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

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Three Questions to Ponder Before Sleeping



On How We Shape Our Health


Natural Approaches Resolve Major Illnesses




Functional Medicine Leads the Way


Exercising Reduces Symptoms




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wenty years ago, whenever a headache would strike, I automatically reached for whatever over-the-counter acetaminophen was in the medicine cabinet. The capsules provided only temporary relief, and I always wondered what I was actually taking and what were the long-term adverse effects they might have. Information about natural and herbal remedies was few and far between during the 1990s, but when a friend gave me a copy of Amanda McQuade Crawford’s eye-opening book, Herbal Remedies for Women, I dove in and read it cover-to-cover. I eventually stocked my bookshelves with other literature about holistic health, and soon I learned how to improve or even remove entirely some nagging health issues that affect so many women. Through small, common sense changes like focusing on restful sleep, controlling stress, dietary changes, herbal remedies and essential oils, my headaches faded away. It really was that easy, and I was amazed by how much better I felt overall. I became a vegetarian—both for health and animal ethics reasons—and I started buying fresher, whole foods. Today my spice cabinet is full of beneficial herbs and spices like turmeric, fresh garlic, cinnamon and tea blends. Since I started my journey toward natural health, I’ve seen interest in holistic remedies grow by leaps and bounds. People are truly realizing how the body can heal itself when given what it needs. Today, we’re fortunate to have an abundant community of knowledgeable professionals to turn to for integrative and functional medicine solutions for whatever ails us, and we’ve got magazines like Natural Awakenings that offers practical, approachable advice to keep people, our pets and the planet healthy. My medicine cabinet is pretty bare these days. In summer, my backyard garden provides much of the healing I need, and I dry herbs to use during winter months. Whether you’re just discovering natural health or if you’ve embraced holistic modalities for decades, any time is the right time to grow, discover and learn how Mother Nature is our ultimate true healer. Sheila Julson

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Reiki for Animals Sustainable Living Open House Training


he Mid-Atlantic Renewable Energy Association (MAREA) will hold a Spring 2018 Sustainable Living Open House from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., May 5. For this self-guided tour in Berks, Bucks, Chester, Lehigh and Montgomery counties, residents open their homes to showcase sustainable features so that others may see and learn from their experience. This year's open house includes homes with solar installations, energy-efficiency upgrades, rainwater recycling, electric vehicles and other sustainable living features. It's an educational and fun day out with family and friends, and the perfect opportunity to see these sustainable features in action and talk with those with firsthand experience.

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Lyme Support Group Meetings


he Lehigh Valley Lyme Support Group hosts monthly meetings at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at the Quaker Meetinghouse, in Bethlehem. The group discusses tick-borne diseases, testing, prevention, alternative solutions and overall support. Every other month features a guest speaker. Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection transmitted through tick bites from the tiny black-legged deer tick which most often targets the skin, joints, brain and heart, although any part of the body can be affected. Now associated with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the nonprofit group will be conducting free one-hour DARE 2B Tick Aware programs. “Pennsylvania is still number one in Lyme cases and growing, and the state is starting to get that education out there but so much more has to be done on the educational front, especially with doctors,” says instructor Heidi Healy. “Remember to protect yourself when outdoors. Spraying takes just a few seconds and when you come home do a tick check!” Admission is free. Location: 4116 Center Street, Bethlehem. For more information, call Healy at 973-610-0531 or email to schedule a seminar.


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Reiki for Animals Level 1 and 2 c e r t i f i c at i o n program will be presented by Life Holistic Center (LHC) on from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 9 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 10, with certified Reiki Master instructors Anthony V. Wojnar and Jane Neimiec. Day 1 will be held at the LHC Violet Studio, in Mountain Top, Pennsylvania and will cover Japanese Reiki Techniques for Strengthening Ki Flow; Animal Reiki Meditations for Creating and Maintaining a Healing Space for connecting and working with animals; a review of Level 2 symbols and mantras; the Reiki for Animals Level 1 and 2 attunement (initiation); and a reiju (spiritual blessing). Day 2 will be held at Indraloka Animal Sanctuary, in Mahoophany, Pennsylvania allowing Reiki practice sessions with horses, pigs, cows, goats and other small animals at the sanctuary for animals with nowhere else to turn . A 110-page manual will be provided. Prerequisite: Reiki 2 or higher. CEUs for massage therapists are available. For more information, call 570-706-6680 or visit See ad page 7.

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aturopathic Doctor and strength coach Nicholas Theodorou, of Nutritional Technologies, in Easton, specializes in glutathione enhancement with Immunocal. He is offering a $40 comprehensive health and five-point fitness evaluation and analysis during May that includes wholesome diets, prudent exercise, proper use of supplements, sleep and reducing stress. The program is also available to athletes lookCoach Nick ing for natural performance enhancement. Immunocal is a unique, specially prepared and globally recognized natural whey protein, proven to support overall health, wellness and performance. Its key benefits are maintaining a strong immune system, building antibodies and increasing muscle strength, endurance and performance. Theodorou achieved a 570-pound deadlift at age 53 and advised Lucy Tyler, who won a bronze medal in the Points Race at the 1996 games, and Giddeon Massie, who made two Olympic Track Cycling teams in the2004 and 2008 Olympics, on their gym strength training workouts and conducted nutritional supplement support programs to maximize strength building and recovery from their intense, three-per-day workouts



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Postpartum Support Group in Bethlehem

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olar electricity is the he Lehigh Valley Postpartum Support fastest-growing group is for expectant and postparenerg y sector tum moms to connect with the best local in the U.S., but resources available to help those struggling trade schools with transition and postpartum mood and community disorders. Meetings are held at 7 p.m. on colleges are having a hard time getting up to speed with new the first Wednesday of each month in education opportunities in this sector. Electronics Technicians Bethlehem. Box 421 Emmaus, PA 18049 • P: 610-421-4443 • F: 610-421-4445 Association (ETA) Solar Electric five-day certification workApril Gabriel-Ferretti, a psychotherapist • shops with Jay Warmke are affordable opportunities to get up to in private practice in Bethlehem who specializes in treating women speed with DIY solar installations or a new career in an emerging with postpartum mood and anxiety disorders, is the Lehigh Valley Ad Proof for Natural Awakenings energy sector. coordinator for Postpartum Support International and has worked “This is especially significant considering the need for new as a birth doula. She says, “It is a place of support and non-judgment. To: P: 610-421-4443 jobs that are relevant in today's economy.,,” says Warmke. Two We share our stories, learn about maternal mental health and how Email: to navigate the waters of motherhood.” F: 610-421-4445 upcoming courses in Pennsylvania will take place from May 7 through 11 in Germansville, and June 4 through 8 in Brookville, Gabriel-Ferretti helps expectant and new moms and their famiRusty Orner, of Quiet Creek Herb Farm, says, "I gained the Please sign your proof and complete the following information: lies find resources and services they need in relation to life after baby knowledge to install solar electric, and in fact we put in a 3.9 kW (Adand is difficulties shown atregarding actual size. See second page for larger ads.) maternal mental health. “It is so important array. This year, we will continue the process and add more to help that they realize they are not alone and there are resources and seroffset electricity for our farm's new geothermal system.” vices that can help them through this difficult time.”


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Walk for Fibromyalgia


f ter chronic pain forced changes to his life, Jason Schutz, a husband, father and business owner, decided to fight back. “Imagine the worst pain you have ever felt. Add in having the flu. Now make it 10 times more intense and across your whole body. Now imagine that feeling never goes away because there is no cure. That is what it is like to live with fibromyalgia,” Schutz told a local audience about fibromyalgia (FM). With a severe shortage of pain specialists, Schutz is organizing a Together Walk in Macungie on May 12th for locals to learn from national experts and ask questions about FM. Patients, caregivers, family members, and health providers are encouraged to attend. Guest speakers to include, Doctor Heather Strencosky, founder of Comprehensive Chiropractic, PC, helping people with fibromyalgia restore their strength and health naturally. As well as Richelle Troutman, RN, BSN, with 26 years in the medical field, Troutman understand fibromyalgia as a nurse and a patient.

Saturday June, 23rd • 10am - 6pm Sunday June, 24th • 10am - 5pm

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Spiritual Holistic Expo Supports Enlightenment


p en yours elf to love, knowledge and wisdom as the Metaphysical Universal Ministry (MUM) and Metaphysical Learning Center of Allentown hosts their 16th annual Spring Spiritual Holistic Expo from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., May 19 and May 20 at the Allentown Fairgrounds AgriPlex Center. One of the largest of its kind on the East Coast, the expo provides an opportunity for visitors to meet with more than 170 vendors of all modalities and alternative healing methods. The keynote speaking lineup includes Nick Sabharwal educating on eastern and Ayurvedic uses of teas; Rev. Corbie Mitleid discussing clarity on all levels; QiGong Healing with Brian Kunsman; Sharon Bibb on the healing harmonics of essential oils; and Shana Bumgartner demonstrating chair yoga. The large expo bookstore will also offer 50 percent off during the event, and there will also be additional free seminars and door prizes throughout the weekend. See for event times. Cost is $8. Location: 1725 Chew St., Allentown. For vendor information, call 610-791-2641. See ad page 7. May 2018


Unique Summer Camp Experience with Animal-Assisted Activities


hildren throughout the Lehigh Valley can have summer experience they won’t soon forget at The Gress Mountain Ranch’s (TGMR) annual Ranch Camp. Weekly Camps are offered on June 18-22; July 9-13; or July 30-August 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. This enriching program accepts children in second through 12th grades

enjoying activities such as pony rides, donkey cart rides, alpaca fleece felting and yoga. They also learn proper care and feeding of various large, small, and exotic animals through hands-on participation while receiving specific information about each species. The Gress Mountain Ranch is a nonprofit animal sanctuary for large, small,

and exotic animals dedicated to the mutual well-being of humans and animals by inter-twining their lives through nurturing, learning, fun, respect, healing, and celebration of life. Cost is $200 per week per child and includes all materials and activities. “Ranch Camp combines learning and fun,” said Kathryn Gress, founder and president of TGMR. “The children absorb the importance of kindness and experience the joy of a partnership with animals in an enjoyable and educational way.” Location: 3264 Highland Road, Orefield. For more information or to sponsor a child’s attendance, contact Kathryn at GressRanch@ or 610-398-2122.

Herbal Studies with a Master


pplications are being accepted for the September 2018 start of David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies twoyear Clinical Herbalist Training Program. Winston, an internationally respected herbalist, is the CenDavid Winston, RH (AHG) ter’s dean and has taught the art and science of Clinical Herbal Medicine for over 35 years throughout the U.S., Canada, and the UK. His philosophy is, “Good herbalists treat people, not diseases.” The program teaches the skills necessary so that each student can accomplish that goal The focus on differential diagnosis skills, materia medica and therapeutics, are essential to individualize treatment for physical, emotional and spiritual wellness. The comprehensive program includes case histories and clinic, phytochemistry of medicinal plants, therapeutic protocols, diagnostics, herbal pharmacy, therapeutic use of nutritional supplements, field botany and nutrition/diet. Unique to this course is the breadth of traditions studied, including Traditional Chinese medicine, Eclectic/ Western herbal medicine and others. Classes will be held in Washington, New Jersey and online via live webcast. For more information call 908-835-0822, email office@ or visit See add on page 21. 10

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Solarize Lehigh Valley at Green Drinks


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., May 9, at Fegley's Allentown Brew Works. The meeting begins with networking to meet others interested in sustainability, followed by a program, Solarize Lehigh Valley: Solar Today For A Brighter Tomorrow

June Dates for Herbal Medicine Series


er i DiAngelis, founder of Wellness for Life Holistic C enter, 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 June 8 to June 30. Participants can select Keri DiAngelis 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 preparations made. DiAngelis 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 570-977-1935.

Kelly Sanders, director of special projects for the Sustainable Energy Fund (SEF), will share details of a new campaign, powered by SEF, that will launch May 3. The goal of Solarize Lehigh Valley is to educate the

community, reduce the cost of installations, raise awareness and increase adoption of solar energy in the Lehigh Valley. The program is geared toward homeowners and small businesses in the region that want to install solar on their homes and buildings. 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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Local Expert designs and installs Edible Landscapes

Contact Bear Creek Organics for a custom foodscape that is right for you. We design and install vegetable gardens, bee and butterfly gardens, backyard orchards, food forests, and a diversity of edible landscapes - large and small. If you were thinking about growing your own food this year then we can help you avoid costly mistakes while taking advantage of the best your property has to offer. The first step is to reach out to us via email or phone to schedule a consultation. Our initial consultation and site visit will help maximize the success of your project and minimize common mistakes. We focus on understanding your vision and goals while assessing your land to locate sweet spots, hidden problems and unknowns. Then we begin to find balance between your vision and your land. We are very process-oriented and have developed a system for creating success across different landscapes, ecologies and climates. This process involves problem solving, planning and designing and is the foundation of our business and the success of your land. Bear Creek Organics also runs an edible landscape nursery tailored for Northeastern PA. We carry organically grown fruit and nut trees, berry and nut bushes, native flowers and even some vegetables. Our plants are of the highest quality. We carry many varieties and cultivars not sold in big box stores or local garden centers. Our stock includes apples, pears, plums, peaches, cherries, chestnuts, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, serviceberries, and hazelnuts. We also carry a large assortment of native flowers, medicinal plants, and some heirloom vegetables. Our nursery is appointment only. It is our job to help you succeed and we want to give you personal attention to make the best decisions. We encourage our clients to take advantage of our expertise in problem solving, design, and plant selection by first scheduling a consultation and hiring us to design your property. We believe in our process so we guarantee all of our work that we design and install. For those not interested in a full design and installation, we have an advanced placement package to accommodate your needs. The advanced placement package includes a rough design, plant selection and delivery with expert placement and spacing. We make sure you have the right plants in the right spots but allow you to save money by doing the installation yourself. Finally, if you already have a plan and a design then we can simply provide the plants and the rest is up to you. We want people to grow their own food in their own backyards. If you are looking to work with experts in the field of food production than we are here for you. Bear Creek Organics is located in Bear Creek Village PA. For more information call 570-582-0615 or email Also see our facebook page for weekly updates.


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Pennsylvania Permaculture Convergence


ur Second Pennsylvania Permaculture Convergence is planned for Friday, June 1 through Sunday, June 3 at Stonehedge Gardens in Tamaqua. The gathering will address the ever-increasing need for communities to work and grow together as we develop ways to deal with ecological and social challenges. Friday and Saturday of the convergence will be focused on informational workshops, group activities, and speakers. On Sunday, participants will be able to choose from hands-on building workshops to put their knowledge to work. There will be spaces set for music, dance, entertainment, community conversations, fireside chats and more. Workshops and Demonstrations throughout the weekend will include Earthship Biotecture, Plant Propagation, Mushroom Inoculation, Natural Medicines, Water Systems/Management, BioChar, BioGas, Plant walks & Identification, Natural Building, Mapping & Design, Beekeeping, and more... 2018 Participants: Jonah Reynolds, Macaiah Hall, Robyn Mello, William Padilla Brown, Adam Dusen, Lindsay Napolitano & Johann Renkins, Claudia Joseph, BioGas Bob Hamburg, Dale Hendricks, Pat Benzing, Todd McCree, Natural Builders Guild of The Lehigh Valley, JC Hogan, Devon Paderewski, Jen Frey, Richard Mitchell Visit to learn more about the growing list of teachers, facilitators, speakers, and performers. See ad page 8.

New Location, Same Natural Integrative Medical Approach


he Maulfair Medical Center is moving to 5925 Tilghman Street in Allentown beginning June 1. The family medical center helps people of all ages and all conditions. Unlike many providers, the center specializes Dr. Conrad Maulfair in health preservation and restoration, rather than disease management. Dr. Conrad Maulfair has been improving the health of his patients for more than 40 years utilizing medical modalities that are noninvasive and not usually available in mainstream medicine. Looking for underlying causes, he alleviates many common ailments of aging and tough medical conditions that appear chronic. Maulfair’s medical treatments are based This ad is the property of Natural Awakenings and may not be reproduced in any other publication with on rebuilding the immune system and helpsion of the publisher. Please review the proof carefully. Natural Awakenings is not responsible for any e ing the body heal naturally, minimizing the marked. This ad will be published as it appears if the proof is not returned to us. If there are any questi use of toxic drugs and surgeries where posthis proof please call or email. sible. A key to Maulfair’s treatment protocol is intravenous hydration and IV therapy, Date: / to assist patients healingSignature: processes as they return to normal function and graceful aging. These protocols offer the advantage of bypassing faulty digestion to provide the body with needed nutrients directly. An informational seminar about this approach is offered monthly. For the next seminar date, please call and be added to the notification list. For more information, call 610-682-2104 or visit See ad page 33.

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New guidelines that change the criteria for healthy blood pressure mean that nearly half of U.S. adults are now considered to have high blood pressure. The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association have redefined the condition as being 130/80 instead of 140/90, a change considered by critics as overly beneficial to pharmaceutical companies. This criteria includes 80 percent of people over 65, triples the diagnosis for men under 45 and doubles it for women younger than 45. The revised guidelines encourage adopting lifestyle strategies in early stages of rising blood pressure like exercise, diet, weight loss and smoking cessation. Evidence-based alternative methods noted in a Canadian study include coenzyme Q10, dark chocolate, qigong, slow breathing, Transcendental Meditation and vitamin D.

In a survey of 171 midlife American women, more than 80 percent reported using complementary and alternative medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine researchers discovered. The most common choice was herbal teas, followed by women’s vitamins, flaxseed, glucosamine and soy supplements. Only 34 percent of the non-Hispanic white women and 14 percent of the Hispanic women discussed it with their doctors.

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Eye Contact Syncs Yoga Soothes the Blues Taking a 90-minute hatha yoga class twice a week for eight Baby and Adult weeks steadily lowered symptoms of depression in all 20 men and women with mild to moderate forms of clinical depresBrainwaves

When an adult looks into the eyes of a baby, a synchronization of brain waves occurs that could indicate an intention to communicate, concludes a Cambridge University study of 36 infants. This coordinating supports the baby’s early learning and communication skills, according to the researchers. The effect, which researchers measured via electroencephalogram (EEG)-wired skullcaps, was strongest with eye-to-eye contact and weaker when the adult’s head was turned away. The more vocalizations—little sounds—the baby made, the greater their brainwaves synchronized with the adult.

sion that participated in a recent University of California, San Francisco, study. Another 18 depressed adults attending an attention control class for the same period of time, afterwards had somewhat lower depression scores overall, but less than half the improvement, plus they showed greater mood fluctuation.

Young Women Outdo Male Peers in Oxygen Uptake Young women process oxygen about 30 percent faster and more efficiently than men when they begin exercising, according to a new study from Canada’s University of Waterloo. The ability to extract oxygen from the blood is an important fitness marker, which the researchers tested by having 18 young men and women exercise on treadmills. The women’s superior results indicate they are naturally less prone to muscle fatigue and poor performance. “The findings are contrary to the popular assumption that men’s bodies are more naturally athletic,” observes lead author Thomas Beltrame, Ph.D. Previous research had found that older men and male children tend to have faster oxygen uptake than women. May 2018


Seniors that ate a Mediterranean diet high in vegetables, fruit, whole grains, nuts and legumes were able to live independently longer, had fewer falls and fractures, and were less frail, according to recent research. In a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society, University College London researchers analyzed the eating habits and health data of 5,789 participants in studies in France, Spain, Italy and China. “People that followed the Mediterranean diet the most were overall less than half as likely to become frail over a nearly four-year period compared with those that followed it the least,” says lead author Katy Walters, Ph.D. The researchers also noted that the plant-based diet may help older people maintain muscle strength, activity, weight and energy levels.

Girls born to 754 Swedish mothers that used acetaminophen during pregnancy showed less ability in acquiring early language skills at 30 months of age, report Mount Sinai Health System study researchers. If the mothers took acetaminophen more than six times in early pregnancy, their daughters (but not their sons) were nearly six times more likely to have language delays than girls born to mothers that didn’t take the drug. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 65 percent of pregnant women in this country use acetaminophen, which is marketed for pain and fever relief in Tylenol and Excedrin, and included in many overthe-counter formulations such as NyQuil and Robitussin.

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Meds in Urban Streams Drive Microbial Resistance

A new study published in the journal Ecosphere confirms that in urban streams, persistent pharmaceutical pollution can cause aquatic microbial communities to become resistant to drugs. Researchers evaluated the presence of pharmaceuticals, including painkillers, stimulants, antihistamines and antibiotics, in four streams in Baltimore, Maryland. Then they measured the microbial response to drug exposure. Selected study sites represented a gradient of development from suburban to urban. Emma Rosi, an aquatic ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and lead author on the study, explains, “Wastewater treatment facilities are not equipped to remove many pharmaceutical compounds. We were interested in how stream microorganisms, which perform key ecosystem services like removing nutrients and breaking down leaf litter, respond to pharmaceutical pollution. When we expose streams to pharmaceutical pollution, we are unwittingly altering their microbial communities, yet little is known about what this means for ecological function and water quality.”

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Recycled Plastic Transforms into Prosthetics The emerging technology of three-dimensional (3-D) printing can benefit the world in many ways. Re:Purpose for Good, in Australia, creates robotically 3-D printed prosthetic devices from recycled plastic and e-waste. It’s difficult to customize prosthetics, so more invasive surgery is often needed to make standard sizes fit the patient. Other companies produce 3-D printed prosthetic hands and arms, but Re:Purpose for Good customizes both hands and feet at a much lower cost. The company’s robotics and prosthetics engineer Gerardo Montoya, who had been working on 3-D printing prosthetics for children in Mexico, merged the idea with a desire to do something about the 8 million tons of plastic entering the oceans. Along with plastic waste, they also use e-waste such as discarded smartphones that have all the circuitry and microprocessors needed for advanced features. The company even plans to teach their prosthetic-making process to children as part of their science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) curriculum, so they can learn 3-D printing skills. They’re making it open source so more people can get involved without patent restrictions.


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The Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit aims not only to protect rhinoceroses in South Africa by patrolling the Balule Nature Reserve, in Greater Kruger National Park, but to also be a role model in their communities. It’s the first majority-female, anti-poaching unit in the country. Founded in 2013 by Transfrontier Africa NPC to protect the Olifants West Region of Balule, the Black Mambas were invited within a year to expand into other regions, and now protect all boundaries of the reserve. These 32 young women and two men want their communities to understand that the benefits are greater through rhino conservation rather than poaching, as they address the local social and moral decay that results from poaching. Their concern is also for their children’s sake because the sham economy has corrupted morals and brought narcotics into their communities. To make a donation, visit

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Scientists have called for glitter to be prohibited due to the threat it poses to wildlife. The glistening, decorative, plastic microbead powder may seem harmless, but environmental researchers report it’s a dangerous pollutant, particularly in oceans. Trisia Farrelly, Ph.D., of New Zealand’s Massey University, notes, “Their diminutive size and sparkling appearance make them appealing to animals, which will eat them.” Seven U.S. states now restrict the use and sale of products with microbeads; California was the first in 2015. The British government will ban rinse-off microbeads—plastics of less than one millimeter in length—found in exfoliating scrubs, shower gels, toothpaste and even on greeting cards. Plastics are found in a third of all fish caught in Great Britain, according to a study by Richard Thompson, Ph.D., professor of marine biology at Plymouth University. He says of shower gel with glitter particles, “That stuff is going to escape down the plughole and potentially enter the environment.”

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Alaskan mining critics cheered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency decision to maintain an existing policy not to permit the Northern Dynasty Minerals’ Pebble copper and gold mine in Bristol Bay. They maintain that the project’s toxic byproducts would threaten fisheries and other natural resources. Alannah Hurley, with United Tribes of Bristol Bay, a group opposing the mine, has said that members of the tribes she represents are willing to lie down in front of bulldozers to protect the waters. She notes, “Ideally, we would like these [protections] finalized, and the battle to protect Bristol Bay from the Pebble Mine and mines like Pebble is far from over. But the fact that these protections remain in place and can be used within the process is a very positive step in the effort to protect the Bristol Bay watershed for generations to come.”


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sking ourself three purposeful questions before retiring each night can help us rest content knowing that although we may not have lived our day perfectly, we did live it well.


What are three things I am grateful for?

It’s possible to live with eyes and heart wide open to the amazing beauty of each day, to receive it as a gift, rather than a guarantee. By looking, we can find gifts even amid uncertainty, struggle, pain or loss. In those times when we find ourselves fighting for gratitude, know that the grace found in thankfulness for even


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What is one thing I would do differently?

tiny blessings sustains us and builds resilience to walk through the storm and emerge intact. Reading One Thousand Gifts, by Ann Voskamp, or A Simple Act of Gratitude, by John Kralik, may help inspire us to get started. With practice, expressing gratitude will come easily, like breathing or laughing with children.


What are two things I did well today?

Speaking words of life about ourselves, noticing what we do well and where we shine, may meet internal resistance. It seems second nature, especially for

Some nights we may find that given the chance, we wouldn’t have done one thing differently that day. More often we can identify something: a word spoken in impatience, spending too much time on the phone, being distracted from what’s important to us, procrastinating out of fear, or even forgetting to properly nourish ourselves. Instead of criticizing, the goal is to notice how we could better live fully aligned to our bigger goals and established values. Moment by moment, we can choose a growth mindset. We can learn to be as gentle with ourselves, as compassionate and forgiving, as we are with our children or spouse. We become aware that we get to choose who and how we want to be and that tomorrow is a new gift, a brand-new opportunity to more fully be our best self. Asking and answering these three purposeful questions may take five to 20 minutes. If we’re tempted to rush through it, remember that the resulting clarity and peace is worth the time invested. Krista O’Reilly Davi-Digui is a holistic nutrition and joyful living educator. She writes at, from which this was adapted.


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looks for food sensitivities and environmental factors, such as environmental toxicity in the workplace or toxins in drinking water. With completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003, research in human genomes and its affects on our health has steadily evolved. “We also look at genetic factors. A patient could have some genetic defects or mutations that affect certain hormones,” Benedetto says. “Today we have the capabilities to take someone’s environment and genetic makeup and analyze the two together to make it useful and relevant specifically for the patient and determine how we can use that to help treat a person and get them better.” Benedetto Chiropractic Health Center also offers oxygen therapy. As a board certified chiropractic neurologist, Benedetto also sees many patients with neurological conditions. He notes his functional medicine patients also receive neurological workups to help find brain imbalances, abnormalities or functional issues. The

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fter Los Angeles native Kelly Noonan-Gores spent 20 years in front of the camera as an actress, she turned her talents to producing awardwinning films like Tooken, Beneath and Take a Seat. She considers her latest, the documentary HEAL (, to be her ultimate achievement. “I included as many inspiring stories of healing change as possible to expand viewers’ beliefs in what’s possible, to alter the narrative around mystery illnesses being incurable or cancer equaling death,” says Noonan-Gores. When she was prescribed Prilosec for acid reflux at age 28, Noonan-Gores decided she was too young and otherwise healthy to become dependent on it. By taking an integrative nutrition course, she realized the possibilities of alternative healing methods, catalyzing an ongoing exploration into optimizing life and health through the powers of mind, body and spirit. “We are not the passive victims of faulty genes; our lifestyle choices, thoughts, and beliefs shape our health,” says Noonan-Gores, a longtime practitioner of yoga and meditation. HEAL features uplifting interviews with the scientists, visionaries and heal-

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One common thread revolves around our subconscious programming. From the time we’re born, we are downloading “programs” or belief systems from society, parents, teachers and whoever and whatever else is in our environment. Many have learned through their own healing journeys of negative belief systems running their lives; each one had to become aware of these beliefs in order to change. Another is that when events are too painful, we consciously suppress or unconsciously repress them, and that trauma stays in our cells and might manifest in disease. To move that stuck energy, we must heal that emotional trauma to allow physical ailments to transform. A third theme is understanding how stress affects our lives and immune systems, and doing things to manage or mitigate it through tools like meditation or breath work. Some of the patients worked with spiritual psychologists using Emotional Freedom Techniques to release past stress held in their body, shifting beliefs to a trusting, non-victim place. Dietary shifts also made a difference. In acute healing, we realize the effect of different foods which can reduce or exacerbate inflammation.

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What role do faith and belief systems play in the healing journey? It all comes down to what we believe. If you believe in and expect an effect, like what we see with a placebo, the brain will create and release natural chemicals that might be prompted by a targeted drug. Believing you are a victim of genes and circumstance induces stress, whereas having faith in a loving universe produces greater ease.

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“A patient that dabbles in holistic medicine for minor health issues such as indigestion, headache or insomnia often turns to conventional methods after receiving a serious diagnosis such as diabetes, heart disease or cancer because they are scared,” observes holistic physician Dr. Wendy Warner, medical director of Medicine in Balance, in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. The co-author of Boosting Your Immunity for Dummies suggests that relatively few people turn to natural solutions for both preventive and therapeutic measures because they’re unaware they exist. Integrative oncologists and endocrinologists that are aware of the benefits of natural complementary methods are scarce. Relatively few conventional doctors are educated in functional medicine. “Yet complementary modalities such as acupuncture, massage and some essential oils can support the immune

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Rob Wergin, an experienced energy medicine practitioner, speaks from experience regarding clients that consult him for lifethreatening diagnoses. “When I see them, they’re desperate and have exhausted all conventional methods. I’m their lastditch effort,” remarks Wergin. The most frequent reason he hears is, “My family, friends and doctor told me not to waste my money on charlatans.” “People find it challenging to put faith in natural methods and are nervous about going against a doctor’s advice until they feel or see positive results; even these may not provide sufficient motivation to continue with alternative treatments,” he says. “I believe this is the result of the influence of pharmaceutical ads promising results, the medical community’s belief in proof solely through clinical trials, websites like and wellmeaning friends insisting that the conventional route is the only way to go. It’s sad to see the gravity of these influences pulling clients back into solely believing in the Western model of medicine,” says Wergin. Ann Lee, a doctor of naturopathy, acupuncturist and founder of the Health for Life Clinic, Inc., in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, notes, “This mindset continues to get reinforced by insurance companies that do not cover alternatives. Paying out of pocket for medical expenses also influences a patient’s choices.” Kelly Noonan-Gores and Adam Schomer, director and producer, respectively, of the documentary film HEAL, suggest that unconscious conditioning plays the biggest role in an individual’s choices. “We are deeply conditioned to view medical specialists and prestigious



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Resistance to Change

“The conventional medical community wants to maintain the model in which they have heavily invested centuries of time, energy and money. Patients that investigate integrative and complementary medicine may resist hearing that in order to get well, they might need to change their worldview and lifestyle, take a leave of absence from their job, develop a spiritual practice, exercise or maybe even leave a toxic relationship,” says Schomer. “Conventional medicine says take this pill and keep living your life the same way,” says Schomer. “We are not demon-

izing doctors, pharmaceuticals or the medical system. We simply believe that individuals are more empowered to heal when they take control of their health.” Eva Lee, a resident of Los Angeles featured in the documentary, suffers from a rare and unpredictable form of blistering skin inflammation. “I’ve tested negative for faulty genes and all sorts of rare viruses and bacteria, which helped point me towards holistic methods. So far, following the directives of Dr. Mark Emerson, a chiropractor specializing in nutrition, in Maui, Hawaii, who I met while filming, has helped my body become healthier and deal with inflammation levels that rapidly reduced as soon as I detoxed and eliminated meat and dairy from my diet,” says Lee. Still, it’s hard for her to accept that her condition could be due to the type of stress and suppressed emotions that Anthony William explores in his book Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal. “Before, I wasn’t familiar with EFT, which I continue to use and benefit

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It’s a Marathon

“Outside of any dominant paradigm, it’s easier to cast suspicion than to make curious inquiry and, over time, working within a dominant worldview creates polarity, the antithesis of ‘wholism’. An inclusive approach integrates all medical and complementary approaches, as well as interaction with the natural world,” says Patrick Hanaway, a family physician and founder of Family to Family Medicine, in Asheville, North Carolina. Hanaway, the former director of medical education for the Institute for Functional Medicine and the first medical director at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, explains, “Doctors have a rigorous job filled with responsibility. Change is difficult and investigating vastly different ways of practicing medicine requires a degree of curiosity and openness. I am heartened by

thought leaders and heads of top medical schools who are presently opening up to functional medicine, natural medicine and complementary approaches.” “The paradigm shift we are ushering in has been 50 years in the making,” assesses Hanaway. “Some medical professionals are immersed in a polar view of right and wrong, offering personal attacks and disparaging comments to maintain control of the dialogue. This is not appre-

ciated by patients who look to the doctor as a teacher—the Latin docere means to teach. “The movement to change medicine and the cultural paradigm of healing is a marathon, not a sprint, and those of us involved are prepared to stay the course.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at


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Historical Overview During the last 25 years, a less drug-based grassroots model for dealing with chronic illnesses in the U.S. has emerged. First labeled holistic, the movement gained momentum as alternative approaches

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One of the best-prepared, traditionally trained medical professionals in explaining this approach is Jeffrey S. Bland, Ph.D., recognized as the father of functional medicine, and author of The Disease Delusion: Conquering the Causes of Chronic Illness for a Healthier, Longer and Happier Life. He co-founded, with his wife, Susan, the Institute for Functional Medicine, in Washington, which provides a system geared to understanding the complexity of chronic illness and design individualized programs for more effective healing. “Medical science didn’t have the advanced technology 25 years ago to perform the research that now helps us better understand the complexity of chronic illness, as well as our present ecological view of the body. Today we’re examining how all the networks of our biology intersect in a dynamic process that creates health when in balance or disease when out of balance,” attests Bland, whose career has focused on searching for a unifying principle behind all healing that can be used to

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discern the best possible therapy for specific individuals. Incorporating what he learned from Linus Pauling, Ph.D., two-time Nobel Prize laureate, and Lee Hood, M.D., Ph.D., as well as systems biology and practicing lifestyle medicine, Bland founded the nonprofit Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute ( in 2012. Seeking to transform the entire medical approach to chronic illness, the Seattle-based organization is a virtual and onsite hub for health professionals, researchers, educators and the public to share ideas and converse about how personalized functional medicine can be delivered to everyone as an improved standard of care.

Role of Genetics The National Human Genome Research Institute, in Bethesda, Maryland, maintains that an evolved approach to medicine starts with using an individual’s genetic profile to determine the best path to preventing, diagnosing and treating diseases. By 2003, scientists had delivered the first essentially complete sequence and map of all the genes in the human body. Three decades ago, the medical fraternity had few reliable explanations for the origins of chronic health issues. Today, accepted factors include predispositions for a specific disease related to an individual’s genome, along with contemporary epigenetic influences such as nutrition, environment and lifestyle. None of these elements, however, necessarily define our destiny.

“This genomic personalized medicine approach is creating friends among all healing arts practitioners because it facilitates our using information to design a less-toxic environment, lifestyle, diet and treatment to meet an individual’s specific needs and particular circumstances that led to a disease,” says Bland. “Diseases are only names assigned to a collection of symptoms,” says Bland. “They don’t indicate how the individual became afflicted. If 10 patients with Type 2 diabetes each had epigenetic variations that triggered getting the condition, it would be unwise to treat them all the same; it’s far better to treat those factors that specifically led to the disease.” Addressing the concern that genetic test results might be used to deny someone health insurance, Bland notes, “This is a significant misunderstanding about genetic testing. Our genes don’t tell us how we are going to die. They tell us how we should live. Understanding how our genes can help us live to 100 is a model of enlightenment. Those that practice this systems biology approach are counting on functional personalized medicine becoming the updated standard of care.” Physicians often offer genetic testing services. At-home DNA testing can be done using a saliva collection kit mailed to a laboratory, offering both ancestry and health information that must be interpreted by an informed professional. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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Studies of 3,500 women in South and Central America have shown that a more active life reduces hot flashes and night sweats. The results, published in Menopause, the journal of the North American Menopause Society, reveal that sedentary individuals often experience increased intensity of related symptoms like insomnia and irritability. Aerobic exercise such as regular walking, hiking, swimming or biking might also help the brain produce neurochemicals that are compromised when estrogen levels drop. Sue Markovitch, author and owner of Clear Rock Fitness, in Columbus, Ohio, recommends aerobic exercise. “I believe our bodies were made to move. One of the amazing gifts of fitness is it’s truly never too late. When we incorporate daily movement in our lives, all the other systems in the body will work more according to plan. Simply taking a daily walk helps balance brain chemistry,” says Markovitch, who specializes in improving fitness levels for women over 40. “Walking is fitness magic, whether it’s on a treadmill, outside or in the pool. Get your heart rate into an aerobic zone, preferably for 30 to 45 minutes. I’ve heard testimony after testimony of improved sleep, less back or joint pain and better mood.” She also suggests adding a few weekly sessions of resistance training to daily walks.

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Most health professionals agree that balance is the key. Jeanne D. Andrus, a menopause expert and author of I Just Want to Be ME Again, in Covington, Louisiana, recommends cardio, resistance training and exercise that increases flexibility and core strength. “For a beginner, this may include two to four days of walking, one to three days of strength training and one to three days of yoga or Pilates, with the goal being three and a half hours of activity per week.” Of course, all of these need to be at appropriate levels for the woman’s condition and goals,” advises Andrus. According to studies led by Helen Jones, Ph.D., from the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University, UK, three, 30-to-45-minute aerobic sessions a week reduced hot flashes and yielded the most significant results.

Go Easy

While some conventional approaches suggest vigorous exercise, many holistic professionals caution against extremes. “It’s important to individualize, and in my ongoing research it’s clear that the high-intensity strength and sculpting approach so often promoted and perceived as necessary to maintain shape, weight and health is a myth,” says Dr. Eden Fromberg, an obstetrician, gynecologist and founder of Holistic Gynecology New York, in Manhattan. Instead, Fromberg recommends an integrated approach to exercise that supports connective tissue and joints. While some forms of exercise including yoga are perceived as gentler than others, she warns against an all-or-nothing strategy, noting, “Intense, deep stretching and joint-straining may cause injury more easily during hormonal transition.” Andrus concurs, “If high cortisol levels are involved and accompanied by insomnia, stress placed on the body by rigorous exercise will increase these levels and actually lower available energy.” She also advises adopting a non-aggressive approach for osteoporosis. “Weight-bearing exercise is a must, but if bone loss is already present, start much more gradually to ensure that bones are protected.”

Lighten Up

Exercise can be more enjoyable than doing chores. Recreational activities such as dancing, biking or hopping on the swings at the playground are fun ways to do something good for both body and spirit. Menopause can be a time for personal expansion and an invitation for self-care that might have been neglected or postponed. Fromberg believes we can all revitalize our resources at any stage of life, and the years surrounding menopause call for us to tune into ourselves even more. “What seems like a disruption is an opportunity to listen deeply and reimagine and reorganize one’s life on physical, emotional and spiritual levels.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at

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KID TALK How to Communicate with a Child by Amber Lanier Nagle


udley Evenson didn’t set out to devise a strategy to foster constructive, nurturing communications between parents and their offspring. Yet as she and her husband, Dean, raised their three children decades ago, timeless guiding principles emerged. “We were like other parents—learning and growing along with our children,” says Evenson, a certified professional life coach, musician and co-founder of the instrumental recording label Soundings of the Planet (, in Bellingham, Washington. “Then, in the early 1980s, I met Joshua Halpern, who wanted to include our perspectives and techniques in his book, Children of the Dawn: Visions of the New Family.” So she shared her way of cultivating kind, caring and empathetic youngsters that has worked for two generations of her family: “Our role is not to impose our beliefs on children and grandchildren, but to guide and help them develop their dreams, visions, paths and passions.” Other experts agree.

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Be Consistent. Evenson maintains, “Mom and Dad or the primary parental figures should try to establish a unified, mutually supportive program.” “Consistency is one of the cornerstones of effective parenting,” says Dana Cooley-Keith, with 20 years of experience working with families in crisis in Northwest Georgia. “Even if it’s hard, it’s particularly important for divorced parents to be consistent and on the same page. Otherwise, it creates stress for the entire family, adding more confusion to a child’s life when the noncustodial parent allows something the custodial parent doesn’t.”

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6:30p. $29 early reg/$39. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water St., Hellertown, PA. Register at or call (610) 838-5463. Limit 10 people.

NOTE: All calendar events must be received via email by the 15th of the month and adhere to our guidelines. Email for guidelines and to submit entries. No phone calls or faxes, please. Or visit to submit online.

Keeping a Natural Medicine Chest – Lecture: The ABCs of Health. Nutritional course must be taken as a series. Next course begins October 2018. For more information contact Dian’s Wellness Simplified 973267-4816. 12pm-5pm. Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave, Suite 202, Morristown, NJ


Yoga & Brunch – Join Karen Klubertanz and Michelle Costantini for Yin Yoga and an Ayurvedic Brunch. Put your best face forward with yoga therapy and natural diet for healthy, glowing skin! 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, $20 pre-register by Friday, May 4th at, $25 at door, Twin Ponds Center, West Lehigh Valley.

Learn @ Lunch – Once a month, join The Mindful Maven, a Spiritual & Wellness Coach, as she shares her experiences about her spiritual journey, struggles, and successes. Topic: How I Released 80 pounds. Time: 12:00-1:00pm. Cost: $3. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water, Hellertown. Visit www.ksgifts. com or call (610) 838-5463.

FRIDAY, MAY 4 Root Chakra Restorative Yoga ~– Enjoy the unique sounds of Chakra Tones during a fully propped, restorative yoga session by Colleen Albright, CYT. We’ll focus on root chakra balancing. Time: 6:30-8:00pm. Cost: $29 early reg/$39. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water, Hellertown. Register at www. or call (610) 838-5463. Limit 10 people.

SATURDAY, MAY 5 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

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woodland trails. 9:30-noon. Rain or shine. No reservations needed. Contact: Tom Egan at tpegan@ 2155 Fox Gap Road, Bangor Nutritional Muscle Testing – Muscle Testing, Applied Kinesiology, is dowsing using the body as the dowsing tool. Learn and practice testing the points on the body that reflect the nutritional and health status of the body. Public, $75, or $50 for previous students. RSVP at 973-267-4816. 11am-3:30pm. Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave, Suite 202, Morristown, NJ

SUNDAY, MAY 6 Energy Protection for Empaths – Receive guidance from June and learn how to manage and conserve your precious energy. Cut unwanted energy cords from people who “drain” you. Time: 5:00p-

TUESDAY, MAY 8 Free Energy Healing Clinic – Let us assist you on your road to health and relaxation from 6:30-8pm. at The Castle Inn 20 Delaware Ave. Room 208 Delaware Water Gap. Call 570-269-9095 for more info. Donations appreciated but not necessary. Aura Workshop – Learn about the aura, what it is and does as and how to sense or see the aura. Topics include the colors, shape, size and dimensions of the aura and how to interpret them as well as the best ways to see or sense the auric field. Public, $50, or $35 for previous students. RSVP at 973-267-4816. 6pm-8pm. Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave, Suite 202, Morristown, NJ

WEDNESDAY, MAY 9 Stress Relief & Brain Health: Introduction to Effortless Meditation™ - Greg Schweitzer. This physician recommended meditation technique is a key for self-care. Gain relief from - insomnia, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, fatigue, brain fog and more. 7 – 8:30 pm, FREE, Twin Ponds Center, Pre-register 610.670.6700 Mercury Retrograde Workshop ~ Do you want to know what it means for Mercury to be in retrograde? Learn all the phases, what happens in each phase, and how to prepare yourself! Time: 7:00-8:30pm. Cost: $29 early reg/$39. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water, Hellertown. Register at Limit 10 people.

FRIDAY, MAY 11 Sage & Smudge Workshop – Learn to sage and clear negative energy from various objects. Learn about types of sage, how they work, and do a handson practice. Free sage bundle included. Time: 6:308:00pm. Cost: $29 early reg/$39. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water, Hellertown. Register at Limit 10 people. A Spicy Workshop, Michelle Costantini. Using spices… smells, tastes & feels good in your tummy! Join us for a fun and delicious workshop that your body will love and benefit from! 6:30 - 8:30 pm, $30 pre-register by Wed., May 9 at, $50 with a friend, Twin Ponds Center, West Lehigh Valley

SATURDAY, MAY 12 Stress Relief & Brain Health: Introduction to Effortless Meditation ™ - Greg Schweitzer. This physician recommended meditation technique is a key for self-care. Gain relief from - insomnia, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, fatigue, brain fog and more. 9– 10:30 am, FREE, Twin Ponds Center, Pre-reg. 610-670-6700 610.670.6700


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Conquer Your Allergies – Why do some people get allergies every year while others don’t? What are the best ways to test for food or environmental allergies? Learn about the new cutting edge natural therapies for allergies. 7pm. Sunrise Nutrition, 149 Route 94, Blairstown NJ. RSVP to 908-362-6868.

16th Annual Spring Spiritual Expo – The expo that opened the door. 170 quality vendors at one of the largest events of it kind on the east coast. Holistic speakers all day. Vendor space may still be available. 10am-6pm. $8. Agri-plex Center, 1725 Chew Street, Allentown. 610-791-2641.

Business Meetings – Graduates of Dian’s Nutritional Certification Course monthly free business meeting held on the third Tuesday of each month. The topics discussed range from practice consultations and practicums to business building techniques. Free for students of Dian’s Nutritional Program. RSVP at 973 267-4816. 5:30-7pm. Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave, Suite 202, Morristown, NJ

Signs and Symptoms of Nutritional Deficiencies – Covers the signs of a body’s nutrient depletion as represented by the presence of various symptoms and the warnings when depleted. Many all symptoms diagnosed as a disease are merely the body revealing deficiencies. Public $50, or $35 for students of Dian’s Nutritional Program. RSVP at 973 267-4816. 11am-1:30pm. Dian Freeman at Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave, Suite 202, Morristown, NJ

WEDNESDAY, MAY 16 SEVA Stress Release Training – SEVA is a selfcare Acupressure protocol that does not require special equipment, is simple to perform, and only takes a few minutes to receive. Can be given to anyone in virtually any setting. Public, $50, or $35 for students of Dian’s Nutritional. RSVP at 973 2674816. 6-8pm. Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave, Suite 202, Morristown, NJ Sacred Symposiums: Roundtable Discussion & Potluck Dinner – Feng Shui with Carol Cannon. 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. Call (610) 838-5463.

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Manifesting Workshop – Learn how to manifest better through the best use of words, intentions and prayer structure to bring about change in your life as well as support the prayers of others. Bring a couple of intentions Public, $50, or $35 for students of Dian’s Nutritional Program. RSVP at 973 2674816. 2pm-4:30pm. Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave, Suite 202, Morristown, NJ Self-Care Workshop - Do you find you’re taking care of everyone but yourself? Explore self-care through restorative yoga, guided meditation, mindfulness, and journaling with Sarah Dennehy, M.Ed, RYT. No yoga experience necessary. 12:302pm. $25. All Bright Yoga, 766 Main Street Hellertown, PA 610-441-9007. Register online www.

Herbal Mother’s Day Party – Celebrate our wonderful Mother Spirit. Treat yourself to a fine herbal tea, blended with herbs for motherhood support, sip a sparkling hibiscus/rose cordial, nibble on herbal treats and learn how to make a delicate rose face cream. $40. Includes refreshments, recipes, and a take home. 11:30am-1pm. Easton Public Market, 325 Northampton St. Tix at eastonpublicmarket. com. 908-319-0012

SUNDAY, MAY 20 Reiki & Restorative Yoga - Rejuvenate the mind and body as Yoga Teacher/Reiki Master Natalie Corr guides you into relaxing restorative yoga. Enjoy the calming and healing practice of Reiki as you release into the supported poses. 2pm-4pm. $40. All Bright Yoga, 766 Main Street Hellertown, PA 610-441-9007. Register online www. 16th Annual Spring Spiritual Expo – The expo that opened the door. 170 quality vendors at one of the largest events of it kind on the east coast. Holistic speakers all day. Vendor space may still be available. 10am-6pm. $8. Agri-plex Center, 1725 Chew Street, Allentown. 610-791-2641. Digestion and Elimination – Class Three of Dian’s six-month Nutrition Course. Nutritional course must be taken as a series. Next course begins October 2018. For more information contact Dian’s Wellness Simplified 973-267-4816. 12pm-5pm. Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave, Suite 202, Morristown, NJ

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Spirit Animals Workshop – Have you ever wondered what your spirit animal is and if it’s helping you? Learn how spirit animals protect, alert, and guide us and discover what yours is. Time: 7:008:30pm. Cost: $29 early reg/$39. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water, Hellertown. Register at Limit 10 people. Stress Relief & Brain Health: Introduction to Effortless Meditation ™ – Greg Schweitzer. This physician recommended meditation technique is a key for self-care. Gain relief from - insomnia, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, fatigue, brain fog and more. 7-8:30pm, FREE, Twin Ponds Center, Pre-register 610.670.6700

THURSDAY, MAY 24 Soul Reading with Akashic Records – The session activates the loving and healing energy of the Akashic Records. The focus of soul sessions is to heal what needs to be healed and to clear what needs to be cleared, events, relationships, patterns or emotions in your life. $130 for 60 minutes. RSVP at 973 267-4816. 1-7pm. Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave, Suite 202, Morristown, NJ


Full Moon Release – During the Flower Full Moon in May, we can release any negative energy. Bring a ceramic mug or fireproof container. Dress for briefly going outdoors. Event ends with a full moon meditation Time: 7:00-8:00pm. Cost: $10. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown, PA. Call 484-463-7673.

LYME DISEASE SEMINAR SATURDAY, MAY 26 * 1PM Learn about a new approach to finding relief at this free seminar. Dr Vladimir Alhov recommendations and therapies to help support you in strengthening your immune system to eliminate the need for antibiotics in treating Lyme disease. Free with RSVP. Well of Life Center, 801 West Broad Street, Bethlehem. Call 610-419-8881 to register.


Stress Relief & Brain Health: Introduction to Effortless Meditation ™ – Greg Schweitzer. This physician recommended meditation technique is a key for self-care. Gain relief from - insomnia, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, fatigue, brain fog and more. 9-10:30am, FREE, Twin Ponds Center, Pre-reg. 610.670.6700 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. 10-11:30am. Arrive at 9:45am. Cost: $29 early reg/$39. Bring mats & pillows. Register at www. Limited to 10 people.

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REIKI CERTIFICATION CLASSES MOUNTAIN TOP & WILKES-BARRE Reiki 1, Certification Program – June 2, 2018. 9:30am-5pm. 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 – July 28, 2018. 9:30am-5pm. 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 7 /21/18. CEUs. Instructors Anthony & Donna Reiki for Animals 1 & 2 June 9-10 – Locations Violet Studio, Mountain Top & Indraloka Animal Sanctuary see display ad in this issue.

A MIDSUMMER GATHERING AT GREENSHIRE ARTS CONSORTIUM SATURDAY, JUNE 23 Come celebrate Midsummer! Events include: Singing Bowls, Aura Photography, Qigong, Chair Massage, Reconnection, Fire Circle, Music, Drumming, Pranayama for Longevity, Yummy Food, Art Exhibition/Sale, Vendors. Additional Vendors & Art Submissions welcome. Contact Greenshire if interested: 215-538-0976. 3620 Sterner Mill Road, Quakertown

HERBAL EDUCATION SERIES JUNE 8 THRU JUNE 30 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

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

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

sunday Sunday Services – Metaphysical and nondenominational. Rev. Lloyd Moll, Pastor - Unique Sunday services 10:30am. All welcome! St. John’s Church of Faith, 607 Washington St Allentown. 610-776-7211 Quiet the Mind Group Meditation – New to meditation? Learn several simple techniques to quiet your mind and relax your body. 10:45-11am. From 11-11:30am, enjoy crystal singing bowls as you meditate. $10. Kindred Spirits Books & Gifts, 66 W. Water Street, Hellertown. 610-838-5463 Kindred Kids Meditation – We invite you to our weekly kids meditation practice. This 30-minute session teaches children and basic yet effective skills for managing energy, strengthening focus and concentration. $5. 10-10:30am. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown. 610-838-5463. Walking Meditation - Sitting in a fixed position is not a requirement for meditation. During this onehour session, June - The Mindful Maven - will guide attendees through various styles of still and moving meditation techniques. Last Sunday of the month at 5pm. Kindred Spirits Books & Gifts, 66 W. Water Street, Hellertown. 610-838-5463 Co-Dependent Anonymous – CoDA is a 12-Step Fellowship of men and women with a common purpose to recover from codependence. The only requirement for membership in CoDA is a desire for healthy and loving relationships. 7pm, Unity Church, 26 N. 3rd St., Emmaus. Call 610-737.-354 or visit

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.

Yoga: Kripalu, Level 1-2 – Carol Siddiqi. This class will help you perform daily activities pain free and with greater ease by developing deeper self-awareness using the basics of Kripalu Yoga combined with the gentle movements of Feldenkrais®, 7-8 pm, $88/8 classes, Twin Ponds Center, Pre-register 610-618-0467 Yin Yoga, Levels 1-3– Karen Klubertanz. Embrace the balance of effort and surrender in gently supported poses. Learn deep breathing to release tension and support feelings of relaxation. A complimentary practice for all yoga students.7pm, $15 drop in or 8 classes/ $88, Twin Ponds Center, Pre-register 484-554-4601

tuesday Dosha Balancing Yoga – Choosing the right movements and sequence gives the student a practice with purpose. In the winter our movements are focused on building heat and opening the chest. Asana informed by Ayurveda with a purpose to heal, transform and deepen self-awareness. 9:30am. Roots and Wings, 127 S 5th St, Quakertown. 215-257-5025 Free Meditation Circle – The 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of each month, 7 pm to 8:30 pm. 2024 Lehigh St., Allentown, PA (across from Bennett Toyota). Enjoy a relaxing time & experience different types of meditation. See 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 Healthy Aging Chair Yoga – Applying the principles of alignment make this a dynamic and effective way to experience yoga with support. Gain

confidence in your body, move with awareness, and achieve the deep peace and relaxation that moving mindfully can give you. 11am. Roots and Wings, 127 S 5th St, Quakertown. 215-257-5025 Dosha Balancing Yoga – Choosing the right movements and sequence gives the student a practice with purpose. In the winter our movements are focused on building heat and opening the chest. Asana informed by Ayurveda with a purpose to heal, transform and deepen self-awareness. 6pm. Roots and Wings, 127 S 5th St, Quakertown. 215-257-5025 Sacred Symposiums – Discussion & Potluck Dinner - Every 3rd Wed at 7pm, we discuss different spiritual, inspirational, or metaphysical topics. Please bring something to the table. Free. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown. 610-838-5463 Yogafit® - a flow yoga class for strength, posture, flexibility and balance. Emphasis is placed on awareness, breath and balance of the nervous system. Open to all levels. 6:15-7:15pm, Allentown YMCA & YWCA, 425 S. 15th St. Allentown. Call 610-434-9333 Ext. 313. Yoga Morning - Yoga postures to improve overall health including strength, flexibility, balance and better posture. Hold postures longer for relaxed muscles and rejuvenation. Open to all levels. 9:1510:15am, Allentown YMCA & YWCA, 425 S. 15th St., Allentown 610-434-9333 Ext. 313. LV Lyme Support Group – First Wednesday of every month except July. Speakers, doctors, brochures and books. PA is #1 in reported cases, so we help to educate the public. Quaker Meetinghouse, 4116 Center Street in Bethlehem. 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 Learn @ Lunch – First Thursday of each month join The Mindful Maven, a Spiritual & Wellness Coach, as she shares her experiences about her spiritual journey, struggles, and successes. Noon-1pm. $3. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water, Hellertown. Visit or call (610) 838-5463. 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.


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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.

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

Yoga & Aromatherapy - Level 1 Yoga class incorporating the diffusion of essential oils, brief discussion of the benefits of the weekly featured oil, and options to apply the oils throughout the practice. 9:30am. All Bright Yoga, 766 Main Street, Hellertown. 610-441-9007. Register at Tai Chi Easy™ − Barbara Kopystecki. Join our 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. $88/8 classes, Twin Ponds Center, 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 selfhealing 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

Gentle Yoga - Perfect for students recovering from an injury, just starting back into a fitness or yoga routine. Building strength and flexibility slowly and using restorative postures and breath work for healing and relaxation. 6-7. Blue Lotus Yoga @ Soulful Journeys, 131 S. Main St., Nazareth, 484-546-6803.

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

welcome! 8:30, $6. First class is FREE. Persevere Fitness 3690 Lehigh St., Whitehall 484-282-0442 Hatha Yoga - Join Michele Beha of OmBelvidere Yoga for an all levels class focused on breathing, alignment and mindfulness. 8am. The Community Center@Belvidere, 301 Second Street, Belvidere, NJ. See facebook – the Community Center at Belvidere for more information. Chair Yoga – The very popular Om Belvidere Chair Yoga is perfect for those recovering from injury or with limited movement. 10am. The Community Center@Belviderre, 301 Second Street, Belvidere, NJ. See facebook – the Community Center at Belvidere for more information. 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.


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 20.

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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. See ad page 31.

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 22.

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 13.


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 20.


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 44.


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 26.



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 26.

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 41.

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 17.


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 38.

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 22.





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 32.

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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 13.






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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.


MJA HEALTHCARE NETWORK Mikhail Artamonov, MD PhD 391 East Brown Street East Stroudsburg, PA 18301 Combining Allopathic (Western) medicine, Oriental medicine and the newest medical technology to offer patients complete and personalized health care. Certified in Physical medicine and rehabilitation, Pain medicine, Independent Medical Examination and Addiction Medicine, Electrodiagnostic Medicine, Medical Acupuncture, Medical Marijuana, Functional and Anti-Aging Medicine. Comprehensive protocols for Lyme Disease, Stem Cell Therapy, Regenerative Medicine and HCG/Laser Weight Loss. See ad page 29.



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 37.

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 46.


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 33.


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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 47.



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!


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 13.

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

Specializing in glutathione enhancement with Immunocal a unique, specially prepared and globally recognized natural whey protein proven to support overall health, wellness and performance! Listed in the Physicians’ Desk Reference. Key benefits include maintaining a strong immune system, helping antibodies and supports increased muscle strength and endurance to improve athletic performance. Free mini consults.


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.

Learn how to live a healthier life, recover from serious illness, lose weight, gain energy, and develop lifesustaining habits, using a coachingbased, 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.

Gale Maleskey, MS, RD, LDN Office in Bethlehem 610-625-5990


Dian Freeman, MA, MHHC Private Nutritional Consultations, Classes, Nutritional Certification Course Morristown, NJ 973 267-4816 • Clinical Nutritionist Dian Freeman has a private practice and nutrition school in Morristown, NJ, and she teaches a six-month nutritional certification course with over 850 certified graduates in Holistic Health over the last 15 years. She also practices frequency biofeedback, teaches 1-day classes and lectures widely. Dian is currently finishing her doctorate in Medical Humanities at Drew University in Madison, NJ. See ad page 45.


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 40.


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. See ad page 7.

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

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


188 Shiloh Court, Whitehall 484-695-8265

ROLF METHOD OF STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION highly effective hands-on approach for improving posture, alleviating chronic pain, increasing energy level, and enhancing flexibility through restoring your body to its natural state of alignment. Enjoy moving freely again! Board Certified Structural Integrator CM and Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. See ad page 22.


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 46.

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 tuina. Also detoxification protcols using Infra-red sauna nd ion detox foot baths. Large selection of Chinese herbal teas, herbal supplements and hearbal heating pads for pain. Serving the area for over 20 years. Mention this ad and get an initial cupping session for just $20. See ad page 3.

May 2018



Childbirth Classes – Now booking private sessions, groups and childbirth classes! Visit or call 484-373-9990 for more information!

OPPORTUNITIES 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 Become a licensed Sanctified Healer/Hypnotist – Contact Chorbishop Mullen for additional information at 570-216-1215 or mcslongevitycenter@ Visit natural-therapies HypnoBirthing® Classes – The Mongan Method, of childbirth education is an amazing program that teaches you and your birthing companion in five, 2 and a half hour classes the art and joy of experiencing birth in a more natural and comfortable way. Call 570-730-9963 for schedule. Peace and Healing For Women, 134 Broad St, Stroudsburg. Chakra Energy Course Online – A 10-week online course. The first webinar is free and limited. One participant will win a scholarship covering cost. This course will cover the entire Chakra Energy System and crystals, meditations, and daily rituals associated with each chakra for awakening, balance, and enlightenment. $249 for the entire course or $39 per session. Sacred Space. To attend the free webinar, go to Hypnosis Training Course – Classes forming for National Guild of Hypnosis-approved Banyan Hypnosis Certification Super Course with 5-PATH and 7th Path Self-Hypnosis techniques. For more information, call 610-248-2358.

Holistic Chiropractor, Naturopath or Natural Functional Medicine Practitioner Needed – Join our comprehensive solution Wellness Center in Stroudsburg. Access to over 2000 clients in a professional, dedicated facility. Call Vicki at 570977-1900 to discuss. 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. 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.

PRODUCTS Two Green Burial Plots for Sale – At Green Meadows Burial Ground in Fountain Hill, PA. $1,800 total. Call 610-698-4921 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 Interactive Dementia and Alzheimer Game – An interactive and fun family game that will bring a twinkle to the eye and smile on the face. Call 484860-5894. Trichotillomania Sufferers – Be pull-free for life. A healthy alternative, without medication. Visit:

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