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contents Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.

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Truly Forgive

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The Higher Path of Compassion

28 The Benefits of Burnout

by Linda Sechrist

32 URBAN GARDENING TAKES ROOT

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Feeding Ourselves Well by John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist

36 The Herbal Kitchen

by Barbara Pleasant

38 SIX POWERHOUSE FOODS FOR KIDS With Palate-Pleasing Tips by Susan Enfield Esrey

40 HOW TRIGLYCERIDES TAKE A TOLL

Beyond Cholesterol by James Occhiogrosso

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BRAIN DIET Eat Right To Stay Sharp

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46 FITNESS MYTHS DEBUNKED

11 Vital Truths by Lynda Bassett

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contact us Publisher Reid Boyer Local Editor Beth Davis Local Writer Beth Davis - Linda Sechrist Assistant Editors S. Alison Chabonais Design & Production Susan McCann jaxgraphicdesign.net Ad Production Marci Molina www.MarciMolinaDesigns.com Advertising Sales Reid Boyer LVsales@naturalawakeningsmag.com To contact Natural Awakenings Lehigh Valley Edition: PO Box 421 Emmaus, PA 18049 Phone: 610-421-4443 Fax: 610-421-4445

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s I write, the late February wind chill temperature hovers at 20 degrees, with the winter wind blistering everything in its path. Working in my little backyard garden plot would be the last thing on my mind… except several mornings this week I heard a hearty songbird announcing spring. As I dug into reading this month’s Food and Garden issue, I committed to make this issue a statement to conscious eating. Building on the historic wisdom of the many benefits of a nutritious diet, our experts share how to make urban gardening work in small spaces, create an herbal kitchen, eat for a healthy brain and grab healthier on-the-go snacks for children. Joe Dunne, a fellow Natural Awakenings publisher in Central New Jersey, inspired me to reconnect with Netflix and watch the latest thought provoking films documenting issues related to America’s modern food supply. I highly recommend Food Matters, Forks Over Knives, FrankenSteer, Food Fight, Fresh and Ingredients, which explain why so many Americans are unhealthy. We learn that the foods mainstream America eats is a foundational culprit behind upward trends in chronic diseases. There is no room for debate; changing our diet is the fastest and most effective form of health care. It is up to us to educate ourselves and demand healthy, chemical free and non-GMO (genetically modified organisms) food for our families. It may seem difficult to keep meals wholesome when the majority of processed foodstuffs we find in supermarkets are tainted with ingredients known to rob our bodies of vital energy and good health. Would you believe that this is not an accidental or innocent phenomenon? “Better living through chemicals” in food is killing us and many of the iconic branded companies we grew up trusting are feeding loyal customers poisons in the name of profit. Fortunately, Lehigh Valley residents have a wealth of knowledgeable people to turn to that can help us break out of America’s junk food cycle and put us on the path to wellness. The health food stores and farmers’ markets that support this magazine are a good place to start. There, well-informed staff versed in “clean” eating will guide you to local and other food producers that have customers’ best interests at heart. To customize a healthy diet suited to your needs, turn to our local Community Resource Guide for practitioners trained to help you optimize your health. At the same time, why not take back control of your food by growing more of your own chemical-free produce, bartering with neighboring gardeners or joining a community supported agriculture co-op? On page 17, we introduce you to Dave Conrardy, a truck driver who turned his life around by switching to pure raw foods and lost more than 200 pounds. You can learn more from his presentation at 6 p.m. on March 28 at Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve, in New Hope. I look forward to seeing you there. We are what we eat and we freely enjoy our food even more when we know and trust the source.

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ichelle Trent of The Joyful Elephant believes that food should be joyfully fulfilling and nurture the mind, body and soul while tantalizing the taste buds. To help those seeking to transition to a diet that is more plant-based, Trent will offer a hands-on cooking demonstration and food tasting event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., March 28, in Bethlehem. Individuals will learn about sources of plant proteins and how to put together a complete and nutritious meatless meal. Tips and strategies will be offered to help people transition to a plant-based diet with confidence and success. Participants will come away with a deeper understanding of a wellbalanced, plant-based food plan and confidence in knowing how to prepare quick, tasty and healthpromoting meals. For more information and to register, call 484515-6603 or visit JoyfulElephant.com/demo.html. See ad, page 60.

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tephanie M. Shelly, owner of b.healthy, is now offering a combination of nutritional advice and reflexology for fertility and maternity. Planning for and conceiving a baby is one of the most exciting experiences in a couple’s life and anticipating parenthood can be an emotional and fulfilling time. For others the pain and disappointment of not conceiving can have a huge impact on their lives and cause great anguish. Reflexology is becoming more widely recognized as being beneficial for clients suffering with infertility. Shelly explains that reflexology can be used successfully to aid conception and has been known to help couples overcome fertility challenges by balancing all the body systems, regulating cycles and reducing stress and tension, thus creating the best environment for an incoming soul. “When your body is in this balanced, relaxed state, the conditions are ideal for conception,” she says. “Reflexology is also very beneficial during pregnancy, labor and postpartum, giving you a healthier and often easier pregnancy with a greater chance of a shorter, easier labor/delivery and recovery after the birth.” Stephanie M. Shelly CHC, MRP of b.healthy Fertility and Maternity Reflexology is located in West Bethlehem. For more information, call 484-903-8381 or visit www.StephanieMShelly.com. See ad, page 23.

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Fruit & vegetables scott guelcher Blending pop art images with abstract backgrounds, Southwest Florida artist Scott Guelcher juxtaposes the obvious with the obscure. “I paint random, everyday objects that represent one of three themes: people, places or things,” says Guelcher. Fruit & Vegetables is a collection of separate acrylics on canvas from the artist’s 2010 “Things” series. “These are ordinary objects, which may be important or mundane, that represent a particular cultural theme,” he explains. Guelcher believes that certain objects can remind us of places and also spark memories of sensations such as smell, sight, sound, touch or taste. “My paintings allow the viewer to experience personal meaning, which transforms the objects from ordinary to extraordinary,” he says. Continually seeking opportunities to educate and inspire people through the arts, Guelcher often addresses global issues. A recent solo exhibition, Bikinis and Bombs, explored the human and environmental consequences of the post-World War II hydrogen bomb tests conducted by the United States in the Marshall Islands on Bikini Atoll. The show garnered international recognition.

aura Eastman is now offering traditional acupuncture in a community style setting and making regular treatment more affordable in the process. After a private, confidential consultation, patients move to the open treatment room. There they relax to soothing music in a zero gravity chair and receive treatments to the head, arms, hands, legs and feet. Eastman treats patients for a range of symptoms including pain, fertility, menopause, anxiety, stress, digestive issues, headaches/migraines and addictions. All treatments cost just $20. With a growing body of research to back it up, acupuncture is being recognized as an effective form of therapy. For example, a recent publication in The Archives of Internal Medicine highlighted the results of a five-year study of pain management using acupuncture. The data from over 18,000 patients suffering from chronic back, neck and shoulder pain, osteoarthritis and migraines showed acupuncture to be more effective in relieving pain than either placebo or standard of care medicine. “Unfortunately, most insurance plans don’t cover acupuncture, so I wanted to find a way to make acupuncture a more affordable option. Not only does treating in an open setting lower costs, it also allows for friends and family to receive treatment together, removes a sense of isolation and intensifies the power of group healing,” says Eastman. Eastman Acupuncture is located at 1617 Hamilton St., Allentown. For more information, call 484-619-3882, email EastmanAcupuncture@gmail.com or visit Eastman-Acupuncture.com. See ad, page 57.

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he Animal Therapy Center of Bethlehem, a facility dedicated to promoting overall wellness, improving longevity and enhancing quality of life for animal companions, has added more holistic practitioners to their staff. Dr. Gabriel Fraynert is a veterinarian certified in medical acupuncture for animals since 2005. She practices integrative veterinary medicine using both conventional and holistic modalities. Dr. Kristen Fenstermacher provides chiropractic services for cats and dogs at the Center. She is an equine veterinarian certified in veterinary chiropractic by the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association. Vyolet Albano is a certified canine massage practitioner providing massage and Reiki services for dogs and cats. Dr. Pamela Mueller is a veterinarian with advanced training in exercise physiology and canine rehabilitation and Beth Kenny is a physical therapist with 20 years of experience, including special education in canine anatomy and rehabilitaion. She utilizes many of the same rehabilitative techniques and therapies developed for humans to help companion animals recover from injury, surgery or to improve life in their golden years. The Animal Therapy Center is located at 3247 B Wimmer Rd., in Bethlehem. For more information, call 610-865-4348 or visit AnimalTherapyCenter.com. See ad, page 49.

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icensed Massage Therapist JoAnne C. Blew is now offering Zero Balancing, a body-mind therapy that uses skilled touch to address the relationship between energy and structures of the body. Following a protocol that typically lasts 30 to 45 minutes, the practitioner uses finger pressure and gentle traction on areas of tension in the bones, joints and soft tissue to create fulcrums, or points of balance, around which the body can relax and reorganize.

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ife Spectrums, an organization that provides opportunities for personal and spiritual growth by bringing together people who seek greater awareness, will host Spring Awakening 2013: Infusion of Illumination, March 23 and 24, at Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, in New Cumberland. Presenters include and Joan and John Box 421 Emmaus, PA 18049 • P: 610-421-4443 • F: 610-421-4445 Walker. VEditor@NaturalAwakeningsMag.com • www.NaturalAwakeningsMag.com Elizabeth (Beth) Cosmos, Ph.D., Th.D., will present Amadeus Spiritual Energy Healing. Ama-deus is a spiritual energy healing method that accesses love for healing at a soul level. Ad Proof for Natural Awakenings In this course, participants will engage in an initiation cerTo: P: 610-421-4443 emony, which symbolizes the willingness of each person to Email: F: 610-421-4445 acknowledge his or her innate ability to receive and channel this high-level energy. Each will be taught the spiritual routine Please sign your proof and complete the following information:that connects one to the flow of Ama-Deus energy, the invoca(Ad is shown at actual size. See second page for larger ads.) tion that is used whenever one wishes to utilize the energy for support and healing enhancement. Joan and John Walker will present Learn to Accelerate and Ad is approved: contact information and spelling is correct Balance Your Energy System. Participants will learn how to raise the vibrations of their energy system to create coherency Ad is approved with changes indicated within all parts of themselves. The Walkers will assist individuAd is not approved – make changes indicated als in creating a fuller awareness of self on all levels. To register, contact Wendy Sponseller at 717-683-8484, email Spons50@juno.com or visit LifeSpectrums.org. See ad, page 15.

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win Ponds Integrative Health Center, in Breinigsville, is adding creative empowerment counseling to its roster of integrative wellness practices. A free introductory seminar will be held from 7 to 8 p.m., March 14, and a hands-on workshop, Wellness Through Creative Empowerment, will take place from 1 to 3 p.m., April 20. Many people who visit the doctor feeling unfulfilled, stagnant and bored with life walk out with a prescription to mask the symptoms, while their true issues are left unaddressed. Creative empowerment counseling’s approach is based on research that shows that active growth-seeking is the best way out of a rut. Robert Nicholson, a creative empowerment counselor, helps his clients find renewed motivation and zest while exploring their inherent ability to actively create their reality. In their sessions, clients find their strengths, ease self-judgments, learn to boost creativity and design attainable goals that leave them feeling gratified and fulfilled. Twin Ponds is located at 628 Twin Ponds Rd., Breinigsville. For more information or to schedule a session, call 610-395-3355 or visit TwinPondsCenter.com. See ad, page 29. Box 421 Emmaus, PA 18049 • P: 610-421-4443 • F: 610-421-4445 LVEditor@NaturalAwakeningsMag.com • www.NaturalAwakeningsMag.com

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ionville Natural Pharmacy and Health Food Store, a family owned and operated business, is providing herbal and prescription phone consultations to customers in the Lehigh Valley. The unique tele-consultations provide each patient with education and information about the safety and effectiveness of traditional prescription drugs as well as natural/holistic therapies from the privacy of one’s home. “Integrative therapy provides a safer and more effective course of treatment, with fewer adverse or toxic side effects,” states pharmacist Michael Briggs. “With over 50 years of combined knowledge of both pharmaceuticals and natural/holistic remedies, my father, Ben Briggs and I, help you understand the safe integration of traditional and natural therapies and gives you the most effective plan for healing.” The store feature an extensive selection of natural products and takes pride in being the source for customers’ health care needs, including natural vitamins, herbs and homeopathic remedies, flower essences, aromatherapy essential oils, natural health and beauty aids, safe home products, certified organic food items, holistic lifestyle publications and orthopedic supplies. Lionville Natural Pharmacy and Health Food Store is located at 309 Gordon Dr., Lionville but ship anywhere. For more information, call 610-363-7474, email Info@LionRx.com or visit LionRx.com. See ad, page 17.

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r. Drew Sack, of Lehigh Valley Integrated Health, will host Stress and Fatigue, a free workshop is designed to help individuals learn to recognize and handle the causes of stress and fatigue naturally, at 7 p.m., March 11. According to Sack, though most people associate chiropractic care with headaches, neck and back problems, their interest in the spine is because it houses the nervous system that carries vital communications between the brain and the body. “Some consult our practice for ‘nonback health problems,” he says. “If the patient has subluxations, chiropractic care may be helpful. And while formal research is limited, we’ve had personal experiences with those suffering from bedwetting, asthma, colic and even stomach problems. Chiropractic care is a safe, natural approach to better health.” Lehigh Valley Integrated Health is located at 163 S. Green St., in Nazareth. For more information, call 610-759-0500 or visit VitalityLV.com. See ad, page 47. 14

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arch is gardening month at the Easton Farmers’ Market Winter Mart, a fullservice growers’ market where visitors can, local organic produce all through the winter, plus all-natural pastured meat, farmfresh eggs, artisan cheese and bread, baked goods, honey, prepared foods and more, at Nurture Nature Center. Penn State Master Gardeners will present great gardening tips during a different garden-themed discussion every Saturday in March at 11 a.m. Topics will include: small space gardening, composting, creating a butterfly habitat, shady secrets, rain barrels, invasive plant control and more. Admission is free and all attendees will receive a $1 Market Buck valid for use with any market vendor. Nurture Nature Center is located at 518 Northampton St., in Easton. Open Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., through April 27. For more information, call 610-3309942 or visit EastonFarmersMarket.com for a complete schedule. See ad, page 7. Next session begins April 2013

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with raw foods, on March 28 at 6 p.m in New Hope. In 2006, Dave Conrardy, then a His videos have reached around the world. Over the course of the years, Dave has coached over 100 430-pound, very ill and sad trucker, saved his life with the help of raw people and he has been blessed to be a part of their healing process. food and his driving students, David and Judith Whiting. For the first Dave is currently 56 years old and lives in the Pacific Northwest where he is living the “Best Life Ever” willistell you that “Gratitude Rawks!” on a national speaking tour that time, theand trio bringing their stories includes this stop in Bucks County. did he do this? Find out when he presents you notout only through with his owninformation story of healing but “ItHow is my deepest desire to get the word also those of his clients! Learn and knowledge that will inspire and guide people in achieving opti• how he lost 230 lbs., while eating as much as he wanted, never weighing food portions or mal health, vitality and longevity,” enthuses Conrardy. Throughout the process of losing 200 pounds, his body rid itself of a number of ailments and he was able to give up 18 of 19 prescription medications. He hopes to encourage others that are suffering from disease and obesity to change. Cost for the program is $15 with pre-registration or $20 at the door. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve. Location: Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve, 1635 River Road, New Hope. For more information, visit NABuxMont. com or email Publisher@NABuxMont.com.

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r. Paula Michal-Johnson will teach the Jikiden Reiki course Reiki I Shoden, which focuses on sensing and treating toxicity in the body, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., March 16 and 17, in Fountain Hill. The course will be offered again April 20 and 21. Jikiden is entirely free of Western influence. Its roots go back almost to the discovery of Reiki itself. It differs from western style Reiki in approach, attitude and ideas, allowing participants to experience Reiki in its original beauty and simplicity. More than a relaxing therapy, it has a history of success with chronic illness that has been proven safe and effective for many years. The class, accredited by the Jikiden Reiki Institute in Kyoto, will include ideas and methods not previously taught in the west. Cost is $350. A $100 nonrefundable deposit is required two weeks prior to the course. For more information, call 610-866-0788 or email IntheHeartofReikiLV@gmail.com.


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ana Columbus, a transformation coach, will offer free half-hour coaching sessions from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 20. Sessions will take place at her office, in Emmaus, or via telephone. Individuals are invited to celebrate this season of new beginnings by identifying their heart’s desire and consciously creating the life they want. “When a person stands at the threshold of a new possibility, it can be both a tremendously exciting and fearful

time, because it necessarily means leaping into the unknown,” says Columbus. “Embark on your next journey with conscious and loving support.” Columbus has 16 years experience helping people around the world to transform their lives. She has taught workshops across the country and has been a speaker at churches, retreats and at a TEDx conference. She has been interviewed on the radio and for the book, Those Who Walk with Fire. Her memoir, She Wore Blue Invoking the Water, will be released in paperback this spring. Location: 860 Broad St., Ste. 109, Emmaus. Reservations are required. For more information or to reserve, call 610841-9774, email Pana@PanaColumbus.com or visit PanaColumbus.com. See ad, page 14.

Egg-Stravaganza on the Farm

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lint Hill Farm and Environmental Education Center in Coopersburg is offering several children’s activities to celebrate Easter on Saturday, March 23. From 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. children can decorate and color hardboiled, farm-fresh natural eggs to take home for just $1 per child. At 11:30 a.m. a free Egg Hunt will be held followed from noon to 1 p.m. by an Easter Bunny Bread & Butter Party where each child will make a bunnyshaped roll as well as help make freshly churned butter ($4 per family). Flint Hill Farm is an environmentally managed farm providing Raw Milk, Probiotic yogurts, natural eggs and cheeses and other products to the community. They also have many educational programs available to individual families and schools. There is a $5.00 per vehicle charge for parking. No pre-registration necessary. First come, first served, while egg supply lasts. Flint Hill Farms is located at 1922 Flint Hill Road in Coopersburg. Visit Flinthill-Farm. org or call 610-838-2928 for more information. See ad, page 31. natural awakenings

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Battle of the Bulge

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Why We Might Need More Vitamin C

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esearchers at the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, a leading global authority on the role of vitamin C in optimum health, forward compelling evidence that the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of vitamin C should be raised to 200 milligrams per day for U.S. adults, up from its current levels of 75 mg for women and 90 mg for men. The RDA of vitamin C is less than half of what it should be, scientists argue, because medical experts insist on evaluating this natural, but critical, nutrient in the same way they do for pharmaceutical drugs, and consequently reach faulty conclusions. The researchers base their recommendations on studies showing that higher levels of vitamin C could help reduce chronic health problems including heart disease, stroke and cancer, as well as underlying causal issues such as high blood pressure, chronic inflammation, poor immune response and atherosclerosis. Even at the current low RDA, U.S. and Canadian studies have found that a quarter to a third of the total population is marginally deficient in vitamin C and up to a fifth of those in such groups as students, smokers and older adults are severely deficient in it.


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Waste Water Cuts Fertilizer Use

The effluent created by household sinks, washing machines and showers, known as gray water, could provide a new, low-cost source of irrigation for landscape plants that cuts down on the amount of fertilizer required to maintain them. The nonprofit Water Environmental Research Foundation’s Solving Wind Power’s Hidden (WERF) new report shows that many plants used Pollution Problem for landscapThe U.S. Department of Energy reports ing benefit from that although wind power accounts for the use of gray just over 4 percent of domestic electriwater cal generation, it comprises a third of (Tinyurl.com/ all new electric capacity. Even with graywaterreport). the freedom from coal or oil that wind study Box 421 Emmaus, PA 18049 • P: 610-421-4443 • F:The 610-421-4445 power creates, a major component looked at seven LVEditor@NaturalAwakeningsMag.com • www.NaturalAwakeningsMag.com of the generating devices, the turbine homes in Ariblades, has its own carbon footprint that zona, California, Ad Proof for Natural Awakenings needs examining. Colorado and Some of the blades are as long as a To: fiberglass P: 610-421-4443 Texas with new football field, and the metal, Email: F: 610-421-4445 and longstandor carbon composites must be mined, ing gray water systems that recycle wastewater to refined, manufactured and transported, Pleasematerials sign your proof and complete the following information: irrigate outdoor plants. Although the soil irrigated all consuming energy and creating that are difficult to recycle (Adusefulness is shownand at actual size. See second page larger withfor gray waterads.) showed higher levels of cleaners, when they reach the end of their are replaced. Christoantimicrobials and sodium compared with areas pher Niezrecki, a member of the University of Massachusetts-Lowell fresh water, there was enough nitroWind Energy Research Group, estimates the United States will have as Ad is approved: contact information and irrigated spelling with is correct gen present in gray water to reduce or eliminate many as 170,000 wind turbines by 2030, creating more than 34,000 Ad is approved with changes indicated discarded blades each year. the need for additional fertilizers. The next generation of blade material may come from natural indicated Not all plants responded positively, but Ad is not approved – make changes cellulose fibers and bio-based plastics derived from soybean, linseed WERF Communications Director Carrie Capuco and other vegetable oils, instead of oil-based polymers. A $1.9 million says, “Gray water can be successfully used with National Science Foundation grant is funding the research. the right plant choices.” Guidelines include heavily mulching the area where gray water is supSource: FastCoexist.com plied to minimize contact with pets.

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Critters Becoming New Urban Pioneers Stray dogs and feral cats in our cities may be supplanted by raccoons, foxes and coyotes if current trends continue. Even mountain lions and bears are unexpectedly showing up in urban landscapes. Evidence suggests that clashes between humans and other predators will increase and potentially intensify. Ohio State University Biologist Stan Gehrt stated, “The coyote is the test case for other animals,” at an EcoSummit 2012 conference in Columbus, Ohio. “We’re finding that these animals are much more flexible than we gave them credit for, and they’re adjusting to our cities.” Coyotes, commonplace around many metropolitan areas, don’t seem to mind the density, with some packs each confining themselves to a one-third-square-mile territory. Eradication efforts have sometimes faltered, partially because of public backlashes sympathetic to wild animals, plus a pattern in which new coyotes tend to quickly move into areas where other animals have been evicted. Gehrt poses the question, “Are we going to be able to adjust to them living with us or are we not going to be able to coexist?” Source: The Christian Science Monitor

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Organic Farming Sustains Earth’s Richness Famed as the happiest country on Earth, the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan is now aiming to become 100 percent organic, phasing out artificial chemicals in farming in the next 10 years. Agence France-Presse reports that Bhutan currently sends rare mushrooms to Japan, vegetables to up-market hotels in Thailand, its highly prized apples to India and red rice to the United States. Jurmi Dorji, of southern Bhutan’s 103-member Daga Shingdrey Pshogpa farmers’ association, says their members are in favor of the policy. “More than a decade ago, people realized that the chemicals were not good for farming,” he says. “I cannot say everyone has stopped using chemicals, but almost 90 percent have.” An international metastudy published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science that analyzed 74 studies on soils in fields under organic or conventional farming practices has found that over time, the carbon content in the organic fields significantly increased. For farmers everywhere, that means organic agriculture results in a richer, more productive soil, with plenty of humus, which is conducive to higher yields. Peter Melchett, policy director at Britain’s Organic Soil Association, says a primary benefit of a country becoming 100 percent organic is an assurance of quality to consumers that creates both an international reputation and associated market advantage.


Toilet to Table Fertilizing Our Food with Human Waste

Using sewage sludge as fertilizer on the land that grows our food and feeds our livestock is legal, but critics question the safety of the practice. United Sludge-Free Alliance founder Darree Sicher says, “Most people flush the toilet and assume the waste is being taken care of properly, but many times, the industry is simply performing a toxic transfer.” Everything that is flushed down the drains of residential and commercial properties combines at local water treatment plants, including chemicals, heavy metals, pharmaceuticals, pathogens and poisons. Water is then treated and the extracted pollutants are concentrated in the residual sludge that remains. The Environmental Protection Agency reports that more than 7 million tons of sludge (biosolids) are generated each year in the United States—half is applied to farms, parks, playgrounds, golf courses and forests in all 50 states. Biosolids are also sold as bagged fertilizer to homeowners. Until the use of biosolids as fertilizer is more strictly regulated and foods are labeled as sludge-free, consumers should consider buying organic foods. When buying from local growers, ask about the use of biosolids on their fields. Also, raise awareness among state and federal officials to outlaw such questionable practices and lobby local officials to continue the trend toward sludge-free public areas. A far safer use of waste is “poop to power” projects that harvest energy from sludge to produce heat, fuel and electricity, which Sicher reports have been widely used in Germany and Sweden for 30 years.

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How to Truly Forgive The Higher Path of Compassion

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he practice of forgiveness, which is central to every faith and spiritual tradition, can transform lives. Opening our hearts and forgiving ourselves and others, is a healing process that mends bodies, minds and spirits. The act of forgiving engenders hope and optimism, eases anger and stress, and boosts self-confidence. When we commit to accepting ourselves despite our faults and treating others with compassion, empathy and respect, we move from bitterness and distrust toward inner peace and lovingkindness. The month of August offers us two opportunities to grow spiritually through the mindful practice of forgiveness: Sunday, August 3, is International Forgiveness Day; and Wednesday, August 27, is Global Forgiveness Day. International Forgiveness Day, sponsored by the U.S.-based Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance, believes in the words of Archbishop Desmond Tutu: “Without forgiveness, there is no future.” Last year, groups in 20 U.S. cities and nine countries observed it by honoring heroes and champions of

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forgiveness, nonviolence and peace. Global Forgiveness Day, sponsored by the Canadian-based Christian Embassy of Christ’s Ambassadors, walks a parallel path to promote peace, non-violence and forgiveness throughout the world. Forgiveness, as any act of charity, must begin at home. These seven steps will lead us on the path of true compassion. Step 1: Celebrate the human spirit on forgiveness days. We’re capable of reconciling differences with the right heart and approach. Step 2: Make a list of people who have offended you, and you them. Prioritize the names. Step 3: Reflect on the state of the relationship before the falling out. Find what went wrong. Step 4: Contact those people, if possible, to begin the process of reconciliation. Often, a simple “I’m sorry” restores a broken relationship.

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ally of the ethnic, religious and political problems that destroy families and people. Seek solutions. Step 6: Write emails to embassies or to any newspaper’s Letters to the Editor department to comment about the power of forgiveness. Making others aware of your concerns for elevating humanity raises the idea behind forgiveness and reconciliation. Step 7: Through local community or faith groups, organize an informational campaign on forgiving one another toward a better humanity.

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The Benefits of Burnout An oxymoron? Not according to psychologist Joan Borysenko.

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oan Borysenko, Ph.D., a pioneer in integrative medicine, is a renowned expert on the mind-body connecP: 610-421-4443 tion. F: 610-421-4445 Her work has been foundational in an international health care revolution that recognizes the role of meaning sign your proof and complete the following information: the spiritual dimension of life as shown at actual size. See second page for largerand ads.) integral aspects of health and healing. Most recently, the Harvard-trained approved: contact information and spelling is correct biologist and psychologist explored the anatomy of burnout with Facebook Ad is approved with changes indicated friends in her latest book, Fried: Why Ad is not approved – make changes indicated You Burn Out and How to Revive. Ad Proof for Natural Awakenings

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you’re stressed younot keep ew the proof carefully. Natural Awakenings is notWhen responsible for anyout, error chasing the same old carrot, whatever as it appears if the proof is not returned to us. If there are any questions about that may be for you. But when you’re burned out, you eventually give up the chase. TheDate: hope that you a / can create / meaningful life fizzles and you find yourself sitting in the ashes of your dreams. In a culture wedded to positive thinking, burnout and its first cousin, depression, are thought of as disorders in need of a fix. What if instead, we see them as losses of naïveté, false identities and faulty assumptions that are making way for a more authentic life? What if we viewed burnout as an invitation to come into alignment with a more elegant expression of our gifts, relationships and overall life energy? The late psychologist Herbert Freudenberger, Ph.D., who first popularized the concept in his 1980 book, Burnout: The High Cost of High Achievement, believed the condition is a painful affliction of good people trying to give their very best. He defined it as “the extinction of motivation or incentive, especially where one’s devo28 Lehigh Valley www.healthylehighvalley.com

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Why do we burn out even when we regularly use selfcare practices? Many people are shocked to learn that even though I’m a positive person, with a regular yoga and meditation practice, as well as healthy eating habits, I have burned out more than once. Ironically, but predictably, I was trying to do and be my best. For me, burnout means that my most loving, creative self goes missing; I contract into the smallest, most negative version of myself, which is not a pretty picture. I find that for many people that intellectualize a great portion of their lives, burnout doesn’t become real until they are not only physically, mentally and emotionally exhausted, but are also in pain. Knowing ourselves and our limitations is essential, because our tendency is to become complacent and think we’re too busy to tend to our well-


being, or else believe we can do even more because we practice self-care. Keep in mind that we can’t solve burnout with the same level of consciousness that created it. We have to catch ourselves in the act of overlooking our true needs, stop, do a self-inquiry that looks at things as they are, and pinpoint what drains our energy, as well as what brings us to life.

It is easy to sit up and take notice; what is difficult is getting up and taking action. ~Honoré de Balzac

How did writing Fried affect you? In order to follow my own advice, I completely changed the way I live. I realized that at age 66, I needed to pay more attention to my physical body. Physical therapy and Pilates floor exercises are now a priority five days a week, as well as yoga, both of which have helped to correct my hip joint problems. For aerobic exercise, I walk fast for 45 minutes at least five days a week. In inclement weather, I ride an indoor bike. Altogether, it averages out to 90 minutes of daily exercise, five days a week. My husband and I switched to a plant-based diet of organic whole foods, so we now set aside more time to plan, shop and cook. We also make more time for family and friends. We still both work, but fewer hours than before. In other words, I do what I can within a framework of love. I choose to do what is important to me—activities that give me life and energy.

What is it about living “in the now” that feels so enlivening? When we live in our heads and intellectualize, we tend to spin negative thoughts that hurt our physical health and sap our energy. By actively focusing on what we are doing in the moment, we can engage our senses, more thoroughly enjoy ourselves and have an awareness of being that is not possible when we are ruminating over past memories or projecting ourselves into daydreams about a far-off future. In such present moments, because we are relaxed and open to our inner wisdom, as well as our interconnection with the exquisite wholeness of life, we feel the most vital and alive. Connect at JoanBorysenko.com and Facebook.com/pages/Joan-Borysenko/ 211406562428. natural awakenings

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Therefore, depending on the amount of chemiwithout using these products why should we be taking the cals that were used and in what timeframe, the process could risk in the first place,” he says. take time.” Tina adds, “We want to feel The #1 Lawn Guy provides a “We want to feel good about what good about what we are putting on range of services for every season a lawn. We want to know that what we are putting on a lawn. We want that are designed to improve and we do is safe for families, pets and to know that what we do is safe for maintain the appearance of a home the environment.” or business including lawn mowing, families, pets and the environment.” seasonal clean ups, general mainWhen the company was first established, Kevin used an organic-• F: 610-421-4445 tenance, weeding and trimming, 1 Emmaus, PA 18049 • P: 610-421-4443 based fertilizing program for his clients. 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Feeding Ourselves Well

Urban Gardening Takes Root

parts of household lawns, schoolyards, balconies, patios and rooftops. Fresh taste and the security of local food supplies in case of manmade or natural upheavals are drawing more people to gardening.

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“Urbanization, a major demographic trend, has implications for how we grow and consume food,” observes Roger Doiron, founder of Kitchen Gardeners International. “If we agree that feeding more people fresh, local foods is a priority, we’re going to need to landscape and, in many cases, retrofit urban and suburban areas for increased food production.” Millions of Americans now parBox 421 Emmaus, PA 18049 • P: 610-421-4443 • F: 610-421-4445 ticipate in growing mainstay foods. AcLVEditor@NaturalAwakeningsMag.com • www.NaturalAwakeningsMag.com by John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist cording to a 2009 study by the National Gardening Association, 31 percent of Ad Proof for Natural Awakenings steading. “Every kid on the block has n just one-twelfth of an acre, all U.S. households grew food for their picked an Asian pear off my espalier including lots of paths families in 2008, and more have since To: and a P: 610-421-4443 and munched on raw green beans,” she the economic downturn. Bruce Buttercompost heap, our Email: family grows F: 610-421-4445 field, the association’s research directhe vast majority of the fresh vegetables notes. “Even picky eaters seem pretty interested they can pick tor, estimates that nearly 70 percent of we need, plus a decent chunkPlease of our sign your proofwhen and complete the tasty following information: treats right from the treesecond or vine.” theseads.) gardens are in urban or suburban fruits and berries,” says Erica Strauss. (Ad is shown at actual size. See page for larger We don’t need to live in a rural areas. “It’s not a huge garden, but we still feel “We’re seeing a new crop of farmnearly overwhelmed with the harvest in area or on a farm to grow our own food. is aapproved: information spelling isers correct By the contact close of World War II,and nearly 40 that defy stereotypes,” observes late August.” Her family of four Ad tends percent of all fruits andchanges vegetables supDavid Tracey, owner of EcoUrbanist diversity of edibles on their urban lot in Ad is approved with indicated plying Americans stateside were grown environmental design in Vancouver, a suburb of Seattle, Washington. is not approved changes indicated victory gardens–inmake the communities in Canada, and author of Urban Agricul Word has spread because Strauss Ad in ture. “Some are office workers leaving writes about her experiences via North- which they were consumed. Today, these small plots are often unsatisfying jobs, techie types learning west Edible Life, a blog about food termed kitchen gardens, comprising the trade in universities and back-to-thegrowing, cooking and urban home-

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land folks that happen to live in cities. Others are activists taking on the industrial farm system, folks adopting trends or entrepreneurs that see opportunities in the rising prices of quality food and the proximity of millions of customers.”

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Being Prepared

“How many recalls have we seen because some food item has been contaminated and people have suffered or died as a result? I am concerned about the safety and security of our food supply,” says Wendy Brown, whose family tends a quarter-acre garden with raised and landscaped beds and containers wrapped around their home plus an onsite greenhouse in a beach resort suburb of Portland, Maine. “As a mother, it concerns me that I might feed my children some-

thing that will hurt them. Highfructose corn syrup, genetically engineered crops and BPA-lined cans are all making headlines. It just seems smarter to grow it myself; that way, we have more control over what our family is eating.” Brown is one of more than 3 million Americans that are following FEMA recommendations in preparing for any event that might disrupt food supplies. Her book, Surviving the Apocalypse in the Suburbs, shares everything her family has done to safeguard themselves, including grow-

ing produce, caring for animals and canning, freezing, drying, cold storage or fermenting foods for later use. “For me, it’s more about being prepared for the everyday things that are happening, like increases in food and fuel prices or a loss of family income,” Brown says. “If we’re growing at least some of our own food, I have a lot less to worry about when such things happen.” The family also keeps rabbits and ducks, plus egg-laying and meat-providing chickens that can total 40 animals in the summer at their “nanofarm”. These also supply natural fertilizer for the crops. Nearby beehives provide 20 pounds of honey each year. Because the foods they produce are solely for their personal use, the Browns are exempt from regulatory restrictions. “Our neighbors love what we’re doing,” says Brown, whose house is close enough they can chat across their front porches. “One says our initiative reminds him of growing up in Maine pretty much self-sufficient. The other tells friends and coworkers they aren’t worried if things really go bad because they have us as neighbors.”

Growing Green Thumbs

“With some effort, urban gardeners can grow great vegetables anyplace that affords enough light and warmth,” advises Strauss, who gardens primarily in raised beds in her front and back yards. “I garden on the scale I do because I love it. It’s both relaxing and challenging, and we eat well.” Urban gardening methods are as diverse as the growing conditions, space limitations and financial resources of the gardener. “Lasagna” gardening—layering newspaper or cardboard and other organic materials on top—can be effective in urban areas because it involves no digging or tilling. Just as with making compost, alternate between brown and green layers. Once the materials break down, add plants to the newly created growing bed. Urban dwellers with limited space may employ square-foot gardening, intensively growing plants in raised beds using a growing medium of vermiculite, peat moss and compost. This method can yield fewer weeds and is easier on the back. “It’s an easy concept to grasp for new gardeners,” remarks Joy. “We use it to both maximize output in a small area and ensure healthy, organic, contaminant-free soil.” 34

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Rooftop gardens are becoming more common as larger agricultural operations use them to grow income crops. The U.S. Department of Agriculture considers anyone that sells more than $1,000 of produce to neighbors or area restaurants a farmer, rather than a gardener, so regulations may apply. For renters, just a few tomato plants in a well-maintained container on a patio or deck can yield as much as 50 pounds of tomatoes by taking advantage of its microclimate, influenced by wind blocks, heated surfaces and reflected light from windows. Urban gardening is also thriving indoors in terrariums, window boxes and small greenhouses. Even partially lit rooms can support certain vegetables or herbs with grow lights. Aquaponic gardening, a closed-loop system that involves both fish and vegetables, expands the self-sufficient possibilities of a hydroponic system of growing plants fed by liquid nutrients.

Feeding Ourselves

With more than 80 percent of Americans currently living in urban and suburban areas, the questionable nutrition of many mass-produced foods, increasing pesticide and herbicide use by non-organic farmers, greenhouse gas emissions from food transport and weather patterns altered by climate change, it’s past time to take back some control. Operating our own gardens and preparing our own meals turns us back into producers, not merely consumers. “For the most part, we’re just average suburbanites,” concludes Brown. “We just choose to have less lawn and more garden. A huge benefit is that we need less income because we’re buying less at the grocery store. Our goal is to semi-retire in our mid-50s—not because we’ve made a bunch of money, but because we’ve needed less money to live along the way.” John Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist, co-authors of Farmstead Chef (FarmsteadChef.com), ECOpreneuring and Rural Renaissance, operate the award-winning Inn Serendipity Bed & Breakfast, in Browntown, WI. They grow 70 percent of their organic food; the cost savings helped them become mortgage-free in their mid-40s.

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or many adults, an annual physical involves routine blood tests, followed by a discussion of cholesterol and blood pressure numbers, along with prescribed treatment ranging from improved nutrition and exercise to drugs. Triglycerides tend to be relegated to a minor mention—if they are discussed at all—yet regulating triglyceride levels can improve health.

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ment of any specific disease, they are associated with the narrowing of arteries and impaired blood flow associated with cardiovascular disease. (Impaired blood flow also effects male erectile function.) Several recent studies, including one in the Annals of Internal Medicine, also suggest these could instigate the metabolic syndrome associated with the onset of diabetes and atherosclerosis, which can lead to stroke and cardiovascular disease.

“High triglyceride levels usually acWhat Creates Triglycerides? company low HDL (good) cholesterol Triglycerides, a normal component of levels and often accompany tendencies blood, are introduced into the body toward high blood pressure and central by the fat in foods. Some are produced (abdominal) obesity. These are the mark- in the liver as the body’s response to a ers of metabolic syndrome and insulin diet high in simple sugars or carbohyresistance, very common disorders drates—especially hydrogenated oils underlying obesity and increased risks and trans-fats. of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes,” Evidence reported by the National explains Dr. Andrew Weil on his webHeart, Lung and Blood Institute sugsite, DrWeil.com. gests that very high intakes of carbo While high triglyceride levels are hydrates are accompanied by a rise in not conclusively linked to the developtriglycerides, noting that, “Carbohy40 Lehigh Valley www.healthylehighvalley.com

drate intakes should be limited to 60 percent of total calories.” Many research scientists agree that the main cause for high triglyceride levels is the Standard American Diet, notoriously high in sugars and simple carbohydrates, trans-fats and saturated animal fats, and far too low in complex carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals; specifically, vitamins A, B, C, D and especially E, plus the minerals selenium, magnesium, silicon and chromium. Sugars added to soft drinks and food products, especially those containing high-fructose corn syrup, also raise triglyceride levels significantly. Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, author of From Fatigued to Fantastic! and national medical director of the Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers, observes, “The average American gets about 150 pounds of sugar added to his/her diet each year from processed food, causing fatigue, metabolic syndrome, diabetes and a host of other problems.” Animal fats, like those in farm-raised red meats, typically contain a skewed ratio of the fats known as omega-3 and omega-6, with the latter dominating by nearly 20:1; a ratio also found in commercial packaged foods and baked goods. Many studies show such a high omega-6/omega-3 ratio tends to promote disease. Eating oily fish and healthy plant oils such as cold-pressed virgin olive and coconut oil, nuts, seeds and minimally prepared foods provides a more balanced ratio of omega fatty acids.

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Part of today’s medical paradigm focuses on lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol. As a result, many patients and doctors worry about cholesterol levels, but ignore triglycerides. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends a triglyceride level of 100 milligrams per deciliter or less; about one-third of the population currently exceeds this. While drugs can help, the AHA does not recommend drug therapy except for people that have severe levels (more than 500mg/dL), which can increase


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of dementia. Aim for three weekly servings of fatty fish. Vegetarians can alternatively consider supplementing meals with 1,000 to 1,500 milligrams daily of DHA, says Isaacson.

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Eat more berries and kale: In general, antioxidant-rich fruits (especially berries) and vegetables are major preventers of oxidative stress—the cell-damaging process that occurs naturally in the brain as we age. One recent study published in the Annals of Neurology found that women eating high amounts of blueberries and strawberries were able to stave off cognitive decline 2.5 years longer than those that did not. Rich in antioxidant flavonoids, blueberries may even have what Sabbagh terms, “specific antiAlzheimer’s and cell-saving properties.” Isaacson highlights the helpfulness of kale and green leafy vegetables, which are loaded with antioxidants and brain-boosting B vitamins. One recent University of Oxford study in the UK of 266 elderly people with mild cognitive impairment found that those taking a blend of vitamins B12, B6 and folate daily showed significantly less brain shrinkage over a two-year period than those that did not.

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ith 5.4 million Americans already living with Alzheimer’s disease, one in five suffering from mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and the 2012 failure of several targeted pharmaceutical drug trials, many brain health experts are now focusing on food as a critical defense against dementia. “Over the past several years, there have been many well-designed scientific studies that show you are what you eat when it comes to preserving and improving memory,” says Dr. Richard Isaacson, associate professor of neurology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and author of The Alzheimer’s Diet. In recent years, studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and Archives of Neurology have shown that people on a Mediterranean-type diet—high in antioxidantrich fruits and vegetables, whole grains and fatty fish and low in refined carbohydrates and saturated fats—tend to fend off cognitive decline longer and be less prone to developing full-blown Alzheimer’s. Several small, but promising clinical trials further suggest that even people that have already begun to suffer memory loss may be able to slow or mildly reverse it via nutritional changes. Here’s how.

blood vessel damage and hastened aging. A high-carb diet has also been linked to increased levels of beta-amyloid, a fibrous plaque that harms brain cells. A 2012 Mayo Clinic study of 1,230 people ages 70 to 89 found that those that ate the most carbs had four times the risk of developing MCI than those that ate the least. Inversely, a small study by University of Cincinnati researchers found that when adults with MCI were placed on a low-carb diet for six weeks, their memory improved. Isaacson recommends switching to slow-burning, low-glycemic index carbohydrates, which keep blood sugars at bay. Substitute whole grains and vegetables for white rice, pastas and sugary fruits. Water down juices or forego them altogether. Choose fats wisely: Arizona neurologist Dr. Marwan Sabbagh, co-author of The Alzheimer’s Prevention Cookbook, points to numerous studies suggesting a link between saturated fat in butter, cooking oil, cheese and processed meats and increased risk of Alzheimer’s. “In animals, it seems to promote amyloid production in the brain,” he says. In contrast, those that eat more fatty fish such as herring, halibut and wild-caught salmon that are rich in the anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acid DHA, are at lower risk. Sabbagh notes that DHA, when it’s a steady part of the diet, plays a critical role in forming the protective “skin of the brain” known as the bilipid membrane, and may possibly offset production of plaque in the brain, thus slowing its progression during the earliest stages

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Spice up: Sabbagh notes that India has some of the lowest worldwide rates of Alzheimer’s. One possible reason is the population’s love of curry. Curcumin, a compound found in the curry-flavoring spice turmeric, is another potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. He recommends sprinkling one teaspoon of curcumin on our food every day and cooking with antioxidantrich cloves, oregano, thyme, rosemary and cinnamon. A 2011 Israeli study at Tel Aviv University found that plaque deposits dissolved and memory and learning behaviors improved in animals given a potent cinnamon extract. Begin a brain-healthy diet as early as possible. “Brain changes can start 25 years before the onset of dementia symptoms,” says Sabbagh. “It’s the end result of a long process, so don’t wait. Start your prevention plan today.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer outside of Boulder, CO. Connect at Lisa@LisaAnnMarshall.com.


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s spring unfolds in the Lehigh Valley, familiar watery and itchy eyes, persistent sneezes, raspy coughing and skin eruptions emerge with a renewed vengeance. Conventionally, patients often turn to allergy shots and overthe-counter pharmaceuticals, with their expected inconveniences and side effects. An innovative method of allergy management exists, though, in the holistic sector: Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique (NAET). NAET is a gentle, non-invasive, drug-free, natural solution employed to treat allergies of all types and intensities. In 1983, this modality of allergy treatment was first employed by Dr. Devi S. Nambudripad to treat her own lifelong, severe allergies. Merging knowledge from traditional medical training and intense study of Oriental Medicine (OM), she developed a treatment approach described in her seminal patient resource, Say Good-Bye to Illness, as one that, “… uses a blend of selective testing and treatment procedures from acupuncture, acupressure, allopathy, chiropractic, nutritional and kinesiological disciplines of medicine to balance the body bioenergetically with various unsuitable electromagnetic energies found in one’s living environment.” With its holistic perspective based on OM principles, NAET expands our understanding of allergies. An allergy is a condition of unusual sensitivity of one person to one or more substances, which may be harmless to the majority of other individuals. The result of energy imbalance in the body, an allergy contributes to the development of diminished health in one or more organ systems. The brain interprets an allergic substance—an allergen—as a threat to the body’s well-being. Viewed through the OM lens, an allergy is defined in terms of how it affects energy flow in the body. An allergen, or allergens, can affect the normal flow of energy through the body’s energy pathways, or meridians—thereby disrupting the body’s electrical circuits. The resulting energy blockages cause interference in the communication between brain and the body via the nervous system. Blocked energy flow, thus, represents a first step in a chain of events that can develop into an allergic response. During NAET, client and practitioner can identify allergies through a combination of standard allopathic tests and kinesiological procedures. Working in conjunction with an individual’s primary care physician, the NAET practitioner may receive information from some standard allopathic laboratory tests. Some patients may also bring their NAET practitioners information from completed skin scratch testing, intradermal testing, sublingual testing, cytotoxic testing, blood pressure testing and pulse testing to identify allergic reactions or may do this work concurrently. Information provided from different modalities helps give the NAET practitioner a comprehensive, yet individualized overview of client needs. Muscle response testing compares the strength of a specific muscle in the presence/absence

of a suspected allergen in the NAET allergy kit. Weakness signifies that an item is an allergen. Without using needles, but applying gentle acupressure, NAET treats allergies by unblocking meridians or draining meridians overflowing with energy and their associated body organs. NAET urges the body back to homeostasis. During NAET, allergens are treated one at a time—usually a single allergen per visit. This substance then needs to be avoided for the next 25 hours. Depending on a person’s level of sensitivity to the allergen, it may be eliminated in a single session, although sometimes a substance may require additional clearings. Dr. Nambudripad’s method addresses inhalants (trees, Box 421 Emmaus, PA 18049 • P: 610-421-4443 • F: 610-421-4445 flowers, grasses, pollens, mold, etc.), ingestants (foods, LVEditor@NaturalAwakeningsMag.com • www.NaturalAwakeningsMag.com drinks, drugs, vitamins, supplements and more), contactants (poison ivy, Ad poison animal dander, cosmetic, Proof sumac, for Natural Awakenings detergents, chemicals, heavy metals), injectants (insect To: 610-421-44 stings, snake bites, serums, antitoxins, vaccines, injectable P: Email: F: 610-421-44 drugs, etc.), infectants (allergens that produce their effect by Please your proof and complete the following information: causing an sign adverse reaction to an infectious agent, such as (Ad is shown atactivities actual size.and See second for larger bacteria), physical agentspage (heat, cold, ads.) sunlight, dampness, dryness, humidity, draft, fog, smog, mechanical is approved: contact information and spelling is correct irritantsAdand more) and molds and fungi (yeast infections, Ad is approved with changes indicated athlete’s foot, ringworm, etc.). As a method of allergy NAET is natural, Ad is not approvedmanagement, – make changes indicated painless and non-invasive. Lehigh Valley Chiropractor Dr. Carol Peterson is a longtime NAET practitioner with a wide range of clients. Peterson Chiropractic is located at 115 East Broad St., in Bethlehem. For more information, call 610-997-3992.

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Maya Medicine Healing by Jennifer O’Hagan

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ecently, there has been a widespread resurgence of interest in the Maya calendar and in Maya healing. The Maya calendar systems date back to ancient time. According to the calendar, December 21, 2012 was the end of “The Long Count,” or the end of a 26,000-year cycle and on this day an astrological event that only occurs once every 26,000 years would take place. Mayas believed, as did many ancient cultures, that the Earth lives through a series of successive world ages, each separated by planetary upheaval. December 21, 2012 was the end of the last world age and the beginning of the present age. They predicted this would be a time of great transition, with social unrest and cataclysmic weather changes. Their prophecies have certainly come true. Archaeologists have shown that the ancient Mayas had an extensive system of mathematics, astrology and medicine. They had medical schools with written journals. When the Spanish conquistadores invaded Central America all written medical journals were destroyed and from that point on medical wisdom was relayed to each

generation through teaching and apprenticeships. Maya medicine healing involved the use of plants, bodywork, prayer, nutrition, lifestyle changes and more to address the root cause of an issue. Plants were used medicinally, as well as for emotional and spiritual healing. Mayas believed that a plant had a physical body and a spiritual

body. When harvesting plants for a tea or bath, it was important to ask the plant for permission, inform it how you would like it to help you and give thanks for its divine presence. These steps were essential to the effectiveness of the treatment. The healing method saw the connection between mind, body and spirit. It was the job of the curandero, or healer, to determine if a client’s complaint was physical, emotional,

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Myth 6: Must Break a Sweat Perspiring is related to the duration and intensity of the exercise, but some people just sweat more than others. “How much (or little) you sweat does not correlate with how many calories you are expending,” assures Jessica Matthews, an experienced registered yoga teacher and an exercise physiologist with the American Council on Exercise.


Myth 7: Dieting is enough Women especially fall prey to the myth that they don’t need to exercise if they are a certain dress size. Even those at a healthy weight can be in greater danger of contracting disease and shortened lifespan than obese individuals that regularly participate in physical activity, according to a recent study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, in Bethesda, Maryland. Health experts recommend combining regular activity with consuming lean proteins, healthy fats, limited starches and no added sugars.

Myth 8: Stretch Before exercising New research from the American Council on Exercise recommends stretching at the end of a workout. “It is safer and more effective to stretch muscles that are properly warmed and more pliable,” says Matthews, who also recommends beginning a workout with simple movements such as arm circles and leg swings. She notes, “Stretching can help to improve posture and flexibility, plus reduce overall stress.”

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Tapas & Transformation Weekend – Clearing the Way to Your Authentic Voice with Jessie Thompson & Carrie Morgan. 3/1–3/3. A practice built on a solid foundation of clear and precise alignment makes anything is possible. We will look at the intricacies of advanced postures, break them down to their roots and learn how to bring ourselves and our students to a deeper level of practice. Yoga Loft 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. 610.867.9642

Yoga Class – Improve overall well being, alleviate back pain, relieve stress, increase flexibility, & build strength through yoga focusing on proper alignment. All levels including beginners welcome. Classes start at 5:30pm and 7:15pm, $12. Near Bethlehem Wegman’s. Yoga with Stephanie Snyder, a Registered Yoga Teacher, call 610-867-0116.

Y12SR – Yoga & 12-Step Recovery with Ann Jacob. Combines the practical tools of the 12-step program with the ancient wisdom of yoga creates a model that truly addresses addiction as the physical, mental & spiritual disease that it is. For anyone working with addictive patterns or affected by those patterns in others. No yoga experience required. 7-8:30pm. By donation. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. 610.867.9642

Tai Chi 8 Week Series – With Hilary Smith Tuesdays and/or Thursdays 6:30-7:45pm March 5-April 25. $99/8wks. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. Please call to reserve your spot. 610.867.9642

SATURDAY, MARCH 2 Journey Dance Workshop - Groove to evocative, soul-thumping, world music. With guided imagery, enter a journey of inner rhythms and authentic movements. An empowering journey to self-acceptance and joy. No dance exp nec. 12-2pm, $20 in adv or $25 day of event. Quiet Heart Yoga, Fitness & Holistic Health, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Wescosville. 484-515-8356

SUNDAY, MARCH 3 Meditation for Everyone – With Stephanie Tade. For anyone who has every said “I could never meditate, I can’t sit still” or “my mind is too busy” or “I have too much going on, I don’t have time!” this class is for you. 4-5:15pm. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. 610.867.9642

MONDAY, MARCH 4 Plant-Based Cooking, A Jump Start to Health! – Hilary Smith. A 3-week program designed for you to safely and easily transition into a plantbased diet. Learn the art and science behind the eating plan that puts YOU in charge of your health! Tastings included. Mondays Mar. 4, 11, & 18, 6:30-8 pm, $145/3 classes, Twin Ponds Center,

TUESDAY, MARCH 5

Raw Foods Class: Asian – Brook Ockerman. Learn how to make a light, colorful, and refreshing meal with classic Asian flavor! Menu: Thai Coconut Soup, Vegetable Teriyaki, Japanese Cucumber Salad, Mango Sorbet. 6-7:30 pm, $45, Twin Ponds Center, Call 610 395.3355 Qigong for Beginners – With Hilary Smith. Increase Qi energy through breath awareness, posture, mental focus and simple movements that can be adapted for any body at any age. Increase balance, enhance your immune system and improve cardiovascular health. Thurs. 4-5 pm, 3/7-4/25.$99 8wks. Emmaus Yoga, 860 Broad Str. Emmaus. 610-421-8200.

FRIDAY, MARCH 8 Teacher Training Open House – Join us for a fun evening where you can meet teachers, ask questions, and get all the  information you need to decide if our program is exactly what you are looking for. 6:30-7:30pm. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. 610.867.9642

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Yoga Class – Improve overall well being, alleviate back pain, relieve stress, increase flexibility, & build strength through yoga focusing on proper alignment. All levels including beginners welcome. Classes start at 9:15am and 5:30pm, $12. Near Bethlehem Wegman’s. Yoga with Stephanie Snyder, a Registered Yoga Teacher, call 610-867-0116.

Effortless Meditation™ Introduction Class – Greg Schweitzer. Learn about this scientifically validated and physician recommended effortless practice that allows you to de-stress, revitalize and become healthier by taking you to a level of rest deeper than sleep! 9-10:30 am, $20/Intro Class, Twin Ponds Center, Register 610.395.3355

Effortless Meditation™ Introduction Class – Greg Schweitzer. Learn about this scientifically validated and physician recommended effortless practice that allows you to de-stress, revitalize and become healthier by taking you to a level of rest deeper than sleep! 7:30-9 pm, $20/Intro Class, Twin Ponds Center, Register 610.395.3355

7 CEs Massage Course, Massaging the FullyClothed Client – Kathleen Sterner. Learn effective techniques to honor and respect client’s personal boundaries if they prefer to remain clothed; yet, address physical stress and muscle spasms. 9 am5pm, $119, Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center, Register 610.395.3355

Tai Chi 8 Week Series – With Hilary Smith. Wednesdays 11am-12:15pm 3/6-4/24. $99. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. Please call to reserve your spot. 610.867.9642

Aging Gracefully – Dr. Maulfair will present a discussion of the problems of aging including heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and lack of energy. The causes of these problems are not what you have been led to believe. Chelation therapy explained. Join Dr. Maulfair for this lively seminar. Noon. Rsvp to 610-682-2104. 2970 Corporate Ct, Orefield.

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Sacred Geometry - An Overview by Michael Zaikowski. Exploring the ultimate patterns of Creation in Life. The proportions that that govern nature are also the proportions that govern our consciousness. $40. 6-8pm. Call to RSVP for class. Dian’s Wellness Simplified, Morristown, NJ. 973-267-4816

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Chanting and Meditation - A time-tested technique of bringing the mind into a positive vibrational state to cleanse yourself of negative energy and stress. Learn the techniques mastered by the sages of the past. Free, potluck afterwards! 6-8pm, Quiet Heart Yoga, Fitness & Holistic Health, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Wescosville. 484-515-8356.

SUNDAY, MARCH 10 7 CES Massage Course, Side Lying Massage Techniques – Kathleen Sterner. Clients who are pregnant, elderly, injured, or post-surgical often times cannot lie on their stomachs for massage. Side-lying & other solutions for unusual challenges will be taught. 9 am5PM, $119, Twin Ponds, 610.395.3355

MONDAY, MARCH 11 Stress & Fatigue - This workshop is open to the public and is free of charge. Join us at 7pm for an hour of discussion on recognizing and handling causes of stress & fatigue naturally. Dr. Sack will present material he uses to care for patients everyday in his Nutrition/Chiropractic practice. Please call to reserve. 610-759-0500. 163 S. Green Street Nazareth.

TUESDAY, MARCH 12 Acupressure, Relief of Problems with the Sexual Organs & Function – Steve Hoog. Various problems: pain, cysts, tumors, and lack of desire will be discussed. Macrobiotic perspective will be shared with emphasis on how you can bring about balance using acupressure points. 6:30-8:30 pm, $45, Twin Ponds Center, Call 610.395.3355 The Dynamic Duo – Learn how the conscious and subconscious minds can work in unison and harmony to enhance your health, happiness and productivity. For more info or to register contact Bev Bley, L.P.N;C.M.Ht. at C.H.A.N.G.E. 610.797.8250 or email change@4change.com. $25. 2020 Downyflake Lane, Suite 302B Allentown Weight Control Group Program – 4 sessions: Tues. March 12th and 26th & April 9th and 30th, 2013. 6-7:30pm. $175 includes manual, CDs, & DVDs. For more info or to register contact Bev Bley, L.P.N;C.M.Ht. at C.H.A.N.G.E. 610.797.8250 or

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Essential Oils for Health – By Sandy Luciano. Understanding the therapeutic uses for essential oils for the beginner and advanced student. Protocols and historical uses will be shared for many common health issues. 6-8pm. $40. RSVP Dian’s Wellness Simplified, Morristown. 973-267-4816

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13 Green Drinks – Cheers to making Eco-conscious Connections. An informal monthly mixer that brings together folks who are interested in sustainable business, policy and living. 5:30pm open mic for 15 minute intros for all. Informational program follows. Every second Wednesday of each month. Allentown Brew Works, 812 W. Hamilton St Acupressure: First Aide at Your Fingertips – Steve Hoog. Learn this simple treatment that is readily available when a headache or cold hits you…and there are no toxic side effects with which to be concerned. The lecture will explain how it works and why it works. Free. 6:30-7:30 pm, Twin Ponds, W. Lehigh Valley, 610.395.3355

THURSDAY, MARCH 14 FREE Intro to “Wellness through Creative Empowerment Counseling” – Robert Nicholson. Need motivation to create a healthy, happy, and successful life? Learn how to create the life you want to lead by getting unstuck and uncovering your strengths! 7:00-8:00 pm, Twin Ponds, W. Lehigh Valley, Register 610.395.3355

FRIDAY, MARCH 15 Nutritional Live Blood Cell Analysis – A unique method of examining a small droplet of blood to reveal information on the general wellness and nutritional needs. Blood screenings along with a 20-30 minute consultation are performed by Gwen Ward N.D. $60. Health Habits Natural Food Store on RT 873 in Schencksville 610-767-3100

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Medicine Drum-Making Workshop: Sunday, March 3, 10am – 4pm - Making a drum is a transformational journey. This single sided shaman drum is a traditional native drum crafted using a wooden hoop and a stretched rawhide head and lacing. Learn how to use drums in healing and cleansing ceremonies. After creating the drum, we’ll celebrate with a special ceremony. Valarie and Ian Haag, Rainbows of Healing. $165 includes all materials. Register by February 15th. Living through Loss by Learning to Complete your Healing Process: March 9, 10 am - 3:30 pm - This workshop is based on Elizabeth Horwin’s recently published book, Love Never Dies. This book provides a unique insight into birth, death and loss in relationships. It teaches individuals how to understand and live through the stages of loss; begin and complete the healing process; and raise consciousness and awareness in the way they now relate to life. Elizabeth Horwin, M.S. LPC. To maximize workshop experience, please read Love Never Dies, available on www.elizabethhorwin.com. Cost: $150. Lunch is provided. Angelic Spiritual Hierarchies and Planetary Spheres: Dr. Gene Ang, Presence Healer - Friday, March 15, 7pm – 9pm - Saturday, March 16, 10am – 5pm - In this weekend intensive we will: explore our connection to spiritual beings; the influence of Angelic Hierarchies on our current spiritual evolution and soul path; how spiritual influences occur in our physical world. Friday evening will be an introduction to the concept of spiritual beings and how they influence us. Saturday will be a further exploration using both meditation and journeying to meet the high Angelic spiritual beings that inhabit each of the spiritual planetary spheres. We will also learn a specific meditation to work with our most intimate angelic being, the Holy Guardian Angel. Friday, $25. Saturday, $125. Healing appointments also available on 3/15. Spiritual Discussion - First Wednesdays, 11 am – 1 pm AND First Tuesdays, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm - Are you being called to find meaningful perspectives of life? In this contemporary age where huge shifts of both inner and outer worlds are taking place, this group provides a firm foundation of spiritual understanding as we study topics in Arlene Curley’s new book: Completing the Seven. Explore the Great Mysteries and awaken to your true self. Discussion, reflection, practices. Arlene Curley, intuitive healer. www. OnerayTransformation.com . $20. Reiki I: April 10, 17, 24 (11am – 1pm) Reiki II: March 2, 10 am – 5 pm Reiki III: April 26 – 28 Reiki Practices also scheduled. Contact Greenshire for all details.

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Self & Joy Renewal Workshop - Betsy Wetzig. With the mind-movement understanding, improve creativity, communications, and leadership skills while improving the way you move, enjoy, and present yourself. Fri. 6 pm to Sat. 6 pm. $130 (10% disc. before Mar. 10st), Twin Ponds, 610.395.3355 Yoga & A Movie – Featuring the Movie “War/ Dance” with Megan Ridge. The film centers on members of the Acholi ethnic group, living in the remote northern Uganda refugee camp of Patongo. Yoga 6-7pm. Movie 7:15pm. Yoga $12 Movie Donation for refugees $8. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. 610.867.9642

SATURDAY, MARCH 16 QiGong for Spring - Join Hilary Smith to welcome a new season with a Qigong for Spring Workshop. We’ll look at the season from the perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine and learn a short form to honor and welcome it. No exp nec. 11am1pm, $35 paid in adv, $40 day of event. Quiet Heart Yoga, Fitness & Holistic Health, 5531 Hamilton Bl., Wescosville. 484-515-8356.

LEPOCO’s Annual Dinner – Annual fundraising banquet features a vegetarian feast, an art raffle, a speaker, and music by the LEPOCO Peace Singers. Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CODEPINK and Global Exchange, speaks on “Building Peace in the Age of Drone Warfare.” Music 5pm. Dinner 5:30pm. $30 adult; $75 supporter; $10 limited income/child. First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, 2344 Center Street. 610-691-8730 for reservations.

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Nutritional Applied Kinesiology Class – Kinesiology (muscle testing) theory & assessment of health and nutritional status using a map of the human body. Good to bring a partner, or come alone. Practice session during class. 11am-2pm. $40. RSVP Dian’s Wellness Simplified in Morristown NJ at 973 267-4816

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Applied Coordination Pattern™ Training – Betsy Wetzig. Learn to train others with the core Coordination Pattern Training exercises to support your work for dance, leadership, bodywork, movement therapy, or improv. Sat. 6 pm to Sun. 3 pm, $100 (10% disc. by Mar. 10TH), Twin Ponds Center, Register 610.395.3355

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SUNDAY, MARCH 17 FREE Sample Day. Experience one or more of the following 1-hour bodywork/movement sessions: Pilates: 11:30 am, Structural Integration: 1pm , Neuromuscular Massage: 1 pm; Trager® Approach: 1 pm, Feldenkrais® Method of Movement: 2:30 pm, Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center, Register 610.395.3355

MONDAY, MARCH 18 Panel Talk - Bring Your Health & Wellness Issues! What has you stuck? Your “possibilities” will be discussed by a panel of complementary/alternative health experts who collaborate under one roof to support you. Private time following. 12 noon-1:00 pm or 7:00-8:30 pm, FREE, Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center, Register 610.395.3355 Free Intro to Bellydance – Join Yoga Loft Bellydance teacher Amala Gameela for an exhilarating class exploring traditional Egyptian & Near East movements. 7:30-8:30pm. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. 610.867.9642

TUESDAY, MARCH 19 Acupressure for Digestive Problems – Steve Hoog. Review digestive conditions (from mouth,stomach to intestines) and learn specific acupoints to address them for relief. Diet and remedies from a Macrobiotic perspective. 6:30-8:30 pm, $45, Twin Ponds, 610.395.3355

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20 March 20th Evening 6-8pm Nutritional Applied Kinesiology (Muscle Testing) – Kinesiology theory & assessment of health and nutritional status using

a map of the human body. Good to bring a partner, or come alone. Practice session during class. $40. RSVP Dian’s Wellness Simplified in Morristown at 973 267-4816

THURSDAY, MARCH 21 Effortless Meditation™ Introduction Class – Greg Schweitzer. Learn about this scientifically validated and physician recommended effortless practice that allows you to de-stress, revitalize and become healthier by taking you to a level of rest deeper than sleep! 7:30-9 pm, $20/Intro Class, Twin Ponds Center, Register 610.395.3355 Raw Foods Class: Latin American – Brook Ockerman. Mexican food is hearty & comforting but notorious for high calories, grease, and being short on fresh veggies. Learn to make a healthy Mexican meal of Mexican Coleslaw, Tacos with Refried Beans & Meat Crumbles in raw taco shell. 6-7:30pm. $45. Twin Ponds, West Lehigh Valley. Call 610 395.3355 Weeds – What they Tell Gardeners – Learn how to tell the nature of your soil by what weeds are growing on your land. We will discuss how different soils are perfect niches for particular plants and how that changes over time as natural succession evolves. Stephen Hoog instructor. 6:30-8:30pm. $45. School of Nurses Building, 17th and Chew Sts. Allentown. 610-756-6867. St. Germain Meditation – Listen as St. Germain channeled by Brigitte Boyea speaks about the New Year and the changes that are happening. Music by Mike Snyder. 7pm. Donation $20. John’s Church of Faith, 6th & Washington Sts., Allentown. For info call Arlene @ 484-357-5261

SATURDAY, MARCH 23 Living Healthy in a Toxic World – Coleen Maulfair will help you understand how you can live healthy in a toxic world. Find out how to unpollute yourself. We will discuss what can be done about body burden of chemicals. 10am. Maulfair Medical Center, 2970 Corporate Court, Orefield. 610-682-2104 Effortless Meditation™ Introduction Class – Greg Schweitzer. Learn about this scientifically validated and physician recommended effortless practice that allows you to de-stress, revitalize and become healthier by taking You to a level of rest deeper than sleep! 9-10:30 am, $20/Intro Class, Twin Ponds Center, Register 610.395.3355 Are Supplements Really Necessary – Do we get all our nutrients in our diet? Or are our foods deficient, our lifestyle too demanding and our environment too compromised to stay healthy with diet alone? We discuss Optimal Nutrients vs Daily Values and what is safe to take with prescriptions. David Harder RH (AHG) 9:30-11am. Nature’s Way, 143 Northampton St, Easton. 610-253-0940. RSVP please.

SUNDAY, MARCH 24 Relax & Renew – Restorative Yoga with Alysha Pfeiffer. We use yoga props such as blankets, bolsters, sandbags, and more to elevate and support the body. This 2-Hour deep relaxation uses various breathing techniques to quiet the mind and calm the body. Release tension and stress from your life. 4-6pm. $20. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem, 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. RSVP. 610.867.9642

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savethedate 10th Annual Welcome Spring Spiritual Faire. Saturday March 23 10 am - 6 pm Sunday March 24 10 am - 5 pm Intuitive Readings, Holistic Therapies and Energy Work, Reflexology, Aura Photos, Inspired Jewelry, Crystals., Candles. Free Workshops and Seminars both days. Good  food  and fun! Admission only $4. Sponsored by the Quakertown Center for Spiritual Living. Milford Township Fire Company Hall, 2185, Milford Square Pike, Milford Square, PA. Off Route 663 just west of Quakertown. QuakertownCSL.org

savethedate Yoga In Action With Megan Ridge & Alysha Pfeiffer Fridays 3/29 – 4/19 5:30-9:30pm A grassroots movement that brings the Off the Mat experience to our local area. These small circles of change are an opportunity to build community around yoga and service, develop relationships with other yogis and activists in your area and collaborate on creating real change. Awaken your authentic purpose through the process of yoga. Develop tools & practices to put purpose into action, cultivate community and make a difference in the world. $295 Please call or click to reserve your spot. TheYogaLoftofBethlehem.com 610.867.9642

Back Care Workshop – Iyengar Yoga Workshop for Back Care with Katrina Pelekanakis. Learn safe poses to help increase flexibility and strength in the hips, shoulders, and back. Helps relieve muscle tension of the back and neck. We will learn how to support and care for our backs. All levels welcome. 1:30-3:30pm. $25. Emmaus Yoga, 610-421-8200. contact@emmausyoga.com SUSHI! – Cooking Class, Back by popular demand. We will be making healthy sushi, again, with lots of yummy vegetables, fruits, and sticky brown rice rolled in highly nutritious seaweed. Add a fun dipping sauce, of course, and Japanese matcha green tea ice cream. $30. 11am or 3pm. b.healthy, Bethlehem. 484.903.8381.

MONDAY, MARCH 25 Beginner Bellydance Series – With Amala Gameela. Mondays 7:30-8:30pm. 8 weeks 3/255/13. $99. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. Please call to reserve your spot 610.867.9642.

TUESDAY, MARCH 26 Smoking Cessation Group Program – 3 sessions: Tues. March 26th & April 9th and 30th, 2013. 7:30-8:30PM. $150 includes Manual, CDs, & DVD. For more information or to register contact: Bev Bley L.P.N;C.M.Ht. at C.H.A.N.G.E. 610.797.8250 or email change@4change.com. 2020 Downyflake Lane, Suite 302B Allentown.

savethedate Ladies Night Lux The Eco-Friendly Salon Friday, April 5th at 6PM Highlights Alima Pure, a chemical-free, mineral makeup that is free of allergens & sensitizers. Lux makeup artists will be giving each participant a personalized makeup application and provide tips & techniques when it comes to your makeup routine. A great way to learn about this amazing line of gentle, long lasting colors. Drinks and hor d’oeuvres will be served. 9 person limit. $20 pp with $10 deposit. Call 610-625-4600 to register. 643 N. New St. Bethlehem.

savethedate Bodywork Training for Low Back and Hip Pain - April 6 and 7 -- 9am to 6pm Special guest Anthony DiGirolamo, presents Advanced Integrative Approach to the Low Back and Pelvis, a hands-on seminar discussing common causes of biomechanical pain in the low back and hips. The seminar will offer an in depth assessment of the low back and pelvis and relevant anatomy. The most current, evidence based approach to mechanisms of pain will be covered. Focuses on advanced, hands-on, therapeutic applications addressing the myofascial, neuromuscular and musculoskeletal systems. Approved for 16 CE hours by the NCBTMB, and open to licensed massage therapists, physical therapists and practitioners of manual medicine. Kula Heart Yoga, in Bethlehem. 610-746-5852 to register.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27 Acupressure Facelift Workshop – Steve Hoog. Look younger, more radiant and healthier—NATURALLY. This technique has been used for hundreds of years. Learn how stimulating and massaging facial acupressure points with your fingers and hands 6:30-8:30 pm, $45, Twin Ponds Center, 610.395.3355 Intermediate Bellydance Series – With Amala Gameela. 8 Wednesdays 7:30-8:30pm 3/27 – 5/15. $99. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. Call to reserve 610.867.9642

THURSDAY, MARCH 28 Weeds – What they Tell Gardeners – Learn how to tell the nature of your soil by what weeds are growing on your land. We will discuss how different soils are perfect niches for particular plants and how that changes over time as natural succession evolves. Stephen Hoog instructor. 6:30-8:30pm. $45. School of Nurses Building, 17th and Chew Sts. Allentown. 610-756-6867.

FRIDAY, APRIL 5 Free Yoga Introduction Class - This is a beginner yoga class that will give you the foundation you need to attend any level 1 yoga class. All are welcome. 6:30-7:30pm. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem, 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. 610.867.9642

SATURDAY, APRIL 6 Introduction to Crystals – Learn the Geology, history, folklore and personalities of the stones. Seats are limited, registration required 1-2:15pm $25. Bey’s Rock Shop, 615 Route 100N Boyertown. terraaurum@ hotmail.com or 609-509-3772


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Pilates, Beginners – Char Brummundt. Pilates is fun! Great for back and shoulder problems. Improve, stabilize, and energize as you stretch and tone with balls, rollers, and towels. Give Pilates a try. First class is free! 6-7 pm, $75/6 classes, Twin Ponds Center, W. Lehigh Valley, Register 610.395.3355

Care Alternatives Volunteers – Care Alternatives is actively recruiting Reiki Practitioners, Certified Massage Therapists and Comfort Volunteers to impact the lives of Hospice patients. 866-821-1212.

Coordination Pattern™ Breakthru Training – Betsy Wetzig. Learn to improve the way you function, both physically & mentally, for success in life and the release of pain and stress with simple, easy exercises. 7-8 pm, $75/6 wks., Twin Ponds Center, W Lehigh Valley, Register 610-395-3355

Hike, Bike and Kayak – Join the Sierra Club of the Lehigh Valley and enjoy nature. See meetup site for activities: www.meetup.com/Sierra-Club-LehighValley-Group/ First Strides – An introductory walking/running program for women. Offering group walks, education and support. Bethlehem-Sand Island, Hanover Township, Bethlehem Township and Poconos locations. Go to FirstStrides.com.

sunday Kundalini Yoga – Class with Ravi Hari Kaur. 10am. Kula Heart Yoga & Wellness Center, 3400 Bath Pike (512/Center St) Suite 201, Bethlehem. 610-746-5852 Sunday Services – Metaphysical and non-denominational. Rev. Lloyd Moll, Pastor - Unique Sunday services 10:30 am. All welcome! St. John’s Church of Faith, 607 Washington St Allentown. 610-776-7211 Prenatal Yoga – A safe and supportive environment to practice through all stages of pregnancy. Develop strength, flexibility, and proper breathing, and explore meditation techniques creating inner peace for birth and motherhood. 11:30am-12:45pm. $15. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. 610.867.9642 Raja (Classical) Yoga – Class offers philosophy, postures, breathing techniques, cleansing practices, relaxations and specific meditations. Handouts included. No exp nec. 10-11:30am, $11 in adv or $13 walk-in. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Wescosville. 484-515-8356..

monday Yoga, mixed levels – Joe Premecz. This meditative yoga class uses slow movements and stretching to increase flexibility, improve balance, and relieve stress. 5:30–6:30 pm, $88/8 classes, Twin Ponds Center, W Lehigh Valley, Register 610-395-3355 Feldenkrais® Method – Carol Siddiqi. This method of gentle movements helps you improve your capabilities and overcome injuries by teaching your brain to re-organize and rebuild physical movements. 5:45-6:45 pm, $75/6 classes, Twin Ponds Center, W LV, Register 610-395-3355 Community Acupuncture - Rochelle Aubert. Affordable for everyone! Manage stress, boost the immune system, balance the mind-body-spirit. Sit with a small group for ~30 minutes. (Pvt sessions for complex conditions.) Call for session time 6:30-8:30 pm, $35, Twin Ponds Center, W Lehigh Valley. 610.395.3355

Yoga Basics, mixed levels – Carol Siddiqi. Kripalu yoga helps you perform daily activities pain free and with greater ease. Develop a deeper self-awareness using yoga combined with the gentle movement of Feldenkrais®, 7-8 pm, $88/8 classes, Twin Ponds Center, W Lehigh Valley,Register 610-395-3355 Yoga/Gentle/Level 1 – With Megan Ridge. Learn to slowly build strength and flexibility while also using breath work and restorative yoga postures to relax. 6-7:15pm. $15. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. 610.867.9642 Yoga for Health – A physical (hatha) style yoga class for the mind, body and spirit--without the impact and stress to joints. Improve strength, posture, flexibility, balance and lung capacity. Balance the nervous system. 6-7pm. Allentown YMCA & YWCA, 425 S. 15th St. Call 610-434-9333. Community Exchange Time Bank - When neighbors exchange services everyone benefits. Group Orientations held on the Third Monday of each month at The Center for Healthy Aging at LV Hospital, 17th and Chew Streets, Allentown. 610969-2486. Raja (Classical) Yoga – Class offers philosophy, postures, breathing techniques, cleansing practices, relaxations and specific meditations. Handouts included. No exp nec. 12-1:30pm & 5:45-7:15pm, $11 in adv or $13 walk-in. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Wescosville. 484-515-8356.

tuesday Family Yoga – A fun way to teach children yoga and at the same time get your own practice in! Learn about mind-body connections, balancing, coordination, breathing, stretching and relaxation. 10-10:45am, $11 in adv or $13 walk-in for 2, $5 extra pp. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Wescosville. 484-5158356 Raja (Classical) Yoga – Class offers philosophy, postures, breathing techniques, cleansing practices, relaxations and specific meditations. Handouts included. No exp nec. 9-10:30am and 6:45-8:15pm, $11 in adv or $13 walk-in. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Wescosville. 484-515-8356. Traditional Middle-Eastern Bellydancing- Explore traditional Egyptian and Near East movements, music, and culture while utilizing nearly every muscle and joint in the body to improve strength, coordination, balance, and grace. 6:45-7:45pm, $88/8wks. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Wescosville. 484-515-8356 Qigong – Brian Kunsman. A fun, stress-free meditative movement class for a positive attitude, managing aches, pains, and anxiety. Specific Medical Qigong and energy cultivation explained and practiced. New series starts 2/19, 11am-noon, $50/4wks., Twin Ponds Center, W. Lehigh Valley, Register 610-395-3355 Therapeutic Crochet, Level One – Krystel Seier. A fun, creative, and productive class. Experience the benefits against depression, stress, muscle tension, and eye strain from computer work. Psychologically and emotionally beneficial. Registration, 5:306:30pm, $12/ class, Twin Ponds, W Lehigh Valley, 610.395.3355

Deeper Expressions Yoga, mixed levels – Mike Pope. Learn the principles of yoga while gradually building a strong practice, creating a clearer mind, increasing flexibility and confidence. Align with your optimal “self.” 6:45-8 pm, $88/8 classes, Twin Ponds Center, W Lehigh Valley, 610-395-3355 Encore – Cancer Support and Exercise Group. All female cancers may become a part if this group. This YWCA program has been in existence for over 30 years. 6:30-8pm. Allentown YMCA & YWCA, 425 S. 15th St., Allentown. 610-434-9333.   New Warrior Training Adventure – Sponsored by The ManKind Project. The training provides men an opportunity for focused self examination & personal growth.The MKP men’s meets in Lehigh Valley every other Tues.. 866-820-1691 or MKP.org. MAREA Meeting – Monthly meetings of the MidAtlantic Renewable Energy Association held the last Tuesday of the month. Open to the public and free of charge. Held at TEK Park in Breinigsville at 7p.m. Get involved with planning the annual Energy Festival. Visit www.themarea.org. Community Reiki Clinic – Collaborating practitioners serve all who want to experience the healing benefits of Reiki. 1st Tuesday of every month. Sessions are 20 minutes each. 6-8:30pm. RSVP required to 610-739-4201. Church of the Manger, 1401 Greenview Drive, Bethlehem. Near Westgate Mall  Living Green in the Lehigh Valley – Environmental-themed segments about reducing one’s carbon footprint will air during “On the Media” on WDIY 88.1 FM.  Produced locally by Annie Prince and Bruce Wilson. 6pm. Visit www.wdiy.org

wednesday Open Vinyasa Flow Yoga – With Susan Amato- children’s program also offered at this time. 9:30am Kula Heart Yoga & Wellness Center, 3400 Bath Pike (512/ Center St) Suite 201, Bethlehem. 610-746-5852 Intermediate Yoga Flow – With Susan Amato, 5:30pm Kula Heart Yoga & Wellness Center, 3400 Bath Pike (512/Center St) Suite 201, Bethlehem. 610-746-5852 Yoga Flow/Level 2 & 3 – With Brian Toseland. Sets of Vinyasa, postures linked together and coordinated with the breath to create a challenging and flowing practice. Fundamental yoga postures recommended, as this class moves at a faster pace. 6:30-7:55pm. $15. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. 610.867.9642 Yoga for Health – A physical (hatha) style yoga class for the mind, body and spirit--without the impact and stress to joints. Improve strength, posture, flexibility, balance and lung capacity. Balance the nervous system.  6-7pm. Allentown YMCA & YWCA, 425 S. 15th St. Call 610-434-9333.

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YogaStretch® – A style of yoga  for active older adults. Includes a  variety of safe and fun yoga postures.  Using a chair  for support. Work at your own pace to build flexibility and endurance.  Breathwork is coordinated with yoga postures. 1:302:30pm. YMCA/YWCA, 425 S. 15th St. Allentown. 610-434-9333. Raja (Classical) Yoga – Class offers philosophy, postures, breathing techniques, cleansing practices, relaxations and specific meditations. Handouts included. No exp nec. 10-11:30am and 6:45-8:15pm, $11 in adv or $13 walk-in. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Wescosville.484-515-8356 Family Yoga – A fun way to teach children yoga and at the same time get your own practice in! Learn about mind-body connections, balancing, coordination, breathing, stretching and relaxation. 4:30pm-5:15pm, $11 in adv or $13 walk-in for 2, $5 extra pp. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Bl., Wescosville. 484-515-8356. Tai Chi – A gentle art defined as “meditation in motion,” tai chi is an exercise that teaches postural alignment, balance, physical control and whole-body coordination, stimulates the brain and maintains over-all health. No exp nec. 5:30-6:30pm, $88/8 wks. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Bl., Wescosville. 484-515-8356. Sierra Club Meeting – Join us at our monthly meeting on the fourth Wednesday of each month except July. All are welcome. Bring ideas and environmental concerns. 7pm. Room 640S, Fowler Center, NCCC, Third and Buchanan Streets, South Bethlehem. Email lvsierraclub@gmail.com for more info.

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Raja (Classical) Yoga – Class offers philosophy, postures, breathing techniques, cleansing practices, relaxations and specific meditations. Handouts included. No exp nec. 9-10:30am, 5:30-7pm and 7:15-8:45pm, $11 in adv or $13 walk-in. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Bl., Wescosville. 484515-8356

Beginner’s Yoga – Bonita Cassel. Attention to alignment and self love make this class a perfect one for those beginning or challenged with limitations. 10-11 am, Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center, W Lehigh Valley, $88/8 classes, Register 610-395-3355

Monthly Peace Vigil – Second Thursday of every month, 4pm to 5pm at the south approach to the Hill-to-Hill Bridge, 3rd & Wyandotte Streets, Bethlehem. Contact Vince Stravino, 610-216-8103, or Tom Ulrich, 610-882-1136 for info. Reiki & Aromatherapy Circle -Learn more about the healing arts of Japanese Reiki and Aromatherapy. Lecture, meditation, mini Reiki session with an essential oil sample. Meets the last Thursday of each month. 6:30-7:45pm guest & practitioners. $5. Must RSVP.  Emmaus. Handicap accessible. 610-393-2036.

Encore – Cancer Support and Exercise Group. All female cancers may become a part if this group. This YWCA program has been in existence for over 30 years. 9-10:30am. Allentown YMCA & YWCA, 425 S. 15th St., Allentown. 610-434-9333.  

Weekly Stress Relief Coaching Group – Join others in a group setting to manage stress with multiple holistic approaches. 9:15-10:30am or 5:156:30pm. $25 session. Creative Holistic Therapy, 3037 S. Pike Avenue (Rte 145) #105, Allentown. 610-282-0709

Yoga/Core Flow 2 – With Laurel Attanasio. Friday 9:30-10:45am. Learn how to use your core in every yoga pose, taking your practice to a higher level. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. 610.867.9642

Free Herbal Consultations – Learn a natural way to address health and wellness issues. Herbalist available for Free Mini Consult, Every Thursday 11am -5pm. David Harder RH (AHG) at Nature’s Way, Easton. 610-253-0940.

Easton/Bethlehem Area Lyme Support Group – Meets the first Wednesday of every month to discuss and answer questions. 7 to 8:30pm. Country Meadows, 4035 Green Pond Rd., Bethlehem. Open to public. Contact Heidi Healy at 610-882-2253.

Community Exchange Time Bank - When neighbors exchange services everyone benefits. Group Orientations held on the 1 st Wednesday of each month 6-8pm at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Muhlenburg Campus, RT22 and Shoenersville Rd, Bethlehem. 610-969-2486 for more information.

Vinyasa Flow Yoga – With Carmen, Mixed level, modifications provided for all poses. Kim’s Healing Center in Easton, 6:00-7:15pm, by donation. Kim’s Healing Center, 1223 Butler St., Easton. 610-559-7280 Pilates, Beginners – Char Brummundt. Pilates is fun! Great for back and shoulder problems. Improve, stabilize, and energize as you stretch and tone with balls, rollers, and towels. Give Pilates a try, first class free! 9:30-10:30am, $75/6 classes, Twin Ponds Center, W. Lehigh Valley, Pre-register 610.395.3355 Yoga, all levels – Joe Premecz. . This meditative yoga class uses slow movements and stretching to increase flexibility, improve balance, and relieve stress. 6-7 pm, $88/8 classes, Twin Ponds Center, W Lehigh Valley, Register 610-395-3355

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Yoga for All – With Scott. Come together to celebrate life and to feel good - Beginners, all levels and all ages welcome. Donation-based yoga class in Easton. 5-6pm at Kim’s Healing Center, 1223 Butler St., Easton. 610-559-7280  

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Yoga/Level 1 – With Megan Ridge. Learn correct alignment and breathing in fundamental yoga postures. 9:45-11:00am. $15. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. 610.867.9642

Yoga/Level 1 & 2 with Restoratives – With Melanie Smith. This class picks up the pace from Level 1 and works on preparations for intermediate poses including inversions. Learn supported postures that relax the nervous system deeply. 10:30-11:55am. $15 Yoga Loft of Bethlehem 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. 610.867.9642  

Coordination Pattern™ Breakthru Training – Betsy Wetzig. Learn to improve the way you function, both physically & mentally, for success in life and the release of pain and stress with simple, easy exercises. 7-8 pm, $75/6 wks., Twin Ponds Center, W Lehigh Valley, Register 610-395-3355

Raja (Classical) Yoga – Class will offers philosophy, postures, breathing techniques, cleansing practices, relaxations and specific meditations. Handouts included. No exp nec. 9-10:30am, $11 in advance or $13 walk-in. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Bl., Wescosville. 484-515-8356.

Iyengar Yoga, Levels 1–2 – Diana Erney. Builds upon preliminary poses with an emphasis on body alignment in order to develop strength, balance, and flexibility. Props used to assist going deeper into each pose. 7-8:15 pm, $88/8 classes, Twin Ponds Center, W Lehigh Valley, Register 610-395-3355

Adult Autism Support Group – By & for those on the spectrum to discuss their concerns and strategies for success. Free. 1st Saturday monthly. Noon-2pm. 3005 Brodhead Rd #260, Bethlehem. Call Gailelaine 610-216-4319 for info and register.

Tai Chi – Brian Kunsman. A gentle movement class helps balance, coordination, blood pressure, cardio respiratory function, sleep, the ability to move and much more! Strengthen and energize your body. New series starts 3/20, 7:30-8:30pm, $50/4wks., Twin Ponds Center, W Lehigh Valley, Register 610-395-3355

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Matter of Balance – Emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls. Learn to view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing activity, make changes to reduce fall risk at home and exercise to increase strength and balance. $25 8 wks, Allentown YMCA & YWCA, 425 S. 15th St. 610-434-9333.

Tai Chi – Improve strength and promote calm and harmony by improving energy flow. 6:30-7:45pm. Please call to reserve your space. 610.867.9642. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem

Living Green in the Lehigh Valley – Environmental-themed segments about reducing one’s carbon footprint will air during “All Things Considered” on WDIY 88.1 FM. Produced locally by Annie Prince and Bruce Wilson. 5:45pm. Visit www.wdiy.org.

Spiritual Healing and Meditation – 7 PM - 9 PM 1st Wednesday of each month. Weather permitting. Everyone is welcome. St. John’s Church of Faith, 607 Washington St. Allentown PA. 610-791-2641

Kripalu Yoga, mixed levels – Carol Siddiqi. Greater self-awareness by learning the basics of yoga and the gentle movements of Feldenkrais help you perform daily activities with greater ease, pleasure and without pain.11:30 am-12:30 pm, $88/8 classes, Twin Ponds Center, W Lehigh Valley, Register 610-395-3355

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Bicycle Lessons - Learn to ride a bike at any age.  Ride confidently in any traffic situation.  Learn maintenance/repair. Year-round. Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative (BBC). Certified instructors.  Downtown Bethlehem, www.car-free.org Gamblers Anonymous Meeting – If you have a gambling problem please join us every Saturday morning from 11am-1pm at St. Luke’s Hospital, Bethlehem in the Education Center. Rm 111. For more information call 215-872-5635.


communityresourceguide Connecting you to the leaders in natural healthcare and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide email lvpublisher@naturalawakeningsmag.com to request our media kit. ACUPUNCTURE BALANCED ACUPUNCTURE Heather Shoup, L.Ac. 2299 Brodhead Rd., Suite A Bethlehem, PA 18020 610-393-7589 www.balancedacupuncture.net

LISA BAAS ACUPUNCTURE & ORIENTAL MEDICINE 2358 Sunshine Rd Allentown, PA 18103 610-841-9300 Lic. # OM 000054 livingartsmedicine.com

Board certified and licensed Acupuncturist, Dietary and Lifestyle counseling, Chinese and Ayurvedic Herbs, Laser Acupuncture, Magnetic therapy (A.R.T.) Autonomic ResponseTesting for Detox and more. 20 years of holistic healing.

A patient centered wellness community, where treatment is individually tailored. Heather promotes health and wellness by creating balance in the body. Acupuncture specializing in anxiety, depression, digestive, and cancer support.

CLASSICAL 5 ELEMENT ACUPUNCTURE

J.L.Collins M.Ac.,Lic.Ac.,NCCAOM Diplomat 2020 Downyflake Lane Allentown, PA 18103 610-317-6064

Welcome to my practice of 29 years. I offer you : Preventative and curative medicine, barefoot doctor wellness clinic for seasonal balance, balance method: Dr. Tans amazing treatments for all conditions, traditional Chinese medicine: symptomatic treatment for chronic and acute conditions, trigger point musculoskeletal, physician- based treatments for athletes and injuries and Classical 5 Element diagnosis and treatment for sustained change

LEHIGH VALLEY ORIENTAL MEDICINE CENTRE Ming ming and David Molony 101 Bridge Street Catasauqua, PA 18032 610-264-2755

Acupuncture and herbal medicine with capable, experienced practitioners. Practicing acupuncture in the Lehigh Valley since 1988. Acupuncture, herbs, dietary consultation, and other aspects of Oriental Medicine provide a complete healing system for health and regeneration, enhancing the outcome of Conventional care

LIVEWELL INTEGRATED HEALTH LLC

Dr. Robert W. Livingston III, DC, L.Ac. Dr. Jennifer K. Bollinger, DC, L.Ac. 8026 Hamilton Blvd. Trexlertown, PA 18087 610-395-5509 LiveWellIntegratedHealth.com 

LiveWell Integrated Health offers traditional Chinese acupuncture, chiropractic, body work, and nutritional and lifestyle coaching. Being healthy is a lifestyle choice.... choose to LiveWell. See ad, page 20.

ACUPUNCTURE COMMUNITY STYLE EASTMAN ACUPUNCTURE

1617 Hamilton St. Allentown, PA

484-619-3882 eastman-acupuncture.com

Traditional acupuncture practiced in an open setting. Effective for treating acute sprains/strains, pain (chronic, arthritis, low back), headaches (including migraines), allergies, depression, digestive issues, support for lifestyle changes, infertility, PMS, anxiety, stress and much more. Personalized treatments for your physical, mental and emotional health delivered at a flat rate of $20. M noon-5 pm, W 8 am-noon, Th 2:30-6:30 pm, F noon-4 pm, SA  9 am-1 pm.

AROMATHERAPY YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS

Jackie Kern, Independent Distributor 800-759-6850 Wellnessfromtheearth.vibrantscents.com

Young Living has specialized in growing, distilling, and selling therapeutic-grade,organic Essential Oils for 20 years. Over 130 Essential Oils & Oil blends available for health & wellness, as well as essential oil-enhanced nutritional supplements/products for kids, Personal Care, Dental, & Home! Income opportunities Also Available.

AYURVEDA WELLNESS Ayurveda WELLNESS CENTER Dr. Shekhar Annambhotla 567 Thomas Street Coopersburg, PA 18036 484-347-6110 www.ojas.us

Practicing and teaching Ayurveda worldwide since 1988, offering Personal Ayurvedic Wellness Consultations, Panchakarma (detoxification) programs, Massage, Integrative Ayurvedic body therapies, Weight loss programs, Courses, Workshops, Seminars, Vegetarian cooking classes, Free community health lectures, Intensive Ayurvedic training programs India.

BODYWORK

ELEMENTS FOR HEALING

Heather Terrible West Bethlehem PA 484-626-2920 facebook.com/pages/Elements-for-Healing/224271684264736 Allow your body to heal itself and restore your vital life force with Shiatsu. Relieve stress, anxiety, back pain, digestive issues and headaches. Shiatsu also helps with fertility and reproductive problems. Move stagnant energy, remove blockages and create balance in the body’s major energy systems. Trained at International School of Shiatsu. Available by appointment.See ad, page 45.

JOANNE C BLEW LMT 2020 Downyflake Lane Allentown, PA 18103 610-392-1337 jcblew6@aol.com

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Zero Balancing(ZB)is a hands on body/mind system of therapy that balances the relationship of energy and structure within the body. Promotes internal balance and harmony through informed skilled touch. It allows the client’s body the opportunity to align and relax. See ad, page 45.

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MARIE RUXTON THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE

Marie Ruxton CMT, CN 628 Chestnut St.,Emmaus, PA 18049 610-965-2500

Marie is a certified massage therapist trained since 1997 in Advanced Myofascial Release Therapy, Therapeutic Massage, Reiki, Ear Candling, Homeopathy and Holistic Nutrition. Offers comprehensive custom bodywork for those wanting to overcome chronic pain and movement problems. Sessions range from a (2 hour) Head to Toe meltdown massage to “Just Neck and Head” massage for those needing stress relief. Gift certificates available. See ad, page 45.

MODERN CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY

David Nemeroff, NCBTMB 2008 Eberhart Rd, Whitehall, PA 18052 610-737-4212 - www.therapy4healing.com LIC# MSG001443

Restore balance to your body and decrease pain with the power of Craniosacral Therapy. This gentle and non-invasive western osteopathic technique can help relieve many pain issues including migraines, back pain, neck problems, vertigo, TMJ, stress, neurological issues and much more. David Nemeroff also works with your pet’s problems like hip dysplasia, mobility issues and cribbing. See ad, page 38

QUIET HEART YOGA, FITNESS & HOLISTIC HEALTH 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Wescosville, PA 18106, Unit #7 www.quietheartyoga.com quietheartyoga@hotmail.com, 484-515-8356

Offering a variety of modalities, including Massage Therapy, Hot Stone Massage, Pre-Natal Massage, Reiki, Shiatsu, Pranic Healing, Shamanic Healing, Past Life Regression, Crystal Healing, and more; we are dedicated to improving and balancing mental, spiritual and physical health. Join us for classes in Yoga, Bellydancing, Tai Chi and QiGong to create movement and freedom in your spirit!

CHIROPRACTOR LIVEWELL INTEGRATED HEALTH LLC Dr. Robert W. Livingston III, DC, L.Ac. Dr. Jennifer K. Bollinger, DC, L.Ac. 8026 Hamilton Blvd. Trexlertown, PA 18087 610-395-5509 LiveWellIntegratedHealth.com  

LiveWell Integrated Health offers traditional Chinese acupuncture, chiropractic, body work, and nutritional and lifestyle coaching. Being healthy is a lifestyle choice.... choose to LiveWell. See ad, page 20.

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COLON HYDROTHERAPY PATHWAYS HOLISTIC CENTER 4833 Chestnut St. Emmaus, PA 18049 610.966.7001 www.pathwaysholistic.com

Offering colon hydrotherapy (CHT) from compassionate practitioners skilled in total system healing. Cleansing and rebuilding colon health allows for your body to heal from the inside by providing total system hydration and detoxification. Good digestive health leads to weight loss, improved nutrient absorption and greater overall health.

NEW LEAF WELLNESS CENTER 21 Main Street Clinton, NJ 08809 908-713-1900 NewLeafWellness.com

Offering colon hydrotherapy, detoxification, wellness coaching and other services to cleanse, maintain and restore health. Colonics are a hygienic and safe method of removing toxins, can boost your immune system, restore proper ph in the body and restore regular bowel movement.

COUNSELING – HOLISTIC REV. LYN S. FELIX, MSW, LCSW, CHT, RM

Smart Solutions and Creative Holistic Therapy 3037 S. Pike Ave. #105 Allentown, PA 18103 610-282-0709 www.creativeholistictherapy.com

A holistic counselor and coach, using hypnotherapy, chakra energy clearing, Reiki, mindfulness & more to help you shift from limited, fear-based thinking, believing, and behaving patterns into living from your magnificent essence. Experience joy as you resonate with higher vibrational frequencies in all aspects of your life.

Gail-Elaine Tinker, M.S., R.M. 3005 Broadhed Road #260 Bethlehem, PA 18020 610-216-4319 www.tinkerpsychotherapy.com

Get results for your depression, anxiety, fear, insomnia, trauma, chronic pain, and family issues (including adult autism). In private practice for 8+ years, from serious diagnosis to ‘getting life on track’ via coaching, your unique needs are attended warmly, professionally, confidentially, and respectfully. Talk Therapy, Relaxation, Reiki, Art, and natural modes empower YOU. Call for free consultation.

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FUNERAL SERVICES

NICOS C. ELIAS FUNERAL HOME, INC Nicos C. Elias, Supervisor Allentown, PA. 610-433-2200 www.eliasfuneralhome.com

Mr. Elias offers several different green and eco-friendly funeral plans using biodegradable caskets, preservation without chemicals, and earth friendly paper goods. A natural, back to the earth approach. Biodegradable urns for those choosing cremation. Also offering assistance with home-based funerals

HEALTH COACH Health & Wellness Nurse Navigators, LLC

Kathleen DeVaul, MSN, RN, CHC 420 Hamsher Avenue Topton, PA 19562 484-661-6786 www.hwnursenavigators.com

Offering integrative health coaching services that are individualized to meet your needs and goals.   Find out how to lose weight safely, increase your energy, and live an abundant life.  Specializing in preventing and managing chronic diseases, gluten sensitivity and gluten allergy.  Let us help you navigate your path towards wellness today.  Please call for your free initial health consultation! 

HOLISTIC CENTER GREENSHIRE ARTS CONSORTIUM

Institute for Holistic Studies Directors: Jim and Arlene Curley Quakertown, Pennsylvania 215-538-0976- GreenshireArts.org

Dedicated to helping people improve the quality of life while they strengthen, revitalize, and explore new horizons through holistic studies, creative arts, conversation, retreats and community involvement. In a nurturing atmosphere, individuals are invited to experience Greenshire’s space for peace while awakening to the Art of Inspired Living. See ad, page 51.

TWIN PONDS INTEGRATIVE HEALTH CENTER

628 Twin Ponds Rd. Fogelsville Area, 610-395-3355 www.twinpondscenter.com

Over 20 practitioners offering techniques for stress management, relaxation, mind/ movement challenges, life & professional concerns, emotional distress, weight management, spine/joint pain, and much more. Call today for more information or to register for a private session, class, workshop or retreat.  See ad, page 21 and 29.


HOLISTIC HEALTH Barbara Fenton, H.H.P.

Reiki Master/Teacher – Aromatherapist Emmaus, PA 18049 610-393-2036 www.abiba.com

Offering Reiki, Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Crystals, Wellness Classes and Retreats. Helping women find their inner balance and to empower them to become more active participants in their personal healing through a holistic approach to life. Barbara Fenton is also an independent Distributor of Young Living Essential oils.  Visit ww.youngliving.com/abiba  to purchase or for income opportunity info. 

BETSY THOMSON

Psychic/Intuitive Counselor Quakertown, Pa / NYC / Worldwide 212-460-1810 tarot-card-psychic.com

Betsy’s readings which are straight forward and inspirational are like that of a coach giving guidance and support. Her readings help clients evolve by removing inner blockages and self deception. This allows for stronger inner balance to occur. Readings cover such subjects as relationships, career, health, life path, past lives, etc.  Betsy is also available to teach workshops in psychic and intuitive development, tarot and mindfulness meditation. 

HYPNOTHERAPY C.H.A.N.G.E.

C.H.A.N.G.E.

Beverley S. Bley 2020 Downyflake Lane Allentown, PA 18103 610-797-8250, www.4change.com

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MEDITATION & WELLNESS Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center 628 Twin Ponds Rd., West Lehigh Valley 610.395.3355 www.twinpondscenter.com

Destress, revitalize and be healthier with scientifically validated and physician recommended Effortless Meditation. Experience rest deeper than sleep! Greg Schweitzer taught for Deepak Chopra, M.D. and other notables for 30+ years. Introductory classes and a 10-hour course. See ad, page 9.

MOVEMENT THERAPY FELDENKRAIS METHOD®

Carol Siddiqi FGNA, RYT

Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center 628 Twin Ponds Rd, West Lehigh Valley 610-395-3355 www.twinpondscenter.com

Bev Bley L.P.N., C.M.Ht. Certified Master Hypnotherapist Free Phone Consultations: 610-797-8250 • change@4change.com • www.4change.com

Through hypnotherapy, realize your inner potential for greatness, success, health, and wellness. When you change your mind, you change your life. Quit Smoking, Lose Weight, Gain Confidence and Achieve More. Become your best self. See ad, page 36.

The Feldenkrais Method reconnects the body to its natural movements, focusing on the relationship between motion and thought. It works with the nervous system, rather than muscles or bones, to improve everyday motion, such as walking, running, golfing, biking, yoga, posture, breathing, etc.

NATURAL DENTISTRY

Cosmetic and Natural Dentistry Carol Sherman DDS William Baron DDS 2600 Newburg Rd. Easton, PA 18045 610-252-1454 www.beatacarlson.com

Dr. Taras is a mercury free, holistic dentist who performs safe mercury filling removal and is the developer of the mercury protection program. Mercury testing, pH, ozone, homeopathics, ionic minerals, & drainage remedies are used to heal patients naturally.See ad, page 10.

NATURAL FAMILY MEDICINE MAULFAIR MEDICAL CENTER

Conrad Maulfair, D.O. 2970 Corporate Ct, Ste 1, Orefield, PA 18069 610-682-2104 www.drmaulfair.com, www.purelyyoudetox.com

EFFORTLESS MEDITATION

Call for a Sample Hypnotherapy Class CD & Registration Information

Ashley M. Taylor 40 Clarendon Dr. Easton, PA 18040 484.548.0622 www.mindfulchangehypnotherapy.com

2900 Hamilton Blvd., Allentown, PA 18103

Discover the POWER of your unconscious mind. With hypnosis, you CAN overcome stress, pain, depression, or fear. You CAN successfully manage your weight and quit smoking - whatever is keeping you from the life you want. We offer a variety of effective techniques. FREE consultation. See ad, page 50.

Certified Master Hypnotherapist. Enhance Your Health, Control stress and anxiety, depresHappiness &Lose Productivity! sion, pain and anger. weight, Counseling, And Naturally Generated Excellence eliminateHypnotherapy smoking. Hypnotherapy Lose Weight, Stop Smoking, Eliminate Phobias certification and hypnobirthing Control: Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Pain & Anger Hypnotherapy Certification Classes classes. See ad, page 26..

MINDFUL CHANGE

Michael Taras, DMD, FAGD, FIND, CNC, IBDM, NMD

561 Main Street, Suite 290 Bethlehem, PA 18018 484-893-0096 www.optionshypnosis.com

Dr. Maulfair is an Osteopathic Physician bringing four decades of knowledge and experience in alternative, complementary medicine to his patient care. Help for all conditions and all ages. Offering Chelation Therapy, Hubbard Method Sauna detoxification – Purely You, and many other treatment programs. Maulfair Medical Center brings the best of both worlds to their patients. See ad, page 41.

A NATURAL MEDICINE CLINIC

DR. MICHAEL JUDE LOQUASTO, ND, PHD, DC Lehigh Valley Professional Center 2571 Baglyos Circle, Suite B-27 Bethlehem, PA 18020 * 484-821-1460 www.drmichaelloquasto.com

Specializing in Natural Medicine for over 25 years, Dr. Loquasto holds doctorates in Naturopathy, Nutrition and Chiropractic Internal Medicine.  He is also a Master Herbalist as well as a certified Clinical and Dietitian Nutritionist.  Dr. Loquasto offers custom formulations for specific conditions and non-invasive chelation therapy.  In addition the following tests are done at the clinic:  live cell microscope, circulation testing, EKG, pulmonary lung testing, bone density, x-ray, scanning for foot & ankle problems, blood pressure, blood oxygen levels and blood testing for diabetes and other health issues.  The goal is to restore and/ or maintain a healthy lifestyle.

PHILLIP GETSON, D.O. Family Physician · Board/ Certified Thermologist

Serving Bethlehem, Easton and Fogelsville www.healththroughawareness.com · www.tdinj.com - (856) 596-5834

Dr. Carlson begins with a Natural or Holistic approach to enhance your physical health and eliminate any compromise to the immune system. Mercury free, non-surgical periodontal treatment, tooth whitening, cosmetic makeovers and herbal support in a gentle, relaxing and caring atmosphere. See ad, page 16.

A board certified family physician for 35 years and co-founder of Health Through Awareness in Marlton, NJ. An internationally recognized expert in the diagnosis and treatment of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy/Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (RSD). An advocate for health and preventive medicine championing thermography as an early diagnostic tool for many health conditions including breast health.Certified by four Thermographic Boards. Outreach assessments available in PA. See ad, page 53.

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WOODLANDS HEALING RESEARCH Family, Environmental and Preventative Medicine Nicholas DiMartino, D.O. 5724 Clymer Rd Quakertown, PA 215-536-1890

Woodlands Healing Research Center is a family practice supporting individualized natural approaches to health. We offer lifestyle and nutritional consultation to achieve optimal health and vitality. We also offer complete women’s services including GYN, menopause, osteoporosis and bio-identical hormone therapy. See ad, page 18.

NATURAL HEALTH

DALLAS WELLNESS CENTER, LLC

Debra E Dallas, PhD, MIfHI, DCNT 4048 Freemansburg Avenue Easton, PA 18045 610-253-1977, dallaswellnesscenterllc. com Dallas Wellness Center is an integrated therapy and diagnostic center. We offer Iridology, Thermographic Imaging, Nutrigenomics and Nutrition, nutraMetrix, Homeopathy, Herbology, Blood Typing, Hair Analysis, Ion Cleansing, Reflexology, Reiki, and QiCultivation classes. When people have been everywhere else and are still sick, they come visit us.

Robert E Hartzell RPH, CCN Shelley Surber RD, LDN 300 American Street Catasauqua, Pa 18032 610-264-5471 ext 237

Offering our successful (FLT) First Line Therapy, and Ultra Lite therapeutic Life style programs. Our programs will help with weight concerns; blood sugar concerns, cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure. Let us help to implement healthy changes into your life. Change your life, Take back your health. Call for an appointment

TWIN PONDS INTEGRATIVE HEALTH CENTER

628 Twin Ponds Rd., West Lehigh Valley 610.395.3355 www.twinpondscenter.com

Let our world class practitioners help you relieve stress, renew your over-all health and achieve more in your life. Our services are appropriate for people of all ages. Call today for more information or to register for a private session, class or workshop. See ad, page 20 and 21.

NATUROPATH NATURAL HEALTH PROMOTION LLC

Tina Stashko, N.D. PhD MIfHI Emmaus, Pa. 18049

Jean Louise Collins M.Ac.,Lic. 610-965-8132 naturalhealthpromotion.net Ac.,NCCAOM Diplomat 2020 Downyflake Lane Allentown, PA 18103 610-317-6064

Tending your health with loving, professional care in my office, your home or in community setting such as retirement communities, churches and businesses. You will experience deep relaxation to relieve stress and anxiety. Treatment will stimulate blood flow and promote energy flow, opening blockages that cause pain. Symptomatic treatment for chronic and acute conditions include herbal formulations at wholesale cost.Classical 5 Element diagnosis and treatment for sustained change

PATHWAYS HOLISTIC CENTER 4833 Chestnut St. Emmaus, PA 18049 610.966.7001 www.pathwaysholistic.com

Combining a variety of the finest holistic healing methods, we help shape your new path to reclaim life and become balanced & whole once again. Over 15 years of restoring health from within by cleansing, nourishing. Comprehensive physical, mental, spiritual and emotional healing services offered plus nutrition programs, prepared foods, retreats, catering services.

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Specializing in preventative healthcare, digestion and nutrient absorption, and thyroid and adrenal health. Modalities such as iridology, sclerology and biochemical balancing enable the development of your unique program for optimum health. These programs are easy to follow and incorporate into your daily life. Reach your full health potential!  See ad, page 11.

NUTRITIONAL TECHNOLOGIES Nicholas Theodorou ND 5 Stonecroft Drive Easton, PA 18045 610-258-1894 Nutritek.net

“Dr. Nick” Traditional Naturopath. Get and stay healthy. Proven Five-Point Program teaches you about eating a wholesome diet, prudent exercise, the proper use of supplements, getting quality sleep and reducing stress. Internationally recognized expertise on nutritional supplements including glutathione enhancement! Free mini-consults! Call or email for information.

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NUTRITION & EDUCATION WELLNESS SIMPLIFIED

Dian Freeman Morristown, NJ

973-267-4816 - www.WellnessSimplified.com

Nutritionist Dian Freeman and staff nutritionists LuAnn Peters - Brenda Woodruff of Dian’s Wellness Simplified in Morristown, NJ, offer private nutritional consultations, Applied Kinesiology and Ondamed biofeedback sessions. Dian also teaches classes and a nutritional certification course in preparation for the national Certified Nutritional Counselor (CNC) exam.  Also, to address energetic and vibrational healing, a variety of crystal and energy healers are available by appointment and LuAnn mixes personalized formulas combining various Bach flower remedies.  See ad, page 15.

NUTRITIONAL COUNSELING ALICIA RAMBO-WOSNIAK

Center for Healthy Living @ Easton Yoga 524 Northampton St, Easton, PA 18042 610.923.7522 - www.eastonyoga.com

Are you in a food rut? Want to lose a few pounds? Feeling sluggish and unmotivated? Whole foods detoxing is what your body need. I offer customized detox plans and whole-body care. Over 10 years of wellness experience through yoga and now offering wellness coaching through lifestyle and nutritional counseling. Free Health Consultations, call now! See ad, page 15.

Laura Timbrook

Holistic Health Coach C.H.C Nazareth, PA 18064 484-291-4848 - LauraTimbrook.com

Spend an hour to work on your nutrition and goals with a trained professional. As a Health Coach, I create a supportive environment that will enable you to achieve all of your health goals. I have studied all the major dietary theories and use practical lifestyle coaching methods to guide you in discovering which approach works best for you. Call today for a Free Health History Consultation See ad, page 36.

INTEGRATIVE NUTRITION Gale Maleskey, MS, RD, LDN

Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center 628 Twin Ponds Rd., West Lehigh Valley 610.395.3355 www.twinpondscenter.com

Learn how to live a healthier life, recover from serious illness, lose weight, gain energy, and develop life-sustaining habits, using a coaching-based, integrative nutrition approach. Gale Maleskey is a registered dietitian, licensed Wellness Coach, and trained at Dr. Andrew Weil’s Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. Call for a free 20-minute, get-acquainted chat. 


THE JOYFUL ELEPHANT

Michelle M.L. Trent, NET, CPT Food Coach and Certified Personal Trainer Bethlehem, PA 484.515.6603 - JoyfulElephant.com

Providing food coaching, menu planning, and hands-on cooking demos. My training is in plantbased diets for weight loss and disease prevention and reversal as seen in the film Forks Over Knives.  I support, motivate, and encourage you to reach your wellness goals.  I help you to try new recipes and broaden your skill set so that you can feel confident in preparing healthy, tasty meals.

SPIRITAL HEALING SHUMEI

361 E. Main St., Kutztown, PA 19530 484-788-8328 - penn@shumei.org www.shumei.org

Jyorei was developed by Mokichi Okada in Japan in the early part of the twentieth century. It is a simple yet profound healing art in which spiritual Light is focused on others. One Jyorei session usually takes about ten minutes. No fee is requested for the session, although donations are accepted. Hours: Mon, Thu and Fri 3pm-5pm, Sat 1pm-3pm.

STUCTURAL INTEGRATION ANDREI KAZLOUSKI

Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center 628 Twin Ponds Rd., West Lehigh Valley 610.395.3355 - www.twinpondscenter.com

ROLFMETHODOFSTRUCTURAL INTEGRATION - highly effective hands-on approach for improving posture, alleviating chronic pain, increasing energy level, and enhancing flexibility through restoring your body to its natural state of alignment. Enjoy moving freely again! Board Certified Structural Integrator CM and Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. See ad, page 23.

THERMOGRAPHIC IMAGING Liesha Getson, BCTT, HHC

Board Certified Thermologist Technician Holistic Health Counselor - Serving Bethlehem, Easton and Fogelsville www.healththroughawareness.com · www.tdinj.com - 856-596-5834

A Board Certified Thermographic Technician has imaged thousands of patients for many types of health concerns. She is a Holistic Health Counselor and is a member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. A founding partner of Health Through Awareness in Marlton, NJ, a cooperative wellness center that provides a variety of alternative services to facilitate healthy living including nutrition and lifestyle counseling, Reiki, thermography, and biopuncture. Liesha administers outreach thermogram assessments in several eastern PA centers regularly. See ad, page 53.

VETERINARIAN – HOLISTIC LEE SIMPSON DVM, CVA

1141 Hawk Mountain Rd Kempton, PA 19529 610-756-6036 HealingOptionsForAnimals.com

VETERINARY CANINE REHABILITATION Pamela Mueller PhD DVM

100% Holistic practice for dogs and cats since 2000. Certified in Veterinary Acupuncture. Experience using only alternative healing includes, homemade diets, herbs, acupuncture and nutraceuticals to help cancer patients, severe allergies, and other serious diseases as well as musculoskeletal problems. Please check the website for more information.

VETERINARY ACUPUNCTURE Diane Gabriel-Fraynert VMD, CVA

3247 B Wimmer Rd. Bethlehem, PA 18020 610-865-4348 www.AnimalTherapyCenter.com

Dr. Gabriel-Fraynert is a veterinarian certified in medical acupuncture for animals since 2005.   She has been practicing Integrative Veterinary Medicine using both conventional and holistic modalities, including Chinese and Western herbs, Homo-toxicology/Homeopathy, and Nutraceuticals. Dr. GabrielFraynert feels an integrative approach allows for greater breadth of treatment options for many underlying and or/ pre-existing medical conditions.See ad, page 49.

VETERINARY CHIROPRACTIC Kristen Fenstermacher VMD

3247 B Wimmer Rd. Bethlehem, PA 18020 610-865-4348 www.AnimalTherapyCenter.com

Dr. Kristen Fenstermacher is a equine veterinarian certified in veterinary chiropractor by the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association .  She provides chiropractic services for cats and dogs at the Animal Therapy Center.  See ad, page 49.

CANINE MASSAGE Vyolet Albano CMP, RM, CM

3247 B Wimmer Rd. Bethlehem, PA 18020 610-865-4348 www.AnimalTherapyCenter.com

Vyolet Albano is certified canine massage practitioner who completed her certification at the Integrated Touch Therapy School in Circleville, Ohio.  Having an interest in non-invasive modalities for addressing animal pain, she is also a Master of Chi Energy, Reiki and Quantum Healing.  Vyolet provides massage and reiki services for dogs and cats at the Animal Therapy Center. See ad, page 49.

3247 B Wimmer Rd. Bethlehem, PA 18020 610-865-4348 www.AnimalTherapyCenter.com

Dr. Mueller is a veterinarian with advanced training in exercise physiology and canine rehabilitation.   We welcome dogs with neurologic problems, sports injuries and post surgical patients.  Aquatic exercise can rejuvenate geriatric pets and condition competition companions. See ad, page 49.

VETERINARY PHYSICAL THERAPY Beth Kenny MPT, CCRP

3247 B Wimmer Rd. Bethlehem, PA 18020 610-865-4348 www.AnimalTherapyCenter.com

Beth is a physical therapist with 20 years experience, including special education in canine anatomy and rehabilitaion.  She utilizes many of the same rehabilitative techniques and therapies developed for humans to help your companion animals recover from injury, surgery, or to improve life in their golden years. See ad, page 49.

YOGA KULA HEART YOGA

3400 Bath Pike, Bethlehem 610-746-5852 www.kulaheartyoga.com Facebook: Yoga at Kulaheartyoga

Bringing community of the hearts together as we embrace diversity & c e l e b r a t e l i f e . Diverse yoga classes, certified/registered yoga teachers, Yoga Te a c h e r Tr a i n i n g , Kid’s/Family  yoga, Therapeutic, Restorative, Anusara Inspired, Kundalini, Prenatal,  & Pilates.  Workshops with internationally renowed teachers.  Massage therapy services in our beautiful wellness center. New student special $30 for 30 days unlimited yoga.

THE YOGA LOFT

521 E 4th St., 3rd Floor (above Cantelmi’s Hardware) Bethlehem, PA 18015 610-867-YOGA (9642) www.theyogaloftofbethlehem.com

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The Yoga Loft offers quality yoga instruction for students of all levels in a variety of styles. We also offer workshops and other special events, Certified Yoga Teacher Training, Belly dance, Tai Chi, Prenatal Yoga, and Mat Pilates See ad, page 51.

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classifieds APEALS Big Brothers Big Sisters – Needs volunteers for children living in Phillipsburg. Please call today to learn how you can help a child grow up. 908-6890436 or INFO@BBBSHSW.ORG Healers Wanted – Help us to aid in the healing environment at Pocono Medical Center. Seeking volunteers for the Complementary & Alternative Medicine Program. Interested practitioners in Reiki and massage, artists and musicians please contact Jill Howell at 570-476-3443 or email JHowell@ pmcHealthSystem.org .

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Coming in April

Hypnotherapy Certification Classes - 150 hours. “At Home” and/or classroom environment and “hands-on” practice experience. Reasonably priced! Payment plans accepted. For more info or to register contact Bev Bley L.P.N;C.M.Ht. at C.H.A.N.G.E. 610.797.8250. 2020 Downyflake Lane, Suite 302B Allentown. Personal and Professional Online Training – Courses available in Green Design, Sustainability, Alternative Energy, plus some fun classes in landscaping, Feng Shui and more. Continuing Education for Professionals, such as Green Building, LEED, and Sustainability Certification. www. bfenvironmental.com

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Therapists Needed – Experienced and licensed massage therapists needed as Independent Contractors for west Lehigh Valley facility. Atmosphere is quiet, relaxed and professional. Please call 610-360-8636

PRODUCTS Hypnotherapy CDs and DVDs – Weight Control, Smoking Cessation, Insomnia, Personal Development, Stress Management, Procrastination. Prices: CDs $29- DVDs $49. Call Bev at 610.797.8250 or order through “products” section at www.4change. com Mention this ad for a $5 discount! Herbal Packs, Lavander Packs and Cool Downz – various styles, shapes and patterns. Prices: $7-$25. Call Bev 610.797.8250 or order through “products” section at www.4change.com www.4change.com.

SERVICES Chair Massage – 2 Saturdays a month. Just $15. Jim Thorpe East Side. I also offer Chair Massage for events and businesses. Call to reserve space. 267-980-0137 Professional Freelance Writing Services – Know what you want to say but not sure how to say it? Press releases, brochures, website content, newsletters and blogs. I do the writing so you don’t have to. Beth Davis, WriteSource, Inc. 239-269-6235 Healthy Nutrition Knowledge – Don’t your want to feel better? Let me become your health coach to help you achieve goals with easy, sustainable methods! www.healthynutritionknowledge.com

OPPORTUNITIES

SPACE TO RENT

Established PA DOE Licensed Holistic Training School – For sale. Growing demand. Call Mary Ellen Cox 610-454-8500.

750 square feet in Slatington – Can be used for office, storefront or food service business. $550/ mo plus utilities. Also a treatment room hourly/daily rates, private entrance, full bath. Lots of parking. Call 610-767-4817

Licensed Massage Therapist - Rental space in Chiropractic office in Bethlehem. Call 610-9973992 for more information. Massage Therapist Needed – Acupuncturist and massage therapist seeking licensed massage therapist. Opportunity for referrals for qualified professional. 2020 Downyflake Lane, Allentown. 610-317-6064 Massage Therapist Wanted – Independent Massage Therapist wanted to join Nazareth Wellness Center. Not an hourly position. 610-365-8996

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Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center – A conveniently located beautiful, relaxing environment, offers hourly/daily rates for room with capacity of 50 people. Great for workshops, seminars, etc. Located just west of Rt. 100 between Fogelsville and Trexlertown, call 610.395.3355 Large open space available to rent hourly – In Bethlehem yoga studio with wood floors, lots of light and free parking. Please contact info@theyogaloftofbethlehem.com or 610-867-9642.


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