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News Briefs - August 09

Aug 04, 2009 07:34PM
Acupuncture Center for Balance & Healing Offering Bioset Allergy Elimination

Tina Berisha, Licensed Acupuncturist and owner of Acupuncture Center for Balance & Healing in Davidson, is offering a new technique to create and maintain an improved state of health and wellness.

Bioset is based on energetic medicine and utilizes meridian therapy, acupressure, immunology and homeopathy along with muscle testing. Bioset gests to the root of an illness and is comprised of three aspects - organ and tissue specific detoxification, enzyme therapy and a unique sensitivity desensitization.

“I use Bioset along with acupuncture for optimal results. It can help with seasonal allergies, food sensitivities, hormone imbalances and auto-immune issues,” says the mother of two who used Bioset to overcome her intolerance to milk. The technique can be safely used on infants, children and adults.

Berisha strives to educate her clients on the wide variety of alternative modalities available for optimal healing results. “I look at all aspects of healing for each client individually with quality care and compassion," she concludes. The Acupuncture Center for Balance & Healing is located at 709-20 North East Drive in Davidson. For more information contact (704) 681-2634 or [email protected] or visit

Ivy's Diaper Service Happy butts make a healthy planet!

Today more parents are seeking ways to raise their children naturally. Ivy’s Diaper Service offers earth-friendly cloth diapers that are easy to use and inexpensive. Simply leave your bag of dirty diapers outside your front door once a week and Ivy’s comes by and replaces them with clean, soft, sanitized diapers.

Made from 100% unbleached cotton, Ivy’s diapers contain no harsh chemicals like disposable diapers and they help prevent diaper rash. In 1955, before disposable diapers were even invented, it was estimated that only 7% of babies suffered from diaper rash. In 1991, after disposables had taken over the market, that number jumped to an alarming 78%.

Cloth babies potty train an average of six months earlier than disposable babies. With cloth diapers your child is able to understand the cause and effect relationship, which helps potty train him or her faster.

Every disposable diaper ever used in this country is still in a landfill somewhere and will be for at least another 150 years. Two and a half years worth of disposable diapers for one child will use up 20 trees and 420 gallons of petroleum. Cloth diapers are guilt-free!

For more information visit

Energy Medicine Classes Offered Based on Donna Eden Methods

Classes based on the methods of Donna Eden, one of the world's most renowned practitioners of energy medicine, will be offered in Concord starting in September. The program has two options: A Wellness Track for those wanting to learn to maintain and enhance their own health and well-being and that of friends and family, and a Certification Track for those wanting to professionally practice Eden Energy Medicine.

In energy medicine, the body heals by activating its natural healing energies and also by restoring energies that have become weak, disturbed, or out of balance. Energy Medicine is both a complement to other approaches to medical care and a complete system for self-care and self-help. It can address physical illness, emotional or mental disorders, and is also used to promote high-level wellness, peak performance and joyful living.

Classes will be conducted by Sarah Owen, MS, LPC and Senior Faculty with the Eden Energy Medicine Institute. Students note her classes are powerfully transformative as well as informative and filled with humor and heart. The series of 4 classes held one weekend in Sept, Nov, Jan and March completes Year 1 of the EEM Certification Program. Each class is a pre-requisite for the following class. Students are then eligible to go on to Year 2 of the main CP which is held quarterly in Phoenix AZ.

Info/registration: Sarah Owen at (910) 538-8115, [email protected] or

Southeast Women’s Herbal Conference Emphasizing Wise Woman Tradition

Women of all ages, shapes and stripes will gather to learn, connect, and deepen at the 5th annual Southeast Women’s Herbal Conference on October 2-4, 2009 in Black Mountain, NC. Special guest will be Susun Weed, known as an extraordinary teacher with a joyous spirit, a powerful presence and an encyclopedic knowledge of herbs and health. She is the voice of the Wise Woman Tradition, and an internationally renowned author of four books on herbs and women's health.

Fifty classes offered by over thirty teachers will include: herb walks, tea blending, herbal skin care, herbal baths, menstrual health, menopause, women’s wellness, nutrition, phytochemicals, HPV, shamanic breathwork, talking stick, self esteem, as well as art, dance, yoga, and poetry - all based in the Wise Woman Tradition.

The Wise Woman Tradition involves simple living, earth-based healing and local plants. “Women are hungry for this knowledge. The conference offers an opportunity for them to steep themselves in these teachings for an entire weekend,” says conference Director Corinna Wood.

For more information visit or call 877-SEWOMEN.

Federal Acupuncture Coverage Act Introduced Could Provide Health Insurance Access

January Congressman Maurice Hinchey of New York introduced HR 646, The Federal Acupuncture Coverage Act of 2009. Passage of HR 646 would amend Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for coverage of qualified acupuncturist services under Part B (Supplementary Medical Insurance Benefits for the Aged and Disabled) of the Medicare Program.

It would also amend Title 5 of the United States Code to provide for coverage of such services under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. Passage of the bill would open the door for other insurance companies to cover acupuncture and enable greater access to this ancient healing art across the country.

The American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM) is conducting a grassroots campaign asking for support in the passage of HR 646. The AAAOM is also lobbying for a companion bill to HR 646 to be introduced in the U.S. Senate.

The AAAOM asks HR 646 supporters to send a letter to their representatives by visiting and clicking on “Contact Congress.” Fill in your ZIP code to identify your representative. The automated form letter can be sent as written or personalized.

For more information go to

Ayurvedic Vegetarian Cooking Workshop

Dr. Aruna Patki, an Ayuvedic Physician and owner of Ayurveda Healing Spa, will hold a workshop on Ayurvedic cooking on Sept 5-7. Ayurveda is a 6,000 year-old holistic, natural system of health and healing from India.

Ayurvedic food is nourishing, energizing and incorporates the six tastes of foods (sweet, salty, sour, bitter, pungent and astringent) in simple ways to enhance health and provide a tasty, satisfying meal. With a holistic approach to diet, digestion and nutrition, participants will learn how to prepare authentic recipes and the principles of Ayurvedic food preparation.

The workshop menu includes: Ginger-Lemon-Honey Appetizer (Nectar), Chapathi (flat yeast-free whole wheat bread), mixed vegetable curry, Pakora (onion-lentil fritters), Dal (lentil) soup, saffron rice and Coconut Kheer.

The workshop will be held Sept 5 and 6 from 10am-5pm and 9am-noon on Sept 7 at 1980 Woodstream Drive in Harrisburg. Cost is $210 and lunch and dinner are included. Info: 704-808-0708 or

Healthy Products for People and the Planet At The Boulevard at NoDa

The Boulevard at NoDa, a unique fashion, art, craft and gift marketplace located in the heart of NoDa, Charlotte's historic arts district, is offering an array of healthy, earth-friendly products.

Monique Velez of NoDa kids carries G-Diapers that are flushable and only take 50-150 days to break down.  These eco-diapers are made of materials that are “neutral or beneficial” to the earth and help to offset the approximately 50 million diapers going to the landfill daily and an average decomposition time of 500 years. Velez also offers Green to Grow bottles that are free of BPA, a common chemical found in most that may have toxic, harmful health effects.

Jill Cooper supplies eco-friendly baby products including onsies and bibs made with 100% unbleached certified organic cotton that protects babies from skin allergies. She also carries Naked Bee products that are paraben, dye and pigment free and not tested on animals. Natural ingredients like honey, palm and coconut oils, beeswax are used.

Animal advocate Cindy Harris, owner of Meow and Fetch, believes pets should be eating a healthier diet and offers pet lovers holistic, natural pet food such as Wysong and Canidae. To further spread the spirit of environmentalism, she placed a recycling container outside of the shop so pedestrians and shop girls can reduce waste.

For more information visit

The Ivey Adult Day Care Wide-Ranging Care at a Low Price

The Ivey, the adult day care in South Charlotte founded by Lynn Ivey, is now a not-for-profit organization. The Ivey has lowered its fees while maintaining a remarkable array of services for older adults in a gorgeous lodge setting. For only $60 a day, The Ivey provides a warm, home-away-from-home for adult loved ones.

The Ivey serves older adults affected by Alzheimer’s and other types of memory loss, social isolation, or physical frailty due to stroke, Parkinson’s, and other similar illnesses. Each client benefits from an individualized care plan that includes socialization, medical supervision, personal care, nutritious hot meals and stimulating activities. The center’s family programs provide hope, guidance, support and education to caregivers.

“We became not-for-profit in response to the economy and our desire to serve a broader range of people. These services should not just be for high-income individuals. Everyone deserves the best when growing older,” Ivey says. “Plenty of research shows that increased socialization enriches the quality of life for every senior. Combined with our array of services, we strive to maintain or possibly improve your loved one’s functioning and life expectancy. "

To schedule a personal tour, call The Ivey at 704/909-2070 or visit

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