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Herbs to Your Success Offers Three Natural Health Seminars


erbs To Your Success in Nazareth presents a Weight Loss and Hormones seminar ($25) at 6 p.m., July 11, to debunk myths about weight loss. Aroma Sharing Day, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., July 21, Is an open house-type event. Participants can smell their favorite essential oils, make a lotion, room spray or sugar scrub, or just ask a question. Zyto Body Scans will be available. At an Ayurvedic cooking workshop at 5:30 p.m., July 25 ($35), learn how to prepare a simple, nutritious meal that will help feel fewer aches, more energy and less bloating. Recipes and the meal included using organic foods. Whether to improve your health, boost energy, supplement diet or manage weight, Herbs to Your Success offers solutions to empower people in meeting their wellness goals in a natural way. Location: 64 S. Main St., Nazareth. To register (Jul. 9 deadline), call 610-365-8996. See ad page 44.

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Gains Powerful Allies


awk Mountain Sanctuary and The Nature Conservancy will join forces to protect more than 2,400 acres of sanctuary forestland for generations to come. “Hawk Mountain sits on the Kittatinny Ridge, a globally significant migration ‘superhighway’. Our goal is to protect this international flyway and to guarantee that our refuge for raptors—and the people who enjoy it—stays forever wild,” says Hawk Mountain President Sean Grace. “The Nature Conservancy presented us a tremendous opportunity through its Working Woodlands program.” Over the course of three years, the two conservation leaders implemented a creative approach to conserve the sanctuary, including placing the majority of its od marketslandholdings of carbon revenue, the Conserv- conservation easement. in a perpetual d from the ancy will cover all project devel Bill Kunze, executive director for The Nature Conservancy in Pennsylvania, says, “Not opment costs and will market the carbon Hawk to the best buyer. The benefit, but so do other organizations. We’ve already co-hosted only does Mountain Conservation landowner retains all timber revent) – Thewith Hawk Mountain a two-day workshop that connected the best minds in key forest enues. y applies a management issues such as deer over-browsing and invasive plant management.” orest conserThe Conservancy has a successful

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City Kids Get a Breather


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ocated in beautiful rural Sussex County Fairgrounds, in Augusta, New Jersey, the State Fair offers a large helping of farm meets fun. The Fair opens August 3 and is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. until August 11, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., August 12. There is something for everyone, including of farm animals and a petting zoo for the little ones; quilts, canning, wood carving and baking exhibits for the older folk; and demolition derbies, truck shows and pulls, carnival rides and games, a horse show, and shopping for everyone in-between—plus fair food for everyone’ Every day offers six barns of animals, a milking parlor, horse show classes, farm museum, antique engine display, rare animal educational exhibit, 4-H displays and presentations, crafters, vendors, honey show, art and photography show, vegetable and flower shows, landscape gardens and free entertainment. Gate admission is $14 for adults, $6 for children 6 to 12, and seniors 60+ are $10, with free parking every day. For discount rates and a schedule, visit see ad page 9.



o help clients afford regular self-care, Kim’s Healing Center in Easton is offering a package of three visits with a one-hour body treatment each for just $135 with an annual $30 membership or one hour of body work plus a 30-minute foot massage and 30-minute ion cleansing for just $88. Restorative services provided at Kim’s include tui na (massage akin to acupressure); cupping (placing glass cups on the body to help circulate energy); gua sha (abrading the skin with pieces of smooth jade or bone to stimulate pressure points,); and ion cleansing (removing toxins through the soles of the feet). Determining our overall state of health may be as simple as using Chinese hand analysis during an initial consultation with Kim Ng, at Kim’s Healing Center, in Easton. The simple hidden lines and numbers in the hand can detect signs of illness, emotional stress and chemical overdose. This diagnostic philosophy can be used to prevent illness and restore balance within the body’s meridians. Advice on natural food, herbs and nutrition is included during the consultation. Location: 1223 Butler St., Easton. For more information, call 610559-7280 or visit see ad page 9.

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Eastern Pennsylvania Yoga Convergence


oga communities from across eastern Pennsylvania and beyond will come together on July 27, 28 and 29 for a threeday weekend of workshops at Stonehedge Gardens that feature asana, meditation, kirtan, satsang, ayurveda, pranayama and ecstatic dance. There will also be healthy food, camping and more—no alcohol, tobacco or recreational drugs. Friday evening is a donation-based event starting at 4 p.m. with beginner and open yoga classes, meditation, kirtan (chanting), inspirational music and speakers. Saturday is a full day event with sunrise meditations, asana classes, workshops, music, chanting, dancing, inspirational speakers, healthy and delicious vegan food. Activities will continue into the evening with several fire pits set up for community sharing. Sunday continues with sunrise meditation and similar program to Saturday, but ending at 4 p.m. The mission of Stonehedge Gardens is to provide an environment for transformation and wellness through the gardens, nature, arts and holistic education. Camping in 10-by-10-foot spaces is available for $10/person/nigh; kids under 13 free when staying with adults. Location: 51 Dairy Rd., Tamaqua, PA. Ample parking. Register (required) at 570-386-4276, email or visit See ad page 7.



Green Drinks Seeks Input for Sustainability Plans


reen Drinks Lehigh Valley presents Prepared FutureLV: Mitigation Measures for a Sustainable, Healthy + Resilient Region, with Speaker: Geoff Reese, PE, director of environmental planning for the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., July 11, at Fegley's Allentown Brew Works. This casual social gathering is for those interested in creating a greener local environment and economy. Preparing before a disaster strikes saves lives, lessens environmental, property and infrastructure damage, and enables communities to recover more quickly. Rising temperatures will impact the Lehigh Valley environment, affecting the types of plants, animals and aquatic life that thrive here and increasing the frequency and intensity of storms. With these changes come new challenges to the health, safety and welfare of the community. The Lehigh Valley Hazard Mitigation Plan is currently being developed by the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission for Lehigh County and Northampton County. This is an opportunity to provide public comment and input to the plan. Location: 812 Hamilton St., Allentown. For more information, call 610-730-8246 or visit

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he Grocery Outlet, in the Tilghman Square shopping center, in Allentown, will hold a food drive during July to benefit the Northampton County Food Bank. The store will be accepting donations from 1 to 5 dollars or customers can purchase a pre-assembled bag of food for $5 and receive a coupon for $5 for their next visit. Manager John Strong says, “summer has historically been a slow time for food banks, so this event can help our neighbors in a time of need.” The store offers deep discounts for natural, organic, specialty health (NOSH) items, based on strategic purchasing from national and regional producers. In addition to standard grocery store items, the outlet specializes in products defined as NOSH-fulfilling criteria that include minimally processed, free of artificial ingredients and preservatives; meeting U.S. standards for organic; premium quality, gourmet and artisanal products; or meeting special dietary considerations such as gluten-free, dairy-free and diabeticfriendly. Each customer also gets a chance to “win what you saved” in a monthly drawing and with typical savings of up to 60% off, the drawing value can be significant. “ “We make strategic buys from producers to help our customers save money, adds Strong. “Shop us first to save the most on your purchase on your first stop. When you find something you like, stock up and stop by often, as our inventory changes regularly. Expect to find the unexpected.” Location: 4628 Broadway, Allentown. See Facebook page for product notifications. Hours 9 9 p.m. seven days a week. For more information, call 484-223-2900 or visit Grocery See ad page 29.

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VIA Marathon in Allentown


he Lehigh Valley Health Network Via Marathon will take place September 8 and 9 at the Lehigh Valley Hospital Arts Quest Center at SteelStacks, in Allentown. Opening Ceremonies begin at 7:15 a.m., 5K run at 7:30 a.m., Via walk at 9 a.m. and kids race at 10:30 a.m. September 9 events include a marathon, team relay and

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Handmade and Holistic Craft Fair


ocal artists displaying and selling handmade jewelry, crafts and artwork will gather next to Kindred Spirits Books & Gifts from 1 to 6 p.m., July 28. This quarterly craft show, along with the retail shops’ hundreds of unique and intentionally selected items spanning different spiritual paths from all over the world, fulfills spiritual needs like no other store in the Lehigh Valley. Participants may purchase one-of-a-kind items and enjoy Kindred Spirits Books & Gifts and surrounding Hellertown attractions. There will be Raffle prizes and light refreshments. Across the street, Kindred Spirts Sacred Space is a comfortable, peaceful, open space that hosts a variety of spiritual and holistic events such as reiki, readings, workshops and more. From weekly Sunday meditation sessions to angel readings, they want to be a spiritual sanctuary in the region. The space is available for group gatherings by appointment. Location: 66 W. Water St., Hellertown. For more information, call 610-838-5463, visit or look in the Community Calendar for a range of events. See ad page 26.

H.O.P.E Offers Skin Youthfulness

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.O.P.E. Esthetics in Whitehall offers Hydration, Oxygenation, Exfoliation and deep cleaning for the Pores with state-of-the-art skin care treatments in a relaxed, peaceful setting. The affordable pricing ensure clients can afford the confidence of radiant skin. Treatments include Micro-channeling, peals, enzyme and oxygen therapies will help repair and rebuild collagen and elastin minimizing fine lines and wrinkles, and will assist with pore refinement, stimulation of cellular turnover, increased hydration and improved blood circulation. Facials can be customized for skin conditions such as rosacea, sensitive skin, damaged or aging skin and acne. LED treatments will jump start circulation for a healthy glow while building collagen, elastin and other proteins. “We have a passion for increasing “youthfulness” in a luxurious way”, states owner Hope Claymore. “How your skin looks ten years from now will depend on how you care for it today. Out treatments are science-based, and we use organic products. Wearing your skin well creates an overall happiness and confidence that you will want to maintain.”

scend Hospice has volunteer openings for compassionate, empathetic individuals that want to enhance their lives by giving time to those in the community that are in need. Hospice volunteers play a crucial role in providing compassion and empathy by making friendly visits to a patient to read a book, play a board game or just hold their hand. Ascend also utilizes the gifts and talents of alternative practitioners, such as massage therapists, Reiki therapists, pet therapists and music therapists. Making crafts for patients and their families or supporting the office staff are other ways to get involved and support the hospice team. Volunteers receive extensive training, focused on learning the philosophy of hospice care and understanding the responsibilities and duties of caring for patients and their families, covering the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of death and dying.

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ealing Hands Massage and Wellness Center, LLC, has been in business since 1997 in downtown Bethlehem—a serene and peaceful atmosphere that is free of chemical smells from hair and nails. Proprietor Jennifer Burns says, “Our facility offers eight treatment rooms and a full menu of services focused on health and well-being ranging from relaxing Swedish massage to deep tissue massage, prenatal massage, neuromuscular therapy, hot stone, couples massage, warm bamboo massage and many others. “As soon as I placed my hands on someone while learning massage therapy, I knew this was what I wanted to devote my life to,” she recalls. Other services include facials, waxing, acupuncture, therapeutic foot soaks and colon hydrotherapy. With a broad, versatile and well-trained staff, same-day scheduling is usually available. Healing Hands was voted “Best Massage” by Lehigh Valley magazine 13 times and "Best Place to Get a Massage" twice by Lehigh Valley Style. Location: 518 Main St., Bethlehem. For more information, call 610882-4325 or visit See ad page 30.


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Laser Eliminates Toenail Fungus


ccording to the American Academy of Dermatology, fungal infections cause about half of all nail disorders. They are more common in toenails because the toes often are confined to a warm, moist, weight-bearing environment. Dr Robert Kaplan of Easton uses lasers to kill fungus while leaving the surrounding tissue unharmed. The laser used in toenail fungus treatment doesn't affect surrounding tissue, so there is no pain, side effects, adverse reactions or complications. The FDAapproved treatment is an alternative to prescription medications and the in-office procedure is safe, effective and virtually painless with no downtime from your regular activities. Dr. Robert Kaplan provides all types of foot and ankle solutions including Extra-Corporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) an FDA approved non-invasive treatment for achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis, commonly associated with heel spurs. Location: 1901 Hay Terrace in Easton. For more information or appointments, call 610-253-2251 or visit TwinRiversPodiatry-Easton. com. See ad page 39.


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Exercise Benefits Cancer Survivors Moderate-to-vigorous physical activity increases cognitive function and reduces fatigue in breast cancer survivors, concludes a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne study. The 299 participants that had undergone chemotherapy an average of eight years earlier wore an accelerometer for a week to measure their average daily minutes of exercise and completed a set of questionnaires and neuropsychological tests. The findings suggest that those regularly performing this level of exercise benefit through improved attention, memory and multitasking abilities. Also, in a recent Portuguese study of 15 women being treated for advanced breast cancer, eight women performed two, one-hour sessions a week of aerobic, strength-training and arm exercises. After 12 weeks, they experienced significantly less fatigue and pain, improved cardiovascular fitness, better emotional well-being and a greater ability to perform daily tasks, compared to the control group. 14

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Eating Apples and Tomatoes Repairs Lungs Eating lots of fresh tomatoes and fruit, especially apples, helps heal damaged lungs of ex-smokers, reports Johns Hopkins University research published in the European Respiratory Journal. The study, which followed more than 650 people between 2002 and 2012, also found that those that ate more than two tomatoes or more than three portions of fresh fruit daily experienced markedly less of the natural decline of lung function that typically occurs after age 30.


As Earth’s climate becomes warmer, sleepless nights will increase for many, predicts a study from the University of California, San Diego. The research links sleep data on 765,000 Americans collected by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with climate models that predict warming trends. Rising temperatures could cause six additional nights of poor sleep per 100 people by 2050 and 14 by 2099. Seniors, which have difficulty regulating body temperature, and low-income people without air conditioning, are likely to be the most affected.

The danger of pesticide exposure for expectant mothers has been confirmed by a study of half a million people in the San Joaquin Valley of California, a heavy-pesticide region in which more than one-third of U.S. vegetables and two-thirds of our fruits and nuts are grown. Studying birth records, researchers from the University of California, Santa Barbara, found that the top 5 percent of women with the highest exposure had negative effects for all birth outcomes, including low birth weight, gestational length, preterm birth and birth abnormalities.


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Steam Baths Ease Allergies Researchers from Thailand had 64 people suffering from hay fever (allergic rhinitis) experience half-hour steam baths three times a week for four weeks. Half received baths without herbs; the other half’s baths were enhanced with herbs such as lemongrass and ginger. The two treatments equally lowered symptoms such as sneezing, nasal itching and nasal congestion, but those taking the herbal baths reported greater satisfaction with their treatment.

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A recent study published in Neurology suggests there is a link between walking speed and the onset of dementia in older adults. Using a stopwatch, tape and an 18-foot-long hallway to measure the walking speed of 175 adults aged 70 to 79, University of Pittsburgh researchers found that in the course of 14 years, those that slowed down by 0.1 second or more per year were 47 percent more likely to develop cognitive decline. The slowing walkers also experienced shrinkage in the right hippocampus, associated with complex learning and memory. The results held true even after realizing that a slowing gait could be due to muscle weakness, knee pain or another disease. Similarly, a study published in Neurology of 93 adults 70 and older found that slow walkers were nine times more likely to develop non-memory-related mild cognitive decline than moderate-to-fast walkers. Walking speed was monitored using infrared sensors in their homes over a three-year period; participants regularly took memory and thinking tests.

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Travel can create some of our happiest memories; however, navigating airports, foreign languages or unknown cities can sometimes put a damper on an adventure. Essential oils can help ease those kinds of situations. As a holistic wellness advocate, I always stress the importance of utilizing the purest essential oils available for attaining optimum results—especially when using for ingestion or use on the skin. Using pure essential oils helps reduce the possibility of exposure to any pesticides or herbicides that the plants may have been grown in (which oils are distilled from), as well as to eliminate the possible exposure to synthetic oils. Both situations change the chemistry composition of the oils, and potentially create situations such as allergies. York notes that many essential oil companies do not create ingestible oils, therefore, it’s important to choose only those from a company that identifies an oil as ingestible. With that in mind, she suggests two oils to consider taking on your next trip: peppermint and lavender. Peppermint: Add some pep to your step by inhaling peppermint’s refreshing aroma after stepping off the plane. Massage some on the bottoms of your feet after a long day of walking or add a drop or two to warm water and drink to help ease July 2018


According to data from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, three of the world’s largest meat producers, JBS, Cargill and Tyson, emitted more greenhouse gas last year than all of France and nearly as much as the biggest oil companies, such as Exxon, British Petroleum and Shell. Carbon dioxide emissions from raising farmed animals make up about 15 percent of global human-induced emissions, with the biggest offenders being beef and milk production. The nonprofit environmental organization EcoWatch claims that a pound of beef requires 13 percent more fossil fuel and 15 times more water to produce than a pound of soy. It notes, “There is no such thing as sustainable meat, and plant-based alternatives to meat, dairy and eggs take a mere fraction of the resources to produce as their animal-based counterparts.” A vegan diet is not just good for the planet, either; it also spares animals misery at factory farms. “Pigs, cows, chickens and other farmed animals suffer horribly. These innocent animals face unthinkable horrors: cruel caged confinement, brutal mutilations and bloody, merciless deaths,” says Joe Loria, communications and content manager at the humanitarian group Mercy for Animals.

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Warming seawater and increasing ocean acidity are damaging reef ecosystems around the world, and some scientists and environmentalists fear a worldwide collapse by 2050. Coral reefs are colonies of millions of tiny animals. In a single night, the corals join in casting a fog of sperm and eggs into the water to either fertilize and make baby coral larvae or settle back onto the reef, fostering growth. Dirk Petersen, Ph.D., founder and executive director of Sexual Coral Reproduction, in Hilliard, Ohio, gathers sperm and eggs from corals, fertilizes them in a lab and returns the baby corals to the wild. “A bunch of us coral reef managers were just so sick of just watching things die,” says Laurie Raymundo, a biologist at the University of Guam. This kind of in vitro fertilization provides at least a glimmer of hope for the future.


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In a win for the health of the world’s oceans, McDonald’s says it will end the use of harmful polystyrene foam packaging globally by year’s end. Rarely recycled, the material used in beverage cups and takeout containers is a frequent component of beach litter, degrading into indigestible pellets that marine animals mistake for food, resulting in injury or death. The company says, “The environmental impact of our packaging is a top priority.” The International Agency for Research on Cancer has determined that styrene, used in the production of polystyrene, is also a possible human carcinogen. Dunkin’ Donuts is also phasing out its polystyrene foam cups in favor of paper cups. A planned worldwide project completion by 2020 will prevent nearly 1 billion foam cups from entering the waste stream each year. Customers may still opt for the restaurant’s mugs or bring their own thermos. The foam cups will be replaced with doublewalled paper cups made with paperboard certified to Sustainable Forestry Initiative standards.


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Dutch designers Eric Klarenbeek and Maartje Dros have been cultivating live algae and processing it into material that can be used for 3-D printing. This algae polymer can be turned into everyday items from shampoo bottles to bowls and trash bins. They hope it could replace petroleum-based plastics to help alleviate our unsustainable consumption of fossil fuels. They have also experimented with other biopolymers such as mycelium (fungi), potato starch and cocoa bean shells. The pair now operate a research and algae production lab at the Luma Foundation, in Arles, France. They point out that their creations do more than just replace plastic—algae can also suck up carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas driver of global climate change. They explain, “The algae grow by absorbing the carbon and producing a starch that can be used as a raw material for bioplastics or binding agents. The waste product is oxygen—clean air.”

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Uncovering authenticity comes from within. We learn to discern and heed the inner voice of wisdom through daily silence, a still space that allows messages to resonate. This ever-present guidance system is always spot on. The key is to connect often. Be grateful for the fruits of quiet moments. Maybe they occur during prayer and meditation, in the shower, walking in solitude without earphones or driving with the radio off. Breathe deeply, cherishing an open heart. Gut feelings often presage inner knowing.

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hen Nanci Hummer was considering names for her new age metaphysical shop, she wanted a moniker that reflects how customers can experience a healing peace both in and out of her store. Creating the name The Loving Piece was an easy decision. “I spelled it ‘piece’ because whether a customer comes into the shop to purchase something, or if they just spend time mulling around or talking to me, I want them to walk out of the shop taking a piece of love with them,” she relates. Hummer has personally found peace from the metaphysical arts. A native of 24

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Warren County, New Jersey, Hummer later moved the Nazareth area, proudly stating that she had lived on both sides of the Delaware River. She had always been curious about new age philosophies, but it wasn’t until after her divorce in 2005 that she really delved deep into those healing alternatives. “I started going to spiritual classes and working with a spiritual advisor, “ she reflects, “It helped me heal faster, and to look at things from a different perspective.” For many years, Hummer began gathering items like crystals, stones, organic clothing—anything she felt would fit well into a metaphysical shop. She

found many things during her travels to Venice Beach, California; Asheville, North Carolina; Hilton Head, South Carolina; and Sedona, Arizona. As she worked as a bartender to support herself and her four children, she often discussed with her spiritual counselor her plans to open a store. “In November of 2014, my spiritual counselor pointed out that I kept saying ‘when I have a shop.’ She finally asked me ‘why don’t you start saying I am a shop owner?’” Hummer says. “In April of 2015, I signed my lease for a retail space.” She wanted a location in Easton because there hadn’t been a new age metaphysical shop in the area for quite a while, and Hummer felt that Easton was ready for one. After renovating a 1,000 square foot space that used to house a coffee shop, Hummer opened The Loving Piece in July 2015. Hummer’s passion lies with the healing power of crystals, and she carries a vast array of crystals and stones. This past January, she attended the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show, where she networked with hundreds of vendors and found unique inventory for The Loving Piece. Hummer advises customers how each crystal, whether it’s amethyst and aventurine, or quartz or selenite, each has its own healing power. In effort to make The Loving Piece a one-stop shop for the metaphysical realm, Hummer also carries organic clothing, incense, sage sticks, singing bowls and Himalayan salt lamps, the latter of which Hummer says have become extremely popular as people seek natural alternatives for relief from migraines, asthma and stress. She also carries natural body care items made by local Nature & Company Organics. Ashley Johnson of Little Deer Reiki Healing Oils makes items such as essential oils infused with herbs, crystals and the healing power of reiki. “They are truly are magical, and anybody who has ever purchased one has later raved about how truly healing these items are,” Hummer says. Hummer also hosts workshops and classes led by psychic mediums, including an intuitive development class led by Susan Farley; a healing touch workshop taught by Sam Reda, Intuitive Healing, taught by Dustin Parent. Hummer does a

class on crystals and how to smudge one’s self and space with sage sticks. There is a reiki share on the last Sunday of each month. Hummer observes that people are looking more to themselves, rather than looking to the outside, for emotional and spiritual wellness. “The Loving Piece provides the tools to help them get there,” she says. “The healing is from within, and I’m here to help guide them.” When Hummer first opened, she wasn’t sure how the journey would go. “I opened on a wing and a prayer, and faith in the universe that this was exactly where I was supposed to be. My goal was to last six months,” she laughs. As she approaches her third anniversary, she says she has evolved as the store has evolved. “I constantly listen to people as they’re shopping, and if there are products they are looking for and don’t see, I’ll do my best to bring them in. It’s a lot of trial and error, but I have trust in what I’m doing. The universe has put me in this situation and has created this space, and I’ve been more successful than I had anticipated. As a bartender, I really had a foot in both the wine and spirits world and in this spiritual world. It’s been over a year since I bartended, so the shop truly is taking care of me all the way around.” Hummer is a member of the Easton Business Association, and she participates in community events such as the Easton Garlic Fest and the Clam Jam Festival. She’s excited by the gifts the universe has given her so far, and she’s enthusiastic to see where the future leads. “One of my favorite things is to actually see the transformation in the people that have crossed over the threshold of this shop,” she enthuses. “I look at The Loving Piece as a springboard for people as they begin their spiritual journeys.” The Loving Piece is located at 7 N. Third St., Easton. For more information, call 484206-8140 or visit See ad this page.


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Gary Griggs on What We Must Do to Save Our Coasts by Randy Kambic


hile Gary Griggs has lived near the coast of California most of his life, visits to the coasts of 46 nations helped shape his latest book, Coasts in Crisis: A Global Challenge. The distinguished professor of Earth sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz, writes on how coral reefs provide shelter, food and breeding grounds for about one-third of the world’s species of marine fish, as well as coastal protection from major weather events. Most coral reefs are now besieged by pollution, overfishing, sedimentation, coastal construction, tourism and global warming. Approximately 3 billion people— nearly half our planet’s total population— live in coastal areas. He cites that hurricanes have caused more U.S. fatalities than any other natural hazard, and the driving


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forces behind rising sea levels will increase future vulnerabilities unless effective actions are taken now. Griggs, who also wrote Introduction to California’s Beaches and Coast and Living with the Changing California Coast and cowrote The Edge, today recaps the history and assesses the current status of coasts worldwide. He suggests ways in which current negative trends might be reversed or improved.

How can we better deal with rising sea levels?

There are now about 200 million people living within three feet of high tide. Both mitigation and adaptation will be required. We need to do everything possible to cut back on greenhouse gas emissions, but that’s not going to stop rising

sea levels anytime soon. We need to start adapting right away. We can elevate structures, but that’s limited. Historically, we’ve used armoring, including seawalls, levees and rock revetments, which work for awhile, but have endpoints. Ultimately, it’s going to take relocation, or what we call “planned retreat”, moving back when the sea nears our front yard. The more we reduce or mitigate the emission of greenhouse gases, the less adaptation will be needed to cope with climate change.

Why are coral reefs so vital to the global ecosystem?

In the tropical latitudes, coral reef ecosystems have formed the basic biological, geological, economic and cultural framework of area coastlines and island nations for centuries. Today, fisheries and tourism anchor those economies. Millions of people depend on these local ecosystems for their protein supply. About 50 percent of coral reefs are in poor or fair condition, and most are in decline. Whether from pollution, dredging, filling or overfishing, virtually all of those reefs are under significant threat.

Have researchers seen any overfished species rebound?

A 2013 report by the Natural Resources Defense Council found that about twothirds of U.S. commercial fish species that had been seriously depleted had made significant recoveries—28 of 44 fish stocks, including Atlantic bluefish, flounder and black sea bass—primarily due to better management practices. We now have

fisheries restrictions and marine-protected areas in place. To realize some long-term success, we need to limit fisheries in certain areas and for certain species. California’s Monterey Bay Aquarium publishes a Seafood Watch Consumer Guide card specific to regions; it color codes which species are safe to eat and which ones no longer can provide a sustainable harvest, so we know which ones to ask for at grocers and restaurants.

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Eight of the largest metropolitan areas worldwide—Shanghai, Mumbai, Karachi, Tokyo, Dhaka, Jakarta, New York/New Jersey and Los Angeles—are along shorelines. Coasts in Crisis looks at the hazards of hurricanes, cyclones, typhoons and tsunamis that their residents are exposed to—along with long-term sea level rise. These incredible concentrations of people not only fish heavily, they discharge

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Restoring the Nutritional Value of Crops by Melinda Hemmelgarn


hen we think of scientists as men and women in lab coats peering into microscopes, what’s missing is farmers. Our society doesn’t tend to equate the two, yet farmers are active field scientists. How they choose to grow and produce food greatly impacts our shared environment of soil, water and air quality, as well as the nutritional content of food, and therefore, public health. The best field- and lab-based scientists share key traits: they’re curious, keen observers and systems thinkers that learn by trial and error. Both formulate and test hypotheses, collect data, take measurements, assess results and draw conclusions.

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Diana Dyer, a registered dietitian and organic garlic farmer outside of Ann Arbor, Michigan, explains, “I like to help people see the similarities between the scientific process and good, careful farming—all aspects of which revolve around observations, goals, planning, implementation, intervention and analysis of 28

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results—then careful re-planning based on those results.” Dyer and her husband, Dick, started farming after long careers in traditional health care, where the focus was on treating people after they got sick. Through their farm work, they wanted to focus on prevention. “Growing healthy food in healthy soil, our goal was to create and nourish a healthy community from the ground up. Communicating the multiple benefits of healthy soils and ecosystems has been at the core of our vision and responsibility from day one,” she says. The Dyers believe that flavor is key to eating and enjoying truly nourishing foods, and based on their professional health backgrounds and farming experience, they connect healthy soil with higherquality, better-tasting food. In Havre, Montana, Doug Crabtree, and his wife, Anna, manage Vilicus Farms, featured in the book Lentil Underground: Renegade Farmers and the Future of Food in America, by Liz Carlisle. The Crabtrees

grow organic heirloom and specialty grains, pulses and oilseed crops such as emmer, kamut, black beluga lentils and flax. Asked if he considers himself a scientist, Crabtree first defines the term as “a person who is studying or has expert knowledge of one or more of the natural or physical sciences.” Then he replies, “Given this definition, how could any farmer not be a scientist? An organic farmer is a lifelong student of nature, seeking to emulate her wisdom and processes as we refine our production systems. Organic production isn’t just growing food without toxic chemical inputs, it’s a system that requires conscientiously improving soil, water and associated resources while producing safe and healthy food for America’s growing population of informed consumers.”

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At the Rodale Institute, in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, Andrew Smith directs the


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new Vegetable Systems Trial, a long-term, side-by-side comparison of both biologically organic and chemically based conventional vegetable production. An organic farmer with a Ph.D. in molecular ecology from Drexel University, in Philadelphia, Smith studies how soil quality and crop-growing conditions influence the nutrient density and health-protecting properties of specific vegetables. “Over the past 70 years, there’s been a decline in the nutritional value of our foods,” reports Smith. “During this time, industrial agriculture, with its pesticides and synthetic fertilizers, increased yields and size of crops, but the tradeoff was a decline in nutrient content, known as the ‘dilution effect’.” In addition, Smith explains, greater levels of nitrogen fertilizer, typical of conventional production methods, may also increase a plant’s susceptibility to insects and disease. Smith’s research will give fellow farmers, healthcare providers and consumers a better understanding of how crop production practices influence soil quality and therefore, food quality. For example, research of organic crops shows higher levels of vitamin C; higher-quality protein; plus more disease-fighting compounds called secondary plant metabolites such as lycopene, polyphenols and anthocyanin, the plant pigment responsible for the red, blue and purple colors in fruits and vegetables, as reported in a meta-analysis published in the British Journal of Nutrition.

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The Rodale Institute has formed partnerships with nutrition and medical researchers at Pennsylvania State University, in University Park. Of particular interest, for example, are extracts from purple potatoes that show promise in helping to kill colon cancer cells. Smith looks forward to identifying growing methods that boost levels of anthocyanin, as well as other health-protecting compounds in crops. The new Regenerative Health Institute, a global research and education center linking soil health to human health, will also be housed at the Rodale Institute. It’s a collaboration between Rodale staff and the Plantrician Project, a nonprofit organization in New Canaan, Connecticut, that promotes whole food and plant-based nutrition, and helps healthcare providers embrace food as medicine as the foundation of their practices. Jeff Moyer, a renowned international authority in organic agriculture and executive director of the Rodale Institute, explains, “It’s not only what you eat that’s


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important, but how what you eat was produced. Ultimately, our personal health is linked to the health of the soil.” David Montgomery, a professor of geomorphology at the University of Washington, in Seattle, has visited farms worldwide, witnessing how farmers use regenerative farming practices to bring degraded soil back to life. He learned that grazing animals, cover-cropping and no-till farming free of synthetic chemical fertilizers and pesticides protects and enriches the soil microbiome, which contrib-

utes to the nutrient density of plants and human health.

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Along with our well-being, livestock farming methods impact our environment, too. A growing body of research including a new study published in Food Science & Nutrition shows that meat and dairy products from animals raised mostly on grass or pasture—as nature intended—contain significantly higher levels of conjugated linoleic acid and omega-3 fatty acids compared to grain-fed animals. These naturally occurring fats help protect us from inflammation, heart disease and cancer. Important in brain, eye and nerve development, omega-3 fatty acids are especially critical for pregnant and breastfeeding women and their infants. Organic farmers, by law, must provide their ruminant animals with significant time on pasture and may not feed them genetically engineered feed or feed produced with synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Further, they can’t use synthetic hormones or antibiotics to promote weight gain. In these ways, organic farmers help protect our food, water, and environment from contamination, and reduce the growing global threat of antibiotic resistance. Randolph Center, Vermont, dairy farmers Regina and Brent Beidler diligently study and question changes they witness in their immediate environment. They monitor what grows in their pasture, watch what their cows choose to eat and count the numbers and activities of insects, bees, worms, birds and wildlife.

They understand that careful land and animal stewardship is key to soil, plant, animal and human health.

Healing Communities

More hospitals nationwide are investing in farms and farmers’ markets to boost patient, employee and community health by increasing access to nutrient-dense, fresh, healthful food. One exceptional example is the new partnership between Virginia’s Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) and Augusta Health, an independent, community-owned nonprofit hospital in Augusta County, Virginia. The AMI Fellowship program prepares individuals to become farmers, teachers and ambassadors for healthpromoting food systems. “Both AMI and Augusta Health believe that access to excellent health care includes access to healthy food,” explains Sue Erhardt, the institute’s executive director. The AMI Farm at Augusta Health initiative will create an onsite production farm and a community venue for food, nutrition and gardening education. Their goal is to tackle three major local health issues: poor nutrition, low physical activity and overweight; diabetes; and mental health. A Food Farmacy program for those with or at risk for Type 2 diabetes will provide fresh produce prescriptions at an onsite farmstand, as well as cooking classes. Erhardt recalls her life-changing experience as a teen, hearing American labor leader Cesar Chavez speak about farm worker exposure to pesticides and related cancer clusters. She’s proud to say, “The farm project will exemplify sustainable practices for growing vegetables, including organic fourseason crops and companion planting, while promoting soil health. “We believe this project will promote a better quality of life for staff, patients and community members.” That’s the power of farming when it’s dedicated to optimum health. Melinda Hemmelgarn is a registered dietitian, writer and Food Sleuth Radio host with, in Columbia, MO. Connect at July 2018


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“Many experimental studies have shown that components of foods or beverages may have anti-inflammatory effects,” says Dr. Frank Hu, also a Ph.D. and professor of nutrition and epidemiology in the department of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. “A healthy diet is beneficial not only for reducing the risk of chronic diseases, but also for improving mood and overall quality of life.” Hu, Josh Axe, a chiropractor and doctor of natural medicine, in Nashville, Box 421 Emmaus, PA 18049 • P: 610-421-4443 • F: 610-421-4445 Tennessee, and Dr. Andrew Weil, • tor of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, in Ad Proof for Natural Awakenings Tucson, promote anti-inflammatory foods, backed by recent studies, on their websites. To: P: 610-421-4443 “Small, gradual changes are typically Email: F: 610-421-4445 more sustainable and easier for the body Please sign your proof and complete the following information: to adapt to,” writes Axe. “So rather than (Ad is shown at actual size. See second page for larger ads.)your pantry and sailing off to emptying the Mediterranean, you can pursue an by Judith Fertig diet one step at a time.” Ad is approved: contact information and spelling isanti-inflammatory correct ny time our bodies sense an If we continue to expose ourselves to That’s what Andrea Adams Britt did. Ad is threats, approved changesprocess, indicated “invader”—a microbe, virus, plant these thenwith the high-alert A professional wedding cake baker from pollen or unwelcome chemical— Ad isknown as inflammation, becomes chronic. not approved – make changes indicated Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Britt experienced they go into high alert, producing white This disturbance of natural equilibrium can bewildering symptoms, including digestion blood cells to fight it off. Once the danger has lead to cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, issues, depression, migraines, weight gain been thwarted, normal functioning returns. arthritis, depression and pain. It can also and skin irritation. In 2015, she eliminated



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flour and sugar from her diet, and then added more organic leafy green vegetables, coconut oil and wild-caught salmon. Her symptoms went away one at a time, and by last January, she had also lost 100 pounds. The solution for her was to create flavorful dishes that she enjoyed eating, so she did not feel deprived. Weil advises, “The best foods are those that offer disease-preventive benefits such as anti-inflammatory effects and delectable flavor. When I eat such foods, I feel as though I’ve hit a grand slam homerun—the sensory pleasure is heightened by the fact that each bite contributes to my overall well-being.” His take on an Anti-Inflammatory Food Pyramid at offers a broad sample of these foods in an easy, downloadable graphic. Reducing inflammation in her body has also led to better mental and emotional health for Britt. “I am a happier person,” Britt says. “I can control my emotions, focus my thoughts and am more at peace.”

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Green leafy vegetables such as Swiss chard contain natural anti-inflammatories such as vitamins K, D and C, says Axe.


Beets have a natural antioxidant, betalain, an anti-inflammatory compound that inhibits the activity of enzymes the body uses to trigger inflammation, advises Axe.

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Dr. Frank Hu, of the Harvard School of Public Health, suggests limiting these foods that inflame, all found in a typical fast food meal. 1. Refined carbs, such as bread buns and sugars

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3. Red meat and processed meat 4. French fries and other fried foods 5. Margarine


Sea buckthorn berry juice (known as olivello juice) is one of the most concentrated natural sources of vitamin C, says Weil.

Axe. He notes, “They are a rich source of lycopene, betacarotene, folate, potassium, vitamin C, flavonoids and vitamin E.”







Ginger is a potent anti-inflammatory food that also helps reduce intestinal gas and prevent nausea, advises Weil. Green tea is best enjoyed hot with a little squeeze of lemon; it may reduce cholesterol levels, ultimately assisting in lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease, per Weil. Virgin coconut oil has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, according to a study published in Pharmaceutical Biology. Britt eats a total of one-and-a-half tablespoons a day in hot drinks, salads or soups.


Tomatoes are an easy-to-use and a tasty anti-inflammatory food, says

Bok choy has potent anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects, as well as a higher concentration of betacarotene and vitamin A, than any other variety of cabbage, according to Weil. Black cod, also known as butterfish or sablefish, has even more omega-3 fatty acids than salmon, notes Weil. Walnuts, rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids, help protect against metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes, says Axe. Judith Fertig writes award-winning cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

Herbs for Inflammation by Cheryl Karcher Inflammation can either kill us or cure us. When acute, it can heal us, when we have low-grade, chronic inflammation, it becomes the source of most degenerative diseases. In the case of inflammatory response to a tissue injury, chemicals such as histamine and prostaglandins are released into the bloodstream and cause artery vasodilation. This increased blood flow to the area causes heat and redness, which increases temperature and metabolic cell rate. Increased capillary permeability leaks proteinrich fluid into tissue spaces, causing pain and swelling. This causes temporary limitation of movement that results in healing. Acute inflammation is a part of the body’s immune response. In the case of chronic inflammation, it is the body’s failure to eliminate whatever was causing the acute inflammation, such as an autoimmune disorder or exposure to a low-level irritant. Chronic inflammation can cause several diseases and conditions, including cancer and rheumatoid arthritis. Some herbs for acute inflammation used topically are calendula, turmeric and thyme, preferably blended into a cream or salve. Addressing chronic inflammation is a more involved protocol, including diet and lifestyle changes. Helpful herbs include elderberry, turmeric, amla and Boswellia. Consult a professional about herbal applications for inflammatory issues. Cheryl Karcher is a clinical herbalist in Bloomsbury, NJ. For more information, call 908-319-0012 or visit See ad page 51. July 2018


THE JOY OF DIRT Gardening Connects Kids to Nature by Barbara Pleasant

hildren benefit from a close connection with nature, and there’s no better place to learn about plants and soil than a garden. Families don’t need lots of space, as even a small collection of potted plants holds fascination for youngsters. The first step is to understand a garden as seen by a child that may be more interested in creative play than in making things grow. Whitney Cohen, education director at Life Lab, a nonprofit that promotes garden-based education in Santa Cruz, California, thinks kids benefit most from what she calls “dirt time”—spent outdoors interacting with plants, animals, soil and everything else. “When a child plants a seed, tends it over time and ultimately pulls a carrot out of the soil and eats it, they begin to know down in their bones that food comes from plants; that healthy food is delicious; and that we are part of a vast and beautiful web of life,” Cohen says. This learning process may not match a parent’s idea of a lovely garden. “Children don’t make neat rows. They water leaves and flower petals rather than the roots. They accidentally step on young seedlings. Gardening with children is messy and chaotic, but there is always learning going on beneath the surface, just out of sight,” says Catherine KoonsHubbard, nature preschool director at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Growing nutritious vegetables like cherry tomatoes allows kids to see, touch and possibly smash a food as they get to know it, increasing the likelihood that they will eventually eat it.

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“Children might rather be playing than following instructions,” Koons-Hubbard counsels, but it’s easy to incorporate space for free play in the garden. Depending on a child’s imagination and which toys are used, a spot of diggable soil in the shade might morph into a dinosaur refuge, pony farm or secret place for fairies. Kids are also attracted to stepping stones, which encourage hopping, stretching and even counting. Don’t be surprised if kids turn some of them into a stage or a place to stack rocks or leaves. 34

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Some opioid addiction stems from use of illegal recreational drugs like heroin and cocaine, but the National Institute of Drug Abuse testified to the U.S. Senate that as of 2014 more than four times as many Americans were addicted to prescription opioids (2.1 million) than heroin (467,000). Natural approaches, less harmful in relieving pain and thereby preventing drug addictions, are addressing and ameliorating longterm back or neck, nerve and even cancer pain, and saving lives. The first step in preventing dependency is to avoid opioids completely, says Fadel Zeidan, Ph.D., assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomy at the Wake Forest School of Medicine, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina: “Opioids don’t work for chronic pain. They may be effective for acute pain, such as right after an injury or surgery, but they are ineffective and addictive in the long run.” Here are several better ways to feel better.

BETTER OPTIONS THAN OPIOIDS Natural Ways to Reduce Pain by Kathleen Barnes


hronic pain affects 100 million Americans, with annual treatment costs reaching $635 billion, according to the Institute of Medicine. Worse, opiate-derived pain medications, conventional medicine’s go-to treatment for chronic pain, are addictive and deadly. The Annals of Internal Medicine reports that an estimated 2 million Americans suffered from opioid use disorder involving prescription drugs as of 2016 while 12 million admitted to misusing them. Legal and illegal opioids killed 64,070 Americans in 2016, 21 percent more than the previous year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Mindfulness meditation: Zeidan recommends mindfulness meditation and cites a University of Massachusetts study of people with chronic pain in which pain lessened by at least 65 percent after 10 weeks of this practice. “Mindfulness meditation is about discipline and regulating one’s attention. It appears to shut down the thalamus, the brain’s gatekeeper, and the brain’s ability to register pain,” explains Zeidan. Yoga: Strongly positive effects have been reported in several studies, including one on 150 veterans with chronic low back pain from the Veterans Administration San Diego Healthcare System. It showed that 12 weeks of yoga classes reduced pain and opioid use, and improved functionality of participants; many of them had suffered back pain for more than 15 years. Acupuncture: The ancient Chinese modality that’s been used to treat all types of pain for millennia has become such a mainstream treatment that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends that healthcare providers learn more about it to help patients avoid prescription opioids. “All pain starts with imbalance,” says Terri Evans, a doctor of Oriental medicine in Naples, Florida. “Acupuncture is about creating balance in the body and in releasing the fascia, where pain patterns get locked.”

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Drumming Out Drugs Music, specifically drumming, stimulates the release of endorphins, the body’s own morphine-like painkillers. Group drumming can help people withdrawing from addictive drugs, especially those having particular difficulty in conventional addiction programs, reports a University of Arizona at Tempe study published in the American Journal of Public Health. Other supportive studies are listed at html.

system, found in the brain, organs, connective tissues and immune cells, is one of its natural pain-coping mechanisms, and is most affected by cannabis. Mitch Earleywine, Ph.D., associate professor of clinical psychology at the State University of New York at Albany, author of Understanding Marijuana: A New Look at the Scientific Evidence and a member of the advisory board of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, is an advocate of medical marijuana. While regarding it as helpful for chronic pain with little risk of addiction, he concludes it’s “great for a small handful of conditions, but it’s not the cure-all that some are suggesting.” CBD oil: Dr. Hyla Cass, of Marina del Rey, California, an integrative physician expert in psychiatry and addiction recovery, and author of The Addicted Brain and How to Break Free, is more comfortable with CBD (cannabidiol) oil. It’s a hemp product legal in 45 states, provided it qualifies in non-addictive levels of THC, the component of cannabis that induces euphoria (see TheCannabis Some CBD oils contain trace amounts of THC, not enough to induce a “high” or contribute to addiction, but there are also products that contain no THC at all. By definition, hemp’s THC content is less than 0.3 percent versus marijuana’s 5 to 35 percent. “CBD oil won’t make you high,” says Cass. “In and of itself, CBD oil is very

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Let the Sunshine In Just getting a little natural sunlight can have a strong effect on chronic pain, according to a study published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine. Hospital patients fortunate enough to have beds on the sunny side of the building cut their need for opioid-based pain meds by 22 percent just one hour after spine surgery. potent. You don’t need the THC for pain relief. There’s no need to go down the slippery slope of using an illegal substance.” In addition to CBD oil’s painrelieving effects on the endocannabinoid system, says Cass, it’s a powerful antiinflammatory, which contributes to its effectiveness in addressing the underlying causes of chronic pain, confirmed by University of South Carolina research. Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous books on natural health, including Food is Medicine. Connect at


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nsomnia plagues millions of Americans, and finding a solution can be difficult when the condition is chronic. Prolonged lack of quality sleep compromises health and sets the stage for depression, high blood pressure, obesity, inflammation, poor memory and even serious risk of heart attack. The good news is that natural alternatives, especially regular exercise, offer relief. Northwestern University research published in the journal Sleep Medicine even confirms better results from exercise than other natural approaches.

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peak and lowest valley. The entire system needs to get used to slowing down.” Kim’s life changed for the better, including his struggles with insomnia, when he made walking a priority after an incapacitating back injury. “Walking is synchronized motion and induces meditative brain waves,” says Kim, who teaches others how to walk for better physical and mental health.

Oxygen is Key

The more oxygen the brain receives, the lower the levels of cortisol that trigger racing thoughts. Other forms of moderate aerobic exercise involving cardio machines, spinning, cross-country skiing, swimming and dancing are also beneficial ways to increase oxygen intake. Chicago fitness expert Stephanie Mansour explains, “Improving circulation helps to increase the body’s energy during the day and helps you wind down at night.” It’s a common misconception that rushing through the day is the same as engaging in exercise. Mansour elaborates: “Exercising is different than just being busy or working outside, because it’s a time where you connect your mind, body and breath. You’re forced to be present. It’s difficult to think about your to-do list when you’re physically engaged.” According to, just 10 minutes of regular aerobic activity anytime improves sleep quality significantly. Plus, it abates the likelihood of sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome that sedentary lifestyles can cause or exacerbate.

Cultivating Calm

Restorative yoga instructor Naima Merella, manager of Studio 34, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, says, “We’re not taught to value rest, and conditions like feeling overwhelmed and insomnia are the result. Most people in our culture suffer from an overactive fight-or-flight response, so engaging our parasympathetic nervous system, or relaxation response, can balance this.” Merella advocates yoga, breath work and certain qigong exercises. “One option is to do a more active yoga practice to burn off excess nervous energy, and then end with restorative poses to engage the relaxation response. It all depends on a

free of that conditioning. Keep in mind that an issue can be more mental at times and more physiological at other times, so we want to address both with asanas early in the day to balance the nervous system and mindful breathing at bedtime.” Whichever form of exercise we choose, we should be gentle with ourselves. As Merella reminds us, “The best thing we can do is send ourselves compassion and love.”

person’s schedule and what they’re able to do. Ideally, I would suggest doing at least 30 minutes of restorative yoga and breath work before bed, but even a few minutes of a restorative pose or breathing technique can be helpful. I’ve found the kundalini yoga meditation, Shabad Kriya, most helpful for sleeping.” Renowned yogi Janice Gates, of Marin County, California, also advises physical practice, as well as understanding the foundational teachings. “It’s important to remember that you’re not your anxiety. It’s easy to identify with suffering and conditions that cause it. Yoga supports us to be

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In Mechanicsville, Maryland, ex-iron and steel worker Steve Glorius repurposes scrap metal into natural world and fantasy art sculptures of ocean creatures that also inform about endangered wildlife. His works have adorned museums, restaurants, galleries and gift shops. Debbie and Mike Schramer, owners of Fairy House Vintage Antiques and Art, in Provo, Utah, create fairy houses made from twigs, mosses, bark and other natural elements. “Instead of paint and paper, we use nature itself,” says Mike, who encourages others to follow suit. “People enjoy time outdoors more intricately as they look for small items.” Although fairy houses are trendy now, the Schramers started building their fantasy worlds in 1987. They’ve authored three books to spark the imagination, Fairy House: How to Make Amazing Fairy Furniture, Miniatures, and More from Natural Materials, Fairy Village and F is For Fairy: A Forest Friends Alphabet Primer board book. At 14, Canadian Evan Sharma, of Kingston, Ontario, is already an active entrepreneur—his artwork now appears on sneakers and clothes. He calls his company RBLB for Right Brain/Left Brain, saying, “To be a whole person, you have to use both the creative side and the analytical side of your brain.” His passion for the environment is particularly expressed in a painting he donated to support the Olympic team. Painted at an elevation of 7,000 feet on Sun Peaks, in

British Columbia, he finished with snow for authenticity and texture. This year, he spoke on creativity at the 6 Under 16 program, in Montreal. “Eco-art makes an impact on the world,” says John Sabraw, professor of art and chair of painting + drawing at Ohio University, in Athens. “Right now, my paintings are round. People say they see a long view of the planet or what’s seen through a microscope. Every painting evokes a different emotional response from the viewer.” All Sabraw’s paintings

use pigments processed out of polluted streams, often mixed with other standard artist colors. Sabraw has helped develop several ways for artists to adopt sustainable practices. See his TedxTalk at He points out that whatever form eco-art takes, its purpose is to show a problem, provoke a response and ask the viewer, “What if…?” Connect with the freelance writer via

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n the late 1990s, the nationally syndicated newspaper columnist, “animal doctor” Michael Fox received many letters about dogs and cats with diarrhea, itchy skin and other persistent disorders.

He advised all inquirers to immediately remove foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMO). Dozens of follow-up thank-you notes verified that his recommendation worked.

Getting Cancer from Food

Cancer rates among our country’s 185 million pets are skyrocketing, especially among dogs. Canines have the highest cancer rate of all mammals; in America, about half are struck with the disease.

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“One of the main reasons I came to the conclusion of blaming GMOs in pet foods for this cluster of health problems is that essentially, nothing else in the health background of these animals had been changing,” says Fox. Many vets have also reported a rise in pet obesity, skin conditions, inflammation, degenerative disk disease, cancer and even shorter lifespans since late 1996, when GMOs and associated poisons entered America’s food supply. For example, most GMOs like soy, corn and canola are designed by Monsanto to tolerate high doses of its Roundup herbicide. Corn is also engineered to produce an insect-killing poison called Bt-toxin. Together with pesticides sprayed on or produced inside GMO crops, the side effects from genetic engineering create dangers. Monsanto’s “Roundup-ready” corn has higher levels of putrescine and cadaverine, compounds responsible for dead body odor. They promote bad breath and also can enhance the risk of allergic reactions and cancer.

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Pet owners that notice benefits from changing a pet’s diet can share their story via or The sooner we realize the hidden dangers, the quicker the market must respond with healthier ingredients.

holes or gaps created in intestine walls. Veterinarian Marlene Siegel, owner of the Pasco Veterinary Medical Center, in Lutz, Florida, says, “We know that the root cause of most disease is inflammation; and that inflammation is coming from the leaky gut.”

autoimmune diseases, behavioral problems In 2015, the World Health Organization classified Roundup’s active ingredient, [and other conditions] improve when we Organic Surpasses take the animals off of these GMO-laden, glyphosate, as a “probable human carNon-GMO glyphosate-ridden foods, and put them on cinogen.” Insufficient human studies exist, GMOs are not the only crops drenched something that’s more organic and natural. with Roundup. It’s also sprayed on other but a goodly number of animal studies It’s a dramatic change.” confirm that it causes cancer. foods to dry them, often just a few days In a survey conducted by IRT, 3,256 Preliminary tests commissioned by before harvest, including wheat, oats, barley people that adopted a non-GMO and largely the Institute for Responsible Technology and other cereals. It’s also used on lentils, organic diet reported improvements in (IRT), an educational nonprofit, on the citrus orchards, sunflowers, potato fields 28 health conditions, many of which have dangers of GMOs, revealed that six popular and vineyards. Box 421 PA 18049 P: 610-421-4443 • F:growers 610-421-4445 increased inEmmaus, the U.S. parallel with the• growdog and cat foods contained more glypho Organic and processors are • ing prevalence of GMOs and Roundup. sate residues than most human foods. not allowed to use GMOs, Roundup or Further, 80 pet owners cited improvements Possibly because pets are exposed to other synthetic toxins. It’s safest to choose Adissues, Proofincluding for Natural Awakenings in status for eight health Roundup from spraying both foods and organic; if unavailable, at least buy verified lawns, a pilot study by Health Research In- digestion, allergies and skin conditions, non-GMO. To: P: 610-421-4443 when their pet’s food was changed. stitute Laboratories, which tests glyphosate Email: F: 610-421-4445 Plausible explanations include that levels in food and environments, found the Jeffrey M. Smith is founder of the Institute glyphosate patented an antibiotic, levels in dogs’ urine were 50 times higher Pleaseissign your as proof and complete for the followingTechnology information: Responsible and its campaign, and so easily kills beneficial bacteria in second than the average in humans. (Ad is shown at actual size. See page for larger ads.) Protect Pets from GMOs and Pesticides, at the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This could Author of the bestseller possibly with digestion, Amazing Recoveries Seeds Deception: Exposing Industry and Adinterfere is approved: contact detoxifiinformation andofspelling is correct cation and immunity. Numerous veterinarians see good results Government Lies About the Safety of the Ad is approved with changes indicated According to integrative veterinarian when pets switch to non-GMO food that’s Genetically Engineered Foods You’re Eating is not approved – make indicated Karen Becker, Ad in Chicago, the Healthy Pets changes free of synthetic pesticides. Veterinarian and Genetic Roulette: The Documented expert for, “We know now that Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Barbara Royal, owner of The Royal Treatanimals consuming genetically modified ment Veterinary Center, in Chicago and Foods, his upcoming film, Secret Ingredifoods… can change the terrain of their author of The Royal Treatment: A Natural ents, interviews many that recovered from GI tract.” Most notably, glyphosate and Approach to Wildly Healthy Pets, says, disease after switching to organic food. Also Bt-toxin are linked to leaky gut—unnatural “Allergies, gastrointestinal problems, visit

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and culture of the ancient Celts. A mile walk on woodland trails. 9:30-noon. Rain or shine. No reservations needed. Contact: Tom Egan at tpegan@ 2155 Fox Gap Road, Bangor Who Are These Crystal Children? ~ Please join Angel Whisperer, Amy Musser, to learn about and discuss what crystal children are. Honor their spirit as they support the ways of the natural world, protect the Earth and exist in gentler ways illuminating a shift in the trajectory of humanity. 10am-12:15pm. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown.

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Learn @ Lunch ~ Each month, join June, The how you move, notice tension, improve your coorMindful Maven, a Spiritual & Wellness Coach, dination – helps prevent and overcome injuries and as she shares her experiences about her spiritual chronic pain and develops overall good health. 5:45approved: information andHow spelling is correct journey,contact struggles, and successes. Topic: to 6:45 pm, $75/6 classes, Pre-register 610-618-0467. Practice Non-Negotiable Self-Care. Time: 12:00- Twin Ponds, 628 Twin Ponds Rd. Breinigsville. Ad is approved with changes indicated 1:00pm. Donation: $3. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water, Hellertown. Visit or call (610) TUESDAY, JULY 10 Ad is not approved – make changes indicated 838-5463. Free Meditation Circle – The 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of each month, 7 pm to 8:30 pm. 2024 Lehigh St., SATURDAY, JULY 7 Allentown, PA (across from Bennett Toyota). Enjoy Free Tour of Columcille – Experience this mega- a relaxing time & experience different types of lithic standing stone park with Irish historian and meditation. See for storyteller Tom Egan. Includes stories and inter- more info. Like us on FB. pretations of park features drawn from the history

Stress Relief & Brain Health: Introduction to Effortless Meditation™- Greg Schweitzer. This physician recommended meditation technique is a key for self-care. Gain relief from - insomnia, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, fatigue, brain fog and more. 7-8:30 pm, Free, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Pre-register 610.670.6700 Weight Loss and Hormones – Seminar to debunk the myths about weight loss and make a plan that fits you. A smoothie and some recipes included with all handouts. 6pm. $25 per person or 2 for $40. Must register and prepay by July 9. Herbs To Your Success, 64 S. Main St., Nazareth. 610-365-8996

SATURDAY, JULY 14 Depression, Anxiety & Brain Cancer ~ Please join Amy Musser to hear her speak about living with depression, anxiety, and brain cancer and how it’s helped her evolve. Time: 10am-12pm. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown. Stress Relief & Brain Health: Introduction to Effortless Meditation ™ - Greg Schweitzer. This physician recommended meditation technique is a key for self-care. Gain relief from - insomnia, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, fatigue, brain fog and more. 9-10:30 am, Free, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Pre-register 610.670.6700

SUNDAY, JULY 15 Mercury Retrograde Workshop ~ Do you want to know what it means for Mercury to be in retrograde? Learn how it impacts you and what you can do about it. Time: 6:00-7:30pm. Cost: $33. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water, Hellertown. Register at or call 610-838-5463. Limit 10 people.

MONDAY, JULY 16 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.

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60 Second Aroma Reset – An online Zoom class. Turn your bad day into a peaceful one. Learn how to use Frankincense, Lavender and Stress Away essential oils to change your tension to ease. This technique can be used on small children to teen agers to adults. Easy to learn and use. Cost is $20. 7pm. Reiki for Transitions Call for details. 570-575-3077 or check us out on Facebook events. Sacred Symposiums – A Roundtable Discussion & Potluck Dinner. Your Zodiac Signs (Sun, Moon & Ascendant). Every 3rd Wednesday 7:00-9:00pm, discuss spiritual or metaphysical topics. Free event! Doors open 6:45p. Please bring a covered dish. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown. Visit our Facebook group. Limited to 15 people. Call 610-838-5463.


savethedate YIN YOGA APPROACH TEACHER TRAINING JULY 20-23 Part of our advanced studies program. Designed to give the current teacher or serious student and in depth guide through the techniques and practices of yin yoga. This course may be taken for CE credits or as an immersion. Sessions will include: yin yoga practice, practice teaching, lecture, sequencing for special conditions and populations, discussion, therapeutic techniques and time for questions and answers. $375. 823-F Ann Street Stroudsburg. 570-664-0956

Walking Younger to Relieve Pain – Betsy Wetzig. Simple, easy exercises of Coordination Pattern™ Training 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, Pre-register 610-398- 9652. Twin Ponds, 628 Twin Ponds Rd. Breinigsville.

SATURDAY, JULY 21 Aroma Sharing Day – An open house type event. Stop by to smell your favorite essential oils, make a lotion, room spray or sugar scrub, or just ask a question. Zyto Body Scans will be available. Stop in anytime between 10am and 2pm. Herbs To Your Success, 64 S. Main St., Nazareth. 610-365-8996

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savethedate ANIMAL REIKI CERTIFICATION SEPTEMBER 9 & 16, 2018 Animal lovers, groomers, trainers, vet techs or shelter staff will benefit from learning this practice which can help animals on many levels. Classroom instruction on 9/9 at Springbrook Kennels, Spring Brook Township, includes basic Japanese Reiki techniques, self and human treatment and how to offer Reiki to animals. Practice/experience on 9/16 at a local animal park. Course taught by Brenda Williamson and Beth George, Animal Reiki Practitioners/Teachers. RSVP by 8/15. $150 includes materials and follow up support. Contact or call/text 570-575-8078.

Aerial Yoga 101: The Basics – Learn the fundamentals of this fun, yet challenging practice at a relaxed pace, while building strength and flexibility. Learn joint warm ups before moving into a sequence designed to introduce movement within the aerial hammock. 12:30-2 pm. $25. Boundless Yoga Studio Mt. Pocono 1444 Pocono Blvd #106. 570-664-0956

Free Meditation Circle – The 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of each month, 7 pm to 8:30 pm. 2024 Lehigh St., Allentown, PA (across from Bennett Toyota). Enjoy a relaxing time & experience different types of meditation. See for more info. Like us on FB.



New Moon Intentions & Full Moon Releases ~ Sew seeds of intention each New Moon to manifest your desires. At Full Moon, release that which no longer serves. Learn to create your spiritual practice during these two lunar phases. Time: 6:00-7:30pm. Cost: $33. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown, PA. Visit or call 610-8385463 to register. Limited to 10 people.

TUESDAY, JULY 24 Walking Younger to Relieve Pain – Betsy Wetzig. Simple, easy exercises of Coordination Pattern™ Training 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, Pre-register 610-398- 9652. Twin Ponds, 628 Twin Ponds Rd. Breinigsville.

Ayurvedic Cooking Workshop – Learn how to prepare a simple nutritious meal that will help you feel fewer aches, more energy, less bloating. Recipes and the meal included using organic foods. 5pm. $35 per person. Must register and prepay by July 20. Herbs To Your Success, 64 S. Main St., Nazareth. 610-365-8996 Stress Relief & Brain Health: Introduction to Effortless Meditation ™ - Greg Schweitzer. This physician recommended meditation technique is a key for self-care. Gain relief from - insomnia, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, fatigue, brain fog and more. 7:00 – 8:30 pm, FREE, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Pre-register 610.670.6700



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FRIDAY, JULY 27 Full Moon Release – During the Thunder Full Moon in July, we can release any negative energy. Bring a ceramic mug or fireproof container. Dress for briefly going outdoors. Event ends with a full moon meditation Time: 7:00-8:00pm. Cost: $10. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown, PA. Doors open at 6:45pm.

SATURDAY, JULY 28 Working with Crystals – A Full Moon Crystal Workshop. Learn the benefits from relaxation to enhanced connection and serious empowerment of stones energy. Positive intentions and blessings into each one. Participants will receive a free crystal. 11am. $40. Sign up by 7/26. Shooting for the Moon. 6247 Rte 209, Stroudsburg (across form Snydersville Diner). 570-992-0943 Stress Relief & Brain Health: Introduction to Effortless Meditation ™ - Greg Schweitzer. This physician recommended meditation technique is a key for self-care. Gain relief from - insomnia, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, fatigue, brain fog and more. 9:00 – 10:30 am, FREE, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Pre-register 610.670.6700 Handmade & Holistic – Enjoy our quarterly craft show featuring local artists displaying and selling hand-made jewelry, crafts, and artwork. Help support local crafters and be able to purchase one-of-akind items. Raffle prizes & light refreshments. Time: 1:00-5:00pm. Kindred Spirits Books & Gifts, 66 W. Water Street, Hellertown (610) 838-5463.

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QiGong/Tai Chi − Crystal Klein. Reduce stress, lower blood pressure, improve balance, and increase energy. Includes visual meditation, balance exercises, followed by energy form. 11- noon, $96/8 classes, Pre-register 610-762-2702. Twin Ponds, 628 Twin Ponds Rd. Breinigsville.

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sunday Sunday Services – Metaphysical and nondenominational. Rev. Lloyd Moll, Pastor - Unique Sunday services 10:30am. All welcome! St. John’s Church of Faith, 607 Washington St Allentown. 610-776-7211 Quiet the Mind Group Meditation – New to meditation? Learn several simple techniques to quiet your mind and relax your body. 10:45-11am. From 11-11:30am, enjoy crystal singing bowls as you meditate. $10. Kindred Spirits Books & Gifts, 66 W. Water Street, Hellertown. 610-838-5463 Kindred Kids Meditation – We invite you to our weekly kids meditation practice. This 30-minute session teaches children and basic yet effective skills for managing energy, strengthening focus and concentration. $5. First Sunday of the month. 10-10:30am. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown. 610-838-5463. Co-Dependent Anonymous – CoDA is a 12-Step Fellowship of men and women with a common purpose to recover from codependence. The only requirement for membership in CoDA is a desire for healthy and loving relationships. 7pm, Unity Church, 26 N. 3rd St., Emmaus. Call 610-737.-354 or visit

monday Reflexology Q and A – Stop by our clinic from 11am to 3pm and let us review your health concerns with you. Medical Reflexology can help with many health concerns by exerting pressure to reflex areas encouraging improved instruction to every part of the body. 1701 Union Blvd, Allentown. 267-4244549.


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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 self-awareness using the basics of Kripalu Yoga combined with the gentle movements of Feldenkrais®, 7-8 pm, $88/8 classes, Pre-register 610-618-0467. Twin Ponds, 628 Twin Ponds Rd. Breinigsville. Yin Yoga, Levels 1-3 – Karen Klubertanz. Embrace the balance of effort and surrender in gently supported poses. Learn deep breathing to release tension and support feelings of relaxation. A complimentary practice for all yoga students. 7–8:15 pm, $15 dropin or $88 / 8 classes, Pre-register 484-554-4601. Twin Ponds, 628 Twin Ponds Rd. Breinigsville.

tuesday Walking Younger to Relieve Pain – Betsy Wetzig. Simple, easy exercises of Coordination Pattern™ Training 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, Pre-register 610-398- 9652. Twin Ponds, 628 Twin Ponds Rd. Breinigsville. Yoga: Iyengar Summer Intro Series – Diane Erney. Explore fundamental poses with emphasis on building strength, stamina and flexibility. Each pose is taught individually with props to assist going deeper into each pose. July 3 to August 14, 7-8 pm, $65, Register at Twin Ponds, 628 Twin Ponds Rd. Breinigsville. Dosha Balancing Yoga – Choosing the right movements and sequence gives the student a practice with purpose. In the winter our movements are focused on building heat and opening the chest. Asana informed by Ayurveda with a purpose to heal,

transform and deepen self-awareness. 9:30am. Roots and Wings, 127 S 5th St, Quakertown. 215-257-5025 Free Meditation Circle – The 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of each month, 7 pm to 8:30 pm. 2024 Lehigh St., Allentown, PA (across from Bennett Toyota). Enjoy a relaxing time & experience different types of meditation. See for more info. Like us on FB. 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, 610-653-3971

wednesday 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 Healthy Aging Chair Yoga – Applying the principles of alignment make this a dynamic and effective way to experience yoga with support. Gain confidence in your body, move with awareness, and achieve the deep peace and relaxation that moving mindfully can give you. 11am. Roots and Wings, 127 S 5th St, Quakertown. 215-257-5025 Dosha Balancing Yoga – Choosing the right movements and sequence gives the student a practice with purpose. In the winter our movements are focused on building heat and opening the chest. Asana informed by Ayurveda with a purpose to heal, transform and deepen self-awareness. 6pm. Roots and Wings, 127 S 5th St, Quakertown. 215-257-5025 Sacred Symposiums – Discussion & Potluck Dinner - Every 3rd Wed at 7pm, we discuss different spiritual, inspirational, or metaphysical topics. Please bring something to the table. Free. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown. 610-838-5463 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.

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. 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. Country Meadows Retirement Facility, Green Pond Road in Bethlehem Township. 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

thursday Walking Younger to Relieve Pain – Betsy Wetzig. Simple, easy exercises of Coordination Pattern™ Training 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, Pre-register 610-398- 9652. Twin Ponds, 628 Twin Ponds Rd. Breinigsville. Learn @ Lunch – First Thursday of each month join The Mindful Maven, a Spiritual & Wellness Coach, as she shares her experiences about her spiritual journey, struggles, and successes. Noon-1pm. $3. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water, Hellertown. Visit or call (610) 838-5463. 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: Tibetan Heart Yoga – Embody ancient movements from the Tibetan masters. Learn new ways to focus your mind and apply the teachings to your life. This month’s practice will focus on the bhandas, keeping and moving vital energy. You will feel connected, balanced, focused and fabulous! 9:30am. Roots and Wings, 127 S 5th St, Quakertown. 215-257-5025 Stress Relief Coaching Group – Join others in a group setting to manage stress with multiple holistic approaches. 9:15am or 5:15pm. $25 session. Creative Holistic Therapy, 3037 S. Pike Avenue (Rte 145) #105, Allentown. 610-282-0709 to register. Qigong & Tai Chi – Qigong uses deep breathing and gentle movements to strengthen and circulate the life energy. Tai Chi helps prevent falls and improves balance. Focus is placed coordination and relaxation. Open to all levels. 10:30am, Allentown YMCA & YWCA, 425 S.15th St., Allentown, 610434-9333 x 313.

friday 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 physi-

PLANS CHANGE Please call ahead to confirm date and times

cal or emotional condition that interferes with your wellbeing. 10 am-11 am., $88/8 classes, Pre-register 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 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 Ojas Building Restorative Yoga – Support natural immunity and systemic vitality. Create a new weekly ritual for releasing stress. Jin Shin Jyutsu self-healing holds are used in concert with supportive restorative yoga postures. This gentle practice will leave you feeling like yourself and ready to enjoy the weekend. 6pm. Roots and Wings, 127 S 5th St, Quakertown. 215-257-5025 Healthy Aging Chair Yoga – Applying the principles of alignment make this a dynamic and effective way to experience yoga with support. Gain confidence in your body, move with awareness, and achieve the deep peace and relaxation that moving mindfully can give you. 11am. Roots and Wings, 127 S 5th St, Quakertown. 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 Gentle Yoga - Perfect for students recovering from an injury, just starting back into a fitness or yoga routine. Building strength and flexibility slowly and using restorative postures and breath work for healing and relaxation. 6-7. Blue Lotus Yoga @ Soulful Journeys, 131 S. Main St., Nazareth, 484-546-6803.

saturday Yoga: Mom & Tots Yoga – Karen Klubertanz. Moms and Tots bond in a playful exploration of mind, body and senses during a supportive and empowering Hatha/Yin yoga class. No prior yoga experience is needed. All infants and tots up to 2 years of age welcome! 9-9:50 am, $10/class, Preregister 484-554-4601

welcome! 8:30, $6. First class is FREE. Persevere Fitness 3690 Lehigh St., Whitehall 484-282-0442 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. 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, NJ. See 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

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Yoga: Hatha, Yin & Therapeutic, Kids & Family Class – Karen Klubertanz. A blend of creative play and relaxation. Light up your child’s face with joy! Great for building self-esteem, cooperation, focus, and trust. 10-11 a.m. $10/1 adult & 1 child; $3/additional family member. Pre-register 484-554-4601 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

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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.

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

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 44.

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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 therapeutic-grade,organic Essential Oils for 20 years. Over 130 therapeuticgrade essential oils, and essential-oil enhanced nutritional supplements & products. Visit my website for details. Income opportunities available. See ad page 25.


FACILITATING HEALING 127 S. 5th Street, Suite 150 Quakertown, PA 215-257-5025


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Integrate self-care practices into your daily routine, identify stress habits, and guide healthy choices based in self-knowledge, inquiry, and observation. Traditional Indian w a r m o i l m a s s a g e , e n e rg y balancing, restorative yoga classes and private session.

188 Shiloh Court Whitehall, PA 18052 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 47.


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 22.


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 40.


Using an open system which is unique to the area. This cleansing/ detoxification protocol clears the large intestine of accumulated toxins and undigested waste and dilutes the toxic load to the body’s eliminative organs (skin, lymph, lungs, kidneys and bowels). Reduce bloating, aid weight loss, increase nutrient absorption and increase energy levels. FDA approved for colonoscopy and endoscopy preparation. See ad page 30.


4833 Chestnut Street • Emmaus, PA 18049 610-966-7001 Offering colon hydrotherapy (CHT) from compassionate practitioners also skilled in health coaching and total system healing. Also offering Holistic Nursing, Life Coaching, Massage & Raindrop Therapy. Body Ecology Specialist. In addition to healing services, we also offer an array of organic nuts and seeds, sprouted flour, fermented foods, and prepared nutritional meals. See ad page 36.



Muhamad Aly Rifai, MD, FACP, FAPA, FAPM Chief Psychiatrist and Internist Offices in Easton, Palmerton and Stroudsburg. 484-546-5060 Offering Brainsway Deep TMS an National Institute of Heath developed, FDA cleared, non-invasive treatment for Treating Depression that is covered by most insurances. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is an alternative treatment that has been shown to be safe and effective for those with Treatment-Resistant Depression when medication is not reliving symptoms or produces negative side effects. See ad page 37.


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. See ad page 26.


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 31.


Megan Morse Serving Lehigh Valley 707-776-6699 Are there areas of your life of your life that you would like to improve? I can help you balance and harmonize the energy of your home and office, ignite romance, increase wealth, analyze the Qi before purchasing a new home, sell a home, improve your health, attract more travel opportunities. Individual consultations or host a Feng Shui party or class.

2900 Hamilton Blvd., Allentown, PA 18103 610-432-1320

As the Lehigh Valley’s only Holistic Dentist, Dr. Taras focuses on the safe removal of mercury fillings using ozone, chelators, bio-compatible fillings, and more. With additional degrees as a Naturopathic Physician, in Nutrition, and Integrative Biologic Dental Medicine, Dr. Taras has both the decades of training and experience to remove mercury fillings safely. Cerec dentist, IAOMT, ANMA, and CDC. See ad page 10.



1121 Graham Street, Fountain Hill, PA 18015 610-868-4840 The only green cemetery in the Lehigh Valley. A cemetery of wildflowers and grasses native to Pennsylvania. Return to the natural cycle of life to nourish the soil, green the meadow and live on. Nondenominational. Non-profit. Speakers available to visit organizations. See ad page 20.


Cheryl Karcher 524 Northampton Street Easton, PA 908-319-0012

Integrative, individual herbal programs to address the root cause of your health concerns, resulting in optimal health. Combining herbs, diet and lifestyle for protocols where clients can participate in their own health. 15% off new clients!



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.

Marcella Hilferty, CPHI, CH, MBA Forks Township, Easton, PA 18040 610-248-2358 When nothing else works, Hypnosis does! A Certified Professional Hypnosis Instructor and practitioner, bringing to the Lehigh Valley a systematic hypnosis process utilized in one-to-one sessions. Also, offering a self-hypnosis process unlike any self-hypnosis system. Experience the joy of being self-empowered. See ad page 22.

LIFE COACH ONE OF A KIND PERSONAL COACHING June Rose, Personal Coach 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown, PA 18055 610-838-5463

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 e-mail her today for a free consultation and get the helping hand you need. See ad page 26.

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Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center Greg Schweitzer 628 Twin Ponds Rd., West Lehigh Valley 610-670-6700 De-stress, revitalize and be healthier with scientifically validated and physician recommended Effortless Meditation. Experience rest deeper than sleep! Greg Schweitzer taught for Deepak Chopra, M.D. and other notables for 35+ years. Introductory classes and a 10-hour 7-session course.



Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center 628 Twin Ponds Rd, West Lehigh Valley 610-618-0467

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

MJA HEALTHCARE NETWORK Mikhail Artamonov, MD PhD 391 East Brown Street East Stroudsburg, PA 18301


Family Physician, Board Certified Thermologist Serving Bethlehem, Easton and Fogelsville 856-596-5834

A board certified family physician for 35 years and co-founder of Health Through Awareness in Marlton, NJ. An internationally recognized expert in the diagnosis and treatment of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy/Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (RSD). An advocate for health and preventive medicine championing thermography as an early diagnostic tool for many health conditions including breast health.Certified by four Thermographic Boards. See ad page 38.


Conrad Maulfair, D.O. 2970 Corporate Court, Suite 1 Orefield, PA 18069 • 610-682-2104 • 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 12.


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Fisher, NTP – Pasquale, NTP 801 W. Broad Street, Bethlehem, PA 610-419-8881

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 2.

Using nutrition, chiropractic, and other modalities like massage, the Well of Life helps individuals rediscover health in a natural way. We are committed to offering hope and healing to our clients, and to promote wellness through empowering and educating. Start your journey today!


Tina Stashko, PhD MIfHI Emmaus, PA 18049 610-965-8132

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 47.



LOSAGIO CHIROPRACTIC CENTER LLC Mark D. Losagio, DC, DIBCN 1220 Illicks Mill Rd., Bethlehem, PA 18017 610-865-8155

Dr. Losagio is a Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist, with over 26 years of experience, using state of the art equipment such as Digital Motion X-ray, Proadjuster and cold laser. He offers chiropractic care, specializing in personal injury cases, weight loss program and continuous education to his patients. Focusing on getting you back to a fully active life. See ad page 27.


Dr. Jonathan Tompkins 2591 Baglyos Circle Suite C-44 484-821-0818 Dr. Tompkins is a Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist with a wide range of experience with Chronic pain, Sciatica, Whiplash, and Neurological disorders such as ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, MS, and Balance Disorders. The practice offers Chiropractic care, Nutritional Blood testing, Food allergy testing, Clearmind Neurofeedback, and Computerized Balance Testing. Expanded office hours can now accommodate new patients in under two weeks. See ad page 56.


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 31.

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

Specializing in glutathione enhancement with Immunocal a unique, specially prepared and globally recognized natural whey protein proven to support overall health, wellness and performance! Listed in the Physicians’ Desk Reference. Key benefits include maintaining a strong immune system, helping antibodies and supports increased muscle strength and endurance to improve athletic performance. Free mini consults.

NUTRITIONAL COUNSELING INTEGRATIVE NUTRITION Gale Maleskey, MS, RD, LDN Office in Bethlehem 610-625-5990

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


Dian Freeman, MA, MHHC Private Nutritional Consultations, Classes, Nutritional Certification Course Morristown, NJ 973 267-4816 Clinical Nutritionist Dian Freeman has a private practice and nutrition school in Morristown, NJ, and she teaches a six-month nutritional certification course with over 850 certified graduates in Holistic Health over the last 15 years. She also practices frequency biofeedback, teaches 1-day classes and lectures widely. Dian is currently finishing her doctorate in Medical Humanities at Drew University in Madison, NJ. See ad page 11.


Persevere Fitness, LLC 3690 Lehigh Street Whitehall, PA 18052 610-762-8447 Persevere Fitness is a unique studio with intimate class sizes for every level of fitness. Paula is a certified Pound and Urban Bootcamp instructor. She is also a Black Belt in Taekwondo. POUND is an exhilarating full-body workout that combines cardio, conditioning, and strength training with Yoga and Pilates- inspired movements using lightly weighted drumsticks engineered as Ripstix.


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

Dr. Kaplan is a Board Certified podiatrist with over 30 years experience. Our office feature state-ofthe-art technology including laser treatments for fugus toenails and shockwave treatments for heel pain. Dr. Kaplan emphasis is on non-surgical approached to all types of food and ankle pain. See ad page 39.


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

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.

REFLEXOLOGY METTA RELAXATION CO. 618 W Broad Street Bethlehem, PA 18018 610-419-2044

Reflexology is an applied pressure on reflex areas in the feet and hands that represent a specific organ, gland, or body part. The nerve pathways are stimulated, thus restoring a balanced, healthy body.

REFLEXOLOGY – MEDICAL INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF MEDICAL REFLEXOLOGY Lorraina J. Telepo, Founder 2502 Schoenersville Rd Bethlehem, PA 18018 267-424-4549

Part of an overall health enhancement program. An exercise pressure is applied to reflex areas, formed by 7,200 nerve endings in each hand and foot, encouraging improved instruction to each and every single gland, organ and part of the body, thus persuading the body to biologically correct, strengthen, and reinforce itself.

SEXUAL HEALTH THERAPY ALEXANDRA T. MILSPAW, PHD, LPC 701 West Union Blvd, Suite 2 Bethlehem, PA 18018 484-894-1246

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Counselor and educator specializing in sexuality, trauma, and chronic pain utilizing NLP and mindfulnessbased approaches. Learn easy, quick techniques to move towards healing your life and relationships by reprograming your nervous system’s response to stress and pain. “Breathe. Believe. Be.” Anything is possible!


188 Shiloh Court, Whitehall 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 47.

SPIRITUAL COUNSELING REV. JEN CASPER, B.MSC. Bethlehem, PA 18015 570-871-3930

Changing your life can be scary and daunting. Working with someone takes the fear out of doing it yourself. Through holistic healing techniques, talk therapy, Reiki, mindfulness, and your guides and angels, change can be easy and empowering. Working with Jen, you can manifest your dreams, create hope, and begin living the life you desire on purpose with purpose!


Serving Bethlehem, Easton and Fogelsville 856-596-5834 A Board Certified Thermographic Technician has imaged thousands of patients for many types of health concern and administers outreach thermogram assessments in several eastern PA centers regularly. A Holistic Health Counselor and is a member of the American Asso-ciation of Drugless Practitioners. A founding partner of Health Through Awareness in Marlton, NJ, a cooperative wellness center that provides a variety of alternative services to facilitate healthy living including nutrition and lifestyle counseling, Reiki, thermography, and biopuncture. Liesha. See ad page 38.

TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE KIM’S HEALING CENTER 1223 Butler St, Easton,PA 18042 610-559-7280 • Offering traditional Chinese healing therapies such as acupressure massage, reflexology, herbal foot soaks, detoxification, traditional cupping, and tuina. Also detoxification protcols using Infra-red sauna nd ion detox foot baths. Large selection of Chinese herbal teas, herbal supplements and hearbal heating pads for pain. Serving the area for over 20 years. Mention this ad and get an initial cupping session for just $20. See ad page 9.

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classifieds APEALS Big Brothers Big Sisters – Needs volunteers for children living in Phillipsburg. Please call today to learn how you can help a child grow up. 908-6890436 or INFO@BBBSHSW.ORG

COURSES Become a licensed Sanctified Healer/Hypnotist – Contact Chorbishop Mullen for additional information at 570-216-1215 or Visit 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. Chakra Energy Course Online – A 10-week online course. The first webinar is free and limited. One participant will win a scholarship covering cost. This course will cover the entire Chakra Energy System and crystals, meditations, and daily rituals associated with each chakra for awakening, balance, and enlightenment. $249 for the entire course or $39 per session. Sacred Space. To attend the free webinar, go to 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.


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Childbirth Classes – Now booking private sessions, groups and childbirth classes! Visit or call 484-373-9990 for more information!

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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 dramilspaw@4dcounseling. com to register for group supervision. Intuitively Guided Card Readings – Revealing messages for your highest good. Multiple decks used. Reasonable rates for one-on-one and parties (hostess receives free reading). Call for appt. Cheryl 908-268-8029. Service and Repair of TV – All brands. Free estimates and reasonable price. Call Moe 484-522-5405

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