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love to travel. It has transformed me by opening my mind to the beauty of nature and vibrancy of other cultures that see life from a different perspective. There is nothing like a good road trip to stimulate growth, see beyond the everyday, promote gratitude and encourage an overall attitude adjustment. This month we feature Transformative Travel as an invitation for the personal growth of our readers. I have had the good fortune to travel frequently and many of my most cherished memories are of times when I was out of my element and introduced to people and places that I never experienced before. I’ve experienced the moon rising over the Gulf of Mexico, clouds literally rolling over mountain peaks in New Mexico, a misty climb in a rainforest in Puerto Rico and the remnants of a hurricane slamming into the eastern face of a 10,000foot peak in West Texas while I poked my head up from the completely dry western side. I’ve witnessed spectacular waterfalls in Oregon, New Mexico and Pennsylvania, swam in crystal clear water off Islands in the Caribbean, floated down the Guadalupe River and enjoyed many swimming holes in Central Texas. The drive along Route 1 through Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park in California was spectacular. I’ve hiked a good portion of the Appalachian trail in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and done some hiking in lower elevations of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. All were magical experiences that I will never forget. Spending time in nature revealed the obvious fact that we sometimes seem to forget; there is an invisible and unexplainable force far more powerful than humanity that sets things in motion in our universe. My understanding of this force has developed over many years and many miles. I also see it the beauty of people from my personal and professional travel experiences. Celebrating the new year in Mexico, enjoying a street fair in Puerto Rico, exploring small towns in Ireland, negotiating at a mercado in San Antonio, experiencing Southern culture and soul food in Alabama and Louisiana and eating family-style in Taiwan exposed me to ways of life that were enriching and satisfying. In the next 10 years, I hope to travel even more. I’ve been preparing myself for new adventures with a list of places and experiences I want to manifest and a renewed commitment to my physical fitness. I recently read a book, Old Man River, a great read about the American history of the Mississippi River, by Paul Schneider, that added a trip from its headwaters to New Orleans to my list. I also read a book last summer about the Continental Divide and learned there is a spot in Montana where a drop of rain could potentially flow to one of three oceans (Atlantic, Pacific or Arctic). I’d love to go there. More time in the Rockies, another adventure in California and a return to West Texas have intrigued me for some time. Make your own list. Research and read about the history, people and natural wonders of a destination and imagine yourself there with all you need to enjoy yourself. Then do it. Make the reservations and book time with guides to show you the secrets of the area. We are here for more than just survival, we are here to thrive, and the world is full of adventure. Happy travels.
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olistic counselor Rev. Lyn S. Felix, of Creative Holistic Therapy, is starting a new nurturing and empowering group that meets from 7 to 9 a.m., October 18 and 25 and November 1. It a place where individuals are accepted, supported and can grow to be their best. Participants will learn effective strategies that can help shift from feeling overwhelmed or stuck to capable and confident. Felix is a holistic counselor and coach, using hypnotherapy, chakra energy clearing, reiki, mindfulness and more to help shift from limited, fear-based thinking, believing, and behaving patterns into living from your magnificent essence. Experience joy as you resonate with higher vibrational frequencies in all aspects of your life. Cost is $35 per week or $97 if paid in full by first session with cash or check. Limited to 10 People. Location: 3037 S. Pike Ave., Ste. 105, Allentown. To register, call 610-282-0709. See ad page 58.
unctional Medicine Nutritionist Kathy Harrington will be sharing foundational truths about how our diet impacts our brain health and what we can do to optimize brain function, prevent and even reverse dementia at 7 p.m., October 17. Participants will learn the best food options to insure a healthy brain; discover the lifestyle behaviors that have the biggest impact on brain health; find out the cause of inflammation and Kathy Harrington its impact on the brain; and identify what they can do to prevent and heal dementia. Harrington holds a masterâ€™s degree in nutrition science and a masterâ€™s degree in nutrition and functional medicine from the University of Western States. Her education, training and 20 years of experience allow her to provide unparalleled nutritional wisdom to help clients overcome chronic disease and optimize their wellness self-care. Location: Best Western, 300 Gate Way Dr., Bethlehem. For reservations, call 610-419-3909. See ad page 7.
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r. Robert Kaplan, owner of Twin Rivers Podiatry, in Easton, continues to be a leader in bringing nonsurgical, drug-free solutions for problems of the feet to Robert J. Kaplan, D.P.M. the Lehigh Valley. Traumeel injections treat a variety of musculoskeletal inflammatory conditions such as Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, capsulitis, metatarsalgia and arthritic conditions. Traumeel injections are a homeopathic alternative to steroid injections. Homeopathic means the medical agent is completely derived from elements found in nature. Traumeel is a natural blend of botanical and mineral extracts with the ability to neutralize inflammation, allowing the body to heal properly. Cortisone injections are effective, but because of the side effects there is a limit to how many shots one can safely get. Traumeel injections are a safe alternative to cortisone injections because they have no side effects and thus can be given as often as necessary. Dr. Kaplan provides all types of foot and ankle solutions including an innovative, non-invasive treatment for Neuropathy that stimulates blood flow to relieve burning, tingling and numbness and Extra-Corporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) a FDA approved, non-invasive treatment for achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis, commonly associated with heel spurs. This procedure is painless, non-invasive procedure. There is no lengthy recovery period, no costly time off from work, and no risk of causing further damage or injury. Location: 1901 Hat Terr., Ste. 7, Easton, PA. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 610-253-2251 or visit TwinRiversPodiatryEaston.com. See ad page 13. natural awakenings
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athways Holistic Center, in Emmaus, is offering an award-winning, non-invasive, U.S. Food and Drug Administration-registered medical device for home use that has been proven to improve cell health, blood flow and circulation. It was developed under a cooperation agreement with NASA. The easy-to-use device, used just 16 minutes per day, encourages increased oxygen and nutrient absorption of cells and tissue, while improving the natural detoxification processes of the cells. “Our circulatory systems distribute hormones, immune cells and other signaling molecules, which is fundamental for all metabolic processes,” states Pathways founder Sherry Wachter. “Poor circulation causes cells to drown in their own waste, which leads to disease. Improving blood flow by driving microvessel function and circulation improves oxygenation which can help with many chronic conditions and speed healing of injury. The device reduces joint discomfort, lowers blood sugar, increases cardiac function, promotes increased energy and mental acuity.” Location: 4833 Chestnut St., Emmaus. A demonstration of the device and specific application consultation is available by calling 610-966-7001. See ad page 58.
hermographic Diagnostic Imaging/ Health through Awareness offers a free holistic health webinar, Light Bulb Moments and the Art of Deductive Medical Reasoning, from 7 to 8 p.m., October 25, with Philip Getson, DO. He will discuss the diagnosis and treatment of complex regional pain syndrome, an insidious disease of unknown origin. Primarily, it is a neurological disorder that affects not Phillip Getson, D.O. only the nerve endings, but also internal organs and the musculoskeletal system, and its ramifications are far-reaching. Getson is a family physician in practice since 1976 in New Jersey. He is a locally, nationally and internationally recognized expert in the diagnosis and treatment of complex regional pain syndrome and has lectured extensively on the subject. He is also an assistant professor of medicine in neurology at Drexel University Hospital in Philadelphia. As a board-certified thermologist, Getson has reviewed more than 25,000 thermographic studies of the breast, thyroid and neuromuscular system. For more information and to register, call 856-596-5834 or visit tdinj.com. See ad page 45.
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he 25th Annual Women’s 5K Classic will be held on Saturday, October 7 beginning at 9 a.m. at the Little Lehigh Parkway in Allentown. In addition to the %K, and competitive walk, Pink Ribbon Look (1.5 miles) and team competitions will also be held. An expo and information on training will are showcased. The Women’s 5K Classic held annually to encourage females of all ages to develop a healthy life style and to build self-esteem by participating in running and walking to enhance their physical, mental and emotional well-being. . The all-volunteer, grassroots organization was founded in 1993 to promote fitness among women; support women with breast & gynecologic (cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal & vulvar) cancers and their families and to contribute funding for related programs in the Lehigh Valley. Over the past 24 years they have successfully funded over 2.95 million dollars to worthy programs and organizations in the greater Lehigh Valley. The grants are in the areas of prevention, education and support of women dealing with breast and other female cancers.
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Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center Celebrates a Decade of Growth by Sheila Julson
win Ponds Integrative Health Center, LLC, will celebrate a milestone this month with its 10th Anniversary Open House & Parkinson’s Disease Fundraiser from 1 to 4 p.m., October 22. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the center’s 23 expert practitioners in various fields of natural health modalities. People can also tour the facility and learn how Twin Ponds has grown to be one of our country’s most diverse holistic health centers. The event also promises live music, food, dancing, kids games, a raffle and holistic health demonstrations. Proceeds from the event will benefit Parkinson’s disease support groups in Carbon and Lehigh Valley counties. Carolyn Reese, one of the last Americans to contract polio, founded Twin Ponds. After a spinal fusion and a year of physical therapy, she was still in pain and knew there had to be more options. Reese relates, “The message I received from my gut 10 years ago was that it would be very convenient to have highly trained holistic practitioners collaborating under one roof for natural health and wellness.” Reese was also eager to help others who, like her, couldn’t find answers to their health ailments through traditional Western medicine. “I felt as though our community could benefit from such a place. This realization was an ‘a-ha moment’ that came like a bolt of lightning—a gut feeling, an intuition that I knew I wanted and needed to act upon,” she says.
After searching for over a year to find an ideal location, Reese found a conveniently located yet serene space with a relaxing energy. With just a handful of holistic practitioners on board, Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center opened, and over the years has succeeded in helping many people with stress, physical aches and pains, along with mental and emotional challenges. Today, the center has grown to more than 20 experts in diverse fields of natural health modalities, addressing joint and muscle pain; stress issues such as sleep difficulties and relaxation; optimal brain function; nutrition and lifestyle support; emotional distress such as anger, fear, guilt and sadness; disease and illness; and more. Twin
Ponds also provides health screenings and has state-of-the-art advanced technologies such as low-level laser and a Multimaster Pilates table to help clients achieve maximum wellness. Reese credits not just the dedicated practitioners that helped Twin Ponds grow over the years, but also the clients that believe in Twin Ponds’s holistic mission and use their multifaceted services to maintain health, improve their lives and recover from illness or pain. She believes Twin Pond’s decade of success reflects not just their own efforts, but also a societal shift toward a more enlightened, common sense approach to health and well-being. “Our society is learning how important it is to look at the person as whole, and address the underlying causes of illness or disease in order for healing to take place,” Reese says. While the concept of self-healing through nutrition, exercise, meditation and other measures has been practiced for centuries in many parts of the world, more Western cultures are embracing these approaches, and Reese is proud to help bring these resources to the Lehigh Valley community. Location: 628 Twin Ponds Rd., Breinigsville. For more information, call 610-3953355 or visit TwinPondsCenter.com. See ad, page 11. Sheila Julson is a Milwaukee-based writer and contributor to Natural Awakenings Magazines throughout the country.
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pirulina platensis, a single-celled blue-green algae used in supplements, is often taken for the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases. A new study from Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, in Iran, tested the efficacy of spirulina supplementation on the body mass index (BMI), weight and cholesterol levels of 64 obese adults between the ages of 20 and 50. Subjects were divided into intervention and placebo groups. The intervention group took twice-daily supplements of Spirulina platensis for 12 weeks. BMI, fasting blood samples and lipid profiles were assessed at the beginning and end of the study, and food intake and appetite were reported daily. The scientists found more than double the reductions in both body weight and BMI in the spirulina group, compared to the control group. In addition, reductions in both total cholesterol and appetite were found in the intervention group.
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Understanding and Overcoming Lactose Intolerance by Sheila Julson
actose intolerance, a sensitivity to lactose, is caused by a deficiency of the lactase enzyme in the intestines, after consuming the sugar lactose which is commonly found in dairy products such as milk, cheese, and ice cream. When these dairy foods are not properly digested, they can cause severe intestinal discomfort and digestive issues. Lactase is required to split the Lactose sugar into 2 smaller sugars for easier absorption. Experts estimate that nearly 25% of the U.S. population has a reduced ability to digest lactose. There are studies that indicate a loss of lactase starts to take place in early childhood and continues up to somewhere around age 21. Ultimately, we as a species were not designed to drink cow’s milk, but over time some of us did develop a mutation that made it possible to ingest cow’s milk with little trouble. If, after
eating a product containing lactose, gastrointestinal symptoms occur, it may behoove you to look into the possibility of lactose intolerance. There are many tests available to determine one’s lactose sensitivities. They include a blood glucose test, a stool acidity test, intestinal biopsies or a lactose breath test. There are three options for those with Lactose Intolerance.
Option 1. Avoid all dairy and lactose containing foods. Attempting to avoid all lactose-containing foods is difficult and a nuisance for individuals and it ultimately can result in a deficiency of calcium and vitamin D which can lead to osteoporosis. They would also miss out on many enjoyable foods. Unfortunately, a person may not even be aware that their meal contains lactose since it is added to a variety of
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A collaborative study published in the journal Pediatrics concludes that toddlers under the age of 2 are more likely to eat French fries than vegetables on any given day; one in four 6-to-11-month-olds and one in five 1-year-olds consumed no vegetables at all. This concerning downward trend began more than a decade ago. The percentage of babies and toddlers eating canned or frozen fruits and vegetables declined by 10 percent between 2005 and 2012, and the consumption of dark, leafy greens among those under 2 has halved since 2005. Dr. Annemarie Stroustrup, an associate professor with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, in New York City, says, “You often have to offer a new food to a toddler up to 10 times before they will eat it.”
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A legal challenge in Washington state may require spending nearly $2 billion to restore salmon habitat by removing barriers that block fish migration. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a 2013 ruling ordering the state to fix or replace hundreds of culverts that allow streams to pass beneath roads, but block the salmon. Lorraine Loomis, chair of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, states, “This is a win for salmon, treaty rights and everyone that lives here.” The group represents 21 tribes in western Washington that challenged the state over the culverts in 2001, part of decades-long litigation over tribal fishing rights. She advises, “Fixing fish-blocking culverts under state roads will open up hundreds of miles of habitat and result in more salmon.”
Columbus Day Renamed to Honor First Peoples Many people feel that Christopher Columbus is partly responsible for the genocide of Native Americans, and bestowing him a day of celebration adds insult to injury. In a progressive move, the Anadarko City Council, in Oklahoma, unanimously voted to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day—observed this year on October 9. City employees get the holiday off, and other municipalities in Oklahoma have followed suit.
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Concrete and steel allow us to build immense houses, skyscrapers and dams, but in 2012, the U.S. Energy Information Administration determined that cement manufacturing uses more energy than any other industry. A new substitute process of growing biodegradable bricks via millions of bacteriadepositing chemicals, similar to the way coral grows, is now coming into use. The bacteria are injected into a brick mold with an aggregate material such as sand. After a short time, the bacteria turn it into a solid brick. Not only is this a renewable resource, it uses relatively little energy and is a viable option for future methods of construction, including terraforming other planets (Tinyurl.com/Biodegradable BuildingMaterials).
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Wind turbines make cleaner energy, but are dangerous to birds and bats. According to a study in the Wildlife Society Bulletin, approximately 573,000 birds and 888,000 bats are killed annually by wind turbines, which are providing increased wind power capacity nationwide. At one solar power plant in California, an estimated 3,500 birds died in just the plant’s first year of operation. What would help most is offshore turbines and knowledge about migration routes. The safest place for wind turbines is in the ocean, because songbirds and bats don’t migrate over such waters. On land, many songbirds fly at night and can’t see the wind turbines until it’s too late. Once they’ve discovered the unsafe area, they avoid it. Because migration routes are based on availability of food, water and resting areas, birds are forced to fly around the turbines, adding miles to their trip and the burning of more calories. Estimates of just how many bats are dying each year range from the tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands. Radar installations help to keep bats away from the deadly blades. Other remedies include slowing the blades at night to reduce collisions, which has proved to reduce overall wildlife deaths by 73 percent. In 2016 the American Wind Energy Association announced voluntary guidelines to halt turbines during low wind speeds, when bats are most active, to reduce bat fatalities by 30 percent. With two more industry changes, bat fatalities could drop 90 percent: feathering, or turning the blades parallel to the wind so the turbines don’t rotate; higher#1 cut-in they don’t Adand Proof - speeds Aprilso2011 Issue rotate in light winds. Take action at NationOfChange.org/petitions/protect-batslethal-wind-turbines.
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Metaphysics Practitioner Uses Spirituality to Unravel Life’s Mysteries by Sheila Julson
ennsylvania native Anthony “Tony” Kenton was never one who just accepted simple explanations to the enigmas of life and human existence. During his high school and college years, he questioned the status quo educational structures and religious leaders in whom he came into contact, and that got him into a lot of trouble with educators and other authority figures. His quest to dig deeper into the mysteries of our world eventually led him to metaphysics—a philosophy that explores the fundamental nature of reality. “Many educational structures and religions failed to offer guidance or alternate positive thought, and instead often encouraged submissive behavior and conformity,” Kenton observes. “Even studies in philosophy only provided a learning process. Unfortunately our society and culture do not provide all the answers to life and our physical reality. To understand life, we must first understand that man is a spirit experiencing a human physical life.” While Kenton didn’t believe those establishment systems were entirely
bad, he felt their practices limited people to the idea that they have no control over their own lives and fates. “I just couldn’t buy into the dogma of organized religion, so I sought other avenues,” he relates. “First, I read a lot and found a number of books to guide me on my search, and I found that metaphysics provided a lot of answers. Still not finding all I wanted to satisfy
my own questions about spiritual journeys and our origins, I wrote my own book, Who Am I? Where Am I? What Am I Doing Here? A textbook for Life, Living, and Reality. Actually, the book wrote itself. It is a long book of questions, answers and technical data. The book basically was designed to help me understand what life is all about. The title of the book is the same questions that an amnesia patient would ask after waking up. In addition, it’s also a howto textbook for life, living and reality.” Over the years, Kenton has worked full-time running his manufacturing business, Nova Finishing Systems, Inc., but metaphysical practices were and have become part of his everyday life. He was involved with and became president of the New Hope Channelers Support Group (now known as New Hope Metaphysical Society), an organization started by Bill Tomaszewski in 1990. When Tomaszewski moved to England, Kenton, along with John and Amy Gialuco, managed the organization at different times; however, disagreements over structure and goals led Kenton to forge connections with other metaphysical practitioners and form his own metaphysical group, The Society for Metaphysical Enlightenment (SME) in 1999. “I like to run an organization of equals, and we were having some difficulties on deciding where we were headed,” he recalls. “That’s when I gave operations back to John and Amy, and founded SME with Rose Moyer, a spiritual and gifted medium.” The SME group promotes togetherness and spiritual bonds throughout eastern Pennsylvania through events such as Spiritfest and Solstice Expo & Holistic Fair. SME also networks throughout the Mid-Atlantic region with other like-minded groups and organizations, all of which promote creative loving, caring and sharing. The study of metaphysics has grown over the years to encompass astrology, meditation, self-help, psychic abilities, numerology and other holistic practices. “There are a lot of ways to help the physical body and mind exist in this physical realm, and these disciplines all help in life’s journey and growth,” Kenton says.
Kenton and the board of six directors at SME are excited about their annual fall event, Spiritfest, which takes place this year from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. October 28, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. October 29. Kenton and his fellow SME members try to seek out the most engaging and informative guest speakers, services, products and people who promote the value of oneness of all. SME also hosts the Solstice Expo & Holistic Fair every June, and proceeds from both our events are donated to charities and interfaith churches. Regarding the expos, Kenton says, “One of our strong suits is the quality of our speakers. We try to line up the most interesting and challenging speakers that we can get. We were the first organization to recognize John Schaeffer, who authored a number of books and invented the Holographic Acupressure Therapy Discs. He’s an amazing person, and his products are very helpful for pain relief and energy enhancement and are used by professional athletes.” The lecture program is still being finalized; however, other lecturers have recently included psychic and author Elizabeth Joyce; numerologist Jack Toffler; Greek clairvoyant Thalia Alexiou; herbal remedies specialists Katie Moyer and Susan Stein, offering cannabidiol hemp oil as medication and treatments; energy systems experts, including energy healer Suzanne Werfelman; and many others. Kenton says there will also be talks and demonstrations on Reiki, crystals, stones and gems, aromatherapy, psychic mediums and more. As one that has employed metaphysics to find answers to the deep questions of life and the universe, Kenton believes metaphysical concepts can help people realize that despite abysmal headlines and negativity in the nation and worldwide, we will all come together. “I’m disappointed by our current divisive political climate, but I’m also optimistic that good will overcome self-interests,” Kenton says. He cites the rescue efforts after recent hurricanes as recent examples of how of people can work together to be their best selves, even in bad situations. Kenton shares content of his book Who Am I? Where Am I? What Am
I Doing Here? on the SME website. He’s also working on a new book, yet untitled, with the premise that we are all one. “The universe is mental first, and then manifested into tangible reality. That’s physically and spiritually correct, because we’re in a physical reality, which is also a duality, so all I can say is we are closer to one another than people realize,” Kenton says. “That’s going to be recognized more and more as the years go by. I’m still optimistic that things will improve; maybe not the monetary aspects,
because there’s always going to be an element of greed and self-indulgence. But generally speaking, I think we’re on the right track.” For more information about The Society of Metaphysical Enlightenment or Spiritfest, call 267-261-2768 or visit WeAreSME.com. Sheila Julson is a Milwaukee-based writer and regular contributor to Natural Awakenings magazines through the country.
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or the past 40 years, Robert Llewellyn has photographed thousands of unique beauties—many of them trees, flowers, seeds and other landscape elements. “For a photographer, anything can be a good subject, even dirt,” he says. “My mission is to move people from merely looking at things to deeply seeing things as they are.” For Llewellyn’s first collaboration with garden writer Nancy Ross Hugo, Remarkable Trees of Virginia, published in 2008, the pair drove 20,000 miles in four years observing and capturing the complex lives of 100 notable trees. It was on this assignment that the Earlysville, Virginia, photographer developed his now-signature technique, subsequently used to illustrate one of their follow-up books, Seeing Trees. “I wanted to photograph small parts—leaves, fruit, bark and flowers— so I would cut off a bloom, twig or seed pod and put it on a light table and take hundreds of photos, which, strung together, were infinitely sharp, like a botanic drawing. I found I could zoom into my subject up to a pollen grain this way.” Llewellyn lives with his wife on a 60-acre farm in tree-studded Albemarle County, enjoying 200-year-old oaks outside their front door. His latest of nearly 40 books, The Living Forest, is due out in October.
Why are trees, to your eyes, so captivating? When I first started photographing trees, I thought of them as objects in the design of a photograph, rather than something that’s alive. When I began to look at a tree’s acorns, flowers and pollen, I realized that this tree is doing what we do: it’s born, grows, has offspring and dies; it seeks air, nutrients and light. Trees all have a fascinating master plan for survival and reproduction. Some trees can build an architectural structure that grows 150 feet high and can withstand 100-mile-an-hour winds.
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Read a book like Seeing Trees, then get up, go out and observe trees in real time, at different times of the year and track what they do. Take pencil and paper and draw them, or take pictures. Start by exploring trees in your backyard or a nearby park. Share a quality magnifying glass to encourage youngsters to get closer to the trees, too. Challenge them to find flowers, fruit or spots where last year’s leaves fell off. Kids love that. I visit schools and have kids go out and collect fallen tree debris that we look at together.
What makes some of your favorite trees so distinctive? Red maples make an early entrance in spring, their flowers appearing before the leaves, and drop their “helicopter” seeds in spring to germinate before anything can eat them. In spring, an entire hill will turn red with these maples, but it’s not their leaves; it’s the trees’ flowers, getting ready to drop their showy red dresses on the ground before anything else is blooming. You can learn a lot about trees by seeing what’s on the ground through their life cycles. Sycamore, for example, has both male and female flowers. The female flowers develop into fruiting seedpods that dry out and hang on through winter until a spring wind blows them apart.
Rather than seeing trees as dead in winter, what can we look for? Trees are very much alive in winter. When leaves fall off, they leave behind little pointed leaf buds. You can cut them open and find tiny green leaves encapsulated which remain unfrozen, waiting to open up in the spring. Twigs in winter show leaf scars where the leaves dropped. We can also witness the diverse life in and on trees in all seasons. That includes bugs, plants, fungi and parasites, in addition to the animals that nest in them and eat their fruits and nuts. I once found a round ball on an oak tree that turned out to be a wasp gall for its offspring, its larvae hanging in the middle.
How are tree-viewing skills transferrable to other aspects of our lives? The skill of observation is vital: moving from looking to seeing. At a party, you can just mindlessly chatter with people or you can really see them—what their bodies, gestures and emotions are communicating. Labels and names get
in the way of seeing things as they are. Stop labeling things or worrying about what they are called; as in meditation, just relax into observing, to embrace things as they are. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.
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An open-hearted journey can take unexpected paths. More travelers today are searching for deep and lasting changes in their view of themselves and the world.
Declare Your Intentions
Part of the intention setting is clarifying what we hope to accomplish through making a journey, suggests Nathaniel Boyle, creator of The Travelers podcast and the travel platform Holocene that facilitates community among transformation-seeking travelers. It might be climbing a mountain with our spouse to strengthen a marriage, or taking a cooking class in Italy or a basket weaving workshop in Indonesia to rekindle a sense of fresh input and creative expression.
Cousineau suggests that travelers prepare to open their thinking by reading about the history, culture and geography of a place, and then continue to learn en route by talking to locals for insight rather than relying only on a guidebook. “Make yourself vulnerable. Ask questions and be humble. Talk to your waiter or cab driver about their lives and conditions in their country. Those that become most delighted and transformed by their experiences are the most curious,” observes Cousineau. Anna Pollock, of London, England, founder of Conscious Travel and a sustainable travel expert, elaborates on potential results. “Travelers may see the world and their part in it differently or feel greater clarity, peace, freedom or hope. For some, it’s about insights into their personal purpose. Others may return with a deeper sense of connectedness or feeling of mastery that comes from trying something completely new.” Jake Haupert, of Seattle, owner of Evergreen Escapes International, co-founded the Transformational Travel Council to help people embark on such life-altering journeys, and translate “Aha!” moments on the road into meaningful changes back home. He has witnessed individuals undergo radical shifts from changing careers to becoming parents. One couple was so moved by their experiences on an African safari that they adopted their first child from Kenya.
Attention and intention are the main ingredients for transformative travel for Phil Cousineau, acclaimed author of The Art of Pilgrimage. “Ask yourself what is motivating the journey: Are you going just to check something off your bucket list because you read about it or are you going because your grandma told you how magical her visit there was in the 1920s? Are you going because you’re at a crossroads in your life, marriage or work?” queries Cousineau. Naming your intention helps open up the heart and psyche for transformation. Cousineau recommends sharing our choice beforehand with a friend or even a casual acquaintance. Writing it down can also unpack those yearnings and understand the pull to a place.
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“Travel can serve as a vehicle for expansive personal growth. Through it, we learn to explore the world and ourselves,” Boyle observes. “When you venture outside the controlled environment of prepackaged trips for tourists to face difficult decisions and confusing and chaotic situations that require problem solving, that’s where real change can occur,” says Haupert. “My 12,000-mile journey from Washington, D.C., to Antarctica was transformative in so many ways,” says journalist Andrew Evans, author of The Black Penguin memoir. “I’m a geographer by training and spent four years studying maps, but I never understood the true size of the world until I traveled across it on a Greyhound bus. I now see the world as much smaller and much more accessible. The trip made me a stronger, more confident person, and less afraid of what other people think of me; it also made me want to keep traveling.” “Travel comes from the word travail, to labor, and trip from tripalium, Latin for a medieval torture rack. Metaphorically, travel can feel like torture at times, and some travelers feel unhappy, unprepared, bored or disappointed,” remarks Cousineau. “But the flip side is that travels can stretch us, just like a medieval rack.” If you have stretch goals, you can build them into an itinerary, advises Haupert, whether it’s getting up the courage to skydive or negotiating a purchase in a foreign street market.
Do Less, Experience More
To heighten experiential awareness while traveling, build fewer to-dos into an itinerary, the experts recommend. “Immerse yourself in a place. Leave time for unplanned explorations, rather than bouncing between destinations without space for spontaneity and restful reflection,” says Haupert. “Also build in time for meditation, yoga, simple relaxation or other intentionally restorative moments in-between the high-intensity peak experiences.” Haupert suggests staging a ceremonial start to a journey, such as a special dinner or bike ride upon
Move Beyond Comfort
If we truly want to know the secret of soulful traveling, we need to believe there is something sacred waiting to be discovered in virtually every journey. ~Phil Cousineau arrival. Similarly, Cousineau recommends starting a new journal on every journey, to ceremoniously start anew in one’s thinking. Engaging in ritual can also help awaken the traveler, says Cousineau. He suggests walking in silence as we approach a sacred site, or physically engaging with it, as pilgrims might do when they palm the feet of a Buddha statue or press their forehead to the Wailing Wall. Sacred sites are fertile ground for transformative experiences, says Lori Erickson, an Episcopal deacon, travel writer and author of Holy Rover: Journeys in Search of Mystery, Miracles, and God, a memoir of her trips to a dozen of the world’s holy sites. “So many people have prayed and opened their hearts in a holy place that you can feel the energy,” she says. Erickson suggests that travelers seek out hallowed ground from different traditions, which can help heal divides among people of divergent faiths. “The art and architecture of holy sites are beautiful manifestations of spiritual longing and human creativity. These places have the power to move you, regardless of your own spiritual background.”
When you give while traveling, you often get back even more, says Cousineau. “A pilgrim never travels empty-handed. Bring gifts; even postcards from home can make a meaningful connection.” He recently brought baseball equipment along on a group tour he led to give to kids in baseball-crazed Cuba. Giving appreciation is as important as tangible mementos, he notes. “Gratitude makes transformation possible; that’s what modern people are longing for, to be touched.” Boyle suggests that finding ways to give back can unlock unique opportunities. Quinn Vanderberg and Jonathon Button, guests on Boyle’s podcast, left stable lives and jobs in California for Nicaragua in 2012 with only their travel bags and a shared dream. Brainstorming a vision for a new life together, the 25-year-old pair had realized, “We wanted life to be filled with travel, culture and people, and to make an impact along the way,” says Vanderburg. “We went knowing we wanted to create a social venture, but first wanted to see what was really needed by the community.” They went on to partner with local educational nonprofits and artisans to
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Close Encounters Eager for a transformative adventure without traveling afar? Here are some ideas for exploring cultures and connecting with others closer to home. 4 Attend festivals celebrating varied cultures in your local community. Every spring in Washington, D.C., embassies showcase the cuisine, art and history of 70 countries. Frackville, Pennsylvania’s 103-year-old Lithuanian Days is the oldest ethnic festival in the country. 4 Host a traveling cyclist and hear tales from the trails via WarmShowers.org, a hospitality exchange for 90,000 touring cyclists and hosts. 4 Take advantage of local, state and national parks, including 88 ocean and coastal parks within the National Park Service (nps.gov). Along with wilderness sites, the service also stewards important cultural heritage sites nationwide. 4 Find a spiritual retreat center at RetreatFinder.com. 4 Overnight on an organic farm. Visit FarmStayUS.com to sample what’s in season in the region. 4 Meet and host individual travelers via CouchSurfing.com, a network of 11 million globetrotters in 150,000 cities.
Drive Home Transformation
Starting with a moment of reflection before departing a place, take advantage of a trip’s afterglow to recall insights learned, gel memories, share insights and move to make changes stick. Haupert sees this as a good time to develop an action plan to “express gratitude for the journey and create a framework for your homecoming.” Then, take a day to reflect upon returning home before jumping back into work or other obligations, internalizing your experience and integrating your “traveler self” back into normalcy. It might involve a trip to the spa, an afternoon of journaling or organizing trip photos, suggests Haupert. “Resist the urge to check emails the minute the plane touches down or start planning the next trip. Take time to remember the journey and see your home turf with fresh eyes,” adds Cousineau. The returned pilgrim has a responsibility to memorialize the journey, an ancient tradition of Judeo-Christian and Islamic faiths, advises Cousineau. The San Francisco writer traveled with a group on foot from Louisville, Kentucky, to Thomas Merton’s Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani, near Bardstown, Kentucky, to celebrate the legacy of Merton and Mahatma Gandhi. One of the women inked a footprint from each of 100-plus travelers, sewing them into a quilt to commemorate the pilgrimage. Chronicling the journey can be as simple as a dinner party with friends to share what we have learned, says Cousineau, but suggests that travelers engage attendees to also contribute their own stories and reflections. “We have a choice upon returning; do nothing and just let that experience fade or own it for ourselves,” concurs Boyle. “It’s incumbent to extract the meaning of our experiences and find a way to express them, whether through a photo series, article, painting or video. The traveler’s ‘third act’ of creativity after preparation and execution is how we process change.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.
Choosing a Chiropractor How to Find the Best One by Marlaina Donato
hiropractic medicine is known for its non-surgical approach to chronic pain and other musculoskeletal conditions, but also has much more to offer. However, finding the right doctor can be as daunting as shopping for a comfortable pair of shoes. Here, three reputable practitioners talk about securing individualized care and getting the most out of chiropractic.
Address Specific Needs
Clarifying the desired outcome is helpful, because some clients are just looking for a quick fix to reduce pain, while others may be seeking overall better health, lasting wellness and an improved quality of life. “Due to insurance issues, we’ve become known as pain doctors, but that’s not the full extent of chiropractic,” explains Dr. Michelle Robin, owner of
Your Wellness Connection and the educational DrMichelleRobin.com website, in Shawnee, Kansas. “Also, you can see more than one chiropractor, as each has their own strength.” Dr. Michael Aho, of Crosstown Chiropractic, in Chicago, agrees. “Chiropractic care encompasses many styles, so one of the biggest variables is the type of treatment the doctor uses. Most offices commonly treat neck, mid-back and low back pain. If you have a specific shoulder, knee or foot problem, you may want to find a doctor that frequently treats those issues. If you are pregnant, choose a chiropractor that has experience working with pregnant women.” “There are more than 140 different chiropractic techniques. Some are light touch, while others are aggressive. Some are hands-on and some use instruments for adjusting. It’s important that the doctor’s approach resonates with your nature,” advises Dr. Jackie St.Cyr of the Innate Chiropractic Healing Arts Center, in Houston. Robin advises that sitting in a doctor’s reception room to just observe and trusting our intuition is helpful before moving forward with a consultation.
First, find out if a chiropractor has embraced either a conventional medical or holistic model, and then delve more deeply to find the right approach and level of care. “Ask how long a doctor
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“You shouldn’t expect instant results,” says Aho. “You’ll benefit the most if you don’t wait too long after first experiencing symptoms of a problem before starting treatment, and are consistent with your treatment.” Being proactive can foster good results. St.Cyr concurs, stating, “When patients follow their chiropractor’s recommended routine of regular corrective care, they get the best results. Be consistent with visits and do your customized spinal exercises; they’ve been proven to work.” Robin expounds that not following through with homecare is a common pitfall for patients. “Like dental care, you always need to do something for your spine every day, be it stretching, other exercise or good nutrition.” She notes that everyone’s response to chiropractic is different. “Be realistic. If you’ve experienced injuries or accidents, it will take longer, and your healing might look different from that of someone else that is free of injuries and follows a healthier diet. Sometimes people give up on chiropractic instead of finding a chiropractor that is good for them. You wouldn’t give up going to the dentist, and the same should apply to chiropractic care.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at MarlainaDonato.com.
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Kinesiology – This common diagnostic technique—often for sports-related injuries—targets specific muscle groups via massage and pressure points to gauge overall body functioning. Logan Basic Technique – A low-force way to realign bones via gentle, sustained pressure at the base of the spine, it’s considered beneficial for headaches, including migraine, neck and low back pain and stress. A safe form of physical rehabilitation that’s considered effective for all ages.
Chiropractic Techniques Sampler Activator Method – A small, handheld instrument is used to gently address targeted areas for many conditions, especially low back pain and specific types of headaches including migraine. It’s considered safe for children and patients with severe arthritis and osteoporosis. Active Release Technique – This approach is used for soft tissue conditions, both acute and from repetitive motion, or recurring injuries such as those experienced by athletes. It targets adhesions in muscles and connective tissues that tighten around nerves to limit joint mobility. Atlas Orthogonal Method – Adjustment of the atlas—the first spine vertebra that supports the skull and provides a path for the spinal cord—helps reduce stress in the brain stem and nervous system. Blair Technique – Adjustment of the upper cervical (neck) area, especially the first two vertebrae, is especially beneficial for nerve function. Directional Non-Force Technique – This gentle method stimulates reflex reactions to determine potential discrepancy in leg lengths and corrective measures. It improves structural alignment and function and aids natural healing responses. Diversified Technique – Widely used among chiropractors to generally improve neurological function, reduce neck, back and leg pain, especially from 38
herniated disks, this technique may also be helpful for carpal tunnel syndrome. Extremity Manipulation FlexionDistraction – This involves manipulation of the extremities (arm/shoulder, leg/hip). It helps improve joint mobility and reduce stress along the spine and is especially useful for carpal tunnel syndrome and problems with posture and gait. Flexion-Distraction (Cox Method) – Mechanical and hands-on adjustment aids in stretching of the back. This method is especially beneficial for degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, scoliosis, neck and back pain and restricted spinal joints. Gonstead Technique – The most recognizable form of chiropractic manipulation and similar to Diversified Technique, this approach addresses misalignment and involves variable-pressure spine adjustment and realignment. It includes X-ray analysis to pinpoint problem areas and is deemed safe for children, pregnant women and the elderly. Graston Technique – Instrumentassisted, soft tissue mobilization helps reduce scar tissue and persistent pain from acute and old injuries, as well as resolve longstanding trigger points in muscles and joints. It promotes circulation in affected areas to reduce pain and inflammation. It also may allay non-systemic causes of fibromyalgia.
Myofascial Technique – This soft tissue therapy resolves trigger points deep within muscles and joints. Beneficial for muscle spasms, it’s thought to be useful for sciatica and piriformis syndrome. It’s also used by massage therapists. Network Spinal Analysis (network chiropractic) – This low-force technique addresses the entire body to improve communication between the brain and nerves via points along the spine and is suited to all ages. Pettibon System – Based on a total body assessment, both structural and nutritional, this system focuses on posture correction and spinal alignment, diet and muscle development. Sacro-Occipital Technique – Focused on the relationship between the bases of the spine and skull, it employs triangular-shaped blocks under the pelvis to target lower back issues; low-force adjustments include slow pressure to address issues related to the skull. It is considered especially beneficial for hiatal hernia and gastro-esophageal reflux. Somato Respiratory Integration – Special exercises leverage the body-breath connection to assist stress management, tension release and whole body awareness. It employs focus, breath work, touch and movement. Compatible with other treatments, it can also be done at home. Thompson Drop Technique – Employed via a “drop table” and thrust of the chiropractor’s hands. It can help determine discrepancies in leg lengths. Benefits include improved posture, flexibility and sleep, and decreased pain.
BUILDING BETTER BONES Bouncing, Leaping and Lunging Our Way to Bone Health by Kathleen Barnes
Success in the quest for stronger bones is possible at any age.
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“Peak bone strength is reached by the age of 30, so it’s vital for young people to engage in dynamic impact movement through their teen years and 20s,” says Sherri Betz, chair of the American Physical Therapy Association bone health group, a doctor of physical therapy and geriatric-certified specialist with a private practice in Santa Cruz, California. Engaging in sports during our youthful developing years helps build strong, wide and dense bones that will carry us well into old age, literally giving us a firmer base to stand on. It’s paramount to encourage children and
young people to be physically active and for us all to continue with athletic activities throughout adulthood to preserve the bone health peak we reach at age 30.
Optimal Bone Exercises
“Adulthood is a perfectly good time to start building and improving bone fitness and health. The outcome is just a little bit less,” says Steven A. Hawkins, Ph.D., a professor of exercise science at California Lutheran University, in Thousand Oaks. “Bone responds to exercise much like muscle,” explains Larry Tucker, Ph.D., professor of exercise sciences
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at Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah. “Bone doesn’t grow, per se, but like muscle, it does get denser and stronger according to the stresses and strains put on it.” “The key is to put a heavy load on bones to stimulate them to grow,” Hawkins notes. Standing exercises are recommended, because the bones most likely to benefit from strengthening exercise are 30 targeted leg and hip bones, says Tucker. “Surprising the bone is your best bet,” points out Betz. “Don’t do the same things over and over again at the same time, either repetitive exercises like running or weight lifting or consistent combinations; even high-intensity exercise can diminish the effects.” The most highly recommended exercises involve those that require changing directions, bouncing and leaping—from basketball to lively dances, and even some intense yoga postures. Hopping and jumping are probably the best way to strengthen bones, but must be done in the proper way, according to Tucker and others. Research by Tucker’s team published in the American Journal of Health Promotion studied the effects of jumping on hip bone density in premenopausal women. It may seem counterintuitive, but Tucker reports that most benefits are gained from jumping as high as possible, resting 30 seconds and repeating up to 10 times twice a day in intervals at least eight hours apart. “If you jump continuously, the exercise loses effectiveness pretty quickly,” he says. Those that enjoy circuit training should do something else during the 30-second rests between repetitions,
Walking Isn’t It
Walking, running, weight training and other repetitive exercises don’t improve bone density, says Hawkins. “Walk and do other repetitive exercises for cardiovascular health and general fitness. While these might help maintain current bone strength, they won’t improve bone density.” Walking reduced the risk of hip fracture by 41 percent for postmenopausal women walking four hours a week, with fewer falls due to improved strength, balance and other factors per the Journal of the
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The most common way of testing bone density is a DEXA (dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry) scan. The result is called a T-score and is one case where a zero is perfect. A score of +1.0 to -1.0 is considered normal. A score between -1.0 and -2.5 is considered osteopenia, or weakened bones. A score lower than -2.5 indicates some level of osteoporosis. The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends bone density testing for women and men older than 65 and 70, respectively, and those that are petite, prone to breaking bones or have other risk factors.
American Medical Association. Numerous studies confirm that exercise of any kind keeps us healthy, but for bone health, the answer is to start weight-bearing exercises early and sustain the practice for a lifetime. Kathleen Barnes is a health writer and author of The Calcium Lie II: What Your Doctor Still Doesn’t Know, with Dr. Robert Thompson. Connect at KathleenBarnes.com.
Yoga for Bones Yoga doesn’t involve bouncing or jumping for the most part, but it can be helpful in maintaining strong bones, says Sherri Betz, a Santa Cruz, California, physical therapist and Pilates and yoga instructor. “Poses, including the tree, chair, warrior, triangle, half moon and sun salute, need to be as dynamic as possible and focus on leg strengthening and spine extension.
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Tucker advises. Because it’s the jolt of jumping that stimulates bone strength, using a mini-trampoline or another cushioning device to lessen impact on the body won’t increase bone density. Betz cautions against starting a jumping program too quickly. “Proper alignment, balance and body awareness come first,” she says. “Do 20 to 25 heel raises in a row, a full squat with good alignment and a full lunge to ready the body for a jumping program.” Such strengthening safeguards against falling and injury.
company.” Christopher explains that the combination of salt and shredded or chopped vegetables can launch the production of probiotic lactic acid bacteria that preserves the food and drives off “bad bacteria”. Jennifer McGruther, who lives in the Pacific Northwest, is the author of The Nourished Kitchen cookbook, an offshoot of her blog of the same name. Her first batch of fermented food was yogurt. Now she visits her local farmers’ market every Saturday before spending Sunday prepping foods for the rest of the week. “Traditional foods like fermented vegetables, yogurt or kombucha don’t take long to prepare; they take time to culture, but it’s so rewarding,” she says.
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Fermented Foods Revival Rediscover Probiotic-Rich Foods by Judith Fertig
Colorful jars of fermented Korean kimchee, Indian chutney, German sauerkraut and bottles of kombucha line many grocery store shelves today. We’re in the midst of a fermented food revival.
“I grew up in New York City as the grandson of immigrants from Belarus, and sauerkraut and pickles were common foods I always loved, but neither my grandparents nor anyone else I knew made them,” says Sandor Katz. This Woodbury, Tennessee, writer who travels the world giving related workshops is credited with bringing fermented foods back into the limelight. He explains, “I am self-taught and learned to ferment by experimentation. It was that first successful batch of sauerkraut that sparked my obsession. I also love
eating cheese, beer, chocolate, coffee, yogurt and many other products of fermentation.” Kirsten and Christopher Shockey, the authors of Fermented Vegetables: Creative Recipes for Fermenting 64 Vegetables & Herbs in Krauts, Kimchis, Brined Pickles, Chutneys, Relishes & Pastes, homestead in Oregon’s Jackson Valley. “A fateful Christmas gift—a ceramic crock full of bubbling, fermenting cabbage under the tree, funky fermenty smell and all,” first piqued their interest, Kirsten recalls. “Eventually, we started our own small farmstead fermentation
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Fermented foods offer a variety of positive effects on health. “If you’re consuming a diet rich in fermented foods, you’re essentially bathing your GI tract in healthy, food-related organisms,” says food research scientist Robert Hutkins, Ph.D., a professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Fermented foods with live probiotics can also improve brain function, according to a study in the journal Gastroenterology. Fermented foods are meant to be eaten as condiments, not consumed in large quantities. Overdoing such intake might cause bloating, cramping and other digestion problems. Dr. Leonard Smith, a gastrointestinal and vascular surgeon and medical advisor for the University of Miami Department of Integrative Medicine, recommends “a half-cup of cultured vegetables or two ounces of your favorite probiotic liquid per day to start.” He says it’s possible to eventually work up to having a serving of cultured vegetables and probiotic liquids at every meal, or possibly as a between-meal snack. Christopher Shockey adds, “We don’t see these foods as a ‘medicine’ to be eaten daily because you have to force yourself; instead, we see it as a fun, delicious, easy, healthful addition to mealtime.” Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (JudithFertig.com).
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ermented foods are well known for building gut health. Now a growing body of research shows that they improve immunity, brain and heart functions,” says Michelle Schoffro Cook, Ph.D. The board-certified doctor of natural medicine, certified herbalist and author blogs from Vancouver, Canada. Get started with these simple, plant-based recipes from her latest book, The Cultured Cook: Delicious Fermented Foods with Probiotics to Knock Out Inflammation, Boost Gut Health, Lose Weight & Extend Your Life.
Salvadoran Salsa Yields: about 1 quart This gingery and spicy salsa, also known as curtido, is a traditional Salvadoran food. The twist here is added turmeric and green apple. Serve on its own, as a condiment with chips, on sausages or over salad. Maybe mix a couple of heaping spoonfuls with freshly mashed avocado for a fresh take on guacamole. ½ green cabbage 1 to 2 carrots 1 green apple, cored and quartered One 2-inch piece fresh ginger ½ cayenne chili ½ small purple or red onion One 2-inch piece fresh turmeric 3 Tbsp unrefined fine or 6 Tbsp unrefined coarse sea salt 1 quart (or liter) filtered water
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Use a food processor with a coarse grating blade to shred the cabbage, carrots, apple, ginger, chili, onion and turmeric. (Consider wearing food-safe gloves to avoid touching the chili.) Transfer to a crock or a large glass or ceramic bowl, and mix well. In a pitcher or large measuring cup, dissolve the salt in the water, stirring if necessary to dissolve the salt. Pour the saltwater over the salsa mixture until all ingredients are submerged, leaving a couple of inches at the top for expansion. Place a snug-fitting plate inside the crock or bowl over the salsa-water mixture; then weigh it down with food-safe weights or a bowl or jar of water, so the vegetables remain submerged under the brine as they ferment. Cover with a lid or a cloth, and allow it to ferment five to seven days, checking periodically to ensure the salsa is still submerged below the water line. If any mold forms on the surface, simply scoop it out. It won’t spoil the salsa unless it gets deeper inside the crock. (It may form where the mixture meets the air, but it rarely forms deeper.) After one week, put the salsa in jars or a bowl, cover and place in the fridge, where it usually lasts up to a year.
Vegan Kefir Yields: about 1 quart Traditional kefir is made with cow’s milk, but can be made with plantbased milks like cashew, almond, sunflower seed or coconut. The sweetener feeds the kefir microbes, leaving minimal sugar in the end product. The grains will grow over time; only about one tablespoon of kefir grains is needed to keep the kefir going; remove the extras to eat, give to friends or add to compost. 1 quart (or liter) filtered water ½ cup raw, unsalted cashews 1 tsp coconut sugar, pure maple syrup or agave nectar 1 Tbsp kefir grains (a natural starter, available at health food stores and online) Mandarin sections for garnish (optional)
Leave the jar at room temperature for 24 to 48 hours, gently shaking it periodically.
Use a blender to blend the water, cashews and coconut sugar (or maple syrup or agave nectar) until it’s smooth and creamy.
The cashew milk will become somewhat bubbly, then will begin to coagulate and separate; shake it to remix the kefir or scoop out the thicker curds and use them like soft cheese or sour cream.
Pour the cashew milk into a 1½- to 2-quart glass jar, making sure it is less than two-thirds full. Add the kefir grains, stir and then place the cap on the jar.
Refrigerate up to one week. When ready to serve, pour the kefir into a glass and garnish the rim with mandarin orange sections, if desired.
Fermented Chopped Salad Yields: about 6 cups Unlike other salads, this version stores for many months in the fridge. Serve on its own or toss it in vinaigrette and serve over brown rice for a quick and nutritious rice bowl dinner. 1 radish, finely chopped ½ small onion, finely chopped 1 turnip, chopped into ½-inch chunks 1 carrot, chopped into ½-inch chunks 3 small apples, chopped into ½-inch chunks Handful of green beans, cut into 1-inch lengths 1 rutabaga, chopped into ½-inch chunks 1 to 2 grape leaves, kale leaves or other large leafy greens (optional) 3 Tbsp unrefined fine or 6 Tbsp unrefined coarse sea salt 1 quart (or liter) filtered water In a medium bowl, mix the radish, onion, turnip, carrot, apples, green beans and rutabaga; then transfer to a small crock. Place the grape leaves or other leafy greens on top of the chopped ingredients to help hold them under the brine; then weigh the mix down with food-safe weights or a jar or bowl of water. In a pitcher or large measuring cup, dissolve the salt in the water, stirring if necessary to dissolve the salt. Pour the brine over the salad, cover with a lid or cloth, and let ferment for one week. Remove the covering, weights and grape leaves or other leafy greens. Dish out into jars or a bowl, cover and refrigerate, where the salad should last six to 12 months. Recipes and photos are courtesy of Michelle Schoffro Cook and New World Library; visit DrMichelleCook.com.
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Collective problem solving. People bond into a community when they participate in solving a real-world community problem, helping someone in need or addressing a situation that demands a community solution. Consider using Robert’s Rules of Order or other guidelines for discussions that maintain civility, discourage competitiveness and peacefully resolve conflicts in order to reach consensus.
Storytelling. Humans learn best when seeing and hearing stories. Facts don’t arouse us as much as narratives and full-body experiences do. Bombarding people with facts won’t create desired change. We must be inspired to act on the knowledge.
Creating Community 15 Ways to Craft a Circle of Caring by Linda Buzzell
n facing up to today’s often degrading environmental, economic, political, social and hyper-individualistic cultural conditions, we instinctively know that survival requires coming together to effect constructive change. Here are proven approaches to community building that work.
Build a campfire. Whether literal or metaphoric, create a clear, focused attraction that draws people into a circle.
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Welcome each person. Either designate greeters or go around the circle welcoming and acknowledging each participant before proceeding with the event’s main activity. People that feel seen and known are more likely to stay involved.
Provide food and drink. Traditional societies have always taken hospitality seriously. Having people bring items to add to the collective feast is better than catering.
Ceremony, ritual and the sacred. Deep in our collective human memory lie countless spring and harvest festivals, ceremonial or religious events, meals and celebrations that in-
Elders. Shared history, respect and affection are vital to belonging. Adults coping with a highstress, industrialized culture might tend to find elders’ stories slow-moving and boring, but they are a critical resource for our collective survival. Beware of the “star from afar” syndrome that posits outsiders as experts, rather than honoring and developing our own community resources, which won’t disappear at the end of an event.
Gifts and sharing. As we focus on creating a sharing society versus a gimme culture, it’s nice to give small gifts such as a plant or garden flower, organic seeds or regifted items to event attendees. It’s a simple way to help everyone feel valued, appreciated and welcomed. The key is keeping events local, simple and created by the community for the community. Many hands make light work, and some of the best community events cost the host little, while everyone involved brings their own chair or blanket, serving ware and potluck dish.
Shopping. People have been bonding through meeting others in the marketplace since
cluded a strong sense of passage, initiation and the sacredness of all life. Use one as a springboard to add meaning to a contemporary gathering.
ancient times. Sales or silent auctions are popular when the money paid becomes a gift to the community.
A little excitement. Raffles and door prizes add fun as long as any money raised goes into the common coffers as a gift to all. Child care. Children provide a necessary source of untamed energy and entertainment for any gathering. Multigenerational exchanges also help form and shape them through exposure to role models and life education, even if they might not feel engaged at the time.
Transportation. Facilitating carpools and providing transportation for those without cars or unable to walk builds community even before the event starts.
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YOGA THERAPY Facilitating New Beginnings by Linda Kress, BA,C-IAYT
eople often ask: “What is the difference between yoga and yoga therapy?” That can be a hard question to answer. After all, most yoga is therapeutic, as long as it includes safe and effective postures, some breath awareness or instruction and some meditation, right? The International Association of Yoga Therapy (IAYT), the organization that sets the educational and certification standards for yoga therapy training programs/schools and for professional yoga therapists, describes yoga therapy as “the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well-being through the application of the teachings and practices of yoga.” That may not clarify much. Furthermore, though anyone may advertise their class as yoga therapy or therapeutic yoga—certified yoga teacher or not—IAYT is currently the only organization that has a yoga therapy certification process, so be sure to look for the C-IAYT designation. Following are some of the differences between what you might expect, and what you might not, in a therapeutic yoga class or private session.
Yoga Therapy Brings Healing and Adapts to Many Conditions Yoga therapy starts with an intake process consisting of more detailed questions about what brings a person to yoga therapy. Most people are looking for healing from a condition such as anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress syndrome, musculoskeletal injuries, back, neck or knee pain, sciatica or ongoing chronic conditions such as arthritis, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, cardiovascular disease or fibromyalgia, just to name a few. Clients may also be recovering from 50
pregnancy, accidents, injuries or surgeries, or even treatment for cancer.
Yoga Therapy is Personalized A yoga therapist will gather information regarding health history, goals and health habits and will consider common symptoms or side effects of the condition, as well as the latest treatment/medication for the condition. This may require additional research so that things that might impact practice, such as dizziness or elevated blood pressure, are addressed Often, the yoga therapist meets or speaks with the client before the first session to help set up a safe and effective program designed to help heal what may be impacting the client’s health and happiness. An assessment is usually done to include postural, breath, movement, ayurvedic dosha and more to uncover imbalances. Classes are kept small, ideally a maximum of 6 to 10 people (and sometimes one-on-one), to allow for a personalized approach—this is not a cookie-cutter yoga plan.
Yoga Therapy Approaches Healing from Many Aspects Yoga therapists design practices that include all of the limbs of yoga and many other modalities that speak specifically to the condition of the group or individual being addressed. The imagery, affirmations, meditation and more are tailored and used as necessary, dependent on the group focus. There is usually an educational component about the condition or challenge and what a student might want to do (or avoid) to assist in finding relief. Additionally, there is always a back up plan to the back up plan, understanding that not
everyone is the same and some may have multiple challenges that need to be considered.
Yoga Therapy Provides Support In workshops, students may find emotional support, make some friends and build a community of like-minded individuals that are working with the same or similar challenges. Students will also have the support of the yoga therapist through handouts, feedback, homework, email, phone or even Skype, if necessary. Once the sessions are complete, individuals can always come back to “fine-tune” any modifications or practices.
Yoga Therapy Provides Feedback and Empowers Assessments toward the end of the program allow clients and therapists to see what progress or transformation has been made. Clients are empowered by the end of the sessions or workshop to continue to bring healing to the condition through a continued practice designed exactly for them and through the awareness they develop.
What Yoga Therapy Is Not Yoga Therapy is not designed to diagnose a condition. Yoga therapists are trained to work in partnership with physical therapists, physicians or other health care providers and to take into consideration any imbalances that may be found as a result of approaching the client holistically, but they do not diagnose and they do not treat. They do, however, work within the parameters of what is safe and effective for a specific condition, drawing together the many “limbs” of yoga practice to bring relief to the practitioner. Yoga therapy is a bridge, or transition, for individuals coming out of treatment or physical therapy into the world of yoga or fitness. Linda Kress has over 15 years of experience and is currently teaching private yoga therapy sessions and weekly therapeutic yoga classes at Soulful Journeys in Nazareth on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. Call 610-653-3971 or visit SoulfulJourneysHA.com. See ad page 31
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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4 Stress and Anxiety Relief with Effortless Meditation™, Introduction− Greg Schweitzer. This physician recommended meditation technique is a key for self-care. Gain relief from pain, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, fatigue, brain fog and more. 7-8:15pm, FREE, Twin Ponds Center, WEST LV. RSVP 610-670-6700
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savethedate THE POWER OF CREATIVE THOUGHT THURSDAYS, 10/5 TO 12/7 * 11AM The Institute of Higher Learning in Retirement presents Jim Skelton, M.Div., M.Ed. Everything around us is initiated by creative thinking which can be transformed into physical reality. Studying the keys of this creative process opens understanding and gives one knowledge to use this power both constructively and creatively. Master keys are provided to unlock brain potential and guide practice. No class 10/19 or 11/23. $30. Cedar Crest College, Allentown. Register: Cindyt@cedarcrest.edu
Stress and Anxiety Relief with Effortless Meditation™, Introduction − Greg Schweitzer. This physician recommended meditation technique is a key for self-care. Gain relief from pain, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, fatigue, brain fog and more. 9:00-10:15 am, FREE, Twin Ponds Center, West LV. RSVP 610-670-6700
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10 Kindred Canvases (Kids Only) – This is a 2-hour painting class for children 5 & up to enjoy creating a work of art on a real canvas. Parents may drop off their children (or stay). No experience necessary. All supplies are provided. Time: 6:30-8:30pm. $29. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown. RSVP to 610-838-5463
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7 Rock Painting with Hellertown Rocks – Ages 6 & up are invited to paint rocks which are used to spread kindness around Hellertown and surrounding areas. All supplies are included. You may come and go as you please. $5 per person. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown. RSVP to 484-554-6299. Tour of Columcille – 2.5-hour walking tour of a beautiful, wooded 17-acre megalithic standing stone park. Tour guide, Tom Egan, an Irish Historian and Irish mythology storyteller, offers pre-Christian Celtic interpretations of the park’s many stone monuments and structures. 9:30am-noon, rain or shine. 3155 Fox Gap Road, Bangor. 610-360-1701.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15 Affirmation Circle – Please join other like-minded people for an afternoon of upliftment, affirmation, and empowerment as we engage in a healing circle of affirming one another. Time: 1-2pm. Cost: By donation Only. No experience is required. Please dress comfortably. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown. 610-838-5463. Lehigh Valley Rockhounds – We are bringing our Facebook group to life! If you are interested in crystals or minerals, you are invited. Rockhounds from all over the Lehigh Valley are invited to bring their crystals to discuss and learn about. Time: 3-4pm. FREE. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown. 610-838-5463.
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Kitchen Medicinals – Learn the medicinal value of common kitchen herbs and spices and how to use for family wellness. Demonstrations, class notes and samples will be provided. Learn which herbs to use, dosage, how to properly blend a medicinal tea, syrups, and oils. Herbalist, Cheryl Karcher, 10am12:30pm, Warren County Community College, Continuing Education, 445 Marshal St. Phillipsburg. 908-689-7613 to register
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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17 Facebook Marketing Training − Michael Madden. Learn to: engage your audience with images; tag & share your posts; increase traffic, engagement & sales; grow your audience; make changes to the Business Page Platform; work with timeline and tagging control; Facebook Live/The Basics. Free. 6-7:30 pm, Twin Ponds Center 610-395-3355. Kindred Canvases (Adults Only) – This is a 2-hour painting class for adults of all ages to enjoy creating a work of art on a real canvas in a relaxing atmosphere. Doors open at 6:15pm. No experience is necessary. All supplies are provided. 6:30-8:30pm. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown. RSVP to 610-838-5463.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18
savethedate A NATURAL HEALTH FORUM TURN ON YOUR TYROID TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18 * 4:00 PM Join us for a free, informal Question and Answer Forum with Dr. Michael Jude Loquasto ND, PHD, DC. Bring your health-related questions and benefit from Dr. Mike’s 50 years of experience in Natural Health. Understand how chiropractic internal medicine, custom herbal formulations and non-invasive oral chelation can benefit you. All are welcome with RSVP. Held at A Natural Medicine Clinic, 2571 Baglyos Circle, Suite B-27, Bethlehem. Call 484-821-1460 for a reservation.
Restful Sleep with Effortless Meditation™ − Greg Schweitzer. This physician recommended meditation technique is a key for self-care. Gain relief from pain, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, fatigue, brain fog and more. 7:00- 8:15 pm, FREE, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Pre-register 610.670.6700
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19
savethedate METABOLIC RESET WEBINAR THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19 * 6:30PM Learn how diet changes can reboot your health and reset your metabolism. Understand how hormones affect your weight and how a natural approach can restore hormone balance. Find out about supplements to help reduce inflammation, heal your gut, increase your energy naturally, and improve your digestion. If you suffer from diabetes, hormone imbalances, slow metabolism, immune system challenges, low energy or are looking for a jumpstart to your weight loss program this webinar is for you. Call 570-283-0111 to register or email Thrivewellnesskingston@gmail.com to register.
Kitchen Medicinals: the medicinal value of common kitchen herbs and spices- Join us for an informative class where students will learn how to use and prepare kitchen herbs and spices for family wellness. Full demonstrations, class notes and samples will be provided. Learn which herbs to use, dosage, how to properly blend a medicinal tea, syrups, and oils. Herbalist, Cheryl Karcher, 6:30-9pm, Warren
County Community College, Continuing Education, 445 Marshal St. Phillipsburg, NJ 08865. Visit: www. warren.edu/ce or 908-689-7613 to register
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20 Nutritional Live Blood Analysis – A unique method of examining a droplet of blood to reveal information on the general wellness and nutritional needs of the individual. Includes a 20-30 mini-consultation with Gwen Ward ND. $80. Health Habits Natural Foods Store on Rt873 Schnecksville. Call 610-767-3100 to schedule.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21 Law of Attraction Workshop – In this workshop we will be learning and discussing the law of attraction and the influence of forcing and allowing when it comes to manifesting our desires. We will be doing some work with Abraham Hicks and a short meditation. Please bring a notebook and pen. Time: 10:30a-12:00p. Cost: $20. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown. Call 484-554-6299. How the Body Works – Learn about medical modalities that are noninvasive and not usually available in main stream medicine. Looking for underlying causes alleviates many common ailments of aging and tough medical conditions that appear chronic. Make the connection for yourself. 10am1pm. Maulfair Medical Center, 2970 Corporate Court, Orefield. 610.682.2104
Magic Herbal Potions and Elixirs – Learning to make these amazing healing beverage remedies will invite you into a world of Herbalism on a deeper level. Learn technique as we blend and discuss ingredients to produce traditional remedies. Herbalist, Cheryl Karcher. 3-4:30pm. $40. Easton Public Market 325 Northampton St. Easton. 908-319-0012. Salted Spa Party - Have a Girl’s Night Out at the Wellness Spa. Feel pampered and refreshed while getting “Salted”. Includes 15 min. in Infrared Sauna, 15 min Foot Soak while breathing pure oxygen, 10 min on heated Hydromassage bed, 10 min on Vibration Machine, Virgin Margarita, $75 or $20 per individual service. Herbs to Your Success, 64 S. Main St., Nazareth. 610-365-8996
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22 Celebrating a Decade of Growth & Parkinson’s Disease Fundraiser. Join us for a FUN day of food, live music, dancing, raffle, kids games, and more . Proceeds in memory of Alice Miller, Lehigh Valley native & internationally known philanthropist. Guest speaker, Joan Moran, Alice’s sister. 1-4 pm, Twin Ponds Center, West Lehigh Valley
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27
savethedate EMPOWERED LIGHT HOLISTIC EXPO OCTOBER 27-29 FRI 5-9PM; SAT 10AM-6PM; SUN 10AM-6PM Enjoy inspiring lectures, meditations, yoga, alternative healing treatments like reiki, massage and reflexology, as well as angelic and intuitive readings. Try healthy food samples, and purchase natural products for personal and home care. Empowered Light Holistic Expo will focus on healthier lifestyles, including food, physical activities, stress reduction and self-care. Sue Greenwald, 484-459-3082, EmpoweredLight.com. Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Halls D & E, Oaks, Pennsylvania
Crystal Grids for Beginners – Crystal grids have been used since ancient Egyptian times to help guide, protect, or manifest. In this workshop, you will learn the different types of stones in a grid, which crystals to place where, and several basic grid patterns for different purposes. Time: 6-8pm. Cost: $29. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown. Call 610-838-5463 to register. Limited to 10 people. Chair Yoga – Utilizing props, chairs and guided imagery to support correct alignment. Develop strength, release tension and balance weakness. Good for immobile, elderly, recovering from injury, or living with chronic illness. 10:30am. Roots and Wings, 127 S. 5th St, suite 150, Quakertown. 215-257-5025.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25 Trick Your Mind, Treat Your Body, Workshop – Michelle Costantini & Christina Moyes. Lean how to eliminate holiday stress, weight gain and guilt with 6 simple tricks. Come, taste and enjoy some delectable treats. 6:30-8:30 pm, $20, Twin Ponds Center, West LV. Pre-register. Call Christina. 610-704-8083 How to Use Pendulums – Whether crystal, metal, wood, or seed, pendulums tap into our subconscious energies and help guide us in our lives and decision making. Learn how to calibrate and practice using this tool to help guide you on your spiritual path. Time: 6-8pm. $29 advance/$39 at door. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown. RSVP to 610-838-5463. . Unexplained Pain Seminar – Free holistic health webinar with Philip Getson, DO. Perfect for people seeking answers that suffer from complex pain syndromes where medication has not helped. He will be discussing the diagnosis and treatment of this debilitating and often misdiagnosed disorder. For more information or to register: 856-596-5834 or www.tdinj.com
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26 Thermographic Diagnostic Imaging, Breast, Thyroid & Full-Body – Dr. Getson. This is a safe, non-radiologic, and pain free state-of-the-art, FDA approved technology that detects changes at the cellular level in early stages of some diseases, Call 856.596.5834 for appointment at Twin Ponds Center, West Lehigh Valley Spanish Yoga – Spanish Yoga Class with Monica. This is an all-level class linking poses, breath and awareness while providing a compassionate, noncompetitive & fun environment for the Hispanic Community. 4-5pm. $8. First class free. 3690 Lehigh St., Whitehall, 484-282-0442
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28
savethedate FULL BODY REFEXOLOGY CERTIFICATION COURSE OCTOBER 28 & 29 Learn techniques for head to toe alignment. Full Body Reflexology is great for starting a new business. No background or knowledge of reflexology required. This is the only place to receive this training and certification. Full body work is done with the client fully clothed. Approved Provider #155 NCBTMB 12 CEU credits hours. Cost $375 for class and $75 for certification. Lebanon PA. For more information email healthquest10@comcast. net or call Dr Gwen Ward at 717-228-0612.
SpiritFest – Come tune up your body, mind and spirit. Gueast Sspeakers every hour. Energy healers, readers, holistic practitioners, massage and stress management, artwork, jewelry, crystals, stones and gems. Healthy food court. 10am-6pm. Vendor space may still be available. 46 Sugan Rd, New Hope. 267-261-2768.
savethedate REIKI CERTIFICATION CLASSES MOUNTAIN TOP & WILKES-BARRE Reiki 1 Certification Program – October 7 * 9:30am-5pm. Usui/Tibetan- Highlights: History of Reiki, Japanese Reiki Techniques, Reiki 1 Initiation, Hands on practice includes 179-page manual, Register. CEU’s-LMT Reiki 1, Certification Program – Oct 28 * 9:30am-5pm. Usui/Tibetan- Highlights: History of Reiki, Japanese Reiki Techniques, Reiki 1 Initiation, Hands on practice includes 179-page manual. Register by 10/22 CEU’s-LMT Reiki 2, Certification Program, Nov 18 ,2017 9:30am-5:00pm. Highlights: Three Reiki Symbols, Japanese Reiki Techniques, Reiki 2 Attunement, hands-on practice time. 179-page manual if didn’t receive in Reiki 1. Register by 11/10. CEUs granted. Contact Anthony V. Wojnar D.D. RMT, Life Holistic Center LLC. Member: IARP. Call 570706-6680. ReikiCenterOnline@yahoo.com. LifeHolisticReiki.com
Kindred Kids Halloween Party – After Hellertown Borough’s Trick or Treat, we will host a Kindred Kids Halloween Party! There will be treats, games, and refreshments. Kids will be able to come to the party in their trick or treat costumes and buy a selection of items from the shop using their Halloween candy, which will then be donated to Operation Gratitude (Candy for Troops). Time: 6-8pm. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown. 610-838-5463.
FREE intro. to tai chi and qigong – Experience the art and science and learn how these ancient arts can energize your body and quiet your mind. 9:30 am at Steel Fitness Premier, 250 Cetronia Rd., Allentown or 7:45 pm at Yoga Loft, 521 E. 4th St., Bethlehem. Questions? Contact experienced instructor Hilary Smith, RN, at 610 751-6090.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1
Handmade & Holistic Craft Fair – Jewelry, crafts, artwork, and more will be available for sale at Sacred Space from 1:00 to 5:00pm. Chair massage and light refreshments will also be available during this quarterly holistic craft fair. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown. 610-838-5463.
FREE intro. to tai chi and qigong – Experience the art and science and learn how these ancient arts can energize your body and quiet your mind. 10am at Yoga Loft, 521 E. 4th St., Bethlehem or 6pm at Steel Fitness Premier, 250 Cetronia Rd., Allentown. Questions? Contact experienced instructor Hilary Smith, RN, at 610 751-6090.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29
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SpiritFest – Come tune up your body, mind and spirit. Gueast Sspeakers every hour. Energy healers, readers, holistic practitioners, massage and stress management, artwork, jewelry, crystals, stones and gems. Healthy food court. 10am-5pm. Vendor space may still be available. 46 Sugan Rd, New Hope. 267-261-2768. 60-Minute Crystal Singing Bowl Meditation – June will play her crystal singing bowls for an hour as you meditate in the peaceful atmosphere of Kindred Spirits. Time: 10a-11:30am. Doors open at 10:00am, beginning with a short, quiet meditation. Cost $29 cost. Space is limited to 15 participants. Bring your own mats & pillows. Call 610-838-5463 to register. A $5 deposit is required to save your spot. Vision Board Workshop (Fall/Winter) – This workshop will provide us with the time to envision what we would like to manifest for the final season of 2017. We will do a short meditation, set our intention for the upcoming holiday/winter season, then cut out images and words to paste onto a vision board to help us manifest our dreams. Time: 3-5pm. Cost: $29. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown. Call 610-838-5463 to register. Limited to 15 people.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31 Halloween Costume Party (Adults Only) – Adults 14 & Up are invited to join us for some Halloween fun on Halloween night! We will celebrate by having games, refreshments, and prizes for different costume categories. Please bring a snack to share with the group. Time: 6-8pm. Cost: Bring food to share with everyone. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown. 610-838-5463.
Parkinson’s & Caregiver’s Retreat – Enjoy a relaxing day where you will discover simple, natural ways to improve your balance, reduce tremors, ease your muscle tension, increase brain function and more! 10-3 pm, Lunch & refreshments, $35, to pre-pay or for more info call Greg Schweitzer 610670-6700, Twin Ponds Center, West LV
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10
savethedate FALL WORKSHOPS WITH LISA BAAS Healing Journey – Quiet the mind, learn dream practices to rebuild your epigenetics, connect with your ancestral & spiritual inheritance, clear and strengthen energetic boundaries * Sundays in October Holographic Anatomy Intro Weekend – For practitioners. Learn energy medicine skills, decode body holograms and holistic assessment via palpation & listening. November 10-12. Early bird pricing until 9/30. Living Arts Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, 2358 Sunshine Rd, Allentown. 610-841-9300.
Restorative Yoga – 2nd & 4th Fridays. Refill your cup with Bliss. Uses bolsters and blankets to support the body in yoga inspired postures. With support your body rests deeply. You breathe naturally, allowing your nervous system to regenerate energy. $35. Roots and Wings, 127 S. 5th St, Quakertown. 215-257-5025.
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sunday Sunday Services – Metaphysical and non-denominational. 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. 10-10:30am. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown. 610-838-5463. Yoga for Kids -- Help your child develop positive body awareness through a gentle yoga flow. This program for children, ages six through 13, will help manage stress and create confidence through breathing, meditation and movement. 3pm. Insight Heated Yoga Studio, 1701 Union Blvd., Allentown. 610-776-2676. 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 coda.org.
monday QiGong/Tai Chi − Crystal Klein. Reduce stress, lower blood pressure, improve balance, and increase energy. Includes visual meditation, balance exercises, followed by energy form. 11am-noon, $96/8 classes, Twin Ponds Center, Pre-register 610-762-2702 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. 5:45pm, $75/6 classes, Twin Ponds Center, Preregister 610-618-0467 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, Twin Ponds Center, Pre-register 610-618-0467
Reflexology Q and A – Stop by our clinic from 10:30am to 4pm 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. 267-424-4549. Tibetan Heart Yoga – Emphasizes the benefits of visualization and meditation using authentic Tibetan Buddhist spiritual practices and principles. Learn tools that help support our transitions and selfgrowth in our life on and off the mat. 6pm. Roots and Wings, 127 S 5th St, Quakertown. 215-257-5025
tuesday Crystal Reiki by Alicia – Experience healing, energy sessions from Reiki Master Alicia. 11:00am5:00pm, by appointment only. Get an assessment of your energy, and benefit from crystals and reiki energy. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown. To make an appointment, call 407-600-6462. Dosha Balancing Yoga – The 5 Elements: Space, Air, Fire, Water, and Earth inform everything. Asana is a great way to balance these forces. We will include systematic relaxation and meditation to benefit mental clarity and vibrant health. 9:30am. 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. 6pm. Soulful Journeys, 131 S. Main St., Nazareth, 610-653-3971 Coordination Patterns & Dynamics Training – Betsy Wetzig. Simple, easy exercises helps 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, Twin Ponds Center, Pre-register 610-398- 9652 Crystal Reiki by Alicia – Experience healing, energy sessions from 11am-5pm, by appointment. Receive an intuitive assessment of your energy, and insight of reiki energy. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown. To make an appointment, call 407-600-6462
wednesday Bootcamp with Sherry – A fun mixture of partner work, individual work and higher intensity moves to target a full body workout. All levels of fitness are welcome! 5:15-6pm. $8. First class is free. Persevere Fitness, 3690 Lehigh St., Whitehall, 484-282-0442 Stress Less, Stretch More Clinic – Come in for open space stretching, meditation or yoga. All the props are out for use: exercise-ball, strap and stretch your legs, use the bolsters for restorative yoga. Relax or energize your afternoon. 12:30pm. Roots and Wings, 127 S 5th St, Quakertown. 215-257-5025 Healthy Aging Chair Yoga – Accomplish your daily movements with greater ease using chair yoga postures to bring more stability to everyday rhythms: walking, balancing, and developing core strength. 11am. Roots and Wings, 127 S. 5th St, suite 150, Quakertown. 215-257-5025.
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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 – Meets the 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 email@example.com. 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 Spanish Yoga – Spanish Yoga Class with Monica. This is an all-level class linking poses, breath and awareness while providing a compassionate, noncompetitive & fun environment for the Hispanic Community. 4-5pm. $8. First class free. 3690 Lehigh St., Whitehall, 484-282-0442 Tibetan Heart Yoga – Emphasizes the benefits of visualization and meditation using authentic Tibetan Buddhist spiritual practices and principles. Learn tools that help support our transitions and selfgrowth in our life on and off the mat. 9:30am. Roots and Wings, 127 S 5th St, Quakertown. 215-257-5025 Mantra Chanting – Nukal will chant the ancient Sanskrit mantras each Thursday at Sacred Space. He will provide the correct pronunciation for each session and help raise the vibration of the space and the participants. $20 donation. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown. 610-838-5463. Rune Readings – Available by appointment between the hours of 1-5pm. A variety of reading styles, and can help guide and empower you on your spiritual journey. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown. Call 717-304-6428 to schedule an appointment. Yoga: Mid-morning Flow − Karen Klubertanz. Stretch, breathe, relax and roll with it during this flow class that targets specific areas of the body each week and reminds us to be in the moment. Great for beginner to intermediate. 9:30am, $88/8cl, Veterans $8, Twin Ponds Center, Pre-register 610-509-3677
Coordination Patterns & Dynamics Training – Simple, easy exercises of Coordination Pattern™ Training helps release chronic pain and stress of knees, hips, back, neck and improve the way you function, both physically and mentally. 3pm, $75/6 classes, Twin Ponds Center, Pre-register 610-398- 9652
Vinyasa/Kundalini Yoga Fusion - All levels. Each class will work with elements of each tradition such as flowing asana, breath work, mantra, and meditation. Classes will balance mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of being. 9:30-11am. Soulful Journeys, 131 S. Main St., Nazareth, 610-653-3971
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
Ojas Building Restorative Yoga – Create a weekly ritual for releasing stress. Self-healing holds are used in concert with supportive restorative yoga postures. Warm basalt rocks on the Marma points in savasana complete this experience. 6pm. Roots and Wings, 127 S 5th St, Quakertown. 215-257-5025
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.
Monthly Peace Vigil – Second Thursday of every month, 4:30 to 5:30 pm (during the warmer months) at the south approach to the Hill-to-Hill Bridge, 3rd & Wyandotte St., South Bethlehem. Contact Vince Stravino 610-216-8103 for information. 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 Stress Less, Stretch More Clinic – Come in for open space stretching, meditation or yoga. All the props are out for use: exercise-ball, strap and stretch your legs, use the bolsters for restorative yoga. Relax or energize your afternoon. 12:30pm. Roots and Wings, 127 S 5th St, Quakertown. 215-257-5025 Chair Yoga – Utilizing props, chairs and guided imagery to support correct alignment. Develop strength, release tension and balance weakness. Good for immobile, elderly, recovering from injury, or living with chronic illness. 10:30am. Roots and Wings, 127 S. 5th St, suite 150, Quakertown. 215-257-5025. Restorative Yoga – 2nd & 4th Fridays. Refill your cup with Bliss. Uses bolsters and blankets to support the body in yoga inspired postures. With support your body rests deeply. You breathe naturally, allowing your nervous system to regenerate energy. $35. Roots and Wings, 127 S. 5th St, Quakertown. 215-257-5025. 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
Yoga Bar – Set your (yoga) bar high with this exciting new class created for all levels. This yoga practice at the bar incorporates circuit and strength training, allowing for greater stability and alignment. Increases energy, improves spirit and is a lot of fun! 11:30am. Online registration required. Insight Heated Yoga Studio, 1701 Union Blvd., Allentown. 610-776-2676 Yoga: Mom & Tots Yoga – Mons 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 are welcome! 9-9:50 am, $10/class, Twin Ponds Center, Pre-register 484-554-4601 Yoga: Hatha, Yin & Therapeutic, Kids & Family Class – A blend of creative play and relaxation. Light up your child’s face with joy! Great for building self-esteem, cooperation, focus, and trust. 10am. $10/1 adult & 1 child; $3/additional family member. Twin Ponds Center, Pre-register 484-554-4601 Diverse Yoga – Appreciate diversity. Blue Lotus and Soulful Journeys Yoga teacher come to Nazareth Farmers Market. Our instructors have many different approaches to yoga. Come to multiple weeks to appreciate our diversity. First outdoor yoga class is free for new students! 484-546-6803 Level 1 Yoga - This beginner friendly class teaches proper posture alignment. It is designed to strengthen the body, enhance flexibility, increase energy and create a sense of balance for the participant. 9-10:15. Blue Lotus Yoga @ Soulful Journeys, 131 S. Main St., Nazareth, 484-546-6803 Angel Readings - Amy Musser, Angel Whisperer, offers angel readings by appointment only. She also provides spiritual guidance through the Wish Game, workshops, and one-on-one sessions. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown. Call 484-554-6299 to schedule your appointment. Gifts certificates available. Card Readings - Willow-Duir Rosewood, HPS, brings 20 years of experience in spirituality and offers readings every 2nd and 4th Saturday 1-5pm by appointment. Walk-ins welcome during this time. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown. Call 484-463-7673 to schedule. Gift certificates available. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Good Shepherd Allentown
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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 13.
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Rev. Lyn S. Felix, MSW, LCSW, CHT, RM 3037 S. Pike Ave. #105 • Allentown, PA 18103 610-282-0709 CreativeHolisticTherapy.com
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A board certified mental health counselor specialized in treating anxiety, depression, trauma, and childhood behavioral disorders. Utilizing cognitive behavioral, mindfulness, and EMDR modalities. Learn ways to identify strengths and techniques to improve your daily life. Through a collaborative relationship, you can find inner strength, and be encouraged in relationships with others. Accepting Insurances, call for a free phone consultation.
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Providing a full scope of general and cosmetic dentistry with expertise ranging from to inlays, onlays, root canals, crowns, bridges and clear braces. Dr. Bassil can correct a wide variety of so-called permanent cosmetic dental problems, and can literally redesign your smile. Mercury-Free and Fluoride-Free. See ad page 26.
A holistic counselor and coach, using hypnotherapy, chakra energy clearing, Reiki, mindfulness & more to help you shift from limited, fearbased thinking, believing, and behaving patterns into living from your magnificent essence. Experience joy as you resonate with higher vibrational frequencies in all aspects of your life. See ad page 6.
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 36.
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MICHAEL TARAS, DMD, FAGD, FIND, CDC, NMD, IBDM. 2900 Hamilton Blvd. Allentown, PA 18103 610-432-1320 www.DrTarasDENTIST.com
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.
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Identify resources you already have and get on the road to better wellbeing, increased resilience to daily stressors, and ultimately feeling more fulfilled at the end of each day. Build a foundation based on your personal strengths to increase resilience in overcoming current and future challenges. Please contact me for your complimentary consultation.
Certified Holistic Health Practitioner specializing in life transformation coaching and intuitive energy healing, utilizing modalities such as The Emotion Code and Access Consciousness®. Experience a dynamic and life-changing session and clear out lifetimes of self-limiting patterns and baggage that stop you from the ease and joy that is you.
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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.
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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.
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GREEN MEADOWS AT FOUNTAIN HILL CEMETERY
1121 Graham Street, Fountain Hill, PA 18015 610-868-4840 • GreenMeadowPA.org
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 47.
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 6.
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Health Coaching from professional counselor knowledgeable in not only dietary theory, but also working with bio individuality including each specific person’s body type, blood type, and their overall organic body. Offering individualized 3 and 6 month programs for motivated people interested in their overall health and happiness. See ad page 32.
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HYPNO PATH CENTER, LLC
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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 16.
Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center Greg Schweitzer 628 Twin Ponds Rd., West Lehigh Valley 610-670-6700 StressReductionResources.com
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.
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Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center 628 Twin Ponds Rd, West Lehigh Valley 610-618-0467
Specializing in Natural Medicine for over 50 years, Dr. Loquasto holds doctorates in Naturopathy, Nutrition, Chiropractic Internal Medicine and is a Master Herbalist and certified Clinical and Dietitian Nutritionist. Offering custom formulations for specific conditions and non-invasive chelation therapy. Tests available include live cell microscope, circulation testing, EKG, pulmonary lung testing, bone density, x-ray, scanning for foot & ankle problems, blood pressure, blood oxygen levels and blood testing for dia-betes and other health issues. Cold Laser Therapy for pain.
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Learn how to improve your wellbeing and increase your resilience to daily stress by prompting positive emotions into your daily experience. Family and friends workshops offered O c t o b e r t h r o u g h N o v e m b e r. Workshops are $25 per person.
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DR. MICHAEL JUDE LOQUASTO, ND, PHD, DC 2571 Baglyos Circle, Suite B-27 Bethlehem, PA 18020 • 484-821-1460 www.drmichaelloquasto.com Phone consultations available
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.
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MAULFAIR MEDICAL CENTER
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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 8.
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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 22.
LOSAGIO CHIROPRACTIC CENTER LLC Mark D. Losagio, DC, DIBCN 120 Illicks Mill Rd. Bethlehem, PA 18017 610-865.-8155 ChiropracticBethlehem.com
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 37.
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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 39.
WELL OF LIFE CENTER
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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! See ad page 54.
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Kris holds a Master of Science in Health & Exercise Science and will assist you in achieving your health & fitness goals with nutritional consultation and individualized fitness programs. Boost your skill development and confidence with flexible training that meets your busy schedule. Enjoy specialized classes including lever appropriate yoga, moving meditation, Barre, senior groups. See ad page 40.
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