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verybody’s dream is to have a beautiful landscape that meets their needs. That dream becomes the ultimate reality with edible landscaping—a form of landscaping that actually produces while looking spectacular. Consider a colorful tree that is only just that—colorful. With edible landscaping, functionality of your landscape can be expanded upon. A colorful tree can also bear fruit. A privacy bush can also yield sweet berries through the summer months. Areas of too much or too little sun & water can be outfitted with an edible plant meant to withstand the challenge and produce food! Edible landscaping is the gift that keeps giving. Having a food-producing landscape is not only pleasing to the eye, but it also supports a healthy lifestyle. Landscaping with fruit and nut trees, berry bushes and vegetable gardens provides options to the landowner looking for a huge yield on their investment. Thousands have begun turning to Edible Landscaping for many reasons—healthy alternatives to commercial food, access to tasty and unique items not found in stores, organic homegrown food, and even just for food security. The ecological benefits are endless. An edible landscape is designed to function like an ecosystem, supporting bees and butterflies in the process. Qualified edible landscapers can transform a dull area into a thriving edible utopia that you may never have thought possible. Bear Creek Organics is the authority on Edible Landscaping in Pennsylvania and beyond. Contact us today for a systemized approach to better landscaping. See ad, page 15.

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fter nearly 30 years in medical practice, I continue to learn valuable lessons from my patients. A while back, during a consultation, I commended a patient for her youthful, healthy appearance. Her reply was, “but beauty has to start from within and that’s why I’m here.” After thinking about it for a moment, I realized the profound importance of that statement. Outward beauty really does require inner wellness and health. Inner wellness requires certain foundational pillars, including nutrition, nutritional supplementation, adequate sleep, body movement and hormone balancing. In addition, there are newer options and technologies available to us in the world of functional medicine. Nutrition, in my opinion, is the most important component of internal wellness. Adequate protein intake, low glycemic index carbohydrates and healthy fats are the basis. Adding appropriate nutritional supplements, including omega 3 fatty acids, multivitamins, probiotics and antioxidants, assist the nutritional process. Nutritional supplements should be reviewed and tailored to each patient’s specific needs. The body requires exercise. One of the foundational commonalities of those centenarians who live in what are called “The Blue Zones” is movement. These people are shepherds who traverse mountainsides daily. While we no longer need to shepherd flocks, we can set time aside for 150-180 minutes of exercise per week, including a mixture of aerobics and resistance. To recover from our work and exercise, we must sleep. Optimal health requires seven to nine hours per night. During sleep, the body heals and rejuvenates. Hormone secretion has a chance to balance itself during sleep. The ovaries, testicles, thyroid gland and adrenal glands are interdependent and a disruption in any one can derail the others. Hormone balancing is an extremely important aspect of wellbeing and the ability to sleep well. Bio-identical hormones, when needed, promote a safe, individualized therapy to achieve this. Other newer therapies exist to promote wellness. Some of these include the use of cannabinoids, also known as CBD oils, which can be used to help with anxiety, sleep and chronic pain, and growth hormone-releasing peptides that can assist with antiaging by normalizing the body’s own growth hormone. We now have the newest collagen supplements available, which many of my patients are using to help their hair and revitalize their skin, joints and tendons. IV therapy can be used to improve metabolism, promote hydration, especially in athletes, avoid or reduce colds and flu, as well as new technology for vaginal rejuvenation to reduce vaginal dryness and painful intercourse secondary to menopause. By addressing these issues, we can begin to improve our inner health, which is the important step in achieving outer beauty. Individualized consultations are available for anyone interested in beginning this journey. Soucre: Albert J. Peters, D.O., F.A.C.O.G., Medical Director of the Center for Anti-Aging Medicine and Hormone Wellness. Location: Integrated Health Campus, 250 Cetronia Rd., Ste. 301, Allentown. For more information, visit See ad, page 17.


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Lemon Balm Lowers Blood Pressure, Reduces LDL Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), a soothing herb from the mint family, can significantly improve the condition of patients with chronic stable angina, reports a recent study in the Journal of Herbal Medicine. Researchers at Iran’s Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences tested 80 patients with the condition, which involves chest pain linked to a lack of blood flow to the heart. The patients were given three one-gram doses a day of lemon balm powder or a placebo. After two months, the patients given the lemon balm had significant reductions of “bad” low-density cholesterol (LDL), both systolic and diastolic blood pressure, and increased workout capacity, a measure of heart function. 12

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A Harvard study was conducted on the diets of nearly 28,000 male health professionals spanning two decades between their 50s and 70s and published by the American Academy of Neurology. It found those that drank orange juice and ate leafy greens, berries and dark orange and red vegetables suffered significantly less memory loss than others. Subjects reported every four years and were examined for both thinking and memory skills. Those that ate about six servings of vegetables a day were a third less likely to develop poor thinking skills than those consuming two servings; those that drank orange juice every day were half as likely to develop poor thinking skills as those drinking one serving per month. Men that ate larger amounts of fruits and vegetables 20 years earlier were less likely to develop similar problems, whether or not they kept eating larger amounts of fruits and vegetables later.


Vegetables and Orange Juice Protect Memory

Herbs Make Worthy Prebiotics Ginger, black pepper and holy basil, mainstays in traditional medicines as anti-inflammatories, also contain significant prebiotic potential that could help gut health, report researchers from India’s National Institute of Nutrition, in Hyderabad. Holy basil (Ocimum sanctum) and ginger (Zingiber officinale) showed significantly higher prebiotic activity, especially of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium species, when compared to the well-known prebiotic fructooligosaccharide (FOS). Black pepper (Piper Nigrum) had prebiotic effects similar to FOS.

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Meditating or listening to classical music altered biomarkers associated with cellular aging and Alzheimer’s disease in adults experiencing memory loss, according to a recent West Virginia University study. The 60 participants had subjective cognitive decline, including forgetting familiar names and losing objects, a condition that may be a preclinical stage of Alzheimer’s. For 12 minutes a day, they either listened to instrumental classical music or did a kirtan kriya meditation involving chanting, visualization and finger poses. After three months, all subjects had increases in a key beta amyloid peptide protective from Alzheimer’s, as well as better memory, mood, sleep and quality of life, while the meditation group experienced significantly better improvements. Activity in two chromosomal markers of cellular aging—telomere length and telomerase activity—increased for both groups, especially among those that practiced more frequently or started with lower cognitive scores. The improved biomarkers were maintained or even strengthened three months after the study ended.

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Light Pollution Disturbs Sleep Being exposed to high levels of artificial outdoor light at night contributes to insomnia and greater use of sleeping pills, reports a new study from South Korea’s Seoul National University College of Medicine. The researchers studied the records of 52,027 people without diagnosed sleep disorders—60 percent of them women—and correlated their sleeping pill use with their residential location relative to artificial outdoor light intensity. The brighter the outdoor lighting, the more likely were sleep issues and the greater and more frequent use of sleeping pills. The study joins other research that has shown that artificial nighttime lighting—outdoors and indoors—disrupts circadian rhythms, potentially leading to such metabolic and chronic diseases and conditions as cancer, diabetes, obesity and depression.

Pine Bark Soothes Prostate Benign prostate hypertrophy (BPH), a condition that affects half of men older than 60, is related to increased prostate gland size and a reduced flow of urine from the bladder. To test the effectiveness of the pine bark extract Pycnogenol on BPH, researchers from Italy’s D’Annuncio University divided 75 men with the condition into three groups: One was given 150 milligrams a day of Pycnogenol, another received standard non-drug management and the third was given conventional drug treatment. The researchers found that urination frequency, urgency, intermittency and nighttime occurrences significantly improved after 60 days of treatment among the pine bark extract group.


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Eco Fill-up A second NOAA study reported that glaciers at the top of the world are also thawing, melting and breaking down. According to that document, the Arctic is undergoing a period of “record and near-record warmth, unlike any period on record.” Lead Arctic NOAA researcher Emily Osborne announced at a major geoscience conference, “The Arctic is experiencing the most unprecedented transition in human history.”

Solar power is cheap and plentiful, but there has been no way to store it efficiently. Scientists from Chalmers University of Technology, in Gothenberg, Sweden, are developing a liquid molecule composed of carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen that when exposed to sunlight, rearranges the bonds between its atoms into an energized new isomer. In this way, energy from the sun is captured between the isomer’s strong chemical bonds and stays there even when the molecule cools down to room temperature. When the energy is needed, the fluid is drawn through a catalyst that returns the molecule to its original form, releasing energy as heat. “The energy in this isomer can now be stored for up to 18 years,” says Chalmers University nanomaterials scientist Kasper Moth-Poulsen. “And when we come to extract the energy and use it, we get a warmth increase, which is greater than we dared hope for.” The hope is that this warmth can be used for domestic heating systems, powering a building’s water heater, dishwasher, clothes dryer and more. The scientists claim the fluid can now hold 250 watt-hours of energy per kilogram, double the energy capacity of Tesla’s Powerwall batteries. Moth-Poulsen believes the technology could be available for commercial use within 10 years.

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Planet Earth Has a Flag

A new project by Oskar Pernefeldt, a graduate student at Beckmans College of Design, in Stockholm, Sweden, has designed a new flag for the entire planet to be used worldwide in a move toward unity. Its minimalist design shows seven rings intertwined on a deep, sea-blue background, forming a flower in the middle. Simple and contemporary, the flag evokes the Earth’s natural beauty. “The blue field represents water, which is essential for life,” writes Pernefeldt. “The flower’s outer rings form a circle which could be seen as a symbol of Earth as a planet, and the blue surface could represent the universe.” The flag has yet to be adopted by any official government agencies. 14

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Bionic Leaf 2.0, a new, artificial photosynthesis system developed by a team headed by Harvard University scientists, takes in carbon dioxide, water and sunshine to create a sugary fuel. Solar energy splits up a water molecule, and bacteria turn hydrogen and carbon dioxide into liquid fuel, mainly isopropanol, which could be used someday to power a car. An improvement on their prior effort a year earlier, the new system has a catalyst made of cobalt and phosphorus, increasing the efficiency of the reaction to 10 percent. Normal photosynthesis in plants is just 1 percent efficient at converting solar energy to biomass. This technology has the potential to bring another type of solar energy to the planet, especially in the developing world.

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Oil companies have received federal permission to use seismic airguns to find oil and gas deep beneath the Atlantic Ocean floor during offshore oil exploration from New England to Florida. Repeated every 10 seconds, 24 hours a day, for days and weeks at a time, the airguns are so loud that they disturb, injure or kill marine mammals, sea turtles and other wildlife, harm commercial fisheries and disrupt coastal economies. The proposed testing could injure 138,000 whales and dolphins and disturb millions more, according to government estimates. Impacts include temporary and permanent hearing loss, disruption of mating and feeding, beach stranding and deaths. Whales and dolphins rely on their hearing to find food, communicate and reproduce. Airgun blasts can kill fish eggs and larvae, and scare away fish from important habitats. Catch rates of cod and haddock declined by 40-to-80 percent for thousands of miles following seismic surveys. Nonprofit environmental watchdog Oceana is working to halt the use of the devices and stop the expansion of dangerous offshore drilling that follows the seismic testing.

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pringtime brings a desire to clean up our diets and refresh our plates. Here are five worthy strategies for upgrading nutrition and greeting the season with a renewed sense of well-being. ■ Ditch dieting. According to the Boston Medical Center, an estimated 45 million Americans go on a diet each year and spend more than $30 billion annually on weight-loss products. Despite this hefty investment, restrictive diets don’t work, says Sandra Aamodt, a neuroscientist based in northern California. Aamodt co-presented the Neurobiology of Dieting: Evidence for Improving Mental Health With a Self-Care Approach session at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) annual meeting last October in Washington, D.C. “Diets are not harmless,” Aamodt 22

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explains. “They create stress, persistent hunger, trigger eating disorders such as binge eating and even make people fatter over time.” It’s better to take a kinder approach, says Rebecca Scritchfield, a Washington, D.C.-based registered dietitian and Aamodt’s co-presenter. Scritchfield is the author of Body Kindness: Transform Your Health From the Inside Out – and Never Say Diet Again. She teaches her clients to value their self-worth regardless of body size, practice mindful eating and focus on overall self-care: Think enjoyable physical activity, adequate sleep and positive self-talk. Mindful eating includes paying attention to thoughts and feelings that trigger eating such as hunger, but also stress, boredom and loneliness, says California-based registered dietitian Andrea Lieberstein, who wrote Well Nourished: Mindful Practices to Heal Your Relationship with Food, Feed Your Whole Self, and End Overeating. She encourages clients to

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cook and garden.

The best dietary upgrade starts in our own kitchens, where the cook controls the ingredients. Home cooking with fresh, whole foods is at the heart of feeding ourselves well. Processed food manufacturers would like us to equate cooking with drudgery or think that cooking takes too much time, yet this couldn’t be further from the truth. Tanmeet Sethi, an integrative physician at the Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine Residency, in Seattle, established a culinary medicine program that includes both cooking and gardening classes. Sethi says, “Eating is sacred; it’s our connection to the earth.” She also believes there is wisdom in the way food has been traditionally cooked. Sethi recom-



identify voids in their lives and fill them with healthy relationships and pleasurable activities, rather than food. The “health at any size” philosophy is accepted by a growing number of health and nutrition experts, including Annie Kay, a registered dietitian and registered yoga therapist at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. She’s the author of Every Bite is Divine: The Balanced Approach to Enjoying Eating, Feeling Healthy and Happy, and Getting to a Weight That’s Natural for You. Kay injects compassion into her work, promoting stress reduction, conscious eating and finding peace for individuals to reach their natural weight.


mends a Mediterranean eating pattern for its power to reduce depression and ward off chronic diseases. She also promotes the “herb and spice pharmacy” to reduce inflammation and treat and prevent disease. For example, she says, “Ginger and turmeric both act on the same biochemical pathways as anti-inflammatory medicines.” Cooking and eating together as a family has multiple benefits, too, improving children’s nutrition, self-esteem and school performance. Best of all, says Sethi, “Family meals allow us to connect with the people we love.” Put away phones, turn off screens and truly tune in to each other. Connecting to the earth through gardening also improves our health, according to both Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, a registered dietitian and associate director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Diana Dyer, a Michigan-based organic farmer, registered dietitian and author of A Dietitian’s Cancer Story: Information & Inspiration for Recovery & Healing. They promote gardening as a way to interact with nature, reduce stress and improve quality of life. With just a small patch of soil, home and community gardens provide a ready source of affordable, fresh and nutritious vegetables and herbs. ■ Eat to protect our planet. According to the American Public Health Association, climate change is a major threat to our population. Droughts, fires, storms and flooding create obvious challenges to growing crops, but new research also shows how increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere decreases the nutritional quality of food, leading to lower levels of protein and minerals. One solution is to change the way we farm and eat. For example, Jennifer Jay, Ph.D., a professor of environmental engineering in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of California Los Angeles, calculated the carbon footprints and climate impacts of a variety of food choices. In general, she says, the

fewer animal products in our diets, the lower the greenhouse gas impact. But meat and other animal products need not be totally off the table. Simply choose smaller portions and when possible, purchase local pasture-raised products produced without antibiotics and hormones. Organic food production introduces less fertilizers, pesticides, antibiotic-resistant bacteria and greenhouse gases into our environment. So, what’s best for the planet is best for us. Jay provides easy, plant-based and planet-friendly recipes at

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carbohydrates, added sugars and artificial sweeteners, plus the emulsifiers polysorbate 80 and carboxymethylcellulose, which are commonly added to foods like ice cream and baked goods to improve texture and extend shelf life. All contribute to microbial imbalance, the loss of micro-


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whole-food, plant-based diets to reverse Type 2 diabetes. She developed a “whole-grain hierarchy” to identify the most gut-friendly, least-processed grains, including cracked oats, brown rice, barley, buckwheat, sprouted grain, wheat berries and kamut. Along with beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables, Davis says these foods nourish beneficial gut microbes and reduce inflammation.


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fasting and smart meal timing. Allow-

ing the body at least 12 hours without food intake benefits gut microbial diversity, says Martin. Intermittent fasting, or eating patterns in which no or few calories are consumed between 12 to 16 hours, can protect against a variety of metabolic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, perhaps in part due to the effect on gut microbes. Dorothy Sears, associate professor of medicine and associate director of the Center for Circadian Biology at the University of California, San Diego, studied the effect of intermittent fasting, or “time-restricted feeding”, on the risk of breast cancer recurrence. In a study of more than 2,300 breast cancer survivors, Sears discovered the women that fasted for at least 13 hours a day reduced breast cancer recurrence by 36 percent, regardless of other dietary factors. Putting this into practice, if the last meal of the day ends at 6 p.m., the first meal of the next day would not begin before 7 a.m. In addition to this “prolonged nightly fasting,” Sears says that when we eat affects the way our bodies handle calories. She recommends eating during the first half of the day, when the sun is up and our enzyme and hormone systems are best able to handle calories, control blood sugar and body weight. Spring forward with these five tips and enjoy better health. Melinda Hemmelgarn, the “food sleuth”, is an award-winning registered dietitian, writer and nationally syndicated radio host based in Columbia, MO. Reach her at FoodSleuth@ Tune into Food Sleuth Radio through iTunes, Stitcher and

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and plain yogurt (sweeten to taste with local honey, seasonal fruit and cinnamon) make satisfying, high-nutrient snacks.

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similar to the health issues found in lab animals fed GMOs or the associated herbicide Roundup,” he wrote. More than 85 percent reported improvement from digestive disorders. It is possible that glyphosate, which is antibiotic in nature, may disrupt the delicate balance of the microbiome, a community of microbes that inhabit the gut.

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“Roundup can loosen the tight junctions between our cells,” explains Smith. “This can lead to leaky gut, which can contribute to inflammation and numerous diseases.” Dr. Akil Palanisamy, a Harvardeducated physician and author of The Paleovedic Diet: A Complete Program to Burn Fat, Increase Energy, and Reverse Disease, concurs. “I do believe that the microbiome is crucial for health, and by switching to organic, we eliminate the potential microbiome-damaging effects of glyphosate.” Palanisamy, based in San Francisco, emphasizes glyphosate’s known ability to

cause DNA damage and potentially induce cell death. “It may be a contributing factor to Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, infertility and gastrointestinal disorders,” he says. “It is impossible in the U.S. to just eliminate GMO foods from the diet, so eating organic is the only way to guarantee avoiding GMO foods. This automatically also reduces pesticides from the diet.”

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Dr. Michelle Perro, a pediatrician, author and executive director of GMO Science, in San Rafael, California, became involved when she came across research by plant biologist Dr. Arpad Pusztai, one of the first scientists to raise concerns about the safety of genetically modified foods. “I was able to correlate his findings with the change in children’s health that I was beginning to notice in my own practice,” says Perro. “As I dug deeper, I put the pieces together of the relationship between GMOs, gut health and subsequent diseases.”

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■ Sweat in a sauna or steam room 15 to 20 minutes once or twice a week to stimulate toxin release (infrared saunas are a good alternative for those that can’t tolerate the heat of traditional saunas). ■ Take 15-minute home baths with onequarter-cup of bentonite clay.

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■ Eat a variety of detoxifying foods like cruciferous vegetables, ground flaxseeds, parsley, beet greens (the leafy tops of beetroot), cilantro and chia seeds.

Dr. Michelle Perro (for children): ■ Eat as much organic foods as possible and eliminate processed foods from a child’s diet. ■ Don’t drink tap water; use a quality water filter. ■ Strive to eliminate pesticides in the child’s environment, including at schools, playdates and homes of relatives.

■ Strive to have a daily bowel movement.

■ Seek a foundation of nutritional medicine and individualized treatment strategies employing nutraceuticals, herbs, homeopathy and manipulative medicine.

■ Add fiber to diet such as psyllium husk or fruit pectin.

■ Consider an elimination diet, beginning with dairy and gluten.

■ Drink lots of purified filtered water every day.

Perro has seen improved health in her patients once a cleaner diet is introduced. “Parents have the ability to help reverse chronic disorders plaguing their children, including asthma, eczema, food allergies and neurocognitive disorders such as autism and ADHD [attention deficit hyperactivity disorder].” Palanisamy has also seen significant changes in his patients’ health when they heed his advice and avoid GMOs. “Often, they report improvement in digestion, mood, brain fog and energy levels.” The body is designed with the innate ability to heal, says Pero. “Chronic diseases can be reversed when organic nutrition is the foundation.” The Hartman Group’s Organic & Natural 2018 report reveals that 46 percent of American shoppers now seek GMOfree food. “The tipping point here in the United States has begun,” says Smith.

Helpful Resources ■ 2018 Journal of the American Medical Association study: ■ What’s Making our Children Sick?: How Industrial Food Is Causing an Epidemic of Chronic Illness, and What Parents (and Doctors) Can Do About It, by Dr. Michelle Perro and University of California San Francisco medical anthropologist Vincanne Adams; March 2019


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hilippe Cousteau Jr., the 39-yearold grandson of legendary undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau, is continuing a rich family legacy of sharing the wonders of the natural world with a global audience. A diver, conservationist and environmental activist, the younger Cousteau has also become an inspirational speaker, writer, social entrepreneur and producer of myriad television and film projects. Now in his fifth season of hosting the Emmy-nominated series Xploration Awesome Planet, which airs on a number of outlets, Cousteau and his wife, Ashlan, also co-host the popular Travel Channel series Caribbean Pirate Treasure, a waterborne odyssey that explores pirate legends, shipwrecks and the lore of lost treasures. His previous work has examined the fragile future of sharks, tigers, rhinos and other species nearing collapse, and their critical places in the natural order. Like his grandfather and father before him—Philippe Sr. died in a plane crash six months before his son was born—Cousteau has embraced the mis-

sion of inspiring youth to take action for a sustainable planet, launching EarthEcho International in 2005 and authoring several children’s books.

How did your grandfather inspire you?

He was a captain in the French Navy during World War II when he and an engineer invented scuba diving. It revolutionized humanity in many ways because until then, we were limited in our ability to explore the ocean. He then went on to help create underwater cameras and lights and the means to do storytelling about this wonderful world that he was exploring. It was the first time for millions of people around the world to get a

glimpse of what lived in the ocean. Ted Turner called him the “father of the environmental movement” because over time, his stories led him to a deeper understanding of the changes that were happening in the oceans and inspired him to embark on a journey not just of exploration, but of conservation. Growing up with that legacy, I was very much inspired by his work. My father was also a big part of the early Cousteau Society, and was a major driver in the early days of the conservation ethic.

How did covering the 2010 BP oil disaster for news organizations and being among the first to dive into the historic spill shape your world view?

It was a transformative experience for me, and for the country. It was a muchneeded reminder of the consequences of our addiction to oil. Seeing the spill firsthand was a horrific experience. While I was already engaged and committed to conservation, it really helped [me] to double down on the urgency that I feel on these issues, because I saw not only what it did to the environment, but what it did to the communities that rely on the environment—the fishermen, the tourism operators, other people. They were all shattered and devastated by that spill. It was a powerful reminder that when we talk about conservation, we are really talking about building a world where humans can thrive as much as nature.

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is something we’ve always been doing. EarthEcho International has become one of the leading environmental education groups in the U.S. My grandfather always recognized that young people are key to building society’s ethos of environmental sustainability. We have to start with young people to grow constituencies of the older people to understand and be able to connect the dots and to care about it. Xploration Awesome Planet is targeted to the teen and tween audience, and we also have a lot of adults that watch it. It’s a great example of a program that’s all about inspiring people to not just be a passive observer of the world around them, but to be an active participant, to get engaged.

How can parents build upon the foundational message of environmental responsibility that your work instills in kids?

They can treat their kids like the hearts and minds of these issues and recognize that they are more than vessels to be filled with information. We try to encourage them to be treated like they are agents of change, that they are creative, and give them the latitude, trust and empowerment to come up with their own ideas, to look at the world, be informed and inspired, so they can say, “Oh wow. This is an issue I really care about, and I am going to do something about it.” Randy Kambic, of Estero, Florida, is a freelance writer and editor.

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and coconut oil are key ingredients in their all-purpose spray, dishwashing solution and fabric refresher. Microscopic dust mites live in upholstery, carpets and mattresses. They are the cleanup crew for the millions of dead skin cells humans shed daily. “If a child is allergic to dust mites, get rid of the carpet. Hang blinds on the windows. Vacuum heat vents,” Solomon says. “Use allergenfree pillows, no down or feathers, and a mattress cover. Wash it and bedding once a week. Reduce the number of toys and stuffed animals in use, wash [them] frequently and store others. Go unscented.” Leslie Fischer, an eco-minded mom and entrepreneur in Chicago, reviews mattresses for adults and babies at “Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) off-gas from the mattress and disrupt sleep, but also trigger allergy symptoms, asthma and hives,” she says. “An organic mattress is a better choice.” Natural fabrics are the best option for bed linens. Kathryn Kellogg, author of the Going Zero Waste blog in Vallejo, California, lists 17 sustainable and eco-friendly bedding brands. For her own use, she chose organic cotton sheets from a family-owned business (

Pajamas are also important. Look for comfy organic fibers that wick moisture, are hypoallergenic and fire-resistant. Merino wool’s millions of tiny air pockets create a micro-climate to keep sleeping kids toasty in cold weather and cool in summer heat. Pallet furniture is trendy, but keep in mind that chemical residue or insecticides may remain in the porous wood, as well as E. coli or listeria from food transports. A safety checklist can be found at Tinyurl. com/PalletSafety. Often overlooked, indoor mold can live year-round in damp places like bathrooms. A DecoLife bath mat made of natural diatomaceous earth and resilient plant-fiber is antibacterial, non-slip and contains no colorants. It dries within three minutes to prevent mold or mildew from forming. Instead of dropping wet towels and washcloths into the hamper, hang them to dry and launder weekly. Lemon juice keeps faucets sparkly clean and fresh-smelling. Vinegar cleans glass shower doors. Ditch the old shower curtain; most are made with PVC and release chemicals into the air. Install a rain showerhead to avoid water spray, and use a fast-drying hemp or organic cotton curtain. Opt for natural flooring; bamboo and cork are both sturdy and sustainable, but have a large carbon footprint due to shipping distances. Linoleum, updated and colorful, is available with marbled, stone-like, flecked and woodgrain patterns. Antistatic and antibacterial, it withstands kids and pets, requiring only a mild cleanser and damp mop to stay clean. Pets are often blamed when a child develops allergies. It’s actually their dander that causes the reaction. Rather than giving Sparky away, use pet-friendly wipes on fur and feet to remove dander and allergens carried in from outdoors. The Daily Shep offers tips at Kids bring allergens into the house, too. Leave shoes outside the door, schedule an early bath and change to indoor garb for the evening. A high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter will help clean the air. Connect with freelance writer Avery Mack at

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Tips for Creating One-Pot Meals on a Budget by Lauren Panoff


ne-pot meals are chock full of benefits. They’re budget-friendly, versatile, easy to make and can be whipped up with just a few basic ingredients. In many cases, simply toss everything into one skillet, pan or slow cooker, and dinner (breakfast or lunch) practically takes care of itself. Read on for a few tips for creating delicious one-pot meals.

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One-pot meals can be flexible, meaning you can easily substitute different ingredients based on what’s on hand. A good tip for any kind of meal is to be aware of price fluctuations on produce during different months of the year. If a one-pot meal calls

Beans, lentils and rice are often favorite ingredients for one-pot meals, so don’t pass up great deals on these bulk buys. This approach not only saves money, it also ensures base ingredients for something healthy and delicious are always on hand. For more recipes and ideas for making simple meals on a budget, visit the office of a local ShopRite dietitian. Office locations are conveniently listed at See ad below.


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Making Meals From Mainly Scraps by April Thompson


ood scraps are no longer relegated to just making soup, stock and sauces that hide their true nature. Creative chefs are reawakening to the possibilities of skins, cores, rinds and other parts we’ve needlessly been throwing away, with startling results. “Cooking with scraps is good for the planet and good for the pocketbook. Forty percent of food produced goes uneaten, unnecessarily filling the landfill with hun-

dreds of billions of dollars of food,” says Lindsay-Jean Hard, a chef in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and the author of Cooking With Scraps: Turn Your Peels, Cores, Rinds, and Stems into Delicious Meals. Yet the real driving force behind Hard’s unusual, scrap-based recipes is the joy of creativity and innovation. “It’s fun to challenge yourself to create something delicious out of something no one would think edible, like my banana peel cake,” says Hard.

Mads Refslund, a Danish chef living in New York City, seeks nature in food by cooking and serving it on the plate. “In nature, there is no ugly, no trash, just cycles of change. Using all the parts is a way of respecting the plant, the fish, the animal and its life,” says the co-author of Scraps, Wilt & Weeds: Turning Wasted Food into Plenty. Tama Matsuoka Wong, forager and co-author of Scraps, Wilt & Weeds, points to the cultural relativism of cooking, noting that our ancestors or other cultures may think that modern Americans are throwing away the best parts of our food. “Some of the best flavor and nutrients can be found in vegetable, fruit and fish skins that often get discarded,” says Matsuoka Wong. Both Scraps, Wilt & Weeds and Cooking with Scraps are intended as reference guides to provide inspiration to home chefs, rather than rigid cookbooks to be followed with precision. Matsuoka Wong suggests trying to work with the ingredients at hand, using substitutions as needed, instead of buying an ingredient just to follow a recipe. Cooking from scraps requires a shift in mindset about our food and a new mindfulness about our habits in the kitchen, says Matsuoka Wong. “Before automatically throwing something away or composting, pause and think, what might I do with this?” she says. Hard suggests choosing one new ingredient at a time to work with, old

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bread being an easy one to start with. “Stale bread can easily be transformed into breadcrumbs and croutons that can add nice texture to a lot of dishes,” says Hard. “Nail a couple things you can make out of anything, like fried rice or frittatas, which are both very accepting of most any ingredient you add,” says Matsuoka Wong. Hard agrees that simple, hearty dishes like layered casseroles or tasty tempura can be great ways to clean out the odds and ends in the crisper. Sometimes the toughest ingredients can yield the tastiest meal. Hard admits to having been stumped by what to do with the non-fleshy part of artichoke leaves, which can be tough and bitter, until she developed a recipe for artichoke leaf nachos. Edible weeds, leaves, stalks and stems of all kinds, including celery, asparagus ends and carrot tops, make for great pesto, which is itself a versatile ingredient—great for sandwiches, dips, pastas and more— and it freezes well, Hard says. Fish scales can be fried and eaten like potato chips; they are a crunchy bar snack in Japan, notes Matsuoka Wong. Fish carcasses or shrimp shells can also be boiled down into stock for risotto or seafood chowder, suggests Hard. Fruit cores can be boiled into sweet syrup for cocktails or non-alcoholic refreshments, or distilled down into vinegars. Fruit peels can be crisped up into a healthy snack or boiled into a tea. Hard likes to infuse tequila with beet peels for a dramatic look and a little extra flavor. Fruit or vegetable tops such as pineapples, strawberries, cucumbers and leftover herbs can be used to infuse water or vinegar. Water from canned beans, known as aquafaba, is a great stand-in for egg whites to make everything from homemade vegan mayo to fudgy brownies. “Cooking with scraps shouldn’t be intimidating or overwhelming or feel like a chore: They’re just ingredients,” says Hard. “The more you cook using these recipes, the more familiar the concepts will become, and you’ll realize how easy it is to adapt them to make them your own.” April Thompson is a freelance writer in Washington, D.C. Connect at


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For the frosting: ½ cup unsalted butter 1 cup packed light or dark brown sugar ¼ cup milk, 2 percent or higher 1¾ to 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted Preheat oven to 350° F. Cut the banana peels into 1-inch pieces and place them in a small saucepan with 1 cup water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove pan from the heat and allow the mixture to cool slightly, then drain the banana peels, reserving a cup of the cooking water.

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For one, two-layer cake: Peels from 2 very ripe bananas, stem and very bottom discarded (see note) ½ cup unsalted butter, softened, plus more for buttering the pans 1½ cups granulated sugar 2 large eggs, separated ½ cup buttermilk 1⅔ cups cake flour, (gluten-free if needed), plus more flour for flouring the pans 1 tsp baking soda ¼ tsp baking powder ½ tsp fine-grain sea salt

You’re done when you pull out the whisk or beater and a soft peak is formed, but immediately collapses. Gently fold the egg whites into the batter and divide the batter evenly between the two prepared pans. Bake, rotating the pans halfway through, until the tops are golden and a toothpick inserted into the center of each cake pulls out with dry crumbs rather than wet batter, about 25 minutes. Let the cakes cool completely in the pans.

Transfer the peels and the cup of cooking water to a tall, narrow container and purée with an immersion blender or a mini food processor until completely smooth.

When the cakes are cool, make the frosting. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over low heat. Stir in brown sugar and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Stir in the milk, raise the heat to medium-high and cook, stirring constantly until the mixture boils. Remove from the heat and let cool until lukewarm. Gradually whisk in one cup of the powdered sugar, beating until smooth. Add the remainder of it if the frosting is too loose. Use the frosting immediately as it will begin to thicken and stiffen as it sits.

Cream together the butter and sugar in a large bowl using an electric mixer or a wooden spoon until pale and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the egg yolks one at a time, mixing until incorporated, and scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition. Mix in the banana peel mixture, then stir in the buttermilk until well combined.

To remove the cake from the pans, invert one cake pan on a serving plate, lift off the pan and peel off the parchment. Repeat for the second cake pan. Put one layer of the cake on a serving platter and spread about one third of the frosting evenly over the top. Set the other layer on top, and spread the remaining frosting over the top and sides.

In a medium-size bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add the dry ingredients with the butter mixture and stir gently, just until combined.

Note: Banana peels contain some of the same proteins found in latex and could cause an allergic reaction. Those same proteins might also make your immersion blender feel slightly gummy to the touch. Rub the surface down with cooking oil before washing it.

Butter and flour the sides of two 8-inch round cake pans and line the bottoms with parchment paper. Butter and flour the pans again to coat the paper.

Put the egg whites in another bowl (make sure it’s dry) and whisk until soft peaks form, either by hand or with the whisk attachment on an electric mixer. If using an electric mixer, start slowly and gradually increase speed to medium-high. 34

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Cauliflower Core Cacio e Pepe Yields: 2 servings Cauliflower replaces pasta in this take on the classic cacio e pepe (cheese and pepper) pasta. It’s an easy recipe that takes only 25 minutes when using a spiralizer—a vegetable spiral slicer that can turn both tougher and not-so-tough vegetable parts into beautiful, noodle-like strands (or other shapes). The addition of green and red pepper seeds adds a little spice.

4 lg cauliflower cores, lightly trimmed of the most fibrous outer parts 3 Tbsp unsalted butter ¼ cup leftover seeds and white inner veins from any pepper, such as bell peppers, jalapeños, serranoes, poblanos (Optional, and no need to be too exacting about the amount. This is waste: If you have it, use it.) 1 tsp freshly cracked black pepperThis ad is the property of Natural Awakenings and may not be reproduced in any other publi sion of the publisher. Please review the proof carefully. Natural Awakenings is not responsib 1 cup crème fraiche or heavy cream marked. This ad will be published as it appears if the proof is not returned to us. If there are ½ cup Parmesan rind broth or other vegetable broth this proof please call or email. ¾ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese ⅓ cup finely grated pecorino Romano cheese Signature: D ½ tsp kosher salt Spiralize the cauliflower cores into a spaghetti shape using the thicker noodle blade of a spiralizer. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter to coat the pan. Add the pepper bits and cracked pepper and sauté for two minutes, until the pepper is toasted and aromatic. Mix in the crème fraiche and broth and cook, stirring for about five minutes until the sauce is slightly thickened. Add the cauliflower “spaghetti”, stirring occasionally until just cooked, about two minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and immediately add the Parmesan and Romano. Toss until the cauliflower is coated and not clumping. Serve right away, adding more pepper, salt and cheese to taste. Excerpted from the book Scraps, Wilt & Weeds: Turning Wasted Food Into Plenty by Mads Refslund and Tama Matsuoka Wong. March 2019


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with gratitude, your beliefs will change and your subconscious can work with you to make those statements true.

Speak your goal statements aloud with emotion.

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Saving a Drop to Drink Our Role in the Coming Water Crisis by Jim Motavalli


lthough climate change gets most of the attention, the international water crisis looms just as large. The World Economic Forum has ranked water scarcity as the top long-term environmental risk globally for the next decade; the United Nations reports that 1.2 billion people—a fifth of the world’s burgeoning population—live in regions of water scarcity; and as many as 700 million around the globe are already suffering from water deprivation. The U.S. is not in a water crisis— yet—but serious problems loom on the horizon in places like Southern California

and the desert Southwest. Los Angeles and San Diego rely on mountain snow in the north to melt and replenish rivers and lakes. But record high temperatures and a shortfall of winter storms—problems aggravated by climate change—have greatly reduced available water supplies. In the Southwest, Colorado River reservoirs were at record lows last summer. As the region continues to use more water than can be replaced by rain and snow, places like Phoenix may experience severe rationing, according to the Center for Biological Diversity. Arizona’s Lake Mead, which supplies water to 22 million people, could run dry by

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“Fortunately, through conservation, more water-conscious consumption and smarter management of water, we can replenish and repair the water cycle. But we must make this a priority and pick up the pace,” says Sandra Postel, director of the Global Water Policy Project and author of Replenish: The Virtuous Cycle of Water and Prosperity. Right now, we’re addressing a 21stcentury crisis with 20th-century tools. Leaky pipes, broken water mains and faulty meters are responsible for the loss of 2.1 trillion gallons of water annually in the U.S., according to the American Water Works Association. And our lifestyles are extremely water-intensive. For instance, it takes 3,120 gallons of water to produce one smartphone; watering a 1,000-square-foot lawn even once uses 620 gallons of water. Here are some simple steps everyone can take. Doing them won’t crimp our lifestyles, but it will help us hold on to our finite and threatened fresh water supply: ✔ Eat less meat. The water required to produce one quarter-pound hamburger is equivalent to 30 showers, according to One serving of poultry uses 90 gallons. ✔ Track down water leaks, which typically waste 10 gallons daily. Common leak sites are faucets, shower heads, swimming pools, garden hoses and pipe joints. ✔ Replace old, leaky toilets with efficient

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models bearing the WaterSense label, or simply put a brick in the toilet tank to reduce consumption with each flush. To check a toilet for leaks, put a few drops of food coloring in the tank and see if any of it transfers to the bowl without flushing. ✔ Wash only full loads of laundry and use right-size load settings. Typically, the washing machine accounts for 15 to 40 percent of a household’s indoor water use. Consider a more water-efficient, front-loading washer. ✔ Take shorter, five-minute showers with a low-flow showerhead (saving more than 10 gallons compared to the 10-minute version), turn off the water while brushing teeth and shave with a full basin rather than open taps. ✔ Wash the car less often: The process uses as much as 150 gallons of water. Driving may not seem to have much to do with water use, but the Water Footprint Calculator ( reports, “Water is used in great quantities during fuel extraction, refining and production.” So taking public transportation, combining errands or joining a car pool will reduce our water footprint.

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What It Takes to Make Our Stuff An eye-popping amount of water is needed to grow or manufacture what we eat, buy and use on a daily basis. Although it’s impossible to reduce our water use to zero, it’s helpful to know how much water is required, so that we’re less inclined to overbuy or waste. 1 cup of coffee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 gal. 1 hamburger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 660 gal. 1 gallon of milk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 879 gal. 1 pound of wheat . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132 gal. 1 pound of soybeans . . . . . . . . . . 216 gal. 1 orange . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 gal. 1 pound of chocolate . . . . . . . . . 3,170 gal. 20 pounds of dog food . . . . . . . . 4,000 gal. 1 pair of cotton jeans . . . . . . . . . 2,108 gal. 1 smartphone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3,190 gal. 1 car tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 518 gal.

1 avocado . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 gal. 1 pound of chicken meat . . . . . . . 468 gal. 1 pound of barley . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200 gal. 1 pound of rice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 450 gal. 1 pound of almonds . . . . . . . . . 1,900 gal. 1 egg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 gal. 1 slice of bread . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 gal. 1 pair of leather shoes . . . . . . . . 3,626 gal. 1 cotton T-shirt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 659 gal. 1 car . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13,737 to . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21,926 gal.

Sources: Friends of the Earth,, ✔ Reduce lawn watering to a one-hour soaking once a week, rather than daily. Water in the morning—before 10 a.m.— when it’s cooler, so grass roots can absorb moisture before it evaporates. If watering must be done in the evening, try between

4 and 6 p.m., which gives the grass blades time to dry before nightfall. Jim Motavalli is the author of eight books, and contributes to The New York Times and Barron’s.

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More Exercise, Less Discomfort


Yet, research shows that exercise can help ease allergy symptoms and lessen severity. A survey of 2,000 allergy sufferers sponsored by the UK National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit showed those that exercised the most had the mildest symptoms.

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Boosting heart rate through aerobic activities such as running, walking, jumping rope, treadmill routines, tennis and team sports like volleyball or basketball seems to offer anti-allergy benefits. Vitamin C can also help. Researchers from the Faculty of Sports Science at Chulalongkorn University, in Bangkok, Thailand, found that 70 percent of participants that took a vitamin C supplement and ran for half an hour experienced decreased nasal congestion and sneezing. “Exercising regularly creates a cuby Marlaina Donato mulative effect in the body, helps speed up metabolism and improves immunity, so you Exercising regularly len, a possible byproduct could find even less allergies occurring over easonal allergies creates a cumulative of climate change. time,” says Stephanie Mansour, fitness expert plague more than 26 and former allergy sufferer from Chicago. million Americans, effect in the body, helps Environmen“I used to get allergy shots for a runny nose according to the Asthma tal and lifestyle stress, speed up metabolism and headaches during certain times of the and Allergy Foundation inadequate nutrition and improves immunity, year, but personally transformed my allergies of America, with numbers and weakened immune so you could find through expanding my lungs and chest and on the rise in recent years. systems are also factors, even less allergies Adbalancing Proofout#1 - April 2011 Issue my nervous system.” This is due in part to a leaving many feeling too occurring over time. The American Academy of Otolaryndramatic increase in the awake n i n g s ® miserable to engage in ~Stephanie Mansour, gic Allergy recommends gentler forms of amount of airborne polphysical activities. fitness expert Lehigh Valley Edition Reid Boyer, Publisher Box 421 Emmaus, PA 18049 P: (610) 421-4443 • F: (610) 421-4445

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Mansour, a certified yoga instructor, attests to the benefits of the practice. To ease the symptoms of allergies, she recommends yoga both for its physical effects and its breath benefits. “Yoga can also help bring equilibrium to the nervous system and help the body relax. When the body is in a healthy balance and relaxed, it’s more effective at warding off things like infection or allergies.” Registered nurse and yoga instructor Kristin Brien, of New York City, concurs. “A yoga practice trains and strengthens the vagal nerve, which activates the parasympathetic nervous system— rest and digest mode—and turns off the inflammatory response,” Brien says. “When we are under chronic stress, our nervous systems react as though our bodies are under constant threat, thus making some of us more susceptible to hypersensitive reactions to offending seasonal antigens like pollen and ragweed.” Yoga practitioners across the board recommend inverted poses such as the plow, shoulder stand and downward facing dog to relieve allergy-related congestion. While yoga can be beneficial, inverted poses should be avoided by anyone with high blood pressure, glaucoma or retinal issues due to increased pressure in the blood vessels of the head, and some experts emphasize that allergy sufferers and asthmatics should avoid hot yoga and other demanding forms during flare-ups. A gentle approach goes a long way. Ideally, Brien recommends asanas that anyone can do, including legs up the wall, supported bridge pose, supported reclined goddess pose and child’s pose.


No matter the type of exercise, warming up can play a key factor. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, stretching before activity and boosting heart rate helps to maximize exercise and its symptom-reducing effects.

Helpful Workout Tips Before and After:

■ Use a nasal saline spray beforehand. ■ Change clothes and shower after outdoor exercise; wash workout clothing exposed to pollens.

Consider Wearing:

■ Wraparound sunglasses to avoid allergens getting into eyes ■ A breathable mask to filter allergens during outdoor activity

Avoid Exercising:

■ In the morning when pollen and mold counts are highest ■ When it’s warm, dry or windy outside ■ On busy roads where exhaust fumes can irritate bronchial and nasal passages ■ When tired, sick or under significant stress; all three states prompt the immune system to react more severely to allergens


■ Don’t exercise for at least two hours after an allergy shot to avoid significant side effects.

Create a Healthy Space

Lessening the body’s burden by making small changes in living or workout space can also optimize the benefits of exercise. Brien, an allergy sufferer and asthmatic, recommends using a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter to reduce circulating allergens and also wiping down all surfaces, including yoga mats, floors, window sills and vents. During drier, colder times of the year, Mansour recommends using a humidifier to add moisture to the air and improve breathing. Exercise may not cure seasonal allergies, but it can lessen related symptoms, along with effecting a more balanced nervous system and better overall health. Marlaina Donato is the author of several books and a composer. Connect at

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Growing with the Times from Allopathic to Holistic Medicine by Carolyn J. Reese


ver the last 11 years, Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center has grown from a handful of holistic practitioners to 24 and is still growing. This proves that the percentage of folks in the Lehigh Valley accepting natural healing modalities has greatly increased during this time. Even our country’s American Medical Association is now using some of these modalities to treat their patients. There are certain treatments dating back thousands of years, which are everyday remedies in Europe and worldwide. Our country is finally getting on board, slowly but surely. The integrative approach that Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center offers is a huge advantage for recovery and lasting health. The old saying, “It takes a village to raise a child,” goes for healing also. In most cases, it takes more than one modality to heal a health condition. The advantages of an integrative approach to healing is the reason I built Twin Ponds Center. The post-polio syndrome I have been experiencing in my adult life can’t be helped at all by the allopathic medical profession. Believe me, I have tried. It was after my year of physical therapy following surgery in the early 90’s that I was introduced to the holistic way of healing. These holistic modalities that address mind, body and spirit are also called alternative, complimentary and natural medicine.

I’m very thankful that I was introduced to this kind of care. If I hadn’t been, I would certainly be in a lot of pain and sitting in a wheelchair. My daughter teases me about building my own old-age rehabilitation center. How true that is, and I get to share it with others! Over the last 11 years, I have taken advantage of all our Center has to offer. Learning about the mind-body connection, the importance of exercising and stretching, keeping the body’s energy open and flowing, along with healthy eating and lifestyle, have kept me pretty much pain free and happy. If you check the biographies of the practitioners on our website, you will see how highly educated, experienced in their field and dedicated to their work they are. My personal experience working with these practitioners has been extensive and very beneficial. The following is what we offer and what has benefited me over the years. Movement Training: Learning new ways to move can be an essential addition to the treatment of neurological, orthopedic, chronic pain and stress-related conditions. It means greater comfort performing everyday activities. Examples include Coordination Pattern® Training, Feldenkrais Method® of Movement, Pilates Powerassisted Table and Tai Chi Easy.

Physical Treatments: These are gentle therapies that aid the body’s ability to release restrictions and unhealthy compensations that cause pain and dysfunction. Examples include Massage, Structural Integration, CranioSacral Therapy, Neuro and Visceral Manipulation, YogaVoice, Reiki, Low Level Laser, Cupping Therapy and Therapeutic Himalayan Salt Cave Physical, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual Strategies: These modalities promote greater health, which makes life easier, happier and more successful. Examples include Effortless Meditation™, Safe and Sound Protocol, Aromatherapy, Counseling, EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), Vibroacoustic Chair (Brainwave Entrainment), and Food and Lifestyle Consultations Thermographic Diagnostic Imaging for breast, thyroid and full body is also available throughout the year. This is a safe way to check for cancer since it is a radiationfree test. You may be thinking, “Wow, she has experienced a lot of treatments in 11 years,” and it is true but, thinking back on it, it doesn’t seem overpowering. Each modality has added something very beneficial to keep this senior citizen pain free and leading a very active life. I love sitting at the reception desk greeting people and talking to them about what we offer, and which service might be best for them. It is gratifying to hear how eager they are to learn about the many holistic ways of healing. They are also very appreciative that we are here to help with their concerns. We need the medical profession for certain situations but when it comes to many acute and chronic conditions, it is best to look at the holistic way of healing. Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center is one of our country’s most diverse holistic health centers. We are proud to be in the Lehigh Valley helping its residents achieve and maintain their health. Location: 628 Twin Ponds Rd., Breinigsville, PA. For more information, call 610-3953355 or visit See ad, page 11.


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he term CBD is floating around everywhere these days. But what is CBD and why is it getting so much attention? More importantly, is it safe? CBD is the abbreviation for cannabidiol, which is one of more than 100 cannabinoids found in cannabis. CBD is produced by the leaves and flowers of female hemp plants. Therefore, there is no tetrahydrocannabinol or THC (the psychoactive chemical responsible for marijuana’s euphoric high). Cannabinoids like CBD interact with specialized receptors in our own body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) that control the way our brain transmits messages between our body’s cells. Our endocannabinoid system (ECS) is responsible for setting and regulating the baseline activity of our immune system, nervous system, appetite, mood and pain. Many illnesses and diseases may be attributed to one’s ECS being unbalanced or malfunctioning. The good news is that consuming CBD regularly has been shown to help promote the normal health and function of one’s ECS. Research has shown relief in symptoms and conditions such as inflammation, pain, acne, anxiety, arthritis, neurodegenerative disorders and substance-abuse disorders. Unlike over-the-counter medications and prescriptions, CBD products have not been shown to have side effects of serious magnitude. CBD does not negatively affect blood pressure, heart rate, or body temperature.

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SATURDAY/SUNDAY MARCH 2/3 Ashaya Yoga Immersion 8 a.m.-5 p.m., with Silver Kim. The purpose of this immersion is to help you dive deeper into your asana practice, pranayama, some philosophy and basic meditation. This is NOT a Teacher Training. The Immersion is a way to FEEL your Body and OPEN your heart more. Open to dedicated students that want to know more, yoga teachers interested in learning about Ashaya Yoga. Cost $395.00 Kula Heart Yoga & Wellness, Bethlehem PA

SUNDAY, MARCH 3 Forest Bathing for the Community at The Lodge at Woodloch. 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Event Description: The term forest bathing, or Shinrin-Yoku, sounds a little more exotic than it is, but the effects are monumental. There is growing research that supports the Far East tradition and understanding


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TUESDAY, MARCH 12 Show Your Lymph some Love – 5:30 p.m. Seminar on keeping the lymph system healthy with an X’Tract demonstration. Do you want to feel more vibrant, energetic, alert, and flexible? Learn how the X’Tract™ technique can facilitate physical and emotional release to enable the body to heal itself. This is like nothing else available in the area. Herbs to Your Success, 64 South Main Street, Nazareth. Call 610-365-8996.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13 Brain and Heart Health: Introducing Effortless Meditation™ 7 – 8:30 p.m., with Greg Schweitzer. This meditation technique is recommended by physicians as a key for self-care. Gain relief from insomnia, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, fatigue, brain fog and more. FREE, Twin Ponds Center, Pre-register 610.670.6700


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Fireside Chat with Smiling Shaman – 7 p.m.- 8 p.m. Enjoy community and conversation around the fire at Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center, 628 Twin Ponds Rd, Breinigsville. Bring your questions about Shamanic Energy Medicine, self-healing and you. See Events at for details. $5. Call 970-317-0118 to register by 3/7.

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Reiki and Restorative Yoga Workshop – 3-5 p.m. Revitalize and Rebalance your Mind, Body and Spirt with a gentle experience available to all. Cost: $35 at Door, $30 Early Bird Price. Instructor: Jackie LeClaire @ Kula Heart Yoga & Wellness, LLC, Bethlehem, PA 610-746-5852 (KULA) YogaVoice® Workshop, Level 1 − Matt Asti, CYT, CYVT. 1-3 p.m. Learn how to use your authentic voice & embody your vocal & artistic wellness & self-awareness for clear and honest self-expression! Great for teachers, singers & those experiencing voice injury & stress. $30, $50/ levels 1 & 2, Twin Ponds Center, Pre-register. 484-868-0005 Brain and Heart Health: Introducing Effortless Meditation™ 9 – 10:30 a.m., with Greg Schweitzer.

Card and Chart Readings – 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Instructor: Michael Zaikowski. Access guidance from the stars, planets, your higher self, tarot, guardian angels, spirit guides and loved ones from the other side who want to help you on your journey. $65/30 min. card reading; $75/30 min. chart reading. RSVP: 973-267-4816. Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave., Ste 202, Morristown.

FRIDAY, MARCH 22 Ecstatic Dance with Smiling Shaman – 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Let your free-spirited soul move you in a Safe, Sacred and Welcoming environment. Ecstatic dance is a powerful way to give voice to your soul, raise your personal vibration and get your life energy moving! $13 Call 970-317-0118 to register by 3/15.

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Great for teachers, singers & those experiencing voice injury & stress. $30, $50/ levels 1 & 2, Twin Ponds Center, Pre-register. 484-868-0005 Healing Strategies After Loss 10-12 p.m. Emotional struggles following the loss of loved ones, pets, relationships, health, and divorce. Begin the spring season of rebirth learning, holistic healing, and grief strategies. $40. Greenshire, 3620 Sterner Mill Quakertown 18951 Tel: 215-538-0976 Spiritual Detox- 1 p.m. Learn simple and natural ways to get rid of the things not serving you well and how essential oils can help. Are you curious about essential oils? Looking for natural, safe alternatives for everyday issues? Want to find new ways to feel healthier? Trying to rid your home of harmful chemicals and toxins? Come and learn more. Herbs to Your Success, 64 South Main Street, Nazareth. Call 610-365-8996.


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Introduction to Yin Yoga - 2- 4 p.m. Accessible to How to Read Medical Blood Test Naturally: all levels and abilities, this workshop will introduce DIVINE SLEEP® YOGA NIDRA Class 3 – 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Knowing howEmmaus, to Box 421 PA 18049 • P: 610-421-4443 • F: 610-421-4445 you to basic principles of yin yoga and its benefit on YOGA TEACHERS, THERAPISTS, COUNread medical tests and deficiencies may be • Cost: the deeper tissues of the body. $35. Instructor causing what indicators on the test is a powerful SELORS, HEALTH PROFESSIONALS, Andrea Bischoff @ Kula Heart Yoga & Wellness, way to be in control of your own health. $50/public. PARENTS AND all interested in guiding others LLC Bethlehem, PA Ad, Proof for Natural Awakenings $35/students of Dian’s Six-Month Nutritional TO RELAX AND HEAL. 610-746-5852 (KULA) Certification Program. RSVP: 973 267-4816. Dian’s APRIL 24-28, 2019 • 9am-5pm Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble To: Ave., Ste 202, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27 P: 610-421-4443 Kula Heart Yoga & Wellness, LLC Morristown. Email: F: 610-421-4445 Bethlehem, PA Brain and Heart Health: Introducing Effortless Numerology Workshop, Part II – 2-4:30 p.m. Meditation™ 7 – 8:30 p.m., with Greg Schweitzer. ® Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra is the antidote for Instructor: Michael Zaikowski. Learn what is in This meditation technique is recommended by Please sign your proof and complete the following information: modern life. In this meditation practice, there your name and birth date through understanding physicians as a key for self-care. Gain relief from is nothing the meaning of numbers in numerology. (Ad isFun showninsomnia, at actual See second page for larger ads.) required but to lie down and listen high size. blood pressure, depression, anxiety, class for personal use in career, life planning and while you relax, heal and transform. fatigue, brain fog and more. FREE, Twin Ponds relationships. $50/public. $35/students of Dian’s Center, Pre-register 610.670.6700 Jennifer Reis, the creator of Divine Sleep® Six-Month Nutritional CertificationAd Program. is approved: contact information and spelling is correct Yoga Nidra skillfully guides you every step. RSVP: 973 267-4816. Dian’s Wellness Simplified, SATURDAY, MARCH 30 1500 Mt Kemble Ave., Ste 202, Morristown. Ad is approved with changes indicated 40hr certification-YA. For more information Voice & Choice: Awakening Your Authentic on this amazing program: www.kulaheartyoga. Presence – 1-3 p.m. Intuitive Healer, Diane DuPre’ Ad is&not approved – make changes indicated com/divine-sleep-yoga-nidra-training or call YogaVoice® Workshop, Level 1 − Matt Asti, CYT, YogaVoice® Teacher, Matt Asti will guide you CYVT. 1-3 p.m. Learn how to use your authentic to uncover divinity and empower choices through 610-746-5852 voice & embody your vocal & artistic wellness & meditation and body awareness. Find your voice and self-awareness for clear and honest self-expression! liberate from difficult life patterns! $30, Twin Ponds Center, Pre-reg. or 484-719-2560 or 484-868-0005


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daily Narcotics Anonymous – If you think you have a drug problem, and are tired of being sick and tired, there is a better way. Call 24-hour helpline 610439-1998. We are here to help. You are not alone.

sunday Sunday Services – Metaphysical and nondenominational. Rev. Lloyd Moll, Pastor - Unique Sunday services 10:30am. All welcome! St. John’s Church of Faith, 607 Washington St Allentown. 610-776-7211. Quiet the Mind Group Meditation – New to meditation? Learn techniques to help quiet your mind and relax your body. Immerse yourself in a sound bath as June plays her crystal singing bowls. Time: 10:45-11:30am. Cost: $10. Kindred Spirits Books & Gifts, 66 W. Water Street, Hellertown. Walk-ins welcome! Call (610) 838-5463 for more information. Co-Dependent Anonymous – CoDA is a 12-Step Fellowship of men and women with a common purpose to recover from codependence. The only requirement for membership in CoDA is a desire for healthy and loving relationships. 7pm, Unity Church, 26 N. 3rd St., Emmaus. Call 610-737.-354 or visit

monday Feldenkrais® Method – Carol Siddiqi. Gentle movements with awareness allows you to observe how you move, notice tension, improve your coordination – helps prevent and overcome injuries and chronic pain and develops overall good health. 5:45-6:45 pm, $75/6 classes, Pre-register 610-618-0467. Twin Ponds, 628 Twin Ponds Rd. Breinigsville.

Yoga: Kripalu, Level 1-2 – Carol Siddiqi. This class will help you perform daily activities pain free and with greater ease by developing deeper self-awareness using the basics of Kripalu Yoga combined with the gentle movements of Feldenkrais®, 7-8 pm, $88/8 classes, Pre-register 610-618-0467. Twin Ponds, 628 Twin Ponds Rd. Breinigsville. Yoga Bliss - Stress relief at its finest. Emphasis on gentle yoga, pranayama (breathing), and meditation. This class will leave you feeling centered with a clear mind and positive outlook, allowing you to embrace life’s inevitable ups and downs with gratitude. All levels are welcome and invited. 6 PM. XYZen Wellness, Cherryville, PA. Register at or call 610-760-3308.

tuesday Dosha Balancing Yoga with Therapeutics All of our yoga classes are semiprivate and focus on posture, position and breath. In this class, we move and explore therapeutics for knees, low back, neck and shoulders. Learn how to recruit postural strength, vitality and develop a deeper relationship within. Dosha means that we consider how to create balance with the elements of nature that influence season, age and time of day. 9:30 -10:45 Drop in $15.00. Roots and Wings, 127 S 5th St, Quakertown. Tel: 215-257-5025 Coordination Pattern® Training – Betsy Wetzig. Simple, easy exercises help release chronic pain and stress of knees, hips, back, neck and improve the way you function, both physically and mentally, 3-4 pm, $75/6 classes, (also private mechanical Pilates Table Training available), Pre-register 610398- 9652. . Twin Ponds Center, 628 Twin Ponds Rd. Breinigsville. Therapeutic Yoga - For students with health or physical challenges. An educational, therapeutic focus toward bringing healing at every level through modified poses, meditation, and other modalities with a Professional Yoga Therapist. 6pm. Soulful Journeys, 131 S. Main St., Nazareth, 610-653-3971rdination Pattern® Training – Betsy Wetzig. Simple, easy exercises help release chronic pain and stress of knees, hips, back, neck and improve the way you function, both physically and mentally, 3-4 pm, $75/6 classes, (also private mechanical Pilates Table Training available), Preregister 610-398- 9652. Twin Ponds Center, 628 Twin Ponds Rd. Breinigsville.

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wednesday Seated Yoga Practice - Movements in the class develop strength, release tension and balance weakness. When chair yoga is applied with creativity, the practice can bring great satisfaction for the student. We don’t just sit back and do yoga. We access abdominal strength while counterbalancing overuse and weakness in the upper and lower body. A perfect blend of sthira and sukha: postural support with the sweetness of moving mindfully. 11:00 – 12:00 Drop in $15.00. Roots and Wings, 127 S 5th St, Quakertown. Tel: 215257-5025 Hatha Yoga – Judy Zumas. Experience different ways of doing familiar poses! Emphases is on opening of the spine by beginning at the tailbone and progressing through each spinal area in turn promoting healing and transformation. Times: 10 am, 11:30 am. $80/8 or $11/class, pre-register 610504-2540. Twin Ponds Center, 628 Twin Ponds Rd. Breinigsville. Svaroopa® Yoga – Judy Zumas. This style of yoga teaches different ways of doing familiar poses, emphasizing the opening of the spine by beginning at the tailbone and progressing through each spinal area in turn promoting healing and transformation. Times: 9:00 am, 1:00 pm, 6:00 pm, 75/6 classes, pre-register 610-395-3355. Twin Ponds Center, 628 Twin Ponds Rd. Breinigsville. Yoga Morning – Yoga postures to improve overall health including strength, flexibility, balance and better posture. Hold postures longer for relaxed muscles and rejuvenation. Open to all levels. 9:1510:15am, Allentown YMCA & YWCA, 425 S. 15th St., Allentown 610-434-9333 Ext. 313. Core and More!– A flowing yoga practice that includes isolated core postures. Build strength, develop flexibility, and learn to connect with the messages and sensations of your core center and your gut instinct. All levels are welcome and encouraged to attend. 6 pm. XYZen Wellness, Cherryville, PA. Register at or call 610-760-3308. Bellydance Cardio Drills – Learn and practice bellydance moves & combinations in a fun & upbeat environment with Surayyah. Shimmy away calories, build stamina, confidence & muscle tone. All Levels welcome. Work your entire body. 6:15pm, $9. Persevere Fitness, 3690 Lehigh St. Whitehall. 484-995-6029. Yogafit® – A flow yoga class for strength, posture, flexibility and balance. Emphasis is placed on awareness, breath and balance of the nervous system. Open to all levels. 6:15-7:15pm, Allentown YMCA & YWCA, 425 S. 15th St. Allentown. Call 610-434-9333 Ext. 313. Sacred Symposiums – Potluck Dinner & Discussion Group – We meet the 3rd Wednesday of every month to share food and ideas about inspirational, metaphysical, or spiritual topics. Please bring a covered dish to share. Time: 7:009:00pm. Visit Facebook group or call (610) 8385463 for more info. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water St., Hellertown. LV Lyme Support Group – First Wednesday of every month except July. Speakers, doctors, brochures and books. PA is #1 in reported cases, so we help to educate

the public. Quaker Friends Meeting House. 4116 Bath Pike (Route 512) Bethlehem, PA 18017. 7pm. Heidi Healy at 610-882-2253 or Beginners Yoga – A gentle intro focusing on clear and safe alignment in foundational poses, discovering how breath can ease stress, reduce pain and calm your mind, and on developing heightened awareness and mindfulness through the eight limbs of yoga. Soulful Journeys, 131 S. Main St., Nazareth, 610-653-3971. Yoga for Strength and Stability – A flowing practice with emphasis on the breath and mindful movements to leave you feeling stronger and more centered. All levels are welcome and invited. 8 am. XYZen Wellness, Cherryville, PA. Register at or call 610-760-3308

thursday Tibetan Heart Yoga - Embody ancient meditations from Tibetan masters. Guided imagery and symbolic anchors transport you into accessing your power within. Learn about the 6 perfections, 4 Immeasurables, Kalachakra, and Sat Guru. Apply these teachings to living in right relationship and interconnection. If you want to use your practice to support your authentic journey then this is a great class for you! 9:30 – 11:00. Drop in $15 Roots and Wings, 127 S 5th St, Quakertown. Tel: 215-257-5025 Aromatherapy Thursdays – Join D.I.Y. Studios & make your own handmade aromatherapy jewelry and diffusers. Discounted Essential Oils will be available to attendees at Kindred Spirits. Registration cost includes all supplies. Time: 1:304p. Visit Sacred Space Facebook page or call 570575-8270 for project & pricing information. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown. Open Hearts to Narcotic Addiction – Grief support for parents/survivors of heroin overdose. Kainoa’s Ohana Foundation. Monthly meetings will be held last Thursday of every month, in the studio at 7pm. 11390 N. Delaware Dr. Bangor. Questions contact: Stress Relief Coaching Group – Join others in a group setting to manage stress with multiple holistic approaches. 9:15am or 5:15pm. $25 session. Creative Holistic Therapy, 3037 S. Pike Avenue (Rte 145) #105, Allentown. 610-282-0709 to register. Qigong & Tai Chi – Qigong uses deep breathing and gentle movements to strengthen and circulate the life energy. Tai Chi helps prevent falls and

improves balance. Focus is placed coordination and relaxation. Open to all levels. 10:30am, Allentown YMCA & YWCA, 425 S.15th St., Allentown, 610434-9333 x 313. Coordination Pattern® Training – Betsy Wetzig. Simple, easy exercises help release chronic pain and stress of knees, hips, back, neck and improve the way you function, both physically and mentally, 3-4 pm, $75/6 classes, (also available: private mechanical Pilates Table Training), Pre-register 610-398- 9652, Twin Ponds Center, 628 Twin Ponds Rd. Breinigsville.

friday Relaxation Yoga with Self-healing tools - Chronic stress and overscheduling deplete vital energy we need to sustain our responsibilities. Recharge with this gentle and therapeutic practice. Comfy positions help the body rest and repetitive movements bring gentle circulation. Acupressure sequences are applied to tune up our inner batteries with Jin Shin Jyutsu self help. 10:30 – 11:45. Drop in $15.00. Roots and Wings, 127 S 5th St, Quakertown. Tel: 215-257-5025 Therapeutic Yoga – For students with health or physical challenges. An educational, therapeutic focus toward bringing healing at every level through modified poses, meditation, and other modalities with a Professional Yoga Therapist. 9:30am. Soulful Journeys, 131 S. Main St., Nazareth, 610-653-3971. Yoga & Aromatherapy – Level 1 Yoga class incorporating the diffusion of essential oils, brief discussion of the benefits of the weekly featured oil, and options to apply the oils throughout the practice. 9:30am. All Bright Yoga, 766 Main Street, Hellertown. 610-441-9007. Register at Tai Chi Easy™ − Barbara Kopystecki. Join our Tai Chi Easy Practice Group to activate the healer within so your natural healing capacity can work with your body and mind to heal whatever physical or emotional condition that interferes with your wellbeing. 10 am-11 am., $88/8 classes, Pre-register 610-888-8600. Twin Ponds Center, 628 Twin Ponds Rd. Breinigsville. Yoga for All – With Scott. Come together to celebrate life and to feel good. All levels and ages welcome. Donation. 5-6pm at Kim’s Healing Center, 1223 Butler St., Easton. 610-559-7280.

Gentle Yoga – Perfect for students recovering from an injury, just starting back into a fitness or yoga routine. Building strength and flexibility slowly and using restorative postures and breath work for healing and relaxation. 6-7. Blue Lotus Yoga @ Soulful Journeys, 131 S. Main St., Nazareth, 484-546-6803.

saturday Hatha Yoga – Join Michele Beha of OmBelvidere Yoga for an all levels class focused on breathing, alignment and mindfulness. 8am. The Community Center@Belvidere, 301 Second Street, Belvidere, NJ. See facebook – the Community Center at Belvidere for more information. Beginners Bootcamp – Start your journey now for a healthier you with a fun mixture of higher intensity moves to target a full body workout. Get moving in the right direction with us. ALL levels of fitness are welcome! 8:30, $6. First class is FREE. Persevere Fitness 3690 Lehigh St., Whitehall 484-282-0442 Chair Yoga – The very popular Om Belvidere Chair Yoga is perfect for those recovering from injury or with limited movement. 10am. The Community Center@Belviderre, 301 Second Street, Belvidere, NJSee facebook – the Community Center at Belvidere for more information. Pound Fitness – Sweat, Sculpt and Rock with POUND, the fastest growing fitness phenomenon inspired by the infectious, energizing fun of drumming. POUND is a full body cardio jam session. Class is modified for ALL levels. 10:1011am, $6. First class is free. Persevere Fitness, 3690 Lehigh St., Whitehall. 484-282-0442. LV Lupus Connection Support Group – A peer support group program offering education and wellness programs to lupus patients and their families. 4th Saturday of the month 11am-1pm except May, August & December call for details. Register at 610 533-9586 or Good Shepherd Allentown. Family Yoga - Karen.Klubertanz, Comprehensive Yoga Therapist, C-IAYT. A gentle blend of creative play, relaxation & mindfulness. Relationships are nurtured while building self-esteem, cooperation, focus and trust. 10-11 a.m. $10/1 adult & 1 child; $3 for each additional family member. Pre-register 484-554-4601. Twin Ponds Center, 628 Twin Ponds Rd. Breinigsville.

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COURSES Become a licensed Sanctified Healer/Hypnotist – Contact Chorbishop Mullen for additional information at 570-216-1215 or Visit Childbirth Classes – Now booking private sessions, groups and childbirth classes! Visit or call 484-373-9990 for more information! HypnoBirthing® Classes – The Mongan Method, of childbirth education is an amazing program that teaches you and your birthing companion in five, 2 and a half hour classes the art and joy of experiencing birth in a more natural and comfortable way. Call 570-730-9963 for schedule. Peace and Healing For Women, 134 Broad St, Stroudsburg. Hypnosis Training Course – Classes forming for National Guild of Hypnosis-approved Banyan Hypnosis Certification Super Course with 5-PATH and 7th Path Self-Hypnosis techniques. For more information, call 610-248-2358.



Calling Holistic Presenters – Facilitate your workshop or retreat at our Upper Bucks center, with peaceful country setting, meditation gardens, and woods. Email or call 215-538-0976. Holistic Chiropractor, Naturopath or Natural Functional Medicine Practitioner Needed – Join our comprehensive solution Wellness Center in Stroudsburg. Access to over 2000 clients in a professional, dedicated facility. Call Vicki at 570-977-1900 to discuss. Massage School of Business in Allentown is seeking an experienced part-time massage instructor for our program. Flexible schedule, great pay. Contact Joseph 484-223-4655.

Group & Individual Supervision for LPC/LCSW licensure – Dr. Alexandra Milspaw offers group supervision for those seeking licensure towards their LPC or LCSW on Mondays 9am-10am, $50/person. Individual supervision is also available, $50/30-minutes. Email to register for group supervision. Spiritually guided card readings offered in person, or via phone, parties also welcome. Channeled messages are for your highest good. Let my gifts guide you! Reasonable rates. Cheryl 908-268-8029. Service and Repair of TV – All brands. Free estimates and reasonable price. Call Moe 484-522-5405.

PRODUCTS Crystal Tones Singing Bowls – Classic & Alchemy for meditation & vibrational healing. Also offering personal vibration testing. Contact Anthony at Life Holistic Center, 570-706-6680 or LifeHolistic@ See more at Interactive Dementia and Alzheimer Game – An interactive and fun family game that will bring a twinkle to the eye and smile on the face. Call 484860-5894. Toxic Chemicals in the Home? – Know the risks. See Trichotillomania Sufferers – Be pull-free for life. A healthy alternative, without medication. Visit Two Green Burial Plots for Sale – At Green Meadows Burial Ground in Fountain Hill, PA. $1,800 total.Call 610-698-4921.

SPACE TO RENT A Peaceful Sacred Place – Provides a serene atmosphere for yoga, meditation, lectures, workshops, or classes. Hourly, half day, or whole day rentals available. Sliding scale pricing available. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown. Contact June at 610-838-5463 for more information. Attention Health Care Professionals! Twin Ponds Health Center, a highly diverse holistic health center, offers a unique lease opportunity. Schedule a tour of the site. 610-395-3355. Peaceful Country Setting – Building includes 4 gathering rooms, kitchen, and covered porch. Wooded paths, meditation gardens. Perfect for workshops, weddings, retreats. Quakertown. Call 215-538-0976.

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We are committed to providing quality care to our patients and their families. It is our mission to exceed Trexler Family D expectations by providing exceptional dental care to our patients andFami Lehighton at the same time, promoting a lifelong relationship built on trust, 6900 Hamilton Blvd. confidence, quality of dental work, Trexlertown PA 18087 and exceptional patient care. See ad, back page. Dr. Patel, DMD 610-395-3335

MICHAEL TARAS, DMD, FAGD, FIND, CDC, NMD, IBDM. 2900 Hamilton Blvd., Allentown, PA 18103 610-432-1320

As the Lehigh Valley’s only Holistic Dentist, Dr. Taras focuses on the safe removal of mercury fillings using ozone, chelators, bio-compatible fillings, and more. With additional degrees as a Naturopathic Physician, in Nutrition, and Integrative Biologic Dental Medicine, Dr. Taras has both the decades of training and experience to remove mercury fillings safely. Cerec dentist, IAOMT, ANMA, and CDC. See ad page 33.


618 W Broad Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018 610-419-2044 The Valley’s premier float center with five beautiful, open float rooms, each containing an extra-large tub with 1000 pounds of epsom salt dissolved in ten inches of warm water. It’s likely to be the most relaxing thing you’ve ever experienced. Other ways to relax at Metta include reflexology and massage.


Nicos C. Elias, Supervisor Allentown, PA 610-433-2200

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.


1121 Graham Street, Fountain Hill, PA 18015 610-868-4840 The only green cemetery in the Lehigh Valley. A cemetery of wildflowers and grasses native to Pennsylvania. Return to the natural cycle of life to nourish the soil, green the meadow and live on. Nondenominational. Non-profit. Speakers available to visit organizations. See ad page 40.


Marcella Hilferty, CPHI, CH, MBA Forks Township, Easton, PA 18040 610-248-2358

When nothing else works, Hypnosis does! A Certified Professional Hypnosis Instructor and practitioner, bringing to the Lehigh Valley a systematic hypnosis process utilized in one-to-one sessions. Also, offering a self-hypnosis process unlike any self-hypnosis system. Experience the joy of being self-empowered. See ad page 45.


Vicki Hicks, BCTMB Director/Owner 570-421-5014

Jon Holznagel, PHD. 212 N. West End BLVD Quakertown, PA 18951 I learned the power of Massage 215-538-3480 Therapy over 30 years ago. It is still my passion & purpose today. I enjoy mentoring, advocating and promoting massage education to our students, Licensed Therapists and our clients. I am committed to helping people find ways to improve their quality of life through massage therapy and other wellness modalities.See ad page 43.


June Rose is the right solution…for YOU! She knows life isn’t always a bed of roses and we all need some help from time to time. June uses her super powers – Compassion, O r g a n i z a t i o n , P o s i t i v i t y, Empowerment – to help cut through the rough patches that life throws at you. Call or email her today for a free consultation and get the helping hand you need. See ad, page 49.


LLC 3131 College Heights Blvd, Suite 100 Allentown, PA 18104 484-934-1126 Offers manual lymphatic drainage and therapeutic massage. Each session is customizable for individual needs to provide relief for those suffering from such conditions like fibromyalgia, Lymes disease, TMJ issues, migraines, or those looking to relax. Gift Certificates available.

Dr. Jon Holznagel is a graduate of Delaware Valley University in 1966. He established To Your Health Natural Foods in Quakertown, PA. in 1994. His commitment is to provide the area with the highest quality medicinal foods, vitamins and herbal supplements in 2000 Jon graduated with a PHD degree in Nutritional Science so he could better advise his clients on their health issues. See ad page 17.

Conrad Maulfair, D.O. 5925 Tilghman Street, Suite 90 Allentown, PA 18104 • 610-682-2104 •


edge and experience in alternative, complementary medicine to his patient care. Help for all conditions and all ages. Offering Chelation Therapy, Hubbard Method Sauna detoxification, and many other treatment programs. Bringing the best of both worlds to their patients. See ad, page 13.

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 38.

Tina Stashko, PhD MIfHI Emmaus, PA 18049 Dr. Maulfair is an Osteopathic Physi- 610-965-8132 cian bringing four decades of knowl-

MJA HEALTHCARE NETWORK LIFE COACH Mikhail Artamonov, MD PhD ONE OF A KIND PERSONAL COACHING 391 East Brown Street June Rose, Personal Coach 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown, PA 18055 610-838-5463


East Stroudsburg, PA 18301

Combining Allopathic (Western) medicine, Oriental medicine and the newest medical technology to offer patients complete and personalized health care. Certified in Physical medicine and rehabilitation, Pain medicine, Independent Medical Examination and Addiction Medicine, Electrodiagnostic Medicine, Medical Acupuncture, Medical Marijuana, Functional and Anti-Aging Medicine. Comprehensive protocols for Lyme Disease, Stem Cell Therapy, Regenerative Medicine and HCG/Laser Weight Loss. See ad, page 9.



Nicholas Theodorou, ND Easton, PA 18045 610 258-1894

Specializing in glutathione enhancement with NT-307, a uniquely prepared truly native whey protein isolate that provides the essential building block precursors to make glutathione in each and every cell in the body. Key benefits of raising glutathione include a stronger immune system, cell detoxification, increased energy and increased muscle strength and endurance for improved athletic performance!

Family, Environmental and Preventative Medicine Nicholas DiMartino, D.O. NUTRITIONAL COUNSELING 5724 Clymer Rd, Quakertown, PA 215-536-1890 INTEGRATIVE NUTRITION Woodlands Healing Research Center Gale Maleskey, MS, RD, LDN is a family practice supporting indi- Office in Bethlehem vidualized natural approaches to 610-625-5990 health. We offer lifestyle and nutri- tional 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 7.

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.

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Dian Freeman, MA, MHHC Private Nutritional Consultations, Classes, Nutritional Certification Course Morristown, NJ 973 267-4816 •

Clinical Nutritionist Dian Freeman has a private practice and nutrition school in Morristown, NJ, and she teaches a six-month nutritional certification course with over 850 certified graduates in Holistic Health over the last 15 years. She also practices frequency biofeedback, teaches 1-day classes and lectures widely. Dian is currently finishing her doctorate in Medical Humanities at Drew University in Madison, NJ. See ad page 9.

PEDIATRIC THERAPIES EARTH ANGELS Barbara Tom L.M.T, C.P.M.T. 400 Northampton St. (Suite 603) Easton, PA 18042 908-235-7900

Barbara is dedicated to the health and well being of children. In addition to over 17 yrs. in the corporate health services environment, as a licensed massage therapist, she also holds certification in pediatric therapies, including general pediatric, autism, trauma, and special needs. A child’s growth and development are a complex process, and can be challenged by birth defects, illness or injury. additionally, when a child is not well, he or she is not the only one affected. Barbara practices compassion and understanding, to provide the best care for her young clients, and respect for the entire family.




Mountain Top, PA Anthony V Wojnar D.D., RMT, OBT 570-706-6680

Jennifer Craig, BA, LH, EMP 970-317-0118

Our main focus is Reiki, a Spiritual practice which promotes physical, emotional and spiritual healing. We offer Certification in Reiki 1 thru Reiki Master/Teacher Usui and Tibetan Style. Reiki and Reiki/ Shiatsu sessions and, also a monthly Reiki Share. Dr. Anthony received a Master/Teacher attunement on Kurama Mtn. Japan, the birthplace of Reiki. CEU’s for Massage Therapists. Member IARP., ICRT. See ad page 46.


Lorraina J. Telepo, Founder 2502 Schoenersville Rd, Bethlehem, PA 18018 267-424-4549 Part of an overall health enhancement program. An exercise pressure is applied to reflex areas, formed by 7,200 nerve endings in each hand and foot, encouraging improved instruction to each and every single gland, organ and part of the body, thus persuading the body to biologically correct, strengthen, and reinforce itself.

CLEAR YOUR TROUBLES. SHARE YOUR JOY!™ I will take the journey with you! Trained by Indigenous Elders and Modern PhD. Shamans. Serving the Tri-State Area and Beyond. Text SMILING to 55222 for invitations to ceremony and more.

TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE KIM’S HEALING CENTER                 1223 Butler St, Easton,PA 18042 610-559-7280

Offering traditional Chinese healing therapies such as acupressure massage, reflexology, herbal foot soaks, detoxification, traditional cupping, and tuina. Also detoxification protcols using Infra-red sauna nd ion detox foot baths. Large selection of Chinese herbal teas, herbal supplements and hearbal heating pads for pain. Serving the area for over 20 years. Mention this ad and get an initial cupping session for just $25. See ad page 15.

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1901 Hay Terrace, Easton, PA 18042 610-253-2251

Dr. Kaplan is a Board Certified podiatrist with over 30 years experience. Our office feature stateof-the-art technology including laser treatments for fungus toenails and shockwave treatments for heel pain. Dr. Kaplan’s emphasis is on a nonsurgical approach to all types of foot and ankle pain. See ad page 29.

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