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hink about the world we live in today. Think about how much negative news floods the television. Think about the trivial and oftentimes, petty banter that we can get mixed up in on social media. What do you think that does to your mind? If you don’t watch what you let into your mind, negative thoughts from yourself or from others, then you are allowing negative weeds to grow and to spread in you. Life just starts to happen to you. No matter how smart you are, how savvy you are, how inspired you are, if you don’t stand guard at the door of your mind, then you are giving the tacit approval of the disempowering, the disenchanting and the disillusioning. So what’s the best way to feed your mind? To proactively feed it. And that is a lot easier than you may think. Tell yourself that every day you will do something that positively feeds your mind. Even if it’s as minuscule as reading for 10 minutes a day. Even if it’s meditating for 10 minutes every morning. Do you think that’s too much? Then what about listening to a podcast on your commute? How much extra time does that take out of your day? Absolutely none! The more that you make this a habit, the more engrained it will become in the way you go about your day. Negative news on the television will begin to signal you to change the channel. Pedantic arguments on social media will inspire you to watch an inspiring YouTube clip. The stress of a morning commute may even turn into your favorite part of the day as you listen to an empowering and enlightening podcast. Eventually, these small changes will add up in one very big way. You will become more in control of your thoughts. You will become more in command of your environment. And you will be more conscious of the ways that you can elevate your life and find new opportunities for improvement. Stand guard at the door of your mind. Dr. D Rodger ND, MBA

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Effective Life Change Deal with Structural Issues


he house looked perfect, newly remodeled from top to bottom. But one photo showed a bulging exterior wall. And the real estate listing confirmed “certain structural Janet Hegarty issues” had not been addressed during the remodel. “This example can be a bit of a metaphor for our lives,” says practitioner of Christian Science healing and international speaker Janet Hegarty. “To find lasting peace and even physical healing, we have to go deeper than just managing surface symptoms. We have to address the structural issues.” Hegarty continues, “Like a building needs a strong foundation, we can find a secure life foundation by discovering the unfailing source of our being. This source is the one, all-good God--Life and Love itself, the very Principle of everything real and good.” Hegarty will give a talk exploring this fresh perspective of God titled, “How to Make Change for the Better,” Sunday, April 28th at 2 PM at Cedar Crest College, 1 Oberkotter Hall, 100 College Dr., Allentown, PA.  Her ideas come from the Bible and are practiced in a prayerbased method of healing called Christian Science. Hegarty will share her own experiences that illustrate effective change, like being cured of an allergy and recovering from a sudden career derailment. Hegarty travels from her home base of St. Louis, MO, to talk with audiences as a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship. Janet Hegarty is available for interviews.   Contact: Linda Anderson, landersn7@ or 610-282-2313. See ad, page 50.

Smiling Shaman Announces Shamanic Solutions


ennifer Craig, locally known as the Smiling Shaman, recently announced the official name for her Spirit Energy Medicine Services: Shamanic Solutions. “The process resulting in Shamanic Solutions was very collaborative,” says Craig. “And a bit complicated. It was a challenge to find a way to communicate exactly what it is that I offer and how my services can benefit individuals, couples, families, groups and communities.” Smiling Shaman was a nickname that Craig received during her training with Ph.D. Shamans here in the United States. While studying with indigenous elders in Peru, she received the names “Juanita Cecilia” and “Puka Huaman” (Red Eagle). “None of those names tell people what they will walk out the door with after working with me. But now people understand that they will discover Shamanic Solutions with which they will be empowered to clear their troubles and share their joy,” explains Craig. Spirit Energy Medicine Services is how Craig categorizes her offerings. “I work on the energetic level in service to Spirit and client, in order to manifest solutions for day-to-day challenges, whether they be physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, work- or relationship-related. Clients always leave with powerful tools at their disposal. It is very rewarding work.”

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Improving Movement Improves “Awe!”


hen was the last time you felt awe? According to current research the “AWE EFFECT” gives you “enhanced critical and creative thinking faculties, improved health and an increase in pro-social behaviors such as kindness, self-sacrifice, co-operation and resource-sharing” (from researcher Dr. Dacher Keltner of UCA, Berkley). But notice awe has a very important physical component. It is felt at the deepest level of your physical being. What is Awe? Awe is an emotional response to stimuli and has been defined as “the feeling of being in the presence of something vast Betsy Wetzig and greater than the self, which exceeds current knowledge structures” (Keltner & Haidt, 2003). It requires a physical response. It requires perception and awareness, which use our physical-mental link. Indeed, awe is a process of our neuromuscular “movementmind-body link”, which is the research basis of Betsy Wetzig’s Coordination Patterns® & Dynamics Training. Because of trauma, stress, cultural restrictions of behavior and poor movement training, people can inhibit the functioning of their movement-mind-body link. Thus, people can unknowingly inhibit their awe experience. In the modern world it’s easy to do. For instance, were you ever told to shape up, or sit still? Such actions can inhibit perception, awareness and feeling, and they are just the tip of the iceberg. The good news is that Coordination Patterns® & Dynamics Training will also turn on ergonomic movement-mind patterns to make your body move its best, easiest and most efficient way as it opens up the freedom to deeply “awe” and a whole lot more. Location: Twin ponds Integrative Health Center, Breinigsville. For information on Coordination Patterns™ & Dynamics Training classes, workshops and private sessions, call Betsy Wetzig at 610-398-9652. See ad, page 17.

Dance/Movement Therapy and Trauma


rounded in the mind-body connection and in the power of movement as communication, dance/movement therapy (DMT) is a uniquely efficacious mode of psychotherapy for the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other effects of abuse and trauma. Trauma leaves its imprint on both mind and body and research demonstrates that effective treatment requires involvement of both. Because DMT uses movement as the primary means of assessment Suzanne Hastie and communication, the body is not merely addressed in therapy but actually is given a voice. Memories that may be too difficult to express verbally can be shared through movement and dissociated feelings that were previously unknown, but that can be identified as they arise in the body. Survivors can eventually regain a sense of control over confusing thoughts and feelings as they navigate their own bodily-felt experience. Relaxation and stress reduction techniques can also be incorporated to help survivors modulate emotional reactions, decrease muscular tension, lessen symptoms of hyperarousal and better adjust to daily routines. Because of its active intervention methods, DMT is often the treatment of choice for traumatized children whose brain development, nervous system and externalized behavior are altered by traumatic experiences. DMT is conducted with survivors of abuse, trauma, and torture in veterans’ hospitals, clinics, psychiatric hospitals, rehabilitation centers and private practices around the world. Source: American Dance Therapy Association (; for more information or to schedule a session/consultation, contact local dance/movement therapist, Suzanne Hastie, 628 Twin Ponds Rd., Breinigsville at 610-417-0831 or See ad, page 17. 8

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What is Estrogen Dominance in women?


ny woman headed towards menopause has probably heard the term Estrogen Dominance but how many understand it? Estrogen Dominance refers to the imbalance between estrogen and progesterone. Typically, this happens during peri-menopause and menopause but it can occur in pre- and post-menopausal women as well. Estrogen causes growth which must be balanced with progesterone, the female sex hormone. When these two hormones are left unbalanced, symptoms of excessive growth, such as, fibrocystic breasts, breast cancer, uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts and endometriosis are prevalent. Other symptoms may include mood swings, anxiety, hot flashes, night sweats, weight gain, headaches and heavy periods. And then there is stress, which plays an important role in most imbalances. As women age, progesterone levels naturally drop, which causes their stress hormone to drop. This in turn increases the body’s demand for progesterone, which exacerbates the naturally occurring imbalance, creating a downward spiral. Getting older is difficult, and adding hormone imbalance only makes it worse! The good news is that these symptoms can be greatly diminished or eliminated simply by balancing progesterone with estrogen. Specialists in hormone replacement therapy, both physicians and pharmacists, are able to develop custom made solutions ( because everyone is unique). Using saliva test kits, which can be done at home, help determine the appropriate replacement regimen and the strength of the hormones needed. The objective is to dose just enough to bring hormone levels back to normal, thus relieving all symptoms and enabling a woman to feel like herself again! Newhard Pharmacy & Long term Care 1001 Main Street Northampton, PA 18067. Newhard Fax: 610-262-2677, Tel: 610-262-7593. See ad, page 30.

Ecstatic Dance Now in the Greater Lehigh Valley 5-PATH® Hypnotherapy cstatic Dance, a modern free-form dance gathering now availand 7th Path Selfable locally, is an opportunity to break free and get your own Hypnosis® personal groove on. Characteristic elements of an Ecstatic Dance


gathering are a dance floor free of talking, street shoes and intoxicants, as well as a consensual space of safety, nonjudgementalism and respect. Every fourth Friday of the month, this community event will be held at Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center in Breinigsville from 7pm – 9pm. Of course, indigenous and old-world cultures have practiced Jennifer Craig Ecstatic Dance for thousands of years as recreation, for healing, to bring the community together, to express soul through movement and to achieve inner union with the Divine. The modern Ecstatic Dance “movement” seeks to restore this beautiful and mindful dance gathering, as well as its many benefits, to dance lovers worldwide, regardless of superficial distinctions of age, gender, socio-economic status, political and religious affiliations, and so on. “On the Ecstatic Dance floor there are only souls who happen to have bodies,” says Jennifer Craig of Shamanic Solutions, bringer of Ecstatic Dance to our area. “We dance out our joy, our sorrow, our longings, our wounds, our triumphs and, most importantly, our inner ecstasy.” The next Ecstatic Dance of this monthly series is Friday, April 26th. To register for this $13 event, call or text Jennifer at 970-317-0118. For invitations to future ceremonies and events, text SMILING to 55222. For more information on Jennifer’s healing arts, visit See ad, page 54.

Help for Chronic Worry and Stress


orry much? Stress about everything? Then your brain is in a high, overactive beta state. The presence of beta waves indicates a thinking, alert state – all in all, a good thing, right? Except too much of a good thing can be a problem. We need to be able to shift gears and slow things down to access slower waves. The slower waves help to synchronize different parts of the brain, which is more efficient. Worry brings us into a higher beta range; we go on high alert, Meg Deak looking for everything that can or could go wrong. When your mind is overactive and you can’t quiet your brain, you lock into a fight or flight stress response. Over time, the stress of being on high alert for imagined danger really takes a toll – physically, mentally, and emotionally. At Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center, we have technology to help slow and synchronize your brainwave activity as well as bring your body into a deeply relaxed, healing state. Our vibroacoustic chair vibrates the very low frequencies of the sounds you hear, giving you a sonic massage, relaxing your body. The music entrains your brain to slower brainwave states, taking you from high alert to calm and quiet.


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The heavy use of household cleaning disinfectants may contribute to changes in infant gut bacteria and weight gain, reports a new study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. University of Alberta researchers collected fecal samples and studied the gut health of 757 babies between the ages of 3 and 4 months; then restudied the children at 1 and 3 years old. They found that children in households that used disinfectants at least once a week had higher body mass index (BMI) scores and elevated levels of Lachnospiraceae, gut microbes linked in other studies to insulin resistance and metabolic disorders. Babies in households that used vinegar or other eco-friendly cleaners had lower BMI scores and much lower levels of a family of bacteria that includes E. coli.

Non-smokers that live in areas that have banned smoking in public spaces such as restaurants, bars and workplaces have lower systolic blood pressure. In a Northwestern University study reported by the American Heart Association, blood pressure readings of 5,115 adults ages 18 to 30 in Birmingham, Chicago, Minneapolis and Oakland were taken over a 30-year period and correlated with changes in local laws that banned public smoking. A meaningful decrease in systolic blood pressure readings was found in nonsmokers when no-smoking laws were enacted, indicating a reduction in heart disease risk.


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Curcumin Boosts Fertility in Men Sperm counts have plunged by half in the last 40 years among American and European men, according to a recent review of scientific studies. In a new double-blind study of 56 infertile men, researchers at Iran’s Qazvin University of Medical Sciences found that curcumin, an active ingredient in turmeric, can boost sperm counts. Each day for 10 weeks, half of the men took 80 milligrams of curcumin nanomicelle, in which curcumin is better absorbed; the other 28 were given a placebo. The researchers found that the curcumin significantly boosted sperm count and motility.


By mixing food additives with human gut microbes in petri dishes, scientists at the Czech Republic’s Institute of Microbiology found that gut microbes with anti-inflammatory properties were highly susceptible to being harmed by additives, while microbes with pro-inflammatory properties were mostly resistant. “We speculate that permanent exposure of human gut microbiota to even low levels of additives may modify the composition and function of gut microbiota, and thus influence the host’s immune system,” wrote the authors.


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Sugary Drinks Linked to Kidney Disease

Research on 66 patients with bipolar disorder found that patients receiving probiotic supplements were three times less likely to be rehospitalized than those given a placebo. The study from the Sheppard Pratt Health System, in Baltimore, gave half of discharged patients a placebo and the other half a capsule containing two probiotics, Bifidobacterium lactis (BB-12) and Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG). Within 26 weeks, 24 of the 33 people that received the placebo returned to the hospital, but only eight of the 33 on probiotics were readmitted. The probiotic treatment was especially effective for those experiencing considerable inflammation, say researchers.

Drinking lots of sugar-sweetened sodas and juices significantly increases the risk of chronic kidney disease, reports a new study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Using health questionnaires for 3,003 African-American adults in Jackson, Mississippi, covering a 13-year period, the researchers found that the top third of subjects, those consuming the most sugarsweetened drinks, were 61 percent more likely to develop kidney disease than those in the bottom third.

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Acute, late-day stress may be harder on our bodies, say researchers at Japan’s Hokkaido University. They measured the levels of the stress hormone cortisol in 27 young, healthy volunteers, and then put them through 15 minutes of stressful events that included making a speech and doing mental math. Half of the volunteers were tested two hours after awakening, the other group 10 hours after awakening. The subjects’ levels of cortisol, which helps provide the body with energy in the face of a perceived need for fight or flight, rose strongly in the morning, but not in the evening, suggesting that the human body is more equipped to deal with stress early in the day and becomes more vulnerable later. April 2019


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Under final rules released by the current administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s national labeling standard for genetically modified organisms (GMOs) completely exempts foods made with highly processed ingredients grown with GMOs, including sugar made from sugar beets, high-fructose corn syrup and refined soybean and canola oils. The change will allow 78 percent of products containing GMOs to avoid disclosure, according to the Grocery Manufacturers Association. Companies don’t have to comply until January 1, 2022, and the new labels will use the term “bioengineered” instead of more common identifiers like “genetically engineered” or “GMO”. Small businesses, to-go food prepared at grocery stores, and meat, eggs or dairy from animals that are fed GMOs, which involves virtually all livestock not certified organic, are exempt from the labeling requirements.


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Citrus Crops to Receive Human Antibiotics

Scientists at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) expressed concern over a recent ruling by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that opens the door to widespread use of the antibiotics streptomycin and oxytetracycline to spray commercial citrus crops. The antibiotics, which are often used on people, can kill insects that transmit a bacterium that causes citrus greening, which renders fruit small and bitter. But the EPA ultimately ruled that the economic benefits outweigh concerns about antibiotic resistance and potential harm to the environment, people and wildlife. The USDA says the amount of antibiotic exposure to people who eat fruit or juices still will be far less than what people are exposed to when prescribed antibiotics by their doctor. The antibiotics will have to be sprayed repeatedly over years just to keep the trees alive and producing fruit until they succumb to citrus greening. Public interest groups are protesting the action.


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Environmental risks are the top three concerns among the 1,000 global decision-makers surveyed in the latest Global Risks Perception Survey of the World Economic Forum (WEF). For the third straight year, “extreme weather” ranked first, followed by “failed climate change mitigation” and “natural disasters”. The survey was part of a WEF annual report produced in advance of the recent confab of global leaders in Davos, Switzerland. The World Bank has calculated that the real cost of natural disasters to the global economy is $520 billion per year.

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Chemicals used in dry cleaning clothes have long been linked to health concerns for both people and the environment. Perchloroethylene (“perc” for short) is most commonly used in this process. Federal regulatory agencies have documented myriad negative effects from exposure to the petroleum-based solvent. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration links it to dizziness, blurred vision, loss of coordination and other nervous system effects, including memory loss. The U.S.

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Chemist Creates SeaLand Cosmetics Solutions for Dry Skin by Sheila Julson


n 2012, chemist Noha Hakim heard that a family member had suffered from severe psoriasis, so she used her background in chemistry, along with her expertise in holistic health modalities, to create a natural remedy to help him. She combined Dead Sea salt, aloe vera plant extract, apple cider vinegar and essential oils. Her brother-in-law improved, and Hakim felt a special joy when her remedy helped to ease someone’s pain. Hakim realized that she could also help others and began to create different 16

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products with Dead Sea salt for family members and friends. That led her to develop SeaLand Cosmetics skin and hair care products, designed to enhance the skin’s natural beauty and provide a solution for dry skin. SeaLand contains Dead Sea salt, which is known for its high minerals content of magnesium, potassium and bromide that can be easily absorbed by the skin and benefit the body, as well as hydrate and clear the skin. Hakim had always had an interest in science. She earned a bachelor’s degree in

chemistry and worked as a science teacher for 10 years in Egypt, her native country. In 1989, her family moved to Canada and Hakim developed an interest in natural wellness. She worked in health food stores for many years until she opened her own restaurant, Supernatural Café, specializing in vegan foods. The family moved to the United States in 2000, and Hakim worked as an analytical chemist and furthered her education while working at Sanofi Pasteur, earning a post-grad certificate in pharmaceutical sciences from Lehigh University. “Working in Sanofi Pasteur for 15 years instilled a passion that no one should die from a vaccine preventive disease. That inspired me to help people whenever I can,” she said. SeaLand Cosmetics logo contains Hakim’s credo, Your Skin, My Care, and she seamlessly melds concepts from her science and natural health backgrounds into crafting her product line. Since launching SeaLand Cosmetics in 2015, Hakim has heard positive feedback about her four patented formulations designed to moisturize, detoxify and condition the skin for a natural, healthy look. Her main products—Face Cream with Shea Butter; Natural Body Lotion; Natural Scalp Lotion with Castor Oil; and Calming Choice Face Lotion with Hemp oil—have helped people improve conditions such as dryness, eczema, acne and dandruff for adults and children. In addition to mineral-rich Dead Sea salt, SeaLand Cosmetics contains apple cider vinegar, which helps maintain a healthy pH balance on the skin and the scalp. SeaLand Cosmetics’ other items include balms, soaps, roll-on deodorants and hair oil. All of SeaLand Cosmetics products are vegan, paraben-free and cruelty-free. The products are available on the website and at local health stores, with more locations to be announced. Hakim works continuously in developing more items and will soon add massage body lotion and a natural make-up line. For more information about SeaLand Cosmetics and where to purchase, email or visit See ad, page 50.

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rish McAdams-Burt had a longtime dream to open her own salon and spa, and that dream came to reality in February 2014, when she bought New Attitude Salon & Spa. Since acquiring the business, Trish has updated the spa and brought in some of the latest holisticbased products and technologies, literally giving the salon and spa a “new attitude.” “We brought in new product lines and added organic skin care products and natural cosmetics. We feature the Eminence Organic Skin Care line and Jane Iredale natural mineral makeup,” Trish says. New Attitude Salon & Spa has a staff of six cosmetologists—some who are also aestheticians—along with one aesthetician, a massage therapist, a manager and a front desk coordinator. All of them participate in continuing education and training to learn the latest techniques available in the cosmetology and spa professions. Trish emphasizes that she works closely with her staff to ensure they have all the tools necessary to provide quality service at every visit. Spa services include, facials, manicures, pedicures, and massage therapy such as deep tissue and hot stone. The massage therapist also offers cupping therapy, in which special cups are placed on the skin to create suction and facilitate blood flow. Young Living essential oils are incorporated into massage and spa services. Cannabidiol, a non-hallucinogenic derivative of the hemp plant better know as CBD, is becoming an increasingly popular natural remedy for muscle and joint aches, anxiety and other issues. New Attitude Salon & Spa uses Green Roads CBD oils for those that want CBD 18

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Whether one comes in for the salon or spa services, or both, Trish and her staff strive to create a relaxing ambiance for each client so they can create, rejuvenate and exhilarate.

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incorporated into their therapies. New Attitude Salon & Spa has recently added light therapy technology, a fat loss and body sculpting technique that uses LED lights. The non-invasive technique consists of LED pads that wrap around the client’s legs, arms and abdominal area. The client relaxes with the pads on while listening to calming music. Light therapy sessions average about 30 minutes. Clients typically require about 12 to 14 sessions, followed by occasional maintenance visits. “The light therapy melts down the fat, and you can lose a couple of inches after just one session—providing that you are still eating properly and exercising,” Trish explains. “It helps to rebuild collagen and decrease cellulite.” The light therapy goes hand-in-hand with the new nutritional counseling services that Trish has added, making the spa area a one-stop shop to achieve general wellness and relaxation. The salon services include cuts, coloring and hair painting, a trendy high-

lighting technique sometimes known as balayage. They also offer eyelash extensions, makeup and services for bridal parties. New Attitude Salon & Spa has natural hair coloring options available. Whether one comes in for the salon or spa services, or both, Trish and her staff strive to create a relaxing ambiance for each client so they can create, rejuvenate and exhilarate. “We emphasize professionalism and provide an outstanding experience for our clients, treating each one as if it’s their first time here,” she says. “I watch the technicians in the salon and the spa take on new ideas and apply them, educating their clients and encouraging them to try out new things. When people come to us, they want to leave their worries and stress at the door, so during the time they’re with us, we do whatever we can to help them achieve peace and tranquility.” New Attitude Salon & Spa is Located at 101 Village at Stone Crossing Rd., Easton. For more information, call 610-253-5550 or visit Sheila Julson is a freelance writer and regular contributor to Natural Awakenings magazines throughout the country. See ad, page 19.

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Lehigh Valley Acupuncture Center and Qi Spa


avid and Ming Ming Molony, both with doctorates and both licensed in acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, are the founders and owners of Lehigh Valley acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Centre. Each has over 30 years of experience. They trained extensively in the United States and China. To balance the medical scope of their Centre, they have expanded by adding a spa – Qi Spa – as a complement to their services. They also added Doctor Mikael Brucker (ND), a Naturopathic Doctor, who is also a Licensed Acupuncturist into their practice. The Molony’s provide an entire holistic experience where patients’ needs are carefully assessed and brought into balance. A system for best health and regeneration is accomplished by using all aspects of traditional Oriental Medicine, including acupuncture, Chinese herbs and supplements, bodywork, nutritional and diet counseling, and day spa services. This approach to whole body health enhances the outcome of conventional Western medicine care. When needed, David and Ming Ming work closely with patients’ doctors to achieve the best outcomes. The acupuncture and spa centers work together seamlessly to provide com-

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Qi Spa features licensed aestheticians and massage therapists, whose focus is on a client’s whole well being. Located in Catasauqua, PA, for the past 30 years, the Lehigh Valley Acupuncture Center is widely recognized as the most respected acupuncture and Oriental medicine center in the Lehigh Valley, with many conventional doctors recommending it to their patients. Every service is thoughtfully provided in the most beautiful day spa in the Lehigh Valley. “We took everything down to the bare walls and totally rebuilt it,” Ming said. Each room has a different artistic theme created with modern mosaic tile work by the renowned local artist Nate Breininger. For example, the tiled wet room for seaweed and mud wraps depicts a mountain scene with a waterfall that flows to the floor and looks like a lake. “We want repeat clients who are happy with our services. We want them to relax in the beauty of our spa and to have a radiant glow when they leave.”   More information about the Lehigh Valley Acupuncture Center and the Qi Spa can be found in their websites and and in their Facebook pages. See ad, page 21.

plementary services and pain-free treatment for post-surgical recovery and all types of pain syndromes, allergies, ADHD, sinus/migraine headaches, non-surgical facelifts, smoking cessation, infertility and other female imbalances and disorders. Qi Spa features licensed aestheticians and massage therapists, whose focus is on a client’s whole well being. 610-443-1746   Lehigh Valley Oriental Medicine Centre 101 Bridge Street Catasauqua PA 18032 US 610-264-2755


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Healthy Alternatives, Café Santosha Nourishes the Community by Sheila Julson


ianne and Lloyd Burg were health foods visionaries when they opened Healthy Alternatives natural food store in 1994. At that time, organic foods were a rarity at most grocers, and few people knew what Echinacea was. Over the decades, the Burgs shared their knowledge of healthy products with the community and continue today to provide the Trexlertown area with certified organic and locally sourced produce and dairy, quality supplements, natural healthy and beauty items and shelf stable goods. Always thinking forward, in 2011 the Burgs added Café Santosha, operated by their daughter, Sarah Collins. There, customers can find healthy, scratch-made soups, sandwiches and a variety of salads and entrees. Prior to opening Healthy Alternatives, Dianne was registered nurse and dealt with various health problems since she was in nursing school. “During that time, I had a roommate that also had health issues,


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and we just realized that going through traditional means was not making us feel better,” she recalls, “I wanted to find healthy alternatives to get well.” She began researching herbs, supplements, nutrition and whole foods. She noticed that she always felt better when she ate fresh foods and took the correct supplements. Seeing the positive affects that common sense preventative approaches made in own health was an awakening to reconsider her career. “Being a nurse was something that I wanted to do from childhood on, but once I was in the nursing profession, I realized that I wasn’t really helping people get well,” she reflects. “I just branched off and started studying nutrition and homeopathy, and taking nutrition courses, and Healthy Alternatives was born from that.” Lloyd worked in supermarkets as a young man and studied business at Bucks County Community College, so he applied his business savvy toward the couple’s

plan. They chose Trexlertown because they observed growth in the area. When they first opened the 2,150 square foot store, they stocked primarily supplements and some shelf-stable items. They didn’t initially offer produce, but they quickly realized there weren’t many places to find organic produce at the time, so adding a produce department to Healthy Alternatives was a natural fit. “We have a beautiful organic produce department,” Dianne says. They get much of their certified organic produce from Salvaterra’s Gardens, a short distance from Trexeltown. “We don’t carry conventionally grown produce—our entire product case is all organic. We really support a lot of local farmers, and they bring their fruits and vegetables to us. We also work with lots of local farmers to offer organic meats, chickens, raw milk and goat milk.” Healthy Alternatives also carries dry goods, tea, pastas, cereal, eggs, cheese, yogurt, frozen goods, bakery and bread from two area bakers, The Daily Loaf, and fresh-baked bread from a Philadelphiabased bread consortium. Healthy Alternatives carries only high quality supplements including Solgar, NOW, Nature’s Plus, Gaia Herbs, Nature’s Way and Carlson Labs. With the spring allergy season approaching, Dianne notes there’s a demand for Wild Harvest Aller-Aid, stinging nettles, Quercetin and vitamin C. The knowledgeable staff at Healthy Alternatives can help people choose the best products for their health needs, which is something that Dianne says sets their store apart from the competition. “Our

“The knowledgeable staff at Healthy Alternatives can help people choose the best products for their health needs...” one wants dessert, and the food can be washed down with a gluten-free pumpkin spice latte, complementary spring water, a beverage from the cooler or two varieties of locally crafted kombucha on tap. Collins also makes muffin and scones, all made with less sugar than most baked goods. She uses organic fruit and nuts. The café has an open setting where customers can watch their food being prepared. Collins also offers demo dinner nights, which feature a five-course, all vegetarian dinner. Attendees can observe and learn as Collins cooks, and they can also browse in the store. The tables are rearranged into family style seating. “We have five women working here and were like a little family, and very sup-

portive of each other,” Collins says. “We have personal touches like flowers from my mom’s garden arranged on the tables.” The Burg family believes those personal elements help make local businesses key to the economy and the community. “Having the café really rounds us out,” Dianne says. “Healthy eating is a way of life, and a lifestyle we live. A lot of people who own health food stores that don’t live the life. We’re sharing our knowledge and commitment to community as a whole, and that’s a real motivation.” Healthy Alternatives and Café Santosha is located at 7150 Hamilton Blvd., Trexlertown. For more information, call 610-3669866 (Healthy Alternatives), 610-366-1711 (Café Santosha) or visit See ad, page 22. Sheila Julson is a Milwaukee-based freelance writer and contributor to Natural Awakenings magazines throughout the country.


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employees are awesome,” she enthuses. “We always have someone in the store that can answer questions and provide guidance about supplements.” Despite competition from larger, publically traded natural food stores such as Whole Foods, Dianne emphasizes that the personalized service and family ambiance that can only be found at small businesses like Healthy Alternatives. “If you walk in our store when you’re in a bad mood, by the time you walk out, you’re really feeling good; the store has really wonderful energy. We’ve been here for 25 years and we’re really connected to the neighborhood. Our customer’s children have grown up and now come in with their own children.” The addition of Café Santosha has drawn more business as word is getting around about Collins’ tasty creations. She grew up working in the store and was influenced by the healthy lifestyles of her parents. With a natural knack for cooking and a creative flair for crafting healthy recipes, she made food for the store’s to-go case. The fresh food was a hit with customers, so adding a café was a logical next step. The café, which seats 30, was built with eco-conscious materials such as flax floors and repurposed wood from local barns. Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., customers can dine in or get take-out food packaged in compostable containers. Collins and her five employees use as many local and organic ingredients as possible. Two homemade soups are offered daily, and there are rotating seasonal menus. Fall specials include a salad of mixed greens, local raw kale, chili-garlic chickpeas, roasted sweet potatoes, toasted hazelnuts, raw green apple and avocado, topped with creamy miso-mustard vinaigrette. The Gratin entrée is made with roasted butternut squash, apples and leeks, seasoned with sage and served over kale. The menu is largely vegetarian, but omnivores can find some choices with meat. Customers can also choose unique items such as Kraut Grilled Cheese or Open-Faced Salmon sandwiches. Breakfast is served all day. A gluten-free, coconut milk rice pudding is available if

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It’s turned out to be one of the best investments we’ve ever made—financially and environmentally.

Power Switch Taking a Home Off the Grid by Jim Motavalli


esse Stafford and Alyssa Craft quit their jobs in 2015, bought five acres of remote land far away from utilities and began building their 36-foot-by-36-foot timber frame home from scratch. Next up was a septic system, then a clean water source and, of course, alternative energy. Their rooftop solar panels are backed up by a reliable Honda generator. They had some setbacks, which is to be expected. Now they’re blogging about it. “We didn’t want corporate jobs, we didn’t want to live in the city, commute to work or have a mortgage payment,” they write in their online homestead journey at Off-the-grid living has become downright fashionable, especially for the eco-conscious. But leaving the rat race isn’t easy, and it’s not for everyone. Yet, anyone that wants to become more energy-independent can succeed without moving to an isolated cabin; and there’s never been a better time, because prices keep coming down and technology keeps improving. Choosing the best option depends on several factors, including the specific residence, climatic zone, town and neighborhood. 24

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Preliminary Considerations Power source: Choose from among

solar ($12,000 to $50,000, depending on the system’s size), wind ($6,000 to $22,000, including installation) or geothermal ($20,000 to $25,000).

Ample resources: Find out if there’s steady wind, plentiful sun, a place to install geothermal pipes and whether the home is properly oriented for solar without obstruction by trees or tall buildings. Electricity needed: Get a quick

average by adding up the wattage of all appliances, and then add 50 percent. The American average is 10,000 kilowatt-hours annually, although frugal folks can make do with less. The local utility company can also estimate energy needs based on past usage. Realize that alternative energy doesn’t need to be an all-or-nothing proposition. For instance, a solar system doesn’t have to power the whole house. A smaller and cheaper array with battery backup can be connected to essential services like the water heater, refrigerator and electric stove,

with the grid handling heavier loads. Advantages are lower upfront cost and access to the grid when needed. Connecting to the grid makes sense for all alternative power sources, because wind and solar are intermittent, and don’t always provide power. Also, most states offer net metering, which requires the local utility to pay for the electricity a homeowner puts back into the grid.

Solar: Plunging Costs

Solar panels for electricity, usually made of silicon, consist of photovoltaic cells that convert sunlight into direct current (DC). Their cost has come down dramatically in recent years. In January, the average solar panel cost $3.14 a watt, a bottom line of roughly $18,000 with a six-kilowatt system big enough for most homes. The price fell 6.5 percent from January 2018, reports, a solar vendor pricing source. A federal tax credit covers 30 percent of the cost, so the out-of-pocket cost for a system would be approximately $13,000 if installed before year’s end, when the full residential tax credit is available. Partial tax credits will be available until they are phased out in 2022. Ron Blumenfeld, a retired doctor in Fairfield, Connecticut, serves on his town’s sustainability task force and “went live” with his rooftop installation six years ago. “It’s turned out to be one of the best investments we’ve ever made—financially and environmentally,” he says.

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is working toward residential solar to generate power at just five cents per kilowatt-hour by 2030, which means it will be far cheaper than grid electricity. Consumers can either buy a system outright or—as a popular alternative—lease the system with no upfront costs. Leasing companies like SolarCity (now part of Tesla) pioneered this approach, in which consumers agree to buy electricity from the system installed on their roof. Whether to add the extra expense of battery backup is important. A pair of Tesla Powerwalls will cost about $14,000 installed and store enough electricity to power a home for seven days. It’s suitable for people looking to go off the grid because the sun doesn’t always shine, and power generated on sunny days can be stored and used when it’s overcast. Off-the-grid solar is not just for those living in sun-rich states. Installers can look at a property—often remotely, through applications like Google Earth—and deter-

Residential wind power is in its infancy in the U.S.

mine if solar is appropriate. Sometimes a few trees will have to be sacrificed, but the benefits are manifold, and not just because there will be power during grid blackouts.

Wind: If the Resource is Right

Wind power accounted for the largest share of renewable energy growth in 2017, reports the International Energy Agency,

but it’s in its infancy for homeowners, partly due to an average cost of $48,000 to $65,000 per installed project. Residential turbines have been installed in all 50 states, but many parts of the U.S. have marginal resources. Check the Department of Energy wind resource guide for local data at WindExchange.Energy.Gov. The best-case scenario is strong winds plus few neighbors close to a large property (and lenient zoning laws). Wind may work for the 19.3 percent of the population that lives in rural areas and the 21 million American homes built on properties of an acre or more. However, it isn’t for everyone. James Weston, of Greene, Maine, installed his turbine 10 years ago, and considers his rooftop solar panels a better investment. “By the time you put up your 100-foot tower to get the tower above the tree line and optimize the wind resource, the return isn’t there,” he says, noting that his savings from the turbine amount to a few hundred dollars a year.



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Bergey WindPower, maker of the 10-kilowatt BWC Excel 10 turbine ($31,770), recommends that a property have at least a 10 mph average wind speed, coupled with high electricity prices of 10 cents per kilowatt-hour or more. Also consider the neighbors: The system’s turbine is typically installed on an 80-to-100-foot tower, and so-called “viewshed” objections have taken down many projects (including Cape Wind, in Massachusetts). With annual maintenance, the DOE reports that small wind turbines should last about 20 years, the same basic lifespan as solar panels. The federal production tax credit for wind is available this year, but won’t be available afterwards. Some states offer incentives. A useful small wind guidebook can be found at

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roperties with moving water have a fourth sustainable power source available to them: hydroelectric. If opting to harness the energy in a nearby flowing stream or river, 10-kilowatt micro-hydropower systems can power even large homes. They combine piping from the water source to a turbine, pump or waterwheel with an alternator or generator, regulator and wiring. According to Home Power magazine, a fully installed hydro system for the average use of a modern household might cost $20,000 to $100,000.

and the Northeast and Midwest have the highest geothermal adoption rates. Geothermal doesn’t necessarily require a large piece of property. Local geology will be a factor in siting and sizing the system. Geothermal systems use underground pipes filled with refrigerant that absorbs warmth from the ground through a heat exchanger. In summer, that same underground temperature can be tapped to cool a home, combining heating and air conditioning in one system. While it necessitates a relatively high upfront cost, low operating costs mean the systems can pay for themselves in less than 10 years. Most include a groundsource heat pump with a 50-year warranty. For a 2,500-square-foot home, an average off-the-electrical-grid system will cost $20,000 to $25,000 to install. Bill Martin, in Quincy, California, runs an efficient three-ton geothermal system installed in 2014. “It’s been a very good experience,” he says. “I’m ecstatically happy.” The same 30 percent federal tax credit that applies to solar also applies to geothermal for systems installed by 2020. States also provide incentives. A detailed guide on availability is available at

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Start by finding out if you have loved ones who do share your food values, and nurture those relationships. Lean into those healthy relationships; you might be surprised how many people around you are also quietly trying to achieve similar goals. You can also ask friends and family to be a food ally; even if they are not a full participant in your health regimen, they might be a fan or friend. That can mean preparing particular foods if you come for dinner or simply checking in on how you are doing with your goals and commitments. You can widen your circle of healthy eating through meal swaps or other shared meal programs. It’s always easier to cook in larger quantities, and there is the added benefit of greater social connection with shared meals.

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creative arts therapist,” explains Azizi Maror decades, creative expression has shall, founder and maintain CEO of the Center for been a valuable tool in healing,Overcome and illness and optimal Creative Arts Therapy, in Downers Grove, expressive arts therapy—the wellness integrated with our personal, comprehensive, application of two or more art forms—is now Illinois. functional medicine-based nutrition care The National Intrepid Center of Exconsidered a life-changing modality for vetthat gets results. outpatient clinic specializing erans and anyone else struggling with anxiety cellence—an in traumatic brain injuries at the Walter or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Reed National Military Medical Center, in Also called creative arts therapy, this Bethesda, Maryland—ranks creative arts form of psychotherapy helps patients to therapy among the top five most effective process and express what is often beyond approaches in helping veterans. verbal language using music, art, dance, Kathy Harrington, MS A study of combat veterans and creative theater and writing as its primary modes Functional Medicine Nutritionist arts therapy conducted at Concordia Uniof communication. “Individuals need versity, in Montreal, reported considerable no previous arts experience in order to progress, especially in areas of expressing benefit from working with a certified

emotions resulting from trauma and gaining understanding of symptoms such as depression, thoughts of suicide and insomnia. Psychotherapist Cathy Malchiodi, Ph.D., has authored several books, including The Art Therapy Sourcebook, and uses expressive arts therapy in her Louisville practice. “I’ve worked with soldiers for the past 10 years, and find that much of their healing comes about through telling their stories on stage or participating as an actor within a play or improvisation.” Malchiodi also incorporates mindfulness practices, visual arts, music and some simple forms of yoga in her sessions.

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“Creative arts therapy can be successful in supporting children with autism, especially ways to practice social skills,” says Marshall. “The drama therapist uses role play, improv and games in order to facilitate interpersonal communication.”

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The multitasking neurotransmitter dopamine is one of the brain’s natural antidepressants and plays a key role in feeling pleasure and reinforcing habits. It reaches its highest levels during the initial stages of love, observing something of beauty or creating art. A recent Drexel University study published in The Arts in Psychotherapy shows the neurological effects of drawing, coloring and simple doodling. Increased circulation in the area of the brain correlating to pleasure and reward was evident, and this dopamine-dominant response is responsible for decreasing symptoms of anxiety and increasing feelings of joy and accomplishment. Psychotherapist Doreen Meister, in Oakland, California, encourages her clients to focus on the process of creating, rather than the result. “Expressive therapies are an extension of the selfdiscovery continuum. I often hear, ‘I draw like a 2-year-old.’ To this I say, ‘Great! Draw like a 2-year-old!’ I believe that somewhere, many of us are told that creative expression must be a certain way. Creativity is a natural state, a human quality that we are born with, and the product of creation is not as important as the process.” Creativity from a clinical perspective allows for new emotional vantage points, distance from situations and viewing experiences through a different lens. “Bringing in creativity offers a wider palette of tools or access points, and gives us another way to understand ourselves,” says Meister. “Creativity as a life force is accessible to all of us.”


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etting kids off the couch and into the great outdoors can be a challenge when they tend to be better acquainted with the popular Angry Birds video game characters than with the real warbling ones. Unfortunately, studies show that digital devices, parental work overload and media-stoked fears of the outside world are currently making our kids nature-deprived. Yet, they have an instinctive love of the outdoors, experts agree. “When given free access to nature, children’s play follows the same patterns all around the world,” says prominent environmental educator David Sobel, author of Wild Play: Parenting Adventures in the Great Outdoors. “All kids like creating special places, going on adventures, befriending animals, following maps and paths, and so on.” The more we encourage them, the more likely they’ll discover the thrills of the natural world—and numerous studies show that they’ll then be calmer and less stressed,

better able to concentrate and less likely to be obese. Kids also are more “responsive and connected” when they are talking outdoors with adults than talking indoors, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology. Here are some simple ideas to get started:

Build fairy houses. In a park, forest or backyard, ask the child to find a quiet spot, like the base of a tree or under a bush, and build a tiny house using only their imagination and natural materials such as sticks, bark, grass, pebbles, feathers and pinecones. “The fun is ageless and connects you to nature in magical and memorable ways,” says Tracy Kane of Maine, whose website,, offers ideas and books. Befriend a bug. Help them look for

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Create mud art. “Make a batch of mud

and use it to create sculptures, paint a masterpiece or just use it to jump in and get messy with,” suggests MaryEllen Mateleska, director of education and conservation at the Mystic Aquarium, in Connecticut.

Make dolls and critters. Kids can

use hibiscus or hollyhock flowers and toothpicks to make dolls with flowing skirts. Or they can collect leaves of different shapes and sizes and glue them together to create leafy creatures. “You can take it an extra step by inventing a story and creating a one-of-a-kind storybook,” says Mateleska.

Grow a garden. Using a kid-sized plot

of land—it can even be a big pot of dirt— give them a trowel, a watering can and easy-to-grow seeds such as radishes and carrots. Not only will they get exercise, a Texas A&M University study shows gardening makes kids more likely to choose veggies for snacks.

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limbs of a big tree, old blankets and pillows can be used by a child to build a “secret” hiding place, stocked with lemonade, apples and fun books.

Incorporate digital delights. Rather than competing with digital devices, integrate them into the nature experience. “A phone app like iNaturalist lets kids take a picture and will identify the creature or plant for them,” says science teacher Jemma Smith, of The Education Hotel, a UK-based tutoring service. “Or have them take three artistic pictures of nature.”

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kids requires them to use their phones as a GPS to find tiny treasure boxes that have already been hidden all over the countryside. “Most boxes have small trinkets to swap and a tiny book to sign their name,” says Smith.

Time It. Simply set the timer for an hour, open the door into the back yard and let the kids “go at it,” as does writer Attiyya Atkins, a mother of four in Pompano Beach, Florida. “Mostly it’s self-play, but I come out sometimes and teach them about nature, or we do art projects with leaves, rocks or dirt. It’s always naturally fun, and they’re pretty tired afterwards!” Ronica A. O’Hara is a Denver-based natural health writer. Connect at

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Planting an Eco-Friendly Yard by Avery Mack


aintaining a grassy yard or ornamental shrubs can be time consuming and less than ecofriendly. That’s why conservation-minded gardeners are turning to lush, native landscaping as an aesthetically pleasing alternative to spartan, water-free xeriscaping. Native plants not only save water, they enhance local ecosystems by providing food and shelter for birds, bees,

butterflies and wildlife. “Indigenous plants build healthy soil and retain and replenish ground water,” says Michael Fleischacker, chair of landscape architecture and environmental sciences at Delaware Valley University, in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Accustomed to the climate and nutrients in their habitat, they don’t need the extra fertilizer required by exotic transplants. Natives are also better equipped

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While the harm caused by many invasive plants that evolved in a foreign habitat is well-documented and profound, the ecological impact of plant variations derived from native species—known as cultivars or nativars—is sometimes more subtle. Cultivars have been developed to highlight specific traits, like larger blooms or longer bloom times. They may be bred for a stronger scent, or have the scent bred out of them in pursuit of another trait, making them less enticing to pollinators and wildlife. One drawback to cultivars is what those “improved” traits can affect. “The native serviceberry (Amelanchier) has small, bright red berries birds love to eat,”

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to fend off harmful insects, reducing the need for pesticides. “When pests did show up, I used insecticidal soap and neem oil. Both are great eco-friendly remedies,” says Kimberly Button, an Orlando-based freelance journalist and author of The Everything Guide to a Healthy Home: All You Need to Protect Yourself and Your Family from Hidden Household Dangers. A genuine indigenous plant in the U.S. predates European settlement. These natives grew in the wildlands of the regions where they evolved and adapted over hundreds or thousands of years. However, what’s wild isn’t necessarily native. These days, the woods and forests are rife with alien species that escaped from non-native gardens or were planted to perform some specific purpose that went awry. Kudzu, for instance, was imported from Asia and installed along roadways to prevent soil erosion. The perennial vine, which can grow up to a foot per day, has become the plague of the South, rooting out native plants and toppling trees under the sheer weight of its smothering foliage. In 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a report summarizing numerous studies that concluded that non-native plants disrupt the food web and present a growing problem for “organisms that depend on native plants for food, shelter and places to rear their young.”


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Transitioning to native landscaping isn’t as daunting as it might seem. Small changes can make a difference, and local plant nurseries can assist. Some may have a staff horticulturalist to help distinguish the natives from the nativars and to steer gardeners clear of invasive, water-guzzling, nutrient-needy non-natives that will spread quickly and overwhelm the landscape. Going native isn’t an all-or-nothing proposition, says Fleischacker. “Consult a local nursery or landscaper about adding natives to the mix. There are plants that love shade or sun, dry areas or damp.” When planning, look past what’s trendy. “The ecosystem is set up to protect and promote beneficial insects and pollinators,” says Button. What was old can be new again. Connect with freelance writer Avery Mack at AveryMack@


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Breaking Bread, Building Community by April Thompson


mericans are eating alone more than ever, with adults going solo for nearly half of all meals, according to consumer research consultants at the Hartman Group. Yet, fellowshipminded foodies are bucking the trend by finding new and unique ways to bring strangers, colleagues and friends together for healthy, home-cooked meals.

Meal sharing not only builds community and camaraderie; it can also save time and money and minimize food waste. Eating with others can also encourage mindful consumption, a boon to physical and mental health. A number of emerging ideas and platforms from around the block to across the globe are helping singles and families young and old connect over food.

“I wanted to find a place to create more meaningful conversations and meet new people than bars where people often meet up, and thought home is that place. Who doesn’t like dinner parties or potlucks?” says Jared Gold, co-founder of MealTribes, in Washington, D.C. Within two years, MealTribes has grown to more than 200 members that can host or join potlucks via a private Facebook group open to area residents in their 20s and 30s. To encourage participants to be fully present, the group encourages guests to leave their phones in their bags. Instead of strict food do’s and don’ts, MealTribes encourages attendees to bring a contribution that makes them proud. However, guests are discouraged from bringing alcohol in lieu of a food dish to avoid it becoming the focus of the table. “Lasting friendships and business opportunities have come from our potlucks,” says Gold. “Even skeptics have come away from events feeling like they got the best-case scenario; nice people, homey environment, with good food and conversation.”

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Even skeptics have come away from events feeling like they got the best-case scenario: nice people, homey environment, with good food and conversation.

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Jay Savsani, co-founder of Meal Sharing, in Chicago, got the idea for the “Airbnb of meals” after seeking out a home-cooked dinner while backpacking in Cambodia. He was invited to a farm feast in the countryside, connecting with local hosts over great conversation and delicious food. “I returned home wanting to find a way to use technology to recreate that serendipitous moment,” says Savsani. Today, the platform uses technology to connect curious diners with affordable, home-cooked meals in 150 countries. “The concept is open; we encourage hosts to make whatever they believe in,” says Savsani. “That can be a top chef serving nine-course meals or a simple spaghetti someone offers for a few bucks or even free.” Savsani says the meal becomes secondary to the deeper social interactions that can manifest through these gatherings. “We even got an inquiry from a local fire department interested in hosting meals to get to know people in the community better.”

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Lilia Fuquen, who directs the Food and Community project in Virginia, participates in several gatherings intended to nurture community through food. Fuquen’s project aims to bring people across the state together to document, celebrate and share traditional, contemporary and emerging foodways, initiating a deeper conversation about and the connections between food, place, culture and community. Last fall, the project convened more than 200 people around a feast celebrating indigenous foods, people and foodways in Virginia. The meal was prepared from locally farmed and foraged ingredients representative of the diverse native culinary traditions of the region, including greens, mushrooms, wild rice and fish sourced from fields, forests and streams. On a more grassroots level, an intergenerational family potluck dinner “helps create community and a sense of family among people who often live far from blood relatives,” says Fuquen, who lives on a small farm outside Charlottesville, Virginia.

The workplace can also be a great place to break bread together, says Fuquen. Her office enjoys hosting the Souper Club, where co-workers each bring a key element like salad fixings, a loaf of bread or a pot of soup to enjoy together—away from their desks. Rebecca Shaloff, a fundraising consultant in Washington, D.C., has participated in work lunch swaps, which she says promote camaraderie, new food discover-

ies and healthy eating. She also takes part in a closely knit monthly supper club of four young families in her neighborhood. “We all value each other’s friendship and company, but there’s something about coming together for dinner that makes us feel more like family than friends,” Shaloff says. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at

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SATURDAY, APRIL 6 Tour of Columcille Megalith Standing Stone Park. 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Tour the beautiful 17 acre standing stone park with Irish Historian and Storyteller Tom Egan. Tour includes Celtic mythology interpretations of park features. Involves about one mile of walking over unpaved nature trails.  Bring water and sturdy shoes. No reservations necessary.  Tour is free but donations for park maintenance are welcome.  contact:

SUNDAY, APRIL 7 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 that spending time in the deep woods has profound healing power. Cost is $30 for the 2-hour session and will include a custom reusable water bottle. Add a spa day pass on these days for $30 (a 50% discount). 24-hour advanced sign-up is required by calling the Spa Concierge at 8OO.WOODLOCH. Ukrainian Easter Egg Painting Party – 1-3 p.m. Daria. Learn how to paint 2-3 bright and bold Easter eggs with a special dye-resistant process while learning the history and symbols of Ukrainian Easter eggs. No experience necessary. All supplies included, Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center, $25, Pre-register 610-395-3355

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10 Gain Restful Sleep with Effortless Meditation™. 7:00 – 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, West LV, Pre-register 610.670.6700


Reiki 2,Usui/Tibetan Style Certification Program, June 29, 9:30am-5pm. Highlights: Three Reiki Symbols, Japanese Reiki Techniques, Reiki 2 Attunement, hands-on practice time, 179 page Manual if didn’t receive in Reiki 1. Register by 6/22/19

FRIDAY, APRIL 12 Enjoy the 1ST of 3 Evenings with Ayurveda Michelle Costantini. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Learn about Ayurveda, what makes a meal Ayurvedic, fresh vs. processed food, 6 tastes & digestion. Enjoy a vegetarian, vegan, GF dinner that mirrors the evening’s topic, cost $30.00. Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center, Pre-register 720-745-3453

Contact Anthony V. Wojnar D.D. RMT, Life Holistic Center LLC. Member: IARP, 570706-6680.


TUESDAY, APRIL 16 Help for Chronic Stress and Worry – 6:307:30 p.m. Meg Deak. A FREE lecture and demonstration  to learn how different brainwave states affect your ability to let go of stress. Experience tools to quiet worry and shift into a relaxed, healing state. Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center, Breinigsville, RSVP 610-504-4830

THURSDAY, APRIL 18 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 or text 970-317-0118 to register by 4/15.

Full Moon Forest Bathing celebrating the PINK MOON. Starts 8:30 p.m. Over time, forest bathing can produce quantifiable changes in the body and mind. Plus, the added benefit is that it just feels good. Learn about the philosophy and practice and receive practical tips on how to carry on with the practice at home. The Full Moon sessions will enjoy a moonlit walk while enjoying the healing powers of nature during the full moon. The Lodge at Woodloch 109 River Birch Lane Hawley, PA. To register please call 8OO.WOODLOCH.

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Reiki 1, Usui/Tibetan Style Certification Program May 19, 9:30am-5:30pm. Usui/ Tibetan- Highlights: History of Reiki, Japanese Reiki Techniques, Reiki 1Initiation, Hands on practice, includes 179 page manual, Register by 5/12/19 CEU’s for LMT’S

9am-1pm. $80. Wellness for Life Holistic Center, LLC. Effort PA. RSVP to Keri DiAngelis 570-977-1935

Gain Restful Sleep with Effortless Meditation™. 9:00 – 10:30 a.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, West LV, Pre-register 610.670.6700

REIKI CERTIFICATION CLASSES MOUNTAIN TOP & WILKES-BARRE Reiki 1, Usui/Tibetan Style Certification Program April 13, 9:30am-5:30pm. Usui/ Tibetan- Highlights: History of Reiki, Japanese Reiki Techniques, Reiki 1Initiation, Hands on practice, includes 179 page manual, Register by4/6/19 CEU’s for LMT’S

Join herbalist Keri DeAngelis for a class on using herbs to Learn which herbs guide healthy and natural process of motherhood. Classes will include terminology, herbal preparations, nutrition and which herbs can be used safely for specific times during the pre and postnatal experience. For personal/family use or for birthing professionals including midwives, doulas, or lactation consultants.




SATURDAY, APRIL 20 Balancing Healthy Emotions – 10 -11:30 a.m. Sue Sampson. Learn about the brain’s emotional switchboard & essential oil benefits. They can help us balance emotions naturally & create a sense of well-being! We’ll make Release essential oil blend roll-ons, $10 covers materials & samples. Twin Ponds Center, Pre-reg. 610-297-0442

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24 Anxiety and Depression Relief with Effortless Meditation™. 7:00 – 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, West LV, Pre-register 610.670.6700


EMPOWERED LIGHT HOLISTIC EXPO APRIL 26-28 FRI 4-9PM; SAT 9am-7pm; SUN 10am-5pm Inspiring lectures, meditations, alternative healing treatments, and intuitive readings, natural products and unique gift items. Empowered Light Holistic Expos focus is on healthier lifestyles, stress reduction, self-care, new information, ideas and connection. Greater Philadelphia Expo Center Oaks, Pennsylvania


HOW THE BODY WORKS: MASTER YOUR HEALTH PROJECT ANSWERS INSTEAD OF PRESCRIPTIONS Dr. Conrad Maulfair has been improving the health of his patients for over forty years utilizing medical modalities that are noninvasive and not usually available in main stream medicine. Looking for underlying causes he alleviates many common ailments of aging and tough medical conditions that appear chronic. Find out just how he does this and if you could benefit. Our workshop includes an organic luncheon. Cost $35 per person, $60 per couple. Saturday, April 27, 10am-1pm 5925 Tilghman Street, Suite 90 Green Hills Commerce Center 800-733-4065 • 610-682-2104 Call for reservations, seating limited. Please refrain from wearing scented products in consideration of others.



HYPNOTHERAPY CERTIFICATION BANYAN SUPER COURSE Accelerated 100 hour Professional Hypnotherapy Certification Course June 1 - June 30, 2019 (5 weekend Sat and Sun) Train for a Career in Hypnosis with 5-Path® Hypnotherapy and 7th Path Self-Hypnosis®

DIVINE SLEEP® YOGA NIDRA YOGA TEACHERS, THERAPISTS, COUNSELORS, HEALTH PROFESSIONALS, PARENTS AND all interested in guiding others TO RELAX AND HEAL. APRIL 24-28, 2019 • 9am-5pm Kula Heart Yoga & Wellness, LLC Bethlehem, PA Divine Sleep® Yoga Nidra is the antidote for modern life. In this meditation practice, there is nothing required but to lie down and listen while you relax, heal and transform.

Recognized by the National Guild of Hypnotist. Learn the tools that have brought success to so many 5-Path® graduates. You too can train in an exciting new career in 100 hours in this special training. Sign-up with deposit by May 4th and get $500 off of tuition. Limited seating

Jennifer Reis, the creator of Divine Sleep® Yoga Nidra skillfully guides you every step. 40hr certification-YA. For more information on this amazing program: www.kulaheartyoga. com/divine-sleep-yoga-nidra-training or call 610-746-5852

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Thermographic Diagnostic Imaging, Breast, Thyroid & Full-Body – Dr. Getson. This is a safe, non-radiologic, and pain free state-of-the-art, FDA approved technology that detects changes at the cellular level in early stages of some diseases, call 856-596-5834 for appointment at Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center, Breinigsville.

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 or text 970-317-0118 to register by 4/22.

Stop Pain, Enhance the Brain with Coordination Patterns® & Dynamics Training – 10 a.m. -1 p.m. Betsy Wetzig. Get your mind, body & movement in sync to move easily & efficiently/enhance perception, & awareness. Research based, easy physical exercises will fit into your day. $30, $45 at the door, Twin Ponds Center, Pre-reg 610-398-9652

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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.

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 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.

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

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: 10:4511:30am. Cost: $10. Kindred Spirits Books & Gifts, 66 W. Water Street, Hellertown. Walk-ins welcome! Call 610-838-5463 for more information.

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 610-398- 9652. . Twin Ponds Center, 628 Twin Ponds Rd. Breinigsville.

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

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.


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. 5:456:45 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 selfawareness 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


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What’s Cookin? - Christina Moyes. Learn how to make simple, delicious healthy, meals, sides, appetizers and desserts! For a list of class subjects week by week visit whatscookin. Being healthy doesn’t have to be hard! 5:30-7pm, $35/ea or $97 for 3, Pre-reg, online or call: 610-704-8083. Twin Ponds Center, 628 Twin Ponds Rd. Breinigsville.

wednesday Seated Yoga Practice - Movements in the class develop strength, release tension and balance weak-

ness. 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 counter-balancing 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-noon. Drop in $15. Roots and Wings, 127 S 5th St, Quakertown. 215-257-5025. 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 610-504-2540. 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. 9am, 1pm, 6pm, 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: 7:00-9:00pm. Visit Facebook group or call (610) 838-5463 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 www. 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: 1:30-4p. Visit Sacred Space Facebook page or call 570-575-8270 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.

Yoga for Everybody (Chair Yoga) – This practice combines yoga postures, breathing techniques, and relaxation--all with the aid of a chair to encourage moving mindfully and with intention. This class is appropriate for those working with an injury, limited mobility, or anyone interested in learning how to squeeze in some yoga when they’re in an office or traveling. All levels invited. 10 am. XYZenWellness, Cherryville, PA. Register at or call 610-760-3308.

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. 

Yin/Yang Yoga - A balance of slow, sustained holds to stress and strengthen the connective tissues (bones, ligaments, tendons, and fascia) and dynamic poses. This practice will leave you feeling open, refreshed, and ready to face the day with a positive outlook. All levels are welcome and invited. 8 am. XYZen Wellness, Cherryville, PA. Register at www. or call 610-760-3308.

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. 10:10-11am, $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.

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, 610-434-9333 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 610398- 9652, 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 mcslongevitycenter@ Visit Natural-Therapies. 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 info@ 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 570977-1900 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.

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SERVICES 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.

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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Heather Shoup, L.Ac. 2299 Brodhead Rd., Suite A Bethlehem, PA 18020 610-393-7589

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

LEHIGH VALLEY ACUPUNCTURE AND QI SPA 101 Bridge Street Catasauqua PA 18032 US 610-264-2755

Since 1988, Ming ming and David Molony have been providing Oriental Medicine to the people of the Lehigh Valley and beyond. We accept VA, Auto, Workmen’s Comp, and Health plans that pay foracupuncture, while providing quality care to everyone for all kinds of disorders and for health maintenance. We work with your Doctor. See ad page 21.

LIVING ARTS ACUPUNCTURE AND ORIENTAL MEDICINE Lisa Baas Lic. # OM 000054 2358 Sunshine Rd, Allentown, PA 18103 610-841-9300

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


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

LiveWell Integrated Health offers traditional Chinese acupuncture, chiropractic, body work, and nutritional and lifestyle coaching. Being healthy is a lifestyle choice... choose to LiveWell. See ad page 35.


Laura Eastman, MAc, LAc Sheila Papa, MAc, LAc 1617 Hamilton St. Allentown, PA 484-425-2865

Traditional acupuncture practiced in an open setting. Effective for treating acute sprains/strains, pain (chronic, arthritis, low back), headaches (including migraines), allergies, depression, digestive issues, support for lifestyle changes, infertility, PMS, anxiety, stress and much more. M 12:30-5:30, Tu 8-5, W 8-12, Th 1:306:30, F 8-1, Sa 8-12.

AROMATHERAPY YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS Marilyn York, Independent Distributor # 489656 1-877-436-2299, ext. 2

Young Living has specialized in growing, distilling, and selling therapeuticgrade,organic Essential Oils for 20 years. Over 130 therapeutic-grade essential oils, and essential-oil enhanced nutritional supplements & products. Visit my website for details. Income opportunities available. See ad page 6.

AYURVEDA SPA ROOTS AND WINGS FACILITATING HEALING 127 S. 5th Street, Suite 150 Quakertown, PA 215-257-5025


628 Twin Ponds Rd., Breinigsville, PA 18031 484-695-8265 ROLF METHOD OF STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION highly effective hands-on approach for improving posture, alleviating chronic pain, increasing energy level, and enhancing flexibility through restoring your body to its natural state of alignment. Enjoy moving freely again! Board Certified Structural Integrator CM and Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. See ad, page 17.


Marie Ruxton CMT, CN 628 Chestnut St., Emmaus, PA 18049 610-965-2500 Marie is a certified massage therapist trained since 1997 in Advanced Myofascial Release Therapy, Therapeutic Massage, Reiki, Ear Candling, Homeopathy and Holistic Nutrition. Offers comprehensive custom bodywork for those wanting to overcome chronic pain and movement problems. Sessions range from a (2 hour) Head to Toe meltdown massage to “Just Neck and Head” massage for those needing stress relief. Gift certificates available. See ad page 40.


Dr. Robert W. Livingston III, DC, L.Ac. Dr. Jennifer K. Bollinger, DC, L.Ac. 8026 Hamilton Blvd. • Trexlertown, PA 18087 610-395-5509   LiveWell Integrated Health offers traditional Chinese acupuncture, chiropractic, body work, and nutritional and lifestyle coaching. Being healthy is a lifestyle choice... choose to LiveWell. See ad page 35.

Integrate self-care practices into your daily routine, identify stress habits, and guide healthy choices based in self-knowledge, inquiry, and observation. Traditional Indian warm oil massage, energy balancing, restorative yoga classes and private session.

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Rev. Lyn S. Felix, MSW, LCSW, CHT, RM 3037 S. Pike Ave. #105, Allentown, PA 18103 610-282-0709

A holistic, highly intuitive counselor, coach and vibrational chakra rebalancing practitioner who supports you in getting unstuck and moving forward. Using mindfulness, hypnotherapy, EFT, Reiki, tuning forks, breathwork, and more, Rev. Lyn guides you step by step from chaos to calm and confidence. Insurances & Private Pay. Free Phone Consultation.



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Ronak Balani, DDS 2600 Newburg Rd., Easton, PA 18045 610-252-1454 We begin with a holistic approach to enhance your physical health and eliminate any compromise to the immune system. All services we offer are mercury-free, mercury-safe and fluoride-free. We can enhance your smile with everything from routine dental care to whitening and full cosmetic makeovers in a warm, cozy and caring atmosphere. See ad page 21.

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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 Den expectations by providing exceptional dental care to our patients andFamily D Lehighton at the same time, promoting a lifelong relationship built on trust, 6900 Hamilton Blvd. 2 confidence, quality of dental work, Lehig Trexlertown PA 18087 and exceptional patient care. See ad, back page. Dr. Patel, DMD 610 610-395-3335

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, biocompatible 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 41.


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

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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 36.


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

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.

MASSAGE ACADEMY OF THE POCONOS, LLC Vicki Hicks, BCTMB Director/Owner 570-421-5014

I learned the power of Massage 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 26.

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 47.


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

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, Organization, Positivity, 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 46.

Dr. Maulfair is an Osteopathic Physician bringing four decades of knowledge and experience in alternative, complementary medicine to his patient care. Help for all conditions and all ages. Offering Chelation Therapy, Hubbard Method Sauna detoxification, and many other treatment programs. Bringing the best of both worlds to their patients. See ad, page 13.

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Mikhail Artamonov, MD PhD 391 East Brown Street 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 13.


Family, Environmental and Preventative Medicine Nicholas DiMartino, D.O. 5724 Clymer Rd, Quakertown, PA 215-536-1890 Woodlands Healing Research Center is a family practice supporting individualized natural approaches to health. We offer lifestyle and nutritional consultation to achieve optimal health and vitality. We also offer complete women’s services including GYN, menopause, osteoporosis and bio-identical hormone therapy. See ad page 7.

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Specializing in preventative healthcare, digestion and nutrient absorption, and thyroid and adrenal health. Modalities such as iridology, sclerology and biochemical balancing enable the development of your unique program for optimum health. These programs are easy to follow and incorporate into your daily life. Reach your full health potential! See ad page 40.

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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!

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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 39.

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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.

Trish takes pride in making sure all guests are treated with care and professionalism. She wants you feel welcomed and leave the outside world behind when you walk through the door. As you enter the Spa the aroma and tranquil sounds give you the calming experience you expect. Stop to see all the services available. See ad page 19.

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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 44.


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ORGANIC TANS AND BEAUTY BAR 1752 W. Allen St Allentown, PA 18104 610-821-8888

Lorena Bravo started Organic Tans & Beauty bar, built on the belief that consumers deserve to be serviced by knowledgeable professionals with an eye for artistry. Having a great product is only a portion of the equation. Empowering the professionals our company employs, to be the best they can be is how we make a greater difference in you after having any one of our treatments. See ad page 25.


Jennifer Craig, BA, LH, EMP Airbrush Tanning 970-317-0118 More and more men and women have become aware of the dangers of UVA and UVB exposure, so they have CLEAR YOURWith TROUBLES. turned to Airbrush Tanning. health in mind we SHARE YOUR JOY!™ I willour take have been airbrushing and educating clients the journey with you! Trained by of these dangers since we opened Indigenous Elders and Modern our doors in 2012!

PhD. Shamans. Serving the TriState Area and Beyond. Text SMILING 55222 for invitations 1752 W. ALLEN ST • to ALLENTOWN, PA 18104 to ceremony and more.


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 27.



April 26-28

Fri 4-9pm, Sat 9am-7pm, Sun 10am-5pm Daily and Weekend Passes

I really like this expo! It has the best vibe! ~2018 Expo Attendee

John DeSouza Brad Johnson Saturday: Channeling Adronis Sunday: Cellular Body Regeneration Workshop

SKIP THE LINE! Buy tickets online at: Greater Philadelphia Expo Center Hall D & E, 100 Station Ave, Oaks, PA

I absolutely adore the environment and the atmosphere at this expo! I met good quality people and had great sales at each event. The vendors are friendly and supportive. ~ 2018 Expo Vendor

Former FBI Paranormal Investigator Saturday: The X-Man: A Paranormal Life Sunday: Clear-Hearer Workshop

100+ Vendors Offering: Inspiring Lectures (see full schedule online)

Healthy Food Samples Natural Products for Personal & Home Care Massage, Reiki, Reflexology, More Angelic & Intuitive Readings Yoga & Meditations Sponsored in part by

April 2019


Natural Awakenings Magazine - Lehigh Valley and Far West New Jersey Edition  

April 2019 Issue

Natural Awakenings Magazine - Lehigh Valley and Far West New Jersey Edition  

April 2019 Issue