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contents Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.

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BUXMONT CELEBRATES FIVE YEARS 23 healthyfoodiefinds 18 HAPPILY COUPLED Creating Loving 26 healingways Relationships that Thrive


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his year has already brought many wonderful gifts, including beautiful mandalas arriving in my life. The first appeared when my sister from California presented a hand-painted art mandala she purchased during her trek to Base Camp at Mount Everest in the Himalayas. Within a few days of my receiving this mandala, I also became aware of a visiting group of Tibetan monk refugees from India’s Drepung Gomang Monastery ( They were creating a Medicine Buddha sand mandala at the Sun Dog Yoga studio, in Doylestown. Grains of colored sand were painstakingly hand laid into place over a pre-planned sketch for an exquisite result. These may be created over a period of days or even months. We were very fortunate to witness both the completion and ultimate deconstruction of the sand mandala. My children were mesmerized by the project and happily received a blessing by one of the monks. The deconstruction acts as a metaphor for the impermanence of life. Afterwards, the sand was swept up and placed in an urn. Part of the sand was distributed to the audience and the remainder was carried to a creek, where the flowing water signifies how the blessing is carried and spread throughout the world for planetary healing. I’ve learned that many different kinds of mandalas teach different lessons and confer specific blessings. The Medicine Buddha, for example, represents physical and mental healing, addressing emotions such as anger, pride and jealousy. The monks request its blessings of healing for all beings and collectively pray for peace and harmony in the world.  Our February issue, centered on the themes of Enlightened Relationships and Healing from Grief, carries my wish for you of felt wholeness of heart. Love heals all hearts and if yours is currently troubled or broken, I pray that you find sources of solace and help within these pages.

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isa Williams, world-renowned medium, clairvoyant, and star of the hit TV shows “Life Among the Dead” and “Voices from the Other Side”, will share her gift of communication with those who have passed on to the other side at a benefit show at 2 p.m., February 21, at the Hilton Hotel, in Bala Cynwyd. Williams will demonstrate her astonishing mediumship abilities by performing live readings for audience members throughout the show. She will also share her knowledge of Lisa Williams connecting with the Spirit, understanding messages from loved ones and her philosophy that life is a “lesson” that we all are learning.  All proceeds from the event will stay locally to help Cancer Support Community Greater Philadelphia (CSCGP) continue to provide free, comprehensive, evidence-based social and emotional support programs for area families affected by cancer. CSCGP serves the five-county area to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community. Cost: $45; event tickets available at Location: Hilton Hotel, 4200 City Ave., Bala Cynwyd. For more information, call 215-441-3290 ext. 108 or email

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lexa Drubay, of Laughter Yoga with Alexa, in Media, will offer Laughter Yoga certified leader training, February 21 and 22. Laughter Yoga (LY), which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, combines laughter exercises with yoga breathing to release endorphins in the brain and boost the immune system. The two-day LY training is open to those interested in bringing more joy to their lives, sharing laughter with others and developing their self-confidence and power within. Alexa Drubay Drubay will teach participants LY skills to help bring more joy into life, start up a laughter club in any community and lead LY presentations and workshops. Participants will receive an official LY certificate from The Laughter Yoga International University, a LY leader manual and a healthy vegetarian lunch each day of training. Also included in registration is six months of free access to’s Prozone—a wealth of professional resources and network to LY professionals around the world—plus two free e-books. Cost: $300. For more information and location, call 215-4785669, email or visit

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r. Jeffrey Griffin, a chiropractor and owner of Center for Natural Healing, in Doylestown, recently attended a certification program at Widener University School of Physical Therapy for advanced training in the Graston Technique. Graston Technique is an evidence-based form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively address scar tissue and restrictions in the soft tissue, resulting in improved patient outcomes. The technique uses specially designed stainless steel instruJeffrey Griffin ments, along with appropriate therapeutic exercise, to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation. The instruments are also used diagnostically to follow the kinetic chain, to locate and treat the cause of the symptom as well as the specific area of pain. Originally developed by athletes, Graston Technique is an interdisciplinary treatment used by more than 21,000 clinicians worldwide—including physical and occupational therapists, hand therapists, chiropractors and athletic trainers. Location: Center for Natural Healing, 252 W. Swamp Rd., Ste. 26, Doylestown. For more information, call 215-348-2115 or visit See ad, page 9.

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uperior Woodcraft, a custom cabinetmaker in Doylestown, will host a business and community networking event from 5 to 8 p.m., February 26. The evening will include meeting local business owners and reconnecting with familiar faces, with an emphasis on the locavore movement. Attendees will have the opportunity to network and mingle with other businesses, find new opportunities and generate leads, while sampling locally grown and produced delicacies provided by the producers themselves. Some featured local food and beverage producers include Blue Moon Acres, The Market at Del Val College, Buckingham Valley Vineyard, Rabbit Run Farm, Castle Valley Mill and more. The free event coincides with Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce and is open to anyone who would like to grow their business. Location: Superior Woodcraft, 160 N. Hamilton St., Doylestown. For more information, call 215-348-9942, email or visit


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’il Angel’s Consignment (LAC), the largest and only toprated kids consignment sale in Bucks and Philadelphia counties, is holding its spring/summer event March 7 and 8, in Bensalem. The sale will be held from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 7 and from 8 a.m. to noon on March 8. A $15 bag sale will also take place from 1 to 2 p.m., March 8. Those wishing to shop before the crowds can purchase tickets for the Consignor Presale, which will take place from 7 to 9 p.m., March 6. A free kids’ event will also be held on March 7, from 9 a.m. to noon, with special appearances by the Chick Fil A Cow and other costume characters, in addition to a demonstration by the local Police/EMS/Fire Department. LAC donates a portion of their sales to support many organizations such as Cradles to Crayons Philadelphia and Philabundance. Location: Saint Ephrem’s Marian Parish Center, 5400 Hulmeville Rd., Bensalem. For more information, visit


ridge Acupuncture, of Doylestown, is holding a free informational session about quitting smoking using acupuncture, from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m., February 19. At the meeting, Paolo Propato, licensed acupuncturist, will demonstrate the simple, virtually painless five-point ear acupuncture protocol that has been proven to help quitters reduce their cravings and succeed in staying off tobacco long enough to end addiction. “We want to help raise awareness that there’s a really safe, effective, inexpensive acupuncture protocol that works in helping people with addictions reduce their cravings,” says Propato. “It’s amazing for smoking cessation and provides a natural alternative to nicotine patches and potentially dangerous drugs.” Attendees will learn the best way to use acupuncture when trying to quit, and will receive free ear acupressure “seeds” to wear home. Location: 30 Garden Alley, Doylestown. For more information and to RSVP, call 215-348-8058, email or visit BridgeAcupuncture. com. See ad, page 2.

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study conducted by Edge Research and Sea Change Strategies found that less than a quarter of Americans are fully satisfied with their friendships, and almost two-thirds lack confidence in even their closest friends. Seniors (70 and over) and millennials/Gen Ys (16 to 34) are more likely to be extremely satisfied than Gen X-ers (35 to 49) or baby boomers (50 to 69), indicating the existence of a midlife friendship slump. The research was based on a self-reported survey of 1,016 Americans ages 16 and up. Across all demographics, people that report they have more close friends feel happier and are more fulfilled than those that say they have few or no friends. The majority also prefer deeper friendships with fewer friends over just having more friends. Qualities that most people look for in friends are loyalty, honesty, goodness and reliability in a crisis. Among the attributes considered least important are similar political or religious views and physical attractiveness, which ranked last. The use of social media appears unrelated to the number or quality of friendships or overall friendship satisfaction. People that attend religious services at least once a week are twice as likely to be completely satisfied with their friendships than those that rarely or never attend such services. The researchers concluded, “Those seeking more fulfillment from their friendships should invest disproportionate time and energy in the relationships they consider close.”

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Batteries that Last 1,000 Years A group of Swedish researchers has discovered an unconventional way to give new life to rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, which power everything from iPhones to electric cars, using pine resin and alfalfa seeds. The researchers plan to take up to two years to improve the chemistry of the product, and claim that the recycled batteries could last up to 1,000 years, according to researcher David Brandell. It has been estimated that demand for the batteries from automobile manufacturers could explode up to 400 percent in the next six years. The researchers see the technology as a global antidote to current methods for recycling manufactured Li-ion batteries that are energy-intensive and require toxic materials to manufacture. Source:

President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping have both made ambitious pledges to combat climate change. Jinping pledged that China’s CO2 emissions would peak around 2030; the first time that Beijing has set such a target. Obama promised that by 2025, the U.S. will have reduced its emissions by 23 to 26 percent from 2005 levels, twice as much as Washington had previously offered. The carbon emission deal that has been reached between China and the United States is a promising breakthrough. The world’s biggest economies account for one-third of the planet’s emissions, so their initiative should help persuade other countries to reach a global emissions agreement at a United Nations climate summit next year in Paris. President Obama faces opposition in the Republican-controlled Congress, although aides say he can act unilaterally. Moreover, rapidly evolving energy conditions in the United States, from the increased supply of natural gas to the expansion of renewable energies, will ease the pain of carbon cuts.

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Busy Family with No Time to Cook? Look No Further by Audrey Chen


ocal health coach, fitness trainer and busy mother, Sheila Royce Garcia, has written a cookbook created for the busy family, called Healthy Cooking in a Pinch: the Family Cookbook on How to Create Delicious Meals on Busy Days. Not having time to cook doesn’t have to mean empty

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calories, as she presents nutrient-rich foods, many with time-saving tips. Garcia grew up with her mother preparing meals for the week every Sunday. Today, she uses those skills to menu plan for her family. She explores and explains what has worked for her in a voice that is reminiscent

pepper flakes, onion and garlic. Cook for about 3 minutes or until opaque. Add scallops to pan and cook 2 to 3 minutes or until they are a pale-golden color. Remove scallops and set aside. Add tomatoes, parsley, basil and capers to pan. Keep stirring until thickened, about 5 minutes. Add the scallops and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. In a medium stockpot, boil water and cook penne pasta until al dente. Drain the pasta in strainer. Next, add to the pan with the scallop marinara. Toss everything together. Reprinted with permission from Healthy Cooking in a Pinch.

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of so many other busy families. Those who are not menu planners need not worry, as the book offers tips and flexibility with many options for all lifestyles. The book begins in the kitchen: de-cluttering, clearing space, cleaning the pantry and creating an ambience in which to dine. Garcia then tackles her first secret ingredient for eating healthy: planning. She offers five tips on how to accomplish meal planning as a busy family. This comprehensive resource also offers a list of foods to buy and how to buy them, cooking and prepping techniques, how to plan when you are away from home and on the road, as well as many easy and healthy snacks to make and choose from. Not to worry; not every recipe is a salad. The book includes recipes for desserts, not to mention breakfast, lunch, dinner, smoothies and healthy drinks. Garcia offers health coaching services worldwide via phone or online. As a fitness coach, she offers local group classes and online individual and group sessions. Healthy Cooking in a Pinch is available at For more information, visit Audrey Chen is the publisher of Natural Awakenings of Bucks and Montgomery counties. Connect with her at 646-361-7031 or Publisher@

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sizes Fredrickson, who also serves as a psychology professor and director of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “The evidence comes from research that shows how our brain and nervous system are designed to enhance our chances of experiencing it.” When we share positive emotions with another person, experience a synchrony between their biochemistry and behaviors and ours, plus exhibit mutual care, love can bloom, whether we stay happily single or decide to pursue a committed relationship. She calls this triple-action sequence “positivity resonance”. Love, she observes, is less a smooth, solid path than momentary experiences of connection.

Happily Coupled Creating Loving Relationships that Thrive by Judith Fertig

“To be fully seen by somebody… and be loved anyhow— this is a human offering that can border on miraculous.” ~ Elizabeth Gilbert


t the conclusion of her bestselling memoir, Eat Pray Love, author Elizabeth Gilbert had fallen in love with Jose Nunes (called Felipe in the book), a Brazilian living in Indonesia. The divorced Gilbert, reluctant to have her heart broken again, had vowed never to remarry… yet ultimately changed her mind when U.S. immigration law presented her with multiple choices: marry so they could live together in this country, stay single and live as ex-pat partners or say goodbye to Nunes. Gilbert chose a marital partnership that suits the shared life they want: honest and, after years of travel, settled in one place. She says, “For the first time in my life, living in a small town with a lovely husband in an old house with a big garden and several pets, I feel absolutely rooted in a way I have never


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experienced before and never would have imagined even desiring. But it is what we want—at least for now—and we’re relishing that stability.” Gilbert records the process of going from two global wanderers falling in love to a married couple sharing domestic chores in her follow-up memoir, Committed: A Love Story.

Love Science

The spark that ignites such a partnership is love, which is “primarily about connection,” says Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D., a positivity expert and author of Love 2.0: How Our Supreme Emotion Affects Everything We Feel, Think, Do, and Become. “It’s vital to our health and happiness, affecting our brains and bodies at the cellular level. “We were born to love,” empha-

Making Love Last

The more areas of connection we have with our partners, the more opportunities we have to positively resonate every day, adds Frederickson. Thomas G. Plante, Ph.D., a psychology professor at California’s Santa Clara University and adjunct clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine, agrees. “Long-term relationships, like marriages, are partnerships in living,” according to Plante. “The vast majority of the time couples are together they’re not having hot sex, but are sharing a practical day-to-day life together.” Shared activities aren’t always exciting or glamorous. Raising children, working, managing a home, cooking and cleaning, shopping, being with friends and family and the rest of regular daily living is where the rubber meets the road in relationship satisfaction, observes Plante. “If couples aren’t compatible in these areas, then the connection and attraction will inevitably atrophy, tensions emerge and too often, relationships fracture and fall apart.” Compatibility means different things to different people, and requirements can change as individuals in a romantic partnership change over time. Compatibility also means agreement that the relationship is worth the effort to nurture and sustain it.

Partnering Life’s Dance

Five couples in different stages of loving partnerships share how they make their special relationships work. The key to them all is shared values. Doing everything together. For newlyweds Drs. Josh and Chelsea Axe, of Nashville, Tennessee, a mutual commitment to vigorous wellness and physical fitness keeps them together. Says Josh, “The healthy lifestyle I have chosen to live is so important that I need someone who is able to not just agree, but also partner with me.” Married in 2012, the two chiropractic physicians went on to co-found the BurstFIT interval training program and meld their professional, as well as personal, lives. Chelsea notes, “There is truth to the phrase, ‘Couples that sweat together, stay together.’ When working out together, you share a specific energy you create while pushing yourself to your mental and physical limits. You have your partner right there doing it alongside you, knowing they’re supporting you; so when you each break through a mental or physical barrier in your workout, you step over together into a strength and confidence that carries over into your marriage. Being a part of each other’s goals and the struggles to reach them unifies us.” Remarks Josh, “I feel like we can both be successful individually, but when we’re a team, the outcome is synergistic.” Chelsea adds, “It’s never a mindset

“Seventy-five to 80 percent of all chemistry evaporates within six to eight months unless the relationship is significantly undergirded by deeper and more durable compatibility.” ~Neil Clark Warren of ‘me.’ It’s always ‘us.’” Balancing work and play. Barbara and Bob Unell, of Leawood, Kansas, dated as teenagers, went their separate ways in college and then found each other again in their early 20s. “We went on a blind date in 1968 and both belted out songs on the car radio,” recalls Barbara. “I thought he had a great sense of humor and was fun to be with. All these years later, it feels like we’re still dating. We’re crazy about each other.” Both Barbara and Bob describe themselves as enthusiastic, playful, entrepreneurial, altruistic and geared toward creative projects, whether undertaken together or separately. “We’re both, ‘Let’s try this,’ sort of people,” says Barbara with a laugh. When the Unells had twins, now grown, they realized there was no national publication

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addressing how to parent multiples, so they launched Twins magazine in 1984. Bob founded and managed an advertising agency while Barbara wrote bestselling parenting books, but the whole family traveled together on her speaking engagements. In response to becoming a breast cancer survivor, Barbara founded the nonprofit Back in the Swing in 2000 to support survivorship care at cancer centers. When they needed additional staff, Bob joined the team in 2009. One of the biggest things that Barbara has learned from Bob is, “You can make work fun.” “Although we come from different backgrounds, Bob and I know the power of mutual respect, trust and kindness,” reflects Barbara. “Part of our connection is that we have shared history and never take each other for granted.”

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Making long-distance work. Lisa Ekus, who runs the full-service culinary talent agency The Lisa Ekus Group, in Hatfield, Massachusetts, had been married twice and already raised her two children when she met Atlanta Chef Virginia Willis. They got to know each other through culinary events and to their surprise, fell in love. Over the past six years they’ve evolved a relationship that works for them—keeping a deep personal connection, but maintaining separate residences. Cookbook author Willis gardens, develops recipes and writes for her Food Network blog, “Down Home Comfort,” at Ekus’ New England compound in the summers; Ekus travels to the South during cold months. They also meet up as often as they can at conferences, food and wine festivals and other events during the rest of the year. “We are both smart, professional women who love what we do, have strong ethics and a high level of self-expectation in how we work,” says Ekus. “We are also best friends and work together professionally. The respect we have for each other and our work is instrumental in our relationship.” “We often joke about the North/ South, fast/slow cultural difference,” Ekus notes. “I’m more spontaneous; Virginia is more thoughtful in her responses. I tend to move fast and focus on checking off items, while Virginia is more about the journey and being in the moment. It often makes us each take stock and consider what we’re doing and saying.” They make the geographic separation work despite its inherent longdistance complications via consistent communication, saying good morning and good night every day by phone and texting often. They hold regular agent/ author meetings to make professional plans and personal calendar meetings at least weekly, recognizing and respecting what is important to each of them.

St. Louis, Missouri, are 16 years apart in age, but are close in the ways that count. Both are strong-minded and still vie to get their own way even after 30 years of marriage. “We argue over the stupidest things, and then resolve our disagreements and realize how good we have it,” says Karen. What first attracted them to each other—and keeps them together—is a love of playful fun and good times with friends. Karen remarks, “I knew Dick was ‘the one’ when he jumped flat-footed over a wingback chair at a friend’s house. That showed me that he was young at heart.” Making ends meet. Eleven years ago, when family therapist Susan Franklin lost her husband, Michael, a university college professor, she felt bereft and overwhelmed. The pair had owned a country property near Cleveland, Ohio, where they boarded horses. Susan realized, “I couldn’t keep up with everything on my own,” and Jake Marshall, a musician friend of Michael’s, offered to help. Over time, Susan and Jake became close, and they now live together. Although Jake is a great supporter in many ways, he’s not in a position to help financially. Susan depends on her late husband’s insurance and pension benefits, which she would lose if she remarries. “Jake is so laid back and easy to be with, I can relax,” says Susan. Michael, on the other hand, always seemed to fill a room. Jake helps Susan with chores around the property and she is always there cheering him on from the front row when he performs at local venues.

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Cultivating Care

Working out as a couple, sharing a creative project or making a gourmet meal together can do more than keep partners feeling connected. Shared activi-

ties also keep the positive experiences ongoing and resonating. “That special bond and the commitments people often build around it are the products of love, the results of the many smaller moments in which love infuses you,” maintains Fredrickson. Such moments not only accumulate, but can also be stored in memory and banked to feed a relationship during the tougher times. “Love is something we should recultivate every day,” she says. A loving partnership is always a work in progress. Judith Fertig is a freelance writer from Overland Park, KS.

Conscious Compatibility


eil Clark Warren, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and co-founder of the eHarmony relationship website, believes there are at least 29 personality dimensions—such as anger management skills, intelligence, feelings about children, energy and ambition—that comprise who we are and play a role in maintaining a relationship. Key personality dimensions include interests and activities, guiding principles and philosophies, expressions of emotional experience, tendencies toward togetherness and separateness, goals and familial and other relationships. Warren suggests categorizing desired qualities in a mate into three lists: non-negotiables, qualities that are top priority and deal breakers; semi-negotiables that are important, yet flexible secondary priorities; and negotiables that are subject to trade-offs for more important qualities.

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HAPPY MEALS Eating Healthy Foods Fights Off Depression by Lane Vail


dvertisements for antidepressants abound, yet a recent analysis in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that the benefits of treating mildly or moderately depressed individuals with these drugs “may be minimal or nonexistent” compared with a placebo. Most physicians agree that at least part of the prevention of and recovery from depression can be addressed through diet. “Every molecule in the brain begins as food,” says Dr. Drew Ramsey, author of The Happiness Diet and assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. “Food choice is the biggest puzzle piece patients have under their control.” Ramsey describes the modern American diet as being overwhelmed with highly processed foods, refined carbohydrates, omega-6 fats and sugar. His food philosophy serves as an overall prescription for mental health: “Eat food that comes from farms and not


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factories; simple, recognizable human food.” Registered Dietitian Kathie Swift, an integrative clinical nutritionist in Lennox, Massachusetts, and author of The Swift Diet, agrees that food is powerful medicine. She recommends a balanced, flexitarian diet founded on plants, but including high-quality, animal-sourced foods. Just shifting our processed-foods to whole-foods ratio yields an improved mood, Swift says, which continues to motivate dietary change.

Prebiotic/Probiotic Potential

Recent science suggests a deeper meaning to the “gut feeling” adage. Bacteria in the gut and neurochemicals in the brain communicate intimately and bidirectionally via the vagus nerve, explains Swift. Altering the gut’s microbial population, whether from chronic stress, antibiotic overuse or nutritional deficiencies, can change brain chem-

istry and thereby influence mood, mental clarity and sleep, she says. In 2013, Canadian researchers altered both the neurochemicals and behavior in mice by switching their intestinal microbiota; anxious mice given the microbes of intrepid mice became braver, and vice versa. Another small study in the British Journal of Nutrition showed a decrease in depression and anxiety symptoms in volunteers taking probiotics for a month. Essentially, says Swift, “We have a brain in the belly,” which must be nourished by both prebiotics (soluble fiber) and probiotics (fermented food). “Fiber is the quintessential substance to feed the lovely community of bugs in the gut,” says Swift, “while fermented foods interact with resident bacteria and give them a boost.” She recommends a variety of vegetables as a primary source of fiber, especially legumes, along with fruits, nuts, cheese and the occasional gluten-free whole grain. Probiotic foods include fermented vegetables, kefir, yogurt with live active cultures and apple cider vinegar.

B Happy

Most psychiatric medications target feel-good neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine, says Ramsey, but the body also manufactures these chemicals naturally during the methylation cycle, a B-vitamin-dependent neurological process. “B vitamins are superstars of the brain,” Ramsey says. “Think of them as lubrication for the brain’s gears.” Folate, or vitamin B9 is particularly important to healthy nervous system functioning. A meta-analysis of 15,000 people reported in the Journal of Epidemiology associated low folate with a higher risk of depression. Dark leafy greens like kale, spinach and Swiss chard are high in B vitamins, as are beets, eggs, lentils, beans and whole grains; helpful fruits include papaya, avocado and berries.

Omega-3s Please

“It’s a horrible notion that fat is bad,” says Ramsey. Swift agrees, noting, “We need a major renovation and reeducation of this important neuro-nutrient.” The

integrity of a neuron cell membrane, which Swift describes as “a beautiful and fluid layer of lipids,” is crucial for brain health because it dictates communication among neurotransmitters. “The fat we eat becomes the fat of our cell membranes,” she says. “So nourish your membranes with adequate amounts of the right types of fat.” Long-chain omega-3s (DHA) docosahexaenoic acid and (EPA) eicosapentaenoic acid build and protect neurons, help prevent cognitive decline with age and can boost overall mood and mental performance, says Ramsey. A study in the Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry found that treating depressed patients with omega-3 EPA was as equally effective as Prozac. “DHA and EPA are

the two most important fats for brain health on the planet, period,” states Ramsey. Foods rich in omega-3s include fatty seafood like salmon, mussels and oysters, plus sea vegetables, walnuts, flaxseed and grass-fed beef. For vegetarians and vegans, Ramsey recommends an algal DHA supplement. Focusing on feeding the brain doesn’t preclude staving off heart disease, obesity or diabetes. “Follow the rules of eating for brain health,” Ramsey says, “and you’ll also be slim, energized, focused and resilient.” It’s all a recipe for happiness. Lane Vail is a freelance writer and blogger at DiscoveringHomemaking. com.

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ugar may satisfy the sweet tooth and provide a pick-me-up or a quick boost to get going. However, other foods with more nutrition can help minimize feeling down in the dumps long after the sugar high wears off. There are several vitamins, minerals and fatty acids that can combat depression and boost our mood such as calcium, chromium, folate, iron, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin D and zinc. Try some of these powerhouse nutrients in the following foods to lift spirits. Chromium helps the body metabolize food. It plays a part in increasing the brain’s level of serotonin, norepinephrine and melatonin, which help the brain regulate emotion and mood. Some food sources of chromium are broccoli, barley and turkey breast. Folate, also known as B9 and

folic acid, helps support serotonin regulation as well. Folate can be found in spinach, black-eyed peas, asparagus, Brussels sprouts and avocado. Vitamin B12 plays an important role in regulating depression by allowing the body to synthesize nutrients for normal neurological function. Some food sources of B12 are rainbow trout, sockeye salmon, mussels, Swiss cheese, mozzarella cheese and tuna. Go for greens. Nutritionally, greens are very high in calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous, zinc and vitamins A, C, E and K. They are loaded with fiber, folic acid, chlorophyll and many other micronutrients and phytochemicals. Consider adding sprouts, kale or bok choy to soup as an easy way to consume more dark, leafy greens. When a bad mood hits, create a tasty lunch sandwich with turkey

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breast, avocado and spinach leaves to help increase serotonin. A simple dinner of wild salmon paired with a spinach salad and whole grain wild rice—complex carbs increase serotonin—shouts healthy and happy. In addition to eating, there are other activities that may support beating the blues, such as exercising three to five times a week and connecting with encouraging people. Enjoy eating some favorite mood-boosting foods and invite family and friends to the meal. Melanie Stewart is an AADP certified health and lifestyle coach inspiring women to regain energy. Connect with her at 610-291-0972, or See ad, page 13.

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ur relationship with food can be a metaphor for our relationships in general. It is said that we do food like we do life. Think about this for a minute and ask yourself how you do food. Are you left feeling unsatisfied, always looking for more, more, more? Do you look at food like the enemy— a tiger that needs to be tamed? Do you have a healthy respect for your body, and give it what it needs? We may know someone who eats quickly and is finished before she even gets to pay attention to what was on her plate. She would rather cut her own arm off than prepare food for herself. These behaviors are a perfect mirror to how she does life. She is most likely not one to give nurturance to herself and is not often conscious of the nurturance around her. Or we may

know a man who, when asked the same question, realizes that he often eats the leftovers, whether he is really wanting them or not, because he hates to waste. Similarly, in life, he often takes the “leftovers”, putting others’ needs before his own. Folks who eat junk don’t think they are worth the time and effort to take care of themselves. Women who cook what the family likes then feel they need to eat poorly, based on the demands of a 5-year-old. People who eat on the fly because “it’s just me”, so cooking a nice meal does not seem worth it. So ask yourself, “How do I do food?” The answer may be enlightening. Patti McDougall is an RN health coach at Medicine in Balance, in Langhorne. Connect with her at 215-741-1600 or Patti@ See ad, page 27.

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Remedies to Heal the Heart by Kathleen Barnes


rief can arrive suddenly with the death of a loved one, serious illness, loss of a job, parental dementia or decaying relationship. In any case, it takes a toll. “Grief encompasses all of our thoughts and feelings. Mourning is when we put them into action by talking, crying, perhaps doing rituals,” explains Tracy Riley, a licensed clinical social worker and grief counselor in Jacksonville, Florida. “Grief isn’t something that’s over when you wake up one day,” Riley counsels. “It’s ridiculous when an employer gives you three days off and then expects everything to be fine.” She notes that time helps heal all wounds, but even a decade after losing a loved one, the pain can remain and life is never the same, although most of us learn to live with loss and move forward. “Some things can’t be fixed,” concludes Megan Devine, a psychotherapist in Portland, Oregon, and author of the audio book, When Everything is Not Okay, who blogs at RefugeInGrief. com. After witnessing the drowning death of her fiancé, she says, “I didn’t need to hear platitudes that everything would be OK. I needed something solid to hold onto when my whole world exploded.”


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Physical Aids

An unexpected death and any emotional shock is an extreme stressor that causes the adrenal glands to release a flood of adrenaline. Tina Erwin, La Mesa, California author of The Lightworker’s Guide to Healing Grief, explains, “If you get a shock when someone close to you dies, your adrenal glands are blown out almost instantly and you are overwhelmed with adrenaline, much like we often see in people with post-traumatic stress disorder. You need to rebalance your body chemistry.” Intense grief can sometimes

show up as chest pain, a classic sign of heart attack, due to a temporary disruption of the heart’s normal pumping action from a surge in stress hormones, according to the National Institutes of Health. Yet Imperial College London scientists now have found that a recognizable “broken heart syndrome” may temporarily protect the heart from being overwhelmed with adrenaline. “Healing the physical side of grief ultimately helps healing on an emotional level, too,” says Erwin. To assist herself following the death of her 6-year-old niece from a sudden infection, she uses several Bach flower remedies for trauma—Rescue Remedy, to rebalance the flood of adrenaline; Star of Bethlehem, for shock and loss; and Mimulus, for fear and anxiety. “Combining a few drops of each of these in a water bottle or tea several times a day helps you regain a feeling of balance,” Erwin says. She also likes drinking bloodcleansing noni juice to help wash adrenaline out of the body, and taking salt baths enhanced with lavender essential oil to literally “wash away the darkness.”

Emotional Aids

Riley views art and music therapy, plus journaling (a “personal roadmap” that helps chart her progress), as powerful healing tools. She’s also seen firsthand how animals can play a key role through the mourning process. Her miniature schnauzer intuitively approaches her clients that are anxious and grieving and gives them permission to pet him. “It puts people at

Helping a Mourning Friend H

ere’s comforting advice from grief advocate Megan Devine for friends yearning to soothe a bereaved friend. Don’t try to fix it: Don’t say anything that tries to fix the unfixable, and you’ll do fine. It’s an unfathomable relief to have a friend that doesn’t try to take the pain away. Grief belongs to the griever: You have a supporting role, not the central role, in a friend’s grief, which is

an entirely personal experience.

Anticipate, don’t ask: Don’t say, “Call me if you need anything,” because your friend won’t call; not because they don’t need support, but because identifying a need, figuring out who might fill it, and then reaching out to ask is beyond their energy level, capacity or interest. Instead, make concrete offers of practical assistance in doing normal tasks or chores for the friend and deliver on them.

ease,” she says. “Then they can talk more freely about their pain.” Numerous studies, starting in the 1980s, show that stroking a furry pet lowers blood pressure.

Charting a Personal Course

For the bereaved (literally defined as “torn apart”), the symptoms of grief are meant to slow us down, advises Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D., director of the Center for Loss and Life Transition, in Fort Collins, Colorado, and author of numerous related books, including Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart. Society expects bereaved people to “carry on, keep their chins up, be glad they had him/her as long as they did or else be grateful that our loved one’s pain is over”—all platitudes that are more hurtful than helpful, says Wolfelt. Mourning takes time, but it also requires a social context, he explains. “It’s the shared response to loss. If you isolate yourself, you are grieving, not mourning. You can’t do this on your own. It’s bigger than you.” For those that feel stuck or unable to move forward, experienced grief counselors may be able to help. Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous health books, including Ten Best Ways to Manage Stress. Connect at

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ne of the big mistakes that people make is assuming that all grief is equal. Grief for one individual is not the same as for another. One often makes the mistake of passing judgment on those who are grieving, making it worse for those that need to face their losses. Some individuals are not ready to face their grief and need to work toward finding the path to start their own grieving process. Others may never face their grieving process. What we have grown to teach today is that loss and grief are partners. Whether it is the loss of a family member, a friend, a pet, a favorite car, a job, a relationship or the end of high school, one can experience sadness, anger, frustration and many other emotions. Loss will often lead to the need to face grief and the grieving process.

Some people go for walks. Some put their attention into their pets. Some work long hours. Some drink or do drugs. Whether a person chooses a healthy means or an unhealthy means to deal with the grief depends on what level of coping skills they have. It isn’t unusual for a person who has experienced a divorce or a custody dispute to spend three or four years unable to enjoy or participate in activities, hobbies or extracurricular activities that they might have enjoyed in the past. The beauty of the grieving process is that if one allows the body to experience the grief and the time one needs to heal, eventually that blockage goes away and the enjoyment returns. Even animals grieve. Some years ago a dog, Chewie, lost her buddy Bagel. Chewie had never dug holes, but was suddenly dig-

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Is Your Inner Child Screaming for Help? by Wendi Rose and Sam Haines


ow and again, we think we are rushing around occupying ourselves with the busyness of life when, in actuality, we are running as if hunted by some inner compulsion. It can be hard to notice and even harder to look at. What is it that we have such a hard time facing? It is easy to say that we are stressed out because of our jobs, a family situation, or even just the daily grind. Those things, albeit important, are only on the surface of our lives. When we look deeper, we will find a version of ourselves that is panting to keep up, terrified of being seen, a version that feels overwhelmed by the challenges of life. That is one of our own inner children who is trapped by a condition: the condition of being wounded and powerless. “Nonsense,” we might say, “my inner children are just fine, thank you. If I even believe in them anyway. Besides, what could my feelings and problems today have to do with me as a kid?” All of us have a set of experiences that have impacted us negatively and held us back in some way in our lives. Maybe it was an experience with a bully, or a bad day at school that left us feeling powerless, and we created a belief about ourselves that fit our experience. Perhaps we were abused verbally or physically. No one stood up

for us. There are many beliefs that arise out of those situations. In extreme cases, life experiences can leave us with a wound that is beyond our ability to mend. Each of these wounds—even the small moments of shame at being bullied or embarrassed at school—if strong enough, stall healthy emotional, mental and spiritual development. A part of us remains frozen in time, in that moment, in that experience. We disassociate ourselves from that experience so we can move on. We shrug it off, suck it up and do whatever necessary to survive and continue, but we also leave a part of ourselves behind. We are diminished in spirit, presence and freedom. By adulthood, we have done this to ourselves many times over. We may think we’re getting by just fine, but imagine driving a car cross country and saying, “I don’t need to change the oil. The car is working just fine.” The harm in ignoring our wounds is greater than we give credit. Living with these wounds creates cycles of patterned behavior—like limping with a twisted ankle. Our wounds affect how we view and interact with the world around us, how we view and treat ourselves, how we build relationships and, ultimately, how we treat our children. In extreme cases, it has been called “the cycle of violence”. For most of us, this cycle looks like impatience,

intolerance, and self-neglect or overdiscipline.

Creating a Space of Self-Love

Healing takes awareness, choice, commitment and love. Retrieving our power starts and ends with self-love. Creating a safe, calming, peaceful space in our life is vital to being healthy. We need a place we can enter into the processes of self-discovery, forgiveness, healing and recreation. If we learn to be loving with ourselves right now, we can turn confusion into clarity, agitation into peace, hurt and anger into forgiveness and heartache into love. Here are some things we can do to create a more loving space with ourselves. n Ask “What is the most loving thing I can do for myself right now?” n Ask “What is the most loving way I can be with myself right now?” n Block out periods of time for doing nothing; make no plans, have no commitments. n Listen to soft lullaby music. n Treat yourself to regular massages. n Choose activities that engage the senses. Try new foods, go to new places, finger paint, go to the beach and play in the sand. n Ask for what you want.

n Ask for help in something you are struggling with; engage in a team activity.

eating healthily, exercising regularly, etc.

n Speak your opinions with kindness and strength. n Do more of what you talk about doing.

The Retrieval Process

There are many opportunities and support methods for us to address mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of our lives that are unresolved. Through psychiatry/psychology, substance/abuse support groups, meditation practice, yoga classes, religious groups, holistic/ energy healers, we can seek to experience needed resolution and reintegrate parts of ourselves that have been stuck at various stages of development in our lives. Take these steps to empower, heal and love ourselves completely. n Create a pathway to healthy integration of inner children. n Identify and connect with sources of support that match our needs. n Stay committed to the goal of experiencing peaceful resolutions to painful life experiences. n Establish simple and effective practices to anchor positive lasting change in our lives. For example: getting plenty of rest,

In facing our past and experiencing needed resolution, we can make fundamental changes in our lives. These changes may include the cessation of chronic physical and emotional pain, increased confidence, a deeper expression of ourselves in personal and professional relationships, a greater peace in our lives and a fuller understanding of ourselves in this life. Remember, we are our first, best and most powerful asset. We can affect great and positive changes in our life and, in doing so, inspire others to be their best. In this way, we can create a brighter and more loving world together.  Wendi Rose is an interfaith minister, holistic counselor, healing practitioner and teacher. Sam Haines holds a bachelor’s degree in music, certificates in IET and has worked in early childhood development in lead positions and supervised young adult team building. Rose and Haines teach classes and lead workshops that focus on personal growth and empowerment and teach certification courses in multiple healing modalities. To connect with them or schedule a free consultation, call 267922-3670 or visit

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Contemporary Cupping Therapy for Health and Beauty by Barbara Meza


upping therapy is On a therapeutic a safe, comfortlevel, cupping is beneficial able and effective for many health conditions treatment for many health including asthma, diabedisorders, with roots in tes, high blood pressure, ancient medical practice, sinus congestion, frozen in cultures as diverse as shoulder, chronic colon Egypt, Greece, Rome, congestion, anxiety, sports Aztec, Native American, injuries, carpal tunnel, China and more. The curtendinitis, migraines and rent influence of Traditension headaches, chronic tional Chinese Medicine fatigue and fibromyalgia. Barbara Meza and traditional ayurvedic It is also beneficial for the medicine has seen a reintreatment of pain, disorders tegration of this healing of the digestive, circulatory therapy. and respiratory systems and to support There are many methods of cupdetoxification. ping, including stationary, dynamic, The increased circulation of massage, bio-magnetic and facial blood and lymph, drainage of waste rejuvenation cupping, among othand the loosening of adhesions ers. This modality can be integrated improves the appearance of varicose into other bodywork or received as veins, scar tissue and stretch marks a stand-alone treatment for stubborn and lessens the appearance of dimconditions and orthopedic injuries. pling on the thighs, hips and buttocks In many applications, the results from associated with cellulite. cupping protocols are comparable to other expensive and painful treatments—many requiring surgery. The gentle pulling action of massage cupping engages the parasympathetic nervous system, allowing the body to float into deep relaxation. A sense of lightness, warmth and relaxation often lasts for hours—or even days—after treatment. Using suction and negative pressure, a vacuum is created, lifting skin, muscles and connective tissues. The slow movement of the cups is able to penetrate deep into the muscles and fascia, releasing rigid soft tissue, gen Digestive function as a whole tly loosening adhesions to break up may be enhanced with abdominal and drain stagnation, while increasing cupping. This gentle treatment stimublood and lymphatic flow. A cupping lates the organs and the secretion of treatment offers many of the benefits digestive fluids, increases peristaltic of deep tissue, lymphatic drainage, movement and promotes better nutrisports massage, abdominal massage ent absorption. and myofascial release not possible The respiratory system responds using tissue compression. well to cupping therapy and breath-


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ing can improve for those with asthma and pneumonia. Sinus congestion, infection and inflammation are directly relieved by the loosening and draining effects of the cups. Stubborn and painful joint conditions may benefit by the stretching of connective tissues, increased circulation and improved secretion of synovial fluid, thereby releasing congestion and stiffness and improving the range of motion. Facial rejuvenation therapy has been practiced in Asia, Europe and Russia for generations. This relaxing and efficient treatment utilizes small suction cups to vacuum and lift the facial tissue and increase lymph drainage. The benefits of this treatment include increased circulation and nutrients brought to the skin as stagnant fluids are drained, reduced edema and chronic puffiness and softened lines, wrinkles and scar tissue. Cupping aids in detoxification. When the body is subjected to food additives, preservatives and other external toxins that it is unable to break down and release, the toxins often become stored in the body, increasing an overall sense of malaise or muscle and joint pain. The suction process of cupping therapy pulls cellular debris and toxic waste to the surface, where it is released through the skin or picked up by the blood and lymph for elimination. Whether looking for improved flexibility, more vitality, enhanced immune system, increased digestive function or to support detoxification, consider a contemporary cupping treatment and experience feeling lighter and more energized. Barbara Meza is a healing artist and owner of Conscius Vita, in Yardley. Connect with her at 201-978-7335 or See ad, page 15.

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It’s Not Just Calories. What We Eat Matters. by Daniel Lebowitz


ost people believe started. The end result? We a very simple conare more likely to gain back cept. In order to the weight we just worked lose weight, calories taken so hard to lose. in must be less than calories So, what can we do burned on a daily basis. about this? Two things. This is not entirely wrong. First, work out with weights The laws of physics cannot while dieting. This signals be broken. If one eats 500 the body to hold onto as calories a day and is alive, much muscle as it can, they are going to lose weight. because, obviously, we Daniel Lebowitz That being said, nutrition and need it to be able to move weight loss are much more those weights. Second, complex than this oversimplification. eat enough protein. This will give the Let’s delve into why. body the building blocks it needs to

The body preferentially burns carbohydrates for fuel.

If there is an adequate supply of carbohydrates around (especially sugar and starch), the body is going to use them to fuel metabolism. Therefore, it will not be burning fat stores, and no weight will be lost. But even more important than that, eating carbohydrates tells the pancreas to produce insulin. Insulin spikes accomplish several things. Number one, they drive sugar into cells so the cells will have energy to function. Number two, the insulin spikes tell the body to store fat. Number three, the insulin spike will ultimately lower blood sugar. Guess what happens then? We’re going to be hungry, tired and craving more carbs.

When losing weight, eating protein helps to conserve muscle tissue.

In general, when there are no carbs around, the body will turn to fat stores and muscle tissue and will start breaking both of these down to fuel the metabolism. The net result? Weight loss. But hold on a minute. If we lose muscle, we’re going to slow down our body’s metabolism, because muscle tissue is metabolically active and burns a lot of calories—even at rest. So, if we diet and lose a lot of muscle, our metabolism may be a lot slower at the end of the diet than when we

Our bodies are being told what to do by what we eat. Therefore, it’s imperative that we send healthy instructions in the form of healthy foods.

course. But here’s something even more important. Food is information. If we are eating science experiments and chemicals, what is that telling the body? Nothing good. If we are eating living plants and natural-fed meats, that’s something else again. Our bodies are being told what to do by what we eat. Therefore, it’s imperative that we send healthy instructions in the form of healthy foods. In most cases, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and dementia are the end result of diet and lifestyle and not just some disease that we become victims to. Whether dieting or not, we must start to change how and why, what and where we eat. Stop telling our bodies to get sick and instead tell them to get healthy. Daniel Lebowitz, M.D., is chief medical officer of the World Wellness Health Institute, in Bala Cynwyd. Connect with him at 610-228-0400 or See ad, page 3.

hold onto that muscle. People who lift weights and eat enough protein while losing weight keep their metabolisms running while losing the weight and are therefore more likely to be able to keep that weight off. (As an added bonus, they have nice muscles.)

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BRINGING MORE THAN HOMEWORK HOME By Ryan Hogan It’s the time of year when we send our kids back to school from the holidays. Unfortunately, while schools are good places to learn they are great places to catch a disease. In fact, children’s Upper respiratory illnesses (URI’s) cause more doctor visits and missed school days than any other illness in the US. Luckily, there are a few things you can do at home to help reduce the chances of your child getting sick at school this year.

sanitizer before eating snacks, lunch and after using a shared computer mouse, pencil sharpener, water fountain or other community objects. Now, most people know we need to wash our hands, but one thing most people don’t really relate their health to is nasal hygiene. Using a saline spray with xylitol, such as Xlear Nasal Spray, is safe for all ages. Research has shown this natural sweetener is useful in preventing bacterial otitis media (ear infections), among other upper respiratory problems that are most likely to occur in fall and winter months. Additional xylitol studies have also shown a significant reduction in asthma attacks when a xylitol nasal spray is used on a daily basis. Xylitol affects nose and throat bacteria in two ways:

HOW? Before we talk prevention, we need to know how infection spreads. Many childhood illnesses are caused by viruses and bacteria that are transferred from person to person. URI’s increase in fall and winter as we spend more time crowded indoors. All it takes is one sick child, going to school for the spread to begin. Small droplets from a child’s cough or sneeze travel through the air and land on surfaces like desks, doorknobs and people. These germs are easily spread when someone touches the contaminated object and then proceeds to touch their eyes, nose or mouth. Children’s immune systems are less mature than those of adults, so they’re more vulnerable to these germs. Washing your hands and your nasal passages and also keeping their hands away from their nose, eyes and mouth are the most preventative habits to form at a young age.

Decreases the adherence of harmful bacteria on their surface cells.

Stimulates the body’s own natural defense system

Since the average American child has six to ten colds a year, using a xylitol nasal spray is a safe and effective way to promote better upper respiratory health, year round. FINAL HEALTHY TIPS In addition to frequent hand-washing, teach your child some other school health basics:

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Encourage your child not to share water bottles, food or other personal items.

Ask your child’s teacher to include hand-washing time before lunch or snacks.

Have your whole family practice nasal hygiene and the use of xylitol saline spray like Xlear.

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1-2:30pm. Named after the small village of Mordiford, England, this traditional craft is also known as a corn dolly. Perfect for a Valentine, or to add a touch of folk art to your decor. $15/mbrs, $20/non-mbrs. Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve, 1635 River Rd, New Hope. 215-862-2924. Partner Yoga | Quakertown 7-9pm. Have fun giving and receiving, supporting and being supported, holding on and letting go, in this playful, all-levels yoga practice. Must pre-register. $25/ couple; includes light refreshments after class. Moondog Yoga, 44 Front St, Quakertown. 267-374-4046.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 8 Access Bars Class | Doylestown With Paul Stratton. Stratton Family Chiropractic, 224 N Main St, #2, Doylestown. 215-230-7001. Facebook. com/StrattonFamilyChiropracticWellnessCenter. Couples Yoga Workshop | Chalfont 3-5pm. Bring your partner or dear friend to this workshop. Lay in the supported pose, arms outstretched wide on the soft blanket, listening to a heart-centered meditation, deepening the love connection. Includes

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14 1-3pm. Learn partner yoga poses, positions and techniques and spend time connecting. Be guided through various yoga poses where you will support and be supported by a partner. $25/person. The TreeHouse by Cornerstone, 419 S York Rd, New Hope. 215-8622200.

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12 Nature Buddies: Winter Birds | New Hope 10-11:15am. Meet our resident feathered friends and then make a tasty treat to take home for the birds. Program includes a story, outdoor walk and craft. Mbrs: free, non-mbrs: $7/first child + $3/each addt’l child. Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve, 1635 River Rd, New Hope. 215-862-2924. Digestive Healing Bootcamp | New Hope 6-7pm. For self-starters who have basic knowledge of natural health but feel they are missing a crucial piece. Learn three root causes of disease and simple ways to address them in your life. Leave with recipes, handouts, guides and important knowledge. Held Thursdays, February 12, 19 & 26. $49/mbrs, $59/ non-mbrs. The TreeHouse by Cornerstone, 419 S York

2-4pm. Simple, supported practice for core opening, contemplation and deep relaxation. This two-hour workshop leaves you feeling revitalized for the coming week. No prior yoga experience is needed. Pre-registration is required, in person, 2-4pm, on January 11. $36. Chalfont Yoga and Meditation Center, 15 W Butler Ave, Chalfont. 570-350-1281.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18 Self-Love is Real Love | Langhorne 6:30-8pm. During February, we are inundated with hearts and talk of love. How can we love another if we don’t first truly love ourselves? This group of diverse women helps ask that question and explore how we can begin to have a love affair with ourselves. Register

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Quit Smoking with Acupuncture | Doylestown 6:30-7:15pm. Ready to quit? Join a free information session about quitting smoking with the time-tested method of acupuncture. Learn about the National Acupuncture Detox Association’s five-point ear acupuncture protocol, a convenient, inexpensive and virtually painless therapy which safely reduces cravings and aids in quitting. Attendees will receive free ear acupressure “seeds” to wear home. Bridge Acupuncture, 30 Garden Alley, Doylestown. 215-348-8058.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20 Reflexology | Doylestown With Barb Panno. February 20-22. International School of Shiatsu, 10 S Clinton St, Doylestown. 215-3409918.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21 Natural Health Solutions Class | Doylestown 10-11:30am. Learn to use essential oils for common colds, the flu, allergies, emotions, mood improvement and to boost the immune system. Workshop will include a cold-pressed juice and a personal essential oil consult. Walk-ins are allowed; RSVP to guarantee a spot. $15. Doc Bakers Farmulations, 22 N Main St, Doylestown. 267-784-6528. healthyinsideout.

2-4pm. Lisa Williams, star of the hit shows Life Among the Dead and Voices from the Other Side, shares her amazing ability to communicate with those who have crossed over. Show benefits Cancer Support Community Greater Philadelphia. $45. Hilton Hotel, 4200 City Ave, Bala Cynwyd. 215-441-3290.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22 Intro to Yoga | Quakertown 12:30-2:30pm. Intended for anyone new to yoga or those wanting a refresher on the basics, this workshop lays a foundation for yoga practice. Learn the fundamentals of the breath, the poses and relaxation. Must pre-register. $25. Moondog Yoga, 44 Front St, Quakertown. 267-374-4046.

Lecture: Bats & White Nose Syndrome | New Hope

2-3pm. White-nose syndrome is an emergent disease of hibernating bats that infects the skin of the muzzle, ears and wings. Dan Mummert will discuss how this disease is affecting bat populations in PA. $8/mbrs, $12/nonmbrs. Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve, 1635 River Rd, New Hope. 215-862-2924.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25 Holistic Solutions to Stress | Fairless Hills 6-8pm. Complimentary dinner at 6pm, followed by workshop 6:30-8pm. Demonstration and Q&A to follow. Free, computerized stress spinal evaluation and chair massage also included. Call to RSVP. Gorman Optimal Health Solutions, 333 N Oxford Valley Rd, Fairless Hills. 215-943-2584.

Workshop: Ab-solute Clarity | Chalfont 12-3pm. Feel lighter, stronger, more flexible and full of life energy. In this yoga workshop, we will use abdominal activator poses to gain clarity and focus, and standing poses to bring this awakening into your life. No prior yoga experience necessary. Must pre-register. $64. Chalfont Yoga and Meditation Center, 15 W Butler Ave, Chalfont. 570-350-1281. ChalfontYogaAnd

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28 Stop Smoking with Hypnosis | Flemington, NJ

Magnifying Your Magnanimity | Quakertown 1-4pm. In this workshop, we seek to magnify generosity and compassion while releasing the subtle forms of ego that come from a disharmonious heart. Combining art and asana, we will look at our physical form and energetic pathways that contribute toward walking

9-10am. Through hypnosis, smoking cessation is easily achieved in a one-hour session. Eliminate the craving for tobacco while minimizing discomfort. $50. Flemington Hypnosis Center, 28 Mine St, Flemington. 908-996-3311. Plant Kingdom Communication | Doylestown 9:30am-5:30pm. Event held on March 14. Renew your love of nature’s living beings. Become an enlight-

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Lose Weight with Hypnosis | Flemington, NJ 10-11am. Through hypnosis, weight loss is easily and painlessly attained. Shed unwanted pounds and keep them off in a safe, effective program. $50. Flemington Hypnosis Center, 28 Mine St, Flemington. 908-9963311. History Hike | New Hope 10am-1pm. Hike or snowshoe along Pidcock Creek to the Delaware Canal Towpath. We’ll discuss the history of the river valley, from its earliest inhabitants through the industrial revolution. $15/mbrs, $20/non-mbrs. Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve, 1635 River Rd, New Hope. 215-862-2924. Relaxation through Hypnosis | Flemington, NJ 11am-12pm. Learn several techniques that can be easily used to reduce stress daily. $50. Flemington Hypnosis Center, 28 Mine St, Flemington, NJ. 908-996-3311. Garden Art with Invasive Plants | New Hope 1-4pm. Learn from rustic furniture artist and landscape architect David Hughes how to turn invasive plants like bittersweet and wisteria vines into beautiful pieces of garden art. Registration and payment due by February 25. $30/mbrs, $35/non-mbrs. Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve, 1635 River Rd, New Hope. 215862-2924.

SATURDAY, MARCH 7 Plant Kingdom Communication | Blairstown 9:30am-5:30pm. Renew your love of nature’s living beings. Become an enlightened steward of Earth. Enjoy a co-creative, intuitive adventure by stepping inside trees’ world. Learn to collaborate with nature and heal ecological problems. $99; early bird pricing ends February 21. Genesis Farm, 41A Silver Lake Rd, Blairstown. 201-745-5494. Introduction to Yoga | Frenchtown, NJ 10:30-11:45am. Start yoga in an intimate setting where questions are encouraged. Yoga practice can reduce tension, fatigue and anxiety, clear the mind, allow for deeper sleep, reduce pain and much more. $90. Yoga Loka, 34 Bridge St, Frenchtown, NJ. 908-268-7430.

savethedate L’il Angel’s Consignment Sale March 7-8 The largest and only top-rated kids consignment sale in Bucks and Philadelphia counties is holding its Spring/Summer event 7am-2pm on March 7 and 8am-12pm on March 8. A $15 bag sale will also take place 1-2pm, March 8. Consignor presale takes place 7-9pm, March 6.

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March 21 Bellabaci Method of Modern Cupping – Intro Level Learn the fabulous method of cupping using the Bellabaci technique. Easy yet effective, works deeply, saves therapists’ hands and wrist.

April 25 Energy Healing with Crystals and Precious Stones Learn to use crystals to support endocrine system by stimulation of the body’s chakras. Experience pendulum dousing as well as understanding properties of various stones in healing. May 16 Lifting Your Vibration Experience a day of self-care. This workshop is all experiential and aimed at identifying burnout as well as coping with stress and healing the body. Explore the labyrinth walking, Nia somatic movement, meditation and much more.

July 11 Bellabaci Method of Modern Cupping – Level 2 This class is for those who have taken the intro level class and are ready to learn more heathy treatments with the cupping technique. September 19 Bellabaci Method of Modern Cupping – Intro Level Learn this fast-growing fabulous method of cupping using the Bellabaci technique. Easy yet effective, works deeply, saves therapists’ hands and wrist. All classes held from 8:30am-3:30pm at LaSalle University Bucks County Campus, 33 University Dr, Newtown. Courses are open to all. Earn 6 CEUs with NCBTMB for massage therapists. $225/each. *Please note classes are subject to changes in dates or locations. Space must be reserved.

savethedate Greenshire Arts Consortium 3620 Sterner Mill Rd, Quakertown Event Details: Please register for all activities. 215-538-0976 February 2, 9, 16 & 23 Sustainable Nutrition 6:30-8:30pm Whether it is fluctuating weight, a stress-related disease, periods of depression or general digestive problems, this workshop will support the start of the new year with a better grasp on the truth about food. Bust 100 food myths to feel good about the nutritional choices you make for you and your family. Christina Smith, integrative nutrition health coach. $20/session. First and third Wednesdays iTRYBE Community Supported Kitchen 6:30-8:30pm Each month, iTRYBE focuses on culinary/edible education, which includes food demonstration, sampling, recipes and book study. Individual dietary needs and concerns can be shared and sup-

Spring 2015 Events Schedule March 23-28 Nature in Yoga: Yoga & Chi-kung Retreat Join this spring equinox-inspired retreat in the countryside of Platanillo de Baru, Costa Rica, amidst the nurturing mountainous interior of Mother Nature’s Pacific south coast. Includes a seven-night stay, two meals per day and two Taoist and Vedic Arts workshops with experienced and certified instructor Gabrielle de Burke. $1,200-$1,500; discount ends February 9. April 24-26 Retreat By the Sea: Cultivating Prana & Chi Join this spring retreat by the rhythm of the sea in Barnegat Light, NJ at Minerva’s B & B—walking distance to the bay and beach. Includes a two-night stay, two meals per day and two Taoist and Vedic Arts workshops experienced and certified instructor Gabrielle de Burke. $350-$450; discount ends March 6.

yourself is essential to have a full and exhilarating life experience. Learn techniques, lessons and personal insights to assist you in feeling better about yourself, so you can attract more love into your life. Possibility Coaches, Jon Satin and Chris Pattay. $57.

ported. Appropriate for anyone who wishes to learn how to eat and cook in a nurturing way. Children welcome. Kristin Moyer, holistic chef/educator. Freewill donation. February 7 Reiki I 10am-5pm 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 and detoxify. Includes history of Reiki, attunements, hand positions for treatments on self and others, body/mind/spirit connection, practice, manual and certification. 8 CEs available. $100. February 14 Mastering Love for Yourself and Others 9am-2pm Would you like to attract more love into your life and  live a life you love? Knowing how to love

February 28 & March 7 Initiation: A Spiritual Pilgrimage 10am-1pm Experience your own spiritual pilgrimage as you connect to the ancient mysteries that are within. Explore both the outer and inner worlds, discovering truths from times past, up unto this day. Experiential workshop includes ceremonies of death, rebirth, transformation, initiation. Arlene Curley, Ph.D., intuitive healer, author, sacred travel. Register for both sessions. $75, total. June 4-11 Spiritual Pilgrimage to Kaua’i Registration now open 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 the heart. Retreat Facilitators: El Herington, facilitator of sacred journeys; Arlene Rose Curley, Ph.D., author, intuitive healer. Details at

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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. February 24 Mediumship Clairvoyance, Past Lives, Astrology Readings, Do-In Reiki Healing 11am-7pm In mediumship clairvoyance, Rev Jay Gullo will connect with passed loved ones, discover life mission, past lives and guidance for the future. Past Lives sessions focus on how past lives affect today. Astrology session comes with a chart and indicates what the year will bring. Do-In Reiki is healing and beneficial for the mind, body and spirit. Doylestown. $80/$120/$160 for 30/45/60 minutes. February 28, in person March 1, by phone Spiritual Advisor and Psychic Medium, Lisa Dantuono 9am-3pm Lisa Dantuono is a second generation psychic. She can help with questions about finances, career, relationships, romance, health, life mission and spiritual path. She can also connect us with loved ones on the Other Side. Bring photos, if desired. Doylestown. $80 for 30 minutes.

connectivity and science provide holistic healing for trees, plants, ourselves and the planet. Doylestown. $99 before March 1, $145 from March 1-13, $165 at the door. March 8 Psychic Mediumship Gallery with Kimara Himchak 2-4pm Kimara was born with the gift to connect with loved ones in the afterlife. She can give guidance for relationships, career, finances and family matters. Limited to 25 people; everyone will receive a reading. Doylestown. $40. March 9, 10 & 11 Psychic Mediumship—Private Readings with Kimara Himchak 10am-8pm, in person or by phone Kimara was recently invited to Germany and Holland to do readings, and has studied at the renowned Arthur Findlay College of Mediumship in England. In a private session, she will connect with deceased loved ones and give insights for your future in regards to career, finances, family and relationships. Bring photos, if desired. Doylestown. $115/45 minutes, $150/60 minutes. March 14 Tree Whispering and Plant Kingdom Communication 9:30am-5:30pm Dr. Jim Conroy and Basia Alexander are nature communication experts and regular guest speakers at Omega Institute. In this cutting-edge workshop, learn how healing touch, bio-energy

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sunday Hot Rockin’ Yoga | Quakertown 9-10:15am. This yoga practice is perfect for exploring poses deeper and detoxing the body. The heat helps open tight joints and stiff muscles in a safe, effective way. Not for beginners. Second and fourth Sundays. $12. Moondog Yoga, 44 Front St, Quakertown. 267374-4046. Kids’ Yoga | Quakertown 12:30-1:30pm. This class provides a safe and nurturing environment for the development of mind, body and spirit through creative games, stories, songs and yoga poses. We will explore new ways to play, move, breathe, connect and rest. Students grades K-5 are welcome to participate. First and third Sundays. $12. Moondog Yoga, 44 Front St, Quakertown. 267-3744046. Sunday Stroll | Bristol 2-3pm. Take a walk with a naturalist. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. 215-785-1177.


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March 15 Cristo Bowers 2-5pm Cristo is a highly skilled clairvoyant, who is able to see the seven major chakras in the physical body, as well as five outside the body. He can see with great clarity, the life purpose of the individual. He helps release mental and emotional energies that are creating limitation or dysfunction in the person’s life. Join us for an interesting seminar and see Cristo in action. New Britain. $50. April 10, 11 & 12 Private Palmistry Readings By appointment Susan A. Smith began her career 35+ years ago doing hand analysis (palmistry). In a private reading, she will share her masterful knowledge of the hands and relate information about your health, relationships, career and future. She will explore your soul contracts and explain how to read what your soul “wrote” in your hand. Doylestown. $145 for 1 hour. Sacred Journeys and Retreats April 23-26: Sedona, AZ

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in losing excess body fat and toning muscles. Boot camps meet 3 times a week for 4 weeks. Morning and evening/weekend options. Mon/Weds/Fri, 5:45-6:45am OR Tue/Thu, 6-7pm and Sat 8:30am. $199. Wholistic Fitness, 217 Church Rd, North Wales. 267-613-8246.

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2-6pm. At 2pm, connect with area Reiki practitioners and have an opportunity to practice and receive Reiki. Those who are not attuned are welcome to attend, receive a treatment and be part of the community. From 4:30-6 pm, join the community drum circle. The Peace Center, 102 W Maple Ave, Langhorne. 267-840-8003.

9:30-11am. Join Life Coach & The Spa Lady, Roberta Fortune, for coaching right from the yoga mat. Each session is like a mini-retreat that allows you to relax, catch your breath and gain clarity on inspired actions. $24; buy two classes, get the third free. Chalfont Yoga and Meditation Center, 15 W Butler Ave, Chalfont.

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3:30-5pm. Join with a likeminded group of people for mindfulness meditation, gentle yoga and time to share with the group. Perfect for those new to the practice; all are welcome. Last Sunday of the month. $15. Shine Yoga Center, 601 W Market St, Perkasie. 267-2210980.

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.

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Chair Yoga | Yardley 11am-12pm. Free class held every Monday. YardleyMakefield Library, 1080 Edgewood Rd, Yardley. 215-493-9020. 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. The Many Ways to Self-Love | New Britain 7-9pm. Our main objective for these gatherings is to empower, support and inspire you on a journey of overcoming self-limitations, which moves you into a vibration of “anything is possible!” First Monday of the month. Circle of Miracles, 10 Beulah Rd, New Britain.

tuesday Health Matters Radio Show 10am. Hosted by Dr. Phil Pappas of Earth Foods, featuring different guests and topics each week. Listen in at Bucks Beekeepers Association | Plumsteadville 7pm. General meeting of the Bucks County Beekeepers Association. Second Tuesday. Plumsteadville Grange Hall, 5901 Old Easton Rd, Plumsteadville.

wednesday Altered, Elder & Able Yoga | Quakertown 10-11am. Repetitive movements make this practice accessible and we use chairs for support. Great for those recovering from injury or living with chronic illness, and elders will benefit from moving the joints, strengthening the core and challenging balance. Wednesdays, January 7 to February11. $75. Moondog Yoga, 44 Front St, Quakertown. 267-374-4046. Community Prayer Group | New Britain 10am-12pm. This group will be a sacred circle created each time by those who are part of it. We will have opportunities to co-create blessings in manifest form together, for each other. Just show up and be willing to let go and receive. Second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. Circle of Miracles, 10 Beulah Rd, New Britain. events/219571843. Relaxing Restorative Yoga | Langhorne 12-12:45pm OR 6:30-7:45pm. Enjoy deep body and mind relaxation either during the lunch hour or after work with Doris Szeto. Restorative yoga uses blankets and bolsters to align and support the body for total relaxation. No prior yoga experience needed; every body type welcome. Register online at Every Wednesday except third evening of the month. $15. Medicine In Balance, 940 Town Center Dr, Langhorne. 215-741-1600. 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. Integrated Energy Therapy Share | New Britain 7-9pm. IET certified practitioners, students and members of the community, whether they have received IET or not, will have the opportunity to receive the powerful healing that is available through the Angelic support of IET. This community experience will bring needs and support together in ways that will generate lasting positive change and bring healing to our community. Second Wednesday of the month. Circle of Miracles, 10 Beulah Rd, New Britain. Meetup. com/Doylestown-Integrated-Energy-Therapy-Share. 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.


techniques. Registration required. Thursdays, January 8 to February 12. $75. Moondog Yoga, 44 Front St, Quakertown. 267-374-4046.

friday 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.

saturday Bird Walk | Bristol 7:30-9am. For all birding enthusiasts. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. 215-785-1177. Introduction to Yoga | Frenchtown, NJ 10:30-11:45am. Questions are encouraged in this 8-week, workshop format, intimate yoga class. Yoga practice can reduce tension, fatigue and anxiety, clear the mind, allow for deeper sleep, reduce pain in the body and much more. Eight Saturdays, January 17 to March 7. $90. Yoga Loka, 34 Bridge St, Frenchtown, NJ. 908-268-7430. Women’s Total Control Fitness Program | North Wales 10:30-11:45am. Do you leak when you laugh, cough, or sneeze? Wonder why popular tummy exercises don’t work for you? This medically based fitness program will help improve bladder control, flatten the stomach, build a strong core and even improve your love life. $135. Wholistic Fitness, 217 Church Rd, North Wales. 267-613-8246. Warm Yoga | Quakertown

Chair Yoga | Levittown 11am-12pm. Free class held every Thursday. Levittown Library, 7311 New Falls Rd, Levittown. 215-949-2324. Wellness Talks | Wrightstown 7pm. Call for information. Every other Thursday. Elite Chiropractic, 842 Durham Rd, Ste 6, Wrightstown. 215-598-3266. 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.

11am-12:15pm. Wondering what all the hype is about hot yoga? This is the ideal class for someone interested in hot yoga, but worried that it is too hot. Everyone is tight somewhere; the warmth allows the muscles to relax, release and let go. $12. Moondog Yoga, 44 Front St, Quakertown. 267-374-4046.

Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love. ~Mother Teresa

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. Beginner’s Yoga Series | Quakertown 7:15-8:30pm. This series is a great place for yoga beginners to start in a nurturing, supportive environment, at a slow and steady pace. Learn breathing exercises, basic postures and their alignments, plus relaxation

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Celebrating our 11th 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 7.


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.


1635 River Rd, New Hope, PA 215-862-2924 Tues-Sun 9am-5pm

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.

Obstacles are what you see when you take your eye off the goal. ~Chris Burke

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.

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HEALTH AND WELLNESS COACHING Barbara Meza, LMT, HHP 33 S Delaware Ave, Ste 201 Yardley, PA

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 15.


Unbound Synergy 530 Union Square, New Hope 267-740-2244

Quantify your results and develop reachable goals. Unbound Synergy offers unmatched fitness training and coaching using state-of-theart technology. Focused on measurable results, the 3,000-square-foot training facility is the only one in the area offering access to both the BODPOD and MYZONE heart rate technology. Accurately measure your progress by tracking your lean body mass and body fat. Appropriate for any individual, regardless of fitness level or age. Owned and operated by a former worldclass gymnast with decades of sports training and coaching experience.

HEALTHY BALANCE WITH MELANIE AADP Certified Health Coach 610-291-0972

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 13.

REBUILD YOUR DIGESTIVE SYSTEM Rose Orrell Holistic Health Practitioner 310-866-7151

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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 16.

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 19.

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

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


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

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.

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.




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.

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 25.

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301 Oxford Valley Rd, Yardley 267-685-6070

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 2.

Love isn’t something you find. Love is something that finds you. ~Loretta Young

HOMEOPATHY DENISE TIMOFAI, D.Hom, C.Hom 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




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 33.

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

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.


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. See ad, page 9.

CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY Elisa A Maggio, Healing Artist, CST practitioner 973-508-9101


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.


As a PA and NJ Licensed Massage Therapist, Maggio—a 2009 graduate of Health Choices Institute and Massage School—specializes in “listening with her hands” to the life force of sentient beings, which includes people and animals. Take this opportunity to bring emotional balance and increased productivity into your well-being, utilizing your own unique energy signature. Available as a motivational speaker for youth organizations.

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 6.

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With 28 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.

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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.

PEAR GARDEN TAI CHI & REFLEXOLOGY Charles W. Brynan III, MRP 215-234-4834

Integrative Counseling and Nutritional Guidance 858-401-3144

Kathleen Downey, CSC, has 7 years of training and 21 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.


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.


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

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ADVERTISING SALES REPRESENTATIVES—Be part of our growing Natural Awakenings community. We’re seeking a couple of superstars to sell local print and website advertising. Must be a self-motivated, organized, computer savvy, go-getter who has the desire to make money, like talking on the phone, plus faceto-face meetings, as well as enjoy working from your home and from the road, and have previous ad-sales experience with at least 10-15 flexible day-time hours per week to sell. Email your name, a brief description of your experience and your phone number to Pay is commission, plus bonuses. COLON HYDROTHERAPIST—Seeking caring individuals to train as P/T colon hydrotherapists. Interest in holistic wellness a must. Weekday, evening and Saturday hours. Email resume and cover letter to


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TRAUMA RELEASING EXERCISES With Amarjyothi Frenchtown, NJ 908-268-7430

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.

Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies. ~Aristotle

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 3.

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OPPORTUNITIES HEALTH FOOD FOR PETS­—Love pets? Need extra $$? Start your own holistic pet product business! No inventory. Low start-up fee. Unlimited free training and support. 215322-2365. LEARN AND EARN WITH GREG—Earn extra money each month by educating people on healthy living products. Be part of a great company. Learn how to do it from someone who is doing it and is very successful and wants to help others succeed. I am interested in helping motivated people who are self-driven and

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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

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

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

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