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THE PAIN & GLORY OF FATHERHOOD We Must Know Ourselves First


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Contents 16 BRAIN-SAVERS


Smart Strategies for Preventing Dementia

22 SANJAY GUPTA ON ‘Chasing Life’

24 NATURE’S TOOLBOX The Key to Prostate Health



Aquatic Workouts for Him


Beyond Buttons and Portabellas



Transportation Drives Urban Planning



Trading Clutter for Calm

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Protecting Pets and the Planet

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Kids, Teens and Fathers

Last year, we introduced a new column called Teen Voices written by Hannah Adamson. The idea behind it was to help parents (and other adults) gain a glimpse into the world through a teen’s eyes. Although with tears of sadness, we now wish a joyous farewell to Hannah as she moves on to attend George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. In her words, “I’m in the honors college and planning to double major in Conflict Analysis and Resolution, and Global Affairs. I’m very excited. I loved writing for Natural Awakenings and hope I have contributed to a teen’s world.” We think teens need a voice, and we are pleased that we can help provide a forum for their views. If all goes well, we will introduce a new contributor next month. The column was always intended to welcome a variety of voices. So, if you know a good teen writer candidate who might like to lend their time and talents, please drop us a line. In 2018, we received a lot of positive feedback on our June Publisher’s Letter so, by popular demand, here is our tribute to fathers again.

In raising my own four children, striving to better understand their world through their

eyes was one of the most powerful tools I found. This simple approach does help build a foundation of trust, however, building trust with a teenager is a day-to-day business. Some days, you are best friends. The next day, one of us is from another planet. As in most things, it is a process. Listening (when my 16-year-old talks to me) is more important than speaking. No Einstein moment here. The goal is to learn something, not tell something, and keeping that in focus is paramount to building trust. But let’s step back to the beginning, long before the teen years. Today I asked a friend to tell me about being a father. (He has a three-year-old—his first—and a 16-year-old stepson.) “I love being a father. It feels totally natural. Nothing has been more rewarding,” he replied. “The father-son relationship is incredibly special. The responsibility of being a guide to his future makes me a better person every day of my life. Seeing the world through his eyes brings me back to the purity of being a child where everything is new, exciting.” As he was speaking, it dawned on me that happy should fit in there someplace because who really laughs, smiles and shows happiness more than children? My friend also pointed out a reminder to us all: Children can put your day in true perspective. Their simplicity reminds us that we are the ones who complicate the equation. However, parenting is complicated. It is not easy. It brings feelings of joy, sorrow, guilt, anxiety and every other emotion you can possibly think of—sometimes all within five minutes. Fatherhood has certainly changed in my lifetime, and I am so thankful for how fathers today have embraced the profession of fatherhood. Some of us had to get ego, selfishness, predetermined behavior, learned behavior and, in some cases, bad models out of the way before we could even comprehend what fatherhood was about. I am so proud as I watch my friends embrace their role as a father—the sacrifices they make, the dedication they display, the love they show. We have come a long way as men and as fathers. For the younger male reading this, it might be hard to imagine but take my word—we have come a long way, baby. So, to all the fathers out there—keep growing. Model for your children something to be proud of. Give them the love, give them the dad they deserve. Be their hero, be the best dad you can be, and they in turn will build the model for their children. Isn’t that how it works. Be love, be happy, be joy, be the man, BE DAD.

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Free Webinar Explores Holistic Coaching Career Options


he Natural Wellness Academy (NWA) is hosting a free online webinar, Creating a Lucrative Holistic Coaching Career You’ll Love, at 8:30 p.m. on July 11. Working in tandem with the explosive growth of natural wellness specialties, this meet-and-greet webinar focuses on Certified CBD/Cannabis Coach, Holistic Health & Life Coach, Clinical Hypnotherapist and Mind-Gut Guru careers. Attendees will interact with holistic health professionals from around the globe and learn their secrets for starting a successful business. NWA graduates in 19 countries will share cutting-edge developments, discoveries and disciplines in these fast-changing professions. NWA’s personal mentors, who guide students through the certification and beyond, will be a part of the webinar, as will information about tuition-financing programs designed to make training in these dynamic health specialties affordable. A member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, NWA has been training holistic health professionals via the internet since 2013. As an internet-based educational institution, all NWA certification programs are available 24/7, so students can learn at their own pace, anytime, anywhere. An access code is required to attend the webinar, easily obtained by contacting NWA. For more information and for an access code, call 813-333-2626, email Support@Natural or visit See ad, page 3.

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s God in That Bottle Cap? A Search for Truth, by John D. Sambalino, is the true story of a personal quest for spiritual enlightenment and the many benefits of meditation. The new book, published by Vanishing Circle Press, is based on the author’s 44 years of daily meditation, yoga, tai chi and qigong. “We live in very stressful times,” says the South New Jersey author. “While this book can help teach how to release stress naturally through meditation, it’s not a how-to book and does not teach meditation. [It addresses] how meditation can relieve stress and help to make a happier, healthier, more productive person.” Vijayendra Pratap, Ph.D., president of the Yoga Research Society, says, “I would love to see this book in the hands of practitioners of all paths for self-realization.” Kirkus Reviews calls the book a “lively and intensely readable story of one man’s use of a variety of spiritual practices to reveal the nature of reality.” Cost: $16.95. For more information or to order the book, visit See ad, page 31.

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he International Association for Near-Death Studies will hold its annual conference from August 29 through September 1 at Crowne Plaza Hotel, in King of Prussia—a rare opportunity, as the event is traditionally held in the western part of the U.S. Over 70 professionals and experiencers are slated to present lectures and workshops on near-death and similar spiritually transformative experiences (NDE/STE). This year’s theme, Revolutionary Experiences: The Power of Love & Consciousness, focuses on positive altruistic behavior and the raising of global consciousness toward compassion and brotherhood that results from NDEs/STEs. Near-death experience occurs when one clinically dies or comes close to death via trauma or a life-threatening situation, visits a spiritual realm, then comes back to deliver messages—most often of love and hope—and to tell of their experiences on the “other side.” The conference will feature, for the first time, a keynote panel comprised of popular, authored professionals from past IANDS conferences, including Suzanne Giesemann, MPA (retired Navy Commander-turned-evidential medium); Bruce Greyson, M.D.; and Eben Alexander, M.D. (author of The New York Times Best Seller Proof of Heaven), among others. The conference is open to everyone of all backgrounds and faiths. Early-bird discount registration is available through June 30, and any extensions will be noted on the conference website. Natural Awakenings readers receive an extra 10 percent discount with code NDE163. Group and student discounts are also available. Tickets are limited, so early registration is recommended. Location: 260 Mall Blvd., King of Prussia. For more information, visit Conference. See ad, page 11.

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Celebrate the Summer Solstice at Solstice Expo & Holistic Fair


ach year on June 21, the Earth tilts 23.4 degrees toward the sun. During this time, the people living in the northern hemisphere will get most of the sun’s light, heat and energy. On June 22, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and June 23, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Society for Metaphysical Enlightenment (SME) invites readers to attend its 11th annual Solstice Expo & Holistic Fair, in New Hope. Attendees can tune up their mind, body and spirit while celebrating the summer solstice with guest speakers, psychics, crystals, tarot readers, energy healers and more. Presenters at the expo will include Anthony (Tony) Kenton, who will be discussing human existence, dreams and love; Dino Calabrese, who will be relaying messages from the other side; Justin Federico, who will be explaining the benefits of CBD; enlightening readings by Isabelle Moll and more. The word solstice is derived from the Latin words “sol”, meaning sun, and “sister” or “stitium”, meaning to stop. On June 21, the sun will appear to stand still before it begins to recede. As the days slowly get shorter, the solstice marks the start of our summer season. The solstice has been celebrated throughout history by many different cultures. The ancient druids of England marked the time of the solar passing with

their megalithic structure, Stonehenge. Their celebration was founded in both physical and spiritual awareness—the power of the summer sun ignites the Earth’s power, enables crop growth and shines down to expand our minds and our lives. As a part of this ancient tradition, SME commemorates this high-energy time with its annual, two-day event. The summer months fluctuate between activity and rest, teaching us patience as we anticipate the ripening of fruits and vegetables. Summer offers us a time to slow down and allow things to happen in their natural order, instead of using our ego to create what we desire. It also allows us to stay present, receiving all the gifts that Mother Earth lovingly bestows. Summertime reminds us of the connection between the Earth and the other planets that are part of the Divine Source. At the Solstice Expo & Holistic Fair, attendees support each other and co-create together, honoring the light and the community’s connection to the sun and Earth by offering new-age, metaphysical products, services and practitioners.

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n March 4, Rev. Rose Moyer, co-founder of the Society for Metaphysical Enlightenment, returned to the spirit world. Rose was born with what is called a veil, or caul—a sign or spiritual gift of mediumship. She grew up in Philadelphia and is survived by her husband, Robert, and three children. As a teenager, she was a regular on the popular TV program American Bandstand, hosted by Dick Clark. In her career, she used her psychic talents to create her own teaching school, the Blooming Rose School, where she taught reiki and metaphysics. She helped people reach spiritual connections through her gift of mediumship and traveled in both the United States and internationally to do gallery readings. Prior to Rose working with Tony Kenton on his Solstice Expo, she had her own holistic expo at the Gilbertsville Firehouse for many years. She was driven to promote spiritualism and is the inspiration for the fall expo, Spiritfest. Rose had a major influence on many events and was a personal friend to many people in and out of the organization.

Cost: $7, two-day admission. Location: New Hope Eagle Firehouse, 46 N. Sugan Rd., New Hope. For more information and for tickets, call 267-261-2768 or visit See ad, page 25.

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Imbibe Less to Lower Blood Pressure Even moderate alcohol consumption—seven to 13 drinks a week—increases the risk of high blood pressure, according to a new analysis of the health records of 17,000 U.S. adults. Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center researchers found that the average blood pressure among nondrinkers was about 109/67, among moderate drinkers 128/79 and among heavy drinkers 153/82, based on data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the years 1988 to 1994. The higher readings could be the result of alcohol’s affect on the brain and liver, or because it raises caloric intake, partly by increasing appetite, say the researchers. 10

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Eat Med Diet to Boost Performance What we consume can boost our body even in the short term, a new study from St. Louis University shows. After eating the Mediterranean diet for just four days, athletes ran faster than after eating a Western diet. In the study, published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, seven women and four men ate one of two diets for four days: the Mediterranean, with its emphasis on whole fruits and vegetables, nuts, olive oil and whole grains, or the Western, high in trans and saturated fats, dairy, refined sugars, refined and highly processed vegetable oils, sodium and processed foods. After a nine-to-16-day break, they followed the other diet. The athletes exercised on a treadmill for five kilometers after each diet and were found to have run 6 percent faster after following the Mediterranean diet, despite similar heart rates and perceived levels of exertion.

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Regardless of the type of protein consumed, lowcarb diets significantly increase the risk of atrial fibrillation (AFib), according to a study presented at the latest annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology. Analyzing the records of almost 14,000 people over a 20-year period, researchers found that diets such as Atkins, ketogenic and paleo, which emphasize protein instead of fruits, vegetables and grains, boosted the risk of AFib by 18 percent compared to diets with moderate carb intake. Researchers theorize that consuming less produce and fewer grains may aggravate inflammation, while eating high amounts of protein and fat may increase oxidative stress. Both conditions are linked to AFib, in which the heart beats irregularly, potentially causing palpitations, dizziness and fatigue. It’s also linked to a five-fold increase in strokes.


Eat More Carbs to Lower Heart Risk

For those that don’t move vigorously throughout the day—whether stuck behind a desk or lying on a couch in front of a screen— there’s good news in a recent American Cancer Society study: Replacing just 30 minutes a day of stationary time with such moderate physical activities as brisk walking and dancing reduces the risk of dying over 14 years by a whopping 45 percent. Even light activities such as walking slowly, playing pool and doing housework like vacuuming for half an hour reduce mortality risk by 15 percent.

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Take Magnesium to Optimize Vitamin D Magnesium seems to optimize vitamin D, increasing the vitamin’s utilization for those with insufficient levels and decreasing it in those with excessive amounts. In a randomized trial of 250 people between ages 50 and 85 that were considered at risk for colorectal cancer, researchers at the VanderbiltIngram Cancer Center found that changes in blood levels of vitamin D were significantly affected by the intake of magnesium—a mineral in which 80 percent of Americans are deficient. In addition to supplements, magnesium-rich foods include dark leafy greens, beans, whole grains, dark chocolate, nuts, avocados and fatty fish such as salmon.

Find a Green Space and Make a Friend Integrating green spaces among living areas increases trust among strangers, according to a study from Canada’s University of Waterloo. Participants in walking tours of a Vancouver neighborhood were asked to complete a smartphone questionnaire at six stops, including at a rainbowpainted crosswalk and both wild and manicured community gardens. Researchers found that colorful design elements and green spaces were linked to higher levels of happiness, plus greater trust of strangers and environmental stewardship. “The urban design interventions we studied are relatively simple and low cost, but show great potential to improve individuals’ emotional and social lives,” says Hanna Negami, lead author.


Legal Pot Lifts Junk Food Sales Apparently, the fabled marijuanainduced “munchies” cravings don’t have people reaching for carrots. A new study from the University of Connecticut found that shortly after Colorado, Washington and Oregon legalized recreational marijuana, increases in purchases were recorded in those states for potato chips (5.3 percent), cookies (4.1 percent) and ice cream (3.1 percent).

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Climate Change Discourages Childbearing

USA Today has reported that concerns about climate change are giving women pause about bearing children. The U.S. birthrate has been falling for years, and in 2017, it was 60.3 births per 1,000 women, the lowest fertility rate since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began keeping such records in 1909. Related causes such as women marrying later, worries about the economy and the difficulty of finding affordable child care have all been suggested. But prospective parents are also thinking about the increased frequency and intensity of storms and other natural disasters such as drought and wildfires. Further, geopolitical unrest and scarcity of water and other resources are convincing some to at least postpone their decision to increase the population. 12

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Earth’s Atmosphere Extends Past Moon

The scientific boundary between Earth’s atmosphere and space is the Kármán line, 62 miles high. But a team of astronomers have published evidence in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics that the geocorona, a tenuous cloud of neutral hydrogen in the outermost region of the Earth’s atmosphere that glows in far-ultraviolet light, extends much farther than the moon. The discovery means that telescopes positioned in the geocorona will need to have some of their settings adjusted for deep-space observations.

3-D Meat

Printer Produces Plant-Based Substitute

Researcher Giuseppe Scionti, owner of Nova Meat, in Barcelona, Spain, has developed a synthetic meat substitute using vegetable proteins that imitate protein complexes found in real meat. Produced using a 3-D printer, it can mimic the texture of beef or chicken. The specialist in biomedicine and tissue engineering has been working for 10 years on bioprinting different synthetic tissues such as artificial corneas, skin and ears.

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Internet users can help fight global deforestation even while surfing. German online search engine Ecosia, now used in 183 countries, diverts its advertising revenue from click-throughs to planting trees worldwide to the tune of more than 52 million since 2009. With each search, the company says, it removes around two-anda-half pounds of carbon dioxide from the air. Christian Kroll, Ecosia’s founder, wrote, “Climate change is a very real threat, and if we’re to stop the world heating above the 1.5 degrees warned about in the IPCC [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] report, we need to plant trees at scale.” Kroll suggests that if Ecosia were to get as big as Google, they could absorb 15 percent of all global carbon dioxide emissions. Users can find it at


Clean Water Solution in the Pipeline

With the world facing a future of climate change and water scarcity, finding an environmental way to cleanse drinking water is paramount. Researchers in China contend they are working on a method to remove bacteria from water that’s both highly efficient and environmentally sound. By shining ultraviolet light onto a two-dimensional sheet of graphitic carbon nitride, the team’s prototype can purify two-and-a-half gallons of water in one hour, killing virtually all the harmful bacteria present. This technique of photocatalytic disinfection is an alternative to current eco-unfriendly water filtration systems such as chlorination or ozone disinfection.

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Countries Learn from Recycling Strategy

In Norway, up to 97 percent of the country’s plastic bottles are recycled, and other countries are taking note. The government’s environmental taxes reward companies that are eco-friendly. If a company recycles more than 95 percent of its plastic, then its tax is dropped. Customers pay a deposit on each bottled product they buy. To get back their money, they must return their used bottles to one of the 3,700 machines found in the country’s supermarkets and convenience stores. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation estimates that if current global trends continue, plastic trash in the ocean will outweigh fish by 2050.

Revamping Recycling China Forces U.S. Cities to Change Specs

China, one of the world’s main importers of recyclable waste, is rejecting shipments that are more than 0.5 percent impure, so loads contaminated by a greasy pizza box, disposable coffee cups and the odd plastic bag could end up in the local landfill instead. Most single-use cups, for instance, are lined with a fine film of polyethylene, which makes the cups liquid-proof, but also difficult and expensive to reprocess. Most waste management facilities will treat the cups as trash. Since China banned impure plastics, many U.S. municipalities no longer accept plastics numbered 3 to 7, which can include yogurt cups, butter tubs and vegetable oil bottles. Another contamination culprit is food residue. Washing out food scraps from recyclables can be just as important as putting the appropriate item in the recycling bin.

Action Alert

Banish Toxic Air in Plane Cabins

Flying safety is more than making it to our destination; it’s about the air we have to breathe while in the skies. Toxic fume events can occur when air, contaminated by engine exhaust, fuel fumes, de-icing fluids and/or ozone, enters the aircraft cabin through the jet engine intake. Exposure to even low levels of these contaminants can incapacitate passengers and crew, and long-term exposure could lead to debilitating health issues. In April, U.S. Representative John Garamendi (D-CA) and U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced the Cabin Air Safety Act (H.R. 2208) to protect commercial airline passengers and crew from toxic cabin air. Follow its progress at GovTrack.US. The bill would require training on toxic fumes for all pilots, crew members and flight attendants; make sure the Federal Aviation Administration maintains a record of all reports of and conducts investigations into all toxic fume occurrences; and direct the airline industry to install detectors in the air supply system of planes to locate sources of contamination. Contact a congressional representative, listed on GovTrack. US, to support the bill.

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Endangered Frogs Keep Millions of Acres as Habitat

A federal court has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the protected status of 1.8 million acres of critical California mountain habitat for the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frogs and the mountain yellow-legged frogs, species that have declined by 90 percent, and Yosemite toads. In 2017, a year after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designated the land as protected under the Endangered Species Act, the California Cattlemen’s Association challenged the decision. U.S. District Court Judge Trevor McFadden stated the group had failed to establish that any of its members suffered injury from the designation. June 2019


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Michael Cheikin, M.D., Gets to the Root of Wellness by Sheila Julson


ichael Cheikin, M.D., founder of the Center for Optimal Health, in Plymouth Meeting, had always had a profound curiosity about how things work. While growing up in New York, he attended a hypnosis demonstration, where he realized that the mind has potentials that are typically not accessible. That experience set him on a path of brain research that led him to question conventional models of function and health. He did his first experiments with pyramids, trying to capture “life energy” on the roof of his college dorm. As a student, Cheikin excelled in school and earned a bachelor’s degree when he was only 20 years old. He studied medicine at the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center, initially planning to become a brain researcher. However, he soon realized that he was most interested in human consciousness “in real time.” He designed an internship in psychiatry and family practice at Kings County Hospital, in Brooklyn, seeking to integrate consciousness and family as a part of the health model. However, he needed to explore other areas such as energy and movement. At age 25, he took a three-year hiatus from the medical profession to develop his ideas about brain function. He explored dance, Feldenkrais, yoga and energy work, which he found refined the mind and strengthened the body. He also worked with the theater and music as a means of exploring emotion and

psychology, writing several plays as well as scientific papers. “I then found out about a specialty called physical medicine and rehabilitation, which is not taught in medical school, but it does what I was trying to achieve with my patients—work with the whole person to improve function,” Cheikin reflects. He trained in that specialty and became a board-certified physiatrist. He introduced yoga into his approach to treat chronic pain. “But during the mid1980s, as a medical doctor if I would have said to a patient, ‘I’m going to teach you yoga,’ that would have been a career-limiting move,” he recalls wryly, “So I just incorporated yoga into physical therapy exercises, and people started to get better.” He took a position as medical director of Chestnut Hill Rehabilitation Hospital, in Philadelphia, where he worked for over 15 years. While there, he had the opportunity to teach a class of 30 yoga students; however, Cheikin says the hospital and administrative staff questioned his methods and didn’t understand why he was promoting yoga. In 2005, Cheikin opened Center for Optimal Health. He added nutritional and toxin testing, coaching, acupuncture and several other modalities to his model of care. He also developed a network of like-minded practitioners both within and outside of conventional care. “We also maintain close relationships with mental health practitioners that specialize in stress, trauma, healing and other psycho-spiritual matters,” he explains.

“We’re looking for the root causes of their issues. Often, it’s like a yin-yang—the body has too much of certain things, and too little of others.” Besides testing for nutritional deficiencies and hormonal imbalances, Cheikin partners with private labs that specialize in testing for toxins, such as lead, mercury, fluoride, bromide, glyphosate, pesticides and petro-toxins. “Most chronic and obscure conditions can improve using this approach,” he says, noting that he treats problems with pain, the gut, the immune system, hormones and, of course, the brain and nervous system. “There are even wonderful modalities that can help with cancer,” he adds. Cheikin’s new website will launch in July, and readers can subscribe to it now. It will offer the latest information on nutrition, yoga and health topics, such as leaky gut, biofilms and genetics. “The goal is a lifestyle that is safe, sustainable and simple, in that order,” Cheikin explains. “Making lifestyle changes can be hard, but if you get on the train and ride it for six months, you will see something happen.” Center for Optimal Health is located at 832 Germantown Pk., Ste. 3, in Plymouth Meeting. For more information, call 610-6396034 or visit See ad, page 23. Sheila Julson is a freelance writer and contributor to Natural Awakenings magazines throughout the country. June 2019


Brain-Savers Smart Strategies for Preventing Dementia


by Melinda Hemmelgarn

ith 5.8 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease, there’s no shortage of advice on how to enhance, preserve and restore brain function. Judging from the assortment of brain training games and apps to the multitude of books promising ways to avoid or even reverse dementia, a growing number of aging Americans want to know the best strategies for preventing and treating cognitive decline and memory loss.

Prevention: A ‘No-Brainer’

As with any disease, prevention throughout the life cycle is key, but especially important for Alzheimer’s—the leading cause of dementia worldwide. According to the 16

Alzheimer’s Association, the illness is considered a slowly progressive brain disease that begins well before symptoms emerge. Despite predictions that the number of afflicted Americans will reach nearly 14 million by 2050, there are no drug cures. David Perlmutter, M.D., a board-certified neurologist based in Naples, Florida, and an editorial board member of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, summarizes a recent study evaluating the effectiveness of currently available Alzheimer’s medications. “Not only were Alzheimer’s patients who were taking these drugs not gaining any benefit, but their rate of cognitive decline was worsened when they were on the Alzheimer’s medications,” thus making lifestyle risk reduction even more critical.

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Martha Clare Morris, Sc.D., a nutritional epidemiologist at the Rush University Medical Center, in Chicago, and author of Diet for the MIND: The Latest Science on What to Eat to Prevent Alzheimer’s and Cognitive Decline, says, “Given that Alzheimer’s disease is known as an oxidative-inflammatory disease, there has to be a dietary influence.”

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Dale Bredesen, M.D., a professor in the UCLA Department of Neurology and author of The End of Alzheimer’s: The First Program to Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline, has studied the disease’s neurobiology for decades. He believes drug therapies have failed because scientists neglected to focus on why individuals develop the disease in the first place. He emphasizes, “Alzheimer’s is not a single disease,” even if the symptoms appear to be the same. Bredesen says it’s the result of the brain trying to protect itself from multiple metabolic and toxic threats. Bredesen developed the ReCODE (reversal of cognitive decline) protocol, an ambitious, comprehensive and personalized therapeutic program that includes genetic, cognitive and blood testing, plus supplements and lifestyle improvements, including stress reduction, improved sleep, diet and exercise. With the goal of identifying and treating the individual’s pathway to disease, ReCODE addresses fixing five key areas he believes form the underlying origins and progression of Alzheimer’s disease: insulin resistance; inflammation/infections; hormone, nutrient and nerve growth factors; toxins; and dysfunctional nerve synapses. The Lancet International Commission on Dementia Prevention, Intervention and Care also advocates multiple points of action. By addressing nine “potentially modifiable risk factors” throughout the lifespan, the commission says, “More than one-third of global dementia cases may be preventable.” These factors include maximizing education in early life; controlling hypertension, obesity and hearing loss in mid-life; and in later life, managing depression and diabetes, increasing physical activity and social contact, and not smoking.


From two decades of research involving more than 10,000 people, Morris developed the MIND diet, which stands for “Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay”. It’s a hybrid of the Mediterranean and DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diets, modified to include specific components from each that offer the most protection against dementia. Morris identifies 10 brain-healthy dietary components: leafy greens, vegetables, berries, whole grains, nuts, seafood, poultry, beans and legumes, olive oil, and one glass of wine per day; plus five unhealthy components to limit: sweets and pastries, red meats, fried and fast foods, whole-fat cheese and butter or margarine containing trans fat. Morris found those individuals that most closely followed the dietary recommendations lowered their risk for Alzheimer’s disease by as much as 53 percent, while those following the diet moderately well showed a reduction of about 35 percent. Morris acknowledges a number of common aging-related, yet treatable, conditions that can cause “dementialike symptoms,” including low thyroid hormones and vitamin B12 deficiency. She also identifies specific brain-protective compounds including vitamins E, B12,

folate and niacin, plus lutein, omega-3 fatty acids, beta carotene and flavonoids found in colorful fruits and vegetables, tea and nuts. She is currently testing the MIND diet, plus a mild calorie restriction on 600 individuals 65 to 84 years old living in Boston and Chicago; results are expected in 2021. The Alzheimer’s Association is also recruiting individuals for a new lifestyle intervention study. Aarti Batavia, a registered dietitian based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and a certified practitioner of functional medicine trained in the ReCODE protocol, says, “Diets that are good for the heart are good for the brain.” But she also warns that many common medications such as statins, antihistamines, some antidepressants and proton pump inhibitors (that reduce stomach acid, which is required for absorbing vitamin B12) can increase the risk for dementia.

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As we continue to discover how genetics, environment and lifestyle factors intersect, take the following smart steps to promote longevity and vibrant brain health:


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n The Alzheimer’s Association diet study: n Beyond Pesticides: n Blue Zones: n Brain Health Education and Research Institute: n assesses effectiveness and safety of supplements conducive to brain health. n Glycemic index and load: n Integrative Environmental Medicine, edited by Aly Cohen, M.D., and Frederick vom Saal, Ph.D. n Food Sleuth Radio interviews: Aarti Batavia: to be posted on Food Sleuth site this month Brenda Davis:, Brenda Davy: Teresa Martin:, Martha Clare Morris: David Perlmutter: to be posted on Food Sleuth site this month Dorothy Sears:

About Wheat and Other Grains When considering whether to restrict or include grain in one’s diet, consider the following: n Individuals with celiac or non-celiac gluten sensitivity should avoid wheat and other gluten-containing grains such as barley and rye. n According to nutritional epidemiologist Martha Clare Morris, diets rich in high-fiber whole grains, including wheat, decrease inflammation and oxidative stress, and improve cognition. She says, “Diets higher in fiber are linked to lower rates of diabetes and heart disease,” both of which increase risk of dementia. n Author Brenda Davis’ “grain hierarchy” promotes whole, intact grains as key in controlling blood sugar. n Whole grains are high in vitamins E and B, which protect against cognitive decline. n Dr. David Perlmutter, who supports high-fiber diets, but advocates avoiding gluten, warns against shopping in the gluten-free aisle. Foods there might not have gluten, he says, but they’re going to “powerfully raise your blood sugar.” n Choose organic grains to avoid exposure to pesticide residues. June 2019


the risk for dementia. Brenda Davis, a registered dietitian in Vancouver, British Columbia, and author of The Kick Diabetes Cookbook: An Action Plan and Recipes for Defeating Diabetes, advises reducing the glycemic load of the diet by limiting refined carbohydrates and sugars, and eating a high-fiber, plant-based diet. Dorothy Sears, Ph.D., a member of the executive committee of the Center for Circadian Biology at the University of California, San Diego, says it’s not just what we eat that matters, but when. She discovered multiple metabolic benefits, including reduced blood sugar, with prolonged nightly fasting—13 hours between the last meal at night and the first meal in the morning. Brenda Davy, Ph.D., a registered dietitian and researcher at Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg, says hydration can influence blood sugar, weight and cognition, especially among middle-aged and older populations. She recommends drinking two cups of water prior to meals to moderate food intake.


Focus on ‘good’ fats: Olive oil,

nuts, avocados, and omega-3 fatty acids found in fatty, cold-water fish protect both the heart and brain. Michael Lewis, M.D., based in Potomac, Maryland, recommends an “omega-3 protocol” to help his patients recover from traumatic brain injury, which can increase risk for dementia.


Spice up your diet: Batavia recommends cooking with brain-protecting herbs and spices such as turmeric, cinnamon, thyme and rosemary, which can help reduce inflammation and risk for dementia.

a hormone called brain-derived neurotrophic factor, which is responsible for stimulating neuron growth and protecting against cognitive decline.





Mind your gut: Western medicine

has historically separated the brain from the rest of the body. But research on the “gut-brain axis” shows there’s communication between our gut microbes and brain, plus direct links to neurodevelopmental disorders and dementia. “What goes on in the gut influences every manner of activity within the brain: the health of the brain, the functionality of the brain, the brain’s resistance to disease process and even mood,” says Perlmutter. Both Perlmutter and Teresa Martin, a registered dietitian in Bend, Oregon, emphasize the importance of high-fiber plant foods that gut microbes need to produce beneficial, short-chain fatty acids to protect against inflammation, insulin resistance and “leaky gut”.

Prioritize sleep: All brain (and gut) experts recommend adequate sleep— seven to eight hours each night—to restore body and mind.


Exercise: Both Morris and Perlmutter recommend aerobic activities in particular, like walking, swimming and cycling, to improve blood circulation to the brain and increase the production of

Avoid environmental toxins:

Exposure to pesticides, pollutants and heavy metals such as lead, mercury and arsenic can increase the risk of neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Choosing organic food both reduces exposure to toxins and protects water quality and farmworker health. Virginia Rauh, Ph.D., deputy director of the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health, in New York City, spoke at the National Pesticide Forum in Manhattan in April. She explains that of the 5,000 new chemicals introduced each year, “at least 25 percent are neurotoxic,” and even very low-level exposure can harm children’s neurodevelopment.

Socialize: In studies of “Blue Zone” populations that enjoy longevity with low rates of dementia, social engagement appears to be the secret sauce for quality of life. Melinda Hemmelgarn, the “Food Sleuth”, is an award-winning registered dietitian, writer and nationally syndicated radio host based in Columbia, MO. Reach her at

Dietitian Teresa Martin suggests:

n Strive to eat a wide variety of plant species and at least 30 grams of fiber every day (some cooked and some raw). n Limit “microbial assassins”, including refined carbohydrates and added sugar (no more than 25 grams or six teaspoons of added sugar per day); sugar substitutes; food additives such as polysorbate-80 and carboxymethylcellulose; smoking and vaping; chronic stress; antimicrobial soaps and sanitizers; antibiotics; proton pump inhibitors; high-fat diets; and processed meats. n Move every day for at least 30 minutes; don’t sit for more than 30 minutes and get outside. n Relax with yoga, meditation or mindfulness. n Sleep seven to eight hours each night. 18

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Getting It Straight A Small Head Adjustment Can Change Lives by Andrew Persky


he journal Neurology Research International published a fascinating paper in 2015 linking numerous neurological conditions—including seizures, migraines, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, MS and ALS—to the joint connecting the head to the top of the neck, referred to as the craniocervical junction (CCJ).

What is the CCJ, and how can it be the underlying cause of so many different brain problems? The CCJ is comprised of the base of the skull, the first two bones in the neck (C1 and C2) and all of the anatomy passing through that space. Anything going into or out of the head and brain must pass through the CCJ. According to The Merck Manual, one of the most widely used medical resources for physicians, an abnormality or misalignment of the CCJ can be the underlying cause of: n Sensory issues and muscle weakness in any part of the body n Problems with eye movement, hearing, speech, balance and muscle coordination n Fainting, vertigo, brain fog, weakness and visual disturbance n Neck pain, often accompanied by headaches And that’s just a partial list.

How can a misalignment of the CCJ affect brain health? Considering the important things that pass through the CCJ—blood, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), brainstem, spinal cord—it shouldn’t be a surprise that misalignment of this area can have profound health effects.

Blood Supply

Blood delivers vital oxygen and nutrients to the brain and brainstem. The vertebral and carotid arteries are the two main blood vessels providing oxygen and nutrients to the brain. Similarly, the internal jugular veins are the main route for blood traveling out of the brain. The path of these blood vessels takes them extremely close to (or, in the case of the vertebral artery, directly through a hole in) the first bone in the neck (C1). Therefore, a misalignment of C1 can restrict blood flowing into or out of the brain and brainstem. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel carrying oxygen and nutrients to the brain is blocked or ruptured, but a more insidious condition can occur when there is a subtle but longer-term restriction of blood to a region of the brain. The health of that region can be affected, eventually functioning abnormally and causing seemingly unrelated neurological symptoms.

CSF Circulation

The brain contains and is surrounded by a watery liquid called cerebrospinal fluid. In addition to protecting the brain from sudden impacts, CSF also carries nutrients and chemical messengers to the brain and washes away metabolic waste. A buildup of metabolic waste can lead to “brain fog” or degenerative disease, and a buildup of CSF pressure can cause chronic headaches. Pressure increases in the spinal cord can result in numbness, weakness or paralysis in other parts of the body.

Brainstem and Spinal Cord Tension

The brainstem is the control center for the most fundamental functions of the body, such as respiration, heart rate, eye movements and hearing. Anything affecting the health of the brainstem, such as a restriction of its blood supply, can cause problems in any function controlled by the brainstem. Nerves exit the brainstem and enter the spinal cord, from which they connect to every organ, muscle and sensor in the entire body. C1 and the spinal cord are directly connected by ligaments. A misalignment of C1 can create tension in the spinal cord and a downward tug on the base of the brain. This downward tug can cause the brain to herniate through the base of the skull, a condition referred to as a Chiari. Acting like a cork in a bottle, the Chiari can restrict CSF flow and increase pressure inside the brain (hydrocephalus) or spinal cord (syringomyelia).

How is a misalignment of the CCJ corrected? The medical approach to correcting CCJ misalignment involves highly invasive surgery at the base of the skull, typically for fusion of the joint using metal screws and plates. Alternatively, there is an advanced form of chiropractic, called “upper cervical chiropractic”, that focuses specifically on precise, non-invasive realignment and stabilization of the craniocervical junction. Patients receiving upper cervical treatment report experiencing profound improvement or resolution of their neurological symptoms. Dr. Andrew Persky, DC, is founder of LifeAligned Upper Cervical Chiropractic, 1432 Easton Rd., Ste. 4A, Warrington. He has extensive post-graduate training in precise, gentle upper cervical alignment. For more information, call 215-491-4200, email Info@ or visit LifeAligned See ad, page 24. June 2019


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uring nearly two decades with CNN, Dr. Sanjay Gupta has covered wars, natural disasters and the aftermath of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Along the way, the Westerntrained, practicing neurosurgeon has explored myriad health topics, including the science of alternative medicine and the benefits of medical cannabis, the subject of his CNN docuseries, Weed. He’s written three books: Chasing Life: New Discoveries in the Search for Immortality to Help You Age Less Today, Cheating Death: The Doctors and Medical Miracles that Are Saving Lives Against All Odds and a novel-turned-TV series, Monday Mornings. CNN’s chief medical correspondent recently found himself in Japan, soaking in a scalding bath—a form of stress relief practiced there—along with owl cafés and forest bathing. The visit was part of a sixcountry, immersive journey in some of the happiest and healthiest places on Earth— including India, Bolivia, Norway, Italy and Turkey—to explore ancient traditions and modern practices that lead to a healthy and meaningful life. The result: Chasing Life, a new docuseries that aired in April and May, is now available on demand via cable/satellite systems, the CNNgo streaming platform and CNN mobile apps. 22

What inspired your interest in exploring holistic and alternative healing?

On a very basic level, a lot of people are surprised to hear that U.S. life expectancy has dropped three years in a row and the cost of health care is more than $3.5 trillion a year. Yet there are places around the world where people are living happier, healthier lives for a lot less, and longer. They must be doing something that’s beneficial, and we wanted to find out what that might be: What do places around the world have to teach us?

To what do you attribute the reemergence of traditional Indian healing practices?

Ayurvedic medicine is widely practiced in India among the healthiest people in that part of the world. It’s stood the test of time, so it’s worth exploring. In the U.S., we have an amazing medical system for people who are sick, but they aren’t doing as well as expected [which is why] there’s an open-mindedness that’s happening about one of the oldest medical traditions.

What role might ancient traditions play in reshaping 21st-century health care?

If you look at chronic disease in the U.S.,

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one could make the argument that 70 to 80 percent of it is entirely preventable—most of it related to our food. When you look at the Ayurvedic diet, how does a culture come up with a way of eating going back thousands of years? In the U.S., most of our diet is based on palate. With Ayurveda, it is more about the function of food: Every morsel must have some function. The type of food, the timing and the temperature at which it is cooked is also important. If we really are a little more thoughtful about how we view the calories we’re consuming, it can make a big difference in our health. When we say food is our medicine, what does that really mean? In India, they’re showing us what it means. It’s not that taste is sacrificed; it’s just that Ayurveda was driven by function and palate came after.

What was the most surprising discovery you made on this journey?

There were a lot of surprises along the way. If you look at the U.S. and life expectancy, there are a lot of countries that are pretty similar in terms of economics, labor force and other things. But what is happening in the U.S. is pretty unique in a lot of ways. In the U.S., this notion of rugged individualism is a marker for success. We’ve seen high rates of social isolation and loneliness—and the toxicity of that. Italy is one of the healthiest places in the world, and a lot of that has to do with social fabric. That this social cohesion could be so protective, even without paying attention to things like diet and exercise—I think the power of that surprised me.

What is an important takeaway for you from this experience? There is a long-held belief that wealth will buy health. In Bolivia, there is an indigenous tribe that has virtually no evidence of heart disease and they don’t even have a healthcare system. We shouldn’t automatically equate health to wealth. There are a lot of things we can do in our lives that can help—right now. Jan Hollingsworth is the national editor for Natural Awakenings.

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he prostate is about the size of a walnut, yet this tiny gland can be the source of major problems for many men. Most potential health risks are preventable and treatable with proper diet, lifestyle changes—and a new array of natural approaches. Holistic and integrative practitioners are looking beyond traditional supplements like saw palmetto, lycopene, pygeum and green tea extract to treat common conditions such as enlargement of the prostate

or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), which can develop as men grow older. Rob Raponi, a naturopathic doctor in Vaughan, Ontario, sees men struggling with nocturia, an effect of BPH that wakes them during the night with the urge to urinate. “It interrupts your sleep, which accumulates and starts to interrupt your day,” says Raponi, who uses zinc-rich ground flax and pumpkin seeds to ease BPH urinary symptoms and inflammation. He’s also achieving positive results by utilizing

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According to the American Cancer Society, about one in nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, the second-leading cause of male deaths in U.S. However, it’s also one of the most preventable cancers. “The key is to make our body inhospitable to mutating cells which could form cancer that ultimately threatens your life,” says Lorenzo Cohen, Ph.D., director of the Integrative Medicine Program at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, in Houston. Part of the answer may lie in the human gut, which makes diet central to addressing prostate issues. According to a recent review of research published in Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases, the microbiome—a community of microbes that supports digestion and the immune system—may influence prostate inflammation and the development of prostate cancer. “The microbiome’s ability to affect systemic hormone levels may also be important, particularly in a disease such as prostate cancer that is dually affected by estrogen and androgen levels,” it concludes.

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sively from the plant world,” says Cohen, the author of Anticancer Living: Transform Your Life and Health with the Mix of Six. Antioxidants and plant nutrients counterbalance oxidative stress and damage, adds Cohen. “Cruciferous and bracken vegetables—raw kale, broccoli, Swiss chard, dark leafy greens and soy—invigorate the prostate. Also, a couple of Brazil nuts per day give a healthy dose of selenium to decrease risk factors.” Jim Occhiogrosso, a Fort Myers, Florida-based natural health practitioner and author of Your Prostate, Your Libido, Your Life, notes that most incidences of prostate cancer are slow growing and not aggressive. “One of my first clients was in his early 80s, was diagnosed with prostate cancer, and treated it with only herbs. Fifteen years later, in his mid-90s, he still has prostate cancer. He’s still doing fine and getting around, albeit slowly.” Occhiogrosso says he uses herbal mixtures of saw palmetto, “which is a good supplement for beefing up the immune system—also solar berry, mushroom extracts, vitamin C and full-fraction vitamin E.” Mark Stengler, a naturopathic doctor and co-author of Outside The Box Cancer Therapies: Alternative Therapies That Treat and Prevent Cancer, recommends a blend of five grams of modified citrus pectin, 200 milligrams of reishi mushroom and 1,000 milligrams of green tea extract taken two to three times per day, plus vitamin D. The five-year survival rate for men diagnosed with prostate cancer is about 98 percent, and it’s been rising for the last few years. Early diagnosis is critical, says Raponi. “If you stop prostate cancer when it’s still in stage one or early on, the five-year survival rate is 100 percent, but if it’s later on, it starts to drop into the 70s.” The same measures employed to prevent prostate issues—whole foods, natural herbs and regular exercise—should still be pursued, but more aggressively if cancer should develop. “The intensity becomes more salient after diagnosis,” says Cohen, “but we don’t need a diagnosis to up our game with healthy living.” Melanie Laporte is a licensed massage therapist and health writer based in Austin, Texas.

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hen it comes to chiseling muscles, recovering from injury or reducing stress, men are finding that hitting the pool might even surpass hitting the gym. “Water aerobics is a great form of exercise for men looking to sculpt their bodies, because water offers multidirectional drag resistance that assists in developing muscle balance within the body,” says Denver aquatic fitness trainer Sean Sullivan. Pool workouts offer men and women of all ages and condition a low-impact, energizing way to get fit and burn calories. From specialized classes for patients with Parkinson’s disease to relief from the pain of arthritis and fibromyalgia, water aerobics harbors benefits for everyone. The Mayo Clinic adds improved cardiovascular health to the reasons why more men are joining classes that were previously considered to be a women’s domain. A recent meta-analysis of 14 studies published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology found that aquatic exercise can significantly lower blood

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pressure. Another study published in the Asian Journal of Sports Medicine reached a similar conclusion when men that underwent 55 minutes of aquatic exercise three times a week exhibited marked reductions in hypertension.

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Water aerobics classes, which don’t involve swimming, are conducted in waist-high water. These vertical workouts provide 75 percent more resistance than land-based exercise. “When you perform a bicep curl in the water with no equipment, not only do you exercise the bicep muscle on the way up, but because of drag resistance, you’re also exercising your triceps muscle on the way down, for a balanced workout,” says Sullivan. Exercise physiologist Clinton Maclin, of the Piedmont Atlanta Fitness Center, in Georgia, concurs. “Aqua aerobics helps all muscle groups benefit from increased endurance, resistance and range of motion.” For optimum fitness, Maclin recommends

getting wet for a minimum of two-and-a-half hours per week to stay in condition. The heart is also a muscle that benefits greatly from aquatic fitness. “Hydrostatic pressure is a property of water that aids in blood flow return to the heart, which may lead to a reduction in heart rate,” says Sullivan. “It’s a physiological benefit from simply immersing oneself in water.”

Less Pain, More Flexibility A number of recent studies have shown that aquatic exercise can ease pain in conditions such as fibromyalgia and also improve flexibility in joints. It’s recommended by both the Osteoarthritis Research Society International and by the American College of Rheumatology. In the water, older individuals can exercise without the risk of falling. “The water creates buoyancy, making it less likely to make sudden movements. The low impact of the water allows longer participation time, mobility and stability,” says Maclin. “Seniors can participate in higher-intensity movements and perform more activities, even while injured.” Aqua aerobics helps improve balance and is also a boon to soft tissue. “Warm water provides a tremendous benefit to tendons and ligaments, adding mobility, flexibility and well-being,” notes instructor and fitness trainer Márcia Wilken, in Shawano, Wisconsin. “Seniors can benefit most from water exercise at least twice a week. It can also improve cognitive thinking and helps to promote a better sleep pattern.”

Rehabilitation, Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis Aquatic therapy in warm water helps to facilitate recovery after joint surgery and injuries, including anterior cruciate ligament tears in the knee. “Warm pools are a great environment for young athletes recovering from sports-related injuries. Hydrostatic pressure reduces swelling of the injured area, allowing for greater range of motion. Buoyancy reduces the load placed upon the injured area and reduces pain,” says Sullivan. “The properties of water allow injured athletes to begin the recovery process sooner.” For individuals with Parkinson’s, the American Parkinson Disease Association recommends aquatic exercise for improved balance and pain reduction. In 2014, the European Journal of Experimental Biology published an eight-week Iranian study involving 60 men with multiple sclerosis that concluded it improved balance. Water resistance does a body good, but the experts suggest one-on-one attention for best results. “I strongly recommend finding an aquatic fitness and rehabilitation specialist, because not all exercises are beneficial for everyone,” says Sullivan. Wilken agrees. “A trainer can teach technique and different ways to move in the water, as well as proper breathing and good body alignment. It will double the benefits.” Marlaina Donato is the author of several books on spirituality and clinical aromatherapy. She is also a composer. Connect at

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handful of mushrooms a day just might keep the doctor at bay, according to a mounting body of research providing powerful evidence of the fungal kingdom’s abilities to promote health and fight disease. “Mushrooms are pretty spectacular. All edible species benefit the immune system and together, support just about every system in the human body,” says Stepfanie Romine, an Asheville, North Carolina, health coach and author of Cooking With Healing Mushrooms: 150 Delicious Adaptogen-Rich Recipes that Boost Immunity, Reduce Inflammation and Promote Whole Body Health. When Robert Beelman started doing nutritional research on mushrooms 20 years ago, they were touted for what they didn’t have: fat, calories, sugar, gluten and cholesterol. “Today, we can talk about all the good things they contain: fiber, protein, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other important micronutrients,” says the director of the Center for Plant and Mushroom Foods for Health at Penn State University. Beelman’s research has focused on several micronutrients that are bountiful in mushrooms, including the amino acid ergothioneine, an antioxidant not found in significant amounts in any other plant-based food source. Ergothioneine levels decrease with age, and larger drops are associated with cognitive impairment, he says. Several large epidemiological studies in Japan and Singapore have significantly correlated higher mushroom consumption with decreased rates of dementia. Countries where residents eat larger amounts of mushrooms also enjoy a higher average life expectancy, even after controlling for other variables, says Beelman. Lion’s mane is one variety known to protect cognitive health; it stimulates nerve growth factor, a protein that promotes healthy brain


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Cordyceps and reishi mushrooms are also adaptogens—botanicals used for centuries in Asian medicine to help the body adapt to stresses, regulate bodily functions and support the immune and adrenal systems, according to Romine. Turkey tail is one such medicinal mushroom, a longtime treatment for cancer and other diseases in Asia. The tree-based fungus contains polysaccharide-K (PSK), that is believed to inhibit cancer cell growth and repair immune cell damage after chemotherapy. “Medicinal mushrooms have been approved adjuncts to standard cancer treatments in Japan and China for more than 30 years and have an extensive clinical history of safe use”, either alone or combined with radiation or chemotherapy, according to a literature review published by the National Institutes of Health National Cancer Institute. Oyster mushrooms, another fungal superstar, contain cholesterol-lowering lovastatin, plentiful B vitamins and up to 30 percent protein, according to Paul Stamets, one of the world’s leading mushroom authorities. Oysters are also the most easily digestible mushroom, according to mycologist and herbalist Christopher Hobbs, author of Medicinal Mushrooms: An Exploration of Tradition, Healing & Culture. Hobbs’ 2017 article in HerbalGram, the peer-reviewed journal of the American Botanical Council, cites 122 different studies supporting the safety and efficacy of medicinal mushrooms such as oysters.

More Than a Pizza Topping There are myriad creative ways to incorporate mushrooms into a diet, says Romine, who recommends aiming for a half-cup daily cooked serving. “Mushrooms are nature’s sponges, and will take on the flavor of any sauce, so start simply and add sauces sparingly.” She suggests sautéing mushrooms with a neutral oil, then adding wine or sherry and finishing with fresh herbs. Cooking with wine can help unlock the beneficial compounds the fungi contain, says Romine. Fresh or dried culinary mushrooms like oysters, shiitakes or maitakes can also be great additions to morning meals like savory oatmeal or tofu scrambles. Powdered mushroom extracts, available online or in health stores, are an easy way to infuse meals with fungi’s beneficial properties. They mix well into everything from raw desserts and baked goods to teas and smoothies. Whole mushrooms that are tough, like reishi and chaga, can be boiled to extract the healthful elements and consumed as a tea or used for soup broth. Romine says raw mushrooms are

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hen marinated in classic Old Bay Seasoning and sliced into hearty rounds, king oyster mushrooms are a pretty convincing stand-in for scallops—especially once they’ve been seared and braised. Corn furnishes a bit more heft, while artichokes lend their lightness and detoxifying properties.

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Know Your Fungi Many beneficial mushrooms are available in the wild, and some exclusively so. Foraging for them can be rewarding, but proceed with caution; some edible mushrooms may have deadly lookalikes, so only forage with the help of a trained expert. Health food stores and online vendors are good sources of mushroom powders or extracts, which have a long shelf life. Look for a manufacturer of 100 percent organic mushroom extracts and supplements. Many farmers’ markets also carry specialty mushrooms like king oysters, lion’s mane or others not easily found in grocery stores. Not all mushrooms are created equal. Button mushrooms and others in the Agaricus family are lowest in micronutrients like ergothioneine, with porcinis in the Boletus family yielding the highest, according to Robert Beelman, director of the Center for Plant and Mushroom Foods for Health at Penn State University. Don’t expect magic from mushrooms, cautions author Stepfanie Romine; like most lifestyle changes or holistic treatments, it can take some months to yield results.

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2 (6-oz) packages king oyster mushrooms, sliced into ¾-inch rounds 1 Tbsp safflower oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 cup artichoke hearts 1 cup corn kernels (optional) ½ cup dry white wine 1 Tbsp butter 1 Tbsp heavy or cashew cream 1 Tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley for garnish or prepared mashed potatoes or grits for serving Mix all marinade ingredients together in a container with a tight-fitting lid. Add the mushrooms, toss to combine and marinate for at least two hours. Remove the mushrooms and reserve the remaining marinade. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil, then sear the mushrooms on both sides, about two minutes per side, then add the remaining marinade, garlic, artichoke hearts and corn (if using it). Deglaze the pan with the wine, scraping the bottom to loosen any brown bits.

Reduce the heat to medium-low. Cover and cook for 10 minutes, until the sauce has thickened and the artichokes and corn are heated throughout. Editor’s note: To make an organic substitute for Old Bay Seasoning: 1 Tbsp paprika 1 Tbsp ground bay leaves ½ Tbsp sea salt 1 tsp black pepper ½ tsp red pepper flakes ½ tsp white pepper ½ tsp allspice Recipe used with permission from Cooking With Healing Mushrooms: 150 Delicious Adaptogen-Rich Recipes that Boost Immunity, Reduce Inflammation and Promote Whole Body Health, by Stepfanie Romine.

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he Congress for the New Urbanism, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy nonprofit, has some decisive views about what makes a walkable community: “complete streets” that are designed for bicyclists, pedestrians and transit. What it doesn’t have is cars—at least not those with tailpipes. City planners are increasingly designing green buildings without parking, and mandating—where it exists—that wiring for zero-emission electric vehicles (EV) is part of the plan. Oslo, Norway, for instance, has become known as the electric car capital of the world, yet it has also replaced considerable on-street parking with bike lanes and sidewalks. Its city center went mostly car-free this year, and according to Fast Company magazine, it’s a huge success: “Parking spots are now bike lanes, transit is fast and easy, and the streets (and local businesses) are full of people.” Until recently, a new apartment building without parking was unthinkable, but architects are now contemplating—and building—just such new construction. A 13,000-square-foot,

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mixed-use development in Boston is being built with 16 rental units—and no onsite parking. Boston is a transitfriendly city and the complex is just a quarter mile from a Red Line subway stop. The city is a hub for what the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Institute, a project of the U.S. High Speed Rail Association, calls “the creation of compact, walkable, pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use communities centered around high-quality train systems.” Also proposed in the city is a fivestory, 56-unit apartment building that features a gym, media room, a rack for several dozen bicycles—but no parking. The structure is adjacent to the Red Line, and the plan aligns with efforts by the Boston Planning and Development Agency to reduce—to zero in some cases—the ratio of units to parking spaces. The Boston Redevelopment Authority has expressed concern that the residents of buildings without parking will simply add to congestion on neighborhood streets, but a report by Atlantic Cities (now called CityLab) found that 45 percent of residents

in five census tracts around one proposed car-free Boston building didn’t even own cars, so a possible “no cars” covenant could be part of a lease. According to the Smart Growth America report Empty Spaces, most TOD developments build reduced parking lots, yet even those turned out to be too big; on average, its study of five such developments shows they were 58 to 84 percent occupied.

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parking included,” she says, “most buildings and public lots should be pre-wired for EV charging—while it is the most cost effective to do so and preserves the most flexibility for that property going forward.” It’s not just California. Atlanta passed a city ordinance in 2017 that will require all new residential homes and public parking areas to accommodate EVs. Some 20 percent of the spaces have to be ready to be con~Tom Saxton, Plug In America nected. In Washington state, 5 percent of Wiring for EVs: It’s the Law parking spaces in new construction have to It can be expensive to retrofit buildings with be wired for EVs. In Colorado, which has the wiring for electric cars, because “trenching” under existing goal of nearly a million EVs on state roads by 2030, the cities of pavement is usually required. A California Air Resources Denver, Fort Collins, Boulder and Aspen all require new one- and Board report in 2015 put these costs per building at between two-family residential construction to be EV-ready. There are also $3,750 and $6,975, and that’s just for the wiring. Costs are EV-friendly laws in New York City, Hawaii, Oregon and Montreduced 64 to 75 percent if the buildings are wired when gomery County, Maryland. they’re built, according to an Energy Solutions/Pacific Gas Tom Saxton, the chief science officer of the Plug In America and Electric report. advocacy group, based in Los Angeles, says, “It’s super-important California has become the leader in requiring EV prewiring to prewire for EVs. New buildings will last for 50 to 100 years, and in new construction of multifamily dwellings and nonresidential in that time, EVs will become a much bigger slice of our transpordevelopments. The state began requiring wiring for Level 2 (240tation future than they are now.” volt) EV charging in 2015. Chelsea Sexton, a Los Angeles-based electric car advocate Jim Motavalli, of Fairfield, CT, is an author and freelance journalist. and advisor, backs the state law, with caveats. “Where there is Connect at

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hen Denaye Barahona, of New York City, became a parent, she felt compelled to buy everything for her son. “We are inundated as a culture with so many products for our kids that it’s hard to differentiate what we need; it really wears us down,” she says. While working on her Ph.D. in child development, Barahona discovered—both in research and personal experience—that kids actually thrive with less stuff. And so she began her journey toward minimalism by purging toys and clothes, eventually founding Cary Fortin and Kyle Quilici, of San Francisco, believe time is better spent experiencing life with people than managing, organizing, cleaning and buying things. Their book New Minimalism: Decluttering and Design for Sustainable, Intentional Living is a call to adopt a more mindful life. Fortin says, “You decide first what you value, how you want to spend your days, how you want to feel, and then reflect these values in your physical space.” 32

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Time is precious, especially for parents. More free time is gained when a toy collection is significantly reduced, but other benefits result, as well. A 2018 University of Toledo study published in Infant Behavior and Development suggests toddlers engage in more focused and creative play when faced with fewer choices. “Kids who previously tore through bins or who didn’t care about their belongings immediately begin engaging with toys more appropriately and for longer periods of time,” says Barahona, the author of Simple Happy Parenting: The Secret of Less for Calmer Parents and Happier Kids. Research also indicates that our limited stores of willpower are depleted more quickly when we are flooded with decisions. “When you have less stuff in a room and less choices to make, your mental state actually improves—you have more clarity and can focus better,” she says. “Because kids are so much more easily stimulated, they feel the impact of a chaotic room even more than adults.” Minimalism also arms children with self-reflection tools and introduces them to the process of letting go and donating. “They learn to ask ‘Am I enjoying this?

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have worked in the corporate world, served as a missionary in the Middle East during 9/11 and the Iraq War, been assaulted with a knife, launched a small business and a nonprofit and suffered deep loss at the early deaths of dear friends, but nothing has terrified or paralyzed me more than fathering my own son. It has demanded me to first face my own father-story with an intensity and intentionality I would rather flee than engage.

My parents more than adequately provided for my physical needs. I had friends, lived in the suburbs and even had a horse. From the outside looking in, I had nothing to complain about. Any time the haunting ache of father-hunger emerged from my soul, I quickly squelched it, telling myself to simply move on. It is the story of most men in my generation. I continued to live as if all was well until I married and had a son of my own. I

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was now a father, and the weight of this title sent my soul into a tailspin. What is father? Who am I as father? What does it mean to father? And finally, with the force of a left upper jab to the jaw: How was I fathered? I realized that to father him, I, myself, still needed to be fathered. In my conversations with men about their father-stories, the most frequent sentence I hear is, “My dad did okay. He did the best he could.” But no child wants an “okay” dad. Every child longs for a dad to know, see, pursue, hope, envision, create and bless. Franciscan friar and author Richard Rohr states, “If we do not transform our pain, we will transmit it in some form.” Untransformed pain from our father, whether from his absence, vacancy or violence, will inevitably be transmitted to our children. I can only take my son as far as I myself have gone. Our sons were born into an already existing story—our story—and for them to know who they are, we need to know who we are, in all of our glory and pain. From this place of freedom, we can usher our sons into a manhood we can come to know together. Reprinted with permission from Chris Bruno, the director of the Restoration Counseling Center of Northern Colorado and the president of the Restoration Project. He is the author of Man Maker Project: Boys are Born, Men are Made.

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WHEN ‘FAT’ IS A GOOD THING Essential Fatty Acids in a Pet’s Diet

How are Omega-3 fatty acids beneficial? Hundreds of studies in companion animals (and thousands of studies in people) have shaped our current knowledge of the benefits of supplementing Omega-3 fatty acids. Just a few of the known reasons to supplement with Omega-3s include: n Improvement in pain and stiffness associated with osteoarthritis and degenerative joint disease n Decrease in allergy-related itchiness, ear infections and skin disease n Modulation of auto-immune diseases

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n Improved neurocognitive development in growing animals supplemented with DHA, including better functioning on cognitive tests, better vision and higher titers after Rabies vaccination n Improvement in both sleep problems and confusion in older dogs with cognitive dysfunction syndrome n Decreased inflammation associated with heart disease, improvement of cardiac arrhythmias and decreased loss of muscle


ptimizing a pet’s health always starts with providing a speciesappropriate diet that is minimally processed. When cats and dogs eat diets that nourished their ancestors for thousands of years, they are at a significantly lower risk of modern disease epidemics associated with chronic inflammation and poor nutrition. Unfortunately, even when we provide fresh whole foods and take care to balance our pets’ diets, there are still often imbalances in essential fatty acids that can lead to numerous degenerative and disease processes.

What are essential fatty acids (EFAs)? EFAs are functional fats that our pets need to consume in their diets because they cannot be made by the body. EFAs are also known as Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids. Both are needed, but Omega-3s are the superstars associated with anti-inflammatory functions, 36

including modulating the immune system and slowing the development of some types of cancers. Omega-3s include alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and eicosapentaneoic acid (EPA). Omega-6 fatty acids are found primarily in vegetable oils, nuts and seeds. Omega-3 fatty acids are highest in fish and flax seeds, but smaller amounts are found in pastured eggs, meats and dairy products from grass-fed animals, hemp seeds and vegetables like spinach and Brussels sprouts. Our pets’ ancestors maintained appropriate ratios of Omega-6s to Omega-3s because the food they were eating was naturally “pasture-raised” and “grass-fed”. When our pets today consume animal products from grain-fed animals, or we feed them foods loaded with vegetable oils and grains, their diets create a proinflammatory internal environment with inappropriately high levels of Omega-6 fatty acids.

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n Significantly improved longevity in cats and dogs with chronic kidney disease, as well as better muscle mass and appetite n Reduced rates of some types of cancers, as well as the promotion of cancer cell differentiation (normalization) and tumor shrinkage induced by DHA n Improvement in the control of epilepsy n Prevention of neuropathy associated with diabetes

How to supplement a pet’s diet Omega-3 fatty acids are available from two main sources: plants and animals. Plant sources, such as flax oil, provide primarily ALA, which is then converted by the body to EPA and DHA. Dogs and cats cannot efficiently process this conversion, and they should be provided with an Omega-3 source derived from fish or krill. Krill, which are small, shrimp-like crustaceans, yield an oil with lower levels of EPA and DHA than those in fish oil. However, the phospholipid structure of krill oil is much

Pets’ diets often contain imbalances in essential fatty acids that can lead to numerous degenerative and disease processes. more absorbable, making it a more potent anti-inflammatory in the body. In addition, krill contains far fewer contaminants because mercury, PCBs, toxic metal and other ocean contaminants bio-accumulate in larger species higher up the food chain. Farm raised fish are the worst source of fish oil, as their levels of pesticides and other contaminants are literally millions of times higher than those found in wild fish, but wild fish sources of Omega-3 oil are depleted and the Omega-3 market is driving overfishing. Krill oil, sourced from wild stocks that are abundant, is the clear choice for pets. Omega-3 oil is prone to oxidizing (becoming rancid) and should be purchased in capsules or liquid with a pump delivery system and refrigerated after opening. If the oils overheat during transit or in a warehouse, or if they are exposed to air, they can be detrimental to a pet and promote the production of free radicals. Supplementing with Omega-3 fatty acids has few side effects. Some pets may not like the taste, and it can take one to three weeks for a pet’s digestive system to become accustomed to the new supplement. If a pet experiences soft stool, slow down or stop the supplement, and proceed more gradually. If a pet is scheduled for surgery, Omega-3 supplements should be halted a few days prior to surgery to minimize any potential risk of less efficient blood clotting. Dr. Laura Weis and her husband, Dr. Ransome Weis, own and operate Doylestown Veterinary Hospital & Holistic Pet Care, and Holiday House Pet Resort & Training Center, in Doylestown. She focuses on homeopathy and nutrition counseling for her clients within the full-service veterinary practice. Call 215-345-6000 to request an appointment. See ad, page 39.

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NONTOXIC LAWN CARE Protecting Pets and the Planet by Marlaina Donato


armer weather Anything that goes on izers seeps into surface has arrived, your lawn goes into water and groundwater, and so begins contaminating wells and your pet’s body. many homeowners’ annual spawning harmful algae quest for a well-nourished, ~Michele Yasson, DVM blooms; pesticides kill weed-free lawn. However, off more than 70 million the grass isn’t always greener—or healthier— birds each year in the U.S. alone; and using conventional approaches. bees and other pollinators are also suc Turf grass covers up to 50 million cumbing to the toxic chemicals at an acres of American land, and according to alarming rate. the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Pets at Risk about 60 million pounds of synthetic Chemicals routinely used in lawn care are pesticides are used each year in yards and especially problematic for the family dog gardens, in addition to tens of millions or cat. “Animals are close to the ground, more pounds applied in parks, schoolyards and their feet touch the ground, so every and other public spaces. substance you choose to allow in your Americans spend billions of dollars home and yard will affect them,” says Ashgrowing and maintaining manicured ley Geoghegan, DVM, of VetNaturally, in lawns resulting in a high price for pets, Mandeville, Louisiana. people and wildlife. Nitrogen from fertil-


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Opting for a toxin-free lawn helps grass roots to anchor deeply into the earth, making them less likely to fall victim to weeds, disease and drought. An organic lawn has beneficial microbes; helpful insects like ladybugs and lacewings thrive, while pesty insects decline. Instead of chemical fertilizers and “natural” alternatives like borax, vinegar, garlic, essential oils and cocoa mulch, which can also be toxic to pets, try using grass clippings, seaweed, corn gluten meal, single-ingredient bone meal, diatomaceous earth or Bacillus thuringiensis (BT); all are better options. Redefining beauty and working with nature can also have a positive impact. “Set a goal to gradually reduce the area of your yard devoted to grass, and begin to establish plants like butterfly bush or bee balm that support pollinators such as bees,” recommends Sandy Long, of Greeley, Pennsylvania, a knowledgeable pet parent and executive director of the nonprofit environmental education organization SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support).

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A study conducted by the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at Purdue University concludes that common lawn chemicals like glyphosate, 2, 4-D and permethrin are linked to canine bladder cancer. A six-year study by the Foster Hospital for Small Animals at the Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine reveals that exposure to professionally applied lawn pesticides and herbicides increased the risk for canine malignant lymphoma by 70 percent. In pets, chronic or sub-chronic exposure to conventional lawncare chemicals manifests as eye damage and thyroid, urinary and reproductive conditions. Feline gastrointestinal distress is also a consequence, and even indoor cats are at risk from contaminants brought into the home. “Anything that goes on your lawn goes into your pet’s body. Pets walk through it, roll in it and then groom themselves,” says Michele Yasson, DVM, of Holistic Veterinary Services, in St. Augustine, Florida. “Max, one of my canine patients, developed acute, life-threatening pancreatitis just hours after his yard had been treated by a commercial lawncare service.”

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lthough yoga is a major part of my life, there is nothing like a good cardio workout. Every so often I explore a new type of cardiovascular exercise, and as I dove in to my latest cardio adventure, I wondered when my love for cardio began. A trip down memory lane led me back to high school, when the seeds of a physically fit lifestyle were first planted. I recalled that as a teen I had a hearty appetite and loved food of all kinds. Like many teens, I enjoyed lounging around eating junk food. In fact, one of my favorite pastimes included digging into an entire chocolate cake while playing video games. It was glorious! Gradually those lifestyle choices took a toll on my girlish figure, and I gained a ton of weight. To my rescue, my father introduced a structured, healthy eating plan based on height and age. Shortly thereafter, he enrolled me at a reputable taekwondo studio, and I began taking several classes per week. One year later I was 25 pounds lighter. In my teenage years, the groundwork and foundation for a healthconscious lifestyle was built. I believe that when we introduce ideals

to our children with a joyous heart, it can have a positive impact on them for life. Establishing healthy eating habits and a regular exercise routine as a teenager was paramount in helping me remain physically fit as an adult. Which brings me to my latest cardio adventure, American kickboxing. Of course at this point in my life journey I explore everything from a yogic perspective. I breathe deeply as I wrap my hands and prepare to punch and kick things for an hour. I connect with my inner yoga ninja to use my muscular structure mindfully as I dive into my 47th burpee. I make sure to reward myself with a few yoga postures in between reps, and I know that it’s only a matter of time until I let out a robust “Hi-yah!” Rosie Lazroe is a certified yoga teacher and master reiki practitioner. For more information, call 732-5967384, email Rosie@Natural or visit


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TUESDAY, JUNE 4 Sound Healing Meditation – Noon-12:45pm. Led by Sharon, an interfaith minister who delights in lifting the spirits of others by creating a sound immersion of healing frequencies. Sound healing therapy benefits us mentally, physically, spiritually and especially emotionally. An ocean drum with a short visual meditation will take you on a beautiful journey and ground you gently. $20. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 103 E Walnut St, North Wales. Patty Ferry, 215-661-0510. Patty@WholeBodyYogaStudio. com.

SATURDAY, JUNE 8 Monthly Yoga Mom’s Group – 10:30-11:15am. This workshop-style session will feature group discussion and sharing on a monthly theme (June’s theme: Staying Present), centering/intention setting with our babies and gentle movement for mom and baby. You will leave each class with takeaways– such as affirmations, breathing exercises and/ or postures–that you can practice at home. $18. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 103 E Walnut St, North Wales. Patty Ferry, 215-661-0510. Patty@Whole WholeBodyYogaStudio. com/workshops. AWAKEN HighVibe Art & Music Fest – 11am6pm. Join the community for a fun, uplifting and mindful fundraising event. Positive and inspiring art and music, holistic and natural products, energy healers and intuitive readings, workshops and meditations, healthy food,

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free parking and much more. Free attendance; donations welcome. Bucks County Community College, 275 Swamp Rd, Newtown. Greg Campisi, 215-480-4856. IANDS at 2019 HighVibe Art & Music Fest – 11am-6pm. Visit IANDS, the International Association for Near-Death Studies, at this high-energy art and music fest where spirituality permeates every brush stroke and music note -- a most fitting atmosphere to learn from our IANDS representative about near-death experience (NDE), and our upcoming conference. Bucks County Community College, 275 Swamp Rd, Newtown. Daniel Endy, 215-480-4856.

SUNDAY, JUNE 9 NOVA’s 7th Annual No Bullying Run – 8:30am. Come and join us at Central Park in Doylestown for NOVA’s 7th annual NO BULLying 5-mile run and 1-mile fun run/walk. Online register thru 6/7. 5mi./$35, 1mi./$15. Family and team discounts available. Central Park, 425 Wells Rd, Doylestown. Jill, 215-343-6543. Nova Workshop for Stress & Anxiety Release – 1011:30am. Join Andrea on this journey of discussion, yoga flow, breathing techniques, guided and non-guided meditation, restorative postures and a guided yoga nidra. This is a perfect way to start your week relaxed and stress free, as well as have some tools to take home and practice daily. Give yourself this wonderful gift. $30. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 103 E Walnut St, North Wales. Patty Ferry, 215661-0510.

FRIDAY, JUNE 14 Stripes and Stars Festival – 9:30am-5pm. From star-spangled banners to five-star generals, Philadelphia celebrates the shared birthday of two of our country’s greatest institutions—the American flag and the U.S. Army. Events include flag raising ceremonies, a patriotic parade, giant flag folding demonstrations and a moving naturalization ceremony. National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St, Philadelphia. 215-409-6700.


savethedate GreenRoots Gathering June 15, 10am - June 16, 5pm All ages community gathering and campout. A weekend of positive intentions, making new friends, reconnecting with Mother Earth, sharing in uplifting vibes. Tickets include entry, lodging, musical performances Saturday evening, community drum circle, workshops/classes offered throughout the weekend. Purchase a meal pass for two delicious, organic/vegetarian meals. Shop sustainable vendors.

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THURSDAY, JUNE 20 Summer Solstice: Gongs and Reiki Journey – 7-9pm. Gather for summer solstice with Sound the Gongs and Peacelovehealing Reiki to honor the abundance of life. Relax... into harmonic sounds of gongs, Native American flute and world instruments intertwined with Peacelovehealing Reiki. Release... the mind and body of negativities. Renew... to a deep state of inner peace and connectedness. $40. Circle of Miracles, 10 Beulah Dr, New Britain. Lois Harrison, 609-897-1215. Lois@BrightMoments

SATURDAY, JUNE 22 Flea Market to Support Farm Preservation – 8am-1pm. Support local agriculture. Annual open-air market hosted by Patterson Farm Preservation 501(c)3. Proceeds support local farm and historic preservation. Vendors with hand-crafted, home-grown, sustainable, earth-friendly, natural fiber, healthy-living, wildlife-friendly or similar products, or interesting flea market items are encouraged to reserve your space for $25. Deadline for reservations 6/15. Veterans Square Park, Lower Makefield, Intersection of Edgewood & Heacock roads, Yardley. Jeff Hirko, 267-566-2165. Admin@ PattersonFarm

IANDS at 2019 Solstice Expo & Holistic Fair – 6/22-6/23. 10am-6pm. Visit IANDS’, the International Association for Near-Death Studies, table at this “all things metaphysical” event. Did you know that many near-death experiencers are “opened” to gifts of spirit communication? Talk to our representative about the after-effects of NDEs, and our upcoming conference. The Event Center by Cornerstone, New Hope Eagle Fire House, 46 N Sugan Rd, New Hope. Daniel Endy, 267-261-2768. Daniel.

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meditation. Each month will focus on a different aspect of self-care as guided by the yamas and niyamas. Reset and recharge body, mind and heart. $45. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 103 E Walnut St, North Wales. Patty Ferry, 215-661-0510. Patty@Whole WholeBodyYogaStudio. com/workshops.

SUNDAY, JUNE 30 Friends of IANDS Lehigh Valley – 3-4:30pm. Even if you’re not from Lehigh Valley and part of our “regular” group, we invite you out to our next meeting to learn more about near-death experience and our very exciting annual conference. IANDS is the International Association for Near-Death Studies. Savvy Marketing, 18 St John’s Ln, Mullica Hill, NJ. Sophia Trionfo. SophiaTrionfo@gmail. com.

11th annual event. Tune up your body, mind and spirit. Experience the love of higher consciousness. Featuring guest speakers every hour, area psychics, energy healers, shamanic practitioners, mind/body therapists, holistic practitioners, massage & stress management, artwork, jewelry, crystals, stones, gems, natural food court.

Cost: $7 for 2-day admission The Event Center by Cornerstone New Hope Eagle Fire House, 46 N Sugan Rd

Society for Metaphysical Enlightenment 267-261-2768

FRIDAY, JUNE 28 Max the Skull and Crystal Sound Meditation – 7-8pm. Come and meditate in a crystal sea of sounds with Max the 36,000-year-old Crystal Skull, surrounded by the live, transcendent, reiki-infused sounds of singing bowls and other instruments made of crystal, metal and wood. Call now to reserve your seat. Space is limited. $25. Inner Peace & Wellness Center, 202 S 3rd St, Hamburg. 610-4011342.

SATURDAY, JUNE 29 Self-Care Saturdays – Non-Harming – 12:30-3pm. Yes, you deserve a yoga recharge. Join us for a luxurious, 2.5-hour yoga practice, including an extended, all levels pranayama/asana practice with yoga nidra

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

THURSDAY, JULY 11 Creating a Lucrative Holistic Coaching Career – 8:30-9:30pm. This free internet webinar will show you how you can create substantial income and a great profession from the explosive growth of natural wellness specialties. The meet-and-greet session will focus on Certified CBD/Cannabis Coach, Holistic Health & Life Coach, Clinical Hypnotherapist and Mind-Gut Guru careers. LJ Rose, 813-333-2626. Support@NaturalWellness

THURSDAY, AUGUST 29 2019 IANDS Near-Death Experience Conference – 8/29-9/1. Learn about near-death and spiritually transformative experience (NDE and STE) firsthand from experiencers, and from researchers, scientists and medical professionals. Over 70 speakers and workshops; healing area; bookstore/exhibitors; veterans’ discussion group and much more. Crowne Plaza Philadelphia, 206 Mall Blvd, King of Prussia. Nancy van Alphen.

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

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


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

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Eat This! Demo and Tasting – 10am-2pm. Try some of the delicious flavors of Eat This! Preserves! Doylestown Food Market, 29 W State St, Doylestown. John LaSala, 215-348-4548. Info@ DoylestownFood Chris Bauer, Don Swaim & John Schoffstall – 1-2:30pm. Join us at the Lahaska Bookshop for a book signing with Chris Bauer, Don Swaim & John Schoffstall. Bauer’s book: Jane’s Baby; Swaim’s book: Man With Two Faces; Schoffstall’s book: Half-Witch. The Lahaska Bookshop, 162A Rte 263, Peddler’s Village, Lahaska. 267-544-5131. Mail@ DoylestownBookshop. com/event.

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

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

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

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

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

tures, modifications and variations, benefits and contraindications, basic anatomy and

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

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


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

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

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up, chairthe yoga people allHealing ages and– 1-3pm. abilities Awaken Joyoffers Within: Sound all the benefits summer of traditional in a chair. Classes Let’s welcome and yoga find your joy within. feature gentle movements and Join us for a blissful afternoon of postures, live soundbreathing healing and gongs, meditation help and increase strength, with soundtobowls bells, your in restorative flexibility There’s no need your to miss the yoga poses and withenergy. essential oils. Awaken inner benefits yogainner because you may have restrictions. guide; feelofyour freedom as you take this time No prior experience necessary. Drop-ins welcome. to heal your body and mind. $35. Whole Body Yoga $15. Airmid Wellness and Counseling Studio, 103 E Walnut St, North Wales. PattyCenter, Ferry, 1260 Old York Rd, Hartsville Professional Village, 215-661-0510. Patty@WholeBodyYogaStudio. Warminster. Ed Salkind, 609-220-9982. EdSalkind. com. Body & Soul Immersion – 3-8pm. Inspired Chi is hosting an open house-style holistic and spiritual event to energize and educate the community. Join us for intuitive readings, past life regression and reiki group experiences, with free talks and classes. Ladybug Baked Goods with gluten-free options. Massage Therapy Discount – EveryEcological day during 10% of proceeds benefit Pennypack July, Beyond licensedBeauty massage therapist Lee Noonan offers Trust. Bathery, Fitfam, Hempworx, a $20 discount new out-call clients in Bucks Madison West onto85th, Newtown Wellness, Salt and of Montgomery counties. SheYoung bringsLiving her table 35+ the Earth, Visionary Vinyls, andand more. years of experience in Manhattan. See her Hill Commu$7. Pennypack Ecological Trust, 2955 Edge Rd, nity Resource Guide listing for details. $150. Lee Huntington Valley. Traci Sanginiti, 267-992-2981. Noonan, 917-656-5524.

at Airmid – Amaya Victoria Weekend 3-6pm. Acupuncture stimulates movement Women’s Prosperity Network (WPN) Breakfastof Kids & Teen YogaJuly at Airmid 13-15Wellness – 5 & 6pm. more. Open to yoga teachers as well as healthcare –energy within the body, natural healing 8-10am. 4th Tues. New allowing group. Women’s Prosper-to 5pm: Ages 4-9 love to role-play and pretend. This professionals, caregivers and classroom teachers. take place. Acupuncture treatments help to prevent ity Networking Breakfast, Doylestown Chapter, A weekend events class lets themofbehealing who they are.with It’sspiritual high-energy Certification courses comply with Yoga Alliance illnesswomen by improving the overall of the invites professionals and functioning business owners teacher, channel and healer Amaya Victoria. and fast-paced to keep them focused and moving. requirements for continuing education credits. body’s immune and organ systems. A sliding scale, to discuss this month’s Mastermind topic. PromoIndividual sessions available 7/13, 11am-4pm YACEP. One weekend can give you new inspiration Each class is developed around a theme that aims and coming weekly increases the likelihood of and 7/14,the10am-3pm. Three workshops arehave toIntuitive provide Medium yoga accessible by –all. Pre-registration Readings In-person readings, tional material welcome. With online registration, to educate whole child. 6pm: Ages 10-17 long-lasting effects. Reserve a time or just drop in. offered throughout thisbuilds required. Yoga Vibhuti Yoga &available. Meditation afternoon$259. and evening appointments Re- $25 per WPN member; $30 guests and repeat many changes occurringtheinweekend. their lives;See yoga $30-$45. AirmidBread, Wellness and out Counseling visitors. Panera LaurieCenter, Van month’s news brief forthe moreleaders details. Studio, 777 Second Street Pk,green Southampton. Connecting you topatience, natural healthcare and living215in our community. ToDoylestown. find how you ceive messages of love, guidance and support from confidence, self-esteem, flexibilityinand 1260 Old York267-566-6056. Rd, Hartsville Lavabigail@gmail. Professional Village, deceased loved ones,to guides and angels from an Valkenburgh, their search for identity. Jen Leary, instructor Cost: Heartspeak Healing $160; Personaland 514-6065. can be included, email request our media kit. Warminster. Pam Milask, 215-858-7554. EdSalkind. com. intuitive medium and certified life coach. mother. Drop-ins$185; welcome. $15. Airmid Wellness Family Channeling Workshops $40 each Yoga – 1-2pm. Everyoneintuitive in the family can Ambler. Linda Harbaugh, 484-904-9268. Linda@ andwith Counseling Center, Old York Rd, Harts- do Sound Bath with Sharon Kachel – 7-8pm. Ex$10 discount for1260 multiple workshops yoga together. This class/workshop is open to ville Professional Village, Warminster. Ed Salkind, parents perience the healing properties of sound. Listen and children of any age. Feel free to bring THE ROOM AT MEADOWBROOK SAMSEL INTEGRATIVE HEALTH Soulutions for Daily Living ACUPUNCTURE 609-220-9982. and to •the sounds of Tibetan singing bowls, more than one child, spouse, Children can Massage Therapy Discount – etc. Every day during Lynrelax Hicks 215-813-4073 Katie Samsel, DCyour 126 N State St, Newtown chimes, tuning forks other instruments pitched play a toymassage if you think they want to do that) or July,(bring licensed therapist Lee Noonan offers 4089 Durham Rd,and Ottsville BRIDGE ACUPUNCTURE different frequencies that take the mind on an 215-968-9750 yoga. $20 pertofamily. Whole clients Body Yoga Studio, a $20 discount new out-call in Bucks and Quest for Health Q&A 215-944-8424 Grace Rollins, MS, LAc,Session NTP – 6-8pm. 1st & do journey. Each sound frequency E Walnut counties. St, NorthShe Wales. Patty Ferry, 215Montgomery and 35+ immersive healingAn 3rd Mon. Bruce Lipton Paolo Propato, LAc says our bodies hear our 103 educational for Let’s makebrings pain aher parttable of your past. Doylestown Farmers Marketthe–center 8am-1pm. Meet helps to restore and optimize flow of spiritual energy years of experience in Manhattan. See her care Commuthoughts, respond to our beliefs and create the 661-0510. 30 Garden Alley, Doylestown enlightenment, which nourishes Integrative chiropractic in a throughout and greet your local farmers andAt crafters. Shop from the body. The Room Meadowbrook, nity Resource Guide listing for details. Lee health we think is possible. Do you want less pain, 215-348-8058 holistic lifestyle. The Room warm, familiar setting.$150. Applied a bountiful, fresh,the local harvest. Vegetables, herbs, Noonan, 917-656-5524. more energy, more clarity in your daily life? Bring hosts classes, workshops,goodies, retreats kinesiology, lifestyle support, fruit, flowers, homemade and handmade your questions to our open Q&A sessions on the Julyeggs, 2018 and is available formushrooms rental43 to ayurveda, nutrition and weight breads, pastries, pastured meats, Schedule a complimentary first and third Mondays of the month. $15. InterCommunity Acupuncture 3-6pm. instructors sharingand the listen healing loss. See ad, –page 13. Seated in and much more. Enjoy the outdoors to and live consultation to learnChurch more national School of Shiatsu, 6055C Kellers a serene group environment, receive affordable expressive arts. SeeLOCAL. ad, page Free. 29. music. Every Saturday, visit to BUY about acupuncture and our Rd, Pipersville. Shirley Scranta, 215-795-8065. acupuncture for stress management, detox, routine Doylestown Farmers Market, S Hamilton St bewarm, joyful wellness health/pain issues and overall wellness. $35. 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expectant mothers to its new, therapeutic support group, Babies Don’t Come With Manuals. The group will meet from 11 a.m. to noon beginning July 21, and will continue every other Saturday at its Warminster office. Within the group, expectant mothers and mothers with babies aged up to 24 months can talk freely and candidly about the misconceptions, stressors, worries and joys of motherhood. With support from trained therapists and members of the group, participants can learn tools to navigate, adjust and cope with being a mom while exploring topics such as breastfeeding stigmas, changing bodies, sleep deprivation, mindful parenting, childcare and career options, identity and role changes, sadness and anxiety, and more. Participants may choose to attend one or all sessions, and while babies are welcome, they are not required. Refreshments and light snacks will be provided. Licensed Professional Counselor and owner Alexis Lee offers, “If you love your baby but feel overwhelmed and exhausted, or if you are pregnant and excited but nervous of the unknown, you are not alone. Babies Don’t Come With Manuals is an opportunity to have a safe place to talk realistically and honestly about motherhood in a non-judgmental and supportive environment.” Evergreen Counseling provides outpatient mental health counseling to children, teenagers, adults, couples, families and groups experiencing a wide range of emotional, behavioral and/or situational difficulties.

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

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

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

Autism- and SensoryFriendly Music Festival Launches in Jermyn


Inclusion Festival celebrates neuro-

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

music, participate in mindfulness practices and build a supportive community network and lifestyle that extends far beyond the festival grounds. Amy Pinder, speech language pathologist, and Leah Hegstrom Barron, special education and yoga teacher, are Inclusion Festival’s founders and directors. Together, they have assembled a team of educators, event planners, musicians and therapists dedicated to improving the quality of life and raising awareness of individuals with special needs, such as autism, through inclusive, immersive experiences. ASL interpreters will also be available. The 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Accessible Festivals, which specializes in ensuring that music festivals are accessible to anyone, regardless of their ability, will be partnering with Inclusion Festival. Accessible Festivals’ clients include LiveNation, Wanderlust and more.

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Hikers can enjoy 475 miles of trails in Bucks County.


Center for Spiritual Health and Wellness 366 Easton Rd, Warrington 215-431-8122 •

Deborah Paul and Jamie Nichols are part of the talented family of healers at Lina’s Harmony. Our classes, spiritual workshops, crystals and jewelry are designed to create a positive, supportive environment to work on spiritual health and wellness without judgment. Walkin hours are on Wednesdays from 2-5pm.


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

Dr. Hyo Lim provides a holistic approach to exceptional dentistry, in a warm and caring environment. At Dental Wellness Centre, mercuryand metal-free restorations are used for the most biocompatible results. Biocompatibility testing for dental materials is available. Invisalign is offered as an alternative to metal braces. Zirconium and titanium implants are offered to replace damaged or missing teeth. Free digital X-rays with initial consultation. See ad, page 24.

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

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

monday Yoga with Dr Cheikin – 6:15-7:30pm. Ongoing class taught by a medical doctor, offered at gentle/ beginner level. Includes informal discussion of relevant health topics. Dr Cheikin has studied yoga, Feldenkrais and dance for over 40 years and has taught for over 20 years. Beautiful quiet studio with easy parking. Please call before coming to first class. $15. Center for Optimal Health, 832 Germantown Pike, Ste 3, Plymouth Meeting. Office staff, 610239-9901. Mental Health Support Group – 6:30-7:30pm. Join 4 The M.I.N.D.S. for its weekly peer-to-peer support group. We welcome family, friends and individuals that suffer from mental illness. Aldie Medical Arts Building, 11 Welden Dr, Doylestown.

tuesday Lucid Dreaming Seekers Meetup – 7-9:30pm. 2nd Tues. Engage in noninvasive, well-facilitated group process in which the dreamer is honored and protected, to better understand and work with those nighttime messages and adventures. References,

handouts, basic snacks and tea provided. Convenient parking and sign on door. Space is limited. RSVP by two days prior. $5. 48 College Ave, Flourtown. 215-206-4091.

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

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

friday Spirituality Health & Awareness Group – 1011am. Awaken your spirituality from within every Friday morning. Experience and discover your own spirituality, health and awareness. Through interactive discussions, participants will reveal their own blocks and fears toward health and create a life of awareness, using ancient philosophies that provide insight into the essence and meaning of life. All are welcome. $30. M.E. Matters, 668 Woodbourne Rd, Langhorne. David Piltz, 215-914-5344. Admin@ Pay What You Can – Yoga for All – 5:30-6:30pm. Yoga for everyone. Every body, every fitness level and every income level. Anahata Yoga & Wellness Center is happy to offer this class every Friday night 5:30-6:30pm. Call to register. Anahata Yoga & Wellness Center, 690 Harleysville Pike, Lederach. Kathleen Tooley. 215-740-1354.

classifieds $30 for 30 words, then $1/word. Email by the 5th, or call Joe at 908-405-1515. FOR RENT Beautiful, positive energy-filled, SHARED TREATMENT ROOMS available in Harleysville. Are you a healing arts practitioner looking for a place to share your gifts? We have space for you. Six-month minimum commitment. Call 215-740-1354 or email Kathy@Anahata

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

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

June 2019


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Connecting you to the leaders in natural healthcare and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included, email Publisher@ to request our media kit. BEHAVIORAL HEALTH M.E. MATTERS

668 Woodbourne Rd, Ste 108, Langhorne 215-914-5344 Psychological and behavioral health services for individuals, couples, teens and families where mind, body and spirit matter. We offer neurofeedback, therapy and a spirituality awareness group. Our goal is to help you experience life with increased awareness and without fear. See ad, page 27.


81 S Main St, Yardley 215-493-6589 • My mission is to educate people to the benefits of chiropractic, nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. Over 40 years experience (personal and professional) allows me to relate to your problem(s). Services include non-force chiropractic, nutritional testing, utilizing test kits/panels, Chirothin weight loss, massage (covered by most insurance) and laser therapy for pain. Personalized attention guaranteed. See ad, page 2.


Andrew Persky, DC 1432 Easton Rd, Ste 4A, Warrington 215-491-4200 • LifeAligned offers a unique treatment for chronic musculoskeletal and neurological pain conditions, offering a safe, gentle alternative to drugs, surgery or traditional chiropractic “twisting” and “cracking”. See ad, page 24.

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

Let’s make pain a part of your past. Integrative chiropractic care in a warm, familiar setting. Applied kinesiology, lifestyle support, ayurveda, nutrition and weight loss. See ad, page 25.



Hyo J. Lim DMD 216 Mall Blvd, Ste 11, King of Prussia 610-265-4485 Dr. Hyo Lim provides a holistic approach to exceptional dentistry, in a warm and caring environment. At Dental Wellness Centre, mercuryand metal-free restorations are used for the most biocompatible results. Biocompatibility testing for dental materials is available. Invisalign is offered as an alternative to metal braces. Zirconium and titanium implants are offered to replace damaged or missing teeth. Free digital X-rays with initial consultation. See ad, page 34.


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

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

Dr. David DiGiallorenzo focuses on providing oral health solutions through holistic, biologically compatible and organic practices. It is one of the world’s most accomplished centers for periodontal and implant care, which integrates wellness services into their therapeutic approach. He is experienced at immediate total tooth replacement with metal-free dental implants, treating gum disease with LANAP, a no-cut, no-sew method of treating gum disease, comfortable gum grafting with PRGF, implant denture solutions and chronic pain management. See ad, page 19.

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108 Cowpath Rd, Stes 3 & 4, Lansdale 215-542-2100 Bringing a personalized and holistic approach to hospice care. Our trained volunteers offer aromatherapy, massage therapy, reiki and pet therapy to bring healing and wholeness to clients and their families. See ad, page 11.


Joan Summers, Certified Gestalt Coach, Trauma Professional and Reiki Master 267-272-9343 • Experience deep and longlasting healing. Joan offers healing for her clients who are tired of feeling stuck, disconnected or without purpose. She offers Gestalt Life Coaching, Equine Gestalt Life Coaching and reiki, and you may choose to customize your session. See ad, page 8.


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


Claudia Glugsberger, BCTMB, CMLDT, LMT Located at Medicine in Balance 940 Town Center Dr, Ste F-90, Langhorne 215-741-1600 At TherapeutiKa we focus on a combination of advanced massage techniques and complementary treatment approaches to customize the treatment to our client’s specific needs, including oncology massage, manual lymphatic drainage, renewal and detox massage, deep relaxation massage, myofascial release, cupping and gua sha, for an improved healing and recovery process. We believe that beauty lies in a healthy mind, body and spirit. See ad, page 14.


Center for Optimal Health 832 Germantown Pk, Ste 3, Plymouth Meeting 610-239-9901 • For 30+ years, Dr Cheikin has helped patients achieve root-cause level healing using education, nutrition, yoga and other methods. Specializing in physiatry, pain and medical acupuncture, he also o ff e r s s p e c i a l t e s t i n g f o r deficiencies, toxicities, infections and allergies. See ad, page 23.


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


Dr Paul Bizzaro, DC 81 S Main St, Yardley 215-493-6589 • Get permanent relief for your pain without drugs, shots or surgery with FDA-approved laser therapy. Benefits include speedy healing process, painfree, extremely safe with no known side effects. Don’t live in pain anymore. See ad, page 2.


Jeffrey L Griffin, DC Bailiwick Office Campus, Ste 26, Doylestown 215-348-2115 • Feeling poorly? Lacking answers? Improvement at a standstill? Locate the source of stress and the treatment becomes obvious. Mention Dr. Jeff’s 35 years of experience when you call and receive a free phone consultation to learn how we can start helping you today. See ad, page 23.


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


Sacred Rose Unity Barn, 4000 Sawmill Rd, Doylestown 215-840-8139 •

Dr. Carchedi is a board-certified integrative holistic medicine physician who practices personalized functional medicine, getting to the root cause of every illness. He performs IV therapies and is a member of the American College of Nutrition. See ad, page 3.


Michelle Christine supports women to reclaim and redefine their sexuality in any stage of their lives. Together we will work on helping you to love, nourish and celebrate yourself and your divine femininity. See ad, page 8.




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

A fully organic, holistic, eco-friendly wellness spa featuring an array of detoxification, cleansing and therapeutic services. The spa is one of the only facilities in the area to offer colon hydrotherapy. See ad, page 14.



Bucks, Montgomery, Berks Counties 215-470-0176

Joan Summers, Certified Intuitive Reiki Master and Gestalt Coach 267-272-9343 • Experience peace of mind, enlightened awareness and physical restoration. The connections between physical pain and emotional trauma are often revealed during an intuitive reiki session. It is a practice of compassion and spiritual connection. See ad, page 8.

SCHOOLS/TRAINING NATURAL WELLNESS ACADEMY Professional Holistic Health Training 813-333-2626

NWA will show you how to create substantial income and a profession from the explosive growth of natural wellness specialties. Become the Certified CBD/Cannabis Coach, Holistic Health & Life Coach, Clinical Hypnotherapist and Mind-Gut Guru you’ve always wanted to be. See ad, page 3.

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

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

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

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