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The Wonders of Life A billion years—how about 5.43 billion years? That, according to Google, is how long the Earth has been around. In my mind, that borders on incomprehensible. I look up to the sky and am mesmerized by the countless stars, each a sun with who knows how many planets circling. The questions fly through my mind, but it all comes down to this: how does this miracle of life work? What drives the migration of millions of species around the globe to a pre-determined spot on or under our Earth. Each species is guided accurately to a specific spot on the globe—by air, on land and under the seas—thousands of miles away. Unlike us, they never miss. They don’t show up in Europe when they set out for Australia. Who times these migrations? Who invented their GPS? How does a 12-year-old write a symphony? How does the Earth really work? What is the connection between millions of light years and today? How does a magnetic force that connects the moon and Earth come about? It all feels like perfect order. Then, the world shifts, and natural disasters come calling. The Earth’s surface erupts. A blizzard or hurricane causes wide spread damage. Ice caps melt too rapidly. Mass flooding wipes out whole towns. Even the leaning tower of Pisa has leaned too far. Yet it all seems to be part of the world rebalancing. As life and time ticks along, change happens. I am reminded of this saying: The more things change, the more they seem to stay the same. But do they? In a larger sense, I think they do. The beat changes but the rhythm of life, of the universe, of the unknown carries on. At least, so far it has, and I hope it always will. What an unbelievable world we live in. When I pay attention, I am humbled. When my ego strays too far I need only to look around—to the sky, the oceans, the moon—to come back to the right size. Somehow, we are all tied in to this massive scope of time. I know I will never understand it all, but I am reminded how important it is to do the right thing. I hope over the next 5 or 6 billion years, we are living in Martin Luther King’s dream and John Lennon’s “Imagine” lyrics as a way of life. In peace, love and laughter,

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his fall’s Empowered Light Holistic Expo is just around the corner, running from 5 to 9 p.m., September 28, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., September 29 and 30, at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Avenue, in Oaks, Pennsylvania. Plenty of free parking is available. The expo’s focus is on holistic lifestyles, spiritual classes and personal development. “People feel stressed and distracted, and they are looking for more connection and answers,” says the expo’s founder, Sue Greenwald. “The expo offers connection with new friends, new ideas and, most of all, a community where people feel supported in a fun way.” The September expo will feature Dr. Michal Salla, who will be presenting two lectures on the hidden history and significance of Antarctica, and Grammy nominee Dalien, aka 13 Hands, who will present a shamanic sound meditation and healing concert. Gabriele Weber, intuitive healer and teacher, will be a featured speaker, as will Ataana, author, intuitive and energy healer from Nashville. Empowered Light engages attendees with experiential classes, like dance, meditation and sound healing, or mini-treatments, such as reiki and massage. Attendees can choose from more than 50 workshops and lectures. Guests can linger and shop in between presentations with more than 150 holistic vendors. Interested vendors are encouraged to apply now for a space. Cost: General admission, $5-$20. Some presentations additional. Advance ticket purchases encouraged. For more information, call 484-459-3082, email EmpoweredLightExpo@gmail. com or visit See ad, page 3.

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he Bucks County Healthy Living Festival will bring an ever-expanding community together for its sixth annual celebration of healthy living, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on September 9 at Snipes Farm and Education Center, in Morrisville. The festival introduces residents of Bucks County and surrounding areas to the many small business entrepreneurs that offer healthier, more sustainable living choices. This year’s offerings include sustainable, holistic vendors, artists, healers, instructors and musicians. Organic wholesome food and drinks will be provided throughout the day, and premiere sponsors this year are Snipes Farm, Organnons Natural Market, Optimum Health and Fitness, The Max Challenge of Fairless Hills and Green Mountain Energy. Festival-goers are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket and spend the day listening to local performers and musicians such as Earth Movers, Raising Music, Brandon Mesen, Under The Oak, Tribal Bellies Dance Studio and Ian Haag. Attendees will also be able to participate in a variety of creative workshops, yoga with Hang Up Yoga and other yoga instructors, an art recycling center, henna body art and other activities. Cost: Free. Location: Snipes Farm, 890 W. Bridge St., Morrisville. For more information, call Valarie at 267-840-8003 or Wendy at 267-797-6154, email HealthyLivingFest@gmail. com or visit See ad, page 14. 6

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eorge Bien, PhD, founder of Hypnosis for a New You, has relocated from New York to Perkasie and is now offering not only personal hypnosis sessions, but also public speaking trainings, neurolinguistic programming (NLP) certification and “Professional George Bien w/ training group Hypnotherapist” certification. In the field of hypnosis for more than 32 years, Bien has received many major awards, including NGH President’s Award, NGH Dr. Rexford L. North Memorial Trophy, IACT Educator of the Year Award, IMDHA Lifetime Achievement Award and more. He was inducted into the International Hypnosis Hall of Fame in 1989. “My goal in life is to help as many people as possible reach their goals,” explains Bien. “Hypnosis is not a magic pill, but it is the most powerful tool for personal change. My experience has shown hypnosis to be successful in dealing with anxiety, stress, weight management, smoking cessation, overcoming insomnia, improving memory and concentration, performance enhancement in sports, taking exams, public speaking, past life regression and so much more.”

eah Weisman, founder of Dynamic Living Resources, is offering personalized programs for adults and children to empower relationships, health and learning. Offerings include individual and group coaching programs, workshops and retreats. Leah Weisman Weisman has a passion for empowering children. Her experiences as a certified Conscious Parenting coach, Health Dynamics consultant, Genius educator and Powerful Girl Within facilitator, as well as decades of experience facilitating clients in yoga, ayurveda, aromatherapy and energy mindfulness, allow her to give parents the right tools to shift their focus from power struggles to connection and cooperation. She also offers Health Dynamics debriefs, personalizing health and lifestyle rhythms to each unique “inner genius.” “Health is a foundation to everything,” she explains. “Aligning with our natural flow brings success to all areas of ones life.” Weisman will be offering two workshops at September’s Empowered Light Expo, “Radical Self-Care” and “Enlightened Parenting.” Readers are invited to visit her at booth 211-213.

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Take Magnesium to Metabolize Vitamin D Vitamin D can’t be metabolized without sufficient magnesium levels. Thus, it remains stored and inactive for as many as 50 percent of Americans on nutrient-poor diets, reports a research review in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. “Without magnesium, vitamin D is not really useful or safe,” says study co-author Mohammed S. Razzaque, Ph.D., a professor of pathology at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, in Erie, Pennsylvania. As a consequence, taking vitamin D supplements can increase a person’s calcium and phosphate levels, even if they remain vitamin D deficient, he explains; and that can lead to vascular calcification if their magnesium levels aren’t sufficient. The magnesium factor may explain why vitamin D supplementation doesn’t necessarily help vitamin D deficiency-related disorders such as skeletal deformities, cardiovascular diseases and metabolic syndrome. Natural sources of magnesium include almonds, cashews and other nuts, bananas, beans, broccoli, brown rice, egg yolks, fish oil, green vegetables, mushrooms, oatmeal, soybeans, sweet corn, tofu, whole grains, and pumpkin, sesame, sunflower and flax seeds.


Holding Hands Reduces Pain Holdings hands with a loved one reduces physical pain, report researchers at the University of Colorado and University of Haifa that studied the brainwaves of 22 heterosexual couples between ages 23 and 32. When in each other’s presence, the couples’ brainwaves tended to synchronize, especially in the alpha mu band, a measure of focused attention; holding hands amplified this effect and markedly lowered pain levels. The more empathetic the man was to the woman’s pain, the more their brain activity synced and her pain decreased. Men that were less empathetic did not produce the same effect.

Turmeric Helps Heal Skin Ailments Turmeric, with its renowned anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties, seems to improve a number of skin conditions when taken topically or orally, concludes a review of clinical studies published in Phytotherapy. Researchers at Drexel University, in Philadelphia, and the University of California, Sacramento, selected the 10 strongest clinical studies on turmeric out of 234 published. They concluded that this spice, with its active ingredient curcumin, was effective in treating acne, oral lichen planus (mouth inflammation), pruritus (itchy skin), psoriasis, radiodermatitis (a side effect of radiation treatment), diabetic microangiopathy (bleeding of small blood vessels) and diabetic edema (swelling). Studies on other skin conditions were either inconsistent or ineffective, the report concluded.

Mediterranean Diet Cuts Risk of Prostate Cancer In a five-year study published in The Journal of Urology of 2,000 older Spanish men, those following a Mediterranean diet rich in fish, boiled potatoes, whole fruits, vegetables, legumes and olive oil that was low in juices had a significantly lower risk of aggressive prostate cancer compared to those eating a Western diet. This protective effect was not found in diets higher in fatty foods, red and processed meat, refined grains and sweets. The researchers also reviewed other science to date, confirming the protective effect of the Mediterranean diet as well as “healthy” and “prudent” diets, all consisting of greater portions of fruits and vegetables. August 2018


Sodas Lower Fertility Women that drink one or more sugary sodas a day are 25 percent less likely each month to become pregnant. Men drinking the same amount are 33 percent less likely each month to father a child. Boston University School of Medicine researchers studied 1,045 men and 3,828 women that were tested for a period up to 12 menstrual cycles. Energy drinks had an even greater fertility-lowering effect than sugar-laden drinks; fruit juices and diet sodas had little impact.

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Mothers that take folic acid or multivitamins before and during pregnancy can significantly lower a child’s risk of autism, according to the latest research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Psychiatry. Researchers from Canada, Israel and the School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, in New York City, studied 45,300 children, at the age of 10 on average, correlating children’s autism spectrum diagnoses with records of mothers’ supplementation. They found that women that took the supplements prior to pregnancy were 61 percent less likely to have a child diagnosed with autism. Taking supplements during pregnancy was linked to a 73 percent reduced risk. The overall likelihood of autism was 1.3 percent of the children.

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Dolly Parton Donates Millions of Books Singer Dolly Parton donated the 100 millionth book of her career via her nonprofit Imagination Library earlier this year. She began in 1995, donating books to children in her home state of Tennessee. Now, Imagination Library mails 1 millionplus books per month to children around the world. Parton celebrated the milestone by donating to and giving a reading at the Library of Congress. “My daddy couldn’t read and write, and that always troubled and bothered him, so I wanted to do something special for him,” says Parton. “I got the idea to start this program and let my dad help me with it, and he got to live long enough to hear the kids call me the ‘book lady.’”


Pete, a 34-year-old Amazon parrot, received a boot-like prosthesis made by a 3-D printer from a customized mold after his leg was ripped off by a fox. A day later, he was not only already starting to accept it, but also realized he could place his weight on it. “That in itself is revolutionary for a bird,” says Veterinarian LaToya Latney, service head and attending clinician of the Exotic Companion Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine’s Ryan Hospital, known as Penn Vet. “He gets it.” In another case of an interspecies application of new medical technology, Lola, a Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle, the most endangered species of marine turtle, suffered injuries so extensive that a flipper was amputated. Losing a limb can make it difficult for a turtle to avoid predators or chase after prey. At the Key West Aquarium, in Florida, Iok Wong, Samantha Varela and Vivian Liang, three recent engineering graduates from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, in Massachusetts, used their specialized skills and 3-D printing to create an effective, low-cost prosthetic turtle flipper.


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North Pole Rises Above Freezing

March 20 is normally close to the coldest season at the North Pole, but an extraordinary thaw swelled over the tip of the planet this year. Analyses show that the temperature warmed to the melting point as an enormous storm pumped an intense pulse of heat through the Greenland Sea. Temperatures may have soared as high as 35 degrees, reports the U.S. Global Forecast System model. Such extreme warm intrusions in the Arctic, once rare, are becoming routine, research has shown. A study published in Geophysical Research Letters in July 2017 found that since 1980, these events are becoming more frequent, longer-lasting and more intense. Study author Robert Graham, from the Norwegian Polar Institute, says, “Previously, this was not common. It happened in four years between 1980 and 2010, but has now occurred in four out of the last five winters.” The events are related to the decline of winter sea ice in the Arctic, with last January’s the lowest on record.

Picking Up Litter While Jogging Becomes a Winning Trend

Sweden’s latest fitness craze, plogging, is a mashup of jogging and the Swedish plocka upp, meaning pick up, in this case, litter. There are plogging groups in Scandinavia, Germany and other parts of Europe. According to the Swedish fitness app Lifesum, which makes it possible for users to track plogging activity, a half-hour of jogging while picking up trash will burn 288 calories for the average person, compared with 235 via jogging alone. A brisk walk expends about 120 calories. The Washington Post reports that in the U.S., it’s just starting to catch on among exercisers fed up with rubbish along their routes. They carry trash bags and pluck litter and recyclables off sidewalks and bushes wearing gardening gloves for safety. The environmental organization Keep America Beautiful recently started promoting plogging to encourage trashfree communities, putting out the #plogging message to its 600 affiliates. Spokesman Mike Rosen reports that response has been surprisingly robust.

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Using Less Saves Both Money and the Planet The maxim “less is more” applies well to skin care and personal hygiene. Overuse of products is costly and increases pollution. Both genders are prone to overdoing it when it comes to basic activities like washing, shampooing and shaving. Here are some helpful tips. Take fewer showers and spend less time in the shower to conserve water. A study by the Water Research Foundation ranks showers as the second-highest residential use of water at 20 percent, just behind toilets, at 24 percent. Some traditional soaps can strip natural skin oils. Dr. Doris Day, a dermatologist in New York City, suggests products labeled as “cleaner”, such as a body wash formulated to add moisture back into skin. An estimated 2 billion disposable razors are discarded annually in the U.S. Helpful ideas include using a longhandled safety razor to shave women’s legs; positioning it at a 20-degree angle with the proper pressure can significantly increase a blade’s lifespan, saving money and the environment. To streamline our personal care routine, Treehugger. com suggests we completely use up existing products,

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Parents wishing to simplify child-raising seek less stress and more fun; less scheduling and more casual time; less “shoulds” and more “want-tos” less second-guessing and more confidence.


or a happier family life, experts encourage parents to stay true to their own values, strengths and sense of family purpose, focusing on the wonders of their children instead of endless daily tasks. It begins with each child feeling loved.

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For Gary Chapman, Ph. D., author of The 5 Love Languages of Children: The Secret to Loving Children Effectively, understanding each child’s particular needs for touch, affirming words, quality time, gifts or acts of service is foundational to parenting success. “Other than security, a child’s deepest need is to feel loved,” says Chapman, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. “If their love tank is full, children grow up emotionally healthy. Knowing a child’s preferred language helps parents effectively communicate their feelings. The question is not, ‘Do you love your children?’ It’s, ‘Do your children feel loved?’” As Chapman arrives home, his son rushes to hug him, grinning while his dad tousles his hair. Chapman’s daughter often 16

calls out, “Dad, come into my room. I want to show you something.” This is how he communicates with each child in their primary love language. Parents learn their children’s preferred communication style by observing their behavior, noticing how they express love and listening to them. They can also offer options and track results. For example: n Would you like to take the dog to the park (quality time) or for me to help you study for a test (acts of service)? n Would you like to wrestle (touch) or shop for your new shoes (gift)? “Ideally, we offer heavy doses of the child’s primary language and sprinkle in the others,” says Chapman. “Children who feel loved respond better to suggestions and discipline. They also learn how to express their feelings.”

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Avoid Unreal Idealizing

Some parents carry a mental snapshot of their ideal child, perhaps envisioning a kid that is into sports or even-tempered or academically gifted. Often, that picture is very different from the actual child. The first step to truly accepting the child is to allow ourselves to feel whatever authentic feelings pop up. The parent might think, “I love my son, but am struggling; I adore sports and may never get to share that with him.” “Give yourself time to process disappointment,” advises Susan Stiffelman, a Los Angeles marriage and family therapist, mother of one and author of Parenting Without Power Struggles: Raising Joyful, Resilient Kids While Staying Cool, Calm and Connected. “Then identify the things you love about your kids and share those with them.” As just one example, we might convey that we love the sound of their voice and how gentle they are with the baby. “Appreciating our children as they are is one way to keep our hearts open,” says Stiffelman.

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Focus on the Good

When Barbara Unell, a parent educator and author of Discipline With Love and Limits: Calm, Practical Solutions to the 43 Most Common Childhood Behavior Problems, birthed twins, she was initially daunted by the work of caring for them. Then she began simplifying by focusing on the “wow” factors. “Being a parent speaks to the core of our humanity. Experiencing the growth and development of a human being is miraculous. I started looking at parenting through that lens,” says Unell, who lives in the Leawood, Kansas, area. Asha Dornfest, of Portland, Oregon, a podcaster, co-author of Minimalist Parenting: Enjoy Modern Family Life More by Doing Less and mother of two, relates, “I paid more attention to my values and my family’s unique needs and was less influenced by parenting experts, social pressures and well-meaning peers.” Dornfest explored her own values by asking, “What did I learn from my parents?” and, “How do I want my family to be different?” She also practiced trusting her intuition. “Even when I’m not certain I’m right, I know I love my children, I’m doing my best, and I’ll make adjustments if necessary,” she says.

Create Rhythm and Rituals

Rhythmic activities ease the anxiety of family transitions and furnish warm solidarity, consistency and connectedness. “Increasing the predictability of meals, bedtime and other rituals also improves family life,” says Davina Muse, a mental health counselor and mother of two from Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Muse serves as training director for Simplicity Parenting, a program based on Kim John Payne’s book Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power

of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids that offers a connective ritual families can merge with mealtimes. Each person describes a “rose” (one good thing from the day) or a “thorn” (one challenging thing) and a “bud” (one thing they’re anticipating). Such sharing builds a family connection and helps kids discuss difficult issues, notes Muse. Also, “Describing the bud lifts everyone’s mood.” Every Friday evening, the Dornfests share a Sabbath dinner, a low-key way for them to gather and talk. “This ritual adds a rhythm to our week and anchors us,” says Dornfest.

Elect De-Stress Over Distress

Everyone can sometimes become overscheduled and overwhelmed; a balance between scheduled time and downtime is necessary to well-being. In her daily checkin, Dornfest confers with herself and her husband, inquiring, “How are things going? Are they too hectic? Is our schedule energizing or draining?” She advises, “When I feel like I’m riding a runaway train, I slow down. There seem to be so many ‘shoulds’ in parenting; we instead need to discover what our family loves.” Before enlisting a child for an activity, Dornfest suggests we ask why it’s important: Are you making up for your own missed opportunities as a child? Are you worried your child will miss out? Do you equate these lessons with being a good and caring parent? Parenting is more than checking off lists and tasks. It’s about being connected with children. Build in playtime, roughhousing, chase each other around the yard, toss balloons or balls together, blow bubbles and welcome opportunities for laughter.

Soothing Quiet Time

Children that act out or withdraw may not have enough downtime. Take the kids outside to play. “Nature is very soothing,” says Muse. “Climb-

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ncorporating love throughout the day keeps a child’s tank full. Consider these tips from love languages expert Gary Chapman.

Physical Touch – Get Close ¤ Greet the child with a hug ¤ Stroke their hair while they talk about a challenging day ¤ Snuggle while watching TV

Affirmations – Encouraging Words ¤ Put a positive note in the child’s lunch box ¤ Appreciate something the child did or said ¤ Create an encouragement jar, with praising words to use as needed

Quality Time – Periods of Undivided Attention ¤ Ask a specific question about their day that elicits discussion ¤ Schedule a date with each child ¤ Create something together, like a photo album

Gifts – Tangible Expressions of Love ¤ Make a special meal or dessert; maybe do it together ¤ Have some small gifts the child can choose from as rewards for positive actions ¤ Seek natural gifts, like a special feather, stone or flower

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Know the Power of Space

Most parents think their children would go crazy if half their toys and books were removed, but this isn’t true. “My trainers and I have worked with thousands of parents on decluttering, and the results have been powerful,” says Muse. The Simplicity Parenting approach encourages parents to discard broken toys, give away anything no longer being played with and attractively store current playthings. She observes, “As you decrease the quantity of toys and clutter, you increase the child’s attention and capacity for deep play.”

Build Resilience

Simplifying parenting means releasing the notion that children must be happy, wellbehaved and delighted with life and their parents at all times. Unell used the daily multitasking challenges with her twins as exercises in developing resilience and modeling these skills for them. If children spill milk, the parent comments, “No big deal. We all spill things.” When there’s a minor accident, “Let’s just get towels and clean it up.” A resilient attitude is, “Something goes wrong, we fix it.” It’s also about being flexible and coping with disappointment. “To build resilience, parents need to feel comfortable in the presence of an unhappy child,” says Stiffelman. “If parents don’t allow children to be disappointed, kids can become rigid, lack confidence and struggle with unreasonable expectations.” During meltdowns or disappointments, she recommends sitting quietly, listening, and then empathizing and helping put the children’s feelings into words. “This is not the time to lecture


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ing trees, searching for rocks and pine cones, playing with dirt, sticks, water and leaves all offer healing down time.” To escape from worries and distractions, Stiffelman suggests three or four minutes of meditation or simply designated quiet time. For little ones, lay a stuffed teddy bear on the child’s tummy and have them notice how the animal is moving. A parent and child can also be aware of the sounds they are hearing, plus incorporate a little mindful breathing into the bedtime ritual.

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SUNDAY, JULY 8 Eat This! Demo and Tasting – 11am-3pm. Try some of the delicious flavors of Eat This! preserves. Doylestown Food Market, 29 W State St, Doylestown. Andrea Haines, 215-348-4548. Info@ DoylestownFood

“Potty Talk” Digestive Wellness – 6-8pm. Free event for practice members of Montgomery Integrative Health and the general community. Please join our July meetup group. We will be talking about the importance of our digestion in our overall health. Do you have the guts to join us? Montgomery Integrative Health, 1108 E Willow Grove Ave, Wyndmoor. Donna Butler, 215-233-6226. Donna@MontHealth. com.


TUESDAY, JULY 10 Hypnosis to Stop Smoking/Lose Weight/Sleep Better – 6-7pm; Stop Smoking with Hypnosis. Through hypnosis, smoking cessation is easily achieved in a one-hour session. Eliminate the craving for tobacco while minimizing discomfort. 7-8pm; Lose Weight with Hypnosis. Through hypnosis, weight loss is easily and painlessly attained. Shed unwanted pounds and keep them off in a safe, effective program. 8-8:45pm; Better Sleep with Hypnosis. 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. Learn relaxation techniques and strategies to fall asleep easier. Arun Ghandi–The Gift Of Anger – 7-8pm. TickReinforcement CD ($18) is strongly recommended. eted event. The Doylestown Bookshop presents Cost: $58 per session. Upper Merion Community grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, Arunone Ghandi, for a Submit your listing at by the 5th of the month, month Center, 431 Valley Forgeonline Rd., King of Prussia. discussion and book signing The Gift of prior to publication. Please email withfeaturing questions. 908-303-7767. Barry@HypnosisCounseling Anger. Refer to the URL listed for information. Cost includes a hardcover copy of Arun Ghandi’s book. $25.44. The Doylestown Bookshop, 16 S Main St, THURSDAY, JULY 12 Doylestown. 215-230-7610. Mail@Doylestown Ladies Health Class – 7-8:30pm. Learn of your feminine body and how to create the beauty and look Sunday Celebration of Spirit in Our Lives that’s healthful for you. Gain understanding of our– SATURDAY, JULY 14 9:30-11am. Come celebrate the ajoy of the silence systems and graceful ways to live holistic lifestyle of spiritnutrition, within each and every person. Based upon Reiki I Class – 10am-4pm. Reiki can leave one through movement, style and grace. Learn the Movement of Spiritual Awareness (MSIA) feeling relaxed and less stressed. Anyone can learn health secrets from Persian Inner and Egyptian traditions andEastern the practice of “re-cognizing” yourself and as a to become a reiki practitioner. In Usui Reiki I, and medicine techniques. Informative soul, through soul transcendence. Discuss, talk students learn a brief history of reiki, reiki lineage perspective-shifting. $25. The Room At Meadand practical uses for reiki. All students receive and express theDurham beauty Rd, of who we areLyn as spiritual owbrook, 4089 Ottsville. Hicks, “be-ings”. The Room At Meadowbrook, 4089 the Reiki I attunement, a manual and a certificate 215-813-4073. TheRoomAt Durham Rd, Ottsville. Sue Walski, 215-813-4073. of completion. Anahata Yoga and Wellness Center, 690 Harleysville Pk, Lederach. Kathleen Tooley, 215-740-1354. FRIDAY, JULY 13 PaneraYoga Bread, Doylestown. Laurie ValkenChair Teacher Training – JulVan 14-15; Sat burgh, 267-566-6056. 12:30-5pm, Sun 9am-2:30pm. With DorothyO, Cm. principals, RYT. Asana, basic pranayama, alignment

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JourneyDance – 7-8:30pm. Authentic movement, comJourneyDance is a transformational dance that com bines freestyle and guided movement that inspires well-being and empowerment. JourneyDance’s meditative joyful movement is for everyone. Come as you are, wherever you are on your journey. Bring a water bottle and dress comfortably for movement. $20. Anahata Yoga and Wellness, 690 Harleysville Pk, Lederach. 215-534-4989. EarthRhythmSacred

SATURDAY, JUNE 2 Doylestown Farmers Market – 8am-1pm. Enjoy the outdoors while you shop from a bountiful, beautiful, fresh local harvest. Vegetables, herbs, fruit, flowers, homemade and handmade goodies, breads, pastries, pastured meats, eggs, mushrooms and much more. Music by Back Porch Jug Band. Every Saturday, visit us to BUY LOCAL; SAVE BUCKS. Free. Doylestown Farmers Market, S Hamilton St, between W State St and W Oakland Ave, Doylestown. Rhiannon Wright, 484-663-9727. DtownMarketManager@

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Cost: $365 Genesis Spiritual Healing & Metaphysical Center 40 High St (rear), Mount Holly, NJ Intro to Kayaking Class – 3-5pm. This class will introduce you to the parts of a kayak, how to hold and move a kayak paddle, how to enter and exit a kayak, ways to keep your balance while kayaking and, of course, how to get around on the water. Class size is limited. Pre-registration/payment is required. $30. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. 215-785-1177. SilverLakeNatureCenter@

TUESDAY, JUNE 5 The Aging Brain – 6-8pm. Instructor: Dr Vincent Kiechlin, DC. Learn how and why the brain can age faster than the body and what we can do to slow deterioration. $50/public. $35/students of Dian’s Six-Month Nutritional hole Certification Program. Body Yoga Studio Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave, presents instrucSte 202, Morristown, NJ. RSVP: yoga 973-267-4816. tor Vladamir Tcharov, from

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Blood Chemistry Part I – 11am-1:30pm. “ReadPranakriya School of Healing SATURDAY,Arts, JUNE ing Medical Blood Tests Naturally.” Take control who9 will lead a 200of your health and learn about what’s going on in Doylestown Farmersnine Market – 8am-1pm. Stroll hourbody. yogaInstructor: teacher training. The training will be offered through intensive weekend your Dian Freeman. $50/public. through the market and greet your farmers. Stock sessions, taking place September 7 to Certi9, October 12 to 14, November 2 to 4, December 7 $35/students of Dian’s Six-Month Nutritional up with farm-fresh local food. Vegetables, herbs, fication Program.11 Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 to 9, January to 13, February 8 to 10, Marchflowers, 1 to 3,fruit, Aprilhomemade 5 to 7 and 3 to 5. goodies, andMay handmade Mt Kemble Ave, Ste 202, Morristown, NJ. RSVP: breads, pastries, pasturedwarm meats,ups, eggs,basic mushrooms Students will learn the essentials for teaching yoga, including pos973-267-4816. and so much more. Music by Bear Cave Tower folk

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duo. Come every Saturday and BUY LOCAL. Free. Anatomy of Digestion and Elimination – physiology of yoga, breathing techniques, relaxation, meditation and yogic philosophy. Doylestown Farmers Market, S Hamilton St, be2-4:30pm. Instructor: Yvette Adams. Understanding Students also have thetoopportunity to engage practice tweeninWsupervised State St and W Oaklandteaching. Ave, Doylestown. your insideswill helps you begin heal. $50/public. Rhiannon His Wright, 484-663-9727. DtownMarket $35/students of Dian’s Six-Month Nutritional Certi-certification. Tcharov has completed his 500-hour teaching style emphasizes a fication Program.practice Dian’s Wellness slower-paced with aSimplified, focus on 1500 breath, sensations and emotions, and a Mt Kemble Ave, Ste 202, Morristown, NJ. RSVP: Developing Intuition – 2-part series: June 9, 16. deep understanding of yoga philosophy. 973-267-4816. 11am-2pm. Instructor: Michael Ziakowski. Under-

Whole Body Yoga Studio offers a variety of courses for all ability levels and practice stand and develop different layers of psychic gifts styles, from prenatal yoga to challenging vinyasa owner$70/students Patty Ferry and classes. intuition.Studio $100/public. of says, Dian’s “We offer the North Wales and greater community an easy way to take care of their body, Six-Month Nutritional Certification Program. Dian’s Wellnesseach Simplified, 1500 Mt KembleinAve, mind and spirit. Through this training, we hope to inspire aspiring instructor’s 202, Morristown, NJ. RSVP: 973-267-4816. nate style and continue to grow our local yogaSte community. ” M.$50 Smerconish: Clowns to theE.Left of Me… Cost: $3,200 plus $150 materials. Nonrefundable deposit. Location: 103 Walnut St., – 1-2pm. The Doylestown Bookshop will be welNorth Wales. For more information, call Patty Ferry 215-872-8373, email Patty@Whole comingatback host of CNN’s “Smerconish” and or visit See ad, page 27. for his newest book columnist Michael Smerconish

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Munay-Ki Rites of Peruvian Shamanism June 9-10 Two-day program • 1-5pm each day Based on spiritual practices from the shamans of the Andes and the Amazon, the Munay-Ki rites clear and upgrade the luminous energy field and are intended to help the initiate become a person of wisdom and healing, transforming the human into a being of transcended light and assisting in the awakening of humanity. Attendees receive all nine rites and learn to gift the rites to others. Must attend both days. Must register online

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expectant mothers to its new, therapeutic support group, Babies Don’t Come With Manuals. The group will meet from 11 a.m. to noon beginning July 21, and will continue every other Saturday at its Warminster office. Within the group, expectant mothers and mothers with babies aged up to 24 months can

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SUNDAY, JUNE 10 Reiki I Class – 10am-4pm. Reiki is a peaceful healing modality that can leave one feeling relaxed and less stressed. Anyone can learn to become a reiki practitioner. Are you ready? Anahata Yoga & Wellness Center, 690 Harleysville Pk, Lederach. Kathleen Tooley, 215-740-1354. Kathy@Anahata

TUESDAY, JUNE 12 Energetic Body Workshop – 6-8pm. Instructor: Michael Ziakowski. Understand energy principles and how they are affected by others’ energy, stones, crystals, technology and mood. $50/public. $35/ students of Dian’s Six-Month Nutritional Certification Program. Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave, Ste 202, Morristown, NJ. RSVP: 973-267-4816.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13 Stop Smoking/Lose Weight with Hypnosis – 6:307:30pm: Stop Smoking with Hypnosis. Through hypnosis, smoking cessation is easily achieved in a one-hour session. Eliminate the craving for tobacco while minimizing discomfort. 7:30-8:30pm: Lose Weight with Hypnosis. Through hypnosis, weight lossnclusion is easily and painlessly attained. Shed unwanted Festival, an autismand sensorypounds and keep them off in a safe, effective profriendly music and wellness will gram. $55 each session. Gauntlettfestival, Community be held(Marple July 28Newtown and 29 at Mountain SkyLine Center, ARC), 20 Media Rd., Broomall, PA. Barry Wolfson,Pennsylvania, 908-303-7767. Festival Grounds, in Jermyn, Hypnosis just north of Scranton.

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music, participate in mindfulness practices and build a supportive community network and lifestyle that extends far beyond the festival grounds. Amy Pinder, speech language pathologist, and Leah Hegstrom Barron, special education and yoga teacher, are Inclusion Festival’s founders and directors. Together, they have assembled a team of educators,

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xplorer, publisher, art collector and author Erling Kagge inspires us to find silence around and within us as a transformative experience. The lengths he’s gone to make himself an authority in this pursuit include being the first person to complete the Three Poles Challenge on foot—the North and South poles and Mount Everest summit. He has also traveled to Japan to meditate and practice yoga. The Norwegian’s seventh book, Silence: In the Age of Noise, selected as a 2017 Great Read from the Indie Next List, recounts his experiences and presents observations of many past and present poets, philosophers, artists and other explorers—including Plato, Aristotle, Søren Kierkegaard, Oliver Sacks, Blaise Pascal, Martin Heidegger, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Stendhal, Denis Diderot and Mark Rothko—in exploring where we find silence and how to invoke it to improve well-being. It provokes reader reflection, demonstrating the kind of active engagement Kagge believes silence invites. He explores why it’s essential to our sanity and happiness and how it can open doors to wonder and gratitude. Kagge, whose previous books address exploration, philosophy and art collecting, runs Kagge Forlag, a publishing company in Oslo, where he lives.

Why do you consider silence, “the new luxury”, more important now than ever before? Silence in itself is rich. It is a quality, something exclusive and luxurious, and also a

When they come to the end of it, the poor wretches realize too late that for all this time, they have been preoccupied in doing nothing.” Everything Earthly can be snatched away in an instant. Life is long if you know how to use it. Even if we were to live 1,000 years, our lives would feel short if we threw away this present time. We exist, but few of us actually live.

What have been the most helpful takeaways from your experiences? Your mind—in silence—can be wider than the sky. Silence is about getting inside what you are doing—experiencing, rather than overthinking, and not living through electronic devices and other people.

Where may silence be found? It’s easier to find silence than many people think or believe. I walked alone to the South Pole for 50 days and nights under the midnight sun in search of total silence; but I never found it before I turned inwards toward inner silence and uncovered forgotten sides of a universe just as mysterious as outer space. One universe stretches outward, the other inward.

Are there practical steps to achieve a state of silence?

Which insight from the great thinkers cited in your latest book means the most to you?

You can shut out the world and fashion your own inner silence whenever you run, cook food, have sex, study, chat, work, think of a new idea, read or dance. Silence is not about turning your back on your surroundings, but the opposite; it’s seeing the world a bit more clearly, staying on a course and aiming to love your life as much as you can. I had to use my legs to go far away in order to discover this, but I now know it’s possible to reach silence anywhere. One only needs to subtract. It’s about finding your own South Pole.

The Roman philosopher Seneca, 2,000 years ago, said, “Life is very short and anxious for those who forget the past, neglect the present and fear the future.

Randy Kambic, an Estero, FL, freelance writer and editor, regularly contributes to Natural Awakenings.

practical resource for living a richer life. Silence is a deep human need that in our age, has ended up being scarcer than plastic bags from Louis Vuitton. To me, silence is a key to unlock new ways of thinking. I wanted to write about silence because I consider it nearly extinct.

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s fresh water becomes increasingly scarce worldwide, communities are coming together to find creative solutions to conserve it. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average American family uses some 300 gallons of water a day at home, nearly a third of which lands on lawns and yardscapes. Yet simple solutions like installing lowflow showerheads, turning off the tap while brushing teeth and installing drought-friendly landscaping can save a householder thousands of gallons a year and big money on water bills. The Irvine, California, Wyland Foundation created the Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation seven years ago to stimulate awareness and action around water waste by tapping into civic pride and a healthy sense of competition. “What we do at home has a big impact on what happens to natural resources 1,000 miles downstream,” says Steve Creech, executive director of the nonprofit, founded by marine life artist Robert Wyland to foster healthy oceans and waterways. The program pits cities against each other every April to see which one can garner the most water-saving pledges from residents. Prizes for participants include a year’s worth of utility bills paid, green home cleaning kits and low-flow shower heads. It also provides immediate feedback on rankings at MyWaterPledge. com. As of May, 616,000 participants in 4,800 towns and cities had pledged to save 3 billion gallons per year. “Many are attracted by prizes, but over time, become more interested in conservation and sustainability,” observes Creech. “Social modeling is important because people get activated when they see friends and family involved. Surveys also show that we

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Calculate a personal water footprint at look to local leaders on issues like this, so it makes a difference when mayors take a stance.” Mesa, Arizona’s thirsty desert lawns and gardens suck thousands of gallons of precious water a day. Nearly 20 years ago, the city joined forces with Phoenix and Scottsdale to launch a water conservation campaign that has become among the largest of its kind. Today, hundreds of private and public partners across North America use the Water – Use It Wisely program to turn the tide on water waste ( Creative approaches go a long way in encouraging households to save water, says Donna DiFrancesco, conservation coordinator for the city of Mesa. Its campaign newsletter speaks to 26,000 subscribers. Some 100 water-saving devices and symbols remind consumers to think about how they use water in everyday life. A traveling, 16-foot water tower made of water jugs represents the 120 gallons of water the average person uses per day in Arizona. They even challenge residents to “help your yard drink responsibly” through the Drab to Fab Backyard Rehab campaign, rewriting the narrative that sustainable is synonymous with sacrifice. In its second year, more than 11,500 entrants throughout the state put their creativity to work in revamping their backyards. To promote behavior change, Creech suggests that providing justifications for each water-saving action is key. When citizens become more conscious of how they waste the most water, they are more motivated to act. Repairing toilet and pool leaks and exchanging baths for showers are common fixes. “The 40 Gallon Challenge is designed to help people find the ‘low-hanging fruit’ in their water use—such as a leaky faucet or a long shower—that can readily help save 40 gallons a day,” says Ellen Bauske, program coordinator for this initiative of the Center for Urban Agriculture at the University of Georgia, in Griffin ( It’s designed to be flexible so states and municipalities can address the local context. “It’s been great to see the creative ways it’s been adapted; for example, one agent used the pledge as a scavenger hunt item for 4H clubs,” Bauske notes. More than 11,000 people have taken this pledge across America, potentially saving 1.9 million gallons a day. It can be difficult to measure the real water savings of such challenges, but DiFrancesco says that Mesa has seen a roughly 20 percent reduction in water use since 1999, when the local campaign began to take off. Drop by drop, small acts taken collectively by engaged citizens add up to big savings. Find water-saving tips at and Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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ccording to the Alliance for Water Efficiency, if every American cut their water use by 25 percent, the nation would save 2.8 trillion gallons in a year; household faucet leaks alone are estimated to waste 1 trillion gallons annually. Opportunities to save water are everywhere. Here are a few examples for the home, office and lawn, from Water – Use It Wisely’s 100+ Ways to Conserve Water ( Kitchen: Wash produce in a pot of water instead of running the tap, then reuse the water to quench house plants. Bathroom: Save up to 1,000 gallons per month simply by showering for less than five minutes. Laundry room: If city and county codes allow it, have a plumber reroute household gray water to irrigate exterior landscaping rather than losing it to the sewer line. Lawn: Save up to 1,000 gallons a year by refraining from watering the lawn on windy days, when most of the water can blow away. Landscape: Spreading organic mulch around plants helps them retain moisture and fend off evaporation, while deterring the growth of water-sucking weeds. Watering in the early morning, when temperatures are low, minimizes evaporation. Use a rain barrel for hand-watering and zone plants by level of drought tolerance. Pool: Use a pool cover and keep water levels to a minimum to reduce water loss and additions of fresh water and chemicals. Office: Conduct a water audit to see where it’s easiest to save water and put in place a water management plan to address any issues. Promote awareness through a company newsletter to encourage employee water-saving efforts. August 2018


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ccording to the authors of Minerals: The Forgotten Nutrient - Your Secret Weapon for Getting and Staying Healthy, they are integral to our health. Joy Stephenson-Laws, the lead author and founder of the nonprofit Proactive Health Labs, in Santa Monica, California, suggests getting a full-spectrum mineral test through a healthcare provider to identify any deficiencies or imbalances. Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gives a broad, general Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for minerals, it’s not the most up-do-date or the most specific information according to gender, age or stage in life. The more current Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI) are nutrient-reference values developed by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies—five private, nonprofit institutions that provide independent, objective analysis, located in Washington, D.C., Irvine, California, and Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Intended

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to serve as a guide for good nutrition by covering 40-plus nutrient substances and more demographically specific than the RDA, the DRI provides a scientific basis for the development of food guidelines in the U.S. and Canada. This list of important minerals, based on the worldwide studies collected in the journal Minerals, is a good starting point. Another good reference is the extensive chart from the IOM of the National Academy of Sciences at

Our Body’s Periodic Table Sodium with Chlorine

Why we need it: fluid balance, nerve transmission, muscle contraction Food sources: sodium combines with chlorine in salt; Himalayan sea salt also contains 84 trace elements Recommended Daily Intake: 1,500 milligrams (mg) of sodium


Why we need it: fluid balance, nerve transmission, muscle contraction Food sources: bananas, dried figs, nuts, avocadoes Recommended Daily Intake: 4.7 grams (g)


Why we need it: strong teeth and bones, muscle relaxation and contraction, blood clotting, blood pressure regulation, immune system health Food sources: leafy green vegetables, fortified nut milk, dairy products, canned sardines/salmon, dried figs, oysters; plus mineral water brands labeled higher in calcium and lower in sodium, per integrative medicine pioneer Dr. Andrew Weil Recommended Daily Intake: 1,000 to 1,200 mg


Why we need it: joint function Food sources: fish, beef, poultry, egg yolks, beans, coconuts, bananas, garlic Recommended Daily Intake: 6 mg of sulfur-containing amino acids per pound of adult weight


Why we need it: works with calcium to build strong bones, repair cells Food sources: salmon, yogurt, turkey, lentils, almonds Recommended Daily Intake: 700 mg


Why we need it: strong bones, energy, mental health Food sources: leafy green vegetables, nuts, seeds and foods with fiber Recommended Daily Intake: 310 to 320 mg for adult women, 410 to 420 mg for adult men


Why we need it: helps make blood hemoglobin Food sources: breakfast cereals fortified with iron, white beans, dark chocolate, beef liver, spinach Recommended Daily Intake: 18 mg for adult women, 8 mg for adult men


Why we need it: healthy immune system

Food sources: nuts, seeds, green leafy vegetables Recommended Daily Intake: 11 mg


Why we need it: to ward off colds, aid sexual function Food sources: oysters, shellfish, red meat, whole grains, nuts Recommended Daily Intake: 9 mg for women, 11 mg for men


Why we need it: facilitates enzymes action Food sources: organ meats, whole grains, shellfish, dark leafy greens Recommended Daily Intake: 900 micrograms (mcg)


Why we need it: thyroid function, healthy skin and nails Food sources: seaweed, turkey, cranberries, navy beans, iodized table salt Recommended Daily Intake: 150 mcg


Why we need it: lowering cancer risk Food sources: Brazil nuts, tuna, halibut, turkey Recommended Daily Intake: 55 mcg


Why we need it: facilitates production of natural enzymes Food sources: lima beans, cauliflower, peas, soybeans Recommended Daily Intake: 45 mcg


Why we need it: reduces insulin resistance, helps lower cholesterol Food sources: lean meats, whole grains, broccoli, green beans Recommended Daily Intake: 25 mcg for adult females, 35 mcg for adult males We require macrominerals—those we need in larger amounts—as well as microminerals—those necessary in trace amounts. For a good overview from the Harvard University Medical School, visit Judith Fertig writes award-winning cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

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trong immunity is a cornerstone of optimum health, and may be weakened or enhanced by what we eat and how we manage our emotions. Starting young in incorporating good ongoing habits can go a long way toward building a better immune response to whatever a person encounters.

Kid-Friendly Foods Organic strawberries, brightly colored peppers, vitamin D-rich eggs or almond trail mix can turn a child’s brown bag lunch into an immune-boosting power meal. “Diet is one of the main pillars for children’s health. I teach parents and kids that food can be fun, and not to be obsessed with counting calories or portions,” says Dr. Alina Olteanu, a holistic pediatrician in Dallas, Texas. “I recommend an anti-inflammatory diet based on lots of colorful vegetables and fruits, and healthy fats like fish, nuts, seeds, avocado and olive oil. Eating fermented foods like sauerkraut, pickled vegetables and kimchi supports a healthy microbiome.” 28

Adequate protein supports healthy immunity, as does reducing inflammatory foods containing monosodium glutamate (MSG), caramel color, sodium nitrite, food dyes and chemical preservatives. Such measures help reduce the burden on a child’s immune system. According to Naturopathic Doctor Sarah Anne Rothman, of Thyme Integrative Health, in Pacifica, California, limiting or eliminating processed sugar is also recommended; studies by Loma Linda

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University, in Loma Linda, California, show that sugar consumption suppresses immune response for five hours. Olteanu notes, “Desserts can be fruits and a small amount of dark chocolate, which is rich in antioxidants and actually healthy.” Her favorite sweetener for kids older than 1 year is raw honey; however, she cautions against giving honey to infants during their first year.

Exercise and Herbal Allies Exercise has been shown to increase blood and lymphatic circulation and in turn, helps move antibodies through the system and do a better job at fighting invaders, according to Harvard Health Publishing. Exercise is also a renowned stress-reliever, especially outdoors, which manifests the bonus of vitamin D fortification from healthy sun exposure. “I strongly encourage all my patients to spend at least an hour a day playing outside,” says Olteanu. Childhood stress is a real factor that can weaken immunity, yet juvenile anxieties may be dismissed or go unnoticed by adults. Caffeine-free herbal teas and glycerin-based tinctures such as chamomile, lemon balm, passionflower and lavender can be reliable double-duty allies for children, calming them while also promoting immune response. Essential oils are another boon. “The benefits of using essential oils on children are immense. Many oils are safe for all age groups and can elevate mood, induce relaxation and boost natural defenses,” says holistic nurse and certified clinical aromatherapist Patricia Springer, in Mason, Ohio. Springer recommends diffusing

Germs Can Be Helpful Research from Professor Linda Harrison, of Charles Sturt University, in Australia, reveals that children that are exposed to other children in a daycare or school environment at an early age develop stronger immunity, even though they might sometimes get sick at the outset. According to a study in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, daycare kids have a decreased risk

of developing asthma and allergies later in life. Children also benefit from getting their hands into microbe-rich soil, say Brigham and Women’s Hospital researchers in a study published in Science. While germs can help kids build stronger immunity, common good habits like regular hand-washing curb the spread of viruses.

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Homeopathy Homeopathy is a system of natural healing to which kids often respond positively. There are well-known over-the-counter remedies that treat acute conditions without side effects, but certified classical homeopath Julia Eastman, a doctor of Oriental medicine in Naples, Florida, recommends a more thorough approach. “Homeopathy can be life-changing, but it’s a system based upon the unique physical, emotional and energetic constitution of the individual. Going to a boardcertified classical homeopath is the ideal route, because they can profile the child’s complete constitution, including patterns of illness and personality for the best possible result.” Treating children’s illness homeopathically when symptoms arise without taking the big picture into account can sometimes cause more harm than good. “Homeopathic remedies are not preventive medicine unto themselves, but using them constitutionally can help to improve overall health, immunity included,” says Eastman, who has witnessed dangerously high fevers in infants relieved within minutes when whole-care homeopathy has been applied. Health is wealth, and fortifying the next generation benefits us all. Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at

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itting in the kitchen with my 92-year-old grandfather, listening to stories about driving tractors, plucking strawberries and carrying water from the well, I am reminded of the challenges and lessons embedded in my family’s past. While Grandad may not understand iPhones or the internet, he knows more about life than I possibly could at 17. With this in mind, I feel it is Hannah Adamson invaluable for teens like myself to take time to listen to our own histories and spend time with family. With many obligations during the school year, taking time to connect with family is something that is often placed on the back burner. Some days it can even seem like scheduling time to have dinner together is more difficult than solving a mathematical equation. It is important to make a conscious effort to reach out to family members, even if it is something as simple as a five-minute conversation, quick text or an out-of-the-blue phone call. These small gestures often brighten someone’s day and can mean more than just the occasional visit. As we all know, families don’t always get along or share the same opinions. Guess what... that’s okay! Sure it may be frustrating, but when we release the overpowering need to be “right” and the need to impose our perspective on others, we can agree to disagree. Many times listening to an opposing viewpoint with an open mind is more beneficial than only talking with people that agree with you. Furthermore, letting go of some disagreements in favor of saving a relationship with a family member is more important. While I am no expert on family relationships, I know the importance of family. With over 3,000 miles of separation between me and most of my family, and visits only once a year, I realize how special spending time with loved ones is. For me, having the opportunity to listen to my grandfather’s stories is fairly rare, which reinforces how precious family time is. Every minute spent with family is a treasure; it is up to us to recognize that and make the choice to treat it as such. Hannah Adamson will be a senior in high school this fall. She practices meditation and takes ThetaHealing courses with Reshma Shah in Westfield, New Jersey.

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Make Like a Missile. With hands alongside the body, push off the wall underwater and glide until coming to a stop. Next, try it with arms outstretched about shoulder-width apart and the head tilted slightly upward like Superman flying. Then, repeat while contorting the body into the longest, straightest, thinnest shape possible. Overlap hands, extend arms and


Roll with It. A good side-to-side body roll cuts drag and activates core muscles in powering arm pulls. Practice rolling by extending the right arm forward as far as possible, place the left arm flat against the torso, then push off the wall with the left shoulder pointing upward, the right, at the pool bottom. Maintain this position while kicking eight to 10 times. Then pull the right arm through the water, simultaneously rolling to the opposite side. Then extend the left arm forward and repeat. When pulling, concentrate on directing power straight back. Pushing down on the water squanders energy during the onset of the stroke, as does pushing upward during the final phase. It eliminates bobbing.


Control Hands. Keep hands about shoulder-width apart throughout a freestyle pull. To avoid fishtailing from side-to-side, imagine a vertical line separating two halves of the body and don’t allow hands to cross over it.

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Don’t Kick Hard. A good freestyle kick helps maintain balance and positioning to increase speed. Avoid over-kicking; small, quick kicks generate almost as much force as large, powerful ones andwith less drag. Point toes, keep knees fairly straight and try to keep legs within the torso’s slipstream.


Loosen Ankles. Efficiency is more about ankle flexibility than foot size. If taking up swimming after years of land sports, ankles may be tight and inflexible. Wearing swim fins will loosen them up.


Seek Quiet. Make each stroke smooth and “fish-slippery”. Practice swimming quietly. Splashing and thrashing wastes energy.


Follow the 10 Percent Rule. The three basic components of swim training are the duration, intensity and frequency of workouts. Seek to increase one component by 10 percent each week; for example, work on duration first and intensity later. A reasonable goal for most swimmers is to reach three to four sessions a week of 40 to 60 minutes each. Ascertain what’s sustainable

for the long term. Once a routine is established, add in short, fast swims, alternating bursts of speed with rest on a one-to-one ratio, such as 30 seconds of sprinting followed by 30 seconds of rest, repeated eight times.


Take Tomorrow Off. Rest days enable physical gains, especially as we age. For collegiate swimmers, two practices a day, six days a week might be normal. For retirees, four, one-hour swim practices per week can help preserve fitness safely.


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n Notice the sensation of water on skin and a feeling of weightlessness. n Forget about to-dos and indulge in simple floating; surrender to the support of the water and let go. n Visualize the water washing away worries and stresses. n Push off the wall of a pool or the bottom of a lake with a personal affirmation such as “I am peaceful” or “I open myself to joy.” Clean waters are vital to us all. Do your part by not contributing to overburdened natural resources. n Swim in chlorine-free pools. n Enjoy the beauty and pass on appreciation for special spots. n Take out what we bring in. n Learn more about why we need clean waterways at Green-Living-Archive/We-Need-Clean-Waters and chlorine-free and natural pools at


Stay Hydrated. Even in water, we perspire, and a mere 2 percent dehydration can affect muscle performance. Even slight dehydration leads to water absorption during swimming and in turn, considerable amounts of chlorine or salt. n Sip water every 15 to 20 minutes during a swimming session n Drink water within 30 minutes after swimming for optimum rehydration n Avoid sugary sports drinks; opt for filtered water Rinse off. Due to chlorine’s magnetic alkaline composition and healthy skin and hair’s natural acidity, soaping up doesn’t remove it. To outwit the chemical bond and reestablish a healthy pH balance after exposure to chlorinated or salt water: n Shower before swimming to protect skin from excessive absorption of chemicals. n Apply coconut or olive oil before swimming to moisturize and maintain pH to fend off viruses and bacteria. n Shower immediately after swimming; start with warm-hot water to open the pores and finish with a cooling spray to close them. n Add a few jar capfuls of apple cider vinegar to water and rinse hair and skin thoroughly; the vinegar’s acidity breaks the chemical bond between chlorine and skin/hair, restores pH and prevents skin and hair damage. n Wash hair and skin with sulphate-free, antioxidant shampoo and body wash. Check out August 2018






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he path to mentally transcending the world’s intrusive bustle is to be compassionate with our self and others. It begins in a relaxed heart from which emanate daily thoughts, words and deeds. Here’s a helpful centering exercise. Sit or lie in a quiet spot for about 10 minutes with eyes closed and become aware of breaths moving in and out, then feel each one fully by filling the lungs from bottom to top. With each exhale, slowly and completely empty the lungs. On each inhale, refill the lungs again. Mentally reciting “optimum oxygen” three times helps the body deeply absorb the nourishing element. Then bring both hands to the center of the chest to connect with the emotional heart centered there. Feel it pulsing beneath palms and fingers while quietly saying aloud, “I relax my heart.” Let the shoulders release coiled tension and drop gently. Repeat saying, “I relax my heart” and sense the heart fluttering open a bit more. Rest in this feeling. Again say, “I relax my heart” and notice awareness drop into it, a feeling of being present in the heart. Feel all tension and holding-on melting down and out onto the floor.

Then fill the lungs deeply and release the air through puckered lips; blow out with strength and purpose. Continue for a minute or two, allowing each exhalation to come straight from the center of the chest. When it feels complete, the feeling of active release will subside. Sense how much lighter the heart feels. Further relax the heart and shoulders, letting go into the ocean of love native to our heart. Envision floating safely in this ocean. See it stretched into infinity. Feel its warm embrace. Now choose kindness in this moment. Relax into kindness without judgment or pressure, only loving acceptance. Accept the infinite ocean of love available and open to it. It is filled with compassion, and now so are you. Rest gently for a few minutes, until once again aware of everyday surroundings. Rub hands over both arms, legs, hands and feet to feel present in the room. Then go about a heart-centered day with the waves of the infinite ocean of love gently lapping there. Amy Leigh Mercree, of Naples, FL, author of The Compassion Revolution, is a medical intuitive and relationship and wellness coach. Learn more at


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having sight, he wasn’t afraid to take risks,” she explains. “He climbed, explored and played with our other cats.” When a move to Manhattan, New York, presented a scary prospect for Cooper, Homer inspired her, saying, “Homer didn’t let fear of the unknown trip him up. He taught me the relationships you’re sure you don’t want can be the most meaningful.” “Dottie CrazyPants, a rescued Harlequin Great Dane with severe skin and ear infections and a dysfunctional Eric Isselee/

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Emotional Relief Tracy Krulik, a certified canine separation anxiety trainer in northern Virginia and the Washington, D.C. area, is a graduate of Jean Donaldson’s Academy for Dog Trainers. “Using videoconferencing, I can watch my client’s dogs at home, see when panic starts and create daily training plans to keep them safely calm.” Feldenkrais practitioner and author of Grow Young with Your Dog: Learn How You and Your Canine Companion Can Feel Better

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Lesson Learned Sandy Johnson, former actress and author of The Pet Healer Project and Miracle Dogs: Adventures on Wheels, in Los Angeles, was in recovery from Stage 4 kidney cancer when she adopted Charley, a Brussels Griffon. “Her singlemindedness taught me my greatest lesson about the body’s ability to heal,” she says. Animals show less concern about blindness, a bum knee or even the need for a wheelchair than humans do. People that live with special needs animals are quick to say the benefits far outweigh the cost. When we’re open to the possibilities, such pets offer lessons in living life to the fullest. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at

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n intravenous vitamin infusion containing vitamins C, B12 and B-complex, the “Myers’ cocktail” is used to enhance the immune system, improve fatigue and reduce symptoms of many conditions. It’s used to prevent and treat the common cold and other viruses, assists in detoxification in the liver and gives the skin a healthy glow. Many chronic conditions like fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and chronic depression respond to a series of Myers’ cocktails, in which patients feel an energy boost lasting days or weeks. Patients that get sick frequently with infections may find an increased immune response, an increase in energy and less susceptibility to acute situations, such as viral illnesses. When combined with glutathione (GSH), often referred to as the body’s master antioxidant, it has a potent antioxidant

effect. Composed of three amino acids—cysteine, cysteine, glycine—and glutamate, GSH can be found in virtually every cell of the human body, with the highest concentration found in the liver. This makes it critical in the body’s detoxification process. The Myers’ cocktail, or “Myers” for short, is named for the late John Myers, M.D., a Maryland physician who used IV nutrients to treat his patients. The Myers’ cocktail can be administered through an IV drip or simply with a syringe and butterfly needle, for a quick “on the go” treatment. The Myers’ cocktail works by increasing the concentration of several essential vitamins and nutrients in the blood. When nutrients are injected into the vein, the digestive system is bypassed. The nutrients in the bloodstream are coaxed into the cells, and frequently into the mitochondria, where they are active. This process kick-starts the cells so energy is produced more efficiently in them. The IV is relatively painless and takes five minutes to administer. It is safe, effective and well tolerated. Most beneficial effects are reportedly felt by the fourth treatment. Many patients choose to continue the injections every one to four weeks, or whenever they feel their energy slipping. Of course, an IV infusion is not a replacement for a healthy lifestyle, but it can certainly be a helpful boost. Jean Golden-Tevald, DO, is a physician at MorningStar Family Health Center, 54 Old Hwy. 22, Clinton, NJ. For more information, visit

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Daily meditations to the sounds of water can cool the body through the power of suggestion. There are many apps available for download, including the White Noise App, which offers the sounds of rain showers, running water and ocean waves. Sit comfortably, pop in your ear buds, listen and be still for 10 to 20 minutes. Use imagery of this cool water washing over and refreshing you. This can be soothing for both mom and baby.

uring pregnancy, it can be challenging to stay cool in the summer months. Even women who love the feeling of the sun shining down on them need to retreat for shade so as not to overheat. The following list of yoga tips are geared toward pregnancy but can be enjoyed by anyone to beat the summer heat. All forward folds can be soothing and cooling for the mind and body. This variation of downward facing dog is ideal for pregnant women, as it takes pressure off of the spine and sciatic nerve. Press your hands onto a wall as you walk your legs back until your body makes a right angle. Reach and stretch from the crown of your head and arms, through your entire spine, all the way down into your feet. Enjoy the muscular release and remain for as long as you like. When finished, keep your hands on the wall for balance, and stand up slowly.

Sitkari Breathing Variation:

When dogs want to cool off, they breathe through their mouths to cool their tongues. Similarly, Sitkari breathing cools the tongue to bring down body temperature. This variation to Sitkari breath work can be helpful when feeling physically or emotionally overheated. Make a small circle with your lips, and inhale as if breathing through tiny straw. Direct the air onto your tongue and avoid your teeth. Rest your cooled tongue to the roof of your mouth and breathe out through your nose. Take breaks when needed and continue until you feel a shift

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Water with Lime and Ginger:

Adding lime to your water will assist in keeping the brain hydrated, in addition to providing the body with essential vitamins and nutrients. To ward off nausea and headaches in the first trimester of pregnancy, try adding fresh ginger. Boil the juice from two fresh limes and a three-inch piece of minced ginger for 15 minutes. Strain, and store this mixture in the fridge to add to your sparkling or filtered water. Add honey or mint leaves for taste. Delicious and refreshing! Rosie Lazroe is a certified yoga teacher and master reiki practitioner. For more information, you can contact her at 732-596-7384, or visit

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Open House – 9am-2pm. Free yoga classes every 1/2 hour from 9-11:30am. Explore what Anahata Yoga and Wellness has to offer you. Join us in the afternoon for a picnic potluck. Anahata Yoga & Wellness Center, 690 Harleysville Pike, Lederach. Kathleen Tooley, 215-740-1354.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 4 Doylestown Farmers Market – 8am-1pm. Join us at our photo scavenger hunt for kids. Visit your local farmers and crafters. Stock up on fresh, local harvest. Vegetables, herbs, fruit, flowers, homemade and handmade goodies, pastured meats, eggs, cheeses, breads, pastries, mushrooms and more. Live music by Elle. Visit Saturdays and BUY LOCAL. Free. Doylestown Farmers Market, S Hamilton St between W State St and W Oakland Ave, Doylestown. Rhiannon Wright, 484-663-9727. DtownMarketManager@ Bernard Schaffer – The Thief Of All Light – 1-2:30pm. The Doylestown Bookshop will be hosting Philadelphia author Bernard Schaffer for the book launch of his book The Thief of all Light. About the author: Bernard Schaffer is a twenty-year law enforcement veteran, a decorated criminal investigator, narcotics expert and child forensic interviewer. The Doylestown Bookshop, 16 S Main St, Doylestown. 215-230-7610. Mail@ DoylestownBookshop. com/event/bernard-schaffer.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 9 Sacred Femininity Sisterhood – 7-8pm. A sisterhood for women to express, experience and cultivate their nourishing divine feminine. Join us monthly

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 12 Reiki I Class – 10am-4pm. With Usui Reiki Master Kathleen Tooley. Reiki is a peaceful healing modality that can leave one feeling relaxed and less stressed. Anyone can learn to become a reiki practitioner. Are you ready? All students receive the Reiki I attunement, a manual and a certificate of completion. $150. Anahata Yoga & Wellness Center, 690 Harleysville Pike, Lederach. Kathleen Tooley,

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 28 Women’s Prosperity Network (WPN) Breakfast – 8-10am. 4th Tues. New group. Women’s Prosperity Networking Breakfast, Doylestown Chapter, invites women professionals and business owners to discuss this month’s Mastermind topic: Maximizing Social Media in our busy busy Noisy World! Promotional material welcome. With online registration, $25 per WPN member; $30 guests and repeat visitors. Panera Bread, Doylestown. Laurie Van Valkenburgh, 267-566-6056. Lavabigail@

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15 Jin Shin Jyutsu – 7-8pm. Experience a session in the Japanese art of healing thyself. This art is practiced by listening to your pulses. A simple touching of points on the body called “safety energy locks” is utilized to help you bring your body into a more balanced state. You will learn self-help practices too. $75. The Room At Meadowbrook, 4089 Durham Rd, Ottsville. Sue Walski, 215-813-4073. Srw@ Self-Care Group for Parents of Addicts – 7-8pm. Dealing with addicted children is traumatic. Many of us are grieving. Perhaps they’ve physically passed on, or they’ve been in addiction so long, or they’re so deep in their disease, they feel gone to us. We’ve spent many years putting their needs ahead of ours. It’s time to put yourself first. Anahata Yoga & Wellness Center, 690 Harleysville Pike, Lederach. Kathleen Tooley, 215-740-1354.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 17 Gentle Yoga Teacher Training – 8/17-9/29. 6pm. Discover modifications that allow everyone to access authentic yoga. Be inspired to modified asana and approach for fragile populations. Yoga Alliance approved CEUs. Specializing in gentle yoga? 50hour program may be used toward 200-hour YTT. Inspire your students to positive results. Requires registration. $799. Yoga Vibhuti, 777 Second St Pike, Southampton. Yoga Vibhuti, 215-514-6065. Lisa Scottoline - Feared – 7-9pm. The Doylestown Bookshop presents New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline at the Pearl S Buck House. This is a ticketed event. Tickets available online. $35, includes a hardcover copy of Scottoline’s book, Feared. Pearl S Buck House–Estate Pavilion, 520 Dublin Rd, Perkasie. 215-230-7610. Mail@ DoylestownBookshop. com/scottoline.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 18 Doylestown Farmers Market – 8am-1pm. Don’t miss our fresh-picked tomato tasting. Stock up on local harvest. Vegetables, herbs, fruit, flowers, plants, pastured meats, eggs, cheeses, mushrooms, homemade and handmade goodies, breads and pastries. Live music by Back Porch Jug Band while you visit our farmers. Every Saturday, BUY LOCAL. Free. Doylestown Farmers Market, S Hamilton St between W State St and W Oakland Ave, Doylestown. Rhiannon Wright, 484-663-9727. DtownMarketManager@

Family Yoga – 1-2pm. Everyone in the family can do yoga together. This class/workshop is open to parents and children of any age. Feel free to bring more than one child, your spouse, etc. Children can play (bring a toy if you think they want to do that) or do yoga. $20. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 103 E Walnut St, North Wales. Patty Ferry, 215661-0510.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22 Essential Oils for Pets and People – 6:30-8pm. Learn how to combine essential oils for yourself and your furry friends. Join Dr Sue and Sharon for an educational class on how essential oils can help your household and your pet concerns. Cost reimbursed if you choose to purchase a kit to support healthy use of these magic elixirs. $20. The Room At Meadowbrook, 4089 Durham Rd, Ottsville. Sue Walski, 215-813-4073. Srw@epix. net.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 24 Awaken the Joy Within – Sound Healing – 7:309:30pm. Join Patty Ferry and sound healer Sharon Kachel for a blissful evening of live sound healing with gongs, sound bowls and bells, in restorative yoga poses with essential oils. Awaken your inner guide; feel your inner freedom as your take this time to heal your body and mind. $35. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 103 E Walnut St, North Wales. Patty Ferry, 215-661-0510. Patty@WholeBodyYogaStudio. com.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 25 Doylestown Farmers Market – 8am-1pm. Shop outdoors for beautiful, bountiful local harvest. Vegetables, herbs, fruit, plants, pastured meats, eggs, cheeses, mushrooms, homemade and handmade goodies, breads and pastries. Live music by Fiorenza-Dowlin Duo. Take home fresh-picked summer bouquets. Cool off with summertime beverages. Every Saturday, BUY LOCAL. Free. Doylestown Farmers Market, S Hamilton St between W State St and W Oakland Ave, Doylestown. Rhiannon Wright, 484-663-9727. Full Moon Drumming and Potluck – 7-8:30pm. A potluck, sacred drumming and community. We invite you to bring 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.


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plan ahead JourneyDance – 7-9pm. We are embodied love as we dance and fuse our energy through JourneyDance, a transformational dance that combines freestyle and guided movement and inspires well-being and empowerment. All are welcome, no experience necessary. Bring a water bottle and dress comfortably for movement. $20. Kelly Thomke, 215-5344989. Shanteel Yoga Sanctuary, 111 N Branch St, Sellersville.

savethedate Pranakriya Basic 200-Hr Yoga Teacher Training September 7-May 5 Pranakriya Yoga is one of the most solidly grounded, transformational and logically structured yoga teacher trainings in the country. We thread together asana, anatomy, pranayama, meditation, philosophy, relaxation, observation and hands-on assisting, as well as reading and working with groups and individuals. Taught in nine, intensive weekends. Program is Yoga Alliance Certified.

Cost: $3300 Whole Body Yoga Studio 103 E Walnut St, North Wales

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savethedate Samana Holistic Center Grand Opening September 8 • Noon-5pm Stop in and visit Samana’s new location and meet the folks that will be holding space for you and the Pottstown community. Readings, reiki sound healing, biofield tuning, Akashic records, conscious living, organic skin care, gong meditation and yoga. Samana Holistic Center 194 S Hanover St, Ste 101 Pottstown Jennifer Fischer, 267-304-2043

savethedate 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. August 4, 9am-2pm by appt Psychic Medium, Lisa Dantuono Lisa can help you with questions about finances, career, relationships, romance, health, life mission and your spiritual path. She can also connect you with loved ones on the other side. Bring photos. Doylestown. $80 for 30 minutes. August 11, 10am-1pm OR 3-6pm Brazilian Spiritual Healing Circle Tania Stewart will demonstrate a type of trance mediumship that is very rare in the United States—the channeling of “spirit doctors” and spiritual entities for the purpose of healing, similar to what happens with John of God in Brazil, where Tania used to assist. Each person will receive an individual healing. Feel free to attend both events, because the effects from energetic healing often multiply over time. New Britain. $50 per session, $80 for both. August 9, 10, 12, 13 10 & 11am, 12, 2, 3, 4, 6 & 7pm Private Healing Sessions— Holistic Spiritual Therapy As a medium and former assistant to John of God, Tania Stewart received training from spiritual entities of light to provide support and strength to your healing process. This may include connecting with past lives, messages from deceased loved ones, light healing touch, cleansing of the chakras or an overview of your emotional and spiritual consciousness, encompassing every dimension from the physical to the mental. The session can help you with grief, depression, emotional imbalances and everyday stress. $180 for 50 minutes. Splendors of Ancient Greece—October 2-13 Explore the architectural masterpieces of Athens, including the Acropolis, the Temple of Zeus and the Parthenon. Discover the Oracle of Delphi, one of the most spectacular mystical sites in the world. Then, on to the Aegean island of Crete, where we will visit the Palace of Knossos and the Paliani Monastery, a pilgrimage site, where the voice of the Virgin Mary was heard and the Sacred Myrtle Tree is found. Lastly, we will take a ferry to Santorini, the most beautiful Greek island.

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Healthy Living Festival September 9 • 11am-4pm

$30 for 30 words, then $1/word. Email by the 5th, or call Joe at 908-405-1515.

This 6th annual event will feature local, natural, eco, sustainable, holistic and metaphysical vendors, organic healthy food and drinks, local farms with produce, live music and performances, yoga classes, workshops and much more. Bring a blanket and enjoy the day, rain or shine.

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Empowered Light Holistic Expo September 28-30

SpiritFest October 27 & 28 Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 10am-5pm

Enjoy inspiring lectures, meditations, 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.

4th annual event. Tune up your body, mind and spirit. 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, more.

Fri 5-9pm; Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 10am-6pm

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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, 215-795-8065. 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. Life and Business Coaching Class – 7-9pm. Find out what always stops you. Free. 165 Passaic Ave, 2nd Flr, Fairfield, NJ. RSVP via text to Herb at Lobster Lab Media, #lobsterlabmedia or 973-223-8840.

tuesday Women’s Prosperity Network (WPN) Breakfast – 8-10am. 4th Tues. New group. Women’s Prosperity Networking Breakfast, Doylestown Chapter, invites women professionals and business owners to discuss this month’s Mastermind topic. Promotional material welcome. With online registration, $25 per WPN member; $30 guests and repeat visitors. Panera Bread, Doylestown. Laurie Van Valkenburgh, 267-566-6056. Lavabigail@gmail. com.


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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@ Massage Therapy Discount – Every day during August, licensed massage therapist Lee Noonan offers a $20 discount to new out-call clients in Bucks and Montgomery counties. She brings her table and 35+ years of experience in Manhattan. See her Community Resource Guide listing for details. $150. Lee Noonan, 917-656-5524. LeeNoonan5@ 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. BridgeWellness@


Philly Lyme Support Group – 2-4pm. 1st Sun. Our peer support group is for individuals with Lyme disease or co-infections and their loved ones. This is a space to give and receive support and to share information. Please note September’s meeting will be held the 2nd Sunday due to the holiday. Online meetings also available. Check our website. Free. Montgomery Integrative Health Group, 1108 E Willow Grove Ave, Wyndmoor. Emily Yost, 267586-0482. Philadelphia-Lyme-Disease-Support-Group.

Quantum Leap in Joy and Freedom – 3:304:30pm. Combine proprioceptive exercise with mindful meditation classes. Join like-minded women that want to co-create the life they want, effortlessly and joyfully. Learn how to connect your body, mind and spirit. $20. Medicine in Balance, 940 Town Center Dr, Ste F-90, Langhorne. Laurie Van Valkenburgh, 267-566-6056. Lavabigail@



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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, 215-795-8065. Babies Don’t Come With Manuals – 11am-noon. Every other Saturday (Aug 4 & 18). Expectant moms and moms with babies aged up to 24 months will be able to talk openly about motherhood in a non-judgmental and supportive environment, while learning tools to navigate through and cope with the stressors and challenges of being a mom or preparing to be a mom. $45. Evergreen Counseling, LLC, 5 Evergreen Ave, Warminster. Alexis Lee, 215-323-4244. Alexis@Evergreen-Counseling. com.


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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 21.


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 37.


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.

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 32.


Kelly Thomke, JourneyDance Certified Facilitator 215-534-4989 •

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 29.

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.

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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 8.


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 22.


The Logan Inn, in New Hope, is the oldest continuously running inn in Bucks County. Established in 1727, it offered its services to George Washington and his men and is said to be home to at least four ghosts. 48


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 45.


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 18.


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.


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.


George Bien, PhD, Hypnotherapist Perkasie • 718-886-8007 The premier center for personal hypnosis sessions. Also available: neuro-linguistic programming certification training: 4-day basic/4-day advanced; dynamic public speaking training: 2-day basic/2-day advanced; 220-hour, IACT certified hypnotherapist training. Ask about our personal “one-on-one” training. See ad, page xx.

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

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.

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.


Joan Summers, Certified Equine Gestalt Coach and Reiki Master 267-272-9343 • Joan will guide you with compassion and an open heart on a journey of selfdiscovery and healing. She offers healing for her clients impacted by trauma and/or experiencing PTSD, anxiety, feeling stuck, grief, low self-esteem and needing connection and purpose. See ad, page 24.


6055C Kellers Church Rd, 2nd Floor, Pipersville 215-795-8065 • 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 6.


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.


Licensed Massage Therapist Out Calls Only in Bucks/Montgomery 917-656-5523 • Recently relocated after 35+ years of private practice in Manhattan. Offering deep tissue, Swedish, ionizing detoxifying footbaths, energy balancing and craniosacral work. City massage at country prices. Visit BestNewYork for more info. Stay young and get younger.


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. See ad, page 6.

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Lauren A Walton NY Peace Institute Trained Mediator 732-299-1751 Serving the NY, NJ and PA areas

Conflict is natural as no group shares identical values, wants, needs and ideas. Lauren Walton provides a safe place to talk freely and openly, plus improve personal conflict resolution and communication skills. See ad, page 27.


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.

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 31.


Leah Weisman Parenting & Health Dynamics Coach 267-270-5644 •

Transform the relationship with your children, ending power struggles and stress. Cultivate connection creating a loving respectful space for children to thrive. Align your family’s BodyMindHeart for health in all ways. Visit my website – schedule a free discovery session. See ad, page 10.

42 E State St, Doylestown 215-345-6960


Joan Summers, Certified Reiki Master and Gestalt Coach 267-272-9343 •

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. Highquality grooming experience in a relaxed atmosphere.


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, musculo-skeletal concerns, nutrition and food intolerance, nutrigenomics, stress, sleep, emotional well-being, digestive wellness and environmental factors. See ad, page 11.


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 11.


Joseph Carchedi, MD, ABIHM • 215-780-1898 Dr. Carchedi is a board-certified integrative holistic medicine physician who practices personalized functional medicine, getting to the root cause of every illness. He performs IV therapies and is a member of the American College of Nutrition. See ad, page 7.

Experience peace of mind, enlightened awareness and physical restoration. The connections between physical pain and emotional trauma are often revealed during an intuitive reiki session. It is a practice of compassion and spiritual connection. See ad, page 24.


4 Terry Dr, Ste 12 Atrium Bldg, Newtown 215-968-9000 • A fully organic, holistic, eco-friendly 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 21.


Improving the lives of pets through acupuncture, herbal therapy, h o m e o p a t h y, n u t r i t i o n a l counseling and integration of holistic therapies with conventional medicine for customized approach to care. See ad, page 45.

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 37.

The King of Prussia Mall, in Montgomery County, has more retail shopping space than any other mall in America.

GET RID OF THE KNEE PAIN WITHOUT DRUGS, SHOTS, OR SURGERY! Introducing a Drug Free, Non-Surgical, FDA Cleared, State of the Art Laser Therapy Whether you suffer from long-term pain or pain from a recent injury:

YOU CAN GET PERMANENT RELIEF FOR YOUR PAIN! Do You Live with Any of the Following Conditions? • Tendonitis • Cartilage Damage • Knee Pain

• Prior Surgery Pain • Arthritis

• Recent Injury • Bone-on-Bone

MLS Laser Therapy is an effective, painless treatment for all types of pain relief that has been cleared by the FDA and proven successful as evidenced by extensive and credible research studies conducted in our country’s finest institutions, including Harvard Medical School. Our laser is a dual-waved synchronized fully robotic MLS Laer. Our laser uses specific wavelengths of light that have a strong anti-inflammatory, anti-edema effect on tissues that are exposed to the laser. As a result of the MLS Laser, the cells of tendons, ligaments and muscles repair themselves faster. In simple long standing pain from from prior surgery, injury, arthritis, or you have a new injury our laser therapy has been proven to work.

Benefits of Laser Therapy • Non-Surgical Treatment • Pain Free • Rapid Results


• Speed Healing Process • Extremely Safe with No Known Side Effects


Call our office at 215-493-6589 to set-up a FREE CONSULTATION to see if MLS Laser Therapy is right for you! MLS Laser Therapy at Paul M. Bizzaro, D.C. 81 S. Main Street • Yardley, PA 19067 215-493-6589 •

Stress-Free Dentistry Get comfortable with us!

Dental Care in a spa-like atmosphere With every visit, we offer COMPLIMENTARY services to help you relax, such as: Massage Chairs • Refreshment Center • Music & Video Headsets • Hand Treatments For No Extra Charge

Heritage Dental Spa is a truly unique dental practice Not only can you trust Dr. Skovron with all of your Holistic Dentistry needs and treatment plan, but you can trust that the team at Heritage Dental will make you feel as comfortable as possible in their relaxing spa atmosphere.

Offering Anxiety-Free exams and cleanings, PLUS State-of-the-Art Holistic and Metal-Free dental services  Safe removal of mercury fillings  Non-surgical gum treatments  Tooth-colored restorations  ClearCorrect® “invisible” orthodontics  Bio-Compatible Implants  CEREC® one-day metal-free crowns

 Holistic solutions for sleep apnea  Root Canals - Specialists on premises  Dentures secured by implant snaps  Now offering: High tech digital scanning with less radiation and 3D imaging

“This is by far the best dental appt I have ever had. I have a terrible fear of dentists and I was put to great ease. Very detailed appt which made me feel that they took everything into consideration. I really can’t say enough.” ~ Janice M.

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Serving the Bucks and Montgomery areas of PA as the #1 natural living resource in the area.