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usan Duval Seminars invites readers to join them in Bimini for the week of July 2 through 8. Located just off the coast of Florida, Bimini is a small Nationally known Clairvoy island renowned for World’s Greatest Psychics (C of workshops beginning on T the pods of Atlantic 7:30-9 pm for a period of ten spotted dolphins to develop and use your Intu and bottlenose dolphins who call it home. With warm are its “How To” workshops, as thefor higher energies and dev turquoise waters, Bimini is considered paradise people with White Light seeking to spiritually connect—and swim withBeginning these wise Past Life Regression, and, be and beautiful creatures. meditation, and exercises to he to do and “This is my very favorite of all the Sacred What Journeys wewhat to look o on your 6th Sens offer,” says Susan Duval. “This is truly the trip and of aworking lifetime.” Limited to 14 people, the adventure includes an afternoon boat excursion each day to swim with the dolphins in the sea. A dolphin researcher will join the group on land and Location w sea to share knowledge of the dolphins. Participants will alsoThe classes snorkel over the Bimini road, reputed to be part of ancient Sensitivity: Bird Tribe Atlantis. Life vests are available, so everyone is welcome, Joyce, & T regardless of swimming skills. Free time is available to explore the island on golf carts, visit the Healing Hole in the mangroves, see the famed Dolphin House, tour the Bimini Museum, relax on the beaches, shop at the Straw markets and get to know new friends. Lodging will be at the Seacrest Hotel, andClasses a private chef in Beginner’s As will prepare three gourmet meals each day, accommodating as well as private special dietary requirements as needed. Tour members traveling alone can be matched with a roommate, or single rooms are available for a supplement. Cost: $2,274, not including airfare, transfer fees or gratuities. Discounts are available. For more information, call 215-3485755 or visit See events, page 37.


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he UK’s University of East Anglia and the University of Stirling conducted a study of individuals with autistic traits among 312 people recruited through social media, including 75 diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder. Each of the subjects completed a series of creativity tests in which they determined uses of mundane objects. Published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, the study found that while the autistic people chose fewer uses for each object, their choices were significantly more original and creative. The subjects developed a greater range of “divergent thinking”. Martin Doherty, Ph.D., co-author of the study, confirms, “People with high autistic traits can have less quantity, but greater quality of creative ideas. They are typically considered to be more rigid in their thinking, so the fact that the ideas they have are more unusual or rare is surprising. This difference may have positive implications for creative problem solving.” The researchers found that while the average person will utilize simple mental strategies to produce more obvious answers first, autistic people tend to first utilize more demanding strategies during their processing, thus producing the more creative result.

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Amy’s Opens Organic Fast Food Restaurant California now hosts the nation’s first Amy’s Organic Drive-Thru restaurant, in Rohnert Park, with a vegetarian menu sporting veggie burgers, salads and dishes served in both regular and vegan varieties. Ingredients are sustainably grown and GMO-free (no genetically modified ingredients). The company’s signature frozen pizzas have been popular for years in health food and grocery stores nationwide, and now Amy’s first restaurant is serving them hot, with toppings ranging from spinach and diced tomatoes to a choice of mozzarella cheese or vegan “cheeze”. While some other fast food restaurants import almost all of their products from factory farming operations and give nothing back to the community, Amy’s Drive-Thru grows produce sustainably on its own roof. Amy’s Kitchen, a familyowned, privately held organic frozen food company, reportedly pays workers a living wage with health benefits. On the inaugural restaurant’s popularity, Manager Paul Schiefer remarks, “It’s given us a lot of hope that this is a concept that works.”

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y the end of 2014, Trina Mills, of Parker, Arizona, had given up on conventional medicine. She’d been diagnosed with a thyroid disorder 17 years earlier and taken medication ever since without feeling her symptoms of fatigue, muscle aches and stomach problems ever fully subside. She’d visited endocrinologists, gastroenterologists and a half-dozen other specialists, each of which offered a different diagnosis and prescribed a different drug. At one point, she had her gallbladder removed. At another, her doctor suspected she had bleeding in her brain and sent her for a computerized axial tomography (CAT) scan. Some thought she was a hypochondriac; others said she was depressed. “I would tell them, ‘I’m just depressed that you can’t figure out why I’m so sick,’” she says. 14

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Weighing a skeletal 82 pounds, the 54-year-old mother of three finally wrote out a living will and braced for the inevitable. Then she heard of a new Center for Functional Medicine opening at the prestigious, century-old Cleveland Clinic. As the first clinic of its kind to open at an academic medical center, it promised to look at the underlying causes of disease, while focusing on the whole person, rather than isolated symptoms. Intrigued, Mills caught a flight to Ohio and soon was offering up 30 tubes of blood, stool and saliva samples, as well as an exhaustive life history. One year later, thanks to a series of personalized diet and lifestyle changes, she’s 10 pounds heavier and feels better than she has in decades. “I spent a lot of years and money in the traditional

In the 25 years since nutritional biochemist Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D., of Gig Harbor, Washington, coined the term, this science-based, whole-body approach to addressing chronic disease has gained widespread traction. More than 100,000 physicians—60 percent of them medical doctors—have trained with the Institute for Functional Medicine he founded in Washington and New Mexico, and numerous medical schools have added its tenets to their curricula. More naturopaths and chiropractors are also distinguishing themselves with a functional medicine emphasis. “It is not alternative medicine at all,” stresses Bland, whose latest book, The Disease Delusion, details how functional medicine can curb chronic diseases like arthritis, diabetes, dementia, and heart disease, which constitute 78 percent of U.S. health care costs. “It’s the basis of 21st-century health care,” he says. For most of the 20th century, conventional medicine centered on a singular objective: Arrive at a diagnosis and treat it with drugs or surgery. Then, the alternative medicine movement proffered a toolbox of more natural therapies, including acupuncture, herbs and massage to address these same diagnoses. The 1990s brought integrative medicine, a best-of-both-worlds approach. “While all of the above have merit, they lack the necessary guidance to help practitioners determine which tools work best for which patient,” says Dr. Mark Hyman, director of the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine. “Alternative therapies and conventional treatments are tools. We need a new map that can teach us how to skillfully use those tools,” maintains Hyman. “That map is functional medicine.” Because one chronic disease such as diabetes can have dozens of underlying causes, or one culprit such as a genetic predisposition or exposure to toxins can lead to multiple chronic conditions, functional medicine focuses on systems, rather than organs, and origins, rather than diseases. “It’s about listening

to the patient’s story in a different way, where the objective is not simply about arriving at a diagnosis,” explains Bland.

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Key to discovering the underlying origins of a health issue are a host of new gene, blood and gut health tests. “They allow us to look under the patient’s ‘metabolic hood’ at the genetic and biochemical factors influencing health,” says Naturopathic Doctor Kara Fitzgerald, who heads up a functional medicine clinic in Newtown, Connecticut. For instance, certain genes influence how a person burns and stores fat. Depending on which variant a patient has, based on a genetic test, they might be guided toward a higheror lower-fat diet. Those genetically prone to difficulty in metabolizing the amino acid homocysteine (an excess of which can raise the risk of heart disease) might be advised to take folic acid supplements. If a patient displays intractable gut problems, rather than simply look for blood or pathogens in the stool, Fitzgerald also looks at the DNA of their gut microbiome, mapping out which strains of good bacteria are present or absent and prescribing prebiotics, probiotics or whole foods to promote a healthful balance. For another patient with thinning hair and aching joints, she might use specialized blood tests to look for micronutrient deficiencies, signs of allergies or certain autoantibodies—proteins produced by the immune system that mistakenly attack one’s own tissues—

that might herald a brewing autoimmune disorder. “Research shows that predictive autoantibodies can show up in the blood 10 or even 20 years before an autoimmune disease such as Type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis or rheumatoid arthritis makes itself known,” says Fitzgerald, pointing to a seminal review published in 2007 in Scientific American: “If a patient with mild, early-stage symptoms is proactive with diet and lifestyle changes, they may be able to fend it off.” High-tech tests aside, Bland stresses that what’s most important is “a tool that has been largely lost in medicine today: Knowing how to listen to the patient.” In a typical exam, Fitzgerald thoroughly inspects often neglected body parts, including the tongue and fingernails, which can hold important clues to underlying health. She asks about past emotional trauma which might trigger chronic disease, and inquires about what environmental toxins and harmful chemicals both the patient and their birth parents may have been exposed to. One example might be a patient exposed to cigarette smoking in utero having a bias toward an allergic disease. If their parents grew up in a period of famine, they might have inherited a genetic disposition for rapid weight gain. “She spent two-and-a-half hours with me,” in her initial consultation, recalls 52-year-old Lauren Zambrelli, of Long Island, New York, who credits Fitzgerald for helping her tame her multiple sclerosis into remission. “It was like having a sister for a doctor.”

Lobby for Change To lobby for consistent insurance coverage of more complementary therapies, check out these resources. CoverMyCare ( This national grassroots advocacy campaign, a project of the Integrative Healthcare Policy Consortium, aims to support the proper full implementation of Section 2706 of the Affordable Care Act, which states that insurers cannot leave licensed practitioners like naturopaths, chiropractors, massage therapists or Oriental medicine practitioners out of their provider networks. It still lacks enforcement at the state level, although Oregon and Rhode Island recently passed legislation to fix the existing loophole; California, Hawaii, Minnesota and New Mexico are working to do the same. American Sustainable Business Council ( Reimbursement). The organization recently launched a campaign to urge insurers to cover integrative practices.

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Functional medicine doctors don’t shy away from prescription drugs when necessary, but they do lean decidedly toward the lower-tech modalities, using dietary supplements, allergen-free diets, exercise, mind-body practices and toxin avoidance as their primary tools. “We basically take out the bad stuff from the body and put in the good stuff,” says Hyman. Maintaining good health is priceless, but without conventional insurance coverage, it can be expensive. While Mills’ doctor visits were covered by insurance (which is rare), she spends roughly $1,000 a month on supplements to address her diagnosed leaky gut syndrome, nutrient deficiencies and mercury poisoning. Zambrelli has paid thousands out of her own pocket, too. Some people worry that, like most conventional physicians, some functional medicine practitioners place too much emphasis on expensive tests and too little on the most crucial and affordable remedy—self-care. “Functional medicine as a concept is an important step forward,” says integrative medicine pioneer Dr. James Gordon, founder of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco. “However, some practitioners do a lot of tests and prescribe a lot of supplements and work on cleaning out the gut, but neglect the psychological, spiritual and social issues. That concerns me.” Bland and Hyman concede that

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some practitioners over-test, but say that will fade over time as they learn to better discriminate which ones are useful for specific patients. Several efforts also are underway to get more functional medicine providers and the acupuncturists, massage therapists and nutritionists they work with covered under the Affordable Care Act, which expressly emphasizes a need for more preventive medicine. Viewing the big picture, Bland believes that functional medicine is just what the country needs to save on exploding healthcare costs. Rather than spending dollars on extraordinary measures to save heart attack victims or diabetics in emergencies, we can prevent such dire situations by identifying underlying problems sooner and halting their progression. In the meantime, some patients are finding priceless relief. “Am I poorer right now? Yes,” says Mills. “Am I healthier? Way. It’s been so worth it.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO, who specializes in health care. Connect at LisaAnn

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he National Center for Homeopathy (NCH) and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission have dedicated of an official state historical marker commemorating Constantine Hering, M.D., the “father of American homeopathy”, on the northwest corner of 12th and Arch streets, in Philadelphia. Hering (1800-1880) is a leading figure in the history of medicine in North America. Through his extensive scientific research and unselfish devotion to the advancement of the art of

healing through medical education, he helped to establish Philadelphia as the leading American city for both medical care and medical education. “For the past 41 years, the NCH has worked to promote public awareness of homeopathic medicine and its history and place within and alongside all medical care and healing arts,” says NCH

President Ann Jerome. “We are thrilled to install this marker in Philadelphia, honoring the home and office site of Dr. Hering, who worked to establish the highest quality of medical care for all.” The nonprofit National Center for Homeopathy was founded in 1974, dedicated to promoting health by advancing the use and practice of homeopathy. NCH supports education in, awareness of and increased access to homeopathy. It has the largest, most diverse membership in the homeopathic community, and is the national go-to resource for those interested in learning about homeopathy. NCH educates consumers, plays an important role in the continuing education of practitioners and is dedicated to making homeopathy more accessible to the public. NCH informs legislators and works to secure homeopathy’s place in the U.S. healthcare system while working to ensure that homeopathy is accurately represented in the media. For more information, visit

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ften, for many trying to slim down, dieting and exercise don’t produce results, or the pounds don’t stay lost for long. Although lifestyle choices such as diet and exercise are important in maintaining a healthy weight, there are many other factors that need to be considered. When addressing any function of the body, a wholistic or functional approach must be taken—looking at the mind/body as an integrated, synergistic organism that sometimes acquires faults or blocks that interfere with health goals.


Weight loss can be difficult in light of certain hormonal influences such as low thyroid function, adrenal fatigue or post-menopause, but do not despair. Many times, low thyroid function is secondary to other imbalances and there are tools available to correct these imbalances. Adrenal glands can easily be supported, and a sluggish metabolism after menopause can be boosted.


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As everyone who has been on the weight loss rollercoaster is aware, sometimes we create a story about weight loss and the steps required to reach our goals. This story may be about the feeling of deprivation associated with lifestyle changes, the time required to live a healthy lifestyle or the idea that “I simply can’t do it.” The real key is to identify the underlying causes and address them appropriately. Neuro Emotional Technique can be used to resolve existing emotional blocks or to recreate our stories to a story that is empowering and productive. Neuro Modulation Technique (NMT) can also be used to correct biochemical faults, such as hormone imbalances, boosting adrenal function and increasing energy and motivation. NMT can improve many digestive issues that prevent weight loss and can correct numerous faults or confusion within function of the mind/body that inhibits attaining health goals.

Proper nutrition is essential for weight loss. Our lifestyles have become extremely stressful. Whether it’s having kids with a busy schedule, a taxing job or caring for a loved one whose health has deteriorated, stress is a huge factor. When we are under constant stress, we burn certain vitamins, such as B12. Unfortunately, vitamin B12 boosts energy and metabolism and helps to burn fat, especially belly fat. An appropriate nutritional assessment is required to identify deficiencies that may be inhibiting burning of fat or causing a sluggish metabolism. Electrodermal testing is one such assessment, identifying both nutritional deficiencies and other supplemental support areas. High quality vitamins, homeopathic remedies and herbal supplements can address individual needs. The bottom line is that weight loss can be easy. Dieting is not about depriving yourself, but about making healthy food choices. We do not have to be hungry, feel deprived or spend hours in the kitchen. Identifying mental, emotional and physiological blocks is essential, so that those blocks can be addressed and corrected appropriately. In addition to comprehensive weight loss programs, Dr. Lisa Rhodes, DPM, L.Ac., offers NET, acupuncture, nutritional testing and recommendations, laser therapy and more at Integrative Health Care, in Fountainville. Connect with her at 215230-4600 or IntegrativeHealthCarePA. com. See ad, page 23.


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BRINGING FUNCTIONAL HOME BuxMont Practitioners Offer Healthier, Natural Alternatives by Elisa Smith


hile functional medicine’s holistic approach to health is only recently gaining attention in many areas, several of BuxMont’s health professionals have been successfully applying these principles in their practices for years. Local residents enjoy a variety of options for whole-person wellness, and most practitioners offer either free or very affordable initial consultations to discuss treatment options. Wendy Warner, M.D., of Medicine in Balance, is a board certified OB-GYN who has appeared on the Dr. Oz show. Warner, who sits on the board of directors of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine, is creator of Balance for Good, a 12-week “therapeutic lifestyle” program that helps patients make better lifestyle choices. “Enjoying a therapeutic lifestyle means making choices daily that enhance health and prevent disease, enabling patients to achieve a full, healthy life,” says Warner. Her program is based on extensive scientific research demonstrating that many chronic diseases can be prevented and treated by adopting a healthy lifestyle. (Connect on page 29.) Lifestyle choices— specifically, stress reduction—play a large role in the approach holistic chiropractor Jeffrey Griffin, D.C., takes in treating patients. The founder of the Center for Natural Healing believes 20

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that there is an innate intelligence in all living things that works to regulate and heal the body. His approach to wellness involves evaluating the body to locate, identify and reduce or eliminate stress—whether that stress is biochemical, structural or emotional. He uses this “triad of health” as a model to address the interplay and interconnectedness of the whole person. “To get well and stay well you must treat the cause of a symptom or dysfunction,” Griffin says. “Just treating symptoms can be useful in the short run, but never gets you truly well.” (Connect on page 2.) Tina Stashko, N.D., Ph.D., A.C.N., MIfHI, of Natural Health Promotion also believes that each individual enjoys a specific health agenda for optimum health, and because of that, no two clients receive the same protocol. Stashko uses longestablished, non-invasive modalities including iridology and sclerology to gauge patients’ strengths and weaknesses and steer them in a positive health direction. She has seen that implementing dietary and lifestyle changes gives each client a marked edge for better health in both the short- and long-term.

Many of her clients schedule appointments several times a year to make sure they continue to move in a healthful direction. “Make being healthy a priority,” she says, adding “We are amazingly created; show appreciation for that gift!” (Connect on page 27.) The body’s immune system is the foundation of good health, according to Lynn Feinman, N.D., of Natural Health Options. Calling upon her 25 years of experience, she developed a 10-step integrative approach to boost the immune system, which includes lifestyle management, immune defense, cellular renewal, inflammation reduction, and natural antiviral and antibacterial support. She also offers programs that address emotional balance, healthy digestion and natural women’s health. “Emotional imbalances are better understood and treated within the context of the whole person,” says Feinman. “Clients experiencing symptoms such as depression, anxiety or mood disorders often discover that their symptoms are caused or exacerbated by nutritional and hormonal deficiencies.” (Connect on page 28.) Susan Burger, D.C., also believes the mind and body are best addressed as an integrated whole. The self-described “holistic life catalyst” is a certified Neuro Emotional Technique practitioner, Laughter Yoga leader and teacher in the Embodied Present process. Burger combines techniques that address physical/structural and nutritional components, as well as emotional and stress factors, to uncover imbalances that may need to be addressed in order to create the

changes that someone wants to make in their life. “Our health is in dynamic flow all the time and ongoing attention and care are important,” Burger maintains. “All things that support the innate intelligence and wisdom of the body/ mind are supportive to life, health and happiness.” (Connect on page 3.) Barbara Meza agrees with that philosophy, and created Conscius Vita as a multidisciplined healing arts practice. It draws upon healing philosophies from the East and West, weaving complementary theories on dietary wellness, lifestyle practice, massage and bodywork, cupping, herbal kitchen medicine and traditional wisdom, meditation and movement. The traditional Western herbalist holds a degree in natural health, and is licensed in New Jersey and Pennsylvania as a holistic massage therapist specializing in lymph drainage therapy. Meza defines Conscius Vita as “an invitation to presence, to being fully present in your own life, in your own body,” adding “I am here to honor and support clients on their personal journeys of transformation.” (Connect on page 11.) Scott Berk, M.D., of Hunterdon Integrative Physicians, also believes in empowering patients, designing his practice as an alternative to what he calls the typical primary care physician’s office. By combining state-of-the-art technology, modern diagnostic testing and an array of contemporary and traditional treatment options, “our patients enjoy an egalitarian atmosphere, emphasizing their role as the ultimate decision-maker in their health choices,” Berk says.

Treatment emphasizes the importance of diet and nutrition as part of a healthy lifestyle for maintaining patients’ health and well-being, and alternative therapies include herbal remedies and nutritional supplements. Because of the role hormones play in achieving optimal health, Berk evaluates patients’ various hormone levels and offers bio-identical hormone replacement as a treatment option. (Connect on page 31.) Monica Gavin, M.D., of Azani Medical Spa, also believes in the importance of bio-identical hormones in achieving and maintaining health throughout menopause and andropause (menopause in males), reporting what she calls “fantastic results” in about 95 percent of patients over the past five years. Gavin, who is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, has assembled a team of boardcertified plastic surgeons, estheticians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician’s assistants and patient care coordinators whose mission is to help every patient manage their age effectively by combining wellness and aesthetic medicine. “Beauty without wellness is not truly achievable,” Gavin maintains. “When we feel and look good, then we can live our lives to the fullest, with confidence in our abilities to make the most of the time we have.” (Connect on page 13.)

pharmacist triad is paramount at PPC Pharmacy,” says pharmacist Mario Sellecchia. “Our integrative team approach to patient care is what separates us from other pharmacies.” The pharmacy can also compound medications for children and pets, and can provide specialized dosing, uncommon dosage forms, or allergen-free, dye-free or preservative-free medications, where required. All medications are compounded by registered pharmacists and can be shipped directly to patients’ homes or picked up at their location. (Connect on page 13.) Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D., founder of the Institute for Functional Medicine, has said “We need to listen to the patient’s story and develop a response to it. The approach to complex syndromes may be much more profound than just trying to pound a round peg into a square hole to get a singular diagnosis.” Whether addressing an existing condition or taking a proactive approach to health, BuxMontarea residents have more choice than ever in pursuing their wellness goals. Natural Awakenings is honored to be able to introduce our readers to so many practitioners who stand ready to partner with them on their journeys to wellness. If any of these local experts resonate with you, please contact them and schedule an appointment. They look forward to meeting you. See functional medicine practitioner Lisa Rhodes’ article on page 18. Elisa Smith is a frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings. She can be reached at

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No Needles Needed for Kids by Kathleen Barnes


cupuncture can be helpful for children, especially in treating asthma, allergies and childhood digestive disorders, including colic, says Melanie Katin, a licensed acupuncturist who specializes in treating children in New York City. “Acupuncture for children rarely involves the use of needles. Since their qi (life force) flows very close to the surface of their skin, it doesn’t require a lot of movement to get things flowing in the right direction,” she explains. Acupuncture for kids typically involves light, fast brushing of the skin to encourage a healing circulation of energy. Katin teaches parents to continue treatments at home. She explains that it’s still technically acupuncture, not acupressure, which would involve prolonged stimulation of the body’s energy meridian sites. Sometimes she includes the use of small instruments for tapping or brushing the skin and tuning forks to stimulate the meridian points. She remarks, “The kids love it.”

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Good Reasons to Try Acupuncture Thousands of Studies Show Healing Results by Kathleen Barnes


he ancient Chinese art of acuchemical serotonin and relieving inflampuncture is gaining popularity mation, as well as bringing many other in modern Western medicine for body processes into normal function. many reasons. “There’s lots of research Brevard, North Carolina, licensed to support the effectiveness of acupuncmaster acupuncturist Paul Buchman, ture for a wide variety of conditions,” adds, “Acupuncture differs from consays Thomas Burgoon, a medical doctor ventional Western medicine in many who practices internal medicine in West ways, primarily in that when it treats Chester, Pennsylvania, and is president a disease on the physical level, it also of the American Academy of Medical has far-reaching effects on our mental, Acupuncture, an asemotional and spiriThe U.S. Library of sociation of doctors of tual aspects.” medicine and osteoChronic back Medicine database pathic medicine that pain: Chronic low back lists more than 23,000 pain affects 80 percent use acupuncture in conjunction with conus at some time and studies on acupuncture. of ventional treatments. is the second-most Acupuncture treatments typically common cause of disability in Ameriinvolve the nearly painless insertion of can adults, according to a University very thin needles to stimulate the body’s of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study natural repair and regulation mechanisms published in the Journal of the American based on the fundamental Chinese medi- Medical Association. cine principle that the inside of the body A recent study of Australian can often be treated from the outside. patients arriving in Melbourne hospital Burgoon explains that acupuncture works emergency rooms complaining of low by stimulating and releasing the body’s back pain found that those treated with natural pain relievers, including endoracupuncture experienced as much pain phins, producing the feel-good brain relief in an hour as those given drugs.

“When I treat a person for low back pain, I always take pulses in several parts of the body, and then take into account many factors, including age, gender and life situation,” says Buchman. “The underlying causes of the pain may be different in a 20-something student with a stressful academic load than a 50-something woman that’s a recent empty nester redefining her future,” he explains. When researchers at China’s Central South University reviewed 13 studies on acupuncture and low back pain, they concluded that comprehensive treatment plans that involve acupuncture are urgently needed. Headache: Acupuncture has long been used to relieve the pain of migraines and tension headaches. Australian research published in EvidenceBased Complementary and Alternative Medicine found that 16 acupuncture sessions cut in half the number of days that patients experienced migraines, significantly reducing pain. “Acupuncture is a must-try therapy for anyone with migraines or chronic or tension-type headaches,” says Burgoon. He notes that Aetna Insurance Company policy considers acupuncture among accepted, medically necessary treatments for migraines, chronic low back pain, knee osteoarthritis, postoperative dental pain and nausea associated with surgery, pregnancy and chemotherapy. Asthma and allergies: More than 25 million Americans have asthma, includ-

ing 6.8 million children. Danish research published in the journal Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine showed that 10 acupuncture sessions given over a three-month period reduced asthma symptoms and use of inhaled steroids, but only when acupuncture was ongoing. Benefits diminished when treatments were discontinued. German researchers at Berlin’s Charité University Medical Center found similar effects for seasonal allergies by comparing it with the effects of antihistamines and sham acupuncture. “Patterns of bad health get more ingrained in our body systems as we get older,” says Melanie Katin, a licensed acupuncturist specializing in treating children in New York City and professor at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. “If we can catch an illness in a child’s first seven or eight years, we may be able to prevent it from becoming

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chronic in adulthood.” Digestive problems: Acupuncture has been found to be effective for treating colic in babies, irritable bowel syndrome, morning sickness and postoperative nausea caused by anesthesia and chemotherapy treatments, verified in research from Australia’s University of Sydney on patients after surgery for metastatic liver cancer. Several other studies, including one from the Milwaukee’s Medical College of Wisconsin, show that acupuncture rebalances the nervous system and restores proper digestive function, while relieving pain. The World Health Organization review of research notes how acupuncture relieved gastrointestinal (GI) spasms better than atropine injections, and also recommends acupuncture for relief of nausea. “Acupuncture helps calm down an overactive GI tract and stimulates an underactive one,” explains Burgoon. Acupuncture is a non-pharmaceutical remedy for many health problems, Burgoon says. “I fell in love with acupuncture when I discovered I could use it to treat some problems that nothing else helped. I almost never prescribe any medications. Instead, I help people get off pharmaceuticals.” Kathleen Barnes is author of many natural health books, including The Calcium Lie 2: What Your Doctor Still Doesn’t Know, with Dr. Robert Thompson. Connect at

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From Healed to Healers: Personal Experiences Inspire Local Acupuncturists by Elisa Smith Rachel Rizzi, M.S., L.Ac., of Great Spring Acupuncture, had such a positive experience with acupuncture as a young adult that she decided to pursue it as a career. “I felt better physically and emotionally and wanted to be able to help others in the same way,” she says. Fueled by her experience with the renowned Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Integrative Medicine, where she helped establish its successful acupuncture program, Rizzi works in conjunction with patients and their other healthcare providers. “In my practice, I tie together seemingly unrelated symptoms within the framework of Chinese medical theory. Acupuncture is a wonderful complement to other therapies, including working with Western Medicine and other modalities such as psychotherapy, physical therapy, yoga and massage therapy.”


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Her experience with patients has taught Rizzi that it’s important for people to “listen to their bodies and honor the information being given. Patients can help themselves greatly in the healing process, even with simple changes; they have more power than they may realize.”

Bridge Acupuncture’s Grace Rollins, M.S., L.Ac., and Paolo Propato, L.Ac., also began their acupuncture careers as the result of their own positive experiences, Rollins finding relief from chronic back pain, skin problems and fatigue, and Propato from a serious chronic sinus condition.

The clinic specializes in Japanese acupuncture, which Rollins says produces better results for their patients. Both Rollins and Propato have studied under Kiiko Matsumoto, the internationally acclaimed founder of Kiiko style of acupuncture, which relies more on palpation for diagnosis and treatment. “Because palpation is heavily used, we get to know the patients’ bodies and spirit very intimately,” Propato notes. “That alone may create a space for someone to begin the healing process.” The clinic’s adjunct therapies include meditation and qi gong, Shiatsu and Tui na styles of bodywork, moxibustion (a technique used to stimulate symptomatic areas with heat by burning the leaf of the mugwort plant), auricular acupuncture (often used for smoking cessation, pain and stress/relaxation), micro-electrical techniques (useful for acute injuries, pain/inflammation, sinus and skin problems), Gua Sha (a form of cutaneous friction therapy), and cupping (which uses a vacuum effect to remove deep-level stagnation in points and tissues). Patients also receive nutritional guidance. Through her experience as both patient and healer, Rollins sees acupuncture as “a practical, safe and inexpensive medicine that deals with the whole person. Clearly it has endured through the ages because it works.” Great Spring Acupuncture is located at 455 Pennsylvania Ave., Ste. 290, in Fort Washington. For more information, visit or call 215-559-4655. See ad, page 33. Bridge Acupuncture is located at 30 Garden Alley, in Doylestown. For more information, visit BridgeAcupuncture. com or call 215-348-8058. See ad, page 9. Elisa Smith is a frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings. She can be reached at

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“Opting for natural scents from organic essential oils not only offers a toxinfree alternative, the oils’ aromatherapy benefits have time-proven therapeutic value,” suggests Dorene Petersen, president and founder of the American College of Healthcare Sciences, in Portland, Oregon. Recent research from the Pontificia Universidade Catolica, in Brazil, confirms that lavender oil has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and pain-relieving properties similar to those of a mild-dose narcotic. Plus, it smells heavenly, says botanical perfumer Roxana Villa, of Woodland Hills, a California-based spokesperson for the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy. “Considering the part of the plant used will give you an idea of its therapeutic value,” says Villa. “A root base will be good for grounding. Since bark is like skin, oils such as birch will benefit skin and muscles. Oils from flowers are excellent for anything related to the head and mind.”

“It’s fun to experiment with organic essential oils and create that unique blend that becomes a personal signature,” says Charlynn Avery, an aromatherapist with Aura Cacia, in Norway, Iowa. She explains that essential oils have three basic “notes” and blending them correctly will result in a fragrance suited to last throughout the day. “The base note is heavier and lasts the longest. Patchouli, vetiver, sandalwood, cedarwood and jasmine hang around longer in the atmosphere and on the wearer,” she explains. Blending the base with a slightly lighter middle note like lavender, rosemary or clary sage and a light and short-lasting top note like orange, lime or peppermint will create a complex and pleasing blend. “That’s the beauty of the art of it,” says Avery. “You can create synergistic blends that harmonize and complement the attributes of each to such an extent that you may not be able to detect the scents of the individual oils.” There are no hard and fast rules, but our experts offer a few guidelines for creating our own unique blends that will be well-received as holiday gifts. Use a base of oil like jojoba or sweet almond to create a perfumed oil. Note that oils undiluted by a carrier can burn the skin. For oil-based blends, use a ratio of 50 drops of bottom note oil, 30 drops of a middle note and 20 drops of a top note in two ounces of carrier oil. Another option is to use an alcohol base of either isopropyl rubbing alcohol or 85-proof vodka to make a spray perfume; the alcohol will evaporate quickly. Alcohol-based blends generally last longer, especially with fragile citrus oils. A usual ratio is 10 to 20 drops of essential oil per ounce of alcohol-

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Why do you start with epigenetics as a foundation for health? Many people, programmed with the concept of genetic determinism, believe that genes in the fertilized egg at conception determine character and fate. Unable to pick our DNA genes, we are powerless to control our life, so that the only option is seeking help from someone in the biomedical community to fix our genes. I introduced a new vision about the understanding of genes a half-century ago that is now the new science of epigenetics. Epi- means “above”. Here, we can realize control by regulating the environment in which we live and our perception of it, making us the master of our own genetics rather than a victim of heredity.

Do you believe epigenetics is the future of medicine? Epigenetics is a revolution in our knowledge and awareness of heredity. This new concept of biology is so big that

it promises radical change capable of revolutionizing civilization. Its dynamics are equivalent to the leap from Newtonian physics to quantum physics, which led to everything from computers and cell phones to Martian rovers. We are freed to abandon the belief that genes cause cancer, for instance. In changing our lifestyle, beliefs and perceptions, we also change our genetic expression. Remember, this works because how we individually interpret our world is translated by the brain into chemical information that adjusts the behavior and genetics of cells to complement our perception. We could live in the healthiest environment, but if our mind perceives it as threatening and non-supportive, our biology will become less healthy and can generate disease. The cells’ response is based on the brain’s information, which actually is only an interpretation. Personal perceptions and the way we live, including our spiritual nature, adjust genes to manifest either a functional state of health or one of dysfunction.

Where is the “self” that makes people different? No two people are the same biologically. If I inject my cells into another human, their immune system will recognize it as “not-self” and begin to eliminate them. On the surface of virtually all our cells are thousands of protein receptors that function like miniature antennae. They read and respond to environmental signals similar to the larger receptors on the skin’s surface, such as the eyes, ears and nose.

Each human also possesses a unique set of “identity” receptors, a subset of which are called “self-receptors” by the biomedical community, found on nearly all of our cells, with the primary exception of red blood cells. Self-receptors are unrelated to the cell’s function contributing to muscle, bone, brain or heart. Conventional medicine studies the physical aspect of self-receptors as being the source of “self” but overlook the environmental signals they receive. In other words, individual identity is linked to the signals received by the antennae. When I reached this point in my research, I realized that we can’t die, because our real identity is represented by the invisible environment-derived “broadcast”, which might legitimately be referred to as spirit. My personal identity signal is received by each of my 50 trillion cells endowed with the unique set of “Bruce” self-receptors. While my physical body is like a TV, the “spiritual broadcast” representing the Bruce Show is an eternal, energetic element of the environment.

What is entrainment and why is it important today? A group of heart cells in a Petri dish will each beat to its own vibrational frequency. After a couple of days, they start beating in synchrony, because the stronger heart cells control the tempo. The other cells organize their behavior to entrain with the more powerful one. This happens in women’s college dormitories when residents start the school year with different menstrual cycles, but later experience entrainment, with their cycles beginning and ending about the same time. They link to a pulse and a beat, just like the heart cells. Humans become entrained to a higher force that’s an invisible broadcast of energy in harmony or in discordance. As more of us hold the intention for living a life of love and peace, the broadcast of that harmonic energy amplifies and those not yet there will eventually entrain to the stronger signal. This is the shift we need to make for conscious evolution to occur. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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iving green means living well, using what you create with minimal waste,” says Mike Bond, an ecologist and bestselling activist author in Winthrop, Maine. Here, he and other savvy sources share tips to go ever greener in ways that are painless and affordable.

Start Small 4 Choose the best bulb for the job. Light bulbs can confuse even informed shoppers. Incandescent bulbs last more than 750 hours, but aren’t energy-efficient. Fluorescent bulbs use 75 percent less energy than incandescent and last 10 to 15 times longer. A 20-watt compact fluorescent light (CFL) uses 550 fewer kilowatt-hours than a 75-watt incandescent bulb. For additional information, check InfoLightBulbs. For a free app showing the best buy, visit 4 Use appliance thermometers. Widely available, this useful tool will confirm a correct operating temperature of 37 to 40 degrees in the refrigerator and zero degrees in the freezer. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, a warmer fridge allows bacteria to grow, while 10 degrees cooler than 30

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the ideal range increases energy use 25 percent. Chiller units work harder if the room temperature exceeds 70 degrees, so keep appliances out of direct sunlight and away from the stove. 4 Find the right seeds and plants. Then get quick advice on how many to buy and how and when to plant using the step-by-step app. It encompasses more than 3,000 organic, GMO-free, edible varieties. 4 No dishpan hands. A full load of dishes in a water-efficient dishwasher uses four gallons of water versus 24 gallons for handwashing them, according to Seametrics, which manufactures flow meters. 4 Test the toilet. If a few drops of food coloring added to the toilet tank colors water in the bowl, replace the flap. It’s an easy and inexpensive DIY task. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that one in 10 homes leaks a cumulative 90 gallons a day. 4 Fix the faucet. One drip per second equals 3,000 gallons a year wasted, Seametrics calculates. 4 Reset the hot water heater to 120 degrees. This safe and efficient setting also reduces corrosion and mineral buildup.

4 Use an oil-change service. In Connecticut alone, do-it-yourselfers change 9.5 million gallons of motor oil a year, and 85 percent of it ends up in sewers, soil and trash as a major groundwater pollutant. Earth Talk reports that one quart can create a two-acre oil slick; a gallon can contaminate a million gallons of fresh water. While the more costly chemicals in synthetic oil create the same amount of pollution as traditional oil, it doesn’t need to be changed as often. 4 Carpool. The Green Living Ideas media network condones Uber, Lyft and Sidecar apps for making ridesharing ultra-accessible.

Go Greener 4 Replace old appliances with energyefficient models. Check out a unit’s Energy Star rating. Consider a tankless heater for hot water on demand, rather than 24/7 heating. 4 Choose eco-tires. Low rolling resistance improves gas mileage and reduces emissions. Keep tires properly inflated and periodically rotated for longer wear. Watch for future innovations in sustainable materials currently in research and development. 4 Ban idling. Don’t idle an electronic fuel-injected engine for more than 30 seconds when parked in cold weather; it warms up faster by being driven, explains the U.S. Department of Energy. Fuel injection engines took over in the 1980s and early 90s. Only older carburetors need a couple of minutes’ warm-up. The Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory further advises, “Idling for more than 10 sec-

onds uses more fuel and emits more CO2 than engine restarting.” 4 Ask for pet- and eco-friendly antifreeze. Choose less toxic red-orange propylene glycol antifreeze instead of green ethylene glycol antifreeze, which is poisonous to pets and people. Dispose of both types properly, as they are toxic to wildlife and fish via groundwater, as well. 4 Green-clean car windows. Choose a brand like EvergreeN Windshield Washer Fluid, which is plant-derived, eco-friendly, non-toxic and biodegradable. Traditional blue fluid is methanol, combined methyl alcohol and wood alcohol, and extremely poisonous, especially to children and pets.

own power,” says Bond, who has used solar for years. “It works on an elegant cycle—create energy, use energy.” Leased solar panels reduce the cost of equipment, which has dropped dramatically in recent years. 4 Get a hybrid car. In combination with solar power, a hybrid vehicle can reduce or eliminate daily energy costs. “An electric car is perfect when commutes are not long,” Bond discloses. “If charged in the day, it can serve as the battery for a solar home at night, when no power is being created.” Connect with freelance writer via

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SUPER SOUPS New Twists on Old Favorites Heal, Nourish and Soothe by Judith Fertig


inter season soups on chilly days can warm us, both body and soul. Whatever our food preferences or time constraints, some new twists on traditional favorites will satisfy everyone’s taste buds—with an accent on healthy pleasure. Here’s where to start.   Reinventing the past. From her Colorado mountain home, Jenny McGruther, author of The Nourished Kitchen, celebrates the wisdom of traditional foodways, making nutrientdense, healing soup broth from bones, water, vegetables and seasonings. McGruther’s twist is to make it in a six-quart slow cooker. Once her family has dined on organic roast or rotisserie chicken, she simmers the bones with purified water, a bay leaf or two, a few whole peppercorns and a few chopped organic vegetables like onion, carrot and celery

on the low setting for 24 hours. Then she ladles the broth through a coffee strainer into another container, refreshes the slow cooker with more water and simmers the bones and seasonings for another 24 hours. Eventually, the broth will have less flavor and color, and that’s when McGruther starts all over again. “I call this perpetual soup,” she says. She blogs at Slowing it down. With homemade broth on hand, it’s easy to make the Italian winter staple of Tuscan Vegetable Bean Soup. Cookbook authors and slow cooker experts Kathy Moore and Roxanne Wyss, from Lee’s Summit, Missouri, love to make this when they’re working on a cookbook deadline. They simply use what they have in the refrigerator, freezer or pantry. “With a soup like this you can always substitute one vegetable for

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another, adjusting the recipe to what you enjoy and have on hand,” advises Moore. The pair blogs at PluggedInto Speeding it up. Sometimes, we need a single serving of homemade soup fast. Award-winning recipe developer and cookbook author Camilla Saulsbury, of Nacogdoches, Texas, whips up a Pumpkin Sage Soup that can simmer in a saucepan within minutes, ready to be enjoyed in a mug. Saulsbury uses organic canned pumpkin, full of vitamins, which can vary in sweetness. “If needed,” she suggests, “add a drizzle of maple syrup to enhance the flavor of the soup.” Making “bisque” in a high-speed blender. Karen Adler is an avid grower of organic tomatoes in her Kansas City garden. When the seasonal harvest comes to an end, Adler grills or oven roasts the tomatoes, along with organic peppers and onions, and then freezes them, ready to make Roasted Tomato Bisque any time of the year. “My secret to a light bisque without using cream is to blend all the roasted vegetables together with a high-speed blender to give it body. A swirl of extra-virgin olive oil at the end finishes ensuring the satisfying flavor,” she says. Going cold. Douglas McNish, head chef at Toronto’s raw and vegan restaurant Raw Aura, serves a popular Lemon, Cucumber and Dill Soup, which is easy to make in a food processor. “This soup is amazing this time of year, when most of our diets may be lacking in healthy fats and trace minerals,” says McNish.   Warming up. Two cookbook authors teamed up across many miles to write 300 Sensational Soups. Meredith Deeds lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, while Carla Snyder resides in Cleveland, Ohio. They’ve mutually discovered the naturally warming properties of curry powder in Curried Coconut Chickpea Soup. Snyder observes, “A good soup nourishes the heart, as well as the stomach, spreading a feeling of satisfaction and contentment.” Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood from Overland Park, KS.

SOUP’S ON! Tasty Recipes for Winter Meals Tuscan Vegetable Bean Soup Yields: 6 servings 2 Tbsp olive oil 1 large yellow onion, chopped 3 carrots, chopped 1 stalk celery, chopped 1 cup frozen, cut green beans 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 can (14.5 oz, BPA-free) diced tomatoes, with liquid 4 cups bone broth or 1 carton (32 oz) vegetable broth 2 tsp Italian seasoning 1 /8 tsp crushed red pepper flakes, optional Salt and pepper, to taste 1 cup chopped fresh broccoli 1 can (15 oz, BPA-free) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained 2 Tbsp minced fresh basil, plus additional for garnish Freshly grated Parmesan cheese

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Heat the oil in a Dutch oven over medium high heat. Add onions, carrot and celery and cook, stirring frequently, for 3 minutes. Stir in the green beans and cook, stirring frequently, for 2 to 3 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Stir in garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Stir in tomatoes, vegetable broth, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Heat, covered, until boiling, and then reduce heat to a simmer and cook 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in broccoli, cannellini beans and minced basil. Simmer for 5 minutes or until the vegetables are as tender as desired. Ladle into bowls. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese. Garnish if desired with additional minced basil.

Pumpkin Sage Soup Yields: 1 serving ¾ cup ready-to-use chicken or vegetable broth 2 /3 cup pumpkin purée (not pie filling) ¼ tsp dried rubbed sage 3 Tbsp half-and-half, whole milk or coconut creamer Salt and freshly ground black pepper In a saucepan, bring the broth, pumpkin and sage to a simmer over medium-high heat. In the mug, stir broth, pumpkin and sage until blended. Stir in cream and heat for 1 minute more. Season it to taste with salt and pepper before pouring into a mug. Garnish with roasted pumpkin seeds. Adapted from 250 Best Meals in a Mug, by Camilla V. Saulsbury

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Roasted Tomato Bisque Yields: 8 servings 4 large beefsteak tomatoes, sliced 2 red bell peppers, seeded and sliced 1 large red onion, peeled and sliced 2 Tbsp plus ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil ¼ cup red wine vinegar 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce 1 tsp kosher salt 1 tsp hot pepper sauce Bone broth or vegetable broth, if necessary Add fine dry or gluten-free bread crumbs and sliced green onion for garnish Preheat the oven to 425° F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. Arrange the tomatoes, bell peppers and onion on the baking sheets and drizzle with the two tablespoons of olive oil. Roast for 30 minutes or until soft and browned at the edges. Transfer to a Vitamix or similar blender. Add the remaining half-cup olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt and hot pepper sauce and blend until smooth. Add a little bone broth or vegetable broth if the soup is too thick. Serve each bowl with a sprinkling of breadcrumbs and thinly sliced green onion. Adapted from The Gardener and the Grill, by Karen Adler and Judith Fertig.

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ow many of us have made a New Year’s resolution on January 1, only to see our efforts fizzle by Valentine’s Day? While a desire to take on positive lifestyle changes is admirable, actually putting those changes into action involves transforming long-habituated beliefs and behaviors. These kinds of shifts are difficult to sustain without the proper support, no matter how strong our desire to change. Fortunately, hypnosis has been medically approved as a safe, painless and customizable way to aid individuals with a variety of issues, including behavior change. Despite its occasional presentation as magic or comedy, hypnosis has been used widely by medical practitioners since the 1700s and has been recommended by the American Medical Association since 1958. During a session, hypnotherapists work with individuals to help them into a calm and highly concentrated state, known as the alpha state. It is during this relaxed and alert period that people are receptive to “changing their minds” so that their thoughts are in alignment

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with their intentions. Skilled clinicians use a range of techniques including imagery, suggestion and exploration of the unconscious to arrive at the desired outcomes. Barry Wolfson, founder and director of the Hypnosis Counseling Center, has been helping clients attain their goals for 27 years. No stranger to new year’s resolutions, Wolfson says, “While hypnosis is effective for a wide range of issues, we see many clients each January who are concerned about their weight and their smoking—one of the most difficult habits to break. Hypnosis can be very successful in eliminating yo-yo dieting and helping individuals reach an ideal weight, safely and consistently. It also helps people stop smoking without anxiety, weight gain or mood swings.” Hypnosis Counseling Center has locations in New Jersey and is coming soon to Pennsylvania. See our calendars for scheduled phone sessions. For more information, call 908-303-7767 or visit See ad on page 7.

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Chakra Vision for the New Year – 1-5pm. There are many ways to bring intention to the new year; join us for a unique way to manifest your vision in 2016. Drop into the sound bath of 7 quartz crystal singing bowls & more. Create chakra vision boards, convey to the universe what we want to attract through these centers. $40. The Peace Center, 102 W Maple Ave, Langhorne. Valarie Haag, 267-840-8003. Val@

Learn from the Herbalist – 10:30am-12:30pm. Sharon Moncrief, local herbalist and proprietor of Greenbrier Herbalist, shares the beauty and wonder of plants and flowers through her traditional herbal tinctures, teas and flower essences, many created form locally grown organic flowers and herbs. She will be in the Market to explain them and answer your herbal questions. As a Featured Producer of the Month, all Greenbrier Herbal products are 20% off in January. Free. Doylestown Food Market, 29 W State St, Doylestown.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 5 Stop Smoking with Hypnosis – 6:30-7:30pm. Through hypnosis, smoking cessation is easily achieved in a one hour session. Eliminate the craving for tobacco while minimizing discomfort. Lose Weight with Hypnosis – 7:30-8:30pm. Through hypnosis, weight loss is easily and painlessly attained. Shed unwanted pounds and keep them off in a safe, effective program. Yoga for Stress – 1/5-1/26, 7-8:30pm. Back by popular demand. Are you wrung out, exhausted, and overwhelmed? Come stretch out those winter blues with us as we address these feelings and symptoms with yoga and breathing exercises that are designed to help you feel better in all of these areas and more. Includes 4 Tuesday classes. $80. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 213 N Main St, North Wales. Patty Ferry, 215-661-0510. Relaxation through Hypnosis – 8:30-9:30pm. Learn several easy to use techniques you can use daily to reduce stress in your life. $49. Edison JCC, 1775 Oak Tree Rd, Edison, NJ. Barry Wolfson. 908-303-7767.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 8 Fun First Friday – 5-7pm. Musical entertainment by Christa Tinari and Neal Carson. Enjoy live music for the heart and soul as the duo performs song treasures from a vast range of styles and genres – artists like Ella Fitzgerald, Carole King, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Marvin & Tammi, Joni, Adele and many more. Share wine, cider and samples from Producer of the Month Superior Pasta Company with a variety of their specialties, including their vegan options. Free. Doylestown Food Market, 29 W State St, Doylestown. Cancer Discussion & Meditation – 6:30-7:30pm. Meditation and discussion group by and for cancer patients and their caregivers. Join us for a 60-minute session consisting of a brief meditation followed by a discussion on living with cancer – insights, good times, and frustrations. Share experiences, provide comfort and offer healing resources in a safe and understanding environment. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 213 N Main St, North Wales. Lori Fields, 215-6610510. WholeBodyYogaStudio. com/workshops.

Restorative Clinic: Breathe – 1-3pm. The Restorative clinic offers a gentle and deep practice to balance the meridians in the body and renew energy. We will also be exploring breathing techniques (Pranayama) this month. Gentle adaptable poses are held for 3-5 minutes. Variations are offered for all levels, from the beginner to the advanced student. $25. Lynn Feinman, 610-608-1430. LynnWestFeinman@gmail. com. Introductory Cleanse Workshop – 3-5pm. Jump start your new year with a revitalizing cleanse. This workshop will include the basic principles you need to know about embarking on a healthy cleanse. Lynn Feinman’s 3-Day Winter Cleanse, complete with menu and recipes good for 3- or 7-day program. You will leave with a personal food plan. The Nutritional Cleanse Guide and Mind Body cookbook will be available to purchase. $50. Balanced for Life Yoga Therapy, 45 Berkley Rd, Ste 204, Devon. Lynn Feinman, 610-608-1430.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 10 Introduction to Massage Class – 9am-3pm. If you are interested in attending school to become a licensed massage therapist, please join us for a tour of the school, an introductory massage class and an informative question-and-answer session about becoming a therapist. Please call to register. There is no cost to attend. Academy of Massage Therapy & Bodyworks, 141 E High St, Pottstown. LearnMassage@comcast. net. 610-705-4401. Attract Who You Are Becoming – 1-5pm. This mini-retreat, hosted by Joanna Carmichael, includes vegetarian lunch, meditation, rights of passage ceremony, information on Ayurvedic healing system and more. $49, with an early bird discount by Jan. 4 ($45). The Kalyana Centre, 954 Montgomery Ave, Ste 5, 2nd floor, Narberth. 484- 412-8815. Healing Angels of the Energy Field – 10am-5pm. Learn how to call upon the healing angels with a special prayer of invitation and to use an angelic heartlink to connect with the angels’ energy through meditation. Discover the healing gifts that each angel brings to support you in your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual healing journey. Registration required. $115. Soul Spirit Connection, 122 N York Rd, Rear, Hatboro. Dottie Gannotti, 215-657-5011.

Greenshire Arts Consortium 3620 Sterner Mill Rd, Quakertown Event Details: Please register for all activities. 215-538-0976 Chakra Dancing Energy Awareness Begins January 6, Every Wednesday: 9–10am 8-week course: music and movement help open energy centers of the body to draw heightened awareness for physical and emotional well-being. Rev. Kristen Allis Urffer, M.Ed. $80/series. Meditation Skills and Practice Begins January 6, Every Wednesday: 10:30–11:30am 8 week course: we practice different forms of meditation skills, and breath practices. Rev. Kristen Allis Urffer, M.Ed. $80/series. Yoga for the Heart Center Begins January 8, Every Friday: 9:30–10:30am 8 week course: Yogic practices focus on how to direct energies to flow through the heart center, helping individuals move beyond emotional/physical blockages. Rev. Kristen Allis Urffer, M.Ed. $80/series. Quantum Spoon Bending: January 8, 6:30–9:30pm It is not only about bending spoons. The change in material demonstrated by the bent utensil is a model for change that you can use in your own life for personal transformation. Dr. Gene Ang. $55. Arcturian Healing Method Level 1: The Arcturian Healing Light (AHL) January 9, 10: 9am-5pm both days Learn a set of healing tools inspired by higher beings from the star system Arcturus, a form of light, energy and information meant to accelerate a person’s evolution. Dr. Gene Ang. $350. Uncollapsing the Wave Function: Beyond Quantum Physics in Healing January 10, 6:30-9pm Learn techniques of achieving a state of infinite possibilities, allowing for transformation on an enormous level. Dr. Gene Ang. $45. Arcturian Healing Method Level 2: The Galactic Encodings January 11, 12: 9am-5pm both days Accelerate the body’s capacity to hold more light and advanced evolutionary consciousness. Upgrades the nervous and endocrine system so the body is functioning at a higher level. Dr. Gene Ang. $350. Transpersonal Chakras January 12, 6:30-9:30pm The chakras are whirling energy centers that digest, purify and transform the subtle energies in our environment in order to energize our entire being. Learn how to integrate the three chakras above and below the body with your entire energy field. $75. Arcturian Healing Method Level 3: The Arcturian Platform January 13, 14: 9am-5pm both days The over-arching purpose of the AHL is compassion and service. Learn transmissions, meditations and knowledge meant to increase your healing abilities and capacity for rapid healing and transformation. Dr. Gene Ang. $450.

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person is who has never tried yoga and for the person who wants to review the basics. $108. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 213 N Main St, North Wales. Patty Ferry, 215-661-0510. WholeBodyYoga@hotmail. com.


TUESDAY, JANUARY 12 WHOLE BODY YOGA STUDIO 403 E Walnut St, 3rd Floor North Wales 215-661-0510 Holding Space: Yoga Teacher Training March 4-6 As yoga teachers and therapists, we use touch to communicate with our clients and students, inviting them to feel into the present moment and all that it offers physically, emotionally and energetically. This 20-hour experiential course invites you to develop your existing skills for self-observation, partner dialogue and healthy touch. $350. Anatomy for Teachers: Yoga Teacher Training July 29-August 2 This course teaches how the human body’s anatomical structures creates the yoga practice on the mat. Participants will learn how our anatomy can enhance or limit our yoga practice. We will also explore how we can train our eye to see more accurately the anatomy of the person in front us. $550. Asanas for Meditative Postures: Yoga Teacher Training September 16-18 Deepening our own practice of asana and making our classes richer and more satisfying for our students requires us to be continuous students. This course will explore a variety of postures, sequences and themes. Benefits, potential stress points, modifications, variations, prop use, assisting, layers of meaning and energetics will be covered. $350. Chakras, Granthis and Nadis: Yoga Teacher Training November 4-6 Come and see what you find when you shine the light of Kriya, Asana, Pranayama, Bandha, and Mudra into your inner world and look closely through the eyes of meditation. Come and learn the practices of the ancient yogis, using Hatha Yoga rituals to remove the obstacles to inner experience. $350.

MONDAY, JANUARY 11 Reiki Level II Training – 1/11-1/13, 6-9pm. The Reiki Level II Attunement increases the amount of healing energy when treating the self and others, and focuses on emotional and mental healing. Continue your Reiki training by learning the Usui Reiki symbols and how to set up a distance crystal grid. Attunement from Valarie & Ian, certificate & manual. $250. Rainbows of Healing, 123 W Maple Ave, Langhorne. Valarie Haag, 267-840-8003. Val@ Beginner Yoga 101 Series – 1/11-2/3, 7:30-8:45pm. This 4-week beginner class will provide step-by-step instructions for postures, body alignment and breathing techniques that will enhance your well-being and improve your health. This class is perfect for the


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Food for Thought Book Club – 6:15-8pm. All are welcome to join Doylestown Food Co-op members for a discussion of Blood Bones and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef by Gabrielle Hamilton. This chef’s memoir is “delectable, dripping with flavor, tinged with adrenaline and years of too-little sleep.” We meet every second Tuesday of the month. Feel free to bring an optional snack to share. The Doylestown Book Shop offers a 20% discount on book selections for the club. Everyone is welcome. Doylestown Bookshop, 16 S Main St, Doylestown.  Stop Smoking with Hypnosis – 6:30-7:30pm. Through hypnosis, smoking cessation is easily achieved in a one hour session. Eliminate the craving for tobacco while minimizing discomfort. Yoga Teacher Info Session – 7-8pm. Open your heart. Share your passion. Learn to teach yoga. Anahata Yoga is currently accepting registrations for our 2016 Spring program. We are a Yoga Alliance approved 200 hour training. Training is the 2nd weekend of the month for nine months beginning March, 2016. Anahata Yoga and Wellness Center, 703 Harleysville Pike, Harleysville. Kathleen Tooley, 215-740-1354. Anahata Lose Weight with Hypnosis – 7:30-8:30pm. Through hypnosis, weight loss is easily and painlessly attained. Shed unwanted pounds and keep them off in a safe, effective program. Relaxation through Hypnosis – 8:30-9:30pm. Learn several easy to use techniques you can use daily to reduce stress in your life. $55. Guantlett Community Center, 20 Media Line Rd, Newtown Square, PA. Barry Wolfson. 908-303-7767. Barry@

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13 Stop Smoking with Hypnosis – 6:30-7:30pm. Through hypnosis, smoking cessation is easily achieved in a one hour session. Eliminate the craving for tobacco while minimizing discomfort. Lose Weight with Hypnosis – 7:30-8:30pm. Through hypnosis, weight loss is easily and painlessly attained. Shed unwanted pounds and keep them off in a safe, effective program. Relaxation through Hypnosis – 8:30-9:30pm. Learn several easy to use techniques you can use daily to reduce stress in your life. $50. Middlesex County College, 2600 Woodbridge Ave, Edison, NJ. Barry Wolfson. 908-303-7767. Barry@HypnosisNJ. com.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 14 School Tour – 9am. Visit us and experience Waldorf education, see the teachers and students engaged, view student work, ask questions and get answers. Call to register – adults only, please. River Valley Waldorf School, 1395 Bridgeton Hill Rd, Upper Black Eddy. 610-982-5606.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 15 Core Strengthening Workshop – 6-8pm. Learn the key poses for a kickin’ core and tighten up from the inside out in this all-level workshop with Suzie. $30. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 403 E Walnut St, 3rd floor, North Wales. Patty Ferry, 215-661-0510. WholeBodyYogaStudio. com/workshops. Root Chakra – Hematite Journey – 7:30-9pm. What better way to begin the new year, than to release and ground? Journey with a beautiful, huge, raw hematite stone, included in the registration. Guided journey full of beautiful and healing sounds all in the note of C, such as crystal singing bowls, native flutes, bells, and much more. $25. Yoga Love, 10 N Main St, Yardley. Valarie Haag, 267-840-8003. Val@

SATURDAY, JANUARY 16 Bamboo-Fusion – 1/16-1/17. 9am-6pm. BambooFusion is a spa treatment class for licensed massage therapists. It is an innovative way to provide a fullbody massage on the table with warm bamboo tools of different shapes and sizes. This is a two-day class. 16 CEUs. $299. Academy of Massage Therapy & Bodyworks, 141 E High St, Pottstown. LearnMassage@ 610-705-4401. Stop Smoking with Hypnosis – 10-11am. Through hypnosis, smoking cessation is easily achieved in a one hour session. Eliminate the craving for tobacco while minimizing discomfort. Lose Weight with Hypnosis – 11am-12noon. Through hypnosis, weight loss is easily and painlessly attained. Shed unwanted pounds and keep them off in a safe, effective program. Relaxation through Hypnosis – 12-1pm. Learn several easy to use techniques you can use daily to reduce stress in your life. $59. Hypnosis counseling Center, 28 Mine St, Flemington, NJ. Barry Wolfson. 908-3037767.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 17 BucksCo Lyme Meeting – 4pm. Doug Fearn of the Lyme Disease Association of Southeastern PA will present “Two Standards of Care-Diagnosing and Treating Lyme Disease”. Lyme disease and other tick borne diseases are a serious local problem with an estimated 75,000 new cases in PA in 2014. Come and learn what tests doctors can order and about the controversy surrounding how to diagnose and treat Lyme disease. Free and open to the public. Middletown Municipal Bldg, 3 Municipal Way, Langhorne. 215-741-5902. Evelyn@ Integrated Energy Therapy Class – 10am-5pm. In this self-healing workshop, learn how to clear energy patterns and blockages in the human body, become attuned to a powerful angelic energy ray that activates your 12-strand Spiritual DNA, and heartlink to an energy that is a higher vibration. Fully illustrated training guide and certificate provided with each class. Registration required. $150. Soul Spirit Connection, 122 N York Rd, Rear, Hatboro. Dottie Gannotti, 215-657-5011. Dotgnot@gmail. com.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 21 Sports Concussions: Is it Really Cause for Concern? – 6-7pm. Whether from a sports injury, fall or accident where there was a head trauma involved,

Dr. Sherri Zaffrin will educate you on the five most common signs and symptoms of chronic and acute concussions, causes and effects, tips for healing, supplement protocols and how Braincore Neurofeedback can fit into the equation. Back To Health Chiropractic Center, 125 Horseshoe Ln, North Wales. Dr. Sherri Zaffrin, 215-412-8081.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 22 Forearm Fusion Class – 1/22-1/24. 9am-6pm. This class is designed for licensed massage therapists. During the three-day class, you will learn to effectively use your body by applying maximum pressure with minimal effort. You will be taught body-saving techniques to complete a full-body massage without the use of your hands or thumbs. 24 CEUs. $275. Academy of Massage Therapy & Bodyworks, 141 E High St, Pottstown. 610-705-4401.

savethedate Staying Healthy in the New Year with Essential Oils January 22 7-9pm Please join us to learn how to support your New Year’s resolutions with essential oils. We’ll be sharing ways to use essential oils to boost the immune system, increase energy levels, soothe body after workouts with all natural benefits of essential oils. Willow Wellness of Doylestown 148 E State St, Doylestown 646-289-1354

SATURDAY, JANUARY 23 Learn from the Herbalist – 10:30am-12:30pm. Sharon Moncrief, local herbalist and proprietor of Greenbrier Herbalist, shares the beauty and wonder of plants and flowers through her traditional herbal tinctures, teas and flower essences, many created from locally grown organic flowers and herbs. She will be in the Market to explain them and answer your herbal questions. As a Featured Producer of the Month, all Greenbrier Herbal products are 20% off in January. Free. Doylestown Food Market, 29 W State St, Doylestown.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 24 Deepen Your Yoga Practice – 1-2pm. Calling all yogis. In this free information session, you’ll learn about Anahata Yoga and Wellness Center’s newest yoga training series – a 6-month program offered the 3rd Sunday of the month beginning Feb 21, 2016. Go deeper into yoga philosophy, yoga postures, practices and yoga anatomy. Anahata Yoga and Wellness Center, 703 Harleysville Pike, Harleysville. Kathleen Tooley, 215-740-1354. Medicine Bag Workshop – 1-4pm. Craft your own beautiful leather medicine bag. Together we will develop the practice of prayerful art-making and create a medicine bag for your walk in life. Includes all supplies and many ingredients for your medicine bag – many unique and fun items. Pre-registration required by January 15. $40. Churchville Nature Center, 501 Churchville Ln, Southampton. Valarie

Haag, 267-840-8003. Val@RainbowsOfHealing. com.



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.

Learn to Meditate January 25, February 1 & 8 (Mondays) 7:15-9:15pm Svaroopa® Vidya Meditation’s powerful techniques guaranteed to start you meditating in the first class and inspired to sit in meditation. At the end of the three week series you should have a complete understanding of how and why to meditate. Cost: $139 for 3-week class series 20% discount for 2-week advanced registration. Chalfont Yoga and Meditation Center 15 W Butler Ave, Chalfont Pooja (Erica) Andersen • 570-350-1281

savethedate Reflexology Practitioner Program Open House January 27 10:30am-12pm Interested in holistic health and well-being? Considering a career as a Reflexologist? Join us for the Reflexology Practitioner Program Open House. Learn program details, Q&A, meet the instructor & program graduates. The program is a NCBMTB CE approved 150-hour, interactive, hands-on class. Registration is required. The Room at Meadowbrook 4089 Durham Rd, Ottsville Tracy McGovern • 215-858-8195 “Join” at Facebook/EssentialConnections Event Page

SATURDAY, JANUARY 30 Philadelphia Pasta Comes to Doylestown – 10:30am-12:30pm. Superior Pasta Company, in the heart of Philadelphia’s Italian Market, has been serving up their pastas and sauces since 1948. Now they are also making and sharing with us a host of vegan dishes. As a Featured Producer of the Month, all Superior Pasta products are 20% off in January. Free. Doylestown Food Market, 29 W State St, Doylestown.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 31 Medicine Drum Making Workshop – 2:30-5:30pm. The drum is a part of native heritage from tribal cultures all over the world. Create your own frame drum and accompanying beater. Drum Journey to connect to the heartbeat of the drum, create drums and beaters and celebrate its birth with a special ceremony. Registration is required by January 23. $165. Soul Awakenings, 1700 Main St, Belmar. Valarie Haag, 267-840-8003.

January 2, 9:30am-5:30pm Healing Angels of the Energy Field Learn about the healing energy of the angels, and work with nine special angels of healing (Ariel, Raphael, Gabriel, Celestina, Faith, Cassiel, Daniel, Sarah and Michael). Discover the special healing gift and message each angel brings. Everyone from angel novice to expert can benefit. Even students who cannot feel, see, taste, smell or sense energy in any way often have powerful energetic awareness of “energy” and the Healing Angels in this class. 14-page workbook included. Facilitated by Karen Simpson, a Registered Nurse, Holistic Health Educator, IET Master-Instructor, Reiki Master, and Ordained Interfaith Minister. $111. New Britain. Friday, January 22, 5:30-10pm Saturday, January 23, 9:30am-5:30pm Integrated Energy Therapy Certification Classes – Basic and Intermediate Levels For lay people, holistic practitioners and massage therapists who want to advance their healing skills. For massage therapists, 16 National Massage Board CEUs are available for this training. The Basic Level class provides you with everything you need to do a powerful IET session on yourself or on another person, even at a distance. It is perfect if you want to use energy therapy to heal your life, begin an energy therapy practice, or as a complement to other holistic techniques such as massage, Reiki, and Therapeutic Touch. The IET Intermediate Level expands upon both the depth and the breadth of the Basic Level techniques through the Intermediate Attunement (which opens you to clear mental and karmic imprints) and through the special Integrated Energy Therapy pullout-release technique that lets you clear imprints from the human energy field. A 26-page workbook and Certificate are included for each level. Facilitated by Karen Simpson, a Registered Nurse, Holistic Health Educator, IET Master-Instructor, Reiki Master, and Ordained Interfaith Minister. $333. New Britain. Sacred Journeys and Retreats April 1-3, New Mexico Hot Springs Retreat. Author Dana Micucci will teach us about the ancient mysteries of the world’s wisdom traditions, as we learn how to activate our Light Bodies for higher dimensional living. April 21-24, Sedona, AZ, Retreat. Gene Ang, Ph.D., will teach us about the Diamond Body and the Symbol of Life. We will also hike and explore the magnificent and powerful vortices of Sedona. Quantum Spoon Bending class included. July 2-8, Swim with the Dolphins in Bimini, the Bahamas. Enjoy daily outings with the Atlantic spotted dolphins in the wild, with free time to explore this small, laid-back island.

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Winter Detox Retreat Vacations February 15-20

Reflexology Practitioner Program March-June Every Wednesday 9am-5pm and Saturday 5/21

Vinyasa Fusion Flow Teacher Training Program April 1-June 25 7:30-9:30pm

If you have a passion for helping others, feel a connection to the holistic mindset, hold an appreciation for the energies of the body and its ability to self-heal, then becoming a reflexology practitioner may be a great fit for you. Learn this gentle healing art and become a facilitator of wellness. 4-month, 150-hour professional program is NCBMTB CE approved. Easy payment plan available.

Dragon Spirit Yoga: Vinyasa Fusion Flow 200 Hr. Teacher Training Program. The Art of Meditative Postures & Mindful Movement with Instructor, Gabrielle de Burke (ERYT Yoga Alliance). This weekend format offers a unique approach to “Yang Posture Flow” (Vinyasa) & “Yin Poses” (Asana) inspired by Vedic & Taoist Yogic Arts.

Lose weight, lift depression, ease pain, get healthy. February 15-20, March 11-16. Join holistic counselor, past life therapist, nutritionist, author of Healthy is Delicious, Kathleen Downey, in Florida. All organic individualized meals and juicing, detox, yoga, biking, hiking, kayaking, massage, breath work for anxiety, the oldest meditation and more. Kathleen Downey - 858-401-3144

The Room at Meadowbrook, Ottsville 215-858-8195

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Dragon Spirit Yoga: Vinyasa Fusion Flow 50Hr. Immersion. The Art of Meditative Postures & Mindful Movement. Integrate a fusion of “Yang (Vinyasa) Posture Flow” progressions & “Yin (Asana) Posture” sequences, inspired by Vedic & Taoist Yogic Arts. Get certified as an Instructor or deepen your individual practice. Instructor: ERYT-Gabrielle de Burke. Become Yoga 2 N Lansdowne Ave, Lansdowne

Become Yoga 2 N Lansdowne Ave, Lansdowne Gabrielle de Burke 484-557-9605

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wealth and not pieces of gold and silver. ~Mahatma Gandhi

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Let our New Year’s resolution be this: we will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word. ~Goran Persson

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sunday Reiki Share and Community Drum Circle – 3rd Sunday, 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 4:30-6pm, join the community drum circle. The Peace Center, 102 W Maple Ave, Langhorne. 267-840-8003. Rainbows

tuesday Ashtanga Yoga Flow – 5:30-6:45am. See website for details. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 213 Main St, North Wales. 215-661-0510. WholeBodyYoga Slow Flow – 10-11:15am. See website for details. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 403 E Walnut St, North Wales. 215-661-0510. Therapeutic Yoga Flow – 5:30-6:45pm. See website for details. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 213 Main St, North Wales. 215-661-0510. WholeBody Heated Vinyasa – 6-7:15pm. See website for details. Whole Body Yoga Studio, North Wales. 215661-0510. Yin/Yang Yoga – 7:30-8:45pm. See website for details. Whole Body Yoga Studio, North Wales. 215-661-0510.

wednesday Release-Unravel-Renew – 10:30am-12pm. Chalfont Yoga and Meditation Center, 15 W Butler Ave, Chalfont. 610- 597-2015. ChalfontYogaAnd Yoga Light – 12-1pm. Chalfont Yoga and Meditation Center, 15 W Butler Ave, Chalfont. 610-5972015. Chair Yoga – 1:30-2:30pm. Chalfont Yoga and Meditation Center, 15 W Butler Ave, Chalfont. 610597-2015. Community Acupuncture – 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. Bridge

Community Meditation – 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. Mental Health Support Group – 6:30-7:30pm. Join 4 The M.I.N.D.S. for its weekly peer-to-peer support group. We welcome family, friends and individuals who suffer from mental illness. Aldie Medical Arts Building, 11 Welden Dr, Doylestown.

friday Release-Unravel-Renew – 8-9:30pm. Chalfont Yoga and Meditation Center, 15 W Butler Ave, Chalfont. 610-597-2015. ChalfontYogaAnd Medi


Healing Through Consciousness Series – 6:309:30pm, every other Wednesday, 1/20-5/25. With Susan Watson. Learning tools to increase your energy and keep your vibration in a higher place. Call 610742-2789 to register. International School of Shiatsu, 10 S Clinton St, Ste 300, Doylestown.

Higher Brain Living Chat – 9-10am, 3rd Saturday. What isn’t working in your life? Learn about Higher Brain Living, enjoy a cup of coffee with reishi mushrooms. Higher Brain Living can change your brain and life. Inspiration to Wholeness, 53 Darby Rd, Ste F, Paoli. 484-302-1502.

Guided Meditation – 7-8pm. Come one, come all to destress your body and mind, feed your soul what it’s really looking for, learn how to live more in balance, enjoying your life. You deserve it. Experienced and inexperienced welcome. 122 N York Rd, Ste 6 (rear), Hatboro. 215-858-4448. Dotgnot@gmail. com.

Release-Unravel-Renew – 9:30-11am. Chalfont Yoga and Meditation Center, 15 W Butler Ave, Chalfont. 610-597-2015. ChalfontYogaAndMedi

Ancient Wisdom Traditions – 7-9pm. Exploring ancient wisdom traditions through the study of comparative religion, philosophy and science. Presented by the Theosophical Society in America, the Abraxas Lodge. Southampton Friends Meeting House, Street & Gravel Hill Rds, Southampton. 215-512-2900. -society-abraxas-lodge. Release-Unravel-Renew – 7:15-8:45pm. Chalfont Yoga and Meditation Center, 15 W Butler Ave, Chalfont. 610-597-2015. ChalfontYoga Meditative Flow Yoga – 7:30-8:45pm. This class offers traditional and modified poses which are held for longer than a few breaths in order to facilitate entering a meditative state and a meditative practice. The class occurs mostly on the floor with the use of props for support. The class will include an hour of traditional practice; poses, and pranayama (breathing) with a 15-minute meditative option at the end or choose a rest pose. 45 Berkeley Rd #204, Devon. 267- 226-7767.

thursday Release-Unravel-Renew – 10:30am-12pm. Chalfont Yoga and Meditation Center, 15 W Butler Ave, Chalfont. 610-597-2015. ChalfontYogaAnd

Theosophical Principles – 10:30am-12pm. Reading and discussion of sections of Ocean of Theosophy by W. Q. Judge. Presented by Tommy Kehoe. Joint effort of the United Lodge of Theosophy of Philadelphia and the Theosophical Society in America, the Abraxas Lodge. Southampton Friends Meeting House, Street & Gravel Hill Rds, Southampton. 215-512-2900. theosophical-society-abraxas-lodge.

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Revitalize Yourself – 7:30-8:45pm. Chalfont Yoga and Meditation Center, 15 W Butler Ave, Chalfont. 610597-2015.

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Grace Rollins, M.S., L.Ac., N.T.P. Paolo Propato, L.A.c. 30 Garden Alley, Doylestown 215-348-8058 Schedule a complimentary consultation to learn more about acupuncture and our warm, joyful wellness center. 10% off your first treatment for NABuxMont readers. Acupuncture and East Asian Medicine can safely and effectively relieve chronic pain, stress and anxiety, restore sleep, boost energy, promote healthy digestion, balance the immune system and regulate hormones. Meditation classes, qigong, nutritional counseling, massage therapy, pediatric acupressure and more. Google our many positive reviews and testimonials. Easy online scheduling available. See ad on page 9.

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

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

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COUNSELING S.A.F.E. COUNSELING PROGRAM Works with The Peace Center Langhorne 215-750-0323

Emotional management and emotional healing for men/ women in a safe, supportive and confidential environment. Struggling with painful memories and feelings? Experiencing selfdoubt? Self-medicating? Wondering if your relationship is abusive? Noticing signs of being abusive or violent? Wounded by an adverse childhood experience? Supportive Alliance for Family Empowerment, helping since 1982.

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


Retain your choices with true mediation services. Unique, proven model, fully supporting clients through every stage of divorce and recovery. 20 years experience and 95% satisfaction rating. See ad on page 3.


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.

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

Our mission is simple: to make sustainable living and working accessible and affordable. We want to make healthy, responsible and beautiful building practices available to everyone. We pride ourselves on representing the finest manufacturers of sustainable building supplies. Visit us at our one-stop-shop and we will work with you to help you “go green” for any of your rooms. See ad on page 31.


1075 Main St, Hellertown Mon-Fri, 9:30am-5pm; Sat, 9:30am-3pm 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 28.

GREEN TRAVEL BOWMAN’S HILL WILDFLOWER PRESERVE 1635 River Rd, New Hope 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.

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480 N Gulph Rd, Ste 100, King of Prussia 717-818-5254 Jacqui.Company As an Intuitive and Futurist, Jacqueline Cassel serves as a coach and confidant to those who know more is possible in their own lives, for their organizations and in their communities. Uniquely collaborating with each client, Jacqui delivers a more complete vision of possibilities and potential obstacles as she intuitively “sees” energetic influences beyond the five senses. See ad on page 6.


Barbara Meza, LMT, HHP 33 S Delaware Ave, Ste 201, Yardley 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. See ad on page 11.


215-736-3803 Let the masterpiece that is you e m e rg e . P r o v i d i n g n e u r o emotional technique, lifestyle and wellness coaching, creative chiropractic care, energy healing, mind/body healing education and workshops. See ad on page 3.

Dr. Beth Skovron 595 Bethlehem Pike, Montgomeryville 215-822-3860 Enjoy an anxiety-free dental experience. You no longer have to be nervous about going to the dentist. From the moment you open the doors, our friendly and courteous team will make you feel comfortable in our relaxing spa atmosphere. Choose from a wide range of holistic services. See ad with special offers 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 17.

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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 •


Hyo J. Lim DMD 216 Mall Blvd, Ste 11, King of Prussia 610-265-4485 Dr. Hyo Lim provides a holistic approach to exceptional dentistry, in a warm and caring environment. At Dental Wellness Centre, mercury- and 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 34.

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, confidencebuilding, phobias, insomnia, test taking, sports improvement and public speaking. The state of New Jersey and many Fortune 500 corporations employ our programs. See ad on page 7.

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Lynn Feinman, Doctor of Naturopathy 53 Darby Rd. Ste C, Paoli 610-608-1430


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

NATURE CENTER 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.

NATUROPATHY LICENSED NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR Julie Lachman, ND LLC 196 W Ashland St, Ste 112, Doylestown 267-895-1733

Julie Lachman, ND, is a graduate of the prestigious Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and is a member of the International Lyme and Associated Disease Society. She sees adults and children of all ages. Naturopathic doctors are specialists in complex cases, like autoimmune diseases. She has additional training in women’s health, pediatrics, Lyme disease and recently became certified as a CEASE (Complete Elimination of Autistic Spectrum Expression) practitioner.

A holistic and natural approach to women’s health issues, hormonal balance, digestive health, natural immunity, anxiety/depression and many other health conditions. Dr. Lynn Feinman also developed “The Nutritional Cleanse” and the “Mindful Eating” customized coaching programs for succeeding at personal health goals. Call for a free phone consultation. See ad on page 28.

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

Dr. Allender’s office is a tropical garden with fountains, music, plants and Animal Assisted Therapy. She offers alternatives to traditional therapy and medication through diet, exercise, meditation and lifestyle changes for adults, couples, children, families and businesses. A happy home and office. See ad on page 6.

NATURAL HEALTH PROMOTION, LLC Tina Stashko, N.D., Ph.D., MIfHI Emmaus 610-965-8132


Specializing in preventative healthcare, digestion and nutrient absorption, and thyroid and adrenal health. Modalities such as i r i d o l o g y, s c l e r o l o g y a n d biochemical balancing enable the development of your unique program for optimum health. These programs are easy to follow and incorporate into your daily life. Reach your full health potential. See ad on page 27.

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Expertly p l a c i n g interested clients with one of our 15 seasoned and varied therapists throughout the city and surrounding areas to find the best fit for you. See ad on page 2.

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

Dr. Jeffrey Griffin is a chiropractor with 31 years of practice experience in chiropractic care that is blended together with enzyme nutrition. This combination of treatment modalities allows Griffin to successfully treat a wide variety of health complaints, ranging from neck and back pain to headaches, digestive maladies and fibromyalgia. Call him today for a complimentary phone consultation or visit his website. See ad on page 2.


4 Terry Dr, Ste 12 Atrium Bldg, Newtown 215-968-9000 • A fully organic, holistic, ecofriendly wellness spa featuring an array of detoxification, cleansing and therapeutic services. The spa is one of the only facilities in the area to offer colon hydrotherapy. See ad on page 3.

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

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