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Natural device stops a cold before it starts

New research: Copper stops colds if used early.


ew research shows you can stop a cold in its tracks if you take one simple step with a new device when you first feel a cold coming on. Colds start when cold viruses get in your nose. Viruses multiply fast. If you don’t stop them early, they spread in your airways and cause misery. But scientists have found a quick way to stop a virus. Touch it with copper. Researchers at labs and universities worldwide agree — copper is “antimicrobial.” It kills microbes, such as viruses and bacteria, just by touch. Four thousand years ago ancient Greeks and Egyptians used copper to purify water and heal wounds. Now we know why it worked so well. Researchers say a tiny electric charge in microbe cells gets short-circuited by the high conductance of copper. This destroys the cell in seconds. Tests by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) show germs die fast on copper. So some hospitals switched to copper touch surfaces, like faucets and doorknobs. This cut the spread of MRSA and other illnesses by over half, and saved lives. The strong scientific evidence gave inventor Doug Cornell an idea. When he felt a cold coming on he fashioned a smooth copper probe and rubbed it gently in his nose for 60 seconds. “It worked!” he exclaimed. “The cold went away completely.” It worked

Some users say it also helps with sinuses. Attorney Donna Blight had a 2-day sinus headache. When her CopperZap arrived, she tried it. “I am shocked!” she said. “My head cleared, no more headache, no more congestion.” Some users say copper stops nighttime stuffiness if they use it just before bed. One man said, “Best sleep I’ve had in years.” Users also report success in stopping cold sores when used at the first sign of a tingle in the lip. One woman said, “I tried every product on the market over 20 years. Some helped a little, but this stopped it from happening in the first place.” The handle is sculptured to fit the hand and finely textured to improve contact. Tests show it kills harmful microbes on the fingers to help prevent the spread of illness.

again every time he felt a cold coming on. He reports he has never had a cold since. He asked relatives and friends to try it. They said it worked for them, too. So he patented CopperZap™ and put it on the market. Soon hundreds of people had tried it and given feedback. Nearly 100 percent said the copper stops their colds if used within 3 hours of the first sign. Even up to 2 days after the first sign, if they still get the cold it is milder and they feel better. Users wrote things like, “It stopped my cold right away,” and “Is it supposed to work that fast?” Pat McAllister, age 70, received one as a gift and called it “one of the best presents ever. This little jewel really works.” Sinus trouble, stuffiness, cold sores. People often use CopperZap Copper may even help stop flu if for prevention, before cold signs apused early and for several days. In a pear. Karen Gauci, who flies often for her job, used to get colds after crowded lab test, scientists placed 25 million live flu viruses on a CopperZap. No viruses flights. Though skeptical, she tried it were found alive soon after. several times a day on travel days for The EPA says the natural color 2 months. “Sixteen flights and not a change of copper does not reduce its sniffle!” she exclaimed. ability to kill germs. Businesswoman Rosaleen says CopperZap is made in the U.S. of when people are sick around her she pure copper. It carries a 90-day full uses CopperZap morning and night. money back guarantee and is available “It saved me last holidays,” she said. for $49.95 at or toll“The kids had colds going around and free 1-888-411-6114. around, but not me.” ADVERTORIAL

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32 DIAL DOWN STRESS How to Stay Calm and Cool


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imely, with the birth of a New Year and a metaphorical new start, Natural Awakenings has a new look. As you page through its contents, you may notice the subtle yet strategically thought-out upgrades in appearance. As always, NA publishes the most viable information to keep you apprised of leading edge preventive, health promoting and gracefully aging techniques, technologies, products and services for your immediate use. Nothing in the universe stays the same. Change is inevitable. Just when we think we have achieved perfect balance in our life, something changes, and we need to get back to balance. Fortunately, the opposite is also true, when things are not going well, we can be assured that the situation will change. Sometimes changes happens abruptly and other times it seems like it will never happen. Once we understand change is inevitable, we have a choice. Do we want to live in a reactive mode poised to adapt to circumstance or live more intentionally to try and position our self to create the change that benefits us most? Personally, I find myself having longer than desired periods of reactivity where events and other people seem to be charting my course and then I feel an overpowering need to get back into an intentional mode that moves me in the direction I really want to go. The New Year always gives us the opportunity to reflect on the past year’s wins and losses. My 2017 had some tremendous outcomes for things that I have been working towards for years. Spending more time in Northeast PA, improving my health by losing 20 pounds, being with my Mom and my family for a milestone birthday and experiencing my son’s graduation from Army Basic training made 2017 a very special year. Conversely, I lost focus on some areas that lead to some mild disappointment. But in total it was an excellent year and I’m grateful for everything. It’s now time to look forward to 2018. Time to reset my intention. I will be using the wisdom of the five ways to manifest desires from J. Marie Novak to Expect a Miracle. I will create my own 2018 vision board with others that seek to create their own lives intentionally. I will seek and nurture more relationships that enhance my life. I will be exploring more business collaborations that will help me grow. I embrace more technology and organization to help me be better publisher. I keep eating good, exercising and managing my stress levels to maintain my health. I know change is coming. That is guaranteed. I will life intentionally and be in the best possible position to adapt that change. Happy New Year

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news briefs

Yoga 101 for Beginners


ntiGravity Yoga LAB is offering a five-week series of classes, Yoga 101, from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., January 6 to February 3. Students receive clear, step-by-step instructions for a variety of common yoga poses and learn modifications or the use of props to support their individual practice. Lessons include basic breathing exercises and meditation. This course is designed to build the proper foundation for a yoga practice or deepen the yoga experience. The mission of AG Yoga LAB is to provide a peaceful environment where anyone with any body type or life challenges and personal goals may practice, experiment and investigate their bodies and challenge their minds by opening them up to try new things. Antigravity provides the highest level of teaching, learning and practice for the ultimate physical and spiritual awareness.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Seminar


ladimir Alh o v, M D presents Understanding Chronic Fatigue Syndrome at 1 p.m. on January 19 at the Well of Life Center in Bethlehem. The Vladimir Alhov, MD free lecture is intended for the patient and family of those living with chronic fatigue syndrome and anyone else who would like to know more about the illness Cost $99. Location: 3491 Lehigh St. Allentown. For more information, call 610-762-8995 or and the whole body, drug-free approach at Box 421 Emmaus, PA 18049 • P: 610-421-4443 • F: 610-421-4445 visit Well of Life.• Many people living with chronic pain are young and often unable to work Ad Proofor foroptimally Natural Awakenings function during the most wen Ward of Health Quest Holistics is holding a Full Body productive years of their lives. CFS suffers find the root of Reflexology Certification courseTo: on February 10 and 11, that may find very difficultP:to610-421-4443 of Life’s unique Email: F: 610-421-4445 teaches about the head-to-toe alignment of the body. Full Body is chronic pain. The Well a great method to start your healing business or to add to your re- treatment plan can be tailored to the individual determined by physical examiflexology or massage practice. No experience needed in your reflexology Please sign proof and complete the following information: nations, laboratory findings and imaging to learn. Small classes and after class support. (Ad is shown at actual size. See second page for larger ads.) A Foot Reflexology Certification Course will be offered on Feb- study. Therapies such as scar injection, ruary 24 and 25 that provides all the information needed to begin prolotherapy and electrical stimulation of bioactive points, combined with approved: contact information andwhen spelling is correct healing work as a foot reflexologist, withoutAd the is additional expense Rev. Gwen Ward of other classes. Day two is all hands-on work so students come away other modalities offered, have drastic Ad is approved with indicated in changes the severity of symptoms and knowing the feet. With a small class environment and support beyond the classroom, no results reduction in pain levels. other experience is needed to begin working in foot reflexology. Ad is not approved – make changes indicated Reflexology is a technique of massaging reflexes at specific body points to stimulate organs and glands in the body to revitalize, reactivate, regenerate, heal and bring the whole Location: 801 W Broad Street, Bethlehem. body system into harmony and a state of good health. Seating is limited, and reservations are required by calling 610-419-8881. For more Cost is $375 for the course; $75 for certification. CEU hours are available. For more informa- information, visit See tion, call 717-228-0612 or email ad page 11.

Become a Certified Reflexologist


First Class is FREE! Persevere Fitness is an unique studio in the Lehigh Valley. We tailor your needs in an intimate private setting. All classes are No Contracts! modified to your health and fitness No Judgement! levels by our professional instructors. 3690 Lehigh Join our Saturday — Whitehall — Bootcamp 484-282-0442 Fitness Group! 6

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Open House for Prospective Waldorf Families


ircle of Seasons is enrolling students for the 2018-2019 school year in kindergarten through sixth grade. Attendance at an open house/enrollment event is required. The enrollment night/ open house for kindergarten begins at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 10. The enrollment night/open house for grades one through six begins at 7 p.m. Circle of Seasons is a one-of-a-kind public school that focuses on educating the whole child through the Waldorf-Methods principles of the head, heart & hands. Located on a beautiful 35-acre campus in Fogelsville, they serve grades K-6 offering a learning environment that is inspirational and disciplined, one that infuses learning with enthusiasm, creativity and significance. Using Waldorf-Methods instruction in combination with Howard Gardner’s theory of Multiple Intelligences, the school provides a whole child approach to learning with a commitment to nourish and educate students based on the model of natural development

Master Watershed Steward Program



Lehigh & Northampton Counties

2018 Classes now forming!

Training sessions — Location:8380 Mohr Lane, Fogelsville. ForWednesdays more information, call March 7 thruSee Mayad30 page 53. Master Watershed Stewards volunteer the 610-285-6267 or 6:00-8:30 PM Includes Three Saturday Field Trips Become a Master Watershed Steward

mmunity to improve the health of our streams, rivers and other natural resources.


he Penn State Extension Lehigh and Nor thampton County offices are accepting applications for the 2018 Master Watershed Steward Program, held from March 7 through June, in 11 Pennsylvania Counties at partnering environmental organizame a Certified Master Watershed Steward the Volunteer opportunities tions throughout Lehigh Valley.include: Th ree information sessions will be held on January 10 at the receive 40 hours of training from a wide Lehigh County Agricultural Center, January 18 at Northampton professionals and educators.  Participating in stream restorations County Extension Office and January 24 at Illick's Mill, in Bethle Projects to improve habitat hem. The program is designed to provide people that are enthusiastic m ecology  Coordinating & conducting stream clean-ups about the environment with the information and skills necessary to ndwater  Sampling water quality & stream share their experience and knowledge with others. Prospective stewards receive 40 hours of training on topics ands assessments that include water quality, stream ife  Collaborating with health, local officialsnative on plants, recreational resources and groundwater, and then fulfi ll 50 hours of volunteer stry stormwater issues service. They can maintain their status through 20 hours of volunteer ive plants Educatingor adults & children about time to watershed projects programs and attend a minimum of mwater management the education environment training. 10 hours of continuing Cost is $100, and applications are due by January 8. 8 For more information, including dates and times, call Erin Frederick at 610-391-9840 or email

That’s why we make sure that every ingredient used in our yogurt is Non-GMO, contains no rBST, and has no added sugar or artificial sweeteners. Our products are also tested by USDA, a government agency that assures food safety in US and internationally.

In addition to Natürlich Amish Yogurts and Natürlich Amish Artisanal Cheeses, our new retail store also carries raw cow’s milk, natural ice cream, goat milk and cheeses, eggs, local raw honey and many other natural and organic products. We offer samples of our crafted cheeses, yogurts, milk and ice cream.

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50+ years of Natural Health Still Available by Phone


r. Michael Jude Loquasto has retired from his physical practice in Bethlehem, but will still offer Natural Healing consultation by phone. Dr. Mike’s 50-plus years of experience in Natural Health includes doctorates in Dr. Michael Jude Loquasto naturopathy, nutrition, chiropractic internal medicine and master degrees in herbalism and

clinical nutrition. Consultations can help clients better understand how chiropractic internal medicine, custom herbal formulations, non-invasive oral chelation and many other modalities can benefit them by building the immune system, detoxifying the body and improving organ function. “My career has been very satisfying knowing I helped people find solutions when medicines did not work for them.” states Loquasto. “I see myself as a problem solver and a guide for preventive care for all ages. I would like to continue helping clients heal themselves for as long as I am able.” Call 973-534-0908 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on weekends for consultation or visit for more information.

The Next

Nutrition Course Starts: March 29/April 1, 2018

Become a Certified Nutrition Consultant in 6 Months and put the letters CNC after your name. This recognized qualification is obtained through the American Association of Nutritional Consultants, AANC. The course includes 12 modules, and classes meet twice a month on Sundays 9 am - 1pm . All modules are taught by Dr. Derek Rodger (ND). Course fee is $2295.00 and can be paid over 6 monthly installments at $389.00 per month. Every student receives a free 90 minute private nutritional consultation with Dr. Rodger (ND) worth $249.00. Naturopathic Doctor Dr. Derek Rodger (ND) Course Instructor

To obtain a detailed information pack visit: or Tel: 908-223-8899

A library of material becomes yours following course completion.

Non-Invasive Help for Fat Loss


ody by Sage, an offering from Losagio Chiropractic uses Strawberry Laser Body Contouring, a simple, non-invasive and FDA-approved laser procedure that helps patients reshape their bodies by pulling the triglycerides from the fat cells. This results in millions of fat cells becoming smaller, so inches are reduced off the waist, hips and thighs. Strawberry Laser works by emitting a non-surgical, painless laser that reduces fat cell size helping patients become thinner with every visit. Treatments and results are safe, effective and accomplished without any needles, pain, bruising or need for recovery time. Patients are treated for 20 minutes twice a week for a recommended eight sessions. Results are typically noticeable immediately and patients usually lose one to three inches of fat with each treatment. They are as permanent as if you exercised the inches away, however, a regular exercise plan and a healthy diet are also essential to maintain your loss. Location:1220 Illicks Mill Road, Bethlehem, PA. For more information or to schedule a free consultation call 610-865-9961 or visit See add on page 53.


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Friends are the siblings God never gave us. ~Mencius

Observe Your Health Under the Microscope


ealth Habits is offering appointments on Friday, January 26 for Nutritional Live Blood Cell Analysis that can help catch disease before it starts. The analysis is a scientific method of seeing the real story of how the body is processing food and knowing what vitamins, minerals and lifestyle changes would work best for each individual. By examining a small droplet of blood under the specialized microscope connected to a TV, a fascinating world of red and white blood cells, plasma and platelets come to life. These blood components are among various indicators that reveal information on the general wellness and nutritional needs of the individual. This preventative procedure is combined with an in-depth, confidential Health Evaluation Profile and produces a holistic, dynamic and exciting method of charting a more direct course to better health. The blood analysis is recorded so that future comparisons and changes can be documented. In addition, a dried blood layer screening will be done that helps detect past and chronic conditions and degeneration in specific body systems. The screenings, along with a 20-30 minute consultation, are performed by Gwen Ward N.D. for $80 at the Healthy Habits Natural Food Store on RT 873 in Schencksville. To schedule an appointment, call 610-767-3100. See ad page 10

The number one root of all illness, as we know, is stress. ~Marianne Williamson January 2018


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What’s in Your Blood?


Nutritional Live Blood Cell Analysis: January 26 & March 16

ian’s Wellness Simplified is offering a 12-week nutritional certification prep course beginning in April and meeting t w ice p er month on Sundays or Thursdays in MorrisDian Freeman MA, MHHC town, New Jersey. The course covers the required books needed to take the American Association of Nutritional Consultants Exam, which is required to obtain a Certified Holistic Health Counselor (CHHC). Dian Freeman, who lectures nationally at conferences and holistic gatherings, teaches how to regain good health by using food, supplements and drugless holistic practices. Her certified holistic health counselor certificate program has been taught to more than 600 graduate students to help them in their own practices. “More people are realizing how much nutrition affects their health and they are turning to holistic counselors to help them personalize their diet and supplementation protocols,” says Freeman who has a private nutritional consultation practice is currently working on her doctorate at Drew University. The course also covers how to make sense of the contradictions offered by numerous nutritional approaches, how to practice nutrition, the business of counseling, body systems and their nutritional needs, muscle testing and traditional symptomology, and functional nutrition and blood type diets, as well as an overview of various complementary modalities. To reserve a spot in a free sample class or to submit an application for the course, call 973267-4816 or visit See ad page 13.

Stop in or call to schedule your appointment or for more details!

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Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing. ~Salvador Dali

Chinese New Year Cupping Special


im’s Healing Center is offering a $20 introductory special for Cupping therapy. Cupping therapy is one of the oldest practices of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), dating back at least 2,000 years. The method involves heating the air inside small glass cups and placing the inverted cups on a part of the body, usually the back. As the cups cool, suction against the skin is created, which can loosen muscles, boost blood flow and sedate the nervous system, which also makes it an ideal treatment for high blood pressure. According to research studies published in BMC Complementary & Alternative Medicine, more than 50 diseases or symptoms have been treated with cupping. Aside from pain-related ailments, other maladies include respiratory conditions, anxiety, migraines, rheumatism, acne and even cellulite. Similar to the procedure of acupuncture, the cups are usually placed on the five meridian lines down the back. By targeting these paths through which life energy, or qi, flows freely throughout the body, cupping operates to open them up, thus causing a smoother and more free-flowing qi. Kim’s Healing Center at 1223 Butler Street in Easton provides consultation and Traditional Chinese cupping therapy. Call 610-559-7280 or visit for more information. See ad page 23.

CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME? UNEXPLAINED PAIN? If you experience debilitating pain that cannot be explained or relieved, join Vladimir Alhov, MD on January 19 at 1 pm to learn Holistic Answers and Long-Term Solutions for restoring wellness and vitality.

801 W. Broad Street • Bethlehem

Complimentary but seating is limited, please reserve your seat by calling 610-419-8881

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Northampton Community College presents

Self-Discovery Certificate Program Starting Feb. 21, 2018

Self-Discovery Certificate Program 42 Hours 3 Chapters & 3 Pathways

1 Hour Personal Session with Jen Casper $225 per Chapter

Join us for

Free Information Sessions 6-7 pm at Fowler Campus • Bethlehem

Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018 Thursday, Feb 15, 2018

Why Should I Take This Course?

Are you interested in self-growth? Taking this course teaches you how to empower yourself through states of transition. You will learn more about yourself and help you discover who it is you wish to become. You will begin to create change in your life and begin to consciously choose how you embrace this change. Are you looking for something different in your experience, seeking answers to your life, or wanting to create change but don’t know how? This course is for YOU! Self-Exploration Chapter Begins Feb. 21

On your journey, you will explore: • Self-Exploration Meditation • The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success • Finding Your True Potential

Self-Awareness Chapter Begins April 18

On your journey, you will explore: • Creating Change • Healing the Body Through the Mind • Extreme Self Care

Self-Mastery Chapter Begins Sept. 19

On your journey, you will explore: • A More Confident YOU! • Improving Self-Esteem • Choosing a Meaningful Life

Email or call (610) 861-4108 for more information. January 2018


Herbal Studies with a Master pplications are now being accepted Good herbalists treat for the September 2018 start of Dapeople, not diseases, vid Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies two-year Clinical Herbalist and in our programTraining Program. Winston, an internationally we strive to teach the respected herbalist, is the Center’s dean skills necessary soscience of and has taught the art and Clinical Herbal Medicine over 35 that each studentforcan years throughout the U.S., Canada, David Winston, RH (AHG) accomplish that goal. and the UK. His philosophy is, “Good


herbalists treat people, not diseases.” The program teaches the skills necessary so that each student can accomplish that goal The focus on differential diagnosis skills, materia medica and therapeutics, are essential to individualize treatment for physical, emotional and spiritual wellness. The comprehensive program includes case histories and clinic, phytochemistry of medicinal plants, therapeutic protocols, diagnostics, herbal pharmacy, therapeutic use of nutritional supplements, field botany and nutrition/diet. Unique to this course is the breadth of traditions studied, including Traditional Chinese medicine, Eclectic/Western herbal medicine and others.

APPLY NOW for our 2018 – 2020 On-line or On-site program

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Classes will be held in Washington, New Jersey and online via live webcast. For more call 908-835-0822, This two information year course includes:email office@dwherbal. com or visit See add on page 33.

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Laura Eastman, MAc, Lac

January Savings for Colon Hydrotherapy

If you have been diagnosed with low grade prostate cancer, and have opted for Active Surveillance, come learn how to slow and possibly arrest PSA rise/disease progression.


—offering— bio identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) immuno-modulation to balance the immune system anti-ageing protocols for both men and women The AgeWell Center celebrates our 10th anniversary, and my 40th year in medicine. “It can be done. I have done it for myself. Let me help you get through this difficult period in your life.”


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The AgeWell Wellness Center 65 E Elizabeth Ave. • Ste 208 Bethlehem


he holidays are filled with delicious goodies, but they can leave you feeling less then jolly. A colonic can help you get back on track with a cleansed digestive system. Healing Hands Massage Therapy Center in Downtown Bethlehem is offering a $90 colon hydrotherapy session during the month of January. Colon hydrotherapy is a cleansing detoxification protocol that clears the large intestine of accumulated toxins and undigested waste and dilutes the toxic load to the body’s eliminative organs (skin, lymph, lungs, kidneys and bowels). Hydrotherapy can reduce bloating, spur weight loss, increase nutrient absorption and provide increased energy levels. Colon hydrotherapy is also FDA approved for colonoscopy and endoscopy preparation. Healing Hands is a full service holistic wellness center established in 1997 with 6 treatment rooms and a stress free, peaceful environment free of chemical smells from hair and nail services. They offer over 15 different massage modalities from 21 licensed massage therapists. Same day scheduling for massage is usually available. Location 518 Main Street, Bethlehem. Call 610-882-4325 or visit see ad page 23.

Expanding Affordable, Traditional Acupuncture


heila Papa, MAc, Lac has j oine d E ast man Ac upunc ture in Allentown to add expanded availability for traditional acupuncture in a Laura Eastman, MAc, Lac community style setting and making regular treatment more affordable in the process. Community style treatments are done simultaneously with multiple patients in a large room separated privacy screens for just $20. With a growing body of evidence indicating its effectiveness, acupuncture is going mainstream. “In China, acupuncture is offered in a community setting, where private consultation and customized treatment is given in a relaxed, open atmosphere,” says owner Laura Eastman. “After a private, confidential consultation, patients relax to soothing music in a zero-gravity chair and receive treatments to the head, arms, hands, legs and feet.” Eastman treats patients for a range of symptoms including pain, fertility, menopause, anxiety, stress, digestive issues, insomnia and addictions. In a five-year study conducted by Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, 18,000 patients suffering from chronic back, neck and shoulder pain, osteoarthritis and migraines, acupuncture was shown to be more effective in relieving pain than either placebo or standard of care medicine.

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Eastman Acupuncture is located at 1617 Hamilton St., Allentown. For more information, call 484-619-3882, email or visit See ad page 58.

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Researchers at the Imperial College London say that five servings of fruits and vegetables is a good start, but more is better. After conducting a worldwide meta-analysis of 2 million people that compared early mortality rates from cardiovascular disease and cancer, they recommend eating at least 10 three-ounce vegetable and fruit servings per day, which could prevent up to 7.8 million premature deaths each year.

AEROBICS KEEP THE BRAIN YOUNG Simple movement turns out to be the best way to lift mood, improve memory and protect the brain against age-related cognitive decline, according to Harvard Medical School researchers in an article, “Aerobic Exercise is the Key for Your Head, Just as It is for Your Heart.” Even brisk walking or jogging for 45 minutes can alleviate depression. The Journal of Physical Therapy Science notes that aerobic workouts can help people feel less stressed by reducing levels of the body’s natural stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol. 16

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Healthy diet options of spinach and kale may also help keep our brains fit. In a study from the University of Illinois appearing in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 60 adults between 25 and 45 years old having higher levels of lutein, a nutrient found in green, leafy vegetables, avocados and eggs, had neural responses more on par with younger people than others of their own age. Lutein is a nutrient that the body can’t make on its own, so it must be acquired through diet. It accumulates in brain tissues and the eyes, which allows researchers to measure levels without using invasive techniques.

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Grinding Teeth Sound the Alarm for Dental Disaster by Charles G. Wolfe An estimated 60 to 70 percent of adults and as many as two out of 10 children unconsciously grind their teeth while they sleep (bruxism). While the noise may disturb spouses or children sleeping in the same room, it goes largely unnoticed, like snoring, by the person doing it, but it has a far more distressing and permanent effect on the sleeper. Nocturnal grinding can exert thousands of pounds of pressure per square inch on the surfaces of the teeth. It may cause permanent fractures that do not become apparent until several months or years later, resulting in sensitive or broken teeth. Many times, a patient will say, “I broke this tooth on a bagel”, or some other soft food. Actually, food acts more like a shock absorber, because the teeth very rarely touch each other when we chew. More than likely, the tooth was already damaged during bruxism and the squishiness of the food or gum just pushed on the tooth at the angle needed to break where it already had a crack. These cracks can be inside the tooth and not visible during a regular dental exam, or on dental X-rays. Grinding not only effects the teeth, but can also have a long-term effect on the supporting bone, the gums and the jaw joint (TMJ). For many years, bruxism was attributed to the body’s method of releasing tension from emotional stress. However, night grinding may also be an unconscious effort to correct irregularities of the chewing surfaces of the teeth. Dentists term this malocclusion, and they remove material to eliminate a spot that is too high or to find a comfortable place to fit the upper and lower teeth together. While there is no way to eliminate the grinding, only a dentist can correctly diagnose the problem and suggest corrections or a treatment regimen to prevent the grinding from doing permanent damage. Charles G. Wolfe, DDS, practices at 5250 Freemansburg Ave., in Easton. For appointments, call 610-691-6522.

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A Swiss study gave volunteers $25 a week for four weeks, and told half of them to spend the money on themselves and the others to spend it to benefit others. Subsequent brain scans revealed a link between the altruistic acts and feelings of contentment, activating neurons in the ventral striatum associated with happiness. Even the intention alone to be more generous was enough to create these changes, and the amount spent did not influence the increase in levels of well-being. The discovery sheds fresh light on why many people feel gratified when giving, even when it costs them something.

Mercury/Autism Brain Research Alert As the debate rages between health officials and vaccine critics about possible links to autism, mercury seems to be a specific bone of contention. It has long been present in the form of thimerisol, a preservative that inhibits bacterial contamination. Under government pressure, amounts have been reduced by the pharmaceutical industry to trace levels or eliminated, except in commonly recommended flu vaccines, some of which contain the food emulsifier polysorbate 80, which disrupts the blood-brain barrier and helps create an extremely effective delivery system for escorting neurotoxic ethylmercury and other heavy metals straight to the brain. The U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences reports that ethylmercury, in particular, gets metabolized into even more toxic inorganic mercury and remains in the brain for years.

Sugar Linked to Depression The journal Scientific Reports recently published a study that confirmed a link between a diet high in sugar and common mental disorders. In 2002, researchers from Baylor College found that higher rates of refined sugar consumption were associated with higher rates of depression. A 2015 study that included nearly 70,000 women found a higher likelihood of depression in those with high added sugar intake, but not in those with a high intake of naturally occurring sugars such as those found in fruit. The World Health Organization recommends that people reduce their daily intake of added sugars to less than 5 percent of their total energy intake; Americans typically consume three times that much. Meanwhile, one in six people worldwide suffers from a common mental problem such as a mood or anxiety disorder.

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Urban trees help reduce obesity and depression, improve productivity, boost educational outcomes and reduce incidences of asthma and heart disease for residents, yet according to The Nature Conservancy, American cities spend less than a third of 1 percent of municipal budgets on tree planting and maintenance. As a result, U.S. cities are losing 4 million trees per year. Each summer, thousands of unnecessary deaths result from heat waves in urban areas. Studies have shown that trees are a cost-effective solution. Too often, the presence or absence of urban nature and its associated benefits is tied to a neighborhood’s income level, resulting in dramatic health inequities. In some American cities, life expectancies in different neighborhoods located just a few miles apart can differ by as much as a decade. Not all of this health disparity is connected to the tree cover, but researchers are increasingly finding that neighborhoods with fewer trees have worse health outcomes, so inequality in access to urban nature can lead to worse health inequities.

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The American College of Cardiology (ACC) is advising hospitals in improving patient menus by adding healthy, plant-based options and removing processed meats, which have been linked to 60,000 cardiovascular deaths annually. The ACC Heart-Healthy Food Recommendations for Hospitals states, “At least one plant-based main dish should be offered and promoted at every meal.” ACC also urges that processed meats such as bacon, sausage, ham, hot dogs and deli meats should not be offered at all. These guidelines extend to hospital cafeterias and onsite restaurants. The American Medical Association has also passed a resolution that calls on hospitals to provide similarly healthy meals. Processed meats are now considered carcinogenic to humans, according to the World Health Organization. A 50-gram serving a day—one hot dog or two strips of bacon—increases colorectal cancer risk by 18 percent. “Too many heart disease patients have had their recovery undermined by bacon and hot dogs on their hospital trays,” says Dr. Neal Barnard, president of the nonprofit Physicians Committee. 20

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hysician Harold G. Koenig, an international authority on religion, health and ethical issues in medicine, has dedicated his career to understanding the relationship between faith and health. Koenig, who has surveyed the scientific literature, shares the mounting evidence linking the power of faith to better health and well-being. Koenig struggled for three decades to determine his life’s purpose before a spiritual transformation in 1984 set him on a Christian path. “As I’m able to surrender my will and follow God’s lead, I’ve found an increasing flow of blessings. Even in those times when I’m self-centered, the blessings continue. I can only attribute it to the incredible undeserved grace and mercy of one who understands and forgives,” he says. He’s the director of Duke University’s Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health, an associate professor of medicine at the Duke University Medical Center, in Durham, North Carolina, and author of nearly 50 books. Titles include The Healing Power of Faith, The Handbook of Religion and Health, and the recent You Are My Beloved. Really?, musings on the nature of divine love.

What maintains people’s faith in the face of worldly adversity? Adversity can increase people’s faith; when things are going well, people don’t feel the same urgent need for religion. Why do hurricanes happen? Why do people experience chronic pain? When someone is in the midst of challenges, there is no easy explanation, even though there can be many answers. Sometimes all you can do is to have faith that a good God reigns, despite appearances. That can lead to a sense of well-being and spiritual purpose, even in the midst of bad material experiences. How you’ve dealt with life prior to a challenge matters. If you follow a spiritual 28

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path and practice, when bad things happen, you can lean on your foundation of faith; you’re better prepared. Once you’re in the middle of it, all you may feel is the pain and a desperate desire to get rid of it. One of the most precious gifts we have as humans is the freedom to choose. We can be selfish and strictly pleasure-seeking, or we can be kind and altruistic. We can turn toward or away from our divine source.

What have you concluded from decades of studying the relationship between faith, prayer and health? Our research and that of many other major academic institutions, including Harvard and Columbia universities, shows that people of strong faith enjoy better social, physical and mental health, all else being equal. It drives healthy behaviors and attitudes, which leads to better health. A person’s religious beliefs and spiritual practices affect them across their lifespan. It begins in utero, based on parental behavior and care, and shows in the

sense of trust we have as infants. In this way, parents’ faith-based moral values also can favorably affect their children’s levels of stress, depression and drug use later on.

Is there a tension between the yearning for scientific certainty and the intuitive nature of faith? I feel that tension constantly as a scientist and a believer. I’m always challenging myself; you have to be objective as a scientist, to observe without reading into things. But the wisdom of the scriptures has endured through thousands of years, applied by believers through the ages in many different groups and cultures. About 80 percent of Americans today believe in God, nearly 90 percent in a higher power, and 84 percent of the world’s people have religious faith. Such faith must serve some kind of function for it to have persisted throughout the millennia. There is much that is still unknown, and may not be knowable from a scientific perspective. You need to use common sense and intuition. It requires a leap of faith, but once you do it, everything falls into line—though I admit as a scientist I keep trying to understand things from a rational perspective.

What are the pathways by which spirituality contributes to health? Science supports firsthand experience; that the virtues instilled by a religious path ultimately lead to better decision making, relationships and greater well-being. They help to neutralize negative emotions. These benefits accrue through adulthood and yield fruit into old age. The coping mechanism that spiritual practices provide is also important. It helps us to tolerate and navigate difficult situations and integrate meaning and purpose into daily life. I don’t think science can prove to us that faith leads to divine healing. But through natural mechanisms alone, ones that we can understand and study, tremendous evidence exists to show that it benefits health and maybe even longevity. Connect with freelancer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at


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ith cannabis legalization taking root across the U.S., and Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program rolling out in 2018, there is no shortage of people looking to be a part of the “green rush”. For Philly-area native and owner of DaCrema Botanicals, Joe DaCrema, however, recognizing the medicinal potential of cannabis is nothing new—much like the path to legalization in this country, his journey has been decades in the making. DaCrema’s introduction to medicinal cannabis came in 1988, during his sister’s struggle with cancer. Like many, she became a believer in the plant’s power from personal experience. “She tried all the medications the doctors prescribed her; she said that marijuana was the only thing that took away her pain,” says DaCrema. He was not as surprised as he might have been, then, to discover that marijuana offered relief from his own issues with an asthmatic condition. After earning his degree in electrical engineering from Villanova University, DaCrema taught chemistry and biology to nursing and allied health students at a local college, where he had access to European medical journals. He explains, “Marijuana and hemp plants contain two prominent compounds called cannabinoids: tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). More so than THC, it was CBD that kept coming up in the research again and again.” Most people are only familiar with THC, the chemical responsible for the experience of feeling “high”. Far less is known about the effects of CBD—unlike THC, CBD does not include

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Joe DaCrema at his clean room facility in Plymouth Meeting any psychoactive response. Alternately, research reveals that properties of CBD impact what is now known as the body’s endocannabinoid system, a sophisticated set of processors that act as a bridge between body and mind. Because CBD and the way it interacts with the body is inherently complex, it can be taken in various ways and is indicated to address a wide range of conditions. For example, when concentrated amounts are distilled and processed and then absorbed sublingually through drops or inhaled as a vapor, it has been shown to relieve insomnia, anxiety, depression and a host of other mood disorders. Salves and lotions that contain CBD are absorbed through the skin and are reported to relieve such conditions as chronic pain, arthritis, carpal tunnel, multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia. Its effect on addiction, epilepsy and other neurological conditions are being closely studied as well. Having synthesized the research, DaCrema put his lab chops to work, and in 2011 he began extracting and producing products at no charge for friends and family. He attributes his homemade salve (which is now one of his best-selling products) to healing his wife’s carpal tunnel syndrome. “They told us that the only resort was surgery. We all thought it was pretty amazing,” he admits. In an industry as rapidly evolving as medical cannabis, DaCrema confesses, “It can be confusing for the consumer. There

is fear about breaking the law. We start with CBD concentrate that is derived from hemp, not marijuana. We use only CBD concentrates that are free of THC (less than 0.3 percent) because of ethical and legal reasons. This ensures a high-quality product that is safe and legal in all 50 states.” With recent media coverage relating to inaccurate labeling of CBD products, DaCrema says his company adheres to a strict set of criteria before labeling any of its therapeutic grade, artisanal CBD products. “Not all CBD is created equal,” he says. “We learn about the purity of the CBD by examining its certificate of analysis.” A certificate of analysis is an official document issued by a third-party tester indicating the levels of certain chemicals. He is insistent that the CBD be solvent-, heavy metal- and pesticide-free. “We know that solvents and metals are neurotoxic, and pesticides can be harmful to those whose immune systems are compromised.” CBD from DaCrema Botanicals is distilled using CO2 extraction methods. The result is a pure, solvent-free product comprised solely of natural plant waxes, oils and cannabinoids. DaCrema Botanicals celebrated its third anniversary in October. Its product line now includes products for topical relief, such as salves and massage oil, and for systemic relief, such as sublingual drops and concentrates. As the company’s wholesale partnerships grow to include a roster of natural food stores, doctors, naturopaths and other holistic healers locally and nationally, DaCrema and his team continue to focus on the integrity and authenticity of their product, and in the quality of the relationships they have developed. Amidst the many dizzying images and messages eager to be listened to as the industry emerges, DaCrema’s voice is steady and clear. “I’ve been in this world longer than most anyone else I know. I know what it takes to make high-quality, artisanalquality products that really help people heal, and we’re in it for the long haul.”

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hether from natural disasters, divisive politics, unmanageable workloads or a smartphone culture that makes it tough to unplug, U.S. adults are feeling more strain now than they have at any other time in the past decade, according to the American Psychological Association’s 2017 Stress in America Survey. One in three say their stress has increased in the past year and one in five rate the level at eight or more on a scale of one to 10. About three in five, or 59 percent, say they believe this is “the lowest point in the nation’s history” and nearly two-thirds say concerns about our nation’s future (including its health care, economy and international relations) are key sources of their stress. “We’re seeing significant stress transcending party lines,” notes Arthur C. Evans Jr., Ph.D., the association’s CEO. All that stress is having a powerful impact on health, with as many as 80 percent of visits to primary care physicians characterized as stress-related, according to the American Medical Association. 32

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Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one. ~Hans Selye Workplace stress accounts for 120,000 deaths a year—more than influenza, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease combined—according to a 2015 Stanford University study. Yet, empowering news has emerged amid this epidemic of anxiety-related illness. Research shows that by eating right, exercising and changing our mindset about stress itself, we can buffer our bodies from many health hazards. “Unfortunately, you can’t always avoid the things that stress you out. But you can control how you respond to stress before it takes over your life,” says Melanie Greenberg, Ph.D., a Mill Valley, California, psychologist and author of the recent book The Stress-Proof Brain: Master Your Emotional Response to Stress Using Mindfulness and Neuroplasticity.

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Whether it’s an urgent email from the boss or a rude motorist driving unsafely, tense situations elicit a physiological response remarkably similar to what might occur if we were chased by a lion. Deep inside an almond-shaped region of the brain called the amygdala, an alarm goes off, signaling the release of hormones like adrenaline and cortisol that boost heart rate, usher extra blood to muscles, hasten breathing and spike blood sugar to provide more fuel for the brain to react. Evolutionarily, this response was key to early human survival, providing the energy boost needed to flee predators. Even today, it has its upside, says Greenberg. “In the short term, stress can be exciting and even beneficial, revving you up so you can put your passion and energy into something.” But chronic excess can lead to high blood pressure and blood sugar, inflammation, cognitive problems and a hair-trigger response to stress, in which our body overreacts even to mild annoyances. It

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e can take charge and do even more things to keep stress at bay in the first place, says Christine Carter, Ph.D., a University of California, Berkeley, sociologist and author of The Sweet Spot: How to Accomplish More by Doing Less. “I’m all about prevention,” she says. “There are many ways to set up your life to be less stressful.”


Multitask less, monotask more: “The brain was not evolved to multitask and it can be stressful when we try to do so,” says Carter, referencing a Stanford University study. “At the end of the day, we end up feeling fried.” She recommends setting up a “fortress against interruption” for an hour or two each day when we feel most alert. Put the phone on mute, don noisecanceling headphones and ask coworkers or family members to not interrupt your focus on an important priority.


Don’t be a chronic media checker: Eighty-six percent of Americans say they constantly or often check their email, texts or social media accounts, according to the latest Stress in America Survey. Half of U.S. workers say they respond to every email within a half-hour. Carter recommends instead scheduling a block of time at the beginning and end of each day for the task. During weekends and evenings, disable email and social media notifications. Research shows the more often we check, the more stressed we are. One recent study of British office workers found that checking email almost immediately boosts heart rate, blood pressure and cortisol levels, while refraining causes the stress response to subside.


Limit choices: Making decisions can be stressful, and we are all faced with an increasing number of them every day. To limit a personal decision-making load, get boring. Devise a meal plan that doesn’t vary from week to week (unless it’s a happy creative outlet). Stock the wardrobe with favorite styles of shirts and shoes in different colors.

Select and stick with one brand of natural toothpaste or granola.


Don’t overthink things: Ruminating on past events and relationship problems can be a great source of stress in the present moment. If there’s nothing that can be done about it, stop thinking about it. Literally visualize a stop sign when the thought bubbles up.


Daydream: Idle times, like standing in line, sitting in traffic or showering can allow our brain to rest and recover from hassles. Embrace such opportunities and don’t clutter them up with technology; leave the phone and radio off.


Meditate: Invest 10 minutes daily to sit still, focus on breathing, visualize an image or stare at an object and try to keep thoughts from drifting. Brain imaging studies published in the Brain Research Bulletin show that “Through [such] meditation, it’s possible to rewire your brain to create a new, stronger circuit that keeps your emotional reactivity under control,” says Dr. Mithu Storoni, who has published a book on the topic.


Heighten spirituality: Whether it’s regularly attending religious services, yoga meditation sessions or quiet walks in the woods, a spiritual practice can be a powerfully effective means of coping with stress and mitigating its health impacts. Duke University research shows that people regularly engaged in a spiritual practice are more likely to survive heart surgery, recover better from stroke, have shorter hospital stays and become depressed and stressed less often. “Spirituality connects you to the broader world, which in turn enables you to stop trying to control things all by yourself,” explains Dr. Roberta Lee, an integrative physician, in her book The SuperStress Solution. “When you feel part of a greater whole, it’s easy to understand that you aren’t responsible for everything that happens in life.”

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Eating right can better protect our bodies, says New York City Registered Dietitian Malina Malkani. She recommends loading up on nutrient-dense, high-fiber foods like leafy greens, beans and lentils, nuts and seeds during stressful times, because they can slow our rate of digestion and minimize unhealthy dips and spikes in blood sugar. Beneficial, bacteria-rich foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut and kimchi are other foundational foods for stress-resilience, says Storoni, because they can dampen bodily inflammation that arises from chronic tension. They can also replenish bacterial strains like lactobacillus and bifidobacteria which, according to studies of college students, tend to decrease when we feel pushed beyond our limits to handle what’s coming at us. One 2016 study of 171 volunteers, published in the Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, found that those that ate yogurt containing lactobacillus plantarum daily for two months had fewer markers of stress in their blood. Another study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2007 found that when 132 adults drank a probiotic-infused milk drink daily for three weeks and were then subjected to an anxiety-prone situation, their brains reacted more calmly than those of a control group. “Probably the most important thing you can do to make your body stressresilient is to maintain a healthy ecosystem of bacteria in your gut,” advises Malkani, who recommends exchanging dessert for low-sugar yogurt every day and taking probiotic supplements as well as steering 34

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clear of sweetened beverages and refined carbohydrates. The spice turmeric is also a good stress-buster due to its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to help normalize blood sugar, Storoni notes. Despite our natural craving for comfort food, it’s a good idea to go easy on saturated fats in the immediate aftermath of a traumatic situation, because stress slows fat metabolism. In one recent study, Ohio State University researchers asked 58 women about their previous day’s stressors, and then fed them the fat-loaded equivalent of a double cheeseburger and fries; the stressedout women burned 104 fewer calories. “If a woman had a stressful day at work every day and ate a meal like this, she could easily gain seven to 11 pounds in a year,” says study author Jan Kiecolt-Glaser, a professor of psychiatry and psychology and director of the university’s Institute for Behavioral Medicine. Exercise, too, can help combat stressrelated illness. But Storoni attests that not all exercise is created equal. One recent study in the Journal of Physiology found that in animals daily moderate exercise (the equivalent of a light jog) can boost levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a critical brain protein diminished by stress and sleep deprivation, significantly more than weight training or intense exercise. On the flip side, excess strenuous exercise (laps around the track or an intense gym workout) can boost inflammation, whither brain cells, and aggravate the physical impacts of stress, says Storoni. “If you want to exercise to relieve the stress you just experienced, keep it at low intensity,” counsels Storoni. If possible, work out in the morning, as it can boost melatonin levels at night, helping you get to sleep faster, she notes.

Stress-Proofing Our Mindset

While diet and exercise can buffer our body from the impacts of chronic stress, a shift in mindset can keep it from becoming chronic in the first place, says Greenberg.“The goal is not to eliminate stress, but to put it in its place—to use its energizing and motivating aspects to take care of what needs to be done, and then relax,” and stop paying attention to


can also, research suggests, accelerate aging by eroding the protective caps on our chromosomes, called telomeres. “Think of the stress response as an elastic band,” says Dr. Mithu Storoni, a Hong Kong physician and author of the new book Stress Proof: The Scientific Solution to Protect Your Brain and Body — and Be More Resilient Every Day. “If you pull it and it snaps back immediately, that’s fine. But if you pull it too intensely or too frequently, it doesn’t snap back, and there are lots of downstream consequences.”

People with a stress-hardy mindset may temper stress as an “excite-and-delight” challenge in adventurous situations. Others “tendand-befriend”, reaching out to help and comfort in times of tragedy. Studies show that when participants are told, “You’re the kind of person whose performance improves under pressure,” it does—by as much as one-third. ~Harvard Medical School Healthbeat it. This, she says, requires being mindful of what’s happening in the present moment. “When you feel your heart racing at the sight of another urgent demand at home or work, stop what you are doing, take a deep breath and tune into what’s happening in your body,” advises Greenberg. She notes that when the highly reactive amygdala “hijacks the brain”, we often say and do things in the heat of the moment that we later regret. Waiting just a moment (like counting to 10) allows the more rational part of our brain (the prefrontal cortex) to kick in. “It allows you to go from panic to, ‘I’ve got this.’” Greenberg observes that we often feel most stressed when we feel out of control.


When faced with a daunting task, it may help to make a list of the things we have control over and a list of the things we can’t control—then make a plan to act on the manageable one and let the others go. “Mindfulness is also about keeping our self-judging and ruminating mind at bay, which may keep repeating, ‘I’m not doing enough,’” she says. “Realize that you do not have to listen to every thought that comes into your head. Ask yourself, ‘What is the most important thing for me to focus on right now?’” Greenberg also says it’s important to aim to broaden and brighten our view in tough times, explaining, “Feeling stress biases your brain to think in terms of avoiding threat and loss, rather than what you can gain or learn from the situation.” Start by jotting down three ways this challenging situation may be beneficial in the long run; also make a list of things and people we are grateful for, she suggests. “Practicing gratitude helps you realize that you have a choice about what to focus your attention on and you don’t have to let stressors take all the joy out of life,” according to Greenberg. As an added bonus, “You’re less likely to take your stress out on loved ones when you think about what they mean to you and how they have helped you,” she says. Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at


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ensory isolation in a floatation tank is known for inducing deep relaxation with subsequent improved health. A 2014 study published in the Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry investigating the effects of a series of flotation tank treatments for 65 participants, showed it to be an effective measure in decreasing stress, depression, anxiety and pain, while enhancing a sense of optimism and quality of sleep. The Book of Floating: Exploring the Private Sea, by Michael Hutchison, reports on 20th-century research suggesting the therapy can help allay ailments like chronic pain, migraines and sore muscles. There’s also evidence for enhanced meditation, creativity and spiritual experiences. Float therapy was invented by Dr. John C. Lilly, a neurophysiology specialist. The individual enters an enclosed tank containing 11 inches of water heated to 93.5 degrees—a normal temperature for human skin—and some 1,000 pounds of dissolved Epsom salt. The effect is like 36

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buoyantly floating in the Dead Sea, but in a clean, quiet, private realm. The water is typically filtered three to five times between each session and sanitized using UV light; some also use peroxide and ozone gas to purify the water. Without any sensory input—no sight, sound or tactile sensations—the floater typically enters a profound deeply calm state of theta brain waves that tends to bring the subconscious to the surface. It can take experienced meditators years to learn to consistently achieve this condition, remarks Bryan Gray, of Float North County, a spa in Solana Beach, California.

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Scientific research has shown that floating can release the feel-good neurotransmitters endorphins and dopamine, and lower the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol. Studies performed by the Laureate Institute of Brain Research, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which maintains

Lying for an hour in water infused with Epsom salt, or magnesium sulfate, the body receives a huge infusion of magnesium, a mineral essential to optimal health. While calcium and vitamin D deficiencies get more attention, it’s even more likely most of us are low on this element due to magnesium-depleting drugs and inadequate farm soils. Many ailments shown by research to be helped by floating have also been linked to magnesium deficiency.The mineral is also essential for heart health, strong bones and central nervous system function, as reported in The Magnesium Miracle, by Dr. Carolyn Dean, a physician and naturopath in Kihei, Hawaii.

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Chronic pain sufferers often find relief through floating because the lessened gravity allows the body to fully relax. The accompanying serenity releases the brain’s natural endorphins, which act as natural painkillers, into the bloodstream, reports Hutchison. The sheer tranquility of floating can alleviate some mental health issues. “We’ve treated several people with post-traumatic stress disorder. One man has returned six times and says he’s advanced more in the last three months while floating than he did in the prior five to 10 years,” says Andy Larson, owner of Float Milwaukee. Athletes also appreciate floating because it shortens injury recovery periods through enhancing blood flow, helping to heal sore muscles. The way it facilitates a calm state ideal for implanting ideas into the subconscious mind enables them to better visualize improved performance.

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call the hypnagogic state, meaning they are apt to have lucid dreams while awake. Also known as Stage 1 sleep, it is the drowsiest condition we experience while still consciously aware. This is the scientific explanation for reports of visions or “Eureka!” problem-solving moments in the tank, says Hutchison. This phenomenon can be especially beneficial for creative artists. “We have a girl that always emerges from the tank with an idea for a new painting,” says Gray. He also regularly hosts a composer that has worked with famous singers, who has experienced innovative musical breakthroughs while floating. Floating is among the rare healing modalities that can benefit body, mind and spirit in just one hour, with repeat benefits. Gina McGalliard is a freelance writer in San Diego, CA. Connect at

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Breathe Deeply Consider spending 10-15 minutes before your float preparing to relax. Breathe deeply and consciously by closing your eyes. This helps the brain to begin producing the more relaxed “alpha” waves which you pass through on your way to the “theta” waves produced in the most restorative part of a float. Once in the float tank, you can increase your level of relaxation by becoming aware of your breathing. Tuning into the breath is a great way to become more present to the moment, as the breath is always here and now.


Ditch Caffeine (for a little while) Avoiding caffeine for 4 hours prior to a float allows the body to really relax, and can help to quiet busy minds—caffeine and other stimulates do just that: stimulate. The deepest floats arise from the least amount of stimulation—outside, and inside. If possible, consider avoiding caffeine the entire day of your float!


Hydrate Every aspect of our bodies operates better when we are hydrated. Keeping

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Federal Regulations Medical foods and nutraceuticals, orally administered dietary products formulated to support the management of conditions such as compromised gut function, age-related muscle loss, metabolic syndrome, Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, are subject to standard food and safety labeling requirements of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. Although they may be used under medical supervision, patients don’t need a prescription. Many healthcare practitioners, including dietitians, currently recommend them under a physician’s direction. Unlike pharmaceuticals, which are accountable to the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, patent-protected and supported by expensive testing documentation, nutraceuticals are not. However, many manufacturers do choose to undergo costly testing. Like all dietary supplements, the majority of which do not undergo third-party testing, they are regulated by DSHEA, which defines and regulates labeling and claims of benefits related to classic nutrient-deficiency diseases.

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20th lot. Xymogen’s validation extends to packaging and controlling the level of humidity because it affects how ingredients oxidize,” says Burdette. Gary Kracoff, a registered pharmacist and naturopathic doctor at Johnson Compounding & Wellness, in Waltham, Massachusetts, researches the nutraceuticals that he carries and recommends for his clients. “I like professional-grade nutraceuticals because their formulas are researched and science-based. They are excellent products

for specific purposes. Individuals that take the medical foods come to appreciate their disease-modifying therapeutic results. While pricier, they include healthier sources of carbohydrates and fats, as well as natural, rather than synthetic nutrients to provide what the body needs to return to a state of balance,” says Kracoff. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings who blogs at


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Doctor, I Have Soft Teeth by Michael Taras, DMD

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hose that use the phrase “soft teeth” need to ask themselves if their granite counter top ever gets soft, or if a rock ever becomes soft. They’re hard because they’re mineralized, just like teeth. To be clear, there’s no such thing as “soft teeth,” and to claim there is equates to failing to take responsibility for our own health. So the question still remains, why do people get cavities? The answer simply involves understanding that the teeth are made of minerals, and anything that takes minerals out of the teeth weakens them and makes them more susceptible to decay. Conversely, if the body has sufficient minerals, the teeth can become more mineralized and resistant to decay. 40

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FOOD AND DRINK Some of the obvious things that take minerals out of teeth are coffee, soda, and legal and illegal drugs, which are all toxins that the body is forced to neutralize with minerals like calcium. Less obvious things that steal minerals from the teeth are fruit and vinegar. While fruit and apple cider vinegar can be healthy, they can also have a downside. Fruit contains citric and malic acids, while vinegar contains acetic acid. As these acids dissolve minerals out of the teeth, the teeth become weaker and more susceptible to decay. The first signs of this are teeth that are sensitive to cold water or air. Nuts, legumes, cereals and grains contain phytic acid, which is the principle storage form of phosphorus. Although phytic acid is a natural antioxidant, in the intestines it can bind to calcium, iron and zinc, preventing absorption of these important minerals. The mineral manganese is also important because it aids in the calcification

of teeth. Dr. Hal Huggins, author of It’s All In Your Head, tells us that manganese deficiency is the most consistent disturbance found in patients with periodontal (gum) disease. One of the biggest dietary factors in manganese deficiency is alcohol. It increases urine output while simultaneously altering kidney function, impairing the body’s ability to adequately reclaim manganese, magnesium and zinc and send it back to the blood. Besides the above causes of mineral deficiencies, there’s a separate question of whether the body has an adequate mineral supply to begin with. We’re supposed to get adequate minerals from the food we eat, but do we? The American Journal of Clincal Nutrition reported in 2005 that mineral deficiencies that result from eating the Western diet are common and problematic in the United States. Since our soil is well-known to be devoid of nutrients and minerals, crops can’t incorporate the nutrients and minerals they’re supposed to. As a nation we’re overfed with low-quality, nutrient- and mineral-deficient food, resulting in more and more nutrient- and mineral-deficiency diseases.

HEAVY METAL INFLUENCE Even if adequate amounts of manganese are present in the body, its action can be blocked by mercury, a toxic heavy metal. The largest source of mercury comes from the vapor released from mercury fillings. The “Smoking Tooth” video on YouTube. com, produced by dentist Dr. David Kennedy, clearly shows how mercury vapor is continuously released from a mercury filling, illustrating that “The mercury vapor that comes off of a mercury filling can be well over 1,000 times higher then the EPA allows for the air that we breathe.” The FDA acknowledged in its 2009 amalgam rule that people with an aboveaverage amount of amalgam (mercury fillings) will exceed the federal safety standards set by both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (called the Reference Concentration, set in 1995) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Dis-

ease Registry (called the Minimum Risk Level, set in 1999) for chronic exposure to mercury vapor. The U.S. Department of Health tells us that 80 percent of inhaled mercury vapor from mercury fillings is retained in the body. Additionally, the World Health Organization acknowledged in 1991 that the predominent source of human exposure to mercury comes from mercury fillings. Mercury isn’t the only problem. According to Dr. Renee Joy Dufault, author of Unsafe At Any Meal, in addition to mercury, the heavy metals arsenic, cadmium and lead can be found in our water and food supplies. “Heavy metal toxicity is the most endemic and critical medical issue facing the global population today,” says Dr. Rashid Buttar, physician and chairman of the American Board of Clinical Metal Toxicology. “The role of heavy metals in exponentially accelerating oxidative stress, along with the displacement of essential minerals, results in significant contribution to the deterioration of health.”

WHAT TO DO? People that understand the need for an adequate mineral balance will sometimes take mineral supplements, but if the body already has an excess of certain minerals, they can be creating even more of an imbalance. Huggins explains, “Elevated mineral levels indicate the presence of inactive forms of that mineral. Biologically inactive calcium blocks the absorption and the action of active forms of calcium, magnesium, zinc, copper, iron and manganese.” So how do we measure our current balances of minerals and heavy metals? Not by getting a blood test. Dr. Jerry Tennant, author of Healing is Voltage warns, “The reason a blood test isn’t a good way to test for minerals is because over 90 percent of the minerals are in the tissues, and the blood is simply serving as a trucking system getting the minerals from place to place.” A more accurate option is to get professionally tested by a trained holistic practitioner that uses a spectrophotometer to measure the intra-cellular bio-availability of minerals at the tissue level. The device

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had a 13 percent lower diabetes risk and no greater risk of heart disease. While the standard American diet, which includes highly processed wheat, is likely responsible for many of these health concerns, plenty of science links a diet rich in whole grains, including whole wheat, to weight loss, better digestion and lower blood sugar. The Mediterranean Diet, replete with whole grains and wheat, is still revered as one of the healthiest-known diets. Centenarians that live in the famed “blue zones”, recognized for their longev-





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The first step toward reestablishing digestive strength is avoiding all processed foods. A study in the journal Diabetes Care linked a processed food diet to a 141 percent increase in belly fat, high blood sugar and high cholesterol. It further showed that a diet of whole grains, including wheat, reduced the risk of these health concerns by 38 percent. Monitor these ingredients to achieve a healthier diet. ■ Avoid all added sugars or artificial sweeteners. Allow nothing more than six grams of naturally occurring sugar per serving. ■ Avoid fried foods and baked goods made with refined cooking oils used to preserve them like bread, muffins, cookies, energy bars, most packaged foods and chips. ■ Eat bread that’s only made of organic whole wheat, salt water and starter.

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tion of the liver and gallbladder, they disable liver bile so it can’t break down either good or bad fats, also making it insufficient to buffer stomach acids. Without adequate bile production to neutralize stomach acid, the stomach won’t produce the needed acid to digest proteins like gluten and the casein in dairy. This malady has effected a huge spike in gallbladder surgeries and epidemic levels of obesity, high blood sugar and food intolerances. To boost bile flow, enjoy these foods daily: ■ Eat one red beet and one apple a day— either raw, cooked, juiced or blended. Add celery and make a bile-flow smoothie. ■ Consume one teaspoon of both coconut oil and high-quality olive oil per day. ■ Eat more artichokes, bitter roots and leafy greens. ■ Drink fennel and fenugreek tea with meals.

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Instead of taking digestive enzymes or a hydrochloric acid-based stomach acid pill, stimulate the stomach to make its own acid and the small intestine and pancreas to produce digestive enzymes. This is best done regularly with the following five spices: ■ Use ginger, cumin, coriander, cardamom and fennel. Studies published in journals such as Molecular Nutrition & Food Research and the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry suggest that when these five spices are used together —as a supplement, in cooking or to flavor food—they act as a total upper digestive reset. These five-star spices: 4 Stimulate digestion 4 Increase bile flow, pancreatic and small intestine enzyme activity, and fat and sugar metabolism

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“A large part of the obesity problem stems from children consuming sodas and refined, processed, junk and fried foods,” says Daemon “Dr. Dae” Jones, a Washington, D.C., naturopathic physician and author of Eat More Plants. “They are low in nutrients, and high in sugars and calories that pack on the pounds.” Jones says the best way to combat obesity and form healthy eating habits is to replace processed foods with a whole foods diet plentiful in colorful fruits and vegetables, with sides of whole grains, nuts and seeds, and beans and legumes. “These foods are high in vitamins, nutrients, fiber, proteins and healthy fats. Lean meats, chicken and fish are good choices for protein, as well.”

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n 2010, President Obama and Michelle Obama launched Let’s Move! as their signature initiative to tackle epidemic levels of U.S. childhood obesity. While modest progress has been made, it remains a public health crisis. A brief by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the obesity rate remained fairly stable at nearly 17 percent between 2011 and 2014 for children 2 to 19 years old. Caused mainly by inadequate physical activity, unhealthy diets and rare genetic factors, obesity increases the risk of significant health problems, including high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes, plus joint and breathing issues. “We must launch our own family anti-obesity campaigns,” urges pediatri44

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cian Ricardo Riesco, co-owner of Peds Care, in Dalton, Georgia. “Along with increasing activity levels, we can encourage healthier eating habits at home and lead by example.”

Portions Matter In today’s “supersize-me” climate, teaching youngsters about appropriate portion sizes is imperative in fostering healthy eating habits. “It’s often hard for parents to find time to cook a meal at home,” Riesco acknowledges. “Too often, parents will pick up fast food for dinner, which is typically higher in calories and fat, plus the portion sizes are far too large.” When parents can’t prepare a meal from scratch, a frozen, boxed meal can be a better alternative than fast food. “The portions are more

Breakfast and Snacks Breakfast provides fuel for the body and helps young minds concentrate and learn, so experts warn against skipping or skimping on it. “I tell parents to, ‘Get out of the box,’” says Doctor of Naturopathy JoAnn Yanez, executive director of the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges. “Offer them a balance of fats, proteins and complex carbohydrates.” She suggests making a batch of pancakes using an extra egg or almond meal for protein, served with fresh fruit and nitrate-free sausage. “I also recommend steel cut oats,” she says. “I make them in advance, and in the morning add in all sorts of good stuff such as fresh fruit, almond meal and almond milk.” “Although almost everything can be enjoyed in moderation, decreasing or eliminating high-calorie, high-fat, low-nutrient treats can also help children develop healthy eating habits for life and prevent obesity,” says Registered Dietitian Wendy Palmer, manager of child wellness and a certified health education specialist at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. “A medium-sized apple or banana, or a cup of baby carrots with hummus, is a nutrientrich snack for kids. Avoid snacks that have no nutritional value or are coated in

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e have become a nation of couch potatoes. The average American takes only 5,900 steps a day, somewhat better than the sedentary Brits that average less than 4,000. The notion that overall we need to take 10,000 steps a day to be physically fit started with manpo-kei, a 1960s Japanese marketing tool to sell pedometers. While the 10,000 steps concept lacks specific supporting science, it’s widely acknowledged that we are healthier the more that we move. Affixing a target number to it helped spread the notion of the benefits of walking, says Catrine Tudor-Locke, Ph.D., a walking behavior researcher at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Tudor-Locke is a proponent of the walking goal, although she readily admits the real objective is to get people moving more. “Any opportunity to walk more, more frequently and farther, wherever that is—it all adds up,” she says.

Making 10,000 Steps Possible For those already physically fit and physically active, 10,000 steps is a no-brainer. However, it’s never too late to start for those with exercise programs that have been supplanted by a too-busy-toworkout lifestyle. There’s probably no easier exercise than walking, says Dr. Melina Jampolis, the Los Angeles author of The Doctor on Demand Diet. “Walking is the number one exercise I recommend to most of my patients, because it is exceptionally easy to do, requires only a supportive pair of quality sneakers and 48

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Exponential Health Benefits Many more well-documented health benefits of a walking program include: 4 increased heart health 4 lower blood pressure 4 stronger muscles 4 improved balance 4 weight control 4 natural stress relief Several studies from places like Harvard Medical School’s affiliate Brigham and Women’s Hospital also show that a brisk walking program nearly cut in half the risk of early death in breast cancer patients. Most exercise experts note that a walking pace that leaves the walker only slightly out of breath reaps the greatest rewards. “One hundred steps a minute is a good cadence,” advises Tudor-Locke. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends at least 150 minutes of exercise weekly, or 30 minutes five days a week, for virtually everyone. Many experts don’t believe it’s necessary to move for 30 minutes straight. Ten-minute increments work fine; so a quick morning walk around the block, another outing during the lunch hour and a refreshing walk with the dog after work can do the trick. Some evidence from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion suggests that varying walking speed is even more effective in overcoming insulin resistance and burning calories.

Counting Up Roizen recommends wearing a pedometer or using a free iPhone app (no need for a fitness band), mainly to keep up awareness of our daily step count. There’s no age when we don’t need to walk anymore. If a consistent 10,000 steps does wonders for health, some ask if more would be better. “Ten thousand is the answer for health and longevity, but 12,000 or more makes a difference for fitness and calorie burning, so go for it!” Roizen says. Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous books on natural health, including Our Toxic World: A Survivor’s Guide. Connect at


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has tremendous mental and physical benefits that increase just by getting outside in the fresh air.” The biggest bang for the increased effort is the first 3,000 to 4,000 steps between the sedentary baseline and 10,000 steps, Tudor-Locke explains. “Still, 10,000 steps is the magic number for the average American,” says Dr. Michael Roizen, chief wellness officer at the Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. “That specific number of steps seems to help break down insulin resistance, an underlying cause of Type 2 diabetes. We’re not exactly sure how this happens, but we know that this amount of exercise takes the glucose from the blood where it is a hazard to the cells, so that it becomes less hazardous.”

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How to Do It Wave breath: Inhale steadily through the nose to the count of four while taking four

steps, exhale through the mouth to a count of four while taking another four steps. Stair breath: Make four distinct inhalations through the nose to a count of four while taking four steps; and then exhale through the mouth in four sharp exhalations while taking another four steps. Dr. Jim Nicolai, who is affiliated with the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, in Tucson, has created a helpful instructional video at


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his kundalini yoga breathing technique, when combined with a brisk walking program, changes the basic rhythms of the body, even at cellular levels, according to the Kundalini Research Institute, in Santa Cruz, New Mexico. Breathwalking, a particular combination of breathing and walking, improves several brain functions, according to research the institute conducted with the University of Arizona. Breathwalking, compared to normal walking, increases executive function by as much as 80 percent and improves cognitive function, judgment and mental focus. Other findings by the institute are that breathwalking improves vision, including depth of field and clarity of detail, as well as muscle balance and heart function.

“If aerobic exercise resembles the pure power of a single frequency emanating from a strong radio station, then breathwalking looks like many frequencies mixed into complex and richly textured patterns. One is a tone; the others add melody, chords and harmonies. It is like comparing loud noise to sophisticated music,” notes the organization’s website.

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Exposure 3Reduce to Toxins

Don’t Overfeed Fido Plus Other Tips to Keep a Dog Cancer-Free by Karen Becker


ancer is the leading cause of canine fatalities in the U.S., Europe and Japan. Often diagnosed too late, the risks, heartache and expense of aggressive traditional treatments have many people searching for healthy alternatives. Although the causes are not well understood, we can give our companion the best possible chance of prevention.

1Avoid Pet Obesity

In studies across species, caloric restriction has been shown to help prevent tumor development and progression. Obesity is strongly linked to increased cancer risk in humans and is assumed so in dogs. For people, cancer is also connected with excessive glucose, increased insulin sensitivity, inflammation and oxidative stress. Overfeeding a dog is not a loving thing to do.


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Choose an AntiInflammatory Diet

Creating or promoting inflammation raises cancer risk by facilitating abnormal cells to proliferate. Current research suggests cancer is actually a chronic, inflammatory disease. Because cancer cells require the glucose in carbohydrates as an energy source, limit or eliminate carbs present in processed grains, fruits with fructose and starchy vegetables. Cancer cells generally can’t use dietary fats for energy, so appropriate amounts of good-quality fats are nutritionally healthy. Another major contributor to inflammation is poor-quality, processed pet food, which is typically high in omega-6 fatty acids and low in omega-3. Omega-6s increase inflammation; omega-3s do the reverse. A healthy, moist dog diet contains

Harmful toxins include chemical pesticides like flea and tick preventives, lawn chemicals, tobacco smoke, flame retardants and all common household cleaners. A six-year study by the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, at Tufts University, showed that exposure to lawn pesticides, specifically those applied by lawn care companies, raised the risk of canine malignant lymphoma up to 70 percent. Conventional flea and tick preventives are pesticides, whether spot-on treatments, pills, dips, solutions, shampoos or collars. Chemical spot-on products attracted U.S. Environmental Protection Agency attention based on reports of 40,000 adverse events in 2008, including 600 animal deaths. Because avoiding all toxins is nearly impossible, consider periodic detoxification based on a vet’s recommendation. For a dog with constant exposure to toxic chemicals all summer, a daily oral detox protocol is sound. If the only source is a monthly dose of a flea and tick product, limit a detox to the week after each pill or topical treatment.

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real, whole, organic, non-GMO (genetically modified) foods, preferably raw—also plenty of high-quality protein, including muscle meat, organs and bone; moderate amounts of animal fat; high levels of EPA and DHA (omega-3 fatty acids, such as those present in krill oil); and some fresh-cut ground veggies; plus antioxidant-rich fruit. Consider adding both vitamin/mineral and other supplements like probiotics, digestive enzymes, medicinal mushrooms and super green foods. Work with a holistic or integrative veterinarian to determine the best regime.

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Maintain Physical Integrity Until at Least 18 to 24 Months of Age

Studies from Purdue University, the University of California, Davis, and others show a clear link between spaying/neutering and increased cancer rates in dogs, especially large breeds. These include increased risk of osteosarcoma in Rottweilers neutered or spayed before their first birthday; double the risk of bone cancer in neutered or spayed large, purebred dogs versus intact (not neutered) dogs; and three to four times the cancer rates for spayed female golden retrievers versus intact females. Opting for ovary-sparing spays (hysterectomy) is another option that preserves sex hormones while rendering the animal sterile. Applying these five suggestions in caring for a dog throughout its life offers a pet a good chance for a cancer-free and overall healthy, high-quality life. Karen Becker, a doctor of veterinary medicine, is a proactive, integrative practitioner who consults internationally and writes for Mercola Healthy Pets (

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Vision Board: Setting Your Intention for 2018 – In this interactive workshop, attendees will learn how to use Dream or Vision Boards, a tool for the Law of Attraction, to manifest what you would like to see in your upcoming year. All supplies included with registration. 12-2pm. $29 in advance/$39 the day of. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown. To register, call 610-838-5463 or e-mail register@

FREE intro. to Tai Chi and qigong – The art and science of healthy movement. Come learn how these ancient practices can energize your body and quiet your mind. 10am at Yoga Loft, 521 E. 4th St., Bethlehem or 6pm, Steel Fitness, 250 Cetronia Rd., Allentown. Questions? Contact experienced instructor Hilary Smith, RN, at 610 751-6090.

How to Protect Your Energy – In this 90-minute empath workshop: workshop, June offers techniques for empaths, those who absorb energy. Learn how to manage & conserve your energy, and cut unwanted energy cords from people who “drain” you. 5:307pm. $29 in advance/$39 at the door. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown, 610-838-5463



Blissful & Healthy Bundle – Free bundle of simple life changing health tips. Full of delicious recipes and healthy tips that are easy to follow. Your journey to better health starts with my helpful tips that even the busiest person can follow. Sign up at Blissful Existence. 570-420-7955.


savethedate START SIGN SAVINGS JANUARY 2-19 Kindred Spirits Books & Gifts will now be offering Star Sign Savings in 2018! From, those who were born under the zodiac sun sign of Capricorn will receive 12% off their total order throughout this time frame. (One discount per day) and will also get 50% off one regular-priced item on their birthday! Cannot be combined with other offers. Some exclusions apply. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown. Call 610-838-5463 for more information. FREE intro. to Tai Chi and qigong – The art and science of healthy movement. Come learn how these ancient practices can energize your body and quiet your mind. 9:30 am at Steel Fitness, 250 Cetronia Rd., Allentown or 5:15 pm at Yoga Loft, 521 E. 4th St., Bethlehem. Questions? Contact experienced instructor Hilary Smith, RN, at 610 751-6090

Healthy Happy Hour! Come have fun! No alcohol required to have fun! You bring the friends, we’ll take care of the rest! Sample mouthwatering appetizers and heavenly healthy drinks. No friends to bring? You’ll make new ones! 5:30-7:30 pm, No need to Pre-register.


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savethedate SACRED SISTERHOOD IGNIGHT YOUR FEMININE ESSENCE MONDAY, JANUARY 8 • 7PM A part of our 4-part Empowering Women’s Series. Nothing is more alluring, captivating and powerful than a woman in touch with her feminine essence. A woman who is connected to her intuitive wisdom; who leads with her heart and loves fiercely; and who knows her unlimited creative potential. Learn how having a nurturing sisterhood can help reignite your fire within and illuminate the fiercely radiant woman you are. Cost is $25 for drop in or $75 for the 4-part series. Loving Piece, 7 North Third St, Easton. RSVP to 484-206-8140. Boost your Immune System – Free Webinar. Get ready for winter and prepare our bodies for the cold that winter brings. Special tricks on boosting your immune system for a healthier, more energized self. Noon. Sign up at Blissful Existence. 570-420-7955.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10 Introduction to Essential Oils – Free. Learn the basics of what are essential oils, safety in using, different ways to use, and myths and misinformation. Learn how to use oild therapeutically and for eliminating chemicals you’re your home. 5:15pm. Herbs to Your Success. 64 S Main St., Nazareth. 610-365-8996 Brain Health: Introduction to Effortless Meditation™ - Greg Schweitzer. This physician recommended meditation technique is a key for self-care.

Gain relief from - insomnia, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, fatigue, brain fog and more. 7:00 – 8:15 pm, FREE, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Pre-register 610.670.6700

FRIDAY, JANUARY 12 Kids Yoga Glow - Ages 4-11 with glow sticks. Each session is designed to include swinging, spinning and stretching. Fun and fitness for your child! 6:30-7:30pm. $15 AntiGravity Yoga LAB, 687 State Ave, Emmaus. 610-762-8995

SATURDAY, JANAURY 13 Brain Health: Introduction to Effortless Meditation™ - Greg Schweitzer. This physician recommended meditation technique is a key for self-care. Gain relief from - insomnia, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, fatigue, brain fog and more. 9:00 – 10:15 am, FREE, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Pre-register 610.670.6700

SUNDAY, JANUARY 14 Reset and Restore Workshop – After the hustle and bustle of the holiday season give yourself sometime to rest and comeback to center. Incorporating supported poses with the use of props in a soothing environment. Incorporating elements of aromatherapy, inspirational readings and soothing music. A wonderful way to enter the new year and regain your perspective. 3-4pm. $25. AntiGravity Yoga LAB, 687 State Ave, Emmaus. 610-762-8995

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17 Crystals & Healing Properties – A sacred symposium roundtable discussion & potluck dinner. Every 3rd Wed 7-9pm, we discuss different spiritual, inspirational, or metaphysical topics. Bring your own experiences and a covered dish. Free. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown. Call 610-838-5463 for more information.

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Crystal Healing 101 – Crystals have been used for millennia by nearly every culture to help benefit the mind, body, and spirit. June will help you understand types of crystals, must-have crystals, and how to use them to benefit your spiritual wellbeing. Noon-1:30pm. $29 in advance/$39 at the door. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown, 610-838-5463.

Crystal Grids for Beginners – Think Stonehenge. Think Pyramids. Crystal grids have been used to help guide, protect, or manifest. June will help you learn how to use different types of stones in a grid, which crystals to place where, and several powerful grid patterns. 5:30-7:00pm. $29 in advance/$39 at the door. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown. Call 610-838-5463.


Reiki and Restorative Workshop – Enjoy an afternoon of relaxation and rejuvenation! Allow yourself to release into supported yoga postures while experiencing the calming and healing energy of Reiki. 2-4pm. Pre-registration is encouraged as there is limited space. $45 AntiGravity Yoga LAB, 687 State Ave, Emmaus. 610-762-8995

New Year, New You! – Michelle Costantini ALC, AFNC and Karen.Klubertanz, Yoga Therapist. Explore simple lifestyle changes to increase digestive health, thus improving overall health and well-being. Gentle yoga followed by an organic vegetarian lunch. 11am-1pm, $20 pre-register, $25 at door, Twin Ponds Center, Call 484-554-4601

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METABOLIC RESET WEBINAR TUESDAY, JANAURY 23 • 6:30PM Learn how diet changes can reboot your health and reset your metabolism. Understand how hormones affect your weight and how a natural approach can restore hormone balance. Find out about supplements to help reduce inflammation, heal your gut, increase your energy naturally, and improve your digestion. If you suffer from diabetes, hormone imbalances, slow metabolism, immune system challenges, low energy or are looking for a jump-start to your weight loss program this webinar is for you. Call 570-283-0111 to register or email Thrivewellnesskingston@ to register.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24 Brain Health: Introduction to Effortless Meditation™ - Greg Schweitzer. This physician recommended meditation technique is a key for self-care. Gain relief from - insomnia, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, fatigue, brain fog and more. 7:00 – 8:15 pm, FREE, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Pre-register 610.670.6700

FRIDAY, JANUARY 26 Nutritional Live Blood Analysis – A unique method of examining a droplet of blood to reveal information on the general wellness and nutritional needs of the individual. Includes a 20-30 mini-consultation with Gwen Ward ND. $80. Health Habits Natural Foods Store on Rt873 Schnecksville. Call 610-767-3100 to schedule. Writers Workshop & Natural Health Weekend – Layout your book, write outline, chapters formation, copyright info, style, genre and inspiration. Do this as we balance pH, detoxify and make custom herbal infusions. Jan 26- 28, Stroudsburg. Call Rev. Simone Lord, naturopath and author, 631-662-3177 or email



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60-Minute Crystal Singing Bowl Meditation – Relax June plays crystal singing bowls as you meditate in Kindred Spirits. After a short meditation, be immersed in a vibrational sound bath. 10-11:30am. $29 in advance/$39 at the door. Bring your own mats & pillows. Call 610-838-5463 to register. Space is limited to 10 people.

Dr. Mark Losagio is a board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist that can handle the difficult cases including auto accidents, whiplash, neck pain, post-surgery, spinal fusions, neck fusions, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, fibromyalgia, autism, headaches, migraines and neuropathy.


savethedate SIMPLE WEIGHT–LOSS WORKSHOP SUNDAY, JANUARY 28 Michelle Costantini, ALC, AFNC & Christina Moyes, CHHC. Set up for weight loss success in 6 simple steps. Learn to modify your eating habits with simple cooking techniques. Eliminate, add and adjust for those easy, rewarding weightloss results you have been looking for! These quick, nutritious recipes are satisfying, flavorful and will get you back into the kitchen. It’s not such a bad place to be! 2-5 pm, $47 at door, $40 pre-registered, Twin Ponds Center, Call Christina today at 610-704-8083

SUNDAY, JANUARY 28 Walking Meditation – Sitting in a fixed position is not a requirement for meditation. During this onehour session, June will guide attendees through various styles of still and moving meditation techniques. 5-6pm. $15 per person. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown. Call 610-838-5463 to register. Space is limited to 10 people.

MONDAY, JANUARY 29 3 Ways to Balance Hormones Naturally – Free webinar. Hormonal balance is vital to a healthy, cancer-free mind and body, but can be disrupted in many ways. Join my Webinar to learn ways to control your hormones, naturally. Noon. Sign up at Blissful Existence. 570-420-7955.

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FULL BODY REFLEXOLOGY CERTIFICATION COURSE FEBRUARY 10 & 11, 2018 This 2-day course teaches you head-to-toe alignment of the body. Full Body is a great method to start your healing business or to add to your reflexology or massage practice. NCBTMB provider #155, 12 CEU hrs. No experience needed in reflexology to learn. Small classes and after class support. Come learn the wonders of the Natural Electro-Magnetic Process. For more information email or call 717228-0612. Cost: $375/course; $75/certification.

REIKI CERTIFICATION CLASSES MOUNTAIN TOP & WILKES-BARRE Reiki 1, Certification Program Jan 13, 2018 9:30am-5:00pm. Usui/Tibetan- Highlights: History of Reiki, Japanese Reiki Techniques, Reiki 1 Initiation, Hands on practice , includes 179 page manual, Register by 1/6. CEU’s LMT’s Instructors; Donna & Jayne

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Seven Sacred Flames Reiki, Self-Procedure I, Jan 27, 2018. A High spiritual practice for Self-Realization. Activation/Attunement. Learn Great Central Sun Meditation for State of Pure Consciousness. $150.00. Register by 1/20 Instructor: Anthony V. Wojnar Mother Mary Heart Flame Resurrection Meditation Jan 30, at Inner Peace, Wilkes-Barre 7:00-8:15 PM. Receive Lazarus attunement! Teacher Anthony V. Wojnar D.D. Contact Anthony V. Wojnar D.D. RMT, Life Holistic Center LLC. Member: IARP, 570-7066680.




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achieve the deep peace and relaxation that moving mindfully can give you. 11am. Roots and Wings, 127 S 5th St, Quakertown. 215-257-5025

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

monday QiGong/Tai Chi − Crystal Klein. Reduce stress, lower blood pressure, improve balance, and increase energy. Includes visual meditation, balance exercises, followed by energy form. 10:30 -11:30 am , $96/8 classes, Twin Ponds Center, Pre-register 610-762-2702 Feldenkrais® Method – Carol Siddiqi. Gentle movements with awareness allows you to observe how you move, notice tension, improve your coordination – helps prevent and overcome injuries and chronic pain and develops overall health. 5:45-6:45 pm, $75/6 classes, Twin Ponds Center, Pre-register 610-618-0467 Yoga: Kripalu, Level 1-2 – Carol Siddiqi. This class will help you perform daily activities pain free and with greater ease by developing deeper


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self-awareness using the basics of Kripalu Yoga combined with the gentle movements of Feldenkrais®, 7-8 pm, $88/8 classes, Twin Ponds Center, Pre-register 610-618-0467 Reflexology Q and A – Stop by our clinic from 11am to 3pm and let us review your health concerns with you. Medical Reflexology can help with many health concerns by exerting pressure to reflex areas encouraging improved instruction to every part of the body. 1701 Union Blvd, Allentown. 267-4244549.

tuesday Dosha Balancing Yoga – Choosing the right movements and sequence gives the student a practice with purpose. In the winter our movements are focused on building heat and opening the chest. Asana informed by Ayurveda with a purpose to heal, transform and deepen self-awareness. 9:30am. Roots and Wings, 127 S 5th St, Quakertown. 215-257-5025 Free Meditation Circle – The 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of each month, 7 pm to 8:30 pm. 2024 Lehigh St., Allentown, PA (across from Bennett Toyota). Enjoy a relaxing time & experience different types of meditation. See for more info. Like us on FB. Coordination Patterns & Dynamics Training – Betsy Wetzig. Simple, easy exercises help release chronic pain and stress of knees, hips, back, neck and improve the way you function, both physically and mentally. 3-4 pm, $75/6 classes, Twin Ponds Center, Pre-register 610-398- 9652 Therapeutic Yoga - For students with health or physical challenges. An educational, therapeutic focus toward bringing healing at every level through modified poses, meditation, and other modalities with a Professional Yoga Therapist. 6pm. Soulful Journeys, 131 S. Main St., Nazareth, 610-653-3971

wednesday Healthy Aging Chair Yoga – Applying the principles of alignment make this a dynamic and effective way to experience yoga with support. Gain confidence in your body, move with awareness, and

Dosha Balancing Yoga – Choosing the right movements and sequence gives the student a practice with purpose. In the winter our movements are focused on building heat and opening the chest. Asana informed by Ayurveda with a purpose to heal, transform and deepen self-awareness. 6pm. Roots and Wings, 127 S 5th St, Quakertown. 215-257-5025 Morning Yoga – Yoga with Svetlana. Decrease stress, better blood glucose control, Improved function of the internal organs, Better blood circulation and concentration. Improve flexibility and build more muscle tone. Increased physical strength. Walk-ins Welcome! Good for ALL fitness levels. 9:30-10:30am, $8. Persevere Fitness, 3690 Lehigh St., Whitehall. 484-282-0442 Sacred Symposiums – Discussion & Potluck Dinner - Every 3rd Wed at 7pm, we discuss different spiritual, inspirational, or metaphysical topics. Please bring something to the table. Free. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown. 610-838-5463 Yogafit® - a flow yoga class for strength, posture, flexibility and balance. Emphasis is placed on awareness, breath and balance of the nervous system. Open to all levels. 6:15-7:15pm, Allentown YMCA & YWCA, 425 S. 15th St. Allentown. Call 610-4349333 Ext. 313. Yoga Morning - Yoga postures to improve overall health including strength, flexibility, balance and better posture. Hold postures longer for relaxed muscles and rejuvenation. Open to all levels. 9:1510:15am, Allentown YMCA & YWCA, 425 S. 15th St., Allentown 610-434-9333 Ext. 313. LV Lyme Support Group – Meets the first Wednesday of every month except July. Speakers, doctors, brochures and books. PA is #1 in reported cases so we help to educate the public. Country Meadows Retirement Facility, Green Pond Road in Bethlehem Township. 7pm. Heidi Healy at 610-882-2253 or Beginners Yoga – A gentle intro focusing on clear and safe alignment in foundational poses, discovering how breath can ease stress, reduce pain and calm your mind, and on developing heightened awareness and mindfulness through the eight limbs of yoga. Soulful Journeys, 131 S. Main St., Nazareth, 610-653-3971

thursday Spanish Yoga – Tired of your typical Yoga classes? This is an all level class linking poses, breath and awareness, while providing a compassionate, noncompetitive and fun environment for everyone (class is taught in both English and Spanish so come on in). Restorative poses available! Walk-ins Welcome! 4-5pm, $8. First class is free. Persevere Fitness, 3690 Lehigh St., Whitehall. 484-282-0442 Tibetan Heart Yoga – Embody ancient movements from the Tibetan masters. Learn new ways to focus your mind and apply the teachings to your life. This month’s practice will focus on the bhandas, keeping and moving vital energy. You will feel connected, balanced, focused and fabulous! 9:30am. Roots and Wings, 127 S 5th St, Quakertown. 215-257-5025 Yoga: Mid-morning Flow − Karen Klubertanz. Stretch, breathe, relax and roll with it during this flow class that targets specific areas of the body each week and reminds us to be in the moment. Great for beginner to intermediate. 9:30-10:45 am, $88/8 classes, Veterans $8, Twin Ponds Center, Pre-register 610-509-3677 Coordination Patterns & Dynamics Training – Betsy Wetzig. Simple, easy exercises of Coordination Pattern™ Training helps release chronic pain and stress of knees, hips, back, neck and improve the way you function, both physically and mentally. 3pm, $75/6 cl, Twin Ponds Center, Pre-register 610-398- 9652 Stress Relief Coaching Group – Join others in a group setting to manage stress with multiple holistic approaches. 9:15am or 5:15pm. $25 session. Creative Holistic Therapy, 3037 S. Pike Avenue (Rte 145) #105, Allentown. 610-282-0709 to register. Qigong & Tai Chi – Qigong uses deep breathing and gentle movements to strengthen and circulate the life energy. Tai Chi helps prevent falls and improves balance. Focus is placed coordination and relaxation. Open to all levels. 10:30am, Allentown YMCA & YWCA, 425 S.15th St., Allentown, 610434-9333 x 313. Therapeutic Yoga - For students with health or physical challenges. An educational, therapeutic focus toward bringing healing at every level through modified poses, meditation, and other modalities with a Professional Yoga Therapist. 9:30am. Soulful Journeys, 131 S. Main St., Nazareth, 610-653-3971 Gentle Yoga - Perfect for students recovering from an injury, just starting back into a fitness or yoga routine. Building strength and flexibility slowly, and using restorative postures and breath work for healing and relaxation. 6-7. Blue Lotus Yoga @ Soulful Journeys, 131 S. Main St., Nazareth, 484-546-6803.

friday Yoga for All – With Scott. Come together to celebrate life and to feel good. All levels and ages welcome. Donation. 5-6pm at Kim’s Healing Center, 1223 Butler St., Easton. 610-559-7280 Ojas Building Restorative Yoga – Support natural immunity and systemic vitality. Create a new weekly ritual for releasing stress. Jin Shin Jyutsu self-

healing holds are used in concert with supportive restorative yoga postures. This gentle practice will leave you feeling like yourself and ready to enjoy the weekend. 6pm. Roots and Wings, 127 S 5th St, Quakertown. 215-257-5025 Healthy Aging Chair Yoga – Applying the principles of alignment make this a dynamic and effective way to experience yoga with support. Gain confidence in your body, move with awareness, and achieve the deep peace and relaxation that moving mindfully can give you. 11am. Roots and Wings, 127 S 5th St, Quakertown. 215-257-5025 Vinyasa/Kundalini Yoga Fusion - All levels. Each class will work with elements of each tradition such as flowing asana, breath work, mantra, and meditation. Classes will balance mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of being. 9:30-11am. Soulful Journeys, 131 S. Main St., Nazareth, 610-653-3971

saturday Hatha Yoga - Join Michele Beha of OmBelvidere Yoga for an all levels class focused on breathing, alignment and mindfulness. 8am. The Community Center@Belvidere, 301 Second Street, Belvidere, NJ. See facebook – the Community Center at Belvidere for more information. Chair Yoga – The very popular Om Belvidere Chair Yoga is perfect for those recovering from injury or with limited movement. 10am. The Community Center@Belviderre, 301 Second Street, Belvidere, NJ. See facebook – the Community Center at Belvidere for more information. Bootcamp – Start your journey now for a healthier you with a fun mixture of higher intensity moves to target a full body workout. We ALL need to start somewhere, begin your new chapter with us. ALL levels of fitness are welcome! 8:10-8:50am. $8. Persevere Fitness, 3690 Lehigh St., Whitehall. 484-282-0442

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

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

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

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


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

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

Traditional acupuncture practiced in an open setting. Effective for treating acute sprains/strains, pain (chronic, arthritis, low back), headaches (including migraines), allergies, depression, digestive issues, support for lifestyle changes, infertility, PMS, anxiety, stress and much more. Personalized treatments for your physical, mental and emotional health delivered at a flat rate of $25. M 12:30-5:30, Tu 8-5, W 8-12, Th 1:30-6:30, F 8-1, Sa 8-12.

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

Young Living has specialized in growing, distilling, and selling therapeutic-grade,organic Essential Oils for 20 years. Over 130 therapeuticgrade essential oils, and essential-oil enhanced nutritional supplements & products. Visit my website for details. Income opportunities available. See ad page 39.


Marie Ruxton CMT, CN 628 Chestnut St., Emmaus, PA 18049 610-965-2500

Marie is a certified massage therapist trained since 1997 in Advanced Myofascial Release Therapy, Therapeutic Massage, Reiki, Ear Candling, Homeopathy and Holistic Nutrition. Offers comprehensive custom bodywork for those wanting to overcome chronic pain and movement problems. Sessions range from a (2 hour) Head to Toe meltdown massage to “Just Neck and Head” massage for those needing stress relief. Gift certificates available. See ad page 17.


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 38.


Using an open system which is unique to the area. This cleansing/ detoxification protocol clears the large intestine of accumulated toxins and undigested waste and dilutes the toxic load to the body’s eliminative organs (skin, lymph, lungs, kidneys and bowels). Reduce bloating, aid weight loss, increase nutrient absorption and increase energy levels. FDA approved for colonoscopy and endoscopy preparation. See ad page 23.

ANDREI KAZLOUSKI 188 Shiloh Court Whitehall, PA 18052 484.695.8265

ROLF METHOD OF STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION - highly effective hands-on approach for improving posture, alleviating chronic pain, increasing energy level, and enhancing flexibility through restoring your body to its natural state of alignment. Enjoy moving freely again! Board Certified Structural Integrator CM and Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. See ad page 23.


4833 Chestnut Street • Emmaus, PA 18049 610-966-7001

Offering colon hydrotherapy (CHT) from compassionate practitioners also skilled in health coaching and total system healing. Also offering Holistic Nursing, Life Coaching, Massage & Raindrop Therapy. Body Ecology Specialist. In addition to healing services, we also offer an array of organic nuts and seeds, sprouted flour, fermented foods, and prepared nutritional meals. See ad page 18.


Licensed Professional Counselor Jinkiden Reiki Practitioner 108 N Broadway Wind Gap Pa 18091 610-390-6602

A board certified mental health counselor specialized in treating anxiety, depression, trauma, and childhood behavioral disorders. Utilizing cognitive behavioral, mindfulness, and EMDR modalities. Learn ways to identify strengths and techniques to improve your daily life. Through a collaborative relationship, you can find inner strength, and be encouraged in relationships with others. Accepting Insurances, call for a free phone consultation.


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

A holistic counselor and coach, using hypnotherapy, chakra energy clearing, Reiki, mindfulness & more to help you shift from limited, fearbased thinking, believing, and behaving patterns into living from your magnificent essence. Experience joy as you resonate with higher vibrational frequencies in all aspects of your life. See ad page 6.


Ronak Balani, DDS 2600 Newburg Rd., Easton, PA 18045 610-252-1454

We begin with a holistic approach to enhance your physical health and eliminate any compromise to the immune system. All services we offer are mercury-free, mercury-safe and fluoride-free. We can enhance your smile with everything from routine dental care to whitening and full cosmetic makeovers in a warm, cozy and caring atmosphere. See ad page 35.

NORTHSTAR DENTAL CARE Marwan Bassil, DMD, 430 Nazareth Pike, Suite 2A Nazareth, PA 18064 610.365.5000

Providing a full scope of general and cosmetic dentistry with expertise ranging from to inlays, onlays, root canals, crowns, bridges and clear braces. Dr. Bassil can correct a wide variety of so-called permanent cosmetic dental problems, and can literally redesign your smile. Mercury-Free and Fluoride-Free.

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

As the Lehigh Valley’s only Holistic Dentist, Dr. Taras focuses on the safe removal of mercury fillings using ozone, chelators, bio-compatible fillings, and more. With additional degrees as a Naturopathic Physician, in Nutrition, and Integrative Biologic Dental Medicine, Dr. Taras has both the decades of training and experience to remove mercury fillings safely. Cerec dentist, IAOMT, ANMA, and CDC. See ad page 41.


Brad Barnoski, CHHP Macungie, PA 717-503-8576 •

Certified Holistic Health Practitioner specializing in life transformation coaching and intuitive energy healing, utilizing modalities such as The Emotion Code and Access Consciousness®. Experience a dynamic and life-changing session and clear out lifetimes of self-limiting patterns and baggage that stop you from the ease and joy that is you.


1121 Graham Street, Fountain Hill, PA 18015 610-868-4840 •

The only green cemetery in the Lehigh Valley. A cemetery of wildflowers and grasses native to Pennsylvania. Return to the natural cycle of life to nourish the soil, green the meadow and live on. Nondenominational. Non-profit. Speakers available to visit organizations. See ad page 53.


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

When nothing else works, Hypnosis does! A Certified Professional Hypnosis Instructor and practitioner, bringing to the Lehigh Valley a systematic hypnosis process utilized in one-to-one sessions. Also, offering a self-hypnosis process unlike any self-hypnosis system. Experience the joy of being self-empowered. See ad page 31.


618 W Broad Street Bethlehem, PA 18018 610-419-2044

ONE OF A KIND PERSONAL COACHING June Rose, Personal Coach 45 W. Water Street Hellertown, PA 18055 610.838.5463

The Valley’s premier float center with five beautiful, open float rooms, each containing an extra-large tub with 1000 pounds of epsom salt dissolved in ten inches of warm water. It’s likely to be the most relaxing thing you’ve ever experienced. Other ways to relax at Metta include reflexology and massage. See ad page 37.

June Rose is the right solution…for YOU! She knows life isn’t always a bed of roses and we all need some help from time to time. June uses her super powers – Compassion, Organization, Positivity, Empowerment – to help cut through the rough patches that life throws at you. Call or e-mail her today for a free consultation and get the helping hand you need. See ad page 42.




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.


Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center Greg Schweitzer 628 Twin Ponds Rd., West Lehigh Valley 610-670-6700

De-stress, revitalize and be healthier with scientifically validated and physician recommended Effortless Meditation. Experience rest deeper than sleep! Greg Schweitzer taught for Deepak Chopra, M.D. and other notables for 35+ years. Introductory classes and a 10-hour 7-session course.

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

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


Family Physician, Board Certified Thermologist Serving Bethlehem, Easton and Fogelsville • 856-596-5834 A board certified family physician for 35 years and co-founder of Health Through Awareness in Marlton, NJ. An internationally recognized expert in the diagnosis and treatment of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy/Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (RSD). An advocate for health and preventive medicine championing thermography as an early diagnostic tool for many health conditions including breast health.Certified by four Thermographic Boards. See ad page 47.


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

Dr. Maulfair is an Osteopathic Physician bringing four decades of knowledge and experience in alternative, complementary medicine to his patient care. Help for all conditions and all ages. Offering Chelation Therapy, Hubbard Method Sauna detoxification, and many other treatment programs. Bringing the best of both worlds to their patients. See ad page 45.


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

Woodlands Healing Research Center is a family practice supporting individualized natural approaches to health. We offer lifestyle and nutritional consultation to achieve optimal health and vitality. We also offer complete women’s services including GYN, menopause, osteoporosis and bio-identical hormone therapy. See ad page 21.


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

Dr. Losagio is a Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist, with over 26 years of experience, using state of the art equipment such as Digital Motion X-ray, Proadjuster and cold laser. He offers chiropractic care, specializing in personal injury cases, weight loss program and continuous education to his patients. Focusing on getting you back to a fully active life. See ad page 54.


Dr. Jonathan Tompkins 2591 Baglyos Circle Suite C-44 484-821-0818

Dr. Tompkins is a Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist with a wide range of experience with Chronic pain, Sciatica, Whiplash, and Neurological disorders such as ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, MS, and Balance Disorders. The practice offers Chiropractic care, Nutritional Blood testing, Food allergy testing, Clearmind Neurofeedback, and Computerized Balance Testing. Expanded office hours can now accommodate new patients in under two weeks. See ad page 13.


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

Using nutrition, chiropractic, and other modalities like massage, the Well of Life helps individuals rediscover health in a natural way. We are committed to offering hope and healing to our clients, and to promote wellness through empowering and educating. Start your journey today! See ad page 30.


Tina Stashko, PhD, MIfHI Emmaus, Pa. 18049 610-965-8132

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 10.

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

“Dr. Nick” Traditional Naturopath. Get and stay healthy. Proven FivePoint 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.


Gale Maleskey, MS, RD, LDN Offices in Bethlehem and Breinigsville 610-625-5990

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.


Naturopathic Doctor and Nutritionist 888-234-7685

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Dr. Roger became a nutritionist and later a Naturopathic Doctor after learning that many people can and have cured themselves using nutrition and herbs as their healing products. Today through the American Association of Nutritional Consultants, he prepares students to pass their nutritional counseling certification requirements. See ad page 8.


Dian Freeman, MA, MHHC Private Nutritional Consultations, Classes, Nutritional Certification Course Morristown, NJ • 973 267-4816 Clinical Nutritionist Dian Freeman has a private practice in Morristown, NJ, she teaches a six-month nutritional certification course and has certified over 700 graduates in Holistic Health over the last 14 years. She also practices frequency biofeedback, teaches 1-day classes and lectures widely. See ad page 15.


Persevere Fitness, LLC 3690 Lehigh Street Whitehall, PA 18052 610-762-8447 Persevere Fitness is a unique studio with intimate class sizes for every level of fitness. Paula is a certified Pound and Urban Bootcamp instructor. She is also a Black Belt in Taekwondo. POUND is an exhilarating full-body workout that combines cardio, conditioning, and strength training with Yoga and Pilates- inspired movements using lightly weighted drumsticks engineered as Ripstix. See ad page 6.


1901 Hay Terrace, Easton, PA 18042 610-253-2251 Dr. Kaplan is a Board Certified podiatrist with over 30 years experience. Our office feature state-ofthe-art technology including laser treatments for fugus toenails and shockwave treatments for heel pain. Dr. Kaplan emphasis is on non-surgical approached to all types of food and ankle pain. See ad page 24.


Mountain Top, PA Anthony V Wojnar D.D., RMT, OBT 570-706-6680 Our main focus is Reiki, a Spiritual practice which promotes physical, emotional and spiritual healing. We offer Certification in Reiki 1 thru Reiki Master/Teacher Usui and Tibetan Style. Reiki and Reiki/ Shiatsu sessions and, also a monthly Reiki Share. Dr. Anthony received a Master/Teacher attunement on Kurama Mtn. Japan, the birthplace of Reiki. CEU’s for Massage Therapists. Member IARP., ICRT.

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

Reflexology is an applied pressure on reflex areas in the feet and hands that represent a specific organ, gland, or body part. The nerve pathways are stimulated, thus restoring a balanced, healthy body. See ad page 37.


Lorraina J. Telepo, Founder 1701 Union Blvd, Allentown, PA 18109 267-424-4549 Part of an overall health enhancement program. An exercise pressure is applied to reflex areas, formed by 7,200 nerve endings in each hand and foot, encouraging improved instruction to each and every single gland, organ and part of the body, thus persuading the body to biologically correct, strengthen, and reinforce itself. See ad page 30.


701 West Union Blvd, Suite 2 Bethlehem, PA 18018 484-894-1246

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


188 Shiloh Court, Whitehall 484.695.8265

ROLF METHOD OF STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION highly effective hands-on approach for improving posture, alleviating chronic pain, increasing energy level, and enhancing flexibility through restoring your body to its natural state of alignment. Enjoy moving freely again! Board Certified Structural Integrator CM and Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. See ad page 23.


Bethlehem, PA 18015 (570) 871-3930

Changing your life can be scary and daunting. Working with someone takes the fear out of doing it yourself. Through holistic healing techniques, talk therapy, Reiki, mindfulness, and your guides and angels, change can be easy and empowering. Working with Jen, you can manifest your dreams, create hope, and begin living the life you desire on purpose with purpose! See ad page 7.


Serving Bethlehem, Easton and Fogelsville 856-596-5834 A Board Certified Thermographic Technician has imaged thousands of patients for many types of health concern and administers outreach thermogram assessments in several eastern PA centers regularly. A Holistic Health Counselor and is a member of the American Asso-ciation of Drugless Practitioners. A founding partner of Health Through Awareness in Marlton, NJ, a cooperative wellness center that provides a variety of alternative services to facilitate healthy living including nutrition and lifestyle counseling, Reiki, thermography, and biopuncture. Liesha. See ad page 47.

TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE KIM’S HEALING CENTER 1223 Butler St Easton,PA 18042 610-253-7044 Offering traditional Chinese healing therapies such as acupressure massage, reflexology, herbal foot soaks, detoxification, traditional cupping, and tui-na. Also detoxification protcols using Infra-red sauna nd ion detox foot baths. Large selection of Chinese herbal teas, herbal supplements and hearbal heating pads for pain. Serving the area for over 20 years. Mention this ad and get an initial cupping session for just $20. See ad page 23.

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COURSES HypnoBirthing® Classes – The Mongan Method, of childbirth education is an amazing program that teaches you and your birthing companion in five, 2 and a half hour classes the art and joy of experiencing birth in a more natural and comfortable way. Call 570-730-9963 for schedule. Peace and Healing For Women, 134 Broad St, Stroudsburg. Chakra Energy Course Online – A 10-week online course. The first webinar is free and limited. One participant will win a scholarship covering cost. This course will cover the entire Chakra Energy System and crystals, meditations, and daily rituals associated with each chakra for awakening, balance, and enlightenment. $249 for the entire course or $39 per session. Sacred Space. To attend the free webinar, go to Hypnosis Training Course – Classes forming for National Guild of Hypnosis-approved Banyan Hypnosis Certification Super Course with 5-PATH and 7th Path Self-Hypnosis techniques. For more information, call 610-248-2358. Childbirth Classes – Now booking private sessions, groups and childbirth classes! Visit or call 484-373-9990 for more information!



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Classical 5 Element Acupuncturist – Jean Louise Collins retiring. I will be available to consult with you for referrals or any questions for a couple of months. I have many adventures ahead as an artist, teacher, story teller, and most importantly a disciple of Christ. God Bless. J.L.Collins M.Ac., Lic.Ac. 610-317-6064 Group & Individual Supervision for LPC/LCSW licensure – Dr. Alexandra Milspaw offers group supervision for those seeking licensure towards their LPC or LCSW on Mondays 9am-10am, $50/ person. Individual supervision is also available, $50/30-minutes. Email dramilspaw@4dcounseling. com to register for group supervision. I Answer Questions – JD Aeon, Astrologer. 610 570 0777 or In-Home Hair and Nail Services – All services available for homebound Men and Women. Call 484-860-5894

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SPACE TO RENT Unique Event Rental – Victorian home rental in the Poconos for workshops, meetings, private parties & other events. Custom rates to suit your needs. Call 570-443-7777. A Peaceful Sacred Place – Provides a serene atmosphere for yoga, meditation, lectures, workshops, or classes. Hourly, half day, or whole day rentals available. Sliding scale pricing available. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown. Contact June at 610-838-5463 for more information. Quakertown office rental space available, approximately 769 square feet. Rt. 309 Windowfront exposure. Great for Holistic practitioner. 267-718-6444. Attention health-care professionals! Twin Ponds Health Center, a highly diverse holistic health center, offers a unique lease opportunity. Schedule a tour of the site. 610-395-3355

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The Doctor Recommended TV•EARS® headset has helped millions of people hear television dialog clearly while eliminating concerns about loud volume or the need to buy expensive hearing aids. Put on your TV•Ears headset and turn it up as loud as you want while others listen to the television at a comfortable volume. You can even put the TV on mute and listen through the headset only. Others in the room won’t hear a thing, but we guarantee you will. Imagine watching television with your family again without fighting over the TV volume or listening in private while a loved one sleeps or reads. As thousands of our customers have said, “TV•Ears has changed our lives!” Voice Clarifying Circuitry® The TV•Ears headset contains proprietary Voice Clarifying Circuitry that automatically adjusts the audio curve to increase the clarity of television dialog while decreasing the volume of background sounds such as music and sound effects. The words seem to jump out of the audio track, Transmitter/Charger making even whispers and accents understandable.

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Pat and Shirley Boone Happily married over 60 years! “I can watch TV as loud as I want without disturbing my wife. The dialog is clear and it’s good to hear my favorite shows again!” — Pat Boone, Singer/Songwriter

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Fast, Safe and Simple. TV•Ears transmitters use Speed of Light Infrared Technology™ (SoLIT) to send the television’s audio to the headset. Unlike slower Bluetooth or Radio Frequency, SoLIT does not need to be paired or adjusted, is completely safe with pacemakers, and will not interfere with your telephone. Twice the Power with 120 decibels. The TV•Ears headsets are classified as “Assistive Listening Devices” for hearing-impaired individuals. This special designation permits the TV•Ears headset to have twice the maximum volume compared to all other wireless headsets.

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“My wife and I have used the TV•Ears headset almost daily for many years and find them an invaluable help in our enjoyment of television. We would not be without them. As a retired Otologist, I heartily recommend them to people with or without hearing loss.” — Robert Forbes, M.D., California

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