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

12 Honoring

eartH DaY


Go Green at Parks and Other Community Events

26 eartH mUsiC Saving Nature’s Wild Symphony by Bernie Krause

28 Healing tHe


eCosYstem WitHin

A Conversation with Bioneers Co-Founder Nina Simons by Brita Belli

32 tHe neXt leVel Education for a More Sustainable World by Linda Sechrist

36 rest in PeaCe Sustainable Burials Honor Life by Brita Belli

38 reCYCleing eVerYDaY



What Happens after the Blue Bin is Emptied by Avery Mack

40 Diet DetoX

A Good Spring Cleaning Flushes Out Fats and Toxins by Judith Fertig

42 FUnCtional meDiCine Taking the Whole Toolbox Approach by Ann Louise Gittleman

48 DeteCting Disease Liver and Adrenal Issues Share Symptoms by Dr. Shawn Messonnier


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7 newsbriefs 18 healthbriefs 22 globalbriefs 24 ecotip 26 inspiration 28 wisewords 30 community



36 greenliving 40 consciouseating 42 healingways 46 fitbody 49 naturalpet 50 calendar 57 resourceguide 62 classifieds

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contact us Publisher Reid Boyer Local Editor Beth Davis Local Writer Beth Davis - Linda Sechrist Assistant Editors S. Alison Chabonais Design & Production Susan McCann Ad Production Marci Molina Advertising Sales Reid Boyer To contact Natural Awakenings Lehigh Valley Edition: PO Box 421 Emmaus, PA 18049 Phone: 610-421-4443 Fax: 610-421-4445 © 2012 by Natural Awakenings. All rights reserved. Although some parts of this publication may be reproduced and reprinted, we require that prior permission be obtained in writing. Natural Awakenings is a free publication distributed locally and is supported by our advertisers. It is available in selected stores, health and education centers, healing centers, public libraries and wherever free publications are generally seen. Please call for a location near you or if you would like copies placed at your business. We do not necessarily endorse the views expressed in the articles and advertisements, nor are we responsible for the products and services advertised. We welcome your ideas, articles and feedback. SUBSCRIPTIONS Subscriptions are available for $36 (for 12 issues). Please call 610-421-4443 with credit card information or mail a check made out to Natural Awakenings – Lehigh Valley, to the above address.

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magine that you and some friends have the opportunity ride on a NASA spaceship with the mission of exploring deep space. This golden opportunity requires that the whole crew train in body, mind and spirit so that you are able to perform tasks necessary to maintain everyone’s welfare and safely return home. Occupying a limited area with others requires each crew member to discipline themselves to maintain a clean space, ensure all life support systems continue to function properly and execute their role flawlessly to ensure successful survival. Given the magnificence of this unfolding experience of a lifetime you doubtless would deem it worth your investment of time, effort and resources. What is so different about living on Planet Earth? We are living together on a bounded spaceship that came fully loaded with irreplaceable life support systems. Our unique Blue Planet is elegantly designed indeed, but the doubling of the population (yet again) since 1960 is set to exceed its carrying capacity with more than 7 billion people placing an unprecedented load on resources. To maintain our standard of living and comfort Americans as a nation are the greatest consumers of all; just five percent of the world’s population, we claim nearly a quarter of Earth’s resources for ourselves. If every human followed America’s example, the burden placed on our spaceship would long be past the point of no return. Some of today’s consumers refuse to do more with less, fearing a return to hunters and gatherers living in caves. Others believe against all scientific evidence that it’s impossible to destroy this beautiful home planet, so why not keep exploiting, destroying and contaminating every natural resource without regard for anything but personal profit? Some have even applied the phrase “environmental wacko” to describe good people acting conservatively. Following any of these fatally misinformed and imprudent voices will lead to the race’s selfdestruction. To the contrary, I am convinced that it’s still possible to live well if sustainability becomes our universal reality. At the moment we still have the luxury of making a conscious choice, but we may not much longer if an apocalyptic meltdown is thrust upon the world as a result of continuing widespread poor decisions and inaction… if we don’t change our ways today. On April 22, more than a billion people in 192 countries will again take action and recommit to honoring the planet on Earth Day. It’s become the world’s largest annual forum for recognizing that the health of Spaceship Earth is our most precious resource of all. I am inspired by the people you’ll meet in this month’s issue, including those organizing local Earth Day events (page 12). On this special day, human Earthlings will gather to perform acts of environmental kindness. We will plant trees, clean up roadside litter and trash in parks and rivers, shore up eroded stream banks, put up bird and bat houses and plant gardens for birds and butterflies. We will express our concern for stewarding our land, water and atmosphere; home to millions of other plants and animals, from single-celled algae to massive redwood trees; from tropical fruit bats to monstrous whales.

Such Earthlings are those I want on my crew,

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Mindfulness Matters

Bodywork Training for Low Back and Hip Pain


he Center for Integrated Behavioral Health (CIBH), in Bethlehem, invites the public to an Intro to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, from 6:30 to 8 ula Heart Yoga, in Bethlehem, will host a p.m., April 18. Shonda Moralis therapeutic, weekend workshop on April 6 and will talk about how stress affects 7, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. This hands-on seminar the•body, emotions and behavior, will discuss common causes of biomechanical pain Box 421 Emmaus, PA 18049 • P: 610-421-4443 F: 610-421-4445 and teach participants three simple mindfulness in the low back and hips. It is approved for 16 CE • practices that can help. The cost for the class is hours by the NCBTMB and is open to licensed mas$25. sage therapists, physical therapists practitioners Ad Proof and for Natural Awakenings CIBH mindfulness offerings include indiof manual medicine. vidual mindfulness training and psychotherapy, Special guest Anthony DiGirolamo will present To: P: 610-421-4443 which is one-on-one mindfulness-based cogni“Advanced Integrative Approach to the Low Back Email: F: 610-421-4445 tive therapy often covered by insurance; an upand Pelvis,” offering an in-depth assessment of the coming information: Day of Mindfulness for Helping Profeslow back and pelvis and relevant anatomy, while addressing the mostthe following Please sign your proof and complete sionals (CE credits current, evidence-based approach to mechanisms of pain. DiGirolamo (Ad is shown at actual size. See second page for larger ads.)for nurses and social workers); and an four-week series on mindfulness-based will introduce advanced techniques integrating models of myofascial, stress reduction, modeled on Jon Kabat-Zinn’s neuromuscular and musculoskeletal soft-tissue manipulation. Ad is approved: information programisatcorrect the University of Massachusetts MediAnthony DiGirolamo is currently completingcontact his doctorate train- and spelling cal Center. ing in osteopathic medicine in Philadelphia. He is a teaching fellow in Ad is approved with changes indicated The Center for Integrated Behavioral Health osteopathic manipulative medicine and neuromusculoskeletal medicine. Ad is and not bodywork, approved –Thai make changesisindicated located at 1 Bethlehem Plaza, 1 W. Broad St., He has a background in traditional massage yoga Ste. 810, Bethlehem. For more information or massage, and Rolfing structural integration. to reserve your spot, Visit or Kula Heart Yoga is located at 3400 Bath Pike, Bethlehem. For more email Call information, call 610-746-5852 or visit 610-865-4300. See ad, page 61.


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licia Rambo-Wozniak, director of Easton Yoga, invites the community to join her and the nationally recognized team of teachers, on an exciting journey toward becoming a yoga teacher The planet will love you beginning in April. Students will learn critical skills, develop knowledge and gain for going. confidence through inward growth, full of exploration, play, journaling and selfdiscovery. 1 Emmaus, PA 18049 • P: 610-421-4443 • F: 610-421-4445 “Our yoga school program includes special sessions with nationally • nized teachers: Max Strom (breath-work), Sean Johnson (mantra and Bhakti Yoga), and Jamie Elmer (anatomy),” states Rambo-Wosniak who has been teaching for Ad Proof for Natural Awakenings over 10 years. “We not only teach the foundations of Hatha Yoga, alignment, safe adjustment and the art of intelligent sequencing, we also place a strong emphasis P: 610-421-4443 on healthy nutrition in our holistic nutrition component. Also unique to the Easton F: 610-421-4445 Yoga School are our mentorship opportunities.” To learn more about Easton Yoga, call 610-923-7522 or visit e sign your proof and complete the following information: See ad, page 13. So will your hair. s shown at actual size. See second page for larger ads.)

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Pole Fitness Classes Offered in Allentown


ehigh Valley Yoga Studio, in Allentown, is celebrating the addition of their new Pole Fitness program with a Grand Opening Party from 2 to 4 p.m., April 21. The public is invited to try a mini class and see demonstrations. Pole Fitness burns up to 800 calories an hour and works musThe planet will love you cles in all parts of the body, targeting the upper abdominals, back muscles, shoulfor going. ders and arms, and inner thighs. Pole Basics 101, offered for beginners, is a sixweek course that introduces holds, seats and climbing exercises to build strength, body awareness and flexibility. Pole Basics 102 is the next six-week course in the series and teaches more challenging moves. Finally, Pole Fitness/Yoga is offered for both men and women, while Pole Fitness/Dance classes are for women only. Lehigh Valley Yoga Studio is located at 1701 Union Boulevard in Allentown. To RSVP for the Grand Opening Party, call 610-776-2676 or email See ad, page 46.

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ux, The Eco-Friendly Salon will hold a Ladies Night at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 5 and another in May. The event will highlight Alima Pure, a chemical-free, mineral makeup that is free of allergens and sensitizers. During the event, Lux makeup artists will give each participant a personalized makeup application and provide tips and techniques when it comes to personal makeup 610-625-4600 • routines. “This is a fun way to learn about this amazing line of gentle, long-lasting colors,” states owner Stephanie Faerber. “Whether you wear makeup every day and are looking to make a change, or currently don’t wear makeup at all and are looking to start. Alima Pure is the way to natural beauty.” Drinks and hor d’oeuvres will be served. Cost is $20 per person and requires a $10 deposit. All makeup products will be discounted by 20 percent during the event. Call 610-625-4600 or stop in at 643 N. New St. Bethlehem to register. Lehigh Valley

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Free Seminar on Mercury and Fluoride

Program Teaches Medical Reflexology



he International Academy of Medical Reflexology (IAMR) is offering a medical reflexology training program beginning Monday, April 8 to be held at McCann Collage at 2200 North Irving Street in Allentown. Graduates Box 421 Emmaus, PA 18049 • P: 610-421-4443 • F: 610-421-4445 from the program include nurses, chiropractors and acupuncturists who • receive a diploma recognized by the State of Pennsylvania. Medical Reflexology is an integrative health science through which Ad Proof for Natural Awakenings an exercise pressure is applied to reflex areas encouraging improved instruction to each gland, organ and partP:of610-421-4443 the body, thus persuading To: the body to biologically correct, strengthen and reinforce itself to reach Email: F: 610-421-4445 balance and normalization. “Since 1997, we are the only licensed in medical reflcomplete exology inthe the following United States as a post-secondary Pleaseprogram sign your proof and information: school and we are licensed by the Pennsylvania State (Ad is shown at actual size. See second page for largerBoard ads.) of Private Licensed Schools,” says founder and director, Professor Lorraina J. Telepo, MRP. “The informational sessions at the McCann School of Ad is approved: contact information and spelling is correct Business allow prospective students to learn more about our programs.” AdIAMR is approved withClinic changes indicated The Reflexology in Easton also offers medical reflexologyAd treatments by appointment. For more information is not approved – make changes indicated on the clinic or upcoming training programs, call 267-424-4549 or visit IAMR practices under the classification: Instructional Program Career Code (CIP) 51.9999 – Health Professions and Related Sciences, Other.

olistic Dentist Dr. Michael Taras will present an informational seminar at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9 at 4 Goodness Sake Health Food Store in Orefield. This presentation will cover neurotoxins, specifically fluoride and mercury, and how they are detrimental to our nervous system. Taras, who practices in Allentown, is known for his cuttingedge techniques and bio-compatible approach to dental care. “The mouth is the gateway to the body,” states Taras. “Healthy people make healthy choices so this seminar is my part in informing people about substances currently used in dental care that may actually compromise their health. We will cover mercury fillings, why to remove them, and how to do it safely.” Taras offers patients blood compatibility tests which can alert both the patient and their holistic dentist to the relative compatibility each dental material has with the patient’s immune system. Cost: Free. Seats are limited so reservations are requested. 4 Goodness Sake Health Food Store is located at 3538 Route 309, Orefield. Call 610-398-2057 to reserve. See ad, page 7.

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Honoring Earth Day newbriefs


Go Green at Parks and Other Community Events

his year’s National Park Week, from April 20 to 28, centered on Earth Day, will offer free weekday admission to all 398 national parks from April 22 to 26, adding 134 more historic sites, preserves, recreation areas and other sites to the usual 264 with no entrance fee. Earth Day’s 43rd anniversary celebrations in America and worldwide will encourage everyone to join in the next “billion acts of green,” aligned with the theme: The Face of Climate Change. “In the face of unprecedented occurrences of extreme weather, loss of species and pollution, it is clear that climate change is affecting our planet. We cannot afford to wait any longer to act,” advises the Earth Day Network, which posts many ideas for participating at Find local park activities by state at or check a park’s website for upcoming programs. Following are other leading local events that will help citizens of all ages answer the call to go green. Jim Thorpe Earth Day Festival Historic Jim Thorpe and Josiah White Park Saturday, April 20 (rain date 4/21) 9 a.m.- ???? Many free, some nominal fees River cleanup, rock climb, crafters, food, games, kids crafts & parade, environmental workshops, auction, hula hooping, drumming. Live music all over town into the evening. For schedule of events visit

Eco-Film Festival & Earth Fair Various Pocono Area Locations April 12 through April 21 Various costs Important Films, Vendors, Demonstrations, Outdoor Recreation and Dance Party For full schedule of events visit Earth Day Celebration   Pocono Environmental Education Center 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry, PA 18328 Saturday, April 20 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – $5 per car Hands-on learning, interpretive hikes, animals, crafts, food, music, and much more!  For Information: 570-828-2319 Earth Days on the Greenway Southside Bethlehem Greenway Between E. 3rd and E.4th Streets, East of New Street Saturday, April 20 – 11am-5pm and Sunday, April 21 – Noon-5pm A positive, hands-on sharing of information, ideas and calls-toaction celebrating the many earthfriendly initiatives and organizations within our community. For listing visit

The Lorax Earth Day Celebration Gertrude B. Fox Environmental Center 100 Illick’s Mill Rd, Bethlehem, PA 18017 Sunday April 21 – 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. $7 adult, $4 child Big family fun and planetary education “If you never did, you should. These things are fun and fun is good” For schedule visit



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‘Made in Pennsylvania’ Comes to the Organic Mattress Store


he Organic Mattress Store, in Hellertown, has announced that it is now using natural latex that is produced in Pennsylvania for the cores of its private label mattresses. The store was the first store/ showroom of its kind in Pennsylvania and is now in its ninth year or business. It offers its own OMS Private Label mattresses, as well as those made by Royal-Pedic, WJ Southard, Greensleep, Cozy Pure and Shepherds Dream. All of their certified organic cottons have met strict standards from field to finished product. The showroom floor features 13 different firmness levels of natural rubber (latex) and innerspring mattresses. All are designed for comfort and to significantly reduce stiffness, along with back and shoulder pain, provide pressure relief, reduce motion transfer and give a cooler sleep. All products in the store feature natural rubber (latex), organic cotton, and/or blends of organic and chemical free wools. The Organic Mattress Store is located at 1075 Main St., Hellertown. For store hours or to set up an appointment, call 484-851-3636 or visit See ad, page 23.

Pelvic Pain Educational Retreat Scheduled


two-day educational retreat for chronic pelvic pain, hosted by the Alliance for Pelvic Pain, is being held on April 28-29, in Bethlehem. The weekend retreat is intended for female chronic pelvic, sexual and genital pain patients with complex symptoms involving one or more of the following: Interstitial Cystitis (IC), Vulvodynia, Vestibulitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Pudendal Neuralgia, Lichen Sclerosis, Endometriosis, and other pelvic and genital pain disorders. Dr. Robert Echenberg, Dr. Deborah Coady, pelvic floor physical therapist Amy Stein, and counselors Nancy Fish and Alexandra Milspaw provide knowledge, skills, and comprehensive treatment modalities that will help participants to get back on track towards managing and healing chronic pelvic pain. Their focus is on expanding knowledge, care and compassion to the underserved population of female patients with chronic pelvic pain. For more information or to register for the weekend retreat, email or call Alex at 610-8680104, ext. 3. See ad, page 54.

Answers to The Riddle of Evil

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inker Psychotherapy is offering three monthly group sessions to bring people together. The Adult Autism Support Group, held the first ari Mashos, practitioner and teacher of Chris- Saturday of each month from noon to 2 p.m., is free for adults over age tian Science healing, will give a lecture titled, 18 with autism or Asperger’s Syndrome “The Riddle of Evil: How (AS) who are capable of participating in Christian Science Answers a peer discussion process respectfully. the Question,” at 2 p.m., The group is currently looking for sucApril 14, at Cedar Crest Colcessful members of the community with lege in Allentown. The talk is AS to speak briefly about how they have free and open to the public. achieved career, avocation, marriage or “In this lecture I am goindependence. ing to explore the nature of The Chronic Pain Support Group evil, what it is and what it meets the second Saturday of each isn’t and the nature of God, good--powerful and month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This free healing,” says Mashos. “I’ve found that asking group is a discussion format for adults Box 421 Emmaus, PA 18049 • P: 610-421-4443 • F: 610-421-4445 the right question brings healing and freedom to explore positive coping with chronic • from evil and its effects. From my pain. I’ve found that the right question is, ‘Where does An Adult Grief Support and DiscusAd on Proof for Natural good come from?” sion Group meets the second Satur-Awakenings Mashos was an opera singer and founded day of each month at 2 p.m. Participants To: share mutual healing with other indiP: 610-421-4443 own opera company to highlight social issues Boxher 421 Emmaus, PA 18049 • P: 610-421-4443 • F: 610-421-4445 Email: 610-421-4445 • before devoting herself full-time to the practice viduals coping with the death of a loved one. F: Cost of the group session and teaching of Christian Science healing. She is $10. Ad Proof for Natural Awakenings Please sign Psychotherapy your proof and theprofessional following information: has appeared live on radio programs in the US, Tinker is complete a full-service private practice To: UK and Australia, and is a frequent P: 610-421-4443 (Ad is shown at actual size. See second page forcommon larger ads.) contributor using state-of-the-art psychology and down-to-earth sense Email: F: 610-421-4445 to Christian Science publications. Mashos speaks to assist patients with general mental health issues. Gail-Elaine Tinker internationally as acomplete member of the information: Christian SciPlease sign your proof and the following offers in studyinformation and experience severalisareas such as Ad isspecialization approved: contact and in spelling correct (Ad is shown at actual size. See second page for larger ads.) ence Board of Lectureship. addiction, adolescents, autism, chronic pain/illness, grief and PTSD and Lecture will be held at Cedar Crest College, Ad is approved with changes indicated trauma issues. AdOberkotter is approved: contact and spelling correct 1 Hall,information 100 College Dr.,isAllentown. Donations for facilities are– welcome for freeindicated groups. Tinker PsychoAd is not approved make changes Ad is approved with changes indicated For more information, contact Linda Anderson, therapy Services is located at 3005 Brodhead Rd., #260, in Bethlehem. Ad is not approved – make changes indicated lecture chair, at 610-282-2313 or Landersn7@ For more information or to RSVP, call 610-216-4319 or email See ad, page 58.


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he Yoga Loft will present two workshops with New York City yoga teacher Raghunath on Sunday, May 19. In his first workshop, Strong Foundations: Building Toward Mastery of Fearless Flight, from 2 to 4 p.m., participants will access the tools that will amplify their progress toward mastery of inversions and arm balances. They will chant, refine breath work, break down the postures and build-up toward power poses with a comprehensive understanding of the subtle dynamics of the asana. Practical Bhakti: A Talk about Cultivating Devotion will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Since his youth, Raghunath was fascinated with Eastern thought and took his inspiration from Emerson, Gandhi, Thoreau, the Buddhist Sutras, the Bible and the Bhagavad-Gita. Over the years he has become an expert at taking the esoteric yoga philosophy and making it understandable and practical for the contemporary world. Ragunath will help attendees understand the ancient concept of Bhakti and how they can draw from it to enhance their everyday lives. The Yoga Loft of Bethlehem is located at 521 E. 4th St., 3rd fl., in Bethlehem. For more information or to sign up, visit or call 610-867-9642. See ad, page 51.

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spiritual healing circle, hosted by Reverend Lyn Felix of Creative Holistic Therapy, meets monthly to raise awareness of pertinent health issues. This month’s gathering will take place from 2 to 5 p.m., April 14, in Coopersburg. A potluck meal and shared snacks will follow the group healing. Diane Griffin, DNM, LMT, will present a talk on the benefits and consequences of one’s food choices. She will share the physical, emotional and spiritual benefits of eating living, organic foods versus genetically modified near-foods, as well as discussing in detail the impacts of eating processed, devitalized foods. Griffin will also share tips for successfully incorporating living foods into one’s diet and will be available to discuss a variety of natural health topics, including natural medicines, living foods, essential oils, Reiki, CranioSacral therapy, internal cleansing, and more. Group healing circle costs $20 and will be held in Coopersburg. For more information or to reserve your space, contact Rev. Lyn Felix at 610-282-0709 or email See ad, page 58.

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A Bus Pass to Green Well-Being


here’s a way to simultaneously help both Planet Earth and one’s own health, report scientists from Imperial College London, in England. The researchers examined four years of data from the country’s Department for Transport National Travel Survey beginning in 2005, the year before free bus passes were available for people ages 60 and older. The study team found that those with a pass were more likely to walk frequently and take more journeys by “active travel”— defined as walking, cycling or using public transport. Staying physically active helps maintain mental well-being, mobility and muscle strength in older people and reduces their risk of cardiovascular disease, falls and fractures. Previous research by Taiwan’s National Health Research Institutes published in The Lancet has shown that just 15 minutes of moderate daily exercise lowers the risk of death in people over 60 by 12 percent, and another study at Newcastle University found that 19 percent of Britain’s adults achieve their recommended amount of physical activity through active travel alone. Public health organizations in the UK believe that “incidental” exercise, such as walking to and from bus stops, may play a key role in helping seniors keep fit and reduce social exclusion.

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he U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently redefined the “action level” for lead exposure in children. Youngsters are now considered at risk and qualify for careful medical monitoring if they have more than five micrograms per deciliter of lead in their blood—half the previous threshold. Lead poisoning can cause cognitive and behavioral problems, and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends testing blood lead concentration levels at age 1 and again at 2, when concentrations peak. Most lead poisoning cases occur in substandard housing units, especially those with window frames still coated with lead-based paint banned since 1978. Families in dwellings built before 1950 should also be vigilant about lead. The Consumer Products Safety Commission cautions that home lead test kits sold online and at hardware stores may not be reliable enough to identify and remove sources of exposure. Professional contractors offer more accurate results. Children exhibiting blood lead levels above the new threshold are usually monitored, rather than treated with medications that carry serious risks. Once lead sources are removed, children’s blood lead levels typically return to a more normal range within weeks. The CDC confirms that rather than remedial treatment, the primary goal should be making sure children aren’t exposed to lead in the first place. Fortunately, the levels of most of America’s youngest children today are well below the revised action point, with average blood lead content of 1.8 micrograms, while school-age children, teenagers and adults face little risk.

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asing up on java consumption or switching to decaf may be a wise move for coffee lovers, according to a scientific paper published in Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science. The study links heavy consumption of the caffeinated beverage to an increased risk of developing exfoliation glaucoma, a condition in which fluid builds up inside the eye and puts pressure on the optic nerve. This leads to some vision loss and in serious cases, total blindness. Researchers obtained data from 78,977 women from the Nurses’ Health Study and 41,202 men from the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study that focused on caffeinated coffee, tea and cola servings. They found that drinking three or more cups of caffeinated coffee daily was linked with an increased risk of developing the eye condition, especially for women with a family history of glaucoma. However, the researchers did not find associations with consumption of decaffeinated tea, chocolate or coffee. “Because this is the first [such] study, confirmation of the U.S. results in other populations would be needed to lend more credence to the possibility that caffeinated coffee might be a modifiable risk factor for glaucoma,” says Doctor of Science Jae Hee Kang, of the Channing Division of Network Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Boston, Massachusetts. “It may also lead to research into other dietary or lifestyle risk factors.”

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hen replacing lost fluids during or after a workout, consider how beverage choices can affect the health of teeth. A recent study published in General Dentistry, the journal of the Academy of General Dentistry, found that increased consumption of sports and energy drinks is causing irreversible damage to teeth, especially among adolescents. A reported 30 to 50 percent of U.S. teens regularly imbibe energy drinks, and as many as 62 percent down at least one sports drink a day. “Young adults consume these drinks assuming that they will improve their sports performance and energy levels and that they are ‘better’ than soda,” says Associate Professor Poonam Jain, lead author of the study, who serves as director of community and preventive dentistry at the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine. “Most of these patients are shocked to learn that the drinks are essentially bathing their teeth with acid.” In testing the effect of acidity levels on samples of human tooth enamel immersed in 13 sports and nine energy beverages, researchers found that damage to enamel was evident after only five days of exposure. Moreover, energy drinks were twice as harmful as sports drinks. “These drinks erode or thin out the enamel of the teeth, leaving them more susceptible to decay and sensitivity,” says Jain.

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World record holder and Olympic champion sprinter Usain Bolt will soon model Puma boots that are “made for rotting,” and when the next Levi Strauss collection arrives, their new jingle will be, “These jeans are made of garbage.” Crushed brown and green halfNew Calculations for Polar Ice liter plastic bottles will be on A new report from the University of Washington, in Seattle, published display at retail store displays, of in the journal Science which the equivalent of eight, on polar ice sheets in or 20 percent, are blended into Greenland and Antarceach pair of Waste<Less jeans. tica, works to reconcile Nike and Gap have their differences between own sustainability programs, sometimes-confl 1 Emmaus, PA 18049 • icting P: 610-421-4443 • F: 610-421-4445 and Patagonia has long supresearch studies. • ported a small ecosystem of tists compiled 20 years Earth-friendly suppliers. But ofAd data to determine Proof for Natural Awakenings as the biggest maker of jeans in how much ice is being the world, with sales of $4.8 billion in 2011, Levi’s lost and sea levels have P: 610-421-4443 efforts command the most attention. increased as the global F: 610-421-4445 Levi joined the Better Cotton Initiative, a climate warms. group of companies that work with local nongovPast studies have shown a range of information: ice losses, from zero to catae sign your proof and complete the following ernmental organizations in Pakistan, India, Brazil strophic. When the data was synthesized and analyzed holistically, s shown at actual size. See second page for larger ads.) and Mali to teach farmers how to grow cotton with it became clear that the ice sheets are losing three times as much ice less water. Last year marked the first cotton harvest each year as they did in the 1990s—in the middle of previous estigiven this effort and Levi has blended its share into s approved: contact information and spelling is correct mates. more than 5 million pairs of jeans. Ice sheets are of several main drivers of rising sea levels. Other Ad is approved withone changes indicated With cotton prices on the rise and pressure factors, which account for 80 percent of the increase, include the meltfrom activist groups such as BSR, an environmenAd ising notofapproved changes indicated glaciers on– make land and the expansion of the sea itself as the atmotal organization that works with businesses, large Proof #1effect - April sphere heats up. The melting of polar seaAd ice has no direct on sea2011 Issue clothing manufacturers are starting to adopt more levels because the ice is already in the water. ® sustainable practices. aken i ngs Glaciologist and co-author Ian Joughin told The Christian Science Monitor, “The melting needs monitoring to further understand the ice Source: Business Week sheet processes leading to the change.” lley Edition r, Publisher maus, PA 18049 The Yoga Loft • F: (610) 421-4445 In-Depth Study Programs

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check and refresh fluid levels, especially in colder regions where winter places additional stress on engine parts. While high-quality synthetic motor oil blends may protect the engine better than conventional oil, they don’t eliminate the need for regular oil changes, according to The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence notes that one misfiring spark plug can reduce fuel efficiency by up to 30 percent. Avoid rapid accelerations and braking. The EPA estimates that about half of the energy needed to power a car is consumed during acceleration, and fuel economy can be improved by as much as 10 percent by avoiding unnecessary braking. Keep the engine air filter clean. According to, a clogged filter strains performance. In some cars, the filter can be easily checked by the owner; or drivers may ask a technician to do so during regular tune-ups.

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Swapping Trash for Fresh Produce Mexico City’s innovative monthly Mercado del Trueque (barter market) in Chapultepec Park is a winning trifecta for citizens, local vegetable and plant vendors and the city’s secretariat of the environment. There, residents can exchange cardboard, paper, glass, aluminum, plastic bottles, electronic devices and other waste for paper chits that are redeemed at kiosks for vouchers worth points. The traders can then use the vouchers to buy tomatoes, potatoes, lettuce, lemons and other produce from participating farmers from surrounding districts. Mexico produces 40 million tons of garbage annually, but only recycles about 15 percent. With this barter system, farmers have gained a new place to sell their produce and earn extra income, while the materials collected are processed for industrial reuse. Source:

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Earth Music Saving Nature’s Wild Symphony by Bernie Krause


e may be drawn to the sounds of waves or woodland streams or beguiled by the subtle winds and creature voices of the desert or mountains. Whatever captures our imagination, as we actively listen, something in a wild animal’s repertoire will cause us to catch our breath. Nature teems with a vigorous resonance that is as complete and expansive as it is delicately balanced. Every place on the planet populated by plants and wild animals is a concert hall, with a unique orchestra performing an unmatched symphony. Each resident species possesses its own preferred sonic bandwidth—to blend or contrast—akin to how stringed, woodwind, brass and percussion instruments stake out acoustic territory in an orchestral masterpiece. Into Earth’s daily round are embedded the dawn and daytime, evening and nighttime choruses. Whatever the


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purpose of a creature’s aural signal— mating, protecting territory, capturing food, group defense, play or social contact—it must be audible and free from human acoustical interference if the species is to successfully function. During the last half of the 20th century, I recorded the wild sounds of more than 15,000 species and 4,500 hours of natural ambience. Nearly 50 percent of these land, sea and sky habitats have since then become seriously compromised, if not biophonically silent. The loss of representative habitats due to human presence and noise has resulted in declines in the density and diversity of creatures large and small that contribute to healthy natural soundscapes. Fortunately, in the absence of human habitation, these places can become lively again. Fellow British soundscape ecologist Peter Cusack wrote of the restoration of wildlife 20

years after the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe in the Ukraine: “Animals and birds absent for many decades— wolves, moose, white-tailed eagles, black storks—have moved back, and the Chernobyl [human] exclusion zone is now one of Europe’s prime wildlife sites. The species-rich dawn chorus is one of Chernobyl’s definitive sounds… its nighttime concerts equally spectacular.” In 1968, 45 percent of the oldgrowth forests in the contiguous United States were still standing; by 2011 it was less than 2 percent. Before the forest echoes die, we may want to step back for a moment and listen carefully to the chorus of the natural world where rivers of sound flow, ranging from crickets, frogs and insects to wrens, condors, cheetahs, wolves— and us. Otherwise we are denying ourselves the fullest experience of that which is essential to our spiritual and psychological health. The whisper of every leaf and creature’s song implores us to love and care for the delicate tapestry of the biophony that was the first music our species ever heard. It told us that we are part of a single, fragile biological system; voices in an orchestra of many, with no more important cause than the celebration of life itself. Adapted excerpt from The Great Animal Orchestra, by Bernie Krause, used with permission of Little, Brown and Company. Listen in at and learn more at and


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Healing the Ecosystem Within A Conversation with Bioneers Co-Founder Nina Simons by Brita Belli


ioneers are innovators from all walks of life, seeking to make the world a better place in ways that respect the Earth and all of its inhabitants. Their organization, considered a “network of networks,” connects people and ideas through their annual National Bioneers Conference, local community action groups and original multimedia productions, including the award-winning “Revolution from the Heart of Nature” radio series. Bioneers co-founder Nina Simons, co-editor of Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart, talked with Natural Awakenings about the role each of us plays today in creating a more sustainable tomorrow.

How can we be hopeful about the state of the Earth? I feel that we each need to cultivate a balanced view. It’s important to hold what I call a “both/ and” awareness, which recognizes how seriously our planet’s life support systems are compromised and how intensive the demand is for us to engage in reversing their deterioration. At the same time, I remain deeply hopeful, because so many people are awakening to the urgency of the issues we face and many more are now mobilizing to act in positive ways.

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Our state of mind is directly affected by where we place our attention. If our primary source of information is mainstream media, then it’s easy to feel depressed and hopeless. Each of us would benefit from limiting our daily media intake, because it influences our inner story and impacts how we nourish our psyches, stories and visions. One of the greatest medicines for despair is action. When we act on behalf of what we love and those in need, it can help restore gratitude, a sense of faith and a more balanced view. That’s why natural disasters often elicit the best kinds of responses human beings can offer: compassion, empathy and a desire to generously contribute to solutions.

To what extent does healing the Earth depend on healing ourselves? We co-created the current political, economic, energy, industrial and food production systems based on competition and hierarchies that are wreaking havoc on Planet Earth and on our collective quality of life and future survival. As long as we participate in them, we perpetuate them. We have an immense opportunity to reinvent our selves and society’s systems right now. Our culture conditions us to be hard on ourselves, judging and comparing our talents and actions while often valuing ourselves primarily based on our work or relationships. To be the

most effective change agents we can be, I believe we need to reverse these patterns and learn to consider ourselves and all of life as sacred and inherently worthy of love. One of the most powerful things each of us can do at this pivotal point is to claim full responsibility for our inner “story-scape”—to shift our personal story about the impacts we’re capable of having, what our capacity for action really is and how bringing ourselves in service to life at this moment can be meaningful, joyful and effective.

Isn’t there often a conflict between what people believe and what they do? We each contain a complex ecosystem within us. The more we can become conscious of cultivating ourselves to be authentically and fully in heartfelt service to what we love, the better we can show up on behalf of the Earth and the people and creatures with whom we share it as home.

Do you see women playing a particular role in this transformation? While every person is a unique mix of both masculine and feminine qualities, I think that women as a whole have a deeply embedded coding that inclines us to be especially strong in caring, compassion and collaboration. As leadership capacities, I believe these three—and connecting across differences—may be among the most essential to resilience. Our future as a species will clearly benefit from more women finding their voice, truth and connections to power. The more women that can articulate their individual experiences in support of an inclusive collective vision, the more we can begin to tip our institutions, culture and the men we love to increasingly value these “feminine traits,” which I refer to as relational intelligence. For a long time, we have perpetuated a fatally flawed culture that has put intellect first. It’s past time that we all put the wisdom of our hearts, bodies and intuition first, with intellect in a supporting role. Freelance writer Brita Belli is the editor of E-The Environmental Magazine. Connect at

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ohn McVicker first became interested in electric vehicles (EV) in 2007, while RC (radio-controlled) car racing with

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“I believe that it is incredibly irresponsible for America’s educators and policymakers not to provide people with the knowledge of interconnected global issues, plus the skills and tools to become creative problem solvers and motivated change makers in whatever fields they pursue,” says Weil. Weil points to four primary elements that comprise a humane education: providing information about current issues in age-appropriate ways; fostering the Three C’s of curiosity, creativity and critical thinking; instilling the Three R’s of reverence, respect and responsibility; and ensuring access to both positive choices and the necessary tools for problem solving. “These elements enable students to take all that they learn and use it with reverence and a sense of responsibility,” says Weil. Her institute offers the only master’s degrees in humane education that this approach requires, with complementary in-class and online programs for young people and adults. Her determined vision is slowly becoming a reality as teachers become familiar with these concepts and integrate them into hands-on, project-based learning that crosses disciplines and better marries school experiences with real-life lessons.

THE NEXT LEVEL Education for a More Sustainable World by Linda Sechrist


hat is the purpose of education?” That’s a question Zoe Weil frequently revisits with her workshop audiences. As co-founder and President of the Institute for Humane Education (IHE), Weil has spent most of her adult life researching the answer. Her conclusion is that the U.S. Department of Education’s present goal of preparing graduates to “compete in the global economy” is far too myopic for our times. Weil’s firsthand research, which grounds her book, The Power and Promise of Humane Education, has led her to forward the idea that the goal should be inspiring generations of “solutionaries” prepared to joyfully and enthusiastically meet the challenges of world problems.

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Seymour Papert, a renowned educator and computer scientist, has conducted in-depth research in how worthy real-world topics get students excited about what they learn. They increase their tendency to dig more deeply and expand their interest in a wide array of subjects as they better retain what they learn, become more confident in trusting their own judgment and make the connections needed to broadly apply their knowledge. Young people learn how to collaborate and improve their social and group speaking skills, including with adults. According to Papert, project-based learning improves test scores and reduces absenteeism and disciplinary prob-

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lems. “If schoolchildren are given the gift of exploration, society will benefit, both in practical and theoretical ways,” notes Papert.

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Papert’s observations were affirmed by middle school students at Voyagers’ Community School, in Farmingdale, New Jersey, in one of the IHE 10-week online classes—Most Good, Least Harm—in April 2012. “Initially, students were intimidated and underestimated their ability to express their thoughts and concerns or debate issues with the adult participants. That challenge faded quickly,” remarks Karen Giuffre, founder and director of the progressive day school. Posing provocative questions like, “What brings you joy?”Box 421 Emmaus, PA 18049 • P: 610-421-4443 • F: 610-421-4445 and engaging in conversations in subjects like climate change, • racism, recycling, green energy, genocide and war challenged the students to step up to become respected equals. “This deAd Proof for Natural Awakenings manded a lot from these young people, because the experience wasn’t only about absorbing complex issues and developingTo: an P: 610-421-4443 awareness of the material, political, economic and cultural world Email: F: 610-421-4445 around them. It was also about how they probed their minds and emotions to determine where they stood on issues and what theyPlease sign your proof and complete the following information: could do to change their lifestyle, or that of their family and com- (Ad is shown at actual size. See second page for larger ads.) munity, to make it more sustainable,” says Giuffre. The students went on to help organize a peace conference that entailed 20-plus workshops to inspire an individual mindful Ad is approved: contact information and spelling is correct awareness of peace that motivates and empowers the peacemaker Ad is approved with changes indicated within. It was intended to incite collective action across generaAd is not approved – make changes indicated tions, explains Giuffre, and was followed by community service to people impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

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Children or adults that participate in activities such as those created by IHE or the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Challenge 20/20 are developing what Peggy Holman describes as “change literacy”, the capacity to be effectively present amid a changing set of circumstances. Holman, an adjunct professional lecturer at American University’s School of Public Affairs, in Washington, D.C., is co-founder of the Open Space Institute-US, which fosters whole-system engagement, and author of Engaging Emergence. “Conversational literacy—the capacity to talk and interact in creative ways with others that are very different from us—is our birthright. However, change literacy, a necessary skill for future leaders, is learned via curiosity,” advises Holman. “In my experience, children grasp it more quickly than adults, because authentic expression and curiosity come naturally to them. Children don’t have a long history, and so are naturally more present when engaged in exploring things that matter.” Global problems of deforestation, peacekeeping, conflict prevention, terrorism, water pollution and shortages, natural disasters and mitigation, global warming, education for all, biodiversity, ecosystem losses and global infectious diseases aren’t yet subjects found in a normal curriculum for grades five through nine. However, the Internet-based Challenge 20/20 program now has youth in nearly 120 independent and traditional schools throughout the United States working on solutions that can be implemented both locally and globally. “Challenge 20/20 partners American schools at any grade level [K-12] with counterpart schools in other countries, free natural awakenings

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ness and brainstorming solutions for the global water deficit, Fay students focused on the challenges families in underdeveloped countries face that must walk miles to find clean, safe, water sources. A taxing water-carrying experiment brought immediate appreciation for the difficulty of transporting water, prompting them to invent the Water Walker. The modified rolling cooler with heavy-duty straps attached can carry up to 40 quarts of water on large, durable wheels and axles designed to navigate rocky terrain.

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ing their understanding of sustainability, social justice, civic activism, democracy and civil rights, via both historical role models and contemporary mentors such as environmental activist Bill McKibben, conservationist Terry Tempest Williams and renowned climate scientist James Hansen. “We don’t need to invent the wheel, because we have role models that have confronted these issues and left us a valuable legacy,” remarks Shetterly. In 2004, he collaborated to produce a companion curriculum with Re-Imagining Education Michele Hemenway, who continues “Transformative learning, which is vital to offer it in Louisville, Kentucky, to the learning journey, goes beyond the elementary, middle and high schools. acquisition of information,” says Aftab Hemenway also teaches Art in EducaOmer, Ph.D., president of Meridian Box 421 Emmaus, PA 18049 • P: 610-421-4443 • F: 610-421-4445 tion at Jefferson Community & TechniUniversity, in Petaluma, California, and • cal College and 21st-Century Civics at of cost,” explains NAIS Director Patfounder of its formative Institute of ImaBellamine University, both in LouisAd Proof Natural Awakenings rick Bassett. “Together, teams tackle ginal Studies. “In for informational learning, ville. real global problems while forming we acquire facts, concepts, principles To: P: 610-421-4443 Out of many, she shares a parauthentic bonds and learning firsthand and even skills, but in transformative Email: F: 610-421-4445 ticularly compelling example of a about cross-cultural communication.” learning, we are cultivating capacities. Please sign your proof and complete the following information: student transformed due to this learning Qualifying students may have an op- (Ad This is how certain become is shown at actual size.capabilities See second page for larger ads.) method: “I taught a young girl studyportunity to share their experiences embodied in us, either as individuals or ing these true stories and portraits from at the association’s annual Student asishuman systems,” he advises. Ad approved: contact information and spelling is correct the third through fifth grades when she Diversity Leadership Conference. Portrait artist Robert Shetterly tours Ad is approved with changes indicated took her place in a leadership group In 2010, 11 students at the Fay with Ad hisisseries of more thanchanges 100 portrait not approved – make indicated School, in Southborough, Massachupaintings in traveling exhibits titled Ameri- outside the classroom. Now in middle setts, partnered with Saigon South cans Who Tell the Truth. They are helping school, she is doing amazing things to International School (SSIS), in Vietnam. individuals learn to embody patience, per- make a difference in her community,” After a year of studying, raising awareseverance and compassion, while enhanc- says Hemenway.


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Rest in Peace Sustainable Burials Honor Life by Brita Belli


umans are conditioned to the conventional rituals of handling death—the embalmed body in a casket or ashes sealed in an urn, a procession of vehicles to the burial site, solemnly gathering and scattering flowers as the remains are lowered into the earth. Many times, planning details are abdicated to the judgment of funeral directors. The notion of green burials envisions something different: a ceremony that engages family members’ ecovalues and nature in a more intimate, sustainable process favoring biodegradable caskets and no toxic chemicals. The movement is gaining in popularity; in 2011, some 300 U.S. funeral homes offered green burial options, up from only 12 in 2008.

High Impact of Tradition

tional Cancer Institute found that exposure to formaldehyde over a career of embalming put funeral home workers at significantly increased risk for mortality from myeloid leukemia, a cancer of the blood cells. Alternatives include formaldehyde-free preservatives made from essential oils, and dry ice. Significant resources are consumed in manufacturing caskets and vaults and maintaining cemetery grass. “A few years back I calculated that we bury enough metal in caskets to rebuild the Golden Gate Bridge each year and put so much concrete in the ground via burial vaults we could build a two-lane highway halfway across the country,” says Joe Sehee, founder of the Green Burial Council. The council certifies and lists cemeteries, funeral homes and casket companies that forgo chemicals and offer natural landscapes. The goal is for burials to leave as little impact as possible on the planet.

Traditional American burial practices make a sizeable environmental footprint and also pose health risks. The Greener Plots carcinogenic embalming fluid—formGreensprings Natural Cemetery Prealdehyde—is a well-known hazard. A serve, in Newfield, New York, does not 2009 study in the Journal of the Na36 Lehigh Valley

look like a cemetery. Its native grasses and mature trees come alive with color each autumn. Wildflowers bloom in the spring and birds build their nests in treetop boughs. “Most contemporary cemeteries are biological deserts,” observes Greensprings spokesperson and science writer Mary Woodsen. In contrast, Greensprings’ 100 acres are surrounded by 8,000 acres of protected forests. Loved ones may be buried in coffins from locally produced timber, or in shrouds—either professionally made or from a favorite blanket or quilt. Biodegradable caskets may be constructed of pine, cardboard, bamboo, formaldehyde-free plywood or hand-woven willow or wicker. even offers free plans to make a simple coffin. Instead of a machine, family members and friends ceremonially take hold of straps and lower the casket into a concrete vault themselves. Natural, flat fieldstones honor loved ones. “People feel, ‘I was part of this,’” says Woodsen.

Cremation Options

Debate exists over the ecological impact of cremation—a practice expected to be chosen as the end-of-life choice for as many as 46 percent of Americans by 2015. While it reduces the use of large, resource-intensive burial plots, each traditionally cremated body releases 110 pounds of greenhouse gases and other pollutants, including carbon dioxide and monoxide, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, mercury and other metals. The Bio Cremation greener alternative—using 95 percent water and 5 percent of an alkali instead of flames and fossil fuels—requires eight times less energy as fire-based cremation, produces no dangerous byproducts and still yields ashes from the remaining bones. To find the states that have approved the process, visit the legislative section at Biodegradable urns are also available, including cornstarch bags accented with leaves and petals, sculpted natural salt containers and baskets made of virgin palm. Sandcastle urns

are suited for home display or ocean burial ( Memorial blown-glass artwork is another option for remains (Tropical Scattering ashes—whether casting them into the air or over a body of water, burying them or raking them into the soil—provides an intimate burial experience and has minimal environmental consequences. Sehee says it’s legal on private land and also allowed in some parks. “It rarely does harm to the ecosystem,” he says. “Calling your local park agency is a great idea. Many allow for scattering and some without a fee.”

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency governs the disposal of cremated remains at sea—it must take place at least three nautical miles from land and may include artful flowers and wreaths of decomposable materials. Even noncremated remains may be buried at sea, provided it takes place at the same distance from land in water that is between 600 and 1,800 feet deep, depending on the location. Another sea burial option is offered by Eternal Reefs, a company that mixes remains into liquid concrete as the centerpiece of a personalized reef ball, lowered to the ocean floor to provide a home for marine life. Before the boat heads out, family members are invited to press handprints into the wet concrete and to decorate the ball with shells and other mementos. Reef balls can hold from one to four people, plus a pet. Sites are currently available off the Florida, New Jersey and Texas shorelines and can be revisited at any time. “We don’t look at it as a funeral,” remarks CEO George Frankel. “We’re months or years removed from the passing. This is a celebration of life.” Brita Belli is the editor of E-The Environmental Magazine and author of The Autism Puzzle: Connecting the Dots Between Environmental Toxins and Rising Autism Rates. Connect at

Final Rest in a Green Meadow


reen Meadow at Fountain Hill Cemetery is a natural burial ground where remains are returned to the earth as simply and directly as possible. The first of its kind in the Lehigh Valley, the goal is to create a beautiful and respectful place to allow the body to degrade naturally and rejoin earth’s elements, perpetuating the natural cycle of life and death, of dissolution and rebirth. The burial process uses what remains of life to regenerate new life, to return dust to dust. Unlike traditional cemeteries, Green Meadow prohibits practices that prevent a body’s natural reunion with the earth, including burial vaults, metal caskets and chemical embalming. In their place they allow biodegradable caskets and cloth shrouds. Upright headstones are not permitted; however, ground level fieldstone and other natural native rock markers are allowed. Maintenance of the grounds at Green Meadow also differs from traditional cemeteries. The meadow is planted with native wildflowers eliminating the need for lawn care. Plots are not pre-assigned except for family considerations for existing sites. New plots are selected in succession to recent burials. This allows for less environmental disturbance of the meadow and maintains a peaceful, contiguous native wildflower landscape. Fountain Hill Cemetery is located at 1121 Graham Street, Bethlehem. For more information, contact Ed Vogrins at 610-868-4840

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he Nicos C. Elias funeral home in Allentown offers several different options for green funerals, ranging from full services with visitation to simple graveside services. The packages are designed to help make funeral planning easier, while creating a personalized, meaningful ceremony that respects all faiths and burial preferences. In general terms, green options involve holding the deceased’s remains without embalming (no toxic chemicals). Burial caskets options include a choice of a biodegradable sea grass, willow, bamboo, all-wood, or even cardboard caskets which are designed to return the remains to the elements of the earth. Also offered are meaningful celebrations of life for survivors. Options do not need to be all-green or not-green; different tiers of green contribute to a more environmentally-friendly send-off. Cremation is generally not considered green because of the large amounts of non-renewable fossil fuels used during the cremation process. It is helpful, however, in the sense that land is not being used for burial. For those choosing cremation, the funeral home offers several biodegradable urns which are suitable for burial in the earth or water. Some of these have perennial flower seeds attached which will bloom wildflowers each year in honor of your loved one. Nicos C. Elias Funeral Home is located at 1227 W. Hamilton Street in Allentown. For more information, call 610-433-2200 or visit natural awakenings

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RECYCLING EVERYDAY REFUSE What Happens after the Blue Bin is Emptied by Avery Mack


ach blue recycle bin filled with plastic, aluminum, glass, paper and cardboard helps the environment, because it reduces landfill, takes less energy to repurpose materials than to make new ones and gently reminds us that thoughtful consumption is healthier for people and the planet. But what do all those recyclables turn into?

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fabric, is used throughout our collection. Each fully recycled PET garment reuses about two-and-a-half 20-ounce plastic pop bottles.” Patagonia customers are encouraged to return their old coat when buying a new one. Coats in good condition are given to people in need; the PET fleece lining from retired coats is sent to ReFleece, in Somerville, Massachusetts, where it is cleaned and turned into recyclable protective cases for iPads, e-readers and cell phones. “We expect to make 10,000 cases this year from 2,000 jackets,” says Jennifer Fellers, ReFleece’s CEO. “We use low heat to press the cases into shape.” Vancouver, Canada, which plans to be the greenest city in the world by 2020, includes recycled plastic from bags and water bottles in laying down warm asphalt mix for roads because it uses less fuel to keep the tar at a pourable temperature. Switching from traditional hot asphalt technology also reduces emissions.

Plastic milk jugs turn into colorful playthings at Green Toys, of Mill Valley, California. Repurposing one pound of recycled milk jugs instead of making new plastic saves enough energy to run a computer for a month. All packaging is made from recycled content and printed with soy ink, so it can go into the blue bin again.’s online counter shows the number of containers recycled—more than 10 million to date. Fila Golf’s Principal Designer Nancy Robitaille says, “Recycled PET (polyethylene terephthalate), a Transforming Aluminum core Fila cooling 38 Lehigh Valley

In 2012, Do partnered with Alcoa to challenge teens to recycle aluminum cans. For every 50 cans collected during a two-month period, they were awarded a chance to win a $5,000 scholarship. The sponsors note that recycling one can saves enough energy to light a 100-watt bulb for 20 hours. The final total was 1,152,569 cans kept out of landfills. “Aluminum can be recycled an infinite number of times,” says Beth Schmitt, director of recycling programs for Alcoa, which has centers nationwide and cash-back programs for community fundraisers. “We remelt the collected cans, then roll out coils of new can sheets. This process can be repeated without any loss of strength—that’s why we call aluminum the ‘miracle metal.’ If every American recycled just one more can per week, we would remove 17 billion cans from landfills each year.” Wine bottles become designer drinking glasses at Rolf Glass, in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania. “Our designs give used bottles a second life,” says owner Rolf Poeting. Refresh Glass, of Phoenix, Arizona, salvages and preps the bottles. “Then, our glass cutting and diamond-wheel engraving technology transforms them into sophisticated Glacier Glass,” continues Poeting. “This seems to be a trend in many industries, to find additional uses for another company’s recycled products.” Rewined, of Charleston, South Carolina, also exemplifies this principle. It uses wine bottles to hold their soy-based, cotton-wicked candles, which provide 60 to 80 hours of winescented burn.

Second Life for Paper

Purina’s Yesterday’s News and Second Nature litter for cats and dogs, respectively, is made from recycled paper and absorbs waste upward from the bottom of the litter box for easier cleaning. The unscented litter pellets are three times as

absorbent as clay, non-toxic and nearly dust-free. Hedgehogs, mice, gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs and reptiles also like Yesterday’s News for bedding. On average, 44 million pounds of paper are annually recycled for these products. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the United States annually generates 11 million tons of asphalt shingle waste, mostly from re-roofing tear-offs and new installation scrap, comprising 8 percent of construction waste. Each recycled ton saves a barrel of oil. OFIC North America, of Fredericksburg, Virginia, creates its Ondura corrugated roofing from old newspapers or magazines and cardboard, made durable by infusing it with asphalt. It’s placed atop existing roofs, which means no discarded shingles. Each day, 40 to 50 tons of recycled paper goods find new life in Ondura products, available at most home improvement stores. Sound inside Buick Lacrosse and Verano vehicles is dampened via a ceiling material made partly from reused cardboard shipping boxes. Paint sludge from General Motors’ Lansing, Michigan, Grand River assembly plant becomes durable plastic shipping containers for Chevrolet Volt and Cruze engine components. Some 200 miles of absorbent polypropylene sleeves, used to soak up a recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, were converted into air deflectors for the Volt, preventing 212,500 pounds of waste from entering landfills. As part of its community outreach, 250 shipping crates from GM’s Orion assembly plant became raised garden beds for a Southwest Detroit community garden. A local entrepreneur turned donated sound absorption material into coats that also serve as sleeping bags for the homeless.

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ince at least 1992, Pennsylvania has been the largest importer of waste, with Virginia a distant 2nd. Of all the municipal solid waste that crosses state lines for disposal, 23 percent comes to Pennsylvania. In 2003, Pennsylvania accepted waste from 28 states (including DC), plus Puerto Rico and Canada. 94% of these imports were from New Jersey and New York. Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has permitted waste facilities in the state to accept three times as much waste per year as Pennsylvania generates. This map does not include the many landfills and incinerators which are either closed or which were proposed, but defeated. It also does not include waste transfer stations, or facilities for fly ash, hazardous waste or medical wastes.

Municipal Solid Waste Landfills (49 existing; 3 proposed) Residual Waste Landfills (4 existing, including the Harrisburg ash dump; 1 proposed) Construction & Demolition Waste Landfills (6 existing; 1 proposed). Municipal Solid Waste Incinerators (6 existing). Solid symbols are existing facilities; Hollow ones are proposed.

The Rubber Manufacturers Association reports that Americans discard 300 million tires each year, each one having consumed about seven gallons of oil in its manufacture and poised to add to Earth’s landfills. Lehigh Technologies’ micronized rubber powder (MRP), made by freeze-drying discarded tires and pulverizing them into a fine powder, changes the equation. MRP is now used in many items, from new tires, roads and building materials to shoes. It feels good to place used items in the blue bin instead of the trash, knowing that more and more companies are helping to put these resources to good use.

Waste imports can be halted dramatically if Pennsylvania legislators did the following: (without needing federal legislation to deal with the Interstate Commerce Clause) Rescind the excess permitted yearly volume at PA landfills and incinerators, rolling it back to the amount of waste that is actually dumped in the state. Roll that level back further – at about 10% a year – until it reaches the amount of waste generated yearly by Pennsylvanians. Currently, Pennsylvania receives nearly twice as much as it generates. Plan further reductions to accommodate source reduction, composting and recycling. This plan would stretch out the life of our landfills, filling them slower and reducing the need for expansions.

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Diet Detox

A Good Spring Cleaning Flushes Out Fats and Toxins by ann louise gittleman


pring—when the natural world reawakens and bursts with renewed energy—is an ideal season to clean up our act. A cleansing diet to eliminate toxins from our body is as much a rite of spring as sweeping debris from our home. In my nutrition practice, I have often seen how after a sedentary winter of consuming heavier foods, our bodies may be carrying around as much as five to 10 pounds of toxic wastes. While a properly functioning human body has its own built-in detoxification system, it can be easily overwhelmed by today’s proliferation of environmental toxins. The newest environmental assault on the body’s detox system is electro-pollution, according to research highlighted in the 2007


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BioIniative Report, a metastudy of 2,000 peer-reviewed studies compiled by an international group of researchers, scientists and health policy officials. Compounding the problem, Paula BaillieHamilton, a British medical doctor specializing in human metabolism, reported in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine that environmental toxins also play havoc with our body’s builtin weight regulation system. In short, the more toxic our body becomes, the harder it is to lose weight.

Detox Equals Weight Loss Clinical research from the University of Quebec as far back as 2002 suggests that toxins slow metabolism. It is widely

held that because many toxins are fatsoluble and stored in body fat, as the fat melts away, the toxins are released into the bloodstream; this inhibits the production of thyroid hormone, with a resulting metabolic meltdown. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, spring is the season to support the prime organs of detoxification—the liver and gallbladder. The liver alone impacts some 400 bodily functions, so it deserves support. The following symptoms recommend giving these organs some special care: ■ Chronic tension in neck and shoulders ■ Sensitivity beneath the rib cage (particularly the right side) ■ Feeling tired and sleepy after eating ■ Nausea, especially after eating fatty foods ■ Hormonal imbalances with hot flashes due to perimenopause or menopause ■ Premenstrual irritability and bloating ■ Light-colored stools ■ Waking between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m.

Detox Diet Basics Start off each morning for two weeks (or up to a maximum of two months), with hot lemon water, perhaps spiced with cinnamon and ginger, for an added metabolic boost. The antioxidant D-limonine in lemon thins bile and is helpful in breaking down fat-trapping toxins. Use the juice of one small lemon to eight ounces of warm water. Then, sip a total of 64 ounces of

cran-water between meals throughout the day. Mix one ounce of unsweetened cranberry juice per seven ounces of pure water. Cranberry helps to balance pH, suppress hunger and combat cellulite and water retention, while drawing out fatty wastes by targeting lymph (a secondary circulatory system beneath the skin that works to rid the body of toxic wastes, bacteria, heavy metals, dead cells, trapped proteins and fat). Sipped daily, this antioxidant- and phenol-rich elixir works to help reduce bloating and melt fat from hips, waist and thighs. Nutrient-rich spring greens like arugula, collard or dandelion greens, lettuce, parsley, spinach, Swiss chard and watercress are classic foods used in a spring detox. Other good choices are antioxidant foods that supply the body with glutathione, the liver’s premier antioxidant, also known as, “the toxic waste neutralizer,” which is vital to organ detoxification. Broccoli sprouts are one of the best sources of glutathione; so is asparagus. Eating lightly steamed kale, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage can

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Teitelbaum. “Then some expensive medications came out—promoted by $210 million a year in advertising; so now, patients are instead being told to take medications with lots of side effects.” The most common conventionally prescribed drugs for fibromyalgia target symptoms of insomnia, depression, nerve pain and inflammation. According to Teitelbaum, the vast majority of people treating with these medications continue to experience the same symptoms over a five-year period; only 25 to 35 percent report some improvement. It’s difficult to determine how many Americans suffer from fibromyalgia because many go undiagnosed (the average time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis is five years). estimates that 5 million Americans, or approximately 2 percent of the population, suffer from this disease.

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“Functional medicine practitioners recognize that fibromyalgia represents an energy crisis in the body and use simple, appropriate and effective treatments with no harmful side effects,” says Teitelbaum. “Most often I use a SHINE protocol that I developed, based on 30 years of treating patients with chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, with a 90 percent success rate.” His is just one example of the way functional medicine would treat a difficult-to-diagnose and to treat disease. Cass uses functional medicine very effectively against depression, addiction and a host of women’s health issues. Hyman specializes in managing diabetes and obesity with the tools of functional medicine. “If other medicines worked as well as treatments used in functional medicine, I’d use them, but they don’t,” concludes Hyman. “My Hippocratic Oath says I must help relieve suffering. I can do that with the tools that functional medicine gives me.”

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very day in my practice I see patients who have been ‘everywhere’ and tried ‘everything’ to treat their chronic condition,” reports Bethlehem chiropractor, Ray Benndetto. Whether it’s fibromyalgia, a thyroid condition, peripheral neuropathy or a chronic spinal condition, patients are routinely not getting relief from traditional treatments.” Benedetto reports similar stories from most of his patients. They saw their doctor with symptoms such as weight gain, widespread pain, crippling fatigue, burning and numbness in their feet, migraines or debilitating low back pain. They were given a prescription, sent to therapy, told to exercise and lose weight, and sent on their way. In the meantime, many ended up feeling worse and unable to enjoy the things they used to. “In a functional medicine model we dig deep,” continues Benedetto. “By running tests that most doctors don’t run and performing exams that most doctors don’t perform, we can find the root cause of the problem. When we find the cause or causes, we roll up our sleeves and get to work managing it. With lifestyle changes, appropriate nutritional supplements, and proper neurological care clients get relief. The fixes are not quick or as easy as a five minute visit, but they work. Patients participate in a dedicated effort to find out what’s wrong and get their lives back.” To connect with Dr. Benedetto, call 610-974-9911 or visit

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

Journey Dance Workshop – Groove to evocative, soul-thumping, world music. With guided imagery, enter a journey of inner rhythms and authentic movements. This dance is an empowering journey to self-acceptance and joy. No dance exp nec. 11am1pm, $20. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Wescosville. 484-515-8356

FRIDAY, APRIL 5 Free Yoga Introduction Class - This is a beginner yoga class that will give you the foundation you need to attend any level 1 yoga class. All are welcome. 6:30-7:30pm. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem, 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. Please call to reserve your spot. 610.867.9642 Y12SR – Yoga & 12-Step Recovery. Combines the practical tools of the 12-step program with the ancient wisdom of yoga. Addresses addiction as the physical, mental & spiritual disease that it is. For anyone working with addictive patterns or affected by those patterns in others. No yoga exp required. 7-8:30pm. By donation.. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem, 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. Please call to reserve your spot. 610.867.9642 Ladies Night – Highlights Alima Pure, a chemicalfree, mineral makeup that is free of allergens & sensitizers. Lux makeup artists will be giving each participant a personalized makeup application and provide tips & techniques when it comes to your makeup routine. Drinks and hor d’oeuvres served. 6pm. 9 person limit. $20. Call 610-625-4600 to register. Lux The Eco-Friendly Salon, 643 N. New St. Bethlehem.

Effortless Meditation™ Introduction Class – Greg Schweitzer. Learn about this scientifically validated and physician recommended effortless practice that allows you to de-stress, revitalize and become healthier by taking you to a level of rest deeper than sleep! 9-10:30 am, $20/Intro Class, Twin Ponds Center, W Lehigh Valley, Register 610.395.3355 Introduction to Crystals – Learn the Geology, history, folklore and personalities of the stones. Seats are limited, registration required 1-2:15pm $25. Bey’s Rock Shop, 615 Route 100N Boyertown. or 609-509-3772 Community Yard Sale & Chinese Auction – Benefits Lehighton Area Pool Pals & Lehighton Rotary Club. Two days Saturday, April 6th noon to 5 PM, and Sunday, April 7th 9 AM to 1 PM. Held at Lehighton Recreation Center, 243 South 8th Street, Lehighton. Bring canned goods for FREE Door Prize Ticket! Auction & Door Prize Drawings on Sunday @ 1pm. Food & Beverages Available for Purchase!. FMI Please Call Diane @ 610-377-5275. SPRING PLANTING DAY – Archibald Johnston Conservation Area  along the Monocacy Creek.  Learn how PLANT trees from the experts and enjoy the company of your neighbors and friends while playing in a beautiful park. 9am-noon. 3816 Christian Springs Rd, Bethlehem. For more information contact

Healthy Digestion Seminar – Dr. Maulfair will discuss digestion’s role in your health. Years of clinical experience highlight the right way to relieve digestive problems including very serious chronic conditions. 10am. Call to reserve 610-682-2104. 2970 Corporate Ct, Orefield. 610-682-2104.

SUNDAY, APRIL 7 Yoga Hands-on Assists Workshop – Learn the tools that you need to confidently provide Hands-on Assists for every level of practitioner. Learn multiple strategies to inform the proper course of action of where to bring your attention and your touch so that you can offer enhanced alignment and energy flow for your students while protecting your own alignment and safety. $55. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem, 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. 610.867.9642 Science of Spinal Core Stability – Discover how your range of motion affects your balance and coordination to build a spine that is strong and flexible. Evaluate the quality of your spinal architecture to create a plan for successful integration of the 3 functional spinal areas. with Dr. Scot Kocis. Lower Core 4/7, Upper Core 5/12, Integration 6/9.10-11:30am, $25 each or all 3 for $60. Emmaus Yoga, 860 Broad St, Emmaus. 610-421-8200.

MONDAY, APRIL 8 Yoga Basics Session – Breath with movement as you flow through the series of postures that make up the Sun Salutations and basic standing postures of Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series. This class is for those who think they are too tight to practice yoga! Mon. 4/8 – 5/13. 7-8 pm, $75/6 classes, Emmaus Yoga,860 Broad St, Emmaus. 610-421-8200. Yoga Class – Improve overall well being, alleviate back pain, relieve stress, increase flexibility, & build strength through yoga focusing on proper alignment. All levels including beginners welcome. Classes start at 5:30pm and 7:15pm, $12. Near Bethlehem Wegman’s. Yoga with Stephanie Snyder, a Registered Yoga Teacher, call 610-867-0116. NRT Changes Lives – Dr. Sack presents the basics of how Nutrition Response Testing works. Complimentary mini checkups follow to see if you are a candidate for NRT. 7pm. Free with RSVP to 610-759-0500.

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Acupressure for Liver & Gall Bladder Problems – Steve Hoog. Learn how these organs get out of balance, how to apply acupressure on key points to relieve problems, and how dietary changes and herbs can help to avoid problems in the future. 6:30-8:30 pm, $45, Twin Ponds, W LValley, Register 610.395.3355 Weight Control Group Program – 4 sessions: 4/9 and 4/23 &5/14 and 5/28. 6-7:30pm. $175 includes Manual, CDs, & DVDs. For more information or to register contact: Bev Bley, L.P.N;C.M.Ht. at C.H.A.N.G.E. 610.797.8250 or email The Dynamic Duo – Learn how the conscious and subconscious minds can work in unison and harmony to enhance your health, happiness and productivity. 6-7:30pm. $25. For more information or to register contact: Bev Bley, L.P.N;C.M.Ht. at C.H.A.N.G.E. 610.797.8250 or email 2020 Downyflake Lane, Suite 302B Allentown.

3rd Annual Yogathon and Anniversary Fundraiser: April 13th Join us for FREE classes, meet our teachers, try something new and support the Last Chance Ranch animal rescue. April 13th, 9am-1pm. Emmaus Yoga, 860 Broad St, Emmaus. 610-4218200, Healthy Aging Seminar – Join us for a lively discussion of the problems of aging including heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and lack of energy. The causes of these problems are not what you have been led to believe. Chelation therapy will be fully explained. Join Dr. Maulfair for this lively seminar. Call now 610-682-2104. Maulfair Medical Center, 2970 Corporate Court Orefield. Reiki II Certificate- Reiki Level 2 increases your ability to channel Reiki energy by 100 x’s, gives you techniques and symbols to send the Reiki energy to specific locations for specific injuries, pain or imbalances. Pre-requisite: Reiki Level 1. $225/$240 day of, 4/13 $ 4/14, 1-5pm each day, Quiet Heart Yoga, 484-515-8356

wedNesdAY, APril 10 Yoga Class – Improve overall well being, alleviate back pain, relieve stress, increase flexibility, & build strength through yoga focusing on proper alignment. All levels including beginners welcome. Classes start at 9:15am and 5:30pm, $12. Near Bethlehem Wegman’s. Yoga with Stephanie Snyder, a Registered Yoga Teacher, call 610-867-0116. Green Drinks – Cheers to making Eco-conscious Connections. An informal monthly mixer that brings together folks who are interested in sustainable business, policy and living. 5:30pm open mic for 15 minute intros for all. Informational program follows. Every second Wednesday of each month. Allentown Brew Works, 812 W. Hamilton Street, Allentown

tHursdAY, APril 11 Raw Dessert Class – Brook Ockerman. Divine, rich, and sweet desserts for those who love sweets, but want to avoid refined carbohydrates and sugars, dairy products, and unhealthy fats. Menu: Blackberry Crisp w/whipped cream topping, Brownies w/frosting, Chia pudding. 6-7:30 pm, $45, Twin Ponds610.395.3355

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EXPERIENCE RAW - Kris Keating: Live Food Chef, Educator, Detox Specialist - 1. Raw Food Nutrition: Facts and Samplings. April 12, Friday: 7 pm – 8:30 pm - A raw food demo: basics of a raw food diet; how fresh, living foods can create vibrant health and vitality. Learn how heat changes the structure of food, what foods are the most important on a raw food diet, and how to begin adding these foods into your diet in easiest way possible. Raw Food sampling includes: Cashew Cheese Spread with Sweet Chili Flax Chips and Savory Tomato Bisque. $30

FREE Panel Talk - Bring Your Health & Wellness Issues! What has you stuck? Your “possibilities” will be discussed by a panel of complementary/ alternative health experts who collaborate under one roof to support you. Private time following. 12 noon-1:00 pm or 7:00-8:30 pm, FREE, Twin Ponds Center, W Lehigh Valley, Register 610.395.3355

2. Detoxification with Raw Food and Herbs April 20, Saturday: 1 pm – 3 pm - Learn how fresh, living foods support the body’s natural detoxification systems, why detoxification is the key to natural healing and how herbs help with organ detoxification, tissue cleansing, and cellular regeneration. $50

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3. Unique Salads and Raw dressings April 27, Saturday: 1 pm – 3 pm A special raw food demo! Discussion: how to turn your fresh local produce into delicious meals with exotic tastes, unique flavors and interesting textures. Learn how to create healthy dressings and artful salads using a variety of veggies. Recipe packets included. Raw Dessert sampling included: Assorted Raw Truffles. $50

suNdAY, APril 14 Meditation for Everyone – For anyone who has every said “I could never meditate, I can’t sit still” or “my mind is too busy” Experience what meditation is all about and its profound benefits, this class is for you. 4-5:15pm. Please call or click to reserve your spot. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem, 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. 610.867.9642

Acupressure for Heart Imbalances – Steve Hoog. Learn signs of heart imbalance, how to prevent minor conditions from getting serious, to delay the body’s reaction until medical procedures are

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A Natural Medicine Forum Natural Allergy Solutions Tuesday, April 16 - 6pm 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. Held at A Natural Medicine Clinic, 2571 Baglyos Circle, Suite B-27, Bethlehem. Call 484-821-1460 for more information.

You Snooze – You Lose – Learn how the conscious and subconscious minds work in regard to procrastination and perfectionism. 6:30-7:30pm. $10. For more information or to register contact: Bev Bley, L.P.N;C.M.Ht. at C.H.A.N.G.E. 610.797.8250 or email 2020 Downyflake Lane, Suite 302B Allentown. Free Puppet Show – Early childhood educators Kathy Bernhardt and Gwynn Linsalta will weave finger games, songs and a puppet show into a 20-minute performance that will enchant both children and adults alike. 11am. Free and open to the public! River Valley Waldorf School, 1395 Bridgeton Hill Road, Upper Black Eddy, PA 610-982-5606

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savethedate GET HOT SEVEN DAYS A WEEK Push yourself to your edge in Lehigh Valley Yoga’s Hot Yoga room. These challenging Vinyasa flow classes is held in a ninety-eight degree room designed to build strength and stamina while offering detoxifying benefits. Sunday 10am, noon, 5:30; Monday 8am, 4:30pm, 730pm; Tuesday 10am, 4:30pm, 6pm, and 7:30pm; Wednesday 4:30, 7pm; Thursday noon, 4:30pm, 6pm, and 7:30pm; Friday 10am, noon, and 6pm; Saturday 8:30am, noon . Lehigh Valley Yoga, 1701 Union Blvd in Allentown. Call 610-776-2676 or visit

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Breast Health Awareness Support Group – April’s speaker is Marilee Tolen, RN, Board Certified in holistic health care and an expert on the use of essential oils and building your immune system and prevention of cancer. 6:30-7:30pm. Fee and open to those that have an interest in optimizing breast health. William G. Rohrer Center for Health & Fitness, 2309 Evesham Road, Voorhees, NJ. Call Liesha at 856-596-5834 or e-mail Liesha@healththroughawareness

tHursdAY, APril 18 Effortless Meditation™ Introduction Class – Greg Schweitzer. Learn about this scientifically validated and physician recommended effortless practice that allows you to de-stress, revitalize and become healthier by taking you to a level of rest deeper than sleep! 7:30-9 pm, $20/Intro Class, Twin Ponds Center, W Lehigh Valley, Register 610.395.3355 Free Intro to Tai Chi – Experience benefits of this ancient moving meditation. 7:45-8:45pm. Yoga Loft, 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. 610.867.9642 Intro to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction – Join The Center for Integrated Behavioral Health and learn what mindfulness is, how to apply it to daily life, and 3 simple practices. 6:30-8pm. Call to reserve your spot. $25. 1 Bethlehem Plaza, 1 W. Broad St, Suite 810, Bethlehem. 610-865-4300. Guided tour of Demonstration Gardens – Join us each week to scout the gardens for inspiration and opportunity. See delight of blooms as well as insects and butterflies. Wear a hat and sunscreen, bring drinking water. Tues. at 10 am April (9,16,23,30)- no registration or fee. advance notice for 5 or more. Edge of the Woods Nursery, 2415 Rt 100. 610-395-2570

fridAY APril 19 Business Networking & Open House – An evening of fantastic networking with old friends and new contacts. Tour and explore all the wonderful spaces in this unique facility, meet the practitioners, see demonstrations, and sample tasty food. 5:30-7:30 pm, Twin Ponds, W LValley, Register 610.395.3355 Nutritional Live Blood Cell Analysis – A unique method of examining a small droplet of blood to reveal information on the general wellness and nutritional needs of the individual. Blood screenings along with a 20-30 minute consultation are performed by Gwen Ward N.D. $60. Health Habits on RT 873 in Schencksville Call 610-767-3100.

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and physician recommended effortless practice that allows you to de-stress, revitalize and become healthier by taking you to a level of rest deeper than sleep! 9-10:30 am, $20/Intro Class, Twin Ponds, W Lehigh Valley, Register 610.395.3355 Wellness through Creative Empowerment Workshop – Robert Nicholson. This dynamic hands on workshop teaches the incredible value of being an open minded courageous risk-taker. We will creatively explore how we actively “create” the lives we lead, foster intrinsic motivation, and explore our role in this beautiful world. 1-3pm, $45, Twin Ponds Center, W. Lehigh Valley, Register 610.395.3355 Chanting and Meditation- Chanting is a time-tested technique of bringing the mind into a positive vibrational state to cleanse yourself of negative energy and stress. This event is free, family friendly with a potluck afterwards! 6-8pm, Quiet Heart Yoga, , 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Wescosville.484-515-8356.

suNdAY, APril 21 Learn to Breathe – Designed to help you develop a deeper understanding and awareness of your breath. Beginswith a gentle practice followed by an exploration of different breathing techniques. Energize, balance and calm the brain and nervous system. Finish feeling relaxed, grounded and centered with your breath. 4-6pm. $20. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem, 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. 610.867.9642

moNdAY, APril 22 Tea & Play, Monday, April 22nd from 10 - 11am. Bring your little one for a morning of play, learn about our Waldorf nursery program (age 2.5-4) . 610-9825606. River Valley Waldorf School, 1395 Bridgeton Hill Rd, Upper Black Eddy. Wine, Cheese and Tai Chi - A free 45 minute beginner class to experience the healthy benefits of Tai Chi. Stay afterwards to enjoy some wine and cheese while socializing with fellow students and the instructors. 7:30pm. Lehigh Valley Martial Arts, 544 Jubilee St, Emmaus. RSVP to 610-966-2234.. NRT Changes Lives – Dr. Sack presents the basics of how Nutrition Response Testing works. Complimentary mini checkups follow to see if you are a candidate for NRT. 7pm. Free/RSVP 610-759-0500.

tuesdAY, APril 23 Free Intro to Tai Chi – Experience the many benefits of this ancient moving meditation. 7:458:45pm. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem, 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. 610.867.9642 Smoking Cessasion Group Session – 3 sessions: Tues. April 23rd &May 14th and 28th,, 2013. 7:308:30pm. $150 includes Manual, CDs, & DVD. For more information or to register contact: Bev Bley L.P.N;C.M.Ht. at C.H.A.N.G.E. 610.797.8250 or email 2020 Downyflake Lane, Suite 302B Allentown.

wedNesdAY, APril 24 Acupressure Facelift Workshop – Look younger, more radiant and healthier—NATURALLY. This technique has been used for hundreds of years. Learn how stimulating and massaging facial acupressure points with your fingers and hands can benefit skin and circulation. 6:30-8:30 pm, $45, Twin Ponds, W.L Valley, Register 610.395.3355 Free Intro to Tai Chi – Experience the many benefits of this ancient moving meditation. 1010:55am. Yoga Loft, 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. 610.867.9642

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Deeper Expressions Yoga, mixed levels – Mike Pope. Learn principles of yoga while gradually building a stronger practice, creating a clearer mind, and increasing flexibility and confidence. Align with your optimal “self.” 6:45-8 pm, $88/8 classes, Twin Ponds Center, W Lehigh Valley, Pre-register 610-395-3355

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

Encore – Cancer Support and Exercise Group. All female cancers may become a part if this group. This YWCA program has been in existence for over 30 years. 6:30-8pm. Allentown YMCA & YWCA, 425 S. 15th St., Allentown. 610-434-9333.

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

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

monday Feldenkrais® Method – Carol Siddiqi. This method of gentle movements helps you improve your capabilities and overcome injuries by teaching your brain to re-organize and rebuild physical movements. 5:45-6:45 pm, $75/6 classes, Twin Ponds Center, W Lehigh Valley,Register 610-395-3355 Community Acupuncture - Rochelle Aubert. Affordable for everyone! Manage stress, boost immune system, balance mind-body-spirit, and much more! Small groups for 30 min. (Privates for complex conditions) Call for session time 6:30-8:30 pm, $35, Twin Ponds Center, W Lehigh Valley. 610.395.3355 Yoga Basics, mixed levels – Carol Siddiqi. Kripalu yoga helps you perform daily activities pain free and with greater ease by developing deeper selfawareness using the basics of yoga and the gentle movements of Feldenkrais®, 7-8 pm, $88/8 classes, Twin Ponds Center, W Lehigh Valley, Register 610-395-3355 Yoga/Gentle/Level 1 – With Megan Ridge. Learn to slowly build strength and flexibility while also using breath work and restorative yoga postures to relax. 6-7:15pm. $15. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. 610.867.9642

Yoga for Health – A physical (hatha) style yoga class for the mind, body and spirit--without the impact and stress to joints. Improve strength, posture, flexibility, balance and lung capacity. Balance the nervous system. 6-7pm. Allentown YMCA & YWCA, 425 S. 15th St. Call 610-434-9333.

Community Exchange Time Bank - When neighbors exchange services everyone benefits. Group Orientations held on the Third Monday of each month at The Center for Healthy Aging at LV Hospital, 17th and Chew Streets, Allentown. 610-969-2486 for more information. Raja (Classical) Yoga - Class offers philosophy, postures, breathing techniques, cleansing practices, relaxations and specific meditations. Handouts included. No exp nec. 12-1:30pm & 5:45-7:15pm, $11 in adv or $13 walk-in. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Wescosville. 484-515-8356.

tuesday Tai Chi – Improve strength and promote calm and harmony by improving energy flow. 6:45-7:45pm. Please call to reserve your space. 610.867.9642. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem Mat Pilates – With certified Pilates instructor Paola Montes. 5:30-6:25pm. $15. Please call to reserve your space. 610.867.9642. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. Family Yoga - Teach children yoga and get your own practice. Learn about your mind-body connection, balancing, coordination, the importance of breathing, stretching and relaxation. 10-10:45am, $11 adv or $13 walk-in for 2,, $5 extra pp. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Wescosville, 484-515-8356 Raja (Classical) YOGA- Offers philosophy, postures, breathing techniques, cleansing practices, relaxations and specific meditations. Handouts included. No exp nec. 9-10:30am and 6:45-8:15pm, $11 in adv or $13 walk-in. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Wescosville. 484-515-8356. Middle-Eastern Bellydancing- Explore traditional Egyptian and Near East movements, music, and culture while utilizing nearly every muscle and joint in the body to improve strength, coordination, balance, and grace. 6:45-7:45pm, $88/8wks. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Wescosville. 484-515-8356. Qigong – Brian Kunsman. Fun, stress-free meditative movement class for a positive attitude, managing aches, pains, and anxiety, and much more! Specific Medical Qigong and energy cultivation will be explained. 11am-12 noon, $50/4 wks., Twin Ponds Center, W. Lehigh Valley, Register 610-395-3355 Pilates, Beginners – Char Brummundt. Pilates is fun! Great for back and shoulder problems. Improve, stabilize, and energize as you stretch and tone with balls, rollers, and towels. Give Pilates a try your first class is free! 6-7 pm, $75/6 classes, Twin Ponds Center, W. Lehigh Valley, Register 610.395.3355 Coordination Pattern™ Breakthru Training – Betsy Wetzig. Learn to improve the way you function, both physically & mentally, for success in life and the release of pain and stress with simple, easy exercises. 7-8 pm, $75/6 wks., Twin Ponds Center, W Lehigh Valley, Register 610-395-3355

New Warrior Training Adventure – Sponsored by The ManKind Project. The training adventure provides men an opportunity for focused self examination and personal growth. A local MKP men’s group meets in the Lehigh Valley every other Tuesday. For more info call 866-820-1691 or visit MAREA Meeting – Monthly meetings of the MidAtlantic Renewable Energy Association held the last Tuesday of the month. Open to the public and free of charge. Held at TEK Park in Breinigsville at 7p.m. Get involved with planning the annual Energy Festival. Visit Community Reiki Clinic – Collaborating practitioners serve all who want to experience the healing benefits of Reiki. 1st Tuesday of every month. Sessions are 20 minutes each. 6-8:30pm. RSVP required to 610-739-4201. Church of the Manger, 1401 Greenview Drive, Bethlehem. Near Westgate Mall Living Green in the Lehigh Valley – Environmental-themed segments about reducing one’s carbon footprint will air during “On the Media” on WDIY 88.1 FM. Produced locally by Annie Prince and Bruce Wilson. 6pm. Visit

wednesday Yoga for All Levels – Emphasis on alignment in fundamental postures. Build strength, balance, and flexibility, using props to assist students. With Ron Minnich. 5:30-7pm. Jim Thorpe Yoga, 434 Center St., Jim Thorpe. 570-527-5453 Pilates, Beginners – Char Brummundt. Pilates is fun! Great for back and shoulder problems. Improve, stabilize, and energize as you stretch and tone with balls, rollers, and towels. Give Pilates a try first class is free! 9:30-10:30 am, $75/6 classes, Twin Ponds Center, W. Lehigh Valley, Pre-register. 610.395.3355 Tai Chi – Brian Kunsman. A gentle movement class that helps with balance, coordination, blood pressure, cardio respiratory function, sleep, the ability to move and much more! Tai Chi (energy) is created strengthening and energizing your body. 7:30-8:30 pm, $50/4 wks., Twin Ponds Center, W Lehigh Valley, Register 610-395-3355 Open Vinyasa Flow Yoga – With Susan Amatochildren’s program also offered at this time. 9:30am Kula Heart Yoga & Wellness Center, 3400 Bath Pike (512/Center St) Suite 201, Bethlehem. 610746-5852 Intermediate Yoga Flow – With Susan Amato, 5:30pm Kula Heart Yoga & Wellness Center, 3400 Bath Pike (512/Center St) Suite 201, Bethlehem. 610-746-5852 Yoga Flow/Level 2 & 3 – With Brian Toseland. Sets of Vinyasa, postures linked together and coordinated with the breath to create a challenging and flowing practice. Fun-

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damental yoga postures recommended, as this class moves at a faster pace. 6:30-7:55pm. $15. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. 610.867.9642 Yoga for Health – A physical (hatha) style yoga class for the mind, body and spirit--without the impact and stress to joints. Improve strength, posture, flexibility, balance and lung capacity. Balance the nervous system.  6-7pm. Allentown YMCA & YWCA, 425 S. 15th St. Call 610-434-9333. YogaStretch® – A style of yoga  for active older adults. Includes a  variety of safe and fun yoga postures.  Using a chair  for support. Work at your own pace to build flexibility and endurance.  Breathwork is coordinated with yoga postures. 1:302:30pm. YMCA/YWCA, 425 S. 15th St. Allentown. 610-434-9333. Sierra Club Meeting – Join us at our monthly meeting on the fourth Wednesday of each month except July. All are welcome. Bring ideas and environmental concerns. 7pm. Room 640S, Fowler Center, NCCC, Third and Buchanan Streets, South Bethlehem. Email Living Green in the Lehigh Valley – Environmental-themed segments about reducing one’s carbon footprint will air during “All Things Considered” on WDIY 88.1 FM. Produced locally by Annie Prince and Bruce Wilson. 5:45pm. Visit Easton/Bethlehem Area Lyme Support Group – Meets the first Wednesday of every month to discuss and answer questions. 7 to 8:30pm. Country Meadows, 4035 Green Pond Rd., Bethlehem. Open to public. Contact Heidi Healy at 610-882-2253. Spiritual Healing and Meditation – 7 PM - 9 PM - 1st Wednesday of each month. Weather permitting. Everyone is welcome. St. John’s Church of Faith, 607 Washington Street Allentown PA. 610-791-2641 Vinyasa Flow Yoga – With Carmen, Mixed level, modifications provided for all poses. Kim’s Healing Center, 6:00-7:15pm, by donation. Kim’s Healing Center, 1223 Butler St., Easton. 610-559-7280 Raja (Classical) Yoga - Class offers philosophy, postures, breathing techniques, cleansing practices, relaxations and specific meditations. Handouts included. No exp nec. 10-11:30am and 6:45-8:15pm, $11 in adv or $13 walk-in. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Bl., Wescosville. 484-515-8356. Family Yoga - Teach children yoga and get your own practice in. Learn about your mind-body connection, balancing, coordination, the importance of breathing, stretching and relaxation. 4:30pm-5:15pm, $11 in adv or $13 walk-in for 2, $5 extra person. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Wescosville. 484-515-8356. Tai Chi -A gentle martial art defined as “meditation in motion”. An exercise that teaches postural alignment, balance, physical control and whole-body coordination. No exp nec. 5:30-6:30pm, $88/8 wks, no walk-ins. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Wescosville. 484-515-8356.

thursday Bellydancing – With Hannah Nour. Traditional dance for fitness and creative expression. 7:30pm. Kula Heart Yoga & Wellness Center, 3400 Bath Pike (512/Center St) Suite 201, Bethlehem. 610-7465852


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Therapeutic Crochet – Krystel Seier. Fun class for men & women will provide you with knowledge of crochet and a warm and welcome place to start, learn, and complete any project. Reduces depression, stress, muscle tension. 10-11 am, 12/class, Twin Ponds, W Lehigh Valley, 610.395.3355 Pilates, Beginners – Char Brummundt. Pilates is fun! Great for back and shoulder problems. Improve, stabilize, and energize as you stretch and tone with balls, rollers, and towels. Your first class is free! 9:30-10:30am, $75/6 classes, Twin Ponds Center, W. Lehigh Valley, 610.395.3355.

Mat Pilates – With certified Pilates instructor Paola Montes. 5:30-6:25pm. $15. Please call to reserve your space. 610.867.9642. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. Yoga/Level 1 – With Megan Ridge. Learn correct alignment and breathing in fundamental yoga postures. 9:45-11:00am. $15. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. 610.867.9642


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

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

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

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

Monthly Peace Vigil – Second Thursday of every month, 4pm to 5pm at the south approach to the Hill-to-Hill Bridge, 3rd & Wyandotte Streets, Bethlehem. Contact Vince Stravino, 610-216-8103, or Tom Ulrich, 610-882-1136 for info. Reiki & Aromatherapy Circle -Learn more about the healing arts of Japanese Reiki and Aromatherapy. Lecture, meditation, mini Reiki session with an essential oil sample. Meets the last Thursday of each month. 6:30-7:45pm guest & practitioners. $5. Must RSVP.  Emmaus. Handicap accessible. 610-393-2036. Tai Chi – Improve strength and promote calm and harmony by improving energy flow. 6:30-7:45pm. Please call to reserve your space. 610.867.9642. Yoga Loft,521 East 4th St, Bethlehem Weekly Stress Relief Coaching Group – Join others in a group setting to manage stress with multiple holistic approaches. 9:15-10:30am or 5:15- 6:30pm. $25 session. Creative Holistic Therapy, 3037 S. Pike Avenue (Rte 145) #105, Allentown. Call 610-2820709 to register. Raja (Classical) Yoga - Offers philosophy, postures, breathing techniques, cleansing practices, relaxations and specific meditations. Handouts included. No exp nec. 9-10:30am, 5:30-7pm and 7:15-8:45pm, $11 in adv or $13 walk-in. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Wescosville. 484-515-8356. Free Herbal Consultations – Learn a natural way to address health and wellness issues. Herbalist available for Free Mini Consult, Every Thursday 11am -5pm. David Harder RH (AHG) at Nature’s Way, Easton. 610-253-0940. Community Exchange Time Bank - When neighbors exchange services everyone benefits. Group Orientations held on the 1 st Wednesday of each month 6-8pm at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Muhlenburg Campus, RT22 and Shoenersville Rd, Bethlehem. 610-969-2486 for more information. Tai Chi – Improve strength and promote calm and harmony by improving energy flow. 6:45-7:45pm. Please call to reserve your space. 610.867.9642. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem.

Yoga/Core Flow 2 – With Laurel Attanasio. Friday 9:30-10:45am. Learn how to use your core in every yoga pose, taking your practice to a higher level. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem, 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. 610.867.9642 Yoga for All – With Scott. Come together to celebrate life and to feel good - Beginners, all levels and all ages welcome. Donation-based yoga class in Easton. 5-6pm at Kim’s Healing Center, 1223 Butler St., Easton. 610-559-7280  

saturday Level 1/2 Yoga – Alignment-based yoga for those with some yoga experience to advanced. Improve strength, balance, flexibility, and concentration. 1011:30am. $10. Jim Thorpe Yoga, 434 Center St., Jim Thorpe. 570-527-5453 Raja (Classical) Yoga - Class offers philosophy, postures, breathing techniques, cleansing practices, relaxations and specific meditations. Handouts included. No exp nec. 9-10:30am, $11 in adv or $13 walk-in. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Wescosville. 484-515-8356. Yoga/Level 1 & 2 with Restoratives – With Melanie Smith. This class picks up the pace from Level 1 and works on preparations for intermediate poses including inversions. Learn supported postures that relax the nervous system deeply. 10:30-11:55am. $15 Yoga Loft of Bethlehem 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. 610.867.9642   Adult Autism Support Group – By & for those on the spectrum to discuss their concerns and strategies for success. Free. 1st Saturday monthly. Noon-2pm. 3005 Brodhead Rd #260, Bethlehem. Call Gailelaine 610-216-4319. Bicycle Lessons - Learn to ride a bike at any age.  Ride confidently in any traffic situation.  Learn maintenance/repair. Year-round. Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative (BBC). Certified instructors.  Downtown Bethlehem, Gamblers Anonymous Meeting – If you have a gambling problem please join us every Saturday morning from 11am-1pm at St. Luke’s Hospital, Bethlehem in the Education Center. Rm 111. 215872-5635.

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


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

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

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


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

LiveWell Integrated Health offers traditional Chinese acupuncture, chiropractic, body work, and nutritional and lifestyle coaching. Being healthy is a lifestyle choice.... choose to LiveWell. See ad, page 50.


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


Heather Terrible West Bethlehem PA 484-626-2920 Allow your body to heal itself and restore your vital life force with Shiatsu. Relieve stress, anxiety, back pain, digestive issues and headaches. Shiatsu also helps with fertility and reproductive problems. Move stagnant energy, remove blockages and create balance in the body’s major energy systems. Trained at International School of Shiatsu. Available by appointment.See ad, page 53.

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Zero Balancing(ZB)is a hands on body/mind system of therapy that balances the relationship of energy and structure within the body. Promotes internal balance and harmony through informed skilled touch. It allows the client’s body the opportunity to align and relax. See ad, page 53.


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


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5531 Hamilton Blvd., Wescosville, PA 18106, Unit #7, 484-515-8356

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

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

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 50.

4833 Chestnut St. Emmaus, PA 18049 610.966.7001

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

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

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


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

Smart Solutions & Creative Holistic Therapy

3037 S. Pike Ave. #105 Allentown, PA 18103 610-282-0709

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

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


Gail-Elaine Tinker, M.S., R.M.

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

3005 Broadhed Road #260 Bethlehem, PA 18020 610-216-4319

Over 20 practitioners offering techniques for stress management, relaxation, mind/ movement challenges, life & professional concerns, emotional distress, weight management, spine/joint pain, and much more. Call today for more information or to register for a private session, class, workshop or retreat.  See ad, page 19 and 21.

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






Barbara Fenton, H.H.P.

Reiki Master/Teacher – Aromatherapist Emmaus, PA 18049 610-393-2036 -

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

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

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



Health & Wellness Nurse Navigators, LLC

Beverley S. Bley 2020 Downyflake Lane Allentown, PA 18103 610-797-8250,

Kathleen DeVaul, MSN, RN, CHC 420 Hamsher Ave., Topton, PA 19562 484-661-6786 -

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



Certified Master Hypnotherapist. Enhance Your Health, Control stress and anxiety, depresHappiness &Lose Productivity sion, pain and anger. weight, Counseling, Hypnotherapy Naturally Generated Excelle eliminate smoking. And Hypnotherapy Lose Weight, Stop Smoking, Eliminate Phobias certification and hypnobirthing Control: Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Pain & Anger Hypnotherapy Certification Classes classes. See ad, page 26. Call for a Sample Hypnotherapy Class CD & Registration Information

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


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

Through hypnotherapy, realize your inner potential for greatness, success, health, and wellness. When you change your mind, you change your life. Quit Smoking, Lose Weight, Gain Confidence and Achieve More. Become your best self. See ad, page 9.


561 Main Street, Suite 290 Bethlehem, PA 18018 484-893-0096

Discover the POWER of your unconscious mind. With hypnosis, you CAN overcome stress, pain, depression, or fear. You CAN successfully manage your weight and quit smoking - whatever is keeping you from the life you want. We offer a variety of effective techniques. FREE consultation. See ad, page 23.


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

Destress, revitalize and be healthier with scientifically validated and physician recommended Effortless Meditation. Experience rest deeper than sleep! Greg Schweitzer taught for Deepak Chopra, M.D. and other notables for 30+ years. Introductory classes and a 10-hour course. See ad, page 19.


Carol Siddiqi FGNA, RYT

Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center 628 Twin Ponds Rd, West Lehigh Valley 610-395-3355

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.



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

Cosmetic and Natural Dentistry

Carol Sherman DDS William Baron DDS 2600 Newburg Rd. Easton, PA 18045 610-252-1454

Dr. Carlson begins with a Natural or Holistic approach to enhance your physical health and eliminate any compromise to the immune system. Mercury free, non-surgical periodontal treatment, tooth whitening, cosmetic makeovers and herbal support in a gentle, relaxing and caring atmosphere. See ad, page 17.

Michael Taras, DMD, FAGD, FIND, CNC, IBDM, NMD 2900 Hamilton Blvd., Allentown, PA 18103

Dr. Taras is a mercury free, holistic dentist who performs safe mercury filling removal and is the developer of the mercury protection program. Mercury testing, pH, ozone, homeopathics, ionic minerals, & drainage remedies are used to heal patients naturally.See ad, page 7.


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

Dr. Maulfair is an Osteopathic Physician bringing four decades of knowledge and experience in alternative, complementary medicine to his patient care. Help for all conditions and all ages. Offering Chelation Therapy, Hubbard Method Sauna detoxification – Purely You, and many other treatment programs. Maulfair Medical Center brings the best of both worlds to their patients. See ad, page 17.

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

Serving Bethlehem, Easton and Fogelsville · - (856) 596-5834

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 35.


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

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



Debra E Dallas, PhD, MIfHI, DCNT 4048 Freemansburg Avenue Easton, PA 18045 610-253-1977,

Dallas Wellness Center is an integrated therapy and diagnostic center. We offer Iridology, Thermographic Imaging, Nutrigenomics and Nutrition, nutraMetrix, Homeopathy, Herbology, Blood Typing, Hair Analysis, Ion Cleansing, Reflexology, Reiki, and Qi-Cultivation classes. When people have been everywhere else and are still sick, they come visit us.

A board certified family physician for 35 years and co-founder of Health Through Awareness in Marlton, NJ. An internationally recognized expert in the diagnosis and treatment of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy/Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (RSD). An advocate for health and preventive medicine championing thermography as an early diagnostic tool for many health conditions including breast health. Certified by four Thermographic Boards. Outreach assessments available in PA. See ad, page 17.

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Jean Louise Collins M.Ac.,Lic. TWIN PONDS INTEGRATIVE Ac.,NCCAOM Diplomat HEALTH CENTER 2020 Downyflake Lane Allentown, PA 18103 610-317-6064

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

163 S. Green St., Nazareth, PA 18064 610-759-0500 LV Integrated Health is an alternative medicine practice located in the heart of Nazareth, PA. Services offered include: Family Chiropractic, Nutrition Response Testing, Massage Therapy, and Reflexology. The staffs’ health philosophy is that your lifestyle (not just your genetics) determines the length and quality of your existence. They offer regular free educational classes in the practice on such topics as, How to Turn Stress and Fatigue into Vitality!

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

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

Robert E Hartzell RPH, CCN

Offering our successful (FLT) First Line Therapy, and Ultra Lite therapeutic Life style programs. Our programs will help with weight concerns; blood sugar concerns, cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure. Let us help to implement healthy changes into your life. Change your life, Take back your health. Call for an appointment. See ad. page 18.


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Let our world class practitioners help you relieve stress, renew your over-all health and achieve more in your life. Our services are appropriate for people of all ages. Call today for more information or to register for a private session, class or workshop. See ad, page 19 and 21.


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

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Shelley Surber RD, LDN 300 American Street Catasauqua, Pa 18032 610-264-5471 ext 237

628 Twin Ponds Rd., West Lehigh Valley 610.395.3355


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

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

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


Dian Freeman Morristown, NJ

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Nutritionist Dian Freeman and staff nutritionists LuAnn Peters - Brenda Woodruff of Dian’s Wellness Simplified in Morristown, NJ, offer private nutritional consultations, Applied Kinesiology and Ondamed biofeedback sessions. Dian also teaches classes and a nutritional certification course in preparation for the national Certified Nutritional Counselor (CNC) exam.  Also, to address energetic and vibrational healing, a variety of crystal and energy healers are available by appointment and LuAnn mixes personalized formulas combining various Bach flower remedies.  See ad, page 11.


Center for Healthy Living @ Easton Yoga 524 Northampton St, Easton, PA 18042 610.923.7522 -

Are you in a food rut? Want to lose a few pounds? Feeling sluggish and unmotivated? Whole foods detoxing is what your body need. I offer customized detox plans and whole-body care. Over 10 years of wellness experience through yoga and now offering wellness coaching through lifestyle and nutritional counseling. Free Health Consultations, call now! See ad, page 14.

Laura Timbrook

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

Spend an hour to work on your nutrition and goals with a trained professional. As a Health Coach, I create a supportive environment that will enable you to achieve all of your health goals. I have studied all the major dietary theories and use practical lifestyle coaching methods to guide you in discovering which approach works best for you. Call today for a Free Health History Consultation See ad, page 9.


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

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


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

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


361 E. Main St., Kutztown, PA 19530 484-788-8328 -

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


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

ROLFMETHODOFSTRUCTURAL INTEGRATION - highly effective hands-on approach for improving posture, alleviating chronic pain, increasing energy level, and enhancing flexibility through restoring your body to its natural state of alignment. Enjoy moving freely again! Board Certified Structural Integrator CM and Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. See ad, page 32.


Board Certified Thermologist Technician Holistic Health Counselor - Serving Bethlehem, Easton and Fogelsville · - 856-596-5834

A Board Certified Thermographic Technician has imaged thousands of patients for many types of health concerns. She is a Holistic Health Counselor and is a member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. A founding partner of Health Through Awareness in Marlton, NJ, a cooperative wellness center that provides a variety of alternative services to facilitate healthy living including nutrition and lifestyle counseling, Reiki, thermography, and biopuncture. Liesha administers outreach thermogram assessments in several eastern PA centers regularly. See ad, page 17.


Pamela Mueller PhD DVM

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

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




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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


3400 Bath Pike, Bethlehem 610-746-5852 Facebook: Yoga at Kulaheartyoga

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


Vyolet Albano CMP, RM, CM

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

Chair Massage – 2 Saturdays a month. Just $15. Jim Thorpe East Side. I also offer Chair Massage for events and businesses. Call to reserve space. 267-980-0137

Licensed Massage Therapist - Rental space in Chiropractic office in Bethlehem. Call 610-997-3992 for more information. Massage Therapist Needed – Acupuncturist and massage therapist seeking licensed massage therapist. Opportunity for referrals for qualified professional. 2020 Downyflake Lane, Allentown. 610-317-6064 Massage Therapist Wanted – Independent Massage Therapist wanted to join Nazareth Wellness Center. Not an hourly position. 610-365-8996

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


Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center – A conveniently located beautiful, relaxing environment, offers hourly/daily rates for room with capacity of 50 people. Great for workshops, seminars, etc. Located just west of Rt. 100 between Fogelsville and Trexlertown, call 610.395.3355

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




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

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Professional Freelance Writing Services – Know what you want to say but not sure how to say it? Press releases, brochures, website content, newsletters and blogs. I do the writing so you don’t have to. Beth Davis, WriteSource, Inc. 239-269-6235

Large open space available to rent hourly – In Bethlehem yoga studio with wood floors, lots of light and free parking. Please contact or 610-867-9642.

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