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hether it’s fleeting, in-the-moment stress or elevated, long-term stress, it’s important to find healthy techniques that allow your mind and body to unwind, relax and regroup. Having spent the guts of two decades running my own business as an entrepreneur, I am no stranger to the fast-paced nature of the work world. Long hours, mounting demands and deadlines, high pressure… you name it, I’ve felt it. And it wasn’t just taking a toll on me, it was impacting the physical and mental psyche of my family as well. I had a huge moment of clarity and realized that I needed to take a step back from my work and focus on what was really important: me! Avoiding stress, or a feeling of being overwhelmed is nearly impossible; this is a natural part of life and overcoming challenges is what allows us to grow and become even stronger, more powerful versions of ourselves. What is possible is shifting the way you view your stress and learning to better understand and partner with it in healthy ways. If stress isn’t acknowledged and properly managed, it can lead to weight fluctuation, digestive problems, brain fog, illness and disease. After acknowledging my own levels of stress and its effects on my health, I started implementing four simple concepts into my daily life that helped reduce stress while improving my focus, productivity and creativity.  1. Reduce stress by putting yourself first. You are the only CEO of your brain and body and the biggest factor in your success, so try to invest in your peace of mind with relaxation activities a little bit each day. It’s so important to take time for yourself every day and do what you want that gives you the most internal satisfaction and enjoy it, every day. 2. Don’t forget to breathe. Proper breathing helps you release physical tension, it calms the nervous system, brings new energy into the brain and hits the reset button when you run into challenges and feel overwhelmed. Try this quick one-minute exercise:  close your eyes and count ten long, slow breaths in and out. Breathe deeply all the way into your belly. Most of my clients prefer to repeat to themselves “inhale one, exhale one, inhale two, exhale two…” and so on, to keep a natural rhythm and pace. Stay fully absorbed in counting, practicing letting go of thoughts and distractions as you breathe out. (Continued on page 9)

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n 1986, Dr. Mu Shik Jhon presented a new theory on aging. He called it “The Molecular Water Environment Theory”. According to his theory, aging is a loss of structured water from organs, tissues, and cells – accompanied by an overall decrease in total body water. He said “It is the structure of the water within our bodies that ultimately determines health or sickness.” He advocated the consumption of structured water to increase vitality, slows the aging process, and prevents disease. The water content of the body decreases with age, producing a visible wrinkling and withering effect. Keep in mind that these outward signs are an indicator of what is also happening on the inside of the body. With aging the volume of water inside the cell is reduced and cells “wither” just like the skin on the outside of the body. In fact, many common symptoms that are considered normal with age are directly related to dehydration. Drinking restructured water maximizes hydration as you experience quicker and better cell absorption, it is a source of energy for the human body. On a physical level, regular consumption also supports more effective detoxification, enhances nutrient absorption and improves cellular communication. On an emotional level, it may help with clarity, well-being, and an ability to deal with stress. What is structured water, how easy is it for us to incorporate products into our everyday lives that transform tap water into structured water for ourselves and our pets? Visit to learn more. For more information, contact Val at 610702-2687 or visit See ad, page 49.


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oving and sounding, dancing and singing – these basic human experiences can be fun as well as therapeutic. When used in psychotherapy, these ways of expression are powerful agents of change. Because voice and dance are the most fundamental of the arts, involving a direct expression of one’s self through one’s body, these are each an especially powerful medium for therapy. The arts therapies let us access more of the whole self. Sound and movement are non-verbal modes of expressing. They engage the right brain and can enhance talk therapy. Through the arts, we reach and express deeper levels of ourselves… the subconscious. Accessing and understanding our subconscious patterns allows us to release bound up feelings and the old

stories we hold on to. At Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center, dance/movement therapist Suzanne Hastie, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, LPC and music therapist Meg Deak, MCAT, CMT, LPC, NSP are collaborating in programs to tap into the wisdom of the body and work with the whole person integrating breath, movement, sound, creative process and verbal communication. On March 20, Suzanne and Meg will be celebrating National Creative Arts Therapies Week with an introduction to sound and movement exploration: Discover How the Creative Arts Therapies Can Free You; it’s perfect for soothing frazzled nerves and lifting your spirit. Location: 628 Twin Ponds Rd., Breinigsville. To RSVP, call Suzanne at 610-417-0831 or email her at See ad, page 4.

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any times, we feel “stuck’.  If you truly have the courage to look at what is present, often it’s fear needing to be opened and excavated.   In the teachings of “the new age” when something uncomfortable arose, we were to change it into something good or positive.  Now we’ve learned that’s not useful as we’re exploring who we really are.  All emotions are to be welcomed, especially the fears.   As we embrace the fears, karma begins to dissolve along with the ancestral threads through it.  This is why the fear seems inDiane DuPre’ surmountable… we avoid working with it.  It’s usually the resistance to fear rather than facing the actual reality of what’s present that inhibits our deep, contemplative work.   On an intuitive, cellular level, we know change will occur and although we often need it, our physical and energetic forms require familiar patterning to continue survival strategies.  If you start to rephrase what the fear really is rather than allowing the sabotage to govern, you will likely see unfounded reasons and ancient tribal beliefs surrounding it.  Enter with curiosity and simply show up for your “self ”.  This energy wants to be noticed and finally witnessed as the profoundly intense unmet feelings of your young soul.  Be gentle.  Validate and acknowledge what you feel.   There are many reasons why this energy exists and we must do our inner excavation. Profound lessons and deeper personal growth are often hidden within fears.       Diane DuPre’ Intuitive Energy Healer – Call for appointment 484-719-2560. Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center. See ad, page 4.

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hen sleep apnea was first recognized in 1965, it was thought to be simply a short cessation of breathing during sleep and the main treatment was a tracheostomy which tried to remedy airway obstructions. Fast forward to 1985 when continuous positive airway pressure, CPAP, became the gold standard of care which meant that a face mask was strapped to one’s face to create the necessary force of air needed to physically open a collapsed airway during sleep. From that time, obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, has continued to be better understood and now is a major health issue. Evidence and research have shown that OSA is a significant factor of a number of medical diseases such as cardiovascular disease, arrythmias, heart failure, systemic hypertension, stroke, and diabetes. With obesity on the rise, more and more people are having to resort to CPAP as their only hope to reduce the risk of illness and premature death due to the hypoxia created by sleep apnea. Although many have found the treatment to be beneficial, there are a significant and growing number of people who have experienced side effects such as upper respiratory and nasal infections, skin irritations, dry mouth and dental cavities, claustrophobia, and weight gain. It is a known fact that 50% of people who try CPAP, are not using it a year later. Famed linebacker Reggie White of the Philadelphia Eagles died at the age of 42 from complications of OSA. His CPAP was under his bed. An alternative to CPAP is dental appliance therapy and it can achieve excellent results when compared to CPAP for people who have mild to moderate OSA. Dental appliance therapy places the lower jaw at a position whereby the airway is prevented from collapsing during sleep and lying down. These appliances are comfortable, easy to get used to, and bypass many of the symptoms and side effects found with CPAP therapy. Claustrophobia from a mask placed on the face is not experienced by dental appliance usage. Exposure to bacteria, viruses, and fungus from the CPAP tubing is no longer an issue and the appliance is easily cleaned when a person brushes their teeth in a normal routine. And one of the biggest benefits of appliance therapy is that a bed partner is able to sleep in the same bed again because the earsplitting snoring is gone. Problems with dental appliance therapy, such as TMJ disturbances and tooth movement, are minimal and usually fixed by adjustments of the appliance. Having your own body help in the treatment of OSA is a holistic approach to apnea, and one which many people have realized better sleep, health, and wellbeing without having to resort to invasive medical solutions. For more information; Dr. David Burt, DDS, FICOI, FICD. Dental Sleep Medicine of Lehigh Valley. 2004 South 5th Street, Allentown, PA 18106. Call 610-791-2307 for a free consultation. See ad, page 13. 12

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ydraFacial is being talked about everywhere from small spas to national news. It is described as “using a unique, patented Vortex-Fusion delivery system to exfoliate, extract and hydrate skin, and, with spiral design tips delivering painless extractions.” What exactly are in these fusion serums though, that are so great and helpful for your skin. Let’s break down the ingredients that are in your basic signature HydraFacial treatment. First, the exfoliation process HydraFacial uses a mixture called “Activ -4”. Activ-4 includes Glucosamine Hydrochloride and Lactic Acid, both of which are suitable for all skin types. This deeply cleanses the skin while softening sebum and impurities to assist the extraction process. Glucosamine Hydrochloride is known to accelerate wound healing, increase skin hydration, decrease wrinkles and treat hyperpigmentation. The next process is HydraFacial’s “Glysal Prep” made up of 7.5% glycolic acid and 2% salicylic acid. The benefits of this acid peel are a more aggressive exfoliation and visible skin rejuvenation with little to no irritation. Of course, if you are allergic to aspirin you may want to skip this step and steer clear of salicylic acids. After your acid peel we begin the extraction process with HydraFacial’s Beta HD to help fight against oil and congested skin. Beta HD is infused with: willow bark (exfoliates), Tasmanian pepper extract (reduces inflammation), honey extract (hydrates) and salicylic acid (dissolves skin debris).  These ingredients clean clogged pores; they fight against blackheads, whiteheads and acne. Finally, HydraFacial’s moisturizing solution called “Antiox +”. This blend reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with green tea extract, which is an antioxidant. It includes red algae extract to brighten skin, arnica flower extract to calm skin, Hyaluronic acid to moisturize, and copper pyrrolidone carboxylic acid (a peptide) to improve skin elasticity. HydraFacial is a service that should be performed once every 4-6 weeks, and a great at home skincare regimen is strongly suggested to prolong results. Eminence Organics is a great clean skin care line to make your HydraFacial results last even longer. This skincare line is 100% concentrated and derived of fruits and vegetables. With a broad spectrum of products Eminence is suitable for all skin types from the most sensitive to the most problematic.  You can use HydraFacial instead of, or in conjunction with, Botox as long as you wait 5 days after the injection, and you must wait 2 weeks after other injectables, such as filler. At New Attitude we want you to experience the best. With HydraFacial treatments and Eminence Organics you will have the best of both worlds in keeping your skin looking great and youthful. What we put inside our bodies reflects from the outside, but we can help look awesome with these additional services and products.

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he Lehigh Valley Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show is celebrating its 50th year on April 18th from 10-6 and on April 19th from 10-5 in the Saucon Valley High School gymnasium. In 1970 Bob Gilman, of Hellertown’s Lost River Caverns, started the Lehigh Valley Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show to generate funds for the Saucon Valley Lions Club’s charity, The Blind Foundation. The show, which has become the Lions Club’s biggest fundraiser, enables the club to donate funds to help local families in need and to support The Center for Vision Loss, local children’s sports teams and local school scholarships. At the Lehigh Valley Gem, Mineral & Jewelry show there will be over 27 vendors, some coming from as far away as Massachusetts. The vendors offer a variety of lapidary supplies, fossils, gemstones and crystals of all kinds, gem panning, jewelry, essential oils and spiritual kits. Most vendors have been attending our shows for more than 25 years. From Hellertown, Lost River Caverns, Kindred Spirits and Saucon Valley Massage Therapy will be attending. Enjoy a therapeutic massage as you browse the show. The Lehigh Valley Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show has been a staple in the Hellertown community for 50 years. People of all ages can come and have a wonderful time. You will enjoy comfort foods, baked goods, hourly door prizes and much, much more. The Saucon Valley High School is located at 2100 Polk Valley Rd., Hellertown, PA 18055. Contact Amy Musser for more information: or 484-554-6299.

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Practice Yoga to Help the Brain It’s long been known that vigorous, sweaty aerobics strengthen the brain and help grow new neurons, but the latest research from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign shows that practicing gentle hatha yoga enhances many of those same brain structures and functions. The analysis, published in Brain Plasticity, examined 11 studies that used brain-imaging techniques to evaluate outcomes of hatha yoga, which involves body movements, meditation and breathing exercises. The researchers concluded that the hippocampus, which is involved in memory processing and typically shrinks with age, increased in volume with yoga. The amygdala, which helps regulate emotions, tends to be larger in yoga practitioners. Other brain regions that are larger or more efficient in enthusiasts are the prefrontal cortex, essential to planning and decision-making; the default mode network, involved in planning and memory; and the cingulate cortex, which plays a key role in emotional regulation, learning and memory.

Balance Water Consumption for Cognitive Health Drinking either not enough or too much water can decrease cognitive performance in older women, Penn State University researchers reported in the European Journal of Nutrition. In a nationwide study, 1,271 women and 1,235 men over age 60 gave blood samples, answered questionnaires about the previous day’s food and drinks, and performed cognitive tests to measure working memory, brain processing speed and sustained attention. Women, but not men, performed more poorly if they were not in the “sweet spot” of just enough hydration, typically around two liters a day. “As we age, our water reserves decline due to reductions in muscle mass, our kidneys become less effective at retaining water and hormonal signals that trigger thirst and motivate water intake become blunted,” explains lead author Hilary Bethancourt, in urging greater attention to hydration levels.

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Electric propulsion has long been a goal of aviation manufacturers to lessen the carbon footprint of air travel. On December 11, Vancouver, Canada-based Harbour Air launched the first successful test flight of an all-electric aircraft. Founder and CEO Greg McDougall piloted a 1956 de Havilland Beaver seaplane, rechristened the ePlane. Retrofitted with a 750-horsepower magni500 motor by MagniX, it took off from a dock on the Fraser River in Richmond, British Columbia, and flew for four minutes. The certification process will take one to two years. After that, the retrofits of the company’s existing fleet of small planes can begin. The challenge for airlines seeking to go green with large aircraft is that current technology leaves electric engines relatively weak for their weight and they have a short battery life, but these factors do not deter Harbour Air, which went carbon-neutral in 2007 and flies mostly short hops in the Northwest.

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Jose Cuervo, the bestselling tequila maker globally, has initiated an ecofriendly process of salvaging the leftover agave fibers from its distilling process and upcycling them into a more sustainable alternative to regular plastic straws. The biodegradable drinking straw will decompose up to 200 times faster than regular plastic. Made with an agave biobased and U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved composite, the new straws replace about a third of the polymers used in traditional straw production, and at the end of its lifecycle a straw can be consumed by microorganisms to fully biodegrade within one to five years in landfill conditions. The company plans to distribute millions of the straws this year at bars, restaurants and Jose Cuervo events across the U.S. and Mexico. 20

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Copenhagen has dramatically refashioned the look and function of a power station with a new state-of-the-art, waste-to-power plant that powers 200,000 homes and doubles—actually, sextuples—as a ski slope, a climbing wall, a viewing tower, a hiking and running trail network, and a bar and restaurant. Named Copenhill, “It is the cleanest waste-to-energy power plant in the world,” says architect Bjarke Ingels. “It is a crystal clear example of ‘Hedonistic Sustainability’ because a sustainable city is not only better for the environment, it is also more enjoyable for the lives of its citizens.” The building, 278 feet tall at its apex, has a glass elevator for viewing the inner workings of how the city’s trash is transformed into both Palau Bans Chemicals electricity and heating, as well to Save Reefs as the best view in town of the Palau is the first country in the harbor. It has three ski lifts that world to ban ecologically harmful serve a one-third-mile course sunscreens containing oxybencoated with a special “plastic zone and octinoxate. Studies have grass” that provides the perfound the ingredients cause coral fect friction for both skiing and DNA to mutate in the larval stage, snowboarding. It even features which prevents coral from growthe tallest climbing wall in the ing properly and makes it more world, designed with overhangs susceptible to bleaching. Palau, and ledges of white, like an icy with a population of about 20,000 mountain. Ingels says 97 perpeople spread across 340 islands cent of Copenhagen residents between Australia and Japan, is a get their heating as a byproduct diving hotspot for tourists, and one of energy production from an of its lagoons has been named an integrated system in which the official UNESCO World Heritage electricity, heating and waste Site. President Tommy Remengesau disposal are combined into a says, “We have to live and respect single process. Copenhagen the environment, because the has a goal of becoming the environment is the nest of life.” world’s first carbon-neutral city by 2025.

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It’s not a diet or a fad; it’s a way of life.

THE ROOTS OF GOOD HEALTH Thriving on a Plant-Based Diet W

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hether identifying as vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, flexitarian or other veggie-friendly variant, a growing number of Americans are moving away from meat products and toward plant-rich foods. Most come to a plant-based diet for personal, planetary or animal welfare reasons; however, they stay for the flavorful foods they discover along their dietary journey and the health benefits they reap. Marly McMillen-Beelman was prescribed medications to alleviate symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. “I knew I didn’t want to be on prescriptions, so I decided to change my diet, beginning by giving up meat, dairy and eggs. I immediately felt much better and my symptoms went away naturally,” says the Kansas City, Missouri, author of The Everything Vegan Meal Prep Cookbook and founder 24

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of Chopped Academy, an online resource for food bloggers. “Now I eat an even greater variety of food than I did before I went vegan.” While only 3 percent of Americans identified as vegan and 5 percent as vegetarian in a recent Gallup Poll, a 2018 report by restaurant consultants Baum + Whiteman indicates that about 83 percent are eating more plant-based foods. Embarking on a plant-based diet is a lifelong adventure, but it can take time to adjust. Experts recommend a healthy dose of self-love with the newfound fondness for fruits and veggies. “Give yourself some slack and realize that dietary changes do not happen overnight,” says April Murray, a registered dietician in Costa Mesa, California. “Start with familiar plant-based foods you already enjoy, and ease into trying new foods, whether

tempeh or lentils.” A plant-oriented diet also can be flexible; health advocates encourage individuals to find a diet that works for them and their families. Leah Webb, the Asheville, North Carolina, author of Simple and Delicious Recipes for Cooking with Whole Foods on a Restrictive Diet, has adapted her diet over time to accommodate her family’s health needs. Although Webb has always maintained a plant-rich diet, she began incorporating some animal products when her son was born. “He had severe food allergies and asthma, and needed a more diverse diet,” explains Webb, whose daughter also has cystic fibrosis. Cutting out grains was a game-changer in “calming down his gut, where most of immune response lies,” says Webb. “He is now off asthma medication and the number of allergens

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he suffers from has dropped from seven to two.” Webb’s family eats bountifully from their backyard garden, complemented by meat and produce from local farmers’ markets, where she can be certain the foods were produced sustainably and humanely. “I use meat to flavor soups or accent vegetables, rather than as the star of the show. I like to focus on real flavors, using lots of garlic, herbs and spices,” says Webb. Murray, author of The Everything Pegan Diet Cookbook: 300 Recipes for Starting—and Maintaining—the Pegan Diet, follows that diet, a mash-up of paleo and vegan regimens that focuses on whole, fresh and sustainable food high in healthy fats and vitamins. The Pegan diet eschews refined sugar and highly processed foods, while allowing meat, poultry, fish and eggs, as well as gluten-free grains, legumes and dairy products in small amounts. “This diet can be helpful to different people in so many ways,” says Murray. “For people with diabetes and blood sugar dysregulation, this high-fiber diet can help lower blood sugar and insulin levels. Heart health will improve, as you’ll be eating less animal products, which can be high in cholesterol and saturated fat. Many individuals also find themselves losing

Start with familiar plant-based foods you already enjoy, and ease into trying new foods, whether tempeh or lentils. ~April Murray unwanted weight as they get filled up so quickly with these whole foods.”

Plant-Based Nutrition Made Easy

While some worry about getting sufficient nutrients on a largely plant-based diet, nutrition experts say these fears are unfounded. “People think they need to calculate every nutrient, but if you eat a plant-centered, whole-foods diet, you will get every vitamin and mineral you need to thrive,” says Ocean Robbins, co-founder of the Food Revolution Network and author of The 31-Day Food Revolution: Heal Your Body, Feel Great, and Transform Your World. Legumes, nuts and seeds are all healthy, abundant sources of protein and iron. Reed Mangels, author of Your Complete Vegan Pregnancy: Your All-in-One Guide to a Healthy, Holistic, Plant-Based Pregnancy, busts the myth that cow’s milk is a must for growing bones. “Calcium, vitamin D and

protein are the nutrients we usually associate with bone health. One easy way to get all three is a soy-based or pea protein-based plant milk that is fortified with calcium and vitamin D,” says Mangels, adding that green vegetables like kale, bok choy, collards and broccoli are great sources of calcium. “‘Eating the rainbow’ is great way to make sure you’re consuming a variety of nutrients,” offers London-based Ben Pook, who co-authored the cookbook So Vegan in 5 with his partner Roxy Pope. “Many vitamins, minerals and antioxidants bring their own distinctive colors to fruits and vegetables, so preparing colorful meals is a simple way of getting as many nutrients into your diet as possible.”

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Dietary changes can be challenging to navigate initially, particularly when faced with social situations ranging from family gatherings to cohabitation. Having a good plan going into such situations can help ease the transition, say experts. “Never show up to an event hungry. You will be more likely to make a good decision if you are nourished. On the way there, remind yourself why you are making the transition to plant-based eating,” suggests Murray. “I call myself a secular vegan because I don’t have a dogmatic approach to the

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avigating the lexicon of plant-based diets can be tricky, and choosing a diet even trickier. Here’s a brief guide to some of the commonly used terms. Flexitarians eat a mainly vegetarian diet, but will consume meat on occasion. Pegans (a term coined by Dr. Mark Hyman, who follows the diet) focus on eating vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, meat, fish and eggs, while avoiding dairy, grains, legumes, sugar and processed foods. Pescatarians like radio host Howard Stern eat fish, seafood and other forms of animal products such as dairy, but don’t eat other forms of meat such as chicken, beef or pork.

Plant-based diets, followed by celebrities like Ben Stiller, consist mostly or entirely of foods derived from plants, including vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds, legumes and fruits, with few or no animal products. Vegans don’t consume any animal products, including eggs, dairy, honey or gelatin. Famous vegans include Ellen DeGeneres, Betty White, Beyonce, Bill Clinton, Madonna and Venus Williams. Vegetarians refrain from meat and seafood, but will consume dairy or other animal byproducts such as honey. Well-known vegetarians include Albert Einstein, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Doris Day, Jane Goodall, Kristen Wiig and Prince. March 2020


way I eat. If I go to a family dinner and someone has made something special for me, but they used a non-vegan cheese, I will respect my family member’s effort and eat some of it. These situations will pop up from time to time, and the more you can be compassionate with yourself, the better,” says McMillen-Beelman. “If you are living with people who are not joining you in making a dietary shift, agree to respect each other’s choices. Make it a shared learning journey rather than a power struggle,” says Robbins. For example,

he suggests making a vegetarian base and allowing those that want animal products to add them as toppings. A burrito bar can accommodate all diets by allowing people to add their own fixings to a base of beans and tortillas, whether those be dairy options like cheese and sour cream or veganfriendly guacamole and salsa. For families with kids, being flexible and inclusive can help make changes feel more positive and sustainable. “We never eat processed foods at home, but parties are that time I tell my kids they can eat




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whatever they want,” says Webb. “Get your children involved, so that they are more engaged in the eating experience. Let your children pick out recipes or snacks for the week. Make the food look pretty and it will taste more satisfying,” adds Murray.

Plant Prep Made Easy

Plant-based chefs have plenty of kitchen hacks for making food prep and planning fun and easy. Robbins suggests finding go-to recipes to put on repeat. “Your prep time goes down a lot as you make the same dish, and the familiarity will help you develop lasting habits around new food patterns,” he says. Webb incorporates a healthy protein, fat and vegetable into every meal, even breakfast, but cooks in batches and freezes portions or repurposes leftovers to simplify mealtimes. “You’ll get burned out if you try to cook something from scratch every meal,” says Webb. “We eat a lot of eggs because we raise chickens, so I’ll do baked frittatas I can reheat during the week.” Advance meal prep can take the pressure off busy times like the weekday breakfast rush, adds Robbins. One of his favorite breakfasts involves soaking oats and chia seeds overnight, which he tops in the morning with some unsweetened soy or coconut milk, chopped banana, frozen blueberries, and a dash of maple syrup, vanilla and nutmeg. “It’s full of omega-3 fatty acids, protein, antioxidants and phytonutrients,” he says. Webb encourages people to get out of their food comfort zones by experimenting with approximate ingredients, like swapping kabocha or honeynut squash for butternut squash. Robbins also suggests making social connections with others on the same path by cooking them a meal, organizing a meal swap or sharing extras. “It’s not a diet or a fad; it’s a way of life. Start where you are and remember it’s not about perfection, it’s about progress. Have love, dignity and compassion toward yourself and others along the journey,” he says. April Thompson is a freelance writer based in Washington, D.C. Connect at



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hen contemplating a shift toward a plant-based diet, some may prematurely mourn the loss of their favorite meaty classics. Luckily, enterprising vegan chefs have experimented with flavors and textures that will lure almost any palate into loving a plant-based version of their favorite dishes without resorting to processed foods. “Plant-based versions of classic dishes offer all the nutritional benefits of plants without the cholesterol and saturated fats from animal products,” says chef and author Marly McMillen-Beelman. “You don’t have to abandon all your favorite foods to become vegan—just veganize them.” The Kansas City chef makes carrot “dogs”, for example, by roasting carrots in a savory mix of tamari, agave, miso, paprika and garlic for a cookout-worthy treat. McMillen-Beelman’s cookbook The Everything Vegan Meal Prep Cookbook also offers many bean- and legume-based versions of classic sandwiches, like a vegan “Big Mac” with quinoa and pinto beans; a burger made from oats, black beans and pecans; meatballs from tofu and lentils; and a chicken salad based on tempeh, a


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fermented, soy-based, high-protein product with a nutty flavor. “A lot of people like using tempeh, tofu or jackfruit for a meaty texture. It needs to be well seasoned, but so does meat,” suggests Ocean Robbins, author of The 31-Day Food Revolution: Heal Your Body, Feel Great, & Transform Your World. “To mimic cheese, some combination of nuts and nutritional yeast, cultured nut cheeses or plant-based milks works nicely.” McMillen-Beelman likes using jackfruit for a “pulled pork” sandwich or taco, the tropical fruit being packed with vitamin C, protein, calcium, potassium and iron. Her slow-cooked version leans on whole-food ingredients, including pear and cranberries, to add natural sweetness and phytonutrients. “I use canned jackfruit because it’s much easier to find and cook with than the expensive jumbo whole fruit,” she says. Ben Pook, the London co-author with Roxy Pope of So Vegan in 5, says mushrooms lend substance and umami flavor to vegan dishes such as a mushroom, sage and onion Wellington as a substitute for the classic beef Wellington.

“We use portobello mushrooms for their meaty texture, which we surround with a sage and onion stuffing—all wrapped in vegan puff pastry to create a centerpiece worthy of any dinner party,” says Pook, whose cookbook features dozens of plant-based recipes that contain only five ingredients each, such as a broccoli alfredo with cashews, broccolini, tagliatelle pasta, nutritional yeast and garlic. Nuts can also work wonders in a vegetarian dish, such as Pook and Pope’s walnut meat tacos, which blend toasted walnuts together with spices like cumin, paprika, garlic and chili powder to create a mince-like texture built into a taco with toppings galore. Many classic dishes can also be adapted by simply leaving out the meat and letting the spices, herbs and vegetables shine through; for example, in a vegan shepherd’s pie, go with penne pasta with red sauce or a garlicky pesto with extra nuts, greens and olive oil in lieu of cheese. Sweet tooth cravings can be satisfied with healthy, plant-based versions of classic desserts, substituting aquafaba (the starchy liquid left over from canned beans) instead of frothy egg whites, or olive oil or avocado for butter. Nut butters can also add a touch of richness to a dish, whether sweet or savory. “I love making a peanut coconut milk curry soup with onions, mushrooms and bok choy, with peanut butter, lime juice and soy sauce blended into the coconut milk for a luxurious flavor and texture. It’s great over potatoes, quinoa or rice,” says Robbins. “Vegan food doesn’t need to be expensive, boring or complicated,” Pook says. “There really are endless possibilities when it comes to cooking with plants, so don’t be afraid to experiment and create your own twist.” Connect with Washington, D.C.-based freelance writer April Thompson at

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Combine the plant-based milk and apple cider vinegar in a separate bowl. Let sit for a minute or two until the milk curdles and turns into a “buttermilk”. Then add the hot sauce and mix everything together until the ingredients are well combined. Set aside. Meanwhile, add the flour to a small plate and set aside. Press the tofu if required. (Extra-firm tofu contains very little moisture, so this step isn’t always necessary.) Then slice the block in half and break the tofu into bite-sized pieces with hands.

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Season the tofu on both sides with salt and pepper; dip tofu into the flour, followed by the milk mixture, then the crisp mixture. Repeat until all the tofu pieces have been coated. Add the vegetable oil to a pan until it’s ¼-inch deep. Tip: Use a wok to reduce the amount of oil needed. Heat the oil on medium-high. Drop a tiny amount of the dry mixture; if it starts sizzling as soon as it hits the oil, it’s ready. Carefully add half a dozen or so tofu pieces to the hot oil and fry for about 2 minutes on each side or until the tofu begins to brown and is extra crispy. It’s important to not overcrowd the pan, as it can lower the temperature of the oil. When the tofu is ready, carefully remove it from the pan and transfer it to a plate lined with parchment paper; immediately season it with some extra salt, which will help make it even crispier. Repeat until all the tofu pieces are cooked. Serve with a favorite dip, such as one made by combining equal amounts of tomato ketchup and vegan mayo. Adapted from So Vegan in 5 by Roxy Pope and Ben Pook.

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Toast the walnuts in a pan over a medium heat for 6-8 minutes or until they begin to smoke. Keep an eye on them and stir occasionally to prevent them burning. Then peel and dice the garlic and add it to the walnuts along with the smoked paprika, chili powder and ground cumin. Stir to coat the walnuts in the spices, then cook for 2 minutes. Meanwhile, drain and rinse the black beans and sweet corn. Transfer them to a separate pan and stir in a generous pinch of salt and pepper, as well as the juice from the lime. Heat through for 5 minutes on a medium heat. Remove the pan from the heat, roughly chop the cilantro and stir it into the beans and sweet corn.

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All parts of the hemp plant are useful in multiple ways, and hemp has applications in textiles, construction, bioremediation, technology, nutrition and health, including cannabidiol (CBD). The seeds are rich in protein, essential fatty acids and vitamins. They can be eaten, ground into flour or pressed for oil that is used for cooking or in body care products. The stems undergo decortication to separate the long outer fibers (bast) from the short inner fibers (hurd). Hemp hurd makes extremely durable hempcrete for construction, absorbent and dust-free animal bedding or pellets for heating stoves. An exponential rise in the use of hemp is expected because it can replace products made from paper, wood, plastic, cotton and fossil fuels. “Hemp fiber is going to dominate the market once we get to the full manufacturing potential,” says Erica Stark, executive director of the National Hemp Association, in Washington, D.C. The first introductions consumers can expect include hemp paper products, such as plates and toilet paper, and biodegradable hemp bioplastics like cutlery and cups. Construction materials and other products are expected to quickly follow.

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Used in crop rotation, hemp’s soilenhancing qualities can increase profits on subsequent crops. While cover crops don’t usually have return value, hemp provides additional revenue streams. But the revenue isn’t quite there yet, because the supply chain isn’t complete. Seed supply, farm equipment, education, processing facilities and manufacturers are all links that are developing simultaneously. “Fiber processing facilities will be available soon. Manufacturers are anxious to start incorporating hemp,” says Stark.

The lack of buyers isn’t deterring farmers. Neither are warnings that current harvesting equipment can spark disaster when hemp fiber wraps around rotating parts, heats up and combusts. Dustin Enge, a third-generation farmer in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin, started Honey Creek Hemp in 2017. He planted six acres of hemp. “I think it’s a long-term viable commodity for farmers. Right now, it’s the Wild West of agriculture. Everyone is trying different things,”

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ennis champion Venus Williams and New England Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady are among the athletes that opt for healthy, plantdominant diets to reach their personal best, a trend that belies some misconceptions about what it means to be vegan. “Going vegan implies a larger, lifestyle choice based on personal ethics, but athletes report that they just feel better,” says Brenda Carey, editor-in-chief of Vegan Health and Fitness Magazine. “They’re also surprised at how well they put on muscle

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powders, as well as combining foods for a more complete protein profile, is important. For example, pairing whole-grain rice with beans makes a complete protein, says Stefanie Moir, international vegan fitness coach and founder of VeganAesthetics., in Glasgow, Scotland. “Eating a wide variety of foods across the plant kingdom ensures that you reach your fitness goals,” says Moir, who trains six days a week and opts for a breakfast of oats with nut butter and chia seeds. “If you want a ‘superfood’ component, you can add cacao powder for antioxidants and a great chocolate taste.” Tullman acknowledges that there are some exceptions to protein requirements—especially for the elderly, individuals with certain chronic diseases and pregnant women—but he notes that daily protein needs are less than we’ve been conditioned to believe. “If you track your macronutrients through a day, you’ll find that you’re getting adequate protein.” Professional bodybuilder Torre Washington, in Tamarac, Florida, keeps it simple. “We’re all unique individuals, so it’s up to each person to test things without fear of lack.” The National Academy of Sports Medicine-certified coach loves antioxidant-rich blueberries, filling apples and potassium-packed bananas, and tends to choose calorically lower, nutritionally dense foods during periods that he’s competing. Carey suggests vegan meal delivery services as an option and vegan-friendly restaurants in a pinch, but attests to an easy system of meal prep for consistency. “Some people like to meal prep one day a week—cooking brown rice, quinoa and chopping veggies. This way, you can just throw it together when it’s time to eat,” she says. “You can also eat more simply and throw a bunch of yummy fruits or veggies into the blender for smoothies or soups.” For added fortification, some experts recommend supplementing with vegan sources of vitamin B12, especially for active women in their child-bearing years and older individuals, because B12 absorption is compromised as we age. Adding a vegan source of vitamin D is also a wise choice if exposure to natural sunlight is not adequate.

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For the vegan athlete, workout gear that doesn’t contain wool or leather is the way to go. “Making conscious choices expands beyond your plate, and a lot of brands have vegan-friendly shoes,” says Moir. “The difference between ‘plantbased’ and ‘vegan’ has to do with ethical motivations and treatment of animals,” says Tullman. “Natural fibers such as cotton and synthetic fabrics like polyester are fine.” The path of vegan fitness can not only offer health benefits, but also a personal connection to the Earth. “It’s given me an opportunity to share my journey with others and to allow them to reach their own specific goals,” says Washington. “Mentally, it’s given me more depth of thought and spiritually connected me with the ‘YOUniverse’ as a whole.” Marlaina Donato is the author of several books and a composer. Connect at

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Pet food recalls have prompted some families to start cooking for their charges, but it’s not as simple as sharing the family dinner. “There are online calculators that can help you create and balance recipes for dogs and cats. Balancing a diet can be tedious and often requires added supplements,” says Krause. Seeing a four-legged friend thrive was worth the extra time and cost for Yvonnda Stamp-Agent, a homemaker from Rockvale, Tennessee. Emma, a schnauzer mix, suffered from itchy skin, anal gland leakage, kidney crystals, vomiting and other problems. “We switched to home-cooked wild salmon and flounder protein with fresh organic vegetables and fruits, along with vitamin and mineral supplementation.” Emma recovered and is now an energetic 5-year-old.


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Every time you pull out your wallet, you are either casting your vote for regeneration or the continuation of degeneration. Everything you buy is a vote. What you talk about and do every day is also extremely important. Americans spend half of their food dollars eating out. Learn to cook, invite people over for dinner, teach your kids how to cook. Eating is an agricultural act. Everyone should also be active in civic organizations. Run for office. It doesn’t have to be in politics, it could be a conservation committee or school board. Do what you can do best inside This ad thewill property of Natural Awakenings and may not be reproduced in any other publication witho this regenerative framework andisyou sion of the publisher. Please review the proof carefully. Natural Awakenings is not responsible for any e have a big impact. marked. This ad will be published as it appears if the proof is not returned to us. If there are any questio Things aren’t hopeless. It’s plausible this proof please call or email. that we are going to solve this. Unfortunately, it took until now for people to Signature: Date: / wake up. I believe people have an innate love for nature and other people, but if they’re hopeless and unaware, they’re going to behave as if they don’t care. There is an increasing common awareness and responsibility to get the job done. This is a spiritual movement as much as it is an agricultural and alternative energy movement.



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The use of CBD in tinctures, capsules and lotions has grown exponentially, along with the science to prove its efficacy in remediating physical pain. Newer, but equally as robust, is the viability of CBD as a remedy for mental health-related issues, experts say, pointing to anxiety, depression and stress as the top three applications. However, as an unregulated supplement, CBD presents a challenge for consumers in its ubiquity from CBD-infused pillows to gummies, soaps and even pet food. Discerning purity, dosage and safety are real concerns for those that may grab any bottle off the shelf. Consumers must become well informed, especially when replacing medications for serious disorders, experts say. But for anxiety and emotional well-being, CBD is largely heralded as a safe and natural choice by providers well-versed in CBD, such as Peter Bongiorno, past president of the New York Association of Naturopathic Physicians. “It’s really important for people to know their options and to keep looking for what works for them,” he says.

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CBD, a compound extracted from the hemp plant, is appealing because it can raise the level of cannabinoids—feel-good molecules naturally created within the human body. “When we can’t sleep or are stressed out, cannabinoid levels go way down,” Bongiorno says. While prescription drugs overwhelm the body with adverse side effects, CBD can healthfully bring back balance.


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We imagine the people suffering who need support and think about how we are growing the plants to help them. ~Lara Miller But CBD won’t trigger an altered state because there is little to no tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive chemical in marijuana that produces a high, he says, adding that he starts patients at a low daily dose of 25 milligrams. It’s important to talk with a physician about drug interactions, Bongiorno says. For instance, CBD can increase levels of blood-thinning medications, according to a 2017 study published in Epilepsy & Behavior Case Reports. CBD can possibly treat a wide range of conditions, from fear of public speaking to bipolar and post-traumatic stress disorders, but more research is needed, experts say. A 2018 clinical trial published in JAMA Psychiatry suggests CBD offers potential in treating psychosis. More recently, researchers in a 2019 case study of 27 patients published by the Permanente Journal concluded, “Cannabidiol may hold benefit for anxietyrelated disorders.”

study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that in 84 CBD products sold online by 31 companies, 26 percent contained less CBD than the amount listed on the label. Miller receives weekly calls from those wanting to purchase her plants and start a CBD business. “What bothers me the most is that not one person has asked how my hemp is grown,” she says. “It all feels like a big grab; the integrity isn’t there.”

Miller continues to decline these requests and spends her days on the farm, where—come harvest time—she, alongside her crew, engages in some visualizations. “We imagine the people suffering who need support and think about how we are growing the plants to help them.” Julie Marshall is a Colorado-based writer and author of Making Burros Fly: Cleveland Amory, Animal Rescue Pioneer. Connect with her at

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calendar of events SATURDAY, MARCH 7 Yoga for Adults – 8 a.m. & 9:30 a.m., with Rachel. Come together to celebrate life and to feel good. All levels and ages welcome. $10 per session or $90 for 10 sessions.  New Attitude Salon, Spa and Wellness Center, Located at the Village @ Stones Crossings, pre - register by calling 610-253-5550. The term forest bathing, or Shinrin-Yoku, is a philosophy that believes that spending time in the deep woods has profound healing power. Over time, forest bathing can produce quantifiable changes in the body and mind. Learn the philosophy and practical tips on how to carry on with the practice at home. Starts at 10 a.m. Cost is $30 for the 2-hour session and will include a custom reusable water bottle. Add a spa day pass on these days for $30 (a 50% discount). *Indicates a full moon session with a moonlit walk. 24-hour advanced sign-up is required by calling the Spa Concierge at 1-800.Woodloch

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11 Advanced Mediation Group, 6:00 pm – 7:15 p.m. Greg Schweitzer. Group meditation and discussion of meditation experiences and higher states of consciousness. Completion of Effortless Meditation™ or Transcendental Meditation® course is a prerequisite - $25.00. Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Pre-register 610.670.6700 Stress & Anxiety Relief with Effortless Meditation™, 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Greg S c h w e i t z e r. T h i s m e d i t a t i o n t e c h n i q u e is recommended by physicians as a key for self-care. Gain relief from - insomnia, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, fatigue, brain fog and more. FREE, Twin Ponds Health Center, Pre-register 610.670.6700

SATURDAY, MARCH 14 Yoga for Adults – 8 a.m. & 9:30 a.m., with Rachel. Come together to celebrate life and to feel good. All levels and ages welcome. $10 per session or $90 for 10 sessions.  New Attitude Salon, Spa and Wellness Center, Located at the Village @ Stones Crossings, pre - register by calling 610-253-5550.

will learn how to be a “new you!” $25, Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center, Pre-register 610-504-4830

SATURDAY, MARCH 21 Yoga for Adults – 8 a.m. & 9:30 a.m., with Rachel. Come together to celebrate life and to feel good. All levels and ages welcome. $10 per session or $90 for 10 sessions.  New Attitude Salon, Spa and Wellness Center, Located at the Village @ Stones Crossings, pre - register by calling 610-253-5550. CBD 101, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 pm. What is all the rage about CBD? In this class we’ll cover CBD basics, how it works in the body, myths & facts. I’ll share my personal journey with depression & chronic pain. Products available to see and smell. $10. Class size limited. Twin Ponds Center, Call or text Sue Sampson 610-297-0442

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25 Stress & Anxiety Relief with Effortless Meditation™, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Greg S c h w e i t z e r. T h i s m e d i t a t i o n t e c h n i q u e is recommended by physicians as a key for self-care. Gain relief from - insomnia, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, fatigue, brain fog and more. FREE, Twin Ponds Health Center, Pre-register 610.670.6700

SATURDAY, MARCH 28 Find the Nexus of Symptoms & real causes, answers instead of prescriptions. 10 – 12 p.m. Dr. Conrad Maulfair has been improving the health of his patients for over forty years utilizing medical modalities that are noninvasive and not usually available in main stream medicine. Find out just how he does this and if you could benefit. From heart disease to cancer to digestive disease to hormonal problems, this workshop is for everyone. Please refrain from wearing scented products inconsideration of others. Call for reservations, seating limited. 5925 Tilghman Street Suite 90 Allentown Pa 18104, Tel: 800.733.4065 or 610.682.2104. CBD 101, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 pm. What is all the rage about CBD? In this class we’ll cover CBD basics, how it works in the body, myths & facts. I’ll share my personal journey with depression & chronic pain. Products available to see and smell. $10. Class size limited. Twin Ponds Center, Call or text Sue Sampson 610-297-0442 Yoga for Adults – 8 a.m. & 9:30 a.m., with Rachel. Come together to celebrate life and to feel good. All levels and ages welcome. $10 per session or $90 for 10 sessions.  New Attitude Salon, Spa and Wellness Center, Located at the Village @ Stones Crossings, pre - register by calling 610-253-5550.


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MONDAY MARCH 16 Mindful Grieving 200 Hour Yoga Therapy Teacher Training – Designed for yoga teachers and therapists interested in supporting people through loss, this program teaches GSN’s proven mindfulness based, grief focused curriculum. Hosted at Kula Heart, Bethlehem, PA. March 16 – March 21, 2020 and June 15 – June 20, 2020. Register: MINDFUL200

FRIDAY, MARCH 20 Discover How the Creative Arts Therapies Can Help You! 7:00-8:30 p.m. Join Suzanne Hastie, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, LPC and Meg Deak, MCAT, LPC for this fun, informative evening where you

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daily Narcotics Anonymous – If you think you have a drug problem, and are tired of being sick and tired, there is a better way. Call 24-hour helpline 610439-1998. We are here to help. You are not alone.

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 techniques to help quiet your mind and relax your body. Immerse yourself in a sound bath as June plays her crystal singing bowls. Time: 10:4511:30am. Cost: $10. Kindred Spirits Books & Gifts, 66 W. Water Street, Hellertown. Walk-ins welcome! Call (610) 838-5463 for more information.

Dosha Balancing Yoga with Therapeutics All of our yoga classes are semiprivate and focus on posture, position and breath. In this class, we move and explore therapeutics for knees, low back, neck and shoulders. Learn how to recruit postural strength, vitality and develop a deeper relationship within. Dosha means that we consider how to create balance with the elements of nature that influence season, age and time of day. 9:30 -10:45 Drop in $15.00. Roots and Wings, 127 S 5th St, Quakertown. Tel: 215-257-5025 Coordination Pattern® Training – Betsy Wetzig. Simple, easy exercises help release chronic pain and stress of knees, hips, back, neck and improve the way you function, both physically and mentally, 3-4 pm, $75/6 classes, (also private mechanical Pilates Table Training available), Pre-register 610398- 9652. . Twin Ponds Center, 628 Twin Ponds Rd. Breinigsville. 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, 610-653-3971rdination Pattern® Training – Betsy Wetzig. Simple, easy exercises help release chronic pain and stress of knees, hips, back, neck and improve the way you function, both physically and mentally, 3-4 pm, $75/6 classes, (also private mechanical Pilates Table Training available), Preregister 610-398- 9652. Twin Ponds Center, 628 Twin Ponds Rd. Breinigsville.

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

What’s Cookin? - Christina Moyes. Learn how to make simple, delicious healthy, meals, sides, appetizers and desserts! For a list of class subjects week by week visit whatscookin. Being healthy doesn’t have to be hard! 5:30-7pm, $35/ea or $97 for 3, Pre-reg, online or call: 610-704-8083. Twin Ponds Center, 628 Twin Ponds Rd. Breinigsville.



Feldenkrais® Method – Carol Siddiqi. Gentle movements with awareness allows you to observe how you move, notice tension, improve your coordination – helps prevent and overcome injuries and chronic pain and develops overall good health. 5:456:45 pm, $75/6 classes, Pre-register 610-618-0467. Twin Ponds, 628 Twin Ponds Rd. Breinigsville.

Seated Yoga Practice - Movements in the class develop strength, release tension and balance weakness. When chair yoga is applied with creativity, the practice can bring great satisfaction for the student. We don’t just sit back and do yoga. We access abdominal strength while counter-balancing overuse and weakness in the upper and lower body. A perfect blend of sthira and sukha: postural support with the sweetness of moving mindfully. 11:00 – 12:00 Drop in $15.00. Roots and Wings, 127 S 5th St, Quakertown. Tel: 215-257-5025

Yoga: Kripalu, Level 1-2 – Carol Siddiqi. This class will help you perform daily activities pain free and with greater ease by developing deeper selfawareness using the basics of Kripalu Yoga combined with the gentle movements of Feldenkrais®, 7-8 pm, $88/8 classes, Pre-register 610-618-0467. Twin Ponds, 628 Twin Ponds Rd. Breinigsville. Yoga Bliss - Stress relief at its finest. Emphasis on gentle yoga, pranayama (breathing), and meditation. This class will leave you feeling centered with a clear mind and positive outlook, allowing you to embrace life’s inevitable ups and downs with gratitude. All levels are welcome and invited. 6 PM. XYZen Wellness, Cherryville, PA. Register at or call 610-760-3308.


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Hatha Yoga – Judy Zumas. Experience different ways of doing familiar poses! Emphases is on opening of the spine by beginning at the tailbone and progressing through each spinal area in turn promoting healing and transformation. Times: 10 am, 11:30 am. $80/8 or $11/class, pre-register 610-504-2540. Twin Ponds Center, 628 Twin Ponds Rd. Breinigsville. Svaroopa® Yoga – Judy Zumas. This style of yoga teaches different ways of doing familiar poses, emphasizing the opening of the spine by beginning at the tailbone and progressing through each spinal area

in turn promoting healing and transformation. Times: 9:00 am, 1:00 pm, 6:00 pm, 75/6 classes, pre-register 610-395-3355. Twin Ponds Center, 628 Twin Ponds Rd. Breinigsville. 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. Core and More!– A flowing yoga practice that includes isolated core postures. Build strength, develop flexibility, and learn to connect with the messages and sensations of your core center and your gut instinct. All levels are welcome and encouraged to attend. 6 pm. XYZen Wellness, Cherryville, PA. Register at or call 610-760-3308. 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. 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. Sacred Symposiums – Potluck Dinner & Discussion Group – We meet the 3rd Wednesday of every month to share food and ideas about inspirational, metaphysical, or spiritual topics. Please bring a covered dish to share. Time: 7:00-9:00pm. Visit Facebook group or call (610) 838-5463 for more info. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water St., Hellertown. 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. Quaker Friends Meeting House. 4116 Bath Pike (Route 512) Bethlehem, PA 18017. 7pm. Heidi Healy at 610-882-2253 or Beginners Yoga – A gentle intro focusing on clear and safe alignment in foundational poses, discovering how breath can ease stress, reduce pain and calm your mind, and on developing heightened awareness and mindfulness through the eight limbs of yoga. Soulful Journeys, 131 S. Main St., Nazareth, 610-653-3971. Yoga for Strength and Stability – A flowing practice with emphasis on the breath and mindful movements to leave you feeling stronger and more centered. All levels are welcome and invited. 8 am. XYZen Wellness, Cherryville, PA. Register at www. or call 610-760-3308

thursday Tibetan Heart Yoga - Embody ancient meditations from Tibetan masters. Guided imagery and symbolic anchors transport you into accessing your power within. Learn about the 6 perfections, 4 Immeasurables, Kalachakra, and Sat Guru. Apply these teachings to living in right relationship and interconnection. If you want to use your practice to support your authentic journey then this is a great class for you! 9:30 – 11:00. Drop in $15. Roots and Wings, 127 S 5th St, Quakertown. Tel: 215-257-5025

Aromatherapy Thursdays – Join D.I.Y. Studios & make your own handmade aromatherapy jewelry and diffusers. Discounted Essential Oils will be available to attendees at Kindred Spirits. Registration cost includes all supplies. Time: 1:30-4p. Visit Sacred Space Facebook page or call 570-575-8270 for project & pricing information. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown. 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: 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. Coordination Pattern® Training – Betsy Wetzig. Simple, easy exercises help release chronic pain and stress of knees, hips, back, neck and improve the way you function, both physically and mentally, 3-4 pm, $75/6 classes, (also available: private mechanical Pilates Table Training), Pre-register 610398- 9652, Twin Ponds Center, 628 Twin Ponds Rd. Breinigsville. Yoga for Everybody (Chair Yoga) – This practice combines yoga postures, breathing techniques, and relaxation--all with the aid of a chair to encourage moving mindfully and with intention. This class is appropriate for those working with an injury, limited mobility, or anyone interested in learning how to squeeze in some yoga when they’re in an office or traveling. All levels invited. 10 am. XYZenWellness, Cherryville, PA. Register at or call 610-760-3308.

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friday Relaxation Yoga with Self-healing tools - Chronic stress and overscheduling deplete vital energy we need to sustain our responsibilities. Recharge with this gentle and therapeutic practice. Comfy positions help the body rest and repetitive movements bring gentle circulation. Acupressure sequences are applied to tune up our inner batteries with Jin Shin Jyutsu self help. 10:30 – 11:45. Drop in $15.00. Roots and Wings, 127 S 5th St, Quakertown. Tel: 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. Yoga & Aromatherapy – Level 1 Yoga class incorporating the diffusion of essential oils, brief discussion of the benefits of the weekly featured oil, and options to apply the oils throughout the practice. 9:30am. All Bright Yoga, 766 Main Street, Hellertown. 610-441-9007. Register at Tai Chi Easy™ − Barbara Kopystecki. Join our Tai Chi Easy Practice Group to activate the healer within so your natural healing capacity can work with your body and mind to heal whatever physical or emotional condition that interferes with your wellbeing. 10 am-11 am., $88/8 classes, Pre-register 610-888-8600. Twin Ponds Center, 628 Twin Ponds Rd. Breinigsville. 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. 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.  Yin/Yang Yoga - A balance of slow, sustained holds to stress and strengthen the connective tissues (bones, ligaments, tendons, and fascia) and dynamic poses. This practice will leave you feeling open,

refreshed, and ready to face the day with a positive outlook. All levels are welcome and invited. 8 am. XYZen Wellness, Cherryville, PA. Register at www. or call 610-760-3308.

saturday Hatha Yoga – Join Michele Beha of OmBelvidere Yoga for an all levels class focused on breathing, alignment and mindfulness. 8am. The Community Center@Belvidere, 301 Second Street, Belvidere, NJ. See facebook – the Community Center at Belvidere for more information. 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 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, NJSee facebook – the Community Center at Belvidere for more information. Pound Fitness – Sweat, Sculpt and Rock with POUND, the fastest growing fitness phenomenon inspired by the infectious, energizing fun of drumming. POUND is a full body cardio jam session. Class is modified for ALL levels. 10:10-11am, $6. First class is free. Persevere Fitness, 3690 Lehigh St., Whitehall. 484-282-0442. LV Lupus Connection Support Group – A peer support group program offering education and wellness programs to lupus patients and their families. 4th Saturday of the month 11am-1pm except May, August & December call for details. Register at 610 533-9586 or Good Shepherd Allentown. Family Yoga - Karen.Klubertanz, Comprehensive Yoga Therapist, C-IAYT. A gentle blend of creative play, relaxation & mindfulness. Relationships are nurtured while building self-esteem, cooperation, focus and trust. 10-11 a.m. $10/1 adult & 1 child; $3 for each additional family member. Pre-register 484-554-4601. Twin Ponds Center, 628 Twin Ponds Rd. Breinigsville.

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Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms, When My Lab Tests Are “Normal?” Thyroid disease affects over 20 million people here in the United States alone. The harsh reality is that it is our female population that is being hardest hit. Presently, statistics show over 25 times the incidence of the disease in women than in men.

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community resource guide Connecting you to the leaders in natural health care and green living in our

community. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide email to request our media kit.


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

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

LEHIGH VALLEY ACUPUNCTURE AND QI SPA 101 Bridge Street Catasauqua PA 18032 US 610-264-2755

Since 1988, Ming ming and David Molony have been providing Oriental Medicine to the people of the Lehigh Valley and beyond. We accept VA, Auto, Workmen’s Comp, and Health plans that pay for acupuncture, while providing quality care to everyone for all kinds of disorders and for health maintenance. We work with your Doctor. See ad, page 5.

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

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 over 35 years of holistic healing. See ad, page 35.


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

LiveWell Integrated Health offers traditional Chinese acupuncture, chiropractic, body work, and nutritional and lifestyle coaching. Being healthy is a lifestyle choice... choose to LiveWell. See ad page 32.


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

Traditional acupuncture practiced in an open setting. Effective for treating acute sprains/strains, pain (chronic, arthritis, low back), headaches (including migraines), allergies, depression, digestive issues, support for lifestyle changes, infertility, PMS, anxiety, stress and much more. M 12:30-5:30, Tu 8-5, W 8-12, Th 1:306:30, F 8-1, Sa 8-12.


628 Twin Ponds Rd., Breinigsville, PA 18031 484-695-8265 ROLF METHOD OF STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION highly effective hands-on approach for improving posture, alleviating chronic pain, increasing energy level, and enhancing flexibility through restoring your body to its natural state of alignment. Enjoy moving freely again! Board Certified Structural Integrator CM and Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. See ad, page 11.


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 34.

CHIROPRACTOR ASSOCIATED CHIROPRACTIC Dr. Joseph A. Perelli 656 5th St. Whitehall, PA 18052 610-266-6111

Dr. Perelli has served the Lehigh Valley for 31 years delivering natural, hands-on chiropractic care for neck, mid-back, low back and extremity conditions. He specializes in sports, auto and work comp injuries with various holistic treatments to get you back to your pre-injury status quickly. See ad, page 21.


Dr. Robert W. Livingston III, DC, L.Ac. Dr. Jennifer K. Bollinger, DC, L.Ac. 8026 Hamilton Blvd. • Trexlertown, PA 18087 610-395-5509   LiveWell Integrated Health offers traditional Chinese acupuncture, chiropractic, body work, and nutritional and lifestyle coaching. Being healthy is a lifestyle choice... choose to LiveWell. See ad, page 32.


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 39.


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

A holistic, highly intuitive counselor, coach and vibrational chakra rebalancing practitioner who supports you in getting unstuck and moving forward. Using mindfulness, hypnotherapy, EFT, Reiki, tuning forks, breathwork, and more, Rev. Lyn guides you step by step from chaos to calm and confidence. Insurances & Private Pay. Free Phone Consultation.

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For You and Your Family

What is Biomimetic Dentistry? Tooth preservation and dental conservation lie at the heart of biomimetic dentistry.


Biomimetic dentistry, a type of tooth-conserving dentistry, treats weak, fractured, and decayed teeth in a way that keeps them strong and seals them from bacterial invasion. Obtain a significantly better outcome with minimally invasive and comprehensive dentistry endorsed with guided approaches and CAD-CAM technology.


Karen E Adamo, EEM-AP Eden Energy Medicine Advanced Practitioner Phillipsburg, NJ 908-752-0097 (phone or text) Experience more joy, peace, calm, through the combination of two profoundly Most effective healing modalities—Eden Insurance Plans Accepted Energy Medicine, which corrects Clear Correctimbalances Aligners in nine different energy FREE and Sound Meditation are customized Consultations Clear Correct bracessystems, removable clear aligners thatauthentic straighten bronze Himalayan with teeth invisibly. These and are a perfect option Singing Bowls Gongs.

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for teens and adults that do not want metal braces on their teeth.


618 W Broad Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018 We are committed to providing 610-419-2044 quality care to our patients and their families. It is our mission to exceed Trexler Family Dental Group expectations by providing exceptional dental care to our patients andFamily Dentistry Lehighton at the same time, promoting a lifeThe Valley’s premier float center with five beautiful, long relationship built on trust, 6900 Hamilton Blvd. S 3rdeach St containing an extra-large tub open float233 rooms, confidence, quality of dental work, PA 18235 with Lehighton, 1000 pounds of epsom salt dissolved in ten Trexlertown PA 18087 and exceptional patient care. See ad, page 3. inches of warm water. It’s likely to be the most relaxDr. Patel, DMD 610-377-5948 610-395-3335 ing thing you’ve ever experienced. Other ways to MICHAEL TARAS, DMD, FAGD, FIND, relax at Metta include reflexology and massage. Free 15-minute consultations during January hours - apCDC, NMD, IBDM. pointment necessary. Free 15 minute consultation 2900 Hamilton Blvd., Allentown, PA 18103 during February and March. Call 610-419-2044. 610-432-1320

As the Lehigh Valley’s only Holistic Dentist, Dr. Taras focuses on the safe removal of mercury fillings using  ozone, chelators, biocompatible 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 11.


Mountainville Dental 2004 South 5th Street, Allentown, PA 18103 610-791-2307 Dr. Dave has been practicing in the Lehigh Valley for over 40 years. He has incorporated the latest technologies in patient care as well as treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Being a careful listener allows Dr. Dave to customize treatment plans to fit the patients needs and budget.See ad, page 13.


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Nicos C. Elias, Supervisor Allentown, PA 610-433-2200 Mr. Elias offers several different green and eco-friendly funeral plans using biodegradable caskets, preservation without chemicals, and earth friendly paper goods. A natural, back to the earth approach. Biodegradable urns for those choosing cremation. Also offering assistance with home-based funerals.


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

The only green cemetery in the Lehigh Valley. A cemetery of wildflowers and grasses native to Pennsylvania. Return to the natural cycle of life to nourish the soil, green the meadow and live on. Nondenominational. Non-profit. Speakers available to visit organizations. See ad, page 39.


Cathy Abreu, RN, BSN 1350 Uhler Rd, PMB 120 • Easton, PA 18040 908-528-3977 The aging process, facing a new diagnosis or living with chronic illness can have a profound impact on patients and their families. Navigating the healthcare system can be complicated, but it doesn’t have to be. We help people understand their options and make good choices. See ad, pages 15.


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

When nothing else works, Hypnosis does! A Certified Professional Hypnosis Instructor and practitioner, bringing to the Lehigh Valley a systematic hypnosis process utilized in one-to-one sessions. Also, offering a self-hypnosis process unlike any self-hypnosis system. Experience the joy of being self-empowered. See ad, page 30.

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

June Rose is the right solution…for YOU! She knows life isn’t always a bed of roses and we all need some help from time to time. June uses her super powers – Compassion, O r g a n i z a t i o n , P o s i t i v i t y, Empowerment – to help cut through the rough patches that life throws at you. Call or email her today for a free consultation and get the helping hand you need. See ad, page 35.

MASSAGE KONNECTIONS MASSAGE Kathy Hatcher, LMT 656 5th St. Whitehall, PA 18052 610-266-6111

Kathy has been administering deep tissue, therapeutic, medical, pregnancy and aromatherapy massage since 1996. Her NEWEST services are Ionic Foot Cleanse Detoxification as well as Red-light therapy for non-surgical weight loss and chronic pain management. Insurance billing for massage available. See ad, page 21.

NATURAL FAMILY MEDICINE MAULFAIR MEDICAL CENTER Conrad Maulfair, D.O. 5925 Tilghman Street, Suite 90 Allentown, PA 18104 • 610-682-2104 •

Dr. Maulfair is an Osteopathic Physician bringing four decades of knowledge and experience in alternative, complementary medicine to his patient care. Help for all conditions and all ages. Offering Chelation Therapy, Hubbard Method Sauna detoxification, and many other treatment programs. Bringing the best of both worlds to their patients. See ad, page 21.


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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 9.

NATURAL FOODS TO YOUR HEALTH NATURAL FOODS Jon Holznagel, PHD. 212 N. West End BLVD Quakertown, PA 18951 215-538-3480

Dr. Jon Holznagel is a graduate of Delaware Valley University in 1966. He established To Your Health Natural Foods in Quakertown, PA. in 1994. His commitment is to provide the area with the highest quality medicinal foods, vitamins and herbal supplements in 2000 Jon graduated with a PHD degree in Nutritional Science so he could better advise his clients on their health issues. See ad, page 6.


Support your beautiful self with energetically alive water for superior hydration. Water is a vital building block for promoting health from the inside out. Highly absorbable water is an essential tool in our anti-aging toolkit. Our variety of products revitalize tap water with no chemicals, energy or maintenance. See ad, page 10.

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

Specializing in preventative healthcare, digestion and nutrient absorption, and thyroid and adrenal health. Modalities such as iridology, sclerology and biochemical balancing enable the development of your unique program for optimum health. These programs are easy to follow and incorporate into your daily life. Reach your full health potential! See ad, page 37.



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

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



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


Specializing in glutathione enhancement with NT-307, a uniquely prepared truly native whey protein isolate that provides the essential building block precursors to make glutathione in each and every cell in the body. Key benefits of raising glutathione include a stronger immune system, cell detoxification, increased energy and increased muscle strength and endurance for improved athletic performance!


Lorraina J. Telepo, Founder 2502 Schoenersville Rd, Bethlehem, PA 18018 267-424-4549 Part of an overall health enhancement program. An exercise pressure is applied to reflex areas, formed by 7,200 nerve endings in each hand and foot, encouraging improved instruction to each and every single gland, organ and part of the body, thus persuading the body to biologically correct, strengthen, and reinforce itself. Free 15 minute consultation during February and March. Call 267-424-4549.


Dian Freeman, MA, MHHC Private Nutritional Consultations, Classes, Nutritional Certification Course Morristown, NJ Dian’s Wellness Simplified • 973 267-4816


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Village at Stones Crossing, Easton, PA 18045 Learn to Be a Naturopath!101 610-253-5550  

From a Full-Time Practicing Nutritionist with Decades Clinical Nutritionist Dian Freeman Experience and Thousands of Clients hasof aClinical private practice and nutrition Take Advantage of the Knowledge And Experience of A Practicing Nutritionist Who Combines Clinical Nutrition, Herbology, Essential Oils, Energetic Tools And Holistic Health Modalities school in Morristown, NJ, and she Trish takes pride in making sure all Call today teaches a six-monthCounts! nutritional cer-about guests are treated with care and Experience special Dian is Celebrating thewith 15th year teaching tification course over 850hercerti- monthly professionalism. She wants you to Nutrition Certification Course for designation as a Saturday fiedCertified graduates in Holistic Health over feel welcomed and leave the outHolistic Health Counselor, CHHC classes open theWith last 15 years. She also practicesto the public! side world behind when you walk Over 800 Graduated Students frequency biofeedback, teaches Meets Every Other Sunday for Six Months through the door. As you enter the Next Course Begins October noon to 5pm 1-day classes and lectures widely. Dian is2019, currently Spa the aroma and tranquil sounds finishing her doctorate in Medical Humanities at Drew give you the calming experience Dian Freeman University Madison, NJ. Certified in Clinical in Nutrition you expect. Stop by to see all the services available. and Holistic Health (973) 267-4816 See ads, pages 2, 13, 15 and 26. This course includes preparation to practice nutrition as a career or to learn nutrition for personal and family use. Students get free nutritional counseling and years of health and business mentoring and support from Dian.

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

Dr. Kaplan is a Board Certified podiatrist with over 30 years experience. Our office feature stateof-the-art technology including laser treatments for fungus toenails and shockwave treatments for heel pain. Dr. Kaplan’s emphasis is on a nonsurgical approach to all types of foot and ankle pain. See ad, page 33.

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Ming Ming Molony 610-443-1746

Qi Spa, founded in 2011, is a luxurious, privately owned Spa, which focuses on its clients as individuals. Qi Spa provides many conventional spa services, and many unique services such as: a specialized wet room for full body wraps, a Far Infrared sauna for up to four people, and a couples massage room, all in a spa setting surrounded with beautiful art and calmness. An exclusive service offered by Qi Spa is their acupuncture face-lift complemented by a high-end facial with premium products from Paris, which will simply amaze you. See ad, page 5.


Mountainville Dental 2004 South 5th Street, Allentown, PA 18103 610-791-2307 Dr. Dave has been practicing in the Lehigh Valley for over 40 years. He has incorporated the latest technologies in patient care as well as treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Being a careful listener allows Dr. Dave to customize treatment plans to fit the patients needs and budget.See ad, page 13.


Karen E Adamo, EEM-AP Eden Energy Medicine Advanced Practitioner Phillipsburg, NJ 908-752-0097 (phone or text) Experience more joy, peace, calm, health and vitality through the combination of two profoundly effective healing modalities—Eden Energy Medicine, which corrects imbalances in nine different energy systems, and Sound Meditation with authentic bronze Himalayan Singing Bowls and Gongs.





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A drug is considered “Hazardous” if meets criteria set fourth in the National Institute For Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and other regulatory bodies. Examples of drugs include but not limited to Methimazole, Trilostane, Chemotherapeutic agents, Hormones, Fluconazole & many others.

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