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Herbal Medicine Series for Personal Use

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Mark McCurties, a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship, in Boston, will present a talk, How God’s love can change your Mark McCurties life and the world, at 2 p.m., April 8 in Allentown. The ideas in this lecture are based on the teachings of Jesus as recorded in the Bible and discussed in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy. McCuties says, “We all have a natural desire to improve ourselves and Cost is $180; includes all materials. Classes are held in Effort, PA. RSVP to DiAngelis at 570the world around us. In my own life, 977-1935. WAVERLY WELLNESS HOUSE...THE BEST KEPT SECRET IN CLARKS SUMMIT AREA I’ve found that letting the divine love of guide been and direct my eff orts, brings IfGod you haven’t to Waverly Wellness House, you are mis out on the bestand keptmeaningful secret in the Clarks Summit area. Wave permanent results. ” Wellness House is an innovative holistic center focused on McCurties spent a number of healing and bringing the latest holistic technologies to the are onna Florimonte, a registered nurse since 1978 and the owner years Florimonte in the field of education working Donna owner and operator for the past 20 years i of Waverly Wellness House, has introduced the BioCharger proud to announce the latest innovative technology available as a camp director, experiential educaher clients. The BioCharger™ NG is a gamechanger in the h NG, a game-changing technology that is creating a big buzz in the tor, resident counselor and athletics technology realm and is even creating a big buzz with Tony holistic technology realm. Even Tony Robbins has purchased them coach. who While Robbins hasworking purchasedwith themyoung for his personal use as we for his personal use, as well for many for his platinum students. many for his students. The BioCharger™ NG is people, hePlatinum had many opportunities to completely non-invasive, and has proven to restore strength, The technology is completely non-invasive, and has proven to witness the healing power of God, and stamina, coordination and mental clarity. Using the device we restore strength, stamina, coordination and mental clarity. Usthesemany inspiring experiences brings more health benefitseventuincluding pain relief, increa recovery improvedpublic mobility and flexibility, ing the device weekly brings many health benefits, including pain ally ledtime himfrom intoinjuries, the full-time revitalized energy, and alignment of body and mind to expan relief, decreased recovery time from injuries, improved mobility and flexibility, revitalized practice of Christian Science. happiness. Many users have expressed that they feel energized and an overall improved v energy, and an alignment of body and mind to expand happiness. Individual group ses-Waverly Wellness House is offering individual or group sessions. Se on a dayor to day basis. times range from 8 minutes to 45 For inquiries or to bookby a session, call (570) 563 sions last from eight to 30 minutes. Thminutes. e presentation is sponsored 2565 or visit Florimonte trained at the renowned Optimum Health Institute, in Southern California the First Church of Christ, Scientist, and began administering colonics in 1992. She also holds numerous certifications in maslocated at 760 Main Street, Stroudssage therapy and electro-lymphatic therapy. She offers a wide array of holistic modalities to burg. The presentation location is 1 help clients enjoy their best possible health. Oberkotter Hall, Cedar Crest College, 100 College Dr., Allentown. For more Location: 1102 Lily Lake Rd., Waverly, PA. For appointments call 570 563-2565. For more information, call Linda Anderson at information, visit See ad page 23. 610-282-2313.


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

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he federal Every Student Succeeds Act, passed in December 2015 is the first law in U.S. history to include language that supports environmental education. Plans call for it to be integrated with current state standards, graduation requirements, teacher development and assessment, funding sources and policy action steps. offers lesson plan ideas for students. For example, students from third grade through high school might collect their household junk mail and explore ways to reduce it. Those in kindergarten through eighth grade may create a binder of information on endangered species that includes maps, animal facts and threats to their survival, exploring causal interconnections throughout the planet. Students can also build a cafeteria compost pile or find ways to improve their school’s recycling program. Kathleen Rogers, president of the nonprofit Earth Day Network, on, says, “We need to promote environmental consciousness into our children’s curricula so they are able to analyze problems, think critically, balance needs and take informed action.” Earth Day isn’t just one day. Aware citizens can take a rewarding action every day. Help Northeast Pennsylvania celebrate and forward its progress toward sustainability at these local Earth Day 2018 events. FAMILY EARTH DAY HIKE. SUNDAY, APRIL 22 • 1 to 2:30 p.m. Enjoy a guided interpretive family hike along the trails of Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center. $5 per person and pre-registration is required by calling 570-842-1506. 93 MacKenzie Rd, Covington TWP. MONROE COUNTY ARBOR DAY • FRIDAY, APRIL 27 • 10am-noon The Monroe County Garden Club will plant 5 disease-resistant chestnut trees at the Kettle Creek Environmental Center. Shuttle from Giant parking lot. For more information, contact Emily Weidinger 570-982-8246. 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. MONROE COUNTY EARTH DAY • SATURDAY, APRIL 21 • 9am-4pm Northampton Community College, in conjunction with the Monroe County Conservation District, celebrates with environmental activities including exhibitors, live music, e-cycling, workshops, give and take event, tire amnesty, speakers, campus tours, great food and more. Free. 2411 PA-715, Pocono TWP. HAWLEY EARTHFEST • APRIL 21 THROUGH 23 Hawley, PA invites you to join in the celebration of love for planet Earth! Let’s come together and recognize all that makes it wonderful. Bingham Park & Downtown. or Facebook JIM THORPE EARTH DAY • SATURDAY, APRIL 21 • ALL DAY Events All over town. River Clean-up, live music, Earth Day Raffle, educational vendors, crafters, hula hoop, Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl. JimThorpeEarthDay. com of Facebook


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

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asting Impressions Landscaping of Stroudsburg is now offering yard treatment using non-toxic natural oils to control ticks, mosquitoes and fleas for lawns, planting beds and wooded areas. The products kill on contact and have a 30-day residual effectiveness. It does not harm bees, butterflies or the environment and it is safe for pets, kids and entire family. The first application is suggested for early sprint to break the reproductive cycle of the pests. “Going green, transitioning to organic products and being environmentally friendly, is a world-wide trend”, states owner Kevin Foglio. “In an effort to promote and support more environmentally friendly products and services, we use only all natural and chemical-free products to keep lawns and backyards healthy and beautiful, so you can enjoy your property without exposure to toxins.” Prices start at $50 per application based upon area being sprayed. For a free quote, call 570-420-8858 or visit LastingImpressions for more information. See ad page 30.


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o celebrate Earth Day, realign ore than 250 local youths with nature and live a more ages 5 through 18 will have balanced life in harmony with the the opportunity to participate in world around us, Mark R. Reinhart Lackawanna College Environmental is facilitating a Chinese Astrology/ Education Center (LCEEC) Summer ForQigong more information contact Sharon at: Workshop from 1 to 5Yanik p.m., Day Camps, which are focused on (570) 842-1506 or April 22, at Studio 303, in West connecting children to nature. Hazelton. Campers will spend time exploring natural habitats and playing 93 MacKenzie Road · Covington Township, PA · 18444 Reinhart says, “Understanding summer games while the experienced staff guides them through that you are a part of, and not apart innovative experiential activities, including hiking, stream and forest from the energy that is nature, and ecology, environmental activities, nature-based art projects and more. taking the responsibility of living High school students interested in getting a jump-start on their according to that knowledge, will college career can register for a 10-day, three-credit Environmental allow you to play your part in the Quality field course. Students will assess the quality of our local rebalancing of not only yourself, but environment to determine the extent and sources of pollution. Mark Reinhart of the entire energetic community.” Other weekly themes include ArtVentures, Wilderness He explains, “The four pillars and eight characters form one Survival, Backyard Habitats, Closer Look, Eco Explorers and Eco of the oldest systems of astrology. based on the five elements and Quest. On the last Friday of each camp, LCEEC hosts a family the 60-year cycle of 10 heavenly stems and 12 earthly branches, program where parents and siblings can come to watch the campDuring this workshop, you will learn how this system works ers receive their Ecological Awareness Certificate of Completion and how it can provide insights into your emotional disposiand present a program about their week’s experience. tion, physical strengths/weaknesses and many more aspects of yourself.” Location: 93 MacKenzie Rd., Covington Township, PA. For more information or to register, call 570 842-1506 or email wheelerm@ Location: 303 E. Broad St., West Hazleton, PA For more LCEEC is looking for reliable camp counselors tion and registration, call 570-401-8003 or visit ThreePureRivers. who have an interest working with children and a love for nature. com. See ad page 43. See ad page 34.

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Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga Teacher Training


ver the course of one three-day weekend from June 1 through 3, participants can learn and build the skill set to confidently practice and teach yoga on a stand-up paddleboard (SUP). Training will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 9 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Lake Nuangola and taught by Corinne Ferrell of Balance Yoga and Wellness. No SUP experience necessary, but yoga experience is strongly recommended. Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga is usually performed while the board is on calm water, such as a lake. The sport combines hatha yoga and vinyasa yoga poses with surfing. Yoga paddle boarding naturally calls for a calm mind, steady breathing and attention to balance. One of the best aspects of SUP is that it is low-impact, making it a lifetime sport. The paddler controls the speed and intensity of the experience, from recreational cruising to aerobic athletic training. Early-bird cost is $650 until May 15: use promo code SUPTT/$800 after. $295 nonrefundable deposit. $100 or BYO board and paddle. To register, call 570-714-2777 or email See ad page 12.

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Ignite Your Creativity at a Women’s Retreat


Pause on the Path, A Women’s Retreat, will be held on May 18 and 19 at the Ukrainian Homestead, in Lehighton. At an Opening the Path social from 7 to 9 p.m., Friday, attendees can enjoy networking, appetizers and refreshments, drumming and dancing by the bonfire with Dr. Lois Wilson, co-author of Your Shift Matters: Breakdown to Breakthrough. At Saturday’s retreat from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., two morning sessions include Unleash Your Passion, by GLVCC Vice President Marlyn Kissner, and A Guide to Create a Clear Path to Envisioning & Manifesting the Life You Want to Live, by Professional Development Coach Dina Tulli Davis. Afternoon sessions include Mindfulness is the Key, a self-guided nature walk, and art-making for self-expression. This event is hosted by Jim Thorpe Massage & Wellness and JumpSpark Creative Group, the Carbon Chamber & Economic Development Corporation, the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, Natural Awakenings magazine and West End Printing Company. Location: 1230 Beaver Run Dr. For pricing, more information and to register, call Dina at 570-722-3751 or Shelley at 484-629-9079, or visit See ad page 13.

The Expo that Opened Another Door! The 16th Spring Spiritual Holistic Expo May 19-20 10am-6pm both days • Door $8

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


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

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

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A Harvard study of 325 women undergoing fertility treatments found that those consuming the most produce high in pesticide residues, such as strawberries, spinach and grapes, were 18 percent less likely to become pregnant and 26 percent less likely to have a live birth compared to women eating the least amount of pesticide-laden produce. Study co-author Dr. Jorge Chavarro suggests that women trying to conceive should eat organic produce or low-pesticide choices like avocados, onions and oranges.


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Less REM-Stage Sleep Linked to Dementia Risk

People that get less rapid eye movement (REM) sleep may have a greater risk of developing dementia, according to a new study published in Neurology. Following 321 people over age 60 for 12 years, Australian researchers found that those that developed dementia spent an average of 17 percent of their sleep time in REM sleep, compared to 20 percent for others. It also took them longer to get to that dream-generating stage.

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Nature Videos Calm Prisoners

Maximum-security prison inmates in Oregon that spent an hour a day for a year watching nature videos were involved in 26 percent fewer violent acts compared with fellow inmates, and reported feeling significantly calmer, less irritable and more empathetic. The University of Utah study, published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, states, “An estimated 5.3 million Americans live or work in nature-deprived venues. Such removal from nature can result in an ‘extinction of experience’ that can further lead to disinterest or disaffection toward natural settings, or even biophobia (fear of the natural environment). People that infrequently or never spend time in nature will be deprived of the numerous physical and emotional benefits that contact with nature affords.”

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Clear Gain

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

Distributed Power Energy Users Control Own Supplies

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


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


Tropical Forests Releasing Excess Carbon

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‘Sink’ Setback

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

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Mobile Trashpresso Turns Trash into Tiles

UK furniture and design company Pentatonic has invented the Trashpresso, a solar-powered, mini-recycling plant that transforms plastic waste into usable architectural tiles. Pentatonic doesn’t use raw goods that create excess waste because they are committed to using materials for their products that incorporate some element of recycling, says co-founder Johann Bodecker. They want their products to be reusable, too, so they don’t use glues, resins, paints or formaldehydes to create them, a philosophy that influences all company decisions. The Trashpresso can be used in off-the-grid places where traditional recycling plants would be impractical. It sorts, shreds and compresses trash into plastic fibers to create fully formed tiles. The invention has attracted the attention of companies that want to reduce their own contribution to plastic waste and ocean pollution. Starbucks UK, for example, has commissioned Pentatonic to turn their coffee shop waste into furniture, including bean bag chairs produced from plastic bottles and cups.

Just 100 Companies Emit Most Global Emissions

In July 2017, historic new research from environmental nonprofit CDP, in collaboration with the Climate Accountability Institute, revealed in The Carbon Majors Report that 71 percent of all global greenhouse gas emissions since 1988 can be traced to just 100 fossil fuel producers. It’s the first in a series of planned publications to improve transparency and highlight the role companies and their investors could play in tackling climate change. Offenders ExxonMobil, Shell, BP and Chevron are among the highest-emitting investor-owned companies. If fossil fuels continue to be extracted at the same rate for the next 28 years as they were between 1988 and 2017, global average temperatures would be on course to rise by 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of this century, likely causing catastrophic consequences, including substantial species extinction and global food scarcity risks. Read the report at CarbonTop100List.

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The 147th annual Arbor Day on April 27 encourages tree planting worldwide to replenish lost tree cover including trees wiped out in the recent fires in California and hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. The Arbor Day Foundation (ADF) is committed to providing 5 million trees in these areas alone. More than 3,400 U.S. communities will participate as an ADF Tree City. Visit for a current list and criteria for new communities to apply. The ADF Alliance for Community Trees ( supports tree-growing programs for 200 nonprofit member groups nationwide via funding, information sharing and forging helpful connections. Trees are much more than aesthetics, says Program Manager Dana Karcher, who most recently welcomed Community Greening, in Delray Beach, Florida, and Outdoor Circle, in

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



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

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

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Paul Hawken Shares a Plan to Reverse Global Warming by Linda Sechrist


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

Are you optimistic about achieving the goal?

Why is drawdown the goal? If we don’t name the goal, we are unlikely to achieve it. To date, language like mitigation, stabilization and reduction has been used to address climate change. These goals are not particularly ambitious and will do little to preserve civilization. Those verbs are about slowing the amount of released gases, but do not reverse them. If you are going the wrong way down a road which heads straight over a cliff, slowing down is not a helpful goal. We need to turn around, and that is what drawdown research is all about.

Why and how did you do the research? We wanted to know if it was game over with respect to global warming, or could we reverse the buildup of greenhouse gases with techniques and practices already underway? We gathered a qualified and diverse group of 70 researchers from around the world to identify, research and model the 100 most substantive existing solutions. They modeled the impact the solutions will have if they continue to scale in a rigorous, but reasonable way, and what the cost and profits would be. All carbon data was based on peer-reviewed science. Economic data came from respected international institutions like the World Bank. The goal of the 22

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tion is the most powerful lever available for breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty while mitigating emissions by curbing population growth. Ranked seventh, family planning, particularly in low-income countries, impacts world population. For women to have children by choice rather than chance and to plan their family size and spacing is a matter of autonomy and dignity. Together, these two solutions would account for significant reduction in greenhouse gases by 2050. The United Nations estimates a difference between the high and median population projections in 2050 of 10.8 billion versus 9.7 billion. The difference is almost entirely determined by availability of family planning.

book was to present the findings and describe the solutions in ways that fascinated and informed, accompanied by images that enlivened and inspired.

What are the top 10 solutions? The top 10 solutions, in order, are: refrigerant management, wind turbines, reduced food waste, plant-rich diet, tropical forests protection, educating girls, family planning, solar farms, silvopasture—the intentional combination of trees, forage plants and livestock as an integrated, intensively managed system— and rooftop solar. All 100 are listed at

Did any of the solutions surprise you? None of the solutions surprised us, but their rankings did. For example, educating girls, number six, has a dramatic bearing on global warming. Women with more years of education have fewer, healthier, children and actively manage their reproductive health. Educated females realize higher wages and greater upward mobility, contributing to economic growth. Educa-

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


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INDIGENOUS WISDOM Elders Urge Us to Reimagine Life by Anita Sanchez


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

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

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amantha Ahdoot’s son Isaac was 9 years old when he collapsed from the heat while playing clarinet at band camp. It had been a record-hot summer following a mild winter and early spring, and Dr. Ahdoot, an Alexandria, Virginia, pediatrician, had already noticed a string of unusual cases: A toddler had contracted Lyme disease in the once tick-free region of Northern Maine. A teenager had suffered an asthma attack in February, a full month before she usually started taking allergy medicine. A displaced grade-schooler from out of town arrived traumatized after fleeing a hurricane-ravaged home with her family. But it wasn’t until she saw her son laying on a gurney in the emergency room with an IV in his arm that she fully connected the dots. 24

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“I was aware that the weather had changed a lot since I was kid. But it really didn’t hit home until that day that climate change could affect my health and the health of my children personally,” recalls Ahdoot. “I realized it would be a betrayal of my duty as a pediatrician to sit back and do nothing about it.”

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

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During the past century, average temperatures have increased between 1.3 and 1.9 degrees Fahrenheit, with annual increases accelerating in recent years as 2012, 2015, 2016 and 2017 all set records for ambient heat. Such rising temperatures, combined with increased rain and record-high atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, can have a significant impact on plants— both those that irritate or nourish us, says Howard Frumkin, a medical doctor who co-authored the Lancet report and teaches environmental and occupational health sciences at the University of Washington, in Seattle. Wild, allergy-inducing plants like ragweed and poison ivy are flourishing. Poison ivy is growing faster, larger and more toxic as excess carbon prompts it to produce more of its rash-inducing compound, urushiol. “We are seeing the season for ragweed productivity expanding, with pollen levels rising higher and earlier and lasting longer by several weeks,” advises Frumkin. In 2016, residents of Minneapolis, Minnesota, endured a ragweed season that was 21 days longer than in 1990. Other, desirable crops, like grains, do worse in hotter carbonrich climes, producing less protein and other nutrients, Frumkin notes. Meanwhile, bugs are thriving, with longer seasons and wider ranges in which to reproduce. Mosquitoes’ capacity to transmit dengue fever— the world’s fastest-growing mosquitoborne illness—has risen by 11 percent since 1950, more than half of that just since 1990, according to the Lancet report. Further, the tick that carries Lyme disease is now present in 46 percent of U.S. counties, up from 30 percent in 1998. “My physician colleagues used to treat two or three cases a month during tick season,” says Dr. Nitin Damle, a physician at South County Internal Medicine, in Wakefield, Rhode Island. 26

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Swap tailpipes for pedals: Bike

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


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red meat results in five times more climate-warming emissions per calorie than chicken, pork, dairy or eggs, according to a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. It also creates 11 times more emissions than the production of potatoes, wheat or rice. Eating less red meat can also decrease an individual’s risk of certain cancers.


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Rising heat can also aggravate lung conditions because it promotes the production of ozone, a major lung irritant. With prolonged heat often come wildfires. When one burned for three months in North Carolina in a recent summer, researchers discovered that residents of counties affected by the smoke plume showed a 50 percent increase in emergency trips due to respiratory illness. Like Isaac, more kids are ending up in hospitals due to soaring temperatures, with U.S. emergency room visits for heat illnesses up by 133 percent between 1997 and 2006. Ahdoot recalls a young football player from Arkansas that showed signs of weakness and fatigue during practice, but wasn’t treated right away. He ended

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


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trees remove carbon dioxide from the air. Being around green space has also been shown to boost mental and cognitive health.


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per capita, emit six times more CO2 than the global average, according to research by Jonathan Patz, a medical doctor who directs the Global Health Institute at the University of WisconsinMadison. In a TED Talk, he observed that U.S. lower-income populations and those in developing countries are often hit hardest by gaseous emissions. “Those most vulnerable to the health impacts of climate change are often the least responsible,” he says. “Doing something about this is a matter of compassion.”

up with heat stroke, kidney failure and pulmonary edema and ultimately required kidney dialysis. “Every summer now, I see the impacts of increasing temperatures and heat waves on kids,” she says. Climate change can also impact mental health, according to a recent review by the American Psychological Association. Exposure to natural disasters can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder. Plus, according to research institutions including the University of California, San Diego, and Iowa State University, chronic heat, especially at night, can interfere with sleep and even lead to aggressive behavior. Then there’s the worry about what to do about it, and whether it will be enough. “When you talk with people about what is affecting them, climate is definitely one of the things stressing them out,” says Thomas Doherty, Psy.D., a psychologist

in Portland, Oregon. “There’s a sense of mystery and powerlessness around it that weighs on people.”

Fresh Perspective, New Hope

Mona Sarfaty, a family physician who is now director of the Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health, attests that 69 percent of Americans are aware that climate change is occurring, and more than half agree that human activities are at least partly to blame. Yet only a third believe it could ever harm them personally. “So much of the early focus was on the receding glaciers and the penguins,” she says. “People today still think it will affect ‘those other people over there,’ but not them.” She agrees with the recent focus on imminent health issues, and is encouraged that a growing number of healthcare professionals feel it’s their duty to inform their patients about climate change to mobilize action. “When you talk about climate change not only in terms of the health impact it has on individuals and families, but also in terms of the real-time benefits of taking action against it, people are a lot more interested in doing something,” says Sarfaty. For instance, shifting to clean energy sources like wind and solar instead of coal can effect better air quality and easier breathing now. Cycling or walking to work rather than driving can reduce carbon emissions, boost feel-good brain chemicals and keep weight in check. Writing letters to editors or attending rallies to urge lawmakers to pass climate-friendly policies can not only fend off the anxiety and depression that comes with feeling helpless, but also effect real change. Ahdoot is taking these steps now. She has solar panels on her roof, is assisting the local hospital to reduce its carbon footprint, takes public transportation to work and encourages her kids to walk whenever possible. “I don’t feel powerless at all. I feel empowered and optimistic,” she says. “The more we know, the more we are moved to act. We can all do something small every day to protect our climate.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at

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hree years ago, the New York Times added a new word to the world’s food vocabulary: Climatarian (n.) A diet whose primary goal is to reverse climate change. This includes eating locally produced food (to reduce energy spent in transportation), choosing pork and poultry instead of beef and lamb (to limit gas emissions), and using every part of ingredients (apple cores,


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cheese rinds, etc.) to limit food waste. Changing our food choices to support this model can have a ripple effect. Researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in a 2017 study published in the journal Climatic Change, looked at how diets impact personal health, the healthcare system and climate. They found that adopting a more plant-based diet reduces the relative risk of coronary

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

Foods that Go Easy on Greenhouse Gases

Plants beat meat. “Livestock farming produces from 20 to 50 percent of all manmade greenhouse gas emissions,”

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

Kernza, a new perennial grain proven to prosper in natural grasslands like the Great Plains, is not yet widely distributed. Maria Speck, author of Simply Ancient Grains, advises, “With up to 15-foot-long roots, it can be harvested for five years and uses less fertilizer than conventional wheat. Kernza tastes almost like a cross between rice and wheat—sweet, grassy, mesmerizing.”

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

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New agricultural developments can also benefit our climate environment. According to Project Drawdown research, perennial grains and cereals could be pivotal in reaching soil, carbon and energy targets. The Land Institute, in Salina, Kansas, has been working with the Rodale Institute, in Berks County, Pennsylvania, to develop a perennial wheat that would not have to be planted from seed each year. This would save soil, carbon and both human and machine energy. April 2018


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Foods come out crispier, which also makes for great veggie chips. A conventional oven is still best for soufflés, breads or cakes that rise as they bake. Replace chemical-coated nonstick pans, disposable parchment paper and aluminum foil with reusable, eco-friendly, U.S. Food and Drug Administrationapproved silicone mats. They are easy to clean, affordable and available in many sizes and shapes. Run the dishwasher when full and at night. Off-peak hours won’t cut the electric bill, but are more efficient for the power plant, reducing its energy footprint. Skip the garbage disposal to save water and energy. Use food waste for plantnurturing compost. Plastics numbered 1, 3, 6 or 7 are prone to leaching into food or drinks. Recycle or repurpose those already on hand to store craft items, small toys or office supplies.

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

In the Kitchen Defrosting trays have been available for a while, and although they aren’t a miracle solution, they are eco-friendly and easy to clean; thawing most meats, seafood and vegetables usually takes just 30 to 60 minutes. It’s one way to avoid using the microwave.

Most cutting boards of sustainable bamboo or cork originate in China, creating a big carbon footprint. Glass boards are breakable and hard on knives. Consider planet-friendly boards made of recycled cardboard and food-grade plastic combined with flax husks. A countertop convection oven set about 25 degrees lower circulates heated air to cook food 25 to 30 percent faster and more evenly than a conventional oven; it uses less energy and has fewer emissions.

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

In the Bathroom Instead of air freshener sprays, hang petand child-safe plants. Use fast-drying towels up to four times before washing. Hand towels see more frequent use, so change every other


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day. Longer wear makeup stays longer on a washcloth; to prevent reintroducing germs to the face, use a facecloth only once. All-natural cleaning products are easy to find or make. For some tips, see Tinyurl. com/LovelyEcoLoo.

In the Bedroom From sheets and bedding to a fluffy robe, choose eco-friendly organic cotton in white, or colored with environmentally safe, non-metallic dyes. Blue light from a smartphone, computer, tablet or TV can foster sleeplessness. “I keep all devices out of my bedroom and block all unnatural light,” says Leslie Fischer, an eco-minded mom and entrepreneur in Chicago, who reviews mattresses for adults and babies at SustainableSlumber. com. “I sleep on a fantastic mattress that won’t fill my room with pollution.” A good pillow is a necessity. Citrus Sleep rates the Top Ten Eco Options at Mattresses should be replaced every

eight years. In the U.S., an average of 50,000 end up in landfills each day. California law requires manufacturers to create a statewide recycling program for mattresses and box springs. An $11 recycling fee, collected upon each sale, funds the Bye Bye Mattress program. Connecticut and Rhode Island also recycle them. “An alternative is extending mattress use with a topper,” says Omar Alchaboun, founder of toppermaker Kloudes, in Los Angeles.

What and Where to Recycle Find out where and what to recycle at Enter the item and a zip code or call 1-800-cleanup. Going green is money-saving, environmentally wise and coming of age, which makes eco-friendly products easier to access. Earth Day is a perfect time to make simple changes that can have long-lasting and far-reaching results. Connect with the freelance writer via

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elanie Monteith, of San Diego, California, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 24 and plagued by symptoms for 14 years. Simple daily tasks became challenging. She relied on walking aids and walls to keep from falling. Eventually, she quit her job. Every day tested her survival skills. Then, in late 2017, Monteith tried grounding and it

changed her life. Grounding, also called Earthing, refers to the discovery of major health benefits from sustained contact with the Earth’s natural and subtle electric charge. Recent research published in the Journal of Inflammation, Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal, Neonatology and Health indicates that grounding stabilizes

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

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ter, have less pain, more energy and even look better. Here are some of the documented benefits.

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

Enhanced blood flow. Thick, sludgy blood is a common feature of diabetes and cardiovascular disorders. Several grounding studies have demonstrated a significant decrease in blood viscosity and enhanced blood flow. “Grounding represents a potent circulation booster; a simple, yet profound preventive and therapeutic strategy,” says integrative cardiologist Dr. Stephen T. Sinatra, of Manchester, Connecticut, co-author of the book Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever! Decreased stress. Tracy Latz, a medical doctor and integrative psychiatrist in Mooresville, North Carolina, has found, “Patients with anxiety issues, including posttraumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder and depression, often benefit from grounding.” Improved vagus nerve function. The vagus nerve

connects with and regulates key organs, including the lungs, heart and intestines. In one study, doctors at the Penn State Children’s Hospital, in Hershey, Pennsylvania, grounded hospitalized premature infants and documented improved vagal function that could potentially boost resilience and reduce complications. “These babies have a lot of health challenges,” observes Dr. Charles Palmer, former chief of the center’s division of newborn medicine. “It seems that they are more relaxed when grounded.” More research is needed. Within a few months of grounding both day and night, Monteith’s disease symptoms receded dramatically. Her balance and stability improved when standing and walking. She sleeps more deeply and has more energy. An eye issue for which there is no drug subsided. She says her health continues to improve and she looks forward to living each day. Troy Baker, a recovery consultant for special populations and chief program officer of the nonprofit Adapt Functional Movement Center, in Carlsbad, California, who has been overseeing Monteith’s exercise training schedule, has observed a reduction in the effects of multiple sclerosis since she started grounding. “Her body is more fluid, not as stiff. She moves much better, with increased energy and stamina.”     For more information on grounding, visit Martin Zucker, a former Associated Press correspondent, has written about alternative medicine for 40 years and is co-author of the book Earthing. April 2018


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


movement is afoot to get kids grounded in nature. Wilderness awareness programs, also known as primitive skills or Earth-based education, teach life-changing survival skills that build courage, compassion and camaraderie. “We help youth experience a true aliveness in nature. Kids gain knowledge of the outdoors and increase awareness, confidence and self-reliance, while having fun, positive experiences,” says Dave Scott,

founder of the Earth Native Wilderness School (, in Bastrop, Texas. They often go on to enthusiastically share what they’ve learned about natural flora and fauna with their families.

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Gardening ASANAS Yoga Poses to Stay Pain-Free by Marlaina Donato

sate for being in one position too long, over-reaching or fatigue. “Listen to your body’s messages such as, ‘It’s time for a rest,’ or, ‘That’s too heavy,’” recommends Schwartz. Remember to take regular breaks to rest, stretch and drink water.

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

1. Downward Facing Dog pose (Adho Mukha Svanasana) with


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

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


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

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5. Locust pose (Salabhasana) 6. Squat Pull Spinal Traction (Ardha Malasana in traction)

Take a Breath. “Conscious breathing involves both the

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

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work not only helps prevent injury, but helps make it a more enjoyable experience. Here are a few more tips. ■ If rising early, begin time in the garden with a Warrior 1 pose while facing east.

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MONDAY, APRIL 2 Introduction to the Metabolic Reboot – Reboot your metabolism to reduce inflammation, support healthy digestive function, 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

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SATURDAY, APRIL 7 Free Tour of Columcille – Experience this megalithic standing stone park with Irish historian and storyteller Tom Egan. Includes stories and interpretations of park features drawn from the history and culture of the ancient Celts. A mile walk on woodland trails. 9:30-noon. Rain or shine. No reservations needed. Contact: Tom Egan at tpegan@ 2155 Fox Gap Road, Bangor Become Certified and Foot Reflexology – This 2-day class gives you basic knowledge and understanding in anatomy and physiology as well as lots of hand-on work directly on feet. You will come away comfortable enough to work on family and friends. 14 CEU’s with the NCBTMB. Lebanon PA. $375/course; $75/certification. Contact Gwen Ward, Ph.D., or 717228-0612. Cost Aerial Yoga Playshop – This 90-minute workshop will begin with an aerial yoga warm-up then transition into play time in the yoga hammocks. Moves, tricks and transitions will be presented, then you will be given time for guided exploration. 6-7:30pm. $25. Balance Yoga and Wellness, 900 Rutter Ave, 2nd floor, Forty Fort. 570-714-2777


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Essential Oils 101 – Learn the basics of essential oils, including how to choose essential oils; safety guidelines; how oils can be used therapeutically. Gain a greater understanding of the 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. Spring Clean a Cleaner Way – Identify the toxins in your home & discover natural substitutions and DIY solutions. A fast-paced, ground-up lecture on everything essential oils, and have some fun in the process. Leave with easy, simple, and affordable tactics that anyone can do with essential oils. 6:308pm. $10/includes sample of Thieves. ProActive Family Chiropractic, 1146 Northern Blvd, Clarks Summit. 570-763-9536 to RSVP.


Mandala on Canvas – Paint and yoga flow. Create a beautiful quarter mandala on canvas. Tracy will lead you through instruction on how to draw and paint a gorgeous mandala on canvas to hang in your home. Move through an all level flow in the round taking asana to a whole new level while creating really 1-4pm. $40. Boundless Yoga, 823F Ann Street Stroudsburg. 570-664-0956

SUNDAY, APRIL 22 Family Earth Day Hike – Celebrate Earth Day by using your senses to connect with nature! Enjoy a guided interpretive family hike along the trails of LCEEC. We will stop throughout the trail to listen, smell, touch, and observe nature in the spring. Family friendly. $5 per person. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. 1-2:3pm. Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, 93 MacKenzie Road, Covington Twp. 570-842-1506.


Early Explorers – a unique program series for children ages 3-6 and a guardian that offers discoverybased learning about the natural world. Awakening Amphibians where children will use all their senses to learn about frogs as we search for amphibians around the property. 1-2:30pm. $8. Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, 93 MacKenzie Road, Covington Twp. 570-842-1506. Mellow Flow Yoga – Come chill with us! This mellow class will move your body, calm your mind and lift your spirit. Suitable for All Levels. 6pm. Balance Yoga, 900 Rutter Ave, Forty Fort. 570-714-2777.


savethedate METABOLIC RESET WEBINAR WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25 • 6:30PM No matter what your health challenge, chances are these recommendations are going to help support you in taking your health to the next level. Receive a nutrition outline to help support your body in reducing inflammation, supporting digestive health, and to converting your body to a fat burning metabolism. Learn about the most advanced herbs and food sourced supplements to help support your health. 6:30pm. Free with RSVP. Call to register: 570-283-0111.


No Yuck Makeup Demo – Demonstrations, information, & limited makeovers during a perfect evening to grab your girlfriends and join the fun to try something new! Not only does this makeup have beautiful colors and feels amazing on your skin, it is cruelty free, with no bismuth, talc, mineral oil, parabens, gluten, nano particles, phthalates, dyes, petrochemicals, synthetic fragrance or synthetic colors. 7pm. $10/makeover w/RSVP. The Wonderstone Gallery, 100 N. Blakely St., Dunmore. 570-763-9536


Breaking the Chains Kundalini – Yoga and meditation workshop to break free of the stories, that have been holding you back from your greatness and prosperity. Explore movement, breath, and mantra combining them all giving you a tool for prosperity. 6-8pm. $35. Balance Yoga and Wellness, 900 Rutter Ave, 2nd floor, Forty Fort. 570-714-2777


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SUNDAY, APRIL 29 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


savethedate NEPA 5K FOR CLEAN AIR WITH GREEN FAIR SATURDAY, MAY 5 The inaugural NEPA Green Fair and 5K for Clean Air is a celebration of our regions environmental movement, with the goal of raising awareness and promoting environmental protection and healthy, sustainable living. This free event will feature local food, eco-friendly vendors, presentations, demonstrations, and fun activities for all ages. Proceeds will benefit Citizens for a Healthy Jessup and Friends of Lackawanna, two local groups who are working to protect our health and environment. Race at 9am. Green Fair 10am-4pm.

savethedate ARTS THRIVE IN CARBONDALE SATURDAY, MAY 26 • 10AM-3PM A free community event hosted by Women to Women throughout downtown Carbondale, PA. Fun, educational and interactive this event will showcase artists and artisans from a variety of mediums including fine arts, visual arts, culinary arts, mixed media, healing arts, photography, film and music. This unique event will offer hands-on activities along with demonstrations by the artists to educate and share their craft with those who attend. For information visit

savethedate REIKI CERTIFICATION CLASSES MOUNTAIN TOP & WILKES-BARRE Reiki 1 – Certification Program April 21, 2018 * 9:30am-5:00pm. Usui/Tibetan - Highlights: History of Reiki, Japanese Reiki Techniques, Reiki 1 Initiation, Hands on practice, includes 179-page manual, Register by April 14. CEU’s LMT’s Instructors; Chris & Meg

Reiki 1 – Certification Program June 2, 2018 9:30am-5:00pm. Usui/Tibetan- Highlights: History of Reiki, Japanese Reiki Techniques, Reiki 1 Initiation, Hands on practice , includes 179 page manual, Register by 5/26. CEU’s LMT’s Instructors; Donna & Jayne Reiki 2 – Certification Program, May26 ,2018 9:30am-5:00pm. Highlights:Three Reiki Symbols, Japanese Reiki Techniques, Reiki 2 Attunement, hands-on practice time, 179 page Manual if didn’t receive in Reiki 1. Register by 518/18 CEUs . Instructors Chris & Meg Contact Anthony V. Wojnar D.D. RMT, Life Holistic Center LLC. Member: IARP, 570706-6680.

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daily 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.

Room is heated to 90 degrees. 930am. Balance Yoga, 900 Rutter Ave, Forty Fort. 570-714-2777. 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. 10am. Mountain Laurel Pilates, Silk Mill, Rt 6, Hawley. 570-857-1707. 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.

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. Chair Yoga – Join us in this weekly class to gently help improve your balance, range of motion and function and reduce stress. Appropriate for all levels and ages including those with physical limitations. Noon. Balance Yoga, 900 Rutter Ave, Forty Fort. 570-714-2777. Mellow Flow Yoga – Come chill with us! This mellow class will move your body, calm your mind and lift your spirit. Suitable for All Levels. 6pm. Balance Yoga, 900 Rutter Ave, Forty Fort. 570-714-2777.




Metabolic Reboot Workshop - Reboot Your Health. 28-day program includes four evenings of guidance with the goal to reduce inflammation, support healing of the immune system, and to shift your body to a burn fat burning metabolism. Get results for sustainable weight loss. 6pm. $50/5wks. Thrive Wellness, 647 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, 570-283-0111

Meditation – Offered every Tuesday from 7-8:30pm at private residence my home in Swiftwater. The sessions consist of relaxation techniques and meditation from an Ananda certified instructor. Suggested donation is $5. All are welcome. Call 570-460-0624 for directions and to confirm.

Yoga Nidra- Go into progressively deeper and deeper states of relaxation of every point in the body. Allow your body to drop into a sleep like state, while you train your mind to stay awake and focused. Suitable for everyone. No yoga experience needed. 10:30am. Namaste 919, 919 South Main St., Old Forge. 570-451-1001

Kundalini Yoga – A form of yoga that combines chanting, hand gestures, meditation, breathing and postures to raise spiritual energy, increase selfawareness and elevate Consciousness. Provides a complete spiritual, mental, and physical workout. Ist Tuesday of each month, 7pm. Balance Yoga, 900 Rutter Ave, Forty Fort. 570-714-2777.

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.

Qigong/Meditation: All welcome, ideal for those new to Qigong or for the long-time practitioner. Ongoing classes allow anyone to attend at anytime

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.

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 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.






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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 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 Qigong/Meditation – All welcome, ideal for those new to Qigong or for the long-time practitioner. Ongoing classes allow anyone to attend at any time 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. 5:15pm. Asian Institute, 1355 Pocono Blvd, Mt Pocono. 570-839-1898. Shaolin Kung Fu – A faster moving martial art which improves leg strength, cardiovascular & aerobic conditioning, stamina & coordination at 5:15pm. Asian Institute, 1355 Pocono Blvd, Mt. Pocono. 570-839-1898.

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 Vinyasa Yoga with Tom Gilmore. Traditional yoga for all levels. Enjoy the small, private healing space at Thrive wellness center with one on one attention with instructor Tom Gilmore. Classes limited to 6 attendees. 7:30-8:30pm. $15. $120/10 series. Registration required. Thrive Wellness, 647 Wyoming Ave, Kingston, 570-283-0111 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. 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 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. 4:30pm. Mountain Laurel Pilates, Silk Mill, Rt 6, Hawley. 570-857-1707. Yoga – End your work day by treating yourself to the wonderful benefits of breathing synchronized movement. Embrace the serenity with every flowing movement from pose to pose. 7pm with Priya. $10 per class. NutriFitness, 311 Market St., Kingston 570-288-2409 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 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

friday Yochi – A fusion program that combines the ancient forms of mind body wellness: Yoga and Tai Chi to help you develop strength, balance, flexibility, and mobility in a meditative and relaxing environment. This unique 60-minute program is perfect for beginners and all skill levels! No exp needed. 4pm. Namaste 919, 919 South Main St., Old Forge. 570-451-1001

saturday Free Boot Camp Session – A fun and adventurous class provides the ideal atmosphere for motivation and emotional support to help the participants achieve their desired results. For continuous exercise to tone the body and facilitate fat burn for maximum results. Get Motivation and support to make this a lifestyle. 10am. NutriFitness, 311 Market St., Kingston. 570-288-2409 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. 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. 11:45am. Asian Institute, 1355 Pocono Blvd, Mt Pocono. 570-839-1898. Shaolin Kung Fu – A faster moving martial art which improves leg strength, cardiovascular & aerobic conditioning, stamina & coordination at 11:45am. Asian Institute, 1355 Pocono Blvd, Mt. Pocono. 570-839-1898. 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. Saturdays, 12:00 pm, $10 per class or $35 for 4 classes. NutriFitness, 311 Market St., Kingston. 570-288-2409 Tai Chi Classes – 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. 10am. $18 or $100/8cl. RSVP. Thrive Wellness, 647 Wyoming Ave, Kingston, 570-283-0111 Contemporary Qi Gong – Focus will be on building energy and balance along with harmonizing energy meridians in the body. A complete system on its own. 11am. $18 or $100/ 8cl. RSVP. Thrive Wellness, 647 Wyoming Ave, Kingston, 570-283-0111


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community resource guide ACUPUNCTURE HOLLY MARIE RABBE L.AC., AFT 1133 South Abington Rd. Clarks Summit, PA 18411 570-319-5195

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.


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.


April Guilherme, LMT 965 Route 940, Suite 103 Pocono Lake, PA 18347 570-817-8847

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 self-care and monthly massages. See ad page 33.


THREE PURE RIVERS STUDIO FOR THE ARTS 18 Rittenhouse Place PO Box 402, Drums, PA 18222 570-359-3059

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.


Georgine Todd 2313 Route 715 Stroudsburg, PA 18360 570-629-6073 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,


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 insideout 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 6.

Committed to helping people learn about and enjoy a healthy lifestyle through colon care, Swedish massage, Cranial Sacral Therapy, myofascial release techniques, reflexology, ear coning and detoxification protocols. Specializing in one-on-one approaches in a relaxing, nurturing, private atmosphere to achieve optimal results for each individual’s own unique wellbeing journey. See ad page 27.


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

Offering Brainsway Deep TMS an National Institute of Heath developed, FDA cleared, non-invasive treatment for Treating Depression that is covered by most insurances. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is an alternative treatment that has been shown to be safe and effective for those with Treatment-Resistant Depression when medication is not reliving symptoms or produces negative side effects. See ad page 16.

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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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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 6.

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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.


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BLISSFUL EXISTENCE Adrienne Primrose Holistic Health Coaching 570-420-7599

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WAVERLY WELLNESS HOUSE Donna Florimonte, RN 1102 Lily Lake Rd, PO Box 255 Waverly, PA 18471 570.563.2565

32 Years of combined experience Forgetseasonal the teas, thewhole crazy workfood outs, and Offering de-the up and improving energy and health of your diets.your Forget thoseof yucky and the big pills. toxesdown to rid body infldrinks ammaSleep better, feel energized and lose weight in the colon, liver, gall bladder, lymph tion soprocess. you can reduce belly bloating, All it takes is 15 days and it’s starting soon! system, and immune system. Therapy sleep better, get rid of those annoying addresses mood relieving altering aches and pains and feel energized. inflammation, constipation, digestive Personalized One-on-One programs distress, fatigue, foggy thinking, skin available where I share my training, Adrienne knowledge, and experience soPrimrose, that you canCHHC/AADP have a problems, weight issues, sinus congestion and hormore fulfilling life and be the best version of your- monal distress. Experience optimal wellness with full-spectrum sauna, lymphatic drainage, colon self! FREE consultations! hydrotherapy, better nutrition, Young Living essential oils and more. See ad on page 23.



106 Shook Rd, Suite 101, Hawley, PA 18428 570-234-8568 (call or text) FB: Lynn’s Healing Zone

We put the CARE in healthcare. We offer natural therapies to improve your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. Services include microscopic nutritional blood audits, detox methods, relaxation treatments, light therapy, energy healing, workshops & classes. If you don’t take care of your body where are you going to live? Let us help you make your life all that you want it to be. See ad page 13.


Dr. Kaminsky’s approach to health is to look at your body as a whole, not just a set of symptoms. By performing a complete history, examination, and appropriate lab testing (blood, urine, hair, saliva, and/or stool), he can determine imbalances in your body and will design a personalized plan of natural therapies (nutrition/diet, supplements, lifestyle changes, and more) to restore balance to your body.


A personalized health coaching program that will radically improve health and happiness by exploring individual concerns specific to each member’s body. Trained in more than one hundred dietary theories and a variety of practical lifestyle methods at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, I will help you create a completely personalized roadmap to health that suits your unique body, lifestyle, preferences, and goals.


Dr. John Harrington 149 Route 94, Blairstown, NJ 07825 908-362-6868 If you are tired of suffering and wish to explore different options for better health then the Sunrise Nutrition Center is at the top of the list! Advanced technology for nutritional status and toxin overload are blended with the most accurate muscle testing and laboratory work to produce a personalized health plan specific for your body. Not only is the right diet implemented but having the best tests for evaluating your health is crucial! Try this safe, drug-free approach today! See ad on page 31.

NATUROPATH NATURAL HEALTH PROMOTION LLC Tina Stashko, N.D. PhD MIfHI Emmaus, PA 18049 610-965-8132

Specializing in preventative healthcare, digestion and nutrient absorption, and thyroid and adrenal health. Modalities such as iridology, sclerology and biochemical balancing enable the development of your unique program for optimum health. These programs are easy to follow and incorporate into your daily life. Reach your full health potential!

NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR NATUROPATHIC WELLNESS CENTER Heather DeLuca, ND 250 Pierce St., Ste. 200, Kingston, PA 18704 570-287-9955

Let me be your partner in health. Working with individuals for 10+ years and specializing in non-invasive, cuttingedge therapies and testing, as an alternative to or collaborative effort to treat the cause of disease, prevent disease and assist in maintaining wellness and your best self. Therapies include clinical nutrition, vitamin/mineral/nutrient supplementation, herbal medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy and lifestyle therapy. See ad page 28.


Dian Freeman, MA, MHHC Private Nutritional Consultations, Classes, Nutritional Certification Course Morristown, NJ • 973 267-4816 Clinical Nutritionist Dian Freeman has a private practice in Morristown, NJ, she teaches a six-month nutritional certification course and has certified over 700 graduates in Holistic Health over the last 14 years. She also practices frequency biofeedback, teaches 1-day classes and lectures widely. See ad on page 39.


647 Wyoming Ave, Kingston PA 18704 570-283-0111 Seven levels of course study including Iridology, Chinese Medicine, nutrition, vitamin therapy, herbology, aromatherapy and homeopathy offered through the Washington Institute of Natural Medicine. Successful graduates receive certification through ANHA, WINM, NADP and are board certified Holistic Health Practitioners. Rolling admissions and CEU credits for practitioners available. See ad on page 31.



Mountain Top, PA Anthony V Wojnar D.D., RMT, OBT 570-706-6680 Our main focus is Reiki, a Spiritual practice which promotes physical, emotional and spiritual healing. We offer Certification in Reiki 1 thru Reiki Master/Teacher Usui and Tibetan Style. Reiki and Reiki/Shiatsu sessions and, also a monthly Reiki Share. Dr. Anthony received a Master/Teacher attunement on Kurama Mtn. Japan, the birthplace of Reiki. CEU’s for Massage Therapists. Member IARP., ICRT.


The Giving Tree Wellness Center 311 Penn Ave, Scranton, PA 18503 The Thaxton Holistic Wellness Center 228 S. Main St. Scranton, PA 18504 570-780-8400 In a Usui and Karuna Reiki session you will receive a full chakra alignment, crystal therapy, aromatherapy, and a higher vibrational frequency tuning with Tibetan singing bowls. During each session, your practitioner is guided by intuition to implement the necessary techniques to remove all energy blocks. Also offering holistic wellness products including CBD infused products. Free CBD wellness and pain relief consultations. See ad page 14.


Georgine Todd 2313 Route 715, Stroudsburg 570-629-6073 239 Fox Run Ln, E. Stroudsburg 570-223-8477

Overcome physical limitations and injury. Two locations offer a mixture of both traditional exercise-based physical therapy and manual physical therapy techniques for more effective results. These techniques include myofascial release, joint mobilization, craniosacral therapy and massage therapy. Our highly trained staff works one-on-one to educate our clients toward healthy lifestyle changes.


Judy Fink 8 Silk Mill Drive, Hawley, PA 570-857-1707 •

Classical Pilates studio offering the highest quality private and group sessions to people of all ages and fitness levels. Judy is certified in classical Method of Pilates since 2001 and is passionate about the authentic and traditional style of Pilates. The results are a stronger, more balanced and flexible body with an enhanced mind-body connection. See ad page 36.


Richard Paterson, Ph.D., Certifier Rolfer™ 142 Mulberry Dr, Milford, PA 18337 135 S Main St, Pittston, PA 18640 571-265-9950 •

Do you have pain in your back, neck, shoulder, hip, or feet? Are you suffering after an injury or surgery? Are you unable to move as freely as you’d like? Do you wish you had a more attractive and healthier posture? Give your body and yourself a break. Call to talk about what Rolfing™ Structural Integration can do for you. See ad page 13.


Kathy Agate Brown 3200 Hamilton East Road, Stroudsburg 570-992-0943

Kathy Agate Brown has training and certification in both Aromatherapy and Herbology. Her training in Spiritual Counseling allows her to incorporate Intuitive readings in her sessions as well as Clinical Hypnotherapy. Her intent is to bring all beliefs together through education and communication. See ad on page 33.


Corinne Farrell 900 Rutter Ave, 2nd Floor Forty Fort, PA 18704 570-714-2777 •

A type of bodywork that focuses on the connective tissue of the body and works to lengthen, stretch, and soften this tissue to restore postural balance, ease of movement, and a feeling of being more at home in your own body. Clients credit Corrine with helping them find freedom from pain, improved mobility and inspiration to live stronger, healthier lives. See ad page 12.


Dr. Christopher C. Meister, D.C., L.Ac. Dr. Debora T. Cantel, D.C., L.Ac. 1355 Pocono Blvd, Mt. Pocono, PA 18344 570-839-1898 Dedicated to helping people solve their health concerns using affordable, natural & holistic methods. Our services include: acupuncture, chiropractic, nutritional counseling, biofeedback, massage, ashiatsu, Reiki, smoking cessation, kung fu, tai chi & qigong. Serving the Poconos since 1991. See ad page 40.

BALANCE YOGA & WELLNESS Corinne Farrell 900 Rutter Ave, 2nd Floor Forty Fort, PA 18704 570-714-2777 •

Balance Yoga and Wellness is committed to celebrating the practice of yoga and cultivating wellness by offering a wide range of group classes, private lessons, and workshops, in a variety of yoga traditions, at convenient times throughout the day in order to accommodate all students of yoga, from novice to advanced, as well as other treatment modalities and high-quality retail items. See ad page 12.

THRIVE WELLNESS CENTER Amber Summers, HHP 647 Wyoming Avenue Kingston PA 570-283-0111

Alleviate symptoms of disease and heal through nutrition, supplementation, relaxation and mental/emotional freedom. Our Mission is to educate the community about the healing nature of holistic wellness and provide sanctuary within the community where like-minded professionals can come together to offer affordable holistic services in a peaceful, tranquil setting. See ad on page 48.

April 2018


classifieds APEALS Big Brothers Big Sisters – Needs volunteers for children living in Phillipsburg. Please call today to learn how you can help a child grow up. 908-6890436 or INFO@BBBSHSW.ORG Transportation Volunteers Needed – The American Cancer Society seeks volunteers to assist cancer patients with transportation to and from appointments as part of their Road To Recovery Program. Help your neighbors in a difficult time. Please call 800227-2345 or visit for more information.

COURSES Childbirth Classes – Now booking private sessions, groups and childbirth classes! Visit or call 484-373-9990 for more information! Aromatherapy Certified Course Online – A solid introduction to the science and art of Aromatherapy in 6 weeks or the course can be taken in your own time, to fit into any schedule. Contact Barbara Fenton at 610-393-2036 or HypnoBirthing® Classes – The Mongan Method, of childbirth education is an amazing program that teaches you and your birthing companion in five, 2 and a half hour classes the art and joy of experiencing birth in a more natural and comfortable way. Call 570-730-9963 for schedule. Peace and Healing For Women, 134 Broad St, Stroudsburg. Hypnosis Training Course – Classes forming for National Guild of Hypnosis-approved Banyan Hypnosis Certification Super Course with 5-PATH and 7th Path Self-Hypnosis techniques. For more information, call 610-248-2358.


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Discovering The Law of Attraction – Certified Law of Attraction life coach David Bartky offers a 21-Day Self-Guided Coaching Program. You will find out how to attract what you want by following the processes and techniques each day. Go to www. for more information. Who Will Teach Your Child? – Tech them respect for the interdependent web of all existence, Unitarian Universalism’s seventh principle. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Poconos, Stroudsburg.

OPPORTUNITIES Part-time Colon Hydro-therapist Needed – The ideal candidate will be a LPN with knowledge and a passion for holistic healing. Training for Colonics and Lymphatic treatments provided. Experience in massage therapy a plus. Flexible schedule in a Spalike environment. Waverly, PA. Call 570-563-2565. Health Food Store For Sale – Very well established store in Lehigh Valley, PA. Email to: Serious inquiries only. Publish Natural Awakenings Magazine – A career you can be passionate about. Home based business complete with comprehensive training and support system. New franchises are available or purchase an existing franchise. Call 239-530-1377 or visit

PRODUCTS Trichotillomania Sufferers – Be pull-free for life. A healthy alternative, without medication. Visit: Interactive Dementia and Alzheimer Game – An

interactive and fun family game that will bring a twinkle to the eye and smile on the face. Call 484860-5894. Crystal Tones Singing Bowls – Classic & Alchemy. Listen for Meditation & Healing. We offer personal vibration testing. Distributor: Life Holistic Center. Contact Anthony 570-706-6680. or lifeholistic@ See more at

SERVICES I Answer Questions – JD Aeon, Astrologer. 610 570 0777.

SPACE TO RENT Edwardsville Wellness Rooms – Three available treatment rooms inside a thriving natural health practice. Excellent space for massage therapy or other holistic practitioners. Off street parking. Turosky Chiropractic Clinic, 570-287-8893. Tudor Corners – Store front for rent in high traffic location on Wyoming Ave in Kingston. Perfect for health and wellness focused business or professional. Appropriate for café, retail or office space. Parking on-site. 570-472-4489. Clarks Summit – Modern 2 rooms, off street parking near Everything Natural. Great for holistic Doctor, Chiropractic, Reiki, Massage therapist. 2 spaces available; 500 sq ft $650 or 650 sq ft $800. Heat included. $200 credit if rented by June 15th. 570-877-3655. Unique Event Rental – Victorian home rental in the Poconos for workshops, meetings, private parties & other events. Custom rates to suit your needs. Call 570-443-7777.

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Natural Awakenings Magazine  

Northeast PA Edition - April 2018

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Northeast PA Edition - April 2018