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It seems that June has approached quickly this year with

school coming to an end and thinking of summer projects

to add to my to-do list. I have always enjoyed being outside

which is why I cherish where I live every day—being able to

take a break outside, disconnect from everything inside and

completely enjoy nature. The chirping of the birds and gently

peeking into the two birds’ nests (morning doves and bluebirds)

we had in our yard this spring. I yearned to get outside

and see mama bird sitting on the eggs and then her chickees

once hatched. To see the life beginning for such a little bird is

so eventful and peaceful at the same time. Just one morning,

they decided to take flight and explore their now bigger environment.

Its not just the birds I can enjoy outside, I constantly am intrigued by my growing

garden of vegetables and herbs that I weed, water, talk to (oh yes, I talk to my plants) and

trim and pick as needed.

My garden is my happy place, an extension of my house that I can go to for exercise,

peace, laughter and pure enjoyment of self. We share such a feeling with you this month in

the article “The Fit Gardener, Backyard Workouts Good for Mind and Body” by Marlaina

Donato on page 22. Did you know gardening can reduce stress, uplift your mood and

foster fitness? Who knew such enjoyment can be so good for you, keep you active and give

you a sense of accomplishment? “Staying active fortifies the immune system, and gardening

provides a way to work out while working the earth.” So, by gardening we are also supporting

our immune system, helping Mother Earth, providing nutritious healthy food for

yourself, family and friends. Try gardening even if just in a pot and you will see how easy it

is to grow something and gain the gratification that comes when you see that first tomato,

when it turns red, ready to pick and then eat.

While talking about nutrition and health, I couldn’t help but acknowledge this is

our Men’s Health issue and being that I have two very import men in my daily life, it is

so important to me. On page 14 is “Integrative Health for Men, Natural Approaches for

Robust Vitality” by Ronica O’Hara. We all know men are harder on themselves, their bodies;

it is known they don’t take care of themselves as women do which results in less of a

life expectancy. It is essential for men to visit doctors, too, and be checked for the basics

being cholesterol, blood pressure, but also be screened for heart disease and colon cancer

and many others. Men typically ignore signs and don’t want to open up to and speak with

a doctor which is heart breaking. As mentioned in this article, “As traditional gender roles

continue to fade with the times, there will be less of a stigma around men’s health care and

we’ll start to see more and more men placing greater importance on their health,” says integrative

internist Myles Spar, M.D., co-author of Integrative Men’s Health and chief medical

officer of Vault, a men’s health care organization. One can only hope that this will become

true and as mentioned in this article the “macho man” can dissipate and they can become

more of the “healthy man.” For my loved ones, I can provide healthy meals/food, support

them with decisions/views for their optimal health, listen/observe, but ultimately, we are all

in charge of our own path of how we choose to live.

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True Healing Art: Blending Modalities

Tomoko Iwamoto, owner of True Healing Art, focuses

her practice with a blend of Eastern and Western

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Her whole-body method she builds on her over 20 years

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Iwamoto graduated with a degree in nutrition science

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The practice offers many services and products that

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addition to acupuncture and Oriental medicine, nutritional

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“We have recently added an herbal supplement called

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patients for several years now and definitely recommend

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Nix Sweeteners to Avoid

Spreading Antibiotic Resistance

Four widely used artificial sweeteners—saccharine, sucralose, aspartame

and acesulfame potassium—promote the transfer of antibiotic resistance

genes in both environmental and clinical settings, report researchers at the

University of Queensland, Australia, in The ISME Journal. They found that

these four nonnutritive sweeteners promote horizontal transfer of the genes

between bacteria, furthering the spread of antibiotic-resistant genes in the

intestine. The researchers say the findings provide insight into the

spread of antimicrobial resistance and point to a potential risk associated

with ingesting the artificial sweeteners.


Cultivate Satisfaction to be

Healthier and Happier

Older people with high levels of life satisfaction—a favorable

attitude toward life—have healthier habits, less depression

and pain, better sleep and a longer life, reports researchers from

the University of British Columbia. They studied nearly 13,000

U.S. adults older than 50 for four years and found that higher life

satisfaction was linked to 26 percent reduced mortality and a 46

percent lower depression rate. People that felt good about their

lives had fewer chronic conditions and pain, exercised more often, were both more optimistic

and likely to be living with a partner and experienced less hopelessness and loneliness. However,

such positive feelings were not associated with fewer health conditions such as diabetes,

heart disease, arthritis or obesity; were not marked by less alcoholic binging or smoking;

and were not affected by frequency of contact with children, family and friends.

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People that struggle to eat the often-recommended nine

servings of fruit and vegetables each day can relax: The

latest research from Harvard, based on 26 studies of 2

million people from 29 countries, found that two and

three daily servings of fruit and vegetables, respectively,

were linked to the most longevity. Compared to only

two servings of produce per day, five servings lowered

the risk of death overall by 13 percent, cardiovascular

disease by 12 percent, cancer by 10 percent

and respiratory disease by 35 percent. Green, leafy

vegetables, including spinach, lettuce and kale, and

fruit and vegetables rich in beta carotene and vitamin C, such

as citrus fruits, berries and carrots, showed benefits.Starchy

vegetables, like peas and corn, fruit juices and potatoes, did not

appear to reduce the risk of death.


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Improve Sleep with a Weighted Blanket

Weighted blankets that provide a

cozy, swaddled feeling have been

big sellers during the trying days

of the pandemic, and a new study

verifies that they do provide mental

health benefits. Researchers from

Sweden’s Karolinska University

tested 120 patients with depression,

bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder

or attention deficit hyperactivity

disorder for four weeks. They

found that a weighted blanked led

to better sleep and reduced fatigue,

depression and anxiety, and

increased levels of daytime activity.

Weighted blankets are comforters with tiny pellets or metal chains woven

throughout so that weight is distributed across the body; researchers recommend

using a blanket that is about 10 percent of a person’s body weight.

Consider Depression

Treatment to Fight Ulcers

Research from the University of Queensland, in Australia,

has found that peptic ulcers and irritable bowel

syndrome, along with

other gut disorders, are

linked to depression. The

researchers analyzed

health data from more

than 450,000 people

and found eight genetic

variants that predispose

people to peptic ulcers and

other gut diseases, often with depression as a comorbidity.

Lead author Yeda Wu says the research

supports a holistic approach to identifying and

caring for patients with gastrointestinal diseases,

noting, “As a medical student, I noticed how some patients’ gastrointestinal

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Gale Force

Offshore Wind Power Gaining Momentum

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of land and

minerals at the

U.S. Department of the Interior, says, “The demand for

offshore wind energy has never been greater. The technological

advances, falling costs, increased interest and

the tremendous economic potential make offshore wind a

really promising avenue.” Some two dozen offshore wind

projects are in development along the East Coast.

According to the International Energy Agency, wind

could provide more than 18 times the world’s present

electricity demand and is well-suited to serve heavily

populated areas. For instance, almost 40 percent of

Americans live near the coasts. Offshore wind power

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sources of electricity and relieve congestion on the grid

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Natural Approaches for

Robust Vitality

by Ronica O’Hara

Statistically speaking, living long

and well is an uphill battle for most

American men. Compared to women,

they eat worse, smoke more, drink harder,

exercise less and suffer more injuries. They

live on average five fewer years than women. At

birth, they outnumber women 105 to 100, but by

age 60, it’s flipped to 95 to 100. Of the 15 leading

causes of death, the only one men don’t

lead in is Alzheimer’s, because many of

them don’t live long enough to develop it.

Men are markedly slow to consult doctors.

Seventy-two percent would rather do

household chores like cleaning toilets, one

survey found, and 37 percent admitted that they

withheld information from doctors to avoid hearing a

bad diagnosis. When more serious symptoms arise like chest

pain or painful urination, they can turn to medical specialists

and the latest technology to get heart stents inserted, kidneys

flushed out and pain lowered with pharmaceuticals. By then,

however, disease can be advanced and the prognosis dimmer.

But that “macho man” approach is ebbing as men—especially

millennials—increasingly adopt proactive integrative strategies

to take control of their health. “As traditional gender roles

continue to fade with the times, there will be less of a stigma

around men’s health care and we’ll start to see more and more

men placing greater importance on their health,” says integrative

internist Myles Spar, M.D., co-author of Integrative Men’s

Health and chief medical officer of Vault, a men’s health care

organization. By dealing head-on with not just a condition’s

symptoms, but also with its physical, mental and emotional

roots, men can become better equipped to enjoy long years of

robust health.

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The leading cause of death for men in the U.S., heart disease

kills one in four men. Half of those that died suddenly exhibited

no previous symptoms. Men develop heart disease 10 years

younger than women on average, possibly because estrogen

has a protective effect on coronary arteries. Stress, especially

in economically beleaguered occupations and areas, takes a

toll, as evidenced by rising drug abuse among men nationwide.

“Overall, it appears that men’s coping with stressful events may

be less adaptive physiologically, behaviorally and emotionally,

contributing to their increased risk for coronary heart disease,”

concludes a State University of New York at Stonybrook study.

SYMPTOMS: chest pain, irregular heartbeat, dizziness, shortness

of breath, extreme fatigue, sensations in arms and legs such

as pain, swelling, weakness or tingling.

NEW RESEARCH: Active, 40-ish men that were able to do 40

pushups had a 96 percent lower risk of cardiovascular disease in

the next 10 years than men doing less than 10 pushups, a Harvard

study concludes. A 10-year study of 134,297 people from

21 countries found that eating six ounces or more each week

of processed meat like bacon, sausages and salami was linked

to a 46 percent higher risk of cardiovascular disease and a 51

percent higher risk of death.

INTEGRATIVE APPROACHES: “An integrative model for

heart disease, when done properly, hunts down chronic inflammation

in the body wherever it is and attempts to remedy it

naturally, which is why we have had so much more success and

significantly fewer side effects than conventional medicine,”

says naturopathic cardiologist Decker Weiss, of Scottsdale,

Arizona, a pioneer in the field. Typically, integrative cardiologists

will interview a patient to determine the root causes of

inflammation, including diet, physical activity and emotional

stress. After targeted lab tests, they may prescribe botanicals

along with pharmaceuticals like diuretics and beta blockers to

manage fluids and vital signs. They often focus on repairing the

gastrointestinal tract with specific probiotics and restoring the

endothelium (the inner lining of blood vessels) with nutrients

like magnesium, coenzyme Q10 and alpha-lipoic acid. They’ll

encourage patients to switch to healthier, plant-based diets;

perhaps to undergo a colon, liver or lymph cleanse; and exercise

and use stress-reducing practices like meditation or martial arts.


Erectile dysfunction (ED), the inability to get and keep an erection

firm enough for sex, often drives a man to seek medical

care. An erection—a complex interplay among the brain, hormones,

emotions, nerves, muscles and blood vessels—can be

hampered by such conditions as hypertension, diabetes, obesity,

high cholesterol, insomnia and alcohol use. Although a quarter

of new patients with ED are under age 40, mild and moderate

ED affects approximately 50 percent of men in their 50s and 60

percent in their 60s.

Integrative medicine offers potent strategies such as exercise,

weight loss, good sleep and a varied diet, factors that can reverse

ED, according to Australian researchers. “Men aren’t ever

going to stop eating hotdogs in the name of ‘wellness’, but if you

tell a man that eating hotdogs will impact his ability to get erections,

he’ll never eat a hotdog again,” says Spar.

SYMPTOMS: repeated difficulty getting or maintaining an

erection, reduced sexual desire.

NEW RESEARCH: In a survey of 12 studies involving 8,300

participants, the longer-lasting erection drug Cialis (tadalafil)

beat out Viagra (sildenafil) as the drug of choice by a three to

one margin. Cornell researchers found that of the 48 percent

of older men in one study with ED, only 7 percent had tried an

erection drug, and fewer than half refilled the initial prescription,

partly due to unpleasant side effects.

INTEGRATIVE APPROACHES: An integrative strategy typically

involves a doctor checking and increasing a man’s testosterone

levels if necessary; a thorough checkup and lab tests to

detect and treat causes such as diabetes and high cholesterol;

and vetting and replacing medications such as antihistamines

and blood pressure drugs that might cause ED. For relationship

problems, anxiety or depression, a cognitive behavioral therapist

might be recommended and mindfulness meditation might

be encouraged to reduce stress.

A weight-loss plan featuring more produce and less meat is

typically suggested: men with a 42-inch waist are 50 percent

more likely to have ED than men with a 32-inch waist. Some

foods like arginine-rich oatmeal and antioxidant-rich pomegranate

juice, as well as supplements like DHEA, L-arginine,

zinc and panax ginseng have also proven helpful in studies.

Effective exercises include Kegels to strengthen pelvic floor

muscles, Pilates to build core strength and aerobic workouts to

strengthen blood vessels. Just 30 minutes of walking each day

was linked to a 41 percent drop in risk for ED, Harvard researchers



Prostate cancer affects one in eight men, 60 percent of which

are over age 65. African American men get prostate cancer

younger, have more severe cases and are twice as likely to die

from it. Although it’s not as virulent as most other cancers, it

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requires monitoring, sometimes for

decades, which compels some men

to get serious about diet and exercise.

“If you hear you have cancer,

the rug is pulled out from underneath

you and you feel you’ve lost

your locus of control to surgeons

and other doctors,” says integrative

oncologist Donald Abrams,

of the Osher Center for Integrative

Medicine at the University of

California at San Francisco. “But

lifestyle changes are important, useful

and have an impact, and they’re

something patients themselves have

control over and can decide to do.”

SYMPTOMS: They may be silent

or involve frequent urination, weak

or interrupted urine flow, urinary

leaking, needing to urinate frequently

at night, blood in the urine,

erectile dysfunction or discomfort

when sitting.

A patient receiving NeuroStar transcranial magnetic

stimulation therapy.

NEW RESEARCH: The more faithfully

that men with localized prostate cancer followed a Mediterranean

diet, the better their disease fared, report University of

Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center researchers. Drinking several

cups of coffee every day may be linked to a lower risk of developing

prostate cancer, suggests a pooled data analysis in the online

journal BMJ Open. A new urine test for prostate cancer is so accurate

it could have eliminated the need for one-third of biopsies

in a recent study of 1,500 patients in the Journal of Urology.

INTEGRATIVE APPROACHES: In a 2018 comprehensive

review of prostate cancer studies published in the Journal of

Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Abrams recommends

a plant-based, antioxidant-rich diet that emphasizes cruciferous

vegetables, tomatoes, soy, pomegranate, green tea and fish-based

omega-3s; limiting meat, sugary drinks and saturated fats; supplementing

with vitamin D 3

and omega-3s while avoiding selenium

and vitamin E; exercising daily, with yoga and tai chi especially

providing mind-body benefits; and using acupuncture to manage

the side effects of conventional treatments. To combat the anxiety

that can arise during the period between a diagnosis and surgery,

Abrams suggests stress-reducing therapies like mindfulness training,

reiki and support groups.


Up to one-third of men may experience

depression, but it’s marked more by bravado

than tears. “Rather than appearing sad, men

with depression are more likely to react with

anger, self-destructive behavior, self-distraction,

or numbing of pain with substance use,

gambling, womanizing and workaholism,”

concludes a major University of Michigan

study in JAMA Psychiatry. Irritability, blowing

up at minor annoyances, sudden spells of

aggression and risky behaviors are other hallmarks.

Men are far less likely than women to

seek treatment and four times as likely to die

by suicide.

SYMPTOMS: Besides anger and irritability,

depressed men are more prone to lose weight

rather than gain it, become obsessive-compulsive

rather than anxious and experience

physical problems like headaches, stomach

ailments and chronic pain.

NEW RESEARCH: Men with moderate to

high levels of what Russian researchers call

“vital exhaustion”, marked by excessive fatigue, demoralization

and irritability, are 16 percent more likely to have a heart attack

within 15 years. The risk doubles for men that never married,

were divorced or became widowed.

INTEGRATIVE APPROACHES: “First, it is important to get a

lab screening to rule out low testosterone, vitamin deficiencies,

anemia and thyroid problems,” says holistic psychiatrist W. Nate

Upshaw, M.D., medical director of NeuroSpaTMS, in Tampa. He

also checks for sleep disorders, treats with cognitive behavioral

therapy and after getting lab results, suggests such supplements as

vitamins B 12

, D 3

and methylfolate. His lab focuses particularly on

transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy, which a 2020 Stanford

study found to be 90 percent effective in relieving drug-resistant

depression. “It restores healthy brain function without medications,

and with essentially no side effects,” says Upshaw, adding

that the approach is particularly good for men that want to avoid

the sexual side effects of antidepressants.

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Vegan Road-Tripping

Travel Tips for Plant-Based Eaters

by Carol Sanders

To maximize health and minimize our impact on the planet, a whole-food, plantbased

diet reigns supreme. Cooking at home ensures quality-controlled ingredients,

but when traveling, extra measures are needed to enjoy healthy options

while avoiding the allure of diet-busting, processed foods. The key to success is a combination

of planning and resolve.

Much can be done before the trip begins. Research the destination and road trip stops,

says Julieanna Hever, registered dietitian and author of Plant-Based Nutrition (Idiot’s

Guides). She recommends reviewing online menus, calling ahead to clarify options and

using apps like and to scout for restaurants and grocery stores.

Her favorite places are Thai and Mexican eateries, as well as steakhouses for their plantbased

side dishes. Upon arrival at her destination, she hits a grocery store to stock up on

fresh fruits and veggies.

“We live in an extremely difficult food environment, with a lot of triggers and inputs

that don’t go away even if you’ve been eating a healthy diet for a long time,” says Micaela

Karlsen, Ph.D., senior director of research at the American College of Lifestyle Medicine

and author of A Plant-Based Life. “For people that are transitioning into this new lifestyle,

the highly refined foods they are used to eating are kind of low-grade addictive substances

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and what researchers call hyper-palatable

foods like added fat, sugar and salt that

stimulate the brain in a similar way as addictive

drugs like cocaine or alcohol, so it’s

really a process of withdrawal for people


To combat the temptations, especially

when away from home, Hever advises

writing down and clearly understanding

dietary goals and the reasons for eating this

way. “I work with people that are very sick

and with elite athletes. Their goals may be

different from everyday people that want to

have a vacation,” she says. “Do you want to

have another heart attack or reactivate your

diabetes? No. Are you totally healthy and

consciously deciding to splurge once in a

while? That can totally fit into a healthy

lifestyle. What matters most is choosing to

eat whole food, plant-based foods most of

the time.”

Karlsen recommends always carrying

snacks. “Don’t let yourself get too hungry

or too tired, because when people are extra

hungry or run-down, the reward experience

of eating goes up and willpower goes

down,” she explains, adding that dried

fruit, nuts, rice cakes, individually packaged

nut butter and fresh fruits are good

portable snacks to carry. At the hotel,

microwaveable popcorn, as well as oats and

shelf-stable, single-portion almond or soy

milk, will help stave off the munchies.

“I love granola, not only for breakfast,

but also as a snack in the mid-afternoon,”

Karlsen says. “Most store-bought granola,

however, is akin to food crime. Oats are

whole, healthy and cheap, but once oil,

sugar and other stuff are added, the commercial

product is high in fat, way too

sweet and really expensive. The first time

I made granola myself, I was amazed at

how I didn’t even notice that the oil and

sugar weren’t there. It was delicious and so


According to both experts, a cooler in

the car or a refrigerator at the destination

hotel expands the kinds of home-prepared

foods that can accompany travelers,

including hummus spread over crudités

or sprouted, whole-grain crackers, as well

as any kind of leftover dishes. They both

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tout the convenience and tastiness of nori rolls—a wide variety of

ingredients wrapped in a sheet of dried seaweed. Among Karlsen’s

favorite nori fillings are tempeh baked with tamari and a little

maple syrup, topped with tomato and kale; peanut butter and

pickles; avocado rubbed with umeboshi plum vinegar; and sweet

potato, avocado, red pepper and thinly sliced carrots.

“Food is intertwined in our culture with entertainment, but

thinking about food that way doesn’t really serve our biological

potential for wellness,” says Karlsen. “People are so accustomed to

these highly rewarding, intense foods like buffalo wings, pizza or

chocolate cake that they actually don’t know what it feels like to

enjoy something that’s simple and unrefined.

There’s a lot of enjoyment in healthy

eating. The longer you do it, the

more it becomes enjoyable.”

Carol Sanders is a professional

writer and can be reached


Japanese Noritos

2 sheets nori

1 tsp low-sodium miso paste

¼ cup cooked brown rice

½ small Persian cucumber, julienned

1 ½ Tbsp shredded carrots (chard, dandelion greens,

kale and/or spinach)

1 tsp low-sodium tamari

1 tsp sesame seeds

Place nori sheets on a flat surface. Gently and evenly place miso

paste on half of each nori sheet. Add brown rice, Persian cucumber

and shredded carrots on top of miso paste. Drizzle with

tamari and lightly sprinkle sesame seeds over top. Tightly roll

the nori sheets like a burrito from ingredient-filled side. Slice

into pieces to make them easier to eat.

Courtesy of Julieanna Hever. For more information,


Almond Cinnamon Granola

1 12-oz jar unsweetened applesauce

10 dates, pitted

1 Tbsp vanilla extract

1 tsp cinnamon

6 cups plus 2 Tbsp thick rolled oats

1 cup sliced raw almonds (optional)

1 cup raisins (optional)

Blend the applesauce, dates, vanilla, cinnamon and 2 tablespoons

of oats in a blender until smooth. In a large bowl, combine

the applesauce mixture with the remaining oats.

Spread mixture evenly onto dehydrator racks or

baking sheets. Cook in a dehydrator set on

high (160° F) for 7 to 8 hours or in an oven

set at 225° F for 1½ hours until slightly

brown and crunchy.

If using an oven, make sure

to break up the granola and

turn it every 15 minutes to ensure

even cooking. Once cooked, add almonds

and raisins, if desired.

Courtesy of Micaela Karlsen. For more

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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

1 medium banana, mashed

15-oz can sweet pumpkin puree

¼ cup 100 percent pure maple syrup

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups gluten-free, all-purpose, whole-grain flour blend

½ tsp baking soda

½ tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

1 tsp ground cinnamon

½ tsp ground nutmeg

¼ tsp ground ginger

1 cup dairy-free chocolate chips (grain-sweetened)

Preheat oven to 375° F. In a large bowl, combine mashed banana,

pumpkin puree, maple syrup and vanilla. In a small bowl, combine

flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg

and ginger. Transfer dry mixture to large bowl and mix together

gently until well combined. Avoid over-mixing to prevent toughness

in the final product. Fold in chocolate chips. Spoon batter

into silicon muffin cups and bake for 20 minutes or until the

muffins are lightly browned. Remove muffins from the oven and

let cool for five minutes. Store in an airtight container.

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Beat the Blues Naturally

Drug-Free Ways to Treat Depression

by Julie Peterson


Lack of interest, low energy, changes in weight, difficulty

concentrating and feelings of worthlessness are some of

the symptoms that can occur in varying degrees with depression.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, an

estimated 17.3 million adults in the U.S. experienced at least one

major depressive episode in 2017. With the pandemic, the rate

tripled, with 27.8 percent of adults reporting symptoms, according

to a September 2020 study published in JAMA Network Open.

Mainstream medical doctors typically prescribe antidepressant

drugs, but the plethora of adverse effects such as anxiety, digestive

disturbances, headaches, weight gain and sexual dysfunction can

cause additional woes. In addition, efficacy is in question. In The

Emperor’s New Drugs: Exploding the Antidepressant Myth, Irving

Kirsch, Ph.D., professor of psychology at the UK University of

Hull, declares, “The belief that antidepressants can cure depression

chemically is simply wrong.”

Antidepressants may merely mask symptoms. “Covering over

symptoms is a missed opportunity to resolve the root cause of the

problem,” says Manhattan-based holistic psychiatrist Kelly Brogan,

author of A Mind of Your Own and co-editor of the textbook

Integrative Therapies for Depression.

Further, because many depressed people do not receive treatment

due to financial, cultural or personal reasons, effective alternative

therapies are necessary for improving public health.

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Nature’s Medicine

Before starting any treatment, it’s important

to verify that depression exists and rule out

potential conditions like nutritional deficiencies,

low thyroid function, food allergies or

other issues.

Many people find that herbs provide

gentler action and fewer adverse effects than

conventional antidepressants. Even some

conventional health practitioners are beginning

to get on board. Women’s health expert

Nicole Galan, RN, wrote in a 2019 article

in Medical News Today, “Medications and

counseling are conventional ways to alleviate

the symptoms of depression. However, some

herbs and supplements may also help.”

Common herbs include St. John’s wort

(Hypericum perforatum), which has been

shown to work about the same as antidepressants

for mild and moderate depression;

American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius)

and Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng), which

improve mental clarity and energy, and

reduce the effects of stress; and saffron

(Crocus sativus), which is safe and effective,

although expensive. While herbal medicines

are available over the counter, it’s important

to consult with a doctor or herbalist, as some

are not safe in conjunction with other medications

or during pregnancy.

Homeopathic remedies are more complex,

personalized and diluted, but have no

contraindications. Lone Pedersen, a certified

classical homeopath in Seattle, says that

homeopathy treatments are “gentle, safe,

non-toxic and side-effect free.”

Clean Food Improves Mood

Several studies have found that eating a

poor-quality diet high in processed meat,

sweets, fried food, refined cereals and

high-fat dairy leads to a higher likelihood of

depression. “The single greatest thing anyone

can do for their health is to eat whole foods,

including organic vegetables, fruits, highquality

proteins, whole grains and healthy

fats,” says Dorothy Calimeris, an author and

wellness coach in Oakland, whose cookbooks

promote anti-inflammatory diets for

optimal health.

Inflammation has been linked to numerous

health issues, including depression. To

start an anti-inflammatory diet, eliminate

foods that commonly trigger inflammation,

starting with gluten, soy, corn and the

biggest culprit of all, sugar. A 2019 study by

University of Kansas researchers and other

studies indicate that sugar itself is a trigger

for mental health issues.

Don’t forget about the “food” the skin

absorbs. Switching to organic body care and

home cleaning products minimizes exposure

to biology-disrupting toxins that have been

linked to depression.

Set the Endorphins Free

Many studies have shown that exercise

reduces the symptoms of depression.

Extra boosts come from getting outside to

increase levels of vitamin D and exercising

with a friend to enhance social support. Just

20 to 30 minutes of activity several times

each week improves well-being. The best

news is that any movement helps—walking,

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says Rose Kress, owner and director

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Oregon, and author of Awakening Your Inner

Radiance with LifeForce Yoga. She recommends

determining one enjoyable pose and

practicing it every day: “Five minutes a day is

enough to make a change.”

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The Fit Gardener

Backyard Workouts Good for Mind and Body

by Marlaina Donato

Both gardeners and researchers know that tilling the soil can lower stress and uplift

the mood, and gardening can also foster fitness, burn calories and support heart

health. By offering an opportunity for moderate intensity exercise, it provides a challenging

workout with aerobic benefits. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control

and Prevention, light yardwork can help burn 330 calories an hour, so using a trowel, pruning

bushes and putting down some mulch can go a long way toward realizing this benefit.

Heavy yard work, like hauling buckets of dirt and moving rocks, burns 440 calories an


Time spent in the garden can be a dynamic fitness investment, whether it’s for 10 minutes

or two hours. “Gardening is a full-body workout that uses every muscle. There’s bending

and squatting, carrying and lifting, digging, walking and reaching high,” says Pollyanna

Hale, the British author of The Fit Mum Formula. “Another benefit to gardening is that you

can go at your own pace.”

Power Up Outside

Staying active fortifies the immune system,

and gardening provides a way to work out

while working the earth. Cynthia Miller,

a seasoned bodyworker and passionate

gardener for 30 years in East Stroudsburg,

Pennsylvania, attests to the fitness challenge.

“Gardening can involve many forms

of physical activity, including carrying

plants, hoeing, shoveling, lugging buckets

of compost, pulling weeds, bending, kneeling

and constantly getting up and down.

Initially, in the spring, there may be a lot

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more intense physical labor involved to get

a garden started, especially if you need to

break ground. Keeping up with the weeding

can be a good workout in and of itself.”

Hale emphasizes working within the

scope of our personal fitness level and taking

advantage of outdoor perks. “The fresh

air and sunshine you get in your garden are

benefits not found in a sweaty gym,” she

says. “Many people are deficient in vitamin

D, which we get primarily from sun exposure.

Even if it’s cloudy outside, you’ll still

be getting some benefits.”

Aerobic Gardening

With mindfulness, gardening can be a

self-paced power workout, especially

when muscle groups are treated equally.

“Incorporate some stretches when you’re

raking and cleaning up before your session.

Engage your core and pull your abs in tight

during your movements,” recommends

Chicago-based Stephanie Mansour, host of

the weekly national PBS health and fitness

show Step It Up with Steph.

Mansour highlights the power of raking

and underscores that any gardening session

can become more aerobic by adding

quicker movements. “Move quickly with

your upper body to get in cardio. Moving

faster will get your heart rate going and will

help you burn calories. Another strategy

to incorporate cardio into your gardening

is to encourage yourself to stand up after

each flower you plant or run in place for 10

seconds with each task completion.”

Yoga in the Garden

Incorporating some asanas adds another

dimension to garden fitness, offsetting

potential bodily discomforts from hours

of work. A yoga mat can be used outside to

protect from wet or muddy ground. “Additionally,

you may find yourself in uncomfortable

positions while gardening. Kneeling

or squatting can cause aches and pains,”

explains Mansour. “I suggest transforming

these positions into yoga movements. You

can garden in a modified low lunge position,

with one leg behind you and the other

foot forward, resting on the knee of your

back leg while getting a hip flexor stretch in

the front leg. While on your knees, put one

leg out to the side so that you’re resting

just on one knee and stretching

the inner thigh and hamstring of

your extended leg.”

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Create a Dog-Friendly Yard

Plants, Paths and Play Areas to Wag a Tail

by Karen Shaw Becker

Backyards can be sanctuaries, filled with gardens and

landscaping. For homeowners with dogs, consider “dogscaping”.

It’s a term coined by landscape designer Maureen

Gilmer of Palm Springs, California, who wrote the e-book

The Dog-Scaped Yard. Gilmer points out that nobody asks Fido

his opinion on how to landscape the yard, “yet he spends more

time there than anyone else.”

The yard should be a safe and secure place for the family dog,

so fencing may be necessary to give ample room to roam. Lawn

chemicals on grass are linked to cancer in dogs, so those are

best avoided.

Some people choose to go beyond grass to create a rich environment

for the dog to explore. Gilmer recommends planting

a meadow, complete with tall grasses and perennials, where the

prized pet can investigate the terrain. Low troughs of wheat grass

are good for a dog to nibble on and may discourage him from

chewing on ornamental flowers and plants. Some dogs also enjoy

rose hips from Rosa rugosa plants.

Flea-Repelling Herbs

Many herbs were once known as “fleabane” because they could

repel fleas. Plant a fleabane garden to discourage these pests from

moving in and finding the dogs. “When my dog Dot rubs against

them, I can smell the aromatic oils on her fur,” Gilmer notes.

Suitable plants for this garden include pennyroyal (Mentha

pulegium), wormwood (Artemisia absinthium), tansy (Tanacetum

vulgare), fleawort (Erigeron canadense), rosemary (Rosmarinus

officinalis), sweet bay (Laurus nobilis) and eucalyptus. The plants

can also be dried and added to a dog’s bedding for a more natural

flea repellant.

When choosing the best locations for herbs and flowers, consider

keeping about 18 inches around the border of the yard free

from plants. Because dogs regularly tend to patrol the boundary

of their territory, any plants on this trail may get trampled.

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Provide Thoughtful Areas for the Dog

Dogs love to dig, but if it has become a problem, it could be because

the dog is trying to uncover a cool spot to rest. Gilmer recommends

being proactive by digging a shallow pit where a dog

can comfortably fit in a shady spot. Line it with sand to prevent it

from turning into a mud pit and keep it damp. In warm weather,

a dog can retreat to this cooling-off spot.

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A plastic kiddie pool can be a welcome

addition for dogs to escape the summer

heat. To incorporate it into the landscape,

dig out an area and set it into the ground.

Another thoughtful addition is a post

where a dog can mark his territory to his

heart’s content. A large piece of driftwood

or an upright log works well for this purpose.

Logs are also useful as borders along

planted areas where the dog is meant to

stay out.

Pathways for the dog to run through are

also important, as dogs will create their

own routes if they are allowed to. Turn the

walkways into proper paths by widening

them to three feet. Consider creating a

designated area in the yard for the dog to

relieve himself.

When planting flowerbeds, put sturdier

plants such as ornamental grasses at the

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in the middle, where a dog is less likely

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A doggy play area will also be much

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the dog’s favorite toys for him to discover.

For dogs that like to dig, teaching him that

this is his play spot where it’s acceptable

can save the gardens. Many four-legged

diggers enjoy having a sand pit or designated

dig spot where they can express this

natural behavior.

By paying careful attention to the plants

and features in the yard, the perfect petfriendly

environment can be created.

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calendar of events

NOTE: Visit for guidelines and to submit

entries online. Email Editor@ with questions.

Deadline for calendar/events: 12th of the month. Please call ahead to

confirm event times.

Due to COVID-19, events, classes and groups may take

place on modified schedules or in virtual formats. We

suggest confirming details with the host before attending.

Please also regularly visit our online calendar or

the social media pages and websites of your favorite

businesses for their updated schedules.


Auro Photo Day – 11am-5pm. See your energetic

signature in living color. Appointments or walk-in.

Cost $35. We fill up fast! Blue Lagoon Wellness

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


Saturday Psychic Michelle Wells – 10:30am-

3:30pm. Intuitive psychic, healer and light

worker brings clarity and healing to you. Cost:

$55/$75/$110; 15/30/60 min. Blue Lagoon Wellness

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


D-Day Observance


Unity Class: The Twelve Powers – 10:30am-

12:30pm. Take time to pause looking so much at

the faults of our species, rather renew our hearts and

minds with a study of humankind’s innate strengths

and virtues as taught by the Unity movement. Cost:

Love Offering. Unity Center, 6173 Salem Rd,

Myrtle Beach. (Under pavilion.) UnityMyrtleBeach.

org. 843-238-8516.

Indigo Mom’s – 6:30-8pm. 2nd Tuesday. With

Michelle Wells. Support group. Cost: $20. Blue Lagoon

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


Unity Social Justice Dialog Group – 6:30-8pm.

Dialog and insights re: historical information in the

book, “The Sum of Us – What Racism Costs Everyone

and How We Can Prosper Together.” Zoom:

Meeting ID: 879 4724 4023 Passcode: 920674. 843-238-8516.


save the date

Charlie’s Holistic & Craft Fair – 10am-5pm.

Variety of talented healers, psychics, craft

vendors and more. Free admission and free

parking. Rain date scheduled for June 19. 6361

Ocean Hwy East, Winnabow. 845-649-5570.

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

Psychic readings along with oracle cards and Tarot.

Call to schedule appointment or drop by for next

available. Cost: $30/$60/$80/$110, 15/30/45/60

minutes. Blue Lagoon Wellness Ctr, 1202 Floral

Pkwy, Wilmington. 910-685-2795.


Building Personal Resilience – 3-5pm. With Heart-

Math Mentor Lana Buecker. Learn to understand the

relationship between emotions, stress, performance,

and health. Increase resilience, vitality and feel

better more often and achieve clearer perspectives

in difficult situations. Cost: $55. Blue Lagoon

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


National Flag Day Observance


Unity Class: The Twelve Powers – 10:30am-

12:30pm. See June 8 listing. Myrtle Beach.


Saturday Psychic Mystic Karen – 10:30am-

3:30pm. Intuitive Traditionally trained Vedic

Palmist, Tarot Reader, and Psychic Medium. Call

to schedule appointment or drop by for next available.

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

Wellness Ctr, 1202 Floral Pkwy, Wilmington.



Happy Father’s Day

Summer Solstice


Unity Class: The Twelve Powers – 10:30am-

12:30pm. See June 8 listing. Myrtle Beach.


Unity Class: The Twelve Powers – 10:30am-

12:30pm. See June 8 listing. Myrtle Beach.

Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to

the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts,

the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen

to the never haves, then listen close

to me … Anything can happen, child.

Anything can be.

~Shel Silverstein


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Acupuncture Therapy Plus – 8am-5pm. Patrick

Giguere, LAc., Reiki Master and Medical Qigong

practitioner offers healing modalities incorporating

the mind’s connection to health and wellness.

Cost: $80/hour. Healing Leaves Holistic Ctr, 1015

S Kerr Ave, Wilmington.


Hypnotherapy – 8am-5pm. Amber Law Inner

Guidance Hypnotherapist. Client-centered,

Transpersonal, Clinical & Regression Hypnotherapy.

Every session tailored towards individual.

Cost: $80/session. Healing Leaves Holistic Ctr,

1015 S Kerr Ave, Wilmington. HealingLeavesNC.

com. 910-660-8127.

Massage Therapy – 8am-5pm. George Dorman,

LMT, offers deep tissue, Swedish, trigger points,

sports, prenatal and more. Call to schedule appointment.

Cost: $70/$100, 30/60 min. Healing

Leaves Holistic Ctr, 1015 S Kerr Ave, Wilmington. 910-660-8127.

Nutritional Therapy – 8am-5pm. Certified Nutritional

Therapist Katina Kontarakis works with you

to help find the root cause of your health concerns

and reach individual health goals. Healing Leaves

Holistic Ctr, 1015 S Kerr Ave, Wilmington. Heal 910-660-8127

Therapy & Coaching – 8am-5pm. Tomoka Iwamoto

integrates Eastern and Western therapies.

Call to schedule appointment. Cost: $85/$125,

30/60 min. Healing Leaves Holistic Ctr, 1015 S

Kerr Ave, Wilmington.



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

Minister, Rev. Marilynn Mattox, facilitates dialog

on book: Finding Yourself in Transition by Unity

Minister, Robert Brumet. Rev. Robert offers an

alternative model for navigating our way through

life’s transitions. Zoom Meeting ID: 897 4918

2385 * Passcode: 735455.


Intuitive Psychic, Oracle & Mediumship Readings

with Anaswara Erica – 10am-5pm. Naturalborn

intuitive reader, Anaswara Erica offers readings

using her innate gifts to heal. As a life coach,

she can help you find your highest purpose in life

or help you ground through the difficulties you are

facing. Starts at $35. Madame Meerkat’s Cabinet of

Curiosities, 1001 S Kerr Ave, Wilmington.

Sunday Service – 11am. Every Sunday via Facebook

Livestream, YouTube and open-air services

are held on the lawn and under the pavilion at

church property. Music, Meditation, Message by

Rev. Margaret Hiller. Unity Myrtle Beach, 6173

Salem Rd, Myrtle Beach (off Hwy 707, near St.

James High School. 843-


Heart Math – 1-5pm. HearthMath session with

Lana Buecker/Certified HearthMath Mentor. Understand

the relationship between emotions, stress,

performance, and health. Cost: $110/60-minute

session. Blue Lagoon Wellness Ctr, 1202 Floral

Pkwy, Wilmington. BlueLagoonWellnessCenter.

com. 910-685-2795.


BeU Flash Flow – 6-7am. Integrates the core

principles of traditional hot Bikram yoga with a

Vinyasa power flow. Practiced in 105°F and 50%

humidity room. 910-399-


Yo-Chi – 9:30-10:30am. Work isometrically for

stability in Yoga asanas/poses and move isotonically

for mobility in tai chi. Cost: $12 Drop-in. Island

Healing Chiropractic, 8809 E Oak Island

Dr, Oak Island.


Yoga for Moms + Crawlers – 10:45-11:30am.

With Hillary Carlisle. For moms with little ones,

this yoga class is designed just for you. Round

up around the little ones in a circle of yoga flow

love. Limited class size, register early. Cost: $15

drop-in. Movement Works, 9500 Ocean Hwy

W, Calabash. @GreatLoveHealth on FB/IG. My


Mat-Based Pilates – 9:30-10:30am. Pilates improves

flexibility, builds strength and develops

control and endurance of the entire body. Cost: $12

Drop-in. Island Healing Chiropractic, 8809 E Oak

Island Dr, Oak Island. IslandHealingChiropractic.

com. 910-278-5877.

Psychic Michelle Wells – 10:30am-3:30-pm. I’ve

used my “knowing” and energy to heal before I

ever knew that was a thing. Cost: $50/$75/$110,

15/30/60 minutes. Blue Lagoon Wellness Ctr, 1202

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


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

BeUnlimited Yoga’s signature sequence the BeU

Flow over crystal waters with sun-kissed, salty

skin. Cost: $10 drop-in. Crystal Pier @ Oceanic

Restaurant, 703 Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach. 910-399-4882.

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

full-hour 10 crystal, 5-stone or 3-stone readings.

Cost: $50/$90, 30/60 minutes. Blue Lagoon Wellness

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

UnityMB Bookgroup via Zoom – 12:30-1:30pm.

Dialog re: The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo.

Cost: Love Offering. Meeting ID: 832 0816 4530

* Passcode: 960133. 843-



Rune & Oracle Readings with Roger Lockshier

– 10am-2:30pm. Roger is a Shaman, Healer and

Ritualist, offering an array of services. Including

rune/Oracle readings, healing sessions, & so

much more. Starts at $55. Madame Meerkat’s Cabinet

of Curiosities, 1001 S Kerr Ave, Wilmington.

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

Vedic Palmist, Tarot Reader, and Psychic Medium.

Call to schedule. Cost: $60/$110, 30/60 minutes.

Blue Lagoon Wellness Ctr, 1202 Floral Pkwy,

Wilmington. 910-685-2795.

A Course in Miracles – 2-3:30pm. Facilitators

Marc & Connie Breines. Cost: Love Offering.

Unity Center, 6173 Salem Rd, Myrtle Beach. 843-318-0711.


Foundation to Flow – 9-10am. 8-week course.

Whether you have never stepped on a mat before or

you are looking to refine your current practice, this

series is for you. Cost: $12 Drop-in. Island Healing

Chiropractic, 8809 E Oak Island Dr, Oak Island. 910-278-5877.

Friday Psychic Eileen & Great Oak – 11am-

4:30pm. Ability to speak to your loved ones who

have passed over. Cost: $75/$110/$160, 30/60/90

minutes. Blue Lagoon Wellness Ctr, 1202 Floral

Pkwy, Wilmington. BlueLagoon Wellness Center.

com. 910-685-2795.


Saturday Psychic – 10am-3:30pm. Variety of

psychic mediums available, prices vary per session

duration. Call for details. Blue Lagoon Wellness

Ctr, 1202 Floral Pkwy, Wilmington. BlueLagoon

Wellness 910-685-2795.

Monica the Maiden Minx – 2:30-6:30pm. Utilizes

4 decks to guide, heal and empower individuals.

Magick Manifestation Sessions also available and

include full reading, custom-carved spell candle and

supplies. Starts at $35. Madame Meerkat’s Cabinet

of Curiosities, 1001 S Kerr Ave, Wilmington.

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1928 S 16th St, Wilmington

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Dr. Chris A. Pate, MD

265 Racine Dr, Ste 102, Wilmington

910-399-6661 •

Are you experiencing any of the

following: muscle loss, weight

gain, night sweats, vaginal

dryness, low sex drive, memory

loss, mood swings, depression,

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Dr. Ada Suter, DC

14886 US Hwy 17N, Hampstead

910-406-1200 •

Dr. Ada Suter 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 family-centric 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 17.

In early June, the world of leaf and

blade and flowers explodes, and

every sunset is different.

~John Steinbeck




Registered Yoga Teacher


#YogaOFFtheMat 1:1 health

coaching for the yoga-hearted

who are ready for clarity and

support to actualize change with

nutrition & lifestyle. Free strategy

consultation. Intro to Ayurvedic

Nutrition virtual group workshops.



Charlie Robertson

Local to Wilmington


Don’t let your knives and scissors

lead a dull life! Over 40 years of

professional experience. Dull

knives are dangerous and require

more force causing a higher chance

of slipping and missing the mark!

Call Charlie today for an appointment

and directions.


Gerry Amitrano


Mobile knife sharpening

service conveniently

comes direct to your

location and serves the

greater Wilmington area.

Offering cutlery and lawn tool sharpening services.



4006 Postal Way, Myrtle Beach


We are a nonprofit organization

focused on helping improve the

health of those struggling with

diabetes, prevent complications,

live healthier happier lives and

prevent diabetes in those who

are at risk. Are you passionate about what weʼre

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volunteers to help us make our vision a reality.

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Yoga Room 27 Massage Therapy

921-B Lejeune Blvd, Jacksonville


Are you experiencing anxiety,

grief, PTSD, addictions? This

non-invasive energy healing helps

balance your energy system for

any emotional, physical, spiritual

issue you may be encountering.

Offering sessions specializing in

Traditional Usui Reiki. Call or email to schedule an

appointment. Mention Natural Awakenings and receive

free intuitive reading at visit.



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 17.



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

certification and is accredited by

the IAOMT in safe-mercury removal and has a

unique, patient-based approach to dentistry. See ad,

page 3.




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days. Accurate and reliable, private

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packaging along with a dedicated

medical support team available

24/7 to call and explain your results

and provide treatment options.




Tell your story through customizable

jewelry. Origami Owl is a

leading custom jewelry company

known for telling stories through

our signature Living Lockets,

personalized Charms, Necklaces,

Bracelets and Earrings.



Sensei James Bartee Jr.

9625 Scipio Lane, Myrtle Beach

864-414-7425 •

Offering Classical and Traditional

Japanese Martial Art Training and

Self Defense Training. Bartee

Sensei is a certified USSS Fitness

Coordinator, 5th degree black belt

in Aikido, 3rd degree black belt in

Tae Kwon Do, 1st degree black belt

in Laijtsu and defense training expert. Training

provided for organizations, groups, and individuals.

Classes held at Olympia Gymnastics.





Pat and Jo Zachry

1202 Floral Pkwy, Wilmington


Besides being one of

Wilmington’s Largest 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 Natural Awakenings

online calendar event listings. See ad, page 3.


4505 Socastee Blvd STE J, Myrtle Beach


From crystals and organic

herbs, to tarot cards,

books and an array of

soul-centered services,

we’re here to support your

spiritual growth.

What is important in life is life,

and not the result of life.

~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe



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: @

MadameMeerkat. See ad, page 30.

Deep summer is when laziness

finds respectability.

~Sam Keen



Bonnie Briceno

4712 New Centre Drive, Wilmington


All-natural skin care services and

treatments using unique, naturally

corrective products for all types of

skin and ethnicities to treat all skin

care concerns; including fine lines

and wrinkles, dark spots, enlarged

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makeup and lash extensions also available. Mention

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6173 Salem Road, Myrtle Beach

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Our uplifting mission of

prayer, service and education

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lives. We are a spiritual

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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 23.

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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 3.



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detection and monitoring of many types of diseases

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