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

Contents 20 SELF-LOVE 22 MARK ROSENFELD’S Secrets for Successful Love Matches

26 RISING ABOVE ADVERSITY

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How to Strengthen Your Resilience Muscle

32 MEDITATION

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Top 10 Heart Healthy Choices

36 BE ON THE BALL

Putting Extra Fun into Fitness

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42 DO-GOOD DOGS DO ALMOST ANYTHING Service Animals Train to Help People in Need

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o you remember a time when what you expected to happen did not happen, but then something else happened that turned out better than your original expectation? I

believe that has happened to me about 20 times since the beginning of December. The change in my business and personal life have been a bit staggering. I fully engaged in many necessary projects in a short amount of time, the majority of which did not go the way I planned. I clearly saw the desired result that I wanted and worked toward the goal, only to find the situation itself actually changed through no fault of my own and my efforts seemed to be in vain. It was a very stressful few months for me. And yet here I am, rising above the minutiae and disappointment. I can see that despite my disappointment and frustration, I can now see better outcomes than I origi-

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nally envisioned. Things really did go my way. The frustration served as a pivot to help me think differently, and now I feel a bit foolish for allowing the stress of those situations to get the better of me and remove some of the enjoyment that I may have experienced. I created the stress, rather than having faith that the best possible outcome would happen for me, despite the momentary setbacks. When will I learn this lesson to not let frustration get the better of me? Well, I’m happy to say that after reading what this month’s experts have to say, I’m confident that I now have more tools in my psychological toolbox suited to strengthening my resilience and improving my relationships to take care of myself in a more mindful way. I understand it’s the reaction to the setback that causes the stress, not the setback itself. If I can just remember that in the moment, all will work out fine. In the spirit of Valentines everywhere, let’s first love ourselves enough to put some of this wisdom into immediate practice. We all wish you unlimited spiritual well-being and healthy relationships. You deserve it,

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news briefs

The Winter Snow is a Blast

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he Emmaus Arts Commission SnowBlast Winter Arts Festival, from 5 :30 to 9 p.m., February 2, with activities throughout Emmaus on February 3, with outdoor activities at Emmaus Triangle Park from noon to 4 p.m. Blacksmithing artists from Lund Forge & Irons Works on the Triangle will create a metal sculpture; and four-time extreme wood carver Michael Blaine will create a beautiful wood sculpture. The SnowBlast Art Show and Sale and annual Photography Contest is held at The 412, 412 Chestnut Street. There will be fire pits on the Triangle, an appearance by the SnowBlast Ice Princess and performance by the Lehigh Valley Martial Arts Demonstration Team. An EAC Community Art Project, Origami in Emmaus, by the Greater Philadelphia Paper Pholders (GP3) and Lehigh Valley Origami Enthusiasts will be located at SnowBlast Headquarters on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. at SnowBlast Headquarters, 348 Main Street. The SnowBlast after party will take place at House & Barn. For more information, visit EmmausArts.org.

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reen Drinks, the Lehigh Valley’s premier green networking event, will meet at the Allentown Brew Works on the third Wednesday (not the second), February 21. After a happy hour at 5:30 p.m., the discussion will be: Too Good to Waste: How to Save Food (and the Planet), with Madeleine Weko, a graduate of Muhlenberg College. She will share her newest research on why food waste matters and what we can do about it at home and in our communities. Green Drinks is an informal monthly mixer that brings together folks interested in sustainable business, policy and living. They meet other concerned and committed ecowarriors to share drinks, conversation and news of what's up in their part of the planet. Meetings include drinks (including organic and local specials), a brief program and lots of time for Q&A. Location: 812 W. Hamilton St. For more information, call 610-433-7777.

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lue Mountain Psychiatr y will hold a Calming Your Mind with Deep TMS Op en House f rom 6 to 7 p.m., February Muhamad Aly Rifai M.D. 27, in Stroudsburg, with Muhamad Aly Rifai M.D. There will be free hors d’oeuvres and beverages, literature, demonstrations on how to decrease depression and increase positive thoughts to enjoy life more. Clinical depression is widespread, and usually treated with talk therapy and/or medication; however, a key clinical study shows that more than 40 percent of these patients might not respond to medication as they suffer from a condition called treatment-resistant depression (TRD). These patients need to seek an alternative treatment for their symptoms. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is an alternative treatment that has been shown to be safe and effective for those with TRD. Brainsway’s Deep TMS has been proven to be safe and generally well tolerated. The most common side effect is temporary, mild pain or discomfort in the area of the treatment site, which typically occurs only during the first week of TMS treatment. Location: Blue Mountain Psychiatry, 564 Main St., Stroudsburg. Register at 610-2532500. See ad page 15.


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erbs To Your Success in Nazareth is offering twenty percent off of a five wrap package for the month of February. Herbal wraps are a method of taking off inches, changing the body shape, size, and tightening skin in only 60 minutes. Using rare earth minerals and aloe vera, the treatment will tighten, condition, and firm the skin leading to lost inches by ridding the body of toxins and shrinking cells. It is safe, healthful and relaxing and can be applied specifically to areas needing inch loss and skin tightening. To aid in weight loss, Herbs to Your Success features an infrared sauna, an oxygen sauna for detoxification, toning tables (comfortable exercise machines that increase circulation, burn calories and improve flexibility) and a vibration machine that simulates a one-hour gym workout in just 10 minutes. Owner Vanessa Sabatine can customize a plan of health that not only fits into the clients’ lifestyle but one that a person can stick to for a lifetime. “Whether you want to suppress your appetite, block the fat and carbs you eat, burn more fat, or eliminate more waste and toxins, we can help with a solid plan,” states Sabatine. “My research helps you cut through the maze of claims and advertisements and get you out of the ‘sick and tired’ rut, with more energy and a better shape.”

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he SlowMarket Farm Market at Northampton Community College is a blend of farmers, gardeners, coffee roasters, bakers and local artists gathering weekly to sell, educate, and support the local community from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays, with great, nutrient-dense produce and other local crafts and foods all winter long. They offer chemical-free vegetables and fresh picked green from Jett’s produce; grassfed cheeses and pastured eggs; organic flour breads and bake goods from The Flour Shop; handmade soaps and body products from Teel's Hill Soapworks; organic and fair trade coffee from Monocacy Coffee; raw local honey from NCC campus bee hives; pickles, preserves, hot soups and jams; candles, clay art pottery and more. Gary Warren, manager of the community garden, says, “We are the opposite of fast food, Slow food is the process of planting, growing and cooking, freezing and canning local whole food, which is infinitely better for your body.” Location: NCC Main Campus, indoors in the 2nd floor of College Center, 3835 Green Pond Rd., Bethlehem. See ad page 12.

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mpowering people through mind, body and soul services is the mission of a new holistic healing center now open in Easton. Joyful Self Wellness Center offers programs to heal mind, body and spirit including Zumba, acupuncture, mindfulness meditation, life coaching, bellydance, mediumship, sound therapy and more. Owner Cristy Joy Mette says, “My goal in opening the Joyful Self Wellness Owner Cristy Center is to transform lives through personal development programs to Joy Mette heal bodies and minds from the inside-out.” The center will host private sessions and workshops on healing modalities including massage, meditation, sound therapy, regression therapy, Zumba, bellydancing and life coaching, plus programs for personal enrichment, including ways to reduce stress, support health and relationship issues, plus guidance through intuitive readings and with the special insight of the Lehigh Valley medium Matt Kamont. Location: 1733 Washington Boulevard, in Easton. For more information, call 610-762-5127 or visit JoyfulSelf.com.

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Winterfest Returns to Jim Thorpe

Ataana Raises the Vibe

he 26th annual Jim Thorpe Winterfest invites a break from cabin fever with winter train rides, carriage rides, wood and ice carving, family activities, shopping in more than 40 unique shops, live entertainment at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, the famous Jim Thorpe Mug Walk and more on February 17 and 18. Participants can take their Jim Thorpe mug to participating shops and businesses to fill with hot chocolate, soup, goodies, discount coupons and other treats. Buy the mug online ahead of time for $15 each and pick it up in person at the train station during Winterfest. Some ice and wood carving demonstrations last forever, while the others last for weeks or only days. One of the favorite things to do during Winterfest is to see the talented artists as they carve special sculptures into ice and wood. Michael and Aya Blaine, of Dream Wood, are master chainsaw carvers. The Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway WinterFest weekend train rides offer a special view this time of year at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. ($14/$9/free under 2).

uthor, energy and crystal healer and intuitive Ataana will be featured atIntuitive the Raise Your Crystal Vibe event, Healer sponsored by the Empowered Light HoEnergy healing listic Expo, from March 9 Author through 11 at the Pocono Mountain Woodloch Resort in Hawley. This all-inclusive weekend will help guests relax, enjoy some pampering and delve deeper into Ataana is someone that you want to learn Intensive Spiritual Weekend self-discovery and spiritual understanding.more about….he has this soothing quality, and you can see a great wisdom in him! the& Vibe is Collecve an immersion into self and spiritual development, Align Raise with Spirit raise our Consciousness. Ataana is an amazing person…I didn’t realize I needed him!understanding. featuring engaging workshops focusing on deeper 2 night all Inclusive stay at Woodloch resort provides you Meditaon is something that with plenty of comfort, & R, social connecon, and imme- The Prosperity During thisRintensive self-development weekend, guests will I could do at home. I can’t wait to read his diate and lasng Spiritual connecon! book! experience a variety of meditations, energy clearing and transformaExperience 2 days of Intensive, Lasng Spiritual development Ataana was soothing and a real treat to tion. Energetic blockages will be cleared from each guest, allowing meet. You can feel his presence. sessions with Ataana: for deeper understanding and expansion. Th e wonderful! two-night at Ataana was You want tostay be • Transformaon through Sacred Inner Dialogue around him! • Prosperity Healing Mantras the Woodloch Resort includes six healthy meals and access to the • Onement Meditaon resort’s activities; spa treatments and golf are additional. • Living in the Oneness with Acvaons & Integraon I’ve worked with Ataana for years. I’ve had Each day will start with a gentle, all-level yoga class. Workshops amazing success with his guidance and am • Awakening to Your Higher Vibraon honored to work with him. Sue Greenwald include March Prosperity Healing Mantras, Transformation Th rough 9-11, 2018 Sacred Inner Dialogue, Living in the Oneness, Onement Guided • Accommodaons and event rooms provided by Woodloch Resort. Meditation and Awakening to Your Higher Vibration. • 2 night Resort stay includes 6 meals, access to resort ameni-

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Acupuncture on the Yoga Mat

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n February 24 at West End Yoga, Dr. Jennifer Bollinger, DC, L.Ac., is using acupuncture to restore balance and harmony to your life. Whether you have tried it before or are simply curious, this is a great opportunity to experience the healing benefits of acupuncture in a group setting while enjoying deeper relaxation on the yoga mat. After a brief private intake, individuals will be comfortably propped with blankets and bolsters on a mat for up to one hour while enjoying soothing music. The sessions start on 10-minute intervals between 3 and 5 p.m. Dr. Jenn is a nationally board-certified diplomate in acupuncture through the NCCAOM and licensed acupuncturist in Pennsylvania. She co-founded LiveWell Integrated Health in Trexlertown, where she has been practicing both chiropractic and acupuncture since 2008.

i l d Fox Far m has opened their farm store to the public from 2 to 6 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday through April. Consumers will have the opportunity to not only see the farm in motion, but to purchase vegetables, meats including pork, lamb, beef, and chicken and jarred items, as well as local dairy, breads and coffee. Owner Ben Davies states, “Our farm’s mission is to educate individuals and families about the importance of our organic based practices, and in order to do so, we need to give them opportunities to come to the farm and see where their food comes from and have that personal connection to their food.” Wild Fox Farm, founded in 2010, is family owned and operated by Ben and Karah Davies in Pennsylvania’s Butter Valley, managing more than 65 acres. Wild Fox Farm produces 10 acres of vegetables, pasture-raised poultry, eggs, pork, and grass-fed lamb, using regenerative farming practices and also offers summer, fall and winter community supported agriculture (CSA) memberships.

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Natal Charts Help Find Love, Romance and Marriage

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strologer Trudy Carol will talk about how planets and transits influence us in the search for romance, love and marriage from 7 to 9 p.m., February 13, at The Loving Piece, in Easton. There will be a lecture and personal interactions. Carol has worked in astrology for 35 years, sharing wealth of counseling and intuitive experiences. A natal chart is a diagram of the relative positions of planets and signs of the zodiac at a specific time of one's birth in inferring individual character and personality traits and understanding events of a person's life. Carol will explore the potentials within a natal chart which is specific to every individual based on their birth date, birth time and place. A group Q&A session will follow and a personalized chart with rising moon signs is included. Cost is $35 in advance by February 11. Include birthdate, city and state, and the exact time of birth when reserving. Location: 7 N. Third St., Easton. To register, call 484-2068140. See ad page 13.

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tone Row Pub & Eatery, in Jim Thorpe, is serving a special made-from-scratch menu for Valentine’s Day on February 14. It includes latkes, risotto, marinated grilled vegetable pasta, shoulder tenderloin, grilled salmon, grilled chicken Dijon, chocolate mousse and lemon trifle, although menu additions and changes may occur as inspiration strikes. They are also offering of English high tea that includes authentic PG tips tea with a smattering of savory and sweet goodies for mid-day sustenance. Stone Row is an entirely gluten-free restaurant that is meat-friendly and plant-forward, with a selection of carefully curated beer, wine and craft cocktails. The menu is clearly marked allowing guests to make safe choices regarding food allergies, intolerances, and general food choices. With the addition of a children’s menu, there is food for everyone in this unique, casual atmosphere. Reservations at 570-732-0465 or StoneRowRestaurant@yahoo.com for Valentine’s Day are strongly recommended. Location: 45-47 Race St., Jim Thorpe, PA. To view the special Valentine’s Day and regular menus, visit StoneRowEatery.com.

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Experience the Light of Hope, Healing and Health

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adiant Light Holistic Healing and Teaching Center invites people of like mind and heart to their Holistic Healing and Metaphysical Expo from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 3 and Sunday, March 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Inn at Reading in Wyomissing PA. Celebrating eleven years of loving and education, the expo includes over 60 exhibitors offering services such chiropractic care, handmade jewelry, aura photos, stones, crystals, aromatherapy, natural soaps and lotions, books, medium readings, hypnosis and reflexology. Basic Earth Essentials will offer handcrafted 100 percent natural self-care products using essential oils. Spickerman’ s Intuitive Threads will feature fashionable clothing and accessories infused with energy, hand-dyed silk scarves and tapestries, bags, purses, and artisan bead jewelry. Free lectures will be held on both days with schedule available online. Keynote speakers include Alan Krasner reciting from his book of poetry relating to a spiritual path and meditations, Michael Wann from Susquehanna Alchemy discusses what happens when we merge and channel the Divine Sacred Feminine and Masculine energies to assist others, and Corbie Mitleid teaches ways to understand that happiness is a choice. A free Spirit Gallery will be held at 2 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $7 per day. The Inn at Reading is located at 1040 North Park Road, Wyomissing, PA. For more information contact Sylvia Seward at 484-706-9844 or visit RadiantLightCenter.com. See ad on page 11.

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A study of more than 50,000 people in the Czech Republic by the Seventh-Day Adventist Loma Linda University, in California, found that those that made breakfast their largest meal of the day had lower body mass index (BMI) levels. Lunch as the largest daily meal showed the next best results. The researchers concluded that timing and frequency of meals play a role in predicting weight loss or gain. The two factors associated with higher BMI were eating more than three meals a day (snacks were counted as extra meals) and making dinner the day’s largest meal.

Moderate Exercise Guards Against Depression In Exercise and the Prevention of Depression, a study of 33,908 adults in Norway by the University of New South Wales, researchers found that one hour of exercise a week reduced depression in 12 percent of the subjects. The purpose of the study was to address whether exercise protects against new-onset depression and anxiety and if so, the intensity and amount of exercise required. They concluded that regular leisure-time exercise of any intensity provides protection against future depression, but not anxiety. Thus, increasing the population of people exercising may provide public mental health benefits and prevent a substantial number of new cases of depression. 14

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Chocolate and Olive Oil Help Heart Health Cardiologist Rossella Di Stefano, with the University of Pisa, in Italy, led a study of 26 people and determined that eating a combination of dark chocolate and olive oil improved cholesterol levels and blood pressure after 28 days. She says, “Fruits and vegetables exert their protective effects through plant polyphenols found in cocoa, olive oil and apples. We found that eating small, daily portions of dark chocolate with added natural polyphenols from extra-virgin olive oil was associated with an improved cardiovascular risk profile. Our study suggests that extra virgin olive oil might be a good food additive to help preserve our ‘repairing cells’.”

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Research from the University of Texas at Arlington reported in The FASEB Journal, published by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, has found that zinc supplements can inhibit or slow the growth of esophageal cancer cells. The research also found that zinc deficiency is common among throat cancer patients. Zinc-rich foods include spinach, flax seeds, beef, pumpkin seeds and seafood such as shrimp and oysters.

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Antidepressants in Pregnancy Linked to Autism A study by the University of Bristol, England, of 254,610 young people from Stockholm showed that children born to mothers taking antidepressants during pregnancy had more than a 4 percent risk of autism, compared to less than a 3 percent risk in children born to mothers with psychiatric conditions not on antidepressants. Depression is common in women of childbearing age, with 3 to 8 percent of pregnant European women prescribed antidepressants. But with 95 percent of them bearing children without autism, the risks and benefits must be carefully weighed, say researchers.

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Mindfulness Reduces Alcohol Cravings In a randomized, double-blind experiment published in the International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, University College London researchers found that among 68 heavy drinkers, just 11 minutes of recorded mindfulness training reduced drinking. Subjects were closely matched with an active control group that was taught relaxation techniques. Seven days later, the mindfulness group on average drank 9.3 fewer units of alcohol, roughly equal to three pints of beer, while the relaxation group showed no drop in alcohol consumption.

THIRD-PERSON SELF-TALK AIDS IN EMOTIONAL CONTROL As reported in Scientific Reports, two studies of 37 and 52 people at Michigan State University have discovered that talking to ourselves in the third person using statements like, “Why is John upset?” instead of, “Why am I upset?” can help improve our ability to control our emotions. Everyone occasionally engages in internal monologue, an inner voice that guides our moment-to-moment reflections. Now, scientists believe that the language used in the process influences actions differently. The premise is that third-person selftalk leads us to think about ourselves similarly to how we think about others, which provides the psychological distance needed to facilitate self-control.

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amalgam fillings are comprised of approximately 50 percent mercury, according to the World Health Organization and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Although banned or restricted in many other countries, these fillings are still used in the U.S. Amalgam fillings pose risks to human health, and dental mercury released into the environment can cause long-lasting damage to wildlife. Jack Kall, a Doctor of Dental Medicine and chairperson of the board of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT), a global network of dentists, health professionals and scientists that has been researching dental amalgam and other dental products since 1984, explains, “Mercury is continuously emitted from dental amalgam fillings, and it is absorbed and retained in the body, particularly in the brain, kidney, liver, lungs and gastrointestinal tract.” Unsafe amalgam removal techniques also raise health concerns. Some patients require the removal of amalgam fillings due to physical deterioration, while others have it done for cosmetic purposes (white-colored fillings match the teeth better) or because they prefer to have dental fillings that don’t contain mercury. However, removal of amalgam fillings without proper safety measures can potentially lead to patients, dentists, staff and the environment being exposed to unsafe levels of mercury. Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique recommendations to mitigate dental mercury exposure are available at TheSmartChoice.com. The IAOMT is based in ChampionsGate, FL. For more information, visit IAOMT.org, Tinyurl.com/IAOMT-Mercury-Facts or Tinyurl.com/IAOMT-Mercury-Report. See ad, page 46. Local IAOMT Dentists include Michael Taras, DMD in Allentown at 610-4321320 and Marwan Bassil, DMD in Nazareth at 610-365-5000.


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As we went to press, the fate of 90,000 wild horses and burros depended on Congressional action, as the U.S. Senate and House were hammering out differences in the delayed 2018 spending bill. The Senate version vowed to fund “humane and viable options” to the animal euthanasia allowed in the House bill. Last October, the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board recommended that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) achieve its on-range population goal of 26,715 wild horses and burros while also phasing out the use of long-term holding facilities within three years. Killing tens of thousands of healthy animals would “be a betrayal of millions of taxpayers that want wild Germany Undergoes horses protected as intended in the 1971 Wild Freean Energy Renaissance Roaming Horses and Burros Act,” says Last May, Germany’s renewable Neda DeMayo, president of energy mix of solar, wind, hydropower Return to Freedom Wild Horse and biomass generated so much Conservation. BLM has power for a few hours that customers been tasked by Congress actually got paid for using electricwith the responsibility of ity. The country’s renewable power protecting wild horses sources generate 88 percent of total and other wildlife. electricity demand, and growing wind The agency has power assets alone are expected balked at using affordable fertility to make the phenomenon a regular control, despite ample evidence that occurrence. When this happens, it’s a more than 90 percent safe and commercial producers either close effective means of population control, power stations to reduce the electricity critics charge. Instead, it spends 65 or pay to take itIssue percent of its annual budget in capturAdsupply Proof #1consumers - April 2011 off the grid. ing, removing and warehousing animals. Anastasija Popova/Shutterstock.com

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Sealife Sanctuary Greenpeace Lobbies to Create Huge Antarctic Preserve

The South Pole is Earth’s last uninhabited outpost, and Greenpeace seeks to establish an Antarctic sanctuary of almost three-quarters of a million square miles in the Weddell Sea adjacent to the vast continent that would protect whales, penguins and other wildlife. The nonprofit has called for governments to show greater vision and ambition. Frida Bengtsson, head of the Greenpeace Antarctic campaign, states, “Over the next 12 months, we have an opportunity to make history: to create an Antarctic Ocean sanctuary which would be the largest protected area on Earth.” She notes that it would also ensure healthier oceans that soak up carbon dioxide to moderate climate change. The proposal, submitted by the European Union and promoted by the German government, will be considered in October by the governmental bodies responsible for managing the Antarctic marine environment. It follows the successful adoption of the Ross Sea sanctuary in 2016. 18

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Monsanto, the company that makes the controversial weed killer Roundup, is setting farmer against farmer and state against state with its newest product, dicamba. Amid claims and counterclaims over effectiveness and safety of crops and humans, the debate is shedding new light on how new agricultural products are introduced, tested and regulated. One major difference with dicamba is the gaseous vaporization it uses to treat crops, causing the poison to spread onto neighboring plants via wind. Brad Williams, a Missouri farmer, says that leaves on trees were “so deformed you couldn’t even really identify the differences between them.” The manufacturer claims that proper usage protocols are not being followed. Some farmers agree, while others report crop damage and human health issues. One pivotal point of debate is which federal and state agencies have jurisdiction and the power to set enforceable guidelines. At stake are millions of acres that have already been sprayed, along with the future of non-GMO farms inadvertently contaminated by the dicamba sprayed on genetically modified crops that need the poison to survive.

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Britain May Charge Deposit to Reduce Bottle Litter

Britain only recycled 57 percent of the plastic bottles that were sold there in 2016, and is considering charging a deposit fee to reduce litter. Scotland is also introducing a deposit return policy for cans and bottles. Denmark recycles 90 percent and South Australia 80 percent by using deposits as an incentive. UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove says that almost 8 million tons of plastic are dumped into the world’s oceans each year, with up to 80 percent washing out to sea from land. Gove is consulting with the industry to determine the advantages and disadvantages of different types of reward and return systems for plastic, metal and glass drinks containers. Britain’s decision to charge a deposit for each plastic bag in 2015 has slashed usage.

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Today I know it is LOVE OF ONESELF. As I began to love myself, I quit trying to always be right, and ever since, I was wrong less of the time.

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Today I discovered that is MODESTY.

As I began to love myself, I understood that at any circumstance, I am in the right place at the right time, and everything happens at the exactly right moment. So I could be calm.

As I began to love myself, I refused to go on living in the past and worrying about the future. Now, I only live for the moment, where everything is happening.

Today I call it SELF-CONFIDENCE. As I began to love myself, I quit stealing my own time, and I stopped designing huge projects for the future. Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness, things I love to do and that make my heart cheer, and I do them in my own way and in my own rhythm.

Today I call it RESPECT.

Today I call it SIMPLICITY.

As I began to love myself, I stopped craving for a different life, and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow.

As I began to love myself, I freed myself of anything

Today I live each day, day by day, and I call it FULFILLMENT. As I began to love myself, I recognized that my mind can disturb me and it can make me sick. But as I connected it to my heart, my mind became a valuable ally. Today I call this connection WISDOM OF THE HEART. We no longer need to fear arguments, confrontations or any kind of problems with ourselves or others. Even stars collide, and out of their crashing new worlds are born. Today I know that is LIFE. Chaplin’s World museum, in Switzerland, opened in 2016 (ChaplinsWorld.com/en).

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to slow down and date multiple men to counter that tendency. It’s also good to “widen the funnel” and date different types of men, especially if you seem to attract the so-called “wrong” type. Keep deep emotions and commitments out of the courtship phase, while you discover who someone is and if they are right for you.

As a man, I can spend too much time on my masculine energy and be too logical and focused on end results. I can lose a sense of self, presence and connection with the present moment. Meditation is one entry point; I find practicing a martial art is grounding, as is spending quality time with a woman. If an individual spends too much time in either energy, imbalance occurs; everyone has to find their own equilibrium.

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self. Take care of your health, home and friendships. Exercise some independence. Make your life fulfilling, so that men want to be part of your exciting days.

How can we best navigate the world of online dating and other means of meeting potential mates? It starts with your mindset. If you think you will be on a dating site for three weeks and find a mate, don’t bother. Be prepared to engage for a minimum of six to 12 months. Consider bad dates as reasons to laugh. Think of it as “online introducing”. It’s up to you to quickly get past the chat stage to real communication and real dates. Online potential mates don’t have a “vibe” for you like they do in person. I suggest talking with prospects on the phone and keeping first dates short. Keep an open mind to recognize prospects you might otherwise overlook. Online dating is a supplement, not a substitute, for meeting compatible men or women in real life. You should be tapping networks of friends, family and colleagues to make connections, as well as being open to meeting potential mates at public events.

Which signs indicate that a dating prospect wants to pursue a genuine relationship? Emotional momentum, combined with consistency, is an important sign. Anyone can put in effort for a little while; but do they periodically disappear? No one wants someone they feel a connection with to physically or emotionally wander away, or risk the object of their affection thinking they aren’t interested. Make sure they are reciprocating the effort you put in. Prioritizing is another sign; a person will find a way to see someone they care about. A key third sign is integration. They will want to respectfully integrate you into their world more and more, introducing you to friends, family and work colleagues. Look for this overall pattern to continue over time. It’s vital to let people prove themselves with their actions. Alison James is a freelance writer in Washington, D.C.


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posture, weakness in muscles, family congenital conditions, psychological disbalance, a pinched nerve, inflammation in the gut, a chronic infection or a multitude of other reasons. The emotional response to pain may also be one of the important factors that contribute to pain levels. The different etiologies of pain require different approaches for treatment. This is

an important fact that is often ignored. The standard western treatment plan for chronic pain is similar for all different causes of pain. In fact, in conventional western medicine, very little attention is typically paid to the etiology of pain and the emotional component of chronic pain. The patient is usually given anti-inflammatory or opiate medication, physical therapy or injections. If these treatments see no results, then the patient may have to undergo surgery. If the surgery doesn’t help, the patient is advised to simply learn how to live with the pain. Very often, the people in these hypothetical scenarios end up in a pain clinic and take large quantities of pain medication. The treatment approach at of the integrative physician approach is based on treating the whole body. It is normally difficult to find the root of chronic pain. When we treat the whole body, the cause of the chronic disease will usually go away, along with the pain itself. The treatment plan is unique to the individual and is determined by physical examinations, laboratory findings and imaging study. Lifestyle modification is the first, and

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ADVERSITY How to Strengthen Your Resilience Muscle by April Thompson

At one time or another, an estimated 70 percent of people experience a life-altering traumatic event, and most grow stronger from surviving it, according to decades of research by leading institutions like Harvard and Yale universities and the University of Pennsylvania. We can prepare now for life’s inevitable hurdles and setbacks by developing the skills and tools of resilience.

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t’s an incredibly hopeful message: We can go through the most terrible things imaginable and still get through to a better place,” says David B. Feldman, associate professor of counseling psychology at California’s Santa Clara University and co-author with Lee Daniel Kravetz of Supersurvivors: The Surprising Link Between Suffering and Success. Such researchers have found that, like elastic stretched beyond its normal limits, people often don’t just bounce back to their old form, but stretch and expand in new ways. The pair conducted in-depth case studies of survivors of extreme traumatic experiences that went on to do bold things. Just one case in point: After losing a leg in a car accident, college basketball player Casey Pieretti reinvented himself as a successful Hollywood stuntman. According to many studies, 60 to 80 percent of people grow in some way from personal trauma, known as “post-traumatic growth”, according to Feldman. “It can be as simple as appreciating each day more. It can mean deepening relationships. It may result in a renewed sense of spirituality. Or, it might take one’s life in a dramatically different direction,” he says. Ila Eckhoff, a financial executive in New York City, has experienced more than her share of challenges: developing cerebral palsy as a toddler, enduring 26

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12 childhood surgeries, losing her mother at age 11 and four years ago, her husband. “All of the struggles and losses brought me here, now,” says Eckhoff. “Nobody ever said life was easy. We have greater appreciation for the things that we had to struggle to achieve.” Choosing self-directedness instead of self-pity in the face of challenges differentiates those that thrive from those that merely survive, observes Catherine Morisset, a life coach from Ottawa, Canada, who specializes in resilience. “It’s taking responsibility for life and managing the way you want to live it. We all have choices, even in the face of difficulty,” she says.

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“Challenges don’t define you. How you respond does,” remarks Doug Hensch, an executive coach and author of Positively Resilient: 5½ Secrets to Beat Stress, Overcome


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Obstacles, and Defeat Anxiety. He attests that having a growth mindset is vital, focusing on strengths without disregarding areas needing improvement. Maintaining a balanced outlook that’s realistic, yet positive, enables individuals to move on from trauma. For supersurvivors, being pragmatic serves them far better than a false sense of optimism about bad situations, Feldman found, saying, “They grieved losses, but thought realistically about what to do next.” “Optimism in the best sense is focusing on the positive without denying the negative, while focusing on what’s in your control,” notes Hensch. Martin Seligman, known as the “father of positive psychology”, found that when people take setbacks personally, viewing them as permanent, pervasive and personal, they develop a sense of learned helplessness that inhibits growth and happiness. “It’s important not to ‘catastrophize’ or generalize a failure and extend it to other areas of life,” says Dr. Steven M. Southwick,

a professor of psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine who focuses on posttraumatic stress disorder and resilience.

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Social networks are critical in the face of challenges, resilience experts agree. “When we are wronged or feel unsafe, it’s natural to withdraw when we should do the opposite,” says Feldman. “It’s also not the number of friends you have, or even how much time you spend with them, that matters. All you need is at least one person you can count on.” “We are built to be connected with others. It has a significant impact in regulating stress,” says Southwick, a co-author of Resilience: The Science of Mastering Life’s Greatest Challenges, from West Haven, Connecticut. Over the past two decades, Southwick and his colleagues have studied three groups that have come through harrowing events: being Vietnam War prisoners, Special Forces instructors and civilians. They found people that rebounded strongly often shared common attributes, including embracing a

spiritual outlook and social network. In 2013, Damon Redd, of Boulder, Colorado, awoke to a severe flooding event, with his home and business buried under five feet of mud and water that nearly wiped out his clothing business, Kind Design, overnight. “It was the hardest thing I’ve ever gone through, to lose everything I had built. It also gave me a new perspective on what’s important. It made me aware that you can replace physical things, but you can’t replace memories. My mind was blown away by the support I received.” Redd ended up paying forward the kindness. “We cleaned and repaired 1,500 pairs of gloves in our inventory that were damaged that day, and are donating them to search-and-rescue teams and ski patrols. The more good you do, the more good other people will do,” Redd professes. Altruism and owning a moral code is another common characteristic of resilient individuals, according to Southwick. Having a purpose is a huge indicator of whether a person will rise to the occa-

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RESILIENCE RESOURCES

Helpful Organizations

OptionB.org provides a supportive space online for survivors of trauma and adversity to share stories, connect with others and get help from experts. LearningConnection.Stanford.edu/ Resilience-Project normalizes setbacks and failures as part and parcel of professional and personal growth, and provides Stanford University students and faculty a platform to swap stories and coping strategies. Resilience.Education.UTexas.edu conveys an interactive e-learning platform developed by the University of Texas at Austin to foster a better understanding of resilience and develop related skills.

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Charged: The Eduardo Garcia Story documents the journey of chef and outdoorsman Eduardo Garcia, whose life changed irrevocably when he was jolted with 2,400 volts of electricity while hiking in Montana. Garcia lost his hand, ribs and muscle mass, but survived the injury with the help of his former partner, and became an athlete and speaker for the Challenged Athletes Foundation. Unbroken depicts the life of Olympian and war hero Louis Zamperini, who survived 47 days on a raft after a near-fatal plane crash in World War II, only to be captured by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp. The film is based on the nonfiction book of the same name by Laura Hillenbrand, herself the survivor of a disabling chronic illness. The 33 tells the true tale of 33 miners trapped inside a mine in San Jose, Chile, for more than two months, the longest such entrapment in history. All were rescued alive. Wild is based on Cheryl Strayed’s memoir of her solo hike of 1,000-plus miles on the Pacific Crest Trail without any training, following the loss of her mother and marriage. 28

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tal changes to strengthen our resilience muscles. “Success builds success and failure builds failure, so do something you know you can accomplish and build on that,” she counsels. Writing can also be a good coping tool, according to Hensch. “Just write about your emotions. It’s amazing how much you can learn about yourself and how calming it can be.” Good times are the best times to begin “resilience training” notes Hensch. “I sought out a therapist once I had turned the corner after my divorce and was dating someone and my business was taking off. It was precisely because I knew something else would likely happen, and I wanted to be better prepared for it,” he recalls. Applying positive self-talk when something blindsides us helps, as does not expecting to handle things perfectly. “There’s nothing wrong with just staying afloat when you’re in the middle of trauma or adversity. One key to happiness in life is just managing expectations. It’s okay to be anxious, sad and worried at times—in fact, it’s healthy,” says Hensch. Hardships are just that: hard. However, with time and experience, resilient individuals come to trust their ability to get through them, large and small. “Resiliency is not about how you bounce back from a single traumatic event; it’s how you respond every day to the challenges that life presents,” Eckhoff has learned. “Repetitive use of this ‘muscle’ builds strength and enables you to do more and sometimes, the impossible.” Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.

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Assess Benefits “Shop around and try different things, but at some point, you will begin to discover what works for you,” advises Scheinman. In trying to decide which meditation practice is right for us, “Go with what feels juicy,” says Fargo, who founded MindfulnessExercises.com, offering 1,500 free mindfulness meditations, worksheets and talks. “You’re more likely to do what feels alive and enlivening.” The act of meditating can be uncomfortable, but the challenges are part of its power. Scheinman remarks. “If you establish a daily practice, eventually, you will become more clear-headed, kinder and happier. That’s how you know your practice is working—not how you feel during meditation itself.” Consistency is key. It’s not effective to only meditate when you feel good, he says.

Guided visualization differs from most forms of meditation in that the meditator is intentionally creating a mental image, typically one of a peaceful, beautiful place. Typically, the goal of a guided visualization is deep relaxation and stress reduction. Mantra meditations involve continuous repetition of a word, phrase or sound, drawing spiritual power from the sound’s vibration, as well as its meaning. Many mantras are uttered in a tradition’s native language, such as shanti, mean-

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Cocoa powder. Cacao’s flavanols lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of stroke and act as antioxidants to prevent inflammation. Dr. JoAnn E. Manson, a physician, doctor of public health and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School affiliate Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, confirms, “Between 400 and 900 milligrams (mg) a day of cocoa flavanols may favorably affect several mechanisms and pathways related to cardiovascular disease prevention.” Not all chocolate is created equal. Manson recommends chocolate with cocoa or cacao as the first ingredient, not sugar. She and her colleagues are currently conducting the Cocoa Supplement

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Raspberries. Just one-half cup of berries a day can provide plenty of phytonutrients and antioxidants for decreasing inflammation and preventing heart disease, says Wendy Bazilian, a doctor of public health and registered dietitian in San Diego, and author of The SuperFoodsRx Diet: Lose Weight with the Power of SuperNutrients. “Whirl them into a breakfast smoothie, add them to a green salad or combine them with dark chocolate for a tasty, heart-healthy dessert,” she advises.

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Salmon. Full of omega-3 fatty acids, wildcaught salmon (about two six-ounce weekly servings) helps reduce systemic inflammation and risk of developing atherosclerosis, hypertension and stroke, according to Dr. Josh Axe, of Nashville, Tennessee. Beyond prevention, omega-3s in oily fish are also widely known to treat atherosclerosis, normalize heart rhythms and help lower blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels, as well as significantly lower the risk of stroke.

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Pumpkin seeds.

High in magnesium— about 764 mg per cup—roasted pumpkin seeds, or pepitas, top the list of heart-healthy nuts and seeds. Magnesium is an important electrolyte that helps the heart fire on all cylinders and not skip a beat. Improvements in lipid profiles can occur with a daily intake of 365 mg, or about a half-cup, of pepitas. Enjoy roasted pumpkin seeds as a snack or scatter them in a salad, bowl of chili or soup for a delicious crunch.

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Be On the Ball Putting Extra Fun into Fitness by Marlaina Donato

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heir playful appearance as a beach ball look-alike makes exercise balls welcome props in home workouts, gyms and yoga studios. “They’re a fun training tool for every age, from children to maturing Baby Boomers,” says Dennis Fuchs, CEO of TheraGear, in Sumas, Washington. “Exercise balls are affordable and offer many benefits, from enhanced mobility to reduced risk of injury and increased athletic performance.” Originally developed by Italian plastic manufacturer Aquilino Cosani in 1963 as a toy called the Gymnastik and then used by British and Swiss physical therapists to help orthopedic patients, the ball has since come a long way to serve fitness needs. Also known as Swiss, stability, balance, physio- and Pilates balls, this colorful piece of equipment can range in size from 14 to 34 inches to be appropriate for a user’s height (Tinyurl.com/RightSizeExerciseBall).

Core Strength Without Strain Stability balls are recommended by fitness trainers and chiropractors for their ability to build core strength and increase flexibility of

Recovery from Injury and Illness Exercise balls are used in occupational therapy for stroke patients and others recovering from injury. “A stroke deadens part of the brain, and to regain movement in an affected arm or leg, an unaffected part of the brain must take over the lost function. The goal of the therapist is to establish new neural pathways through repetition and visual reinforcement. We have patients do simple exercises with the ball hundreds of times so these pathways start to form,” explains Bob Schrupp, a physical therapist and founder of Therapy Network, in Winona, Minnesota. One goal for physical and occupational therapists is to help clients perform rehabilitation exercises that also motivate them to continue exercising. While the ball is an excellent tool in clinical settings, Schrupp cautions, “After a stroke, or if you’re older or in poor health, it’s always best to check with your doctor

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pelvic muscles without putting unnecessary strain on the back. “The core is a series of muscles used in almost all functional movement; tailored exercises focus both on abdominal and back strength and pelvic and hip stability,” explains Linnea Pond, an exercise instructor at the Pocono Family YMCA, in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. Using an exercise ball also promotes full body conditioning. “Swiss ball training connects the brain with stabilizer muscles, improving gross motor skills and upper body strength, as well,” Fuchs elaborates. “These versatile training balls help equip an individual to handle the functional demands of sports and everyday life.”

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or physical therapist to determine if stability ball exercises are appropriate.”

Pregnant Women and Senior Fitness Balance balls, when used properly, can offer a safe way for pregnant women, children and seniors to stay fit. Exercising with a ball can help older individuals increase flexibility, especially in the hips, with cardiac strengthening as a bonus. Pregnant women can safely increase and maintain abdominal strength as the baby grows, and in doing so, care for muscles that will help them through labor. “Pregnancy can throw a woman off balance, and a growing baby puts pressure on internal organs. Pressing the back on a stability ball against a wall offers support for squats. Sitting on a ball helps maintain good posture and pelvic mobility, and reduces low back pain,” explains Pond. Incorporating the ball into yoga or Pilates routines prompts different muscles into action because it calls on the body’s learned ability to sense and respond to movement, termed proprioception. Pond says, “Proprioception is challenged just from sitting on the ball; there are immediate physical adjustments made to maintain posture and stability. In yoga, the ball is another tool to increase flexibility and balance.”

School and Workplace Exercise balls are increasingly replacing traditional chairs in classrooms and offices, and teachers are reporting better grades and attention span as a result, while workers appreciate better-toned muscles and enhanced balance. Maintaining good posture by sitting on the ball also increases blood circulation throughout the body, including the brain. Regarding the equipment’s eyecatching appearance, Schrupp sees a helpful bonus: “The ball is a big, colorful reminder to perform your exercises.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at MarlainaDonato.com.

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Monitor Thoughts

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any young women don’t feel comfortable in their own skin. A 21st-century global study sponsored by Unilever’s Dove brand found that 90 percent of girls from 15 to 17 years old wanted to change at least one aspect of their physical appearance, especially their body weight. University of Minnesota research following adolescents for 10 years showed that about half of the female participants had dieted in the previous year, twice the number of males. Tracy Anderson, a mother of two and

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fitness expert, has spent the last 18 years working with women seeking balance in their bodies. In her recent book, Total Teen: Tracy Anderson’s Guide to Health, Happiness, and Ruling Your World, she observes, “Teens are depleted from comparing themselves to the shapes of others and from scolding themselves: ‘I should be thinner, I should be able to fit in those pants, I should be in better shape.’ But looking good on the outside must start with feeling good on the inside.”

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Anderson believes we feel most happy and fulfilled and accomplish the most when our minds are calm, clear and alert. “If young women learn to connect with their mind, identify when their thoughts are anxious or stressed, and practice conscious breathing and meditating to regain a calm, centered state, they’ll be able to rebalance themselves for the rest of their lives,” she says. “By keeping a thought journal for a while and noticing when their thoughts have negative undertones, they can retrain their attitude.” Lopolo/Shutterstock.com

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Live a complaint-free day once each week. Every time a negative thought pops up, expel it and focus on a positive aspect of the idea or experience. Also invest a few moments each day feeling thankful for successful aspects of life. “After a while, these exercises become habitual,” says Anderson. “Happy, high-achieving people fill their minds with positive, uplifting thoughts, affirmations and sincere gratitude. It’s widely proven to work.”

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“Most teens can eat junk food all day long and still wake up the next morning ready to take on the world,” Anderson says. But such an unhealthy routine “shapes eating patterns for the rest of their lives, eventually catching up with them.” She strongly believes every young woman should routinely ask herself, “Is this real food?” “A potato is a real food, or whole food, but instant mashed potatoes are processed. A fresh ear of corn is a whole food; corn chips are processed. If you want to feel strong and healthy and look great, eat whole foods,” says Anderson. Also, note how the body responds to eating specific foods. Here again, a journal can help. “Jot down how a food made you feel after 15 minutes, an hour and two hours. Are you alert or sluggish? What signals are your stomach and brain sending? It’s useful information to make better ongoing food choices,” Anderson advises. She also advocates drinking plenty of water and eating organic foods when possible, and warns teens against skipping meals or snacks when their developing bodies feel the need for fuel.

In her book, Anderson offers many step-by-step, illustrated workout moves designed to daily tone arms, legs and abs, and increase strength and flexibility. Many incorporate fun dance components that work well with music. “Regular exercise releases endorphins—the hormones that make us feel happier and better about ourselves,” she says. “For young women navigating the emotional ups and downs associated with menstrual cycles and puberty, exercise can be a lifesaver.” Whether it’s yoga, walking, martial arts, dancing, hiking, biking, horseback riding, climbing, skiing, gymnastics or tennis, teens need to

find “some kind of movement and activity to become part of their everyday life.” A University of Wisconsin metaanalysis of 77 studies examining women’s body images suggests body dissatisfaction is a risk factor for eating disorders and a significant predictor of low self-esteem, depression and obesity. Helping young women build, strengthen or regain their positive body image and self-esteem works to empower a new generation and enables them to enjoy happier, healthier lives. Amber Lanier Nagle is a freelance writer in Northwest Georgia (AmberNagle.com).

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For some teens, exercise movements don’t feel comfortable or natural, which hinders them from doing healthful exercise. “I’ve found that if a young woman practices exercises for a while privately, she’ll become more comfortable and confident over time,” says Anderson. “It’s like learning a foreign language, musical instrument or any skill. You master the basics first and build on them. With practice, you start feeling more at ease.” February 2018

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TEARS TO TRIUMPH The Spiritual Journey from Suffering to Enlightenment by Marianne Williamson

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t times the light derives from realizations that we come to while we are in the darkness. Periods of suffering are not always detours on the journey to enlightenment but can serve as significant stops along the way. Personal demons that emerge from the dark cave of deep sadness cannot just be “treated”; they must be dissolved through the light

of self-awareness. Everything that needs to be looked at must be looked at; everything that needs to be understood must be understood; and every prayer that needs to be prayed must be prayed. And this can take time. A period of emotional suffering is often not simply a symptom of our depression as much as a necessary factor in healing it. It can be

what we need to move through, and best not avoid, in journeying to the place where we suffer no more. Sometimes, therefore, we have to make room for our emotional pain. Months of grief might be at times what we need to go through, processing the mysteries of love and loss in order to finally see that in spirit there is no loss and that in God there is always hope. Such mourning is a sacred journey, and it cannot and should not be rushed. If we have forty-five tears to cry, then crying seventeen is not enough. Deep sorrow is a fever of the soul, and within the psyche as within the body, the fever breaks when the fever breaks. The tendency to repair—an inborn immune system always moving in the direction of healing—exists in the mind as well as in the body. We simply need to give it time. The potential for heartbreak always exists; it is part of the human experience. Where there is love, there is happiness. But where the bonds of love are broken, there is pain. Given the fact that the world is so dominated by fear, and so resistant in many ways to love, how could our hearts not be torn at times by the pain of simply living here? And once you’ve lived enough, you know this. You come to live with it, and to live with it gracefully. You learn to take the hits, and to know that they’re simply part of living. “Hello darkness, my old friend; I’ve come to talk with you again” is more than a song lyric by Simon and Garfunkel; it describes an attitude of acceptance that this week, or this month, or even this year might be hard—but you know you will live through it. And in some ways, who we become because we lived through it is

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someone more alive—perhaps even more beautiful— than who we were before. In the words of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, “Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms you would never see the true beauty of their carvings.” Depression is an emotional fall, sometimes into a very deep, dark valley. That is true. Yet a life of spiritual triumph is not one in which we never fall into that valley; it is one in which, if and when we do fall, we’ve learned how to get ourselves out of it. We need emotional muscles in order to rise up emotionally, just as we need physical muscles in order to rise up physically. And developing those muscles is the work of the soul. It is the search for God and the finding of our true selves. God is not outside us but within—the Love that is the essence of who we truly are. We live within God and God lives within us. The pain of the world is the unbearable suffering of living outside the circle of our relationship to God, for outside that relationship we are separate from ourselves. What could be more depressing than to live in separation from who we are? And what could be more natural than the fact that we seek wholeness in places where our hearts have been torn? Falling to our knees in pain has been, for many of us, how we first fell to our knees in prayer. At moments when the pain is simply too much to take, the body itself is wired for humility before God. No matter what problem has entered our lives, no matter what pain has seared our hearts, the one fundamental answer is the attainment of the peace of God. A Course in Miracles teaches that we think we have many different problems, but we only really have one: our separation from God. This book is about the alleviation of our suffering: sometimes through prayer, sometimes through forgiveness, and always through the surrender and release of all our thoughts that are not of God. Therein lies inner peace. Reprinted from Tears to Triumph: The Spiritual Journey from Suffering to Enlightenment, by Marianne Williamson, with permission from the publisher, HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Copyright © 2016.

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Educating the Public A motorcycle accident left Matthew Smith dependent on using a wheelchair or crutches. An administrator at Comcast Cable, in Baltimore, Maryland, Smith relies on his pit bull, Jericho, to fetch dropped items, open doors and help him maintain balance. “Gravity is my specialty,” he jokes. “If I fall, he braces me so I can get up. Moving about stresses my shoulders, so Jericho pulls the wheelchair

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“When a counter is too high, a service dog can pass money to the cashier. Dogs will pull a rope to open a heavy door. In the event of seizures or fainting, our dogs react based on location; at home, they find another family member, but in public, will stay with their person,” Lea says. The muscles of a patient with Parkinson’s disease may freeze while walking. Dogs brace against a resulting fall or touch the person to help unfreeze the muscles. Tethered to an autistic child, the dog provides distraction from repetitive behaviors like flapping hands or crying, while keeping the child in a safe area. Some dogs are trained to track the child, as well, in case of escape. Likewise, dogs can give Alzheimer’s disease patients a bit of freedom without getting lost.

Sounding Alerts Hearing dogs alert their hearing-impaired person to the sound of a doorbell or ringing phone. In the car, they’ll nudge the driver with a paw if they hear a siren. Riley the Chihuahua’s job is caring for Jennifer Wise, an aromatherapist and owner of Enchanted Essence, in Toledo, Ohio. Wise has a neurological disease that affects her legs and makes her prone to falls. “Riley’s trained to bark for help if I am unable to get up,” she explains. “If

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21 FREE Introduction to the Arts of Tai Chi and Qigong – Come learn how these ancient arts can energize your body and quiet your mind. 10:00 am at The Yoga Loft, 521 E. 4th St., Bethlehem and 6:00 pm at Steel Fitness Premier, 250 Cetronia Rd., suite 100, Allentown. Questions? Contact experienced instructor Hilary Smith at 610 751-6090. Heart 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

Heart 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

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17 How the Body Works – Learn about medical modalities that are noninvasive and not usually available in main stream medicine. Looking for underlying causes alleviates many common ailments of aging and tough medical conditions that appear chronic. Make the connection for yourself. 10am1pm. Maulfair Medical Center, 2970 Corporate Court, Orefield. 610.682.2104 Lunar New Year Discount – Happy Lunar New Year! 2018 is the Year of the Dog! If you were born in 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994 or 2006, then receive 50% Off One Regular-Priced Item at Kindred Spirits Books & Gifts, 66 W. Water Street, Hellertown. (610) 838-5463. Offer valid only February 17 & February 18. Divination Tools Workshop – Perplexed by pendulums? Confused about cards? Curious about crystals? June, The Mindful Maven, explains various tools of spiritual divination to help guide you on your path. Time: 12:00-1:30pm. Cost: $29 in advance/$39 at the door. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown. Visit www.ksgifts.com to register. Limited to 10 people. Hellertown Rocks Painting Workshop - Join Amy Musser again for monthly rock painting! We put these kindness rocks around Hellertown to spread good vibes. All supplies are included. $5 Donation appreciated. 2:00-4:00pm. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown, PA. Visit http://angelblessings999.wixsite.com/amy-musser for more info.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18 Facing Our Fears Vision Board Workshop – Prepare for a unique workshop experience presented by June, the Mindful Maven. She will guide participants in identifying their darkest fears and safely bringing them to light! 5:30-7:30pm. Cost: $39 in advance/$49 at the door. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown, PA. Visit www.ksgifts.com to register. Limited to 10 people.

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savethedate CALL FOR HOLISTIC AND NATURAL VENDORS Want to get in front of a Holistic Audience? If you have healthy products, lifestyle choices or healing services, join the Empowered Light Holistic Expo April 27-29th at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks PA. We attracted over 4000 attendees in October 2017, from PA, NJ, NY, DE and MD, and anticipate even more this Spring! Vendors come from across the country!  The Expo is promoted via billboards, print ads and color program distributed throughout the Greater Philadelphia area.

savethedate BELLY DANCE 8 WEEK SESSION BEGINS MARCH 28 Surayyah will teach you multiple aspects of the beautiful art of bellydance. Along with learning and refining movements for a dance routine, you will get improved posture, muscle tone, body awareness and self confidence in an upbeat and positive atmosphere. All levels are welcome! Wednesday 7:15pm starting March 28th. $89 for 8 wk session. Call 484-995-6029 for more info and to register. . Persevere Fitness 3690 Lehigh St., Whitehall.

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Sacred Symposiums: Roundtable Discussion & Potluck Dinner – Topic: Twin Flames & Soul Mates. Every 3rd Wednesday from 7:00-9:00pm, we discuss different spiritual, inspirational, or metaphysical topics. FREE EVENT! Doors open at 6:45p; discussion starts at 7p. Bring covered dish. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown. Visit our Facebook page/group for more information. Limited to 15 people.

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Thermographic Diagnostic Imaging, Breast, Thyroid & Full-Body – Dr. Getson. This is a safe, non-radiologic, and pain free state-of-the-art, FDA approved technology that detects changes at the cellular level in early stages of some diseases, Call 856.596.5834 for appointment at Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center FREE Introduction to the Arts of Tai Chi and Qigong – Come learn how these ancient arts can energize your body and quiet your mind. 11:00 am

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24 Heart 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 Foot Reflexology Certification – This 2-day class gives you all the information you’ll need to begin your healing work as a Foot Reflexologist without the big cost of other classes. Day 2 is all hands-on work, so you come away knowing the feet! NCBTMB provider #155, 14 CEU’s. Lebanon. Email Healthquest10@comcast.net or call 717-228-0612. Cost: $375/course; $75/certification. Law of Attraction and How it Works in Your Life - In this workshop, Amy will discuss how the law of attraction is always working. You will realize how our mindset creates our manifestations. This class costs $20. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown, PA.  Call Amy at (484) 554-6299 to RSVP. Visit http://angelblessings999.wixsite.com/ amy-musser for more info. 60-Minute Crystal Singing Bowl Meditation  – Relax as June plays crystal singing bowls during meditation at Kindred Spirits Books & Gifts, 66 W. Water Street, Hellertown. Short meditation followed by an hour-long vibrational sound bath. 10:00a-11:30a. Doors open at 9:45am. Cost: $29 in advance/$39 at the door. Bring mats & pillows. Register at www.ksgifts.com. Limited to 10 people.


SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25 Walking Meditation – “It’s not a game of freeze statues,” June regularly reminds her meditation students. During this one-hour session, she gently guides attendees through various styles of stationary and moving meditation techniques. 5:00-6:00pm. Doors open @ 4:45pm. Cost: $15 per person. Visit www. ksgifts.com to register. Space is limited to 10 people.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26 Open Hearts to Narcotic Addiction – For parents/ survivors of heroin overdose. Greif support monthly meetings held last Thursday of every month 7pm. Kainoa’s Ohana Foundation. 11390 N. Delaware Dr, Bangor. For questions email Kainoasohana@ gmail.com

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 miniconsultation with Gwen Ward ND. $80. Health Habits Natural Foods Store on Rt873 Schnecksville. Call 610-767-3100 to schedule. Walking Meditation – “It’s not a game of freeze statues,” June regularly reminds her meditation students. During this one-hour session, she gently guides attendees through various styles of stationary and moving meditation techniques. 5:00-6:00pm. Doors open @ 4:45pm. Cost: $15 per person. Visit www. ksgifts.com to register. Space is limited to 10 people.

SATURDAY, MARCH 3

savethedate savethedate NY STYLE SALSA ON2 6-week session with Ellie Valera. Ellie has performed in NY City, NY, PA and local colleges and universities. Next session starts in March. No experience or partner necessary Call 484554-4975 or email EllieValera@gmail.com for dates\times - registration is required. $90 for 6 wk session. Persevere Fitness 3690 Lehigh St., Whitehall.

RADIANT LIGHT HOLISTIC AND METAPYSICAL EXPO SATURDAY, MARCH 3 • 10AM TO 6PM SUNDAY, MARCH 4 • 10AM TO 5PM Join people of like mind and heart. Celebrating eleven years of loving and education, the expo includes over 70 exhibitors offering services such chiropractic care, handmade jewelry, aura photos, stones, crystals, aromatherapy, natural soaps and lotions, books, medium readings, hypnosis and reflexology. Door prizes and raffles. Free speaker all day. Admission is $7 per day. The Inn at Reading is located at 1040 North Park Road, Wyomissing, PA. For more information contact Sylvia Seward at 484-706-9844 or visit RadiantLightCenter.com.

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savethedate REIKI CERTIFICATION CLASSES MOUNTAIN TOP & WILKES-BARRE Reiki 1, Certification Program Feb 24, 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 2/17. CEU’s LMT’s Instructors; Chris & Meg Reiki 2, Certification Program, Mar 24, 2018 * 9:30am-5:00pm. Highlights: Three Reiki Symbols, Japanese Reiki Techniques, Reiki 2 Attunement, hands-on practice time, 179-page Manual if didn’t receive in Reiki 1. Register by 3/17. CEUs granted. Instructors Anthony & Donna Mother Mary Heart Flame Resurrection Meditation Mar 27, 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. 570-706-6680. ReikiCenterOnline@yahoo.com. LifeHolisticReiki.com

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sunday Sunday Services – Metaphysical and nondenominational. Rev. Lloyd Moll, Pastor - Unique Sunday services 10:30am. All welcome! St. John’s Church of Faith, 607 Washington St Allentown. 610-776-7211 Quiet the Mind Group Meditation – New to meditation? Learn several simple techniques to quiet your mind and relax your body. 10:45-11am. From 11-11:30am, enjoy crystal singing bowls as you meditate. $10. Kindred Spirits Books & Gifts, 66 W. Water Street, Hellertown. 610-838-5463 Kindred Kids Meditation – We invite you to our weekly kids meditation practice. This 30-minute session teaches children and basic yet effective skills for managing energy, strengthening focus and concentration. $5. 10-10:30am. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown. 610-838-5463. Walking Meditation - Sitting in a fixed position is not a requirement for meditation. During this onehour session, June - The Mindful Maven - will guide attendees through various styles of still and moving meditation techniques. Last Sunday of the month at 5pm. Kindred Spirits Books & Gifts, 66 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 coda.org.

monday Reflexology Q and A – Stop by our clinic from 11am to 3pm and let us review your health concerns with you. Medical Reflexology can help with many health concerns by exerting pressure to reflex areas encouraging improved instruction to every part of the body. 1701 Union Blvd, Allentown. 267-424-4549.

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Feldenkrais® Method – Carol Siddiqi. Gentle movements with awareness allows you to observe how you move, notice tension, improve your coordination – helps prevent and overcome injuries and chronic pain and develops overall good health. 5:45pm, $75/6 classes, Twin Ponds Center, Preregister 610-618-0467 Yoga: Kripalu, Level 1-2 – Carol Siddiqi. This class will help you perform daily activities pain free and with greater ease by developing deeper self-awareness using the basics of Kripalu Yoga combined with the gentle movements of Feldenkrais®, 7-8 pm, $88/8 classes, Twin Ponds Center, Pre-register 610-618-0467 Yin Yoga, Levels 1-3 – Karen Klubertanz. Embrace the balance of effort and surrender in gently supported poses. Learn deep breathing to release tension and support feelings of relaxation. A complimentary practice for all yoga students.7pm, $15 drop in or 8 classes/ $88, Twin Ponds Center, Pre-register 484-554-4601

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 the2wolvesmedicinepath.com for more info. Like us on FB. Therapeutic Yoga - For students with health or physical challenges. An educational, therapeutic focus toward bringing healing at every level through modified poses, meditation, and other modalities with a Professional Yoga Therapist. 6pm. Soulful Journeys, 131 S. Main St., Nazareth, 610-653-3971

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Bellydance Cardio Drills – Learn and practice bellydance moves & combinations in a fun & upbeat environment with Surayyah.  Shimmy away calories, build stamina, confidence & muscle tone.  All Levels welcome. Work your entire body. 6:15pm, $9. Persevere Fitness, 3690 Lehigh St. Whitehall. 484-995-6029 Healthy Aging Chair Yoga – Applying the principles of alignment make this a dynamic and effective way to experience yoga with support. Gain confidence in your body, move with awareness, and achieve the deep peace and relaxation that moving mindfully can give you. 11am. Roots and Wings, 127 S 5th St, Quakertown. 215-257-5025 Dosha Balancing Yoga – Choosing the right movements and sequence gives the student a practice with purpose. In the winter our movements are focused on building heat and opening the chest. Asana informed by Ayurveda with a purpose to heal, transform and deepen self-awareness. 6pm. Roots and Wings, 127 S 5th St, Quakertown. 215-257-5025 Sacred Symposiums – Discussion & Potluck Dinner - Every 3rd Wed at 7pm, we discuss different spiritual, inspirational, or metaphysical topics. Please bring something to the table. Free. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown. 610-838-5463 Yogafit® - a flow yoga class for strength, posture, flexibility and balance. Emphasis is placed on awareness, breath and balance of the nervous system. Open to all levels. 6:15-7:15pm, Allentown YMCA & YWCA, 425 S. 15th St. Allentown. Call 610-434-9333 Ext. 313. Yoga Morning - Yoga postures to improve overall health including strength, flexibility, balance and better posture. Hold postures longer for relaxed muscles and rejuvenation. Open to all levels. 9:1510:15am, Allentown YMCA & YWCA, 425 S. 15th St., Allentown 610-434-9333 Ext. 313. LV Lyme Support Group – First Wednesday of every month except July. Speakers, doctors, brochures and books. PA is #1 in reported cases, so we help to educate the public. Country Meadows Retirement Facility, Green Pond Road in Bethlehem Township. 7pm. Heidi Healy at 610-882-2253 or hnthealy@aol.com.


Beginners Yoga – A gentle intro focusing on clear and safe alignment in foundational poses, discovering how breath can ease stress, reduce pain and calm your mind, and on developing heightened awareness and mindfulness through the eight limbs of yoga. Soulful Journeys, 131 S. Main St., Nazareth, 610-653-3971

thursday Open Hearts to Narcotic Addiction – Grief support for parents/survivors of heroin overdose. Kainoa’s Ohana Foundation. Monthly meetings will be held last Thursday of every month, in the studio at 7pm. 11390 N. Delaware Dr. Bangor. Questions contact: Kainoasohana@gmail.com Tibetan Heart Yoga – Embody ancient movements from the Tibetan masters. Learn new ways to focus your mind and apply the teachings to your life. This month’s practice will focus on the bhandas, keeping and moving vital energy. You will feel connected, balanced, focused and fabulous! 9:30am. Roots and Wings, 127 S 5th St, Quakertown. 215-257-5025 Stress Relief Coaching Group – Join others in a group setting to manage stress with multiple holistic approaches. 9:15am or 5:15pm. $25 session. Creative Holistic Therapy, 3037 S. Pike Avenue (Rte 145) #105, Allentown. 610-282-0709 to register. Qigong & Tai Chi – Qigong uses deep breathing and gentle movements to strengthen and circulate the life energy. Tai Chi helps prevent falls and improves balance. Focus is placed coordination and relaxation. Open to all levels. 10:30am, Allentown YMCA & YWCA, 425 S.15th St., Allentown, 610434-9333 x 313.

friday Tai Chi Easy™ − Barbara Kopystecki. Join our Practice Group to activate the healer within so your natural healing capacity can work with your body and mind to heal whatever physical or emotional condition that interferes with your wellbeing. 11:15am-12:15 pm., $88/8 classes, Twin Ponds Center, Pre-reg. 610-888-8600 Yoga for All – With Scott. Come together to celebrate life and to feel good. All levels and ages welcome. Donation. 5-6pm at Kim’s Healing Center, 1223 Butler St., Easton. 610-559-7280   Ojas Building Restorative Yoga – Support natural immunity and systemic vitality. Create a new weekly ritual for releasing stress. Jin Shin Jyutsu self-healing holds are used in concert with supportive restorative yoga postures. This gentle practice will leave you feeling like yourself and ready to enjoy the weekend. 6pm. Roots and Wings, 127 S 5th St, Quakertown. 215-257-5025 Healthy Aging Chair Yoga – Applying the principles of alignment make this a dynamic and effective way to experience yoga with support. Gain confidence in your body, move with awareness, and achieve the deep peace and relaxation that moving mindfully can give you. 11am. Roots and Wings, 127 S 5th St, Quakertown. 215-257-5025

Therapeutic Yoga - For students with health or physical challenges. An educational, therapeutic focus toward bringing healing at every level through modified poses, meditation, and other modalities with a Professional Yoga Therapist. 9:30am. Soulful Journeys, 131 S. Main St., Nazareth, 610-653-3971 Gentle Yoga - Perfect for students recovering from an injury, just starting back into a fitness or yoga routine. Building strength and flexibility slowly, and using restorative postures and breath work for healing and relaxation. 6-7. Blue Lotus Yoga @ Soulful Journeys, 131 S. Main St., Nazareth, 484-546-6803.

saturday 60-Minute Crystal Singing Bowls - June will play her crystal singing bowls for an hour as you meditate in the peaceful atmosphere. Begins with a short, quiet meditation. Every 4th Saturday at 10am. Please bring your own mats, cushions, and pillows and water. Kindred Spirits Books & Gifts, 66 W. Water Street, Hellertown. 610-838-5463 Beginners Bootcamp – Start your journey now for a healthier you with a fun mixture of higher intensity moves to target a full body workout. Get moving in the right direction with us. ALL levels of fitness are welcome! 8:30, $6. First class is FREE. Persevere Fitness 3690 Lehigh St., Whitehall 484-282-0442 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.

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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 Pound Fitness – Sweat, Sculpt and Rock with POUND, the fastest growing fitness phenomenon inspired by the infectious, energizing fun of drumming. POUND is a full body cardio jam session. Class is modified for ALL levels. 10:10-11am, $6. First class is free. Persevere Fitness, 3690 Lehigh St., Whitehall. 484-282-0442 LV Lupus Connection Support Group – A peer support group program offering education and wellness programs to lupus patients and their families. 4th Saturday of the month 11am-1pm except May, August & December call for details. Register at 610 533-9586 or jlross4@ptd.net. Good Shepherd Allentown

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ACUPUNCTURE – COMMUNITY STYLE

ACUPUNCTURE BALANCED ACUPUNCTURE

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

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 LivingArtsMedicine.com

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.

LIVEWELL INTEGRATED HEALTH LLC

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

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 17.

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

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

AROMATHERAPY

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 20.

CHIROPRACTOR LIVEWELL INTEGRATED HEALTH LLC

Dr. Robert W. Livingston III, DC, L.Ac. Dr. Jennifer K. Bollinger, DC, L.Ac. 8026 Hamilton Blvd. • Trexlertown, PA 18087 610-395-5509 • LiveWellIntegratedHealth.com   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 17.

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

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.

BODYWORK ANDREI KAZLOUSKI 188 Shiloh Court Whitehall, PA 18052 484.695.8265 si-RolfMethod.com

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 40.

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COLON HYDROTHERAPY HEALING HANDS MASSAGE THERAPY CENTER 518 Main Street, Bethlehem 610-882-4325 HealHands.com

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 24.

PATHWAYS HOLISTIC CENTER

4833 Chestnut Street • Emmaus, PA 18049 610-966-7001 healing@pathwaysholistic.com www.pathwaysholistic.com

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 40.


COUNSELING – HOLISTIC BARBARA MORRISON MS, LPC, NCC

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.

SMART SOLUTIONS AND CREATIVE HOLISTIC THERAPY

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

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 44.

DEPRESSION THERAPY BLUE MOUNTAIN PSYCHIATRY

Muhamad Aly Rifai, MD, FACP, FAPA, FAPM Chief Psychiatrist and Internist Offices in Easton, Palmerton and Stroudsburg. 484-546-5060 Bluepsychiatry.org Offering Brainsway Deep TMS an National Institute of Heath developed, FDA cleared, non-invasive treatment for Treating Depression that is covered by most insurances. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is an alternative treatment that has been shown to be safe and effective for those with Treatment-Resistant Depression when medication is not reliving symptoms or produces negative side effects. See ad page 15.

ENERGETIC HEALING & LIFE COACHING

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Brad Barnoski, CHHP Macungie, PA 717-503-8576 • info@BradBarnoski.com BradBarnoski.com

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.

DENTISTRY - NATURAL

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 7.

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

As the Lehigh Valley’s only Holistic Dentist, Dr. Taras focuses on the safe removal of mercury fillings using  ozone, chelators, bio-compatible fillings, and more. With additional degrees as a Naturopathic Physician, in Nutrition, and Integrative Biologic Dental Medicine, Dr. Taras has both the decades of training and experience to remove mercury fillings safely. Cerec dentist, IAOMT, ANMA, and CDC. See ad page 16.

GREEN CEMETERY

GREEN MEADOWS AT FOUNTAIN HILL CEMETERY

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

The only green cemetery in the Lehigh Valley. A cemetery of wildflowers and grasses native to Pennsylvania. Return to the natural cycle of life to nourish the soil, green the meadow and live on. Nondenominational. Non-profit. Speakers available to visit organizations. See ad page 7.

HYPNOSIS & HYPNOSIS TRAINING HYPNO PATH CENTER, LLC

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

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 20.

LIFE COACH ONE OF A KIND PERSONAL COACHING

COSMETIC AND NATURAL DENTISTRY

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

FLOATING METTA RELAXATION CO.

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

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.

FUNERAL SERVICES

NICOS C. ELIAS FUNERAL HOME, INC

Nicos C. Elias, Supervisor Allentown, PA 610-433-2200 • EliasFuneralHome.com 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.

June Rose, Personal Coach 45 W. Water Street Hellertown, PA 18055 610.838.5463

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June Rose is the right solution…for YOU! She knows life isn’t always a bed of roses and we all need some help from time to time. June uses her super powers – Compassion, Organization, Positivity, Empowerment – to help cut through the rough patches that life throws at you. Call or e-mail her today for a free consultation and get the helping hand you need. See ad page 6.

MEDITATION & WELLNESS EFFORTLESS MEDITATION

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

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

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MOVEMENT THERAPY – FELDENKRAIS METHOD® CAROL SIDDIQI FGNA, RYT

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

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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.

NATURAL FAMILY MEDICINE PHILLIP GETSON, D.O.

Family Physician, Board Certified Thermologist Serving Bethlehem, Easton and Fogelsville HealthThroughAwareness.com Tdinj.com • 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.

MAULFAIR MEDICAL CENTER

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

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

WOODLANDS HEALING RESEARCH NATURAL FAMILY MEDICINE

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

Dr. Losagio is a Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist, with over 26 years of experience, using state of the art equipment such as Digital Motion X-ray, Proadjuster and cold laser. He offers chiropractic care, specializing in personal injury cases, weight loss program and continuous education to his patients. Focusing on getting you back to a fully active life. See ad page 37.

TOMPKINS INSTITUTE OF CHIROPRACTIC

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

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

WELL OF LIFE CENTER

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

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 pages 9 and 30.

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 28.

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NATUROPATH NATURAL HEALTH PROMOTION LLC

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

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 18.

NUTRITIONAL TECHNOLOGIES Nicholas Theodorou ND 5 Stonecroft Drive Easton, PA 18045 610-258-1894 https://mylifepharm.com/drnick

“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.

NUTRITIONAL COUNSELING INTEGRATIVE NUTRITION

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

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.

NUTRITION & HOLISTIC HEALTH EDUCATION DR. DEREK RODGERS

Naturopathic Doctor and Nutritionist 888-234-7685 DrRodger.com

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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 33.


DIAN’S WELLNESS SIMPLIFIED

Dian Freeman, MA, MHHC Private Nutritional Consultations, Classes, Nutritional Certification Course Morristown, NJ • 973 267-4816 WellnessSimplified.com 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 41.

PERSONAL TRAINER PAULA BALLIET

Persevere Fitness, LLC 3690 Lehigh Street Whitehall, PA 18052 PersevereFitness.com 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 36.

PODIATRIST ROBERT J. KAPLAN, D.P.M.

1901 Hay Terrace, Easton, PA 18042 610-253-2251 TwinRiversPodiatry-Easton.com 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 19.

REIKI LIFE HOLISTIC CENTER, LLC   

Mountain Top, PA Anthony V Wojnar D.D., RMT, OBT 570-706-6680 ReikiCenterOnline@yahoo.com LifeHolisticReiki.com

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 MettaRelax.com

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

REFLEXOLOGY – MEDICAL INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF MEDICAL REFLEXOLOGY

Lorraina J. Telepo, Founder 1701 Union Blvd, Allentown, PA 18109 267-424-4549 Reflexology.net

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 44.

SEXUAL HEALTH THERAPY ALEXANDRA T. MILSPAW, PHD, LPC

701 West Union Blvd, Suite 2 Bethlehem, PA 18018 4dcounseling.com 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!

STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION ANDREI KAZLOUSKI

188 Shiloh Court, Whitehall 484.695.8265 Si-RolfMethod.com

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 40.

SPIRITUAL COUNSELING REV. JEN CASPER, B.MSC.

Bethlehem, PA 18015 (570) 871-3930 JencCsper.com

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! 

THERMOGRAPHIC IMAGING LIESHA GETSON, BCTT, HHC

Serving Bethlehem, Easton and Fogelsville HealthThroughAwareness.com 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 KimsHealing.com 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 3.

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

COURSES 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 www.gotomeet.me/chakraenergy 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 Tenderempowerment.com 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 jdaeon@msn.com In-Home Hair and Nail Services – All services available for homebound Men and Women. Call 484-860-5894

PRODUCTS Ionic Detox Foot Bath – Aqua Ion Chi Cleanse model FB401-E Purchased at $300. Used twice. $250 610-762-9922 Crystal Tones Singing Bowls – Classic & Alchemy for meditation & vibrational healing. Also offering personal vibration testing. Contact Anthony at Life Holistic Center, 570-706-6680 or lifeholistic@hotmail.com. See more at lifeholisticreiki.com Sprouted, Organic Grains and Flour – Pathways Holistic Center, Emmaus. 610-966-7001 Teaonic Supplements – Delicious, ready to go, brewed herbal tea supplements, specially created to nourish the body at a cellular level. Pathways Holistic Center, Emmaus. 610-966-7001

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. www.TheVictorianConnection.com. 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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