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Edward Hicks, The Peaceable Kingdom (1826)

Newtown Conference Encourages Peace Among Living Creatures


veryone of all ages, vegans and non-vegans alike, are welcome to attend the second annual Peaceable Kingdom Conference, held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., May 12, at Bucks County Community College’s Rollins Center Gallagher Room, in Newtown. The Peaceable Kingdom Conference goals are to respect animals’ emotions and intelligence; to increase our reliance on plant-based foods; to be kind to Earth, its inhabitants and ourselves; and to strengthen the human-animal bond. The featured speakers and exhibitors are prominent Pennsylvanian community leaders in animal welfare, agriculture, rescue, science, spirituality and social justice. Workshops emphasize the conference goals, invite participants to examine their personal relationship with animals and encourage participants to be open to adopting plant-based eating in small ways. Learn how to create a humane backyard, active steps to take to adopt a plant-based diet, how to purchase humane products, and how to support companion and farm animal rescues. Cost: $30 ($20/students) includes vegan lunch catered by CulinArt and donation to the American Anti-Vivisection Society. Location: 275 Swamp Rd., Newtown. Limited seating; pre-registration required. For more information, email or visit

Amaya Victoria Available for One Weekend in Newtown


piritual teacher, channel and healer Amaya Victoria is offering a weekend of healing events from April 20 to 22 at Soulutions for Daily Living, in Newtown. Individual sessions are available from noon to 2 p.m. on April 20, and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 21. Participants can choose between Heartspeak Healing and Personal Channeling sessions, detailed descriptions of which are available on Four workshops are also offered, including TwoHour Group Channeling from 7 to 9 p.m. on April 20, Willow Wind Dreamer Drumming Circle: A Circle for our Ancestors from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on April 21, The Amaya Victoria Fisherman’s Net: A Group Past Life Retrieval from 1 to 3 p.m. on April 22, and Circling the Heavens Guided Meditation from 4 to 5:30 p.m., also on April 22. Amaya Victoria showed “otherworldly” gifts at a very young age, but it wasn’t until her mid-teens that she discovered literature that spoke to those gifts and ushered her into a lifetime journey with spirit. She has been in practice for more than 35 years, learning from many teachers along the way. Cost: Heartspeak Healing $160; Personal Channeling $185; Workshops $40 each, with $10 discount for multiple workshops. Location: 126 N. State St., Newtown. To register (required), call 215-968-9750. For more information, visit (calendar) and See ad, page 23. April 2018



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Fun and Education at Audubon Society’s Earth Day Festival


ucks County Audubon Society (BCAS) at Honey Hollow invites everyone to celebrate nature at their third annual Earth Day Festival, held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 14, at the beautiful and historic Honey Hollow Watershed, in New Hope. The festival is a family-friendly community event designed to connect people of all ages to the natural world and inspire a love for the environment. Participants can learn about local conservation organizations, purchase natural and environmentally friendly products and connect with nature through live animal presentations, bird walks, bug hunts, stream stomps, nature storytime with the Doylestown Library and more. BCAS provides education about the natural world, including birds, wildlife and their habitats. Through a variety of programs, from Pre-School Explorers to Summer Nature Camp to regular Bird Walks, it seeks to inspire everyone to become stewards of the environment. BCAS Executive Director Stacy Carr-Poole encourages, “Earth Day is the perfect time to celebrate the natural world, and this festival is the perfect place. We encourage everyone to come out, get your feet wet, get a little dirty and learn about how you can protect the Earth.” Cost: Free. Location: 2877 Creamery Rd., New Hope. For more information, call Stacy Carr-Poole at 215-297-5880, email or visit

Touch Mother Earth 2018 Celebrates Its Third Year


ouch Mother Earth 2018 is where a learning center and music festival meet. Now in its third year, the gathering continues to inspire and raise awareness about sustainable living, reducing waste and caring for our planet through live music, transformative workshops and lectures, learning activities for kids, ecofriendly and spiritually-minded vendors and services, plus delicious, healthy food. This exciting, zero-waste event takes place on June 1 to 3 on the grounds of Mount Eden Retreat, 183 partially forested acres in the hills of Warren County. Participants can experience life-enhancing, hands-on workshops that include tools for sustainability, along with informative seminars, body movement classes, sound healing, do-it-yourself activities and nutritional advice. This high-vibe gathering ignites spirit through dance, live music and drum circles around the fire. Featured artists include Answer the Muse, Dalien 13 Hands, Sharon Silverstein and the Peace Project, Solar Circuit, Way of the Sacred, Gypsy Funk Squad, The Mystical Kirtan of Mirabai Moon, Wild Moon, Tabitha Booth, Dominick Antonelli, Laurie Cagno and Richie Olivera. The festival runs from Friday, 5 p.m. until Sunday, 8 p.m. Participants are welcome to come for just one day or for the full weekend. Onsite camping and inside lodging are available. Cost: Tickets start at $25, kids under 16 free. Location: 56 Mill Pond Rd., Washington, NJ. Vendor and volunteer opportunities are available. For information, complete list of activities and tickets, visit or contact TouchMotherEarth2018@ See ad, page 19.

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Learn About Accessing Healing Through Access Bars


he International School of Shiatsu will host Jay Clauss, DC, for an Introduction to Access Bars class from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on April 10. This class offers a leadin for Access Bars training classes that Jay Clauss will be offered in June, August and October, each providing eight continuing education hours. The Bars are a series of 32 points on the head that, when lightly touched by a practitioner, help release old feelings, thoughts and emotions that no longer serve the participant—even those stored over multiple lifetimes. Accessing the Bars involves accessing consciousness, and the experience is both calming and nurturing. A holistic chiropractor from Doylestown, Clauss is a Bars and Body Process facilitator who has offered his services in Bucks for 17 years, and worldwide for the past three. Clauss will be assisted by local practitioner Sharon Stratton, known for her energy healing work. The International School of Shiatsu is a center for health and wellness that has been operating since 1977. It offers career training in shiatsu and public workshops in tai chi. Cost: $35. Location: 6055C Kellers Church Rd., Pipersville. For more information, call 215-766-2800 or visit See ad, page 39.




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ngelic reiki healing practitioner Sharon Roache is offering a Reiki I certification class from 1 to 5 p.m. on April 8, and a monthly reiki share from 2 to 3 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month. Healing private and group sessions and long-distance healings by phone are also available. Reiki benefits include stress reduction and relaxation, which triggers the body’s natural healing abilities, improved sleep, a Sharon Roache greater sense of peace and joy, mental and emotional clarity and stability, and a deeper connection to spirit. Healing occurs on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels, and Roache states that her compassionate guides allow her to lovingly soothe and support that healing. Roache is a reiki master teacher with more than 20 years of experience. She is also certified in Integrated Energy Therapy, Pointed Touch and Advanced Healing. Cost: Reiki I/$150; reiki share/donation. See Natural Awakenings calendars for details. Private sessions, $120/60 mins, with an extra charge if traveling to client’s home. Location: Sound Reiki Healing, Pipersville. For more information, call 215-534-1691 or email See ad, page 19.

Find Your Imprint with Tanya Tecce


anya Tecce, a skilled, experienced coach utilizing methods therapists don’t tend to use in their day-to-day practice, is offering her services to those interested in gaining insight into themselves and their stuck relationship dynamics. Tecce leads clients to discover the “fossil”, or “imprint”, in their operating system that is powering beliefs and relationships. “It’s easier to trust yourself and trust your judgment when you don’t second guess yourself,” explains Tecce. “And it’s easier to not second guess yourself when you uncover what mechanisms underlie your entire system and are operating unconsciously.” Tecce helps empaths, entrepreneurs and executives overcome stress, anxiety and overwhelm and find peace without medication. A certified holistic health coach, Tecce graduated with honors in the behavioral sciences and is mastery-level certified in Transformational Neuro-Linguistic Programming, using neuroscience, cutting-edge positive psychology, family constellations, shadow work, quantum theory and spirituality. She’s also an E-RYT500-level yoga instructor. Website visitors can receive a free gift. For more information, call 610-394-0502, email or visit See ad, page 33. April 2018


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Whole Grains Help Us Eat Less DeryaDraws /

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

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

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


Herbs Ease Polycystic Ovary Symptoms

A Harvard study of 325 women undergoing fertility treatments found that those consuming the most produce high in pesticide residues, such as strawberries, spinach and grapes, were 18 percent less likely to become pregnant and 26 percent less likely to have a live birth compared to women eating the least amount of pesticide-laden produce. Study co-author Dr. Jorge Chavarro suggests that women trying to conceive should eat organic produce or low-pesticide choices like avocados, onions and oranges. 12

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Less REM-Stage Sleep Linked to Dementia Risk

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





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Nature Videos Calm Prisoners

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

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Air pollution takes a toll on mental health, University of Washington researchers have concluded. By linking health data for 6,000 people to census tracts, they found that people living in areas with the highest levels of airborne fine particulate matter scored 17 percent higher in measures of psychological distress, including sadness, nervousness and hopelessness. The higher the level of particulates—emitted by car engines, fireplaces and fossil fuel power plants—the greater the impact.


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Clear Gain

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

Distributed Power Energy Users Control Own Supplies

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


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


Tropical Forests Releasing Excess Carbon

Window-Like Solar Cells Could Power 40 Percent of U.S. Needs

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France Welcomes Beleaguered Climate Researchers

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

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Transforming Plastics

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Mobile Trashpresso Turns Trash into Tiles

Chinese Chokepoint U.S. Waste Paper Turned Away

Companies that recycle cardboard boxes were overwhelmed after recordbreaking holiday shopping online. The U.S. Postal Service estimated it delivered 10 percent more packages in 2017 than the year before. Amazon, the leader in online shopping, said it shipped more than 5 billion items for Prime members in 2017. All of this cardboard is a huge recycling challenge. Americans routinely toss food waste and other garbage into their recycling carts, and China, the country that receives the bulk of these contaminated recyclables, says it has had enough. China, by far the world’s biggest importer and processor of recyclables, has put the U.S. on notice that it will begin turning away all but the most pristine used plastics and unsorted waste paper by this fall and early next year. The pronouncement has alarmed U.S. government and industry officials, especially on the West Coast, that face the challenge of either cleaning up the vast, neverending stream of recyclables to meet China’s strict standards or finding other places to dump the messy items—perhaps in landfills. The uncertainty caused by China’s looming ban is beginning to slow down the entire West Coast system for sorting and shipping off recyclables. In Hong Kong, which ships its waste paper and cardboard to the Chinese mainland, mounds of the materials already are piling up at docks and in cargo ships being kept at sea.

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

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Guided And Empowered Sue Greenwald Follows Her Expo Dreams by Mandy Francis


ue Greenwald has always been passionate about new ideas, healthy lifestyles and spiritual development, “walking the talk” by teaching yoga for 17 years and becoming a certified holistic health counselor, energy healer and ordained minister. She even operated a wellness center that offered yoga, dance, healing energy treatments, massage and a variety of spiritual and self-development classes. The Empowered Light Holistic Expo started as an idea that grew and wouldn’t leave. Regularly pulling together gatherings, such as writers groups, networking groups and classes of various types, Greenwald began to imagine how she’d operate an expo as well as other larger events. “I love the dynamic that comes from working with like-minded people,” she explains, “but my first reaction to these wonderings was, ‘No way! You don’t know anything about expos, and where would you find the time?’” Greenwald listened to the negative voice for six months. During that time her expo ideas grew into a mild obsession, and she realized that this wasn’t just a crazy idea—it was a dream she needed to pursue.

Knowing that the best way to manifest something is to visualize it, Greenwald created a vision of the successful expo she wanted and then took the risk of renting an enormous space at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, in Oaks, Pennsylvania, just outside of Philadelphia—big enough to hold the expo she held in her mind. She contacted a variety of holistic practitioners and vendors, beginning with the large number of contacts she had from her wellness center. Greenwald learned everything by doing it. “I have a saying,” she shares. “Make a decision, then make it right.” She worked night and day, her efforts culminating in the first Empowered Light Holistic Expo in October 2016. A true manifestation of her vision, it was a collaboration of expert speakers and vendors, promoting healthy lifestyles by offering healing products, services, inspiration and information. Now in its third year, the expo is held the last weekend of April and September in Oaks. The next expo will be held April 27 to 29. Each expo offers over 50 inspiring talks in four different rooms, with last

October’s expo hosting several international speakers. The vendor floor promotes more than 100 holistic vendors. Psychic and intuitive readings are available, as well as healthy food samples. “Everyone needs something different, so the expo offers a large variety. Sometimes people need a contact, or a like-minded friend, and it’s easy to make great connections at the expo,” Greenwald offers. Response to the expo has been so positive that Greenwald is starting a similar expo in Nashville, Tennessee, this October. “I found that I was being called to move away from my wellness center and work exclusively on the expos and other events. They are my passion all day, every day, and I never tire of it,” she enthuses. Empowered Light has recently added spiritual, light-adventure retreats called Empowering Journeys to their list of events, visiting Mexico in February of 2019 for a light-adventure tour. Also being created are events called Raise Your Vibe, which focus more on workshops with a concentrated theme. Greenwald offers, “I have big plans for the expo and am trying to ensure that it has a solid foundation before it grows again. I want to make the expo an international success, where people can come for the connection and inspiration that they need. I want to make a really big impact on the world, in my own way.” Cost: $5-$20 admission, which includes most talks and workshops. Location: 100 Station Ave., Halls D and E, Oaks. For tickets and more information, visit See ad, page 3.


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igh school is exciting, but it can be overwhelming. With an increased workload, challenging academics and an abundance of extracurricular activities, it’s easy to become stressed and caught up in the hustle and bustle of it all. While it may be difficult to find a few hours to relax, it’s easy to take a few minutes to re-align yourself through simple meditations. Deep breathing, visualization, mantras and other techniques offer opportunities to focus inward and disconnect from all our present worries and obligations. Many teens may hear the term “meditation” and assume that it is something boring or something difficult, but it is neither. Anyone can meditate—the secret is trying different forms to find what’s right for you. When I first started, I listened to short, guided meditations online that walk you into a state of calm. At first it took a lot of concentration to clear my mind, but with practice it seemed easier to quiet my thoughts and relax in the silence. Once I started meditating on a regular basis, I no longer needed an audio recording to help me relax—it just came naturally. The benefits of meditation seem to be endless. I have found it especially helpful to put myself in a positive mindset for the day, to calm down before exams and to listen to my own intuition. It has also allowed me to reflect on each day and recognize all the hidden blessings in my daily routine. I no longer seek validation from other people, as I have become more confident in who I am. Finding the right group of friends used to seem like a daunting task, but now I am more at ease in navigating the diversity of high school friendships. Hannah Adamson is a junior at high school. She practices meditation and participates in ThetaHealing courses.


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amantha Ahdoot’s son Isaac was 9 years old when he collapsed from the heat while playing clarinet at band camp. It had been a record-hot summer following a mild winter and early spring, and Dr. Ahdoot, an Alexandria, Virginia, pediatrician, had already noticed a string of unusual cases: A toddler had contracted Lyme disease in the once tick-free region of Northern Maine. A teenager had suffered an asthma attack in February, a full month before she usually started taking allergy medicine. A displaced grade-schooler from out of town arrived traumatized after fleeing a hurricane-ravaged home with her family. But it wasn’t until she saw her son laying on a gurney in the emergency room with an IV in his arm that she fully connected the dots. 18

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

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

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

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


Eat less red meat: Producing

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


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Wakefield, Rhode Island. “Now each of us sees 40 to 50 new cases each season.”

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Rising heat can also aggravate lung conditions because it promotes the production of ozone, a major lung irritant. With prolonged heat often come wildfires. When one burned for three months in North Carolina in a recent summer, researchers discovered that residents of counties affected by the smoke plume showed a 50 percent increase in emergency trips due to respiratory illness. Like Isaac, more kids are ending up in hospitals due to soaring temperatures, with U.S. emergency room visits for heat illnesses up by 133 percent between 1997 and 2006. Ahdoot recalls a young football player from Arkansas that showed signs of weakness and fatigue during practice, but wasn’t treated right away. He ended 20

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


Plant more trees: As they grow, trees remove carbon dioxide from the air. Being around green space has also been shown to boost mental and cognitive health.


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

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

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

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

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 Eliminates toxic side effects: Conventional pharmaceuticals come with a long list of possible side effects. Where one symptom is treated, another—whether mild or life-threatening—may emerge. The homeopathic approach eliminates these medication side-effects and the result is curative rather than suppressive.

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olistic veterinary medicine encompasses many modalities, including Western herbal medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)—which includes acupuncture and herbal medicine—nutritional therapy, chiropractic, and homeopathy. These methods are not new in treating disease; in some cases they have been used for centuries. In the United States, homeopathy is experiencing a resurgence of interest after many years. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, there were 22 colleges of homeopathy in the United States and more than 15,000 practitioners. A statue of Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy, was erected in 1900 in Washington, DC, by grateful patients due to the success of homeopathy in treating epidemic disease. Veterinary homeopathy offers a gentle approach to wellness throughout the lifetime of each pet.

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 Produces longer-lasting results with a decreasing number of treatments needed: Homeopathy often uses infrequent treatments to achieve favorable outcomes that are sustained for months or years.

that homeopathy uses minimum doses of medicines that are similar to the disease/ symptoms shown by a patient in order to stimulate the body’s natural healing capacities. Three central tenets of classical homeopathy include using the lowest possible dose of a medicine needed to stimulate a cure, matching the properties of a medication to the symptoms of disease and using only one carefully chosen medication at a time in order to properly evaluate the results.

Benefits of Homeopathic Care for Your Pets Homeopathy can help almost every pet, and we can especially see the dramatic life improvements it can create in young dogs and cats. Veterinarians see increasing numbers of young pets with early chronic disease issues such as allergies, digestive abnormalities and orthopedic problems. Conventional medicine can accomplish dramatic results in emergency situations, but success rates with chronic disease are low. We are accustomed to regarding suppression of symptoms (such as the use of targeted immunosuppressants for allergies and inflammatory bowel disease) as the best outcome we can expect. Homeopathy offers better options for many patients suffering from these types of disease. Veterinary homeopathy offers numerous benefits to the patient and the pet parent.

 Reduces healthcare costs over the life of the pet: Especially when treating a chronic condition—such as hip dysplasia and joint problems, respiratory and urinary disease, or gastrointestinal issues— conventional treatment is usually ongoing management of the chronic condition. A homeopathic approach is designed so that the body is naturally able to address the underlying cause of the symptoms so that continuous medication administration— and the costs associated with long-term care—is not necessary. Homeopathy is an effective modality for helping our animal friends. The most dramatic and rapid results are usually seen in young animals that have not been on conventional medications. Common diseases treated include inflammatory bowel disease, food allergies, hormone imbalances, skin disease, orthopedic injuries, urinary tract recurrent inflammation and stones, and many forms of cancer in which conventional therapy is not an option. When healing happens through homeopathy, we know that the patient is the true agent of change; homeopathy is simply an aid. Dr. Laura Weis, whose practice is limited to homeopathy and nutrition, owns and operates Doylestown Veterinary Hospital & Holistic Pet Care, and Holiday House Pet Resort & Training Center, in Doylestown, with her husband, Dr. Ransome Weis. Call 215-345-6000 to request an appointment. See ads, pages 27 and 29. April 2018


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

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


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

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

affected body part is touched, bumped or moved about, which may spur aggressive behavior, so show tender care and respect. Relief typically comes when the pet rests the affected part.

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

Kali carbonicum

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

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

Ruta graveolens

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

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The Trump Administration’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget again calls on Congress to lift long-standing prohibitions on the destruction and slaughter of wild horses and burros. The budget seeks to cut approximately $14 million of the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse and Burro Program by selling as many as 90,000 federally protected American mustangs for slaughter to avoid management costs and supply foreign markets with horsemeat. So far, citizens have held the line in favor of America’s iconic equine heritage. As Congress discusses appropriations for 2019, we must continue to press our senators and representatives to stand with the 80 percent of Americans that demand protection for these animals. Make your voice heard today via the online form at SaveWildHorsesNow.

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Nature’s Remedies How Animals Self-Medicate by Sandra Murphy

Every species embodies a solution to some environmental challenge, and some of these solutions are breathtaking in their elegance. ~Linda Bender, Animal Wisdom: Learning from the Spiritual Lives of Animals


rom birds and elephants to dolphins, animals, whether by instinct or learned behavior, have discovered ways to cope with parasites, pests, aches and pains. This science of self-medication is called zoopharmacognosy (zoo for animal, pharma for drug and cognosy for knowing). At home, a dog or cat that eats grass is practicing it to eliminate parasites or hairballs. Donald Brightsmith, Ph.D., of Texas A&M University, directs the Tambopata Macaw Project in the lowlands of southeastern Peru, studying the many macaws and other parrots that gather clay to eat as a supplement. First thought to help remove toxins from their bodies, clay adds needed sodium to their diet, researchers now believe.

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A pregnant elephant in Kenya’s Tsavo Park was observed by ecologist Holly Dublin, Ph.D., to travel miles to find a tree not normally eaten. Four days later, the elephant gave birth. Dublin discovered that Kenyan women make a drink from the same leaves and bark to induce labor. While studying Bornean orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) in the Sabangau peat swamp forest in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia, primatologist Helen MorroghBernard, Ph.D., of the University of Exeter, UK, observed an orangutan chew the leaves of a plant that were not part of its usual diet until it formed a lather. The orangutan spit out the leaves and used the lather much like humans apply a topical pain reliever.

We feel the answers for the future will be found in the past, not in chemical factories. ~Ira Pastor While animals have been known to eat certain plants when ill, hers may be the first sighting of an animal creating a salve. Nearby villagers grind the leaves to make a balm for sore muscles and inflammation. Morrogh-Bernard believes humans learned this topical application from apes and passed it down through the generations. In the Red Sea, bottlenose dolphins rub against bush-like gorgonian corals covered by an outer layer of antimicrobial mucus that may protect them from infection, according to dolphin researcher Angela Ziltener, of the University of Zürich, Switzerland. “It’s amazing how much we’ve learned, but forgotten,” says Ira Pastor, CEO at Bioquark Inc., in Philadelphia, a life sciences company developing biologic products to regenerate and repair human organs and tissues. “We live with other organisms which from a health and wellness perspective are much further advanced than humans. No other species tries to cure with any single solution. Nature employs multiple options. We’re not appropriately imitating nature yet. We need to do more.” Cindy Engel, Ph.D., of Suffolk, England, author of Wild Health: Lessons in Natural Wellness from the Animal Kingdom, says, “Animals

rely on plants to provide them with the essentials of life, making their health intimately dependent on plant chemistry to provide everything they need to grow, repair damage and reproduce.” She continues, “Wild animals carry diseases that affect livestock and humans. It’s sensible to explore why they’re successful in fending off the worst effects in order to find ways to improve our own health, instead of just trying to eradicate the disease. We can learn from behavioral self-help strategies animals employ.” Accomplishing this is more difficult than ever, she believes, because today’s severely shrinking habitat makes it hard to find truly wild animals and plants. “Over the last 100 years, we’ve done a horrible disservice to all life by destroying habitat and exploring only a small percentage of what nature has to offer,” agrees Pastor. “As patents expire, pharma has to change. It’s important to develop botanicals. We’re advised to vary our diet and exercise, yet take the same dose of the same pill daily. We’ve studied dead organisms under microscopes, but living organisms, even as small as microbes, can communicate helpful positive reactions.” Western medicine has strayed from what nature offers to keep us healthy. Now is the time to take care of both the planet and all living beings on it. “We’ve discarded thousands of years of evidence,” says Pastor. “We cannot destroy the bounty of possibilities.” Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelance

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ather than routinely giving drugs to dogs and cats to relieve dry, itchy, skin or food allergies, consider more gentle natural alternatives. As with people, knowing what an animal is allergic to is key to finding the right remedy and preventing future outbreaks. With dogs, about 20 percent of itching and scratching can be attributed to food ingredients. Symptoms can show up as early as 5 months or as late as 12 years old, often combined with inhalant or contact allergies. Chronic ear infections are often traced to food allergies. “If a pet is suffering mightily, see your veterinarian for shots or pills for immediate relief. Then ask the vet to allergy test for the specific problem,” advises Veterinarian Laurie Dohmen, owner of Purple Moon Herbs and Studies, in Hartly, Delaware. “This isn’t something you can do yourself. I’ve seen pet owners use what worked for a friend’s dog and make their own pets sicker, despite research and good intentions. What works for one pet won’t necessarily work for another.” While food elimination testing works, it’s a long process that must be done with precision. “If your pet even just nibbles


the eliminated food, you have to start all over again,” says Dohmen. Whether commercially prepared or home cooked, the number of ingredients can substantially extend a test period. Each item must be completely avoided for about six weeks for an accurate assessment. Environmental allergies, which encompass everything unrelated to food, range from common grasses to inhaled pollutants. New carpets or rugs, cleaning supplies, a neighbor’s pesticides, dust and pollen are among the culprits that can cause an allergic reaction. Common symptoms are itchy ears or skin, ear infections, sneezing, runny eyes, scratching, vomiting or diarrhea. Veterinarian Judy Morgan, owner of Naturally Healthy Pets, in Clayton, New Jersey, also uses herbs in her practice to alleviate food and environmental allergy symptoms. “They can be tinctures or poultices; one herb or a blended mixture. Some are applied externally, some internally.” Giving the proper dosage for the size of the pet is vital. She particularly likes calendula for hot spots, despite its odor, because it’s antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral, followed

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She suggests rosemary and thyme as ingredients in an antibacterial, antifungal salve; she mixes these essential oils with extra virgin coconut oil and beeswax to create paw balm. Morgan reminds us that essential oils can be harmful, even life-threatening, for cats. “If Kitty has itchy skin, lavender tea can be used as a rinse on cooperative cats,” she suggests. “For a less cooperative feline, chamomile tea as a drink or as leaves mixed into the food soothes itches.” Dohmen cautions, “Herbs and other homeopathic remedies or flower essences are medicine and should be given as a prescription by a qualified veterinarian.” Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@

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by witch hazel to dry them, and then coconut oil or aloe to soothe and soften affected skin—plus Echinacea to boost the immune system. She uses ginger or peppermint to counteract nausea. “Many people think an allergic pet should be switched to a lamb and rice diet. In some cases, that makes dry, itchy, skin worse,” she says. “That’s why it’s important to know what they are allergic to before trying out new foods or herbal remedies. Find a holistic vet to work with.” Morgan often prescribes a mixture of herbs for the best results. “I like licorice because it works like a steroid without the side effects. Probiotics help keep gut bacteria and the immune system healthy. Parsley works well for dry, itchy, skin caused by a blood deficiency, or imbalance. “Parsley brings a protein, as well as several vitamins, to the party,” notes Kimberly Gauthier, a dog nutrition blogger in Marysville, Washington. “It’s a natural antiinflammatory and also great if your dog’s breath needs a freshness boost.”

Regular Grooming Reduces Exposure to Toxins by Laura Weis


nvironmental pollutants both outside and inside our homes have greatly increased the toxins we and our pets are exposed to every day. Our pets are sentinels of chemical hazards to human health. As they walk through urban neighborhoods with industrial activity, and are exposed to numerous household and garden chemicals, our pets accumulate toxins on and in their bodies, often at levels that far exceed those found in humans. Skin is the biggest organ on any living creature and absorbs these toxins as they sit for long periods of time. Regular bathing and grooming is one way to mitigate and minimize the chemical burden your pet faces. Bathing at least monthly is ideal for most pets, with longer-coated animals and those living in heavily polluted environments requiring more frequent baths. A sugar-based cleansing formula is optimal since it cleans the skin and coat without stripping away natural oils and keeps the pH balance neutral. Using pure, nofragrance, gentle shampoos, a professional groomer can help pets by doing far more than just removing dirt, debris and excessive hair. Washing removes many of the toxins trapped in the coat and on the skin, reducing a pet’s exposure to chemicals that cause cancer, neurological impairment and disruption of normal endocrine functioning. Regular grooming can also help reduce itching a pet may experience and reduces allergies in people by removing dead skin and hair. A knowledgeable groomer will get to know each pet and can help alert owners to the presence of new skin abnormalities or growths. Any concern pointed out by a vigilant groomer should be brought to the attention of a veterinarian. While a concern is not always serious, in general, small malignant skin

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f you live or have lived in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut or anywhere in the northeast, you are at risk for tick-borne illness. If you feel fatigue, migrating joint or muscle pain, have memory problems, confusion or difficulty sleeping, you may have tick-borne illness. If you are not eating lots of fruits and vegetables, exercising regularly and managing your physical or mental stress, you are at risk for tick-borne illness. Lyme disease is an epidemic in our area that is spread by ticks. It is carried by not only deer, but also field mice, birds and other rodents. These ticks move from species to species and share their blood, picking up whatever that animal is carrying. Therefore “Lyme disease” is often multiple diseases in one. These additional infections are called co-infections and they affect people with the same symptoms as classic Lyme disease. They are generally not tested for when someone complains to their doctor of Lyme symptoms. In addition, the tests for Borrelia burgdorferi (Lyme disease) are not very accurate. They depend on a person’s response to the infection. If their immune response is poor, they will test negative. If they have a co-infection and not Lyme, they will test negative. If their doctor only uses the CDC criteria to diagnose Lyme, they may be told it is not Lyme disease. The symptoms of tick-borne illness look like lots of other conditions. The symptoms consist of fatigue, depression, irritability, migrating and stationary joint pain, diffuse muscle pain, neck and back pain, headaches, irritable bowel symptoms, difficulty sleeping, shortness of breath,

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exercise intolerance, rashes, tingling or shooting nerve pain and brain fog. All of these complaints could be related to many other conditions. Patients are often sent on a wild goose chase and are labeled with other diagnoses when they test negative for Lyme, thus delaying treatment and making their condition potentially more difficult to treat. Once a patient is given a diagnosis of tick-borne illness either by a positive test or constellation of symptoms and exposure, the treatments vary. Often they get a short course of an antibiotic (doxycycline), which sometimes is insufficient treatment, and symptoms return. Patients treated by a Lyme-literate doctor (LLMD) can get multiple antibiotics as well as antimicrobial herbs. Equally important is to treat the person’s underlying body ecosystem. Supporting their immune system, correcting dietary weaknesses like gluten or dairy sensitivities and generally reducing their level of inflammation help people get well. Improving sleep hygiene and supporting adrenal health can help with fatigue. Finding vitamin, mineral and other nutrient insufficiencies and restoring healthy levels also support the path to health. Heidi L. Wittels, M.D., is a physician at Montgomery Integrative Health Group, in Wyndmoor, and specializes in Lyme disease and mold. She is boardcertified in integrative medicine and functional medicine. For more information, call 215-233-6226 or visit See ad, page 2.

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anya Tecce helps empaths, entrepreneurs and executives overcome stress and anxiety and find peace without the use of medication. “I help my clients discover their center and remember their passion, using methods that most counselors don’t use in their day-to-day practice,” says Tecce. Steeped in education, Tecce holds undergraduate degrees in math, psychology and sociology and is an experienced, registered yoga instructor and certified holistic health coach. Her latest certification is in mastery level transformational neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), an advanced coaching method that informs her approach. Transformational NLP—a New Psychology is inspired by the works of Carl Buchheit, PhD; Jonathan Rice, who brought psychotherapy to NLP; cognitive scientist and linguist Noam Chomsky;

David Bohm, a physicist and student of quantum mechanics; Bert Hellinger, a German psychotherapist best known for developing the Family and Systemic Constellations theories; and the philosophy of metaphysics observed by Aldous Huxley. “With Transformational NLP, we’ll get in touch with your unconscious and update what’s preventing you from having the experience of life you wish to be having,” shares Tecce. “It works via your neurology— reshaping mind, body, soul and experience, all the way down to your DNA—so you can behave differently without having to remember to behave differently.” Tecce’s LinkedIn blog reflects the diverse sources informing her practice. Her “Four Keys to Peace” post highlights wisdom from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. “Empath Overload” offers practical advice to highly sensitive people wanting to gain mastery of their energy and boundaries.

Despite the range of perspectives Tecce incorporates into her practice, the goal, she says, is focused. “We find out: What is your peace? What is balanced for you? Then we anchor that as your center, a place where you reside most, rather than being something you taste only from time to time. Feeling great, in the flow and like ‘I totally got this’ gets to be your new normal; falling out becomes the exception; navigating back to balanced becomes your specialty.” For more information, call 610-394-0502, email or visit for an amazing free gift. See listing, page 51.


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movement is afoot to get kids grounded in nature. Wilderness awareness programs, also known as primitive skills or Earth-based education, teach life-changing survival skills that build courage, compassion and camaraderie. “We help youth experience a true aliveness in nature. Kids gain knowledge of the outdoors and increase awareness, confidence and self-reliance, while having fun, positive experiences,” says Dave Scott, founder of the Earth Native Wilderness School (, in Bastrop, Texas. They often go on to enthusiastically share what they’ve learned about natural flora and fauna with their families.

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Youth engaged with organizations like this one enjoy gaining nature-oriented survival skills, such as making bows, baskets, shelters and fire. “By making a bow out of a particular type of tree, children discover what type of habitat the tree prefers and how to harvest it sustainably. Indigenous skills like animal tracking also help them relate to wildlife and develop empathy for animals,” says Scott. 34

“When you learn to trust rather than fear nature, you’re more likely to take care of it,” adds Rick Berry, founder of 4 Elements Earth Education (, a Nevada City, California, nonprofit that helps kids and adults connect with planet Earth via immersion in nature. Leaving room for spontaneity and improvisation is important. While infusing indigenous knowledge into their curriculum, wilderness programs emphasize universal principles such as deep understanding of local environments and life’s interconnectedness. “Fire making is for everybody. Shelter making is for everybody. We are all caretakers of the land,” says Berry. Physical and other challenges, such as walking blindfolded through the woods, heighten sensory perception while building confidence. “The landscape is a great teacher with its uneven ground and obstacles, posing an opportunity to learn agility, practice balance and ultimately, expand awareness,” says Simon Abramson, associate director of Wild Earth (, in High Falls, New York.   Nature-immersion programs like Wild Earth’s further help kids sharpen their

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observation skills through activities like learning to identify birdsongs and trees. During a popular activity called “sit spot”, children learn to sit quietly, listen and observe from a specific location they may revisit over the course of a day or year to witness nature’s varied beauty. Another time, they may try “foxwalking”, creeping silently and slowly, or test their “owl vision”, using peripheral vision. For younger kids, instructors may incorporate such skills into a game like “coyote or rabbit,” where by staying still, they can avoid detection by a predator. Kids learn to listen both to nature and their own inner voice, which can be challenging in the midst of dominating peers and authority figures. “We build on the tradition of vision quest, in taking time to get quiet in nature and hear what the heart is saying,” says Berry. Activities may be patterned after natural cycles of the seasons, the four directions and diurnal rhythms. On a bright morning, emphasis is on high-energy, outward-facing activities; day’s end brings a pause to reflect, glean and share what participants have made and learned.

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Mother Nature’s lessons can be hardearned, but the outdoor trials that kids experience are often their most honored and memorable moments. Whether youths try out a wilderness program for a season or stay on for years, Earth-based learning can have an enduring impact. They help foster healthy relationships not only with the Earth, but with other people, according to Samuel Bowman, a program coordinator with the Wilderness Awareness School (Wilderness, in Duvall, Washington. Team-driven activities like building a communal shelter can help kids learn how to work through conflict, listen to others and appreciate differences. “The kids that have come through our programs prove to be creative problemsolvers prepared to handle just about anything. They have focus and commitment, and tend to be service oriented,” observes Abramson, noting that 60 percent of their instructors are alumni.

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Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature ( is an inspirational publication for teachers, mentors and parents based on ancient worldwide cultural wisdom, including mythic animal stories, nature-based ceremonies and survival tools. The Tracker School (, founded by wilderness expert Tom Brown in 1978, offers 75 classes on wilderness survival skills and a list of tracker clubs and affiliates across North America and beyond. Tom Brown’s Field Guide to Nature and Survival for Children is another respected resource. Children & Nature Network (ChildrenAnd connects children, families and communities with nature through evidence-based resources and tools, broad-based collaboration and grassroots leadership. This international initiative was co-founded by Richard Louv, renowned author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder. Earth Skills Alliance (EarthSkills is a collective of youth program leaders dedicated to Earth skills instruction. Its annual conference and other platforms share best practices and experiences.

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elanie Monteith, of San Diego, California, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 24 and plagued by symptoms for 14 years. Simple daily tasks became challenging. She relied on walking aids and walls to keep from falling. Eventually, she quit her job. Every day tested her survival skills. Then, in late 2017, Monteith tried grounding and it changed her life. Grounding, also called Earthing, refers to the discovery of major health benefits from sustained contact with the Earth’s natural and subtle electric charge. Recent research published in the Journal of Inflammation, Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal, Neonatology and Health indicates that grounding stabilizes the physiology in many ways, drains the body of inflammation, pain and stress, and generates greater well-being.   Grounding can be as simple as going barefoot in nature, including the backyard, for 30 to 60 minutes once or twice a day on surfaces like grass, soil, gravel, stone and

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sand. If this isn’t practical, special grounding mats and pads are available online for convenient indoor use while sitting or sleeping; people with compromised health often benefit from more time being grounded. The activity restores a primordial electric connection with the Earth that has been lost with modern lifestyles. We wear shoes with insulating, synthetic soles and live and work elevated above the ground. These overlooked lifestyle factors may contribute to increasing global rates of chronic illnesses. Grounding revitalizes us, akin to charging a weak battery, because our bodies operate electrically and our movements and thoughts are based on electrical signals. We are bioelectric beings. Eighteen years of grounding research in a variety of indoor settings, plus grassroots feedback from around the world, clearly show that our bodies operate more effectively when grounded. We sleep better, have less pain, more energy and even look better. Here are some of the documented benefits.

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

Enhanced blood flow Thick, sludgy blood is a common feature of diabetes and cardiovascular disorders. Several grounding studies have demonstrated a significant decrease in blood viscosity and enhanced blood flow. “Grounding represents a potent circulation booster; a simple, yet profound preventive and therapeutic strategy,” says integrative cardiologist Dr. Stephen T. Sinatra, of Manchester, Connecticut, co-author of the book Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever!

Decreased stress Tracy Latz, a medical doctor and integrative psychiatrist in Mooresville, North Carolina, has found, “Patients with anxiety issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder and depression, often benefit from grounding.”

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

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hree years ago, the New York Times added a new word to the world’s food vocabulary: Climatarian (n.) A diet whose primary goal is to reverse climate change. This includes eating locally produced food (to reduce energy spent in transportation), choosing pork and poultry instead of beef and lamb (to limit gas emissions), and using every part of ingredients (apple cores, cheese rinds, etc.) to limit food waste. Changing our food choices to support this model can have a ripple effect. Researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in a 2017 study published in the journal Climatic Change, looked at how diets impact personal health, the healthcare system and climate. They found that adopting a more plant-based diet reduces the relative risk of coronary heart disease, colorectal cancer and Type 2 diabetes by 20 to 40 percent. National annual health care costs could drop from $93 billion to $77 billion. Direct greenhouse gas emissions could annually drop 489 to 1,821 pounds per person. Such an approach involves considering the related water usage, greenhouse

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gas emissions and carbon footprint—the energy required to cultivate, harvest and transport food—plus processing associated food waste. Here are some top choices.

Foods that Go Easy on Water

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

Foods that Go Easy on Greenhouse Gases

Plants beat meat. “Livestock farming produces from 20 to 50 percent of all manmade greenhouse gas emissions,” says nutritionist and climate activist Jane Richards, of GreenEatz, in Mountain View, California. “You can reduce your footprint by a quarter by cutting down on red meats such as beef and lamb.” An exception is the vegetarian staple of rice. According to researchers at Project Drawdown, a climate solutions organization in Sausalito, California, rice cultivation is responsible for at least 10 percent of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and up to 19 percent of global methane emissions. New farming techniques, like mid-season draining of the rice paddies, could cut methane emissions by at least 35 percent. Richards notes, “Meat, cheese and eggs have the highest carbon footprint; fruit, vegetables, beans and nuts, much lower. The carbon footprint of a vegetarian diet is about half that of a meat-lover’s diet.”

Root crops such as carrots, radishes, potatoes and beets have a lower carbon footprint than above-ground plants due to less food waste. A beautiful beet is easier to grow than a bell pepper that blemishes more easily. Seasonal, regional fruit, vegetables, herbs and honey have a lighter carbon impact because they are transported shorter distances. Usually what grows best in a region and is consumed locally is also best for the climate. Foods naturally suited to their environment grow and taste better, and are packed with more nutrients, reports Sustainable Table, an educational nonprofit that builds healthy communities through sustainable eating habits (

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New agricultural developments can also benefit our climate environment. According to Project Drawdown research, perennial grains and cereals could be pivotal in reaching soil, carbon and energy targets.

The Land Institute, in Salina, Kansas, has been working with the Rodale Institute, in Berks County, Pennsylvania, to develop a perennial wheat that would not have to be planted from seed each year. This would save soil, carbon and both human and machine energy. Kernza, a new perennial grain proven to prosper in natural grasslands like the Great Plains, is not yet widely distributed. Maria Speck, author of Simply Ancient Grains, advises, “With up to 15-foot-long roots, it can be harvested for five years and uses less fertilizer than conventional wheat. Kernza tastes almost like a cross between rice and wheat—sweet, grassy, mesmerizing.” Michael Pollan, author of Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual and creator of the film Food, Inc., suggests we keep it simple: “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.” Climatarians would add another guideline—eat as locally as possible. Judith Fertig writes cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

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Caterpillars Offer Clues to Plastic Cleanup

Waxworms, a type of caterpillar, are vexing to beekeepers because they devour the wax that bees use to build honeycombs. It turns out that they can do the same to plastic. Ongoing worldwide research reveals several types of bacteria found in waxworms that digest some kinds of plastic at rates that vary from weeks to months. Scientist Federica Bertocchini, at the Spanish National Research Council, mashed up a quantity of the greater wax moth and applied the paste to polyethylene. After half a day, about 13 percent of the plastic had disappeared. She collaborated with biochemists at the University of Cambridge to analyze this chemical decomposition of the plastic. They discovered that some of the substance is converted into ethylene glycol, a sign that it was genuinely being degraded. The carbon-to-carbon bonds found in polyethylene are also present in the wax that the caterpillars eat. Susan Selke, director of the Michigan State University School of Packaging, remarks, “The hunt for organisms that can degrade plastics is on. Right now, we don’t have a good solution for dealing with the plastics that are piling up on our planet.”


Healthy House Easy Ways to Green It Up

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

In the Kitchen Defrosting trays have been available for a while, and although they aren’t a miracle solution, they are eco-friendly and easy to clean; thawing most meats, seafood and vegetables usually takes just 30 to 60 minutes. It’s one way to avoid using the microwave. Most cutting boards of sustainable bamboo or cork originate in China, creating a big carbon footprint. Glass boards are breakable and hard on knives. Consider planet-friendly boards made of recycled cardboard and food-grade plastic combined with flax husks. A countertop convection oven set about 25 degrees lower circulates heated air to cook food 25 to 30 percent faster and more evenly than a conventional oven; it uses less energy and has fewer emissions. Foods come out crispier, which also makes for great veggie chips. A conventional oven is still best for soufflés, breads or cakes that rise as they bake. Replace chemical-coated nonstick pans, disposable parchment paper and aluminum foil with reusable, eco-friendly, U.S. Food and Drug Administrationapproved silicone mats. They are easy to

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clean, affordable and available in many sizes and shapes. Run the dishwasher when full and at night. Off-peak hours won’t cut the electric bill, but are more efficient for the power plant, reducing its energy footprint. Skip the garbage disposal to save water and energy. Use food waste for plantnurturing compost. Plastics numbered 1, 3, 6 or 7 are prone to leaching into food or drinks. Recycle or repurpose those already on hand to store craft items, small toys or office supplies.

On the Floor Keep floors clean and healthy by leaving shoes at the door. They track in dirt, pesticides, chemicals, pet waste and leaked fluids from vehicles. Slippers or socks with a grip sole keep feet warm and prevent falls. Bamboo flooring is sustainable and eco-friendly, but is also shipped from China. Using local products reduces shipping costs, supports American businesses and can give the home a unique design.


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“Logs salvaged from the bottom of the Penobscot River turn into flooring, ceilings and accent walls,” advises Tom Shafer, coowner of Maine Heritage Timber, in Millinocket. “The cold temperature preserves the wood and gives it a natural patina. It’s now available in peel-and-stick, affordable planks called timberchic. Planks have an eco-friendly, UV-cured finish.” For more flooring tips, see Tinyurl. com/Eco-FriendlyFloors.

In the Bathroom

Instead of air freshener sprays, hang petand child-safe plants. Use fast-drying towels up to four times before washing. Hand towels see more frequent use, so change every other day. Longer wear makeup stays longer on a washcloth; to prevent reintroducing germs to the face, use a facecloth only once. All-natural cleaning products are easy to find or make. For some tips, see Tinyurl. com/LovelyEcoLoo.

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

In the Bedroom

From sheets and bedding to a fluffy robe, choose eco-friendly organic cotton in white, or colored with environmentally safe, non-metallic dyes. Blue light from a smartphone, computer, tablet or TV can foster sleeplessness. “I keep all devices out of my bedroom and block all unnatural light,” says Leslie Fischer, an eco-minded mom and entrepreneur in Chicago, who reviews mattresses for adults and babies at SustainableSlumber. com. “I sleep on a fantastic mattress that won’t fill my room with pollution.” A good pillow is a necessity. Citrus Sleep rates the Top Ten Eco Options at Mattresses should be replaced every eight years. In the U.S., an average of 50,000

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

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

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or 17 years, Rosie Lazroe has been healing through yoga. It began in the spring of 2001, when she found herself laying in a hospital emergency room with a resting heart rate over 150 bpm. As the ER nurse was about to inject medication to reboot her heart rhythm, Rosie felt a cold rush flow through her body and then faintly heard her dad tell her to open her eyes. After receiving a second injection, her heart rate slowed down. Her visit to the emergency room was not a surprise. Months prior, she had been diagnosed with sinus tachycardia, a condition in which the heart rate elevates higher than 100 beats per minute. To keep her heart beating normally, she was prescribed Inderal, a heart medication that, unfortunately, caused a severe adverse reaction. She didn’t want to continue taking the medicine, but she did not know an alternative. After her ER experience, though, she decided to change doctors and found a cardiologist who would change her life

forever. After a series of examinations, echo cardiograms and discussions, he asked: “Have you tried yoga?” “I did have a passing interest in yoga, but I knew almost nothing about it,” states Rosie. “I began to research and found Rodney Yee and Patricia Walden’s AM/PM Yoga on VHS. With a beach towel and the belt from my bathrobe—I didn’t have any yoga props at the time—I dedicated 20 minutes each morning and evening to stretch, breathe and be still. Sometimes I wondered if I were ‘doing it right,’ but the effects on my health were profound.” Over the next few months, Rosie discovered she could keep her heart healthy with minimal medication, and eventually stopped taking  medication entirely. Seventeen years later, she continues to explore a home practice, in addition to taking and teaching public yoga classes. Today, many healthcare professionals incorporate yoga into their treatments. Through her story, Rosie hopes to inspire people to ask their doctors how yoga might benefit them.  Rosie Lazroe is a certified yoga teacher and master reiki practitioner. For more information, you can contact her at 732-596-7384,, Yoga@Natural or visit

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FRIDAY, APRIL 6 Intuitive Healing with Julie – 7-9pm. An evening connecting with the higher realm. Julie has a unique ability to tap into her higher self in a meditative state and help you understand your life more by tapping into your energy while exchanging conversations with her and her guide. Come with a couple of questions on hand. $20. The Room At Meadowbrook, 4089 Durham Rd, Ottsville. 215-8134073. TheRoomAt

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11 Sacred Femininity Sisterhood – 7-8:30pm. A sisterhood for woman to express, experience and cultivate their nourishing Divine Feminine. We have lost connection to each other and ourselves. Join us monthly for play, inspiration, learning, practices, rituals, education and reclaiming our innate wisdom. In community we gain power, support each other and cleanse our emotions. Tea provided. $15. The Room At Meadowbrook, 4089 Durham Rd, Ottsville. Lyn Hicks, 215-813-4073. Lyn@LynHicks. com.

SATURDAY, APRIL 7 Sole Kombucha Tasting – 10am-2pm. Sample delicious flavors of Sole Kombucha. Locally owned and made in Dublin, PA. Doylestown Food Market, 29 W State St, Doylestown. John LaSala, 215-348-4548.

savethedate Inner Light Holistic Expo April 7-8 Sat 10am-8pm; Sun 10am-5pm Spring 2018 Inner Light Holistic Expo, held at the Coventry Mall in Pottstown, Center Court and throughout the mall. Crystals, jewelry, books, aura photography, massage, reiki, hypnotherapy, chiropractors, psychics/medium readers, ionic cleanse, spiritual gifts and more. Vendor spaces available.

Free admission; Free lectures Coventry Mall 351 W Schuylkill Rd, Pottstown

Cristina Leeson, 610-413-8191 Kevin Hearne – Scourged – 4-5:30pm. The Doylestown Bookshop will be hosting best-selling author Kevin Hearne with guests Chuck Wendig and Fran Wilde for a reading and book signing. Hearne is the author of eight novels published by Del Rey in the fantasy book genre. Free. Doylestown Bookshop, 16 S Main St, Doylestown. 215-230-7610. Doylestown


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Better Sleep with Hypnosis – 8:30-9:15pm. Do you have difficulty falling asleep? Do you have difficulty getting back to sleep if you wake up during the night? Imagine leaving life’s cares and worries behind at the end of each day. $45. Palisades High School, 35 Churchill Rd, Kitnersville. Contact 908303-7767 or Barry@HypnosisCounselingCenter. com.

THURSDAY, APRIL 12 SUNDAY, APRIL 8 Reiki I – 1-5pm. In this joyful introduction to reiki, you will receive everything you need to do a hands-on healing treatment for others and a complete self-treatment. Students will learn a chakra balancing technique, the history and principles of reiki and receive an attunement. Class manual and certificate are included. $150. Pipersville. Sharon Roache, 215-534-1691.

MONDAY, APRIL 9 Stop Smoking with Hypnosis – 6:30-7:30pm. Through hypnosis, smoking cessation is easily achieved in a one-hour session. Eliminate the craving for tobacco while minimizing discomfort. $45. Palisades High School, 35 Churchill Rd, Kitnersville. Contact 908-303-7767 or Barry@ Hypnosis Cleanse of the Koshas – 4/9-4/30. 6:30-7:30pm. Still have the winter crud? Sign up for this comprehensive cleansing program. Weekly support groups meet on Monday evenings with guest teachers. Weekly ayurvedic spa therapies, far-infrared sauna sessions, gentle yoga classes and recipes included. This cleanse will give you the support and tools to establish holistic balance with ease. $319. Roots & Wings Facilitating Healing, 127 S 5th St, Ste 150, Quakertown. 215-257-5025. Info@HilleryWoods Reconnect to Your Soul – 6:30-8:30pm. Join us for a Soul Adventure, where you’ll learn how to reconnect to your innate wisdom. Get practical tools and tips to develop trust in yourself. Clear out emotional clutter and identify new choices to move forward. Techniques for soul healing will be covered as needed. $35. Anahata Yoga & Wellness Center, 690 Harleysville Pike, Lederach. 215-7401354. Anahata Lose Weight with Hypnosis – 7:30-8:30pm. Through hypnosis, weight loss is easily and painlessly attained. Shed unwanted pounds and keep them off in a safe, effective program. $45. Palisades High School, 35 Churchill Rd, Kitnersville. Contact 908303-7767 or Barry@HypnosisCounselingCenter. com.

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Open House – 4:30-7:30pm. We would like to invite you to our open house at our new office. Come in and learn more about what our wellness clinic has to offer. Light refreshments and small bites will be served. Hourly door prizes will be awarded. RSVP by April 5. Dr Julie Lachman, ND LLC, 1432 Easton Rd, Ste 3G, Warrington. 267-406-0782. Office@ Intro to Public Speaking – 6-8pm. Women learn the art and soul of public speaking. If you are wanting support in speaking up and leading as who you are, your authentic self, then learn public speaking and leadership that understands the genius of a woman’s mind, and how it works. Join us and learn more. $15. Contact Ava Adames for exact location details. Elkins Park. 267-275-2262. AvaAdames@

SATURDAY, APRIL 14 Earth Day Festival – 11am-4pm. Join us as we celebrate our third annual Earth Day Festival. We have great activities planned to get you and your family learning more about nature. Activities include live wildlife presentations, artisan vendors, native plant sales, creek exploration, bird walk and more. Free entrance; donations benefit our environmental education programming. Bucks County Audubon Society, 2877 Creamery Rd, New Hope. Stacy Carr-Poole, 215-297-5880. SCarrPoole@BCAS. org. Col. Gregory Marstonv(ret) – Crisis In Baghdad – 1-2:30pm. Join us at the Doylestown Bookshop for a book signing with local author Col. Gregory Marston (ret). Marston was a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and became a USAF and ANG pilot. Crisis In Baghdad is Colonel Marston’s first book. Free. Doylestown Bookshop, 16 S Main St, Doylestown. 215-230-7610. Mail@Doylestown Malas & Meditation – 3-5pm. Join us as we explore the meaning of a mala and learn how to use them in a meditation practice. During this workshop, you will be creating your very own mala to use and keep. Learn a new meditation technique to enhance your existing practice, or to begin your own meditation practice. $55. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 103 E Walnut St, North Wales. Patty Ferry, 215-661-0510. Patty@WholeBodyYogaStudio. com.

JourneyDance of Healing – 7-9pm. Gaia, planet Earth, terra, the world. No matter what she is called, she is our home. It’s time we honor and celebrate her through dance and ceremony with love and healing. Dance is your gift to Earth and cacao plant medicine is hers to you. Join this healing energy dance. $25. Shanteel Yoga Sanctuary, 111 N Branch St, Sellersville. Kelly Thomke, 215-534-4989.

SUNDAY, APRIL 15 Paint by Touch with Elisa Artist – 1:30-3pm. Do you remember “the feeling” of finger painting? How would you like to recapture that joy and freedom of expression? When you’re connected to that feeling, it heals you. Explore using the technique of Painting By Touch, hands only. Bring a smock or wear “play” clothes; bring a journal. Materials provided. $35. The Room At Meadowbrook, 4089 Durham Rd, Ottsville. 215-813-4073. SoulArtist62@gmail. com.



Sole Kombucha Tasting – 10am-2pm. Stop by and have a taste of delicious Sole Kombucha flavors. Locally owned and made in Dublin, PA. Doylestown Food Market, 29 W State St, Doylestown. John LaSala, 215-348-4548. Info@DoylestownFood

Yoga-Thon – 2-6pm. Help us raise money at this fundraiser for the Pranakriya Scholarship Fund. We will hold four yoga classes, suggested donation $20/class. Silent auction with amazing prizes. See you there. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 103 E Walnut St, North Wales. Patty Ferry, 215-661-0510. Patty@Whole

Signs and Symptoms of Nutritional Deficiencies, Part I: Face and Tongue Reading – 11am1:30pm. With Nutritionist Dian Freeman. You may never look at your own face or anyone else’s face in the same way again after taking this class. Daily changes in our face tell a lot about the status of our emotional and physical health. Bring hand mirror and small flashlight to explore your face and tongue. Open to public. $35/WS student; $50/ non-student. Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave, Ste 202, Morristown. RSVP to 973267-4816. Wellness

MONDAY, APRIL 16 Stop Smoking with Hypnosis – 6:30-7:30pm. Through hypnosis, smoking cessation is easily achieved in a one-hour session. Eliminate the craving for tobacco while minimizing discomfort. $59. Delaware County Community College, 903 S Media Line Rd, Media. Contact 908-303-7767 or Barry@ HypnosisCounseling


savethedate Amaya Victoria Weekend April 20-22 A weekend of healing events with spiritual teacher, channel and healer Amaya Victoria. Individual sessions available 4/20, 12-2pm and 4/21, 11am-2pm. Four workshops are offered throughout the weekend. See this month’s newsbrief for more details.

Cost: Heartspeak Healing $160; Personal Channeling $185; Workshops $40 each with $10 discount for multiple workshops Soulutions for Daily Living 126 N State St, Newtown


Stop Smoking with Hypnosis – 6:30-7:30pm. Through hypnosis, smoking cessation is easily achieved in a one-hour session. Eliminate the craving for tobacco while minimizing discomfort. $55. Gauntlett Community Center, 20 Media Line Rd, Newtown Square. Contact 908-303-7767 or Hypnosis Lose Weight with Hypnosis – 7:30-8:30pm. Through hypnosis, weight loss is easily and painlessly attained. Shed unwanted pounds and keep them off in a safe, effective program. $55. Gauntlett Community Center, 20 Media Line Rd, Newtown Square. Contact 908-303-7767 or Barry@ HypnosisCounselin Better Sleep with Hypnosis – 8:30-9:15pm. Do you have difficulty falling asleep? Do you have difficulty getting back to sleep if you wake up during the night? Imagine leaving life’s cares and worries behind at the end of each day. $55. Gauntlett Community Center, 20 Media Line Rd, Newtown Square. Contact 908-303-7767 or Barry@ HypnosisCounseling

Lose Weight with Hypnosis – 7:30-8:30pm. Through hypnosis, weight loss is easily and painlessly attained. Shed unwanted pounds and keep them off in a safe, effective program. $59. Delaware County Community College, 903 S Media Line Rd, Media. Contact 908-303-7767 or Barry@Hypnosis HypnosisCounseling Better Sleep with Hypnosis – 8:30-9:15pm. Do you have difficulty falling asleep? Do you have difficulty getting back to sleep if you wake up during the night? Imagine leaving life’s cares and worries behind at the end of each day. $59. Delaware County Community College, 903 S Media Line Rd, Media. Contact 908-303-7767 or Barry@Hypnosis HypnosisCounseling


TUESDAY, APRIL 24 JourneyDance of Earth Love – 1-3pm. Breathe. Ground. Surrender to your connection to Earth’s pulse. This celebratory dance of gratitude and love invites you to embody your highest self while elevating Earth’s collective vibration. No dance experience necessary. $30. Airmid Wellness and Counseling, 1260 Old York Rd, Warminster. Kelly Thomke, 215-534-4989. EarthRhythm Exploring Alternative Cancer Treatments – 2-4:30pm. With Nutritionist Dian Freeman. Much has been written about natural treatments for cancers. Learn common sense ways to cut through the hype and discern the best way to evaluate such options. Informed consent means it is you in the rider’s seat and the best way to make that journey is to be informed about your options. Open to public. $35/WS student; $50/non-student. Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave, Ste 202, Morristown. RSVP to 973-267-4816. Info@ Chris Westfall’s Earth Day Concert – 7:309:30pm. Concert will be held inside our Visitors’ Building. Doors will open at 7pm. Arrive early to enjoy trails. Proceeds to benefit Friends of Silver Lake Nature Center. Tickets: $12/person in advance (by 5pm on 4/20) or $15 at the door. Ticket prices apply to all ages. No refunds/exchanges. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. PattiAnn Cutter, 215-785-1177. SilverLakeNatureCenter@

PWBN Networking Breakfast – 8-9:30am. Professional Women’s Business Network, Doylestown, PA chapter, invites women professionals and business owners to discuss this month’s roundtable topic: Personal Branding. Bring your own breakfast; coffee and tea provided. Promotional material welcome. Limited to 15 guests. With online registration/without cost: PWBN Members $0/$5; Guests $10/$15. Shiatsu office, 800 W State St, Ste 103, Doylestown. Laurie Van Valkenburgh, 267-566-6056. PWBN Ian Knauer, Shelly Wiseman – 6:30-7:45pm. Join us at the Doylestown Bookshop for a talk and food demonstration with The Farm Cooking School’s Ian Knauer & Shelly Wiseman. They discuss the health and environmental benefits and impact of eating locally and in season. They will demo several recipes. Free. Doylestown Bookshop, 16 S Main St, Doylestown. 215-230-7610. Mail@Doylestown

FRIDAY, APRIL 27 Asanas as Spiritual Doorways YTT – 4/27-5/01. In the ancient tantric hatha yoga traditions, yogis practiced specific breathing patterns, internal focal points and visualizations for the purpose of inducing spiritual experiences. In this program we will use Swami Kripalu’s approach to asana to explore lesser-known techniques that can be used to enrich the practice of yoga. 34 hrs. $625. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 103 E Walnut St, North Wales. Patty Ferry, 215661-0510.

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Susan Duval Seminars and Sacred Journeys Doylestown • 215-348-5755 Register online or call Susan. Sign up on website to receive weekly newsletter for updates on seminars and trips.

Empowered Light Holistic Expo April 27-29

Transcendental Meditation Program – 6:308:30pm. Free public lecture on the benefits of the TM Program will be held in the Doylestown area. Find out why over 7 million people worldwide practice this technique to reduce blood pressure, decrease anxiety and naturally reduce tension, stress and strain. Start enjoying your life to the fullest. The next 4-day courses will be held from April 7-10 and June 2-5 (2 hours each day). Free. Tammany Farm, 5792 Carversville Rd, Doylestown. 215-783-4629.

Fri 5-9pm; Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 10am-6pm Enjoy inspiring lectures, meditations, yoga, alternative healing treatments like reiki, massage and reflexology, as well as angelic and intuitive readings. Try healthy food samples, and purchase natural products for personal and home care. Empowered Light Holistic Expo will focus on healthier lifestyles, including food, physical activities, stress reduction and self-care.

Connecting with Your Star Ancestry, Sedona AZ – April 18-22 In this shamanic-based training with Gene Ang, PhD, we will connect with the Spirits of the Land to journey to our ancestors in the inner world. In particular, we will identify the star portals and cosmic connections we had before incarnating. This connection helps us to remember our spiritual heredity and the powers it brings to our Earthly incarnations and purpose for being on this planet. Spirits of the Southwest Tour – May 1-7 Mystical beauty, fantastical rock formations, adventure and exploring an ancient way of life in the great houses of remote Chaco Canyon. The cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde and the magical natural beauty of Canyon de Chelly will have you falling in love with the land of the Navajo Nation and her people. Goddess Retreat in Tulum – May 15-20 On the lush Yucatan peninsula, the ancient Maya created one of the most advanced civilizations on Earth. Their sacred pyramids, temples and cenotes mirror this balance with unparalleled mystical beauty. Tulum—a charming coastal town on the Riviera Maya with dramatic Mayan cliff-side ruins and white sand beaches enveloping the turquoise waters of the Caribbean—is the perfect setting for this women’s retreat devoted to igniting and expanding our feminine power. Snorkel with sea turtles, swim in a cenote, visit the Tulum ruins and Chichen Itza. Lodging is at the beautiful Suenos Tulum resort. Swim with the Dolphins in Bimini, the Bahamas – July 15-20 Bimini is renowned for the pods of Atlantic spotted and bottlenose dolphins. We will go out every afternoon to swim with (but not touch) the dolphins in the sea. We will also snorkel over the Bimini Road, reputed to be part of ancient Atlantis. Explore the island on golf carts, relax at the gorgeous beaches and shop at local markets. Our private chef will prepare three delicious gourmet meals for us every day. Ascended Masters Retreat in the Grand Tetons, WY – July 27-29 The Ascended Masters assist us in achieving our own self-mastery and guide the expansion of light on the planet. In addition to the teachings by Dana Micucci, we will go on a Snake River raft trip, hike up to Inspiration Point and experience energetic upgrades and activations as we connect with the Cave of Symbols in Idaho, in view of the etheric Table Mountain Retreat of Saint Germain.

Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Halls D & E Oaks, Pennsylvania

Sue Greenwald, 484-459-3082

SATURDAY, APRIL 28 White House Chef Tour – 1-5pm. Save the date –White House Chef Tour is coming to Silver Lake Nature Center. Early registration is recommended for this fun, fundraising event. $35/person. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. PattiAnn Cutter, 215-785-1177. SilverLakeNatureCenter@ Frog Walk & Night Hike – 7-8:30pm. Join BCAS Naturalists for our annual Frog Walk. After a brief presentation we shall scour our property, specifically in the forest, for toads and our pond/marsh for frogs. This is a great event no matter your age. Admission is $10/BCAS members, $15/nonmembers or a family rate of $25/BCAS members, $35/non-members. Bucks County Audubon Society, 2877 Creamery Rd, New Hope. Diane Smith, 215297-5880. product/frog-walk-night-hike-2. Pink Moon Drum Circle – 7-8:30pm. Join us for monthly sacred drumming and community. Bring your drums, a playful spirit and open heart to blend sound vibes. Enjoy community, sound, dance and healing. Conrad Kubiak will lead our circle. He will also provide drums if you need one. All ages and skills are invited to attend. $15. The Room At Meadowbrook, 4089 Durham Rd, Ottsville. Lyn Hicks, 215-813-4073. The

MONDAY, APRIL 30 Stop Smoking with Hypnosis – 6:30-7:30pm. Through hypnosis, smoking cessation is easily achieved in a one-hour session. Eliminate the craving for tobacco while minimizing discomfort. $45. Abington High School, 900 Highland Ave, Abington. Contact 908-303-7767 or Barry@

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Bucks & Montgomery County, PA Edition

Lose Weight with Hypnosis – 7:30-8:30pm. Through hypnosis, weight loss is easily and painlessly attained. Shed unwanted pounds and keep them off in a safe, effective program. $45. Abington High School, 900 Highland Ave, Abington. Contact 908-303-7767 or Barry@HypnosisCounseling Better Sleep with Hypnosis – 8:30-9:15pm. Do you have difficulty falling asleep? Do you have difficulty getting back to sleep if you wake up during the night? Imagine leaving life’s cares and worries behind at the end of each day. $45. Abington High School, 900 Highland Ave, Abington. Contact 908303-7767 or Barry@HypnosisCounselingCenter. com.

plan ahead SATURDAY, MAY 5 Nutritional Muscle Testing – 11am-1:30pm. With Nutritionist Dian Freeman. Muscle testing, applied kinesiology, is dowsing using the body as the dowsing tool. Learn and practice testing the points on the body that reflect the nutritional and health status of the body. When your body talks, there is no doubt as to what is needed to be done. In nutrition it is the best tool to illustrating the need for compliance to a program. Open to public. $35/WS student; $50/ non-student. Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave, Ste 202, Morristown. RSVP to 973-267-4816. Introducing Essential Oils – 2-4:30pm. With Nutritionist Dian Freeman. This overview discusses the many the historical, cultural and biblical usages of essential oils, aromatherapy, through the ages. The most popular and effective single oils and blends are compared and available for personal testing. Handouts and booklets are also available for several of the most popular of the therapeutic-grade oils available for sale today. Open to public. $35/WS student; $50/non-student. Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave, Ste 202, Morristown. RSVP to 973-267-4816. Info@WellnessSimplified. com.



Solstice Expo & Holistic Fair June 23-24 Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm

SATURDAY, MAY 12 Peaceable Kingdom Conference – 8:30am3:30pm. Enjoy speakers, exhibitors and workshops. Learn how to create a humane backyard, active steps to take to adopt a plant-based diet, how to purchase humane products, and how to support companion and farm animal rescues. Pre-registration required. $30 ($20/students) includes catered, vegan lunch and charity donation. Bucks County Community College, Rollins Center Gallagher Room, 275 Swamp Rd, Newtown. KarenWinkler612@hotmail. com.

10th annual event. Tune up your body, mind and spirit. Experience the love of higher consciousness. Featuring guest speakers every hour, area psychics, energy healers, shamanic practitioners, mind/body therapists, holistic practitioners, massage & stress management, artwork, jewelry, crystals, stones, gems, natural food court.

Cost: $7 for 2-day admission The Event Center by Cornerstone New Hope Eagle Fire House, 46 N Sugan Rd

Society for Metaphysical Enlightenment 267-261-2768

savethedate Girls Teen Yoga Camp July 9-13 11:30am-4pm

savethedate 9th Annual Biodynamic Spring Fling: Healing Self, Others and the Planet

May 25-28

Hands-on learning: biodynamics, conscious agriculture, eco-shamanism, qi healing, pranic healing and more. Enjoy yoga, meditation, tai chi, qi gong and contemplative dance. Delicious organic, biodynamic meals free with admission. Free concert Saturday evening. Do something meaningful this Memorial Day Weekend. Help heal Mother Earth. It’s possible. And a lot of fun..

Do you long for your daughter or niece to grow into an empowered woman? This week will explore nutrition, yoga, positive body image and fostering creativity. The girls will leave knowing their bodies, how to communicate needs and to stand in their power. Sign her up for this memory-making experience.

Cost: $279 Roots & Wings Facilitating Healing 127 S 5th St, Ste 150, Quakertown

Hillery Siatkowski, 215-257-5025

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$30 for 30 words, then $1/word. Email by the 5th, or call Joe at 908-405-1515. FOR RENT Beautiful, positive energy-filled, SHARED TREATMENT ROOMS available in Harleysville. Are you a healing arts practitioner looking for a place to share your gifts? We have space for you. Six-month minimum commitment. Call 215-740-1354 or email Kathy@Anahata

OPPORTUNITIES NOW TRAINING – Attention yoga teachers, massage therapists, nutritionists, reiki and healing practitioners: supplement your income and expand your repertoire of expertise as a colon hydrotherapist. This unique healing modality has immediate earning potential. Train and work locally within months.

VACATION RETREATS PERFECT ORGANIC GETAWAY – Unplug and Rejuvenate. Enjoy AirBnB and HipCamp in southern Vermont. Beautiful setting, low EMF, chemical-free. Sacred sites, holistic healing services in-house. Biodynamic veggies, stunning views.



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In the Moment Yoga – 6-7pm. This yoga class focuses on embracing your inner wisdom through meditation, gentle movement, restorative poses and intuitive guidance. Class is co-taught by Amiee Wright and Katie Haegele, who are gifted intuitives and rebellious yogis. Each class as unique as the students who fill it. Anahata Yoga and Wellness Center, 690 Harleysville Pike, Lederach. 215740-1354.

Reiki Share – 2-3:30pm. First Sunday. Open to all levels of reiki practitioners. This is a beautiful opportunity to participate in giving and receiving reiki in a spirit of love, friendship and joy. Call to register and save a space. Space is limited to ensure an intimate experience. Donations accepted. Reiki Healing, Pipersville. Sharon Roache, 215-534-1691. Philly Lyme Disease Support Group – 2-4pm. Due to the holiday the meeting will be held 2nd Sunday. Our peer support group is for individuals with Lyme disease or co-infections and their loved ones. Share your story and hear the stories of others. This is a space to give and receive support and share information. Free. Montgomery Integrative Health Group, 1108 E Willow Grove Ave, Wyndmoor. Emily Yost, 267-586-0482. Meetup. com/Philadelphia-Lyme-Disease-Support-Group. Quantum Leap in Joy and Freedom – 3-4pm. Combine proprioceptive exercise with mindful meditation classes. Held in my New Hope office, near Peddlers Village. Join like-minded women that want to co-create the life they want, effortlessly and joyfully. Let it all go and learn how to connect our body, mind and spirit. $20. Shiatsu Bodywork Therapies, 6064 Upper Mountain Rd, New Hope. Laurie Van Valkenburgh, 267-566-6056. Lavabigail@ Authentic Shamanic Healing Sessions – 4/155/27; 7-9pm. Dr Carla Hughett, DOM (Pema Yudron) has just arrived from a ten-year retreat in the Himalayas. Offering ancient Tibetan Buddhist spiritual healing sessions of sacred Chöd. Overcome the root cause of all destructive emotions. Feel comfortable in a safe group setting. Rest deeply while releasing problems, illness and your karmic obstacles. Free with heartfelt donation. Old King Farm Healing & Eco-Retreat Center in Vermont.

monday Quest for Health Q&A Session – 6-8pm. 1st & 3rd Mon. Bruce Lipton says our bodies hear our thoughts, respond to our beliefs and create the health we think is possible. Do you want less pain, more energy, more clarity in your daily life? Bring your questions to our open Q&A sessions on the first and third Mondays of the month. $15. International School of Shiatsu, 6055C Kellers Church Rd, Pipersville. Shirley Scranta, 215-766-2800. Mental Health Support Group – 6:30-7:30pm. Join 4 The M.I.N.D.S. for its weekly peer-to-peer support group. We welcome family, friends and individuals that suffer from mental illness. Aldie Medical Arts Building, 11 Welden Dr, Doylestown.

tuesday PWBN Networking Breakfast – 8-9:30am. 4th Tues. Professional Women’s Business Network, Doylestown, PA chapter, invites women

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wednesday Intuitive Medium Readings – In-person readings, afternoon and evening appointments available. Receive messages of love, guidance and support from deceased loved ones, guides and angels from an intuitive medium and certified intuitive life coach. Ambler. Linda Harbaugh, 484-904-9268. Linda@ Airmid Wellness Yoga Classes – At Airmid, your first yoga class is free. Intro special $30/30 days. All levels and beginners welcome. Wednesday class schedule: 9:30am Gentle and Restorative Yoga. Let go of stress, release deeply held mental, physical and emotional tension. 6pm Gentle Vinyasa Yoga. Connect to the breath; gentle and energetic postures, restorative postures. Airmid Wellness and Counseling Center, 1260 Old York Rd, Hartsville Professional Village, Warminster. Ed Salkind, 609-220-9982. Community Acupuncture – 3-6pm. Seated in a serene group environment, receive affordable acupuncture for stress management, detox, routine health/pain issues and overall wellness. $35. Mention NA to waive initial $15 paperwork fee. Online scheduling via or call 215-348-8058. Bridge Acupuncture, 30 Garden Alley, Doylestown. Paolo Propato. Bridge Dosha Balancing Vinyasa – 6-7:45pm. Yoga practice informed by ayurveda. Choosing the right movements and sequence gives the student a practice with purpose. Support seasonal transitions with movements that balance the elements. Asana informed by ayurveda with a purpose to heal, transform and deepen self-awareness. Small class size gives individual guidance for a safe practice. $15. Roots & Wings Facilitating Healing, 127 S 5th St, Ste 150, Quakertown. 215-257-5025. Info@Hillery Prenatal Yoga – 7:15-8:30pm. Prenatal Yoga is a wonderful opportunity for moms-to-be to prepare their bodies for bringing new life into the world. In community with others, women will learn tools and techniques to get ready for one of the most significant experiences of their lives. Anahata Yoga and Wellness Center, 690 Harleysville Pike, Lederach. 215-740-1354.

friday Airmid Wellness Yoga Classes – At Airmid, your first yoga class is free. Intro special 30 days/$30. All levels and beginners welcome. Friday class schedule: 9:30am & 6:30pm Gentle and Restorative Yoga. Let go of stress, release deeply held mental, physical and emotional tension. Andie’s approach is delicate, respectful and sensitive with special attention to each student. Airmid Wellness and Counseling Center, 1260 Old York Rd, Hartsville Professional Village, Warminster. Ed Salkind, 609-220-9982. Healthy Aging Chair Yoga – 11am-noon. The chair is a great way to practice yoga. Applying the principles of healthy posturing make this a dynamic and effective way to experience yoga with support. Gain confidence in your body, move with awareness and achieve the deep peace and relaxation that moving mindfully can give you. Try it out. $15. Roots & Wings Facilitating Healing, 127 S 5th St, Ste 150, Quakertown. 215-257-5025. Info@HilleryWoods Community Acupuncture Clinic – 3-6pm. Sessions are 20-30 minutes in an open group setting in a comfortable chair. If you are new to acupuncture or have a cost concern, community-style acupuncture could be great for you. Benefits are cumulative. Weekly sessions increase the likelihood of longlasting effects. Pay only $30-$45/session. Airmid Wellness and Counseling Center, 1260 Old York Rd, Hartsville Professional Village, Warminster. Pamela Milask, L.OM, Dipl.Ac., 215-858-7554. EdSalkind. Quantum Leap in Joy and Freedom – 6-7pm. Combine proprioceptive exercise with mindful meditation classes. Held in my New Hope office, near Peddlers Village. Join like-minded women that want to co-create the life they want, effortlessly and joyfully. Let it all go and learn how to connect our body, mind and spirit. $20. Shiatsu Bodywork Therapies, 6064 Upper Mountain Rd, New Hope. Laurie Van Valkenburgh, 267-566-6056. Lavabigail@ Ojas Building Restorative Yoga – 6-7:30pm. Ojas “Oh Jos” is the essence informing natural immunity and systemic vitality. Busyness and stress deplete ojas. Learn how to help yourself. Jin shin jyutsu self-healing holds are used in concert with supportive restorative yoga postures. This gentle practice will leave you feeling like yourself and ready to enjoy the weekend. $15. Roots & Wings Facilitating Healing, 127 S 5th St, Ste 150, Quakertown. 215-257-5025.

saturday Shiatsu Community Clinic – 9:15am-4:45pm. 1st Sat. Shiatsu sessions offered in supervised clinic setting. Each student will interview, assess energy and create individualized shiatsu session to balance the body. Wear loose, comfortable clothing, preferably cotton. Wear socks. No cell phones, no perfumes. $45. International School of Shiatsu, 6055C Kellers Church Rd, Plumsteadville. Shirley Scranta, 215-766-2800.

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Grace Rollins, MS, LAc, NTP Paolo Propato, LAc 30 Garden Alley, Doylestown 215-348-8058 Schedule a complimentary consultation to learn more about acupuncture and our warm, joyful wellness center. 10% off your first treatment for NABuxMont readers. Acupuncture and East Asian Medicine can safely and effectively relieve chronic pain, stress and anxiety, restore sleep, boost energy, promote healthy digestion, balance the immune system and regulate hormones. Meditation classes, qigong, nutritional counseling, massage therapy, pediatric acupressure and more. Google our many positive reviews and testimonials. Easy online scheduling available. See ad, page 22.


Lisa Rhodes, DPM, Licensed Acupuncturist Fountainville • 215-230-4600 Utilizing applied kinesiology and nutritional testing to develop individualized, holistic therapeutic solutions. Integrative approach to optimizing your health and function. Specializing in allergy elimination and immune function. See ad, page 35.

AYURVEDIC BODYWORK ROOTS & WINGS FACILITATING HEALING: Self, Family and Community Hillery Woods Siatkowski, LMT, BCTMB, RYT-200, AYS

Featuring specialty yoga, ayurvedic spa, therapeutic massage, jin shin jyutsu and far-infrared sauna in a boutique wellness retreat. At Roots & Wings, you’ll learn self-healing rituals to sustain your vital essence. See ad, page 23.

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Andrew Persky, DC 1432 Easton Rd, Ste 4A, Warrington 215-491-4200 • LifeAligned offers a unique treatment for chronic musculoskeletal and neurological pain conditions, offering a safe, gentle alternative to drugs, surgery or traditional chiropractic “twisting” and “cracking”. See ad, page 33.

SAMSEL INTEGRATIVE HEALTH Katie Samsel, DC 215-944-8424

Let’s make pain a part of your past. Integrative chiropractic care in a warm, familiar setting. Applied kinesiology, lifestyle support, ayurveda, nutrition and weight loss. See ad, page 35.


610-394-0502 Visit website for free gift. End the war on stress, anxiety and overwhelm; find peace without medication. Tanya is a skilled, experienced coach utilizing methods therapists don’t tend to use in their day-to-day practice. Get started today. You’re not alone. See ad, page 33.


Center for Spiritual Health and Wellness 366 Easton Rd, Warrington 215-431-8122 •

Deborah Paul and Jamie Nichols are part of the talented family of healers at Lina’s Harmony. Our classes, spiritual workshops, crystals and jewelry are designed to create a positive, supportive environment to work on spiritual health and wellness without judgment. Walkin hours are on Wednesdays from 2-5pm.

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THE ROOM AT MEADOWBROOK Lyn Hicks • 215-813-4073 4089 Durham Rd, Ottsville

An educational center for spiritual enlightenment, which nourishes the holistic lifestyle. The Room hosts classes, workshops, retreats and is available for rental to instructors sharing the healing and expressive arts. See ad, page 29.


1260 Old York Rd, Warminster 215-932-2172 • Cindy Copenhaver, MS, LPC, Certified Hypnotherapist. Hypnotherapy aids smoking cessation, weight loss, anxiety and phobias. She treats adults, adolescents, addiction issues—specifically opiates, depression, anxiety and LGBT issues. See ad, page 32.

CRYSTAL – COLOR – LIGHT HEALING JOHN OF GOD CRYSTAL BED HEALING Evolving Soul, LLC Elaine Berk, MEd Counseling 110 North State St, Newtown 215-970-1534

John of God Crystal Bed Healing cleanses, opens and invigorates the body and soul by balancing and clearing one’s chakras and energy field. Colored lights, chosen to match the chakra colors, radiate light and energy through precision crystals, activating the body’s own natural healing mechanisms. Gain insight & enhanced emotional, physical & spiritual well-being. See ad, page 10.


Kelly Thomke, JourneyDance Certified Facilitator 215-534-4989 • JourneyDance is a whole-body experience that tickles the mind and nourishes the soul. It is freestyle movement to world music where self-expression releases tension. Visit the website for upcoming dances or to book a JourneyDance for a group. No dance experience needed to feel this wild freedom.


Alexis Zankman Lee 5 Evergreen Ave, Warminster 215-323-4244 •

Asking for help is not a l w a y s e a s y. We provide individualized therapy in a warm, supportive environment for children, adults and families. Please call for a free consultation.


Ava Adames • 267-560-7351 Event Planner/Arts Entertainer-Instructor A mobile art event company providing instructor-led paint on glassware and wood events at local restaurants and private in-home parties. Guests create their own item for gifting or keeping. Fundraising events available with a percentage of proceeds to charities/ causes. Let us plan an unforgettable event with you.

“Plan of Mr. Fitch’s Steam Boat”(1786) woodcut by James Trenchard.



Hyo J. Lim DMD 216 Mall Blvd, Ste 11, King of Prussia 610-265-4485 Dr. Hyo Lim provides a holistic approach to exceptional dentistry, in a warm and caring environment. At Dental Wellness Centre, mercuryand metal-free restorations are used for the most biocompatible results. Biocompatibility testing for dental materials is available. Invisalign is offered as an alternative to metal braces. Zirconium and titanium implants are offered to replace damaged or missing teeth. Free digital X-rays with initial consultation. See ad, page 9.


Beth Skovron, DDS 595 Bethlehem Pike, Montgomeryville 215-822-3860 • Enjoy an anxiety-free dental experience. You no longer have to be nervous about going to the dentist. From the moment you open the doors, our friendly and courteous team will make you feel comfortable in our relaxing spa atmosphere. Choose from a wide range of holistic services. See ad with special offers, back page.

LANAP & IMPLANT CENTER OF PA David DiGiallorenzo, DMD 184 W Main St, Collegeville 610-422-3120 •

Dr. David DiGiallorenzo focuses on providing oral health solutions through holistic, biologically compatible and organic practices. It is one of the world’s most accomplished centers for periodontal and implant care, which integrates wellness services into their therapeutic approach. He is experienced at immediate total tooth replacement with metal-free dental implants, treating gum disease with LANAP, a no-cut, no-sew method of treating gum disease, comfortable gum grafting with PRGF, implant denture solutions and chronic pain management. See ad, page 36.


Weavers Way Ambler is member-owned and open to the public. The new store includes a café, full-service butcher, bulk and prepared foods. See ad, page 35.


1075 Main St, Hellertown Mon-Fri, 9:30am-5pm; Sat, 9:30am-3pm Why an organic mattress? Remove toxic chemicals from the bedroom, naturally flame retardant, repels dust mites, mold and mildew, naturally regulates temperatures and improves spinal alignment. Say goodbye to toxic gases, allergies, night sweats and back pain with an environmentally friendly mattress. Serving the community since 2004. See ad, page 32.

John Fitch built the first steam-powered boat in the U.S. in Warminster in 1785. It traveled nearly 3,000 miles in 1790, transporting passengers and freight between Philadelphia and Trenton. A six-foot long, steam operated model of the first steamboat can now be seen at the John Fitch Steamboat Museum in Warminster.

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102 S Bellevue Ave, Langhorne 267-374-0187 Jean White is a holistic nurse and expert Healing Touch practitioner/ instructor who has been successfully helping people for two decades. She helps women that feel fatigued and have trouble getting through the day tap into their hidden energy reserves to feel alive, excited and ready to rock their world.


215-736-3803 Let the masterpiece that is you e m e rg e . P r o v i d i n g n e u r o emotional technique, lifestyle and wellness coaching, creative chiropractic care, energy healing, mind/body healing education and workshops.

LIFE COACHING ANNA DAVIS, CPC 267-753-6944 Anna is a Certified Professional Coach, empowering women over 40 feeling overwhelmed, unmotivated, or dissatisfied with life. Whether it’s your career, health or relationships, Anna specializes in the Law of Attraction and can help you attract the life you really want.


6055C Kellers Church Rd, 2nd Floor, Pipersville 215-766-2800 • Celebrating 20 years as the area’s leading center for shiatsu massage training and treatment. Come visit our new space in Pipersville. New courses start regularly. See ad, page 39.



108 Cowpath Rd, Stes 3 & 4, Lansdale 215-542-2100 Bringing a personalized and holistic approach to hospice care. Our trained volunteers offer aromatherapy, massage therapy, reiki and pet therapy to bring healing and wholeness to clients and their families. See ad, page 39.

HYPNOSIS HYPNOSIS COUNSELING CENTER Barry Wolfson 28 Mine St, Flemington, NJ 43 Tamarack Cir, Princeton, NJ 2 East Northfield Rd, Livingston, NJ 3400 Valley Forge Cir, King of Prussia

908-303-7767 • With 30 years experience, Hypnosis Counseling Center of NJ utilizes traditional counseling methods and the art of hypno-therapy in private and group settings. Regularly holds adult education seminars, works with hospitals, fitness centers and individuals wanting to better their lives. Specializes in weight loss, stress, smoking, confidence building, phobias, insomnia, test taking, sports improvement and public speaking. See ad, page 11.

Megan Downs, LMT, E-RYT Center for Natural Healing Bailiwick Office Campus, Ste 26, Doylestown • 215-206-3394 Megan’s therapeutic massage technique works deeply by targeting specific problem areas while keeping in mind the whole. She incorporates a variety of methods including Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, Hot Stones, Bellabaci Method of Cupping and Aromatherapy, and also offers Therapeutic Yoga instruction. Relieve pain and stress, increase body awareness, heal and relax.


Laurie Van Valkenburgh, ACBT, LMT 6064 Upper Mountain Rd, New Hope 800 W State St, Doylestown • 267-566-6056 Experience Shiatsu/Shin Tai Bodywork, in New Hope. Align your body’s structure using muscle energy and fascial release techniques, central channel release to allow free-flowing spinal alignment, and cranial work. This releases hidden trauma trapped in the body, and life force is then able to return.


Modern-day psychic, mystic, author and master spiritual teacher/healer, Ms. Joyce is widely recognized for accurate predictions, mediumship and guidance for missing persons, dream analysis and past-life regression. Visions of Reality classes help develop psychic/intuitive abilities. Listen Sundays, 9 p.m., to Let’s Find Out on Skype sessions available..


Linda Harbaugh Intuitive Medium Certified Life Coach • 484-904-9268 Delivering messages of love, guidance and support from deceased loved ones, guides and angels via 30- or 60-minute telephone or in-person readings. A certified life coach, Linda also offers intuitive coaching packages to help you navigate life, jobs and relationships. Psychology degree, former teacher, 30 years business experience.


Intuitive Automatic Writing Telesessions Serving BuxMont & Beyond 267-451-6141 Imagine there are answers to the questions about your life that are burning inside you. I’ve helped many people over the years using intuitive automatic writing; I may be able to help you. Please call and we will experience this together. Initial consultation and post-reading follow-up calls are offered at no charge.

NATUROPATHY LICENSED NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR Julie Lachman, ND, LLC 1432 Easton Rd, Ste 3G, Warrington 267-406-0782 •

Julie Lachman, ND, graduated from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and has maintained a thriving practice in Bucks County since 2012. NDs are experts in complex diseases, like autoimmune diseases and infertility. Dr Lachman has additional training in women’s health, pediatrics and autism. See ad, page 7.

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LICENSED NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR Khadija Douglas, ND 1432 Easton Rd, Ste 3G, Warrington 267-406-0782 •

Khadija Douglas, ND, graduated from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, and Dr Lachman is excited to have her join the practice. Dr Douglas focuses on blood pressure, weight loss and mental health and is passionate about getting to the root cause of your health problems. See ad, page 7.

PET GROOMING THE SPA AT HOLIDAY HOUSE ON STATE 42 E State St, Doylestown 215-345-6960

Liz Sines is an award-winning National and International Master Groomer. Clean, balanced, natural looks and breed-specific styles. Featuring all-natural, Americanmade salon products. High-quality grooming experience in a relaxed atmosphere. See ad, page 29.

NUTRITIONAL HEALING CENTER FOR NATURAL HEALING Jeffrey L Griffin, DC Bailiwick Office Campus, Ste 26, Doylestown • 215-348-2115

Dr. Jeffrey Griffin is a chiropractor with 31 years of practice experience in chiropractic care that is blended together with enzyme nutrition. This combination of treatment modalities allows Griffin to successfully treat a wide variety of health complaints, ranging from neck and back pain to headaches, digestive maladies and fibromyalgia. Call him today for a complimentary phone consultation or visit his website. See ad, page 37.

PAST LIFE REGRESSION THERAPY EVOLVING SOUL, LLC • ELAINE BERK Certified Past Life Regression Therapist Certified Hypnotherapist MEd in Counseling 110 North State St, Newtown 215-970-1534 •

PLRT is a unique therapeutic process that helps you recall and resolve emotional trauma from previous lifetimes which, unbeknownst to us, is often the root cause of issues we’re struggling with in this lifetime. As a former psychotherapist and PLR therapist, I work with clients to address these complexes and bring about transformation and healing. See ad, page 10.


Adult or teen weekly collage-card small group workshops help promote self-actualization through creative, intuitive and mindfulness process. Selfrealizations through engaging in satisfying practice of creating, reflecting and interpreting visual imagery. Contact or see website for more information.



Montgomery Integrative Health Group 1108 E Willow Grove Ave, Wyndmoor 215-233-6226 Dr. Daila Pravs is trained in integrative, functional medicine and specializes in family medicine, women’s health, urinary tract infections, colds, rashes, musculoskeletal concerns, nutrition and food intolerance, nutrigenomics, stress, sleep, emotional wellbeing, digestive wellness and environmental factors. See ad, page 2.


Montgomery Integrative Health Group 1108 E Willow Grove Ave, Wyndmoor 215-233-6226 Dr. Heidi Wittels is a functional medical doctor who specializes in “whole-person” diagnosis and integrative treatment of Lyme disease, mold sensitivity and biotoxins, cognitive decline, autoimmune disease, metabolic syndrome, hyperlipidemia, digestive concerns, nutrigenomics and methylation. See ad, page 2.


4 Terry Dr, Ste 12 Atrium Bldg, Newtown 215-968-9000 • A fully organic, holistic, ecofriendly wellness spa featuring an array of detoxification, cleansing and therapeutic services. The spa is one of the only facilities in the area to offer colon hydrotherapy. See ad, page 11.

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Christina Rosenbruch, Certified KonMari Consultant 267-544-7171 • SparkJoy.Space Find freedom, joy and spaciousness to live a new life using Marie Kondo’s proprietary technique. Let’s start today, organizing your space and transforming your life.


Improving the lives of pets through acupuncture, herbal therapy, homeopathy, nutritional counseling and integration of holistic therapies with conventional medicine for customized approach to care. See ad, page 27.

MEADOWBROOK ANIMAL HEALING Suzanne Walski, DVM 4089 Durham Rd, Ottsville 610-847-2776 •

Dr. Suzanne Walski has been serving the community since 1987. Currently providing chiropractic, TCVM acupuncture, K-Laser, Bach Flower, and nutritional/food therapy. Geriatric and pets with complicated health issues welcome. See ad, page 29.


Maria Lisa Lambert, MD Alene Bender Herman, MSN, CRNP 233 Lancaster Ave, Ste 103, Ardmore 610-642-1330 • Integrative women’s health and general gynecology. Specializing in bioidentical hormone therapy and functional medicine for women.

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