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In further confirmation of the importance of the gut-brain axis, 18 Italian students at the University of Verona from ages 18 to 33 that took a freezedried mixture of four probiotics for six weeks experienced less depression, anger and fatigue compared to a control group of 15 that consumed a placebo. The positive effects continued, as discovered in follow-up testing three weeks later. The probiotics group also slept better. The probiotic bacteria blend of 4 billion colonyforming units included Lactobacillus fermentum, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lactobacillus plantarum and Bifidobacterium longum.

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Seniors that ate more than 10 grams—about two teaspoons—of nuts a day were able to ward off normal cognitive decline and even improve their cognitive functions by up to 60 percent, according to University of South Australia researchers. The study was based on 22 years of records of 4,822 Chinese adults ages 55 and older; 17 percent of them ate nuts every day, most often peanuts. These seniors had as much as 60 percent improved cognitive function compared to those that didn’t eat nuts, and they showed better thinking, reasoning and memory. “Nuts are known to be high in healthy fats, protein and fiber with nutritional properties that can lower cholesterol and improve cognitive health,” says study author Ming Li.

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With the aid of a new infrared camera technology called optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA), early Alzheimer’s disease can be detected by checking the back of the eyes for weakened and decreased blood vessels, reports a new study. Northwestern Medicine researchers reached the conclusion by comparing the vessels in the eyes of 32 people that exhibited the forgetfulness typical of early-stage Alzheimer’s with those of another 32 people with normal cognitive


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The inflamed gum condition known as gingivitis is fairly common and often mild, but can be a precursor of more serious periodontal disease linked to Alzheimer’s and rheumatoid arthritis. German researchers at the University of Freiburg tested 30 people: half in a control group that did not change their diet, and half that switched to a diet low in meat and processed carbohydrates and rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin C, vitamin D, antioxidants, plant nitrates and fiber. After four weeks, those on the plant-based diet had significantly less gum inflammation and bleeding. They also lost weight and had higher vitamin D levels.

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Ireland Declares Climate Emergency

The Republic of Ireland is the third country worldwide to declare a climate emergency, with both the government and opposition parties agreeing to an amendment to a climate action report. “We’re reaching a tipping point in respect of climate deterioration,” says Climate Action Minister Richard Bruton. “Things will deteriorate very rapidly unless we move very swiftly, and the window of opportunity to do that is fast closing.” The UK governments of Wales and Scotland have also declared climate emergencies. Suggested responses include limiting oil and gas exploration, and issuing an additional biodiversity emergency measure.


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Dangerous Dozen Produce to Avoid

The 2019 Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce ( DirtyDozen-Clean15List) highlights increased pesticide use on up to 70 percent of conventionally grown U.S. produce. Several different types of pesticide, insecticide and fungicide residues are present on many fruits and vegetables. The Dirty Dozen list includes strawberries, spinach, kale, nectarines, apples, grapes, peaches, cherries, pears, tomatoes, celery and potatoes. The clean 15 list includes avocados, sweet corn, pineapples, frozen sweet peas, onions, papayas, eggplant, asparagus, kiwi, cabbage, cauliflower, cantaloupes, broccoli, mushrooms and honeydew melon. The EWG advises that eating organic produce, especially for pregnant and nursing mothers and young children, should be a national priority.

Cannabis is enjoying a renaissance of sorts, and one new application for hemp, the no-buzz industrial variety used in fabrics, oils and foods, is cleaning nuclear radiation from toxic soil and removing metals like cadmium, lead, mercury and other pollutants via phytoremediation. Allison Beckett, a cultivation expert at, says, “Industrial hemp has been used in areas of high radiation, such as Fukushima, [in Japan,] with promising results. Not only does hemp pull toxic, heavy metals from the soil, it actually improves soil structure, making it usable as productive farmland again. Plus, hemp is a vigorous plant that absorbs CO2 rapidly, making it an encouraging solution to climate change.” Hemp phytoremediation has been used in Italy to clean up the small town of Taranto, where a steel plant has been leaking dioxin into the air and soil. The Pennsylvania Industrial Hemp Council and Lehigh University, in Bethlehem, are running a project to test the process in an arsenic-contaminated area in Upper Saucon Township that once harbored a zinc mine.


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The world’s oceans may be getting bluer, thanks to climate change. The effect is more likely to be detected by satellites than Earthbound people, and is caused by the depletion of marine phytoplankton as seawater warms. A new study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology published in the journal Nature Communications predicts that more than 50 percent of the oceans’ collective 140 million square miles of surface area will likely be affected by 2100. Marine ecologist and leader of the study Stephanie Dutkiewicz says, “These microscopic organisms live in the water and are the base of the marine food chain. If there are less of them in it, the water will be slightly bluer.” Phytoplankton serves as a food source for small sea creatures that are eaten by fish, squid and shellfish. If phytoplankton populations dip too low, vital fisheries in certain areas could be decimated.

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Greenhouse Gases Hit Landmark

Certainty that we are facing a climate crisis today and not just in the future was reached in May through an alarming milestone in carbon dioxide levels. Data from the Mauna Loa Observatory, in Hawaii, shows that the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached 415 parts per million, the highest ever recorded. However, environmental organizations charge that ominous news like this is not being communicated to the public to the degree warranted. While the CBS, NBC and ABC nightly TV news reports combined devoted nearly 18 minutes of coverage to the birth of the royal baby between May 6 and 12, airtime regarding climate change and extinction during the same period only amounted to one minute and 21 seconds, and only on CBS. For more information and to get involved, including signing a petition to demand that the media cover the climate crisis and extinction more frequently and in greater depth, visit

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Researchers at King’s College London and the University of Suffolk have found a diverse array of cocaine, pharmaceuticals and pesticides in UK river wildlife, as described in a study published in Environment International. The team collected samples of freshwater shrimp from five catchment areas and 15 different sites across the agricultural county of Suffolk. Cocaine was found in all samples tested, and other illicit drugs, pesticides and pharmaceuticals were also widely recorded in the survey. Dr. Leon Barron, from King’s College London, notes, “Such regular occurrence of illicit drugs in wildlife was surprising. We might expect to see these in urban areas such as London, but not in smaller and more rural catchments. The presence of pesticides that have long been banned in the UK also poses a particular challenge, as the sources of these remain unclear.”

Producing pure hydrogen is expensive and energy intensive, but a research team at the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, at Princeton University, used sunlight to pull hydrogen from industrial wastewater by using a specially designed chamber with a “Swiss cheese”-like black silicon interface. As reported in the journal Energy & Environmental Science, the process is aided by bacteria that generate electrical current when consuming organic matter in the wastewater; the current, in turn, aids in the water splitting. It “allows us to treat wastewater and simultaneously generate fuels,” says Jing Gu, a co-researcher and assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at San Diego State University. The scientists say the technology could appeal to refineries and chemical plants, which typically produce their own hydrogen from fossil fuels and face high costs for cleaning wastewater.

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Wendy Coleman, founder of LA Urban Farms, works with chefs, resorts, hotels, universities and corporate clients to set up aeroponic tower gardens, such as these kale and lettuce crops.

from elementary school gardens where kids learn to grow, cook and eat nutritious food to corporate gardens inside a new office building for lender Fannie Mae’s employee café. One of its crown jewels is a 6,500-square-foot rooftop garden on the Nationals Park baseball stadium, where edible flowers end up in cocktails and organic produce feeds fine diners and VIP ticket holders. Ray grew his business organically, fueled by passion and curiosity, rather than any horticultural background. “I grew up in NYC, where I had nothing to grow on. When I moved to Florida for grad school, I had a huge backyard to play around with,” says Ray.

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he average American meal travels 1,500 miles to reach its plate, according to the nonprofit Center for Urban Education About Sustainable Agriculture. Yet, enterprising green thumbs across the country are bringing the farm back to plate’s reach, growing hyperlocal food in backyards, on rooftops, through indoor farms and more. City farming reconnects urbanites to their food sources while bettering the environment, communities, diets and health. Urban agriculture, harkening back to the Victory Gardens planted to ward off food shortages during World War I and II, is nothing new. While today’s home gardeners have staked out balconies, window boxes and vacant lots in this locavore resurgence, noteworthy pioneers are 14

forging a path to organic urban agriculture on a commercial scale—tapping into new technologies and markets, and turning challenges like dealing with space constraints into fresh opportunities.

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Take Niraj Ray, whose company Cultivate the City is working to transform urban food deserts in the nation’s capital into thriving local food systems. “We want to get more people interested in growing their own food and show them how they can grow more with less square footage through vertical gardens and sustainable techniques like [soil-less] hydroponic systems,” says Ray. Cultivate the City manages numerous gardens for clients around Washington, D.C.,

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Like many other urban farms, Cultivate the City offers a seasonal farm subscription known as a community supported agriculture (CSA) program that allows city dwellers to buy directly from local producers. Ray’s rooftop greenhouse, located on top of a local hardware store that sells his edible plants at retail, offers all the fixings for a healthy, diverse diet: hydroponic towers of leafy greens, trays of microgreens for corporate clients, specialty varieties of hot peppers for the company’s hot sauce and stacking cubes of an albino strawberry variety that Ray crossbred himself. “There are so many ways to contribute to urban farming, from aquaponics to vermicomposting; it’s about finding your niche,” he says.

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cities. “City planners and adults throughThere are so many need innovative soluways to contribute to urban out South Florida. tions like vertical farmThrough their entity ing to feed the growing farming, from aquaponics The Urban Beekeepto vermicomposting; it’s ers, the Coldwells offer population. We can grow at scale, with about finding your niche. beekeeping classes, minimum space and consult with local gov~Niraj Ray environmental impact,” ernments, sell equipsays Wendy Coleman, ment and rescue “feral who began her California-based business hives” to integrate into managed hives. LA Urban Farms in 2013. Today, Coleman’s They’ve worked successfully with parks, team works with chefs, resorts, hotels, uniairports, golf clubs and country clubs to versities, greenhouses and corporate clients put honeybee habitats on site. like Google and Ikea to set up aeroponic Urban beekeeping works in synergy tower gardens across the U.S. and Europe. with city farms, as honeybees forage up to With aeroponics, nutrient-enriched five miles for food, and in so doing polwater is pumped through a garden tower linate a lot of crops. Seventy of the top 100 to shower the roots of plants suspended in human food crops are pollinated by bees, air. “It actually uses 90 percent less water according to the Food and Agriculture than conventional growing, which is a Organization of the United Nations. “We huge benefit in a place like California, and often hear people say their garden is doing avoids any kind of agricultural runoff,” better than it has in years, thanks to the says Coleman. In conjunction with urban apiaries nearby,” says John Coldwell. farming partners, the business churns out The challenges of growing at scale are 30,000 seedlings a month using aeroponic a recurrent theme among urban farmtechnology to grow for their diverse client ers. Ian Marvy, the U.S. Department of base and working with chefs to plan seaAgriculture (USDA) outreach specialist sonal menus around their produce. for the greater New York City area, ran his Aeroponics and other innovaown urban farm, grossing six figures for 14 tive farm technologies are transforming years. However, Marvy says most farmers spaces in cities across the U.S., reclaiming growing in the city aren’t operating at a peripheral and idle spaces like alleys and profitable scale or producing enough for warehouses to grow herbs and vegetables everyone to eat local. in abundance, using 90 percent less land Even so, locally grown produce is by growing vertically, notes Coleman. a booming market in New York City. “With our gardens, diners can see their Greenmarket, founded in 1976, operates food growing at their table; they get such a more than 50 farmers’ markets, limited personal connection with their food. It’s an to vendors that grow within a 200-mile interactive way for hotels and restaurants radius, some of whom take home five to demonstrate their commitment to local, figures on a good day, says Marvy. Interest sustainable food,” she says. in growing at the community level has also mushroomed, adds Marvy, who estimates Breaking into Hives: that 90 percent of the city’s more than 500 City Beekeepers school gardens weren’t there 15 years ago when he started this work. “The USDA “I had a backyard garden that wasn’t doing so well, and I thought it was the lack of pol- has a huge opportunity here and nationally to make cities more sustainable and feed linators, so I got bees; but then I realized I more people. I’m really excited and comwas just a bad gardener,” quips master beemitted to that,” he says. keeper John Coldwell, of Fort Lauderdale. While urban agriculture efforts are Since this humble beginning in 2012 with a few backyard hives, Coldwell and his sometimes criticized for catering to upper wife Teresa have been leading a movement income residents that can afford to pay top to repurpose public land for “microapiardollar for specialty items like microgreens, ies” and provide apiary education for youth many businesses and organizations are

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hose that have never nurtured more than a houseplant shouldn’t be intimidated, says Wendy Coleman, founder of LA Urban Farms. “Growing food is easy and doesn’t require any special background,” says Coleman, who was green to growing when she started her business six years ago. When growing commercially, find a niche, says Niraj Ray, of Cultivate the City. The company grows plants of ethnic or cultural significance to appeal to Asian, African and Latino populations, from the nutrition-packed moringa to okra, a staple of both Indian and African cooking, given it is a growing market for immigrant populations not served by most traditional garden centers. Seek natural allies like sustainability-minded chefs to bolster an urban ag business. The farm-to-fork chef ’s movement has been a boon for beekeepers and farmers, with chefs acting as patrons of the farms, according to beekeeping expert Teresa Coldwell. Sette Bello Ristorante, an Italian restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, funds vertical gardens at a community garden where the Coldwells have hives so its chef can have pure organic food like squash blossoms pollinated by local bees. Urban farming has its pleasures and rewards, but can also bring hardships. Ray struggles with employee turnover when newbie farmers face the realities of working in the heat and rain, even from a sleek, trendy, rooftop garden. July 2019



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or those interested in trying home growing or supporting metro area farmers, here are some resources for eating food grown in and around your zip code. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Urban Agriculture Toolkit walks prospective city farmers through all of the necessary steps to planning a successful urban agriculture operation, from soil testing to accessing financing. Tinyurl. com/UrbanAgriculturalToolkit. features a clickable map of community gardens in the U.S. and beyond where neighbors can connect and grow together. The FairShare CSA Coalition’s site ( offers an interactive Farm Search tool to find community supported agriculture (CSA) programs where city dwellers can subscribe to local farms and receive a share of the seasonal bounty. The American Community Garden Association ( provides resources for finding, starting and managing community gardens. Local Harvest ( has a searchable national directory of farmers’ markets, farms, CSAs and more.

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working on multiple The USDA has a huge ing projects, senior comfronts, with lucrative opportunity here and munities and schools six days a week. specialty crops helping nationally to make cities Their latest project, to subsidize programs more sustainable and the Public Market, is a serving families lacking retail location on Wheelaccess to healthy affordfeed more people. ing’s Main Street that will able food. ~Ian Marvy serve as a year-round Grow Ohio Valley farmers’ market. The organization is also takes an integrated approach to food sovbuilding alliances between local farmers ereignty in Wheeling, West Virginia, and and healthcare providers through a project the Upper Ohio Valley. “This part of the called The Farmacy. A partnership with a Appalachian Rustbelt has lost much of its local free clinic, it targets people suffering population, jobs and economic base over from diabetes and other diseases linked to the last generation. We want to promote poor diets with a doctor’s prescription for health and wellness through fresh food, organic produce offered free through the while helping to transform the urban landscape from falling-down buildings and organization’s CSA. These urban agriculture pioneers are vacant lots into productive community ashelping to not only grow food, but comsets,” says founder Danny Swan. munity, and are nurturing renewed con The operation’s food hub aggrenections to the Earth. City growing has so gates produce from small local farmers, many benefits: decreasing packaging, costs providing a guaranteed market for their and food miles traveled, making it easier produce and the opportunity to reach a to eat organic seasonal food and a more larger market, usually only served by food diverse diet. “The connection people feel grown thousands of miles away. The prowhen they plant seed and get to harvest the duce is supplemented by four urban farm sites run by the organization, including an mature plant is transformative. Growing food is something we can all do to make a apple orchard on the site of a demolished difference, for our health and the environhousing project. ment,” says Coleman. Grow Ohio Valley also works to reach the “last-mile customers” that lack access Connect with Washington, D.C. freelance to high-quality affordable produce via a writer April Thompson at mobile farmers’ market that goes to hous-

FROM SOIL TO GUT Growing a Dirty, Healthy Life by Craig Shelton and Donald Joergens


ur environment, health and future are in a tailspin. Our loss of balance with Mother Nature has resulted in a rapidly warming world where soils and foods are contaminated with poisons and depleted in life-bestowing nutrients and gut-strengthening, good dirt. Our bodies, weakened by poorly grown, nutritionally drained foods, are subject to more debilitating illnesses as we outpace our current “disease care” system. Fortunately, Mother Nature does not require apologies—only the embrace of a dynamic balance within the natural order. The destiny of our children’s children, as well as the current states of life for all, are within our power to positively change. Thankfully, strong activists are rising within the greatest vocations—the farmer and gardener, hoisting bags of GMO-free seeds upon their shoulders while firmly grasping the tools to make beds from which a new future of foods will arise. The movement toward suburban and urban agriculture—private home gardens in the suburbs, urban neighborhoods that reclaim disused lots for edible plants, organic family farms near and far—energizes personal and community commitment to working with nature as we move away from factory farming with potash fertilizer, dead dirt, corrupted seeds, deadly pesticides and gene-altering herbicides.

While this movement is a key step in the right direction, there are other vital concepts to incorporate as we move forward.

Grow Healthy Topsoil

All farms of 100 acres or more must be regenerative. Regenerative agriculture practices “grow” healthy topsoil instead of depleting it. It has been said that the most destructive invention of humankind is not the gun or nuclear power, but the plow. Turning of topsoil not only releases carbon into the air, but also doesn’t allow for its recapturing back into the earth. Regenerative farming doesn’t turn the soil. Instead it incorporates the proper utilization of herd animals, the management of a strong biodiversity within the root microbiome of cultivated plants and an improved water cycle of the land to compel biosequestration. Biosequestration captures and stores (sequestrates) the atmospheric greenhouse gas of carbon dioxide, a main player in global warming, and returns it back into the earth. This enriches the topsoil and all that is produced from it.

Protect the Microbiome

Root systems, including the fungal branches that connect plants one to another in a brain-like communication, have their own, extremely necessary microbiome. A micro-

biome is the collection of microorganisms necessary for the health of a particular environment. The vast diversity of bacteria, fungi, protozoa and viruses within each of us comes from the microorganisms within the soil. Microbiome also means the genetics and the potential expression for healthy responses or, more likely, unhealthy reactions from the community of friends living within our gut. What is less understood is that every plant also has a gut. The soil is the gut of the plant. Soil that is healthy supports a thriving microbiome, which can be passed on to us to refresh our own gut health. Our increasing knowledge about the impact of food on our health makes caring for our food supply from the ground up critical. Determining a scientific link between food and conditions like ADD/ HD, autism, Alzheimer’s, anxiety, depression, cancer and more is challenging, but those with the conditions often report improvement through a dedicated diet of food grown in healthy ways. Everyone benefits when soils are a net carbon sink. Through our food choices and farming and gardening practices, we all have the opportunity to influence how soil is managed. Profitable agriculture, nutrient-dense food, clean water and vibrant communities can be ours… if that is what we choose. Craig Shelton is CEO at AEON Holistic Agriculture, Inc., an organization formed to demonstrate that large-scale sustainable agriculture is more profitable and makes farmland more valuable than the dominant model of commercial agriculture in the U.S. today. In addition, he teaches about sustainability, agriculture and food at Princeton University. For details, visit AEONHolistic Dr. Donald Joergens is a New Jersey-based chiropractor who has been an innovative thinker for over 25 years. His discoveries within cutting-edge functional neuroscience and its connection with the natural world reflect his powerful understanding of how the principles in functional brain-based methods impact the lives of all people. For more information, visit FunctionalBrain July 2019


Organic on the Rise

HELP FOR HOME GARDENERS Extension Agents at Your Service


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any home gardeners readily list flies, wasps and beetles among the “pests” in their gardens. However, many of these are actually pollinators that help boost production of fruits and vegetables; others are beneficial insects that keep the real plant-killers at bay. A quick call to the local cooperative extension service can help sort out friend from foe—

and that’s just the beginning of what this valuable, underutilized resource can offer. Each year, millions in federal taxpayer dollars help fund county agricultural extension programs administered through the 108 colleges and universities that comprise the nation’s land grant university system. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which supplies the money,

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“The good news is that the 2018 Farm Bill provided increases for many of our programs, including the organic agriculture research and extension initiative program for which we received significant funding,” says Mathieu Ngouajio, program leader for the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The USDA is eager to see the connections their constituents are making with the research. “We want to identify the needs of organic gardeners, and the best way to meet those needs to get our research into their hands,” Ngouajio says. County extension agents are on the front lines of this effort, offering low- or no-cost soil testing, handbooks on a variety of local gardening topics and workshops on everything from making rain barrels and creating rain gardens to implementing eco-friendly pest control, cultivating native plants and employing best practices for organic gardening. Master gardeners that volunteer their expertise are central to supporting extension outreach activities. “We would love more business from the public,” says Weston Miller, an associ-

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also helps fund science-based research meant to reach not only farmers, but home gardeners seeking advice on best practices. The USDA is trying to do a better job of raising public awareness of assistance that’s readily available, free of charge, especially now that it’s getting more funding.

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ate professor with Oregon State University’s organic pest control, Miller says. “In terms The good news is that the extension service. “The public service of of gardening, there are certified organic 2018 Farm Bill provided the master gardener program is to answer products you can use and still be organic.” increases for many of our questions,” including what and when to One thing to look for on a label is the seal programs, including an plant and how much irrigation is required. of the Organic Materials Review Institute, In Oregon, there are 3,500 master organic program for which we which indicates the product is suitable for gardeners, with 650 volunteers in Portland received significant funding. organic gardening. alone. “We train master gardeners in how However, there aren’t many good ~Mathieu Ngouajio to use our resources and interpret the options for weed management, he adds. research to the public,” Miller says. “You have to do weeding by hand or use an “There are trained volunteers in pretty much every county in herbicide that isn’t organic.” the country ready and willing to answer any gardening question,” Another issue that extension programs can help with is makMiller says. For example, a new organic gardener might not know ing sure organic gardeners receive only scientifically researched the correct soil amendments to use or how to start a composting information, says Nicole Pinson, an urban horticulture agent with pile to supplement the soil in an organic garden. the Hillsborough County Extension Service, in Tampa, Florida. There is also a nationwide network called Ask the Expert “Gardening information is available on websites and on so( and questions will automatically go to an cial media. Some information that pops up is not research-based, extension staff person or master gardener in the area where the or they are selling a product and are not unbiased,” Pinson says. inquiring gardener lives. “We generally stick to recommendations we have been able to vet through research. When we make a recommendation, we give Reducing Confusion folks all of the options of what they can do.” Many of those getting into organic gardening might feel confused as to what connotes organic, Miller says. “Organic gardening is To find a nearby extension office, visit using a naturally formed material for fertilizer and pesticide, from plant, animal or mineral sources.” Yvette C. Hammett is an environmental writer based in Valrico, The biggest area of confusion is that many people think Florida. She can be contacted at organic means pesticide-free. But that is not always true. There is

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ummer is an ideal time to add a healthy dose of fresh, organic herbs to make cool salads, luscious smoothies and other hot-weather eats and treats. Herbs are not only a flavorful addition to any meal, they are also chock-full of health benefits, from lowering blood pressure and improving mineral balance to increasing immune support, hydration, energy and healthy skin. Most people consider using herbs in small amounts as seasonings for recipes such as spaghetti sauce, soups or desserts. However, they are edible plants, just like kale and spinach. Although they tend to have strong flavors when dried, fresh herbs are usually quite mild and can be eaten in large amounts like any other vegetable.

Cool Benefits “Summertime herbs are important for dealing with the heat and humidity that the season brings,” says Nathaniel Whitmore, a Chinese medicine herbalist and shiatsu massage practitioner in Milford, Pennsylvania. An herb that he recommends for this time of year is American ginseng, which, unlike its Chinese namesake, is considered a “cooling” herb and helps keep the body moist. When combined with fresh chrysanthemum flowers, the result is a powerful elixir that both hydrates and energizes. “A piece of American ginseng root and a few chrysanthemums placed in a jar of water and set on a windowsill for a few days makes a great cold infusion,” says Whitmore. “You can store it in the fridge for a few days and drink it in small amounts at a time to benefit from its energizing and hydrating properties.”

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~Nathaniel Whitmore Soft-stemmed herbs such as parsley and dill can be used in large amounts in salads and summer sandwiches. Other heat-tolerant herbs that are easy to grow include lemon balm, rosemary, lavender, mint and basil. “Lemon balm is great for headaches and insomnia that are common during summer heat waves,” says Michelle Schoffro Cook, Ph.D., an herbalist and doctor of natural medicine, in Ontario, Canada. “Basil can help reduce summer achiness, while lavender serves as a relaxant and an excellent bug repellant.” In addition to relieving headaches and restlessness, lemon balm is also beneficial for those that suffer from high blood pressure. A study in the Journal of Herbal Medicine reports that it is helpful in reducing blood pressure in patients with chronic stable angina. Rosemary, another herb used for sleep disorders, was found to also help improve memory and decrease anxiety in a study conducted in Iran at the Kerman University of Medical Sciences. One study in 2009 by researchers in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Allahbad, in India, revealed that polyphenols found in herbs and plants harbor antioxidant properties that can help reduce the risk of developing cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and neurodegenerative disorders.

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Fresh Is Best While herbs can be used in their extracted and dried forms, the most significant health benefits are often found in the raw, organic plant. “Fresh is better,” says Whitmore. “This is especially true when it comes to the more aromatic plants such as basil and lavender. A lot of the more volatile constituents are lost during the drying process.” Most herbs grow best in dry garden areas that receive at least eight hours of sun each day. Although some herbs can grow in partially shaded locations, they won’t be as flavorful. Many herbs can also be grown in containers or pots. Maria Noël Groves, a clinical herbalist in Allenstown, New Hampshire, and author of Grow Your Own Herbal Remedies: How to Create a Customized Herb Garden to Support Your Health & Well-Being, lists lemon balm, Korean mint, anise hyssop and purple basil as among her favorite summer culinary and beverage herbs that are easy to grow in pots. These make easy pickings for wraps, salads, sandwiches and more. “Lemon balm can also be used to make infused water,” says Groves. “With lemon verbena, lemon grass or holy basil, the result is refreshing and calming.” Just take a few sprigs and place them in either plain or seltzer water. The result is a delicately flavored beverage that’s also healthy and hydrating. Kajsa Nickels is a freelance writer and a music composer. She resides in northeastern Pennsylvania. Contact her at

Herbal Chill-Outs Lemon Balm Vinegar This infusion can be used in place of plain vinegar in summer salad dressings. According to the Journal of Medicine, lemon balm is helpful in lowering blood pressure and cholesterol. Combining it with apple cider vinegar adds extra health benefits to the mix, including digestion enhancement, detoxing and inflammation reduction. 2-3 cups fresh lemon balm, washed 1 qt apple cider vinegar Add coarsely chopped lemon balm leaves and stems to a 32-ounce mason jar. Add vinegar until lemon balm is completely covered. Allow to sit in a cool, dark place for two to four weeks before straining. From the book Be Your Own Herbalist by Michelle Schoffro Cook. Used with permission from New World Library.

Dandelion and Violet Greens Pesto 1 bunch dandelion leaves 1-2 handfuls violet leaves 1-3 garlic cloves 1-3 oz Parmesan cheese 1 cup toasted, salted/tamari pepitas (pumpkin seeds) Juice of ½ lemon ¼ cup olive oil Coarsely chop the herbs and the garlic. Combine with a mortar and pestle, food processor or blender and blend until minced. Add the liquids and blend to a puree. Serve with organic tortilla chips, crackers or veggie sticks. Will keep for a few days in a tightly sealed container or frozen. From the book Grow Your Own Herbal Remedies by Maria Noël Groves. Used with permission from Storey Publishing. July 2019


The main purpose is not exercise or getting from point A to point B, but rather having a mindful, sensory experience in nature. ~Hannah Fries

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FOREST BATHING Mother Nature’s Rx for Body and Mind by Marlaina Donato


n 1982, the Japanese government coined the term Shinrin-yoku (“taking in the forest atmosphere” or “forest bathing”) to inspire people to visit and appreciate national parks. Today, that walk in the woods has become a medically recommended activity worldwide for improving immunity, reducing symptoms of anxiety and depres-

sion, managing chronic pain and promoting better sleep. The research supporting the physical and mental benefits of forest bathing is so compelling that it’s advocated by the National Institute of Public Health of Japan and prescribed to patients there. Researchers from the University of East Anglia, in England, examined years

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Another recent review of studies, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, concluded that Shinrin-yoku can ease the symptoms of adult depression. “Forest bathing plugs us into something we all seek—a source of peace and well-being. The thing that first hooked me into being a forest bathing guide was reading the robust body of research that proves the benefits of forest bathing,” says Judy Beaudette, board secretary of Friends of North Creek Forest, in Bothell, Washington. Melanie Choukas-Bradley, a certified forest therapy guide and author of The Joy of Forest Bathing: Reconnect With Wild Places & Rejuvenate Your Life, in Chevy Chase, Maryland, attests to the therapeutic value of forest bathing. “Even occasional nature immersion can have beneficial health effects that can last for days. Many doctors are now prescribing nature to patients. There’s an organization devoted to this called Park Rx America.”

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of studies and found significant evidence that experiencing nature has a positive impact on health. Published in the journal Environmental Research in 2018, the metaanalysis involving 290 million participants from 20 countries concluded that spending time in green spaces lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, and reduces the stress hormone cortisol. The study also noted a lower risk of Type 2 diabetes and death from heart disease.

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She recommends just 20 minutes during a lunch break to sit on a bench or on the ground beneath trees. There are many theories of why spending time in the woods or any other natural place makes us feel good; for example, findings published in the journal Toxicological Research in 2017 attribute the immune-boosting, mood-lifting benefits of forest bathing to natural terpenes released into the air by trees, especially conifers. Terpenes contain anti-inflammatory properties that strengthen the body’s natural defenses.

Sensory Immersion, Not Exercise Shinrin-yoku is intended to engage the trinity of body-mind-spirit. “The main purpose is not exercise or getting from point A to point B, but rather having a mindful, sensory experience in nature. It isn’t some prescribed task you need to do, like pushups,” explains Hannah Fries, a poet and author of Forest Bathing Retreat: Find Wholeness in the Company of Trees. She communes with the wild for both health and inspiration. “Even if it’s only 20 min-

utes a week, go outside without a phone or other electronic device. Walk slowly. Look more closely. Listen. Smell. Touch. Interact with the living, breathing world around you. It’s that simple.” Choukas-Bradley says that observance is key. Recalling her first forest

A Simple Meditation Forest bathing guide Judy Beaudette suggests: n Find something you can put your attention on that is natural—a plant, a stone, a bird’s song, a stream or a forest, the sky, even a tuft of grass or weeds growing out of a crack in the sidewalk. n Practice noticing something small in nature, like an acorn, a leaf or a grain of sand. Put it in the palm of your hand and for five minutes, notice the details. Keep noticing. See what thoughts come to mind and keep returning your attention to this small thing. After the five minutes have elapsed, write down your observations.

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bathing experience, she says, “We paid attention to our breath and tuned in to the sights, sounds and sensations all around us. I noticed a perfect spider’s web, just barely trembling in the slightest breeze, its creator clinging to the center.” She recommends finding a “wild home”—a neighborhood park, garden or backyard tree. “Make it a practice to find a ‘sit spot’ where you can quietly observe beauty and are apt to feel a sense of awe. Psychology researchers have shown that experiencing awe has many positive effects on emotional health.” It doesn’t matter if we commune with nature in a rural or urban setting, only that we remain dialed in to our surroundings. “Forest bathing is a tool for slowing down our buzzing minds and practicing a secret superpower—the skill of consciously choosing what we put our attention on,” says Beaudette. Marlaina Donato is the author of several books, including Multidimensional Aromatherapy. She is also a composer. Connect at

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Toning the Vagus Nerve

There is also a handheld, non-invasive VNS option called gammaCore, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved device that offers hope for sufferers of cluster and migraine headaches. Its effectiveness for chronic pain management, as well as in cases of epilepsy and depression, was published in the Neuromodulation Journal in 2015. PTSD researcher Imanuel Lerman, M.D., and his colleagues with the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System, found that VNS affects areas of the brain responsible for processing emotional pain. The findings, published in the journal PLOS ONE earlier this year, also show that VNS delays the brain’s response to pain signals in individuals with PTSD.

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When it comes to the vagus nerve, anxiety is physical. Post-traumatic stress is rooted in neurobiology and experienced in the body, not just the mind, says Arielle Schwartz, Ph.D., a Boulder, Colorado-based clinical psychologist and author of The Complex PTSD Workbook: A Mind-Body Approach to Regaining Emotional Control and Becoming Whole. “This is why you can’t simply think or talk your way out of your trauma reactions.” According to Schwartz, “Disruptions in the gut flora, which often occur with overuse of antibiotics, can have a significant impact on mental health. An imbalance in the gut can lead to an inflammatory response in the immune system and a wide range of disruptive symptoms.” Aylward notes that 95 percent of the body’s mood-boosting chemical serotonin

esearch is helping life for individuals sufThe vagus nerve doctors connect fering from numerous stems from the brain the dots between conditions. One type to the abdomen like seemingly unrelated is a device that can be a communication conditions like irritable implanted by a neurobowel syndrome, rheusuperhighway between surgeon, which sends matoid arthritis, postelectrical impulses to your gut and brain. traumatic stress disorder the vagus nerve in chil~Hannah Aylward (PTSD), chronic fatigue dren that suffer from syndrome and fibromyseizures and adults with algia, revealing a common denominator: the depression as a supplemental treatment multitasking vagus nerve, the longest in the when surgery or medications are not posautonomic nervous system. sible or effective. The superpower of this doublebranched cranial nerve lies in transporting major neurotransmitters along what is known as the brain-gut axis. “The vagus Advice from gut health expert Hannah Aylward: nerve stems from the brain to the abdo4 Eat plenty of vegetables, high-quality proteins, fiber and healthy fats. men like a communication superhighway between your gut and brain,” says Han4 A diet low in sugar and processed carbohydrates supports healthy vagus nerve nah Aylward, an Orlando-based certified function by maintaining a healthy gut microbiome. holistic health coach and gut health expert. 4 Practice intermittent fasting, which stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system “Studies show that the vagus nerve regu(not recommended for people suffering from adrenal fatigue or high stress). lates inflammation throughout the body.” 4 Take probiotics. Lactobacillus has been shown to increase GABA via stimulation of Promising Research the vagus nerve. Bifidobacterium longum has demonstrated it can normalize anxietyRecent studies have shown that vagus nerve like behavior in mice by acting through the vagus nerve. stimulation (VNS) can improve quality of

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resides in the enteric nervous system, which governs the function of the gastrointestinal tract. “The brain-gut axis is becoming increasingly important as a therapeutic target for psychiatric and GI disorders,” she says. Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and founding co-director of UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center, explains the trauma loop. “Developmental trauma impairs the integrative circuits of the brain and nervous system—the prefrontal cortex. When this happens, the brain will be hyperalert, interpreting some non-threatening situations as threatening. “Learning to be aware of our internal state and learning calming techniques helps to regulate the autonomic nervous system and can go a long way,” says Siegel. “High ventral vagal tone means having a state of calm.”

Vagus Power Everyone can benefit from increased vagal tone, which goes hand-in-hand with engaging the parasympathetic nervous system for optimum equilibrium at the cellular level. Acupuncture, chiropractic—with a focus on the cranial nerves—massage, meditation, singing, laughing loudly, chanting mantras, gentle yoga and exercise, positive social interactions, belly breathing and chanting all make the vagus nerve a happy camper. These activities promote relaxation and help to decrease inflammation. “As a certified yoga instructor, I can attest to a wide range of natural vagus nerve stimulation techniques, especially using the breath,” says Schwartz. “Diaphragmatic breathing creates a gentle massage across your digestive organs, releases the diaphragm and stimulates nerve fibers within the lungs. Heart rate is reduced.” Brief exposure to cold water or cold air improves vagal tone and is a good option when anxiety is high. Eating cold-water fish like wild salmon or other foods high in omega-3 fatty acids such as walnuts, seaweed, hemp, flax or chia seeds provides vagal nourishment. Marlaina Donato is the author of several books, including Multidimensional Aromatherapy. Connect at

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by Randy Kambic

e know and your study that sleep of them? is good for It was where it all got mental and physical started for me and health, but whether even though it was dreams can play a role eight years ago, I still is a fascinating topic. remember my first luWhen we journey cid dream as if it was into that state, science yesterday. If I hadn’t journalist Alice Robb had that experience feels we can reap even of doing the exercises more benefits and make to elicit lucid dreamour waking lives more ing, I don’t know if I productive, healthier would’ve written the and happier. book—although I’ve Her recent book always been fascinated Why We Dream: The Knowing you are by my regular dreams, Transformative Power lying in bed, but also which have been of Our Nightly Journey, feeling, physically, that vivid, and have often which blossomed from you are in another place, wondered what was a trip to Peru, posits a going on in my brain new way to look at our is very powerful. to produce them—esdreams including how pecially when I felt ~Alice Robb to recall and even influthey were affecting my ence them, and how doing so benefits us moods or my daily life. when awake. Rich with recent studies and evoking famous artists, thinkers and othHow is lucid dreaming different ers over centuries, she traces the intricate links between dreaming and creativity, and than normal dreaming? offers tips on how we can relish the intense In lucid dreams, you are aware that you adventure of lucid dreaming. are dreaming. A lot of people will be in Robb was a staff writer for The New a nightmare; it’s really scary, and you say Republic and has also written for New York to yourself, “This can’t be real, this must Magazine, The Atlantic, Elle, The Washbe a dream,” and then maybe you can get ington Post, the BBC and British Vogue. A yourself out of it. You can train yourself to graduate of Oxford with Bachelor of Arts prolong those lucid moments. Some people degrees in both Archaeology and Anthrodo it naturally while others can do different pology, she resides in Brooklyn, New York. meditation exercises to learn to gain aware-

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ness within their dreams. Before you start trying to have lucid dreams, it’s important to have very good

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recall of your regular dreams. We’re all dreaming every night, every time we have a REM cycle, about every 90 minutes that we are asleep, even if you don’t remember your dreams. It’s easier for most people to improve their dream recall. It’s as simple as saying to yourself before bed, “I want to remember my dreams tonight.” The more intention you have, the more you think about your dreams during the day, can be enough to trigger you to better remember your dreams. If you pay close attention to your environment, looking and examining it and asking yourself whether it’s real, you will then ask yourself the same question in a dream.

How do you feel lucid dreaming can improve our overall well-being?

You can practice a speech you are worried about. If you are an athlete, you can mentally prepare. It can help with your mental health. You can use lucid dreams to confront your demons; you can summon someone that you want to have a conversation with and practice talking with them. They are awe-inspiring. Knowing you are lying in bed, but also feeling, physically, that you are in another place, is very powerful.

What steps can we take to improve our ability to recall dreams?

Keep a dream journal. It doesn’t have to be pen and paper; you can speak your dreams into your phone in the morning or in the middle of the night if you wake up… whatever you can do to train yourself to hold onto them because if you don’t remember them when you wake up, then they will fade pretty quickly. As soon as I started keeping a dream journal, I was amazed at how many I was remembering. When getting started, make sure to write something every morning, even “I don’t remember anything.” The habits will become ingrained and you’ll start to remember dreams. Randy Kambic, of Estero, Florida, is a freelance editor and writer.

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Commit to gifting ourselves with an abundant mindset because our mindset is critical to our success. One way to quickly shift our mindset to the positive is to concentrate on our desire and ask ourselves, “What do I have to believe for this to be true?” Our mind will creatively generate many possibilities that can get us excited, which then shifts how we think and feel to what is positive. As we do this, we will also create greater confidence in the knowledge that the universe is always working in our favor.

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G = Gratitude There is tremendous power in being grateful, because what we focus on expands. Gratitude opens our heart to receive and give blessings. This puts us in a space to have more things to be grateful for. Practicing gratitude can be as simple as saying, “I am grateful for…” or “I am thankful for…” If we find ourselves in a negative state, practice gratitude even for as brief a period as 60 seconds. It will positively shift our emotion, thereby allowing us to be open to abundance.

R = Receiving To graciously receive can be as simple as accepting a compliment. Another way to receive is by requesting our heart’s desire. There is nothing wrong with wanting more. The truth is that we can have more—as much as we are willing to receive.

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Encourage fun, rather than competition. By age 6, 60 percent

The Pure Joy of Play

Why Kids Need Unstructured Fun by Ronica O’Hara


ot so long ago, kids would be shooed out the door to play and told to return home at meal time. But the rising use of digital devices and kids’ highly scheduled sports and school activities, as well as parental fears about safety, has made that kind of unstructured play rare— with resulting drops in children’s independence, resilience and creativity, experts say. In fact, play has been shown to be so critical to children’s development that an American Academy of Pediatrics 2018 clinical report, “The Power of Play,” recommends that doctors write prescriptions for it. “Play is not frivolous; it is brain building,” concludes the report. It defines play as voluntary, fun and spontaneous activities that engross a child, often resulting in joyous discovery, and includes imaginative make-believe, experimenting and risk-taking. It cites 147 studies showing that play builds skills critical for adult success such as problem solving, collaboration and creativity; decreases stress, fatigue, injury and depression; and 28

increases range of motion, agility, coordination, balance and flexibility. Here are some ways to up the play in children’s lives:


Give them lots of free time away from devices. Yes, they

might be bored at first—but boredom enhances creativity, partly by allowing for

of American boys and 47 percent of girls are participating on organized sport teams, but three out of four kids quit sports by age 13—one major reason being, “I was not having fun.” Play, on the other hand, is based on pure enjoyment and spontaneous collaboration among kids, minus overanxious adult “sidelining”. “When children play in their own ways, they generally play cooperatively. We adults impose competition, unfortunately. Yet even in our competitive society, the really successful and happy people are the ones who are oriented toward cooperation,” says Peter Gray, Ph.D., a Boston College psychology professor and author of Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life.


Encourage them to take the lead. Let kids decide whether they

want to play with friends, siblings or alone. They will happily make up their own games with lots of raw materials that are on hand—blocks, balls, puzzles, crayons, boxes, wooden spoons, old costumes and hats, sand, water, tarps and shovels. “Play is how children learn to create and govern their own activities and solve their own problems independently of adults,” says Gray. “Stated differently, it is how children learn to become adults. This value

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Don’t worry. “The data show that children are far more likely to get injured in adult-directed sports, where they are pushed to compete, than in free play,” says Gray. “Moreover, the kinds of injuries that occur in free play are relatively easy to recover from.” As for the fear of kidnapping by strangers, the odds are very small—one in a million, according to the latest U.S. Department of Justice data. “Weigh the effect of the limits you place on your kids to prevent that very, very, very unlikely possibility versus the fundamental importance for their own health and development of exploring freedom,” advises Brussoni. Ronica A. O’Hara is a Denver-based freelance health writer. Connect at

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Summer Struggles of Social Media by Isabella Dussias


ummer is here, and so are all the exciting adventures that come with it. Along with having beach days and attending concerts, teens are highly active on social media during the summer months. Posting a picture of the sunset or a video of Fourth of July fireworks is surprisingly important to capturing the essence of summer in a teen’s eyes. However, social media can negatively affect teens that aren’t involved in the fun activities they view on their friends’ accounts. When interviewing a few of my peers, we came to the conclusion that social media is a great tool to connect with friends over summer vacation, but also can be detrimental to our confidence. Let’s talk about Instagram. For those that are unaware, Instagram is a popular social media site that allows users to post pictures that their followers can view and comment on. When asking a friend of mine about how Instagram has affected her, she explained that she often finds herself comparing her lifestyle and physical appearance to those of celebrities and models that are active on the site. She also mentioned that during the summer she finds herself doing this more often because of the types of posts that surface during these months. Pictures that feature celebrities’ perfect bikini bodies and expensive vacations can make teens feel the pressure to have those things as well. From a male perspective, a friend of mine explained to me that he feels he can only post certain types of pictures on Instagram that showcase his talents and physique, keeping “sappy posts” or anything too “emotional” to a minimum. This just shows how prevalent toxic masculinity is on social media. Although Instagram can

be a unique tool to connect with people of the same generation, teens have to be careful of how seriously they take the content on the site. VSCO is another social media site that is similar to Instagram, but the majority of the users on this app are females, and the content is more geared toward photography. When ask how VSCO has impacted her confidence, my friend explained that it makes her feel insecure about being single. A lot of posts on VSCO are related to couples, whether it’s a screenshot of their text messages, or pictures of their romantic dates. There’s nothing wrong with these posts, but when girls start questioning their own lifestyles and begin to alter themselves to be deemed as more appealing, a problem arises. Is there a set answer to help solve these social media-inspired confidence issues teens face? No. But there are definitely ways we can help prevent them. The first step is realizing that on social media, people put their best foot forward. They don’t post the pictures that are unflattering. They don’t talk about their struggles, but only emphasize their achievements. For all you know, your favorite celebrity’s smile in that picture with a million likes is completely fake. Take a step back and sign out of your account for a little bit. The key to confidence is focusing on your assets and being the best version of yourself. Isabella Dussias is a 16-year-old singersongwriter/composer from New Jersey. She enjoys writing about issues that are important to today’s youth, and she believes music is an important outlet to connect people and share messages through the creativity of lyric and melody. For more information, visit

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sabella Dussias is a composer of classical and contemporary music. She writes, produces and sings her own original songs, which often reflect on issues that are important to today’s youth. She performed her first original piano solo at Kids Helping Kids with Cancer at age 11, and she has performed original classical piano works at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and in Vienna, Austria. Her original orchestral works have been performed locally, as well as by the Orlando Symphony Orchestra in the Walt Disney Theatre. Dussias also enjoys scoring music for film. She has been a finalist in the Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Competition for the last three years, as well as been involved in local contemporary music competitions. She is most passionate about writing music with messages that reflect the issues of today’s society. Look for her music on Apple Music, Spotify and at July 2019


pet pages

FUR-mented Foods


by Laura Weis

hat if there were a single way to help pets with such diverse chronic diseases as inflammatory bowel disease, allergic dermatitis, hypothyroidism, food sensitivities, leaky gut, periodontal disease and anxiety disorders, and even aid in cancer prevention and treatment? Pharmaceutical companies would be delighted to sell a pill that addressed such a wide range of problems. Instead of buying another medication, pet parents can reach for the same foods that are foundational in the human ancestral diet: fermented vegetables, dairy products, grains, fish and meat. Fermented foods have been a part of the human diet for thousands of years, and originally the process was used as a means of preservation. There are two types of fermentation: alcohol fermentation and lactic acid fermentation, the latter yielding the products that can enrich the diets of pets and people. During the fermentation process, carbohydrates are broken down into alcohol or lactic acid by bacteria, yeast and molds under anaerobic conditions. The food being fermented is slightly “predigested,” which means less work for pets’ digestive systems. This process mimics the partial digestion of the gastrointestinal (GI) contents of prey species consumed by wild canids and felids. 32

The Connection Between Fermented Foods and Health Seventy percent of the immune system is based in the gut, and the bacteria in the GI microbiome comprise an integral part of that system. Immuno-modulation is the key to avoiding chronic diseases that represent hyper-reactivity (allergies, inflammatory bowel disease, leaky gut) at one end of the spectrum and impaired functioning (periodontal disease, Helicobacter overgrowth and cancer) at the other. Environmental inputs in the form of antibiotics to treat diseases in our pets, antibiotics and hormones in the meat and fish we feed our pets, synthetic preservatives, pesticides and chemicals in foods, all disrupt the normal functioning of the GI microbiome. Combatting these inputs and normalizing beneficial bacterial populations is an ongoing process that can be aided by ingesting prebiotics and probiotics—not as a pill or supplement, but in the form of fermented foods. These foods contain a vastly more diverse population of bacteria,

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and in far greater numbers than those found in supplements. A single serving of lacto-fermented vegetables contains as many bacteria as found in an entire bottle of most supplements. The process of fermentation not only results in trillions of beneficial bacteria, it also makes the nutrients in foods more bioavailable. Fermentation produces vitamins C, K2 and several B vitamins, and it creates several enzymes that aid in the digestion of fats and proteins. These super foods are also chelators and detoxifiers, helping to rid the body of a wide variety of toxins and heavy metals. It is in this realm that some of the most exciting research is finding mechanisms for the prevention and treatment of cancer. Fermented foods help to detoxify ingested carcinogenic compounds, create a metabolically inhospitable environment for cancer cells and aid the immune system in destroying abnormal cells. Studies have identified compounds in kimchi, a spicy Korean traditional food, that break down the preservative sodium nitrate and help to eliminate organophosphate pesticides from the body. From the Netherlands is another study focusing on decreased risk of bladder cancer with the regular consumption of fermented dairy products.

The Best Fermented Foods for Pets The resurgence of interest in fermented foods has created readily available choices in the refrigerated sections of most grocery stores. Many holistic pet stores have fermented products available in the freezer section. Dairy products such as kefir, yogurt and buttermilk, and

vegetables such as sauerkraut, ginger, carrots, kimchi and beets are just a few of the options. Dairy products should be made from whole, unpasteurized milk when possible, and not contain sweeteners or thickening agents. Make sure that vegetables are traditionally fermented, not preserved in vinegar; the label may say “raw”, “perishable” or “keep refrigerated”, and the only ingredients should be the vegetable, salt and possibly spices. Kombucha is a delicious fermented product for people, but with an alcohol content around twelve percent, it is not a good choice for pets. Fermented meats and fish should not contain sodium nitrates or nitrites as preservatives.

Introducing Fermented Foods Fermented dairy products are usually well-accepted by pets, and a teaspoon or less mixed with a pet’s regular food every other day is enough to start. Gradually increase the amount to about two teaspoons daily for cats and small dogs, and up to a quarter cup for large dogs. Fermented vegetables have stronger flavors, and sometimes adding a small amount of the juice from the vegetables is the best introduction. Most pets become acclimated to these new foods and eventually accept healthy diet additions. Numerous resources are available for more adventurous cooks that want to make their own fermented foods. A good starting place is with the videos and books of Sandor Katz, and with the website Ferment. Works. Some chopped vegetables, salt and water can be the simple beginnings of better health for pets. 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, page 33.


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Alternatives to Antibiotics

Beyond Antibiotics Pets Can Heal With Natural Approaches by Karen Shaw Becker


ike people, pets can develop allergies to medications that are overprescribed, including antibiotics, which also have a long list of side effects—many of which are long-term. There is also the escalating problem of resistance, which is the result of too-frequent and unnecessary use of these drugs. One of the most important things to know is that dogs and cats are exposed to antibiotics when they eat food containing the meat of factory-farmed animals, which includes about 99 percent of pet foods on the market today. The exception is a very small number that contain free-range, organic ingredients.

Antibiotic Resistance

In many cases, even when bacteria are exposed for the first time to a particular antibiotic, the majority will die, but some will survive and pass on that resistance to other bacteria. The problem is not that certain disease-causing bacteria are antibioticresistant, but that the resistance genes in any type of bacteria can transfer their ability to survive to billions of other bacteria. 34

This is how superbugs are born. These are a strain of bacteria able to withstand assault by multiple types of antibiotics. When a veterinarian can no longer eliminate bacterial infections with antibiotics, the life of the animal is threatened, and that’s the biggest concern. If a veterinarian makes a diagnosis of infection, ask for a culture and sensitivity test. Otherwise, he or she is making a guess at what type of organism is present and the best antibiotic to treat it. Each time an unnecessary or inappropriate antibiotic is prescribed, the potential for resistance increases. Only in an emergency situation should a veterinarian prescribe an antibiotic before the culture and sensitivity test can be performed. The vet can then switch medications if necessary when the results arrive. Giving the proper dose of the antibiotic at the proper intervals and using up the entire prescription is important, even if the pet seems to be fully recovered before the medication has run out. This will ensure the infection is totally resolved and prevent the pet from having to take another full course of antibiotics because

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Many conditions for which antibiotics are often indiscriminately prescribed respond very well to a combination of natural therapies, including herbs, homeopathic remedies, nutraceuticals, immune system stimulants and specific nutritional interventions. Functional medicine veterinarians, a group that is thankfully growing in number, realize this and are able to partner with pet parents to offer alternatives to antibiotics. A 2016 study showed cranberry extract to be as or more effective in preventing E. coli-related urinary tract infections (UTIs) in dogs as short-term antibiotic treatment. In addition, cranberry extract can help fight multidrug-resistant bacteria in dogs with recurrent E. coli UTIs. In a study of shelter dogs, researchers compared the use of probiotics to antibiotics to treat acute diarrhea caused by stress. They concluded probiotic therapy was as effective as antibiotic therapy. In addition, dogs that were unresponsive to antibiotics appeared to benefit significantly from subsequent probiotic treatment. Oregano oil, propolis, olive leaf, essential oils, colloidal silver and Manuka honey help reduce bacterial skin infections caused by methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) with good success. If a dog or cat isn’t facing a lifethreatening health situation, talk with the veterinarian about alternatives to antibiotics. In these situations, pet parents often find it beneficial to consult a functional medicine or integrative veterinarian whose goal is to treat these problems by starting with the least toxic options first. Karen Shaw Becker is a proactive, integrative doctor of veterinary medicine who consults internationally and writes for Mercola Healthy Pets (

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the first one wasn’t fully administered and the infection wasn’t effectively cleared. It’s important to reseed the pet’s gastrointestinal (GI) system with friendly microorganisms—probiotics—during and after antibiotic therapy to reestablish a healthy balance of gut bacteria. This will also help keep a dog or cat’s digestive system working optimally and the immune system strong.

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Water Yoga by Rosie Lazroe


he buoyant feeling of floating in a body of water can bring welcome relief to those that suffer from chronic arthritis, fibromyalgia or general aches and pains. Yoga is wonderful for achy bodies, but when we ache it can be very challenging to get up and down off the floor. While chair yoga classes are available for those with limited mobility, we can also think out of the box and try a few yoga postures while cooling down in our favorite body of water.

Get Centered

If sitting down is comfortable for you, get cozy in any seated posture with the water at waist level. Begin with a few deep, cleansing breaths, get yourself acclimated to the temperature and greet the water pressure around you as you breathe. If you like a challenge, you can revisit the shallow water after your warm up to fire up your core with a boat pose or plank pose. The water will help hold your body as your muscles build strength.

Warm Up

Stay connected to your easy, full breath and wade over to some slightly deeper water. Begin in mountain pose, again with the water at waist level. Plant your feet and feel your strong legs root down into the tranquil surface beneath you. Next, widen your

legs and begin to rotate the upper torso continuously from left to right. This twisting movement will begin to warm up the muscles and will start to get the synovial fluid moving in the joints. Feel your arms glide in the water like a pendulum, keep the knees relaxed, and continue to breathe easy.

Build Strength

Now, swim over to even deeper water. With your body fully submerged up to your chest or shoulders, you can explore many standing and balance postures to encourage arm and leg muscles to build strength. My personal favorites are warrior one, two and three, tree pose and goddess pose. While your body will be quite supported in the deeper water, you will also notice the water pressure around your body much more. Be sure to breathe easy, and rest whenever you need to. Always finish up your practice in savasana. This could be a leisurely float on your back, or rest on a raft for even deeper relaxation. Wishing everyone a peaceful, healthy summer! Rosie Lazroe is a certified yoga teacher and master reiki practitioner. For more information, call 732-596-7384, email or visit

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Doylestown Farmers’ Market – 8am-1pm. Our local farmers offer USDA Certified Organic, chemicalfree and low-input produce. Stock up on summerripe tomatoes, fresh-picked herbs, fruits, greens, peas, beets, pastured meats, eggs, mushrooms, preserves, beverages and more. Pick up cut flowers, artisanal bread and cheeses to live music by Skip & Chickie. Saturdays through November 23. Free. Rhiannon Wright, 484-663-9727. DtownMarket

SUNDAY, JULY 7 Learn/Experience After-Death Communication – 2-5pm. Rebecca Austill-Clausen shares her 7-step approach to facilitating after-death communication with loved ones. Sound healing, crystalline energy and specific shamanic journeying meditations accompany this empowering Lily Dale workshop. Lily Dale Assembly, 5 Melrose Park, Lily Dale, NY. Rebecca Austill-Clausen, 716-595-8721. Info@

THURSDAY, JULY 11 Meet Thriller Author Riley Sager – 6:30-8pm. Welcome The New York Times bestselling author Riley Sager, who will be on hand to discuss and sign copies of her latest thriller, Lock Every Door. Riley’s first novel, Final Girls, was a national and international bestseller that has been published worldwide. The Doylestown Bookshop, 16 S Main St, Doylestown. Krisy Paredes, 215-230-7610. Doylestown

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SATURDAY, JULY 13 Doylestown Farmers’ Market – 8am-1pm. Shop outdoors for bountiful, farm-fresh harvest. USDA Certified Organic, chemical-free and low-input produce. Garlic, fresh herbs, peppers, tomatoes, greens, beets, fruits, flowers and mushrooms. Baked goods, pastured meats, cheeses, eggs, preserves, beverages, herbal oils, soaps and more. Live music by Allysa Neiman. Saturdays through November 23. BUY LOCAL. Free. Rhiannon Wright, 484-663-9727. DtownMarketManager@

THURSDAY, JULY 18 Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training – 7/18-7/21. In this Basic Level training students will learn anatomy and physiology of fetal development and pregnancy, stages of labor and birth, over 35 asanas and modifications for pregnancy, leading and sequencing a prenatal yoga class, strengthening the pelvic floor, relief from pregnancy discomforts, massage techniques for pregnancy and labor, belly casting and more. Don’t miss this comprehensive class. $700. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 103 E Walnut St, North Wales. Patty Ferry, 215-661-0510. Patty@Whole WholeBodyYogaStudio. com/workshops.

SATURDAY, JULY 20 Doylestown Farmers’ Market – 8am-1pm. Join us for peach tasting this Saturday. Shop outdoors for farm-fresh harvest. USDA Certified Organic, chemical-free and low-input produce. Garlic, herbs, peppers, tomatoes, greens, beets, fruits, flowers and mushrooms. Baked goods, pastured meats, cheeses, eggs, preserves, beverages and more. Live music by Back Porch Jug Band. Saturdays through November 23. Free. Rhiannon Wright, 484-663-9727. Yoga Teacher Training Information Session – 10:30-11:30am. Considering expanding your yoga knowledge by taking a yoga teacher training? That’s a big decision. There’s lots to consider: what’s the time and cost investment, what is the curriculum, who are the teachers and how challenging is the yoga? Come, learn all about Anahata’s unique and comprehensive yoga teacher training. Anahata Yoga & Wellness Center, 690 Harlesyville Pk, Lederach. Kathy Tooley, 215-740-1354. Kathy@Anahata

FRIDAY, JULY 26 Awaken the Joy Within–Sound Healing – 7:309:30pm. Find your joy within. Join Patty Ferry and Sound Healer Sharon Kachel for a blissful evening of live sound healing with gongs, sound bowls and bells, in restorative yoga poses with essential oils. Awaken your inner guide, feel your inner freedom as your take this time to heal your body and mind. $30. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 103 E Walnut St, North Wales. Patty Ferry, 215-661-0510. Patty@ WholeBodyYoga

SATURDAY, JULY 27 Doylestown Farmers’ Market – 8am-1pm. Shop outdoors for bountiful, farm-fresh harvest. USDA Certified Organic, chemical-free and low-input produce. Garlic, fresh herbs, peppers, tomatoes, greens, beets, fruits, flowers and mushrooms. Baked goods, pastured meats, cheeses, eggs, preserves, beverages, herbal oils, soaps and more. Live music by George Orr. Saturdays through November 23. BUY LOCAL. Free. Rhiannon Wright, 484-6639727. Bucks Self-Care Saturday – 12:30-3pm. Yes, you deserve a yoga recharge. Join us for a luxurious, monthly, 2.5-hour yoga practice, including an extended, all levels breath/posture practice with yoga nidra meditation. Each month will focus on a different aspect of self-care as guided by the yamas and niyamas. Reset and recharge body, mind and heart. $45. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 103 E Walnut St, North Wales. Patty Ferry, 215-661-0510. Patty@ WholeBodyYoga

SUNDAY, JULY 28 Yoga | Hike | Unite – 8:30am. The BuxMont Yoga Studio Alliance invites you to our 2nd annual summer event at Green Lane Park. Silent Meditation Hike 8:30am, Gentle All-level Yoga Practice 10am, Group Meditation 11:30am. At its very best, yoga unifies, uplifts and strengthens connections within our greater community. Free. Donations are welcome. 2144 Snyder Rd, Green Lane. Kathy Tooley, 215-740-1354.

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Empowered Light Holistic Expo September 6-8

Fri 4-9pm; Sat 9am-7pm; Sun 10am-5pm Enjoy inspiring lectures, meditations, alternative healing treatments, as well as angelic and intuitive readings. Try healthy food samples, and purchase natural products or unique gift items. Empowered Light Holistic Expo will focus on healthier lifestyles, stress reduction and self-care as well as new information, ideas and connection Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Halls D & E Oaks, Pennsylvania

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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

FOR SALE Beautiful, secluded, WOODED 5+/- ACRES with 1,250 feet on Perkiomen Creek near trails and ski area includes two-story house–not updated–totaling 2,500 square feet, two decks overlooking creek, two-car garage, public water and sewer. Asking in the $400s, price negotiable. Please no realtors. 610-999-0442. Write: P. O. Box 1500, Spring Mount, PA 19478.


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FRIDAY, AUGUST 9 Inclusion Festival – Aug 9-11; times vary. Sensoryfriendly music and wellness festival designed to include and accommodate people of all ages and abilities. Attendees are invited to participate in a variety of educational and wellness workshops, enjoy sensory-friendly live music, engage in mindfulness practices and build supportive connections. Mountain Sky Festival Grounds, 63 Still Meadow Ln, Jermyn, PA. Tickets, sponsorships, volunteer, and vending opportunities are available on website. 716-204-8881.

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

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


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

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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 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Clowns to the Left of Me, Jokers to the Right. The Doylestown Bookshop, 16 S Main St, Doylestown. 215-230-7610. New Support Available for Mamas and Mamas-to-Be


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

Touch Mother Earth – Jun 1-3. Fri open 5pm, Sat-Sun open 10am. Drum, dance and learn at this solution-based, zero waste, conscious community gathering, held on 183 acres of sacred land. Learn tools for sustainability. Yoga, drumming, dance. Weekend of music, lectures, activities, workshops. Enrichment 4 Kids and outdoor discovery. $25; kids under 16 free. Vendors, sponsors and work-trade welcome. Mount Eden Retreat, 56 Mill Pond Rd, Washington, NJ. TouchMotherEarth2018@gmail. com.

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up, chairthe yoga people allHealing ages and– 1-3pm. abilities Awaken Joyoffers Within: Sound all the benefits summer of traditional in a chair. Classes Let’s welcome and yoga find your joy within. feature gentle movements and Join us for a blissful afternoon of postures, live soundbreathing healing and gongs, meditation help and increase strength, with soundtobowls bells, your in restorative flexibility There’s no need your to miss the yoga poses and withenergy. essential oils. Awaken inner benefits yogainner because you may have restrictions. guide; feelofyour freedom as you take this time No prior experience necessary. Drop-ins welcome. to heal your body and mind. $35. Whole Body Yoga $15. Airmid Wellness and Counseling Studio, 103 E Walnut St, North Wales. PattyCenter, Ferry, 1260 Old York Rd, Hartsville Professional Village, 215-661-0510. Patty@WholeBodyYogaStudio. Warminster. Ed Salkind, 609-220-9982. EdSalkind. 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. Massage Therapy Discount – EveryEcological day during 10% of proceeds benefit Pennypack July, Beyond licensedBeauty massage therapist Lee Noonan offers Trust. Bathery, Fitfam, Hempworx, a $20 discount new out-call clients in Bucks Madison West onto85th, Newtown Wellness, Salt and of Montgomery counties. SheYoung bringsLiving her table 35+ the Earth, Visionary Vinyls, andand more. years of experience in Manhattan. See her Hill Commu$7. Pennypack Ecological Trust, 2955 Edge Rd, nity Resource Guide listing for details. $150. Lee Huntington Valley. Traci Sanginiti, 267-992-2981. Noonan, 917-656-5524.

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Bring hosts classes, workshops,goodies, retreats kinesiology, lifestyle support, fruit, flowers, homemade and handmade your questions to our open Q&A sessions on the Julyeggs, 2018 and is available formushrooms rental43 to ayurveda, nutrition and weight breads, pastries, pastured meats, Schedule a complimentary first and third Mondays of the month. $15. InterCommunity Acupuncture 3-6pm. instructors sharingand the listen healing loss. See ad, –page 13. Seated in and much more. Enjoy the outdoors to and live consultation to learnChurch more national School of Shiatsu, 6055C Kellers a serene group environment, receive affordable expressive arts. SeeLOCAL. ad, page Free. 29. music. Every Saturday, visit to BUY about acupuncture and our Rd, Pipersville. Shirley Scranta, 215-795-8065. acupuncture for stress management, detox, routine Doylestown Farmers Market, S Hamilton St bewarm, joyful wellness health/pain issues and overall wellness. $35. Mentween W State St and W Oakland Ave, Doylestown. center. 10% off your first tion NA to waive initial $15 paperwork fee. Online Mental Health Support Group – 6:30-7:30pm. Rhiannon Wright, 484-663-9727. DtownMarket treatment for NABuxMont COUNSELING scheduling viaCOACHING or call Join 4 The M.I.N.D.S.readers. for its weekly peer-to-peer Acupuncture and support group. We welcome family, and 215-348-8058. Bridge Acupuncture, 30 Garden AlEast Asian Medicine can safely and friends effectively EVERGREEN COUNSELING TECCE Shiatsu Community Clinic – 9:15am-4:45pm. 1st ley, Doylestown. Paolo Propato. BridgeWellness@ individuals that suffer from Aldie TANYA relieve chronic pain, stress and mental anxiety,illness. restore sleep, Alexis Zankman Lee 610-394-0502 Sat. Shiatsu sessions offered in supervised clinic Medical Arts Building, Welden Dr, Doylestown. boost energy, promote 11 healthy digestion, balance 5setting. Evergreen Ave, Warminster Each student will interview, assess energy the immune system and regulate hormones. Quantum Leap in Joy and Freedom – 3:30- 215-323-4244 • and create individualized shiatsu session to balMeditation classes, Coaching qigong, nutritional counseling, 4:30pm. Combine proprioceptive exercise with Life and Business Class – 7-9pm. Find ance the body. Wear loose,Asking comfortable clothing, for help is not website free gift. End the massage pediatric and more. mindful mediationVisit classes. Joinfor like-minded women out what therapy, always stops you. acupressure Free. 165 Passaic Ave, preferably cotton. Wear socks. no a l wNo a y cell s e phones, a s y. We war on stress, anxiety and Google our many positive reviews and testimonials. that want to co-create the life they want, effortlessly 2nd Flr, Fairfield, NJ. RSVP via text to Herb at Lobperfumes. $45. International School of Shiatsu, provide individualized overwhelm; find peace without Easy online scheduling available. See ad, page 35. and joyfully. Learn how to connect your body, ster Lab Media, #lobsterlabmedia or 973-223-8840. 6055C Kellers Church Rd, Plumsteadville. Shirley therapy in a warm, Tanya is a skilled, mind and spirit. medication. $20. Medicine in Balance, 940 Scranta, 215-795-8065. supportive for children, adults and coach Laurie utilizing Town Center Dr, experienced Ste F-90, Langhorne. Van Please call for a free consultation. AYURVEDIC BODYWORK methods therapists don’t tend to families. Valkenburgh, 267-566-6056. Lavabigail@gmail. use in their day-to-day practice. com. ROOTS & WINGS Get started today. You’re not DANCE FACILITATING HEALING: alone. See ad, page 41. Self, Family and Community Women’s Prosperity Network (WPN) Breakfast – EARTH RHYTHM Hillery 8-10am.Woods 4th Tues.Siatkowski, New group. Women’s Prosperity Kelly Thomke, JourneyDance COMMUNITY WELLNESS LMT, BCTMB, RYT-200, AYS Chapter, invites Networking Breakfast, Doylestown Certified Facilitator CENTER women professionals and business owners to dis215-534-4989 • Chair Yoga at Airmid Wellness – Patti Tuberty cuss this month’s Mastermind topic. Promotional Featuring specialty yoga, ayurvedic AIRMID WELLNESS – 11am-noon. Even if youAND have limited mobility, material welcome. onlinemassage, registration, $25 spa, With therapeutic jin shin COUNSELING JourneyDance is a whole-body unable to sit on theCENTER ground or have trouble getting per WPN member; $30and guests and repeat visitors. jyutsu far-infrared sauna in a 1260 Old York Rd, Warminster experience that tickles the mind boutique wellness retreat. At Roots 215-293-0744 • and nourishes the soul. 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expectant mothers to its new, therapeutic support group, Babies Don’t Come With Manuals. The group will meet from 11 a.m. to noon beginning July 21, and will continue every other Saturday at its Warminster office. Within the group, expectant mothers and mothers with babies aged up to 24 months can talk freely and candidly about the misconcep-

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

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

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

Autism- and SensoryFriendly Music Festival Launches in Jermyn


Inclusion Festival celebrates neuro-

FRIDAY, JUNE 15 diversity, promotes understanding and

acceptance, and provides Mood Balancing and Chakra educational Meditation – 7:308:30pm. Are youwithin feelingaout of nurturing balance; need a opportunities safe, tune up? When you have one orwith morespecial chakras out environment. Individuals of balance, this may affect you in many ways. You needs, thoseunmotivated, who wish to support and may feel and lethargic, unsupported them, are invited to our participate and attend unloved. Let’s balance chakras through meditation and essential oils. $15. Whole Body Yoga recreational and educational workshops, Studio, 103with E Walnut St, North Wales. Patty connect nature, experience live Ferry,

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

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Spirituality Health & Awareness Group – 1011am. Awaken your spirituality from within every Friday morning. Experience and discover your own spirituality, health and awareness. Through interactive discussions, participants will reveal their own blocks and fears toward health and create a life of awareness, using ancient philosophies that provide insight into the essence and meaning of life. All are welcome. $30. M.E. Matters, 668 Woodbourne Rd, Langhorne. David Piltz, 215-914-5344. Admin@

sunday Philly Lyme Support Group – 2-4pm. 1st Sun. Our peer support group is for individuals with Lyme disease or co-infections and their loved ones. Online meetings also available. Check our sites on FB and Meetup for details. Free. 1108 E Willow Grove Ave, Wyndmoor. Emily Yost, 267-586-0482. EYost@ Mindful Recovery Meetup – 2-4:30pm. 3rd Sun. Do you control your feelings, or vice-versa? Join a support group based on spiritual principles, and learn mindfulness and meditation techniques for more effective self-control and relapse prevention, applied to any substance or behavioral issue. 12-steppers welcome. Space is limited. RSVP by two days prior. $5. 6757 Greene St, Mt. Airy. 215-206-4091.

monday Stretch, Strength & Support – Noon-1pm. Join Vicki Sylvester, RYT 500, to break down ways to stretch, strengthen and support yourself in your yoga practice. 7/1, Wrists & Shoulders; 7/8, Spine; 7/15, Hips & Pelvis; 7/22 Knees, Ankle & Feet; 7/29, Finding Comfort & Relaxation. Anahata Yoga & Wellness Center, 690 Harlesyville Pk, Lederach. 215-740-1354. Yoga with Dr Cheikin – 6:15-7:30pm. Ongoing class taught by a medical doctor, offered at gentle/ beginner level. Includes informal discussion of relevant health topics. Dr Cheikin has studied yoga, Feldenkrais and dance for over 40 years and has taught for over 20 years. Beautiful quiet studio with easy parking. Please call before coming to first class. $15. Center for Optimal Health, 832 Germantown Pike, Ste 3, Plymouth Meeting. Office staff, 610239-9901. 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.

tuesday Lucid Dreaming Seekers Meetup – 7-9:30pm. 2nd Tues. Engage in noninvasive, well-facilitated group process in which the dreamer is honored and protected, to better understand and work with those nighttime messages and adventures. References, handouts, basic snacks and tea provided. Convenient parking and sign on door. Space is limited. RSVP by two days prior. $5. 48 College Ave, Flourtown. 215-206-4091.


saturday wednesday 60+ Yoga – Noon-1pm. Also Sun. A regular yoga practice will help you improve mental well-being, decrease chronic pain, sleep better and live with more ease and peace. Class meets every Wednesday and Sunday. Mention Natural Awakenings to get your first class free. Kindred Yoga, 1364 Welsh Rd, North Wales. Christa Stebbing, 267-664-1022.

Doylestown Farmers Market – 8am-1pm, thru Nov 23. We offer local USDA Certified Organic, chemical-free and low-input produce, veggies, fruits, herbs, pastured meats, eggs, cheeses, mushrooms, flowers, baked goods, beverages, preserves, pasta, crafts and more. Live music, events. Free. Doylestown Farmers Market, S Hamilton St between W State St and W Oakland Ave, Doylestown. Rhiannon Wright, 484-663-9727. DtownMarket Breakfast Benefits: Learn about Laser Treatment – 9am. 3rd Sat. All are welcome to share breakfast and learn about the benefits of laser treatment. Facilitated by Dr Paul M Bizzaro, DC. Free. The offices of Dr Bizzaro, 81 S Main St, Yardley. RSVP to 215-493-6589.

Reiki Share – 6-9pm. 3rd Wed. Share begins at 7pm but doors open at 6pm for light refreshments and conversation. Wonderful opportunity for reiki practitioners and masters to gather and support each other. All levels/lineages are welcome. Drop-ins welcome. RSVP. Gentle Dove Reiki, 857 Main St, Harleysville. Linda Groman, 267-416-6005. Info@

thursday Intuitive Medium Counseling Sessions – 5-8pm. One Thursday per month – occasionally moved to accommodate need, by appointment only. In-person sessions with Linda Harbaugh. Linda has over 20 years of experience as a teacher, psychic and coach. Linda receives intuitive messages identifying root causes of blockages associated with physical and emotional pain. She helps refine client attitude and lifestyle for optimal health. $50. Center for Optimal Health, 832 Germantown Pk, Plymouth Meeting. Michael Cheikin, 610-239-9901. Query@CohLife. org. Yoga with Dr. Cheikin – 7:30-8:45am. Ongoing class taught by a medical doctor, offered at gentle/ beginner level. Includes informal discussion of relevant health topics. Dr. Cheikin has studied yoga, Feldenkrais and dance for over 40 years and has taught for over 20 years. Beautiful quiet studio with easy parking. Please call before coming to first class. $15. Center for Optimal Health, 832 Germantown Pk, Ste 3, Plymouth Meeting. Office staff, 610-2399901.

I’ve always felt that having a garden is like having a good and loyal friend. ~C. Z. Guest July 2019


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668 Woodbourne Rd, Ste 108, Langhorne 215-914-5344 Psychological and behavioral health services for individuals, couples, teens and families where mind, body and spirit matter. We offer neurofeedback, therapy and a spirituality awareness group. Our goal is to help you experience life with increased awareness and without fear. See ad, page 13.


81 S Main St, Yardley 215-493-6589 • My mission is to educate people to the benefits of chiropractic, nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. Over 40 years experience (personal and professional) allows me to relate to your problem(s). Services include non-force chiropractic, nutritional testing, utilizing test kits/panels, Chirothin weight loss, massage (covered by most insurance) and laser therapy for pain. Personalized attention guaranteed. See ad, page 30.


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 22.

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 33.



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 18.


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

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

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

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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 10.


Joan Summers, Certified Gestalt Coach, Trauma Professional and Reiki Master 267-272-9343 • Experience deep and longlasting healing. Joan offers healing for her clients who are tired of feeling stuck, disconnected or without purpose. She offers Gestalt Life Coaching, Equine Gestalt Life Coaching and reiki, and you may choose to customize your session. See ad, page 29.


Center for Natural Healing Bailiwick Office Campus, Ste 26, Doylestown 484-767-8378 Licensed massage therapist Maggie Bordagaray brings her 20+ years of experience and expertise to the Center for Natural Healing. Thoroughly versed in the disciplines of deep tissue massage, oncology massage, Swedish and trigger point therapy, it is her caring and nurturing demeanor that distinguishes her career and treatments.


Claudia Glugsberger, BCTMB, CMLDT, LMT Located at Medicine in Balance 940 Town Center Dr, Ste F-90, Langhorne 215-741-1600 At TherapeutiKa we focus on a combination of advanced massage techniques and complementary treatment approaches to customize the treatment to our client’s specific needs, including oncology massage, manual lymphatic drainage, renewal and detox massage, deep relaxation massage, myofascial release, cupping and gua sha, for an improved healing and recovery process. We believe that beauty lies in a healthy mind, body and spirit. See ad, page 9.


Center for Optimal Health 832 Germantown Pk, Ste 3, Plymouth Meeting 610-239-9901 • For 30+ years, Dr Cheikin has helped patients achieve root-cause level healing using education, nutrition, yoga and other methods. Specializing in physiatry, pain and medical acupuncture, he also o ff e r s s p e c i a l t e s t i n g f o r deficiencies, toxicities, infections and allergies. See ad, page 11.


Linda Harbaugh Intuitive Medium Certified Life Coach/Reiki Practitioner • 484-904-9268 Delivering messages of love and guidance from deceased loved ones and spirit guides via readings and intuitive reiki sessions. 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. Telephone or in person.


Dr Paul Bizzaro, DC 81 S Main St, Yardley 215-493-6589 • Get permanent relief for your pain without drugs, shots or surgery with FDA-approved laser therapy. Benefits include speedy healing process, painfree, extremely safe with no known side effects. Don’t live in pain anymore. See ad, page 30.


Joseph Carchedi, MD, ABIHM • 215-780-1898


Sacred Rose Unity Barn, 4000 Sawmill Rd, Doylestown 215-840-8139 • Michelle Christine supports women to reclaim and redefine their sexuality in any stage of their lives. Together we will work on helping you to love, nourish and celebrate yourself and your divine femininity. See ad, page 29.

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 3.




Intuitive Holy Fire II Karuna Reiki Master-Practitioner. Incorporating reiki, angel cards, flower essences, private restorative yoga sessions for your well-being. Teaching Usui Holy Fire II and Karuna reikis, level one thru master, children’s reiki, introduction to Bach flower essences workshops.

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.



Bucks, Montgomery, Berks Counties 215-470-0176

Joan Summers, Certified Intuitive 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 29.

4 Terry Dr, Ste 12, Atrium Bldg, Newtown • 215-968-9000 •

VETERINARY – HOLISTIC 380 N Shady Retreat Rd, Doylestown 215-345-6000

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 33.


Jeffrey L Griffin, DC Bailiwick Office Campus, Ste 26, Doylestown 215-348-2115 • Feeling poorly? Lacking answers? Improvement at a standstill? Locate the source of stress and the treatment becomes obvious. Mention Dr. Jeff’s 35 years of experience when you call and receive a free phone consultation to learn how we can start helping you today. See ad, page 11.

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

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

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Open Wide and say Spaaaaaa! Dental Cleaning (prophylaxis) for healthy adults, Comprehensive Exam & Digital X-ray



Offer does not include periodontal therapy, for adults with perio condition present

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Heritage Dental


595 Bethlehem Pike, Suite 302 Montgomeryville

July 2019 Natural Awakenings BuxMont PA  

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

July 2019 Natural Awakenings BuxMont PA  

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

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