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et there be peace on earth and let it begin with me. Those lyrics begin the beautiful song I associate with this season, although its message is relevant every day of the year. I am writing this in the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election, and now more than ever, I think we need to focus on the meaning of this song. This is not a political magazine and it never will be, but it is a publication focused on healthy living and a healthy planet. Hatred in any form is not healthy—not for the one harboring hate, not for the victims and not for our world. I have printed these words by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in my letter before, but I think they bear repeating now: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” Whether or not you like how the election turned out, I hope we can all agree on the importance of voting—and not just for the president every four years. So many have lost their lives fighting to give us the right to vote. I attended a meeting this morning with a representative of an elections board who talked about how local races frequently come down to just a handful of votes. Voter turnout was bad enough for the 2016 presidential race, but it is notoriously bad in local and midterm elections. Let’s remember the local elections we have coming up in 2017, educate ourselves and show up. One positive outcome of this election is that I think it has brought home the point that we need to be informed and engaged in the political process and in our communities. I think it is waking us up to the importance of civic engagement. Each month, we run a Community Spotlight on a local nonprofit working to make a positive difference. It is my hope that these nonprofits will inspire you to get involved, whether that is through donations of time or money, by starting your own unique project, or just by being kind to your neighbor. This month, we feature the Green Heart Project. This grassroots organization is making a difference through school garden programs that educate students, connect people and cultivate community. How can we as individuals foster peace in ourselves and in our community? It starts with self-care and cultivating calm in the midst of chaos. We can strive to be mindful with our words and actions. Are they kind, helpful, necessary? Are we truly listening when someone shares a different point of view? Are we working to find common ground? This month’s Reader Snapshot is with Ed Kosak, minister of Unity Church of Charleston. He discusses the interfaith movement, which brings different religions together to find common ground. This year has been interfaith year at Unity with a representative of a different religion speaking every month. This is a perfect example of cultivating peace. We can focus on our similarities instead of our differences. This month’s feature article by senior staff writer Linda Sechrist, “Loving Large, Scientists Say We’re all Connected,” discusses what the sages have always known, and scientists are starting to discover—we are all connected. It only makes sense for us to be compassionate and to work together for the greater good. Loving one another is in everyone’s best interest! Yet another way to make a difference in your community this holiday season is by shopping locally. Support the small businesses who advertise in this free magazine, without whom there would not be a magazine. Give the gift of health and well-being by purchasing gift certificates from one of our many practitioners. Check out the beautiful gifts available at Charmed, in Mt. Pleasant, and Gaia’s Gifts at Bridge to Avalon, in West Ashley. There are all sorts of holiday gift fairs and open houses in our Calendar of Events section, so make sure you check it out. Take care and treat yourself occasionally during this busy season, too. Peace begins with you—taking care of you!

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newsbriefs Seed of Life Collective Open in West Ashley


he Seed of Life Collective (SOL) opened in June of this year. Founders Andrew Dean and Melody Rogers created SOL to share their passions and help others live their lives to the fullest and reach their highest potential. The SOL team combines personal and group fitness training, ayurvedic education, beauty and hair arts, skin care, massage, nutrition, yoga therapy, as well as other new and creative modalities to enhance individual well-being. SOL offers space for healers and members of the community to come together for nurturing and dynamic shifts in body, mind and spirit. SOL regularly hosts events designed to foster community sharing. Dean says, “This is what we were meant to share with the world.” Rogers adds, “To make change happen, one person at a time!” Members Ellen J. Matheson, certified nutrition specialist and 2016 Charleston’s Choice for Massage Therapist; Christy Boaman, Phoenix Rising Yoga therapist in training; and Cat Hay, Hoopdance Sacred Circle instructor, all have complementary missions for creating foundations of proper diet, healing emotional and psychological traumas, and embracing the inner creator. According to Dean: “The difference is in the details. Abundance is the natural order, so we make it our personal creed to share space, wisdom, knowledge and care—not only with our clients but will all whom we encounter. Healing comes in all forms, and we welcome and respect them alike. Our motto: Community over competition!” Natural Awakenings readers are eligible for 10 percent off of Dean’s 12 Weeks to Change Your Life Fitness Challenge, and Matheson is offering a 15 percent discount on all nutritional services and supplements when purchased through December 31. Mention Natural Awakenings when booking your consultations to receive these special discounts. Location: 621 Wappoo Rd., Charleston. For more information, call 843-343-6726, or visit or See listing page, 39.

The Holiday Festival of Lights Returns to James Island County Park


he Holiday Festival of Lights is returning for its 27th year. Featuring an estimated 2 million shimmering lights, Charleston’s most popular holiday event is open nightly at James Island County Park through January 1, 2017. More than 4 million people have toured the Holiday Festival of Lights, which is hosted by the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission. The event has received many awards and mentions in publications throughout the country, and the 3-mile driving tour delivers more every year. Park the car and experience family attractions, shopping, dining and more. There are many celebrated attractions to see and activities to do, including marshmallow roasting, festival train rides, interactive and dancing light displays, an enchanted walking trail, an old-fashioned carousel, a portable climbing wall, Santa’s Sweet Shoppe, and four gift shops featuring the children’s toy emporium Prancer’s Presents. Photo opportunities to “Mingle with Kringle” are available, but register in advance. There will also be special events on select nights, including music, entertainment and more. The winner of the final kids’ Light Display Design Contest was Katherine Leigh Jackson from Rollings Middle School of the Arts. In 2015, Summerville native Katherine submitted a drawing of a dog putting treats into a stocking. Katherine was inspired by her own dog, Wally, a miniature red long-haired dachshund, and hopes that the display will encourage people to rescue and adopt pets. Bring a canned food item to benefit the Lowcountry Food Bank Monday through Thursday nights to receive discounted admission. Dog and cat food are also accepted. James Island County Park is located at 871 Riverland Dr., Charleston. For more information on the Holiday Festival of Lights, including event hours and fees, call 843-795-4386 or visit This event is presented by Boeing and Charleston County Parks.

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newsbriefs Merge Medical Center Introduces Intravenous Vitamin Therapy


itamins are essential to optimal body functioning and to prevent disease. Intravenous (IV) vitamin therapy presents a powerful way to help the body at a cellular level. Many people believe we can receive everything necessary to our health through food. For the nutrients to be fully absorbed into the body, one must have optimal digestion. According to Merge Medical Center (MMC) founder Dr. Patrick Lovegrove, only about 8 percent of nutrients we eat are actually absorbed! Most often, sluggish digestive systems contribute to absorbing even less. Patients with compromised immune systems may need more than the maximum nutrients that food may provide. Athletes certainly can benefit from replenishing nutrients utilized in training. IV vitamin therapy delivers the vitamins, minerals and amino acids directly into our cells. IV therapy can help a variety of conditions, ranging from chronic fatigue, anxiety/depression, obesity, headaches, resistant infections, allergies, common cold, stress, immunocompromised states, athletic training/recovering, sports injuries, inflammation, autoimmune disorders as well as cancer prevention. Most IV therapies at MMC last between 30 to 60 minutes. The number of sessions and the nutrient blend are customized by MMC practitioners. An average protocol is one visit weekly for four to six weeks. Location: 250 Mathis Ferry Rd., Ste. 101, in Mt. Pleasant. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 843-4691001. See listing, page 38.


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Ellen J. Matheson Joins Seed of Life Collective


llen J. Matheson, certified nutrition specialist and 2016 winner of Charleston’s Choice for Massage Therapist, has joined Seed of Life Collective. With nearly 18 years of full-time service as a massage therapist, a master’s degree in applied clinical nutrition, and the prestigious, advanced-practice board certification as nutrition specialist, Matheson brings a wealth of knowledge and clinical skills to her clients. Matheson’s approach to erasing pain and discomfort to optimize vitality is based on principles of clinical nutrition and functional medicine. In addition to her brand of healing “fix it” massages, Matheson offers appointments for holistic, evidence-based functional nutrition therapies to prevent and resolve damaging nutrient deficiencies and inflammation caused by stress, poor nutrition, environmental exposures, genetics and other factors. A functional nutrition assessment is offered, which is an in-depth analysis of personal and family medical history, significant life events, current laboratory blood test results, medications and assessment of organ system function. It provides a uniquely personal evaluation of one’s state of health. This information provides the basis for a highly detailed, individualized and comprehensive plan for restoring health. The functional wellness plan includes nutrition strategies as well as recommendations for exercise, sleep hygiene, stress management, and other holistic practices known for their safety and efficacy. Because there is no “one size fits all” prescription for good health, personalized treatment is imperative. Matheson’s primary goal is to work in partnership with her clients to formulate a plan that is strategic, supportive and empowering. Matheson is offering Natural Awakenings readers a 15 percent discount on all nutrition services and supplement purchases until December 31. Mention Natural Awakenings when you book your consultation to receive this special discount. Ellen J. Matheson can be reached at 843-410-8567 or Also visit See listing page, 40.

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atural Awakenings Publishing Corp. (NAPC) welcomed four new publishers to a November training session at the corporate headquarters in Naples, Florida. The NAPC staff spent several days with these entrepreneurs, discussing the ins and outs of publishing a new Natural Awakenings edition in Spokane, Washington, and taking over publication of existing magazines in Oklahoma City, Wayne County, Michigan, and Volusia and Flagler counties, Florida. Founded by Chief Executive Officer Sharon Bruckman with a single edition in Naples in 1994, Natural Awakenings has grown to become one of the largest, free, local, healthy living publications in the world, serving 4 million readers each month via 95 magazines published in cities across the U.S. and in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. “Our devoted family of publishers, supported by advertisers, informs readers of many national and local resources that offer paths to a happier, healthier and longer life,” says Bruckman. “Our active and growing readership has helped increase interest in naturally healthy living that has impacted mainstream America and is beneficial for Earth and its inhabitants.” For a list of locations where Natural Awakenings is published or to learn more about franchising opportunities, call 239-530-1377 or visit NaturalAwakeningsMag. com. See ad, page 42.

A Cup of Peppermint Tea Boosts Alertness


esearchers from Northumbria University, in England, have discovered that drinking peppermint tea can improve working and long-term memory. After 180 healthy adults filled out questionnaires about their mood, they were selected at random to consume one of three drinks—peppermint tea, chamomile tea or water—and then rested for 20 minutes. The subjects were then tested for memory and other cognitive factors and given a second mood questionnaire. Those that drank peppermint tea exhibited improvements in both types of memory and were more alert than the other two groups. The participants that drank chamomile tea displayed reductions in both memory and attention functions compared to the others. Researcher Mark Moss, Ph.D., notes, “The enhancing and arousing effects of peppermint and the calming, sedative effects of chamomile observed in this study are in keeping with the claimed properties of these herbs and suggest beneficial effects can be drawn from their use.”



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esearchers from the University of São Paulo Medical School, in Brazil, have found high levels of tinnitus, a ringing or buzzing in the ear, and hearing loss in adolescents that use ear bud speakers. They examined the hearing of 170 students between the ages of 11 and 17 and asked them about their experiences with tinnitus in the previous year. More than half of the respondents had experienced the condition. The principal investigator for the study, Tanit Ganz Sanchez, an associate professor of otolaryngology at the medical school, notes that the prevalence of tinnitus among adolescents should be viewed as an early warning of a serious hearing loss risk. She says, “If this teenage generation continues to expose themselves to very high noise levels, they’ll probably suffer from hearing loss by the time they’re 30 or 40.”

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study in the journal Pediatrics, published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, has found that the common childhood habits of thumb sucking and nail biting can reduce the risk of adolescent and adult allergies. Researchers followed more than 1,000 individuals from 5 through 32 years old, monitoring these two habits at ages 5, 7, 9 and 11. The subjects were tested for allergies at 13 using a skin-prick test and again at 32. Of all participants, 31 percent were frequent thumb suckers and nail biters, and those children had a lower incidence of allergic reactions than the others. These results support a hygiene hypothesis suggesting that early exposure to microbial organisms reduces the risk of developing allergies.

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esearch published in the Journal of Marketing Research links bright light to healthier food choices. The study observed 160 diners at four separate metropolitan locations of a chain dinner restaurant between 6 and 8 p.m. Two of the restaurants used bright lighting (250 lux luminance) and the other two locations had dim lighting (25 lux luminance). The researchers found that diners at the well-lit locations were more likely to choose healthy options such as baked or grilled fish and chicken than the patrons at the dimly lit restaurants. These results were replicated in a laboratory test of 700 college students where scientists attributed students’ healthier choices to the alert feelings that being in a bright room elicits.

ranberries, a staple on most holiday tables, can help women reduce their risk of urinary tract infections (UTI). A recent study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research tested the impact of consuming whole-cranberry fruit powder on women that had experienced two or more UTIs in the previous 12 months. Of the 182 study participants, 89 were given 500 milligrams of the cranberry powder daily for six months. The remaining 93 women ingested a placebo. The cranberry group reported significantly fewer infections than the placebo group. In addition, it took the women in the cranberry group more time to develop a first UTI than the women in the control group.




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2016 was a mixed year for whales and dolphins and by extension, humans. Marine Biologist Sylvia Earle states the importance of ocean health this way: “With every drop of water you drink, every breath you take, you’re connected to the sea. The ocean is the blue heart of the planet. There’s still time, but not a lot, to turn things around.” Scientists have discovered a new, black-colored species of whale that’s one-third the size of a Baird’s beaked whale. Yet to be named, it’s rarely seen, feeding in deep canyons in the Bering Sea. The oldest-known orca whale, Granny, at 105, swims Washington’s coastline. Wild orcas usually live 60 to 80 years; captives, 40 years at most. Iceberg, the only known adult white orca, age 22, was spotted in Russian coastal waters earlier this year. In 2013, a Korean marine park retrained five dolphins to feed naturally and released them into the sea, where they rejoined their original pod. Recent sightings found them thriving, affording hope for the 2,900 dolphins in marine parks, aquariums and zoos worldwide. Pink dolphins in Hong Kong’s bustling harbor remain endangered. In 2003, there were 158; by 2014, only 61. The Baiji River dolphin, only found in China, has been declared extinct. Vaquitas, small porpoises in the Gulf of California, declined from 97 in 2014 to 60 this year, most drowned in commercial fishing nets; it may be extinct by 2018.

The 2016 annual Audubon Great Backyard Bird Count in February (Audubon. org/content/2014-great-backyard-birdcount-summary) and a report compiled by the North American Bird Conservation Initiative ( show that more than a third of all North American bird species are at risk of becoming extinct unless significant action is taken, especially ocean and tropical birds. The governments of Canada, the United States and Mexico created the North American Bird Conservation Initiative in 1999. More than half the species that rely on oceans and tropical forests are on a special watch list because of small and declining populations, limited ranges and severe threats to their habitats. The report pinpoints invasive predators such as rats and cats on nesting islands, as well as overfishing, pollution and climate change. Ways to address the problem include removing predators, expanding protected marine areas and reducing the amount of plastic products that end up in the ocean and can trap or choke birds. Many species such as long-distance migratory shore birds in coastal, grassland and arid habitats are declining steeply. The main causes are rising sea levels, coastal development, encroaching human activity and oil spills. 10/1 Dima Oana Gabriela/


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Humans an Endangered Species The UK-based nonprofit Global Challenges Foundation’s annual report on global catastrophic risk ( GlobalExtinctionReport) has found that the risk of human extinction is higher than we might expect. The Stern Review (, the British premier government report on the economics of climate change, estimates a 0.1 percent risk of human extinction every year. “We don’t expect any of the events that we describe to happen in any specific 10-year period. They might—but on balance, they probably won’t,” says Sebastian Farquhar, director of the Global Priorities Project. United Nations-approved climate models estimate that temperatures might rise six to 10 degrees Celsius, which pushes the probability of extinction beyond 3 percent, even with a considerable decrease in carbon emissions. Nuclear war, natural disasters such as volcanic eruptions, genetic engineering gone awry and pandemic plagues figure in too, but the biggest threat might be the ever-increasing human population. According to a paper published in the journal Nature by Elizabeth Hadly, a professor of environmental biology at Stanford University, such growth has followed the trajectory of a typical invasive species and suggests there may be a looming global population downturn. Still, humans are capable of exponentially growing their population several times over through the invention of new technologies and cultural shifts, regardless of Earth’s natural carrying capacity. 12

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Solar Sidewalk

Missouri Debuts Energy-Generating Pavers Missouri is rolling out a set of energy-generating photovoltaic pavers along a section of the iconic Route 66 highway in a sidewalk pilot project—the first on a public right of way—in the U.S. The street pavers were developed by Solar Roadways, a company created by inventors Scott and Julie Brusaw, which raised more than $2.2 million in crowdfunding in 2014 to bring their technology to market. The Brusaws claim that replacing all of America’s roads and parking lots with their solar pavers would generate more than three times what the country consumed in electricity in 2009. The Missouri Department of Transportation considered their own crowdfunding campaign to support their energy experiment; plans called for the hexagonal solar panels to be fully installed and operational by the end of this year. Source: NBC

Greening Planet

Satellites Reveal Unexpected Plant Growth The study Greening of the Earth and its Drivers, published by an international team in the journal Nature Climate Change, shows significant greening of a quarter to onehalf of the Earth’s vegetated lands based on satellite data from the past 33 years. This represents an increase in leaves on plants and trees that produce sugars using sunlight energy to mix atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) with water and nutrients from the soil. These sugars are the source of food, fiber and fuel for life on Earth. More sugars are produced when there is more of this greenhouse gas in the air in a process called CO2 fertilization. About 85 percent of the Earth’s land is free of ice and covered by vegetation, currently encompassing 32 percent of the planet’s total surface area. Lead author Dr. Zaichun Zhu, a researcher from Peking University, in China, states, “The greening over the past 33 years reported in this study is equivalent to adding a green continent about two times the size of mainland USA, and has the ability to fundamentally change the cycling of water and carbon in the climate system.” The effect may serve as a carbon sink to help counter climate change. Source: Boston University

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Chinese officials have announced dietary guidelines designed to reduce the country’s meat consumption by 50 percent. The campaign includes a series of billboards and advertisements featuring American celebrities Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Cameron. “China’s move to cut meat consumption in half would not only have a huge impact on public health, it is also a massive leadership step towards drastically reducing carbon emissions and reaching the goals set out in the Paris agreement,” says Cameron.

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Venezuela has passed a law that imposes some of the world’s toughest regulations on genetically modified organisms (GMO) and patenting of seeds in order to consolidate national food sovereignty, regulate the production of hybrid seed, reject the production, distribution and import of GMO seeds and ban transgenic seed research. Canada’s Centre for Research on Globalization describes it as one of the most progressive seed laws in the world. The country intends to establish a national seed system to implement the new law. The group will monitor and sanction any agricultural violations, with a focus on the protection of traditional seeds.

The Norwegian Parliament Standing Committee on Energy and Environment has pledged that the government will follow a deforestation-free public procurement policy, meaning that any product that contributes to deforestation will not be used by the country as part of an Action Plan on Nature Diversity. Rainforest Foundation Norway was the main lobbying influence behind this recommendation and has worked for years to bring the pledge into existence. “This is an important victory in the fight to protect the rainforest,” says Nils Hermann Ranum, head of policy and campaign for the committee. “Over the last few years, a number of companies have committed to cease the procurement of goods that can be linked to destruction of the rainforest. Until now, this has not been matched by similar commitments from governments. The Norwegian state is now following suit and making the same demands when it comes to public procurements.” Deforestation is estimated to comprise about 15 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to climate change and disrupting natural cycles and livelihoods, according to the World Wildlife Fund. Removal of trees can disrupt a region’s water cycle, resulting in changes in precipitation and river flow that also contribute to erosion. Source:

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Hospital Allows Cats and Dogs Pet dogs and cats are visiting with their seriously ill owners, reducing stress and improving morale, at the Juravinski Hospital, in Hamilton, Ontario. The Zachary’s Paws for Healing program, the first of its kind in Canada, was founded by Zachary Noble and his aunt, Donna Jenkins. Before each visit, the animals are thoroughly cleaned so as not to introduce harmful germs, and brought in on covered, wheeled carts away from all other patients during their one-hour weekly visits. The all-volunteer program plans to offer foster care to pet owners that enter the hospital for treatment.

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ccording to Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary, “anxiety is a fear or nervousness about what might happen or a feeling of wanting to do something very much.” All of us will encounter situations throughout our lives that cause us to feel anxious. Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress and can even be beneficial in certain circumstances. For example, a little anxiety can increase focus and help us perform at our peak. It can also help us avoid dangerous situations or get out of them. Normal anxiety will go away once the stressor has been dealt with or removed. However, if anxious feelings return over and over again, get worse, start affecting a person’s interaction with others or hinder job or academic performance, then this would be considered problem anxiety. Left unchecked, problem anxiety may lead to an anxiety disorder. In America, 25.1 percent of 13 to 18 year olds will suffer a lifetime prevalence of one form of anxiety disorder or another and 5.9 percent will suffer a severe form. There are several different types of anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder. The symptoms of each disorder are diverse, but what they have in common is the negative effect on a person’s daily quality of life. Anxiety disorders are generally treated with lengthy psychotherapy sessions, such as cognitive therapy and exposure therapy, and some people benefit by joining a self-help or support group. Medication may also be prescribed or added to the above-mentioned treatments. Drugs will likely reduce the symptoms but often have side effects. Neurofeedback training is a good alternative for people with anxiety disorders who don’t want extensive psy-

chotherapy or drug dependent therapy. Research indicates that there are functional brain abnormalities associated with anxiety and panic disorder. QEEG (quantitative electroencephalogram) brain mapping is used to fully understand the irregularities of the anxiety sufferer’s brain. The individual is then trained to correct the abnormal electrical activity (brain waves) in the brain contributing to his or her anxiety. With consistent practice, a person can learn how to replace anxiety-promoting brain waves with those promoting calmness and relaxation. Mirjam Veldkamp was born in the Netherlands where she received a nursing degree at Slotervaart Hospital School of Nursing and a master’s degree in medical anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. She now works as a neurofeedback technician for Braincore of the Lowcountry. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, call 844-272-4666 or visit See listing, page 38.

readersnapshot Who’s a Natural Awakenings Reader? An Interview with Ed Kosak, Minister of Unity of Charleston by Elizabeth Franchini How did you become interested in the interfaith movement? Kosak: In 2008, a Florida minister wanted to burn many copies of the Koran. One of Unity’s parishioners, Cookie Washington, suggested an interfaith service on James Island as a possible response to the hate that was generated. But I have always been interested in the interfaith movement. I became more interested in ministerial school in part because of Charles and Myrtle Fillmore, the founders of the Unity movement. Although the Fillmores settled on Christianity, they studied world religions and were open minded. Their metaphysical approach gave them the incentive to study different religions and how they relate to one another. We have symbols of the major religions displayed at Unity, and I have always felt that travel gives you a different perspective and appreciation for other cultures, religions, etc. How prevalent is the interfaith movement in South Carolina and when did it start in Charleston? Kosak: The S.C. interfaith movement started in Columbia, South Carolina, and was called Interfaith Partners of South Carolina. It had long been static in Charleston, but with Cookie’s help, it was rejuvenated. Mayor Riley asked Howie Comen, who is Jewish, to organize an interfaith service in response to the Koran burnings. There have since been many more events in Columbia and Charleston. What events have you done from an interfaith perspective? Kosak: In Charleston three services have been conducted involving different religions. In 2008, 250 people gathered for the service at James Island County

Park where 12 religions were involved, including 35 Muslims. In 2011, 700 people gathered at the Sottile Theater where 10 religions were involved with an interfaith focus for 9/11. A few years later, 400 people gathered at Physicians Auditorium at the College of Charleston where 12 religions were involved. Have you done anything else to promote the interfaith movement? Kosak: Yes. This year has been the interfaith year at Unity. Every month, a representative, whether it be a minster or a theologian, has spoken on a different religion. These have included Sikhism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Mormonism, Taoism, Unitarianism, Baha’i, and Earth Based/ Paganism. Non-Unity people have also attended the services, which demonstrates that people are interested in learning about different religions. The interfaith services will continue into next year. What is the Parliament of World Religions? Kosak: It’s like the world’s interfaith organization. I attended last year’s event in Salt Lake City and it was phenomenal. There were 10,000 people, 80 religions represented and 50 countries. By far, it was the most uplifting spiritual occasion I’ve ever attended.

Tell us about your background. Kosak: I have been at Unity of Charleston since July of 2002 when I finished ministerial school. I took over Unity from its founder, the Rev. MaryAnn Finch. After attending Unity of Chicago in 1989 and participating in a wonderful meditation, I consciously said to myself, “I’m gonna be a Unity minister someday!” My personal mission statement is, “Facilitating the spiritual and emotional transformation of those I serve and to promote unity in our diversity.” I also was in the Catholic seminary for nine years with the Augustinians. I am a former high school teacher and clinical social worker and did therapy for 16 years in various settings, such as drug rehabilitation centers, private practice and neurorehabilitation facilities. I love being active in sports, such as swimming, cycling, walking and yoga. I have a wonderful wife and two awesome sons. What do you like most about Natural Awakenings? Kosak: From a personal point of view, I like it because it provides holistic options to consider rather than meds, etc. From a church point of view, it is THE best targeted marketing tool for people to find out about Unity. For more information about Unity, see listing, page 39. Elizabeth Franchini is a board member at Unity of Charleston, sharing Ed Kosak’s passion for peace and understanding. She is a retired school counselor and mental health therapist, and is currently the site manager for a Trident Literacy GED center and future private practice therapist.

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Building Community Through Healthy Lifestyle:

An Interview with Green Heart Project’s Executive Director Drew Harrison by Jennifer Iamele Savage


he Green Heart Project builds garden-based experiential learning projects and school garden programs in the Charleston area to educate students, connect people and cultivate community through growing, eating and celebrating food. The organization was founded in 2009 by Charleston residents Karalee Nielsen Fallert and Chauncy Jordan as a small school garden at Mitchell Elementary, located in an area labeled as a food desert. Students of this Title-1 school come from low-income households that lack access to whole, fresh fruits and vegetables. Fallert, a progressive and successful restaurateur, along with Jordan, a likeminded real estate entrepreneur, aimed to change the food desert and to use food as a tool to cultivate community. Current Executive Director Drew Harrison initially joined The Project as a volunteer after participating in Lowcountry Local First’s (LLF) new farmer’s program. Harrison’s travel experience in Central America, where he observed Central Americans’ relationship with food and farming, coupled with his LLF involvement resulted in his passionate view that food can be a vehicle for making a lasting impact. All of those involved with The Project share a common goal of building community through this connection to food and promoting a healthier lifestyle.

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and the support of community partners and schools have been some of the major successes. Most notably for the fifth year in a row, students were involved in growing, harvesting and cultivating sweet potatoes through the entire process. Not only did they learn lessons about the value of nutrition, they also learned about the history and culture of the sweet potato. This connection to our food is something that is typically lacking in American society and has had a major impact. On October 24th, National Food Day, the sweet potatoes that the students cultivated were shared in their cafeteria line, thus helping them to literally see the fruits of their labor. In addition, The Project’s annual harvest dinner has been a major success. The first year, 2009, the dinner was a spaghetti dinner with roughly 50 people in the cafeteria of Mitchell Elementary. Now the event is held outside of Mitchell with approximately 800 attendees.

How can readers support the organization and get involved?

school partners which utilize the school garden as an outdoor classroom, connecting students to healthy food through the growing process. Through hands-on gardening and culinary activities, students learn about how food connects not only to our health and environment but our community as well. Additionally, the gardens serve as a platform for volunteer mentors to engage and encourage students to work hard and succeed. Currently, The Project serves five schools, including Sullivan’s Island Elementary, Mitchell Elementary, Sanders Clyde Elementary, Meeting Street Academy, and Meeting Street Elementary. Although The Project started off serving low-income schools, they realize that their program benefits all students and are now all inclusive.

What have been some of the organization’s greatest successes? Harrison: The growth of the organization

Harrison: There are numerous ways. Interested volunteers can sign up for open farm hours and volunteer hours directly on the website If you are looking for a unique holiday gift, The Project is selling Be Mary boxes, which contain a festive selection of locally produced food items that can be used to create Charleston Bloody Marys. Twenty-five dollars of every $30 box sold goes directly to the organization. Additionally, if you like tacos, Taco Boy is a major financial supporter of The Project. In fact, for every fried avocado taco sold, $1 goes to The Project. If you feel that your school would like to participate in The Project, contact Harrison directly at Jennifer Iamele Savage is a transitional life coach and a secondary Montessori educator. Passionate about raising consciousness, Savage uses these as vehicles to help people find their voice and empower them to utilize their resources. Connect with her at See listing, page 40.


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rue love is not something reserved exclusively for soulmates, couples, children, friends or family. Observations by sages for millennia and by enlightened scientists more recently are increasingly aligned with the point of view articulated by renowned meditation teacher Jack Kornfield that true love and awareness—a sense of universal connectivity and the idea that divinity, or the sacred, is found in all things—are indistinguishable.

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This state of being, generally denoted by strong feelings of love or acceptance toward others, brings us into contact with universal energy which connects all of humanity with the natural world. Clues to our united commonality are explored in two 21st-century books, Love 2.0: How Our Supreme Emotion Affects Everything We Feel, Think, Do, and Become, by Barbara L. Fredrickson, Ph.D., and A General Theory of Love, by medical doctors Thomas Lewis,

Fari Amini and Richard Lannon. These authors explore the brain science that’s related to love and awareness. Although trying to grasp love intellectually may be like eating soup with a fork, the authors of A General Theory of Love cite feelings as a good starting point. Fredrickson describes love as “the momentary upwelling of three tightly interwoven events: a sharing of one or more positive emotions between you and another; a biochemical synchrony between your and the other person’s biochemistry and behaviors; and a reflected motive to invest in each other’s well-being that brings mutual care.” Fredrickson, director of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, believes love is a complex physiological response; a “positivity resonance.” She describes key factors in love’s ability to biologically transform us as oxytocin, a hormone active in social bonding and attachments, and the vagus nerve deep within the brain stem that

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connects with numerous organs, including the lead “character” in this relationship, the heart. The neural synchrony of positivity resonance between the brains of two individuals is a connected oneness that Fredrickson notes is far more ubiquitous than previously thought possible. Her research shows that it requires only connection, not the intimacy or shared history that comes with any special bonds. Micro-moments of the connected oneness we feel as life-giving reverberations occur via shared smiles or laughter, a common compassion or an engaging story. Humans all hunger for such moments. The prerequisites are perceived safety and authentic sensory connection with another, even if it’s fleeting. In Fredrickson’s perspective, such neural coupling is a biological manifestation of oneness in which a habitual focus on “me” expands to a lifeexpanding “we”.

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During their 30-year friendship, Bob Staretz collaborated with astronaut Edgar Mitchell, Sc.D., the lunar module pilot on Apollo 14 and founder of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, to research and write “The Quantum Hologram and the Nature of Consciousness,” published in the Journal of Cosmology. Their scientific theory explains how all of creation learns, self-corrects and evolves as a selforganizing, interconnected holistic system through love. “Without exception, everything in nature exists and works together in total balance, resonance and harmony, interacting as one. From this perspective, Edgar and I reached the obvious conclusion—the organizing principle of the cosmos is agape love, an ultimate form of unconditional love that accepts all things existing in nature without regard to conditions, expectations, shortcomings, flaws or faults,” explains Staretz. The former executive director of Eternea, an organization focused on spiritually transformative experiences and the 18

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study of consciousness, Staretz says individuals that undergo such an experience attest that loving one another and all of nature, of which we are a part, is the central reason for our existence. Anita Moorjani’s latest book, What If This Is Heaven? reiterates the life lesson she learned from her dramatic near-death experience in which she identified herself as a state of pure consciousness connected with everything in the cosmos. She clearly heard: “Your only work is to love yourself, value yourself and embody this truth of self-worth and self-love so that you can be love in action. That is true service, to yourself and to those who surround you.” This message continues with her, and she explains that by not loving ourselves, we are denying the part of God that expresses itself through us. An overarching insight from her

life-changing journey is, “Unconditional love is a state of being, not an emotion. It’s not just one side of the coin—it’s the whole coin.”

How-to Resources Interest in this deeper perspective led The Shift Network, which offers online transformative education, to host a recent Advanced Teachings for Truly Loving Yourself with Margaret Paul, P.h.D., co-author of Do I Have to Give Up Me to Be Loved By You? Many others are working to spread the word about a larger sense of life-giving love, including Cleveland, Ohio, intuitive psychologist Debra L. Reble, Ph.D., author of Being Love: How Loving Yourself Creates Ripples of Transformation in Your Relationships and the World. She says, “Our soul’s purpose is to be and express love. We dream of love, yearn for love and make love, but rarely do we realize that we are love, a source of divine energy.” Reba Linker, a New York City life coach and author, hosts a Leaders in Self-Love Facebook page and the Paint Yourself into The Picture online coaching show. Linker’s philosophy on love resembles that of New Thought leader Michael Beckwith, minister, author and founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center, in Culver City, California—to discern that our true nature is love is to know that we are created in the very image and likeness of love, the essence of life itself. Gary Sinclair, author of Healing Memories in Seconds, views his life from an altitude of oceanic oneness. His 35 years of study in a field that uses energy to heal spirit, mind and body led him to develop Soul Link, a memory energy therapy. His work is changing the face of therapy for those with post-traumatic stress disorder and led to the revelation, “Love pulls whatever it touches to its highest potential.” Teaching what he knows “beyond a shadow of a doubt” helps to shift his

students’ worldview. “All of creation is made up of electromagnetic energy vibrating at different frequencies. We are energy beings who can learn to manage our energy to heal ourselves. We are all connected by omnipresence, the energy of love, a heart connection of life. Consciously choosing this awareness allows us to be ‘love living life.’” Kamini Desai, director of education for the Amrit Yoga Institute, in Salt Springs, Florida, lends her yogic perspective to love. “We are each a wave on the ocean of existence. Even though we are separate waves, we carry the essence of the same ocean. When that essence manifests in us as spirit, its quality is a healing force of love surrounding our cells, causing our heart to beat and regenerating our organs. This intelligence guides and directs the universe in the same manner that it heals and maintains our body. In yoga, we learn to listen to its subtle voice so that we can follow its urges and energetic impulses to the source from which it springs.” The perceptions of California’s HeartMath Institute founder Doc Childre, dedicated to helping people access their intuitive insight and heart intelligence, are generally aligned with those of Fredrickson. Both approaches recognize how order and balance in the nervous system and smooth, harmonious and coherent heart rhythms enhance our ability to clearly perceive a far larger universe of experience. The ensuing connections widen the windows of perception to view ourselves as no longer separate, but part of a unified whole. Accumulated micro-moments of love communicated through synchronized gazes, touches and vocalizations forge a shared subjective appreciation of connection and oneness. We feel ourselves embodying positive resonance and experience easier and more immediate rapport in familial, familiar and even new relationships. We discover abundant opportunities to feel love, loved and loving as we make ourselves available to them. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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atigue due to physical or mental exertion is common in those beleaguered by stress, poor eating habits and insomnia, struggling to balance the needs of family and career and too often using caffeine and other stimulants to artificially rebound energy. James L. Wilson, Ph.D., a doctor of chiropractic and naturopathy, educates medical professionals about an even more serious health issue he identifies as “adrenal fatigue”; it’s characterized by below-optimal adrenal function induced by an overload of such stressors. Our two walnut-sized adrenal glands, one atop each kidney, produce vital hormones that help control heart rate, blood pressure, digestion and many other functions, including how the body deals with stress.

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In his book, Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome, Wilson sheds light on the scope of the problem. “The fact that adrenal fatigue is unrecognized by conventional medicine has left millions of people suffering from an untreated problem that interferes with their ability to function normally and capacity to enjoy life. For those whose adrenal glands are ‘running on empty’, even something as basic as happiness seems almost out of reach,” comments Wilson, who resides in Tucson, Arizona. Individuals suffering from adrenal fatigue are most concerned about their low moods, energy, mental acuity and libido, for which conventional medicine typically prescribes antidepressant and anti-anxiety drugs. These medications do nothing to revive adrenal functioning. This faulty condition also affects weight gain and a propensity toward the development of some diseases, including

fibromyalgia. “Your resiliency, energy, endurance and very life depend on the proper functioning of the adrenals,” Wilson says. We’ve inherited our sympathetic nervous system and its stress response of fight-or-flight from our prehistoric ancestors. It hasn’t evolved to differentiate between an acute threat to survival and the chronic threats from looming deadlines, financial pressures and other modern-day worries. “The adrenal stress response to physical danger or any perceived psychological threat is identical—the release of norepinephrine and epinephrine responsible for cascading physiological reactions,” explains Dr. Vijay Jain, who treats fatigue from an integrative perspective at his Mind Body Wellness Center, in Palm Coast, Florida.

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Adrenal fatigue is mainly a self-induced health problem that doesn’t just appear. It results from an accumulation of ongoing choices that we can change. Jain applies ayurvedic principles to reestablish balance in the body’s three prominent mind-body types that influence personal well-being. These are known as vata, pitta and kapha. For people primarily characterized by vata and pitta typology, fatigue is the result of being overactive and burning the candle at both ends. For those with kapha constitutions, fatigue is the outcome of a sedentary lifestyle with insufficient movement and eating the wrong foods for them. He further recommends getting more sleep with regular bedtimes, practices such as yoga nidra meditation, pranayama (yogic breathing) and a slower-paced yoga practice with longerheld meditative poses, as well as massage and a diet designed to restore our biological energies, or doshas, to a balanced state. “Depending on a patient’s constitution I advise some to slow down and burn 50 percent less of their candle, while I tell others to increase their physical activity and improve their diet.” Jain also recommends a type of ayurvedic purification and detoxification treatment that involves a series of five therapies including massage and herbal treatments. Performed in sequence, these allow the body and mind to drop into a state of peacefulness. Acupuncture treatments are also helpful, along with a regimen of adaptogenic herbs such as ginseng, schisandra and ashwagandha, according to Jain. In Happy Healthy Thyroid: The Essential Steps to Healing Naturally, author Andrea Beaman writes about how she recovered naturally from adrenal fatigue. To restore energy and vitality to the body, she further recommends the healing practices of hatha yoga, qigong and tai chi. “These modalities build energy, whereas power yoga, and cardiovascular exercises drain energy in fatigued individuals,” advises Beaman. She notes that it can take six months to two years to restore desired energy levels. Beaman counsels individuals with behavioral characteristics that make it more challenging to burn less of their candle. She grabs their attention with the critical nature of their situation. “‘You are in and out of life in a blink. If you’re exhausted at age 48, how are you going to live a vibrant, happy and exuberant life right up to the finish line?’ That generally works,” she says. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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he earliest signs of adrenal fatigue are low energy and the need for several strong shots of caffeine to kick-start the morning or get through an afternoon slump. If these symptoms arise, take steps to begin nourishing, restoring and de-stressing the adrenal glands. Eliminate stressors. Reevaluate daily schedules to make room for a regular session of yoga, meditation, tai chi or qigong. Establish a regular sleeping schedule aligned with the body’s natural cycle. Slipping between the sheets no later than 10 p.m. can mean better and deeper rest. Make dietary changes, starting with 40 grams of protein each morning. Limit the intake of stimulants, including caffeine. Eliminate sugar and processed grains. Add adaptogenic herbs and organic coconut and olive oils to dishes and food preparation. Eat nutritious foods such as greens and brightly colored vegetables. As a result, blood sugar and insulin levels will take fewer rollercoaster rides, easing the work of the adrenals. Refrain from over-exercising. Excessive cardio or endurance training is hard on the adrenals, so substitute more relaxing forms of exercise. Practice calming mindfulness and deep, controlled, diaphragmatic breathing.

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very January, we rally our hopes, vowing that this time our New Year’s resolutions will finally stick. However, “If you don’t have a plan, plan to fail,” says Kansas City, Missouri, personal trainer Jake Albracht. We can make our health and fitness goals for 2017 a reality instead of just wishful thinking. Find a good trainer. “A personal trainer provides a helpful base of knowledge because the hardest part for most people is a lack of planning and diligence in following up. Trainers can step in to help a client achieve their

goals,” says Albracht. Jeanne Rankin, assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Kentucky, in Lexington, adds, “A personal trainer can also help you set lofty goals that you wouldn’t have considered on your own due to fear of failure in achieving them.” Secure personal attention. Individual attention is invaluable. Albracht notes, “There’s nothing like the instant feedback with technique, information and support that one-on-one training provides.” Rankin adds, “In ongoing individual evaluation, a personal

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day practice.” She also strives to bring mindfulness into any fitness workout that evolves from a mind-body connection. The accompanying sense of self-compassion furthers progress in the never-ending process of personal growth and healthy living. Acquire a fitness posse. An accountability partner can be a friend or a personal trainer—someone that’s only a phone call away. Rankin observes, “If you know that you are letting someone down by not working out, then you are more likely to stick to a plan, especially if you’re paying that person.” Hit the reset button if needed. “Set a deadline to attain a goal and work backwards from there to achieve it,” advises Albracht. “If the goal is missed, reassess and plan again.” Be patient and forgive yourself as often as necessary if slip-ups occur. The ultimate results of feeling good and healthier provide their own payoff. Aimee Hughes, a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO, is a doctor of naturopathy and consultant for the Yandara Yoga Institute. Connect at ChezAimee@

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uring jam-packed special occasions like holidays, our drinks should multitask, too. We need festive tipples to refresh us without overdoing it, restore equilibrium if we overeat or drink or revive us when we’re feeling low from a seasonal cold or flu. In addition to traditional offerings that family and friends might expect, why not add a new and improved signature drink to everyone’s repertoire? These feel-good beverages, featuring winter fruits high in vitamin C, anthocyanins, therapeutic herbs and fresh ginger, deliver delicious boosts to help us feel our best.


The season of hospitality is happily also the season of pomegranates, blood oranges and Meyer lemons (a sweeter, thin-skinned, aromatic variety). These vibrant fruits give a taste of good cheer to anything we can pour, shake, muddle or simmer. Whether we offer fresh-squeezed blood orange juice in the morning, a non-alcoholic cocktail of pomegranate juice and sparkling water, or a squeeze of Meyer lemon juice in a hot toddy or

tea, the tart flavor is a sure pick-me-up. The red color in antioxidant-rich blood oranges and pomegranates indicates the presence of anthocyanins, compounds that might help prevent cancer and heart disease, as well as treat eye disorders, according to an article published in the Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology. Meyer lemons are a good source of vitamin C, essential for producing collagen needed to support the formation of new bone, blood vessels, ligaments and tendons, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.


After an evening of over-imbibing, our systems need to reboot. The stomach needs help in processing alcohol, plus we may be dehydrated and feeling a little queasy. Filtered water, coconut water or a sweet, caffeine-free coffee or carbonated beverage of the lemon-lime variety rehydrate, as well as help our digestive system break down and flush out the alcohol. According to Registered Dietitian Aicacia Young, in Austin, Texas, founder of, the simple act of drinking water before we go to bed can assist in the recovery process. Research published in the Food & Function journal found that lemonlime soda helps the body metabolize alcohol better by speeding up its ability to process the compound aldehyde dehydrogenase, the main cause of hangover symptoms. For nausea and motion sickness, ginger or peppermint tea can help, according to studies in the American Journal of Physiology and the French Prescrire International.  


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Sometimes the stress of holiday to-dos, often combined with travel, can lower the resilience of our immune system. When we feel symptoms of a cold or flu coming on, the classic hot toddy can help us feel human again. The alcohol in whiskey is a natural decongestant; plus, it helps get us to sleep. Honey soothes and perky lemon juice gives us hope that we’ll feel better the next day.   Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS. Connect at


Fresh Hot Peppermint Tea Yields: 1 serving

Seasonal Drinks that Revitalize


The best holiday drinks are festive and taste great. They should also be easy to fix. Here are five to get us started.

Bring 1 cup of water to a boil. While it’s boiling, place 7 to 10 fresh organic mint leaves in a tea cup. Pour the hot water over the mint leaves and let them steep in the cup for 5 minutes. Strain out leaves as desired, and enjoy. Courtesy of Heather Crosby, author of YumUniverse: Infinite Possibilities for a Gluten-Free, Plant-Powerful, WholeFood Lifestyle; fresh-peppermint-tea.

Fresh Hot Ginger Tea Blood Orange French 75 Yields: 1 serving In a champagne flute, pour a jigger of gin, the juice of half a blood orange and a squeeze of Meyer lemon juice. Top up with champagne. Courtesy of Kathryne Taylor, a whole foods and vegetarian blogger; Search

Yields: 2 servings Bring 2 cups of water to a boil, and then add 1 small knob of fresh ginger, precut into thin slices. Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Strain out the ginger slices and serve in a mug.

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Meyer Lemon Hot Toddy Yields: 1 serving

Holiday Sangria Combine 1 liter of cabernet sauvignon, a quart of pomegranate juice, ¼ cup agave nectar, 1 thinly sliced Meyer lemon and 1 thinly sliced pear in a pitcher. Add ice and stir. Pour into glasses to serve.

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Yields: 8 servings

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hen sugar was a commodHealthier Holiday Snacks ity only the wealthy could Mothers Amy Roskelley and Natalie afford, “visions of sugarMonson, of Provo, Utah, agree that raisplums” danced in the heads of chiling healthy kids is a challenge. Dealing dren ensconced in Clement Moore’s with picky eaters, getting family mem’Twas the Night Before Christmas. bers to exercise and sourcing organic Now, cheap candy is everywhere and baby care products are all in a day’s not all that special. What is special work for them. It’s why they founded is making memories aligned with Subscribers contemporary traditions while enjoying naturally sweet, healthy treats that have access to meal plans, recipes and healthy parenting tips. Recent advice kids will remember helping to create. includes ditching prepackaged popcorn “It’s important to limit sugary snacks, even during the holidays,” says (listing unpronounceable ingredients) and instead making the treat at home— Claire McCarthy, a Boston Children’s Hospital pediatrician, Harvard Medical popping kernels in coconut oil and School assistant professor of pediatrics topping the result with maple snickerand senior editor for Harvard Health doodle flavorings. Publications. She is also a mother of   Many moms turn to online boards elementary school kids. “We need to for party ideas. Fun photos posted use the opportunity—any opportunity there guide kids in creating naturally these days—to teach children and sweet treats, such as fresh fruit skewfamilies about eating healthy.” ers shaped like elves or magic wands   Natural Awakenings recommends using organic and non-GMO (genetically modified) ingredients whenever possible.

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Gingerbread House Update “Building a gingerbread house is a time-honored tradition for many families,” says Jacquie Fisher, a Kansas City, Missouri, mom who masterminds the educational blog and kid-friendly adventure postings at KCEdventures. com. Learning to construct the edible structure is intriguing fun. “Testing out how to balance the walls, construct a roof and put together a fun little structure is the perfect intro to some basic physics principles,” she notes. Because she’s not a fan of sugar icing and candy add-ons, Fisher’s kids connect over how to make Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’s stable with whole-wheat graham crackers “glued” together with a homemade maple caramel mixed with coconut milk. They decorate using dried fruit, nuts, dry cereal and flaked coconut.  

Rudolph the Reindeer’s Stable Yields: 1 stable

Yields: About 5 cups Popcorn: 1 tsp coconut oil, melted ½ cup popcorn kernels

Christmas Stocking Stuffer and Hanukkah Gelt

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Vegan Maple Caramel “Glue”: 1 cup canned coconut milk (shake the can well before opening and measuring) 3 Tbsp maple syrup 1 tsp vanilla extract, and Pinch sea salt 

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For healthy alternatives to sugary candy, savvy parents source sweet treats made with 100 percent fruit juice and fair trade chocolate available at health food stores and markets. Registered Dietitian Abbie Gellman, in New York City, reinvents the Hanukkah gelt, or foil-wrapped chocolate coins, that Jewish children traditionally receive. She flattens dried apricots with a kitchen mallet, dips them in melted dark chocolate and then sprinkles the treats with sea salt. We can always make wonderful memories true to the spirit of holiday traditions, and do it today in a healthier way.

Graham crackers Small paintbrushes Assorted fresh and dried fruits for decoration, such as blackberries, pomegranate arils and kiwi fruit Dry cereal, such as Rice Chex, and flaked coconut for decoration Pecan halves for roof shingles

Maple Snickerdoodle Popcorn

Heat the coconut oil in a medium saucepan, with a lid, over medium heat. Add 3 kernels of popcorn and wait for them to pop. Once the test kernels start to pop, add the rest, cover and allow to pop, shaking occasionally until popping slows to a near stop. Pour the popcorn into a large bowl and set aside. For the topping, whisk together the coconut oil, maple syrup and cinnamon, until well combined. Pour over the popcorn and mix well. Sprinkle the top with a few pinches of sea salt, mix again and taste. Serve immediately making additional sea salt available. Courtesy of Amy Roskelley and Natalie Monson, maple-snickerdoodle-popcorn.

For the vegan maple caramel, place all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir until the mixture comes to a boil. Keep cooking until the caramel thickens and darkens to a caramel color, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and let cool until just warm to the touch, then use for glue. If you like, make the caramel mixture ahead, store in the refrigerator and then microwave until just warm. Dab the bottom of 1 double graham cracker with the maple caramel glue; then attach it to a dinner plate to make the stable floor. Glue on three walls, a fence and a roof. When the structure is solid, use more warm caramel mix to attach the desired decorations on the stable, fence and perhaps a courtyard out front. If necessary, reheat the edible glue in the microwave. Let dry for 1 hour. Courtesy of Jacquie Fisher,

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A Gorgeously Greener Holiday Fresh Thinking About Décor by Avery Mack


ature’s holiday decorations can transcend cliché pine wreaths or farmed trees to make highly personalized indoor décor that supersedes traditional greenery. Yet mistletoe, holly leaves and berries, eucalyptus, poinsettias, tree needles, acorns and a cut tree’s water reservoir can be harmful to both pets and children. Here are some better choices.

The Tree

For smaller spaces or to make a statement, try grouping topiary trees of varying heights draped with solar

twinkle lights and small ornaments or fresh flowers to create a focal point in a bay window. “A lemon-lime cypress lends another burst of unexpected color on an entry hall table,” says freelance floral designer Janet Corrao, in Nutley, New Jersey. “It smells good, too.” Plants six inches tall work well. Corrao suggests setting the pots in colorful, inexpensive metal buckets from craft stores for added glamour. Unless deemed a hazard to active kids or pets, set up a mid-sized stepstool on a table or open a six-foot

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ladder in a corner and hang ornaments down the center space; add garlands and lights and set potted flowers and small gift boxes on the steps. Search “alternative Christmas trees” at Pinterest. com for more ideas. Another option uses hedge-like plants in lieu of a tree. Consider an English or Japanese boxwood plant or evergreen lilly pilly, and then trim to the desired size and shape. Plant it outdoors as weather and climate permit.

The Table

“While we were working on a photo shoot, the photographer decided to include a Christmas scene. I was able to add fresh greenery from the property to the red ornaments and white orchids that I’d brought along. It made a striking centerpiece running the entire length of the table,” says florist Angie Zimmerman, of Angie Zimmerman Designs, in El Dorado Hills, California. “For the fireplace mantel I used branches with red berries to add height on either side of the central mirror and then duplicated the centerpiece design between them.” A festive table can be dressed with appealing edibles. Use a bread wreath as a base and stud it with skewered basil leaves, cherry tomatoes and small balls of fresh mozzarella cheese for an easy, self-serve, Caprese appetizer. A colorful dish of balsamic dressing or another dip in the center, along with small plates and holiday napkins, completes the offering. For a sit-down dinner variant, place a few Caprese skewers in small, clear, glass vases along the table with individual finger bowls of dip. Flatleafed green parsley sprigs add another special touch. Zimmerman further suggests using deep-red Roma apples, cored, as candle holders. Make living place cards with small pots of herbs. Chalkboard paint identifies the plant and guest seating. Also consider colorful painted pots sporting a small cactus. Transform oranges into aromatic pomanders by scoring the rinds with a citrus stripper in a spiral, circle or other pattern. Use a small nail to make holes and stud the fruits with whole cloves. Adding seasonal greenery and sterilized pine cones makes a beautiful and fragrant centerpiece.

The Front Door

“I love to use pine cones for centerpieces,” Corrao says. “Our weather is cold enough that I don’t have to worry about bugs when collecting cones in the neighborhood.” For warmer climates, bake the pine cones for 30 minutes in a 200-degree oven to melt excess sap, kill insects and fully open them. Sold online or in kitchenware stores, a bay leaf wreath offers cheer at the door. After the holidays, hang it in the kitchen for easy access. “Kumquats, lemons, tangerines, small oranges and crabapples add color to green wreaths,” notes Corrao.


For many, Christmas demands the smell of fresh pine boughs. Spice up the traditional greenery with carnations or other light-hued flowers colored with the juices of fresh, canned or frozen fruits and veggies—red from cranberries, beets and cherries; yellow and orange from yellow onions and carrots; purple from blackberries; green from spinach; pink from strawberries; and blue from red cabbage or blueberries. Freshly cut the flower stems and put them in the liquid from crushed produce or the can to absorb color. Hang garlands out of reach of young children and pets. Navjot Kaur, of Navjot Designs, in Chicago, says, “We all have greenery in our yard or patio gardens that can be used for the holidays. It’s fun to alter the design based upon what is available.” Imagination and inspiration can spark new, greener traditions. Connect with the freelance writer via

Eco-Toy Story

Safe, Fun Gifts for Kids During the holiday gift buying season, it’s good to recall the days of old-fashioned toys. Simple, wooden toys made with non-toxic paints are far safer than those sprayed with varnishes and paints containing lead and volatile organic compounds. Plastics can emit unhealthy chemicals used during manufacturing, which also produces environmental pollution. Pieces can break off, possibly injuring soft skin, or be consumed by toddlers with dangerous results. A recent report by Environment California, a research and policy center, found that products designed for babies and young children, such as soft plastic teethers, bath accessories and others, contain phthalates. Many toys require batteries containing heavy metals like mercury and cadmium. recommends eco-conscious makers of toys available at, including organic cotton stuffed animals; BabyBunz. com, featuring sustainably harvested cherry wood rattles and organic Egyptian cotton animals; and, with play meal cookware and serving pieces made from bioplastic, consisting of a corn and starch resin. Here are other factors to consider. Educational toys can “enhance language, conceptual understanding and numerical and spatial cognition,” according to a study in the journal Mind, Brain and Education. Six-to-8-year-olds can gain an appreciation for archaeology playing with Smithsonian toys available at Barnes & Noble and BarnesAndNoble. com. sells wood puzzles, solar-powered robots and board games from the Golden Gate National Park Conservancy. The Discovery Channel Store has safe toys and books for kids. Follow age guidelines in choosing gifts, advises Steve Pasierb, president and CEO of the Toy Industry Association. “Age-grading has nothing to do with how smart a child is—it’s based on the developmental skills and abilities at a given age and the specific features of a toy.” Practice conservation while saving money by canvassing thrift and consignment shops for classic card and board games.

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Krista Tippett on Our Evolving Spirituality Why it Evokes Hope by Randy Kambic


rista Tippett helps us ponder the meaning of life as host and executive producer of On Being, the award-winning weekly radio program and podcast produced in Minneapolis for more than 400 public radio stations. The bestselling author of Einstein’s God: Conversations About Science and the Human Spirit has been acclaimed for thoughtfully delving into the mysteries of human existence. Her latest book, Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living, reflects upon how spirituality intersects with science, technology, health, art and politics. This daughter of a Southern Baptist minister first launched her show, originally titled Speaking of Faith (also the title of her first book), on Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media in 2003. Today, Tippett continues to discuss faith, spirit, inner growth and what it is to be human with leading authors, thought leaders and pioneering change makers. She also hosts online classes and a blog.

How has On Being evolved to reflect existing dimensions of spirituality that have proven surprising? I am fascinated with how spiritual life and religious identity have evolved in the last decade. This part of life is more fluid than it’s ever been in human history. We are the first generation that didn’t inherit religious identity like we 30

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do a hometown. We craft our spiritual lives and choose our faith, even if it’s the faith of our families. In many that don’t claim a religious affiliation, especially Millennials, I encounter a spiritual curiosity and ethical passion akin to religion at its best. Because seekers dwell both inside and outside of traditions, my life of conversation stretches beyond boundaries in ways I did not expect when I began. I also never imagined that I’d interview physicists, evolutionary biologists and neuroscientists exploring territory previously reserved for theologians and philosophers. Together, they are illuminating the ancient questions related to our place in the cosmos; the nature of human freedom and consciousness; even beauty and the reality of mystery.

Which guests do you feel have resonated the most with listeners and why? A show that seems to have touched more people most deeply is my interview with the Irish poet, philosopher and author John O’Donohue just before he died in his early 50s. He radiated such an unusual combination of qualities: wisdom, tenderness and playfulness; mysticism, theology and a raw Celtic earthiness. He’s someone who could speak of God with great wildness, strangeness—and authority. He inspired with his vision of beauty as a human calling and somehow embodied it for

the listener. I meet all kinds of people that keep that show on their playlist and listen again and again. In general, my favorite guest is the most recent person interviewed. At the moment, it’s Jimmy Wales, the Wikipedia co-founder, who stunned me with his insistence on kindness as the virtue that’s made this nonprofit’s ethos and accomplishments possible. Another is civil rights veteran Ruby Sales, who wisely works to uplift the human drama of our political/social moment, like the way we must come to be as articulate about what we love as about what outrages us.

How do you see people’s awakening sensibilities influencing local and global issues? I am drawn to the notion that we are in the adolescence of our species. The globe right now is like a map of the teenage brain, prone to recklessness and destruction in places and simultaneously possessing vast potentials for creativity and advances. So many are relentless in telling the story of destruction that it seriously colors how we tell the story of our time. I stand among those shining a light on the abundant beauty, goodness and courage in our world so these become more visible and evident at a global level.

Are you optimistic about the future? I am hopeful about the future. My life of meaningful conversation has led me to re-imagine the meaning of hope. It has nothing to do with wishful thinking, but rests on the lives of beauty and goodness I see everywhere I turn. It’s a choice—a more exacting and courageous choice than cynicism or resignation. The pain and fear alive in the world surface as anger and violence, and some of us are called to be calmers of fear. We must create the world we want our children to inhabit and do so together. Hope isn’t an option on this path; it is one of our primary resources for getting there. Randy Kambic is a freelance writer and editor in Estero, FL, and regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.

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an and woman’s best four-legged friend can activate and energize even the most reluctant couch potato or exhausted owner, making the family dog an excellent exercise buddy. Regardless of how lax we may be, everyone feels better after some kind of workout. A study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology confirms that working up a sweat outdoors affords an appealing boost of energy, enjoyment and improved state of mind. Dogs love routine, so they’ll be waiting by the door for their daily walks. Make each outing mindful by letting the pet choose the route and pace. While they stop to sniff, do hamstring stretches by leaning against a wall, fence or tree. Once the warm-up portion is completed, add sprints to burn more calories. Ask for a sit, pick a goal a short distance away and then give the cue to run together fast. After arriving at the goal, ask for another sit. “Our favorite time to go is before 7 a.m. to avoid cars and when the asphalt isn’t too hot for his paws,” says Monica Weintraub, a food and travel blogger currently working from Beijing, China. “Carl loves the burst of energy, and we both build muscle.”

A backyard agility course can complement or even substitute for walks. It’s easy to make with weave poles, jumps and tunnels. Vary the order of the obstacles and run alongside the dog to call out each one. When it’s excessively wet, cold and icy or hot outside, create an indoor agility course. Use blankets and upturned chairs for tunnels, cardboard boxes to designate a weaving trot and a hula hoop for jumps. Set it up on top of rugs that foster firm footing. Balance can also be improved with exercise balls. While some dogs only see a soccer game, others try to balance on the ball, strengthening core muscles like their humans. Learning doga, or yoga for dogs, incorporates a canine’s natural trainability, flexibility, mimicry of human moves and desire to please. Kristen Corral, who’s also certified in animal massage, teaches Anima yoga fusion classes for people and pets of all ages in Las Vegas. “Anima means an expression of one’s true inner self,” she explains. “We work on balance and never force the dogs into poses. They’re excited during the first sessions, but as you move and breathe

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together, it becomes a calming and relaxing activity.” Floor exercises with the help of a dog also helps strengthen core muscles. Do leg lifts and teach the pet to walk under a raised leg to ensure it stays raised for the proper amount of time. Incorporate fetch games with sit-ups; throw the toy when sitting up and accept it back while reclining. Alternate arms—the dominant one has better aim, while the other one adds steps for the dog as it runs to fetch an errant toss. For chair exercises, use a toy to lure the dog under the chair, moving it from side-to-side, simultaneously working the waistline. Fetch lets the dog chase the toy before dropping it in front of the chair, giving the owner’s core muscles a workout when bending to pick it up each time. Dogs love to play hide-and-seek. It’s easy with two people; one holds the dog while the other hides. If solo, teach the pet to sit until a timer goes off before starting the hunt. “I ask Felix, my mixed-breed dog, to hold a sit-stay while I go hide,” says Chantelle Wallace, a professional writer who volunteers to exercise animals at Skyline Pet Care and Fitness, in Austin, Texas. “Hide and seek activates both mental focus and physical exercise.” Dancing to favorite tunes expends lots of energy. Dogs may perform obedience moves to the beat or, like humans, dance like nobody’s watching. Scientists at the University of Missouri are among those that have found that music improves moods, too. Teaching a dog to help around the house impresses everybody and takes advantage of bad weather to catch up on chores. They can tour a laundry basket to bedrooms, pick up trash or place items for recycling in a bin. Select individual items to be carried up or down stairs for a muscular workout. Take some tips from Jesse, a most helpful dog, at When our will to exercise is wavering, an eager dog will help keep an exercise routine interesting and on track. The dog’s goal is always to have fun with their favorite person. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@

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sual meditation journey to activate DNA cellular memory. Craft your own amazing vision board of your true heart’s desire. We will tone together with a frankincense oil blessing. Gift drawing and give away! Pre-register $28. Door $33. Bring friend 1/2off. Healing Hara Massage and Wellness, 209 Stallsville Loop, Summerville. 843-810-5953.


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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2 Sonic Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Pick up a NEW VIBE! Join Elizabeth Williams for this revelational class. Introduction followed by beautiful music meditation, adding movement if inspired. Ends w/ Q&A discussion of the experience. Bring in a higher frequency now! Pre-reg. $20. Door $25. Healing Hara Massage and Wellness, 209 Stallsville Loop, Summerville. 843-810-5953. Healinghara@yahoo. com. Messages from Heaven: An Evening of Spirit Communication with Priscilla Keresey – 7-9pm. Priscilla helps us demystify mediumship and encourages us to believe in our experiences with deceased loved ones. There will be time for questions and validation in this upbeat, joyful and entertaining evening. $20. Bridge to Avalon, 757 Saint Andrews Blvd., West Ashley. 843-974-5676. jeannine@

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Pet Helpers 12th Annual Fri, Dec 2 at The Gaillard Center. Our community will be gathering to celebrate, honor and raise funds for the animals at Pet Helpers. Cocktail hour and silent auction begin at 6pm. Don’t miss the live auction and Plane Jane Entertainment! Visit and buy your Fur Ball tickets or table today! Each ticket supports 1 animal for approximately 1 week giving them a second chance at life and love.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3 Cottage Aroma Bella Day Spa Holiday Open House – 10am-4pm. Join us for a day of shopping. Take advantage of our 10% - 75% discounted items. Gift Certificates will also be available for purchase at 30% off. Free. Cottage Aroma Bella Day Spa, 2671 Fort Trenholm Rd, Johns Island. 843-266-3619. Universal Dances of Peace – 7 pm. Mantra meditation in movement. Easy circle dances with spiritual music from many of the world religions.


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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6 Keep Your Family, Not their Germs! – 6pm-7pm. Featuring Young Living Essential Oils. Refreshments served. Free. Dr. Ann Jenkins, 1164 Northbridge Drive (West Ashley). Limited Seating. RSVP 843-270-9913. Young Living Essential Oil Make and Takes – 7pm-8:30pm. Have FUN and make great gifts while learning all about essential oils. All supplies included. No Stress! No Mess! Handouts, door prizes & refreshments. $5.00. Summerville. Call Roberta 843-762-4086 or email

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10 Holiday Open House – 4pm-8pm. Join us around a warm fire and a table of culinary delights. Please bring one non-perishable item for The Lowcountry Food Bank. There will be a raffle of goods and services as well as shopping opportunities in Gaia’s Gifts. Free. Bridge to Avalon, 757 Saint Andrews Blvd., West Ashley. 843-974-5676. jeannine@

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11 Holiday Bazaar – 2pm-4pm. Enjoy local, handmade, quality essential oils, epsom salts, soaps, personal items and more! Most items range $2-10. Perfect for teacher gifts, stocking stuffers and to treat yourself! FREE. The Healing Arts Center, 480 Jessen Ln, Charleston. 843-631-6422. gstrmic@

MONDAY, DECEMBER 12 New Year New You: Vision Board Workshop – 6pm-9pm. Join Michelle Copeland for a Vi-

Bring an “Intuitive Wrapped Gift” So much fun....this is how it works. Look around your environment... doesn’t have to be something new... could be something you’ve been holding on for awhile. ASK the question: What does someone need for me to bring to the Energy Night that would be helpful to them? Then take the article that “jumps” in your hands, wrap it in some festive paper, and bring it with you on Tuesday evening. After a Ceremony of Thanksgiving and Gratitude (which is open to your participation) we go to the table and “pick” -- INTUITIVELY--- which gift was meant for us. Its always enlightening when we have the share of the origination of the gift and how it landed up in your possession! Bring your friends - it’s a fun evening! 125 South Main Street, Summerville. 843-870-4462. Young Living Essential Oil Make and Takes – 7pm-8:30pm. Have FUN and make great gifts while learning all about essential oils. All supplies included. No Stress! No Mess! Handouts, door prizes & refreshments. $5.00. Summerville. Call Roberta 843-762-4086 or email

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15 Shamanic Dream Circle – 6:30pm-8:45pm. Immersed in powerful collective energy, we will journey deeply through shamanic meditation. There will be an opportunity for feedback from others as well as time to share your “take away” at the end. Please bring a snack to share. $20. Bridge to Avalon, 757 Saint Andrews Blvd., West Ashley. 843-974-5676.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17 New Beginnings Angel Workshop – 1pm-4pm. Get a jump start on the new year! 2017 is all about fresh starts and new beginnings! This angelic workshop will connect you with Archangels and Guardian Angels to help you receive Divine Guidance! $129. Shepard Integrative Dermatology, 912 Old Georgetown Rd. 843-514-2848.

Winter Solstice Celebration – 3pm-8pm. Healthy & holistic Christmas shopping, food, fun, and a nightfall candle lighting to usher in the rebirth of the sun & to unify our souls as one. Magnificent light in this time of change. Free Entry. Vendors onsite. Seed of Life Collective, 621 Wappoo Road, Charleston. 843-343-6726. seedoflifewellnesscollective@gmail. com.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18 Joyful Christmas Spirit Service – 9:30 and 11:15am. Ugly sweater day. Soulful live band music, carols, fun. Donation. Unity of Charleston 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston. 843-566-0600. Who wants to say “I’m done shopping?” – 2pm4pm. Buy local, handmade, quality, non-toxic essential oils, soaps, personal items and more! Average price $2-$10. Treat yourself, friends & family! FREE. The Healing Arts Center, 480 Jessen Ln, Charleston. 843-631-6422.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21 Experience the Winter Solstice with Alexander Mallon – 6:30pm. The darkness of the longest night of the year asks that we turn inward and contemplate last year’s journey. Indeed, it is a time for us to reflect upon ourselves, each of us as important agents of change. $10. Bridge to Avalon, 757 Saint Andrews Blvd., West Ashley. 843-974-5676. jeannine@

remembrance, gratitude. Donation. Unity of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston. 843-5660600.

Charleston Community Acupuncture – 10am-1pm & 3-5:30pm (new extended hours). 1307 Savannah Hwy, Charleston. 843-763-7200.


Complimentary Natural Female Hormone Balancing Consultations – 10am-4pm. With Dr Stephanie Zgraggen. Lime and Lotus, 925-F Wappoo Rd, West Ashley. Call to schedule: 843-214-2997.

New Year’s Eve Service – 6:00 pm. Setting intentions for the year and releasing all that no longer serves us through prayer, sacred readings, guided meditation and more. All welcome. Unity of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston. 843-5660600.

plan ahead JANUARY 10 Manifest Your Best Life – 6:30pm-8:30pm. Six-month coaching group meeting twice per month. Overcome blocks to success in career, weight loss, relationships or life purpose to create a happy and healthy life. Limit 5. Facilitated by Jennifer Miller, MS, former therapist and certified holistic life coach. $65 per month. 843-352-2983. Charmed, 217 Lucas Street, Suite E, Mt. Pleasant.

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 24 Christmas Eve Service – 6:00 pm. Special service with live band, singing carols, joyful holiday celebration. Donation. Unity of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston. 843-566-0600. UnityCharleston@

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25 Christmas Morning Meditation Service – 11:00 am. Christmas joy and spirit, mindfulness, silence,

sunday Zen Meditation Group – 8:15am. Three half-hour rounds of sitting along with walking meditation. Email to find out the best time for you to arrive. Free. Holy Cow Yoga, 10 Windermere Blvd, West Ashley. or Unity of Charleston Services – 9:30 & 11:15am. Are you more spiritual than religious? So are we! Do you believe in many paths to God? Then join us. Unity Church of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave. 843-566-0600. New Spirit Books & Gifts – 10:30am-1pm. Spiritual, metaphysical and inspirational books, crystals, incense, tarot/oracle cards. Unity Church of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave. 843-566-0600. Martial Arts – 2-5pm. $50 per month. Healing Hara Massage & Wellness Center, 209 Stallsville Loop Rd, Summerville. 843-810-5953.

monday Slow Flow and Meditation – 9am. With Teresa Bulford. The perfect opportunity to take your time moving through a beautifully sequenced flow infused with mindfulness and meditation practices. $15 per class or $85 unlimited monthly pass. Healing Hara Massage & Wellness Center, 209 Stallsville Loop Rd, Summerville. 843-810-5953.

Open Reiki Clinic – 10:30-12pm. Channel life force energy to remove energetic blockages & restore balance to the mind, body, emotions, & spirit. Show up, open to heal and receive. Co-Facilitators: Nicole Yallum and Nick Spera. FREE. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt. Pleasant. Centering Prayer – 1:30-2:30pm. Open your mind & heart to God beyond thoughts, words & emotions. Put this on your “To BE List”. All Welcome. 1:302pm Thomas Keating/Richard Rohr Instructional DVD, 2pm 20 minutes of Centering Prayer. Facilitator: Lola Reilly. FREE. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt. Pleasant.reillylola@gmail. com. Senior Yoga – 2:30pm. With Joe Vinciguerra. Offering a variety of approaches to meet the needs of all seniors. These classes incorporate gentle yoga poses, gradual stretching and correct breathing. Chairs incorporated to support your yoga practice. $15 per class or $85 unlimited monthly pass. Healing Hara Massage & Wellness Center, 209 Stallsville Loop Rd, Summerville. 843-810-5953. Functional Fitness Circuit Training – 6pm-7pm. Fast, Fun, & Fit in this Circuit Training style, multimuscle group, body weight, cardio, and resistance style session with Andrew Dean, Holistic Health Trainer and Exercise Rehab Specialist! $10. Seed of Life Collective, 621 Wappoo Road, Charleston. 843-475-2156. transformuniversalfitness@yahoo. com.

tuesday Yoga for EveryBody – 9:30am. With Sam Meehan. This gentle traditional meditative approach to yoga is guaranteed to reduce stress while increasing your strength, flexibility and stamina. Each class includes postures, breathing techniques, deep relaxation and meditation. $15 per class or $85 unlimited monthly pass. Healing Hara Massage & Wellness Center, 209 Stallsville Loop Rd, Summerville. 843-810-5953. Chair Yoga – 11:15 am. This class is designed to lead those who need or prefer to use a chair in place of a mat. If you or someone you know feels uncomfortable on the floor, we suggest this class for disorders and disabilities. $85/unltd, $50/5class, $15/1class. Healing Hara Massage & Wellness 209 Stallsville Loop, Summerville. 843-810-5953. Your Power Hour – 5:30pm. A progressive class that offers challenging aspects for everyone. With an emphasis on core strength, this class combines traditional yoga postures with strong, energetic movement. $15 per class or $85 unlimited monthly pass. Healing Hara Massage & Wellness Center, 209 Stallsville Loop Rd, Summerville. 843-810-5953.

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Free Monthly Essential Oils Class – 6-7pm First Tuesday of each month. Learn Healthy Habits, useEssential 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@ Hara Flow Yoga – 7pm. With Joe Vinciguerra. A fully awakening practice of breath and movement. Students will learn to flow through various yoga poses with emphasis on breath work and proper alignment. $15 per class or $85 unlimited monthly pass. Healing Hara Massage & Wellness Center, 209 Stallsville Loop Rd, Summerville. 843-810-5953. The Reiki Connection – 7pm. With Chrys Franks, Reiki Master/Teacher. Guided meditation followed by mini reiki sessions by certified practitioners. Love offering. (1st Tues for practitioners only). Unity Church, 2535 Leeds Ave, N Charleston. 843-364-5725. Living Qigong – 6pm-7pm. Qigong for health is designed for all ages and all abilities. This Ancient Healing Art creates health for the body, mind and spirit. $5/session, first time free. Natsu Mura Karate, 125 S. Main Street, Summerville. 843-875-4543.

wednesday Hara Yoga – 7:30-8:30am. This class will focus on the Hara the Solar Plexus in the region of the abdomen where the internal organs are housed. Various types of pressure may be exerted here through deep diaphragmatic , strong poses and deep twists. Ignite the fire! $85. Unlimited monthly pass. Healing Hara Massage & Wellness, 209 Stallsville Loop, Summerville. 843-810-5953. Complimentary Natural Female Hormone Balancing Consultations – 10am-4pm. With Dr Stephanie Zgraggen. Lime and Lotus, 925-F Wappoo Rd, West Ashley. Call to schedule: 843-214-2997. Yoga for All – 11am. With Marlene Glaser. Connect breath awareness, mindfulness and fluid movement as you practice both gentle and active yoga asanas. Allow yoga to help foster relaxation, balance and healthier body and mind. $15 per class or $85 monthly unlimited pass. Healing Hara Massage & Wellness Center, 209 Stallsville Loop Rd, Summerville. 843-810-5953. Functional Fitness Circuit Training – 6pm-7pm. Fast, Fun, & Fit in this Circuit Training style, multimuscle group, body weight, cardio, and resistance style session with Andrew Dean, Holistic Health Trainer and Exercise Rehab Specialist! $10. Seed of Life Collective, 621 Wappoo Road, Charleston. 843-475-2156. transformuniversalfitness@yahoo. com.

Guided Meditation– 6:30pm-7:15pm. Come gather with us and journey into the depths of our hearts! Weekly sessions are one hour with a spirit-channeled visualization/meditation. Upon completion, everyone will have an opportunity to share insights, breakthroughs and more. $10 DonationBridge to Avalon, 757 Saint Andrws Blvd., West Ashley. 843-974-5676. Meditation Class – 6:30-7:30pm. With Jennifer Michaels - Energy Healer and Spiritual Life Coach. Guided & silent meditation. Beginners and advanced. $15/Class; Shepard Integrative Dermatology, 912 Old Georgetown Rd., Mt. Pleasant. (843) 514-2848 WiseWomen Meetup – 7-8:30 pm. Come explore with us a variety of spiritual topics, meet other seeking women and meet your tribe. Donation optional. Serenity Center - 820 Central Ave, Summerville. 314-276-7772.

thursday Senior Yoga – 2:30pm. With Joe Vinciguerra. Offered in a variety of approaches to meet the needs of all seniors. These classes incorporate gentle yoga poses, gradual stretching and correct breathing. Healing Hara Massage & Wellness Center, 209 Stallsville Loop Rd, Summerville. 843-810-5953. Living Qigong – 6pm-7pm. Qigong for health is designed for all ages and all abilities. This Ancient Healing Art creates health for the body, mind and spirit. $5/session, first time free. Natsu Mura Karate, 125 S. Main Street, Summerville. 843-875-4543. Slow Flow and Meditation – 6pm. With Marlene Glaser. This class interweaves learning true insight meditation and pranayama (breathing) techniques as well as conscious, flowing asanas that help build strength and stability. Leave class feeling grounded, relaxed and rejuvenated. $15 per class or $85 unlimited monthly pass. Healing Hara Massage & Wellness Center, 209 Stallsville Loop Rd, Summerville. 843-810-5953. ZUMBA – 6-6:45pm. Fun dance party set to world & contemporary rhythms. Great for stress relief & fitness. Wear supportive athletic shoes less tread is better and prepare to shake it up with a smile.. Facilitator: Melanie Cason, Licensed ZUMBA Instructor since 2015 Free. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt. Pleasant. 843-345-7061. melanie.cason@gmail. com.

Martial Arts – 6pm-8pm. $50 per month. Healing Hara Massage & Wellness Center, 209 Stallsville Loop Rd, Summerville. 843-810-5953.


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Change Agents – 7pm-8:30pm. Quiet the voices of doom doubt judgment so we can hear the subtle sound of our inner divinity singing us a song of love and belonging through meditation practices journaling guided visualizations group sharing & readings. Facilitator: Renee Orth. 2015 Free. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt. Pleasant. 843-345-7061. melanie.cason@

friday Yin Yang Yoga – 9am. With Marlene Glaser. Increase your flexibility with yin yoga as well as the yang aspects of the practice that focus on increasing core strength and joint stability. Slow and deep exploration of mind and body. $15 per class or $85 unlimited monthly pass. Healing Hara Massage & Wellness Center, 209 Stallsville Loop Rd, Summerville. 843-810-5953. Open Reiki Clinic – 10:30-12pm. Channel life force energy to remove energetic blockages & restore balance to the mind, body, emotions, & spirit. Show up, open to heal and receive. Co-Facilitators: Nicole Yallum and Nick Spera. FREE. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt. Pleasant. nickaspera@gmail. Friday Flow – 5:30pm. Start the weekend off right w/ this 75min practice! We begin class building heat by flowing through a mindful vinyasa series and top off with soothing, longer held poses to relax body and mind! $85 monthly unlimited pass. $50/5classes, $15/class. Healing Hara Massage & Wellness, 209 Stallsville Loop, Summerville. 843-810-5953. Transmission Meditation – 6:30pm Very powerful work. Beneficial for humanity and self. Healing Oasis, 772 St Andrews, West Ashley. 843-743-5222. or Vinyasa to Yin Yoga – 12:15 pm. With Christy Boaman. Light Vinyasa Flow to longer held deep stretches. Great for all levels. Sign up online at Eventbrite! $10. Seed of Life Collective Beauty, Strength, & Wisdom! 621 Wappoo Road, Charleston, SC 29407. 843-343-6726.

saturday Mat Pilates – 9:30am-10:30am. 1st, 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month. Incorporates standing & floor work to promote balance & coordination, strengthen abdominals & pelvic girdle, & challenge muscular development through progressive movement using body weight. Facilitator: Kerry Blackburn, personal trainer for 20 years, 610 585-5842. Free. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Drive. Mount Pleasant. 843-345-7061. tish@blissspiritualco-op. org. Compost Daze – 10am-2pm. Compost Rangers Compost Daze volunteer monthly workday every 2nd Saturday of the month. Location will vary so follow Compost Rangers on Facebook or go to and sign up for email reminders.

Gentle Yoga – 10am. Providing the opportunity to relax and renew the body with restful yoga postures. Practicing gentle yoga can teach you to relax, rest deeply and completely. $15 per class or $85 unlimited monthly pass Healing Hara Massage & Wellness Center, 209 Stallsville Loop Rd, Summerville. 843810-5953. Simply Meditate – 10:30am-noon. 2nd Sat. Drop-in classes with guided meditations, suitable for beginners and experienced alike. Circular Church, 150 Meeting St, Charleston (classroom below Lance Hall). $10 or $5/students/seniors.


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plus: Affordable Complementary Care Our Readers are Seeking Providers & Services for Integrative & Natural Healthcare Providers/ Weight Loss & Affordable Care

classifieds Have a job to fill or a space to rent? Advertise in our classified section. Information is due by December 10 for the January issue. Cost is $25/month for 30 words; additional words are $0.50 each. Must be prepaid. Email to ROOM FOR RENT BEAUTIFUL SPACE FOR RENT IN SUMMERVILLE WELLNESS CENTER! – Space for rent with abundant energy. All healers welcome. Rent by the hour/day/month. Healing Hara Massage and Wellness, Summerville. 843-513 2596.

wanted HEALTHY RESTAURANTS/STORES/ PRODUCTS – Natural Awakenings is looking for restaurants and stores that offer healthy options on their menus and in their inventory. Be a part of our upcoming Lowcountry Healthy Dining Guide and Lowcountry Healthy Living Guide. Do you cater to special dietary needs like gluten- and/ or dairy-free, vegetarian, vegan, paleo? Let our readers know about it! Do you offer healthy, organic products or services? Our readers are health conscious and they are looking for you! Email for more information. VIBRANT SALES PERSON – Natural Awakenings Lowcountry is seeking a selfmotivated, experienced sales person who enjoys a healthy lifestyle. This commission-based position offers flexibility and the opportunity to create abundance. Please email Toni at if interested.



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



Merge Medical Center Mt Pleasant • 843-469-1001

CHARLESTON COMMUNITY ACUPUNCTURE 1307 Savannah Hwy, W Ashley 843-763-7200

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


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


Merge Medical Center…where modern thinking meets natural healing. Center of Holistic Internal Medicine. Family Practice, Functional Medicine, Anti-Aging, Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine, Naturopathy.

beauty consultant YOUR GROOMING GURU 1319 Savannah Hwy, Ste C Charleston (in Artisans Inc Salon) 843-813-1838 Your Grooming Guru, Barbara BrantWilliams, is an experienced hairstylist, makeup artist and certified Organic Color Specialist practicing out of the Artisans Salon. Charleston’s go-to source for hair, makeup and beauty product knowledge.


Allison Kirk & Gudrun Strmic 480 Jessen Ln, Charleston 843-631-6422 •


Each therapist has a varied and unique background and provides a tailored treatment for every client. Massage. Energy. Meditation. Aromatherapy. MyoKinesthetic. Workshops. Reiki.

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

Knight Wellness and Therapy Bethany Knight, LMT 107 W 7th North St, Summerville 843-518-0692


Healing Arts Center 925 Wappoo Rd, Ste F, Charleston 843-214-2997 •

Services: Clinical Nutrition, Chiropractic, Massage Therapy, Holistic Mental Health, Natural Female Hormone Balancing, Detoxification. Natural Skin Care. Sessions and workshops for mind, body and spirit.


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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.


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


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


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

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

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

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

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



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 21.


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


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 7.

PALMER DISTINCTIVE DENTISTRY Drs. Joe Palmer and Daniel Knause 134 Milestone Way, Greenville, SC 864-501-5891 •

Biological Dentistry using the highest standards of biocompatible dentistry as defined by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT). One-visit crowns, laser-assisted periodontal therapy and ozone therapy; fluoride-free office. See ad, page 43.

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.


Roberta Philbrick 843-826-4086 • ID#344157 As a Team Leader and Independent Distributor for Young Living, I specialize in Longevity and Wellness. Essential oils are the natural way to clean up your home and environment. Let me share with you how they can also benefit your mental and physical wellbeing. Call to schedule individual or group classes.


Holistic Care Center: Beauty, Strength, & Wisdom Andrew Dean, Holistic Health Trainer 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston 843-475-2156 Personal, Couples and Group Fitness Training. Looking for a new Date Night? Get fit with the one you love! Andrew Dean has transformed the lives of couples and individuals throughout the area with his dynamic & supportive training.

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

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


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Energy Healer & Soul Coach Artist, Author & 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 & more. Raise vibration and feel amazing!

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No Wheat, No Eggs, No Dairy, No Soy! Chocolate Chip and Classic Oatmeal Raisin Available at Eucalyptus Wellness in Mount Pleasant. GOT LOCAL EVENTS? We’d love to cater your next event. Birthdays, Weddings, Office and


Joyce Stech 125 S Main St, Summerville Summerville • 843-870-4462 • Joyce Stech (maMJAH), founder of Royal Gems Matrix Healing System, Martial Artist (Kyoshi, 7th dan), author, Metaphysician, Spiritual CEO of Taoist-Yogi Christ Lineage International. Private sessions, classes, online programs.

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

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

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


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


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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.

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.

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


By appointment only 815 Savannah Hwy, W Ashley 843-324-6460 •


Lisa Caplinger, Intuitive Healer & Holistic Nutritionist By appointment only 843-469-4487 Connect with your Masters, Teachers, Loved Ones and Guides for information about your health, wellness, life purpose and healing. Discover and remove blocks, delve into the root cause of disease or emotional issues and learn to heal! Sessions in person, phone or Skype.

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

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


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


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

Personalized nutrition solutions by Naomi May, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, specializing in irritable bowel and hormonal imbalances. Claim your complimentary 20-minute assessment today by calling or emailing Naomi.


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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.


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.


Herbs and Health Foods 119 N Goose Creek Blvd, Ste K Goose Creek • 843-797-3200

Certified Life Coach 508-942-0402

LIVERANI LIFE COACHING Steve Liverani, BCC 440-476-6928

Supportive, collaborative guidance designed to help you unlock your potential. Tapping into your inner strength will provide the clarity and direction you desire for living a meaningful and successful life. See ad, page 19.

Ellen J. Matheson, MS, CNS, LMT 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston 843-410-8567 • Certified Nutrition Specialist offering holistic, evidence based, functional nutrition therapies for prevention and resolution of inflammation. headaches, chronic pain, allergies, autoimmune dysfunction, diabetes, infertility, more.


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Jody Lemmon 615 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, Ste 101 Mt Pleasant 843-882-5015 • J Salon is passionate about healthy hair and overall wellness of the human body. We strive to give the best customer service and build long lasting relationships with our clients. See ad, page 13.


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


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

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Natural Awakenings Lowcountry December 2016 issue  
Natural Awakenings Lowcountry December 2016 issue