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Chromotherapy by Dr. ROY G. BIV


ave you ever felt a euphoric high when your skin touches the sun after just a few days of gray, rainy weather? That is a key example of your body’s natural reaction to chromotherapy. What is chromotherapy? Chromotherapy, also known as “color therapy”, is the science of using colors to adjust body vibrations to frequencies that result in health and harmony. Every color possesses frequencies of a specific vibration, and each vibration is related to different physical symptoms. The earth, the oceans (in fact, every living thing) is dependent upon light for its very existence. Color works through and in every nerve, cell, gland, and muscle. The light from the sun can actually be broken down into a seven-color spectrum. An imbalance of any of those colors can manifest itself into physical and mental symptoms. For example, red light brings warmth, energy, and stimulation. Yellow light increases neuromuscular tone, purifies blood, helps digestion, has a cleansing effect, and stimulates happiness. Blue light has been shown to possibly treat sleep disorders and headaches. As we are headed into autumn, many people are going to start feeling those “winter blues”. In fact, they are very real, and many people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD is a type of depression that is related to the change of seasons. It typically begins and ends at about the same time every year. Most symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, stealing your energy and making you feel moody. Color and light have been utilized for thousands of years for their healing properties. Color therapy has roots in Indian medicine (Ayurveda), ancient Egyptian culture, and traditional Chinese healing. That is where we can help! At our brand new Wellness Center, we offer far-infrared sauna sessions with chromotherapy. When you combine our color therapy with the heat of the infrared rays, it triggers a feel-good supply of serotonin, tricking you into feeling like you have been basking in the sun all day. Think of it as a weekend vacation to the tropics packed into 45 minutes! But does it actually work? Although chromotherapy has never been studied quantitatively, there is evidence that colored light with different frequencies has an effect on human neurohormonal pathways, precisely on melatonin and serotonin pathways in the brain. We also know that studies done on sleep disorders, depression, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), and post-traumatic stress disorder have found marked alterations in melatonin and serotonin levels. The current hypothesis of chromotherapy is that specific colors and their frequencies can be either activators or inhibitors of complex processes within the brain. At the end of the day, we are all unique and we will all respond differently. Village @ Stones Crossings. Easton, PA. 610-253-5550. See ad, page 29.

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he Cancer Support Community is a local organization the offers programs of support, education and stress reduction, free of charge, to anyone affected by cancer, including caregivers, family, and friends. Our services are provided to people touched by all cancers at any stage of the disease, from newly diagnosed through survivorship. We hold over 75 services each month to just over 1,000 members. Just a small list of services we provide are weekly/monthly support groups, yoga, creative expression, healthy cooking, meditation, Kempo for Kids with cancer, a resource library, and a FREE wig salon. Cancer Support Community of the Greater Lehigh Valley. 944 Marcon Blvd, Suite 110 Allentown, PA  18109. 610.861.7555 ext. 29. So that no one faces cancer alone.   

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hen water is remediated with a traditional water softener, the hard water minerals (calcium and magnesium) are replaced with sodium from the salt. Since sodium doesn’t participate in the formation of scale, hard water deposits are eliminated. However, an environmental problem is created as brackish water is flushed away. Some areas of the U.S. prohibit the use of water softeners because of the tremendous burden to groundwater. This wastewater is even incompatible with septic tanks because when you kill bacteria, septic systems can’t do their job. Today, whole house water structuring devices can reduce (and often eliminate) the need for traditional water softeners. Nothing is replaced or removed chemically. The minerals remain in the water, and scale deposits are significantly reduced because the minerals are micronized with a natural electron charge that causes them to resist interaction with pipes and fixtures. Water softened via structuring has benefits without the slippery/slick feel of traditionally softened water. Water structuring units can extend the life of hot water heaters, dishwashers, air conditioners, etc., without harming the environment. Water conditioned by structuring supports the environment because it contains more energy as it’s leaving your home. The resulting water also resonates at a higher frequency, which deters some forms of algae and bacteria. An excellent choice for water structuring/revitalization is a PlocherKat unit. Its effect is continuous, permanent, and maintenance-free with no energy consumption. And, no need for the expense and inconvenience of lugging those bags of salt any longer! For more information, contact Val at 610-702-2687. See ad, page 24. November 2019



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Red Light Therapy


ne of the newest services that has been added to the many holistic treatments available at Associated Chiropractic and Konnections Massage is Red Light Therapy. The benefits of Red Light Therapy are far-reaching and very diverse. Although red light therapy has been around for many years, it is becoming more popular as patients are searching for safer and more effective ways to achieve pain relief without the use of pain injections (which tend to decrease in effectiveness over time) or traditional medications such as opioids (which have led to a national epidemic of pharmaceutical drug abuse and addiction). To understand how Red Light Therapy works, it is easiest to envision how photosynthesis works for plants and trees. As sunlight is absorbed, it promotes growth and cell reproduction. In the same manner, science has discovered that RED light is absorbed at a cellular level when applied in the appropriate directional frequencies on the human body. This process is easy, painless, non-invasive and non-surgical. It provides pain relief for acute and chronic conditions such as arthritis, sports injuries and chronic joint pain. Red light also increases the production of collagen in the body, which helps diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, scar tissue, cellulite and acne scars. There is no surgery and no down time. Treatments are applied for 30 minutes in a private, quiet and relaxing environment. Treatment plans are designed specifically for each patient to address overall goals. Red Light is also effective for WEIGHT LOSS because it stimulates fat cells in the body to release their contents and shrink like a deflated balloon. That decreases bloating and inflammation and improves the appearance of those troublesome areas where, no matter how hard you work out, you just can’t seem to get that stubborn fat to disappear! We call this treatment Lipomelt because it is similar to liposuction without the damaging side effects and bruising; it MELTS the fat away. The treatments are cumulative and there are several different packages available based on your goals, whether it’s to lose inches off your abdomen, your waist, your thighs, hips, buttocks or underarm regions. Contact Kathy at Associated Chiropractic & Konnections Massage to schedule your discounted introductory treatments to try Red Light Therapy for pain management, wrinkle reduction or weight loss at 610-266-6111. See ad, page 5.

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. ~William Arthur Ward 10

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he flu season is coming. Every year, we fight against seasonal illnesses. Cold and flu symptoms, such as fever, headache, sore throat and fatigue could be the undesired consequences of our winter days. Cold, pollution and crowded places are some of the ideal conditions for the outbreak of the flu. The flu viruses replicate quickly and every winter we deal with more than 200 flu-like viruses. Each of those viruses can cause us 7 to 10 days of illness. Flu vaccination, healthy diet, and good personal hygiene are precious allies, especially for those who are most at risk. Guna-Flu homeopathic ingredients can help reduce the duration and severity of cold and flu symptoms*. Start using it as soon as symptoms appear. Take it on an empty stomach. Take one single-dose tube 3 times a day for 4 days, then one singledose tube once a day for 3 days. Guna-Flu contains 6 single-dose tubes of globules for oral use. Net weight 0.21 oz. Guna-Flu is a complex homeopathic medicine for the temporary relief of cold and flu symptoms*: • Aconitum napellus 5C, Asclepias vincetoxicum 5C, and Belladonna 5C are homeopathic ingredients useful to reduce fever. • Echinacea angustifolia 3C provides immune support. • Cuprum metallicum 3C helps relieve headache and muscle pain caused by influenza. • Haemophilus influenzae 9C and Anas barbariae hepatis et cordis extractum 200CK are useful for fighting flu-like symptoms that are caused by bacterial infections during seasonal cold and flu outbreaks. Guna S.p.a. is a leading Italian GMP manufacturer and distributor of top-quality health products in the Integrative & Alternative Medicine field, with a strong focus on research. Guna S.p.a. is based in Milan, Italy, since 1983. The manufacturing facility complies with G.M.P. requirements, the highest international quality standards for pharmaceutical production. Guna develops and manufactures a wide range of homeopathic medicines, as well as medical devices, nutraceuticals and dermocosmetics. Guna products are distributed in over 30 Countries in the World. The company’s inspiring principles are to approach any disease or imbalance from within, and to act on their inner causes - not just the symptoms. Guna’s range of homeopathic medicines is based on these concepts and supported by basic and clinical research studies. Ethical principles are equally important for Guna. The company’s ultimate mission is to spread a humancentered medicine in harmony with nature. *These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. They are based upon homeopathic principles. Located in Whitehall, Pennsylvania, Guna, Inc., is a licensed U.S. distributor focused on medical information addressed to practitioners and pharmacists. Guna, Inc., is the sister company of Guna S.p.a. Guna, Inc. 3724 Crescent Court West. Whitehall, PA 18052. 484-223-3500. See ad, back page.


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Facing a New Diagnosis? Be Your Own Best Advocate


eing on the receiving end of a life-threatening medical diagnosis can be scary, perhaps even terrifying. One minute, life’s going along as planned, and in an instant, it feels like your future’s spinning out of control. Stop, take a breath and dig down deep to find your inner strength. Take control of what you can, let go of the rest, and make a plan. Consider getting a second opinion. If the first and second opinions disagree, get a third. Once your diagnosis is confirmed, it’s time to educate yourself. Much health anxiety stems from fear of the unknown. Learn everything you can about your condition, prognosis and treatment options. Start a personal health record of all your research, medications, doctors’ visits and tests. Next, enlist a close friend or family member to be your ‘health buddy’. They should go with you to all your doctors’ appointments, tests and treatments. He or she is a second pair of eyes and ears and they can take notes for you and help you process information. Consider hiring a professional Patient Advocate if you don’t have anyone else to ask. At appointments, ask questions and make sure you understand; write down the answers. When talking to healthcare professionals, having a health buddy or Patient Advocate to provide moral support can be very helpful. For more information on how to empower yourself when navigating the healthcare system, contact Cathy Abreu at 908-528-3977 or See ad, page 29.

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hen cells are stressed, their ability to consume oxygen is reduced, resulting in the reduction of the cells’ ability to make energy. Cells are then stressed further, causing more swelling and reduction of energy production. Laser therapy reverses this process, which reduces the inflammation, increases the cells’ ability to use oxygen, and restores the cells’ energy. This allows tissue to heal more quickly. Clinical applications are: acute or chronic tendinopathies, sprains and strains, neck and back pain, osteoarthritis, post-operative pain and tissue healing. Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) improves tissue repair and reduces pain and inflammation wherever the laser beam is applied. Treatments take only a few minutes and can be applied two or more times a week. Within 2 hours, patients frequently experience pain relief that lasts for 48 hours, and healing time for chronic tendinitis is reduced by 70%. Treatment results are equal to or better than using nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Those drugs may contribute to slow healing and often have side effects, whereas Low Level Laser, an excellent alternative, actually improves healing and reduces inflammation and pain. LLLT also reduces muscle fatigue

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


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DORNEYVILLE Compounding Pharmacy Completes New Lab by Sheila Julson


orneyville Compounding Pharmacy has recently completed a major building expansion that features a new hazardous compounding lab that is fully compliant with United States Pharmacopeia (USP) chapter 800. The federal regulation takes effect December 1, 2019 and provides new guidelines that add significant safety standards for hazardous drugs. Pharmacist Thomas Silvonek, who owns Dorneyville Compounding Pharmacy with his wife, Celeste, emphasizes that under USP 800, it is a requirement for pharmacies that compound certain drugs deemed hazardous to have a dedicated hazardous lab. Their new 20-by-20 foot non-sterile hazardous compounding lab meets USP 800 requirements by utilizing negative pressure with 12 air changes per hour, or every 5 minutes. The air is vented externally, thus minimizing the potential for hazardous particles to enter the environment. The room and the equipment are certified to meet these regulations. “It’s a big step up for worker and customer safety,” notes registered pharmacist Patti Kujas, who joined the Dorneyville Compounding Pharmacy staff to help implement the new requirements. “USP 800 is based on worker safety, and we’re ultimately giving a better, non-contaminated product to our patients.” The hazardous drug compounded formulations are compounded in a Containment Ventilated Enclosure (CVE), housed within a negative pressure room, so that worker exposure to hazardous drugs is drastically limited. The chapter also requires the room to 16

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be cleaned in a certain way, and workers wear special protective clothing that never leaves the building, thus limiting environmental exposure. In addition to the new lab, Dorneyville Compounding Pharmacy also has a state-of-the-art sterile compounding room set up to do both hazardous and non-hazardous drug compounding, compounded in separate rooms, to meet requirements of both USP 797 and USP 800. There, the air is turned over 30 times per hour, and air is high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA)-filtered, which removes 99.97 percent of hazardous particles. “The sterile compounding room has a lot of regulatory requirements—the room is certified every six months, air and surface samples are monitored, employees are required to follow special garbing and hand hygiene requirements, as well as have their compounding technique evaluated every six months—all to meet USP 797 requirements,” Kujas explains.

How Compounding Serves a Specialized Population

Compounding provides medication for particular dosing requirements, or for patients that have allergies or diseases. “It’s essentially making something form scratch,” Kujas explains. “We can make things for people that are free from preservatives, dyes or other fillers. We can also make things that are gluten-free. We get all kinds of requests, from people with autism or allergies. We have the ability to look up analysis and allergen statements from chemical compa-

nies from where we get the base drugs.” Dorneyville Compounding Pharmacy makes natural, plant-based hormones for patients that want to avoid synthetic drugs. They can also make different dosage forms such as suppositories or liquids for people that can’t swallow pills. For people that take a lot of medications, they can combine several medications into one dosage so the patient doesn’t have to take so many pills. A large portion of their business also consists of compounded veterinary medications for animals. “We can make creams to apply to a cat’s ear, or we make medicated treats for dogs,” Kujas says. “Because we have the regulated, sterile compounding lab, we make sterile products like eye ointments and drops for people and pets, or drugs that get inhaled into the lungs or are injectable.” Silvonek and his wife Celeste purchased Dorneyville Pharmacy in 1988. For 11 years, the Silvoneks operated the business as a retail pharmacy, filling prescriptions and selling over-the-counter medication and miscellaneous items. In 1999, Silvonek sold all assets, including inventory and prescription files, to Eckherd Drug. That same night of the sale, the CEO of Eckherd Drug called Silvonek and stated that they could not fill the compounded prescriptions. Silvonek and Eckherd Drug changed the business agreement to allow Dorneyville to sell compounded prescriptions only. The move gave Dorneyville the distinction of being the first compounding-only pharmacy in Pennsylvania. The addition of the USP 800-compliant lab ensures that Dorneyville Compounding Pharmacy is equipped to promote worker safety, patient safety and environmental protection well into the future. The staff of six pharmacists and 12 technicians underwent extensive compliance training and continues to keep abreast of state and federal regulations. “It’s a state-of-the-art lab, and we’re really proud of it,” Kujas concludes. Dorneyville Compounding Pharmacy is located at 3330 Hamilton Blvd., Allentown. For more information, call 1-800-850-2196 or visit

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Your CBD Store Brings More Cannabidiol Options to Easton by Sheila Julson


n recent years, cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive derivative of the hemp plant, has become the rock star of the holistic wellness world due to its heralded health benefits. However, Easton area resident Sandra Freeman was still skeptical of hemp’s touted wonders. When her good friend had used CBD to successfully treat her severe anxiety, Freeman decided to try CBD to ease her irritable bowel syndrome. “It helped with my inflammation, and today, I’m a believer,” she relates. Freeman was so impressed with CBD that she opened a Your CBD Store location in Easton this past June. Your CBD Store is a franchise that formed in Florida a year ago and exclusively carries SunMed CBD products. They have locations throughout the United States. Although Freeman’s Easton store has only been open for a couple of months, she says that city of Easton has been welcoming, and customers have been very appreciative. “I think that people are fed up with taking prescription medication, especially with the opioid epidemic getting worse,” she notes. “People are looking for more natural approaches to their health care.” The store has a warm, boutique ambiance so people can feel comfortable coming in to discuss their health issues.


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Due to lack of federal regulation, Freeman emphasizes that it’s important for consumers to scrutinize CBD carefully before buying. A good start is asking for certificates of analysis. “SunMed issues lab reports on every single batch we sell, and each batch is third-party tested by a neutral laboratory for purity. We also cycle through labs, so it’s never the same lab testing every time. That helps maintain quality and sets us apart from other CBD products found online that might contain pesticides or fillers,” she explains. Freeman says consumers should also ask about the origins of the hemp plants and where the extraction and processing occurs. SunMed has its own farms in Denver from which they grow hemp for their CBD products. Their extraction and processing takes place in Florida. SunMed’s CBD tinctures come in both broad spectrum and a full spectrum. The broad spectrum includes the whole plant, including the terpenes (the oils that give cannabis its aromatic diversity) as well as the minor cannabinoids, with no tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The full spectrum is the whole plant and includes up to 0.3 percent THC.

Freeman notes that although CBD has been in the limelight lately, there’s still a mystique surrounding it. “People are very leery because they say they don’t know if it’s marijuana or the hemp plant— it’s absolutely the hemp plant, and the only difference between the two is that hemp naturally has much lower levels of THC— and it’s legal. Marijuana still isn’t legal in Pennsylvania unless it’s from a medical dispensary.” Your CBD Store carries tinctures ranging in strengths from 250 to 3,000 milligrams, which determines the dosage of CBD in each bottle. Freeman and her staff help guide and educate people on dosages for specific ailments or health goals. They also carry a water-soluble product with a faster release time. “If you have anxiety, stress or insomnia, you will feel the CBD effects within five to 10 minutes, rather than with the oils that takes about 45 minutes to an hour for you to feel the effects.” Because people like to consume CBD in various forms, Your CBD Store also has gummies, hard candies, vapes, honey sticks and a pet line. “Dogs and cats have very similar endocannabinoid systems as humans, so CBD affects them the same with it does us,” Freeman explains. SunMed also has a bath and beauty line with bath bombs, and night moisturizing and collagen creams. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has recently legalized medical marijuana, but Freeman believes the demand for CBD will remain strong. “I don’t think CBD is going anywhere, even after medical marijuana becomes more widespread and easily obtainable, because not everybody wants that THC high. That’s where our products come in. We provide the same benefits as marijuana, but without the THC,” she concludes. Your CBD Store Easton is located at 430 Northhampton St., in Easton. For more information, call 484-544-4771 or visit Sheila Julson is a freelance writer and contributor to Natural Awakenings magazines throughout the country.



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The nonprofit (MAA) has launched its Moms Across America Gold Standard, a multi-tiered verification program for food, beverages and supplements that creates a simple, trustworthy resource for consumers while encouraging best practices by suppliers. It will be awarded to those brands that have achieved superior levels of organic practices and eco-friendly procedures, and is intended to make it simple for people to choose the healthiest products and use their wallets to take a stand against unhealthy alternatives and unethical business practices. The standard also provides a path for companies that know better and do better to prosper by shifting the buying power of millions of dedicated mothers behind their products.

Jaws of Life

California Bans Fur Trapping

California has enacted a ban on fur trapping for animal pelts, making it the first state to outlaw a centuries-old livelihood that was intertwined with the rise of the Western frontier. The Wildlife Protection Act of 2019 prohibits commercial and recreational trapping on both public and private lands. Legislators are considering proposals to ban the sale of all fur products, including fur coats, and to outlaw the use of animals in any circus in the state, with the exception of domesticated horses, dogs and cats. 20

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In a northern India district, regulators require that applicants for gun licenses, in addition to normal background checks, must plant 10 trees and submit selfies as photographic evidence of having done so. To mark World Environment Day in June, Chander Gaind, the deputy commissioner of the district of Ferozepur in Punjab State, had an idea. “I thought about how much Punjabi people love guns,” he says. “We receive hundreds of applications for gun licenses from this district every year. Maybe I could get them to love caring for the environment, too.” India has more than 3.3 million active gun licenses. Tajinder Singh, 47, a farmer in the district, says he wants to protect himself from wild animals and bands of armed robbers.

Methane Matters

Fracking Linked to Global Warming

As methane concentrations increase in the atmosphere, evidence points to shale oil and gas as the probable source, but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has taken steps to stop regulating it. New Cornell University research published in Biogeosciences, a journal of the European Geosciences Union, suggests that the methane released by high-volume hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has different characteristics than the methane from conventional natural gas and other fossil fuels such as coal. About two-thirds of all new gas production over the last decade has been shale gas produced in the U.S. and Canada, says the paper’s author, Robert Howarth, a professor of ecology and environmental biology: “If we can stop pouring methane into the atmosphere, it will dissipate. It goes away pretty quickly compared to carbon dioxide. It’s the low-hanging fruit to slow global warming.”

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The U.S. Department of the Interior is effecting significant changes that weaken how the Endangered Species Act is implemented, a move critics fear will allow for more oil and gas drilling on land that is currently habitat-protected, and will limit how much regulators consider the impacts of the climate crisis. The changes affect how the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration consider whether species qualify for protections, as well as how the agencies determine what habitats deserve special protections. It could make it more difficult to factor in the impact of climate change on species.

Myriad companies are pledging to make their products and packaging more sustainable, including the multinational food and drink giant Nestlé, which announced in January that it is committed to using 100 percent recyclable packaging for its candy by 2025. Miniature KitKat chocolate bars from its Japan confectionery branch will be wrapped in paper instead of plastic, with instructions for how to fashion it, post-snack, into the iconic origami crane, a traditional Japanese messenger of thoughts and wishes. Nestlé hopes that this will guarantee the paper remains in use longer rather than be disposed of immediately.

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Health Care Sector Impacts Climate

A new study by the international nonprofit Health Care Without Harm (HCWH), in collaboration with Arup, a British multinational professional services firm, claims that if the global health care sector were a country, it would be the fifth-largest greenhouse gas emitter on the planet. It provides, for the first time, an estimate of health care’s global climate footprint. Josh Karliner, HCWH international director of program and strategy and report co-author, says, “The health sector needs to transition to clean, renewable energy and deploy other primary prevention strategies to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.” Exercise


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Eat Organic to Shed Insecticides Switching to organics has quick payoffs, reducing agrochemicals in the body by 94 percent within a month, Japanese researchers report. They tested the urine of study participants looking for six neonicotinoid insecticides and another substance generated as a result of their decomposition in the human body. “I think the research results are almost without precedent and are highly valuable in that they present actual measurement values showing that you can dramatically reduce the content levels of agrochemicals in your body simply by changing the way you select vegetable products,” commented Nobuhiko Hoshi, a professor of animal molecular morphology with the Kobe University. Another study from researchers at the University of California at Berkeley studied 16 children and showed that one week after switching to an organic diet, malathion pesticide urine levels were reduced by 95 percent; clothianidin pesticide levels by 83 percent; and chlorpyrifos pesticide levels by 60 percent.


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Hibiscus rosa-sinensis is much more than a brilliant scarlet tropical flower: New laboratory research from Canada’s University of Windsor found that a hibiscus flower extract selectively kills off triple-negative breast cancer cells. This is one of the most difficult to treat types that affects 15 to 20 percent of breast cancer patients. Hibiscus is particularly effective when combined with chemotherapy, researchers say, and works as well with very low doses of the chemicals as with higher doses. The flower’s low toxicity and precise targeting of cancer cells also offers hope for long-term treatment. Previous studies have shown hibiscus to be effective on prostate cancer, leukemia, gastric cancer and human squamous cell carcinoma.

Caffeine has been the subject of controversy among the one in six adults worldwide that suffer from periodic migraines: Some say it triggers symptoms, while others report it wards them off. A new study from Harvard and two other teaching hospitals of 98 migraine sufferers used six weeks of daily journals to investigate the link and found that drinking up to two servings of caffeinated beverages a day had little effect, but three or more raised the odds of a headache that day or the next. Among people that rarely drank such beverages, even one or two servings increased the odds of having a headache that day. A serving was defined as eight ounces or one cup of caffeinated coffee, six ounces of tea, a 12-ounce can of soda or a twoounce can of an energy drink.


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Dance to Improve Quality of Life With Dementia Older people with dementia, often viewed as being passive and immobile, responded to simple dance movement lessons with visible humor and imagination and reported a higher quality of life after six sessions, say researchers from New Zealand’s University of Otago. The 22 participants between the ages of early 60s and mid-90s had dementia ranging from mild to advanced. They took 10 weekly classes in which the music was “reminiscent” and the movement routines were intuitively easy. “Positive responses such as memory recalling, spontaneous dancing and joking with each other were observed in every session,” reports lead author Ting Choo.


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Sugar-sweetened drinks, already linked to weight gain, diabetes and heart disease, carry another risk: nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). In a meta-review published in the European Journal of Nutrition, Iranian researchers analyzed six high-quality studies that included 6,326 men and women and 1,361 cases of NAFLD. They found those that drank the most sugary drinks had a 40 percent higher risk of developing the disease compared to those that consumed the least. Sugary drinks include soda, cola, tonic, fruit punch, lemonade, sweetened, powdered drinks, and sports and energy drinks. 24

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From mountain peaks to base lodges, many alpine ski resorts are working to reduce the environmental impact of their operations. Skiers will discover that sustainability is the watchword at a growing number of facilities, with a focus on reducing energy usage and cutting back on waste. In Vermont, Killington Resort uses four offsite solar farms, as well as the AllEarth Solar tracking system that rotates panels using GPS technology to produce enough energy to run all the lifts for the resort and nearby Pico Mountain for the entire season ( To prepare for this winter, Bromley Mountain upgraded its snowmaking system with state-of-the-art, variable-frequency drive motors to conserve energy. Stratton Mountain Resort will now offer drinking straws by request only and feature a bamboo option; retail shops have switched to bags made of 100 percent recycled paper.

Aspen Snowmass, in Colorado, has begun using a dirt-based pipe at its Buttermilk section to reduce snowmaking, saving more than $15,000 in electricity and 4 million gallons of water each year. Winter Park has installed a small wind turbine at the top of Parsenn Bowl to power its lift shack there. Arapahoe Basin, Copper Mountain and Purgatory are among the many resorts in the state that offer carpooling incentives for skiers ( After pledging in January to expand on energyefficient operations, seven state ski trade associations—Ski Vermont, Colorado Ski Country USA, Ski Utah, Ski California, Ski Areas of New York, Ski New Mexico and the Pacific Northwest Ski Areas Association—along with 70-plus other organizations and companies of the Outdoor Business Climate Partnership gathered on Capitol Hill in May to “advocate for immediate and bipartisan climate action, specifically, putting a price on carbon” ( Families can forego the expenses, travel time and Earth impacts of alpine skiing by turning to the crosscountry version. A few inches of snow and strapping on longer, thinner skis can transform a flat or gently hilly park, wooded trail or spacious backyard into a quiet, serene, eco-playground. “This low-impact exercise delivers amazing cardiovascular benefits, works all the major muscle groups, challenges your balance, keeps your joints healthy and is good for your mental health,” according to

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In reality, going to bed is the best me-time we can have.

CHASING ZZZZZs How to Put Insomnia to Rest by Marlaina Donato


ossing and turning most of the night while obsessing about the need for sleep is a torture we all go through every now and then, but for the 40 percent of Americans dealing with current or chronic insomnia, it can be a regular nightmare. In fact, 50 to 70 million adults in the U.S. suffer from some form of sleep disorder, according to the American Sleep Association. The causes are multi-faceted: stress, pharmaceutical side effects, hormonal imbalances, chronic pain, anxiety and too much caffeine all fuel the insomnia loop. Add to that the overstimulation from 24/7 technology, social pressures and unresolved emotional pain, and it’s easy to see why long, hard, sleepless nights have become a worldwide epidemic. The effects are profound. Compromised sleep not only leads to decreased quality of life, malnourished relationships, a heightened risk of accidents and inferior job performance, but also lowered immunity and chronic inflammation, raising the odds of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, weight gain and diabetes. About 90 percent of people diagnosed with depression also experience sleep deprivation, and many antidepressant medications can disrupt the ability to fall asleep and dream. However, a number of natural and holistic approaches can provide lasting


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results without undesirable side effects. Along with tried-and-true methods like acupuncture, therapeutic massage and changes in diet and exercise, the National Sleep Foundation recommends mindful breathing and meditation. New options are emerging to help foster quality sleep, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), non-psychoactive CBD oil and lifestyle changes supporting a healthy circadian rhythm.

Body and Mind, a Tangled Web

Psychological, emotional and physical health all play a role in our ability—or inability—to get a good night’s rest. “Not sleeping well is a sign of a deeper imbalance that needs to be addressed. So, if we’re masking the problem with medication, the underlying cause remains unaddressed,” says Elina Winnel, a sleep coach who works online with clients at “Insomnia is a complex issue that has psychological components, but is also affected by deeper mechanisms, including an imbalance between the two main branches of the autonomic nervous system.” The intricate connection between emotion and sleep-robbing stress hormones explains why insomniacs are often caught in an undertow of racing thoughts and preoc- website address

cupations. Says Winnel, “Stress has become the norm, and most people don’t even realize they’re in that state. This produces stress hormones and can prevent the natural process of sleep from occurring.” Stress also depletes vitamin B and magnesium levels necessary for quality sleep, she adds. Cindy Davies, owner of the Holistic Sleep Center, in Ferndale, Michigan, has similar views on the role emotion plays in troubled sleep patterns. “We’re chronically suppressing our feelings throughout the day. Our inability to address these emotions culminates in a night spent in bed awake with fears and worries,” she says. “Pushing ourselves to the point of exhaustion can help defend ourselves against dealing with feelings or memories, but impairs our ability to sleep restfully or restoratively.”

Resetting Inherent Rhythms

Circadian rhythm, our biological clock, is a cellular marvel that is affected by light and internal changes in temperature. Stephanie Silberman, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and Fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, explains that it’s helpful to have a circadian rhythm aligned with societal norms so that we’re sleepy at bedtime and active during daylight hours. “When a person’s circadian rhythm is delayed, they will have trouble falling

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asleep at a regular bedtime, and when it’s advanced, experience sleepiness too early in the evening and then [have] early morning awakenings.” Circadian rhythm regulates digestion, cellular repair, hormones and many other functions. It also slows down the metabolism during night hours, helping us to stay asleep. “The circadian rhythm can be disrupted by many factors, including traveling to a different time zone, shift work and exposure to blue light late at night while binge-watching your favorite series,” says Winnel. Our natural hormonal rhythms are wired to release melatonin at certain

times, allowing us to rest frequently during the day. Davies explains that an adult’s body is designed for periods of rest every 90 minutes. “Most people don’t have the opportunity to rest every 90 minutes, but if we were able to, we’d be going to bed in a state of rest, instead of exhaustion,” she says. Our bodies start producing melatonin around 9 p.m., when we should already be winding down, but too often we push ourselves to stay up to watch TV or have “me-time”, says Davies. “In reality, going to bed is the best me-time we can have.” Herbalist and licensed psychotherapist Jenn J. Allen, in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania,

Stress has become the norm, and most people don’t even realize they’re in that state. This produces stress hormones and can prevent the natural process of sleep from occurring. ~Elina Winnel

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For healthy circadian rhythm and melatonin cycles, try:

✔ Shutting off all screen devices, including the TV, two hours before going to bed ✔ Going to bed when you get that 9 p.m. slump and just taping a favorite show ✔ Walking barefoot and feeling the earth ✔ Spending quality time outside in sunlight, preferably in a natural setting ✔ Taking nourishing baths with natural soaps, lavender essential oil or herbs ✔ Designating certain time slots to not answer the phone or answer emails ✔ Exercising regularly and not within three hours of bedtime ✔ Taking a break from work every 90 minutes for two minutes of slow, deep breathing ✔ Breaking the caffeine habit by replacing coffee and tea with healthier alternatives

For emotional components of insomnia, try:

✔ Going on a “worry fast” for five or 10 minutes, and then practice doing it for an hour or a full day ✔ Reserving time with loved ones for in-person conversations and get-togethers ✔ Checking in with yourself and acknowledging all emotions and fears without judgment ✔ Setting aside ambitions for a day to recharge ✔ Sleeping in without guilt—shopping and running errands can wait ✔ Choosing not to compare your life with others

adds, “People spend up to 10 hours a day on electronic devices, which directly impacts melatonin production and stimulates the fight-or-flight response system in the brain.”

Two Sides of Every Brain

Smartphones and social media have piled even more on our plate, even if we enjoy them. “We’re expected to be constantly ‘on’ and reachable 24/7,” observes Winnel. “This leads to an excessive reliance on our sympathetic nervous system and difficulty switching brainwave states from beta—associated with alertness—to theta and delta, which we experience during sleep. Through practice and specific exercises, it can become easier for us to reach the state of mind needed to nod off.” To support healthier sleep patterns, Winnel emphasizes the importance of using both hemispheres of the brain while awake. “Particularly in our professional lives, logical and rational processes are rewarded, while creativity is seen as optional. This can cause a chronic imbalance in the way we use the two hemispheres of our brain. Optimal sleep requires equalized functioning in the neurological structures that are unique to each hemisphere.” Mindful breathing and alternate-nostril yogic breathwork can also bring harmony to both hemispheres of the brain and promote deep relaxation.

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Many sleep-seeking people are reaping the benefits from cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I). The American College of Physicians recommends it as the first-line therapy for insomnia ahead of medication, citing that it improves sleep and daytime functioning in 70 to 80 percent of treated persons, often without supplemental medication. A meta-analysis published in The Journal of the American Medical Association in 2015 shows that CBT-I can resolve insomnia for 35 percent of people with sleeplessness linked to existing medical and psychiatric conditions such as fibromyalgia or PTSD. CBT-I helps to change long-held patterns. “CBT includes keeping sleep logs, improving sleep hygiene, learning ways to decrease anxiety and how to associate the bed as a place where we sleep well, instead of the maladaptive thinking that it’s a place to toss and turn,” says Silberman. CBT can also be helpful for chronic pain and other physical problems when underlying issues are treated in conjunction. A good night’s rest is indeed possible. Davies says, “In order to really change our ability to sleep, we need a complete cultural mindset shift that prioritizes sleep and our need to rest.” Marlaina Donato is the author of several books and a composer. Connect at

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ast food and fast fashion are common in this amped-up world. There’s also fast furniture—the kind that often comes in a box, assembly required. It’s made of particle board held together by toxic chemicals; it is often flimsy and it’s consuming forests at an alarming rate. But millennials love it. That’s why they’re sometimes called the IKEA generation. “Your grandmother’s big sideboard and armoire are hard to sell,” says Todd Merrill, owner of the Todd Merrill Studio, a furniture and design gallery in New York City. “We have changed the way we live. Our houses are laid out differently— no more formal dining rooms. I think people are less inventive about how to repurpose, reuse and restore.” Grandma’s treasures, once passed down for generations, are largely passé. The new word for antiques is “brown furniture”; prices have plummeted 60 to 80 percent in two decades, say industry experts. The youngsters want no part of them, even though they are hand crafted out of solid wood extracted from old-growth forests that took centuries to mature. Large retail chains cater to strong consumer demand for disposable furniture, and it is driving a great deal of deforesta-


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tion, according to the Alliance of Leading Environmental Researchers & Thinkers (ALERT). IKEA’s own figures show that it uses 1 percent of the world’s commercial wood supply a year to manufacture these throwaway pieces. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that 9,690 tons of furniture—both fast and slow—ended up in the nation’s landfills in 2015, the latest year for which statistics have been published. The trend is at odds with millennials’ notable environmental sensibilities—and they do put a premium on authentic, handmade items and companies with social impact—so experts say the tide may be turning. Like the growing Slow Food movement, “slow” furniture enjoys a sense of character and provenance that doesn’t come in a box. When Merrill opened his furniture studio in 2000, it consisted of half pristine antiques and half mid-century modern furniture. He quickly saw a trend of people snapping up the mid-century and leaving the handcrafted antiques behind. “I pulled things out of trash heaps in the Upper East Side. People came in and started snatching up all the vintage modern.” Merrill’s vintage offerings now focus on mid-century modern and

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Kenneth Davis on Learning From the Last Global Plague by Randy Kambic


long with annual flu season warnings, there’s more news than usual on the dangers of microbes and transmittable diseases, including recent domestic measles outbreaks and the rise of resistant bacteria from the improper use of antibiotics. In his latest book released earlier this year, More Deadly than War: The Hidden History of the Spanish Flu and the First World War, Kenneth C. Davis describes the worldwide epidemic that killed millions only a century ago and warns of a potential relapse.

Davis is also the author of In the Shadow of Liberty, an American Library Association Notable Book and a finalist for the Youth Adult Library Service Association Award for Excellence in Nonfiction. His New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed Don’t Know Much About book series for both adults and children makes many, sometimes esoteric facts and figures on history, The Bible, the universe, geography and other subjects come alive. Davis is a TED-Ed educator whose lectures are globally available online.

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My editor had the flu and mentioned that her grandmother died of the Spanish Flu. I said that’s a fascinating subject. She said if you ever want to write about it, I’d love to know, and it was around the time that I was beginning to think about the 100th anniversary of the flu and the end of World War I. These were two extraordinary moments in modern human history that many people don’t understand.

What makes the Spanish Flu epidemic relevant today?

It was the most extraordinary pandemic in modern times, the worst since the Black Plague. So many aspects of the story can teach us lessons, like the role of propaganda that created the circumstances that allowed the flu to flourish, politicians ignoring sound science. In Philadelphia in September of 1918, the health commissioner was warned not to allow a big parade that was meant to sell war bonds. He did, and 200,000 people crowded the streets. Two days later, there was not a hospital bed left in the city. It was that sudden and explosive gathering of mass numbers of people that lit the fuse for a tremendous flu bomb to explode. It’s important to understand the connection between science and his-

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tory. Often, we treat history as a collection of dates, battles and speeches, and we don’t connect with what was going in the scientific and medical world, but these things are always closely linked together. Disease has always been more deadly than war, and that makes it more relevant than ever, because there are crises and conflict zones all over the world today. The situation is ripe for that explosion of another infectious disease.

Should we take for granted that some health risks of the past have been totally eradicated via modern medicine?

We should not. It’s dangerous to be complacent. All too often, there’s a cost in disregarding sound medical advice—what we know to be true—because we might have heard something else, and this is truer than ever with social media. The nature of the flu virus, of infectious diseases, is that they change, evolve and mutate rapidly like the Spanish Flu did.

Why do you write, “Another pandemic is a distinct possibility”?

Such pandemic diseases are often diseases of crowds. We live in a world that’s more crowded, where high-speed transportation is much more readily capable of spreading a pandemic. When we have a world in which scientific risks and informa-

tion is disregarded, that’s when we have the possibility of another pandemic. Then there’s climate change. We are living in a world that’s wetter and warmer. This breeds the possibilities for more disease. When we weaken guardrails, when we don’t fund science and disease prevention properly, we take great risks.

What do you think about the stronger enforcement of vaccinations because of measles outbreaks?

We’ve had the largest outbreak of measles in decades, and it’s a disease we thought we had pretty much defeated a long time ago. But because of the spread of misinformation, rumors and unverified scientific medical information, we have a dangerous outbreak of measles in this country. People have traveled to places where there were no vaccinations, then return home. This is a clear and very present danger of the “anti-vaxx” movement, as it’s called. It ignores long-established, peer-reviewed science over decades and unfortunately, we are in a time when someone with a megaphone or microphone or another platform can reach a lot of people with a lot of very dangerous information. We ignore sound science at great peril. Randy Kambic, of Estero, Florida, is a freelance writer and editor.

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The Happy Thyroid Seven Ways to Keep It Humming


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uch of our day-to-day wellbeing—how energetic we feel, how clear our thinking is and how our body processes food—is governed by the activity of the butterflyshaped, thumb-sized thyroid gland at the base of the throat. When it’s working as it should, life is good. However, about one in eight Americans suffers from a malfunctioning thyroid, and women are five to eight times more likely than men to face the consequences. It’s a delicate balancing act. A thyroid that produces too few hormones makes us feel sluggish and constipated. We gain weight easily, have muscle cramps and experience heavy periods. Hypothyroidism, as it’s called, is linked to chronic fatigue syndrome, infertility and autism in newborns. A 2013 study published in Annals of Neurology found that pregnant women deficient in thyroid hormone are four times more likely than healthy women to produce a child with autism. If the thyroid produces too many hormones, we suffer from hyperthyroidism with a racing heart, irritability, light periods, unexplained weight loss and insomnia; it can lead to hardening 34

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of the arteries and heart failure later in life, according to a study in Circulation Research. The good news is that there are simple and effective strategies that can optimize thyroid function and avoid these potential health setbacks, say experts. Their recommendations:


Keep up mineral levels. The

thyroid needs iodine to churn out hormones, and usually iodized salt or sea salt with natural iodine can supply most of our daily needs of 150 micrograms. Sardines, shrimp, seaweed, yogurt, eggs and capers are also rich in iodine. However, too much of a good thing can tip the balance in the other direction, so practice moderation with super-charged iodine foods like cranberries: A fourounce serving contains twice the daily requirement. In addition, our thyroids need selenium (one or two Brazil nuts a day will do it) and zinc (nuts, legumes and chocolate) to function optimally.


Eat fermented foods. About 20

percent of the conversion of inactive thyroid hormone (T4) into active

hormone (T3) takes place in our gut, which makes “good” bacteria critically important. Andrea Beaman, a New York City health coach and author of Happy Healthy Thyroid: The Essential Steps to Healing Naturally, recommends probiotics like cultured vegetables, kimchi, sauerkraut and sourdough bread, as well as prebiotics like root vegetables, plantain, burdock and dandelion root.


Filter drinking water. “Fluo-

ride and chlorine are elements that can block the absorption of iodine into the thyroid,” says Elizabeth Boham, M.D., a functional medicine doctor at the UltraWellness Center, in Lenox, Massachusetts. A reverse-osmosis fi lter or a high-end pitcher fi lter will remove chlorine, as well as fluoride, which British researchers have linked to a 30 percent higher rate of hypothyroidism.


Detox cosmetics. Phthalates are endocrine-disrupting chemicals found in cosmetics, nail polish and shampoos; they are also in plastic toys, and 3-year-old girls exposed to phthalates have shown depressed thyroid function, Columbia University scientists report. Research cosmetics and find toxin-free alternatives at the Environmental Working Group Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. (


Wake up easy. About 85 per-

cent of thyroid diseases involve an underactive thyroid, says Beaman, adding that it is often the body’s pushback against frenzied, stressful lifestyles: “The thyroid is literally slowing down—our body is saying, ‘Slow, slow, go slow.’” For a low-key start to the day, she suggests not

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using an alarm clock if possible, and then doing some long, slow stretching and deep breathing. “It takes just five minutes, and you’re starting the day not in fight-or-flight mode, but in a fully relaxed and fully oxygenated body.”


Talk it out. In Eastern philosophy, the thyroid in the

throat is located at the fi ft h chakra, the energy center of expression and communication, Beaman says. If we fi nd ourselves either regularly shouting or choking back our words, “it helps, if you want to support your thyroid on a deep emotional level, to express yourself somehow, some way, to someone somewhere,” such as to a therapist, family member or good friend.


Do yoga asanas. “Poses such as plow pose, fish pose, boat pose and cobra can improve blood circulation to the thyroid gland, which is imperative for its health,” says Stacy Thewis, a registered nurse, certified wellness coach and gut-brain expert in Mellen, Wisconsin. In a study in the Journal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine, 22 women with hypothyroidism that practiced yoga for six months needed significantly less thyroid medication. Ronica A. O’Hara is a Denver-based natural-health writer. Connect at

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Click and Sweat Virtual Workouts Change the Game by Julie Peterson


elcome to the digital age, where budding gym rats, former couch potatoes and schedule-challenged fitness freaks are finding new ways to get in shape. These days, virtually anyone with a smartphone or Wi-Fi connection can connect with a yoga video, a spin class or any number of personal exercise experiences. Some folks are wearing devices that calculate distance and monitor bodily functions—then post it all to social media. Private trainers are offering online workout routines with motivational emails and text messages, while some gyms include online training as an addon to membership or leverage technology to provide classes to consumers globally. Virtual fitness is growing in leaps and bounds. The use of health and fitness apps has more than tripled since 2014, and three-quarters of active users open their 36

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apps at least twice a week, according to Flurry Analytics. Yet, it’s not for everyone. Erin Nitschke, Ed.D., of Cheyenne, Wyoming, the director of educational partnerships and programs at the National Federation of Professional Trainers, is monitoring the upsurge in virtual fitness and believes it will take time to perfect the options. “While virtual training may be a best practice for a certain population of users, it may be a barrier to others,” she says.

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The convenience and affordability of virtual training has some clients thriving on their ability to marry technological tools to fitness goals. They can log in anytime, anywhere, even while travelling; take a variety of classes from famous trainers for a fraction of the cost

of in-person sessions and receive emails or texts that provide encouragement to reach the next level. For those new to exercising, virtual training eases self-consciousness. It’s an opportunity to learn the basics and begin the process of toning up at home before venturing into an unfamiliar environment where everyone seems to know what they’re doing. In this respect, virtual training can serve as a gateway to establishing a fitness routine that eventually leads to the local gym. “One of the most frequent reasons people cite for not maintaining a regular exercise habit is lack of time,” says American Council on Exercise President and Chief Science Officer Cedric Bryant, Ph.D., of Redmond, Washington. He points out that virtual tools and devices may help eliminate some of those time barriers, allowing people to get quality workouts.

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But some people go to the gym or attend fitness classes because they enjoy the social connection more than the sweat. Nitschke says that social support can be a predictor of success, so it’s possible that virtual training can have a negative impact. Bryant agrees. “There are different fitness personality types, and some need the live and in-person experience.” Bryant points out that gyms and trainers often request health information and fitness goals beforehand to provide clients a more customized program. Inperson instruction also has the benefit of immediate feedback to ensure safe, effective and proper technique. Erika Hetzel, a Pilates instructor and personal trainer in Dane County, Wisconsin, believes that virtual workouts are fine for people that have attended classes enough to know the exercises and have good body awareness. “For beginners, hands-on cues and modifications are important, especially if there are any contraindications for exercise.” She carefully monitors her clients for form and doesn’t plan to offer virtual training because it’s impossible to give clients bodily adjustments. “It leaves trainees

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Making a Virtual Connection

Logging in with a high-speed internet connection, gathering required equipment in advance and possessing self-motivation might prevent getting discouraged. However, overconfidence can lead to injury, so being fully aware of limitations is essential before taking a dive off the recliner directly into a series of lunges. For social butterflies, a real-live friend to login with may be necessary to make virtual training fun. Fitness training may be forever changed by technology, but Nitschke says it remains to be seen if fitness professionals can respond to individual learning styles to foster success and elevate the fitness client’s virtual experience. Julie Peterson writes from rural Wisconsin. Contact her at

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URBAN CHICKENS Coming Home to Roost by Julie Peterson


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The good news about gratitude is that it is one of the more growable character strengths—and it’s never too late.

To instill gratefulness in a child:

Kids With Gratitude Making Thankfulness Second Nature by Ronica O’Hara



Be grateful and show it.

~Giacomo Bono

his Thanksgiving, there’s something to be especially thankful for—gratitude itself. Emerging research shows gratitude to be one of the easiest, most effective ways to kickstart

happiness and well-being. “The good news about gratitude is that it is one of the more growable character strengths— and it’s never too late,” says Giacomo Bono, Ph.D., an assistant professor at

“Kids are more likely to do something if they see adults around them doing it,” says Bono. “Being specific with your words helps, too, because it shows what behavior mattered to you and why.” Adds psychologist Mary Jo Podgurski, founder and president of the Academy for Adolescent Health, in Washington, Pennsylvania: “If we express our gratitude by making eye contact, with sincerity and by providing an example of how much we are appreciative, the words are empowered. Telling the grocery clerk, ‘I really like the way you packed my berries on top. Thanks for taking the time to be careful with my purchases,’ will light up the clerk’s face.” That can translate into a child not simply saying, “Thank you” to a grandparent for birthday money, but also explaining how excited they are about the game they plan to buy with it.


Enact a small daily ritual.

“It’s also good for families to come up with gratitude rituals,” says Bono. “Everyday conversations about the good things and people we have or encounter in life, and being specific with words, helps young children understand the connection between kindness and feeling grateful better.” For writer Judy Gruen’s family in Los Angeles, this means a morning prayer: “When we wake up in the morning, the


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California State University, in Dominguez Hills, and co-author of Making Grateful Kids: The Science of Building Character. It’s also never too early to “plant” it: Even toddlers love to parrot, “Thank you.” Research by Bono and others shows kids that are grateful are happier, more engaged and studious, and less envious, depressed, materialistic and prone to violence. It can be taught: After one week of daily 30-minute lessons on gratitude, 8to 11-year-olds wrote thank-you notes for a PTA presentation that were 80 percent longer than notes by kids that didn’t have the lessons.

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Make gratitude fun.

By getting creative, we can make kids’ expressions of gratitude even more enjoyable. Business coach Kristi Andrus, in Denver, says that her family toasts a lot at mealtime, raising their glasses and clinking them. “Our toasts are simple, ‘Today I’m grateful, thankful, or happy to share ________.’ [fill in the blank]. The kids love it and the parents always smile at what the kids bring up.” Charlene Hess, in Eagle Mountain, Utah, a blogger and homeschooling mom to seven kids, has set up a gratitude door with a sticky note added each day from each child. “This really helps the kids become more aware of all the good things in their lives, particularly as time goes on and they have to get more creative with their responses.” “A rampage of appreciation” is what Jeannette Paxia, a motivational speaker and children’s book author in Modesto, California, does with her five children: “We spend 10 minutes walking around and appreciating all we see. My children love it!” In the home of northern New Jersey therapist Shuli Sandler, when one family member shows gratitude to another, a coin is put in a jar. “When it is full, the whole family can go out and do something together, like grab ice cream or something fun—remembering of course to say thank you,” she says. Ronica A. O’Hara is a Denver-based natural-health writer. Connect at


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first words we say are those of gratitude that we have awakened and have the opportunity for a new day.” At dinner time, some families play “a rose, a thorn, a bud”—with each person saying what happened that day that they’re grateful for, what problems came up and what they’re looking forward to. As a bedtime ritual, Heidi McBain, a counselor and author in Flower Mound, Texas, follows a routine with her two children that includes “reading, checking in about their day—the good/bad/ugly—and at least one thing they are grateful for from their day. And I often share mine, as well!”

ENOUGH FOR ALL In Pursuit of Grateful Living


by Brother David Steindl-Rast

rateful living is the awareness that we stand on holy ground— always—in touch with mystery. Jewish sages interpret the words of Genesis 3:5 in a way that is of great relevance to grateful living. “Take off your shoes; the ground on which you stand is holy ground.” The soles of your shoes are leather—dead animal skin. Take off the deadness of being-used-to-it and your live souls will feel that you are standing on holy ground, wherever you are. It is pretty evident that greed, oppression and violence have led us to a point of self-destruction. Our survival depends on a radical change; if the gratitude movement grows strong and deep enough, it may bring about this necessary change. Grateful living brings in place of greed, sharing; in place of oppression, respect; and in place of violence, peace. Who does not long for a world of sharing, mutual respect and peace? Exploitation springs from greed and a sense of scarcity. Grateful living makes us aware that there is enough for all. Thus, it leads to a sense of sufficiency and a joyful willingness to share with others. Oppression is necessary if we want to exploit others. The more power you have, the more efficiently you can exploit those

below you and protect yourself against those above you. But grateful people live with a sense of sufficiency—they need not exploit others—thus, oppression is replaced by mutual support and by equal respect for all. Violence springs from the root of fear—fear that there may not be enough for all, fear of others as potential competitors, fear of foreigners and strangers. But the grateful person is fearless. Thereby, she cuts off the very root of violence. Out of a sense-of-enough, she is willing to share, and thereby tends to eliminate the unjust distribution of wealth that creates the climate for violence. Fearlessly, she welcomes the new and strange, is enriched by differences and celebrates variety. Grateful eyes look at whatever is as if they had never seen it before and caress it as if they would never see it again. This is a most realistic attitude, for every moment is indeed unique. Adapted from an interview, with Brother David Steindl-Rast that originally appeared in Greater Good, the online magazine of the Greater Good Science Center. For more information, visit ABetterWorldThroughGratitude. November 2019


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ZENFUL EATING Mindful Meals in Quiet Gratitude by April Thompson


n Zen monasteries, the head cook (known as the tenzo) is one of the most important positions a monk can hold; Eihei Dogen, founder of Soto Zen, one of the longest-established sects of Buddhism, said this is “because the position requires wholehearted practice.” In the 13th-century volume Instructions for the Zen Cook, Dogen wrote, “In preparing food, it is essential to be sincere and to respect each ingredient, regardless of how coarse or fine.” Rituals around food are an important element of Buddhism, as with many spiritual traditions. But we don’t have to be a Buddhist or a practiced meditator to learn how to cook more mindfully, enjoy meals more fully and eat in better balance. “Cooking can be a meditation. We cook with all our senses: We taste, touch and listen to determine if the pan is hot enough. You just have to be mindful,” says Jean-Philippe Cyr, author of The Buddhist Chef: 100 Simple, Feel-Good Vegan Recipes. “Cooking is an act of love and generosity, so cooking should be done with care—taking the time to consider the ingredients and overall flavors of the meal, storing the vegetables properly, pay-

ing attention while you chop. These things are the foundation of a great meal,” says Gesshin Claire Greenwood, an ordained Zen priest in San Francisco. Greenwood trained in Buddhist monasteries in Japan for more than five years, experiences she draws from in her recent memoir and cookbook Just Enough: Vegan Recipes and Stories from Japan’s Buddhist Temples. While vegetarianism is encouraged in all schools of Buddhism and most monasteries abstain from meat, it is not a strict requirement. Cyr, a vegan and practicing Buddhist of 20 years, takes seriously the concept of ahimsa, or “do no harm”, as a chef. “Veganism and Buddhism share the common value of compassion—compassion towards animals, as well as the Earth. Climate change caused by meat consumption causes a lot of harm, too,” says Cyr, of rural Quebec, Canada. The “middle way” is an important Buddhist principle in the kitchen—striking the balance between indulgence and deprivation—the “just enough” in Greenwood’s cookbook title. “It’s important to use enough salt so that the food tastes good, but not so much that it’s overpower-

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Cooking is an act of love and generosity, so cooking should be done with care—taking the time to consider the ingredients and overall flavors of the meal, storing the vegetables properly, paying attention while you chop. ~Gesshin Claire Greenwood

pleasurable human activities,” says Bays, the author of Mindful Eating: A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food. “In Zen practice, mindful rituals help us learn to be present and peaceful during meals.” Mindful eating is not about restrictions, but rather about curiosity and investigation—an adventure for the senses, says Bays. “Research shows that diets don’t work, as they rely on external sources rather than helping you to go inward and tap into the innate wisdom of your body.”

Tuning In at Mealtime

Rushing through meals mindlessly, we’ve become deaf to our body’s own signals of satiety, says Bays. “Go to the supermarket when you’re hungry, and head to the perimeter where the real food is and stop and ask your body, ‘Would you like oranges? Would broccoli be good for us?’ Tune into your cellular hunger,” she says. At the Great Vow Zen Monastery, the first morning meal is conducted in silence, along “with a prayer to bring gratitude for the food and to all living beings whose life

ing. When we shop for food or eat a meal, we can also pay attention to when we’ve had enough,” she says.

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2 Come join us for a small group setting for basic yoga at New Attitude Wellness Center. 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. Focus is on stretching, flexibility, mind/body connections and balance. $10/class or $90 for 10 classes. New Attitude Wellness Center, Village @ Stones Crossing, Easton. Pre-register 610-253-5550

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3 The term forest bathing, or Shinrin-Yoku, is a philosophy that believes that spending time in the deep woods has profound healing power. Over time, forest bathing can produce quantifiable changes in the body and mind. Learn the philosophy and practical tips on how to carry on with the practice at home. Starts at 10 a.m. Cost is $30 for the 2-hour session and will include a custom reusable water bottle. Add a spa day pass on these days for $30 (a 50% discount). *Indicates a full moon session with a moonlit walk. 24-hour advanced sign-up is required by calling the Spa Concierge at 1-800.Woodloch.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8 Sound Meditation with Gongs and Himalayan Singing Bowls – 7:15-8:30 p.m. Instructor: Karen E Adamo, EEM-AP. Following yoga from 6-7pm. Enter state of resonance and attunement with the self and open the mind to non-ordinary reality. $20. Patanjali Yoga Meditation Center, 285 Rt. 57, Phillipsburg. Info: 908-752-0097,, or

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9 Come join us for a small group setting for basic yoga at New Attitude Wellness Center. 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. Focus is on stretching, flexibility, mind/body connections and balance. $10/class or $90 for 10 classes. New Attitude Wellness Center, Village @ Stones Crossing, Easton. Pre-register 610-253-5550

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12 Natural Hope Herbals “Farm to Table”. Starting at 1:00 p.m. Jim Quigley and Amos Stoltzfus who will be talking about the growing of their organic herbs at their own farms, ethically producing the tinctures, herbs and teas. Amos and Jim will also answer your questions regarding the use, quality and potency of the products they produce. This talk is free and open to the public. Call to reserve your chair. 215-538-3489 To Your Health Natural Foods, 212 N. West End Blvd, Quakertown, PA 18951

Heart Health and Stress Relief with Effortless Meditation™, 9:00 –10:30 p.m. - 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


Advanced Mediation Group, 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm, Greg Schweitzer. Group meditation and discussion of meditation experiences and higher states of consciousness. Completion of Effortless Meditation™ or Transcendental Meditation® course is a prerequisite - $25. Twin Ponds Health Center, Pre-register 610.670.6700

Nutrition Response Testing with Dr. D. Rodger ND, MBA and editor of Natural Awakenings Magazine for the greater Lehigh Valley to speak. Starting at 1:00 p.m. Also known as muscle testing which is a non-invasive system of analyzing the body to determine the underlying causes of ill or non-optimum health. This clinically proven system is quite different form any other health practice you might have experienced. The body responds to the procedure reliably and consistently. The feedback is so precise that it opens doors to a safe and lasting recovery, even in cases where everything else has failed. The body has the potential to fully heal itself when given the right nutrients. $5.00 Per Person. We are excited to welcome Dr. Rodger back again for this informative talk. Call to reserve your spot we are filling up fast. Wheelchair accessible. 215538-3489 To Your Health Natural Foods, 212 N. West End Blvd, Quakertown, PA 18951



Sound Meditation with Gongs and Himalayan Singing Bowls – 7:15-8:30pm. Instructor: Karen E Adamo, EEM-AP. Following yoga from 6-7pm. Enter state of resonance and attunement with the self and open the mind to non-ordinary reality. $20. Patanjali Yoga Meditation Center, 285 Rt. 57, Phillipsburg. Info: 908-752-0097,, or

Natural Support for Autism by Dr. Julie Lachman. Starting at 1:00 p.m. This lecture is only $5.00 per person and will be the beginning of a lecture series Dr. Lachman who runs a pediatric office in Warrington, PA. She will be discussing chemically free ways to support the autistic spectrum using natural supplements and homeopathy. We are excited to welcome Dr. Lachman to our Speaker Program and look forward to her informative talk in November. You can find her on Facebook! Call to reserve your chair. We are wheel chair accessible. 215-538-3489 To Your Health Natural Foods, 212 N. West End Blvd, Quakertown, PA 18951

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13 Heart Health and Stress Relief with Effortless Meditation™, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. - 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

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16 Come join us for a small group setting for basic yoga at New Attitude Wellness Center. 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. Focus is on stretching, flexibility, mind/body connections and balance. $10/class or $90 for 10 classes. New Attitude Wellness Center, Village @ Stones Crossing, Easton. Pre-register 610-253-5550

Find the Nexus of Symptoms & real causes, answers instead of prescriptions. 10 am – 12 Noon. Dr. Conrad Maulfair has been improving the health of his patients for over forty years utilizing medical modalities that are noninvasive and not usually available in main stream medicine. Find out just how he does this and if you could benefit. From heart disease to cancer to digestive disease to hormonal problems, this workshop is for everyone.

savethedate SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14TH & 15TH HOLIDAY HOLISTIC & SPIRITUAL BAZAAR 10am-5pm. Offering a variety of spiritual and holistic products and services along with artisan wares, books, cards, clothing, jewelry, gluten free and vegan food and more. $3 donation or donation of pet food. Vendors welcome. Leesport Farmers Market Banquet Hall, Gernant’s Church Rd, Leesport. 570-573-1651.


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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26 Heart Health and Stress Relief with Effortless Meditation™, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, 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 Integrative Health Center, West LV, Pre-register 610.670.6700

savethedate REIKI CERTIFICATION CLASSES MOUNTAIN TOP & WILKES-BARRE Reiki 1, Usui/Tibetan Style Certification at Inner Peace, Wilkes-Barre Nov 9, 2019 9:30am-5:30 pm. Highlights: History of Reiki, Japanese Reiki Techniques, Reiki 1Initiation, Hands on practice , includes 179 page manual, Register by 11/2/19 CEU’s for LMT’S Reiki 1, Usui/Tibetan Style Certification at Inner Peace, Wilkes-Barre Jan 25, 2020 9:30am-5:30 pm. Highlights: History of Reiki, Japanese Reiki Techniques, Reiki 1Initiation, Hands on practice , includes 179 page manual, Register by 1/18/20 CEU’s for LMT’S Reiki 2,Usui/Tibetan Style Certification Program, 12/7/ 2019 9:30am-5:00pm. Highlights: Three Reiki Symbols, Japanese Reiki Techniques, Reiki 2 Attunement, hands-on practice time, 179 page Manual if didn’t receive in Reiki 1. Register by 11/30/19 Contact Anthony V. Wojnar D.D. RMT, Life Holistic Center LLC. Member: IARP, 570706-6680. ReikiCenterOnl,

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sunday Sunday Services – Metaphysical and nondenominational. Rev. Lloyd Moll, Pastor - Unique Sunday services 10:30am. All welcome! St. John’s Church of Faith, 607 Washington St Allentown. 610-776-7211. Quiet the Mind Group Meditation – New to meditation? Learn 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. 5:456:45 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 selfawareness using the basics of Kripalu Yoga combined with the gentle movements of Feldenkrais®, 7-8 pm, $88/8 classes, Pre-register 610-618-0467. Twin Ponds, 628 Twin Ponds Rd. Breinigsville.

tuesday Coordination Patterns™ & Dynamics Training. Betsy Wetzig, Learn simple physical exercises to improve physically and mentally. Prevent injury, reduce pain, rejuvenate, improve your mind’s functioning and more. 2:00-3:00 pm, $75 per 6 classes, Twin Ponds Center, Pre-register: 610-398-9652

wednesday Sacred Symposiums – Potluck Dinner & Discussion Group – We meet the 3rd Wednesday of every month to share food and ideas about inspirational, metaphysical, or spiritual topics. Please bring a covered dish to share. Time: 7:00-9:00pm. Visit


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stamina, balance, and flexibility. Props such as blocks, blankets and belts are used to enhance understanding. 7-8:15 pm, $88/ week series. Twin Ponds Center, Pre-register 610-509-3677


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

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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.

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

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

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

Board certified and licensed Acupuncturist, Dietary and Lifestyle counseling, Chinese and Ayurvedic Herbs, Laser Acupuncture, Magnetic therapy (A.R.T.) Autonomic ResponseTesting for Detox and over 35 years of holistic healing.


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 42.


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

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


628 Twin Ponds Rd., Breinigsville, PA 18031 484-695-8265 ROLF METHOD OF STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION highly effective hands-on approach for improving posture, alleviating chronic pain, increasing energy level, and enhancing flexibility through restoring your body to its natural state of alignment. Enjoy moving freely again! Board Certified Structural Integrator CM and Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. See ad, page 37.


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 42.

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

Dr. Perelli has served the Lehigh Valley for 31 years delivering natural, hands-on chiropractic care for neck, mid-back, low back and extremity conditions. He specializes in sports, auto and work comp injuries with various holistic treatments to get you back to your pre-injury status quickly. See ad page 5.


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 42.


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 31.


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

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

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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 28.


FUNERAL SERVICES 233 S 3rd St Lehighton, PA 18235


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


1121 Graham Street, Fountain Hill, PA 18015 610-868-4840 The only green cemetery in the Lehigh Valley. A cemetery of wildflowers and grasses native to Pennsylvania. Return to the natural cycle of life to nourish the soil, green the meadow and live on. Nondenominational. Non-profit. Speakers available to visit organizations. See ad page 44.


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


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Cathy Abreu, RN, BSN 1350 Uhler Rd, PMB 120 • Easton, PA 18040 908-528-3977 The aging process, facing a new diagnosis or living with chronic illness can have a profound impact on patients and their families. Navigating the healthcare system can be complicated, but it doesn’t have to be. We help people understand their options and make good choices. See ad, page 29.

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The Valley’s premier float center with five beautiful, open float rooms, each containing an extra-large tub We are committed to providing with 1000 pounds of epsom salt dissolved in ten quality care to our patients and their inches of warm water. It’s likely to be the most relaxfamilies. It is our mission to exceed Trexler Family ingDental thing you’veGroup ever experienced. Other ways to expectations by providing exceprelax at Metta include reflexology and massage. tional dental care to our patients and

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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 12.

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

June Rose is the right solution…for YOU! She knows life isn’t always a bed of roses and we all need some help from time to time. June uses her super powers – Compassion, O r g a n i z a t i o n , P o s i t i v i t y, Empowerment – to help cut through the rough patches that life throws at you. Call or email her today for a free consultation and get the helping hand you need. See ad page 21.

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

Kathy has been administering deep tissue, therapeutic, medical, pregnancy and aromatherapy massage since 1996. Her NEWEST services are Ionic Foot Cleanse Detoxification as well as Red-light therapy for non-surgical weight loss and chronic pain management. Insurance billing for massage available. See ad page 5.


LLC 3131 College Heights Blvd, Suite 100 Allentown, PA 18104 610-387-6895 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 30.

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

Dr. Maulfair is an Osteopathic Physician bringing four decades of knowledge and experience in alternative, complementary medicine to his patient care. Help for all conditions and all ages. Offering Chelation Therapy, Hubbard Method Sauna detoxification, and many other treatment programs. Bringing the best of both worlds to their patients. See ad, page 35.

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 13.


NATUROPATH Family, Environmental and Preventative Medicine NATURAL HEALTH PROMOTION LLC 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 31.

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 43.

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


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Zephyr Pharmacy

1618 Schadt Ave. Whitehall, PA 18052

New Liberty Pharmacy 1606 W Allen St. Allentown, PA 18102

Country Harmony

1245 Blakeslee Blvd. Dr. E. Lehighton, PA 18235

To Your Health

Garden Gate Natural Foods 17 S 9th St., Allentown, PA 18102

Green Earth Natural Foods

1328 Chestnut St., Emmaus, PA 18049

212 N. West End Blvd. Quakertown, PA 18951

Essence of Health

Healthy Alternatives

New Attitude Salon & Spa

7150 Hamilton Blvd., Unit 130 Trexlertown, PA 18087

750 S 25th St., Easton, PA 18042

4003 William Penn Hwy, Easton, PA 18045


Natural Awakenings Magazine - November 2019 Issue  

Greater Lehigh Valley and Far West NJ Edition

Natural Awakenings Magazine - November 2019 Issue  

Greater Lehigh Valley and Far West NJ Edition