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Why Suffer

Natural Remedies Ease Chronic Pain



How to Set Boundaries inthe Digital Era

Fatherhood Lessons

Lifelong Hopes and Nonstop Discoveries

Green Cars Why Now Is the Time to Buy

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contents 6 newsbriefs

11 healthbriefs

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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17 ecotip 18 inspiration 22 wisewords 28 healingways


18 ON FATHERHOOD by Ben Greenman


32 healthykids

by Mark R. Reinhart

30 greenliving


36 naturalpet

Start Small and Stay Committed

38 calendar

43 resourceguide

46 classifieds

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The Lifelong Lessons of Being a Dad

ON ECO-LIVING: by April Thompson



Natural Ways to Feel Much Better by Kathleen Barnes


Six Drug-Free Ways to Preempt the Pain by Margie King



Fuel Economy Plus Sales Incentives Equal Big Savings by Jim Motavalli

32 FAMILY SCREEN TIME How to Set Boundaries in the Digital Era by April Thompson


JOINT INJURY AND PAIN Six Remedies for Relief

by Shawn Messonnier




ur June issue begins the 11th year of my publishing career. The last 10 years have been a tremendous adventure, both professionally and educationally. What started as a belief in natural healing through personal experience has evolved into a mission to publish a natural solution for every diagnosis. A side benefit is a personal lifestyle that continues to improve with each edition. I’m grateful for the community’s support not only in the Lehigh Valley, but in Northeast Pennsylvania, where in 2013, I took over the edition started by my friend Kim Baldwin. Health care has changed dramatically in those 10 years. Not a day goes by without debate about how to move forward to ensure the best possible standard of care for Americans. Unfortunately, the debate has focused more on costs, coverage, subsidies, deductibles and co-pays, than on achieving the kind of wellness that allows us to fully experience our lives. What was true then and is still true now is that if we want to live healthy, it is up to us individually to learn about our own bodies and proactively maintain our own health through education, proper diet, regular exercise and addressing our spiritual, emotional and social well-being. This will be true as long as humans walk the Earth, and we should never cede control, no matter what is promised in return. A eureka moment for me was the concept of addressing root causes of disease or illness, rather than trying to just stop the symptoms. The term ‘holistic health practitioner” sums up this philosophy perfectly on page 35. Treating the cause can take some expert advice and diagnostic expertise, but often the solution is simple and the remedy is very inexpensive compared to modern medical procedures. Natural health practitioners follow the Hippocratic oath by recommending naturally derived nutrients that address the cause and “do no harm”. I recently lost a significant amount of weight through an inexpensive holistic weight-loss program offered at my gym. I have been amazed by how many small areas of discomfort in my body have disappeared as the weight came off. My vital signs have improved and I have decreased my risk of heart disease, which happened to be my biggest predisposition concern. No one can tell me that natural health protocols do not work. I have experienced them. Not every protocol works for every person, because we are all biologically individual, but with the right guidance and nutritional support, I do think many of our health issues could be resolved. I’m looking forward to another 10 years of bringing both cutting-edge and timeless ancient protocols in these pages each month. I wish all the best for our readers that strive for optimal health.

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Functional Medicine Talk in Scranton

Total Reset Accountability Program


he Total Reset Accountability Program from Nutrifitness studio, in Kingston, is designed to get people started on a journey to wellness and continue to stay on that path for years to come. This eight-week program begins June 10 and includes weekly personal coaching, group accountability meet-ups, meal and fitness planning, guided meditation classes and a two-hour hiking adventure. NutriFitness Boot Camp opened in 2005 with a mission to create a space where people can exercise without feeling intimidated and get the attention they need to make a healthy change. Their certified trainers have a combination of 10 decades of experience in the health and fitness field. By adding the aspect of nutrition into exercise programs, Nutrifitness acknowledges that the majority of positive changes that take place within our bodies and our everyday lives are due to the foods we consume. Location: 311 Market St., Kingston. For more information and to register, call 570288-2409. See ad page 31.

Eliminate Pests the Non-Toxic Way


reen Man Exterminator, LLC, in Tobyhanna, specializes in Eco-Smart Pest Control for 100 percent safe, toxin-free treatment. Their protocols are made in the U.S., science-based and specific to individual pest problems. Invaders are doomed without harm to your family, pets, plants or waterways. Typical pest infestation removal includes bed bugs, mosquitoes, ants, rats/ mice, bees, beetles, fleas, ticks, gypsy moths, flies, termites, stick bugs silverfish and more. Owner John R. Smith can also remove nuisance wildlife such as bats, birds, foxes, raccoons, groundhogs, snakes and squirrels without use of chemicals. The company also offers eco-friendly mold and fungus cleaning, and mortgage inspections, including wood-destroying organisms. All work is guaranteed to be non-toxic. Green Man has been awarded super service status on Angie’s List, top ratings on Home Adviser and Green America has certified Green Man Exterminator as an eco-friendly business that is committed to using business as a platform for social change.


r. Jarrett Kaminsky will host a free talk, Take Charge of Your Life—A Functional Medicine Approach, at 6:30 p.m., June 21, at his office in Dr. Jarrett Kaminsky Scranton. “Participants will learn how to change the way they look at health by addressing the question, Why am I not feeling well?”, states Kaminsky. “Instead of focusing on your symptoms, you will be taught how to figure out the cause of the problem and how to take the proper steps to correct it. If you are interested in finding out why you do not feel well and learning how you can change that, then this free talk will benefit you.” Kaminsky explains that functional medicine is an alternative branch of health care which addresses the question of why. “Instead of looking at you as a set of symptoms, a functional medicine doctor looks at your body as a whole and tries to figure out why you are having those symptoms. Functional medicine is designed to discover the cause of your problems, not to just simply mask the symptoms by taking medicine,” he says. Location: 909 Albright Ave., Scranton. RSVP by Jun. 19 at 570-348-1158 or See ad page 44.

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Cherry Festival and Farm Dinner Food with a Founding Philosophy



osie Porter Farm will host the free sixth annual Cherry Valley Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 10, to celebrate the unique natural environmental qualities of the valley and raise awareness of conservation efforts underway. It will be a fun-filled day with family activities designed for the participation of children and adults. Events include educational speakers, nature walks, farm tours, demonstrations and environmentally themed vendors, arts and crafts. There will be food and beverages with live entertainment throughout the day, provided by strolling musicians from the Pocono Bluegrass & Folk Society. Then, there will be a farm to table tasting event from noon to 4 p.m., June 11, featuring local foods and chefs. Executive chef Daniel Mattrocce, of Lanes End Farm, will prepare intriguing tapas sourced from the farm. Guests will enjoy live music by the Organic Planet Duo, and farm tours will be offered. Cost is $65 and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture.

erra Preta Restaurant, in Scranton, opened in 2014 with the motto, “Live Well. Eat Well.” Using local farmers, changing the menu seasonally and practicing sustainable methods; reducing waste and upcycling for the interior design, Gregory Nieves and Patricia Dickert-Nieves, along with executive chef Donna Vannan, love hospitality and are committed to eating and serving whole, local foods. Terra preta, a self-renewing, nutrient-dense soil found in the Amazon Basin, made farming possible for people living in an otherwise harsh environment. “For us, Terra preta represents the strengthening of community through cooking, the unmatched power of nature and the mutually nourishing relationship between our culture and our Earth,” says Patricia. The menu showcases an array of uniquely prepared small plates and entrees that reflect the flavors of the season. Handcrafted beverages combine fresh, cold-pressed juices, natural infusions and spirits for cocktails that are truly works of art.

Location: 6514 Cherry Valley Rd., Stroudsburg, PA. For Tickets to tasting event go to event/2948141. For more information call 570-992-5731. See ad page 39.

Open for dinner; Sunday through Thursday: 4:00 p.m. to 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00 p.m. to 10:30pm. Location: 222 Wyoming Ave., Scranton. For reservations, call 570- 8714190. See ad page 39.

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newsbriefs Body Contouring the Natural Way


hrive Wellness Center is now offering Lypossage, a clinically proven massage therapy treatment that effectively detoxifies your body and helps clear waste products from your tissues to help you feel better and to re-contour your body. Lypossage reshapes your figure in the most healing way possible, through the power of touch! Using massage techniques from modalities such as lymphatic drainage, myofascial release and other specialized Lypossage techniques, this service helps to release and flush toxins held in fatty deposits in the body, improve muscle tone and break down adhesions and cellulite for a smoother skin texture without painful surgery or down time. Lypossage is a cutting-edge massage technique that reduces inches and cellulite without exercise or dieting. This amazing new form of massage helps you lose inches off the waist, thighs, arms and help smooth out the face and neck. Visit our website for more information! Location: 647 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, PA. For a free consultation, call 570-283 0111. See ad page 48.

Children’s March for Humanity


nationwide march/rally is taking place in 26 cities at 10 a.m., June 17, with the main march in Washington, D.C., to expose the current health crisis the youth of America face. The local contingent will convene at the Monroe County Courthouse, in Stroudsburg. There will be speakers, kids’ activities and resources to assist families on their journey of discovery. Children’s March for Humanity (CMFH) claims that chronic and neurological conditions such as eczema, allergies, asthma, ADD/ ADHD, neurological tics, speech delays, autism, cancer and more are not normal. Once a condition is normalized, discovering root causes is no longer a concern, thus proper prevention and healing cannot take place. They want to plant seeds of curiosity and desire in hearts of parents nationwide to learn more about possible root causes for their children’s health issues, providing resources for alternative, natural health choices for healing and prevention. Location: 610 Monroe St. For information and registration, visit ChildrensMarch

Fresh Produce at Home with Edible Landscaping


ear Creek Organics is now offering their organically raised edible landscape plants at the Meadow Run Supply Center in Bear Creek Township. Those looking for a new and creative twist to household landscaping projects might consider edible landscaping, the concept of incorporating edible food plants such as fruits, nuts, berries, herbs and native flowers into the backyard. It can be easy and rewarding with the proper plants and a bit of knowledge of where and how these plants grow. Richie Mitchell, owner of Bear Creek Organics, specializes in edible landscape consultations, designs and installations. His forté is creating ecological designs rooted in science, and experience of the local growing conditions. Bear Creek Organics maintains an edible landscaping plant nursery to choose from hundreds of fruit and nut trees, berry and nut bushes, native perennial flowers, medicinal herbs and more. Location: Meadow Run Supply Center, 1255 Bear Creek Boulevard (Rt 115), Bear Creek Township. For more information, call 570-472-0472. For edible landscape consultation and design for plant questions call 570-582-0615 or email BearCreek Organics See ad page 11.


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Teacher Training Intro Session


ission Yoga and Melt Hot Yoga will present a free information program at 7:15 p.m., June 12, about the Yoga Alliance approved Twin Cities 200-hour and 300-hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training. This is an opportunity to meet the instructors, learn about the vision, and ask any questions about upcoming trainings beginning in September. Rooted in tradition, the Twin Cities Yoga Teacher Training experience is designed to free students from the illusion that they are not already free. Through the loving guidance of a passionate and highly skilled teaching staff, they will gain the skills, confidence and support on a new path to teaching yoga and becoming a leader in the yoga community. Integrating the bhakti principles of love and devotion with the alignment, therapeutics and sequential base of the ashtanga yoga system, the program enables the individual to develop a personal teaching language based on a personal spiritual experience. Location: Mission Yoga 1440 Capouse Ave., Scranton. For more information or to register, visit See ad page 7.

Summer Solstice Cocktail Event


acawac Sanctuary celebrates the beginning of summer with local farm to plate food, drink and music from 6 to 9 p.m., June 23. This Summer Solstice fundraiser benefits the Lacawac Sanctuary, a nature center, environmental education center and biological field station on Lake Walenpaupack. The evening features local offerings highlighting Wayne County and the area through locally produced libations, farm to plate, a tapas-style menu and live music. Entertainment is courtesy of The Crackers, with their own interpretations of mostly American music. The chow includes local farmers and artisans The Ant Hill Farm Kitchen, The Mustard Seed and Dyberry Forks, using pure ingredients free of artificial additives, preservatives, antibiotics and hormones. The libation includes Wood Winery, located on the Endless Mountains Wine Trail, in Northeast Pennsylvania; Lucchi Family Wine Cellars, a family-run Pennsylvania Winery; Antler Ridge Winery, nestled in the beautiful mountains of Bradford County near Towanda; and Capra Collina Winery. Cost is $25. Location: 1030 Main St., Honesdale, PA. For tickets, call 570-689-9494 or visit

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Third Annual NEPA Yoga Fest


helsea Manganaro, owner of the Nearme Yoga studios in Moosic and Peckville, will host the Third Annual Northeast Pennsylvania (NEPA) Yoga Fest from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on June 10 at the Water Park at Montage Mountain, in Moosic. The festival—focused on yoga and promoting an overall healthy lifestyle—offers a diverse array of yoga instruction for every age and level yogi from beginner to advanced. Classes will include exploration of vinyasa, kundalini, restorative, chakra flow, acro yoga, yin and more. The festival will feature some of the best instructors from all over the country including Alanna Kaivalya, from New York City, and Pete Guinosso of San Francisco. “We plan to provide our guests plenty of reasons to visit the NEPA Yoga Festival through yoga, art, music, presentations, shopping, socializing, healthy food and a healing tent that will be added this year,” says Manganaro, the festival’s founder and director. “Since the first year, the yoga community has significantly grown in the United States in general and I cannot wait for June 10 to share my passion and excite-


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ment with everyone.” The new healing tent is sponsored by Thrive Wellness Center of Kingston. Natural health speakers and businesses will present in the tent throughout the day, including Synergy Reiki Studio, Jonathan Coyle, Amber Summer-Krug, Dr. Dan Chiropractic, Angel’s Peace Within, The Familiar,, Yoga4Sobriety, Distant Whispers Energy Healing and the Giving Tree Wellness Center. A family-friendly event, the festival will also have live music, inspirational speakers, meditations and children’s activities like face painting and henna tattoos. Unique local vendors and artists will be providing a wide selection of goods, as well as multiple healthy food options available for purchase. Additionally, the water park will be open for children of all ages. The NEPA Yoga Festival will take place rain or shine. Purchase tickets using promo code: NA2017 for 20 percent off your tickets. Visit See ad page 2.




esearch from the University of Medical Sciences and Technology, in Khartoum, Sudan, tested the efficacy of ginger, cinnamon and a combination of both in reducing root canal infections. The study tested infections associated with 50 teeth involved in root canals. They were divided into five groups. One was treated with a paste of extract of ginger, another of cinnamon, and another with both of them. The final two groups were divided into a positive control group treated with calcium hydroxide with iodoform paste, and a negative control group was left untreated. The researchers recorded the number of colony forming units (CFU) of bacteria—individual bacteria units capable of growing into a colony—before and after the treatments. The extract of ginger group showed the most effectiveness, with a reduction from 83 CFUs to 26.5, suggesting that ginger may help treat or prevent root canal infections. The cinnamon group saw their status reduced slightly, to 77.8 CFUs, and the combination caused a decrease to 49.7.

High-Intensity Workouts MayKeep People Coming Back


study from McMaster University, in Hamilton, Ontario, has found that high-intensity interval training (HIIT) makes working out more enjoyable for individuals that struggle with regular exercise. Jennifer Heisz, lead author and assistant professor in the kinesiology department, observes, “Enjoyment during the first weeks of adopting a new exercise program may be especially important for preventing dropouts.” Researchers divided 40 sedentary, healthy adults into two groups. One participated in HIIT, which consists of short bursts of intense exercises, followed by lower-intensity recovery periods, for six weeks; the other group performed ongoing moderate exercises. The researchers discovered that while both groups started out with equal enjoyment levels, the HIIT group enjoyed their workouts more as they gained strength, while the moderate group reported unchanged or decreased enjoyment levels.


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etting off the couch and just moving may help slow the aging process in women that do not lead active lifestyles. Researchers from the University of California at San Diego measured the telomere lengths of white blood cells in 1,481 women between the ages of 64 and 95. Telomere lengths are a measure of aging within genes. After adjusting for other health and lifestyle factors, the researchers found that the women with less physical activity had shorter telomere lengths than those with more active lifestyles.

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Healthy Eating Can Improve Bone Density in Women


he importance of calcium for bone health in women is widely known. Now a new study suggests that a diet of foods considered lowinflammatory, such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains, may help reduce bone loss and fracture risk. Researchers from Ohio State University calculated the dietary inflammatory index (DII) of 160,191 participants using data from the Women’s Health Initiative clinical trials’ baseline food frequency questionnaires. Comparative DII data were then recorded three and six years later among 10,290 study participants to determine any changes in their individual scores. Results were also compared with the number of hip fractures reported annually for the subjects, along with bone mineral density levels from the subgroup. Women with lower DII scores had less bone loss in their hips after six years.


Inactive Lifestyle Accelerates Aging


esearchers from the University of Rhode Island, in Kingston, have studied the rapid increase in Lyme disease in the northern U.S. Only 11 cases of the disease, which annually impacts about 300,000 Americans, were reported in 2015 in Alabama, a state of approximately 5 million residents. Meanwhile, there were 491 confirmed cases in Vermont, with a population of less than 700,000. The researchers studied the life cycle, metabolism and behavior of black-legged ticks, collecting larvae from several eastern areas. They discovered that ticks live longer in cooler temperatures with higher levels of humidity, making northeastern climates ideal, because longer lives mean increased chance of contact. Southern ticks stay hidden underfoot in layers of leaves to stay cool and damp, making them less likely to find a human host than their northern counterparts, which reside on leaves and trees. “There has been a lot of research aimed at finding out what makes black-legged ticks more efficient hosts for Lyme disease in the north than in the south,” explains Roger LeBrun, an entomology professor at the University of Rhode Island and co-author of the study. “People have looked at everything from the effects of temperature on tick life cycles to the types of animals the ticks feed on. Probably all of these factors play roles, but our results suggest that evolutionary pressure to conserve moisture by staying under the leaf litter surface is a critical factor.”

Vitamin D Helps Babies Grow Strong Bones and Muscle


esearchers from McGill University, in Montreal, Canada, have discovered a connection between vitamin D supplementation during infancy and a healthier ratio of muscle and fat in toddlers. “We were very intrigued by the higher lean mass and the possibility that vitamin D can help infants to grow both healthy skeletons and amounts of muscle, yet less fat,” says Hope Weiler, one of the study’s authors and director of the Mary Emily Clinical Nutrition Research Unit at the university. The original 2013 study, which followed 132 infants given one of four different dosages of vitamin D daily during their first years, confirmed the connection with strong bones. The 2016 study used the same data to explore the impact of vitamin D supplementation on the toddlers’ body fat levels. The researchers found that children given more than 400 international units per day during the first year of life had an average of 450 less grams of body fat at age 3. They also found a correlation between the supplementation and lean muscle mass in the youngsters during their first three years. Vitalinka/

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Safe and Smart

Clarity for Expiration Dates on Food


Many Americans have been confused by the “Sell By” labels on groceries for 40 years. Now, the Food Marketing Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the two largest industry trade groups, are adopting voluntary standardized regulations to clarify. Instead of using up to 10 different phrases to communicate safety, they have settled on just two: “Use By”, a safety designation to indicate when perishable foods are no longer good; and “Best if Used By”, an estimate of when the manufacturer thinks the product should be consumed for peak flavor. Studies show that consumers generally believe the current labels all signal whether a product is safe to eat, and that it will still be okay well after its so-called expiration date. At the same time, prematurely tossed groceries dominate landfills and produce greenhouse gas emissions. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and a coalition of environmental groups have been urging the industry to clear this up. The change is scheduled to take hold in July 2018.


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Autonomous Autos

Driverless Cars Promise Safety and Savings Hyundai demonstrated its Ioniq autonomous, or driverless, hybrid car concept at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show, demonstrating that such vehicles— equipped with sophisticated sensors, GPS and computers—could be for sale within five to seven years. Safety is paramount. Estimates for the U.S., based on a 2013 Eco Center for Transportation study, projected that if 90 percent of vehicles were autonomous, the number of driving-related deaths would plummet from an annual 32,400 to approximately 11,300. “Drivers are excited that driverless cars will offer 90 percent fewer U.S. traffic accidents, 40 percent lower insurance costs, the end of drunk driving accidents and newfound freedom for seniors and people with disabilities,” says Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association. Its 2016 report Self-Driving Vehicles: Consumer Sentiments found that nearly 75 percent of consumers surveyed like the proffered benefits. In Driverless, authors Hod Lipson and Melba Kurman highlight significant ecological benefits, including McKinsey research findings that driverless cars will yield up to 20 percent fuel savings, and a corresponding reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. Their smoother driving also extends a vehicle’s life. Ford intends to deliver a fully autonomous vehicle for ride sharing in 2021, according to Mark Fields, Ford Motor Company president and CEO. Companies such as Uber and Lyft already are testing driverless vehicles in pilot cities.

Common Agrichemicals Endanger Hundreds of Species Under the Obama administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found in its first rigorous nationwide analysis of the effects of pesticides on endangered species, that 97 percent of the 1,800-plus animals and plants protected under the Endangered Species Act are likely to be harmed by malathion and chlorpyrifos, two commonly used pesticides; another 78 percent are likely to be hurt by another, diazinon. But now the new EPA administration under President Trump has declined to ban chloripyrifos; the decision may be challenged in court. All three pesticides are organophosphates widely used on crops such as corn, watermelon and wheat. Last year, the World Health Organization announced that malathion and diazinon are probable carcinogens. Based on the EPA’s conclusions, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service will issue biological opinions to identify mitigation measures and changes to pesticide use to ensure that targeted products will no longer potentially harm any endangered species. As part of a legal settlement with the Center for Biological Diversity, the biological opinions are due by December.

Prohibiting Plastic

Banning Bags Is Making a Difference Governments worldwide are taking control of a pollution problem with bans on different forms of plastic, including shopping bags. The Indian state of Karnataka has completely banned the use of plastic. No wholesale dealer, retailer or trader can now use or sell plastic carrier bags, plates, cups, spoons, cling film or even microbeads. San Francisco became the first U.S. city to ban plastic shopping bags in 2007, and in 2014 it banned plastic water bottles on city properties. Since then, they have included Styrofoam and thermocol (polystyrene). Hawaii introduced a ban on single-use plastic bags in 2015. Coles Bay, Tasmania, was the first town in Australia to ban disposable plastic bags in 2003, using 350,000 fewer than in 2002. Ethiopia, France and Morocco have followed suit. It’s all part of a global movement to protect the life of oceans and other bodies of water. Take the Greenpeace Plastic Pledge at TakeThePlasticPledge.

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A robotic, laser-guided, fully automated vehicle, manufactured by Shenzhen-based Yeefung Automation Technology Co. Ltd., has been installed in the Chinese city of Nanking. Called GETA (get a car), the robot slides under a vehicle, picks it up, and places it in a parking spot in even the tightest of spaces in about two minutes. Yeefung General Manager Wu Hao says that the company developed the robot in response to limited parking in big cities worldwide, increasing efficiency by 20 to 40 percent. China has about 172 million vehicles on the road and projects that number to increase to 250 million by 2020. Source: Reuters

Hair-Raising Talk

Beauticians Empowered to Fight Domestic Abuse An amendment to a law that governs the cosmetology industry in Illinois recognizes that the relationship between hairdressers and their customers may help curb domestic abuse and sexual assault. Salon workers are required to take one hour of training every two years to know the signs and provide resources to help clients. Without the training, cosmetologists, hairstylists, nail technicians and aestheticians will not be able to renew their licenses. Angela Smith, a Chicago hairstylist, has heard many whispers of mistreatment by spouses or partners, of being choked, chased or emotionally abused. “Everybody doesn’t talk, but once you build a relationship, it comes up,” she says. The law does not require salon workers to act on their suspicions, but helps them to recognize warning signs and be equipped to pass along helpful information. Available support includes hotlines, safe houses, restraining orders and access to legal professionals. For more information, visit

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Itchy Ivy

Tips to Avoid and Treat Poison Ivy Rash Avoiding even slight contact with poisonous vines that secrete toxic oil goes far in preempting nasty blistering, skin pain and itching. If contact occurs, natural remedies can help prevent and diminish symptoms. Recognition helps. In the North and West, it’s usually a shrub; in the East, Midwest and South, a vine. Watch out for a cluster of three leaves; the color changes seasonally. For outdoor walks or hikes, maximize skin protection by wearing long-sleeved shirts, hats, rubber gloves, socks and closed-toe shoes. Also thoroughly rinse skin that may have come into contact with poison ivy in lukewarm soapy water using a washcloth or hand towel for friction as soon as possible to remove the damaging oil (video at Wash-Off-Poison-Ivy). n Stay watchful; a rash sometimes doesn’t appear for 12 to 72 hours after contact ( n If a rash develops, soak in cool water baths containing an oatmeal-based product like Aveeno or oatmeal soap. n Lavender, peppermint, tea tree, Roman chamomile, myrrh, eucalyptus and cypress essential oils all offer anti-inflammatory and other soothing properties (recipes at n Natural treatments found at include applying apple cider vinegar or brewed and chilled black tea; their tannins and other compounds lower inflammatory reactions. n To reduce itching, suggests baking soda baths and pastes. Ditch the Itch Cream has natural ingredients such as colloidal oatmeal, oat extract, tea tree and neem oils that can provide temporary relief, according to Applying cool paper towels may be helpful; also try witch hazel. Over-the-counter cortisone cream or even calamine lotion is a last resort. n Avoid scratching as an infection may develop through opening a blister. If breathing or swallowing worsens, eyes swell or a rash develops in or near the mouth, head to an emergency room or urgent care center.

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On Fatherhood The Lifelong Lessons of Being a Dad by Ben Greenman


hat is being a father? It’s, at least in part, about beginning. It is rejuvenating to locate ourself near the start of a child’s life. There are so many chances to get it right. The thought that we might also get it wrong flits across our mind, but it’s gone before we can even shiver at its presence. It’s also about returning to that


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question again and again, each time failing to acquire additional insight. “What isn’t being a father?” is a better question. Being a father isn’t indifference, but neither is it a steady stream of calm wisdom or a place of consistent self-control or a clearly delineated set of exercises engineered to help produce self-knowledge in offspring. Bridges are

engineered. We stare into our little one’s eyes, beaming thoughts that we hope are received, translated and appreciated, waiting for a beam to come back to us. Child rearing is worked toward, clumsily, imperfectly, with a deep and near religious faith in trial and error. Children are refined over time with the assistance of many imperfect philosophies. When our second child opted in, my wife and I compared baby pictures of the two boys. “They look different,” I said. “That’s not why I’m looking at them,” she said. “I want to remember this.” I remember looking at the pictures with her only because she has told me about it. If, in part, fatherhood is remembering things that did not exactly happen, it is also forgetting things that did happen, some transformative to a degree that I could not have imagined five seconds before they occurred. Afterwards, I knew I would never be the same again. But I was. As children grow, they are not the same again. Parenting boys instead of babies is already a grand departure from everything I have learned up until now and I am just coming to see that it will always be this way. Recently, in trying to figure out when a man that is not a father becomes a man that is a father, I remarked to my sons, “Even though I know being a father has changed me forever, I remember certain things that happened, but not as many as I would have thought.” My older son explained, “Maybe it’s because you are thinking of us more than yourself. Maybe you want time to pass so we can get to the next thing in our lives.” My younger son zeroed in, “The problem is that you think it’s parenting when really it’s childing.” He’s right. What is being a father? It’s letting someone else be a child. It’s suffering through certain kinds of abstract pain so that they don’t. It’s bearing the brunt of disappointments so that they can go on feeling invincible. It’s teaching how to forget as much as it is teaching how to remember… but it is still very near the beginning. Ben Greenman is a widely published author and journalist in Greater New York. Connect at

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The Yin and Yang of Wellness by Mark R. Reinhart


he vast majority of news about men’s health focuses on generally one or two things: performance at the gym and/or performance in the bedroom. Performance at work is another evaluation pressure faced by both men and women. With all this concentration on performance, the self-inflicted imbalances of society are becoming all too apparent. The costs of engaging in the tsunami of today’s fast-paced society, the myth of increased productivity by multitasking and the maniac pace we delude ourselves into thinking necessary is at the heart of our compromised health. We end up paying for this overdrawn account in the later decades of life. Although this knowledge is common, people don’t seem to heed the warning signs to slow down; instead, they endure pain and discomfort in an attempt to go down kicking and screaming (which all too often turns out to be the case). Most people would never think of operating their cars the way they do their bodies. In the Chinese tradition, the underlying principle at the heart of all forms of cyclical movements, including life itself, is the alternation of yin, the dark (quiet and still), and yang, the white (active and moving). Often thought of as opposites, these are actually two aspects of one process—polarities that do


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not exist independently. Alternation of these two dynamics animates the cycles taking place in every aspect of life. Each half always contains a balance of the other, depicted by the dots. As with everything in life, balance is the key. There is nothing like a strenuous, muscle-building, heart-pumping workout (yang activities), but it needs to be balanced afterward by exercises that engender and promote the yin aspects of nourishing and rebuilding. It requires a lot more than a cool-down period lasting only as long as it takes to stop breathing heavily. One of the best self-assessment tests people can use to determine their ability to relax is to try to stand perfectly still in a relaxed state for as long as comfortable. Stand with your feet shoulder’s width apart with your knees relaxed and slightly bent, allow your shoulders to relax with arms hanging at your sides, palms facing inward and thumbs pointing forward. The tailbone should draw down toward the earth releasing the lower back. The final step is to imagine the head being suspended by a string from above, keeping the eyes level with the horizon as the breath is drawn deep into the stomach, as if you are filling a balloon. The results from the exercise vary,

but usually people will take two or three breaths and then start twitching or feeling itches, pain or burning sensations in various parts of their body until ultimately, they feel compelled to move. The arts of qigong and taijiquan seek to harmonize and balance the body, mind and spirit, reconnecting the person with their bodies via breath, posture and body awareness. Addressing the physical aspect (jing), these practices teach individuals to focus on aspects of proper posture, biomechanics, the efficient utilization of the musculature and the release of excess physical tension. Once physical tension has been released, the qi, or life force, can flow smoothly and unimpeded throughout the body. From the perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the smooth, unimpaired flow of qi is the key to good health. Balancing the energies of the body also helps to regulate the emotions and starts one on the path to understanding the dynamics and implications of stress. As practitioners begin to enjoy the numerous health benefits of the smooth flow of qi in the body, their view of the world changes and they begin to release excess mental tension and address the spiritual aspect (shen) of their lives. While health fads come and go, the traditional arts of qigong and taijiquan and other ancient health practices have continued for 5,000 years. Remember, a fad doesn’t last for 5,000 years! Mark R. Reinhart is the founder and creator of The Path of Three Pure Rivers, dedicated to the rebalancing and harmonization of the self through education and self-empowerment. He holds a master’s degree in medical qigong and has extensive and ongoing training in qigong, taijiquan and all facets of classical and traditional Chinese arts. For more information about Traditional Chinese qigong and taijiquan training in Drums, call 570-359-3059 or visit See ad page 43.

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orn and raised in the Midwest, actress Molly Hagan moved west in the 1980s to pursue her dream of an acting career. Her childhood home was located alongside farmland that ended up being sold and quarried for limestone. “They kept buying more acreage and infringing on our life and landscape. It was hideous, and led me to want to conserve and protect the land and its beauty,” says Hagan. Committed to realizing her professional goals, she’s also dedicated to living eco-consciously and furthering conservation causes. Hagan lives with her partner, archaeologist Richard Guttenberg, in an energy-efficient

home below the San Gabriel mountains in Altadena, California. During her 30-plus-year acting career, Hagan has appeared in more than 30 films, including the classics Code of Silence, Some Kind of Wonderful, Sully and Election. Her many TV episode credits include Star Trek Deep Space Nine, Columbo, Friends, Seinfeld, The Golden Girls, Grey’s Anatomy and Bones; she was a regular on the popular Herman’s Head and beloved Unfabulous.

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What are some of the conservation steps you have taken in your home and garden? When I had the means, I bought bigticket items to conserve electricity, like a Sun Frost refrigerator. When money was tight, I focused more on little things, like energy-efficient light bulbs, composting and recycling.     When we bought our small home in sunny Southern California three years ago, we tore out the lawn and irrigation system and planted mostly native plants that require little to no watering. We have an organic vegetable garden, which we hand water using rainwater captured in rain barrels. We also capture our shower water and use it to water plants in summer and flush toilets in winter. Our house had no heating or cooling system, so we invested in ductless split-system heat pumps that cool and heat very efficiently. We knew we needed to do more, so we met with a home energy consultant. We followed through with doable improvements like chimney balloons, painting our flat roof with a reflective coating and weatherproofing windows and doors, while we saved toward doing

more big things. Last year, we were able to take the plunge and installed recessed LED lighting, upgraded all our windows and doors and insulated our home’s ceilings and floors. We also repurposed material saved from my former yoga studio for the flooring. The insulation has reduced our air conditioning use by 70 percent; despite living in the scorching San Gabriel Valley with little shade cover, we rarely have to turn it on. Our winter electricity bill is down 40 percent, so we’re already seeing a return on our investments, in addition to reducing our carbon footprint. We know we can still do more. We dream of going solar and adding a water reuse system. Next, we want to get everyone involved in planting trees in our neighborhood.  

Your diet is a bank account. Good food choices are good investments. ~Bethenny Frankel

Because living in a sprawling city or suburb can raise our everyday transportation footprint, how do you minimize your driving? It’s tough to have a small transportation footprint in Los Angeles. I took the bus a couple of times when I moved here, but it was difficult to make timesensitive shoots and auditions. Luckily, nearly everything I need is near our home, and I try not to travel far unless I’m auditioning. I’ve always bought small cars to save gas. I bought the first electric hybrid made by Honda, their futuristiclooking Insight. My last three cars have been a hybrid Toyota Prius. 

Do you try to use your public profile to advocate for change? I’ve always focused on what I can do in my life to live simply and cleanly. The choices I’ve made come from my heart. I don’t carry statistics in my head, can’t quote experts and don’t consider myself an activist. I read up on eco-issues, get a visceral sense of what is right, and then try to lead by example. For example, after we tore out our water- and chemical-hungry lawn, our neighbors on both sides tore out theirs. It’s a simple, but powerful act. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at natural awakenings

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A majority of Americans feel pain on a daily basis.

treated in emergency rooms for misusing prescription opioids, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Such statistics expose the magnitude of the problem of chronic pain. “It’s daunting, but there are many natural ways to address it that are inexpensive, effective and with what I call side benefits rather than negative side effects,” says Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, of Kona, Hawaii, author of the smartphone app Cures A-Z. Complementary, integrative or functional medicine, all names for a holistic approach to health care, offer a comforting wealth of gentle ways to address chronic pain, most of which the vast majority of conventional medical doctors are unaware, says Daniel Cherkin, Ph.D., senior investigator emeritus with the Group Health Research Institute, at the University of Washington, in Seattle.


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to the International Association for the ccording to the National Center for Health Statistics, 25 percent of Study of Pain, in Seattle. If chronic pain is affecting you, you Americans, or 76.2 million, are feel it and want relief—right now. suffering from pain that lasts more than   24 hours at this very moment: Ouch! Lower back pain alone keeps Watch Out for Opioids Americans from going to work a total Unfortunately, conventional medicine of 149 million days each year, costing often has little to offer most pain pathe U.S. economy $100 to $200 billion, tients. Even for something as pervasive reports the University of North Carolina as back pain, surgery and steroid injecat Chapel Hill. tions are usually an unsatisfactory first   Other common types of chronic line of defense, having mixed results pain affect musculoskeletal tissues, knees, at best, seconded by prescriptions for hips or the neck. Migraines and severe addictive opioid painkillers. headaches plague 16.6 percent of adults   Dr. Nora D. Vokov, director of the over 18, per a National Health and Nutri- National Institute of Drug Abuse, told tion Survey. Neurological discomfort can the U.S. Senate Caucus on International reach as high as 12.4 percent, estimates a Narcotics Control in 2014 that there study from the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, were an estimated 2.1 million people in Minnesota. Even visceral or organ pain the U.S. suffering from substance abuse associated with heart disease, cancer and disorders related to prescription opioid pelvic diseases occur in at least 20 perpain relievers in 2012. The problem is cent of the global population, according worsening. Every day, 1,000 people are Northeast PA 24

“Effective natural treatments include yoga, acupuncture, chiropractic, meditation, lifestyle changes and exercise,” notes Cherkin. “But since they’re not in most doctors’ medical training or learned repertoire for pain relief, patients aren’t offered the opportunity to try them.”

What Helps Relieve Pain

Here are just some of the many natural and affordable forms of pain relief.

Try the Yass method: Mitchell Yass, Ph.D., of St. John’s, Florida, author of The Pain Cure Rx, is busting the myth that musculoskeletal pain is often caused by osteoarthritis. “Arthritis or joint deterioration is rarely the cause of joint pain,” says Yass. He points out that 90 percent of people over 60 have herniated discs, but no associated pain. Yass treats patients based on his


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observation that in up to 98 percent of the cases he sees, weak muscles are the underlying cause of joint pain, and strengthening them provides relief. He says his prescribed exercises are usually effective in days or a few weeks. “Pain is an indication of tissue in distress. For example, pain in the shoulder area is often an impingement of the bicep,” he says. His prescription is strengthening exercises using hand weights for the trapezoid, tricep and serratus anterior muscles. His book suggests a detailed self-diagnosis program and the necessary exercises to strengthen muscles and relieve joint pain (more at

Teitelbaum, author of Pain Free 1-23. “If the oil light goes on, putting a Band-Aid over it or smashing it with a hammer won’t help.” Teitelbaum recommends an energy optimization approach he dubs SHINE that addresses underlying causes of chronic pain that has worked for 91 percent of the people he’s treated for fibromyalgia and muscle pain. Sleep—Eight to nine hours a night helps replenish energy and heal muscles.

Address underlying trauma: Osteopath Maud Nerman, of Novato, California, author of Healing Pain and Injury, has broad experience in treating neurological problems and brain injuries and often focuses on physical and emotional trauma as an underlying cause of chronic pain. She explains that the autonomic nervous system that directs unconscious body functions like breathing, digestion and heartbeat is interrupted by such trauma. “Trauma literally shocks the nervous system,” she says. “The body cannot turn off the ‘fight-or-flight’ reaction, causing a firestorm of inflammation that can lead to a variety of serious diseases, overwhelming the body’s ability to manage its own healing.” Her work has showed how readjusting the body, restoring breathing and reactivating the autonomic nervous system can provide relief in short order.

systems and persistent infections can lead to chronic pain.

Consider lifestyle, diet and supplements: “Pain is like the ‘check oil’ light on a car’s dashboard. It signals that something needs attention,” says

Hormones—Treat hormone imbalances even if lab tests are “normal”.

Immunity—Dysfunctional immune

Nutrition—In Teitelbaum’s studies, op-

timizing nutritional support, especially B vitamins, vitamin D, ribose, coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) and magnesium, was helpful. A healthy, high protein, low sugar diet is effectively complemented by a variety of herbs and nutrients, primarily curcumin, boswellia, willow bark and fish oil, nutrients that widespread studies show stop pain better than pharmaceuticals. He’s also a strong proponent of eliminating sugar entirely because it causes inflammation.

Exercise—Daily exercise speeds the healing process and after 10 weeks following the first four SHINE steps, will increase the capacity to exercise. For migraines, Teitelbaum advocates vitamin B2 (riboflavin). Numerous studies support the effectiveness of dosages of 400 milligrams per day to prevent migraines. After just six weeks of use, a German study published in the European Journal of Neurology shows thats taking a daily riboflavin

supplement cut the number of migraine days in half for participants and significantly reduced the amount of migraine medication needed.

Tap for Relief: Also known as the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Tapping Solutions founder Nick Ortner, of Newtown, Connecticut, says “Tapping sends a calming signal to the amygdala in the brain, turning off the fight or flight stress response and allowing the body to heal.” The physical tapping opens up the body’s energy meridians and allows them to relax so the natural healing process can take place, Ortner explains. EFT combines tapping on specific body points while repeating appropriate affirmative statements such as: “Even though I have this [pain], I love, accept and forgive myself.” He recalls a woman that arrived at a seminar he led with a toothache that had lasted for years. Doctors had done X-rays, seen an infection and prescribed antibiotics to no good effect. He asked her if she recalled when the pain began; without hesitation, she answered, “When my mother passed away unexpectedly.” “So we started working together and the pain reduced significantly right away and eventually disappeared completely,” says Ortner. A follow-up with her dentist showed no sign of the former problem. Up to now, the EFT research is positive. One study from the Energy Medicine University, in Mill Valley, California, found it helped people with chronic pain (some coping with severe fatigue and fibromyalgia) feel physically and emotionally better in as little as a month; another from the Foundation for Epigenetic Medicine, in Santa Rosa, California, showed substantially reduced trauma in institutionalized abused teenagers after just one EFT session.

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Meditation vs. Medication: Meditation may not resolve the underlying cause of chronic pain, but research from the University of Alabama demonstrates it can interrupt pain signals to the brain. It’s at least as effective as opioid painkillers in relieving chronic pain, according to a study led by Cherkin at the University of Washington. His team’s 342 subjects that had experienced back pain weekly for at least a year were offered either eight meditation and yoga classes, eight cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) sessions or just keeping up their own regular daily routines that did not include yoga and meditation. The results, recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, confirm what numerous other studies have reported: 44 percent experienced a “meaningful reduction” in pain within six months of the meditation or CBT sessions, equal to results reported by people taking addictive opioid pharmaceuticals. More, the pain relief continued for up to two years, even if the subjects stopped doing actual sitting meditation. “Meditation changes the way people think about pain and how they develop skills to keep it from becoming a major focus in their lives,” observes Cherkin. Regardless of the mechanism, experts in a holistic approach to chronic pain relief agree that encouraging self-control, self-determination and self-empowerment makes a huge difference in patients’ abilities to control pain more naturally and effectively. Kathleen Barnes is author of numerous natural health books, including Our Toxic World: A Survivor’s Guide. Connect at


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How to Tap Away Pain T

apping, or Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), soothes the body by turning off the “fight or flight” stress response that can cause inflammation and worsen pain, according to Tapping Solutions founder Nick Ortner, of Newtown, Connecticut. Here’s how to do it:

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Identify the problem (e.g., pain in back of neck). Rate the intensity of feelings about the problem on a scale of one to



Compose a statement about it (e.g., “Even though I have intense neck pain today, I deeply and completely accept myself”).


Using one or two fingers on one hand, tap the “karate chop” area on the outer edge of the other hand while repeating the statement three times.


While repeating, e.g., “intense neck pain,” using firm, but gentle pressure, use either two or four fingers to tap these areas, on either side, five to seven times in sequences as follows: * side of eyebrow * side of eye * under eye

* under nose * chin * inner collarbone * under arm * top of head


Refocus on the original problem and rate its intensity. Restate what you’re feeling, as needed. Source: The Tapping Solution for Pain Relief, by Nick Ortner; instructional video at

Pennsylvania Medical Cannabis Program by Tom Santanna


ver the last year, the Pennsylvania Department of Health has implemented the legislative Act 16 of 2016, allowing for a medical cannabis program, without any major delays. Regulations have been drafted and published, and applications for those interested in growing, processing and distributing medical cannabis have been submitted to the department for review. Seventeen qualifying conditions allow patients to receive medical cannabis therapy, including HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, spinal or neurological indication of spasticity, inflammatory bowel, Huntington’s disease, Crohn’s disease, posttraumatic stress disorder, intractable seizures, glaucoma, autism, sickle cell anemia, neuropathy and pain, defined in the statute as “severe chronic or intractable pain of neuropathic origin or severe chronic or intractable pain in which conventional therapeutic intervention and opiate therapy is contraindicated or ineffective.” Smoking or vaporizing of dried cannabis flowers, or buds, is not permitted as a legal means of consuming medical cannabis under the law, and dried flowers will not be sold at dispensaries. The forms allowed to consume medical cannabis in Pennsylvania as stated in Act 16 include oil, tincture, pill, topical gels, creams or ointments, and “a form medically appropriate for administration by vaporization or nebulization,” which means oil and extracts that could be used in a device such as a vape pen for consumption. There will be no cap on THC content, the principal psychoactive compound in cannabis, on any of the products. The law does not allow edibles such as cannabis-infused candies,

cookies, etc. to be sold in dispensaries, and prohibits home growing of medical cannabis plants. Licenses for growing, processing and distributing will be awarded as soon as summer 2017 and the program could be fully functional by the first quarter of 2018. Those that wish to consider cannabis therapy as a non-toxic, nonaddictive holistic health option for pain or any of the other 16 qualifying conditions must talk to a physician that has completed the required four-hour certification course and is registered to recommend cannabis therapy to a patient. Patients interested in medical cannabis therapy are strongly encouraged to talk with their doctors now and ask them if they plan to get certified to recommend medical cannabis. If the doctor recommends a patient for cannabis therapy, the patient must register with the Pennsylvania Department of Health for a medical cannabis ID card and may then visit a licensed medical cannabis dispensary, where a pharmacist that is required to be on staff at all times will discuss which type

of cannabis and method of consumption might be best for the patient’s symptoms; for example, pain. If a parent wants medical cannabis for their child that has one of the 17 qualifying conditions, they can register with the Department of Health for an ID as a caregiver. An adult patient can also designate another adult as a caregiver that will then register in a similar way as the parent or legal guardian. The department will make applications for caregivers available on its website. Information for physicians interested in learning more about medical cannabis and getting certified can be obtained from the only physician-run medical cannabis organization for doctors, Compassionate Certification Centers ( Information for potential patients, caregivers and doctors will be continually updated on the Pennsylvania Department of Health website as the program develops ( Tom Santanna is the president of Tom Santanna Strategic Consulting, a Harrisburg-based government relations practice that specializes in medical cannabis. Santanna is also a RYT-200 yogi. For more information, call 717-712-6873 or visit Tom

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dants can increase the risk by depressing the immune system. In a British community-based study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, researchers followed 243 shingles patients in 22 general practices in London with a control group of 483 individuals with no history of the ailment. Those eating less than one piece of fruit a week had more than three times the risk of herpes zoster versus those eating more than three a day. The same pattern occurred when they looked at combined fruit and vegetable intake.    Capsaicin: Postherpetic neuralgia is a complication of shingles that can last long after initial symptoms disappear. Topical capsaicin, the spicy compound in hot peppers, may be an effective treatment.    In a double-blind study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 32 elderly patients with chronic postherpetic neuralgia were treated with either capsaicin cream or a placebo. After six weeks, almost 80 percent of capsaicin-treated patients experienced relief. The researchers noted that because capsaicin avoids problems with drug interactions and systemic toxicity, it should be considered a first choice in management. A study of 143 Canadian patients in Clinical Therapeutics yielded similar results. Then, in a two-year followup of 77 of the patients, 86 percent showed continued benefits from the single six-week trial with no serious adverse effects.    Acupuncture: In a Chinese study of acute shingles cases in the journal Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, 72 patients were randomly divided into two groups. One received acupuncture around the margins of the outbreak. The others received acupuncture plus moxibustion—a traditional Chinese therapy that burns dried mugwort near the skin—of the area around the needling. The acupuncture group had a relief rate of 85.3 percent, with the cessation of herpes eruptions, quicker scab healing and reduced residual neuralgia. Moxibustion-treated patients were


Six Drug-Free Ways to Preempt the Pain

by Margie King


ne in three people will develop shingles (Herpes zoster) during their lifetime. Although the painful skin eruptions last only a few weeks, chronic pain can persist for several months and seriously impair quality of life long after the red rash marks disappear.   Also concerning is that the rate of shingles is on the rise, according to a multidisciplinary review of relevant literature by PLOS, a nonprofit openaccess science publisher. The cause may be widespread use of the chickenpox vaccine. A decade-long Australian study published in the Medical Journal of Australia showed that as its use rose, so did the incidence of shingles.   Shingles is acknowledged as being far more serious than chicken pox. Dr. Joseph Mercola, founder of the healthcare website, reports shingles can also lead to neuropathy, meningitis, hearing loss and blindness.   Fortunately, there are six safe and


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effective drug- and vaccine-free ways to prevent shingles or ease symptoms. Vitamin C Therapy: According to Dr. Thomas E. Levy, vitamin C has been successfully used in treating shingles’ skin rash and blisters. In one study by Dr. Frederick Klenner, eight such patients received 2,000 to 3,000 milligrams (mg) of vitamin C by injection every 12 hours, supplemented by 1,000 mg in fruit juice every two hours. Seven reported complete pain relief within two hours of the first of five to seven injections.   As early as the mid-20th century, a study by Dr. Mohammed Zureick of 327 shingles patients demonstrated that vitamin C injections effected complete resolution of the outbreaks in all of them within 72 hours.   Fruits and Vegetables: Diets low in micronutrients including vitamins, minerals and antioxi-




cured within three days with a rate of 97.4 percent.   Tai Chi: A study in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society found that tai chi boosts immunity to the varicella zoster virus. In a randomized trial of 112 healthy adults, one group did tai chi for 25 weeks while another received health education. After 16 weeks all were vaccinated with VARIVAX, the live, attenuated Oka/ Merck varicella zoster virus vaccine. Results showed the tai chi group had nearly twice the levels of cell-mediated immunity to the virus compared to the control group; tai chi alone increased immunity about as much as the shingles vaccine plus yielded significant improvements in physical functioning, bodily pain, vitality and mental health. In a University of California-Los Angeles study, 36 men and women over 60 were assigned either to a tai chi or control group. For 15 weeks, the tai chi practitioners received three, 45-minute instruction classes a week; their cellmediated immunity to the varicella zoster virus rose 50 percent plus they experienced significant improvements in physical functioning.   Light Therapy: In a study published in Photodermatology, Photoimmunology & Photomedicine, 25 patients with severe pain in the first week of zoster rash were divided into a prevention group (receiving the drug acyclovir for 10 days, plus UVB light therapy three times a week until pain relief was reached or a maximum of 15 sessions); a control group received just the drug. After one month, 58.3 percent of the light therapy patients were painfree, compared to 38.5 percent of the drug group. At three months, the ratios rose to 83.3 percent versus 53.8. The researchers concluded that UVB phototherapy in the acute stage of shingles might reduce the incidence and severity of lingering neuralgia.   Margie King was a corporate attorney for 20 years before becoming a health writer in Lower Gwynedd, PA. Connect at



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hile some carmakers are filling showrooms with ever-larger gas-guzzling sport utility vehicles (SUV) thanks to lower gas prices, some car buyers want to do just the opposite and go greener with their wheels. Fortunately, more eco-friendly options exist than ever before—many of which come with surprising personal benefits in addition to a cleaner, greener planet. The green share of the U.S. auto market, combining battery electrics, hybrids and plug-in hybrids, peaked at 3.8 percent in 2013, according to the Automotive News Data Center. Despite a record 59 models available now, the share was just 2.87 percent in 2016. As Millennials—the generation that could be buying 40 percent of all new vehicles by 2020—fully emerge into the marketplace, eco-car numbers could zoom, although some think it’s possible they’ll by shunning car purchases for

car-sharing services. “The market has continued to shift to crossovers and big SUVs, and there aren’t many hybrid models available in those categories,” says Sam Abuelsamid, senior research analyst at Navigant Research. “We expect that to change in the next couple of years, when vehicles like the hybrid Ford Explorer reach the public.” Navigant projects only 3.4 percent annual compounded growth in hybrid sales by 2025, but a much more robust 31 percent rise in battery-run electrics. “Conventional hybrids without a plug no longer have the halo they once had,” says Bradley Berman, founder of “The cutting edge has moved to electric cars with ever-bigger battery packs and longer electric range. With gas prices at relatively low levels, the green car market remains a small niche.”  

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Many of the greener choices are now a tremendous bargain for consumers. The federal government currently offers a tax credit of up to $4,500 for electrified vehicles, and many states kick in with added subsidies. Highlights include maximums available for electric vehicles (EV) with big batteries: California, $1,500 in rebates, plus single-occupant use of the high-occupancy vehicle lanes; Colorado, $5,000; Connecticut, $3,000; Delaware, $2,200; Maryland, $3,000; Massachusetts, $2,500; Michigan, $2,500; Pennsylvania, $2,000; Rhode Island, $2,500; Texas, $2,500; and Utah, $750. The Prius Prime is a prime example of the savings available. The acclaimed plug-in hybrid, with an electric range of 25 miles, starts at $27,100, before subsidies (starting prices are before destination costs). In California, it would be $21,100. This means this well-equipped plug-in hybrid is, for state purchasers, approximately $3,585 less than a base Prius liftback hybrid ($24,685). It’s a buyer’s market for green cars, as manufacturers incentivize them to meet federal and California fuel economy averages. Buyers are encouraged to act now before subsidies disappear. Hyundai is taking an interesting

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approach with its green Ioniq line, offering, beginning this year, affordable battery electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of the same midsized car platform. “This is about freedom for the customer—they can choose the level of electrification that fits them,” says Mike O’Brien, Hyundai vice president of corporate and product planning.

sumptuous cabin and Audi’s celebrated driving dynamics. The electric range is a mere 16 miles, but 380 miles total using the 1.4-liter, four-cylinder gas engine. Prices start at $38,900, but it qualifies for a $4,500 federal tax credit and some state subsidies, too.

Mildly updated for 2017, the Highlander is the only three-row hybrid SUV currently available, making it worth considering. Good news includes a power increase in the 3.5-liter V-6 (to 306 horsepower), although there’s a small fueleconomy penalty. The hybrid is rated at 30 miles per gallon in the city, 28 highway and 29 combined. The bottom line cost starts at $36,270 without subsidies. Other worthy cars: The fuel cellpowered Honda Clarity, Toyota Mirai and Hyundai Tucson (for southern Californians); any of the Ioniqs; the versatile plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt; and the quick BMW i3 and i8 and Tesla Model S if the budget allows.

Great Green Choices Here are some more good choices.

Battery electric: Chevrolet Bolt

With the Bolt—GM’s first battery electric since the EV1—the buyer can get from zero to 60 miles per hour (mph) in 6.5 seconds from its 200-horsepower motor plus attain 238 miles of range from its huge, 60-kilowatt-hour battery, winning it 2017 Motor Trend Car of the Year, Green Car Journal’s 2017 Green Car of the Year and 2017 North American Car of the Year from a jury of automotive journalists. Prices start at $36,620, but subsidies can top $10,000.

Plug-in hybrid: Audi A3 e-tron

The power (204 horsepower) and zeroto-60 mph time capability is similar to the Bolt, but the A3 offers a more

Hybrid car: Toyota Highlander

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How to Set Boundaries in the Digital Era by April Thompson


inecraft. Pokemon. Snapchat. Digital media dominates childhood. That time youngsters used to spend playing with friends, being with family or sleeping has been zapped. According to a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 8-to-10-year-olds are daily exposed to nearly eight hours of on-screen media and heavy media users are twice as likely to report poor grades. Conscientious and concerned parents are setting limits on screen time and reclaiming family time. Experts, too, are working to define a “new healthy” at a time when many activities, from homework to shopping, are moving online.   “How can you begin to limit kids’ screen time when teachers are increasingly using media?” queries Pediatrician Corinn Cross, who practices in Los Angeles. “It’s hard. None of us grew up with this level of technology, and it’s moving faster than any advice can.”   Nip It Early. Cross co-authored the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) recently updated digital media guidelines, which shifted from strict time limits to greater flexibility for and within different age groups. For children under 18 months, the recommendation is to avoid media altogether outside of video chats with loved ones. In the older age ranges, the guidelines are less prescriptive and more about setting individual limits that ensure getting enough sleep and physical activity along with achieving other developmental needs.   Cross believes excessive screen time is particularly detrimental for younger kids that have fewer waking hours and more developing to do. “Toddlers don’t learn well from screens, so you will have limited return from using screens 32

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for education,” she observes. Kathy Marrocco, an Oakland Township, Michigan, blogger with, initially worried about her kids’ potential adverse exposure to radiation from cell phone use. Her concern soon turned to other big impacts of digital media encroaching on their lives. She cites a study of 3,000 parents of grade-school-aged kids, which found that nearly two-thirds of the children are using their devices at night instead of sleeping, with a corresponding drop in concentration, memory and energy.   Marrocco maintains firm boundaries with her daughter, 13, and son, 18, prohibiting the use of electronics at the kitchen table and in their rooms at night, in line with AAP recommendations. “They can only have devices in their room at night if they are in offline ‘airplane mode’ so they won’t be tempted to check or respond to incoming messages,” she says.   Kids don’t sleep well next to their phones, agrees Cross, a mother of three, ages 4, 6 and 8. “They have trouble falling and staying asleep.” She also doesn’t let her children use ereaders instead of books.   Prevent Screen Addiction. Psychotherapist Nicholas Kardaras, Ph.D., an addiction expert and executive director of The Dunes, a rehab clinic in East Hampton, New York, is even firmer about screen time, having seen some kids go off the digital deep end. Delaying the onset of screen exposure is the most critical step a parent can take, suggests Kardaras. “There’s no evidence to suggest media exposure is beneficial to child development. Most tech geniuses, including the founders of Google, Amazon and Apple, were not exposed to it until adolescence. “Treating digital addiction is challenging because you can’t be digitally abstinent in this society,” he continues. “Prevention is the key.” Digital media abuse can have lasting developmental impacts, according to Kardaras, author of Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction is Hijacking our Kids and How to Break the Trance. cites numerous studies on the effects of such intensive use, from increased prevalence of attention deficit disorder to higher rates of depression. Brain imaging studies from institutions such as the medical schools at Indiana University and University of Utah have shown how heavy exposure to digital media has effects on the brain similar to substance addiction, reports Kardaras, affecting areas of the brain linked with functions like impulse control, brain connectivity and processing speed. In his practice, red flags for potential digital addiction include strong reactions when devices are taken away, disinterest in “offline” activities, worsening of interpersonal relationships and dropping grades.   Modeling good practices is as important as monitoring kids’ behavior, suggests Cross. In her household, all electronic tablets and cell phones are kept in a drawer when not in use. “If I have work to do or have to take a phone call, I’ll go to another room, then come back and be present with the kids,” she says. “Quality, face-to-face time is important.”   Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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eeping the family in sync about the amount of digital media use is challenging. Here are some expert tips on maintaining a healthy balance.


Decide the ground rules — “Determine rules that make sense for everyone, and it’ll be much easier to get your kids on board, as they won’t see it as arbitrary when you tell them to put their devices away,” advises Pediatrician Corinn Cross. offers a free interactive online tool to create a personalized family media use plan. If kids don’t comply with rules, Kathy Marrocco suggests turning the Wi-Fi off at night or taking away devices altogether. But don’t leave a void, cautions Cross. Substitute fun, fulfilling activities.


Be wary of even “good” screen time — Test educational apps before approving them for kids to ensure their quality and so parents can help reinforce the learning, says Cross. She likes for parental reviews and information to filter media of all kinds, from apps and games to TV shows. Consider advocating for limiting screen time in local schools. “I asked my boys’ elementary school not to give them portable devices until they were 10,” says Nicholas Kardaras, the father of 9-year-old twins.


Watch out for rewards — Some screen time is more mesmerizing for kids than others, according to Kardaras, who treats such addictions. Most video games are designed on a variable reward schedule, similar to slot machines, which intentionally stimulates players to chase future rewards. Consider stricter limits on such media.


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Get Healthy and Lose Weight by Rebooting Your Metabolism by Amber Summers


ur bodies were designed to burn fat as our primary source of fuel, but our modern diets have greatly compromised that function, resulting in the escalating numbers of overweight and obese individuals. These numbers continue to grow in spite of a robust, sixty billion dollar per year diet and weight loss industry. It almost seems like the more we diet, the fatter and sicker we become. In fact, over 95% of everyone who loses weight by dieting, gains some, all, or even more weight back. Poor nutrition and toxins destroy gut health, alter hormone levels, compromise the immune system, and promote chronic inflammation, which has been shown to lead to disease. Inflammation (known as the silent killer) helps wounds in our body heal, however, when inflammation becomes chronic and untreated it has been identified as the trigger mechanism to multiple health issues, including asthma, chronic peptic ulcer, tuberculosis, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic periodontitis, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, chronic sinusitis. chronic active hepatitis and more. Doing a metabolic reboot can help your body return to the healthy fat-burning machine it was designed to be. Rebooting your metabolism is about making food choices that help support the body’s normal fat-burning, energyproducing, muscle-building functions. 34

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Doing a reboot is a natural, delicious, and convenient way to do this, and it starts with a 28-day commitment to your nutrition. In addition to fat burning and weight loss this program reduces inflammation in the body. Science has finally broken the code on this rebound phenomenon — it turns out that fat loss has as much or more to do with hormones than calories-in, calories-out. Hormones are signaling molecules that trigger specific cells into action. They regulate virtually every aspect of your body’s day-to-day functioning. In the case of fat-burning, your body makes a hormone, Leptin, that regulates when and how much fat should be converted to energy and how much should be stored or sequestered for future use. Over consumption of sugar, grains, starches, processed food and other health factors can cause chronic inflammation in the body that can dramatically inhibit the brains’ ability to read leptin levels in the blood correctly. This inability to “see” leptin, known as “leptin resistance” or “leptin insensitivity”, throws the fat-burning functions off course, resulting in the body relentlessly reserving excess fat, even when obese or overweight. There is no medication that can correct leptin resistance. This explains why the diet industry has failed so miserably at offering sustainable solutions for long-term weight loss. When Leptin works as it’s sup-

posed to, your body will burn calories from recently ingested foods as well as excess accumulated fat in an efficient manner. The Reboot Your Life program was developed to help shift the metabolism back to the efficient fat-burning state it was designed for. The plan is divided into three phases, the initial phases – Reboot and Impact, are incorporated into a 28-day program that can be repeated to meet a weight loss goal. Many clients experience a 10 pound drop in their first 14 days. The third Maintain phase helps support ongoing Leptin function and maintenance of healthy levels of body fat as you return to a healthy, easily maintained diet. In this third stage, occasional less-thanhealthy foods can still be processed without being stored as fat. A healthy lifestyle can be simple and does not need to be expensive. By providing your body with the right combination of fats, healthy carbohydrates, and fiber you will promote the bodies long-term health. Natural foods can be supplemented with products formulated to work in harmony with your body’s normal cellular functions of defense, repair, and regeneration while supporting gut health and digestion, and helping the body address the risk factors of inflammation. Replacing bad habits and bad foods with clean, great tasting and smart food choices can actually help reduce short term costs as well as put you in the best possible position to reduce the long-term healthcare costs associated with chronic disease. In my experience, when clients improve their diets and health, their energy levels skyrocket, opening so many more possibilities to live their lives in a more joyful and satisfying way. A 28day commitment to nutrition can help a reboot client reclaim their life. Amber Summers-Krug is a certified Holistic Health Practitioner and Founder of Thrive Wellness Center in Kingston. She is offering a free webinar on the Metabolic Reboot program on Thursday, June 28 at 6:30 p.m. Call 570-283-0111 to register for the webinar or to schedule a personal wellness consultation.

Stop Chasing Symptoms and Find Wellness by Dian Freeman


symptom is the body’s cry for help. It is trying to tell us there is a problem, either a deficiency or a malfunction of one or more of the body’s systems. If the symptom is due to a deficiency, it can be quickly reversed, but if long-term deficiencies have caused a systemic breakdown, eradicating the symptom is not addressing the cause. When symptoms are relieved by a practitioner’s treatment, the malfunction often manifests in another area of the body because the underlying problem has not been remedied. This “new” manifestation of what caused the original malfunction will then require further symptom-chasing using natural or medical tools, which can continue for years, leading to more severe conditions with each symptom chase. For example, eczema, acne or other skin lesions can simply be a vitamin B deficiency. If given vitamin B as a complex several times a day makes no headway against the problem, then more investigation is needed. Other common skin vitamins can be tried, like vitamin A and zinc. Deficiencies should first be tried and given time to work. Unless the deficiency is rectified, any other treatment will be fruitless. If addressing nutritional deficiencies manifests signs of improvement, but not wellness, other options should be sought. Another common cause of skin problems is an overwhelmed liver that has become backed up because of a malfunctioning bowel. The bowel should be moving and emptying several times a day so the liver can function as it is intended by dumping toxins to exit through that way instead of through the skin. If the liver does not right itself after the bowel is working, it can then be addressed using the correct nutrients traditionally used to help the liver assume its natural function. The skin dysfunction

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was the person’s body “talking”. Look at a symptom as the body’s cry for help, usually in a place other than where the symptom manifests. If the liver is overwhelmed, the body can enlist the aid of the body’s other cleansing organs, the bowel, kidney, lymph, lungs or skin. If the bowel and skin are not sent the liver’s load, kidney problems, a chronic cough or a lymphatic condition could result. However, after rectifying deficiencies, it usually it is the bowel that must be addressed and fixed first. When addressing symptoms, search for deficiencies first and foremost. Unless a deficiency is rectified, the body systems will remain out of balance and other symptoms will manifest one after another until a more dire condition manifests itself. How simple an answer to disease is feeding the body the nutrients it needs to balance itself. It is common knowledge that the modern diet rarely, if ever, meets the body’s nutritional needs. Supplementation is more important today than ever before. There are five or six basic supplements every person requires to maintain balance everyday because in today’s food theses nutrients are no longer found in adequate quantities. Some people need more, but unless these few supplements are taken daily and habitually, no one stays or gets well.

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Calcarea carbonica This remedy may ease deeply aching arthritis, particularly if bony or fibrous tissue has formed around joints. Avoid cold and dampness. Signs alerting a veterinarian to the problem may include muscle weakness, fatigue from exertion and a feeling of chilliness or sluggishness (these pets may also be hypothyroid).

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Homeopathy for Joint Injury and Pain Six Remedies for Relief by Shawn Messonnier


oint disease, specifically arthritis, is a common problem in dogs and cats, especially as they age. The causes are many and include obesity, inflammation, immune dysfunction and normal wear and tear in joints. Conventional therapies include steroids, non-steroidal medications, analgesic medications to control pain and surgery, when applicable. Clinical signs of arthritis include joint stiffness, pain, difficulty getting up and down, a pet’s decreased desire to walk or exercise and increased aggression due to pain. Keep in mind that other causes may be misdiagnosed as “arthritis”, but are related to another disease. Many natural therapies for joint disease include acupuncture, chiropractic, cold laser treatment, physical therapy, Chinese and Western herbal therapies, nutrition and diet, homotoxicology and homeopathy. Several key homeopathic remedies recommended for human relief in osteoarthritic knee, hip 36

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and finger joints by Dr. Vikas Sharma, of Chandigarh, India, may also be helpful for pets with joint injury and pain, according to The Arthritis Solution for Dogs & Cats (PetCareNaturally. com). Consult a holistic veterinarian for individual treatment options.

Arnica This is a mainstay of homeopathy, as noted in the New World Veterinary Repertory, and applies to anything related to bones and joints. It is useful for chronic arthritis, especially if the painful parts of the body seem to worsen when moved or touched.

Bryonia Alba It’s especially helpful for pets showing signs of stiffness and inflammation with pain made worse as the pet moves, especially when rising and lying down. Offset cold dry weather with warmth and humidification. Discomfort is aggravated when the

Pets with advanced arthritis showing joints that are thickened or deformed may benefit from kali. Stiffness and pain are typically worse in the morning from cold, damp weather, so that’s an ideal time for applying prescribed treatment.

Rhus toxicodendron This is useful for many arthritic pets and especially those with rheumatoid arthritis, which is rare. The remedy is also beneficial for pets that start the day stiff and in pain, but improve with continued movement. Protect them from cold, wet weather conditions.

Ruta graveolens Another widely recognized arthritis remedy, ruta grav is for pets whose symptoms may be exacerbated by cold and damp and exertion. It may be prescribed for affected and damaged tendons and capsules of the joints, when arthritis may have developed from overuse, repeated wear and tear and associated chronic inflammation. The practice of functional medicine teaches combinations of complementary therapies suited to the individual pet’s needs. Homeopathics can be a beneficial element in treating animals suffering from a variety of joint disorders. Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, TX, is the author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats and Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets.

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savethedate PADDLEBOARD YOGA (SUP) SUNDAYS IN JUNE • 9AM OR NOON LAKE NUANGOLA With Corinne Ferrell of Banlance 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.


Beautiful Butterflies – Natural Wonders is a unique program series for children ages 3-5 and a guardian that offers discovery-based learning about the natural world through stories, art, and outdoor explorations. Children will learn about the life cycle of butterflies and then hike to the field to try to find these fascinating creatures. 1pm. $8. RSVP. Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center 93 Mackenzie Rd, Covington Twp. 570-842-1506.

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Lotion Bars & Healing Salves – A beginner workshop where students learn how to make salves using both herbs and essential oils. Students will also make a lotion bar, the super popular solid moisturizer. A perfect class to learn homemade body care. 6pm. $25. Pocono Soap, 10 N 7th Street Stroudsburg. Register at 570-421-1791


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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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


savethedate NEPA LYME SUPPORT GROUP MEETING TUESDAY, JUNE 6 • 6PM Guest Speaker Kacie Cherm of the NE Wildlife DNA Lab provides a variety of services focused on determining and possibly solving a wide range of problems with the wildlife population. The lab also focuses on vector-borne diseases, and offers tick testing. Diagnosing Lyme Disease and other tick-borne illnesses can be a challenge, 50% of cases never see a bull’s eye rash. Misericordia University, Lake Street, Dallas. Insalaco Hall, Huntzinger Room 218

animal stories to life through her animated narratives. Get up close and personal with the live animals interwoven throughout the stories. 5:30 to 7 p.m. $5. RSVP. Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center 93 Mackenzie Rd, Covington Twp. 570-842-1506.


savethedate TOTAL RESET ACCOUTABILITY PROGRAM SATURDAY, JUNE 10 The Total Reset Accountability Program is designed to get you started on a journey to wellness and continue to stay on that path for years to come. This 8-week program includes weekly personal coaching, group accountability meet-ups, meal and fitness planning, guided meditation classes, and a two-hour hiking adventure. NutriFitness, 311 Market St Kingston. Call for more details and to register. 570-288-2409


Yin Yoga Sunrise Series – Each week, we will focus on different meridians and different sequences. Yin Yoga, a cooling practice, is a great way to release stress to prepare physically and mentally for the day that lies ahead. 7/7, 7/14 and 7/21. 6am. $40/series or each. Balance Yoga and Wellness, 900 Rutter Ave, 2nd floor, Forty Fort. 570-714-2777. Native American Animal Stories – Join Storyteller Rebecca Lesko from the Endless Mountain Nature Center as she brings traditional Native American


Anatomy, Physiology and Medical Terminology – Familiarizes the student with each system of the human physiology and introduces the world of medical terminology.  All Cellular, Tissue, Organ and System functions will be discussed. Part of certification for HHP or HNP or for personal use. Call for more information. 9:30am-5:30pm. $325 per level. Thrive Wellness, 647 Wyoming Ave, Kingston. 570-283-0111

Get your Beads On –A two hour workshop program where we will spend time connecting with positive affirmations, then walk the beads of Chakra Mineral Bracelets, instilling this revitalizing energy into our core layers for our body-mind connection. 12-2pm. $55 with RSVP. Balance Yoga and Wellness, 900 Rutter Ave, 2nd floor, Forty Fort. 570-714-2777.


Introduction to the Metabolic Reboot - We discuss how unhealthy food choices and cutting calories can negatively affect your insulin and hormone levels, causing you to gain weight. Learn how to re-set your metabolism so it is programmed to burn fat not store it to help you to lose up to 10 pounds in the first 2 weeks. 6:30pm. Free with RSVP. Thrive Wellness, 647 Wyoming Ave, Kingston. 570-283-0111 LCEEC Beekeepers Club – Join us for fun, friendship, and education as we share our beekeeping experiences. The primary goals of the group are to promote honey bee colony wellness, share best practices and experiences in beekeeping, and discuss production of honey and other apiary products. All are welcome. Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center 93 Mackenzie Rd, Covington Twp. 570-842-1506.


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.

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Oil Blends for Summer Time Survival – An Essential Oils Make and Take Class. New to essential oils or wondering what to do with them? Come join us for a fun filled evening learning. Free samples and a door prize! RSVP. 6:30pm-8:00pm. $25 at time of booking appointment. Thrive Wellness, 647 Wyoming Ave, Kingston, 570-283-0111

Metabolic Reboot Seminar – Learn how to reset your metabolism to allow your body to naturally burn fat and lose weight. The seminar covered hormone balancing, nutrition for weight loss and how a health metabolism will improve health. 6:30pm. Free with RSVP. JoRobs Naturals, 1130 Texas Palmyra Highway, Honesdale. 570-352-3300



savethedate A NATURAL HEALTH FORUM HEART AND CIRCULATION TUESDAY, JUNE 20 • 4:00 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. Bath Bombs – A short workshop where students learn how to mix ingredients and oils to create fun and popular bath bombs. Students take home their creations that day. 6pm. $15. All supplies included. Pocono Soap, 10 N 7th Street Stroudsburg. Register at 570-421-1791.

savethedate FREE DO-IT-YOUSELF SOLAR WORKSHOP JUNE 20 AND 21 • 7-9PM SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education & Development Support) is sponsoring our fifth annual workshop, one of their most popular, helping to increase the number of solar systems in our region. This hands-on workshop is for anyone interested in learning more about solar energy, especially if you may wish to install your own solar photovoltaic (PV) electric generating array. No experience or obligation to make a solar purchase. Wayne Conservation District in the Park Street Complex; 648 Park Street in Honesdale. Call 570-245-1256 or visit for more information.


PEMF Open House - Try Pulsed Electromagnetic Therapy as Seen on Dr. Oz! PEMF is 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. All Day. Registration required. 9:00am-8:00pm. $15 at time of booking appointment. Thrive Wellness, 647 Wyoming Ave, Kingston, 570-283-0111 Mommy and Me Yoga – A 6-week workshop will allow moms the opportunity to regain strength and tone/tighten the all-important core muscles while bonding, singing and playing with their babies. You and your baby will play and practice yoga while you sing songs, explore movement and connect with other moms and babies. 10:30am. $100/6wks or $20/drop in. Balance Yoga and Wellness, 900 Rutter Ave, 2nd floor, Forty Fort. 570-714-2777.


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ANNUAL WILDLIFE OPEN HOUSE/FUNDRAISER JUNE 24 AND 25 • 10AM – 4PM Comes see how one of the larger wildlife rehabilitation centers in eastern PA cares for injured and orphaned wildlife. Tours will be provided. See owls and hawks, raccoons and opossums, a coyote, songbirds and bunnies, falcons and foxes. There will be music, refreshments, tricky tray and items for sale. This is our largest fundraiser. Our facility operates completely on donations from the public. Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center, 361 Cherry Drive, Stroudsburg. Donation: $8 for ages 10+. $5 for ages 4-10. 3 or younger free. No Pets. Visit www.poconowildlife. org or our Facebook page for more information. Donations for our tricky tray are deeply appreciated! Contact Kathy at


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. Donation. Balance Yoga and Wellness, 900 Rutter Ave, 2nd floor, Forty Fort. 570-714-2777.


savethedate ACCELERATE YOUR DREAM CAREER WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28 • 9AM TO 4PM One-day premium workshop for sales associates, bankers, coaches, solo entrepreneurs, etc. Stop the Chronic over thinking and building skills necessary to increase production and sales and learn to work less and make more. For more details and bonus giveaways go to professional-leadership-programs/


Pathways Connect Parenting Group – Have you found your tribe? In our local Pathways Connect Gathering Group, a free, nonprofit project, you will find like-hearted parents sharing their insights and experiences. Holistic, conscious living means making informed choices that are right for your family. Free. ProActive Family Chiropractic, 1146 Northern Blvd, Clarks Summit. 570-763-9536.


Salts & Scrubs – Students learn about different varieties of salts, oils and additives to make the best body scrub and bath salts. Each student will make and take home a custom jar of bath salts and a body scrub. 6pm. Approx. 90 min. $25. Pocono Soap, 10 N 7th Street Stroudsburg. Register at 570-421-1791


Cold Pressed Soap Making 101 – Learn to make your own natural soaps. Take home a 1lb loaf form your family. 1pm. 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.

savethedate A CLOSER LOOK DAY CAMP    JUNE 19-23 OR JUNE 26-30 For ages 5 & 6.  This discovery based camp nurtures children’s curiosity, wonder, and creativity. Using the natural world as a catalyst for growth and development, children will develop connections to Earth by engaging in first hand experiences with plants and animals. $70 per camper. Registration required. Morning or Afternoon available. BACKYARD HABITATS DAY CAMP JUNE 26-30 OR JULY 3-7 For ages 7 & 8. Learn about the special adaptations animals have to survive in Northeastern PA. This camp is filled with plenty of outdoor fun with time for discovery, learning, hiking, nature crafts, and playing. $100 per camper. Registration required. Morning or Afternoon available. RSVP. Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, 93 Mackenzie Rd, Covington Twp. 570-842-1506.

savethedate REIKI CERTIFICATION CLASSES MOUNTAIN TOP, PA Reiki 1, Certification Program – June 24, 2017, 9:30am-5:00pm. Usui /Tibetan - Highlights: History of Reiki, Japanese Reiki Techniques, Reiki 1 Initiation, Hands on practice , includes 179 page manual, Register by 6//17 CEU’s-LMT’s Reiki 1, Certification Program – July 22, 2017, 9:30am-5:00pm. Usui/Tibetan - Highlights: History of Reiki, Japanese Reiki Techniques, Reiki 1 Initiation, Hands on practice, includes 179-page manual, Register by 7/15 CEU’s-LMT’s Reiki 2, Certification Program – Aug 26, 2017 9:30am-5pm. Usui/Tibetan- 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 8/19/17 CEU’s LMT’s Contact Anthony V. Wojnar D.D. RMT, Life Holistic Center LLC. Member: IARP, 570-7066680.

savethedate HEALING DAY RETREAT SATURDAY JULY 8 • 10AM - 3PM NEWTON, NEW JERSEY 5 hours on 5 secluded acres at the Place of Peace Private Day Retreat Facility with Kristi Meng & Linda Tironi. A relaxing, fun filled day with like-minded people, yoga (no experience needed), connecting to nature, & breathwork with drumming. Even building a terrarium to bring home. Also included is a healthy lunch. Call, text or email Linda at 201-469-6307 or linda_tironi@ for more information.

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.

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.

Fitness Bootcamp – A combination of strength training, cardio, and joint mobility exercises. Classes are for all 421 ages and levels of fitness with absolutely no Box Emmaus, PA 18049 • P: 610-421-4443 • F: 610-421-4445 Chair Pilates Group Class – Authentic and traintimidation. $10 or $199 for 3mo unlimited w/ • tional counseling. First class free. 8:30am and 5:30pm. ditional style of Pilates for physically challenged NutriFitness, 311 Market St., Kingston. 570-288-2409 looking to improve total body health and increase strength and flexibility. Individual evaluation before Ad Proof for Natural Awakenings Ascend Hospice Volunteering – Ascend Hospice joining group required. 11am. Mountain Laurel is actively recruiting Reiki Practitioners, Certified Pilates, Silk Mill, Rt6, Hawley. 570-857-1707. Massage Therapists and Comfort Volunteers to To: P: 610-421-4443 impact the lives of Hospice patients. 866-821-1212. Email: F: 610-421-4445


Volunteer Work on the Farm – Help out on our sustainable farm for learning, activity, the following information: Please sign your proofoutdoor and complete exercise and good clean fun. Every Weekday Avail- Qigong/Meditation: All welcome, ideal for those is shown atJosie actual size. See second for or larger able (Ad 9-11am or 3-5 pm. Porter Farm, 6514 new page to Qigong for theads.) long-time practitioner. Cherry Valley Rd. Stroudsburg. Call to schedule Ongoing classes allow anyone to attend at anytime 570-992-5731. and enjoy the benefits of this complete Ancient Ad is approved: contact informationChinese and spelling correct HealthcareisSystem. 9:30am, 10:30am, or 7:30pm. $12. Three Pure Rivers Studio for the Arts, Ad is approved with changes indicated 18 Rittenhouse Pl. Drums. 570-359-3059.


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ChakradanceTM – Tune and balance your whole body/mind/spirit system using spontaneous dance, guided imagery and music to resonate with each of the seven chakras. Discover a deeper connection to your true authentic self and unravel blocked energy. 6pm. Everything Natural, 426 S. State St, Clarks Summit. Call 570-586-9684 to reserve.

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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. 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 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


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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.


Ruth A. Karmazon, M.S., L.Ac. Offices in Blairstown & Hackettstown NJ 908-852-1267

Acupuncture and herbal medicine offer drug-free relief from Lyme Disease, Anxiety, Depression, Infertility, PCOS, Allergies, Chronic Pain, Sleep Disorders, Night Sweats, Hot Flashes, Migraines, and much more. With more than 15 years of experience, you can trust Karmabridge to provide the exceptional healing you desire! Locations in both Hackettstown and Blairstown. Call today for your appointment!

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

I have been in medicine for over 30 years and use my knowledge and expertise of nursing, CranioSacral therapy, Heart Centered Therapy, Herbs and Essential Oils along with Acupuncture to formulate personalized treatments according to your specific needs to assist you on your healing journey addressing all body mind spirit.


Blake Stoveken, LAc 101 Roberts Ln, 2nd Fl., Milford, PA 18337 570-409-9233 Feel your best. Acupuncture treatments in a warm and peaceful setting at a fraction of the cost. Inspired by community acupuncture clinics across our nation and traditionally practiced in Asia. Our intention is to make acupuncture affordable and accessible so you can feel better.  


Paula Pugliese, RN 8 Silk Mill Drive, Hawley, PA 18428 570-390-4565 Hundreds of clinicians have used neurofeedback with several thousand autistic spectrum children over the past 15 years. In one study a 26 percent average reduction in Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklists (ATEC) symptoms showing improvement in behavior related to socialization, vocalization, anxiety, schoolwork, tantrums, and sleep. See ad, page 31.


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 15.

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

32 Years of combined experience improving energy and health of your colon, liver, gall bladder, lymph system, and immune system. Therapy addresses mood relieving altering inflammation, constipation, digestive distress, fatigue, foggy thinking, skin problems, weight issues, sinus congestion and hormonal distress. Experience optimal wellness with full-spectrum sauna, lymphatic drainage, colon hydrotherapy, better nutrition, Young Living essential oils and more. See ad, page 17.


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. See ad, page 18.


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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Eileen Reiman 917-743-1587 Helen Mele Robinson, PhD 570-352-3888 & 718-702-4264

Now is the time to begin your wellness journey!Arrange for your compli-mentary consultation to learn how to incorporate essential oils and natural products into your daily routine for you, your family, and your home. Schedule a Private Session, Home Party, or Fundraiser to explore and experience CTPG essential oils aromatically, topically, and internally. Personal wholesale accounts and Business opportunities available. See ad on page 26.

YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS Doreen Coleman 570-281-6279 Independent Distributor #1309346

Discover Lifelong Wellness. At the intersection of cutting-edge research and traditional wisdom, Young Living’s essential oils and oil-infused products empower you to claim your best life. Eliminate chemicals from your home and personal care. Begin your journey now… I can help guide you. Your life will never be the same.

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Carol Brozzetti, 3 Abington Executive Park Clarks Summit, PA 18411 570-585-5683

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 22.


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.

For over 20 years, Young Living has cultivated therapeutic-grade essential oils, supplements and personal care products from their own farms, distilleries and distribution to guarantee their purity and potency. We’re here to support your wellness, purpose & abundance! Retail & Wholesale accounts available. Contact me for Educational Events, Home Experiences, and/or our Business Opportunity.



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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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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 A functional medicine approach to health looks at the nutritional, biochemical, energetic, emotional and environmental aspects of your health. Diet and lifestyle are explored in conjunction with advanced muscle testing, blood work, heart rate variability and other wellness testing modalities. A drug-free, personalized plan is then implemented using nutrition, homeopathy, herbal supplements, cold laser therapy, ion detox therapy and more. See ad on page 12.


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 10.


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 29.


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 48.

PHYSICAL THERAPY TANNERSVILLE & MARSHALL’S CREEK PHYSICAL THERAPY 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.

PILATES 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 38.


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.


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 40.

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

A type of bodywork that focuses on the connective tissue of the body and works to lengthen, stretch, and soften this tissue to restore postural balance, ease of movement, and a feeling of being more at home in your own body. Clients credit Corrine with helping them find freedom from pain, improved mobility and inspiration to live stronger, healthier lives. See ad page 15.

WELLNESS CENTER ASIAN INSTITUTE OF HEALING ARTS 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

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 15.


Amber Summers, HHP 647 Wyoming Avenue, Kingston PA 570-283-0111 Alleviate symptoms of disease and heal through nutrition, supplementation, relaxation and mental/emotional freedom. Our Mission is to educate the community about the healing nature of holistic wellness and provide sanctuary within the community where like-minded professionals can come together to offer affordable holistic services in a peaceful, tranquil setting. See ad, 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.

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. $200 credit if rented by June 15th. 570-877-3655 Unique Event Rental – Victorian home rental in the Poconos for workshops, meetings, private parties & other events. Custom rates to suit your needs. Call 570-443-7777.

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Natural Awakenings Magazine  

Northeast PA - June 2017

Natural Awakenings Magazine  

Northeast PA - June 2017