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Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.

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18 CREATE A LOVE NEST Set Out a Welcome Mat for a Soulmate by Arielle Ford


How Changing Your Thinking Changes Everything by April Thompson



Natural Ways to Prevent and Heal Cancer by Linda Sechrist



Yes You Can

by Dr. Conrad G. Maulfair, Jr.



Five Solutions for Sleep Apnea by Lloyd Jenkins



Caring Rehab Gives Them a Second Chance


by Sandra Murphy

32 FEAST IN THE FIELDS The Rise of Pop-Up Organic Dining

by John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist


Escape into Nature with a Day Trip by Marlaina Donato

36 DOGS AT WORK Finding the Right Dog for the Job by Sandra Murphy




ancer sucks. This may not be the best way to express myself, but despite the billions of dollars spent on treatment and research, the number of Americans diagnosed with cancer has increased nearly fivefold since President Nixon declared war on cancer in 1971. A blood cancer took my father in 2010. My friend and a regular contributor to this edition of Natural Awakenings, Elisa Smith, succumbed to the disease just a few weeks ago. Even our company president, Larry Levine, received an unexpected diagnosis of multiple Stage 4 cancers less than a year ago and was gone within weeks. Countless friends and colleges have lost family members or are going through aggressive treatments that leave them a shell of their former selves. As the second leading cause of death in the U.S. and the number one killer of women age 20 to 59 worldwide, cancer touches us all. It’s time we change the way we think about cancer. The best defense against cancer is to avoid it. Interestingly, we all have cancerous cells in out body right now, but a healthy immune system in a healthy person naturally eliminates these mutated cells. Study the graphic on page 27. I found that to be very enlightening. Make changes when cancer is getting a foothold, and you have the best chance of defeating it. Cancer and cancer treatment can be very confusing, very emotional and very controversial, but one thing is clear to me, when our bodies become stagnant or our immune system is compromised, then the cancer cells can get the upper hand. It’s no surprise to me that the increase in cancer diagnosis corresponds with timing of Americans increase in sedentary lifestyles and the increased consumption of unhealthy, chemical-laden, irradiated food. Also, the number and complexity of chemicals in our homes, workplaces and foods have increased dramatically since 1971. In my mind, the best way to avoid cancer is to eat better food, eliminate chemicals from our personal environment and move our bodies, so natural detoxification processes can perform as intended. We do also need to tend to our emotional health. Cutting-edge research does link emotions to measurable, physiological changes in the body. Negative emotion leads to illness. Pull those negative emotions out like weeds and reach for higher thoughts. In my mind, it’s a personal war. It’s me versus cancer. I want to know what is truth and what is the right approach for me as a biological individual. A truly holistic approach to being healthy is the reason this publication exists. On page 22 through page 27, we bring together many specific strategies to personally reclaim your power over cancer. Knowing the contributors to this issue has empowered me to make changes that I feel great about. I hope you find similar understanding in your own personal quest for a long, active and healthy life. Cancer sucks, but I will manage the conditions of my body and mind to show it who is the boss.

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newsbriefs Become a Master Herbalist


hrive Wellness Center is launching a Master Herbalist Certification Program with class dates beginning in August and continuing into February 2018. After completion of this program and submission of a written exam, the student will receive a certificate from the American Naturopathic and Holistic Association through the Washington Institute of Natural Medicine, in Washington D.C. Completion of this program also requires Anatomy and Physiology and Holistic Nutrition Level II both taught at Thrive. The levels are System Affinity and Terminology as related to herbs and essential oils; Detoxification; Phytochemistry/Research; Eastern Medicine; Plant Identification/Harvesting; Business Procedures Jurisprudence; and Case Studies. Each level includes seven contact hours and four homework hours. Students will learn how to make their own herbal remedies, including healing balms, lotions, teas, syrups, oils, tinctures and more. The class will discuss the entire process of preparing herbal medicines at home. Cost is $325 per level; CEU for nurses. Location: 647 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, PA. For more information, call 570-283-0111 or See ad page 48.

Restorative Yoga Teacher Training in September


oundless Yoga Studio Stroudsburg will conduct restorative yoga teacher training with Tracy Gross and Jessica Batha from September 8 through 10. This 18-hour comprehensive experiential immersion gives current teachers and serious students an in-depth guide of the techniques and practices of restorative yoga. Restorative yoga uses props and supports that allow the practitioner to hold poses for a longer period of time without the stress of trying to achieve a posture, promoting deeper relaxation and creating a space for healing. Sessions include, restorative yoga practice, practice teaching, lecture, sequencing for special conditions and populations, discussion, therapeutic techniques and time for questions and answers. Topics include the art of teaching restorative yoga; the creative use of props; the physiology of the nervous system and stress response; breathing; and more. Students will practice sequences for special populations, teaching, handling emotional responses and releases during class and hands-on assists and more. CEU available. Location: 823-F Ann St., Stroudsburg. For more information, call 570-664-0956. See ad page 29.


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Growth Brings Positive Change


he Thaxton Holistic Wellness Center is comprised of holistic practitioners and services committed to supporting emotional, mental, physical and spiritual growth and healing. Holding on to negative emotions can have a significant negative impact on the body. Services include mental health counseling for individuals, couples, families and groups. Treatment specialization includes trauma, PTSD therapy for depression, anxiety and mood disorders, parenting support, grief counseling, work and career issues, stress management, personality disorders and conflict resolution. Modalities include EMDR, dialectical behavior therapy, nutrition wellness counseling, wellness and mental health workshops, yoga, meditation, mindfulness-based stress reduction, art therapy and reiki. Founder Sara Thaxton believes that today you are one step closer to a new you, where you feel empowered and on a positive path to continued growth and well-being. The services offered at the center are designed to provide an evidenced based, integrative, and comprehensive approach to life's problems and underlying causes of concerns. Location: 228 S. Main Ave., Scranton. For more information, call Sara Thaxton at 570-904-7363. See ad page 33.

Oils and Vino DIY


oin a DIY event on Monday, August 14 at 7:00 p.m. to learn more about pure healthy products for the home and body. Attendees will experience firsthand how to make amazing custom products with essential oils including custom blended lip balm, lotion and spritzer to take home. Modern lifestyles don’t always create optimal conditions for physical wellness. From weight management to supplemental support, essential oils and essential oil-infused products can provide the targeted solutions you need to restore balance and feel your best. You can also enjoy peace of mind when you polish countertops, wash sticky hands and clean laundry with the safe and effective power of essential oils. Young Living products go through rigorous quality control steps. Seed-to-Seal is their certifiable and complete set of standards ensuring that with every targeted supplement, every skin care solution, and every pure essential oil used has the benefit of their global resources, industry leadership and 23 years of innovation. Location: Pettinato’s Restaurant, 78 Dundaff St., Carbondale. A $25 ticket includes a choice of wine or soft drinks and appetizers. For tickets, visit or call 570-281-6279. See ad page 17.

A Balanced Approach to Education


he nonprofit Growing Concern School, in Tannersville, Pennsylvania, offers a Montessori preschool and kindergarten, and a private elementary school as alternatives for parents that value an emphasis on independence, freedom within limits and respect for a child’s natural psychological, physical and social development. The school has used the Montessori method of educating children for more than 35 years. Director Jeanne Kuczek states, “Our mission is to provide an educational experience that will meet the childrens’ individual needs and help them develop cooperative relationships, responsibility for themselves and sensitivity toward others. We feel successful when the children exhibit: creativity and self-confidence, joy and consideration, initiative and competence, knowledge and a love of learning.” She notes, “Every attempt is made to nurture the child’s spiritual and intellectual needs within a caring community. The broadest and best education for our children is accomplished when the sense of community fostered in the classroom is extended to embrace each child’s family.” To arrange a tour or for more information, call 570-629-2754, email or visit See ad page 9.

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Forest Bathing for Professional Reflexology Certification Course in Lebanon Certification he Lodge at


r. Gwen Ward, of Health Quest Holistics, in Lebanon, Pennsylvania is teaching a two-day course from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., September 16 and 17, that includes everything needed to become a certified foot reflexologist using the natural electromagnetic process, with small class sizes and continued support beyond the classroom. Approved through the NCBTMB, this popular class teaches students head-to-toe alignment with no background in reflexology needed. Ward is the author of Foot Reflexology: Health Begins in the Feet! She is a 2004 graduate of Clayton College of Natural Health and holds a master’s degree in natural health and a Ph.D. as a naturopathic doctor. Schooled in nutritional live blood cell analysis since 1997, she provides clients with an up-close, real-time look at the amazing world of blood. Cost is $375 course/$75 certification; 14 CEU hours. For more information or to register, call: Rev. Dr. Gwen Ward,. 717-228-0612 or email:

We Can Bring Back Ecosystems


he National Wildlife Federation, Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support, the Northeast Audubon Society and Delaware Highlands Conservancy will present a seminar, Neighborly Natural Landscaping: How to Decrease Mowing and Increase Pollinators and Birds, at 7 p.m., August 22, at the Park Street Complex, in Honesdale, near Wayne Memorial Hospital. Each attendee will receive a free seeds ball. Speakers Ed Perry, with the National Wildlife Federation and Sarah Hall Bagdonas, with the Northeast Audubon Society will focus on ways each of us can reduce the population decline of bird species and pollinators right in our own backyards. Topics include a discussion of what to plant, where to plant, where to get plants, how to start a meadow and how this benefits our waterways. For instance, reduced mowing will help rein in carbon pollution and also help native birds and pollinators. Admission is free. Location: 648 Park St. For more information, call 570-245-1256 or visit


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Woodloch in Hawley will offer a Forest Bathing Retreat for health and wellness professionals from Wednesday, September 6 through Friday, September 8. The three-day intensive retreat will feature Amos Clifford from the Association of Forest Therapy Guides. Attendees will receive a level-1 location based certificate. Until recently, humans have had an intimate reliance on nature in order to survive. In today’s concrete jungle, artificially lit buildings, computer screens, smart TV’s and mobile devices with flashing screens have not only distanced us from our innate need of nature, but we have also begun to lose the realization of its importance. Nature wants to heal. It was built for it. Forest Bathing, or ShinrinYoku touts growing research that supports the far east tradition and understanding that spending time in the deep woods has profound healing power. Over time, Forest Bathing can produce quantifiable changes in the body and mind. Cost is $699 per person, per night for overnight guests or $439 per person, per day for certification and meals only. The Lodge at Woodloch also offers a weekly forest bathing exploration weekly in season. Call 800-WOODLOCH or visit for reservations. See ad page 11.

Convenient Solution for Lactose Sensitivity

The intestinal lining is made of billions of bacteria, both good and bad. Lactose sensitivity is the inability to properly digest lactose, a sugar found in milk and milk products. It is caused by a deficiency of lactase, the enzyme produced by the cells lining the small intestine. Lactase breaks down lactose into two simpler forms of sugar, which are then absorbed into the bloodstream. Probiotics are supplements which contain good bacteria and when consumed add beneficial bacteria to the intestines. Lacto-Freedom from Milford PA based Manzo Pharmaceuticals is a probiotic that stays in the intestines, produces lactase, and allows the body to more efficiently digest lactose for months, so you can enjoy dairy products without discomfort. With clinically proven Lacto-Freedom you can enjoy dairy products and lactose containing foods without experiencing cramps, diarrhea, gas and bloating without the hassle of taking lactase supplements with every lactose containing meal. Lacto-Freedom is taken for only 7 days; and the relief lasts for months. For more information, visit See ad page 35.

Teach What You Love


Twin Cities 200-hour RYT-approved Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training course is being offered through a weekend program split between Mission Yoga, in Scranton, and Melt Hot Yoga, in Edwardsville. Rooted in tradition, the Teacher Training experience begins in September and is designed to help students gain the skills, confidence and support to begin a new path of teaching yoga and becoming a leader in the yoga community. Teachers include: Jennifer Ciarimboli, Kelly O'Brien, Alex DuBois, Molly Cornell and Amy Mandarano. A 2016 Yoga in America Study conducted by Yoga Journal and Yoga Alliance shows that the number of US yoga practitioners has increased to more than 36 million, up from 20.4 million in 2012. Integrating the Bhakti principles of love and devotion with the alignment, therapeutics and the sequential base of the Ashtanga yoga system, the program enables individuals to develop a personal teaching language based on spiritual experience. Topics include meditation, breathing, skilled hands-on adjustments, intelligent sequencing, advanced inversions and arm-balances, yin yoga, in-depth anatomy and physiology, yoga philosophy, karma and dharma studies, lifestyle and ethics, and business management. For more information, call 570-909-9497 or visit See ad page 7. natural awakenings

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Massage Relieves Chronic Back Pain


esearchers from Indiana University-Purdue University, in Indianapolis, set out to find out if massage therapy— typically an out-of-pocket expense not covered under most insurance plans—can provide effective treatment for individuals suffering with chronic back pain. The study followed 76 primary care patients with chronic back pain for 24 weeks. The researchers measured pain, disability and quality of life at the beginning of the study, after 12 weeks and again after 24 weeks of massage therapy. Each patient was referred to a licensed massage therapist for 10 no-cost sessions in a realworld environment during the initial 12 weeks. More than half of the patients that completed the core study reported clinically meaningful improvements for physical and mental measures. For bodily pain, 40 percent were clinically improved. Older adults and Baby Boomers reported the highest percentage of changes. Plus, the study found that sufferers that avoided taking painkillers were twice as likely to experience reduced pain than those using opioids.

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study from the University of Washington, in Seattle, tested the relationship of immune system functioning to lack of adequate sleep. To rule out genetic factors, which experts say account for 31 to 55 percent of individual sleep patterns, researchers tested blood samples from 11 pairs of adult identical twins (genetic matches) with differing sleep habits. They found that the immune system was depressed in the twin that slept less. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Americans are sleeping 1.5 to two hours less than they did 100 years ago, and more than 30 percent of working people average fewer than six hours a night. Dr. Nathanial Watson, lead author and co-director of the university’s Sleep Medicine Center at Harborview Medical Center, observes, “Seven or more hours of sleep is recommended for optimal health.”

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Meditating Raises Spirits More than a Vacation

Scientists from the University of Oxford and the Chinese Medical Academy studied 500,000 healthy adults in China for seven years, tracking medical records of illnesses and deaths. They found that a 100-gram serving of fruit per day (primarily apples and oranges) reduces the risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke by one-third.


cientists from the University of California at San Francisco, and Harvard Medical School, in Boston, tested the effect of vacations and meditation on the genes of 64 women between the ages of 30 and 60 that were novice meditators. They all spent six days at the same resort in California. Half participated in a meditation program that included yoga, self-reflection exercises and mantra meditation; the other half did not engage in onsite meditation. The researchers also studied a group of 30 experienced meditators already participating in the resort’s meditation program. Blood sample tests and surveys from all 94 women were conducted at intervals: once right before their stay, once right after, a third one month post-vacation and then 10 months after the trip. All the women displayed significant changes to their molecular network pattern after the six days, with the most substantial genetic changes related to immune function and stress response. One month after the resort experience, all groups continued to display improvements. However, the novice meditators showed fewer symptoms of depression and stress for a significantly longer period than the women not participating in the meditation exercise. natural awakenings

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Chinese Fungi Relieve Asthma Suffering


Researchers from the University of Rhode Island have discovered that pure maple syrup contains inulin, a complex carbohydrate that serves as a prebiotic. It encourages growth of beneficial gut bacteria and extends the lengthy list of beneficial vitamins and minerals contained in this natural sweet. Consume it in moderation, limited to a few times a week.



Sussex University researchers in the UK tested the brain activity of 17 healthy subjects as they listened to a series of soundscapes from either natural or artificial environments. Brain scans and questionnaires found that natural sounds led to relaxation and positive feedback, while artificial sounds activated stress and anxiety-related brain activity.

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esearchers from Capital Medical University, in Beijing, China, tested the effectiveness of Cordyceps sinensis, a traditional Chinese medicine derived from fungi, on the treatment of patients with moderate-to-severe asthma. They followed 120 subjects, divided into two groups of 60. One group received a capsule containing 1,200 milligrams of Cordyceps sinensis three times daily for three months. The control group was treated with conventional medications. Health-related quality of life was measured, along with the incidence of asthma exacerbation, pulmonary function and inflammation indicators in both groups. The Cordyceps sinesis group reported reduced asthma symptoms, improved lung function, a better inflammatory profile and an overall better quality of life when compared to the conventional treatment group.

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Accepted Misfits

Due to customer requests and petitions, more stores are beginning to stock the one in five pieces of produce that never made the cut before due to quirky shapes or other blemishes. Often, these are displayed next to their better-looking, more expensive counterparts to give consumers an eco-friendly choice. The 133 billion pounds worth of misshapen or scarred fruits and vegetables annually plowed under, buried in a landfill or fed to livestock is sharply at odds with the reality that 48 million Americans face food insecurity. Whole Foods Market created a pilot program in some of its California stores, testing sales in April 2016 with Imperfect Produce (ImperfectProduce. com), a service that delivers to homes. Walmart brought weather-blemished apples to 300 of its Florida stores to kick off their imperfect role in the movement. Five Pittsburgh Giant Eagle stores call their program Produce with Personality, and focus on navel oranges, russet potatoes, peppers and apples. Fourteen Hannaford stores in Albany, New York, offer the Misfits line, while donating unsold produce to local nonprofits. Hy-Vee’s 242 stores, located in eight central states, rolled out the Misfits last December. For more information, visit


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Sea Mammals Freed from Showtime The California Orca Responsibility and Care Advancement Act, sponsored by Congressman Adam Schiff, is aimed to end the famous SeaWorld orca shows. “It means no more wild capture, no more breeding. We would essentially phase out the captive orcas that are currently in these water parks,” says Schiff. This means that SeaWorld must end their Shamu shows by the end of this year. However, the animals already at the San Diego park will continue to live there. Parks in Orlando and San Antonio will end their shows by 2019. Under pressure from activists and faced with declining ticket sales, SeaWorld is now moving to end its theatrical orca shows and breeding program. They announced the unveiling of a new attraction this summer, Orca Encounter, as an educational experience. Gabriela Cowperthwaite, director of the documentary film Blackfish, says that the new show is designed to make the audience feel better, not the animals. “The trainers aren’t safe, and the whales aren’t happy,” she states. “They’re still just doing manic circles around concrete swimming pools.” The company is developing its first SeaWorld park without orcas in the Middle-Eastern country of Abu Dhabi.

Nature Rights

Buzzing RoboBees

This year, the Whanganui River, in New Zealand, became the first in the world to be granted the same legal rights as a person. Equally vital, a court in northern India has given the sacred Ganges and Yamuna rivers, as well as several glaciers, the legal status of “living human entities” to help in the preservation and conservation of the country’s highly polluted waterways, thus allowing polluters to be sued. These decisions are variants of “rights of nature” measures that date back to the 1970s. More than three dozen U.S. localities have ordinances ascribing varying types of rights to nature or to specific natural objects. In America, rights of nature activism usually takes the form of ballot initiatives that emerge to contest the power of corporations wherever local natural resources are seen as being threatened. The first such ordinance was passed in 2006, when Tamaqua Borough, in Pennsylvania, sought to protect the town’s drinking water from the nearby dumping of sewage sludge. More recently, an ordinance from the Boulder (Colorado) County Protectors, with assistance from the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, asserting the “right to a healthy climate,” was recognized as a federal constitutional right by Judge Ann Aiken, of the U.S. District Court in Oregon.

Harvard University researchers led by engineering professor Robert Wood have introduced the first RoboBees—beesized robots that can ascend and hover in midair while tethered to a power supply. The project is a breakthrough in the field of micro-aerial vehicles. It has previously been impossible to pack all the components onto such a tiny workable robot framework and keep it lightweight enough to fly. The researchers believe that within 10 years, RoboBees could artificially pollinate a field of crops, a critical development if the commercial pollination industry cannot recover from the severe bee losses of the past decade.

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Citizen Scientists Needed for Carbon Storage Experiment Australian scientists have launched a project to bury tens of thousands of teabags in wetlands around the world to discover how efficient different kinds of wetlands are at capturing and storing carbon dioxide. Already, more than 500 citizen scientists are involved on every continent but Antarctica. The bags will be monitored over a three-year period, and then dug up and measured at intervals of three months, six months and each year after that. Wetlands are important for carbon capture and storage, a process known as carbon sequestration, holding up to 50 times as much carbon as a comparable area in a rainforest; some are better than others. There are hundreds of thousands of wetlands around the world, and a standardized technique for monitoring the carbon sink is needed for accurate comparison—but monitoring devices can be expensive to install. Faster decay of the tea inside the bag means more carbon is being released into the atmosphere, while a slower rate means the soil is holding the carbon. Once researchers can establish which wetlands are most effective at carbon sequestration, work can begin on protecting and restoring them, and ensuring they are not disrupted. Volunteers that contact will receive a kit containing teabags and information on how to bury them.


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Lower Mercury Levels Tied to Drop in Coal Emissions Levels of highly toxic mercury contamination in Atlantic bluefin tuna are rapidly declining, a trend that has been linked to reduced mercury emissions in North America, according to a new study published in Environmental Science & Technology. Average mercury concentrations dropped by more than 2 percent per year, for a total decline of 19 percent between 2004 and 2012. Scientists believe that most of that reduction has occurred because of a shift away from coal, the major source of mercury emissions, to natural gas and renewable fuels. Pollution control requirements imposed by the federal government have also cut mercury emissions, but these have been rolled back or eliminated by President Trump’s commitment to “bring back coal.” Source: Scientific American

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ust as we need to create space in our daily schedule to nurture a new relationship, we must create space in our home to welcome in new love. It’s called “feathering the nest”. Think about the first time that our soulmate will walk into our home—what they will they see, smell and feel. Even an inviting, cozy environment may need an upgrade. The underlying vibration or feeling of a place reflects the home’s energy. Whatever has happened there since its beginning, including arguments, illnesses or times of loneliness, have all left an unseen layer of negative energy. You could say that the walls “talk”. To begin preparing our home to welcome a mate, first remove the clutter. Piles of magazines, stacks of unshelved books and excessive furnishings are blocking and keeping in old energy and preventing good, clean new energy from flowing. Be sure to remove all photographs and souvenirs that are reminders of past lovers; throw them away or put them in a box away from your home. These daily, unconscious memory triggers keep you stuck in the past. Clearing everything out is like putting out a cosmic welcome mat to the Universe that we are now ready, willing and available to receive new love. Next, it’s time to dispel the unseen energies. The fastest, easiest method is the Native American technique of smudging. The smoke will purify the space. Light a piece of white sage on a

small plate and when it is smoking (not flaming) run the smoke up, down and around every room, closet, door and window frame throughout the entire home. Alternatively, on a sunny day, open all the doors and windows and, applying a broom and imagination, sweep out the old energies. Just as nature abhors a vacuum and calls in matter to fill the empty space, so making space in our home assists in calling in love. Consciously create “space” by placing an empty nightstand on “their” side of the bed, plus have at least one empty dresser drawer waiting for them. Create inviting space in a closet and clear a shelf in a bathroom cabinet. If we have a two-car garage and have been parking in the middle, pick a side and begin only parking on “our side”. The most essential ingredient to “feathering the nest” is a strong intention to remove any old, outdated, limiting or negative energies that may be preventing love from finding its way to our door. Once free from unwanted clutter and obstructions, it becomes our sanctuary of vibrant, attractive energy. Arielle Ford is the author of 11 books, including Turn Your Mate Into Your Soulmate and The Soulmate Secret: Manifest The Love of Your Life With The Law of Attraction. Her latest, Inkspirations: Love By Design, is a transformational coloring book. She lives in La Jolla, CA. Learn more at

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What is mindful learning, and how can we best practice it?


How Changing Your Thinking Changes Everything by April Thompson


or 40 years, Social Psychologist Ellen Langer has conducted pioneering research on the power of our minds to shape health and well-being. Langer’s work demonstrates that changing what we think and believe can transform not only our experiences, but also our bodies—a once-radical idea now common among neuroscientists. Her unconventional experiments often involve mind tricks: taking elders’ subjective thoughts back 20 years to reverse objective metrics of aging; fostering weight loss in a group of hotel maids by simply suggesting that their jobs qualify as exercise; and even changing blood sugar levels in diabetics

by speeding up or slowing down perceived time during a video game session. Affectionately dubbed the “Mother of Mindfulness”, Langer was the first female professor to earn tenure in Harvard University’s psychology department. A prolific writer and scientist, she has authored more than 200 related articles and 11 books, including Mindfulness; The Power of Mindful Learning; On Becoming an Artist: Reinventing Yourself Through Mindful Creativity; and Counterclockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility. Langer lives, paints, works and observes the world from Cambridge, Massachusetts. Learn more at

All learning is mindful; the only way to learn is by noticing new things. When we stop observing and get into our heads, wondering if that answer was right or if we responded quickly enough, we exit learning mode and enter mindlessness, where no learning can really take place. Part of what makes travel exciting, for example, is that we are primed to experience new things and pay attention to them, but actually, newness surrounds us at all times, no matter where we are. What makes us mindless is the mistaken notion of already knowing, when everything is always changing.

What techniques, with or without meditation, can we adopt to change our mindset and mental habits to reduce stress and increase health and happiness? Most mindlessness occurs by default, rather than design. If we all realized that through mindfulness we could look better, feel better, be better received and do better things—all claims that are supported by scientific research—it wouldn’t be hard to choose. Meditation is essentially a tool to lead you to the simple act of intentional noticing, but many routes lead to that destination. One way to learn mindfully is to learn conditionally; to see the world as “it would seem that” and “could be”, which is very different than “it is.”

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If we recognized that evaluations occur in our heads rather than the external world, much of our stress would dissipate. Negativity and stress are typically a result of mindless ruminations about negative things we think are inevitable. If we simply ask ourselves why the dreaded event might not occur, we’d be less stressed. Next, if we ask ourselves how it may actually be a good thing if it does happen, again stress would diminish.

How do the mental constructs we attach to our experiences affect outcomes of health and well-being? Mental constructs are positions we consider as accepted certainties. When a physician makes a diagnosis, most people take it as a certainty and behave accordingly. Assuming that pain, decline or failure is inevitable can cause an individual to give up hope of complete recovery. But science only suggests probabilities, and if we understand this, we’ll go to work on a solution. We have a tremendous amount of control over our health that goes untapped. Placebos are today’s strongest medications demonstrating this fact. Initially, placebos were frowned upon

by the pharmaceutical industry because a drug couldn’t be brought to market if a placebo was just as effective. When someone gives you a pill and you get better not because of the pill, but because of your beliefs about it, you realize that what stands in the way of healing is your own mindset.

How have you seen these principles play out in your own life? My fascination with the ability of our mind to change our health began when my mother’s diagnosed metastasized breast cancer disappeared, a fact the medical world could not explain. Since then, my own prognosis related to a smashed ankle from a Beth Israel teaching hospital physician with the Harvard Medical School, stating that I would always walk with a limp and never play tennis again, has been completely overturned. My mission coming out of these two experiences is to determine how we can apply our mental capacities to increase control of our health and well-being.








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Determined to become free of the chronic lymphocytic leukemia that had defined his life for 20 years, Sabin, who lives near Washington, D.C., appointed himself the subject of his own research experiment. He subsequently became a poster child for the remedial synergy of biological individuality, a whole systems approach to integrative oncology and self-induced healing through lifestyle and supplement interventions. Sabin now dedicates his business development firm, FON Consulting, to advancing integrative medicine as the new standard of care. His mission is to open minds to the idea that knowledge, empowerment and self-efficacy are our best allies against a life-limiting diagnosis, and we can do

LIVE CANCER-FREE Natural Ways to Prevent and Heal Cancer by Linda Sechrist


ictorious warriors against cancer are speaking to other patients about their journeys of recovery and healing. Two who regularly speak to physicians, as well, are Glenn Sabin, author of n of 1: One Man’s Harvarddocumented Remission of Incurable


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Cancer Using Only Natural Methods, and Kathy Mydlach-Bero, author of EAT: An Unconventional Decade in the Life of a Cancer Patient. Their stories demonstrate the healing effectiveness of healthy lifestyle measures still widely categorized as prevention.

much to help the healing process. Writing to Joe Biden regarding the vice president’s Cancer Moonshot initiative, he candidly describes America’s present cancer-friendly environment. “The public has become conditioned to existing in a broken food chain that remains in disrepair due to misguided farming subsidies [and] untested or oth-


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erwise questionable chemicals (many of which are banned in other countries) that are present in the water we drink, the air we breathe, food we consume and products we use. Current therapies or those in the drug pipeline won’t improve the 50/50 odds of developing cancer. What will have the greatest impact are consumer education toward powerful lifestyle changes and access to the building blocks of basic health.” Mydlach-Bero made her remarkable recovery from rare and unrelated aggressive Stage 4 inflammatory breast cancer and a high-grade tumor in her head and neck. To tell her story, the resident of Delafield, Wisconsin, relied on her 18 journals as a surrogate memory to chronicle a 10-year journey of courageous exploration, self-evolution, self-advocacy and self-transformation that connected her with her healing potential. Then the mother of two young daughters, Mydlach-Bero rejected a 21-month prognosis in 2005, along with the notion that disease and medicine would determine her fate. Defying the odds, she applied what she learned from research regarding Avastin, a pharmaceutical created to combat harmful growth of new blood cells, and the benefits of growing and eating foods containing angiogenesisinhibiting compounds that oppose such growth and so work to prevent, im-

We’ve known for nearly 15 years that inflammation is the root cause of many chronic diseases. ~Andrew Weil

prove and avert recurrences of chronic disease. “Cancer hijacks the angiogenesis process triggered by inflammation and keeps it permanently activated to ensure that cancerous cells receive a dedicated, uninterrupted blood supply,” explains Mydlach-Bero. For three years, she largely consumed only items from the list of angiogenesis-inhibiting foods now posted at These include green tea, strawberries, blackberries, red tart cherries, raspberries, blueberries, apples, grapefruit, lemons, tomatoes, cinnamon, purple potatoes, kale, grape seed oil and pomegranate. In 2008, she completely replaced both the drugs to combat the

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side effects of chemo and radiation and a long-term medication for preventing recurrence with healthful foods. Her physicians were admittedly uncomfortable with her decision to combine chemotherapy and radiation treatments with “food as medicine”, reiki, prayer, meditation, mindfulness and supplement intervention. But that didn’t deter her. To awaken others to the practicality of food as medicine, she founded NuGenesis Farm, in Pewaukee, a nonprofit modeled after her home practice.

Prevention is Paramount

Pioneering physicians and researchers agree with Sabin and Myldach-Bero that comprehensive prevention, the key to solving the cancer epidemic, is missing from conventional medicine. Leading voices include Dr. Andrew Weil, founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the College of Medicine, University of Arizona (AzCIM), in Tucson; Dr. Carlos M. Garcia, founder of Utopia Wellness, near Tampa, Florida; advocate Susan Silberstein, Ph.D., founder of, in Richboro, Pennsylvania; and Ajay Goel, Ph.D., director of the Center for Epigenetics, Cancer Prevention and Cancer Genomics at Baylor University Medical Center’s Research Institute, in Dallas. Weil pioneered the earliest efforts to develop a comprehensive curriculum in evidencebased integrative medicine and the field of integrative oncology. “We’ve known for nearly 15 years that inflammation is the root cause of many chronic diseases. Since 2012 scientific evidence has proven that a healthy lifestyle and an anti-inflammatory diet can influence various cancers,” says Weil. His curriculum for health professionals and

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the general public was the first to cite the role of a nutrient-rich, anti-inflammatory diet in cancer prevention and treatment. “Health professionals graduate armed with a better understanding of the complex interactions between cancer, gut microbiome and nutrition,” advises Weil, whose paradigm inspires his chain of True Food Kitchen restaurants. It includes lots of fruits and vegetables, moderate amounts of whole or cracked grains, al dente pasta, healthy fats and plant-based proteins from legumes, nuts and seafood as well as poultry and lean, antibiotic-free grassfed meats, cheese and eggs. Plus, he likes white, green and oolong teas, fresh herbs and spices, up to two glasses of red wine a day (less for women; possibly none for those at high-risk for breast cancer), and dark chocolate for antioxidant polyphenols. Integrative Oncology, authored by Weil and Dr. Donald I. Abrams, an integrative oncologist, is mandatory reading for AzCIM students that learn to use complementary interventions in prevention and conventional cancer care. Subjects such as antioxidants, cannabinoids, energy medicine, mindbody medicine, music and expressive

art therapies are covered, as well as naturopathic oncology, plus the roles that community and spirituality play in prevention and treatment. Goel’s 20-year career in cancer prevention research has produced a wealth of related articles. Among his findings, he advises, “Curcumin, a yellow compound extracted from turmeric, has become a gold standard for prevention and the natural treatment of many chronic health conditions, including colon cancer. It targets cancer stem cells, disrupts cancer cell communication, triggers cancer cell death and helps to prevent cancerous mutations to cells. It’s also been shown to improve the efficacy of conventional treatments including fewer adverse effects.” He recommends only taking turmeric products with BCM95 percent active curcuminoids.

Customized Protocols

Considering each individual’s biological individuality as a Petri dish, Garcia’s studies help achieve an anti-cancer life. He advises, “There is no ‘one size fits all’ medical protocol box for cancer treatment. Customized modifications to lifestyle and diet are required because food nutrients directly impact the mechanisms by which cancer cells

A Physician’s Tools to Fight Prostate Cancer by Sheila Julson


iguel Gonzalez, M.D. is a Bethlehem-based family practice physician who, nine years ago, was diagnosed with low-grade prostate cancer. His surgeon wanted to remove the prostate—a typical approach used in traditional medicine—but Gonzalez knew there were other options. Through dietary changes, weight management, and regulating the immune system and insulin levels, Gonzalez beat the odds and is now sharing those tools with his patients. “With breast cancer in women, you have all the pink ribbons and marathons, but there’s not much support for men dealing with prostate cancer,” he says. “Men are told to go back into their caves and accept it. I had to learn this stuff the hard way, but my patients don’t have to.”


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Remove unhealthy foods: “I became a near-vegetarian,” Gonzalez relates. “Animal protein is a big source of omega-6 fatty acid, which is inflammatory. He recommends increasing the omega-3s in the diet. Most plant-based foods, cold-water fish and flax seed are good sources of omega-3. Shed Excess Fat: Fat stores toxins, which can ultimately built up and overwhelm the immune system, which the body needs to fight cancer. Estrogen and testosterone balance: Men and women have both estrogen and testosterone; however, overweight men have an enzyme in the fatty tissue called aromatase, an enzyme that converts testosterone to estrogen. Ridding

grow and spread. The right nutrition can reverse a compromised immune system, which research shows is a major contributor to the development of cancer.” Whether for improvement or prevention, Garcia’s patient protocols always begin with a comprehensive evaluation appointment to learn about the individual he is treating. For cancer patients, his two-phase, eight-week program involves immune-enhancing therapies followed by immunotherapy aimed to de-cloak the camouflaged protein coating of wily cancer cells so the body’s immune system can identify and destroy them.

Mind/Body Detox

To maintain good health, Judy Seeger, a doctor of naturopathy near Fort Lauderdale, Florida, recommends a regular detoxification regimen to cleanse environmental and product toxins and toxic emotions. Through experience, she has learned that individuals living with cancer need to substantially support their abnormally functioning elimination system to rid it of dead proteins from destroyed cancer cells and chemotherapy drugs that are overtaxing the immune system.

the body of excess fat will decrease aromatase and decrease conversion of testosterone to estrogen. Immune system health: “Cancer is generally a failure of the immune system,” Gonzalez says. A healthy immune system will destroy cancerous cells. To boost immune health in some patients, he uses low-dose naltrexone; a drug typically associated with treating opioid overdoses but can also boost a weak immune system. Healthy insulin levels: Insulin is a storage hormone for sugar and fat. Elevated insulin levels can feed tumors, causing them to grow faster and metastasize earlier. Dr. Gonzalez can be reached at 610868-4010. Sheila Julson is a freelance writer and contributor to Natural Awakenings magazines through the country.

“Clearing out toxic, stressful emotions that produce acid, weaken the immune system and create an environment for cancer to propagate is essential,” says Seeger. “Fulfilling the body’s requirement for an ongoing healthy nutritional plan that maintains a healing alkaline environment reduces both the risk of a cancer as well as recurrence.” She has observed that when an individual’s healing process has stalled despite their doing all the right things to improve their biochemistry, it’s frequently because they haven’t done an emotional detox and lack feeling a spiritual connection to something larger than themselves. Silberstein categorizes cancer as epidemic. She speaks regularly regarding preventing cancer and its recurrence at medical and nursing schools, continuing oncology nursing education programs and universities. “What is needed more than new treatment research is public education regarding the true causes of cancer and continuing education credits in lifestyle training for medical professionals,” she says. Silberstein’s nonprofit organization provides online holistic cancer coach training for health professionals as well as research-based education and counseling on how to prevent, cope with and beat cancer through immune-boosting holistic approaches. The list of books authored by cancer survivors continues to grow, offering helpful insight into how individuals are negotiating the challenges of their healing journey. Two recent books, Surviving the Storm: A Workbook for Telling Your Cancer Story, by Psychotherapist Cheryl Krauter, and Cancer Survivorship Coping Tools: We’ll Get You Through This, by Barbara Tako, are particularly helpful regarding the onslaught of toxic feelings and emotions that stress the mind and body—fear, anger, isolation, anxiety, depression and uncertainty, as well as loss and grief. Emphasizing the need for individuals diagnosed with cancer to tell their stories, the authors encourage keeping a journal. The act of getting thoughts and experiences out of the mind and onto paper supports emotional cleansing. “It’s important to share the real story of the emotional storm that is cancer, as well as the ravages of its treatments and invisible, but lingering side effects; to tell the tale of the cancer survivor who is moving from patient to person; and to explore and discover who you are after having faced down your mortality,” Krauter counsels.

Quality of Life Massage Therapy by Caroline K. Howell


he primary purpose of oncology massage therapy is to help minimize the side effects of radiation and chemotherapy treatments. Cancer cures and treatments are as individual and as varied as the people they affect. For many cancer patients, touch is associated with pain and discomfort. A gentle oncology massage is nurturing, calming and soothing. While oncology massage cannot cure cancer, it may offer much-needed relief, enhance quality of life, and contribute to the healing process. The physical benefits include boosting the immune system, relieving pain, enhancing circulation and oxygenation to tissues, and removing toxins from the body. The emotional and energetic benefits include reducing stress, decreasing fatigue, providing relaxation and comfort, directing energies toward healing and generating feelings of peace and well-being. As with most therapeutic massage techniques the goal is to reconnect the body, mind and spirit and restore vital energy. Family members, friends, and other caregivers can learn how to provide appropriate soothing, compassionate touch for people living with cancer. For people looking for a thoughtful way to help a loved one dealing with cancer, an oncology massage can also be a meaningful gift. Caroline K. Howell is LANA certified lymphedema therapist, oncology certified breast care nurse. For a home, hospital or office appointment, she can be reached at 570-288-0111. Thrive Wellness Center is located at 647 N. Wyoming Ave. Kingston.

Changed Paradigm

Results of the Human Genome Project, as well as the work of Bruce Lipton, Ph.D., stem cell biologist and author of The Biology of Belief, and other epigenetic researchers support the point that “environmental signals” that directly affect our DNA expression include our thoughts, emotions, belief system, exposure to sunlight, exercise and everything we put into our body. Such new science shatters the idea that we are victims of our genes and environment. It shines light on the fact that we have tremendous power to shape and direct our own physical health. Our entire lifestyle is pivotal. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at For more related articles, see page 26 and 27. natural awakenings

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Cancer Connections by Dian Freeman, M.A., Certified in Clinical Nutrition and Holistic Health


ur bodies are as fragile as they are hardy. Which way they lean depends entirely upon us. Individuals who gain the ability to read the signs of dis-ease, apply their common sense, and learn how to connect the dots represented by those signs, will be the ones most likely led to the best treatments and outcomes for their condition. This is especially true when addressing cancer. Modern medicine appears to be losing their battle against cancer as it is consistently either the first or second leading cause of death in America. According to, in 1971 there were 3 million people with cancer, today there are more than 15.5 million. It is no secret that there are numerous holistic approaches to addressing cancer. The best listing of the American doctors who employ some of these approaches are discussed in Suzanne Sommers’ book, Knockout. There are also a multitude of holistic practitioners nationwide who help their clients with cancer, as well as myriad European doctors who also incorporate successful holistic options in their cancer programs. Holistic programs tend to individualize cancer treatment while medical treatments tend to be one-size-fits-all. When managing one’s own health, the trick is in selecting the correct therapies that will work for each individual case of an illness. This is where common sense comes into play. Any common-sense approach to healing would include incorporating the known variables, i. e., health status, all options available for treatment, plus the outcomes claimed from using those options. For example, using a vegetarian approach as a treatment for cancer in order to keep the body in an alkaline state will work miraculously for some; but, not for everyone. This is where health status comes into play. It is unlikely that a starved and weakened person would survive this approach. It is true that a cancer cell requires an acidic environment to thrive, and theoretically, an alkaline body will

throw off cancer in time. But, and this is a big ‘but’, only if the body is nourished and strong enough to endure this treatment. “Time” is just what a starved body does not have. According to Science Daily, “Many cancer patients suffer from a dramatic loss of fat and muscle mass. This extreme wasting, or cachexia, is often the actual cause of death in cancer patients.” It is estimated that more than 70% of cancer patients suffer from muscle wasting, a condition that can only be rectified by the body receiving more protein each day than is lost to the disease. Fruits and vegetables (alkaline foods) offer little, if any, protein. A very high protein diet is what will provide the body the time needed for any treatment to work. It would make the most sense, if one is trying to outlast cancer, to continually replace the muscle mass that is lost to the disease. Muscle mass is made from protein, fat and water. Unless a person has plenty of muscle mass, it is unlikely they will withstand a lengthy cancer treatment, especially one that restricts protein intake in favor of fruits and vegetables. Most cancers can be beaten if the body can outlast the cancer. To do so would require a very high protein and fat diet. No matter which of the myriad treatments is employed, replacing that which is lost to the disease—muscle mass—makes the most sense to increase the odds for cancer survival. Dian Freeman has a private practice in Morristown, NJ. She teaches a six-month nutritional certification course and has more than 700 graduates of Holistic Health over the last 14 years. She also practices frequency biofeedback and lectures widely. Dian is currently finishing her doctorate in Medical Humanities at Drew University in Madison, NJ, and may be reached at 973 267-4816, or visit

Cancer Prevention

Yes You Can by Dr. Conrad G. Maulfair, Jr.


ancer begins at the cellular level. There is typically a genetic mutation or alteration in genes, which, if it is allowed to persist, will create an abnormal cell, then multiple abnormal cells and then a cancer. Under normal circumstances, this happens to all of us every day, but the immune system is able to identify this abnormal cell and destroy it before it becomes a conglomerate of cells, i.e., a tumor. The key then to preventing cancer is preventing an abnormal cell becoming multiple abnormal cells. An important question to ask then would be: “What contributes to the cell genetic material becoming mutant, or to mutate?” Another obvious important question to ask would be: “What can be done to enhance the destroying of the mutant cells, the abnormal cells?” Intravenous vitamin C to the rescue! Over the years, numerous scientific studies and articles have highlighted the ability of vitamin C to be active against cancer. At Maulfair Medical Center, we have been using infusions of vitamin C for decades with sometimes dramatic results. How does this relate to prevention? The beginning of cancer is an abnormal “genetically mutant” cell. If it is allowed to reproduce, it eventually creates cancer. If intravenous vitamin C is helpful in treating cancer which has millions of cancer cells, would it

not be potentially helpful in handling a few abnormal cells before they become tumors? In other words, utilizing an infusion of vitamin C periodically would seem to be an important part of a cancer prevention protocol. We could kill off a few cancerous cells before they become many. It is important to note that the amount of vitamin C necessary to achieve this is much greater than is obtainable through oral vitamin C, so the infusion route is necessary. Certainly taking some vitamin C orally in addition is okay and helpful, but it is not adequate enough to be effective for killing cancer cells. Now let’s go a step further. Another important question to ask would be: “What things can contribute to causing the genetic mutations occurring in the first place?” This research and observations have also been done over the decades identifying hundreds—if not thousands—of various toxic chemicals and toxic metal exposures that contribute to these genetic perturbations that result in cancer cell production. Additionally, the majority of the body’s immune system, which is designed to protect us against abnormal cell production, is located in the intestinal tract so ideal intestinal tract function is of critical importance in the prevention of cancer. Diagnostics to

identify the presence of toxic substances, i.e., various classes of chemicals, insecticides, pesticides, herbicides, solvents, etc., and toxic metals can be identified and, most importantly, therapeutic modalities to decrease those exposures are also available. If you have a family history of cancer or are concerned about cancer for various reasons, something can be done about it! The age-old adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is valid when it comes to cancer. In addition to the above, having an ongoing input of good quality nutrients is essential to maintain an ongoing cellular energy level. There is a class of compounds called nitrilosides—found in hundreds of edible plants worldwide— that have shown to be helpful in cancer prevention. These compounds can be in lima beans, apple seeds, bitter almonds, nuts, millet, maize, sorghum and apricot, plum and peach pits. Combine the avoidance of toxins and the ingestion of organic, clean food and food items high in cancer fighting compounds and you will be well on your way to a life free from cancer. Why stop there? Seek the advice of physicians who are familiar with all of the above and you can be well on your way toward preventing cancer and at the same time improving the quality of life for your future. Dr. Conrad Maulfair has been improving the health of his patients for more than 40 years utilizing noninvasive medical modalities. For more information including a Cancer specific podscast visit or call 610-682-2104.

ACTIVE CANCER CELLS DOUBLE IN NUMBER EVERY 90 DAYS 90 days 1 year 2 years 3 years 4 years 5 years 6 years 7 years 8 years

2 cells 16 cells 256 cells (1) 4,896 cells 65,536 cells 1,048,576 cells (2) 16,777,216 cells 268,435,456 cells 4,294,967,296 cells (3)

(1) Detectable by Thermography (2) Still not Detectable Mammography (3) Normally Detectable by Mammograph 40 Doublings (Aprox 10 Years) considered lethal.

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Our body does not store vitamin C, so we need at least 2,000 milligrams daily to maintain good health. A study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine found that vitamin C can reduce damage caused by sleep apnea. High-content foods include bell peppers, dark leafy greens, kiwi fruit, broccoli, berries, citrus fruits, tomatoes, peas and papayas.

4 Get a Good Night’s Sleep Five Solutions for Sleep Apnea by Lloyd Jenkins


n estimated 18 million people in the U.S. suffer from some form of sleep apnea. From the Greek expression for “want of breath,” sleep apnea causes cessation of breathing during the night. Bouts usually last from 10 to 30 seconds and can occur from just a few times to several hundred. The main cause is the throat muscles becoming too relaxed during sleep and constricting the airway. Two out of four people with the condition do not even realize they are sleep deprived due to apnea, and thus are at greater risk of suffering from both short-term ailments such as migraines or extreme fatigue, and long-term effects that include stroke and heart disease.


medicine ball to follow a trainer tutorial at A mini-trampoline also offers a safe and effective workout. A brisk 20-to-30-minute daily walk is a must for better sleep.


Sleep on Either Side Lying on the back encourages throat muscles to close up and the tongue to fall toward the back of the throat. Shifting onto one side reduces this discomfort and potential apnea episodes. Using one pillow beneath the head allows the neck to rest at a more natural angle, rather than pushing the chin toward the chest, which restricts the airway.


Vitamins D and C Almost everyone is deficient in vitamin D, even many in sunny regions, reports Dr. Joseph Mercola in his report, The Amazing Wonder Nutrient. Wisely managed sun exposure supplies vitamin D—no more than 20 minutes a day, 10 minutes on each side—without suntan lotion. Alternatively, a high-dose of a quality vitamin D supplement measuring 5,000 international units is adequate, but always take it along with vitamin K2, which helps the body process calcium properly to avoid overdose problems.

Lose Weight via Diet and Exercise Most people find the problem clears up or is greatly improved when they lose weight. One of the easiest and healthiest ways is eating only fruit from morning until noon, and then eating healthy, nutritious meals for lunch and dinner. Avoid processed, sugar-laden and deep-fried foods. Exercise at least four times a week. Doing moderate exercise for just 40 minutes has been shown to significantly reduce sleep apnea (Sleep journal). Use a Northeast PA 28

Magnesium, the Master Mineral From 70 to 80 percent of mankind is deficient in magnesium, which has been connected with prevention of degenerative diseases and mental health and is often the missing mineral in an individual’s wellness equation, according to Enviromedica’s Ancient Minerals. It also regulates muscle function, including those in the upper throat involved with apnea. Organic foods and farmers’ market offerings may have higher levels of magnesium, especially those packed with green chlorophyll. Liquid chlorophyll is available in most health stores. Start by drinking one glass (250 milliliters) per day for a week, and then take two tablespoons daily. Spinach, chard, pumpkin seeds, yogurt, kefir, almonds, black beans, avocados, figs, bananas and dark chocolate (avoid brands with white sugar) are good sources.


Helpful Natural Medicines n Just before bedtime, consume one teaspoon of olive oil (or organic honey) combined with three drops of lavender essential oil. n Supplement with serotonin precursor 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan), which complements magnesium. n One of the best pure sources of omega-3—a top remedy for sleep apnea by protecting cells from stress—is krill oil (Alternative Medicine Review). Sleep apnea causes long-term oxidative stress and puts severe demands on the body, which is thought to deplete omega-3 levels. Lloyd Jenkins is a certified naturopath native to Canada and owner of the Budwig Cancer Clinic, in Malaga, Spain. He’s the author of seven books and many articles on treating common diseases using natural therapies.

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The Proper Pillow by Randy Kambic


he right natural pillow is a key component to restful sleep. In fact, pillow comfort and support are as critical to good sleep as the proper mattress. According to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) (, 91 percent of Americans say that a good pillow is key to their sleep quality. Investing in a high-quality, supportive pillow can be transformative, both personally and professionally. The RAND Corporation calculates that poor sleep among U.S. workers annually costs the U.S. economy some $411 billion. Replace old, worn-out pillows. Pillows can harbor dust mites and their excrement, dead skin cells and bacteria that can exacerbate allergy symptoms. If a pillow is clumping, losing support or yellowing, replace it, says Michelle Fishberg, co-founder of sleep wellness company Slumbr ( “Quality, properly sourced, down and feather pillows can be comfortable for those that like classic, soft pillows. Buckwheat and natural latex pillows each have unique qualities promoting better sleep. Buckwheat is therapeutic

for back pain, all-natural and hypoallergenic, and reduces snoring for some,” advises Fishberg. Pillow care. The NSF suggests using pillow as well as mattress protectors; PureCare mattress ( is their official source including a range of down pillows and its MiteTight protector. Organic cotton covers are kind to people and the planet. likewise advises using a protective cover to extend pillow life. Don’t dry clean pillows, because chemicals and heat can do damage. A down pillow can be washed, but it’s best to have it professionally cleaned by a down specialist every three to four years. Or wash them at home no more than twice a year on the delicate cycle, alone in a large or commercial washing machine, to avoid breaking down the down’s natural oils and structure. Latex pillows can be occasionally hand-washed with mild detergent and air-dried flat. Don’t wash buckwheat pillows—if the hulls get wet, pour them into a fine mesh bag and air-dry them in the sun.

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Help for Injured Wildlife Caring Rehab Gives Them a Second Chance by Sandra Murphy


eeing lost, injured or orphaned animals is heartbreaking, but unless a wild animal is in immediate danger from prey or traffic, it’s best to wait and observe. Mothers forage for food and return to the babies intermittently. If in doubt, call a wildlife rehabber for advice. “Rehabilitators are trained, tested, licensed, take continuing education courses and file annual reports. All care provided must meet government standards,” explains wildlife rehabilitator Regina Whitman, of Queen Creek, Arizona, via her Desert Cry Wildlife website. She rehabs rabbits, squirrels, raccoons, skunks, baby javelina and coyote pups. The Dan & Dianne May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at Lee’s-McRae College, in Banner Elk, North Carolina, is the only college program in the U.S. that allows students to work hands-on with veterinarians in the rehab center. “We see native species of reptiles, raptors, songbirds and mammals like eastern gray squirrels,” says Jenna Glaski, a program senior mentor. “When fawns and bobcats are orphaned, it’s usually because the mother has been hit by a car or shot.” In the Georgetown area, South Carolina Coastal Animal Rescue and Educational Sanctuary (SC-CARES) rehabbers care for injured wildlife and other animals. Miss Belle—a doe that was trapped in fencing and temporarily paralyzed trying to get free— received physical therapy and is expected to make a full recovery. Founded in 2004 by Kevin Barton and Linda Schrader, the Wildlife Center of Venice, serves Sarasota and Charlotte 30

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counties. Its five acres offers hutches, barns, habitats for squirrels and raccoons, an aviary and a pond for waterfowl. In 2015, volunteers rescued eight striped skunks. Because these mammals are slow and have poor eyesight, wide roads are especially hazardous as they move through diminishing habitat. Skunks eat insects, grubs, rodents, moles and snakes. Paul and Gloria Halesworth specialize in hummingbirds at Wild Wing Rehab Hummers & Songbirds, in Ahwatukee, Arizona. “Hummingbird babies require a special formula we import from Europe. A body temperature of 105 degrees causes casual rescuers to think they’re overheated. They pant like dogs if too hot; otherwise, they’re okay,” Paul says. If a nest is found on the ground, reaffix it in a tree. “Duct tape works,” he notes. “Mom will find them.” Released birds are taken to the Desert Botanical Garden, in Phoenix. Rehabbing owls costs significantly more, up to $800 from hatchling to release. The Halesworths refer owls to another rehabber that annually cares for about 500 owls. In Fort Gratiot, Michigan, Back 2 the Wild Rehab rescues all kinds of wild animals. In February, two geese were stuck in a frozen river. Firefighters freed the birds and rehabbers checked them for frostbite. One goose died, but the other was released after the next storm passed through. The Snowdon Wildlife Sanctuary, near McCall, Idaho, accepts orphaned bear cubs. Tapping into three decades of research reported by program supervisor Jeff Rohlman, they are vetted and put into a two-acre enclosure to learn to live in the wild until they are old enough for release. Most arrive undernourished and dehydrated; if separated from their mother, they don’t know how to feed themselves or when to hibernate. Dreamcatcher Wild Horse & Burro Sanctuary, in Ravendale, California, doesn’t release rehabbed guests—it provides a lifetime home to roam 1,000 acres in family packs to find their own food and water. Public lands are leased to ranchers for grazing, compelling competition for food between livestock and wild animals, so this is a safer option; the sanctuary also advocates protection of resident mountain lions, badgers, coyotes, hawks and eagles. Barry and Maureen Genzlinger, founders of the Vermont Bat Center, in Milton, have rescued and released more than 125 bats since Barry became a licensed bat rehabilitator for the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department in 2013. “We have one bat that lost 95 percent of the skin on a wing,” he says. “After three months, most of it has grown back. In two more months, it should be fine, just in time to hibernate.” Bats can eat up to 1,000 mosquitoes in an hour. While some are considered a nuisance, each rescued animal has a place in the overall eco-system. Following the good Samaritan rule allows casual rescuers to keep an animal only long enough to safely transport it to a rehabilitator. Rescue operations always need volunteers to donate time or money to help the cause. For creatures, staying with a healing friend can help but there’s no place like home. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at See ad page 31 for local efforts to rehabilitate animals.

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Indraloka Animal Sanctuary

Indraloka Animal Sanctuary, located at 709 Creek Road, in Mehoopany, is a private, nonprofit, charitable organization that provides “heaven on earth” for displaced farm animals. The name, derived from Sanskrit, means “heaven for the gods”. Founded in 2005 by Indra Lahiri, Ph.D., Indraloka’s mission is to inspire and empower the community, especially children, to be stewards of the environment while helping animals in need. Indraloka’s creative director, Johnny Braz, is a documentary filmmaker, environmentalist and yogi, who tells the story of the sanctuary’s many rescues through his art. Carrie Howerton is Indraloka’s operations manager and oversees all aspects of animal care. Angelina Tambon manages Indraloka’s outreach and development and educates by introducing visitors to the intelligence, kindness and love that farm animals possess. Director of Education, Mike Freidlin, is an environmental science educator with 35 years of teaching experience, including a focus on the rights and concerns of animals and indigenous communities. Indraloka is one of the few farm animal and all-species sanctuaries operating today. With nearly 200 animals in its care, including pigs, sheep, cows, horses, mules, goats, birds and cats, it is also among the largest. Opportunities exist to get involved with the sanctuary, whether through donations, volunteering or attending one of its monthly community outreach events. For more information, call 570-7632908, email or visit

Indraloka Animal Sanctuary, located in Mehoopany, is a private, nonprofit, charitable organization that provides “heaven on earth” for farm animals that have nowhere else to turn. The name, derived from Sanskrit, means “heaven for the gods”. Founded in 2005 by Indra Lahiri, Ph.D., Indraloka’s mission is to inspire and empower the community, especially children, to be stewards of the environment while helping animals in need. They also advocate for a kind and compassionate diet that protects animals, the earth, and our own health. Indraloka is one of the few farm animal and all-species sanctuaries operating today. With nearly 250 animals in its care, including pigs, sheep, cows, horses, mules, goats, birds and cats, it is also among the largest. Indraloka was recently accredited by GFAS, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the sole purpose of strengthening and supporting the work of animal sanctuaries worldwide. GFAS accreditation means Indraloka meets the comprehensive and rigorous definition of a true sanctuary and as such provides humane and responsible care for the animals. Indraloka hosts a variety of family friendly events throughout the year and offers weekly tours for visitors to meet and interact with the animal residents. Opportunities exist to get involved with the sanctuary, whether through donations, volunteering or attending one of its monthly community outreach events. For more information, call 570-7632908, email or visit

Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center

The Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center, located at 1161 Cherry Drive, in Stroudsburg, was founded in 1983 with the mission of providing humane, professional care for injured and orphaned wildlife for the purpose of returning them to the wild. The facility takes in more than 1,000 animals annually and is licensed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Live, educational programs are offered by the center, from which experienced wildlife handlers and certified educators bring entertaining presentations to scheduled locations. Katherine Uhler is the center’s director. She became a licensed wildlife rehabilitator in 1980 and has been growing the nonprofit, all-volunteer Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center ever since. Her husband, co-director Eric Uhler, manages administrative responsibilities and cares for the center’s large mammals and raptors. Beth Yaswinksi has volunteered for several years as a wildlife caretaker and specializes in working with birds and baby squirrels. In addition to caring for injured and orphaned wildlife, clinic manager Ashley Decker works with volunteers and is growing the center’s children’s education programs. Ways to get involved with the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center include donating office and clinic supplies through its online wish list, or becoming a volunteer or intern. For more information, call 570-4020223, email or visit

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The Rise of Pop-Up Organic Dining by John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist


he flip side of enjoying farm to table is taking the table to the farm. Socalled “pop-up feasts” are booming at farms throughout the country during growing and harvest seasons. While the format varies, dinners are typically hosted on working rural or urban farms, last about three hours and include aperitifs and a tour before the meal. Wine pairings or beer tastings and live music may be among the enticing activities offered. Gabriele Marewski, owner of Paradise Farms, near Miami, Florida, was a pioneering forerunner of the trend. For 10 years prior to retirement, she hosted more than 50 chefs, served


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thousands of guests an organic Dinner in Paradise and raised more than $50,000 for area charities. Periodic onsite dinners continue ( “Many chefs are active in farm-totable dinners on the West Coast. We also see participation among wineries, orchards, cheese makers and breweries,” says A.K. Crump, CEO of TasteTV, in San Francisco, which also supervises “People like to meet the meal maker and know more about the origin of what they eat.” “I started Dinner on the Farm nine years ago to create unique experiences that connect people to the places their

food is grown and the people that grow them,” says Monica Walch, whose popup dinners are served picnic-style for friends and families that bring their own tableware. Her company’s Midwest events, usually offered on Minnesota and Wisconsin farms, always feature local chefs, food ingredients and breweries ( “There’s nothing like being comfortably seated in the field where your food is growing and having the opportunity to enjoy it just hours after it’s been picked. Then, add in one-on-one conversations with your chef, brewer and farmer, as well as like-minded community members,” observes Walch, who grew up on an organic dairy farm in Minnesota. Setting the bar for high-end, white tablecloth, adults-only communal events, Outstanding in the Field tours the country to offer a taste of fresh, local cuisine prepared by top regional chefs. They’re known for serving meals on long tables set up in fields on prairie ranches, in olive groves or fruit orchards, as well as at urban rooftop farms or near vegetable row crops. “Our mission is to get folks out to the farm and honor the people whose good work brings nourishment to the table,” says organization founder and chef/artist Jim Denevan. More than 90, five-hour events that include appetizers and a guided farm tour are being held all the way through November in more than a dozen states (see “Some of our most popular events feature farmers of the sea, and are set alongside the ocean or other bodies of water,” adds Lisa Supple, publicist for the company. “They feature local fisher people and oyster and abalone farmers.” “Epicurean San Diego offers pop-

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Pizza on the Farm event at Dream Acres, served by a waiter on stilts, in Rogers, Minnesota.

up farm dinner events at Dickinson Farm, in National City, California,” explains owner Stephanie Parker (Epicurean “We strive to completely source our produce from the farm.” The veteran-owned, certified organic Dickinson Farm features heirloom fruits, vegetables and herbs grown on a large city

lot. “We have focused on urban farms to inspire more people to grow their own food and to show that you don’t have to live on a huge piece of property in the countryside,” Parker notes. Some pop-up feasts are managed directly by local farmers in partnership with lead chefs. Others serve as annual fundraising events, like The Foodshed Alliance’s Farm to Fork Dinner and Wine Tasting, now in its seventh year ( It’s held at the Alba Vineyard, in Milford, New Jersey, which practices renewable viticulture. “We already have eight chefs lined up to prepare an eight-course, locally sourced, wine-pairing dinner served among the vines,” explains Kendrya Close, executive director of the alliance. Expert winemakers select each course’s pairing. “We’re proud to be the hardworking roadies that set the stage for America’s rock star farmers,” says Denevan. John Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist, co-authors of ECOpreneuring and Farmstead Chef, operate the Inn Serendipity, in Browntown, WI.

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activities educational foundation. “Nature aids in well-being in many ways.” She points to studies cited at NatureAndForest that reveal how trees emit enzymes into the air that help improve our emotional and physical health. “When I lost a child, the only place I found solace was in nature. Sitting in a patch of wildflowers truly brought me back to living,” recalls Gates.

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TAKE A HIKE Escape into Nature with a Day Trip by Marlaina Donato


o many, hiking means long-distance treks through forests or backpacking remote terrain. “In reality, it’s more about getting out into green areas close to home,” says Wesley Trimble, of the American Hiking Society. “It’s about immersion in nature.” Day hiking can be easily tailored to personal preferences and interests. “Excellent apps and websites list and describe trails in your area or community. We have a database on our site that’s helpful,” says Trimble ( He’s personally high on old rail lines that have been converted to wide, accessible paths (

A Trail for Everyone Whatever our location, age or fitness level, a hike can provide opportunities for calming solitude or connecting with people we care about. Individuals with disabilities can also get outdoors at accommodating trails such as those at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, in Delaware. There’s always something to be learned in identifying wildlife and plants. “Families can enjoy time walking outdoors together in ways impossible in other settings,” observes Verna Gates, founder of Fresh Air Family, a Birmingham, Alabama, outdoor 34

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Following a lovely trail, much like inspired cooking, is as intriguing and delightful as we wish it to be. From wildflower paths to wine country trails, the great outdoors invites exploration of woodlands, glens, forests, mountain valleys, coastal areas, bayous, deserts and other terrain. Experienced daytrippers recommend revisiting favorite trails in specific seasons. “I love being in the natural world, be it New Jersey, Florida or Alaska. Every trail offers surprises,” marvels distance hiker Craig Romano ( As the author of several day hike guidebooks, he’s seen firsthand how, “Every part of the country offers different perspectives and forms of beauty. The greatest biological diversity in our country is found in the Great Smoky Mountains, where the rhododendrons are breathtaking in spring.” The world’s largest mapped cave system is in Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave National Park. Hiking to observe other subterranean wonders in Indiana or Virginia’s Natural Bridge Caverns is no less exhilarating than walking Alabama’s covered bridge trail or painter Georgia O’Keeffe’s Ghost Ranch country, in New Mexico. The Appalachian Trail, running between Maine and Georgia, attracts thousands of adventurous long-distance trekkers, but such trails also offer sections ideal for day hikes. Geomagnetic points in Arizona’s vortex region or America’s Stonehenge, in New Hampshire, afford unusual destinations. The wonders of California’s Sonoma County include Planet Walk, a scale model path that illustrates our solar system. The Crater of Diamonds State Park, in Arkansas, is the only place in the world where hikers can dig for diamonds and keep what they find, although quartz diamond sites (semiprecious stones less hard than diamonds) can be accessed at other U.S. locales. Coastal walks lead to discovering sea glass and shells. Arboretums in urban areas offer trails flush with local flora. Joining or starting a hiking club based on common interests is one way to go. “One of our guidebook series encourages outdoor enthusiasts to explore the natural world in their immediate backyards. This approach especially appeals to families, first-time trail users and athletes looking for a quick nature fix after work,” offers Helen Cherullo, publisher of Mountaineers Books (, a nonprofit committed to conservation and sustainable lifestyles. Wherever we venture, take nothing but pictures and leave nature untouched. Cherullo reminds us, “Connecting people to treasured natural landscapes leads to active engagement to preserve these places for future generations. The future of public lands—owned by every American citizen—is literally in our hands.” They deserve our vote. Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at

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ime spent outside is best when we’re well-equipped. Here are some basic tips.

4 Be prepared for weather, stay alert, plan ahead and have a trail map so you know what to expect. 4 Inform others where you will be and what time you plan to be back. Set a deadline to turn around and head back well before sundown. 4 Plan on not having cell phone reception. 4 Wear proper footwear and clothing. 4 Take a compass and a flashlight. 4 Bring water, in plastic-free bottles, and well-sealed snacks. 4 Apply natural, reliable sunscreen (such as Think Sport)

4 Consider a natural first-aid kit. (DIY guidelines for creating alternative kits are found at RemediesTravelKit and AnHerbalFirstAidKit.)

Hiking in nature is a ready way to reset frazzled nerves.

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4 Use DEET-free insect and tick repellant. (For an easy home recipe, add 15 drops of geranium and eucalyptus essential oils to a two-ounce spray bottle filled with distilled water. Shake well before each use.)

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Public Ambassadors

Dogs at Work Finding the Right Dog for the Job by Sandra Murphy


very dog needs a meaningful job. Like us, some need help figuring out what they want to be when they grow up; others choose their own specialty. With imagination and experimentation, even a problem pooch can became an unexpected blessing.

Comforting Companions A 7-year-old hound and canine-style Houdini named Gumby was adopted seven times, surrendered to the shelter eight times and thrice became a stray. An unprecedented 11 return trips to the Charleston Animal Society, in South Carolina, convinced the staff he prefers shelter life. Now his selfappointed job is comforting and helping new arrivals adjust to their temporary home. Dentist April Patterson owns Dr. Patty’s Dental Boutique and Spa, in Fort Lauderdale. After attending a local Humane Society fashion show, she returned to her office with Oliver, a four-pound Pomeranian mix of undetermined age. This cutie’s job is to steady nervous patients. “It wasn’t planned,” says Patterson. “Oliver will bark nonstop when left alone, but being one of the staff makes him happy. Meeting Oliver is part of our hiring process.” Dory, a yellow Labrador certified therapy dog, is approved by the San Diego district attorney’s office to offer aid in court when a victim or witness testifies in front of the defendant. “Dory was the first court support dog in California and the city’s first of five dog and handler teams,” says Kathleen Lam, a retired attorney and dog handler. “The 36

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Deemed “too large to sell,” Bert, a chocolate Dory, the first court support Pomeranian, wound up dog in California. in an Oklahoma shelter. Kathy Grayson, owner of The Hole, a New York City art gallery, saw his photo on and fell in love. She immediately traveled to adopt him. Bert, whom she characterizes as quiet, refined and perfectly suited to the art world, loves being at the gallery and has attended art fairs in major U.S. cities. Follow Bert’s adventures via “Edie, a boxer mix puppy, started training as an assistance dog, but her personality proved better suited to the hospitality industry,” says Julie Abramovic Kunes, public relations manager for the Fairmont Hotel, in Berkeley, California. Kunes’ Edie was hired by the Fairmont Pittsburgh Hotel in 2011, before making the career move west with her in 2017. A former shelter dog, Edie greets visitors as a community ambassador.

Special Rescue Teams Mas, a water-loving Newfoundland, redefines “rescue dog”. The Scuola Italiana Cani Salvataggio, or Italian School of Rescue Dogs, is the largest national organization in Italy to train dogs and handlers for water rescue. Helicopters can often reach a swimmer in distress more quickly than a boat. The dog jumps out to circle the victim until they can grab her harness before swimming to shore or a human partner. Mas, the first certified water rescue operative recognized by Italy, France and Switzerland port authorities and coast guards, went on to train her successors. Bloodhounds are renowned for their super sniffers. Lou, a nine-year K9 veteran, on Pennsylvania’s West York Borough Police Department force, ultimately applied for retirement, passing the harness to Prince, a 3-month-old bloodhound. Prince was sworn in by District Judge Jennifer J.P. Clancy in her Spring Garden Township courtroom. The ceremony emphasizes a K9’s status in the community and within law enforcement. Paired with Officer Scott Musselman for eight months of training, the duo will work with the Missing Child Task Force. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at

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savethedate NEPA LYME SUPPORT GROUP MEETING TUESDAY, AUGUST 1 • 6PM Mariah Pramick discusses manual lymphatic drainage for gentle head/neck, and/or whole-body massage to stimulate one’s own lymphatic system. These techniques can be effective to reduce swelling, and promote detoxification throughout the body. Mariah also provides patient education on self-massage techniques. Free and open to the public. Misericordia University, McGowan Room in the Library, 301 Lake Street, Dallas. 570-760-6108


Stream Cleanup Event – Come prepared to wade the stream or walk the trails at Minisink Park along the Brodhead Creek from 9am to 12pm. Volunteers need to fill out a volunteer form then report to the Minisink Park located at 44 River Rd. East Stroudsburg.


Tour of Columcille – 2.5-hour walking tour of a beautiful, wooded 17-acre megalithic standing stone park. Tour guide, Tom Egan, an Irish Historian and Irish mythology storyteller, offers pre-Christian Celtic interpretations of the park’s many stone monuments and structures. 9:30am-noon, rain or shine. 3155 Fox Gap Road, Bangor. 610-360-1701.

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ANNUAL RIVER RAMBLE SUNDAY, AUGUST 6 • 1-4PM Explore the parks, waterfalls and more environmental treasures of the Marshalls Creek watershed. The eco-tour offers natural highlights along a mapped driving route, each spot staffed by some of the area’s finest Naturalists eager to share their knowledge. Learn the natural history of the valley and see a beaver-created pond/creek system, a jaunt at Judy Putek Park, the secrets of operating the Oak Grove Multi-Municipal Leaf Composting Facility, and little-known facts about the area’s geography. $10 for BWA members, $15 for nonmembers. Under 12 free. An after-party is included in the cost. For info call 570-839-1120 or email

RUNNING FOR EVERGREEN SATURDAY, AUGUST 12 • 8:30AM The Creek 5K is a scenic run within Stroud Township’s ForEvergreen Nature Preserve. The run will take place on winding trails through a former golf course along the historic Brodhead Creek members to promote conservation awareness and raise funds for the ForEvergreen Nature Preserve and education project. The home of Monroe Counties favorite Bald Eagles, the cradle of fly fishing along a historic stretch of the Brodhead Creek, the preserve where everyone likes watch wildlife and go birding is in need of restoration and repair. Packet pick-up. 8/11 from 10am-2pm at the ForEverGreen Nature Preserve or race day 7:30 am. $25. Awards for various categories. 570-730-7202


Metabolic Reboot Workshop – Looking to lose weight and keep it off? This one-month program includes four Monday nights of guidance and instruction to re-program your body to burn fat instead of sugar for energy. Learn proper nutrition to achieve your goals, which result in healthy and sustainable weight loss. 6:30-7:30pm. $40/ 4wks. 647 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, 570-283-0111

Biking/Yoga/Camping Adventure – Join Balance Yoga & Wellness for a 20-mile bike ride each day with optional yoga, lake swim, SUP, hiking and camping at Hickory Run State Park. Food by Fire and Ice including lunch, dinner, campfire desserts on the first day and, breakfast and lunch on the second. $100. Call 570-714-2777 to register. Reiki & Restorative Yoga Workshop – Tracy Gross, Jessica Batha will guide you to self-preservation of tuning in and letting go. Both modalities will






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balance your restorative experience and take you to a place that will promote healing and clarity.6:308:30pm. $45. Boundless Yoga Studio, 823-F Ann Street, Stroudsburg. 570-664-0956


Holistic Nutrition Certification Level 3 - Nutrition and Body Chemistry. The student will learn the effect of the twenty-one chemical elements on colon health, how soft tissue is built, the importance of electrolytes and the importance of bone builders and blood builders. 9:30am-5:30pm. Thrive Wellness, 647 Wyoming Ave, Kingston, 570-283-0111 YOola Workshop of Life Transformation – Yoga + Oola = a powerful lifestyle that is balanced and growing. Immerse yourself in an experience of restoration & self-discovery through relaxing body postures, the introduction of essential oils, and thoughtful exploration. $45. 4-6pm. Jaya Yoga Studio, 320 S. State St, Clarks Summit. 570-319-1726.


savethedate A NATURAL HEALTH FORUM TUESDAY, AUGUST 15 • 4 PM Join us for a free, informal Question and Answer Forum with Dr. Michael Jude Loquasto ND, PHD, DC. Bring your health-related questions and benefit from Dr. Mike’s 50 years of experience in Natural Health. Understand how chiropractic internal medicine, custom herbal formulations and non-invasive oral chelation can benefit you. All are welcome with RSVP. Held at A Natural Medicine Clinic, 2571 Baglyos Circle, Suite B-27, Bethlehem. Call 484-821-1460 for a reservation.


PEMF Open House - Try Pulsed Electromagnetic Therapy as Seen on Dr. Oz! A non-invasive and gentle therapy to improve oxygen to the cells, increase protein synthesis and decrease inflammation. Get relief from neuropathy, back and joint pain, fibromyalgia, arthritis and more. Appointments 9am-8pm. $15. Thrive Wellness, 647 Wyoming Ave, Kingston, 570-283-0111


T-shirt Mandala Paint and Flow – Tracy Gross will guide you step by step through the process of creating a mandala and painting it on a T-shirt creating a beautiful form of meditation and healing. Includes a flow yoga class. 6-9pm. $40. Boundless Yoga Studio, 823-F Ann Street, Stroudsburg. 570664-0956


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. Yoga Chat – How’s your practice? Want to break out of a rut? A friendly, no-expertise-necessary monthly gathering discussing yoga topics. Sip tea from a comfy seat and enjoy conversation and fellowship with friends old and new! $10. Boundless Yoga Studio, 823-F Ann Street, Stroudsburg. 570-664-0956

savethedate PADDLEBOARD YOGA (SUP) SUNDAYS THROUGH SEPT 3 9AM OR NOON SUNSET SUP 8/19, 8/24 & 9/7 @ 6PM LAKE NUANGOLA With Corinne Ferrell of Balance Yoga and Wellness of Forty Fort. We get people that are new to yoga and paddling all the time and they end up loving it. Our classes start out with a lesson, then connecting with your breath as you connect to nature. Bring a hat and a smile and get ready for bliss. We will cancel any class/event that we feel is not safe enough for all participants. Wear whatever is comfortable. You will not get wet unless you take a dive off the board. $30 with own equipment or $40 which includes rental equipment. Limit 8 people per class so pre-registration required. Call 570-714-2777 to reserve.

savethedate PLANT ALLIES 2017 MIDATLANTIC WOMEN’S HERBAL CONFERENCE SEPTEMBER 30 – OCTOBER 1 Featuring renowned speakers, including Rosemary Gladstar, beloved around the world for her extensive work with plants. Plus, over 20 workshops on women’s health, herbal medicine, gardening and plant identification, plus plant walks, kids camp, delicious vegan food, vendors, singing and dancing. Camping available. Early Bird Registration until August 1, Kempton Community Center, 83 Community Center Drive, Kempton. 610-683-9363.

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savethedate FOOT REFLEXOLOGY CERTIFICATION SEPTEMBER 16 & 17 • 10AM-5PM. This 2-day course gives you everything you need to become a certified Foot Reflexologist, without paying the high price of other classes. Small class experience and continued support beyond the classroom. NCBTMB provider #155. Course offers 14 CEU hrs. $375/course; $75/certification. For more information or to register contact: Rev. Dr. Gwen Ward, Health Quest Holistics, Lebanon. 717-228-0612. Email: Healthquest10@

savethedate 5 THRESHOLDS TO NOW ACTIVATION A MOTHER MARY INSPIRED WORKSHOP SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 • 10AM-4PM The True State of Compassion is Love without Attachment. International Artist & Author Angelo Rusciano teaches the energy matrix of our thinking and behavior as well our historical imprint and that of the land. In these unprecedented times of change on this planet it is essential that those of us working in service are living and working in tune with the creator. St. Francis, Denville, NJ. Free, but must RSVP to Renae@designharmony. com or 908 797-5225.

savethedate MOTHER MARY RECEPTION AND ART UNVEILING FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 • 7 PM An Auspicious Art Celebration with International Artist & Author Angelo Rusciano unveiling his long awaited La Sacrada Divina and Nicholas Sainato - Renaissance Man’s live and inspirational piano music. St. Francis, Denville, NJ. Free, but must RSVP to or 908 797-5225.


Cold Pressed Soap Making 101 – Learn to make your own natural soaps. Take home a 1lb loaf form your family. 6pm. Ages 16+ unless adult supervised. $35 must be paid in advance. All supplies included. Pocono Soap, 10 N 7th Street Stroudsburg. Register at 570-421-1791.


Essential Oils 101 – Learn the basics of essential oils, how to choose oils; the safety guidelines and contraindications and how oils can be used therapeutically; and basic every day uses for wellness in the body and home. Includes 11 common oils for the home and body. 6:30pm. $10. Thrive Wellness, 647 Wyoming Ave, Kingston, 570-283-0111


Master Herbalist Certification Level 1 - Covers the study of history and philosophy of Western Herbal Medicine including medical, herbal, and botanical terminology. The student will learn how to use essential oils and herbal remedies safely. Ailments of the Digestive system, Circulatory system and Respiratory system discussed. 9:30am-5:30pm. Thrive Wellness, 647 Wyoming Ave, Kingston, 570-283-0111


StressLESS Back to School – Going back to school can be an adjustment for children and parents. Whether you’re looking for more energy, increased focus, immune support, or a deep breath, this class is for you! Leave with easy, simple, and affordable tactics using essential oils on the planet. 6:30pm. Free. ProActive Family Chiropractic, 1146 Northern, Blvd, Clarks Summit. 570-763-9536.


Metabolic Reboot Workshop – Looking to lose weight and keep it off? This one-month program includes four Monday nights of guidance and instruction to re-program your body to burn fat instead of sugar for energy. Learn proper nutrition to achieve your goals, which result in healthy and sustainable weight loss. 6:30-7:30pm. $40/ 4wks. 647 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, 570-283-0111


An Introduction to the Metabolic Reboot Webinar – If you suffer from diabetes, hormone imbalances, slow metabolism, or are looking for a jump-start to your health or weight loss program come join us! 6:30-7:30pm. FREE. RSVP Required. Location: Virtual Seminar From Your Own Home. Call to register: 570-283-0111

savethedate CHAKRADANCE ANNIVERSARY SPECIALS Join us to celebrate our first anniversary. Are you listening to your heart or your head? Which Chakra leads? Reconnect to your Soul & let your Soul lead the way. Chakradance is Soul Dancing at its finest. Anniversary half price 90-minute “Awakening” Classes on 8/22 & 8/26 at 6pm each night. $10. Reservations required. Open House on 8/26, 1-4pm with a “Freedom” Dance Experience at 2pm and 2:30pm. White Lotus Yoga Studio, 58 Spring Street /3rd Floor Ballroom, Carbondale. 570-281-6279

savethedate REIKI CERTIFICATION CLASSES MOUNTAIN TOP & WILKES-BARRE Reiki 1, Certification Program – Aug 12, 2017, 9:30am-5pm. Usui/Tibetan- Highlights: History of Reiki, Japanese Reiki Techniques, Reiki 1 Initiation, Hands on practice, includes 179-page manual, Register by 8/6 CEU’s-LMT Reiki 2, Certification Program – Aug 26, 2017, 9:30am-5pm. Highlights: Three Reiki Symbols, Japanese Reiki Techniques, Reiki 2 Attunement, hands-on practice, 179 page Manual if didn’t receive in Reiki 1. Register by 8/19 Seven Sacred Flames Reiki,® Self-Procedure I – Sept 9, 2017 9:30am-4pm. A High spiritual practice for Self-Realization and Activation/Attunement. Learn Great Central Sun Meditation for State of Pure Consciousness. Manual included. Register by 9/2 Contact Anthony V. Wojnar D.D. RMT, Life Holistic Center LLC. Member: IARP. 570-7066680.


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ongoingevents daily Montessori Education Tour – Learn more about our balanced approach to preschool, kindergarten and elementary school. We value an emphasis on independence, freedom within limits and respect for a child’s natural psychological, physical and social development. Call 570-629-2754 to schedule a tour. Growing Concern, Tannersville. Fitness Bootcamp – A combination of strength training, cardio, and joint mobility exercises. Classes are for all ages and levels of fitness with absolutely no intimidation. $10 or $199 for 3mo unlimited w/nutritional counseling. First class free. 8:30am and 5:30pm. NutriFitness, 311 Market St., Kingston. 570-288-2409 Ascend Hospice Volunteering – Ascend Hospice is actively recruiting Reiki Practitioners, Certified Massage Therapists and Comfort Volunteers to impact the lives of Hospice patients. 866-821-1212. Volunteer Work on the Farm – Help out on our sustainable farm for learning, outdoor activity, exercise and good clean fun. Every Weekday Available 9-11am or 3-5 pm. Josie Porter Farm, 6514 Cherry Valley Rd. Stroudsburg. Call to schedule 570-992-5731.

sunday Yoga Nidra- A guided meditation class, where one is taken into progressively deeper and deeper states of relaxation of every point in the body, accompanied by calming visualizations. Allow your body to drop

into a sleep like state, while you train your mind to stay awake and focused. Suitable for everyone. No yoga experience needed. 10:30am. Namaste 919, 919 South Main St., Old Forge. 570-451-1001 Bhakti Yoga – Detoxify the body in this hot, rejuvenating flow class through breathing & vigorous poses then cooling down in long held yin yoga shapes to further quiet the mind and integrate the breath. Suitable for All Levels. Room is heated to 90 degrees. 930am. Balance Yoga, 900 Rutter Ave, Forty Fort. 570-714-2777. Chair Pilates Group Class – Authentic and traditional style of Pilates for physically challenged looking to improve total body health and increase strength and flexibility. Individual evaluation before joining group required. 11am. Mountain Laurel Pilates, Silk Mill, Rt6, Hawley. 570-857-1707.

monday Qigong/Meditation: All welcome, ideal for those new to Qigong or for the long-time practitioner. Ongoing classes allow anyone to attend at anytime and enjoy the benefits of this complete Ancient Chinese Healthcare System. 9:30am, 10:30am, or 7:30pm. $12. Three Pure Rivers Studio for the Arts, 18 Rittenhouse Pl. Drums. 570-359-3059. Mat/Tower Group Pilates Class – Authentic and traditional style of Pilates for total body health and increased strength and flexibility. Individual evaluation before joining group required. 4:30pm. Mountain Laurel Pilates, Silk Mill, Rt 6, Hawley. 570-857-1707.

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Svaroopa Hatha Yoga – Ending pain with the spinal decompression we call Core Opening. End your back pain and dissolve neck and shoulder tensions in your first class. Enjoy more energy and a resiliency that supports facing life’s challenges. 6pm. $15. Everything Natural, 426 South State Street, Clarks Summit. 570.586.9684.

tuesday Consciousness Conversations – Continue exploring these extraordinary writings as we learn to remove obstacles to peace. Discover more about the guiding principles of authors like Marianne Williamson and Dr. Wayne Dyer. Anyone can attend at any time. 5pm. Free. Everything Natural, 426 South State Street, Clarks Summit. 570.586.9684. Gentle Flow Yoga – Transition from your work day to the evening with gentle flow yoga. Focus on Prana Yama (breath) while integrating Asana (movement) to bring about relaxation and balance on a spiritual, emotional, and physical level. Perfect for beginners but all levels welcome. 4:30pm. $15/class or $120/10 series. Registration required. Thrive Wellness, 647 Wyoming Ave, Kingston, 570-283-0111 Tai Chi Principles – Covers a variety of Tai Chi and meditative practices including Tai Chi, Old Yang Form, Short Form, Long Yang Form, Shaolin Kung Fu Boxing, and meditations including Marma Points, How to Release Relaxation Response, 5 Element: 6 Healing Sound Chi Kong, and Breathing Chi Kung. 6:30pm. $18/class or $100/8 series. Registration required. Thrive Wellness, 647 Wyoming Ave, Kingston, 570-283-0111

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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. Svaroopa Hatha Yoga – Ending pain with the spinal decompression we call Core Opening. End your back pain and dissolve neck and shoulder tensions in your first class. Enjoy more energy and a resiliency that supports facing life’s challenges. 9:30am. $15. Everything Natural, 426 South State Street, Clarks Summit. 570.586.9684. Yin Yoga – Quiet your mind and open the deep tissues of your body in this contemplative and meditative class. The perfect complement to more active hatha yoga practice. Learn how the Yin shapes affect your energy and bones & ligaments of your body. Suitable for all levels. 7:30pm. Balance Yoga, 900 Rutter Ave, Forty Fort. 570-714-2777. Qigong/Meditation – All welcome, ideal for those new to Qigong or for the long-time practitioner. Ongoing classes allow anyone to attend at anytime and enjoy the benefits of this complete Ancient Chinese Healthcare System. 6:30pm or 7:30pm. $12. Three Pure Rivers Studio for the Arts, 18 Rittenhouse Pl. Drums. 570-359-3059.

wednesday Qigong/Meditation – All welcome, ideal for those new to Qigong or for the long-time practitioner. Ongoing classes allow anyone to attend at anytime and enjoy the benefits of this complete Ancient Chinese Healthcare System. 9:30am or 10:30am. $12. Three Pure Rivers Studio for the Arts, 18 Rittenhouse Pl. Drums. 570-359-3059. Kundalini Yoga – A comprehensive form of yoga that combines chanting, hand gestures, meditation, breathing and postures to raise spiritual energy, increase self-awareness and elevate Consciousness. Provides a complete spiritual, mental, and physical workout.. 10:30am. Balance Yoga, 900 Rutter Ave, Forty Fort. 570-714-2777.

Mindful Yoga - Basic/beginner level of yoga. 6pm. $7. Tannersville Physical Therapy & Wellness, 2313 RT 715, Reeders. 570-629-4921 to register Tai Chi – A slow moving martial art, more appropriate, but not restricted to middle age and the elderly, with health benefits including strengthening, improvement of balance and flexibility. All levels. 5:15pm. Asian Institute, 315 Pocono Blvd, Mt Pocono. 570-839-1898. Shaolin Kung Fu – The eastern equivalent of aerobics which improves leg strength, cardiovascular conditioning, stamina and coordination is on 6:15pm. Asian Institute, 315 Pocono Blvd, Mt Pocono. 570-839-1898. 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. Care Giver Support Group – Care givers can encourage, learn and support each other. Learn or share with like-minded people who understand. Express your feelings in a confidential and private environment. 2nd Wed of the month. 6pm. Jewish Community Center, 601 Jefferson Avenue. Scranton. Contact Jo Marturano 570-335-6984.

thursday Guided Meditation Session – This group will use meditation for healing and balance and connectedness with the Universe. Wear comfortable clothes and bring water. All are welcome. $10 donation. 10am. Shooting for the Moon, 3200 East Hamilton Rd (Bus 209), Stroudsburg. 570-992-0943 to sign up. Facebook Live Health Call – Get Healthy with weekly tips and advice with Adrienne every Thursday at 4pm via facebook at for a LiveChat where she discusses tips on how to get healthy. You are invited to ask any questions. Join this exclusive group for daily inspiration, recipes, and tips. Yin Yoga – Quiet your mind and open the deep tissues of your body in this contemplative and meditative class. The perfect complement to more active hatha yoga practice. Learn how the Yin shapes affect your energy and bones & ligaments of your body. Suitable for all levels. 10:30am. Balance Yoga, 900 Rutter Ave, Forty Fort. 570-714-2777.

Balance Training 101- Ones physical stability is challenged daily. Balance exercises increases strength and can reduce the risk of injury in just a few sessions. 8:30am or 5:30pm. $10 per class or $35 for 4 classes. NutriFitness, 311 Market St., Kingston. 570-288-2409 Yoga – End your work day by treating yourself to the wonderful benefits of breathing synchronized movement. Embrace the serenity with every flowing 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 Yin Yoga – All levels. Yin Yoga generally targets the ligaments, bones and joints of the hips, pelvis, and lower spine. These are parts of the body that normally are not exercised very much in a more active style of asana practice. 6pm. $15. Call to register. Thrive Wellness, 647 Wyoming Ave, Kingston, 570-283-0111 Ashtanga Yoga –A powerful linking of postures and full rhythmic breathing. Deep internal heat purifies the body on a cellular level while enhanced levels of concentration relax the mind and internal energy locks strengthen the nervous system. 6pm-7:30pm. $15. White Lotus Yoga Studio 58 Spring Street, Carbondale 570-281-6279

saturday Mixed Level Mat Pilates Group Class – Authentic and traditional style of Pilates for total body health and increased strength and flexibility. Individual evaluation before joining group required. 10am. Mountain Laurel Pilates, Silk Mill, Rt 6, Hawley. 570-857-1707. Shaolin Kung Fu – The eastern equivalent of aerobics which improves leg strength, cardiovascular conditioning, stamina and coordination is on 11:45am. Asian Institute, 315 Pocono Blvd, Mt Pocono. 570-839-1898. 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 – With Wayne Wolfe. Often described as “meditation in motion,” and there is growing evidence that this mind-body practice has value in treating or preventing many health problems. 10am. $18 a class or $100/8wks. RSVP. Thrive Wellness, 647 Wyoming Ave, Kingston, 570-283-0111 Svaroopa Hatha Yoga – Ending pain with the spinal decompression we call Core Opening. End your back pain and dissolve neck and shoulder tensions in your first class. Enjoy more energy and a resiliency that supports facing life’s challenges. 10am. $15. Everything Natural, 426 South State Street, Clarks Summit. 570.586.9684. Drum Circle – 2nd & 4th Saturdays. Bring you drum if you have one and enjoy an invigorating time of drumming and creating. Beginners to experts. 1pm4pm. Free. Everything Natural, 426 South State Street, Clarks Summit. 570.586.9684.


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Massage provides the opportunity to help clients return to a normal lifestyle. We provide our clients with relief from pain and stress along with knowledge that they can use to take responsibility for their health through regular selfcare and monthly massages. See ad, page 6.

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


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,


Karen McConnell, I-Act 2625 Lake Ariel Hwy Honesdale, PA 18431 570-470-1201 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-onone approaches in a relaxing, nurturing, private atmosphere to achieve optimal results for each individual’s own unique wellbeing journey. See ad, page 40.

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, page 20.


Susan M. Thompson, LPC The Holmes Bldg, 61 Commercial St Honesdale, PA 18431 570-352-4997

Change is possible for you. By treating the whole person through traditional or wholistic mental health counseling, each person is offered the opportunity to be listened to, understood and guided toward goals of wellbeing. We address anxiety, depression, confusion, self-esteem and relationship issues and specialize in high functioning autism through the modalities of cognitive behavior therapy, expressive therapies, transactional analysis and educational seminars. See ad page 20.


Healing Arts Center Merchant’s Plaza, 2nd floor 2937 Route 611, Tannersville, PA 18372 Mental health is the search for joy and meaning within you and with others. As a licensed Clinical Psychologist, I consult with you on your life journey which is fundamentally to come to know yourself with more depth and appreciation for who you are, and how you bring yourself to interactions in the world. Let me help you simplify the complicated and deepen the ordinary.


Marcie Schaeffler 569 Easton Turnpike • Hamlin, PA 18427 570-229-3593 Trapped emotions you carry within can throw off your body’s magnetic field, allowing disease or illness to enter. Emotions may even have been inherited from ancestors. Painless removal of these emotions can help to free you from this burden.  Schedule a visit and your “Health Is On The Way”!

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

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

Offering options that will motivate you to be the healthiest best version you can be. Share my training and knowledge in the areas of proper nutrition, healthy relationships, spirituality, and solid career choices. Specializing in fertility issues. Free Initial Consultation. See ad on page 32.


3239 Pennay Hill Rd, Kingsley, PA 18826 570-877-3655 Multi-Entrepreneur and compassionate heart loves helping others overcome challenges, pain and the past. Through coaching I show you how to develop inner love, leadership and desire to create a life that you long to have and can. Personal and Professional Development. See ad on page 17.

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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LYMPHATIC MASSAGE JEAN MCLENIGAN, LMT, CLT 770 Main St, Stroudsburg, PA 610-828-8363

Jean McLenigan is a PA licensed massage therapist (PA lic #005606) and a Certified Lymphatic Therapist through the Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy. Manual Lymph Drainage massage provides significant results for those with lymphedema, chronic lyme disease, post-liposuction edema, and many other maladies. Appointments are available through Pure Day Spa 570-420-1818.


DR. MICHAEL JUDE LOQUASTO, ND, PHD, DC 2571 Baglyos Circle, Suite B-27 Bethlehem, PA 18020 • 484-821-1460 Phone Consultations Available Specializing in Natural Medicine for over 50 years, Dr. Loquasto holds doctorates in Naturopathy, Nutrition and Chiropractic Internal Medicine.  He is also a Master Herbalist as well as a certified Clinical and Dietitian Nutritionist.  Dr. Loquasto offers custom formulations for specific conditions and non-invasive chelation therapy.  In addition the following tests are done at the clinic:  live cell microscope, circulation testing, EKG, pulmonary lung testing, bone density, x-ray, scanning for foot & ankle problems, blood pressure, blood oxygen levels and blood testing for diabetes and other health issues, Cold Laser therapy for pain.


Dr. John Harrington 149 Route 94, Blairstown, NJ 07825 908-362-6868 If you are tired of suffering and wish to explore different options for better health then the Sunrise Nutrition Center is at the top of the list! Advanced technology for nutritional status and toxin overload are blended with the most accurate muscle testing and laboratory work to produce a personalized health plan specific for your body. Not only is the right diet implemented but having the best tests for evaluating your health is crucial! Try this safe, drug-free approach today! See ad on page 25.


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.


Tina Stashko, N.D. PhD MIfHI Emmaus, PA 18049 610-965-8132

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

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

Let me be your partner in health. Working with individuals for 10+ years and specializing in noninvasive, cutting-edge 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 8.


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 12.


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, page 18.




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

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.

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 39.



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

MOUNTAIN LAUREL PILATES 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 16.


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. Received a Master/Teacher attunement on Kurama Mtn. Japan, the birthplace of Reiki. CEU’s for Massage Therapists. Member IARP., ICRT.

Wellness is a journey. Let us help you reach your destination. Our services include: acupuncture, chiropractic, nutritional counseling, massage, shiatsu, watsu, reflexology, family and individual counseling, Reiki, smoking cessation, kung fu, tai chi, qigong, and an organic whole foods buyer’s club.

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

Offering Yoga, Personal Training, Cycling, Kinesiology, Massage Therapy, Structural Integration, Slacklining & Acrobatics. A full schedule of classes, professional workshops and private consolation appointments are available. Owner Corrine Ferrell is known for her masterful approach to all things kinesthetic, and happily offers her extensive knowledge to help you live a richer, fuller, more active life. See ad, page 39.


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


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, page 35.

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, pages 48.

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classifieds APEALS Healers Wanted – Help us to aid in the healing environment at Pocono Medical Center. Seeking volunteers for the Complementary & Alternative Medicine Program. Interested practitioners in Reiki and massage, artists and musicians please contact Jill Howell at 570-476-3443 or email jhowell@ 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

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. Reasonably priced. For more info or to register contact Barbara Fenton at 610-393-2036 or HypnoBirthing® Classes – The Mongan Method, of childbirth education is an amazing program that teaches you and your birthing companion in five, 2 and a half hour classes the art and joy of experiencing birth in a more natural and comfortable way. Call 570-730-9963 for schedule. Peace and Healing For Women, 134 Broad St, Stroudsburg. Hypnosis Training Course – Classes forming for National Guild of Hypnosis-approved Banyan Hypnosis Certification Super Course with 5-PATH and 7th Path Self-Hypnosis techniques. For more information, call 610-248-2358.

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

OPPORTUNITIES Part-time Colon Hydro-therapist Needed – The ideal candidate will be a LPN with knowledge and a passion for holistic healing. Training for Colonics and Lymphatic treatments provided. Experience in massage therapy a plus. Flexible schedule in a Spalike environment. Waverly, PA. Call 570-563-2565. Health Food Store For Sale – Very well established store in Lehigh Valley, PA. Email to: Serious inquiries only. Spread Your Wings - Add a Rejuvenation Studio to your existing beauty, fitness, or health/wellness business. Bring in new customers, gain revenue from several sources, and your customers will love it! For more information, call today: 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 www. Distribution Driver – Deliver Natural Awakenings Magazine in Hawley/Honesdale areas. Once per month with a few refills during the month. The ideal candidate lives in the delivery area, supports our content, communicates well with business owners and will manage growth in the territory. 610-421-4443.

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 Toxic Chemicals in the Home? – Know the risks. See

SERVICES I Answer Questions – JD Aeon, Astrologer. 610 570 0777. Spiritual astrology, Aura and Ayurvedic readings. Energy healing if desired to resolve matters.

SPACE TO RENT 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. 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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