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

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Women’s Health Workshop


r. Jarrett Kaminsky will be hosting a Women’s Health workshop at 6:30 p.m., May 23, to explore some of the most common health issues that affect women: thyroid disorders, depression, infertility, and osteoporosis. The workshop will investigate these conditions from an alternative perspective, focusing on why they occur and what can be done to restore balance to the body and correct the Jarrett Kaminsky D.C. underlying problems. Functional medicine is a branch of medicine that focuses on restoring balance and function to the body, not just treating the symptoms. Through the use of a comprehensive history, examination and appropriate laboratory testing of blood, hair, saliva, urine and/or stool, a functional medicine practitioner seeks to discover the underlying cause of symptoms, and then design a treatment plan specifically for each patient’s needs. Treatments can range from diet, exercise, nutritional supplements, stress management, improving sleeping and other lifestyle changes to restore overall balance to the body. Admission is free. Location: 909 Albright Ave., near the Glider Diner, Scranton. To RSVP by May 21, call 570-348-1158 or email: See ad page 44.

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elebrate Spring and sharpen massage therapy skills by enrolling in the newly released lineup of continuing education classes at Massage Academy of the Poconos, in Stroudsburg. The specialized classes are designed to add new skills and keep in compliance with state of Pennsylvania licensing requirements for massage therapists. The new classes include Fascial Rewind, Lomi Lomi Basics, Cold Stone Massage, Thai Table Massage, Trigger Point Refinement, Subtle Bodywork, Fluid Dynamics, Forearm Fusion, Japanese Zen, Indian Ayurveda, Oncology Massage and Ethical Awareness. “We look forward to helping you continue to grow as a licensed massage therapist,” states owner Vicki Hicks. “We strive to offer the best education and the best teachers our community has to offer while promoting the many wonderful benefits regular massage therapy in our area.” Location: 753 Phillips St., Stroudsburg. For reservations (required), call 570-421-5014. See ad page 27.

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Classes and Products for Self-Discovery Doreen Hudak Coleman founded White Lotus Yoga Studio in 2009. Her studio emphasizes modalities to assist one on their journey to Doreen Hudak help heal the conColeman nection between mind, body, spirit and authentic voice. As a certified yoga instructor, Chakradance facilitator, Reiki Master and professional vocal coach, she believes that all healing is possible if it begins from within. She is currently pursuing a one-year Kundalini yoga and meditation certification. Individual and small class sizes at the studio offer personal attention for her students. She will also be leading a Kundalini Yoga/ Meditation class and a Chakradance class at the Arts Thrive Event in Carbondale on May 26 and facilitating Chakradance at the NEPA Yoga Festival on June 9. In addition, Coleman is a consultant for Young Living products offering the latest in non-invasive Zyto biocommunication health scans. All of her modalities incorporate Young Living essential oils and wellness products. White Lotus Yoga Studio is located at 58 Spring Street in Carbondale. Call 570-281-6279 of see Facebook White Lotus Yoga Studio and Young Living Products of NEPA for more information. See ad page 8.

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

Reiki for Animals Level 1 and 2 certification program will be presented by Life Holistic Center (LHC) on from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 9 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 10, with certified Reiki Master instructors Anthony V. Wojnar and Jane Neimiec. Day 1 will be held at the LHC Violet Studio, in Mountain Top, Pennsylvania and will cover Japanese Reiki Techniques for Strengthening Ki Flow; Animal Reiki Meditations for Creating and Maintaining a Healing Space for connecting and working with animals; a review of Level 2 symbols and mantras; the Reiki for Animals Level 1 and 2 attunement (initiation); and a reiju (spiritual blessing). Day 2 will be held at Indraloka Animal Sanctuary, in Mahoophany, Pennsylvania allowing Reiki practice sessions with horses, pigs, cows, goats and other small animals at the sanctuary for animals with nowhere else to turn . A 110-page manual will be provided.

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ountain Laurel Pilates has begun a new schedule of group Pilates classes. Classical Pilates teaches body awareness and helps develop a new level of mind and body connection. It doesn’t matter if people are physically active or recovering from injuries; all experience the benefits of Pilates at Mountain Laurel Pilates. Judy Fink offers the highest-quality instruction and guidance available, based upon the system of exercises and philosophies originally developed by Joseph H. Pilates. She is passionate about Pilates and dedicated to preserving the integrity of the Classical Pilates method. Participants receive individual attention from an authentically-trained, fully certified Pilates teacher that understands how to tailor a workout specifically to individual body and capabilities in an atmosphere defined by energy and professionalism. The new group class schedule includes Mondays at 4 p.m. – Intermediate/Advanced Tower Class; Wednesdays at 5 p.m. - Mixed Level Group Mat Class; Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. - Mixed Level Tower Class; Fridays at 3:30 p.m. - Mixed Mat/Small Apparatus Class and Sundays at 11 a.m. - Inter/Advanced Wunda Chair Mania. Location: 8 Silk Mill Dr., Hawley, PA. For more information, call 570-857-1707. See ad page 33.

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osie Porter Farm will host an open house and farm tour from 3 to 8 p.m., June 2, where guests can test the garlic vinegars, sample seasonal foods, tour the farm, listen to live music, and enjoy the picnic area and hiking trails. Bring a dish to share for a potluck meal and enjoy the evening around the campfire. Josie Porter has been offering healthy, chemicalfree produce and food to our community for over 10 years, and is now accepting 2018 CSA applications, including a new box share drop-off site at St. Luke's Monroe Campus in Stroudsburg. The Josie Porter Farm actively works with a number of other small family farms, that share the same values, within the regional "foodshed" to insure the highest quality and widest variety of sustainably produced and certified organically grown fruits, vegetables, meats and dairy products for their buying club and within the weekly CSA share program. Location: 6514 Cherry Valley Rd., Stroudsburg, PA. For more information, call the store at 570-992-5731 or email See ad page 17.

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ynn Wright, RN, MSN, DNM, owner of Lynn’s Healing Center, offers specialized diagnostic options to help clients uncover imbalances that could be affecting their health. Wright holds a doctorate in naturopathic ministry, graduated from Trinity School of Natural Health, and has studied biophysiology with Biomedx, Totemkin Institute, Lighthouse Institute, and other schools. Nutritional microscopy is essentially looking at health from the inside-out. Using a fingerstick and several drops of blood on a slide placed under a special microscope, the image is projected onto a TV screen. It offers clues about the immune and digestive systems which work closely with each other, parasite load, presence of food allergies, adrenal stress, chemical toxicity, and more. BioTerrain auditing involves looking at samples of urine and saliva. It indicates issues with mineral balance, protein status, the balance of the sympathetic nervous system, efficiency of the digestive system and more. The center also offers individualized packages for detoxification and light therapy. Location: 106 Shook Rd, Ste. 101, Hawley PA. For more information, call 570-2348568 or visit See ad page 29.

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hrive Wellness Center is sponsoring an organic skincare and sampling event for Neal's Yard Remedies (NYR) at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 12 in Kingston, where guests can learn the health benefits of organic skin care and sample NYR’s ethically produced line of products. Whether revamping a skincare program to go organic or seeking an elegant and effective organic skincare line for business, this event is educational, fun and pampering. All attendees receive a free full-sized products gift and there will be a product and service raffle. Information on income opportunities with NYR will also be available. NYR was founded in England in 1981. They design, test and manufacture all their organic products at an eco-headquarters and physic gardens with a team of experts that create awardwinning products in state-of-the-art labs. They know the origins of all the herbs and ingredients, many of which are grown in the company’s gardens in Peacemarsh, Dorset, UK and at Sheepdrove Organic Farm on the Lambourn Downs in Berkshire, UK.

eri DiAngelis, 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 June 8 to June 30. 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 Keri DiAngelis for maintaining health, and herbs to guide the healing process connected to specific disorders such as sinusitis, asthma, anxiety, etc. Students will be taking home all herbal preparations made. 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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New Guidelines Lower the Bar for Risky Blood Pressure


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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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Massage and Bodywork for Stress

As we go through our normal dayto-day living, stress and tension can accumulate in the body, blocking our very own natural energy. Pain, stiffness and imbalance can be the result, but hope is not lost. Massage therapy and bodywork can help us stay on track. For more than 20 years, studies have shown some of the positive effects of massage therapy, such as reduction of stress, anxiety, pain and fatigue. According to Bobbi Summers, licensed massage therapist and a graduate of the Kripalu School of Bodywork and the Kripalu School of Yoga, the goal during massage and bodywork is to locate the blockages, assist in their release and create the space where one’s own natural energy can flow freely once again. She says awareness is growing about the need to take care of ourselves in our fast-paced world, and that massage and bodywork continue to supply comfortable, pleasant and affordable ways to maintain optimal energy flow. For those who need assistance with health concerns, massage offers safe, noninvasive techniques. Other known benefits of regular massage include heightened self-awareness; enhanced feelings of self-worth; increased range of

motion, circulation and lymph flow; and strengthened immune system. It also helps restore the nervous system to normal physiological functioning, assists the lengthening of tissues, improves the elimination function of the skin and helps release metabolic wastes and toxins from tissues. Numerous types of massage and bodywork treatments are available, all with different origins and aims, but the premise of the treatment is ultimately the same – to relax and rebalance the body. Still, understanding

the difference is important in helping find what will work for you. Summers recommends doing your research, but has a few favorites, including Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy for chronic back pain; Swedish massage for complete relaxation; deep tissue massage to reach underlying tissues; energy balancing to help foster wellness for mind, body and spirit; and instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, a set of techniques to address scar tissue and fascial restrictions, eliminate pain, restore rotation of movement and accelerate recovery, to name a few. To book an appointment or for more information on Bobbi Summers and her services, call 570-839-1898 or visit massage. Asian Institute is located at 1355 Pocono Blvd., Mount Pocono. See ad page 18.

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Meds in Urban Streams Drive Microbial Resistance

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

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


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Africans Unite to Save Rhinos

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

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

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Contact Bear Creek Organics for a custom foodscape that is right for you. We design and install vegetable gardens, bee and butterfly gardens, backyard orchards, food forests, and a diversity of edible landscapes large and small. If you were thinking about growing your own food this year then we can help you avoid costly mistakes while taking advantage of the best your property has to offer. The first step is to reach out to us via email or phone to schedule a consultation. Our initial consultation and site visit will help maximize the success of your project and minimize common mistakes. We focus on understanding your vision and goals while assessing your land to locate sweet spots, hidden problems and unknowns. Then we begin to find balance between your vision and your land. We are very process-oriented and have developed a system for creating success across different landscapes, ecologies and climates. This process involves problem solving, planning and designing and is the foundation of our business and the success of your land. Bear Creek Organics also runs an edible landscape nursery tailored for Northeastern PA. We carry organically grown fruit and nut trees, berry and nut bushes, native flowers and even some vegetables. Our plants are of the highest quality. We carry many varieties and cultivars not sold in big box stores or local garden centers. Our stock includes apples, pears, plums, peaches, cherries, chestnuts, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, serviceberries, and hazelnuts. We also carry a large assortment of native flowers, medicinal plants, and some heirloom vegetables. Our nursery is appointment only. It is our job to help you succeed and we want to give you personal attention to make the best decisions. We encourage our clients to take advantage of our expertise in problem solving, design, and plant selection by first scheduling a consultation and hiring us to design your property. We believe in our process so we guarantee all of our work that we design and install. For those not interested in a full design and installation, we have an advanced placement package to accommodate your needs. The advanced placement package includes a rough design, plant selection and delivery with expert placement and spacing. We make sure you have the right plants in the right spots but allow you to save money by doing the installation yourself. Finally, if you already have a plan and a design then we can simply provide the plants and the rest is up to you. We want people to grow their own food in their own backyards. If you are looking to work with experts in the field of food production than we are here for you. Bear Creek Organics is located in Bear Creek Village PA. For more information call 570-582-0615 or email Also see our facebook page for weekly updates. May 2018


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Artistically decorated rocks featuring inspirational messages are turning up in Mobile, Alabama, and along the Gulf of Mexico shoreline as part of The Kindness Rocks Project (TheKindnessRocksProject. com). Anyone can paint rocks and “plant” them for someone else to discover. Likewise, everyone is invited to hunt for kindness rocks. Those that find a rock are free to take it, plant it somewhere else or leave it for someone else to find. The grassroots movement was created to spread inspiration and motivation for unsuspecting recipients through the random placement of the rocks in public spaces. The goal is to encourage others to find creative ways to reach out and brighten someone else’s day unexpectedly, whether it’s through kindness rocks, love notes or random acts of generosity.

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The British supermarket chain Iceland is planning to eliminate or drastically reduce plastic packaging for more than 1,000 of its house-label products by the end of 2023, switching to paper-based trays instead. Nigel Broadhurst, joint managing director of Iceland, explains that the typical ready meal was packaged in a particularly bad way. “It is currently in a black plastic tray. That black plastic is the worst possible option in terms of toxins going into the ground and the ability to recycle that product.” He also notes that instead of the usual plastic bag, grocers could put netting around a bunch of apples the same as with oranges. Iceland’s research found that 80 percent of shoppers would endorse a supermarket’s move to go plastic-free.


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


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As ambitious folks undertake spring cleaning, questions arise about what is and isn’t recyclable, as well as how to do the right thing on an ongoing basis. The world can benefit from our efforts: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that every ton of recycled paper saves the energy equivalent of 322 gallons of gasoline, while a ton of aluminum cans saves 21 barrels of oil. Putting the wrong items into a recycle bin demands extra time and effort at local facilities. We can test our knowledge by taking this short true or false quiz. Please note that local standards may vary, so check for specifics. 1. Both paper and plastic bags are recyclable. 2. All paper in the form of phone books, newspapers, magazines, junk mail, office paper and paperboard, is recyclable. 3. Cardboard pizza boxes can be recycled despite absorption of grease and food residue.

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4. Aluminum, steel and tin-plated cans can all go in the recycling bin. 5. Some of these items are recyclable: Styrofoam food containers and cups, used paint cans, sewing needles, non-empty aerosol cans, garden hoses and clothing. 6. Recycling broken glass is the same as intact glass. 7. It’s easy to recycle a broken or outmoded cell phone or laptop computer. 8. It’s vital to recycle office and other paper. Answers: 1. False; generally, only paper bags are recyclable unless a grocer or big-box retailer has its own program for plastic bags. 2. True 3. False 4. True, if free of harmful chemical residue. 5. False; generally, none are recyclable. Notable exceptions for foam are detailed at; shipping storefronts may accept foam packing peanuts. 6. False; put broken light bulbs and other shattered glass in the trash; bring all fluorescent bulbs to a local building supply store. 7. True; many consumer electronics retailers and manufacturers, states and charities offer options to recycle or donate devices. Visit RecyclingForCharities. com,, or 8. True; 30 percent of landfill trash generated annually is paper, outweighed only by plastic and food waste. May 2018



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


What are three things I am grateful for?

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

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


What are two things I did well today?

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

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

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fter Los Angeles native Kelly Noonan-Gores spent 20 years in front of the camera as an actress, she turned her talents to producing award-winning films like Tooken, Beneath and Take a Seat. She considers her latest, the documentary HEAL (, to be her ultimate achievement. “I included as many inspiring stories of healing change as possible to expand viewers’ beliefs in what’s possible, to alter the narrative around mystery illnesses being incurable or cancer equaling death,” says Noonan-Gores. When she was prescribed Prilosec for acid reflux at age 28, Noonan-Gores decided she was too young and otherwise healthy to become dependent on it. By


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taking an integrative nutrition course, she realized the possibilities of alternative healing methods, catalyzing an ongoing exploration into optimizing life and health through the powers of mind, body and spirit. “We are not the passive victims of faulty genes; our lifestyle choices, thoughts, and beliefs shape our health,” says Noonan-Gores, a longtime practitioner of yoga and meditation. HEAL features uplifting interviews with the scientists, visionaries and healers that inspired her, including Deepak Chopra, Bruce Lipton, Marianne Williamson and patients diagnosed with diverse ailments that sought different healing modalities to take their health into their own hands.

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

Which messages in how the body and mind collaborate to promote healing are audiences keying in on?

Visualization is a powerful and widespread tool in healing; we can use imagination to reframe and tell a different story. Research has shown that visualizations can affect brain chemistry and lessen side effects. The mind is conditioned to go to the worst-case scenario; we can instead retrain it to focus on the best-case scenario, and what we want to happen, increasing the likelihood it will occur.

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

How do emotions influence health and healing?

Gregg Braden and Joe Dispenza, interviewed in HEAL, discuss how rage, jealousy, trauma and fear put the body in a stress response and create inflammation and other detrimental effects. But love, kindness, joy, gratitude and compassion release healing hormones and neurochemicals like oxytocin, serotonin and dopamine. It’s empowering to know that when negative emotions arise, you can become aware of and release them, then pivot to focus on gratitude or do something that cultivates joy. It’s a moment-by-moment choice.

Healthy people require a healthy planet; how can we apply these same principles to bring our world back into balance?

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lthough natural health enthusiasts may recognize alternative healing modalities as a preferred approach to treatment, in the face of major health issues, even they tend to join the crowd that’s turning first to conventional medicine. Thus, many gentler modalities described in The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, co-authored by doctors of naturopathy Michael T. Murray and


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Joseph Pizzorno, remain largely untapped resources. Ignored because they are unsupported by traditional science-based medicine, holistic measures such as acupuncture, energy medicine, essential oils, herbs, detoxification, health-promoting diets, homeopathy, prayer and meditation, supplementation, yoga, massage and naturopathy are sacrificed in favor of often painful medical procedures and prescription drugs which can’t claim to perma-

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

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Resistance to Change

“The conventional medical community wants to maintain the model in which they have heavily invested centuries of time, energy and money. Patients that investi-

gate integrative and complementary medicine may resist hearing that in order to get well, they might need to change their worldview and lifestyle, take a leave of absence from their job, develop a spiritual practice, exercise or maybe even leave a toxic relationship,” says Schomer. “Conventional medicine says take this pill and keep living your life the same way,” says Schomer. “We are not demonizing doctors, pharmaceuticals or the medical system. We simply believe that individuals are more empowered to heal when they take control of their health.” Eva Lee, a resident of Los Angeles featured in the documentary, suffers from a rare and unpredictable form of blistering skin inflammation. “I’ve tested negative for faulty genes and all sorts of rare viruses and bacteria, which helped point me towards holistic methods. So far, following the directives of Dr. Mark Emerson, a chiropractor specializing in nutrition, in Maui, Hawaii, who I met while filming, has helped my body become healthier and deal with inflammation levels that rapidly reduced as soon as I detoxed and elimi-

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nated meat and dairy from my diet,” says Lee. Still, it’s hard for her to accept that her condition could be due to the type of stress and suppressed emotions that Anthony William explores in his book Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal. “Before, I wasn’t familiar with EFT, which I continue to use and benefit from. However, despite everything I’ve learned, I can’t give up on all Western medicine, put my faith in alternatives and let my intuition and faith guide me to healing. It’s easier to be skeptical than to have faith,” Lee says.

Quiet Role Models

Sheila Tucker, a resident of Navarre, Florida, has been a registered nurse for 20 years, practicing in hospital settings such as critical care, emergency and administration. “I know and understand doctors, surgeries and pharmaceutical treatments and hospitals,” says Tucker, who recalls that throughout her life she was taught to believe in a system that suddenly stopped working for her. “In 2014, I was dying from a rare autoimmune condition, requiring full-time care, and planning my funeral. Doctors had tried everything, yet my health continued to decline. When I saw a friend’s Facebook posts about her use of essential oils, I was curious, but reluctant to reach out, and didn’t want anyone to know that I called her for advice,” recalls Tucker. “Shortly after my friend arrived with her oils, my husband came home with our daughter, who had strep throat and a fever. She made us promise to use selected oils through the night and prayed with us.” Tucker attributes the miracle of her daughter’s turnaround the next morning to shifting her paradigm and opening her up to believing in the healing power of essential oils. Thanks to her friend and role model, Tucker learned how to use therapeuticgrade oils, supplements and a healthy diet to cleanse her body of the heavy toxic load accumulated from several years of expensive drug treatments. Today, she is a healthy and enthusiastic advocate, and her personal results opened the eyes of her physician to the point where she also

shifted her own philosophy of healing. Tucker now offers educational classes in her office and online through her website that reaches hundreds of individuals worldwide. She advises, “Reach out to people that you see are having positive results with a different healing system than yours. Ask them to show, help and teach you. I’ve seen many people restored to health by using methods that science is only beginning to understand.”

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“Outside of any dominant paradigm, it’s easier to cast suspicion than to make curious inquiry and, over time, working within a dominant worldview creates polarity, the antithesis of ‘wholism’. An inclusive approach integrates all medical and complementary approaches, as well as interaction with the natural world,” says Patrick Hanaway, a family physician and founder of Family to Family Medicine, in Asheville, North Carolina. Hanaway, the former director of medical education for the Institute for Functional Medicine and the first medical director at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, explains, “Doctors have a rigorous job filled with responsibility. Change is difficult and investigating vastly different ways of practicing medicine requires a degree of curiosity and openness. I am heartened by thought leaders and heads of top medical schools who are presently opening up to functional medicine, natural medicine and complementary approaches.” “The paradigm shift we are ushering in has been 50 years in the making,” assesses Hanaway. “Some medical professionals are immersed in a polar view of right and wrong, offering personal attacks and disparaging comments to maintain control of the dialogue. This is not appreciated by patients who look to the doctor as a teacher—the Latin docere means to teach. “The movement to change medicine and the cultural paradigm of healing is a marathon, not a sprint, and those of us involved are prepared to stay the course.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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

ing lifestyle medicine, Bland founded the nonprofit Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute ( in 2012. Seeking to transform the entire medical approach to chronic illness, the Seattle-based organization is a virtual and onsite hub for health professionals, researchers, educators and the public to share ideas and converse about how personalized functional medicine can be delivered to everyone as an improved standard of care.

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

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

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Mountain Valley Midwife Talks About Natural Birth by Sheila Julson


ertified Professional Midwife Jenn Timbs of My Birth by Design, LLC and Mountain Valley Home Birth & Doula Service, knows first-hand how important it is for pregnant women to educate themselves and follow their instincts. As a mother of six, Timbs had unpleasant pregnancy and birthing experiences through conventional obstetrical care during her first two pregnancies, and she knew there had to be a better way. When she became pregnant again, she chose a


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home birth and was so impressed by her midwife and the natural childbirth process that she became a childbirth educator and doula. She eventually became a certified professional midwife through the North American Registry of Midwives. “The biggest advantage of home births is how personal it is,” Timbs explains. In conventional medicine, a woman might go in for a routine obstetrical visit, and if her blood pressure is slightly elevated, the physician or nurse practitioner

might become immediately concerned and prescribe medication; however, a midwife will take the time to ask a patient if a stressful event had occurred. “If you just wait and let her talk, by the end of the appointment, her blood pressure has usually returned to normal. Instead of jumping to a conclusion that there is something wrong clinically, a midwife takes the time to figure out these issues.” Timbs says a midwife spends time getting to know their clients and their families, which builds trust. She begins each potential client relationship with a free consult that allows expectant mothers and their families to ask questions and determine if all personalities are a good match. Timbs attends home births and also offers water-birthing services. She says that water birthing is very effective for pain relief, since the water helps soften muscles and tissues. “Your body feels lighter in water, and your blood pressure goes down. It’s also good for the baby. It makes a nice, easy transition, since they go from a water environment to another warm water environment.” A midwife follows the same prenatal and delivery schedule as an obstetrician. Timbs sees clients once a month until the 28th week of pregnancy, and then every couple of weeks from the 28th to 36th week, and then once per week until delivery. The expectant mom calls Timbs when she believes she’s in labor, and then Timbs will ascertain the woman is in labor and will sit with her and help support her as she has her baby. After the baby is born, Timbs will do a newborn exam and make sure both mother and baby are stable, that breastfeeding has been established, that bleeding is under control, and that the infant is thoroughly examined. Timbs returns in a couple of days to check the mother and do a newborn screening. She also makes sure breastfeeding is going well and that the mom feels supported and safe. Her midwife service concludes with twoweek and six-week postpartum visits. Timbs hears many misconceptions about natural childbirth, such as that the process is dangerous. “We screen women that choose home births carefully and make sure they aren’t at risk. Some people believe that midwives aren’t trained,

or that they lack education. We go through two to four years of education and training to become certified professionals.” Medical interventions during childbirth have become commonplace over the last few decades, but Timbs doubts they are necessary. “There are rare times where we have to transport patients that need medical attention, and physicians only see midwives when there’s a problem, so they form a negative option of us,” she notes. “But I also see obstetricians with bad outcomes, and I talk to women

that were traumatized from bad experiences and had things done to them without their consent. Women should know if they were given Pitocin (an artificial hormone used to stimulate contractions) after they had a baby, or they should be allowed to give birth in whatever position they want. They should be able to walk around, or eat and drink. The woman should be the one in control of her birth.” Timbs’ apprentice, Abigail Iovine, with Cardinal Birth, does placenta encapsulation, in which the placenta is dehydrated, ground down and put into a capsule. The placenta is then offered at the two-day follow-up visit, as long as breast-feeding is established. “A lot of moms report that the placenta capsules helps them with their mood, and getting back on their feet quicker after birth.” Placenta encapsulation is a fairly new procedure in the United States. Other cultures see the placenta as a sacred organ because it nourished new life from within, Timbs explains, and some

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cultures eat part of the placenta, while some dry it and keep it. Midwives typically assist women with low-risk pregnancies, yet Timbs advises that women that have high-risk pregnancies or medically managed care can still find ways to help make that experience better. “You can find a doula or take a childbirth education class, or watch your diet and see a nutritionist—these are all ways to start on the right path, no matter which way you choose to have your baby. Educate yourself and read as much as possible. There’s no such thing as having too much education,” Timbs advises. Timbs notes that being a midwife is overall very rewarding. “In this type of work, you get to know people at their most vulnerable and sacred times of their lives. It’s an honor to be chosen to take care of people during that time, “ she says. For more information about My Birth by Design and Mountain Valley Home Birth & Doula Service, call 1-888-615-6223 or visit or See ad, page 30.

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Moving Through

MENOPAUSE Exercising Reduces Symptoms by Marlaina Donato


ransitioning through menopause and the years of perimenopausal hormone fluctuation leading up to the finale can be physically and emotionally challenging for many women. Consistently following a healthy diet and positive lifestyle are important, and health researchers, doctors and midlife women can attest to the multidimensional benefits of exercise. Perks may include reduction of menopausal discomfort, better brain function, stronger bones and reversal of estrogen dominance syndrome that can set the stage for fibroids, cystic breasts, cancer, migraines and weight gain.


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Studies of 3,500 women in South and Central America have shown that a more active life reduces hot flashes and night sweats. The results, published in Menopause, the journal of the North American Menopause Society, reveal that sedentary individuals often experience increased intensity of related symptoms like insomnia and irritability. Aerobic exercise such as regular walking, hiking, swimming or biking might also help the brain produce neurochemicals that are compromised when estrogen levels drop. Sue Markovitch, author and owner of Clear Rock Fitness, in Columbus, Ohio, recommends aerobic exercise. “I believe our bodies were made to move. One of the amazing gifts of fitness is it’s truly never too late. When we incorporate daily movement in our lives, all the other systems in the body will work more according to plan. Simply taking a daily walk helps balance brain chemistry,” says Markovitch, who specializes in improving fitness levels for women over 40. “Walking is fitness magic, whether it’s on a treadmill, outside or in the pool. Get your heart rate into an aerobic zone, preferably for 30 to 45 minutes. I’ve heard testimony after testimony of improved sleep, less back or joint pain and better mood.” She also suggests adding a few weekly sessions of resistance training to daily walks. Most health professionals agree that balance is the key. Jeanne D. Andrus, a menopause expert and author of I Just Want to Be ME Again, in Covington, Louisiana, recommends cardio, resistance training and exercise that increases flexibility and core strength. “For a beginner, this may include two to four days of walking, one to three days of strength training and one to three days of yoga or Pilates, with the goal being three and a half hours of activity per week.” Of course, all of these need to be at appropriate levels for the woman’s condition and goals,” advises Andrus. According to studies led by Helen Jones, Ph.D., from the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University, UK, three, 30-to-45-minute aerobic sessions a week reduced hot flashes and yielded the most significant results.

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While some conventional approaches suggest vigorous exercise, many holistic professionals caution against extremes. “It’s impor-


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

Lighten Up

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

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udley Evenson didn’t set out to devise a strategy to foster constructive, nurturing communications between parents and their offspring. Yet as she and her husband, Dean, raised their three children decades ago, timeless guiding principles emerged. “We were like other parents—learning and growing along with our children,” says Evenson, a certified professional life coach, musician and co-founder of the instrumental recording label Soundings of the Planet (, in Bellingham, Washington. “Then, in the early 1980s, I met Joshua Halpern, who wanted to include our perspectives and techniques in his book, operty of Natural Awakenings and may not be reproduced in any other publication without permisChildren of the Dawn: Visions of the New Family.” sher. Please review the proof carefully. Natural Awakenings is not responsible for any error not So she shared her way of cultivating kind, caring and will be published as it appears if the proof is not returned to us. If there are any questions about empathetic youngsters that has worked for two generations of e call or email. her family: “Our role is not to impose our beliefs on children and grandchildren, but to guide and help them develop their Date: / / dreams, visions, paths and passions.” Other experts agree.

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Be Consistent. Evenson maintains, “Mom and Dad or the primary parental figures should try to establish a unified, mutually supportive program.” “Consistency is one of the cornerstones of effective parenting,” says Dana Cooley-Keith, with 20 years of experience working with families in crisis in Northwest Georgia. “Even if it’s hard, it’s particularly important for divorced parents to be consistent and on the same page. Otherwise, it creates stress for the entire

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is key to explain things to children and to listen to them,” says Evenson’s daughter, Cristen Olsen, of Seattle, who raised her daughter using her family’s guiding principles, and now uses them as a nanny. “It helps them learn how to process situations and find their own resolutions to difficult problems.” Olsen says she becomes a mediator when the siblings she cares for don’t agree. “We solve the problem together by hearing all sides, talking through the issues and reaching for understanding. Many times, the kids come up with their own solutions.”

lesson or reasoning a parent is trying to project,” says Hogin. “Taking a step back and working out an issue one-on-one is usually more appropriate and effective.”

Maintain good habits. Evenson em-

phasizes the character strength that comes from observing and practicing good habits and healthy lifestyles that avoids gossip and incorporates creative exploration of life. This includes “Doing everything in love,”

she notes. Such all-encompassing love balances love for our own children with love for all children and respect for all life.

Be patient with yourself. “No one is perfect,” Evenson remarks. “Just do your best. Guide, console and discipline while keeping a sense of humor.” Connect with the freelance writer at

Provide meaningful boundaries and restrictions. Kids typically push

to find their limits. “Establish limits and boundaries when children are young,” says Cooley-Keith. “They will be more accepting of rules if you establish them earlier, rather than later. Most often, boundaries provide security for kids.”

Accept their point of view. Evenson always encouraged her children to voice their opinions. “This is a great point,” says Hogin. “For children to learn to have opinions and speak out, we must value what they say. We don’t have to agree with everything they say, but should listen and encourage them to find their voice and use their words.” Trust children. “Believe in them,” affirms

Evenson. “Be on their side. Let them feel your support and love.”

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develop their own sense of responsibility,” Olsen says. “I find making strong eye contact reinforces my words, so I don’t have to nag or repeat myself often.”

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Five Reasons to Love a Cat

They Bring Health and Happiness Home by Sandra Murphy

a cat is only half as likely to develop allergies to pets, ragweed, grass and dust mites, much as inoculations guard against disease and boost immune systems. The study, published in Clinical & Experimental Allergy, followed children from infancy to age 18. French researchers discovered autistic children age 5 and older that had a cat were more willing to share, offer comfort to others and show empathy. Sharing cat responsibilities tightened family bonds. Cats like routine, especially for meals, making them good pets for Alzheimer’s patients that may lose track of time. Many people like the added warmth of a nearby sleeping cat at night. Fifteen minutes of exercise, followed by a snack, will put kitty on the owner’s sleep schedule.

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s beloved and compatible pets, indoor cats provide emotional, mental and physical benefits.

Companionship Loneliness is never a problem with a cat around. “Cats need to be fed, have litter changed and be brushed,” says Lisa Bahar, a therapist and clinical counselor at Lisa Bahar Marriage and Family Therapy, in Newport Beach, California. “Being comforted by a cat helps with depression and isolation.” While at Indiana University Bloomington Media School, Jessica Gall Myrick, Ph.D., now associate professor at Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications at Pennsylvania State University, in University Park, discovered watching cat videos isn’t just fun, but a way to feel more energetic and positive. With some 94 million YouTube tales of cat adventures online, there’s no lack of available mood boosters.

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Improved Health Talking to kitty can make a bad day better. A lap cat prompts enforced timeouts and excuses to nap. Petting reduces tension and stress. Aimee Gilbreath, executive director of the Michelson Found Animals Foundation, in Los Angeles, points to a study from Life Sciences Research Institute, in Pretoria, South Africa, showing, “Simply petting a cat can reduce stress-related cortisol, while increasing serotonin and oxytocin.” The Second National Health and Nutrition Examination Study Mortality Follow-up concluded that having a cat lowers risk of myocardial infarction (heart attack) and cardiovascular disease including strokes, making cats a novel path to a healthier heart. When researchers reporting in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America measured the purring sound of domestic cat purrs, they discovered these resonate at 25 and 50 Hertz (Hz), the two low frequencies that best promote bone growth and fracture healing. Purrs also have a strong harmonic near 100 Hz, a level some orthopedic doctors and physical therapists use for ultrasound therapy. A child under a year old living with

Overall, cats are self-sufficient animals, requiring only love, food and a spotless litter box. Self-cleaning, most cats don’t require regular trips to the groomer for haircuts and a bath. Scratching posts keep nails short. A snack, playtime or welcoming puddle of sunshine persuades kitty that it’s naptime. “In rescue, we say dogs are toddlers and cats are teenagers. Cats live without constant oversight,” says jme Thomas, cofounder of Motley Zoo Animal Rescue, in Redmond, Washington. “They’re good pets for busy people. Adopt two at the same time so they bond and aren’t lonely.”

Cats are Eco-Friendly A New Zealand study reports that cats have a lower carbon footprint than dogs, comparing dogs to a Hummer and cats to a Volkswagen Golf. Dogs eat more beef, incurring red meat’s huge footprint. “Because cats eat less than most dogs overall, it saves money, too,” says Gilbreath. Everyone needs someone to care for and love. With about 77 million cats living in U.S. households and more in shelters or rescues, there’s plenty of people- and planet-friendly love to be found. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouis


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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 Nutritional Muscle Testing – Muscle Testing, Applied Kinesiology, is dowsing using the body as the dowsing tool. Learn and practice testing the points on the body that reflect the nutritional and health status of the body. Public, $75, or $50 for previous students. RSVP at 973-267-4816. 11am-3:30pm. Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave, Suite 202, Morristown, NJ


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SUNDAY, MAY 6 Keeping a Natural Medicine Chest – Lecture: The ABCs of Health. Nutritional course must be taken as a series. Next course begins October 2018. For more information contact Dian’s Wellness Simplified 973267-4816. 12pm-5pm. Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave, Suite 202, Morristown, NJ

MONDAY, MAY 7 Early Explorers - A unique program series for children ages 3-6 and a guardian that offers discoverybased learning about the natural world through stories, art, and outdoor explorations. We will take a closer look at how animal mothers raise their young. $8. 1-2:30pm. RSVP to 570-842-1506. Lackawanna College Environmental Education Ctr, 93 MacKenzie Road, Covington Twp. 570-842-1506.

TUESDAY, MAY 8 Free Energy Healing Clinic – Let us assist you on your road to health and relaxation from 6:308pm. at The Castle Inn 20 Delaware Ave. Room 208 Delaware Water Gap. Call 570-269-9095 for more info. Donations appreciated but not necessary. Aura Workshop – Learn about the aura, what it is and does as and how to sense or see the aura. Topics include the colors, shape, size and dimensions of the aura and how to interpret them as well as the best ways to see or sense the auric field. Public, $50, or $35 for previous students. RSVP at 973-267-4816. 6pm-8pm. Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave, Suite 202, Morristown, NJ LCEEC Beekeepers Club – Whether you are an experienced beekeeper, a new-bee, are interested in beekeeping or would simply like to learn more about the honey bee, this group is for you! Join us for fun, friendship, and education to share beekeeping experiences. Free and open to the public. 7pm. Lackawanna College Environmental Education Ctr, 93 MacKenzie Road, Covington Twp. 570842-1506.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 9 Family Birding 101! – Join the crew from The Pocono Avian Research Center on a family birding hike. This introduction to birding will include how to use binoculars and field guides, common PA bird identification, and a bird walk. Binoculars and field guides will be available. 5:30-7pm. $5pp. RSVP required 570-842-1506. Lackawanna College Environmental Education Ctr, 93 MacKenzie Road, Covington Twp. 570-842-1506.

THURSDAY, MAY 10 PEMF Open House – Do you suffer from discomfort due to inflammation or have challenges with muscle stiffness, limited range of motion, or circulatory issues? PEMF is a non-invasive and gentle treatment to improve circulation, increase oxygen to the cells and reduce pain and inflammation. 15 min appts 9am-8pm. $15 must RSVP. Thrive Wellness, 647 Wyoming Ave, Kingston, 570-283-0111.

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SUNDAY, MAY 13 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

TUESDAY, MAY 15 Conquer Your Allergies – Why do some people get allergies every year while others don’t? What are the best ways to test for food or environmental allergies? Learn about the new cutting edge natural therapies for allergies. 7pm. Sunrise Nutrition, 149 Route 94, Blairstown NJ. RSVP to 908-362-6868. Book Talk and Signing – Materials on Hand is an original, not your typical poetry book in form or content, it is an exquisite and engaging telling that captures an uplifting journey as a poem a day over the last 14 months of the author’s mother’s life and shines a light on the fine line between heartache and beauty. Page Nolker distills the complex intricacies of caregiving 2-4pm. Cooperage, Honesdale. Business Meetings – Graduates of Dian’s Nutritional Certification Course monthly free business meeting held on the third Tuesday of each month. The topics discussed range from practice consultations and practicums to business building techniques. Free for students of Dian’s Nutritional Program. RSVP at 973 267-4816. 5:30-7pm. Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave, Suite 202, Morristown, NJ

WEDNESDAY, MAY 16 SEVA Stress Release Training – SEVA is a selfcare Acupressure protocol that does not require special equipment, is simple to perform, and only takes a few minutes to receive. Can be given to anyone in virtually any setting. Public, $50, or $35 for students of Dian’s Nutritional. RSVP at 973 267-4816. 6-8pm. Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave, Suite 202, Morristown, NJ

THURSDAY, MAY 17 Natural Mommy – From diapers to cleaning products, new moms discover ways to support your family naturally, and share in our growing community. General health concepts will be shared, and you can explore the benefits of Chiropractic and Young Living Essential Oils & Lifestyle Products for your family. 6pm-7:30pm. Free. ProActive Family Chiropractic, 113 North Turnpike Road, Dalton. 570-763-9536 for more information 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.

SATURDAY, MAY 19 Basic Chainsaw Skills for Homeowners - Sandcut Outdoors will teach new chainsaw users the basics of using a chainsaw including operation, safety, and some basic first aid. Not suitable for children under 14. $10pp. RSVP by 5/16 to 570-842-1506. Lackawanna College Environmental Education Ctr, 93 MacKenzie Road, Covington Twp. 570-842-1506.

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16th Annual Spring Spiritual Expo – The expo that opened the door. 170 quality vendors at one of the largest events of it kind on the east coast. Holistic speakers all day. Vendor space may still be available. 10am-6pm. $8. Agri-plex Center, 1725 Chew Street, Allentown. 610-791-2641. Signs and Symptoms of Nutritional Deficiencies – Covers the signs of a body’s nutrient depletion as represented by the presence of various symptoms and the warnings when depleted. Many all symptoms diagnosed as a disease are merely the body revealing deficiencies. Public $50, or $35 for students of Dian’s Nutritional Program. RSVP at 973 267-4816. 11am-1:30pm. Dian Freeman at Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave, Suite 202, Morristown, NJ Manifesting Workshop – Learn how to manifest better through the best use of words, intentions and prayer structure to bring about change in your life as well as support the prayers of others. Bring a couple of intentions you would like to manifest through creating better language. Public, $50, or $35 for students of Dian’s Nutritional Program. RSVP at 973 267-4816. 2pm-4:30pm. Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave, Suite 202, Morristown, NJ


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

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savethedate HEALING FAIRIES RETREAT JUNE 22-24, 2018 Need to rejuvenate and heal? Connect with nature and the fairies at this healing retreat. Bring wings and dress comfortably. Himalayan Institute, Honesdale, PA. Cost: $275. 570-253-5551 healing-fairies-retreat

savethedate REIKI CERTIFICATION CLASSES MOUNTAIN TOP & WILKES-BARRE Reiki 1, Certification Program – June 2, 2018. 9:30am-5pm. Usui/Tibetan- Highlights: History of Reiki, Japanese Reiki Techniques, Reiki 1 Initiation, Hands on practice, includes 179-page manual, Register by 5/26. CEU’s LMT’s Instructors; Donna & Jayne Reiki 2, Certification Program – July 28, 2018. 9:30am-5pm. Highlights: Three Reiki Symbols, Japanese Reiki Techniques, Reiki 2 Attunement, hands-on practice time, 179-page manual if didn’t receive in Reiki 1. Register by 7 /21/18. CEUs. Instructors Anthony & Donna

Meal Planning Guidelines – The student will learn dietary planning for both adults and children and nutritional healing protocols for chronic ailments including irritable bowel syndrome, acid reflux, celiac disease, obesity, diabetes, autoimmune issues, and more. Part of certification or for personal use. 9:30am-5:30pm. $325 per level. Thrive Wellness, 647 Wyoming Ave, Kingston, 570-283-0111 Energy Medicine and Homeopathy – Learn about various energy centers in the body and how they relate to overall health. Rooted in Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese medicine this information links emotional trauma to disease and symptoms. Homeopathy as complimentary care includes history and how it can be used to support acute and chronic ailments. Part of certification or for personal use. 9:30am-5:30pm. $325 per level. Thrive Wellness, 647 Wyoming Ave, Kingston. 570-283-0111 Digestion and Elimination – Class Three of Dian’s six-month Nutrition Course. Nutritional course must be taken as a series. Next course begins October 2018. For more information contact Dian’s Wellness Simplified 973-267-4816. 12pm-5pm. Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave, Suite 202, Morristown, NJ

MONDAY, MAY 21 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. 6pm. Free with RSVP. Thrive Wellness Center, 647 Wyoming Ave. Kingston. 570-283-0111 Early Explorers - A unique program series for children ages 3-6 and a guardian that offers discovery-based learning about the natural world through stories, art, and outdoor explorations. Learn about bird’s unique adaptations and search for our fine-feathered friends. $8. 1-2:30pm. RSVP to 570842-1506. Lackawanna College Environmental Education Ctr, 93 MacKenzie Road, Covington Twp. 570-842-1506.

Reiki for Animals 1 & 2 June 9-10 – Locations Violet Studio, Mountain Top & Indraloka Animal Sanctuary see display ad in this issue. Contact Anthony V. Wojnar D.D. RMT, Life Holistic Center LLC. Member: IARP. 570-706-6680.

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 23 Spring Mushroom Walk – Join herbalist, Nathaniel Whitmore in search of wild spring mushrooms along the trails of LCEEC. Includes proper identification, including the celebrated morel mushroom, along with the best habitat to find them. 5:30-7pm. $10pp. RSVP to 570-842-1506. Lackawanna College Environmental Education Ctr, 93 MacKenzie Road, Covington Twp. 570-842-1506.

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


savethedate METABOLIC RESET WEBINAR WEDNESDAY, MAY 30 * 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.

Free Introduction to the Metabolic Reboot Program- Reboot your metabolism to reduce inflammation, support healthy digestive function, balance hormones, and melt the pounds off! Learn how certaion food choices and cutting calories can negatively effect your insulin and hormone levels preventing youy from losing weight. 6:30 PM. House of Nutrition, 50 Main Street, Luzerne. 570-714-0436






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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. 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.


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. 10am, 11am 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

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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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 34.


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 12.


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 8.

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 39.


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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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.


909 Albright Ave Scranton, PA 18508 570-348-1158

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.


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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 and goals.


Mikhail Artamonov, MD PhD 391 East Brown Street East Stroudsburg, PA 18301

Combining Allopathic (Western) medicine, Oriental medicine and the newest medical technology to offer patients complete and personalized health care. Certified in Physical medicine and rehabilitation, Pain medicine, Independent Medical Examination and Addiction Medicine, Electrodiagnostic Medicine, Medical Acupuncture, Medical Marijuana, Functional and Anti-Aging Medicine. Comprehensive protocols for Lyme Disease, Stem Cell Therapy, Regenerative Medicine and HCG/ Laser Weight Loss. See ad page 24.


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 29.


Lori Jacobs – Herbalist, RM Brodheadsville, PA 18322 610-381-8999 Provides herbal & energy treatment for Alopecia, Fibromyalgia, Epstein Barr, Hormonal Disorders, Candida Overgrowth, Arthritis, Migraines, UTI’s, Anxiety and weakened Immune Systems. An excellent record reversing the autoimmune variety of Hair Loss, (Alopecia Areata) and restoring thinning hair. Offering herbal tinctures for numerous disorders. If I do not have a blend for your particular ailment, I will make it.

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

32 Years of combined experience improving energy and health of your colon, liver, gall bladder, lymph system, and immune system. Therapy addresses mood relieving altering inflammation, constipation, digestive distress, fatigue, foggy thinking, skin problems, weight issues, sinus congestion and hormonal distress. Experience optimal wellness with full-spectrum sauna, lymphatic drainage, colon hydrotherapy, better nutrition, Young Living essential oils and more. See ad on page 33.

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!




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 29.

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 22.

Dr. John Harrington 149 Route 94, Blairstown, NJ 07825 908-362-6868 •

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


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 26.


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 7.



Mountain Top, PA Anthony V Wojnar D.D., RMT, OBT 570-706-6680 Our main focus is Reiki, a Spiritual practice which promotes physical, emotional and spiritual healing. We offer Certification in Reiki 1 thru Reiki Master/Teacher Usui and Tibetan Style. Reiki and Reiki/Shiatsu sessions and, also a monthly Reiki Share. Dr. Anthony received a Master/Teacher attunement on Kurama Mtn. Japan, the birthplace of Reiki. CEU’s for Massage Therapists. Member IARP., ICRT. See ad on page 9.


Thaxton Holistic Wellness Center 228 S. Main St. Scranton, PA 18504 Mission Yoga 639 Northern Blvd, S Abington Twp, PA 18414 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 6.


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 33.


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 17.


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 24.


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 11.


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 18.

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 11.

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.

May 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.

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

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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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

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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