Facts at a Glance
Millions of Americans rely on expert chiropractors, like those at AlignLife, to help alleviate back pain and range of motion. Visiting a chiropractor in Cityname can do wonders for your pain, but it can also be incredibly effective for other maladies:
Chiropractic Care Helps Lower Blood Pressure: Clinical trials show that spinal alignment and manipulation can be as effective at lowering blood pressure as some blood pressure medications.
Chiropractic Care Reduces Inflammation: Studies show that regular care from a chiropractor reduces inflammation in your body. Inflammation can wreak havoc on your body and is linked to cancer and heart disease.
Chiropractic Care Improves Nervous System Disorders: By removing pressure on nerve fibers and increasing blood flow to the brain, chiropractic adjustments are shown to reduce the symptoms of neurological conditions like fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, and epilepsy.
Chiropractic Care Reduces Acute, Chronic Pain: Regular adjustments help alleviate back and neck pain, but they also help relieve pain associated with sciatica. This intense pain stems from a pinched nerve in the spine and can be a chronic condition without treatment.
Chiropractic care offers wide-ranging wellness benefits in addition to back pain relief. A few additional benefits include:
- Immune System Support
- Improved Athletic Performance
- Elimination of Vertigo or Dizziness
- Better Lung Function and Reduced Asthma Symptoms
- Better Balance
- More Flexibility
- Ease Pregnancy Discomfort
- Improved Sleep and Vitality
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A few of the most common benefits of the MetaLife Program include:
Getting healthier and losing weight requires accountability and the continued support of friends and professionals. AlignLife is here to help you succeed, whether you need to lose 20 pounds or 200.
Plans Based on Your Needs
Our weight loss management team will assess your nutritional needs, activity levels, and physical condition. That way, we can build a plan that addresses your most pressing health needs.
Plans Evolve with You
As your weight begins to fall off, we will tweak your MetaLife plan so that it remains relevant to your goals. As an example, you may get more active by biking, running, or joining a gym. We'll incorporate your evolution into your weight management plan to account for your improved fitness levels.
Plans Designed for Health, Not Just Weight Loss
Not all weight loss plans are healthy. There are correct and incorrect ways to go about weight management. Sketchy fasting and fad diets are not the right solutions. Our plans are crafted with your health in mind so that you become healthier and lose weight at the same time. This strategy helps keep unwanted weight off and extends your life too.
At the end of the day, your goal is to lose weight, and our personalized MetaLife plans do exactly that and more. When you have a custom plan that addresses your health issues, includes support, and is tailored to your lifestyle, your chances of success skyrocket.
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MetaLife vs. Other Weight Loss Systems
There are dozens if not hundreds of weight loss programs available today. Unfortunately, many of these systems create more problems than they do solutions. Often outdated and unhealthy, these programs should be avoided entirely if you're focusing on long-term weight loss and improved wellbeing.
Let's break down the many misconceptions associated with popular weight loss programs:
Low Calorie Diets
Reducing calories to very low levels causes your body to go into "starvation mode." It also lowers your metabolism, which limits your body's ability to burn fat. Low calorie weight loss systems often cause the much-dreaded rebound weight gain.
Low Protein Diets
There is no way of knowing if your body is burning fat or muscle on a low protein diet unless you monitor it. MetaLife is the only weight loss system that tests body composition on a weekly basis. This ensures you lose fat instead of muscle, and you keep it off for the long haul.
Low Fat Diets
Low fat diets usually equate to high sugar diets. Diets high in sugar cause weight gain instead weight loss, and increase your risk of diabetes, inflammation, and pain. Low fat diets also cause hormone imbalances which create fatigue, insomnia, mood disorders, and even a lack of sex drive.
Great Health Awaits with AlignLife in Harleyville, SC
At AlignLife, we believe that your health is simply a vehicle you can use to live the best life imaginable. Our expert chiropractic care and comprehensive health protocols put patients on a pathway to better living, better health, a better body.
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Latest News in Harleyville, SC
Lowcounty rural town of Harleyville prepares for expected growth
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — The Lowcountry's population is growing significantly, and it's not necessarily in areas you'd expect.Large corporations have planted roots in rural towns, and now developers are looking to follow suit.“I’m excited about the possibility of development,” Mayor Charles Ackerman said.Ackerman has been the mayor of Harleyville for 27 years and hasn’t seen a lot change within the town of less than 700 people.“We’ve had probably about 10 houses built in ...
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — The Lowcountry's population is growing significantly, and it's not necessarily in areas you'd expect.
Large corporations have planted roots in rural towns, and now developers are looking to follow suit.
“I’m excited about the possibility of development,” Mayor Charles Ackerman said.
Ackerman has been the mayor of Harleyville for 27 years and hasn’t seen a lot change within the town of less than 700 people.
“We’ve had probably about 10 houses built in that 27 years,” he said.
Perhaps not a number that jumps off the page, but changes could be just around the corner with the proposed construction of a 56-acre subdivision off N. Railroad Street.
It would hold anywhere from 80 to 150 homes, and is an addition, Ackerman said, that reflects growing interest in the area.
“There are a lot of new people in town,” he said. “I used to [be able to] tell you the name of every person in town but I can’t—not anymore!”
The lot is not the only area garnering interest of development.
Ackerman said other areas on the outskirts of town have the potential of being annexed into the town in the future.
“If all of this takes place, Harleyville would probably double in size, probably, from what we are now.”
But Ackerman knows growth without a means to grow is not possible; enhancement of the town’s current infrastructure is a necessary endeavor.
“Our first upgrade would be on our treatment plant and on our No. 1 pump station, so those are in the process now.”
Ackerman said he knows growing pains are a part of the process.
He wants to see the town grow and reach a larger tax base in order to keep taxes low for current residents, pay town employees more for their services, and hopefully, attract a local grocery store to the area.
“We operate on a very, very short budget,” Ackerman said.
The town of Harleyville has held several meetings with the developer of the subdivision.
Dorchester County will have to approve plans before the Planning Commission can step in and construction can begin.
Strawberries ripe for the picking at new farm in Summerville
SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCIV) — If you live in Summerville, you know firsthand the growth that area has seen in the last few years. But in the middle of all the growth, there's a new way to get fresh fruit!On Friday, the bran...
SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCIV) — If you live in Summerville, you know firsthand the growth that area has seen in the last few years. But in the middle of all the growth, there's a new way to get fresh fruit!
On Friday, the brand new Westbury Farms' strawberry field opened for the first time. The nearly two-acre farm is located at the Marymeade Market’s property right behind the Home Depot off of Berlin G. Myers Parkway.
The farm is a historic site in the town, as it is one of the longest standing farms that used to stretch over 20 acres, all the way to the interstate.
Now, there is new produce added to the farm’s selection, with over 28,000 strawberries ready to be picked. Westbury Farms planted the seeds for the strawberry plants in October.
There is also a fresh market with produce and products, mostly from local businesses.
Westbury Farms has another location in Harleyville, but they do have some experience in the Summerville area, as over the pandemic, they sold some of their strawberries at a local market next to the Lowes off N. Main Street.
Co-owner of the farm, Keri Anne Westbury, says when the opportunity came to start the farm in Summerville, it was an opportunity she couldn’t pass up. She hopes that this will help promote small businesses in the area.
“It's so many different subdivisions and housing complexes that are coming up around the area, to where I think it's just gonna only be beneficial to have things like this,” Westbury said, “It's just a lot of uncertainty when it comes to these small businesses. So my husband and I feel like it's very important to support other small businesses around the area. And that's something we're striving to do, I would say at least 95% of the product that we're going to carry this year is local.”
Summerville residents can come pick as many strawberries as they would like starting Friday. Products in the market range from cocktail mixes, to jams, to other fresh produce.
The brand new farm officially opened at 10 a.m. and will be open Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until mid-May.
Argos Roberta plant & 3 terminals to switch to 100% PLC
Argos is committed to continuing its efforts to deliver outstanding solutions and sustainable products to its customers. As part of this effort the cement company is announcing that its Roberta plant, located in Alabama, and its Wilmington, Statesville, and Durham terminals in North Carolina will transition their production and distribution to Portland Limestone Cement (PLC) by the end of the second quarter 2022. This transition to PLC, a lower CO2 intensive cement is part of its overall sustainability strategy to produce this type of cement...
Argos is committed to continuing its efforts to deliver outstanding solutions and sustainable products to its customers. As part of this effort the cement company is announcing that its Roberta plant, located in Alabama, and its Wilmington, Statesville, and Durham terminals in North Carolina will transition their production and distribution to Portland Limestone Cement (PLC) by the end of the second quarter 2022. This transition to PLC, a lower CO2 intensive cement is part of its overall sustainability strategy to produce this type of cement at all its plants in 2023.
Argos PLC Type IL is a high-quality blended cement, engineered to deliver a comparable performance to regular Portland cements, while providing a lower carbon footprint. This product is manufactured with around 10% ground limestone, resulting in a similar reduction in greenhouse gas emissions when compared with Ordinary Portland Cement (OPC) production. Argos PLC can be used in wide range of cement-based applications and cab be replaced on a one-to-one basis with traditional cement.
The Argos Roberta cement plant, when fully converted to PLC, is expected to produce over 1.7 million t of cement per year servicing a range of customers through Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and Florida.
To serve customers who are already using this product taking advantage of its environmental benefits, the company is also producing PLC at its Newberry, Harleyville and Martinsburg cement plants, located in Florida, South Carolina and West Virginia, respectively. These plants will continue offering our high-quality PLC product as an alternative across the southeastern and northeastern United States.
Bill Wagner, chief executive officer of Argos USA, was quoted: "We are excited to announce the transition of the Roberta Plant to 100% Portland-Limestone Cement (PLC) Type IL. “With this transition we continue to support our customers and the industry on its road to lower greenhouse gas emissions. With PLC we are supplying a more environmentally friendly building solution for our customers, engineered to deliver an outstanding quality and performance while lowering our carbon footprint.”
Argos Cement takes great pride in being stewards of the environment and has been recognised by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for the ninth consecutive year as a global benchmark in sustainability in the construction materials sector. Argos intends to continue to lead the promotion of PLC in the southeast United States to build together a more sustainable present and future.
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Swamp used by freedom-seekers recognized on Underground Railroad list
An enslaved man named James Matthews hid in Four Holes Swamp on his way to Charleston in 1838, where he gained passage on a ship that took him to freedom in Boston.Another enslaved man, Team, sometimes lived with maroon communities throughout Four Holes Swamp, a vast ecosystem of virgin cypress and tupelo trees, making it an ideal hideaway for freedom-seekers more than two centuries ago.These and other accounts of enslaved people who found temporary freedom in the swamp from chattel slavery helped ...
An enslaved man named James Matthews hid in Four Holes Swamp on his way to Charleston in 1838, where he gained passage on a ship that took him to freedom in Boston.
Another enslaved man, Team, sometimes lived with maroon communities throughout Four Holes Swamp, a vast ecosystem of virgin cypress and tupelo trees, making it an ideal hideaway for freedom-seekers more than two centuries ago.
These and other accounts of enslaved people who found temporary freedom in the swamp from chattel slavery helped The Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest secure a designation on the National Park Service’s Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.
The Underground Railroad refers to efforts used to escape bondage, assisted or unassisted, from settled communities and later across state and international borders. As slavery persisted, escapes increased, becoming more deliberate and organized in some places after the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850.
With the designation, Audubon’s Beidler Forest Center is among nine Underground Railroad sites in South Carolina and one of four in Charleston County.
Matt Johnson, director of the Beidler Forest Audubon Center in Harleyville, said, “We are proud to be recognized as part of this important national program, and we look forward to honoring this history — and the men and women to whom this history belongs — at Beidler in the coming years.”
The Beidler Audubon Center manages 18,000 acres that covers Berkeley, Dorchester and Orangeburg counties within Four Holes Swamp, a place-name that first appeared on Revolutionary War-era maps. A portion of it has remained untouched with 1,000-year-old cypress and tupelo trees that provided cover for maroons, a term likely derived from the Spanish word “cimarrón” for wild or untamed.
In the coming year, Beidler will work with local residents to develop a plan to interpret the maroon story.
“We traditionally have focused on natural history,” Johnson said. “But that does not tell the complete history of this landscape and how it connects with African-American history more broadly.”
Beidler’s old-growth forest allows visitors to experience a place today that looks virtually the same as it would have looked to maroons. “We have a unique opportunity to interpret this history,” he said. “We hope this will take shape in the form of interpretative signage, exhibits and continued programming, like our past Cultural Heritage Days.
“But it may grow to things beyond that, too,” Johnson said. “We also envision the Underground Railroad designation as an opportunity to engage more meaningfully with the local community and new partners.”
This is not the first maroon story told in the Lowcountry. The Summerville-Dorchester Museum in 2015 erected a permanent maroon display in its historic garden house. The display presents the maroon communities in Four Holes Swamp and the wetlands at Beech Hill near Legend Oaks Golf Course on S.C. Highway 61.
The exhibit is still on display at the museum at 100 E. Doty Ave. Ed West, the museum’s volunteer historian, said, “The Lowcountry was hundreds of miles from where the Underground Railroad actually operated, and it was very unfriendly country, so a runaway couldn’t go anywhere. So runaways here ran away to the swamp, and they just lived there.”
At Beidler, a nearly 2-mile boardwalk loops through a portion of the world’s largest virgin swamp forest with trees likely touched by freedom-seekers. Emily Davis, Beidler’s center manager, said, “This is what makes Beidler so special. It is untouched yet touched.”
Beidler receives 10,000 visitors annually, many of them birdwatchers who come to see the more than 180 species of birds that have been documented in the sanctuary. The spring is the bird-watching highpoint when hundreds of yellow prothonotary warblers migrate from South America to build low-level nests, even in cypress knees.
Just as maroons might have been surprised to see a massive warbler invasion, birdwatchers today are just as surprised to discover the maroon story displayed on the boardwalk’s temporary signs. “They think they are coming here to hike or do some bird-watching, and then there is the historical aspect that a lot of people don’t know about,” Davis said.
This history on slavery, so far, has not shocked Beidler’s visitors, she said. “I’ve only had people come in and ask more questions,” she added.
The history lesson, she explained, adds meaning to Beidler’s peaceful and reflective experience. “It has always been a unique place, but now we have this other piece. You can meditate on these people who were here, meditate on their stories and the stories we may never know.”
The forest provided food, water, natural medicines and materials to build shelter. Remnants of the maroons have long since been washed away by water that flows through the swamp and into the Edisto River. Dwarf palmettos on the high ground shielded maroons in the mysterious swamp, an undesirable place to look for enslaved people, Davis explained.
Dorchester County sees access to water services as deciding factor for growth
RIDGEVILLE — Dorchester County has a vision for a future with more job opportunities at companies looking to settle down in the community.One of the notable hurdles: water availability, be it for drinking or industry.“Some water improvements have been made and others are on the way,” said John Truluck, director of economic development for the county.To see the type of the growth the county wants, creating or expanding access to county water and sewer services has been a priority. Pulling in businesses l...
RIDGEVILLE — Dorchester County has a vision for a future with more job opportunities at companies looking to settle down in the community.
One of the notable hurdles: water availability, be it for drinking or industry.
“Some water improvements have been made and others are on the way,” said John Truluck, director of economic development for the county.
To see the type of the growth the county wants, creating or expanding access to county water and sewer services has been a priority. Pulling in businesses like the upcoming Walmart Distribution Center in Ridgeville has meant investing millions in a pipeline to Harleyville.
And that’s just one side of the issue. Many residents in rural parts of the county still rely solely on private well pumps for their household water.
Time is also a hurdle. Improving access in the Knightsville area, for example, was 25 years in the making, said County Councilman Bill Hearn.
Additionally, some residents don’t wish to switch to county water out of fear of costs. Others say it’s worth it no matter what.
Molly Adams and her family have lived at her Campbell Thickett home in Ridgeville for more than 50 years. She said the recent roadwork along U.S. Highway 78 created an opportunity to be added to the county’s water and sewage system. While she said some of her neighbors have declined the option, she’s ready.
“Yeah, I want it,” she said. “I need it.”
In the meantime, experts are continuously advising those who do use local pumps to test their water for contaminants every year. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, rainfall runoff can easily contaminate private wells.
Experts and the county advise using tools such as rain barrels to help protect against additional contamination. The barrels also help well pumps last longer by reducing the amount of stress placed on them.
The deciding factor
Over the years, Dorchester County has seen significant growth. New housing developments, parks, businesses and factories have been planned and completed all over the county.
The biggest and most talked about of these projects is the Walmart Distribution Center in Ridgeville. It’s expected to bring hundreds of jobs to the community.
One of the main reasons the project is possible is because of water access. In 2020, the county debuted the Dorchester Reach. It’s a more than 10-mile pipeline that carries water from Harleyville to a 750,000-gallon storage tank at the Ridgeville Industrial Center.
The project came through the county’s connection with the Lake Marion Regional Water Agency. The group is comprised of Orangeburg, Calhoun, Berkeley and Dorchester counties.
All of the counties have so-called “water deserts” where a large amount of safe water isn’t available.
Hearn said many Dorchester residents have assumed growth wouldn’t happen in their areas because of the lack of water availability in the U.S. 78 corridor.
“That has changed in the last few years,” he said.
The Dorchester Reach runs along a portion of U.S. 78 and has created some additional opportunities. Hearn said the additional access means huge residential projects and mixes of retail/commercial and industrial sites coming in the near future.
The next big project that will improve access to public water in Dorchester County is the Winding Woods Reach.
This involves the building of a nearly 8-mile pipeline from Harleyville to the Winding Woods Industrial Park in St. George.
When complete, the waterline will serve the industrial parks and bring additional water services to the areas around Woodland High School and the Dorchester County courthouse. The waterline currently is in the design phase.
“The Walmart Distribution Center in Ridgeville is just the beginning of what is going to happen over the next decade,” Hearn said.
The county’s goal is to continue to manage the growth in the area while also preserving its rural communities. The challenge with that involves ensuring access to water and sewer services.
Flagged as an area in need
On Campbell Thickett and the neighboring Coburn Town Road in Ridgeville, mobile homes and small houses sit on narrow roads. In the predominately Black community, all of the homes use a private well-water pump system.
In a recent community needs assessment by the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments, the two roads were specifically flagged as being in need of adequate infrastructure improvements. The main suggestion was to establish a water and sewer service to the roads. Adams’ Campbell Thickett home sits near the road’s intersection with U.S. 78.
That highway is slated for a nearly $30 million improvement project complete with lane additions and shoulder and pavement improvements.
From her porch, Adams can get a view of some of the construction making its journey down the highway. Last year, she and other residents were invited to a meeting centered on providing them links to public water and sewer alongside the U.S. 78 construction.
“I know some of the houses didn’t approve it,” she said.
The families like hers who did agree, she said, wouldn’t have to pay to get into the system. If the other families who declined the offer want to join the public system in future years, they’ll have to pay to connect.
For Adams, some of her reasons for wanting to be in the system center around the water being healthier and her own issues with her water pump and septic systems.
She said she felt like she would save more money by being on a public system, versus constantly fixing her private one.
“I just had mine pumped out,” she said.
The Dorchester community around Givhans Ferry State Park was also flagged in the community assessment as needing water and sewer services.
What the community wants
Randal Ferguson owns a store called Randal’s Convenience around the corner from the state park. It’s a low-traffic area near the Edisto River with plenty of trees and open space.
A public water and sewer system doesn’t reach out to the area, and it will likely be years before anything comes close. And Ferguson likes it that way.
“I’ve never had one problem,” he said. “I don’t want a huge water bill.”
He has had his current well-water system since 1997. He also isn’t the biggest fan of all of the growth in the county. He said his hope is that the community stays as it already is: quite and peaceful.
Johnny Brown is a longtime Dorchester County resident who lives on Coburn Road near the Adams family. He said that while he understands people wanting to keep a private system, he feels like getting county water will be inevitable.
Brown has had issues in the past at his home with finding water in the ground. “I had to put a deeper pipe down in there,” he said. “We can only go so deep.”
A lot of the wells at the homes in the neighborhood were also built for a different time period, he said. While a water barrel can reduce the stress on a water pump, the pumps weren’t built for heavy, frequent use by large families.
He used to live closer to the Summerville area on Jedburg Road years ago. But he had to leave the home because his well ran dry and it wouldn’t recover at the time.
His advice is that the community should just go with the changes.
“This is the modern times coming now,” Brown said. “You’ve got to change with time.”
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