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growing number of Americans are moving away

from meat and more toward plant-based foods,

a development that comes with the promise of

glowing health and expanding culinary horizons. Writer

April Thompson shares the secrets of making this a seamless

transition in “The Roots of Good Health: Thriving on a

Plant-Based Diet” on page 13.

Though at times it may be easy to cut a food out of our

diet for health, taste or many other reasons, to change and

foster a completely different way of living can be challenging

for most of us. As I started this new year, I decided I was

going to try a plant-based diet as a cleanse. I took this on after realizing that every once

and while our bodies need a fresh start. It is a good awareness to limit certain foods and

make a fresh start with what we have from the Earth. I found myself having to research

recipes and become very creative on what was best to eat. I was making lots of soups with

veggies and beans, zucchini noodles for pasta, potatoes ala everything and plenty of eggs

from my very own organic chickees.

Thompson takes this concept a step further with “Meatless Makeover: A Plant-

Based Spin on Classic Dishes,” complete with recipes for Vegan Popcorn “Chicken”,

Walnut Meat Tacos and a mouth-watering Mushroom, Sage and Onion Wellington on

page 23.

Plants also play a starring role in other important aspects of our lives: Writer

Marlaina Donato’s “Vegan Fitness: A Healthy Choice for Body and Planet” explains how

eating lower on the food chain benefits body, soul and the environment; meantime on

page 16, see how Julie Marshall reveals the healing powers of a popular hemp-based oil

in “CBD’s New Frontier: Help for Mental Health.” I can definitely say the plant-based

diets come much easier when my garden is flourishing in my backyard. From salads of

all varieties to fermenting vegetables, the options are endless. When speaking of crops,

I want to take a moment to share about the amazing wonders of the new and evolving

industry of CBD. It’s all around us, but we must fine tune in on what works best for us as

individuals. I can say I have tried topicals for an achy muscle and I can immediately see

the outstanding results. I believe in the healing powers of CBD and when paired with my

elixir tea, my body knows it’s what’s best. With all of that said, I hope that our country

can start to see all the benefits of hemp as a whole—industrial products, insulation, rope,

textiles clothing, shoes and the list goes on.

But that’s not all there is to say about how hemp, a crop that was illegal in U.S. soil

for about 50 years, is now reaching for the sun as this no-buzz cousin to marijuana fuels

high hopes among farmers, agricultural researchers, manufacturers and consumers for

its use in a host of fiber-based products and its potential to combat climate change. Don’t

miss Julie Peterson’s enlightening article, “Hemp Gets Hot: Meet the Hardest Working

Plant on the Planet” on page 20.

Here’s to awakening the world, one reader at a time!

Lori Beveridge, Publisher

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so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.

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Whole Food Plant-Based Diet:

Make the Transition One Step at a Time

For many of us that have researched the

benefits of a whole-food, plant-based diet

(WFPB), but just can’t seem to commit to

converting just yet, Karen Dettore, Certified

Nutrition Consultant and owner of The Calla

Lily Advantage, offers a few expert suggestions.

“There are many approaches to implementing

a WFPB lifestyle. If you are highly

motivated and almost there [and want to] dive in and make the whole change all at once,

just ensure you are prepared for slip ups, forgive yourself and get back on track. If you

have already begun to make simple changes, set a goal to change one more thing. Instead

of box cereal for breakfast, find a whole oats and fruit recipe you can make the night

before. Make a list of changes you want to focus on and give each one a reasonable time

frame and go for it,” says Dettore.

For those that believe they can’t possibly do it right now, but know they need to, she

suggests finding someone to assist you with the transition as to inform your family and

friends this is what you really want to do for your health, and you need their support.

Dettore adds, “If you can, hire a professional to support you. Make your goals small and

achievable. Write everything down or use and app to keep yourself accountable for what

you are working towards. Most important, have faith in yourself, forgive yourself and

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Historic Wilmington Foundation Moves to

New Headquarters

The Historic Wilmington Foundation

(HWF) has relocated their headquarters

to 211 Orange Street in historic downtown

Wilmington. Beth Rutledge, HWF’s executive

director, comments, “211 Orange is an

opportunity to help us deepen our roots as

we grow our branches. And it is fitting for us

to be right behind the Latimer House, where

HWF’s story began 54 years ago as a spinoff

of the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society.”

After nine years as tenants of the former caretaker’s cottage in the National Cemetery

at 2011 Market Street, HWF has purchased for its headquarters a two-story Queen

Anne built in 1912 and commemorated with a plaque as the William E. Worth House.

HWF has been located in several buildings since the organization began as an

offshoot of the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society in 1966. It operated out of the Dudley

Mansion; in the basement of the DeRosset house (City Club); and at the manse at St.

Andrews (now the Brooklyn Arts Center), among others.

HWF’s mission is to preserve and protect the irreplaceable in Wilmington and the

Lower Cape Fear region. The nonprofit’s initiatives include the Azalea Festival Home

Tour, scholarships for high schoolers through the Impact of Preservation speech contest,

Florence Fix-It Grants, workshops at Legacy Architectural Salvage, Tar Heels Go Walking

tours for third-graders and the historic plaque program.

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Eating for Improved Well-Being:

Plant-Based Nutrition Weekly

Forum in Wilmington

Join Nurse and Wellness Educator Terri Mann at 6 p.m.

every Monday at Tidal Creek Co-op, in Wilmington, for a

weekly forum. Plant-based eating is the main focus while a

variety of topics will be covered under this theme.

Mann, who also earned a Plant-Based Nutrition Certification

from T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies,

explains, “For the majority of my professional life as a nurse,

Terri Mann

I have seen first-hand and learned about the negative effects diets and nutrition can cause

with the body and chronic ailments. As such, my goal is to educate and advise as many as

I can about the benefits and options that plant-based diets afford us.”

Health benefits of eating a plant-based diet include better overall nutrition, weight

loss, healthier heart, lower diabetes risk, and reductions in some cancer risks. Additional

benefits include improving digestion (gut health), reducing chronic disease risk, naturally

boosting energy and slowing or preventing cognitive decline, all while supporting

the environment and our planet. Mann adds, “Bring your favorite recipe share with you,

any questions you have and get ready to start eating for your well-being.”

Free admission. Location: 5329 Oleander Dr. For more information or to pre-register, contact

Terri at 910-470-2745.

Natural Awakenings Looking for Cover Artists

Creative individuals that would like to see

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nationally distributed magazine now have an

exceptional opportunity. Natural Awakenings

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submissions online via a dedicated webpage.

Now in its 26 th year, the franchised, monthly,

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by artists from around the world.

“This is an exciting opportunity for artists to be featured on one of our covers and

reach a huge new audience because our monthly readership exceeds 2.5 million,” says

founder and CEO Sharon Bruckman. Selected artists that grant permission to have their

work appear on a cover are featured in a one-third page, professionally written “Cover

Artist” bio-style piece that describes the artist and includes their contact information.

Natural Awakenings covers reflect monthly editorial themes and a variety of selections

are distributed to all franchise publishers so they can choose which they want to use.

“Our covers are creative and help convey our mission of mapping out alternate routes to

a healthier, happier and longer life,” says Bruckman. “Art that is inspiring, uplifting and

occasionally whimsical can unlock our imagination and nurture our spirit.”

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Home Checkups to

Prevent Sickness

Many people

may have

gone to a doctor and

received a clean bill

of health, but are

still not feeling well

afterwards. Caroline

Blazovsky, holder

of many indoor and

home environmental

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certifications, and

owner of My Healthy Home, a Gold-level

Green America Certified Business, attests

the cause may be in one’s home.

For 20 years, she has been helping

individuals improve wellness by applying

her expertise in evaluating homes for toxins

and contaminants. “Our modern homes are

filled with a plethora of problems. Radon,

mold, formaldehyde and high VOCs are

just some that may not only be potential

carcinogens, but also cause inflammation in

the body. As we uncover more knowledge

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In bridging the gap between medicine

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to evaluate the health of our living spaces.

Testing can furnish information about one’s

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a better picture of exposures and ways to

remove toxins to improve health. “This new

way of thinking may be the future for health

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Empie Park, in Wilmington. It’ll be

the ninth annual partnership with

the city of Wilmington Parks & Recreation

and the YMCA of Southeastern

North Carolina in presenting this

fun-filled day.

The free community event will

offer families the opportunity to

participate in active play and educational

opportunities designed to

improve health and wellness. Natural

Awakenings is proud to be a sponsor

again for this annual event. As part

of the Y’s and city’s commitment

to strengthening community by addressing

critical gaps in health and

education, Healthy Kids Day will encourage

kids and parents to commit

to keeping the body and mind active

now and throughout the year.

Free admission and free events

will include a three-quarter-mile

fun run/walk, sports stations, face

painting, bouncy houses, community

booths, animal rescue groups, Zumba,

pickle ball, tennis, free giveaways,

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health briefs

Take Folic Acid to

Reduce Stroke Risk

Researchers from Beijing

Geriatric Hospital, in a

meta-analysis of 12 studies

involving 47,523 patients

with cardiovascular disease,

found that those that

supplemented with folic

acid (vitamin B 9

) reduced

their risk of stroke by 15

percent. Folic acid, which

the study authors called a “safe and inexpensive therapy,”

lowers levels of homocysteine, an amino acid linked to

heart disease; research indicates that 0.5 to 5 milligrams

daily can reduce homocysteine levels by approximately

25 percent.

Practice Yoga to

Help the Brain

It’s long been known that vigorous,

sweaty aerobics strengthen

the brain and help grow new neurons,

but the latest research from

the University of Illinois at Urbana-

Champaign shows that practicing

gentle hatha yoga enhances many

of those same brain structures and

functions. The analysis, published in

Brain Plasticity, examined 11 studies

that used brain-imaging techniques

to evaluate outcomes of hatha yoga,

which involves body movements,

meditation and breathing exercises. The

researchers concluded that the hippocampus,

which is involved in memory

processing and typically shrinks with

age, increased in volume with yoga. The

amygdala, which helps regulate emotions,

tends to be larger in yoga practitioners.

Other brain regions that are larger or more

efficient in enthusiasts are the prefrontal

cortex, essential to planning and decisionmaking;

the default mode network, involved

in planning and memory; and the cingulate

cortex, which plays a key role in emotional

regulation, learning and memory.

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Balance Water Consumption

for Cognitive Health

Drinking either not enough

or too much water can

decrease cognitive performance

in older women,

Penn State University

researchers reported in the

European Journal of Nutrition.

In a nationwide study, 1,271

women and 1,235 men over

age 60 gave blood samples,

answered questionnaires about the previous day’s food

and drinks, and performed cognitive tests to measure

working memory, brain processing speed and sustained

attention. Women, but not men, performed more poorly

if they were not in the “sweet spot” of just enough hydration,

typically around two liters a day. “As we age, our

water reserves decline due to reductions in muscle mass,

our kidneys become less effective at retaining water and

hormonal signals that trigger thirst and motivate

water intake become blunted,” explains lead

author Hilary Bethancourt, in urging greater

attention to hydration levels.

Catch Some

Rays to Boost

Gut Health

Fresh evidence is emerging of

a skin-gut axis that links type

B ultraviolet (UVB) exposure to

the microbiome, a finding that has

implications for those suffering from

autoimmune and inflammatory diseases.

University of British Columbia

researchers divided 21 healthy young

women into two groups: Nine took

vitamin D supplements during Vancouver’s

long, dark winter, and 12 didn’t. After three

months, only the non-supplement-takers

tested as being deficient in vitamin D. Both

groups were exposed to three, one-minute, fullbody

UVB light sessions; within a week, vitamin

D levels increased 10 percent on average and the

gut microbiota diversity of the low-D group

rose to match that of the sufficient-D group.

Along with other probiotic bacteria, Lachnospiraceae

species, typically low in the guts

of people with inflammatory diseases,

increased with the UVB exposure.

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Green Flying

First Commercial E-Plane Makes History

Electric propulsion has

long been a goal of aviation

manufacturers to lessen the

carbon footprint of air travel.

On December 11, Vancouver,

Canada-based Harbour

Air launched the first successful

test flight of an all-electric aircraft. Founder and

CEO Greg McDougall piloted a 1956 de Havilland Beaver

seaplane, rechristened the ePlane. Retrofitted with a

750-horsepower magni500 motor by MagniX, it took off

from a dock on the Fraser River in Richmond, British

Columbia, and flew for four minutes. The certification

process will take one to two years. After that, the retrofits

of the company’s existing fleet of small planes

can begin. The challenge for airlines seeking to go

green with large aircraft is that current technology

leaves electric engines relatively weak for their

weight and they have a short battery life, but these

factors do not deter Harbour Air, which went carbonneutral

in 2007 and flies mostly short hops in the


Viva Agave

Tequila Waste

Turned into


Jose Cuervo, the

bestselling tequila

maker globally, has

initiated an ecofriendly

process of

salvaging the leftover agave fibers from its

distilling process and upcycling them into

a more sustainable alternative to regular

plastic straws. The biodegradable drinking

straw will decompose up to 200 times faster

than regular plastic. Made with an agave

bio-based and U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved

composite, the new straws

replace about a third of the polymers used in

traditional straw production, and at the end

of its lifecycle a straw can be consumed by

microorganisms to fully biodegrade within

one to five years in landfill conditions. The

company plans to distribute millions of the

straws this year at bars, restaurants and Jose

Cuervo events across the U.S. and Mexico.

Waste-to-Energy ‘Matterhorn’

Sustainable Power With a Recreational Bonus

Copenhagen has dramatically refashioned the look and

function of a power station with a new state-of-theart,

waste-to-power plant that powers 200,000 homes

and doubles—actually, sextuples—as a ski

slope, a climbing wall, a viewing tower,

a hiking and running trail network, and a

bar and restaurant. Named Copenhill, “It

is the cleanest waste-to-energy power

plant in the world,” says architect Bjarke

Ingels. “It is a crystal clear example of

‘Hedonistic Sustainability’ because a

sustainable city is not only better for the

environment, it is also more enjoyable

for the lives of its citizens.” The building,

278 feet tall at its apex, has



Palau Bans Chemicals

to Save Reefs

Palau is the first country in the

world to ban ecologically harmful

sunscreens containing oxybenzone

and octinoxate. Studies have

found the ingredients cause coral

DNA to mutate in the larval stage,

which prevents coral from growing

properly and makes it more

susceptible to bleaching. Palau,

with a population of about 20,000

people spread across 340 islands

between Australia and Japan, is a

diving hotspot for tourists, and one

of its lagoons has been named an

official UNESCO World Heritage

Site. President Tommy Remengesau

says, “We have to live and respect

the environment, because the

environment is the nest of life.”

a glass elevator for viewing the

inner workings of how the city’s

trash is transformed into both

electricity and heating, as well

as the best view in town of the

harbor. It has three ski lifts that

serve a one-third-mile course

coated with a special “plastic

grass” that provides the perfect

friction for both skiing and

snowboarding. It even features

the tallest climbing wall in the

world, designed with overhangs

and ledges of white, like an icy

mountain. Ingels says 97 percent

of Copenhagen residents

get their heating as a byproduct

of energy production from an

integrated system in which the

electricity, heating and waste

disposal are combined into a

single process. Copenhagen

has a goal of becoming the

world’s first carbon-neutral city

by 2025.

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Eating more fruits and

vegetables as part of

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Americans said they

plan to incorporate

more plant-based

foods into their diets to

achieve their wellness

resolutions, according

to data company

YouGov. For those new to “green eating”—and even for

veggie-minded veterans—lots of helpful information is

available now on what to consider in buying, preparing,

re-using and discarding food.

The Environmental Working Group’s website at makes it easy to research pesticide

levels in produce. Check out the Clean Fifteen and Dirty

Dozen—the most toxin-free and toxin-heavy fruits and

vegetables—along with related news and developments.

Home deliveries of local and organic produce can save

time and gas consumption from shopping. Some of the leading

regional services include Fresh Direct (,

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Composting combines food scraps with lawn and

garden trimmings and more into a nutrient-rich, natural

garden fertilizer. A useful guide to composting basics by

the Environmental Protection Agency can be found at epa.


The phenomenon of food scrapping—using the parts

of produce in recipes that are often thrown out—saves

money in shopping, is easier on the environment and

pleasingly leads to creative and innovative meals. A number

of cookbooks are dedicated to the subject, including

Cooking With Scraps: Turn Your Peels, Cores, Rinds, and

Stems into Delicious Meals, by Lindsay-Jean Hard and

Scraps, Peels, and Stems: Recipes and Tips for Rethinking

Food Waste at Home, by Jill Lightner.

Plant-based foods can be swapped for traditional

ingredients in countless recipes.

explains how aquafaba—the water from a can of beans—

can replace egg whites, even in meringues. Bananas,

applesauce and ground flaxseeds or chia seeds can

substitute for eggs to bind baked goods. Coconut oil

can replace butter and nutritional yeast can do the job

of parmesan when sprinkled on pasta.

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it’s a way of life.

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Thriving on a Plant-Based Diet

by April Thompson

Whether identifying as vegan,

vegetarian, pescatarian, flexitarian

or other veggie-friendly

variant, a growing number of Americans

are moving away from meat products and

toward plant-rich foods. Most come to a

plant-based diet for personal, planetary

or animal welfare reasons; however, they

stay for the flavorful foods they discover

along their dietary journey and the health

benefits they reap.

Marly McMillen-Beelman was prescribed

medications to alleviate symptoms

of irritable bowel syndrome. “I knew

I didn’t want to be on prescriptions, so I

decided to change my diet, beginning by

giving up meat, dairy and eggs. I immediately

felt much better and my symptoms

went away naturally,” says the Kansas

City, Missouri, author of The Everything

Vegan Meal Prep Cookbook and founder

of Chopped Academy, an online resource

for food bloggers. “Now I eat an even

greater variety of food than I did before

I went vegan.”

While only 3 percent of Americans

identified as vegan and 5 percent as

vegetarian in a recent Gallup Poll, a 2018

report by restaurant consultants Baum +

Whiteman indicates that about 83 percent

are eating more plant-based foods.

Embarking on a plant-based diet is a

lifelong adventure, but it can take time to

adjust. Experts recommend a healthy dose

of self-love with the newfound fondness

for fruits and veggies. “Give yourself some

slack and realize that dietary changes do

not happen overnight,” says April Murray,

a registered dietician in Costa Mesa,

California. “Start with familiar plant-based

foods you already enjoy, and ease into trying

new foods, whether tempeh or lentils.”

A plant-oriented diet also can be flexible;

health advocates encourage individuals

to find a diet that works for them and

their families. Leah Webb, the Asheville,

North Carolina, author of Simple and Delicious

Recipes for Cooking with Whole Foods

on a Restrictive Diet, has adapted her diet

over time to accommodate her family’s

health needs. Although Webb has always

maintained a plant-rich diet, she began

incorporating some animal products when

her son was born. “He had severe food allergies

and asthma, and needed a more diverse

diet,” explains Webb, whose daughter

also has cystic fibrosis. Cutting out grains

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was a game-changer in “calming down his

gut, where most of immune response lies,”

says Webb. “He is now off asthma medication

and the number of allergens he suffers

from has dropped from seven to two.”

Webb’s family eats bountifully from

their backyard garden, complemented by

meat and produce from local farmers’ markets,

where she can be certain the foods

were produced sustainably and humanely.

“I use meat to flavor soups or accent vegetables,

rather than as the star of the show.

I like to focus on real flavors, using lots of

garlic, herbs and spices,” says Webb.

Murray, author of The Everything

Pegan Diet Cookbook: 300 Recipes for Starting—and

Maintaining—the Pegan Diet,

follows that diet, a mash-up of paleo and

vegan regimens that focuses on whole,

fresh and sustainable food high in healthy

fats and vitamins. The Pegan diet eschews

refined sugar and highly processed foods,

while allowing meat, poultry, fish and eggs,

as well as gluten-free grains, legumes and

dairy products in small amounts.

“This diet can be helpful to different

people in so many ways,” says Murray.

“For people with diabetes and blood sugar

dysregulation, this high-fiber diet can

help lower blood sugar and insulin levels.

Heart health will improve, as you’ll be

eating less animal products, which can be

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vegan because I don’t

have a dogmatic approach

to the way I eat.

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high in cholesterol and saturated fat. Many

individuals also find themselves losing

unwanted weight as they get filled up so

quickly with these whole foods.”

Plant-Based Nutrition

Made Easy

While some worry about getting sufficient

nutrients on a largely plant-based diet, nutrition

experts say these fears are unfounded.

“People think they need to calculate every

nutrient, but if you eat a plant-centered,

whole-foods diet, you will get every vitamin

and mineral you need to thrive,” says Ocean

Robbins, co-founder of the Food Revolution

Network and author of The 31-Day

Food Revolution: Heal Your Body, Feel Great,

and Transform Your World. Legumes, nuts

and seeds are all healthy, abundant sources

of protein and iron.

Reed Mangels, author of Your Complete

Vegan Pregnancy: Your All-in-One

Guide to a Healthy, Holistic, Plant-Based

Pregnancy, busts the myth that cow’s milk

is a must for growing bones. “Calcium,

vitamin D and protein are the nutrients

we usually associate with bone health. One

easy way to get all three is a soy-based

or pea protein-based plant milk that is

fortified with calcium and vitamin D,” says

Mangels, adding that green vegetables like

kale, bok choy, collards and broccoli are

great sources of calcium.

“‘Eating the rainbow’ is great way to

make sure you’re consuming a variety of

nutrients,” offers London-based Ben Pook,

who co-authored the cookbook So Vegan

in 5 with his partner Roxy Pope. “Many

vitamins, minerals and antioxidants bring

their own distinctive colors to fruits and

vegetables, so preparing colorful meals is

a simple way of getting as many nutrients

into your diet as possible.”

Getting Social

Dietary changes can be challenging to

navigate initially, particularly when faced

with social situations ranging from family

gatherings to cohabitation. Having a good

plan going into such situations can help

ease the transition, say experts. “Never

show up to an event hungry. You will be

more likely to make a good decision if you

are nourished. On the way there, remind

yourself why you are making the transition

to plant-based eating,” suggests Murray.

Plant-Based Primer

Navigating the lexicon of plant-based

diets can be tricky, and choosing a

diet even trickier. Here’s a brief guide to

some of the commonly used terms.

Flexitarians eat a mainly vegetarian

diet, but will consume meat on occasion.

Pegans (a term coined by Dr. Mark

Hyman, who follows the diet) focus

on eating vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds,

meat, fish and eggs, while avoiding

dairy, grains, legumes, sugar and processed


Pescatarians like radio host Howard

Stern eat fish, seafood and other forms of

animal products such as dairy, but don’t

eat other forms of meat such as chicken,

beef or pork.

Plant-based diets, followed by celebrities

like Ben Stiller, consist mostly or entirely

of foods derived from plants, including

vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds, legumes and

fruits, with few or no animal products.

Vegans don’t consume any animal

products, including eggs, dairy, honey

or gelatin. Famous vegans include Ellen

DeGeneres, Betty White, Beyonce, Bill

Clinton, Madonna and Venus Williams.

Vegetarians refrain from meat

and seafood, but will consume dairy

or other animal byproducts such as

honey. Well-known vegetarians include

Albert Einstein, Arnold Schwarzenegger,

Doris Day, Jane Goodall, Kristen Wiig

and Prince.

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“I call myself a secular vegan because I don’t have a dogmatic

approach to the way I eat. If I go to a family dinner and someone has

made something special for me, but they used a non-vegan cheese,

I will respect my family member’s effort and eat some of it. These

situations will pop up from time to time, and the more you can be

compassionate with yourself, the better,” says McMillen-Beelman.

“If you are living with people who are not joining you in

making a dietary shift, agree to respect each other’s choices.

Make it a shared learning journey rather than a power struggle,”

says Robbins. For example, he suggests making a vegetarian base

and allowing those that want animal products to add them as

toppings. A burrito bar can accommodate all diets by allowing

people to add their own fixings to a base of beans and tortillas,

whether those be dairy options like cheese and sour cream or

vegan-friendly guacamole and salsa.

For families with kids, being flexible and inclusive can help

make changes feel more positive and sustainable. “We never eat

processed foods at home, but parties are that time I tell my kids

they can eat whatever they want,” says Webb.

“Get your children involved, so that they are more engaged

in the eating experience. Let your children pick out recipes or

snacks for the week. Make the food look pretty and it will taste

more satisfying,” adds Murray.

Plant Prep Made Easy

Plant-based chefs have plenty of kitchen hacks for making food

prep and planning fun and easy. Robbins suggests finding go-to

recipes to put on repeat. “Your prep time goes down a lot as you

make the same dish, and the familiarity will help you develop lasting

habits around new food patterns,” he says.

Webb incorporates a healthy protein, fat and vegetable into

every meal, even breakfast, but cooks in batches and freezes portions

or repurposes leftovers to simplify mealtimes. “You’ll get

burned out if you try to cook something from scratch every meal,”

says Webb. “We eat a lot of eggs because we raise chickens, so I’ll

do baked frittatas I can reheat during the week.”

Advance meal prep can take the pressure off busy times like

the weekday breakfast rush, adds Robbins. One of his favorite

breakfasts involves soaking oats and chia seeds overnight, which

he tops in the morning with some unsweetened soy or coconut

milk, chopped banana, frozen blueberries, and a dash of maple

syrup, vanilla and nutmeg. “It’s full of omega-3 fatty acids, protein,

antioxidants and phytonutrients,” he says.

Webb encourages people to get out of their food comfort

zones by experimenting with approximate ingredients, like swapping

kabocha or honeynut squash for butternut squash.

Robbins also suggests making social connections with others

on the same path by cooking them a meal, organizing a meal

swap or sharing extras. “It’s not a diet or a fad; it’s a way of life.

Start where you are and remember it’s not about perfection, it’s

about progress. Have love, dignity and compassion toward yourself

and others along the journey,” he says.

April Thompson is a freelance writer based in Washington, D.C.

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The Importance of CBD Lab Reports

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product regulation is in place.

A 2017 study published in JAMA:

The Journal of the American Medical

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84 CBD products sold online and found

that nearly 70 percent had either higher

or lower concentrations of ingredients

than indicated on the label, and the THC

content of some products could produce

intoxication or impairment.

Until consistent manufacturing and

testing standards are established, it is up

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The best way to confirm label accuracy is

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when they are added after the

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hemp bioplastics like cutlery and cups.

Construction materials and other products

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The Institute of Papermaking and Printing,

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to sequester carbon for up to 100 years,” says Stark.

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that has been destroyed by tilling and synthetic fertilizers. “We

have to rebuild the soil by putting carbon back in and increasing

organic matter,” says Valentine. Hemp does this with a massive

root biomass that breaks up compacted soils, improves water

infiltration and reduces runoff and erosion.

Fast-growing hemp naturally suppresses weeds, needs no

pesticides and isn’t picky about soil, water or latitude. By comparison,

cotton is water-intensive and uses 25 percent of the

world’s pesticides.

Income for Farmers

Used in crop rotation, hemp’s soil-enhancing qualities can

increase profits on subsequent crops. While cover crops don’t

usually have return value, hemp provides additional revenue

streams. But the revenue isn’t quite there yet, because the supply

chain isn’t complete. Seed supply, farm equipment, education,

processing facilities and manufacturers are all links that are

developing simultaneously. “Fiber processing facilities will be

available soon. Manufacturers are anxious to start incorporating

hemp,” says Stark.

The lack of buyers isn’t deterring farmers. Neither are

warnings that current harvesting equipment can spark disaster

when hemp fiber wraps around rotating parts, heats up

and combusts.

Dustin Enge, a third-generation farmer in Prairie du Sac,

Wisconsin, started Honey Creek Hemp in 2017. He planted six

acres of hemp. “I think it’s a long-term viable commodity for

farmers. Right now, it’s the Wild West of agriculture. Everyone is

trying different things,” says Enge, who modified a harvester for

hemp. “I spent about two hours harvesting and 20 hours torching

the fiber off my equipment.” Even so, he will plant more acres

when he knows it will sell.

Behold the sprouting of the hemp industry as an ancient

plant takes root in the modern world.


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March 2020


From Soil to Oil

A Local CBD Evolution

by Kyle Henderson

It’s hard to deny the validity of someone’s

life-changing experience. That’s where

I found myself when Walt Fletcher,

an occasional patron of my roadside farm

stand, called one day to shoot an idea by

me. He explained his 10-year agonizing

journey of decline in health, misdiagnoses,

over-prescription and frustration that ultimately

led him to experimenting with CBD.

After some trial and error, Fletcher found

relief and was off his many medications and

felt like he had his life back. He expressed

his desire to help other people in similar

situations, but had no intention of learning

how to farm. He approached me to see

if I’d be willing to help him grow the crop

that ultimately would be processed into the

product that he found relief in: CBD.

As a young farmer who has seen the

ups and downs of a seven-year-old farming

business, I know when to be wary of a

new and seemingly exciting crop. Hemp

to me was a novelty and would probably

be a waste of my time and energy with

little overall return, but after hearing Walt’s

story, my interest was piqued. One major

component of my farming philosophy is to

contribute to the health of my family, the

people that buy from me and our environment.

I had to ask myself then, why not

jump at the opportunity to grow an amazing

plant that could make an additional impact

on people’s health and provide another

channel for income for my family? At this

point I was operating on a “what have I got

to lose” mentality and I agreed to help Walt.

Fast forward a couple of months and

we had our first plants in the greenhouse. I

studied as much as I could about cannabis

because I had no experience growing

it. I felt like a studious college kid again,

except I wasn’t trying to get a good grade;

I was trying to produce top quality hemp.

I was having a blast learning all the ways

cannabis was different from other crops

I’ve grown and felt validated by how much

I could apply from my other growing experience.

Once we harvested our first crop,

we had to figure out where to go next.

Walt spent many hours experimenting in

the early days by making small-batch CBD

oil with tabletop equipment in his home

kitchen. We ran the hemp through our

process and sent out samples to check for

CBD content. We finally had a set of steps

that were repeatable and a product that

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in at least one respect; he is the perfect

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Walt and I had some decisions to

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go from there and see if we could make

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deliberations, Restoration Hemp was born.

Our idea was to stay small in the acreage

we grew so as to not oversupply our own

requirements, but expand enough to be

able to produce as much oil as we needed.

We would provide the CBD market with a

trustworthy name and transparent process.

We knew that we had something special: a

top-quality, artisanal, small-batch, local soil

to oil CBD tincture made with non-toxic

hemp that was affordable and very effective.

I’ve always been a big advocate of the

“next step” mindset. When faced with a

long journey ahead, just focus on the next

step. It’s that mentality that brought me

to where I am today with Humble Roots

Farm and it’s the mentality Walt and I

have been using since the beginning. The

next step for us at that point was to form

a proper business and build a facility that

could accommodate our processing needs.

We set straight away to doing both and

in 2019 our lab was complete and set up

with top-of-the line professional extraction

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Meatless Makeover

A Plant-Based Spin on Classic Dishes

When contemplating a shift toward

a plant-based diet, some

may prematurely mourn the

loss of their favorite meaty classics. Luckily,

enterprising vegan chefs have experimented

with flavors and textures that will lure

almost any palate into loving a plant-based

version of their favorite dishes without

resorting to processed foods.

“Plant-based versions of classic dishes

offer all the nutritional benefits of plants

without the cholesterol and saturated fats

from animal products,” says chef and author

Marly McMillen-Beelman. “You don’t

have to abandon all your favorite foods to

become vegan—just veganize them.”

The Kansas City chef makes carrot

“dogs”, for example, by roasting carrots

in a savory mix of tamari, agave, miso,

paprika and garlic for a cookout-worthy

treat. McMillen-Beelman’s cookbook The

Everything Vegan Meal Prep Cookbook

also offers many bean- and legume-based

versions of classic sandwiches, like a vegan

“Big Mac” with quinoa and pinto beans; a

burger made from oats, black beans and

pecans; meatballs from tofu and lentils;

and a chicken salad based on tempeh, a

by April Thompson

fermented, soy-based, high-protein product

with a nutty flavor.

“A lot of people like using tempeh,

tofu or jackfruit for a meaty texture. It

needs to be well seasoned, but so does

meat,” suggests Ocean Robbins, author

of The 31-Day Food Revolution: Heal

Your Body, Feel Great, & Transform Your

World. “To mimic cheese, some combination

of nuts and nutritional yeast,

cultured nut cheeses or plant-based milks

works nicely.”

McMillen-Beelman likes using

jackfruit for a “pulled pork” sandwich or

taco, the tropical fruit being packed with

vitamin C, protein, calcium, potassium

and iron. Her slow-cooked version leans

on whole-food ingredients, including pear

and cranberries, to add natural sweetness

and phytonutrients. “I use canned jackfruit

because it’s much easier to find and cook

with than the expensive jumbo whole

fruit,” she says.

Ben Pook, the London co-author

with Roxy Pope of So Vegan in 5, says

mushrooms lend substance and umami

flavor to vegan dishes such as a mushroom,

sage and onion Wellington as a

Vegan food doesn’t need to

be expensive, boring

or complicated.

~Ben Pook

substitute for the classic beef Wellington.

“We use portobello mushrooms for their

meaty texture, which we surround with

a sage and onion stuffing—all wrapped

in vegan puff pastry to create a centerpiece

worthy of any dinner party,” says

Pook, whose cookbook features dozens of

plant-based recipes that contain only five

ingredients each, such as a broccoli alfredo

with cashews, broccolini, tagliatelle pasta,

nutritional yeast and garlic.

Nuts can also work wonders in a

vegetarian dish, such as Pook and Pope’s

walnut meat tacos, which blend toasted

walnuts together with spices like cumin,

paprika, garlic and chili powder to create

a mince-like texture built into a taco with

toppings galore.

Many classic dishes can also be adapted

by simply leaving out the meat and letting

the spices, herbs and vegetables shine

through; for example, in a vegan shepherd’s

pie, go with penne pasta with red sauce or

a garlicky pesto with extra nuts, greens and

olive oil in lieu of cheese.

Sweet tooth cravings can be satisfied

with healthy, plant-based versions of classic

desserts, substituting aquafaba (the starchy

liquid left over from canned beans) instead

of frothy egg whites, or olive oil or avocado

for butter.

Nut butters can also add a touch of

richness to a dish, whether sweet or savory.

“I love making a peanut coconut milk curry

soup with onions, mushrooms and bok

choy, with peanut butter, lime juice and soy

sauce blended into the coconut milk for a

luxurious flavor and texture. It’s great over

potatoes, quinoa or rice,” says Robbins.

“Vegan food doesn’t need to be

expensive, boring or complicated,” Pook

says. “There really are endless possibilities

when it comes to cooking with plants, so

don’t be afraid to experiment and create

your own twist.”

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freelance writer April Thompson at

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Magical Meatless Meals

Crush the paprika crisps between a clean

tea towel using a rolling pin until no big

pieces remain. Transfer to a bowl along

with the remaining dry ingredients and a

pinch of salt and pepper. Use a spoon to

mix everything together, then set aside.

Combine the plant-based milk and apple

cider vinegar in a separate bowl. Let sit

for a minute or two until the milk curdles

and turns into a “buttermilk”. Then add

the hot sauce and mix everything together

until the ingredients are well combined.

Set aside.

When the tofu is ready, carefully remove

it from the pan and transfer it to a plate

lined with parchment paper; immediately

season it with some extra salt, which will

help make it even crispier. Repeat until all

the tofu pieces are cooked. Serve with a

favorite dip, such as one made by combining

equal amounts of tomato ketchup and

vegan mayo.

Adapted from So Vegan in 5 by Roxy Pope

and Ben Pook.

Vegan Popcorn ‘Chicken’

Yields: 4 to 6 servings

10.5 oz extra-firm tofu

Sea salt and pepper

½ cup flour

Vegetable oil

Dry ingredients:

3.5 oz paprika-flavored chips

4 Tbsp flour

2 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp smoked paprika

½ tsp onion powder

½ tsp garlic powder

Wet ingredients:

½ cup plant-based milk

½ Tbsp apple cider vinegar

2 Tbsp hot sauce

To serve:

Tomato ketchup

Vegan mayonnaise


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Meanwhile, add the flour to a small plate

and set aside. Press the tofu if required.

(Extra-firm tofu contains very little moisture,

so this step isn’t always necessary.)

Then slice the block in half and break the

tofu into bite-sized pieces with hands.

Season the tofu on both sides with salt and

pepper; dip tofu into the flour, followed by

the milk mixture, then the crisp mixture. Repeat

until all the tofu pieces have been coated.

Add the vegetable oil to a pan until it’s

¼-inch deep. Tip: Use a wok to reduce

the amount of oil needed. Heat the oil on

medium-high. Drop a tiny amount of the

dry mixture; if it starts sizzling as soon as it

hits the oil, it’s ready.

Carefully add half a dozen or so tofu pieces

to the hot oil and fry for about 2 minutes

on each side or until the tofu begins to

brown and is extra crispy. It’s important to

not overcrowd the pan, as it can lower the

temperature of the oil.

Walnut Meat Tacos

Yields: 4 servings

Walnut meat:

14 oz walnuts

1 Tbsp smoked paprika

2 tsp chili powder

1½ Tbsp ground cumin

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3 garlic cloves

2 tsp balsamic vinegar

2 tsp maple syrup

2.5 oz sun-dried tomatoes in oil

Sea salt

Black bean mixture:

9 oz canned sweet corn

14 oz canned black beans

Sea salt and pepper

½ lime

Handful of fresh cilantro


9 oz cherry tomatoes

1 green chili

1 red onion

1 lime

Handful of fresh cilantro

Sea salt and pepper

To serve:

2 avocados

½ lime

8-10 small corn tortillas

Vegan yogurt

Toast the walnuts in a pan over a medium

heat for 6-8 minutes or until they begin to

smoke. Keep an eye on them and stir occasionally

to prevent them burning. Then peel

and dice the garlic and add it to the walnuts

along with the smoked paprika, chili powder

and ground cumin. Stir to coat the walnuts

in the spices, then cook for 2 minutes.

Meanwhile, drain and rinse the black beans

and sweet corn. Transfer them to a separate

pan and stir in a generous pinch of salt and

pepper, as well as the juice from the lime.

Heat through for 5 minutes on a medium

heat. Remove the pan from the heat,

roughly chop the cilantro and stir it into

the beans and sweet corn.

Add the cooked walnuts, garlic and spices to

a food processor along with the balsamic vinegar,

maple syrup, sun-dried tomatoes (drain

as much oil as possible) and a pinch of salt.

Process for a minute or two until the walnut

mixture turns into a mince-like texture.

Next, prepare the salsa by slicing the cherry

tomatoes into quarters and transfer them

to a mixing bowl. Peel and dice the red

onion, slice the chili (leave the seeds in if

spicy is preferred) and roughly chop the

cilantro leaves, adding all to the mixing

bowl. Squeeze the juice from the lime into

the bowl, along with a generous pinch

of salt and pepper, then stir to combine.

Meanwhile, heat through the tortillas in a

pan over a low-medium heat.

Slice the avocado in half and remove the

pit. Scoop out the flesh and mash it in a

bowl along with juice from half a lime.

When you’re ready to assemble your tacos,

spoon a few tablespoons of the walnut

mixture on top of a tortilla, followed by the

bean mixture, salsa and a dollop of mashed

avocado. Top with a drizzle of vegan yogurt.

Repeat for the remaining tacos.

Adapted from So Vegan in 5 by Roxy Pope

and Ben Pook.

Mushroom, Sage and

Onion Wellington

An absolute showstopper and the perfect dish

to make for friends on a Sunday afternoon

alongside some tasty, roasted vegetables.

Yields: 4 servings

8 Portobello mushrooms

3 onions

10 sage leaves

4.2 oz walnuts

2 (11 oz) sheets of dairy-free puff pastry

Preheat oven to 425° F and line a large

baking tray with baking paper. Wipe any

excess dirt off the mushrooms and place

five of them in an ovenproof dish. Drizzle

with olive oil and season with sea salt

and pepper, then bake for 15 minutes.

Remove the mushrooms from the oven

and set aside, leaving the oven switched

on for later.

Meanwhile, quarter the remaining mushrooms;

peel and roughly chop the onions

and add to a food processor along with

sage leaves, walnuts, ½ teaspoon of salt

and 1 teaspoon of pepper. Process to form

a smooth paste, then fry in a pan over a

medium-high heat for 15 minutes, stirring

frequently. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes.

Roll out one sheet of pastry onto the lined

baking tray. Spread a third of the paste

down the middle of the pastry lengthways,

spreading it 2 inches wide and leaving the

same length clear at each end.

Turn the baked mushrooms upside-down

to drain excess juices, then place three of

the mushrooms, gills facing up, on top of

the paste along the middle of the pastry.

Add the remaining two mushrooms, gills

facing down, between the three mushrooms.

Spoon the remaining paste around

the mushrooms to cover them on all sides.

Place the second sheet of pastry on top and

use your fingers to seal the edges together.

Trim around the Wellington roughly one

inch away from the filling, discarding the

excess pastry as you go. Lightly score the

Wellington with diagonal lines at 1-inch

intervals and brush with olive oil. Bake in

the oven for 50 minutes, until the pastry

turns a lovely golden brown. Remove from

the oven and serve in slices.

Adapted from So Vegan in 5 by Roxy Pope

and Ben Pook.

Natural Awakenings recommends

using organic, non-GMO (genetically

modified) and non-bromated

ingredients whenever possible.

March 2020


fit body


A Healthy Choice for Body and Planet

Tennis champion Venus Williams

and New England Patriots star

quarterback Tom Brady are among

the athletes that opt for healthy, plantdominant

diets to reach their personal

best, a trend that belies some misconceptions

about what it means to be vegan.

“Going vegan implies a larger, lifestyle

choice based on personal ethics, but athletes

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Brenda Carey, editor-in-chief of Vegan

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surprised at how well they put on muscle

after making this dietary change.”

A balanced vegan diet can provide

everything an active body needs for

muscle mass, stamina and recovery while

lowering the risk of heart disease. A 2018

meta-analysis of 40 studies published

in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS One

concludes that a plant-powered diet fosters

a healthier cardio-metabolic profile. According

to Dutch researchers, amping up

nutrition from plants may also lower the

risk of insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes.

Devotees report unexpected perks.

“I recover faster. I also have more

natural energy without the need for

caffeine and reduced inflammation, as

confirmed in blood tests,” says Matt Tullman,

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Nutritional Superpowers

Bolstering the diet with foods like quinoa,

chia seeds, nut butters and vegan

energy powders, as well as combining

foods for a more complete protein profile,

is important. For example, pairing

whole-grain rice with beans makes a

complete protein, says Stefanie Moir,

international vegan fitness coach and

founder of, in

Glasgow, Scotland.

“Eating a wide variety of foods

across the plant kingdom ensures that

you reach your fitness goals,” says Moir,

who trains six days a week and opts for a

breakfast of oats with nut butter and chia

seeds. “If you want a ‘superfood’ component,

you can add cacao powder for

antioxidants and a great chocolate taste.”

Tullman acknowledges that there

are some exceptions to protein requirements—especially

for the elderly, individuals

with certain chronic diseases and

pregnant women—but he notes that daily

protein needs are less than we’ve been

conditioned to believe. “If you track your

macronutrients through a day, you’ll find

that you’re getting adequate protein.”

Professional bodybuilder Torre

Washington, in Tamarac, Florida, keeps

it simple. “We’re all unique individuals,

so it’s up to each person to test things

without fear of lack.” The National Academy

of Sports Medicine-certified coach

loves antioxidant-rich blueberries, filling

apples and potassium-packed bananas,

and tends to choose calorically lower,

nutritionally dense foods during periods

that he’s competing.

Carey suggests vegan meal delivery

services as an option and vegan-friendly

restaurants in a pinch, but attests to an

easy system of meal prep for consistency.

“Some people like to meal prep one

day a week—cooking brown rice, quinoa

and chopping veggies. This way, you can

just throw it together when it’s time to

eat,” she says. “You can also eat more

simply and throw a bunch of yummy

fruits or veggies into the blender for

smoothies or soups.”

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Natural Remedies for Kids

March brings the first whiffs of

fragrant spring air, along with

a heightened chance of runny

noses, coughs, sore throats and congestion

in youngsters. The spring and fall months

are the most likely times to catch a cold

because seasonal allergens inflame nostrils,

making it easier for cold viruses to have

their way. Although many worried parents

reach for cold and cough medicines,

antihistamines or even antibiotics, there

is little evidence that these ease symptoms

or hasten recovery, and they may even

cause harm, according to reports from the

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

The AAP suggests some natural approaches

for symptoms, including sponging

for fevers as well as hydration, honey

and chest rubs. A metastudy published in

by Ronica O’Hara

American Family Physician in 2012 found

that treatment with buckwheat honey,

Umcka ColdCare, nasal saline irrigation,

a vapor rub or zinc sulfate “may decrease

cold symptoms in children.” Here are those

and some other natural strategies:


Hydration to flush out

germs: “If your child doesn’t like

drinking water, add a spritz of lemon,

ginger, crushed berries or fruit juice to give

it some flavor,” advises Heather Tynan, ND,

of Evergreen Naturopathic, in San Diego. A

child can also drink coconut water or suck

on frozen berries or popsicles.


Honey for sleeplessness

and coughs: Honey can kill both

viruses and bacteria, and in a Penn-

sylvania State University study, a bedtime

teaspoon of buckwheat honey beat out dextromethorphan,

a cough suppressant used in

over-the-counter cold and cough medicines,

in helping kids sleep better and cough less.

(But don’t give honey to a kid under age 1

because of the risk of botulism.)


Chest rub to ease congestion:

A chest rub can help clear a

child’s congestion, but choose natural

ingredients like aloe, eucalyptus, lavender

and rosemary; that’s a safer bet than the

standard mentholated products which

can cause breathing problems in toddlers.

Natural alternatives are sold at health food

stores, and a do-it-yourself version can be

made simply by mixing together one cup of

coconut oil, 20 drops of eucalyptus oil and

10 drops of peppermint oil.


Essential oils to fight

infection: A combination of five

essential oils—clove, lemon, cinnamon

bark, eucalyptus and rosemary, commonly

known as four thieves—has antibacterial,

antiseptic, antiviral and immunestimulating

properties, says Tynan. “Diffuse

it in your child’s room, or dilute well (about

one to two drops per five milliliters of carrier

oil) and apply under their nose, behind

their ears and on the back of their neck, on

their chest and on the soles of their feet.”


Saltwater gargle for a sore

throat: As soon as anyone in her

family shows signs of getting sick,

they begin gargling with salt water, says

Tangela Walker-Craft, a mother and former

teacher in Lakeland, Florida. “Saltwater

loosens mucus and flushes bacteria out of

Olesia Bilkei/

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Family Chiropractic

& Wellness

Dr. Ada Aniniba Chiropractor

Innate Health Family Chiropractic & Wellness

14886 US Highway 17 N

Hampstead, NC 28443

Phone 910.406.1200

Fax 910.406.1201

28 SE North Carolina & Serving Myrtle Beach

the throat. It will also help to reduce swelling,”

she says.


Elderberry or Umcka to

ease symptoms: A recent metaanalysis

in Complementary Therapies

in Medicine concluded that elderberry syrup

(in stores as Sambucol) reduces the duration

and severity of cold and flu symptoms. “The

syrup is sweet and delicious, so typically very

easy to get children to take,” says naturopathic

doctor Kiera Smialek, of Scottsdale,

Arizona. Umcka ColdCare, based on the

South African geranium, halved cold symptoms

in five days compared to a placebo in a

University of Chicago study.


Zinc sulfate to shorten

a cold: If taken within the first

24 hours of symptoms, zinc sulfate

tablets or syrup can reduce colds by a day

or more, studies suggest.


Warming socks to boost

immunity: This odd-sounding

strategy “increases circulation, decreases

chest congestion and increases the

activity of the immune system,” says Smialek.

Soak a pair of cotton socks in ice cold water.

Wring them out and place them on the

child’s feet. Cover them with thick dry socks,

ideally wool. Keep them on overnight. In the

morning, the wet, cotton socks will be dry.

“Remember, the best remedies for cold

and flu are rest and time,” says Tynan. In

the meantime, though, steps like these “can

help you kick it much faster and reduce

some symptoms while you’re doing so.”

Ronica A. O’Hara is a Denver-based health

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calendar of events

NOTE: Visit for guidelines and to submit entries

online. Email with questions. Deadline for

calendar/events: 12th of the month. Please call ahead to confirm event times.

save the date

Sunday, March 1

Illuminate Carolina Beach – 10am-5pm. The

finest local holistic wellness practitioners, products

& amazing artisans; try sample sessions; find

crystals, jewelry, essential oils, spa products, gifts,

and art. Free workshops too. Cost: $6/$5, door/

online. Courtyard by Marriott Carolina Beach

Oceanfront, 100 Charlotte Av, Carolina Beach.


Sunday, March 1

Daniel Nahmod in Concert – 1-3pm. Internationally

known singer-songwriter performing original heart

opening positive music. This is not to be missed.

Cost: $15. Unity of Wilmington, 717 Orchard Av,

Wilmington. 910-763-5155.

Monday, March 2

Indigo Mom’s – 6:30-8pm. Join our community

collective support group for magical mamas and

mamas of magical children. Indigo Moms is a

group for moms of all ages to come together in a

safe space to learn, talk, share and ask questions

about their awakening that is going on all over the

planet. And to learn together about different tools

to help parent empathic or Indigo children. Cost:

$35. Blue Lagoon Wellness Center, 1202 Floral

Pkwy, Wilmington. Call to register 910-685-2795.

Healing Night – 7-8:30pm. Join us for a sampling

of a multitude of healing modalities including

Reiki and Therapeutic Touch for a profound healing

experience. Open to all. Cost: Love Offering.

Unity of Wilmington, 717 Orchard Av, Wilmington.


Thursday, March 5

Angel Speak – 6:30-8pm. Receive channeled messages

from the Archangels and angelic realm in a

group setting that explores healing, guidance, and

connection to Spirit. Cost: $35. Blue Lagoon Wellness

Center, 1202 Floral Pkwy, Wilmington. Call to register


Saturday, March 7

Positive Mindset Workshop – 9:30am-noon. A

glimpse at what you will be learning: 3 words to

eliminate from your vocabulary; How to make your

affirmations true for you; How to deal effectively with

Negative Neds and Nellies, and so much more Call/

Visit Healing Leaves to pay/register. Cost: $30 with

workbook. Healing Leaves, 1015 S Kerr Av, Unit C,

Wilmington. 910-660-8127.

Monthly Autoimmune Support Group – 12:30-

2pm. Meet and discuss group. Cost: First class is

FREE. Please call to reserve a seat. Healing Leaves,

1015 S Kerr Av, Wilmington. 910-660-8127.

Sunday, March 8

Daylight Saving Begins

Cards & Coffee – 11am-1pm. With Maiden Minx.

Bring your tarot and/or oracle cards to learn, practice,

and connect with other hobby readers under

the guidance of professional intuitive. Cost: $10.

Madame Meerkat's Cabinet of Curiosities, 1001 S.

Kerr Ave, Wilmington.

Intuitive Development Circle – 2-4pm. With Felicia

Grant. Are you ready to open up to your intuitive

gifts? Are you looking for professional and tailored

guidance while you step into your awakened self?

Do you want to join an ongoing group that explores

up-to-date metaphysics and spirituality? Cost: $35.

Blue Lagoon Wellness Center, 1202 Floral Pkwy,

Wilmington. Call to register 910-685-2795.

Full Moon Energy Healing Savasana – 3-4pm.

Experience chakra healing in alignment with our

cosmic connection. Shamanic Reiki, crystals, oils,

and oracles are offered throughout your journey. We

close with a sacred circle, offering love & amp; light

to all beings, reconnecting to our earthly plane. Discussion

about healing energy, crystals and oracles

follow. Pre-registration required. Cost: $15. Sacred

Soul Healing Arts Center, 4317 Arendell St, STE 8,

Morehead City. 910-340-4575.

Monday, March 9

Kundalini Full Moon Meditation – 7-8:30pm.

Join Adi Krishna Kaur in a combination of music

and mudra key to opening the flow of Kundalini,

“soul energy” as we honor the full moon. Cost: $11.

Unity of Wilmington, 717 Orchard Av, Wilmington.


Tuesday, March 10

Thermography & Breast Health – 9:30-11:30am.

Join Shelly Laine of Beacon Thermography for

an informative session on digital infrared thermal

imaging, better known as thermography. Thermography

is a non-invasive, clinical imaging procedure

for detecting and monitoring various diseases and

injuries by showing thermal abnormalities in the

body. Cost: Free. St James Community Center, 4316

Southport-Supply Rd, St James. 910-803-2150.

Crochet Sleeping Mat Project – 1-3pm. Craft

sleeping mats for local or international group in

need. Bring several hundred plastic bags (ask

friends/recycle) and a crochet hook size 10 or above.

Unity Center Myrtle Beach, 6173 Salem Rd, Myrtle

Beach. Call Lesta Sue Hardee for more information.


Friday, March 13

Ecstatic Dance – 7-8:30pm. Come together in dance

to celebrate life, celebrate Spirit and celebrate each

other. This free-style dance offers a 90-minute playlist

of eclectic and world music inspired by Gabrielle

Roth's Five Rhythms. Facilitated by Jeff Brown.

Cost: $10. Unity of Wilmington, 717 Orchard Av,

Wilmington. 910-763-5155.

Saturday, March 14

Access Bars Class – 10am-6pm. Access Bars Certification

Class taught by Aubrey Lueck. Learn a

tool to create a better life for yourself. Sleep better,

fix relationships, break habits and more. 537 Vorlis

Ln, STE 301, Wilmington. For cost details and to

reserve spot email or

call 630-292-0216.

Make Your Own Natural First-Aid and Illness

Kit – 10:30am-noon. Come and make your own

first-aid/illness kit to keep on hand for you and

your family. Learn about which natural remedies

are a must to keep in your first-aid/illness kit and

how/when to use them. Products and travel bag

included. Cost: $45. Call/stop in to pay/register for

class. Healing Leaves, 1015 S Kerr Av, Wilmington.


Walking the Wheel of Transformation – 3-6pm.

Based in shamanic energy practice, learn to connect

deeply with nature and step into the circle

of the elements and tune into the spirit allies that

reside with each elemental realm. Learn to release,

bring balance, create ease and provide inspiration.

Pre-registration required. Cost: $45. Sacred Soul

Healing Arts Center, 4317 Arendell St, STE 8,

Morehead City. 910-340-4575.

Sunday, March 15

Usui Holy Fire Reiki I & II Certification Class

– 10am-5pm. See March 14 listing. Wilmington.

Monday, March 16

New Thought Prayer Class – 1-3pm. Rev. Marilynn

Mattox, Ordained Unity Minister and Scientific

Prayer Treatment; Rev. Dr. Cassandra Butler, Ordained

Centers for Spiritual Living explore how

your thoughts, words, feelings and beliefs effect

your experiences and how prayer is practiced in New

Thought spirituality. Unity 5 Step Process. Cost:

Lover Offering. Unity Myrtle Beach, 1270 Surfside

Industrial Park Dr, Myrtle Beach. 843-238-8516.

Tuesday, March 17

Saint Patrick’s Day

Community Healing Circle – 5-7pm. With Shaman

Fire. Once a month receive and gift energy

healing under the guidance of shamanic healer/

teacher. Free to attend – accepting canned goods

and non-perishables to donate to charity. Held at

Madame Meerkat's Cabinet of Curiosities 1001 S

Kerr Av, Wilmington.

Thursday, March 19

First Day of Spring

See for latest events

Saturday, March 21

Community Yard Sale – 8am-1pm. Hunt for

bargains at this huge yard sale. So big there are

too many items to list. Come and see for yourself.

Unity of Wilmington, 717 Orchard Av, Wilmington.


save the date

Saturday, March 21

Illuminate Myrtle Beach – 10am-5pm. The finest

local holistic wellness practitioners, products

& amazing artisans; try sample sessions; find

crystals, jewelry, essential oils, spa products,

gifts, and art. Free workshops too. Cost: $6/$5,

door/online. Horry Georgetown Technical College,

Grand Strand Campus Conference Center,

950 Crabtree Ln, Myrtle Beach. 575-519-5883.

30 SE North Carolina & Serving Myrtle Beach

Growlers of Kombucha – 10:30-11:30am. Learn

about and how kombucha works. Enjoy samples of

a kombucha demonstrating the varying tastes you

can create at home. Participants receive instructions

and starter SCOBY to make own batch. Cost:

$25. Blue Lagoon Wellness Center, 1202 Floral

Pkwy, Wilmington. 910-685-2795. BlueLagoon

Reclaim Your Personal Power – 10:30am-4:30pm.

With Wolf Frielund. In this all day workshop you

will develop key skills in creating healthy boundaries,

communicating your truth, and owning all

aspects of your authentic self. Light refreshments

provided during break. Cost: $150 with $50 deposit.

Must pre-register and place deposit, call 910-518-

6231. Madame Meerkat’s Cabinet of Curiosities,

1001 S Kerr Av, Wilmington.

All About Thermography – 1-2pm. Join Shelly

Laine of Beacon Thermography for an informative

session on digital infrared thermal imaging,

better known as thermography. Thermography

is a non-invasive, clinical imaging procedure for

detecting and monitoring various diseases and

injuries by showing thermal abnormalities in the

body. Cost: Free. Healing Leaves, 1015 S Kerr Av,

Wilmington. Call 910-660-8127 or 910-803-2150.

Sunday, March 22

Sacred Sisterhood New Moon Circle – 6-9pm.

Learn how to hold space for yourself to sit with

uncomfortable feelings and emotions, and how to

tune in and tap in to the archetypal energies available

to you. Workshop welcomes newcomers and beginners

in the art of circling, as well as those returning.

Must pre-register. Cost: $15. Sacred Soul Healing

Arts Center, 4317 Arendell St, STE 8, Morehead

City. 910-340-4575.

Tuesday, March 24

Crochet Sleeping Mat Project – 1-3pm. See March

10 listing. Myrtle Beach.

Wednesday, March 25

Energy Healing Savasana – 6:30-7:30pm. Welcome

to a journey of deep healing as we open the

space with a sage smudging ceremony to clear

away any energy that is not your own while guided

through pranayama, breath work, to connect your

mind, body and spirit and then slowly flow with

rhythmic movement to release stagnant energy

from the body. Must pre-register. Cost: $15. Sacred

Soul Healing Arts Center, 4317 Arendell St, STE 8,

Morehead City. 910-340-4575.

save the date

Wednesday, March 25

Movie Night at Waterline Brewing – 7-9pm.

Earth Day Alliance fundraiser for Wilmington

Earth Day Festival. Film Overload: America’s

Toxic Love Story explores a women’s journey to

find out about levels of toxins in her body and

measures to control our exposure. Cost: Donations

accepted, $1 contribution from Waterline per pint

beer purchased. Waterline Brewing Co, 721 Slurry

St, Wilmington. 910-547-4390.

Saturday, March 28

Soul Animal Discovery – 10am-12:30pm. With

Fox. Discover your Soul Animal and what that can

mean for your self-awareness, communications,

relationships, and well-being. Cost: $35. Held at

Madame Meerkat’s Cabinet of Curiosities, 1001 S

Kerr Av, Wilmington.

save the date

Saturday, March 28

Corn Tournament for Earth Day – 3:30pm.

Earth Day Alliance fundraiser to support Wilmington

Earth Day celebration. Prizes for the 1st

and 2nd place winners. Raffle tickets and more.

Capt’n Bill’s Backyard Grill, 4240 Market St,

Wilmington. 910-547-4390.

Sunday, March 29

Shamanic Reiki Level 1 Certification – 10am-

6pm. Do you feel called to the healing arts? Want to

know more about how to work with energy? Learn

the art through this immersion style training of initiation

and attunement. Don't expect book reading

in this class. This is pure experiential. Learn to feel,

sense and immerse yourself in the energy, safely and

confidently. Must pre-register. Cost: $180. Sacred

Soul Healing Arts Center, 4317 Arendell St, STE 8,

Morehead City. 910-340-4575.

plan ahead

save the date

Saturday, April 18

Spring Day Market – 1-7pm. Celebrate the

Spring Season with some of Wilmington's finest

Psychics, Healers, and Artists in this outdoor

evening event that hosts over 25 vendors and energy

workers, a drum circle ceremony, and more!

We will have Camperchino Coffee Co on site.

Cost: Free entry. Blue Lagoon Wellness Center,

1202 Floral Pkwy, Wilmington. 910-685-2795.

save the date

Friday, April 24

Oak Island Earth Day Festival – 10am-2pm.

Go Green this Earth Day with the Brunswick

County Earth Day Event at Middleton park on

Oak Island. Numerous area conservation groups

on site, hands-on exhibits, displays, live animals,

educational opportunities, food and more. Cost:

Free Admission. 133 SE 48th St, Oak Island.

For more info call 910-278-5518 or email

save the date

Saturday, April 25

Wilmington Earth Day Festival – Noon-6pm.

The World is Your Oyster, Don't Shuck it Up.

Celebrate the planet and learn new ways to care for

Mother Earth. Over 75 exhibitors, live music, food

and beverage, and Kids' EcoZone. Free shuttle

service. Cost: Free admission. Hugh MacRae

Park, 1799 S College Rd, Wilmington. For more

info see

ongoing events


Unity MB Contemplative Service – 8:30-9:15am.

3rd Sunday. Cost: Love Offering. Unity Myrtle

Beach, Unity Center, 6173 Salem Rd, Myrtle Beach.


Sunday Morning Circle – 9:45-10:45am. Rev

Marilynn Mattox facilitates book dialog, Healing

Letters, by Myrtle Fillmore. In two years of prayer,

meditation, and communing with the cells of her

body, Myrtle healed her body of tuberculosis. Cost:

Love offering. Unity Myrtle Beach, 1270 Surfside

Industrial Park Dr, Surfside Beach. 843-238-8516.

Unity MB Sunday Service – 11am. Unity Myrtle

Beach Sunday Service with inspiring message,

meditation and music. Cost: Love offering. Unity

Myrtle Beach, 1270 Surfside Industrial Park Dr,

Surfside Beach. 843-238-8516.

Heal Your Life – 7-8:30pm. 2nd Sunday. Join

licensed Louise Hay Heal Your Life teacher once

a month. Cost: love offering. Unity Church of

Wilmington, 717 Orchard Av, Wilmington. For more

information, call Terri at 910-470-2745.


Kundalini Yoga – 9-10:30am. Kundalini Yoga is a

spiritual, physical, mental & healthy way to ignite

your soul energy and connect to Truth & Love.

Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan is a life

changing technology that incorporates Kriya, Mantra,

Mudra, Meditation and other tenants of Yogic Philosophy.

Cost: $5. Unity of Wilmington, 717 Orchard

Ave, Wilmington. 910-763-5155.

Eating For Well-Being – 6pm. Teri Mann leads

a plant-based diet discussion and ensuing weekly

forum. Bring favorite recipe share with you and

any questions you may have. Cost: Free admission.

Tidal Creek Co-op, 5329 Oleander Dr, Wilmington.



Sitting in Your Power – Key to Authentic Mediumship

– 6:30-8pm beginning March 3 for 5 weeks.

With Felicia Grant. This course will give you a better

understanding of your own spiritual power and how

to maintain it. This will help you in all aspects of

your spiritual work. Beginners to advanced mediums

welcome. Cost: $175. Blue Lagoon Wellness Center,

1202 Floral Pkwy, Wilmington. Call to schedule.



Unity Book Group – 12:30-1:30pm. New book

starts soon: Rising Strong by Brene Brown. Read,

dialog, insights, community and support. Cost:

Love offering. Unity Myrtle Beach, 1270 Surfside

Industrial Park Dr, Surfside Beach. 843-238-8516.

Community Acupuncture – 3:30pm to close.

With Jeff Fox. Receive holistic healing through

acupuncture, acupressure, massage, and traditional

Chinese herbs - available twice a week. Cost: $25.

Walk-ins welcome. Madame Meerkat's Cabinet of

Curiosities, 1001 S Kerr Av, Wilmington.

March 2020


Healing Evening – 3rd Wednesday. 5-5:45pm

Meditation, 6pm Prayer & Hands ON Healing

Blessings, 6:30-7:30pm Reiki drop-in. Cost: Love

Offering. Peace Chapel at Unity Myrtle Beach,

1270 Surfside Industrial Park Dr, Surfside Beach.


Chenrezig-Amitabha Sadhana – 7:30pm. Chenrezig

is the representation of compassion. This meditation

involves chanting a liturgy while mentally

performing a series of visualizations and finishing

with mantras and an insight visualization. Cost:

Free. Location: Forestbrook area of Myrtle Beach,

call for information and directions. 843-655-8056.


A Course in Miracles – 12:30-2pm. Cost: Love offering.

Unity Myrtle Beach, 6173 Salem Rd, Myrtle

Beach. 843-238-8516.

A Course in Miracles – 6:30-8pm. Cost: Love offering.

Unity Myrtle Beach, 1270 Surfside Industrial

Park Dr, Surfside Beach. 843-238-8516.


Psychic Readings – 11am-4:30pm. Eileen and

Great Oak in the House. Drop-ins welcome. Cost:

$75/$110 for 30-/60-min sessions. Blue Lagoon

Wellness Center, 1202 Floral Pkwy, Wilmington.

Call to schedule. 910-685-2795.

Community Acupuncture – 3:30pm to close.

With Jeff Fox. Receive holistic healing through

acupuncture, acupressure, massage, and traditional

Chinese herbs - available twice a week. Cost: $25.

Walk-ins welcome. Madame Meerkat's Cabinet of

Curiosities, 1001 S Kerr Av, Wilmington.

Unity Game Night – 6pm. 3rd Friday. Enjoy games

and potluck dinner. Potluck begins 30 minutes prior

game start. Unity Myrtle Beach, 6173 Salem Rd,

Myrtle Beach. 843-238-8516.


Holistic Health Practitioner Training – 3rd

Saturday. Comprehensive class will empower and

equip with thorough overview and all principles a

Holistic Health Practitioner needs to counsel others

in natural health care. Call for times, location and

details. Southern Institute of Natural Health. Call

or text 910-216-0100.

Natural Family Basics – 2nd Saturday. Curriculum

for parents, teachers and children as a local class

for Brunswick Islands area. Courses encourage individuals

to take responsibility of their own health.

Call for times, location and details. Southern Institute

of Natural Health. Call or text 910-216-0100.

Psychic Readings – 10am-3:30pm. Guest readers.

Drop-ins welcome. 15-, 30-, 45- or 60-minute sessions;

price varies per session length. Blue Lagoon

Wellness Center, 1202 Floral Pkwy, Wilmington.

Call to schedule 910-685-2795.

Thermography Scans – 10am-4pm. 1st and 3rd

Sat. Mammography doesn’t see anything till it’s

something..., Thermography can see something

before it’s anything. Cost dependent on scan type.

Beacon Thermography at Elite Chiropractic, 1319

Military Cutoff Rd, Ste LL, Wilmington. 910-803-


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, visit or call 910-833-5366.

Access Energy Services

Aubrey LUECK

Access Bars

Facelift & Body Process Practitioner

End of Life Specialist

630-292-0216 •

Offering Access Bars, Facelift

and Body process hands-on

method promoting energies to

flow, heal and repair. This energy

transformation modality, links

season wisdom, ancient knowledge,

and highly contemporary

pragmatic tools for positive change. Receiving

these holistic, non-invasive treatments will leave

you with a sense of peace and space; and a feeling

like there are more possibilities open to you. All of

life comes to me with ease, joy and glory.


Lumina Acu Clinic

Enhong “Ann” Yu, LAc

6781 Parker Farm Rd, Ste 130, Wilmington

910-256-3939 •

At our practice, we combine acupuncture

with traditional Chinese

herbal remedies to address a variety

of our patient’s needs. Dr.

Yu’s extensive training in both

Chinese and Western medicine in

China gives her a unique perspective

that allows her to deliver the best possible

care to all her patients.




Dr. Louis J. Buffalino, DC

1133 Military Cutoff Rd, Wilmington


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Alternative Medicine

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Located at the Cameron Clinic of

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peace of mind to properties overrun with Canada

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Bioidentical Hormone


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Dr. Chris A. Pate, MD

265 Racine Dr, Ste 102, Wilmington

910-399-6661 •

Are you experiencing any of the

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Innate Health Family

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Dr. Ada Aniniba, DC

14886 US Hwy 17N, Hampstead

910-406-1200 •

Dr. Ada Aniniba is a Max Living

Doctor at Innate Health Family

Chiropractic and Wellness. She

focuses on five essentials of health:

maximizing the mind, chiropractic,

nutrition, lean muscle and minimizing

toxins. Innate Health is a familycentric

practice open to patients of all ages. Corrective and

wellness care programs provide a primary source of

wellness, nutritional support, immunity and allergy support,

education, inspiration and fitness. See ad, page 28.

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Shelton Herb Farm

340 Goodman Rd, Leland


Specializing in growing a

large variety of culinary

herbs, and grow seasonal

vegetable plants, heirloom

and native plants; butterfly

and bee plants. Open year-round with seasonal varieties.

Provide fresh-cut herbs, edible flowers and

microgreens to local restaurants, caterers and

home use. Also participate in local farmers’ markets,

garden shows and special events. Farm tours,

workshops and classes available. See ad, page 21.




Brunswick Islands of NC


We educate and empower students

to higher knowledge concerning

natural health and healing.

Offering a variety of local classes

and online courses to support

living, sharing and teaching a

natural, healthy lifestyle.


Wilmington Holistic Dentistry

Dr. Jessica Shireman, DMD AIOMT

6200 Oleander Drive, Wilmington


Dr. Shireman is excited to bring

holistic dentistry to Wilmington.

She and her family recently

relocated from Raleigh where she

had a holistic practice for 5 years.

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the IAOMT in safe-mercury removal and has a

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The Calla Lily Advantage

Karen L. Dettore


As a master-level certified

Nutrition Consultant, Karen offers

several services including

nutritional well-being, holistic

nutrition, healthy cooking/meal

planning, weight management,

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Inner Gold Counseling

& Hypnosis

Novella Hall

Serving Greater Wilmington area

910-398-4724 •

Novella Hall has been treating

through hypnosis for attachment

trauma, past life regression, future

life progression, pain management

to restore vital and healthy

functioning, plus habit change, as

well as providing Akashic readings

for over 15 years. Both private and group sessions

including over telephone and via Skype. International

Board of Certified Hypnosis Trainer.


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known for telling stories through

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Metaphysical Shop

Madame Meerkat’s Cabinet of


1001 S Kerr Ave, Wilmington

A community metaphysical

shop supplying crystals, tarot,

incense, and local art in a

welcoming atmosphere

complete with coffee bar,

energy healers, intuitive readers, and workshops to

help you learn and grow. Facebook/Instagram: @

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Plus: Gut Health

Biological Dentistry

Plus: Environmental Education



Emotional Well-Being

Plus: Adaptive Yoga

Stress Management

Plus: Joint Health



Personalized Diabetes Strategies

Plus: Skin Care

Creating Community & Connection

Plus: Spending Locally








March 2020


Natural Services



Offering comprehensive, ecofriendly

cleaning services for both

the home and office. Using only

green products, we believe your

home should look and feel as

healthy as you do. Pet-friendly,

veteran-owned. Attention to detail

sets us apart. See ad, page 9.

Life Elixir Wellness Tea


Captain Glenn's Life Elixir Tea is

a “Wellness Tea” that, when used

regularly, promotes good health

and well-being. While providing

an excellent herbal supplement to

fight colds and flu, Life Wellness

Elixir Tea has demonstrated the

ability to foster changes in the body that can aid

digestion, infections, headaches and even symptoms

of anxiety. Grandmother says, “It’s Good for What

Ails You!” See ad, back cover.

Willing Beauty


You don't have to choose between safe & effective

skincare! We are a skin-loving beauty brand with

heart, created to inspire your life, celebrate your

beauty. We believe in simple, safer, better-for-you

formulas that harness the power of nature, deliver

proven results, and are fun to use. Our products

are free of parabens, sulfates, DEA, phthalates,

mineral oils, chemical sunscreens and synthetic

fragrances. Never tested on animals. Rewards

program available. See ad, page 5.


Fee for classifieds is $25 (up to 20

words) + $1 per word over 20 words.

To place listing, email content to

E d i t o r @ N A - S E N o r t h C a r o l i n a . c o m .

Deadline is the 10th of the month.


ADVERTISE HERE – Are you hiring, renting

property/office space, selling products, offering

services or in need of volunteers? Advertise your

personal/business needs in Natural Awakenings

classified ad section. To place an ad, email



1270 Surfside Industrial Park Dr

Surfside Beach

843-238-8516 •

Our uplifting mission of

prayer, service and education

enriches and transforms

lives. We are a spiritual

community of individuals

dedicated to knowing Self and knowing God, and

doing our part in supporting the emotional, mental

and spiritual well-being of children, individuals and

families on the Grand Strand. See ad, page 27.


717 Orchard Ave, Wilmington

910-763-5155 •

A positive path for spiritual

living committed to expanding

consciousness and

inspiring transformation,

Unity teaches a culturally

Christian and spiritually unlimited way of life.

Unity is an open-minded, accepting community

emphasizing practical, everyday application of

spiritual principles for more abundant and meaningful

living. Check Facebook and Meetup for

events. See ad, page 28.


Beacon Thermography, inc.

Shelly Laine


Thermography is a state-of-the-art,

radiation-free diagnostic tool

which creates a digital map of

your body, illustrating heat

patterns that may detect some

condition or abnormality using a

scanning-type infrared camera

that measures your body’s surface temperature.

Thermography aids in the detection and monitoring

of many types of diseases and physical injury.

Multiple scanning locations throughout the

Wilmington area. See ad, page 20.

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Lets Get Checked


Save 20% Code: Natural 20

Lets Get Checked home thyroid

test will provide a broad picture

of how your thyroid is performing

with online test results in

2-5 days. Biomarkers covered:

Thyroid Stimulating Hormone

(TSH), Free Thyroxine (FT4),

Free Triiodothyronine (FT3),

Thyroglobulin Antibodies (TGAB)*, Thyroid Peroxidase

Antibodies (TPO/TPEX)*. Note: presence

of TGAB or TPEX antibodies can indicate thyroid

damage which can include autoimmune disorders.

See ads, pages 2 and 27.

wellness center

Blue Lagoon Wellness Center

Pat and Jo Zachry

1202 Floral Pkwy, Wilmington


B e s i d e s b e i n g o n e o f

W i l m i n g t o n ' s L a r g e s t

Emporium Rock Shops with all

your Metaphysical needs, we

offer Energy Work, Chakra

Balancing, Reiki, Crystal

Therapy, Massage, CranioSacral therapy,

Hypnotherapy, and Psychic Readings. Many classes.

Check Meetup and Natural Awakenings online for

listings. See ad, page 17.


Victoria RP Chavez, Owner/Manufacturer

317 N Front St, Wilmington


Creating wellness paradigms for

mind, body and soul. Offering

vitamins, herbs, minerals,

specialty formulas, handmade

herbal remedies, fresh organic

juices, smoothies and salads, local

products and honey, over 100

varieties of teas, spices and herbs; and also wellness

therapies including reiki, cognitive behavior

therapy, ear candling, hypnotherapy and neurolinguistic

programming. See ad, page 17.



to join us

next month.

34 SE North Carolina & Serving Myrtle Beach

Captain Glenn’s Newsletter






appropriate exercise

Trinity Technique

Glenn, a Navel Veteran and Pilot, has

a keen eye and an ability to execute.

He has natural techniques and experience

in healing disorders associated

with PTSD for people of all walks of

life. We are on a mission to address

health and wellness issues in several

areas which includes everything from

the emotional to the biological. Glenn

offers guidance through seminars, local

presentation, newsletters and one

on one consultations. His Life Elixir

is the corner stone of “Trinity Technique”

Spirit, Mind and Body.

Grandmother says,

“It’s Good For What Ails You!”

Want More Energy?

There are three tiers to the human

energy dynamic. It begins with

spirit, mind and body working in

harmony, followed by a therapeutic

menu and finally exercise. Many users

of our Life Elixir Wellness Tea TM

report that it energizes them, while

lowering stress levels and boosting

their immune system.

Happiness & Wellbeing

As we age and the demands of a

busy world challenge us, stress begins

to take its toll—sapping energy

and contributing to fatigue. Fight

back with the power of Captain

Glenn’s Life Elixir Wellness Tea. TM

What’s In It?

Captain Glenn has always been unwavering

in his commitment to impeccable

food quality and safety—in

the ingredients, their preparation and

storage as well as the final product.

Everything we use has been certified

organic, fairly traded and never irradiated,

heated, smoked or roasted.

“Certified Hieronymus TM ” is batch

tested and recognized as higher

standard than organic.

Our products are always gluten

free, sugar free and without preservatives!

It’s not just a matter of using

premium natural organic ingredients,

but also balancing the ingredients

synergistically so that they can

work together. Preparing the variety

of herbs and spices and blending the

right mixture is key. Visit our website to learn more

about our essential ingredients and

their healing properties.

Worst Flu Season Ever?

“Get ready, some medical experts

are predicting the worst flu season

in history” Our exclusive formula

cleanses and detoxifies. Gets you

feeling better and get well sooner.

Helps with winter colds too.

“I have found that Captain Glenn’s Wellness team (I’m the

one who suggested that he should call it ‘Elixir of Life’)

has benefited several of my patients and clients. Typical

of the effects is that one patient who stated it makes

me feel more centered.” —Dr. David Sigurslid, M.D.

To enjoy Captain Glenn’s Life Elixir Tea TM ,

visit or call 970-903-5311.


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