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coHealth Wellness Center & Detox Spa will offer free workshops to discuss their 14-day EcoCleanse detox program on January 6, from 10 to 11 a.m., and January 13, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The detox is designed to help people reset their metabolism and fuel their body with optimal nutrition. Participants have reported greater energy, focus and relief from chronic aches and pains. While participants frequently lose two to four pounds, that is not the primary goal of the detox. Space is limited and preregistration is required. The 14-day EcoCleanse detox is available on an individual or group basis. The group program involves an initial kick-off session, daily email support from an EcoHealth detox coach, ongoing group support through a private Facebook group, and a free infrared sauna session in the middle of the program. The EcoCleanse program consists of two shakes per day and one regular meal consisting of clean, fresh food. It goes beyond most commercially available detox programs because it supports effective phase two liver detoxification and helps heal the gut. All supplements, vitamins and herbs are included with the program. Tiffany Jackson, owner of EcoHealth, emphasizes that while the program is a supervised healthy approach to detoxification, it is not right for everyone. Each prospective participant is screened and their medical history is reviewed before they are accepted into the program. She recommends consulting a professional before doing any detox program.

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Health Expo to Be Held January 10 and 11 at the Gaillard Auditorium

Annual Forest Cleanup Scheduled for Feb. 3


ccording to Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg, the goal of the Health Expo is “to increase health awareness by providing health screenings, activities, materials, demonstrations and information. And to motivate our citizens to make positive health behavior changes.” The expo takes place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days. Last year’s event had approximately 90 vendors. Topics include staying young in body and mind, diabetes prevention and control, cooking lessons, diet and exercise, and oral health. Admission is free. Location: 77 Calhoun St., Charleston. For more information, call 843-856-1949.

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half marathon and 5K to support the preservation of the Morris Island Lighthouse will be held Saturday, February 3. The races are being sponsored by Save the Light, a grassroots nonprofit organization that formed in 2000 to save the Morris Island Lighthouse from being lost to the sea. Both races are USATF-certified and start and finish near the Folly Beach Pier. The half marathon is a run only event. The 5K is open to runners and walkers. Both races begin at 8:30 a.m. Awards and post-race food will be provided. Register prior to January 5 to be guaranteed a free T-shirt and Morris Island Lighthouse photo. Online and phone registration ends at 2 p.m. on Thursday, February 1. Packet pickup and registration will be available at The Tides Hotel on Friday, February 2, from 4 to 7 p.m., and on race day from 7 to 8 a.m. For more information or to register, call 843-795-4386 or visit

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lluminate Charleston will be held Saturday, February 10, at the North Charleston Marriott, located at 4770 Goer Drive, in North Charleston. Illuminate Savannah will be held Sunday, February 11, at the Coastal Georgia Center, located at 305 Fahm Street, in Savannah. Both festivals will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check out a wonder-filled day of natural health and spiritual rebalancing, acupuncture, massage, energy work, essential oils and more. Mini-sessions will be available on a walk-up basis. Vetted intuitive readers will offer their services at special festival rates. Free intensive workshops are offered each hour on a wide range of topics. Shop for handmade jewelry, unique gifts and clothing, luxurious spa products and fascinating books, too. Illuminate Festivals seek to create a welcoming, inclusive place to learn, connect and enhance well-being. Festival founder Judy Bazis encourages attendees to “just look around, see what you are naturally drawn to, and give it a try.” There is always plenty to discover, for everyone from the newly curious to the avid practitioner.  Tickets are $4 online and $6 at the door. Free admission for active and veteran military, and children 16 and under. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit and See ad, page 11. 8

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n February 4, 2017, 398 volunteers participated in the annual Francis Marion National Forest Cleanup hosted by the USDA Forest Service and PalmettoPride, picking up 15.38 tons of trash from areas within the forest, including parts of the Palmetto Trail and several waterways. Approximately 50 tires, a trailer full of discarded shingles, a freezer and a boat with a small tree growing inside it were brought in along with three roll-off containers of trash bags. This year’s event is scheduled for February 3, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Ranger District Office, 2967 Steed Creek Road, in Huger. PalmettoPride has tracked the volunteers and amounts picked up since the first cleanup in 2006. Comparing pounds picked up to volunteers shows that overall littering and illegal dumping have decreased over time. This year’s average pounds of trash picked up per person was 77, compared to 2016’s average of 120 pounds per person. “It is encouraging to see that ongoing cleanup efforts can make a difference,” says Sarah Lyles, executive director of PalmettoPride. “The volunteers and counties that have dedicated themselves to the planning and participation of this annual event get all the credit for changing the state of litter in the forest.” PalmettoPride praises Berkeley and Charleston counties for their help in making this annual event a success. PalmettoPride is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit litter-prevention and beautification organization in South Carolina. They engage citizens to take an active role in keeping their communities clean and beautiful. Their programs have helped reduce litter by more than 60 percent. For more information about the cleanup or ways to get involved, visit PalmettoPride. org or contact Scott Morgan at SMorgan@ For more information about PalmettoPride, contact Sarah Lyles at 803-758-6034 or See ad, page 32.

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Lutein in Greens and Eggs Slows Cognitive Aging Healthy diet options of spinach and kale may also help keep our brains fit. In a study from the University of Illinois appearing in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 60 adults between 25 and 45 years old having higher levels of lutein, a nutrient found in green, leafy vegetables, avocados and eggs, had neural responses more on par with younger people than others of their own age. Lutein is a nutrient that the body can’t make on its own, so it must be acquired through diet. It accumulates in brain tissues and the eyes, which allows researchers to measure levels without using invasive techniques.


Daily Produce Servings Prevent Early Death

Researchers at the Imperial College London say that five servings of fruits and vegetables is a good start, but more is better. After conducting a worldwide meta-analysis of 2 million people that compared early mortality rates from cardiovascular disease and cancer, they recommend eating at least 10 three-ounce vegetable and fruit servings per day, which could prevent up to 7.8 million premature deaths each year.

AEROBICS KEEP THE BRAIN YOUNG Simple movement turns out to be the best way to lift mood, improve memory and protect the brain against age-related cognitive decline, according to Harvard Medical School researchers in an article, “Aerobic Exercise is the Key for Your Head, Just as It is for Your Heart.” Even brisk walking or jogging for 45 minutes can alleviate depression. The Journal of Physical Therapy Science notes that aerobic workouts can help people feel less stressed by reducing levels of the body’s natural stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol. January 2018


Research from the New York University Langone Comprehensive Epilepsy Center has found that cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive extract of hemp oil, significantly reduces seizure rates in epileptics. Scientists there tested 120 children and young adults with epilepsy and found that the cannabidiol group’s number of seizures per month decreased from 12.4 to 5.9 compared to a statistically insignificant change in the placebo group.

RED WINE LESS TOXIC THAN WHITE Alcohol has been linked with cancer in about 3.6 percent of cases worldwide, due to the presence of acetaldehyde, which damages DNA and prevents it from repairing itself. A study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention that involved 200,000 people found a distinct connection between white wine in particular and melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer. Sun exposure is a well-known cancer risk, but this and other studies have found that subjects often develop melanoma primarily on the trunks of their bodies, which are usually covered by clothing, and it is almost always curable if the cancer is caught early.

Eating fish at least twice a week may significantly reduce the pain and swelling associated with rheumatoid arthritis,in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the joints, creating swelling and pain. Studies have already shown the beneficial effect of fish oil supplements on rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, but a new study of 176 participants at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Boston, found that increasing the amount of fish containing omega-3 they ate weekly as a whole food lowered their disease activity. The Arthritis Foundation estimates that about 1.5 million people in the U.S. have the disease; women far more often than men.

Sugar Linked to Depression The journal Scientific Reports recently published a study that confirmed a link between a diet high in sugar and common mental disorders. In 2002, researchers from Baylor College found that higher rates of refined sugar consumption were associated with higher rates of depression. A 2015 study that included nearly 70,000 women found a higher likelihood of depression in those with high added sugar intake, but not in those with a high intake of naturally occurring sugars such as those found in fruit. The World Health Organization recommends that people reduce their daily intake of added sugars to less than 5 percent of their total energy intake; Americans typically consume three times that much. Meanwhile, one in six people worldwide suffers from a common mental problem such as a mood or anxiety disorder. 10

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Generosity Cheers Mind, Body and Spirit CITYNAME

A Swiss study gave volunteers $25 a week for four weeks, and told half of them to spend the money on themselves and the others to spend it to benefit others. Subsequent brain scans revealed a link between the altruistic acts and feelings of contentment, activating neurons in the ventral striatum associated with happiness. Even the intention alone to be more generous was enough to create these changes, and the amount spent did not influence the increase in levels of well-being. The discovery sheds fresh light on why many people feel gratified when giving, even when it costs them something.

Mercury/Autism Brain Research Alert As the debate rages between health officials and vaccine critics about possible links to autism, mercury seems to be a specific bone of contention. It has long been present in the form of thimerisol, a preservative that inhibits bacterial contamination. Under government pressure, amounts have been reduced by the pharmaceutical industry to trace levels or eliminated, except in commonly recommended flu vaccines, some of which contain the food emulsifier polysorbate 80, which disrupts the bloodbrain barrier and helps create an extremely effective delivery system for escorting neurotoxic ethylmercury and other heavy metals straight to the brain. The U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences reports that ethylmercury, in particular, gets metabolized into even more toxic inorganic mercury and remains in the brain for years. January 2018


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The Ultimate Skin Treatment: Drink Antioxidant Water! As a massage therapist and esthetician at a spa in Mt. Pleasant, Jaclyn Hannibal meets women very motivated to enhance their appearance. While some of the literally hundreds of skin care products on the market perform as advertised, most do not. Hannibal encourages women to consider a technology that works from the inside. It is an anti-aging, antioxidant, super-hydrating water system from Japan. The typical human body is 75 percent water. Other than air, it is paramount to life. However, the type of water is the difference maker! Tap water is loaded with pollutants, and bottled water isn’t much better. Both are oxidizing (they break down the body!). Other bever-

ages, such as sodas and sports drinks, are even worse. This anti-aging water is called Kangen Water (“Kangen” means “back to origin” in Japanese). It hydrates six times better than tap or bottled water. Just imagine a beautiful, clean waterfall—refreshing, healthy, greattasting water. Drinking Kangen Water hydrates and rejuvenates cells, making the skin softer, smoother and more youthful. It also assists with weight loss and revitalizes the entire body! The skin is a vital functioning organ—the body’s largest. Skin issues, such as eczema, acne, psoriasis, rosacea and dermatitis, are symptoms of problems within the body. They are the body’s way of saying, “Hey, do something about this, and not just a Band-Aid, please!” There is no shortage of products on the market for skin problems, but do they get to the root or solve the problem? Kangen Water addresses the root of the problem, improving the skin and overall health at the same time. Source: Jaclyn Hannibal, BSBM, LMT, LE. For more information, call Hannibal at 843-817-3736 or visit See ad, page 18.

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Urban Trees

City Greenery Boosts Public Health

Urban trees help reduce obesity and depression, improve productivity, boost educational outcomes and reduce incidences of asthma and heart disease for residents, yet according to The Nature Conservancy, American cities spend less than a third of 1 percent of municipal budgets on tree planting and maintenance. As a result, U.S. cities are losing 4 million trees per year. Each summer, thousands of unnecessary deaths result from heat waves in urban areas. Studies have shown that trees are a cost-effective solution. Too often, the presence or absence of urban nature and its associated benefits is tied to a neighborhood’s income level, resulting in dramatic health inequities. In some American cities, life expectancies in different neighborhoods located just a few miles apart can differ by as much as a decade. Not all of this health disparity is connected to the tree cover, but researchers are increasingly finding that neighborhoods with fewer trees have worse health outcomes, so inequality in access to urban nature can lead to worse health inequities.

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Research from the Medical University of Vienna found in a 30-year study that increasing prices for tobacco products by 5 percent reduced tobacco use by 3.5 percent.


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Cardiologists Urge Plant-Based Hospital Meals

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) is advising hospitals in improving patient menus by adding healthy, plant-based options and removing processed meats, which have been linked to 60,000 cardiovascular deaths annually. The ACC Heart-Healthy Food Recommendations for Hospitals states, “At least one plant-based main dish should be offered and promoted at every meal.” ACC also urges that processed meats such as bacon, sausage, ham, hot dogs and deli meats should not be offered at all. These guidelines extend to hospital cafeterias and onsite restaurants. The American Medical Association has also passed a resolution that calls on hospitals to provide similarly healthy meals. Processed meats are now considered carcinogenic to humans, according to the World Health Organization. A 50-gram serving a day—one hot dog or two strips of bacon—increases colorectal cancer risk by 18 percent. “Too many heart disease patients have had their recovery undermined by bacon and hot dogs on their hospital trays,” says Dr. Neal Barnard, president of the nonprofit Physicians Committee. January 2018



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Crackdown Needed

Glyphosate Found in Breakfast Foods

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Of 24 breakfast food samples tested by the Alliance for Natural Health USA, 10 showed the presence of glyphosate. Executive and Legal Director Gretchen DuBeau states, “We expected that trace amounts would show up in foods containing large amounts of corn and soy. However, we were unprepared for just how invasive this poison has been to our entire food chain.” In the study, the chemical, now revealed to be a probable carcinogen by the World Health Organization, was found in oatmeal, bagels, eggs, potatoes and non-GMO soy coffee creamer. The presence of glyphosate in dairy products may be due to bioaccumulation in the tissue of animals. DuBeau adds, “Glyphosate has been linked to increases in levels of breast, thyroid, kidney, pancreatic, liver and bladder cancers, and is being served for breakfast, lunch and dinner worldwide. The fact that it is showing up in foods like eggs and coffee creamers, which don’t directly contact the herbicide, proves that it’s being passed on by animals that ingest it in their feed. This is contrary to everything that regulators and industry scientists have been telling the public.”



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Australia’s Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training at Deakin University is practicing an affordable way to increase the availability of potable (drinkable) water in needy areas of the world. The project involves collecting plastic garbage from around the Pacific Islands and turning it into pellets, which are then extruded as 3-D printer filament to make replacement plumbing parts, often in short supply in those locations. That effort is called 3D WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene), and the children’s charity Plan International Australia will be the first recipient (

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Recreate Comfort Secrets to Better Furniture

A new year can prompt us to refresh the look and feel of our home. Eco-minded individuals may wish to spruce up a treasured piece of furniture or find a replacement that’s light on environmental impact.

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from sustainably harvested forests and tree farms or reclaimed wood. Find explanations of Forest Stewardship Council certification requirements at

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furniture to extend its life with a bonus of nostalgia. Avoid painted furniture from the early to mid-20th century, which may contain lead, or use a paint-testing kit.

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substances such as natural wood finishes, naturally tanned leather or organic cotton. Look for Greenguard product certification to ensure low toxicity ( Some businesses, like Upholstery on Broadway, in Arlington, Massachusetts, conduct money-saving classes for people that want to learn to repair or restore their own furniture. Owner Kevin Kennedy finds, “People bring in their own projects, often wing chairs and side chairs, along with stray pieces of materials. As long as they have ‘good bones’ [solid wood frames], new fabric can add many years.” For those afraid of making mistakes in cutting fabric, “We help them measure carefully first, and that relieves their anxiety.” A carpenter’s rule is to measure twice, cut once.

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The Sophia Institute TransformYour Life, Transform Our World Mindfulness Training HENK BRANDT- ongoing series- 2nd Wednesdays monthly January 10 | Wednesday night program 5:45pm-7:00pm 301 East Bay Street, Charleston Embodying Your Peaceful Feminine Nature MEGHAN DON January 26 | Friday Night lecture 6:30pm-8:30pm January 27-28 | Full Retreat 150 Meeting Street, Charleston Energy Medicine for Healthy Living DR. MELANIE SMITH February 9 | Friday night lecture 6:30pm-8:30pm February 10 | Full Retreat 150 Meeting Street, Charleston Evolutionary Narrative: Creating Authentic Power through Story JOAN BORYSENKO February 23 | Friday night lecture 6:30pm-8:30pm February 24-25 | Full Retreat 150 Meeting Street, Charleston

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Pay it Forward with Southern Blessings: An Interview with Blessing Boxes Founder Katie Dahlheim by Jennifer Iamele Savage afternoon. The last two boxes from Construction Day should be going up soon.

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How did your organization get started? In February, I read about The Little Free Pantry, which was started in Arkansas by Jessica McClard. I loved the idea and wanted to put one at my house, but I live in a cul-de-sac and didn’t think it would be a good location. So I started brainstorming how I could be involved and decided to build four Blessing Boxes (I liked “Blessing Box” better because this is the South and we like to bless things!). I made the first four and took to Facebook to find locations. I did many interviews and the word spread quickly. Folks started making and placing their own boxes. I added these to our list of locations, which is updated every Tuesday and posted on our Facebook page. We had a Construction Day event in June, at which my friend Brad Fogle, who is a construction professional, assisted our group in building eight boxes in one 16

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Blessing Boxes are stocked with nonperishable food items, basic toiletries, baby supplies, and anything else that might be considered a blessing to someone who finds themselves in need. Items are anonymously donated and anonymously received. A simple rule applies: Leave what you can; take what you need. Studies show adults with food insecurity will skip meals or reduce their portions to provide for children as they wait for payday. Many food insecure families do not qualify for the assistance of food banks, or are hesitant to turn to them due to the stigma. One “bad month” can be enough to force a family to choose between buying food and paying bills. This is the purpose of our project—to bridge this gap.

What volunteer opportunities do you have for the public? Build and place your own Blessing Box (BB). There are no specifications or requirements as to size, shape or color. Many of our boxes are repurposed from old cabinets. Once your box is ready, send us photos and the location, and we will add it

to our list! We also have decals if you’d like to use them. Visit the BB nearest you and keep it stocked. Keep it clean and free of trash and bugs. Spread the word about our project to others and encourage them to donate. Here are our donation guidelines: 1. It is hot in the lowcountry. Please be mindful that the items may stay in the box for a period of time. Best not to leave things that could explode or will go bad in the heat. 2. This is not a place for expired food. If you wouldn’t use it yourself, don’t leave it in the box. 3. Handwritten notes spreading our message of kindness to our neighbors are encouraged, and a great way to get kids involved too! 4. No clothing or books. While we think both would be appreciated, the boxes are not big enough to accommodate larger items. 5. Toiletries and baby care items are welcome. 6. School supplies and pet food are welcome!

What have been some of the greatest successes of your organization? We are building a network of kind, community-involved people. We just got our first thank you note in the BB in Summerville. It was a reminder that real people are benefiting from our efforts. We currently have 21 Blessing Boxes placed all over the greater Charleston area and are looking forward to expand those numbers in 2018. Dahlheim encourages all readers to pay it forward by creating a Blessing Box to kick off the new year. It is simple, but its impact will bring blessings to both the recipient as well as the giver. Jennifer Iamele Savage is a transformational life coach and a secondary Montessori educator. Passionate about raising consciousness, Savage uses these containers to help people find their voice and empower them to utilize their resources. Connect with her at or

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Who’s a Natural Awakenings Reader? Meet Don Oswalt—Creating a Road Map by Cycling, Swimming and Running by Victoria Hargis

Tell the readers a little about yourself: I lived in a small town in Oregon until 2003, when I made the move to South Carolina. I have worked in sales at a local printing company for the last eight years, although I have been in the print field most of my life. I spent the first part of my life feeling like I didn’t have a road map, so once I moved here I decided to stretch myself. I had friends in the sport of triathlon and began spending time with them and training to be a triathlete. Doing anything physical was totally new to me, and I cannot tell you how it made me come alive. I spent several years building up my mental and physical muscles, and in 2013, I did my first full Ironman triathlon. This meant I would be doing a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and a full marathon, 26.2 miles—140.6 total all in the same day. It was a big challenge for me, but I was up for that challenge and finished it with pride and excitement knowing that I had done it! In this process of self-discovery, wanting to give back, I dedicated that first Ironman to raise money for Water Mission to install a water system and latrines in Peru. I teamed up with friends, family and my lo-

cal Rotary club and we raised over $55,000 and had the privilege to go with my wife to the commissioning celebration. Those are memories we will never forget. After that amazing experience, I continued to challenge and stretch myself even more. I set the goal of trying to qualify for the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii. That meant another full Ironman and finishing in the top of my age group to even have a chance to go. I dedicated 2015 to try and qualify for the World Championship at Ironman Chattanooga. This story is too long to tell here, but out of 280 guys in my age group, I came from 126th place out of the water to 16th place off the bike to fourth place—three seconds from third place when I was finished! To my amazement, I earned a spot to go to Hawaii and the Ironman World Championship! It was amazing! It was such a feeling of accomplishment, and I had the privilege of competing with the best in the world in Kona last October. I left it all out

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there on the battlefields in Kona and have never been pushed to the edge mentally, physically and emotionally as I was that day.

Work/mission: In my personal work, I started becoming selfaware and worked on my self-improvement. I enjoy learning from such legends as Tony Robbins. All my searching and growing has been in the name of becoming a bigger gift to the world.

Other interests/passions: My passions are being physically fit, eating healthy, and being a contribution to the world. I work at putting out positive energy and desire to be a positive influence. I recently spoke at SpeakOut Charleston. My talk was on my adventures and life story.

What do you like most about Natural Awakenings? I like the positive vibe that Natural Awakenings puts out. The articles that are about improving self help me to maintain the vibe that is part of who I am as a person. The magazine is a refresher that is sometimes hard to find in life. It is a great resource to improve areas of my life.

How can people get in touch with you? If you wish to reach me, email me at Don@ Victoria Hargis is an author; speaker; and post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and grief coach. Connect with her at

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How Acupuncture Can Help with Health and Fitness Goals in the New Year An Interview with Chad Houfek, LAc, of Charleston Community Acupuncture

How can acupuncture and Chinese herbs benefit those wanting to improve their health and fitness in the new year? The new year poses some interesting health challenges. We seem to either catch a cold/ flu, suffer from allergies, get stressed out from the holidays and seasonal change, or hurt ourselves trying to work off those holiday pounds. Thankfully, acupuncture and herbal medicine can help in many ways.

We prevent colds and flu by strengthening the body’s immune response, helping rid the body of viral and bacterial infections. We treat allergies by reducing your immune system’s responses to histamines. We reduce stress and fatigue by eliminating high levels of cortisol. As far as New Year’s resolutions, we can help you detox, reduce inflammation from chronic stress, quit smoking, and lose weight. For injuries, orthopedic acupuncture can cut recovery time from workouts in half. It combines traditional acupuncture, trigger point therapy, and electrostimulation or cupping on private massage tables.

What can someone expect from a session or series of sessions at Charleston Community Acupuncture?

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During the treatment, most people experience deep relaxation and sometimes even a sense of euphoria. After treatment, most patients leave feeling more in tune with their body and in less pain. Healing takes time and outcomes vary from patient to patient. Some experience instant relief, while others require more sessions.

Tell us a little about the background of the practitioners, and the history, philosophy and mission of the practice. Nilsa [Ayn Compton] and I have always wanted to help heal people. I’ve been studying holistic medicine for over 20 years and began studying acupuncture in 2005 in Boulder, Colorado. Nilsa grew up around acupuncture and began her official study in

Nilsa Ayn Compton and Chad Houfek Chinese medicine in 1999 in Santa Monica, California. Together, we have been practicing acupuncture for 19 years. Our philosophy is that acupuncture and herbal medicine can effectively heal your body from pain, stress, fatigue and disease. This philosophy drives our mission, which is to make this healing affordable and accessible to everyone via our low-cost sliding scale payment options. Having spent my undergraduate years at the College of Charleston, I knew Charleston lacked affordable alternative healthcare options, and so I decided to open Charleston Community Acupuncture. In 2009, not only was Charleston Community Acupuncture the first community acupuncture clinic in Charleston but also the first in South Carolina. Since opening, the practice has grown steadily, and has added new services and employees. As a result, we have thrived and were awarded Charleston City Paper’s Best Acupuncturist award in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

What is the most important thing you want Natural Awakenings readers to know about Charleston Community Acupuncture? That the science behind acupuncture is valid, that it can help you, and our mission is to make it affordable to you! Charleston Community Acupuncture is located at 1307 Savannah Hwy., in Charleston. For more information, call 843-7637200 or visit See listing, page 39.

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DIAL DOWN STRESS How to Stay Calm and Cool by Lisa Marshall


hether from natural disasters, divisive politics, unmanageable workloads or a smartphone culture that makes it tough to unplug, U.S. adults are feeling more strain now than they have at any other time in the past decade, according to the American Psychological Association’s 2017 Stress in America Survey. One in three say their stress has increased in the past year and one in five rate the level at eight or more on a scale of one to 10. About three in five, or 59 percent, say they believe this is “the lowest point in the nation’s history” and nearly two-thirds say concerns about our nation’s future (including its health care, economy and international relations) are key sources of their stress. “We’re seeing significant stress transcending party lines,” notes Arthur C. Evans Jr., Ph.D., the association’s CEO. All that stress is having a powerful impact on health, with as many as 80 percent of visits to primary care physicians characterized as stress-related, according to the American Medical Association.

Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one. ~Hans Selye Workplace stress accounts for 120,000 deaths a year—more than influenza, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease combined—according to a 2015 Stanford University study. Yet, empowering news has emerged amid this epidemic of anxiety-related illness. Research shows that by eating right, exercising and changing our mindset about stress itself, we can buffer our bodies from many health hazards. “Unfortunately, you can’t always avoid the things that stress you out. But you can control how you respond to stress before it takes over your life,” says Melanie Greenberg, Ph.D., a Mill Valley, California, psychologist and author of the recent book The Stress-Proof Brain: Master Your Emotional Response to Stress Using Mindfulness and Neuroplasticity.

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Whether it’s an urgent email from the boss or a rude motorist driving unsafely, tense situations elicit a physiological response remarkably similar to what might occur if we were chased by a lion. Deep inside an almond-shaped region of the brain called the amygdala, an alarm goes off, signaling the release of hormones like adrenaline and cortisol that boost heart rate, usher extra blood to muscles, hasten breathing and spike blood sugar to provide more fuel for the brain to react. Evolutionarily, this response was key to early human survival, providing the energy boost needed to flee predators. Even today, it has its upside, says Greenberg. “In the short term, stress can be exciting and even beneficial, revving you up so you can put your passion and energy into something.” But chronic excess can lead to high blood pressure and blood sugar, inflammation, cognitive problems and a hair-trigger response to stress, in which our body overreacts even to mild annoyances. It can also, research suggests, accelerate aging by January 2018


eroding the protective caps on our chromosomes, called telomeres. “Think of the stress response as an elastic band,” says Dr. Mithu Storoni, a Hong Kong physician and author of the new book Stress Proof: The Scientific Solution to Protect Your Brain and Body — and Be More Resilient Every Day. “If you pull it and it snaps back immediately, that’s fine. But if you pull it too intensely or too frequently, it doesn’t snap back, and there are lots of downstream consequences.”

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Eating right can better protect our bodies, says New York City Registered Dietitian Malina Malkani. She recommends loading up on nutrient-dense, high-fiber foods like leafy greens, beans and lentils, nuts and seeds during stressful times, because they can slow our rate of digestion and minimize unhealthy dips and spikes in blood sugar. Beneficial, bacteria-rich foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut and kimchi are other foundational foods for stressresilience, says Storoni, because they can dampen bodily inflammation that arises from chronic tension. They can also replenish bacterial strains like lactobacillus and bifidobacteria which, according to studies of college students, tend to decrease when we feel pushed beyond our limits to handle what’s coming at us. One 2016 study of 171 volunteers, published in the Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, found that those that ate yogurt containing lactobacillus plantarum daily for two months had fewer markers of stress in their blood. Another study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2007 found that when 132 adults drank a probiotic-infused milk drink daily for three weeks and were then subjected to an anxiety-prone situation, their brains reacted more calmly than those of a control group. “Probably the most important thing you can do to make your body stressresilient is to maintain a healthy ecosystem of bacteria in your gut,” advises Malkani, who recommends exchanging dessert for low-sugar yogurt every day and taking probiotic supplements as well as steering clear of sweetened beverages and refined 20

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Seven Ways to Banish Stress by Lisa Marshall


e can take charge and do even more things to keep stress at bay in the first place, says Christine Carter, Ph.D., a University of California, Berkeley, sociologist and author of The Sweet Spot: How to Accomplish More by Doing Less. “I’m all about prevention,” she says. “There are many ways to set up your life to be less stressful.”


Multitask less, monotask more:

“The brain was not evolved to multitask and it can be stressful when we try to do so,” says Carter, referencing a Stanford University study. “At the end of the day, we end up feeling fried.” She recommends setting up a “fortress against interruption” for an hour or two each day when we feel most alert. Put the phone on mute, don noisecanceling headphones and ask coworkers or family members to not interrupt your focus on an important priority.


Don’t be a chronic media checker: Eighty-six percent of

Americans say they constantly or often check their email, texts or social media accounts, according to the latest Stress in America Survey. Half of U.S. workers say they respond to every email within a half-hour. Carter recommends instead scheduling a block of time at the beginning and end of each day for the task. During weekends and evenings, disable email and social media notifications. Research shows the more often we check, the more stressed we are. One recent study of British office workers found that checking email almost immediately boosts heart rate, blood pressure and cortisol levels, while refraining causes the stress response to subside.


Limit choices: Making decisions can

be stressful, and we are all faced with an increasing number of them every day. To limit a personal decision-making load, get boring. Devise a meal plan that doesn’t vary from week to week (unless it’s a happy creative outlet). Stock the wardrobe with favorite styles of shirts and shoes in different

colors. Select and stick with one brand of natural toothpaste or granola.


Don’t overthink things: Ruminating on past events and relationship problems can be a great source of stress in the present moment. If there’s nothing that can be done about it, stop thinking about it. Literally visualize a stop sign when the thought bubbles up.


Daydream: Idle times, like standing

in line, sitting in traffic or showering can allow our brain to rest and recover from hassles. Embrace such opportunities and don’t clutter them up with technology; leave the phone and radio off.


Meditate: Invest 10 minutes daily to

sit still, focus on breathing, visualize an image or stare at an object and try to keep thoughts from drifting. Brain imaging studies published in the Brain Research Bulletin show that “Through [such] meditation, it’s possible to rewire your brain to create a new, stronger circuit that keeps your emotional reactivity under control,” says Dr. Mithu Storoni, who has published a book on the topic.


Heighten spirituality: Whether it’s regularly attending religious services, yoga meditation sessions or quiet walks in the woods, a spiritual practice can be a powerfully effective means of coping with stress and mitigating its health impacts. Duke University research shows that people regularly engaged in a spiritual practice are more likely to survive heart surgery, recover better from stroke, have shorter hospital stays and become depressed and stressed less often. “Spirituality connects you to the broader world, which in turn enables you to stop trying to control things all by yourself,” explains Dr. Roberta Lee, an integrative physician, in her book The SuperStress Solution. “When you feel part of a greater whole, it’s easy to understand that you aren’t responsible for everything that happens in life.”


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People with a stress-hardy mindset may temper stress as an “excite-and-delight” challenge in adventurous situations. Others “tendand-befriend”, reaching out to help and comfort in times of tragedy. Studies show that when participants are told, “You’re the kind of person whose performance improves under pressure,” it does—by as much as one-third. ~Harvard Medical School Healthbeat carbohydrates. The spice turmeric is also a good stress-buster due to its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to help normalize blood sugar, Storoni notes. Despite our natural craving for comfort food, it’s a good idea to go easy on saturated fats in the immediate aftermath of a traumatic situation, because stress slows fat metabolism. In one recent study, Ohio State University researchers asked 58 women about their previous day’s stressors, and then fed them the fat-loaded equivalent of a double cheeseburger and fries; the stressedout women burned 104 fewer calories. “If a woman had a stressful day at work every day and ate a meal like this, she could easily gain seven to 11 pounds in a year,” says study author Jan Kiecolt-Glaser, a professor of psychiatry and psychology and director of the university’s Institute for Behavioral Medicine. January 2018


Exercise, too, can help combat stress-related illness. But Storoni attests that not all exercise is created equal. One recent study in the Journal of Physiology found that in animals daily moderate exercise (the equivalent of a light jog) can boost levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a critical brain protein diminished by stress and sleep deprivation, significantly more than weight training or intense exercise. On the flip side, excess strenuous exercise (laps around the track or an intense gym workout) can boost inflammation, whither brain cells, and aggravate the physical impacts of stress, says Storoni. “If you want to exercise to relieve the stress you just experienced, keep it at low intensity,” counsels Storoni. If possible, work out in the morning, as it can boost melatonin levels at night, helping you get to sleep faster, she notes.

Stress-Proofing Our Mindset While diet and exercise can buffer our body from the impacts of chronic stress, a shift in mindset can keep it from becoming chronic in the first place, says Greenberg.“The goal

is not to eliminate stress, but to put it in its place—to use its energizing and motivating aspects to take care of what needs to be done, and then relax,” and stop paying attention to it. This, she says, requires being mindful of what’s happening in the present moment. “When you feel your heart racing at the sight of another urgent demand at home or work, stop what you are doing, take a deep breath and tune into what’s happening in your body,” advises Greenberg. She notes that when the highly reactive amygdala “hijacks the brain”, we often say and do things in the heat of the moment that we later regret. Waiting just a moment (like counting to 10) allows the more rational part of our brain (the prefrontal cortex) to kick in. “It allows you to go from panic to, ‘I’ve got this.’” Greenberg observes that we often feel most stressed when we feel out of control. When faced with a daunting task, it may help to make a list of the things we have control over and a list of the things we can’t control—then make a plan to act on the manageable one and let the others go. “Mindfulness is also about keeping our self-judging and ruminating mind at

bay, which may keep repeating, ‘I’m not doing enough,’” she says. “Realize that you do not have to listen to every thought that comes into your head. Ask yourself, ‘What is the most important thing for me to focus on right now?’” Greenberg also says it’s important to aim to broaden and brighten our view in tough times, explaining, “Feeling stress biases your brain to think in terms of avoiding threat and loss, rather than what you can gain or learn from the situation.” Start by jotting down three ways this challenging situation may be beneficial in the long run; also make a list of things and people we are grateful for, she suggests. “Practicing gratitude helps you realize that you have a choice about what to focus your attention on and you don’t have to let stressors take all the joy out of life,” according to Greenberg. As an added bonus, “You’re less likely to take your stress out on loved ones when you think about what they mean to you and how they have helped you,” she says. Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at

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Savvy consumers seeking products that might help them achieve and maintain good health may be noticing two new categories: medical food and nutraceuticals.


edicalized terminology is now being used to describe certain products we may already have been buying from brand-name dietary supplement companies and retailers, and they have a higher price tag. One common example: powdered protein mealreplacement shakes that can cost up to $16 more than a retail store brand, as nutraceutical and medical food purveyors want to differentiate their products as having clinical research and development behind them. This raises the bar on the quality of contents and assures consumers of third-party testing for proof of ingredients. Although both are regulated under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994, there is no legal distinction between dietary supplements and nutraceuticals, yet each serves different purposes. Dietary supplements, comprising vitamins, minerals and/

or herbs and botanicals, are intended to enhance wellness among healthy adults. Nutraceuticals encompass nutrients, foods or parts of foods used as medicine to provide health benefits beyond nutrition and combat chronic disease. Some of the most popular formulations involve botanicals like ginseng, ginkgo biloba, St. John’s wort and echinacea. “Medical foods, formulated for dietary management of a specific medical condition for which nutritional needs are unmet by a normal diet, are regulated under the Orphan Drug Act of 1983,” explains Bill Shaddle, senior director of medical education at Metagenics, Inc. “Our nutraceuticals and medical foods are supported by verifiable science that provides solid evidence regarding the therapeutic benefits produced by ingredients in our products.” The word nutraceutical, blending nutrition and pharmaceutics, was coined in 1989 by Stephen L. DeFelice, the founder and

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chairman of the nonprofit Foundation for Innovation in Medicine, in Mountainside, New Jersey, which promotes clinical research and development of dietary supplements and foods specifically for their health benefits. Reputable companies that manufacture private-label nutraceuticals, such as Metagenics and Xymogen, among others, research and develop products for functional nutrition and quality. While such products are solely distributed through partnerships with healthcare professionals such as medical doctors, nutritionists and pharmacists, some of the evidence-based, professional-grade formulas are available through online physician websites. Metagenics and Xymogen collaborate with institutions such as the Cleveland Clinic, Bastyr University and National College of Natural Medicine in conducting clinical research that demonstrates how their formulas impact healthy aging, cognitive function and overall health.

Federal Regulations Medical foods and nutraceuticals, orally administered dietary products formulated to support the management of conditions such

as compromised gut function, age-related muscle loss, metabolic syndrome, Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, are subject to standard food and safety labeling requirements of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. Although they may be used under medical supervision, patients don’t need a prescription. Many healthcare practitioners, including dietitians, currently recommend them under a physician’s direction. Unlike pharmaceuticals, which are accountable to the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, patent-protected and supported by expensive testing documentation, nutraceuticals are not. However, many manufacturers do choose to undergo costly testing. Like all dietary supplements, the majority of which do not undergo third-party testing, they are regulated by DSHEA, which defines and regulates labeling and claims of benefits related to classic nutrient-deficiency diseases.

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manufacturing process, to avoid contamination and validate ingredients, every batch is third-party assayed by an independent laboratory, whereas some companies only do this for every fifth or 20th lot. Xymogen’s validation extends to packaging and controlling the level of humidity because it affects how ingredients oxidize,” says Burdette. Gary Kracoff, a registered pharmacist and naturopathic doctor at Johnson Compounding & Wellness, in Waltham, Massachusetts, researches the nutraceuticals that he carries and recommends for his clients. “I like professional-grade nutraceuticals because their formulas are researched and science-based. They are excellent products for specific purposes. Individuals that take the medical foods come to appreciate their disease-modifying therapeutic results. While pricier, they include healthier sources of carbohydrates and fats, as well as natural, rather than synthetic nutrients to provide what the body needs to return to a state of balance,” says Kracoff.

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e have become a nation of couch potatoes. The average American takes only 5,900 steps a day, somewhat better than the sedentary Brits that average less than 4,000. The notion that overall we need to take 10,000 steps a day to be physically fit started with manpo-kei, a 1960s Japanese marketing tool to sell pedometers. While the 10,000 steps concept lacks specific supporting science, it’s widely acknowledged that we are healthier the more that we move. Affixing a target number to it helped spread the notion of the benefits of walking, says Catrine Tudor-Locke, Ph.D., a walking behavior researcher at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Tudor-Locke is a proponent of the walking goal, although she readily admits the real objective is to get people moving more. “Any opportunity to walk more, more frequently and farther, wherever that is—it all adds up,” she says.

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Making 10,000 Steps Possible For those already physically fit and physically active, 10,000 steps is a no-brainer. However, it’s never too late to start for those with exercise programs that have been supplanted by a too-busy-toworkout lifestyle. There’s probably no easier exercise than walking, says Dr. Melina Jampolis, the Los Angeles author of The Doctor on Demand Diet. “Walking is the number one exercise I recommend to most of my patients, because it is exceptionally easy to do, requires only a supportive pair of quality sneakers and

has tremendous mental and physical benefits that increase just by getting outside in the fresh air.” The biggest bang for the increased effort is the first 3,000 to 4,000 steps between the sedentary baseline and 10,000 steps, Tudor-Locke explains. “Still, 10,000 steps is the magic number for the average American,” says Dr. Michael Roizen, chief wellness officer at the Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. “That specific number of steps seems to help break down insulin resistance, an underlying cause of Type 2 diabetes. We’re not exactly sure how this happens, but we know that this amount of exercise takes the glucose from the blood where it is a hazard to the cells, so that it becomes less hazardous.”

Exponential Health Benefits Many more well-documented health benefits of a walking program include: 4 increased heart health 4 lower blood pressure 4 stronger muscles 4 improved balance 4 weight control 4 natural stress relief Several studies from places like Harvard Medical School’s affiliate Brigham and Women’s Hospital also show that a brisk walking program nearly cut in half the risk of early death in breast cancer patients. Most exercise experts note that a walking pace that leaves the walker only slightly out of breath reaps the greatest rewards. “One hundred steps a minute is a good cadence,” advises Tudor-Locke. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends at least 150 minutes of exercise weekly, or 30 minutes five days a week, for virtually everyone. Many experts don’t believe it’s necessary to move for 30 minutes straight. Ten-minute increments work fine; so a quick morning walk around the block, another outing during the lunch hour and a refreshing walk with the dog after work can do the trick. Some evidence from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion suggests that varying walking speed is even more effective in overcoming insulin resistance and burning calories.

Counting Up Roizen recommends wearing a pedometer or using a free iPhone app (no need for a fitness band), mainly to keep up awareness of our daily step count. There’s no age when we don’t need to walk anymore. If a consistent 10,000 steps does wonders for health, some ask if more would be better. “Ten thousand is the answer for health and longevity, but 12,000 or more makes a difference for fitness and calorie burning, so go for it!” Roizen says. Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous books on natural health, including Our Toxic World: A Survivor’s Guide. Connect at January 2018


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hysician Harold G. Koenig, an international authority on religion, health and ethical issues in medicine, has dedicated his career to understanding the relationship between faith and health. Koenig, who has surveyed the scientific literature, shares the mounting evidence linking the power of faith to better health and well-being. Koenig struggled for three decades to determine his life’s purpose before a spiritual transformation in 1984 set him on a Christian path. “As I’m able to surrender my will and follow God’s lead, I’ve found an increasing flow of blessings. Even in those times when I’m self-centered, the blessings continue. I can only attribute it to the incredible undeserved grace and mercy of one who understands and forgives,” he says. He’s the director of Duke University’s Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health, an associate professor of medicine at the Duke University Medical Center, in Durham, North Carolina, and author of nearly 50 books. Titles include The Healing Power of Faith, The Handbook of Religion and Health, and the recent You Are My Beloved. Really?, musings on the nature of divine love.

What maintains people’s faith in the face of worldly adversity? Adversity can increase people’s faith; when things are going well, people don’t feel the same urgent need for religion. Why do hurricanes happen? Why do people experience chronic pain? When someone is in the midst of challenges, there is no easy explanation, even though there can be many answers. Sometimes all you can do is to have faith that a good God reigns, despite appearances. That can lead to a sense of well-being and spiritual purpose, even in the midst of bad material experiences. How you’ve dealt with life prior to a challenge matters. If you follow a spiritual path and practice, when bad things happen, you can lean on your foundation of faith; you’re better prepared. Once you’re in the middle of it, all you may feel is the pain and a desperate desire to get rid of it. One of the most precious gifts we have as humans is the freedom to choose. We can be selfish and strictly pleasure-seek-

ing, or we can be kind and altruistic. We can turn toward or away from our divine source.

About 80 percent of Americans today believe in God, nearly 90 percent in a higher power, and 84 percent of the world’s people have religious faith. Such faith must serve some kind of function for it to have persisted throughout the millennia. There is much that is still unknown, and may not be knowable from a scientific perspective. You need to use common sense and intuition. It requires a leap of faith, but once you do it, everything falls into line—though I admit as a scientist I keep trying to understand things from a rational perspective.

What have you concluded from decades of studying the relationship between faith, prayer and health? Our research and that of many other major academic institutions, including Harvard and Columbia universities, shows that people of strong faith enjoy better social, physical and mental health, all else being equal. It drives healthy behaviors and attitudes, which leads to better health. A person’s religious beliefs and spiritual practices affect them across their lifespan. It begins in utero, based on parental behavior and care, and shows in the sense of trust we have as infants. In this way, parents’ faith-based moral values also can favorably affect their children’s levels of stress, depression and drug use later on.

What are the pathways by which spirituality contributes to health? Science supports firsthand experience; that the virtues instilled by a religious path ultimately lead to better decision making, relationships and greater well-being. They help to neutralize negative emotions. These benefits accrue through adulthood and yield fruit into old age. The coping mechanism that spiritual practices provide is also important. It helps us to tolerate and navigate difficult situations and integrate meaning and purpose into daily life. I don’t think science can prove to us that faith leads to divine healing. But through natural mechanisms alone, ones that we can understand and study, tremendous evidence exists to show that it benefits health and maybe even longevity.

Is there a tension between the yearning for scientific certainty and the intuitive nature of faith? I feel that tension constantly as a scientist and a believer. I’m always challenging myself; you have to be objective as a scientist, to observe without reading into things. But the wisdom of the scriptures has endured through thousands of years, applied by believers through the ages in many different groups and cultures.

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EAT WHEAT AGAIN Eight Ways to Restore Gut Health by John Douillard


he New York University Langone Medical Center recently reported that 74 percent of Americans experience some form of digestive distress, a quarter are obese and more than 100 million U.S. adults are pre-diabetic and don’t know it. While many blame such problems on eating wheat, some food scientists


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which includes highly processed wheat, is likely responsible for many of these health concerns, plenty of science links a diet rich in whole grains, including whole wheat, to weight loss, better digestion and lower blood sugar. The Mediterranean Diet, replete with whole grains and wheat, is still revered as one of the healthiest-known diets. Centenarians that live in the famed “blue zones”, recognized for their longevityenhancing environment and lifestyles, eat a non-processed, whole-food diet rich in whole grains and wheat. Many Americans that are gluten-sensitive today digested wheat fine when they were young. At some point, our ability to digest foods that are a bit harder to digest, like wheat and dairy, became compromised. It’s possible to reboot.

Delete Processed Foods

The first step toward reestablishing digestive strength is avoiding all processed foods. A study in the journal Diabetes Care linked a processed food diet to a 141 percent increase in belly fat, high blood sugar and high cholesterol. It further showed that a diet of whole grains, including wheat, reduced the risk of these health concerns by 38 percent. Monitor these ingredients to achieve a healthier diet. n Avoid all added sugars or artificial sweeteners. Allow nothing more than six grams

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of naturally occurring sugar per serving. n Avoid fried foods and baked goods made with refined cooking oils used to preserve them like bread, muffins, cookies, energy bars, most packaged foods and chips. n Eat bread that’s only made of organic whole wheat, salt water and starter.

Restore Liver and Gallbladder Function

Highly processed vegetable oils are used as preservatives in most packaged foods, including bread. Processing these oils renders them indigestible. Linked to congestion of the liver and gallbladder, they disable liver bile so it can’t break down either good or bad fats, also making it insufficient to buffer stomach acids. Without adequate bile production to neutralize stomach acid, the stomach won’t produce the needed acid to digest proteins like gluten and the casein in dairy. This malady has effected a huge spike in gallbladder surgeries and epidemic levels of obesity, high blood sugar and food intolerances. To boost bile flow, enjoy these foods daily: n Eat one red beet and one apple a day— either raw, cooked, juiced or blended. Add celery and make a bile-flow smoothie. n Consume one teaspoon of both coconut oil and high-quality olive oil per day. n Eat more artichokes, bitter roots and leafy greens. n Drink fennel and fenugreek tea with meals.

Strengthen Stomach Fire

Instead of taking digestive enzymes or a hydrochloric acid-based stomach acid pill, stimulate the stomach to make its own acid and the small intestine and pancreas to produce digestive enzymes. This is best done regularly with the following five spices: n Use ginger, cumin, coriander, cardamom and fennel. Studies published in journals such as Molecular Nutrition & Food Research and the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry suggest that when these five spices are used together —as a supplement, in cooking or to flavor food—they act as a total upper digestive reset. These five-star spices: 4 Stimulate digestion

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Expect a Miracle

Five Ways to Manifest Our Desires by J. Marie Novak


ccording to a Pew Forum study, nearly 80 percent of Americans believe in miracles. When we think we can’t handle burdensome difficulties on our own, we often seek help from a higher power, pleading: Cure me or my loved one of this illness. Aid me in providing for myself and my family. Bring me someone to love. Help me resolve this intensely painful situation. Protect loved

ones from the harm they’re subjecting themselves to. If we want miracles to unfold in our lives, we must actively participate in their manifestation. Here are five ways to manifest more miracles in our lives.


Be Grateful for Everything

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our light shines. Our perspective shifts from scarcity to abundance. We bring forth divine blessings by being tuned into the giving nature of the creator of all. When we live in a state of gratitude, good people, opportunities and blessings arrive.


Stop Using Excuses to Do Nothing

When we take a positive step in our lives—it can be anything—a way forward will often appear that may be unrelated to the blessing we receive. For example, clearing out clutter may clarify a career move. Taking a course to build a new skill may introduce us to a new friend. In beginning a new exercise routine, we may discover self-confidence in other areas of life.


Step Beyond Routine

Step out of routines, broaden horizons and bust through comfort zones. Bumps and bruises may occur, but bravery is rewarded. Miracles are not beyond our grasp, but we may need to extend our reach in ways we’ve never done before.


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Experience the bliss of being a giver. Share what others need. Sponsor a child’s education. Give unused belongings to people that desperately need them. Offer words of encouragement. It all matters more than we realize.


Trust Intuition

When we listen to our intellect instead of our inner heart-and-soul guidance system, we get turned around and off course. We all have an inner knowing that can help us get where we want to go. Divine wisdom always trumps the human mind. When we tune into it and trust what it’s telling us, we invite miracles into our lives. We all have the power to participate in creating miracles for ourselves and others by bringing to fruition what did not seem remotely possible. It’s easy to start by practicing these five miracle-creating strategies. J. Marie Novak is an author, life transformation mentor and founder of the Believe and Create online community. Learn how to believe in and create the life you were born to live at

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author of Eat More Plants. “They are low in nutrients, and high in sugars and calories that pack on the pounds.” Jones says the best way to combat obesity and form healthy eating habits is to replace processed foods with a whole foods diet plentiful in colorful fruits and vegetables, with sides of whole grains, nuts and seeds, and beans and legumes. “These foods are high in vitamins, nutrients, fiber, proteins and healthy fats. Lean meats, chicken and fish are good choices for protein, as well.”

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Healthy Weight Kids Food Choices that Prevent Obesity by Amber Lanier Nagle

Small changes in daily eating routines translate into healthier weight for America’s kids.


n 2010, President Obama and Michelle Obama launched Let’s Move! as their signature initiative to tackle epidemic levels of U.S. childhood obesity. While modest progress has been made, it remains a public health crisis. A brief by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the obesity rate remained fairly stable at nearly 17 percent between 2011 and 2014 for children 2 to 19 years old. Caused mainly by inadequate physical activity, unhealthy diets and rare genetic factors, obesity increases the risk of significant health problems, including high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes, plus joint and breathing issues. “We must launch our own family anti-obesity campaigns,” urges pediatrician Ricardo Riesco, co-owner of Peds Care, in Dalton, Georgia. “Along with increasing activity levels, we can encourage healthier eating habits at home and lead by example.”

Portions Matter In today’s “supersize-me” climate, teaching youngsters about appropriate portion sizes is imperative in fostering healthy eating habits. “It’s often hard for parents to find time to cook a meal at home,” Riesco acknowledges. “Too often, parents will pick up fast food for dinner, which is typically higher in calories and fat, plus the portion sizes are far too large.” When parents can’t prepare a meal from scratch, a frozen, boxed meal can be a better alternative than fast food. “The portions are more appropriate, so there’s more control of how much a child eats.” Tasty frozen organic meals are now available at many grocers.

Breakfast provides fuel for the body and helps young minds concentrate and learn, so experts warn against skipping or skimping on it. “I tell parents to, ‘Get out of the box,’” says Doctor of Naturopathy JoAnn Yanez, executive director of the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges. “Offer them a balance of fats, proteins and complex carbohydrates.” She suggests making a batch of pancakes using an extra egg or almond meal for protein, served with fresh fruit and


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nitrate-free sausage. “I also recommend steel cut oats,” she says. “I make them in advance, and in the morning add in all sorts of good stuff such as fresh fruit, almond meal and almond milk.” “Although almost everything can be enjoyed in moderation, decreasing or eliminating high-calorie, high-fat, low-nutrient treats can also help children develop healthy eating habits for life and prevent obesity,” says Registered Dietitian Wendy Palmer, manager of child wellness and a certified health education specialist at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. “A medium-sized apple or banana, or a cup of baby carrots with hummus, is a nutrient-rich snack for kids. Avoid snacks that have no nutritional value or are coated in sugar.” For more good ideas, see

No Sugary Drinks “There’s a strong correlation between sugary drinks and overweight, obese children,” observes Palmer. “I recommend that parents remove all sugary sodas, sports drinks and juice boxes from their children’s diets. Water and unsweetened seltzer water are great alternatives.” Palmer notes that many eating patterns are set before a child turns 3, so limiting all sugary drinks, including juices, is an important component of teaching young children healthier eating habits that will last a lifetime. Studies suggest a strong link between obese children and obese adults, so for parents concerned that their child’s cute baby fat has turned into something more, the time to act is now. Amber Lanier Nagle is a freelance writer in Northwest Georgia (


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rocery bags, bottles, cups and straws comprise much of the 9.1 billion tons of plastic manufactured worldwide in the past 65 years. Once discarded, 79 percent resides in landfills and litters the

environment, with more created daily. Annually, the equivalent of five grocery bags of trash for every foot of coastline worldwide enters the oceans, killing 100,000 marine animals. A 2016 World Economic

Forum report says that by 2050, the world’s seas could contain more plastic than fish. At the 2017 Our Ocean Conference, the Ocean Conservancy and its partners announced a $150 million preventive plan. “This is a major breakthrough for trash-free seas,” says Susan Ruffo, the conservancy’s managing director of international initiatives. “Our research found improved waste management in Southeast Asian countries [Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and China] can halve plastic going in the ocean by 2025.” When the United Nations launched the Clean Seas campaign in 2017, Indonesia pledged $1 billion to reduce plastic waste by 70 percent within eight years through education, taxes on plastic bags and investing in alternative products. Increased awareness is crucial to buy and discard less, create alternatives and recycle more to support the planet’s overall health.

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a sorter for processing elsewhere; often to China, where new regulations restrict what’s accepted, leaving trash haulers scrambling. Although recyclable, these are the worst plastics: #3, Polyvinyl chloride, used in plastic wrap, toys, squeeze bottles and packaging for peanut butter, contains lead and phthalate esters (chemical compounds) that affect development of testosterone, according to a study by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. #6, Polystyrene, in Styrofoam, plastic utensils and disposable or carryout containers, is toxic to our brain and nervous system; ask what restaurants use. #7, Polycarbonate, found in the lining of canned foods, sports drinks, juice drinks, ketchup bottles and clear sippy cups, contains bisphenol A (BPA), a proven endocrine disruptor.

Small Changes Make a Difference Recycling weakens plastic grocery bags, necessitating double-bagging to avoid spills. Average families annually accumulate about 1,500 plastic bags, with 99 percent ending in landfills, as litter or stuffed in the pantry, according to the Center for Biological Diversity. Worldwide, many countries ban or tax bags. “Annually, 50 billion water bottles are sold globally, including 30 billion in the U.S. That’s 1,500 individual water bottles

thrown away per second,” says Deanna Latson, co-founder of ARIIX, which makes water purification systems, in Bountiful, Utah. “One filter can purify the equivalent of thousands of them a year.” The U.S. annual bottle recycling rate is 23 percent. Beth Terry, of Oakland, California, author of Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too, offers 100 tips at, including this planet-saving advice: 4 Opt for bar soap instead of liquid, soap nuts in lieu of plastic-packaged powders, and baking soda and lemon or vinegar rather than sprays to clean. 4 Ask the butcher to wrap meat in paper, forgoing trays and plastic wrap. 4 Buy fruit and vegetables at farmers’ markets; return containers for reuse. 4 Turn out-of-fashion garments into cleaning rags; skip plastic scrubbers. 4 Carry reusable water bottles and cloth shopping bags. 4 Avoid over-packaged frozen foods. 4 Use glass jars for leftovers and storage. 4 Buy kitty litter packaged in paper. 4 Choose stainless steel pet food and water bowls. As a substitute, glass is endlessly recyclable, but facilities are few. Find resource centers at “Plastic innovations stop at invention and don’t follow through to end-oflife solutions,” says Tom Szaky, CEO and founder of TerraCycle, in Trenton, New

Jersey. It accepts both basic and difficultto-recycle waste including pens, laboratory waste, cigarette butts, art supplies, small auto parts, bathroom cleaning waste, toys, candy wrappers and coffee pods (

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SATURDAY, January 13 EcoCleanse Detox Workshop – 10:30-11:30am. Join Naturopathic Dr. Tiffany Jackson to learn about our 14-Day EcoCleanse Detox Program. Option to participate in our group program at end of workshop. Receive meal plans and learn the best ways to naturally lose weight and detox your body of toxins! Free. EcoHealth Wellness Center & Detox Spa, 1051 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, Ste B, Mt Pleasant. 843-884-4466. asp?classID=302. Dances of Universal Peace – 7-8:30pm. Unity of Charleston mantra meditation in movement. Easy circle dances with spiritual music from many of the world religions. Fun and energizing. Second Saturday each Month. Donation. Unity of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston. 843-566-0600.

sUNDAY, January 14 Ayurveda 101: The 5 Elemental Energies of Ayurveda of the SoulForce and Our Relationships – 2-3:30pm. How do the 5 Elemental energies manifest from our SoulForce or Spirit? How do we use them to build the Strong Relationships we want and employ our Spiritual Connections? $20 in advance, $25 at the Door. Seed of Life Wellness Collective, 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. 843-3436726. Shamanic Journey and Potluck with John Sacelli and Erin Sirona – 5-7:30pm. Immersed in powerful collective energy, we will journey deeply through Shamanic meditation. There will be an opportunity for feedback from others. Contact Erin Sirona for location: $20. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. Intro to Detoxification and Natural Weight Loss with Dr. Stephanie Zgraggen, DC, CCN – 6-7pm. Discover the secrets to natural body detox and weight loss! $5, Workshop Materials and Smoothie included. RSVP/Register: Lime and Lotus, 925 Wappoo Rd, Ste F, Charleston. 843-214-2997.

tHURSDAY, January 11


Tarot Course – 6:30-8:30pm. This is a 6-week course that includes understanding the Major Arcana as the Fool’s Journey; understanding each suit in context and the numerology of the tarot; using 1-card, 3-card and Celtic Cross spreads, plus a “decision spread.” Learning to interpret cards in context, not just the “book” definition. $150. Charleston Holistic Center, 2366 Ashley River Rd, #8, Charleston. 843-259-8349.

The Perfect Storm – Uncovering the Truth for Your Child – 6:30-7:30pm. With Dr. Angela Dixon of New Hope Chiropractic. Uncover the root cause of your child’s issues and symptoms. Learn necessary steps to help children improve their ability to Adapt, React and Heal. There is hope for you as a parent, and for a better future for your child. Free. Eve’s Collective, 44 Markfield Dr, Charleston. 843-203-3199.

FRIDAY, January 12

fRIDAY, January 19

Introduction to Oracle Card Reading with James Himm Mitchell – 7-8:30pm. Tarot and Certified Angel Card Reader™ James Himm Mitchell will be sharing his techniques to help you develop a more personal connection with your oracle card

Cultural Immersion Dinner FUNraiser – 6-10pm. Don Albia will cook traditional Filipino cuisine, including Lumpia, Chicken Adobo, Plain Rice, Stir Fried Vegetables, Pancit Noodles, and Fruit Sala. BYOB and RSVP to Tish@blissSpiritualCo-op.

org. All proceeds benefit the programs you love! $10. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. Accessing the Akashic Records Through Crystals Level 1 – Jan 19-20 & 27. 7-10pm, Fri; 10-5pm, Sat; 2-5pm, Jan 27. This is a 3-day transformative workshop led by Akashic Record Teacher and Reiki Master Chrys Franks. $297. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. Jeannine@

sATURDAY, January 20 EcoHealth Coach Training – 9am-3pm. Provides education in identifying toxicity and nutritional imbalances in the body. Tiffany Jackson, ND, will teach you how to create safe nutritional and detoxification programs for your clients/patients so you can confidently bring their body back in balance. $1,295. EcoHealth Wellness Center & Detox Spa, 1051 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, Ste B, Mt Pleasant. 843-884-4466. Reiki Level I – Bodhi Tree/Joti Reiki – Jan 20-21. 10am-5pm, Sat & Sun. Practical hands-on class includes a Reiki history, in-depth discussion and practices of Reiki’s many uses, a comprehensive manual, Level I Attunement, and beautiful Certificate. Register by Jan 17 at BodhiTreeCharleston. com or 843-327-4761. 12 CEU class. $199. Bodhi Tree/Joti Reiki, 772 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-327-4761. Maureen@BodhiTreeCharleston. com. The 8 Fundamental Movements of Exercise – 2-3pm. What are the 8 Fundamental Movements in proper form? How do they improve your Quality of Life? How do you practice them effectively? All this and more with Health Coach and Trainer Andrew Dean (with 4-Week Fit Challenge). $15. Seed of Life Collective, 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. 843343-6726. SeedOfLifeWellnessCollective@gmail. com.

sUNDAY, January 21 Reiki II – 11am-5pm. Learn the skills you need to practice Reiki at a higher level. Reiki II is considered the “professional” level of Reiki. You will learn the Reiki symbols and deepen your understanding of Reiki and how to utilize in your life. A light lunch is included. $250. Charleston Holistic Center, 2366 Ashley River Rd, #8, Charleston. 843-259-8349. Race and Culture Film Series – 1-2:30pm. View a film and group discussion at Unity of Charleston to understand the history of America and how it has shaped the way we live. Every 3rd Sunday. Donation. Unity of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston. 843-367-2208. UnityCharleston@msn. com.

mONDAY, January 22 Thermography – 11am-5pm. We are offering Thermography again! Before you can feel it, Thermal Imaging can see it. Safe. Painless. Affordable. Private. Thermal Imaging is the ultimate safest test to detect early signs of vascular pain, cancerous cells, digestive disorders and more. Schedule your spot today. Limited Space. $199. Charleston Holistic Center, 2366 Ashley River Rd, #8, Charleston. 843259-8349.

THURSDAY, January 25 Conscious Dying Series: Bridge to the Beyond – 7-8:30pm. What if death could be a supported, celebrated and sacred process? Join Paige Hetherington as we explore the importance of contemplating our mortality. Discover the choices available for a more conscious transition through our 2018 offerings. $20. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. BridgeToAvalon. com.

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fRIDAY, January 26 Friday Night Speaker Series: A New Year Gathering with Cerantha – 7-8:30pm. With flute music, shared ideas and community spirit, let us gather together. Where two or more are gathered for a purpose—miracles can happen! $22. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676.

SATURDAY, January 27 Writing Is Good for the Soul with Elizabeth – 10am-5pm. A writing workshop that is not strictly for writers! It’s for anyone longing to connect or re-connect with their own unique brand of creativity through written expression. There will be a lunch break. $127. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. Jeannine@ The Elemental Kingdoms of Nutrition – 2-3pm. Where does Nutrition start? What are the Basics? How does Food Work in the Body? Nutrition from the “Ground Up.” All this and more with Health Coach Andrew Dean (included in the 4-Week Fit Challenge). $15. Seed of Life Collective, 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. 843-343-6726. Metaphysical Studies – 4-5:50pm. The Charleston Theosophical Study Center, which includes studies on Reincarnation, Karma and Life after Death, meets on the last Sat of every month. Everyone is welcome. For more info, call Joan Haye at 843-8990619. Free. Otranto Public Library, 2261 Otranto Rd, N Charleston. 843-899-0619. JoanHaye61@ Spiritual Cinema Night – 7-10pm. Do you like movies with a spiritual theme or message? Do you like to discuss them with others of like mind? Please join us and bring your own bowl for popcorn, which will be provided! $10. 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843- 974-5676. Jeannine@


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plan ahead saturday, February 17 Two-Day Intensive for Birth Professionals – Feb 17-18. 9am. Clear birth traumas and gain clarity so you can be the best, most present birth professional ever. Release fears and thoughts that keep you from being truly present with the woman in front of you. Limited to 12 Participants. $195. Danica Todd: Certified Doula, Massage Therapy, 720 Magnolia Rd, Charleston. labor-of-love.

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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.

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

Unity of Charleston Services – 9:30 & 11:15am. Are you more spiritual than religious? So are we! Do you believe in many paths to God? Then join us. Unity of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston. 843-566-0600. Unity of Mt Pleasant – 10-11am. Unity is a Positive Path for Spiritual Living. We lovingly welcome people of all faiths and inspire them to live with Passion. Free. Unity of Mt Pleasant, 3100 Tradition Cir, 2nd Floor, Somerby at Park West, Mt Pleasant. 843-814-1322. New Spirit Books & Gifts – 10:30am-1pm. Spiritual, metaphysical and inspirational books, crystals, incense, tarot/oracle cards. Unity of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston. 843-566-0600.

Complimentary Natural Female Hormone Balancing Consultations – 10am-4pm. With Dr. Stephanie Zgraggen. Lime and Lotus, 925-F Wappoo Rd, West Ashley. Call to schedule: 843-2142997. THRIVE Domestic Violence Support Group – 12:30-1:30pm. Connect in a safe, confidential forum with others who are experiencing or have experienced violence in their relationships. In an atmosphere of respect, safety and empathy, draw comfort and empowerment from those who understand. Facilitator: Leigh Wildt. Free. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. 843-345-7061. New to Yoga? – 5:30-6:30pm. This class explores the foundations of yoga, breaking down the poses, working on safe alignment, modifications, and lots of hands-on assistance. Come with an open mind and leave your limitations at the door. All are welcome. $12. Healing Tree Holistic Health & Yoga, James Island. 781-353-1553. Preregistration required at Meditation – 7-8pm. Meditation allows you to regain control of your wandering overactive brain, and reconnect to your source of peace and centeredness. Guided visual meditations, inward reflection, peace in the present moment. We will experiment with different techniques and styles of meditation. Donation. Healing Tree Holistic Health & Yoga, James Island. 781-353-1553.

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The Reiki Connection – 7pm. With Chrys Franks, Reiki Master/Teacher. Guided meditation followed by mini reiki sessions by certified practitioners. Love offering. (1st Tues for practitioners only.) Unity of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston. 843-364-5725.




Birth Chart Astrology 101 – 7-8:30pm. Great for beginners or anyone wanting a more spiritual perspective. Learn about the parts of the birth chart and what they mean. Visit and enter your birth info for your free chart to bring with you. Facilitator: Laura Baines. Free. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant.

Complimentary Natural Female Hormone Balancing Consultations – 10am-4pm. With Dr. Stephanie Zgraggen. Lime and Lotus, 925-F Wappoo Rd, West Ashley. Call to schedule: 843-2142997. Guided Meditations – 6:30-7:15pm. Through visually guided meditations, together, we will raise our vibrational frequencies. Weekly sessions are 45 minutes, beginning with a Spirit-channeled visualization/meditation. Upon completion, everyone will have an opportunity to share visions, insights, breakthroughs and more. $10 donation. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, West Ashley. 843-974-5676. Meditation Class – 6:30-7:30pm. With Jennifer Michaels, Energy Healer and Spiritual Life Coach. Guided and silent meditation. Beginners and advanced. $15 per class. Shepard Integrative Dermatology, 912 Old Georgetown Rd, Mt Pleasant. 843-514-2848.

thursday Reiki for Vets –1-2pm. Free drop-in Reiki clinic for veterans and their spouse or caregiver. VAapproved volunteers will provide free 15-minute Reiki sessions to any disabled vet receiving services through the VA. No appointment necessary! Call or visit website for more information. Free. Naval Nuclear Power Training Command, 101 Naval Nuclear Power Training Command Cir, Goose Creek. 843-425-4906.

THRIVE Domestic Violence Support Group – 6-7pm. Connect in a safe, confidential forum with others who are experiencing or have experienced violence in their relationships. In an atmosphere of respect, safety and empathy, draw comfort and empowerment from those who understand. Facilitator: Leigh Wildt. Free. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. 843-345-7061. Leigh@

saturday Compost Daze – 10am-2pm. Compost Rangers Compost Daze volunteer monthly workday every 2nd Sat of the month. Location will vary, so follow Compost Rangers on Facebook or visit and sign up for email reminders. Simply Meditate – 10:30am-12pm. 2nd and 4th Saturdays. Drop-in classes with guided meditations, suitable for beginners and experienced alike. Circular Church, 150 Meeting St, Charleston (classroom below Lance Hall). $10 or $5/students/seniors.


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Psychic/Clairvoyant Dr. Rachel S. Kohler Psychic/Clairvoyant. 40 years experience. My angels and guides will help you achieve the happiness you deserve. Readings available for individuals/groups via phone, Skype, email. 843 2855160

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


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


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

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

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


Joe Lange 1000 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, #103-164 Mt Pleasant 843-608-1425 • Nontoxic mold solutions that transform your living and work areas into healthy environments. We safely render mold non-allergenic. Even dead mold spores can be allergenic! See ad, page 33.


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


Jennifer Byrne, MPH, NAMA-Certified Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor 232A Ashley Ave, Charleston • 843-743-8373 Ayurveda is a 5,000-year-old system of health and longevity. An Ayurvedic consultation can help you understand your unique constitution and identify how your system manifests imbalances. Individualized dietary, lifestyle and herbal recommendations are tailored to address any current imbalances. Call/email for scheduling. See ad, page 12.


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

beauty consultant YOUR GROOMING GURU

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


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

Paula McGuire

Mt. Pleasant/Charleston 843-732-0293 • BioMagnetic Therapy can help create balance, restore vitality within the body and facilitate clearing of viral, bacterial, fungal, parasitic infections; allergies; ADD; autism; autoimmune issues; heavy metal and other toxicity; chronic pain; infertility; herpes; MS; among other conditions.

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

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


Abigail McClam, BA, LMBT 232A Ashley Ave, Charleston 843-724-9807• Licensed holistic massage and integrative bodywork practitioner offering massage, aromatherapy, energy healing and breathing techniques to help individuals nurture health, restore balance, manage pain, trauma and injury as they learn to embrace their own body/mind wisdom. See ad, page 12.

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

Avondale’s premier massage therapy and advanced Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® practice. Learn more about my journey at See ad, page 31.


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.

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Unity Church of Charleston

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.

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.

990 Lake Hunter Cir, Ste 212, Mt Pleasant 844-BRAIN-ON (272-4666)

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

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

COACHING Ellie Alasantra Summerville 843-696-4016 • Using the energy of colors and shapes found in Chakraenhancement tools, I help facilitate healing of your past emotional wounds to raise your vibration/ spirits.


Grass Roots Health Care Since 1991 843-769-6848


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.

Therapeutic Massage, Colon Hydrotherapy, Detox Foot Baths. Healthy Food Choice Coaching, NBCTH-certified and I-ACT members. Offering people a vehicle to help improve their quality of life. Specializing in probiotic education.


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


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 onehour session. Holistic family care. Relief of neck, back and emotional pain. Homeopathy and essential oils. See ad, page 7.


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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.

VibraSoul Art

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.




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

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 29.

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

Holistic, preventive dentistry. Safe removal of mercury fillings since 1975, following IAOMT protocol. Offering anti-aging dentistry and biocompatible materials. See ad, page 26.

eco-cleaning COUNSELING


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.


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


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

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

Vitamins and supplements, CBD oil, bulk herbs, Wyndmere and doTerra essential oils, alkaline ionized water, facial and body care. New Elixir Bar! Herbal elixirs, blended drinks and fresh raw juices. Open Monday thru Saturday 9am-7pm, Sunday 12-5pm.


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


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.


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

See ad, page 11.

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

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

Naturopathy for the Spirit, Mind and Body. Where Western medicine meets Eastern Healing! Call today for your free 20-minute consultation and discover your path to health and vitality. See ad, page 14.

HEALING TREE HOLISTIC HEALTH Moira Duggan Charleston 781-353-1553

Inspiring you to uncover your peace, passion and purpose through a holistic approach to health and happiness. Spiritually guided health coaching thru Yoga, Meditation, Reiki, Energy Medicine, Vegetarian Cooking, Essential Oils and more!


Charleston Holistic Center 2366 Ashley River Rd, Bldg 8, Charleston 843-225-2024 Licensed, full-service counselor specializing in all aspects of anxiety. Certified in Hypnotherapy, EMDR, E F T, P a s t - L i f e R e g r e s s i o n , Mindfulness and Dream Analysis. Whatever you’re experiencing, we can help you find your way to a happier life. See ad, page 32.


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


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

THE ORACLE SPECTRUM Sara Oracle 831-238-8760

Transcend past limitations. Futurist intuitive. Prophecy for strategic planning for your goals. Evolutionary past-life regression overcoming wild mind. Half hour or one hour. Phone, FaceTime, Skype or in person. Since 1980.

life coach Victoria Hargis 843-284-6810

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

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

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

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Joe Lange 1000 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, #103-164 Mt Pleasant 843-608-1425 • Nontoxic mold solutions that transform your living and work areas into healthy environments. We safely render mold non-allergenic. Even dead mold spores can be allergenic! See ad, page 33.

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


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 •

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, page 27.


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 21.


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 28.

Dianne Kosto 844-272-4666

Symmetry provides neurofeedback for individuals and families at our Centers, makes it easy for schools and professionals to implement neuro-pt, and now provides systems for safe use at home. Brain training to address negative characteristics of ADHD, autism, anxiety, depression, insomnia, migraines, memory, improving performance and more.


Gail D. Azain, RN, MS, MSN, FNP 2052 Sterling Marsh Ln Seabrook Island 864-351-8787 • Ms. Azain, a nurse practitioner, is a distributor of Shaklee Products— nutrition, beauty and household products for a healthier home and you!


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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.


Maureen Donohue 772 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston 843-327-4761 •

Client-focused, heart-centered therapeutic Reiki, Medical Reiki and Distant Reiki Sessions. Maureen is a Usui Reiki/Master Teacher in practice since 2003. She offers NCBTMB-Approved Workshops throughout the U.S. See ad, page 28.


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


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Natural device stops a cold before it starts

New research: Copper stops colds if used early.


ew research shows you can stop a cold in its tracks if you take one simple step with a new device when you first feel a cold coming on. Colds start when cold viruses get in your nose. Viruses multiply fast. If you don’t stop them early, they spread in your airways and cause misery. But scientists have found a quick way to stop a virus. Touch it with copper. Researchers at labs and universities worldwide agree — copper is “antimicrobial.” It kills microbes, such as viruses and bacteria, just by touch. Four thousand years ago ancient Greeks and Egyptians used copper to purify water and heal wounds. Now we know why it worked so well. Researchers say a tiny electric charge in microbe cells gets short-circuited by the high conductance of copper. This destroys the cell in seconds. Tests by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) show germs die fast on copper. So some hospitals switched to copper touch surfaces, like faucets and doorknobs. This cut the spread of MRSA and other illnesses by over half, and saved lives. The strong scientific evidence gave inventor Doug Cornell an idea. When he felt a cold coming on he fashioned a smooth copper probe and rubbed it gently in his nose for 60 seconds. “It worked!” he exclaimed. “The cold went away completely.” It worked

Some users say it also helps with sinuses. Attorney Donna Blight had a 2-day sinus headache. When her CopperZap arrived, she tried it. “I am shocked!” she said. “My head cleared, no more headache, no more congestion.” Some users say copper stops nighttime stuffiness if they use it just before bed. One man said, “Best sleep I’ve had in years.” Users also report success in stopping cold sores when used at the first sign of a tingle in the lip. One woman said, “I tried every product on the market over 20 years. Some helped a little, but this stopped it from happening in the first place.” The handle is sculptured to fit the hand and finely textured to improve contact. Tests show it kills harmful microbes on the fingers to help prevent the spread of illness.

again every time he felt a cold coming on. He reports he has never had a cold since. He asked relatives and friends to try it. They said it worked for them, too. So he patented CopperZap™ and put it on the market. Soon hundreds of people had tried it and given feedback. Nearly 100 percent said the copper stops their colds if used within 3 hours of the first sign. Even up to 2 days after the first sign, if they still get the cold it is milder and they feel better. Users wrote things like, “It stopped my cold right away,” and “Is it supposed to work that fast?” Pat McAllister, age 70, received one as a gift and called it “one of the best presents ever. This little jewel really works.” Sinus trouble, stuffiness, cold sores. People often use CopperZap Copper may even help stop flu if for prevention, before cold signs apused early and for several days. In a pear. Karen Gauci, who flies often for her job, used to get colds after crowded lab test, scientists placed 25 million live flu viruses on a CopperZap. No viruses flights. Though skeptical, she tried it were found alive soon after. several times a day on travel days for The EPA says the natural color 2 months. “Sixteen flights and not a change of copper does not reduce its sniffle!” she exclaimed. ability to kill germs. Businesswoman Rosaleen says CopperZap is made in the U.S. of when people are sick around her she pure copper. It carries a 90-day full uses CopperZap morning and night. money back guarantee and is available “It saved me last holidays,” she said. for $49.95 at or toll“The kids had colds going around and free 1-888-411-6114. around, but not me.” ADVERTORIAL January 2018


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