promoting health naturally

Make your own Chakra Pendulum

with Carol Clark. 

This is a great beginner’s class designed for students with no prior jewelry or wire wrap experience. This class will cover basic techniques of working with the tools, a discussion on chakras as well as creating your own chakra pendulum. A great way to connect with your pendulum and infuse your energy into — it is to create it yourself!

Saturday, Sept. 19th from 1 – 3 PM ~ Cost $25.

Yoga Nirda a.k.a. Yoga Sleep

with Lee Gallager.

This type of yoga is a specific multi-step process for the integration of body, mind and spirit. It produces a state of consciousness where one is neither fully awake nor asleep. It is very easy and gentle to do and does not require prior training. Learning Yoga Nirda can replace the need for power naps!

Saturday, Sept. 19th from 10-11:30 AM. ~ Cost $25.


If there is light in the soul,

There will be beauty in the person.

If there is beauty in the person,

There will be harmony in the house.

If there is harmony in the house,

There will be order in the nation.

If there is order in the nation,

There will be peace in the world.

~ Chinese Proverb

Are your scented products making you sick?

Reported Symptoms: Feeling dizzy, frequent headaches, sick to your stomach, shortness of breath, asthma attacks or even seizures.

Reason: Most scented cleaning products, laundry detergents, air fresheners (including scented candles), and personal care products emit at least one chemical that is federally regulated as toxic and/or hazardous however the chemicals, know as volatile organic compounds, are not required to be listed on the product labels.

Self Defense: Avoid any fragranced products, especially if you are sensitive to them. Also be aware that companies may use making fragrances in ‘fragrance-free’ products as well.


Activated Charcoal Cures:

Poison Control: Activated Charcoal’s ability to absorb large amounts of toxins before they have a chance to harm your body makes Activated Charcoal great at removing ingested poisons in the body, doctors at The Mayo Clinic report. Dosages depend on the type of poison taken and the time between the poisoning and the ingestion of Activated Charcoal, however researchers at Stanford University report that the Activated Charcoal treatment can begin to work immediately and can be an effective method for providing a window of time to get to a hospital. They also recommend including Activated Charcoal capsules in the first aid kit of all families. Activated Charcoal is most successful if used within the first hour of ingesting poison (before the poison gets fully into the bloodstream).

Insect Bites: Activated Charcoal has been shown to be an effective way to ease the discomfort associated with insect stings and bites because it immediately attaches itself to the poison and limits the spread through the body. Doctors recommend applying the Activated Charcoal powder to the affected area. Treated properly, Activated Charcoal will reduce the pain and swelling associated with the insect sting or bite. Activated charcoal can also be used on spider and snake bites.

Intestinal Problems: Activated Charcoal has been used for years by doctors to reduce problems like diarrhea, gas and bloating associated with many stomach complaints including discomfort from ulcerative colitis and spastic colons.

Warning: Activated Charcoal absorbs a wide range of drugs and nutrients. Those using Activate Charcoal should avoid using it within 2 hours of drug, food, nutritional supplement or herb intake. It can decrease your body’s absorption of certain nutrients and also interfere with medications. Because of this, frequent use is NOT recommended. Activated Charcoal may also cause abdominal pain or swelling – if this occurs, contact your doctor immediately — as it could be an indication of intestinal bleeding or blockage. Ordinarily, Activated Charcoal should not be used to treat the ingestion of corrosive poisons (lye, acids, fuel oil, alcohols, etc.).

Note: Water is necessary with each dose of Activated Charcoal, and distilled water is best since it is generally free of toxins. Other liquids are not a substitute for water, and some — such as milk and all dairy products can counter the Activated Charcoal’s benefit. Activated Charcoal loses its effectiveness when mixed with chocolate syrup, ice cream or sherbet – best when taken with nothing but water.

Be Well

Guidelines for eating from Chinese Medicine

by Terry Tangredi, Lic. Ac.

> Always chew slowly and thoroughly. Digestion begins with saliva in the mouth. It’s been reported that people eat much faster and unconsciously today than in the past. This may be because of our multi-tasking hurried lifestyles or from unconsciously eating in front of the TV or in the car on the run. Eating slowly gives the brain time to register feeling satiated. It can take 20 – 30 minutes for your brain to register feeling satiated. This is why eating with others, enjoying conversation and leisurely eating food may be one of the reasons why the French are thin in spite of a high fat diet.

> Eat only until 70% full. The main message here is not to over eat by feeling ‘stuffed’. The ancient Chinese recognized the need for the stomach to actively churn the food. If there’s no room for the churning of our stomach then we will experience heart burn or the food will be processed through without benefit of complete digestion.

> Eat predominately vegetables either lightly sauteed or steamed, and use meat (animal protein) as a condiment or flavoring.  Guidelines are to eat 3 oz. of animal protein per day, which is about the size of your cell phone.

> Eat more raw fruits and vegetables to cool an over heated stomach. (In Chinese Medicine excess hunger is called ‘stomach fire’.) Celery, lettuce, green leafy vegetables and cooked cabbage is especially helpful.

> Green drinks such as wheat grass, spirulina or micro algae also cool stomach fire.

> Avoid a lot of foods that inflame the stomach like meats, fried foods, nuts, seeds, salty and warming flavors like garlic, onions, cinnamon, ginger, cumin and hot peppers.

> Liquids and foods should be neither too hot or too cold. Heat creates an acidic environment and cold paralyzes the digestion.

> Avoid drinking too much with meals, this dilutes the digestive juices. Drink water without ice or herb tea 10 – 20 minutes before meals. A small amount of water about 4 oz. is okay with meals.

> Try to be consistent with meal times as the stomach likes regularity. Do not skip meals or become overly hungry as this may lead to overeating of a quick fix ‘junk food’ binge.

> Do not eat past 7 PM at night. Instead use herbal teas or green drinks to satisfy hunger.