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26 HEALTHY CLIMATE, HEALTHY PEOPLE Why a Warming Planet is Harming Our Health

30 TOUCHING THE EARTH The Healing Powers of Going Barefoot


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hen I first saw the proud eagle photo from local award-winning photographer Tina Tyson on page 13, I was captivated by the irony of our national

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a time when our nation was held captive by foreign oil producers. How we achieve that independence will define our generation. The technology for solar, geothermal and wind, as well as electric cars, is on the cusp of becoming a reality, yet our current national thrust is a shortsighted and environmentally devastating plan based on still more fossil fuels. More offshore drilling, more fracking, more pipelines, bigger cars with poorer fuel economy and zero regard for other species seems to be our legacy to future generations. Earth Day 2018, on April 22, gives us a chance to come together and correct our present course. Intelligent people can make wise decisions each day to use less, reuse more and recycle as much as possible. We must start with ourselves by making better personal consumption choices and encouraging those that get it right. We can also demand leadership that protects our environment and our right to pure water and clean air. We can vote at the polls and with our dollars to disassociate from the consumerism that may leave us with only memories of wild places and thriving ecosystems.

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news briefs

Herbal Medicine Series for Personal Use


eri DeAngelis, founder of Wellness for Life Holistic Center, LLC, is offering two four-week sessions of herbal classes from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays from April 13 to May 5. Participants can select either day for four consecutive weeks. Classes will focus on terminology, herbal preparations (infusions, decoctions, tinctures, salves, etc.), and health of the body systems, including anatomy and physiology, nutrition, herbs for maintaining health, and herbs to guide the healing process connected to specific disorders such as sinusitis, asthma, anxiety, etc. Students will be taking home all herbal Keri DeAngelis preparations made. DeAngelis states, “Herbal medicine is the art and science of using herbs for promoting health, preventing disease and treating illness.” The course is intended for those interested in learning more about herbs and natural remedies, leading to a healthier lifestyle for themselves as well as their families, or those who wish to pursue herbology and/or holistic health as a career path. Cost is $180; includes all materials. Classes are held in Effort, PA. RSVP to DiAngelis at 570977-1935.

Destination: Sustainability


reen Drinks, the Lehigh Valley’s premier green networking event, will meet at the Allentown Brew Works on from, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., April 11, at Fegley’s Allentown Brew Works. The meeting begins with networking to meet others interested in sustainability, followed by a program, Using LANta to Lower Your Carbon Footprint, at 6:15 p.m. This meeting will be of interest to those interested in protecting the environment, but not sure how public transportation factors in. “Public transportation reduces the number of cars on the street and thus helps improve air quality, alleviate traffic congestion and noise,” say Federal Transit Administration officials. To learn more about the future of LANta in our region, LANta board member Kim Schaffer and Executive Director Owen O’Neill will explain how the Lehigh Valley public transportation system is evolving, and how the changes can benefit the community. Location: 812 Hamilton St., Allentown. For more information, call Lehigh Valley Sustainability Network President Andrea Wittchen at 610-730-8246 or visit


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ark McCurties, a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship, in Boston, will present a talk, How God’s love can change your Mark McCurties life and the world, at 2 p.m., April 8 in Allentown. The ideas in this lecture are based on the teachings of Jesus as recorded in the Bible and discussed in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy. McCuties says, “We all have a natural desire to improve ourselves and the world around us. In my own life, I’ve found that letting the divine love of God guide and direct my efforts, brings permanent and meaningful results.” McCurties spent a number of years in the field of education working as a camp director, experiential educator, resident counselor and athletics coach. While working with young people, he had many opportunities to witness the healing power of God, and these inspiring experiences eventually led him into the full-time public practice of Christian Science. The presentation is sponsored by the First Church of Christ, Scientist, located at 3020 Hamilton Blvd., Allentown. The presentation location is 1 Oberkotter Hall, Cedar Crest College, 100 College Dr., Allentown. For more information, call Linda Anderson at 610-282-2313.

Sexual Healing Workshop for Women


lexandra Milspaw, Ph.D., an AASECT-Certified Sex Therapist and Certified 4-D Wheel Practitioner, will conduct 4-D Approach to MindBody Healing workshop for women, focused on holistic healing with special attention to sexual healing from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 7, at 4Directios Counseling, in Bethlehem. Milspaw specializes in sexual health, trauma, and chronic pain. Her talk will address the mind, body, heart and spirit. She says, “It is important to be aware of Alexandra Milspaw, Ph.D all the thoughts going through our mind so that we can decipher what it is that our bodies and hearts may be responding to. Our body remembers and responds to all other parts of our experience. The emotional response to our experience can tell us a lot about our past, present and future. The spirit represents the sensation of connection and disconnection.”



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Local Celebration of World Tai Chi Day


he Cherry Blossom Festival will celebration World Tai Chi Day at 10 a.m., April 28, at Cedar Beach Park. Led by experienced instructor Hilary Smith, area practitioners welcome curious community members to participate in this global practice through a series of simple, but powerful exercises. Experienced practitioners will also demonstrate “forms”, or sequences of moves essential to tai chi practice, and provide more information about this potent and accessible healing art. No experience is necessary. Tai chi is the ancient martial art known as moving meditation that promotes health in scientifically-proven ways: reducing stress, improving balance and treating pain, among many other physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits. World Tai Chi Day is a global celebration of this art, celebrated simultaneously all around the world in hundreds of cities in more than 80 countries. By practicing tai chi as one united humanity, the hope is to promote health, wellness, and unity across the globe. Location: 2600 Parkway Blvd., Allentown. For more information, email or visit






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New Yoga Emphasizes Connection


Holographic Anatomy Course Begins in May

shaya yoga, developed by Massachusetts-based yogi Todd Norian, combines precise biomechanical alignment with heartcentered messaging in a welcoming and inclusive environment. Kula Heart Yoga & Wellness is the only studio in the Lehigh Valley that offers an array of alignment-based yoga classes from licensed ashaya yoga instructors. A synthesis of yoga, meditation, and Eastern and Western philosophies, Ashaya yoga builds strength, balance, flexibility and heals chronic pain. Silver Kim, E-RYT 500 and certified and licensed ashaya yoga instructor says, “Ashaya yoga transforms lives beyond any other yoga I know. I’ve witnessed deep healing in my students in all areas of their lives.” Owner Denise Mikovitch, a licensed ashaya yoga teacher, says, “The beauty of Kula is the warmth and friendliness students receive from the teachers, staff and other students. There is always a helping hand and we strive to create an atmosphere where people want to come and refresh their mind in our calming space.”

cupuncturist and Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner Lisa Baas will teach a course at Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center for healthcare professionals that want to upgrade their energetic diagnosis, assessment and healing skills: learn how to understand holographic body language; and understand whole body microsystems. There will be a one day introductory session from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 5, and the course from 9 a.m., September 8 and 9. Lisa Baas, L.Ac. She says, “This is a secret weapon of physical diagnosis. It is the way to accurately do face reading and read whole body language. Learn how to see and feel energy in the body for health and wellness. Find out how the physical body gives signals you can see for better health. Read the whole body! Learn how your organs are doing. Learn about the quality of your blood. See signs of disease or aging or health and recovery!”

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Bemer Home Health Technology Empowers Individuals


earn about how your inner body effects on your exterior during a cellular health consultation at Pathways Holistic Center in Emmaus. Understand how what you eat, drink, think and feel Sherry Wachter creates the reality of one’s sacred temple, the body. The key to living a life without pain and suffering is to improve cellular health.

Beauty Meets Wellness Weekend


he Lodge at Woodloch has gathered some of its top partners to host an intensive weekend of beauty and learning from April 27 through 29. Mike Bruggeman, CEO and chief formulation officer at OM4 will talk about the latest technologies in green science product formulation that address consumer's wellness lifestyle challenges. Attendees will learn how the biological differences in male and female skin call for innovative solutions to skin health and male-specific grooming products. Highlights include 2018 Global Wellness Trends, with Mike Bruggeman, chairman of the Global Wellness Institute's Beauty Meets Wellness Initiative; Moonlight Forest Bathing; Holistic Beauty Basics with Barbara Close, Founder of Naturopathica, and a high-energy fusion of ballet barre exercises, sculpting, Pilates abs and yoga stretching, set to music. Complimentary mini-treatments (book in advance) will also be offered including Siberian Ginseng Scalp Massage; Gua Sha Mini Facials and Beauty Bing. Participants will also create a hand-painted jewelry pouch made out of 100 percent Baliense cotton. Location: 109 River Birch Ln, Hawley. Call 800- 966-3562 or visit TheLodgeAtWoodloch. com for more information. See ad page 47.

Pathways is offering the Bemer, an award-winning, non-invasive, U.S. Food and Drug Administration-registered medical device for home use that has been proven to improve cell health, blood flow and circulation. It was developed under a cooperation agreement with NASA. The easy-to-use device, used just 16 minutes per day, encourages increased oxygen and nutrient absorption of cells and tissue, while improving the natural detoxification processes of the cells. “Poor circulation causes cells to drown

in their own waste, which leads to less desire and motivation, more fatigue and ultimately disease”, states Pathways Founder Sherry Wachter. “This device reduces joint discomfort, lowers blood sugar, increases cardiac function, promotes increased energy and mental acuity.” Location: 4833 Chestnut St., Emmaus. A demonstration of the device and specific application consultation is available by calling 610-966-7001. See ad page 40.

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Celebrate Earth Day Locally and Globally


arth Day, on April 22, will serve again as a galvanizing force on ways to save our planet. With the theme of End Plastic Pollution, the Earth Day Network (EDN) is setting a specific focus this year on the importance of reducing the use of plastics and finding more Earth-friendly alternatives ( The nonprofit notes that of the approximately 300 million tons of plastic annually produced to make bags, bottles, packages and other commodities worldwide, only about 10 percent is successfully recycled and reused. The rest ends up in landfills or as litter, leaching dangerous chemicals into soil and water, endangering humans and wildlife alike. EDN asks everyone to pledge to switch to sustainable alternatives, subscribe to its newsletter, spread the word via social media, educate and mobilize citizens to demand action, and donate to support the adoption of a global framework to regulate plastic pollution that will engage individuals, companies and governments worldwide. Further, EDN is extending people’s ability to take personal responsibility by self-rating and guiding their involvement via practical toolkits. “People can create and follow a plan to reduce their plastic footprint and also share that data to help others via the Billion Acts of Green online campaign,” says Valeria Merino, vice president of Global Earth Day, adding that participants will be able to create an ongoing record and track their commitments. The initiative is also providing materials, tips on organizing cleanup events and social media tie-ins.

Spring Cleaning in Green Meadow


reen Meadow, a natural burial Ground at Fountain Hill Cemetery is seeking volunteers for a spring clean-up event on Saturday, April 14 from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers can meet the caretakers and staff and experience the site’s philosophy. The first of its’ kind in the Lehigh Valley, Green Meadow’s goal is to create a beautiful and respectful place to allow the body to degrade naturally and rejoin Earth’s elements, perpetuating the natural cycle of life and death. The burial process uses what remains of life to regenerate new life, to return dust to dust. Unlike traditional cemeteries, Green Meadow prohibits practices that prevent natural reunion with the earth, including burial vaults, metal caskets and chemical embalming. In their place they allow biodegradable caskets and cloth shrouds. Ground level fieldstone and other natural native rock markers are allowed. Maintenance of the grounds also differs as the meadow is planted with native Pennsylvania wildflowers eliminating the need for lawn care and creating a peaceful, contiguous native wildflower landscape. Fountain Hill Cemetery is non-denominational and non-profit. Located at 1121 Graham Street, Bethlehem. For more information, contact Ed Vogrins at 610-868-4840. See ad page 37.

Alleviate Foot Pain with Homeopathic Solutions


JIM THORPE EARTH DAY • SATURDAY, APRIL 21 • ALL DAY Events All over town. River Clean-up, live music, Earth Day Raffle, educational vendors, crafters, hula hoop, Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl. JimThorpeEarthDay. com of Facebook

odiatrist Dr. Robert Kaplan is offering Traumeel injections to treat a variety of musculoskeletal inflammatory conditions such as Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, capsulitis, metatarsalgia and arthritic conditions. Traumeel injections are a homeopathic alternative to steroid injections. Dr Robert Kaplan Kaplan continues to be a leader in bringing non-surgical, drug-free solutions for problems of the feet to the Lehigh Valley. Homeopathic means the medical agent is completely derived from elements found in nature. Traumeel is a natural blend of botanical and mineral extracts with the ability to neutralize inflammation, allowing the body to heal properly. Cortisone injections are effective, but because of the side effects there is a limit to how many shots one can safely get. Traumeel injections are a safe alternative to cortisone injections because they have no side effects and thus can be given as often as necessary. Dr. Kaplan provides all types of foot and ankle solutions including an innovative, non-invasive treatment for Neuropathy that stimulates blood flow to relieve burning, tingling and numbness and Extra-Corporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) a FDA approved, non-invasive treatment for achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis, commonly associated with heel spurs.

AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEAL • SUNDAY, APRIL 22 * 6:30PM Lafayette College’s Office of Sustainability is hosting a free public screening of An Inconvenient Sequel. Refreshments and a reception afterwards with information from local groups. Landis Cinema of Buck Hall, 219 N. 3rd St., Easton. For information visit 

Location: 1901 Hat Terr., Ste. 7, Easton, PA. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 610-253-2251 or visit See ad page 16.

2ND ANNUAL SUSTAINABLE LIVING EXPO • FRIDAY, APRIL 13 • 5-9PM Inspiring presentations of all the positive ways for a healthier sustainable life. Presentations, films, workshops, vendors, great food & more. Free. Lobby and auditorium of the Palisades High School, 35 Church Hill Road, Kintnersville, PA 18930. Find out more at 5th ANNUAL ARTISAN FAIR & EARTH DAY FESTIVAL SATURDAY, APRIL 21 • 11am-4pm Bethlehem Food Co-op presents over 45 local artisans, speakers and demos, Sustainable vendors, food vendors and kids area. Free. St. Francis Center for Renewal, 395 Bridle Path Rd, Bethlehem. For more information email MONROE COUNTY EARTH DAY • SATURDAY, APRIL 21 • 9AM-4PM  Northampton Community College, in conjunction with the Monroe County Conservation District, celebrates with environmental activities including exhibitors, live music, e-cycling, workshops, give and take event, tire amnesty, speakers, campus tours, great food and more. Free. 2411 PA-715, Pocono TWP.


Lehigh Valley Edition

New Sustainability Directory Published Since 2004, the Alliance for Sustainable Communities has published an annual directory of organizations, businesses promoting sustainability in the greater Lehigh Valley. Now called Sustainable Lehigh Valley, the 2018 edition also includes Voices of the Valley, essays on topics of interest by people in the Lehigh Valley. It is available in print and online The Alliance also organizes working groups to focus attention on particular matters, including Artisans Co-Lab (page AA); Beyond Capitalism Working Group, BCWG (page BB); Communications: producing our various media presences: Sustainable Lehigh Valley, Sustainability Doings (e-newsletter), Sustainability Commons, Lehigh Valley Natural Builders Guild (page CC); Transitions Lehigh Valley (page DD); and the many working groups of the Sustainability Commons (page EE). The Alliance hosts community dialogues, workshops, and public meetings to encourage discussion. Since 2004, more than 100 college and university students have completed internship projects as diverse as campus sustainability, healthy food for healthy communities, and restorative justice for teachers. Transitions U is a major project focus of the Transitions Lehigh Valley working group, providing training, learning, workshops and courses. Sustainability commons is a virtual intranet workspace that unites, empowers, and engages organizations and individuals, providing a work platform for developing effective actions such as Let’s Talk About Climate!, a sustainability guide. The Alliance also maintain relationships with groups such as the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, Lehigh Valley Food Policy Council, Lehigh Valley Social Impact Center and LEPOCO Peace Center. For more information or to get involved, call 484-851-3910. To access the directory, visit April 2018


Ignite Your Creativity at a Women’s Retreat


Pause on the Path, A Women’s Retreat, will be held on May 18 and 19 at the Ukrainian Homestead, in Lehighton. At an Opening the Path social from 7 to 9 p.m., Friday, attendees can enjoy networking, appetizers and refreshments, drumming and dancing by the bonfire with Dr. Lois Wilson, co-author of Your Shift Matters: Breakdown to Breakthrough. At Saturday’s retreat from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., two morning sessions include Unleash Your Passion, by GLVCC Vice President Marlyn Kissner, and A Guide to Create

a Clear Path to Envisioning & Manifesting the Life You Want to Live, by Professional Development Coach Dina Tulli Davis. Afternoon sessions include Mindfulness is the Key, a self-guided nature walk, and art-making for self-expression. This event is hosted by Jim Thorpe Mas-

sage & Wellness and JumpSpark Creative Group, the Carbon Chamber & Economic Development Corporation, the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, Natural Awakenings magazine and West End Printing Company. Location: 1230 Beaver Run Dr. For pricing, more information and to register, call Dina at 570-722-3751 or Shelley at 484-629-9079, or visit See ad page 11

I Make Them Better! There are two primary reasons a healing practitioner looks for additional patients: It’s a new practice, or all your patients got better. Well...I’m not new. Helping my patients return to health is my mission in life (and yes, there is a story behind that). But it’s also about helping them stay healthy through teaching them how to look after themselves going forward.

What is Naturopathic Medicine? Naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent self-healing process in people that is ordered and intelligent. As a distinct primary health care profession, it emphasizes prevention, treatment and The Healing Power of Nature. Naturopathic physicians act to identify and remove obstacles to healing and recovery, and to support the self-healing process.

Reasons to visit a Naturopathic Physician > Need a 2nd opinion for a health related issue > Not getting results from pharmaceutical drugs > Desire for a more natural approach to health

Dr. Rodger (ND) also teaches courses on NUTRITION and preparation for obtaining the Certified Nutrition Consultant (CNC) qualification.

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Many conditions can be treated or improved through naturopathic care: From Asthma, ADD/ADHD, anxiety, Angina— and that’s just part of the “A’s.”

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One Spirit Festival Marks a Decade


he One Spirit Festival has been hosting readers, practitioners and vendors and craftsmen from the holistic community since 2008. The next event will take place May 5 and 6 at the Clinton New Jersey Community Center. Lectures are held every half-hour throughout the weekend, with topics ranging from how to offset the effects of chemicals in our environment to holistic pet care. Psychic readers include Michael Zaikowski, Joannie Eisinger, Brenda Ivey and Nancy Lucas. Each has their own method of connecting to the higher power, whether through angel cards, tarot, direct channeling or mediumship. There are local authors, massage therapists, acupressure practitioners, reiki practitioners and more. Holistic vendors offer classes and certification in nutrition, and sell supplements, crystals and essential oils. Several jewelry designers cast their own sterling silver pieces and make necklaces and bracelets of crystal stones, along with others that use recycled or found materials. Location: 63 Halstead St., Clinton, NJ. For more information, call 908-638-9066. All events and presenters will be listed on the week before the festival takes place. See ad page 7.

event spotlight

Conservancy to Exhibit Eagle-Themed Photography Show Delaware Highlands Conservancy will showcase the winners of the Sharing Place: Eagles and Their Environs photo contest winners with a gallery exhibition from April 19 through May 7 at the ARTery Gallery, in Milford PA. A public reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., April 21, where Conservancy staff will be on hand to talk about their eagle programming and land protection work and answer questions. The Delaware Highlands Conservancy works in partnership with landowners and communities to protect the natural heritage and quality of life of the Upper Delaware River region. The contest invited local photographers to capture striking eagleinspired photos of the Upper Delaware River region, focusing on the raptors, their habitat and factors important to eagle welfare.

The winners are: Best Eagle Photo Tina Tison, first; Bob Yeager; second; Charlie Dill and Martha Tully, runners-up. Eagle Habitat Nick Verducci, first; Susan Roberts, second; Tina Niesluchowski and Bob Yeager, runners up. Eagle Welfare Jerry Cohen, first, Nancy Tully, second; Richard Justus and Ken Roberts, runners-up. Wild Card Susan Roberts first; Liz DiMenno, second. People’s Choice Jeffrey Sidle.

First Place: Tina


Second Place: Bob Yeager

In addition to the Conservancy photos, member artists will display their own interpretations of raptors, song birds and other avian species that capture their imagination. These include paintings, photos, prints and birds or habitat in other media.

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Gallery location: 210 Broad St., Milford, (570-296-1234). For more information, call Bethany Keene at 570-226-3164, email or visit April 2018


health briefs

When overweight adults exchange refined grain products such as white bread and pasta for whole-grain equivalents, they tend to feel full sooner, eat less, lose weight and experience a reduction in inflammation, the journal Gut reports. Researchers from Denmark’s National Food Institute and the University of Copenhagen studying 50 adults at risk for Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease found that test volunteers realized these benefits by eating whole grains, and rye in particular.

Ingesting a combination of five herbs while making healthy lifestyle changes significantly reduced symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome in a recent Australian study of 122 women published in Phytotherapy Research. The herbs were Cinnamomum verum (cinnamon), Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice), Hypericum perforatum (St. John’s wort), Paeonia lactiflora (peony) and Tribulus terrestris (tribulus). Menstrual cycles returned to normal duration for 55 percent of the women, and significant improvements occurred in body mass index, pregnancy rates, hormones, insulin sensitivity and blood pressure. Subjects also exhibited less depression, anxiety and stress.

High-Fat Diet Risks Multiple Sclerosis Relapse A high-fat diet increases the risk of relapse of multiple sclerosis in children by as much as 56 percent, reports The Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry. A multi-university study of 219 children also found that each 10 percent increase in saturated fat as a share of total calories tripled the risk of relapse. Inversely, each additional cup of vegetables per week cut the risk of the disease by 50 percent.

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A study published in the journal Science found that forests across Asia, Latin America and Africa release 468 tons of carbon per year, equivalent to nearly 10 percent of the annual U.S. carbon footprint. Thus, tropical forests may no longer be acting as carbon sinks and could be releasing more carbon than they store. Lead author Alessandro Baccini, with the Woods Hole Research Center, in Massachusetts, says, “These findings provide the world with a wake-up call on forests. If we’re to keep global temperatures from rising to dangerous levels, we need to drastically reduce emissions and greatly increase forests’ ability to absorb and store carbon.” Researchers think nearly 70 percent of this loss of carbon storage capacity is caused by small-scale degradation from logging, drought and wildfire. Researchers say that policies to curb deforestation, reduce degradation and restore the integrity of the land could turn forests back into carbon sinks.

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Some municipalities spend between 20 and 40 percent of their annual budgets on the energy needed to operate wastewater treatment plants. The city of Thousand Oaks, California, has transformed their biggest energy user into an energy generator. Across the U.S., energy users of all sizes are taking control of their power supply and relieving stress from the grid. That’s the idea behind distributed energy. Atlantic Re:think and Siemens have partnered to explore this burgeoning energy revolution. View a video at TheThousandOaksSolution.


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Solar energy is now the cheapest form of new energy in dozens of countries, with record-setting solar farms being built worldwide. Researchers have been investigating ways to make transparent solar panels that resemble glass that could be used as window panels at the same time as converting the light that shines on them into electricity. “Highly transparent solar cells represent the wave of the future for new solar applications,” explains materials scientist Richard Lunt, Ph.D., from Michigan State University. “We analyzed their potential and show that by harvesting only invisible light, these devices have the potential of generating a similar amount of electricity as rooftop solar while providing additional functionality to enhance the efficiency of buildings, automobiles and mobile electronics.” As reported in Nature Energy, his team has developed a transparent, luminescent, solar concentrator that looks like clear glass, covered in small, organic molecules adept at capturing only ultraviolet and near-infrared wavelengths of light. The visible light that enables human vision isn’t obstructed, so we can see through the cell. If scaled up to cover the billions of square feet of glass surfaces throughout the U.S., it could potentially supply about 40 percent of our country’s energy needs.


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French President Emmanuel Macron awarded 18 climate scientists from the U.S. and elsewhere millions of euros in grants to relocate to his country for the rest of Donald Trump’s presidential term. Macron’s “Make Our Planet Great Again” grants are meant to counter Trump’s intent on the climate change front following his declaration to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord. One winner, Camille Parmesan, of the University of Texas at Austin, who is working at an experimental ecology station in the Pyrenees charting how human-made climate change is affecting wildlife, says that in the U.S., “You are having to hide what you do.”

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The 147th annual Arbor Day on April 27 encourages tree planting worldwide to replenish lost tree cover including trees wiped out in the recent fires in California and hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. The Arbor Day Foundation (ADF) is committed to providing 5 million trees in these areas alone. More than 3,400 U.S. communities will participate as an ADF Tree City. Visit USATreeCityDirectory for a current list and criteria for new communities to apply. The ADF Alliance for Community Trees ( supports tree-growing programs for 200 nonprofit member groups nationwide via funding, information sharing and forging helpful connections. Trees are much more than aesthetics, says Program Manager Dana Karcher, who most recently welcomed Community Greening, in Delray Beach, Florida, and Outdoor Circle, in Hawaii, into the fold. “Trees clean the air, are a habitat for animals, retain storm water and more.” An affiliated nonprofit program online at encourages tree planting each October. Billings, Montana, earned the latest Arbor Day Celebration Award after 12 elementary schools there

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ue Greenwald has always been passionate about new ideas, healthy lifestyles and spiritual development, “walking the talk” by teaching yoga for 17 years and becoming a certified holistic health counselor, energy healer and ordained minister. She even operated a wellness center that offered yoga, dance, healing energy treatments, massage and a variety of spiritual and selfdevelopment classes. The Empowered Light Holistic Expo started as an idea that grew and wouldn’t leave. Regularly pulling together gatherings, such as writers groups, networking groups and classes of various types, Greenwald began to imagine how she’d operate an expo as well as other larger events. “I love the dynamic that comes from working with like-minded people,” she explains, “but my first reaction to these wonderings were, ‘No way! You don’t know anything about expos, and where would you find the time?’” Greenwald listened to the negative


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voice for six months. During that time her expo ideas grew into a mild obsession, and she realized that this wasn’t just a crazy idea—it was a dream she needed to pursue. Knowing that the best way to manifest something is to visualize it, Greenwald created a vision of the successful expo she wanted and then took the risk of renting an enormous space at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, in Oaks, Pennsylvania, just outside of Philadelphia—big enough to hold the expo she held in her mind. She contacted a variety of holistic practitioners and vendors, beginning with the large number of contacts she had from her wellness center. Greenwald learned everything by doing it. “I have a saying,” she shares. “Make a decision, then make it right.” She worked night and day, her efforts culminating in the first Empowered Light Holistic Expo in October, 2016. A true manifestation of her vision, it was a collaboration of expert speakers and vendors, promoting healthy lifestyles by offering healing products, services, inspiration and information. Now in its third year, the expo is held the last weekend of April and September in Oaks. The next expo will be held April 27 to 29. Each expo offers over 50 inspiring talks in four different rooms, with last October’s expo hosting several international speakers. The vendor floor promotes more than 100 holistic vendors. Psychic and intuitive readings are available, as well as healthy food samples. “Everyone needs something different, so the expo offers

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irst, 27 indigenous elders from 23 North American tribes, two African tribes, a Tibetan Buddhist and a Sami from Finland gathered at Turtle Mountain, in Dunseith, North Dakota, in 1994. Recently, 13 elders from 10 tribes from Russia, Columbia, South Africa and the U.S. gathered in Kauai, Hawaii. Other such gatherings, too, are participating in a shared prophecy supporting world salvation. They offer humanity four sacred gifts of wisdom rooted in their life experiences. This is our invitation to receive them.

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This is a time for us all to become and remain united and steadfast, repairing the world from the misuse of power and greed. When we choose to stand in the circle of unity, there is strength. Each of us has an important part to play in the circle of life to sustain precious relationships among people, Earth and spirit for ourselves, our children and future generations.

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Indigenous elders tailor their healing practices to the whole human being, using good medicine, defined as anything or anyone that brings into positive alignment the spiritual, mental, emotional and physical levels. Healing can take many forms, based on tradition, the healer, patient and nature, yet four basic elements or practices are consistent: listening, supportive relationships, unconditional love and committing to creative, positive action.

Power of Hope Hope springs from the choice to tap into an infinite energy source. It may not be understood by modern science, but indigenous wisdom keepers behold an inner certainty of something bigger than us all. When we open ourselves to hope, it is possible to release the pressure and desire to try to know something about everything, and instead free our imagination to create expansive possibilities. Anita Sanchez, Ph.D., is a transformational leadership consultant, speaker, coach and author of the new book, The Four Sacred Gifts: Indigenous Wisdom for Modern Times, from which this was adapted. For videos and a song, visit

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or author Paul Hawken, a leading environmental entrepreneur working with a coalition of research fellows, advisors and expert reviewers, the climate goal is drawdown, or reversing global warming—the point in atmospheric time when the concentration of greenhouse gases peaks and begins to decline on a year-to-year basis. Hawken edited Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, a compendium of the 100 most substantive solutions that already exist.

We wanted to know if it was game over with respect to global warming, or could we reverse the buildup of greenhouse gases with techniques and practices already underway? We gathered a qualified and diverse group of 70 researchers from around the world to identify, research and model the 100 most substantive existing solutions. They modeled the impact the solutions will have if they continue to scale in a rigorous, but reasonable way, and what the cost and profits would be. All carbon data was based on peerreviewed science. Economic data came from respected international institutions like the World Bank. The goal of the book was to present the findings and describe the solutions in ways that fascinated and informed, accompanied by images that enlivened and inspired.

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Did any of the solutions surprise you? None of the solutions surprised us, but their rankings did. For example, educating girls, number six, has a dramatic bearing on global warming. Women with more years of education have fewer, healthier, children and actively manage their reproductive health. Educated females realize higher wages and greater upward mobility, contributing to economic growth. Education is the most powerful lever available for breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty while mitigating emissions by curbing population growth. Ranked seventh, family planning, particularly in lowincome countries, impacts world population. For women to have children by choice rather than chance and to plan their family size and spacing is a matter of autonomy and dignity. Together, these two solutions would account for significant reduction in greenhouse gases by 2050. The United Nations estimates a difference between the high and median population projections in 2050 of 10.8 billion versus 9.7 billion. The difference is almost entirely determined by availability of family planning.

Are you optimistic about achieving the goal? Drawdown is not about optimism, hope or pessimism. It is a reality project. The science on climate change is amazing, if not stunning. It is the best problem statement humanity has ever created, which I see as a gift, not a curse. Global warming is feedback from the atmosphere. The Earth is a system, and any system that does not incorporate feedback fails. It holds true for our body, ecosystems, social systems and economic systems. The knowledge of global warming and its potential impacts is creating huge breakthroughs in energy, transport, agriculture, housing, urbanization and materials. If it wasn’t for the science of climate change, we would be destroying our planet faster than we already are. Focusing repeatedly on the problem does not solve the problem. Diagnosis is not prognosis unless we give up. The science of what will happen if we do not act has been here for a long time. What Drawdown points out is that humanity is on the case. The plan we refer to in the book’s subtitle is not our plan; we found a plan being activated by the collective intelligence of humanity. This is a different story than one of gloom and doom. It is a story of innovation, creativity and generosity—that is who we are. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings.

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amantha Ahdoot’s son Isaac was 9 years old when he collapsed from the heat while playing clarinet at band camp. It had been a record-hot summer following a mild winter and early spring, and Dr. Ahdoot, an Alexandria, Virginia, pediatrician, had already noticed a string of unusual cases: A toddler had contracted Lyme disease in the once tick-free region of Northern Maine. A teenager had suffered an asthma attack in February, a full month before she usually started taking allergy medicine. A displaced gradeschooler from out of town arrived traumatized after fleeing a hurricane-ravaged home with her family. But it wasn’t until she saw her son laying on a gurney in the emergency room with an IV in his arm that she fully connected the dots. “I was aware that the weather had changed a lot since I was kid. But it really didn’t hit home until that day that climate change could affect my health and the health of my children personally,” recalls Ahdoot. “I realized it would be a betrayal of my duty as a pediatrician to sit back and do nothing about it.”


recent survey of 1,200 allergists, 48 percent said climate change is already affecting their patients a “great deal” or a “moderate amount.” In another survey of lung specialists, 77 percent said they were seeing patient symptoms grow more severe due to worsening climate-related air quality. In a sweeping review published last October in The Lancet medical journal, a team of healthcare professionals proclaimed that the human symptoms of climate change are “unequivocal and potentially irreversible,” noting that since 2000, the number of people in the United States exposed to heat waves annually has risen by about 14.5 million, and the number of natural disasters annually has increased 46 percent. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also begun to weigh in with a Climate-Ready States and Cities Initiative to help local health departments brace for everything from the hazardous air quality associated with more forest fires to the spread of vector-borne diseases like Zika and West Nile as the range and season of mosquitoes and ticks expands. Meanwhile, groups like the newly formed and expansive Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health, to which Ahdoot belongs, are being proactive. Its doctors are greening their offices, swapping cars for bikes, buses or carpooling, lobbying lawmakers and encouraging their patients to undertake measures to prevent the problem from worsening. In the process, they say, they might even improve their own health. “We want the public to understand that climate change is not just about polar bears or receding glaciers in the Arctic, but also about our children and our health here and now,” says Ahdoot.

teaches environmental and occupational health sciences at the University of Washington, in Seattle. Wild, allergy-inducing plants like ragweed and poison ivy are flourishing. Poison ivy is growing faster, larger and more toxic as excess carbon prompts it to produce more of its rash-inducing compound, urushiol. “We are seeing the season for ragweed productivity expanding, with pollen levels rising higher and earlier and lasting longer by several weeks,” advises Frumkin. In 2016, residents of Minneapolis, Minnesota, endured a ragweed

season that was 21 days longer than in 1990. Other, desirable crops, like grains, do worse in hotter carbon-rich climes, producing less protein and other nutrients, Frumkin notes. Meanwhile, bugs are thriving, with longer seasons and wider ranges in which to reproduce. Mosquitoes’ capacity to transmit dengue fever—the world’s fastest-growing mosquito-borne illness— has risen by 11 percent since 1950, more than half of that just since 1990, according to the Lancet report. Further, the tick that carries Lyme disease is now present

Flora and Fauna Issues

During the past century, average temperatures have increased between 1.3 and 1.9 degrees Fahrenheit, with annual increases accelerating in recent years as 2012, 2015, 2016 and 2017 all set records for ambient heat. Such rising temperatures, combined with increased rain and record-high atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, can have a significant impact on plants— both those that irritate or nourish us, says Howard Frumkin, a medical doctor who co-authored the Lancet report and April 2018


Four Steps to Take Today


Swap tailpipes for pedals: Bike or walk instead of driving, especially for distances of less than two miles, which comprise 40 percent of all car trips. A study in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives found that if everyone did this in just 11 cities in the Midwest, not only would carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions fall, but it would extend 1,300 lives and save $8 billion in healthcare costs due to better air quality and less sedentary lifestyles.


Eat less red meat: Producing

red meat results in five times more climate-warming emissions per calorie than chicken, pork, dairy or eggs, according to a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. It also creates 11 times more emissions than the produc-

tion of potatoes, wheat or rice. Eating less red meat can also decrease an individual’s risk of certain cancers.


Encourage hospitals and doctors’ offices to go green:

The healthcare system is responsible for about 10 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions, according to a recent study by researchers at the Yale School of Medicine, in New Haven, Connecticut. Boston-area hospitals recently slashed their overall emissions by 29 percent in five years.


Plant more trees: As they grow, trees remove carbon dioxide from the air. Being around green space has also been shown to boost mental and cognitive health.

in 46 percent of U.S. counties, up from 30 percent in 1998. “My physician colleagues used to treat two or three cases a month during tick season,” says Dr. Nitin Damle, a physician at South County Internal Medicine, in Wakefield, Rhode Island. “Now each of us sees 40 to 50 new cases each season.”

Heat Pollution

Rising heat can also aggravate lung conditions because it promotes the production of ozone, a major lung irritant. With prolonged heat often come wildfires. When one burned for three months in North Carolina in a recent summer, researchers discovered that residents of counties affected by the smoke plume showed a 50 percent increase in emergency trips due to respiratory illness. Like Isaac, more kids are ending up in hospitals due to soaring temperatures, with U.S. emergency room visits for heat illnesses up by 133 percent between 1997 and 2006. Ahdoot recalls a young football player from Arkansas that showed signs

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of weakness and fatigue during practice, but wasn’t treated right away. He ended up with heat stroke, kidney failure and pulmonary edema and ultimately required kidney dialysis. “Every summer now, I see the impacts of increasing temperatures and heat waves on kids,” she says. Climate change can also impact mental health, according to a recent review by the American Psychological Association. Exposure to natural disasters can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder. Plus, according to research institutions including the University of California, San Diego, and Iowa State University, chronic heat, especially at night, can interfere with sleep and even lead to aggressive behavior. Then there’s the worry about what to do about it, and whether it will be enough. “When you talk with people about what is affecting them, climate is definitely one of the things stressing them out,” says Thomas Doherty, Psy.D., a psychologist in Portland, Oregon. “There’s a sense of mystery and powerlessness around it that weighs on people.”

Fresh Perspective, New Hope

Mona Sarfaty, a family physician who is now director of the Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health, attests that 69 percent of Americans are aware that climate change is occurring, and more than half agree that human activities are at least partly to blame. Yet only a third believe it could ever harm them personally. “So much of the early focus was on the receding glaciers and the penguins,” she says. “People today still think it will affect ‘those other people over there,’ but not them.” She agrees with the recent focus on imminent health issues, and is encouraged that a growing number of healthcare professionals feel it’s their duty to inform their patients about climate change to mobilize action. “When you talk about climate change not only in terms of the health impact it has on individuals and families, but also in terms of the real-time benefits of taking action against it, people are a lot more interested in doing something,” says Sarfaty. For instance, shifting to clean energy

sources like wind and solar instead of coal can effect better air quality and easier breathing now. Cycling or walking to work rather than driving can reduce carbon emissions, boost feel-good brain chemicals and keep weight in check. Writing letters to editors or attending rallies to urge lawmakers to pass climate-friendly policies can not only fend off the anxiety and depression that comes with feeling helpless, but also effect real change. Ahdoot is taking these steps now. She has solar panels on her roof, is assist-

ing the local hospital to reduce its carbon footprint, takes public transportation to work and encourages her kids to walk whenever possible. “I don’t feel powerless at all. I feel empowered and optimistic,” she says. “The more we know, the more we are moved to act. We can all do something small every day to protect our climate.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at

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Touching the Earth The Healing Powers of Going Barefoot by Martin Zucker


elanie Monteith, of San Diego, California, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 24 and plagued by symptoms for 14 years. Simple daily tasks became challenging. She relied on walking aids and walls to keep from

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benefits from sustained contact with the Earth’s natural and subtle electric charge. Recent research published in the Journal of Inflammation, Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal, Neonatology and Health indicates that grounding stabilizes the physiology in many ways, drains the body of inflammation, pain and stress, and generates greater well-being.   Grounding can be as simple as going barefoot in nature, including the backyard, for 30 to 60 minutes once or twice a day on surfaces like grass, soil, gravel, stone and sand. If this isn’t practical, special grounding mats and pads are available online for convenient indoor use while sitting or sleeping; people with compromised health often benefit from more time being grounded. The activity restores a primordial electric connection with the Earth that has been lost with modern lifestyles. We wear shoes with insulating, synthetic soles and live and work elevated above the ground. These overlooked lifestyle factors may contribute to increasing global rates of chronic illnesses. Grounding revitalizes us, akin to charging a weak battery, because our bodies operate electrically and our movements and thoughts are based on electrical signals. We are bioelectric beings. Eighteen years of grounding research in a variety of indoor settings, plus grassroots feedback from around the world, clearly show that our bodies operate more effectively when grounded. We sleep better, have less pain, more energy and even look better. Here are some of the documented benefits.

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Reduction of chronic inflammation “Inflammation is intimately linked to most chronic and aging-related diseases,” says Gaétan Chevalier, Ph.D., a visiting scholar at the University of California, San Diego, who has conducted multiple grounding studies. “Grounding seems to be nature’s way to reduce inflammation.”

Enhanced blood flow Thick, sludgy blood is a common feature of diabetes and cardiovascular disorders. Several grounding studies have demonstrated a significant decrease in blood viscosity and enhanced blood flow. “Grounding represents a potent circulation booster; a simple, yet profound preventive and therapeutic strategy,” says integrative cardiologist Dr. Stephen T. Sinatra, of Manchester, Connecticut, co-author of the book Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever!

Decreased stress Tracy Latz, a medical doctor and integrative psychiatrist in Mooresville, North Carolina, has found, “Patients with anxiety issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder and depression, often benefit from grounding.”

Improved vagus nerve function The vagus nerve connects with and regulates key organs, including the lungs, heart and intestines. In one study, doctors at the Penn State Children’s Hospital, in Hershey, Pennsylvania, grounded hospitalized premature infants and documented improved vagal function that could potentially boost resilience and reduce complications. “These babies have a lot of health challenges,” observes Dr. Charles Palmer, former chief of the center’s division of newborn medicine. “It seems that they are more relaxed when grounded.” More research is needed. Within a few months of grounding both day and night, Monteith’s disease symptoms receded dramatically. Her balance and stability improved when standing and walking. She sleeps more deeply and has more energy. An eye issue for which there is no drug subsided. She says her health continues to improve and she looks forward to living each day. Troy Baker, a recovery consultant for special populations and chief program officer of the nonprofit Adapt Functional Movement Center, in Carlsbad, California, who has been overseeing Monteith’s exercise training schedule, has observed a reduction in the effects of multiple sclerosis since she started grounding. “Her body is more fluid, not as stiff. She moves much better, with increased energy and stamina.”     For more information on grounding, visit Martin Zucker, a former Associated Press correspondent, has written about alternative medicine for 40 years and is co-author of the book Earthing.

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Local Edible Landscapes Thrive Organically by Elisa Smith


ichard Mitchell has a degree in Environmental Science from St. Michael’s College in Vermont, but he credits Mother Nature with being his first teacher. The proprietor of Bear Creek Organics remembers spending much of his childhood in nature, where he applied his talent for observation to looking for patterns related to how green things grow. His Ukrainian great grandmother had sold her sheep farm to immigrate to America, and her son, Mitchell’s great uncle, had an urban garden here in the states – one Mitchell was paid an allowance to help tend. Still, growing conditions were different in Mitchell’s home town of Bear Creek. The rocky soil and cold mountain climate made growing a challenge, so he began problem solving at the age of 10, and over the ensuing years became an expert on edible gardens in Northeast Pennsylvania. Why edibles? “Food is family,” says Mitchell, noting that food was the only aspect of his ancestors’ culture that remained. “Food was central to every family gathering.” At a young age, he determined to translate his love of growing food into a viable business. Now, in addition to running a successful edible landscape business, Mitchell teaches at The Graham Academy, where he instills a love for organic gardening in special-needs children. His passion and commitment for community education and environmental stewardship earned him the coveted Environmental Partnership Award from the Pennsylvania Environmental Council in 2016. Because composting was something his great uncle had taught him, Mitchell learned at young age the importance of 32

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viable soil, and found it was key to nourishing plants organically. While in college, he ran a landscape business during the summer breaks, which further developed the skills necessary to design, install and maintain aesthetically pleasing, viable landscapes. The organic worm compost he’d developed over the years helped his clients’ plants grow better and live longer, with less maintenance. At college, Mitchell discovered what he calls “Vermont’s amazing organic food culture, a social structure built around local, fresh, organic food,” which only served to feed his passion for growing healthy food. College provided another pivotal experience, the opportunity to work with world renowned soil microbiologist Dr. Elaine Ingham, when he was hired as a regenerative research technician at the Rodale Institute in Kutztown. The Institute first coined the term “organic agriculture” and remains among the world’s foremost pioneers in organic research and education. “I worked for a year alongside the best of the best in organic agriculture. I became a specialist in the soil-food web,” says Mitchell. Upon graduation, Mitchell returned to his hometown and started Bear Creek Organics, a worm composting company dedicated to using organic compost to restore damaged soil, a method he found far superior to chemical fertilizers. He was able to grow trees rapidly, even in the worst conditions. He describes his company’s compost as an “artisanal product,” but despite his success, Mitchell realized that he’d strayed from his true passion, growing plants for food. So, a few years ago he shifted his focus back to his original interest. Though he continues to produce compost, he now uses it to create edible landscapes for a variety of clients including schools, communities and individual homeowners. His commitment to offering hardy, low maintenance trees and bushes led him on a nationwide search for rare heirloom varieties bred to thrive in the Northeast Pennsylvania climate, a search that took three to four years to come to fruition. “You won’t find our trees and bushes at big-box nurseries,” Mitchell maintains “For one thing, virtually all nursery trees have been treated with chemical fertilizers. Our trees and bushes are established in 100 percent organic compost soil and are ready to grow. The soil has been inoculated with microorganisms that make

A schematic design of a Food Forest that was created by students who attended a Forest Garden Design Intensive training course with Dave Jacky renowned author and teacher.

Marshal and Anne Rumbah with Mitchell showing off the harvest from a mixed vegetable and fruit tree garden containing apple trees, grapes, cherries, blueberries, raspberries and every vegetable imaginable.

them far superior at withstanding drought and other stresses.” The fruit and nut plants have been selected for superior taste, high yield, vigor, cold hardiness and disease resistance, and proven to excel in the local climate. Over 50 antique, heirloom and disease resistant apple varieties are available - “Why grow varieties of apples you can buy in the grocery store?” he asks - in addition to pears, plums, and peaches. He also offers cherry trees and bushes, along with blueberries, pink lemonade (blue) berries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, and currants, and several varieties of the most disease resistant and productive chestnut trees and hazelnut bushes. He also offers two fruit trees, which he says most are surprised to learn are native to the area: the paw paw and the persimmon. “The paw paw tastes like a combination of mangos and bananas and it has after tones of vanilla and citrus with a custard texture,” says Mitchell. “It’s also the largest native North American fruit, tastes amazing and is very healthy. As a bonus, the trees are very beautiful, extremely shade tolerant, pest free and deer proof.” As to the persimmons, Michell says the “fruit of the gods” is very ornamental, shade tolerant, and pest free. All of Bear Creek Organics’ nut trees are seedlings from grafted chestnut varieties, and are blight resistant, large nut producing, high yield and high taste. Mitchell notes that hazelnut bushes grow very well in Bear Creek in partial shade.

There’s also a pecan-hickory hybrid called hicans, which is extremely cold hardy. Citing the Chinese proverb which states that the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, and the second-best time is now, Mitchell insists that people should not be intimidated by the thought of planting trees, especially these. “Trees grow bigger, stronger and hardier every year,” he says. “Unlike annual vegetable gardens, they are extremely low maintenance, and less work as time goes on. They require minimal care for one to two years, and that minor investment lasts a lifetime.” Clients should expect berry bushes and nut trees to produce fruit in one to two years, and fruit trees to mature and bear fruit in two to five years. Mitchell’s says his typical client recognizes the value of the healthy food these trees provide, along with their ability to beautify the landscape and provide shade and/or wind buffers. “Many local residents believe our soil isn’t right for growing these trees, that the climate is too cold, that they’ll fall victim to disease and/ or wildlife, but solving these problems is my specialty. I only offer well-adapted trees that produce tasty fruit,” he asserts. Mitchell does sell trees separately, but encourages customers to take advantage of the range of expertise his company offers as a full-service ecological company that designs, builds, installs and maintains edible landscapes and gardens. To encourage local residents to take advantage of the spring planting season, Mitchell is offering a free initial consultation, including a site visit, for a limited time. He encourages clients to work cooperatively with him, noting that his happiest clients work closely with him to tailor a plan that works best for their goals. Mitchell’s design plans are careful to incorporate the social aspect of outdoor space, and complement outdoor living rooms, fireplaces and cooking areas, creating the aesthetics that encourage homeowners to spend more time in their backyards. “You don’t have to want a full food forest to hire me,” says Mitchell. “I can help even if it’s just a couple of apple trees, or a berry patch, a bee or butterfly garden, herb garden or vegetable garden. If it grows in soil, I can help with planning and planting.” Bear Creek Organics is located at 80 Chapel Road in Bear Creek. For more information or to set up a consultation call 570-5820615 or visit See ad page 19.

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Foods that Go Easy on Water

Changing Our Diet to Cool the Climate

Good Food Choices Enable Global Health by Judith Fertig


hree years ago, the New York Times added a new word to the world’s food vocabulary: Climatarian (n.) A diet whose primary goal is to reverse climate change. This includes eating locally produced food (to reduce energy spent in transportation),

choosing pork and poultry instead of beef and lamb (to limit gas emissions), and using every part of ingredients (apple cores, cheese rinds, etc.) to limit food waste. Changing our food choices to support this model can have a ripple effect. Researchers at the University of California, Santa Bar-

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Hydroponic greens are hands-down winners. The Shelton Family Farm, near Whittier, North Carolina, weekly produces 10,000 to 12,000 heads of hydroponically grown Bibb lettuce. The controlled environment and carefully engineered nutrient delivery systems maximize all resources. “It’s an enclosed system that runs 24/7, and it’s highly efficient from a waterusage standpoint because we recycle the water,” says William Shelton Jr., a fourthgeneration family farmer. “The only water that’s actually consumed is what’s taken up and transpired through the plants.” In a moderate climate, energy costs to recycle the water and keep the plants at an even temperature are moderate, as well. Dry-tilled heirloom tomatoes, okra, melons and quinoa are drought-tolerant and only use available rainfall.

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bara, in a 2017 study published in the journal Climatic Change, looked at how diets impact personal health, the healthcare system and climate. They found that adopting a more plant-based diet reduces the relative risk of coronary heart disease, colorectal cancer and Type 2 diabetes by 20 to 40 percent. National annual health care costs could drop from $93 billion to $77 billion. Direct greenhouse gas emissions could annually drop 489 to 1,821 pounds per person. Such an approach involves considering the related water usage, greenhouse gas emissions and carbon footprint—the energy required to cultivate, harvest and transport food—plus processing associated food waste. Here are some top choices.

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Foods that Go Easy on Greenhouse Gases Plants beat meat. “Livestock farming produces from 20 to 50 percent of all manmade greenhouse gas emissions,” says nutritionist and climate activist Jane Richards, of GreenEatz, in Mountain View, California. “You can reduce your footprint by a quarter by cutting down on red meats such as beef and lamb.” An exception is the vegetarian staple of rice. According to researchers at Project Drawdown, a climate solutions organization in Sausalito, California, rice cultivation is responsible for at least 10 percent of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and up to 19 percent of global methane emissions. New farming techniques, like mid-season draining of the rice paddies, could cut methane emissions by at least 35 percent. Richards notes, “Meat, cheese and eggs have the highest carbon footprint; fruit, vegetables, beans and nuts, much lower. The carbon footprint of a vegetarian diet is about half that of a meat-lover’s diet.”   Root crops such as carrots, radishes, potatoes and beets have a lower carbon footprint than above-ground plants due to less food waste. A beautiful beet is easier to grow than a bell pepper that blemishes more easily. Seasonal, regional fruit, vegetables, herbs and honey have a lighter carbon impact because they are transported shorter distances. Usually what grows best in a region and is consumed locally is also best for the climate. Foods naturally suited to their environment grow and taste better, and are packed with more nutrients, reports Sustainable Table, an educational nonprofit that builds healthy communities through sustainable eating habits (

Hopeful Developments

New agricultural developments can also benefit our climate environment. According to Project Drawdown research, perennial grains and cereals could be pivotal in reaching soil, carbon and energy targets. The Land Institute, in Salina, Kansas, has been working with the Rodale Institute, in Berks County, Pennsylvania, to

develop a perennial wheat that would not have to be planted from seed each year. This would save soil, carbon and both human and machine energy. Kernza, a new perennial grain proven to prosper in natural grasslands like the Great Plains, is not yet widely distributed. Maria Speck, author of Simply Ancient Grains, advises, “With up to 15-foot-long roots, it can be harvested for five years and uses less fertilizer than conventional wheat. Kernza tastes almost like a cross

between rice and wheat—sweet, grassy, mesmerizing.” Michael Pollan, author of Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual and creator of the film Food, Inc., suggests we keep it simple: “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.” Climatarians would add another guideline—eat as locally as possible. Judith Fertig writes cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

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Healthy House Easy Ways to Green It Up

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iving green isn’t difficult or expensive. Start small, one room at a time.

In the Kitchen Defrosting trays have been available for a while, and although they aren’t a miracle solution, they are eco-friendly and easy to clean; thawing most meats, seafood and vegetables usually takes just 30 to 60 minutes. It’s one way to avoid using the microwave. Most cutting boards of sustainable bamboo or cork originate in China, creating a big carbon footprint. Glass boards are breakable and hard on knives. Consider planet-friendly boards made of recycled cardboard and foodgrade plastic combined with flax husks. A countertop convection oven set about 25 degrees lower circulates heated

air to cook food 25 to 30 percent faster and more evenly than a conventional oven; it uses less energy and has fewer emissions. Foods come out crispier, which also makes for great veggie chips. A conventional oven is still best for soufflés, breads or cakes that rise as they bake. Replace chemical-coated nonstick pans, disposable parchment paper and aluminum foil with reusable, eco-friendly, U.S. Food and Drug Administrationapproved silicone mats. They are easy to

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Keep floors clean and healthy by leaving shoes at the door. They track in dirt, pesticides, chemicals, pet waste and leaked fluids from vehicles. Slippers or socks with a grip sole keep feet warm and prevent falls. Bamboo flooring is sustainable and eco-friendly, but is also shipped from China. Using local products reduces shipping costs, supports American businesses and can give the home a unique design. “Logs salvaged from the bottom of the Penobscot River turn into flooring, ceilings and accent walls,” advises Tom Shafer, coowner of Maine Heritage Timber, in Millinocket. “The cold temperature preserves the wood and gives it a natural patina. It’s now available in peel-and-stick, affordable planks called timberchic. Planks have an eco-friendly, UV-cured finish.” For more flooring tips, see Tinyurl. com/Eco-FriendlyFloors.


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From sheets and bedding to a fluffy robe, choose eco-friendly organic cotton in white, or colored with environmentally safe, non-metallic dyes. Blue light from a smartphone, computer, tablet or TV can foster sleeplessness. “I keep all devices out of my bedroom and block all unnatural light,” says Leslie Fischer, an eco-minded mom and entrepreneur in Chicago, who reviews mattresses for adults and babies at SustainableSlumber. com. “I sleep on a fantastic mattress that won’t fill my room with pollution.” A good pillow is a necessity. Citrus Sleep rates the Top Ten Eco Options at This ad is the property of Natural Awakenings and may not be reproduced in any other publication witho Mattresses should be replaced every sion of the publisher. Please review the proof carefully. Natural Awakenings is not responsible for any er eight years. In the U.S., an average of marked. This ad will be published as it appears if the proof is not returned to us. If there are any questio 50,000 end up in landfills each day. Calithis proof please call or email. fornia law requires manufacturers to create a statewide recycling program for matSignature: Date: / tresses and box springs. An $11 recycling fee, collected upon each sale, funds the Bye Bye Mattress program. Connecticut and Rhode Island also recycle them. “An alternative is extending mattress use with a topper,” says Omar Alchaboun, founder of topper-maker Kloudes, in Los Angeles.

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INTO THE WOODS Nature Helps Kids Build Skills and Character by April Thompson


movement is afoot to get kids grounded in nature. Wilderness awareness programs, also known as primitive skills or Earth-based education, teach life-changing survival skills that build courage, compassion and camaraderie. “We help youth experience a true aliveness in nature. Kids gain knowledge of the outdoors and increase awareness, confidence and self-reliance, while having fun, positive experiences,” says Dave Scott, founder of the Earth Native Wilderness School (, in Bastrop, Texas. They often go on to enthusiastically share what they’ve learned about natural flora and fauna with their families.

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skills, such as making bows, baskets, shelters and fire. “By making a bow out of a particular type of tree, children discover what type of habitat the tree prefers and how to harvest it sustainably. Indigenous skills like animal tracking also help them relate to wildlife and develop empathy for animals,” says Scott. “When you learn to trust rather than fear nature, you’re more likely to take care of it,” adds Rick Berry, founder of 4 Elements Earth Education (, a Nevada City, California, nonprofit that helps kids and adults connect with planet Earth via immersion in nature. Leaving room for spontaneity and improvisation is important. While infusing indigenous knowledge into their curriculum, wilderness programs emphasize universal principles such as deep understanding of local

environments and life’s interconnectedness. “Fire making is for everybody. Shelter making is for everybody. We are all caretakers of the land,” says Berry. Physical and other challenges, such as walking blindfolded through the woods, heighten sensory perception while building confidence. “The landscape is a great teacher with its uneven ground and obstacles, posing an opportunity to learn agility, practice balance and ultimately, expand awareness,” says Simon Abramson, associate director of Wild Earth (, in High Falls, New York. Nature-immersion programs like Wild Earth’s further help kids sharpen their observation skills through activities like learning to identify birdsongs and trees. During a popular activity called “sit spot”, children learn to sit quietly, listen and observe from a specific location they may revisit over the course of a day or year to witness nature’s varied beauty. Another time, they may try “foxwalking”, creeping silently and slowly, or test their “owl vision”, using peripheral vision. For younger kids, instructors may incorporate such skills into a game like “coyote or rabbit,” where by staying still, they can avoid detection by a predator. Kids learn to listen both to nature and their own inner voice, which can be challenging in the midst of dominating peers and authority figures. “We build on the tradition of vision quest, in taking time to get quiet in nature and hear what the heart is saying,” says Berry. Activities may be patterned after natural cycles of the seasons, the four directions and diurnal rhythms. On a bright morning, emphasis is on high-energy, outward-facing activities; day’s end brings a pause to reflect, glean and share what participants have made and learned.

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Mother Nature’s lessons can be hardearned, but the outdoor trials that kids experience are often their most honored and memorable moments. Whether youths try out a wilderness program for a season or stay on for years, Earth-based learning can have an enduring impact. They help foster healthy relationships

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not only with the Earth, but with other people, according to Samuel Bowman, a program coordinator with the Wilderness Awareness School (Wilderness, in Duvall, Washington. Team-driven activities like building a communal shelter can help kids learn how to work through conflict, listen to others and appreciate differences. “The kids that have come through our programs prove to be creative problem-solvers prepared to handle just about anything. They have focus and commitment, and tend to be service oriented,” observes Abramson, noting that 60 percent of their instructors are alumni. “Thinking back on kids we’ve worked with, you can often see their wilderness journey reflected in their paths as adults, how they are making choices with their heart and pursuing their passions,” concludes Berry. Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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Great agility and strong muscles cannot compensate for being in one position too long, over-reaching or fatigue. “Listen to your body’s messages such as, ‘It’s time for a rest,’ or, ‘That’s too heavy,’” recommends Schwartz. Remember to take regular breaks to rest, stretch and drink water.

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ardening is good for body and soul, but long hours and repetitive movements can negatively impact even the fittest body. While stiffness and pain patterns might manifest in the lower back, shoulders, legs and hands, performing a few yoga poses can lessen pain, increase flexibility, boost stamina and prevent injury.

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Doing yoga regularly will condition the body, but incorporating asanas, or poses, while gardening can be both a fun and practical way to avoid overstressing certain muscle groups and keep the spine and hamstrings supple. Using props in the garden environment such as fences, a wall or a chair can provide convenient support. Feel free to perform all poses before or after gardening, and all except numbers one and five in the garden.

1. Downward Facing Dog pose (Adho Mukha Svanasana) with feet placed against a support

2. Warrior 1 pose (Virabhadrasana I) 3. Straddle Forward Fold pose (Prasarita Padottanasana) 4. Standing Scissor Twist (Parivrtta Hasta Padasana) standing close to and bracing against a wall or fence

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“Every action needs a counter action for structural balance to be maintained. Repetitive movements can tighten fascia, restrict movement and compromise nerve impulses,” explains Asheville, North Carolina, yoga teacher and back care specialist Lillah Schwartz, author of Healing Our Backs with Yoga: An Essential Guide to Back Pain Relief. “What goes into spasm tends to remain in spasm,” observes Schwartz, who has helped many people overcome back pain and other chronic structural issues. Practicing yoga before, during or after spending time outside also promotes mind-body awareness which helps us tune into our body’s natural rhythms and prevent physical problems in the first place. Here are some basics to consider when working in the garden.

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“Conscious breathing involves both the body and the mind. Long, slow inhalations and exhalations help us tune into our body,” says Schwartz. “Using long breaths when stretching in the garden can help muscles find relief.” To reduce pain: ■ Stop and breathe. Take slow, deep breaths with a pause (inhalation retention) between inhalation and exhalation. ■ Don’t resist the pain or allow self-judgment.

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Bringing mindfulness to garden work not only helps prevent injury, but helps make it a more enjoyable experience. Here are a few more tips. ■ If rising early, begin time in the garden with a Warrior 1 pose while facing east. ■ Be mindful of feeling the breeze when it brushes the skin and pause to breathe deeply. ■ Notice the music of the birds or other pleasing sounds in the surrounding environment. ■ Stop to drink some water and take pleasure in the garden’s beauty and bounty. Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at

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Every species embodies a solution to some environmental challenge, and some of these solutions are breath taking in their elegance. ~Linda Bender, Animal Wisdom: Learning from the Spiritual Lives of Animals


rom birds and elephants to dolphins, animals, whether by instinct or learned behavior, have discovered ways to cope with parasites, pests, aches and pains. This science of selfmedication is called zoopharmacognosy (zoo for animal, pharma for drug and cognosy for knowing). At home, a dog or cat that eats grass is practicing it to eliminate parasites or hairballs. Donald Brightsmith, Ph.D., of Texas A&M University, directs the Tambopata Macaw Project in the lowlands of southeastern Peru, studying the many macaws and other parrots that gather clay to eat as a supplement. First thought to help remove toxins from their bodies, clay adds needed sodium to their diet, researchers now believe. A pregnant elephant in Kenya’s Tsavo Park was observed by ecologist Holly Dublin, Ph.D., to travel miles to find a tree not normally eaten. Four days later, the elephant gave birth. Dublin discovered that Kenyan women make a drink from the same leaves and bark to induce labor. While studying Bornean orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) in the Sabangau peat swamp forest in Central Kalimantan,

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It’s sensible to explore why they’re successful in fending off the worst effects in order to find ways to improve our own health, instead of just trying to eradicate the disease. We can learn from behavioral selfhelp strategies animals employ.” Accomplishing this is more difficult than ever, she believes, because today’s severely shrinking habitat makes it hard to find truly wild animals and plants. “Over the last 100 years, we’ve done a horrible disservice to all life by destroying habitat and exploring only a small percentage of what nature has to offer,” agrees Pastor. “As patents expire, pharma has to change. It’s important to develop

botanicals. We’re advised to vary our diet and exercise, yet take the same dose of the same pill daily. We’ve studied dead organisms under microscopes, but living organisms, even as small as microbes, can communicate helpful positive reactions.” Western medicine has strayed from what nature offers to keep us healthy. Now is the time to take care of both the planet and all living beings on it. “We’ve discarded thousands of years of evidence,” says Pastor. “We cannot destroy the bounty of possibilities.”

Indonesia, primatologist Helen MorroghBernard, Ph.D., of the University of Exeter, UK, observed an orangutan chew the leaves of a plant that were not part of its usual diet until it formed a lather. The orangutan spit out the leaves and used the lather much like humans apply a topical Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy pain reliever. at While animals have been known to eat certain plants when ill, hers may be the Box 421 Emmaus, PA 18049 • P: 610-421-4443 • F: 610-421-4445 first sighting of an animal creating a salve. • Nearby villagers grind the leaves to make a balm for sore muscles and inflammation. Ad Proof for Natural Awakenings Wellness & Morrogh-Bernard believes humans learned this topical application from apes and To: P: 610-421-4443 sick kitty exams Email: F: 610-421-4445 passed it down through the generations. Surgical procedures In the Red Sea, bottlenose dolphins Please sign your & proof and complete the following information: Nutrition rub against bush-like gorgonian corals (Ad is shown at actual size. See second page for larger ads.) supplementation covered by an outer layer of antimicrobial mucus that may protect them from infecfor disease reversal Ad is approved: contact information and spelling is correct tion, according to dolphin researcher Angela Ziltener, of the University of Zürich, Allentown Ad is approved with changes indicated Switzerland. Cat Clinic,Ad PCis not approved – make changes indicated “It’s amazing how much we’ve 4090 W. Tilghman St. learned, but forgotten,” says Ira Pastor, Allentown CEO at Bioquark Inc., in Philadelphia, a (610) 398-3556 life sciences company developing biologic products to regenerate and repair human organs and tissues. “We live with other organisms which from a health and wellness perspective are much further advanced than humans. No other species tries to cure with any single solution. Nature employs multiple options. We’re not appropriately imitating nature yet. We need to do Tom’s Dog We feature a full line of veterinary preparation more.” “Axl” with size, dose and flavor appropriate medications Cindy Engel, Ph.D., of Suffolk, for every animal ... including cats, dogs, ferrets, England, author of Wild Health: Lesbunnies, reptiles, birds and exotics! We work with your vet! sons in Natural Wellness from the Animal Kingdom, says, “Animals rely on plants to Thomas E. Silvonek, RPH, FACA provide them with the essentials of life, Fellow American College of Veterinary Pharmacists making their health intimately dependent Compounding Specialist on plant chemistry to provide everything Monday – Friday • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. they need to grow, repair damage and 3330 Hamilton Blvd., Allentown reproduce.” P: 610-437-4600 · F: 610-437-1444 She continues, “Wild animals carry diseases that affect livestock and humans.

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Heart Health & Restful Sleep: 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 – 8:30 pm, FREE, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Pre-register 610.670.6700

SATURDAY, APRIL 7 Heart Health & Restful Sleep: 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 – 10:30 am, FREE, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Pre-register 610.670.6700 Free Tour of Columcille – Experience this megalithic standing stone park with Irish historian and storyteller Tom Egan. Includes stories and interpretations of park features drawn from the history and culture of the ancient Celts. A mile walk on woodland trails. 9:30-noon. Rain or shine. No reservations needed. Contact: Tom Egan at tpegan@ 2155 Fox Gap Road, Bangor

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Become Certified and Foot Reflexology – This 2-day class gives you basic knowledge and understanding in anatomy and physiology as well as lots of hand-on work directly on feet. You will come away comfortable enough to work on family and friends. 14 CEU’s with the NCBTMB. Lebanon PA. $375/course; $75/certification. Contact Gwen Ward, Ph.D., or 717228-0612. 48th Annual Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show – Saucon Valley Lion’s Club. Join Kindred Spirits Books & Gifts at Booth #1. Time: 10am – 6pm. Bake sale and food, and door prizes. Saucon Valley High School. Visit for more information. Cost: Adults $7.50; Children 3 and under are free.


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Sexual Healing Workshop for Women – Alexandra Milspaw, Ph.D, will conduct 4-D Approach to MindBody Healing workshop for women, focused on holistic healing with special attention to sexual healing. 9am-4pm. $120. 4Directios Counseling, 701 W. Union Blvd., Ste. 2, Bethlehem. To register, RSVP to 484-894-1246.

SUNDAY, APRIL 8 NY Style Salsa On2 Series – Ellie Valera has performed in NYC, PA and local colleges and universities. 6-week session Sundays. No exp or partner nec. Call 484-554-4975 or email EllieValera@gmail. com for times. RSVP required. $90/ wks. Persevere Fitness, 3690 Lehigh St, Whitehall. 48th Annual Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show – Saucon Valley Lion’s Club. Join Kindred Spirits Books & Gifts at Booth #1. Time: 10am – 6pm. Bake sale and food, and door prizes. Saucon Valley High School. Visit for more information. Cost: Adults $7.50; Children 3 and under are free. Meaningful Change for the World – Mark McCurties, a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship will present a talk, How God’s love can change your life and the world. The ideas in this lecture are based on the teachings of Jesus as recorded in the Bible and discussed in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy. 2pm. Free. 1 Oberkotter Hall, Cedar Crest College, 100 College Dr., Allentown. Call Linda Anderson at 610-282-2313.

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savethedate CHILDREN’S 6-WEEK YOGA SERIES MONDAY’S APRIL 9 THRU MAY 14 • 11AM Welcome spring. A children’s yoga 6-week series for ages 2-6 with a parent/caregiver. Help your child bloom like a flower and shine like the sun with this creative and educational yoga experience. We will welcome the beautiful days of spring by moving through a theme-based yoga and mindfulness practice. Classes lead by Victoria Genteel, certified ChildLight® Yoga Instructor. Boundless Yoga, 823-F Ann Street Stroudsburg. 570-664-0956

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11 Green Drinks – The Lehigh Valley’s premier green networking event, will meet at the Allentown Brew Works on from, 5:30-7:30 p.m. The meeting begins with networking to meet others interested in sustainability, followed by a program, Using LANta to Lower Your Carbon Footprint, at 6:15pm, 812 Hamilton St., Allentown.


savethedate HERBAL EDUCATION SERIES APRIL 13 THRU MAY 5 FRIDAYS 11AM-3PM OR SATURDAY 9AM-1PM Classes will include terminology, herbal preparations, and herbs for body systems; plus, nutrition and energy work. Learn which herbs guide the healing process connected to specific disorders such as sinusitis, asthma, anxiety and many others. For personal/family use or for those exploring a career in holistic health. $180 includes all materials. Wellness for Life Holistic Center, LLC. Effort PA. RSVP to Keri DiAngelis 570-977-1935

2nd Annual Sustainable Living Expo – We will be vending at this open, public event from 5pm9pm in the front entrance and auditoriums of the Palisades High School. Inspiring presentations of all the positive ways for a healthier sustainable life. 35 Church Hill Road, Kintnersville, PA. Find out more at 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.

SATURDAY, APRIL 14 The Five Friends You Meet in Spirit – Have you ever wondered who guides you through your lifetime? Do you ever feel like someone is always watching you or always with you? Learn about the 5 guides. Cost: $20. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown, PA. Visit http://angelblessings999. Getting Grounded A Root Chakra Workshop – Wish you could stay centered no matter what? Well, you can! Learn several grounding techniques and leave feeling spiritually rooted and empowered. Time: 12:30-2:00pm. $29 in advance/$39 at the door. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown, PA. Register at Limited to 10 people.

SUNDAY, APRIL 15 Energy Protection for Empaths – Receive spiritual guidance from June and learn how to manage and conserve your precious energy. Cut unwanted energy cords from people who “drain” you. Time: 5:30-7pm. $29 in advance/$39 at the door. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown, PA. Register at Limited to 10 people.

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Sacred Symposiums: Roundtable Discussion & Potluck Dinner – Aromatherapy with Young Living Oils. Every 3rd Wednesday 7-9pm, discuss spiritual or metaphysical topics. FREE EVENT! Doors open 6:45p. Please bring a covered dish. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown. Visit our Facebook page/group. Limited to 15 people.

SATURDAY, APRIL 21 Heart Health & Restful Sleep: 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 – 10:30 am, FREE, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Pre-register 610.670.6700 Mandala on Canvas – Paint and yoga flow. Create a beautiful quarter mandala on canvas. Tracy will lead you through instruction on how to draw and paint a gorgeous mandala on canvas to hang in your home. Move through an all level flow in the round taking asana to a whole new level while creating really 1-4pm. $40. Boundless Yoga, 823F Ann Street Stroudsburg. 570-664-0956

SATURDAY, APRIL 21 Hellertown Rocks Painting - Join us in painting kindness rocks, which will be used to spread kindness and delight all around Hellertown. Time: 2:00-4:00pm. Cost $5 (includes all supplies). Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown, PA. Visit



Honoring Mother Earth Day 2018 – Join other kindred spirits from 5-6:30pm for gathering to honor Mother Earth. We’ll do healing meditation, discuss conservation ideas, and enjoy refreshments. All ages welcome! Cost: Donation only. Please bring a light snack for sharing. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown. (610) 838-5463.

FREE Intro. to Tai Chi and Qigong – Come learn how these ancient arts can energize your body and quiet your mind. 11am. Steel Fitness, 250 Cetronia Rd., Suite 100, Allentown. Contact experienced instructor Hilary Smith, RN, with questions. 610 751-6090

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25 METABOLIC RESET WEBINAR WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25 * 6:30PM No matter what your health challenge, chances are these recommendations are going to help support you in taking your health to the next level. Receive a nutrition outline to help support your body in reducing inflammation, supporting digestive health, and to converting your body to a fat burning metabolism. Learn about the most advanced herbs and food sourced supplements to help support your health. 6:30pm. Free with RSVP. Call to register: 570-283-0111. FREE Intro. to Tai Chi and Qigong – Come learn how these ancient arts can energize your body and quiet your mind. 6pm. Steel Fitness, 250 Cetronia Rd., Suite 100, Allentown. Contact experienced instructor Hilary Smith, RN, with questions. 610 751-6090

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Mantra, Mudra & Loving Kindness – A Heart Opening Vinyasa and Meditation Practice that supports physical health, psychological balance, emotional well-being and redirects energy. Open space for releasing old habits, making way for your true nature. 12:30-2pm. $17. Boundless Yoga, 823-F Ann Street Stroudsburg. 570-6640956

Full Moon/Blue Moon Release – During the Full Moon, we can release any negativity. Bring a ceramic mug or fireproof container. Dress for briefly going outdoors. Event ends with a full moon meditation and door prize winner! Time: 7:00-8:00pm. Cost: $10. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown, PA. Visit http://angelblessings999.wixsite. com/amy-musser

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 Limited to 10 people.

Star Sign Savings (Aries) – Kindred Spirits Books & Gifts offers Star Sign Savings! From March 21 to April 19, those born under tropical zodiac sun sign Aries receive 12% Off their total order* (once per day) and also receive 50% Off One Regular-Priced Item on their birthday! *Some exclusions apply.

SATURDAY, MAY 5 The One Spirit Festival – Join our 10th anniversary as we host readers, practitioners, vendors and craftsmen from the holistic community. Lectures are held every half-hour throughout the weekend, with wide-ranging topics. Clinton Community Center.63 Halstead St., Clinton NJ. 908-638-9066

SUNDAY, MAY 6 The One Spirit Festival – Join our 10th anniversary as we host readers, practitioners, vendors and craftsmen from the holistic community. Lectures are held every half-hour throughout the weekend, with wide-ranging topics. Clinton Community Center.63

Handmade & Holistic – Join us for our quarterly craft show that features local artists and their handmade jewelry, crafts, artwork and more. Help support local crafters and be able to purchase oneof-a-kind items. Raffle prizes & light refreshments. Time: 2-5pm. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown (610) 838-5463. Creating Crystal Grids – Crystal grids have been used since ancient Egyptian times to help guide, protect, or manifest. In this workshop, you will learn the different types of stones in a grid, which crystals to place where, and several basic grid patterns for different purposes. Time: 12:00-1:30pm. Cost: $29 advance/$39 at the door. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown. Call 610-838-5463 to register. Limited to 10 people.

SUNDAY, APRIL 29 Empowered Light Holistic Expo – Healthy products, informational workshops and seminars, lifestyle choices and healing services, Vendors come from across the country. April 27-29. The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks PA.

savethedate REIKI CERTIFICATION CLASSES MOUNTAIN TOP & WILKES-BARRE Reiki 1 – Certification Program April 21, 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 April 14. CEU’s LMT’s Instructors; Chris & Meg Reiki 1 – Certification Program June 2, 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 5/26. CEU’s LMT’s Instructors; Donna & Jayne Reiki 2 – Certification Program, May26 ,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 518/18 CEUs . Instructors Chris & Meg Contact Anthony V. Wojnar D.D. RMT, Life Holistic Center LLC. Member: IARP, 570706-6680.

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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. Co-Dependent Anonymous – CoDA is a 12-Step Fellowship of men and women with a common purpose to recover from codependence. The only requirement for membership in CoDA is a desire for healthy and loving relationships. 7pm, Unity Church, 26 N. 3rd St., Emmaus. Call 610-737.-354 or visit

monday 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. 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


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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

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

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

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

Dosha Balancing Yoga – Choosing the right movements and sequence gives the student a practice with purpose. In the winter our movements are focused on building heat and opening the chest. Asana informed by Ayurveda with a purpose to heal, transform and deepen self-awareness. 9:30am. Roots and Wings, 127 S 5th St, Quakertown. 215-257-5025 Free Meditation Circle – The 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of each month, 7 pm to 8:30 pm. 2024 Lehigh St., Allentown, PA (across from Bennett Toyota). Enjoy a relaxing time & experience different types of meditation. See for more info. Like us on FB. Therapeutic Yoga - For students with health or physical challenges. An educational, therapeutic focus toward bringing healing at every level through modified poses, meditation, and other modalities with a Professional Yoga Therapist. 6pm. Soulful Journeys, 131 S. Main St., Nazareth, 610-653-3971

wednesday 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. 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 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: 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

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

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Heather Shoup, L.Ac. 2299 Brodhead Rd., Suite A Bethlehem, PA 18020 610-393-7589 • A patient centered wellness community, where treatment is individually tailored. Heather promotes health and wellness by creating balance in the body. Acupuncture specializing in anxiety, depression, digestive, and cancer support.

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

Board certified and licensed Acupuncturist, Dietary and Lifestyle counseling, Chinese and Ayurvedic Herbs, Laser Acupuncture, Magnetic therapy (A.R.T.) Autonomic ResponseTesting for Detox and more. 20 years of holistic healing. See ad page 28.


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 26.

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

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

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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

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 6.

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 33.


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 26.


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 28.


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

Offering colon hydrotherapy (CHT) from compassionate practitioners also skilled in health coaching and total system healing. Also offering Holistic Nursing, Life Coaching, Massage & Raindrop Therapy. Body Ecology Specialist. In addition to healing services, we also offer an array of organic nuts and seeds, sprouted flour, fermented foods, and prepared nutritional meals. See ad page 40.



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. See ad page 34.

Are there areas of your life of your life that you would like to improve? I can help you balance and harmonize the energy of your home and office, ignite romance, increase wealth, analyze the Qi before purchasing a new home, sell a home, improve your health, attract more travel opportunities. Individual consultations or host a Feng Shui party or class.

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


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Ronak Balani, DDS 2600 Newburg Rd., Easton, PA 18045 610-252-1454 We begin with a holistic approach to enhance your physical health and eliminate any compromise to the immune system. All services we offer are mercury-free, mercury-safe and fluoride-free. We can enhance your smile with everything from routine dental care to whitening and full cosmetic makeovers in a warm, cozy and caring atmosphere. See ad page 37.

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

As the Lehigh Valley’s only Holistic Dentist, Dr. Taras focuses on the safe removal of mercury fillings using ozone, chelators, bio-compatible fillings, and more. With additional degrees as a Naturopathic Physician, in Nutrition, and Integrative Biologic Dental Medicine, Dr. Taras has both the decades of training and experience to remove mercury fillings safely. Cerec dentist, IAOMT, ANMA, and CDC. See ad page 35.


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

Muhamad Aly Rifai, MD, FACP, FAPA, FAPM Chief Psychiatrist and Internist Offices in Easton, Palmerton and Stroudsburg. 484-546-5060 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 14.

HYPNOSIS & HYPNOSIS TRAINING 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 15.





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.

June Rose, Personal Coach 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown, PA 18055 610-838-5463 •

June Rose is the right solution…for YOU! She knows life isn’t always a bed of roses and we all need some help from time to time. June uses her super powers – Compassion, Organization, Positivity, Empowerment – to help cut through the rough patches that life throws at you. Call or e-mail her today for a free consultation and get the helping hand you need. See ad page 30.

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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 37.






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Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center Greg Schweitzer 628 Twin Ponds Rd., West Lehigh Valley 610-670-6700 De-stress, revitalize and be healthier with scientifically validated and physician recommended Effortless Meditation. Experience rest deeper than sleep! Greg Schweitzer taught for Deepak Chopra, M.D. and other notables for 35+ years. Introductory classes and a 10-hour 7-session course.


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

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


Family Physician, Board Certified Thermologist Serving Bethlehem, Easton and Fogelsville • 856-596-5834 A board certified family physician for 35 years and co-founder of Health Through Awareness in Marlton, NJ. An internationally recognized expert in the diagnosis and treatment of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy/Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (RSD). An advocate for health and preventive medicine championing thermography as an early diagnostic tool for many health conditions including breast health.Certified by four Thermographic Boards. See ad page 31.


Conrad Maulfair, D.O. 2970 Corporate Court, Suite 1 Orefield, PA 18069 • 610-682-2104 • Dr. Maulfair is an Osteopathic Physician bringing four decades of knowledge and experience in alternative, complementary medicine to his patient care. Help for all conditions and all ages. Offering Chelation Therapy, Hubbard Method Sauna detoxification, and many other treatment programs. Bringing the best of both worlds to their patients. See ad page 31.


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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 19.

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

Dr. Losagio is a Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist, with over 26 years of experience, using state of the art equipment such as Digital Motion X-ray, Proadjuster and cold laser. He offers chiropractic care, specializing in personal injury cases, weight loss program and continuous education to his patients. Focusing on getting you back to a fully active life. See ad page 29.


Dr. Jonathan Tompkins 2591 Baglyos Circle Suite C-44 484-821-0818 Dr. Tompkins is a Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist with a wide range of experience with Chronic pain, Sciatica, Whiplash, and Neurological disorders such as ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, MS, and Balance Disorders. The practice offers Chiropractic care, Nutritional Blood testing, Food allergy testing, Clearmind Neurofeedback, and Computerized Balance Testing. Expanded office hours can now accommodate new patients in under two weeks. See ad page 56.


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

Using nutrition, chiropractic, and other modalities like massage, the Well of Life helps individuals rediscover health in a natural way. We are committed to offering hope and healing to our clients, and to promote wellness through empowering and educating. Start your journey today! See ad page 34.


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 33.

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

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


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

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


Naturopathic Doctor and Nutritionist 888-234-7685 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 12.


Dian Freeman, MA, MHHC Private Nutritional Consultations, Classes, Nutritional Certification Course Morristown, NJ • 973 267-4816 Clinical Nutritionist Dian Freeman has a private practice in Morristown, NJ, she teaches a six-month nutritional certification course and has certified over 700 graduates in Holistic Health over the last 14 years. She also practices frequency biofeedback, teaches 1-day classes and lectures widely. See ad page 2.


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


1901 Hay Terrace, Easton, PA 18042 610-253-2251 Dr. Kaplan is a Board Certified podiatrist with over 30 years experience. Our office feature state-ofthe-art technology including laser treatments for fugus toenails and shockwave treatments for heel pain. Dr. Kaplan emphasis is on non-surgical approached to all types of food and ankle pain. See ad page 16.

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

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


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.


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

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



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.

188 Shiloh Court, Whitehall 484.695.8265

ROLF METHOD OF STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION highly effective hands-on approach for improving posture, alleviating chronic pain, increasing energy level, and enhancing flexibility through restoring your body to its natural state of alignment. Enjoy moving freely again! Board Certified Structural Integrator CM and Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. See ad page 6.


Bethlehem, PA 18015 (570) 871-3930

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


Serving Bethlehem, Easton and Fogelsville 856-596-5834 A Board Certified Thermographic Technician has imaged thousands of patients for many types of health concern and administers outreach thermogram assessments in several eastern PA centers regularly. A Holistic Health Counselor and is a member of the American Asso-ciation of Drugless Practitioners. A founding partner of Health Through Awareness in Marlton, NJ, a cooperative wellness center that provides a variety of alternative services to facilitate healthy living including nutrition and lifestyle counseling, Reiki, thermography, and biopuncture. Liesha. See ad page 31.

TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE KIM’S HEALING CENTER 1223 Butler St Easton,PA 18042 610-559-7280 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 21.

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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. Hypnosis Training Course – Classes forming for National Guild of Hypnosis-approved Banyan Hypnosis Certification Super Course with 5-PATH and 7th Path Self-Hypnosis techniques. For more information, call 610-248-2358. Childbirth Classes – Now booking private sessions, groups and childbirth classes! Visit or call 484-373-9990 for more information!

OPPORTUNITIES Publish Natural Awakenings Magazine – A career you can be passionate about. Home based business complete with comprehensive training and support system. New franchises are available or purchase an existing franchise. Call 239-530-1377 or visit www.


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Calling Holistic Presenters – Facilitate your workshop or retreat at our Upper Bucks center, with peaceful country setting, meditation gardens, and woods. Email info@ or call 215-538-0976. Health Food Store For Sale – Very well established store in Lehigh Valley, PA. Email to: Serious inquiries only. Distribution Driver – Deliver Natural Awakenings Magazine in Northampton County and Warren County New Jersey. Once per month with a few refills during the month. The ideal candidate lives in the delivery area, supports our content, communicates well with business owners and will manage growth in the territory. 610-421-4443.

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 See more at 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

SERVICES Classical 5 Element Acupuncturist – Jean Louise Collins retiring. I will be available to consult with you

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

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

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Natural Awakenings Magazine  

Greater Lehigh Valley and Far West NJ Edition - April 2018

Natural Awakenings Magazine  

Greater Lehigh Valley and Far West NJ Edition - April 2018