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Natural device stops a cold before it starts
New research: Copper stops colds if used early.
ew research shows you can stop a cold in its tracks if you take one simple step with a new device when you first feel a cold coming on. Colds start when cold viruses get in your nose. Viruses multiply fast. If you don’t stop them early, they spread in your airways and cause misery. But scientists have found a quick way to stop a virus. Touch it with copper. Researchers at labs and universities worldwide agree — copper is “antimicrobial.” It kills microbes, such as viruses and bacteria, just by touch. Four thousand years ago ancient Greeks and Egyptians used copper to purify water and heal wounds. Now we know why it worked so well. Researchers say a tiny electric charge in microbe cells gets short-circuited by the high conductance of copper. This destroys the cell in seconds. Tests by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) show germs die fast on copper. So some hospitals switched to copper touch surfaces, like faucets and doorknobs. This cut the spread of MRSA and other illnesses by over half, and saved lives. The strong scientific evidence gave inventor Doug Cornell an idea. When he felt a cold coming on he fashioned a smooth copper probe and rubbed it gently in his nose for 60 seconds. “It worked!” he exclaimed. “The cold went away completely.” It worked
Some users say it also helps with sinuses. Attorney Donna Blight had a 2-day sinus headache. When her CopperZap arrived, she tried it. “I am shocked!” she said. “My head cleared, no more headache, no more congestion.” Some users say copper stops nighttime stuffiness if they use it just before bed. One man said, “Best sleep I’ve had in years.” Users also report success in stopping cold sores when used at the first sign of a tingle in the lip. One woman said, “I tried every product on the market over 20 years. Some helped a little, but this stopped it from happening in the first place.” The handle is sculptured to fit the hand and finely textured to improve contact. Tests show it kills harmful microbes on the fingers to help prevent the spread of illness.
again every time he felt a cold coming on. He reports he has never had a cold since. He asked relatives and friends to try it. They said it worked for them, too. So he patented CopperZap™ and put it on the market. Soon hundreds of people had tried it and given feedback. Nearly 100 percent said the copper stops their colds if used within 3 hours of the first sign. Even up to 2 days after the first sign, if they still get the cold it is milder and they feel better. Users wrote things like, “It stopped my cold right away,” and “Is it supposed to work that fast?” Pat McAllister, age 70, received one as a gift and called it “one of the best presents ever. This little jewel really works.” Sinus trouble, stuffiness, cold sores. People often use CopperZap Copper may even help stop flu if for prevention, before cold signs apused early and for several days. In a pear. Karen Gauci, who flies often for her job, used to get colds after crowded lab test, scientists placed 25 million live flu viruses on a CopperZap. No viruses flights. Though skeptical, she tried it were found alive soon after. several times a day on travel days for The EPA says the natural color 2 months. “Sixteen flights and not a change of copper does not reduce its sniffle!” she exclaimed. ability to kill germs. Businesswoman Rosaleen says CopperZap is made in the U.S. of when people are sick around her she pure copper. It carries a 90-day full uses CopperZap morning and night. money back guarantee and is available “It saved me last holidays,” she said. for $49.95 at CopperZap.com or toll“The kids had colds going around and free 1-888-411-6114. around, but not me.” ADVERTORIAL
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Contents 18 EXPECT A MIRACLE
Five Ways to Manifest Our Desires
20 HAROLD KOENIG on Why Science Finds Faith a Healthy Choice
22 THE 101 ON ACT 16 MMJ PA Basics
24 DIAL DOWN STRESS How to Stay Calm and Cool
28 UNDERSTANDING NUTRACEUTICALS
How They Differ from Health Store Supplements
30 EAT WHEAT AGAIN
Eight Ways to Restore Gut Health
32 10,000 STEPS
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Learn to Balance Seven Life Areas
enee Arledge, owner of Reiki for Transitions, is offering three complete lifestyle balancing seminars at the Century Club of Scranton. Three dates are available from noon to 4 p.m.: January 13, February 3 and March 3. The course gives participants the tools to build the life they want to live by building a personal formula to balance the seven key areas of life: fitness, finance, family, faith, field, friends, and fun. Attendees will also learn the Aroma Freedom Technique to support their journey by helping them let go of negative thoughts and habits that hold us back from success. Arledge is a certified Aroma Freedom Technique practitioner and instructor, transition specialist and instructor for AF[T/Ool]a, a formula for a balanced and growing life. She has 20 years of experience as a master herbalist and reiki master/teacher. She has taught classes for the Maywood University Senior Learners program and at the North Pocono Public Library. Cost is $30, includes worksheets and essential oils Location: 612 Jefferson Ave., Scranton. Reservations are required by calling 570-575-3077 five days before class date. See ad page 28.
10-Day Fit Camp at NutriFitness
he NutriFitness Boot Camp 10-Day Fit Camp is for people ready for renewed motivation, energizing workouts, nutrition guidance and expert coaching in a non-intimidating atmosphere to kick-start their health and fitness journey with a quick commitment. The program includes a meal plan that fits each lifestyle, 10 one-hour exercise classes, including balance and yoga (optional), fitness testing and continuous guidance throughout the program. The Camp is designed for all ages and levels of fitness to attain renewed confidence, enhanced physical strength and create a well-balanced, healthy lifestyle. Opened in 2005, NutriFitness exists to create a space where people can exercise without feeling intimidated and get the attention they need to make a healthy change. Certified trainers have a combination of 10 decades of experience in the health and fitness field. Nutrifitness knows that most of the positive changes in our bodies are due to the foods we consume, and we can make better food choices without feeling deprived. The Cost is $60. Location: 311 Market St., Kingston, PA. For registration and more information, call 570-288-2409 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. See ad page 33.
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Elevate Movement and Posture with Corinne Farrell
earn to move with more ease and freedom with six private movement sessions and one 60-minute manual therapy session with Corinne Farrell at Balance Yoga and Wellness, in Kingston. With a skillful eye for movement patterns and compensation, Farrell will help identify areas to invigorate. Kinesis myofascial integration comprises a hands-on approach to improve posture, alleviate pain patterns and encourage the body to move and feel unlimited. Farrell maintains that there is no bad movement, stating, “All movement is good. The key is using fluidity to reach all places, like little kids at play. It helps us stay malleable as we age.” Most people have collected extra tension through the course of their lives, either from injury or surgery, repetitive activity or mental attitudes. “These injuries and tensions form a pattern in our bodies,” says Farrell. “These patterns become written into our muscular tensions or skeletal form, and into the connective tissues. With a revitalized sense of space, the body’s healing and strengthening can occur. Cost is $399. Location: 900 Rutter Ave., Forty Fort. For more information, call 570714-2777 or visit BalanceNEPA.com. See ad page 7.
Try Classical Pilates in Hawley
ountain Laurel Pilates, a fully equipped Pilates studio in Hawley, is offering a private complimentary private session, including an introduction to the fundamentals of Pilates, and a teacher evaluation valid until January 31. Pilates strengthens and tones the entire body, with emphasis on the core muscles, using movements that are flowing, precise, energizing, challenging and rely on a mind-body connection. It’s this mind-body connection that makes Pilates so effective. Owner Judy Fink, classically trained in the traditional Pilates methods and certified through the New York Pilates Studio, says, “The classical teaching and authentic equipment is critical to preserving the integrity of the classical Pilates method. The studio features apparatus from Gratz, manufacturer of the original and authentic Pilates equipment. This system works when students get the highest-quality instruction and guidance and individual attention from an authentically trained, fully certified Pilates teacher who understands how to tailor a workout specifically to your body and capabilities.” Location: 8 Silk Mill Drive, Hawley. For information, call 570-857-1707 or visit MountainLaurelPilates.com. See ad page 33.
Free January Webinars For a Blissful Existence
olistic Health Counselor Adrienne Primrose, founder of Blissful Existence, is offering two free January webinars to help participants optimize their health. Boost your Immune System, at noon on January 8, helps prepare our bodies for the cold and flu season that winter brings. She will be discussing her special tricks on boosting the immune system for you to live happier, healthier, more energized life. Connect at eepurl.com/de7f15 3 Ways to Balance Hormones Naturally, at noon on January 29, teaches why hormonal balance is vital to a healthy body. Hormone fluctuations occur naturally, and can cause toxicity and inflammation in the body. Attendees will learn ways to control their hormones naturally. Connect at eepurl.com/ddjn-f. For those unable to attend live, the webinars are recorded but registration at is required. For more information, call 570420-7599 or visit BlissfulExistence.com. See add page 12.
Self-Love Meditation in Stroudsburg
lexandrea Hicks, author, massage therapist and reiki master will facilitate a four-week Self-Love Meditation Series at 11 a.m., January 7, 14, 21 and 28 at Massage Academy. Her vision, and mission is to help inspire and empower others to be the best version of themselves. Hicks wants “to inspire and empower others to wake up to live life, being their authentic selves. To encourage others to focus inward, and look within to truly love and embrace all parts of themselves. To dig up the wounds Alexandrea Hicks from the past and use those wounds to light the way to your future. To spread love, and light to all.” Based on her book Find Your BeYOUtiful, weekly topics include Letting go, Forgiveness, Gratitude, and Writing our Destiny. The series includes journaling, Essential oils, affirmations, Guided Meditations and teacher-led mind relaxation sequences. Cost is $56 for the series. All proceeds go to Make-A-Wish Foundation. Location: 753 Phillips St., Stroudsburg. For reservations (required), call 570-421-5014. See ad page 15.
Jump-Start 2018 Without Worries
ina Yarrish, known as “the accelerator coach”, is the author of Harness Your Purpose, Power and Peace, a workshop facilitator for individuals and businesses around the country, and a highly-sought motivational speaker. The next personal group promises to eliminate negative self-talk and worry to jump-start 2018. It affords a complete makeover from negative to positive thinking and eliminating chronic worry or overthinking. Yarrish has mastered closing clients quickly which has business owners, Gina Yarrish sales professionals and entrepreneurs working less with double the income. It’s about working smarter, not harder. Yarrish offers experiential and transformational workshops to individuals and business. She inspires people by teaching effective principles that motivate them to focus forward in their lives in the absence of not having all the answers. Yarrish has mastered the art of uncovering old habits that hold us back, limits our potential and teaches through experiential practices on how to change those habits. Location: Pennay Hill Rd., Kingsley, PA. For more information, call 570-877-3655 or visit YarCorteAcres.com. See ad page 18.
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Locally Grown Food Shares Now Available
pplications for the 2018 summer CSA (community supported agriculture) membership at Josie Porter Farm, in Stroudsburg, are now being accepted. This multi-farm CSA supports the regional foodshed and insures that the highestquality and widest variety of vegetables are offered in the weekly share. Full shares and half shares are offered between June and October for 22 weeks of on-farm pick-up or at drop-off points throughout the area. Cost for a full share is $700 and a half share is $400. The Josie Porter Farm has 48 acres and grows more than 30 varieties of vegetables using organic and biodynamic practices. Share pick-ups usually begin the first and second week of June. The farm also offers a buying club providing a local food hub for one-stop healthy, sustainable food shopping, offering locally and regionally sourced honey, maple syrup, meat, eggs, cheese, breads, wild caught Alaskan salmon and more from other local like-minded producers. Location: 6514 Cherry Valley Rd., Stroudsburg, PA. For more information, call 570992-5731 (store) or email email@example.com. See ad page 21.
Colon Cleansing Consultation Free in January
ejuvenate Colon & Massage Therapy Center, in Honesdale, is offering a free initial consultation during the month of January for clients seeking an individualized detoxification program to rebuild the immune system by removing toxins. Large intestine (colon) hydrotherapy helps to restore internal balance (homeostasis) and improve overall health by supporting the eliminative organs (skin, lymph, lungs, kidneys and bowels). Periodic cleansing helps minimize the exposure of the colon walls to potential carcinogens and other accumulated toxins from diets heavy in salt, alcohol, red meat, dairy products, chemicals, preservatives and processed foods. Diluting the concentration of toxin load in the colon results in a reduced burden on the liver and lymphatic systems. When toxins abound and a breakdown in one or more of these systems occurs, the potential for disease exists. The Center is committed to helping people learn about and enjoy a healthy lifestyle with a one-on-one approach using colon hydrotherapy, Swedish massage, systemic fascial release, cranial sacral treatment, reflexology, ear coning and other detoxification protocols. A phone consultation can typically identify if colon hydrotherapy is right for the prospective client. Location: 2625 Lake Ariel Hwy., Honesdale, PA. For appointments, call 570-470-1201. For more information, visit RejuvenateColonAndMassageCenter.com. See ad page 39.
Morning Tai Chi and Qigong on Saturdays
t Thrive Wellness, 50- minute all-level Tai Chi classes with Wayne Wolfe begin at 10 a.m. Saturdays. Instructing Master William Chen’s Short Form Tai Chi Chuan is often described as “meditation in motion”, and there is growing evidence that this mind-body practice has value in supporting optimal mental and physical health. This gentle form of exercise can help build and maintain strength, flexibility, and balance, and even those not in the best of heath can get started. A 50-minute all-level Chi Kung (qigong) class at 11 a.m. Saturdays can be done by anyone, regardless of prior experience and with nothing to remember in-between. The focus is on building energy and balance, along with harmonizing energy meridians in the body. It is a complete system on its own. Qigong Master Mark Reinhart and instructor Wayne Wolfe developed this routine. Cost is $18/class or $100/series of eight. Location: 647 Wyoming Ave., Kingston. Registration for either class is required by calling 570-283-0111. See ad page 48. January 2018
Researchers at the Imperial College London say that five servings of fruits and vegetables is a good start, but more is better. After conducting a worldwide meta-analysis of 2 million people that compared early mortality rates from cardiovascular disease and cancer, they recommend eating at least 10 three-ounce vegetable and fruit servings per day, which could prevent up to 7.8 million premature deaths each year.
AEROBICS KEEP THE BRAIN YOUNG Simple movement turns out to be the best way to lift mood, improve memory and protect the brain against age-related cognitive decline, according to Harvard Medical School researchers in an article, “Aerobic Exercise is the Key for Your Head, Just as It is for Your Heart.” Even brisk walking or jogging for 45 minutes can alleviate depression. The Journal of Physical Therapy Science notes that aerobic workouts can help people feel less stressed by reducing levels of the body’s natural stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol. 10
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Daily Produce Servings Prevent Early Death
Healthy diet options of spinach and kale may also help keep our brains fit. In a study from the University of Illinois appearing in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 60 adults between 25 and 45 years old having higher levels of lutein, a nutrient found in green, leafy vegetables, avocados and eggs, had neural responses more on par with younger people than others of their own age. Lutein is a nutrient that the body can’t make on its own, so it must be acquired through diet. It accumulates in brain tissues and the eyes, which allows researchers to measure levels without using invasive techniques.
Lutein in Greens and Eggs Slows Cognitive Aging
Hemp Oil Cuts Seizure Frequency in Half
Research from the New York University Langone Comprehensive Epilepsy Center has found that cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive extract of hemp oil, significantly reduces seizure rates in epileptics. Scientists there tested 120 children and young adults with epilepsy and found that the cannabidiol group’s number of seizures per month decreased from 12.4 to 5.9 compared to a statistically insignificant change in the placebo group.
RED WINE LESS TOXIC THAN WHITE Alcohol has been linked with cancer in about 3.6 percent of cases worldwide, due to the presence of acetaldehyde, which damages DNA and prevents it from repairing itself. A study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention that involved 200,000 people found a distinct connection between white wine in particular and melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer. Sun exposure is a well-known cancer risk, but this and other studies have found that subjects often develop melanoma primarily on the trunks of their bodies, which are usually covered by clothing, and it is almost always curable if the cancer is caught early.
FISH OIL TWICE WEEKLY EASES ARTHRITIS
Eating fish at least twice a week may significantly reduce the pain and swelling associated with rheumatoid arthritis,in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the joints, creating swelling and pain. Studies have already shown the beneficial effect of fish oil supplements on rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, but a new study of 176 participants at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Boston, found that increasing the amount of fish containing omega-3 they ate weekly as a whole food lowered their disease activity. The Arthritis Foundation estimates that about 1.5 million people in the U.S. have the disease; women far more often than men.
A Swiss study gave volunteers $25 a week for four weeks, and told half of them to spend the money on themselves and the others to spend it to benefit others. Subsequent brain scans revealed a link between the altruistic acts and feelings of contentment, activating neurons in the ventral striatum associated with happiness. Even the intention alone to be more generous was enough to create these changes, and the amount spent did not influence the increase in levels of well-being. The discovery sheds fresh light on why many people feel gratified when giving, even when it costs them something.
Mercury/Autism Brain Research Alert As the debate rages between health officials and vaccine critics about possible links to autism, mercury seems to be a specific bone of contention. It has long been present in the form of thimerisol, a preservative that inhibits bacterial contamination. Under government pressure, amounts have been reduced by the pharmaceutical industry to trace levels or eliminated, except in commonly recommended flu vaccines, some of which contain the food emulsifier polysorbate 80, which disrupts the blood-brain barrier and helps create an extremely effective delivery system for escorting neurotoxic ethylmercury and other heavy metals straight to the brain. The U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences reports that ethylmercury, in particular, gets metabolized into even more toxic inorganic mercury and remains in the brain for years.
Sugar Linked to Depression The journal Scientific Reports recently published a study that confirmed a link between a diet high in sugar and common mental disorders. In 2002, researchers from Baylor College found that higher rates of refined sugar consumption were associated with higher rates of depression. A 2015 study that included nearly 70,000 women found a higher likelihood of depression in those with high added sugar intake, but not in those with a high intake of naturally occurring sugars such as those found in fruit. The World Health Organization recommends that people reduce their daily intake of added sugars to less than 5 percent of their total energy intake; Americans typically consume three times that much. Meanwhile, one in six people worldwide suffers from a common mental problem such as a mood or anxiety disorder.
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Urban trees help reduce obesity and depression, improve productivity, boost educational outcomes and reduce incidences of asthma and heart disease for residents, yet according to The Nature Conservancy, American cities spend less than a third of 1 percent of municipal budgets on tree planting and maintenance. As a result, U.S. cities are losing 4 million trees per year. Each summer, thousands of unnecessary deaths result from heat waves in urban areas. Studies have shown that trees are a cost-effective solution. Too often, the presence or absence of urban nature and its associated benefits is tied to a neighborhood’s income level, resulting in dramatic health inequities. In some American cities, life expectancies in different neighborhoods located just a few miles apart can differ by as much as a decade. Not all of this health disparity is connected to the tree cover, but researchers are increasingly finding that neighborhoods with fewer trees have worse health outcomes, so inequality in access to urban nature can lead to worse health inequities.
Cigarette Cutback Higher Prices Lower Use
Research from the Medical University of Vienna found in a 30-year study that increasing prices for tobacco products by 5 percent reduced tobacco use by 3.5 percent.
Cardiologists Urge Plant-Based Hospital Meals
The American College of Cardiology (ACC) is advising hospitals in improving patient menus by adding healthy, plant-based options and removing processed meats, which have been linked to 60,000 cardiovascular deaths annually. The ACC Heart-Healthy Food Recommendations for Hospitals states, “At least one plant-based main dish should be offered and promoted at every meal.” ACC also urges that processed meats such as bacon, sausage, ham, hot dogs and deli meats should not be offered at all. These guidelines extend to hospital cafeterias and onsite restaurants. The American Medical Association has also passed a resolution that calls on hospitals to provide similarly healthy meals. Processed meats are now considered carcinogenic to humans, according to the World Health Organization. A 50-gram serving a day—one hot dog or two strips of bacon—increases colorectal cancer risk by 18 percent. “Too many heart disease patients have had their recovery undermined by bacon and hot dogs on their hospital trays,” says Dr. Neal Barnard, president of the nonprofit Physicians Committee. 14
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Young Vegetarians Worry Meat Industry
The 2017 Chicken Marketing Summit in North Carolina involved hundreds of leaders from fast-food chains, marketing agencies and poultry production companies discussing the fact that Americans are eating less poultry—and what to do about it. Richard Kottmeyer, a senior managing partner at Fork to Farm Advisory Services, explained that Millennials need to be “inspired and coached” to consume more animal products, according to an article published on WattAgNet.com, an industry website. “Compared to their parents, Millennials are more likely to believe in evolution and accept that climate change is occurring. They seek out facts and science to better understand a complex world, but the poultry industry doesn’t have any fact-based information to defend its cruel, unsanitary practices,” states animal rights advocate Nathan Runkle via EcoWatch.com. The majority of chickens raised for meat have been bred to grow so large so quickly that they collapse under their own unnatural weight. North Carolina has enacted an “ag-gag” bill, making it illegal to photograph or videotape animal abuse.
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and California Department of Pest Regulation have approved CRS Plus, an aerosol pheromone biopesticide product that disrupts the mating cycle of Aonidiella aurantii, also known as California Red Scale (CRS). Pheromones do not kill or damage the target insects, and are species-specific, so pollinators and other beneficial insect species are not affected. CRS attacks all aerial parts of citrus trees, including twigs, leaves, branches and fruit. Heavy infestations can cause reduced fruit quality, yellowing and dropping of leaves, dieback of twigs and limbs and even death of the tree.
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Glyphosate Found in Breakfast Foods
Of 24 breakfast food samples tested by the Alliance for Natural Health USA, 10 showed the presence of glyphosate. Executive and Legal Director Gretchen DuBeau states, “We expected that trace amounts would show up in foods containing large amounts of corn and soy. However, we were unprepared for just how invasive this poison has been to our entire food chain.” In the study, the chemical, now revealed to be a probable carcinogen by the World Health Organization, was found in oatmeal, bagels, eggs, potatoes and non-GMO soy coffee creamer. The presence of glyphosate in dairy products may be due to bioaccumulation in the tissue of animals. DuBeau adds, “Glyphosate has been linked to increases in levels of breast, thyroid, kidney, pancreatic, liver and bladder cancers, and is being served for breakfast, lunch and dinner worldwide. The fact that it is showing up in foods like eggs and coffee creamers, which don’t directly contact the herbicide, proves that it’s being passed on by animals that ingest it in their feed. This is contrary to everything that regulators and industry scientists have been telling the public.”
Australia’s Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training at Deakin University is practicing an affordable way to increase the availability of potable (drinkable) water in needy areas of the world. The project involves collecting plastic garbage from around the Pacific Islands and turning it into pellets, which are then extruded as 3-D printer filament to make replacement plumbing parts, often in short supply in those locations. That effort is called 3D WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene), and the children’s charity Plan International Australia will be the first recipient (Plan.org.au).
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substances such as natural wood finishes, naturally tanned leather or organic cotton. Look for Greenguard product certification to ensure low toxicity (Greenguard.org). Some businesses, like Upholstery on Broadway, in Arlington, Massachusetts, conduct money-saving classes for people that want to learn to repair or restore their own furniture. Owner Kevin Kennedy finds, “People bring in their own projects, often wing chairs and side chairs, along with stray pieces of materials. As long as they have ‘good bones’ [solid wood frames], new fabric can add many years.” For those afraid of making mistakes in cutting fabric, “We help them measure carefully first, and that relieves their anxiety.” A carpenter’s rule is to measure twice, cut once.
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introduce us to a new friend. In beginning a new exercise routine, we may discover self-confidence in other areas of life.
Step Beyond Routine
Step out of routines, broaden horizons and bust through comfort zones. Bumps and bruises may occur, but bravery is rewarded. Miracles are not beyond our grasp, but we may need to extend our reach in ways we’ve never done before.
Help Others Receive the Miracles They Pray For
Experience the bliss of being a giver. Share what others need. Sponsor a child’s education. Give unused belongings to people that desperately need them. Offer words of encouragement. It all matters more than we realize.
ccording to a Pew Forum study, nearly 80 percent of Americans believe in miracles. When we think we can’t handle burdensome difficulties on our own, we often seek help from a higher power, pleading: Cure me or my loved one of this illness. Aid me in providing for myself and my family. Bring me someone to love. Help me resolve this intensely painful situation. Protect loved ones from the harm they’re subjecting themselves to. If we want miracles to unfold in our lives, we must actively participate in their manifestation. Here are five ways to manifest more miracles in our lives.
Be Grateful for Everything
Gratitude deserves its positive buzz. When we’re grateful, our energy changes and our light shines. Our perspective shifts from scarcity to abundance. We bring forth divine blessings by being tuned into the giving nature of the creator of all. When we live in a state of gratitude, good people, opportunities and blessings arrive.
Stop Using Excuses to Do Nothing
When we take a positive step in our lives—it can be anything—a way forward will often appear that may be unrelated to the blessing we receive. For example, clearing out clutter may clarify a career move. Taking a course to build a new skill may
When we listen to our intellect instead of our inner heart-and-soul guidance system, we get turned around and off course. We all have an inner knowing that can help us get where we want to go. Divine wisdom always trumps the human mind. When we tune into it and trust what it’s telling us, we invite miracles into our lives. We all have the power to participate in creating miracles for ourselves and others by bringing to fruition what did not seem remotely possible. It’s easy to start by practicing these five miracle-creating strategies. J. Marie Novak is an author, life transformation mentor and founder of the Believe and Create online community. Learn how to believe in and create the life you were born to live at BelieveAndCreate.com.
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on Why Science Finds Faith a Healthy Choice by April Thompson
hysician Harold G. Koenig, an international authority on religion, health and ethical issues in medicine, has dedicated his career to understanding the relationship between faith and health. Koenig, who has surveyed the scientific literature, shares the mounting evidence linking the power of faith to better health and well-being. Koenig struggled for three decades to determine his life’s purpose before a spiritual transformation in 1984 set him on a Christian path. “As I’m able to surrender my will and follow God’s lead, I’ve found an increasing flow of blessings. Even in those times when I’m self-centered, the blessings continue. I can only attribute it to the incredible undeserved grace and mercy of one who understands and forgives,” he says. He’s the director of Duke University’s Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health, an associate professor of medicine at the Duke University Medical Center, in Durham, North Carolina, and author of nearly 50 books. Titles include The Healing Power of Faith, The Handbook of Religion and Health, and the recent You Are My Beloved. Really?, musings on the nature of divine love.
What have you concluded from decades of studying the relationship between faith, prayer and health?
What maintains people’s faith in the face of worldly adversity? Adversity can increase people’s faith; when things are going well, people don’t feel the same urgent need for religion. Why do hurricanes happen? Why do people experience chronic pain? When someone is in the midst of challenges, there is no easy explanation, even though there
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can be many answers. Sometimes all you can do is to have faith that a good God reigns, despite appearances. That can lead to a sense of well-being and spiritual purpose, even in the midst of bad material experiences. How you’ve dealt with life prior to a challenge matters. If you follow a spiritual path and practice, when bad things happen, you can lean on your foundation of faith; you’re better prepared. Once you’re in the middle of it, all you may feel is the pain and a desperate desire to get rid of it. One of the most precious gifts we have as humans is the freedom to choose. We can be selfish and strictly pleasure-seeking, or we can be kind and altruistic. We can turn toward or away from our divine source.
Our research and that of many other major academic institutions, including Harvard and Columbia universities, shows that people of strong faith enjoy better social, physical and mental health, all else being equal. It drives healthy behaviors and attitudes, which leads to better health. A person’s religious beliefs and spiritual practices affect them across their lifespan. It begins in utero, based on parental behavior and care, and shows in the sense of trust we have as infants. In this way, parents’ faith-based moral values also can favorably affect their children’s levels of stress, depression and drug use later on.
Is there a tension between the yearning for scientific certainty and the intuitive nature of faith? I feel that tension constantly as a scientist and a believer. I’m always challenging myself; you have to be objective as a scientist, to observe without reading into things. But the wisdom of the scriptures has endured through thousands of years, applied by believers through the ages in many different groups and cultures. About 80 percent of Americans today believe in God, nearly 90 percent in a higher power, and 84 percent of the world’s people have religious faith. Such faith must serve some kind of function for it to have persisted throughout the millennia. There is much that is still unknown, and may not be knowable from a scientific perspective. You need to use common sense and intuition. It requires a leap of faith, but once you do it, everything falls into line—though I admit as a scientist I keep trying to understand things from a rational perspective.
What are the pathways by which spirituality contributes to health? Science supports firsthand experience; that the virtues instilled by a religious path ultimately lead to better decision making, relationships and greater well-being. They help to neutralize negative emotions. These benefits accrue through adulthood and yield fruit into old age. The coping mechanism that spiritual practices provide is also important. It helps us to tolerate and navigate difficult situations and integrate meaning and purpose into daily life. I don’t think science can prove to us that faith leads to divine healing. But through natural mechanisms alone, ones that we can understand and study, tremendous evidence exists to show that it benefits health and maybe even longevity. Connect with freelancer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.
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he Pennsylvania Department of Health passed Act 16, signing the state’s Medical Marijuana Program into law on April 17, 2016. The program is still in the rollout phase—patients began receiving their certifications a few months ago, on November 1, and dispensaries are scheduled to be open early this year. Here’s what you need to know about the subject:
Medical cannabis was legalized in PA because the legislature validated the efficacy of marijuana to alleviate pain and improve the quality of life for
people suffering from certain medical conditions.
Medical cannabis will only be made available to PA residents that are diagnosed with one (or more) of the following 17 serious medical conditions: n Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) n Autism n Cancer n Crohn’s Disease n Chronic Pain* n Epilepsy n Glaucoma n Human Immunodeficiency Virus
** Damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity.
Patients that are prescribed medical cannabis will be able to ingest it in the following ways: n Pill n Oil n Vapor n Tincture n Liquid
PA doctors can become licensed with the state to receive a credential that allows them to recommend medical cannabis to qualifying patients. The process includes a four-hour course, after which time they will be listed on Pa.gov and other relevant directories.
PA residents that have any of the 17 qualifying conditions (as determined by a state-certified doctor) can register for a medical marijuana ID card which will allow them to visit one of the PA dispensaries to receive their medication. The dispensaries (pharmacies created specifically for the distribution of medical marijuana) will be in operation throughout the state where people can pick up their cannabis prescriptions. PA residents can receive more information about how to participate as a patient, doctor or caregiver by visiting Pa.gov/guides/pennsylvania-medical-marijuana-program.
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Take Charge of Your Life With the Help of Functional Medicine by Dr. Jarrett Kaminsky
magine this scenario: it is late at night and you are sound asleep in bed. You are in the middle of a peaceful dream when suddenly; the smoke detector in your room goes off. You wake up in a cold sweat, panic-stricken. You jump out of bed as quick as you can and race over to the smoke detector. As you try to calm your racing heart, you start running through all the options in your head. You finally decide on a course of action: you reach up to the smoke detector and take out the battery. With a sigh of relief, you return to bed. Problem solved, right? The noise is gone and you can return to bed with no worries. However, that’s just not the case. The smoke detector is a warning sign that something more serious is happening in the home. By disabling the smoke detector, the warning sign is cut off and nothing has been done about what caused the alarm. Who would just take out the battery without looking to see what set off the smoke detector in the first place? Unfortunately, that is exactly what millions of people are doing each day with their health. The body has a built-in warning system, just like a smoke detector. When something is not functioning correctly, the body sends a warning signal to alert us
to the problem. Some of the most common warning signals are pain, headaches, heartburn, constipation, diarrhea, fatigue/ lack of energy, fever, difficulty sleeping, dry skin, thin hair and weight gain. The warning signals are not the problem, just like the smoke detector was not the problem. The problem lies much deeper and is more difficult to detect. Unfortunately, our healthcare system has made billions of dollars treating the warning signals, but doing very little to find the cause of the problem. By focusing on the warning signals, the real problem is being left untreated. The longer it is ignored; the more damage is being done to the body (sometimes irreversible). If we really want to be healthy, we need to stop treating the warning signals (taking the battery out of the smoke detector) and start treating the cause of the problem (putting out the fire). Now, the question is how do we find the cause of our problems? We have been taught for so long to simply take a pill whenever we experience a symptom or warning signal. We are essentially taking the battery out of the smoke detector and ignoring the cause of the problem. The longer we take this approach, the worse the problem becomes and the sicker we feel.
Friends are the siblings God never gave us. ~Mencius
This has been the healthcare approach in the United States for decades, but it’s not working. The U.S. spends more than any other country in healthcare, but is ranked as the 34th healthiest country in the world. There is obviously a problem with this old model and it is time to find a new model. Fortunately, there is a model of healthcare that addresses the cause of the problem and does not simply just treat the symptoms. It is called functional medicine. Functional medicine is a branch of medicine that focuses on restoring balance and function to the body, not just treating the symptoms. Through the use of a comprehensive history, examination and appropriate laboratory testing (blood, hair, saliva, urine, and/or stool), a functional medicine practitioner seeks to discover the underlying cause of symptoms and then designs a treatment plan specifically for each patient’s needs. Treatments can range from changing one’s diet, adding an exercise routine, taking specific nutritional supplements, managing stress, improving sleeping habits and other lifestyle changes to help restore overall balance to the body. Once balance is restored, symptoms disappear. In other words, if there is no more fire, the smoke detector will not make any noise. These treatments are much more comprehensive than just taking a few pills, but if you are serious about taking charge of your life and fixing the underlying problems, consider this approach. So the next time you hear the smoke detector go off, what will be your plan of action? Will you simply take the batteries out of the smoke detector so you do not have to hear the noise or will you take the time and effort to look for the fire and put it out before it causes any more damage? Dr. Jarrett Kaminsky is a chiropractor and certified functional medicine practitioner practicing in Scranton. He has been in practice for 16 years and at his current location for the past 10 years. He can be reached for questions via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or appointments via phone at 570-348-1158. See ad page 44. January 2018
DIAL DOWN STRESS How to Stay Calm and Cool by Lisa Marshall
hether from natural disasters, divisive politics, unmanageable workloads or a smartphone culture that makes it tough to unplug, U.S. adults are feeling more strain now than they have at any other time in the past decade, according to the American Psychological Association’s 2017 Stress in America Survey. One in three say their stress has increased in the past year and one in five rate the level at eight or more on a scale of one to 10. About three in five, or 59 percent, say they believe this is “the lowest point in the nation’s history” and nearly two-thirds say concerns about our nation’s future (including its health care, economy and international relations) are key sources of their stress. “We’re seeing significant stress transcending party lines,” notes Arthur C. Evans Jr., Ph.D., the association’s CEO. All that stress is having a powerful impact on health, with as many as 80 percent of visits to primary care physicians characterized as stress-related, according to the American Medical Association. 24
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Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one. ~Hans Selye Workplace stress accounts for 120,000 deaths a year—more than influenza, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease combined—according to a 2015 Stanford University study. Yet, empowering news has emerged amid this epidemic of anxiety-related illness. Research shows that by eating right, exercising and changing our mindset about stress itself, we can buffer our bodies from many health hazards. “Unfortunately, you can’t always avoid the things that stress you out. But you can control how you respond to stress before it takes over your life,” says Melanie Greenberg, Ph.D., a Mill Valley, California, psychologist and author of the recent book The Stress-Proof Brain: Master Your Emotional Response to Stress Using Mindfulness and Neuroplasticity.
Our Brain on Stress
Whether it’s an urgent email from the boss or a rude motorist driving unsafely, tense situations elicit a physiological response remarkably similar to what might occur if we were chased by a lion. Deep inside an almond-shaped region of the brain called the amygdala, an alarm goes off, signaling the release of hormones like adrenaline and cortisol that boost heart rate, usher extra blood to muscles, hasten breathing and spike blood sugar to provide more fuel for the brain to react. Evolutionarily, this response was key to early human survival, providing the energy boost needed to flee predators. Even today, it has its upside, says Greenberg. “In the short term, stress can be exciting and even beneficial, revving you up so you can put your passion and energy into something.” But chronic excess can lead to high blood pressure and blood sugar, inflammation, cognitive problems and a hair-trigger response to stress, in which our body overreacts even to mild annoyances. It can also, research suggests, accelerate aging by
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Stress-Proofing Our Body
Eating right can better protect our bodies, says New York City Registered Dietitian Malina Malkani. She recommends loading up on nutrient-dense, high-fiber foods like leafy greens, beans and lentils, nuts and seeds during stressful times, because they can slow our rate of digestion and minimize unhealthy dips and spikes in blood sugar. Beneficial, bacteria-rich foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut and kimchi are other foundational foods for stress-resilience, says Storoni, because they can dampen bodily inflammation that arises from chronic tension. They can also replenish bacterial strains like lactobacillus and bifidobacteria which, according to studies of college students, tend to decrease when we feel pushed beyond our limits to handle what’s coming at us. One 2016 study of 171 volunteers, published in the Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, found that those that ate yogurt containing lactobacillus plantarum daily for two months had fewer markers of stress in their blood. Another study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2007 found that when 132 adults drank a probiotic-infused milk drink daily for three weeks and were then subjected to an anxiety-prone situation, their brains reacted more calmly than those of a control group. “Probably the most important thing you can do to make your body stress-resilient is to maintain a healthy ecosystem of bacteria in your gut,” advises Malkani, who recommends exchanging dessert for lowsugar yogurt every day and taking probiotic supplements as well as steering clear of 26
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sweetened beverages and refined carbohydrates. The spice turmeric is also a good stress-buster due to its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to help normalize blood sugar, Storoni notes. Despite our natural craving for comfort food, it’s a good idea to go easy on saturated fats in the immediate aftermath of a traumatic situation, because stress slows fat metabolism. In one recent study, Ohio State University researchers asked 58 women about their previous day’s stressors, and then fed them the fat-loaded equivalent of a double cheeseburger and fries; the stressed-out women burned 104 fewer calories. “If a woman had a stressful day at work every day and ate a meal like this, she could easily gain seven to 11 pounds in a year,” says study author Jan Kiecolt-Glaser, a professor of psychiatry and psychology and director of the university’s Institute for Behavioral Medicine. Exercise, too, can help combat stress-related illness. But Storoni attests that not all exercise is created equal. One recent study in the Journal of Physiology found that in animals daily moderate exercise (the equivalent of a light jog) can boost levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a critical brain protein diminished by stress and sleep deprivation, significantly more than weight training or intense exercise. On the flip side, excess strenuous exercise (laps around the track or an intense gym workout) can boost inflammation, whither brain cells, and aggravate the physical impacts of stress, says Storoni.
People with a stress-hardy mindset may temper stress as an “excite-and-delight” challenge in adventurous situations. Others “tendand-befriend”, reaching out to help and comfort in times of tragedy. Studies show that when participants are told, “You’re the kind of person whose performance improves under pressure,” it does— by as much as one-third. ~Harvard Medical School Healthbeat
“If you want to exercise to relieve the stress you just experienced, keep it at low intensity,” counsels Storoni. If possible, work out in the morning, as it can boost melatonin levels at night, helping you get to sleep faster, she notes.
Stress-Proofing Our Mindset While diet and exercise can buffer our body from the impacts of chronic stress, a shift in mindset can keep it from becoming chronic in the first place, says Greenberg.“The goal is not to eliminate stress, but to put it in its place—to use its energizing and motivating aspects to take care of what needs to be done, and then
relax,” and stop paying attention to it. This, she says, requires being mindful of what’s happening in the present moment. “When you feel your heart racing at the sight of another urgent demand at home or work, stop what you are doing, take a deep breath and tune into what’s happening in your body,” advises Greenberg. She notes that when the highly reactive amygdala “hijacks the brain”, we often say and do things in the heat of the moment that we later regret. Waiting just a moment (like counting to 10) allows the more rational part of our brain (the prefrontal cortex) to kick in. “It allows you to go from panic to, ‘I’ve got this.’” Greenberg observes that we often feel most stressed when we feel out of control. When faced with a daunting task, it may help to make a list of the things we have control over and a list of the things we can’t control—then make a plan to act on the manageable one and let the others go. “Mindfulness is also about keeping our self-judging and ruminating mind at bay, which may keep repeating, ‘I’m not doing enough,’” she says. “Realize that you do not have to listen to every thought that comes into your head. Ask yourself, ‘What is the most important thing for me to focus on right now?’” Greenberg also says it’s important to aim to broaden and brighten our view in tough times, explaining, “Feeling stress biases your brain to think in terms of avoiding threat and loss, rather than what you can gain or learn from the situation.” Start by jotting down three ways this challenging situation may be beneficial in the long run; also make a list of things and people we are grateful for, she suggests. “Practicing gratitude helps you realize that you have a choice about what to focus your attention on and you don’t have to let stressors take all the joy out of life,” according to Greenberg. As an added bonus, “You’re less likely to take your stress out on loved ones when you think about what they mean to you and how they have helped you,” she says. Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at LisaAnnMarshall.com.
Seven Ways to Banish Stress
by Lisa Marshall
e can take charge and do even more things to keep stress at bay in the first place, says Christine Carter, Ph.D., a University of California, Berkeley, sociologist and author of The Sweet Spot: How to Accomplish More by Doing Less. “I’m all about prevention,” she says. “There are many ways to set up your life to be less stressful.”
Multitask less, monotask more: “The brain was not evolved to multitask and it can be stressful when we try to do so,” says Carter, referencing a Stanford University study. “At the end of the day, we end up feeling fried.” She recommends setting up a “fortress against interruption” for an hour or two each day when we feel most alert. Put the phone on mute, don noisecanceling headphones and ask coworkers or family members to not interrupt your focus on an important priority.
Don’t be a chronic media checker: Eighty-six percent of Americans say they constantly or often check their email, texts or social media accounts, according to the latest Stress in America Survey. Half of U.S. workers say they respond to every email within a half-hour. Carter recommends instead scheduling a block of time at the beginning and end of each day for the task. During weekends and evenings, disable email and social media notifications. Research shows the more often we check, the more stressed we are. One recent study of British office workers found that checking email almost immediately boosts heart rate, blood pressure and cortisol levels, while refraining causes the stress response to subside.
Limit choices: Making decisions can be stressful, and we are all faced with an increasing number of them every day. To limit a personal decision-making load, get boring. Devise a meal plan that doesn’t vary from week to week (unless it’s a happy creative outlet). Stock the wardrobe with favorite styles of shirts and shoes in different colors.
Select and stick with one brand of natural toothpaste or granola.
Don’t overthink things: Ruminating on past events and relationship problems can be a great source of stress in the present moment. If there’s nothing that can be done about it, stop thinking about it. Literally visualize a stop sign when the thought bubbles up.
Daydream: Idle times, like standing in line, sitting in traffic or showering can allow our brain to rest and recover from hassles. Embrace such opportunities and don’t clutter them up with technology; leave the phone and radio off.
Meditate: Invest 10 minutes daily to sit still, focus on breathing, visualize an image or stare at an object and try to keep thoughts from drifting. Brain imaging studies published in the Brain Research Bulletin show that “Through [such] meditation, it’s possible to rewire your brain to create a new, stronger circuit that keeps your emotional reactivity under control,” says Dr. Mithu Storoni, who has published a book on the topic.
Heighten spirituality: Whether it’s regularly attending religious services, yoga meditation sessions or quiet walks in the woods, a spiritual practice can be a powerfully effective means of coping with stress and mitigating its health impacts. Duke University research shows that people regularly engaged in a spiritual practice are more likely to survive heart surgery, recover better from stroke, have shorter hospital stays and become depressed and stressed less often. “Spirituality connects you to the broader world, which in turn enables you to stop trying to control things all by yourself,” explains Dr. Roberta Lee, an integrative physician, in her book The SuperStress Solution. “When you feel part of a greater whole, it’s easy to understand that you aren’t responsible for everything that happens in life.” January 2018
How They Differ from Health Store Supplements by Linda Sechrist
edicalized terminology is now being used to describe certain products we may already have been buying from brand-name dietary supplement companies and retailers, and they have a higher price tag. One common example: powdered protein meal-replacement shakes that can cost up to $16 more than a retail store brand, as nutraceutical
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is no legal distinction between dietary supplements and nutraceuticals, yet each serves different purposes. Dietary supplements, comprising vitamins, minerals and/ or herbs and botanicals, are intended to enhance wellness among healthy adults. Nutraceuticals encompass nutrients, foods or parts of foods used as medicine to provide health benefits beyond nutrition and combat chronic disease. Some of the most popular formulations involve botanicals like ginseng, ginkgo biloba, St. John’s wort and echinacea. “Medical foods, formulated for dietary management of a specific medical condition for which nutritional needs are unmet by a normal diet, are regulated under the Orphan Drug Act of 1983,” explains Bill Shaddle, senior director of medical education at Metagenics, Inc. “Our nutraceuticals and medical foods are supported by verifiable science that provides solid evidence regarding the therapeutic benefits produced by ingredients in our products.” The word nutraceutical, blending nutrition and pharmaceutics, was coined in 1989 by Stephen L. DeFelice, the founder and chairman of the nonprofit Foundation for Innovation in Medicine, in Mountainside, New Jersey, which promotes clinical research and development of dietary supplements and foods specifically for their health benefits. Reputable companies that manufacture private-label nutraceuticals, such as Metagenics and Xymogen, among others, research and develop products for functional nutrition and quality. While such products are solely distributed through
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Federal Regulations Medical foods and nutraceuticals, orally administered dietary products formulated to support the management of conditions such as compromised gut function, age-related muscle loss, metabolic syndrome, Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, are subject to standard food and safety labeling requirements of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. Although they may be used under medical supervision, patients don’t need a prescription. Many healthcare practitioners, including dietitians, currently recommend them under a physician’s direction. Unlike pharmaceuticals, which are accountable to the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, patent-protected and supported by expensive testing documentation, nutraceuticals are not. However, many manufacturers do choose to undergo costly testing. Like all dietary supplements, the majority of which do not undergo third-party testing, they are regulated by DSHEA, which defines and regulates labeling and claims of benefits related to classic nutrientdeficiency diseases.
Private Quality Control Xymogen is strictly a physician’s line of nutraceuticals, explains Cheryl Burdette, a doctor of naturopathy and director of clinical research and outreach for the company. “In our manufacturing process, to avoid contamination and validate ingredients, every batch is third-party assayed by an independent laboratory, whereas some companies only do this for every fifth or 20th lot. Xymogen’s validation extends to packaging and controlling the level of humidity because it affects how ingredients oxidize,” says Burdette. Gary Kracoff, a registered pharmacist and naturopathic doctor at Johnson Compounding & Wellness, in Waltham, Massachusetts, researches the nutraceuticals that he carries and recommends for his clients. “I like professional-grade nutraceuticals because their formulas are researched and science-based. They are excellent products for specific purposes. Individuals that take the medical foods come to appreciate their disease-modifying therapeutic results. While pricier, they include healthier sources of carbohydrates and fats, as well as natural, rather than synthetic nutrients to provide what the body needs to return to a state of balance,” says Kracoff. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings who blogs at LindaSechrist.com.
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replete with whole grains and wheat, is still revered as one of the healthiest-known diets. Centenarians that live in the famed “blue zones”, recognized for their longevity-enhancing environment and lifestyles, eat a non-processed, whole-food diet rich in whole grains and wheat. Many Americans that are gluten-sensitive today digested wheat fine when they were young. At some point, our ability to digest foods that are a bit harder to digest, like wheat and dairy, became compromised. It’s possible to reboot.
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EAT WHEAT AGAIN Eight Ways to Restore Gut Health by John Douillard
he New York University Langone Medical Center recently reported that 74 percent of Americans experience some form of digestive distress, a quarter are obese and more than 100 million U.S. adults are pre-diabetic and don’t know it. While many blame such problems on eating wheat, some food scientists disagree, including those citing two major studies by Harvard researchers; following more than 100,000 people for 25
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years, they concluded that those eating the most wheat compared to low-gluten folks had a 13 percent lower diabetes risk and no greater risk of heart disease. While the standard American diet, which includes highly processed wheat, is likely responsible for many of these health concerns, plenty of science links a diet rich in whole grains, including whole wheat, to weight loss, better digestion and lower blood sugar. The Mediterranean Diet,
The first step toward reestablishing digestive strength is avoiding all processed foods. A study in the journal Diabetes Care linked a processed food diet to a 141 percent increase in belly fat, high blood sugar and high cholesterol. It further showed that a diet of whole grains, including wheat, reduced the risk of these health concerns by 38 percent. Monitor these ingredients to achieve a healthier diet. n Avoid all added sugars or artificial sweeteners. Allow nothing more than six grams of naturally occurring sugar per serving. n Avoid fried foods and baked goods made with refined cooking oils used to preserve them like bread, muffins, cookies, energy bars, most packaged foods and chips. n Eat bread that’s only made of organic whole wheat, salt water and starter.
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Restore Liver and Gallbladder Function
Highly processed vegetable oils are used as preservatives in most packaged foods, including bread. Processing these oils renders them indigestible. Linked to congestion of the liver and gallbladder, they disable liver bile so it can’t break down either good or bad fats, also making it insufficient to buffer stomach acids. Without adequate bile production to neutralize stomach acid, the stomach won’t produce the needed acid to digest proteins like gluten and the casein in dairy. This malady has effected a huge spike in gallbladder surgeries and epidemic levels of obesity, high blood sugar and food intolerances. To boost bile flow, enjoy these foods daily: n Eat one red beet and one apple a day—either raw, cooked, juiced or blended. Add celery and make a bile-flow smoothie. n Consume one teaspoon of both coconut oil and high-quality olive oil per day. n Eat more artichokes, bitter roots and leafy greens. n Drink fennel and fenugreek tea with meals.
Strengthen Stomach Fire
Instead of taking digestive enzymes or a hydrochloric acid-based stomach acid pill, stimulate the stomach to make its own acid and the small intestine and pancreas to produce digestive enzymes. This is best done regularly with the following five spices: n Use ginger, cumin, coriander, cardamom and fennel. Studies published in journals such as Molecular Nutrition & Food Research and the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry suggest that when these five spices are used together —as a supplement, in cooking or to flavor food—they act as a total upper digestive reset. These five-star spices: 4 Stimulate digestion 4 Increase bile flow, pancreatic and small intestine enzyme activity, and fat and sugar metabolism 4 Decrease H. pylori, an opportunistic acid-producing microbe, from adhering to the stomach 4 Decrease gas and bloating 4 Support optimal weight, microbiology health, growth of good gut bacteria and elimination 4 Act as powerful free-radical scavengers Following these simple steps of nutrition will set gluten sufferers on the right path to retraining the body to digest and enjoy wheat again. John Douillard, a Boulder, CO, doctor of chiropractic and creator of the wellness website LifeSpa.com, is the former director of player development and nutrition advisor to the New Jersey Nets NBA team. He is author of the book Eat Wheat: A Scientific and ClinicallyProven Approach to Safely Bringing Wheat and Dairy Back into Your Diet. Learn more at EatWheatBook.com.
New Hope for Colitis Sufferers
lcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that causes long-lasting inflammation and ulcer symptoms or sores in the digestive tract. Ulcerative colitis (UC) affects the innermost lining of the large intestine and rectum. This inflammatory disease can be debilitating and sometimes lead to life-threatening complications. UC may lead to a narrowed area of the intestines, making it harder to pass stool. It may also lead to swelling in the colon, intense diarrhea, joint pain, scarring of the bile ducts and pancreas inflammation. UC often begins gradually and becomes worse over time. The symptoms of this inflammatory disease can be mild to severe. Most people have periods of remission, (symptoms disappear) that can last for weeks or years. While it is said there is no known cure for ulcerative colitis, there are natural treatments that can greatly reduce signs and symptoms of the disease and result in long-term remission. Those with celiac disease suffer similar symptoms, but it is the presence of gluten in the intestinal tract that triggers the immune response. New research continues to immerge for a more permanent treatment for ulcerative colitis and other inflammatory bowel diseases. A 2017 study by the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center found that the protein NLRP12 regulates inflammation in the body. When NLRP12 was low, there were lower levels of friendly bacteria, as well as high levels of harmful bacteria and inflammation. Researchers believe they could increase friendly bacteria in people with IBD with reduced NLRP12 expression to moderate inflammation and restore healthy bacteria, ending the cycle and offering treatment to those with ulcerative colitis. However, today’s drugs used for inflammatory bowel disease have side effects that range from wrinkling of skin and pancreatitis to stopping of the heart. The wisdom of Herbalism is ageless. Herbalists use the whole herb and trust its safety and efficiency in its entirety. That is where the magic resides. Whole herbs also have the added benefit of being extremely safe for long-term use when properly employed. The first thing I recommend for any immunodeficiency is to reset the immune system, to discontinue or slow down its attack on healthy tissue. A combination of herbs such as Ginger Root, Pau d’ arco, Licorice, Kelp and Chaste Berries and sticking to a clean diet tends to reduce inflammation and the autoimmune response, allowing healing to take place. Herbalist and Reiki Master Lori Jacobs is the owner of The Healing Path, in Brodheadsville, PA. For consultation or more information, call 610-381-8999 or visit MyHealingPath.com. See ad page 44. January 2018
Keep Moving to Stay Fit
by Kathleen Barnes
e have become a nation of couch potatoes. The average American takes only 5,900 steps a day, somewhat better than the sedentary Brits that average less than 4,000. The notion that overall we need to take 10,000 steps a day to be physically fit started with manpo-kei, a 1960s Japanese marketing tool to sell pedometers. While the 10,000 steps concept lacks specific supporting science, it’s widely acknowledged that we are healthier the more that we move. Affixing a target number to it helped spread the notion of the benefits of walking, says Catrine Tudor-Locke, Ph.D., a walking behavior researcher at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Tudor-Locke is a proponent of the walking goal, although she readily admits the real objective is to get people moving more. “Any opportunity to walk more, more frequently and farther, wherever that is—it all adds up,” she says.
Making 10,000 Steps Possible For those already physically fit and physically active, 10,000 steps is a no-brainer. However, it’s never too late to start for those with exercise programs that have been supplanted by a too-busy-toworkout lifestyle. There’s probably no easier exercise than walking, says Dr. Melina Jampolis, the Los Angeles author of The Doctor on Demand Diet. “Walking is the number one exercise I recommend to most of my patients, because it is exceptionally easy to do, requires only a supportive pair of quality sneakers and 32
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Exponential Health Benefits Many more well-documented health benefits of a walking program include: 4 increased heart health 4 lower blood pressure 4 stronger muscles 4 improved balance 4 weight control 4 natural stress relief Several studies from places like Harvard Medical School’s affiliate Brigham and Women’s Hospital also show that a brisk walking program nearly cut in half the risk of early death in breast cancer patients. Most exercise experts note that a walking pace that leaves the walker only slightly out of breath reaps the greatest rewards. “One hundred steps a minute is a good cadence,” advises Tudor-Locke. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends at least 150 minutes of exercise weekly, or 30 minutes five days a week, for virtually everyone. Many experts don’t believe it’s necessary to move for 30 minutes straight. Ten-minute increments work fine; so a quick morning walk around the block, another outing during the lunch hour and a refreshing walk with the dog after work can do the trick. Some evidence from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion suggests that varying walking speed is even more effective in overcoming insulin resistance and burning calories.
Counting Up Roizen recommends wearing a pedometer or using a free iPhone app (no need for a fitness band), mainly to keep up awareness of our daily step count. There’s no age when we don’t need to walk anymore. If a consistent 10,000 steps does wonders for health, some ask if more would be better. “Ten thousand is the answer for health and longevity, but 12,000 or more makes a difference for fitness and calorie burning, so go for it!” Roizen says. Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous books on natural health, including Our Toxic World: A Survivor’s Guide. Connect at KathleenBarnes.com.
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has tremendous mental and physical benefits that increase just by getting outside in the fresh air.” The biggest bang for the increased effort is the first 3,000 to 4,000 steps between the sedentary baseline and 10,000 steps, Tudor-Locke explains. “Still, 10,000 steps is the magic number for the average American,” says Dr. Michael Roizen, chief wellness officer at the Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. “That specific number of steps seems to help break down insulin resistance, an underlying cause of Type 2 diabetes. We’re not exactly sure how this happens, but we know that this amount of exercise takes the glucose from the blood where it is a hazard to the cells, so that it becomes less hazardous.”
Breathwalking Adds Benefits T
his kundalini yoga breathing technique, when combined with a brisk walking program, changes the basic rhythms of the body, even at cellular levels, according to the Kundalini Research Institute, in Santa Cruz, New Mexico. Breathwalking, a particular combination of breathing and walking, improves several brain functions, according to research the institute conducted with the University of Arizona. Breathwalking, compared to normal walking, increases executive function by as much as 80 percent and improves cognitive function, judgment and mental focus. Other findings by the institute are that breathwalking improves vision, including depth of field and clarity of detail, as well as muscle balance and heart function. “If aerobic exercise resembles the pure power of a single frequency emanating from a strong radio station, then breathwalking looks like many frequencies mixed into complex and richly textured patterns. One is a tone; the others add melody, chords and harmonies. It is like comparing loud noise to sophisticated music,” notes the organization’s website.
How to Do It Wave breath: Inhale steadily through the nose to the count of four while taking four steps, exhale through the mouth to a count of four while taking another four steps. Stair breath: Make four distinct inhalations through the nose to a count of four while taking four steps; and then exhale through the mouth in four sharp exhalations while taking another four steps. Dr. Jim Nicolai, who is affiliated with the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, in Tucson, has created a helpful instructional video at Tinyurl.com/HowToBreathwalk.
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Healthy Weight Kids Food Choices that Prevent Obesity by Amber Lanier Nagle
Small changes in daily eating routines translate into healthier weight for America’s kids.
n 2010, President Obama and Michelle Obama launched Let’s Move! as their signature initiative to tackle epidemic levels of U.S. childhood obesity. While modest progress has been made, it remains a public health crisis. A brief by
the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the obesity rate remained fairly stable at nearly 17 percent between 2011 and 2014 for children 2 to 19 years old. Caused mainly by inadequate
In today’s “supersize-me” climate, teaching youngsters about appropriate portion sizes is imperative in fostering healthy eating habits. “It’s often hard for parents to find time to cook a meal at home,” Riesco acknowledges. “Too often, parents will pick up fast food for dinner, which is typically higher in calories and fat, plus the portion sizes are far too large.” When parents can’t prepare a meal from scratch, a frozen, boxed meal can be a better alternative than fast food. “The portions are more appropriate, so there’s more control of how much a child eats.” Tasty frozen organic meals are now available at many grocers.
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“A large part of the obesity problem stems from children consuming sodas and refined, processed, junk and fried foods,” says Daemon “Dr. Dae” Jones, a Washing-
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physical activity, unhealthy diets and rare genetic factors, obesity increases the risk of significant health problems, including high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes, plus joint and breathing issues. “We must launch our own family anti-obesity campaigns,” urges pediatrician Ricardo Riesco, co-owner of Peds Care, in Dalton, Georgia. “Along with increasing activity levels, we can encourage healthier eating habits at home and lead by example.”
Breakfast and Snacks
Breakfast provides fuel for the body and helps young minds concentrate and learn, so experts warn against skipping or skimping on it. “I tell parents to, ‘Get out of the box,’” says Doctor of Naturopathy JoAnn Yanez, executive director of the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges. “Offer them a balance of fats, proteins and complex carbohydrates.” She suggests making a batch of pancakes using an extra egg or almond meal for protein, served with fresh fruit and nitratefree sausage. “I also recommend steel cut oats,” she says. “I make them in advance, and in the morning add in all sorts of good stuff such as fresh fruit, almond meal and almond milk.” “Although almost everything can be enjoyed in moderation, decreasing or eliminating high-calorie, high-fat, low-nutrient treats can also help children develop healthy eating habits for life and prevent obesity,” says Registered Dietitian Wendy Palmer, manager of child wellness and a certified health education specialist at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. “A medium-sized apple or banana, or a cup of baby carrots with hummus, is a nutrient-rich snack for kids. Avoid snacks that have no nutritional value or are coated in sugar.” For more good ideas, see Tinyurl.com/HealthySnackingOptions.
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ton, D.C., naturopathic physician and author of Eat More Plants. “They are low in nutrients, and high in sugars and calories that pack on the pounds.” Jones says the best way to combat obesity and form healthy eating habits is to replace processed foods with a whole foods diet plentiful in colorful fruits and vegetables, with sides of whole grains, nuts and seeds, and beans and legumes. “These foods are high in vitamins, nutrients, fiber, proteins and healthy fats. Lean meats, chicken and fish are good choices for protein, as well.”
econdary causes of childhood obesity include pervasive junk food marketing. A recent study in Obesity Reviews showed that young people exposed to advertising for foods and beverages high in fat, sugar and salt had a higher incidence of selecting the advertised products instead of healthier options. Parents can use simple strategies to limit their kids’ exposure to this mesmerizing influence. Reduce Screen Time—Decrease the amount of time children spend viewing TV, computers, tablets and smartphones.
Teach Kids About Advertising—Watch some ads with children. Talk to them about misleading messaging, underscoring how most advertisers’ intentions aren’t in the audience’s best interests.
Fast Forward Through Commercials—Take control and bypass ads using a DVR player or streaming service; mute the TV during ads. Primary source: WebMD.com
No Sugary Drinks
“There’s a strong correlation between sugary drinks and overweight, obese children,” observes Palmer. “I recommend that parents remove all sugary sodas, sports drinks and juice boxes from their children’s diets. Water and unsweetened seltzer water are great alternatives.” Palmer notes that many eating patterns are set before a child turns 3, so limiting all sugary drinks, including juices, is an important component of teaching young children healthier eating habits that will last a lifetime. Studies suggest a strong link between obese children and obese adults, so for parents concerned that their child’s cute baby fat has turned into something more, the time to act is now. Amber Lanier Nagle is a freelance writer in Northwest Georgia (AmberNagle.com). January 2018
Don’t Overfeed Fido Plus Other Tips to Keep a Dog Cancer-Free
by Karen Becker
ancer is the leading cause of canine fatalities in the U.S., Europe and Japan. Often diagnosed too late, the risks, heartache and expense of aggressive traditional treatments have many people searching for healthy alternatives. Although the causes are not well understood, we can give our companion the best possible chance of prevention.
Avoid Pet Obesity In studies across species, caloric restriction has been shown to help prevent tumor development and progression. Obesity is strongly linked to increased cancer risk in humans and is assumed so in dogs. For people, cancer is also connected with excessive glucose, increased insulin sensitivity, inflammation and oxidative stress. Overfeeding a dog is not a loving thing to do.
Choose an Anti-Inflammatory Diet Creating or promoting inflammation raises cancer risk by facilitating abnormal cells to proliferate. Current research suggests cancer is actually a chronic, inflammatory disease. Because cancer cells require the glucose in carbohydrates as an energy source, limit or eliminate carbs present in processed grains, fruits with fructose and starchy vegetables. Cancer cells generally can’t use dietary fats for energy, so appropriate amounts of goodquality fats are nutritionally healthy. Another major contributor to inflammation is poor-quality, processed pet food, which is typically high in omega-6 fatty acids and low in omega-3. Omega-6s increase inflammation; omega-3s do the reverse. A healthy, moist dog diet contains real, whole, organic, non-GMO (genetically modified) foods, preferably raw—also plenty of high-quality protein, including muscle meat, organs and bone; moderate amounts 36
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of animal fat; high levels of EPA and DHA (omega-3 fatty acids, such as those present in krill oil); and some fresh-cut ground veggies; plus antioxidant-rich fruit. Consider adding both vitamin/mineral and other supplements like probiotics, digestive enzymes, medicinal mushrooms and super green foods. Work with a holistic or integrative veterinarian to determine the best regime.
Reduce Exposure to Toxins Harmful toxins include chemical pesticides like flea and tick preventives, lawn chemicals, tobacco smoke, flame retardants and all common household cleaners. A six-year study by the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, at Tufts University, showed that exposure to lawn pesticides, specifically those applied by lawn care companies, raised the risk of canine malignant lymphoma up to 70 percent. Conventional flea and tick preventives are pesticides, whether spot-on treatments, pills, dips, solutions, shampoos or collars. Chemical spot-on products attracted U.S. Environmental Protection Agency attention based on reports of 40,000 adverse events in 2008, including 600 animal deaths. Because avoiding all toxins is nearly impossible, consider periodic detoxification based on a vet’s recommendation. For a dog with constant exposure to toxic chemicals all summer, a daily oral detox protocol is sound. If the only source is a monthly dose
of a flea and tick product, limit a detox to the week after each pill or topical treatment.
Refuse Unnecessary Vaccinations To properly maintain a dog’s first line of defense—the immune system—don’t overstimulate it with vaccines. Tailor vaccine protocols to minimize risk and maximize protection, considering the dog’s breed, background, nutritional status and overall vitality. A good protocol with healthy puppies is to provide a single parvovirus and distemper vaccine at or before 12 weeks of age, and a second set after 14 weeks. Cautious vets then order a titer test (at a lab that uses the immunofluorescence assay method) two weeks after the last set of vaccines. If the dog has been successfully immunized, it’s protected for life. If titer tests indicate low vaccine levels (unlikely), try a booster for only the specific viruses that titered low, and only those to which the animal has a real risk of exposure. Combination vaccines (four to eight viruses in one injection), a standard booster at many veterinary practices, is not recommended.
Maintain Physical Integrity Until at Least 18 to 24 Months of Age Studies from Purdue University, the University of California, Davis, and others show a clear link between spaying/neutering and increased cancer rates in dogs, especially large breeds. These include increased risk of osteosarcoma in Rottweilers neutered or spayed before their first birthday; double the risk of bone cancer in neutered or spayed large, purebred dogs versus intact (not neutered) dogs; and three to four times the cancer rates for spayed female golden retrievers versus intact females. Opting for ovary-sparing spays (hysterectomy) is another option that preserves sex hormones while rendering the animal sterile. Applying these five suggestions in caring for a dog throughout its life offers a pet a good chance for a cancer-free and overall healthy, high-quality life. Karen Becker, a doctor of veterinary medicine, is a proactive, integrative practitioner who consults internationally and writes for Mercola Healthy Pets (HealthyPets.Mercola.com).
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BEGINNERS’ YOGA SERIES WEDNESDAYS JAN 3 THRU FEB 7 For the raw beginner. This 6-week program will include 30 minutes of discussion and 45 minutes of physical practice. We will talk about proper class etiquette, what to wear, what you bring, what to expect! Introduction to foundational poses, breath work and meditation/relaxation. All are welcome! Participants to register for the full six weeks are granted access to an online video series reviewing the content from this workshop. 6:30-7:45pm. $100/ 6 weeks or $20/drop-in. Balance Yoga and Welness900 Rutter Ave, Forty Fort. 570-714-2777.
PRENATAL YOGA SERIES MONDAYS JAN 8 THRU FEB 12 Discover the physical and mental benefits of prenatal yoga during pregnancy, which yoga poses are safe when you’re pregnant, and how the use breath can calm your body and mind. We guide you through a class specifically designed for the journey of pregnancy,and help you connect with your baby and prepare you for childbirth. Yoga can also alleviate many of the discomforts of pregnancy such as nausea, constipation, varicose veins, swelling, back pain and sciatica. $100/6wks. RSVP and Doctors note required. Balance Yoga and Welness900 Rutter Ave, Forty Fort. 570-714-2777.
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MONDAY, JANAURY 8
Boost your Immune System – Free Webinar. Get ready for winter and prepare our bodies for the cold that winter brings. Special tricks on boosting your immune system for a healthier, more energized self. Noon. Sign up at http://eepurl.com/ddjn-f. Blissful Existence. 570-420-7955.
SUNDAY, JANAURY 9
savethedate POSTNATAL YOGA TUESDAYS JAN 9 THRU FEB 13 Postnatal Yoga helps rebuild strength and soothe the aches of new parenthood while connecting with your newest addition. Open to all parents/ caregivers 6 weeks old to crawlers. There are physical mental and emotional benefits of yoga practice after giving birth. Develop confidence, strengthen and stretch your body and your mind. 5:30pm. $60/6wks. Balance Yoga and Welness900 Rutter Ave, Forty Fort. 570-714-2777.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 11
PEMF Open House – Do you suffer from discomfort due to inflammation or have challenges with muscle stiffness, limited range of motion, or circulatory issues? PEMF is a non-invasive and gentle treatment to improve circulation, increase oxygen to the cells and reduce pain and inflammation. 15 min appts 9am-8pm. $15 must RSVP. Thrive Wellness, 647 Wyoming Ave, Kingston, 570-283-0111.
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Rally for Living Your Optimal Life – Ready to start your year off in the best way possible? At our Rally for Your Optimal Life, you’ll discover what is most important for you and the tools that will help you get there. Our 3-part event is centered around the Lifestyle Company, Young Living. 1-4pm. $15. https://www.universe.com/optimallife. The Movement, 113 N. Turnpike Rd, Dalton. Call 570-7639536 for more information
Free Health and Wellness Fair – All kinds of healthy modalities. Learn more about Yoga Cupping Therapy, Therapeutic Massage, Structural Bodywork, Reiki, Handmade Soaps &Salves10am3pm. Just Breathe Wellness Studio, 210 Divison St Kingston Pa 18704 570-285-4371 check our facebook page for more info!
THURSDAY, JANUARY 18
Essential Oils 101 – Learn the basics of essential oils with Alyssa Opiary, HHP, HNC. Learn how to choose essential oils; safety guidelines; how oils can be used therapeutically; and basic every day uses for 11 common essential oils for in the home and on the body. 6:30-8pm. $10. RSVP. Thrive Wellness, 647 Wyoming Ave, Kingston, 570-283-0111. Essential Oils Q&A – Wondering what this whole essential oil craze is about? Wondering if this opportunity could be for you? Grab a friend and come explore this open-ended workshop with Terra McAulliffe. Oils & Products will be on hand for sampling. $10 include gift. 6:30pm. ProActive Family Chiropractic, 1146 Northern Blvd, Clarks Summit. 570-763-9536 to register
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SUNDAY, JANAURY 21
Anatomy, Physiology, and Medical Terminology for Holistic Certification: Learn about the amazing human body and how the cells, tissues, organs, and systems function together for optimal health. This is a part of the Holistic Nutrition and Holistic Health Care Practitioner Certification Program but can be taken as an individual course. CEUs Avail. for Nurses. 9:30am-5:30pm. $325. Thrive Wellness, 647 Wyoming Ave, Kingston, 570-283-0111.
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TUESDAY, JANAURY 23
savethedate METABOLIC RESET WEBINAR TUESDAY, JANAURY 23 • 6:30PM Learn how diet changes can reboot your health and reset your metabolism. Understand how hormones affect your weight and how a natural approach can restore hormone balance. Find out about supplements to help reduce inflammation, heal your gut, increase your energy naturally, and improve your digestion. If you suffer from diabetes, hormone imbalances, slow metabolism, immune system challenges, low energy or are looking for a jump-start to your weight loss program this webinar is for you. Call 570-283-0111 to register or email Thrivewellnesskingston@ gmail.com to register.
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Introduction to the Metabolic Reboot – Reboot your metabolism after the holiday season to reduce inflammation, heal the gut, balance hormones, and melt the pounds off! Learn how certain food choices and cutting calories can negatively affect your insulin and hormone levels preventing you from losing weight. 6:30pm. Free with RSVP. Thrive Wellness Center, 647 Wyoming Ave. Kingston. 570-283-0111.
Plant Identification and Harvesting – Learn plant anatomy, identification, and how to cultivate and harvest herbs. Make your own herbal remedies, including healing balms, lotions, teas, syrups, oils, tinctures, and more. Learn methods of growing, gathering, drying and methods of extracting vital essences. Part of the Master Herbalist Certification but can be taken for personal use. 9:30am-5:30pm. $325. Thrive Wellness, 647 Wyoming Ave, Kingston, 570-283-0111.
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Writers Workshop & Natural Health Weekend – Layout your book, write outline, chapters formation, copyright info, style, genre and inspiration. Do this as we balance pH, detoxify and make custom herbal infusions. Jan 26- 28, Stroudsburg. Call Rev. Simone Lord, naturopath and author, 631-662-3177 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
3 Ways to Balance Hormones Naturally – Free webinar. Hormonal balance is vital to a healthy, cancer-free mind and body, but can be disrupted in many ways. Join my Webinar to learn ways to control your hormones, naturally. Noon. Sign up at http://eepurl.com/de7f15. Blissful Existence. 570-420-7955.
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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2
Gita and Sutras Study Tea Time – Come together as a community and study the philosophy behind our yoga practice. Handouts will be provided at each session. We will be studying concepts from both texts. Copies of the books will be available at the studio for students to borrow and may also be available for purchase. 1pm. Donation. Balance Yoga and Wellness, 900 Rutter Ave, 2nd floor, Forty Fort. 570-714-2777
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Friday Facial Happy Hour - Relax and rejuvenate in the sacred space. Enjoy a hand and foot scrub with foot soak in arnica and seaweed infused water, or be guided through a meditative and relaxing self-applied mini-facial with aromatherapy. Learn about organic skincare. Organic tea, wine and chocolate will be served. 6pm. $20 with RSVP. Limited to 6! Thrive Wellness, 647 Wyoming Ave, Kingston, 570-283-0111.
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savethedate FOOT REFLEXOLOGY CERTIFICATION COURSE FEBRUARY 24 & 25, 2018 This 2-day class gives you all the information you’ll need to begin your healing work as a Foot Reflexologist without the big cost of other classes. Day 2 is all hands-on work, so you come away knowing the feet! NCBTMB provider #155, 14 CEU’s. Small class environment and support beyond the classroom. No experience needed to begin your work in Foot Reflexology! For more information email Healthquest10@comcast.net or call 717-228-0612. Cost: $375/course; $75/ certification.
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stay awake and focused. Suitable for everyone. No yoga experience needed. 10:30am. Namaste 919, 919 South Main St., Old Forge. 570-451-1001
Montessori Education Tour – Learn more about our balanced approach to preschool, kindergarten and elementary school. We value an emphasis on independence, freedom within limits and respect for a child’s natural psychological, physical and social development. Call 570-629-2754 to schedule a tour. Growing Concern, Tannersville.
Bhakti Yoga – Detoxify the body in this hot, rejuvenating flow class through breathing & vigorous poses then cooling down in long held yin yoga shapes to further quiet the mind and integrate the breath. Suitable for All Levels. Room is heated to 90 degrees. 930am. Balance Yoga, 900 Rutter Ave, Forty Fort. 570-714-2777.
Fitness Bootcamp – A combination of strength training, cardio, and joint mobility exercises. Classes are for all ages and levels of fitness with absolutely no intimidation. $10 or $199 for 3mo unlimited w/nutritional counseling. First class free. 8:30am and 5:30pm. NutriFitness, 311 Market St., Kingston. 570-288-2409 Ascend Hospice Volunteering – Ascend Hospice is actively recruiting Reiki Practitioners, Certified Massage Therapists and Comfort Volunteers to impact the lives of Hospice patients. 866-821-1212. Volunteer Work on the Farm – Help out on our sustainable farm for learning, outdoor activity, exercise and good clean fun. Every Weekday Available 9-11am or 3-5 pm. Josie Porter Farm, 6514 Cherry Valley Rd. Stroudsburg. Call to schedule 570-992-5731.
sunday Yoga Nidra- A guided meditation class, where one is taken into progressively deeper and deeper states of relaxation of every point in the body, accompanied by calming visualizations. Allow your body to drop into a sleep like state, while you train your mind to
Chair Pilates Group Class – Authentic and traditional style of Pilates for physically challenged looking to improve total body health and increase strength and flexibility. Individual evaluation before joining group required. 11am. Mountain Laurel Pilates, Silk Mill, Rt6, Hawley. 570-857-1707.
monday Qigong/Meditation: All welcome, ideal for those new to Qigong or for the long-time practitioner. Ongoing classes allow anyone to attend at anytime and enjoy the benefits of this complete Ancient Chinese Healthcare System. 9:30am, 10:30am, or 7:30pm. $12. Three Pure Rivers Studio for the Arts, 18 Rittenhouse Pl. Drums. 570-359-3059. Mat/Tower Group Pilates Class – Authentic and traditional style of Pilates for total body health and increased strength and flexibility. Individual evaluation before joining group required. 4:30pm. Mountain Laurel Pilates, Silk Mill, Rt 6, Hawley. 570-857-1707. Metabolic Reboot Workshop - Looking to lose weight and keep it off? 1-month program includes
four Monday nights of guidance and instruction to re-program your body to burn fat instead of sugar for energy. Learn proper nutrition to achieve goals. 6:30pm. $40/4wks. 647 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, 570-283-0111 Healthy Eating for Life - Each week we will focus on a different educational topic and discuss the group’s questions and challenges. Great for those who have completed the Metabolic Reboot. 6:30pm. $10. Call to register. Thrive Wellness, 647 Wyoming Ave, Kingston, 570-283-0111
tuesday Consciousness Conversations – Continue exploring these extraordinary writings as we learn to remove obstacles to peace. Discover more about the guiding principles of authors like Marianne Williamson and Dr. Wayne Dyer. Anyone can attend at any time. 5pm. Free. Everything Natural, 426 South State Street, Clarks Summit. 570.586.9684. Gentle Flow Yoga – Transition from your work day to the evening with gentle flow yoga. Focus on Prana Yama (breath) while integrating Asana (movement) to bring about relaxation and balance on a spiritual, emotional, and physical level. Perfect for beginners but all levels welcome. 4:30pm. $15/class or $120/10 series. Registration required. Thrive Wellness, 647 Wyoming Ave, Kingston, 570-283-0111 ChakradanceTM – Tune and balance your whole body/mind/spirit system using spontaneous dance, guided imagery and music that resonates with each of the seven chakras. Discover a deeper connection to your true authentic self and unravel blocked energy. 6pm. $20. White Lotus Yoga Studio 58 Spring Street, Carbondale 570-281-6279
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GriefShare – A free weekly grief support group and seminar features video from prominent Christian experts on grieving, and caring conversation with people who understand your thoughts and feelings, whether your loss is recent or long ago. 6:30pm. St. John’s Lutheran Church of Mahoning. 570-386-9960. Svaroopa Hatha Yoga – Ending pain with the spinal decompression we call Core Opening. End your back pain and dissolve neck and shoulder tensions in your first class. Enjoy more energy and a resiliency that supports facing life’s challenges. 9:30am. $15. Everything Natural, 426 South State Street, Clarks Summit. 570.586.9684. Yin Yoga – Quiet your mind and open the deep tissues of your body in this contemplative and meditative class. The perfect complement to more active hatha yoga practice. Learn how the Yin shapes affect your energy and bones & ligaments of your body. Suitable for all levels. 7:30pm. Balance Yoga, 900 Rutter Ave, Forty Fort. 570-714-2777. Qigong/Meditation – All welcome, ideal for those new to Qigong or for the long-time practitioner. Ongoing classes allow anyone to attend at anytime and enjoy the benefits of this complete Ancient Chinese Healthcare System. 6:30pm or 7:30pm. $12. Three Pure Rivers Studio for the Arts, 18 Rittenhouse Pl. Drums. 570-359-3059.
wednesday Qigong/Meditation – All welcome, ideal for those new to Qigong or for the long-time practitioner. Ongoing classes allow anyone to attend at anytime and enjoy the benefits of this complete Ancient Chinese Healthcare System. 9:30am or 10:30am. $12. Three Pure Rivers Studio for the Arts, 18 Rittenhouse Pl. Drums. 570-359-3059. Kundalini Yoga – A comprehensive form of yoga that combines chanting, hand gestures, meditation, breathing and postures to raise spiritual energy, increase self-awareness and elevate Consciousness. Provides a complete spiritual, mental, and physical workout.. 10:30am. Balance Yoga, 900 Rutter Ave, Forty Fort. 570-714-2777. Mindful Yoga - Basic/beginner level of yoga. 6pm. $7. Tannersville Physical Therapy & Wellness, 2313 RT 715, Reeders. 570-629-4921 to register Tai Chi – A slow moving martial art, more appropriate, but not restricted to middle age and the elderly, with health benefits including strengthening, improvement of balance and flexibility. All levels.
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5:15pm. Asian Institute, 315 Pocono Blvd, Mt Pocono. 570-839-1898.
ment from pose to pose. 7pm with Priya. $10 per class. NutriFitness, 311 Market St., Kingston 570-288-2409
Shaolin Kung Fu – The eastern equivalent of aerobics which improves leg strength, cardiovascular conditioning, stamina and coordination is on 6:15pm. Asian Institute, 315 Pocono Blvd, Mt Pocono. 570-839-1898.
TaiChi – Improve health by raising energy levels, lowering blood pressure, improving balance, enhancing the immune system, and helping to eliminate symptoms of arthritis. Noon. With Geoff Dixon. $10 per class. NutriFitness, 311 Market St., Kingston 570-288-2409
Tai Chi Classes with Wayne Wolfe – Instructing Master William Chen’s Short Form - This gentle form of exercise can help maintain strength, flexibility, and balance, and you can get started even if you aren’t in the best of health. 6pm. $18/class or $100/series. Registration required. Thrive Wellness, 647 Wyoming Ave, Kingston, 570-283-0111 Mat/Tower Group Pilates Class – Authentic and traditional style of Pilates for total body health and increased strength and flexibility. Individual evaluation before joining group required. 5:30pm. Mountain Laurel Pilates, Silk Mill, Rt 6, Hawley. 570-857-1707.
thursday Guided Meditation Session – This group will use meditation for healing and balance and connectedness with the Universe. Wear comfortable clothes and bring water. All are welcome. $10 donation. 10am. Shooting for the Moon, 3200 East Hamilton Rd (Bus 209), Stroudsburg. 570-992-0943 to sign up. Facebook Live Health Call – Get Healthy with weekly tips and advice with Adrienne every Thursday at 4pm via facebook at http://bit.ly/healthywithadrienne for a LiveChat where she discusses tips on how to get healthy. You are invited to ask any questions. Join this exclusive group for daily inspiration, recipes, and tips. Yin Yoga – Quiet your mind and open the deep tissues of your body in this contemplative and meditative class. The perfect complement to more active hatha yoga practice. Learn how the Yin shapes affect your energy and bones & ligaments of your body. Suitable for all levels. 10:30am. Balance Yoga, 900 Rutter Ave, Forty Fort. 570-714-2777. Balance Training 101- Ones physical stability is challenged daily. Balance exercises increases strength and can reduce the risk of injury in just a few sessions. 8:30am or 5:30pm. $10 per class or $35 for 4 classes. NutriFitness, 311 Market St., Kingston. 570-288-2409 Yoga – End your work day by treating yourself to the wonderful benefits of breathing synchronized movement. Embrace the serenity with every flowing move-
Yin Yoga – All levels. Yin Yoga generally targets the ligaments, bones and joints of the hips, pelvis, and lower spine. These are parts of the body that normally are not exercised very much in a more active style of asana practice. 6pm. $15. Call to register. Thrive Wellness, 647 Wyoming Ave, Kingston, 570-283-0111 Ashtanga Yoga –A powerful linking of postures and full rhythmic breathing. Deep internal heat purifies the body on a cellular level while enhanced levels of concentration relax the mind and internal energy locks strengthen the nervous system. 6pm-7:30pm. $15. White Lotus Yoga Studio 58 Spring Street, Carbondale 570-281-6279
saturday Mixed Level Mat Pilates Group Class – Authentic and traditional style of Pilates for total body health and increased strength and flexibility. Individual evaluation before joining group required. 10am. Mountain Laurel Pilates, Silk Mill, Rt 6, Hawley. 570-857-1707. Shaolin Kung Fu – The eastern equivalent of aerobics which improves leg strength, cardiovascular conditioning, stamina and coordination is on 11:45am. Asian Institute, 315 Pocono Blvd, Mt Pocono. 570-839-1898. Tai Chi Classes – With Wayne Wolfe. Often described as “meditation in motion,” and there is growing evidence that this mind-body practice has value in treating or preventing many health problems. 10am. $18 a class or $100/8wks. RSVP. Thrive Wellness, 647 Wyoming Ave, Kingston, 570-283-0111 Svaroopa Hatha Yoga – Ending pain with the spinal decompression we call Core Opening. End your back pain and dissolve neck and shoulder tensions in your first class. Enjoy more energy and a resiliency that supports facing life’s challenges. 10am. $15. Everything Natural, 426 South State Street, Clarks Summit. 570.586.9684. Drum Circle – 2nd & 4th Saturdays. Bring you drum if you have one and enjoy an invigorating time of drumming and creating. Beginners to experts. 1pm4pm. Free. Everything Natural, 426 South State Street, Clarks Summit. 570.586.9684.
community resource guide ACUPUNCTURE HOLLY MARIE RABBE L.AC., AFT
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I have been in medicine for over 30 years and use my knowledge and expertise of nursing, CranioSacral therapy, Heart Centered Therapy, Herbs and Essential Oils along with Acupuncture to formulate personalized treatments according to your specific needs to assist you on your healing journey addressing all body mind spirit.
ACUPUNCTURE – COMMUNITY STYLE WORKER BEE COMMUNITY ACUPUNCTURE
Blake Stoveken, LAc 101 Roberts Ln, 2nd Fl., Milford, PA 18337 570-409-9233 InnerElement@verizon.net WorkerBeeCommunityAcupuncture.com Feel your best. Acupuncture treatments in a warm and peaceful setting at a fraction of the cost. Inspired by community acupuncture clinics across our nation and traditionally practiced in Asia. Our intention is to make acupuncture affordable and accessible so you can feel better.
BODYWORK A BIT OF BLISS THERAPY, INC April Guilherme, LMT 965 Route 940, Suite 103 Pocono Lake, PA 18347 570-817-8847 abitofblisstherapy.com
Massage provides the opportunity to help clients return to a normal lifestyle. We provide our clients with relief from pain and stress along with knowledge that they can use to take responsibility for their health through regular selfcare and monthly massages. See ad, page 12.
COLON HYDROTHERAPY POCONO CLEANSE
Georgine Todd 2313 Route 715 Stroudsburg, PA 18360 570-629-6073 Info@PoconoCleanse.com PoconoCleanse.com Find relief from common digestive disorders with colon hydrotherapy using the LIBBE closed system, which double filters warm water that is gravity fed to you through a tube the circumference of a pencil. The half-hour procedure is painless, safe and private. Located at Tannersville Physical Therapy & Wellness, TannersvillePT.com.
Doreen Hudak Coleman, Certified Facilitator 58 Spring Street Carbondale, PA 18407 570-281-6279 Facebook: White Lotus Yoga Studio
Chakradance is a fusion of philosophies and musical styles, encouraging participants to dance from the inside-out as they are taken on a dynamic journey. The practice can release blocked energies and calm chakras that have become over active. Tuesday’s @ 6PM in Carbondale. Call to bring Chakradance to your location. See ad page 33.
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Animal Communicator NEPA/Catskill Regions 845.588.2023 Cell: 917-455-0473 www.BrendaSeldin.com As an Animal Communicator, I am passionate about helping people gain a deeper understanding of their pet’s needs! I can communicate with both current pets and pets that have passed on. I can help you with behavioral issues, health issues, the recovery of lost pets, and end of life issues.
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Paula Pugliese, RN 8 Silk Mill Drive, Hawley, PA 18428 570-390-4565 Hundreds of clinicians have used neurofeedback with several thousand autistic spectrum children over the past 15 years. In one study a 26 percent average reduction in Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklists (ATEC) symptoms showing improvement in behavior related to socialization, vocalization, anxiety, schoolwork, tantrums, and sleep. See ad, page 35.
CHINESE METAPHYSICAL HEALTH PRACTICES THREE PURE RIVERS STUDIO FOR THE ARTS 18 Rittenhouse Place - PO Box 402 Drums, PA 18222 570.359.3059 threepurerivers.com
Mark R. Reinhart has been a practitioner and teacher of Traditional & Classical Chinese health, martial and metaphysical arts for over 40 years. He offers individual and class instruction in Qigong and Taiji (Tai Chi). Other services include Medical Qigong, Emotional/Nutritional Balancing & Centering, Qigong For Recovery, Personal Feng Shui/Five Element Assessments, Chinese & Western Astrology, and Yijing (I Ching) consultations.
WAVERLY WELLNESS HOUSE
Donna Florimonte, RN 1102 Lily Lake Rd, Waverly, PA 18471 570.563.2565 WaverlyWellness.com 32 Years of combined experience improving energy and health of your colon, liver, gall bladder, lymph system, and immune system. Therapy addresses mood relieving altering inflammation, constipation, digestive distress, fatigue, foggy thinking, skin problems, weight issues, sinus congestion and hormonal distress. Experience optimal wellness with full-spectrum sauna, lymphatic drainage, colon hydrotherapy, better nutrition, Young Living essential oils and more.
COUNSELING – HOLISTIC MARIPOSA CENTER FOR COUNSELING, EDUCATION AND WELLNESS
Susan M. Thompson, LPC 61 Commercial St, Honesdale, PA 18431 570-352-4997
Change is possible for you. By treating the whole person through traditional or wholistic mental health counseling, each person is offered the opportunity to be listened to, understood and guided toward goals of wellbeing. We address anxiety, depression, confusion, self-esteem and relationship issues and specialize in high functioning autism through the modalities of cognitive behavior therapy, expressive therapies, transactional analysis and educational seminars.
EMOTION THERAPY HEALTH IS ON THE WAY
Marcie Schaeffler 569 Easton Turnpike • Hamlin, PA 18427 570-229-3593 HealthIsOnTheWayPa.com Trapped emotions you carry within can throw off your body’s magnetic field, allowing disease or illness to enter. Emotions may even have been inherited from ancestors. Painless removal of these emotions can help to free you from this burden. Schedule a visit and your “Health Is On The Way”!
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Now is the time to begin your wellness journey!Arrange for your compli-mentary consultation to learn how to incorporate essential oils and natural products into your daily routine for you, your family, and your home. Schedule a Private Session, Home Party, or Fundraiser to explore and experience CTPG essential oils aromatically, topically, and internally. Personal wholesale accounts and Business opportunities available.
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Discover Lifelong Wellness. At the intersection of cutting-edge research and traditional wisdom, Young Living’s essential oils and oil-infused products empower you to claim your best life. Eliminate chemicals from your home and personal care. Begin your journey now… I can help guide you. Your life will never be the same. See ad page 33.
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For over 20 years, Young Living has cultivated therapeutic-grade essential oils, supplements and personal care products from their own farms, distilleries and distribution to guarantee their purity and potency. We’re here to support your wellness, purpose & abundance! Retail & Wholesale accounts available. Contact me for Educational Events, Home Experiences, and/or our Business Opportunity.
LIFE COACH GINA YARRISH
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