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  griculture takes center stage this month with fresh perspectives on where and how we produce our food these days—and why it matters. In “Crops in the City: Urban Agriculture Breaks New Ground,” April Thompson profiles some of the noteworthy pioneers that are forging a path to organic city farming on a commercial scale—tapping into new technologies and markets, and turning challenges like dealing with space constraints into innovative opportunities. Learn how these enterprising entrepreneurs have found their niche on rooftops, in vertical tower gardens and abandoned warehouses in former food deserts, reconnecting urbanites to their food sources while bettering the environment, communities, diets and health. We profiled local nonprofit Fresh Future Farm in our May 2018 issue. Fresh Future Farm is an urban farm and grocery store located in the Chicora-Cherokee neighborhood. They provide access to quality jobs and healthy, affordable food to residents of this food desert. I love what Germaine Jenkins and Fresh Future Farm are doing for this community. If you are not familiar with them check them out online on their website, or better yet, donate. Budding backyard growers can get a boost from a small army of experts planted in nearly every county in the nation, courtesy of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “Help for Home Gardeners: Extension Agents at Your Service” details the resources available, including low- or no-cost soil testing, the latest research, handbooks on a variety of local gardening topics and workshops on everything from making rain barrels and creating rain gardens to implementing eco-friendly pest control, cultivating native plants and employing best practices for organic gardening. Remember when kids were once shooed out the door to play and told not to return until mealtime? In “The Pure Joy of Play: Why Kids Need Unstructured Fun,” Ronica A. O’Hara reminisces about those bygone days and presents compelling evidence that free play is so important to children that pediatricians are actually writing prescriptions for it. One of my favorite forms of play is listening to live music. It seldom fails to lift my spirits. This month, we feature an interview with an artist I have long admired, John Butler, by fellow publisher and music lover Meredith Montgomery. My admiration for Butler extends beyond his music to the compassionate, inspiring human being that he is. I am grateful for the glimpse that Meredith give us on page 11. You can check out the John Butler Trio for yourself on July 28 at the Charleston Music Hall. Such is the power of play, power being a recurring theme for July: There is the power of the vagus nerve, the superhighway that connects the gut-brain axis; the power of forest bathing, which renews mind and body; and you can read about the transformational power of dreams on our website at Speaking of the website, we have big changes coming later this month. We will be posting online only content and special offers, and we will be offering a free online events calendar and business directory. More on that next month. In the meantime, I hope you will join me in celebrating our great country on the 4th, and that you will take time to enjoy all the blessings of summer this July.


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Light Up the Fourth of July


he city of North Charleston will host a spectacular July 4th celebration from 3 to 9:45 p.m. at the Riverfront Park, featuring exciting musical guests, kid’s activities, food trucks, craft vendors and the Lowcountry’s largest 4th of July fireworks show. There is no entry to the park before 3 p.m. Festival performers include DJ Natty Heavy, Haley Mae Campbell, The Majestics and The Dubplates. The fireworks show by Zambelli’s to live music begins at 9:10 p.m. Guests should bring lawn chairs and blankets, as there is no seating provided. Food trucks and ATMs will be available. Free children’s activities include inflatable jump castles, games, a play area, giant sandbox and water fountain. No grills, sparklers or outside fireworks are allowed. Admission and parking is free. Free shuttles are available. For more information, visit


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atriots Point Fireworks Blast 2019 will take place on July 4 on board one of the most historic warships in the United States, the U.S.S. Yorktown, in Charleston Harbor at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum. To watch the Fourth of July Fireworks Blast 2019 and enjoy live music from the flight deck of the Yorktown, a ticket must be purchased. There is no charge to watch the fireworks from the grassy area next to the marsh onshore. Patriots Point will also provide live music and children’s entertainment options for this area starting at 4 p.m. Food and beverages will be available for purchase, and coolers and chairs are welcome. Location: 40 Patriots Point Rd., Mt. Pleasant. Purchase tickets at

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he Charleston Caribbean Jerk Festival will take place from 6 to 11 p.m., July 29, at Riverfront Park. This family-friendly event celebrates the best in Caribbean food, culture and music; specifically, food using the Jamaican jerk seasoning. Guests may want to bring a blanket, chair and good vibes to enjoy the music, food and fun. There will be Top Jerk Chef and Jerk Wing Eating contests, as well as musical selections from the Sahara Reggae Band and Mystic Vibrations. A variety of vendors will be on site with food and drinks. Admission is $10, free for 12 and under. Location: 1001 Everglades Ave., North Charleston. For more information, visit

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he Isle of Palms Beach 5K Run/Walk and 10K Run will begin at 8 a.m., July 27, at the Windjammer. A Youth Fun Runs begins at 9 a.m. Online registration closes at noon on July 24. After that, entry can only be completed in person during packet pick up from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., July 26, at the Windjammer or the day of the race beginning at 7 a.m. at the registration tents at the Windjammer. All events are held on the flat, wide, hard-packed beach (near low tide). All runners and walkers will be timed. Awards include 5K overall male and female; 10K overall male and female; top two males and females in each age group. The Youth Fun Run awards ribbons to all finishers. Awards are given for the 100 yard to 4 and under: half-mile 5-8 years old; and one mile 9 to 14 years old. An awards ceremony will be held behind the Windjammer immediately following the Youth Fun Run. Cost is $10. Location: #24 28th Avenue, Isle of Palms, Register at iop-beach-run. Results will be posted on and

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In further confirmation of the importance of the gut-brain axis, 18 Italian students at the University of Verona from ages 18 to 33 that took a freezedried mixture of four probiotics for six weeks experienced less depression, anger and fatigue compared to a control group of 15 that consumed a placebo. The positive effects continued, as discovered in follow-up testing three weeks later. The probiotics group also slept better. The probiotic bacteria blend of 4 billion colonyforming units included Lactobacillus fermentum, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lactobacillus plantarum and Bifidobacterium longum.

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Seniors that ate more than 10 grams—about two teaspoons—of nuts a day were able to ward off normal cognitive decline and even improve their cognitive functions by up to 60 percent, according to University of South Australia researchers. The study was based on 22 years of records of 4,822 Chinese adults ages 55 and older; 17 percent of them ate nuts every day, most often peanuts. These seniors had as much as 60 percent improved cognitive function compared to those that didn’t eat nuts, and they showed better thinking, reasoning and memory. “Nuts are known to be high in healthy fats, protein and fiber with nutritional properties that can lower cholesterol and improve cognitive health,” says study author Ming Li.

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With the aid of a new infrared camera technology called optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA), early Alzheimer’s disease can be detected by checking the back of the eyes for weakened and decreased blood vessels, reports a new study. Northwestern Medicine researchers reached the conclusion by comparing the vessels in the eyes of 32 people that exhibited the forgetfulness typical of early-stage Alzheimer’s with those of another 32 people with normal cognitive


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abilities. The vascular changes were detected non-invasively, without the need for dyes or expensive MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scans. The technology quantifies capillary changes in great detail and with unparalleled resolution, making the eye an ideal mirror for what is going on in the brain. Early detection of Alzheimer’s is critical because existing therapies are more effective if they are started before extensive brain damage and cognitive decline have occurred.


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Eat Mostly Plants to Ease Gum Inflammation The inflamed gum condition known as gingivitis is fairly common and often mild, but can be a precursor of more serious periodontal disease linked to Alzheimer’s and rheumatoid arthritis. German researchers at the University of Freiburg tested 30 people: half in a control group that did not change their diet, and half that switched to a diet low in meat and processed carbohydrates and rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin C, vitamin D, antioxidants, plant nitrates and fiber. After four weeks, those on the plant-based diet had significantly less gum inflammation and bleeding. They also lost weight and had higher vitamin D levels.

New research has found the basic micronutrient vitamin B12 may be the first good tool for averting the hereditary form of Parkinson’s disease, which accounts for about 15 percent of such cases worldwide. In lab tests, an international team of scientists found that AdoCbl, one of the active forms of vitamin B12, inhibits the activity of a mutated enzyme linked to Parkinson’s. Inhibiting this enzyme appears to help stabilize dopamine release in the brain. Dopamine deficiencies manifest in the muscle rigidity and tremors that are hallmark symptoms of Parkinson’s. Another recent study from the University of California San Francisco that included nonhereditary Parkinson’s patients found that symptoms worsened more quickly in early-stage patients that had low B12 levels than in those with higher levels of the vitamin.

Try Cordyceps to Strengthen the Lungs People suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis, can breathe easier by taking the Chinese medicinal fungus Cordyceps sinensis, a new meta-analysis shows. Researchers at the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine conducted a review of 15 high-quality studies that involved 1,238 COPD patients and found that cordyceps significantly improved lung function, exercise endurance and quality of life with no report of any serious adverse effects. Cordyceps, which is said to relax and open the airways, has long been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine as an antiasthmatic, expectorant and cough suppressant.

Snack on Walnuts to Slow Growth of Breast Tumors The gene expression in the breast cancers of women that ate a handful of walnuts each day for about two weeks changed in a way that suppressed the growth of the tumors, according to a small clinical study from the Marshall University School of Medicine, in Huntington, West Virginia. Five women in the experimental group with biopsies that had revealed breast cancer tumors ate two ounces of walnuts a day until their surgery two to three weeks later. Using cells taken during surgery, researchers identified 456 genes in the walnut-eating group that had significantly changed their expression and slowed tumor growth.

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Cannabis is enjoying a renaissance of sorts, and one new application for hemp, the no-buzz industrial variety used in fabrics, oils and foods, is cleaning nuclear radiation from toxic soil and removing metals like cadmium, lead, mercury and other pollutants via phytoremediation. Allison Beckett, a cultivation expert at, says, “Industrial hemp has been used in areas of high radiation, such as Fukushima, [in Japan,] with promising results. Not only does hemp pull toxic, heavy metals from the soil, it actually improves soil structure, making it usable as productive farmland again. Plus, hemp is a vigorous plant that absorbs CO2 rapidly, making it an encouraging solution to climate change.” Hemp phytoremediation has been used in Italy to clean up the small town of Taranto, where a steel plant has been leaking dioxin into the air and soil. The Pennsylvania Industrial Hemp Council and Lehigh University, in Bethlehem, are running a project to test the process in an arsenic-contaminated area in Upper Saucon Township that once harbored a zinc mine.

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Ireland Declares Climate Emergency The Republic of Ireland is the third country worldwide to declare a climate emergency, with both the government and opposition parties agreeing to an amendment to a climate action report. “We’re reaching a tipping point in respect of climate deterioration,” says Climate Action Minister Richard Bruton. “Things will deteriorate very rapidly unless we move very swiftly, and the window of opportunity to do that is fast closing.” The UK governments of Wales and Scotland have also declared climate emergencies. Suggested responses include limiting oil and gas exploration, and issuing an additional biodiversity emergency measure. 10

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Dangerous Dozen Produce to Avoid

The 2019 Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce ( DirtyDozen-Clean15List) highlights increased pesticide use on up to 70 percent of conventionally grown U.S. produce. Several different types of pesticide, insecticide and fungicide residues are present on many fruits and vegetables. The Dirty Dozen list includes strawberries, spinach, kale, nectarines, apples, grapes, peaches, cherries, pears, tomatoes, celery and potatoes. The clean 15 list includes avocados, sweet corn, pineapples, frozen sweet peas, onions, papayas, eggplant, asparagus, kiwi, cabbage, cauliflower, cantaloupes, broccoli, mushrooms and honeydew melon. The EWG advises that eating organic produce, especially for pregnant and nursing mothers and young children, should be a national priority.

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The world’s oceans may be getting bluer, thanks to climate change. The effect is more likely to be detected by satellites than Earthbound people, and is caused by the depletion of marine phytoplankton as seawater warms. A new study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology published in the journal Nature Communications predicts that more than 50 percent of the oceans’ collective 140 million square miles of surface area will likely be affected by 2100. Marine ecologist and leader of the study Stephanie Dutkiewicz says, “These microscopic organisms live in the water and are the base of the marine food chain. If there are less of them in it, the water will be slightly bluer.” Phytoplankton serves as a food source for small sea creatures that are eaten by fish, squid and shellfish. If phytoplankton populations dip too low, vital fisheries in certain areas could be decimated.


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JOHN BUTLER TRIO + Trevor Hall will appear at the Charleston Music Hall on Sunday, July 28. DOORS: 7:00 PM / SHOW: 8:00 PM

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The Journey to Home John Butler Inspires Hope and Awareness by Meredith Montgomery


hen singer-songwriter John Butler sees a performance that gives him chills, he leaves the show feeling like he could do anything. “If I can give that feeling to one person at every gig I play—because of what that experience gives to them, what it gives to me and in turn, what it gives to the world—if I can be a vehicle of that energy, then I’m doing my job.” But Butler, who is now Australia’s highest selling independent artist of all time, never thought this would be his job. “I thought I’d be in Special Forces, a professional skateboarder, an artist or a teacher, never a musician,” he says. Butler was 11 when his family moved from Los Angeles to Pinjarra, Australia. He lived a Huckleberry Finn-like life in this beautiful but isolated riverside town, but he also experienced xenophobia and racism firsthand. “It seemed my skin was the right color, but I had the wrong accent. Things could change really quickly when I’d begin to speak—like suddenly I was getting chased,” he recalls.

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~John Butler These experiences have kept him humble and down-to-earth through his musical success, but they’ve also helped fuel his outspoken and impassioned advocacy efforts for peace, environmental protection and global harmony. “We live in an opulent society where everything is done for us. Our trash gets taken away—we put it in a bin, put the top on it and it’s like putting the top on your mind. We don’t know what hole it’s going in and there’s no sense of responsibility once it leaves our hands. And the opportunity to pollute and use plastic is getting easier and easier. It’s a convoluted situation,” he reflects. His activism efforts are currently focused on the anti-fracking movement in Western Australia and speaking out against plans for the world’s largest coal mine to be built in North Queensland (which poses a threat to the Great Barrier Reef). A portion of his ticket and album sales often benefit charitable organizations, meet-and-greet experiences include a reusable water bottle and the band has utilized Globelet’s system to eliminate single-use plastic at some of his concerts. Butler carries his own straw, utensils and water bottle, and has a garden and rain catchment system at home, but he wishes it was easier to do more, noting, “If we’re sending people to Mars, we should be able to have greater access to green energy.” As a parent, Butler is careful not to discourage the future stewards of our Earth, so he keeps his fatherly advice simple—treat others as you wish to be treated, and recognize that everything has a cost. “When our kids say ‘I want this’ or ‘I want that,’ I remind them to think about the cost of having those things. What resources were used to make it? How does that affect the environment? Is 12

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it worth it?” He also encourages his son and daughter to find a form of self-expression that they love as they navigate their teen years. “I want them to have a friend in something they can do on their own,” he says. “Whether it’s making something with their hands, playing music, sewing—there’s something really beautiful about escaping with yourself and your tools, something you can’t get with anybody else.” For Butler, his guitar is that unwavering companion. While making his latest album, Home, a flood of emotions and anxieties surfaced once he stopped touring. “Bringing a song into the world is an enlightening process, and each one demands different things from me,” he says. He worked through intense introspection, which was challenging, yet therapeutic and productive. “Throughout the years that it took to make this album, there were tears and frustration, confusion and chaos. But there was family and friends, honesty and vulnerability, gardens and harvest, service and surrender. And amongst it all, ultimately, there was joy,” Butler reflects. To balance the demands of his career,

Butler leans on family and friends for love and laughter, plus skateboarding, running and meditation to clear his mind. He regularly seeks solace in nature and is also very spiritual. Traveling with a portable altar while on tour, he carries a collection of tokens from his ancestors, candles, photos, feathers and sage—bits and pieces that represent the tapestry of his faith. “I am struck by spirituality’s ability to bind cultures in story, song, ethics and morals for generations to come, so we can somehow make life a little bit more doable,” he says. Butler’s music and actions have a similar effect on the audiences it touches. The band’s deep layers of chant-like vocals and heart-pounding drums can bring a sea of strangers together in song and dance, while the words he speaks and the life he leads inspire reflection and action by multiple populations. He’s doing more than his job—he’s cultivating hope and awareness on a global level. Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Gulf Coast Alabama/ Mississippi (HealthyLivingHealthyPlanet. com).

Centered around John Butler’s virtuoso guitar stylings and powerful, progressive lyricism, the John Butler Trio draws upon a remarkable variety of musical genres, spanning folk, blues, funk, classic rock ‘n’ roll and beyond.

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Everyone has a responsibility to take an active role in life— participating in one’s family, community and society. I care about life, justice and equality. It’s not a political thing, it’s common sense.

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Charleston Parks Conservancy is Vibrant and Thriving


by Jen Iamele Savage

he Charleston Parks Conservancy was founded in 2007 by philanthropist Darla Moore. For more than a decade, the Conservancy has been connecting people to their parks and creating stunning public spaces and strong communities throughout the city of Charleston. The organization is a public/private partnership, working closely with the city’s Parks Department, as well as community leaders, neighborhoods and engaged citizens to beautify and transform many of the city’s parks and green spaces. The Conservancy works in 25 parks across the city. Since its founding, it has contributed to renovations at Allan Park, Tiedemann Park, McMahon Playground at Hampton Park, Corrine Jones Park, Marion Square and many more. One of its largest projects was the $5.9 million renovation to Charleston’s iconic Colonial Lake. In early 2019, the Conservancy also unveiled the renovated Rose Pavilion at Hampton Park. With the support of the Speedwell Foundation and in collaboration with the city of Charleston, they refurbished the shuttered concession stand at Hampton Park. The structure and surrounding area has been transformed into the Rose Pavilion, a place for community gatherings and a central location for new

park programs and community events such as culinary pop-ups, neighborhood gatherings and cultural events. The Conservancy also manages community gardens on James Island and in West Ashley, giving residents the opportunity to learn how to grow their own vegetables. Volunteers help with the community beds, where they learn about gardening and harvest fresh produce for donation to local food pantries. Another community garden is currently underway at Corrine Jones Park. Upcoming park projects include improvements to the West Ashley Greenway and Bikeway. Renovations to St. Julian Devine Community Center, just off East Bay Street, are planned for later this summer. The Conservancy launched its Art in the Parks program in 2017, an effort to encourage temporary public art displays in Charleston city parks in collaboration with artists and arts organizations. The first art installation was in Hampton Park in 2018. A second sculpture was installed in May near the St. Andrew’s School of Math and Science, between Campbell Drive and the West Ashley Greenway. In 2017, the Conservancy received a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for a planning and public engagement process to encourage creative placemaking along the West Ashley Greenway and Bikeway. Furthering its mission to connect

people to their parks, the Conservancy hosts a number of free and low-cost events that encourage individuals and families to use and enjoy their public parks. The Teddy Bear Picnic is a free family event held each March in Hampton Park. Other events include free Family Movie Nights and a low-cost Sunday Brunch series in Hampton Park. The Conservancy relies heavily on its volunteers, known as Park Angels, to help create these stunning public spaces. Individuals of all ages and corporate and civic groups volunteer with the Conservancy throughout the year. Garden in the Parks opportunities include planting, mulching, weeding and pruning, as well as working in the Conservancy’s community gardens. Those volunteers tend to the community beds and help harvest fresh vegetables for donation to local food pantries. Aqua Angels volunteer to water the plants during the late spring and summer months when the temperatures heat up. Members of the Frost Team brave chilly mornings to help prune plants damaged by a winter cold snap. The Conservancy’s Event Squad assists with a variety of special events and fundraisers throughout the year, including Sunday Brunch in Hampton Park, Teddy Bear Picnic, Family Movie Nights, Bark Angel events and more. Some of the greatest successes of the organization include: • The major renovation to Colonial Lake • The renovated Rose Pavilion at Hampton Park • The Teddy Bear Picnic, which celebrated 10 years in 2019. The free event has grown considerably over the years and has become a treasured event for many families. • New playgrounds at Corrine Jones Park and McMahon Playground at Hampton Park. Those projects also involved incredible support from the surrounding neighborhoods that pitched in to raise money for these efforts. For more information, visit Jen Iamele Savage is an teacher, coach and author. Connect at July 2019


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Wendy Coleman, founder of LA Urban Farms, works with chefs, resorts, hotels, universities and corporate clients to set up aeroponic tower gardens, such as these kale and lettuce crops.

from elementary school gardens where kids learn to grow, cook and eat nutritious food to corporate gardens inside a new office building for lender Fannie Mae’s employee café. One of its crown jewels is a 6,500-square-foot rooftop garden on the Nationals Park baseball stadium, where edible flowers end up in cocktails and organic produce feeds fine diners and VIP ticket holders. Ray grew his business organically, fueled by passion and curiosity, rather than any horticultural background. “I grew up in NYC, where I had nothing to grow on. When I moved to Florida for grad school, I had a huge backyard to play around with,” says Ray.

CROPS IN THE CITY Urban Agriculture Breaks New Ground by April Thompson


he average American meal travels 1,500 miles to reach its plate, according to the nonprofit Center for Urban Education About Sustainable Agriculture. Yet, enterprising green thumbs across the country are bringing the farm back to plate’s reach, growing hyperlocal food in backyards, on rooftops, through indoor farms and more. City farming reconnects urbanites to their food sources while bettering the environment, communities, diets and health. Urban agriculture, harkening back to the Victory Gardens planted to ward off food shortages during World War I and II, is nothing new. While today’s home gardeners have staked out balconies, window boxes and vacant lots in this locavore resurgence, noteworthy pioneers are 14

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forging a path to organic urban agriculture on a commercial scale—tapping into new technologies and markets, and turning challenges like dealing with space constraints into fresh opportunities.

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Take Niraj Ray, whose company Cultivate the City is working to transform urban food deserts in the nation’s capital into thriving local food systems. “We want to get more people interested in growing their own food and show them how they can grow more with less square footage through vertical gardens and sustainable techniques like [soil-less] hydroponic systems,” says Ray. Cultivate the City manages numerous gardens for clients around Washington, D.C.,

Like many other urban farms, Cultivate the City offers a seasonal farm subscription known as a community supported agriculture (CSA) program that allows city dwellers to buy directly from local producers. Ray’s rooftop greenhouse, located on top of a local hardware store that sells his edible plants at retail, offers all the fixings for a healthy, diverse diet: hydroponic towers of leafy greens, trays of microgreens for corporate clients, specialty varieties of hot peppers for the company’s hot sauce and stacking cubes of an albino strawberry variety that Ray crossbred himself. “There are so many ways to contribute to urban farming, from aquaponics to vermicomposting; it’s about finding your niche,” he says.

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By 2050, it’s estimated that 9 billion people will be living on the planet—7 billion

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in cities. “City planners need innovative solutions like vertical farming to feed the growing population. We can grow at scale, with minimum space and environmental impact,” says Wendy Coleman, who began her California-based business LA Urban Farms in 2013. Today, Coleman’s team works with chefs, resorts, hotels, universities, greenhouses and corporate clients like Google and Ikea to set up aeroponic tower gardens across the U.S. and Europe. With aeroponics, nutrient-enriched water is pumped through a garden tower to shower the roots of plants suspended in air. “It actually uses 90 percent less water than conventional growing, which is a huge benefit in a place like California, and avoids any kind of agricultural runoff,” says Coleman. In conjunction with urban farming partners, the business churns out 30,000 seedlings a month using aeroponic technology to grow for their diverse client base and working with chefs to plan seasonal menus around their produce. Aeroponics and other innovative farm technologies are transforming spaces in cities across the U.S., reclaiming peripheral and idle spaces like alleys and warehouses to grow herbs and vegetables in abundance, using 90 percent less land by growing vertically, notes Coleman. “With our gardens, diners can see their food growing at their table; they get such a personal connection with their food. It’s an interactive way for hotels and restaurants to demonstrate their commitment to local, sustainable food,” she says.

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Valley. “This part of the The USDA has a huge Main Street that will Appalachian Rustbelt opportunity here and serve as a year-round farmers’ market. The orhas lost much of its nationally to make cities ganization is also buildpopulation, jobs and more sustainable and ing alliances between economic base over the local farmers and healthlast generation. We want feed more people. care providers through to promote health and ~Ian Marvy a project called The wellness through fresh Farmacy. A partnership food, while helping to with a local free clinic, it transform the urban landscape from falling-down buildings and targets people suffering from diabetes and other diseases linked to poor diets with a vacant lots into productive community asdoctor’s prescription for organic produce sets,” says founder Danny Swan. offered free through the organization’s The operation’s food hub aggreCSA. gates produce from small local farmers, These urban agriculture pioneers are providing a guaranteed market for their helping to not only grow food, but comproduce and the opportunity to reach a munity, and are nurturing renewed conlarger market, usually only served by food nections to the Earth. City growing has so grown thousands of miles away. The promany benefits: decreasing packaging, costs duce is supplemented by four urban farm sites run by the organization, including an and food miles traveled, making it easier to eat organic seasonal food and a more apple orchard on the site of a demolished diverse diet. “The connection people feel housing project. when they plant seed and get to harvest the Grow Ohio Valley also works to mature plant is transformative. Growing reach the “last-mile customers” that lack food is something we can all do to make a access to high-quality affordable produce difference, for our health and the environvia a mobile farmers’ market that goes to ment,” says Coleman. housing projects, senior communities and schools six days a week. Connect with Washington, D.C. freelance Their latest project, the Public writer April Thompson at Market, is a retail location on Wheeling’s



or those interested in trying home growing or supporting metro area farmers, here are some resources for eating food grown in and around your zip code. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Urban Agriculture Toolkit walks prospective city farmers through all of the necessary steps to planning a successful urban agriculture operation, from soil testing to accessing financing. Tinyurl. com/UrbanAgriculturalToolkit. features a clickable map of community gardens in the U.S. and beyond where neighbors can connect and grow together. The FairShare CSA Coalition’s site ( offers an interactive Farm Search tool to find community supported agriculture (CSA) programs where city dwellers can subscribe to local farms and receive a share of the seasonal bounty. The American Community Garden Association ( provides resources for finding, starting and managing community gardens. Local Harvest ( has a searchable national directory of farmers’ markets, farms, CSAs and more.


ment and rescue “feral hives” to integrate into managed hives. They’ve worked successfully with parks, airports, golf clubs and country clubs to put honeybee habitats on site. Urban beekeeping works in synergy with city farms, as honeybees forage up to five miles for food, and in so doing pollinate a lot of crops. Seventy of the top 100 human food crops are pollinated by bees, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. “We often hear people say their garden is doing better than it has in years, thanks to the apiaries nearby,” says John Coldwell. The challenges of growing at scale are a recurrent theme among urban farmers. Ian Marvy, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) outreach specialist for the greater New York City area, ran his own urban farm, grossing six figures for 14 years. However, Marvy says most farmers growing in the city aren’t operating at a profitable scale or producing enough for everyone to eat local. Even so, locally grown produce is a booming market in New York City. Greenmarket, founded in 1976, operates more than 50 farmers’ markets, limited to vendors that grow within a 200-mile radius, some of whom take home five figures on a good day, says Marvy. Interest in growing at the community level has also mushroomed, adds Marvy, who estimates that 90 percent of the city’s more than 500 school gardens weren’t there 15 years ago when he started this work. “The USDA has a huge opportunity here and nationally to make cities more sustainable and feed more people. I’m really excited and committed to that,” he says. While urban agriculture efforts are sometimes criticized for catering to upper income residents that can afford to pay top dollar for specialty items like microgreens, many businesses and organizations are working on multiple fronts, with lucrative specialty crops helping to subsidize programs serving families lacking access to healthy affordable food. Grow Ohio Valley takes an integrated approach to food sovereignty in Wheeling, West Virginia, and the Upper Ohio

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esearch is helping life for individuals sufThe vagus nerve doctors connect fering from numerous stems from the brain the dots between conditions. One type to the abdomen like seemingly unrelated is a device that can be a communication conditions like irritable implanted by a neurobowel syndrome, rheusuperhighway between surgeon, which sends matoid arthritis, postelectrical impulses to your gut and brain. traumatic stress disorder the vagus nerve in chil~Hannah Aylward (PTSD), chronic fatigue dren that suffer from syndrome and fibromyseizures and adults with algia, revealing a common denominator: the depression as a supplemental treatment multitasking vagus nerve, the longest in the when surgery or medications are not posautonomic nervous system. sible or effective. The superpower of this double There is also a handheld, non-invasive branched cranial nerve lies in transporting VNS option called gammaCore, a U.S. Food major neurotransmitters along what is and Drug Administration-approved device known as the brain-gut axis. “The vagus that offers hope for sufferers of cluster and nerve stems from the brain to the abdomigraine headaches. Its effectiveness for men like a communication superhighway chronic pain management, as well as in cases between your gut and brain,” says Hanof epilepsy and depression, was published in nah Aylward, an Orlando-based certified the Neuromodulation Journal in 2015. holistic health coach and gut health expert. PTSD researcher Imanuel Lerman, “Studies show that the vagus nerve reguM.D., and his colleagues with the Veterlates inflammation throughout the body.” ans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System, found that VNS affects areas of the brain Promising Research responsible for processing emotional pain. Recent studies have shown that vagus nerve The findings, published in the journal stimulation (VNS) can improve quality of PLOS ONE earlier this year, also show that


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Mental Health, Trauma and the Gut

When it comes to the vagus nerve, anxiety is physical. Post-traumatic stress is rooted in neurobiology and experienced in the body, not just the mind, says Arielle Schwartz, Ph.D., a Boulder, Colorado-based clinical psychologist and author of The Complex PTSD Workbook: A Mind-Body Approach to Regaining Emotional Control and Becoming Whole. “This is why you can’t simply think or talk your way out of your trauma reactions.” According to Schwartz, “Disruptions in the gut flora, which often occur with overuse of antibiotics, can have a significant impact on mental health. An imbalance in the gut can lead to an inflammatory response in the immune system and a wide range of disruptive symptoms.” Aylward notes that 95 percent of the body’s mood-boosting chemical serotonin resides in the enteric nervous system, which governs the function of the gastrointestinal tract. “The brain-gut axis is becoming increasingly important as a therapeutic target for psychiatric and GI disorders,” she says. Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and founding co-director of UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center, explains the trauma loop. “Developmental trauma impairs the integrative circuits of the brain and nervous system—the prefrontal cortex. When this happens, the brain will be hyperalert, interpreting some non-threatening situations as threatening.

“Learning to be aware of our internal state and learning calming techniques helps to regulate the autonomic nervous system and can go a long way,” says Siegel. “High ventral vagal tone means having a state of calm.”

Vagus Power Everyone can benefit from increased vagal tone, which goes hand-in-hand with engaging the parasympathetic nervous system for optimum equilibrium at the cellular level. Acupuncture, chiropractic—with a focus on the cranial nerves—massage, meditation, singing, laughing loudly, chanting mantras, gentle yoga and exercise, positive social interactions, belly breathing and chanting all make the vagus nerve a happy camper. These activities promote relaxation and help to decrease inflammation. “As a certified yoga instructor, I can attest to a wide range of natural vagus nerve stimulation techniques, especially using the breath,” says Schwartz. “Diaphragmatic breathing creates a gentle massage across your digestive organs, releases the diaphragm and stimulates nerve fibers within the lungs. Heart rate is reduced.” Brief exposure to cold water or cold air improves vagal tone and is a good option when anxiety is high. Eating cold-water fish like wild salmon or other foods high in omega-3 fatty acids such as walnuts, seaweed, hemp, flax or chia seeds provides vagal nourishment. Marlaina Donato is the author of several books, including Multidimensional Aromatherapy. Connect at

Vagus-Nourishing Diet Tips Advice from gut health expert Hannah Aylward: 4 Eat plenty of vegetables, high-quality proteins, fiber and healthy fats. 4 A diet low in sugar and processed carbohydrates supports healthy vagus nerve function by maintaining a healthy gut microbiome. 4 Practice intermittent fasting, which stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system (not recommended for people suffering from adrenal fatigue or high stress). 4 Take probiotics. Lactobacillus has been shown to increase GABA via stimulation of the vagus nerve. Bifidobacterium longum has demonstrated it can normalize anxietylike behavior in mice by acting through the vagus nerve.

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n 1982, the Japanese government coined the term Shinrin-yoku (“taking in the forest atmosphere” or “forest bathing”) to inspire people to visit and appreciate national parks. Today, that walk in the woods has become a medically recommended activity worldwide for improving immunity, reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression, managing chronic pain and promoting better sleep. The research supporting the physical and mental benefits of forest bathing is so compelling that it’s advocated by the National Institute of Public Health of Japan and prescribed to patients there. Researchers from the University of East Anglia, in England, examined years of studies and found significant evidence that experiencing nature has a positive impact on health. Published in the journal Environmental Research in 2018, the meta-analysis involving 290 million participants from 20 countries concluded that spending time in green spaces lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, and reduces the stress hormone cortisol. The

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Another recent review of studies, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, concluded that Shinrin-yoku can ease the symptoms of adult depression. “Forest bathing plugs us into something we all seek—a source of peace and well-being. The thing that first hooked me into being a forest bathing guide was reading the robust body of research that proves the benefits of forest bathing,” says Judy Beaudette, board secretary of Friends of North Creek Forest, in Bothell, Washington. Melanie Choukas-Bradley, a certified forest therapy guide and author of The Joy of Forest Bathing: Reconnect With Wild Places & Rejuvenate Your Life, in Chevy Chase, Maryland, attests to the therapeutic value of forest bathing. “Even occasional nature immersion can have beneficial health effects that can last for days. Many doctors are now prescribing nature to patients. There’s an organization

devoted to this called Park Rx America.” She recommends just 20 minutes during a lunch break to sit on a bench or on the ground beneath trees. There are many theories of why spending time in the woods or any other natural place makes us feel good; for example, findings published in the journal Toxicological Research in 2017 attribute the immune-boosting, mood-lifting benefits of forest bathing to natural terpenes released into the air by trees, especially conifers. Terpenes contain anti-inflammatory properties that strengthen the body’s natural defenses.

Sensory Immersion, Not Exercise Shinrin-yoku is intended to engage the trinity of body-mind-spirit. “The main purpose is not exercise or getting from point A to point B, but rather having a mindful, sensory experience in nature. It isn’t some prescribed task you need to do, like pushups,” explains Hannah Fries, a poet and author of Forest Bathing Retreat: Find Wholeness in the Company of Trees. She communes with the wild for both health and inspiration. “Even if it’s only 20 minutes a week, go outside without a phone or other electronic device. Walk slowly. Look more closely. Listen. Smell. Touch. Interact with the living, breathing world around you. It’s that simple.” Choukas-Bradley says that observance is key. Recalling her first forest bathing experience, she says, “We paid attention to our breath and tuned in to the sights, sounds and sensations all around us. I noticed a perfect spider’s web, just barely trembling in the slightest breeze, its creator clinging to the center.” She recommends finding a “wild home”—a neighborhood park, garden or backyard tree. “Make it a practice to find a ‘sit spot’ where you can quietly observe beauty and are apt to feel a sense of awe. Psychology researchers have shown that experiencing awe has many positive effects on emotional health.” It doesn’t matter if we commune with nature in a rural or urban setting, only that we remain dialed in to our surroundings. “Forest bathing is a tool for

slowing down our buzzing minds and practicing a secret superpower—the skill of consciously choosing what we put our attention on,” says Beaudette.

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A Simple Meditation Forest bathing guide Judy Beaudette suggests: n Find something you can put your attention on that is natural—a plant, a stone, a bird’s song, a stream or a forest, the sky, even a tuft of grass or weeds growing out of a crack in the sidewalk. n Practice noticing something small in nature, like an acorn, a leaf or a grain of sand. Put it in the palm of your hand and for five minutes, notice the details. Keep noticing. See what thoughts come to mind and keep returning your attention to this small thing. After the five minutes have elapsed, write down your observations.

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here are many treatment options for those suffering with knee pain from osteoarthritis (OA) and other causes. There are oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) that come in over-thecounter and prescription forms, as well as other, more addictive pain medications, steroid injections and surgery. But those options only mask the symptoms, have side effects and aren’t guaranteed to get rid of the pain. There are less invasive, non-addictive and more natural treatment options. The first and most natural option is daily mild to moderate exercise, like walking or riding a bike for 20 to 30 minutes per day. This is the probably the best option for those that have only recently started having knee pain. Studies have shown that

daily, moderate exercise is just as effective and relieving knee pain as NSAIDs. But many have been suffering with knee pain for a long time, and arthritis makes even small amounts of exercise difficult and painful. That’s when we need to look at medical treatment options. Joint injections with hyaluronic acid (HA) have been very effective in relieving knee pain from OA. HA is a gel-like substance that lubricates the cartilage surfaces and prevents further joint degeneration. When it’s injected into the knee, it’s called viscosupplementation. This process needs to be repeated every six to 12 months. Think of it as an oil change for the knees. There is another exciting treatment option that has shown promise called regenera-

tive medicine. This is a process by which the innate healing potential of certain cells is harnessed to encourage the body to heal. This can include platelet-rich plasma (PRP) that comes from the patient’s own blood, and/ or stem cell-derived injections that contain certain proteins and growth factors that are only found in amniotic tissue. If we think of the body like a car with many parts all working together, it’s easy to understand why only focusing on the symptoms gives a partial solution. A car with a bad alignment has one tire under more stress than the others, and over time, that tire goes bald. That’s the symptom. If we only change the tire and don’t fix the alignment, that tire will go bald again. The human body is much like this car. If we have improper biomechanics, poor posture or misalignments, then more stress will be placed on one knee than the other. Over time, that knee will wear out and cause pain. If we only treat the knee pain and don’t fix the underlying cause, the knee will continue to wear out and cause pain. We must address the knee pain and the underlying cause to fully correct the problem. Adam Hall, DC, is the owner of Back 2 Health Physical Medicine, located at 588 Old Mt. Holly Rd., in Goose Creek. They combine these effective medical treatments with physical therapy and chiropractic care. For appointments or more information, call 843-376-5595 or visit See ad, back cover and listing, page 31.

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ot so long ago, kids would be shooed out the door to play and told to return home at meal time. But the rising use of digital devices and kids’ highly scheduled sports and school activities, as well as parental fears about safety, has made that kind of unstructured play rare—with resulting drops in children’s independence, resilience and creativity, experts say. In fact, play has been shown to be so critical to children’s development that an American Academy of Pediatrics 2018 clinical report, “The Power of Play,” recommends that doctors write prescriptions for it. “Play is not frivolous; it is brain building,” concludes the report. It defines play as voluntary, fun and spontaneous activities that engross a child, often resulting in joyous discovery, and includes imaginative make-believe, experimenting and risk-taking. It cites 147 studies showing that play builds skills critical for adult success such as problem solving, collaboration and creativity; decreases stress, fatigue, injury and depression; and

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happy people are the ones who are oriented toward cooperation,” says Peter Gray, Ph.D., a Boston College psychology professor and author of Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life.

Play is how children learn to create and govern their own activities and solve their own problem independently of adults.

from me. But I knew there was no better way for him to learn the limits of his own body than to test them,” she says. Mariana Brussoni, Ph.D., an associate professor in the department of pediatrics and the School of Population and Public ~Peter Gray Health at the University of British Columbia, Canada, concurs: Encourage them to take the “When they’re given the chance, even lead. Let kids decide whether they very young children show clear abilities want to play with friends, siblings or alone. to manage risks and figure out their They will happily make up their own own limits. The potential for learning games with lots of raw materials that are is enormous.” on hand—blocks, balls, puzzles, crayons, boxes, wooden spoons, old costumes and Don’t worry. “The data show that hats, sand, water, tarps and shovels. “Play children are far more likely to get inis how children learn to create and govern jured in adult-directed sports, where they their own activities and solve their own are pushed to compete, than in free play,” problems independently of adults,” says says Gray. “Moreover, the kinds of injuGray. “Stated differently, it is how chilries that occur in free play are relatively dren learn to become adults. This value easy to recover from.” As for the fear of is destroyed when adults take charge of kidnapping by strangers, the odds are children’s activities.” very small—one in a million, according to the latest U.S. Department of Justice Back off from hovering data. “Weigh the effect of the limits you supervision. It can rob them of a place on your kids to prevent that very, sense of ownership and accomplishment. very, very unlikely possibility versus the Leigh Ellen Magness, a clinical social fundamental importance for their own worker and registered play therapist in health and development of exploring Athens, Georgia, grappled with anxiety as freedom,” advises Brussoni. she watched her 5-year-old son clamber up a roadside sculpture designed for Ronica A. O’Hara is a Denver-based climbing. “He climbed so high that my freelance health writer. Connect at stomach flip-flopped to see him so far

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t has long been said that owners mirror their dogs by looking like them—like the standard poodle with the curly-haired owner or the Irish setter with the red-haired owner. Now, research shows that the energy of an owner is mirrored by their dog. They are not talking necessarily about high energy or couch potato energy. On a deeper level, dogs are mirroring the issues that their owners carry around in their everyday life—the excess baggage of life that people are unaware of because they have lived with it so long. Dog trainer Kevin Behan, author of Your Dog is Your Mirror, believes, “Dogs come into our lives to heal us of what we are not willing to heal ourselves of.” Dogs are always seeking grounded

and balanced energy. They have the biggest heart per body mass of any animal, which means they are more able to connect to the energy vibrations around them. When dogs live with humans, their energy is affected by our emotions. The more we work toward balancing our emotions, the less we will see a dog’s behavior needing to be managed. Here are some examples. One man took his puppy to the office with him where there were many people. After a year, he was surprised to see how wary of people she was. Then he realized that he had been teaching her to be wary of people because he had trust issues himself. Another lady rescued a dog from the local shelter and did not know that it had

separation anxiety. The dog was creating a problem until she worked with a trainer who asked her, “Do you have separation anxiety?” “Of course, I do,” said the lady, “And my 7-year-old son does, also.” When owners balance their energy, the bond between their dog and themselves is strengthened. The owner becomes more successful in life, health, wealth, relationships and happiness. There are many energy modalities that owners can use with themselves and their dogs. Reiki, cranial sacral work, acupuncture and The Balance Procedure. This procedure is so simple that anyone can use it and balance their energy every day, making a difference in the owners’ lives and the lives of their dogs.  Heather Szasz is the owner of Happy Owner Happy Dog. She is an in home dog trainer working with your dog where the issues occur, in the home. Her training includes a combination of positive reinforcement training, balanced energy, mental stimulation training and diet and how it affects behaviors. See ad, page 24.

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Submissions for the August issue must be received no later than July 10 and can be entered at Submit ongoing events at $15 per entry. Plans ChangeCall ahead to confirm events will occur as scheduled.

TUESDAY, JULY 2 Science Behind Reiki – 6:30-8pm. Understanding Reiki in a scientific context can be challenging when you haven’t had someone connect the dots between the concepts of energy and the chakras and the actual underlying neurobiology. Join this 6-week workshop to learn more of the science behind Reiki. $250. 843-225-2024.

SATURDAY, JULY 6 Inquire Within - What beliefs can you change to create the life you want? – 11am-12:30pm. Unity of Charleston presents Jackie McCullough Life Options Coach/Counselor. We are responsible for the thoughts we think and beliefs we hold. Changing our minds changes how we feel and act. Learn how to take control of your thoughts and beliefs to have peace, happiness and joy. Donation. 2535 Leeds Ave. Charleston. 843-566-0600 .jackiementor@

SUNDAY, JULY 7 Essential Oils and Fitness Class – 2-3:30pm. This class will focus on how to use essential oils to assist you in warming up for your Pre-Workout & cooling down for your Post-Workout. doTERRA essential oils are 100% natural & Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade. Email to save your seat. Free. 3420 Legacy Eagle Dr. Mt. Pleasant. admin@dailylivinghelp. com.

TUESDAY, JULY 9 Inner Balance for Optimal Health, Relationships, Work and Life! 4 part series – 7-8:30pm. Tuesdays from 7/9-7/30. Learn the extraordinary HeartMath tools to move from reactivity to loving responses, optimal choices and productivity. De-stress on demand, bring body, mind and emotions in sync. Rewire the brain to respond to life’s challenges positively ongoing. $120. 232 Ashley Ave. Suite A. Charleston. 636-233-3330. laurie@laurielevin. online.

SATURDAY, JULY 13 Transformative Meditation – 10-11am. We will focus on achieving brain and heart coherence and discuss how to deal with the current paradigm of existence. Since there is always something, how do you maintain some modicum of equanimity?. With a combination of breath-work & gentle guidance, participants can experience significant results. $30. 2366 Ashley River Rd. #8. Charleston. 843-2252024. Reiki Level 2 – 10am-5pm. July 13-14th. Join Maureen with Joti Reiki on a deeper exploration as we dive into the Level II symbols, Distant Healing and Chakra System. Class includes a comprehensive manual, Level II Attunement and beautiful certificate. Register by 7/8. Prerequisite Level I.


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12 CEU class. $355. 1744 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. Charleston. 843-327-4761. maureen@jotireiki. com. Where to Start Series: Stretching and Mobility – 10-11am. The health and fitness industry can be overwhelming. Come learn step by step how to create a manageable healthy lifestyle you will enjoy. We will be starting with the basics of stretching and mobility. Free workshop! 103 Harth Place Suite B. Summerville. 843-501-1757. SaltOasisCharleston. com.

SUNDAY, JULY 14 Time to Grow Up – 1-2:30pm. Unity of Charleston presents Jessica White. Take action for the environment and your health with time-savvy and planetsaving nutrition, and a vertical home-gardening method for a healthier body and planet! Includes refreshments and make-&-take sprouting project. $15. 2535 Leeds Ave. Charleston. 843-566-0600.

TUESDAY, JULY 16 Ditch and Switch to Safer Products – 7-8pm. How to read product labels to make easy swaps from pantry to under the sink for a safer non-toxic home. Free. 103 Harth Place Suite B. Summerville. 843-501-1757.

MONDAY, JULY 22 Death Cafe: Monthly Conversations around Death and Dying w/ Julie Koewler – 11am-12pm. Death Cafe is about having conversations around death and the dying process as it means to each of us in a safe, non-judgmental setting. Most people avoid talking about dying, and yet, it is a natural part of living. Come to share experiences and learn. Donations to bliss appreciated. 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr. Mt. Pleasant.

Pendulum Basics Workshop – 7-8pm. Beginners Pendulum Class. Learn how to use a pendulum to answer questions by accessing your higher self. Pick your own pendulum to take home. $25. 103 Harth Place Suite B. Summerville. 843-501-1757.

FRIDAY, JULY 26 Well-Being through Energy Psychology & Energy Medicine w/ Paula McGuire – 12-1:30 pm. Explore energetic healing approaches that combine ancient healing tools, such as acupressure and chakra balancing, with modern approaches, such as affirmations. Learn and practice techniques for enhancing well-being, reducing stress, regaining calm, clearing negative beliefs, lifting your mood, helping with focus, concentration, and deeper sleep. Donations Appreciated. 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr. Mt. Pleasant.

SATURDAY, JULY 27 Transformative Meditation – 10-11am. We will focus on achieving brain and heart coherence and discuss brain chemistry and reducing our excitability while increasing our ability to interrupt and calm our thoughts. A special guest joining to discuss how CBD & CBG can assist with these processes. $30. 2366 Ashley River Rd. #8. Charleston. 843-2252024.

SUNDAY, JULY 28 Discover Why You’re Here – 1- 3:30pm. Unity of Charleston Life Coach and Meditation Teacher Cary Bayer. Topics: Realize your true nature. Find peace in your relationships. Bring your talents to the world. Heal the planet. Meditation can help you experience your true Self. Cary has authored 13 full-length books. $20. 2535 Leeds Ave. Charleston. 843-566-0600.

plan ahead MONDAY, AUGUST 5 Tarot & Tea W/ James Himm Mitchell – 1-6pm. Also on Monday August 19th. Join Gypsy Spirit & James Himm Mitchell for high tea and a special tarot reading by James. Schedule your reading by texting Gypsy Spirit at 843-575-9243. Love Offering. Charleston. 843-575-9243.

TUESDAY, JULY 23 Blood Drive – 1:30-6:30pm. Join us as we host The Blood Connection for a Blood Drive. All donations are given to LOCAL hospitals. You can help someone in our community. T-shirt, gift card and other discounts available to those who donate. Free. 103B Harth Pl. Summerville. 843-501-1757.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 24 Monthly Wise Women Circle w/ Carmen Young – 7-8:30pm. Join our group of WiseWomen where we learn from each other, support one another and grow together while exploring a variety of topics, interesting speakers and tremendous insights. Bring a friend or come solo and make new friends on the 4th Wednesday of each month. Free. 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr. Mt. Pleasant. wisewomencircle@yahoo. com.

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sunday Unity of Charleston Services – 9:30 & 11:15am. Are you more spiritual than religious? So are we! Do you believe in many paths to God? Then join us. Unity of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston. 843-566-0600. Unity of Mt Pleasant – 10-11am. Unity is a Positive Path for Spiritual Living. We lovingly welcome people of all faiths and inspire them to live with Passion. Free. Unity of Mt Pleasant, 1470 Ben Sawyer, #7, Mt Pleasant. 843-814-1322. lleshay@

New Spirit Books & Gifts – 10:30am-1pm. Spiritual, metaphysical and inspirational books, crystals, incense, tarot/oracle cards. Unity of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston. 843-566-0600. Reiki II Workshop – 11:00am-5:00pm. Learn the skills you need to practice Reiki at a higher level. Reiki II is considered the “professional” level. You will learn the basic symbols and deepen your understanding of Reiki in general, how to utilize it in your life & for others. Light lunch included. $300. 2366 Ashley River Rd, Ste 8, Charleston. 843-2598349. Meditation & Fellowship – 1-2:30pm. An intimate setting open to 8 individuals. Gypsy Spirit will guide you into a beautiful mediation created to enlighten your spirit & empower you through your higher divine self. $10. Charleston. 843-575-9243.

monday Complimentary Natural Female Hormone Balancing Consultations – 10am-4pm. With Dr. Stephanie Zgraggen. Free. Lime and Lotus, 925-F Wappoo Rd, West Ashley. Call to schedule: 843214-2997. Tarot & Tea – 3-7pm. Every Monday you are invited to come for a short rest while Gypsy Spirit reads your tarot and offers you healthy refreshments. Text for time & address. Love Offering. Charleston. Text 843-575-9243. Monthly Drop-in Energy Clinic – 5-8pm. 3rd Monday. A wonderful introduction to energy work open to the public without appointment; Reiki, Healing Touch, Acupuncture, EFT Tapping, Transformational Breathing, Reconnective Healing and Card Reading are just a few of the modalities that you may experience. Try something new. Donations are greatly appreciated. 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant.

tuesday Free Chair Massages – 7:50-10:00am. Looking for a new massage therapist? Get a free chair massage with me inside Gold’s Gym and let’s see how we can ease your acute or chronic muscle pain, or reduce excess fluid retention. Certified Massage & Lymphedema Therapist, 10+ yrs. experience. Free. Gold’s Gym, 1291 Folly Rd. 843-360-0704. Same-day Appointment Discount – 8am-6pm. Call me or text me on Tuesdays to schedule a same day therapeutic massage, and receive $10 off your first appointment with me. $65. Gold’s Gym, 1291 Folly Rd. 843-360-0704. MKKersting@Outlook. com. Brain Tap Clinic w/ Dr. Antoinette Biegaj – 1:30-2:30pm. Stress in all its forms, physical, chemical, mental/emotional is the cause of 90 % of all disease. Participants will be provided with a headset featuring 5 powerful technologies that blend light, sound and spoken word specifically intended to achieve Freedom from Stress. Try something new. Donations appreciated. 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr. Mt. Pleasant.

Living and Wellness Class – 6-7pm. 1st Tues of the month. Learn Healthy Habits. Call to find out the topic of the month. Free. 1164 Northbridge Rd (West Ashley), Charleston. 843-270-9913. ChiroAnn@ Hemp Presentation – 6-7pm. This plant is essential to maintain our bodies homeostasis or balance. It is involved in a number of physiological processes including pain sensation, inflammation, memory, focus, appetite, neurological and many others. Come learn about the clinical benefits and why you should be taking it. Free. 102 Wappoo Rd Dr, Ste 7, Charleston. 843-847-1927. PrimeAndBloom@ The Reiki Connection – 7pm. With Chrys Franks, Reiki Master/Teacher. Guided meditation followed by mini reiki sessions by certified practitioners. Love offering. (1st Tues for practitioners only) Unity of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston. 843-364-5725.

wednesday Complimentary Natural Female Hormone Balancing Consultations – 10am-4pm. With Dr. Stephanie Zgraggen. Free. Lime and Lotus, 925-F Wappoo Rd, West Ashley. Call to schedule: 843214-2997.

thursday Women’s Power Networking Charleston Virtual – 12:30-1:30pm. Wholistic networking for women! For those in the Charleston region as well as the country, WPN offers a wonderful environment to share your business with other business leaders. Weekly, first 2 times FREE, present your business, connect, learn and collaborate. Grow! Reiki for Vets – 1-2pm. Free drop-in Reiki clinic for veterans and their spouse or caregiver. VAapproved volunteers will provide free 15-minute Reiki sessions to any disabled vet receiving services through the VA. No appointment necessary! Call or visit website for more information. Free. Naval Nuclear Power Training Command, 101 Naval Nuclear Power Training Command Cir, Goose Creek. 843-425-4906. THRIVE Domestic Violence Support Group – 6-7pm. Connect in a safe, confidential forum with others who are experiencing or have experienced violence in their relationships. In an atmosphere of respect, safety and empathy, draw comfort and empowerment from those who understand. Facilitator: Sharon Steffan. Free. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. 843-345-7061. Holistic Chamber of Commerce Monthly Meeting – 6:30-8:00pm. Holistic Chamber of Commerce represents holistic professionals,practitioners, businesses and resource providers. We encourage and promote healthy living, and support those who make it possible. Please join the community every third Thursday of the month as we network, promote and heal. 2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd #118, Charleston, (843) 990-2641. wasc@holisticcham- holisticchamberofcommerce. com/wasc.

friday Past Life Readings – 12-5pm. Every Friday Gypsy Spirit offers Past Life Readings in West Ashley. Love Offering. For booking, text 843-575-9243. Contra Dance – 7:30-10:30pm. Contra dance is a family-friendly dance with a caller and live music. We meet 1st and 3rd Fridays in Park Circle. Confirm on the website for location, band and caller. Receive $2 off entry with this ad. $8, $4 ages 5-13, Under 5 Free. Family Rate: $25 for 2 adults and all of your children under 18. 4800 Park Circle, N. Charleston. CharlestonFolk.Weebly.co12.

saturday Introductory Meditation Class – 9:30-10:30am. Every Sat at 9:30 am, come and learn a practical meditation technique and teachings on why it is effective in reducing anxiety and improving concentration. 20-min guided meditation included with gong. Free. 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-641-7663. Compost Daze – 10am-2pm. Compost Rangers Compost Daze volunteer monthly workday every 2nd Sat of the month. Location will vary, so follow Compost Rangers on Facebook or visit and sign up for email reminders. Simply Meditate – 10:30-11:45am. 2nd and 4th Saturdays. Drop-in classes with guided meditations, suitable for beginners and experienced alike. Circular Church, 150 Meeting St, Charleston (classroom below Lance Hall). $10 or $5/students/seniors. Healing Hands & Crystal Therapy – 11am-5pm. Gypsy Spirit offers a private session of hands on healing, using crystals,oils & flowers. A special therapy to heal & remove what binds you down. Love Offering. Text 843-575-9243 to book your session. Charleston. 843-575-9243. Charleston Theosophical Study Center – 3:455:45pm. Meets the last Sat of each month. We study metaphysical subjects including Reincarnation, Karma, Life after Death. Free. Otranto Regional Library, 2261 Otranto Rd, N Charleston, SC. 843899-0619.

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community resource guide


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


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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).

Your Grooming Guru, Barbara Brant-Williams, is an experienced hair-stylist, makeup artist and certified Organic Color Specialist practicing out of the Artisans Salon. Charleston’s go-to source for hair, makeup and beauty product knowledge. See ad, page 21.

1307 Savannah Hwy, West Ashley 843-763-7200


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


Merge Medical Center Mt Pleasant • 843-469-1001

Mt Pleasant/Charleston 843-732-0293 •

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

BioMagnetic Therapy can help create balance, restore vitality within the body and facilitate clearing of viral, bacterial, fungal, parasitic infections; allergies; ADD; autism; autoimmune issues; heavy metal and other toxicity; chronic pain; infertility; herpes; MS; among other conditions. See ad, page 15.



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

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.

CBD OIL, PRODUCTS EUCALYPTUS WELLNESS & ELIXIR BAR 280 W Coleman Blvd, Ste E Mt Pleasant • 843-388-4956

We offer the largest selection of CBD Oil products in the Lowcountry. Our staff is trained to answer any of your CBD questions. Store hours Monday thru Saturday 9am-7pm, Sunday 12-5pm.


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3373 S Morgans Point Rd, Ste 307 Mt Pleasant 843-971-8814 Holistic Family Care practice, offering a variety of techniques and therapies to help improve overall health and wellness. Proudly serving the Charleston area for 17 years.

Atlas Spine & Wellness Care

Dr. Rick DiGregorio 3400 Salterbeck Street #102 Mount Pleasant, SC 843-352-7941 • Offering Atlas Orthogonal Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care. A nonforce neck realignment procedure that uses a sound wave that is precise and safe. As well as Class 4 Laser Therapy and Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression. See ad, page 7.


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; bio-identical hormones; sugar detox; stress testing; chiropractic; peripheral neuropathy; detox footbaths; emotional (TBM/NET) and wellness care.

Dr. Ann Jenkins, Not Your Ordinary Chiropractor 1164 Northbridge Dr, Charleston (West Ashley) 843-270-9913 •

Exclusive to the area: Whole Body Magnetic Therapy. Mention Natural Awakenings for a free one-hour session. Holistic family care. Relief of neck, back and emotional pain. Homeopathy and essential oils. See ad, page 11.

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.


North Charleston 843-743-9488

Transformational Coach and Shamanic Healer. Break through unconscious barriers to fully LIVE the LIFE you desire! Monthly Meditation/Shamanic Healing, Moon Ceremonies and Healing Retreats.


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


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

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

Biological dentistry using IAOMT protocol. Natural products free of BPA and mercury. Mercury-safe filling removal. Now offering ozone therapy! See ad, page 6.

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

Holistic, preventive dentistry. Safe removal of mercury fillings since 1975, following IAOMT protocol. Offering anti-aging dentistry and biocompatible materials. See ad, page 27.

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Dog Training


In Home positive dog training. Obedience, behavior issues. Bringing balance to you and your dogs relationship. See ad, page 24.

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.

Heather Szasz 843-790-3267

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.

energy healing Sirona Energy Healing

Erin Sirona Charleston & Summerville 347-742-6616 • Erin Sirona specializes in connecting you more deeply with your gifts and intuition. She also facilitates healing for anxiety, depression trauma and PTSD with over a decade of experience. Energy Medicine techniques are used rooted in Shamanism Reiki, Sound Healing, channeling, Biofield-tuning and more; be empowered into peace, joy, and love.

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


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

HEMP OIL PrimeMyBody Hemp Oil 843-847-1927

Learn about our Endo-Cannabinoid System, Phyto-Cannabinoids and Hemp Oil! There is research on more than 250 conditions and cannabidiol. Hemp oil might be the most important product you add to your health regimen!


Curious about essential oils? I would love to share Young Living with you! I offer classes on family wellness, chemical-free cleaning, business opportunities and more! See ad, page 21.

family counseling A DEEPER YOU INC.

Dr. Elizabeth E. Castle 3255 Landmark Drive Suite 206 North Charleston 843-767-8759 • A Deeper You is a paracletos Christian counseling service helping you deal with trauma, addiction, marriage and relationship issues. Dr. Elizabeth E. Castle has more than 30 years experience in using Biblical concepts to heal body, soul and mind. A Deeper You utilizes DoTerra essential oils as a natural method of healing.

Integrative Medicine BACK2HEALTH

Adam Hall 588 Old Mt Holly Rd Goose Creek 843-203-8313 Back2Health Physical Medicine is a multi-specialty practice with a unique approach to pain. Our goal is to successfully restore your quality of life to its maximum potential. See ad, outside back cover.

Lowcountry Wellness Center 1483 Tobias Gadson Blvd., Suite 201 Charleston 843-793-1353

Holistic and Integrative Primary Care offered in an affordable monthly membership model. Bringing healthcare back to true patient driven care between you and Dr. Penni! See ad, page 3.

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Zenergy Healthcare


Tina Howard Daniel Island, SC 843-817-6994


Board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner specializing in family/ functional medicine. Find the root cause of your issues. Primary care, prevention, vitamin/mineral deficiencies, digestive health, brain health, neurodegenerative conditions, fatigue, autoimmune Illness, mold exposure/illness, weight loss, environmental toxins.


By appointment only 517 Savannah Highway Charleston, SC 29407 843-324-6460 •

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


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

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.


732 S Shelmore Blvd, Ste 100 Mt Pleasant (Shelmore Village) 843-991-6835

Massage Cocoon Wellness

Marion Kersting, LMT, CLT 113 Wappoo Creek Drive, Ste 2 (within Stellar Wellness) Charleston 843-360-0704 Massage & Lymphedema Therapist, specializing in neck and shoulder pain, and lymphatic drainage massage. Ten years-experience treating post-op lipo for a lightning fast recovery. Bellanina Facelift Massage, Spa Treatments.


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.


1744 Sam Rittenberg Blvd Suite C Charleston, SC 29407 843-327-4761 •

ECOHEALTH WELLNESS CENTER & DETOX SPA Tiffany Jackson 1051 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, Ste B Mt Pleasant • 843-884-4466

Tiffany Jackson specializes in chronic GI disorders, correcting nutritional deficiencies, personalized diet plans and detoxification. EcoHealth offers Infrared Saunas, Migun Massage and Alkaline Water. See ad, inside back cover.


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Reiki Treatments and Classes plus Teacher Training mentorship programs. NCBTMB approved classes locally, nationally and internationally. Maureen has been a Usui Reiki Master/Teacher since 2003.

Reiki by Ananda, RMT

(843) 697-9703 Healing Hara Massage and Wellness 209 Stallsville Loop Road Summerville, SC 29485 Helping to heal mind, body, and soul through spiritually guided life force energy. Available by appointment. Strictly confidential. Affiliate Member, International Center for Reiki Training.

SPIRITUAL guidance Coach

Linda Mayo-Perez Williams, MA, Spirituality/Divinity

Mount Pleasant, SC 843-881-7451 Do you wish to walk a spiritual path but not sure how to begin? Let me help you create a daily practice and your journey to divine relationship, inner peace, enlightenment and joy!

Spiritual Hypnosis DR ALLISON BROWN, QUANTUM HEALING PRACTITIONER 843-425-4906 In-person or online sessions available

Experience BQH, a heart and energy-based regression experience that is considered one of the most advanced healing modalities on the planet today. Connect directly with your Wisdom Team for purpose, guidance, and healing!


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


Janelle Solomon 877-315-7226, ext 447 Early detection and alternative prevention. Thermography: radiation-free full body and breast cancer screening. See what you need to work on now to potentially avoid future health issues.

Be a part of our next issue! News Brief and Editorial Deadline the 5th of the month Ad and Calendar Deadline the 10th of the month! Get your message out to over 30,000 loyal readers.


Johnny Zecopoulos, BSME 843-327-3726 (for filtration) (for Kangen ionizers) Your one-stop source for cleaner water through NSF/WQA certified filtration and/or healthier water through life-altering devices known as Kangen Water ionizers.


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LIME AND LOTUS – HEALING ARTS CENTER Stephanie Zgraggen 925 Wappoo Rd, Ste F, Charleston 843-214-2997 •

Painful periods? Hot flashes? Fatigue? Weight gain? Dr. Stephanie takes a holistic, individualized approach toward natural female hormone balance with natural effective therapies.

You will also receive: one News Brief or *Health Brief every 6 months (your opportunity to share what’s new with your business or to expound upon a health issue within your area of expertise) – approximately 200 words Plus up to 3 calendar events per month!

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