Natural Awakenings of the Coastal Carolinas - October 2020


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October 2020 | NC: Crystal Coast, Cape Fear, Sandhills | SC: Grand Strand |


The Awakening

of Humanity?

By Lynne Girdlestone

Today we are all experiencing one

or more of the negative effects of

an incredibly destructive ‘agent of

change.’ Although horrific things happen

every day on this planet, they usually

affect other people elsewhere. COVID-19,

however, can potentially reach anyone,

anywhere, upending our lives in a multitude

of ways. The obvious questions—

how do we stop this virus, will a vaccine

help, will the global economy recover—are

all unknowns. They occupy our thoughts

and emotions with every newscast.

For some, the crisis is merely an inconvenient

interruption in their ‘business as

usual.’ For others it has created new ways

to profit at the expense of others. But for

most, it’s an amplified survival issue.

We know that nothing happens by

chance: “For every action there is an

equal and opposite reaction” and “As you

sow, so shall you reap.” What is happening

today has its roots in everything

that has gone before. When dysfunction

reaches a tipping point, something extraordinary

happens to get our attention.

This pandemic may be saying “STOP...

NOW ... look at the world you’ve built ...

untold suffering amidst obscene excess

... all life forms and the planet itself in

mortal danger!” The slowing and isolation

are giving us the opportunity to

consider these issues deeply and emerge

with a better Plan B.

That so many people are getting

the message is an incredibly hopeful

sign. Neighbors are helping each other;

service organizations are expanding their

roles and methods; scientific organizations

around the world are sharing their

research findings on possible treatments

and vaccines; governments are trying to

lift the financial burden of their citizens.

What would happen if this behavior

were to continue post-Covid-19? Could it

lead to treating a recovering planet as a

‘global village’ and its citizens as the one

human family it is? It would take time,

but we can start by demanding of our

‘leaders’ that we all push the ‘reset’ button

and begin to move in that direction!

Fortunately, at this very time, a littleknown

cosmic event is also taking place.

As we move into the Aquarian age, characterized

by energies of synthesis, unity and

cooperation, the spiritual custodians of

human evolution—the Masters of Wisdom—

have once again sent one of their great

ones into the world to act as a teacher for

the coming time. Some of the past teachers

we have known historically as Confucius,

Krishna, Buddha, the Christ and Mohammed.

Major world religions all expect another

great teacher at some future time, and his

imminent appearance has been foreseen by

some writers since the late 1800s.

For more than 40 years, British esotericist

and lecturer Benjamin Creme informed

the world of a coming change—

of the collapse of our old structures to

make way for the new. He served as a

herald for the World Teacher for this age,

Maitreya—the one expected by many

and longed for by millions (consciously

or not), who has come now to guide

us through this perilous time and into a

cleansed and transformed new world.

Maitreya has advised humanity to

make the needed changes to put our

world on a saner, fairer path:

“He [Maitreya] will show that essentially

men are one, no matter the

colour or the creed, that the bounty of

Earth belongs to all, and that sharing of

that bounty is the key to man’s future.

Only sharing, and the justice which it will

bring, offers hope to man. Only justice

wrought out of sharing will end the

plagues of war and terror. Only sharing

and justice can bring men to that

Brotherhood which is their true inheritance.

When men see this they will rise

to the challenge and tackle one by one

the many problems which daunt us now.”

(Benjamin Creme’s Master from ‘Transformation,’

Share International magazine)

Maitreya and his group have worked

behind the scenes for millennia to guide

our human family. Now, with these powerful,

incorruptible allies openly in the

world for the next 1,500 years, we have

the opportunity to build a new world

that works for everyone. Will we take

it? In response to today’s injustices, we

are marching. We are protesting. We are

sharing resources and helping others.

We are agitating for change. We are on

the right track! Let’s not even consider

returning to ‘business as usual.’

For free information:


In The Awakening

of Humanity,

Benjamin Creme

leads us on a

journey of hope

for the joyful

world-changing events

that are on the way.

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Taming the Flames of

Stress-Related Illness



How to Keep Hips and Knees Happy


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Local Chiropractic Practitioner Profiles

and Directory Listing


Healthy Tips and Recipes

to Start the Day


7 news briefs

9 health briefs

11 yoga guide

12 global briefs

17 healing ways

21 chiropractic


22 conscious


25 business




26 calendar

28 classifieds

28 resource guide

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With our children back in school and fall

quickly approaching, I find myself easing into

my new routine. My family and I are taking

advantage of the new cooler autumn days and everything

it has to offer. I get excited for the new fall foods that I

start to comfort myself into making from various chilis,

soups and casseroles that all bring warmth this time of

year. When taking about food I can’t help but mention the

most important meal of the day which is so important,

breakfast! Explore the wonderful recipes being shared this

month on pages 22 to 24 and try one out. I know I will

be trying the sweet potato toast with avocado recipe. Your breakfast meals are so

important as it gives you the energy to start your day, so listen to your body and

don’t skip it.

I want to acknowledge all of the amazing chiropractors we have in our magazine

in support of National Chiropractic month. These chiropractors all bring

so many different attributes that make them unique yet they all have something

in common: your health and well-being. Our featured article, “Strong and Supple

Joints: How to Keep Hips and Knees Happy,” by Ronica O’Hara on page 17, show

us what significant foods to consume, that nourish bones and connective tissues,

such as dark leafy greens, nuts and more. “The benefits of chiropractic care and

its natural, whole-person, patient-centered and drug-free approach to health and

wellness," as cited by the American Chiropractic Association, begins our look at

some area practitioners on page 19.

Take time for yourself and listen to your body. I know there are many times

present and past that I push things aside; now more than ever, we need to put

ourselves first and focus on our wellness.

Support out local chiropractors as they support us!

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news briefs

Wilmington Tree Initiative: Working

Together to Grow the Urban Forest

The city of Wilmington has partnered with several organizations

to achieve a common goal. The Wilmington Tree Initiative’s

long-term objective is to grow the urban forest by planting

trees and educate

the public about

their value and the

need for proper

planting and maintenance.


the plan is to plant

173 trees by the fall

of 2021.

Initiative partners

with the city

include Alliance for

Cape Fear Trees,

Cape Fear Garden

Club, Cape Fear

Community College,

Keep New Hanover

Beautiful, NC

Cooperative Extension,

New Hanover

County, Wilmington Tree Commission, Project Ocean Project and

the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. The public can be

involved by becoming a sponsor, planting trees on private property

(residence or business) and sharing the locations of planted trees.

There’ll also be educational Tree Walks on October 9 and November

13 and a tree giveaway event on October 10 for the public to

either attend or volunteer at.

For more information, including locations and times

of upcoming events, visit or Also see calendar of events.

Oyster Relief in Pamlico Sound

is Underway

Baby oysters and many

other coastal species

will soon have a new home

in the Pamlico Sound. The

North Carolina Coastal

Federation, in partnership

with the state’s Division of

Marine Fisheries, has been

recommended to receive

funding from the National

Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to add 15 acres of new

oyster reef habitat there. This large-scale, $2.25 million project

expands on the state’s significant investment in oyster restoration

and will benefit oysters plus gag groupers and white, brown and

pink shrimp.

Project partners will use proven construction practices to

build these additional oyster reefs in the sound, targeting the

addition of five acres per year for the next three years. Year one

construction will focus on the Swan Island sanctuary. Additional

sites for subsequent reef construction will be selected based on

input from the public, coupled with the best science available and

logistical considerations.

One acre of oyster sanctuary supports nearly 1 million oysters

in the sound. Oyster sanctuaries make up approximately 6%

of all oyster reefs in the sound, but contribute nearly 40% of the

oyster population, producing baby oysters that “seed” harvestable

reefs and serve as an insurance policy for the local oyster population

in the face of man-made or natural disasters. Building oyster

reefs is a critical element in building back oyster populations in

the state, which also includes cultch planting for wild harvest,

patch reefs and living shorelines.

Offices located in Ocean, Wanchese and Wrightsville Beach. For

more information, call 252-393-8185 or visit

Call 1-800-635-1683 for a

Free Consultation regarding:

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October 2020


news briefs

Wilmington Boat

Show 2020

Consider attending the annual

Wilmington Boat Show to see and

experience the latest and greatest in watersports,

including boating, sailing and

fishing, from noon to 6 p.m. on October

9, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on October 10, and

from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on October 11 in

downtown Wilmington.

The show this year will look different

from the past due to COVID-19. It’ll

be held in three separate spaces which

allows for social distancing. There’ll be

no VIP event, entertainment features,

children’s activities, seminars, food

trucks, live animal acts or areas where

people can congregate.

The inside area of the show will be

held in the Wilmington Convention

Center and falls under the state’s retail

sales guidelines which allows attendance

based on a square-footage formula.

The outside portion of the show will

follow Governor Cooper’s latest mass

public gathering number at the time of the

event. Fortunately, the expansiveness of

the marina and the pier allows the ability

to social distance and for areas/zones to be

sectioned off and monitored closely to stay

within the state’s guidelines.

Cost: Varies by age and day ($5 to $8.)

Location: 515 Nutt St., Wilmington. For

more information, including on parking,

schedule, vendors or safety protocols,

or to purchase tickets, visit Wilmington

King Law Firm Provides ‘Legal Yoga’

The high-energy team of attorneys

at King Law Firm offices throughout

North Carolina have been helping

clients with personal legal issues

for 30-plus years. During this current

period of constant change in which the

well-being and welfare of the family is

crucial, they stand behind clients, ensuring

their needs are met with professional

and compassionate service. As Ken King, the lead attorney, says, “Now, more than ever,

we need to make sure we are here for our clients. They depend on us. We need to be their

‘legal yoga’, alleviating stress in traumatic cases regarding divorce, custody, financial and

health matters.”

The firm handles many different types of claims, from worker’s compensation for

those that have been injured at work and don’t know what steps to take, to personal injury

cases for people that have been involved in accidents. They also help clients apply for

assistance in areas of bankruptcy and Social Security Disability as well as provide other

legal support. Especially with COVID-19 and the changes it has brought to our daily

routines to stay healthy, the firm values mental as well as physical well-being for clients

along with employees.

As part of their mission to keep individuals working toward family stability along

with greater peace of mind, they have specialists in Family, Elder and Nursing Home

Abuse issues. The firm fights to protect the rights of children, adults and the elderly. Further,

they have adapted their services to meet today’s health practices by offering phone

consultations and the ability to fill out documents via email or by standard mail.

For more information or to schedule a consult (attorneys are available 24/7), call 800-205-

9938 or visit See ad, page 7.

Virtual Meditation Available via

Unity of Wilmington


or millennia, meditation has been considered

a religious practice with spiritual benefits,” says

Rev. Mindy Tucker, co-minister of Unity of Wilmington

which presents a 10- to 15-minute Meditation Moment of

concentrated energy at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays on Facebook.

“Continuous and contemplative thought has opened many a

heart and mind to mystical experiences. In the 21st century,

the practice and process of paying attention continues to be

an opportunity to shift and move consciousness. Yet, today,

it is seen as so much more.”

“Reducing and relieving stress improves every aspect

of health, including heart disease, high blood pressure, insomnia, chronic pain, cancer,

depression and immunity. Moreover, meditation is a low-cost intervention. Access to

YouTube or similar video applications on the internet opens a gateway to a plethora of

varieties—sound healing meditations, guided meditations, chanting mantra meditations,

etc.,” adds Tucker.

Meditations as focused and intentional vibration can be long or short and experienced

while sitting or walking, with eyes open or eyes closed. If one is too stressed or busy to tune

in, Meditation Moments are archived in Unity of Wilmington’s Facebook videos.

Location: 717 Orchard Ave., Wilmington. For more information, call 910-763-5155 or visit See ad, page 24.

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5 Essentials: Simplifying Good Health for Life

Dr. Ada Suter, DC, of Innate Health Family Chiropractic

and Wellness, will present a six-week Masterclass

covering a wide variety of topics from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

beginning on October 5 in Hampstead.

This series will aid participants in learning how the 5

essentials can improve overall health, build a fearless immune

system, improve cancer awareness through a healthfocused

lifestyle, how chiropractic care directly influences

the functionality of the central nervous system and more.

“We have to decide where our principles lie during

times of doubt and dismay. Now more than ever is

the time to prioritize the value of the 5 essentials and

strengthening our bodies from the inside out. The human

body is naturally made to heal itself. By allowing our systems

to work with optimal functionality, we put the natu-

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ral healing process back in control of our lives. In our master the concept of next level

nutrition and detoxification to optimize gut health and overall wellness, and uncover the

natural health benefits of a consistent fitness plan,” adds Suter.

Note: Aniniba recently married and her legal last name is now Suter.

Cost: $60/person for series. Location: 14886 U.S. Hwy. 17N, Hampstead. For more information

call 910-406-1200, email or visit See

ad, page 10 and Chiropractic Profile page, 19.

health briefs


Power of Peptides

Peptide therapy is relatively new to the

U.S., but has been used in Australia

and Russia for, respectively, about 30

and 50 years. The science of peptides

has been around since the 1970s and

continues to grow. Peptides can help

improve our immune system, help us

look and feel younger, boost our libido

levels, protect our DNA, help us lose body fat, reduce inflammation, sleep

deeper and help our brains become sharper.

One of the most common peptides prescribed is a growth hormone secretagogue

called Ipamorelin. Secretagogue is a substance that causes another

substance to be secreted. In the case of Ipamorelin, it causes the pituitary gland

to secrete more of an individual’s growth hormone. Of particular a positive note,

in a 1990 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Daniel

Rudman noted higher levels of human growth hormone (HGH) in men ranging

from 61 to 81 years old that were given Ipamorelin, conferring significant health

benefits and slowing the aging process.

Deb Read is a Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy consultant, nurse and

office manager for Biosymmetry, located at 265 Racine Dr., Ste. 102, Wilmington.

For more information or to make an appointment for a consult to learn more about

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health briefs

Improve Exercise and

Recovery with Avocados

and Beets

Tasty and loaded with vitamins and minerals, avocados

are a “healthy fat” that can speed recovery after exercise,

reports a new Brazilian study. Researchers gave 12 women

either 600 milliliters (mL) of avocado pulp or a placebo in

capsules. After waiting an hour, the women ran on a treadmill

for half an hour, then recovered for an hour. Metabolic

tests of heart rate, heart rate variability and skin conductance

indicated those taking the avocado pulp recovered

faster than those given a placebo. In another new study, 12

Spanish men were able to do more back squats in weightlift

training an hour after drinking 12 mL of beet root juice

compared with a placebo, suggesting the nitrate-rich

drink improves muscular endurance.

Try Cinnamon to

Reduce Migraines

Cinnamon, long known to help blood

sugar levels, can diminish migraine attacks, according

to a new study in Phytotherapy Research from Iran. Fifty

patients with migraines took either three capsules a day of

600 milligrams (about a quarter teaspoon) of cinnamon or

a placebo. After two months, those taking cinnamon had

significantly reduced severity, frequency and duration of

migraine episodes. Most of the world’s cinnamon is Cinnamomum

verum, produced in Sri Lanka, also called Ceylon

cinnamon. Cassia cinnamon (Cinnamomum iners) is not

accepted as a true cinnamon by herbalists.


Ease Depression and

Anxiety with Probiotics

With the gut-brain axis increasingly under scrutiny, two studies provide new evidence

of how the microbiome, or gut bacteria, affects mental health. In a review

in BMJ Nutrition Prevention & Health of seven high-quality probiotic and prebiotic

studies, researchers found that 11 out of 12 probiotics studied produced “measurable

reductions in depression.” The major strains studied were Lactobacillus

acidophilus, L. casei and Bifidobacterium bifidum. In a second study in the journal

Nutrients, 20 male soccer players ages 18 to 21 received either a placebo

or a probiotics drink with L. casei for two months. By week four, those

drinking the probiotic drink had significantly more relaxed (theta) and

attentive (delta) brain waves, suggesting lowered anxiety and enhanced

training ability. The probiotics drink also improved cognitive reaction time

in the subjects.

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Wednesday Meditation 7pm

Dr. Ada Suter Chiropractor

14886 US Highway 17 N

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Phone 910.406.1200

Fax 910.406.1201

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Yoga guide


Ohana Yoga

(808) 342-8744

233i Western Blvd


Sanctuary Yoga in


(910) 803-5367

Royal Tern Drive


BeUnlimted Yoga

(910) 399-4882

5725 Oleander Drive, Suite B10

Heather Till Yoga

(910) 520-7752

3828 Oleander Drive

North Myrtle Beach

Vintage Violet

(337) 412-3873

807 2nd Ave N

Myrtle Beach:

Grow your business with us! To list your studio

on this page, please call 910-833-5366

Micki Beach is an

experienced Registered

Yoga Teacher (200

E-RYT) and owner of Tree

of Life Yoga Studio, originally

established in 2011 in

Sanford. Beach relocated

to Oak Island in 2017 and

reestablished her practice

here when she merged

her idea of whole-body

wellness with the Island

Healing family of experts.

She has been teaching as

a studio owner and lead

instructor for 10 years and

her studio is a credentialed

Tree of Life Yoga

Micki Beach

Wicked Fitness

(877) 751-2992

10764 Highway 707

Namaste Yoga Studio

(301) 503-0618

Black River Road

Living Yoga and


(843) 457-4866

5001 N Kings HWY STE 108

Oak Island

Tree of Life Yoga

(910) 366-3664

8809 E Oak Island Drive

yoga school with Yoga Alliance.

Her additional certifications

include Registered

Yoga School (RYS), Yoga

Warriors Teacher (YWT),

and Stand Up Paddleboard

Yoga (SUPY.)

Her specialty is anatomical

yoga, bringing a modern

idea of yoga to the mat. “We

teach the science of the mat

and our goal is to empower

every student to understand

and develop a practice that

is best for their body and

will sustain a healthy wellbeing

for a lifetime,” comments

Beach. She always offers in-depth

prop instruction and variation explanations,

so whether one is just starting out or wants

to develop one’s practice on a deeper level,

Beach offers what one needs.

Beach’s studio class offerings include

Gentle yoga, Vinyasa yoga, and Beginners’

yoga, Yin/Restorative Yoga for Kids

(Camps), Yo-Chi (Yoga/Tai Chi), Pilates

and TRX. “The best part of the Tree of Life

Yoga is our spacious, fully equipped studio,

with props, reasonable class fees and highly

qualified instructors,” adds Beach.

Location: 8809 East Oak Island Dr., Oak

Island. For more information, call 910-366-

3664, email or visit See Chiropractic Guide listing,

page 21.

October 2020


global briefs

Baby Boo-Boo

Falling Fertility Rate Threatens

World Stability

As reported

in The Lancet,

researchers at

the University

of Washington

Institute for

Health Metrics

and Evaluation

showed the

global total fertility

rate (TFR)

nearly halved

from 1950 levels, when women had an average of 4.7

children each, to 2.4 in 2017. The study indicates it could

fall below 1.7 by the turn of the century. As a result, global

population may peak at 9.7 billion around 2064 before

falling to 8.8 billion by 2100. Some nations will also age

dramatically, with as many people becoming senior citizens

as those being born. If the fertility rate falls below a ratio

of about two to one, then the size of the population starts

to fall. Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the

report states, “Our findings suggest that continued trends

in female educational attainment and access to contraception

will hasten declines in fertility and slow population

growth. A sustained TFR lower than the replacement level

in many countries, including China and India, would have

economic, social, environmental and geopolitical consequences.

Policy options to adapt to continued low fertility

while sustaining and enhancing female reproductive health

will be crucial in the years to come.”


Gas Blasters

Record Methane Emissions Driven

by Agriculture and Fossil Fuels

A worldwide inventory

of methane sources reported

by researchers online

in Environmental Research

Letters reveals that atmospheric

levels of the heattrapping

greenhouse gas

are at an all-time high.

Africa and Asia are seen

as major contributors due to

increasing agriculture activity.

Increasing fossil fuel

use and landfill waste also

heighten emissions in China

and the United States.

Science News reports that methane “is one of the most

important greenhouse gases—arguably the second-most

important after CO 2

,” according to atmospheric scientist

Alexander Turner. Methane can trap approximately 30

times as much heat as the same amount of CO 2

. Possible

solutions include strategies to moderate pollution such

as consuming less meat to cut down on emissions from

cattle ranches and using aircraft or satellites to find gas

pipeline leaks. In 2017, human activities discharged about

364 million metric tons of methane into the atmosphere,

compared with 324 million tons per year on average in the

early 2000s. About half of the increase was the result of

expanding agriculture and landfills, while the rest came

from fossil fuels. Emissions from natural sources such as

wetlands held steady.

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Calm Down

Taming the Flames of

Stress-Related Illness

by Marlaina Donato

Gut Instincts

Studies involving both mice and humans show that beneficial gut

microorganisms are altered by emotional stress. The same bacteria

responsible for bolstering the body’s fortress of immunity also

generate neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine and norguilhermealmeida/

We are beings of neurochemical and hormonal

intricacy, and within this mixed bag of biology lies

our magic. Our human experience is visceral; we

cry from sadness and joy, flush from embarrassment, laugh with

amusement and exhibit quirky mannerisms when we lie. Whether

we see it as a blessing or a curse, we’re hardwired to embody the

sacred fire of our emotions.

It also means that stress and our bodies are in perpetual

partnership. “Systematically, the mind and body work together.

Grabbing your belly when you hear bad news and saying, ‘I feel

sick,’ or having ‘butterflies in your stomach’ are a testament to

how everyday stress affects us physically,” says Stephanie Mansour,

Chicago fitness expert and host of the national PBS show Step It

Up With Steph.

“Stress serves a useful purpose by increasing alertness—the

sometimes lifesaving ‘fight-or-flight’ response—but chronic stress

leads to elevated stress hormones like cortisol and catecholamines,”

says emergency room physician Thomas Krisanda, at

Northwest Hospital, in Randallstown, Maryland. “Cortisol can

elevate blood glucose and suppress the immune system. Elevated

catecholamines raise blood pressure and stress the heart. Over

time, this can lead to hypertension, heart disease, kidney disease,

diabetes or strokes.”

According to The American Institute of Stress, 77 percent

of people experience the physical backlash of emotional stress

in the form of headaches, chronic migraines, fatigue, digestive

woes, muscle tension, dizziness and changes in libido. Research

published this year in the Journal of the American Heart Association

shows that children that experience severe adversity or live

with alcoholics or drug addicts are at a 50 percent higher risk for

developing cardiovascular disease later in life. Experts agree that

this statistic goes beyond poor lifestyle choices, and might point

to a biological inability to cope with everyday pressures.

Working with—rather than against—the body’s nervous system

by employing lifestyle changes, releasing trauma and considering

options like a nourishing diet, safe herbal options and gentle

energy modalities can help to break a vicious cycle.

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epinephrine. These neurochemicals in the

gut’s enteric nervous system control major

biological functions that include heart rate,

sleep cycles, muscle movement and mood.

While commonly prescribed antibiotics

eradicate infectious invaders, they also

kill off beneficial bacteria and neurotransmitters,

opening the door to depressive

disorders. Because approximately 95

percent of the body’s serotonin is produced

in the gut, it’s not surprising that overuse of

antibiotics has been associated with mental

health conditions. British research published

in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

in 2015 documents case-control studies

over an 18-year period involving 202,974

patients with depression. The findings

show a high risk for anxiety and depression

following repeated antibiotic use.

Connecting the dots further, 2018

research published in the Journal of Neuroendocrinology

correlates compromised

intestinal permeability with a weakened

blood-brain barrier and alcohol addiction.

Research published in 2014 in the journal

PLOS One involving patients with irritable

bowel syndrome (IBS) reveals abnormalities

in catecholamines, elevated plasma cortisol

and hyperactivity of the amygdala—the part

of the brain that can become stuck on overdrive

from trauma and other life stresses.

In a nutshell, negative emotional

states can suppress immunity and foster

more frequent antibiotic prescriptions and

in turn, promote neurological loops of

chronic depression and anxiety, and even

more compromised immune response.

Functional gastrointestinal disorders

like IBS and inflammation-driven Crohn’s

disease are often exacerbated by emotional

upset and improved with stress management

techniques like biofeedback, cognitive

behavioral therapy, psychoanalysis,

hypnotherapy, meditation and breath work.

One Body, Many Selves

Resolving emotional trauma can offer unexpected

hope for conditions that elude

improvement or scientific understanding.

A deeper look into how unrecognized or

unreleased emotional pain can contribute

to disease might help to solve the riddle of

digestive problems, eczema, inflammatory

bowel conditions and pain syndromes,

including the multi-system agonies of

fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue

syndrome. It’s a widespread misunderstanding

that psychosomatic (mind-body)

health conditions are imaginary or the

product of mental instability. In actuality,

the term psychosomatic simply refers to

physical diseases with no organic origin

that are presumed to have unconscious

emotional taproots.

“We are made up of different types of

energy,” explains LaStacia Ross, a reiki master

and sound healer at Eclectic Soul Studio,

in Pittsburg, Kansas. “Physical or sensory

energy is the energy of the physical body.

Our outer energy field is subtle energy which

consists of layers and includes thoughts and

emotions. I like to think of the subtle energy

field as a library containing the records of

everything we’ve ever experienced.”

Reiki, a form of non-touch therapy, is

now deemed valuable by many respected

hospitals, like the Memorial Sloan Kettering

Cancer Center, in Manhattan. Springboarding

from the philosophy that we are

trinities of body, mind and spirit, reiki and

other forms of energy medicine aim to

encourage the flow of vital life force. Ross,

who also uses sound resonance via tuning

forks in her work, has witnessed significant

improvement in her clients. “Energy work

can help release stored energetic patterns

of trauma and stress that no longer serve

us,” she says. “Relaxation is an immediate

benefit of energy work. People often feel a

huge mental weight lifted and report pain

relief, sometimes after just one session.”

Despite the many gains of energy work,

Ross emphasizes individual timing. “On

a subconscious level, pain or illness can

serve us in some way without us realizing

it. Sometimes we’re not ready to work

through our issues or let them go, even if

we think we are.”

Investing in Equilibrium

Stress-induced psychosomatic illness does

not discriminate, and even affects members

of the medical field. A 2009 study published

in the Indian Journal of Occupational

and Environmental Medicine found that

professional burnout in nurses can manifest

as back and neck pain, acidity, anger

and impaired memory.

Krisanda underscores the importance

of self-care in all walks of life. “If you don’t

take care of yourself, you are useless to care

for others. Adopt a healthy diet and exercise

and make it a routine. We live in a very

materialistic society, and I believe this also

leads to stress, unhappiness and a sense of

being entitled and never being satisfied.

Just let go.”

He also stresses the importance of sup-

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port. “An emergency room is an incredibly

hectic, frightening and sometimes violent

place. I rely on my colleagues, and we support

each other. For me, the most important

thing is to realize that I’m not in it alone.”

Krisanda also finds balance by taking a

few minutes in a quiet place to collect his

thoughts and enjoy a peaceful moment.

Basic, whole foods can help to maintain

homeostasis. “Make sure that food

is fueling you,” says Mansour. “Cooked

vegetables and broths are very soothing.

Instead of a juice cleanse or an extreme

diet, focus on nourishing, calming foods

like soups, lean proteins to stabilize blood

sugar levels and healthy fats to support

brain function. Reducing alcohol can help

improve liver function.”

Sarah Kate Benjamin, a holistic chef

and herbalist in Sebastopol, California,

finds her own healing rhythms by eating

with the seasons and using medicinal plants

in inspired, everyday dishes. Co-author of

The Kosmic Kitchen Cookbook: Everyday

Herbalism and Recipes for Radical Wellness,

she sees herbs as life-giving examples

of resilience. “Herbs have been here long

before us and have experienced their own

form of stressors. Working with nervous

system-supportive herbs in my food, beverages

or even as tinctures really help me find

balance when I’m overwhelmed.”

Some of her allies are oat tops, lemon

balm, skullcap, chamomile and passionflower.

For Benjamin, everyday choices

play a huge role in healing. “Making small

lifestyle shifts in your work or home life

can really help you move into a more

relaxed state. I like to think of it as a sort

of mantra: ‘Help the herbs help you,’” she

says. In a world that is fixated on external

validation, little things matter. “If I give

myself permission to do the things that

really nourish me, I’ll be the best version

of myself. Perhaps most importantly, I

will like me, and that matters tremendously.”

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Practical Tips

From Stephanie Mansour:

n Deep breathing and rolling the shoulders

forward and back a few times can

relieve muscle tension.

n Eating something crunchy like an

apple or carrots can lessen feelings

of stress.

n Meditating for even one minute can

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Strong and Supple Joints

How to Keep Hips and Knees Happy

Occasional knee or hip pain affects

almost everyone, keeping us from

daily tasks, making sitting painful

and walking difficult. Causes can range

from over-exercise to injuries, obesity and

arthritis as we age. By the time we reach

65 years or older, 69 percent of women

and 56 percent of men have arthritic

symptoms, according to Boston University

researchers. Costly joint replacement surgery

which carries a high risk of adverse

effects is often recommended for advanced

cases, but by taking simple, natural preventive

and remedial measures proactively,

we can strengthen our knee and hip joints,

handle related problems if they arise and

remain physically strong and active.

Ways to Strengthen

Hips and Knees

Consume foods that nourish bones and

connective tissues. For strong bones, eat

foods rich in calcium, magnesium and

potassium, such as dark leafy greens (bok

choy, Chinese cabbage, kale and collard

greens), figs, nuts, tofu, avocados and bone

broth. Six prunes a day boosted bone density

in women over 70 with osteoporosis,

research shows. Foods that support flexible

tendons and ligaments include fatty fish,

lentils, nuts, vegetables like spinach and

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broccoli, and colorful fruit like strawberries

and oranges.

Practice tai chi, qigong or hatha yoga.

The gentle, low-impact movements and

stretches associated with these approaches

get synovial fluid flowing in the larger

joints, effecting smoother mobility and

increased flexibility; numerous studies

document that they reduce joint pain and

stiffness. “The key is not just to stretch,

but to balance strength and stretching in

a safe, mindful way,” says Andrea Trank,

a health coach and yoga teacher in Fort

Myers, Florida. Although personal or class

instruction is best, how-to videos can be

found on YouTube.

Walk every day. In a four-year Northwestern

University study, people at risk of knee

osteoarthritis that walked at a moderate or

brisk pace for at least 10 minutes a day, one

hour a week, had one-eighth the disabled

mobility of those that walked less. Posture

helps: Walking straight and tall while

extending each leg back as far as it’ll go will

“really let your glut muscles work,” advises

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Ways to Lower Pain Levels

Consider the right supplements. Obtaining 1,000 milligrams

daily of calcium and 600 international units of vitamin D is essential

for bone health, according to the National Institutes of

Health; consider taking a supplement if the diet is not adequate.

In addition, study-proven options that reduce joint pain in the

knees and hips include glucosamine and chondroitin, S-adenosyl-

L-methionine (SAMe) and avocado soybean unsaponifiable.

The benefits of bodywork. A massage can loosen up tight muscles

and realign structural issues in the knees and hips while also

lowering stress-producing cortisol and raising levels of pain-reducing

serotonin. A study at Canada’s McMaster University found

that massage works on the cellular level to reduce inflammation

and promote the growth of new mitochondria in muscles. Useful

styles are Swedish, deep tissue, myofascial release and shiatsu. Ask

for references from friends, medical practitioners, fitness centers

and natural health stores or find online a certified practitioner

with at least 500 hours of training.

Try acupuncture. A new meta-study of 39 studies with 20,827 patients

concluded that acupuncture effectively reduces pain for as

long as 12 months, and the National Institutes of Health endorses

it for knee pain. “It is believed to stimulate the nervous system and

in turn, the way the brain registers pain signals,” says acupuncturist

Daryl Thuroff, at the Yinova Center, in New York City. Find an

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Consult a chiropractor. People with osteoarthritic knees that

underwent two weeks of chiropractic knee adjustments had substantially

less pain, better mobility and fewer grinding and clicking

sensations in the knees, reported a study in The Journal of the

Canadian Chiropractic Association. In a small study in the Journal of

Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, four out of five patients

with hip arthritis noticed improved symptoms after nine or fewer

chiropractic treatments. Many chiropractors offer not only spinal

adjustments, but also a range of treatments from exercises

to prolotherapy.

Supplements for Suppleness

Glucosamine and chondroitin. Research suggests this combo relieves

pain, improves joint mobility and slows arthritic damage to

the joints. One study found it benefits up to 70 percent of people

with knee arthritis, and a large multinational trial found the

mixture to be as effective at reducing pain, stiffness and swelling

in knee osteoarthritis as the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug

(NSAID) celecoxib. It appears most suited for treating moderate

to severe pain and takes two months to take effect.

SAMe. This naturally occurring S-adenosyl-L-methionine

molecule builds strong joints by delivering sulfur to cartilage,

and research shows it may be as effective as aspirin and ibuprofen

at improving joint function. It takes a month to take effect, but

doesn’t have the side effects of NSAIDs. It’s also been shown to

lower depression.

Avocado soybean unsaponifiable (ASU). Routinely used to

treat osteoarthritis in Europe, ASU improves symptoms of hip

and knee osteoarthritis (OA) and reduces or eliminates the use

of NSAIDs, a meta-analylsis concluded; it also appears to reduce

OA’s progression.

stimulate the body to produce collagen and rejuvenate tissue. In

a British Medical Bulletin meta-study, 82 percent of patients with

mild to moderate osteoarthritis of the knee were satisfied with

prolotherapy, which uses dextrose injections. Platelet-rich plasma

injections use centrifuged platelets from the patient’s body, and

have been used by athletes like Tiger Woods and Rafael Nadal to

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The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) has designated October as National Chiropractic Health Month to raise public

awareness of the importance of musculoskeletal health and the benefits of chiropractic care and its natural, whole-person, patientcentered

and drug-free approach to health and wellness.

This year’s theme is Active and Adaptive, focusing on helping people adapt to the new normal of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ACA states, “Many people are moving less, and some are experiencing pain as a result.” This year’s focus encourages people to

adjust to the challenges of staying fit and pain-free with a smaller lifestyle footprint by becoming more mindful of movement and

posture, and by highlighting tips and strategies to help them adapt in healthy ways.

Galligan Family Chiropractic


ur main focus at Galligan Family Chiropractic is working with each patient to understand

their overall health concerns, identifying those that are related to spinal

health and creating a plan that can restore function, health and vibrancy, whether just with

chiropractic or nutrition or emotional work,” comments Dr. Gail Galligan, DC, owner and

founder. A graduate of the University of North Carolina Wilmington and Palmer College of

Chiropractic, she’s a certified chiropractor through the American Veterinarian Chiropractic

Association (AVCA) and a 2015 AVCA Hall of Fame award recipient.

Galligan’s expertise and specialization of her overall chiropractic care includes nutritional

response testing, neuro-emotional technique, cold laser and also dry needling via the

Balanced Method taught by the Academy of Acupuncture. She has assisted all kinds of fourlegged

friends including dogs, cats, horses, cows and goats.

Galligan puts together a whole wellness picture of health using her skilled kinesiology

along with years of whole-food nutritional education from varied and accomplished sources.

“Our office space is a welcoming, healing environment with therapeutic essential oils, live

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singing from our plants via Musics of the Plants and an Air Oasis purifier removing 99.99% of viruses, bacteria, mold and

mildew from our space.”

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Innate Health Family Chiropractic and Wellness

“ ur top priority is to give patients the most effective chiropractic corrective care and the


most cutting-edge information on health and wellness. We are passionate about empowering

patients with the knowledge that healing comes from within and teaching our methods

through the 5 Essentials,” explains Dr. Ada Suter, Max Living Doctor at Innate Health Family

Chiropractic and Wellness.

These essentials are a healthy mind, chiropractic, nutrition, lean muscles and minimizing

toxins. Being a Max Living Doctor is more than just helping people feel healthy. “We want people

to be healthy from the inside out,” adds Suter. Her passion for chiropractic and health is shared

through her daily enthusiasm. She is passionate about bringing the chiropractic principles of life

to the masses with her focus on pediatrics, women’s and men’s health, families and athletes.

Suter earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Health and Exercise Science with an

emphasis on Nutrition and Wellness and a minor in Business Marketing from California State

University Hayward and her doctoral degree from Life Chiropractic College West, in the San

Francisco Bay Area. She is currently working on her Certification in Chiropractic Pediatrics

Dr. Ada Suter

from the ICPA. Her countless hours of study and experience have led her to be selected to train with some of the top doctors

in the health profession through Max Living, in California, Colorado, Florida and North Carolina. She has received advanced

certifications in spinal correction and nutrition.

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Falk Family Chiropractic & Wellness

For more than 21 years, Falk Family Chiropractic & Wellness has been providing natural health care

for the entire family through chiropractic care, regenerative medicine and holistic primary care with

Dr. Daniel Falk, DC, and Dr. Robert Stinson, DC. The practice has been awarded the Horry Independent

Readers’ Choice Award for the past five years.

“We are a family chiropractic center,” explains Falk. “This means that our doors and treatments are

open to entire families; providing pain relief and wellness care for all ages. Our patients range from newborns,

only a few days old, to elders in their 90s. We would be happy to provide our services to any or all

members of your family. As you participate in your treatment, a special bond is established as you become

part of our chiropractic family. We extend our hearts to you as you achieve and maintain your optimal

health and wellness.”

Stinson adds, “We are dedicated to the best possible health care for you and our community.

We believe the power of healing lies within each individual. We believe in providing an environment

that supports the individual’s choice.”

Location: 1501 9th Ave., Conway. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 843-248-0104

or visit See Guide listing, page 21.

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Island Healing Chiropractic

Dr. Karen Fairfield, DC, graduated from Life West Chiropractic College in 2000 and has,

since then, specialized in applied kinesiology and clinical nutrition. After relocating her

family from San Francisco, her first office opened on Oak Island in 2001.

Fairfield has always sought to solve her and her patient’s health challenges in the most natural,

conservative way possible. Most recently, her approach is more geared toward combining

chiropractic and functional medicine. Using a blend of chiropractic techniques, lab testing and

muscle testing, she works on supporting the most important systems of the body, looking for the

underlying cause of symptoms.

Her current practice location was built on Oak Island Drive in 2006 affording the opportunity

to expand her professional services as well as including massage therapy, plus fitness, and

wellness programs. Married with a teenage son and her three fur babies, she loves the beach,

fitness, healthy food and music.

Location: 8809 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island. For more information or to schedule an appointment,

call 910-278-5877 or visit See Guide listing, page 21.

Dr. Karen Fairfield, DC

Elite Chiropractic

Dr. Sonya Young, DC, owner and founder of Elite Chiropractic, in Wilmington, is passionate

about empowering patients with the knowledge that healing comes from within. She is

a graduate of the University of North Carolina and Life University for Chiropractic. As an official

Maximized Living Health Center, Elite Chiropractic is transforming the health of hundreds of

families in the Wilmington community by teaching them how to achieve true health and healing

through maintaining a healthy nervous system and living a healthy lifestyle.

Following their principle of empowering patients, the practice is helping change the way health

care is viewed and applied in America. Young reports seeing tremendous results with her patients

because she makes it her top priority to give patients the most effective chiropractic corrective care

and the most cutting-edge information on health and wellness.

At Elite Chiropractic, clients can expect a highly trained doctor and staff that have one goal in

mind: to help the individual and family reach and maintain their maximum health potential. While

some other doctors choose to limit their scope of practice to pain relief only, their goal is to detect

and eliminate root causes of health problems that one may be suffering from now and in the future.

Dr. Sonya Young, DC

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conscious eating

A Better Breakfast

Healthy Tips and Recipes to Start the Day

by April Thompson

Breakfast sets the stage for the day ahead, and it can either drain or energize us, depending

on the what, when and how much aspects of the meal. While health experts

agree that many traditional breakfast foods can do more harm than good, delicious,

healthy alternatives are within easy reach of the breakfast table.

Morning favorites like pastries, sugary cereals and pancakes, high in refined sugars and

carbs, cause insulin production to spike and blood sugar levels to crash, according to David

Perlmutter, an acclaimed neurologist based in Naples, Florida, and author of Grain Brain:

The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar - Your Brain’s Silent Killers. “People need

to train their bodies to tap into the energy reserves within, harvesting fat for energy rather

than being reliant on the next meal. A breakfast high in protein and fat will do that,” he says.

While often waiting until noon for his first meal of the day, Perlmutter frequently opts

for eggs and salad drenched in an extra-virgin olive oil dressing to break the fast. Perlmutter

suggests waiting 12 hours or longer between dinner and the next day’s breakfast. “Time-

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can have surprising health benefits, helping

crank up production of the brain-derived

neurotrophic factor, a powerful initiator for

growth of new brain cells, and kick-start autophagy,

the body’s method of cleaning out

damaged cells, according to the neurologist.

A plant-based chef based in Bruges,

Belgium, Julie Van den Kerchove switched

from a raw, vegan diet to a mainly keto

diet, low in carbohydrates, to regain energy

after “hitting a wall, experiencing hormonal

imbalances and nutritional deficiencies.

Before, I would have green smoothies with

lots of fruit and leafy greens, but would be

‘hangry’ a few hours later. Now my breakfast

consists more of healthy fats and proteins,

which helps me stay satisfied and energized

until lunchtime. I experience more mental

clarity and calmness because my blood

sugar is not going up and down,” says Van

den Kerchove, a blogger and author of

vegan, raw-food and keto cookbooks.

A typical breakfast for her now is a

chia seed pudding with a nut or coconut

milk, berries, nuts and seeds with a protein

powder and stevia, which is easy to prepare

in advance, or a warm porridge with hemp

seeds, nut butter, chia seeds and almond,

hemp or coconut milk, which is high in

fiber and healthy fats. “If I feel like [having]

something savory, I’ll have seed crackers

topped with avocado and eggs or a Mediterranean

omelet,” she adds.

Teresa Fung, a professor of nutrition at

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at Harvard University, both in Boston, cautions

about completely cutting carbs from

breakfast, however. “Fruits and vegetables

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who is an associate editor for The Journal

of Nutrition. “Optimal morning fuel will

include a good dose of protein, vitamins

and minerals, fiber, antioxidants and some

heart-healthy fats. It will also include a

healthy source of carbs that your body can

use as energy, leaving proteins to be used

for protein synthesis,” says Fung, suggesting

a simple, but hearty breakfast of high-fiber

oatmeal or yogurt with nuts and fruit.

Like Perlmutter, Fung stresses the

importance of eating during daylight hours

when certain enzymes are activated. “Our

bodies react to daylight even when our

eyes are still closed. Eating should match

up with our biological clocks, as we are

daytime animals, using most of our energy

in the day,” she says.

Fung notes Americans that tend to

make breakfast the smallest meal of the

day and dinner the largest need to better

balance meal sizes rather than load up on

calories late in the day.

These experts agree on the need to

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holiday dinner the night before, I may skip

my morning meal. I’m a huge proponent in

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Caramel Apple Cinnamon

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These oats are a great dessert/breakfast mix

that’s delicious, but good for you, too. It’s

made clean by cooking the apples using

coconut sugar instead of refined white

sugar and adding cinnamon and nutmeg

for spice. Prep the oats by mixing all the ingredients,

then make a date caramel sauce

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can purchase from the grocery store and so

luscious that you’ll fall in love with it.

For the Cinnamon Apples:

2 large Honeycrisp or Pink Lady apples,

cored, peeled and diced

2 Tbsp coconut sugar

⅛ tsp cinnamon

⅛ tsp nutmeg

For the Oats:

1½ cups rolled oats

1½ cups unsweetened almond milk

2 Tbsp chia seeds

1 tsp vanilla extract

¼ tsp ground cinnamon

For the Date Caramel Sauce:

10–12 pitted dried dates

⅛ tsp sea salt

½ cup hot water, divided

Healthy First Meals

To make the cinnamon apples, combine

the apples, coconut sugar, cinnamon and

nutmeg in a saucepan, and cook over

medium heat for 6 to 8 minutes until the

apples are softened, but not mushy.

For the oats, combine the oats, milk,

chia seeds, vanilla and cinnamon in a

mixing bowl.

To make the date caramel sauce, process

the dates and sea salt in a food processor

until they are finely chopped. Add the

water, 1 tablespoon at a time, to the dates

until the mixture becomes smooth and

resembles caramel. You may need to scrape

down the sides of the food processor.

Spoon half of the oat mixture into the bottom

of an 8-ounce jar with a lid or a sealable

container, then top with the date sauce

and apples. Repeat in a second jar with the

remaining ingredients.

Refrigerate the oats overnight or for at

least 4 hours. The oats can be enjoyed cold

straight from the refrigerator or heated in

the microwave for 1 to 2 minutes.

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Salmon Cakes with

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For the vegetables:

½ cup fennel, shaved thin (use a mandolin

slicer for thinnest slices)

¼ cup parsnips, shaved

½ Tbsp coconut oil

For the salmon cakes:

6 oz can boneless, skinless, wild-caught

salmon, drained

1 egg

1 Tbsp quinoa flakes

1 Tbsp fresh chives, chopped

1 tsp capers

1 tsp lemon juice

½ Tbsp coconut oil, for frying

4 radishes with greens

Heat oil in a skillet and sauté fennel and

parsnips until tender, about 7 minutes.

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Sweet Potato Toast

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1 large sweet potato

1 ripe avocado, sliced

1 package of tempeh (or 2 eggs)

Extra-virgin coconut or olive oil

Black pepper and sea salt

Smoked paprika and turmeric (optional)

2 large handfuls spinach or kale (optional)

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roast for 5 to 10 minutes. Rub the sweet

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Saturday, October 3

Mystic Karen Vedic Palm Reader – 11am-3:30pm.

Traditionally trained Vedic Palmist, Tarot Reader and

Psychic Medium. Cost $55/$100, 30/60 minutes. Blue

Lagoon Wellness Center, 1202 Floral Pkwy, Wilmington.

910-685-2795. BlueLagoon

Sunday, October 4

Inspirational Service: Doing Things Big – 11am.

Inspirational service w/ Jason Aycock vocalist hosted

virtually on Unity of Wilmington’s

unityofwilm/. For more information call 910-763-

5155 or visit

Yoga Nutrition & Lifestyle eCourse – 11am-noon.

4-weekseries. Online course teaches yoga fundamentals

of diet, movement, and mindfulness. Practical

strategies to empower your health, boost immunity,

balance digestion, improve sleep, manage weight, and

feel right in your body, mind and spirit. Cost: $150.

Visit to learn more and register.

Monday, October 5

Indigo Mom’s – 6:30-8pm. With Michelle Wells of

Soul Star Intuitive Arts. Support group for magical

mamas of magical children of all ages to come together

in a safe space to learn, talk, share, and ask questions

for parent empathic or Indigo children. Cost: $20. Blue

Lagoon Wellness Center, 1202 Floral Pkwy, Wilmington.


Thursday, October 8

Woman’s Fellowship Circle – 6:30pm. You are

invited to join us for a chance to connect, encourage

and support each other in a safe, sacred space. Whatever

is challenging you right now: feelings of anxiety,

grief and loss or loneliness, it always feels good to

come together with others experiencing similar life

challenges. Bring beverage/snack. Cost: $15 cash.

Limit: 25 people in order to honor social distancing.

Facilitated by Amy Nelson. Call to reserve spot. Cost:

$15 cash. Blue Lagoon Wellness Center, 1202 Floral

Pkwy, Wilmington. 910-685-2795.

Friday, October 9

Tree Walk @ New Hanover County Arboretum

– 2-2:45pm. Free. Join Lloyd Singleton, Director

for a tree walk. Lloyd will highlight a variety of tree

species on the Arboretum grounds. Both native and

introduced trees known for superior local adaptation

will be showcased. Participants are required to follow

all COVID-19 guidelines, socially distance and

wear face coverings if social distancing isn’t possible.

Must register at 6206

Oleander Dr, Wilmington.

Wilmington Boat Show – Noon-6pm. Wilmington

Convention Center, 515 Nutt Str, Wilmington. Cost: $5/

person, 3 and under free. Wilmington

Saturday, October 10

Saturday Psychics – Brooke Rowe – 10am-3:30pm.

Hi, my name is Brooke and I am thrilled to be on this

journey with you! It is my goal to help others find their

purpose by connecting them with their authentic self.

As an adult, I realized my spiritual gifts have been

present with me all along. I have studied metaphysical

topics ranging from Astrology and Alchemy to Quantum

Physics and Entanglement. After experiencing 2

significant traumatic losses in my life, I also began

to practice various holistic healing modalities and

research multiple cultural belief systems. At one point

I realized all the self-taught knowledge and my own

personal healing journey was meant to assist others on

their spiritual journey of awakening. Cost: $45/$80,

30/60 minutes. Blue Lagoon Wellness Center, 1202

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

Wilmington Boat Show – 10am-6pm. Wilmington

Convention Center, 515 Nutt Str, Wilmington. Cost:

$8/$5; Adults/age 4-12, 3 and under free. Wilmington

Sunday, October 11

Wilmington Boat Show – 10am-5pm. Wilmington

Convention Center, 515 Nutt Str, Wilmington. Cost:

$8/$5; Adults/age 4-12, 3 and under free. Wilming

Inspirational Service: Between No Longer and Not

Yet – 11am. Inspirational service w/ Heather Setzler

vocalist hosted virtually on Unity of Wilmington’s For more information

call 910-763-5155 or visit

Yoga Nutrition & Lifestyle eCourse – 11am. See

October 4 listing. Online.

Monday, October 12

Columbus Day

Thursday, October 15

Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. With Micki Beach. Our Yoga

class can be enjoyed by all levels! Each sequence is

introduced with basic form and alignment techniques.

Props instruction guides each person to choose the

variation that works well for them. Cost: $12 drop-in.

Island Healing Chiropractic, 8809 E Oak Island Dr, Oak

Island. 910-278-5877.

Yin/Restore Yoga – 6-7pm. With Micki Beach.

Need to nurture your mind, body and spirit? Grab

the props and snuggle in. Want more depth in your

poses, heal from and injury or surgery, or work deeper

in connective tissue? Take the Yin approach. Cost:

$12 drop-in. Island Healing Chiropractic, 8809 E

Oak Island Dr, Oak Island. 910-278-5877. Island

Social Justice Dialog – 7-8pm. Via Zoom. Unity

Myrtle Beach educates and explores systemic racism

in the United States to deepen awareness of country’s

history, and ultimately to expand personal commitment

to social justice and being part of healing solutions.

Please view documentary I am Not Your Negro

prior to call; available on Netflix. Join Zoom Meeting

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Saturday, October 17

Saturday Psychics – Eileen & Great Oak – 10am-

3:30pm. Eileen was born Psychic; meaning she does

not need cards or tools to provide information from

the other side. She has the wonderful ability to be a

medium, loved ones that have passed over are able

come through and speak with you via Eileen. One of

the greatest pleasures a Psychic has is to help others,

to assist them in seeing what is real. The readings

can be fun as well, especially when the client has

a loved one on the other side with a great sense of

humor. Laughter often roars from the reading room!

So whether you are looking for relief or a great laugh,

call or drop in Cost: $75/$100, 30/60 minutes. Blue

Lagoon Wellness Center, 1202 Floral Pkwy, Wilmington.

910-685-2795. BlueLagoon

Sunday, October 18

Inspirational Service: Standing on Solid Ground –

11am. Inspirational service w/ Jess Coppola vocalist

hosted virtually on Unity of Wilmington’s Facebook.

com/unityofwilm/. For more information call 910-

763-5155 or visit

Yoga Nutrition & Lifestyle eCourse – 11am. See

October 4 listing. Online.

Thursday, October 22

Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. See October 15 listing. Oak


Yin/Restore Yoga – 6-7pm. See October 15 listing.

Oak Island.

Social Justice Dialog – 7-8pm. See October 15

listing. Online.

Friday, October 23

Drive Thru Trick or Treat – 6-8pm. Free, drive thru

event. Several organizations from Wilmington will pass

out candy and treats. COVID-19 compliant. Families are

invited to wear costumes. First come, first serve. Maides

Park, 1101 Manly Ave, Wilmington. 910-341-7867.

Saturday, October 24

Saturday Psychics – Michelle Wells – 10am-

3:30pm. Blue Lagoon is pleased to introduce Michelle

Wells of Soul Star Intuitive Arts. A mama of 4 by day

and an intuitive psychic, healer and light worker. I

sensed and saw things other people didn’t. I just kind

of “know” things and sense spirit energy. It’s hard to

put into’s just a knowing that I feel. I’ve

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used my ‘knowing’ and energy to heal family and

friends before I ever knew that was a thing. Cost:

$55/$75/$110, 15/30/60 minutes. Blue Lagoon Wellness

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


Sunday, October 25

Inspirational Service: Repair, Reinforce, Rebuild

– 11am. Inspirational service w/ Samantha Misfud

vocalist hosted virtually on Unity of Wilmington’s For more information

call 910-763-5155 or visit

Yoga Nutrition & Lifestyle eCourse – 11am. See

October 4 listing. Online.

Healing Fire Circle – 6-7:30pm. Please join us for

this outdoor event held at BMWC sacred green space

(cancelled only if extreme weather conditions) We

will form a circle around a fire while we recite prayers

aloud for our Self-healing, our Community healing

and for Global Healing. These prayers are part of a

Transformational Program put together by Howard

Wills which he freely shares with the world. Limit:

25 people in order to honor social distancing. Please

bring water to hydrate, bug spray, and a chair if you

prefer to sit, and umbrella if it is raining. Facilitated by

Amy Nelson. Call to reserve spot. Cost: $15 cash. Blue

Lagoon Wellness Center, 1202 Floral Pkwy, Wilmington.


Thursday, October 29

Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. See October 15 listing. Oak


Yin/Restore Yoga – 6-7pm. See October 15 listing.

Oak Island.

Social Justice Dialog – 7-8pm. See October 15 listing.


Saturday, October 31

Happy Halloween!

Saturday Psychic – Beth Urban – 10am-3:30pm.

My name is Elizabeth Urban of Oceanside Oracle.

I’ve been intuitive since I was child but ended up

repressing my gifts in late childhood and all the way

thru my 20s to “fit in.” After the birth of my second

child and moving to Wilmington, I could not ignore

them any longer as they were screaming at me. I chose

to embrace and develop them at that point and I’m so

glad I did! I offer psychic readings along with oracle

cards and Tarot. The best way to describe my services

would be like someone took a psychic, a medium,

Tarot, and talking with your BFF and then combined

them into a mixer and hit the BLEND button. Cost:

$30/$60/$80, 15/30/60 minutes. Blue Lagoon Wellness

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



Friday, November 13

Longleaf Tree Walk – 2-3pm. Free. Join educators

from Halyburton Park on an hour-long hike to explore

the unique life cycle of the longleaf pine, one of North

Carolina’s most iconic trees. The hike will highlight

longleaf pines at all stages of growth, the historic significance

of the tree to North Carolina’s early coastal

industries, and modern efforts to restore longleaf forests

through the use of prescribed fire. Participants are

required to follow all COVID-19 guidelines, socially

distance and wear face coverings if social distancing

isn’t possible. Must register at Webreg.Wilmington. 4099 S 17 th St, Wilmington.

ongoing events


Sunday Morning Circle – 9:30-10:30am. Unity Minister,

Rev. Marilynn Mattox, facilitates book dialog,

Practical Metaphysics: A New Insight in Truth by

Unity Minister, Eric Butterworth, bestselling author

of 16 books and prominent leader in the Unity and

New Thought movements. Zoom Meeting: Us02web. * Meeting ID: 883 3679 9360

* Password: 066467. For more information call 843-

238-8516 or visit

Sunday Service – 11am. Live Stream only. Music,

meditation, message by Rev. Margaret Hiller, Ordained

Charismatic Healing Ministry, M.A. Counseling, Licensed

Unity Teacher, Spiritual Leader, Unity Myrtle

Beach; or other inspiring guest speakers. Live stream

on Unity Myrtle Beach Facebook or recorded via

YouTube afterwards. For more information call 843-

238-8516 or visit


BeU Flash Flow – 6-7am. With Maggie Bellamy. This

Level 1/2 Ashtanga inspired set sequence integrates

the core principles of traditional hot Bikram yoga with

a Vinyasa power flow. Practiced in a heated room of

up to 105° F and 50% humidity will lead you to a

lifetime of bliss, strength, focus and balance. 910-399-


Yo-Chi – 9:30-10:30am. With Micki Beach. Fusion

Focused Cross Training for Total Body Muscular

Communication! Work isometrically for stability in

Yoga asanas/poses and move isotonically for mobility

in T’ai Chi. Cost: $12 Drop-in. Island Healing

Chiropractic, 8809 E Oak Island Dr, Oak Island. 910-



Mat-Based Pilates – 9:30-10:30am. With Micki

Beach. Pilates improves flexibility, builds strength and

develops control and endurance in the entire body. It

puts emphasis on alignment, breathing, developing a

strong core, and improving coordination and balance.

Cost: $12 Drop-in. Island Healing Chiropractic, 8809

E Oak Island Dr, Oak Island. 910-278-5877. Island

Tuesday Psychic Michelle Wells – 10:30am-3:30-

pm. My name is Michelle Wells I’m a mama of 4 by

day and an intuitive psychic, healer and light worker

well always! I am from New Jersey but grew up in

Florida. I realized at a very early age that I was different.

I sensed and saw things other people didn’t.

I just kind of “know” things and sense spirit energy.

It’s hard to put into’s just a knowing that I

feel. I’ve used my ‘knowing’ and energy to heal family

and friends before I ever knew that was a thing.

Cost: $50/$75/$110, 15/30/60 minutes. Blue Lagoon

Wellness Center, 1202 Floral Pkwy, Wilmington. 910-



BeU Salty Flow Ocean Side – 7:30-8:30am. With

Alisa Brightman. Enjoy BeUnlimited Yoga’s signature

sequence the BeU Flow over crystal waters with sun

kissed, salty skin. Complete practice well suited for

anyone. Cost: $10 drop ins. Crystal Pier @ Oceanic

Restaurant, 703 Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach.


Poplar Grove Farmers’ Market – 8am-1pm.

Through December 2. Under the shaded Magnolia

trees on the front lawn of the plantation. The market

includes local fruits and veggies, dairy products, meats

and seafood, baked goods, and sweets, plus arts &

crafts, cut flowers, wine, and more. 10200 US-17

HWY 17, Wilmington. 910-686-9518.

Wednesday Psychic Debbie Turner – 10am-3:30pm.

A life-long intuitive, Debbie focuses on bringing you

the unique divination style of Crystal Mapping Intuitive

Readings. Genuine crystals are dropped over a

special reading cloth to display your messages from

your guides. Choose full-hour 10 crystal, 5-stone or

3-stone readings. Cost: $50/$90, 30/60 minutes. Blue

Lagoon Wellness Center, 1202 Floral Pkwy, Wilmington.


Book group via Zoom – 12:30-1:30pm. The Five

Principles by Unity Minister, Rev. Ellen Debenport.

Read, Dialog, Insights, Community, Support. Love

Offering. Zoom link:


zNwQT09, Meeting ID 827 2717 1650, password

118188. For more information call 843-238-8516 or



Thursday Psychic Mystic Karen – 11am-3:30pm.

Traditionally trained Vedic Palmist, Tarot Reader and

Psychic Medium. Call and schedule your appointment

or drop by for next available. Cost: $55/$100, 30/60

minutes. Blue Lagoon Wellness Center, 1202 Floral

Pkwy, Wilmington. 910-685-2795.


Friday Psychic Eileen & Great Oak – 11am-4:30pm.

Eileen was born Psychic; meaning she does not need

cards or tools to provide information from the other

side. She has the wonderful ability to be a medium,

loved ones that have passed over are able come through

and speak with you via Eileen. Cost: $75/$110/$160,

30/60/90 minutes. Blue Lagoon Wellness Center, 1202

Floral Pkwy, Wilmington. 910-685-2795. Blue Lagoon



Saturday Psychic Eileen & Great Oak – 10am-

3:30pm. Eileen was born Psychic; meaning she does

not need cards or tools to provide information from

the other side. She has the wonderful ability to be a

medium, loved ones that have passed over are able

come through and speak with you via Eileen. Cost:

$75/$110/$160, 30/60/90 minutes. Blue Lagoon Wellness

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

2795. Blue Lagoon Wellness

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minimizing toxins. Innate Health

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I trust in nature for the stable

laws of beauty and utility.

Spring shall plant and autumn

garner to the end of time.

~Robert Browning


Yoga Lifestyle Health Coaching

Hillary Carlisle, IIN Health Coach, Yoga


North Myrtle Beach


Integrating nutrition, movement

and spiritual practice, I help

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e-Course starts October 4. See yoga guide listing,

page 11.


Knife & Scissor Sharpening

Charlie Robertson

Local to Wilmington


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Shelton Herb Farm

340 Goodman Rd, Leland


Specializing in growing a

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home use. Also participate in local farmers’ markets,

garden shows and special events. Farm tours,

workshops and classes available. See ad, page 22.


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.

She holds both SMART

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Origami Owl


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jewelry. Origami Owl is a

leading custom jewelry company

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1001 S. Kerr Ave, Wilmington

A community metaphysical

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Bliss Aesthetics Studio

Bonnie Briceno

4712 New Centre Drive, Wilmington


All-natural skin care services and

treatments using unique, naturally

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skin and ethnicities to treat all skin

care concerns; including fine lines

and wrinkles, dark spots, enlarged

pores acne and more! Permanent

makeup and lash extensions also available. Mention

Natural Awakenings for discount. See ad, page 25.


Fresh Air / Air Frais Wilmington

Serving the Greater Wilmington Area

Green cleaning service specializing in natural

cleaning methods. We use eco-friendly products,

E-Cloths, canister (bag-free) Dyson vacuums,

essential oils and recycled, washable bamboo paper

towels. We care about your family, our family, all pets

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Natural Awakenings.

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Sharon Meny, CNSF


Neurosculpting® is a 5-step

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Natural Awakenings for discount.



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families on the Grand Strand. See ad, page 24.


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A positive path for spiritual

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Unity teaches a culturally

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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 18.


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