed dog (avoid the head) for a flea-preventive rinse. Massage the ACV solution into their coat and towel dry. Don’t rinse. Alternatively, add about two cups of apple cider vinegar to their bathwater.



Crusty Skin and Nails Solution: Coconut oil. Skin treatments using 100 percent organic, cold-pressed, human-grade coconut oil can reduce flaking and improve skin quality, especially for seniors with crusty patches of skin and funky nails. Bathe the dog, and then rub the oil into the skin all over their body, especially on dry areas. Let it absorb for about five minutes. Follow with another bath (not much lather) and a very light rinse. Also, dab it directly on hotspots, eruptions and rashes after disinfecting.


Skunk Encounter Solution: Skunk rinse. In a pail, mix one quart of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide, one-quarter cup

of baking soda and two teaspoons dishwashing liquid. For a large dog, double, triple or quadruple the mixture, based on their size and coat. Apply the mixture to the dog’s dry coat, taking care to avoid the eyes. Massage the mixture into the coat and skin for about five minutes or until the skunk smell starts to dissipate. Use a sponge to apply the solution to the chin, cheeks, forehead and ears. Rinse thoroughly. When rinsing the head, tilt the dog’s chin upward to protect the eyes. It may be necessary to repeat the entire process up to three times. Rinse off the solution completely.


Toxin Ingestion Solution: Hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting. Use 3 percent hydrogen peroxide and give one teaspoon for every 10 pounds of dog weight. Add a little vanilla ice cream or honey to encourage

swallowing, or simply syringe it down their throat, if necessary. Walk the dog for a few minutes— movement helps the hydrogen peroxide work—which typically occurs within 15 minutes. If the dog doesn’t vomit in 15 minutes, give a second dose. If after another 15 minutes they still haven’t vomited, call a veterinarian. Don’t induce vomiting if the dog is throwing up already, has lost consciousness or can’t stand, or it’s been more than two hours since they ingested the toxin. Harsh chemicals can cause burning both as they are swallowed and come back up. For these problems, seek veterinary care immediately. Dr. Karen Becker, a proactive and integrative veterinarian in the Chicago area, consults internationally and writes Mercola Healthy Pets (HealthyPets.

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Halloween Candy Buy Back – 3-6pm. Gladly exchanging your unwanted Halloween candy for prizes. We will have games for the kids to earn additional prizes, and a complimentary heart and diabetes screening for the rest of the family. Charleston Health, 318 N Cedar St, B, Summerville. 843-879-8224. 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. Shamanic Journeys – 6:30-8pm. Learn how to go on Shamanic Journeys for yourself. Find your power animal(s), explore the lower world, the upper world, and the middle world. Learn to find answers for yourself as you explore the other realms. $150 for this 6-week course. Call to sign up. Charleston Holistic Center, 2366 Ashley River Rd, #8, Charleston. 843-259-8349. Charleston.Holistic.Center@gmail. com.

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Introduction to Compassionate Communication – 7-8:30pm. Everywhere our world reflects the difficulties we have in communicating as human beings. How do we find a place of agreement with each other? How do we find Joy and laughter with each other? Join us in exploring these questions. $22. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676.

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Holiday Giftmaking – 1-4pm. Join our Master Aromatherapist Heather A Howell as she brings her intuition and knowledge together to assist you in creating some wonderful gifts for the holidays! This will include 2 perfumes, room sprays, sugar scrubs and bar soaps. $90. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. Self-Love – Louise Hay’s Movie You Can Heal Your Life – 1-2:30pm. Jackie McCullough presents You Can Heal Your Life with Wayne Dyer and others. Louise emphasizes that the key to happier, more successful lives is practicing self-love. Discussion following movie and on Nov 12 at 1pm. Donation. Unity of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston. 843-566-0600.


Detox Yoga and Smoothies! – 12:30-1:30pm. A Multi-Level 5-Class Series to Twist and Ring out the Gunk before the Holiday Festivities and a Vegan Smoothie made Fresh for some lunchtime cleansing! Last Class is Nov 14. $15 per class. Seed of Life Alternative Health Collective, 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. 843-343-6726. Painting for the Non-Painter – Nov 7-9. 2pm, Tues-4pm, Thurs. With Eileen Blyth. Explore untapped creativity and possibilities with watercolors

in a fun, loving environment. All levels welcome; no art experience necessary. $325. Springbank Retreat, 1345 Springbank Rd, Kingstree. 843382-9777. Benefits of Eating Organic – 6-7pm. Lisa Bayorek with Wild Tree Foods will do a presentation on the benefits of eating organic and will be available to answer your questions about genetically modified organism (GMO) foods. Charleston Health, 318 N Cedar St, Ste B, Summerville. 843-879-8224. Is Your Body a Desert? – 6-7:30pm. A Blind Life Ayurveda Applied Workshop with Educator Melody Rogers. How Detoxification, Hydration, Digestion and Elimination play a role in major symptom manifestations in the Body and how they can be addressed at the Cause! $30 in advance, $35 at the door. Seed of Life Alternative Health Collective, 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. 843-343-6726.


Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) with Essential Oils: Helping to Cope with the Holidays – 6:30-7:30pm. The holidays can bring emotions of anger, fear and sadness. Come learn simple steps to manage your emotions. Free class. $10 charge for oils, or bring your own therapeutic-grade essential oil. $0-10. Charleston Health, 318 N Cedar St, Ste B, Summerville. 843-879-8224.


Reiki III – Nov 10-12. Fri, 5-8pm. Sat and Sun, 10am-5pm. A three-day intensive designed to delve deeply into the Consciousness of Reiki. The Master level enhances your capacity to transmit the Reiki Energy and the final Usui symbol is taught. Prerequisite I and II. Registration deadline Nov 8 (15 CEU). $499. Bodhi Tree Charleston. 843327-4761. Ayurveda for Menstrual Imbalances and Menopause – 7-8:30pm. Join Suzanne Goldstone in a discussion about balancing hormones that will be supported by her wisdom of Ayurveda; a natural approach to health from India. $22. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. BridgeToAvalon. com. Geo-Justice: The Emergence of Integral Ecology – Nov 10-12. 7pm, Fri-1pm, Sun. With Jim Conlon. By integrating prose, poetry and prayer, participants will envision a new myth. They will listen to the music of the universe and experience the fulfillment of the sacred universe and Earth. $275. Springbank Retreat, 1345 Springbank Rd, Kingstree. 843-382-9777. Springbank@SpringbankRetreat. org. The 21st Century Pharmacist – 7-8pm. Come find out why this compounding pharmacist has doctors and personal trainers AMAZED because he’s helping people get off side effect-laden PRESCRIPTIONS/over-the-counter MEDICATIONS and helping them MELT weight off naturally by turning their body into a FAT-BURNING machine. FREE. The Villas of West Ashley Clubhouse, 3526 Mary Ader Rd, Charleston. 843-327-3726.


Reiki Master Certification – 10am-5pm. With Erin Sirona. You will learn new symbols, receive an attunement, learn how to attune others, and work with crystals and create a crystal grid. You will have the option to co-teach a future class if

you plan to teach. $397. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676.


Reiki – 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 holistically heal yourself, family, friends and even pets. $200. Charleston Holistic Center, 2366 Ashley River Rd, #8, Charleston. 843-259-8349. Charleston.Holistic.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14 Marketing for Small Business Owners – with Jessica Munday, President of Trio Solutions, adjunct faculty member at the College of Charleston and Social Media Marketing instructor. Location and time to be announced. Sign up at Healthy Skincare and Makeup – 6-7pm. Beauty Tips, Raffle and Snacks. Deirdre Sommerkamp will be presenting a healthier way to stay beautiful with certified vegan, gluten-free and nontoxic health and beauty products from Arbonne. Charleston Health, 318 N Cedar St, B, Summerville. 843-879-8224. All Beings Confluence – Nov 14-19. 7pm, Tues4pm, Sun. With fabric artist Martha Cole. Creating a new human/Earth relationship, participants will make sheer panels depicting and honoring a life form. They will be hung in the chapel to show a visual interrelatedness. Materials provided. $500. Springbank Retreat, 1345 Springbank Rd, Kingstree. 843-382-9777. Springbank@SpringbankRetreat. org.


Healthy for the Holidays – 6-7:30pm. For most, the holiday season can be stressful. With this workshop you will learn the nutritional basics, the crucial benefits of vitamin D, as well as strategies to reduce holiday stress while keeping that holiday weight off. $30. Call to sign up. Charleston Holistic Center, 2366 Ashley River Rd, #8, Charleston. 843259-8349. Breath and Movement: Energy and Vitality – 6:30-8:30pm. With Naturopath and Yoga Instructor Stefanie DeWysockie. Explore your Body in a new way to understand its Healing Power and the Natural Tools of Yoga, Reflexology, Aromatherapy and Mindful Breathing. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Seed of Life Alternative Health Collective, 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. 843-343-6726. Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) with Essential Oils: Helping to Cope with the Holidays – 6:30-7:30pm. The holidays can bring emotions of anger, fear and sadness. Come learn simple steps to manage your emotions. Free class. $10 charge for oils, or bring your own therapeutic-grade essential oil. $0-10. Charleston Health, 318 N Cedar St, Ste B, Summerville. 843-879-8224. DrKarynMeadows@


Journey of Healing – Mind, Body and Soul! – 1-7pm. Receive, reflect and release. Nurture yourself with meditation, relationship healing, shamanic drumming, nutritional health and wellness, chakra balancing, new moon intentions, and fire ceremony

to empower you! Limited space, register to reserve your place! $99. Summerville. SherryKachanis@ Death Café with Jan Schreiber and Paige Hetherington – 2-4pm. At a Death Café, people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. Our objective is to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives. Free. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. The 8 Fundamental Movements of Exercise Simplified – 2-3pm. How do you improve the Principle Developmental Movement Patterns of the Body for the Highest Quality of Mobility all Life Long? Health Coach Andrew Dean can show you! $15 or FREE with the Full Round Series of the 4-Week Fit Challenge, Nov 6-29. Seed of Life Alternative Health Collective, 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. 843-343-6726. What Is CBD Oil – 6-8pm. 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.


Truth Talk on “Hypnosis: Its History and Heroes” – 1-2:30pm. Hillary Evans is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. She assists clients with healthy weight loss, stress management, personal development, career development, sports performance, habits, fears and nearly any aspect of life. Donation. Unity of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston. 843-566-0600. UnityCharleston@msn. com. Shamanic Dream Circle and Potluck – 5-7:30pm. With Erin Sirona. We will journey deeply through Shamanic meditation. Please bring a snack to share for the potluck break in between. $20. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676.


Birth Chart Astrology 101 – 7-10pm. Join Laura Baines as she reviews various parts of the birth chart and what they mean. Participants can apply these general principles to their own birth chart. Visit prior to the event to generate your chart for free. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant.


Quiet Directed Retreat in the Spirit of Teilhard de Chardin – Nov 24-Dec 1. 7pm, Fri-breakfast, Fri. Inner journey through prayer, group reflection from Teilhard de Chardin, Thomas Berry, St. Francis and Pope Francis, indigenous wisdom, music and art. $700. Springbank Retreat, 1345 Springbank Rd, Kingstree. 843-382-9777. Springbank@


The Elemental Kingdoms of Nutrition – 2-3pm. A simplified look into the most effective and efficient pathway to nutrients and eating for the Highest Qualities of Life all Life Long! With Health Coach Andrew Dean. $15 or FREE with the Full Round of the 4-Week Fit Challenge, Nov 6-29. Seed of Life Alternative Health Collective, 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. 843-343-6726. Metaphysical Study group – 4-5:50pm. The Charleston Theosophical Study Center, which includes studies on Karma, Reincarnation, Life after Death, meets on the last Sat of each month. Everyone is welcome. Free. 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! $10. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. Jeannine@


The Source of Life: The All Powerful Water! – 6pm. So you think you’re drinking the Best? What makes some Waters Different from any other Water? You’ll See ... with Hydration Educator Johnny Z. Free. Seed of Life Alternative Health Collective, 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. 843-343-6726.


Conscious Dying Series: Family Dynamics – 7-8:30pm. Witnessing the death of a friend or loved one can bring up many emotions. We’ll be exploring how to best understand and navigate the surfacing of these feelings and continue to make decisions as a unit. $22. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676.

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Holiday Open Studio – 5-8pm. Artist, Author and Energy Healer Jennifer Michaels invites you to shop local for the holidays: original artwork, paintings, prints, signed books, holy oil, crystals, gift certificates and more (10% off). Walk-ins welcome. Light hors d’oeuvres. Free. The Boulevard Apartments, 725 Coleman Blvd, #408, Mt Pleasant. 4th floor, door right of leasing office. 843-514-2848.

Saturday, December 2

Unity of Charleston – “Seven Tips - How to Quit Taking Things Personally” – 11am-1pm. Jackie McCullough Life Options Coach/Counselor’s workshop on our choices, discerning reality versus opinion, new stories about ourselves. Her book is Kathy Said, You’re Not Lost to Me. Joy is a Choice—Choose Joy! Love Offering. Unity of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston. 843-5660600.


Angel Workshop – 1:30-4:30pm. Energy Healer and Spiritual Life Coach Jennifer Michaels invites you to a Winter Solstice Co-Creating with the Archangels Workshop. Sage, guided meditation, journaling, group discussion, snacks and gift bag to start your holidays and new year off right! $129 by Dec 9/$149 after. Shepard Dermatology, 912 Old Georgetown Rd, Mt Pleasant. 843-514-2848.

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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.

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 Explore Practical Meditation – 6-7pm. Judith Moore guides you through mindfulness meditation for a simple, practical way to meditate. Even if just for one minute, regardless of where you are or what your skill level is, you will learn to stop, breathe and slow down. Free. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. 843-345-7061. 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. Yoga Warriors – 12-1pm. 4-week series. Nov 1, 8, 15, 29. 1 hr gentle yoga class that helps alleviate symptoms of PTS by providing evidence-based yoga and mindfulness practice. $10 or $35 for all 4 classes. 125 S Main St, Summerville. 849-817-5493. 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. 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@

Explore Qigong – 7-8:20pm. Join Mark Patterson on Nov 2, 16 and 30 as he leads you in qigong exercises that increase your life force and vitality. Qigong exercises can super charge your immune system and help reverse aging. Free. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. 843345-7061.

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 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.

classifieds Psychic/Clairvoyant Dr. Rachel S. Kohler Psychic/ Clairvoyant. 40 years experience. My angels and guides will help you achieve the happiness you deserve. Readings available for individuals/groups via phone, Skype, email. 843 285-5160 drrachelkohler@spiritualconsultations. com

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


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 •


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 21.


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!

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 21.


Reserve your space now! Call 843-821-7404

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1319 Savannah Hwy, Ste C Charleston (in Artisans Inc Salon) 843-813-1838

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 13. knowledge.

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

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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.

Dr. Ann Jenkins, Not Your Ordinary Chiropractor 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 11.


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


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

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

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



Grass Roots Health Care Since 1991 843-769-6848 •


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.

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


3373 S Morgans Point Rd, Ste 307 Mt Pleasant 843-971-8814


Holistic Family Care practice, offering a variety of techniques and therapies to help improve overall health and wellness. Proudly serving the Charleston area for 17 years.


COACHING VibraSoul Art

Ellie Alasantra Summerville 843-696-4016 •

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.


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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

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.


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


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

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

Biological dentistry using IAOMT protocol. Natural products free of BPA and mercury. Mercury-safe filling removal. Now offering ozone therapy! See ad, page 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 11.

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 19.

eat well JANA DAVIS, MS, RD, CDE

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.

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

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


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




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

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

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


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!

Healthy people are happy people. Unwanted weight, indigestion, pain, depression or stress? Offering hair/saliva testing, bioidentical nutrition, essential oils, and chiropractic. Where AWESOME happens!

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HOLISTIC EDUCATOR CHARLESTON NATURAL HEALTH Stefanie DeWysockie 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston 609-781-6623

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 12.




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



Dr. Amanda McNabb and Dr. Karyn Meadows 318 N Cedar St, Ste B Summerville 843-879-8224 •

Change your water, change your life! Thomas P Meletis, Distributor 843-729-7837 •

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 33.


Water is the single most important element that goes in our body. Drinking the right type of water may be the single most important piece in achieving and maintaining optimal health. Visit KangenDemo. com to see a comparison. View all eight machines at Financing at zero interest.


Stewart Campbell N Charleston 843-872-1761 • Painting - Drywall - Carpentry. Master Painter and Handyman servicing the Charleston area. Accommodating clients with integrity, transparency and honesty. Call for a FREE estimate.


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

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


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

Victoria Hargis 843-284-6810

Eliminate emotional barriers and live life free! PTSD intervention, anxiety and trauma release. Leadership Coach. Fast and permanent results. Master Coach Certified. NLP, brain retraining, PSTEC. Services pro-vided in HIPPA compliant platform online or in person.

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

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

J Salon is passionate about healthy hair and overall wellness of the human body. We strive to give the best customer service and build long-lasting relationships with our clients. See ad, page 17.


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




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 13.

Maureen Donohue, LMT #3231 772 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston 843-327-4761 • Client-focused, heart-centered, therapeutic reiki and massage. Maureen Donohue is a Usui Reiki Master/Teacher, massage therapist and Medical Reiki Master, teaching reiki classes throughout the Southeast, approved by NCBTMB as a CEU provider.


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.


Charleston Holistic Center 2366 Ashley River Rd, Bldg 8, Charleston 843-452-7996 • Transform your life from the ordinary to the extraordinary by understanding how the aspects of your being interact and block your progress. Together, we can heal your past and find your true future. See ad, page 29.


Shanna Rivera 877-315-7226, ext 447 Early detection and alternative prevention. Thermography: radiationfree full body and breast cancer screening. See what you need to work on now to potentially avoid future health issues. See ad, page 10.


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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