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Unity Offers a Positive Approach to Spiritual Living


nity of NEPA: A Spiritual Center is a teaching ministry so in addition to senior minister Reverend Diane Sickler, ministerial candidates and board members share insights they have learned on their spiritual journey during Sunday services at 10 a.m. Founders Charles and Myrtle Fillmore started the Unity Movement with the intention of educating people by exploring the Bible metaphysically. The Youth Education Department also focuses on drawing out the good from youth by creating curricula that metaphysically explain their life experiences. Today, Unity is a diverse community of people seeking spiritual awareness through prayer, meditation and education. They honor all spiritual paths and all people equally, regardless of race, gender, age, creed, religion, national origin, ethnicity, physical disability or sexual orientation. Newcomers to Unity of NEPA can expect a positive approach to Christianity through the use of affirmative prayer, shifting the focus onto the best possible outcome while releasing counterproductive, negative thoughts and holding in mind statements of spiritual truth. Location: 140 S. Grant St., Wilkes-Barre. For more information, visit See ad page 22.

ProActive Family Chiropractic Grand Opening Celebration


roActive Family Chiropractic is holding a Grand Opening celebration from 1 to 3 p.m., July 14, at 113 North Turnpike Road, in Dalton, Pennsylvania. Guests will experience how chiropractic is a way to promote health and vitality from the inside for all ages and tour the new office with state-of-the-art digital X-ray at The MoveDr. Joseph McAulliffe ment, a new Health & Happiness Hub. Screenings, raffles, door prizes, a karate demonstration and refreshments will be available. Dr. Joseph McAulliffe says, “Our approach is simple. We believe that health is amongst our most valuable possessions. And while we generally meet people after they’ve lost their health, our commitment is two-fold. Many people seek care in our practice and have one goal: relief. So that’s where we start. During this initial stage of intensive care, we have several obligations: uncover the underlying cause of the health problem; suggest a care plan to produce the fastest results possible; offer ways patients can participate in their recovery; and explain the value of post-symptomatic wellness care.” For more information, call 570-586-7762 or visit


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Meditation Series with Geoff Dixon


four-week Dynamic Meditation class held from noon to 1 p.m., July 22 and 29, and August 5 and 12, begins with gentle movements and healing practices, Geoff Dixon and then gradually introduces methods of meditation that even the most anxious person can utilize. Promised results include reduced stress and anxiety, decreased blood pressure, improved emotional health, enhanced self-awareness and improved sleep and memory. Dixon says, “By now, most people are aware of the great benefits of meditation. The problem is: sitting still is too difficult for most people, so they never try.” At the end of the four weeks, not only will sitting for daily meditation not be a problem, but a whole repertoire of healing and relaxation practices will be learned that can be utilized any time or any place. Dixon has been studying meditations and healing practices for more than 35 years. This class draws on his experiences in Taoist meditation, qigong, kundalini yoga and dzogchen meditation. Cost is $100. Location: NutriFitness, 311 Market St., Kingston. To register, Call 570288-2409 or email See ad page 22.

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his July and August, students can learn Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) from Dr Kathy Wang, a local M.D. and doctor of Chinese medicine who has been practicing for more than 30 years. Participants can learn TCM history, theory and diagnostic tools in a two-part series at Thrive Wellness, in Kingston. Continuing education credits are available for nurses and other health professionals A TCM Philosophy and Meridian Theory module includes philosophy and principles of Kathy Wang M.D. TCM, the 12 major meridians, yin and yang philosophy and the organs associated with the meridians. A TCM Tongue and Pulse Analysis class teaches how to interpret the appearance of the tongue in relation to different organs and how to feel the pulse to determine the status of a client’s health. People can become certified as a holistic health care practitioner with certification classes offered through the Washington Institute of Natural Medicine. Classes are held on weekends and evenings to accommodate working adults. Rolling admissions allow students to start the certification classes at any time during the year. Dr Wang offers acupressure and TCM consultation in addition to teaching. Thrive Wellness, 647 Wyoming Ave., Kingston. To register, call 570-283-0111. See ad page 48.

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olunteer families are needed this year to take a Fresh Air child along for the ride, run through the sprinkler in the grass or take a jaunt around the block with the dog. Welcoming a child to a home for a week or two isn't about planning lots of activities. It's about grass-stained knees and sandy feet, opening our heart and changing a life. The Friendly Towns Program has been placing underprivileged urban youth with host families for a unique summer experience since 1877. In that time, 1.8 million children have participated in these Fresh Air experiences, where each day is an exploration of nature and journey of discovery. The Fresh Air Fund is more than just an escape from the city. It is an opportunity to unlock New York City children’s limitless potential.� The nonprofit Fresh Air Fund provides free, enriching summer experiences and academic programs for New York City children year-round. During the summer, children visit volunteer host families along the East Coast and southern Canada, where they learn about new environments and skills that they can bring back to their communities. For more information, visit

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Family Fun at the State Fair


ocated in beautiful rural Sussex County Fairgrounds, in Augusta, New Jersey, the State Fair offers a large helping of farm meets fun. The Fair opens August 3 and is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. until August 11, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., August 12. There is something for everyone, including of farm animals and a petting zoo for the little ones; quilts, canning, wood carving and baking exhibits for the older folk; and demolition derbies, truck shows and pulls, carnival rides and games, a horse show, and shopping for everyone in-between—plus fair food for everyone’ Every day offers six barns of animals, a milking parlor, horse show classes, farm museum, antique engine display, rare animal educational exhibit, 4-H displays and presentations, crafters, vendors, honey show, art and photography show, vegetable and flower shows, landscape gardens and free entertainment. Gate admission is $14 for adults, $6 for children 6 to 12, and seniors 60+ are $10, with free parking every day. For discount rates and a schedule, visit See ad page 9.

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ana Haig, of Lynn’s Healing Zone, in Hawley, will offer two classes in July to help participants improve their health with drug-free solutions to improve digestion and reduce pain and inflammation to encourage healing. At 1 p.m., July 7, Kombucha Making Class ($15) Haig shows how to make this inspiring beverage at home. Participants will leave with some kombucha and their very own Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast (SCOBY), a living home for the bacteria and yeast that transform sweet tea into kombucha. Hana Haig From 1 to 2:30 p.m., July 21, Light Therapy Explained ($5) Haig teaches about the benefits of light therapy and what it can do. NASA began experimenting with LEDs to speed the healing of wounds because in zero-gravity situations, wounds don't quite heal as fast as they would otherwise. Prepayment is requested for both events: Lynn’s healing Zone is located at 106 Shook Rd., Ste. 101, Hawley. 570-234-8568. For more information, visit See ad page 37.

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he Happy Mama Place, in Plains, is offering a range of classes for participants to enrich their mothering experience. Summer Prenatal practice at 10 a.m. Wednesdays through July 25 ($60 drop-in $18) offers classic yoga poses linked together in a gentle flow to increase strength and flexibility for expecting and new moms. At Family Yoga Thursday at 4 p.m. ($15 preregister $18 at the door), adults enjoy time moving their bodies, but also serve as role models for their little ones. Family Wellness with Essential Oils at 2 p.m. July 14, is all about Young Living Essential Oils and products. A sixweek series of American Sign Language classes with Instructor Sam Postupack ($12 drop) takes place at 2 p.m. from July 3 to-August 1. A Mamabites group includes moms of babies up to 12 months old to foster budding and growing bonding (free) at 10:40 a.m., July 17. Location 1325 River St., Plains. For reservations, call 570-825-2229. For more information, visit See ad page 12.

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“Leah and I met five years he inaugural Incluago at a music festival and sion Festival, a summer quickly discovered we had celebration in the mountains similar interests,” says Pinof eastern Pennsylvania, will der. “We decided last August take place July 28 and 29 at to do the festival and are the Mountain Sky Festival excited at the response and Grounds, in Jermyn. It promparticipation.” ises sensory-friendly music, The festival not only spotarts, yoga and wellness festival lights incredible music, it will for all ages and all abilities. Organizers Amy Pinder have areas for people to take quiet breaks, relax and take in a variety of and volunteer opportunities. and Leah Barron say the festival Inclusion as a word paints a broad brushstroke for what a free society hopes to stand for. is the educational and experiential activities in The inaugural Inclusion Festival, coming July 28-29 to the Mountain Sky Festival Grounds in The event not only benefits those nation’s first outdoor, multi-day annual Jermyn, Pennsylvania, follows that path as a “sensory-friendly music, arts, yoga, and the Wellness and Empowerment Villages. with special needs but creates better event that celebrates neurodiversity, wellness festival for all abilities.” Expect a truly ground-breaking approach to a music and Local and national organizations that understanding among the general popupromotes understanding and acceptance, arts festival that encompasses, promotes and celebrates ALL. are helping to make Inclusion Festival lation. Pinder, a speech language paprovides holistic educational opportuAs described by organizers Amy Pinder and Leah Barron, the festival is “the nation’s first possible include Accessible Festivals, The thologist, and Barron, a special education nities, and encourages healthy lifestyle outdoor, multi-day annual event that celebrates neurodiversity, promotes understanding Jerry Garcia Foundation, NEPA Inclusive, and acceptance, provides holistic educational opportunities, and encourages healthy choices that extend far beyond the festival teacher, were inspired by their experilifestyle choices that extend far beyond the festival grounds.” Scranton Area Community Foundation, ences working in the field. They believe grounds. Stage-Trip Productions, The Tambur Famthat music festivals hold strong potential Highlights include educational wellBoth Pinder, a speech language pathologist, and Barron, a special education teacher, were inspired by their experiences working in the field. They believe that music festivals hold ily Foundation, and many more. to strengthen self-awareness, encourage ness workshops, immersive, experiential strong potential to strengthen self-awareness, encourage exploration of passions and exploration of passions and interests, activities, live music, motivational speakinterests, build relationships, and connect with inner purpose to guide and sustain positive For a complete musical lineup, tickets and build relationships and connect with iners, specialized food, craft and product more information, visit ner purpose to guide and sustain positive vendors, a community resource fair, See ad page 23. lifestyle choices. therapeutic consultations and vocational

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Exercise Benefits Cancer Survivors Moderate-to-vigorous physical activity increases cognitive function and reduces fatigue in breast cancer survivors, concludes a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne study. The 299 participants that had undergone chemotherapy an average of eight years earlier wore an accelerometer for a week to measure their average daily minutes of exercise and completed a set of questionnaires and neuropsychological tests. The findings suggest that those regularly performing this level of exercise benefit through improved attention, memory and multitasking abilities. Also, in a recent Portuguese study of 15 women being treated for advanced breast cancer, eight women performed two, one-hour sessions a week of aerobic, strength-training and arm exercises. After 12 weeks, they experienced significantly less fatigue and pain, improved cardiovascular fitness, better emotional well-being and a greater ability to perform daily tasks, compared to the control group. 10

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Eating Apples and Tomatoes Repairs Lungs Eating lots of fresh tomatoes and fruit, especially apples, helps heal damaged lungs of ex-smokers, reports Johns Hopkins University research published in the European Respiratory Journal. The study, which followed more than 650 people between 2002 and 2012, also found that those that ate more than two tomatoes or more than three portions of fresh fruit daily experienced markedly less of the natural decline of lung function that typically occurs after age 30.

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As Earth’s climate becomes warmer, sleepless nights will increase for many, predicts a study from the University of California, San Diego. The research links sleep data on 765,000 Americans collected by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with climate models that predict warming trends. Rising temperatures could cause six additional nights of poor sleep per 100 people by 2050 and 14 by 2099. Seniors, which have difficulty regulating body temperature, and low-income people without air conditioning, are likely to be the most affected.

The danger of pesticide exposure for expectant mothers has been confirmed by a study of half a million people in the San Joaquin Valley of California, a heavypesticide region in which more than one-third of U.S. vegetables and two-thirds of our fruits and nuts are grown. Studying birth records, researchers from the University of California, Santa Barbara, found that the top 5 percent of women with the highest exposure had negative effects for all birth outcomes, including low birth weight, gestational length, preterm birth and birth abnormalities.

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Researchers from Thailand had 64 people suffering from hay fever (allergic rhinitis) experience half-hour steam baths three times a week for four weeks. Half received baths without herbs; the other half’s baths were enhanced with herbs such as lemongrass and ginger. The two treatments equally lowered symptoms such as sneezing, nasal itching and nasal congestion, but those taking the herbal baths reported greater satisfaction with their treatment.

Bee Venom Is Powerful Lyme Disease Remedy Bee venom and its toxic component, melittin, can reduce the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi that causes Lyme disease more effectively than standard therapy using antibiotics such as doxycycline, cefoperazone and daptomycin. The laboratory findings come from the Lyme Disease Research Group at the University of New Haven, in Connecticut.

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Mangoes contain potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties that may prove useful in treating gastrointestinal disease, cognitive decline and diabetes, report scientists at the University of Palermo, in Italy. Also, Texas A&M researchers have found that 300 people with Crohn’s disease that ate 200 to 400 grams of commercially available frozen mangoes daily for eight weeks had fewer digestive symptoms, improved inflammation biomarkers and less colon cancer-linked molecules in their digestive tracts.

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Walking Speed May Predict Dementia A recent study published in Neurology suggests there is a link between walking speed and the onset of dementia in older adults. Using a stopwatch, tape and an 18-foot-long hallway to measure the walking speed of 175 adults aged 70 to 79, University of Pittsburgh researchers found that in the course of 14 years, those that slowed down by 0.1 second or more per year were 47 percent more likely to develop cognitive decline. The slowing walkers also experienced shrinkage in the right hippocampus, associated with complex learning and memory. The results held true even after realizing that a slowing gait could be due to muscle weakness, knee pain or another disease. Similarly, a study published in Neurology of 93 adults 70 and older found that slow walkers were nine times more likely to develop non-memory-related mild cognitive decline than moderate-to-fast walkers. Walking speed was monitored using infrared sensors in their homes over a three-year period; participants regularly took memory and thinking tests.


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Polluted air raises the chances of irregular menstrual cycles among teenage girls, a new Boston University School of Medicine study reports. Studying the records of 34,832 women and linking that information with levels of pollutants when the women were 14 to 18 years old, researchers concluded that teenage girls in polluted areas have a slightly greater likelihood of menstrual irregularity and take longer to achieve regularity in high school and early adulthood. It may also put them at long-term risk of other hormone-related problems, researchers warned.

Essential Oils for Travelers by Marilyn York Travel can create some of our happiest memories; however, navigating airports, foreign languages or unknown cities can sometimes put a damper on an adventure. Essential oils can help ease those kinds of situations. As a holistic wellness advocate, I always stress the importance of utilizing the purest essential oils available for attaining optimum results—especially when using for ingestion or use on the skin. Using pure essential oils helps reduce the possibility of exposure to any pesticides or herbicides that the plants may have been grown in (which oils are distilled from), as well as to eliminate the possible exposure to synthetic oils. Both situations change the chemistry composition of the oils, and potentially create situations such as allergies. York notes that many essential oil companies do not create ingestible oils, therefore, it’s important to choose only those from a company that identifies an oil as ingestible. With that in mind, she suggests two oils to consider taking on your next trip: peppermint and lavender. Peppermint: Add some pep to your step by inhaling peppermint’s refreshing aroma after stepping off the plane. Massage some on the bottoms of your feet after a long day of walking or add a drop or two to warm water and drink to help ease the effects of eating too many new kinds of foods.

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According to data from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, three of the world’s largest meat producers, JBS, Cargill and Tyson, emitted more greenhouse gas last year than all of France and nearly as much as the biggest oil companies, such as Exxon, British Petroleum and Shell. Carbon dioxide emissions from raising farmed animals make up about 15 percent of global human-induced emissions, with the biggest offenders being beef and milk production. The nonprofit environmental organization EcoWatch claims that a pound of beef requires 13 percent more fossil fuel and 15 times more water to produce than a pound of soy. It notes, “There is no such thing as sustainable meat, and plant-based alternatives to meat, dairy and eggs take a mere fraction of the resources to produce as their animal-based counterparts.” A vegan diet is not just good for the planet, either; it also spares animals misery at factory farms. “Pigs, cows, chickens and other farmed animals suffer horribly. These innocent animals face unthinkable horrors: cruel caged confinement, brutal mutilations and bloody, merciless deaths,” says Joe Loria, communications and content manager at the humanitarian group Mercy for Animals.

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Warming seawater and increasing ocean acidity are damaging reef ecosystems around the world, and some scientists and environmentalists fear a worldwide collapse by 2050. Coral reefs are colonies of millions of tiny animals. In a single night, the corals join in casting a fog of sperm and eggs into the water to either fertilize and make baby coral larvae or settle back onto the reef, fostering growth. Dirk Petersen, Ph.D., founder and executive director of Sexual Coral Reproduction, in Hilliard, Ohio, gathers sperm and eggs from corals, fertilizes them in a lab and returns the baby corals to the wild. “A bunch of us coral reef managers were just so sick of just watching things die,” says Laurie Raymundo, a biologist at the University of Guam. This kind of in vitro fertilization provides at least a glimmer of hope for the future.


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In a win for the health of the world’s oceans, McDonald’s says it will end the use of harmful polystyrene foam packaging globally by year’s end. Rarely recycled, the material used in beverage cups and takeout containers is a frequent component of beach litter, degrading into indigestible pellets that marine animals mistake for food, resulting in injury or death. The company says, “The environmental impact of our packaging is a top priority.” The International Agency for Research on Cancer has determined that styrene, used in the production of polystyrene, is also a possible human carcinogen. Dunkin’ Donuts is also phasing out its polystyrene foam cups in favor of paper cups. A planned worldwide project completion by 2020 will prevent nearly 1 billion foam cups from entering the waste stream each year. Customers may still opt for the restaurant’s mugs or bring their own thermos. The foam cups will be replaced with doublewalled paper cups made with paperboard certified to Sustainable Forestry Initiative standards.


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Dutch designers Eric Klarenbeek and Maartje Dros have been cultivating live algae and processing it into material that can be used for 3-D printing. This algae polymer can be turned into everyday items from shampoo bottles to bowls and trash bins. They hope it could replace petroleum-based plastics to help alleviate our unsustainable consumption of fossil fuels. They have also experimented with other biopolymers such as mycelium (fungi), potato starch and cocoa bean shells. The pair now operate a research and algae production lab at the Luma Foundation, in Arles, France. They point out that their creations do more than just replace plastic—algae can also suck up carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas driver of global climate change. They explain, “The algae grow by absorbing the carbon and producing a starch that can be used as a raw material for bioplastics or binding agents. The waste product is oxygen—clean air.”

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Thailand is the home of a new “smart vest” that could turn stray dogs into personal guardians. Equipped with a hidden video camera, vest sensors transmit live streaming videos when the dog barks, showing what it sees via a smartphone app. Pakornkrit Khantaprap, on the creative team at Samsung, says, “It’ll make people feel that stray dogs can become night-watches for communities.” More tests are needed before the vest can be introduced into additional communities for trial runs.

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Laboratory Food to Hit Pet Food Market

As we race toward a future full of high-tech, labgrown meats in place of the environmentally unsound animal protein industry, a new startup wants to extend this offering to our furry friends, too. Aiming to make the most sustainable, transparent and organic product possible, Rich Kelleman, owner of Bond Pet Foods, started growing it in a petri dish from animal cells, free of the environmental and ethical dilemmas caused by traditional animal farming. Lab-grown meat slashes land use by 99 percent, produces 90 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions and may be a more economically viable way to feed the growing global population. “Pet food has always been quick to follow human food trends,” says pet food industry consultant Ryan Yamka, who is working with the startup. “If you walked down the aisles this year at the trade shows, you already saw people talking about humanely raised and sustainable pet food.”

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Those spending time in their traditional home swimming pool this summer or taking the plunge to install a natural pool have healthy and cost-saving options. Saltwater pools are far better for skin, hair and lungs. Their use of sodium chloride reduces possible side effects from long-term exposure to the chlorine in traditional pools. Natural swimming pools may employ alternative materials instead of concrete or fiberglass, plus aquatic plants, rather than harmful chemicals and completely mechanical filtering systems. They require no chemicals to maintain because they are self-cleaning, mini-ecosystems. According to Mother Earth News, the plants enrich the pool with oxygen, support beneficial bacteria that consume debris and potentially harmful organisms, and provide habitat for fish, frogs, dragonflies and other waterborne life. Some owners separate plants from main swimming areas; others integrate them, creating a pond-like aesthetic. Ecohome, a Canadian sustainable housing resources firm in Quebec, attests, “No further landscaping is required, as with a traditional pool, which can make the total finished cost of natural pools even more competitive. Moving water and the natural predators of mosquito larvae that will inhabit chlorine-free water will make natural swimming pools practically mosquito-free.” Whole Water Systems LLC, in Idaho, concurs that natural pools deploy “systems that have lower maintenance costs than conventional pools.” For a traditional pool, an oxidation system using a generator powered either by traditional electricity or ultraviolet light-capturing solar panels is a chemical-free way to keep water sanitized, reports For greater sustainability and cost savings for traditional pools, the UK’s Poolcare Leisure Limited suggests monitoring for leaks; using a cover overnight and during extended periods of inactivity to reduce water loss due to evaporation; and utilizing recycled glass in the water-filtering system to save 30 percent in energy costs. According to the Sierra Club, covers also prevent pools from becoming a death trap for pets and wildlife and keep pool water cleaner to reduce pumping needs.

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1. Connect with the inner voice.

2. Realize the difference between soul and ego.

Uncovering authenticity comes from within. We learn to discern and heed the inner voice of wisdom through daily silence, a still space that allows messages to resonate. This ever-present guidance system is always spot on. The key is to connect often. Be grateful for the fruits of quiet moments. Maybe they occur during prayer and meditation, in the shower, walking in solitude without earphones or driving with the radio off. Breathe deeply, cherishing an open heart. Gut feelings often presage inner knowing.

Connected with our soul—the seat of everything positive, the venue of all potential and light—we experience spaciousness, unconditional love and complete support. If accusations, blame or heavy judgment arise, it’s just the ego trying to maintain the status quo. By dismissing its raging, it dissipates.


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3. Reconnect with authentic selfhood. We must banish every misconception and lie we tell about ourselves. Falsehoods

Beginning today, do one new thing daily that brings joy. Temporary happiness builds and reinforces joy, but soul-deep joy weaves a base of strength within. It’s an attitude—an outlook. When we are flourishing spiritually, emotionally and physically, it evokes joy in how we live and feel. Move out of familiar comfort zones and do something unexpected. Pursue a heartfelt desire long delayed. Watch a comedy with friends. Take a dance class. Call an old friend. Volunteer somewhere nurturing. Be in this moment. Understand that this is what life will feel like when living authentically, free of masks and pretense— when each day is meaningful and suffused with joy. Remember, authentic living is about the journey, not the destination. Jan Desai is a wife, mother, entrepreneur and visionary who transformed her life at age 50 by breaking with conventions. She shares her lifetime of learning at


define us just like the things that are true. Take a good, long look in the mirror and ask, “Who is this person? What has made me who I am today? What experiences have created this unique divine work? Are my eyes alight or dim? What am I feeling? Am I weighed down by burdens, exhausted by current choices?” Simply ask the questions; don’t look for answers, but be wary of the ego’s vote for falsehoods.


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Pocono Couple Practices True Forms of Chiropractic, Acupuncture by Sheila Julson


hen doctors Deb Cantel and Chris Meister met in 1987 while studying at Palmer College of Chiropractic, in Davenport, Iowa, not only would they get married and become life partners, but they would also build a unique and comprehensive wellness practice, Asian Institute of Healing Arts in Mount Pocono. Cantel and Meister are both doctors of chiropractic and licensed acupuncturists, and they serve their patients by providing true chiropractic care and acupuncture, as well as nutrition counseling, martial arts, massage therapy and more. Cantel and Meister, who were both

born and raised in northern New Jersey, graduated from Palmer in 1991. Meister has roots in the Pocono region; his grandfather, Matthew Perrone was “The Voice of Wall Street” during the 1920s, and he had a cottage in Canadensis. Meister’s family spent much time there, and he was attracted to the majestic beauty and natural lifestyle of the area. Cantel and Meister opened their first practice together in northeast Pennsylvania in 1992. “It was more of a traditional, straight chiropractic clinic, but we did a lot of nutritional work, as well,” Meister says. “We tended to attract the non-traditional chiropractic patients with issues


other than back or neck pain.” Meister has a background in martial arts and was well versed in its role in Chinese medicine. Cantel suggested that they both learn acupuncture to better serve their patient base and the unusual cases they attract. They attended Eastern School of Acupuncture, and after completing their acupuncture studies in 2002, they opened Asian Institute of Healing Arts. The center has a relaxed, open ambiance, and Cantel and Meister both schedule patients so they have plenty of time to spend with each individual and not be rushed. They practice the Gonstead method of chiropractic care. The method is named after its founder, Clarence Gonstead, who was an engineer before he pursued the chiropractic profession. Meister says the method is biomechanically based and can be challenging to learn, which is why only five percent of the world’s chiropractors practice it. “It’s a very rewarding system of chiropractic, and it’s objectively based,” Meister explains. “It not only addresses the neurological components, but also the mechanical aspects, because the whole point is that you want to get the spine into better shape than when the patient came in.” Cantel adds that the Gonstead method is an excellent system of chiropractic that deals with various conditions, correcting disc injuries and pelvic imbalance. They were also fortunate to mentor with a chiropractor that was Gonstead’s head intern, so under his guidance, they learned from someone that was just one step away from the master. While most acupuncturists practice

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what is known as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Cantel and Meister use classic Chinese acupuncture, which has much deeper roots than TCM and predates TCM by thousands of years. “The methods are significantly different; TCM was developed during Communist reign in China because they didn’t want any challenges to their power, so they nationalized acupuncture because they didn’t want these old masters challenging their authority,” Meister relates. “When they nationalized acupuncture, they took out all the spiritual references and herbalized it to make it more accessible to the West during the 1970s. It’s a more modern system, and not that it’s a bad system, but we believe the closer you get to the original intention of a particular master, you will get a more true form of treatment.” Acupuncture is all about getting the body back into balance. “By rebalancing the body, it helps address a lot of health issues,” Cantel says. “Pain is symptom of imbalance in the body. In Asian countries, acupuncture is the first thing people turn to when they have an issue, and bringing the body back into balance allows it to heal.” Their acupuncture mentor and their mentor’s teachers study the most ancient texts (such as the Ling shu and su wen) and bring all the foundations of acupuncture back to life. Both the chiropractic method and the acupuncture Cantel and Meister practice are as close to original methods as possible. Cantel and Meister also work with whole foods nutrition and herbs. They give recommendations for dietary changes and provide quality, professional supplements from Standard Process, a Wisconsin company that has been in business since the1920s and makes their nutritional products from whole foods grown on their own farms. The line of herbal products Cantel and Meister use comes from Australia. Meister says Australia has the highest standards in the world for herbal supplements. Asian Institute of Healing Arts has a massage therapist on staff, Bobbi Summers, who is certified in various massage techniques. A midwife, Dhyana Heller, also practices out of the center. Meister also teaches four types of Chinese martial arts and offers group, semiprivate and/or private lessons. Together, Cantel and Meister have enjoyed their journey toward a lifetime of learning wellness techniques, and they’re never finished. “You’re always learning ways to improve your chiropractic technique, or how to improve acupuncture. You continue to give back as much as you put into it,” Meister says. “It’s also an intellectual challenge, and getting patients back on a path to good health is, to me, very interesting.” Cantel agrees: “There’s always more to learn, and never enough time to learn it all. It’s rewarding to see that when you put work into what you do, it actually helps people get well.” Asian Institute of Healing Arts is located at 1355 Pocono Blvd., Mount Pocono. For more information, call 570-839-1898 or visit See ad page xx. Sheila Julson is a freelance writer and regular contributor to Natural Awakenings magazines throughout the country.

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THE JOY OF DIRT Gardening Connects Kids to Nature by Barbara Pleasant


hildren benefit from a close connection with nature, and there’s no better place to learn about plants and soil than a garden. Families don’t need lots of space, as even a small collection of potted plants holds fascination for youngsters. The first step is to understand a

garden as seen by a child that may be more interested in creative play than in making things grow. Whitney Cohen, education director at Life Lab, a nonprofit that promotes garden-based education in Santa Cruz, California, thinks kids benefit most from

what she calls “dirt time”—spent outdoors interacting with plants, animals, soil and everything else. “When a child plants a seed, tends it over time and ultimately pulls a carrot out of the soil and eats it, they begin to know down in their bones that food comes from plants; that healthy food is delicious; and that we are part of a vast and beautiful web of life,” Cohen says. This learning process may not match a parent’s idea of a lovely garden. “Children don’t make neat rows. They water leaves and flower petals rather than the roots. They accidentally step on young seedlings. Gardening with children is messy and chaotic, but there is always learning going on beneath the surface, just out of sight,” says Catherine KoonsHubbard, nature preschool director at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Growing nutritious vegetables like cherry tomatoes allows kids to see, touch and possibly smash a food as they get to know it, increasing the likelihood that they will eventually eat it.

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Restoring the Nutritional Value of Crops by Melinda Hemmelgarn


hen we think of scientists as men and women in lab coats peering into microscopes, what’s missing is farmers. Our society doesn’t tend to equate the two, yet farmers are active field scientists. How they choose to grow and produce food greatly impacts our shared environment of soil, water and air quality, as well as the nutritional content of food, and therefore, public health. The best field- and lab-based scientists share key traits: they’re curious, keen observers and systems thinkers that learn by trial and error. Both formulate and test hypotheses, collect data, take measurements, assess results and draw conclusions.

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Diana Dyer, a registered dietitian and organic garlic farmer outside of Ann Arbor, Michigan, explains, “I like to help people see the similarities between the scientific process and good, careful farming—all aspects of which revolve around observations, goals, planning, implementation, intervention and analysis of results— then careful re-planning based on those results.” 24

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Dyer and her husband, Dick, started farming after long careers in traditional health care, where the focus was on treating people after they got sick. Through their farm work, they wanted to focus on prevention. “Growing healthy food in healthy soil, our goal was to create and nourish a healthy community from the ground up. Communicating the multiple benefits of healthy soils and ecosystems has been at the core of our vision and responsibility from day one,” she says. The Dyers believe that flavor is key to eating and enjoying truly nourishing foods, and based on their professional health backgrounds and farming experience, they connect healthy soil with higherquality, better-tasting food. In Havre, Montana, Doug Crabtree, and his wife, Anna, manage Vilicus Farms, featured in the book Lentil Underground: Renegade Farmers and the Future of Food in America, by Liz Carlisle. The Crabtrees grow organic heirloom and specialty grains, pulses and oilseed crops such as emmer, kamut, black beluga lentils and flax. Asked if he considers himself a

scientist, Crabtree first defines the term as “a person who is studying or has expert knowledge of one or more of the natural or physical sciences.” Then he replies, “Given this definition, how could any farmer not be a scientist? An organic farmer is a lifelong student of nature, seeking to emulate her wisdom and processes as we refine our production systems. Organic production isn’t just growing food without toxic chemical inputs, it’s a system that requires conscientiously improving soil, water and associated resources while producing safe and healthy food for America’s growing population of informed consumers.”

Healthy Soil, Food and People At the Rodale Institute, in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, Andrew Smith directs the new Vegetable Systems Trial, a long-term, side-by-side comparison of both biologically organic and chemically based conventional vegetable production. An organic farmer with a Ph.D. in molecular ecology from Drexel University, in Philadelphia, Smith studies how soil quality


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and crop-growing conditions influence the nutrient density and health-protecting properties of specific vegetables. “Over the past 70 years, there’s been a decline in the nutritional value of our foods,” reports Smith. “During this time, industrial agriculture, with its pesticides and synthetic fertilizers, increased yields and size of crops, but the tradeoff was a decline in nutrient content, known as the ‘dilution effect’.” In addition, Smith explains, greater levels of nitrogen fertilizer, typical of conventional production methods, may also increase a plant’s susceptibility to insects and disease. Smith’s research will give fellow farmers, healthcare providers and consumers a better understanding of how crop production practices influence soil quality and therefore, food quality. For example, research of organic crops shows higher levels of vitamin C; higher-quality protein; plus more disease-fighting compounds called secondary plant metabolites such as lycopene, polyphenols and anthocyanin, the plant pigment responsible for the red, blue and purple colors in fruits and vegetables,

as reported in a meta-analysis published in the British Journal of Nutrition. The Rodale Institute has formed partnerships with nutrition and medical researchers at Pennsylvania State University, in University Park. Of particular interest, for example, are extracts from purple potatoes that show promise in helping to kill colon cancer cells. Smith looks forward to identifying growing methods that boost levels of anthocyanin, as well as other health-protecting compounds in crops. The new Regenerative Health Institute, a global research and education center linking soil health to human health, will also be housed at the Rodale Institute. It’s a collaboration between Rodale staff and the Plantrician Project, a nonprofit organization in New Canaan, Connecticut, that promotes whole food and plant-based nutrition, and helps healthcare providers embrace food as medicine as the foundation of their practices. Jeff Moyer, a renowned international authority in organic agriculture and executive director of the Rodale Institute, explains, “It’s not only what you eat that’s

important, but how what you eat was produced. Ultimately, our personal health is linked to the health of the soil.” David Montgomery, a professor of geomorphology at the University of Washington, in Seattle, has visited farms worldwide, witnessing how farmers use regenerative farming practices to bring degraded soil back to life. He learned that grazing animals, cover-cropping and no-till farming free of synthetic chemical fertilizers and pesticides protects and enriches the soil microbiome, which contributes to the nutrient density of plants and human health.

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Along with our well-being, livestock farming methods impact our environment, too. A growing body of research including a new study published in Food Science & Nutrition shows that meat and dairy products from animals raised mostly on grass or pasture—as nature intended—contain significantly higher levels of conjugated linoleic acid and omega-3 fatty acids com-

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pared to grain-fed animals. These naturally occurring fats help protect us from inflammation, heart disease and cancer. Important in brain, eye and nerve development, omega-3 fatty acids are especially critical for pregnant and breastfeeding women and their infants. Organic farmers, by law, must provide their ruminant animals with significant time on pasture and may not feed them genetically engineered feed or feed produced with synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Further, they can’t use synthetic hormones or antibiotics to promote weight gain. In these ways, organic farmers help protect our food, water, and environment from contamination, and reduce the growing global threat of antibiotic resistance. Randolph Center, Vermont, dairy farmers Regina and Brent Beidler diligently study and question changes they witness in their immediate environment. They monitor what grows in their pasture, watch what their cows choose to eat and count the numbers and activities of insects, bees, worms, birds and wildlife.


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They understand that careful land and animal stewardship is key to soil, plant, animal and human health.

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More hospitals nationwide are investing in farms and farmers’ markets to boost patient, employee and community health by increasing access to nutrient-dense, fresh, healthful food. One exceptional example is the new partnership between Virginia’s Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) and Augusta Health, an independent, community-owned nonprofit hospital in Augusta County, Virginia. The AMI Fellowship program prepares individuals to become farmers, teachers and ambassadors for healthpromoting food systems. “Both AMI and Augusta Health believe that access to excellent health care includes access to healthy food,” explains Sue Erhardt, the institute’s executive director. The AMI Farm at Augusta Health initiative will create an onsite production farm and a community venue for food, nutrition and gardening education. Their

goal is to tackle three major local health issues: poor nutrition, low physical activity and overweight; diabetes; and mental health. A Food Farmacy program for those with or at risk for Type 2 diabetes will provide fresh produce prescriptions at an onsite farmstand, as well as cooking classes. Erhardt recalls her life-changing experience as a teen, hearing American labor leader Cesar Chavez speak about farm worker exposure to pesticides and related cancer clusters. She’s proud to say, “The farm project will exemplify sustainable practices for growing vegetables, including organic fourseason crops and companion planting, while promoting soil health. “We believe this project will promote a better quality of life for staff, patients and community members.” That’s the power of farming when it’s dedicated to optimum health. Melinda Hemmelgarn is a registered dietitian, writer and Food Sleuth Radio host with, in Columbia, MO. Connect at

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Natural Ways to Reduce Pain by Kathleen Barnes


hronic pain affects 100 million Americans, with annual treatment costs reaching $635 billion, according to the Institute of Medicine. Worse, opiate-derived pain medications, conventional medicine’s go-to treatment for chronic pain, are addictive and deadly. The Annals of Internal Medicine reports that an estimated 2 million Americans suffered from opioid use disorder involving prescription drugs as of 2016 while 12 million admitted to misusing them. Legal and illegal opioids killed 64,070 Americans in 2016, 21 percent more than the previous year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some opioid addiction stems from use of illegal recreational drugs like heroin and cocaine, but the National Institute of Drug Abuse testified to the U.S. Senate that as of 2014 more than four times as many Americans were addicted to prescription opioids (2.1 million) than heroin (467,000). Natural approaches, less harmful in relieving pain and thereby preventing drug addictions, are addressing and ameliorating long-term back or neck, nerve and 28

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even cancer pain, and saving lives. The first step in preventing dependency is to avoid opioids completely, says Fadel Zeidan, Ph.D., assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomy at the Wake Forest School of Medicine, in WinstonSalem, North Carolina: “Opioids don’t work for chronic pain. They may be effective for acute pain, such as right after an injury or surgery, but they are ineffective and addictive in the long run.” Here are several better ways to feel better. Mindfulness meditation: Zeidan recommends mindfulness meditation and cites a University of Massachusetts study of people with chronic pain in which pain lessened by at least 65 percent after 10 weeks of this practice. “Mindfulness meditation is about discipline and regulating one’s attention. It appears to shut down the thalamus, the brain’s gatekeeper, and the brain’s ability to register pain,” explains Zeidan. Yoga: Strongly positive effects have been reported in several studies, including one

Marijuana: All forms of marijuana, or cannabis, are illegal on the federal level, but medical marijuana is now legal in 29 states and the District of Columbia. In a study from San Francisco General Hospital published in the journal Neurology, researchers found that smoking the first cannabis cigarette reduced pain by 72



Acupuncture: The ancient Chinese modality that’s been used to treat all types of pain for millennia has become such a mainstream treatment that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends that healthcare providers learn more about it to help patients avoid prescription opioids. “All pain starts with imbalance,” says Terri Evans, a doctor of Oriental medicine in Naples, Florida. “Acupuncture is about creating balance in the body and in releasing the fascia, where pain patterns get locked.”

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To enroll in a new study on mindfulness meditation and chronic back pain, email For information on ongoing studies, visit percent in a group of patients with painful neuropathy. The body’s endocannabinoid system, found in the brain, organs, connective tissues and immune cells, is one of its natural pain-coping mechanisms, and is most affected by cannabis. Mitch Earleywine, Ph.D., associate professor of clinical psychology at the State University of New York at Albany, author of Understanding Marijuana: A New Look at the Scientific Evidence and a member of the advisory board of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, is an advocate of medical marijuana. While regarding it as helpful for chronic pain with little risk of addiction, he concludes it’s “great for a small handful of conditions, but it’s not the cure-all that some are suggesting.” CBD oil: Dr. Hyla Cass, of Marina del Rey, California, an integrative physician expert in psychiatry and addiction recovery, and author of The Addicted Brain and How to Break Free, is more comfortable with CBD (cannabidiol) oil. It’s a hemp product legal in 45 states, provided it qualifies in non-addictive levels of THC, the component of cannabis that induces euphoria (see TheCannabis Some CBD oils contain trace amounts of THC, not enough to induce a “high” or contribute to addiction, but there are also products that contain no THC at all. By definition, hemp’s THC content is less than 0.3 percent versus marijuana’s 5 to 35 percent. “CBD oil won’t make you high,” says

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Cannabidiol Oil Leading a New Path Toward Wellness by Sheila Julson


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approached her an hour later. “They were crying with joy because they were painfree for the first time in many years. They were dancing and having fun. For me, that’s what it’s all about.” Like with most wellness trends, there will be companies quick to jump on the bandwagon and offer subpar products to cash in on a health craze, so Macheska advises people to be careful and consult trained practitioners that have studied and researched products and dosage. Through Metta Physical Fine Reiki Infused Goods & CBD Infusions, Macheska sells CBD products from several companies that she has researched for safety and quality, including HempMeds, which uses an easy color-coded system to indicate low, medium or high potency levels of CBD. “If you’re dealing with a minor ailment, or if you just want a dietary supplement, you can go with a low-level hemp oil or tincture,” Macheska says. “There’s a higher potency available for people suffering from chronic pain, high anxiety or depression, as well as a medium chain that

produces more serotonin and dopamine in the brain, which can help people with anxiety and depression.” Macheska adds that HempMeds is number one in the nation for CBD oils, and they started as small family-owned company. She also gets oils, tinctures and balms from Eden’s Cure, a Californiabased company that makes their products with non-industrialized hemp. She recommends their balms for pain and inflammation. Other CBD brands Macheska offers are Cibdol, which is farmed and manufactured in Colorado. She will soon feature homemade lotions with their CBD oil for eczema and other skin conditions. Macheska has recently started to infuse her wellness products with pure CBD isolate, in addition to essential oils. Also available through Metta Physical are edibles, including gum, which can be a good delivery method for people just becoming familiar with CBD. A recent collaboration with in-house CBD infusion baker Kay-Cee O’Malley adds an additional product line of edibles

and topicals, all with closely controlled ingredients. Macheska does community outreach at fairs and events, and she hosts question-and-answer sessions throughout the year. All of her wellness consultations are free, during which she will educate people about all aspects of CBD products, how the body processes CBD and how much to take for specific ailments. She also combines CBD with her other treatments such as reiki, essential oils and the amethyst biomat. Metta Physical Fine Reiki Infused Goods & CBD Infusions provides products and services at Mission Yoga, 639 Northern Blvd., South Abington. For more information, call 570-780-8400, email or visit MettaPhysicalReiki. com or for event updates. See ad page 30. Sheila Julson is a Milwaukee-based freelance writer and contributor to Natural Awakenings magazines across the country.

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Flavorful Ways to Lower Disease Risk by Judith Fertig


ny time our bodies sense an “invader”—a microbe, virus, plant pollen or unwelcome chemical— they go into high alert, producing white blood cells to fight it off. Once the danger has been thwarted, normal functioning returns. If we continue to expose ourselves to these threats, then the high-alert process, known as inflammation, becomes chronic.

This disturbance of natural equilibrium can lead to cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, depression and pain. It can also mask or worsen autoimmune diseases. Eating foods with natural anti-inflammatory properties can help the body function better.

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Weil advises, “The best foods are those that offer disease-preventive benefits such as anti-inflammatory effects and delectable flavor. When I eat such foods, I feel as though I’ve hit a grand slam homerun—the sensory pleasure is heightened by the fact that each bite contributes to my overall well-being.” His take on an Anti-Inflammatory Food Pyramid at Tinyurl. com/Andrew-Weil-Food-Pyramid offers a broad sample of these foods in an easy, downloadable graphic. Reducing inflammation in her body has also led to better mental and emotional health for Britt. “I am a happier person,” Britt says. “I can control my emotions, focus my thoughts and am more at peace.”

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Green leafy vegetables such as Swiss chard contain natural anti-inflammatories such as vitamins K, D and C, says Axe.

Beets have a natural antioxidant, betalain, an anti-inflammatory compound that inhibits the activity of enzymes the body uses to trigger inflammation, advises Axe.

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Sea buckthorn berry juice (known as olivello juice) is one of the most concentrated natural sources of vitamin C, says Weil. Ginger is a potent anti-inflammatory food that also helps reduce intestinal gas and prevent nausea, advises Weil.

Green tea is best enjoyed hot with a little squeeze of lemon; it may reduce cholesterol levels, ultimately assisting in lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease, per Weil.


Virgin coconut oil has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, according to a study published in Pharmaceutical Biology. Britt eats a total of one-and-a-half tablespoons a day in hot drinks, salads or soups.


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Black cod, also known as butterfish or sablefish, has even more omega-3 fatty acids than salmon, notes Weil.

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ounts Botanical Garden, in Palm Beach County, Florida, hosted Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea, a thoughtprovoking traveling exhibit featuring giant sea creatures made entirely of marine debris from beaches. “It graphically illustrates the amount of plastic pollution in our oceans and waterways,” says Curator and Director Rochelle Wolberg. The exhibit included Grace the Humpback Whale Tail, the Marine Debris Anemone, Priscilla the Parrot Fish, Flash the Marlin, Water Bottle Jelly, Sebastian James the Puffin, Lidia the Seal, Hugo the Humpback Whale Tail, American Sea Star and Musical Seaweed. Take a look at some of them and check for current exhibit locations at In Mechanicsville, Maryland, ex-iron and steel worker Steve Glorius repurposes scrap metal into natural world and fantasy art sculptures of ocean creatures that also inform about endangered wildlife. His works have adorned museums, restaurants, galleries and gift shops. Debbie and Mike Schramer, owners of Fairy House Vintage Antiques and Art, in Provo, Utah, create fairy houses made from twigs, mosses, bark and other natural elements. “Instead of paint and paper, we use nature itself,” says Mike, who encourages others to follow suit. “People enjoy time outdoors more intricately

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as they look for small items.” Although fairy houses are trendy now, the Schramers started building their fantasy worlds in 1987. They’ve authored three books to spark the imagination, Fairy House: How to Make Amazing Fairy Furniture, Miniatures, and More from Natural Materials, Fairy Village and F is For Fairy: A Forest Friends Alphabet Primer board book. At 14, Canadian Evan Sharma, of Kingston, Ontario, is already an active entrepreneur—his artwork now appears on sneakers and clothes. He calls his company RBLB for Right Brain/Left Brain, saying, “To be a whole person, you have to use both the creative side and the analytical side of your brain.” His passion for the environment is particularly expressed in a painting he donated to support the Olympic team. Painted at an elevation of 7,000 feet on Sun Peaks, in British Columbia, he finished with snow for authenticity and texture. This year, he spoke on creativity at the 6 Under 16 program, in Montreal. “Eco-art makes an impact on the world,” says John Sabraw, professor of art and chair of painting + drawing at Ohio University, in Athens. “Right now, my paintings are round. People say they see a long view of the planet or what’s seen through a microscope. Every painting evokes a different emotional response from the viewer.” All Sabraw’s paintings use pigments processed out of polluted streams, often mixed with other standard artist colors. Sabraw has helped develop several ways for artists to adopt sustainable practices. See his TedxTalk at He points out that whatever form eco-art takes, its purpose is to show a problem, provoke a response and ask the viewer, “What if…?”

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Gary Griggs on What We Must Do to Save Our Coasts by Randy Kambic


hile Gary Griggs has lived near the coast of California most of his life, visits to the coasts of 46 nations helped shape his latest book, Coasts in Crisis: A Global Challenge. The distinguished professor of Earth sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz, writes on how coral reefs provide shelter, food and breeding grounds for about one-third of the world’s species of marine fish, as well as coastal protection from major weather events. Most coral reefs are now besieged by pollution, overfishing, sedimentation, coastal construction, tourism and global warming. Approximately 3 billion people— nearly half our planet’s total population— live in coastal areas. He cites that hurricanes have caused more U.S. fatalities than any other natural hazard, and the driving forces behind rising sea levels will increase future vulnerabilities unless effective actions are taken now. Griggs, who also wrote Introduction

to California’s Beaches and Coast and Living with the Changing California Coast and cowrote The Edge, today recaps the history and assesses the current status of coasts worldwide. He suggests ways in which current negative trends might be reversed or improved.

How can we better deal with rising sea levels? There are now about 200 million people living within three feet of high tide. Both mitigation and adaptation will be required. We need to do everything possible to cut back on greenhouse gas emissions, but that’s not going to stop rising sea levels anytime soon. We need to start adapting right away. We can elevate structures, but that’s limited. Historically, we’ve used armoring, including seawalls, levees and rock revetments, which work for awhile, but have endpoints. Ultimately, it’s going to take relocation, or what we call “planned retreat”, moving back when the sea nears

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our front yard. The more we reduce or mitigate the emission of greenhouse gases, the less adaptation will be needed to cope with climate change.

Why are coral reefs so vital to the global ecosystem?

In the tropical latitudes, coral reef ecosystems have formed the basic biological, geological, economic and cultural framework of area coastlines and island nations for centuries. Today, fisheries and tourism anchor those economies. Millions of people depend on these local ecosystems for their protein supply. About 50 percent of coral reefs are in poor or fair condition, and most are in decline. Whether from pollution, dredging, filling or overfishing, virtually all of those reefs are under significant threat.

Have researchers seen any overfished species rebound?

A 2013 report by the Natural Resources Defense Council found that about twothirds of U.S. commercial fish species that had been seriously depleted had made significant recoveries—28 of 44 fish stocks, including Atlantic bluefish, flounder and black sea bass—primarily due to better management practices. We now have fisheries restrictions and marine-protected areas in place. To realize some long-term success, we need to limit fisheries in certain areas and for certain species. California’s Monterey Bay Aquarium publishes a Seafood Watch Consumer Guide card specific to regions; it color codes which species are safe to eat and which ones no longer can provide a sus-

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THURSDAY, JULY 19 Essential Oils 101 – Learn the basics of essential oils, including how to choose essential oils; safety

guidelines; how oils can be used therapeutically. Gain a greater understanding of the everyday uses for 11 common essential oils for in the home and on the body. 6:30-8pm. $10. RSVP. Thrive Wellness, 647 Wyoming Ave, Kingston, 570-283-0111.

hurts angers resentment around that are not good for us. During this class we will be acknowledging God’s forgiving love to move through us as we forgive ourselves and others. Noon-2pm. Unity of NEPA, 140 Grant St, Wilkes Barre. 570-824-7722



savethedate YIN YOGA APPROACH TRAINING JULY 20-23 Part of our advanced studies program. Designed to give the current teacher or serious student and in depth guide through the techniques and practices of yin yoga. This course may be taken for CE credits or as an immersion. Sessions will include: yin yoga practice, practice teaching, lecture, sequencing for special conditions and populations, discussion, therapeutic techniques and time for questions and answers. $375. 823-F Ann Street Stroudsburg. 570-664-0956

Aroma Freedom Technique Immersion – The Aroma Freedom Technique? What is that? Learn how AFT can help you find balance and peace with your thoughts and emotions. Noon to 4pm Reiki for Transitions, Moscow. Call for details. 570-5753077 or check us out on Facebook events.

SUNDAY, JULY 22 Practicing Forgiveness – Rev. Diane will be teaching forgiveness techniques and exercises in how to forgive will be emphasized. We know that we carry

Light Therapy Explained - at Lynn›s Healing Zone.  Let Hana educate on the benefits of light therapy and what it can do for YOU (more than you think)!  Experience this NASA-created method for relieving pain and inflammation, encouraging healing, improving skin, and more.  Event is from 1 pm - 2:30 pm.  Receive ten dollars off a session just for attending the class.  Prepayment is requested:  $5.00. 106 Shook Rd, Suite 101, Hawley. 570234-8568 Aerial Yoga 101: The Basics – Learn the fundamentals of this fun, yet challenging practice at a relaxed pace, while building strength and flexibility. Learn joint warm ups before moving into a sequence designed to introduce movement within the aerial hammock. 12:30-2 pm. $25. Boundless Yoga Studio Mt. Pocono 1444 Pocono Blvd #106. 570-664-0956

FRIDAY, JULY 27 Essential Oils Immersion – Get to know the Young Living Lifestyle earn about the power of essential oils. I will be offering demonstration of the Aroma Freedom Technique and a group session for anyone interested in mental freedom and pursuing happiness. 6pm. Reiki for Transitions, Moscow. Call for details. 570-575-3077 or check us out on Facebook events.

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savethedate ANIMAL REIKI CERTIFICATION SEPTEMBER 9 & 16, 2018 Animal lovers, groomers, trainers, vet techs or shelter staff will benefit from learning this practice which can help animals on many levels. Classroom instruction on 9/9 at Springbrook Kennels, Spring Brook Township, includes basic Japanese Reiki techniques, self and human treatment and how to offer Reiki to animals. Practice/experience on 9/16 at a local animal park. Course taught by Brenda Williamson and Beth George, Animal Reiki Practitioners/ Teachers. RSVP by 8/15. $150 includes materials and follow up support. Contact brenda. or call/text 570-575-8078.

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SUMMER MOTHER/FAMILY EVENTS Summer Prenatal Yoga Series – Gentle flow to increase strength and flexibility for expecting and new moms. 6-weeks. 6/20-7/25. $60 or drop-in $18. 10 am

LCEEC KIDS SUMMER CAMPS Eco Explorers Day Camp – Campers will spend time exploring the natural habitats on the 211acre LCEEC property while investigating local ecosystems and the interconnections of all life. $120. Ages 9 to 11. 7/2-7/6, 9am-4pm.

Reiki 2, Certification Program – July 28 ,2018 9:30am-5:00pm. Highlights: Three Reiki Symbols, Japanese Reiki Techniques, Reiki 2 Attunement, hands-on practice time, 179 page Manual if didn’t receive in Reiki 1. Register by 7 /21/18 CEUs. Seven Sacred Flames Reiki® Self-Procedure I – Sept 9, 2018 9:30-4:00 is a High spiritual practice for Self-Realization. Activation/Attunement. Learn Great Central Sun Meditation for State of Pure Consciousness. Manual included. Register by 9/2

Family Yoga Thursday – Adults enjoy time moving their bodies, but also serve as role models for their little ones. 4pm $15 w/rsvp or $18 drop-in. Family Wellness with Essential Oils – Support all of your family’s health & wellness needs with the safest, therapeutic grade oils in the world! July 14th at 2pm American Sign Language – With Instructor Sam Postupack. 6 wks $60 or$12 drop-in. 7/38/1 at 2pm.

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SATURDAY, JULY 28 Working with Crystals – A Full Moon Crystal Workshop. Learn the benefits from relaxation to enhanced connection and serious empowerment of stones energy. Positive intentions and blessings into each one. Participants will receive a free crystal. 11am. $40. Sign up by 7/26. Shooting for the Moon. 6247 Rte 209, Stroudsburg (across form Snydersvillie Diner). 570-992-0943

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 5 Principles of Nutrition - Covers macronutrients, enzymes, antioxidants, phytochemicals, proteins and amino acids. Classes can be taken on an individual basis. CEU’s for Nurses. Learn about food additives and sugar and how to choose healthy foods. Part of Holistic Practitioner Certification or for personal use. Call for more information. 9:30am-5:30pm. $325 per level. Thrive Wellness, 647 Wyoming Ave, Kingston, 570-283-0111

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daily Fitness Bootcamp – A combination of strength training, cardio, and joint mobility exercises. Classes are for all ages and levels of fitness with absolutely no intimidation. $10 or $199 for 3mo unlimited w/ nutritional counseling. First class free. 8:30am and 5:30pm. NutriFitness, 311 Market St., Kingston. 570-288-2409 Ascend Hospice Volunteering – Ascend Hospice is actively recruiting Reiki Practitioners, Certified Massage Therapists and Comfort Volunteers to impact the lives of Hospice patients. 866-821-1212. Volunteer Work on the Farm – Help out on our sustainable farm for learning, outdoor activity, exercise and good clean fun. Every Weekday Available 9-11am or 3-5 pm. Josie Porter Farm, 6514 Cherry Valley Rd. Stroudsburg. Call to schedule 570-992-5731.

sunday Yoga Nidra- Go into progressively deeper and deeper states of relaxation of every point in the body. Allow your body to drop into a sleep like state, while you train your mind to stay awake and focused. Suitable for everyone. No yoga experience needed. 10:30am. Namaste 919, 919 South Main St., Old Forge. 570-451-1001 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. Mat/Tower Group Pilates Class – Authentic and traditional style of Pilates for total body health and increased strength and flexibility. Individual evaluation before joining group required. 10am. Mountain Laurel Pilates, Silk Mill, Rt 6, Hawley. 570-857-1707. Chair Pilates Group Class – Authentic and traditional style of Pilates for physically challenged looking to improve total body health and increase strength and flexibility. Individual evaluation before joining group required. 11am. Mountain Laurel Pilates, Silk Mill, Rt6, Hawley. 570-857-1707.

Hour of Power – 60-minute vigorous All Level Vinyasa Flow class! Come get your sweaty yoga groove on! 6am. Balance Yoga, 900 Rutter Ave, Forty Fort. 570-714-2777. Zen Flow Level 1-2 – Zen classes based on the system of Traditional Chinese Medicine TCM include breathing exercises, meditation, a comprehensive joint warming series, mindfulnessbased strengthening exercises and slow-flow yoga. 5:30pm Boundless Yoga Studio, 823-F Ann Street Stroudsburg. 570-664-095 Metabolic Reboot Workshop - Reboot Your Health. 28-day program includes four evenings of guidance with the goal to reduce inflammation, support healing of the immune system, and to shift your body to a burn fat burning metabolism. Get results for sustainable weight loss. 6pm. $50/5wks. Thrive Wellness, 647 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, 570-283-0111 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. 10am, 11am, or 7:30pm. $12. Three Pure Rivers Studio for the Arts, 18 Rittenhouse Pl. Drums. 570-359-3059. Aerial Yoga - Join us as we move through a practice using the silks. Beginners are welcome. Mats are utilized. If you are registering for more than one person, please call the studio! 7:30pm. Class is limited to 10 participants. Balance Yoga, 900 Rutter Ave, Forty Fort. 570-714-2777.

tuesday Meditation – Offered every Tuesday from 7-8:30pm at private residence my home in Swiftwater. The sessions consist of relaxation techniques and meditation from an Ananda certified instructor. Suggested donation is $5. All are welcome. Call 570-460-0624 for directions and to confirm. ChakradanceTM – Tune and balance your whole body/mind/spirit system using spontaneous dance, guided imagery and music that resonates with each of the seven chakras. Discover a deeper connection to your true authentic self and unravel blocked energy. 6pm. $20. White Lotus Yoga Studio 58 Spring Street, Carbondale 570-281-6279

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GriefShare – A free weekly grief support group and seminar features video from prominent Christian experts on grieving, and caring conversation with people who understand your thoughts and feelings, whether your loss is recent or long ago. 6:30pm. St. John’s Lutheran Church of Mahoning. 570-386-9960. Qigong/Meditation – All welcome, ideal for those new to Qigong or for the long-time practitioner. Ongoing classes allow anyone to attend at anytime and enjoy the benefits of this complete Ancient Chinese Healthcare System. 6:30pm or 7:30pm. $12. Three Pure Rivers Studio for the Arts, 18 Rittenhouse Pl. Drums. 570-359-3059. Deep Stretch – Join us in this 75 minute class designed to calm the mind and find deep release in the body’s muscles. Spending time in postures allows for the body and mind to relax and create space to open up. Class appropriate for all levels of experience. 7:30pm. Balance Yoga, 900 Rutter Ave, Forty Fort. 570-714-2777. 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. 7pm. Balance Yoga, 900 Rutter Ave, Forty Fort. 570-714-2777.

wednesday Hour of Power – 60-minute vigorous All Level Vinyasa Flow class! Come get your sweaty yoga groove on! 6am. Balance Yoga, 900 Rutter Ave, Forty Fort. 570-714-2777. 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 Facilitated Drum Circle – All drums and percussion provided. We use basic beats to create a rhythmic conversation with the goal of relaxation and group entrainment. 5:30-7:30pm. $7. Tunkhannock Area. Call Al Cabral for directions and to reserve a place. 570-410-1830. Qigong/Meditation – All welcome, ideal for those new to Qigong or for the long-time practitioner. Ongoing classes allow anyone to attend at any time and enjoy the benefits of this complete Ancient Chinese Healthcare System. 9:30am or 10:30am. $12. Three Pure Rivers Studio for the Arts, 18 Rittenhouse Pl. Drums. 570-359-3059. Mindful Yoga - Basic/beginner level of yoga. 6pm. $7. Tannersville Physical Therapy & Wellness, 2313 RT 715, Reeders. 570-629-4921 to register Heated Vinyasa – Using fluid and repetitive movement, this class will offer a variety of sun salutations, balance poses, and floor work. A great option if your intention is stress release, opening the body, and quieting the mind. Suitable for All Levels. 90 degrees. 6pm. Balance Yoga, 900 Rutter Ave, Forty Fort. 570-714-2777. Tai Chi – A slow moving martial art, more appropriate, but not restricted to middle age and the elderly, with health benefits including strengthening, improvement of balance and flexibility. All levels. 5:15pm. Asian Institute, 1355 Pocono Blvd, Mt Pocono. 570-839-1898.


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Shaolin Kung Fu – A faster moving martial art which improves leg strength, cardiovascular & aerobic conditioning, stamina & coordination at 5:15pm. Asian Institute, 1355 Pocono Blvd, Mt. Pocono. 570-839-1898. Mat/Tower Group Pilates Class – Authentic and traditional style of Pilates for total body health and increased strength and flexibility. Individual evaluation before joining group required. 5:30pm. Mountain Laurel Pilates, Silk Mill, Rt 6, Hawley. 570-857-1707.

thursday 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.

needed. 4pm. Namaste 919, 919 South Main St., Old Forge. 570-451-1001 Vinyasa Yoga By Donation – This 60 minute Vinyasa Flow class is the perfect opportunity to find a little balance in the middle of your busy day. Beginners are welcome. Class is donation based. Suggested donation $10. Noon. Balance Yoga, 900 Rutter Ave, Forty Fort. 570-714-2777.

saturday Mellow Flow Yoga – Find your bliss and peace in Mellow Flow! This class offers gentle movement/ stretching and brief meditation to calm your mind and lift your spirit. Suitable for All Levels. Great for beginners. 10am. 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

Free Boot Camp Session – A fun and adventurous class provides the ideal atmosphere for motivation and emotional support to help the participants achieve their desired results. For continuous exercise to tone the body and facilitate fat burn for maximum results. Get Motivation and support to make this a lifestyle. 10am. NutriFitness, 311 Market St., Kingston. 570-288-2409

Mixed Level Mat Pilates Group Class – Authentic and traditional style of Pilates for total body health and increased strength and flexibility. Individual evaluation before joining group required. 4:30pm. Mountain Laurel Pilates, Silk Mill, Rt 6, Hawley. 570-857-1707.

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.

Yin Yoga – Come experience Yin Yoga in Thrive’s yoga/meditation space. Suitable for all levels. Targets the ligaments, bones and joints of the hips, pelvis, and lower spine. 6pm. $15. $120/10 classes. Registration required. Thrive Wellness, 647 Wyoming Ave, Kingston, 570-283-0111

Tai Chi – A slow moving martial art, more appropriate, but not restricted to middle age and the elderly, with health benefits including strengthening, improvement of balance and flexibility. All levels. 11:45am. Asian Institute, 1355 Pocono Blvd, Mt Pocono. 570-839-1898.

Yoga – End your work day by treating yourself to the wonderful benefits of breathing synchronized movement. Embrace the serenity with every flowing movement from pose to pose. 7pm with Priya. $10 per class. NutriFitness, 311 Market St., Kingston 570-288-2409 TaiChi – Improve health by raising energy levels, lowering blood pressure, improving balance, enhancing the immune system, and helping to eliminate symptoms of arthritis. Noon. With Geoff Dixon. $10 per class. NutriFitness, 311 Market St., Kingston 570-288-2409 Ashtanga Yoga –A powerful linking of postures and full rhythmic breathing. Deep internal heat purifies the body on a cellular level while enhanced levels of concentration relax the mind and internal energy locks strengthen the nervous system. 6pm-7:30pm. $15. White Lotus Yoga Studio 58 Spring Street, Carbondale 570-281-6279 Restorative Yoga – A combination of meditation, breath work, restorative yoga postures and very gentle movement to calm the mind and body. A perfect refresh any time during the day. Promotes restful sleep and nourishes body/mind/spirit. 7pm. Balance Yoga, 900 Rutter Ave, Forty Fort. 570-714-2777

friday Yochi – A fusion program that combines the ancient forms of mind body wellness: Yoga and Tai Chi to help you develop strength, balance, flexibility, and mobility in a meditative and relaxing environment. This unique 60-minute program is perfect for beginners and all skill levels! No exp

Shaolin Kung Fu – A faster moving martial art which improves leg strength, cardiovascular & aerobic conditioning, stamina & coordination at 11:45am. Asian Institute, 1355 Pocono Blvd, Mt. Pocono. 570-839-1898. Balance Training 101- Ones physical stability is challenged daily. Balance exercises increases strength and can reduce the risk of injury in just a few sessions. Saturdays, 12:00 pm, $10 per class or $35 for 4 classes. NutriFitness, 311 Market St., Kingston. 570-288-2409 Tai Chi Classes – Tai Chi Chuan is often described as “meditation in motion” and there is growing evidence that this mind-body practice has value in supporting optimal mental and physical health. This gentle form of exercise can help build and maintain strength, flexibility, and balance. 10am. $18 or $100/8cl. RSVP. Thrive Wellness, 647 Wyoming Ave, Kingston, 570-283-0111 Contemporary Qi Gong – Focus will be on building energy and balance along with harmonizing energy meridians in the body. A complete system on its own. 11am. $18 or $100/ 8cl. RSVP. Thrive Wellness, 647 Wyoming Ave, Kingston, 570-283-0111 Yoga for Beginners – These classes are designed for the Brand new student. Classes will teach the basics of how to get into the poses and build the stamina necessary for more challenging classes. 8am. Boundless Yoga Studio, 823-F Ann Street Stroudsburg. 570-664-095 Aerial Yoga – This class will cover all the basics you need to know for an Aerial Yoga adventure including hands grips, wraps, information about the fabric and how to set your rig to the correct height for your moves.  11:00-noon. Boundless Yoga Studio, 1444 Pocono Blvd #106, Mt. Pocono. 570-664-095

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

We put the CARE in healthcare. We offer natural therapies to improve your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. Services include microscopic nutritional blood audits, detox methods, relaxation treatments, light therapy, energy healing, workshops & classes. If you don’t take care of your body where are you going to live? Let us help you make your life all that you want it to be. See ad page 37.


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

If you are tired of suffering and wish to explore different options for better health then the Sunrise Nutrition Center is at the top of the list! Advanced technology for nutritional status and toxin overload are blended with the most accurate muscle testing and laboratory work to produce a personalized health plan specific for your body. Not only is the right diet implemented but having the best tests for evaluating your health is crucial! Try this safe, drug-free approach today!


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.


Combining Allopathic (Western) medicine, Oriental medicine and the newest medical technology to offer patients complete and personalized health care. Certified in Physical medicine and rehabilitation, Pain medicine, Independent Medical Examination and Addiction Medicine, Electrodiagnostic Medicine, Medical Acupuncture, Medical Marijuana, Functional and Anti-Aging Medicine. Comprehensive protocols for Lyme Disease, Stem Cell Therapy, Regenerative Medicine and HCG/ Laser Weight Loss. See ad page 2.

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

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

32 Years of combined experience improving energy and health of your colon, liver, gall bladder, lymph system, and immune system. Therapy addresses mood relieving altering inflammation, constipation, digestive distress, fatigue, foggy thinking, skin problems, weight issues, sinus congestion and hormonal distress. Experience optimal wellness with full-spectrum sauna, lymphatic drainage, colon hydrotherapy, better nutrition, Young Living essential oils and more. See ad on page 40.

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

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

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

Let me be your partner in health. Working with individuals for 10+ years and specializing in non-invasive, cuttingedge therapies and testing, as an alternative to or collaborative effort to treat the cause of disease, prevent disease and assist in maintaining wellness and your best self. Therapies include clinical nutrition, vitamin/mineral/nutrient supplementation, herbal medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy and lifestyle therapy. See ad page 18.


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 11.


647 Wyoming Ave, Kingston PA 18704 570-283-0111 Seven levels of course study including Iridology, Chinese Medicine, nutrition, vitamin therapy, herbology, aromatherapy and homeopathy offered through the Washington Institute of Natural Medicine. Successful graduates receive certification through ANHA, WINM, NADP and are board certified Holistic Health Practitioners. Rolling admissions and CEU credits for practitioners available. See ad on page 37.


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

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


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

Classical Pilates studio offering the highest quality private and group sessions to people of all ages and fitness levels. Judy is certified in classical Method of Pilates since 2001 and is passionate about the authentic and traditional style of Pilates. The results are a stronger, more balanced and flexible body with an enhanced mind-body connection. See ad page 13.




Thaxton Holistic Wellness Center 228 S. Main St. Scranton, PA 18504 Mission Yoga 639 Northern Blvd, S Abington Twp, PA 18414 570-780-8400

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

In a Usui and Karuna Reiki session you will receive a full chakra alignment, crystal therapy, aromatherapy, and a higher vibrational frequency tuning with Tibetan singing bowls. During each session, your practitioner is guided by intuition to implement the necessary techniques to remove all energy blocks. Also offering holistic wellness products including CBD infused products. Free CBD wellness and pain relief consultations. See ad page 30.

Do you have pain in your back, neck, shoulder, hip, or feet? Are you suffering after an injury or surgery? Are you unable to move as freely as you’d like? Do you wish you had a more attractive and healthier posture? Give your body and yourself a break. Call to talk about what Rolfing™ Structural Integration can do for you. See ad page 9.


140 S. Grant Street Wilkes Barre pa 18702 570 824 7722 Sunday services and Youth Education. 10 am Unity of NEPA provides our diverse community with practical spiritual teachings of self-empowerment and compassionate living. Unity teaches that each person is a unique expression of God created with sacred worth. Our purpose is to express our divine potential as a realized and demonstrated by Jesus and other master teachers. Living from the awareness transforms our lives and the world. See ad page 22.


Kathy Agate Brown 3200 Hamilton East Road, Stroudsburg 570-992-0943 Kathy Agate Brown has training and certification in both Aromatherapy and Herbology. Her training in Spiritual Counseling allows her to incorporate Intuitive readings in her sessions as well as Clinical Hypnotherapy. Her intent is to bring all beliefs together through education and communication. See ad on page 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. Dr. Anthony received a Master/Teacher attunement on Kurama Mtn. Japan, the birthplace of Reiki. CEU’s for Massage Therapists. Member IARP., ICRT.

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 31.

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Dr. Christopher C. Meister, D.C., L.Ac. Dr. Debora T. Cantel, D.C., L.Ac. 1355 Pocono Blvd, Mt. Pocono, PA 18344 570-839-1898 Dedicated to helping people solve their health concerns using affordable, natural & holistic methods. Our services include:  acupuncture, chiropractic, nutritional counseling, biofeedback,  massage, ashiatsu, Reiki, smoking cessation, kung fu, tai chi & qigong.  Serving the Poconos since 1991. See ad page 6.

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

Balance Yoga and Wellness is committed to celebrating the practice of yoga and cultivating wellness by offering a wide range of group classes, private lessons, and workshops, in a variety of yoga traditions, at convenient times throughout the day in order to accommodate all students of yoga, from novice to advanced, as well as other treatment modalities and high-quality retail items. See ad page 31.

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

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

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

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



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

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Licensed Massage Therapist Needed – Part-time/ Full-time position. Looking to hire an experienced professional, licensed massage therapist to become part of a team of doctors at a busy chiropractic office. Must be professional, friendly, positive, upbeat, outgoing and enthusiastic person who takes pride in providing superior customer service. Preferably with therapeutic, deep tissue and sports massage training. Please fax 570-288-7810 or email or stop by Turosky Natural Healing Centre, 420 Main Street, Edwardsville. Part-time Colon Hydro-therapist Needed – The ideal candidate will be a LPN with knowledge and a passion for holistic healing. Training for Colonics and Lymphatic treatments provided. Experience in massage therapy a plus. Flexible schedule in a Spalike environment. Waverly, PA. Call 570-563-2565. Publish Natural Awakenings Magazine – A career you can be passionate about. Home based business complete with comprehensive training and support system. New franchises are available or purchase an existing franchise. Call 239-530-1377 or visit

Hypnosis Training Course – Classes forming for National Guild of Hypnosis-approved Banyan Hypnosis Certification Super Course with 5-PATH and 7th Path Self-Hypnosis techniques. For more information, call 610-248-2358.


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

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



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