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very December I find myself surprised that another calendar year is already coming to a close. Why is that I wonder. I hope that it’s because I’m living so much in the moment that I haven’t noticed the passage of time. I chuckle over Dr. Seuss’s quip: “How did it get so late so soon?” As I reflect upon 2014, I rejoice in how family members have grown, kids’ accomplishments and my own progress. Recently, I had the honor of being part of the Bucks & Montgomery County 2014 Class of Forty Under 40 community leaders named by The Bucks County Courier Times and The Intelligencer. Grateful for the distinction, I am particularly glad for the opportunity to meet other nominees and winners doing good things in our community. The occasion has me asking myself how I arrived at this point in my career. I had never imagined my path would lead to my becoming a magazine publisher, much less a business owner. Coming from the raw food industry, I was looking for “the next thing”, and will always be thankful for a friend’s pivotal words as I debated taking the position: “This publication is a mirror image of you. It’s a perfect fit.” When I became the owner/publisher of the local Natural Awakenings, I knew I had a lot to learn, and that was just for starters. Through this magazine, I have been afforded the opportunity to connect with countless amazing people, business owners and readers doing great things in our community. Together we shine a light on healthful, sustainable steps forward being undertaken by individuals, groups, nonprofit organizations and worthy causes. My purpose is to help and support my beloved community in whatever ways I can. We can all rejoice that we are part of Natural Awakenings’ larger community of 3.8 million agents of positive change.

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holistic Fitness, a North Wales women’s wellness center, has announced the launch of a new, medically based fitness program that addresses what many exercise classes ignore—how to improve continence, balance, core stability and sexual gratification. The eight-week Total Control program runs from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m., beginning on January 10, and focuses on strengthening and stabilizing the pelvic pyramid—for flatter tummies, tighter abdomens and improved pelvic health and sex life. The no-impact program, founded by the Women’s Health Foundation, is designed for women of all ages, takes place once a week and includes 60 minutes of exercise followed by 15 minutes of essential tips to enhance pelvic health and fitness. “The exercises address all major pelvic muscle groups and go way beyond typical Kegel movements,” says Julie Yunaska, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Specialist and Orthopedics Physical Therapist/personal trainer at Wholistic Fitness. “Participants learn how to unleash their body’s potential so they can enjoy better balance, better sex, address control/continent issues and increase energy and confidence.” Wholistic Fitness is a community of women, resources and services specifically designed to help women live healthier, happier lives. The center offers a variety of services for women including acupuncture, psychotherapy, nutrition counseling, personal training, physical therapy, massage therapy, small group fitness classes and boot camps. Location: Wholistic Fitness, 217 Church Rd., North Wales. For more information, call 267-613-8246 or visit See ad, page 41.

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enter for Natural Healing, of Doylestown, is now able to make custom orthotics to help with patients’ pain. Fastech Labs’ custom foot orthotics can help solve most foot support and performance problems such as heel, knee and lower back pain, as well as shin splints and plantar fasciitis. The technology has been available for over 30 years and is able to create custom foot orthotics more quickly and far less expensively than traditional methods. “Center for Natural Healing is pleased to now offer this unique system to our patients and we are thrilled with the results we are achieving when compared to many of the other systems in use today,” enthuses Dr. Jeffrey Griffin, doctor of chiropractic at Center for Natural Healing. Center for Natural Healing is offering Natural Awakenings readers the opportunity to bring in their old, worn-out orthotics and receive $50 off the cost of a new, custom pair. To reserve a pair of custom orthotics, contact Dr. Griffin at 215-348-2115. Center for Natural Healing is located at the Bailiwick Office Campus, Ste. 26, Doylestown. For more information, visit See ad, page 5.

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Open House at Rooted River Therapies Promotes Kindness


ooted River Therapies, a healing arts consortium, will hold its 2014 open house from 3 to 8 p.m., December 14, in Yardley. The theme of this year’s event is What Are You Going to P.A.C.K?: Purposeful Actions Creating Kindness. “How grateful we are to have spent another amazing year together. With our celebration, we hope to inspire kindness—in the community, in the home and within ourselves,” says Alecia Baker, owner of Rooted River Therapies. The event will include presentations from all Rooted River Therapies practitioners, activities for all ages, refreshments, gift bags, gift vouchers worth up to $150 for all visitors and more. Throughout the day, several interactive demonstrations will be offered in a variety of topics, such as natural skin care products, cupping therapy, resonance repatterning, shiatsu, acupuncture and reflexology.

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oga Loka will hold its twelfth annual open house in Frenchtown, New Jersey, from 1 to 8 p.m., January 3. Newcomers to yoga as well as enthusiasts to the ancient practice can spend a day experiencing what yoga and other self-improvement techniques can inspire at free events and classes. There will be yoga classes at various levels as well as yoga for back care, an introduction to meditation and a talk on the healing benefits of tai chi with Judi Hason—including a sample tai chi class that all may participate in. Janise Nelson will present a talk on the medical benefits of yoga and Bonnie Pariser, owner and senior presenter at Yoga Loka, will present on tension- and traumareleasing exercises. Throughout the day, visitors can sign up for future workshops and purchase class blocks at deeply discounted prices. There will be drawings for hourly door prizes. Mats and other props will be available at the studio for those who need them. A certified yoga therapist, Pariser has introduced Structural Yoga Therapy to hundreds of people at New York City’s Open Center, Kripalu Center in the Berkshires, Ananda Ashram in New York and yoga schools in Philadelphia and elsewhere.

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HeartWell House Expressive Therapies Opens at the Resiliency Center


eartWell House Expressive Therapies will open its doors at the Resiliency Center, 1811 Bethlehem Pike, Suite 212-213, in Flourtown, in December. At HeartWell House, owner John Muraco aims to combine art therapy, holistic health and yoga. The center offers customized and individualized therapy programs to support health, connect people to what inspires them and build and stabilize physical and emotional health. “I offer my clients the freedom to explore different, interrelated ways of reducing stress, building health and restoring life’s balance,” says Muraco. “I am weaving clinical therapeutic skill, teachings from several traditions and an understanding of mind, body, soul to work in tandem with people to formulate truly ‘WHOLE-istic’ strategies for self-expression and personal wellness.” Since 2000, Muraco has studied many approaches to enhancing creative expression and wellness, and John Muraco to achieving self-expression, stress reduction and the restoration of personal power. These practices have included the visual and performing arts, and holistic health and lifestyle coaching to promote physical and emotional health. He received his Master of Art Therapy at the School of Visual Arts, where he gained valuable experience using art in hospitals, with male and female veterans, amputees and people living with cancer, dementia and other challenges.

Rainbows of Healing Open House Boasts Great Gifts


he seventh annual holiday open house at Rainbows of Healing, in Langhorne, will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., December 6. The event includes special holiday sale pricing on gifts, surprise gifts with each purchase and a raffle to win a gift certificate. Attendees can take advantage of holiday specials and pick up gift certificates for friends and family. There will be holiday refreshments and the chance to shop for holiday gifts in all price ranges. Rainbows of Healing offers unique gifts and items including healing crystals; handmade jewelry;

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Greenshire Arts Offers Spiritual Retreat to Kaua’i


artnering with Spirit of Kaua’i, Greenshire Arts Consortium, in Quakertown, will host Spirit of Kaua’i, June 4 to 11, 2015, on the legendary Healing Island of Kaua’i, Hawaii. The spiritual travel retreat aims to help attendees restore vitality while being nurtured by the beauty and magic of the land. During this sacred pilgrimage, retreaters experience a soul-changing journey and connect with higher dimensional light and activate their unique Soul essence. Attendees recharge their spiritual batteries with ceremony, healing, blessings and immersion into the magic of the land. This pilgrimage is for soul family, a Lemurian Reunion to embrace one’s life journey with joy and brightness. The retreat is hosted by El Herington and Arlene Rose Curley, Ph.D. Herington’s many Lemurian lifetimes called her to return to Kaua’i, where she guides spiritual immersion journeys for soul family. Both a Reiki Master and Seichim Master, she has served as a healer, seminar leader and sacred sites guide. Curley is an author, intuitive healer and interfaith minister with diverse training in spiritual energy balancing and holistic healing.

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Natural Awakenings BuxMont’s 5th Anniversary Issue Coming Soon


n February, Natural Awakenings of Bucks, Montgomery and the Main Line will celebrate its healthy living. healthy planet. fifth anniversary. To Bucks and Montgomery Counties celebrate, the magazine is looking for local businesses and organizations interested in being part of this special issue. “I’ve seen tremendous growth and camaraderie within this community over the two-and-a-half years since I’ve been publisher,” says Audrey Chen, publisher of Natural Awakenings BuxMont. “We’re excited to include members of the local healthy living community, both new and old, in this exciting issue.” For five years, Natural Awakenings has worked to connect the healthy living community in the Bucks and Montgomery County area through its print magazine, Web presence and the sponsoring of area events. Natural Awakenings is currently available in over 90 markets across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, focusing on sharing the healthy lifestyle for over 20 years. Pick Up your FREE issue Today!

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Local Podiatrist and Acupuncturist Utilizes Lasers to Help Patients


ntegrative Health Care is pleased to announce the arrival of the Nexus Laser—continuous wave-pulsed lasers delivering biostimulation therapy—in its Fountainville office. Dr. Lisa Rhodes, DPM, LAc, has found that lasers are used beneficially to address three major areas of patient problems, including pain/ inflammation, unsightly toenails and wounds or infections. The Nexus 30 is FDA approved for the treatment of pain and inflammation. Laser therapy can help with foot and ankle pain from trauma or post-surgical. It is also effective for injuries such as fractures, strains and sprains. Patients who need physical therapy treatment for tendonitis, neuroma, nerve pain, joint pain, DJD/RA achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis also benefit from laser therapy. Toenail infections are seen in about one-third of all patients. The virtually painless laser procedure allows patients to avoid oral medications—which may interfere with medications for heart and liver and require regular blood tests to check liver function. Wounds and infections do not always respond well to typical treatment. The Nexus laser kills the bacteria that are stopping the healing and promotes the oxygenation of the cells to stimulate cell regeneration. Integrative Health Care offers a variety of complementary, effective and noninvasive alternatives to traditional medicine—including nutritional testing, acupuncture and assistance with relief from allergies, autoimmune conditions, digestive dysfunction, ADD, ADHD, autism, hormonal imbalances and more. Location: Integrative Health Care, 5055 Swamp Rd., Ste. 203, Fountainville. For more information, call 215-230-4600, email or visit See ad, page 29.

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s part of a month-long celebration of serving the community for 20 years, Queen’s Health Centers—a wellness center in Souderton providing natural, effective health education—will host multiple experts in the field of healthy living throughout the month of January. “It has been a privilege and honor to be part of an industry that is dedicated to helping people stay healthy. Thank you for your support,” says Dr. Ria Gilday, owner of Queen’s Health Centers. On January 22, Gilday and special guest Michael Schwartz, ND, will present Cardio Health: Prevention of Heart Attacks, Blood Pressure & Stroke, during a live recording of Gilday’s radio talk show Let’s Talk Health, from 11:10 a.m. to noon. Queen’s is seeking audience members for this special event, which includes a valuable door prize giveaway. Gilday and Schwartz will also discuss the same topic later, from 7 to 8 p.m., in a seminar. Another presentation of note is Jon Knutson’s discussion on how to reduce inflammation in 15 minutes, from 1 to 4 p.m., January 24. His talk will include a free test valued at $150 and a door prize giveaway valued at $250. All events will take place at Queen’s Health Centers. Pre-registration is required for all programs to guarantee a seat. Queen’s Health Centers offers nutritional counseling, weight management program, non-invasive preventative testing, free monthly seminars and thermography. Dr. Gilday’s radio show, Let’s Talk Health, airs at 11:10 a.m., Thursdays, on 1440-AM. Location: Queen’s Health Centers, 707 & 711 Rte. 113, Souderton. For more information and a full schedule of events, call 215-721-1291 or visit See ad, page 19.

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Cell Phones and Router Microwaves Stress Plants


vidence of the effects of wireless technologies on human health continues to be controversial, with agreement on results remaining elusive. Now a new study published in the Journal of Plant Physiology found that humangenerated microwave pollution can potentially be stressful to plants. Researchers from Romania’s Estonian University of Life Sciences tested three common garden plants—parsley, celery and dill weed. They exposed each to the types of microwave radiation equivalent to those produced by cell phones and wireless routers. Then these radiation-exposed plants were compared with identical plants not exposed to the radiation. The scientists noted that the irradiated plants had thinner cell walls; smaller chloroplasts (cellular sites of photosynthesis); smaller cell mitochondria (centers of energy production); and greater emission of volatile compounds, particularly monoterpenes and green leaf volatiles, which are protective, life-promoting components of the plants’ essential oils. The effects were stronger for the type of radiation produced by wireless routers. While essential oil production overall was increased by the frequency of the microwaves produced by cell phones, it was decreased by the frequency emitted by the routers.

Calcium Supplements Raise Risk of Brain Lesions


Duke University study published in the British Journal of Nutrition this summer found that calcium supplements taken by elderly persons may increase the risk of brain lesions that are identified as hyperintensities on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) brain scans. The researchers studied 227 adults over the age of 60. The patients were assessed for supplemental calcium intake and received brain scans via MRI. Those taking calcium supplements had more lesions of a volume typically associated with hypertension. They noted no dose-dependent relationship between lesion size and the amount of calcium being supplemented. The scientists commented that other studies have found calcium supplementation also associated with greater risk of artery disease. Hyperintensities are observed in normal aging, plus several neurological, psychiatric and autoimmune disorders that affect the brain. They constitute damage to brain tissue caused by restricted blood flow and have been linked to mild cognitive deficits and disturbances.

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study published in the European Journal of Cancer revealed that a mistletoe extract may lengthen life for patients with severe pancreatic cancer. German researchers tested 220 patients with advanced stage pancreatic cancer, an aggressive, often fatal disease. The patients were divided into two groups; one was given up to 10 milligrams of Viscum album (European mistletoe) three times a week for up to 12 months. Both groups received supportive care throughout the study period. The average length of survival for those taking the mistletoe extract, 4.8 months, was nearly twice that of the other group, 2.7 months; a survival period typically dates from the original diagnosis. Within a group considered to have a good prognosis, the survival period for those that consumed the extract, averaging 6.6 months, was more than double that of the no-extract group, which averaged 3.2 months.

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Scientists from 23 organizations, including the federal government, universities and conservation groups, have spent years on the State of the Birds Study, looking at 230 species of birds from different habitats compiling its watch list. Peter Marra, a migratory bird specialist at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Zoo, in Washington, D.C., attributes the population drops of the birds in the most trouble to disappearing habitat or reduced range. Some coastal birds are doing better, and previously endangered wetland birds are recovering due to laws that are protecting them. Marra says, “These populations come back when we create the habitat. The report emphasizes that it’s better to focus on birds that aren’t yet in decline and keep them that way.” Ken Rosenberg, a bird biologist at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, in Ithaca, New York, and an author of the report, says that hunters, as well as conservationists, deserve credit for preserving ducks. He acknowledges, “We’ve put a tremendous amount of resources and money into wetland and waterfowl conservation because of the hunters that contribute financially.” But lots of songbirds are in trouble, and Florida, where bird habitat is disappearing fast, is a crucial stopover for migrating birds. It’s the kind of place that birds both common and endangered urgently need to survive. Source: National Public Radio

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n Hungrier for Health, Susan Silberstein, Ph.D., expands on the four fundamental principles of healthy eating found in her first book: Eat primitive, eat colorful, eat alkaline and eat organic. She then gives readers four additional eating principles to consider: Eat natural, eat vegan, eat more raw foods and eat native. Silberstein’s book is the perfect sequel to Hungry for Health, highlighted in last month’s edition. In this second book, she includes short and to-the-point explanations of the truth about foods such as soy, corn, cottonseed oil, canola oil and vegetables and fruits often treated with pesticides or genetically modified. Added to these pieces are convincing arguments and documentations on the importance of her additional principles, such as the dangers

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The Awakening – Progressing from concerned citizen to spiritual activist is a gradual process. It may begin with an issue to which one feels called. “Our life in the world is a continual call and response,” observes Kabir Helminski, of Santa Cruz, California. He authors and translates books on the Muslim Sufi tradition, which tends to have an open relationship with other religions, and is a core faculty member of the Spiritual Paths Institute, which encourages seekers to find the sacred traditions that speak to them. “Sometimes events are a waking dream calling for interpretation, and sometimes the heart is directly addressed from within,” says Helminski. Compassion – Once an event moves us, prayer can be a pathway that opens our hearts to compassion, according to Jagadish Dass, of Granada Hills, California. The healer and teacher wrote The Prayer Project: The 3-Minute, 3 Times a Day Solution for World Change, which encourages involvement with something bigger than ourselves. Dass maintains that praying for three minutes, three times a day, will help us transmute into expressing a quiet power. “As we take responsibility for our lives, a transformation occurs within,” he says. We begin to inspire others to also take up

the cause of working for change and bringing more peace, joy and love to the world. Likewise, Harvey urges each of us to make a real commitment to daily spiritual practice on the road to spiritual activism. He suggests, “Start with a short prayer that aligns you with the pure deep love that is longing to use you as its instrument in the world.” Options include prayers from many of the world’s spiritual traditions shared in Dass’ book; a free download is provided at StewardshipOfTheSoul. com. Interconnectedness – Just as everything in the universe is connected by the simple act of being, like-minded people can connect to do good in the world. Sacred activists pursuing their own spiritual paths need to work with others, according to Harvey. “They form empowering and encouraging networks of grace—beings of like heart, brought together by passion, skill and serendipity to pool energies, triumphs, griefs, hopes and resources of all kinds. When people of like mind and heart gather together, sometimes miraculously powerful synergy can result.” Harvey has found that groups of six to 12 people become the most efficient and productive, whether joined together through a profession (such as physicians on medical missions), a passion for animal rights or the environment, or a strong sense of social justice. Knowledge – Knowledge, both inward- and outward-seeking, is another key to doing good for all. Carla Goldstein, JD, chief external affairs officer at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, in Rhinebeck, New

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he holiday season is ripe with an array of spiritual, cultural and family rituals. We celebrate, reflect, give gifts and, of course, feast. Fortunately, the media also teems with tips on how to avoid high-calorie holiday goodies, says Dr. Michelle May, author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat. For our diet-driven culture to resolve its struggle with food, she says we must learn to honor its intrinsic value. Ritualized eating can help; a recent study published in the journal Psychological Science found that engaging in food rituals evokes mindfulness that enhances the enjoyment of eating.


Hunger, the body’s fuel gauge, manifests in physical symptoms like a growling stomach or low blood sugar, says May, citing a useful analogy. “You wouldn’t drive around and pull into every gas station you see; you’d check your fuel gauge first. Before filling up with food, pause and check your fuel gauge. Am I actually hungry, or is this desire coming from something else?” May suggests practicing FEASTing: First, focus on physical sensations, thoughts and emotions; perhaps we’re thirsty, rather than hungry, rationalizing that holiday foods are special, or feeling stressed or lonely. Next, explore

why the feelings or thoughts are present, and then accept them without judgment. Strategize ways of satisfying the need and take a small step toward change.


Complex preparations for a major holiday can provoke anxiety and impatience, and likewise, feelings of longing or disappointment when it’s over. Sarah Ban Breathnach, bestselling author of Simple Abundance and Peace and Plenty, recommends allowing Christmastide to unfold at its own pace and celebrating all of December with a homemade Advent calendar. Craft a tree-shaped tower of tiny boxes or a garland of burlap mini-bags clipped with clothespins. Place an almond covered in organic dark chocolate in each container and use the treat as a daily mini-meditation. “Drop into the present moment, fully savor the luxurious, small bite and experience the pleasure of eating,” suggests May. Consider it symbolic of the season’s sweetness.


“Food connects us with one another, our heritage and our culture,” says May. Heather Evans, Ph.D., a Queen’s University professor and a holiday culinary history expert in Ontario, Canada, suggests creating a food diary of traditions to reinforce a connection with the past and support a holiday food legacy for the future. Ask grandparents about their childhood culinary memories, peruse family recipe books or discover new dishes that honor everyone’s ethnic heritage. Then create an heirloom holiday cookbook with handwritten recipes arranged alongside favorite photos and stories.


According to pagan philosophy, sharing seasonal food with loved ones during the winter solstice on December 21 symbolizes the shared trust that warmth and sunlight will return. Eating warm foods provides physical comfort and eating seasonally and locally connects us to the Earth, observes May. Sync body and spirit with the season by stewing root vegetables, baking breads, sipping hot cider and tea,

and nibbling on nuts and dried fruits. “The repetition of predictable foods is reassuring,” remarks Evans, and it celebrates nature’s transitions.


Stir-Up Sunday is a Victorian amusement filled with fun, mystery and mindfulness, says Ban Breathnach. Some December Sunday, have each family member help stir the batter of a special Christmas cake while stating a personal new year’s intention. Drop a clean coin, bean or trinket into the mix and bake. Serve it with a sprig of holly on Christmas Day, and the person with the piece containing the lucky charm will be rewarded with a prosperous, wholesome and positive new year, according to tradition. Evans remarks, “This is a wonderful ritual for nurturing the health and spirit of the family.”


Boxing Day offers something far more meaningful to celebrate than postholiday sales. Originating as a tradition that thrived during the 19th century, “December 26 was a chance for landowners and homeowners to give back

to household staff and local tradespeople,” says Evans. “It’s a tradition worth reviving to pause, reflect on our own good fortune and contribute to others’ comfort.” Consider serving a meal at a local soup kitchen, collecting items for a food drive or offering a box of healthy culinary treats to community stewards at a fire station, post office or library. On Christmas Day, says Ban Breathnach, “Our kids have the world lying at their feet.” Boxing Day, she says, provides a natural transition to reach out in charity. Lane Vail is a freelance writer and blogger at

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Chop onions finely. Set aside. Cook bacon in a large pan over medium heat, until crisp. Set bacon aside, but save drippings in the pan. Place chopped onions in the bacon drippings in the pan and cook over medium heat. Add all seasonings, stirring while cooking for 3 to 4 minutes. Add potatoes and raise heat to medium-high. Cook until potatoes are soft and browned slightly. Add any additional salt and pepper or spice to taste. When done cooking, break bacon into bits and add to potatoes. Mix well and enjoy.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Using mixer, beat eggs on medium for 2 minutes, until fluffy. Add pumpkin, maple syrup and vanilla extract and mix together for another 2 minutes. Then add coconut flour, spices, baking soda and powder and a pinch of salt to the mixer and combine. Fold in most of the walnuts. Use an ice cream scoop to scoop batter into 10 muffin/cupcake liners in muffin baking dish. Sprinkle some chopped walnuts on top of each muffin. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until fork comes out clean. Let cool before removing from pan. Enjoy.

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Tending to the Inner Landscape Seasonal Reflections by John Muraco “In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” ~Albert Camus

reflection. It could be that summer experiences were full of many positive changes, a lot of time outdoors, late nights and high energy. Again, reflecting on all that has taken shape e all deal with in the lively months of the changing spring and summer, and seasons difreaping the benefits of ferently. As it stands true what life has delivered, with life’s challenges and can go a long way. As the changes, ups and downs light dims, winter can be John Muraco and ebb and flow, people our wind-down period have very unique and imthat allows for restoration. portant ways in which they meet the   Just like the falling leaves, the hichanging of the seasons. As we leave bernating animals, and the dimming of summer behind and replace the warm the light, our energy too can be downweather with cooler and more biting ward and inward-moving as we transiair, each one of us has a different aption into fall and winter. Let this be a proach toward this change. Perhaps time to honor the letting go or passing merely reading this article creates of choices that might no longer serve some angst for some as we delve more us, or to take a closer look at relationdeeply into fall and the beginning of ships that feel non-sustainable. This winter. At the same time, others may will make way toward renewed space be ecstatic knowing that they get to for supportive life elements. Give the pull the sweater out of the closet and freedom to welcome more of what has enjoy warming drinks, rich and filling made a positive impact on life.  foods, and more time indoors.    Challenging though it may be, the But, how can this become a colder and darker months reflect to us season of understanding ourselves that in order to be born anew we must more deeply? What things can we go within. Inner stillness and nonjudgintegrate into our lives to make the mental self-observation empowers us darker and colder seasons more invitto become available to new ways of ing? By witnessing natural landscape changes outdoors, we find many clues being and maybe even open to the parts of ourselves that remain unseen to the changing landscape within in our shadow. Be it in stillness, selfus. Perhaps with some noticing and a reflection or support from others, we little motivation for self-care, we can might find there some reverence and begin to harmonize with the cooler light. By that inner light, we may gaze seasonal change, as we say goodbye at the things in life that have held us to the golden light of summer and go back, noticing what is working and inward. what isn’t, and integrating more of   This is a great time of the year what makes our hearts sing into our to harvest all that was accomplished lives.  in the past five months. Perhaps for   some, summer was fraught with Here are some helpful hints for tendchallenge, change and some discoming to our inner landscapes this winter. forts. Now is a great time to allow   oneself some time each day for quiet n Allow five minutes or more of deep


belly breathing. By placing a hand on the belly, inhale through the nose and exhale through the nose. This will activate the parasympathetic nervous system and allow the body to relax and restore. If the mind is wandering, bring attention back to the breath or the rising of the belly into your hand. n Self expression—in any way desired. Some may express themselves by cooking a warming soup for oneself or the meaningful people in his or her life. For others, journaling is most expressive. Allow some free-write sessions to release whatever has been on the mind. Find what expands and contracts you—whether it be making art, moving the body or enjoying “me” time. n Clean out closets, pantries, drawers, etc. It may sound funny, but this is a great time of the year to “go within” and the nook and cranny parts of our house can be symbolic of the aspects of ourselves that could use some tending to. It is possible that cleaning and clearing unwanted clutter might make some space within our inner world. Remember, there is no right or wrong way to experience anything. There is only your way. Be gentle on yourself, listen to the body and mind’s needs and move forward in the changing seasons in whatever way feels best. John Muraco, ATR, RYT, is an art therapist, registered yoga teacher and holistic lifestyle and wellness counselor. His work since 2000 has integrated diverse approaches to creative expression and wellness to support clients in regaining personal power and reducing stress. To connect with him or schedule a free consultation, call 315-329-9838 or visit HeartWell See listing, page 47.

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BEAUTY SALONS Pure Pampering Feels Natural and Safe by Sarah Tarver-Wahlquist


hen clients walk into New York City’s Swing Salon, they may be surprised by what they don’t smell—the range of chemicals usually wafting around hair salons. That’s because the owners have decided to use only natural and organic products. While many people may assume that all salon hair and body treatments are regulated and safe, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has no authority to require companies to test cosmetic products for safety, due to loopholes in the Toxic Substances Control Act. So, people are being exposed to dangerous toxins through salon products like nail polish, hair color processors and hair straighteners. Be aware that while labels of over-the-counter body care products are required by law to list ingredients, with the exception of the chemical soup often hidden under the term “fragrance”, the loophole for salon products is large. Jamie Silberberger, with the Women’s Voices for the Earth’s National Healthy Nail & Beauty Salon Alliance, reports, “Products sold for professional use in spas and salons are not required to be labeled with ingredients.” Fortunately, healthy alternatives


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Hair Straighteners One salon treatment—Brazilian Blowout hair straightening—can continue to expose customers and salon workers to toxic fumes even months after application. It’s among the conventional straightening products that contain formaldehyde, a known human carcinogen. “Exposure to formaldehyde doesn’t end with the treatment—the fumes are reactivated every time heat is applied to the hair,” says Jennifer Arce, a San Diego, California, salon worker who became sick after applying a single Brazilian Blowout treatment. “So, when a client who’s had a Brazilian Blowout done elsewhere comes into the salon to get a haircut or color and has her hair blow-dried, flat-ironed, curled or processed under the hood dryer, the fumes that come out of her hair make me and several of my coworkers sick all over again.” Solution: Avoid chemical hair-straightening treatments. Sign on to the Women’s Voice for the Earth letter campaign petitioning the FDA to remove

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Wellness in a Winter Wonderland by Priscilla Selgas


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Throughout the cold winter months, weather-beaten hair needs attentive moisturizing. Restore hair with a weekly deep conditioning treatment. Use one tablespoon of coconut oil, one ripe avocado (mashed) and one tablespoon of olive oil. Mix into a smooth paste and apply to hair from root to tip. Tie hair up neatly and leave in for one hour. Thoroughly rinse out the hair treatment and finish with a hydrating shampoo and conditioner to lock in moisture.

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The drying, scaling and cracking of tender lips can be uncomfortable and painful, making it difficult to smile and talk. Harsh weather conditions and excessive lip licking all contribute to parched lips. Saliva consists of enzymes that aid in digestion, not the hydration of lips. Shea butter, coconut oil and a good lip balm are all very soothing to dried-out lips. A simple sugar scrub rubbed in a circular motion can help remove dry dead skin around the mouth. Mix one teaspoon of sugar with a little olive oil or almond oil into a paste and gently work that in. Apply an SPF 15 lip balm or moisturizer every

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Piercing cold temperatures can leave skin feeling raw and dry. Protect the face and skin this winter by bundling up with hats, scarves, earmuffs and gloves. Use heavier creams and oils like avocado oil, coconut oil or shea butter for especially dry areas such as elbows, knees and feet. Avoid long hot showers. Though tempting in the depth of winter, hot water can strip the epidermis of natural, skin-protecting oils. While in the shower, don’t forget to exfoliate. Exfoliating with a dry brush or loofah sponge helps slough away layers of dead skin and makes room for new, healthy skin. It also opens the pores, allowing the skin to drink up much needed moisturizers. “The concept of moisturizing begins with water and is then fortified and sealed in with hydrating moisturizers,” says Carrie Wiedemann, of Bellabaci. “I find a delightful treatment to be the ritual of dry brushing with upward strokes to the heart, then using pure oils (sesame seed, grape seed or organic coconut oil), massaged into the skin, followed by a shower.” Furthermore, when selecting a topical moisturizer, look for ingredients that are pure and natural. Avoid products that contain petroleum, fragrances or chemicals. To ease itchy skin, coat in a soothing layer of coconut oil and aloe vera. To prevent sunburn while outdoors, apply sunscreen every two hours to face, hands and any exposed skin. For sunburned or wind-burned skin, two drops of pure lavender essential oil along with aloe vera will help relieve the stinging. Candy St. Martine-Pack, of Green Street Luxuries, in Lansdale, adds, “Skin is more vulnerable to wind and sun burn, so use a total sun block with zinc. This is the only natural mineral that blocks UVA and UVB rays. SPFs do not and are chemically based.” Nutrition also plays a key role in keeping skin vibrant. Lou Farrell, of Fresh Fun Foods, in Hatfield, recommends eating “lots of fruits and

vegetables, simply prepared,” which he says is important for keeping skin looking great. “I always kept a bushy aloe plant in my kitchen to help moisturize my hands. Also, many chefs will rub light olive oil on their hands and arms at the end of a shift,” he shares. Above all, be sure to drink enough water. Meenal Patel, of Healing Your Way, advocates plenty of fluids including flaxseed tea this winter tide. “Hair, skin and nails are the first to show outward signs of deficiency or weakened immune system.” Cathy Windland, of Inner Spa, in Newtown, agrees. “Drink plenty of water each day—at least half your body weight in ounces.” She has several tips she typically gives clients, including, “Use a dry skin brush daily before you shower to get the lymph system moving as well as exfoliate the skin. Pay attention to your gut health so your immune system is responding properly. Use a good, organic moisturizer and exfoliator, as this is really food for your skin. Finally,” says Windland, “get plenty of rest so the body can replenish itself. When you take care of your body, your body will take care of you.”

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ood colon health may not be on the top of our holiday lists—but it should be, because a healthy colon is absolutely necessary for a healthy body. Good health begins in the gut. Ever been to a holiday party or family gathering where people are talking about good colon health? It’s not a topic that people like to talk about. It is very personal, and most people think it silly to talk about what is happening—or not happening—in their gut. More than 70 million Americans struggle with digestive problems without even the slightest inclination that their colon could be the culprit. This year, more than ever, the team at Inner Spa, in Newtown, increased its efforts to tell people about the importance of good colon health and, in particular, that colon hydrotherapy can be an important step to cleansing the colon for good colon health.

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Your colon (or large intestine) is five to six feet long. The colon’s function is to store waste until it is time to eliminate, and absorb any leftover nutrients, water, electrolytes and vitamins from digested foods for use by the body’s systems. The colon functions with involuntary muscle movements to complete its appointed job. Pretty simple, right? Like most functions of the body, people don’t give the colon a second thought. They just assume that when they poop all systems are go. Unfortunately, it is not that simple. For the best colon health, people need to pay attention to their diets, making sure to include fiber and probiotics (good bacteria). They must drink water equal to half their body weight in ounces every day and get plenty of rest and regular exercise.

The standard American diet is not as healthy as one would hope, as it is laden with processed foods that have little nutritional value and add virtually nothing to the “life” of the body. Without adequate amounts of water and fiber, most people do not have good digestion, a healthy colon or proper elimination, which causes waste to build up on the colon walls, creating an environment where toxic pathogens can thrive and lead to illness and disease.

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Can-Do Kids Changing Our World at Any Age by Ellen Sabin

recycling and even turning off lights when you leave a room. When we pay attention to the environment around us, we can learn how to respond in a giving way. Ellen Sabin is the founder and president of Watering Can Press (, a publishing company committed to growing kids with character. Her series of award-winning books include The Giving Book: Open the Door to a Lifetime of Giving; The Greening Book: Being a Friend to Planet Earth; and The Healthy Body Book: Caring for the Coolest Machine You’ll Ever Own.

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ave you ever seen someone do something that changed a situation from bad to good? Maybe your parents helped someone whose car broke down, or a teacher spent extra time after class helping you with schoolwork. No matter your age, where you live or what you own, you have the power to do good, too. What you do can make other people happy and make the world a better place. Here are some ideas to help you figure out how. n A good place to start is to think about what’s important to you. This will help you find a way of giving back that you’ll enjoy and want to do again and again. For example, if you love taking care of animals, offer to walk an elderly person’s dog for them. If you get sad when you think about someone being lonely, visit a neighbor that lives alone or send a special card to a relative as a way to show your love.


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n It’s nice to help strangers, but you can also do little things close to home that’ll make life easier and better for your family. You can call your grandma to say hello, help your mom or dad with the dishes or play a favorite game with your little sister or brother. n You can also use your own special talents to help others. If you are a good cook, bake a healthy holiday treat to bring to someone that is feeling sick. You can read out loud a story to a younger child. If you’re strong and have lots of energy, you can help your neighbor take out the trash or do other household chores. n You can have fun and make an even bigger difference by doing good things with others. One way to get your friends excited about joining you is to plan a “Giving Party”. Ask your parents to help you download a free guide ( html/parents.html) that has fun ideas and activities for creating a holidaytime or birthday party or rainy day get-together. n Giving to other people is important, but the planet needs us, too. You can practice giving by picking up litter,

Whether it’s time, love or things, the people around us give to us all the time. Sometimes we don’t stop to think about what people do for us, so we forget to say, “Thank you.” Appreciating what people give us is just as important as giving to others. Here are some questions to ask yourself. After you have answered each question, think about what you can do to thank people for their kindness. Who shared with you? What did they share? Who taught you something? What did they teach you? Who showed you love? How did they show you love? Who made you happy? How did they make you happy? Source: Adapted excerpt from The Giving Book: Open the Door to a Lifetime of Giving by Ellen Sabin.

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entral to every relationship is communication, and genuine communication relies on listening. Not just listening to the words spoken, but listening wholeheartedly to every aspect of the conversation taking place. As we race headlong into the season of what can only be termed rampant consumerism, O. Henry’s story “The Gift of the Magi” comes to mind. A young couple of little means each has a single prized possession: she, her hair, and he, a pocket watch. He sells his watch to buy her combs for her beautiful tresses, while she sells her hair to buy him a pocket watch chain. Although the moment each discovers the others’ sacrifice may be one of true love, every moment before it is one of true listening. Not only does this harken us back to the spirit of the upcoming season, where our gifts to one another can be a reflection of genuine human connection, but it reminds us it’s not the gift that counts, so much as the intention behind it. This draws upon our willingness to give of ourselves, which is less a momentary gesture of charity or largess, and more making ourselves mindfully available to one another every day. It’s no secret we are awash in a sea of objects, but, in the end, the only thing we really have to give one another is our love and compassion. Wholehearted listening, along with the

gestures it inspires, reclaims us from that sea in which we are adrift and sets us upon a course toward something considerably more authentic. Now, all this is not to say we should refrain from plundering the depths of the big box stores, or patronizing our local merchants. What it does suggest is that we should do so

with a mindful intention reflecting our authentic human connection, not simply give lip service to the “shoulds” we attach to the season. An authentic gesture, like that found in O. Henry’s tale, is one full of meaning and purpose; it’s not simply a gesture for its own sake. It is heartfelt and wholehearted, expressing the depth of our relationships and reinforcing their value. In making ourselves available to that depth, listening carefully and giving lovingly, we will find ourselves connected to the true spirit of the season. Michael J. Formica, MS, MA, EdM, has been a practicing psychotherapist, counselor and coach since 1988. He is founder of LifeWorks Compass LLC, in Doylestown. Connect with him at 215-622-5798 and MichaelJFormica. com. See ad, page 35.

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Find Your Fitness Style

Workouts that Suit Your Personality by Wendy Worrall Redal


hile some people find repetitious workouts boring, others like doing predictable routines at regular locations. Ensuring that our fitness regimen jives with our “fitness personality” is integral to making exercise a consistent part of our lifestyle, a concept that has traction among exercise experts. Jonathan Niednagel, founder and director of The Brain Type Institute, in Mountain Home, Arkansas, and an athletic consultant for professional teams, explains in his book, Your Key to Sports Success, that understanding our inborn brain type can help us to determine which sport is best suited to motivate us. In Suzanne Brue’s book, The 8 Colors of Fitness, she applies principles from the Myers-Briggs personality inventory to help readers develop a personalized exercise program. Susan Davis-Ali, Ph.D., in St. Paul, Minnesota, a professional coach for working women, created a Fitness Interest Profile survey for the Life Time Fitness health club chain. She points to research that


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suggests people that engage in activities appropriate for their personalities enjoy their workouts more and are likely to stay with them longer. Identifying our fitness personality can help us find a program that suits our rhythms and interests. Based on composites from growing research, here are six categories that assess and capture the way we may feel about exercise; more than one can apply to any individual. Disciplined and driven. This is an image to which many of us may aspire, even though not everyone fits the mold. These exercisers are self-motivated and goal-oriented. Commitment and consistency go hand-in-hand. They like to use devices to track progress, maintain a training log and/or work with a personal trainer in systematic workouts geared to measure improvement. Disciplined types are often early risers; starting the day with regular exercise is second nature. Compatible fitness regimens include cardio workouts, interval and weight training, running, swimming

and martial arts. Relishes routine. While these folks are disciplined and driven in some ways, they tend to be more relaxed about regimens. The key to success here is consistency. They like order and familiarity in exercise settings and practice and may enjoy reading or watching a screen during workouts. Whatever the preferred approach, whether it’s a favorite training video, Wii Fit video game, favorite teacher or memorized Pilates moves, these exercisers like to stick with it, even working out at the same time every day—often first thing in the morning or after work—finding that regularity can be habit-forming. Conscious contemplative. Reflective individuals enjoy quiet, solo activities like long-distance running, biking, hiking and swimming, that allow opportunities to look inward, often without thinking too much about the physical details. Exercise offers a chance to clear the mind and renew the spirit while strengthening the body. These types naturally gravitate to outdoor pursuits, but some indoor practices may also suit them, like yoga, Pilates, tai chi or even karate, which incorporate a strong mind-body component. Workouts are often soothing, rather than intense. Plays well with others. For many people, exercise is best enjoyed with others, combining the social and fitness benefits of both. Connections and camaraderie get them off the couch, revved up and ready to go. Whether it’s a committed group of friends chatting during water aerobics or a high-powered cardio class that compares notes, motivation comes primarily from the presence—and accountability factor—of others. A lunch-hour class at a nearby studio or gym may be a fun break in the workday. On weekends, consider golf, tennis, dance or a local recreation team. Compulsive competitor. While the communal aspect is appealing, the greater gratification for this type comes through the thrill and challenge of competition. Trying to win is the great motivator, unlike driven and disciplined types that are happy to push through to their personal best. Team

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Look and Feel Your Best—Naturally Dr. Daniel Lebowitz Talks Platelet Rich Plasma by Phil Gutis


r. Daniel Lebwhat problems owitz, M.D., can they help? has practiced Platelet rich plasma as a highly specialized injections are simple board certified diagnosprocedures in which tic and interventional a person’s own healradiologist for nearly 10 ing cells and platelets years, with advanced are employed to help training in minimally inthe body heal injuries vasive procedures, age or naturally regenermanagement, hormone ate the body’s tissues. replacement, aesthetic The injections can be and regenerative mediused in joints, cartilage, Daniel Lebowitz cine. Lebowitz and his tendons, ligaments and World Wellness Health muscles to coax nagging Institute in Bala Cyninjuries to heal. They can also be used wyd excel in evaluating medical imfor skin rejuvenation, hair restoration, aging to diagnose anatomically based scar healing, sexual rejuvenation/ diseases. Lebowitz offers innovative enhancement and more. Platelet rich and exclusive procedures to help plasma stimulates the body to create patients look and feel their best at any new, younger, healthier tissue wherage. In a recent interview with Natural ever it is injected. Awakenings, he discussed platelet rich plasma injections and how they can What are platelets? help us look and feel our best. Platelets are a basic component of our blood that normally leak out of the What are platelet rich blood near injured tissues once a vein or artery is ruptured. The cells that plasma injections and

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are injured initiate signals that let the platelets know where to go to activate and release growth factors that start the healing process.

How do plasma injections work? Platelet rich plasma injections take advantage of the process initiated by injured cells in a very simple way. A small amount of blood is drawn from the patient and is run through a centrifuge to extract out only the platelets and plasma. This mixture is added to calcium and is then injected back into the area of injury or the area where rejuvenation is desired. Normally, the body performs this “treatment” all by itself, but there are times when the healing process is stalled, either because of the age of the patient or the location of the injury. For older patients, in particular, we can help the body to heal or rejuvenate by adding PRP. The activated platelets in the PRP release high concentrations of proteins called growth factors. The growth factors

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initiate a healing process, and also activate regenerative cells known as stem cells to literally regrow healthy new cells, collagen, blood vessels, nerve endings, cartilage—whatever is needed—at the site of injection. Over time, this process will reverse pain and inflammation, and will cause healthy, youthful tissue to grow. Injured cells send out distress signals which attract the activated platelets brought in through the PRP. The newly arrived growth factors now motivate the healthy cells to multiply and replace the injured or dead cells. The healing process is then in full gear.

Sounds fairly easy. Are there any well-known people who have used PRP? Dozens of professional athletes have used PRP to treat injuries. Those who have successfully had PRP procedures include: golfer Tiger Woods, tennis’s Rafael Nadal, basketball’s Kobe Bryant, football’s Troy Polamalu and baseball’s Alex Rodriguez. A number of celebrities have also used PRP to rejuvenate the face, including actresses Anna Friel and Angelina Jolie, model Bar Refaeli and Kim Kardashian.

What types of PRP procedures do you offer at the World Wellness Health Institute? PRP procedures that we offer include: facial rejuvenation (Vampire Facial/ Vampire Facelift), female sexual enhancement and urinary incontinence therapy (O Shot), male sexual enhancement (Priapus Shot), natural breast enhancement (Vampire Breast Lift), hair restoration (Vampire Hair Therapy) and PRP for musculoskeletal injuries. For more information on PRP, Dr. Lebowitz and the World Wellness Health Institute, call 610-228-0400, email or visit See ad, page 2. Phil Gutis is a contributing writer and editor for Natural Awakenings. Connect with him at

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sized pooch was fully trained to sleep by herself in another room. “I originally thought letting my dog sleep in my bed was a good idea,” says DeAngelis, a communications director at Westminster College. “But I realized that they can keep you up when they rustle around, wake you up if they have to go out and sometimes go to the bathroom in the bed if you don’t wake up.”

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“Having your pet sleep in the bed with you is a personal choice,” says holistic Veterinarian Patrick Mahaney, of California Pet Acupuncture & Wellness, in West Hollywood. By discouraging this behavior, “Your pet will be less likely to confuse your bed with theirs, and therefore prevent potential territory-related problems.” By failing to discourage it, “You not only face the possibility of behavioral problems, you could also face adverse effects to your own sleep and health,” he notes. According to results published in a survey of 300 sleep disorder patients conducted by Dr. John Shepard, then medical director of the Mayo Clinic Sleep Disorders Center, in Rochester, Minnesota, nearly 60 percent of the pet owners in the study slept with their pets inside the bedroom. Twenty-two percent of the patients were likely to have pets sleeping on the bed with them. Plus, 53 percent said their sleep was disrupted to some extent every night. Twenty-one percent and 7 percent of their dogs and cats, respectively, snored. Yet, a British study of 420 UK cat owners conducted by the nonprofit Cats Protection revealed that 44 percent of respondents (including 51 percent of women polled) said they enjoyed a better night’s sleep with a cat in bed with them than with a human

companion. Benefits listed included an absence of snoring, more space on the bed and soothing purrs. “The advantages of letting your pet share your bed include companionship, warmth and a sense of security,” advises Mahaney. Among the drawbacks, he notes lack of space for people to sleep, interruption of normal sleep patterns and the pet’s confusion about its expected place to sleep.

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To break a pet of a bed-sleeping habit, Mahaney recommends applying persistence, consistency and the following tips: n Establish a separate area or bed for the pet to sleep. A cat or dog bed can be as simple as a clean, soft blanket placed nearby. n Use positive reinforcement techniques. Offer a tiny training treat, “good-dog” clicker noise or praise when the animal is comfortably resting in its own bed, to reinforce this desirable behavior. n Immediately address any territorial aggression when co-sleeping with a

A pet’s companionship can reduce levels of stress hormones while enabling people to deal with their emotions and stressful situations. ~ American Heart Association journal, Hypertension pet, such as growling or nipping. First, authoritatively say, “No!” Then put the pet on the floor or into its own bed and give the command to sit and stay. n If problematic behavior persists, seek consultation with a veterinary behavior specialist.

under them. n Be aware of the need to remove environmental debris, including fecal material, on its coat before bedtime. n Give the dog an opportunity to void itself within a reasonable timeframe before going to sleep. A typical healthy dog should not have to get up in the middle of the night to urinate or defecate. n Allow a cat the opportunity to exit the bedroom throughout the night to play, eat, drink and use the litter box. Cats are nocturnal animals and are more likely to be active during lights out. Erik J. Martin regularly contributes to, from which this was adapted.

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If a family member decides to share a bed with a pet, Mahaney offers the following recommendations: n Let it sleep on top of the covers, instead of

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Avoiding and Treating Gum Disease by Dr. Hyo Lim


the condition may not proum disease—one of duce any discomfort. Howthe most common ever, there will be inflamoral diseases in the mation of the gums as the world—is caused by the inimmune system battles the fection of the gum tissues by bacteria that has invaded bacteria and other pathogens. the gum pockets. There may Even in this country, with the be bleeding while flossing ready access to dental care and brushing. At this stage, and oral hygiene products, the term gingivitis is used gum disease affects a majority to identify the condition. of the population. The reason Hyo Lim The good news is that, at for this situation is that in the beginning stages there may be no this point, the damage to the gums noticeable symptoms. However, peri- is totally reversible. With improved odontal disease—the medical term for oral hygiene and regular visits to the gum disease—left unchecked and un- dentist, gingivitis can be eliminated in treated, can lead to pain, impaired oral as quickly as a few months. Unfortunately, many people function and possible problems in other parts of the body. A brief discussion of who have gum disease have the more this common disease and the current severe condition in which the bone treatment options may help reduce the supporting the teeth is damaged. At this stage, the disease is referred to as fairly high risk. periodontal disease. With this condi There are different stages of perition there will be significant increase odontal disease. In the early stages,

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in the depth of the gum pockets as the bone surrounding the roots of the teeth begin to erode away due to the presence of bacteria and the body’s own inflammatory process that attempts to deal with the infection. If this situation goes untreated, there may be increased bleeding, loosening of teeth and foul odor. Eventually, if bone loss is extensive enough, the teeth may literally fall out. Moreover, as periodontal disease becomes more entrenched, there is the real likelihood that the bacteria from the gum pockets can enter the blood stream and thereby spread inflammation and infection to other parts of the body. But there’s good news. With current treatments like scaling—removing and cleaning bacteria and debris off the roots of teeth—and antibiotics, most cases of periodontal disease can be treated. Alternative techniques like oil pulling have also been helpful for some patients. Laser treatments have even regenerated lost bone support in some cases. As with any disease, prevention is the best approach. The next best option is to address the situation as early as possible to minimize the damage and also reduce the level of intervention needed to treat the disease. Dr. Hyo Lim, DMD, practices at Dental Wellness Centre, in King of Prussia. Connect with him at 610-265-4485 or See ad, page 36.

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 1 Advent Assembly and Tea | Phoenixville 8:15-9:30am. Come celebrate the spirit of Advent with Kimberton Waldorf School. Parents and community members are welcome to join the Advent assembly, followed by a community tea. Attendees can socialize, enjoy a hot cup of coffee or tea and share in the fellowship of the season. Also held on December 8 and 15. Kimberton Waldorf School, 410 W Seven Stars Rd, Phoenixville. 610-933-3635.

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5 Fun Friday Open House | Doylestown 5-7pm. The Doylestown Food Co-op hosts a gathering with food, wine and something fun. Doylestown Food Co-op, 29 W State St, Doylestown. 215-348-4548. Bolton Mansion Holiday House & Tree Lighting | Levittown 6-9pm. Adults: $5, under 16: free. Enjoy the Holiday House with its Christmas decorations, music, candle making, food and beverages. Meet the historic re-enactors and stop at the gift shop for the perfect gift. Bolton Mansion, 85 Holly Dr, Levittown. Craft Show & Artisan Village Preview | Kimberton 6-10pm. $10. Enjoy this adults-only preview of the craft show featuring over 70 fine artisans presenting textiles, jewelry, pottery, woodwork, metalwork,

gourmet foods and handmade toys. A quiet evening for adults to get the first view of crafts and do their shopping. Kimberton Waldorf School, 410 W Seven Stars Rd, Kimberton. 610-933-3635.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6 Craft Show & Artisan Village | Kimberton 10am-5pm. Adults: $5, Children: free. The show features over 70 fine artisans presenting textiles, jewelry, pottery, woodwork, metalwork, gourmet foods and handmade toys. Enjoy numerous events including lunch, an elegant tearoom with musical entertainment, shopping and children’s activities. Kimberton Waldorf School, 410 W Seven Stars Rd, Kimberton. 610-9333635. Newtown Holiday House Tour | Newtown 10am-4pm. $25. Join Newtown Borough to celebrate 51 years of holiday house tours. Entry includes private residences and several public buildings, including the Half-Moon Inn. Tickets can be purchased online. Holiday Open House & Sale | Langhorne 10am-6pm. Special holiday sale pricing and a surprise gift with each purchase. Get a raffle ticket just for stopping in. Boutique offers a handpicked selection of crystals, jewelry, native flutes, drums, CDs and more. Rainbows of Healing, 123 W Maple Ave, Langhorne. 267-840-8003. Annual Christmas Festival | Lahaska 10am-6pm. Santa arrives in a parade on Saturday to kick off weekend visits with the children through December 23. Enjoy hot mulled cider, toasted marshmallows and live entertainment, and see the beautifully decorated village. Peddler’s Village, Route 202 & 263, Lahaska. 215-794-4000. Mother Nature Holiday Party | Southampton 11:15am-12pm. $17. We will hunt for a tree to decorate and we will make edible ornaments for our forest friends. Ages 4 and up. Tamanend Park Farmhouse, 1255 2nd Street Pike, Southampton.

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12 Meditation for World Peace Day | Doylestown 6:30-7:30pm. An evening hour of silent meditation on Global Meditation for World Peace Day. This is an inspiring opportunity to join others around the world in generating the intention of peace. Casual format; assistance will be offered to anyone new to meditation. Bridge Acupuncture, 30 Garden Alley, Doylestown. 215-348-8058. Rose Quartz Journey | Doylestown 7-8:30pm. $25. Open the heart to give and receive love and feel a sense of wholeness with others and ourselves. Journey with a beautiful, huge, raw rose quartz stone (included) on a guided journey of sound using crystal singing bowls, native flutes and more. Dragonfly Yoga Studio, 256 Green St, Doylesytown. 267-840-8003. Heart Rhythms Drum Circle | Morrisville 7:30-8:30pm. Drumming is fun and good for the body and soul. Facilitated by Mike “Oz” Osrowitz. Drums are provided or you may bring your own. Dr. Susan Burger’s Vitality Center, 300 W Trenton Ave, 2nd floor, Morrisville. 215-932-9263.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13 Winter Fair | Upper Black Eddy 11am-4pm. Join River Valley Waldorf School for a celebration of the holiday season, with children’s crafts, delicious fare, live music and King Winter himself. River Valley Waldorf School, 1395 Bridgeton Hill Rd, Upper Black Eddy. 610-982-5606. French Bistro Cooking | Hatfield 1-2:30pm. $50. During this class, students will be introduced to provincial cuisine, the centuries-old style of cooking that is served in the independent bistros of Paris. Recipes for a full menu of classic, healthy, seasonal preparations will be provided. Fresh Fun Foods, 2240 E Orvilla Rd, Hatfield. 215-353-8947.

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Candlelight Sing | Kimberton 7-9pm. Join the Kimberton Waldorf School community as we welcome in the holidays with the sharing of traditional songs. Kimberton Waldorf School, 410 W Seven Stars Rd, Phoenixville. 610-933-3635.

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11am-12pm. This free, introductory workshop introduces participants to the chakra system and discusses the manifestation process that will be shared in an upcoming monthly book study series based on Anodea Judith and Lion Goodman’s book Creating on Purpose. Anahata Yoga & Wellness, 703 Harleysville Pike, Harleysville. 215-740-1354.

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1-8pm. Enjoy free classes and events at Yoga Loka all day, including yoga, meditation, tai chi, stress release techniques, back care classes and more. Discounted class blocks and door prizes drawn throughout the day. Yoga Loka, 34 Bridge St, Frenchtown, NJ. 908-2687430.

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3-8pm. The theme of this year’s event is What Are You Going to P.A.C.K?: Purposeful Actions Creating Kindness. Includes demonstrations in natural skin care, cupping, resonance repatterning, shiatsu, acupuncture and more. Rooted River Therapies, 33 S Delaware Ave, Ste 201, Yardley. 201-978-7335. Fallsington Tree Lighting | Fallsington 6pm. Gather ‘round and celebrate the lighting of our Christmas tree adorned with handcrafted ornaments made by the children from the William Penn Center Preschool and Kindergarten and enjoy the beautiful seasonal music presented by the Fallsington United Methodist Church Worship Choir. Stagecoach Tavern, Meetinghouse Square, Fallsington.

YogaPuncture | Harleysville 1-3pm. $45. Welcome the new year with a uniquely healing and restorative experience. This special class combines yoga and acupuncture to help the body restore balance so it can heal naturally. Enjoy an all-levels yin/ yang flow to help release stuck energy, then settle into relaxation pose and receive an acupuncture treatment to experience deep, rejuvenating rest. Anahata Yoga & Wellness Center, 703 Harleysville Pike, Harleysville. 215-740-1354.


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savethedate M-Joy Of Being (Women) Seminar February 7-8 Choose to participate in the evolution of you. Notice and let go of limiting memetic programs and morphic fields that may hinder consistent access to the Joy of Being... Women. Establish resonance and empowering patterns of infinite potential to allow for more flow, wellbeing and personal fulfillment. Sacred feminine and masculine essences are explored, refined and combined for greater awareness and trust in our inherent knowingness, wholeness and discernment.

Cost: $360-$500 Location: DoubleTree Philadelphia Airport 4509 Island Ave, Philadelphia 800-269-9513

Goddess & Angel Meditation | Harleysville 7-9pm. $22. Guided meditation to capture the energy of the Solstice bringing forth love and light for the new year. Join us for this unique, magical night filled with a room of loving energy unlike any other. Leave the night feeling renewed and empowered. Anahata Yoga & Wellness Center, 703 Harleysville Pike, Harleysville. 215-740-1354. Shepherd’s Play | Phoenixville 7:30-9:30pm. All are welcome to attend this muchloved play—a village pageant traditionally performed as a European folkways tradition. Kimberton Waldorf School, 410 W Seven Stars Rd, Phoenixville. 610-9333635.

If you haven’t got any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble. ~Bob Hope

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20 Fermented Foods | Hatfield 1-2:30pm. $50. Brined, salted and fermented foods are interesting and nutritious additions to any diet. Learn to add a probiotic kick to meals by making your own yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi and a wide variety of pickles. Fresh Fun Foods, 2240 E Orvilla Rd, Hatfield. 215-353-8947.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 26 Meditation, For All of Us | Morrisville 7:30-8:30pm. There is power in the joining of hearts and minds to meditate and set our intentions for peace throughout the globe, and love in all hearts. This is the new revolution. Dr. Susan Burger’s Vitality Center, 300 W Trenton Ave, 2nd floor, Morrisville. 215-9329263.

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savethedate Greenshire Arts Consortium 3620 Sterner Mill Rd, Quakertown Event Details: Please register for all activities. 215-538-0976 December 7 Community Connections 2-5pm Join us in welcoming the winter season with music, warm food and heartfelt socialization. Our devoted Greenshire staff will share the healing modalities and community outreach experienced at our center and attendees will be given the opportunity to share the nature of their holistic work. Bring a favorite soup or other hot dish to treat our senses. Please be our guest and come see what Greenshire Arts is all about. December 13 Reiki Certification: Reiki I Reiki is a safe, natural healing touch technique for the healing of self and others. Harmonize the entire body, helping it to return to a state of balance. Feel more energetic, reduce stress levels, detoxify. Includes history of Reiki, Reiki attunements, hand positions

for treatments on self and others, body/mind/ spirit connection, practice, printed manual and certification. 8 CEs available. 1st and 3rd Wednesday iTRYBE Community Supported Kitchen 6:30-8:30pm Each month, iTRYBE focuses on culinary/edible education, including food demonstration, sampling, recipes and book study. Individual dietary needs and concerns can be shared and supported. Appropriate for anyone who wishes to learn how to eat and cook in a nurturing way. Kristin Moyer, holistic chef/educator. Children welcome. $20/family. Group now forming… Spiritual, but not Religious? Who are you, really? What is your connection to Source? We will embark on an exploration of you, centering around aspects of a world hidden within. Included are insights and

practices from age-old traditions, ancient mysteries and exploration into the esoteric understandings of spirituality. Through lively discussion, powerful practices and heartfelt conversation, this group opens the door to developing a firm foundation of selfawareness and a more fulfilling life. Contact Greenshire if interested. Arlene Curley, Ph.D., author, interfaith minister, intuitive healer. $20. June 4-11, 2015 Registration now open… Spiritual Pilgrimage to Kaua’i Journey to the legendary Healing Island of Kaua’i to restore, rebalance and rejuvenate your divine connection to Source. With ceremony, healing and blessings bestowed by the Goddess of Kaua’I, return home to embrace life’s journey with joy and brightness in your heart. Retreat facilitator El Herington has knowledge of lifetimes as a priestess and healer in Lemuria (ancient Hawaii), offering Kaua’i spiritual immersion journeys of sacred sites. Arlene Rose Curley, Ph.D., is a holistic life counselor, author, intuitive healer and interfaith minister. Retreat details on Greenshire website.

savethedate Susan Duval Seminars and Sacred Journeys Doylestown 215-348-5755 Register online or call Susan. Sign up on website to receive weekly newsletter with updates on seminars and trips. Thursday, December 4 Friday, December 5 Akashic Record Readings 2-8pm, by appointment Robin Clare will unlock Akashic Records to discover why we incarnated, what lessons we are intended to learn and how to fulfill our destiny. $125/1 hour. Doylestown. Wednesday, December 10 Resonance Repatterning/Akashic Record Clearing 2:15pm & 5pm Resonance Repatterning with Susan Pie helps with thoughts that keep us stuck—often programmed from earlier life experiences. It provides a way to change our vibrational imprint. An Akashic Record Clearing frees us from blocks to positive expression, ancestral programs that we have outgrown and limiting beliefs around health, relationships and abundance. $150/1 hour. Doylestown.

Thursday, December 11 Mediumship Gallery 2-4pm When souls connect to us from the Other Side, they often share details about themselves, how they passed, meaningful moments in their lives, as well as insightful messages. Spirit Medium Rich Braconi will connect with family members, loved ones and friends who have crossed over. These messages of personal guidance and insights may have a profound effect on life. Limited to 15 attendees; everyone will receive a reading. $50. New Britain. Sunday, December 14 Messages from the Other Side 2-5pm Born with a gift of communicating with spirits and predicting future events, Joseph Tittel has an amazing ability to bring forth messages from the Other Side. Everyone will receive a message from loved ones across the veil or be able to ask a question regarding the future. $60. Doylestown.

Wednesday, December 16 Thursday, December 17 Psychic & Tarot Readings By appointment A very popular reader, Betsy addresses relationships, career, health, soul and life path, past lives and often connects to deceased loved ones. She receives information from guides, spirits and the tarot. $80/$120/$160 for 30/45/60 minutes. Doylestown. Sunday, December 21 Creating Me ANEW in 2015 2-5pm Join Dee Wallace—an internationally known healer, clairaudient, channeler, author and actress best known for her portrayal of the mother in Steven Spielberg’s ET—for a riveting and entertaining exploration into the precise formula for creation and how each of us can shift so that we are truly in harmony with receiving the gifts we are asking for. Personal work will be done for all attendees. $75. New Britain. Sacred Journeys and Retreats

March 26-30: New Mexico & Mineral Hot Springs April 22-27: Red Rocks of Sedona, AZ May 19-23: The Big Island of Hawaii

June 20-26: Swim with the Dolphins in Bimini

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sunday Gentle Yoga | Quakertown 8-9am. Slow and gentle practice is a great place for beginners, students recovering from illness or injury, those with limited range of movement, and prenatal and postnatal women. $12. Moondog Yoga, 44 Front St, Quakertown. 267-374-4046. Sunday Stroll | Bristol 2-3pm. Take a walk with a naturalist. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. 215-785-1177. Reiki Share | Langhorne 2-4pm, Reiki share for practitioners; 4pm, Reiki experience for the community. Opportunity to share experiences with other local Reiki practitioners. Facilitated by Valarie Haag, ND, and Ian Haag, Usui Reiki Masters. Third Sunday. Free/donation to The Peace Center. The Peace Center, 102 W Maple Ave, Langhorne. 267-840-8003. Restorative Yoga | Quakertown 4:30-5:45pm. Class includes deep, slow stretching with the use of props. Focuses on relaxation and breathing. All fitness levels, including those new to yoga, are welcome. Last Sunday of the month. $12. Moondog Yoga, 44 Front St, Quakertown. 267-374-4046. Community Drum Circle | Langhorne 4:30-6pm. Join us for an open drum circle where we will make music and have fun. Bring any instruments desired; there will be plenty of instruments to share. Third Sunday. The Peace Center, 102 W Maple Ave, Langhorne. 267-840-8003.

monday Wholistic’s Women’s Bootcamps | North Wales 5:45-6:45am. Fun and effective training that specializes in the unique physiological needs of women and gets results. Sessions meet three times a week—Monday, Wednesday, Friday. No meeting on December 24. $199. Wholistic Fitness, 217 Church Rd, North Wales. 267-613-8246. Tea & Play | Upper Black Eddy 10-11am. Enjoy a cup of tea with an early childhood teacher and learn about early childhood programs while little ones explore a nursery classroom. Children birth to age 4 are welcome. Call to register. First Monday. River Valley Waldorf School, 1395 Bridgeton Hill Rd, Upper Black Eddy. 610-982-5606. Free Chair Yoga | Yardley 11am-12pm. This seated chair yoga class is open to the public. Yardley-Makefield Library, 1080 Edgewood Rd, Yardley. 215-493-6967.

TRX Body Blast | Quakertown 6:15-7pm. Challenge and engage every muscle during this 45-minute nonstop TRX suspension workout! Build overall strength, balance and flexibility with this total body conditioning workout. Held Mondays and Wednesdays; call for details. $12. Moondog Yoga, 44 Front St, Quakertown. 267-374-4046. Mental Health Support Group | Doylestown 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 who suffer from mental illness. Aldie Medical Arts Building, 11 Welden Dr, Doylestown. Women’s Support and Lifestyle Group | Philadelphia 6:30-7:30pm. Change Your Perception, Change Your Life is a women’s group that includes health speakers and some classes; meets twice monthly with Nancy Pollack, MS, clinical therapist, health educator and women’s safety specialist. $20. Chestnut Hill Medical Offices, 331 F Shawmont Ave, Philadelphia. 215-482-0408.

tuesday Health Matters Radio Show 9am. Hosted by Dr. Phil Pappas of Earth Foods, featuring different guests and topics each week. Listen in at Free Yoga and Meditation for Veterans | Bristol 11am-12pm. Free class for veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and their partners. Mats included. Also held on Thursdays, 12-1pm. Bristol YMCA, 400 Mill St, Bristol. 215-595-8963. Vinyasa Flow | Quakertown

Community Acupuncture | Doylestown 3-6pm. Seated in a serene group environment, receive affordable acupuncture for stress management, detox, routine health/pain issues and overall wellness. Mention NA to waive initial $15 paperwork fee. Schedule online or by phone. Located upstairs; call if you have disabilities. $30. Bridge Acupuncture, 30 Garden Alley, Doylestown. 215-348-8058. Chair/Mat Yoga | Fairless Hills 6-7pm. Open to the community. $3/seniors, $5/under 55. Falls Township Senior Center, 282 Trenton Rd, Fairless Hills. 215-547-6563. Community Meditation Class | Doylestown 6:15-6:45pm. Free, 30-minute meditation class introducing mindful meditation and qigong visualizations in a welcoming environment. Donations are accepted to be given to charities such as Moxafrica and A Woman’s Place. Bridge Acupuncture, 30 Garden Alley, Doylestown. 215-348-8058. Wellness Cooking Series | 2240 East Orvilla Road 7-8pm. This series is designed to teach those interested in a healthier way of cooking how to prepare interesting and exciting meals, while cutting calories, cholesterol and salt. Learn tricks that professional chefs use to enhance flavor while making food that is healthy. Held December 3 (Vegetable Main Courses), 10 (Healthy Salads) and 17 (Health Conscious Grilling). Recipes will be provided. $30/class. Fresh Fun Foods, 2240 E Orvilla Rd, Hatfield. Intuition Class | Gilbertsville 7:30-9:30pm. Develop intuition with a spiritual community and share synchronicities. Develop intuitive muscle with an exercise and guided meditation. Drop-ins welcome. Second Wednesday. $5. Inner Light Holistic Center, 1000 Grosser Rd & Rte 100, 2nd floor, Gilbertsville. 610-413-8191.


6-7:15pm. Vinyasa is a yoga practice focused on linking breath and movement. The importance of the breath is emphasized. All levels; drop-ins welcome. $12. Moondog Yoga, 44 Front St, Quakertown. 267-3744046.

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Bucks Beekeepers Association | Plumsteadville

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7pm. General meeting of the Bucks County Beekeepers Association. Second Tuesday. Plumsteadville Grange Hall, 5901 Old Easton Rd, Plumsteadville.

wednesday Restorative Yoga | Langhorne 12-12:45pm OR 6:30-7:45pm. Join Doris Szeto each week for an afternoon or evening soothing and rejuvenating class. The poses are adapted to accommodate any age, body type or physical condition. No evening class the 3rd Wednesday. Register online at, type in Medicine In Balance and go to classes. $15. Medicine In Balance, 940 Town Center Dr, Langhorne. Free Skin Analysis and Discounts | Lansdale 1-8pm. Come in for a free skin analysis and receive 15 percent off skin care. Call to schedule. Lansdale Mas-

12-1pm. See Tuesday listing. Bristol YMCA, 400 Mill St, Bristol. 215-595-8963. 6-7:15pm. Moms-to-be use yoga to prepare their bodies to bring new life into the world. Learn tools and techniques to strengthen the body for labor and delivery. Suitable for those new to yoga. $16. Anahata Yoga and Wellness Center, 703 Harleysville Pk, Harleysville. 215-740-1354. Ascension Class | Gilbertsville 7-9pm. Ascension class designed to move into becoming a channel of grace, the next step of intuitive development. First Thursday. $10. Inner Light Holistic Center, 1000 Grosser Rd & Rte 100, 2nd floor, Gilbertsville. 610-413-8191. Empowerment Coaching Workshop | Doylestown 7-9pm. Experience the benefits of empowerment coaching, build confidence, gain insight and a new perspective in creating more balance and contentment in life. Accompanied by the added benefit of synergistic group support. Now forming 3-month programs. Second and fourth Thursdays. Must call to pre-register. $297. Dragonfly Yoga Studio & Massage, 156 Green St, Doylestown. 215-906-9393.

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Guided Meditation | Gilbertsville 9:30-10:30am. Using guided visual imagery, learn to meditate to center oneself, relieve stress, lower blood pressure and create balance through mind, body and spirit. Drop-ins welcome. $10. Inner Light Holistic Center, 1000 Grosser Rd & Route 100, Gilbertsville.

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Story Time Yoga | Quakertown 1:30-2:15pm. Story time comes alive with yoga. Join us for a seasonal story, songs, games and yoga poses. Encourages literacy and a healthy lifestyle. For children ages 2 through 6 and their caregivers. Third Friday of the month. $5. Moondog Yoga, 44 Front St, Quakertown.

HELP WANTED WORK AT HOME—No inventory/home parties/selling products. Have the flexibility you need. Call Susan Pontelandolfo: 267474-7536.

Relaxing Yin Yoga | Langhorne 5:30-6:45pm. Transition from the crazy week to a relaxing weekend with this class to soothe the body and soul, with teacher Sally Miller. Please call to register. $15. Medicine In Balance, 940 Town Center Dr, Langhorne. 215-741-1600. Kids Yoga Club | Quakertown 6-8pm. Enjoy a night out while children enjoy a yoga practice just for them. Includes stories, songs, games and a craft. Second Friday of the month. Ages 6-11. $20/ child, $15/each addt’l sibling. Moondog Yoga, 44 Front St, Quakertown. 267-374-4046.

saturday Bird Walk | Bristol 7:30-9am. For all birding enthusiasts. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. 215-785-1177.

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Schedule a complementary 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, Qi Gong, nutritional counseling, massage therapy, pediatric acupressure and more. Google our many positive reviews and testimonials. Easy online scheduling available. See ad on page 11.

ART THERAPY HEARTWELL HOUSE Expressive Therapies John Muraco, ATR, RYT 315-329-9838

Art therapy, an alternative to talk therapy, is a way to express yourself creatively with no artistic talent required. Receive emotional balance, empowerment, and a deeper sense of self-understanding in a safe environment. Muraco is a registered art therapist, yoga teacher and holistic lifestyle and wellness counselor, specializing in adolescents and those who have lived through emotional or medical trauma or serious illness. Expressive arts groups, stress reduction classes, and personal wellness and herbal remedy making classes available. Call for a free, 30-minute consultation.

CHIROPRACTIC WAGNER INTEGRATIVE THERAPIES Jean-Paul Rouzier, L.Ac., LSMT 411 Hyde Park, Doylestown 215-230-8100

Wagner Integrative Therapies uses a team approach to healing. JP utilizes traditional Chinese Acupuncture, Acupressure and Cupping to effectively treat many types of chronic, debilitating pain and a wide variety of other conditions such as asthma, sleep disturbance, stress, anxiety, digestive issues and hormone imbalance. Our nationally certified team of specialists work together so you to get you better, faster. See ad on page 10.

WAGNER INTEGRATIVE THERAPIES J. Adam Wagner, D.C. 411 Hyde Park, Doylestown 215-230-8100

Wagner Integrative Therapies focuses on you in a caring, integrative environment. Dr. J. Adam Wagner, Medical Director, specializes in combining diagnostic skills, functional assessment and state-of-the-art treatments. Dr. Wagner supports the practices of adjunctive specialists for the best possible patient outcomes. Offering Chiropractic Pain Management, Certified Spinal Decompression Therapy, Class 4 Cold Laser, Compression Massage. Check out the events calendar for our other offerings. See ad on page 10.


Medical Intuitive, Akashic Record Traveler Founder of Mindful Awareness Centered Coaching (MACC) 215-740-0766

MACC integrates Gutkin’s skills as an alternative medicine practitioner. Begin to experience relief today, both physically and emotionally, without medication. Together, we create an individual weekly plan designed to suit your needs. Learn healing techniques that you can apply throughout your life. The program offers a wide range of modalities: hypnotherapy, past life regression, cognitive behavioral therapy, EFT, NLP, meditation and more. Call 215-740-0766, email or visit Medintuitive. com. The MACC program is available in person, by Skype or telephone. Free 10-minute consultations are offered.


LifeWorks Compass LLC 107 N Broad St, Doylestown 215-622-5798

For more than 25 years, Michael has helped people meet their challenges around mind-body wellness, relationships, recovery and career. An internationally recognized self-development expert, he can help you overcome limiting beliefs, change behavior and improve relationships to find greater clarity and enhanced personal meaning. See ad on page 35.

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VIBRATIONAL ENERGY HEALING & WORKSHOPS Rainbows of Healing 123 W Maple Ave Langhorne, PA

Rainbows of Healing offers many services such as private healing sessions with Reiki, Crystal Balancing, Sound Therapy and more. Check out our website for ongoing and special event workshops. Visit our Metaphysical Boutique for unique crystals, jewelry, Native American flutes, handcrafted items and much more.

Provider of integrated wellness dedicated to client care. Service includes massage, lymphatic drainage, contemporary cupping therapy, acupressure, nutritional and herbal guidance and aromatherapy. 201-978-7335. ConsciusVita@ See ad on page 4.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS COACHING REBUILD YOUR DIGESTIVE SYSTEM Rose Orrell Holistic Health Practitioner 310-866-7151

GREEN LIVING ENVIRONMENTAL HOME STORE 320 N Broad St, Doylestown 267-880-6791

Our mission is simple: to make sustainable living and working accessible and affordable. We want to make healthy, responsible and beautiful building practices available to everyone. We pride ourselves on representing the finest manufacturers of sustainable building supplies. Visit us at our one-stop-shop and we will work with you to help you “go green” for any of your rooms. See ad on page 51.

Find relief from the foods that are causing your body harm and learn to heal and rebuild your digestive system in order to live a symptom-free, pain-free life eating the foods you love. Specializing in helping women with digestive issues. We will identify and heal the root cause through a holistic, natural and gentle approach.

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Celebrating our 10th Anniversary, doing business since 2004. 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. See ad on page 13.

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Melanie invigorates women to regain energy. Do you desire less brain fog, more focus? Less stress, more sleep? Less fatigue, more energy? Melanie has personally experienced adrenal fatigue and utilizes a synthesized approach involving the whole body, mind and soul to support your health goals. See ad on page 37.


Adriana G. Moise, MD 99 N West End Blvd, Ste 110, Quakertown 215-804-2622

Dr. Moise offers a blend of conventional medicine and natural scientifically proven alternative methods to optimize your child’s health. This approach recognizes and respects the ability of your child’s body to return to a state of balance and wellness. She provides consultations and treatment plans to address medical conditions using a natural, holistic, alternative approach. See ad on page 33.

LICENSED NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR Julie Lachman, ND LLC 196 W Ashland St, Ste 301 Doylestown 267-895-1733

Homeopathic remedies are safe for infants, children and pregnant moms alike. They help kids sail through common childhood illnesses in a healthy, positive way. You want the best for your child, yet you’re concerned about side effects. Come learn options that are safe and effective.

PEACE VALLEY HOLISTIC CENTER 224 Old Limekiln Rd, Chalfont, PA 215-887-9901

A place of well-being for parents, children with special needs, siblings and friends, with a focus on Autism. Helping families of children with special needs get the care and skills needed to handle life’s daily challenges.

HOLISTIC DENTISTRY Hyo J. Lim DMD 216 Mall Blvd, Ste 11, King of Prussia 610-265-4485

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The 134-acre Preserve features more than 800 species of native plants in a naturalistic setting. Explore miles of trails running through picturesque woodlands, meadows, and aquatic habitats. Diverse educational programs are offered year round.

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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 on page 36.



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 offers and ad on back page.

Narberth Family Medicine is a holistic, alternative medical practice, emphasizing interactive decision making between doctor and patient. Interactive decision making means that together with Dr. Lipton, you will decide on what course of action is best. Dr. Lipton spends 15-20 minutes, and up to 1 hour with a new patient. Be confident that your individual needs will be met.

Dr. Beth Skovron 595 Bethlehem Pike, Montgomeryville 215-822-3860

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 on page 30.

Dr. Andrew Lipton 822 Montgomery Ave, Ste 315, Narberth 610-667-4601


301 Oxford Valley Rd, Yardley 267-685-6070

MONTGOMERY REHAB ASSOCIATES Dr. L. Matthew Schwartz Integrative Medicine 8601 Stenton Ave, Wyndmoor 215-233-6226

Are you being heard? Are you getting the care you deserve? Address issues before they get worse. As a true partner, I will listen to your needs and help you make informed decisions. You will receive effective tools and strategies toward your wellness. Short wait times, lower costs, and more time with you. Awarded Philadelphia magazine’s Top Doc™ 10 years in a row.


4950 York Rd, Ste 2A, Buckingham 215-794-5691

There are many paths to healing. At Joy Integrative Integrative Medicine Medicine your health concerns and goals will be listened to with compassion. Working together, a personalized and unique treatment plan will be implemented to re-awaken your health and joy at the highest level. See ad on page 17.


Method of Modern Cupping 267-357-3525

Bellabaci is a modified version of ancient cupping therapy. Silicone cups use no heat yet provide the same benefits as traditional cupping. Can be used by therapists and individuals at home. Easy to learn technique. Aids smoothing of wrinkles and cellulite, relieves muscular pain, digestive disorders and many other varied stagnation in the body. Available for treatments, purchase, and practitioner training. See ad on page 41.


Get relief for your joint inflammation and pain and reduce your dependence on medications. Dr. Tahir is PA’s only board-certified Integrative Rheumatologist and specializes in autoimmune diseases that are difficult to diagnose and treat. He will customize an integrative treatment program to give you the best possible quality of life by addressing the cause, not the symptom. See ad on page 23.




Homeopathic Consultant 610-982-5012

Homeopathic Health Consultations (via phone) are available as well as on-site and recorded beginner and advanced classes. We practice clinical homeopathy—using lower potencies at more frequent intervals—and we promote helping individuals learn how to use homeopathy on a regular basis. Contact us at

HYPNOTHERAPY Hypnosis Counseling Center BARRY WOLFSON 554 Bloomfield Ave, Bloomfield, NJ 28 Mine St, Flemington, NJ 34 Bridge St, Frenchtown, NJ 43 Tamarack Circle, Princeton, NJ 908-996-3311

With 27 years of experience, Hypnosis Counseling Center of New Jersey is a full-service counseling center, using both traditional counseling methods and the art of hypnotherapy in private and group settings. We regularly hold adult education seminars, and work with hospitals, fitness centers and individuals that want to improve their lives. We specialize in weight loss, stress, smoking, confidence building, phobias, insomnia, test taking, sports improvement and public speaking. The state of New Jersey and many Fortune 500 Corporations employ our programs.

Megan Downs, L.M.T. Bailiwick Office Campus, Ste 26, Doylestown 215-348-2115

Megan’s vast experience and therapeutic massage technique works by targeting specific problem areas while also keeping in mind the needs of her patients. She incorporates a variety of methods including Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, Hot and Cold Stones, Bellabaci Method of Cupping, as well as Aromatherapy. Relieve stress and pain, increased body awareness and gain an overall sense of wellbeing.

WAGNER INTEGRATIVE THERAPIES Kelly Seitchik, L.M.T. 411 Hyde Park, Doylestown 215-230-8100

Wagner Integrative Therapies has Alternative Pain Management & Health Solutions. Kelly specializes in Deep Tissue Massage, Chronic Migraine and Stress-Related Headache Relief, and has developed a systemic approach to Myofascial Pain Relief. Also offered: Swedish Massage, Sports Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Hot Stone Therapy, Hydrotherapy, Paraffin Treatment, Aromatherapy and more. Visit our beautiful 3,000-square-foot facility. See ad on page 10.

NATURAL PHARMACY LIONVILLE NATURAL PHARMACY Ben & Michael Briggs 309 Gordon Drive, Lionville 610-363-7474

Lionville specializes in both pharmaceuticals and natural/holistic remedies, providing an integrative approach to your health solution. Integrative therapy provides a safer and more effective course of treatment, with fewer adverse or toxic side effects. We are experts in the safety and effectiveness of traditional (allopathic) prescription drugs as well as natural/holistic (alternative) therapies. Family-owned and operated, since 1979. Phone consultations and U.S. shipping available. See ad on page 30.

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Charles W. Brynan III, MRP 215-234-4834

SILVER LAKE NATURE CENTER 1306 Bath Road, Bristol 215-785-1177

Silver Lake Nature Center (SNLC) is the home of the area’s first Earthship, a carbon-zero structure built with recycled products, that heats and cools itself, that gathers its own water, recycles its own waste, and produces food. Education, recreation, research and advocacy.

Reflexology sessions are one hour, and I will travel to your location. My goals as a Certified Reflexologist are (1) to relax the patient with this highly specialized relaxation technique, (2) improve nerve, blood and lymphatic supply (health enhancement) and (3) persuade the body to attain homeostasis, balance and normalization.




DR. JULIE ANN ALLENDER 306 Rickert Rd, Sellersville 215-799-2220

Dr. Allender ’s office is a tropical garden with fountains, music, plants and Animal Assisted Therapy. She offers alternatives to traditional therapy and medication through diet, exercise, meditation and lifestyle changes for adults, couples, children, families and businesses. A happy home and office. See ad on page 13.


Integrative Counseling and Nutritional Guidance 858-401-3144

Kathleen Downey, CSC, has 7 years of training and 20 years of experience in private practice, since 1994. Uniquely combining psychotherapy with soul retrieval, past life therapy and nutrition, a truly empowering experience for clients. Author of bestseller, Healthy is Delicious: More than a Cookbook. Trainings and detox retreats with great results.




Kaitlynn Stupak, CD, Reiki Master 267-897-4277

Healing services offered include Reiki & reflexology which support relaxation and growth by soothing energetic blockages, releasing toxins, increasing vitality & enhancing well-being. Also offered are comprehensive, holistic-based childbirth education classes and labor doula services. Gain knowledge to improve your health & your birth.

Ben & Michael Briggs 309 Gordon Drive, Lionville 610-363-7474

We work together with veterinarians and pet owners to customize prescriptions that address each pet’s unique needs. We prepare alternative medication forms including flavored liquids, solid treats, and transdermal creams to make medicines more palatable. Our formulations make administering medication safer, easier and more enjoyable for pets and their people. Serving pets, exotics, horses and zoo animals. See ad on page 39.

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Daniel Lebowitz, MD, DABR, FAARM 111 Presidential Blvd., Suite 159, Bala Cynwyd 610-228-0400

We take the time to understand not only your symptoms, but why you got those symptoms in the first place. Our practice is focused on age management, aesthetic and regenerative medicine to optimize health and well-being, and if desired, appearance. We use cutting edge techniques such as platelet rich plasma injections to rejuvenate or even regenerate the body’s tissues, naturally. Awarded Top Doc in 2012 and Top Radiologist in 2013. See ad, page 2.

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T.R.E. is an effective and gentle approach to clearing the body of traumatic residue. Trauma and tension, whether dramatic or mild, keeps you in “freeze mode”, reducing the quality of life and contributing to physically manifested stress symptoms. Especially beneficial for PTSD and CFS.

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Forget your past experiences. You no longer need to be nervous about going to the dentist!

Heritage Dental 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

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