Letter from Publisher, November 2018

On September 25, Upstate Natural Awakenings presented the documentary film HEAL at Zen Greenville. Prior to the start of the film we served light refreshments that were included in the ticket cost. A dozen or so Upstate natural health vendors were on hand to display their products and services and to interact with those attending. I am happy to report that 120 people purchased tickets on EventBrite and by all accounts, gave a big thumbs up to HEAL and to our presentation of more films in the future.

Some of you may remember that in 2015 we presented several films. The first, a film about the life of Louise Hay, was held at Zen Greenville. The next film, screened in 2015, was called Alive Inside. Alive Inside was a ground-breaking film that demonstrated music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. We were fortunate to have the Peace Center in Greenville offer their Gunter theatre as a venue, and as a community service, they made it available as a free event.

The last film Natural Awakenings brought to the Upstate was Trace Amounts. It was held at Camelot theatre on Antrim Road. The film, endorsed by Robert Kennedy, Jr., is an investigative documentary exploring the link between the mercury-based preservative thimerosal and the autism epidemic experienced among today’s children. At the film’s conclusion, we offered a Q&A session with questions fielded by Dr. John Palmer, a Greenville holistic dentist and owner of Palmer Distinctive Dentistry, and Dr. William Weirs, M.D., from the Center of Environmental and Occupational Medicine, in Charleston.

Building on the success of HEAL, my plan is to return to offering screenings of what I consider to be important documentary films that are compatible with the message of our magazine. I hope to be able to offer screenings on a quarterly basis. From my viewpoint, these could be documentaries related to our food, our water, the toxins in our environment, our health care system, and our state of mind, including the effects of the stress we all experience in our daily lives.

If you have seen the film HEAL, you probably have guessed that I am of the belief that our physical incarnation is entwined with our spiritual development. I believe this is a viewpoint that many of you share. Knowing that, you can expect there to be documentaries that will touch on this significant area of our personal growth.

I am inviting you to share your ideas with me on film titles, and/or types of films you would like to see presented. You can contact me at our office number, 864-248-4910, or click here for the link to the page on our website. (Or visit UpstateNA.com and choose Questions/Comments under Contact Us on the top menu bar.) Enter “Film Comments” in the Subject field to help us gather emails on this subject. (Note: we never bombard you with daily emails or share/sell your address, but you may receive info regarding events like film screenings as well as on sales or other events.) I know I will find your ideas helpful. As always, I appreciate your support and input.

Peace and Blessings,

Roberta Bolduc