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re dedicated to all the wonderful Moms of the world. What is a Mother? A mother understands what a child does not say. Indeed there exists a dynamic connection between a mother and her children. Mothers can hear sentences in the silences of their children. Mothers have the special gift of intuition because it gives her a strong sense of what is right for her children, what they are good at, how they may excel in the future, and what gifts and abilities she wants to make sure are developed in their lives as they grow to become a contributing member of society. Mothers are timeless teachers in the classroom of life. Mothers are the most influential educators of our children. Of all their many attributes it all comes down to her heart; a mother’s heart has everything to do with the tenderness, the toughness, the compassion and the love that she delivers at the correct times as the children develop. There is nothing quite as comforting as having a mother’s arm wrapped around you when you are sad, lonely, or afraid. Mothers teach us to have confidence in ourselves. Mothers know from experience how important it is for children to believe in themselves in order to be whole, strong, and to grow with a healthy belief in themselves… and of themselves. One way for a mother to breed confidence in her children is to affirm, sustain, support, encourage and continually sharpen their thinking. A healthy sense of self-confidence can result in a person achieving more and celebrating themselves more. When a mother shares with her children the lessons she’s learned in life, it gives them the space to believe in themselves, as there is no limit to the greatness children can attain or the great things children can accomplish. Mothers have often shaped our world from the cradle by rocking, nurturing and instructing children who grow up to achieve life-changing and history-making accomplishments. For every preacher, president, volunteer worker, employee, fashionista, technician, community worker, doctor and caregiver (among many others), there is a mother behind them who fostered her child to reach his or her full potential. Mothers teach us to live out our legacy. Scripture is certainly consistent about reminding us that we will reap what we sow, and for many of us, our mothers, the greatest women in our lives, sowed beautiful seeds of truth, wisdom, joy, peace and unconditional love. Good mothers have always made a difference and will continue to do so. A heartfelt “thank you” to my wife, the mother of my children. To all mothers, have a Happy Mother’s Day Dr. D Rodger ND, MBA

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ultures of all times and places have unique ways of understanding phenomena. In the case of stress and trauma, the healers of the Peruvian Amazon region see an activated Fight-Flight-or-Freeze response as Jaguar being up the tree. Consider a frightened house cat running for its life from the neighboring dog and finding itself up a tree, arched and hissing at any sign of movement around it. That’s us after trauma and chronic stress. And many of us just cannot snap out of it. An energetic healing technique, still used in the Amazon today, and taught in the core curriculum of The Four Winds Society Healing the Light Body School, resets our survival response by activating our parasympathetic nervous system, and the Rest-Digest-Stay-and-Play state in which the body is designed to heal itself. The Jaguar Reset technique results in a profound realignment of our shallow and disordered adrenal pulse with the energized, yet calm and deep pulse of the Earth Mother. During the months of May and June, Jennifer Craig of Shamanic Solutions is offering a special on the 45-minute Jaguar Medicine Reset Session. For May and June only, in honor of Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Memorial Day, Jaguar Resets will be offered at $55 per session, or 3 for $150, paid in advance, at a savings of $20 and $75 respectively.

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Do You have a Hormonal Imbalance? Stressed? It can affect your Hormones.

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his is the season for airborne allergens: tree pollen, grass pollen, gas fumes, chemically treated water, personal care products containing real or synthetic fragrances, and tobacco products or secondhand smoke. Allergies are created by the human respiratory tract trying to protect us from these compounds. The mast cells within the airway lining produce histamines and leukotrienes (1000 times more potent than histamines) to create sinus drainage or itchy hives in an attempt to help our immune system produce nasal discharge, itchy watery eyes, sneezing, coughing and wheezing. We feel miserable. The reduction of sinus triggers from air conditioners, electrostatic air cleaners, indoor air filtration, as well as adequate sleeping and a clean diet are all major aids in decreasing inflammation. Reducing foods that add stress involved in the allergic response also results in a cleaner cytochrome section of your liver. Avoid all types of eggs, dairy products, gluten, grains, all derivatives of corn, canola oil, all forms of soy and pork products and/or any of your personal food toxins. You can also reduce the release of histamines and leukotrienes with the use of quercetin bioflavonoid complex. Antioxidants such as Vitamin C, Amla, Grape Seed extract, Pycnogenol and Andrographis clean your body of excessive amounts of allergic response, and reduce your suffering and the need for homeopathic remedies. Hence, you can have a more satisfying spring and summer. In a future article we’ll discuss the importance of repairing a leaky gut in order to avoid more allergies. See ad, page 43.

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Building BudgetFriendly Meals by Samantha Schmell


ealthy eating doesn’t have to break the bank, in fact, making nutritious choices for family meals can actually save money. Below are some strategies for creating tasty and budget-friendly meals for all to enjoy. Have a game plan before you shop First, check the supermarket’s weekly ad and plan meals for the week, keeping in mind what items will be on sale. Then take inventory of what is already on hand in the fridge and pantry so there are no unnecessary purchases. Now create a detailed list of what is needed from the supermarket. Shopping with a list is key to staying on budget. Try frozen and canned produce. Canned or frozen fruits and vegetables are just as nutritious as their fresh coun-

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diagnosed hypertension from 32 percent to 46 percent. American heart disease deaths rose from 836,546 in 2015 to 840,678 in 2016. Studies show that about 80 percent of all cardiovascular disease can be prevented by controlling high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol, along with healthy practices like not smoking, says the AHA.

Women in menopause that are mindful and nonjudgmental of their thoughts are less irritable, anxious and depressed, reports a Mayo Clinic study recently published in Climacteric, the journal of the International Menopause Society. Researchers gave questionnaires to 1,744 menopausal patients 40 to 65 years old and found that those with higher mindfulness scores struggled less with common menopausal symptoms. Mindfulness didn’t lower hot flash and night sweat symptoms, however.


Mindfulness May Ease Menopausal Symptoms

U.S. Heart Disease on the Rise Forty-eight percent of American adults have some form of cardiovascular disease, reported the American Heart Association (AHA) in its annual update. The increase is partly due to 2017 updated guidelines redefining high blood pressure as greater than 130/80 millimeters of mercury rather than 140/90, which raised the number of Americans with

Simply changing a diet to include more fruit and vegetables can boost mental well-being, say British researchers from Leeds and York universities. Examining health data of 40,000 people, they concluded those that eat more produce have a better psychological state, and that eating just one extra portion of fruits and vegetables a day could have a positive effect equivalent to around eight extra days of walking a month for at least 10 minutes at a time. A meta-analysis of 16 studies by the UK’s University of Manchester found the mood-boosting effect was particularly strong for women, and it worked with different types of diets, indicating a particular approach is not necessary. When dietary changes were combined with exercise, even greater improvements resulted.


Japanese researchers interviewed 1,003 Tokyo women over 70 years old about which of 16 types of exercise they did, including dancing, calisthenics, jogging, golf, ball games, hiking, yoga, bicycling and tai chi. In eight years of follow-up, those that danced were 73 percent less likely to be classified as impaired in any of the “activities of daily living” such as walking, cooking, dressing and bathing—a result not produced by the other physical activities. “Dancing requires not only balance, strength and endurance ability, but also cognitive ability: adaptability and concentration to move according to the music and partner; artistry for graceful and fluid motion; and memory for choreography,” writes lead author Yosuke Osuka, of the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology.


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First-time mothers that practiced yoga beginning in the 30th week of pregnancy had fewer caesareans, fewer low-weight newborns and milder and briefer labor pains. They were also less likely to require painkillers or labor inducement. The Mangalore, India, hospital study, published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, included 150 women 20 to 35 years old that were pregnant for the first time and had no prior yoga experience. Half of the women did not do yoga, while the other half took 30-minute yoga classes once every week or two. Women in the yoga group were also more comfortable after giving birth. LightField Studios/


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Avian Senior Citizen Astounds Again Being at least 68 years old didn’t deter Wisdom, a Laysan Albatross, from recently hatching another chick. The world’s oldest known banded wild bird, which roosts at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, in Hawaii, has birthed and raised more than 30 chicks in her lifetime. She and her mate-forlife Akeakamai spent about two months incubating the new egg, and now they’ll raise the chick for five to six months before it flies out to sea. It is uncommon for albatross to return, lay and hatch an egg every single year, but the pair has produced a chick each year since 2006, say U.S Fish and Wildlife Service officials. 14

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Nuclear Testing Linked to Radioactive Milk

The hundreds of nuclear bombs detonated on a remote Nevada test site during the Cold War produced radioactive fallout that led indirectly to the deaths of 340,000 to 690,000 Americans, concludes a recent study by economist Keith Meyers, Ph.D., of the University of Southern Denmark. Meyers conducted the research for his doctoral dissertation while attending the University of Arizona. By combining National Cancer Institute data measuring the radioactive element Iodine-131 in local cow milk with countyby-county mortality data, he found heightened death rates in the Midwest and Northeast between 1951 and 1973. The finding suggests that airborne radiation contaminated pastures that, in turn, made milk radioactive and led to the human ingestion of slow-acting, but fatal radioactive isotopes. In comparison, an estimated 200,000 to 350,000 people in the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki died directly from the atomic bombs dropped on August 6 and 9, 1945, respectively.

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As the Appalachian economy struggles with the loss of three-fifths of its coal mining jobs in the last three decades, a surprising option is emerging for some: beekeeping. The Appalachian Beekeeping Collective offers beekeeping training, including bees and equipment and ongoing mentoring, for displaced coal miners and low-income residents of mining towns; so far, about 35 people are participating. Landowners are donating property for the beehives, which will be maintained without pesticides or antibiotics. Honey from a single hive can bring in about $750 a season, or $15,000 per 20, and additional money can be made selling the beeswax for candles and lip balm. The beekeeping collective is part of Appalachian Headwaters, a nonprofit formed in 2016 with a $7.5 million lawsuit settlement from coal mine operator Alpha Natural Resources for violations of the Clean Water Act. The money has been used to fund environmental restoration projects and to develop sustainable economic opportunities in the coal mining communities of West Virginia.


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Higher federal standards for energy-efficient light bulbs established two years ago are in the process of being rolled back by the U.S. Department of Energy, part of a move toward widespread deregulation by the current administration. Consumers stand to lose about $100 per household per year in electric bill savings if the higher standards are not implemented, say critics. The wasted energy could result in more power plant pollution, which harms the environment and contributes to health problems like asthma. The plan would also stifle innovation, eliminating a powerful regulatory incentive for manufacturers and retailers to invest in high-quality, energy-efficient LED light bulbs.


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Washington is poised to become the first state to make it legal to compost human remains. A bill allowing for the process, called natural organic reduction, as well as another called water cremation, has passed the state senate and is making its way to the house for a vote. Human composting involves placing a body in a tubular vessel and covering it with natural materials like wood chips and straw. Over several weeks, microbial activity breaks down the body into about a cubic yard of soil. Recompose, a company that wants to offer the practice as an alternative to traditional methods, worked with Washington State University to test its safety for environmental and human health. Six people donated their bodies for the study. The method alleviates much of the carbon footprint associated with both cremation and traditional casket burial.


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About 50 polar bears that usually hunt seals from ice floes have found new cuisine in the garbage dumps in the remote Russian island military town of Belushya Gubam, about 1,200 miles northeast of Moscow. Its 2,000 residents, long accustomed to the occasional bear strolling through, now call it a “mass invasion” as the curious bears peer into windows, stare down barking dogs and dig through trash. Russia’s environmental response agency has sent in a crisis team that is studying how to remove the bears without killing them. The Barents Sea that the bears inhabit is undergoing what a recent study called a “rapid climate shift” from Arctic Ocean temperatures to warmer Atlantic Ocean-like temperatures; the entire western side of the island is now ice-free year round. May 2019


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Compared to newspapers, magazines and junk mail, retail sales receipts may seem inconsequential in their use of trees and their footprint on the environment. Yet, getting and handling that tabulation of a sale is a health hazard that contributes to landfills. Certainly, some receipts are required for tax records and product returns, but the vast majority serve no future purpose; there’s also a better and safer option than paper. reports the annual waste from receipts in the U.S. totals 686 million pounds, and that skipping receipts would save 12 billion pounds of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of 1

million cars on the road. The problem is getting worse as many retail outlets include special offers and other promotional information on receipts, making them longer and the corresponding amount of paper used greater. The Ecology Center, an educational nonprofit located in San Juan Capistrano, California, estimates that 93 percent of paper receipts are coated with Bisphenol-A (BPA) or Bisphenol-S (BPS), endocrine disrupters that are used as color developers to help make the receipts more legible. However, the presence of either makes them ineligible for recycling. According to Green America (, BPA that can be “absorbed into our bodies through our hands in mere seconds,” can impact fetal development and “is linked to reproductive impairment, Type 2 diabetes, thyroid conditions and other health concerns.” Employees that regularly handle receipts have 30 percent more BPA or BPS in their bodies. In January, California Assembly member Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) introduced legislation (AB 161) nicknamed “skip the slip”, which would require retailers to offer digital receipts to customers. If it passes, it will be the first such law in the country.

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o be female is to be blessed with an innate gift for multitasking, but in our fast-paced, jam-packed world, daily life for most women is a juggling act that can come with a steep price tag if self-care isn’t on the to-do list. Depression, anxiety and feeling overwhelmed are all too common. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in eight women experience depression during their lifetime—twice the rate of men.

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Each decade poses unique challenges. For women in their 20s and early 30s, comparing and finding one’s own path can be significant. “The feminist movement of our mothers’ generation opened doors, but so many 20- and 30-something women have interpreted that as, ‘I have to do everything and be everything,’” says Christine Hassler, life coach and author of Expectation Hangover: Overcoming Disap-

pointment in Work, Love, and Life. The San Diego-based motivational speaker views self-care to be as vital as education. “Women are not taught in high school and college how to take care of themselves. Prioritizing self-care is so important. I see so many young women with adrenal or thyroid burnout and eating disorders. All of that comes down to stress, relationship to self and lack of self-care.” The personal interests of women in their 30s and 40s trying to balance motherhood and career often get lost in the tangled underbrush of daily logistics. There can be a deep longing for identity well into the 50s, especially when children leave the nest. Fears of aging and loneliness often accompany women 60 and older. By passionately and joyously taking care of body and spirit, women of any generation can find renewal.

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Women play vital roles in family and community, much like the foundation of a sound building, and if self-care is not the bedrock, all that is supported by it is likely to be compromised. “I believe we’ve taken the bait, the promise that if we arrange our life circumstances just so, we’ll feel ease and happiness. We’re getting to a place as

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Sometimes my daily me-time was only five minutes here or 10 minutes there, but it saved my sanity. ~Teigan Draig concurs Teigan Draig, a spiritual life coach and busy home-schooling mom in Spencerville, Ohio. She reminds us that putting our needs above the wants of others is not being selfish, but is an emotional necessity that helps women get out of the loop of self-defeatism and self-sabotage. “The first step to finding your fire is learning to love yourself, all of yourself. Self-care and selflove are a total wellness package.”

Benefits of Self-Nourishment Many psychologists agree that self-care can help to improve concentration, promote relaxation, fortify relationships and boost productivity. Most women crave more me-time, but don’t know how to implement change. “Without a premise of

self-care, we react based on stress patterns. We react with more tension, irritability, guilt and obligation. We say, ‘Yes’ when we want to say, ‘No’. However, when we take stock in our physical, emotional and spiritual well-being, we’re less reactive,” observes Hassler, who underscores self-care as an investment for life. “Most women have inner critics and a negative relationship with self. Self-care is essential so we can turn down the volume of the inner critic, stop people-pleasing and make self-honoring choices.” Balancing motherhood and career or other obligations can leave many women running on empty and resentful. “We would never tell a loved one who desperately needed some TLC to get over it and just keep going. As busy women, when we don’t take the time to care for ourselves, the consequence is our children getting a mom who is preoccupied, anxious and disconnected,” says women’s life coach Veronica Paris, in San Diego. Catering to everyone’s desires and spreading ourselves too thin can backfire. Paris asks, “How do



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I want my kids to look back on me as a mother? By taking the time to self-care, we’re taking accountability for how we want to show up in our world rather than shape-shifting from one situation to the next. We can teach our children how to do the same.”

Self-care does not necessarily have to involve time; it’s a way of being.

numbing and feeling “flatlined”. A toxic or addictive relationship to food, alcohol or shopping can be a symptom of a deep need to nourish the self and give a voice to suppressed feelings. “One ~Christine Hassler of our greatest challenges is that we’ve become disconnected from our deep seat of power, which is our capacity Our Emotions As Wellspring to feel,” says Brogan. “We’ve been enculturated to disregard our experience of feelFor too many women, another common byproduct of self-neglect can be emotional ing emotions, and because of this, it’s been

reduced to a very narrow bandwidth.” Brogan believes that it is key for women to reestablish a connection to nature’s rhythms and their own feminine, fluid energy, as well as giving up the need to control. “I think it’s the work of many women to understand that we’re not here to meet the needs of everyone on the planet—and with our loved ones, it disempowers them as much as we’re feeling disempowered. We’re here to meet our own needs and then offer compassion and caring in a way that comes from a more boundaried space.” Hassler affirms that when women are fully present, every aspect of life can be viewed through a clearer lens. “Self-care helps us tap into our super power, which is our intuition, and by doing that, we know what we need and act on that.”

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Beginning the day with self-care can be as simple as taking the time to meditate and breathe deeply for a minute or two before getting out of bed and opting for a healthier breakfast. Feeding our senses and feasting on what gives us joy can be a way of life. “Self-care does not necessarily have to involve time; it’s a way of being,” says Hassler. “The more time we spend on self-care tells the subconscious mind that we’re worth it.” Draig suggests setting personal boundaries, and part of this means reserving time for ourselves. “When I became a new mother, I was running on fumes. Sometimes my daily me-time was only five minutes here or 10 minutes there, but it saved my sanity. Learn to schedule selfcare time in your calendar as you would anything else,” she says, noting, “My house was not always spotless, but it was a trade I was willing to make so I could take care of myself and be a better mother.” Being innovative can be an ally. “Ten minutes walking the dog or taking the baby out in a stroller can become 10 minutes spent saying positive self-affirmations,” suggests Paris. “That 15-minute drive can be spent deep breathing instead of listening to the news on the radio.” Blooming into our best possible self is returning to our essence. “It’s about

taking off the masks, no longer living according to expectations and other people. It’s about radical self-acceptance,” says Hassler. Each decade poses an invitation to grow and commit to self-nourishment. “There will be days where you feel like you can’t get the hang of it, but you’ll arrive, and when you do, no matter what age you are, it can be magical,” Draig says. Marlaina Donato is a composer and author of several books in women’s spirituality and holistic health. Connect at

SIMPLE SELF-CARE STRATEGIES ✔ Schedule me-time on the calendar. ✔ Unplug from gadgets. ✔ Spend lunch breaks in the park. ✔ Rest before hitting the wall of exhaustion. ✔ Take 10 minutes to stretch and breathe in the morning. ✔ Meditate in the shower; choose a luxurious, natural, body wash. ✔ Wear your favorite jewelry. ✔ Designate a beautiful tea cup or coffee mug to use on hectic work days. ✔ Buy yourself flowers; take yourself out to lunch or a museum. ✔ Sprinkle lavender, rose geranium or ylang ylang essential oil on your sheets. ✔ Opt for a gentle workout instead of a high-intensity session when tired. ✔ Choose a healthy breakfast. ✔ Play, be silly and be a kid again. ✔ Designate 15 to 20 minutes after the workday to color, doodle or journal. ✔ Listen to your favorite music during commuting or cleaning the house. ✔ Abandon perfectionism. ✔ Connect to a higher power, however you define it, even if it is inner peace.

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As an advocate of escaping our “digital dystopia” of electronic screens by running outdoors, what’s the benefit you see in unplugging?

I’m a big fan of evolutionary biology. We evolved in very different circumstances than what we are living in now; to be attentive to the world and not with a screen in front of us. The reason we are up on two legs is so that we can look around and think. We’re supposed to ruminate. We didn’t evolve these extraordinary brains and self-consciousness so we could outsource our thinking. Anybody who has done creative work knows what’s needed to do that is uninterrupted thought.

What can non-runners take away from your book?

Go outside. We weren’t meant to spend so much time in offices. Take the headphones off, move, use your body. Look at little kids in playgrounds—they’re just running around before getting trained into games. We forget that. We spend so much time in our heads reading, watching screens. I’ve met people who say they don’t run, but they walk, ride bikes, hike in the woods. Those people are getting many of the same benefits as running.


ur sport seems mindless only to people who never run long enough for any thought to form other than, ‘When can I stop running?’ But the only way to succeed as a long-distance runner is to do it mindfully, to be aware of the body and the world it is moving through. I think about my motion and my breathing, my muscles and their state of agitation or stress or relaxation. I note my surroundings—the downward slope I would never notice driving this street, the hawk’s nest I would never see for lack of looking up, the figure in a window caught in a solitary moment of their own. I think about the true meaning of distance—about the learning that comes from running a mile in your own shoes. From The Incomplete Book of Running, by Peter Sagal.

Of the many anecdotes you cite about bonding with others through running, which one was the most gratifying? Probably when I ran with William Greer, who I didn’t even know 24 hours before we ran the 2013 Boston Marathon, and by the end of that day we were friends forever because of all we went through together. [Greer is visually impaired and Sagal was his volunteer guide during the race.] We’re still in touch; we sometimes run together. He wouldn’t have finished if I wasn’t helping him and I wouldn’t have finished if he wasn’t helping me. Randy Kambic is a freelance writer and editor, in Estero, Florida. May 2019



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assage is often associated with spa-like pampering, yet it is also an effective therapy for reducing physical and emotional pain. Bodywork can lower blood pressure and reduce stress hormones, which in turn helps to balance blood sugar and boost immunity. A surge of the feel-good neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine is also a natural perk of rubdowns. On the emotional level, massage therapy can offer profound benefits for anyone experiencing acute grief or the effects of a traumatic past. A Swedish study published in the Journal of Clinical Nursing shows that bereaved individuals that received 25-minute hand and/or foot massages once a week for eight weeks felt


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greater comfort and were more capable of coping with stress.

The Body’s Pain Language

When the “fight-or-flight” stress response is activated in the presence of danger or emotional distress, the body has one objective: get us to safety. Yet, many times, the amygdala—the part of the brain that plays a key role in this process—becomes hyper alert and falsely perceives danger when there is none. Trauma becomes hardwired into the nervous system. Pain syndromes and tension are common symptoms. No matter what the pattern for handling trauma, it takes a lot of work for the body to repress emotions, and it will create tension in the form of “armoring” to

defend against unwanted feelings. “Trauma is a physiological experience. Body tension that results from unresolved trauma will not respond to only releasing muscle tension,” explains Lissa Wheeler, author of Engaging Resilience: Heal the Physical Impact of Emotional Trauma: A Guide for Bodywork Practitioners. Wheeler’s Medford, Massachusetts, practice focuses on releasing emotional patterns locked in tissue memory. “When the nervous system is frozen in a state of threat long after the actual threat is gone, all of the body’s activities of healthy regulation are challenged. This affects not only skeletal muscles, but also smooth muscle such as what’s found in the gastrointestinal tract. Sleep problems and teeth grinding can also result.”

Cellular Memory and CranioSacral Therapy

Swedish massage, Thai massage and shiatsu are all ideal treatments for chronic pain, grief and emotional imprints locked within the body’s cellular consciousness. CranioSacral Therapy (CST) offers a gentler alternative. “CranioSacral Therapy can unravel cellular stories and assist in


freeing repressed or preverbal emotions from childhood,” says Seattle-based CST therapist Barbara Coon. “Experiences are held in the body. Stress and muscular tension activate the vagus nerve, and CST focuses on calming [it].” The vagus nerve facilitates communication between the brain and the heart, lungs and gut. Coon attests to the modality’s body-centered support for reducing anxiety, depression, panic attacks, memory loss, sleep disturbances and grief. “Some people respond well to deep tissue work, while others do better with the gentleness of CranioSacral Therapy,” says Wheeler. “Like a perfect dance partner, a skilled bodywork practitioner follows the nervous system and helps the client access sources of trauma.”

Healing Frequencies

Clinical aromatherapy and therapeutic sound can also play a vital role in emotional healing, especially when combined with bodywork. Kelli Passeri, a massage therapist and owner of Sound and Stone Massage, in Pittsburg, Kansas, utilizes a subwoofer speaker beneath her massage table so clients can feel the vibrations of the music. “I play music recorded in specific frequencies that align with the body and the chakras or energy centers to help rebalance the energy body,” says Passeri, who also uses rose quartz crystals in her hot stone sessions. She relies on aromatherapy blends that promote opening on both physical and emotional levels. Passeri has observed common pain patterns in her clients that often don’t have a physical cause. “The sacrum tends to hold on to lifelong traumatic emotions from childhood, and the shoulders tend to reflect more current emotional blockages and issues,” she says, adding, “I encourage my clients to open up or cry because it’s a healthy thing to do. There’s no need for embarrassment and is totally okay.” Healing on any level might take time, but allowing the body’s stories to be witnessed without judgement is key. “The good news is that when trauma is worked through, the whole body is much more resilient and has a greater capacity to live life fully,” Wheeler says. SAVE UP TO 60% OR MORE

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munching caterpillar. “Plants have no special sense organs, so their sophisticated sense of hearing is very surprising,” says Appel.


Nature’s Networks

Karban’s lab isolated plants to determine that their chemical signals were transmitted by air rather than soil or root systems. Yet researcher Suzanne Simard, a professor of forest ecology at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, is digging into the underground connections, finding that trees are interacting with one another below the ground in complex ways. Trees have a symbiotic relationship with fungi that’s built on a mutually beneficial exchange of nutrients, says Simard. This underground network links root systems of trees together, enabling them to exchange carbon, water and other nutrients in a kind of natural balance sheet. Simard discovered these networks had hubs—typically older “mother trees”—that can connect to hundreds of saplings and send them excess carbon that can quadruple their survival rates. Simard also found that trees engage in “defense signaling” similar to plants, increasing their natural defenses in response to damage inflicted on their neighbors, but only if the mycorrhizal networks of fungi that aid in sending such messages are intact. Simard’s research seeks to understand how environmental threats like climate change and logging may further disrupt these communication networks. Recognizing all of the communication that exists between plants, we might wonder if human words of encouragement can help them grow. Perhaps, but not for the reasons one might hope, says Appel. “Whenever we feel a sense of connection to another life form, we are more likely to take better care of it,” says the researcher. “We underestimate what plants can do because their communication is invisible to us. Yet we also have to be careful about overestimating their abilities. We need an understanding to be driven by science, and not wishful thinking.” April Thompson is a freelance writer in Washington, D.C. Contact her at


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Gardening for Kids The Fun of Growing Their Own by Ronica A. O’Hara


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Order some seed catalogues, look online—or better yet, take a child to the local garden nursery. Let them decide what to grow. Their choices are as diverse as their interests. Veggies, flowers and plants that draw butterflies each have their own appeal. Some, like sunflowers, radishes and lettuce, are fast-growing, offering quick gratification. Or, they can choose a theme. “If your child likes Italian food, plant tomatoes and basil. If they enjoy Mexican food, then peppers and cilantro. For flowers—zinnias and cosmos—let them make flower arrangements from early summer into the fall,” suggests Susan Brandt, of Bristow, Virginia, co-founder of the gardening site Visiting a plant nursery offers the perfect opportunity to put kids on the path to healthy living. Point out and discuss the differences between organic and nonorganic seeds and between chemical fertilSearch “Natural Awakenings” and download

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Vision Quest Eat a Rainbow of Color for Healthy Eyes by Melinda Hemmelgarn


ne of the best ways to protect and preserve our precious eyesight is to focus on food. In general, the same plant-based, antioxidant-rich diets that defend against heart disease and cancer also contribute to eye health by reducing the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration—the two most common agerelated causes of vision loss. However, two specific nutrients— lutein and zeaxanthin—deserve special

attention. These compounds uniquely concentrate in the macula, the centrally located part of the retina responsible for visual acuity, and are most vulnerable to oxidative damage from light exposure. Both are members of the carotenoid family, a large group of powerful antioxidant nutrients found mostly in fruits and vegetables, especially those with dark green, deep yellow, red and orange pigments. According to the National Eye Insti-

tute and the American Optometric Association, lutein and zeaxanthin help absorb damaging ultraviolet light from the sun, as well as blue light from computer screens, digital devices and LEDs. “Think of lutein as a sort of sunblock,” says Elizabeth Johnson, research associate professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition and Science Policy at Tufts University, in Boston. Speaking at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics annual meeting in Washington, D.C., last fall, Johnson described the yellow macular pigments— lutein and zeaxanthin—as “internal sunglasses” that protect the eyes’ photoreceptor cells. “Yellow pigment absorbs blue light,” Johnson explains. The greater our macular pigment density, the more protection we have against light damage, and the better our visual function. As a bonus, macular pigment density also aligns with improved academic performance and cognitive function across our lifespan, reports Naiman Khan, Ph.D., a registered dietitian and director at the Body Composition and Nutritional Neuroscience Lab at the University of

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Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Because lutein is actively transported into breast milk, Johnson suspects the compound is important to infant eye and brain health. Despite solid scientific evidence confirming the benefits of lutein and zeaxanthin, there is no official recommended daily allowance. Johnson explains that Americans typically consume less than two milligrams per day, falling short of levels needed to enhance visual and brain function and slow the progression of age-related eye diseases. Her advice: Eat foods that provide between six to 10 milligrams of lutein and two milligrams of zeaxanthin each day. Dark green leafy vegetables, including kale, spinach and collard greens, provide the highest amounts of lutein and zeaxanthin, especially when cooked. For example, one cup of cooked kale or spinach delivers more than 20 milligrams of lutein and zeaxanthin, whereas one cup of raw spinach contains just under four milligrams. Johnson explains that cooking breaks down plant cell walls, making the carotenoids more bio-available. Plus, because lutein and zeaxanthin are fat-soluble, lower amounts found in avocadoes (0.4 milligrams in one medium fruit) are better absorbed. Further, simply adding an avocado or oil-based dressing to raw, dark leafy green salads will increase intestinal absorption. The same is true for egg yolks (0.2 milligrams per large egg). In a study of 33 older adults, published in The Journal of Nutrition, researchers found that consumption of one egg a day for five weeks significantly increased blood levels of lutein and zeaxanthin without raising cholesterol levels. According to the National Eye Institute and their Age-Related Eye Disease Studies (AREDS), additional nutrients that benefit eye health include vitamins C and E, and omega-3 fatty acids.

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reconstruction after mastectomies. The marked increase in surgeries implanting these Class III “high risk” medical devices includes many women that undergo procedures to replace old implants that have broken or caused other problems. An estimated 40,000 U.S. women a year have the surgery to remove the implants entirely. These “explants” stem from a variety of issues, from rupture or delayed wound healing to broken implants that have caused breast pain, capsule contracture, spontaneous deflation, breast lesion, infection, wrinkling/scalloping and necrosis. Another reason for removal is the growing concern about the reported incidence of breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL), a treatable T-cell lymphoma, and breast implant illness (BII) associated with both silicone and saline implants. The FDA first sounded the alarm about the rare lymphoma in 2011, linking it to implants with textured, Velcro-like outer shells. In February, the federal agency issued a letter to healthcare providers seeking to increase awareness “about

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an association between all breast implants, regardless of filling or texture,” and BIAALCL. On the issue of BII and other problems reported by women with implants, the FDA has remained largely silent, suggesting that “studies would need to be larger and longer than these conducted so far.” However, the number of women with implants reporting health problems has prompted the FDA to demand that two manufacturers of the devices conduct proper long-term health studies. The agency sent out letters in March warning of deficiencies in FDA-required research and the possibility that their products could be taken off the market. The move is considered to be a victory for patient activism. HealingBreastImplantIllness has become a sanctuary for more than 68,000 women that report a range of symptoms associated with BII. Nicole Daruda, of Vancouver Island, Canada, says she created the group to support women that visited her website,, where she told her personal BII story that began with implant surgery in 2005. “I never anticipated an avalanche of women’s stories about the symptoms that I endured before having my explant surgery in 2015.” After hearing from other women, Daruda felt affirmed in her suspicions that implants had caused her fatigue, brain fog, memory loss, headaches, joint and muscle pain, hair loss, recurring infections, swollen lymph nodes, rashes, irritable bowel syndrome and problems with thyroid and adrenal glands. “I believe that various doctors pigeonholed my symptoms into the category of autoimmune disorders because few general practitioners are aware of BII.” Diana Hoppe, M.D., a board-certified OB/GYN in Encinitas, California, never heard of BII until earlier this year. “Doctors rely on published, evidence-based study results, and while there are none linking connective tissue disorders and breast implants, I suspect that the outcomes of studies conducted by breast implant manufacturers are equally as suspicious as the outcomes of studies done by the manufacturers of cigarettes.” One longtime BII combatant says, “My body mounted an all-out war, in the form of a foreign body immune response.”

She learned about BII from BreastImplantIllness, but is unable to afford the explant surgery that would remove the apparently toxic invaders. NCHR reports that at the time of explant surgery, approximately three out of five women have had implants and their unhealthy symptoms for 10 years or more. After explant surgery, 89 percent of the women report improvement. However, explant surgery is just the first step. Daruda used chelation and the protocols of Gerson Therapy, a natural treatment

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FRIDAY, MAY 10 1ST Intro to Ayurveda – Michelle Costantini. 6:308:30 p.m. Join us to learn why spices are important, how to prepare them, use them and even make your own mixes. $30/person. Vegetarian, vegan, GF dinner incl.. Twin Ponds Center, payable check or PayPal:, RSVP by 2 days before: 720-745-3453

SATURDAY, MAY 11 SATURDAY, MAY 4 Tour of Columcille Megalith Standing Stone Park. 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Tour the beautiful 17 acre standing stone park with Irish Historian and Storyteller Tom Egan. Tour includes Celtic mythology interpretations of park features. Involves about one mile of walking over unpaved nature trails. Bring water and sturdy shoes. No reservations necessary. Tour is free but donations for park maintenance are welcome. contact: YogaVoice® Workshop, Level 1 − 1-3 p.m. Matt Asti, CYT, CYVT. Learn how to use your authentic voice & embody your vocal & artistic wellness & self-awareness for clear and honest self-expression! Great for teachers, singers & those experiencing voice injury & stress. Cost $30. Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center, Pre-register : 484-868-0005

SUNDAY, MAY 5 Forest Bathing for the Community at The Lodge at Woodloch. 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Event Description: The term forest bathing, or Shinrin-Yoku, sounds a little more exotic than it is, but the effects are monumental. There is growing research that supports the Far East tradition and understanding that spending time in the deep woods has profound healing power. Cost is $30 for the 2-hour session and will include a custom reusable water bottle. Add a spa day pass on these days for $30 (a 50% discount). 24-hour advanced sign-up is required by calling the Spa Concierge at 1- 8OO.WOODLOCH. The Lodge at Woodloch 109 River Birch Lane Hawley, PA

Anxiety Relief and Inner Peace with Effortless Meditation™. 9:00 – 10:30 a.m., with Greg S c h w e i t z e r. T h i s m e d i t a t i o n t e c h n i q u e is recommended by physicians as a key for self-care. Gain relief from - insomnia, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, fatigue, brain fog and more. FREE, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Pre-register 610.670.6700 Dispelling the mystery between hemp CBD and prescription marijuana. 11:00 at 1:00 p.m. Presented by Keith Page of Mitchell’s Medicinals. To Your Health Natural Foods at 212 North West End Blvd, Quakertown. Pre-registration suggested 215-538-3480 Guided Meditation – Intuitive Healer, Diane DuPre’. 12:45 - 2:00 p.m. Join us for balancing the throat chakra of communication, clear listening and self-expression. $15, Limited Space, Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center, RSVP 484-719-2560



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

Fireside Chat with Smiling Shaman – 7 p.m.8.p.m. Enjoy community and conversation around the fire at Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center, 628 Twin Ponds Rd, Breinigsville. Bring your questions about Shamanic Energy Medicine, selfhealing and you. $5. Call or text 970-317-0118 to register by 5/13.

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REIKI CERTIFICATION CLASSES MOUNTAIN TOP & WILKES-BARRE Reiki 1, Usui/Tibetan Style Certification Program May 19, 2019 9:30am-5:30 pm. Usui/ Tibetan- Highlights: History of Reiki, Japanese Reiki Techniques, Reiki 1Initiation, Hands on practice , includes 179 page manual, Register by 5/12/19 CEU’s for LMT’S Reiki 2,Usui/Tibetan Style Certification Program, June 29, 2019 9:30am-5:00pm. Highlights: Three Reiki Symbols, Japanese Reiki Techniques, Reiki 2 Attunement, handson practice time, 179 page Manual if didn’t receive in Reiki 1. Register by 6/22/19 Reiki 1 & 2 For Animals Aug 17 at The Violet Studio and Aug 18 at Indraloka Animal Sanctuary. Call for more information! Contact Anthony V. Wojnar D.D. RMT, Life Holistic Center LLC. Member: IARP, 570706-6680. ReikiCenterOnl,

FRIDAY, MAY 17 2ND Intro to Ayurveda – Michelle Costantini. . 6:30-8:30 p.m. Learn why daily and seasonal routines are important, find your dosha and learn how to detox for the spring. $30/person. Vegetarian, vegan, GF dinner incl. Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center, payable check or PayPal:, RSVP by 2 days before: 720-745-3453





Full Moon Forest Bathing celebrating the FLOWER MOON. Starts 8:30 p.m. Over time, forest bathing can produce quantifiable changes in the body and mind. Plus, the added benefit is that it just feels good. Learn about the philosophy and practice and receive practical tips on how to carry on with the practice at home. The Full Moon sessions will enjoy a moonlit walk while enjoying the healing powers of nature during the full moon. 24-hour advanced sign-up is required by calling the Spa Concierge at 1- 8OO.WOODLOCH. The Lodge at Woodloch 109 River Birch Lane Hawley, PA

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22 Gain Restful Sleep with Effortless Meditation™. 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., with Greg Schweitzer. This meditation technique is recommended by physicians as a key for self-care. Gain relief from - insomnia, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, fatigue, brain fog and more. FREE, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Pre-register 610.670.6700

FRIDAY, MAY 24 Ecstatic Dance with Smiling Shaman – 7pm-9pm. Let your free-spirited soul move you in a Safe, Sacred and Welcoming environment at Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center, 628 Twin Ponds Rd, Breinigsville. Ecstatic dance is a powerful way to give voice to your soul, raise your personal vibration and get your life energy moving! $15. Call or text 970-317-0118 to register by 5/20.

SATURDAY, MAY 25 YogaVoice® Workshop, Level 1 − 1-3 p.m. Matt Asti, CYT, CYVT. Learn how to use your authentic voice & embody your vocal & artistic wellness & selfawareness for clear and honest self-expression! Great for teachers, singers & those experiencing voice injury & stress. Cost $30. Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center, Pre-register : 484-868-0005

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HYPNOTHERAPY CERTIFICATION BANYAN SUPER COURSE Accelerated 100 hour Professional Hypnotherapy Certification Course June 1 - June 30, 2019 (5 weekend Sat and Sun) Train for a Career in Hypnosis with 5-Path® Hypnotherapy and 7th Path Self-Hypnosis® Recognized by the National Guild of Hypnotist. Learn the tools that have brought success to so many 5-Path® graduates. You too can train in an exciting new career in 100 hours in this special training. Sign-up with deposit by May 4th and get $500 off of tuition. Limited seating

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SUNDAY, JUNE 2 Forest Bathing for the Community at The Lodge at Woodloch. 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Event Description: The term forest bathing, or Shinrin-Yoku, sounds a little more exotic than it is, but the effects are monumental. There is growing research that supports the Far East tradition and understanding

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Dosha Balancing Yoga with Therapeutics All of our yoga classes are semiprivate and focus on posture, position and breath. In this class, we move and explore therapeutics for knees, low back, neck and shoulders. Learn how to recruit postural strength, vitality and develop a deeper relationship within. Dosha means that we consider how to create balance with the elements of nature that influence season, age and time of day. 9:30 -10:45 Drop in $15.00. Roots and Wings, 127 S 5th St, Quakertown. Tel: 215-257-5025

Sunday Services – Metaphysical and nondenominational. Rev. Lloyd Moll, Pastor - Unique Sunday services 10:30am. All welcome! St. John’s Church of Faith, 607 Washington St Allentown. 610-776-7211. Quiet the Mind Group Meditation – New to meditation? Learn techniques to help quiet your mind and relax your body. Immerse yourself in a sound bath as June plays her crystal singing bowls. Time: 10:45-11:30am. Cost: $10. Kindred Spirits Books & Gifts, 66 W. Water Street, Hellertown. Walk-ins welcome! Call (610) 838-5463 for more information. 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 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. 5:45-6:45 pm, $75/6 classes, Pre-register 610-618-0467. Twin Ponds, 628 Twin Ponds Rd. Breinigsville. 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, Pre-register 610-618-0467. Twin Ponds, 628 Twin Ponds Rd. Breinigsville.


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Coordination Pattern® Training – Betsy Wetzig. Simple, easy exercises help release chronic pain and stress of knees, hips, back, neck and improve the way you function, both physically and mentally, 3-4 pm, $75/6 classes, (also private mechanical Pilates Table Training available), Pre-register 610398- 9652. . Twin Ponds Center, 628 Twin Ponds Rd. Breinigsville. Therapeutic Yoga - For students with health or physical challenges. An educational, therapeutic focus toward bringing healing at every level through modified poses, meditation, and other modalities with a Professional Yoga Therapist. 6pm. Soulful Journeys, 131 S. Main St., Nazareth, 610-653-3971 Coordination Pattern® Training – Betsy Wetzig. Simple, easy exercises help release chronic pain and stress of knees, hips, back, neck and improve the way you function, both physically and mentally, 3-4 pm, $75/6 classes, (also private mechanical Pilates Table Training available), Pre-register 610398- 9652. Twin Ponds Center, 628 Twin Ponds Rd. Breinigsville. What’s Cookin? - Christina Moyes. Learn how to make simple, delicious healthy, meals, sides, appetizers and desserts! For a list of class subjects week by week visit whatscookin. Being healthy doesn’t have to be hard! 5:30-7pm, $35/ea or $97 for 3, Pre-reg, online or call: 610-704-8083. Twin Ponds Center, 628 Twin Ponds Rd. Breinigsville.

wednesday Seated Yoga Practice - Movements in the class develop strength, release tension and balance weakness. When chair yoga is applied with creativity, the practice can bring great satisfaction for the student. We don’t just sit back and do yoga. We access abdominal strength while counterbalancing overuse and weakness in the upper and lower body. A perfect blend of sthira and sukha: postural support with the sweetness of moving mindfully. 11:00 – 12:00 Drop in $15.00. Roots and Wings, 127 S 5th St, Quakertown. Tel: 215-257-5025 Yoga For The Spine – Judy Zumas. Experience different ways of doing familiar poses! Emphases is on opening of the spine by beginning at the tailbone and progressing through each spinal area in turn promoting healing and transformation. Times: 10 am, 11:30 am. $80/8 or $11/class, pre-register 610-504-2540. Twin Ponds Center, 628 Twin Ponds Rd. Breinigsville. Yoga Bliss – Stress relief at its finest! Emphasis on gentle yoga, pranayama (breathing), and meditation. This class will leave you feeling centered, with a clear mind and positive outlook, allowing you to embrace life’s inevitable ups and downs with gratitude. All levels are welcome and invited. 8 am. XYZen Wellness, Cherryville, PA. Register at www. or call 610-760-3308. Yogafit® – A flow yoga class for strength, posture, flexibility and balance. Emphasis is placed on awareness, breath and balance of the nervous system. Open to all levels. 6:15-7:15pm, Allentown YMCA & YWCA, 425 S. 15th St. Allentown. Call 610-434-9333 Ext. 313. Sacred Symposiums – Potluck Dinner & Discussion Group – We meet the 3rd Wednesday of every month to share food and ideas about inspirational, metaphysical, or spiritual topics. Please bring a covered dish to share. Time: 7:009:00pm. Visit Facebook group or call (610) 8385463 for more info. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water St., Hellertown. LV Lyme Support Group – First Wednesday of every month except July. Speakers, doctors, brochures and books. PA is #1 in reported cases, so we help to educate the public. Quaker Friends Meeting House. 4116 Bath Pike (Route 512) Bethlehem, PA 18017. 7pm. Heidi Healy at 610-882-2253 or Beginners Yoga – A gentle intro focusing on clear and safe alignment in foundational poses, discovering

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thursday Tibetan Heart Yoga - Embody ancient meditations from Tibetan masters. Guided imagery and symbolic anchors transport you into accessing your power within. Learn about the 6 perfections, 4 Immeasurables, Kalachakra, and Sat Guru. Apply these teachings to living in right relationship and interconnection. If you want to use your practice to support your authentic journey then this is a great class for you! 9:30 – 11:00. Drop in $15. Roots and Wings, 127 S 5th St, Quakertown. Tel: 215-257-5025 Aromatherapy Thursdays – Join D.I.Y. Studios & make your own handmade aromatherapy jewelry and diffusers. Discounted Essential Oils will be available to attendees at Kindred Spirits. Registration cost includes all supplies. Time: 1:304p. Visit Sacred Space Facebook page or call 570575-8270 for project & pricing information. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown. Open Hearts to Narcotic Addiction – Grief support for parents/survivors of heroin overdose. Kainoa’s Ohana Foundation. Monthly meetings will be held last Thursday of every month, in the studio at 7pm. 11390 N. Delaware Dr. Bangor. Questions contact: Stress Relief Coaching Group – Join others in a group setting to manage stress with multiple holistic approaches. 9:15am or 5:15pm. $25 session. Creative Holistic Therapy, 3037 S. Pike Avenue (Rte 145) #105, Allentown. 610-282-0709 to register. Qigong & Tai Chi – Qigong uses deep breathing and gentle movements to strengthen and circulate the life energy. Tai Chi helps prevent falls and improves balance. Focus is placed coordination and relaxation. Open to all levels. 10:30am, Allentown YMCA & YWCA, 425 S.15th St., Allentown, 610434-9333 x 313. Yoga for Everybody (Chair Yoga) – This practice combines yoga postures, breathing techniques, and relaxation--all with the aid of a chair to encourage


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moving mindfully and with intention. This class is appropriate for those working with an injury, limited mobility, or anyone interested in learning how to squeeze in some yoga when they’re in an office or traveling. All levels invited. 10 am. XYZenWellness, Cherryville, PA. Register at www. or call 610-760-3308.

friday Relaxation Yoga with Self-healing tools - Chronic stress and overscheduling deplete vital energy we need to sustain our responsibilities. Recharge with this gentle and therapeutic practice. Comfy positions help the body rest and repetitive movements bring gentle circulation. Acupressure sequences are applied to tune up our inner batteries with Jin Shin Jyutsu self help. 10:30-11:45. Drop in $15.00. Roots and Wings, 127 S 5th St, Quakertown. Tel: 215-257-5025 Therapeutic Yoga – For students with health or physical challenges. An educational, therapeutic focus toward bringing healing at every level through modified poses, meditation, and other modalities with a Professional Yoga Therapist. 9:30am. Soulful Journeys, 131 S. Main St., Nazareth, 610-653-3971. Yoga & Aromatherapy – Level 1 Yoga class incorporating the diffusion of essential oils, brief discussion of the benefits of the weekly featured oil, and options to apply the oils throughout the practice. 9:30am. All Bright Yoga, 766 Main Street, Hellertown. 610-441-9007. Register at Tai Chi Easy™ − Barbara Kopystecki. Join our Tai Chi Easy Practice Group to activate the healer within so your natural healing capacity can work with your body and mind to heal whatever physical or emotional condition that interferes with your wellbeing. 10 am-11 am., $88/8 classes, Pre-register 610-888-8600. Twin Ponds Center, 628 Twin Ponds Rd. Breinigsville. Yoga for All – With Scott. Come together to celebrate life and to feel good. All levels and ages welcome. Donation. 5-6pm at Kim’s Healing Center, 1223 Butler St., Easton. 610-559-7280. Gentle Yoga – Perfect for students recovering from an injury, just starting back into a fitness or yoga routine. Building strength and flexibility slowly and using restorative postures and breath work for healing and relaxation. 6-7. Blue Lotus Yoga @ Soulful Journeys, 131 S. Main St., Nazareth, 484-546-6803.

Yin/Yang Yoga - A balance of slow, sustained holds to stress and strengthen the connective tissues (bones, ligaments, tendons, and fascia) and dynamic poses. This practice will leave you feeling open, refreshed, and ready to face the day with a positive outlook. All levels are welcome and invited. 8 am. XYZen Wellness, Cherryville, PA. Register at www. or call 610-760-3308.

saturday Hatha Yoga – Join Michele Beha of OmBelvidere Yoga for an all levels class focused on breathing, alignment and mindfulness. 8am. The Community Center@Belvidere, 301 Second Street, Belvidere, NJ. See facebook – the Community Center at Belvidere for more information. Beginners Bootcamp – Start your journey now for a healthier you with a fun mixture of higher intensity moves to target a full body workout. Get moving in the right direction with us. ALL levels of fitness are welcome! 8:30, $6. First class is FREE. Persevere Fitness 3690 Lehigh St., Whitehall 484-282-0442 Chair Yoga – The very popular Om Belvidere Chair Yoga is perfect for those recovering from injury or with limited movement. 10am. The Community Center@Belviderre, 301 Second Street, Belvidere, NJSee facebook – the Community Center at Belvidere for more information. Pound Fitness – Sweat, Sculpt and Rock with POUND, the fastest growing fitness phenomenon inspired by the infectious, energizing fun of drumming. POUND is a full body cardio jam session. Class is modified for ALL levels. 10:1011am, $6. First class is free. Persevere Fitness, 3690 Lehigh St., Whitehall. 484-282-0442. LV Lupus Connection Support Group – A peer support group program offering education and wellness programs to lupus patients and their families. 4th Saturday of the month 11am-1pm except May, August & December call for details. Register at 610 533-9586 or Good Shepherd Allentown. Family Yoga - Karen.Klubertanz, Comprehensive Yoga Therapist, C-IAYT. A gentle blend of creative play, relaxation & mindfulness. Relationships are nurtured while building self-esteem, cooperation, focus and trust. 10-11 a.m. $10/1 adult & 1 child; $3 for each additional family member. Pre-register 484-554-4601. Twin Ponds Center, 628 Twin Ponds Rd. Breinigsville.

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COURSES Become a licensed Sanctified Healer/Hypnotist – Contact Chorbishop Mullen for additional information at 570-216-1215 or mcslongevitycenter@ Visit Natural-Therapies. Childbirth Classes – Now booking private sessions, groups and childbirth classes! Visit or call 484-373-9990 for more information! HypnoBirthing® Classes – The Mongan Method, of childbirth education is an amazing program that teaches you and your birthing companion in five, 2 and a half hour classes the art and joy of experiencing birth in a more natural and comfortable way. Call 570-730-9963 for schedule. Peace and Healing For Women, 134 Broad St, Stroudsburg. Hypnosis Training Course – Classes forming for National Guild of Hypnosis-approved Banyan Hypnosis Certification Super Course with 5-PATH and 7th Path Self-Hypnosis techniques. For more information, call 610-248-2358.

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. 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. Massage School of Business in Allentown is seeking an experienced part-time massage instructor for our program. Flexible schedule, great pay. Contact Joseph 484-223-4655.

PRODUCTS 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. Toxic Chemicals in the Home? – Know the risks. See Trichotillomania Sufferers – Be pull-free for life. A healthy alternative, without medication. Visit

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SERVICES Group & Individual Supervision for LPC/LCSW licensure – Dr. Alexandra Milspaw offers group supervision for those seeking licensure towards their LPC or LCSW on Mondays 9am-10am, $50/person. Individual supervision is also available, $50/30-minutes. Email to register for group supervision. Spiritually guided card readings offered in person, or via phone, parties also welcome. Channeled messages are for your highest good. Let my gifts guide you! Reasonable rates. Cheryl 908-268-8029. Service and Repair of TV – All brands. Free estimates and reasonable price. Call Moe 484-522-5405.

SPACE TO RENT A Peaceful Sacred Place – Provides a serene atmosphere for yoga, meditation, lectures, workshops, or classes. Hourly, half day, or whole day rentals available. Sliding scale pricing available. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown. Contact June at 610-838-5463 for more information. Attention Health Care Professionals! Twin Ponds Health Center, a highly diverse holistic health center, offers a unique lease opportunity. Schedule a tour of the site. 610-395-3355. Peaceful Country Setting – Building includes 4 gathering rooms, kitchen, and covered porch. Wooded paths, meditation gardens. Perfect for workshops, weddings, retreats. Quakertown. Call 215-538-0976.

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community resource guide Connecting you to the leaders in natural health care and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide email to request our media kit.


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

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

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

Since 1988, Ming ming and David Molony have been providing Oriental Medicine to the people of the Lehigh Valley and beyond. We accept VA, Auto, Workmen’s Comp, and Health plans that pay foracupuncture, while providing quality care to everyone for all kinds of disorders and for health maintenance. We work with your Doctor. See ad page 21.

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

Board certified and licensed Acupuncturist, Dietary and Lifestyle counseling, Chinese and Ayurvedic Herbs, Laser Acupuncture, Magnetic therapy (A.R.T.) Autonomic ResponseTesting for Detox and 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 33.


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.

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

Young Living has specialized in growing, distilling, and selling therapeuticgrade,organic Essential Oils for 20 years. Over 130 therapeutic-grade essential oils, and essential-oil enhanced nutritional supplements & products. Visit my website for details. Income opportunities available. See ad page 6.

AYURVEDA SPA ROOTS AND WINGS FACILITATING HEALING 127 S. 5th Street, Suite 150 Quakertown, PA 215-257-5025


628 Twin Ponds Rd., Breinigsville, PA 18031 484-695-8265 ROLF METHOD OF STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION highly effective hands-on approach for improving posture, alleviating chronic pain, increasing energy level, and enhancing flexibility through restoring your body to its natural state of alignment. Enjoy moving freely again! Board Certified Structural Integrator CM and Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. See ad, page 3.


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 22.


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 33.

Integrate self-care practices into your daily routine, identify stress habits, and guide healthy choices based in self-knowledge, inquiry, and observation. Traditional Indian warm oil massage, energy balancing, restorative yoga classes and private session.

Natural Awakenings Mission Statement To empower individuals to live a healthier lifestyle on a healthier planet. To educate communities on the latest in natural health and sustainability. To connect readers with local wellness resources and events, inspiring them to lead more balanced lives. May 2019


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Offering natural skin & hair products with Dead Sea salt known for its high minerals content.No Itching, Redness or scaling. Natural beauty by clear soft skin! Formulations are patented, clinically tested and dermatologist approved. Not tested on animals. See ad page 46.

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

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


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 21.

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Lehighton (less radiation)Family Dentistry n Periodontal 6900 Hamilton TreatmentBlvd Trexlertown, PA 18087 Deep Cleaning 610-395-3335 n Implant Dentistry

We are committed to providing quality care to our patients and their families. It is our mission to exceed Trexler Family Den expectations by providing exceptional dental care to our patients andFamily D Lehighton at the same time, promoting a lifelong relationship built on trust, 6900 Hamilton Blvd. 2 confidence, quality of dental work, Lehig Trexlertown PA 18087 and exceptional patient care. See ad, back page. Dr. Patel, DMD 610 610-395-3335

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, biocompatible fillings, and more. With additional degrees as a Naturopathic Physician, in Nutrition, and Integrative Biologic Dental Medicine, Dr. Taras has both the decades of training and experience to remove mercury fillings safely. Cerec dentist, IAOMT, ANMA, and CDC. See ad page 37.


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.


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

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



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

LLC 3131 College Heights Blvd, Suite 100 Allentown, PA 18104 610-387-6895

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 30.


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

Offers manual lymphatic drainage and therapeutic massage. Each session is customizable for individual needs to provide relief for those suffering from such conditions like fibromyalgia, Lymes disease, TMJ issues, migraines, or those looking to relax. Gift Certificates available.


Vicki Hicks, BCTMB Director/Owner 570-421-5014 I learned the power of Massage Therapy over 30 years ago. It is still my passion & purpose today. I enjoy mentoring, advocating and promoting massage education to our students, Licensed Therapists and our clients. I am committed to helping people find ways to improve their quality of life through massage therapy and other wellness modalities.See ad page 24.

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 40.


Conrad Maulfair, D.O. 5925 Tilghman Street, Suite 90 Allentown, PA 18104 • 610-682-2104 •

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 email her today for a free consultation and get the helping hand you need. See ad, page 42.

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 43.

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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 11.


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 7.

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Dr. Jon Holznagel is a graduate of Delaware Valley University in 1966. He established To Your Health Natural Foods in Quakertown, PA. in 1994. His commitment is to provide the area with the highest quality medicinal foods, vitamins and herbal supplements in 2000 Jon graduated with a PHD degree in Nutritional Science so he could better advise his clients on their health issues. See ad page 43.

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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 22.

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

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

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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.

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Patricia “Trish” McAdams-Burt 101 Village at Stones Crossing, Easton, PA 18045 610-253-5550

Barbara is dedicated to the health and well being of children. In addition to over 17 yrs. in the corporate health services environment, as a licensed massage therapist, she also holds certification in pediatric therapies, including general pediatric, autism, trauma, and special needs. A child’s growth and development are a complex process, and can be challenged by birth defects, illness or injury. additionally, when a child is not well, he or she is not the only one affected. Barbara practices compassion and understanding, to provide the best care for her young clients, and respect for the entire family.

Trish takes pride in making sure all guests are treated with care and professionalism. She wants you feel welcomed and leave the outside world behind when you walk through the door. As you enter the Spa the aroma and tranquil sounds give you the calming experience you expect. Stop to see all the services available. See ad page 19.

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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.


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Dr. Kaplan is a Board Certified podiatrist with over 30 years experience. Our office feature stateof-the-art technology including laser treatments for fungus toenails and shockwave treatments for heel pain. Dr. Kaplan’s emphasis is on a nonsurgical approach to all types of foot and ankle pain. See ad page 31.


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 40.


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.

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Lorena Bravo started Organic Tans & Beauty bar, built on the belief that consumers deserve to be serviced by knowledgeable professionals with an eye for artistry. Having a great product is only a portion of the equation. Empowering the professionals our company employs, to be the best they can be is how we make a greater difference in you after having any one of our treatments. See ad page 23.


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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 $25. See ad page 17.

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Natural Awakenings Magazine - Greater Lehigh Valley and Far West NJ Edition  

May 2019 Issue

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May 2019 Issue