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A Model Experience Recently, I spent a few days in Sweden. What an amazing trip. The views were stunning and the city of Stockholm majestic, but it was the people and the human interactions that knocked me over. Not only the experience there, but how the effects of spending a short amount of time with a small group of exceptionally nice people have impacted me. On returning to the States I found I’d brought home more than souvenirs—I returned with a place in my being that I’d been far from for a long time. More laid back, more relaxed and back to being in the moment. There was no effort to accomplish this on my part; I just found myself there. As I relaxed into my being, I asked myself, “How did I get away from living life as it should be? Present, in the moment, letting go of fear, worry, distractions.” The answers I found were not a surprise. But before I share them, let me relate an illuminating moment from my trip. One of my hosts was a woman named Annika. After two days spent traveling throughout the area, she put her arm around my shoulder and whispered, “Joe, can you do me a favor?” Not knowing what to expect, I replied, “Absolutely.” Very gently she made this request: “Would you please stop thanking us for being so nice? This is who we are.” She looked just a tiny bit embarrassed that she had to tell me this. When I reflected on it I had to smile at my need to acknowledge people for being kind and nice. Isn’t that how we all should be? Yet, everyone I met was completely at ease with being real and just being nice. It was so refreshing. Apparently, it has rubbed off on me in a positive way. The experience reminded me of parenting (a theme in our upcoming August issue), and how powerful the model we place before our children can be. That model is the true teacher. My Swedish experience enabled me to see the model again and reminded me of how I want to think, act and be, in order to be content, at peace, laid back and of service to others. So, what answers did not surprise me? That this is all about practice, acceptance and incorporating who you want to be into day-to-day life. In other words—the basics. Be kind. Act nice. Think of others. Don’t judge. Relax. Remember life is not an emergency. Smile. See the good. Stop controlling. Stop trying to fix what is not yours. Stay calm. Respect everyone. Enjoy the moments you have as they are presented. Don’t take anything personally. Spread the word of peace and always come from love. Remember to be the model of good so others can follow.

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200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in North Wales


hole Body Yoga Studio presents yoga instructor Vladamir Tcharov, from Pranakriya School of Healing Arts, who will lead a 200hour yoga teacher training. The training will be offered through nine intensive weekend sessions, taking place September 7 to 9, October 12 to 14, November 2 to 4, December 7 to 9, January 11 to 13, February 8 to 10, March 1 to 3, April 5 to 7 and May 3 to 5. Students will learn the essentials for teaching yoga, including warm ups, basic postures, modifications and variations, benefits and contraindications, basic anatomy and physiology of yoga, breathing techniques, relaxation, meditation and yogic philosophy. Students will also have the opportunity to engage in supervised practice teaching. Tcharov has completed his 500-hour certification. His teaching style emphasizes a slower-paced practice with a focus on internal breath, sensations and emotions, and a deep understanding of yoga philosophy. Whole Body Yoga Studio offers a variety of courses for all ability levels and practice styles, from prenatal yoga to challenging vinyasa classes. Studio owner Patty Ferry says, “We offer the North Wales and greater community an easy way to take care of their body, mind and spirit. Through this training, we hope to inspire each aspiring instructor’s innate style and continue to grow our local yoga community.” Cost: $3,200 plus $150 materials. Nonrefundable $50 deposit. Location: 103 E. Walnut St., North Wales. For more information, call Patty Ferry at 215-872-8373, email Patty@Whole or visit See ad, page 27.

New Support Available for Mamas and Mamas-to-Be


vergreen Counseling invites new and expectant mothers to its new, therapeutic support group, Babies Don’t Come With Manuals. The group will meet from 11 a.m. to noon beginning July 21, and will continue every other Saturday at its Warminster office. Within the group, expectant mothers and mothers with babies aged up to 24 months can talk freely and candidly about the misconceptions, stressors, worries and joys of motherhood. With support from trained therapists and members of the group, participants can learn tools to navigate, adjust and cope with being a mom while exploring topics such as breastfeeding stigmas, changing bodies, sleep deprivation, mindful parenting, childcare and career options, identity and role changes, sadness and anxiety, and more. Participants may choose to attend one or all sessions, and while babies are welcome, they are not required. Refreshments and light snacks will be provided. Licensed Professional Counselor and owner Alexis Lee offers, “If you love your baby but feel overwhelmed and exhausted, or if you are pregnant and excited but nervous of the unknown, you are not alone. Babies Don’t Come With Manuals is an opportunity to have a safe place to talk realistically and honestly about motherhood in a non-judgmental and supportive environment.” Evergreen Counseling provides outpatient mental health counseling to children, teenagers, adults, couples, families and groups experiencing a wide range of emotional, behavioral and/or situational difficulties. Cost: $45. Location: 5 Evergreen Ave., Warminster. To register, call 215-323-4244. For more information, visit See listing, page 47. 6

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Autism- and SensoryFriendly Music Festival Launches in Jermyn


nclusion Festival, an autism- and sensoryfriendly music and wellness festival, will be held July 28 and 29 at Mountain Sky Festival Grounds, in Jermyn, Pennsylvania, just north of Scranton. Inclusion Festival celebrates neurodiversity, promotes understanding and acceptance, and provides educational opportunities within a safe, nurturing environment. Individuals with special needs, and those who wish to support them, are invited to participate and attend recreational and educational workshops, connect with nature, experience live music, participate in mindfulness practices and build a supportive community network and lifestyle that extends far beyond the festival grounds. Amy Pinder, speech language pathologist, and Leah Hegstrom Barron, special education and yoga teacher, are Inclusion Festival’s founders and directors. Together, they have assembled a team of educators, event planners, musicians and therapists dedicated to improving the quality of life and raising awareness of individuals with special needs, such as autism, through inclusive, immersive experiences. ASL interpreters will also be available. The 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Accessible Festivals, which specializes in ensuring that music festivals are accessible to anyone, regardless of their ability, will be partnering with Inclusion Festival. Accessible Festivals’ clients include LiveNation, Wanderlust and more. Cost: Day pass and weekend pass tickets available. Kids 12 and under, free. Location: 63 Stillmeadow Ln., Jermyn. For more information, visit

Multiple Yoga Teacher Trainings Available at Anahata


n keeping with its mission to establish itself as a premiere yoga teacher training studio, Anahata Yoga & Wellness Center is expanding its offerings. In addition to its foundational 200-hour teacher training and prenatal teacher training, it is now offering a 300-hour program. The 300-hour training is open to graduates of any 200-hour program and is offered in five modules designed to deepen a teacher’s skills in the areas of anatomy, chakra yoga, ayurveda, meditation and the art of teaching. The 200-hour training curriculum includes teaching methodology, anatomy and physiology, yoga philosophy and ethics, and practicum, as well as several studio-selected electives. Graduates are teaching in studios, schools, other wellness centers, recovery centers, community and corporate environments. Prenatal yoga celebrates the mom and baby connection and the beauty and power of a woman’s changing body. Prenatal Teacher Training is hosted by Anahata and led by ChildLight Yoga, which has been offering trainings on the East Coast for more than 10 years. The 200-hour and prenatal programs begin in September. The 300-hour is a rolling admission program. Class sizes are limited to 10 students. Anahata owner and 500-hour Kripalu yoga teacher Kathleen Tooley offers, “Our students often tell us that choosing our teacher training is one of the best decisions they ever made. If you are looking for a heart-centered studio, take a few minutes to reach out to us. We welcome you.”




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Those spending time in their traditional home swimming pool this summer or taking the plunge to install a natural pool have healthy and cost-saving options. Saltwater pools are far better for skin, hair and lungs. Their use of sodium chloride reduces possible side effects from longterm exposure to the chlorine in traditional pools. Natural swimming pools may employ alternative materials instead of concrete or fiberglass, plus aquatic plants, rather than harmful chemicals and completely mechanical filtering systems. They require no chemicals to maintain because they are self-cleaning, mini-ecosystems. According to Mother Earth News, the plants enrich the pool with oxygen, support beneficial bacteria that consume debris and potentially harmful organisms, and provide habitat for fish, frogs, dragonflies and other waterborne life. Some owners separate plants from main swimming areas; others integrate them, creating a pond-like aesthetic. Ecohome, a Canadian sustainable housing resources firm in Quebec, attests, “No further landscaping is required, as with a traditional pool, which can make the total finished cost of natural pools even more competitive. Moving water and the natural predators of mosquito larvae that will inhabit chlorine-free water will make natural swimming pools practically mosquito-free.” Whole Water Systems LLC, in Idaho, concurs that natural pools deploy “systems that have lower maintenance costs than conventional pools.” For a traditional pool, an oxidation system using a generator powered either by traditional electricity or ultraviolet light-capturing solar panels is a chemical-free way to keep water sanitized, reports For greater sustainability and cost savings for traditional pools, the UK’s Poolcare Leisure Limited suggests monitoring for leaks; using a cover overnight and during extended periods of inactivity to reduce water loss due to evaporation; and utilizing recycled glass in the waterfiltering system to save 30 percent in energy costs. According to the Sierra Club, covers also prevent pools from becoming a death trap for pets and wildlife and keep pool water cleaner to reduce pumping needs.


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As Earth’s climate becomes warmer, sleepless nights will increase for many, predicts a study from the University of California, San Diego. The research links sleep data on 765,000 Americans collected by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with climate models that predict warming trends. Rising temperatures could cause six additional nights of poor sleep per 100 people by 2050 and 14 by 2099. Seniors, which have difficulty regulating body temperature, and low-income people without air conditioning, are likely to be the most affected.

Exercise Benefits Cancer Survivors Moderate-to-vigorous physical activity increases cognitive function and reduces fatigue in breast cancer survivors, concludes a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne study. The 299 participants that had undergone chemotherapy an average of eight years earlier wore an accelerometer for a week to measure their average daily minutes of exercise and completed a set of questionnaires and neuropsychological tests. The findings suggest that those regularly performing this level of exercise benefit through improved attention, memory and multitasking abilities. Also, in a recent Portuguese study of 15 women being treated for advanced breast cancer, eight women performed two, one-hour sessions a week of aerobic, strength-training and arm exercises. After 12 weeks, they experienced significantly less fatigue and pain, improved cardiovascular fitness, better emotional well-being and a greater ability to perform daily tasks, compared to the control group. 10

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Eating Apples and Tomatoes Repairs Lungs Eating lots of fresh tomatoes and fruit, especially apples, helps heal damaged lungs of ex-smokers, reports Johns Hopkins University research published in the European Respiratory Journal. The study, which followed more than 650 people between 2002 and 2012, also found that those that ate more than two tomatoes or more than three portions of fresh fruit daily experienced markedly less of the natural decline of lung function that typically occurs after age 30.


The danger of pesticide exposure for expectant mothers has been confirmed by a study of half a million people in the San Joaquin Valley of California, a heavypesticide region in which more than one-third of U.S. vegetables and two-thirds of our fruits and nuts are grown. Studying birth records, researchers from the University of California, Santa Barbara, found that the top 5 percent of women with the highest exposure had negative effects for all birth outcomes, including low birth weight, gestational length, preterm birth and birth abnormalities.


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Steam Baths Ease Allergies Researchers from Thailand had 64 people suffering from hay fever (allergic rhinitis) experience halfhour steam baths three times a week for four weeks. Half received baths without herbs; the other half’s baths were enhanced with herbs such as lemongrass and ginger. The two treatments equally lowered symptoms such as sneezing, nasal itching and nasal congestion, but those taking the herbal baths reported greater satisfaction with their treatment.


Bee Venom Is Powerful Lyme Disease Remedy Bee venom and its toxic component, melittin, can reduce the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi that causes Lyme disease more effectively than standard therapy using antibiotics such as doxycycline, cefoperazone and daptomycin. The laboratory findings come from the Lyme Disease Research Group at the University of New Haven, in Connecticut.


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Walking Speed May Predict Dementia A recent study published in Neurology suggests there is a link between walking speed and the onset of dementia in older adults. Using a stopwatch, tape and an 18-foot-long hallway to measure the walking speed of 175 adults aged 70 to 79, University of Pittsburgh researchers found that in the course of 14 years, those that slowed down by 0.1 second or more per year were 47 percent more likely to develop cognitive decline. The slowing walkers also experienced shrinkage in the right hippocampus, associated with complex learning and memory. The results held true even after realizing that a slowing gait could be due to muscle weakness, knee pain or another disease. Similarly, a study published in Neurology of 93 adults 70 and older found that slow walkers were nine times more likely to develop non-memory-related mild cognitive decline than moderate-to-fast walkers. Walking speed was monitored using infrared sensors in their homes over a three-year period; participants regularly took memory and thinking tests.

Only One in 10 U.S. Adults Eats Healthy Just 9 percent of U.S. adults eat enough vegetables and only 12 percent eat enough fruit every day, concludes a recent study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National guidelines for adults recommend at least one-and-a-half to two cups per day of fruit and two to three cups of vegetables. Consumption is lowest among men, young adults and adults living in poverty.

Air Pollution Affects Teen Menstruation Polluted air raises the chances of irregular menstrual cycles among teenage girls, a new Boston University School of Medicine study reports. Studying the records of 34,832 women and linking that information with levels of pollutants when the women were 14 to 18 years old, researchers concluded that teenage girls in polluted areas have a slightly greater likelihood of menstrual irregularity and take longer to achieve regularity in high school and early adulthood. It may also put them at long-term risk of other hormone-related problems, researchers warned.

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According to data from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, three of the world’s largest meat producers, JBS, Cargill and Tyson, emitted more greenhouse gas last year than all of France and nearly as much as the biggest oil companies, such as Exxon, British Petroleum and Shell. Carbon dioxide emissions from raising farmed animals make up about 15 percent of global human-induced emissions, with the biggest offenders being beef and milk production. The nonprofit environmental organization EcoWatch claims that a pound of beef requires 13 percent more fossil fuel and 15 times more water to produce than a pound of soy. It notes, “There is no such thing as sustainable meat, and plant-based alternatives to meat, dairy and eggs take a mere fraction of the resources to produce as their animal-based counterparts.” A vegan diet is not just good for the planet, either; it also spares animals misery at factory farms. “Pigs, cows, chickens and other farmed animals suffer horribly. These innocent animals face unthinkable horrors: cruel caged confinement, brutal mutilations and bloody, merciless deaths,” says Joe Loria, communications and content manager at the humanitarian group Mercy for Animals.

In Vitro Corals

Scientists Help Repropagate Vanishing Reefs

Warming seawater and increasing ocean acidity are damaging reef ecosystems around the world, and some scientists and environmentalists fear a worldwide collapse by 2050. Coral reefs are colonies of millions of tiny animals. In a single night, the corals join in casting a fog of sperm and eggs into the water to either fertilize and make baby coral larvae or settle back onto the reef, fostering growth. Dirk Petersen, Ph.D., founder and executive director of Sexual Coral Reproduction, in Hilliard, Ohio, gathers sperm and eggs from corals, fertilizes them in a lab and returns the baby corals to the wild. “A bunch of us coral reef managers were just so sick of just watching things die,” says Laurie Raymundo, a biologist at the University of Guam. This kind of in vitro fertilization provides at least a glimmer of hope for the future.


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In a win for the health of the world’s oceans, McDonald’s says it will end the use of harmful polystyrene foam packaging globally by year’s end. Rarely recycled, the material used in beverage cups and takeout containers is a frequent component of beach litter, degrading into indigestible pellets that marine animals mistake for food, resulting in injury or death. The company says, “The environmental impact of our packaging is a top priority.” The International Agency for Research on Cancer has determined that styrene, used in the production of polystyrene, is also a possible human carcinogen. Dunkin’ Donuts is also phasing out its polystyrene foam cups in favor of paper cups. A planned worldwide project completion by 2020 will prevent nearly 1 billion foam cups from entering the waste stream each year. Customers may still opt for the restaurant’s mugs or bring their own thermos. The foam cups will be replaced with doublewalled paper cups made with paperboard certified to Sustainable Forestry Initiative standards.


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Algae Alchemy

Dutch Turn Seaweed into 3-D Household Items

Dutch designers Eric Klarenbeek and Maartje Dros have been cultivating live algae and processing it into material that can be used for 3-D printing. This algae polymer can be turned into everyday items from shampoo bottles to bowls and trash bins. They hope it could replace petroleum-based plastics to help alleviate our unsustainable consumption of fossil fuels. They have also experimented with other biopolymers such as mycelium (fungi), potato starch and cocoa bean shells. The pair now operate a research and algae production lab at the Luma Foundation, in Arles, France. They point out that their creations do more than just replace plastic—algae can also suck up carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas driver of global climate change. They explain, “The algae grow by absorbing the carbon and producing a starch that can be used as a raw material for bioplastics or binding agents. The waste product is oxygen—clean air.”

Pooch Patrol

Smart Vest Could Increase Neighborhood Safety

Thailand is the home of a new “smart vest” that could turn stray dogs into personal guardians. Equipped with a hidden video camera, vest sensors transmit live streaming videos when the dog barks, showing what it sees via a smartphone app. Pakornkrit Khantaprap, on the creative team at Samsung, says, “It’ll make people feel that stray dogs can become night-watches for communities.” More tests are needed before the vest can be introduced into additional communities for trial runs.

Man-Made Meat

Laboratory Food to Hit Pet Food Market

As we race toward a future full of high-tech, lab-grown meats in place of the environmentally unsound animal protein industry, a new startup wants to extend this offering to our furry friends, too. Aiming to make the most sustainable, transparent and organic product possible, Rich Kelleman, owner of Bond Pet Foods, started growing it in a petri dish from animal cells, free of the environmental and ethical dilemmas caused by traditional animal farming. Lab-grown meat slashes land use by 99 percent, produces 90 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions and may be a more economically viable way to feed the growing global population. “Pet food has always been quick to follow human food trends,” says pet food industry consultant Ryan Yamka, who is working with the startup. “If you walked down the aisles this year at the trade shows, you already saw people talking about humanely raised and sustainable pet food.”

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Conservation Project Protects Part of Amazon The Amazon Region Protected Areas Program (ARPA), a joint venture between the World Wildlife Fund and the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment, has reached the goal of protecting a network of conservation units comprising more than 231,000 square miles in the Amazon River basin, or about 15 percent of the biome’s territory in Brazil. The program is now present in 117 conservation units—including in national and state parks, ecological stations, and biological and sustainable development reserves in the states of Amapá, Amazonas, Maranhão, Mato Grosso, Pará, Rondônia, Roraima and Tocantins—that are home to more than 8,800 species. ARPA works with local communities to create, expand, strengthen and maintain these units by ensuring resources and promoting sustainable development in the regions. They benefit from goods, projects and service contracts, such as the establishment of councils, management plans, land surveys and inspection, reaching 30 protected areas so far. ARPA is the largest strategy in place on the planet for conservation and sustainable use of tropical forests.

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UFOs It’s Official O

U.S. government had quietly studied UFOs for five years, 2007-2012, at a cost of $22 million, but dropped the program because of a lack of benefits for the money spent.

A Quiet Operation

by Jennifer Stein

n December 16, 2017, the Department of Defense (DOD) broke its long-held silence on the UFO issue and released three videos of separate incidents in which Navy jets chased UFOs off the East and West coasts of the United States. The chases of the unidentified flying objects are seen from inside the cockpits of Navy F/A-18F Super Hornets, cameras locked on the wingless objects while pilots discuss what they’re seeing. Two of the short videos were recorded in 2004 from USS Nimitz jets flying off the West Coast of the United States, while the third video was recorded in 2015 off the East Coast. “The government’s recent disclosure is red-hot, fresh-off-the-presses information that once and for all verifies what many people have long-suspected: UFOs are in our skies!” exclaims New York UFO expert Joseph Flammer, an author of books about the unidentified flying object phenomenon and noted field investigator for the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON). Flammer continues, “From these videos, which come complete with pilot discussions and indisputable chain of

custody trackability, we now have official confirmation that unidentified aerial phenomena are regularly tracked in our skies by the military.” In April, all three videos were presented at a gathering of Main Line MUFON UFO enthusiasts in Strafford, Pennsylvania. Each of the videos is clear and shows oblong objects “locked-on” by Raytheon AN/ASQ-228 Advanced Targeting Forward-Looking Infrared cameras, the most advanced technology available to the Navy. “These objects have no familiar signatures, such as sound or heat or smoke trails, and no familiar flight surfaces, like wings, fins or tails. They are not shaped like airplanes and do not move like them either,” observes Flammer. “They are shaped like Tic Tacs and can move at hypersonic speeds of Mach 5 or better. That’s 4,000 miles per hour. So, what are they?” This historic disclosure of F/A-18s pursuing unidentified flying objects—a real phenomenon bearing no conventional likenesses to known aircraft and eluding the fighter jets—coincided with the release of a New York Times article announcing the

While the government has openly studied UFOs in the past, in recent years such studies were thought to be top secret, and the Pentagon denied their existence completely. Ironically, the 2007-2012 program was not “top secret” but quietly operated out of the Pentagon under a project titled Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program. The program was headed by Luis Elizondo, who continued to study UFOs even after the program ended. Although official funding had stopped, the need for study was clear since reports of chases and sightings continued to land on his desk while he worked at a different position within the DOD. Last year, he resigned from the agency, citing lack of support for UFO study as one reason for his departure.

Experts Speak in New Jersey While Elizondo is clearly at the center of the recent whirlwind of breaking news about the government’s disclosure of UFOs, a host of respected speakers will join him in presenting at the upcoming 2018 MUFON Symposium in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. In The Demon Haunted World, Carl Sagan notes, “I am often asked, ‘Do you believe in UFOs?’ I’m always struck by how the question is phrased, the suggestion that this is a matter of belief and not evidence. I’m almost never asked, ‘How good is the evidence that UFOs are alien spaceships?’” “That’s what we at MUFON do,” explains researcher Cheryl Costa. “We gather and review evidence from around the world searching for the most credible.” The 2018 MUFON Symposium will be held at the Crowne Plaza, 2349 W. Marlton Pk., in Cherry Hill, NJ, on July 27-29. The annual, ticketed event features speakers, lectures, panel discussions, film screenings and classes, as well as a special day of free events. For complete details, visit Mufon See ad, page 2.


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hen we think of scientists as men and women in lab coats peering into microscopes, what’s missing is farmers. Our society doesn’t tend to equate the two, yet farmers are active field scientists. How they choose to grow and produce food greatly impacts our shared environment of soil, water and air quality, as well as the nutritional content of food, and therefore, public health. The best field- and lab-based scientists share key traits: they’re curious, keen observers and systems thinkers that learn by trial and error. Both formulate and test hypotheses, collect data, take measurements, assess results and draw conclusions.

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Diana Dyer, a registered dietitian and organic garlic farmer outside of Ann Arbor, Michigan, explains, “I like to help people see the similarities between the scientific process and good, careful farming—all aspects of which revolve around observations, goals, planning, implementation, intervention and analysis of 16

results—then careful re-planning based on those results.” Dyer and her husband, Dick, started farming after long careers in traditional health care, where the focus was on treating people after they got sick. Through their farm work, they wanted to focus on prevention. “Growing healthy food in healthy soil, our goal was to create and nourish a healthy community from the ground up. Communicating the multiple benefits of healthy soils and ecosystems has been at the core of our vision and responsibility from day one,” she says. The Dyers believe that flavor is key to eating and enjoying truly nourishing foods, and based on their professional health backgrounds and farming experience, they connect healthy soil with higherquality, better-tasting food. In Havre, Montana, Doug Crabtree, and his wife, Anna, manage Vilicus Farms, featured in the book Lentil Underground: Renegade Farmers and the Future of Food in America, by Liz Carlisle. The Crabtrees

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grow organic heirloom and specialty grains, pulses and oilseed crops such as emmer, kamut, black beluga lentils and flax. Asked if he considers himself a scientist, Crabtree first defines the term as “a person who is studying or has expert knowledge of one or more of the natural or physical sciences.” Then he replies, “Given this definition, how could any farmer not be a scientist? An organic farmer is a lifelong student of nature, seeking to emulate her wisdom and processes as we refine our production systems. Organic production isn’t just growing food without toxic chemical inputs, it’s a system that requires conscientiously improving soil, water and associated resources while producing safe and healthy food for America’s growing population of informed consumers.”

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new Vegetable Systems Trial, a long-term, side-by-side comparison of both biologically organic and chemically based conventional vegetable production. An organic farmer with a Ph.D. in molecular ecology from Drexel University, in Philadelphia, Smith studies how soil quality and crop-growing conditions influence the nutrient density and health-protecting properties of specific vegetables. “Over the past 70 years, there’s been a decline in the nutritional value of our foods,” reports Smith. “During this time, industrial agriculture, with its pesticides and synthetic fertilizers, increased yields and size of crops, but the tradeoff was a decline in nutrient content, known as the ‘dilution effect’.” In addition, Smith explains, greater levels of nitrogen fertilizer, typical of conventional production methods, may also increase a plant’s susceptibility to insects and disease. Smith’s research will give fellow farmers, healthcare providers and consumers a better understanding of how crop production practices influence soil quality and therefore, food quality. For example, research of organic crops shows higher levels of vitamin C; higher-quality protein; plus more disease-fighting compounds called secondary plant metabolites such as lycopene, polyphenols and anthocyanin, the plant pigment responsible for the red, blue and purple colors in fruits and vegetables, as reported in a meta-analysis published in the British Journal of Nutrition. The Rodale Institute has formed partnerships with nutrition and medical researchers at Pennsylvania State University, in University Park. Of particular interest, for example, are extracts from purple potatoes that show promise in helping to kill colon cancer cells. Smith looks forward to identifying growing methods that boost levels of anthocyanin, as well as other health-protecting compounds in crops. The new Regenerative Health Institute, a global research and education center linking soil health to human health, will also be housed at the Rodale Institute. It’s a collaboration between Rodale staff and the Plantrician Project, a nonprofit organization in New Canaan, Connecticut, that

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Along with our well-being, livestock farming methods impact our environment, too. A growing body of research including a new study published in Food Science & Nutrition shows that meat and dairy prod-

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nity-owned nonprofit hospital in Augusta County, Virginia. The AMI Fellowship program prepares individuals to become farmers, teachers and ambassadors for healthpromoting food systems. “Both AMI and Augusta Health believe that access to excellent health care includes access to healthy food,” explains Sue Erhardt, the institute’s executive director. The AMI Farm at Augusta Health initiative will create an onsite production farm and a community venue for food,

nutrition and gardening education. Their goal is to tackle three major local health issues: poor nutrition, low physical activity and overweight; diabetes; and mental health. A Food Farmacy program for those with or at risk for Type 2 diabetes will provide fresh produce prescriptions at an onsite farmstand, as well as cooking classes. Erhardt recalls her life-changing experience as a teen, hearing American labor leader Cesar Chavez speak about farm worker exposure to pesticides and related cancer clusters. She’s proud to say, “The farm project will exemplify sustainable practices for growing vegetables, including organic fourseason crops and companion planting, while promoting soil health. “We believe this project will promote a better quality of life for staff, patients and community members.” That’s the power of farming when it’s dedicated to optimum health. Melinda Hemmelgarn is a registered dietitian, writer and Food Sleuth Radio host with, in Columbia, MO. Connect at



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hile Gary Griggs has lived near the coast of California most of his life, visits to the coasts of 46 nations helped shape his latest book, Coasts in Crisis: A Global Challenge. The distinguished professor of Earth sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz, writes on how coral reefs provide shelter, food and breeding grounds for about one-third of the world’s species of marine fish, as well as coastal protection from major weather events. Most coral reefs are now besieged by pollution, overfishing, sedimentation, coastal construction, tourism and global warming. Approximately 3 billion people— nearly half our planet’s total population— live in coastal areas. He cites that hurricanes have caused more U.S. fatalities than any other natural hazard, and the driving forces behind rising sea levels will increase future vulnerabilities unless effective actions are taken now. Griggs, who also wrote Introduction to California’s Beaches and Coast and Living with the Changing California Coast and co-wrote The Edge, today recaps the history and assesses the current status of coasts worldwide. He suggests ways in which current negative trends might be reversed or improved.

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We need to do everything possible to cut back on greenhouse gas emissions, but that’s not going to stop rising sea levels anytime soon. We need to start adapting right away. We can elevate structures, but that’s limited. Historically, we’ve used armoring, including seawalls, levees and rock revetments, which work for awhile, but have endpoints. Ultimately, it’s going to take relocation, or what we call “planned retreat”, moving back when the sea nears our front yard. The more we reduce or mitigate the emission of greenhouse gases, the less adaptation will be needed to cope with climate change.

Why are coral reefs so vital to the global ecosystem?

In the tropical latitudes, coral reef ecosystems have formed the basic biological, geological, economic and cultural framework of area coastlines and island nations for centuries. Today, fisheries and tourism anchor those economies. Millions of people depend on these local ecosystems for their protein supply. About 50 percent of coral reefs are in poor or fair condition, and most are in decline. Whether from pollution, dredging, filling or overfishing, virtually all of those reefs are under significant threat.

Have researchers seen any overfished species rebound?

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had been seriously depleted had made significant recoveries—28 of 44 fish stocks, including Atlantic bluefish, flounder and black sea bass—primarily due to better management practices. We now have fisheries restrictions and marine-protected areas in place. To realize some long-term success, we need to limit fisheries in certain areas and for certain species. California’s Monterey Bay Aquarium publishes a Seafood Watch Consumer Guide card specific to regions; it color codes which species are safe to eat and which ones no longer can provide a sustainable harvest, so we know which ones to ask for at grocers and restaurants.

What might mitigate the environmental impact of what you term “coastal megacities”? Eight of the largest metropolitan areas worldwide—Shanghai, Mumbai, Karachi, Tokyo, Dhaka, Jakarta, New York/New Jersey and Los Angeles—are along shorelines. Coasts in Crisis looks at the hazards of hurricanes, cyclones, typhoons and tsunamis that their residents are exposed to—along with long-term sea level rise. These incredible concentrations of people not only fish heavily, they discharge large volumes of waste and wastewater. You can’t put 10 million people on a shoreline and not expect impacts. We need to get all of these discharges cleaned up and under control. Shorelines are very delicate biological environments. We also must get global population under control to make a much softer footprint on the planet. It would take four planet Earths to support the present global population if everyone indulged in America’s current consumption habits ( Sustainability is what we must work toward, whether it’s food, water or energy. Currently, we’re mining the planet for all its resources, which can’t go on for much longer. We need to recognize this and return to equilibrium with what the planet can supply. Freelance writer and editor Randy Kambic, in Estero, FL, is a frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings.

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Mindfulness meditation: Zeidan recommends mindfulness meditation and cites a University of Massachusetts study of people with chronic pain in which pain lessened by at least 65 percent after 10 weeks of this practice. “Mindfulness meditation is about discipline and regulating one’s attention. It appears to shut down the thalamus, the brain’s gatekeeper, and the brain’s ability to register pain,” explains Zeidan.

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Drumming Out Drugs Music, specifically drumming, stimulates the release of endorphins, the body’s own morphine-like painkillers. Group drumming can help people withdrawing from addictive drugs, especially those having particular difficulty in conventional addiction programs, reports a University of Arizona at Tempe study published in the American Journal of Public Health. Other supportive studies are listed at html.


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12 weeks of yoga classes reduced pain and opioid use, and improved functionality of participants; many of them had suffered back pain for more than 15 years. Acupuncture: The ancient Chinese modality that’s been used to treat all types of pain for millennia has become such a mainstream treatment that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends that healthcare providers learn more about it to help patients avoid prescription opioids. “All pain starts with imbalance,” says Terri Evans, a doctor of Oriental medicine in Naples, Florida. “Acupuncture is about creating balance in the body and in releasing the fascia, where pain patterns get locked.” Marijuana: All forms of marijuana, or cannabis, are illegal on the federal level, but medical marijuana is now legal in 29 states and the District of Columbia. In a study from San Francisco General Hospital published in the journal Neurology, researchers found that smoking the first cannabis cigarette reduced pain by 72 percent in a group of patients with painful neuropathy. The body’s endocannabinoid system, found in the brain, organs, connective tissues and immune cells, is one of its natural pain-coping mechanisms, and is most affected by cannabis. Mitch Earleywine, Ph.D., associate professor of clinical psychology at the State University of New York at Albany, author of Understanding Marijuana: A New Look at the Scientific Evidence and a member of the advisory board of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, is an advocate of medical marijuana. While regarding it as helpful for chronic pain with little risk of addiction, he concludes it’s “great for a small handful of conditions, but it’s not the cure-all that some are suggesting.” CBD oil: Dr. Hyla Cass, of Marina del Rey, California, an integrative physician expert in psychiatry and addiction recovery, and author of The Addicted Brain and How to Break Free, is more comfortable with CBD (can-

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Circadian rhythm, the body’s internal clock, governs physiological patterns involving sleep and hunger, and is cued by temperature and sunlight, so timing our exercise is important. Other studies at Northwestern reveal that workouts earlier in the day yield better results because muscles also have their own rhythm (internal clocks) that help them perform more efficiently due to the presence of daylight, and function optimally then. According to the National Sleep Foundation, a decrease in body temperature after an initial increase during physical activity initiates sleep, which also suggests that exercising later in the day, but not before bed, is helpful, as well. Research from Princeton University further shows that exercise can help the brain process stress, helping to minimize anxiety which often accompanies or fosters insomnia. Long Beach, California, holistic podiatrist Don Kim, creator of The Walking Cure Program, affirms, “The first thing to address is the circadian rhythm—what I call the body’s highest peak and lowest valley. The entire system needs to get used to slowing down.” Kim’s life changed for the better, including his struggles

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ounts Botanical Garden, in Palm Beach County, Florida, hosted Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea, a thought-provoking traveling exhibit featuring giant sea creatures made entirely of marine debris from beaches. “It graphically illustrates the amount of plastic pollution in our oceans and waterways,” says Curator and Director Rochelle Wolberg. The exhibit included Grace the Humpback Whale Tail, the Marine Debris Anemone, Priscilla the Parrot Fish, Flash the Marlin, Water Bottle Jelly, Sebastian James the Puffin, Lidia the Seal, Hugo the Humpback Whale Tail, American Sea Star and Musical Seaweed. Take a look at some of them and check for current exhibit locations at In Mechanicsville, Maryland, ex-iron and steel worker Steve Glorius repurposes scrap metal into natural world and fantasy art sculptures of ocean creatures that also inform about endangered wildlife. His works have adorned museums, restaurants, galleries and gift shops. Debbie and Mike Schramer, owners of Fairy House Vintage Antiques and Art, in Provo, Utah, create fairy houses made from twigs, mosses, bark and other natural elements. “Instead of paint and paper, we

use nature itself,” says Mike, who encourages others to follow suit. “People enjoy time outdoors more intricately as they look for small items.” Although fairy houses are trendy now, the Schramers started building their fantasy worlds in 1987. They’ve authored three books to spark the imagination, Fairy House: How to Make Amazing Fairy Furniture, Miniatures, and More from Natural Materials, Fairy Village and F is For Fairy: A Forest Friends Alphabet Primer board book.

At 14, Canadian Evan Sharma, of Kingston, Ontario, is already an active entrepreneur—his artwork now appears on sneakers and clothes. He calls his company RBLB for Right Brain/Left Brain, saying, “To be a whole person, you have to use both the creative side and the analytical side of your brain.” His passion for the environment is particularly expressed in a painting he donated to support the Olympic team. Painted at an elevation of 7,000 feet on Sun Peaks, in British Columbia, he finished with snow for authenticity and texture. This year, he spoke on creativity at the 6 Under 16 program, in Montreal. “Eco-art makes an impact on the world,” says John Sabraw, professor of art and chair of painting + drawing at Ohio University, in Athens. “Right now, my paintings are round. People say they see a long view of the planet or what’s seen through a microscope. Every painting evokes a different emotional response from the viewer.” All Sabraw’s paintings use pigments processed out of polluted streams, often mixed with other standard artist colors. Sabraw has helped develop several ways for artists to adopt sustainable practices. See his TedxTalk at Artist. He points out that whatever form eco-art takes, its purpose is to show a problem, provoke a response and ask the viewer, “What if…?” Connect with the freelance writer via

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FOUR STEPS TO AUTHENTIC LIVING How to Live a Deeply Joyful Life by Jan Desai

1. Connect with the inner voice.

Uncovering authenticity comes from within. We learn to discern and heed the inner voice of wisdom through daily silence, a still space that allows messages to resonate. This ever-present guidance system is always spot on. The key is to connect often. Be grateful for the fruits of quiet moments. Maybe they occur during prayer and meditation, in the shower, walking in solitude without earphones or driving with the radio off. Breathe deeply, cherishing an open heart. Gut feelings often presage inner knowing.

2. Realize the difference between soul and ego.

Connected with our soul—the seat of everything positive, the

venue of all potential and light—we experience spaciousness, unconditional love and complete support. If accusations, blame or heavy judgment arise, it’s just the ego trying to maintain the status quo. By dismissing its raging, it dissipates.

3. Reconnect with authentic selfhood.

We must banish every misconception and lie we tell about ourselves. Falsehoods define us just like the things that are true. Take a good, long look in the mirror and ask, “Who is this person? What has made me who I am today? What experiences have created this unique divine work? Are my eyes alight or dim? What am I feeling? Am I weighed down by burdens, exhausted by current choices?” Simply ask the questions; don’t look for answers, but be wary of the ego’s vote for falsehoods.

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Beginning today, do one new thing daily that brings joy. Temporary happiness builds and reinforces joy, but soul-deep joy weaves a base of strength within. It’s an attitude—an outlook. When we are flourishing spiritually, emotionally and physically, it evokes joy in how we live and feel. Move out of familiar comfort zones and do something unexpected. Pursue a heartfelt desire long delayed. Watch a comedy with friends. Take a dance class. Call an old friend. Volunteer somewhere nurturing. Be in this moment. Understand that this is what life will feel like when living authentically, free of masks and pretense—when each day is meaningful and suffused with joy. Remember, authentic living is about the journey, not the destination. Jan Desai is a wife, mother, entrepreneur and visionary who transformed her life at age 50 by breaking with conventions. She shares her lifetime of learning at

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hildren benefit from a close connection with nature, and there’s no better place to learn about plants and soil than a garden. Families don’t need lots of space, as even a small collection of potted plants holds fascination for youngsters. The first step is to understand a garden as seen by a child that may be more interested in creative play than in making things grow. Whitney Cohen, education director at Life Lab, a nonprofit that promotes garden-based education in Santa Cruz, California, thinks kids benefit most from what she calls “dirt time”—spent outdoors interacting with plants, animals, soil and everything else. “When a child plants a seed, tends it over time and ultimately pulls a carrot out of the soil and eats it, they begin to know down in their bones that food comes from plants; that healthy food is delicious; and that we are part of a vast and beautiful web of life,” Cohen says. This learning process may not match a parent’s idea of a lovely garden. “Children don’t make neat rows. They water leaves and flower petals rather than the roots. They accidentally step on young seedlings.

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Gardening with children is messy and chaotic, but there is always learning going on beneath the surface, just out of sight,” says Catherine Koons-Hubbard, nature preschool director at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Growing nutritious vegetables like cherry tomatoes allows kids to see, touch and possibly smash a food as they get to know it, increasing the likelihood that they will eventually eat it.

Incorporate Play Spaces “Children might rather be playing than following instructions,” Koons-Hubbard counsels, but it’s easy to incorporate space for free play in the garden. Depending on a child’s imagination and which toys are used, a spot of diggable soil in the shade might morph into a dinosaur refuge, pony farm or secret place for fairies. Kids are also attracted to stepping stones, which encourage hopping, stretching and even counting. Don’t be surprised if kids turn some of them into a stage or a place to stack rocks or leaves. Children love mixing soil and water together into mud. When given a bucket

Gardening with children is messy and chaotic, but there is always learning going on beneath the surface, just out of sight. of clay, soil and water, kids quickly discover they can use mud to paint, sculpt or make fantasy pies decorated with leaves, sticks or flowers. “Playing in mud fully engages the senses, and there are studies that show it can benefit the immune system and make us happier,” says Leigh MacDonald-Rizzo, education director at the Ithaca Children’s Garden, in New York. References include the University of Bristol, UK, University of Colorado Boulder and University of California, Los Angeles. “Mud isn’t anything, really, and that open-ended quality lends itself to joyously creative play that helps children develop a relationship with the natural world,” she says.

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eens are often criticized for being addicted to technology and disconnected from real life. While it is true that many teens spend a lot of time using smartphones and surfing the internet, it’s important to note some of the positive effects of using such technology. Technology can greatly improve education by increasing the ease at which students, like myself, can Hannah Adamson access information. We can now search thousands of encyclopedias and academic works to find the answers to our questions. This information allows us to move forth with our own scholarly pursuits. I spend a large portion of time working on school assignments on the computer and, thanks to certain apps, I can even complete work on my phone when I’m on the go. Beyond improved productivity, technology, like social media, can offer platforms for self-expression, personal connections and advocacy. In addition to seeing what friends and family are up to, teens can learn about different cultures and opportunities. The benefits are numerous and should be taken advantage of. However, technology’s positive effects are only seen when it is used in the right way and in moderation. Having a constant connection to the internet can cause teens to easily become detached from face-to-face interaction. While many may find it difficult to stop using technology, or limit its use, this separation is crucial to maintaining good social skills and self-confidence and

appreciating the present moment. While it is nice to share accomplishments and experiences on social media, spending too much time on these platforms can cause teens to become reliant upon others’ approval, most commonly noted by a specific number of “likes” or “followers”. Unfortunately, social media has allowed popularity to be quantified. Being constantly reminded of what peers are doing and seeing all their positive experiences can also cause people to worry that they are missing out on something or make them feel as though their life is uninteresting. Steve Furtick explains, “The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.” It is important to remember that everyone has their own hidden challenges. For me, I find taking a complete break from technology during the summer to be most beneficial when it comes to combating these negative side-effects. It allows me to focus on the present moment, connect with people in real life and remind myself that I am in control of my own happiness. During the school year, it can be difficult to completely remove yourself from technology, especially when it is used in classes and extracurricular activities, but it is possible to limit the amount of time you spend on devices for fun. Try to schedule time each day to relax free from technology. Enjoy having an inperson conversation, reading a book or spending a few minutes outside. As a twist, make a challenge to see who will reach for their phone first when spending time with friends or family. Taking simple steps like these to reduce the amount of time spent looking at a screen has countless benefits and is easier than you may think. Ultimately, the key to a positive relationship with technology is moderation. Use computers and apps to get your work done and take your education to the next level. Go on social media to see what your friends are up to. Post your latest accomplishment. Just remember to take a break to look up and see the world through your own two eyes not just through the bright lights forming pictures on a screen. Hannah Adamson will be a senior in high school this fall. She practices meditation and takes ThetaHealing courses with Reshma Shah in Westfield, New Jersey.

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ny time our bodies sense an “invader”—a microbe, virus, plant pollen or unwelcome chemical— they go into high alert, producing white blood cells to fight it off. Once the danger has been thwarted, normal functioning returns. If we continue to expose ourselves to these threats, then the high-alert process, known as inflammation, becomes chronic. This disturbance of natural equilibrium can lead to cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, depression and pain. It can also mask or worsen autoimmune diseases. Eating foods with natural anti-inflammatory properties can help the body function better.

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“Many experimental studies have shown that components of foods or beverages may have anti-inflammatory effects,” says Dr. Frank Hu, also a Ph.D. and professor of nutrition and epidemiology in the department of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. “A healthy diet is beneficial not only for reducing the risk of chronic diseases, but also for improving mood and overall quality of life.”

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Hu, Josh Axe, a chiropractor and doctor of natural medicine, in Nashville, Tennessee, and Dr. Andrew Weil, director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, in Tucson, promote anti-inflammatory foods, backed by recent studies, on their websites. “Small, gradual changes are typically more sustainable and easier for the body to adapt to,” writes Axe. “So rather than emptying your pantry and sailing off to the Mediterranean, you can pursue an anti-inflammatory diet one step at a time.” That’s what Andrea Adams Britt did. A professional wedding cake baker from Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Britt experienced bewildering symptoms, including digestion issues, depression, migraines, weight gain and skin irritation. In 2015, she eliminated flour and sugar from her diet, and then added more organic leafy green vegetables, coconut oil and wild-caught salmon. Her symptoms went away one at a time, and by last January, she had also lost 100 pounds. The solution for her was to create flavorful dishes that she enjoyed eating, so she did not feel deprived.

Weil advises, “The best foods are those that offer disease-preventive benefits such as anti-inflammatory effects and delectable flavor. When I eat such foods, I feel as though I’ve hit a grand slam homerun—the sensory pleasure is heightened by the fact that each bite contributes to my overall well-being.” His take on an Anti-Inflammatory Food Pyramid at Tinyurl. com/Andrew-Weil-Food-Pyramid offers a broad sample of these foods in an easy, downloadable graphic. Reducing inflammation in her body has also led to better mental and emotional health for Britt. “I am a happier person,” Britt says. “I can control my emotions, focus my thoughts and am more at peace.”

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Green leafy vegetables such as Swiss chard contain natural anti-inflammatories such as vitamins K, D and C, says Axe.

Beets have a natural antioxidant, betalain, an anti-inflammatory compound that inhibits the activity of enzymes the body uses to trigger inflammation, advises Axe.

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Sea buckthorn berry juice (known as olivello juice) is one of the most concentrated natural sources of vitamin C, says Weil. Ginger is a potent anti-inflammatory food that also helps reduce intestinal gas and prevent nausea, advises Weil.

Green tea is best enjoyed hot with a little squeeze of lemon; it may reduce cholesterol levels, ultimately assisting in lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease, per Weil.


Virgin coconut oil has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, according to a study published in Pharmaceutical Biology. Britt eats a total of one-and-a-half tablespoons a day in hot drinks, salads or soups.


Tomatoes are an easy-to-use and a tasty anti-inflammatory food, says Axe. He notes, “They are a rich source of lycopene, betacarotene, folate, potassium, vitamin C, flavonoids and vitamin E.”


Bok choy has potent anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects, as well as a higher concentration of betacarotene and vitamin A, than any other variety of cabbage, according to Weil.

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Black cod, also known as butterfish or sablefish, has even more omega-3 fatty acids than salmon, notes Weil.

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n the late 1990s, the nationally syndicated newspaper columnist, “animal doctor” Michael Fox received many letters about dogs and cats with diarrhea, itchy skin and other persistent disorders. He advised all inquirers to immediately remove foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMO). Dozens of follow-up thank-you notes verified that his recommendation worked. “One of the main reasons I came to the conclusion of blaming GMOs in pet foods for this cluster of health problems is that essentially, nothing else in the health background of these animals had been changing,” says Fox. Many vets have also reported a rise in pet obesity, skin conditions, inflammation, degenerative disk disease, cancer and even shorter lifespans since late 1996, when GMOs and associated poisons entered America’s food supply. For example, most GMOs like soy, corn and canola are designed by Monsanto to tolerate high doses of its Roundup herbicide. Corn is also engineered to produce an insect-killing poison called Bt-toxin.

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Together with pesticides sprayed on or produced inside GMO crops, the side effects from genetic engineering create dangers. Monsanto’s “Roundup-ready” corn has higher levels of putrescine and cadaverine, compounds responsible for dead body odor. They promote bad breath and also can enhance the risk of allergic reactions and cancer.

Getting Cancer from Food

Cancer rates among our country’s 185 million pets are skyrocketing, especially among dogs. Canines have the highest cancer rate of all mammals; in America, about half are struck with the disease. In 2015, the World Health Organization classified Roundup’s active ingredient, glyphosate, as a “probable human carcinogen.” Insufficient human studies exist, but a goodly number of animal studies confirm that it causes cancer. Preliminary tests commissioned by the Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT), an educational nonprofit, on the dangers of GMOs, revealed that six popular dog and cat foods contained more glyphosate residues than most human foods.

Pet owners that notice benefits from changing a pet’s diet can share their story via or The sooner we realize the hidden dangers, the quicker the market must respond with healthier ingredients. Possibly because pets are exposed to Roundup from spraying both foods and lawns, a pilot study by Health Research Institute Laboratories, which tests glyphosate levels in food and environments, found the levels in dogs’ urine were 50 times higher than the average in humans.

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Numerous veterinarians see good results when pets switch to non-GMO food that’s free of synthetic pesticides. Veterinarian Barbara Royal, owner of The Royal Treatment Veterinary Center, in Chicago and author of The Royal Treatment: A Natural Approach to Wildly Healthy Pets, says, “Allergies, gastrointestinal problems, autoimmune diseases, behavioral problems [and other conditions] improve when we take the animals off of these GMO-laden, glyphosate-ridden foods, and put them on something that’s more organic and natural. It’s a dramatic change.” In a survey conducted by IRT, 3,256 people that adopted a non-GMO and largely

organic diet reported improvements in 28 health conditions, many of which have increased in the U.S. parallel with the growing prevalence of GMOs and Roundup. Further, 80 pet owners cited improvements in status for eight health issues, including digestion, allergies and skin conditions, when their pet’s food was changed. Plausible explanations include that glyphosate is patented as an antibiotic, and so easily kills beneficial bacteria in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This could possibly interfere with digestion, detoxification and immunity. According to integrative veterinarian Karen Becker, in Chicago, the Healthy Pets expert for, “We know now that animals consuming genetically modified foods… can change the terrain of their GI tract.” Most notably, glyphosate and Bt-toxin are linked to leaky gut—unnatural holes or gaps created in intestine walls. Veterinarian Marlene Siegel, owner of the Pasco Veterinary Medical Center, in Lutz, Florida, says, “We know that the

root cause of most disease is inflammation; and that inflammation is coming from the leaky gut.”

Organic Surpasses Non-GMO

GMOs are not the only crops drenched with Roundup. It’s also sprayed on other foods to dry them, often just a few days before harvest, including wheat, oats, barley and other cereals. It’s also used on lentils, citrus orchards, sunflowers, potato fields and vineyards. Organic growers and processors are not allowed to use GMOs, Roundup or other synthetic toxins. It’s safest to choose organic; if unavailable, at least buy verified non-GMO. Jeffrey M. Smith is founder of the Institute for Responsible Technology and its campaign, Protect Pets from GMOs and Pesticides, at Author of the bestseller Seeds of Deception: Exposing Industry and Government Lies About the Safety of the Genetically Engineered Foods You’re Eating and Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods, his upcoming film, Secret Ingredients, interviews many that recovered from disease after switching to organic food. Also visit

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CANINE NUTRITION Real Food for Better Health

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lmost 90 percent of dog owners feed their dog kibble, but what about other commercial options such as frozen raw food or canned diets? The optimal dog diet is the least processed and the closest to a wild canid diet, and with a little research it is possible to improve even the best commercial foods. The overwhelming choice to feed kibble results from its convenience and cost-effectiveness, but kibble comes with hidden price tags and health consequences. Prior to World War II, most dogs were fed scraps and some commercial dog food, and they foraged and hunted. The advent of food restrictions and the development of efficient production facilities combined to make kibble the most common and economical option. But just because pets can survive on commercial kibble doesn’t mean they can thrive. The health benefits of the canine ancestral diet—high protein, moderate amounts of healthy fats, and small amounts of plant material—have been supported by nutritional research. This diet can be mimicked by feeding a balanced, raw diet or a 38

home-prepared diet that includes cooked foods. Dehydrated foods are a convenient option for occasional or exclusive feeding, and these foods tend to be freeze-dried or dehydrated at low temperatures, which results in greater nutrient preservation. Canned foods may be somewhat healthier than kibble, as the food is less processed. Unfortunately, few commercial foods provide the nutrient profile that best serves our canine companions. In his book Unlocking the Canine Ancestral Diet, canine nutrition expert Steve Brown compares the macronutrient profiles of typical dry, canned and raw foods to the diet eaten by early and wild canids. Brown goes on to say that the ancestors of dogs ate a primarily hunted meat diet that included bones, organs and fur in addition to scavenged

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carcasses, and occasional fruits and grasses. The protein level in this diet averaged about 50 percent, with fat comprising 44 percent and carbohydrates a mere 6 percent. Most dry kibble provides only half as much protein (often from poor-quality sources) and seven times the amount of carbohydrates. Typical raw food is better but usually has higher fat levels. In addition to unbalanced macronutrient levels, dry kibble can contain a plethora of dangers. Once the container is opened, the fats in dry food start to go rancid, which negatively affects health. Dry foods are also subject to bacterial and fungal growth over time and can contain storage mites, which are highly antigenic to some dogs. According to study results published in the research paper Mutagenic Activity and Heterocyclic Amine Carcinogens in Commercial Pet Foods, dry food must be heated to very high temperatures, destroying most nutrients and often producing cancer-causing by-products called heterocyclic amines. When choosing to feed kibble, dog owners should buy small quantities and keep it tightly sealed in the original packaging. The best practice is to keep kibble in the freezer and only remove enough servings for one or two days to minimize the problems associated with storage. A kibble diet can be supplemented with protein, healthy fats and fresh foods, including lean muscle meat; organs such as heart, liver and kidney; sardines; omega-3-rich oils and small amounts of chopped vegetables and berries. Other healthy additions to consider are probiotic-rich, fermented goat’s milk and kefir, fermented vegetables, chia seeds and hemp seeds. According to a study published in the Journal of Animal Science, adding fresh whole foods to a pet’s diet can improve nutrient bioavailability and provide a better nutritional base for health. Specific benefits include better neurological development and cardiac functioning, better ocular health and a better

chance of staying lean. Cancer risks are lower in a canine diet that includes fresh vegetables, and the inclusion of vegetables specifically lowers the liver cancer risk of eating aflatoxin-contaminated grains that can be found in dry kibble. Feeding fresh foods as part of a home-cooked diet or as a supplement to commercial food can decrease inflammation, resulting in fewer skin problems and allergies. When choosing to supplement a commercial food or to prepare a home-cooked diet, dog owners should seek guidance from a knowledgeable and experienced veterinarian. Books such as Brown’s, as well as online resources, can offer information about the science behind the choices. Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats offers recipes and advice for those interested in plant-based diets for dogs, as well as general health information. Dr. Becker’s Real Food for Healthy Dogs & Cats offers easy-to-follow recipes for both puppies and adult dogs. Providing dogs a more natural diet can be as simple as including some wholesome and nutritious foods in addition to a high quality commercial diet. Dr. Laura Weis and her husband, Dr. Ransome Weis, own and operate Doylestown Veterinary Hospital & Holistic Pet Care, and Holiday House Pet Resort & Training Center, in Doylestown. She focuses on homeopathy and nutrition counseling for her clients within the full-service veterinary practice. Call 215-345-6000 to request an appointment. See ad, this page.

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he Yamas and Niyamas are the first two limbs of the eight-fold yogic path. Devoted study and practice of these 10 principles can literally bring your yoga practice to life throughout all of your daily activities.


The five Yamas are ethical guidelines for the yogi, pertaining to his or her relationship with others in society, the outer environment and nature. Ahimsa (non-violence) asks us to practicing loving kindness towards others and ourselves through a complete commitment to non-violence in thought, word and deed. Satya (truthfulness) encourages us to be genuine and authentic to our inner nature by having integrity and being honorable without concealing the truth, downplaying or exaggerating. Asteya (non-stealing) is more than simply not taking what is not yours. Asteya asks us not to rob ourselves or others of time, experiences or freedom. Brahmacharya (non-excess) helps us to practicing moderation in all forms, so as not to deplete ourselves of vital life force energy. Aparigraha (non-attachment) refers to voluntary simplicity. This principal asks us to not accumulate beyond what is necessary and to voluntarily release things when it is time to let them go.


The five Niyamas are ethical guidelines for the yogi, pertaining to observances of one’s Self, without blame or judgment.

Saucha (purity) refers to maintaining cleanliness, orderliness and balance by adopting both internal and external purification practices. This involves eating purely, thinking purely and having humility and pride in the human body as a vehicle of experience. Santosha (contentment) encourages us to practice equanimity and to maintain a peaceful, tranquil mind. Tapas (discipline) is a taming of the ego as expressed through self-discipline, willpower and patience. Through this discipline, it can be possible to connect with our true spirit without letting ego get in the way. Svadhyaya (self-study) explains that through self-inquiry, mindfulness, discernment and daily journaling, we can become contemplative about how the yogic teachings may apply to our psychology and lifestyle. Ishvara Pranidhana (devotion) calls for open-heartedness in the form of complete surrender and willingness to serve the source and humanity. I invite you to reflect on how the Yamas and Niyamas can be applied in your personal yoga practice to help maintain a grounded and balanced physical, mental and emotional body on and off the mat. Rosie Lazroe is a certified yoga teacher and master reiki practitioner. For more information, you can contact her at 732-596-7384, or visit

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

SATURDAY, JULY 21 Eat This! Demo and Tasting – 10am-2pm. Try some of the delicious flavors of Eat This! Preserves! Doylestown Food Market, 29 W State St, Doylestown. John LaSala, 215-348-4548. Info@ DoylestownFood

TUESDAY, JULY 10 Hypnosis to Stop Smoking/Lose Weight/Sleep Better – 6-7pm; Stop Smoking with Hypnosis. Through hypnosis, smoking cessation is easily achieved in a one-hour session. Eliminate the craving for tobacco while minimizing discomfort. 7-8pm; Lose Weight with Hypnosis. Through hypnosis, weight loss is easily and painlessly attained. Shed unwanted pounds and keep them off in a safe, effective program. 8-8:45pm; Better Sleep with Hypnosis. Do you have difficulty falling asleep? Do you have difficulty getting back to sleep if you wake up during the night? Imagine leaving life’s cares and worries behind at the end of each day. Learn relaxation techniques and strategies to fall asleep easier. Reinforcement CD ($18) is strongly recommended. Cost: $58 per session. Upper Merion Community Center, 431 Valley Forge Rd., King of Prussia. 908-303-7767. Barry@HypnosisCounseling

THURSDAY, JULY 12 Ladies Health Class – 7-8:30pm. Learn of your feminine body and how to create the beauty and look that’s healthful for you. Gain understanding of our systems and graceful ways to live a holistic lifestyle through nutrition, movement, style and grace. Learn health secrets from Persian and Egyptian traditions and Eastern medicine techniques. Informative and perspective-shifting. $25. The Room At Meadowbrook, 4089 Durham Rd, Ottsville. Lyn Hicks, 215-813-4073. TheRoomAt


savethedate Amaya Victoria Weekend July 13-15 A weekend of healing events with spiritual teacher, channel and healer Amaya Victoria. Individual sessions available 7/13, 11am-4pm and 7/14, 10am-3pm. Three workshops are offered throughout the weekend. See this month’s news brief for more details.

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


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

Chris Bauer, Don Swaim & John Schoffstall – 1-2:30pm. Join us at the Lahaska Bookshop for a book signing with Chris Bauer, Don Swaim & John Schoffstall. Bauer’s book: Jane’s Baby; Swaim’s book: Man With Two Faces; Schoffstall’s book: Half-Witch. The Lahaska Bookshop, 162A Rte 263, Peddler’s Village, Lahaska. 267-544-5131. Mail@ DoylestownBookshop. com/event. Arun Ghandi–The Gift Of Anger – 7-8pm. Ticketed event. The Doylestown Bookshop presents grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, Arun Ghandi, for a discussion and book signing featuring The Gift of Anger. Refer to the URL listed for information. Cost includes a hardcover copy of Arun Ghandi’s book. $25.44. The Doylestown Bookshop, 16 S Main St, Doylestown. 215-230-7610. Mail@Doylestown

SATURDAY, JULY 14 Reiki I Class – 10am-4pm. Reiki can leave one feeling relaxed and less stressed. Anyone can learn to become a reiki practitioner. In Usui Reiki I, students learn a brief history of reiki, reiki lineage and practical uses for reiki. All students receive the Reiki I attunement, a manual and a certificate of completion. Anahata Yoga and Wellness Center, 690 Harleysville Pk, Lederach. Kathleen Tooley, 215-740-1354. Chair Yoga Teacher Training – Jul 14-15; Sat 12:30-5pm, Sun 9am-2:30pm. With DorothyO, ERYT. Asana, basic pranayama, alignment principals, more. Open to yoga teachers as well as healthcare professionals, caregivers and classroom teachers. Certification courses comply with Yoga Alliance requirements for continuing education credits. YACEP. One weekend can give you new inspiration to provide yoga accessible by all. Pre-registration required. $259. Yoga Vibhuti Yoga & Meditation Studio, 777 Second Street Pk, Southampton. 215514-6065. Family Yoga – 1-2pm. Everyone in the family can do yoga together. This class/workshop is open to parents and children of any age. Feel free to bring more than one child, your spouse, etc. Children can play (bring a toy if you think they want to do that) or do yoga. $20 per family. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 103 E Walnut St, North Wales. Patty Ferry, 215661-0510.

Awaken the Joy Within: Sound Healing – 1-3pm. Let’s welcome summer and find your joy within. Join us for a blissful afternoon of live sound healing with gongs, sound bowls and bells, in restorative yoga poses with essential oils. Awaken your inner guide; feel your inner freedom as you take this time to heal your body and mind. $35. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 103 E Walnut St, North Wales. Patty Ferry, 215-661-0510. Patty@WholeBodyYogaStudio. com. Body & Soul Immersion – 3-8pm. Inspired Chi is hosting an open house-style holistic and spiritual event to energize and educate the community. Join us for intuitive readings, past life regression and reiki group experiences, with free talks and classes. Ladybug Baked Goods with gluten-free options. 10% of proceeds benefit Pennypack Ecological Trust. Beyond Beauty Bathery, Fitfam, Hempworx, Madison West on 85th, Newtown Wellness, Salt of the Earth, Visionary Vinyls, Young Living and more. $7. Pennypack Ecological Trust, 2955 Edge Hill Rd, Huntington Valley. Traci Sanginiti, 267-992-2981.

TUESDAY, JULY 24 Women’s Prosperity Network (WPN) Breakfast – 8-10am. 4th Tues. New group. Women’s Prosperity Networking Breakfast, Doylestown Chapter, invites women professionals and business owners to discuss this month’s Mastermind topic. Promotional material welcome. With online registration, $25 per WPN member; $30 guests and repeat visitors. Panera Bread, Doylestown. Laurie Van Valkenburgh, 267-566-6056. Lavabigail@gmail. com. Sound Bath with Sharon Kachel – 7-8pm. Experience the healing properties of sound. Listen and relax to the sounds of Tibetan singing bowls, chimes, tuning forks and other instruments pitched to different frequencies that take the mind on an immersive healing journey. Each sound frequency helps to restore and optimize the flow of energy throughout the body. The Room At Meadowbrook,

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savethedate Susan Duval Seminars and Sacred Journeys Doylestown • 215-348-5755 Register online or call Susan. Sign up on website to receive weekly newsletter for updates on seminars and trips. Quantum Spoon Bending – July 20 Learn how our intentions and visualization can alter reality. Use these protocols to heal yourself and others, and to manifest your desires. The principles demonstrated in this class access the same field of information as quantum mechanics and the unified field. Experience first-hand that techniques based on energy can soften the metal of spoons and forks so that they become miraculously malleable. Taught by Gene Ang, PhD, Yale. 85-95 percent of attendees succeed in using these techniques to alter physical reality. $55. Pipersville.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 25 Chair Yoga Series – 7/25-8/29. 10:30-11:45am. 6-week series. Using a chair, postures are creatively modified to give you the full benefit of a traditional yoga practice, improving flexibility, strength and balance without having to sit or lie on the floor. Join us and see what happens. Yoga is for every body. $81. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 103 E Walnut St, North Wales. Patty Ferry, 215-661-0510. Patty@ WholeBodyYoga


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Arcturian Healing Method, Level 1 – July 21-22 Taught by Gene Ang, PhD, a Yale neurobiologist, this divine healing method is a set of new healing tools and cosmic energies inspired by higher beings from the star system Arcturus. Become attuned to the Arcturian healing light, a form of light, energy and information meant to accelerate a person’s evolution. 9am-5pm each day. $375. Pipersville. Note: Levels 2 and 3 will be taught July 23-26. Ascended Masters Retreat in the Grand Tetons, WY – July 27-29 The Ascended Masters assist us in achieving our own self-mastery and guide the expansion of light on the planet. In addition to the teachings by Dana Micucci, we will go on a Snake River raft trip, hike up to Inspiration Point and experience energetic upgrades and activations as we connect with the Cave of Symbols in Idaho, in view of the etheric Table Mountain Retreat of Saint Germain. Splendors of Ancient Greece – October 2-13 Explore the architectural masterpieces of Athens, including the Acropolis, the Temple of Zeus and the Parthenon. Discover the Oracle of Delphi, one of the most spectacular mystical sites in the world. Then, on to the Aegean island of Crete, where we will visit the Palace of Knossos and the Paliani Monastery, a pilgrimage site, where the voice of the Virgin Mary was heard and the Sacred Myrtle Tree is found. Lastly, we will take a ferry to Santorini, the most beautiful Greek island. Costa Rica Winter Escape Retreat – January 20-27 Escape the winter for a week of R&R at the beautiful rainforest Arenal Springs Resort and Spa. Discover a staggering world of exotic wildlife, flora and fauna, with plenty of time to relax at the spa and hot thermal pools. Visit a coffee and pineapple farm, enjoy a boat tour in the wildlife refuge, hike to the waterfalls and visit the colorful Sarchi Village, a World Heritage site. Gorgeous lodging and fresh, healthy food. See Susan’s website for other upcoming events and sacred journeys!


Extraterrestrials, UFOs and the Future of Humanity

July 27-29

Registration begins 7:30am Learn about UFOs and extraterrestrial phenomenon through dynamic lectures, panel discussions, investigative research, personal experiences, film screenings and more.

Cost: See available packages online Walk-in discount for students with ID Crowne Plaza Hotel Philadelphia-Cherry Hill, 2349 W Marlton Pk, Cherry Hill, NJ

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SATURDAY, JULY 28 Hello Yoga! Beginners Workshop – 11:30am1:30pm. In this two-hour group workshop, you’ll learn to calm and connect with breath, foundational yoga poses and modifications to serve your unique needs. You’ll feel safe practicing on your own or in any yoga studio. $35. Anahata Yoga and Wellness Center, 690 Harleysville Pk, Lederach. Kathleen Tooley, 215-740-1354. Kathy@AnahataYoga Emotional Detox with Hip Openers – 2-4pm. Hips are known as the emotional junk drawer. This is where we store emotions in the body, the good and the bad. An all-levels flow with some static postures focusing on releasing tension and opening the complex hip structure. We will end the workshop with a guided body scan meditation. $30. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 103 E Walnut St, North Wales. Patty Ferry, 215-661-0510. Patty@WholeBodyYogaStudio. com. Buck Moon Drum Circle – 7-8:30pm. Join us for monthly sacred drumming and community. Bring your drums, a playful spirit and open heart to blend sound vibes . Enjoy community, sound, dance and healing. Conrad Kubiak will lead our circle and will also provided drums if you need one. All ages and skills are invited to attend. $15. The Room At Meadowbrook, 4089 Durham Rd, Ottsville. Lyn Hicks, 215-813-4073.

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plan ahead SATURDAY, AUGUST 11 Restorative Yoga Teacher Training – Aug 11-12; Sat 12:30-4:30pm, Sun 9am-3pm. With DorothyO, E-RYT. This program educates participants to the roles of the nervous system and subtle (energy) body, and their interrelation to stress relief and the healing response. Gain understanding of techniques used via body positioning and props to activate connective tissue, create balance and renew energy. YACEP. $349. Yoga Vibhuti Yoga & Meditation Studio, 777 Second Street Pk, Southampton. 215514-6065.


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

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

Patty Ferry, 215-661-0510

savethedate Healthy Living Festival September 9 • 11am-4pm

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

Cost: Free Snipes Farm and Education Center 890 W Bridge St, Morrisville

Wendy, 267-797-6154 Valarie, 267-840-8003

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

Plain and simple... we’re just good medicine. • Women’s healthcare/gynecology • Holistic medical consultations for men and women

Wendy Warner, MD Past President, American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine

FOR RENT Beautiful, positive energy-filled, SHARED TREATMENT ROOMS available in Harleysville. Are you a healing arts practitioner looking for a place to share your gifts? We have space for you. Six-month minimum commitment. Call 215-740-1354 or email Kathy@Anahata

Board Certified in Gynecology and Holistic Medicine

• Acupuncture, massage, osteopathic manipulation, energy work, stress management, and more 940 Town Center Drive Suite F-90 Langhorne, PA 19047 215.741.1600

HELP WANTED Are you a COMMUNITY CONNECTOR IN HEALTH AND WELLNESS in Main Line (Montco), Plymouth Meeting/Kop/ Conshohocken? Consider becoming a Community Liaison. NABuxMont seeks passionate, self-motivated people to become a part of our growing outreach team. Part-time, flexible hours, commission-based pay for living what you love. Help be a part of “Making the Awakening” in BuxMont. Email

Return to the natural Cycle of Life – to nourish soil, green a meadow and live on! At Green Meadow, we believe that death is no mere end. In our natural, green cemetery, it’s a continuation, part of the great Cycle of Life — of death and rebirth, regeneration and decay — that turns to make all life possible.

OPPORTUNITIES HEALTH AND MONEY, because we all need both. PT/FT. Get paid what you are worth. Fire

To schedule a tour or for more information contact Ed Vogrins: 610-868-4840 | 1121 Graham Street • Fountain Hill, PA 18015

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

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ongoing events Submit your listing online at by the 5th of the month, one month prior to publication. Please email with questions.

sunday Sunday Celebration of Spirit in Our Lives – 9:30-11am. Come celebrate the joy of the silence of spirit within each and every person. Based upon the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness (MSIA) and the practice of “re-cognizing” yourself as a soul, through soul transcendence. Discuss, talk and express the beauty of who we are as spiritual “be-ings”. Free. The Room At Meadowbrook, 4089 Durham Rd, Ottsville. Sue Walski, 215-813-4073.

monday Kids & Teen Yoga at Airmid Wellness – 5 & 6pm. 5pm: Ages 4-9 love to role-play and pretend. This class lets them be who they are. It’s high-energy and fast-paced to keep them focused and moving. Each class is developed around a theme that aims to educate the whole child. 6pm: Ages 10-17 have many changes occurring in their lives; yoga builds confidence, self-esteem, patience, flexibility and their search for identity. Jen Leary, instructor and mother. Drop-ins welcome. $15. Airmid Wellness and Counseling Center, 1260 Old York Rd, Hartsville Professional Village, Warminster. Ed Salkind, 609-220-9982. Quest for Health Q&A Session – 6-8pm. 1st & 3rd Mon. Bruce Lipton says our bodies hear our thoughts, respond to our beliefs and create the health we think is possible. Do you want less pain, more energy, more clarity in your daily life? Bring your questions to our open Q&A sessions on the first and third Mondays of the month. $15. International School of Shiatsu, 6055C Kellers Church Rd, Pipersville. Shirley Scranta, 215-795-8065. Mental Health Support Group – 6:30-7:30pm. Join 4 The M.I.N.D.S. for its weekly peer-to-peer support group. We welcome family, friends and individuals that suffer from mental illness. Aldie Medical Arts Building, 11 Welden Dr, Doylestown. Life and Business Coaching Class – 7-9pm. Find out what always stops you. Free. 165 Passaic Ave, 2nd Flr, Fairfield, NJ. RSVP via text to Herb at Lobster Lab Media, #lobsterlabmedia or 973-223-8840.

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


up, chair yoga offers people all ages and abilities all the benefits of traditional yoga in a chair. Classes feature gentle movements and postures, breathing and meditation to help increase your strength, flexibility and energy. There’s no need to miss the benefits of yoga because you may have restrictions. No prior experience necessary. Drop-ins welcome. $15. Airmid Wellness and Counseling Center, 1260 Old York Rd, Hartsville Professional Village, Warminster. Ed Salkind, 609-220-9982. EdSalkind.


Panera Bread, Doylestown. Laurie Van Valkenburgh, 267-566-6056. Cm.

wednesday Intuitive Medium Readings – In-person readings, afternoon and evening appointments available. Receive messages of love, guidance and support from deceased loved ones, guides and angels from an intuitive medium and certified intuitive life coach. Ambler. Linda Harbaugh, 484-904-9268. Linda@ Massage Therapy Discount – Every day during July, licensed massage therapist Lee Noonan offers a $20 discount to new out-call clients in Bucks and Montgomery counties. She brings her table and 35+ years of experience in Manhattan. See her Community Resource Guide listing for details. $150. Lee Noonan, 917-656-5524. Community Acupuncture – 3-6pm. Seated in a serene group environment, receive affordable acupuncture for stress management, detox, routine health/pain issues and overall wellness. $35. Mention NA to waive initial $15 paperwork fee. Online scheduling via or call 215-348-8058. Bridge Acupuncture, 30 Garden Alley, Doylestown. Paolo Propato. BridgeWellness@ Quantum Leap in Joy and Freedom – 3:304:30pm. Combine proprioceptive exercise with mindful mediation classes. Join like-minded women that want to co-create the life they want, effortlessly and joyfully. Learn how to connect your body, mind and spirit. $20. Medicine in Balance, 940 Town Center Dr, Ste F-90, Langhorne. Laurie Van Valkenburgh, 267-566-6056. Lavabigail@gmail. com.

thursday Chair Yoga at Airmid Wellness – Patti Tuberty – 11am-noon. Even if you have limited mobility, unable to sit on the ground or have trouble getting

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Massage Therapy Discount – Every day during July, licensed massage therapist Lee Noonan offers a $20 discount to new out-call clients in Bucks and Montgomery counties. She brings her table and 35+ years of experience in Manhattan. See her Community Resource Guide listing for details. $150. Lee Noonan, 917-656-5524. Affordable Acupuncture Clinic at Airmid – 3-6pm. Acupuncture stimulates movement of energy within the body, allowing natural healing to take place. Acupuncture treatments help to prevent illness by improving the overall functioning of the body’s immune and organ systems. A sliding scale, and coming weekly increases the likelihood of long-lasting effects. Reserve a time or just drop in. $30-$45. Airmid Wellness and Counseling Center, 1260 Old York Rd, Hartsville Professional Village, Warminster. Pam Milask, 215-858-7554. EdSalkind.

saturday Doylestown Farmers Market – 8am-1pm. Meet and greet your local farmers and crafters. Shop from a bountiful, fresh, local harvest. Vegetables, herbs, fruit, flowers, homemade and handmade goodies, breads, pastries, pastured meats, eggs, mushrooms and much more. Enjoy the outdoors and listen to live music. Every Saturday, visit to BUY LOCAL. Free. Doylestown Farmers Market, S Hamilton St between W State St and W Oakland Ave, Doylestown. Rhiannon Wright, 484-663-9727. DtownMarket Shiatsu Community Clinic – 9:15am-4:45pm. 1st Sat. Shiatsu sessions offered in supervised clinic setting. Each student will interview, assess energy and create individualized shiatsu session to balance the body. Wear loose, comfortable clothing, preferably cotton. Wear socks. No cell phones, no perfumes. $45. International School of Shiatsu, 6055C Kellers Church Rd, Plumsteadville. Shirley Scranta, 215-795-8065.


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community resource guide Connecting you to the leaders in natural healthcare and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included, email to request our media kit. ACUPUNCTURE BRIDGE ACUPUNCTURE

Grace Rollins, MS, LAc, NTP Paolo Propato, LAc 30 Garden Alley, Doylestown 215-348-8058 Schedule a complimentary consultation to learn more about acupuncture and our warm, joyful wellness center. 10% off your first treatment for NABuxMont readers. Acupuncture and East Asian Medicine can safely and effectively relieve chronic pain, stress and anxiety, restore sleep, boost energy, promote healthy digestion, balance the immune system and regulate hormones. Meditation classes, qigong, nutritional counseling, massage therapy, pediatric acupressure and more. Google our many positive reviews and testimonials. Easy online scheduling available. See ad, page 35.

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

Featuring specialty yoga, ayurvedic spa, therapeutic massage, jin shin jyutsu and far-infrared sauna in a boutique wellness retreat. At Roots & Wings, you’ll learn self-healing rituals to sustain your vital essence. See ad, page 25.


Andrew Persky, DC 1432 Easton Rd, Ste 4A, Warrington 215-491-4200 • LifeAligned offers a unique treatment for chronic musculoskeletal and neurological pain conditions, offering a safe, gentle alternative to drugs, surgery or traditional chiropractic “twisting” and “cracking”. See ad, page 8.

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

Let’s make pain a part of your past. Integrative chiropractic care in a warm, familiar setting. Applied kinesiology, lifestyle support, ayurveda, nutrition and weight loss. See ad, page 22.


610-394-0502 Visit website for free gift. End the war on stress, anxiety and overwhelm; find peace without medication. Tanya is a skilled, experienced coach utilizing methods therapists don’t tend to use in their day-to-day practice. Get started today. You’re not alone. See ad, page 26.


1260 Old York Rd, Warminster 215-293-0744 • Gain your power back from depression, trauma, abuse, neglect, illness, addiction, anxiety, stress or weight issues. Support your wellbeing, increase your energy and flexibility with alternative classes and services for adults, kids and adolescents including yoga, meditation, massage and acupuncture. See ad, page 18.

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

An educational center for spiritual enlightenment, which nourishes the holistic lifestyle. The Room hosts classes, workshops, retreats and is available for rental to instructors sharing the healing and expressive arts. See ad, page 35.


Alexis Zankman Lee 5 Evergreen Ave, Warminster 215-323-4244 • Asking for help is not a l w a y s e a s y. We provide individualized therapy in a warm, supportive environment for children, adults and families. Please call for a free consultation.


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


Hyo J. Lim DMD 216 Mall Blvd, Ste 11, King of Prussia 610-265-4485 Dr. Hyo Lim provides a holistic approach to exceptional dentistry, in a warm and caring environment. At Dental Wellness Centre, mercuryand metal-free restorations are used for the most biocompatible results. Biocompatibility testing for dental materials is available. Invisalign is offered as an alternative to metal braces. Zirconium and titanium implants are offered to replace damaged or missing teeth. Free digital X-rays with initial consultation. See ad, page 29.

In 1863 the War Department established a training center at LaMott in Cheltenham Township, Montgomery County, where the first federally supported black soldiers were trained. July 2018



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


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

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

Dr. David DiGiallorenzo focuses on providing oral health solutions through holistic, biologically compatible and organic practices. It is one of the world’s most accomplished centers for periodontal and implant care, which integrates wellness services into their therapeutic approach. He is experienced at immediate total tooth replacement with metal-free dental implants, treating gum disease with LANAP, a no-cut, no-sew method of treating gum disease, comfortable gum grafting with PRGF, implant denture solutions and chronic pain management. See ad, page 3.


Weavers Way Ambler is member-owned and open to the public. The new store includes a café, full-service butcher, bulk and prepared foods. See ad, page 17.



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


108 Cowpath Rd, Stes 3 & 4, Lansdale 215-542-2100 Bringing a personalized and holistic approach to hospice care. Our trained volunteers offer aromatherapy, massage therapy, reiki and pet therapy to bring healing and wholeness to clients and their families. See ad, page 31.



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


Why an organic mattress? Remove toxic chemicals from the bedroom, naturally flame retardant, repels dust mites, mold and mildew, naturally regulates temperatures and improves spinal alignment. Say goodbye to toxic gases, allergies, night sweats and back pain with an environmentally friendly mattress. Serving the community since 2004. See ad, page 18.

908-303-7767 • HypnosisCounselingCenter. com

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


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

With 30 years experience, Hypnosis Counseling Center of NJ utilizes traditional counseling methods and the art of hypno-therapy in private and group settings. Regularly holds adult education seminars, works with hospitals, fitness centers and individuals wanting to better their lives. Specializes in weight loss, stress, smoking, confidence building, phobias, insomnia, test taking, sports improvement and public speaking. See ad, page 9.

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


Joan Summers, Certified Equine Gestalt Coach and Reiki Master 267-272-9343 • Joan will guide you with compassion and an open heart on a journey of selfdiscovery and healing. She offers healing for her clients impacted by trauma and/or experiencing PTSD, anxiety, feeling stuck, grief, low self-esteem and needing connection and purpose. See ad, page 19.


6055C Kellers Church Rd, 2nd Floor, Pipersville 215-795-8065 • Celebrating 20 years as the area’s leading center for shiatsu massage training and treatment. Come visit our new space in Pipersville. New courses start regularly. See ad, page 23.


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


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


Laurie Van Valkenburgh, ACBT, LMT 6064 Upper Mountain Rd, New Hope 800 W State St, Doylestown • 267-566-6056 Experience Shiatsu/Shin Tai Bodywork, in New Hope. Align your body’s structure using muscle energy and fascial release techniques, central channel release to allow free-flowing spinal alignment, and cranial work. This releases hidden trauma trapped in the body, and life force is then able to return. See ad, page 23.

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

Conflict is natural as no group shares identical values, wants, needs and ideas. Lauren Walton provides a safe place to talk freely and openly, plus improve personal conflict resolution and communication skills. See ad, page 33.


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

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

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

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

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


Dian Freeman, MA, MHHC Private Nutritional Consultations, Classes, Nutritional Certification Course Morristown, NJ 973-267-4816 Clinical Nutritionist Dian Freeman has a private practice and nutrition school in Morristown, NJ. She teaches a six-month nutritional certification course and has certified over 850 graduates in Holistic Health over the last 15 years. She also practices frequency biofeedback, teaches one-day classes and lectures widely. Dian is currently finishing her doctorate in Medical Humanities at Drew University, in Madison, NJ, and may be reached at 973-2674816, email at or visit See ad, page 15.

Sesame Place, in Bucks County, partnered with The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards to become the first theme park in the world designated as a Certified Autism Center.

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

Dr. Jeffrey Griffin is a chiropractor with 31 years of practice experience in chiropractic care that is blended together with enzyme nutrition. This combination of treatment modalities allows Griffin to successfully treat a wide variety of health complaints, ranging from neck and back pain to headaches, digestive maladies and fibromyalgia. Call him today for a complimentary phone consultation or visit his website. See ad, page 25.


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

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

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


Montgomery Integrative Health Group 1108 E Willow Grove Ave, Wyndmoor 215-233-6226 Dr. Daila Pravs is trained in integrative, functional medicine and specializes in family medicine, women’s health, urinary tract infections, colds, rashes, musculoskeletal concerns, nutrition and food intolerance, nutrigenomics, stress, sleep, emotional wellbeing, digestive wellness and environmental factors. See ad, page 3.

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Montgomery Integrative Health Group 1108 E Willow Grove Ave, Wyndmoor 215-233-6226


Dr. Heidi Wittels is a functional medical doctor who specializes in “whole-person” diagnosis and integrative treatment of Lyme disease, mold sensitivity and biotoxins, cognitive decline, autoimmune disease, metabolic syndrome, hyperlipidemia, digestive concerns, nutrigenomics and methylation. See ad, page 3.

Joan Summers, Certified Reiki Master and Gestalt Coach 267-272-9343 • Experience peace of mind, enlightened awareness and physical restoration. The connections between physical pain and emotional trauma are often revealed during an intuitive reiki session. It is a practice of compassion and spiritual connection. See ad, page 19.


Joseph Carchedi, MD, ABIHM • 215-780-1898 Dr. Carchedi is a board-certified integrative holistic medicine physician who practices personalized functional medicine, getting to the root cause of every illness. He performs IV therapies and is a member of the American College of Nutrition. See ad, page 15.


4 Terry Dr, Ste 12 Atrium Bldg, Newtown 215-968-9000 • A fully organic, holistic, eco-friendly wellness spa featuring an array of detoxification, cleansing and therapeutic services. The spa is one of the only facilities in the area to offer colon hydrotherapy. See ad, page 9.


Improving the lives of pets through acupuncture, herbal therapy, homeopathy, nutritional counseling and integration of holistic therapies with conventional medicine for customized approach to care. See ad, page 39.

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

Dr. Suzanne Walski has been serving the community since 1987. Currently providing chiropractic, TCVM acupuncture, K-Laser, Bach Flower, and nutritional/food therapy. Geriatric and pets with complicated health issues welcome. See ad, page 35.

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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.

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

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

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