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Ever feel like you take better care of others than you do yourself? Begin your own journey into a healthier you and be a better model of self-care for others. Do you eat as well as you’d like? Exercise as consistently as you feel you should? Get the sleep your body needs? Find out how to get out of your own way and create sustained change.

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deal summers bring long sunshiny days replete with outdoor dinners in cooler evening air and great conversations around a fire pit. My upcoming calendar is filled with outdoor fun and special times with friends and family, from weddings and camping out to lazy days simply playing in the Tohickon Creek. A couple of questions I often hear are: “How do you do it? How can you mother three young children and publish a monthly magazine?” Just this month I fielded a request by the publisher of Mama’s Lil Guide to write on the topic. Running any business while raising a family is no easy task for the thousands of mothers doing it, and I am always eager to compare notes. I’ve observed, for example, that many working mothers are tempted to feel alone and helpless at times; I know because I’ve been there. When I sat down to think about what I wanted to share with my sisters, I realized that what makes my life possible and satisfying is the great support system I enjoy. I certainly could not step into publishing a magazine without my husband’s help with the family; he is a big reason why I can do what I need to do. Neither would the magazine be possible without the solid teamwork of individuals that help me write, edit, proof, layout and distribute the magazine as well as, of course, readers. As for my part of the formula, I wish I could say that I always practice what I preach and have 100 percent healthy eating, meditation, exercise and ecohabits… but I can’t, at least not yet. I do what I can and keep adding to the plus side. I’ve found that investing in my happiness helps. For instance, I have always wanted to learn about homeopathy and finally have an opportunity to do it, which is why I am excited to learn easy ways to get started, courtesy of Denise Timofai in “The Summer Homeopathic Medicine Chest,” on page 38. Food is becoming an all-consuming passion in America in response to epidemic obesity and diseases linked to poor diet. For the health and well-being of both people and the planet, we need everyone to change how we think about food. In this month’s feature article, “Stewards of Earth’s Bounty,” Melinda Hemmelgarn introduces us to the kind of organic farmers that are making a foundational difference in how we approach, promote and protect our natural resources while producing health-giving foods. (I also can’t wait to try this month’s recipes.) May you and your loved ones nourish yourselves well while you revel in summer’s bounty of goodness and find ways to make space and time for all that you enjoy. To truly living well,

Audrey Chen, Publisher

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newsbriefs Bridge Acupuncture Expands with Bucks Native Paolo Propato


aolo Propato, known by many for his free meditation classes in Bucks County, has joined the staff of Bridge Acupuncture, in Doylestown, as a practitioner. The Bucks County and Florence, Italy native had many remarkable experiences with acupuncture, which inspired him to pursue studies and become a licensed acupuncturist. “Acupuncture became a staple of my own health care after it saved me from surgery on a chronic sinus issue,” explains Propato. “After years of teaching meditation, studying acupuncture seemed like a natural progression.” Paolo Propato Propato enjoys working with cases in which quality of life is a major concern, such as autoimmune disease, chronic anxiety, migraines and cancer support. Senior acupuncturist Grace Rollins, LAc, owner of Bridge Acupuncture, says that Propato took the unusual step of starting an acupuncture apprenticeship with her even before enrolling in acupuncture school. “Paolo’s enthusiasm for healing and helping others is unmatched,” says Rollins. With Propato on staff, Bridge Acupuncture has expanded clinic hours and services, adding more pediatric services and affordable community acupuncture hours in addition to Rollins’ signature Japanese-style acupuncture. Location: 30 Garden Alley, Doylestown. For more information, call 215-3488058 or visit See ad, page 4.

Kinesiology Teaching Experts Coming to the Area


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ollegeville Yoga Bar is hosting The Art of Loving Yourself—a five-night yoga retreat at the Lumeria Maui Retreat Center in Maui, Hawaii, from August 10 through 15. The retreat will help attendees take a break from their hectic mainland lives and focus on personal wellness. Part of living a truly healthy lifestyle is finding a balance between time for oneself and others. Often the time designated for ourselves gets cut short when we help others. This retreat helps to find the right balance. Participants will reflect on the many things we do to show love for others, and what we can do to show love for ourselves. The beautiful island setting will serve as a backdrop for introspection. “Our days are filled with activities that help others. This retreat allows you to get away from it all and focus five days on yourself, with the added bonus of being in Maui, Hawaii,” ensures Stefania Davidse, retreat leader. The cost of the retreat includes five nights in a double occupancy room, daily organic buffet breakfast and two yoga classes per day. Payments can be made in several installments.

eginning in September, the Reflexology Practitioner Program will teach participants the gentle, healing art of reflexology and how to become a facilitator of wellness, at the Quakertown Center for Spiritual Living. The program is a six-month, 120-hour, beginnerlevel program that prepares the student to practice foot reflexology. Students will learn the history, theory and skills of reflexology as well as complementary concepts and wellness business basics. Reflexology works with the nervous, circulatory, lymphatic and energetic systems to help the body reclaim balance, enabling the body to heal. In the world filled with stress, ailments and illness, reflexology is a holistic path to a healthy, well-functioning body. “As a reflexologist, my role is to facilitate the shift from stress-mode to relaxation in my clients,” says Tracy McGovern, reflexology and Reiki practitioner at Essential Connections. “It is inspiring every day to witness what the human body is capable of when given a chance to function in balance.” The class runs one weekend each month from September through February, with a one-hour phone/Web class each week. No bodywork experience is needed. Registration is required by September 1 with an installment plan and full investment savings available.

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ollowing a successful initial series of classes this spring, reservations are being taken for summer cooking classes at Fresh Fun Foods, in Hatfield. Fresh Fun Foods classes emphasize the techniques that professional chefs use to prepare healthy food using fresh ingredients. “Good food should be fun, and with the foods available at our local farm markets, it’s easy to make healthy, exciting meals,” says Chef Lou Farrell. He will share his experience in classes about cooking vegetarian main courses, hors d’ oeuvres, cooking for diabetics, gluten-free cooking and planning parties. Not only did Farrell have an extensive career cooking in hotels and private restaurants, but he was previously a high school teacher, making him uniquely qualified to teach cooking. Students of each class receive a packet of recipes and instructions to prepare the foods presented in class, with ample time for questions. Individual or group private cooking classes for parties in the home or in the Fresh Fun Foods kitchen are also available. Location: 2240 E. Orvilla Rd., Hatfield. For more information and to reserve a place, call 215-353-8947 or visit See ad, page 17.

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he HabitChange Workshop will take place in Philadelphia at the Bourse from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., July 26. For those who have struggled to change a behavior or are in a profession assisting others, this one-day workshop will teach techniques to change and make it stick. “It’s a terrific overview of health coaching. Not only did it show the latest coaching trends, it also provided tools and a hands-on opportunity to personally experience the power of coaching,” says past participant Gail Tomarchio, a wellness supervisor. Participants will learn why change doesn’t last, identify personal barriers to change—and help identify these barriers in patients and clients. In addition, practice a technique to reduce stress and create a personalized life plan. Six contact hours will be awarded to ICF-credentialed coaches. Contact hours are pending for nurses, PA social workers, counselors and marriage and family therapists. Cost: $97. Location: The Bourse, 111 S. Independence Mall E., Philadelphia. Register online at HabitChangeCoach. com/Workshops. For more information, call 215-472-1572 or email See ad, page 2.

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Ginger and Turmeric Protect Skin from Sun


our Inner Light, in Lititz, a books, gifts and wellness center that specializes in natural healing products, will host a day of inspirational speakers at the Lancaster Host Resort & Conference Center from Dannion Brinkley 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., July 27. New York Times bestselling author Dannion Brinkley will talk from 2 to 6 p.m. about the transformative revelations he received through his three near-death experiences. The day begins with an opening ceremony led by Reverend Sylvia Seward, the executive director of Radiant Light Healing & Teaching Center, in Reading. Other presenters include Iryne Carrasquillo, a medium and healer, and Martine Bloquiaux, a medical intuitive, author and healer. Brinkley’s first book, Saved by the Light, was published in 1994, followed by At Peace in the Light a year later and then The Secrets of the Light. In 1997, he co-founded the Twilight Brigade, a California-based nonprofit that raises awareness about the needs of the dying, especially veterans. Cost: $50 for Brinkley only; $70 for full day; 20 percent discount for veterans and hospice volunteers and staff. Event location: 2300 Lincoln Hwy. E., Lancaster. Tickets available at Your Inner Light, 1606 Rothsville Rd., Lititz. For more information, call 717-6181672 or See ad, page 32.


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cientists from Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University have found that extracts from ginger and turmeric may help prevent DNA damage caused by the sun’s ultraviolet B (UVB) rays, a leading cause of melanoma and other skin cancers. Fifteen herbal extracts were created; each was applied to human keratinocytes, the predominant cell type in the outer layer of skin that can be damaged by the sun’s rays. The researchers measured the ability of each herb extract to absorb ultraviolet radiation and act as an antioxidant, neutralizing free radicals. Turmeric and ginger extracts absorbed a significant amount of UVB rays before they could damage the skin, according to the results, published in Photochemistry and Photobiology. Each was found to stimulate the synthesis of thioredoxin 1, an antioxidant protein that appears to protect keratinocytes from DNA damage and toxicity to living cells.

Ashwagandha Herb Mutes Bipolar Disorder, Lowers Stress


he ancient ayurvedic herb ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) shows promise in reducing the symptoms of bipolar disorder, according to two recent studies. For eight weeks, scientists from the University of Pittsburgh’s Western Psychiatric Institute gave 500 milligrams per day of ashwagandha extract or a placebo to 53 patients diagnosed with bipolar disorder. The researchers used a series of bipolar tests to gauge cognition, response time, social cognition response and other processes. After the eight weeks, the group given ashwagandha showed significant improvements in auditory-verbal working memory, reaction time and social cognition. In a study published in the Indian Journal of Psychiatric Medicine, among a group of 64 men and women with chronic stress, after two months of ashwagandha treatment, standardized test scores revealed stress reduced by 44 percent, anxiety and insomnia by 68 percent and severe depression by 79 percent. Depression and anxiety are hallmarks of bipolar disorder.

Sun’s Rays May Help Heart Health


n addition to triggering vitamin D production, the sun may have other health benefits. University of Edinburgh researchers studied 24 healthy volunteers that used lamps that produce ultraviolet A (UVA) light mimicking the sun’s UVA rays, compared with similar lamps that only produce heat. Two sessions under the UVA lamps significantly lowered blood pressure and boosted nitric oxide levels in the blood. The latter is linked to better circulation. The scientists concluded that the combined effect may help prevent heart disease.

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n a study published earlier this year in Pediatrics, researchers from Liverpool Women’s Hospital gave either a standard diet or that plus multivitamin and mineral supplementation intravenously to 150 preterm infants for 28 days after their birth. Supplemented babies had higher rates of growth, measured in weight, plus head circumference sizes that were between five and eight millimeters greater. The differences in head circumference remained nine months after the supplementation period ended.

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onsuming dried plums, Prunus domestica, appears to reduce bone loss and may increase bone mass. Studying 236 post-menopausal women for one year, Florida State University researchers gave half of the women 100 grams of dried plums per day, while the other group received 100 grams of dried apples. Bone scans done at three, six and 12 months found significantly greater bone mineral density among the group that ate dried plums. A study from Oklahoma State University showed similar results with post-menopausal mice put on a diet supplemented with dried plums or other dried fruits for two months. Only the diet with dried plums prevented bone loss among the mice. Another study, published in the Journal of Nutrition, found increased bone mass among both elderly and adult male mice that ate a diet comprising 25 percent dried plums, while those that did not eat dried plums lost bone mass.

Fruits and Veggies Boost Kids’ Learning and Social Skills


study published in the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association finds that increased fruit and vegetable consumption among schoolage children may increase learning skills related to interacting with others, as identified in social cognitive theory. Researchers divided 138 students into two groups, with one group consuming more fruits and vegetables than the other. After three months, the group on the healthier diet tested higher in social cognitive learning skills. They also scored better in self-efficacy (belief they could succeed) in difficult situations, social support and observational learning.

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Farm Building Food Transparency Vermont Demands GMO Labeling

Vermont Senator David Zuckerman and Representative Carolyn Partridge spearheaded efforts for the state to pass the nation’s first unrestricted mandatory labeling bill for genetically modified organisms (GMO). The state legislature’s collective efforts, lasting more than a decade, led to an unprecedented, game-changing new law signed by Governor Peter Shumlin on April 23. The state expects legal challenges by big biotech manufacturers and marketers, and has proactively set aside $10 million for legal fees. Starting July 1, 2016, products sold in Vermont that contain more than 0.9 percent GMO content contamination will require a statement on the label indicating that genetic engineering was used. Products that contain GMOs and are labeled cannot also label their products as “natural”. The bill, however, does not apply to labels for milk, eggs and meat from animals fed GMOs.

Training Programs Attract Young Farmers There’s little doubt that the nation needs more young farmers, because statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show the average American farmer is 58 years old. Hope lies in farm incubators that equip young agrarians with the technical skills and the business savvy needed to compete in the fierce, burgeoning market for locally grown produce. At Kinsman Farm (, in Cleveland, the Ohio State University Extension gives would-be farmers quarter-acre starter plots and helps them develop business plans. Financial support is available, too. “The city of Cleveland recently received private funds to expand its Gardening for Greenbacks Program,” advises spokesperson Marie Barni. “Our urban farmers can now receive a $5,000 grant to help start their farming microenterprise.” Some city planners have voiced considerable skepticism about whether urban farms are an effective tool for creating jobs and rebuilding economies like Cleveland’s, but advocates point to other farm incubators in North Carolina, Oregon and Rhode Island, as well as in Kansas City, Kansas, Holyoke, Massachusetts, St. Louis, Missouri, and Seattle, Washington. In Chicago, students at the role model Windy City Harvest, coordinated by the Chicago Botanic Garden and the Richard J. Daley City College (, engage in six months of hands-on horticulture training, and then a three-month paid internship with a farm or food justice organization. Source:


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u Ann Cahn, despite being an eight-time Emmy award winner for Channel 10, felt overwhelmed by all the new technology that had not been available when she started her TV career decades ago. As those of us over 50 know, the learning curve for recent technology can be steep. Cahn resisted learning all these “new-fangled gadgets”, but soon realized that keeping her head in the sand or entrenching herself in this rut of resistance would not work if she wanted to stay in her field. Her daughter challenged her to get out of her rut by trying something new each day for 365 days. Cahn had thought about one new thing each week, but her daughter Alexa said it had to be every day and include posting her accomplishment on a blog. Quite an order, but as I Dare Me—her book on the experiment— demonstrates, not impossible. The book highlights many of her experiences in her Year of Firsts, from plunging into the freezing Atlantic Ocean on New Year’s Day 2010 at the age of 53 to giving out free hugs on day 162.

Many of her firsts had a direct relationship to her fears. For example, she chose the Polar Bear Plunge because she had been afraid of the ocean since childhood. Confronting her fears took her out of her comfort zone, to new places she might never have been before. The book includes a list of all 365 firsts. Some are experiences that took her to other places, while some she accomplished at home or at work, such as one day without coffee or a day without cursing—both of which proved to be a stretch for Cahn. Cahn explores the many lessons she learned from this year of firsts, including feeling more present each day, and more joyful. Her book will inspire someone who is stuck, personally or professionally. There is a great deal of humanity and humbleness in I Dare Me, and the courage and conviction to move forward in life. For more information and to purchase I Dare Me, visit

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STEWARDS OF EARTH’S BOUNTY Organic Farmers Sow Seeds of Change by Melinda Hemmelgarn


rom epidemic childhood obesity and rising rates of autism and food allergies to the growing risks of pesticides and climate change, we have many reasons to be concerned about the American food system. Fortunately, many heroes among us—family farmers, community gardeners, visionaries and activists—are striving to create a safer and healthier environment now that will benefit future generations. Recognizing and celebrating their stellar Earth stewardship in this 2014 International Year of Family Farmers, Natural Awakenings is spotlighting examples of the current crop of heroes providing inspiration and hope. They are changing America’s landscape and

Doug Crabtree and Anna JonesCrabtree, of Vilicus Farms, in Havre, Montana, are reviving crop biodiversity and pollinator habitat on their organic farm in northern Montana. “We strive to farm in a manner that works in concert with nature,” Doug explains. The couple’s actions live up to their farm’s Latin name, which means “steward”. They grow 15 nourishing crops on 1,200 acres, including flax, buckwheat, sunflower, safflower, spelt, oats, barley and lentils, without pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilizers. By imitating natural systems, planting diverse crops and avoiding damaging chemical inputs, they are attracting diverse native pollinators, he notes. Their approach to farming helps protect area groundwater, streams, rivers and even oceans for future generations. Dick and Diana Dyer, of Dyer Family Organic Farm, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, finally realized their lifelong dream to farm in 2009, each at the age of 59. The couple grows more than 40 varieties of garlic on 15 acres; they also grow hops and care for honeybees. In addition, they provide

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Diana and Dick Dyer hands-in-the-soil training to a new generation of dietetic interns across the country through their School to Farm program, in association with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Diana, a registered dietitian, teaches her students to take the, “We are what we eat” adage a step further. She believes, we are what we grow. “Like nearly everyone else, most dietetic students are disconnected from Mother Earth, the source of the food they eat. They don’t learn the vital connections between soil, food and health,” says Diana. During a stay on the Dyer farm, she explains, “The students begin to understand how their food and nutrition recommendations to others can help drive an entire agricultural system that promotes and protects our soil and water, natural resources and public health.” It all aligns with practicing their family farm motto: Shaping our future from the ground up. Mary Jo and Luverne Forbord, of Prairie Horizons Farm, in Starbuck, Minnesota, raise Black Angus cattle, grazed on certified organic, restored, native prairie pastures. Mary Jo, a registered dietitian, welcomes dietetic students to the 480-acre farm to learn where food comes from and how to grow it without the pesticides that contribute to farmers’ higher risk for certain cancers. “We must know the true cost of cheap food,” she insists. Most recently, they planted an organic orchard in memory of their son, Joraan, who died of cancer in 2010 at the age of 23. Joraan’s orchard is home to thriving, health-supporting apple, apricot, cherry and plum trees, plus na-

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tive aronia berries. It also Lanier. injects fresh life into the Howevcommunity. Each spring, er, “This the Forbords celebrate is just the their son’s birthday by tip of the “waking up” his orchard. iceberg His mother explains: for us. “People of all ages Ultimategather—an assortment ly, we’d of our friends, Joraan’s like to be friends and their growa cheming families, neighbors, ical-free relatives, co-workers, community Luverne and Mary Jo Forbord students and others—to through adkeep his legacy growvocating for ing. The incredible community support reduction and elimination of pesticide keeps us going.” and chemical use in schools, hospitals, households and local parks and Tarrant Lanier, of the Center for ball fields.” Family and Community Develop Lanier aims to help improve on ment (CFCD) and Victory Teaching Alabama’s low national ranking in the health of its residents. “I love our little piece of the world, and I want future generations to enjoy it without fearing that it’s making us sick,” she says. “We are intent on having a school garden in every school, and we want to see area Tarrant Lanier, gardening with children at the hospitals estabCenter for Family and Community Development lish organic food Farm, in Mobile, Alabama, wants all gardens that support efforts to make children to grow up in safe communipeople healthier without the use of ties with access to plenty of wholesome heavy medications.” food. After working for nearly two Lanier further explains: “We see decades with some of South Alabama’s our victory as reducing hunger and most vulnerable families, Lanier wanted increasing health and wellness, envito “provide more than a crutch.” In ronmental sustainability and repair, 2009, she established the nonprofit community development and beauCFCD organization, dedicated to tification, economic development healthy living. Within five years, she and access to locally grown food, by had assembled a small, but hard-workpromoting and creating a local food ing staff that began building community system.” and school gardens and creating collaborative partnerships. Don Lareau and Daphne Yannaka Recently, the group established the kis, of Zephyros Farm and Garden, Victory Teaching Farm, the region’s first in Paonia, Colorado, grow exquisite urban teaching farm and community organic flowers and vegetables for resource center. “The farm will serve farmers’ markets and community as an onsite experience for children to supported agriculture members in learn where their food comes from and Telluride and the Roaring Fork Valley. the reasons fresh, organically grown Recently, the couple decided to take food really matters to our health,” says fewer trips away from their children

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“Kids are shocked when they learn that carrots grow underground and surprised that milk comes from an udder, not a store shelf.” ~ Don Lareau and homestead, and instead bring more people to their 35-acre family farm to learn from the land and develop a refreshed sense of community. From earthy farm dinners and elegant weddings to creative exploration camps for children and adults and an educational internship program, these family farmers are raising a new crop of consumers that value the land, their food and the people producing it. The couple hopes to help people learn how to grow and prepare their own food, plus gain a greater appreciation for organic farming. “The people that come here fall into a farming lifestyle in tune with the sun and moon, the seasons and their inner clock—something valuable that has been lost in modern lifestyles,” notes Lareau, who especially loves sharing the magic of their farm with children. “Kids are shocked when they learn that carrots grow underground and surprised that milk comes from an udder, not a store shelf.” Klaas and Mary-Howell Martens, of Lakeview Organic Grain, in Penn Yan, New York, grow a variety of grains, including wheat, spelt, barley,

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Conscientious food producers are teachers, innovators, environmental stewards and change-makers creating a brighter future for us all. oats and triticale, plus peas, dark red kidney beans and edamame soybeans, along with raising livestock on about 1,400 acres. Their family farm philosophy entails looking at the world through a lens of abundance, rather than scarcity, and working in cooperation with their neighbors instead of in competition. The result has been a groundswell of thriving organic farmers and a renewed sense of community and economic strength throughout their region. The Martens switched to organic farming after Klaas experienced partial paralysis due to exposure to pesticides, compounded by concern for the health

of their three children. Because the Martens work in alliance with nature, they’ve learned to ask a unique set of questions. For example, when Klaas sees a weed, he doesn’t ask, “What can we spray to kill it?” but, “What was the environment that allowed the weed to grow?” Anne Mosness, in Bellingham, Washington, began fishing for wild salmon with her father during one summer after college. The experience ignited a sense of adventure that led her back to Alaska for nearly three decades, as a crew member and then a captain in the Copper River and Bristol Bay fisher-

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ies. During that time, Mosness became a passionate advocate for protecting coastal communities and ecosystems. “Like farm families on land, fishing families face many risks and uncertainties,” but she believes, “political forces may be even more damaging to our livelihoods and wild fish.” For example, “We are replicating some of the worst practices of factory farming on land in our marine environment with diseases, parasites and voluminous amounts of pollution flushing into our coastal waters,” explains Mosness. She’s also concerned about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s potential approval of genetically engineered (GMO) fish without adequate health and environmental assessments, and she works to support GMO labeling so consumers can make informed choices in the marketplace. Melinda Hemmelgarn, aka the “food sleuth”, is a registered dietitian and award-winning writer and radio host at, in Columbia, MO ( She advocates for organic farmers at


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Cleaning the Grill Grate

The first order of business is cleaning the grill grate. The grill grate will see the most action, so most cleaning attention should be focused here. Each time the grill is fired up, let the grate heat for about five minutes. This will burn away some food that may be remaining from the previous grilling. A grill brush and a little elbow grease will easily take care of the rest. A great grill brush is key here; a higher quality brush will do most of the work.

To Oil or Not to Oil?

Oiling the grill grate helps prevent food from sticking when cooking. To do this, dip a wadded paper towel in a little olive oil and, using tongs, wipe

the oil evenly over the grate. A little olive oil goes a long way; be careful not to use too much. But when should we use oil? If the food contains olive oil, there’s no need to use oil afterward. If not, it’s probably a good idea to use the oil after each grilling session to keep the grate in better shape.

Wait to Clean the Grate

It’s actually best not to clean the blackened remains of the day’s feast from the grill grate immediately following the grilling session. Pick off any large pieces of food that may still remain, but leave the rest. The blackness encasing the grate will actually help protect it between cooking sessions.

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moothies offer big nutrition in a small package. Based on a vegan source of lean protein like coconut milk or yogurt, soy, chia seeds or a vegan protein powder made from dried beans or hemp, they can energize us for a full day of summer activities. Other ingredients follow the peak of summer crops. Berries, greens, melon, tomatoes, avocado, cucumber, celery, carrots and stone fruits like peaches and mangoes add antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals. A tablespoon or two of milled flax seeds, hemp or nut butter adds richness to the flavor, while providing omega-3 fatty acids necessary for complete nutrition. For the finale, add a touch of sweetness from fruits, maple syrup, agave nectar or stevia. The best way to mix a smoothie is to start with either a liquid or an ingredient with a thicker consistency,

¼ cup cranberry juice 1 cup pitted sweet black cherries ½ cup raspberries 1 /3 cup plain soy or coconut yogurt 4 ice cubes Combine all ingredients and blend from low to high speed until smooth.

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Blend up a Healthy Meal with Blendtec by Audrey Chen


n 1975, engineer Tom Dickson was grinding grains when he envisioned creating the perfect mixer to mill flour so he could make wholesome bread. Just as the smoothie was becoming popularized, Dickson had developed his commercial blending machine, called Blendtec. Today, people all over the world use Blendtec blenders in their homes, restaurants and coffee shops to process ingredients such as ice, frozen fruits, nuts, seeds, grains and coffee beans. Here are a few of Blendtec’s noteworthy features.

Ease of Use

Blendtec’s display is an intuitive, onetouch design with preprogrammed blending cycles as well as a sliding bar for manual speed adjustments. The preset blending options mean that the chef can walk away from the machine and know that the food will be blended to perfection.


The canister is durable, scratch-resistant and BPA-free with stainless steel blades. It sits just 15 ½ inches tall—about the

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same size as a standard blender—and can fit on the counter under most kitchen cabinets.

Easy Cleaning

The surfaces of the base are completely sealed for easy cleanup. To clean the canister, simply add a few cups of hot water and a drop of liquid dish soap, run the blend cycle and rinse.


The Blendtec can do all the jobs a traditional blender can—and then some. Easily turn sesame seeds into tahini, grind chickpeas into hummus and nuts into nut butters. Fruits quickly become healthy smoothies, and with the blender’s ice cream setting, frozen fruit and milk create a delicious treat. The user-friendly features and reasonable price point of the Blendtec allow chefs of all skill levels to have one in their own homes. The possibilities and creativity are truly endless. To learn more or to purchase a Blendtec, visit

Spinach Ice Cream Yields 7 servings This sweet, almond-flavored ice cream is low in calories and full of green produce. It’s an ice cream everyone can feel good about eating. 6 oz almond, coconut or rice milk 2 oz agave nectar 1 tsp almond extract ¼ cup vanilla whey protein powder 1 oz avocado 3 cup spinach 3 ½ cup ice cubes Add all ingredients to FourSide jar

in order listed. Secure lid and select “Ice Cream” setting. Nutritional Information Calories 75 Fat 2g Saturated Fat 0 g Cholesterol 0 mg Sodium 51 mg Carbohydrates 11.5 g Fiber 1g Sugar 9.5 g Protein 3.5 g Recipe reprinted with permission from Blendtec.

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Slaw Salad For anyone allergic to eggs, deli-made slaws or bottled slaw dressings are a no-no. This recipe is so good, even the non-allergic will want to eat it.

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Salad 1 bag shredded carrots 1 head broccoli, chopped in small pieces 1 head cauliflower, chopped in small pieces 1 bag raw sunflower seeds 1 red onion, chopped 1 bag fresh cherries, pitted and chopped

For the 15 million Americans who live with life threatening food allergies, there is no vacation—summer or otherwise—from the vigilance required to stay safe. Every season has its own challenges. During the winter and spring holidays it may be altering favorite family recipes or explaining the dangers of cross contamination to a relative. Often, it can also mean feeling it necessary to cook every single element of a meal personally. Thankfully, these recipes can be easily altered to accommodate different allergens and intolerances, making them the most versatile for any family.

Soy-Free Salad Dressing For those allergic to soy or any spice, buying a bottled salad dressing is difficult. Most contain soy and/or “spices”, which are unspecified.

Non-Dairy & No Nut Pesto 2 cup basil 1 cup cooked chickpeas ½ cup pitted kalamata olives* ½ cup olive oil 1 garlic clove Puree all ingredients in blender or food processor. *If able to eat dairy, parmesan cheese can be substituted for the olives.

4 Tbsp olive oil 3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar 2 Tbsp pure maple syrup Whisk or mix in blender or food processor. The machine incorporates the ingredients better and prevents separation in the refrigerator. Recipe can be doubled or tripled.

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Fracking Versus Food America’s Family Farm Heritage and Health at Stake by Harriet Shugarman


hat if farmers couldn’t confirm that what they grow and produce was devoid of toxins, cancer-causing chemicals, radioactive materials and other pollutants? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other federal and state agencies set standards and enforce regulations to ensure what we eat is safe and that production is secure. But hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and its accompanying infrastructure threaten this. Questions must be raised and answered before the safety of our food supply is permanently impacted.

Conditions that Demand Changes n No federal funding exists for researching the impacts of chemical contamination from oil and gas drilling and infrastructure on food and food production. n No public tests are required for what contaminants to look for because many of the 500-plus chemicals used in the fracking process are categorized as proprietary. n Minimal-to-no baseline analysis is being done on air, water and soil conditions before oil and gas companies come into a new area. n No commonly agreed distances are lawfully required between farms, farmlands, rivers, streams and water supplies in relation to oil and gas wells and their infrastructure.

Compounding Crises Harsh economic conditions, plus concerns over long-term climate changes, including extreme weather events, have pitted neighbors against one another as farmers consider leasing their lands to oil and gas companies. More, often the riches promised do not make their way to the farmers


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“We can’t in good conscience say our food is organic, as we no longer are sure what chemicals are leaching into our soil through our water and contaminated air.” ~ Pennsylvania family put out of business due to nearby fracking after 20 years of organic farming that need them the most as American policies continue to favor megalithic agribusinesses and push farming families into unsustainable choices. Standard drilling leases rarely provide broad protections for farmers and can even eliminate their input on where roads are created and fracking machinery is installed on their property, all of which can hamper normal farming. In Pennsylvania, where fracking is commonplace, thousands of diesel trucks drive by working farms daily, compounding problems already associated with 24/7 vibrations, noises, emissions and light pollution, stressing both humans and farm animals. In New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Ohio, farmers that have or are near such leased land are finding it increasingly difficult to obtain mortgages, re-mortgage property and acquire or renew insurance policies. Caught up in a vicious cycle, some farmers feel forced to abandon their farms, thus opening up more land to oil and gas companies. “Fracking is turning many rural environments into industrial zones,” observes Jennifer Clark, owner of Eminence Road Farm Winery, in New York’s Delaware County. She notes that we often hear a lot about the jobs fracking might create, but we hear little about the agricultural jobs being lost or the destruction of a way of life that has been integral to America’s landscape for generations. Asha Canalos, an organic blueberry and heirloom vegetable farmer in Orange County, New York, is among the leaders in the David versus Goliath battle pitting farmers and community members against the Millennium Pipeline Company and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. On May 1, oral arguments were heard in the U.S. Court of Appeals. According to Canalos, “Our case could set a national precedent, with all the attending legal precedent, that will either empower other farmers and communities like ours and Minisink or will do the opposite.” In January 2013, more then 150 New York chefs and food professionals sent a letter to Governor Mario Cuomo calling for a ban on fracking in their state. As of December 2013, more then 250 chefs have signed on to the Chefs for the Marcellus campaign, which created the petition. In April 2014, Connecticut chefs entered the fray by launching their own petition to ban the acceptance of fracking waste in Connecticut. In California this past February, farmers and chefs banded together to present Governor Jerry Brown with

a petition calling for a moratorium on fracking, stating that fracking wastes huge amounts of water. The previous month, California had declared a statewide drought emergency, and by April, Brown had issued an executive order to strengthen the state’s ability to manage water. Ironically, existing California regulations don’t restrict water use by industrial processes, including fracking, which uses and permanently removes tremendous amounts of water from the water cycle. To date, fracking in California operates with little state regulation. It’s past due for a “time out” on oil and gas production and infrastructure development. Every citizen needs to think carefully and thoughtfully about what’s at stake as outside interests rush to use extreme forms of energy extraction to squeeze the last drops of fossil fuels from our Mother Earth. Activist Harriet Shugarman, a veteran economist and policy analyst and former representative for the International Monetary Fund at the United Nations, currently chairs regional environmental committees and works with national, state and local organizations seeking pro-environmental legislation.

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Screening of American Meat Takes a Look at U.S. Agriculture Industry


he County Theater, in Doylestown, will present a special showing of American Meat at 7:30 p.m., July 17. The event includes a slideshow presentation prior to the film, beginning at 7 p.m., and a panel discussion immediately following. The film screening is sponsored by the Doylestown Food Co-op, the Bucks County Foodshed Alliance and numerous other community sponsors. Through a series of interviews with farmers, director Graham Meriwether gets at the heart of what is eating the U.S. agricultural industry, from concerns in the realm of industrial farming to breakthroughs in technology and methods of smallscale farming. The documentary also takes a look at the impact of industrial farming on communities and discusses small-scale farming, hinting at a shortage of farmers in coming generations and placing emphasis on alternative agricultural models. The film focuses on understanding the inner workings of the agricultural industry and what issues and concerns the United States will have to address in the next generations as more and more small-scale farmers—like their customers—turn from industrial toward alternative methods of agriculture. Location: County Theater, 91 E. State St., Doylestown. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 215-348-4548 or visit Doylestown. coop or See ad, page 35.


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hether urban or rural, children in our state average 4.5 minutes outdoors and four hours in front of a screen every day,” says Barbara Erickson, president of The Trustees of Reservations conservation nonprofit, in Sharon, Massachusetts. One way to disconnect kids from electronics is to go camping. Such educational, fresh air exercise is inclusive and inexpensive. David Finch, superintendent of the Dunes Edge Campground, in Provincetown, Massachusetts, suggests borrowed gear for the first outing. A backyard campout can be a rewarding trial run; each child can ask a friend to stay over and a parent and the family dog can participate. Once kids have the hang of sleeping somewhere outside their own bedroom, consider an overnight program at a local or regional zoo. Kids get a kick out of watching the animals and learning about their behaviors, diets and habitats. The Toledo Zoo, in Ohio, offers Snooze at the Zoo, including a pizza dinner, breakfast and admission the next day. Children sleep near one of the exhibits or in a safari tent. The program teaches animal adaptations,

food chains and ecosystems and meets requirements for scout badges in a fun setting. The Irvine Nature Center, in Owings Mills, Maryland, near Baltimore, offers a rich outdoor experience. Organizers provide food, activities and camping equipment. Children first attend a fire safety class, and then help cook a meal and make s’mores. At night, participants learn how to mimic owl hoots and practice their new skills, often receiving hoots in return. Night walks sometimes include sightings of deer, bats or flying squirrels, while morning walks showcase groundhogs and birds. Jean Gazis, with the women’s and girls’ rights nonprofit Legal Momentum, in Brooklyn, New York, observes, “It’s easier to camp with small, even tiny, children, than with older kids. Babies are portable.” She recalls taking her 7-week-old infant along and nostalgically comments, “Now that the kids are 11 and 14, they don’t have as much free time.” Drive-up camping in a state park that offers facilities and planned activities sets up a good time. Gazis feels

that a destination four hours away is the limit for car trips with small children. She advises giving everyone duties. “My young son once had a great time digging a ditch around the tent when it began to rain,” she recalls. “He kept the sleeping bags dry and got to play in the mud.” Jeff Alt, of Cincinnati, Ohio, author of Get Your Kids Hiking, suggests, “Start them young and keep it fun. Get the kids involved in the planning. My kids have gone along since they were born. We stayed at a lodge when they were small because little trekkers have a lot of gear. During the day we were out in the park exploring, always keeping in mind that kids tire out fast.” His manda-

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take part in more activities and explore different locations. “Nature presents a great parenting tool,” she remarks. Summertime camping helps every member of the family unplug, unwind and wander along new paths. Avery Mack is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect via AveryMack@

~ Stephanie Rach, founder of the Let’s Go Chipper play-based learning program, in Corte Madera, CA tory equipment includes good walking shoes, sunscreen and bug spray. Adhering to such rules as never leave the trail or wander off and don’t pick flowers or touch animals is non-negotiable. Stephanie Wear, a biologist for The Nature Conservancy, working in Beaufort, South Carolina, has found that it’s easy to make the experience lively. “We like to do observational scavenger hunts—find the flower, the mushroom or the tree that looks like a picture and make a list of what you see. Getting out in nature sharpens observation skills, boosts creativity and improves physical and mental health,” she says. Wear notes that her kids have listed 70 forms of life in the family’s backyard alone. Visit a local park or to

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Yields 4 servings Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free, Dairyfree, Nut-free ¼ cup red onion, diced 1 clove garlic, minced 1 tsp oil ½ tsp cumin ¼ tsp thyme 2 ½ cup kidney beans 1 carrot, grated 2 Tbsp cilantro, chopped coarsely ¼ tsp sea salt 1 Tbsp water, plus more if needed ¼ cup oats Sauté onion and garlic in oil on medium-low heat, about 5 minutes. Add cumin and thyme until mixed through. Let onion mixture cool while continuing the rest of preparation. Mash kidney beans with a fork or potato masher. Add carrots, cilantro, salt and water and mix. Fold in onion mixture. Add oats until mixture can hold together, then shape into small patties or large burgers. Bake on a baking sheet at 425 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes, flipping once about halfway through bake time. Recipe submitted by Sara Glassman of Vine Dining. See ad, page 21.

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Heat a sauté pan on high. Add 1 Tbsp of olive oil, then sauté the onion, green pepper, tomato and garlic until they begin to sweat, but have not browned. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat, stir in chili and cumin powders. Put the sautéed vegetables in a large mixing bowl. Add one third of the cooked and cooled black beans. With a potato masher or a large spoon, mash the beans until all ingredients are incorporated, making a smooth paste. Stir in the remaining beans. Mix the bean cakes briefly, until the whole beans are blended evenly with the paste. Heat a large pan or griddle. Form 12 bean cakes, about ½-inch thick and 3 inches across. Spread the remaining olive oil on the griddle and fry the bean cakes for 5 minutes on either side. They will heat through and brown slightly on the outside. Serve with Salsa Verde. Salsa Verde Bring a large stock pot filled with 1 gallon of salted water to a boil. Boil the tomatillos until they are soft, about 10 minutes. Drain the water and put the tomatillos in a large mixing bowl. While the tomatillos are still hot, mix in the remaining ingredients. With a potato masher or a large spoon, mash the salsa until all the ingredients are incorporated and it is at desired consistency. Refrigerate for at least an hour, preferably overnight. Recipe submitted by Lou Farrell of Fresh Fun Foods. Connect at 215-353-8947. See ad, page 17.

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A Passion for Fresh, Simple Cooking Tuscan Chef and Author Gabriele Corcos’ Brooklyn Life


by Gayle Wilson

rom the tender age of 5, Tuscan chef and cookbook author Gabriele Corcos cooked with his grandmother. By 7, he was skilled enough to have earned an inheritance: her recipe for almond cake. He recalls, “She entrusted me with a family heirloom although I didn’t really see it that way at first.” The recipe sharing was life-defining for Corcos. Besides freeing him from having to rely on her for cake, it reinforced his growing reverence for food and his love of family. Corcos grew up in Fiesole (“Feeso-lay”), a town nestled in the hills surrounding Florence, Italy, in the heart of Tuscany. His grandparents still enjoy life there in their 14th-century farmhouse and tend to their olive grove. Every summer, Corcos and his family journey there to savor several weeks of relaxing and reconnecting. It’s a welcome annual respite from the busy pace of life in their Brooklyn home of the past few years. In 2001, life changed dramatically when Corcos met his future wife, actress Debi Mazar (from Martin Scorsese’s film Goodfellas and HBO’s hit series Entourage), in Florence at

the home of a mutual friend. “I chased Debi to Los Angeles, and within a year of falling for one another, we married, bought a home and were expecting our first child,” explains Corcos. After a decade of L.A. life, the couple relocated their family to Brooklyn. “We like to keep life interesting and Brooklyn offered more of a community feel for us and our daughters (ages 8 and 12). We enjoy the distinctive seasons here­­, especially for fresh food.” With a grin, he adds, “Besides, by living in Brooklyn, we are that much closer to Italy.” Now, as cookbook authors with a weekly family-oriented cooking show, Extra Virgin, in its fourth season on The Cooking Channel, the Corcos family never finds life dull. The couple is best described as ambassadors for Tuscan cooking—he a warm-hearted chef, she an actress and New York City foodie. Despite their notoriety, they lead an understated, non-glamorous life and embrace an uncomplicated approach to food, gardening and cooking. He is most comfortable in jeans and T-shirt with a glass of wine and plate of freshly made pasta. “We

Like a true Italian chef, Corcos encourages others to “Enjoy life and everything in moderation, whether that’s pasta, cheese, or wine.” He believes in the beauty of simplicity. “There’s rarely a need to splurge on food or specialized pots and pans to be able to cook well. One can adopt key elements of a natural, farmer-like lifestyle without a lot of effort,” says Corcos. “Even though we don’t use strictly organic ingredients, we always strive for fresh and locally grown whenever possible.” When he came to the U.S., the 24-hour supermarket experience excited Corcos. “Everything seemed very civilized, and I adopted it. But over time, I realized the relationship I had with the merchants I bought food from was superficial. It started to feel distant and impersonal.” Today, he speaks enthusiastically of the value and joy of buying and growing food on a smaller, more personal scale. “Gardens and farmers’ markets offer a connection to one’s food origins that is so important. To be able to understand and select organic ingredients and to know where one’s food comes from—it provides a deeper sense of nourishment beyond just eating.” Even with conveniences of our modern lives, Corcos shops and tends to his garden daily for fresh ingredients. “It’s important to observe turnover in your refrigerator. We don’t buy anything in bulk except toilet paper.”

Sharing the Way

A sure indicator that a cookbook will become a classic is when its new owner is torn between prominently displaying it on the kitchen counter or showing it center stage on a coffee table. (This is what happened when I brought the Corcos and Mazar cookbook, Extra Virgin, Recipes and Love from our Tuscan Kitchen, into her home). Sitting down to peruse the cookbook feels like inviting the authors into one’s living room to chat.

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Its recipes epitomize approachability with a laid-back vibe that’s engaging. It hums back and forth between their introductions to120 recipes and offers glimpses into the couple’s life-long passion for food and cooking. It features mouth-watering food photography plus family snapshots. The book’s inside cover blurbs by 13 Hollywood celebrities and well-respected food icons such as Anthony Bourdain and Bobby Flay show a well-deserved reverence for the work. From appetizers and main courses to dessert, the book’s recipes rely on easily sourced ingredients and even includes shopping tips for connecting with local farmers, meal planning and stocking the pantry with basics. On what he and Mazar most want from the cookbook, Corcos reflects, “To inspire and teach the language of food and nourishment that I’m blessed to have learned from my family.” Corcos appreciates that his ease in the kitchen and passion for cooking isn’t ubiquitous. He shares, “For those that may feel intimidated by cooking, my advice is to simply push through that fear. If we prepare something and it turns out less than stellar, we try again. Have fun, keep things simple and enjoy experimenting.”

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When speaking of his drive to keep cooking and sharing his knowledge, Corcos chuckles, “Teaching our children to cook is an investment in our future. We are preparing them to properly care for us in our old age.” Quietly, he adds, “I want to instill a love and appreciation for simple, delicious and healthy food.” People are often surprised when he admits he doesn’t cook for pleasure. “My goal is to bring pleasure to family and friends and make them smile. This is the purest form of payback: the love one feels by caring for others.” For more information, visit and watch Extra Virgin on The Cooking Channel at Watch.CookingChannelTV. com. Gayle Wilson is a frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings. Contact her at


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The Real Argan Oil by Audrey Chen


n December 2012, Mahdi Bourhim’s mother, Rkia, traveled from Morocco to visit the Philadelphia area. Bourhim took his mother to a highend cosmetics store that carries a well-known line of argan oil cosmetics. With a lifetime of experience picking and grinding argan nuts to extract their oil, his mother was unimpressed with the products found here in the U.S. She found that not only were they not fresh, but they had been mixed with other substances. With the assistance of his mother and aunts in Morocco, Bourhim has been able to produce pure, authentic argan oil and import it here to Bath, Pennsylvania. The resulting product, Sheer Argan, is 100 percent pure, organic argan oil sourced from and produced in Morocco. It is cold-pressed, free from fragrances, preservatives, additives and other ingredients. It feels light on the skin, has a slightly nutty scent, is clear in color and does not leave a greasy residue. Studies have shown that argan oil has extremely high levels of Vitamin E and fatty acids, making it effective in healing many skin ailments as well as protecting against premature aging caused by oxidation. There are many ways to add argan oil to any daily routine.

For hair:

• Sheer Argan will tame frizz and seal split ends, leaving hair sleek and manageable. Only a small amount is necessary. • It helps with the damaging effects from the sun, wind, humidity and chlorine. Argan oil can be applied while the hair is still wet, or on the

scalp to hydrate and moisturize. • Apply the oil as an intense, overnight hair treatment and wrap hair before bed. Wash the next morning for soft locks.

For skin:

• Apply a few drops to skin and massage gently to help heal and protect the skin from everyday environmental stress. • Use it as an everyday moisturizer, as it absorbs quickly and is not greasy. It will help condition the skin on the face, neck, hands and body, restoring its natural moisture. • Add a few drops of the oil to facial toner to hydrate and tone simultaneously. For more information or to purchase Sheer Argan, visit For a 15 percent discount just for Natural Awakenings readers, apply the discount code “NATURAL” at checkout. See ad, page 36.

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1 Tbsp finely ground oatmeal 3 tsp organic yogurt 1 Tbsp raw honey 3 drops argan oil

Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Apply on a clean, dry face and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Follow with a favorite moisturizer or a few drops of pure argan oil.

Locally Sourced, Farm-Fresh Foods

From Farm to Home

A sampling of our local Farms, Farm Markets, CSAs, Co-ops Co-ops

Doylestown Co-op 215-348-4548 Creekside Co-op, Elkins Park 215-557-4480


Lansdale Farmer’s Market Location: Parking lot of Century Plaza building, Green Street and 100 W. Main St. Open rain or shine, Saturday 9-1pm from May 17 to Nov 1

We are committed to maintaining a seasonal farmers’ market that supports local producers of healthy, nourishing foods and quality, crafted goods. We desire to build community while providing educational programs that promote local, sustainable living. A few of the vendors include: Lund Bros Nursery, Boyd’s Cardinal Hollow Winery, Green Street Luxuries, Jett’s Produce, Tabora Farm Market, Overbrook Herb Farm, Windy Springs Farm, Steve’s Pound Cakes, Anita’s Guacamole, Saxman’s Bread.

Four Season Community Supported Agriculture CSA Shares Available for Summer/Fall and Winter 2014 Weekly CSA pick-up Wednesdays from 3:30pm to 7pm at Buckingham Friends Meeting House Summer share: June - October Full Share $675 Half Share $350 Flower shares: Full Share $240 Half Share $120 Join us today for sustainably grown, local, freshly harvested vegetables, herbs and cut flowers!

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Anchor Run Farm, Wrightstown 215-598-1519 Blooming Glen Farm, Perkasie 215-257-2566 Pennypack Farm, Horsham 215-646-3943


A Happy Farm, Kintnersville Pastured, day-ranged, Heritage-bred hens and eggs, no hormones or medications 610-306-2796 Blue Moon Acres, Buckingham Certified organic microgreens 215-794-3093 Necessity Farms, Telford Grassfed beef and lamb, raw milk, free range chicken and eggs, pastured pork 267-382-0556 Tussock Sedge Farm, Blooming Glen Red Angus Beef, 100% grassfed 215-257-4868

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Langhorne Farmers Market 215-436-7448 115 W Richardson Ave Wrightstown Farmers Market 215-860-7081 2203 2nd Street Pike Ottsville Farmers Market 610-847-1300 8230 Easton Rd Perkasie Farmers Market 215-723-3508 Market St & 7th St Quakertown Farmers Market 215-536-4115 201 Station Rd

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Did the FDA declare war on the natural products industry in the 1990s?

James Gormley Takes On the FDA Why the Natural Health Movement Must Protect Itself by Kathleen Barnes


ames Gormley, a leader of the natural health movement in the U.S. and an award-winning health journalist, is a passionate advocate for natural health. For more than 20 years, he’s been at the forefront in the fight against government restriction of dietary supplements and for transparency in the food industry, and has twice participated in America’s trade delegation to the United Nations Codex Alimentarius Commission, advocating for health freedom. Gormley’s editorial positions have included editor-in-chief of Better Nutrition and editorial director for the Vitamin Retailer Magazine Group. He now serves as both vice president and senior policy advisor for Citizens for Health and as a scientific advisory board member with the Natural Health Research Institute. His latest book, Health at Gunpoint: The FDA’s Silent War Against Health Freedom, poses a strong stance against government interference in our rights to information about and access to healthy food and supplements.

Why do you believe that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are tainted by special interests, particularly big companies in the pharmaceutical and food industries? The FDA was created to address issues of food and drug contamination and adulteration. Dr. Harvey Wiley, the courageous first leader of its predecessor, the Bureau of Chemistry, expressed his disgust with the unintended consequences

in his 1929 book, The History of a Crime Against the Food Law: The Amazing Story of the National Food and Drugs Law Intended to Protect the Health of the People, Perverted to Protect Adulteration of Foods and Drugs. The FDA has been beholden to drug companies for decades. Making the situation worse, a 2012 law loosened conflict of interest restrictions for FDA advisory panels. That has further weakened the agency’s review system and likely allowed more drugs with safety problems to gain marketing approval, according to an analysis published in the journal Science in 2013. In addition, 40 percent of the FDA’s last budget increase came from user fees on prescription drugs paid by the pharmaceutical giants. The USDA has the potential to do much good, but is bogged down with politics and mandates to push questionable biotechnology.

With regard to the controversy over genetically modified organisms (GMO), are certain companies being given undue influence in national policy making? Yes. A perfect example was the ability of Monsanto to block initiatives requiring labeling of food products that contain GMOs in California and Washington state. Monsanto and the food industry continue to leverage their considerable influence in the U.S. Congress to block such legislation on a national level, despite the massive outcry from consumers demanding to know the identity and origin of the food we eat.

The FDA conducted numerous and illegal raids on health food stores, supplement makers and practitioners. In an infamous barbaric raid on the clinic of integrative physician Dr. Jonathan Wright, in Tahoma, Washington, in 1992, agents and deputized officers converged with guns drawn, terrorizing patients and staff because Wright was giving his patients legal L-tryptophan supplements to help with sleep and mood. It was dubbed the “vitamin B-bust”. A federal grand jury declined to indict Wright on the charges stemming from the raid.

Current European Union and international codex policies maintain that most necessary nutrients can and should be obtained from foods, so they have dramatically limited the availability of many supplements. Do you expect such a policy to become part of U.S. law? These European policies fly in the face of reality and every major food study conducted since World War II. The super-refined, overly processed Western diet does not and cannot fully supply optimal levels of daily nutrients. The U.S. has made minor efforts to tread this dangerous path and been met with tremendous consumer outrage. Potential related laws and policies would have to make it past an avalanche of public comments.

What is the current status of the fight for health freedom, and what is your prognosis for the future? Substantial threats to our health freedom still exist, but I am optimistic. Three highly credible nonprofit organizations are leading the way: the Alliance for Natural Health, Citizens for Health and the National Health Federation. If consumers remain vigilant and stay informed on the issues identified by these advocates, we will be able to tackle and defeat threats to Americans’ health freedoms as they emerge. Kathleen Barnes has authored many natural health books. Connect at

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The Summer Homeopathic Medicine Chest by Denise Timofai


ust as the winter brings various ailments that we associate with cold weather, the warmer temperatures evoke their own set of issues. Instead of reaching into the medicine cabinet for acetaminophen after playing a little too hard on the beach, try natural remedies from homeopathy that are just as effective and less harmful to the body. Used extensively throughout Europe and Third World countries, homeopathy is a 200-year-old practice that is based on the idea that the body has a natural system of healing and is practiced by giving small doses, or remedies, of the substance that is causing the reaction in order to help the body stop reacting to the substance. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine has declared that homeopathic remedies, used under the supervision of trained professionals, “are generally considered safe and unlikely to cause severe adverse reactions.” Homeopathic remedies originate from plant, animal and mineral substances and are created through an involved and time consuming process created by Samuel Hahnemann, the father of homeopathy. Most often, homeopathic remedies are found in pellet form in health food stores. Each remedy has many uses and deciding which remedy to use requires

specific information about the issue(s) that need to be addressed. Adults, children and animals can be treated for acute or chronic issues using homeopathy. Reasons for chronic issues are not as easy to pinpoint, so most times, etiology—a time line of events—is employed to come up with a cause. The cause may have roots in an emotional trauma or could possibly stem from a past physical issue. Acute issues like the ones discussed below are easier to treat and most times results are seen quickly. Using homeopathic remedies for non-emergency situations can open up a whole world of possibilities for treatment that are kinder and gentler to the body. The list below includes some acute issues and their homeopathic remedies, which can be administered with either 30C or 200C potency. This “C scale” system of measurement is displayed on the remedy bottle and should be taken as indicated.

Aches and pains: Arnica Montana Arnica is a great remedy when physical limits are met and there are feelings of soreness and pain the next day. Take this remedy until symptoms subside. Anxiety/Fear: Gelsemium Sem-

pervirens and Aconitum Napellus These remedies work great together for fear and anxiety. This may be used for a child that is anxious about going to day camp for the first time or for an adult who has a fear of heights but wants to parasail. These remedies should be taken together on an as-needed basis.

Bee stings: Apis Mellifica


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Apis is a great remedy for bee stings where there is pain, swelling and itching. It helps to eliminate the toxins through urine. This is a slow-acting remedy and usually needs to be repeated. Increased urine flow is an indication that the remedy is working.

Bites from ticks, spiders or other animals: Ledum Palustre

Ledum is a “puncture wound” remedy. Whether it is a tick bite or a spider bite—or even a dog bite—the body recognizes it as a puncture would. Ledum helps especially if there is a bluish discoloration around the bite.

Colds: Ferrum Phosphoricum This is a great remedy for colds in general. Take it at the first sign of a sore throat or cold coming on and repeat as needed until the cold is gone. If the cold is a result of air conditioning, use Dulcamara. Heat stroke/Dehydration:

Veratrum Album This remedy is for strong heat stroke, sun stroke and dehydration. The symptoms may include cramps, diarrhea and even cold sweats.

Homesickness: Pulsatilla Nigricans Children away from home for the first time can be lonely and feel homesick. Pulsatilla is a great remedy to help turn this around. Jet lag: Cocculus Indicus

This remedy is used to maintain alertness after a long trip. It will not make up for lost sleep, but will increase alertness temporarily.

Leg cramps: Magnesium Phosphoricum During the summer, people are more active and may experience leg cramps at night. This nightstand remedy will eliminate these cramps.


or dizziness, use Cocculus Indicus.

Nux Vomica Summer barbeques and pool parties may encourage overeating and overdrinking. This remedy can be used on an as-needed basis to feel better in a short amount of time. But, it does not mean that more food or wine should be had.

Sun Headaches: Belladonna Throbbing headaches are relieved with Belladonna. Usually the sufferer will also have a red face. If the headache is caused by the sun and comes in waves, use Glonoinum.

Eyes sensitive to sunlight:

Natrum Muriaticum This is a great remedy to try especially if eyes tear, burn or even itch when out in the sun. Natrum Muriaticum is also a grief remedy.

Poison Ivy: Rhus Toxicodendron This remedy is made from poison oak and is great for any type of contact toxin such as poison oak, ivy, sumac, etc. If the rash is on the face, use Anacardium Orientale. Seasickness or motion sickness:

Tabacum This is a great remedy for seasickness when there is a sinking feeling in the stomach along with nausea and vomiting. If it is accompanied by headaches

Sunburn: Urtica Urens

Use Urtica Urens for sunburn with bad blisters and intense burning and stinging, where applying cold does not relieve the pain. Use Cantharis Vesi-

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Swimmer’s Ear: Mercurius Solublis This is a highly effective remedy for swimmer’s ear and chronic ear infections. The external ear may look red and feel hot. There may also be shooting pains. Kali Muriaticum should be used if the glands are swollen and the Eustachian tube may be blocked causing limited hearing. Denise Timofai holds both a Certification in Homeopathy and Diploma in Homeopathy. She is available for individual consultations and beginner and advanced classes on homeopathy. She can be reached via 610-982-5012, or via her Facebook page, Homeopathy Made Simple. See listing, page 49.

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Volunteer Work Day | Bristol

Kayak the D & R Canal | Bristol

9am-2pm. Give four hours to help clean up the nature center and receive a free lunch. Call in advance to participate. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. 215-785-1177.

11am-5pm. $38/mbrs, $48/non-mbrs. This paddle is rated easy, so join the group for a fun day of kayaking. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. 215-785-1177.

Lecture and Book Signing | Flemington, NJ


12-3pm. Join bestselling author and nutritionist, Kathleen Downey, for a free nutritional lecture, sampling of one of her many recipes and book signing. Le Creuset, 79 Liberty Village, Flemington, NJ. 858-401-3144.

TUESDAY, JULY 8 Food for Thought Book Club | Doylestown 6:15-8pm. Join the Doylestown Food Co-op to discuss Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman. Club meets the second Tuesday of each month and begins with a potluck; bringing food is optional. Doylestown Book Shop, 16 S Main St, Doylestown. 215-348-4548.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 9 Intro to Kayaking | Bristol 6-8pm. $22/mbrs, $27/non-mbrs. Learn basic strokes and proper techniques on land and on water. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. 215-7851177.

THURSDAY, JULY 10 Making Great Sandwiches | Hatfield 7-8pm. $30. Chef Lou Farrell will focus on sandwiches that are healthy, interesting and easy to put together. We will discuss all the elements that make up a fine sandwich and do some taste testing. Reserve a space online or by phone. Fresh Fun Foods, 2240 E Orvilla Rd, Hatfield. 215-353-8947.

7-Day Detox Retreat | Niagara Falls $2,600. Join bestselling author and nutritionist, Kathleen Downey, for a week of detox in Niagara Falls, NY, and Canada. Lose weight, decrease inflammation, reduce tumors and lift depression. Includes three organic meals a day and juices, yoga, meditation, techniques for an instant facelift, breathing and intestinal massage to release toxins. Hiking, biking, sailing and mineral springs. July 15-21. Call or email to register by July 7. 858-401-3144.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 16 Heart Disease Group Visit | Langhorne 1-3pm. Shared medical visit for patients experiencing cholesterol, hypertension and heart disease issues. Talk with Dr. Warner about these shared issues and gain extensive knowledge on the subject. Also held on July 21. Medicine In Balance, 940 Town Center Dr, Langhorne. 215-741-1600. Naturalist Skills | Bristol 6-8pm. $6/mbrs, $8/non-mbrs. Join us to learn about local plants and animals. Must pre-register. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. 215-7851177.

THURSDAY, JULY 17 Kids Can Cook Workshop | Huntingdon Valley 11am. Bring budding chefs to this hands-on cooking workshop. Learn to create simple, healthy meals and snacks and receive a kids cookbook. Ages 4 and

up; must pre-register. Weis, 2100 County Line Rd, Huntingdon Valley. 570-988-3025. healthyliving. American Meat Film Showing | Doylestown 7pm. Join the Doylestown Food Co-op for a showing of American Meat. The event begins with a slideshow presentation and includes a panel discussion following the film. The County Theater, 91 E State St, Doylestown. 215-348-4548.

SATURDAY, JULY 19 Vegetarian Main Courses | Hatfield 1-2:30pm. $50. Chef Lou Farrell will teach how to sautÊ, boil and braise vegetables to make healthy, nutritious meals. We’ll cook with beans, noodles, green and starchy vegetables. Reserve a space online or by phone. Fresh Fun Foods, 2240 E Orvilla Rd, Hatfield. 215-353-8947.

SUNDAY, JULY 20 Lyme Disease Support Group | Langhorne 5pm. This group supports those with Lyme and works to educate the public. All are welcome. Middletown Municipal Building, 3 Municipal Way, Langhorne. 215-741-5902.

savethedate Homeopathy Made Simple July 20-August 10 Sundays, 1-3pm Homeopathy is a powerful and vast energetic healing modality that is natural and inexpensive. This 4-week lecture series teaches how to use homeopathy in daily life to help with physical, mental and emotional issues.

Cost: $100 Location: The Homeopathic Classroom 1438 Lonely Cottage Rd, Upper Black Eddy 610-982-5012

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Heart Disease Group Visit | Langhorne

Kids Yoga Camp | Quakertown

5:30-7:30pm. Shared medical visit for patients experiencing cholesterol, hypertension and heart disease issues. Talk with Dr. Warner about these shared issues and gain extensive knowledge on the subject. Also held on July 16. Medicine In Balance, 940 Town Center Dr, Langhorne. 215-741-1600.

1-4pm. $75. This fun-filled camp begins with a daily yoga practice, followed by stories, songs and games. We will move, sing, paint, plant, draw and create all while exploring the world around and within. July 28 to July 31. Moondog Yoga, 44 Front St, Quakertown. 267-374-4046.



Medical Practitioners Open House | Buckingham

Gluten-Free Eating Tour | Huntingdon Valley

5-7pm. The practitioners of Joy Integrative Medicine want to meet any health and wellness practitioners interested in learning more about the services they offer and potentially partnering for the better health and happiness of clients. Joy Integrative Medicine, 4950 York Rd, Buckingham. 215-794-5691.

6pm. Walk the aisles with a Weis dietitian for tips on how to shop and cook for a gluten-free lifestyle. Receive product samples, recipes and more. Call to register. Weis, 2100 County Line Rd, Huntingdon Valley. 570-988-3025.

SATURDAY, JULY 26 Kayak Lake Galena | Bristol

Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light. ~Helen Keller

9am-5pm. $38/mbrs, $48/non-mbrs. This easy paddle is great for beginners. Must pre-register. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. 215-785-1177.

savethedate U.S. Kinesiology Training Institute Classes Touch for Health Kinesiology, Part 1 & 2 August 16-19 Learn the art of muscle testing and a systematic approach to balancing the body’s muscles and meridian system to relieve stress and pain patterns. Simple, effective and designed for everyone wanting more control over their health. CEs available for massage therapists, nurses and acupuncturists. Register by August 1 for a $100 discount. Call or go online to register.

Location: Delaware Center for Conscious Living 1813 Marsh Rd, Wilmington, DE 919-933-9299 Top Ten Pain Releasers, Part 1 & 2 September 27-28 Learn a wide variety of simple, highly effective energy based techniques to relieve stress and pain. Taught to thousands of people with proven results. Simple enough for children to use, excellent for health professionals. Taught by author Arlene Green. CEs available for nurses, massage therapists and acupuncturists. Call or go online to register.

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savethedate New Moon Retreat by the Sea September 26-28 A weekend of Vedic and Taoist arts workshops, combined with acupuncture treatments to energize vitality of the temple of mind, body and spirit. With instructors Gabrielle de Burke and Adam Schreiber. See website for full retreat package details; early bird special until August 1.

Cost: $450 Location: Minerva’s By the Sea Bed & Breakfast, Barnegat Light, NJ 484-557-9605

savethedate Greenshire Arts Consortium 3620 Sterner Mill Rd, Quakertown Event Details: Please register for all activities. 215-538-0976 Wednesdays Twilight Yoga 6:30-8pm Enjoy the peace and tranquility of Greenshire’s gardens at dusk with a spirited class and weekly theme. Alice Zander (Swarandeep Kaur), certified yoga teacher. $12. Saturday, July 5 Drumming Circle 6:30-8:30pm Experience the incredible power and freedom of group drumming with its variety of rhythms that bring us together as community. Val Hopkins, drum circle facilitator. $20. Mondays Awaken To Health, Dragon’s Gate Tai Chi Chuan 7-8:15pm Connect to the body with ancient movement practices for overall health. Tap into calm, clear energy. Ancient sequences from Tai Chi Chuan and Aharaj yoga that calm energy and preserve it for later in the day. All levels. Lyn Hicks. $15. Tuesdays, July 8 & July 22 Men’s Group 6:30-8pm Who are we as men in today’s society? What is our purpose in life, connection with others and ourselves? This group offers a time together for men to discuss ideas and insights. Jim Curley, MEd, certified holistic coach. $10.

Saturday, July 12 Reiki I Certification 10am-5pm Reiki is a safe, natural healing touch technique for the healing of self and others. 8 CEs available; add $50. Arlene Curley, Ph.D. $100. Saturday, July 19 Improving Your Relationship with Money 9am-2pm Creating prosperity is also about health and relationships. Learn techniques to change the mind about money. Jon Satin and Chris Pattay, Possibility Coaches. $57. Wednesday, July 23 Highly Sensitive People Support Group 6:30-8:30pm Are you highly sensitive or know people who are? Learn tools to integrate the positive self-image that comes with embracing one’s sensitivity. Rev. Tina Frazier. $20. Wednesday, August 6 Mastermind Group – 3-month course 7-9pm (1st and 3rd Wednesday) A heart-centered approach to self-empowerment and personal growth where the energy of the group amplifies our intentions. Jon Satin and Chris Pattay, Possibility Coaches. $397. Early discount: $297. Saturday, August 16 Mastering Love for Yourself 9am-2pm Knowing how to love oneself is essential for a full and exhilarating life. Learn to attract more love into life. Jon Satin and Chris Pattay, Possibility Coaches. $57.

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savethedate Susan Duval Seminars and Sacred Journeys Doylestown 215-348-5755 Register online or call Susan. Sign up on website to receive weekly newsletter with updates on seminars and trips. Monday, July 8 & Tuesday, July 9 Private Channeling Sessions, with Sheryl Blumenthal 10am-8pm Sheryl Blumenthal receives direct guidance through an extremely powerful unity with the Council of Elders. She assists with clarifying one’s higher purpose, relationship concerns, health issues, finances and career choices. $85 for 30 minutes, $135 for an hour. Doylestown. Saturday, July 26, in person Sunday, July 27, by phone Spiritual Advisor and Psychic Medium, Lisa Dantuono 9am-3pm Lisa Dantuono is a second generation psychic who can help with questions about finances, career, relationships, romance, health, life mission and one’s spiritual path. She can also connect with loved ones on the other side. $80 for 30 minutes. Doylestown. Sunday, July 27 Messages from the Other Side, with Joseph Tittel 2-5pm Born with a gift of communicating with spirits and predicting future events, Joseph Tittel’s ability to bring forth messages from the other side is amazing. Joseph was a finalist on America’s Psychic Challenge and often assists the police with unsolved cases. All participants will receive a message from loved ones across the veil or be able to ask a question regarding the future. $60. Doylestown.

Natural Awakenings Wednesday, August 13 The New Pleiadian Light Codes 6:30-9:30pm El Herington will share her experiences with the Lemurian and Pleiadian beings for more than 7 years. Learn about the secrets of Kaua’i and bathe in a pure field of Pleiadian light codes. She carries the original paradise codes from the Lemurian legacy of Australia and Hawaii. $45. New Britain. Thursday, August 14 & Friday, August 15 Pleiadian Light Code Activations Daytime and evening appointments In a one-hour session with El Herington, receive a Pleiadian light code activation in the heart center. Be guided toward merging with the oneness of all creation, which will create the expansiveness the soul desires for its awakening. $175. Doylestown.

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Friday, August 22 Mediumship Readings with Rich Braconi 12-8pm When souls connect to us from the other side, they often share details about themselves, how they passed, meaningful moments in their lives, as well as insightful messages. Spirit Medium Rich Braconi will connect with family members, loved ones and friends who have crossed over, delivering messages of personal guidance and insights. $160/hour for 2 people together. Doylestown. Sacred Journeys July 12-18: Swim with the Dolphins, Bimini Aug 7-10: Mount Shasta, CA Retreat Oct 17-26: Machu Picchu and Peru March 26-30, 2015: New Mexico April 22-27, 2015: Sedona, AZ

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sunday Gentle Yoga | Quakertown

Laughter Yoga | Ambler

8-9am. Slow and gentle practice is a great place for beginners, students recovering from illness or injury, those with limited range of movement, and prenatal and postnatal women. $12. Moondog Yoga, 44 Front St, Quakertown. 267-374-4046.

10-11am. Laughter is the best medicine. Come practice laughter exercises with yoga breathing, which will leave participants energized, relaxed and happier. $5. The Resiliency Center, 602 S Bethlehem Pk, Ambler.

Sunday Stroll | Bristol

Tea & Play | Upper Black Eddy

2-3pm. Take a walk with a naturalist. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. 215-785-1177.

10-11am. Enjoy a cup of tea with an early childhood teacher and learn about early childhood programs while little ones explore a nursery classroom. Children birth to age 4 are welcome. Call to register. First Monday. River Valley Waldorf School, 1395 Bridgeton Hill Rd, Upper Black Eddy. 610-982-5606.

Reiki Share | Langhorne 2-4pm, Reiki share for practitioners; 4pm, Reiki experience for the community. Opportunity to share experiences with other local Reiki practitioners. Facilitated by Valarie Haag, ND, and Ian Haag, Usui Reiki Masters. Third Sunday. Free/donation to The Peace Center. The Peace Center, 102 W Maple Ave, Langhorne. 267-840-8003. Community Drum Circle | Langhorne 4:30-6pm. Join us for an open drum circle where we will make music and have fun. Bring any instruments desired; there will be plenty of instruments to share. Third Sunday. The Peace Center, 102 W Maple Ave, Langhorne. 267-840-8003.

Yoga For Seniors | Collegeville 11:30am-12:15pm. Through a complete series of seated and standing postures, increase flexibility, balance and range of movement. Release stress and gain mental clarity during breathing exercises. Chair support is offered to safely perform postures. Free to all eligible Medicare members. Collegeville Yoga Bar, 222 E Main St, Collegeville. 610-409-2696. Zumba Gold | Buckingham 2-3pm. Zumba Gold is the low-impact version of Zumba Dance Workout. Improve cardio, bone density, prevent osteoporosis and enhance ability to perform

pain-free daily activities. Please RSVP. $9. Wagner Integrative Therapies, 411 Hyde Park, Buckingham. 215-230-8100. Building Successful Strategies | Sellersville 4-4:50pm. Dr. Julie Ann Allender is available to help young adults who are feeling lost. In a group environment, we’ll share and explore topics of concern for young people to create positive life plans. Must pre-register. Every other Monday, beginning July 14. $25. 306 Rickert Rd, Sellersville. DrJAAllender@ Prenatal-Friendly Yoga | Collegeville 6-7:15pm. This beginner, hatha-style class takes place in a relaxed and nurturing atmosphere. Those who are pregnant can enhance the bonding process with their baby, support the baby’s development and strengthen body, mind and spirit. $15. Collegeville Yoga Bar, 222 E Main St, #12, Collegeville. 610-409-2696. TRX Body Blast | Quakertown 6:15-7pm. Challenge and engage every muscle during this 45-minute nonstop TRX suspension workout! Build overall strength, balance and flexibility with this total body conditioning workout. Held Mondays and Wednesdays; call for details. $12. Moondog Yoga, 44 Front St, Quakertown. 267-374-4046. Mental Health Support Group | Doylestown 6:30-7:30pm. Join 4 The M.I.N.D.S. for its weekly peer-to-peer support group. We welcome family, friends and individuals who suffer from mental illness. Aldie Medical Arts Building, 11 Welden Dr, Doylestown. Women’s Support and Lifestyle Group | Philadelphia 6:30-7:30pm. Change Your Perception, Change Your

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Life is a women’s support and healthy lifestyle group that includes health speakers and some classes; meets twice monthly with Nancy Pollack, MS, clinical therapist, health educator and women’s safety specialist. $20. Chestnut Hill Medical Offices, 331 F Shawmont Ave, Philadelphia. 215-482-0408.

tuesday Boot Camp | Quakertown 6-6:45am. This 45-minute boot camp class combines interval training with plyometrics, body weight and kettle bell exercises to improve strength and endurance. Also held on Thursdays. $12. Moondog Yoga, 44 Front St, Quakertown. Info@ Health Matters Radio Show 9am. Hosted by Dr. Phil Pappas of Earth Foods, featuring different guests and topics each week. Listen in at Free Yoga and Meditation for Veterans | Bristol 11am-12pm. Free class for veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and their partners. Mats included. Also held on Thursdays, 12-1pm. Bristol YMCA, 400 Mill St, Bristol. 215-595-8963. Service Industry Wellness Discount | Collegeville 2-8:30pm. Tuesdays are the day for servers to get rewarded and thanked for all that they do with a 20 percent discount on all regularly priced services. Mention this listing; by appointment only, unless “Walk-Ins Welcome” sign is displayed. Aster Massage Therapy, 373 E Main St, Collegeville. 484-269-0406. Free Thai Yoga Mini Sessions | North Wales 5-7pm. Experience profound relaxation with a free Thai yoga mini-session. This ancient healing art is performed on a comfortable floor mat which gives the body full support. Wholistic Fitness, 217 Church Rd, North Wales. 267-613-8246. Vinyasa Flow | Quakertown 6-7:15pm. Vinyasa is a yoga practice focused on linking breath and movement. The importance of the breath is emphasized. All levels; drop-ins welcome. $12. Moondog Yoga, 44 Front St, Quakertown. 267374-4046. Bucks Beekeepers Association | Plumsteadville 7pm. General meeting of the Bucks County Beekeepers Association. Second Tuesday. Plumsteadville Grange Hall, 5901 Old Easton Rd, Plumsteadville.

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Intuition Class | Gilbertsville

7-8:30pm. Join other like-minded foodies for this healthy eating potluck. Each month has a different theme, with talks about healthy food and clean living. Call to pre-register. First Tuesday. Medicine In Balance, 940 Town Center Dr, Langhorne.

7-9pm. Develop intuition with a spiritual community and share synchronicities. Develop intuitive muscle with an exercise and guided meditation. Drop-ins welcome. Second Wednesday. $5. Inner Light Holistic Center, 1000 Grosser Rd & Rte 100, 2nd floor, Gilbertsville. 610-413-8191. Sound Healing Meditation | Skippack

wednesday Morning Express Yoga | Quakertown 8-9am. Rise and shine with the practice of yoga first thing in the morning. Leave shining from the inside out. All levels. $12. Moondog Yoga, 44 Front St, Quakertown. 267-374-4046. Preschool Yoga Series | Quakertown

7:30-9pm. A collection of sounds to effect and realign the subtle energies of the mind/body/spirit via vibration. Drums, flutes, didgeridoos and more create this healing experience. Register by phone or online. First and third Wednesday. Simply Be Well, 1246 Collegeville Rd, Skippack. 610-584-2439.


10-10:45am. This playful class consists of fun, games, stories and yoga poses which cultivate mindful living in students ages 3-6 years old. July 9 through August 13. $60 for series, $12 drop-in. Moondog Yoga, 44 Front St, Quakertown. 267-374-4046.

Free Yoga and Meditation for Veterans | Bristol

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Slipper Book Club | Philadelphia

1-8pm. Come in for a free skin analysis and receive 15 percent off skin care. Call to schedule. Lansdale Massage Therapy and Wellness, 55 E Main St, Lansdale. 267-263-2697.

1-2pm. Free program for book lovers who relish the opportunity to discuss and weigh in with friends or other voracious readers. An informal way to meet new friends, have fun and enjoy the camaraderie of sharing a passion for reading. Registration required. 610-3598632.

Building Successful Strategies | Sellersville 4-4:50pm. Dr. Julie Ann Allender is available to help young adults who are feeling lost. In a group environment, we’ll share and explore topics of concern for young people to create positive life plans. Must pre-register. Every other Wednesday, beginning July 9. $25. 306 Rickert Rd, Sellersville. 215-799-2220.

12-1pm. See Tuesday listing. Bristol YMCA, 400 Mill St, Bristol. 215-595-8963.

Medication-Free Alternatives | Fountainville 6pm. Learn about Neuro-Modulation Technique and other alternative therapies for allergies, pain syndromes, acute and chronic illnesses. Third Thursday. Integrative Health Care, 5055 Swamp Rd, Ste 203, Fountainville. Preregister: 215-230-4600.

Zumba Gold | Buckingham

All Levels Hatha | Collegeville

5:30-6:30pm. Zumba Gold is the low-impact version of Zumba Dance Workout. Improve cardio, bone density, prevent osteoporosis and enhance ability to perform pain-free daily activities. Please RSVP. $9. Wagner Integrative Therapies, 411 Hyde Park, Buckingham. 215-230-8100.

6-7:15pm. Hatha yoga is a slower practice that emphasizes posture alignment, enhancing muscle tone, flexibility and a peaceful mind. $15. Collegeville Yoga Bar, 222 E Main St, #12, Collegeville. 610-409-2696.

A Circle of Women | Langhorne

6-7:15pm. Moms-to-be use yoga to prepare their bodies to bring new life into the world. Learn tools and techniques to strengthen the body for labor and delivery. Suitable for those new to yoga. $16. Anahata Yoga and Wellness Center, 703 Harleysville Pk, Harleysville. 215-740-1354.

6:30-8pm. A gathering of women of all ages and stages to commune, share, learn and explore. Each month has a different focus, with workshops, guest speakers, creativity and inner work. Pre-register by phone or email. Third Wednesday. Medicine In Balance, 940 Town Center Dr, Langhorne.

Prenatal Yoga Classes | Harleysville

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Sacred Sound Healing/Meditation | New Britain

All Levels Vinyasa | Collegeville

7-8:30pm. Tami Trapp channels healing sounds from tribal beings who previously walked upon and cherished the Earth. Third Thursday. $21. Circle of Miracles, 10 Beulah Rd, New Britain. 267-312-6913.

9:30-10:45am. Vinyasa yoga is a dynamic sequence of postures that synchronizes movement with breath and integrates awareness and alignment, strength and flexibility. Includes sun salutations, standing, arm balancing, inverted and seated postures. $15. Collegeville Yoga Bar, 222 E Main St, #12, Collegeville. 610-4092696.

Ascension Class | Gilbertsville 7-9pm. Ascension class designed to move into becoming a channel of grace, the next step of intuitive development. First Thursday. $10. Inner Light Holistic Center, 1000 Grosser Rd & Rte 100, 2nd floor, Gilbertsville. 610-413-8191.

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

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Relaxing Yin Yoga | Langhorne 5:30-6:45pm. Transition from the crazy week to a relaxing weekend with this class to soothe the body and soul, with teacher Sally Miller. Please call to register. $15. Medicine In Balance, 940 Town Center Dr, Langhorne. 215-741-1600. Hatboro Farmer’s Market | Hatboro 6-9pm. Enjoy shopping from local farmers and artisans and grab a bite from food trucks. Featuring Reed Silk Studio’s simple toys for creative children, on alternating Fridays. Hatboro Baptist Church, 32 N York Rd, Hatboro.

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

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Wagner Integrative Therapies uses a team approach to healing. JP utilizes traditional Chinese Acupuncture, Acupressure and Cupping to effectively treat many types of chronic, debilitating pain and a wide variety of other conditions such as asthma, sleep disturbance, stress, anxiety, digestive issues and hormone imbalance. Our nationally certified team of specialists work together so you to get you better, faster. See ad on page 8.

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

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

BUSINESS SERVICES PAZETO CLEANING SERVICE Serving Montgomery County 267-388-7818

Enjoy a sparkling clean home while spending more time doing the things you love. We are also a partner of Cleaning For A Reason, a nonprofit that provides free cleaning services for people undergoing cancer treatment. Weekly, bi-weekly, monthly options. Pet friendly. No contract needed. Testimonials on website. See ad on page 51.

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

Wagner Integrative Therapies focuses on you in a caring, integrative environment. Dr. J. Adam Wagner, Medical Director, specializes in combining diagnostic skills, functional assessment and state-of-the-art treatments. Dr. Wagner supports the practices of adjunctive specialists for the best possible patient outcomes. Offering Chiropractic Pain Management, Certified Spinal Decompression Therapy, Class 4 Cold Laser, Compression Massage. Check out the events calendar for our other offerings. See ad on page 8.


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Dr. Moise offers a blend of conventional medicine and natural scientifically proven alternative methods to optimize your child’s health. This approach recognizes and respects the ability of your child’s body to return to a state of balance and wellness. She provides consultations and treatment plans to address medical conditions using a natural, holistic, alternative approach. See ad on page 29.



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

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


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Does your child struggle with ADD or ADHD? Anxiety or OCD issues, behavioral problems, or challenges at home? Autism or Aspergers? Change their future today. Easy, effortless, rapid, drug-free method to reduce symptoms and problems that many children (and their parents) struggle with. A simple, painless path to retraining their brains so that they can focus, be less impulsive, and be more flexible and adaptable in school and at home. Simple and painless. NJ Psychologist Lic.# 35SI00218300. See ad on page 15.

HOLISTIC DENTISTRY DENTAL WELLNESS CENTRE 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 on page 31.


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Enjoy an anxiety-free dental experience. You no longer have to be nervous about going to the dentist. From the moment you open the doors, our friendly and courteous team will make you feel comfortable in our relaxing spa atmosphere. Choose from a wide range of holistic services. See offers and ad on back page.

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

Dr. David DiGiallorenzo focuses on providing oral health solutions through holistic, biologically compatible and organic practices. It is one of the world’s most accomplished centers for periodontal and implant care, which integrates wellness services into their therapeutic approach. He is experienced at immediate total tooth replacement with metal-free dental implants, treating gum disease with LANAP, a no-cut, no-sew method of treating gum disease, comfortable gum grafting with PRGF, implant denture solutions, and chronic pain management. See ad on page 9.

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Are you being heard? Are you getting the care you deserve? Address issues before they get worse. As a true partner, I will listen to your needs and help you make informed decisions. You will receive effective tools and strategies toward your wellness. Short wait times, lower costs, and more time with you. Awarded Philadelphia magazine’s Top Doc™ 10 years in a row. See ad on page 23.


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There are many paths to healing. At Joy Integrative Integrative Medicine Medicine your health concerns and goals will be listened to with compassion. Working together, a personalized and unique treatment plan will be implemented to re-awaken your health and joy at the highest level. See ad on page 10.

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

Narberth Family Medicine is a holistic, alternative medical practice, emphasizing interactive decision making between doctor and patient. Interactive decision making means that together with Dr. Lipton, you will decide on what course of action is best. Dr. Lipton spends 15-20 minutes, and up to 1 hour with a new patient. Be confident that your individual needs will be met. See ad on page 16.


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Get relief for your joint inflammation and pain and reduce your dependence on medications. Dr. Tahir is PA’s only board-certified Integrative Rheumatologist and specializes in autoimmune diseases that are difficult to diagnose and treat. He will customize an integrative treatment program to give you the best possible quality of life by addressing the cause, not the symptom. See ad on page 11.


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

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


Kelly Thomke, JourneyDance™ Guide 215-534-4989

Feeling stressed? Sounds like it’s time to be more playful! An authentic movement modality, JourneyDance™ embodies self-love, empowerment, sensuality, prayer and fun. It is designed to create support for our bodies, minds, spirits, and emotional system. Check out the website for upcoming dances or book a JourneyDance™ for your group. You don’t have to be a dancer. All you need is a body to move to relieve your stress.


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Bellabaci is a modified version of ancient cupping therapy. Silicone cups use no heat yet provide the same benefits as traditional cupping. Can be used by therapists and individuals at home. Easy to learn technique. Aids smoothing of wrinkles and cellulite, relieves muscular pain, digestive disorders and many other varied stagnation in the body. Available for treatments, purchase, and practitioner training. See ad on page 36.

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Wagner Integrative Therapies has Alternative Pain Management & Health Solutions. Kelly specializes in Deep Tissue Massage, Chronic Migraine and Stress-Related Headache Relief, and has developed a systemic approach to Myofascial Pain Relief. Also offered: Swedish Massage, Sports Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Hot Stone Therapy, Hydrotherapy, Paraffin Treatment, Aromatherapy and more. Visit our beautiful 3,000-square-foot facility. See ad on page 8.

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Lionville specializes in both pharmaceuticals and natural/holistic remedies, providing an integrative approach to your health solution. Integrative therapy provides a safer and more effective course of treatment, with fewer adverse or toxic side effects. We are experts in the safety and effectiveness of traditional (allopathic) prescription drugs as well as natural/holistic (alternative) therapies. Family-owned and operated, since 1979. Phone consultations and U.S. shipping available. See ad on page 5.


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